Show #471 – 12/26/18: BEST OF 2018 PART 1

December 26, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

This was the first of several Best of 2018 shows I’m doing. Tomorrow I’ll be doing Crush Collision from 9PM-midnite, then The Answer Is In The Beat on Saturday 2-6AM, and then another fill-in the next night, Sunday midnite-3AM.
Mic break music = Gas: Rausch
Half-Hour 1
6:33 pm Aphex Twin ~ T69 collapse ~ Collapse ~ Warp ~ 2018
6:38 pm Autechre ~ debris_funk ~ NTS Session 1 ~ Warp ~ 2018
6:48 pm Demdike Stare ~ At It Again ~ Passion ~ Modern Love ~ 2018
6:55 pm X-Altera (local) ~ Impossible ~ X-Altera ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
Hour 2
7:03 pm Jlin ~ Blue i ~ Autobiography ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
7:06 pm Barker ~ Look How Hard I’ve Tried ~ Debiasing ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2018
7:12 pm Expletive ~ Static ~ 12″ ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2018
7:17 pm Matchess ~ Ossify Them ~ Sacracorpa ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2018
7:23 pm Kadhja Bonet ~ Wings ~ Childqueen ~ Fat Possum ~ 2018
7:27 pm River Spirit (local) ~ Dime ~ EP 2 ~ Atonuv ~ 2018
7:34 pm RP Boo ~ U-Don’t No ~ I’ll Tell You What! ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
7:39 pm DJ Taye ~ Closer ~ Still Trippin’ ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
7:41 pm The Higher ~ The Core ~ The Core ~ XL ~ 2018
7:46 pm Djrum ~ Showreel Pt. 3 ~ Portrait with Firewood ~ R&S ~ 2018
7:56 pm Skee Mask ~ Soundboy Ext. ~ Compro ~ Ilian Tape ~ 2018
Hour 3
8:01 pm Lotic ~ Resilience ~ Power ~ Tri Angle ~ 2018
8:04 pm Wen ~ Curve_Relay ~ Ephem:Era ~ Big Dada ~ 2018
8:07 pm Proc Fiskal ~ Scotch Precog ~ Insula ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
8:10 pm EQ Why & Diamond Soul ~ 314 ~ Spring Steeze ~ Bedlam Tapes ~ 2018
8:12 pm Container ~ Drain ~ LP ~ Spectrum Spools ~ 2018
8:16 pm Rezzett ~ Worst Ever Contender ~ Rezzett LP ~ The Trilogy Tapes ~ 2018
8:22 pm Shadowax ~ I Want to Be a Stewardess ~ Don’t Mess with Cupid, ‘Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid ~ Трип ~ 2018
8:36 pm Guttersnipe ~ Like My Voice Was Holothurin ~ My Mother the Vent ~ Upset the Rhythm ~ 2018
8:41 pm Suumhow ~ Phoebe ~ Crash_Reports ~ n5MD ~ 2018
8:45 pm Vessel ~ Argo (For Maggie) ~ Queen of Golden Dogs ~ Tri Angle ~ 2018
8:50 pm Wetware ~ Frequent Dreamlands ~ Automatic Drawing ~ Dais ~ 2018
8:57 pm Anna Burch (local) ~ With You Every Day ~ Quit the Curse ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018

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Break Yr Xmas 12/25/18

December 26, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in Break Yr Xmas | Leave a comment

I filled in the Break Your Radio on Christmas, so I broke your Christmas. At any given time, several records were usually playing backwards throughout this evening’s broadcast.
Hour 1
10:04 pm Heather Noel ~ Santa Came on a Nuclear Missile ~ The American Song-Poem Christmas ~ Bar/None
10:07 pm Max Headroom ~ Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You’re a Lovely Guy) ~ 7″ ~ Chrysalis ~ 1986
10:11 pm Weird Al Yankovic ~ Christmas at Ground Zero ~ Greatest Hits Volume II ~ Scotti Bros. ~ 1986
10:14 pm Culturcide ~ Depressed Christmas ~ 7″ ~ self-released ~ 1986
10:17 pm Paul McCartney ~ Wonderful Christmastime ~ 45 (at 33 and off center) ~ Columbia ~ 1979
10:22 pm The Evolution Control Committee ~ The Christmas Wrong ~ Plagiarythm Nation ~ Seeland ~ 2003
10:24 pm Captain Ahab ~ Do They Know It’s Christmas? ~ 7″ ~ Unschooled Records ~ 2004
10:28 pm The Audreyland Studio Orchestra ~ We Three Kings ~ Substance W: A Boiling Vat of Adhesive Xmas ~ Worst Kitchen Records ~ 2008
10:30 pm Foghat ~ Santa Claus is Back in Town ~ 45 (at 33 and off center) ~ self-released ~ 1986
10:31 pm Lustmord ~ Silent Night ~ A Mutated Christmas ~ Illegal Art ~ 2001
10:40 pm Jeff St. Pierre, Philip Antoniades ~ Feliz Rubberdad ~ A Rubber Band Christmas ~ CDFreedom Records ~ 1996
10:42 pm The Philistines Jr. ~ Santa Was Seen Flying Through Soviet Air Space ~ The Tarquin Records All Star Holiday Extravaganza! ~ Tarquin Records ~ 1997
10:44 pm Frog Pocket ~ I Saw Mummy Eating Santa’s Eyes ~ A Very Merry Xmas ~ International Dubplate Mafia ~ 2004
10:49 pm Maladroit ~ A 7U? Christmas ~ Chrismarse ~ Goulburn Poultry Fanciers Society ~ 2005
10:55 pm Lord of the Yum-Yum ~ Bells ~ cdr ~ self-released ~ 2004
Hour 2
11:02 pm Philly Boy Roy ~ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Philly Style ~ The Best of the Best Show on WFMU Vol. 1 ~ WFMU ~ 2003
11:13 pm My Ambient Nature Girl ~ Handel’s Messiah Part 4 ~ Silber Sounds of Christmas ~ Silber ~ 2006
11:18 pm Watabou (local) ~ Coventry Carol ~ Christmasasaurus Vol. 8 (new) ~ Christmasasaurus ~ 2018
11:21 pm The Frogs ~ Have a Merry X-Mas ~ 7″ ~ Matador ~ 1995
11:24 pm Cookin Soul ~ MF Grinch ~ DOOM XMAS (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
11:27 pm Ted Franko ~ Santa Baby (If You Kiss My Wife You’ll Lose Your Life) ~ 7″ ~ Nawpost ~ 1992
11:30 pm Troubled Christmas ~ A Collage In Sound ~ Christmas In Hell: Compiled for WCBN-FM by Uncle Dave Lewis ~ cdr ~ 2002
11:35 pm Jimmy ~ White Christmas ~ 7″ ~ Fatima Recordz ~ 1982
11:39 pm The Sisterhood ~ Christmas Treat, Peppermint ~ The American Song-Poem Christmas ~ Bar/None
11:42 pm Rob Meurer ~ Mary’s Boy Child ~ A Synth for Christmas ~ Spindletop Records ~ 1985
11:45 pm Servotron ~ Christmas Day Of The Robot ~ There Is No Santa Claus! 7″ ~ Amphetamine Reptile ~ 1996
11:48 pm The Pork Guys ~ Rudolf Burger… Hold the Nose ~ The Tarquin Records All Star Holiday Extravaganza! ~ Tarquin Records ~ 1997
11:52 pm Contraption #37 (Dan Williams) ~ Okay Eydie ~ Christmas In Hell: Compiled for WCBN-FM by Uncle Dave Lewis ~ cdr ~ 2002
11:53 pm 7U? ~ Christmust Tree ~ Chrismarse ~ Goulburn Poultry Fanciers Society ~ 2005
11:55 pm They Might Be Giants ~ O Tannenbaum ~ 7″ ~ Elektra ~ 1992

Michele Mercure: Beside Herself (Rvng Intl, 2018)

December 25, 2018 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Michele Mercure: Beside Herself

Beside Herself collects material from self-released cassettes, as well as film and theater scores, by Michele Mercure (once known as Michele Musser), whose LP Eye Chant was reissued by Freedom To Spend last year. All home-recorded and mostly instrumental, these tracks are generally too light to be considered industrial, although there’s some inventive found-sound sample usage on tracks like “Beside Myself” and “An Accident Waiting To Happen” (which forges a rhythm out of car crash effects). Mercure describes her performances in the liner notes, explaining that she wants to leave the audience with an impression rather than just stand in front of a bank of synthesizers, so she incorporated things like films, masks, and audience participation. Her music does have a sort of theatrical bent to it; “Liberation Day” seems to serve as the theme for a sort of imaginary psychodrama. A few pieces feature fretless bass or guitar from guest musicians, giving them somewhat more of a human feel, but tracks like the curious “A Void Dance” are more stiff and robotic. Taking things into a stranger dimension is “Night Music”, which starts out with a looped switching sound suspensed in mid-air, then briefly gaining a playful synth melody later on. Following the swampy “Antigone”, this inventive collection ends with the brief, frozen epilogue “Antarctica”.

Celer: I Wish You Could tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2018)

December 24, 2018 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Celer: I Wish You Could tape

Celer’s latest tape features two half-hour drones titled after Billie Holiday lyrics, and they both express sort of melancholy which can’t ever go away in a sympathetic, reassuring way. “Everywhere I Go You’re All That I See” is three descending notes repeating for all eternity, bathed in aural hot springs. “Wishes Would Be Grand If Only They Came True” is a bit more downcast and spacier, lending to more of a feeling of uncertainty. Still, it’s all immersive and quite therapeutic. Also of note is Memory Repetitions, a 5 CD box set on Smalltown Supersound containing remastered material which previously appeared on Bandcamp.

Air Liquide: This Is A Mind Trip 12″ EP (Intergalactic Research Institute For Sound, 2018)

December 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Air Liquide: This Is A Mind Trip 12″ EP

In probably the least acknowledged comeback of the year, Air Liquide released their first record since 2004 (and tbh, it’s been a lot longer since I’ve heard anything by this group). The A-side is far away from ambient or acid techno, it’s a slow, heavy, noisy psychedelic rock crusher with longtime collaborator Mary Applegate delivering spoken lyrics which aren’t unlike that “it’s the point of greatest intensity” speech that’s been sampled on a million tracks since the early ’90s. “Die Singende Saege” isn’t nearly as overpowering, it’s more like stumbling around a snowy forest. Finally, “Zeitgeber 3” is a spooky acid techno jam like the old days, but covered with the thick, haunting echo of the other tracks.

Nephew Lagoon: Windowood (self-released, 2018)

December 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nephew Lagoon: Windowood

Barely any information is to be found about this mysterious artist, although their Bandcamp page says they’re from Ann Arbor. Most of the tracks are around a minute or two long, and they drift between eerie creaking passages and erratic beats, each functioning as a mini-scene in one larger dream sequence. Some of it seems like false starts or scattered bits of an orchestra tuning up rather than proper music, and it seems accidental if it ever stumbles on anything resembling a rhythm. Tracks like “yillow pass” and “9train” seem like reels of film scores which have started to warp and wither away.

Show #470 – 12/23/18

December 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:02 am Speedranch^Jansky Noise ~ Disposable Icons of the Future ~ Welcome to Execrate ~ Leaf ~ 1999
12:05 am Aube ~ Aquatremble Part 1 ~ 7″ ~ Stomache Ache Records ~ 1993
12:11 am Ausschuss ~ Blinding Partner ~ Room1 (new) ~ Haunter Records ~ 2018
12:14 am Hellfish ~ Serious – Evil – Shit – Mission – 3 ~ No Mistakes Allowed ~ Deathchant ~ 1999
12:23 am Interrupt ~ One Mission ~ Ambush ~ Saigon ~ 1998
12:27 am Rufige Kru ~ Digital Warrior ~ Malice in Wonderland ~ Metalheadz ~ 2007
12:33 am Vainqueur ~ Lyot (Maurizio Mix) ~ 12″ ~ Maurizio ~ 1992
12:39 am Rian Treanor ~ Position_B1 ~ Contraposition ~ Arcola ~ 2018
12:44 am Bean ~ Psycho ~ Psycho EP (new) ~ TAR ~ 2018
12:46 am Tusken Raiders ~ Gaderffi Stick ~ Bantha Trax ~ Clear ~ 1995
12:49 am Subvert ~ B2 ~ The Psycho Babble EP ~ Causing A Stir Recordings ~ 1992
12:53 am Obscure FM ~ Michael Jackson Is In Heaven Now (Radio Edit) ~ 12″ ~ Total Recall ~ 1992
12:56 am 3 Phase Featuring Dr. Motte ~ Der Klang Der Familie ~ 12″ ~ Transmat ~ 1992
1:03 am Maurizio ~ M4 (red side) ~ 12″ ~ Maurizio ~ 1995
1:09 am Shake (local) ~ Live For Friction ~ Iconoclastic Diaries ~ Frictional Recordings ~ 1995
1:15 am Dopplereffekt (local) ~ Voice Activated ~ Gesamtkunstwerk ~ Clone Classic Cuts ~ 1996
1:19 am Reload ~ Phase 4 ~ Auto Reload EP : Volume 2 ~ Infonet ~ 1993
1:25 am Mr. 76ix ~ 6b116112058To803 ~ Hits Of 76ix ~ Skam ~ 2004
1:29 am Fax ~ Aidin (Bern Hannah Remix) ~ Collaborations & Remixes ~ Static Discos ~ 2005
1:37 am The Chemical Brothers ~ It Doesn’t Matter ~ Dig Your Own Hole ~ Astralwerks ~ 1997
1:43 am Bitstream ~ Monolith ~ Swayzak: Groovetechnology V1.3 ~ !K7 ~ 1999
1:47 am Selling ~ Phone Call From the Future ~ On Reflection (new) ~ City Slang ~ 2018
1:51 am Paul Kalkbrenner ~ Per Aspera Ad Astra ~ Global Player ~ Suol ~ 2013
1:58 am Oliver Koletzki ~ Warschauer Strasse ~ Großstadtmärchen ~ Stil Vor Talent ~ 2009
2:02 am K.I.O.L. ~ Make & Break ~ Teeth: A Statler & Waldorf Compilation ~ Statler & Waldorf ~ 2004
2:06 am si-{cut}.db ~ Hi Kids ~ Rate of Living ~ Sprawl Imprint ~ 1999
2:10 am Lilienthal ~ Orville ~ Castor&Pollux ~ Emanate Records ~ 1999
2:14 am Cocksure ~ Surgical Waste Repo Party ~ Be Rich (new) ~ Metropolis Records ~ 2018
2:19 am Colin Potter ~ Leer ~ The Where House? ~ Dark Entries ~ 1981
2:22 am ELpH vs Coil ~ Clorax Hurd ~ Worship the Glitch ~ Dais ~ 1995
2:26 am Ocoeur ~ Passage ~ Inner (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018
2:33 am Charlatan ~ Faint Blue Outlines ~ Triangles ~ Digitalis ~ 2011
2:40 am Mark McGuire ~ Another Dead End ~ Get Lost ~ Editions Mego ~ 2011
2:44 am Matchess ~ Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes ~ Sacracorpa ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2018
2:51 am Einzelgänger [Giorgio Moroder] ~ Einzelgänger ~ Einzelgänger ~ Oasis ~ 1975
2:55 am Christoph De Babalon ~ Maudland ~ Invocation of the Demon Twin Vol. 1 ~ Giallo Disco ~ 2015

Show #469 – 12/22/18

December 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Selling ~ Dicker’s Dream ~ On Reflection (new) ~ City Slang ~ 2018
2:07 am Crazy Bread ~ Feeling Proof-Plasmic ~ Vocoder Divorce (new) ~ Astral Spirits/Monofonus Press ~ 2018
2:17 am Klaus Johann Grobe ~ Von Gestern ~ Du Bist So Symmetrisch (new) ~ Trouble In Mind ~ 2018
2:22 am Baba Commandant And The Mandingo Band ~ Bobira ~ Sira Ba Kele (new) ~ Sublime Frequencies ~ 2018
2:29 am M.B. + Barnacles ~ Infinity Cosmic Eruption ~ Sidereal Decomposition Activity (new) ~ Artoffact ~ 2018
2:42 am Kamikaze Space Program & Eomac ~ Environment 1 ~ 12″ (new) ~ Eotrax ~ 2018
2:50 am Demian Licht & Eomac ~ VV Cephei ~ 12″ (new) ~ Eotrax ~ 2018
2:55 am Réelle ~ Hybris ~ Ghamccccxc vRR (new) ~ Danse Noire ~ 2018
2:58 am Bérangère Maximin ~ Fuir Les Aborigènes ~ Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul ‎– 16 Visions Of Ex-Futur ~ Crammed Discs ~ 2016
3:02 am François Bayle ~ Voltage Stomp ~ Electrucs ! ~ Transversales Disques ~ 1974
3:04 am Eduardo De La Calle ~ Meaningless Waterfalls ~ Oceans (new) ~ Anemone Recordings ~ 2018
3:10 am Scuba ~ Twitch (Jamie Vex’d Remix) ~ A Mutual Antipathy Revisited ~ Hotflush ~ 2008
3:14 am Noname ~ With You ~ Room 25 (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:16 am The Armed (local) ~ On Jupiter ~ Only Love ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:24 am Thou ~ Occulting Light ~ The House Primordial ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:31 am Irmin Schmidt ~ Klavierstück II ~ 5 Klavierstücke (new) ~ Spoon ~ 2018
3:40 am Jeff Witscher ~ I Could Go On Forever ~ Approximately 1,000 Beers (new) ~ Salon ~ 2018
3:41 am Pavel Milyakov ~ Main Loop ~ Eastern Strike ~ Rassvet Records ~ 2018
3:45 am Metrist ~ Auld Flaurist ~ Patina Echoes ~ Timedance ~ 2018
3:50 am Machine Woman ~ Displacement of Mr.Sherman ~ Residency Tape 2 (new) ~ MMODEMM ~ 2018
3:54 am Martyn Bootyspoon ~ Steam ~ Silk Eternity (new) ~ Fractal Fantasy ~ 2018
3:59 am Toxe ~ Perfect 2 ~ Blinks (new) ~ Pan ~ 2018
4:02 am Shygirl O ~ Cruel Practice ~ Nuxxe ~ 2018
4:04 am TSVI feat. WWWINGS ~ Crown ~ Inner Worlds (new) ~ Nervous Horizon ~ 2018
4:09 am Armand Hammer ~ Black Garlic ~ Paraffin (new) ~ Backwoodz Studioz ~ 2018
4:11 am H. Takahashi ~ Labyrinth ~ Low Power (new) ~ White Paddy Mountain ~ 2018
4:14 am Coupler ~ A Plain of Reeds ~ Pop Ambient 2019 (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2018
4:20 am Kali Malone ~ Glory Canon III ~ Organ Dirges 2016-2017 ~ Ascetic House ~ 2018
4:29 am Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society ~ The Desert Beckons ~ Wow and Flutter (new) ~ Six Degrees ~ 2018
4:39 am Nephew Lagoon (local) ~ hollow spore tree ~ Windowood (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:41 am Tomat Petrella ~ Gliese 667 CC ~ Kepler (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2018
4:45 am Suumhow ~ Small Sky ~ Crash_reports (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018
4:53 am Marie Davidson ~ The Tunnel ~ Working Class Woman (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
4:57 am Suicideyear ~ Kept Distance ~ Color the Weather (new) ~ Luckyme ~ 2018
5:00 am Chris Carter ~ Wybbel ~ Miscellany: Archival 1973-1977 ~ Mute ~ 1976
5:04 am Michele Mercure ~ Liberation Day ~ Beside Herself ~ Rvng Intl. / Freedom to Spend ~ 1985
5:08 am Soft Cell ~ Say Hello, Wave Goodbye ~ Keychains and Snowstorms – The Singles ~ Mercury ~ 1981
5:13 am Professor Rhythm ~ Zabalaza ~ Professor 3 ~ Awesome Tapes from Africa ~ 1991
5:18 am Mansur Brown ~ Back South ~ Shiroi (new) ~ Black Focus ~ 2018
5:20 am Ethiopian & Gladiators ~ Dread Dub ~ Dread Prophecy ~ Nighthawk ~ 1986
5:24 am Teebs ~ Birthday Beat ~ Brainfeeder X (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
5:28 am Shorelights (local) ~ Fell From the Sky ~ Ancient Lights (new) ~ Subwax BCN ~ 2018
5:35 am Ocoeur ~ Unseen ~ Inner (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018
5:39 am Okada ~ Transient Lovers ~ Misery (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018
5:51 am Tangent ~ Awaken ~ Approaching Complexity (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018

Crush Collision 12/20/18

December 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Best of 2018 mix next week, 9PM-12!

10:00 pm James AV ~ Mineral
10:05 pm Cardopusher ~ Muscle Memory
10:08 pm Photonz ~ Playing With Fire
10:14 pm Steven Julien ~ BLK808
10:19 pm Noah Pred ~ Mantissa
10:23 pm Rone ~ Mirapolis (Laurent Garnier Remix)
10:32 pm Simone Gatto ~ 880 Hz – Stock In Between
10:34 pm Siete Catorce ~ Dialogo
10:39 pm DJ Clea ~ Fiero (Samo DJ Club Mix)
10:43 pm Alan Fitzpatrick ~ Hold the Ripper
10:47 pm Northern Jamz ~ Collision
10:53 pm SCB ~ Hexagon
10:58 pm Future Beat Alliance ~ Dark Passenger
11:05 pm Time Traveler ~ B-29 Superfortress (Detroit Techno Militia Remix)
11:09 pm The Black Dog ~ Cognitive Dissonance
11:13 pm 30drop ~ Space Beacons
11:16 pm Eduardo De La Calle ~ Air-Ship Verne J-A
11:21 pm Phil Kieran ~ Past the Present Future
11:25 pm Luigi Tozzi ~ Ecate
11:32 pm Mathis Ruffing ~ Utong
11:35 pm Air Liquide ~ Zeitgeber 3
11:42 pm Conforce ~ Non Track
11:48 pm Patrick Conway ~ Padded Cell Mates
11:54 pm Paul Mac ~ All From One Place
11:57 pm Neil Landstrumm & Brain Rays ~ Drexyl’s Teeth

AllMusic Loves 2018

December 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm | Posted in AllMusic | Leave a comment

It’s this time of year again. I contributed to AllMusic’s year-end list mania. Here’s the individual staff lists:
AllMusic Loves 2018
I compiled the list of favorite electronic albums (with some suggestions from co-workers), and a large percentage of these were reviewed by myself:
Favorite Electronic Albums of 2018
Here’s the Spotify playlist I compiled.

Best of 2018 radio shows coming soon! Will actually post the audio for these on this blog.
So far, I’m doing 12/26 7-9PM (fill-in for Beat the Bezoar), 12/27 9PM-12 (Crush Collision, first hour as fill-in for two yards, three lenins), 12/29 2-6AM, 12/30 12-3AM (fill-in for Utopia), and maybe some more.

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