massdist on 11/28/2017 at 01:35PM
Let us celebrate my hero, Jonah Rapino.
His music is light years ahead, I'll explain.
Jonah, I think, is a musical visionary, in that, he see’s music, and this includes an advanced mind when it comes to writing, arranging, producing, performing, editing, the whole nine. I've sat beside him many times making records, and to see him sculpt the sound, hearing things that you can't hear, creating future music, has endlessly inspired me. And let it be known that Jonah is my partner here at Mass Dist so bear with my bias. But his body of music represents boundless creativity and forward thinking. Within these projects Jonah has experimented with live quadrophonic sound, DIY visuals, theatrics, costumes, string ensembles, electronics, etc, and his sublime production. He was way ahead of, not only his friends, but the scene, in general. And best of all - the music. Jonah is a violinist, so prepare to be entertained by violin over beats, people. He's trying new things. Curently, Jonah has moved on to Ethiopian Orchestras, Big Time Movie Soundtracks, and his beloved Devil Music, but maybe if we scream loud enough he’ll humor us with new diy recordings. Jonah! Jonah! Jonah!
And now, on the Free Music Archive, Jonah Rapino's Complete Mass Dist Works:
ALL HERE AT MASS DIST
massdist on 11/14/2017 at 02:32PM
Ok. First off, don't listen to ANY of these Devil Music records until you -
GET THE NEW DEVIL MUSIC RECORD "CISUM LIVED" ON 100% BREAKFAST AVAILABLE HERE
Then, after you thoroughly study that new album, you can listen to these 8 other Devil Music records available now on the FMA here
We got their rock records Mastul, S/T, and Go.
We got their soundtracks (audio only without the annoying old black and white movies) Caligari, Big Stakes, Nosferatu, and Dr. Jeckyll.
Big Stakes was really influential to me - combing country and western and minimalism, it opened some doors for me.
We even got, maybe their best record, HEAVY METAL CREW which is a split between Brendon's elementry school student and a found tape of kids screaming. Classic Mass Dist!
What can I say about these guys?!? Prolific Boston jammer composers. Psychedelic warriors. Old friends. Spiritual musical searchers. Get lost with these dudes!
massdist on 11/02/2017 at 09:10PM
Tom Hohmann aka Elvish Presley aka Black Elf aka Elf P aka Usaisamonster etc's 3 awesome 4 track albums from '99 and 2000 are up on the FMA!
The immortal classic Elvish Presley Cdr is here. This music spawned a cult following showcased on a DIY tour with a lightshow, nude scene, rapping, costumes, the whole 9. It's a classic.
Elf P is where Tom's "Elf thing" all started. Featuring hits and riffs. This one still sounds good to me.
And Dada is Tom and Leif Ritchey aka Shades aka Tom's best friend when they were kids' 1999 weekend recording goof off. I don't think I heard this one at the time. It really holds up! No one wants to hear songs anymore. Folks want mellow weird jams, right? Well, this album is just one mellow weird jam.
It's all right here --> MASSDIST
Get in there, people :)
massdist on 10/24/2017 at 05:47PM
L A DRUGS, TWICED O, FORX, GABE BOYER, SAM BIKOV, HENRY SEASE, SHADES, BOILS, AND MALABASTER!!!!!!
Freaking awesome music. What an odd bunch. But, seriously, these are some heavy hitters. Tune in.
Also, I'd like to publically thank Cesar Siguencia for the help this past summer uploading all this music to the FMA.
massdist on 10/13/2017 at 06:35AM
DONKEY DISASTER, ACLSDC, TANQUERAY, JESUS CHRUST, MIAGI, MR. TONX, 2000 FLUSHES, MONKEYS, RAWDAWG REX, POESTENKILL, and SHARK MOUNTAIN!!!
That's 11! 11 bands newly up on the FMA. Stoked. These records run the gamut. Dig in. Get deep. Thanks! MassDist
massdist on 09/18/2017 at 09:51PM
Around 2000, Mass Dist made 2 comps highlighting and hyping our many releases.
The first - Comphellation 1 - was put together primarily by Jonah. He's so awesome at putting together mixes and this one flows together really well.
The second - Comp 2 - was spearheaded by myself. It is a mess! 67 tunes over 2 cds. Tons of noise, tons of our friends, and tons of weird edits. It made sense to me at the time.
Look at this insane list of artists on these comps:
Elf P Godbois Donkey Dissaster Deer Hoof Raw Dog Rex and the Family Devil Music Don Lenon Tunnel of Love 2000 Flushes Craig and Tim Mike D Blind Mitre The Judds The Grand Island DJ Skatological ACLSDC Bull Roarer The Frogs Tuttle Music Jimmy Cousings Tristan Dunster Eloe Omoe J.K. Mellow Man Rick School of Dada No Peddlers Stinky Treats Git then Crusty Nautical Almanac vs. Bull Roarer Love Handlers Kevin Purvis X-Members Dave Moody Raw Dog March 28th 1:41 am 2000 Infinite Blob Jero Harris Devil Music The Druid Fat Day NMSE Dildo Von Dildo Koondaa Holaa and the beetches Neptune vs. Can't The Tickler WACSAC Racket Attack Malabaster Touch a Booty Jesus Chrust Tanqueray Force Field Neon Hunk Elvish Presley Maggotzoid Keel Project Yosh the Gift An Angband band Meerk Puffy Monkeys ? Band PornBelt PPPPicsces Duct Tape Union Corn Dawg Meets Wesley Willis Leif Richey's boom box meets Filthy LaBottom Hillbilly Werewolf Wolf Eyes Cottin K's Mystery Brinkman NMSB Bullroarer Olneyville Sound System Grand Banks Lightning Bolt Stems Miagi Patrick Muecke Automatic Hi I'm on Fire 54 Franklin Street USAISAMONSTER Mix Ape RWL rap allstars M.O.R.B. Julien Boyer Peostenkill Romantic Snowman La Vid Est Immense Harry Fishpye and the Brown Sounds Jeffrey M P&L Railroad
massdist on 09/17/2017 at 10:19PM
They did it. How psyched was I.
Exclusive music from The Druid, Mix Ape, Force Field, Meerk Puffy, Mystery Brinkman, Hi I"m On Fire, M.O.R.B, and Lightning Bolt
This mix gives a unique window on a normal day at the Fort - a life changing psychedelic show space art studio etc loft in Providence, Rhode Island.
Ps. I do want to add that Matt got mad at me cause he thought I was making a 5 second song comp. There was a communication breakdown and I felt terrible that Matt felt terrible. We've hung out and had awesome times a million times since then and are cool but I do want to be clear that Im sorry this happened and I never meant to mislead him or steal their juice. What I wanted was interlude music in between the mass dist music, but I have had a tendency to miscommunicate. I hope in some way that this blog post, by compiling only the Fort Thunder music, puts the music in an entertaining and satisfying light.
Listen below or here
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!
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....
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.