Archive for October, 2011

Album Review

Brandon Nickell – The World Is A Refuge From Perfection (Monorail Trespassing, 2011)


Brandon NickellDeath Phoebus (Monorail Trespassing)

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How this tape has made it half a year without a single fuck given about it is beyond me. Everything Nickell puts out should be on everybody’s radar, especially on a label as reputable as MT. A short tape of unsettling drones, the first track is harsh noise stripped and starved of it’s volume. Delicate piercing trills sawing through your soul, swirling lasers set for the heart of the sun, culminating in a flurry of panic static & ghostly cries.The B side takes a darker tone, deep murky drones gurgling while those high end chimes from the first track occasionally pop up for maximum creep factor. Like sitting in the darkness of an alien ether bog, hearing the most awful foreign sounds, foreboding as fuck, knowing full well that you’re about to get pounced. Totally fucking awesome. Nickell knows what’s up and The World Is A Refuge From Perfection is just a little nugget of his brilliance.

Album Review

Sculpture – Toad Blinker (Dekorder, 2011)


SculptureElk Cloner (Dekorder)

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A music/animation duo with a “psychophonotropic picture disc LP.” Basically, two dudes whose live show is better than their records so they compensate by making zoetropic LPs. Super fucking cool zoetropic LPs. These guys sound like a collab between an ADHD Boards Of Canada and a noisier Andrew Douglas Rothbard on LSD. Some crazy shit in here. It’s a techno glitch madhouse with ’50s avant garde electronics & sci-fi sounds, ’60s psych, and ’70s film score snippets. Truly the wackiest wonkiest beats around, dubby trip hop going toe to toe with breakcore, max chill groovin with acid freakouts, sequenced synth loops and glittery robotronics strolling through the common, all manner of awesome thrown into a blender, soundtracking the only kind of club I’d ever want to go to. Digital music that most certainly belongs on the turntable. See the zoetrope in action and while you’re at it check out the brand new video for “Elk Cloner.”

Concert Review

Boris, Asobi Seksu, Liturgy at Royale

Liturgy: huge transcendental black metal which nobody seemed to give a shit about, Royale only at about quarter capacity when Liturgy went on, only played a half hour set which would have been pretty lame, but it was ok because they didn’t actually sound all that great, the lead guitar & drums were all you could hear, drowning out the second guitar, bass, and vocals, literally couldn’t hear any vocals unless it was one of those solo vocal loop songs, and the second guitar was almost non-existent, theories: a) I was standing in front of the lead guitar amp so it was my own damn fault, b) the sound guy did a super shitty job, c) the lead Liturgy guy came down with a case of the big egos… at least the drummer was a fuckin BEAST

Asobi Seksu: never sounded better, they were loud as hell, more metal than pop, falling right in line with Liturgy & Boris, covered JAMC’s “Never Understand” and Yuki jumped into a mostly bland audience but it was still super fucking awesome, lots of Citrus love which was great for a Citrus lover such as myself, finished with one of the more epic songs on Citrus (can’t remember which one) and then Boris’ drummer Atsuo came out to fuck shit up on his set while Yuki took on Tony’s drums and Tony messed around with James’ pedals while James destroyed his guitar, so so cool

Boris: LOUD doomgaze psych metal awesomeness, lots of newer material but the good stuff, crowd was way into ‘em, obviously, sadly only did a couple of the slow doomed shit, still great, ended with “Pink” and an epically long “Aileron,” expectedly bangedover this morning

 

Liturgy


 
Asobi Seksu



 
Boris




Video

Drainolith – Lasalle Walks Out

The debut Drainolith music video directed by Angie Meng. Stark, barren, and bleak landscapes, the camera sucked in on a few shots and just wavers there like a drunkard as Drainolith repeats “Lasalle walks out” like the creepiest motherfucker ever. Weird shit. Appropriately on tour with Nate Young right now. Dates up on the Deathbomb Arc page.

Album Review

Mario Gonzalez – Sueisfine (Already Dead, 2011)


Mario GonzalezJade Garden (Already Dead)

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Chicago dude’s debut of scattered electronics on a newish tape label that’s already almost 20 releases deep. This is some crazy potent shit, pumping out all sorts of stuff using jungle beats, electro-acoustic processing, ambient glitch, static noise blasts, smooth pop charm, and whatever else meets Mario’s needs for electrosploitation. Sueisfine is sexy as fuck, the tracks alternating between sultry grit & chill grooves. A total crowd pleaser, but I’d say the crowd is a pretty niche bunch. That niche could just be you & your other, a private party for two that starts with some freaky shit on the dance floor. Or it could be the inspiration for your next homegrown DIY DJ set. Either way, this album is fuckin hot and full of amazing beats for all occasions. Not too shabby for a debut.

Concert Review

Mark Fell, Ricardo Donoso at Middlesex Lounge

Twin Stars: husband/wife visuals team (Linda Aubry & Michael T. Bullock)

Ricardo Donoso: playing new material from Progress Chance (which if you don’t remember I’M IN LOVE WITH), potentially one of the best sets of the year, first song in he fucking melted the speakers, literally. He only got to play about a song and a half before one of the speakers couldn’t handle the Donoso Dream and sounded like it wanted to die. Since the speaker couldn’t get its shit together, Ricardo cut the set short by about, oh, 95%. MEGA-EST BUMMER :(

Mark Fell: techno glitch destruction, absolutely insane, owning the whole fucking room, breakdancing crew formed a circle and went to town, showing off their hottest while Fell teased them with second long rhythms, a suited up Justin Timberlake lookin motherfucker tweaked out and danced sexy seizure style, people walking into the club dressed to the nines ready to get their mid-week freak on giving each other the most ghastly looks when hearing what kind of non-danceable awesomeness Fell was spewing, definitely the coolest show Non-Event & Basstown have graced Boston with this year
 

Twin Stars

 
Ricardo Donoso

 
Mark Fell

Album Review

Locrian – The Clearing (Fan Death, 2011)


LocrianChalk Point (Fan Death)

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Locrian have found themselves firmly in the “If you haven’t heard them yet STOP EVERYTHING” category. Every album they put out seems like it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. Which is true. But I don’t know how they do it. And The Clearing is no different. It is literally the best thing they’ve ever done. It’s massively evil & evilly massive. Sticking with the genre mixing (doom, noise, metal, ambient, everything else) but making sure to throw a hefty dose of BLACK all over it. Although this time around they’ve juiced on the electronics, ground up some psych in there as well, and upped the bleak shrieks to a more noticeable level, maybe because everyone’s been digging on The Body lately?

The first track is like a blackened Barn Owl, opening with a lurching looped piano and moving to streamlined feedback, slow thunderous drums, and cult monk moaning. Evil. Massive. Then shit gets even bigger, a fury of blast beats, power electronics, and horrific howling. Totally massive. Bringing things down for the third track with depressed acoustics laid over a rumbling feedback, sparse drums, eeriness abound, less massive, just as evil. The final sidelong piece is a motherfuckin burner, Goblin like pulsed electronics, everything seething a wretched tension, foreboding as hell, some awful shit on the horizon. Slow, methodic, and as evil as it gets. Building but never getting anywhere, relentless tension. Like running up the down escalators of hell, finally getting to the top and finding Locrian screaming at you with an eternal wall of speakers behind them and they kick you in the face back down. Unbelievably massive & evil & fucking AWESOME. Do not miss this.

Album Review

Mirror To Mirror – Here You Leave Today (Cylindrical Habitat Modules / Jugular Forest, 2011)


Mirror To MirrorMoment Of Clarity (Cylindrical Habitat Modules / Jugular Forest)

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Alex Twomey has been running around making music as/with 1958-2009, Persimmons Pomegranate, Deep Jew, and Black Irish, and overseeing the Jugular Forest label, so, unsurprisingly, this is his first foray as Mirror To Mirror on the sweet vinyl. Here You Leave Today is full of charming synth sequences that fade in and out of static sky drone, pure & heavenly. It’s like a pastel oil slick, blue, pink, green, gold, all the parts identifiable but swirled together into homogenous ultra-harmonies. Ambient pop fit for a Renaissance Court, jesters juggling, candy eating, 100% playtime. Unwavering drones, settled in the front of your head, opening up new levels of consciousness, stunned sun hypnosis, in-fucking-credible. Seriously wonderful stuff on here. Can’t get enough.

Album Review

High Aura’d – Mooncusser (YDLMIER, 2011)


High Aura’dUntitled (Side A) (YDLMIER)

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More YDLMIER greatness, this time from thee mighty High Aura’d pumping out another year end contender. Boston’s number one guitar drone champ puts out his best album yet. Silky smooth feedback segues perfectly into toothy grit, a hundred layers of threatening underwater bliss, swirling in a tide pool of shimmering black gold, deep dark harmonies beaching themselves in the moonlight. Soaring Windy & Carl euphoria, brief Fahey picks, and a wall of absolute beauty. Too much of everything, if this were any more awesome I might die. Mooncusser fuckin throws it down.

Local note: there’s a YDLMIER tape release show on Friday Saturday night at Yes Oui Si. High Aura’d is playing with Patrick Emm, Symtomatic, and Eugene The Jeep at 8pm.

Album Review

Morgan Evans-Weiler – Alone/Together (YDLMIER, 2011)


Morgan Evans-WeilerTogether (Part 1) (YDLMIER)

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Boston dude on a Boston tape label, a perfect fit for each other. Morgan is a fuckin beast with his violin & electronics. Harsh drones and furious scratchings on four tracks, “Alone” and “Together” with two parts each. The “Together” tracks are of the droney variety, squawking a hole in your head with nerves of steel, blown out & blurted, the most enjoyable nails on a chalkboard I’ve ever heard. “Alone” has him going to fuckin town on his violin, medieval pliers torture, the nastiest violin shredding a la Mick Barr. I wouldn’t be surprised if he needed a new violin after each song, it sounds like he is literally destroying it. Slowly, pulling & stretching until it’s a crumbled pile of washed up noise. Too fucking cool.

Album Review

Millipede – Realms (Dead Pilot, 2011)


MillipedeDestroyers And Usurpers (Dead Pilot)

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It’s been way too long since Millipede (aka Joseph Davenport) has put out a full length (only a year but still) and he comes back on a new label (previously on Install) and with some trendy cover art (ignore it if it’s not your thing but either way I don’t think it says too much about the sound. Just imagine it’s a version of the Triforce because this dude started out making Zelda inspired noise). Truly fantastic sounds on here. Scathing & grating guitar harshness, a Neil Young worshiper getting high on Skullflower, Love Is A Stream taken to the next Holy Noise level, My Bloody Valentine recording on the surface of the sun. Nearly impenetrable grit with glorious melodies shining through, Davenport clearly honing his skills, diving deeper into the bliss birthed from cacophony. If you’ve followed Millipede through the full blooms on Death Mountain, this is the next stop on the journey and an absolutely necessary one at that. Noobs take a seat and learn how it’s done.

Album Review

Emuul – The Drawing Of The Line (Digitalis, 2011)


EmuulBig Clouds (Digitalis)

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Seriously one of the best synthed drone records this year. Full of amazing euphoric sounds from one of the most underrated dudes in the house. Sequenced dreams and meditative bliss, almost lethal in its beauty. Tracks that bleed melancholia, a Disintegration Loop in reverse, or rather a Disintegration Loop that doesn’t disintegrate. Blurred & blown out drones that breathe heavy, swaying in the breeze, scorched at the edges. The optimistic moments immediately proceeding heartache, heavy gray clouds ready to weep at any moment. Looped for an eternity, dynamics thrown out the window, everything zen. 5 increasingly longer segments, culminating in a 20+ minute piece of unadulterated electronic perfection.

Album Review

White Reeves – Ultimate Pleasure Til Death (Dynamo Sound Collective, 2011)


White Reeves – II (Dynamo Sound Collective)

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Crazy 20 minute tape of electronic weirdness from two of the Hunted Creatures dudes, Ryan Emmett and Micah Pacileo. The A side is a deep blurry mess of warped unease, mad scientist lab experiments spouting bubbles & sparks, anti-harmonies swirl in hallucinatory fashion, finishing in an incomprehensible monologue from some angry dude. The B side saunters around a starry lake, chill as hell with twinkling toy machines & blissful heartbeat, caught in a droney loop of murk. The totally cracked side of the Creatures boiled to its essence.

Album Review

Fuck Friends – Vomit On The Bible And Kickflip The Cross (self released, 2011)


Fuck FriendsToo Drunk To Tattoo (self released)

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Download Vomit On The Bible And Kickflip The Cross

Philly’s newest (so this isn’t new I guess whoops) black punk, courtesy of the dude from Lonesummer. A lot like Lonesummer, instead of infusing noise with black metal (or is it the other way around?), he’s destroying punk with a raw BM bomb. Gritty & brutal as fuck. Tinny walls of guitars, mumbling blast beats, and incomprehensible vocals. Songs titled “Straight Edge For Satan” and “Busted Lips And Bent Records” you kinda know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s like if The Frogs attended Satan School, their harshest songs run through an acid bath, then coated in shattered glass & angst. Not quite a joke because it’s too fucking cool, but not taking itself too seriously either. Awesome as hell. Pay what you want for this beast and maybe it’ll be reincarnated on a cassette.

Concert Review

ATPIBYM: Portishead

Colin Stetson

 
All of my tweets between the Friday morning drive down to All Tomorrow’s Parties: I’ll Be Your Mirror in New Jersey and the train ride back home Monday night. It may not be exceptionally detailed or descriptive but it concisely collects my weekend into something manageable.

Highlights include: Colin Stetson & Factory Floor both opening new doors of awesome in my brain and front row Shellac at a bowling alley

Not included: meeting Chris Weingarten after Factory Floor and telling him I was a fan. He was insanely humble and elicited the best response I could’ve hoped for. He was totally jazzed that I approached him, gave me a hug, and even wrote down the name of AGB.
 
“I ain’t afraid of the light, yeah you know what I mean.” #cults #atpibym

No traffic, empty bladder, new Field album pumpin, 3 hours till NJ #atpibym

$6 grilled cheese at Asbury Park #atpibym

Cults kickin things off #atpibym

I don’t think I’ve seen a higher hot girl to ugly dude ratio in a band than with Cults. #atpibym

Lots of pretty lights for @thealbumleaf #atpibym

Wow I have never heard @thealbumleaf sound this good before. The sound system in here is amazing. #atpibym

#atpibym Chavez yfrog.com/ntjbhjj

A Hawk And A Hacksaw proving there’s more than one way to play a tambourine. #atpibym

OMG dual accordion drones!! #ahawkandahacksaw #atpibym

MY BLACK ASS #SHELLAC #atpibym

Also I just realized Albini isn’t wearing his jumpsuit. Laundry day? #shellac #atpibym

Jeff Mangum twice in a month? Seriously? What kind of life is this? #atpibym

Lots of @enemieslist fans at #atpibym. Getting plenty of comments on my No Fun shirt.

Bowling while Awesome Tapes From Africa DJs for me. #atpibym

Ugh, shoes are still wet from yesterday. #gross #atpibym

Colin Stetson blowing my motherfucking mind right now. #atpibym yfrog.com/ny15jhtj

Colin Stetson wins #atpibym. My goal is to be his boyfriend by the end of the weekend.

Beak droppin sick groovz #atpibym

Oneida sounding absolutely massive. Time stamp 4pm #atpibym

Seriously. There are people bowling 5 feet away and they’re not making a sound against Oneida. So fucking loud. #atpibym

Something tells me Kid Zillions could go the whole 8 hours nonstop. #atpibym

ATTN #ATPIBYM GOERS: I ordered a veggie burrito from the burrito vendor and got a fish burrito. ALWAYS CHECK UR BURRITOZ

I can’t remember the last time I saw a band with a lead singer who didn’t play an instrument. Pretty weird. #thehorrors #atpibym

6:00 Oneida still loud as fuck psych heaviness #atpibym yfrog.com/nuh7ggj

Almost too hypnotized by The Ocropolis to leave the Lanes for Battles. Almost. I still have never seen Battles. #atpibym

Seeing Battles is pretty fuckin grand but goddamn I miss Braxton. #atpibym

I got the last slice of apple pie bread suckers. Y’all gotta wait till tomorrow. #atpibym

Hey @argylewhale can you hear Swans way up in Mass? Because they are fucking devastating NJ right now. Asbury Park is rubble. #atpibym

Wish I cared more about Shepard Fairey. Dude’s standing right next to me for Portishead. Couldn’t have been someone else? #atpibym

I think there are people here smoking marijuana. #security! #atpibym

I’m pretty sure I’m the only one here who doesn’t care about Portishead. #atpibym

Portishead have some of the most straightforward beats but the guy bobbing his head next to me just can’t seem to find em. #atpibym

Just shook Todd Trainer’s hand. #truerockstar #atpibym

HUGE projection of a dancing astronaut on the side of a building by the Lanes. #atpibym

To everyone not dancing to Factoy Floor, GTFO. Everyone else, get your asses over to Asbury Lanes. #atpibym

Factory Floor wins the weekend surprise prize. Holy. Fucking. Shit. Absolutely awesome. #atpibym

OMG I just saw a wild bunny while walking through a field on the way back. Best ATP ever. #atpibym

I’m at the Lanes an hour before doors for surprise Shellac set and there’s already people here. #AlbiniNerdsUnited #atpibym

Steve Albini guitar humped my face. Twice. On a Sunday morning. #ChurchOfShellac #atpibym

Gettin my Gorgar on at Silverball. Any & all #atpibym downtime should be spent playing pinball.

Lots of energy for DD/MM/YYYY but I ain’t feeling it. I just want some Deerhoof. #atpibym

Hot espresso on a breezy beach with rowdy waves. Fuckin livin it yo. #atpibym

Weekend awesome factor just jumped up x1000 by unexpectedly seeing Jeff Mangum a second time. #atpibym

Now at Deerhoof. I think she just high kicked her amp. Fuckin badass. #atpibym

Deerhoof’s banter only upstaged by the late Big Bear. That’s high praise right there. #atpibym

Earth could stand to be a helluva lot louder but they still sound hot as fuck. #atpibym

At any given moment, one of the Earth’s drummer’s limbs is out of sync with the other three. Bummin me out. #atpibym

Manorexia laying out the dark creepiness that’s been missing this weekend. #atpibym

Would love to see the sheet music those guys are playing from. #manorexia #atpibym

Thirwell is the laziest conductor I’ve ever seen. #atpibym

People Of The North are absolutely insane live. Pure psych noise freakouts. Loud as fuck. The Lanes are killing it this weekend. #atpibym

Left the Lanes for Zion. Hoping I can get back in afterwards… #atpibym

“End Of World Blues” = end of #atpibym blues #silvermtzion

Impromptu bartender dance corner to “Push It” at the Lanes. #atpibym

I’ve seen some crazy outfits at #atpibym but I think the black lace bellbottoms takes the cake.

Thought Forms closing #atpibym with the heaviest psych gaze I’ve heard. Loudest set, second only to Swans. Everyone’s plugging their ears.

I take it back. Thought Forms were louder than Swans. I never thought earplugs were insufficient for a show. FUCK. #atpibym

Spotted an @enemieslist No Fun shirt at #atpibym. First time I’ve seen it in the wild on a stranger. We’re multiplying.

Spent the last of my cash on a cab home. Massive headache and cold as hell, money well spent. Thus concludes #atpibym tweets. I think.

Deep discussion on the ride home about who would be the best @atpfestival curator / who should do next year’s.

All Tomorrow’s Naps