Sunday, August 28, 2011

FFFreakout: Podcast #25 - Avant Archive / Black Eagle Child Feature

Black Eagle Child “Crandon” Lobelia CD (Preservation)
(Interview segment)
Emuul “Without Looking Back” Waiting For Winter (AA004CS)
Sean McCann “Along A River” Mammoth Mountain (AA009CS)
Rogue Cop “A1” Act of Violence (AA013CS)
Horse Marriage “Pee-Chee” b/w "Lay Your Hands on Me" 7” (AA014VII)
(Interview segment)
Excavacations “The Sine III” Afternoon Future CS (AA008CS)
Bret Schneider “$dimpl” Model of a Garden Scene With Watering Can CS (AA010CS)
HMS “Belle River” (excerpt) Cascades (AA012CS)
(Interview segment)
Black Eagle Child “I Am A Bunny” Pages On A Plane LP (Under the Spire)**
Black Eagle Child “Roscoe Running” split w/ Donato Epiro LP (Blackest Rainbow)
Outro Music: Black Eagle Child “Stole” Poland CD-R (Sturmundrugs)

We recently had a chance to speak with Michael Jantz who runs the Avant Archive label out in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the past year, Jantz has honed a very distinctive and instantly recognizable visual aesthetic for the label, while building up a catalog with an impressive range of sounds. In addition to his work with Avant Archive, Jantz has also been an active player within underground tape trader circles for several years now, having put out numerous releases of his own as Black Eagle Child on such reputable labels as Stunned, Digitalis, Housecraft, and many others. We aired our recent phone conversation with Michael on this week's show, where we discussed his work with both Avant Archive and as Black Eagle Child, and we played several tracks from each respective discography.

Check out the Avant Archive website for more information.

**Please note: The track played off of the Pages On A Plane LP was "I Am A Bunny", not "Cycle to the Moon" as indicated on the show.

Friday, August 26, 2011

New Free Form Freakout design by Frank Ouellette of Hobo Cubes & Hobo Cult Records

You'll notice that the Free Form Freakout site has been given a much-needed makeover thanks to the multi-talented Frank Ouellette of Hobo Cult Records, Hobo Cubes, Moduli TV, and countless other mind-expanding projects. To mark the occasion, we're going to be printing up a limited number of t-shirts with the new FFF design on it. Please get in touch with us if this is something you may fancy, just so we have a rough estimate of how many to do. All the profits from the sales of these t-shirts will be given to Frank for lending his time and talent to this project, and to help support his own future projects.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

FFFreakout #278 (Aired on 8/25/11)

Dinosaur Jr. "Little Fury Things" from You're Living All Over Me
Bill Orcutt "Bored With the Moon" from 2011 Tour Only 7" (Jaggar cover)
Son House "Pearline" from Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions
Terrors "God Bless the Child (take 3)" from Lagan Qord
Olivia Tremor Control "Love Athena" from Presents: Singles and Beyond
Brian Eno "By This River" from Before and After Science
Low "Something's Turning Over" from C'Mon
Francoise Hardy "Comment te dire Adieu" from Comment te dire Adieu
The Jayhawks "The Liquor Store Came First" from The Bunkhouse Album
Gorillaz "Revolving Doors" from The Fall
Jeff Bridges "Hold On You" from Crazy Heart O.S.T.
John Doe & The Sadies "I Still Miss Someone" from Country Club
Big Star "September Gurls" (live) from Columbia: Live at Missouri University
Sonic Youth "Anti-Orgasm" from The Eternal
John Lee Hooker "Huckle Up Baby" from Very Best of ...
(Outro Music: Lonnie Mack "Memphis")

Bill Orcutt, along with Paul Metzger and Jesse Petersen, will be performing this Saturday at the Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

FFFreakout #277 (Aired on 8/18/11)

Ganglians "Voodoo" from Monster Head Room
Black Eagle Child "Paper Delivery" from Lobelia
Nico "These Days" from Chelsea Girls
Young Marble Giants "Brand-New-Life" from Colossal Youth
Half Japanese "Said and Done" from Greatest Hits
R. Stevie Moore "You Love Me, Do Something" from Contact Risk
Excepter "Any and Every" from Debt. Dept.
Tortoise "Eden 2" from Standards
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks "Dark Wave" from Pig Lib
Pavement "Silence Kit" from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Mark Lanegan "Nothin' in the World Can Stop..." from Give the People What They Want
Superchunk "Driveway to Driveway" from Foolish
The Pixies "Wave of Mutilation" (U.K. Surf) from Pump Up the Volume O.S.T.
Camper Van Beethoven "Take the Skinheads Bowling" from Telephone Free Landslide Victory
The Who "Magic Bus" from Greatest Hits
Harry Nilsson "Coconut" from Nilsson Schmilsson

Since we had to fade out the Nico track early due to the CD player going haywire:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

FFFreakout: Podcast #24

Panabrite “Citadel in the Sky” Omni Center CD-R (Sturmundrugs)
Banana Head “Open the Kimono”  The Phantom Payn split CS (Goaty Tapes)
The Teleporters “Untitled” Invite You To Come On A Pompous Journey CS (Goaty Tapes)
Pumice “The Only Doosh Worth Giving” Pebbles LP (Soft Abuse)
Glue Clinic “Soft Blows” s/t CS (Lighten Up Sounds)
Chrome Dome “Topped” s/t CS (Night-People)
Kluster “Part Two” Klopfzeichen CD (Hypnotic)
Red Horse “Untitled –Side A (excerpt)” s/t LP (Rel)
Horse Marriage “Lay Your Hands On Me” b/w “Pee-Chee”/”I Need To Tell You” 7” (Avant Archive)
Outer Spacist “Frequency of Souls” s/t CS (Dub Ditch Picnic)
Parashi “Corrach” Zone of Alienation 3” CD (Kendra Steiner Editions)
Super Minerals “Earth Acropolis Welcomes . . . (excerpt)” Contacteer CS (Stunned)
Keijo “15 Days” Along the Stream CS (Cabin Floor Esoterica)
Serfs "Nameless" Sha La La-La Later On CS (Cabin Floor Esoterica)

First, I'd like to begin by acknowledging the passing of Conrad Schnitzler this past week. While I'll openly admit to only scratching the surface of his vast discography, it goes without saying that his seminal work in Kluster and Tangerine Dream, along with his numerous solo and collaborative efforts, casts a fairly sizable shadow over several generations worth of experimental music, including the current wave of post-Noise/neo-Kosmische artists. Plenty has already been written elsewhere about Schnitzler, so I'll simply conclude with a statement he made about his work in a David Keenan-penned feature in The Wire from 2006 (which the above photo is taken from): "It is pure sound that I make. And I'm not expressing myself in any way when I'm making it. If anything, I express myself more when I listen back to it, when I go upstairs and listen to it and have one hour of joy." Thankfully, Schnitzler left us with countless hours of joy to experience for ourselves.

Some highlights from this week's show include another brilliant track from Panabrite. Norm Chambers continues his winning streak of upward bound synth explorations on Omni Center, his recent release on Sturmundrugs, finding new and inventive ways to meld his electronic and organic sound creations. Goaty Tapes and Cabin Floor Esoterica also just dropped some impressive new sounds in their latest tape batches. Amongst the Goaty heap, the Banana Head / Phantom Payn split has been getting repeated spins here in the FFF bunker. I was a little surprised to see this pairing at first, but it makes perfect sense really. The Phantom Payn material, which was recorded around the same time in the mid-Nineties as the excellent Days/Daze release that De Stijl put out last year, fits quite nicely alongside the contemporary loner psych pop moves of Banana Head. I'm quite pleased, in fact, that Goaty had the foresight to present the Phantom Payn's work within the current DIY underground context where it rightly belongs. Along with being some of the most visually stunning tapes I've seen of late, the recent Cabin Floor Esoterica batch also delivers the goods musically. The otherworldly wandering blues of Keijo's Along the Stream hits just the right Jandekian sweet spot for me, albeit in a more tuneful way, and Serfs' blown-out guitar playing on Sha La La-La Later On is rather beautiful, turning a Curtis Mayfield cover into something totally new and original.  But, since I've mentioned originality, I must bring up the latest Super Minerals tape as well. The duo of Phil French and William Giacchi continue to make some of the most mind-bendingly original sounds around and with The Hoax, and now Contacteer, they've released two of my favorite albums of the year thus far. Lastly, we spun the brand new Horse Marriage single, which marks Avant Archive's first foray into releasing vinyl. In the coming weeks, we will be joined by Avant Archive owner/operator, Michael Jantz, where we will be discussing the label and his own musical endeavors as Black Eagle Child. Do check back.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

FFFreakout #276 (Live on 8/11/11)

Flower Travellin' Band "Satori Part I" from Satori
Russell Hoke "Morning Medicine" from Til I'm the Best I Can Be
Turner Cody "Up Up High" from Buds of May
Alvarius B. "Face to Face With A Couple Axes" from Baroque Primitiva
Television Personalities "Painting By Numbers" from Part-Time Punks: The Very Best of . . . 
Lee Noble "Evil Book" from Creeping Death Fever
Bibio "K Is For Kelson" from Mind Bokeh
The Pheromoans "Stubble Brothers" from S/T
The Seeds "Pushin' Too Hard" from Nuggets
Weezer "El Sorcho" from Pinkerton
Wanda Jackson "You Know I'm No Good" from The Party Ain't Over
Justin Townes Earles "Can't Hardly Wait" from Midnight At The Movies
Big Audio Dynamite "The Bottom Line" from Planet Bad - Greatest Hits
The Rockford Mules "Drag the Swamp" from Ma They Broke Me
Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual" (Note: Carl's Guilty Pleasure Pick)
The Stranglers "Peaches" from Peaches: The Very Best of . . .

LEE NOBLE - Fantasy Hair from Moduli TV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

FFFreakout #275 - Carl Solo - (Aired on 8/4/11)

Stereo Total "L' amour A 3" from Musique Automatique
Cults "You Know What I Mean" from S/T
Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" (acoustic version) from Talking Heads 77
The B-52's "52 Girls" from S/T
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. "Morning Thought" from It's A Corporate World
Stereolab "The Free Design" from Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night
Elvis Costello "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" from Under the Influenza
Cat Power "He War" from You Are Free
Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson "Folsom Prison Blues"
The Rolling Stones "Far Away Eyes" from Some Girls
The Jayhawks "Falling Star" from Lost Highway: Lost and Found, Vol. 1
The Buzzcocks "What Do I Get?" from Singles Going Steady
Blondie "X Offender" from S/T
Liz Phair (w/ Material Issue) "Turning Japanese" from Juvenilia
Lou Reed "Satelitte of Love" from Transformer

FFFreakout #274 (Aired on 7/28/11)

Beach House "Zebra" from Teen Dream
Orange Juice "Poor Old Soul Part One" from The Glasgow School
The Vaselines "Rory Rides Me Raw" from Enter the Vaselines
Lee Hazlewood (w/ Suzi Jane Hokum) "Sand" from The Complete MGM Recordings
Nina Simone "Real Real" from Sings the Blues
John Fahey "Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt" from The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick
Noveller "Entering" from Glacial Glow
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas "Rett Pa" from II
Mark Ronson (feat. Amy Winehouse) "Valerie" from Version
Beastie Boys "33% God" from Paul's Boutique (Japanese version)
Old 97's "I'm A Trainwreck" from The Grand Theatre Vol. 2
U2 "Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World" from Achtung Baby
Christopher Cross "Ride Like the Wind" from Easy Rock (Note: Carl's Guilty Pleasure Pick)
The Rolling Stones "It's All Over Now" from 12x5
Dennis Coffey "Scorpio" from Soul Power Instrumentals