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Irwin on 11/15/2010 at 02:00AM
The "Amanda" recordings have emerged as an unexpected cult sensation on my WFMU program over the past two years. The chronicles feature Amanda Whitt, a growling (think Cookie Monster), defiant pre-pubescent with a Southern twang spewing mayhem over 1980s breakbeats and disjointed shards of pop hits. On some tracks Amanda shrieks while clanging pots & pans. The recordings exude undeniable charm, but there's nothing cute about it. Any sentient adult witnessing this behavior would commence punitive action or summon law enforcement.
Power-child Amanda was recorded between 1986-89 at home in Alabama, between ages 8 and 11, by her older (by 7 or 8 years) brother Joseph (a.k.a. Jody). Joseph and Amanda were a couple of hyperactive kids pretending to be, respectively, a music video director and a child star. Most recordings were captured on cassette, others on video cam, in the lowest of lo-fi. The duo sometimes enlisted friends in the frolics, and often drove their parents crazy (with incidents caught on tape). The most durable performances were titled (e.g., "The Pickle People," "Horrible Hybrid Tulips," "Indian Hoots Echo Baby," "Me Swinging in Cookieland") and compiled on "albums," whose design awkwardly replicated the commercial cassette format. Inserts were pasted up and xeroxed, and collections assigned titles (e.g., Primitive Swagger, Monumental Whopper Turmoil Jam, Empires and 5th Dimension Perspective, and Worship Me). The recordings were not circulated beyond friends.
Scott_Williams on 11/11/2010 at 03:00PM
Melbourne, Australia's Fabulous Diamonds have haunted the periphery of my consciousness from the get-go. Too subtle to beg or demand notice, their charms are more a natural ooze that works, without trying, to irrevocably attach itself to the listener at the chromosome level. Which doesn't tell you dick about what they sound like, which is... let's say repetitive, rhythmically propulsive, melodically and harmonically static music that nevertheless is vertically dense and ever-evolving texturally. Does that help? Alright, my friend Sarah astutely said "they should've been on that (tribute to the Oneida song) 'Sheets of Easter' compilation"; last.fm compares them to Sun Araw and Gary War; and several publications have drawn lines to Blues Control and Naked on the Vague; all of these bands do ring in sympathy with Fabulous Diamonds.
Fabulous Diamonds are actually Nisa Venerosa and Jarrod Zlatic, drummer/singer and keyboardist/saxophonist, respectively. They've been at this game since about 2007, when they released a 7" on Nervous Jerk, & Mistletone Records and toured the U.S. with longtime FMU faves Psychedelic Horseshit. By 2008, they'd signed with underground Philadelphia stalwarts Siltbreeze, who have so far released 2 full-lengths by the band - a self-titled slab o'wax, and a CD called "II" on Chapter Music (song titles have yet to enter the picture, and we’re not holding our breath).
lizb on 11/11/2010 at 07:00AM
With all the High School Musical, Glee, talent reality shows, and packaged poplets saturating the mainstream media, it almost becomes unfathomable to imagine a teenager creating sophisticated experimental yet melodic compositions these days. Thankfully, Henry Hynes exists.
Not only does this 16-year-old kid play drums in the great NJ band Home Blitz, but he writes great songs, and also volunteers for the FMA from time to time.
Henry recently released a great CD called "The Portal" (Cryptic Carousel), full of home recordings from 2006-2010, and it's been getting a lot of play on WFMU lately. You can check out a sampling of songs from the album here on the FMA. The tunes veer from lo-fi pop to dreamy experimental ramblings and concrete departures, all catchy in a strange otherworldly way.
If you dig Henry's music, I hear he's looking to release some on vinyl...
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jason on 11/08/2010 at 08:00AM
Boodle Boy is the new musical project of Bryin Dall and Edward "Edley" O’Dowd. Their eponymous debut is a deliciously frightening reflection of our world through a funhouse mirror, inverted through an underground sewer system, where found sounds take on a new form amidst post-industrial experimental electronics.
Edley and Bryin were introduced through Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's group Thee Majesty. Edley recently visited WFMU with P-Orridge and Tony Conrad for an improvised performance on Strength Through Failure, which you can check out here on the FMA.
Edley is also the drummer and co producer of Psychic TV / PTV3, which Genesis P-Orridge formed the first incarnation of after Throbbing Gristle. On December 9th, WFMU is co-presenting Psychic TV / PTV3's only stateside show for 2010 at Europa in Brooklyn. Bryin Dall's project 4th Sign Of The Apocalypse will take the main support slot (details here).
Here's a classic Psychic TV live performance on WFMU from 2006:
lizb on 11/04/2010 at 12:30PM
Jitters, beauty, and blissed out guitar loop magic all converged on my radio program this week, when Baltimore musician Dustin Wong stopped by for a live set.
Scenes from Dustin's illustrious past include playing guitar in two of my favorite bands of recent years: high-energy spazzers Ponytail and intricate dualing guitar melodists Ecstatic Sunshine. That's one hell of a resume! Amazingly, Dustin's new solo material is equally fantastic as his work in other projects, and it even takes his talent in a new and exciting direction.
Dustin Wong's lovely new album of looped guitar orchestrations is called "Infinite Love: A Square Defining A Circle" (Thrill Jockey); it's a variety pack of sorts guaranteed to earn brownie points with any date, featuring two LPs/CDs entitled "Brother" and "Sister" (which start out the same, but then diverge), plus a DVD.
His performance on my radio show (excerpt below) mirrors the style on "Infinite Love." Layers are added to a simple theme and gradually, pauses are filled with playful harmonies, building a complex and beautiful piece that effortlessly transitions into the next idea. When Dustin performs live, you can almost see a miniature symphony of phantom guitars playing along above his shoulders.
Be sure to catch Dustin live in a city near you -- he's on tour with Avocado Happy Hour and Holy Ghost Party (both of Baltimore), playing everywhere from Vermont to California, and then coming back to the East coast again at the end of November. Tour dates/venues here. Also be sure to check out Dustin's bilingual (English/Japanese) blog. Baltimore music fetishists and those interested in the city's latest "soft music" scene, should swing by Bmore Musically Informed for tons of songs/photos/videos.
The archive of Dustin's full live set on WFMU is available as streaming audio here, along with a short interview.
BTurner on 11/03/2010 at 08:00PM
Formed in London in 1980 by mainstays Edward Ka-Spel and Philip Knight and relocated to Amsterdam in 1984, the Legendary Pink Dots have created a massive discography of over 40 LPs, not counting the many Ka-Spel solo outings. On the latest, Seconds Late For the Brighton Line (ROIR) they continue their enduring, abstract, psychedelicized vision that has landed them as somewhat spiritual kin to the likes of Nurse With Wound and Current 93: dark, keyboard-inflected pop, Kraut-informed electronics, acidy industrial soundscapes all meld with Ka-Spel's unique lyrical and vocal stamp. They stopped by WFMU's studios to play on my show and also played live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on October 29th and Irving Plaza on Halloween. The Dots continue south then west, check out the 30th Anniversary tour dates here. The lineup today: Edward Ka-Spel, the Silverman, Erik Drost, engineering Raymond Steeg. For more info on the LPD's see their site, also find their music at outlets like Soileilmoon, Beta-Lactam Ring, and ROIR. Thanks to Flloyd for the Dots-personalized baked goods and photo from the FMU visit!
TAGGED AS:legendary pink dots
jason on 11/02/2010 at 01:33PM
"this song's about how the tea party movement's like Ronald Reagan wearing a Dead Kennedys t-shirt" by PUJOL
Daniel Pujol writes energetic garage-punk anthems channeling the classic vibes of his hometown, Nashville TN aka Music City USA... but the venn diagram between the 25-year-old songwriter and the Grand Ole Opry doesn't stretch much further than a shared affinity for Telecaster guitars. Pujol cut his teeth on the other side of town, perhaps equally inspired by music from the other Athens of the South, working at Domino's while "Little Richard drives around in a stretch hummer and hands out books about Jesus" (that's a quote from our radio interview). All the while he's been cramming stream-of-consciousness lyrics like a contemporary philosopher into infectious hooks perfect for raisin' a fist to the air.
After playing in countless local bands (including Meemaw, Wizardz, and Denny & The Jets) Daniel Pujol's eponymous solo project has really taken flight this year -- or hit the road, rather -- with several van-powered tours through the NY/NJ area. I've seen 'em three times this year and they keep getting better. The lineup's shifted around a bit but seems to finally be gelling with Sean Thompson on guitar, Joey Scala on bass, and Adam Tanaka on drums. They were jamming on a kraut/boogie-rock riff during soundcheck, hinting at what the future might hold even beyond this incredible live session recorded which aired on my WFMU radio show:
I hope this session helps Pujol's music reach an audience beyond Nashville, where he's already the toast of the town. Local fans already include Nashville transplant Jack White, whose Third Man venue played host to a live Pujol gig that is now available on 12'' vinyl. Third Man also released a Pujol 7'' produced by the White Stripe himself. Pujol's discography already includes releases on Infinity Cat Recordings, the label run by local dudes Jeff The Brotherhood. And a new 7'' helped launch the Turbo Time imprint, run by Jonas Stein of Turbo Fruits and Be Your Own Pet.
Oh, and if you're wondering what these songs are about, check out the intros!
jason on 11/01/2010 at 06:30PM
The new Dan Melchior Und Das Menace album, Catbirds & Cardinals, was going to be released on vinyl later this year. But unfortunately those plans fell through, so Dan contacted us, and of course we were more than happy to debut his new LP here on the Free Music Archive:
Dan Melchior is a universal favorite here at WFMU (he's played here 4x!). Last year, he gifted the FMA with a batch of unreleased rarities (one of which, 'deep fried circuits', has reappeared on Catbirds & Cardinals).
This latest LP was recorded solo in the ex-Londoner/ex-NewYorker's current homebase of Durham, North Carolina. With psychedelic fuzz and lyrical wit, it ups the ante on what has already been an excellent year in Melchior.
For those craving Das Menace on vinyl, did you catch the Visionary Pangs 12'' LP? It came out in September on S.S Records, where you can also find 2009's 2xLP Thank You Very Much. Also this year, the UK's Savoury Days imprint released the "A Celebration of Middlesex" split 7" w/ the Pheromoans.
I had the chance to catch Dan Melchior Und Das Menace live earlier this year, with a lineup that included Anthony Allman of El Jesus de Magico on keys, and will be featured on future recordings...
Dianekamikaze on 10/30/2010 at 10:30AM
Hugh Cornwell (yes, Hugh Cornwell formerly of the Stranglers) made a visit to the Fun Machine and WFMU studios this past week. In tow was drummer extraordinaire Clem Burke; known to some as Elvis Ramone, known to (probably many more) as the drummer in Blondie; and Steve Fishman on bass. They banged out 4 numbers, and Hugh spoke with your hostess long enough for me to carve out a 3-hour Hugh Cornwell/Stranglers special which can be found here. Hugh's album, "Hoover Dam" has been offered as a free download on his site since it had been released, as he is always doing something special for his fans! As of about 15 minutes ago, were are proudly hosting ALL of Hoover Dam on the Free Music Archive site- here is that specific link! Along with that, dear listener, give your ears a treat by checking out all 4 of the live tracks they performed here in the Love Room at the station. To the right is the band killing it at the Mercury Lounge on Oct. 26th; and here is the Hoover Dam album in it's entirety, woo hoo, thanks, Hugh!
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jason on 10/22/2010 at 09:00AM
RE: Song played Oct. 21st 2010 from about 10am-10:45am -one long epic song
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 4:09 PM, Rick from PA wrote
I was driving into Jersey this morning. At 10:20am, I turned on your show. This piece I listened to had lots of strings, cellos and stringed basses in it. It was epic. It was quite long. Yes, [the] piece was probably performed on a very expensive keyboard but it sounded like the Boston Symphony was behind it: I had visions of WWII in my head. Who is the composer and where would I find this most excellent piece of music that I've ever heard. It was something I've never heard before.
Listener Rick was pretty psyched when I passed along this link to Thrones' epic live performance on Talk's Cheap yesterday. And his description is particularly awesome because there was no Boston Symphony orchestra involved -- all sound in this recording was made my one super human: Joe Preston. You might recognize Joe Preston's name from Earth, Sunn O))), Melvins, High On Fire, Men's Recovery Project, Harvey Milk, Thor, Snakepit, and many other great bands. But if you're not already familiar with his one-man experimental sludge/doom project Thrones, then it is time to join the cult!
After this mindblowing live session (which harkens back to the Thrones set at No Fun Fest 2009), Joe talked a bit about how he founded Thrones in 1994, at the encouragement of fellow bassist Vern Rumsey (of Unwound). Joe had put aside his own bass after parting ways with the Melvins; in fact, he "didn't touch an instrument for about a year" until he set about recording the solo tape. That became the first Thrones release, on Vern Rumsey's label Punk in my Vitamins. Since then, Thrones has gone on to release a steady stream of recordings on labels like Kill Rock Stars, Vermiform, 5rc and Southern Lord. Most recently, Thrones released a DVD & LP collaboration with Daniel Menche titled Cerberic Doxology, which featured Joe Preston's vocals sans-vocoder and is inspired by nature including the recreated Stonehenge (Joe talks about this during the interview). Conspiracy Records has also released a new Thrones 7'' titled Late For Dinner with the jams "Wage War" b/w "Trmph Lfe".
Thrones is currently on tour with Christian Mistress, a killer metal band on the 20 Buck Spin label. They're in Texas tonight making their way up the West Coast back to native Pacific NW USA. More info & tourdates. More from Rick from Pa after the jump: