Monday, March 31, 2008

To here knows when

oystered 06: As far as the eye can see (apr ’06)

Side 1
1. antiguo automata mexicano first imago (background records 050/background records)
2. lars wickinger blutrausch (blutrausch/traum)
3. ricardo villalobos suesse cheques (salvador/frisbee)
4. matt john fokuss (joker family park two/perlon)
Side 2
1. onur ozer gizeh (twilight/vakant)
2. galoppierende zuversicht klumpknolle (chnobli/bruchstuecke)
3. process tendency to synchronize (elektronische musik interkontinental 5/traum)
4. minilogue the girl from botany bay (the girl from botany bay/wir)
Side 3
1. helios halving the compass (eingya/type)
2. klimek verlust (white, no trails) der motorik (music to fall asleep/kompakt)
3. d.p. in blue (krakau/echocord)
4. gultskra artikler otpusk navsegda (remixed by svarte greiner) (pofigistka/lampse audiovisual)
Side 4
1. growing blue angels (color wheel/troubleman unlimited)
2. astral social club 5.2 (#5/astral social club)
Side 5
1. phill niblock alto tune (touch three/touch)
Side 6
1. loscil chinook (plume/kranky)
2. uusitalo tulenkantaja (tulenkantaja vol.1/huume)
3. terrence dixon detroit city lights (background records 050/background records)
4. dB low moon (background records 050/background records)
5. nathan fake numb chance (elektronische musik interkontinental 5/traum)

Monster mix for the month of April, 2006. I remember, at the time, just buying tons of stuff at this point. Neptune was about to close, and other than a bittersweet feeling, at the worst, tons of great music was still coming into the store. And advance promotional copies of things were helping keep me sated as well. At this point, we had moved off of Main Street, and on to 4th Street. Our first year on 4th Street, 2004, was, surprisingly our best. But then, as 2005 dragged on, we really started to notice a big drop in sales. Especially electronic vinyl sales, which, at the time, was our “bread and butter.” 2005 was a(nother) big year for iPods, and all of the sudden, lots of previously only vinyl tracks were being tracked down digitally. Perhaps free, I don’t know, I still don’t know that world too well (this damn dinosaur of a laptop won’t allow me even if I wanted to). At any extent, tracks were cheaper to come by, and with the Michigan economy never recovering from we-all-know-what, people had less disposable income. Perhaps it was a situation further compounded by the last generation of kids knowing how to or wanting to step foot in a physical record store to discover new music. Which reminds me, the first ever Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19th, and no, it’s not another Hallmark Holiday. It is, however, something devised by the ailing music industry, for the benefit of indie record shops (the way I see it) and I would urge anybody that could, to try to find some extra time that day to frequent a local record shop and spend a few bucks. It may seem futile, I know (believe me, I know), but some cool indie labels are going to be offering some exclusive music to record stores participating in and acknowledging the day. Google Record Store Day and I’m sure you can find out if a store near you will have any exclusive 7” vinyl to collect, or goodie bags for your appreciation.

Anyway, this mix is designed as a double-disc or triple LP if you will. Think The Clash’s Sandinista!. Lots of microhouse, good for a long run. Really, every track’s a killer. Vinyl only cuts abound on this one: Lars Wickinger, Matt John, Onur Ozer, Galoppierende Zuversicht, Minilogue (epic!), D.P. (that’s Deadbeat + Pole, check!) and Uusitalo. The non-microhouse cuts include Helios’ lush, dreamy atmospherics, Klimek’s stuttering guitar and piano reminding me of Harold Budd’s collaboration with Cocteau Twins on The Moon and The Melodies and Russian artist Gultskra Artikler’s dark ambient track sounding like it came straight from 4AD’s Lonely Is An Eyesore. One of my favorite new bands in recent years, Growing, offer a horizontal LSD ride, while Neil Campbell’s (he of Vibracathedral Orchestra) Astral Social Club track is a rare CD-R cut, more than likely way out of print, combining shimmering, melancholic drones not too unlike Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas project. Dig. Phill Niblock is known for is long dronework, and yes, that’s what we have here, but I like to thinkof “Alto Tune” as a slightly more academic take on Spacemen 3’s “Dreamweapon” morphing into “Ecstacy Symphony” – absolutely perfect for the real late (or early) hours. “Side 6” has its own vibe too – more melodic, and back to the beat. Locsil’s “Chinook” is one of the best cuts here and Terrence Dixon’s “Detroit City Lights” reminds me of To Rococo Rot. The surprise here, near the end, comes from one of my favorites, Polish artist dB, and please comment back if you can spot the sample. Anybody that kept an interest in British pop throughout the ‘90s should be able to figure it out fairly easily. It comes from one of the best bands from the era, and one of their best records as well. Whew, okay then, until next time, which is hopefully not too far from now.

Again, this format would not even be possible without the help of a few very gracious individuals. You know who you are, and always: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Blustery day on the wind farm

As always, meticulously sequenced and painstakingly chosen tracks including more 12” only vinyl cuts (Alex Under, The Orb, Giorgio Gigli (yet again!), Portable, Kiln (?)) in among the usual fare of highly-enjoyable weirdness. Some real rarities including a tranquil slice of spring morning (or am I wishing that?) from Greg Davis’ contribution to Room40’s label compilation for The Wire magazine; a short, spring-like (is that just me again?) acoustic meditation from James Blackshaw and a smoldering ‘Main meets Ambarchi’ cut from one of my ‘new’ favorites, Gregg Kowalski. Oh, and the stuff I didn’t mention is pretty great too. All pretty accessible and existing at one of two poles: ethereal, drone work or rolling techno that’s either slightly euphoric or perfect for dimly lit spaces. Who would really know this stuff was two years old? Who cares?! Sorry for the time-lag between posts. I’m always attempting to get the next one up quicker. Thank you everyone leaving comments, I’m still trying to figure out how to reply back. Get down and double check!

oystered 05: On the pine (mar ’06)

+ denotes bonus track
a1. alex under el encuentro (collage/plus 8)
a2. alog dog dive (catch that totem!/melektronikk)
a3. the orb god less america/gorgeous + (speicher 33/kompakt extra)
b1. greg davis swell (brisbane reversion) (an evening at room40 / room40/the wire)
b2. giorgio gigli circle (geometrik forms/elettronica romana)
b3. kaito natural source (hundred million light years/kompakt)
c1. james blackshaw skylark herald’s dawn (sunshrine/digitalis)
c2. portable diorama (the san/scape)
c3. ekkehard ehlers nie wieder schnell sagen (a life without fear/staubgold)
c4. coh dancing in silence (above air/eskaton)
d1. gregg kowalsky long distance decade (through the cardial window/kranky)
d2. uusitalo misut irti/huutaa (tulenkantaja/huume)
d3. kiln spheresong improvisational (twinewheel: lost sides and dusty-gems 1994-2005/division sound)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Froze to the bone in my igloo home

Great mix featuring some 12” only cuts (Shane Berry, Marek Bois aka Dapayk of Dapayk and Padberg fame and Italian duo, Giorgio Gigli) up next to some more abstract electronic tracks (check Twine’s mind melting, Autechre-like “Gliding In On” and S├ębastian Roux’s “The Guitar and Drums Song” – listen to that enough times and it actually does start to sound like a song, trust me) including the epic, smoldering “Hundred Acre” by New York duo, Mountains. For the third time (out of four), Bird Show makes an appearance (Town and Country’s Ben Vida’s Lightning Ghost was one of my favorite albums of 2006 – still sounds great), and Mikkel Metal makes his second appearance with another smoked-out dub joint. Shoegazers and new-gazers check Belong’s “October Language” and Guitar’s “Sakura Coming.” Other surprises as well, including the understated Lawrence track opening the set, and Andreas Tilliander’s Mokira project closing the set with a beautifully blissed out cut with a great title as well. Most of you should know what I’m talking about. Peace!

oystered 04: Counting the days ‘til the ice turns green (feb ’06)

+ denotes bonus track
a1. lawrence wasting a fall (idol tryouts/ghostly international)
a2. shane berry fillertet 2 (fillertet 2/trapez ltd.)
a3. twine gliding in on (idol tryouts/ghostly international)
b1. s├ębastien roux the guitar and drums song (songs/12k)
b2. mountains hundred acre (sewn/apestaartje)
b3. greg davis amaranthine (idol tryouts/ghostly international)
c1. belong october language (ocotber language/carpark)
c2. marek bois boisboisbois (boisboisbois/trapez)
c3. sophie rimheden the real way (mitek version) + (do you copy?/mitek)
c4. bird show sleepers keep sleeping (lightning ghost/kranky)
d1. guitar sakura coming (tokyo/onitor)
d2. giorgio gigli i can’t breathe (lee van dowski remix) (rarified atmosphere/dumb-unit)
d3. mikkel metal famil (do you copy?/mitek)
d4. mokira the bum that will bring us together (do you copy?/mitek)