Show #431 – 2/10/18

February 10, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

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Hour 1
2:01 am Andy Stott ~ “We Stay Together (Part One)” ~ We Stay Together ~ Modern Love ~ 2011
2:08 am Florian Kupfer ~ “Z” ~ 12″ (new) ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2017
2:13 am J Dilla ~ “Lightworks” ~ Donuts ~ Stones Throw ~ 2006
2:14 am Latyrx ~ “Latyrx” ~ The Album ~ Solesides ~ 1997
2:21 am Showbiz & A.G. ~ “Can’t Wake” ~ Take It Back (new) ~ D.I.T.C. ~ 2017
2:24 am Makaya McCraven ~ “R.F.J. III” ~ Highly Rare (new) ~ International Anthem ~ 2017
2:32 am John McCowen ~ “Chopper HD” ~ Solo Contra (new) ~ International Anthem ~ 2017
2:37 am Anenon ~ “Verso” ~ Tongue (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2018
2:41 am Treasure Hunt ~ “Portals” ~ Space Jam ~ Moon Glyph ~ 2016
2:48 am Mukqs ~ “Marble Gallery” ~ 起き上がり (new) ~ Doom Trip ~ 2018
2:53 am Rødhåd ~ “Burst” ~ Anxious (new) ~ Dystopian ~ 2017
2:58 am Virtual Self ~ “Particle Arts” ~ Virtual Self (new) ~ Virtual Self ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:02 am B. Fleischmann feat. Gloria Amesbauer ~ “Its Not Enough” ~ Stop Making Fans (new) ~ Morr Music ~ 2018
3:09 am Gary War ~ “Retrograde Reality” ~ Gaz Forth (new) ~ Feeding Tube ~ 2018
3:12 am Anna Burch (local) ~ “Tea-Soaked Letter” ~ Quit the Curse (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018
3:16 am Philly Boy Roy ~ “Punk Rock Girl” ~ Dr. Demento-Covered in Punk (new) ~ Demented Punk Records ~ 2018
3:19 am The Cramps ~ “Let’s Get Fucked Up” ~ Hanky Panky ~ Zip City ~ 1996
3:25 am Lower Slaughter ~ “Earthseed” ~ What Big Eyes (new) ~ Box Records ~ 2017
3:30 am Benny Andersson ~ “You and I” ~ Piano (new) ~ Deutsche Grammophon ~ 2017
3:37 am DBX (local) ~ “Baby Judy” ~ Accelerate Rare and Unreleased ~ Accelerate ~ 1995
3:44 am Frak ~ “Synthfrilla” ~ Sudden Haircut ~ Dark Entries ~ 2010
3:49 am Delroy Edwards ~ “Drop Dead” ~ 12″ ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2013
3:55 am Color Plus ~ “Medical MF” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:00 am Bok Bok ~ “Silo Pass (Lil Silva Remix)” ~ Night Slugs 10 (new) ~ Night Slugs ~ 2018
4:05 am Second Storey ~ “Barrel Roll (DeFeKT Remix)” ~ Lucid Interpretations (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2018
4:09 am Second Woman ~ “Instant I” ~ Apart / Instant (new) ~ Tresor ~ 2018
4:15 am Quinoline Yellow ~ “Brochwel Ysgithrog” ~ Dol-Goy Assist ~ Skam ~ 2005
4:20 am Joq & Zoomy ~ “The Old Dog Is Back Again” ~ Hold Me Up to the Light (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:26 am Helix ~ “Disko Chop” ~ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (new) ~ Night Slugs ~ 2018
4:33 am Yasunao Tone ~ “AI Deviation #1” ~ AI Deviation #1, #2 (new) ~ Editions Mego ~ 2017
4:40 am Dan Deacon ~ “Totally Boner Eat Shit” ~ 7″ ~ Carpark ~ 2007
4:43 am Pisstank ~ “Suzie’s Pregnant/Don’t Wanna Go to School/Soft Drinks/East-West Pipeline/The Babysitter Touched Me/Kicking It Straight to You” ~ split 7″ w/ Kid606 ~ Wabana Ore Limited ~ 1999
4:47 am 1-Speed Bike ~ “Party / Bullshit / Flatlining On A Genocide” ~ 7″ ~ Bully Records ~ 2006
4:51 am Pessimist ft. Overlook ~ “No Matter What” ~ Pessimist ~ Blackest Ever Black ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:01 am Whitehouse ~ “Rock and Roll” ~ Birthdeath Experience ~ Susan Lawly ~ 1980
5:07 am John Wall & Mark Durgan ~ “Rapt” ~ Contrapt (new) ~ Harbinger Sound ~ 2017
5:11 am Hisato Higuchi ~ “Ghosts Ghost” ~ She ~ Family Vineyard ~ 2003
5:17 am Hans Tammen & Dark Circuits Bunker Orchestra ~ “Sea, Sea Rider” ~ Ten Minutes Late With No Bus In Sight And No Taxi Either (new) ~ Gold Bolus ~ 2017
5:24 am Suzanne Ciani ~ “The Third Wave: Love in the Waves” ~ Seven Waves ~ Bird/Finders Keepers ~ 1982
5:31 am Bruce Russell ~ “Birdling (Waharoa)” ~ Metallic OK (new) ~ Glass Redux ~ 2017
5:37 am Kitaro ~ “Shimmering Light/Westbound” ~ Silk Road I (on 45 by accident) ~ Gramavision ~ 1980
5:41 am Tim Blake ~ “Midnight” ~ Space, Energy and Light: Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88 ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1977
5:46 am Laurie Spiegel ~ “Improvisation on a ‘Concerto Generator’” ~ Space, Energy and Light: Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88 Soul Jazz Records ~ 1977
5:49 am Thor & Friends ~ “Dead Man’s Hand” ~ The Subversive Nature of Kindness (new) ~ L-M Duplication ~ 2017
5:54 am Poppy Ackroyd ~ “Time” ~ Resolve (new) ~ One Little Indian ~ 2018

Crush Collision 2/8/18

February 9, 2018 at 9:40 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Martial Canterel ~ “Scherzo”
10:04 pm Back For Good ~ “They Lurk In the Depths”
10:09 pm DMX Krew ~ “Death Blip”
10:13 pm Meat Beat Manifesto ~ “Nocebo”
10:16 pm Tzusing ~ “Torque Pulsations”
10:20 pm The Hacker ~ “Dancing Mekanik”
10:24 pm Brainwaltzera ~ “Muddy Puddle Trot (Guavid Remix)”
10:27 pm Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ “andata (Electric Youth Remix)”
10:32 pm Mario Hammer and the Lonely Robot ~ “Tenalach (Hannes Bieger Remix)”
10:39 pm Terrence Dixon ~ “Digital Ladder”
10:43 pm Mukqs ~ “ゾッド”
10:50 pm Tape Hiss ~ “Shameful Indifference (Massimiliano Pagliaria Remix)”
10:53 pm The Cyclist ft. Tanaya Harper ~ “Mirrors”
10:56 pm Lancelot ~ “Satisfied”
Hour 2
11:00 pm Nathan Melja ~ “Steam”
11:04 pm Jeff Blank ~ “Manifesto”
11:08 pm SCB ~ “Five Degrees”
11:13 pm Hodge ~ “Sunlight on a Broken Column”
11:18 pm Patrick Conway ~ “Stab City (Fit Siegel’s Stab Back Mix)”
11:21 pm ConSequence ~ “Acid Attack”
11:24 pm John Tejada ~ “Duty Cycle”
11:28 pm Frak ~ “Protes”
11:32 pm ORBE ~ “Cosmic Creed”
11:38 pm Distilled Existence ~ “Pulsum”
11:41 pm Heathered Pearls ~ “The Packard Plant”
11:46 pm FP-Oner ~ “Travelling Zones”
11:51 pm Persuasion ~ “Quatermass”
11:56 pm A Sacred Geometry ~ “Vega”

Hisato Higuchi: She (Ghost Disc, 2003/Family Vineyard, 2017)

February 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hisato Higuchi: She

This was originally released as a CDr in 2003 and has been reissued twice so far, so I guess it must have some sort of following. I can definitely say that this is something I didn’t know I needed in my life until I heard it. It’s like very minimal 4AD-style ethereal folk, but in Japanese, and with sudden, piercing bursts of frazzled noise. The intro track even sounds like a stalling modem. So much of this album just catches you completely off guard. “Ghosts Ghost” departs from the outer space folk balladry for blasted noise with some soft drone undercurrents. “Sister Girl” also douses pretty/sad melodies in all manners of destructive distortion. Fans of Fennesz or Pita need to hear this one for sure.

Treasure Hunt: Space Jam tape (Roof Garden, 2016/Moon Glyph, 2017)

February 4, 2018 at 6:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Treasure Hunt: Space Jam tape

This one starts out with some very out-there cosmic free jazz, sounding like the drums from the last track on An Electric Storm going completely off the rails and being doused by radioactive horns. By “Moment of Weightlessness”, it moves into another direction entirely, with Gregorian chanting buried underneath dramatic film score melodies, but also a few dozen other things refracted and superimposed on top. The psychotic jazz comes back harder than before on “Portals”, and “Three Orbs of Planet X” is sort of a very mutated, scrambled exotica trip, with multiple drums battling it out and some airier passages where flute and trumpet take over. “Nebulae” continues from this but smooths everything out, concluding with some astral church organ. It’s impossible to say what planets, solar systems, or galaxies you’ve visited over the course of this album.

Jeff Snyder: Sunspots (Carrier Records, 2018)

February 4, 2018 at 10:41 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jeff Snyder: Sunspots

Jeff Snyder recorded this lengthy album of Buchla improvisations at ElektronMusikStudion in Stockholm, using a self-created controller. The first half sounds like classic eerie synth music (Subotnick, The Forbidden Planet, et al), all slowly moving shapes, colors, and phases, acidic burbles, and lengthy ominous pauses. “Sunspots IV” gets a bit hyperactive towards its midsection, with some heavy growls around the third movement and some more rapidly flashing, panic-warnings around the fifth. “Sunspots V” has moments of dread akin to Wolf Eyes (especially their recent work), and lots of suspense. Very slow moving, very creepy. The last two pieces are 18-minute drones; no sudden stops or explosions, just constant waves which sometimes seem to interact and produce chemical reactions. “Sunspots IX” is far more singular, and would be calming if it didn’t seem somewhat distressed. Listen from a distance or a low volume and it might just sound like two or three keys being pressed over and over again. However, listen closely and there’s plenty of subtle, sublime trickery going on.

Suss: Ghost Box (self-released, 2018)

February 3, 2018 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Suss: Ghost Box

While this album shares its name with a British label associated with hauntology, this group has a much different concept on their mind. They make ambient country, as if Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks was made to score a Western instead of a film of moon missions. The music emphasizes the wide open spaces of the West, rather than the “wild wild” part, so there’s loopy steel guitars, lonesome whistling (on “Late Night Call”), and lots of cosmic dust. “Big Sky” is maybe the most densely layered track, with electric soloing as well as strumming and some banjos. “Rain” is much gloomier, with a resounding series of dark, slow twangs. “Laredo” is more rhythmic, with a drum machine ticking under the crisp, clear guitars and synths — not quite as rough and rugged as the actual West. “Gunfighter” uses some film samples, but they’re a bit clipped and distant, and the slide guitar and harmonica take center stage over the haunting pulsations keeping time. “Canyonlands (Return to Wichita)” is a calm drift into the sunset, and seems to be the most synth-heavy track on the album.

Show #430 – 2/3/18

February 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am Anna Burch (local) ~ “With You Every Day” ~ Quit the Curse (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018
2:05 am Poppy Ackroyd ~ “Luna” ~ Resolve (new) ~ One Little Indian ~ 2018
2:10 am Jonathan Kawchuk ~ “Fast Twitch” ~ North (new) ~ Paper Bag ~ 2018
2:13 am Josh Urist ~ “Paragraph L, Section 8” ~ The Cold Equations (new) ~ Yeggs ~ 2018
2:18 am Julia Holter ~ “So Humble the Afternoon” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles Program ~ 2018
2:23 am Nabihah Iqbal ~ “In Visions” ~ Weighing of the Heart (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2017
2:27 am Negative Gemini ~ “You Weren’t There Anymore” ~ Bad Baby (new) ~ 100% Electronica ~ 2018
2:34 am Philip Jeck ~ “Iklectik” ~ Iklectik (new) ~ Touch ~ 2017
2:41 am Nils Frahm ~ “All Melody” ~ All Melody (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018
2:50 am Pheek ~ “Kirribilli” ~ Intra ~ Archipel ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:01 am Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ “Life, Life (Andy Stott Remodel)” ~ Async Remodels (new) ~ Milan ~ 2017
3:06 am Gavin Gamboa ~ “The Road Ahead Like a Serpent Racing Into Pitch” ~ The Velocipedic Age (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
3:12 am Sunwatchers ~ “Silent Boogie” ~ II (new) ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2018
3:16 am Bardo Pond ~ “Flayed Wish” ~ Volume 8 (new) ~ Fire ~ 2018
3:27 am Andrea Belfi ~ “Lead” ~ Ore (new) ~ We Are Float ~ 2017
3:30 am Hollie Cook ~ “Angel Fire” ~ Vessel of Love (new) ~ Merge ~ 2018
3:34 am Val G (local) ~ “Are You for Sure” ~ 7″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2017
3:39 am Charles Trees (local) ~ “Feels” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2017
3:45 am Color Plus ~ “Keygen” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2017
3:50 am Expletive ~ “Static” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2018
3:56 am Pablo R. Ruiz (local) ~ “El Sueno Capitalista” ~ Bad Hombre (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:01 am CFCF ~ “Self Service” ~ Self Service (new) ~ Sounds Of Beaubien Ouest ~ 2018
4:07 am The Field ~ “Staircase” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles Program ~ 2018
4:15 am Last Japan ~ “Squad” ~ Luna (new) ~ Coyote ~ 2018
4:17 am Dabrye feat. DOOM (local) ~ “Lil Mufukuz” ~ Three/Three (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
4:20 am Otik ~ “Hunga (Dead Man’s Chest Cosmic Grime Remix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ DEXT ~ 2018
4:26 am Cosmin Nicolae ~ “Semnal” ~ Semnal (new) ~ Opal Tapes ~ 2018
4:31 am Klaus Schulze ~ “Sacred Romance” ~ Vanity of Sounds ~ MIG ~ 2000
4:36 am Sewer Rats B.K. ~ “Drunk Dad” ~ 7″ ~ Ratkrak Records ~ 2016
4:38 am Second Storey ~ “Acute Angles (Machine Woman Remix)” ~ Lucid Interpretations (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2018
4:43 am D’Arcangelo ~ “Pull Seven” ~ Korty (new) ~ Happy Skull ~ 2018
4:47 am Pascäal (local) ~ “Orbs (Glass Mix)” ~ No Pain (new) ~ Clave House ~ 2018
4:54 am Parris ~ “Hot-Blooded” ~ 2 Vultures (new) ~ The Trilogy Tapes ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:00 am Five Times Of Dust ~ “Computer Bank (The Floor Mix)” ~ The Floor Mixes (new) ~ Minimal Wave ~ 2017
5:07 am Conjoint ~ “The Joint” ~ Earprints ~ DDS ~ 2000
5:12 am Pendant ~ “BBN-UWZ” ~ Make Me Know You Sweet (new) ~ West Mineral Ltd. ~ 2018
5:19 am Hannu Karjalainen ~ “Love is a Black Lion” ~ A Handful of Dust Is a Desert (new) ~ Karaoke Kalk ~ 2017
5:24 am Johnny Jewel ~ “Pulsations” ~ Digital Rain (new) ~ Italians Do It Better ~ 2018
5:29 am Shorelights (local) ~ “Summer Cottage Soundscapes” ~ Summer Cottage Soundscapes (new) ~ echospace [air] ~ 2017
5:34 am Tangerine Dream ~ “Granular Blankets” ~ Quantum Gate (new) ~ Kscope ~ 2017
5:38 am Jeff Synder ~ “Sunspots IV c” ~ Sunspots (new) ~ Carrier ~ 2018
5:40 am Suss ~ “Laredo” ~ Ghost Box (new) ~ E.V.P. Recordings ~ 2018
5:44 am Joseph Shabason ~ “Neil McCauley” ~ Aytche (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
5:49 am Jason Van Wyk ~ “Eyes Shut” ~ Opacity (new) ~ Home Normal ~ 2017
5:55 am Khruangbin ~ “Rules” ~ Con Todo El Mundo (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2018

Jonathan Kawchuk: North (Paper Bag, 2018)

February 1, 2018 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jonathan Kawchuk: North

Composer Jonathan Kawchuk’s first album for Paper Bag is short, at only 25 minutes, but colossally ambitious. Kawchuk spent two years recording dozens of musicians and field recordings across several countries. Just look at the liner notes for a credits puzzle possibly even more complicated than the one for Syro. On top of all of this, Kawchuk played the recordings through speakers in the forests of the Jostedal National Park in Norway, so that the natural wildlife ambiance is embedded into the album. Musically, it’s a mix of acoustic, orchestral instruments, electronic processing (making the instruments sound like they’re disintegrating at times), and natural resonance. On “Aware”, there’s some slightly jarring bass rumbling underneath, bringing to mind that one moment on The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid. Even more dissonant is “Fast Twitch”, which starts with a louder, compressed noise for a few brief seconds, before cutting out, and then clusters and waves of instruments slowly creep in. As complex as the album seems, there’s moments that are incredibly sparse and minimalist, such as the delicately hypnotic “Ebb”. Closing piece “Lagos” has more voices than the preceding tracks, but they almost sound like they’re trapped in the forest and calling out for help.

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