True Blue: Solitary Queen tape (self-released, 2018)

August 31, 2018 at 10:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

True Blue: Solitary Queen tape

The debut EP from recent Local Music Show guest True Blue (Detroit-based singer/songwriter Alexandria Berry) contains four incredibly powerful, hook-filled tunes about yearning, disappointment, and abandonment. Berry multi-tracks her vocals, guitar, and bass, while Dina Bankole (Secret Twins, Swimsuit, Casual Sweetheart) provides steady yet urgent backbeats. Berry’s songs are simply constructed yet scathing. There’s a whole lot of vitriol on songs like “Look What You’ve Done” and “Not Anymore”, and especially the nagging “Only If You Want To”, yet the songs don’t sound harsh or abrasive. They’re easy-to-swallow garage pop tunes, but the lyrics really dig into my heart. Currently on repeat, and it sounds better every listen. True Blue will be opening for Fred Thomas (who mixed and mastered this tape) at Outer Limits Lounge in Hamtramck on September 19, and I do not want to miss it! Stream and buy the limited cassette at Bandcamp.

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Dean Spunt: EE Head LP (Radical Documents, 2018)

August 31, 2018 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dean Spunt: EE Head LP

No Age’s Dean Spunt picks apart a few, sparse musical elements and recombines them in order to create very detached, quasi-musical pieces which nevertheless have some sort of forward motion to them. There’s some tenuously connected arcs of feedback, some nearly accidental-sounding drum crashes and sample bursts, and a starkly thumping electronic kick drum which seems to sleepwalk through it all. It’s divided into four pieces, but it’s essentially one thematic work. It does get a bit more kinetic at the beginning of the second side, however, where the beat picks up and the feedback becomes more wavy and forcefield-like. The following “Locker” mostly just sounds like a motor running, but there’s a very few brief moments where notes are faintly audible. This was originally performed at a gallery in New York last year, and it’s easy to imagine the artist just sitting at a desk with a few small machines in front of him in a nearly blank room.

Erica Eso: 129 Dreamless GMG (NNA Tapes, 2018)

August 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Erica Eso: 129 Dreamless GMG

Erica Eso are a Brooklyn-based group who write experimental pop songs which generally sound breezy and groovable, even chilled out, yet they’re far from conventional or straightforward. Lead vocalist and composer Weston Minissali is also in Cloud Becomes Your Hand, a group known for cartoonish, Zappa-like prog-pop, and while it’s easy to recognize similarities in both band’s approaches, Erica Eso are far more in tune with radio-ready pop and R&B, and generally sound more polished and accessible… to an extent. The harmony-heavy “Gun-Metal Grey” could be mistaken for a chillwave track, if not for the showers of mutant sax and subtle rhythmic trickery. “Fire Is The Mouth” has a motorik beat which speeds up at the beginning, as well as heaps of unexpected guitar noise (courtesy of Delicate Steve). “Love-Gun” is much calmer, with echoing-thought duet vocals (including a momentary reference to eccojam favorite “Too Little Too Late” by Jojo). The two-part “Mirror Stage” is a total departure into abstract weightlessness, with sporadic electronic drums clattering around detached guitar howls. “Vaccination Free” inhabits similar territory, except it’s accompanied by a robotic choir, which at one point describes the group’s sound as “femmed-out microtonal synth-pop”. “House That’s Always Burning” ends this short album with another futuristic hyper-pop gem, blending proggy arrangements with neon synths and radio-ready vocals courtesy of Angelica Bess (recent collaborator with Chrome Sparks, Giraffage, Machinedrum, etc).

Crush Collision 8/30/18

August 31, 2018 at 9:41 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:01 pm Morgan Blanc ~ Keep Moving
10:05 pm Owain K ~ Pixeled Scenery
10:09 pm Bad Channel ~ B
10:14 pm Aleksandir ~ Dreams (Seb Wildblood Remix)
10:17 pm Nark ~ Sunrise Climb (Octo Octa Remix)
10:20 pm Call Super ~ Music Stand
10:23 pm Synkro & Arovane ~ Aspen
10:27 pm Luxus Varta ~ Nixit
10:31 pm HKE ~ Holy Machine
10:35 pm Hobo ~ Here Comes Everybody
10:39 pm DJ Haus ~ Operate It, Press Play
10:42 pm Jónó Mí Ló ~ Diplomacy
10:48 pm Move D ~ Outer Rim 64
10:53 pm Spatial ~ Chronic
10:59 pm Andu Simion ~ Heavy Glow
11:03 pm TWINS ~ Lightweight
11:06 pm Steve Hauschildt ~ Phantox
11:08 pm Nicolas Bougaïeff ~ Dust (Max Cooper Remix)
11:17 pm Swayzak ~ Winter Boys
11:21 pm Herzel ~ Spark Loop
11:25 pm Marquis Hawkes ~ Don’t Do Acid
11:28 pm Neville Watson ~ Acid Wipe
11:35 pm Mathew Jonson ~ Decompression (GMT Remix)
11:39 pm Buck ~ Sunday Wave (Svreca Remix)
11:45 pm Shawn Rudiman ~ Switching Rails
11:51 pm Blow & Zavor ~ Assolo 001 (Sebastian Mullaert Remix)
11:57 pm Arkajo ~ Tape 16

Grasses: Vision tape (self-released, 2018)

August 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Grasses: Vision tape

Local trio making garagey indie pop (think Bad Indians, Rebel Kind, etc) with a slight Krautrock influence. The emphasis is on songwriting, for sure, but they get locked into tight grooves on songs like “Today”. Other songs (“First Sister”, “Psychic Reality”) are more concentrated bursts of energy, while there’s slower, dreamier ones like “Glass Box” and “Colors”. There’s lots of highlights here, but the mysterious, perfectly constructed “Wake Up” stands out the most, and the luscious “See Again” is too lovely for words. Tape/download available from Bandcamp.

Show #456 – 8/25/18

August 25, 2018 at 11:25 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Autechre ~ “four of seven” ~ NTS Session 1 (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
2:12 am Bola ~ “Landor 50X2” ~ D.E.G. ~ Skam ~ 2017
2:19 am Richard Devine ~ “Opaque Ke” ~ Sort\Lave (new) ~ Timesig ~ 2018
2:23 am Klaus Schulze’s Wahnfried ~ “Rubbish” ~ Trance Appeal ~ MIG ~ 1996
2:29 am Klaus Schulze ~ “The Wings of String” ~ The Crime of Suspense ~ MIG ~ 2000
2:37 am Gilad Granot (local) ~ “Act IV: Malaise” ~ Pure Leisure (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
2:42 am Heroin In Tahiti ~ “Holy GRA Reversed” ~ Casilina Tapes (new) ~ Boring Machines ~ 2018
2:47 am Jesusbeams ~ “Drunkstep” ~ Six (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
2:51 am E-Saggila ~ “Glass Wing” ~ Dedicated to Sublimity (new) ~ BANK Records NYC ~ 2018
2:55 am JK Flesh ~ “Dark Horse” ~ Wasplike (new) ~ Inner Surface Music ~ 2018
3:00 am NHK yx Koyxen ~ “Intention / Pio” ~ Reflexes (new) ~ DFA ~ 2018
3:04 am P.E.A.R.L. ~ “Sorrows (2018 Version)” ~ Sorrows Versions (new) ~ Falling Ethics ~ 2018
3:11 am Lurka ~ “Heat Mover” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Timedance ~ 2018
3:16 am DJ Seinfeld ~ “The Beginning of an End” ~ Sunrise ~ Endotherm ~ 2017
3:21 am Inhalants ~ “There Are Cops Around” ~ 12″ ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2014
3:27 am McGruff The Crime Dog ~ “Inhalants” ~ McGruff’s Smart Kids Album ~ Sony Wonder ~ 1986
3:31 am Derek Carr ~ “Nebulon B” ~ Alpha Base EP (new) ~ Ferox ~ 2018
3:37 am Da Soul Boyz ~ “Welcome to Durban” ~ Welcome to Durban (new) ~ Nervous Horizon ~ 2018
3:43 am Imaabs ft. Wasted Fates ~ “Impasse” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
3:47 am BADSISTA ~ “NA ONDA DA BABYLON” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
3:49 am Clemency ~ “nova geração hitch” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
3:54 am Hyph11E ~ “Enter Nowhere” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Country Music ~ 2018
4:02 am Swan Meat ~ “Lisp” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
4:06 am Siete Catorce & AMAZONDOTCOM ~ “Opposite Moon” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
4:13 am Iglooghost ~ “Clear Tamei” ~ Clear Tamei (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:17 am Iglooghost ~ “Mei Mode” ~ Steel Mogu (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:21 am Snorlax ~ “Bakra Gets Rinsed” ~ From the Ghetto ~ The Melt ~ 2013
4:26 am Zombieflesheater ~ “Civil War In Kingston (Version)” ~ split 12″ w/ Amboss ~ Restroom Records ~ 2004
4:27 am Gai/Jin ~ “On” ~ Gun Court Singles Series 7″ ~ Wabana Ore Limited ~ 2000
4:32 am Yann Novak ~ “Nothing Ever Transcends Its Immediate Environment” ~ The Future Is a Forward Escape into the Past (new) ~ Touch ~ 2018
4:39 am Amboss ~ “Ex-pi-ate” ~ split 12″ w/ Zombieflesheater ~ Restroom Records ~ 2004
4:44 am Unibomber ~ “Untitled” ~ Post Modern Broadcast ~ Sinthetic Rec. ~ 1998
4:49 am UndaCova ~ “Supressed” ~ Induction ~ Dyslexic Response ~ 2004
4:53 am ADC ~ “Roma 1943” ~ Giammarco Fratocchi E.P. ~ Darkmatter Soundsystem ~ 2006
4:57 am Fire-Toolz ~ “✓ iNTERBEiNG” ~ Skinless X-1 (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2018
5:00 am Death Grips ~ “Disappointed” ~ Year of the Snitch (new) ~ Third Worlds ~ 2018
5:04 am TWINS ~ “Stuck” ~ That Which Is Not Said (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2018
5:07 am Sumac ~ “Attis’ Blade” ~ Love In Shadow (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
5:23 am Alexander Tucker ~ “Ghost on the Ledge” ~ Don’t Look Away (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
5:25 am Eyes of Love ~ “Version of Tomorrow” ~ End of the Game (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
5:30 am K. Leimer ~ “A Nostalgia” ~ Imposed Order/Imposed Absence ~ Palace of Lights Records ~ 1984-1987
5:35 am Klaus Schulze ~ “The Youth” ~ Le Moulin de Daudet ~ MIG ~ 1992
5:36 am Andrew Bernstein ~ “Round Up” ~ An Exploded View of Time (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2018
5:39 am Christian Rønn/Ikue Mori ~ “The Path” ~ Chordis Et Machina (new) ~ Resipiscent/Tonometer Music ~ 2018
5:44 am Roy Montgomery with Circuit des Yeux ~ “Apparition” ~ Suffuse (new) ~ Grapefruit ~ 2018
5:51 am Steve Hauschildt ft. Julianna Barwick ~ “Saccade” ~ Dissolvi (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
5:55 am Dorian Concept ~ “J Buyers” ~ The Nature of Imitation (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018

Crush Collision 8/23/18

August 24, 2018 at 7:55 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:02 pm Gilad Granot ~ “Act VII: Exuberance”
10:06 pm Valerie from the Galerie ~ “Trouble & Strife”
10:10 pm Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones ~ “God”
10:11 pm Mukqs ~ “Menuing [Blind]”
10:16 pm Benedek ~ “Ethereal Burn”
10:20 pm Tzusing ~ “Digital Properties”
10:22 pm Professor Rhythm ~ “Professor 3”
10:26 pm Hatchback ~ “Haiphong Boogie”
10:30 pm Stefan Smith ~ “Mirror (Perel Remix)”
10:36 pm Bjørn Torske ~ “Clean Air”
10:39 pm Detroit’s Filthiest ~ “Hustler’s Anthem”
10:44 pm Sonny ~ “Plastic Worlds”
10:46 pm Ross from Friends ~ “The Beginning”
10:51 pm Delroy Edwards ~ “Sugar Shack”
10:54 pm DJ Senior Vasquez ~ “Air”
10:58 pm Manu ~ “La Rage Du Funky (Remix)”
11:01 pm C. Scott ~ “Thanks For Calling”
11:05 pm Garth James ~ “Dear Lizzie”
11:09 pm Roma Zuckerman ~ “Your Ego”
11:13 pm Kornél Kovács ~ “Babasonic”
11:17 pm Adryiano ~ “Wanna Give U”
11:21 pm Potions ~ “Stars In Line”
11:25 pm Octo Octa ~ “Running”
11:30 pm Fit of Body ft. Coco ~ “Rose Water”
11:32 pm Maxine ~ “Blue Room”
11:37 pm LT ~ “Mesosphere”
11:41 pm Yasmine Hamdan ~ “La Ba’den by Shed”
11:44 pm Oliver Way ~ “Stained Glass Shadows (Estaban Adame Remix)”
11:48 pm Flora FM ~ “Elm Bully”
11:54 pm Brame & Hamo ~ “Limewire (Tuff City Kids Remix)”
11:58 pm Glaskin ~ “Grey Lines”
11:59 pm Dream Cycle ~ “DCYX 5”

E-Saggila: Dedicated To Sublimity LP (BANK Records NYC, 2018)

August 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

E-Saggila: Dedicated To Sublimity LP

Hard, relentless techno which also pauses to reflect on a crushed world (on tracks like “Glass Wing” and “Your Hole”). Detailed beats and cavernous textures, full of motivation but also meditating on hopelessness. “Viper” comes close to danceable power electronics, with distorted hissing seething under tight industrial techno beats. Almost painfully short at 30 minutes, but makes a massive impact.

JK Flesh: Wasplike EP 12″ (Inner Surface Music, 2018)

August 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

JK Flesh: Wasplike EP 12″

I’m finally going to see Godflesh this Wednesday (I’m 0 for 2 on seeing them so far, hope they don’t cancel this time) so I figure I should review Justin Broadrick’s latest EP. This one’s four tracks of banging techno with the expected amounts of searing feedback and stomach-churning bass. Definitely club-focused and functional, more so than usual for Broadrick, but it still has an appropriate amount of menace. Subversive club darkness which will fit in a set easily with Surgeon or Blawan or Randomer but will still leave a bit of that trademark Godlesh sting.

Show #455 – 8/18/18

August 18, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am The Myrrors ~ “Note From the Underground” ~ Borderlands (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2018
2:20 am Djrum ~ “Showreel Pt. 3” ~ Portrait with Firewood (new) ~ R&S ~ 2018
2:30 am Klaus Schulze ~ “Chinese Ears” ~ Virtual Outback ~ MIG ~ 2000
2:37 am Heartworm ~ “The Dead Key” ~ Red Tide ~ A Klass Records ~ 2002
2:45 am Noize Punishment ~ “Wr / Hardcore Man / Gtg 2011 / Dk2 / Brott” ~ Punk Breakcore EP ~ A Klass Records ~~ 2004
2:52 am Techno Animal ~ “Oil King” ~ Demonoid ~ Grand Royal ~ 1997
2:57 am Dust-E-1 ~ “One On One” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Lobster Theremin ~ 2018
3:02 am Powell ~ “Drumz VIP” ~ New Beta Vol. 2 ~ Diagonal ~ 2017
3:06 am Powell ~ “The Bust” ~ New Beta Vol. 1 ~ Diagonal ~ 2017
3:09 am Eomac ~ “Language Has Failed Us” ~ Reconnect (new) ~ Eotrax ~ 2018
3:13 am Lechuga Zafiro ~ “Sapo Diablo” ~ Testigo (new) ~ Naafi ~ 2018
3:16 am Avbvrn ~ “Gorge/Flood (Daniel Ruane Relapse)” ~ A Hunt Remixed (new) ~ JEROME ~ 2018
3:19 am Antagonist ~ “Cycles” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Discipline Records ~ 2018
3:26 am Tim Parker ~ “Slanted” ~ Slanted (new) ~ 20/20 LDN ~ 2018
3:29 am Dorian Concept ~ “No Time Not Mine” ~ The Nature of Imitation (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
3:34 am The Field ~ “Who Goes There” ~ Infinite Moment (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2018
3:43 am Pender Street Steppers ~ “M Flight” ~ 12″ ~ Peoples Potential Unlimited ~ 2014
3:52 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ “Like That” ~ 12″ ~ Technical Equipment Supply ~ 1994
4:00 am Papa M ~ “A Lighthouse Reverie” ~ A Broke Moon Rises (new) ~ Drag City ~ 2018
4:07 am Nicole Mitchell ~ “Constellation Symphony” ~ Maroon Cloud (new) ~ FPE ~ 2018
4:17 am Christian Rønn/Ikue Mori ~ “Beyond the Forest” ~ Chordis Et Machina (new) ~ Resipiscent/Tonometer Music ~ 2018
4:24 am Tim Walters ~ “Creosote Bouquet” ~ Austerity Measures (new) ~ VauxFlores Industrial ~ 2018
4:30 am Bjørn Torske ~ “Clean Air” ~ Byen (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2018
4:37 am Ninjaman ~ “Tings Get Worse” ~ Two for One ~ RAS ~ 1992
4:41 am Ricky & Bunny ~ “Bush Weed Corn Trash” ~ Reggae Nuggets ~ Trojan ~ 1975
4:44 am Sound Directions ~ “Wildflower” ~ ArtDontSleep Presents From L.A. With Love ~ Milan ~ 2007
4:45 am Pluko ~ “Flight” ~ Sixteen (new) ~ Foreign Family Collective ~ 2018
4:48 am Future Bible Heroes ~ “Hopeless” ~ Memories of Love ~ Slow River ~ 1997
4:51 am Benni ~ “End of Light” ~ The Return (new) ~ Goner Records ~ 2018
4:57 am S U R V I V E ~ “Floating Cube” ~ S U R V I V E ~ Holodeck ~ 2012
5:01 am Steve Hauschildt ~ “Dissolvi” ~ Dissolvi (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
5:07 am Helena Hauff ~ “Qualm” ~ Qualm (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
5:10 am Ross from Friends ~ “The Knife” ~ Family Portrait (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
5:13 am Uniform ~ “Found” ~ The Long Walk (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2018
5:17 am Jeff Snyder & Federico Ughi ~ “Dancing at Two Weddings” ~ Duo (new) ~ Carrier ~ 2018
5:22 am The Cluttertones with Lee Pui Ming ~ “Gull” ~ Leeways (new) ~ Snailbongbong ~ 2018
5:32 am Jeff Greinke ~ “High Flyers of the Night Sky” ~ Before Sunrise (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2018
5:38 am Steve Coleman and Five Elements ~ “rmT | Figit Time” ~ Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (new) ~ Pi Recordings ~ 2018
5:54 am K. Leimer ~ “Water Music” ~ Imposed Order ~ Palace of Lights Records ~ 1983

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