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lizb on 04/29/2010 at 03:00PM

South Asia in a Blender

Let me preface this post by saying that I am neither a fan of syrupy, melancholic pop ballads nor am I a fan of rave-era house/jungle.

Why is it that I can't stop listening when the two are combined??

Check out TerbujurKaku and embrace what sounds like Aqua singing in another language, sped-up, cut-up, glitched-up, and set to some heavy dancefloor beats. It's a good thing that most of TerbujuKaku's breakcore jams clock in at under 2 minutes, because your head might very well explode after the 3 minute mark.

These bass-heavy, epileptic sounds come from an Indonesian artist named Phleg, via the Yes No Wave netlabel, which is also based in Indonesia. Check out the label's site for more awesome South Asian sounds!

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indonesia, breakcore
bennett4senate on 04/29/2010 at 08:59AM

Ten Tracks to Sync - Vol. 3

I like curating this series because I get to set aside context. I try to forget about 'the scene' from which the tracks came, and instead imagine a scene to which they might be set. Since the backstory of each song is not my main concern, putting these mixes together involves a synethetic exercise of rapid sampling, clicking all over the FMA website in search of a feeling. With no ethnomusicological agenda, I'm happy to look back at my tracks see that this mix tromped from Brooklyn to Lyon, Providence, Spain, and Switzerland.

Its a nice refresher from planning radio sets and DJ gigs, as long drone tracks from Diablo and That Thing Over There are right at home with the bump-worthy one-shots from Lee Maddeford and Bacalao.

Its cool - I may have missed The Downtown Scene by a couple decades, but I can always find a chase scene track that's just waiting to get filmed, know what I'm sayin?


A big shoutout to user Phil who made this longboarding video set to music he found on the FMA. Phil properly credited the artists, spinningmerkaba and I, Cactus, by linking to them on his Vimeo page, and selected the right license for his video work based on the licensing restrictions of the tracks. He also took the time to drop a comment on the artists' FMA pages to let them know about the video. Good form, Phil! I've included the tracks Phil used as two bonus cuts in this Vol. 3 mix.

If you use FMA music in your videos, or have track suggestions, send me a link so I can feature it future posts!

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katya-oddio on 04/28/2010 at 10:00PM

Serene Serein

Nest is a project of fellow pianists and record label operators Otto Totland (Deaf Center / Type Records) and Huw Roberts (Serein). They became friends when they were members of the Miasmah free netlabel. This self-titled EP is their first work publicly released. It is apparently no longer available through Serein since their 2009 rebuild, but has been remastered and incorporated into the album RETOLD. The recording is too good to fade into obscurity, so it lives again now at the WFMU Free Music Archive.

from the original release on Serein:

"Both pianists, there is little wonder that after exploring a plethora of musical styles, the two find themselves most at home writing traditionally structured pieces, with the ivories a major element throughout. The EP demonstrates clearly the innate ability the two have for song writing, borrowing from the world of film soundtracks and contemporary classical composers to craft delicate instrumental compositions.

"Alongside their favoured instrument can be variously heard the plucked strings of the Welsh harp, violins, woodwind instruments, field recordings, percussion and a heady dose of mind wobbling effects. From the time Nest began writing together, one purpose was clear; to produce beautiful music free of pretense, and they do it exceptionally well."

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jason on 04/28/2010 at 05:08PM

Vialka live at WFMU, plus Xiao He

Vialka are the French duo of Eric Boros and Marylise Frecheville, creating a rich tapestry of European prog rock, funereal folk, Saharan blues, gypsy punk, trad Chinese ballads, mathy rock excursions and input from every locale this band has soaked in via constant touring (100 shows a year, been to over 50+ countries). Spirited, joyfully, equally refined and splattery sounds captured here from Brian Turner's show April 20th (BT wrote this blurb btw). "Secret Thieves" (below) is a track from the session, which is available in full here.

Check out Vialka's site and be sure to catch them live as they continue to work their way everywhere.

Besides the live WFMU session up on the Free Music Archive, Joe McGasko recently wrote this post which featured a few album jams. And we recently welcomed some more sounds the band had put up on, including a live set from 2004 (click on the image at-left to hear it) and this recent collaboration with Chinese musician Xiao He (pictured top-right, via Maybe Mars).

Speaking of Xiao He, here's "MTV Play" off of Maybe Mars 2007-2009. This sampler from the excellent Beijing-based record label also features the Korean/Japanese duo 10 (recent guests on Nat Roe's WFMU program), and Car Sick Cars.

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jason on 04/28/2010 at 09:00AM

Artifacts from DC/Richmond VA '70-81: Karen Cooper Complex & Bomis Prendin, VA had a vibrant art-rock/experimental scene brewing for decades, and the Artifacts/yclept label documented some of the sounds circulating around their hometown. In anticipation of a 3-CD sampler titled Nescroscopix (1970-1981), we're pleased to present three albums from this era.

Bomis_Prendin_-_Test.jpg1979's Test and 1980's Phantom Limb were the first two official releases by Bomis Prendin, an experimental collective from Washington DC. These 9'' flexidisks came silkscreened, wrapped in a PVC bag "for protection", and their avant-industrial living room tape sounds inspired mail from the likes of Jandek and WFMU's own Irwin Chusid. They're also cited as the two records that earned Bomis Prendin a spot on the mythical "Nurse With Wound" list. A tracks off each album was later compiled as part of Hyped 2 Deaths' Homework #110 compilation, and an official CD release is available here along with more recent Bomis Prendin recordings. The project was re-born in 2001, after a 15-year hiatus [UPDATE: Bomis Prendin reports that recording was ongonig throughout this time, but releases reconvened "after we gained the necessaries to make our own CDs, having started digitizing and archiving our hundreds of tapes in 1999"]. So there is much mind-melting Bomis Prendin music to be heard, in addition to these two groundbreaking releases. Here's a track off Phantom Limb:

Bomis Prendin's mutating lineup centered around its eponymous core member, along with characters like "Corvus Crorson", Candeee, and Miles Anderson. One of the players on Test is Bill Altice, who wrote the liner notes for the forthcoming Necroscopix retrospective. Earlier this year, Bill Altice introduced us to Shinjuku Birdwalk, a previously un-heard gem of an album recorded in 1981 by Richmond's Karen Cooper Complex...

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macedonia on 04/27/2010 at 08:00PM

Everybody pay close attention to Ja Prawn...

Remember that Simpsons Christmas episode where Bart burns down the Christmas tree and then lied about it, bringing lots of wanted media attention on himself and his family?  If you've seen it, you might recall Gary Coleman voicing himself, except he was a security guard for a television station.  At one point, he's on the phone with a Chinese restaurant complaining about his order:

"I ordered a galaxy of prawns.  Three prawns is hardly a galaxy."  I'm going somewhere with this, I promise.  Just stay with me...

Someone far wiser than myself once suggested to always pay attention to that which comes in threes.  Earlier this month, an unexpected package arrived at my home.  It turned out to be a vinyl copy of Everybody, the debut album from Ja Prawn.  One week later, songs from the album showed up over at Promonet.  Not too long after that, I'm track digging through the latest uploads here at the Free Music Archive and there they are again.  While three prawns may be short of a galaxy, the significance of Ja Prawn showing up in my life three times is not lost on me.  It was a no-brainer in terms of which artist I was supposed to feature today.

It just so happens that Ja Prawn is a trio consisting of musicians John Kirby, Bram Inscore, and Pete Mcneal.  They've played with a number of notable artists, including Beck, Money Mark, and DJ Z-Trip.  The attached track is the album's opening cut, "Soulja Boi," which should give you a good idea of what to expect from the album.  It's got a hip-hop lean, but it's subtle and clearly takes a backseat to the synths and the bass.  It's sleek, but lo-fi at the same time.  It tries to exude a certain sexiness, but there's this endearing video game geekiness that gets in the way.  It's a fun cut and one that deserves a home here at the Archive.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a drop card to redeem...

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doncbruital on 04/27/2010 at 02:30PM

Party Music for Gnarly Times

I don't think I really need to do much of an introductory speech, folks, when writing about an artist who goes by DJ DOG DICK; I mean, most of that attention-grabbing expostulation takes care of itself; if I tried, all I'd end up with'd be so much empty patter. Nah, DJ Dog Dick--Baltimore's reigning champ of the slimily-saw-waved backing tracks and beats that'll outbass most anything (like, upgrade your woofers, drown out your neighbors)--needs no introduction.

If you insist, though, here's all what I know about the man (whose real name's been variously rendered as "Eisenberg Max Eisenslime Eisenbergler Max Eisenberg Max Max Max Eisenberg," oh, and "Dogsynth"; your guess, reader, is as good as mine). He's been on the constant-touring warpath for years and has played everywhere and with everyone. He was a member of the venerable (and universally beloved) Nautical Almanac, and has logged time with countless other acts the world over, even stopping by the WFMU studios in 2006 as part of Little Howlin' Wolf's ensemble when it played a set on Brian Turner's show. He produces fine and exceedingly grimey comic zines for his homegrown press/label Oceans of Missouri. And he's been to see the Insane Clown Posse play live.

Not to mention he's got this new banger-replete 7" Grease That I Got which he's been kind enough to sanction for your FMA consumption. If these songs aren't the most jammed at your next party or board meeting or other social function, you've blown it. Likewise for if you miss DJ Dog Dick on tour through the USA and Canada this June and July (with a European tour on deck for the fall?! no excuses for the full population of two continents). Seriously, the live experience is one to be treasured--dig the frowny-faced lightbox, you don't believe me.

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herr_professor on 04/27/2010 at 10:11AM

Waves of Destruction

Let me start with a big thank you to the kind judge at Hudson County Circuit court who let me out of the trial that prevented me from last week chip music update. The check is in the mail. Looking back at the last few weeks of entries, I have noticed a certain skew toward the brutal, and the profane, and this week is going to be no exception. A few weeks back, notable chip music label Pause released arguably the landmark "Chip Music/Death Metal" record (yea, it's a genre) with Norrin Radd's "Anomaly"

The process is remarkably faithful to the specs of the NES, with one exception, all his death grunts are vocalized through the lowly NES sample channel (fans of the classic sports romp BLADES OF STEEL will know what this sounds like). The result is epic and brutal, and quite good even outside the "for a video game" handicap. Check it out above, or visit the Pause website for the files in .it format with additional songs (windows users can play these files natively in program like Winamp), or a chance to buy the music on CD.

Also some of you may remember Timeheater from a few weeks ago. He sent me his Fuck Life EP, which is some more awesome tracks from another fearsome practitioner of chip assault. And with that, we will leave it, but check back here next week when i try to find something happy to post instead. See you then!

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mwalker on 04/26/2010 at 02:00PM

music for two turntables

Marina Rosenfeld at ISSUE Project Room (4/7/10). Photo by Lori Bailey.

As part of ISSUE’s Music & Technology Month, Australian musicologist (and occasional FMA guest-blogger) Caleb Kelly curated an evening of fantastic performances to complement his talk on the use of deliberately cracked and malfunction-ed technology in music. For the concluding set of the evening, artist/composer/turntablist Marina Rosenfeld teased out a gorgeous stream of sounds into a fluid tapestry of quiet, spacious beauty --  shared below. Improvising from a rich palette of her own hand-crafted dub plates, electronics, and instructional synth samples from old educational records, Rosenfeld sculpted an alluring narrative that felt both electrifyingly spontaneous and effortlessly precise. Live, the understated physicality of her performance served as an integral layer in the evocative whole, with sounds forming and evolving with stunningly organic connectivity to the elegant gestures of her record selection and turntable manipulation.  While the recording can’t fully capture the enchanting visual dimension of Rosenfeld’s performance practice, the inseparable physicality of the sound production remains perceptibly embedded in the audio document and the mesmerizing aura remains.

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Scott_Williams on 04/26/2010 at 09:15AM

September 7, 2006: When Psychic TV Came to Play

The long-standing open relationship WFMU shares with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge just survived another milestone, as Gen and fellow ranking experimental music legend Tony Conrad joined with Psychic TV drummer Edley O’Dowd for a couple of gorgeous sets of string and percussion based improvised music on Fabio's show.  That performance, along with some words from Fabio, is now permantly branded upon the interwebs here.

Previously on WFMU, Genesis has sat for several long interviews with Fabio, once with Throbbing Gristle during their 2009 reunion tour.  And in 2006, Gen brought the PTV-3 incarnation of her hyperdelic pop group Psychic TV down for a live session.  Three songs from that session are now on the FMA here for your  downloadable pleasure. 

The day after that session, I posted what follows to WFMU's Beware of The Blog.

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