Wednesday, November 23, 2011

FFFreakout #289 (Aired on 11/24/11)

Comet Gain "The Weekend Dreams" from Howl of the Lonely Crowd
James Ferraro "Sim" from Far Side Virtual
Alva Noto "Uni Deform" from Univrs
Bee Mask "Stop the Night" from Elegy for Beach Friday
Projekt Stinka "Nosohltan" from 12" split w/ Alpha Strategy
Carolee "Rainout" from EP1
*Mr. Gasser and The Weirdos "Effin It Don't Go - Chrome It" from Hot Rod Hootenanny
*Mr. Gasser and The Weirdos "Phantom Surf" from Surfink!
*John Cale "Catastrofuk" from Extra Playful EP
*The Black Keys "Run Right Back" from Lonely 12" single
*Pete Townsend "Punk (demo)" from The Quadrophrenia Demos, Vol. 1
*The Beatles "Hey Jude" from The Singles box
Black Eagle Child "Families Get Together" from Lobelia

*These tracks were from Record Store Day - Black Friday exclusives.

Here's a track from the Alpha Strategy side of that split with Projekt Stinka that we played on today's show. Album cover art by Graham Lambkin.


FFFreakout #288 - Carl solo (Live on 11/17/11)

Dick Dale "Misirlou" from Better Shred Than Dead
The Everly Brothers "Gone, Gone, Gone" from Walk Right Back
Feist "The Bad In Each Other" from Metals
Wanda Jackson "Shakin' All Over" from The Party Ain't Over 
Kate Bush "Running Up That Hill" from The Whole Story
Joy Division "Transmission" from Heart & Soul
Tegan & Sara "I Know, I Know, I Know" from Get Along
Lou Reed & Metallica "Bradenburg Gate" from Lulu
Lou Reed "What's Good" from Magic and Loss
Wild Flag "Romance" from S/T
Cheech & Chong "Basketball Jones" from Cochinos
Alejandro Escovedo "Smoke" from Real Animal
Pizzicato Five "Twiggy Twiggy Twiggy vs. James Bond" from Made in U.S.A.
The B-52's "Roam" from Cosmic Thing
Moldy Peaches "Anyone Else But You" from S/T

Saturday, November 19, 2011

FFFreakout: Podcast #29

Happy Jawbone Family Band “Book of Fire” Okay Midnight, You Win LP (Feeding Tube)
Ulaan Khol “From Overland They Came In Droves” La Catacomb CS/MP3* (Soft Abuse)
Plankton Wat “The Path Obscured” split w/ Super Minerals CS (Stunned)
Pigeons “Dead Echo” They Sweethearstammers LP/MP3* (Soft Abuse)
Ambrosia(@) “Yacht” Hysteria Siberiana CS* (Bomb Shop)
Grasshopper “I Sang A Sad Song Today” Miles In The Sky CS (House of Alchemy)
Decimus “Side A” (excerpt) Decimus 8 LP (Kelippah)
Lee Noble “Ghost of Structure” Horrorism LP (Bathetic)
Warm Climate “Cattle Criminy!” Automatic Ghosting CS (self-released)
Spirit Catepetl “Powwwowing” Lai Khur CS (Sacred Phrases)
Ricardo Donoso “The Deck of an Ancient Ship” Progress Chance LP/MP3* (Digitalis)
Pimmon “Yicco” The Oansome Orbit MP3 (Room40)
Quiet Evenings “Radiant Endless” Intrepid Trips LP (Hooker Vision)

Click here to listen to this show.

It has been a few months since we put together a straight-forward, non-feature-formatted show and, in that time, heaps of incredible music has been piling up all over the damn place: around the stereo in the basement, on top of the boombox by the kitchen sink, all over the bookshelves in the living room, and in various e-mail inboxes. So, with a nice long holiday break just around the corner, it felt like the right time to sift through all of this and offer up some of our current favorites for this week's show. My hope is that this will make for ideal listening when you're sitting there in your post-dinner, tryptophan-daze sipping your sixth glass of wine (or bourbon). At this point, I'm thinking Bailey's & Coffee as I look out this window at the first snowfall of the year.

As for highlights this week, I'd like to simply say that all the selections fit that category and leave it at that, but I won't cop out that easily since its been awhile. For starters, Soft Abuse just dropped two stellar new releases from Pigeons and Ulaan Khol. Fans of Pigeons' previous work may be somewhat surprised by the slightly more abrasive, avant-pop direction the duo takes on They Sweethearstammers; however, Wednesday Knudsen's consistently dreamy vocals still provide an element of smoothness and sensuality to this collection of songs. Ulaan Khol (a.k.a. Steven R. Smith) follows up his excellent Ceremony trilogy with another scorcher of a release. Though La Catacomb doesn't feature the full-blown lift-off that the final installment from that trilogy did, Smith continues to make his guitar speak in new and interesting ways that is both melodically and emotionally charged. Sacred Phrases most recent batch of tapes has also been getting heavy play around here. Included in this lot is more (to-be-expected) awesomeness from M. Geddes Gengras and Hobo Cubes, but I actually keep coming back to this (new-to-me) Spirit Catepetl release, which features some great zoned-out, late night transmissions. Lee Noble and Quiet Evenings both continue their winning ways on their (sort of) latest full-length offerings, delivering what I'd say is their strongest material to date. Noble's Horrorism has been glued to the turntable for weeks now and is making its case to be positioned at the top of my year-end list. That being said, these new records from Decimus are perhaps my favorite to have arrived in the past few months. Decimus is the solo guitar/electronics project of Pat Murano, an artist who also puts in time in such groups as No Neck Blues Band, Key of Shame, and Malkuth.With Decimus, Murano is working at this fascinating intersection between noise, industrial, drone, and electronic music and, like NNCK, he clearly understands the role of pacing and dynamics in all of these side-long pieces he offers up. There are five of these Decimus releases currently floating around and, reportedly, there are seven more in the works. Finally, I also spun a track from Ricardo Donoso's amazing new album, Progress Chance. We have plans to chat with Ricardo about his music and his label, Semata Productions, here on the show in the coming weeks, so definitely check back.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

FFFreakout #287 (Aired on 11/10/11)

Rodd Keith "My Pipe Yellow Dream" from My Pipe Yellow Dream
Carolee "Closed Light" from EP 1
Unwound "NO TECH!" from Challenge For A Civilized Society
June of '44 "Cut Your Face" from Four Great Points
Wise Blood "Darlin' You're Sweet" from These Wings
Altar Eagle "Honey" from Mechanical Gardens
Dick Kent "Maker of Smooth Music" from The American Song-Poem Anthology
Arthur Russell "Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart" from Love Is Overtaking Me
The Moog Cookbook "Evenflow" from S/T
Deee-Lite "Groove Is In The Heart" from World Clique
The Stone Roses "Fools Gold" from S/T
The Normal "Warm Leatherette" from Just Say Yesterday
Dizzee Rascal "Fix Up, Look Sharp" from Boy In Da Corner
A Tribe Called Quest "1once Again (remix)" from Old School vs. New School
Johnny Carroll & His Hot Rocks "Wild, Wild Women" from Decca Collection

Saturday, November 05, 2011

FFFree Mixtape Series, Vol. 2: Places and Patterns Edition

After a few months of combing thrift stores for images and sealed blank tapes, we're now set to offer up the second edition of the FFFree Mixtape Series. Again, there's nothing too complicated about it: write to us and let us know that you want a mixtape and we'll send one to you free of charge. We encourage you, however, to share with us your own mixes, original music, artwork, writings, recipes, poetry, etc. - but that's entirely up to you.

Each mixtape in this second edition comes with different artwork and inserts and feature slightly different tracklists on c90 (and a couple c60) length tapes. 

Get in touch if you're interested.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

FFFreakout: Podcast #28 - Eli Keszler / REL Records Feature

Eli Keszler “Cold Pin I” (excerpt) Cold Pin LP (Pan)
(Interview Segment)
Eli Keszler “Side A” (excerpt) Oxtrin LP (ESP-Disk)
Eli Keszler “Untitled - Track #3” (excerpt) Tilt CD (REL010)
(Interview Segment)
Red Horse “Part One” S/T LP (Type)
Aster “Untitled” (excerpt) S/T LP (REL016)
(Interview Segment)
Ashley Paul “At Last (Least)” To Much Togethers CD (REL015)
Oxtirn “Untitled - Track #1” Live CD (REL017)

We recently had a chance to speak with Eli Keszler about his various musical and artistic pursuits, including the work he is doing with his REL imprint. We aired this interview on this week’s show and played several tracks from Keszler’s solo and collaborative projects, along with something from his partner and collaborator, Ashley Paul.

*Eli Keszler is a composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. In performance, he often plays drums, bowed crotales and guitar in conjunction with his installations. In his ensemble compositions, he uses extended strings, motors, crotales, horns and mechanical devices to create his sound, balancing intense harmonic formations with acoustic sustain, fast jarring rhythm, mechanical propulsion, dense textures and detailed visual presentations. Eli has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, performing solo and in collaboration with artists such as Phill Niblock, Aki Onda, Joe McPhee, Loren Connors, Jandek, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, Steve Beresford, C Spencer Yeh, Greg Kelley (Nmperign), T Model Ford, Ran Blake, Ashley Paul and Steve Pyne. He has recorded solo releases for labels such as his own REL Records, ESP-DISK' and Type (Red Horse). His installations have appeared at the Boston Center for the Arts and Nuit Blanche NYC and the Shreveport MSPC New Music Festival. He has most recently won the Mata composers competition for the 2012 season. Eli Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Anthony Coleman and Ran Blake. (*taken from the PAN website)

Check out the REL Records website for more information or to purchase any of the releases played on this show.

I'd also like to extend a special thanks to Bill Kouligas from PAN for providing the Cold Pin track prior to the album release date.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

FFFreakout #286 - Fall Pledge Drive Show Pt. 2 (Aired on 11/3/11)

Dead Luke "Cheyanne" from Meanwhile . . . In the Midwest
Alva Noto "Uni Pro" from Univrs
Felix Kubin "Groscher Lausangriff" from Bruder Luzifer
Suicide "Dream Baby Dream" from The Second Album
Magnetic Fields "Desert Isalnd" from Holiday
Peaking Lights "Amazing & Wonderful" from 936
Sade "The Sweetest Taboo" from Promise
Destroyer "Blue Eyes" from Kaputt
Jakob Olausson "Live to Tell" from Moonlight Farm
Red Krayola "Hurricane Fighter Plane" from Parable of Arable Land
John Coltrane "Compassion" from Meditations
Ricardo Donoso "Chrome Decadence" from Progress Chance

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