Starting off early again– no previous DJ in sight, though the sign-out sheet shows someone was here up until 2am… I think I may have to stake my claim on this extra half-hour and stick it to whoever wants the the 2-4am slot. They can have a 1.5 hour show, maybe?
I started off with the Jijimuge mini-cdr “777” from Hymns. It’s a nice little disc, maybe a little too nice at the opening. I really appreciate the quality of mixing on this disc, though; there are some nearly-infinitesimal noises occurring in the deep background that really ‘make’ the last track, “777.” Smooth Assailing has a good review of it up already, so go check that out for now.
I’m playing a new 7″ from Kitty Play Records, the Bastard Noise/Antennacle split– first side right now… and the ellipsis marks my “break,” and it’s on to the B-side, “Moving Across.” This is a good side, actually– some really physical textured sounds punctuated by higher-pitched noises, and I do believe I’m hearing some skee-ball noises worked in as well. Plus, you have to love any vinyl where you can tell something messed up is going to happen just by examining the grooves visually. There’s this long, low band of building hum that leaves a stripe across the record– I like CDs just fine, but it is sad that listeners miss this particular physical connection to their music so frequently nowadays.
Speaking of a physical connection, you should try listening to this disc from the NEUS-318 label sometime! It’s a Daruin/Grkzgl split called “Drain,” and features both artists using a variety of drone elements and electronics– and although there are some similarities in their compositions that provide a thread of continuity, the real experience here are the ultra-tactile sounds at play. Both Grkzgl and Daruin manage to uncover real warmth in the pulse of electronic chirps and drones that so many others find cold. I’ll be learning more about NEUS-318 this coming week, and will probably play Daruin’s contribution at that time, so be sure to come back then!
Wow. Here’s one I need to get around to reviewing properly: the Mutable Music release of Timeless Pulse Quintet’s self-titled disc. Before you think I’m terribly lazy, try to remember that I do all my reviewing, blogging, demo listening, and broadcasting in my free time– unpaid, of course. So if I lag behind The Wire a bit, sue me. Still, this is a really good album, and it bothers me not to have paid it proper attention in my reviews yet. I’ll get to it, truly.
I was just looking at my playlist, thinking about how few tracks I’ve played. Then I realized that three of them were over 20 minutes long, haha. And it’s not even 5 a.m. yet! This broadcast is moving slooooow. I may have to play with that a little.
A very fine album, this– “Where We Were: Shadows of Liverpool,” a collaboration between Caroline Kraabel and Phil Hargreaves on Leo Records. I first heard this on another experimental radio program.. can’t recall which at the moment, though I’m sure it will pop in my head during the drive back home this morning. Anyhow, I mentioned it to Mr. Hargreaves, who promptly sent me a copy– and what a boon, because it’s right up my alley. In short, it is a series of pieces recorded at a variety of locales in Liverpool; made with the expressed purpose of not only “exploring” their sonic space, but also of making the listener aware of the recorded nature of the work. It’s a unique position to be in as a listener, and I’m thankful to be able to share it with you.
Etude Records released this album, Lngtche’s “Music for an Untitled Film, by T. Zarkoff.” It’s a solid disc, with gorgeous artwork, excellent for playing straight through. There really isn’t much of any info about this release, so I don’t know anything about the film– what it looks like, or even if it exists!
Figured I’d play something unexpected– Philip Glass, “Are Years What? (For Marianne Moore),” a track from North Star. Never know what you’re going to get here, eh?
I was listening to Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Mike Khoury‘s improv-by-mail collaboration “Hymns for New Fathers” again this morning, and realized it was high time I played it on the show! This is such an apt title– with every track falling around 2 minutes, it’s the sort of time frame new fathers can deal with! I’m ending with this disc for the week, I hope you enjoy it (and the rest of the show as well, eh?)
Update: This show is now available for download. I’m not quite sure how much of the Jijimuge disc is cut off at the start, I think it comes in very near the end of the first track. As always, I do not intend for this download to be a substitute for purchasing albums from the artists or labels listed here. If you require any assistance locating an album or label, let me know.
Jijimuge — 7
Jijimuge — 77
Jijimuge — 777
Bastard Noise & Antennacle — He No Longer Lives Entirely Among Us
Bastard Noise & Antennacle — Moving Across
Grkzgl — Hatsugensho
Timeless Pulse Quintet — Just Play
Caroline Kraabel, Phil Hargreaves — Where We Were: Shadows of Liverpool
Lngtche — Music for an Untitled Film by T. Zarkoff
Philip Glass — Are Years What? (for Marianne Moore)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Mike Khoury — Hymns for New Fathers, pt. 1
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Mike Khoury — Hymns for New Fathers, pt. 2
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Mike Khoury — Hymns for New Fathers, pt. 3
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Mike Khoury — Hymns for New Fathers, pt. 4
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Mike Khoury — Hymns for New Fathers, pt. 5