In this week’s Sonic Reducer, I weighed in on new albums by Scott Walker, Crystal Castles and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra. Check out videos and sound from featured acts below.
Vinyl Archaeologist Shares Random Tracks
Sonic reductions of Scott Walker, Crystal Castles and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The present's so bright, you ought to wear (shutter) shades
If y'all read my intro column, Dancing About Pueblo Revival Style Architecture, you already know I dig making podcasts of Nuevo Mexicano music for my blog, Things in Light. There's some terrific work being created by local musicians and I'm psyched to share it with Alibi readers. The new TiL podcast, Shutter Mix, includes tracks from the 2011 solo women's Gatas y Vatas fest compilation and tunes by Shiprock post-punk duo Discotays and Fort Wingate-based composer Ryan Dennison, among others. Stream it below or see the original blog post for a full track list.
Mainstream Jazz for Aliens
Slumgum sweetens the mix at The Roost
Flyer on the Wall
Deep Synapse Brain Massage
Styrofoam Sanchez, Hora Flora, The Jeebies, Kayfabe Quartet and Javelina coalesce into big bleepy, noisy, jazzy show. Happens on Monday, April 30, at 8:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE). Admission is $5 and all-ages. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
High Desert Signals
Six experimenters synch up
Improv, experimental and noise
Flyer on the Wall: Sult brings electro acoustic improv from Norway tonight at Moldspores.
Flyer on the Wall
Sult (Norwegian electro acoustic improv), Brachiator (experimental sounds by New Mexico’s Mark Weaver, Ben Wright and Christian Pincock), Alchemical Burn vs. AGL (drone competition) and DJ Caterwaul (vinyl records) constitute a far-out show at Moldspores (923 11th Street NW) on Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
New Mexico band releases noise freak-out En Lak Ech
Don’t limit it by calling it music, man. Jazz derangements, electronic debris and heaving melts of guitar are just part of it. What Sabertooth Cavity offers up with its first album, En Lak Ech, is a little more meta. Or a little more Dada. However you want to take it.
Best of 2010 mix for ears to hear
The better to see you with, my dear
Of course you know the old dancing-
Year in Review: Music
Drones, Dub, Kraut, Harp
Best releases of 2010 for weirdos and malcontents
Mad genius Whitman arms his modular synths with razor-sharp spurs and lets them fight each other to the death. Result: a tapestry of colliding sine waves beautiful in their autonomous complexity. This originally-cassette-only objet d’art is now available via iTunes.
Blog Spot Beats: Anne Laplantine's last tracks, Constrobuz's latest, Lil B meets Imogen Heap
Anne Laplantine, "Spring won't find us" (2009)
Listen + download
Ms. Laplantine is a French musician and video artist who lives and works in Paris. While her previous 11 releases mine the sound-art vein of experimental electronica this release debuts her dreamy vocals, layered into thirteen minutes of soul warming future folk. These haunting voals fused with earth-toned landscapes create the compelling musical language this album. She claims that this is her last release, after 9 years of music crafting, to focus on board games and Facebook.
Constrobuz, "Glorious Nippon" (2010)
Listen + download
Chris Papp of Raleigh, North Carolina has been dishing out beat tapes to the web like hot cakes since he was 16. Strictly Beats mention rates Bleep Blorp Remixes as "one of the best tapes ever... on the net." Now he's 19 years old and his followers are hypnotized by his sound. His atypical producing strategies have warped the online hip hop scene.
Glorious Nippon boasts a wirey synth melody, lots of lush, spacey compression, and immaculate drum placement (a Constrobuz signature). This track is based on a sample from the 70's prog rock band CMU.
Lil B, "I'm God" (2010)
Watch and listen at YouTube
Lil B is sensibly retarded. He has a fairly large cult of people who idolize him (his YouTube tracks can sport a quarter million views or more). His lyrics are hilarious, vulgar, psychedelic and unexplainable delivered with a deadpan, lewd-emcee crackhead manner. He claims his name 'Lil B' stands for Lil Boss, but then goes by 'Lil Based.' Either way, half the time he goes by "Based God." At one point he had around 122 myspace pages for his music, each one with a different name.
This track, from the "6 Kiss" album, starts off with a sample from Imogen Heap's "Just For Now" --her dreamlike vocals serenading on the beat. He goes on rapping about absolute nonsense. Or maybe there's meaning. Who knows? Some people think Lil B is dragging this ego along to become the next Lil Wayne. Some think he's the new Wesley Willis. Regardless, I think he needs to keep doing what he's doing. Because he's working and producing thousands plus me are hooked.
(ED's note: Lil B is defininitely a strange phenomenon. Check out his 'positive' track "Age of Information" plus tracks like "Wonton Soup," "I'm a Fag I'm a Lesbian" & "Like a Martian" for a better scope of this peculiar voice in hip hop.)
Albuquerque is being visited by the best kind of aliens—experimental musicians. Headlining tonight’s show at 1kind Studios is Peace, Loving of Boston, MA. Three members of an innovative music/art collective and record label Whitehaus are coming through with handheld tape recorders full of cricket song, homemade instruments and poetry and creative and playful antics.
Hora Flora, or Raub Roy, is a sound scientist, touring out of San Francisco. Videos show his sets as whimsical performances that couple sound and visuals for a holistic artistic experience.
The locals will be the Jeebies, who’ve made a few appearances at 1kind of late. The last time I saw them, they started the set wearing giant foam heads to appear like silly monsters and ended playing bass, creating a low and melodic tapestry of sound. They’re known to vary their routine, however-in the past they have used the missed connections as lyrics and put on puppet shows.
iNK oN pAPER is a drum, bass, electronic duo from the High Mayhem emerging arts studio in Santa Fe. You may know them from the High Mayhem performance space or the band The Late Severa Wires.
I really can't tell you what to expect from this evening but be prepared for auditory abduction.