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Sunday
Dec272015

Weekend Listening: Jodorowsky's Dune Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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01. Artwork by Nick Stewart Hoyle

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With the recent release of the soundtrack for the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, put out on the always outstanding Light in the Attic Records, Kurt Stenzel has composed a return to the days of expansive four-sided LPs. The instruments used read like the best moments of '70s krautrock, exhibiting a laundry list of rare synthesizer gear, including a couple of oddities such as a toy Concertmate organ and even a Nintendo DS. I can’t wait to put on all sides of the soundtrack to this incredible 2013 film, and relish plugging in for the journey that awaits. I got this record just at the right time since I’m actually rereading the Frank Herbert novel at the moment, and should probably just drop the needle as I’m turning the pages – seems like a pretty fitting pairing to me.

Available from Light in the Attic

Saturday
Nov072015

Weekend Listening: Bowery Electric

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01. Kranky, 1995.

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Looking through recent additions to my iTunes, none of my listening lately includes anything from the past decade. Modern music has me increasingly bored, with no new artists compelling me to pay attention. The only ones that I’m obliged to follow are probably solo artists who started in the ‘90s and I’ve been a fan of for a long time, such as Bill Callahan, Will Oldham and Dan Bejar. Consequently, I’ve resorted to filling in the gaps of the late ’90s post-rock, shoegaze and experimental scenes as best as I can; all of which I didn’t get to participate in at the time since I was still too young to be fully aware. One such release is the self-titled record by Bowery Electric, which turned 20 this year. Exercising the perfect blend of droning guitar lines, ambient passages and simple metronomic drum patterns, this is a seemingly underappreciated gem from an excellent band with an all-too-short career. You’re in for a real treat if you’ve never heard it before.

Available from Bleep

Sunday
Jun282015

Weekend Listening: Treader Records

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01. A selection of releases.

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Treader is a small but perfectly formed record label, run by Ashley Wales and John Coxon (of Spring Heel Jack fame). The consistent and beautiful artwork should be enough to warrant your attention, and at least have you considering a reasonably priced purchase or two. However, if you feel you need further convincing, I'd recommend listening to J Spaceman's two releases on the label: his first solo record under his own name Guitar Loops, and a collaboration with Matthew Shipp, entitled SpaceShipp. Both were the reason I discovered Treader in the first place, and I'm certainly grateful that I did.

Treader
Guitar Loops via YouTube
SpaceShipp via YouTube

Sunday
Apr052015

Weekend Listening: John Carpenter's Lost Themes

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—01. Sacred Bones Records, 2015.

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Recently released on the always outstanding Sacred Bones Records, John Carpenter’s Lost Themes takes a step away from the icy, repetitive synth scores he usually pairs with his filmmaking efforts to concentrate on compositions unconnected to the visual medium. His work on films such as The Fog, Halloween and Escape from New York ranks as some of the best and most distinct synthesizer-based music in cinema. These are all fantastic listens in their own right, so I am excited to hear what he has done with the impetus of composing entirely for a standalone album. I've picked up a copy but have not yet found the time to play it; I look forward to taking that opportunity this weekend – free of distractions, to fully digest an unexpected release from one of filmmaking's most interesting composers.

Available from Sacred Bones Records

Saturday
Jan242015

Weekend Listening: Kambo Super Sound

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01. Released as part of the annual Graff et Grill event.

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Anytime I get into an argument about music it always comes back to the statement, "It's whatever sounds good to you." While I don't deny anyone's right to listen to shitty music, there is actually a way dance music is supposed to sound, and no group of contemporary artists have better personified that than the heads behind the Norway-based label Sex Tags Mania. They are best known for techno, house and jungle variations from mainstays Sotofett and Fett Burger, but I'm going to shine the light on the lesser-known Kambo Super Sound's additions to sub-label Sex Tags Amfibia. While I enjoy nearly every artist to ever release music on the label, there is something especially captivating about the fact that a producer in Norway is making some of the best contemporary dub reggae on the planet. Listen to the older cut Moss Dub Massive above and then grab his new 7-inch 1537 Dub from Hard Wax below.

Hard Wax

Saturday
Dec202014

Weekend Listening: Grouper – Ruins

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—01. Released on October 31, 2014.

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The latest album from Grouper entitled Ruins was released earlier this year, having been recorded in 2011 while Liz Harris was staying in Portugal. Intimate, dark, dreamy and beautifully restrained, the record features a generally sombre tone, "living in the remains of love," as Harris puts it.

Available from Kranky

Saturday
Dec062014

Weekend Listening: PartyNextDoor – PND Colours

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—01. Let's Get Married.
—02. Don't Worry (Feat. Cash Out).
—03. Jus Know (Feat. Travis Scott).
—04. Girl From Oakland.

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To coincide with his world tour announcement, PartyNextDoor issued PND Colours this week. The four-track EP includes cameos by Travis Scott and Cash Out, and represents the Toronto-based artist's first release since his debut album earlier in the year.

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Sunday
Nov022014

Weekend Listening: Coil - Gold is the Metal (With the Broadest Shoulders)

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I was looking through the most expensive records bought on Discogs this month, and right there at the top, was a limited edition of Coil's 1987 masterpiece Gold is the Metal (With the Broadest Shoulders). While I recently found that this is actually an album of outtakes from their first two records, you certainly wouldn't know it listening to the LP as a whole. Coil as a group are widely known as 'experimental noise' artists, which, to an outsider, can sound like the most daunting description of music imaginable. I think if you give this record a chance though, you will find more often than not this 'noise' resembles pretty beautiful music. The cuts range wildly in variety, you will hear everything from classical compositions, to screeching madness, to the more rhythmic numbers that ended up being the catalyst for the creation of industrial techno. The song I feature here falls into the more classical category, accompanied by the original video directed by Coil co-founder Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson, of Psychic TV fame. Please keep any jokes about its vague similarity to the Game of Thrones theme music to yourself, thanks.

Coil discography via Discogs

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