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jason on 10/26/2011 at 10:40AM

Mike Doughty's Dubious Luxury

cover art for Mike Doughty's Dubious Luxury by Aleksandra Waliszewska

Mike Doughty unleashed Dubious Luxury earlier this year as an appetizer to his fourth official solo release, Yes and Also YesDubious Luxury apparently caught a few fans by surprise (judging by the Amazon reviews) with its dearth of vocals from the former Soul Coughing frontman. What we have here is a fluid 18-track cut-up experimental dance party mix that's primarily instrumental, but with sampled vox used to great effect, and a playful invitation to join in on the fun. Along with the release came a new website where Doughty offers up even more instrumental tracks for free personal use, while providing an easy email contact for further licensing. Along the same lines, the Free Music Archive is now proud to welcome Dubious Luxury to the free world under a Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license so that it may inspire further creativity.

Mike Doughty understands a thing or two about the nature of musical creativity and collaboration in the digital era. He sampled the likes of Raymond Scott back in the Soul Coughing days, and Yes & Also Yes sports collaborations in the standard sense (i.e. the "Holiday" duet w/ Roseanne Cash) as well as some good ol' fashioned musical borrowing. "Na Na Nothing," Doughty touts in the press release, "was partially stolen from a song written by Nikki Sixx, Dan Wilson (wrote 'Closing Time'), and Matt Gerrard (wrote a bunch of tunes in 'High School Musical'). I got their permission to steal it."

Mike Doughty performed "Na Na Nothing" and other new songs off of Yes & Also Yes earlier this fall on Irwin's WFMU program, where he was accompanied by cellist Andrew 'Scrap' Livingston:

Doughty recently started his own label, Snack Bar, in order to have control over his own work. So these are tracks that Mike Doughty wants you to share. If you've ever pirated his music, that may be a different story, but the man himself is not out to sue his fans. Instead, Mike Doughty generously offers "amnesty for filesharers" on his website in the form of donations to Doctors Without Borders, a cause he advocates via his fantastic blog (though much of the conversation's moved on to tumblr and twitter). He's also got some sweet T-Shirt + LP combos of his recent releases available here. Cover art for Mike Doughty's Dubious Luxury by Aleksandra Waliszewska

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jason on 10/21/2011 at 09:13AM

Radiovision NYC Hack Day Oct 30th: Demo a similarity-based HTML5 Free Music Archive player, powered by The Echo Nest

Following up on last week's announcement that The Echo Nest has indexed the Free Music Archive catalog, Mike Adler put together an open source hack to demonstrate one of the myriad possibilities when this most incredible music intelligence platform is applied to the finest collection of free music.

The demo lets you search for any artist in the universe that Echo Nest knows about, and returns similar results from within the Free Music Archive's catalog in an HTML5 audio player. Go ahead and try it out. This is an incredibly powerful music discovery tool, though it's just the start of what we can build together. Sign up for API keys at the FMA and The Echo Nest to begin tinkering with our demo hack.

Next week, we're holding a Hack Day as part of WFMU's Radiovision Festival: Sunday October 30th we will "Re-invent Radio" with The Echo Nest, the Free Music Archive, and Zeega's new HTML5 platform for digital storytellers. There'll be workshops on Musical Timelines, Hacking Physical Spaces, and Multimedia Mash-ups, so plenty of opportunity to participate in the hands-on making of stuff whether or not you've got the proverbial coder's neckbeard. The Radiovision Festival takes place atop WFMU's annual Record Fair at NYC's Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St), and Hack Day is free with RecFair admission as long as you reserve a spot in advance.

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kingmmm1234 on 09/26/2011 at 05:42PM

Matthew Mullane & Homophoni

each Homophoni release comes with accompanying visual artwork, this one by Maureen Gubia, for Matthew Mullane's "Hut" (homo024)

Matthew Mullane is an improvisational guitarist and experimental electronic artist from Ohio who recently stopped by WFMU to play a set for Irene Trudell's show. His live performance and interview with Irene is up on the FMA here.

Recently, he has pointed us in the direction of Homophoni, a Creative Commons netlabel/artproject that pairs electroacoustic improvisational performances with accompanying visual artworks. Matthew has three works on Homophoni, two under his name and a third as Non Group.

The other Homophoni works available on the FMA were a few of Matthew Mullane's favorites, and can all be found at the Homophoni's FMA label page. Artists include Asher Thil-nir; Jason Kahn, and Gabriel Paiuk; Burkhard Beins, Michael Renkel, and Derek Shirley; Steven Flato; Tim Albero, Bonnie Jones, Jesse Kudler, and Howard Stelzer; Kevin Parks, and Joe Foster.

Check out Homophoni's website for a complete list of thier releases (48 and growing!) and more of Matthew Mullane's work here. His debut album is out now on Vin Du Select Qualitite (VDSQ) as part of the label's Solo Acoustic series, also featuring the likes of Thurston Moore, Mark McGuire, Allen Karpinski, Chris Brokaw, and more

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jason on 08/31/2011 at 05:46AM

Asian Women on the Telephone - Chelsea Grandpa, USA Tour

Asian Women on the Telephone? My Lord, what would Yuri Andropov make of this mysterious pseudonym-attired bunch of miscreants? The tracks on this Moscow quintet's Chelsea Grandpa CD-R open up clogged passages in one's 3rd ear by driving a motherfausting caveman club right through it. All the evidence required is on the falsetto-melt of "Scania-Man"/"Commandment 69" and the Flipper meets Can of "High Grade".  Recorded live and released without any post-production, the mangled stew seems to emanate from somewhere between a state of visionary mental instability and a healthy sense of the absurd. Just try to get through the damaged guitar/keyboard/drums of "Feeling Round Dance" and the lysergic space portal of "Aspect-Son" without seeing a wood nymph on a tricycle wielding a battle axe. Hopefully this lunatic fringe will invade U.S. shores soon. Judging by AWOTT's video clips, the lo-fi free-psych-noise gurgitation-rock costume-drama is a killer spectacle! Come to think of it, I bet Yuri would be proud. You can download material (several albums worth!) via AWOTT's Free Music Archive profile! [via Daniel Blumin at WFMU's Beware of the Blog]

Asian Women on the Telephone are going to make their USA debut in October, which is very exciting because, as Liz B wrote in her AWOTT feature, "When the band performs live, they dress up like overgrown mutant arthropods" -- seriously, check this out!

Tour dates below are subject to changes and additions, and if you see AWOTT member Nikita (aka Raretist) around the FMA, be sure to say hey

Oct 8 Albany NY @ UAG Gallery w/Spreaders
Oct 9 NYC Brooklyn @ Bruar Falls w/Advaita/Guerilla Toss + 1 more TBA
Oct 11 NYC CAKE SHOP NYC w/Spreaders/Manburger Surgical
Oct 13 San Francisco @ Stud Bar w/California Bleeding/Sutekh Hexen
Oct 14 Portland @ The Know w/Big Black Cloud
Oct 15 Olympia @ TBA w/Broken Water
Oct 16 Seattle @ Josephine w/Perpetual Rituals
Oct 23 LA @ the Smell w/TBA
Oct 27 Oakland @ Mama Buzz w/TBA

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JoeMc on 08/30/2011 at 09:14AM

Fanny: June & Jean Millington Live at WFMU

Believe it or not, in the good-old bad-old days, it was a big deal to be a girl in a rock band. This idea seems a little silly now, when at a concert you're just as likely to see a woman playing a guitar as a man, but it was pretty unusual back in the late 60s and early 70s. Even more unusual were bands made up solely of women. They were out there, but they were barely on the music business radar. Early all-female bands like the Daisy Chain, the Daughters of Eve, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, and the Ace of Cups all did their share to break down some of the entrenched attitude towards women playing rock music. None of these bands, however, was able to make the next step up from small clubs and independent-label singles to the male-dominated world of big tours and major-label records. Only one all-female rock band was able to take the big step that finally leveled the playing field: Fanny.

Helmed by sisters June and Jean Millington, Fanny started out in the mid-60s in Southern California and experienced a lot of the same hostility towards women playing rock that their fellow all-female bands did. But they persevered, and by 1970, their first record came out on Reprise Records. They attracted big-name producers, recorded in world-famous studios, and developed a reputation as a killer live act. Fanny would go on to release four more LPs and a host of singles, two of which were Top 40 hits, and tour the world before calling it a day in 1976. Along the way they made fans of most of the rock royalty of the day, including George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Todd Rundgren, and David Bowie. They even backed Barbra Streisand during her short-lived rock period of the early 70s.

After Fanny broke up, mostly for the usual reasons that bands break up (different musical directions, changes in lifestyles, record label shuffles), the core of the group, the Millington sisters, occasionally came back together to make music. June Millington became very active in the women's music scene, working with Cris Williamson and making her own solo albums. Now and then, her sister Jean would join her on bass. These occasional reunions were natural enough given their familial ties, but only this year have they combined forces to release a duo album under their own names. It's called Play Like a Girl and it's on their own Fabulous Records label.

June and Jean stopped by the studios of WFMU to play some of the songs from their new album last week and proved that they still have the fire and solid musicianship that made Fanny such an attraction back in the day. With Lee Madeloni on drums, the Millingtons played the kind of confident and seemingly effortless rock and funk you might expect from the sure hands of lifelong musicians. The limos and road crews of the big Fanny tours may be a thing of the past, but the talent that elevated the Millingtons to that level is intact and in effect.

Joining the Millingtons on two songs, and making the idea of playing like a girl literal, is Ari Natoli, one of the young graduates of the Institute of the Musical Arts (IMA), an organization June Millington founded to help girls develop their interest in making music. Who better to teach young women about rock music than the original pioneers of female rock? Check out the IMA here. For more on Fanny, see here. To hear the entire archived show, go here.

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jason on 08/22/2011 at 02:12PM

Collected Works of Ilya Monosov (LP, book, sound, video)

Ilya Monosov's "Sounding Record" from The Collected Works of Ilya Monosov [You Don't Have To Call It Music, 2011]

The Collected Works of Ilya Monosov is a new limited-edition boxset from the You Don't Have To Call It Music label consisting of an LP, book, CDr w/ sound-files and video, and a collection of objects. This range of materials should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Ilya Monosov's myriad musical projects, which themselves take many forms: from Holy Mountain noise/psych-rock duo The Shining Path and improv with Preston Swirnoff (Monosov/Swirnoff) to 'DJ Ilya Monosov' collaborations with hip-hop super group Hedonic Islands and the 'new music' of 21st Century Punks.

Collected Works showcases Monosov's more conceptual intermedia projects, "for fans of Joe Jones, Takehisa Kosugi, John Cage, and Terry Riley" according to the label's description. For example, "One Hour As Music" (an hour-long ResonanceFM performance), "Music for Broken Music Box and Electronic Cricket," "Music For My Empty Room," and "Autonomous Guitar Music for Marc Shulz". While these works make for deep listening experiences on their own, meaning is derived from the environment in which they were created.

The book [.pdf] that accompanies the boxset is titled Performance Things Scores and its snapshots of installations, objects (like the broken music box and sounding record), writings, and scrapbook-style 'scores' provide a more in-depth understanding of Ilya Monosov's broad output. Context is key -- for example, there is an essay accompanying "Solo Cello #1 For Charles Curtis" and while it helps to know that it was composed for the Fluxus 40th Anniversary Exhibit along with a series of photographic sheet music, the music itself is plenty engulfing. Video includes performances with Little Howlin' Wolf, "Silent Music," and the fascinating "Sounding Record" pictured above. 

The boxset is limited to 50 copies, with an additional 250 copies of the LP. You Don't Have To Call It Music has generously made the music available for free download along with a PDF of the book. We are proud to mirror a selection of recordings here at the Free Music Archive (below), and a PDF of the book can be viewed here or download courtesy of WFMU.

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emcecil on 08/17/2011 at 05:32PM

Blank Generation: Ivan Julian Live on WFMU (mp3s)

In the Voidoids, he and Bob Quine comprised what was probably the fiercest guitar duo in punk's infancy.  And just last week, Ivan Julian turned in a solid WFMU performance on Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic as both he and his band tore through a number of covers and originals from his new alb, The Naked Flame (2:59 Records)

Fans of his work in the Voidoids, Outsets and beyond will be stoked to hear that time hasn't tamed Julian one bit.  His guitar's still as sinewy and caustic as it ever was, and his band brings up the rear with some real panache.  They pull out a surprising and great cover of the Nuns' "The Beat," not to mention a haunting original, "You Is Dead."  Hell, the whole set's rife with those trebly strangulations that Julian harnessed throughout his time in LES's punk and no-wave heydays -- and those that son Austin Julian continues to harness in his own no-wave unit, Sediment Club -- but they sound just as vital as ever.  So have a listen, chum.  And don't forget to catch one of his upcoming live shows, three of which are with Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek (who'll make his own trip to WFMU's Three Chord Monte on Aug 25th):

August 20 - New York, NY - @ Highline Ballroom w/ APB
August 26 - Brooklyn, NY - @ Bell House w/ Deniz Tek
August 27 - Hoboken, NJ - @ Maxwell's w/ Deniz Tek
August 28 - Philadelphia, PA - @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Deniz Tek

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Scott_Williams on 08/16/2011 at 12:08PM

New Bin Faves: Terrors - Lagan Qord (Weird Forest) [MP3s]

Somewhere in the cold grey spaces between Amen Dunes and Kurt Vile live the faraway, mournfully woozy guitar ballads of Terrors, the home-recording project of Elijah Forrest, whoever that is (I'd like to know).

Lagan Qord is a CD & vinyl issue of 2 years' worth of cassette releases.  Check his take on "God Bless the Child," which sounds almost like John Cale demoing tracks for Nico's Chelsea Girls sessions.

>> Terrors - Lagan Qord @ Weird Forest

(via Recent New Bin Faves at WFMU's Beware of the Blog, August 2011)

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BTurner on 08/15/2011 at 11:10AM

Psychic Paramount live at WFMU (MP3)

PP300dpi-Optimized Hard to believe Psychic Paramount have been around for ten years already, coming up out of the ashes of the late great Laddio Bolocko. Both on record and live, PP swerve between brutality and bliss: layers of textural distorto guitar action and color, throttling, mathy percussive pummel recalling great moments of This Heat gone into total in-the-red Japanese psych mode. Add Robert Fripp-like loops building and dismantling the songs themselves in bulldozer style, and you've got the makings of one killer progressive rock unit. This month's session on my radio show blasted into orbit at the moment of start-up; guitarist Drew St. Ivany matched the propulsive intensity of bassist Ben Armstrong and drummer Jeff Conaway with figures reminiscent of Achim Reichel, heavy repetition segueing into burnt intermission of collapsing rhythms, eerie space and then finally climbing upwards into another frenetic movement to close off the 30 minute set. St. Ivany tweaked the post-session mix, it's a scorcher! Thanks to the band, Mike from No Quarter and Ernie Indridat and Ruaraidh Sanachan for the engineering.

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DylanGoing on 08/11/2011 at 12:57PM

DJ Assault: Live, Sans Jive

AKA Craig Diamonds AKA "the king of booty" AKA "the hottest in Detroit dance music," DJ Assault is probably the most reoccurring name in the Booty Bass/GhettoTech pantheon. When people imagine the essence of the genre, many immediately recall the concise, infectious hook from "Ass-n-Titties." When people want to hear the accelerated tempo, gait, and raunchy lyrics associated with the genre, they want to hear Assault. Even if they may not know him by name and their only familiarity with his work stems from the features, snippets and samples laid throughout incalculable DJ mixes, compilations, as well as TV and movies over the past decade and a half, he's the one behind what they want to hear.

When the King of Booty came to WFMU's Marty McSorley show for a live session (and later ice cream), he surprised us with his congenial and fairly reserved demeanor but soon revealed an overpowering love of the production, history, traditions of dance music as he knew and grew up with it. He waxed on about his vintage 303s, and told us about all the Chicago house and Detroit techno DJs he would religiously tape off the radio while growing up in Michigan.

Assault's live set, comprised of all original productions, showed this kind of youthful home-taping enthusiasm still very much alive, as if he knew there was another young DJ Assault-to-be on the other side of the radio wetting his or her pants with the same kind of excitement. His joking "Friday night live, ain't no jive!" is actually a reference to the kind of banter pioneering house DJ Farley "Jackmaster" Funk would pepper throughout his late night radio appearances in the 80s.

This was all on the eve of a massive Santos Party House event featuring fellow Detroit Ghettotech pioneer DJ Godfather, Chicago juke innovator DJ Rashad, Dipset's Araabmuzik, locals Blissed Out and Laurel Halo, and many more.

DJ Assault recently founded his own record label Jefferson Ave, through which he shares a TON of free recordings (as well as rips of some of the original cassette from his favorite 80s radio mixes)-- dig in here:

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