Delicate Instruments: MEM-1 12″ EP (Shewey Trax, 2019)

July 31, 2019 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Delicate Instruments: MEM-1 12″ EP

The latest release from the prolific West Coast label Shewey Trax is the first part of a full-length from Delicate Instruments, who has been steadily releasing records since 2013, including a 2017 single bearing an Octo Octa remix. These four tracks are deep but also kind of lo-fi, and even industrial-tinged. “Memory-1” is a nighttime city cruiser with a voice urging you to expand your consciousness of the world around you. “The Judgement” is much rougher and grittier, with the voices taking a much sharper tone, and the beats more clanky than smooth. “Fading Away” is back to the more meditative feel of “Memory-1”, then “Behind the Waterfall” mixes natural sounds and appropriately lush tones with a thick, distorted kick drum. A good mix of both relaxing and edgy sounds, pressed on nice, thick vinyl. I’m kind of surprised I haven’t heard more from this label before.

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Throwaway: WHAT? (self-released, 2019)

July 28, 2019 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Throwaway: WHAT?

This is the long-awaited first album from former WCBN DJ Kirsten Carey’s rock band Throwaway. Represented by a caricature of a woman with a paper bag over her head, the music has a sort of cartoonishly aggressive demeanor, which might explain how Carey ended up playing guitar on a clipping. song on the Rick & Morty soundtrack. William Hutson from clipping. adds noise to “Bonathan Jyers”, this album’s first song, which begins with Carey shrieking “THIS IS A RED ALERT!!!!” Her manic growl is utterly confrontational and commanding, and the guitar riffs are jagged and discordant, making this music impossible to ignore or listen to passively. Most of the songs are super noisy and pissed-off, but there’s still a jazz-trained sophistication to them. “The Revenge Society” is both jaunty and bitter, with Carey gleefully wailing about whipping your ass. “Exotic Bird” reflects her experience moving to Los Angeles and feeling strange and out of place. Then there’s the vicious, taunting “I Work!”, two minutes of pure rage which will leave you dumbfounded, particularly when she asks “What do YOU do???”

Tyvek: Changing Patterns of Protective Coating 7″ EP (self-released, 2019)

July 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tyvek: Changing Patterns of Protective Coating 7″ EP

The newest EP from local garage-punk heroes Tyvek launches right into it with “I’ve Not Thought Once”, a tightly wound, hook-filled tune with more thoughtful lyrics than the title implies. It ends quickly, and the band play a Neu!-ish instrumental not far from drummer Fred Thomas’ group Hydropark. The second side seems like a continuation of this (it even fades in), and then the band announces “We’re Back”, with the record’s most immediate, energetic track. They seem like they could easily knock out songs like this all day, but they have other avenues to explore, and they manage to do both on this record without taking up too much time.

Storm Ross: Home (Already Dead Tapes, 2019)

July 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Storm Ross: Home

The newest tape from formerly Michigan-based guitarist Storm Ross is “A Living Room Romance in Eight Parts”. Following the urgent but hopeful Welcome, Sunshine from a few years ago, this is another excellent collection of instrumentals. It kicks off with the monolithic “The Inevitability”, which begins acoustic before launching into a Godflesh-like drum machine beat and layers of guitars which just get heavier and more commanding. “A Park Encounter” is a strange, kind of fun industrial march with loads of shredding. “Playtime” is lighter, and more of a dazed daydream, while “The Turning Point” is more manic, with punkish drums and guitars that swarm and shriek like bats. On the second side, “An Understanding” laces acoustic guitars with ominous feedback, then “Sam Ascends the Invisible Path” starts out with nearly poppy-sounding synths before mesmerizing guitars take over. “Half Our Lives” is another 10-minute epic, this time with live drums instead of a drum machine. It’s much freer, sort of approaching a very electrified sort of jazz, but with guitar fireworks that nearly sound patriotic. It all comes full circle with the sparse acoustic guitar piece “Home”, making it feel like we’ve safely returned from battle.

Show #504 – 7/27/19

July 27, 2019 at 10:11 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:02 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ Electromagnetic ~ Moon – The Area of Influence (new) ~ Axis ~ 2019
2:07 am Justin Berkovi ~ Caramelised Interrupt ~ After the Night ~ Force Inc. ~ 1999
2:12 am RXM Reality ~ I’m a Switch ~ Devil World Wide (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:14 am Modern Studies and Tommy Perman ~ Sunup Shutdown ~ Emergent Slow Arcs (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
2:17 am David Ross ~ Internal Model ~ Below The Radar 28 ~ The Wire ~ 2018
2:21 am Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois ~ Fine-Grained ~ For All Mankind (new) ~ Virgin ~ 2019
2:25 am Storm Ross (local) ~ Playtime ~ Home (new) ~ Already Dead Tapes ~ 2019
2:30 am Ian Boddy ~ Remnants ~ Altair (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
2:34 am De Lorians ~ A Ship of Mental-Health ~ De Lorians (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2019
2:39 am Dire Wolves ~ I Control the Weather ~ Grow Towards the Light (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2019
2:46 am A Hawk & a Hacksaw ~ The Sky is Blue, The Desert is Yellow ~ Forest Bathing ~ LM Dupli-Cation ~ 2018
2:50 am Throwaway (local) ~ The Revenge Society ~ What? (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:54 am Stef Chura (local) ~ They’ll Never ~ Midnight (new) ~ Saddle Creek ~ 2019
2:58 am Tyvek (local) ~ I’ve Not Thought Once ~ Changing Patterns of Protective Coating (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:00 am Gauche ~ Copper Woman ~ A People’s History of Gauche (new) ~ Merge ~ 2019
3:04 am Mdou Moctar ~ Sibidoul ~ Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai ~ Sahel Sounds ~ 2015
3:10 am Eartheater ~ View Point Strata ~ Metalepsis ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2015
3:13 am Weirding Module (local) ~ Contained Within While ~ A Newer Age ~ Joyful Noise ~ 2010
3:22 am Moon Pool & Dead Band (local) ~ MEQ (N. Young Wolf Eyes Mix) ~ MEQ ~ Midwich Productions ~ 2015
3:28 am Thousand Foot Whale Claw ~ No Kingdom ~ Black Hole Party ~ HoloDeck ~ 2018
3:38 am Lithium Enchantment ~ Fortynine ~ Vital Signs ~ Illuminated Paths ~ 2015
3:41 am Will Brooks ~ Hello, Again (The Elephant Trees Remix) ~ Flump EP (new) ~ Illuminated Paths ~ 2019
3:46 am Datach’i ~ Rhys ~ Bones (new) ~ Timesig ~ 2019
3:49 am Plod ~ What Happens to the Hole When the Cheese Is Gone? ~ Pillow Talk ~ Worm Interface ~ 1999
3:57 am Brett Cimbalik (local) ~ I Wish I Could Say the Same ~ 12″ ~ Chambray Records ~ 2014
4:07 am Bangkok Impact ~ Do It (Kassen Remix) ~ 12″ ~ Crème Organization ~ 2005
4:11 am Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock ~ It Takes Two (Instrumental) @ 45 +10 ~ 12″ ~ Profile ~ 1988
4:14 am DJ Surreal & Parameter II ~ Sledgehammer ~ 12″ ~ Hardleaders ~ 2001
4:21 am Pete Cannon ~ Ella ~ Sick Music 2019 (new) ~ Hospital Records ~ 2019
4:26 am slowthai ~ Gorgeous ~ Nothing Great About Britain (new) ~ Method ~ 2019
4:32 am bvdub ~ Enemies In Your Eyes ~ Explosions in Slow Motion (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2019
4:38 am Big K.R.I.T. ~ Outer Space ~ K.R.I.T. Iz Here (new) ~ Multi Alumni ~ 2019
4:41 am Von Tesla ~ feedforward ~ Ganzfeld (new) ~ Boring Machines ~ 2019
4:48 am dTHEd ~ simplo ~ Hyperbeatz Vol. 1 (new) ~ Boring Machines ~ 2019
4:54 am Sam Hooker (local) ~ Smoke Downstairs ~ On the Water (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:57 am Erik Griswold ~ Eternal Bliss ~ Yokohama Flowers ~ Room40 ~ 2018
5:01 am Rob Burger ~ Sleeping Queen ~ The Grid (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2019
5:05 am Grave Nature ~ Twin-Bodies ~ Ascending (new) ~ Flag Day ~ 2019
5:15 am Earth ~ The Mandrake’s Hymn ~ Full upon Her Burning Lips (new) ~ Sargent House ~ 2019
5:20 am Steven R. Smith ~ Everything in Circles ~ A Sketchbook of Endings (new) ~ Soft Abuse ~ 2019
5:23 am Oceans of the Moon ~ Borderline ~ Oceans of the Moon (new) ~ Castle Face ~ 2019
5:26 am Death and Vanilla ~ Nothing is Real ~ Are You a Dreamer? (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
5:32 am Chronotope Project ~ Homage to the Three Jewels ~ Lotus Rising ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2018
5:38 am Tomasz Bednarczyk ~ Botanical Garden ~ Illustrations for Those Who ~ Room40 ~ 2018
5:41 am Phil Ranelin (local) ~ In Search of the One ~ Collected Works 2003-2019 (new) ~ Wide Hive Records ~ 2019
5:50 am Lionel Marchetti ~ Pour Un Enfant Qui Dort ~ The Last Days of Reality ~ Room40 ~ 2018

Show #503 – 7/20/19

July 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Starting off with moon and space music commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
2:02 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ Control, Sattva and Rama ~ Moon – The Area of Influence (new) ~ Axis ~ 2019
2:09 am Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois ~ Under Stars ~ Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks ~ Virgin ~ 1983
2:13 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ Sleep-Wake Cycles ~ Moon – The Area of Influence (new) ~ Axis ~ 2019
2:21 am The Microphones ~ The Moon ~ The Glow Pt. 2 ~ K Records ~ 2001
2:27 am Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno ~ Deep Blue Day ~ Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks ~ Virgin ~ 1983
2:33 am F.U.S.E. ~ Computer Space ~ Computer Space ~ Plus 8 ~ 1993
2:42 am Coil ~ Are You Shivering? ~ Musick to Play in the Dark, Vol. 1 ~ Chalice ~ 1999
2:51 am Brian Eno ~ The End of a Thin Cord ~ For All Mankind (new) ~ Virgin ~ 2019
2:55 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ Peaks of Eternal Light ~ Moon – The Area of Influence (new) ~ Axis ~ 2019
2:59 am The Evolution Control Committee ~ The Fucking Moon ~ Plagiarythm Nation ~ Seeland ~ 2003
3:01 am Dickie Goodman ~ Luna Trip ~ Long Live the King ~ Rock Beat ~ 1969
3:04 am Raymond Scott Quintet And The Gene Lowell Chorus ~ By Rocket to the Moon ~ 10″ ~ Young People’s Records ~ 1950
3:09 am Brian Eno ~ An Ending (Ascent) ~ Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks ~ Virgin ~ 1983
3:14 am Weirding Module (local) ~ A Newer Age ~ A Newer Age ~ Joyful Noise ~ 2010
3:34 am Sam Hooker (local) ~ Constant Con ~ On the Water (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:40 am Toby Marks & Andrew Heath ~ By Fire (East) (Parts 1-4) ~ Motion (new) ~ Disco Gecko ~ 2019
4:01 am HTRK ~ Synth-Etik ~ Work (Work, Work) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2011
4:05 am Patio ~ Open ~ Essentials (new) ~ Fire Talk ~ 2019
4:11 am Antwood ~ Cave Moth ~ Delphi (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
4:15 am RXM Reality ~ Down on My Knees ~ Devil World Wide (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
4:19 am Hrvatski ~ Routine Exercise ~ Oiseaux 96-98 ~ Reckankreauzungswlelrkalekrwekasfmgwe ~ 1998
4:25 am Minimal Violence ~ Persuasive Behaviour ~ InDreams (new) ~ Technicolour ~ 2019
4:28 am Tiger Village ~ Soft, Real ~ Modern Drummer (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
4:32 am Capitol K ~ Song for Belgium ~ Sounds of the Empire ~ Planet Mu ~ 1999
4:38 am Steven Halpern ~ 432 Hz Healing Hands ~ 432 Hz Music for Massage V.2 (new) ~ Inner Peace Music ~ 2019
4:43 am Debugger ~ Family Compression Pack ~ Thread Safety EP (new) ~ Beatnik Boulevard ~ 2019
4:47 am As One ~ Planetary Folklore ~ Planetary Folklore ~ Mo Wax ~ 1997
4:55 am Docnuke.com ~ Doctored Nuclear ~ Petroleum Peepshow ~ Rice and Beans ~ 2004
4:58 am Shirt Trax ~ a]fork ~ Good News About Space ~ Or ~ 1999
5:06 am Max Graef & Glenn Astro ~ The Yard Work Simulator ~ The Yard Work Simulator ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2016
5:12 am John Beltran (local) ~ Nolita ~ Movement 04 ~ Transmat ~ 2004
5:22 am Konx-Om-Pax ~ Magenta One ~ Ways of Seeing (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
5:25 am Matias Aguayo ~ Support Alien Invasion ~ Support Alien Invasion (new) ~ Crammed Discs / Comeme ~ 2019
5:31 am Ian Boddy ~ Spire ~ Altair (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
5:45 am Erik Griswold ~ Day Dream ~ Yokohama Flowers ~ Room40 ~ 2018
5:48 am Rob Burger ~ Roadside Deal ~ The Grid (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2019
5:53 am Grave Nature ~ Barco ~ Ascending (new) ~ Flag Day ~ 2019

Debugger: Thread Safety EP (Beatnik Boulevard, 2019)

July 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Debugger: Thread Safety EP

Microhouse is back!? This EP is a flashback to the sort of micro-edit-riddled click-house you probably haven’t even thought about since Akufen’s heyday. This artist doesn’t do the “surfing the dial” random samples the way Marc Leclair did, but he has a similar knack for twitchy yet danceable rhythms which slip in the occasional jazzy organ, soul vocal, or other traces of humanity into the android deep-house rave. Certainly this sound has been done before, but it was such a niche style then, and it’s been dormant for so long that it just ends up sounding like the future again.

Minimal Violence: InDreams (Technicolour, 2019)

July 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Minimal Violence: InDreams

Vancouver duo Minimal Violence have made the undisputed best dark rave album of the year. Using nothing but analog hardware, they play fast, heavy, nightmarish techno that seems designed to trigger fear and excitement in equal measure. They mix vaguely trancey synths and gabber-ish beats on tracks like the punishing “June Anthem” and it never sounds contrived or cheesy. Then there’s “New Hard Catch”, which is somewhere between EBM and breakbeat hardcore, and just as awesome. “InDreams” is the album’s anthem, with an instantly iconic melody, and a remix by Cardopusher is rawer and more goth. Fantastic stuff.

Sam Hooker: On the Water (self-released, 2019)

July 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sam Hooker: On the Water

Well known throughout the Detroit noise scene for his solo project Tarpit, Michigan Underground Group member Sam Hooker’s latest album bears his own name. This is a disorienting set of pieces filled with ghastly tape loops, murmuring voices, and a constant feeling of being distracted and swept away, yet you’re still right in the center of everything. After the nearly nightmarish opening track, “Moving in the Way” is a flurry of detuned clatters and clangs with a sinister, tape-smudged monologue buried underneath. “On the Water” is a bit less musique concrete-sounding, with bells floating around scratchy, drawn-out guitar notes and resonations. “Smoke Downstairs” mixes creaking sounds with swerving bass and the vaguest hint of a bubbling melody, and sounds really bizarre, mysterious, and beautiful. “Seven Cars” had lots of wayward echo along with its lumbering thumps and sinister muttering. “Dock” feels like it was recorded on one during a coming storm, with splashing joined by booming noises with accelerate near the end. “Warm Down” is one of the trippiest tracks here, filled with ominous piano notes and some absolutely mutilated noises. A must for anyone who appreciates Aaron Dilloway, and other noise artists who focus more on tape manipulations and voices rather than harshness.

Crush Collision 7/18/19

July 19, 2019 at 9:08 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:01 pm Bajram Bili ~ Divided Flash
10:06 pm Nmesh ~ KSR Reverse Osmosis Hook
10:10 pm Xander Harris ~ We Smoke the Northern Lights
10:14 pm Ouri ~ Surreal
10:17 pm Crazy P ~ We Will Fuck You Up
10:20 pm L’Eclair ~ Castor MacDavid
10:23 pm Harry Light ~ Basement Dub
10:29 pm Dogpatrol ~ Groundhog Day
10:36 pm Hammer ~ Dance Since
10:43 pm F.U.S.E. ~ Runner
10:45 pm Roy of the Ravers ~ 1999
10:56 pm Violet ~ New Visions
11:00 pm DJ Haram ~ Body Count
11:04 pm Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends ~ Niagara (Laurel Halo “Lilith” Mix)
11:08 pm DJ Lag and Okzharp ~ Sambe
11:13 pm T.Williams ~ Be Alone
11:17 pm VONDA7 ~ Werk It (Lauren Flax Remix)
11:23 pm Minimal Violence ~ InDreams (Cardopusher Remix)
11:28 pm Xosar ~ Heavens Gate
11:36 pm Air Liquide ~ Ek-Stasis
11:40 pm Lyric Hood ~ 11:11
11:45 pm Florian Meindl ~ Industry 2.0
11:50 pm Kwartz ~ Contortion
11:55 pm Makaton ~ Dreaming While the Cities Burn

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