Om Unit: Violet 2×10″ EP (Violet, 2019) + Om Unit/Kid Drama: Untitled Works 12″ EP (Apollo, 2019)

February 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Om Unit: Violet 2×10″ EP

Continuing to blur the lines between drum’n’bass, footwork, and dubstep, Om Unit is still putting out records at an astonishing rate. All four of these tracks would work perfectly in practically any 160-170 BPM set, but the reggae samples and extra dubwise basslines make “Righteousness” and “Sleeping Dragon” stand out. “City Lights” is closer to a more dubbed-out version of mid-’90s ambient jungle, and “Shackup” is similar but with more skeletal breakbeats. Very concentrated and high-energy.

Om Unit/Kid Drama: Untitled Works 12″ EP

Less club-ready is Om Unit’s first EP for R&S ambient sister label Apollo, which is co-produced by Kid Drama (aka Jon Convex). These tracks have fast beats but they aren’t as complex or busy, and they seem to move much slower overall. The second track has some shoegaze-y guitar which gives it an extra dose of heartache. Then there’s some heavier jungle breaks and bass on the third track. The fourth track is a bit cooled out but it’s still gliding along with thick, floating waves of bass and kicking beats.

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Rich Pellegrin: Down (OA2 Records, 2019)

February 17, 2019 at 2:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rich Pellegrin: Down

Rich Pellegrin’s third album for OA2 features the brilliant Seattle duo Bad Luck as well as the Mizzou New Music Ensemble (on the alternate version of the album’s title track). Opening piece “Trial” is an instant attention-grabber, filled with complex, stop-on-a-dime arrangements and an overabundant amount of energy. Absolutely fresh and exciting. “Birthright” isn’t quite as explosive or colorful, but it’s still intense in its own way, slowly boiling and featuring an incredible bas solo by Evan Flory-Barnes. “Down” and “Acceptance” both seem semi-mournful, but not entirely, and “Exile” is reserved but gradually buds into a joyful state. For the concluding, alternate version of “Down”, Pellegrin successfully pushed the Mizzou New Music Ensemble out of their comfort zone, making non-jazz-trained musicians improvise, and it sounds completely natural.

Paint Thinner: The Sea of Pulp LP (Oblek, 2019)

February 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Paint Thinner: The Sea of Pulp LP

Detroit’s Paint Thinner (including former members of Frustrations, Terrible Twos, and Human Eye) make their long-awaited vinyl debut, three years on from their demo tape and following gigs with bands such as His Name Is Alive and Ritual Howls. This band make stark, uncompromising post-punk reflecting a lifetime of dread and disillusionment. The music is all barbed wire guitars and starethrough vocals, and it’s as bleak as it is tense and electro-shocked. The album starts with “A Day In My Head”, which stretches out to a sort of desert-psych extended solo ending. Then most of the album is relatively straightforward songs like the dream-dashing “Fell Flat” or the harsh surf of “Glistening Dots”, songs which for all their bitterness and disappointment and offputting nature, still contain attention-grabbing hooks. After “Hidden Key” ends in several minutes of off-the-rails noisy soloing, there’s a space-clearing instrumental “Interlude”, and it all ends with the blistering 9-minute confessional “In Your Tower”, which ends up rushing into a dramatic faux-orchestral section. Now available from Bandcamp.

Show #481 – 2/16/19

February 16, 2019 at 1:47 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Rich Pellegrin ~ Trial ~ Down (new) ~ OA2 ~ 2019
2:08 am Eli Keszler ~ Corrosion Kingdom ~ Empire (new) ~ Shelter Press ~ 2019
2:13 am Inoyama Land ~ Apple Star ~ Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 ~ Light In The Attic ~ 1983
2:18 am Yellow Magic Orchestra ~ Loom ~ Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 ~ Light In The Attic ~ 1981
2:24 am KTL ~ MadHIT ~ The Pyre: Versions Distilled To Stereo (new) ~ Shelter Press ~ 2018
2:33 am Stephan Haluska ~ Empty Room ~ Empty Room (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
2:40 am Nivhek [aka Grouper] ~ After its own death: Side B ~ After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house (new) ~ Yellow Electric ~ 2019
3:02 am Lucy Echo [aka Scientific Sunshine, R.I.P.] (local) ~ FLUX ~ Dandere (new) ~ Trashfuck ~ 2018
3:06 am King Midas Sound ~ The Lonely ~ Solitude (new) ~ Cosmo Rhythmatic ~ 2019
3:12 am Jessica Pratt ~ Crossing ~ Quiet Signs (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
3:14 am Julia Kent ~ Conditional Futures ~ Temporal (new) ~ Leaf ~ 2019
3:18 am Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends ~ Niagara ~ Nue (new) ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 2018
3:25 am Green Dome ~ Da Puzzle ~ Thinking in Stitches (new) ~ Case Study Records ~ 2019
3:29 am Black to Comm ~ Licking the Fig Tree ~ Seven Horses for Seven Kings (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
3:34 am Nektar ~ Desolation Valley / Waves ~ A Tab In The Ocean ~ Purple Pyramid ~ 1972
3:42 am Russian Circles ~ Burial ~ Memorial ~ Sargent House ~ 2013
3:47 am BadBadNotGood ~ Lavender ~ IV ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2016
3:50 am Homeshake ~ Just Like My ~ Helium (new) ~ Sinderlyn ~ 2019
3:54 am Eki Shola ~ Suspension of Life ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:58 am TOKiMONSTA ~ Fallen Arches ~ Brainfeeder X ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2011
4:01 am David Holmes ~ Let’s Get Killed ~ Let’s Get Killed ~ Go! Beat ~ 1997
4:09 am Mark Stewart + the Maffia ~ Liberty Dub ~ Learning to Cope with Cowardice/The Lost Tapes ~ Mute ~ 1983
4:13 am Czarface/Ghostface Killah ~ Iron Claw ~ Czarface Meets Ghostface (new) ~ Silver Age ~ 2019
4:17 am Endemic Void ~ Inflections ~ Equations ~ Language ~ 1996
4:23 am Mirage [aka Source Direct] ~ Deep Rage ~ Leon Vynehall: DJ-Kicks ~ !K7 ~ 1995
4:29 am VT100 ~ bio ~ The Burden of Irrational Optimism (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:37 am Laurel Halo (local) ~ Sweetie (DJ-Kicks) ~ DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2019
4:44 am KX Noizsystem ~ Donate Your Sonic Organs ~ Donate Your Sonic Organs ~ KX Noizsystem ~ 1995
4:49 am Arzach ~ Arena ~ 12″ ~ Acid Orange ~ 1995
5:00 am Freddy Fresh ~ DJ Unfriendly ~ Blinky & Hud E.P. ~ Analog Records USA/Digidl ~ 1993
5:06 am Infarct ~ Brain Spasms ~ Nuclear Fission ~ IST Records ~ 1995
5:12 am Alkahest ~ Seance 33 ~ Universal Constant E.P. ~ Post Contemporary ~ 1994
5:19 am Radioactive Goldfish ~ Pink Potassium ~ Sonik Friktion / Pink Potato ~ Majii Records/Cheetah Records ~ 1992
5:24 am Mouse on Mars ~ Diskdusk ~ Niun Niggung ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 1999
5:29 am Lubomyr Melnyk ~ Son of Parasol ~ Fallen Trees (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018
5:37 am Paint Thinner (local) ~ Hidden Key ~ The Sea of Pulp (new) ~ Oblek ~ 2019
5:43 am Fred Frith Trio ~ Love and Other Embers ~ Closer to the Ground (new) ~ Intakt ~ 2018
5:50 am Magela Herrera ~ Ahora ~ Explicaciones (new) ~ Brontosaurus ~ 2019

Crush Collision 2/14/19

February 15, 2019 at 9:11 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Posting the audio for this one cause it BANGZZZZZ

Hour 1
10:00 pm Blue Veil ~ Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse
10:08 pm Jakwob ~ Paranoid
10:11 pm Ancient Methods ~ Twelve Stones to Divide Jordan’s Sand
10:14 pm CutOff!CutOff! ~ Reversed Effort
10:19 pm Silent Servant ~ Loss Response
10:21 pm Oli Furness ~ Tension
10:26 pm Denise Rabe ~ Lucy’s Dream (Orphx Remix)
10:31 pm Flaminia ~ Fear of Fire (Headless Horseman Remix)
10:34 pm Outlander [NOT the one who did “Vamp”] ~ Cant Change Weapons While In Combat
10:39 pm HVOB ~ Zinc (Vril Remix)
10:45 pm Marcelus ~ Parenthesis
10:51 pm Shifted ~ Pyx
10:55 pm Vril ~ Kaoz
Hour 2
11:03 pm DiNT ~ Shovel (Ontal Remix)
11:06 pm Kaltès & Nene H. ~ Resist
11:10 pm Milo Spykers ~ Zenith
11:15 pm Regina Demina ~ Pyromane (Fifth Era Remix)
11:19 pm Moment Trigger ~ Zeta Reticuli
11:23 pm Sciahri ~ Heedless
11:30 pm Rommek ~ Grintstone (James Ruskin Remix)
11:35 pm CutOff!CutOff! ~ Fluxus
11:39 pm Ansome ~ British Steel
11:44 pm Oliver Way ~ Lucky Dip (Scan X Remix)
11:50 pm Alexander Kowalski ~ The Carbon Boy
11:55 pm Arctor ~ Selfish Lover (Patrick Walker Remix)

Stephan Haluska: Empty Room tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2018)

February 9, 2019 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Stephan Haluska: Empty Room tape

Ambient harp music which somehow sounds darker and more mysterious than most music of that nature. You usually expect it to be all fluttering and angelic, but here’s “Empty Room” sounding sparse and isolated… and yet it’s not impenetrable avant-garde anti-music. There’s some immense beauty to this album, it just doesn’t present itself in an obvious way. The last track, “Ocean Projector”, is over 12 minutes long, and for the first half it’s barely audible, but before you know it you’re being swallowed whole.

Show #480 – 2/9/19

February 9, 2019 at 3:48 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Hopechest ~ Kismet / Saturn Return ~ split tape w/ Edwin Perry Manchester (new) ~ Impermanent Projects ~ 2018
2:12 am Skin Lies (local) ~ Meta-Quotations/Soiled, Discarded ~ split 7″ w/ Benoit Pioulard (new) ~ Impermanent Projects ~ 2018
2:16 am Talc ~ side A ~ Eye Idols (new) ~ Impermanent Projects ~ 2018
2:30 am Mark McGuire ~ Trips Through the Park ~ Tidings/Amethyst Waves ~ Weird Forest ~ 2007
2:49 am Gossimer ~ Crowning ~ Crowning (new) ~ Impermanent Projects ~ 2018
3:04 am Silk Road Assassins ft. WWWINGS ~ Shadow Realm ~ State of Ruin (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
3:06 am Boy Harsher ~ Come Closer ~ Careful (new) ~ Nude Club ~ 2019
3:11 am Torn Hawk ~ I Hate Weed ~ Time Is A Scam (new) ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2018
3:15 am Makthaverskan ~ Onkel ~ 7″ (new) ~ Run For Cover ~ 2019
3:18 am Jessica Pratt ~ This Time Around ~ Quiet Signs (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
3:21 am Toro Y Moi ft. Abra ~ Miss Me ~ Outer Peace (new) ~ Carpark ~ 2019
3:24 am Eki Shola ~ Looped ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:27 am Suzi Analogue ft. Junglepussy ~ 2DEEP ~ mp3 (new) ~ Never Normal ~ 2019
3:31 am Pod Blotz (local) ~ Beyond the Body ~ Eminent Domain (new) ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2019
3:36 am Ray Keith ~ Now Is The Time ~ Planet V ~ V ~ 1998
3:43 am Mazdaratti ~ Excelsior ~ 12″ ~ Telepathic ~ 1992
3:49 am R-Zac 23 ~ Apocalyptic Heroes ~ Base Support / Apocalyptic Heroes ~ Drop Bass Network ~ 1995
4:02 am Inventions and Diamentions [Fanon Flowers] (local) ~ Raw Vibes ~ The Sleeper EP ~ PHOQ U ~ 1992
4:06 am The Outcasts ~ Dreams of an Alien Intelligence (Alphaville Mix 3) ~ Demos ~ Delancey Mass of Black ~ 1995
4:19 am Woody McBride ~ Aroma ~ Balance ~ Drop Bass Network ~ 1994
4:24 am Lester Fitzpatrick ~ Tone Control ~ 12″ ~ Relief ~ 1995
4:30 am Tim Harper ~ Eugene Harper ~ 12″ ~ Relief ~ 1995
4:38 am Klaus Schulze’s Wahnfried ~ Aphrodesire ~ Trance 4 Motion ~ MIG ~ 2000
4:45 am Hypnotech ~ Mission In Congo ~ Prototech ~ Dark Entries ~ 1984
4:57 am Mazdaratti ~ Fox Hunt ~ 12″ ~ Telepathic ~ 1993
5:05 am Acid Horse ~ No Name, No Slogan (Produced By Cabaret Voltaire) ~ 12″ ~ Wax Trax! ~ 1989
5:14 am Ministry ~ So What ~ Live Necronomicon ~ Cleopatra ~ 1990
5:25 am New Zion w. Cyro ~ Onda ~ Sunshine Seas ~ RareNoise ~ 2016
5:33 am Shorelights (local) ~ Lighthouses ~ Ancient Lights (new) ~ Subwax BCN ~ 2018
5:38 am John Kameel Farah ~ Fantasia ~ Time Sketches ~ Neue Meister ~ 2017
5:50 am Lubomyr Melnyk ~ Barcarolle ~ Fallen Trees (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018

Impermanent Projects mega-post

February 6, 2019 at 10:37 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Antsy #1

Portland-based Impermanent Projects has been putting on events, releasing music, and creating art since 2017. Their website stresses their mission to add to the cultural conversation rather than the trash heap, and while they might not be the most prolific label around, what they do put out hopefully means something. The first issue of their long-in-the-making Antsy zine is finally out, and while it can easily be digested in the span of a couple hours, there’s a lot of wonderful, insightful information and literature here. Dustin Krcatovich (Impermanent Projects co-founder, along with Micah Vanderhoof) interviews the always-inspiring Space Lady, Fred Thomas and Dominic Coppola reminisce about the ’90s, and there’s an eyewitness report about the Fargo noise scene. Among lots of other stuff. Well worth checking out, very tidy, professional layout but still resolutely DIY in content.

Benoît Pioulard/Skin Lies: split 7″

The label’s first batch of musical releases includes a split 7″ featuring two former WCBN DJs (Dustin and Benoît Pioulard). Pioulard’s side is filled with sighing loops which swoop, joined by other celestial sounds, making it sound like far more is going on than actually is, filling the room up with glowing spirits. The label states that it’s 5 and a half minutes long, but it’s so engrossing that it seems to transcend all notions of time, and it feels half as long. Skin Lies’ side is a big jolt after the first one. It’s more abrasive, and also more swampy, filled with bizarre insectoid chirping as well as some nearly poisonous noise attacks. Still, it’s also pretty ethereal and mind-bathing rather than brutal, and there’s even a song buried deep under the radioactive foam.

Gossimer: Crowning tape

One of several tapes issued in this particular Impermanent Project is one from Gossimer, consisting of a single gorgeous 15-minute piece using a tuning fork, a white noise machine, a delay pedal, a vibrator (!), and other objects/devices. It starts out sparse, then a melange of scrapes, buzzes, and yes, vibrations all blur together into a much more musical heap of tones than you might expect at first. Then there’s a deep level of bass fluctuating underneath a thick blanket of hiss, but you almost don’t even notice the hiss because of how the bass makes you feel. Then another cluster of sounds expand and begin plucking at the strings of your soul.

Edwin Perry Manchester/Hopechest: split tape

Providing a tiny glimpse into the aforementioned Fargo noise scene is the split tape from scene veteran Edwin Perry Manchester and Hopechest. Perry’s “The Evil Spirit That Devours Mankind” is a disturbing fever dream filled with slow, reversed creaks and thwacks, as well as a few hair-raising crashes and shrieks. Mankind definitely doesn’t survive this one. The Hopechest side, however, couldn’t be more different. This one sounds like nothing short of a spiritual rebirth after the doom-spelling first side. And it’s not even all that “happy” or “blissed out”-sounding. It floats and feels light and glowing, yet if you pay close attention it’s actually quite grimy and curdled. A really refreshing blend of meditative truth-seeking and subtly manipulated weirdness.

Talc: Eye Idols tape

My favorite tape of the batch, however, has to be Eye Idols by Talc, simply because of how absurd, chaotic, and straight-up fun it is. This one is all mangled, incinerated, and glop-encrusted tapes, with stereo panning action so that it resembles some sort of drunk, absurdist sound clash using far-from-functioning equipment and half-melted cassettes. It’s somewhere between Moth Cock and Invisbl Skratch Piklz Vs. Da Klamz Uv Deth if it was made by rabid mutant gerbils playing singing bowls. And the second side seems to have been partly composed by a dolphin.

Show #479 – 2/2/19

February 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Hedvig Mollestad Trio ~ Lucidness ~ Smells Funny (new) ~ Rune Grammofon ~ 2018
2:07 am Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet ~ Cherokee ~ Study in Brown ~ EmArcy ~ 1955
2:13 am Ellen Rowe Octet (local) ~ The Soul Keepers ~ Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion (new) ~ Smokin’ Sleddog Records ~ 2019
2:19 am Bill Evans Trio ~ Very Early ~ Moonbeams ~ Riverside ~ 1962
2:24 am Duncan McMillan (local) ~ Room with a View ~ Room with a View (new) ~ Big O ~ 2018
2:30 am Pantha du Prince ~ Mondholz ~ Mondholz: Remixes & Canons 10″ ~ Neue Meister ~ 2017
2:40 am Eki Shola ~ Butterfly ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:44 am Suzi Analogue feat. King Britt ~ Never Normalize ~ mp3 (new) ~ Never Normal ~ 2019
2:48 am Octo Octa ~ I Need You ~ For Lovers (new) ~ Technicolour ~ 2019
2:58 am Boymerang ~ Blue Notes ~ Breakbeat Science ~ Volume ~ 1996
3:05 am CFCF ~ Closed Space (Single Edit) ~ Liquid Colours (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
3:11 am CFCF ~ December 25, 1999 ~ December 25, 1999 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
3:18 am Hoover ~ Hoover1 B ~ 12″ (new) ~ nOWT ~ 2019
3:23 am The Higher ~ Submarine ’95 ~ The Core (new) ~ XL ~ 2018
3:29 am Moresounds ~ Shut Up ~ Gradients Vol. 2 (new) ~ Astrophonica ~ 2018
3:33 am Sully ~ Qualia ~ Gradients Vol. 2 (new) ~ Astrophonica ~ 2018
3:39 am Zinja Hlungwani ~ N’wagezani My Love ~ Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa ~ Honest Jon’s Records ~ 2010
3:47 am Catdog ~ No Ones Going to Like It ~ ADHD (new) ~ IndustrieStandard Records ~ 2018
3:50 am frank angotti is dead ~ Patch Work ~ ADHD (new) ~ IndustrieStandard Records ~ 2018
3:53 am Vester Koza ~ Taped Over The Courtyard Mix ~ Loader Mither (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2018
3:59 am Robert Valera ~ Test 2 ~ False Endings (new) ~ brokntoys ~ 2019
4:04 am T. Abshire ~ Metal Trak ~ Acid Wash ~ Trax ~ 1993
4:09 am DJ Sneak ~ Purple Haze ~ Blue Funk II ~ Relief ~ 1995
4:17 am GU [Glenn Underground] ~ Slam’en Mutha’s ~ Clap Yo Hands ~ Relief ~ 1994
4:22 am Differ-Ent (local) ~ Fasten 8 Shun ~ It’s Good To Be Differ-Ent ~ Don’t Be Afraid ~ 2017
4:30 am Precipitation ~ Sky 1 ~ Earth/Sky (new) ~ 100% Silk ~ 2018
4:40 am The Connection Machine ~ Poly 800 ~ Bitflower ~ Planet E ~ 1994
4:46 am Magnétophonique ~ Sunstroke ~ Une Cartographie Idéale (new) ~ Not Not Fun ~ 2018
4:49 am OCA ~ Harmo Rain ~ Preset Music (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
4:52 am Rhucle ~ Crystal ~ More Beautiful Than Silence (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
4:56 am Slowdive ~ Miranda ~ Pygmalion ~ Creation Records ~ 1995
5:01 am Sharkula x Mukqs ~ Hitchhiking on the Mic Device ~ Prune City (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
5:06 am Meat Beat Manifesto ~ Re-Animator Part 4 ~ Storm the Studio ~ Wax Trax! ~ 1989
5:10 am Masaki ~ Bird-eyes View ~ 40 Days/40 Nights ~ Stratosphere Music ~ 1983
5:14 am Varispeed ~ Tail are ~ Empty Words (new) ~ Gold Bolus ~ 2019
5:17 am The Nouveau Classical Project ~ Cy by David Bird ~ Currents (new) ~ Gold Bolus ~ 2019
5:24 am Antoni Maiovvi & the Karakura Orchestra ~ Magician’s Guilt ~ Abdullah Original Soundtrack ~ Death Waltz ~ 2017
5:32 am Shorelights (local) ~ Late Summer Rain ~ Ancient Lights (new) ~ Subwax BCN ~ 2018
5:38 am Guided by Voices ~ Your Lights Are Out ~ Zeppelin Over China (new) ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2019
5:41 am The Go-Betweens ~ Newton Told Me ~ Spring Hill Fair (reissue) ~ Jetset ~ 1984
5:43 am The Go-Betweens ~ I Just Get Caught Out (Early Version) ~ Tallulah (reissue) ~ Jetset ~ 1987
5:46 am Buzzcocks ~ Operators Manual ~ Love Bites ~ Domino ~ 1978
5:49 am Buzzcocks ~ Moving Away From the Pulsebeat ~ Another Music in a Different Kitchen ~ Domino ~ 1978
5:56 am Sharon Van Etten ~ Comeback Kid ~ Remind Me Tomorrow (new) ~ Jagjaguwar ~ 2019

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