Teeth of the Sea: Wraith (Rocket Recordings, 2019)

March 31, 2019 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Teeth of the Sea: Wraith

From their last album, I had the idea that Teeth of the Sea were some sort of warped, futuristic psych-rock band, even if they didn’t really sound like what you might normally associate with the genre. This album is further from any sort of arbitrary labeling; it’s just bold, expressive music from a highly creative entity. The first track is called “I’d Rather, Jack” and it’s a storming electro number with blazing guitars, twilit trumpet, and Moroder-ish soundtrack synths. It’s dark, furious, and surges with a messy, fervid intensity. “Hiraeth” is slower and more spaced-out, maybe approximating some sort of future Spaghetti western score. “Fortean Steed” is the only song with upfront vocals here, and it’s a haunted piece of Projekt-style ethereal folk, filled with strange forest-like noises. Absolutely lovely. Then “Visitor” is another extended sequencer jazz wig-out. The other big stand-out is “Gladiators Ready”, which turns eerie sci-fi synth melodies into the sort of squelchy electronica that was seemingly in vogue during the late ’90s.

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Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen: Toward the Horizon (Spotted Peccary, 2019)

March 30, 2019 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen: Toward the Horizon

Gotta be honest, when I first saw this I had the artist confused with José Padilla and I was expecting Ibiza chill-out type music. This is just as far from being aggressive, but it’s an entirely different mind state. Bringing to mind System 7 and Brain Machine, it’s cosmic ambient space-rock with expansive synths and farthest-nebula guitars, and occasionally it works up into dance beats. Almost all of the tracks are over 10 minutes, so it’s perfect for extended zone-outs. “Tidal Disruption” is the biggest track here, starting off with robot-wars drifting before gaining overdriven guitars and automotive beats. After that, it gets darker and deeper, and a lot more minimal. Really soothing and sometimes brain-stimulating.

Show #487 – 3/30/19

March 30, 2019 at 1:08 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Come see Ectomorph & MEMCO DJs @ Club Above tonight! Doors open at 10PM!
2:00 am Fennesz ~ Rainfall ~ Agora (new) ~ Touch ~ 2019
2:10 am Jeff Snyder ~ Ghostline ~ Concerning the Nature of Things (new) ~ Carrier ~ 2018
2:22 am American Pleasure Club ~ Ban This Book ~ Fucking Bliss (new) ~ Run For Cover ~ 2019
2:27 am Forrest Fang ~ To the End and Back ~ The Fata Morgana Dream (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2019
2:33 am Ectomorph (local) ~ Quells ~ Stalker ~ Interdimensional Transmissions ~ 2018
2:38 am Ectomorph (local) ~ Satori ~ Stark EP ~ Interdimensional Transmissions ~ 1995
2:44 am Ectomorph (local) ~ The Haunting (ADULT. Remix) ~ Comin’ From Tha D (Installment 3.0) ~ Intuit-Solar ~ 1999
2:48 am Bombardier ~ Bleed ~ Biomech Warfare EP ~ Low Res ~ 1999
2:53 am Abelcain ~ Musca Domestica ~ Pantheon Of Fiends ~ Zhark International ~ 2005
2:59 am Zwingli ~ Vinacco ~ You Know How We Do ~ Sonicterror ~ 2004
3:04 am Soundmurderer & SK-1 (local) ~ Badman ~ Rewind Records ~ Rewind Records/Rephlex ~ 2002
3:12 am Fixate ~ Ripgroove Refix ~ (radio rip, forthcoming official release) (new) ~ Ice Cream Records ~ 2019
3:18 am Lemon D ~ This Is Los Angeles ~ Platinum Breakz ~ Metalheadz ~ 1995
3:25 am Dope Skillz ~ Six Million Ways ~ 119 Cru: Californiadrumandbass ~ Sub Base Records USA ~ 1995
3:30 am Aphrodite ~ B.M. Funkster ~ Aphrodite ~ V2 ~ 1999
3:37 am Reel Time ~ Mine ~ Through The Eyes Presented By Roni Size ~ Full Cycle ~ 2000
3:42 am Jlin ~ No Name ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles ~ 2019
3:47 am Nonames feat. Roachee and Killa P ~ Dads and Mums ~ E Numbers EP (new) ~ Tru Thoughts ~ 2018
3:51 am Quelle Chris ~ Obamacare ~ Guns (new) ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2019
3:55 am Sadat X ~ Good Inside ~ The Sum Of A Man ~ Dymond Mine Records ~ 2017
4:00 am KMD ~ Smokin’ That S*#% ~ Bl_ck B_st_rds ~ Metal Face Records ~ 1994
4:04 am Model Home ~ Tuu Shiny ~ 1 (new) ~ Ornette Coleman Fiend Club ~ 2018
4:07 am Otaku ~ Patterns of Interference (Lobotomized Mix) ~ Docking Sequence: BSI Campaign Vol. 1 ~ BSI Records ~ 2000
4:13 am Turning Jewels into Water ~ Talang ~ Map of Absences (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
4:18 am Lee “Scratch” Perry & Mad Professor ~ Jungle Safari ~ Black Ark Experryments ~ Ariwa ~ 1995
4:22 am Hollie Cook ~ Holiday ~ Queens of Ariwa Vol. 1 (new) ~ Ariwa ~ 2018
4:24 am Wild Belle ~ We Are The Future ~ Everybody One Of A Kind (new) ~ Love Tone ~ 2019
4:29 am Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen ~ Tidal Disruption ~ Toward the Horizon (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
4:36 am Thomas Xu (local) ~ Grand Mother ~ Different Wisdoms (new) ~ Steady Flight Circle ~ 2019
4:41 am Jayda G ~ Orca’s Reprise ~ Significant Changes (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
4:46 am Eki Shola ~ Floating ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:49 am Dexter Story feat. Sudan Archives ~ Gold ~ Bahir (new) ~ Soundway ~ 2019
4:53 am Orchestre Laye Thiam ~ Kokorico ~ Senegal ’70 ~ Analog Africa ~ 1970s?
4:59 am Fany Harvest ~ That Day ~ Space Echo – The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! ~ Analog Africa ~ 1984
5:04 am Mbongwana Star ~ Suzanna ~ From Kinshasa ~ World Circuit ~ 2015
5:09 am Songhoy Blues ~ Ir Ma Sobay ~ Resistance ~ Fat Possum ~ 2017
5:12 am Asnakech Worku ~ Tew Begize Giba ~ Asnakech ~ Awesome Tapes from Africa ~ 1975
5:18 am Lee Fields & the Expressions ~ It Rains Love ~ It Rains Love (new) ~ Big Crown ~ 2019
5:22 am Cochemea ~ Al-Mu’tasim ~ All My Relations (new) ~ Daptone ~ 2019
5:29 am Fumio Miyashita ~ See the Light (Abridged) ~ Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 ~ Light in the Attic ~ 1989
5:34 am Blue Jeans (local) ~ Ricola Horns (Building On Fire Remix) ~ Ricola Horns ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
5:37 am Mini Dresses ~ Rank and File ~ Heaven Sent (new) ~ Joy Void ~ 2019
5:39 am Weyes Blood ~ Everyday ~ Titanic Rising (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2019
5:44 am Chris Cohen ~ Green Eyes ~ Chris Cohen (new) ~ Captured Tracks ~ 2019
5:48 am Planet D Nonet (local) ~ Prince of Wails ~ Kings of Kansas City Swing – Bennie Moten & Count Basie (new) ~ Eastlawn ~ 2019
5:51 am Matmos ~ Collapse of the Fourth Kingdom ~ Plastic Anniversary (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
5:56 am Shlohmo ~ Staring at a Wall ~ The End (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019

Crush Collision 3/28/19

March 29, 2019 at 12:28 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Come see Ectomorph and MEMCO DJs at Club Above Saturday night!!!!!!

10:00 pm Russ Gabriel ~ Snails
10:05 pm Harrison BDP ~ Finality
10:10 pm DJ Swagger ~ What A Relief A Track With A Field Recording
10:14 pm Zodiac Childs ~ Basic Process
10:19 pm Ishmael Ensemble ~ Full Circle
10:22 pm Diamondstein & Sangam ~ The Price Of Failure
10:25 pm Hiro Kone ~ Pure Expenditure
10:28 pm SCB ~ Freedom For The Fifty
10:31 pm Carl Finlow ~ Phisg
10:36 pm FaltyDL ~ A Taste of Acid
10:39 pm The Hacker & Jensen Interceptor ~ Human Method
10:42 pm DJ 3000 ~ Kanuni (DJ Bone Remix)
10:46 pm Ellen Allien ~ Call Me (Gerd Janson Remix)
10:51 pm Almaty ~ Gennaro
10:55 pm Farron ~ T-Junk (Hodge Remix)
10:59 pm Dense & Pika ~ Hard Light
11:06 pm John Beltran ~ Deluge
11:08 pm Violet ~ Silver Lining
11:15 pm Hugo Massien ~ Where Your Body Begins
11:19 pm Soundbwoy Killah ~ Come My Selector
11:23 pm Special Request ~ Make It Real (Gerd Janson & Shan Mars Remix)
11:29 pm Ryan James Ford ~ Hobrv Kegdit
11:32 pm Alpturer ~ TMA-1
11:37 pm Call Super ~ Black Octagons
11:42 pm Djedjotronic ~ Cellular
11:46 pm Miss Kittin and the Hacker ~ Love On 26
11:50 pm Aleksi Perälä ~ GBLFT1740068
11:53 pm No Moon ~ Exoplanet Vibe Cult

William Hooker: Cycle of Restoration (FPE, 2019)

March 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

William Hooker: Cycle of Restoration

Recorded last year at Trinosophes in Detroit, legendary drummer William Hooker was joined by U of M professor Mark Kirschenmann and bassist Joel Peterson on this hour-long improvisation. The CD is divided into 8 tracks, but this is really one continuous, immersive experience. For much of the piece, the drums don’t seem to be the focal point; the cymbals shimmer and the bass drum is kicked at sporadic moments, but the warped, mutated sounds of Kirschenmann’s trumpet are what seem to take center stage in the beginning. It’s only around the middle of the fourth track (“Magnets”) that a storm begins to brew up. By the first parts of “Panchromatics”, a sweeping rhythm has taken control and Hooker is audibly heart shouting and gasping. Kirschenmann’s horn seems to drift between metallic guitar-like riffs, rough textural drones, and full-throttle blazing. By its conclusion, the album is chaotic, righteous, transcendent.

Show #486 – 3/23/19

March 23, 2019 at 11:44 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Technical Space Composer’s Crew (Holger Czukay/Rolf Dammers) ~ Boat Woman Song ~ Canaxis ~ Grönland Records ~ 1969
2:17 am Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan ~ II ~ New Rain Duets (new) ~ Three Lobed ~ 2019
2:28 am Forrest Fang ~ Matted Leaves ~ The Fata Morgana Dream (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2019
2:35 am Aphex Twin ~ Windowlicker ~ Windowlicker ~ Warp ~ 1999
2:40 am Richard Devine ~ Anemap ~ Sort\Lave (new) ~ Timesig ~ 2018
2:46 am FFT ~ fell ~ in-side (new) ~ Super Hexagon Records ~ 2019
2:50 am Lakker ~ Nest ~ Época (new) ~ R&S ~ 2019
2:53 am Bjarki ~ Bheiv_Sheep ~ Happy Earthday (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2019
2:59 am Matmos ~ The Crying Pill ~ Plastic Anniversary (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
3:03 am IQ+1 ~ House ~ Conversaphone Plus (new) ~ Mappa Editions ~ 2019
3:07 am Joni Void (with Noah) ~ Dysfunctional Helper ~ Mise En Abyme (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
3:11 am Nephew Lagoon (local) ~ L4B48 ~ Sendy Q (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:13 am Jeff Carey ~ Ext ~ Zero Player Game (new) ~ Ehse Records ~ 2018
3:17 am William Hooker ~ Panchromatics 2 ~ Cycle of Restoration (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
3:22 am Model Home ~ Move Immediately ~ 1 (new) ~ Ornette Coleman Fiend Club ~ 2018
3:23 am Turning Jewels into Water ~ Azul (For Nidia) ~ Map of Absences (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
3:29 am Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen ~ Hidden ~ Toward the Horizon (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
3:32 am Dead Man’s Chest x Coco Bryce ~ The Dead Will Dance ~ SNKR018 (new) ~ Sneaker Social Club ~ 2019
3:37 am Footshooter ~ Rotations ~ Technicolor Nights (new) ~ YAM Recordings ~ 2018
3:43 am Thomas Xu (local) ~ Create Hope ~ Different Wisdoms (new) ~ Steady Flight Circle ~ 2019
3:52 am Jayda G ~ Renewal (Hyla Mix) ~ Significant Changes (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
3:57 am Eki Shola ~ One ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:00 am Zodiac feat. Denyse Plummer ~ I Believe (Waxist Edit) ~ Tropical Tricks: Cree Records Remixed (new) ~ Cree Records ~ 2018
4:06 am Thomas Bangalter ~ Sangria ~ Climax soundtrack (new) ~ Milan ~ 2018
4:12 am Vitalic ~ Poney Part 1 ~ Poney ~ International Deejay Gigolo Records ~ 2001
4:17 am I-F ~ Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass ~ From Beyond ~ Interdimensional Transmissions ~ 1997
4:23 am GosT ~ 4th ~ Non Paradisi ~ Blood Music ~ 2016
4:29 am Haruomi Hosono ~ Original BGM ~ Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 ~ Light in the Attic ~ 1984
4:33 am Disaster Passport ~ Routine ~ Score (new) ~ Dagoretti Records ~ 2019
4:39 am Dr. Pete Larson (local) ~ Snakes and Nyatitis ~ Snakes and Nyatitis (new) ~ Dagoretti Records ~ 2018
4:58 am Dr. Pete Larson and the Seething Snakes (local) ~ Ouma ~ Omieri (new) ~ Dagoretti Records ~ 2018
5:05 am Asnakech Worku ~ Jinyew ~ Asnakech ~ Awesome Tapes from Africa ~ 1975
5:11 am Eleven Eleven ~ Angh Oya Tung ~ Eleven Eleven (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
5:23 am The Caretaker ~ Place in the World Fades Away ~ Everywhere at the End of Time – Stage 6 (new) ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2019
5:43 am Shlohmo ~ Panic Attack ~ The End (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019
5:48 am Apparat ~ Caronte ~ LP5 (new) ~ Mute ~ 2019
5:53 am River Spirit (local) ~ Blessings ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:55 am Dexter Story ~ Mamdooh ~ Bahir (new) ~ Soundway ~ 2019

Thomas Xu: Different Wisdoms 12″ EP (Steady Flight Circle, 2019)

March 22, 2019 at 9:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Thomas Xu: Different Wisdoms 12″ EP

Previously appearing on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label, both as a producer and a visual artist, Michigan’s Thomas Xu launches his own Steady Flight Circle with this EP. These 3 tracks are related to house but far more delicate, with very carefully chosen patterns of drums, keys, and plucked strings. He goes for intimacy and personal expression rather than obvious club heat, and the result is a remarkably accomplished, original, and heartfelt EP. The B-side (“Create Hope”) is perhaps the most mixable track here, but even it sounds far more fragile and homemade than you typically expect of house music. Outstanding.

Eleven Eleven: s/t tape (FPE, 2019)

March 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Eleven Eleven: s/t tape

This tape of four long improvisations matches its artwork, depicting a starry desert sky. The lineup on the first side plays guitar, cello, drums, trombone, and electronics. It often sounds warped and heat-baked, but there’s moments where it flares up or starts to flop along wildly. The addition of brief, jarring tape effects does the most messing with your head, although the cello is pretty brain-bending as well. On the second side, “Angh Oya Tung” is an entirely different mindset. Ascending, floating synth and chanted vocals are joined by gorgeous bassoon and much more rhythmic drums, and it’s divine and uplifting. “Prayer for an Infinite Skein” has another lineup change, and this piece focuses on grinding distortion and rhapsodic cello. Far more tense than the previous pieces on the album, it’s absolutely monstrous for the first ten minutes, before ending in a long, slow decay. While the first side of the tape seems meandering and formless, but still driven by a creative force, the second is far more inspired and enlightening.

Nephew Lagoon: Sendy Q CDr (self-released, 2019)

March 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nephew Lagoon: Sendy Q CD-r

Just a few months after surfacing with the beguiling Windowood, the mysterious Nephew Lagoon returns with Sendy Q. Like the first one, there is nothing linear about this album. It’s all a seamless melange of false starts, could’ve beens, what ifs, and unconnected strands. Melodies start to warm up but then sprawl and collapse, beats flutter out of nowhere, plastic horns blurt out from a distant corner. If you’re expecting to hear something catchy, rhythmic, or in any way conventional, you’ll probably be disappointed, and playing this in front of most people will probably be a really awkward experience. If you’re listening alone and play this at a high volume, or really any volume, it’ll help guide your mind to some strange and fascinating places. Later on, it gets closer to early electronic composers like Morton Subotnick, but perhaps refracted through a digital lens. There really is no way to indicate exactly how this music was made. I’m guessing it was improvised, but it’s hard to tell what’s being used, and how everything sounds so dissolved and disassociated. The cover art is a good fit, but don’t expect this to be as buzzy and sine-wavey as your standard post-Ae glitch act, there aren’t any solid lines or filled-in spaces here, it’s all very amorphous and gaseous.

Dr. Pete Larson: Omieri tape + Snakes and Nyatitis tape (Dagoretti Records, 2018)

March 17, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dr. Pete Larson and the Seething Snakes: Omieri tape

Omieri documents a one-off performance in New Orleans featuring Dr. Pete Larson (who co-founded the legendary Bulb Records in the early ’90s) playing a nyatiti (a Kenyan plucked lyre, as seen on the cover of the tape) along with Quintron playing a Mellotron and a trio of other friends on bass, guitar, and drums. Named after a giant magical snake which gives fortune to all around her, Omieri contains four lengthy jams which veer between spiritual jazz and psych-rock, with the Mellotron adding spacey effects beneath the winding rhythms. It all has a very natural-sounding flow to it; even when it has slightly oblong time signatures, the playing doesn’t sound forced, and the instrumentation sets it apart without sounding outlandish. Extremely positive and uplifting, and absolutely worth preserving.

Dr. Pete Larson: Snakes and Nyatitis tape

Also appearing concurrently is Snakes and Nyatitis, a solo performance by Larson recorded at the wonderful Ziggy’s in Ypsilanti. Occasionally stomping and clanging some bells along with his plucking, he plays a trance-inducing set of fast, complex note patterns, gradually hitting some lower frequencies. The final half gets particularly riveting, but Larson sounds genuinely inspired throughout.

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