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wmmberger on 08/23/2013 at 09:09PM

Music #1 and #2; Tom Carter and Pat Murano, live on My Castle of Quiet, 5.24.13

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Still working my way through the last few months of live performances on the My Castle of Quiet program, we find ourselves now at this haunting session from late May by Pat Murano and Tom Carter. 

This is an exciting time for improvised music in general, and the releases on Murano's Kelippah label, including the Carter/Murano LP, are at the very forefront of this exciting post-everything era in the genre. Here, we're "after" Krautrock, after 90s space-rock (Carter being a veteran of the much-respected, much-loved Charalambides), after the Parker/Bailey EMANEM-label vibrations from the UK, after doom/drone/"organic" improv, and basically that's all a good thing, as anything goes—one can tweak and kerplunk, be melodic, be massive, be subtle and contemplative, and give bursts of electronic noise, all in the course of one session, or even one piece. 

Carter and Murano seem to guide one another into vast fields of arcing melody and rhythm, and at least for this session (one must consider all the Murano / Carter works to really get the gist, including the aforementioned LP, and NATCH 4, also offered on our Free Music Archive), we're in blooming meadows of post-Kraut brilliance. Especially in "Music #2," Murano's synth figures weave intricate spiderwebs over and under Carter's Michael Rother-like, slow-burn guitar improvisations, before collapsing into a welcome noise-gasm in the concluding minutes.

Yet again, that "magic room," also known as WFMU's studio B, and the forum of the My Castle... show, seem to have provided the comfortable environment for another history-making session to occur. And though kraut/space might be the listener's initial reaction, absolutely nothing is off the table, and I hear elements of dub, doom, and wild, free noise in these tracks. Lie back, with or without your inebriant of choice, and enjoy.

Huge thanks to Tom and Pat (Mr. Murano having the dubious distinction of being the most-often-featured live performer on The Castle, having played this session, as well as ones with Malkuth, K-Salvatore, solo as Decimus, and also on Brian Turner's program in the duo Key of Shame), and to engineer extraordinaire Juan Aboites, and to Tracy Widdess for yet another varicolored photo manipulation of my scrappy captures.

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ange on 03/14/2013 at 10:30AM

Comebacks Celebrated Live at the Bell House with The Relatives & Dot Wiggin Band

Even in the biggest pile of horse crap, there's gotta be pony somewhere. When Hurricane Sandy turned the freeform radio station WFMU into an island, damaging valuable equipment and sinking their annual record fair fundraiser, one of the bright post-storm rainbows was an incredible night of music at the The Bell House in Brooklyn.

The Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit featured outstanding performances from Arrington De Dionyso of Old Time Relijun, followed by the Dot Wiggin BandJon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Texas psych/gospel legends-rediscovered The Relatives. At the show, WFMU's comeback story paralleled the journeys of many of the evenings performers.

If you're not following the growing popularity of The Relatives, you should be. Their music and resurrection story were recently featured in the New York Times and on NPR, which means your mom might be calling to ask you about them soon. The long story short is that after 30 years, they are just now releasing their first full album of original work (available for streaming here), and it seems the world is finally ready to embrace a sound I've seen best described as "Jesus on LSD." 

Also performing that night was another comeback kid, Dot Semprini aka. Dot Wiggin, the lead singer of '60s all-female group The Shaggs. Depending on whom you ask, they were either the best band of all time or the worst. One of their classically controversial songs "My Pal Foot Foot" closed off their set that night. It's an ode to Dot's lost cat that will either make your brain hurt or remind you why Dot holds the place she does in Rock and Roll history.

As you enjoy these live sets, take a moment to send dry thoughts and financial support in the direction of the station these bands came out to celebrate. The WFMU 2013 Marathon is underway, and it's a chance to say thank you to the station that helps you discover incredible music throughout the year and who parents this very archive.
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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badpandarecords on 02/07/2013 at 03:44AM

Dumbo Gets Mad Releases "Quantum Leap"

Dumbo Gets Mad’s track "Radical Leap" is a lazy psychedelic dream of crunchy guitars, a bouncing bass line, and a butterfly stroke in the roughest river off to the tallest waterfall. Radical Leap makes me feel okay with the coming frigid winter, it makes me feel okay with change, to fly off the tallest waterfall to a totally new place. Get lost in it.

You can now stream their full length album "Quantum Leap" for free on Soundcloud or Bandcamp. While you're listening, check out the album's writeups in Impose and Art Wedndesday, and purchase the CD/Vinyl from Bad Panda.

Dumbo Gets Mad at: Free Music Archive | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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miscellaniac on 10/11/2012 at 11:00AM

Altered States: A Mix For All Seasons

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It’s the time of year when pools of inner elbow sweat evaporate and become spontaneous autumn drizzles. Clammy, odiferous subway commuters transform into coughing, sneezing incubators with winter itch. Solids, liquids, and gases play musical chairs. Now they have a soundtrack.

1. Strange Forces “Liquid Sunlight” - Berlin-based Aussies pluck you from the air, where you find yourself falling through the time vortex and landing smack dab in the middle of a bunch of Bushwick druids on a crisp night.

2. ARMS “Heat & Hot Water” - Experimental indie pop that is accessible, yet complex. Also a good remedy for bronchitis!

3. John Vanderslice “Underneath the Leaves” - Perhaps a metaphor for the cycle of loss and renewal that accompanies the seasons. Sounds like Jeff Mangum with a light at the end of the tunnel.

4. Noi “Everything Is Changing” - Could this be the next (Thai) Jandek? Though mysterious, this track is part of the Music for Video portal and has even been used in an FMA member's web series already! 

5. Ghostland Observatory “Freeze” - You will be overpowered by funk to such a degree that you will not only cut a rug, but wrap yourself in it for warmth.

 

 


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Noise_Problems on 06/25/2012 at 05:36PM

Camera in Amsterdam at Solaris Festival and album debut

http://themonster1.blogspot.nl/2012/04/camera-band-berlins-true-underground.html

From Berlin´s underground Camera is heavily influenced by 70s Krautrock bands like Neu and Can and have been playing spontaneous guerilla-like shows in U-Bahn stations all over the city. They were at Festsaal Kreuzberg opening up for the mighty Trans Am aswell as several festival appearances including performances with Neu´s very own Michael Rother. Having just debuted an album you should (if in Berlin) try and catch them live by going to one of their shows. The music is psychedelic, hypnotic and intense.

Fortunately they also travel outside the underground tunnels of Berlin and showed up last December in Amsterdam for the Solaris Fest at Plantage Dok. Noise Problems was there and caught it all on´tape. Check out the whole voyage here at the FMA. Camera rules.

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