Friday, June 28, 2013
This tape by Bloodwall is frankly one of my favorites this year so far. Lighten Up Sounds is a fantastic label too...Focused guitar lines skillfully performed over wonderfully abstract sound drifts...what more do ya want? Really, just go ahead and buy this jam. Sample a bit of the A-side while ya wait:
Thursday, June 27, 2013
2013 is only halfway over and this LP came out back in March (I'm mad slowed down bro), but we definitely have a contender for most psychedelic album of the year. Moonrises 2nd full length vinyl Frozen Altars is a refreshingly heady dose of Denudes guitar crud, Magmaesque prog-gasm keyboards and powerhouse freeform drumming that holds it all together. No surprises hear when you learn that the band includes Mr. Plastic Crimewave (Steve Krakow) on guitar and drummer Ben Baker Billington of Tiger Hatchery (and the fantastic solo synth jam project Quicksails). Libby Ramer provides the keyboard pyrotechnics and also the underlying harmonic structure over which the two boys beat on their respective instruments. This racket would all be fine and dandy as is, but both Ramer and Krakow provide some really interesting vocals on top of it all. Seal the deal and order one here:
Monday, June 24, 2013
DON'T SLEEP /// /// /// http://www.notnotfun.com/shop-3/
Ltd. to less than 500 copies, comes with a 8 page zine.
This one's a no brainer at $12 from the label
This one's a no brainer at $12 from the label
// /// DON'T SLEEP EVER /// //
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Much in the same way that Asheville, NC's underrated and criminally unknown Common Visions re-contextualizes Beefheart skronk, New Orleans own Curved Dog manages to make chaotic shambling rock and roll feel both fun and fresh. Their recent tape In Defense of Plagiarism is well recorded and totally rad and you should try to find it if you can. Maybe their website will help you http://curveddog.tumblr.com/
Thursday, June 20, 2013
LA's Matthew Dotson has a trance inducer on his hands. Released by Already Dead Tapes, Revolution/Circumvention is two nearly twenty-minute rolling/rollicking collages of sound. These two compositions are cleanly rendered and evocative. As a fan of John Lennon's piece "Revolution #9," I thought it was a smart sample and a good starting point for a piece that essentially starts where that track ends. Like a lot of music released on cassette Lennon's decidedly "experimental" late 60s records with Yoko Ono wouldn't be out of place in today's tape scene. The difference here is the amount of FUN music interjected. Beats, video game soundtrack (esque) snippets burst through in between the amorphous blobs of slow moving sound. "Circumvention" begins with mangled loops of sitar and acoustic guitars (kinda like a Beck tune from way back when)...and did I mention "mangled?" The slices of sound playfully sound like your machine munching on your favorite jam. The second composition is the dirtier of the two here and maybe a bit more focused on "rock" music as its source. In the end: Both sides offer a lot for the listener who wants to be reminded of everything all at once.
Buy and Listen HERE.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
The always fantastic Blackest Ever Black label has been killing it in 2013, and now they've given us their second cassette release, the latest full length from Dominick Fernow's long running Prurient project. Fans of earlier Hospital Productions (which Fernow owns and operates) releases may be hesitant with this one, as it only dives further into SM techno and panoramic synthesizer pieces. Straying from the harshness of feedback, noise, and other machine manipulations, Through The Window is a truly full bodied piece of industrial music, instrumental, and worthy of both the clubs and chemical wastelands, quite possibly inspired by his move to Los Angeles.
The three tracks that make up this monstrous album are unlike anything you've heard from him, outside of the Vatican Shadow moniker anyway. These songs are wide open, lengthy landscapes, filled with rich analog strides and sinister vibes from front to back. Layers of carefully crafted arpeggios and sequencers weave throughout the songs, and rarely, if ever make it in the red. He seems to be focusing on a more droning, melodic drift backed by a steady thump, than the scathing environments you may love him for. That's not to say this record doesn't have it's share of menacing moments, it's got a deeply masochistic tone that reigns supreme, one that's hard to place, more of a vibe that comes a bit later. A bit of a turn for Prurient, and once you've looked past that, and you will, it's terribly good album from this major player.
Get it on LP/CD from Blackest Ever Black.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Ooey gooey hot patootie! Great new tape from Adam Keith who now performs as Cube (formerly Cubicle) and is also a member of the marvelous quartet Body Glove. Trust me on this one and order a cassette from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
The new batch of Baked Tapes releases came out this past winter, and I'm sorry I neglected them for this long. It's been nearly two years since they released the last batch and all of these are strong releases. You can check them all out on bandcamp http://bakedtapes.bandcamp.com/. I'm short on time here, so I'm just going to copy/paste from the label's website, but all of these come recommended, and for goodness sakes, pick up the Grasshopper and Telecult Powers LPs while your at it.
LONG DISTANCE POISON "Rare Human" c42
Greenpoint Brooklyn trio Long Distance Poison bring two monumental slabs of primordial synthesis to a fresh brew here with "Rare Human". Pulling itself from the bubbling murk of ancient ponds onto the banks of the dawn of civilization, a soundtrack to life's first glimpses up to the limitless heavens.
ANDREW SCOTT YOUNG "Warm White Light" c32
Self-described as his "God-Bless-America-Mr. Holland's-Opus-Style tribute" to his high school orchestra teacher, the collision of strings, piano, voice, reeds, percussion and fireworks erupting over the A-Side feels like the chance meeting of Crumb, Partch, Penderecki and Ives; sipping highballs and puffing pipes, hillside, on a breezy July 4th evening. Side B sees Young go electric of sorts with sideways boogies and left-footed shuffles in a new vision of absolutely fucked "dance hits".
HEAD BOGGLE "Backed Tape" c29
To say Derek Gedalecia marches to the beat of his own LFO would be an understatement. In an era where the sudden renewed infatuation with the synthesizer has led to an endless supply of formulaic sound-alike projects, Head Boggle stands alone, miles from where anyone else dare venture. The beautifully disorienting sounds Gedalecia conjures recalls the ever elusive x-factor guiding the forefathers of electronic music and concrete before him, and seemingly lost in that of any of his contemporaries - a sense of wonder, the wanderlust for experimentation and the sheer brilliance of the spark of possibility.
DADS AGAINST VIETNAM "Courage" c27
Far from the dreamy "world of tomorrow" utopian optimism the futurists hoped for, or bleak uniformity of the robotic age and conveyor-belt societies it feared, Josh Millrod (Grasshopper, Hexbreaker Quartet) sends us a completely different report back from the future, and shit's damaged! The sky and oceans run prismatic with the pollutants and discharge of centuries of neglect and shareholder-driven compromise. The nuclear winds have left this rock nearly uninhabitable, aside from those prosperous enough to vacate, leaving the rest to otherwise adapt or perish. These are their folk-songs.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Moon Machination is a newish label from the Northeast with an irreverent and diverse roster of artists. The real standout for me so far is the first 12" from a weirdo group of out-there punkers called St. Dad (co-released with Vinyl Rites and 16OH Records). Cutsey cover aside, these boys create a nasty and snarling racket. Other fine releases include a cassette of the absurd contact mic noise of the legendary Crank Sturgeon and a 7" of the so-annoying-it's-good 90's pop of Lawrence Welks & Our Bear To Cross. Keep an eye out...
Stream the St. Dad record:
Samples of other releases here: https://soundcloud.com/moon-machination
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Fans of Midwestern scuzz take note, Andrew Coltrane, harshest of the harsh, murkiest of the murks, has a new tape out on UFO Factory. Direct all commerce here: http://www.ufofactory.com/.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Happy hunting: http://www.ijustlivehere.org/