by Dave Segal
on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM
Veteran UK techno/breaks DJ Lee Coombs—who's featured in this week's Data Breaker column—has a torrid mix to stoke your ass in anticipation of his appearance at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery Fri. April 20 for the Innerflight crew's excellent DROP monthly. More info here.
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Seattle techno/house collective Sweatbox will be celebrating its fourth anniversary April 21 at Electric Tea Garden with another of its notorious 12-hour marathon parties. (I'm telling you this now so you have time to rest up for it.) Berlin-via-Detroit DJ Derek Plaslaiko will headline with a four-hour set; co-founder Jonny Romero will return to Seattle from his new home in Brooklyn to join Ctrl_Alt_Dlt on the decks for a tag-team four-hour stint; Sh6rl6s6 (Second Sight, KEXP) and Roddimus & Eugene Fauntleroy round out the bill. Action goes from 10 pm to 10 am; $10, 21+.
To whet your appetite, Sweatbox co-founder Ctrl_Alt_Dlt (aka former Stranger music intern Chris Aldrich) has lovingly crafted a 75-minute mix of trippy, minimal techno and house cuts that exemplifies Sweatbox's aesthetics.
(Check the promo video after the cut.)
Track List 1. The Clap - Mikael Stavöstrand 2. My City - Alland Byallo 3. Lepakk - Pellegrosso 4. Chatter Box - Chloe 5. No Way I Know I Feel - Agaric 6. Lunatic Fringe - Stefan Goldman 7. Around the Bay - Martin Buttrich Remix - Luca Bachetti, Davide Squallace 8. Robots On Meth (David K 'BubbleMix') - Chaim 9. Crocodile Tears (Sis Remix) - Davide Squillace 10. Follow The Smoke - Walker Barnard 11. No Time No Space feat Tigerlily - Gregorythme 12. Stairs Of Love - Ivan Garci 13. Comet (Original - Digitaline 14. Gossip Rats (dOP Remix) - President Bongo
I spotted this sticker while walking to work this morning. My interest was piqued because a) I love being validated (especially tenderly!) and b) I miss the Rain City Mix Tape Club, the monthly mix-tape gathering which hasn't met for at least a year. Tender Validations appears to be the next best thing! How did I not know about this sooner?
Following the assignment and the rules, make a mix and submit it by the deadline. The submissions will be made into a compilation, mixed and matched to other Tender Validators, and mailed out the following week. Participants receive an anonymous mix, a compilation, and other various tender validations.
The March/April assignment is Just Another Manic Monday: Songs About Disorders. They say:
There are a lot of songs out there about being freaky, being crazy, killing yourself, going schitzo and the like, so let's hear em! Might as well go with the flow as they say. It could just be the cure for those pesky winter blues.
Russian Master Vladimir Spivakov played a Stradivari violin this past Saturday evening in the Taper Auditorium of Benaroya Hall. Olga Kern played piano. The pure, varnished sound of a Stradivarius lofting into that room was a pairing of instrument and acoustics that made for an absolute audible delicacy. A near perfect combination. The finest, rarest, cleanest, time traveled sashimi possible for the ear. It was also nice to hear just the two instruments together. Winding, diving into each other’s lines, capping each other’s notes and runs with connected lobes (Roche lobes.) Igor Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” was beyond. Kern scattered celestial webs which Spivakov raised out of in gilded beams. Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” was a slower, stoic folding and unfolding. On triangular axes, Spivakov and Kern rotated and converged through certain notes and scales. Matching and hitting on certain notes, then drifting away into sustained fifths and sevenths on others. It was immeasurable.
Spivakov is a true Don. The Stradivari has been on permanent loan to him since 1997. The sound visibly floated out into the wood lined acoustics of the room. The wood tiling of Taper Auditorium is laser cut, as thick as a credit card, and was made completely from a single fallen tree (that fell from natural causes) in South Africa. Because the wood comes from the same tree, the acoustics have a consistency. The wood isn’t absorbent, it’s the opposite. Sound bounces back into the room with a latency of 1.8 seconds, which is considered ideal for symphonic music representation.
The entire Taper Auditorium is insulated and floating on rubber pads which insulate it from the outer shell of the building. It’s an independent structure, separated by an empty space of about half a meter.
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM
Indispensable crate-digger-centric mag Wax Poetics celebrates its 50th issue and 10th year in existence with a mix by DâM-FunK encompassing 10 Prince songs, remixes, and re-edits that haven’t been played to death. Congrats to WaxPo for reaching this milestone in a very difficult publishing environment for print media.
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Because I have a soft spot for quixotic endeavors—i.e., trying to convince 21st-century music fans that a lot of amazing prog-rock exists, for one—I present to you a mix of said music by ex-Pitchfork writer/current excellent multi-instrumentalist/composer Dominique Leone. This mix surfaced in late 2009, but it will always stand outside of time, in my mind. Leone’s idea of prog is refreshingly diverse enough to encompass tracks by Squarepusher, David Bowie, This Heat, Cardiacs, Zs, and Franco Leprino, while satisfying traditionalists with cuts by Yes, King Crimson, and Magma. Dig in and feel your musical IQ skyrocket.
Matching Mole - Starting in the Middle of the Day... Magma - Hhai (version integrale) Jean-Philippe Goude & Olivier Cole - Ergo Sum Pauper Benoit Wideman - Baleze Franco Battiato - No U Turn Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior This Heat - 24 Track Loop Cardiacs - Spell With A Shell Happy Family - Rolling Law Court David Bowie - Weeping Wall Franco Leprino - Integrati...Disintegrati Richard Pinhas - L'Ethique, pt. 1 Video Aventures - Tina Volapuk - Impro Cloche Weidorje - Vilna Yes - South Side of the Sky Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes - Un Regard Claire Squarepusher - A Real Woman Zs - B Is for Burning Albert Marcoeur - Non Long Cos - Viva Boma Offering - Cosmos King Crimson - Fracture
Earlier this week I asked you which songs you listened to over 100 times in 2011. Then smart lady Julia suggested via Twitter that I make a Spotify playlist of all the songs. Good idea, Julia! So here it is, friends, a playlist comprised of the songs you and your Line Out-reading peers listened to over and over and over again in the year 2011. It's over two hours long and, for those of you who listed more than a song or two, I just added the first couple of suggestions, so please don't feel bad if all of your favorites didn't make it.
TRACK LIST Terry Hall & Mushtaq – The Hour Of Two Lights Tipper – Furlong Chronomad – Aksak Thomas Brinkmann – Party Time Chronomad – Masmoudi Tipper – End Of Make Believe Chronomad – Do Tipper – Tug Of War Mr. Oizo – Analog Worms Attack Beats Antique – Borino Mr. Oizo – Monophonic Shit Tipper – Tip Hop Mr. Oizo – Flat 55 Balkan Beat Box Vs Mahal Rai Banda – Red Bula Thomas Brinkmann – Let’s Go Shantel – Citizen Of Planet Paprika Mr. Oizo – Z Shantel – Binaz In Dub Stewart Walker – Fernbank 1991 Style Of Eye – The Prophet Mr. Oizo Feat. Uffie – Steroids Makedon – Minimal Opa Copla Konfekt – Jez(Sof) Zelwer – Soldier Gets Married (Makedon Mashup) Shantel – Usti,Usti Baba Shantel – Being Authentic Balkan Beat Box – Bulgarian Chicks (Makedon Mashup) Yuri Gruzhy & Russendisco Vs. Zelwer – New Adventure Of Soldier (Makedon Mashup) Figli Di Madre Ignota – Nema Problema Tourist Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestra – Ciganka Medley (Makedon Mashup) Mahala Rai Banda – Zabrakadabra (Makedon Mashup) Max Pashm – Klezmernaki
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM
There is never not a good time to listen to Turkish psychedelia, and The Wire magazine has a solid overview ready for your ears on its website right now (it's the audio component to this month's Primer on said Turkish psych; not online, unfortunately). Many of the usual Anatolian-rock suspects appear, as well they should: Mogollar, Erkin Koray, Cem Karaca & Kardaslar, Üç Hürel, Baris Manço, Selda, Ersen, Bunalim, and Edip Akbayram. The thing I love about Turkish psych is that the highs are incredibly high and the lows are thoroughly low. This stuff sounds at once familiar and tantalizingly other. These musicians feel so very deeply and it comes through in the songs with a fierce soul power. Some of the greatest music ever came out of this country in the '60s and '70s. Get into it.
While you're thinking about Turkish psych, do yourself a favor and cop Seattle-based label Sublime Frequencies' expertly curated compilation of singles and rarities by Erkin Koray, Meçhul.
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM
I’m convinced that the ’70s were the best decade ever for music. Rock, jazz, and electronic music mutated into myriad bizarre configurations (progressive, fusion, glam, metal, punk, post-punk, Zeuhl, kraut/kosmische, new age, disco, etc.) and major labels still believed in funding weird shit, so you got albums recorded on sizable budgets by some serious freaks. It would take you at least a few lifetimes to fully savor all the treasures of this bell-bottomed, mutton-chopped, spike-haired decade.
Weasel Walter—former badass drummer for Flying Luttenbachers, current badass drummer and composer for Behold…The Arctopus and many others—helps you to access some of the ’70s’ odder specimens with this mix for 8tracks. He digs deep for gems by Sir Lord Baltimore, Carmen, Amon Düül II, the Residents, Goblin, the Mirrors, Streak, and more. Listen up, learn a lot.
Cairo’s Expo 89 Fest happened this weekend and it was splendid as fuck. Four nights, three days, 16 musical acts, readings, films, jewelry, artwork, clothing, and peoples engaged in cerebral cortex expansion. Cairo puts forth tangible audio visualizations. Cairo is a beacon of the city. Long live Cairo.
Two here from the weekend's prize pack:
- Cairo RecordsCoastal Sightings Compilation. Featuring tracks from: Flexions, Stephanie, White Rainbow, U, Idle Times, Footwork, King Dude, Stickers, Pleasure Beauties, M. Women, Secret Colors, John Over, Teflon Don, and a collaboration from U.S.F., Witch Gardens, and Big Spider’s Back.
Notes from Stereochemistry - Lorem Facies Suffocant
Baths’ Will Wiesenfeld (who plays tonight at the Neptune) spoke of and reeled off multiple references to music that he listens to and that inspires him in Sound Check this week. His, is a musical mind. And the circuitry of his songs draws clement cities in a womb. Slow motion, far off, and sepia. Sounds that will possibly accompany our brain’s final fired thoughts in death’s shutting down. Arthur Rimbaud was woven into questioning by a Weaver, to see how Wiesenfeld disinfects himself from the conventions of electronic music. It got him talking about things he wishes he would hear in songs, and vice versa. Rimbaud and Baths fit. Cogs on their image wheels spin each other well. Friezes frozen by the other:
The lighting comes round to the crown post again. From the two extremities of the room— decorations negligible— harmonic elevations join. The wall opposite the watcher is a psychological succession of atmospheric sections of friezes, bands, and geological accidents. Intense quick dream of sentimental groups with people of all possible characters amidst all possible appearances - Arthur Rimbaud, “Vigils II” Illuminations 1872
From Wiesenfeld’s references, here is a playlist/mix for pre-Baths listening:
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 1:22 PM
Our old buddy Turquoise Wisdom (aka former Sub Pop employee Zach Cowie, now based in the LA area) has stitched together another outstanding, wide-ranging mix for your absorption over at Aquarium Drunkard. The prevailing mood is mellow and mystique-laden, a soulful soundtrack to dwindling light and autumn’s exit. Sink into it. (By the way, a lot of the cuts on Fall Downers could've made it into this article.)
1. Intro by Biggest Crush (with thanks to Conrad Schnitzler and George Clinton) 2. Alice Coltrane – Galaxy In Turiya (excerpt) 3. Tall Dwarfs – More 54 4. Spacemen 3 – Honey 5. Phantom & Hold – Glass Heart (endless thanks to Andy Cabic for the turn-on to this genius 12″!) 6. Brian Eno – St. Elmo’s Fire 7. Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons – You’re A Song (That I Can’t Sing) 8. Oasis – Caught Away 9. Matthew’s Southern Comfort – Road To Ronderlin 10. Moby Grape – Sitting By The Window 11. The Kinks – No Return 12. John Cale – Andalucia 13. Matching Mole – O Caroline 14. Mellow Candle – Reverend Sisters 15. Cocteau Twins – Watchlar 16. Peter Gabriel – Mother Of Violence 17. Wire – Used To 18. Michael Rother – KM 06 19. Durutti Column – Sketch For Dawn 1 20. Annette Peacock – Sky Skating 21. John Martyn – Run Honey Run 22. sibylle baier – Give Me A Smile 23. Yes – Yesterday And Today 24. La Dusseldorf – Sentimental 25. Bridget St. John – Early Morning Song 26. Roy Harper – Twelve Hours of Sunset
by Dave Segal
on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 2:41 PM
Seattle future-bass-music savant Ill Cosby has graciously recorded a 44-minute mix highlighting tracks and remixes by Africa Hitech and member Mark Pritchard’s myriad other projects, for optimal career-survey purposes. You can download it here. British duo Africa Hitech—who include vocalist Steve Spacek—play Chop Suey Mon. Nov. 28 with Clicks & Whistles and Justice & Treasure.
Tracklisting: Africa HiTech 'Do U Really Wanna Fight' [Warp] Africa HiTech 'Blen' [Warp] Africa HiTech 'Spirit' [Warp] Mark Pritchard & Om'mas Keith 'Wind It Up' (Instrumental) [Hyperdub] Africa HiTech 'Gangslap' [Warp] Africa HiTech 'Lash Out' [Warp] Africa HiTech 'Silencer Riddim' [Warp] Mark Pritchard 'Elephant Dub' [Deep Medi] Commix & Steve Spacek 'How You Gonna Feel' (Pangaea Remix) [Metalheadz] Steve Spacek 'Dollar' [Sound In Color] Eric Lau 'For The D' (Harmonic 313 Remix) [Fat City] Harmonic 313 'Word Problems' [Warp] Harmonic 313 'Cyclotron' [Warp] Harmonic 313 & Steve Spacek 'Falling Away' [Warp] Aphex Twin 'On' (Reload Remix) [Warp] Link & E621 'Antacid' [Evolution] Jedi Knights 'Noddy Holder' [Evolution] Africa HiTech 'Don't Fight It' [Warp] The Chameleon 'Links' [Good Looking] Africa HiTech 'Out In The Streets VIP' [Warp]
Yesterday I found an amazing mix CD on the sidewalk just one block from the office. It was titled Yesterday Love 5, and it had the most random collection of artists on it—from Temple of the Dog and Ozzy Osboune to Bonnie Raitt and Sugarbabes.
But I kept the last song a secret, leaving it up to a reader's poll to guess. There was quite a debate in the comments over which song was the most fitting closing number: Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You," Lisa Loeb's "Stay," Green Day's "Basket Case," Prince's "Come," or Aerosmith's "Amazing."
The majority of Line Out readers guessed Boyz II Men, with Lisa Loeb being a close second. Some of you got all Sherlock Holmes on this shit, too.
Cosby says: "I am analyzing this tracklisting far too much, but I am almost certain it is not Lisa Loeb because of the inclusion of Avril Lavigne and Vanessa Carlton. The person who put this CD together missed the Lilith Faire thing, they are younger by a few years. If I were to estimate their age, it'd be approximately 24-26. If a person likes Lisa Loeb and Chamillionaire, the world would collapse."
Jason Josephes says: "It's Stay. It wouldn't be 1994 without Lisa Loeb. Plus it's the perfect Warm 106.5-like segue from Norah Jones."
Brian says: "I think it's Green Day because this mix gives me the creeps."
But blip was right all along: "'Come' was released in 94. It's a creepily fitting song title for the final track -AND- as proven by the preceding 16 tracks, the person who made this CD is gross. Case closed."
Track 17, the last song on Yesterday Love 5 is "Come" by Prince. The song clocks in at over 11 minutes and it includes really gross, slobbery make-out noises. Ew!
Congratulations, blip. You win the CD! Just e-mail me with your mailing address. I'll put it in the mail. You know, if you want it.
This NEVER happens! I NEVER find someone's mix CD in working order. It's always scratched or broken or cracked. But today was my day. There it was, sitting on the sidewalk just a block away from the office, in perfect condition and waiting for me to stumble upon it.
In fact, there were TWO CDs in the busted up case. The first was titled Yesterday Love Song 5. Of course I listened to it. Of course I did. And the results were amazing.
Here is what love is, to someone in the world:
1. 50 Cent - "21 Questions" Most romantic line: "If I didn't smell so good would you still love me?"
2. Temple of the Dog - "All Night Thing" Most romantic line: "And we fall like a tear falling to the ground."
3. Ozzy Osbourne - "I Just Want You" Most romantic line: "I think I'll buy myself some plastic water/I guess I should have married Lennon's daughter."
4. Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Most romantic line: "A mulatto/An albino/A mosquito/My libido/Yeah."
5. Bonnie Raitt - "Love Sneakin' Up On You" Most romantic line: "You just can't fight it when a things meant to be/So come on let's finish what you started with me."
6. Sting - "Every Breath You Take" Most romantic line: "Can't you see you belong to me?"
7. Avril Lavigne - "Complicated" Most romantic line: "Watchin' your back like you can't relax/You're tryin' to be cool/You look like a fool to me."
8. Blue - "One Love" Most romantic line: "One love for the city streets/One love for the hip hop beats/One love oh I do believe/One love in all we need."
9. Sugarbabes - "Freak Like Me" Most romantic line: "I've gotta freaky secret everybody sing/'Cause we don't give a damn about a thing."
10. Stevie Wonder - "Part-Time Lover" Most romantic line: "We are strangers by day, lovers by night/Knowing it's so wrong, but feeling so right."
11. Vanessa Carlton - "A Thousand Miles" Most romantic line: "If I could fall into the sky/Do you think time would pass me by/'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles/If I could just see you tonight."
12. Train - "Drops of Jupiter" Most romantic line: "Can you imagine your first dance/freeze dried romance/five-hour phone conversation/the best soy latte that you ever had... and me."
13. Aerosmith - "Pink" Most romantic line: "You could be my flamingo/'Cause pink is the new kinda lingo."
14. Chamillionaire - "Turn It Up" Most romantic line: "Tip ya cups up until ya get drunk."
15. Paula Abdul - "Rush, Rush" Most romantic line: Keanu Reeves being in the music video is the most romantic thing about this song.
16. Norah Jones - "Don't Know Why" Most romantic line: "My heart is drenched in wine but you'll be on my mind forever."
And there's one more song... number 17. The closing track. But I'm not going to tell you what it is—you'll have to guess it! Which of these songs would be the best end to this really weird, random mix of songs?