July 29, 2011
“Summvs,” the latest collaboration between Carsten Nicolai/Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, features the superb centerpiece “Noano,” two versions of Brian Eno’s classic “By This River,” and a series of compositions performed on a very rare piano.
For more details, see the Raster-Noton page. For two thrilling live performances, see below.
“By This River”
July 27, 2011
Breaking stones, yes. But like rhythmically falling water, not a sledgehammer. And with finesse, not brute force.
Working equally — that’s to say, very — well both for the dance floor and for repeated, careful listening, Mark E‘s “Stone Breaker” succeed on all fronts. Sounding to me like one of the best house lps this year.
“Got To Get Me There”
July 24, 2011
July 23, 2011
“The Empty Room,” a short story by Jonathan Lethem, appears in the latest issue of the Paris Review.
Nice Echo & the Bunnymen reference towards the end.
Pretty much their best song.
July 16, 2011
Just out on Sub Pop Records.
Right up there with Roxy Music’s “Avalon.”
“You and I”
July 13, 2011
“Strictly increasing and strictly convex” describes a function that goes up at a faster and faster rate. Like the awesomeness of the Deep Heaven Now Festival, with its fourth installment coming up next month.
In anticipation of the great event, Jinsen has put together a 24-track compilation, which you can download (for free!) at the Bandcamp page.
Featuring outstanding contributions by Gospel Gossip, Stargazer Lillies, The Vandelles, Brief Candles, 28 Degrees Taurus, Static of the Gods, Endless Wave, The December Sound, Hi Tiger, Herbcraft, Ghost Box Orchestra, the Byrd/Thompson Expansion, Whir, and many, many more!
Whir, “Collider Wheel” — from Allston!
Hi Tiger, “Wolves” — from Portland, Maine!
Gospel Gossip, “Sippy Cup” — there’s a different song on the comp, but this video is too great not to watch!
July 11, 2011
John Maus, “Believer.”
From his lp, “We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves,” Ribbon Records (2011).
July 9, 2011
If you’re looking forward to the new Wilco album coming out this Fall, you should be looking forward even more to this lp, “Chalk,” by Found Audio, which comes out next month.
Singing the alt-country blues in Allston. And who among us hasn’t done the same, from time to time?
July 6, 2011
Thee Oh Sees: delightful, as always.
Even when singing about death ….
“I Need Seed”