Spanning the globe and putting a spanner in the works
A DAY IN THE DESERT II
10/25 Pioneertown, CA
KALLOCAIN W/ REGIS
11/22 Cleveland, OH
Les Urbaines Festival
12/7 Lausanne, SZ
PROSTITUTES performing this wondrous event.
To think, the first show was in the basement of a shitty dive with a leaking ice machine and now in the secluded land of rock and sand.
YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY!
This gig ain’t for everyone but if you are so inclined to make it please check out the info HERE.
“Crushed Interior” is now available in the USA.
I am VERY grateful to anyone who purchases the LP from any retail outlet and I whole heartedly appreciate the support. That being said…
If you are going to purchase, i highly recommend getting it from Bent Crayon.
If it wasn’t for that shoppe and the man behind it, this album would have never been made.
16 years ago i was buying Purpose Maker, Chain Reaction and Tresor 12″s and having my life changed. This was only because someone who truly cares about music put those records in my hands and assuredly said, “check this out”. Now you get algorhytmic “suggestions” via some program because you wanted to hear Atoms For Peace. There is no substitute for a shoppe owner who is truly invested in new music (emotionally and financially) that relates to your tastes and interests.
(real) Record stores are an important (and criminally overlooked) cog in the underground scene. When you visit another city they are places where you can meet like-minded music lovers, find out about local shows and artists and (gasp!) make friends. Now, i’m sure there is someone reading this who says “but all that can be done online” to that i say, people read food and wine blogs and watch porn online all day long but eating, drinking & fucking can’t be done through your ISP.
It’s very important to not only keep brick and mortar shoppes in business but also thriving. The way to do that by going to them all year long, not just on corporate appointed holidays AKA Wreck-A-Store Day. Talk to the people behind the counter, ask questions, discuss music, buy what turns you on and in turn, turn others on to it.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
As far as i am aware of the only copies of Mirror & Gate Vol 1 in the US of fuggin’ A are are available from Bent Crayon.
One of the many versions of the PROSTITUTES set that was performed opening for Perc on 12.29.12.
This year had a shit ton of great albums. I could have easily made this a top 20 and still had regrets but this ain’t modern day little league baseball so not everyone gets to feel special. As a concession and a lame tie in, I did decide to make it a top 12.
The guidelines still apply: Only NEW releases. No reissues or compilations.
So take a gander and commence to bitching because making a stink about year end lists is in vogue.
1. Spacin’ “Deep Thuds” Richie
Freak flags in rock were flying half mast until these basement cretins raised them high and set them on fire.
2. Goat “World Music” Rocket Recordings
A Dunlop wah wah pedal, lingonberries & coup de poudre.
3. KA “Grief Pedigree” Iron Works
Middle age rage.
4.Vladislav Delay ?”Kuopio” Raster-Noton
Formless function perfection.
5. Bailter Space “Strobosphere” Fire
Cryogenically sealed since 1992 and still fresh.
6. Austin Cesear ”Cruise Forever” Public Information
Dreaming about wind while sleeping in a warehouse.
7. Belbury Poly “The Belbury Tales” Ghost Box
Ghosts with Earl Grey stained teeth haunting the library.
8. Thought Broadcast “Emergency Stairway” Editions Mego
Chiaroscuro drawings on a factory floor.
9. Messages “Message Bag” De Stijl
Ragged garage raga.
10. Silent Servant “Negative Fascination” Hospital
A sentence that tells more of a story than a novel.
11. Madteo “Noi No” Sähkö Recordings
12. Moonrises ”Moonrises” Galactic Archive / Logan Hardware
Hate the player, not the game.
Although the ass end of 2012 was heavy with the heavy hitters, it was an all around banner year for technoid soundsz. The 12″ has always been my favorite format and these are my favorites from the last 12 months.
1. Milton Bradley “Reality Is Wrong” Prologue
Techno cathedral built from muscle memory.
2. Powell “Body Music EP” Diagonal
Every time i hear a new record by this guy i want to burn my gear.
3. Fit Featuring Gunnar Wendel “Enter The Fog” FXHE Records
“They don’t write ‘em like that anymore” – Greg Kihn
4. Appian\Segv “Split EP” Sly Fox Records
2 artists, 4 tracks 1 out of nowhere classic.
5. Vladislav Delay “Espoo” Raster-Noton
Welcome back to innovation.
6. Tuff Sherm “Pharmacy EP” The Trilogy Tapes
7. Shxcxchcxsh “Nmhnmhnmnmh” HEM
8. Mala “Stand Against War / Maintain Thru Madness” DMZ
Reclaiming D**S*** by pushing around bass weight.
9. Leftover “Der Kirschbaum EP” Baum Records
High water mark in a flooded genre.
10. Go Hiyama “Arc One” Token
Compression got a hold on me.
The new LP “Crushed Interior” has been mastered by the mighty James Plotkin and is in the very early phase of production.
It will be out on Digitalis early next year. Until then, here is one of the many traxz that didn’t make the cut.