AllMusic Loves 2019

December 30, 2019 at 9:45 am | Posted in AllMusic | Leave a comment

It’s year-end list season again, here’s AllMusic’s individual staff picks, which I contributed to:
AllMusic Loves 2019
Here’s the Spotify playlist I compiled.
AllMusic Loves 2019 Reissues, as well as the Spotify playlist for that feature.
I compiled the list of the best electronic albums of the year again:
Favorite Electronic Albums of 2019
Here’s the year-end radio shows I did, with full audio archives:
The Answer Is In The Beat
Crush Collision
And decade-end shows:
The Answer Is In The Beat – Best of 2010s
Crush Collision – Best of the 2010s, Part 1
Crush Collision – Best of the 2010s, Part 2

Longmont Potion Castle: Tour Line Live (D.U. Records, 2019)

December 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Longmont Potion Castle: Tour Line Live

This year, Longmont Potion Castle’s long-awaited documentary finally premiered, and there were screenings in various cities across the U.S. and Canada throughout the year. After each screening, Mr. LPC himself got on the line and answered questions from audience members, in addition to working his phone magic on the fly. This release collects five and a half hours’ worth of live calls from these film screenings, and it gives a little bit more insight into the workings of his mind than the film did. Like when someone asks about the origin of “what y’all doin’ up ‘ere?” and he says that it’s a bastardization of his dad’s accent. Throughout the calls, he’s constantly riddling his voice with Max Headroom-style glitches and dialing in phone numbers covertly, so phone voices randomly pop up mid-conversation. Many of them end up just going straight to voice mail, and at several points he ends up with an outgoing message with a girl singing a parody of “Party in the U.S.A.” instructing the caller to “leave a message anyway”. Of course he ends up contacting a few people who are familiar with his shtick, or play along with him in any case, but they usually end up being as befuddled as usual. He also states that he feels bad for Alex Trebek after the news of his cancer diagnosis, yet he still says “frick it” and calls him a few times anyway (and he sounds really worn out and over it). Even more so than the usual LPC album, there’s a lot of repetition here in terms of the gags he’s trying — lots of calling up meat markets asking for non-meat parts of animals, including blood, skin, and “upchuck”; lots of calling bars or liquor stores and saying he’s going to bring his flexi-straw and sample everything in order to see “which direction I want to go in tonight” — but if you’re a diehard fan, you know you need to hear every second of it. Plus the term “goofy loaf” enters the LPC lexicon. OK touch yourself.

Show #527 – 12/28/19 – Best of 2019

December 28, 2019 at 2:52 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | 1 Comment

Hour 1
12:00 am Telefon Tel Aviv ~ arms aloft, ~ Dreams Are Not Enough ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
12:09 am Andy Stott ~ Collapse ~ It Should Be Us ~ Modern Love ~ 2019
12:12 am HTRK ~ Dying of Jealousy ~ Venus in Leo ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
12:17 am Shlohmo ~ Panic Attack ~ The End ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019
12:22 am Lanark Artefax ~ Corra Linn ~ Corra Linn ~ Numbers ~ 2019
12:27 am Loraine James ~ So Scared ~ For You and I ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
12:31 am LOFT ~ That Hyde Trakk ~ and departt from mono games ~ Tri Angle ~ 2019
12:37 am Plaid ~ Maru (Skee Mask Remix) ~ single ~ Warp ~ 2019
12:44 am Meat Beat Manifesto ~ Pin Drop ~ 12″ ~ Flexidisc ~ 2019
12:51 am Fixate v Double 99 ~ Ripgroove ~ 12″ ~ Ice Cream Records ~ 2019
12:56 am CFCF ~ Translucently Happy ~ Liquid Colours ~ BGM Solutions ~ 2019
Hour 2
1:00 am J Majik ~ The Crow Knows ~ Full Circle ~ Infrared ~ 2019
1:04 am Homemade Weapons ~ Zeitgeist ~ Gravity ~ Samurai Music ~ 2019
1:10 am DJ Nate ~ Just Be Truu ~ Take Off Mode ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
1:13 am Basic Rhythm ~ 2 Da Core (RP Boo Remix) ~ 2 Da Core EP ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
1:18 am Galaxian ~ Coming Up For Air ~ Coming Up For Air ~ Ilian Tape ~ 2019
1:23 am Lee Gamble ~ Saccades ~ Exhaust ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
1:28 am Steve Roach ~ The Beauty Relentless ~ Bloom Ascension ~ Projekt ~ 2019
1:35 am Sudan Archives ~ Honey ~ Athena ~ Stones Throw ~ 2019
1:38 am Jamila Woods ~ Betty ~ Legacy! Legacy! ~ Jagjaguwar ~ 2019
1:41 am Spellling ~ Hard to Please (Reprise) ~ Mazy Fly ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
1:45 am River Spirit (local) ~ 20 Years ~ Me I Fall ~ self-released ~ 2019
1:51 am Matana Roberts ~ Her Mighty Waters Run ~ Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis ~ Constellation ~ 2019
1:55 am Jessica Pratt ~ Crossing ~ Quiet Signs ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
1:58 am Eki Shola ~ Butterfly ~ Possible ~ self-released ~ 2019
Hour 3
2:02 am Barker ~ Paradise Engineering ~ Utility ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2019
2:06 am Floating Points ~ Anasickmodular ~ Crush ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
2:09 am Lapalux ~ The Lux Quadrant ~ Amnioverse ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2019
2:14 am Steve Hauschildt ~ Nonlin ~ Nonlin ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
2:19 am Wobbly ~ Medieval Refrigerator ~ Monitress ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:22 am Negativland ~ Certain Men ~ True False ~ Seeland ~ 2019
2:28 am Fennesz ~ We Trigger the Sun ~ Agora ~ Touch ~ 2019
2:35 am Longmont Potion Castle ~ Flashback Takeout ~ LPC16 ~ D.U. Records ~ 2019
2:40 am Fly Pan Am ~ Bleeding Decay ~ C’est Ça ~ Constellation ~ 2019
2:46 am Lightning Bolt ~ USA Is a Psycho ~ Sonic Citadel ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:49 am Debby Friday ~ Good and Evil ~ Death Drive ~ Deathbomb Arc ~ 2019
2:52 am Suzi Analogue ~ LOUDR ~ Zonez V.4: Love Me Louder ~ Never Normal ~ 2019
2:55 am KOKOKO! ~ Buka Dansa ~ Fongola ~ Transgressive ~ 2019
2:59 am Angel-Ho ~ Muse to You ~ Death Becomes Her ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
Hour 4
3:02 am Bubblegum Octopus ~ The Group ~ Perfect Life & Other Stuff ~ Pattern Recognition Records ~ 2019
3:05 am Watabou (local) ~ Phantasmagoraphobe ~ Coaxial Chaos ~ Realicide Records ~ 2019
3:08 am Duke ~ M Lap ~ Uingizaji Hewa ~ Nyege Nyege Tapes ~ 2019
3:17 am MC Yallah X Debmaster ~ Teba Kuda Mabega ~ Kubali ~ Hakuna Kulala ~ 2019
3:19 am Slowthai ~ Nothing Great About Britain ~ Nothing Great About Britain ~ Method ~ 2019
3:22 am Kano ~ Class of Deja ~ Hoodies All Summer ~ Parlophone ~ 2019
3:26 am Quelle Chris (local) ~ Obamacare ~ Guns ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2019
3:30 am Danny Brown (local) ~ Theme Song ~ uknowhatimsayin¿ ~ Warp ~ 2019
3:33 am Leaf Erikson (local) ~ D.R.E.A.M. ~ A Canvas of Hope ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:35 am Zonal with Moor Mother ~ System Error ~ Wrecked ~ Relapse ~ 2019
3:39 am MIKE ~ Scarred Lungs, Vol. 1 & 2 ~ Tears of Joy ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:43 am clipping. with The Rita, featuring Elcamino and Benny the Butcher ~ La Mala Ordina ~ There Existed An Addiction to Blood ~ Sub Pop ~ 2019
3:49 am Deathprod ~ Occultation 1 ~ Occulting Disk ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2019
3:54 am Pedestrian Deposit ~ Crow Theory ~ Dyers’ Hands ~ Monorail Trespassing ~ 2019
Hour 5
4:01 am Model Home ~ Fake Feet ~ 1 ~ Ornette Coleman Fiend Club ~ 2019
4:03 am W00dy ~ Like What U Do ~ My Diary ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
4:09 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ 306 24n812 ~ Rave ‘Till You Cry ~ Disciples ~ 2019
4:12 am Thugwidow ~ A Cluster of Repeating Angry Thoughts ~ Hard Rave Aesthetic ~ Western Lore ~ 2019
4:18 am Slikback & Hyph11e ~ Ishu ~ Slip B ~ Svbkvlt ~ 2019
4:20 am Kompromat ~ Herztod ~ Traum Und Existenz ~ Clivage Music ~ 2019
4:23 am E-Saggila ~ My World My Way ~ My World My Way ~ Northern Electronics ~ 2019
4:30 am Forrest Fang ~ The Mouth of the Sea ~ The Fata Morgana Dream ~ Projekt ~ 2019
4:35 am Blue Jeans (local) ~ We Hate the Summer ~ Adult Hits ~ Life Like ~ 2019
4:38 am Deadbeat Beat (local) ~ You Lift Me Up ~ How Far ~ Arrowhawk ~ 2019
4:41 am Shygirl ~ BB ~ single ~ NUXXE ~ 2019
4:44 am Sampa the Great ~ Final Form ~ The Return ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
4:47 am 8ULENTINA ~ Deep Summer ~ 8ULENTINA Summer Pack ~ Club Chai ~ 2019
4:50 am Octo Octa ~ Can You See Me? ~ Resonant Body ~ T4T LUV NRG ~ 2019
4:58 am Stenny ~ Fast Fade ~ Upsurge ~ Ilian Tape ~ 2019
Hour 6
5:02 am Djrum ~ Tournesol ~ 12″ ~ R&S ~ 2019
5:13 am Hamilton Scalpel ~ Uprated Nite Zone ~ Hamilton Scalpel ~ Concrete Cabin ~ 2019
5:18 am Quirke ~ Sample Devon ~ Steal a Golden Hail ~ Whities ~ 2019
5:23 am RXM Reality ~ I’m a Switch ~ Devil World Wide ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
5:28 am The Caretaker ~ Place in the World Fades Away ~ Everywhere at the End of Time – Stage 6 ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2019
5:34 am Miles Okazaki ~ Monstropolous ~ The Sky Below ~ Pi Records ~ 2019
5:36 am Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn ~ qPlay ~ The People I Love ~ Pi ~ 2019
5:41 am His Name Is Alive (local) ~ Rememory ~ All the Mirrors in the House ~ Disciples ~ 2019
5:46 am Forest Management ~ Blue Leaves ~ Passageways ~ Whited Sepulchre ~ 2019
5:50 am Blair French Feat. Ahya Simone (local) ~ The Cedar and the Falls ~ Pure Sounds of Michigan ~ Assemble Sound ~ 2019
5:56 am Brian Eno ~ Clear Desert Night ~ For All Mankind ~ Virgin ~ 2019

Crush Collision 12/26-27/19 – Best of 2019

December 27, 2019 at 9:23 am | Posted in Crush Collision | 1 Comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Caterina Barbieri ~ Fantas
10:11 pm Jayda G ~ Renewal (Hyla Mix)
10:16 pm Akasha System ~ Sunken Relics
10:19 pm Eric Copeland ~ United Banana
10:22 pm Loraine James ~ Sick 9
10:23 pm Photonz ~ Ode to Nuit
10:28 pm Jeff Mills ~ Lunar Power
10:31 pm Plaid ~ Maru (Orbital Remix)
10:34 pm TV.OUT ~ Slippery Slope
10:38 pm Pursuit Grooves ~ The French Connect
10:44 pm DJ Haram ~ No Idol (Remix)
10:45 pm KG X Scratchclart ~ Strings of Death
10:48 pm Broken English Club ~ Cold Medicine
10:53 pm Christian Piers ~ Entity Z Plane
10:55 pm Hiro Kone ~ Feed My Ancestors
10:58 pm Psyk ~ Artemis
Hour 2
11:02 pm Kedr Livanskiy ~ Sky Kisses
11:04 pm Octo Octa ~ I Need You
11:13 pm Jacques Greene ~ Do It Without You
11:15 pm Marie Davidson ~ Work It (Soulwax Remix)
11:19 pm Kenton Slash Demon ~ Zstring
11:23 pm Floorplan ~ Fiyaaaa!
11:29 pm Lyric Hood ~ Nineteen
11:31 pm DJ Lag and Okzharp ~ Now What
11:35 pm Human Resources ~ Desilu [U edit]
11:39 pm ishi vu ~ Metamorphosis
11:45 pm Jas Shaw ~ A Bird With No Feet
11:48 pm Kayla Painter ~ Pack Your Bivouac
11:51 pm Dense & Pika ~ Hands Up
11:54 pm Ellen Allien ~ Bowie In Harmony
11:59 pm Pfirter ~ New Physics
Hour 3
12:03 am Huey Mnemonic ~ Emissary
12:08 am Klein Zage ~ Absolutely (Ariel Zetina Remix)
12:12 am Turning Jewels Into Water ~ Talang (PlayPlay Remix)
12:15 am Filter Dread ~ After Life
12:16 am Oli XL ~ Flower Circuit
12:21 am Ilana Bryne ~ Mmm Mmm Mmm (Ciel’s Sigh O’ The Times Rework)
12:24 am Davis Galvin ~ Loudspeaker Situation
12:28 am Maruwa ~ 31 Seconds
12:33 am DJ Bogdan ~ Love Inna Basement (Midnite XTC)
12:37 am Maral ~ Mahur Club
12:39 am Badsista ft. MC Morena ~ Soca Sem Parar
12:42 am Lady Lykez ft. Lioness ~ Muhammad Ali (Remix)
12:45 am Ali Berger ~ Microbial Corrosion
12:49 am Paula Temple ~ Joshua and Goliath
12:51 am Denis Sulta ~ Dan (wll SOME day KNOW How Special He Makes Me Feel)
12:55 am DJ Boneyard ~ I Survived 2K18
12:58 am Horsepower Productions ~ Stranger
Hour 4
1:01 am Joy Overmono ~ Bromley
1:06 am HAAi ~ 6666
1:08 am Anastasia Kristensen ~ Maxima
1:10 am Burial ~ Claustro
1:15 am India Jordan ~ Warper
1:17 am Sharda ~ Replay
1:21 am Cosmin TRG ~ Exuberant Gambit
1:24 am Soundbwoy Killah ~ Yours (Breaks Mix)
1:26 am Color Plus ~ First Person
1:28 am Basic Rhythm ~ Slice Neck
1:31 am Anz ~ No Harm
1:34 am CDX ~ Lloyd’s Long Night
1:37 am Minimal Violence ~ InDreams
1:41 am Schacke ~ Kisloty People
1:46 am Mars89 ~ Successor Project
1:51 am Special Request ~ Vortex 150
1:55 am Rian Treanor ~ ATAXIA_D1

Seiho/Matthewdavid: Spore Drive Split EP tape (Leaving Records, 2019)

December 25, 2019 at 11:59 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Seiho/Matthewdavid: Spore Drive Split EP tape

Hi-definition prismatic beats from two L.A. producers. It’s released on a tape, but it’s far away from being a fragmentary lo-fi vibe-out thing. The five tracks are short but they’re filled with detailed, stuttering beat patterns, diamond-cut glitches, energetic peaks and valleys, and heavy moods. Seiho’s tracks are more futuristic, while Matthewdavid’s end up being some form of new age jungle, with flutes caressing shuffly, organic breakbeats. It’s practically over before it begins but the whole EP is ace.

Hydropark: Circuit 2 LP (25 Diamonds, 2019)

December 24, 2019 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hydropark: Circuit 2 LP

The second LP from Hydropark is somewhere in between a hip-hop beat tape and a Faust Tapes-style hodgepodge of jump cuts and seemingly random ideas, but the music itself is never as dadaist or chaotic. Instead, it’s a suite of several easygoing synth instrumentals, strong rhythms that dissolve after a few bars, lost riffs, and a few doses of quality synth-rock. It gets hard to keep track of which song is which, so taking the whole trip and playing it straight through is the way to go. Doing so almost feels like the soundtrack to some sort of amusement park ride filled with lights and animatronics which keeps switching directions unexpectedly every minute, except the music is really cool and exciting instead of hokey. Or to put it more succinctly, it’s low attention span Krautrock (think Roedelius and Michael Rother in particular).

Pursuit Grooves: Bess (What Rules, 2019)

December 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pursuit Grooves: Bess

Vanese Smith’s latest is inspired by the life story of Bessie Coleman, the first Black American female pilot. All of the song titles reference her career as an aviator and stuntmaster, and the interludes are recreations of announcements related to her air shows. The theme is entirely appropriate for Pursuit Grooves’ music, which knows no boundaries and can often feel like it’s weightless and flying through air. She always has a fascinating way of assembling broken beat patterns and unconventional basslines, forming tracks that aren’t clearcut or full of straight lines and logical sequences. Here, her unpredictable compositions interpret the feelings of a brave soul determined to live her dreams and achieve what others may deem impossible. “Hair Raising” is incredibly tense: Can I do this? Will this be safe? But then “Lady Bird” is the sublime feeling of being free up in the air, far from any worries or naysayers. “Stand Firm On Wings”, the only lyrical tune, is a self-motivational ode, and tracks like “Cloud Pusher” and “Barnstorming” are where Smith takes flight and demonstrates her skills at creating dazzling, forward-thinking experimental bass tracks. “The French Connect” seems about 75% of the way to being a house track, but sort of teeters close to the edge, leaving out a few beats or a certain sense of swing. It’s definitely danceable, but it’ll keep you on your toes. Later, downtempo tracks like the birdsong-heavy “I’ll Be Fine” and “Yesterday Today Tomorrow” are reflections on past achievements and chances to relax and prepare for the next big flight.

Show #526 – 12/22/19 / Break Yr Xmas

December 22, 2019 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Break Yr Xmas, The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:01 am Heather Noel ~ Santa Came on a Nuclear Missile ~ The American Song-Poem Christmas ~ Bar/None
12:05 am Pepper Mill Rondo ~ entire tape ~ It’s Christmas Time! (new) ~ Hausu Mountain
~ 2019
1:17 am Rodd Rogers ~ Maury, the Christmas Mouse ~ The American Song-Poem Christmas ~ Bar/None
1:20 am Captain Claus’ Deer Machine ~ Grandma Got Run Over by a Gabber ~ Christmasasaurus Vol. 8 ~ Christmasasaurus ~ 2018
1:23 am Bubblegum Octopus ~ No More Toymakers To The King ~ Christmasasaurus Vol. 7 ~ Christmasasaurus ~ 2017
1:25 am Max Headroom ~ Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You’re a Lovely Guy) ~ youtube ~ Chrysalis ~ 1986
1:27 am Robin Williamson ~ [backwards] ~ Winter’s Turning ~ Flying Fish ~ 1986
1:37 am Venetian Snares ~ Point Blank ~ Greg Hates Car Culture (20th Anniversary) ~ Timesig ~ 1999
1:40 am Von Bikräv ~ ‎ Baise tous les traitres ~ 100% Bibi ~ Casual Gabberz ~ 2019
1:43 am MC Yallah x Debmaster ~ Teba Kuda Mabega ~ Kubali (new) ~ Hakuna Kulala ~ 2019
1:46 am Ecko Bazz ~ Nightmare Song ~ Kyusa Embela (new) ~ Hakuna Kulala ~ 2019
1:50 am Dave ~ Streatham ~ Psychodrama ~ Neighbourhood Recordings ~ 2019
1:54 am Murlo ~ Goodbyes (Gavsborg’s Flashback) ~ mp3 (new) ~ Coil Records ~ 2019
1:57 am Sote ~ Atomic Hypocrisy ~ Parallel Persia ~ Diagonal ~ 2019
2:05 am Trevor Wishart ~ Musical Box ~ Further Perspectives & Distortion ~ Cherry Red ~ 1979
2:08 am Emily A. Sprague ~ Your Pond ~ Water Memory ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 2017
2:14 am exael ~ rond ~ dioxippe ~ xpq? ~ 2019
2:18 am Ghostride The Drift ~ A1 ~ Ghostride The Drift ~ xpq? ~ 2019
2:29 am Robin Williamson ~ [backwards] ~ Winter’s Turning ~ Flying Fish ~ 1986
2:33 am Coil ~ Nasa-Arab 2 ~ The Gay Man’s Guide To Safer Sex +2 (OST) ~ Musique Pour La Danse ~ 1992
2:37 am DJ Python ~ pq cq ~ Derretirse ~ Dekmantel ~ 2019
2:44 am Lone ~ Boketto ~ Not Seeing Is A Flower (new) ~ Ancient Astronauts ~ 2019
2:49 am Bored Lord ~ Everything Good Is Gone ~ Transexual Rave Hymns ~ Knightwerk Records ~ 2019
2:54 am Gosub ~ Hunter ~ Isophlux Records 1995-2000 ~ Isophlux Records ~ 2000

Show #525 – 12/21/19

December 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Best of 2019 editions of both The Answer Is In The Beat and Crush Collision coming next week!

2:02 am Étant Donnés ~ Music From The Film Des Autres Terres Souples Part 1 ~ L’Opposition Et Les Cases Conjuguées Sont Réconciliées ~ Klanggalerie ~ 1980
2:13 am Venetian Snares ~ Like Tooth Decay ~ Greg Hates Car Culture (20th Anniversary) ~ Timesig ~ 1999
2:16 am Special Request ~ Spectral Frequency ~ Zero Fucks (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:22 am Kilig ~ Middle Distance (Loraine James Remix) ~ mp3 (new) ~ DJ Mag ~ 2019
2:26 am Overmono ~ Salt Mix ~ 12″ (new) ~ Poly Kicks ~ 2019
2:33 am Robert Babicz ~ Gebettet In Formung ~ MoMente ~ Mille Plateaux ~ 1998
2:39 am Djrum ~ Tournesol ~ 12″ (new) ~ R&S ~ 2019
2:49 am Es.tereo ~ Temple of Ra ~ Ra (new) ~ Cosmic Bridge ~ 2019
2:55 am Hamilton Scalpel ~ Uprated Nite Zone ~ Hamilton Scalpel ~ Concrete Cabin ~ 2019
3:00 am Coco Bryce ~ One Time Road ~ Night on Earth (new) ~ Fresh 86 ~ 2019
3:06 am Refreshers ~ Pork Pie ~ Pork Pie ~ Refreshers ~ 2019
3:12 am X-Altera (local) ~ Ikat ~ Ghostly Swim 3 (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
3:22 am DJ Bogdan ~ Love Inna Basement (Midnite XTC) ~ 12″ ~ white label ~ 2019
3:28 am Underworld ~ Bruce Lee (DJ Hype & DJ Zinc Instrumental Mix) ~ Beaucoup Fish (deluxe reissue) ~ UMG ~ 1999
3:35 am Homemade Weapons ~ Svalsat (Donato Dozzy Remix) ~ Gravity Remixed (new) ~ Samurai Music ~ 2019
3:42 am Marcus Schmickler ~ Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy ~ Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2019
3:47 am Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied ~ Thousand Knives Of ~ Wewantsounds ~ 1978
3:54 am Antoinette Konan ~ Abidjan Adja ~ Antoinette Konan ~ Awesome Tapes From Africa ~ 1986
3:58 am Art Bears ~ Rats and Monkeys ~ Further Perspectives & Distortion ~ Cherry Red ~ 1979
4:01 am Canadian Electronic Ensemble ~ Piano Quintet ~ Canadian Electronic Ensemble ~ Artoffact ~ 1976
4:11 am Hydropark (local) ~ W.S. ~ Circuit 2 (new) ~ 25 Diamonds ~ 2019
4:15 am Czarface ft. Kendra Morris ~ Dear Computer ~ The Odd Czar Against Us (new) ~ Silver Age ~ 2019
4:18 am MIKE ~ Numbered Dayz ~ Adult Swim Singles (new) ~ Adult Swim ~ 2019
4:20 am Shygirl ~ BB ~ mp3 (new) ~ NUXXE ~ 2019
4:23 am Шакке (Schacke) ~ Кислотный пипл (Kisloty People) ~ Клуб Навсегда (Kisloty Forever) EP ~ Клуб ~ 2019
4:31 am Ogurusu Norihide ~ track 8 ~ Humour ~ Carpark ~ 2002
4:38 am D. Strange ~ Loaded ~ EP (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2019
4:44 am Madteo ~ 1 4 U ~ Dropped Out Sunshine (new) ~ DDS ~ 2019
4:47 am Dis Fig ~ U Said U Were ~ Purge ~ PTP ~ 2019
4:51 am Nkisi ~ Destruction of Power (Live @ Café Oto) ~ Destruction of Power (new) ~ Collapsing Market ~ 2019
5:05 am Tayhana ft. Wasted Fates ~ Conozco tu debilidad ~ Tierra del Fuego (new) ~ NAAFI ~ 2019
5:08 am Murlo ~ Let Me Feel ~ Dolos ~ Coil Records ~ 2019
5:12 am AceMoMa ~ Lucky Number 12 ~ AceMoMa EP ~ Jenkem Recordings ~ 2019
5:19 am Fatherhood ~ Ya Carrying ~ It Takes A Village: The Sounds Of Physical Therapy ~ Allergy Season ~ 2016
5:26 am Clickits ~ Lilophone ~ Express Gifts ~ Moteer ~ 2005
5:31 am Midland ~ Frequency FM ~ The Alchemy of Circumstance (new) ~ Graded Records ~ 2019
5:36 am MoMa Ready ~ I Miss Your Love ~ The NYC Dance Project ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
5:40 am Lone ~ Young Star Cluster ~ Abraxas ~ Ancient Astronauts ~ 2019
5:46 am Anz ~ Helps Your Two Hips Move ~ Invitation 2 Dance ~ 2 B Real ~ 2019
5:51 am quest?onmarc ~ Monolith ~ ?4 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
5:54 am The Moody Boyz ~ Melting Pot (Acidic Version) ~ Recycled for the Environment ~ Crammed ~ 1995

Pepper Mill Rondo: It’s Christmas Time! tape (Hausu Mountain, 2019)

December 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pepper Mill Rondo: It’s Christmas Time! tape

Last year, Pepper Mill Rondo (Hausu Mountain’s Max and Doug) threw practically the entire internet into a giant sausage grinder for their first tape. Now they’re doing the same thing with the most commercialized holiday of the year, the one that starts two months before it actually happens and is meant to signify an event which probably didn’t happen at this time of year. Adorned with a cover image that appears to be a hybrid of Santa, the Grinch, Jerry Garcia, and a lizard person, this is another 70 minutes of plunderphonic madness which explores pretty much every non-religious aspect of the holiday. “FYI” is a rapidfire glitch collage which interpolates Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”, and “Elf By Myself” alludes to a meme but mainly chops up samples from a Christmas episode of Barney (yes, the purple dinosaur) and “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, particularly Bono’s heartwarming “Thank God it’s them instead of you” line. Continuing the karaoke thread of the duo’s previous tape, this one has jolly renditions of carols and holiday tunes with hacked instrumentals, sounding like some sort of cartoon Christmas special where all the colors are out of wack and deeply contrasting but somehow all of the characters are singing competently and on beat so there’s some semblance of things going the way they’re supposed to. “Humbug” and “Non Disclosure Claus” demonstrate the fine line between holiday cheer and nightmarish chaos, particularly in a family environment, and “The War on Xmas” tackles the “Merry Christmas”/”Happy Holidays” debate (witness a kid saying “Thank you President Trump for letting us say merry Christmas again” and try not to have any nightmares tonight). “Christmas Dinner” uncovers the mystery of figgy pudding, buried underneath shredded children’s choirs and a kid who clearly doesn’t have any dental problems singing “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”. There’s also a tribute to Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas records, which have sold bajillions of copies yet I barely hear anyone talk about them anymore. I pretty much can’t deal with normal Christmas music, only bizarre or deconstructed stuff like the song poem Christmas album or the Illegal Art Mutated Christmas CD, so this is easily right up my alley and will be a staple of any Christmas broadcasts I ever do from now on.

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