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bourgwick on 10/06/2009 at 01:00PM
Touring with their first new album in eight years, Signal Morning, the System remain a definitive flagship for the elusive Elephant 6 Recording Company. Backing leader Will Cullen Hart's cubist psychedelia, the 2009 Circulatories include Hart's Olivia Tremor Control bandmates John Fernandes and Pete Erchick (Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't), drummer Derek Almstead (Elf Power and many others), cellist Heather McIntosh (The Instruments, Lil Wayne, Gnarls Barkley), newcomers Nesey Gallons and Charlie Johnston (63 Crayons), and the trusty E6 bass, tossed between everybody.
Full Set after the Jump!
herr_professor on 10/06/2009 at 10:22AM
Mark Denardo is a multi-instrumentally prone, martial arts practicing, blues-folk electro freak-out handful of an artist. Handling his Nintendo Game Boy in a way unique from perhaps anyone else in chip music, him and his little sound box has appeared in a number of guises, doing straight up folk pop, aggro Minor Threat influenced synth punk, growling blip metal, and soulful future funk, all of it peppered with Denardo's unreliable narrative structure. Hailing from the same Chicago scene as earlier profiled FMA'er Bud Melvin, Denardo moved to the mecca of lofi electro noise folk (if there can be one) Brooklyn in 2004, and since then has seen a number of transformations in his live approach before settling on the current "Graffiti Monsters" lineup.
The band live is a hardcore freak out, playing shows at various Brooklyn spots like Death by Audio, but his solo work continues to be very diverse with remixes for kiddie fav "Yo! Gabba Gabba!", soundtracks for Indie Game Company PixelJam and Adultswim.com, and this FMA exclusive "Witch's Castle". The album is a mixture of found sounds, ambient Game Boy soundchip noise, and barely whispered vocals and is a quiet and reflective departure from his live stuff, but at home with his earlier and ongoing compositions in the folk vein. Enjoy the track, and see you again in 7 for some more sounds of chips in distress.
pushbinlou on 10/06/2009 at 07:15AM
Just when I think that I have run out of stuff to blog about for "Chip Tune Tuesdays" another good quality artist throws his hat in the ring with FMA. Receptors (Jeremy Kolosine) is an incredibly busy 8-bit artist who is a founding member of both Futurisk and 8-Bit Operators (who put out a really great Kraftwerk tribute record). Jeremy also performs live all over the world including pulling off the first ever circuit-bent performance with a full symphony orchestra.
I tend to gravitate to 8-bit artists who try to move the genre in different directions yet are still able to maintain that classis 8-bit sound. Jeremy's 2007 release groKwork has a very old school electro feel to it which really works for me and hopefully for you as well. Check out the track PalinDrone and enjoy!
tront on 10/05/2009 at 04:49AM
Using only a couple of exquisitely-picked loops and a shitload of very specific reverb, Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox a.k.a. 1/3 or so of Animal Collective) creates small but very detailed worlds of songs that take you somewhere Brian Wilson might have gone if he had only stuck to the good kinds of drugs and understood the internet.
If you're already familiar with the work of tha bear, the live set, recorded and broadcast during All Tomorrows Parties just a few weeks ago, will sound very much like what you heard on the album, but with a lot more fun insight and deep-diving into the sparklies, yelps, and high-impact loop layering technology that make the PB experience exactly what it is. Download a free MP3 of BROS live at ATP-NY 2009:
Expertly mixed by Rob Christiansen as part of WFMU's live broadcast from ATP-NY. Photo by heybelinda.
macedonia on 10/03/2009 at 12:45PM
I first came to learn of the Lo-Kiwi netlabel through Anji Bee's Chillcast. Theirs was a small output of releases but consistently good, often basking in the glow of jazzy downtempo, but they could get their minimal house and electro on when they wanted to. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Lo-Kiwi went the way of the dodo. The Catnap netlabel rose in its place and thankfully re-released a few EPs that represent the best of the Lo-Kiwi era. One of those releases is by Antti Korpela a.k.a. Owltree.
Tender Pecking is a wonderful example of the acoustic and the electronic meeting each other halfway to create some truly beautiful songs. Jazz dressed in ambience (or perhaps the other way around), I've always been partial to "A Small Rodent For Breakfast Makes Owlie Happy." However, upon revisiting this release, I've been asking myself how I missed the closing number that is "June Slowness." It is the perfect conclusion for this EP and a provider of warmth for those adjusting to Autumn temperatures after a Summer season that faded out far too soon...
BTurner on 10/02/2009 at 02:02PM
(photo left: Abbey Braden) It was most rewarding to see that All Tomorrows Parties gave Portland OR's Grouper (AKA Liz Harris) the larger room for her September 12th set from Kutsher's resort in the Catskills; the glacial, elegant movements of her solo performances (armed only with guitar, voice, and FX) were befitting of a past-its-prime ballroom where the spectres of 1950's-1970's entertainment loomed large. That and the fact that a large room's acoustics were perfect for her; in front swirling projected images Harris projected murky, oceanic melodies, lumbering overtones and dreamlike drones, all a seemingly symphonic creation all at the hands of one person and a guitar. It sounded very controlled yet completely vague and very much non-digital sounding. Surrounded by this, you feel completely transported by these dense yet never-overpowering clouds of sound, always distant, but directly connected your cortex in a way I think even My Bloody Valentine could not quite accomplish with their live barrage last year. Comparisons to Arvo Part meets Throbbing Gristle are definitely accurate; there's an epicness about Grouper's music that never quite releases its sense of foreboding while at the same time aims to sooth the soul. (full set after the jump)
andrewcsmith on 10/02/2009 at 12:41PM
Alan Licht and Angela Jaeger provided their recollections of punk, new wave, no wave, and most of all New York in the 1980s. "Somehow, remembering every nuance of a bad new wave hit from the early eighties that I never felt much connection to gives me more pleasure than listening to a favorite punk single I haven't listened to in a while," Alan Licht said. These excerpts were taken from An Emotional Memoir of Martha Quinn, published by Drag City Press in 2000.
Check out Angela Jaeger's track, an excerpt from the punk diaries, to hear the voice of a teenager in the early 1980s and late 1970s, and the two tracks from Command V (Cynthia Sley and Pat Irwin), which are much more than a where-are-they-now stunt--the new-wavy Hello and the sincere Black Bag, especially.
Chris Brokaw's three tracks here are especially excellent. As Alan Licht introduced him, Brokaw is a part of the group of people Licht can count on one hand who are still making music, and of an even smaller set of people making interesting music.
Hear the full performance here or after the jump.
JoeMc on 10/01/2009 at 03:00PM
Most music fans carry around a mental short list of musicians who, in their minds, are woefully underappreciated not only by the general public but by other music fans. No matter what the genre--folk, metal, hip-hop, or whatever the latest permutation of electronic dance music is called--we can all think of a performer who in our estimation deserves wider name recognition and popularity. I'm no different, and there are plenty of people I can think of who deserve greater cultural regard (some names that spring to mind while I'm sitting here: Tony Hazzard, Tom Rapp, John Kongos, Roy Harper, Tim Hollier....). But today I'd like to single out one particular gentleman from my mental list and tell you why you should care about him.
That man's name is Michael Chapman.
lizb on 10/01/2009 at 03:45AM
Starting out with a paranoid alien greeting, the set from Black Dice at All Tomorrow's Parties quickly broke down into a full-on intergalactic party. Feedback, bleeps, bloops, lasers, tractor beams, funky robot warfare, and even a glitched ho-down snuck its way into the set, which is presented in full below.
Originally a by-product of RISD, Black Dice currently reside in Brooklyn and just released the noisy dance album Repo earlier this year (on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label). Band member Eric Copeland has created some fun, spazzy audio collage solo work as well, including the appropriately-titled recent LP, Alien in a Garbage Dump (also on Paw Tracks).
Submit to your new noise overlords already!
jason on 09/30/2009 at 04:40PM
Way back in April 2008, a full year before the FMA even existed, I did a Free Music Archive-inspired feature on some of the great music coming out of Columbus, Ohio. At the top of our list was Guinea Worms, and here's what we had to say about 'em:
With just a handful of cd-r releases, the Guinea Worms might be Columbus' most erratic band of the last decade. One moment they're all Nuggets-y ("Haymaker"), or bringing the straight-up anthemic slop-rock ("Hello From Ohio"). Then they whip out the Devocoder on "Chock Fool of Nuts", and descend into syrupy electrofuzz on "Thinking About You". With his direct lyrical focus, wormleader Will Foster is clearly making music for his own entertainment. Now that he's gathered a solid backing band, Foster seems to be taking the Guinea Worms a bit more seriously. They recently toured with Tyvek, and there are about 90 copies of their first slab-o-vinyl, the Box of Records 7'', still available from Columbus Discount Records.
...That 7'', like a lot of Guinea Worms' material, is long sold out at this point. But here's a mix of Guinea Worms rarities to get psyched for WFMU Fest this October 1-3.
|Guinea Worms are opening for Pissed Jeans on Day 2 of WFMU Fest, along with Vee Dee and TV Ghost. Also in the mix are Faust, Cold Cave and Aluk Todolo (Thursday/Day1), and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Sightings, Drunkdriver, and Talk Normal (Saturday/Day3). These will not be broadcast live, and we can't make any guarantees that they'll be posted here on the FMA either. It's just a live music concert show, ya kno? It's not a benefit for WFMU either, just a regular ol' show. It's happening at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and It sounds like tickets will be available at the door each night, but get there early! More details here.|