Recent FMA Blog Posts
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wmmberger on 03/18/2014 at 12:45AM
The grind music I like, I really love, because as a genre, there is a rampant saminess; so I sit back and let bands like Psychic Limb, Ubasute, Agathocles, Cattle Decapitation and Pig Destroyer rise to the top by way of their own virtues.
Alex Caprio's distinctive and unpredictable shriek, Mike Marciano's artful, intricate Rickenbacker bass virtuosity, and Jeremy Suria's guitar work (equal parts technical, Steve Howe-midrangery, and thick, power-chord glue) all work thoroughly together to make the band a cut above the raging pack. Upon even deeper observation, Ubasute's lyrical content, and carefully chosen graphic imagery flaunt the more-easily-attained / co-opted genre conventions.
ange on 03/15/2014 at 12:45AM
On tap inlcudes many bands who have recorded live sets at WFMU that are available here on the FMA, including Protomartyr, Spray Paint, Obnox, Guerilla Toss, and Pampers! WFMU's Liz Berg and Brian Turner will be hosting the broadcast live from the club on Saturday, March 15th. More info on Facebook.
10khrs on 03/12/2014 at 01:15AM
On Thursday March 20, baritone Thomas Buckner joins Montreal-based ensemble Bradyworks, premiering new works by Tim Brady & Australian composers Erik Griswold & John Encarnacao. Also included are works by Christian Wolff, John Cage, & Annea Lockwood. Bradyworks, led by guitarist/composer Tim Brady, includes bass clarinetist Lori Freedman & violist Pemi Paull. They join Buckner to form a quartet that will premiere new commissions on a tour that includes New York, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Australia.
In anticipation of this event, Interpretations would like to share some audio from Tim Brady and Thomas Buckner. Enjoy!
newweirdaustralia on 03/04/2014 at 12:30AM
Like a pack of kids at the back of the bus, hacking Minecraft and throwing buns at hipsters, Sydney's Filthy Children arrive with a howl, indifferent to the past, present and future. Their debut collection of disparate electronics pays little respect to those that have preceded them, those who tweak in their orbit, or those that are likely to follow.
Across 20-tracks, Chillection is a free selection of FilChil's nonchalant side, featuring cuts from Defocus, Canecutter, Paperclip Galaxy, Mystery Wagon, Baerfrens, Moufteef, L-X-EN, cyber.akb, Kwze, Kaukana, Carpet Brick, Kuwait Paragraphic and Ilki - a wanton manipulation of the DNA of Australia's electronic music, foreshading everything and nothing.
In their own words: "Chillection is a journey through sounds, sights, textures, graphics, boss levels, loading screens, character select, hidden packages, rainbow roads, techno schmeckno, dragons, wizards and warlocks, the temple of time, pallet town, springfield, rivendel and winterfel."
ange on 02/28/2014 at 10:44AM
The Free Music Archive is seeking a skilled backend engineer, with solid background in modern languages and techniques, who loves going down the rabbit hole to solve difficult problems related to performance, user experience, and long-term structural stability of a modern, high-traffic website (and who doesn't mind working with legacy code).
We're also ideally looking for significant overlap with our current stack:
• Mostly backend: PHP, MySQL, RDS, S3, Redis, Sphinx, Memcached, Chef; REST & API design generally
• And sometimes frontend: HTML5, JS, CSS3, Flash
Along with experience with reasonably modern source control (Git/SVN/Hg) and build practices. Note that we aren't zealots about any of the above; what we're most after is solid engineering chops -- if you're currently working with Rails or Django or Scala but don't mind digging into modern PHP for a good cause, that's fine. We need someone willing to roll up their sleeves and take long-term ownership of the project and address problems holistically. Here you'll have the chance to make valued, long-term strategic contributions to one of WFMU's most important projects.
ckutmusic on 02/24/2014 at 04:15AM
turnmeondeadman on 02/21/2014 at 10:14AM
When Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released from prison they made it clear they would not go away quietly. At a press conference held shortly after their release they reiterated their opposition to the regime of Vladimir Putin. Then earlier this month, After traveling to Asia and Europe, they performed at an Amnesty International benefit concert in New York with a variety of notable celebrities. The trip also included a memorable appearance on the Colbert Report. Pussy Riot has also made their presence known at the Winter Olympics, now underway in the Russian city of Sochi. They were detained by the police, allegedly for stealing from their hotel. On February 19th Pussy Riot released a video called "Putin Will Teach You How to Love". The video shows members of Pussy Riot being harrassed by security forces at the Olympic Park in Sochi. The video demonstrates that Pussy Riot's incarceration has done anything but silence them. Their commitment to freedom of expression, environmental protection and gay rights is stronger than ever and their status as global symbols of freedom and human rights continues to grow.
This compilation collects songs recorded by fellow musicians in support of Pussy Riot during their incarceration. These songs are cover versions of Pussy Riot songs, expressions of solidarity, and calls for their release.
10khrs on 02/17/2014 at 02:00AM
Joan La Barbara On Thursday February 20, Interpretations presents two great artists: Joan La Barbara and Bruce Gremo. Both present new acoustic and electroacoustic works. Joan La Barbara presents a solo performance, featuring her distinctive vocal techniques, both unaccompanied and adorned with an electronic sound atmosphere in Windows, inspired by the dreams & visions of sculptor Joseph Cornell. Bruce Gremo presents solo and duo works blending eastern and western woodwind sonorities with interactive electronic processing, using his unique electronic flute controller, the Cilia, as well as the shakuhachi & glissando flute; with Hu Jianbing on sheng.
We are sharing two tracks from these artists - One of Bruce Gremo performing solo on his insturment The Cilia, and one from "Angels, Demons, and other Muses", Joan La Barbara's previous presentation on the Interpretations Series.
ange on 02/14/2014 at 05:45AM
No one's sending me love songs this Valentines Day so I decided to make myself a mix of the songs I would most like to receive.
This mix includes some beloved tracks from some of my favorite FMA artists including Uncle Neptune and the Lucky Dragons, plus some live performance at WFMU's Magic Factory from Reigning Sound, Valley Lodge, and Fred & Toody. Think of it as a gift from my imaginary boyfriend to you. Get the full mix here.
ange on 02/13/2014 at 01:15AM
One of our favorite new uploads comes to us from the French band Salmo. They are a post-punk experimental trio composing narrative music inspired by nature or natural phenomenons.
Their self-titled album is entirely devoted to the life of a river trout, from birth to death. The tracks flow with forward momentum, and capture something dark, cool, and dynamic. They are offering this release using the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, which makes this river trout album free to spawn many other unique creations (animations, video games, remixes), as long as they give attribution. More Info.