Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Endless Endless Endless - Things I Saw

Beautiful little 3" CDR from this duo. Utilizing vocals, guitar, and Gameboy, Endless Endless Endless' hypnotic improvised session will warrant multiple listens, as there are some very cool things happening in the background, with some weightless progressions and loops that manage to put each cerebral lobe to work. "West" is one of the more enjoyable tracks I've heard so far this year. If you missed out on their incredibly badass self-released laser-etched Black Talisman release from last year, look it up. Thanks to Kimberly Dawn Recordings for this one.

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor - s/t

Hey I'm not dead! Even a fried laptop and a nasty case of food poisoning won't keep me down for too long. I've got a fuckload of albums ready to post, so I figured i'd kick things off with something you're all going to love and definitely have never heard before. Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor are from scenic Ypsilanti Michigan, a college town hellhole nestled between Detroit and Ann Arbor. These guys have been kicking out heavy psych rock jams for a couple of years now, marching to the beat of their own drum instead of falling in line with the garage rock lemmings or the Ryan Allen fellating indie poppers. If you dig The Black Angels and Spacemen 3, do yourself a favor and check these guys out. Easily one of the best bands the Detroit area has to offer.

- Steve

Download Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

Friday, February 19, 2010

Scott Johnson - John Somebody

(LINK REMOVED 04/13/2010)

During my freshman year of college I took an incredibly interesting music history class that covered everything from Gregorian Chant to the modern garbage we hear on the radio. And yes, that's how it was presented to us. We discussed early experimental music/sound from people like Luigi Russolo and Kurt Schwitters, Dadaism, tonality, and early tape manipulations. We listened to a track from 1982 called "John Somebody" which utilized tape looping and splicing. A few bands from the 60s/70s dabbled with splicing, such as White Noise, Silver Apples, United States of America, and The Beatles, but not quite to this extent. "John Somebody" forms a rhythm by looping a sample of a woman saying "the-he was a-he's a sort of a" and is accompanied by some pretty unusual guitar work. I've been looking for this since 2003, but never knew the composer's name until I noticed this release from John Zorn's Tzadik label yesterday. Experimentation and looping like this in the pre-digital age will never cease to amaze me. This is more of an interesting album than an enjoyable one, but if music is more than just recreational for you, this is an essential listen.

- Dan

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sunwarped Records' Hurricane Helicopter Compilation

Mike (Terminal 11) of Sunwarped Records was gracious enough to direct our attention to their debut compilation featuring 8 tracks from some upcoming releases. Hurricane Helicopter showcases a good variety of electronic fuckery and ensures that Sunwarped Records is one to look out for. That Modem track also available on his free release from last year, here.

- Dan

01 - Modem - Winter's Debilitating Grip
02 - Menagam - Water Dumps
03 - captainmarmalade - two ghosts eating a pancake
04 - Exillon - Chapi Chapo Remix
05 - shift tab - dim lot
06 - Solypsis - oil spill
07 - Not Breathing - Ball Hammerer Dub
08 - Terminal 11 - Self Exorcism

Download Hurricane Helicopter

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Zomes - s/t

This one was recommended to us a really long time ago, and has been sitting in silence on my hard drive in my "shit people have told me i need to listen to" folder. Why is it so much harder to listen to things that are thrown right into your lap than the things that you take the time to track down on your own accord? I don't know, but I'm glad I finally gave this one the attention it deserves. Some artists/musicians are incredible at forcing the listener to concentrate on a singular thought, pattern, or sound using effective repetition while completely avoiding tediousness. Asa Osborne is one of those artists. You'll find yourself hanging on every last sound, concentrating on how the ripples of distortion vary from note to note, and noticing every millisecond difference between each measure. This is music with texture. Hypnotic and beautiful. I suppose this one isn't for everyone, but it damn well should be.

- Dan

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Moon Duo - Escape

"San Francisco's Moon Duo was formed in 2009 by Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (Wooden Shjips). Inspired initially by the legendary John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Moon Duo counts such variant groups as Silver Apples, Royal Trux, Moolah, Suicide, and Cluster as touchstones." This is some dense and hypnotizing drone/psych/space rock and roll. It's easy to get lost in the gyrating guitar and singular rhythms, but it's a very satisfying listen and one of the better releases I've heard so far this year.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Actual Water - Double Negatives

Actual Water are LOUD. That's about all you really need to know. From Toronto. Cassette from 2008. If you're into Times New Viking, Meth Teeth, or other bands hell-bent on blowing your speakers, you'll surely enjoy this. Thanks to Spacerockmountain for this one. Jesus Christ I'm lazy.