Showing posts with label dream pop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dream pop. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

(dis)PERSE Dispatch

A mix featuring Hyaena Fierling, a:urban, Oystein Jorgensen, Ihana, The Grief, Lambchop, Patscan, Giles Giles & Fripp, Isnaj Dui, Jorge Reyes & Suso Saiz, Krause/Goyette, Their Teeth To Points, aboombong, Henry Cow, Laurie Anderson, Lalezar Ensemble, Luqus & R.I.T, Ohm:, The Ordinaires, Her Space Holiday and Bernadette Erikka. Nice to be included with such stellar acts.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Black Silk

Kids got some skills. I like it. Mellow. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

bendle - jesus

One of my favorite new releases, a little tune called jesus is from a great friend here at pen & mallet. The main instigator behind dustdevil & crow, bendle has been doing his own thing musically since the late seventies (e.g., the door and the window and The 49 Americans and many, many other projects you can check out at his bandcamp page). This one is a collaboration with rob tarana and has been in heavy rotation since I downloaded it.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kamikaze spreads the word

A nice mix of music from Kamikaze dropped awhile back. Includes a track from adumbral. Lots of other great artists included for you check out as well (track list below). Honored to be included. 

Jason Crumer & Joseph Hammer - Show Em The Door [Accidie]
Powell - A Band [The Death Of Rave]
Vladislav Delay - Kulkee [Raster Noton]
Actress - Silver Cloud Dream Come True [Werk/Ninja Tune]
Bernard Gagnon - Dictee [Tenzier]
Yong Yong - Mongo [Night School]
The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble - Giraffes We Ride [Folkways]
Mustapha Skandrani - Mode Raml Maya Improvisation [Em]
Nishan Sedefjian - Huzam Taxim [Mississippi/Canary/Change]
Jung Nam Hee - Chinyangjo/Chungmori [Sublime Frequencies]
St. Gun Khin May - Shan Village Part 1/Part 2 [Sublime Frequencies]
Kesarbai Kerkar - Lalat: Ghatan Lagi Rain [Mississippi/Canary/Change]
Hacker Farm - 5:29 [Exotic Pylon]
MCMXCI - Untitled 5 [Opal Tapes]
aboombong - K1 [Bandcamp] 
Trance Farmers - Purple Hay [Stones Throw/Leaving]
Filthy Huns - Infinite Ride [Not Not Fun]
Golden Teacher - Rashomon [Optimo]
Factory Floor - Fall Back Synth Loop [DFA]
Yong Yong - Bzzzr [Night School]
Karriem Riggins - Voyager I 5000 [Stones Throw]
Oh No - Creepers [KahRoc]
Jeremy Greenspan & Laurie Spiegel - Sirius Shake [Jialong]

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Sextants: 1987 demo

Back in the day when A.O.S. was working to dominate the local college music scene in our little corner of the American Southwest, our main rivals in town, along with The Young Pros, were a group of  upstarts called The Sextants. I just ran across this track of theirs from 1987 on soundcloud, so I thought I'd share it with ya'll. 

And to facilitate the head to head comparisons and a nostalgia overload - here's The Young Pros (doing a cover of an A.O.S. song)

and A.O.S.'s DIY cassette release from 1988- Rip It Up - Enjoy

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dynamo Stairs - Reverse Screen, and other newness

There's a new Dynamo Stairs CD sending out waves to world. It is a collection of tracks from across the many years that the project has been going. The project predates David's work with Choke and continues to this day with a wide range of styles exploring the edges of pop.  I've been enjoying it a lot. You might as well. Here's a video taste

In other news, there is a new aboombong shaping up. It is a companion piece to atrophic and a bit of a departure for aboombong. I need to put together an album cover and cross some sonic T's, but watch for it on bandcamp soon. Also out soon will be the new Dustdevil & Crow, accidental music. Michael has a couple of teaser tracks up on his soundcloud: Big Wind & Broken Head Boy.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

aboombong - admixture

Starting the new year with a new release, admixture, a two-track, interactive e.p. from aboombong. With the exception of a little harmonica, this one is all percussion. The interactive element here is this: I am sending solicitations for additional elements for each track to my musician friends...and will accept them as well from those of you out there that feel inclined; I will take submitted additions to the songs and I will combine them into new versions: not remixs, admixs. If you are interested in participating...put together your contribution and then leave a comment or send me a note here (click on the link that says "For all other inquiries, click here") and we'll figure out how I can retrieve your contributions. No complicated rules, but remember, your contribution will be combined with things you haven't heard. Oh, and I don't want any samples of already released material. Contributions should be something you created from scratch.

Artist: aboombong
: admixture
Style: shoegaze, drone-rock, idm, psychedelic, dream pop
Features: percussion, harmonica, effects.

As always, this one is a pay what you want release. All proceeds go to more music.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dynamo Stairs - Worm Separators and Guides

A friend of the show post today with some more songs from Saxon, Switzerland's Dynamo Stairs (aka David Liso from Choke and Splayfeet), now available on his soundcloud page. If you like these teasers go to for much more from David (dig around, tracks to listen to and lots of information and photos - you can even use paypal to support the artist).

Worm Stars Separators And Guides tracks by Dynamo Stairs - David Says:"3 exclusive tracks from Dynamo Stairs' 2008 album 'Worm Stars Separators And Guides'"

Outtakes by Dynamo Stairs- David says: "Old Dynamo Stairs tracks written between 1993 and 1995! Were supposed to be tried out and performed by Mesmerise in Italy, but never quite made it ..."


Friday, August 26, 2011

aboombong - Taking Blue Mountain By Stages (with dustdevil & crow)

Much of the discourse musicians have with fans is about the creative process. "Where do you get your ideas?" or "How did you get it to sound like that?" Usually, the musician doesn't have much to say on that front or comes off as pretentious and boring. I am hoping to avoid that with this post as I take you through a journey towards a completed song included on the latest dustdevil & crow release, ...and chuang tzu dreamed that he was me, which is officially coming out September 1st. The song is one that was initiated by aboombong, and developed by the whole crew in stages. The progression provides, to me, a nice view of the collaborative process. In this case, one that could not have occurred in an earlier era as the members of the group are spread out around the globe.

The journey begins with a song from the 2nd dustdevil & crow release, while speaking softly you can hear the insects sing. The song is titled Broken Skin and goes like this:

In the process of creating this track, and before we had the wonderful violin work of rob tarana, I created a drone as a background. We never used it, but I liked the way it sounded. The drone was created from the guitars already included on the track. Here they are by themselves:

Here is the drone that was left on the cutting room floor:

When it came time to do the next dustdevil & crow release, I remembered liking that little drone, and decided to turn it into something. Here is what I sent bendle & michael, a track I called Blue Mountain Drop:

When bendle sent it back to me, he had reworked some lyrics from an old The Door and The Window track called Rain (available on his bandcamp page). The resulting track, now Blue Mountain sounded like this:

Then michael added his trademark wall of guitars and sent us this:

Finally, with the help of nick toombs' additional guitar work, bendle's careful mixing, and mastering work by michael, we get the final song as it appears on the album still titled Blue Mountain. I decided I liked all the various steps towards this final track, so I am releasing an EP that details the journey on my bandcamp page to help promote ...and chuang tzu dreamed that he was me. You can hear the whole journey here:

The rest of the dustdevil & crow album is really good too and bendle is selling physical copies on his bandcamp page...don't miss out.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

dustdevil & crow .​.​.​and chuang tzu dreamed that he was me

The newest release from dustdevil & crow is up at bendle's bandcamp page. For this one, .​.​.​and chuang tzu dreamed that he was me, aboombong collaborated with the boys on Blue Mountain and I am quite proud of how it turned out. Physical copies of this one will also be available. Stay tuned.

Watch for a special bonus release related to this album soon.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

another best of 2010 mix

Again, this one ain't mine, but I have to pass it along. This one is from Dying for Bad Music and features artists from the Free Music Archive including DUSTdevil & crow. The FMA is also home to albums by aboombong and ¡para!helion and is really one of the best places to find DIY music available today. Check other best of FMA 2010 mixes over at the FMA, or join up and create your own.

Update: asynchronic is included in the spotinews mega-post of 100 notable albums of 2010.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

amnemonic, dustdevil & crow: what I did for summer vacation

This summer has been a particularly enjoyable and productive one. While completing the azwarm album and the boom dispenser remixs project (as I have mentioned previously), I was honored to be asked to collaborate on the newest Dustdevil & Crow album, while speaking softly you can hear the insects sing. It was completed recently and is now available on the Free Music Archive. I have also added amnemonic over at the FMA (HERE). The FMA is a great resource, chock full of amazing music with easy access to high-quality MP3's. It also allows you to create custom mixes with an easy to use interface. I have created a mix with both while speaking softly you can hear the insects sing and amnemonic that will allow you to listen to or download both albums in one click. You can also easily embed this player or send it to your friends to help us get the word out (always much appreciated).

For those audiophiles out there who are looking for lossless versions of either of these albums, well, of course, they are available. Bendle has put both Dustdevil & Crow albums up at his bandcamp page for free (along with lots of other goodies), and, of course, all the aboombong releases are available in lossless formats on bandcamp (name your price) as well. Don't forget that I will email a special access code to anyone naming a price of $5 or more that is good for limited edition bonus material from amnemonic. You can also get access to this bonus material by donating directly using the "donate" buttons here at Pen & Mallet, or the "tip the artist" button at the Free Music Archive.

UPDATE2.1: Thanks to Dying For Bad Music and The Couch Sessions for helping to spread the word. And check out this short film featuring the opening minutes of Cromsby Grovernor's Jujujaiponmolam. Also a NSFW friend of the show note: Swellco & Swellco are getting some notice for exposing the underbelly (and more, much more) of the city that loves you back.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

DUSTdevil & Crow - now on FMA

While Walking Slowly You Can See the Grasses Grow, the latest by DUSTdevil & Crow, is now available through the Free Music Archive. As mentioned in a previous post, they are working on a new release and I have the honor of contributing some drums and noise to the affair in between working on the new aboombong /Fez Dispenser remix project, putting together tracks for the next aboombong release (due this summer), and playing drums with some very talented local kids in a new post-rock/math-rock trio. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Choke: eponymous e.p., gauze/total reverence, and lo-fi noise

I think I am most comfortable thinking of myself as an experimental musician. For me this means I experiment with the process by which the music is created. In this sense, Choke was the most experimental band I have been involved with. This is true despite the fact that the product of Choke's experimentation ended up being closer to pop music than anything else I have played. This experimentation in large part involved doing things to break the band's members out of comfortable roles and habits. So, for instance, 4 of 5 the songs on our eponymous e.p. were based around guitar parts and bass lines written by the drummer (me) who can't play guitar or bass. Add to that a guitarist on bass and a bassist on guitar, turn it all up past eleven even on the pretty songs, and...well, just listen.

Style: Post-punk dream pop with a quick detour into prog-noise.
The players:
David Liso- guitar, bass, vocals (check out Dynamo Stairs)
Grant Garner - bass
Matt Sneddon - guitar
me - drum kit, steel pan, hand drums, metal objects, loops, samples

Choke (eponymous e.p.) (FLAC, Ogg Vorbis,MP3)
Produced by Matt Thorne (a Skin & Barrel Production)
Track list:
1) Alexander Orchid
2) Barcelona
3) Browse
4) H20
5) Sheltering

Note: the player plays the whole e.p.

released two DIY cassettes, Gauze and Total Reverence. My copies were, ironically, all but destroyed in a crushed box during one of my many moves. I was able to salvage all but three tracks off of the cassettes thanks to scotch tape & razor skills learned in my experimental music classes back in the day. The track Green Hand, in fact, was put back together from almost a dozen splices using several cassettes. The three missing tracks are a great version of Barcelona, a version of Alexander Orchid that includes a hammond organ part missing from the version above, and a slower noisier version of Browse. I will work on finding clean copies of those tracks. I'll upload them if they become available [update - Now available here].

Choke: Gauze/Total Reverence
Style: shoegazer, rave, post-punk, dream pop.
DIY cassette releases from the early 90's.
Recorded in our rehearsal studio using 4-track cassette machine

1) Mortar
2) Sex Trial
3) Shine
4) Crushed box/grill
5) Bliss
6) Poundcake
7) Circles
8) Tanta Figa
9) Green Hand
10) H20 (clank mix)

Note: player plays all ten tracks

For archival purposes, I am also including two unfinished bonus tracks. These were recorded live to ghetto blaster in our rehearsal space. Both songs were eventually part of our live set list, but they were never properly recorded. There is something about these takes that I like: Lo-fi noise.

Rehearsal Tapes
1) Untitled
2 ) Sturwelpeter


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