Thursday, December 22, 2011

best-loved albums of 2011

Alvarius B-Baroque Primitiva
Julianna Barwick and Ikue Mori-FRKWYS 6
Grouper - A I A: Alien Observer / Dream Loss
Cave- Neverendless
Black Twig Pickers and Charlie Parr-Glory in the Meeting house
Zomes-Earth Grid
Conrad Schnitzler aka CON* – Live '72
Prisoners Go Go Band - Live At The Butchery With Special Guests On Fire
black light smoke-switchback/black stripe 12"
ashrae fax-satic crash (re-issue)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Saddle Circuitry

the circuit fellow told me to honeymoon in the red means being out of breath------ a lady sharon evilly exercises in the gym during it all---------- my left hand sketches women getting young by the pro bakery------------ their coats emitting filled out smoke, see those baby socks----------- in an instant tuesday's saturday and that grass is fresh cut----------- cats are all in crisis when you get back, coughing and wooly bearded----------- you talked about earlier how you had never heard of it------------ frostbite would never touch the beach bods of basra, naked and urinating----------- a black voiceover for the entire time, drugs become the grocery------------ icing this nice grocery for a planted pillow for a sun fried face-------------- i think the bleach has grown to help resurrect some definitions------------ invention redefined to make no comfort happen tomorrow----------- who are those old people your mom brought in the house suddenly---------- it's deadly calm, manage to develop a little heartache here----------- the earth's veggies need sunlight so i'm leaving to help----------- you ok with entertainment, you always ok little vanja----------- we are conspiring with gravity with our coke noses in pop tents---------- our cracked shadows can emerge from the houses that are down-------- bromide's alluvial nucleus

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Paradise Engineering

YACHT "Shangri-La" DFA2264
In case I never made it explicit, I am totally into paradise. Utopia. Shangri-La. I've been trying to figure it out since I thought I could talk my life-long public school friends into starting a commune. My ideas about how to collaborate have changed since then.  Now I know there should be lots more dancing than I had originally thought.


That's why this unexpected find today by YACHT at CD Alley has been a gas. I just finished a project that involved generously licensed instrumental versions of their last album's songs, available on the venerable Free Music Archive. And now, here they are again, talking about how gods are up for grabs.

But check the paper on this album?! A gatefold to behold, if not a consistent album (easily forgivable since this works more like a concept double 12." Spins at 45rpm even.) As for the pressing itself, there is unfortunately audible distortion in the sibilance-y frequencies and timbres. Still, my cubicle will be the best cubicle, with these YACHT book cover things tacked up all over the place. And if it does take six million years to build Shangri-La, I'll be happy to have these bass lines with me.

See you there.

Paradise Engineering from Mike Control on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Meiningslaust Oppgulp

//A few tidbits for the dinar daddies out there\\

mittland och leo:



toni and pisces:



who-bah-stank:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

RIP CON



Via Brian Turner on WFMU's Beware of the Blog:

Sad news of Conrad Schnitzler's passing from stomach cancer, August 4th. A true maverick of experimental and electronic sound, Schnitzler's work with the likes of Kluster, Tangerine Dream, Gen Ken Montgomery and many others added a rather dramatic fork in the road in the avenues of progressive music starting as far back as the late 1960's. Melodies, rhythms, noise, field sounds, all cloaked with alien atmosphere with a unique vocabulary that was highly emulated, but never replicated. Conrad und Sohn is a particular fave of mine, a 1981 recording he did with his teenage son Gregor that presents a totally Venusian wall of electronics and off-the-wall vox in English, but each of his nearly-100 releases all give glimpses into a truly visionary mind and world. This video clip is not in English, but presents some great images; Schnitzler finished his latest music project a few days before his death, and sent strands of his hair around the world in preparation for his departure, also starting the Global Living site. RIP.






Wednesday, August 3, 2011

hint for the shrinkage


mug, go to your waffle?
fish, a possible parallel reality, yes
mug, to what extent the salt in the pie?
fish, except for three
mug, except four, then?
fish, a joke on your grave
mug, I do not Spielerei, I am the real thing
fish, especially fish and
mug, especially if the war god was eating potatoes
fish, certainly if a stable relationship to better access the modem port implies
mug, keep up with me all the time to calibrate
fish, then you must measure out proportions, but more
mug, measure to ensure your blackheads
fish; suffering pales with some ass
mug, as the worth he leaves his cabinet
hint, I'm just not what I am
shrinkage, you're more Nug
hint, I'm more, I provoke
shrinkage, provokes you?
hint, for example
shrinkage, but who me?
hint, yes you, you, you, you can ,....
shrinkage, but I do not
hint, that does not much?
shrinkage, that I will not take as much as possible
hint, but never as much as I am more and provoke
shrinkage, with age, you never get
hint, just
shrinkage, you're a pushover
hint, you think you can do something but you do not touch me. I'm high
shrinkage, how high
hint, higher, always a little higher
shrinkage, do you never think about falling?
hint, my thinking is always taking off
shrinkage, my valley is always thought

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bonzenspeck Und Prollgehabe


Video footage from 2008 exhibit by Kati Heck...totally fun and awe inspiring painter from Germany...enjoy! Might be a while before another post.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Vidio (Mimeo) vs. C-dee (Mp3)

brought to you by network awesome, this is a video collection that keith fullerton whitman has recently curated and posted on his blog...so these clips are pretty visionary...10 short videos total...with hilarious commercial interruption.

enjoi:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

อำมหิตสุดสัปดาห์





















SAVAGE WEEKEND FEST
NIGHT LIGHT
CHAPEL HILL, NC
MAY 6 + 7, 2011
Hot Releases & Meadows of Dan present:

::::::::::SAVAGE WEEKEND FEST::::::::::::::::

MAY 6 + 7 @ Nightlight / Chapel Hill
...
strictly underground music event

back to back sets

FRIDAY the 6th :

7PM - False Flag (NC)
7:15 - Khristian Weeks (NC)
7:30 - Subscape Annex (NC)
7:45 - Ezekiel Graves (NC)
8:00 - Inspector 22 (NC)
8:15 - Sterling Vosburgh (NC)
8:30 - Cornelius F Von Straffin III (NC)
8:40 - Electric Cactus (NC)
8:55- Crowmeat Bob (NC)
9:10 - Pony Payroll Bones (GA)
9:25 - Slow Tongued Beauty (PA)
9:40 - Zack Kouns (USA)
9:55- Hospice Witchery (SC)
10:10 - Irene Moon (NC)
10:25 - Jefferson Mayday Mayday (SC)
10:40- Time Ghost (RI)
10:55- Skein Kompf (PA)
11:10- Jeff Rehnlund (NC)
11:25 - Teaadora (USA)
11:40 - Horaflora (CA)
11:55 - Russian Tsarlag (FL)
12:10 - In The Year of the Pig (NC)
12: 35 - Yohimbe (NC)
12:45 - Fat Worm of Error (MA)
1:15 - Night Burger (PA)
1:30 - Dolce Nirvana (NC)
1:45 - Container (TN)
2AM - Laundry Room Squelchers (FL)

SATURDAY the 7th:

5PM - Secret Boyfriend (NC)
5:15 - Vagina Teeth Jesus Teeth (NC)
5:30 - Bryce Clayton Eiman (NC)
5:45 - Birth Rattle (NC)
6:00 - Gnaw Sticks (NC)
6:15 - Hunnie Bunnies (MA)
6:25 - Viszk (NC)
6:40 - Velvet Buzzsaw (FL)
6:55 - Faster Detail (NC)
7:10 - USA Baby (NC)
7:25 - Ironing (FL)
7:40 - Naked City Cinema (NC)
7:55 - Isa Christ (NY)
8:10 - Penny Royale (NY)
8:25 - Ryan Unks (NC)
8:40 - Cubicle (GA)
8:55 - Glove Pond (NC)
9:10 - C. Lavender (NY)
9:25 - Craow (FL)
9:40 - Then And Than (FL)
9:55 - Motorcycles (PA)
10:10 - Human Beast (RI)
10:30 - Outmode (FL)
10:45 - Diamond Hymen (FL)
11 - Meagr Sunlite (RI)
11:15 - Dysgenix (NY)
11:30 - Pharmakon (NY)
11:45 - Boulders (FL)
12 - Clang Quartet (NC)
12:15 - Ancestral Diet (ME)
12:30 - Noise Nomads (MA)
12:45 - Taboo (ME)
1 - SHV (FL)
1:25 - VVAQRT (NC/MA)
1:40 - Unicorn Hard-On (TN)
1:55 - Leslie Keffer (TN)

10$ each night / 15$ for both nights
Nightlight << 405 1/2 W Rosemary st Chapel Hill




ANCESTRAL DIET (ME) http://www.saxwand.com/ancestraldiet.html
BIRTH RATTLE (NC)
BOULDERS (FL) http://www.soft-languages.blogspot.com/
BRYCE CLAYTON EIMAN (NC) http://www.myspace.com/bryceclaytoneiman
C. LAVENDER (NY) http://www.clavender.net/
CLANG QUARTET (NC) http://www.silbermedia.com/clangquartet/
CONTAINER (TN) http://www.ijustlivehere.org/container/
CRAOW (FL) http://stayawayfromghosts.blogspot.com/
CROWMEAT BOB (NC) www.retroactivedynamics.com
CUBICLE (GA)
DIAMOND HYMEN (FL)
DOLCE NIRVANA (NC) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXmGchj7ZWs
DYSGENIX (NY) http://www.facebook.com/pages/dYsgeniX/116395788407057?v=info
ELECTRIC CACTUS (NC)
EZEKIEL GRAVES (NC) http://www.myspace.com/ezekielgraves
FALSE FLAG (NC)
FAT WORM OF ERROR (MA) http://yeay.suchfun.net/artists/fwoe.html
GLOVE POND (NC) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glove-Pond/114329671969280?v=wall
GNAWSTICKS
HONEY BUNNIES (MA) http://hunniebunnies.bandcamp.com/album/yum
HORAFLORA (CA) http://horaflora.blogspot.com/
HOSPICE WITCHERY (SC) www.myspace.com/boymeetshermaphr0dite
HUMAN BEAST (RI) http://grossdomesticproduct.wordpress.com/
IN THE YEAR OF THE PIG (NC) http://www.myspace.com/intheyearofthepig
IRENE MOON (NC) http://begoniasociety.org/irenemoon.php
IRONING (FL) www.myspace.com/ironing
ISA CHRIST (NY) www.myspace.com/idiotunderground
JEFF REHNLUND (NC) http://hotreleases.bandcamp.com/album/jeff-rehnlund-smoke-from-the-mirror-lp
JEFFERSON MAYDAY MAYDAY (SC) http://www.youtube.com/user/anthropocosmos#p/u/2/TMGdVsCJJc4
KHRISTIAN WEEKS (NC) http://visceralmedia.blogspot.com/
LAUNDRY ROOM SQUELCHERS (FL) http://squelchers.net/
LESLIE KEFFER (TN) http://noisebloid.blogspot.com/
MEAGR SUNLITE (RI) http://lazymagnet.blogspot.com/
MOTORCYCLES (PA) http://hotreleases.bandcamp.com/album/wonder-why-7
NAKED CITY CINEMA (NC) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZYbxnwJkP8
NIGHT BURGER (PA) http://nightburger.blogspot.com/
NOISE NOMADS (MA) http://bonescraperrecordings.wordpress.com/
OUTMODE (FL) stayawayfromghosts.blogspot.com
PENNY ROYALE (NY) http://vimeo.com/5127334
PHANTASCIST (NC) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phantascist/121012857912393?v=app_2405167945
PHARMAKON (NY) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YjS7PpdSBk
PONY BONES (GA) www.myspace.com/ponybones
RUSSIAN TSARLAG (FL) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3al6ve95ZdY
RYAN UNKS / MOUNTAINS NAMED FOR MURDERERS (NC) http://soundcloud.com/ryanunks
SECRET BOYFRIEND (NC) http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2010/09/secret-boyfriend-end-this-thrall-c45.html
SHV (RI/FL) http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2009/02/shv-st-c40-night-people.html
SKEIN KOPF (MD) http://americanmachinegod.blogspot.com/
SLOW TONGUED BEAUTY (PA) http://slowtonguedbeauty.bandcamp.com/
STERLING VOSBURGH (NC)
SUBSCAPE ANNEX (NC) http://www.subscapeannex.com/
TABOO (ME) http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2010/05/taboo-death-to-false-magick-c90.html
TEAADORA (USA) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOicB5ME0e0
THEN AND THAN (FL) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbozVvX1Jnw&feature=player_embedded#at=15
TIME GHOST (RI) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PF9Wdt4YmY
UNICORN HARD-ON (TN) http://www.tangledhares.com/
USA BABY (NC) www.myspace.com/usababy1
VELVET BUZZSAW (FL)
VISZK (NC)
VVAQRT (NC/MA) vvaqrt.lmgrovllum.org
YOHIMBE (NC) www.myspace.com/partywithyohimbe
ZACK KOUNS http://www.zackkouns.com/

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kind of Entranc'd



WTF? I just talked to Robbie here last night at the 333Legged Race show and he explains this mechanism for controlling his synth with his own brainwaves via the Mattel Mindflex. This is brilliant! I wish I could have seen him demonstrate this at Duke the day prior. However, I'm superbly impressed with the idea of it all. So, here's a simple demonstration via U-TOOB.



This one's much better...it features Robert Beatty and I think that makes a difference.



Yo, yo, yo! Is this some trippy shizzy or what? Modified toyz bring mucho, beaucoup joyz.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Biological Speculation

I've been on the Parliament-Funkadelic mothership for a little while now, but the chariot has been swinging especially low since the Carrboro record show last weekend. I can't seem to get them out of my head. Could be related to the impending triple whammy of graduation/marriage/new job, a future which seems so strange and otherworldly as to cause psychedelic things in my head. And that always goes best with serious ass-shaking.


Biological Speculation from Mike Control on Vimeo.

Also at play is the coming of spring, as exemplified by this fine knockout Piedmont Thursday. Being a southern boy raised on album-oriented rock stations, I associate searing steel guitar with sunny days, so this track from Funkadelic's 1972 album America Eats Its Young is doing me right. I love the song title. What is he speculating about?

I'm fascinated by musicians that are workaholics, especially when they're as far out as the funk mob. Can you believe George Clinton made 20 albums in the 70s alone?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stuck

It's been a while...so to make up for lost time, I am providing you with an extended half hour piece from Liz Harris, aka Grouper. This video is chock full of effects and is a little on the creepy side. The music is really great...not your soft whispery Grouper, this is more in line with the earlier Grouper records. Enjoy!

Experimental 1/2 Hour - Episode XI: Grouper from Experimental 1/2 Hour on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Guybrarians strike again

The information and library scientists of sound, mathematically putting it down in your funky database, baby.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=185589658131435

Saturday, January 15, 2011

||Requiescat||




Trish's Mindbending Motorway Mix

1. Emerald Web - Flight of the Raven
2. Harumi - What a Day for Me
3. ??
4. Mandy More - If Not By Fire
5. Tages - You're Too Incomprehensible
6. Twice as Much - The Spinning Wheel
7. Tangerine Peel - Trapped
8. Twice as Much - Playing With Fire
9. Catharsis - Masq
10. Victor Jara - El Aparecido
11. Natty Bumpo - Theme from the Valley of the Dolls
12. Koji Ueno - Professor Parsec
13. Fuat Saka - Atladm Girdim Baa
14. ??
15. The Vampires of Dartmoore - Tanz de Vampire
16. Rock Revival - Venus 2038
17. Mark Charron - The Girls and the Boys


From the Broadcast message board:
"Before she went to Australia, Trish sent me a mix CD of bonkers pop music she compiled, I never thanked her. Its called Mind Bending Motorway Mix and I want to share it with you, please pass the link on, share it far and wide, it's a little tribute to a {as a friend referred to her today} exhilarating woman. We're all thinking about you James."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2010 Double Scrubble: Have Yourself a Merry Scrubble Day Mixtape

Bringing up the rear is in fact a perfectly likely thing for DJ Scrubbin Bubbles to be doing, except that it is usually accompanied by a subsequent putting down of the rear, or just as likely, some kind of side to side movement.


In any case, these were some of the tracks that moved my body the most in 2010, all of them discovered (or bought on vinyl) for the first time this year, though some be as old as the hills, young whipper bug.

The common thread here is "beat oriented," but I tried to cover some tempo, genre, and nation-state ground. Looking at the mix in retro-vision, three clear influences emerge: Fool's Gold, Mad Decent (run by fellow Mississippi native son Diplo), and the long-awaiting opening of All Day Records in beautiful downtown Carrboro, which caused me to spend a whole lot of money in a fairly ecstatic kind of way. And let me tell you, this does not necessarily result in good record purchases, but which nevertheless was a hell of a lot of fun. The two strange vocoder work-outs at the end were finds from All Day. Sorry, I can't resist mixing them together all the time. Thanks Ethan and Charlie!

One final 2010 side-scrubble: was very happy to see the debut of the new record label Paradise of Bachelors, co-run by my former WXYC boss and local soul authority Jason Perlmutter. Said I Had a Vision was a fantastic first effort from them.
~
Have Yourself a Merry Scrubble Day Mixtape by scrubbin bubbles
M.I.A. - Paper Planes (Todd Terje remix)
Matthew Dear - I Can't Feel
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Sabo & Cassady - Esa Loca Cumbia
Delorean - Real Love (Tiedye Remix)
Hall and Oates - I Can't Go For That
Pogo - Upular (Rynecologist Helium Rework)
Beat Connection - In the Water
Depressed Buttons – Ow!
The Party Squad - Murderer
Douster & Savage Skulls - Bad Girl feat. Robyn
A-Trak - Trizzy Turnt Up (Scrubbin Bubbles edit)
Stush & Hard House Banton - We Nuh Run (Jubilee Remix)
Esplendor Geométrico - Moscú Está Helado
The Suzan - Animal
Mathématiques Modernes - Disco Rough (I. Smagghe Edit)
Bernard Krause - Twist of Fate
Yush 2K - Outlaw Robot
~

Top albums include:
Matthew Dear - Black City 
Said I Had a Vision: Songs & Labels of David Lee, 1960-1988 (Paradise of Bachelors)
Future Islands - In Evening Air
Delorean - Subiza
Beach House - Teen Dream
The Books - The Way Out
Horaflora / Secret Boyfriend split LP (Hot Releases)
Pykrete - Liber Novus (FrequNC)
The Budos Band - III

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 Tippy Tops

So I'm gonna be the odd man out here that loves techno, but hurr goes...

-10. Ikonika "Contact, Love, Want, Have"


-9. John Roberts "Glass Eights"


-8. Teebs "Ardour"


-7. Actress "Splazsh"


-6. Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts "Breaking The Fourth Wall"


-5. Gonjasufi "A Sufi And A Killer"


-4. Mount Kimbie "Crooks & Lovers"


-3. Eleven Tigers "Clouds Are Mountains"


-2. Jimmy Edgar "XXX"


-1. dOP "Greatest Hits"

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mojave Off-Road Enthusiast: Goldwood.



Other honorable mentions/reissues/heavy contenders/repeat>mode offenders of 2010:

• BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa – Space Finale (Editions Mego)
• Mudboy - Impossible Duets (Hundebiss)
• Flower-Corsano Duo - You'll Never Work in this Town Again (Not On Label)
• Phurpa - Trowo Phurnag Ceremony (Sketis Music - from 2008 but loved it in 2010)
• Mel Croucher and Automata U.K. ltd. – Pimania (Feeding Tube)
• Ted Lucas – The Om Record (Sebastian Speaks/Yoga)
• Sun City Girls – Funeral Mariachi (Abduction)
• Imaginary Softwoods – Imaginary Softwoods (Digitalis re-release)
• Kevin Drumm – Sheer Hellish Miasma (Editions Mego)
• Kevin Drumm – self-titled (Thin Wrist)
• Douglas Quin – Fathom (Taiga)
• Prurient / Nico Vascellari – Jesus (Hospital)
• Seijaku - Mail From FUSHITSUSHA (Doubtmusic)
• Celer – Compositions for Cassette (Avant Archive)
• Migrations in Rust – Veiled Jewel (Razors and Medicine)
• Outer Space – Eastern Veil (Wagon)
• Smegma/Kommisar Hjular and Mama Baer - split (Goaty Tapes)
• Willie Lane - Sleepy Hands/Arrested For Decay (Cord-Art)
• Daniel Menche – Hover (Touch)
• Earn – In a Year (Jugular Forest)
• Pedestrian Deposit – East Fork/North Fork (Housecraft)
• Thomas Ankersmit - Hangar Performance, Tallin, May 29th 2010 (from Touch Radio)
• RV Paintings – Samoa Highway (Helen Scarsdale Agency)
• Gray – Shades of… (Plush Safe)
• Conny Plank/Michael Ranta/Mike Lewis – Mu (Metaphon)
• Popcorn LP (Ultra Eczema)
• Keith Fullerton Whitman – Disingenuity/Disingenuousness (Pan)
• Sissy Spacek – 15-Tet Oakland (Misanthropic Agenda)
• Jason Lescalleet - Fantasy and Electricity (Kye)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sounds of 2010

Ken Camden-Lethargy and Repercussion


Volcano The Bear-Volrudolf / Grande Pfungst (Volfurten 2010)



Holy Sons-Survivalist Tales



Hiss Golden Messenger-Bad Debt

Umberto-Prophecy of the Black Widow


Arp and Anthony Moore-Freakways Vol. 3

Grouper and Roy Montgomery-Root Strata