Various Recorded Detritus

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mort aux e-Vaches

Go-Between this one: if the past is a foreign country; is the present a loving abstract hometown? What of the future, uncertain as it is. Refugee camps perhaps. Future-perfect.

Here's muchadoaboutnothing, less killing the past in Shingo Yasumoto's portfolio here than his other work with Grasshopper Manufacture under the moniker of TORN. TORN, all caps as I presume, was a collaboration between Yasumoto and the luminary Masafumi Takada. I implied it a bit before upwards there, but I am most familiar with the former in his work in the excellent 
Kill-The-Past series.

 Well, about a third of it. Flower, Sun and Rain is a favorite of mine with the music bearing the brunt of the responsibility for this fixation. Electrogamelan and wacked-out takes on Romantic and Baroque classicals. Killer7 is an even bigger favorite of mine, and... Well, I thought he worked on that one but apparently not. That's more Jun Fukuda. Well, another game Yasumoto brought his sound exploits to was Super Danganronpa 2, where again he assisted Mr. Takada for another tropical islet trip. That's also a favorite, see a pattern?

Anyhow, then comes this strange compact disc. Imported from the very land it was made. It would not be hyperbolic to suggest that I have no idea what this game is about and how these tracks interconntect with the innerworkings of this particular innermonologous game. 
I'll leave the synopsis at that, but the music is pretty fine. Takada is not present, so comes Shingo's time to shine in the obscure light of GhM lore. It's not too bad, but a bit too divorced from what made F.S.R. click. Less triphop insanity and more technic ambiances, and little splash of House here'n'there. I recommend this to any tertiary Grasshopper Manufacture completionist who has the original Japanese PS2 killer7 proudly displayed on their respective walls, right next to that French Suda51 biography.

THE VERDICT: well, just prick your ears up and listen.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Lorna "Tallent" Kidwell, and Billy Worrall

Old skin for the new ceremonies:
worship muzak and organ dirges
underscore quaint poems
of live and love, and maybe death.

The Poems of Lorna Tallent Kidwell

Reading and Music by

Bill Worrall

This would slot right in with Gregg Turkington's probable myriad boxes of musty and mold encroached private press rekkerds. Look at that mug on your 2, or my two for that matter. But this isn't really a private press per say, nor was it really mouldy par diem. I don't know why I even had this on my wishlist and less so why I even brought out the wallet to buy it. The enticing nature of the unknown I guess.

If I were to be square with you guys, I'd tell you that it has been about a month or two since I heard this first and last. If I keep being acute, I'd just give you the link you so eagerly await.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

PФіSОП GiЯГ FRiєИD.............. Shyness

Let's take this path and beat it, a different serving of sorts. A new adventure as meteoric as they come, and it only comes sweeter in between the gaps of times. Speaking of come, this album. I originally came upon it on youtube, where some fren uploaded the whole album to it. Now why is this here? Well, the album itself was only available on P2P connections at 192 kbps, and lord knows what the Tube does to that already relatively paltry bitrate. So I imported it, from ebay. Very much smooth sailing, from the great landmass China. From across the Pacific to my ears... 
Wonder what that looks like
...and my ears were happy, this is nice early 90s electropop/trippy hops. As mentioned in the previous post in whatever epoch I posted that one in I posted a song from this toxic significant other. Expect the same stuff here, with more features from the ultraconformist mOmUs. Speaking of, this roman's sound is reminiscent of young St. Nick's textures around the same time this was released (93). I find that to be an, uh, underrated period in Momus' disco-graphy--Voyager, Hippopotamomus, Timelord. Great stuff there.
if people wonder
about me when I do stuff
like ordering albums that are
already easily accessibl
in cybers

To that, to wit, tu quoque, I say:

Because I do enjoy having them, even if they are eventual coaster candidates.
In a more sepia-serious tone, some albums just need the archival treatment that I (try) to provide. That is:
Full scans
FLAC rips (though they may seem excessive)
and uploads you can trust

Shutters to sink, I cover my ground. Funny thing, I already uploaded this to jpopsuki a few weeks ago... Hope you guys enjoy it as much as they probably don't.


Monday, January 1, 2018

detritus Among us

The video Google didn't want you to see/hear/sense... At least that's what I've gathered from the copywrong claim. I made this as a fun little project after getting a bit more into this musician, the pOiSon GiRlFRienD (or however idiosyncratically you wanna spell it). She's worked with Momus, a musician I respect greatly,  in the past and it shows in both her name and a bit something in her sound. Obviously, her name is a callback to the excellent "Poison Boyfriend" album released in the middle of the incredible "Circus Maximus" and "Tender Pervert". Released in 1992, this track christened "Melting Moment" resembles the tender pervert's sound at the time with albums like Voyager, Hippopotamomus, and a bit later with Timelord... At least that's what my deceiving ears tell me.

With this little video of mine, I actually bothered to give motion to my haphazard sub-photoshop smatterings of modernist articisms; motion I though appropriate to the songs "melting" fracas nature. Anywhom, this was to be the given description on the aforementioned project to give a bit of flavor to my adoring subscribers. Enjoy the mishmash:
Beautiful bit 'o Japanese electro artpop by noted a Momus collaborator... I decided to spice up the video a bit with some fancy effects, I had some fun with it. A hodgepodge of werks by the man Max Ernst animated and appropriately melted.
good tidings...
Shawn Rudiman / Arne Weinberg - Chord Control

Yeah, there's more, to make this vanity press feel less like a vanity. Not in vain, however! I'm not sure if I mentioned this in my last post, which I should know given that it's less than a click away, but I'm not the biggest connoisseur of the Electronic proclivities. I've lived in the cave too long, neglecting the cavern-like rave clubs in favor of the musty stalactites of the experimentalists domain. But I've been giving Techno and House more of a shot in recent years, specifically those of the ambient and minimal variety. Osmosis through vidja gaem backings help a bunch, of course, though I have been finding myself enjoying this kind of stuff on its own quite a bit.

Now, down to brass tracks. Rudiman makes a style hearkening to the thumpings of old in Detroit, despite being from my hometahn of Pittsburgh. "Pittsburgh-Tech" doesn't ring many bells. With my limited knowledge, that's not the typical kind of self-deprecation exhibited my many mind you, I can only say so much of this record. I'm not a club-goer, nor am I so much within the "in crowd", if that exists anymore. With this in mind I can atleast say that this is some danceable stuff, with nice dub flourishes. Arne Weinberg is another DJ, and makes some fine tracks here too. Cool sampling certainly. 

...think less
Risaeðlan ‎– Ívar Bongó

This one might have found its way onto my other blog if it just stood a bit more off the line, where it might have got hit with a train. I'm not quite sure, I had something going in my mind but I could not quite work it out. Basically, what I'm trying to communicate is that this is a bit too 'normal' for me. Which is strange. This is a strange record, with odd folk elements, quirky instrumentals, and yelps for vocals. Almost touches at Family Fodder, just less anglo-franco. I'm not sure. This is definitely a weird album, and maybe there was a whole "nýtt-wave" analog in Iceland to America and Albion's translated agitator and Germany's NDW and Japan's technopop exposures. Maybe I'm just desensitized to all the slightly off and obscure records I see at local record shops which just barely miss the mark for me. You might like it, though. Who knows? I don't know anything and I got this far. Only one way to find out:


Sunday, June 11, 2017

the nonrecognitions

Oh Gaddy, we hardly understood ye...

Originally was going to post this on the other blog, but I figured it fit here in its out of placedness...
Two releases of very different genres contained under herein, Spanish folk guitar and Spanish house tecchy electronics.

Hawke & Swan - G7 E.P.

Nice n funky and slightly hypnotic. EP or minialbum? Electronic music is never very clear on its medium of delivery, but at least it delivers.

Juan Serrano - The Flashing, Glittering World of the Flamenco Guitar of...

I was familiar with this cat, or a very similarly named cat who played music in the Antilles. Anyways, I always thought Flamenco to be one of if not the greatest form of folk music devised. Glorious and melodious and melancholic and joyful and full of life, it is.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Neo-Detritus Nanba I

What was then...

Cassettes have somehow still remained alive throughout its life cycle against all marketable and convenient odds. Today, via digital files, networking with other musicians is easier than it has ever been. To most, cassettes seem like a quaint and deprecated format.
But this not so, say the myriad musicians concerned with the inde-pain-dance of their musics, as cassettes are still a widely used format today. This is mostly accredited to the fact that, as a physical carrier of sonic waves, cassettes (and by that token, vinyl) are simply more aesthetically pleasing and carry more of a novelty compared to the CDs and CDrs which sought to dethrone their crown upon their own christened culture.

I'll be chronicling some recent (and not so recent) recordings found on Bandcamp or elsewhere released on this loved yet jilted format. Ongoing, of course. Here goes...

SuperstolkAnsonsten Schrank

2016, Unpop-media

Out of Print, Streamable

Starting off this embarkment into the modern cassette culture comes this excellent tape. Central Europe has a rich and unknown history with quirky synth tapes, most notably (to me, that is) Harald "Sack" Ziegler and Die Welttraumforscher. This kassette is no different in that department, delivering delicious late 90s synth tones and pitch fuckery and all that fancy jazz. I really do enjoy this kind of EM, the stuff dreams are made ov. This was originally released on Christmas '95 now made available via the Bandcamp platform in a very limited release, recommended.

The digital download comes with some nice goodies (a benefit of this brave new world) including some old artwerks and a zine interview with the masterminds which I cannot comprehend, reminds me of reading some Bad Alchemy. I have not received the very-limited-edition tape yet, so here's a taste of the album.

Kreamy 'Lectric Santa / Asian Women On The Telephone ‎- The Kreamy 'Lectric Santa Sample Library Vol. 1 / Untitled

2012, No Basement Is Deep Enough

Out of Print (?), Not Streamable

Digging through my archives as it were for inspiration, I happen upon this artifact from the halcyon days of symmetry. Encasing the noisy racket also contained within the magnetism is this really cool sculpture-like thing of plaster, probably a facsimile of some grape decor one might find on their mother's kitchen wall.

Kreamy 'Lectric Santa is one of those bands that I discovered via the essential Blastitude webzine and have always found interesting. At the time of my purchasing this (in 2015 off Discogs), I didn't realize they were still kicking, or at least still releasing music. But they put up some great noise rock here, with some concrete helpings and electronic yelps to spice things up. Asian Women on the Telephone were another band I had heard of, but in this circumstance I hadn't heard them before the fact. Similarly, they produce some noisy rawk racket, and are named after a Sun City Girls rarity, which is always a bonus. And boy are they wild.

I don't believe this cassette is in print anymore, but it can still be heard on my other blog when I get around to actually reuploading it

Guide to Bizarre Behavior - s/t

2015, Shangorilla Records

In Print, Streamable

Synthy, quirky psych pop/rock form hell knows where. I actually didn't order this from the artist or label themselves, rather I picked it up from Homer's in Omaha back around it came out. Apparently, this was sent out to 50 different record shops on record store (read, not "cassette store") day back in '15, with 7 unique j-card covers to choose from. Obviously, the one above this text is the one I got.

Inside the case and all that is a nice sticker, and a stapled in little piece of poetry I guess, and the obligatory handwritten number out of however many copies they made. Very intimate.

Lurk Late - s/t

2013, Rainy Road

In Print (?), Streamable

Here's another item bought from Homer's, one I found in multiples. Surprising, for a 25 copy run on "International Cassette Store Day". Speaking of, I've found that Homer's' (is that correct?) selection is a bit narrow for my tastes. When I'm in Omaha, I've taken a much bigger liking to the aptly named Almost Music, great selection, great people (or person), and an ace book section. Anyway, back to the tape. It's kinda mediocre harsh noise, the kind of crunchy and noisy noise that I find boring. There are some moments that I like but it's covered with the stuff I dislike about noise, just not for me. The J-card is made of printer paper, if that interests anyone. Oh, and the guy who made it is named "Cooper Lakota Moon", so take that for what you will.

He has the tracks separated on his Soundcloud above so you can give it a listen there, I haven't found any site that's selling it online, so that may be the best bet.

Roro Perrot / Roro Herbert / Roro Brossard - s/t

2013, Ikebukuro Dada / Ciel bleu et petits oiseaux

Out of Print, Not streamable

That is a rather ugly, small res, artifact ridden scan. I oughtta replace it one of these days. This is an odd release, consisting of folk improv and vocal yelpings and occasional noisic musings. Looking at the cover, now that I think of it, is it from one of those old arcade golf games? Perhaps a home console one, like the famicom or something.

Whatever the case, good stuff. Don't expect to find it anywhere except secondhand. Word on the digital street says it's out of print.

Decrepit Jaw - Tape Cartridge One

2009, Self-Released

In print, Not streamable

Another one from the relative depths of my tape collection, rather abrasive noise collage. This guy is still kicking it, apparently. Released some new stuff on Immigrant Breast Nest and some activist work. At the same time, too!

I got this from Printed Matter where it still is available for those who want to hear and/or support the artist.

Bull in a China Shop / Grainless - Split

2013, Illegal Records Records

In print, Not streamable

Another old one. Gotta start somewhere, folks or folk or nobody. From Finland, this is some loud noize rock which resembles what it would sound like if bull were in a china shop, and that bull sounded like electric instruments. Some droniness here and there and a little slap and dash of puro noiso and you get this.

Got this from Record Shop X awhile back, probably right when it came out. Still out there if you wanna hear it. Or just wait for me to finally reupload it when I feel less lazy.

Das Torpedoes - The Russian Submarine

2016, Gertrude Tapes

In print, Streamable

If this is of any interest of anyone, here's a little review I wrote awhile back:
Beautiful organ drones probably intended to imitate the atmosphere felt in a sunken submarine (or Kursk, in this case). This atmosphere ranges from peaceful to frantic to foreboding through each track, with the lo-fi production helping accentuate this ambiance. Rather short, but it doesn't feel too short for what it is. Nice little album.
That's the short and long of it, as some rather heightly midgets once said or twice. Omaha has a great little music scene.

Fuck Telecorps - Hard On/Off Hearong

2011, Mind Skull

In print maybe?, Not streamable

 See here

That's good for this batch, see you guy(s) when I build up my collection a bit more.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

C.L.E.M. Mix Track Part 1 (updated 3/13/17)

New project, I'm undertaking a longform mix containing tracks from artists featured in the seminal Contact List of Electronic Music. Tracks don't have to be specifically named in the review nor do they have to be from albums mentioned within (though this is preferable). I'll be using the only issues I could find online in .pdf or image form: 1984 and 1986. I'll compile these in block form, uploading each section to the Internet Archive before combining them into one glorious, minimal melange.