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jason on 08/17/2009 at 01:28AM
Omaha, Nebraska's Box Elders just embarked on their third tour of the US and Canada so far this year, and when a band tours this heavily, you gotta wonder...maybe they know something we don't. Could it just be a normal tour in support of their new new full-length on Goner Records? No way, not with a series of Shattered Records shows w/ Jay Reatard and Hunx an his Punx. They're touring recklessly, like there is no tomorrow, like they actually believe the world's going to end in three years. In fact, to quote the group's song "2012" "What are you waiting for / and What are you saving your money for? / and what are you crying for / Ain't you heard about 2012?" So that explains why they were just here at WFMU in January, playing live on Michael Goodstein's show (mp3s), and then they were back in NY in April, and now they're touring again: Touring is dangerous, it's not fun and games, but the world is gonna end anyway, so might as well hit the road!
Oakland, CA's Impediments are wise to the same prophecies, and they have a song called "2012," too (below). The song's from their new full-length on Happy Parts Recordings, produced by Greg Ashley of The Mirrors / The Gris Gris / Sir Lord Von Raven. The guitar solo sounds like a comet hitting the earth, doesn't it? These 4 teenagers are chanelling their doomsday vibes into a coast-to-coast tour. In fact, they'll be playing live on WFMU here in Jersey City NJ during Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday (along with Buzzer!).
So the Mayans, the Aztecs, Nostradamus, the Impediments, and Box Elders all predict apocalypse in 3 years. I'm not gonna make any predictions (already fell for the 5/5/2000 doomsday theory and that was a let down). But hey, at least this one's being made into a disaster movie starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. Wait, the prophecy is real! Well, at least this doomsday prophecy has inspired some fucking awesome, catchy-as-hell garage punk!
macedonia on 08/15/2009 at 12:28PM
The latest FMA offering from Ilya Monosov hit me completely out of leftfield, just something I stumbled upon while searching for recently uploaded tracks. I welcome experimental hip-hop with open arms and even more so when I found out that Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow were involved. I'll co-sign just about any project those two are a part of based on prior releases for Stones Throw and Ramp Recordings - truly interstellar aural experiences whenever they arrive on the scene.
My initial comments for Monosov's "Alien Abduction" prompted the artist to drop me a line via email. Come to find out that his experiments in noise and improvisational music run pretty deep. As for this latest single, Ilya said that he "always wanted to experiment with free music but in hip hop -- and in a listenable way..." The result is five minutes of controlled chaos, bursts of noise wildly running towards your speakers to escape, yet tethered by the strings of a whiplash-inducing beat. Dudley and Georgia sound right at home on this "interplanetary invasion."
Hopefully, the seven-inch will be released soon. In the meantime, get with this "otha ship connection" and press play below...
lawrence_kumpf on 08/14/2009 at 01:12PM
We had a great show last night with Lary 7 and Eran Sachs. Eran opened up with a solo set followed by Lary and then followed by a duo. The excerpt below is from Lary's set dedicated to the late Les Paul. The performance was run through our multi-channel speaker system designed by Stephan Moore. Truely killer set.
BTurner on 08/14/2009 at 11:19AM
Grab a slab of the heavy sound of Free Michigan: Ben Hall, Chris Riggs, and Wolf Eyes' John Olson rassle like Anthony Braxton, Z'ev, AMM and the Taj Mahal Travellers in a tarpit, with dark billowing clouds of electric guitar, bowed metal, echo-drenched sax, electronics and more. On an east coast tour Graveyards stopped by my show on WFMU to perform three solo sets and one full-on meeting, and it was a fine example of improvised music in idiom tag-free, pure organic punk form, inherently psychedelic to the max. Each player emphasized workout of the room's unique acoustics (relying on organic/acoustic elements themselves even in Olson's and Riggs' case where actually electricity was implemented); with Hall's solo percussion set, you can hear the acoustic feedback being created by assorted rubbings being controlled and making its way from one mic to the other and around your brain as well. At times it even felt like what you could expect a Nurse With Wound "unplugged" gig to resemble. Some spontaneous, otherwordly, and excellent sounds for an afternoon (and the guys found some time to hit the Jersey shore beach on the way to that night's gig in Philly to boot). Thanks to engineer Jason Sigal, grab the downloads and plop some 'phones on.
Graveyards - Live on Brian Turner's show 8/11/09
1. John Olson: sax/electronics solo set | 2. Ben Hall: percussion/tympany/metal solo set | 3. Chris Riggs: prepared electric guitar/percussion solo set | 4. Graveyards: full trio set
JoeMc on 08/13/2009 at 10:27AM
I often write about "old" music in my FMA blog posts, but as Al Jolson once famously said, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Today's post doesn't feature music from 50 or even 100 years ago; no, this time I'd like to take you back about 5000 years.
Today's featured song is a traditional piece for probably the most ancient of Chinese instruments, the guqin (pronounced something like koo-chien). If you need to get into a more tranquil mood today, this ought to do the trick. Maybe you're stuck in an office? Well, imagine yourself at a peaceful lake: Ah, look at the cute little teals (ducks) frolicking in the sand! Listen to the water lapping at the lake's edge! Feel yourself relax into the warm sand under the azure sky. Begin to doze a little, and drift off, cradled in the arms of a benevolent god....
Oh yes, the blog post. Read on, if you're not already blissfully content.
lizb on 08/13/2009 at 10:20AM
Consider the logistics involved with packing up a band of 12+ members and driving across the country to play shows. Everytime I go out to a restaurant with a crowd half that size it's a minor disaster in terms of space, timing, and finances. Imagine your worst large-group-in-a-restaurant nightmare with the added complication of being on wheels and the whole ordeal lasting weeks. Plan on making a pit stop once an hour because someone will have to go.
Somehow, Dark Meat has managed to make it work for a few years now. Based out of Athens, GA, the band has a rotating cast of up to 15 members. More is certainly merrier if you are lucky enough to catch them live: skronky madness on- and offstage (you may be handed a neon sousaphone with an expectation that you will put out), shout-alongs, ritualistic chants, tribal face paint, and a rain of confetti or 99-cent store tchotchkes.
Dark Meat played live on my radio show this week, opening their set with a Les Rallizes Denudes cover, a sure way to win the heart of any hardcore WFMU fan. The trombone threatened to decapitate a few band members as the room swelled with sweat and southern rock. Take a listen to "Last of the Frontiersmen" below and check out their latest 7" release on Emergency Umbrella.
Although their various side projects are a list long enough to make a bureaucrat's eyes bleary, I will mention that Jim (guitar/vox) and Jason (drums) are involved in a forthcoming recording by the Brooklyn-based outfit Nymph. Quite possibly the best secret the band revealed: Tim (guitar/organ) is the genius behind the legendary outsider "A Collection of 20 Songs About Booties" CD (Found Magazine snagged it and circulated it widely some years back)!
superhumanoids on 08/12/2009 at 06:09PM
It has been just over four months since the Free Music Archive launched as a destination for high-quality, freely licensed music. Since that time, the site has developed an avid community and grown to include a number of fantastic curators all while expanding upon the site’s initial catalog to host over 11,000 tracks. All told, the FMA has, in a very short time frame, become an indispensable destination for music lovers looking for freely-licensed music to download, share, and reuse.
The FMA has always offered and promoted CC licenses as a means to share the majority of music uploaded to the site. Today we are ecstatic to announce that CC has joined the FMA’s curatorial ranks! We’re celebrating with 50 great tracks that will be both familiar to the CC community while hopefully offering some new names as well. The launch is split into two mixes – our FMA Inaugural Mix and The WIRED CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.
We’ll be doing regular updates to our collection over the coming months and our next featured mix will highlight some of the great community-driven artists and collaborations found at sites like ccMixter, Jamendo, Beatpick, Sutros, and more. We are on continuous lookout for great CC-licensed music to add to our page and would love to hear your suggestions on tracks and artists in the comments.
Scott_Williams on 08/12/2009 at 04:36PM
I missed Rhys Chatham's 200-guitar "Crimson Grail" tour de force at Damrosch Park last weekend, so it was some comfort to find so much great guitariness stinking up the FMA. I MADE A MIX. From the stinging lofi Strat-twang of Phil Reavis, thru Ignatz' shortwave spaceblues; Sun City Girls' "Torch of the Mystics" made flesh in Hayvanlar Alemi; Loren MazzaCane Connors' ultra-minimal moodiness, to the Chrome-atic blues metal of Gunslingers. Along the way, we've got glorious broken things from Gitarrenarmee and guitarrorisms, and so much more. Stay to the end for some bonus non-guitar fun from banjos, violins, organs, and some more seriously broken things.
BIG BOLD LINK TO THE MIX HERE!
jason on 08/12/2009 at 08:45AM
San Juan, Puerto Rico's Davila 666 brought their fierce Spanish-language garage-pop -- with gang vocals, tambourines, guitar licks, hooks and all the fixins -- to the WFMU live room for a set that aired on this week's Talk's Cheap.
The set was recorded in late July as the group made its way through the NY/NJ area, on an ongoing tour that takes them all the way back around to Memphis for Goner Fest 6 Sept 24-27th. At the moment, the six piece is finishing a comprehensive Florida leg that includes a show tonight in Ybor City with the Jacuzzi Boys.
Chatting with lead singer Carlito, he mentioned that -- prior to Davila 666 -- he and bassist AJ made "nasty gangsta rap" (in what I'm pretty sure is this group Ciencia Fixión). He also recommended some local PR punk contemporaries like Los Vigilantes and LopoDrido.
This is Davila 666's second cross-country tour. The first led to their signing to In The Red for their self-titled debut, one of the best records of 2008. They've also got new 7''s on HoZac and Douchemaster. They played the A-side of the Douchemaster 7'', "Pingarocha y la Diva Rockera", some new songs, and some jams from the In The Red release (like "Nueva Localizión", below).
Check out the full live session, available for download here on the FMA.
herr_professor on 08/10/2009 at 05:35PM
Covox, Thomas Söderlund to his parents, is one of those chiptune artists that doesn't particularity SOUND like any video game music you ever heard. Owing more to artists like early New Order or DAF, this weeks FMA release finds the typical Game Boy tones mixed, albini-like through a series of recording tricks reserved for bass, guitars, or vocals. The added air from this re-amping process gives the tinny bleeps and bloops of the tiny handheld some of the massive presence that is a revelation to those who may have not seen live chip shows, like the Blip Festival. this is not to say that its all studio trickery, as the songs themselves are quite good, with an synthpunk energy from the days when electro wasn't background fodder for car commercials.
Covox is heading to the US for a rare East Coast Tour (details after the jump) so check out Infiltrator EP, and we'll be back in couple of weeks. See ya then!