Archive for November, 2010

Album Review

Caldera Lakes – Caldera Lakes (død univers, 2010)


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I shouldn’t have to introduce Caldera Lakes, but since I haven’t written about them before I guess it’s somewhat necessary. Two chicks who make amazingly awesome music individually as Married In Berdichev and Kevin Shields come together and make extra amazingly awesome music as Caldera Lakes. They’ve put out stuff on top notch labels like SRA & Deathbomb Arc, with their newest self-titled bit of hushed creepybliss on newcomer død univers.

Three tracks is all it takes for these girls to drown your sorrows in ghostly folk drone. The tape opens with “Contained Etherealness,” which, as lame a name as it is, provides a pretty apt description of what goes down. Highly restrained backwards guitar pulses with skittering shaman relics & nymphs whispering the secrets of the mist. A wispy trip into the twilight, forest adventures that result in nothing but mystery. The next track is wayyy darker and scarier. Harsh sounds that pierce through dark caves, dripping & twinkling from the fire pit, all while those goddamn sirens sing the beauty of the sun. Fucking intense.

The B side is one 15 minute piece that starts out with a miniature army of chimes, shimmering with a heart of gold. Some grinding static noise works its way in, like rustling leaves before a twister hits. An assortment of minimal electronic textures fade in and out while a faint voice recites incantations & candles flicker in the wind. Blood flows up into the sacred cup, smoke gets devoured by the fire, rain absorbed into the clouds, the ritual plays out in the middle of the night while the fabric of space expands & contracts.

Caldera Lakes are just interested in acquiring your soul through the process of mystic drone. No biggy. If you think you can handle that shit, I strongly recommend you nab this hot piece. Only 100 made, with some seriously killer packaging. An oversized clear book, with random scientific illustrations printed on vellum, and a transparent tape. SEXY.

Haiku Review

Disasteradio – Charisma (A Low Hum, 2010)


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Charisma (download)
A Low Hum
/spastic cocaine glow/
/pop apocalypse sexin/
/sweaty synth dance bash/

Mixes

AGB Radio 11/23

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Some awesome new stuff this week. Like Mogwai’s new single, new stuff from Chris Schlarb and My Brother Daniel, a track from the Jenks Miller & Nicholas Szczepanik collaboration, and some insane-o pop from Disasteradio’s new album.

Anti-Gravity Bunny Radio 11/23
Rafael Anton Irisarri – A Great Northern Sigh
Chris Schlarb – Daughters Of Ursa Major
Murmuüre – Disincarnate
Stag Hare – Holy Wind
The Fun Years – Breech On The Bowstring
Ultra Bonbon – North American Family Bond
Robby Moncrieff – Old Warning
Jenks Miller & Nicholas Szczepanik – Cranberry Sauce
Rene Hell – Perfume Pt. II
Disasteradio – No Pulse
Mogwai – Rano Pano
White Light – Tight Rope
My Brother Daniel – Three Bird
Problems That Fix Themselves – Noelle
Oren Ambarchi – Girl With The Silver Eyes
The Skull Defekts – Skull Addikt
Vibracathedral Orchestra – Magnetic Burn
Outer Space – The Planck Era
Twig Harper & Daniel Higgs – Number 2
Wereju – Remembering
Seht & Stelzer – Untitled 3
Evan Caminiti – Thunder Breaks The Dawn
Pita – 5
Trills – Fetal Discoveries

Album Review

TOMO – Butterfly Dream And Other Guitar Works (Subvalent, 2010)


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Before you know anything about this record, know that I love it SO HARD. It’s damn near perfect. Now, other pertinent things. TOMO stands for Transcendental Organic Magical Objective. He is one Japanese dude who learned old school blues/bluegrass/banjo Americana stuff in Missouri for 8 years, plays a part in the Japanese psych scene (Tetragrammaton), and takes on minimalists like Loren Connors and La Monte Young as influences. So clearly this record is destined for brilliance and can’t help but be very dear to my heart.

Butterfly Dream And Other Guitar Works (named for the Zhuangzi story) is essentially a guitar drone record, but not like Stars Of The Lid or Brian Grainger or anything. This is guitars + drone, with a hurdy gurdy doing most of the droning, and it’s absolutely beautiful. TOMO plays all sorts of styles and he does them all so well. He can do the traditional Appalachian folk, dusty Western raga, he can even make his guitar sound like a Baroque harpsichord. His proficiency limits him to no instrument or technique, so he can combine everything into a melting pot of cultural elegance. It’s goddamn incredible.

One of the most amazing pieces is the 22 minute title track. It starts out with a harmonious mix of 6 string picking & hurdy gurdy drone and it just weaves a tremendous tapestry of surreal textures, a mid-tempo guitar pulse dancing over heaving tonal bliss. By the end of the 20 minutes, though, the guitar has mysteriously buried itself under the drone, which has gotten louder & louder until you’re left with a warm wall of static thrum glory.

I know it’s one of those clichés, but Butterfly Dream would totally worth it if it was just “Butterfly Dream” and not “Butterfly Dream” plus 50 more fucking minutes of this. Yeah, this album is an hour and 10 minutes long. And every track is 100% amazing. I could write an entire post about each song, gushing & glowing about the perfections in the delicate details and how it melts my body & brain into a pool of stress-free euphoria. But you get the idea. This is fucking essential.

Album Review

Chuck Tailore – Have You Ever Been Hit By A Car? (Música Pop Desempregada, 2010)


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Worked ’till 3am and I’m going back in at 3pm, so I don’t have time to dick around. I came home and this was in my inbox. I listened to it for, like, 5 minutes and decided it was good enough for a quick post. Plus, it’s free which means you can (and should) have it right now.

The album is electronic, chill, & kinda weird with lots of beats. It’s good. Just take my word and go for it. Both the band and the label are Portuguese, so there’s that. And the label has some sort of fixation on Courier/Courier New. And they have 10 other releases that you can download. And I am very tired so I’m going to sleep now.

Album Review

The Swamp – Universe & Beyond! (Native Parts, 2010)


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The Swamp is a side project of the dude from Skogar, Johannes Brander, with his pal Marcus Herz. Together they make some moody synth/guitar ambient psych jams that, surprise surprise, sounds like Skogar fell in a dank swamp. And since it’s a well known fact that swamps + Skogar = total awesomeness, their new tape Universe & Beyond! on Native Parts was a winner before you even hit play.

It’s a strange, foreign landscape that these sounds are coming from. This tape conjures haunted Plutonian swamp gas and spins it into an atmospheric noise, usually catching itself in semi-kraut grooves or pop numbers from the crypt. It’s some seriously weird experimental improv shit that instantly transports you to the murky dregs on the other side of the galaxy.

Universe & Beyond! is soaked in the lo-fi warble hiss of cassette, smearing a hazy glow over already warped flavors. Get into it and see for yourself why it’s got an insert with Mickey, Donald, & Goofy getting fucked up.

Concert Review

Barn Owl, MV & EE, The Body, High Aura’d at PA’s Lounge

High Aura’d: blissful oceanic guitar drone, shimmering watertops, glowing majestic heart, layers & layers of washing euphoria

The Body: the most massively evil live band I’ve seen since Portal, body destroying doom metal noise, the dude sang without a mic and I was still able to hear him, absolute fucking brutality

MV & EE: delicate & lush drugged out psych folk, twisted colors, daisy dreams float in the breeze, hazy fogged fields, electrified banjo-turned-sitar shredding

Barn Owl: sounded like this, except a hundred thousand times better because it was live and fucking unbelievably epic

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Mixes

AGB Radio 11/16

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I rambled on for a bit longer than I usually do and had to cut out a few songs I had planned. Oh well. Next week.

One of the things I was talking so much about was my friend’s missing dog. Her name is Marisol, she’s wicked fucking cute, and she’s currently surviving somewhere in the Medford area. If you live anywhere near there, or even go there occasionally, please check out findmarisol.com for info on how you can help.

Anti-Gravity Bunny Radio 11/16
Caldera Lakes – Contained Etherealness
Death To The King – The Spirits Of Dead Magicians
Ashra – Sunrain
Brian Grainger – Diamond Tears On Slate
Metal Rouge – The Sunshine Path
Jumpel – Things Are Different
Scout Niblett – Bargin
TOMO – Sliding Milky Way Paradise Lost Blues
Altar Eagle – Honey
Date Palms – Psalm 7
Envy – Worn Heels and the Hands We Hold
Psychic Ills – Second Sight
Joseph McNulty – Heckscher
Minamo + Lawrence English – Glimmer
The Fun Years – Get Out Of The Obese Crowd
Amiina – Ásinn
Kids & Explosions – Girls
Megabats – Goes To A Lemon
Pumice – Tackle The Streaming Heap
Mountain Main – Dog Song

Album Review

Joseph McNulty – Trail Running (Roll Over Rover, 2010)


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Joseph McNulty is the same dude that had the insanely gorgeous debut The Earth, In Veins tape on SRA. Now he’s got another tape of blissy drones, this time on Roll Over Rover, and I’m pretty sure that means it’s official. McNulty is the fucking coolest.

Trail Running is a little different from his first tape in that instead of going 200% ethereal beauty, he mixed it up with some sound samples of people talking about weird shit like sports games, kids who don’t like coconuts, and FDR’s “Fear” speech. Also, Sean McCann (ROR honcho) lends a hand on a couple tracks and it’s a pretty sweet addition to McNulty’s style.

This is some seriously skyward stuff. Guitars & keyboards turn into mist and swirl around, being carried by the slightest gusts of wind. Hazy tones ease their way through cassette hiss & warble while celestial shimmer rains over everything. This is outstandingly euphoric drone that’s endlessly enchanting.

One of my favorite Eluvium songs is “As I Drift Off” from When I Live By The Garden And The Sea, partially because it uses a sample of Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs. This whole tape reminds me of that song, the way the samples mix with the subtle drones. It’s so perfect. You definitely need to pick this tape up. It’s almost a given, especially because it’s 50 minutes for $6 and there’s only 100 of ‘em made.

Out of Print

Charlotte Daniels & Pat Webb (Prestige International, 1960?)


Charlotte Daniels & Pat Webb – Nobody’s Business

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I love this record. Although I don’t know much about it. Apparently both Charlotte Daniels & Pat Webb were married and kinda big in the early ’60s urban folk music scene but I can’t find too much info about this particular album. I think this is the only collaboration they did and it was a one-off afternoon recording type thing, just picking songs off the top of their head to play together, which is what makes this so awesome.

It’s not especially folky. They play a mix of stuff, a lot of old blues, traditional ballads, and upbeat almost rockabilly tunes. Daniels has a fantastically rich voice and Webb’s guitar picking is spot on. I can’t quite explain why this record does it for me, though. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the selection of songs and Daniels’ voice, but there’s something mysterious about it that makes it endlessly enjoyable.

This record, and dozens more, belonged to a family member who recently died. They were given to me to digitize so the rest of the family could listen to them. I plan on sharing some of the most interesting ones on AGB as well, so keep an eye out for old folk records popping up under the OOPs category.

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Album Review

Avgrunden – Gremorian Chants (self released, 2010)


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Sweden might not be the first place you think of when you want to hear some new droney glacial doom metal but Avgrunden (Victor Granat) is doing his part to change your mind about that. Gremorian Chants is a fucking monolith of chugging drone that’s badass to the core.

The first track, “The Gate Of A Hundred Sorrows,” is a catatonic somber loop, very low key, no crushing chords or buzzing feedback. Just a lone guitar echoing through a frozen piece of shit wasteland. But it sets the tone for the entire 75 minute album. It’s not very dynamic, a guitar finds one riff that it digs its heals into, repeats it ad infinitum with varying yet minimal alterations, giving you a ridiculously hypnotic mantra to get lost in.

Granat takes his time, paces everything precisely, rushes nothing. The first hint of anything metal doesn’t show up until about halfway through the second track, when the tension and wind (literally) builds, you’re just waiting for the thunder, it slowly gets more & more intense, until the FX pedals kick in, the amps get cranked up, and it turns into a hulking monster of furious buzzing metal gloom. So fucking amazing.

But all of that is just a precursor, letting you get settled in for an additional hour of bestial reverb & howling slabs of sludge. This is loud, grim, & heavy to the fucking maxx, but still rooted in hypno drone. Walls of solid fuzz detailed with intricate patterns made for burning holes through your skull. The final track is almost a half hour long, a single massive riff exploding & crumbling into a black hole of pure awesome, making damn sure you’re completely incapacitated by the end of it.

Avgrunden is right up there with Sunn O))), Earth, & Aun in perfectly meshing mesmerizing knockout drone with brutal crushing metal. He clearly has a vision, and that vision might be a bit bleak but it’s definitely one that deserves to be in the hands of all those looking to turn their speakers into white hot molten puddles of goo while they try to find the meaning of life on the back of their eyelids.

Album Review

Solo Andata – Ritual (Desire Path, 2010)


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You’ve no doubt seen plenty reviews and heard quite a bit of well deserved praise for Solo Andata’s new LP on Desire Path. And that kind of popularity is just the sort of thing I tend to shy away from at AGB. But you know what? Fuck it. Ritual is too goddamn good to pass up here.

These two dudes have made a seriously creepy fucking record. Granted, when you have an album called Ritual and you make some cover art like that up there, I suppose it’s to be expected. But still. There’s some weird shit going on here. The opening track is all cicadas and nighttime forest field recordings, setting the tone of wandering alone in the middle of nowhere hearing specters & haunted wind. It’s eerie as fuck, the kind of sounds that if I were to hear alone in the woods, regardless if the sun was up, I would immediately call the cops and start walking in the opposite direction.

The rest of the album is what would happen if you kept walking towards those sounds. You’d stumble upon a cloaked cult doing all sorts of crazy pagan shit, chanting while making crystal bowls sing and tearing out goat hearts to make goat heart stew for the black demons. The sounds they conjure are an anti-harmony ambience, an avant neo classical horror à la Eyes Wide Shut. Bubbling organics, rotting flesh, golden gongs, slowing heartbeats, piercing bowed cymbals, echoing footsteps, floating lights, shuffling dry leaves, a general hushed dread that’s utterly inescapable.

Strangely enough, despite the ominous nature of Ritual, it’s a very pleasurable listen. Yeah, it’s a bit nightmarish, but in a really beautiful way. Half doom, half chill ambient, with a solid drone core, it’s impossible to go wrong. Solo Andata “effing killed it” with Ritual, most likely in both the literal & metaphorical sense. You seriously want to pick this sweet piece up. Too bad you already missed out on the $600 edition.

Mixes

AGB Radio 11/9

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I planned ahead with this one. Made a playlist and everything. The only problem I have with that is not being able to fade songs in and out on the spot. Not sure I can get into that… I’m trying to get back in the swing of not sounding like a total loser when I talk on the air. It’s harder than I thought. So, don’t mind all of the stupid shit I ramble on about. Just enjoy this like a massive mixtape.

Anti-Gravity Bunny Radio 11/9
Squarepusher – Abstract Lover
Blue Water White Death – Nerd Future
Solo Andata – Myrmecia
Barn Owl – Ancestral Star
Braden J & The Family – Lately
Rambutan – Yellow Screen
Sway – Leigh Cheri
White Noise – The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell
Peter Broderick – Awaken/Panic/Restraint
Nurse With Wound & Larsen – Cob-Kite Toy
Muslimgauze – Apricot Zoom Buddha
Philip Jeck – The Pilot (Among Our Shoals)
Steven Fors – One
The Charlotte Hornets – Pants
Children’s Children – the ground and sky
Sunken – Pint
Dog Hallucination – (untitled) track 9
Brian Eno – Slow Ice, Old Moon
Max Tundra – Which Song
Sun City Girls – Blue West
Zanzibar Snails – Vainly Clutching (at Feng Shui)
Felix & Volcano! – You’re Nobody Till Somebody Writes A Wikipedia Article About You
Numbers – Fly On The Window
Apollo Vermouth – Florida II
Avgrunden – The Gate Of A Hundred Sorrows
Taylor Deupree – Haze It May Be

HI!

Yoshimi Battles The Massive Radicchio

DucktailsWelcome Home (I’m Back)

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Let me welcome you to the brand new home of Anti-Gravity Bunny. Gone is the Blogger bullshit. This is mine. I own it. I’m making it as awesome as I want and I’m starting off with a picture of my tiny bunny destroying a massive head of radicchio. There’s some symbolism there but I’m too lazy to figure out what it means.

This new site is infinitely sexier, while being 100% easier to use and a zillion times less cluttered. Let me give you a brief tour.

The “Album Reviews” and stuff on the right are links to those categories, and each category has an icon. I won’t be saying things like “Haiku Review” or “Video” in the post title anymore, it’ll just be indicated by the icon next to the title. The “Venue Info” is a list of Boston area venues, promoters, forums, etc. All the places where you can get the rundown on what’s happening around Boston. The “Artist” and other drop down menus are just another easy way to browse the site if you’re looking for certain topics. A list of my blog pals, as well as where I buy & download music, can be found on the “About” page.

I’m not going to have all of the previous posts from Blogger moved over here. I would die before I got them all reformatted to look decent. So I just put the most recent post from each category up so you can have a little something to browse and see what everything will be like. If you ever want to reminisce about an old review or you changed your mind and really want to download that Milieu mp3, you need to go to the old Blogger site.

Then there’s the concert calendar. It’s the one piece that isn’t totally finished. You can use it to find shows and everything, I’m still updating it, it just looks like ass right now and I’m not entirely sure how to change that. So the concert calendar will be a work in progress.

So please, dance around, have some fun, check (and test) shit out. I’m curious as to how everybody likes it (and if everything works ok). Feel free to comment or e-mail letting me know how fucking great it is.

Onto the future!