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April 20th, 2010

Pocahaunted – Mirror Mics

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Late to the party as per usual (not to mention they have a new LP out).  ML twice made note of these guys in ’09 but I figure what the heck, let’s go for a third.  To be honest, initial spins of this one didn’t do much for me.  Peevishly, I thought of them as the new weird folk/drone scene’s answer to the Cocteau Twins, only not as good.  But, like a good analogue trooper, I gave it a few more plays and cannot recommend this one enough.

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Pocahaunted eschew electronic embellishment in favour of a more tribal and meandering approach to generate the aural wash for their vocalising.  Lovely stuff but just as things are getting all comfy cozy, they sort of fall off the noise/improv deep end at the end of side 2.  Totally cool with me as we wouldn’t want to typecast the “Olsen twins of blissed out drone”.  This might be out of print but definitely worth a look.

 

February 20th, 2010

Chatoe Rogue

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Look what we tried last night.  After a hard day of playing audio retailer, this proved the perfect salve for long day of blabbing and demo-ing.

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A Rogue beer

This one is a little on the dark side.  When held aloft this brew  receives a resounding ‘F’ on the light test.  Remarkably, this lager is extremely well balanced, avoiding the tendency to be sweet at the expense of subtlety and flavour.  Coffee and mocha lead the way with good hop-age on the follow through.  Think cafe mocha for the thirsty or chocolate milk for grown ups!

February 16th, 2010

Amanaz – Africa.

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Man, my disposition is always sunnier after spinning this one.  Fantastic Zambian fuzz guaranteed to brighten even the darkest of winter days.

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Maybe it’s the tennis ball yellow vinyl that conjures those summer-y images ….

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Not quite sure if I agree with them being Africa’s answer to Cream but very fuzzy, very cool and pretty much stoned.  EC never made a record this good!

February 13th, 2010

A Very Cool 7″ Single.

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Here’s the limited 7″ that comes with Kris’s latest LP.
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Messenger Girls side B.

More info @ www.uzuaudio.com.

January 27th, 2010

Happy Birthday Monkeyhaus

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Monkeyhaus turned one today, I raise a glass. I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon this thing–I suppose I owe a great deal to little Leo, for kicking me out of my own livingroom and forcing me to finish a listening room project started eight years ago. The room was built as a tool, and as a shelter from the bombast that the factory will often hurl.

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The first Monkeyhaus event formed fairly organically, friends gathering together to listen to music. A fairly neutral territory, big enough for everyone. Yet professional or just important enough to warrant repeat visits and special occasion whisky, cigars, LPs, even master tapes. Open doors and friendly, but also a sense of truly belonging, membership, family.
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January 25th, 2010

Dammit!

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January 12th, 2010

Sheesh

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I’m away for like, well, honestly it feels like a year or so, and I miss an epic string of awesome posts. Woo-hoo!

October 13th, 2009

Beauty is absolute

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This is not really a record review, but I need to include a record in this post because it is essentially beautiful. Beautiful in it’s essence. And without it, I wouldn’t be writing any of this. There’s no cover art pic, the cover is okay, very minimalist and irrelevant to a discussion of beauty, it’s not beautiful. But the record is also minimalist. Superficially at least. Because it’s not really minimal at all. There is a sophisticated and confident multiplicity about this record that confounds it’s minimalist-techno facade.

Sheesh, I used facade. Sorry about that. That’s not beautiful or minimalist, is it?
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So the record is Yesterday And Today, by The Field. And yeah, it’s laid back. Sometimes I feel like a discovery has to have this earthy-gritty or harmony-hating shit going on to be considered a real gem, and that’s all cool and shit. I’m down with much of that nasty. But once and a while I feel like it’s time to offer up these morsels of otherspace now and then. Right? You guys know what clicks my shit. You probably make fun of it by now…

This is it. It’s good. It’s one of those, but not as sad, I think. Not sad at all, it moves along without that addictive but relentless Houseishness. Double album, and all long tracks, because sometimes I just don’t want to have to rush into things. Sometimes I just want to lay back and let things happen to me. Slowly.

Long songs laid out the way they naturally come: a couple of tracks at 8-10 minutes followed by a long, side-length meditation, then a couple more tighter bits then leave me with another full-side trip. There are a couple of almost “songs” here, including a cover of Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime and the killer title track, with John Stanier drummer gently wrenching us with a feather out of the analog synth MBV dream for a satisfying rub of the eyes and then depositing us back in the driver’s seat of this sensuous sports car in the Italian Alps.

Okay, that’s ridiculous, but every time I play this record, it’s a different thing, so by the time I describe it once, it’s already making fun of me at the next place. Another thing I love about vinyl is this:
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That’s side four, Sequenced, over fifteen minutes of journey, and it’s spelled out right there in front of you. Look at the way those rhythms and undulations caress the surface of that side, all the way to the lead-out groove. You look at that and you know you’re going on a nice ride. One of the few recent acquisitions that I just want to hear beginning to end. And I just can’t get Yesterday And Today (the song) out of my head.

October 12th, 2009

Earned..? Yes, earned.

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October 5th, 2009

Weekly (not really) Chan

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September 18th, 2009

Permanent Record

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Dammit!
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Coming back from a lumberyard in Greenpoint I happened upon Permanent Records on Franklin.
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September 2nd, 2009

Records are sophisticated.

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August 10th, 2009

Important Addresses in Rock 2.5

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Sorry about the jittery cellphone pic, but this is hanging in my mom’s bathroom and I didn’t have a camera available. It reminded me, obviously, of This.

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July 29th, 2009

Weekly Chan

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July 7th, 2009

Weekly Chan

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Lest we forget

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