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SnC 426 – Wildly West

Suffolk And Cool - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:55
WATW

We Are The West are back with a brand new EP. Excellent news!

We’ve got a live recording from the high desert of New Mexico, Ghostly sounds from Seattle, Afrobeat from Brooklyn and to start, songs collected by a biologist in the Carpathian mountains of Central and Eastern Europe over a hundred years ago.

 

DalavaEj, Lasko, lasko – Aram Bajakian & Julia Ulehla (Dálava) (New York City, USA) Rock Paper

A biologist was so enchanted by the music of a small Moravian village at the western hem of the Carpathians over a hundred years ago that he meticulously transcribed them into a tome of a book.

The songs had been carefully preserved. But how could they come alive over a hundred years later?

The NYC based band Dálava gives a beautifully idiosyncratic answer with their eponymous debut album (release: October 14, 2014). Based on the Moravian folk songs transcribed by biologist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Vladimir Úlehla, and led by vocalist Julia Ulehla (Vladimír’s American great granddaughter) and guitarist Aram Bajakian, the album vibrates with intensity, even when whispering and sparse. Prepared and distorted guitar alternates with eerie soundscapes. Ulehla’s voice teases and caresses (“Milá má”), then leaps and bounds (“Mamičky”).

“The song texts feel like fairy tales, like compact parables,” muses Ulehla. “They are so evocative of a whole miniature universe. We tried to give each song its own sound world. We knew nothing about the traditional way it was done at the time. It was simply a work of creativity and imagination. We were totally free.”

Bajakian has toured extensively with Lou Reed, who he played alongside during the rock legend’s final two tours. Bajakian then went on to perform over 100 shows alongside multiple Grammy winner Diana Krall during her much lauded Glad Rag Doll Tour. He learned from friend and guitar mentor Marc Ribot, and has worked with John Zorn and his circle to compose and perform challenging contemporary music (though often with a strong rock kick). He has also experimented with tender, more acoustically leaning treatments of Armenian folk tunes with his project Kef.

Ulehla, classically trained at the Eastman School of Music, left the opera world for the uncharted, exploratory territory of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, drawing on the experience of the theater icon and his collaborators to dig deep into the physical experience and ritual mindset of songs in performance.

The two childhood friends crossed paths again as adults, meeting up in Italy where Ulehla was an actress at the Workcenter. Eventually, they found themselves back in New York together as young parents and curious musicians. They decided to tackle the love songs and philosophical ballads, the recruiting chants and cryptic fragments transcribed by Ulehla’s great-grandfather Vladimír.

A ty moja najmilejsi – Aram Bajakian & Julia Ulehla (New York City, USA)

www.dalavamusic.com/

arambajakian.com/

 

coverThe Trilogy – We Are The West (LA, CA, USA)

We heard from We Are The West a while ago and now they have a new work out in the wild called We Are The West III. This is a single track offering somewhat confusingly called Trilogy.

Brett Hool together with his musical soul-mate, John Kibler, are interested in exploring the convergence of sound and space. For this recording they leave the storm drains and underground garage spaces of LA and head out for a live recording in the high desert of New Mexico. Yes, WATW really are interested in exploring the convergence of sound and space.

Their  skilfully crafted music is layered into the context of very live performing and recoding spaces, resulting in songs of a haunting beauty and intimacy.

Their WATW III recording brings us close to performance poetry in places but always underpinned by fabulous playing and voices that reveal real passion. It repays focussed listening.

Ann De Witt has an insightful written interview with Brett and John in The Believer magazine

 

You can get the EP (if that’s what it is) at http://wearethewest.com/WATW/EPIII.html where there is a link to their Bandcamp page. It is offered on a pay what you like basis (min $3) have a listen and discover how much you like it, then let that tell you want it is worth – I’d say the benefit to my soul is worth way more than $3.

The bands previous episodes in the four recording suite are available from Bandcamp too.

wearethewest.com

www.facebook.com/wearethewestmusic

LusineArterial – Lusine (Seattle, WA, USA)

Lusine is Texan Jeff McIlwain, an ambient/IDM musician. Originally a Texas native, McIlwain now resides in Seattle. After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP.

The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly International, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly crafted productions. On the title track, crackling samples simmer like heated atoms narrowly missing each other, suspending us as we wait for release.

Eyes Give In” encapsulates the EP’s feel, taut, with no sound out of place, and yet over the course of its five minutes warming into something undeniably human, even comforting. “Quiet Day,” the most accessible track here, demonstrates McIlwain’s gift for merging heady electronic music with the visceral appeal of pop, as his gorgeous synth melodies compliment submerged vocals.

Eyes Give In – Lusine

At 20 minutes, the EP is exactly as long as it needs to be, showcasing yet again the multiplicity that exists within Lusine’s work through songs that form a compact whole. As McIlwain told Giant Step in a recent interview, his goal is to find “beauty in strange places” and “warmth under the surface” through all his music, and on Arterial he fulfills this wonderfully.

You can buy it direct from Ghostly International at: http://www.theghostlystore.com/collections/music/products/lusine-arterial

lusineweb.com

 

UndergroundBella Ciao – Underground System (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Underground System’s music finds its roots in Fela Kuti’s West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic that is chopped and screwed with the disparate influences from dance halls around the world. The band’s female frontline pushes them ahead with a unifying socially conscious voice, Underground System is a force: a freaky, dancey, multicultural party.

From the two track Bella Ciao EP a five track remix album has emerged, that truly displays the diversity of Underground System’s music.  To create this album Underground System has called upon their extensive network of beat makers, electronic musicians, rappers and DJs to create five incredibly different remixes of the tracks D.O.N. and Bella Ciao.  Underground System Remixed features reworked tracks from the Brooklyn-based trio Archie Pelago brings their electronics, trumpet, cello, sax in for a spaced-out disco remix of Bella Ciao.  Globe-hopping DJ and educator Chief Boima twisted that same track into a dark percussive track ready for the international dancefloor. The Bella Ciao remixes are rounded out by none other than Peter Matson, Underground System’s own bandleader and accomplished DJ and producer in his own right.  The track D.O.N. was put into the hands of Das Racist alums Kool A.D. and Kassa Overall aka Kool and Kass, the result is an epic extended verse track that only these two hip hop magicians would produce.  The final remix of D.O.N. is the premier of the newest Underground System offshoot project Big Everything (Elenna Canlas and Peter Matson) dance floors beware!

undergroundsystembk.com

twitter.com/USAfrobeat

instagram.com/undergroundsystem

The video for the original mix.

 

 

DC622 Rupture Black Wing

Dark Compass Metal Show - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:00

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DC621 Spring Special

Dark Compass Metal Show - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:00

This week, a special as I’m away.  This is what I consider the best tracks we’ve played on the show this year so far.  Comment if you think otherwise.

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Sundown Lounge #358

Sundown Lounge - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:22
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"Shred The Track [produced for passion2moves's Shred The Deck]" - without.directive; Geeknotes: See Tegan and Sara Backstage, Beau Barry Jazz Quartet, YOU'RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes...; Open Mic Stage: "New Beginning" - Dubarray, "My Friend" - James Elvidge, "Bana Her Yol Paris Hilton (Paris Hilton to me Every Way)" - Sehabe, "Endless Reel (live)" - Geodesik, "The Garden" - the silk demise, "Summer Happy" - Elonious; Map Room: Scientists unlock the future of beer, Scientists discover mechanism that could regrow damaged nerves, New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable; Venue Verite: Not This Week...; Music Bed: "Morning Murmur" track from Coffivity.com

DC620 Vipers before Swine

Dark Compass Metal Show - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:00

diesofluid_20142 hours of Rock and Metal from around the world. Some of the best tunes from bands you might of not heard of before.

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Sundown Lounge #357.5

Sundown Lounge - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:06
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No way I was gonna do a show today, after all, but check out Adam Watson's very appropriate poem for the day. Also: podzine housekeeping and personal updates. New show next week...

Sundown Lounge #357

Sundown Lounge - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 02:40
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"everything looks like water (clay remix)" - CelloJoe; Geeknotes: Bay Area Generations #7, Jenene Ravesloot @ "the Cafe Gallery", Eva Lin, Drew Torres, Lauren O'Brien, Roland Ramos & 2nd Chance For Liars at NMP, Nicholas Barron - New Chicago Blues and Soul, Tony Fitzpatrick - The Secret Birds; Open Mic Stage: "Addict (DJ R3xXx Remix)" - DJ R3xXx, "The Fourth Estate" - R.M. Isaiah, "Vicious Theme" - Pic Vicious, "Now It's Dark" - Elefaux, "My Blue Sea" - Castles In Spain, "Dance While The Sky Crashes Down" - Jason Webley, "We Are Waiters" - The 21st Century, "What Do I Have To Do" - Wicked Mercies; Map Room: Myth That 10,000 Hours Of Practice Can Turn Anyone Into Expert Has Been Debunked, Revolutionary Solar-Powered Toilet, Would You Customize Your First Born Child; Venue Verite: Not This Week...; Music Bed: "Everything Burns (Instrumental)" - Ben Moody

Sundown Lounge #356

Sundown Lounge - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 20:02
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"Goya no Machiawase" - Hello Sleepwalkers (Noragami, '14); Geeknotes: March Music Connection, Jamie Lynn Fletcher, Words As Works/Punk Hostage Press at Pegasus Books, Tom Roby @ "the Cafe Gallery," Raw Feed @ Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing, Lair'z St. Patrix Birthdaze, G.P.A. & Roberta Miles @ Waiting 4 the Bus - Special guest host Robin Fine; Open Mic Stage: "Respect for the dead man" - Pay money To my Pain, featuring Ken & Teru from Crossfaith (Nobunagun, '14), "X Jigen e Youkoso" - Etsuko Yakushimaru (Space Dandy, '14), "Database feat. TAKUMA (10 Feet)" - MAN WITH A MISSION (Log Horizon, '13), "Kaze ga Shitteru" by Akai Kouen, or Ko-en (Toaru Hikuushi e Kouta / Love Song of a Certain Pilot,'14), "Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui (No Matter How I Look At It, It's You, Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular!,'13)" - Konomi Suzuki n' Kiba of Akiba, "FLAT" by livetune plus Yuuki Ozaki from Galileo Galilei (Hamatora the Animation, '14), "Out of Control" - Nothing's Carved in Stone (Pycho-Pass, '13), "Parallax View" - Sumire Uesaka (Hoozuki no Reitetsu /, '14), "Set Them Free" - Akira Jimbo (Tonari no Seki-kun / Master of Killing Time, '14); Map Room: Autonomous drones flock like birds, Microgrids will soon make large electrical grids obsolete, Four women with transplanted wombs are trying to get pregnant with IVF; Venue Verite: Hunter X Hunter 2011 Episode 116 Review: Gon Vs. Neferpitou Controversy - MechaBladeZ; Music Bed: Eitetsu Hayashi, Japan's Premier Solo Taiko Drummer - ARTmania Comm

Sundown Lounge #355

Sundown Lounge - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 20:25
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"Close but Far" - 2Face; Geeknotes: Elizabeth Marino @ "the Cafe Gallery," Bill Yarrow @ AWP Bookfair, "A HOME BRINGING FOR AMIRI"; Open Mic Stage: Australia's record-breaking summer helped push average global - Greenshack Dotinfo, "Mexican Roadtrip" - Glitter Canyon, "Fencing" - Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum, "Middle Names" - CERES, 2013 was hottest year on record in Australia - NewsBBCInternational, "May 24 " - Trophy Eyes, "Just is Justice" - Sam Wylde, "Black Light ft. Elyse Beer" - Victor Y, "Christopher Walken Fan Club" - Undercast, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER - DROUGHT AFFECTED REGIONAL AUSTRALIA - Tony Abbott, "Really Do It Ft. Greta Stanley" - Savo; Map Room: Instant skin graft spray gun offers new treatment for burn victims, New 3D printed materials lighter than water and as strong as steel; Venue Verite: Climate Change Skeptic Does 180 On Global Warming1766 - Jayna Agurs; Music Bed: Sounds from "Sights and Sounds of an Australian Beach" - SHELLAH59

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