Wednesday, November 4, 2009
they did not reinvent music and they are not using their instruments in a bizarre, unheard of way to create sounds you've never heard.
but they will calm the shit out of you. and once you feel grounded and drowsy, when you think you can recite the patterns of their notes in your head and that you can already tell where this song is going, THEY ROCK THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.
and whats striking about this is how precise their sound is. its full of rough, distorted, guitar driven textures but its also balanced out with pieces led by piano and blippity-bloopy keys.
this band sounds like an old city at night. its not dangerous to walk the streets at 1 AM, but those streets are crumbling, the trees make terrible sounds when the wind blows through them and the air is smoky.
kimtak building won't blow you away with technical prowess. its the simplicity of the musical verses they construct which allows their sound to be so evocative.
in the forest and the field
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
128, but it's all that's out there right now
Warp asked that i take the link down, and Warp is about the best dude of record labels, so i'll comply. if you are half way intelligent its out there.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Guillermo Scott Herren's (prefuse 73, savath y savalas, and a bunch of other aliases) tour cd somehow sneaked pass my radar back in 2003.
-from discogs "Tour CDR in regular CD jewel case with handmade artwork (front and back inlays) that was sold (for $25) on 2003 Prefuse 73 tour with Four Tet and Manitoba"
anyway, the album sounds like a savath y savalas release (and some of the tracks are from savath y savalas albums). folky, glitchy, and sleepy.
Guillermo Scott Herren - Sleeping On Saturday And Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, February 22, 2009
PM Dawn - Of The Heart, Of The Soul, And Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience
Bobb Bruno - White Lovers Dream House
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Man, i went to a show of his over a year ago at the Metro in chicago. he had the whole place in like a soul train line zig zagged and we all had to dance through it then add on to the end and put our hands up like a canopy above the dancers. he lets crowd members push the buttons on his machinery... siked to hear this. He told me, after having signed my shirt with a seeing eye pyramid and winged-2012 symbol, that his next album (he was promoting Spiderman Of The Rings, of course, thus referring to Bromst) will be his most popular, then people won't like him as much. real cool dude. you should go to his shows.
Dan Deacon - Bromst (not my link, picked it up on hipinion leak thread)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
about a month ago i received an email from Jeune Été Records (<---link) looking to get some promotion. they sent me the first two releases from their catalog asking me to do to a review. i often get artists wanting reviews but rarely review, mostly because im lazy, but also because i don’t really care for their music. this isn’t the case for sister crayon and j. irvin dally (i'll post a review for that later along with the plains review). for a new label to release quality like this is impressive.
sister crayon: beautiful voice. think cat power + bat for lashes + cocorosie. i could very easily turn this review into an article from haterville daily, because the influences are worn on the sleeves of sister crayon. but all is forgiven because the talent is vast.
the music on ‘loneliness is my mother's gun’ is broken up into acoustic, keyboard, MPC goodness. im not one to pay much attention to lyrics, so i wont try to delve into what the lyrics mean (even if they are straight forward.. i wouldn’t get it), but the feeling is there and that says more to me than what the words actually are.
one gripe i have with the album is how long it is (over an hour long). all the songs are album worthy, but it gets tiresome at points.
other than that one complaint, sister crayon is VERY promising and i expect the next release to be even better. take note people... and buy the cd, as they are very limited and is very much worth your money.
Monday, February 9, 2009
so i uploaded this courtesy of my kind neighbor.
here is some home listening for you guys that like to lay on the floor and chill. it sounds a bit like vincent gallo + tortoise + trip hop style drums. i read a review complaining that it sounds somewhat disingenuous... the style (record static over the whole track while no record sample is being used, out of tune/guitars drenched in chorus for an old recorded effect) at times can come across that way, but im guessing they did it all for the nookie, so its okay.
the gentlemen losers - the gentlemen losers
Changeling - Into Great Peace
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Beach Boys - Purple Chick Smile
ps - sorry for all the megaupload lately. these files are all over 100mb and, if nothing else, Goldenhymn taught me that if you Mediafire big files in two parts at least 1/2 downloaders will only do the first part, which is bizarre to me.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Predator Vision - II
Vibes - You God It
Listen, I want more of his stuff. Like tape trades and stuff. I have music things i am willing to part with for these Ducktails tapes. Right now i have the DNT tape, Predator Vision 2, Traum Ecke, and the new Sun Araw split. I need the rest and am willing to give up early PHaunt stuff or whatever else. Hit me up.
Ducktails - Acres Of Shade
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Bowery Electric - Beat
Monday, February 2, 2009
since my uploads haven't been working, i'll post a mix by flying lotus for bbc radio 1. lately i haven't been able to get enough of this guy (maybe homo).
this mix is essential if you're a fan of this flylo's work. if you're not, ess a dee (yes homo).
Flying Lotus - Essential Mix 11/29
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Topaz Rags is some new NNF stuff fo dat azz. Wobbly and sparse piano and haunted vox, just like I like em. Thought someone said that there are person from PHaunt and Robedoor somewhere on this, but not for sure. Sounds like it though. If it were PHaunt it'd be something like Beast That You Are, perhaps. They have a tape out, too, that i ordered. Haven't seen any links for it yet.
Topaz Rags - Tarot Harem 7"
Monday, January 26, 2009
courtesy of Atease via What, iirc, this is the new Wavves album
ps - who the shit outbid my $48 ante for the beach demon/weed demon 45 on da bay the other day??? it's a 7 inch of some dude w under 120k last.fm plays. people started to learn my gameplan, huh.
Woods Family Creeps - Woods Family Creeps
Ok. I have a feeling Cold 187um (the producer, he also raps tho), smokes PCP while doing ATL albums. There is just a very specific sound that they have. It's not not typical 90's West Coast Gangsta Shit, but it's not typical, either.
Back story is like Above The Law got signed to Ruthless Records (NWA/Eazy-E's label) around the time 100 Miles & Runnin' came out, and just after the D.O.C. was in the car accident, iirc. You can tell, on the first album, without looking for the date by the structure of the album. Ruthless was trying to do something specific with their pre-NWA break up signed artists, with crew songs at the end, etc etc. Blood Of Abraham and those post-break up guys don't count because Ruthless just got weird - outside of Bone Thugs of course - after that. Eazy didn't really have any idea without Dre and Cube. What I am trying to get at, more than that, is that this is when you can start to see the evolution of Dr. Dre's production career. People have always said that he has these sort of ghost-producers, guys who are coming up with skeleton beats, and Dre just knows how to take an outline and fill it in well (at least well enough to be mainstream and sell gazillions of records). Well, Straight Outta Compton wasn't really anything dynamic production-wise, but after that, after Ice Cube left, Dre got real good at producing. Like his drums were different, he was using these deep funk gloom Moog lines, and this is something that, at least for the Efil4Zaggin and partly into The Chronic, can be directly attributed to Cold 187um. He had a particular style, esp on their first album, Livin Like Hustlers (which, fwiw, had a song called Ballin like two decades before half these fools were yelling that). But it was still unbalanced, and was generally jumbled sounding.
Anyhow, Time Will Reveal is an ATL album from after their days at Ruthless, when they were signed to Tommy Boy, during a weird part of West Coast rap where guys had kind of figured out what worked and what sold, and everyone was trying to make gangsta albums to make a quick buck. But what's different about this is that it's almost like post-west coast rap. Above The Law, here in my opinion, came out with an album well after people really were paying attention to their records that sounds like an 'I don't care' sort of attitude, but not completely. The synths creep around like no other album from that time period. Stuff that shouldn't be put together on a song is put together here, and it works. I've been listening to the single 100 Spokes non stop since finding this, and it's crazy. Like a demo, it has parts where you can imagine there should be more vocals, namely the end of the first verse, and the bridge. There is a girl singing in a style that shouldn't fit the sound. The synth is a low end key preset on what sounds like a Microkorg, which, being that it was put out in 96 may or may not be correct, as I'm not sure how long that keyboard has been around, that fuzzes around another wobbly banged out two or three keys from a more normal sounding piano. I'm gushing now and realize people probably won't make it this far, but whatever. These are the things I hold dear, and nostalgia is as significant as any other reason to like things like music.
Above The Law - Time Will Reveal
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Yes! We, or at least I, have been waiting on this. Just copped from EXBX, and can't wait to get it. Track 2 sees more strings than we are accoustomed to on P'Haunt tapes, and it's a welcomed addition to an already dope as eff sound.
Pocahaunted - Gold Miner's Daughter (from ill formed whom we love very much, just check the blogroll). Was also on Hipinion's Listening Party thread... BTW, Nathan, you need to let me in.)
Edit: Illformed doesn't steal links as far as i know. Sorry, was confusing it with BlochasGratis or WTF. They stole yesoos' links all the time.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Department Of Eagles - Johnny Glaze Christmas...
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
and then we have the following as well... my main homeboy victrola will appreciate around the 550 mark. ha!
Like you rainbow man or something...get off that speedo shit, don't shake my hand when you fucking see me:
and finally, sex talk with GFK "sometimes you go down there and you kiss that poopoo"
Friday, January 16, 2009
Rusty Santos is basically Animal Collective/Paw Track's best dude. He records many of the albums released on Paw Tracks as well as Sung Tongs, etc. His own music is like the minor league version of AC. The Heavens really frustrates me because he gets into these fits of genius, only to quickly abandon them in favor of something lessor. Eternity Spans, however, finds a nice balance, though the highs aren't as high. He himself is probably really high.
Rusty Santos - Eternity Spans
Rusty Santos - The Heavens
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
So I bought this on tape (84/100, bitches) a while back (from DNT), and honestly didn't listen to it a whole bunch. Then today I was doing my normal internet thing and I found out that this is another band that Wavves is in. Crazy (Also came to understand that Traum Ecke is Ducktails, and I had that one sitting around my bedroom, too. Gotta love when stuff like that happens). It's not as, uh, rock as Wavves as Wavves is, though I wouldn't go so far as to say it's that different than Beach Demon/Weed Demon. It's cool. The last joint is probably my favorite.
Fantastic Magic - Witch Choir
Hi there. To start off my being here, I decided to post one of my favorite albums of 2008. Yes, from the cover, it seems like another indie folk album but it isn't. It's the first thing in a while that I've actually been able to call "beautiful". I really can't compare it to anything else. It's like the Women album, it's hard to explain. I almost knew nothing about this band. I heard two tracks on their myspace page and ordered it. So, yeah. It's hard to evaluate so download this and buy it if you enjoy it. It's like Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 with some folk influences. It's all over the place.
Hermit Thrushes - Benaki
The Leak is on! If you like Silent Shout, and always wondered what it would sound like if you stripped the darkness-offsetting-beats, well, wonder no longer! I still think homegirl is the closest to an actual publishable poet in modern music. Something about not understanding English well tends to bring out cool word combinations.
Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Sunday, January 11, 2009
the first time i heard Mulatu Astatke i was at work and someone put in the broken flowers soundtrack. i fell in love... or lust. my palms began to sweat and my heart began to beat fast. i was ready for it.
i mean, how could you not like funky jazz from Africa? the drums, the guitars, the grooves. this is the kind of shit Dj Shadow fans will enjoy and want to have the sex with. DO IT!
Mulatu Astatke - Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974
Why you should buy from DNT? Because Tynan puts out dope shit like this, of course! Side A is Ducktails (wooo oooh), general DT fair, Jersey summers on the shore, throwing frisbees to sweet dogs and doggs; Side B is Mudboy, who is always doing some cool shit, these are really some summertime jams, like good old G-funk but more like 4-track cassette funk. Two good artists to put together on a tape split. If you guys and gals like Mudboy, let me know, cuz there's more in the back.
Speaking of Gold Coin, does anyone remember the Game Boy game Wario and the 7 Gold Coins or some shit? Man, I need the old o.g. Game Boy back in my life. Heh. I'm not bitter, it's just humorous in my opinion to add some inane shit to every post. :) It's a beautiful day.
Ducktails/Mudboy - Summer Of Saucers
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Boredoms - Chocolate Synthesizer
Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun
Boredoms - Pop Tatari
Boredoms - Super AE
Boredoms - 77 Boadrum
one of my all time favorite albums. SAB2 was my going to bed music. i had to skip to track 3 though... it was just so soothing (and track 2 scared the shit out of me).
i guess this is one of those classic ambient albums everyone has or has heard. if you haven't listened to this yet, you should. it's beautiful, haunting (this word is used too much to describe music, but in this case... it fits), and in 320 bitrate!
which is why i had to up it in rapidshare. sorry about that. but there are two discs, so if you have to wait the x amount of minutes to download the second disc, at least you have something to listen to. am i right?!?!?!?
aphextwin - SAB V. II (disc 1)
aphextwin - SAB V. II (disc 2)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Mark McGuire is the new cum-laude of new skool drone academy. You just can't get enough of his magical rhythmic auras beaming your skull after hearing Guitar Meditations. This is the live outtake from thursday-club.net, Mark McGuire live @ Grog Shop. Absorb the atmosphere and fly yourself through the cosmic fuzzy licks and check out the healing outro. Nuff shed.
Guitar Meditations improv (Live)
Nas - Illmatic
Been jamming so hard on this the past few days! Got the link from ThunderGongz, and it's still active, and want to give him complete credit, as his blog is rad as eff. Kind of maybe similar to Ducktails in a way... but from the first track you know it's supposed to put you in that zone. Tunes to zone out to, a nice stream flowing between your ears.
Mark McGuire - The Garden Of Eternal Life
Hey macho men and women, sorry for joining this way too late. I've been under a rock. So this is Vetiver's latest all covers outing before their newest LP (soon) and it's a follow-up album for Thing of the Past, which is also all covers. Vetiver has been my favorite group since they released s/t and it was an eternal love since. Cabic's voice is timeless.
Vetiver - More of the Past
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
minor keys, dark but not hard, and maybe a bit nuts (peanuts). this was probably posted on goldenhymn at some point, but i didn't feel like looking for it.
it's a pretty good album, though it's not their best work... i enjoyed 'pyramids' a bit more. shilzzz posted that here a while back.
the vocalist sounds like nails to a chalk board at times... much like the vocalist from high places. but there is a different quality; pit er pat gives off a spooky/"ghostly" vibe that would be used in a black and white horror movie from back in the day. the kind where the people move really fast because of the film used.
pit er pat - high times
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Saw this over at Slappinghappy, and then again after a dope ass article on DJ Screw on Kick To Kill, and yeah, it's pretty necessary. Much like the Zeitgeist addendum (though it looks older and is probably where Zeitgeist got their shit from).
Post-Classical. Someone out there needs to really throw their shovel into that genre. Seems like there'd be a lot of room to cover. This is supposed to fall under that category, though post makes me thing of scratchy and drowned recordings, with it being like a more classically trained and organized Sigur Ros, with no vocals (there is a narrator of sorts, but it doesn't get in the way), and less melodrama. Good reading music.
Max Richter - Blue Notebooks
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Goliath Bird Eater/ Sasqrotch - Split
This is for Chris, who generally hates modern records and couldn't even name 10 2008 albums he liked for a top 10 list at the record store. He liked this quite a bit, I believe. As inane as it is to say, sharing music with friends is a great joy I have in this life.
Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
I liked Skeleton quite a bit, and their new EP, Reviver, just leaked. Haven't listened yet, but people are saying it's a good look. Hurry up, though, because PPM was on top of those Skeleton links.
Reviver (courtesy of Atease via some unnamed source)