Tuesday, October 21, 2003

ruminating on various music for your kindness and consideration

Flow Motion: Visual Pleasure, Vol. 2.0 (Elektrolux)

it tows less closely to the floaty ambient soundscape stuff in favor of more crackly, fragment bits.

Though the album is all material that's been previously released, it's doubtful even your most ardent experimental fan has heard everything on here.

it's�eloquent, soothing, IDM-type, a bit more complex than meandering synth washes and soundscapes. feels fluid. Soehngenetic's "Wall King SL"

mum "The ballad of the broken birdie records" - nice warm crackle of chopped up keyboards skipping down the audio lane, haunting child like vocals not unfamiliar in a haunted house (think boards of canada on speed).

some tracks more compelling than others.

aural float - sort of reggae/dub beat

�hmm, lapses into some new age cheesiness from time to time though.

and here's the review
Combining the visual representation with experimental and ambient electronic music is a no-brainer, so it makes perfect sense that late night German TV shows such as "Flowmotion" and "Space Night," emphasizing tripped-out motion and fluidity over structure, have become popular with aging electronic music fans. Germany's Elektrolux label plays host to this impressive array of experimental artists (including Iceland's Mum, Aural Float, The Sushi Club and UNN) on Flowmotion: Visual Pleasure, Vol. 2.0, favoring more of the crackly, fragmented audio bits, soothing textures and somewhat perky beat arrangements than the floaty ambient soundscapes prevalent on the Space Night soundtracks. While not every track is a keeper, there are plenty of highlights by the likes of Index ID, Mum and Rescape to fend off the occasional lapse into new age cheese.

electrelane - first single On Parade from album "the power one" (too pure) - pretty good, tight fisted rock for the nonmasses.
ooh, a cover of springsteen's "i'm on fire." recorded by steve albini in chicago, so it's got that shellac quality to it.

i am still digging on the flaming lips' "thank you jack white for that fiber optic jesus that you gave me." awesome. i was playing that the other day at my birthday shindig at Tilden Park and then my friend Stephan shows up with a fucking fiber optic jesus picture (the fact that i called my party a Fellowship may have something to do with the jesus-related items - i also got a Jesus Bacon illustration from my damn fine friend MollyGoLightly

no no no. not the flaming lips you want to hear.

this time it's "Duck Dodgers" main title song being sung by tom jones and performed by the flaming lips. wow sound quality is horrible. it's kitschy alright but eh..
wow, the sound is just bad. but song sucks too. reminds me of vegas. pass

i just saw eric shea on the street. and said hello. he said nothing in return but he did have a shit-eating grin on his face. probably baked.
ah, yes.

damn, i'm in a good mood. being confident really really helps. on days when i'm confident.

last night i dreamt that i was friends with eninem and he was wearing those glasses of his. we were at his house but for some reason it was in the bay area, not michigan and his wife was a stupid bitch. that part must be reality.
it's probably because i remember reading a story about some dolt who sued him because he namechecked some asshole bully when he was a kid who used to push him around. awesome that he did that, that enimem namechecked the bitch. god knows i had plenty of ass fucks make me an angry young boy, pushing me around and such. i'm glad the judge threw out the case, which included a fucking rap! awesome. i love america. sometimes.

i don't recall much of the gist of the dream but we were hangiing out and talking, like we were old friends. ha.


lisa marie presley sessions@aol - better than i would have imagined i guess. singer songwriter type not that far off from a sheryl crow (she's is like the quintessential female singer songwriter to compare too, probably because she's so goddamn ubiquitious - where isn't sheryl crow?. she was even at johnny cash's funeral. christ, and then we got her greatest hits today. ok, she has a few hits. "a change will do you good" is pretty catchy. but shut up).

anyway, lisa marie. she's got an interesting vocal style. not bad, really. good genes, obviously. husky vocals, atmospheric. i'm down with it. the third song, "sinking in" is really quite good.

hmmm, i have to write an average of 1661 words a day in november. yep, i'm going to write a novel in a month thanks to this, National Novel Writing Month, staring Nov. 1, of course.
my first published book will be dedicated to vv and jl. ____ ___u.

...more music for people with lives....

The Long Winters When I pretend to fall (Barsuk) - seattle band, nice artwork.
wow, solid pop and i REALLY dig the horns. nice touch. good husky wry vocals and odd organs. strangely compelling. ramshackle acoustic americana-esque indie rock. really good and emotional.

Clem Snide A Beautiful EP (spinart) - awesome. they do a cover of christina aguilera's "beautiful" which is really good.
"Mike Kalinsky" what a funny song bout a kid who has asthma, always misses school but still does better on tests than everyone else. "spinning bottles never pointed his way." listened to joy division in his bedroom and going nowhere. explodes in the end, detailing what mike's band sounds like today (loud punk).
also covers velvet underground's "I'll be your mirror" complete with a cello.

mando diao bring 'em in (Mute) -totally '60s-ish garage rock, but really fucking solid just the same. i like the production, stripped down and all fuzzy. very go-go 60s vibe but more hard. sorta jon spencer blues explosion-ish in third song "motown blood." very solid rock, for sure.

Rickie Lee Jones The Evening Of My Best Day (V2) - i've never been a fan, best known for "chuck e's in love" from 1979, but this album is surprisingly solid, a shuffling jazz-based mix of atmospheric, oddly melodic songs. nice production. think folky suzanne vega with a more kid-like voice.
if you like early steely dan, you might like this. love the flute and mellow carefree vibe. feels like a warm summer day. even has songs sung in french.

the shins chutes too narrow (sub pop) - damn good pop rock delicately written songs that are just so damn endearing. LOVE the rapturous synths.�love james mercer's vocals and lyrics. even the artwork is awesome. lyrics are great. production is great. cute yet not cute pop.
i would say this is on my top 10 of the year.
yes, i would.
don't question my kielbasa either fuckpiss.
ain't no processions 'round here maestro.
ok i have to announce my upcoming halloween party and pitchfork my eyes out with alligator syrup.

remember to look both ways before humping.

and always always always skin your own potatoes. there's bacteria in there you know.
grandma always liked spaghetti.




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