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mwalker on 06/07/2010 at 09:00AM

Slap Yr Boots On!

TALIBAM! (Matthew Mottel, left; Kevin Shea, right)

This Wednesday, the one and only Matthew Mottel will wrap up his Artist-In-Residency at ISSUE Project Room with a FREE performance from the formidable powerhouse of insanity that is TALIBAM! Fresh off a jaunt to Bucharest and Italy, the dangerous duo will unveil a set of new material in "peak zone mode" (Mottel's words -- you best believe 'em!).

In honor of this closing of ceremonies, the boys have shot me over another droplet of dopeness to toss into the good ocean that is the FMA. Probably my fav track off their fantastic ESP-Disk'-released album Boogie in the Breeze Blocks, "Slap Yr Boots On! Oysters Await" is a whirlwind schizophrenic sprint that packs in some primetime Talibam! signifiers in top form...all in under 3 mintues. The never-gets-old hilarity of Matt and Kevin Shea's manic free association stage banter (sourced from a concert recording) serves as the basic germ for the song, appearing in the raw before being detonated and sent spinning in every which way. Check it below, in the company of a couple more choice Boogie gems.

Also, as a little bonus, hit the jump to peep a longish excerpt from a convo Mr. Mottel and I had about Talibam! back in late April. See ya Wednesday!

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katya-oddio on 06/05/2010 at 12:45PM

Love, Beats, and Pina Coladas

One of the masterminds behind the Italian group A Smile for Timbuctu, master Digi G'Alessio is proving to be as prolific as a solo artist. He can pack a dance floor like nobody's business. LOVE, BEATS, AND PIÑA COLADAS is a downtempo album still packed with his fat beats.

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JoeMc on 06/04/2010 at 01:00PM

Edith Wilson: Hot Chocolate and Pancakes

Edith and Hounds. Where's that banjo?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the great blues singer Mamie Smith. Mamie was a pioneer of recorded blues, particularly blues recorded by female singers, and many other women followed in her footsteps. Today I'd like to focus on a blues singer who not only followed in Mamie's footsteps, but who was so hot on her heels that she could be considered something of a pioneer herself: Ms. Edith Wilson.

"Take It 'Cause It's Yours," which is the song by Ms. Wilson featured below, is a fairly representative sample of her art. First, she lays out the conceit of the song, which is about a faithful woman who is emotionally wronged by her man (who happens to be a "delivery man," in the best blues tradition). This dude thinks she digs him for his money, but she throws his "filthy lucre" back at him and reaffirms her fidelity with the double entendre of the title. We don't know what happens after that, but my guess is that he took it (and I don't mean the money).

Edith sings it like she means it, but what's also terrific about this record is her crack band, the Original Jazz Hounds, who saunter through it with a nice dose of raunch. I like the way Charlie Dixon's banjo clomps hard through the song until its grungy break right in the middle, before Johnny Dunn's trumpet solo. This particular verison on the FMA is also great because it's from an old disc that's a little distorted, which gives it the rough sound that all the lo-fi kiddies love these days.

So, yes, check out the song below, and then read on if you want to learn more about Edith Wilson.

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zlayton on 06/04/2010 at 08:45AM

Z'EV masterclass at ISSUE Project Room (FREE!)

Z'EV in the WFMU studio (2007)

Super awesome percussion pioneer and legend Z'EV will be performing at ISSUE Project Room on saturday night (6/5/10) and will be doing a special FREE master class at 5pm beforehand dealing with "rhythms in sound & the sounds of rhythm":

"The mytho-poetics of audiology:  ear drum / hammer-stirrup-anvil / labyrinth, drum as traditional trance inducer / the smithy – pythagoras & shamanism / labyrinth as image of return – Initiation, acoustics & psychoacoustics, a phenomenology of sound & consciousness"

don't miss this rare opportunity!  

More info at

Here's an mp3 of Z'EV on Brian Turner's show in 2007:

"A total legend in experimental sound, text, and visual art, Z'EV has been exploring 'spacial poetics' while creative percussive mayhem since the 1970's. He's been responsible for tons of solo releases and has collaborated with the likes of the Hafler Trio, John Cage, and Psychic TV; he last visited FMU over 25 years ago while living in NYC and working with Glenn Branca and Rudolph Grey among others. He's joined today by drum disciples Sikhara (who've been a central cog in the growing Radon label collective), making their second visit to Brian's show. Get ready for some serious volume and heavy metal of a different strain this afternoon." - BT

Z'EV - "(full set)" (36:53)
Z'EV - "(full set)" (36:53)
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jason on 06/03/2010 at 06:30PM

King Kong Ding Dong

Youth Culture Index is the new album from Philadelphia's King Kong Ding Dong. The group shares members with A Sunny Day In Glasgow, but you'd never know just by listening...ok maybe there is a tiny hint of ASDIG's ethereal pop haziness, but there are also murkier layers of This Heat and Liars-style post-punk experimentation, pot 'n pan instrumentation, the warmth of some home-recorded wave...

We had a handmade, silkscreened CD-R of Youth Culture Index in the new bin here at WFMU late last year, and now the vinyl edition's been released by Hamburg Germany's Dekorder label (home to a wide range of artists like Felix Kubin, Black to Comm, Kuupuu and Xela). King Kong Ding Dong's website has a few leads on where you might be able to score a copy.

I've been a fan of King Kong Ding Dong ever since hearing their cdr EP back in 2006, later reissued by Badmaster Records (and now out of print). You can hear a couple tracks of the KKDD debut here on the FMA. KKDD also contributed a track off the Badmaster's Dis-adelphia compilation, alongside pherociously great Philly bands like Birds of Maya, Hot Guts, US Girls, My Mind, Drums Like Machineguns, Mincemeat or Tenspeed...the list goes on! Check Dis-adelphia here on the FMA.

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pranay on 06/02/2010 at 03:59PM

New Mix - The Latest and the Greatest!

I wanted to create a mix that captures the cream of the crop from the Free Music Archive's latest additions. I think that the playlist will give you a sense of what I lean towards when finding new music: a throbbing bassline, some electronic influences, and perhaps a little bit of weirdness thrown in for good measure. That's why I decided to dedicate the first track to MC Cullah. He is a young musician from Milwaukee, WI, who deftly mixes in hip-hop production with electronic sensibilities. Recently he opened up for RJD2. But MC Cullah is just the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy!

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wmmberger on 06/02/2010 at 12:00PM

G Lucas Crane takes Nonhorse by only .02543%, Judges Up in Arms; Live on My Castle of Quiet, 5.26.2010

Photo by Wm. Berger; manipulation by Tracy Widdess.

G Lucas Crane treats his source material much like the method applied in Peter Tscherkassky's film Outer Space—things are mashed, quartered, revisited and repeated from different angles, and in much the same way that Outer Space lets you rest occasionally, Lucas also allows moments of semi-placid, voyeur's-view contemplation—that is, before the vain, cacophonous rattling of the Nonhorse takes over yet again.

Fans of dark, whimsical, vast-plane cut-ups like the Bladder Flask album and The Sylvie and Babs High-Thigh Companion will most certainly be pleased, though one of many differences here is that Lucas uses cassettes as his primary source medium, using two decks, and actually hammering his fingers on the reels, holding them, letting them go, forcing them to stop and then move grudgingly in reverse. His hands also scuttle over a hip-hop stylee DJ fader, walloping sound back and forth through the channels.

What was intended in its original conception to be a modest grouping of two sets (or bouts, if you will) between G Lucas Crane and Nonhorse, his "adversarial image totem" (listen to the full archive of the Castle broadcast from 5.26.2010; he explains a bit in the post-set interview) became a sprawling, 54-minute smackdown, because Lucas quite honestly became embedded in performance and lost all sense of time. Another bit of beautiful weirdness I am more than pleased to have presented on the radio.

Much thanks to Glenn L for always accommodating Castle visitors, and helping them to shine the best light upon their works, and to Tracy for killing the duck.

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BTurner on 06/02/2010 at 12:00AM

French duo The Dreams live at WFMU

The Dreams feature Nafi and his girlfriend Armelle who have been behind a slew of French WFMU faves (A.H.Kraken, The Anals, Plastobeton, Scorpion Violente, Crack Und Ultra Eczema and have contributed to such imprints as Enfant Terrible, In The Red, Kill Shaman, Rococo, S.S., Permanent, Sweet Rot, TanzProcess and others). Comparisons bandied about have included Naked on the Vague, early PiL, Malaria and Xmal Deutschland.

Check out this live session from Brian Turner's May 4th show, engineered by Jason Sigal and dosed with a heavy dash of the dub chamber

>> full session mp3s

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herr_professor on 06/01/2010 at 11:24AM

Death is Dead

It is perhaps a sign of the times that a movement, or style, or whatever, isn't really established until someone declares it is over. It has happened a few times before in the chip music world but it didn't always result in such heated discussion as this post on the LSDJ mailing list. Other than being just another internet debate, it resulted in the Chip Music is Dead comp, released on the manifesterer's own netlabel Gainlad.

Considering the source post came on the LSDJ mailing list, it shouldn't be a surprise that most of the songs are LSDJ tracks made on a Nintendo Game Boy, but what was surprising is how many chip music heavyweights came forward with awesome and inventive songs. I have mentioned Overthruster, Starpause, and Bud Melvin, before on the FMA but there are also great tracks from Jellica, Nestroyer, and Gijs Gieskes .

So whilst you ponder whether it be dead or alive, enjoy the thirteen tracks above. and see you guys next week!

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macedonia on 05/29/2010 at 02:08PM

Windy City Head Bangers...

Who rocks the spot? LaRok rocks the spot...

With all of the shine that Chicago gets for its role in bringing house music to the world, some tend to overlook its involvement within other genres.  On that note, look who blew in from the Windy City to the FMA:  MC/Producer St. LaRok

A member of the Miami Beat Wave Productions crew, LaRok leans heavily on the lessons learned from late '80s/early '90s hip-hop, bringing his own intricate instrumentals and lively wordplay to the rap game.  If there's any truth to 2010 ushering in a second "Golden Age" for hip-hop, his Leap Year EP could certainly be used as evidence for that argument.  To get better acquainted with this artist's work, here's a double shot of LaRok to showcase his talents on the mic and behind the drum machine.

Intro tracks don't get much better than "TIME/Leap," featuring the St. flowing fluidly over a shoulder-hunching beat that allows hip-hop to flirt with bossa nova patterns.  Meanwhile, "Archetype" focuses solely on LaRok's production, which pits rolling, sharp snares against a cloud of inviting chords.  Consider him one to watch as this new decade gets underway...

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