Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Top 10 Drone Albums Of 2009

I wasn't going to do a Top 10 list this year. I figured my Top 1 list was sufficient because that was so clearly the one thing that made such a life changing impact on me. But then the fine folks of Weirdo Records asked me to make a Top 10 for them. I couldn't turn them down, obviously, and it was an excuse to do something that I really wanted to do all along. I love making lists. And people love reading them. I don't know why I withheld from something that everyone so clearly wanted.

Once I made my list for Weirdo, though, I realized that about 75% of it was comprised of drone records. So to make things more interesting, I decided to make a Top 10 list of just drone records.

Links go to original reviews. Please check out the other lists at Weirdo because that's where this originally came from. Now, onto the heckling!

10. Gregg Kowalsky's Tape Chants (Kranky)
Minimal long form tape drone meant for deeeep sleep and/or meditation and/or my favorite kind of parties.

9. Nicholas Szczepanik's The Chiasmus (Sentient Recognition Archive / Basses Frequences)
Enormous drone, fills your house/head with wonderful smooth tones, mostly of the euphoric variety.

8. Ophibre's Approaching The Ionized Piezo Kiosk (Earjerk)
Simultaneously melancholic and blissful drone tearing you in two for a half hour. Literally stunning.

7. Keith Fullerton Whitman's Dream House Variations (Arbor)
4 tapes of differing length meant for simultaneous play and manual fucking around (fast forwarding, speed manipulation, etc) is encouraged. This is just fucking brilliant. Oh, and the music's great too.

6. Acre's Isolationist (Isounderscore)
Even though two of the three tracks on this were previously released (though unheard by me and therefor irrelevant), the brand new track is awesome enough to warrant being in everyone's top 10 list. It's the densest, warmest, drone ever and came right in time for winter.

5. Usputuspud's Live In The Shit (The Nafs)
Murky drone disco. That's why.

4. The Golden Sores' A Peaceable Kingdom (BloodLust!)
This is where drone is going. The is the new drone of the future. Everything about this record is utterly fantastic. Chill ambient style, guitar psych feedbackage, and everything else. This is how it's done.

3. Mountains' Choral (Thrill Jockey) (motherfuckers deleted my fucking review)
Unbelievably amazing ambient naturey organic drone. So life affirming. Put this record on and your stress is instantly zapped. Motherfuckers deleted my fucking review, so here's the same label approved mp3 I put up the first time.
Mountains - Choral

2. Jason Crumer's Walk With Me (Misanthropic Agenda)
This is the noisiest drone record I've heard all year. Sometimes it gets almost unbearably rowdy but it's the kind that gives you chills. The final two songs are probably the best sequenced tracks of the year.

1. Eluvium's Life Through Bombardment (Temporary Residence Limited)
This takes the number one spot with ease. Every Eluvium album on vinyl for the first time. It's like hearing each record anew and in the proper way. Plus, have you seen the packaging on this beast? It's gorgeous and epic. It's a fuckin BOOK. And it's personalized. TRL really went for broke on this and it's absolutely worth every penny.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Black (Metal) Mixmas

Merry Mixmas cards from the second best Gocco-er ever, Heather Jeany

I made you a mix that will bring holiday cheer to all those around you. Play it loud. Play it hard.

Black (Metal) Mixmas
1. Voltaic Omen - Scream For Fucking Mercy
2. Ash Pool - Penetrated Slave
3. V.E.G.A. - Kill Me
4. Mamaleek - I Wish I Was Dead
5. Flaskavsae - Blood For Their Idols
6. Nekrasov - Mountain Ash
7. L'Acephale - A Burned Village
8. Gnaw Their Tongues - And There Will Be More Of Your Children Dead Tomorrow
9. Striborg - Bleeding Black Tears Of Hate
10. Xasthur - Subliminal Genocide

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I Am Here Today

Because there are records being sold. Come find me behind Argyle Whale's table because I'll be there too.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

OOPs: Mamaleek - Mamaleek (self released, 2008)

Mamaleek - I Wish I Was Dead


I'm not entirely sure this one is out of print, but I wasn't able to find it for sale anywhere so whatever. Either way, if you end up finding this available, grab it immediately 'cause this shit is fucking awesome.

Yeah, this is more black metal, but it's so much more insane than any other BM record I've heard. Mamaleek is fucking all over the place with some old bluegrass sounds, jazz, spacey ambient, electronic, post rock, and anything else they wanted to throw in there. But even the "regular" BM sounding songs are anything but. Mamaleek is just absolute fucking chaos. Honestly, this is one of my all time favorite BM records. And don't just automatically write this off if you're not into BM because this is so fucked up that I'm sure it will appeal to even those of you just into really weird shit.

For the extra curious, here's the original review I wrote back in April '08.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Voltaic Omen - Hammer Of Witches (self released, 2009)

Voltaic Omen - Invert The Cosmos

I have a soft spot in my heart for the most fucked and wicked black metal out there, along with the equally fucked song titles. Voltaic Omen's Hammer Of Witches tape lends a helping hand royally thrashing my ears and brightening my day with names like "Scream For Fucking Mercy" and what might be song title of the year, "Crypt Fucker" (so concise, so evocative).

Voltaic Omen has some serious hatred in his soul, seemingly directed at me. And you. And everyone else who listens to his filth metal. What I love about this dude is his vocals. They're not the deep throated Cookie Monster growls, nor are they like the screeching eagle demons. He's found some middle ground that will probably please most black metal fans.

With the exception of "Dance Of The Corpulent Witches" and it's toe tapping synths, every song is pure brutality. Furious walls of buzzing guitars and relentless washed out drums. And, of course, some strange beauty emerges from the abyss of evil, which is what makes black metal so fucking enjoyable.

I'm usually torn about which song to put up with a review. My storage space and bandwidth are limited so I try to go for the shorter songs, but "Invert The Cosmos" is so fucking epic and gorgeously twisted that I'm putting that one up. Make sure you fuckers listen to the whole thing. And then if you can find one of the 24 remaining hand numbered copies of Hammer Of Witches, fucking buy the shit out of it.

P.S. Go to his Myspace so you can listen to "Crypt Fucker" then head to his MediaFire to download a brand new song 18 minute song "Kuru Blown" that fucking slays.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Year End Top 1 List

Nope. That's not a typo or a joke. There has been one thing this year that completely surpassed everything else in terms of sheer awesomeness. This has honestly changed my life more than anything else this year. I have already heaped endless amounts of praise on this the first time I posted it yet it still deserves more.

I can't even imagine how many spiders I killed in 2008. I think I killed one since I saw this video, which, by the way, is shamefully underviewed on YouTube, especially considering that I account for half of the 290,000 views.

I love everything about this song and video. Let me re-cap from my original post:

I love the rhythm. I love the flow. I love every single lyric. I love the story. I love the animation. I love the imagery. I love the dad. I love the dad's voice. I love the son's voice. I love the old timeyness. I love the (faux?) outsider feeling. I love the dad's long nose and weird hair and worm nipples. I love the opening line. I love the dad caressing the spider's delicate legs. I love the page turning. I love that the dad decided to teach his son a lesson about morals upon being woken up in the middle of the night. I love that it ends with the dad saluting the spider and wishing him "Godspeed." I love every single thing about this video. I love Garrett Davis and Kirsten Lepore for making this. I hate Garrett for not making more music.

I present to you Garrett Davis' & Kirsten Lepore's "Story From North America"

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

King Kong Ding Dong - Youth Culture Index (self released, 2009)

King Kong Ding Dong - Distant Drums

I listen to King Kong Ding Dong a lot and have little to say about them. I decided to write this review when I realized why that was. Because their name is King Kong Ding Dong. Yeah. Say that out loud, please. There ya go. That's pretty much all I think about when I'm listening to them. That, and how fucking ridiculously fantastic this album is.

Youth Culture Index is about to blow up. Once people know it exists, it will literally explode. Some sort of self aware timer or something. I dunno. But it's got all the makings of a classic. Kinda tropical, kinda tribal, kinda fucked up, kinda 100% AWESOME... you get the idea.

Also, I just found out that this is available for free. FUCKING SERIOUSLY. Click here already. There isn't a single reason you shouldn't have at least 5 copies of this on your hard drive. And then buy it, too. It's only 7 bucks cheapskate.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bazaar Bizarre

Eluvium - The Motion Makes Me Last

I'm at Boston's Bazaar Bizarre today helping my wife sell her amazingly awesome Gocco stuff as Argyle Whale. We'll be at table 45 making friends and $$$ so stop by and say hello.

Even if you're not really all that into crafty handmade things (but why tf wouldn't you be? seriously...) this year BBB will have a whole separate room just for record vendors. Yes, now you can go to Baz Biz and buy records. Fucking sweet! I'm so stoked about this! So if you drop by table 45 and I'm not there, chances are you'll find me lurking around in the music room deciding what to spend my cash on. And if you wanted to get me a Christmas present, I can think of a good spot to go shopping...

And the Eluvium song is relevant because it's what I listened to while driving to BB last year. Also, it's a brand new Eluvium song. Get excited! It has vocals and percussion. It is not the Eluvium you thought you knew. It is Eluvium 2.0. And it is awesome.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Haiku Review: Corey Larkin - Body Tensor (Abrash, 2009)

Corey Larkin - Body Tensor

Corey Larkin
Body Tensor (download)

/barely there crackle/
/high end sea spray pixels float/
/low tide, clams skitter/

Friday, December 4, 2009

OOPs: Sons Of Magdalene - Ephemera (Waste Of Sound, 2008)

Sons Of Magdalene - Pourquoi Tous Les Hommes Sont-Ils Des Laches? (excerpt)


Sons Of Magdalene is Josh Eustis' (of Telefon Tel Aviv) solo project. Epically minimal organic tape loop drones like Belong or Basinski. I'm fairly certain this is the only release he's put out under this name. IT IS AWESOME. Seriously, if you have any fond feelings towards either of those RIYLs then fucking download this immediately. Here's what I had to say about it back in '08 if you're interested.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Umberto - From The Grave... (Sonic Meditations, 2009)

Umberto - Running Blade

Remember Gianni Rossi's soundtrack to Gutterballs? Remember how it was full of bass and synth and Italo horror disco awesomeness? Remember how much I loved it? Well Umberto's From The Grave is... BETTER than the Gutterballs Soundtrack. There. I said it.

Everything you ever wanted from an old school horror soundtrack is present on From The Grave. Super moody, driving disco beats, chilling synths, and speaker blowing bass. The tunes are the type where you'd be throwing it down on the dance floor if you weren't running for your life from the undead.

The special thing about Umberto's tape, though, is that even though there are song titles like "Opening Titles," "Dream Sequence," and "Shower Scene," From The Grave isn't the soundtrack to anything except your nightmares (or maybe your next Carpenter themed dance party). And that's one of the reasons this is better than Rossi's soundtrack. You can let your imagination run wild when listening to this tape. Like when "It Came From The Swamp" comes on. What came from the swamp? It's totally up to you! You could be lame and go with Swamp Thing, or you could summon your inner 3 grade self and conjure a wicked scary drippy, mud caked 10 horned beast with teeth made of alligator claws. That makes for a much better experience than when you hear "Theme From Gutterballs" and all you can see is the Gutterballs logo. Trust me.

Real soundtracks can eat it. Umberto is the king of fake soundtracks. And now everyone knows that fake soundtracks are the fucking coolest.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Endless Endless Endless - Black Talisman (self released, 2009)

Endless Endless Endless - Distortions

Packaging shouldn't supersede the music, right? Well, it's hard when they name the record Black Talisman and you actually get a real honest-to-god black talisman with your purchase (etched with lasers). So I mean, obviously that's gonna be the first thing I mention.

Endless x3 aren't just about gimmicks, though. All of their brilliance wasn't wasted on badass kitsch. The music on Black Talisman is out of this world awesome. Think of the talisman as a prelude or a sign of the coolness to come.

Talisman is a noise drone record on it's intergalactic journey to a distant nebula. Tons of spacey synth blorps and glitchy star static that sometimes makes for a blissed out trip with cryogenic dreams or an unsettling paranoia filled nightmare. It all depends on what leg of the trek you're on. Like sometime going through the "Distortions" asteroid storm, shit gets pretty fucking hairy but by the time you've reached your destination on Planet "Washes" you're in fucking heaven and everything's as perfect as can be.

However, as super fucking cool as Black Talisman is, I have to fault E3 on the packaging of their packaging. My talisman broke in the mail. :(

I want to keep this review going just so I could write the name EENNNNDDLESSSSS in a bunch of different ways 'cause it makes me happy (good name dudes). But I don't really have anything else to say except Black Talisman is totally awesome and EEEndless are going places as long as they keep churning out ideas as sweet as this one.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

S.C.E.N.E. In Salem

S.C.E.N.E. = Salem's Chiptune, Electronica & Noise Extravaganza = all day electronic festival in Salem, MA coming Fall 2010 (that's twenty ten, not two thousand ten)

This Friday the 4th at 8pm, the FREE, all ages second promo fundraiser party for S.C.E.N.E. is going down at The Gulu Gulu in Salem, hosted/presented/organized by Radio Scotvoid and Moon Climb The Wall (both of whom will also be DJing in between sets all night). And the lineup for this is pretty fuckin sweet.

Active Knowledge's solid sweet 8bit goodness from the Cape, Bubblegum Octopus's WTF insanity from Jersey, and my personal favorite, circuit bender extraordinaire Computer At Sea from Portland (the East Coast one). Also opening up is Burlington's minimal Nuda Veritas doin her electro-acoustic thing.

Gulu might not be the first place you'd think of to check out some crazy 8bit shit, but they're super kind and brave enough to host something as cool as this. My only complaint is that there's hardly any room to get your groove on/rock/spazz out/be a total nerd if the spirit moved you because the "stage" is right next to tables. This is a restaurant after all and people want to sit, eat, and enjoy some good tunes. Maybe there will be more partiers and dancers this time. Who knows. Either way, this should be a great fuckin time and certainly worth coming out of Boston for.

Here's a short video of a book Computer At Sea made. But there's a twist! Hint: It's not just a book.

Monday, November 30, 2009

MP3: A Faulty Chromosome - Groaning Like A Grown-Up

"doodle" by Melanie Cardenas

A Faulty Chromosome - Groaning Like A Grown-Up

You: You just reviewed the album this was on, like, yesterday.

Me: Oh, thank you kind sir for pointing that out to me. You see I have a hard time remembering what I blogged about on my own goddamn blog. So let me explain to you in list form why I am currently writing about this song.

1. Shut your fucking mouth this is my blog. That's just mean.

2. A Faulty Chromosome is possibly one of the greatest bands of all time.

3. You need to listen to more A Faulty Chromosome, regardless of how much you currently listen to them.

4. This song is brilliant. It starts with sprinklers and ends with fireworks and is catchy as fuck. The sprinklers stay through the whole song, making a sweet beat but the best part is, they pan channels. 'Cause that's exactly what a sprinkler does. Pans channels.

5. I wanted 5 things in my list.

P.S. They successfully raised enough money through Kickstarter to get a physical release for Craving To Be Coddled So We Feel Fake-Safe. WOOOO!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm Thankful For...

...comedy horror internet videos.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Aidan Baker, Animal Hospital, Brandon Terzakis at Outpost

Brandon Terzakis played an e-bowed guitar and a regular bowed cymbal, making gorgeously delicate and intricate drones.

Animal Hospital is nuts live, building dozens and dozens of loops up all by himself until he has a warm, lush song that washes right over you.

Aidan Baker was brilliant, even despite one of his cables cutting out midway through a song. Totally soporific and absolutely stunning. And Kevin (Animal Hospital) played drums for him which was awesome.

Aidan Baker

Aidan Baker & Kevin Micka (Animal Hospital)

Animal Hospital

Brandon Terzakis

P.S. Then I went to see Melt-Banana at The Middle East and, as always, they were fucking insane. They played their new "no guitar/all synth" stuff which was 100% chaos, then played some old favorites, some brand new stuff, and finished with a cover of Toots & The Maytals' "Monkey Man." So, yeah, best night ever.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Sad Cobras / Hot Lava Split (self released, 2009)

Hot Lava - The Auctioneer

The Sad Cobras - Medusa Reducer


Who are The Sad Cobras? I dunno. Friends with Hot Lava I guess. And they make good music. Appropriate for a split with Hot Lava. So that's cool.

BUT 3 NEW HOT LAVA TRACKS. That's why you're here, right? Because you love Hot Lava. Because I love Hot Lava. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE HOT LAVA.

"The Auctioneer" is where it's at. That song alone will hold me over until the next HL LP. 'Cause she sounds like an auctioneer. Which is funny. Also, "Lady Postman?" Great title. Oh man. I love these guys so much.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Show Worthy 11/23 - 11/29

Photo by hern42 via

There are a few pretty cool shows coming up this week (Fuck Buttons & Growing, Melt-Banana Lite) but there's one that's worthy of an entire post dedicated to it.

Aidan Baker's coming to town again. Last time he was here was when Nadja played at The Middle East Upstairs, and I freaked out a bit. This time, however, he's going solo, creating much softer music than he does with Nadja.

And the coolest part about this show (other than Aidan Baker, HOLY FUCK) is who's opening. Animal Hospital and Brandon Terzakis. Fuck. Me. This show is so epic. Going down at Outpost 186 on Tuesday the 24th at 8:00, all ages, donate the shit out of this show. Thank you Sound Pool.

Bring lots of $$$$ 'cause Baker is ridiculously prolific and you don't want to miss out on any super limited shit he might have with him (I hope he's got that new split with Noveller). Not to mention AH & Terzakis's stuff. Oh man. I AM SO PUMPED.

P.S. Weirdo Records (right down the street from Outpost) is having a sale this month. Might as well stop by beforehand while you're in the area and support the coolest record store in Cambridge, while simultaneously getting awesome shit on the cheap.

Haiku Review: Forest World - Fvtvre (self released, 2009)

Forest World - Fvtvre: Air Bus

Forest World
Fvtvre (download)
/simple 8bit pop/
/it's power lies in it's ease/
/leaps above the rest/

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Easyboy - Friends (Spooky Town Artifacts, 2009)

Easyboy - Sunny Day Garbage Pile

Easyboy is the solo stuff from Eric Farber, member of the insane electro-tribal awesome dudes Truman Peyote. Friends is his first (?) release of hypno pop jams and it's 100% worth your ear time.

I'm not sure that Farber was straight when he made this tape because it reminds me a bit of Farmacia's Nosocomio Manicomio and they were almost certainly fucked up on Robotussin when they made that tape. Now you could be a lame-ass and call Friends "bedroom pop" but it is so much more than that. It's amazingly weird with songs that aren't songs and plenty of found sounds that Farber most likely dug out of someone's attic.

There's all sorts of fun tunes on Friends that could end up on your next "happy times" mix tape or perhaps your "I'm gonna weird my friends out" mix tape. "Chest Swimmers" for example is some peppy garagey Jacob Berendes type song and then "Wrenchin'" could be a lost Dan Deacon/AnCo/Passion Pit collaboration. But the 54 second "Markers" sounds like grade school children got high and watched old Japanese cartoons. Friends is not the easiest thing to pin down but it's consistently fantastic.

Oh, and as always, Spooky Town shit is as cheap as it is fuckin awesome. Friends will only set you back $5.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Acre - Isolationist (Isounderscore, 2009)

Acre - Untitled 1

I've had this for wayyyyy too long, and while I can make excuses for not having written about it yet (like I moved and couldn't find my copy to scan for the artwork, or I've been too busy, or I couldn't think of anything to say because it's so fucking brilliant) they're all pretty much irrelevant. Reason being: Acre's Isolationist is unbelievably amazing drone.

Let's face it. Winter's coming (southern hemisphere excluded). And like a bear fattening up on salmon and squirrels for the long hibernation, you too should be gathering as much cold weather appropriate tunes for the forthcoming blizzards. Isolationist is a necessity for your stockpile.

Acre's drone is the fucking best. Super long form, like Wada or Niblock except with the lushness of somebody like White Rainbow or Eluvium. It's so thick and dense and warm (key word here). It's like a golden blanket from the gods sewn with threads of magic from the fabric of clouds to keep you blissfully cozy no matter what hardships you must endure.

This is the kind of drone that's maximized at full volume. You need this shit to envelope every atom of your being. Let it hug your bones. It'll keep you warmer than that quilt Grandma made for you last Christmas.

And the image up there looks nothing like the actual CD. The artwork is neon orange and there's a geometric pattern that isn't so much a color difference than it is a textural one. Totally awesome. You need to see it irl.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Haiku Review: Morgan Shaker - L.A. Knightz (Whitehaus Family Record, 2009)

Morgan Shaker - Refective Low Lying Trinity Cloud Forms Above The Boneyard

Morgan Shaker
L.A. Knightz (download)
/muddy beats, thick drone/
/hypnotism by muffling/
/shake, rattle, and roll/

Friday, November 13, 2009

All The Sleigh Bells I Could Find

Sleigh Bells - A/B Machines

Sleigh Bells - Crown On The Ground

Sleigh Bells - Infinity Guitars

Sleigh Bells - Beach Girls

Sleigh Bells - Ring Ring

But I still need more.

Indian Jewelry, Tobacco, Salem, and all that super cool popular stuff. Sleigh Bells are already the last next thing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Manners - Look Into Look Unto (SUNOFBEES, 2009)

Manners - Fire

Manners is a dude that I preemptively dissed one night when I was cranky because I didn't get to see a band (Psychic Ills) that I went out of my way specifically to see and in my mind I kinda blamed him a little bit. Since then, I've matured into a great benevolent man and have grown to love Mr. Greg Beson and the fantastic music he makes.

Look Into Look Unto is Manners' newest outing in the folky experimental scene. He takes a different approach than everyone else, though, because he doesn't rely on fuzz and blur to entertain. A solid voice and supreme songwriting skills are all Manners needs to make a totally enthralling record.

The songs are all super low-key. Chill, easy going, and borderline depressing. Actually, not so much depressing as just moody. The hooks are scarce but there's plenty of harmonies and sweet melodies to make up for it. And as if Greg's voice wasn't enough to keep things going, occasionally some female backup vocals pop up that are absolutely wonderful.

This type of acoustic singer/songwriter folky stuff isn't something that gets too much play around here but I've been making an exception for Manners. Look Into Look Unto is just a really pleasing listen, especially now that the nights are coming quicker and the sun isn't rising as high. Perfect fall music.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Deastro, Max Tundra, Mystery Roar at Great Scott

Mystery Roar were a bit too sexy for me.

Max Tundra had more enthusiasm during that one performance than I've ever had in my entire life.

Deastro played 4 or 5 new songs. Then shit broke. Then they played 4 or 5 old songs. Then 1 more new song about falling in love with a vampire. And it was all awesome.



Max Tundra

Max Tundra

Mystery Roar

More on Flickr

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pyramids With Nadja - Pyramids With Nadja (Hydra Head, 2009)

Pyramids With Nadja - An Angel Was Heard To Cry Over The City Of Rome

You know Pyramids. You know Nadja. You know I'm a freak for both of them. I had stupidly high expectations for this collaboration. And this is the first time ever, EVER, that my expectations for a supposed-to-be-awesome collab have been met. IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME.

This is an album of epic beauty, a majestic world crumbling, a dark forest with floods rushing through, an avalanche charging down the mountainside. Crushingly magnificent ambient metal gaze noise.

Truthfully, this review was just an excuse to post the last song on Pyramids With Nadja, "An Angel Was Heard..." That song is fucking stunning. I can't believe how gorgeous it is. Listen to it and be convinced that the people who made this record are gods.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Haiku Review: The Great Valley - Under Snow (Spooky Town Artifacts, 2009)

The Great Valley - White Hair

The Great Valley
Under Snow (download)
/trapped in a snowglobe/
/frozen boots stomping with zeal/
/tragic magic tales/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Yoshi Wada - Earth Horns With Electronic Drone (Em / Edition Omega Point, 2009)

Yoshi Wada - Earth Horns With Electronic Drone

I'm not sure too much can be said about Yoshi Wada's Earth Horns With Electronic Drone. Or you can write volumes about it. Take your pick.

Recorded live in 1974 in New York, this release is "only" a 77 minute excerpt of the 2 hour and 25 minute performance. There is a triple LP set containing the full concert but it was extremely limited and I'm sure they're either ridiculously sold out or ridiculously $$$. Take your pick.

Constant electronic drone with Wada's DIY "pipehorns" that are tuned to the frequencies of the room (the one he played in, not yours). EPIC long form drone, heavy, dense, massive, mind expanding, body enveloping, earth shaking, absolute DRONE. You can't argue with it. You can only accept it.

Listen to Earth Horns and forget your existence. When this plays, it is all encompassing. There is nothing else.

Exquisite packaging. Old photos, detailed liner notes, totally worth your cash. If you're new to Wada, check out The Elephantine Crocodile because I think his "Singing" is the most amazing thing I've ever heard ever.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Faulty Chromosome - Craving To Be Coddled So We Feel Fake-Safe (self released, 2009)

A Faulty Chromosome - Tippy-Toes

WTF. How is A Faulty Chromosome not being worshiped by every indie music nerd on the planet? These guys are creating the best weirdo bedroom pop and they're making it all their own. Craving To Be Coddled So We Feel Fake-Safe is the follow up to my second favorite record of last year, their debut As An Ex-Anorexic's..., and it's every bit as awesome as their first.

The music is the most charming and nostalgic stuff ever, filled with busted keyboards, electronic sprinkler beats, hand claps, excerpts from old educational family records, damaged percussion, dreamy guitars, and mumbled vocals with a fondness for alliteration and puns. Everything about these songs screams a nonchalant fuck you, we're gonna make our music however we want and it's gonna be fucking great.

A Faulty Chromosome is, like, dead broke from making their first record so they're jumping on the Kickstart thing trying to raise money to get Craving To Be Coddled a physical release. So head over and donate whatever you want, then go to their Virb page and download this absolutely necessary album for free.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Northeast Noise & Power Electronics Festival

three days of total audio depravity
night 1 11/6 7:00 $10 21+
night 2 11/7 3:00 $25 21+
night 3 11/8 3:00 $25 21+
jacques underground
lascivious aesthetics
existence establishment
worth every goddamn penny

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Haiku Review: Tim Fite - Watch Your Mouth (self released, 2009)

Tim Fite - That's MY Name

Tim Fite
Watch Your Mouth (download)
/crazy fucklery/
/halloween horror fite style/
/there's no other way/

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I'm home, in my new home, where I should've been all along. I'm still settling in, lots of painting and unpacking and shit, but I thought I'd share with you the two records I christened 33 Roslyn with. Belong's Colorloss Record and Same Places (Slow Version). Absolute beauties that are 100% amazing but still can't touch the masterpiece that is October Language. Technically Colorloss is still available (maybe only digitally, though) so you should certainly spend your hard earned dollars on it because it's totally fucking worth it.

Anyway, I'm just proving I'm still alive and AGB isn't stagnating. Don't expect daily posts for a while. But things should be getting more active around here soon. Just enjoy this for now.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

German Shepherd - Alpine Melodies (Sunrise Acoustics, 2009)

German Shepherd - Brutalist Chalet

Last I heard from German Shepherd, he was putting out a 4 way split with MOTH, Millipede, Brian Grainger, and himself. Now he's got a full length of his own out and another split (this time it's free & digital) with the same 4 dudes, plus one Bog Man. Clearly he wasn't using these past 5 months to dick around. He's getting shit done.

Alpine Melodies takes the 3 tracks Shepherd had on Traveling and BAMBAMBAM enhances the shit outta them. Except in not such an enthusiastic way. More like a super chill sleepy way. You know what I mean.

The half hour's worth of guitar drone on this record is exquisite. Hazy melodies that glide face up across the tree tops, grazing on the low hanging clouds. I can totally imagine something on Alpine being used in a Miyazaki film, like when an innocent but imaginative child finally stumbles upon some magical nook in the forest. These are the sounds that kid would hear while glowing dust floated around in the bright sun rays filtering through the canopy.

If that doesn't sound appealing to you, then you have a heart of stone and are probably too "mature" to be bothered with such dreamy gorgeous drone to begin with. Otherwise, hop on this. Only 100 copies, sweet & cheap ($6!) from Sunrise Acoustics, each one with a different cover made from cut-up Childcraft Encyclopedia pages.

P.S. I'm moving, bitches! I'm going to be really busy for a little while so no posts until I get shit in order.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Show Worthy 10/19 - 10/25

Looks like we got some decisions to make come Thursday night...

Mike Bullock by Invisible City via

Monday, October 19
Mike Bullock at Weirdo Records (donate, 8:00, all ages)
Jack of all trades Bullock will be doing a solo set at Weirdo. Here's hoping he'll be playing banjo, like on those tracks available at Compost & Height. 'Cause banjos rule.

Hawnay Troof by la-underground via

Thursday, October 22
Hawnay Troof, San Serac, Bone Zone, Party Master Policy (DJ) at Pozen Center (Mass Art) ($8, 8:00, all ages)
Crunchy synth punk Hawnay Troof is making his way to Boston all the way from California. San Serac throw down some funky disco beats for booty shakin. And Bone Zone is just a fuckin mess. No use trying to describe that shit.

Jozef Van Wissem via

Thursday, October 22
Jozef Van Wissem, Jay Sullivan at The Mills Gallery (BCA) ($10, 7:45, all ages)
Incunabulum head Van Wissem plays a motherfuckin lute. And he does crazy shit with it. Awesome processed folky Baroquey stuff. Sullivan is the dude you see with 3 records on a turntable making fantastic Jeck-ian drone. This show is gonna rule. Thanks to Non-Event.

Thursday, October 22
Ming Ming Dance Co, Kenney & Neff, Eat Cloud, Derrka, Coralcola (DJ) at PA's Lounge ($7 21+ / $10 18-20, 8:30, 18+)
This is the show you go to for listening to weirdo electronics and maybe get fucked up on hallucinogens if that's your thing. Or dance. If you like dancing.

Friday, October 23
Expo '70, Brian S Ellis, Manners at Whitehaus (donate, "hoot o'clock," all ages)
To celebrate their 3 year anniversary and the return of Manners & Brian Ellis from their world tour, Whitehaus is hosting Expo '70. Yes, that Expo '70 (who else were you thinking of? idiot...). Clearly, this show is going to be amazing. Because Expo '70 is playing. OH! And Expo '70 is playing, too. Expo. Seventy. !

Myrmyr via

Saturday, October 24
Myrmyr, Baba Yaga, The Glass Shivers at Spectacle ($5, 8:00, all ages)
Myrmyr is Agnes Szelag and Marielle Jakobsons, touring in support of their new album The Amber Sea. They make electro-acoustic tunes with all sorts of (non) classical instruments, including one of my favorites, the accordion. Beautiful work. Baba Yaga are the local chill folk female duo with enchanting vocals, occasionally using, among other things, a mandolin and harmonium. Yeah! The Glass Shivers will conjure space dreams while JP's Architecture Of The Sun throws some magical old fashioned projections on the walls.