Perhaps you'd enjoy taking a look at this fine video before visiting that link.
György Sándor Ligeti was featured at the beginning of today's show and has many fine works, but this one is especially unusual and fun. It doesn't really get going until after the 50 second mark so you can jump to that point and not miss a thing.
Check back, soon - This site is going to change pretty dramatically soon and while it will still update with regards to the Wordpress site, it's functionality will no longer have anything to do with my radio show. I will be linking to that site from ZBC as soon as I can get back in the studio and change the website displayed on the playlist.
Thanks for listening,
Thanks for listening and enjoy...
One of the world’s greatest writers has died. I’ll never forget the way 2001 made me feel the first time I saw it: tiny and monumentally blessed.
This site may eventually come to serve another purpose for me, but for now check both sites every once in a while to catch the latest updates. I'm thinking of starting a mailing list to keep everyone up to date, but that'll have to wait a little while longer.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy!
Also, the new Portishead has leaked. I've got a little write-up about it over at the other site, too, but I won't be uploading that. If you want to read what I have to say about it head on over there. If you want to download it then just start doing some Google searches; Google is virtually the best MP3 file-sharing software available if you use the advanced search function properly.
I've also posted some new links in the sidebar under Organized Noise; give them a look.
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NORTHEAST REGIONAL NOISE AND POWER ELECTRONICS FESTIVAL
At America's Longest Running Drag Club
Jacques Cabaret / Underground (website)
79 Broadway - Boston, MA (map)
21+ ONLY and $10/Day
Friday March 14th 2008
6pm - 930pm
Cathode Terror Secretion
Saturday March 15th 2008
3pm - 8pm
Performing after the noise shows on upstairs stage:
"The Cast Of Mis-Leading Ladies"
Kris Knievil, Destiny, Mizery Lakia Mondale, & Fena Barbitall.
If you want to hear some of these bands before deciding whether or not to attend check out this post, which contains a number of links to various Myspace pages and free music. Many of these bands are well known for their live performances and for good reason. If you're intrigued even a little bit go out and see these bands do what they do, you won't soon forget it.
More updates, soon, including out-of-print and hard-to-find recordings from Luke's CD-R vault.
Image courtesy of Doug Savage, from Adam Kellie, who has evidently begun the "fantastic" drinking game my last show spawned.
Adam Kellie was gracious enough to provide me with some of his music over the last month and after repeated listens I found myself more and more impressed with his work. The track I played, "Khatanga," was recorded in 2000 by Peter Koniuto, who also provided all the percussive work and many of the loops used for the song. If you check out Red Sun Soundroom you can listen to his work as Pseudophone for free. Multi-instrumentalis Adam Kellie, in addition to being a talented musician, is also a photographer. Over the course of a couple e-mail conversations he explained to me how he approaches both mediums:
"I don't really consider [my work] 'electronic' music.' I find it more organic than that. The process has, for me, been a mood/tone based creation-experience... [I'm] not necessarily trying to show off my guitar chops, but rather trying to create a mood or sense of place... Which leads me to my photography. I've tried to tell a story, create a mood, or relate feeling in my photos as well as in my music. Composition has always been a priority for me.... Photography is something that I've studied and loved for a long time (since high school or before) and I find that I'm able to do it in bite-size chunks..."
His music is, without a doubt, visually evocative and highly structured, but neither rigid nor cold. I picked "Khatanga" for this week's show specifically because it blended musical styles so effortlessly; Can, Coil, The Orb, Talking Heads, Brian Eno - there's a lot going on in this song. It's likely you'll be hearing more from Adam Kellie on Laughter in the future - for now check out his blog and leave him a comment.
Here are the download links and the playlist for this week's show, check below for two more hours of music.
download - Laughter 3/3/2008 - Part I
download - Laughter 3/3/2008 - Part II
02. Dead Meadow “The Queen of All Returns” from Old Growth (2008) on Matador
03. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Red Right Hand” from Let Love In (1994) on Mute U.S.
04. Magazine “I Wanted Your Heart” from Secondhand Daylight (1979) on Virgin
05. Codeine “3 Angels” from Pickup Song/3 Angels 7" (1991) on Glitterhouse
06. Steven R. Smith “In Light” from Owl (2007) on Digitalis Industries
07. Bear in Heaven “For Beauty” from Red Bloom of the Boom (2007) on Hometapes
08. Neu! “Hallogallo” from Neu! (1972) on Astralwerks
09. White Rainbow “Mystic Prism” from Prism of Eternal Now (2007) on Kranky
10. Scraping Foetus off The Wheel “Throne of Agony” from Nail (1985) on Self Immolation/Some Bizzare
11. Zeni Geva “Autobody” from Disgraceland 7" (1993) on Alternative Tentacles
12. Autistic Daughters “A Boxful of Birds” from Jealousy and Diamond (2004) on Kranky
13. Adam Kellie and Peter Koniuto “Khatanga” (2000) on Red Sound Room — http://pixelsound.blogspot.com/
14. Nudge “Love-In Accident” from Elaborate Devices for Filtering Crisis (2003) on Tigerbeat615. E.E & the Owl Archimedes “Liminal State” from The End of Deconstruction (2008) on Wise Owl Records
16. Angel “Aftermath: The Mutation” from Kalmukia (2008) on Editions Mego
17./18. Eliane Radigue “Jestun Mila” from Jetsun Mila (2007) on Lovely Music
18. Irr. App. (Ext.) “A Distended Particular” from Dust Pincher Appliances (2003) on Crouton
Today also marked the beginning of spring break for everyone at Boston College and as a result WZBC is short a few DJs this week. So, there was a second Laughter-related broadcast over the air waves, except this one had no particular format and featured WZBC's own dj dani. Any further broadcasts made by us shall be known as Brown Mustard and will likely feature a similarly odd-ball playlist. This show was put together on the spot and is basically us having fun in the studio. It features way more talking by me than I would like and a severely high number of instances of the word "fantastic." I want to promise everyone I will not be using that word ever again on any show in which I play a part. In fact, I intend to wipe this word completely from my vocabulary... except for those instances where it is most appropriate and no other word will do. In fact, why not play a drinking game using these mp3s? Get your friends together and every time I say the word "fantastic," take a drink...
I will refrain from talking so much during any show unless I am asked by somebody to do so - I say some pretty stupid things, but if you ignore that you'll find that the show is a lot of fun...
I hope you enjoy this extra broadcast. dani has a show on WZBC every Monday from 7am-10am (just before me). She plays consistently fantas... excellent music and you should listen to it.
Thanks for stopping by!
download - Brown Mustard 3/3/2008 - Part I
download - Brown Mustard 3/3/2008 - Part II
01. Joy Division “Twenty Four Hours” from Closer (1980) on Qwest
02. Neptune “Blue Glass” from Gong Lake (2008) on Radium/Table of the Elements
03. Brown Jenkins “Dagonite” from Dagonite (2007) on Moribund Records
04. Om “Unitive Knowledge of the Godhead” from Pilgrimage (2006) on Southern Lord
05. The Fucking Champs “Thor Is Like Immortal” from IV (2007) on Drag City
06. Skinny Puppy “Worlock” from Rabies (1989) on Nettwerk
07. You've Got Foetus on Your Breath “I Am Surrounded By Incompetence” from Deaf (1981) on Thirsty Ear
08. The Tear Garden “The Center Bullet” from The Tear Garden (1986) on Nettwerk
09. The Legendary Pink Dots “Ego Tripper” from The Legendary Pink Box (1989) on Play It Again Sam
10. Bonnie Prince Billy “Madeleine-Mary” from I See a Darkness (1999) on Palace Records
11. Abruptum “Hostes Orco Hostium Legiones Dis Manibus Pacis Ruptores Ultioni” from Evil Genius (2007) on Southern Lord
12. Funeral “Heartache” from Tragedies/Tristesse (2006) on Freedom Findland
13. Richard Crandell “Diagonal” from Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli (2008) on Numero Group
14. Jandek “Know Thy Self” from Ready for the House (1978) on Corwood
15. The Bird Names “New Mexico” from Wooden Lake/Sexual Diner (2007) on Unsound Records
16. V/VM “WINDuckyQuacker” from Help Aphex Twin 1.0 (2001) on V/VM Test
17. Agoraphobic Nosebleed “Vapor Lock” from Bestial Machinery (2005) on Relapse
18. Josh “Nasha Pyar Da ft. Smurfette” from Mausam (2006) on VIP Records
19. Tonal Oak “In the Kitchen” from Man Trouble (2007)
20. Leng Tch'e “Tightrope Propaganda” from Marasmus (2007) on Relapse21. Feu Thérèse “Les déserts des azurs” from Ca Va Cogner (2007) on Constellation
22. Neoangin “I Miss Diego” from Scratchbook (2007) on Alive
- Today's show will be posted when I get back home, tonight. Look for two shows; both Laughter and the show with WZBC's dj dani. The latter is chaotic to say the least and I use the word "fantastic" way too much throughout.
- I'm testing Wordpress out right now and coming to enjoy all the extra functionality their website provides for publishers and users. If you check the sidebar you'll see a link to my site at Wordpress (or you can just click that link). I'll be updating that site as well as this one for a time, but if I enjoy Wordpress enough I'll likely move the site over there.
- I'm also creating a Myspace and Facebook page for Laughter. The Myspace page is also linked in the sidebar. Stop on over, say hello. The Facebook page is upcoming. Once you see that link, say hello there, too.
Thanks for visiting.
Phew got her start with the Japanese punk band Aunt Sally and has also recorded with Novo Tono and Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble. I'll be trying to locate more of her work; in the meantime you can download the self-titled album below. It will be available for a limited time only.
1981, Pass Records, LP
01. Closed (3:15)
02. Signal (4:28)
03. Doze (5:14)
04. Dream (3:15)
05. Mapping (3:41)
06. Aqua (3:48)
07. P-Adic (3:32)
08. Fragment (3:52)
09. Circuit (1:37)
Played and produced by Phew, Jaki Liebezeit, Holger Czukay, Conny Plank, and Yoshitaka GotoRecorded and mixed at Conny's Studio and Czukay's Editing Laboratory
Recording engineer: Conny Plank
Mastered by Hiroshi Shiota at Tokyo Recording Co., Ltd.
Julian Kytasty was born in 1958 in Detroit, Michigan to a family of Ukrainian refugees. Following his father's and gradfather's lead, Kytasty picked up the bandura and in 1980 he moved to New York City and founded the New York Bandura Ensemble. According to the liner notes for Black Sea Winds, the bandura is a strange hybrid of the lute and medieval lap harp. If you want to see what one looks like, check out this video of Kytasty performing. The album itself is a document of songs traditionally played by blind musicians from the Ukraine known as kobzari. These songs, called duma, were performed on an instrument called the kobza, but many artists in the 20th century, including Kytasty, began utilizing the bandura instead. Apparently Stalinist Russia was not kind to the kobzari, primarily because their music dealt with religious themes, and in the 30's they effectively became outlaws. Kytasty writes,
"Many [kobzari] doubtless died, along with millions of the rural population, in the famine of 1933; others were individually arrested and executed. There is considerable evidence that at some point in the 1930's the remnants [kobzari survivors] were rounded up for a Congress of Traditional Singers from which no one returned. The numbers speak for themselves. The folklorists of the 1920's documented a living epic tradition of several hundred singers, with regional distinctions of repertoire and performance sytle; by 1939, when another congress of traditional performers was held, only four kobzari took part. The survivors had changed over to modernized banduras and performed 'progressive' repertoire featuring newly composed dumy about Stalin and Lenin."
Since that time the bandura has been the instrument of choice - it is not the same instrument employed by the kobzari, but the style of music played on the bandura often pays homage to those blind singers. The song featured on the show, "Cossack Lament," is of the oldest kobzar songs known, dating back to the 16th and 17th century. It is a lament sung as part of a Cossack funeral rite. I've also uploaded "The Song of Truth and Falsehood." The lyrics to this song speak for themselves:
Truth is not to be found,
For dire Falsehood has started calling itself Truth.
For now Truth stands outside the threshold,
And Falsehood sits at table with the wealthy.
For now Truth is cast into dungeons,
And Falsehood invited into the mansions.
And the need to know the difference.
But the Lord is Truth, shall crush Falsehood,
Chastise pride, raise high the temple."
The music is indescribably beautiful and simple; you can download "The Song of Truth and Falsehood" here.
A good friend recently introduced me to a Russian rock band called Auktyon. There's plenty of information about them on their website and all over the internet, but what follows are the basics. The band has been around in one form or another since 1978, but didn't take on their current name until 1983. They claim their influences as everything from reggae to the ethnic music of North Africa and jazz. Writers have compared them to everything from The Residents and Captain Beefheart to Robert Wyatt, Pere Ubu, Beck, Leonard Cohen, and Black Sabbath (to name just a few). The song played during the show ("Samolet") sounds like something out of a spy movie and "Boyoos" sounds like a demented folk tune filtered through the Boredoms. Beyond that I simply don't know how to describe this band. I've uploaded both "Boyoos" and another track ("Letcheek") for you to enjoy. Any other information you may want about the band can be found at their site. For those of you in Boston, Auktyon will be playing March the 25th at the Middle East Club (Downstairs).
Thanks to Tom for the heads up!
Auktyon "Boyoos" from Zhopa (1990)
Auktyon "Letcheek" from Bodoon (1991)
I hope you've all been enjoying the show and the website. If you have any comments, questions, or requests you can leave them at this site or email me at the address provided in the sidebar. Thank you for listening and enjoy.
Laughter 2/25/2008 - Part I
Laughter 2/25/2008 - Part II
01. Lamb “Gorecki” from Lamb (1997) on Fontana
02. Meat Beat Manifesto “Helter Skelter” from Helter Skelter/Radio Babylon (1990) on Play It Again Sam
03. Badawi “Voices from the Sky” from Soldier of Midian (2001) on ROIR
04. Julian Kytasty “Cossack Lament” from black sea winds (2002) on November Music
05. Dead Can Dance “Cantara” from Within the Realm of a Dying Sun (1987) on 4AD
06. Rachel's “A French Galleasse” from Selenography (1999) on Quarterstick
07. Holger Czukay “Witches' Multiplication Table” from On the Way to the Peak of Normal (1982) on Mute
08. Nurse With Wound “The Self Sufficient Sexual Shoe” from Rock 'n' Roll Station (2006) on Beta-lactam Ring — originally released 1994
09. Harmonia “Dino” from Musik von Harmonia (2006) on Lilith — originally released 1974
10. Electrelane “Between the Wolf and the Dog” from No Shouts No Calls (2008) on Too Pure
11. Swans “Miracle of Love” from White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991) on Young God
12. Sleep Chamber “Invocation” from Secrets ov 23 (1993) on Music Maxima Magnetica
13. Death in June “C'est Un Rêve” from Dead Sunwheels (1989) on NER
14. Bardo Pond “Nomad” from Cypher Documents I (2005) on 3 Lobed
15. Auktyon “Samolet” from Zhopa (1990) — see website for more info: http://www.auktyon.com
16. Popul Vuh “Kyrie” from Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte (1997) on Think Progressive — originally released 1976
17. NON “God & Beast” from God & Beast (1986) on Mute
18. Coil “Red Weather” from Unnatural History II (1995) on Threshold House
19/20. Chris Watson / BJ Nilsen “No Man's Land” from Storm (2006) on Touch
20. Schlammpeitziger “Schlafatemwagen” from Augenwischwaldmoppgeflöte (2000) on A-musik
21/22. Chris Watson / BJ Nileson "SIGWX” from Storm (2006) on Touch
22. Itsnotyouitsme “Great Day” from Walled Gardens (2007) on New Amsterdam
A meditative bleakness is amassed over the course of Into the Void with only the most cosmic instruments. The imaginary sounds of a supernova, the electric pulse of magnetic fields, and the icy explosions of colliding asteroids all play a role in Reed's swirling orchestras. And his songs do sound as though they are played by a group of empyrean and sentient beings. Unlike other artists who claim the fertile grounds of noise as their birth place, Reed's work is sober and composed instead of desultory and manic. Explosions radiate and dance with an observable intelligence instead of crashing and decaying senselessly and Reed never allows his bellowing cries to spill over into a continuous and bland stream of white noise.
That dedication to clarity ranks as one of this album's greatest strengths. Beyond being tightly controlled, every detail of Reed's heavenly pandemonium resounds as clearly as a bell no matter how busy it gets. No song depends on microscopic activity, but each breath of solar wind washes through the mix unhindered by sloppy production or over-zealous volume. This allows Reed to use the existing small details in each song to his advantage. On "Gravitational Pull" the presence of a monotonous synthesizer melody acts as a strong contrast to an ever-changing parade of radio noise; the two constantly pull at each other and manifest a tension that would not be possible if either were given over to excess. The absence of familiar musical conventions is made all the more powerful by the inclusion of distinct rhythms and melodic announcements. Both "Mariners" and "Dark Matter" depend on these recognizable features; without them both songs would sound all too static. Yet, if those features were anything more than occasional flourishes both songs would lose their ambiguous terror. Reed constantly plays a game of balance on each track, hushing any surfeit of sound in favor of a well-planned deficit.
Perhaps excess is the attractive and distinguishing feature for many extant experimental outfits, but I'm glad to hear Reed utilizing the power of subtlety and understatement. The spaces he leaves in his music are deceptive, often hiding the most surprising and effective moments. The best portions of this album are accompanied by silence or an illusory sense of it created by spaces opened up in the music; Reed has a talent for creating such abyssal places and decorating them with a real sense of foreboding and uncertainty. His compositions are unique and entirely synthetic, but somehow organic and frighteningly unpredictable despite their well-formed structures.
Into the Void is available on Crucial Bliss.
Due to being busier than normal the last week or so I do not have a write up ready for this show. As it stands, I think it is one of the best yet and features a good number of impressive new bands as well as some old favorites that I've been listening to lately. Among the highlights on this show was Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity, Bear in Heaven, and the obscure Crawling Chaos. I'm in the process of finding out as much as I can about all three bands, so keep checking back for information. I also have a review of the latest Luasa Raelon on the way and, as mentioned before, a few little extras coming up... including a fairly obscure Japanese LP featuring a member of Can.
Thanks for listening and enjoy.
Laughter 2/18/2008 - Part I
Laughter 2/18/2008 - Part II
01. Talk Talk “I Believe in You” from Spirit of Eden (1988) on EMI
02. Bonnie "Prince" Billy “The Seedling” from The Letting Go (2006) on Drag City
03. The Helio Sequence “Keep Your Eyes Ahead” from Keep Your Eyes Ahead (2008) on Sub Pop
04. The Raybeats “Soul Beat/Intoxica” from It's Only a Movie (1983) on Shanachie
05 .The Whitsundays “Bring It On Home” from The Whitsundays (2008) on Friendly Fire
06. Annabouboula “Let's Go to Jail” from In the Baths of Constantinople (1990) on Shanachie
07. Bear in Heaven “Shining and Free” from Red Bloom of the Boom (2007) on Hometapes
08. Valet “Fire” from Naked Acid (2008) on Kranky
09. Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity “Who Do You Love” from Santiago's Vest (2008) on Electrokitty
10. True West “It's About Time” from S/T EP (1983) on Bring Out Your Dead Records
11. The Trypes “Music for Neighbors” from The Explorers Hold (1984) on Coyote
12. Ida “The Killers 1964” from Love Prayers (2008) on Polyvinyl
13. Stranger to Stranger “Crowded Room” from Casting Shadows (1984) on Hopewell
14. Atlas Sound “Cold As Ice” from Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Not Feel (2008) on Kranky
15. The Camberwell Now “Spirit of Dunkirk” from Meridian (1983) on Duplicate
16. 17 Pygmies “Lazarus” from Jedda by the Sea (1985) on Resistance Records
17. Jason Molina “Pyramid Electric Co.” from Pyramid Electric Co. (2004) on Secretly Canadian
18. Crawling Chaos “Macabre Royale” from The Gas Chair (1981) on Factory Benelux
19. Univers Zero “Heatwave” from Heatwave (1987) on Cuneiform
20. Biting Tongues “Compressor” from Compressor (1986) on Factory
21. The Orb “Perpetual Dawn” from The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1991) on Fontana Island
22. Aphex Twin “4” from Richard D. James (1996) on Warp
Some of you may be interested in the fact that a number of noise bands are coming to Boston and performing at Jacques Cabaret. Among the performers are Karlheinz, Bloodyminded, and Halflings. It's being billed as the NORTHEAST REGIONAL NOISE AND POWER ELECTRONICS FESTIVAL and will be held on the 14th and 15th of March at 8pm; the price of admission is $10 each night. Here's a rundown of the bands:
Fire In The Head (Wellfleet, MA)
Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck (Boston)
Cathode Terror Secretion (Port Washington, NY)
Ahlzagailzehguh (?, NY)
Karlheinz (Allston, MA)
Sewer Goddess (?, MA)
and Special Surprise Guests
Anyone who can't attend this year's No Fun Fest should consider attending. If you're at all interested, the above links are to each band's Myspace page or homepage (where mp3s are available). If you've never listened to any of these bands, might I suggest turning down the volume on your computer before clicking on anything and avoiding headphones the first time around.