massdist on 02/22/2018 at 09:50PM
Oh my god, I'm done!
Over 100 MASS DIST records made over 25 years are now up on the Free Music Archive! ALL OF THEM!
This took months and months, and years and years, and hours and hours every week. I'm relieved. I'm exhausted. I'm very proud.
I want to thank Jonah Rapino, Cesar Siguencia, and Cheyenne Hohman for all the help! And thanks to the Free Music Archive for being such a great home for all of our music!
To tie it up, one last batch of rando weirdo MASS DIST for you:
I got a couple ideas of things I'd like to upload to the FMA in the future, but the big pile is done. The mountain is levelled. I can rest. Move on to other ridiculous things.
I'LL BE BACK!
massdist on 02/15/2018 at 05:04PM
I am Colin. Colin is me.
When I was on tour all the time with Usaisamonster, I'd also keep busy making experimental tapes and whatnot on the side. I'd sell these tapes and get my ya ya's out too.
Here are all of them.
Monogamous Octopus was a one night only George Michael cover band etc with brand new musicians Barbara Schauwecker and Meghan Eckman. Raw on purpose and by accident.
Live Loop was my interpretation of Zappa Beefheart's "The Blimp" performed by the Dude Tour dudes - Jimmy Cousins, Adam Taber, Dan Beckman, Rob Francisco, and Jeremy Harris.
High As Hell was is an unlistenable? noise collage. Kinda one of my specialties.
It's a dark twisted funny fun road to hell and back catch a heart attack.
Thanks for the time.
massdist on 02/08/2018 at 05:41PM
You may remember a while back we uploaded a bunch of Devil Music albums to the FMA.
Well, now we've added the final 5 Devil Music records. That's all of them. We're all done with them.
I'm happy to add these peas to the pie tho. These releases showcase their orchestral side.
Classical, Soundtrack, and Psychedelic Rock - THE TRIFECTA!
Split Seven Inch With Gold is a pretty sweet weird rock song.
In C is their rock rendition of the Terry Riley classic.
And Soundtrack To Red Heroine is the music that got them to China.
All awesome stuff!
massdist on 02/01/2018 at 01:26PM
Jonah Rapino always carries a handheld recorder around whenever he travels.
And then when he gets home, he edits and compiles these recordings into unique and awesome releases.
These are a couple of my favorite Mass Dist records. Amazing stuff.
Check them here:
Or better yet, press the PLAY PAGE button at Handheld Recordings and your next few hours are gonna be awesome.
Thanks and you're welcome.
massdist on 01/25/2018 at 10:26PM
I met Pat Muecke when I was 20 and he turned me on to a ton of music that i'd never heard before - country blues, reggae dub, Minutemen, etc. He is a huge influence in my life.
He also was (and remains) an iconoclast, a hot s--- guitar player and one of my favorite song writers.
He's got his own style, combining slide guitar, self taught funky notes, great lyrics, and real soul.
I'm proud to have compiled so much Pat Muecke music on Mass Dist's page on the FMA.
You can follow his artistic trajectory -
It starts with Blind Mitre where creatively and sonically the sky was the limit and the river was raw.
Boils is totally gnarly but his song writing has become more focused and slightly refined.
With Pick Ups, Pat really found himself and figured it out. When a lot of his friends were getting more abstract, he got more direct. I never questioned Pat's trajectory. He was always right on. Still is. Crazy motherf----- :)
Pick Ups was Patrick, Jordan Colon on bass, and 3 different drummers. This Discography features their full length CD Finest Quality with John Motley behind the kit, an excellent demo featuring Joanna Prisco on drums, and a live recording from the Pilot Light in Knoxville featuring Tim Nylander banging away.
And lastly, we have for you a nice recording of Pat playing acoustic blues on Harvard radio.
MASS DIST... playlist below...
massdist on 01/18/2018 at 10:33PM
No Peddlers is Colin Langenus and Jonah Rapino.
No Peddlers is the first band either of us ever released original music with.
For over 20 years, we have continued to make tapes, cdrs, and movie, as well as founding and managing Mass Dist.
This marks the first time No Peddlers' music has all been available together online.
Warm is our first tape from 1994. It contains the first songs we ever wrote. Pretty straight ahead acoustic guitar and violin.
Corn Smugglers was a double cassette mostly put together by Jonah. It still has the folk roots but things are getting weirder. Our friends liked this one a lot.
Dueling Psychos is a wonderful mess. 48 songs featuring all of our friends. In retrospect, more about the community than the music.
Live 97 we were in our punk folk mania period.
Finding 2000 is a movie Jonah made about a road trip we took in 1999 where we kept running into Elvis. This is the soundtrack featuring music we scored years later along with handheld street recordings from our trip.
Rap Album - the best album ever!
THANKS FOR LISTENING!
MASS DIST, baby...
massdist on 01/11/2018 at 09:41PM
Usaisamonster was a band for 9 years. When it started there was a lot of jamming but over time it became soley focused on composition.
The songwriting became more and more complex and progressive and the improv completely went out the window.
We became better at songwriting than improvisation but I'm glad we scraped together these two jam tapes.
USAISAMANTRA is 2 live recordings from 2007. We never jammed live at this point but decided to for these two gigs.
KITES IS A MUDBOY is 2 colab recordings, one with Kites and one with Mudboy. It was just about trying something new with friends.
Thanks for listening!
massdist on 01/04/2018 at 10:55PM
Bi G K was / is a band comprised of 2 friends - Michael Troutman (Weirding Module, Awesome Color, Violent Ramp, etc) and myself, Colin Langenus.
Being buddys and DIY guys, we knew that the best way to hang out was to start a band.
We made 3 tapes over a couple years - 2007 or so, not sure, it's a blur.
Taking inspiration from early Wolf Eyes, Shuggie Otis, and Rupert Holmes, we'd come up with a simple joke, in a Michigan fashion, and then hammer on it.
In retrospect it blows my mind that on top of all the other musical things we were up to then we took the time to do this but we were good and we were having a blast.
It's all we could do.
The 3 incredible tapes are:
Live At Tommys Tavern - originally a split with Monogamous Octopus
Making Love After Midnight - which came in a purse
Strawberry Island - a Shuggie Otis tribute
You won't be sorry
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!