Archive: Feb 2005

  1. Emote, my computer


    “Its Gonna Be A Long Walk” by Apparat
    Jesus, sometimes when I’ve been listening to a lot of different kinds of music for a while, some new techno music comes along and grabs my attention like nothing else can.
    In this particular case it is some truly beautiful organics-meets-electronics work by Germany’s Apparat, aka Sascha Ring. Sascha has been playing music since he was 7 years old, starting with the drums. He moved to Berlin in the late-90s shortly after he’d gotten into electronic music production, and has since released work on the Berlin-based BPitch Control and Shitkatapult labels. In Berlin, c. 2000, Sascha connected with Marco Haas, aka T.Raumschmiere, and has been helping him run Shitkatapult ever since.
    Sascha was apparently a huge fan of John Peel and the Peel Sessions, and he actually appeared on the show in May of 2004. Unfortunately, as many reported (including myself, here), Peel passed away a few months later while on holiday in Peru. The new EP, Silizium, is Apparat’s dedication to the huge mentor that Peel was for him and other Shitkatapult folks. This song comes off the new EP, available here – its loaded with five beautiful new songs and four remixes, courtesey of Bus, Rechenzentrum, Telefon Tel Aviv, and an Apparat-rework. The strings, the violin and cello of Kathrin Pfänder and Lisa Stepf, aka Complexácord, plus the vocals of Raz Ohara, and the clarinet/sax of Hormel Eastwood, all meld perfectly with the buzzing bass and crunching beats throughout, producing techno music that’s just loaded with this beautiful, heavy emotional content – it is really quite outstanding as a kind of techno-pop eulogy.
    I like this very much, and hopefully you folks will too.

  2. file under advanced listening


    so I’m well aware that this post is not for everyone (Darwin – don’t even bother downloading this one). but chances are if you like the artists involved or this sort of music, you’ll really like this track.
    Subtle feat. Mike Patton – Long Voice
    I’ve written plenty about Subtle previously (here and here), so I’m going to write about the other half of this collab piece today.
    first off, I should say that I went through an inexplicable Mike Patton/John Zorn phase (I blame it on serious grad school-induced listlessness and angst), which had me listening to things that drove my neighbors and friends up the wall for months. however, I loved it. experimental, sure, but when you need a change, better to take it and run with it all the way than just stray ever so slightly from home. so I did. in case you only know him in light of Faith No More, Mike Patton’s energies were almost always focused on his army of side projects (so much that it partially brought about FNM’s end), the most widely known being Mr. Bungle (whose third album, California, is something else; it packs surf rock, sitars, and gamelan into 10 tracks of intense musical entropy. but it’s fun). I’ll pause and recognize that people love to hate Mr. Bungle on account of the nutso fanatics that make it their religion, but I’m not one of them and I’m certainly not apologizing on their behalf. but some love does go to Matt on account of his recent Bungle trauma.
    beyond the Bungle are Mike Patton‘s collaborations with the experimental jazz artist John Zorn, the X-ecutioners, Dan the Automator (Lovage, anyone?), Bjork, and his bands Tomahawk, Fantomas, Maldoror, and Mike Patton as Mike Patton. through all of these, he seems fascinated primarily with two things: manipulation of the human voice, and making music as cohesive chunks. the former explains why he appears on the new Bjork LP, while the latter has led him to do such things as cover the entire Godfather soundtrack, name the different songs as Books instead of tracks on Fantomas CDs, and on and on. dude’s strange, but he moves with a purpose. here, he lends a hand to Subtle on this track (appearing on a new 12″ from Lex Records, which you can probably [purchase at Warpmart] when its released). the song deconstructs their usual style almost entirely, and you’re left with something more similar to the oral chip-chop you hear on Patton’s challenging adult themes for voice. not a track to play out, but if you’ve ever had any interest in the artists mentioned above, stay in, dig out those headphones and give it a whirl.
    Patton’s Ipecac Records has info on many of his collaborations and bands.
    **[ed. note]**
    apparently, one of subtle’s members was injured in a car accident over the weekend. pitchfork has the story.

  3. I’ll Pay For You

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    El Ten Eleven

    So my boys in El Ten Eleven are headlining at the Viper Room tonight. I highly recommend their show. At first I wondered how they would pull it off, since there’s just two of them and their music has some complex arrangements. Well, it turns out these guys just kill it live. Seriously. Very high energy, extremely interesting rock show. It’s somewhat difficult to grab on to at first, since there’s no singer, but halfway through the first song you should be pulled in. It’s an incredible show.
    So, those of you LA and the area should definitely come out tonight. It’s part of the Check…one two showcase thrown by Indie 103.1. Also, for you internet stalkers, I’ll be there, so this is a good chance to come see me shake my butt. For reals. They’ve got a bunch of other shows coming up this month, so be sure to check out their site for more info.
    And if you’re scratching your head and wondering who these guys are, take a listen to their song:
    El Ten Eleven – Lorge.
    Hope to see you there!

  4. this suit burns better


    Boom Bip – The Move
    Boom Bip is Bryan Hollon, and his musical career represents somewhat of an evolution in sound beginning in the early 90’s. his music got it’s start in Cincinnati, Ohio (there seems to be plenty there, no? Five Deez, RJD2 is from around there somewheres…), where he began weaving new music out of bits and pieces of a large library of jazz, funk, and soul. in 1998 he teamed up with Doseone and released the LP “Circle,” which while it definately falls under the advanced listening category, was pretty remarkable nonetheless. this got the attention of the Lex Records label, and the rest is history; Boom Bip released his first LP, the beautiful Seed to Sun on Lex in 2002. which, as a historical aside, is spectacular, and can be [streamed or puchased at Bleep].
    his Sophomore full length, Blue Eyed in the Red Room, continues the explorations he began on Seed to Sun, and takes them even further into some incredible new developments. this track is one of the more fun ones on the album, which has a mellow, sincere tone throughout its 10 tracks. his sound palette is rich, using oceanic sound schemes littered with chimes, fast paced dhol-like drums, and a light enough sprinkling of loops and MPC to give it a modern edge. from start to finish, it’s an incredibly pleasing listen, and as far as second full-length releases go, this is one not to miss. highly recommended.
    you can stream the entire album or [purchase it from Bleep].

  5. saturday morning cartoons!

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    some viewing pleasure for your weekend, if you’re in the mood. I don’t know if y’all have seen (or been aware that you’re watching) Ruben F.M.’s work, but his style is a clean mix of live actors/artists and well-designed overlays. I saw his video for DJ Format’s We Know Something You Don’t Know (Feat. J5), a while back, but now there’s a ton more I missed before, such as Format’s Hit Song, M.I.A.’s Galang, several Gold Chains songs, Dizee Rascal tracks, and a great video for Electric 6’s Dance Commander.
    enjoy! watch them in your pj’s and eat froot loops!

  6. In the cheap seats

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    If Robot Blair is the Friday night techno master (and he is), I guess I’m something of a Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast DJ. (Well, there goes my bad-ass reputation, right out the window.)
    I’ve posted a few tracks or artists that have showed up more than once here, and I try not to do that, but our readership has grown so much since I posted a track by Felix McTeigue that I thought I’d bring him back. McTeigue is a New York-based singer whose music borders on folk, country and pop, and he’s an incredible songwriter. Last time, I posted a song from his new album, but this time it’s a song from his self-titled debut.
    Raised By Wolves
    It’s not his most upbeat song, but that’s not what I want right now. And damn, what a song: it’s almost like a hymn in waltz form, with the stately organ and simple melody. I think it’s beautiful, especially when those electric guitars come in at the end, and it’s a good example of why McTeigue doesn’t get enough attention. (New York folks: he plays at the Living Room at 154 Ludlow regularly, and he’ll be there tonight at 10:30.)
    It looks like you can’t get this CD from his website anymore, but you can get it from Amazon, here. I also highly recommend picking up his new record, Radio Perfecto, either on iTunes or from CD Baby.

  7. Not one to shy away from a challenge


    “Begollar Tempus (Aelters Remix)” by Soul Junk
    Well, its Friday, and though I usually post techno, I’m going to try something more challenging today. This one is a little bit tricky, and it took me listening to the album this came off of a few times before I decided on this particular track, but I want to present something from my friends at the experimental Sounds Are Active label by Soul Junk.
    Soul Junk is Glen Galaxy aka Galaxalag and Slo-Ro – together they make experimental electronic music and abstractions of hip-hop. They’ve collaborated with with Viva Voce (who some may remember from here), Daniel Smith, and recent journalist-favorite Sufjan Stevens.
    Their latest album, 1937, is a remix project, with contributions running the experimental gamut by M.C. Ponderosa (one of Slo-Ro’s new guises), Create (!), Hairspray or No?, Wobbly, [dREKKA], Dev79, Leafcutter John, and re-works by Soul Junk themselves. The album, despite how disparate the group of remix-ers is, is surprisingly consistant and listenable.
    The mix I chose comes from Aelters – one-third of the French group DAT Politics, who’s melodic yet glitchy, audio destruction-loving tracks and remixes have been released on TigerBeat6, FatCat, mille plateaux, Ninja Tune – their latest album, Go Pets, Go has been getting very good press indeed. Anywho, this mix is all krazy, high-bpm drum ‘n’ bass, and acid squiggles not unlike early-era Squarepusher. I like it. If you do too, I suggest picking up the cd – buy it here, and check out their earlier work at insound.
    In weirder news, Soul Junk, as a band, is basically over but there’s good news on the horizon. Glen is at work (no, seriously) on a full bible translation-into-music on CD – Genesis is forthcoming – and and Slo-Ro is executive producing new records by Castanets and his wife Liz Janes, both of which are coming out on the awesome Asthmatic Kitty label.

  8. I Have A Force

    The Music

    The Music – Bleed From Within [thin white duke remix].
    It’s Friday, and it’s time for some dance floor cheez. This is the best kind — pounding bass, whirling synths, noodling blips and bleeps and some pompous, Rush-like vocals. This remix has everything to get your day going.
    So, The Music have been trying to break stateside for quite some time now. I don’t think they’ve been doing that well, but I think a lot of Americans can currently only be bothered to handle one or two British groups at a time. It’s no one’s fault. Blame Coldplay if you want, or The Bends.
    Anyway, the real star here is Stuart Price, also known as Jaques Lu Cont, Zoot Woman, Les Rhythm Digitales and, of course, the Thin White Duke. He takes a solid single and transforms into a living, breathing, dancefloor pounder. I especially love the second half, which breaks down into this Peter Gabriel/Janes Addiction/Jungle Rhythm breakdown. It’s excellent, and sounds far better than my description. But don’t get me wrong, this is spreadable, gooey dance cheez, fresh out of the can.
    The single is going to be import only for us in the states. You can grab a pricey copy from Amazon. But maybe you should make friends with a Brit and have them mail it to you. Also, you can pick up the album, Welcome to the North from our friends at Insound.