Archive for September, 2012

“Music For Swimmers” liveblog/playlist for 9/30/12

September 30, 2012

I’m having some fun with old Contrastate material today– mixing stuff from the “English Embers” album with the “I” cassette, just because I like how it works together. Mo’s “Style City” broadcast was a good mood-setting today, blending some fairly off-kilter chiptunes stuff into a nice, workable mix. Maybe DJing isn’t the most amazing talent, but I’m still awfully proud; she’s definitely gotten the hang of things in the last couple years. I’ve got some nice recordings to share today as well– the “Hot Choice” album by Breakaway that I reviewed the other day, as well as a really nifty compilation album on Barge that I picked up for a Loren Connors cut, and ended up really digging across the album.

As a sidenote, if anyone from Nuun Records or Metamkine is reading this, thanks for sending the Pauline Oliveros/Jesse Stewart “Dunrobin Session” album. I found it lodged in the station’s currently-hoarder-worthy library room, where it had obviously been opened for me, and discarded. Not sure how long this one has been AWOL– but trust me, I don’t make a habit of ignoring Oliveros material, or any promos sent my way for that matter.

Contrastate — Invocation to the Rite of Birth (from “I,” on Direction Music)
Contrastate — The Rite of Birth
Contrastate — Northern Twilight (from “English Embers,” on Dirter)
The Fun Years — Electricity Is A Scarce Commodity (this, and next six, from “Innature,” on Barge Recordings)
The Kallikak Family — Purity Music, Purity Sound
Bird Show — Stay High
Polmo Polpo — Farewell to the Flyer
Loren Connors — Outside My Window
Animal Hospital — Late Summertime

New review posted– “Hot Choice” by Breakaway

September 28, 2012

You can check out my latest review at Musique Machine— this time, of a trio on the Peira label, out of Chicago.

“Music For Swimmers” playlist, 9/23/12

September 23, 2012

Philip Gayle — Agnes Unknown (from “Babanço Total,” on Public Eyesore)
Matt Davignon — Snowshoe Hare (from “Living Things,” on Edgetone Records)
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky, pt.2 (from “Subterranean Sky,” on Aural Terrains)
Bob Marsh, Bryan Eubanks — Wanna Wanna (from “Eight,” on Setola di Maiale)
Sashash Ulz — Maenads, Pt. I & II (from “Maenads,” on SicSic)
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura, Phillippe Petit — Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds (pts. 1 & 2) (from album of the same name, on Public Eyesore)
Persistence In Mourning — The Feral Children (from Persistence In Mourning/Koufar split cassette on Phage Tapes)
Tim Reed — The Point (from “Selected Electroacoustic Works,” on Lonely Whistle Music)

New Reviews: Bramble, Harry Pussy, Ross Adams

September 23, 2012

I’m writing for the Musique Machine webzine now– so I’m back in the music reviewing game. If you get a chance, check out my first three reviews:

Bramble “Cyclic Stasis” (Bottle Imp Productions)

Harry Pussy “Let’s Build A Pussy” (Mego)

Ross Adams “Nord Rute” (Gruenrekorder)

Of course, I’d love to hear your feedback about these as well. Leave a comment here, or at the Musique Machine site. Thanks!

“Music For Swimmers,” liveblog and playlist for 9/16/12

September 16, 2012

It’s been a little while since I posted on STARTLING MONIKER. I’m sorry about that, and hope that you haven’t lost all hope for this blog– I am still very much interested in experimental music, making awesome radio shows, and writing about all my sound-related ideas. I just haven’t had a lot of time! In the past few months, I have managed to get back into school in order to finish my undergraduate degree. Making this transition has been time-consuming, but I’m figuring it out. With luck, I’ll be looking into grad school in a little over a year from now.

Izanami’s Labour Pains — Explaining Reason To An Uninvolved Stranger (from “Destination: Toujinbou,” on Small Doses/Phage Tapes)
Ross Adams, Ed Handley — Oil (from “Nord Rute,” part of the “Compass Series” on Gruenrekorder)
Jurica — Notebook Drawings (from “Distant Memories,” on Alrealon)
Jurica — Seaside Sketches
Ross Adams — Nord Rute