Thames / Wether [coll] – [Oh No No]

cinder   12/5/2008   A Library, CD

Wether is Mike Haley from Delaware, and Thames is Moskos & Hargreaves out of Quebec.
The first track (Thames) is live and killer. Starts off with rumbling crunched electronics, and then about 4 minutes in drops the fat beat. Shortly soon hammering of tin items and bleeping space controls take base. The rumbling is always there, but soon takes control again, waves and waves. 24 minutes of nice noise that’s never boring.
The following 5 tracks are by Wether. Whistling and boiling noise, ranging from 15 minutes, to 7 seconds! Track 4 is almost all blistering, but the last 2 minutes is as if you were suddenly under water in a submarine. More straight ahead than Thames. Use track 5 in between some mellow ambient tracks to wake up the listeners!

Meelkop, Roel – “6 (mailcop Rules) ” – [Intransitive]

cinder   10/21/2008   A Library, CD

These are recordings of Roel’s from 1985-1995 and released in the late 90s. The cd starts off with track 1 laying down the deepest drone sounds, lush and layering over each other like clouds in quicktime. The second piece is unaudible vocals mixed in with what sounds like crunching electronic icicle blades. Rough and tough. Track 3 is as minimal as you can get with just the sound of a ticking clock. Makes you feel empty and alone, void of life. As if sitting in your deceased grandparents apartment in San Francisco. Track 4 is a 22 minute trip through your repressed memories. Quick little electronic bugs flitter in and out for a few minutes between arty pauses of silence. It picks up shortly with waves of low pulses and the sound of children in the playground. Shifting and floating. For the voyeurs, about halfway through you get the moans of people having sex mixed with running water, huh? Loads more of samples come in including burps, bird
chirps, crumpling of bags, old time piano music and quick clips of random things. That track is pretty all over the place. Track 5 is once again a slab of noise. Bumps of distorted low vocals mixed with a thundershower of electronic rain. The final track is another low flying drone. Listening to the ocean waves at night with the window closed type of feel. I love it!

Masaoka / Jeanrenaud – “For Birds, Planes & Cello ” – [Solitary B]

cinder   9/3/2008   A Library, CD

Wow, what a truly stunning piece! Masaoka & Marcos Fernandes recorded field sounds of wild birds in a San Diego Canyon one morning, also caputuring the rumbles of planes flying past in the sky. She later asked Jeanrenaud, a former Kronos Quartet member, to match those sounds with her cello, emphasizing both the industrial hums of the everyday flights of airplanes & the twittering chats of the birds. It’s beautiful how Masaoka combines the everyday sounds that people become numb to. The rumbles and growls of both airliners and Cessnas blend a dark & empty feeling with the scraping subltelness of the cello. Birds of all sorts chirp and squack throughout here – about 10 minutes in, it’s almost a showcase to the hummingbird’s laser squirps, a sound I’ve been dying to hear on a recording! Crows, finches, mockingbirds, chickadees – they’re all here. Test out different parts of the track each time you play it, and really focus in on the sounds – amazing!

Weyes Bluhd and Axolotl – “Sliamacy ” – [Locl Records]

cinder   9/3/2008   A Library, CD

First collaboration between these 2 recorded in 2007 for their European tour. Weyes Bluhd is Ex-Jackie-O Motherfucker bass player Natalie Mering, and Axolotl is Karl Bauer from Jersey. The first track starts off slow, almost nothing until 30ish second in, beware! But it doesn’t take too soon to blast off into over-feedbacked loud distorted electronic vocals humming and buzzing. It ends as if it’s cutoff, so watch out for that too! The second track is more relaxed. Filled with muffled moans and oooohhhhs (more ghostly than sexual). Ping ponging between electronic zaps and a plucking mandolin sounding instrument.

Inca Ore – “Ballet Chop ” – [Ruralfaune Records]

cinder   9/3/2008   A Library, CD

Inca Ore (Eva Saelens), from Oakland, started her project in 2004. She’s also played along with Jackie-O Motherfucker in the past. This release is peaceful and ethereal. Vocal repitations often of sustained notes, along with soft whispering words. Looped and droned. Each track is usually accompianied by a simple instrument such as a xylophone?, synth, etc… Really organic sounding with light background noise (like the AC was running in the far of the room as she was recording). Feminine and pretty.

Whitehouse – “Present Birthdeath Experience ” – [Very Friendly]

cinder   8/13/2008   12-inch, A Library

Formed by William Bennett in the UK, this is Whitehouse’s first release recorded in 1980. They used only two synths, an effects pedal and a tone generator. A raw yet intense industrial noisy beginning for this group (Paul Reuter & Peter McKay included).
Bumbling and warbling electronics over a low bass that would kill your subwoofers. High buzzing micro waves. Drunken sounding distorted vocals, almost like he’s screaming into a tin can. Coitus sounds as if you’re in the middle of two radio channels, or the power went out – a good track to fool the listeners with. The very last track is SILENT, don’t play it.

Justice Yeldham & The Dynamic Ribbon Device – “Birthdays ” – [Anarchymoon Recordings]

cinder   8/7/2008   12-inch, A Library

Rabid pissed off mosquitos, or an insane lawnmower gone haywire? OR a close-up view of a deep teeth cleaning! Two side-long tracks recorded live during Justice’s European tour in 2007. Justice Yeldham (Lucas Abela – from Australia) performs his live shows by pressing his face and lips against a sheet of plateglass, having his vocals reverbed & processed through pedals attached to his belt. (artists rendition on the cover). Kinda like a kid blowing his mouth up against a candy store window. Grotesque sounding noises, that you wouldn’t think were coming from a mouth. Very cool idea! Both sides end with audeince applause that seems to last forever.

Mouthus and Yellow Swans – “Conan Island ” – [Weird Forest Records]

cinder   8/7/2008   12-inch, A Library

Recorded back on their tour in 2006. Yellow Swans come from Portland and Mouthus are all the way on the other coast, resting in Brooklyn.

Side A has layers of all sorts. It’s like a dark & gloomy industrial pier at night. A foghorn repeats under textures of metallic warehouse sounding electronics. A subtle looping of thumps with computerized crashing beach waves. Even though it’s noisy, it has a rhythme to it – I found myself somehow nodding along in a robotic trance.

Side B is a little more relaxed and ambient. A light soaring tone floats in the background with what sounds like faint singing. Along for the ride is some bubbling electronics, nothing too harsh.

Hum of The Druid – “Raising The New Wing/Braided Industry ” – [Snse]

cinder   8/7/2008   12-inch, A Library

A fantastic evil release from Eric Stonefelt (HOTD) out of Washington. Dark and scary electronic industrial crunching crackling buzzing feedbacking rumbling noise. Distorted screams and moans thrown in for extra death appeal. Fits in nice with the likes of The New Blockaders, Prurient, Ramleh and other power electronic harsh type of groups.

Dj Frane – “Journey to The Planet of Birds ” – [None]

cinder   7/11/2008   CD, Hip Hop

DJ Frane, self-described as a “mellow, stoned-out version of the Bomb Squad or late 80’s Dr. Dre, or maybe Prince Paul meets Pink Floyd.” A super relaxing, chill sampled-up hip hop release. It’s the final installment for his trilogy “Beats to Blaze To” series. Cool fact – the piano used on this album was inherited from his 101 year old grandmother! DJ Frane uses all sorts of samples from spacey lounge sounds, jazz piano, electro funk, asian instrumentation, vocal clips of all sorts (jazz singer, robot, beat poet) and of course – bird sounds! If you dig DJ Shadow, DJ Krush or Nightmares on Wax, this will have you head knodding like no tomorrow. The whole thing flows together, really nicely, so fade outs should be used!

Kohoutek – “Expansive Headache ” – [Music Fellowship]

cinder   7/11/2008   A Library, CD

First official release from this Washington DC group. Sounds of experimental stoney sludge improvisational Japanese-psychedlic jam-outs. Three longer tracks and one 3 minuter. Influenced by bands such as Can, Bardo Pond, Ghost, early Floyd & Ash Ra Tempel. These guys blend in right along with them! All instrumental. Get ripped, lay in the sunshined grass meadows and trip the fuck out, stoney!

Dangers, Jack – “Music For Planetarium ” – [Brainwashed]

cinder   7/11/2008   A Library, CD

Electronic Tape Music for the T.I.T. Planetarium, Budapest. Jack Dangers, from Meat Beat Manifesto, recorded this under a quilt, at night, in Marin County. The first track sounds like a clip from an old 60s sci-fi news reporter, claiming the music came to him from Outer Space. The remaining tracks are exactly what you’d hear floating around in the dark skies of space. Minimal, meditating wind drones, and dark astronomical howling voids. Super planetarium/museum sounds. You ARE the astronaut!

Suffering Bastard / Cock E.S.P. [coll] – [Breathmint Records]

cinder   7/11/2008   10-inch, A Library

Suffering Bastard (from Rhode Island of all places) take the A side by the balls. Brutal dual bass & drums GRIND. Short blasts leaving you with a sore throat. The tracks get more muffled as the side goes on. Unintellagible lyrics, but I’m sure there’s some fucks on A3. Reminds me of house parties in downtown San Jose. Tattoos and beer welcome.
Cock E.S.P come out of Minneapolis. A trio of electronic noise and shrieking vocals. Sounds like a chick is being shot through a water hose of damaged radio frequencies while her hair is on fire and her face is melting. I guess a Wicked Witch of the West would be a good fit. Painful beautiful scraping electronics. Last track is live (but swears at the end, boooo!)

Ex-Cocaine / Yellow Swans [coll] – [Not Not Fun]

cinder   6/26/2008   12-inch, A Library

Ex-Cocaine, from Montana, send you on a magical, mystical mind peyote desert psych trip. Instrumental, psychedelic moods. Sounds of banging bongos, tapping drums, sifting cymbals and soft droning electric guitars. The second track is a take of the Meat Puppets ‘Sexy Music’. Floaty rolling hills with mellow male vocals.
Yellow Swans trick you into having a magical, mystical trip, but halfway through it turns sour. Feedbacking, moaning, loudness, noise – but not in the overwhelming static walls of noise way. More of a metal wind tunnel, with constant wheels shifting and turning.
Artwork by Maya Miller of Religious Knives.

Gay Beast / Twin [coll] – [Saf Records]

cinder   6/26/2008   7-inch, A Library

Gay Beast says: Music for Gay Bosses who use their gayness to get more out of their gay employees. Two dudes and a chick drummer from Minneapolis. Guitar & Roland keys. Very angular, along the lines of Numbers, Erase Errata, etc…male vox.
Twin is a duo from Olympia, and they have the whole grrl femme sound going. High female vox, guitar and drums. They go by the names of Ghost & Ribs. Rough fuzzy guitar, a little bit prog-rocky, with a few metal riffs. Special guest Allie on guitar also. Fades out!

Quintana Roo/Family Underground [coll] – [Not Not Fun]

cinder   6/26/2008   7-inch, A Library

Family Underground hails from Denmark, while Quintana Roo is from Eagle Rock I think. Originally pressed for their West Coast tour that fell through. Two sides of drone-scapes. FU soars through clouds, sounding like a jet-powered mosquito. Low hums and buzzes intertwined. Quintana Roo is more like a deep sea exploration, with moaning whales and slow moving frozen ice.
Limited to 300 copies. BTW – I like it at 33, more droney that way.

Hafler Trio – “Being a Firefighter Isn’t Just About Squirting Water ” – [Important Records]

cinder   6/10/2008   A Library, CD

The Hafler Trio is Andrew M. McKenzie from England. This release is a 20 minute long journey through frozen space. Sounds as though you’ve halted in the middle of a flower garden, remembering a thought of your youth. Wind chimes and light glares bang and clatter in slow motion, resonating tones and feedbacking bowls. Droney warm winds. Meditating electronic psychoacoustic soundscapes.

Ratkje, Maja S.k. – “River Mouth Echoes ” – [Tzadik]

cinder   6/10/2008   A Library, CD

Maja Ratkje is a vocalist and composer based in Norway. Also part of the group, Fe-Mail. This release has pieces recorded from over the past 10 years. Electronic noise, beautiful vocal insanities, classical sounding accordians, vivacious violins…very amazing!
From Tzadik: “Her work ranges from orchestral and chamber works to electronics, improvisation and creative combinations of all of the above. This special collection of Maja???s work showcases several aspects of this composer???s unique and intense approach to sound and features two of her most personal chamber works along with electronic and electro-acoustic works for voice, saxophone and more.”

Les Club Des Chats – “Yes Madame ! ” – [S-S Records]

cinder   6/2/2008   7-inch, A Library

MEOW! Super kitty cat themed 7″, artwork AND lyrics. Duo from Paris France! Very short songs, in the vain of a stripped down Deerhoof/Numbers/Kleenex/Monty Python skit. Mostly just drums, guitar and random objects. High pitched squeeky female vox, and funny French-man-BBC style male vox. Check their website (address on 7″ sleeve) for some more crazy kitty pics!

Le Club De Chats – “Yes Madame! ” – [S-S Records]

cinder   5/22/2008   7-inch, A Library

MEOW! Super kitty cat themed 7″, artwork AND lyrics. Duo from Paris France! Very short songs, in the vain of a stripped down Deerhoof/Numbers/Kleenex/Monty Python skit. Mostly just drums, guitar and random objects. High pitched squeeky female vox, and funny French-man-BBC style male vox. Check their website (address on 7″ sleeve) for some more crazy kitty pics!

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