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Broadcast 02: September 29th, 2013

amethyst_deceivers_reverseBelow are two links to the WZBC Archives where you can listen to my September 29th radio show, broadcast on WZBC 90.3 FM in Boston. Those links will remain active until October the 13th, at which point the show will disappear and be replaced by a new one. I will not be uploading permanent MP3 links.

I thought this show sounded much better. Playing complete pieces, even when they’re 26 minutes long, makes for much better radio. And I love listening to Coil’s seasonal EPs at the start of each season, especially when I can turn it up nice and loud in the studio. Unfortunately, all of the EPs and the Moon’s Milk collection are harder to find than I thought, unless you feel like spending 90 bucks. Hopefully their scarcity is rectified soon.

I lied at the end of the program and said that I would be back in two weeks, but that’s actually not the case. I won’t be back on the air until the end of October, on the 27th. I will probably focus more on free jazz and free improv for that show. I’ve been itching to play Roscoe Mitchell and John Coltrane on the air for a long time.

Links to labels are provided in the playlist.  Any questions or requests, send me an email (see the about page). Some of this music is still in print and available from the stores, shops, and distributors listed at the bottom of this page. Be sure to check the label pages as well. Intransitive and Hanson both offer digital versions of their records directly from their sites.

Thanks for listening.

Laughter: September 29th, 2013 – Hour 1 and Hour 2

  1. Coil, “The Auto-Asphyxiating Hierophant” from Autumn Equinox: Amethyst Deceivers (1998) on ESKATON
  2. Aaron Dilloway, “Look Over Your Shoulder” from Modern Jester (2013) on HANSON RECORDS
  3. Moniek Darge, “Turkish Square” from Sounds of Sacred Places (2011) on KYE
  4. Jason Lescalleet, “Euphoric Sting/Beauty is a Bowtie (HTDW)” from Songs About Nothing (2012) on ERSTWHILE
  5. Elklink, “Tension Tec” from The Rise of Elklink (2011) on KYE
  6. Lionel Marchetti, “La Quête Des Pouvoirs/Résidu Idolâtre/Pointe Extrême Et Guérison Inverse” from Knud un Nom de Serpent (Le Cercle des Entrailles) (2008) on INTRANSITIVE
  7. David Tudor, “Variations II” from Music for Piano (2007) on EDITION RZ — score by John Cage, more info here: http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/guides_bibliographies/david_tudor/av/variations.html
  8. Iannis Xenakis, “Orient-Occident” from GRM Works 1957-1962 (2013) on RECOLLECTION GRM — learn more here: http://asymmetrymusicmagazine.com/editorials/intuition-and-order-in-xenakiss-orient-occident/
  9. Bernard Parmegiani, “L’oeil ecoute” from L’oeuvre Musicale (2008) on INA/GRM — composed in 1970, liner notes from the RE:GRM reissue can be found here: http://editionsmego.com/release/REGRM-003
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The Monthly List: June’s Top 9

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Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Poles” – the cover for “Spiritual Jazz Vol. 4”

The techno fever continues this month with a killer debut from youAND:THEMACHINES, aka Martin Müller of youANDmeBehind was released in June by Ornaments Records in three formats: CD, 3LP, and hand-painted, special edition 3LP. It is only the fifth full length from Ornaments. Two of the other four were compilations put together by Luke Hess and youANDme, so this is a special occasion. Müller mixes house, dub, and various other strands of techno together.

According to this interview, he uses nothing but analog equipment to do it and prefers creating his own sounds to using samples. I can hear that in the album’s production and in the way Müller builds his songs. He emphasizes texture and density as much as club-worthy rhythms and he shies away from conspicuous melodic themes. He also matches vocal contributions to the tonal color of his instruments and tosses ambient stretches of noise between dance tracks. I like it enough to get past those goofy house vocals, which together constitute the weakest part of the album. Though I’ll admit one or two of those songs have grown on me.

I’m almost certain the hand-painted edition is already sold out (it was limited to just 333 copies) but the CD and LP can still be found online and at certain record shops around the US. So don’t puss out and download it from some blog. Go find a copy, or at least buy the MP3s.

I finally got my hands on some of the new Erstwhile titles last month too. I plan on getting reviews up as soon as possible, but my review writing has slowed down recently due to other writing projects.

About this time of year, certain records solidify as my favorites so far, but there’s been such a glut of great new records that nothing’s become concrete for me. Only a few records carried over from last month, and I can’t decide which record among the three or four I like most is “the best.” So I want bother with a mid-year list or best of.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.


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Review: Aaron Dilloway/Kevin Drumm, “I Drink Your Skin”

After 12 years and two very small cassette editions on American Tapes and Hanson Records, Dilloway and Drumm’s I Drink Your Skin is available on CD. Dressed up in cheesy horror movie duds and packed tight with overblown noise, Aaron and Kevin each dish out a 25 minute ribbon of goofy loops, obnoxious high-end squeals, and blathering garbage sounds. It is gruff, but invigorating stuff—and more carefully put together than it at first appears. Continue reading