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Review: Helm, “Silencer”

luke_younger_photoMy first review for Dusted Magazine is up over at the new Dusted Tumblr site. I’m very excited to be writing for them and I hope you will check the site out, read some of the other reviews, then maybe grab a copy of Helm’s Silencer. I spent a lot of time with it and it was one of my favorite records of 2013. It definitely deserves your attention:

Luke Younger takes a risk on the Silencer EP, his first ever 12-inch and the follow-up to his well-loved Impossible Symmetry full-length on Bill Kouligas’s PAN imprint. Like other noise-minded artists before him, Younger has decided to add the power of a prominent beat to his already deep mix of altered gadget noise, tape collage and electro-acoustic miscellany.

Read the rest here.

I have much more lined up for Dusted, as well as reviews of Air Supply and Photographs in the pipeline for—hoping to get 2014 off to a strong start with lots of writing.

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Broadcast 07: “Jack’s bicycle is music to my ears.”


Below are two links to the WZBC Archives where you can listen to my December 22nd radio show, broadcast on WZBC 90.3 FM in Boston. Those links will remain active until the 5th of January 2014, at which point the show will disappear and be replaced by a new one.

This week’s show introduces another trio of new releases; one each from Touch, PAN, and 23Five. Both the Rashad Becker and G*Park records turned up in the Wire’s 2013 year-end list, so here’s a good chance to check those out. The Becker is very good, but I’m particularly fond of G*Park’s Sub, and I love the 23Five label, which is worth looking into if you don’t already know about it. I don’t think they’ve released a single bad record in the 17 years they’ve been running.

The rest of the show was dedicated to a fairly random selection of favorite tracks, from Coil, Nurse with Wound, Organum, Jim O’Rourke and others. It’s always a lot of fun to play “Rock’n Roll Station” on the air, and with the foggy weather in Boston that night, it seemed like the perfect opening. This particular version was pulled from Nurse with Wound’s Second Pirate Session, but Jac Berrocal is responsible for the original. You can listen to the original right here:

Also on the show is an amazing recording from Brion Gysin, which I was completely unaware of until I stumbled across it in the ZBC library. That one came from an Alga Marghen release titled The Pool K III. A quick Google search turns up very little info about its origins, and the liner notes provided similarly slim information about the where’s and the when’s: “Sounds from a swimming-pool and compositions by Brion Gysin with unidentified musicians. Recorded by Brion Gysin in the late 1950s or early 1960s.” According to Discogs, the CD came with a full-color, double-sided insert, but I couldn’t find it in the studio or on the shelves. Lost to the ravages of time and numerous college DJs I suppose. I’d like to think William S. Burroughs is in there somewhere, but I have absolutely zero proof of that.

More info would be much appreciated. Please leave a comment if you know anything.

Any other questions, comments, or requests, please send me an email or just drop a message into the comments section below.

Thanks for listening.

Laughter: December 22nd, 2013 – Hour 1 and Hour 2

  1. Nurse With Wound, “Rock’n Roll Station” from Second Pirate Session (1998) on UNITED DAIRIES
  2. Coil, “Remotely” from How to Destroy Angels (Remixes and Re-Recordings) (1992) on THRESHOLD HOUSE
  3. Mika Vainio/Joachim Nordwall, “Alloy Ceremony” from Monstrance (2013) on TOUCH
  4. Rashad Becker, “Themes I” from Traditional Music of Notional Species, Vol. I (2013) on PAN
  5. G*Park “Wasp” from Sub (2013) on 23FIVE
  6. Brion Gysin, “C” from The Pool K III (1998) on ALGA MARGHEN
  7. Organum. “Vacant Lights Pt. 1” from Vacant Lights/Rara Avis (1988) on DIE STADT
  8. Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori, “Dream Sequence” from FRKWYS, Vol. 6 (2011) on RVNG INTL.
  9. Jim O’Rourke, “And I’m Singing” from I’m Happy, and I’m Singing, and a 1, 2, 3, 4 (2001) on EDITIONS MEGO
  10. Horatiu Radulescu “Clepsydra” from Clepsydra/Astray (1992) on EDITION RZ

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Broadcast 01: September 15th, 2013

from a photograph by Clifton Church - the top of Gasson Hall at Boston College

from a photograph by Clifton Church – the top of Gasson Hall at Boston College

Below is a link to the WZBC Archives where you can listen to my September 15th radio show broadcast on WZBC 90.3 FM. This link will remain active until September 29th, at which point the audio will disappear and a new show with new music will take its place. I will not be uploading MP3s.

Besides a few technical goofs on my part, everything went smoothly. Finding a way to present some of the longer pieces of music in a two hour slot is one of the challenges I’ll have to think more about, because using short excerpts just wasn’t good enough, especially with recordings like Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones. I’ll either have to plan exactly which segments I want to use in advance (and stick to them, no matter the duration), or I’ll have to select shorter pieces better suited to radio programming. The show will be a little better organized next time.

Links to labels are provided in the playlist.  Any questions or requests, send me an email. Much of this music is still in print and available from the stores, shops, and distributors listed at the bottom of this page.

Thanks for listening.

Laughter: September 15th, 2013 – Hour 1 and Hour 2

  1. Autechre ‎, “Pen Expers” from Confield (2001) on WARP
  2. Helm, “Silencer” from Silencer EP (2013) on PAN
  3. Bruce Gilbert and BAW, “Rest/Reflection” from Diluvial (2013) on TOUCH
  4. David Sylvian, “Manafon” from Manafon (2009) on SAMADHI SOUND
  5. Tod Dockstader, “Water Music” from Dockstader: Quatermass (1992) on STARKLAND
  6. Philippe Lamy, “Une Autre Couche” from Drop Diary (2013) on MYSTERY SEA
  7. Kevin Drumm, “Earrach A (excerpt)” from Earrach (2013) on RECREATIONAL PANICK/BANDCAMP
  8. Bellows “Untitled 6” from Reelin’ (2013) on HOLIDAYS RECORDS
  9. Nmperign/Jason Lescalleet, “The Mystery Disease That Haunts My Town” from Love Me Two Times (2006) on INTRANSITIVE
  10. Howard Stelzer, “Bond Inlets 2 (excerpt)” from Bond Inlets (2008) on INTRANSITIVE
  11. Graham Lambkin, “The Currency of Dreams” from Salmon Run (2007) on KYE
  12. Michael Pisaro “Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones (excerpt)” from Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones (2011) on GRAVITY WAVE
  13. Keith Rowe/Günter Müller/Taku Sugimoto “Phase Two (excerpt)” from The World Turned Upside Down (2000) on ERSTWHILE