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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!
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thetwinatlas on 01/08/2018 at 05:13PM
The 2017 output from New Jersey’s LAZY SALON is now on the FMA. ‘Invisible Like Peace’ was the project’s debut full-length originally released in March of last year, and the 3-song ‘Trisset’ EP was released in September. (the first 3 EP's from the project are also on FMA)
These instrumental tracks weave elements of electronic, ambient, beats/rhythm, shoegaze, post-rock & modern psychedelia with an emphasis on texture, repetition, rhythm and hypnotic melody.
LAZY SALON is producer/multi-instrumentalist Sean Byrne, formerly of The Twin Atlas and drummer with Lenola, Mazarin, BC Camplight and others.
Bozoo on 01/08/2018 at 02:07PM
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
kademlia on 12/23/2017 at 10:46AM
cheyenne_h on 12/21/2017 at 01:37PM
Spettro Records. 2010 to present. 8 years now of dissonant silences and unvoiced desires.
60 + tracks chosen by the artists themselves, among those previously released on Spettro.
A wish for the future. To see a forgiving light at the end of the past, a cry full of hope at the dawn of tomorrow.
Dedicated to Z'EV ( 8 February 1951 – 16 December 2017 ).
cheyenne_h on 12/20/2017 at 01:45PM
It's that time of year again!
This is the first installment of your year-end list-a-thon! What better place to start than a megamix of more than 50 tracks from WFMU, the originator and BFF of the FMA? These are highlights, but there is much more to be plumbed from the depths of the FMA collection - at the time of this writing, there have been more than 180 live sessions from WFMU added to the FMA alone this year - and more to come before the month is over!
We've got some stellar selections this year, including Acid Mothers Temple, Group Doueh, Waxahatchee, X__X, Gary Wilson (accompanied by Tredici Bacci), and plenty of artists sure to expand your sonic horizons!
This is the first of our Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog until the end of the year - and perhaps beyond). There will be separate playlists for other genre groups, curators and more, so stay tuned for the next installment! Til then, here are some beloved WFMU tracks - we hope you like 'em!
SpinningMerkaba on 12/14/2017 at 12:58PM
This year we've curated 3 albums for the winter season to showcase the remixing events we hold each year during December. Winter Lights is an 18 song collection of uplfting seasonal tracks. Winter Nights is a 13 song collection of remixes that say humbug to the holidays. And Christmas Hope is a collection of curated songs by ccMixter artist Snowflake. All three releases are available at Bandcamp, TuneTrack and Jamendo. All remixes are available under Creative Commons licenses.
We've uploaded a few tracks here and hope to inspire FMA artists to join in this year's remix event "Under The Tree." We love collaborating with the Free Music Archive and wish everyone a great season of new music to end the year and begin 2018 with some original music that will add to the collection of cc holiday tunes.
Get the full albums at Bandcamp
Visit our Under The Tree remix event!
cheyenne_h on 12/08/2017 at 02:33PM
Need a holiday music fix? We've gone through and added some more music to the "Christmas" category! There are now more than 300 songs that fall into that category (some traditional, some not so much) and we are delighted to share them with you!
Also, for those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, but know of CC-licensed songs that celebrate other holidays: please send them to us (or write some and submit them)! We want to expand our holiday category to be more inclusive. Got a secular holiday carol for us? Or a traditional song that honors a different holiday? Perhaps a Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or solstice song? Or, heck, something that celebrates Arbor Day or Diwali? Let us know! We will gladly add genres as they become applicable to our collection. (Also, if there are already songs that fall into other holiday categories, forgive our oversight - comment below or send us an email.)
For now, feel free to peruse our holiday selections!
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