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herr_professor on 07/07/2009 at 07:56AM
Very exciting release this week, as we bring you TCTD's first FMA exclusive, 20k9d by Starpause. Starpause is one of a few dozen pseudonyms by San Francisco based artist Jordan Gray. An early voice out of the scene surrounding the Game Boy music sequencer, Little Sound DJ, Gray hit the ground running in organizing the highly influential Colin Pipe Crew in Minnesota, and later the DutyCycle series of shows in San Francisco. He also puts out tons of other peoples audio, both on his mp3death label, and on the truly open source hexawe netlabel for the littlegptracker program (where you can even download the samples and sequence data for each single). All of this vociferous scene involvement does nothing, however, to overshadow his tremendous musical talent.
DylanGoing on 07/06/2009 at 02:32PM
Bay Area DJ and producer Chief Boima stops by Jersey City today on Mudd Up to discuss his past, current and upcoming work under his own name, with collaborative production hounds Banana Clipz, Chief y Chango, as well as being the cellist for instrumental rock combo Beaten By Them.
He is also the producer of the Free Music Archive's 24th most listened-to track. Take an ear gander below to see why it's favorited so often. Tune in to Mudd Up with DJ/Rupture Monday, July 6 at 7 pm EST for more fiery details and exclusive previews.
pushbinlou on 07/06/2009 at 02:13PM
It's great to see labels that put out traditional recording material (vinyl, CD's) making their presence know on the Free Music Archive. Dielectric Records is a label from Oakland that has been putting out solid quality electronic music on various formats since 2003. The label has been cool enough to offer up a large number of tracks from it's catalog for your listening pleasure. Mostly on the ambient/experimental tip this label has been releasing music from the likes of Carson Day, Pussyfinger, and one of my faves - PineResin. Check out "Tall, Dark and Menacing" form their album Ambergris.
macedonia on 07/04/2009 at 03:34PM
It's the Fourth of July and the FMA's over 9800 tracks deep. There's been a lot of activity on the beat-driven side of things with plenty of noteworthy hip-hop and electronic music contributions worth talking about.
It was over a month ago that I was virtual needle-dropping through the Archive and stumbled upon the work of Manuele Atzeni, a hard-techno DJ schooled in the ways of turntablism. The Miyazaki Tour E.P. represents some of the best 15 minutes available on the FMA to date. With hip-hop as its backdrop, the production takes on the stutter-step programming of leftfield R&B akin to Timbaland and the Neptunes, which is especially evident on songs like "Crezima" and "NeVe." "Bonacisi" and "Ouch The Couch" are both packed with a flurry of scratches and cuts over whimsical electronic beats.
However, it was "Little Star" that pulled me into this E.P.'s orbit. Made out of childhood smiles and curiosity, the combination of shimmering chords, percussive punches, and the voices of kids cut up in the mix is enough to make even the crotchety neighbor on your block wear a Kool-Aid wide smile. Summertime sweetness awaits you: just take a listen below...
lawrence_kumpf on 07/03/2009 at 11:53AM
NNCK has played an important role in the New York (and international) music scene for the last 15 years. Defining new territories of practice not only as a band but also offering a collective space for fostering relationships with a wide variety of musicians from Mike Cooper to John Fahey, NNCK has created a system of collaboration and improvisation that extends beyond the performance.
Fortunately we were able to save a couple snippets of audio after Keith Connolly’s hair dryer blew out the power from the last NNCK show at ISSUE. Enjoy.
And check out some more recordings from NNCK:
CLOMEIM (Locust Music)
And the Soundtrack to the new film documenting the early years of NNCK, ‘At 6am We Become The Police’ (Locust Music)
The new film screens at Anthology Film Archives on November 1st (More Info)
DylanGoing on 07/03/2009 at 10:14AM
because everybody's already firing up their grills for BASTILLE DAY!
Don't let your couxk-out be the least French on the block though. Show everyone how much you know about downloading French music by perusing the Archive.
In June, Pierre De Gaillande came down to Irene Trudel's show to feature his new English translations of revered French icon Georges Brassens, weaving hilarious tales of love, sex, and everyday life while condemning the hypocrisies of society.
Also you can find more French yesteryear music from France and all the nations that succumbed to the overwhelming fluidity of the French toungue from Excavated Shellac.
MMMM, pass the Creme Fraiche.
JoeMc on 07/02/2009 at 03:14PM
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and so the time has come when we honor the birth of our country by slapping hunks of meat on grills, blowing stuff up real good, and, naturally, listening to songs about stuff getting blown up real good. I refer, of course, to our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," soon to preface many a Fourth of July ballgame and fireworks display. In the past, people have complained that this song isn't really that representative of America, that we ought to switch to something a bit sweeter, like "America the Beautiful" or "God Bless America." But I think "The Star-Spangled Banner" is just about right.
lizb on 07/01/2009 at 04:55PM
Art skronk is not for everyone. I wouldn't consider myself in the anti-art-skronk crowd necessarily, but it sure ain't pumping out of my speakers with much regularity. That being said, sometimes a girl just needs to get her skronk on, and my current favorite spazzy skronkers happen to be Brooklyn's Talibam!
More than a free jazz improv freakout, Talibam bring the noise rock, the keyboards, the skronk, spazzy drums, and (gasp) dare I say proggish stylings into a giant fun messy tantrum of songs with enough structure to appeal to the skronk haters. Like your spaghetti-os spilling all over the floor, but you look down at the mess and realize the shape resembles Spuds MacKenzie.
Anyone who can tie the refrain "bur-fucking-rito" to a shoo-bop interlude to Balkan-esque skronk in one song is ok in my book. Seriously. Listen to "Schroeder Meets Jagger" below. It's one of two sample tracks from their latest release "Boogie in the Breeze Blocks" on ESP-Disk, who recently began uploading promo tracks to the Free Music Archive.
The band also made an appearance on OCDJ's show on WFMU a few years back, and that recording has just been released on LP: "The New Nixon Tapes" (Roaratorio).
Scott_Williams on 06/30/2009 at 04:12PM
Hearing the live-on-WFMU debut of Bobb Trimble on Jason Sigal's Talk's Cheap radio show yesterday reminded me of another latterday unveiling, of another lonesome figure from the shadows of our beloved underground musical past: Gary Wilson.
Gary Wilson, like Bobb Trimble, would gradually seep into the consciousness of record-collectors and DJ-types via a brilliant self-produced record he made decades ago. And like The Frogs, he would even briefly permeate the mainstream through a shout-out in a Beck song ("Where It's At", for what it's worth). Gary's 1977 record "You Think You Really Know Me" was a jaw-dropping blend of romantic paranoia, John Cage, and Steely Dan. You could also call it a highly danceable depiction of teenage lust (unrequited and not) featuring infectious melodies, ultra-compressed drums that punch you in the gut, and unaccountable blasts of noise and collage. The whole thing was recorded in his parents' basement in Endicott, NY.
Gary put together a band called The Blind Dates, came down to NYC for the occasional CB's gig, and recorded some more. (The "This is Why I Wear My Wedding Dress" EP is particularly stunning.) But by the time anyone noticed his records, he was gone. More than twenty years later, he played live on WFMU. Jump for the full story of rediscovery, or just listen to the enigmatically titled "6.4=Make-out" and make haste for the page full of downloads, where you can get the entire live set, song by song.
jason on 06/30/2009 at 03:43PM
In his early 20s, Bobb Trimble self-released two surreal psychedelic folk albums: "Iron Curtain Innocence" (1980) and "Harvest of Dreams" (1982). He played a handful of shows around the local Worcester, MA area with teenage backing bands The Kidds and The Crippled Dog Band, then disappeared. Meanwhile, his recordings lived on as sought-after collector's items, and inspired countless contemporary artists like Ariel Pink and Gary War. In 2007, Secretly Canadian reissued both Bobb Trimble albums, inspiring Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders to come together for a series of special shows, including the Homegrown psychedelic music festival taking place this July in Boston. Backed by the Flying Spiders, Bobb Trimble made his NYC-area debut last Thursday at the Rose Live Bar, and it was quite an event (you can read more about it at Vanity Fair). The next day, they stopped by WFMU to pre-tape a live set that aired on this morning's episode of Talk's Cheap.
The set included a bunch of classic songs from Bobb's two official albums, but it also included four songs that had never been released stateside. We're psyched to be able to share these live versions of "Live Wire, Live Wire", "The Camel Song", "Angel Eyes," and "Undercovers Man" here on the FMA.