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cheyenne_h on 09/05/2017 at 02:07PM
We are very excited to announce this year's fabulous sticker! Mayuko Fujino, the artist who designed this year's sticker, is a self-taught papercut artist from Tokyo currently based in New York City. Inspired by Japanese traditional stencil textile designs, she has been practicing her art since 1999 and takes a new approach to paper cutout technique by combining it with used magazine collage and other used/found materials. She is also the host of Play Vertigo, a weekly program on WFMU's Give The Drummer Radio. You can check out more of her artwork here.
This beautiful sticker incorporates music and movement into its design. Pick one up with a $20 donation today.
massdist on 09/03/2017 at 11:49PM
In late 1997 Deerhoof did their first tour of the east coast. Nerds were stoked! I, of course, had no idea who they were. But my band Bullroarer was lucky enough to get on the bill at two of these shows. I was psyched because they were our first shows at rather legendary DIY spaces Harvest Coop and Fort Thunder.
At our first show together at Fort Thunder, I walked up to Greg from Deerhoof and the first thing I said was "Hi, i'm gonna be in San Francisco next month" and he immediately replied "You have to stay with us." And I did. And while I don't see those guys much these days I consider them friends for life.
Deerhoof in 1997 featured Greg on drums, Satomi on vocals, and on guitar Rob Fisk (now in Common Eider, King Eider) They smelled like patchouli and had knots in their hair and shit. Deerhoof was one of the best bands in the world in '97.
They sounded a little different then than they do now, but Deerhoof has evolved like every band should, and is still so damn interesting and challenging and awesome, and through all this turned itself one of the best bands ever!
This cdr was Mass Dist #14 and was originally a split with a Bullroarer / Nautical Almanac jam. Nautical Almanac at that time was Twig, Saul, and Nate (wolf eyes). It was a sweet cdr. The Bullroarer/ Nautical Almanac jam is now included on the Bullroarer discography located elsewhere on the FMA.
Jonah recorded this at the Boston show on cassette 4 track, I mic / 1 track for each of the 4 bands at the show, all on tope of each other, and he made the last track of the album all four tracks / bands played at once. Deerhoof vs Skabs vs Bullroarer vs Eloe Omoe. Awesome cacophonous hilarious.
Check it out here!
cheyenne_h on 09/02/2017 at 09:29AM
Enter to win a CB Gitty Cigar Box Guitar kit by supporting the Free Music Archive!
A suggested donation of $100 will put you in the running for this unique giveaway item: a build-it-yourself kit for an easy-to-play instrument! The winner will get to choose whether they want the Ukelele kit (assembled uke pictured above) or the Pure & Simple Cigar Box Guitar kit (as seen & heard in the video below).
The giveaway drawing will take place on Friday, September 15th at 6pm Eastern Time. Be sure to enter before noon (Eastern U.S. Time Zone) on Friday, 9/15/2016, when we stop accepting entries. One entry per household, please. Only individuals who donate between now and 9/15, and who opt to enter the giveaway, are eligible to win.
Wanna know if you can win, or curious about the official rules? Check out our eligibility notice for more details.
La_bl_netlabel on 08/30/2017 at 11:32PM
This self-produced EP is the first work by Go Ask Alice: eight instrumental tracks, composed between 2012 and 2013, recorded and mixed by Matteo Spinazzé, in collaboration with Curzio Ferri playing drums and Andrea Oggiano with his acoustic guitar.
Perfection is terrible is the first verse of Sylvia Plath’s poem “The Munich Mannequins”.
“Perfection” here is completeness, closure, inability to evolve and reborn, perfection is death.
Perfection is indeed terrible, can’t have a child, just as Plath’s Munich Mannequins, cold marble statues, beautiful and perfect, frozen with us in a never ending present, the immense futureless present of the “capitalist realism”: the end of history.
massdist on 08/28/2017 at 10:39PM
P & L Railroad was Cora Higgins and Melissa Hess, 2 best friends going through break ups at the same time who found solace together writing these great country songs.
An interesting thing to me is the ladies didn't write these songs with guitars or keyboards, they sang them together into the air, acapella, then their roomate learned the songs on guitar, taught them to the Devil Music guys, and one day in New Hampshire in 2000 we all got together and recorded them.
Mass Dist #9 #9 #9 #9 #9....
dhf510 on 08/25/2017 at 07:40AM
Moody and throbbing, I've released "Manifest Destiny" under the name Gilman Mom. Full of dark chords, heartfelt vocals, and field recordings, is the very first release by Macaque Records.
This album that attempts to musically convey a perspective shift that I had during a storm. I found myself drenched and devastated after a late night walk, mother nature pouring around me. I stayed in a dark place for quite some time during this abnormally long act of nature. Something remarkable happened: as I found myself learning from my predicament and emotionally emerging into a new state, the storm faded. I've never been that entwined with nature and it felt truly remarkable.
This project means a lot to me and I sincerely hope someone else is able to connect with it the way I do.
Check it out!
Axletree on 08/25/2017 at 05:06AM
Grand, moving & cinematic.
Clearly an artist who likes a challenge, Borrtex has taken on the whole of creation with his new album, which includes song titles like ‘sun’ and ‘moon’, ‘plants’, ‘animals’, ‘ocean’ and ‘sky’. It’s a tall order to represent such grand ideas in music, but Borrtex has brought together a diverse range of sounds to create a textured work that lives up well to it’s ambitions. Whether it’s delicate drops of ‘light’, or the syncopated bells on ‘plants’, or the deep earthy drums and moving chord progressions that play out through the work, the sense throughout the album is that nature is moving, in its own mysterious and powerful ways, through the music, which reflects it and brings it to life. It is a soundtrack album, and has that cinematic quality we might associate with fantasy works like Game of Thrones, but also, at certain moments, a subtlety and gentleness which makes it accessible and listenable, and in places, really quite beautiful.
I got in touch with Borrtex to ask him a little about the album, Prague, and the future for his music:
Axletree: Throughout the album you've used titles related to nature - what role does nature play in your work?
Borrtex: Yes, I have used the titles related to nature, specifically to creation of Earth. As I'm a Christian and I do believe in God, I used titles and chronological order from Bible's book of Genesis, which describes the creation of Earth by God. So you can basically hear some kind of transformation from universe and darkness to plants, animals and finally even the greatest part of creation; the human race.
Axletree: What's the music scene like in Prague? Do you find it conducive to creativity?
Borrtex: Prague is amazing. It's definitely a great place to go and relax, we have a nice historic background here and if you go just a little bit outside of Prague, you can find beautiful views of nature. But to be honest, when it comes to composing, it doesn't affect me too much. I'm really just trying to make the best of me when I'm making music and the best place for that will always be my imagination.
Axletree: Is this just the beginning for Borrtex? How do you think things will progress for you musically?
Borrtex: I want to try new things. Right now, after the Creation was released, I want to focus more on composing individual tracks, so I want to release more singles and then I will probably start working on my new album, which I hope to be a little bit of something new.
We will look forwards to seeing how Borrtex redirects his musical talents in the future, but for now you can download ‘Creation’ here:
massdist on 08/23/2017 at 06:21PM
3 oddball CSC Funk Band releases on the internet for the first time!
"Live at Zebulon" is our first tape. 4 pretty tight performances. Repetition Repetition Repetition.
"Racket" is a compilation of some one off live jams. A little looser.
"Free" is a mess. I'm not even sure it's listenable but it sure is fun.
cheyenne_h on 08/18/2017 at 03:18PM
Legendary Japanese ensemble Acid Mothers Temple played at WFMU's Monty Hall earlier this year and generously shared their music with the Free Music Archive. Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective has been in existence for more than twenty years, touring the world in various forms. Their bandleader, Kawabata Makoto, has been at the heart of the project from the beginning.
Though we love sharing audio from performances (you can stream or download below, or visit the artist page on FMA), this one is also worth watching, if you have time. We've embedded it below for your psychedelic-freakout-enjoyment, courtesy of WFMU:
A freak-out group for the 21st century was founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and led by Kawabata Makoto.
This is their Monty Hall Performance from April 24, 2017.
murmurintemporel on 08/18/2017 at 04:19AM
Compilation of Artists from Bruitsnetlabel (France).
Open-minded and experimental musicians in electro, soundfield recording, live research, concrete, improvisation, and noise Musics.