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massdist on 01/11/2018 at 09:41PM

The Two Usaisamonster Improv Tapes Now Up On The FMA

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

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thetwinatlas on 01/08/2018 at 05:13PM

LAZY SALON on FMA

Lazy Salon on Free Music Archive

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.  

 

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Bozoo on 01/08/2018 at 02:07PM

[D!HR-35] Wankers United - Polygon Soup

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For its 35th release, Da ! Heard It Records plunges your head into a broth of funk ideas.

A shark fin floats in Wankers United’s polygon soup. Out from the depths, the creature imagined by Elise Kobisch-Miana that illustrates this new album seems to be attracted by the surface after a very long sleep. Truth be told, in this new production, both references and fresh ideas abound. 
Great master of skweee in France through his label Mazout, Thomas Lanza has always had a taste for electronic kludges and syncopated rhythms, which were inherited from his hip hop background. After trying his hand at this style on a number of compilations, he released his first album on American label Ausland in 2017 and serves it again with Da ! Heard It Records with a series of pieces as the pièce de résistance.

In the kitchen, one finds with pleasure everything that gives his usual productions their charm, but prepared here with the desire to respect traditions. Immersed in a bath of acid and electro old school, the ingredients of this elaborate recipe will remind sensitive music lovers of the original flavors, somewhere between Cybotron and the beautiful hours of the Warp label. The result, beyond the skweee that he regularly cooks up, rather leans towards a playful IDM that was rid of the superfluous.

Developing the evolution of the sound arrangements with precision throughout the pieces, Thomas leaves no room for chance in his joyous blend, and he demonstrates that, over the course of more than fifteen years, he has acquired solid experience in the field. No stranger to Luke Vibert, whose influence is obvious here, he nevertheless spices up his melodies with a lovely oriental touch and yet shows, if more showing was needed, that life is good in Saint-Ouen.

Tape (K7) , Flac, Ogg, MP3 : https://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-35#release
MP3 : http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Wankers_United/Polygon_Soup/

 
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massdist on 01/04/2018 at 10:55PM

Bi G K discography now on the FMA

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

and

Strawberry Island - a Shuggie Otis tribute

You won't be sorry 

MASS DIST

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kademlia on 12/23/2017 at 10:46AM

FrostClick's FrostWire Creative Commons Mixtape Vol. 6

At the end of each year we try to publish a mixtape with collaboration with FrostWire (only the best file downloader/music player ever!). Last year we went a bit overboard with the number of tracks included, so this year, we decided to keep it simple – only 6 tracks – one from each of our favorite promos. Just the best of the best!

The tracks on this year’s mixtape all come from free-to-download, Creative Commons licensed albums, so if you like what you hear, pls make sure to support the artists and spread the word.

So step back and enjoy each of the tracks! Comment below with your favorites and spread the word!

FROSTWIRE CREATIVE COMMONS MIXTAPE VOL 6

Tracks:
1. Magnolia Soul by Who Seth Power
2. Mind Frame from Computer Love by Melissa B
3. Cool Kids (produced by iLL Brown) from The Early EP by Billy Early
4. With You from Summer of Joe by Joe Playo
5. To The Shore from Electric Soul Magic Vol. 2 by Joe Marson
6. New Gods (feat. M. Dean, & C. Rydning) from Lesser Restoration by Toussaint Morrison

Related Links:
FrostWire Official Page
Creative Commons Official Page
FrostClick on Facebook
FrostClick on SoundClound
FrostClick on Twitter

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cheyenne_h on 12/21/2017 at 01:37PM

Selected Tracks By The Featured Artists on Spettro Records Themselves

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 ).

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cheyenne_h on 12/20/2017 at 01:45PM

2017 Year In Review, Part I: WFMU Highlights!

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!

 

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SpinningMerkaba on 12/14/2017 at 12:58PM

Winter Under The Tree

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!

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cheyenne_h on 12/08/2017 at 02:33PM

Christmas Songs on FMA

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!

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massdist on 11/28/2017 at 01:35PM

JONAH RAPINO - The Complete Mass Dist Works

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:

New Millenium String Band

New Millenium String Ensemble 1

New Millenium String Ensemble 2

Music For String Quartet

Berbere Superstar

Question Band

Adventures In Flying Soundtrack

Ex Members

Filthy La Bottom

and

High

ALL HERE AT MASS DIST

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