Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Call Super - Depicta / Acephale II (Houndstooth, 2014)



JR Seaton is back with a couple of serious burners. Side A is a finely honed kick in the ribs of a groove, one that is getting straight to the dancefloor with no bullshit. Side B is a bit spacey and organic but it's not wasting too much time fucking around either. I'm really feeling both.

"Call Super comes back to Fabric X Rob Booth's Houndstooth label with two melancholic, uniquely textured techno drivers. 'Depicta' turns out a tuffened 4/4 groove rent with finely layered harmonics and bristling with atomised electronic structures bound to sound amazing on a big rig. 'Acephale II' is a shade deeper, riding clipped, muffled kicks and fizzing percussion into blue, atmospheric synth zones recalling '90s classics from The Connection Machine or early PAS and The Black Dog." -Boomkat





Saturday, July 12, 2014

R.I.P. Charlie Haden



Where do I begin? I don't know. Maybe "The Shape of Jazz to Come"? How do you even talk about such an amazing person? What's there to say about someone who actually "shaped jazz to come"?

As I age, many of my icons are passing away, and even though he was 76, it still hurts. This is a monumental loss. Just take a look at his discography. Read it slowly, take it all in. It will make your head spin.

This is one of the most gigantic figures in the history of music. He will be greatly missed.










Sunday, June 1, 2014

An Autumn for Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love (Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum, 2013)



I'm currently digging this band from The Netherlands. Yes, their name is too long (it's taken from a song title by the 90's UK black metal band Ebonylake) . Yes, it's dramatic, and so is the album title. Yes, I love it anyway.

Essentially, its shoegazey black metal / black gaze / whatever stupid name people end up giving especially atmospheric metal. Most of you hatefully refer to it as hipster metal but, hey, don't forget that some folks still refer to your precious WIITR with the same animosity.

Regardless, this is beautiful and blissful darkness. Enjoy.





Sunday, May 18, 2014

Merryl / Flex 1000 - Split CS (New Body, 2014)




Merryl's (Asheville) side begins with a deep warbling that deconstructs / constructs / reconstructs into some sort of slow viscous pulse. The scab is scratched off to reveal a narcotic four on the floor beat . For lucid ketamine dreaming on the dance floor.

Flex 1000's (Baltimore) side starts off with chaotic loops and noisy stabs that gives way to a rough punkish techno beat reminiscent of some of the intense late 90's Belgian dance scene with a hint of Empire's digital hardcore. There are vocals in there somewhere, buried in this beautiful muck. The second piece is a creepy low end slow burner. A synth loop base with horrifically inane vocals with a sudden shift, resulting in a bright Conrad Schnitzleresque high frequency finale.

This release is from the relatively new tape label called New Body out of Boone, NC.
New Body tapes can be ordered HERE


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Swans - To Be Kind (Young God, 2014)



A few days ago, I finally sat down and listened to this two hour long epic. I had been skeptical. I thought there was no way they had the stamina to keep it up. I hadn't listened because I didn't want to be disappointed.

I was wrong... so wrong. This album is, once again, perfect. This incarnation of Swans over the past three albums is the greatest rock collective of all time. The utmost at conveying in musical terms, the beauty and brutality of human existence.

I wanted to write a review but after reading Adam Kivel's review for Consequence of Sound, I changed my mind. I can't touch his. He absolutely nailed it. I strongly urge you to read his thoughts HERE.

Here is Gaspar Noe's film "Enter the Void" with the complete "To Be Kind" album as the score:


Swans - To Be Kind [2014] + Enter The Void - Gaspar NoƩ [2009] (EXP EDT) from Raphael Mandra on Vimeo.


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