This month's round-up of twelves finds us looking noticeably backwards via a number of clutch reissues, new releases from trusted hands, and older twelves that managed to pass us by the first time around. Inspired by my on-and-off reading of Samuel L. Delany's sci-fi epic Dhalgren, which is something of a Ulysses-like day-in-the-life of a dystopic midwestern city, the tracks featured within all push and pull while cycling in place, eager to transcend their templates while carving out new terrain within old husks. From a trilogy of overlooked dub techno twelves released on both sides of the Atlantic to the parallel world-like Chicago-derived house music of Ozel AB and the return of Mix Mup's mangled microhouse, we also take in a pair of recent reissues in the form of D'Arcangelo and C++s barbed electro and house. Wrapping things up, we jump back in time to take in a deep cut from the hollowed back catalog of Torsten Profröck while finding a modern day kinship in the mutant UK breakbeats of Mischa Lively. It's a heady one, for sure, folks.Read More
And now for something a little bit different. We don't listen to music in a vacuum, as much as we'd like to pretend we do, and following a soul-shaking panic attack, I found myself approaching this review from a much different standpoint. I chart my personal history with anxiety while also taking in some of the crap on the internet that needlessly feeds into my various neuroses that shape how I engage with music. Oh, and there's an in-depth dive into a trio of ambient and quasi-New Age reissues in the form of Astral Industries' Chi and The Heavenly Music Corporation platters alongside Love All Day's vinyl release of the long-lost recording of Planetary Peace's synthesizer spiritualist folk-pop. So strap on your oxygen tank and join me for a swim through the informational and psychological ether...OF YOUR MIND.Read More
While January is not usually the most upbeat month of the year, so far it seems like most of NYC is either SAD or just plain mad. Myself? I'm just trying to keep my head above water and as such, have a past month's worth of articles and mixes to share with you!
First up, I returned to Tom Tom Magazine for the first time in five years to write an article on how drummers can make money online to supplement what they make from touring and record/merch sales. You can check the article (pages 50-53) here.
Secondly, having been blown away by the Agnes Martin show at the Guggenheim last October, I was fortunate to get to review this must-see show by my absolute favorite artist for Gathering of the Tribes. Tough review to do in only 1500 words, but check it out here if you're curious!
On the musical side of things, I've already managed to double the amount of radio shows I've done this month alone compared to all of 2016 and it looks like I might be doing a third before the month ends. The wonderful DJ Large Margin has me on his Flour Hour show where I did a 90-minute set of dubwise IDM, ambient techno, and minimalist gamelan. Give it a listen here and check out the tracklist below.
Finally, I got to pay a visit to 8Ball Radio for the first time at their recent pop-up shop at 38 Orchard in NYC. While this set had considerably more technical difficulties, it was also a blast to do, so give that a listen on Mixlr.
Daniel Schmidt -And the Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn (Recital 2016) Jonathan Fitoussi - Aquarius (Further 2016) Occult Orientated Crime - Telepathic Consultation (Dekmantel 2016) Charles Cohen - Shopping Cart Lady (Morphine 2013) Pangaea - Mutual Exchange (Hessle Audio 2016) Pinch & Shackleton - Boracray Drift (Honest Jons 2011) Lukid - Brick Burner (Liberation Technologies 2014) Actress meets Shangaan - A (Honest Jons 2011) SND - Travelog C3 (SND 1999/2014) LHF - Triumph (Keysound 2015) Bandshell - Perc (Liberation Technologies 2014) Logan Takahashi - Dizz (Ghostly International 2016) Kassem Mosse - Aluminosilicate Mirrors (Honest Jons 2016) Carl Craig - Red Lights @45 (Planet E 1997) Autechre - Clipper (Warp 1995/2016) Zomby- Float (Werk Discs 2009) Leyland Kirby - Diminishing Emotions (Apollo 2014) Der Zyklus - Formenverwandler (International Deejay Gigolo Records 2001) Legowelt - Dirty Love (Bunker Records 2000) Terrence Dixon - Rush Hour (Convextion Remix) (Rush Hour 2009) Urban Tribe - Her (Trust 2009) Patten - Gold Arc (Warp 2014) Newworldaquarium - Heavy Metal (Peacefrog 2003) Fred P- Everyday (Soul People Music 2009) Thomas Fehlmann - Du Fehlst Mir (Kompakt 2002) Hunee - The World (Rush Hour 2015) Afrikan Sciences- DBC (PAN 2014) Beatrice Dillon & Rupert Clervaux - The Same River Twice (Paralaxe 2015) Lino Capra Vaccina - Framentti Di Suono (Die Schaectel 2014) Dettinger - Untitled 7 (Kompakt 2000) Zurkonic 8Ball Set 1/21/17 Eileen Myles - Aloha (Fonograph Editions 2016) Taragama Pyrajama - Givers (True Panther 2014) Sir Stephen - Ancient Ritual (WT Records 2010) Strong Souls - Do It (Dance Mania 1995) Speculator - Royce Edit (L.I.E.S. 2013) Reggie Dokes - The Skin I'm In (Third Ear 2007) John Daly - Morning Moon (Mule Musiq 2009) Hunee - Rare Happiness (Rush Hour 2015) Soul Center - Liza U.. (Mucki) (Shitkatapult 2010) Ross 154 - Sun (Delsin 2004)The Shamen - Make It Mine (Moby Deep Mix) (M&S Records 2011) Jus Ed - AM-Mix (FXHE 2005) Tom Noble - Malanco (Future Times 2011) Les Aeroplanes - Ils Disent Que L'Orient Est Rouge (Mathematics 2009) 40 Thieves - Click-Naïf (Rong 2009) Funkineven - Roland's Jam (Eglo 2011) Capracara - King of the Witches (DFA 2009) Rick Wilhite - Get On Up! (Theo Parrish's Late Dub) (KDJ/Rush Hour 1996/2009) Rick The Godson - City Bar Groove (Music Is... 2000) Rick Wade - Hustler's Den (Yore 2008) Len - Steal My Sunshine (Version Idjut) (Columbia 1999) Gemini - Let's Go (Chi Wax Classic Editions 1999/2016) Still Going - On and On (DFA 2007) Logic - The Warning (Inner Mix) (Strictly Rhythm 2000) Underground Resistance - Transition (Underground Resistance 2002) Qualifide - Just Being Fooled (4/4 mix) (Hotflush Recordings 2004) El-B - Serious (Tempa 2009) Untold - Dante (Hot Flush Two 2009) A Made Up Sound - Disconnect Wire (Clone Basement Series 2009) Levon Vincent - Woman is an Angel (Novel Sound 2015) A Made Up Sound - Wire (Clone Basement Series 2009) DJ Xanax - No Title Whatsoever (Blue Football Mix) (Exotic Dance Records 2016) Surgeon - At the Heart of It All (Tresor 2000) Philip Glass - Kyoko's House (Elektra 1985)
Howdy folks! So I've appeared a couple of other place on the internet in the past couple days so figured I'd share those with you!
First up, here's a rather extensive review I did of Werner Herzog's Lo and Behold, Reveries of a Connected World over at Gathering of the Tribes. As the movie came out a few months back and having read a lot of the criticism, I of course wanted to advance an argument about what makes a film "Herzogian" and the strengths and weaknesses of that approach as it related to the film. Next time I'll likely keep it more simple (or reserve that kind of criticism for this space;)
And on a completely different note (oof), here's a mix I did on The Lot Radio, Monday 10/3/16 with Space Jams. This was a guest spot subbing in for regular co-host Zach Koeber. This mix was particularly fun to put together because it's a morning show and I was scheduled for 9am, so I definitely played a lot of records I don't get to play outside of my apartment, with a few flubs here and there, of course. Unfortunately for everyone involved, SquareSpace does not seem to have a way for me to embed a MixCloud link here, so instead listen to it here and enjoy this dorky picture of myself and Stephanie (who doesn't look nearly as uncomfortable).