Swartz Et: A Living Thing (Utter East, 2018)

September 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Swartz Et: A Living Thing

Detroit musician Steve Swartz normally plays guitar in bands like Au Revoir Borealis and For Wishes, but here he’s recorded a series of extended, immersive modular synthesizer pieces. The name Swartz Et recognizes that even though these are technically solo recordings, there’s clearly another force at play, and the album’s title nods to the generative nature of the synth. Without being blasted at a high volume, there’s a pretty dense amount of textures to these tracks, and they all take their time to evolve and grow. This is a supremely relaxing album, I’ve been putting it on to calm down or get ready to sleep a lot lately. And yet it’s not a fluffy dreamtime album. There’s a gritty crackle beneath much of it, and the slowly all-consuming “Embers” is closer to the corroded noise drone of Tim Hecker. An absolutely wonderful, marvelous release. Listen right now over at Bandcamp!

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Show #460 – 9/22/18

September 24, 2018 at 9:51 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Sarah Davachi ~ Evensong ~ Gave In Rest (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2018
2:06 am Jung An Tagen ~ 23:08 THIS WAS THE LAST MESSAGE ~ Agent Im Objekt ~ Editions Mego ~ 2018
2:10 am Lonnie Holley ~ I Snuck Off the Slave Ship ~ MITH (new) ~ Jagjaguwar ~ 2018
2:30 am Swartz Et (local) ~ Moon ~A Living Thing (new) ~ Utter East ~ 2018
2:38 am Drew McDowall ~ Tendrils ~ The Third Helix (new) ~ Dais ~ 2018
2:44 am mmph ~ Woodlawn ~ Serenade (new) ~ Tri Angle ~ 2018
2:47 am Dustin Wong ~ はずかしがらないで (Don’t Be Ashamed) ~ Fluid World Building 101 With Shaman Bambu (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2018
2:53 am Low ~ Rome (Always in the Dark) ~ Double Negative (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2018
2:56 am Knife Knights ~ Seven Wheel Motion ~ 1 Time Mirage (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2018
2:59 am Phal:Angst ~ Despair II (Deadverse Remix by Will Brooks – Dälek) ~ Phase IV (new) ~ Bloodshed666 ~ 2018
3:04 am Mount Eerie ~ Distortion ~ (After) (new) ~ P.W. Elverum & Sun ~ 2018
3:15 am Shmu ~ All Will Be Erased (Jlin Remix) ~ .wav (new) ~ GTZ Records ~ 2018
3:18 am tUnE-yArDs ~ Honesty (Suzi Analogue Remix) ~ mp3 (new) ~ 4AD ~ 2018
3:24 am John Healy ~ FwlitFst ~ FBEATS 1 (new) ~ Welsh Modular Alliance ~ 2018
3:29 am The Burrell Connection ~ Hyper_480 ~ Hyper/Orbit (new) ~ Craigie Knowes ~ 2018
3:34 am NHK yx Koyxen ~ Passing ~ Reflexes (new) ~ DFA ~ 2018
3:40 am Jason Forrest ~ Beating Up Giant ~ Fear City (new) ~ Cock Rock Disco ~ 2018
3:45 am Heavy Lifting ~ Relapse ~ Mortal Springs (new) ~ Pan Y Rosas ~ 2018
3:47 am Aphex Twin ~ MT1 t29r2 ~ Collapse (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
3:53 am Objekt ~ Secret Snake (Single Mix) ~ mp3 (new) ~ PAN ~ 2018
3:59 am ADULT. (local) ~ Lick Out the Content ~ This Behavior (new) ~ Dais ~ 2018
4:04 am Cyrnai ~ Kemoflosh 2 ~ 1980-1990 ~ Dark Entries ~ 1984
4:07 am Capital Punishment ~ John’s Forgotten Land (Parts 1, 2, and 3) ~ Roadkill ~ Captured Tracks ~ 1982
4:15 am Fred Thomas (local) ~ House Show, Late December ~ Aftering (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018
4:23 am Advance Base ~ True Love Death Dream ~ Animal Companionship (new) ~ Orindal Records/Run For Cover ~ 2018
4:27 am True Blue (local) ~ Look What You’ve Done ~ Solitary Queen (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:31 am The Caretaker ~ Advanced Plaque Entanglements ~ Everywhere at the End of Time – Stage 5 (new) ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2018
4:43 am AAB [Andrew W.K.] (local) ~ White/Grey ~ Bright Dole ~ Ypsilanti ~ 1996
4:47 am Cloud Seeder ~ Hollywood Weltanschauung Pt II ~ Cloud Seeder (new) ~ Lather Records ~ 2018
4:55 am Fieldwork ~ Less ~ Door ~ Pi ~ 2008
5:01 am Marc Ribot ~ Fourth World ~ Yo! I Killed Your God ~ Tzadik ~ 1992
5:09 am Deadbeat Beat (local) ~ Tree, Grass & Stone Part 2 ~ 7″ (new) ~ Crystal Palace ~ 2018
5:13 am Deniz Tek ~ Hondo’s Dog ~ Lost For Words (new) ~ Career Records ~ 2018
5:15 am Don Fiorino/Andy Haas ~ Degenerate Time ~ American Nocturne (new) ~ Resonantmusic ~ 2018
5:23 am Homeboy Sandman & Edan ~ #NeverUseTheInternetAgain ~ Humble Pi (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
5:27 am Sobrenadar ~ Del Tiempo (Slowdive Remix) ~ mp3 (new) ~ Sonic Cathedral ~ 2018
5:32 am Winterlight ~ Hinterland ~ The Longest Sleep Through the Darkest Days (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018
5:41 am Peace to Mateo (local) ~ Lazerdisk ~ Some Strange Reason (new) ~ Young Heavy Souls ~ 2018
5:43 am Rejoicer feat. Mndsgn ~ Purple T-Shirts ~ Energy Dreams (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
5:46 am Maribou State ~ Vale ~ Kingdoms in Colour (new) ~ Counter ~ 2018
5:50 am Dorian Concept ~ J Buyers ~ The Nature of Imitation (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
5:55 am Ben Chatwin ~ Unravel ~ Drone Signals (new) ~ Village Green ~ 2018

Phal:Angst: Phase IV (Bloodshed666, 2018)

September 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Phal:Angst: Phase IV

Austrian group Phal:Angst are somewhere in between industrial and post-rock, constructing 10-minute epics filled with gritty guitars, creeping tempos, and cinematic overtones. The film dialogue samples strewn throughout tracks like opener “On the Run” bring to mind older Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but this group generally sticks to evenly paced electronic tempos rather than lengthy crescendos. They also alternate the samples with original vocals, which are sinister and sometimes menacing, but not overly aggressive. The music itself similarly never gets into aggro overdrive; rather, it maintains a consistent mood while evolving through different atmospheric elements, incorporating instruments such as harp and metallophone along with the guitars and electronics. “Despair II” is somewhat appropriately the most emotionally devastating track, as well as the longest. This feeling of hopelessness and pointlessness is further expanded upon with “They Won’t Have to Burn the Books When Noone Reads Them Anyway”. The album ends with 2 significantly shorter remixes, the first from Will Brooks (Dälek), and the second from Justin Broadrick. Both keep within the mood of the originals, but Broadrick’s mix adds a bit more bass pressure.

Deadbeat Beat: Tree, Grass & Stone 7″ (Crystal Palace, 2018)

September 21, 2018 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Deadbeat Beat: Tree, Grass & Stone 7″

The latest single from Detroit rough riders Deadbeat Beat alludes to Swedish psych legends Träd, Gräs Och Stenar. As natural-sounding as its title, the song is a steady, upbeat trip, starting out with a bit of a sunshine chorus and verse before dissolving into spacey synth effects. In the spirit of numerous James Brown and P-Funk singles, the jam continues on the second side, rematerializing and fading in on a shredding astral-exploration guitar solo. Equal parts pop and psych, the record makes equal room for hooks and blissful zone-outs. Digitally available on Bandcamp.

The Burrell Connection: Hyper/Orbit 12″ EP (Craigie Knowes, 2018)

September 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Burrell Connection: Hyper/Orbit 12″ EP

The newest Burrell Connection EP starts out with crunchy broken beats, “Clear” sweeps, and an acid line snaking through everything on “Hyper 14.255”. Then “Hyper 480” starts out riding the line between atmospheric jungle and techno before some impossibly heavy breaks smash in. It all ends way too soon. “Orbit 458” is a slower, bleaker atmospheric breakbeat track with the “fuckin’ voodoo magic man” sample as made famous by Hyper On Experience’s “Lords Of the Null Lines”. “Orbit .512” is a much more hypnotic midtempo shaker with a sly acid line sparking up throughout. It somehow feels caught between dubby disco, gqom, and some sort of shamanic trance. A very well rounded, often marvelous set of tracks.

Show #459 – 9/15/18

September 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:04 am Ben Chatwin ~ Nordsjøen ~ Drone Signals (new) ~ Village Green ~ 2018
2:08 am Low ~ Fly ~ Double Negative (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2018
2:14 am Ipek Gorgun ~ Seneca ~ Ecce Homo (new) ~ Touch ~ 2018
2:18 am Body Shame ~ I Don’t Feel Good ~ Open Sores ~ SDM Records ~ 2017
2:21 am Ital Tek ~ Lithic ~ Bodied (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
2:25 am Jason Forrest ~ Demon Sun Ram ~ Fear City (new) ~ Cock Rock Disco ~ 2018
2:30 am Robert Rich ~ Witchetty Vartu ~ The Biode (new) ~ Soundscape ~ 2018
2:36 am Orbital ~ Tiny Foldable Cities ~ Monsters Exist (new) ~ ACP ~ 2018
2:42 am Dead Man’s Chest & Sonic ~ Kool With A K ~ Blunted Breaks Vol. 1 (LP Sampler) (new) ~ Western Lore ~ 2018
2:48 am Aphex Twin ~ pthex ~ Collapse (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
2:53 am Tim Reaper & Drumlinezz ~ Deep Into Space & Back ~ Blunted Breaks Vol. 1 (new) ~ Western Lore ~ 2018
2:59 am Acemo ~ The Essence ~ EP (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2018
3:05 am Helena Hauff ~ Fag Butts In The Fire Bucket ~ Qualm (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
3:09 am ADULT. (local) ~ This Behavior ~ This Behavior (new) ~ Dais ~ 2018
3:14 am Chris Liebing ~ Novembergrey ~ Burn Slow (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
3:21 am Bruce ~ Æon ~ Sonder Somatic (new) ~ Hessle Audio ~ 2018
3:27 am VTSS ~ Fruition ~ Self Will (new) ~ Intrepid Skin ~ 2018
3:35 am Guerilla Toss ~ Hacking Machine ~ Twisted Crystal (new) ~ DFA ~ 2018
3:38 am Capital Punishment ~ Confusion ~ Roadkill ~ Captured Tracks ~ 1982
3:41 am Das Ding ~ Marketing Strategies For Main Sequence Stars ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
3:46 am Escape-ism ~ The Lost Record ~ The Lost Record (new) ~ Merge ~ 2018
3:49 am Trevor Jackson ~ Beamrider ~ System (new) ~ Pre- ~ 2018
3:54 am RP Boo ~ Ike and Tina 1 ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
3:58 am Otto A. Totland ~ Vates ~ The Lost ~ Sonic Pieces ~ 2017
4:02 am Fritz Welch ~ The Donald Judd Vs. Elmer Fudd Inner Space Crisis ~ A Desire To Push Forward Without Gaining Access To Anything (new) ~ Radical Documents ~ 2018
4:19 am Fred Thomas featuring Ashley Hennen (local) ~ Slow Waves ~ Aftering (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2018
4:29 am Winterlight ~ Risen Again ~ The Longest Sleep Through the Darkest Days (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018
4:34 am True Blue (local) ~ Firestarter ~ Solitary Queen (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:38 am Grasses (local) ~ First Sister ~ Vision (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
4:41 am Mirah ~ Love Jetty ~ Understanding (new) ~ Absolute Magnitude ~ 2018
4:44 am Tara Jane O’Neil ~ The Drowning Electric ~ A Ways Away ~ K ~ 2009
4:48 am Chatham Rise ~ Surf In G ~ Meadowsweet (new) ~ Picture In My Ear ~ 2018
4:54 am Mamuthones ~ Simone Choule ~ Fear On The Corner (new) ~ Rocket ~ 2018
4:59 am Oumou Sangare ~ Ah Ndiya ~ Moussoulou ~ World Circuit ~ 1990
5:03 am Maribou State feat. Khruangbin ~ Feel Good ~ Kingdoms In Colour (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2018
5:07 am Rejoicer ~ Ancient Energy Search ~ Energy Dreams (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
5:11 am Peace to Mateo (local) ~ Splash Damage ~ Some Strange Reason (new) ~ Young Heavy Souls ~ 2018
5:15 am Pluko ~ Pink. ~ Sixteen (new) ~ Foreign Family Collective ~ 2018
5:19 am Dorian Concept ~ The Space ~ The Nature of Imitation (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
5:23 am Okada ~ Transient Lovers ~ Misery (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2018
5:35 am Steve Hauschildt ~ Aroid ~ Dissolvi (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
5:42 am Tim Walters ~ Green Inside ~ Austerity Measures (new) ~ VauxFlores Industrial ~ 2018
5:46 am Jeff Snyder & Federico Ughi ~ Useful Interposition ~ Duo (new) ~ Carrier ~ 2018
5:50 am Allen Ravenstine ~ Spirits ~ Waiting for the Bomb (new) ~ ReR ~ 2018
5:54 am Jeff Greinke ~ The River ~ Before Sunrise (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2018

Crush Collision 9/13/18

September 14, 2018 at 9:37 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:00 pm RP Boo ~ U Belong 2 Me
10:03 pm DJ Godfather ~ The Battle
10:05 pm Johnlukeirl ~ Break Da Rulez
10:09 pm Rizzla ~ Test Man
10:11 pm AnD ~ Manchester
10:15 pm Waxmaster Maurice ~ Check This Out
10:19 pm Buzzi ~ Thermal
10:23 pm Tommy Holohan ~ South Beach Burnin Bins
10:26 pm Jill Scott ~ It’s Love (CalvoMuxic Club Edit)
10:28 pm HKE ~ Id Merger
10:32 pm Color Plus ~ Kram
10:35 pm Kieran Loftus ~ Ugly Petite
10:38 pm Nsdos ~ Operation
10:44 pm Spatial ~ Netz Room (J. Tijn Remix)
10:47 pm Exos ~ Grasshunter
10:52 pm Essaie Pas ~ Substance M
10:58 pm Lil Jabba ~ ForeST EdGE
11:01 pm Fabrizio Rat ~ Aimard
11:06 pm Special Request ~ Curtain Twitcher (Nina Kraviz Alice Was Here Remix)
11:12 pm Ceephax Acid Crew ~ Lovejoy Acid
11:16 pm London Modular Alliance ~ Tremors
11:21 pm Stanislav Tolkachev ~ Leather Mask
11:25 pm Perc ~ Unelected (Dax J Remix)
11:29 pm Rebekah ~ Eighties With You
11:34 pm E-Saggila ~ Brunette Cistern
11:39 pm JK Flesh ~ Mindprison
11:42 pm Ossian ~ Necessary Illusions
11:48 pm Jeff Mills ~ The Hypnotist (Hikari Mix)
11:51 pm Arpanet ~ Main Sequence Star
11:55 pm Mor Elian ~ Feral Chime

Mamuthones: Fear On The Corner (Rocket Recordings, 2018)

September 11, 2018 at 11:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Mamuthones: Fear On The Corner

Nearly a decade ago, I reviewed a Mamuthones album for Foxy Digitalis (R.I.P.) which was sort of a droney dark ambient work filled with clattering metal and creepy voices. I lost track of the group after that, but sometime in between then and now, the Italian group started making colorful psychedelic rock, informed by both Krautrock and Afrobeat, and they signed to Rocket Recordings. Rhythm is the focus here, and there’s pounding drums as well as marimba and other percussive instruments adding some additional flavors. There’s some noise bursts and plenty of flanged guitar effects, but the group largely don’t drown out the rhythm. “Show Me” is probably the most overtly Krautrock-sounding song, but “Alone” is a straight-up disco-punk jam. The album ends with “Here We Are”, a trance-inducing 10-minute procession which is roughly as frightening as the album’s cover art.

Fritz Welch: A Desire To Push Forward Without Gaining Access To Anything LP (Radical Documents, 2018)

September 11, 2018 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fritz Welch: A Desire To Push Forward Without Gaining Access To Anything LP

Former Peeesseye member Fritz Welch presents an album of totally off-the-wall vocal pieces. Double-tracking and processing his voice, he starts out speaking normal words but quickly goes off the rails into elastic-faced jibber-jabber and primal gobbledygook. The fact that there’s two of him making these alien cartoon noises only increases the nuttiness of it all. I’m not an expert on dadaist sound poetry so I have no clue who to compare this to — other than weird voices I come up with when I think nobody’s around. He breaks slightly from the madness with the brief “Tamio’s Prison Song”, a listing of several prisons described as “a poetic response to a song often performed by Tamio Shiraishi”. The second side is my favorite of the two, because his voice is aided by electronics, so he’s grunting and shouting into the void, and then his voice comes back to haunt him. Definitely recommended for fans of the vocal stylings of Dylan Nyoukis and Aaron Dilloway. Listen and buy from Bandcamp, if you dare.

Body Shame: Open Sores tape (SDM Records, 2017)

September 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Body Shame: Open Sores tape

Usually the term body shame refers to making fun of someone for being overweight, but in this artist’s case, it seems more like being ashamed that one inhabits a body, and wanting to transcend it or break free from it, no matter the damage. This is rambunctious, barely controlled percussive chaos with clattering drums completely broken free from any conventional rhythmic grid patterns and lava-like bursts of squelching synths. Some of it feels like an attempt to play doom metal entirely on a card table full of busted electronic equipment and dilapidated drums, yet all of these inanimate objects have lives of their own and keep scurrying across the room and doing things they’re not supposed to. It can be hard to grasp what the artist is trying to accomplish here, even after multiple listens, but there’s obviously a lot of thought put into this, and it feels like an intense self-examination as well as a deafening cry out from within. There’s nothing pretty or tame about any of this, it’s messy, destructive, chaotic, and incredibly challenging. It’s also highly exhilarating, a life-affirming body rush. For fans of Scissor Shock, Five Star Hotel, Nero’s Day At Disneyland. Available from Bandcamp.

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