Well.... after a long hiatus, there is actually news to report from the Parasomnic camp! The debut release from The Devouring Element, "Subterranean Hymns", is finally done! It's been mastered and will soon be ready for public consumption. Not sure whether we'll actually make "real" CDs with packaging, but we will definitely be making download-able versions available for purchase. Watch for more info coming soon. In the meantime, check out six of the nine songs here!
I just posted my recent interview with Seefeel/Scala vocalist Sarah Peacock here.
She's cagy about the prospects of a Seefeel reunion, but she never says never.
It's a lively read, I think.
While writing the intro, I dug out an ancient Seefeel press kit I've had squirreled away for the last decade-plus. The Astralwerks one-sheet has the slogan "Inter-stellar Groove Power" on the front, and the type looks suspiciously more dot-matrix than The Matrix. Ah, how quaint the near-future looks through the prism of the past. Or something.
I just received a copy today of the new Infraction Records release of Aloof Proof's mysterious 1994 CD, Piano Text.
It's a beautiful digipak with the complete album, totally remastered. I feel that it sounds more crisp and defined after the remastering, as well, so this disc will certainly function as the authoritative version of this masterpiece. It can be purchased at the Infraction Shop:
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On it, you will find all the information we've been able to cull about this elusive artist and his label, Carbon Base. We have also included sound samples for each track on each CD. We hope to increase the amount of information with the help of people who visit the site—please feel free to drop me an email or message here on LJ if you've any info to contribute. Hope you like it!
Just in time for the end of autumn and the beginning of long winter, Windy & Carl return with a fabulous new thirty-three minute EP.
"Specially recorded and released for the Brainwaves festival, the new disc is a celebration of the autumn season. Akimatsuri is a thirty-three minute long journey in five parts, each named for the mood they convey. The disc is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, and comes in a specially designed and made sleeve. Michael Babcock of Interrobang Letterpress made the card sleeves, and each one features a beautiful photo by Christy Romanick (responsible for the visuals behind Windy & Carl played at Brainwaves). Ten different photos were used on the covers, so each photo cover is limited to fifty copies. They are truly beautiful, both musically and aesthetically, and are selling quickly. For more information, please contact Windy & Carl directly at blueflea at comcast dot net."
I received my copy this week and it's gorgeous. Sort of a mixture between the latest Dream House work and the stuff they were doing on Drawing of Sound. You can buy it directly from Windy & Carl via the email address above. They were also selling copies on eBay. You get your choice of lovely photographic covers, all so beautiful that it was hard to choose.
Hollydrift has a new self-released limited edition EP entitled, "Tochter." It is available for free -- all you have to do is write Mathias a personal letter! Find out all the details, and watch a video of one of the tracks on "Tochter" here:
Here's a brief description of the EP, courtesy of www.hollydrift.com:
"The music on Tochter is slightly different than you have come to expect from Hollydrift. While the music contains the same type of overdriven sound present in the music of Hollydrift since early 2003, it offers more melodic forays into the static. A field recording of an American pioneer era textile machine, old synthesizers and even a drum machine make an appearance on Tochter... You will find a noisy simplicity on Tochter that is conducive to a more relaxed experience without the clutter of concentrated listening..."
Do yourself a huge favor and check out this new release from one of the most impressive and intriguing experimental soundscapers currently creating audio art. Thanks.
I love the song title -- they've clearly abandoned any shyness they may have had about acknowledging their debt to the early works of Stereolab. Not that there's anything wrong with more music like that, far from it, and there are plenty of other original elements to their sound...
Amp, always my sweetheart crush of the whole '90s Bristol post-shoegaze scene [Flying Saucer Attack, 3rd Eye Foundation, Movietone, etc.] lasted only a few years before vanishing after their disappointing third album "Stenorette". But today I was trolling through the new arrivals on eMusic and saw an album called "US" by "AMP". I know there had been at least one unrelated and undistinguished American band by that name, so I wasn't expecting much, but a few milliseconds into the preview snippet of the first track I knew my old flame was back.
Anaphylaxis is performing live! Here are the latest upcoming shows:
anaphylaxis will be playing this coming Sunday, 25 June, at The Waiting Room with By the End of Tonight (Texas, on Temporary Residence) and Buxton (also from Texas)! The Waiting Room is located at 7016 N Glenwood here in Chicago. ALL AGES, $5, and early: doors at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
anaphylaxis will be returning to Corduroy's Espresso Spot on 17 July to play with Lexington, Kentucky's Petticoat, Petticoat! ALL AGES, $5, doors at 7:00 p.m. and show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Keep checking here and anaphylaxis' Myspace page (www.myspace.com/anaphylaxis1) for updated information.
In addition to the new Loscil CD this week, just out is the long-awaited followup to Yagya's 2002 CD The Rhythm of Snow.
Will I Dream During the Process? is out on the relatively new Belgian label Sending Orbs. I suspect that this is the Yagya album that was due to arrive on Force Inc./Mille Plateaux years ago, but was canceled due to, well, that company going bankrupt.
As you might expect, the sound here is very similar to the first Yagya disc, but a little more expansive and varied between tracks. The Basic Channel style kickdrum is still there, but the focus is still predominantly ambient atmospherics. "Choose," which originally appeared on the Sutemos MP3 compilation Flow.ers, is included on the CD. I know there are several pure_impure and ambient_music members who're already smitten with Yagya's debut and this one will certainly not disappoint.
Scott Morgan notes: "Compositionally, many tracks on Plume are similar in approach to First Narrows; they started with a harmonic root from which sounds were processed into a loose structure over which the live players could improvise. There was substantially less editing this time around with the live tracks. I opted to choose the better improvised passes and merely mix them in and out rather than cut them up. I think this leaves a lot more natural space and balances the heavily structured and repetitive electronic elements with more organic performed layers. Jason Zumpano returned from the First Narrows ensemble and I also recruited long time friend Steve Wood and my partner Krista to play some ebow guitar as well as Josh Lindstrom to play some Xylophone and Vibraphone which I believe added a nice new element into the mix.
Thematically, I stuck with things that are quintessentially loscil; flow, subtle movement, gradual transition, growth. Also of significance to this album is the family connection. "Charlie" was composed after seeing/hearing my daughter Sadie through ultrasound while she was still in the womb. The track was also partly composed as a womb-like sound experience for her to sleep to after she was born, hence the heart beats..."
I had read intriguing things about them, but darling_effect's Terrastock post, with handy links, put me in touch with their music ... which is very strange: rooted in European folk songs, but also utterly alien; played on acoustic instruments, but noisy as all get-out; pretty, but also pretty scary.
I know there is a burgeoning scene of psych/folk music, which I am mostly ignorant of; but from my vantage point I hear some resemblances to Gang Gang Dance, early Danielle Dax, Under Byen, and of course the first couple Sonic Youth albums.
Help me out, please! The Leaf label just showed up at EMusic, and I don't really know any of the artists on it, though I've heard good things about e.g. Murcof, Colleen, Susumu Yokota, A Small Good Thing...
From Jason: "Doors at 8:00, cost is $7. This is an AMAZING lineup. Please try to be there, it's going to be INSANE! We're planning some crazy stuff and we need as many people there as possible for various reasons. Including vanity, I imagine. This is a 21 and over show, sorry. If you can only make one anaphylaxis show in April, it should be this one, for various reasons, including the fact that it's the only one in April."
27 May 2006: anaphylaxis will be playing Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis, IN, with Taught Me (from Salt Lake City, Utah), Hotel Brotherhood (from Chicago) and Shiny Black Shirt (Indianapolis). I believe this show will start at 8:00 p.m., not sure on admission just yet but this one is an all-ages show.
28 May 2006: Back in Chicago, anaphylaxis will be playing with rugMouth (Columbus, OH) and Mayor Daley (Chicago, IL) on May 28th at the Fireside Bowl (2646 W. Fullerton)! $5 admission, show starts at 9:00 p.m., 21 and over only, sorry!
Check the Calm Booking page for more info and their awesome upcoming calendar - tons of great shows coming up!
EMusic now carries Kranky, my favorite record label. That means I can now preview & download music by Windy & Carl, Growing, Out Hud, Keith Fullerton Whitman ...
Kranky is a great label, but they specialize in kind of out-there music, and some of it is out in particular "theres" that I'm not really into (ex: Charalambides), so being able to preview 30-sec snippets and buy individual tracks is going to be a big help.
(I see a number of classic Kranky artists are missing, like Stars Of The Lid and Labradford. Maybe for contractual reasons, or maybe they're just not done uploading everything yet.)
Really cool news! Anaphylaxis and Hollydrift will both be performing live in the near future! At this point, they are performing separately, but we're hoping to set up at least a couple shows (in the Chicagoland area?) for them together at some point. Here are the details so far...
Hollydrift (aka Mathias Anderson) is performing on March 27th, 2006, at Emerald City in Cedar Rapids, IA. Here is your chance to experience Hollydrift's electronic headtrip amalgamations for yourself! Hollydrift will be touring with Litmus0001. They are planning to visit several Midwestern cities during this Spring 2006 tour. If you are interested in having Hollydrift play in your town, please contact: http://www.hollydrift.com/mediapromotioninformation.html
Anaphylaxis (aka Jason Coffman) will be opening for Lovers on Tuesday, March 28th, 2006, at Corduroy's Espresso Spot in Chicago, IL. Jason's performances are always engaging and lovely, and this show will be in a low-key, intimate setting. Show time is 7 pm. Lovers is a really cool indie band from Portland. Check out the Lovers Myspace page to hear some of their songs.
More info coming as we get it... you can also visit www.hollydrift.com and www.geocities.com/anaphylaxis1 for additional details. Thanks.
New DVD-R courtesy of Brainwashed.com features concert and interview footage of both Windy & Carl and Jessica Bailiff.
From the Brainwashed site:
"We're excited to present the latest EYE DVD now available in the commerce section, featuring two of Brainwashed's hometown superheroes (well, it just means we host their websites!) The Jessica Bailiff segment has been expanded to a complete hour, including some more footage from the Paris show while the Windy & Carl segment has been completely re-cut, combining footage into one continuous 39-minute concert.
The main portion of the concerts were shot at Stormy Records and Windy & Carl will be appearing at this year's Terrastock Festival in Providence, Rhode Island, and Jessica Bailiff is hot on the heels of releasing her fourth solo album. With Rachel Staggs as Eau Claire, they will be performing at 2006's South By Southwest in Austin."
I've got my copy and it's great. I'm working on distilling the W&C concert into an MP3 for non-visual listening pleasure. I can upload this to my website if anybody else wants it (just make sure you support Brainwashed by buying a copy of the DVD-R as well!).