Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastalgia (Room40, 2019)

July 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastalgia

Rafael Anton Irisarri continues to tower over everyone in his ability to build these dense, overwhelming, abundantly emotional musical environments. The title Solastalgia refers to mental or existential distress caused by environmental change, and that could refer to the entire globe, but it takes on a more personal tone knowing Irisarri’s recent past (all of he and his wife’s belongings were stolen when they were preparing to move a few years ago). Either way, this is heavy, devastating stuff, compounding gloom and hope and anger and despair until it all just becomes this giant all-consuming force. If you’re familiar with his other Room40 releases like The Unintentional Sea and A Fragile Geography, this is a similar type of experience, and just as vital.


Facebook teenage albums list thing

January 13, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I try to avoid jumping on the bandwagon with these types of posts but for some reason I’m caving in this time. Here are ten albums that re-programmed my brain by the time I started college. Pretty much all of these were introduced to me by WPKN, college radio, or CMJ New Music Monthly.
Future Sound of London: ISDN
Orbital: In Sides
Aphex Twin: Richard D James Album
µ-ziq: Lunatic Harness
Alec Empire: The Destroyer
Stereolab: Dots & Loops
Guided By Voices: Alien Lanes
Dr. Octagon
Sun Ra: Space Is The Place
Quasimoto: The Unseen
This is leaving off a lot of “obvious” (but still valid) choices like Moby, Beck, Björk, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Daft Punk, Pixies, Massive Attack, Tricky, Radiohead, etc.

Taking it further, here’s 10 college albums:
His Name Is Alive: Someday My Blues Will Cover The Earth (really all of them, but this is where I started)
Cocteau Twins: Heaven Or Las Vegas
Brian Eno: Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks
Venetian Snares: Higgins Ultra Low Track…
Duran Duran Duran: cdr he sent me in 2002
Longmont Potion Castle: Best Of
Alice Coltrane: Journey In Satchidananda
Coil: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1
Negativland: Escape From Noise
People Like Us: Abridged Too Far

i made a list

August 18, 2012 at 12:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


numbers are arbitrary.

WPKN fill-in 12/31/10

January 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Special New Year’s Eve show from 7-10PM.

Hour 1
Brainworlds: Through The Cloud Chamber
Coil: The Snow
Anika: Your Reflection Is My Expression
Bombardier: Betrayal
Hype Williams: The Throning
Zola Jesus: Sea Talk
Settle: untitled cassette side A
Kowhi: Play With Me
Games featuring Laurel Halo: Strawberry Skies
Immaculate Palace: Schizophrenic Ghost
Swimsuit: Evaporation
Tyvek: 4312
City Center: Cops Don’t Care
City Center: Zen Kids Version
Secret Twins: Love Like Blood
Secret Twins: Poor Replacements

Hour 2
Nautilus: Tatiana
Stereolab: Everybody’s Weird Except Me
Dum Dum Girls: Jail La La
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: Stained Glass Body
Pale Sketcher: Secret Knots
Demdike Stare: Caged In Stammheim
oOoOO: Burnout Eyess
Daniel Menche: Blood Of The Land
Tshetsha Boys: Nwampfundla
Onuma Singsiri: Mae Kha Som Tam
Charanjit Singh: Raga Kalavati
Boney M.: Rasputin (extended 12″ mix)
Ayisha: Spaceman

Hour 3
Mortuus Auris & The Black Hand: Doze/Deeply
DJ Nate: Fade Da Black Trak
DJ Elmoe: Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man
DJ Rashad: Teknitianz
DJ Roc: Take His Ass Out
Addison Groove: Footcrab
Ramadanman: Work Them
Andrea [Andy Stott]: You Still Got Me
Indignant Senility: Plays Wagner track 1
Girl Unit: Wut
Bonobo featuring Andreya Triana: Eyesdown
Games: Shadows In Bloom
Oneohtrix Point Never: Describing Bodies
Emeralds: Candy Shoppe

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