Beast: Ens (Thrill Jockey, 2018)

October 28, 2018 at 6:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Beast: Ens

Koen Holtkamp’s Beast moniker makes its debut on Thrill Jockey with this gently riveting release. Much more rhythmic than some of his other work, these compositions sometimes feature drum machines backing his lightly swarming guitars and cosmic synth arpeggios. It’s super melodic and sounds bright and hopeful. “Color Feel” includes a diving-bomb whistle descending throughout a sea of pianos, and it ends up being more uplifting than unnerving. “Staren” is a bit more audacious, with deep drums booming underneath a complex arrangement of cycling strings (plucked and bowed) and synths. The album ends with the majestic sunlight waves of “For Otto”.

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Rocket 808: Digital Billboards 7″ (12XU, 2018)

October 27, 2018 at 6:56 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rocket 808: Digital Billboards 7″

Garage rock veteran John Schooley presents an entirely successful fusion of distorted rock’n’roll guitars and vintage drum machines. “Digital Bilboards” is somewhere in between 20 Jazz Funk Greats and either “Human Fly” or “Planet Claire”, but instrumental, and with heavier layers of swooping, tremolo-doused surf guitars. The B-side is a cover of Elvis’ “Mystery Train” which sounds halfway between Suicide and Digital Leather. I’m totally up for more of this.

ATM: The Inglewood Tapes Vol. 2 LP (Radical Documents, 2018)

October 27, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

ATM: The Inglewood Tapes Vol. 2 LP

Jokey drum machine punks ATM don’t divert too much from the sound of their first record on Vol. 2, but this one just happens to be a lot better. They still love singing and shouting in funny voices and fake accents, but they’re not as annoying this time around. The songs themselves are more creative, and honestly a lot more fun. After the trippy slow-and-loose disco of “No Time” comes the zippy “Rave Nature”, filled with distorted, echo-covered “Wooooooo!”s. “Sad Onion” and “Caliente” are both sung in overly zealous Spanish, while “Asco” alternates between Spanish lyrics and a fake British accent over a pleasant drum machine skip. Starry instrumental “MDMA Bliss” lives up to its title. “Poetry” is the album’s sophomoric low point, but it’s only a minute or so. “Slow Skronk” has a steady, minimal rhythm and barely controlled bursts of guitar feedback and trumpet. Everything here still sounds like it was recorded in a bedroom in one take, but the best of these songs just make more of a lasting impression than anything on Vol. 1.

Show #463 – 10/27/18

October 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Back from vacation!
Mic break music = George Harrison: Electronic Sound
2:03 am Helios ~ Upward Beside the Gale ~ Veriditas (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
2:09 am Gavin Gamboa ~ Mareas ~ Mareas (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
2:22 am Beast ~ Color Feel ~ Ens (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
2:39 am Yamaneko ~ Unreachable Feeling ~ Afterglow (new) ~ Local Ation ~ 2018
2:44 am Ahnnu ~ Grouping ~ Parallax (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2018
2:50 am Driftmachine ~ Shift II ~ Shunter (new) ~ Umor Rex ~ 2018
2:52 am Hollie Cook ~ Dub Like Chocolate ~ 7″ (new) ~ Merge ~ 2018
2:56 am Amduscias ~ War On Venius ~ 7th Floor (new) ~ Space Hardware ~ 2018
3:00 am WEN ~ CURVE_RELAY ~ EPHEM:ERA (new) ~ Big Dada ~ 2018
3:03 am Lone ~ Smoke Signals ~ Modeselektion Vol. 04 (new) ~ Monkeytown/Ninja Tune ~ 2018
3:09 am EQ Why & Diamond Soul ~ 314 ~ Spring Steeze ~ Bedlam Tapes ~ 2018
3:11 am Stave & Grebenstein ~ Stirn ~ Live From Frankfurter Straße (new) ~ Standards & Practices ~ 2018
3:16 am Homeboy Sandman & Edan ~ Unwavering Mind ~ Humble Pi (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
3:19 am Them Are Us Too ~ Could Deepen ~ Amends (new) ~ Dais ~ 2018
3:29 am SRSQ ~ Only One ~ Unreality (new) ~ Dais ~ 2018
3:38 am Julia Holter ~ Voce Simul ~ Aviary (new) ~ Domino ~ 2018
3:45 am John Carpenter ~ Michael Kills Again ~ Halloween (2018) soundtrack (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2018
3:48 am Machine Girl ~ A Decent Man ~ The Ugly Art (new) ~ Kitty On Fire ~ 2018
3:59 am Demdike Stare ~ At It Again ~ Passion (new) ~ Modern Love ~ 2018
4:06 am end.user feat. trash.eater ~ Cracked Mirror ~ Resurface (new) ~ Hands Productions ~ 2018
4:10 am JK Flesh ~ The Next Stage ~ New Horizon (new) ~ Electric Deluxe ~ 2018
4:16 am SCAM ~ Host ~ Vibrio (new) ~ DECISIONS ~ 2018
4:20 am Jasmine Infiniti ~ What I Need ~ SiS (new) ~ Club Chai ~ 2018
4:25 am Angel-Ho ~ Doll ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
4:27 am Sunareht ~ Call On Meht ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
4:36 am FRKTL ~ Eigenspace ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
4:43 am Jerusalem in My Heart ~ Layali Al-Rast ~ Daqa’iq Tudaiq (Minutes That Bother) (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2018
4:49 am Rotator ~ Labba Labba ~ 12″ ~ Broklyn Beats ~ 2006
4:53 am VXO ~ Why U Call Me ~ VXO EP (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2018
4:58 am Jlin ~ Kundalini ~ Autobiography (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
5:02 am Why Sheep? ~ The Answered Prayer (Speedball Mix) ~ Sublime the Adolescence ~ Sublime Records ~ 1997
5:14 am Alaska & Paradox ~ Uncertain Journey ~ Looking Back 3 ~ Looking Good Records ~ 2001
5:21 am Autechre ~ under BOAC ~ LP5 ~ Warp ~ 1998
5:34 am Cobra Man ~ Living In Hell ~ Toxic Planet (new) ~ Goner Records ~ 2018
5:37 am Jerry Paper ~ My God ~ Like a Baby (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
5:40 am Rocket 808 ~ Mystery Train ~ 7″ (new) ~ 12XU ~ 2018
5:42 am Marie Davidson ~ The Psychologist ~ Working Class Woman (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
5:47 am Makaya McCraven ~ Holy Lands ~ Universal Beings (new) ~ International Anthem ~ 2018
5:52 am Low ~ Poor Sucker ~ Double Negative (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2018
5:55 am Jessica Moss ~ Fractals (Truth 2) ~ Entanglement (new) ~ Constellation Records ~ 2018

EQ Why & Diamond Soul: Spring Steeze (Bedlam Tapes, 2018)

October 7, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

EQ Why & Diamond Soul: Spring Steeze

Truly avant-garde footwork with torn-apart samples, glitching, static, scrambling, rhythmic turntable scratching, and of course the insisting, throbbing juke rhythms. Some of the most anarchic, rulebook-destroying footwork I’ve heard in a long time. So noisy and art-damaged and just plain hardcore. This should be way longer than 16 minutes, but it’s just pure concentrated power as it is. Name-your-price DL and limited cassette available from the label’s Bandcamp.

Show #462 – 10/6/18

October 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Helios ~ Eventually ~ Veriditas (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
2:05 am Oneohtrix Point Never ~ Trance 1 ~ We’ll Take It (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
2:11 am Black Taffy ~ Balladet ~ Parlour Arcana EP (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2018
2:14 am Todd Osborn (local) ~ side B ~ white label 12″ (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2018
2:20 am Kelela with Ahya Simone (local) ~ Enough ~ TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
2:27 am Jerry Paper ~ Did I Buy It? ~ Like a Baby (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
2:30 am Swartz Et (local) ~ Daydreams ~ A Living Thing (new) ~ Utter East ~ 2018
2:41 am BadBadNotGood x Little Dragon ~ Tried ~ single (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
2:44 am Mosca ~ Kidney Version ~ Air Texture VI (new) ~ Air Texture ~ 2018
2:48 am FaltyDL ~ Going West ~ Air Texture VI (new) ~ Air Texture ~ 2018
2:54 am Marie Davidson ~ Work It ~ Working Class Woman (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
2:59 am Eric Copeland ~ Electric Mud ~ Trogg Modal Vol. 1 (new) ~ DFA ~ 2018
3:04 am Mike Simonetti ~ A Prayer For War ~ Sollipsism (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2018
3:11 am Julien ~ Face of God ~ Face of God ~ Orange Milk ~ 2016
3:21 am Bong-Ra ~ Worker ~ Colony Of Electric Machines ~ Vynalogica ~ 2005
3:25 am Minion ~ Bunny Box ~ Audible Defacatus ~ Dyslexic Response ~ 2001
3:28 am Dillinja ~ Violent Killa ~ 12″ ~ Valve ~ 1997
3:34 am Panacea ~ Stormbringer ~ Low Profile Darkness ~ Position Chrome ~ 1997
3:41 am DJ Zinc ~ ?ugees Or Not? ~ 12″ ~ white label ~ 1996
3:48 am Armand Van Helden ~ Aint Armand ~ 12″ ~ AV8 ~ 1996
3:54 am System 7 ~ Big City Sky (Jacob’s Optical Stairway Remix) ~ System Express ~ Butterfly Records ~ 1996
4:01 am ANFS ~ Kounoupi ~ A Shallow Ascetic (new) ~ Horo ~ 2018
4:06 am Kasra ~ Miso ~ Ski Mask EP (new) ~ Critical Music ~ 2018
4:11 am Esc x Mineral ~ Soul Toucher ~ New Blood 018 (new) ~ Med School ~ 2018
4:17 am Russ Gabriel ~ Snails ~ Intermission ~ Plug Research ~ 2001
4:23 am John Tejada ~ Red Lit Night ~ The Matrix Of Us ~ Defocus ~ 2000
4:27 am Jlin ~ Blue i ~ Autobiography (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
4:31 am Robert Rich ~ Protista Mephista ~ The Biode (new) ~ Soundscape ~ 2018
4:39 am Thou ~ Fallow State ~ Inconsolable (new) ~ Community Records ~ 2018
4:43 am Timmy’s Organism (local) ~ Wall of Grey ~ Survival of the Fiendish (new) ~ Burger Records ~ 2018
4:47 am The Intelligence ~ Whip My Valet ~ Live In San Francisco ~ Castle Face ~ 2016
4:50 am Exploded View ~ Sleepers ~ Obey (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2018
4:53 am Jenny & Jackie (local) ~ Murderers ~ Summer (new) ~ Wild Bunny Records ~ 2018
4:58 am True Blue (local) ~ Only If You Want To ~ Solitary Queen (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
5:02 am Fred Thomas (local) ~ Alcohol Poisoning ~ Aftering (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018
5:05 am Advance Base ~ Care ~ Animal Companionship (new) ~ Orindal Records/Run for Cover ~ 2018
5:08 am Low ~ Dancing and Blood ~ Double Negative (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2018
5:14 am Capital Punishment ~ Cosmos ~ Roadkill ~ Captured Tracks ~ 1982
5:18 am Fire! ~ To Shave the Leaves. In Red. In Black. ~ The Hands (new) ~ Rune Grammofon ~ 2018
5:28 am Lea Bertucci ~ Accumulations ~ Metal Aether (new) ~ NNA Tapes ~ 2018
5:41 am Tim Hecker ~ In Death Valley ~ Konoyo (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2018
5:46 am Lonnie Holley ~ There Was Always Water ~ MITH (new) ~ Jagjaguwar ~ 2018
5:52 am Ben Chatwin ~ Coruscate ~ Drone Signals (new) ~ Village Green ~ 2018
5:56 am Robert Poss ~ More Frozen Flowers ~ Frozen Flowers Curse the Day (new) ~ Trace Elements ~ 2018

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