Saturday, October 3, 2009

MP3 blog 2009/10/02

blog 2009/10/02 - It's getting so cold you almost to wear underwear again...

Oh hold up a minute, back the fuck up, sit down and listen.  Big news!  I have a new mix out now.

You've all been waiting oh so patiently, and now I am back with a thick slice of downtempo grooves.

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CPI - Particle 1000 0001

01) David Hoy - Opening Remarks
02) Lida Husik - Bad Head Day (Subtropic Cut It Up Mix)
03) Blockhead - The First Snowfall
04) Tom Tyler - Ode To The Lizard (Cinematic Orchestra Chameleon Mix)
05) Alice Russell - Hurry On Now
06) Aim - Hinterland
07) Dirty Elegance - Foreign Objects
08) Cinematic Orchestra - Channel 1 Suite
09) Better Daze - Stay Right Here
10) Handsome Boy Modelling School - I've Been Thinking ft Cat Power
11) Erykah Badu - On & On (Natural Self Mix)
12) Intense - Flashback
13) A Skillz & Krafty Kuts - On Your Own ft Cathy Burton
14) The Pastels - The Viaduct (Kid Loco Remix)
15) The Pastels - The Viaduct (Ian Carmichael Remix)


40 minutes, 93 MB

Wake up Sunday, put this on, and go back to bed and make-out in the morning sunbeams.

This mix goes back to a number of classic tracks I had on vinyl, but never got around to using in a mix.

It has been 9 years since Chinchillin' first came out!  And 11 years since Poetry Is For Faeries.  I still receive the most fan messages from those two, particularly because they were traded heavily on soulseek and napster back in the day.
Well, 11 years later and we're going strong.  Thanks for all of the kind words.

Anyways, on to the blog.  Maybe it's my serotonin speaking, but I ESPECIALLY love this blog entry.

Allá - Es Tiempo:  Wait for it... wait for it...  Just when you're terrified of ending up with another indie cliché Animal Collective style shamble-song, the shambles (which never truly shamble, but build logically) give birth to a near perfect indie rock track.  Ecstatic!  Only the 2nd or 3rd time through did I actually realize she was singing in Spanish.  I haven't heard the full length, but it's from 2008 and called "Es Tiempo" and you should check it out.

An Horse - Camp Out:  Sometimes twee bands will tune their guitars just like Sleater-Kinney and have to vent off some of their aggro/emo tendencies.  This is not a bad thing!
An Horse - Horizons:  These tracks are from the 2008 album "Rearrange Beds", which I can only assume refers to either summer camp accommodations, or partner swapping.  Or both?  Anyways, this isn't fully formed perfection, but it is some darn fun grrrlpoppunk.

Arms and Sleepers - Butterflycatcher:  I love chime breakdowns.  Sometimes I just imagine a band made up entirely of triangle players and a beautiful singer.  Well this has more going on than that, but is just as wonderful.  Almost.

Bat For Lashes have such a fully formed gem with Two Suns.  Building with what at a glance is a synthpop legacy, the composition itself actually owes more to mid-90s Sonic Youth and Mogwai than any Ladytron revival.
This album is an epic emotional adventure movie, with all of the grit and cynicism of adulthood recontextualizing what was once an innocent paradise.
Highly recommended.

Broken Records - Nearly Home:  There is something about sentimentality that is just a euphoric drug.  I keep a list of songs that would be good for my funeral march, and this one has all of the elements I look for.  If you're gonna die, do it with class.

Butch - Amelie:  Awww yeah!   Minimal techo with some jazzy keyboard work!  Good on you Butch, eschewing your typical dark tendencies to get wild up in the place with a sexy funk creeper beat.

Cardopusher - Everything Is A New Surprise:  The least surprising thing about Cardopusher is his awesomeness.  NO MORE BORING STEPPER BEATS!  Fusing the fun of Kid 606 and (some of the) complexity of Venetian Snares in to a far more straight-ahead framework, this producer is just wonderful.

Fuck Buttons - Flight Of The Feathered Serpent:  The Fuck Buttons are a force to be reckoned with.  When the Boredoms went trancy and hippy at the end of the 90s, they planted seeds.  And years later, the Fuck Buttons emerge as one of the few bands that take that 2nd-wave-Boredoms freakout glory and spin it in to something jaw-dropping, and not just something that makes people want to slap them (Holy Fuck I'm looking at your way).  With a strong meticulous sensibility that reminds of the amazing Battles LP, this is one that will peak on a number of best-of-2009 lists.  Highly recommended for indie hipster fucks everywhere.
Fuck Buttons - Surf Solar (7'' Edit):  From the Surf Solar 7'' EP, this version brings down the 10+ minute original in to a single-sized morsel.  Enjoy, but be sure to check the full length version on the LP eventually.

Hauschka - Rode Null:  More contemporary instrumental music on this blog edition!  From the 2008 album Ferndorf, Hauschka is a big part of the Fat Cat Record rennaissance.   Fat Cat were mavens in the late 90s, releasing quality IDM-cum-postrock fare.  Now that we are a generation past Tortoise, it's time for bands like Hauschka to shine.

Mastodon - Oblivion:  OMFG!  MASTODON!  Wow, I am shocked how much I like this album.  It's like a cross between Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne and Soundgarden, with a dash of Dragon Force flair tossed in for good measure.  I'm not a metal head, I don't listen to much at all, but this... this!  It's everything glorious about that melodic 1994 grunge-metal production, but 15 years later.  The album is Crack The Skye, a must for any metal fan on your xmas gift list.

I listen to lots of music.  I have automated processes set up to harvest me random music, and I dive in to folders of thousands of tracks I didn't specifically choose to hear, and from that well I dredge up a lot of incredible surprises.
The works by So Percussion are on of those surprises and delights.  I hadn't heard of them before, but they seem associated with the Bang On A Can collective.  These tracks are from the 2006 album "Amid the Noise", and redefine our perceptions on percussion ensembles.
With a depth and intricacy that is beyond any syncopated drum machine, this LIVE ENSEMBLE creates stellar rhythmworks that many producers couldn't even put on their MIDI trackers.
Highly recommended for fans of live drumming, Taiko music, Steve Reich, and Aphex Twin.

Women - Black Rice (Green Go Remix):  I wasn't super grooving to the Women album, but this remix does a great job of distilling their goods in to a funky fresh package.


Allá - Es Tiempo
An Horse - Camp Out
An Horse - Horizons
Arms and Sleepers - Butterflycatcher
Bat For Lashes - Daniel
Bat For Lashes - Glass
Bat For Lashes - Pearl's Dream
Broken Records - Nearly Home
Butch - Amelie
Cardopusher - Everything Is A New Surprise
Fuck Buttons - Flight Of The Feathered Serpent
Fuck Buttons - Surf Solar (7'' Edit)
Hauschka - Rode Null
Mastodon - Oblivion
So Percussion - Go
Women - Black Rice (Green Go Remix)

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  1. ah, come on... Holy Fuck is rad, not slap-worthy. :)


  2. OK OK, maybe not slap-worthy... But in the 2 times I've seen them, I was definitely underwhelmed. Mind you, it is difficult to properly compare when I've placed them in a stylistic framework versus Fuck Buttons, The 2000s-era Boredoms, and Battles.