Monday, May 23, 2011
Beautiful live Six Organs of Admittance recording taken from Ben Chasney's performance at the Pauluschurch in Tilburg, the Netherlands on September 19th, 2010. Thanks to the Incubate Festival, from which this performance was a part of, for sharing this crystalline collection of audio.
Six Organs of Admittance - Live at Incubate 2010 - 19/09/2010 by incubate
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Left coast time travelers are about to set foot in the Big Apple. Sun Araw is gearing up for a big trip East and he's bringing the whole gang–- The Sun Araw Band, DJMGG, Dream Magic and more. In addition to playing shows at 285 Kent( with D'eon, Matthewdavid and M Geddes Gengras) and Maxwells, the crew will also be throwing their infamous Where's Your Child? party night at Coco66, with Psychic Reality and Sex Worker playing live, and DJ sets by Sun Araw, DJMGG, Todd Pendu and more. The whole shebang kicks off the first week of June. Gear up with these mixes.
East Coast Dates
6/2 - MUTEK FEST, Montreal
6/3 - WHERES YR CHILD V NYC! w/ SEX WORKER, PSYCHIC REALITY and more
(HOUSE/ITALO NIGHT, DJ SETS)
at Coco 66, Brooklyn
6/4 - THE SUN ARAW BAND, M. GEDDES GENGRAS, MATTHEWDAVID, D'EON
at 285 Kent St, Brooklyn
6/5 - THE SUN ARAW BAND, M. GEDDES GENGRAS, RUN DMT, ZOMES
at Ottobar, Baltimore
6/6 - MORAL COMBAT w/ G LUCAS CRANE!
at 108 Leonard Street between Broadway and Lafayette, NYC
6/7 - THE SUN ARAW BAND, M. GEDDES GENGRAS, DANIEL HIGGS, DEEP MAGIC
at Maxwell's in Hoboken
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I'd heard rumblings for a bit, but super excited to see the latest edition of RVNG INTL's FRKWYS series hit the information super highway. The latest is a collaboration between the angelic Julianna Barwick and future-sound pioneer Ikue Mori. The packaging for this edition sounds fully-formed, with a Limited Edition of the release "packaged in thick black jackets with a two-color adhesive wrap. 50 subscriber copies come in leatherette jackets. All LPs come with a 24-page black & white zine; the book features creative direction by Will Work For Good and photographs from the two events by Aubrey Mayer and Jody Rogac." Mind blowing to see this series continue. Even more excited for the next round(s).
Learn more and get a copy here.
Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori - Rejoinder by RVNG Intl.
Forest Swords just posted a collection of demos and unreleased material pressed on wax to raise money to benefit Tsunami relief in Japan. The 6-track Fjree Feathers EP on white vinyl is exclusively available through Rough Trade Shops, however, a digital version is available here. (You may remember No Pain in Pop released this as a CD-R a while back.) Remastered exclusively for this project, "Riverbed," a tune centered around floor tom and hand drum riddims and a loop that recalls some of the darker moments in Kurosawa's Dreams, sounds massive, like it was recorded in the basement of Royal Albert Hall, or some other very big, and equally as notable, building. All info here.
Monday, May 16, 2011
"It came from Austin" seems like an applicable phrase to describe the Alan Howarth-esque sensibilities of Adam Jones, a dominant force in the current Austin scene, who happens to play in a number of groups, including SURVIVE, Troller, Thousand Foot Whale Claw and probably a few more I'm unaware of. The whole "It came from..." element may feel reminiscent of B-movie trailers and posters from VHS rental spots, and that wouldn't be far off from the reality, except grounding the music of Troller & SURVIVE in nostalgia would be dually wrong and negligent of the primitive futurism beholden in the tunes. Melancholic darkness rides high, as does a preternatural sense of melody, often degraded into the mix, yet fully aware in headspace. I once played my Mom some SURVIVE in the car over holiday and she thought it was scary, but also liked the synth movements, which is weird, as I just expected the music to fly high over her head without any thought as to what she was actually hearing. But that wasn't the case, as the depth of the tunes is so apparent, it's hard to ignore. Such is the wonder in these two live sets recently posted to Swamp Donkey's SoundCloud. Massively cloudy, wholly erotic, and Mariana's deep. Also, stay tuned for a Thousand Foot Whale Claw tape on TCC very, very soon.
Troller by swamp donkey
SURVIVE by swamp donkey
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
@FormaSounds is an appropriate Twitter name for the synth-obsessed Brooklyn trio. While their sound is reminiscent of grüvier side of Kosmiche, their contemporary styling isn't as much a nod, as it is a reinterpretation of the effervescent modular sounds produced in Deutschland in the 70s. I recently had the pleasure of seeing Forma score a few experimental films at PS1, and one score in particular, their audio contribution to a Maya Deren's film At Land, left me in mental shambles. The film found Deren meandering on a vacant beach, waves rolling in reverse. Forma played from behind the audience but sounded like they were rising from an oceanic abyss. Their textures were so organic it was hard to think of them as modular creations, as they sounded so much like field recordings. Anyway, I just jammed their debut on Spectrum Spools and it is a subterranean portal into a lost future. Take the pill. Jump down the wormhole. Go in below. (Buy the LP here.)
FORMA: FORMA by alteredzones
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Saccharine pop of the highest fidelity seems to be the agenda of Hits Incorporated, a silky smooth ensemble birthed from the infamous Cats Purring collective's Dude Ranch in the heart of Mississippi. Soft pads gel with lite FM drum machines while Dent May harmonizes, so, if you were wondering, it's ill.
"Stranger/ Do you want to/ Take my Number/ And call me, call me, call me, call me"
Hits INC remind me of that band The Future Sound of London, in name only. Ya know, like, not to jump to conclusions, but this might be The Future Sound of America. Bold statement, but willing to take that bet.
Hits Incorporated - "Stranger" by Cats Purring
Also, be sure to jam the screwed version of Dent Sweat's "More than a Friend, Less Than A Lover." Penultimate slo-jam of the moment for moi.
DENT SWEAT - "MORE THAN A FRIEND (LESS THAN A LOVER) SCREWED MIX"
Monday, May 2, 2011
Stef from Sleep Over dropped this smokey screw in my inbox last week. Fittingly, it's a cassette screw created by running sound through two different speed controlled tape decks and, one could presume, a few other efx modules. It.is.100%.concussed.
BathSalts by Sleep ∞ Over