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    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008 edited
    Starting this early, because I always forget on Mondays for some reason...

    What're you listening to?

    New week's releases are up at on Monday morning - just choose a genre from left and click "magic mix" to stream excerpts from the new releases.

    Ariana usually swings by Largehearted Boy's Try it before you buy it posts on Tuesday mornings, too.

    Right now, I'm listening through loads of recent discoveries like Angel, Akira Rabelais, Machinefabriek, Wolves In The Throne Room and Bitcrush.

    Commence playlist speakage.
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008
    *This is a repost to a question Joe.Distort had about a band i mentioned in last weeks thread, and was absurdly late in replying to*

    @ joe.distort

    Airborne Toxic Event has a sort of U2/Cure/smiths/Talking heads feel. Like an updated 80s sound that isnt a horrible abuse of the electronic augmentation in music that was so huge at the time. The keyboards and violin and etc have a very loose and lossy sound to them, but the drums are fucking air tight, so it all holds together really well. What really sells the whole thing to me are the lyrics. Theyre epic and more descriptive and uniquely accurate to abstract feelings than some of my favorite books.

    When i first saw them, i thought the sound was kind of boring, but the more i think about it, thats probably because i was distracted by the live performance. They just really seem to love what they do (which is probably why they were fine with playing a mall for free), and the violin player is charming as hell. Even when shes just playing tambourine for a song or two, shes rocking out harder than anyone else on stage.

    Little Side Note: I went and said HI to her after the thing in Dallas with The Fratellis. We chatted and i mentioned that i thought she totally stole the show, and she blushed. Fucking rock star blushed. Thats just too great.

    Everyone to whom ive given the self titled has called me the moment it was finished and told me they were in love.

    So yeah. There you are. Airborne Toxic Event. Go listen. Love them. Im really interested in hearing what you think.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008
    I am listening, right now, to the sound track to The Civil War documentary series.

    To, you know, celebrate the re-defeat of The South.

    Ye gods. To a 21st century liberal, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is a rather hair-raising song. An alternate title might be "Music for Righteous Ass-Kicking."
  1.  (4123.4)
    i took a listen, its not really my thing, but its ok. not nearly as bad as i was worried about with my snobbery, hahaha. but:
    which is probably why they were fine with playing a mall for free

    im not trying to talk shit here, but unless they have an arrangement that is completely unheard of, they most likely actually PAID money to play the show i was talking about. the labels do, anyway, and in most cases with bands that are recently signed, they HAVE to do stuff like that for the label. later, when the band makes a profit, they will owe that money back. i would assume that they are having a good time, they damn well better be as music has most likely become their full time job. but ill leave that there, as i would like to say that i have no issue with this band and dont want to come across as more of a dick then (probably) i already am.

    my real reason for posting is that HOLY CRAP THE NEW GENGHIS TRON REMIX 12" features DRUMCORPS! so excited right now, i need to order this immediately. besides that, recent listening:
    SHORT MUSIC FOR SHORT PEOPLE-101 song comp of mostly pop punk type stuff. only rule is that each band only has 30 seconds. i love the overload of cheery happy stuff-theres even one actual powerviolence band, which is such a strange juxtaposition that i love it.
    THE NOW-blown out, shredded vocal east coast "supergroup" that only existed to record this. a middle ground between, say...CONVERGE and ORCHID? sure, sounds right to me.
    J CHURCH-one mississippi- a fine example of what pop music sounds like in my brain
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    * <em>What're you listening to?</em>

    A BriefCase Full Ov Blues - Blues Bros. [The]
    Anything by R L Burnside
    Wm. S Burroughs Dead City Radio
    Angelique Kidjo
    RZA &
    Public Enemy

    " They came down on us because we had a grass-roots, real people's revolution, complete with the programs, complete with the unity, complete with the working coalitions, where we crossed racial lines. " - Bobby Seale
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    Death And Night And Blood - The Stranglers
    Walk On By - The Stranglers
    The Angels Hung Around - Rilo Kiley
    The Cutter - Echo And The Bunnymen
    Villiers Terrace - Echo And The Bunnymen
    Twice Born - Fucked Up
    Perfect Day - Lou Reed
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    Right now: my housemate pissing around with some mp3 DJ software, trying to mix "Hey Ya!" with "Under The Sea" (from The Little Mermaid) at full volume.

    Any suggestions on how I can kill him without getting found out?
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    @wooden ghosts: let the music keep playing until you're done, no one will hear a thing.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008
    MCR - Black Parade/Black Parade is Dead (live album). I switch between those two in the car. Album version is nice and clear, but then I love the live version because live albums sound way more liberating and pure.
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    Richard Pinhas & Merzbow - Keio Line

    About what you'd expect, dense noisy washes and electronics from Merzbow, with Pinhas's 70's Fripp-styled guitar and loops slithering in and out. More interesting than anything I've heard either of them do individually in a while. Imagine living next to a busy factory/trainyard/freeway with someone across the street playing Frippertronic disc really loud.
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008
    Ascend - Ample Fire Within
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008
    King Cobb Steelie.
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    After going to a local concert and hearing <strong>Flobots</strong> live I picked up their cd and have been giving it a listen lately. Surprised to find out how political they were and how unique and interesting a Viola player performed in such a hip-hop band. Their only song that anyone ever hears or I've ever heard beforehand was "Handlebars" which is a really bad representation of their music as a whole. Anyway if you ever do have a chance to see them live I would recommend it.
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    About what you'd expect, dense noisy washes and electronics from Merzbow, Merzbow fucking a Volkswagen Beetle with a twenty-year-old chainsaw that he soldered eighteen cats to beforehand

    • CommentAuthorelricj
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2008 edited
    oh, Warren - you'd really love Animal Magnetism then. He recorded his CHICKENS. I've always imagined it's like something you'd hear just as they have their fowl uprising against mankind and our evil sauces. [hmm, i have the distinct feeling I've mentioned this before. if so, ignore this, but it is great!]


    A Storm Of Light - And We Wept the Black Ocean Within
    Godflesh - If I Could Only Be What You Want / 40 Versions / For Those About To Rock / Zero The Hero (a non-lp compilation of sorts)
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    Warren -
    Yeah, I guess that's another way of putting it.

    Meanwhile, wrapping up tonight's radio thing as I type this...

    Nov 9, 2008

    Robert Rich - Never Alone
    Humi - Shiranui

    Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet - Taming The Shrew
    Revolutionary Snake Ensemble - The Large S
    Medeski Martin & Wood - Rolling Son
    Microscopic Septet - Life's Other Mystery
    Paris Combo - Trois Petits Points
    Natasha Atlas - Ana Hina
    3 Mustaphas 3 - Linda Linda

    Matthew Shipp - Cohesion
    Birdsongs of The Mesozoic - Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous
    Hugh Hopper/Matt Howarth - Complications at Work
    Mylab - Pop Client
    Rudder - Stablemaster
    Bill Laswell - Hindsight
    Hopper S Klossner - Of Course

    Quiet Sun - Trot
    Forever Einstein - I got my picture taken, I got forty dollars, and I get to keep the underwear
    Don Caballero - Bulk Eye
    Yat-Kha - Khozamyk Owaye Ditty
    Richard Thompson - Bathsheba Smiles
    David Lynch/John Neff - Blue Horse
    Mogwai - Local Authority

    Evan Ziporyn - Head 1
    Hauschka - Blue Bicycle
    I Heart Lungs - Interoceans IV
    Beanfield - Charles
    Jon Hassell - Gift of Fire
    Carl Stone - Al Noor
    Steve Reich - Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint

    (A caller just told me the show was "soothing" tonight - guess I should have brought in the Richard Pinhas/Merzbow disc after all...)
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
    Hey Colossus - Happy Birthday

    Galactic - Crazyhorse Mongoose

    Asmus Tietchens - Seuchengebiete 2
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    I heard on another forum that Jamie Ewing from Bent Outta Shape died last week which fucking sucks. Bent Outta Shape were one of the best punk bands of the last few years. I've been listening them for most of the weekend.

    Bent Outta Shape
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
    Lustmord - Other

    Bernard Parmegiani - Chants Magnetiques
    • CommentAuthorCameronLee
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
    @warren RE: "Right now, I'm listening through loads of recent discoveries like Angel, Akira Rabelais, Machinefabriek, Wolves In The Throne Room and Bitcrush."

    I'd be interested to get your take on Wolves In the Throne Room. They've done a few shows around these parts, apparently extricating themselves from their neolithic compound and rediscovering things like combustion engines and the like. Their music translates surprisingly well live. Saw them with Boris at that. Eardrums have yet to recover.