Wednesday, February 22, 2012

FFFree Mix(tape) Series, Vol. 3: Spring in Winter Edition

I decided to give the home tape deck a much needed break for this third edition of the FFFree Mixtape Series and try something different. This time around you'll get a 16-track cd-r compilation loaded with a variety of fringe sounds. The packaging was assembled using spare record jackets and modified gig poster art created by fellow free form ally, Nora Myers. The classic Sharpie-style florescent doodling was done by the hand of Ms. Autumn Perron.

It's quite simple how this all works: write to us and let us know that you want one of these mixes 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 (I'm serious about this!), poetry, etc. - but that's entirely up to you.

Again, get in touch with us if you're interested.

UPDATE: These are now all gone. Be on the lookout for Vol. 4 in the coming months

Sunday, February 19, 2012

FFFreakout: Podcast #35 - Sean McCann / Recital Feature

Sean McCann “Scapula” Open Resolve LP (Orange Milk)
(Interview segment) 
Radiant Husk “Natoma St.” Micromegas CD-R (Recital 2)
Troy Schafer “The Desire Towards Joy – Cycle I” Evening Song Awaken CD-R (Recital 3)
Idea Fire Company “The Whole World” Rags to Riches LP (*forthcoming on Recital)
(Interview segment) 
Sean McCann & Matthew Sullivan “An Unknown Gentleman” Vanity Fair LP (Recital 1)
Sean McCann “The Vanilla Maiden” The Capital LP (Aguirre)
Sean McCann “Have I Forgotten?” Prelusion CD-R (Recital 0)
(Interview segment) 
Sean McCann “Betazoid” Phylum Sigh CD (Roll Over Rover)
Sean McCann “Guardian” (*for future LP release - tbd)
Sean McCann “Charade (demo)” (*for future LP release - tbd)

Over the past four years, Sean McCann has had an impressive run of releases that span various styles and approaches – from folk-inspired dirges to sparkling synth soundscapes to drone minimalism - capped off by last year’s terrific album The Capital on Aguirre Records. McCann is now set to release his first full-length album of 2012, a collaboration with fellow Los Angeles-based musician and Ekhein labelhead, Matthew Sullivan. This album, entitled Vanity Fair, is coming out in the first official batch of releases this week on McCann's new Recital imprint. 

We recently had a chance to speak with Sean over the phone and asked him some questions about his new label and record, and about how his own music has developed over the years. We air that interview on this week's podcast show and play a few tracks from the new and forthcoming Recital releases, not to mention some forthcoming solo material that McCann is currently working on.

For more information and to order many of the releases heard on this show, head over to the Recital website.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

FFFreakout #299 (Aired on 2/16/12)

T. Rex "Tenement Lady" from Tanx
Tom Waits "Better Off Without A Wife" from Round Midnight: The Minneapolis Broadcast 1975
The Kinks "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl" from Kinda Kinks
World Party "Ship of Fools" from Private Revolution
Imperial Teen "You're One" from Seasick
Motorhead "Ace of Spades" from Ace of Spades
Ramones "Teenage Lobotomy" from Rocket to Russia
Ween "Pink Eye (On My Leg)" from The Mollusk
Abner Jay "Hambone" from  Hambone / Rattle the Bone 12"
Jacuzzi Boys "Do The Coma" from Seahawks & Peacocks
Ali Farka Toure "Untitled" from Ni Foli
Stare Case "Lose Today" from Lose Today
Ceremony "Never Make You Cry" from Rocket Fire
Mist "Dead Occasion" from House

On today's show, Carl recapped his Valentine's Day with Motorhead and David spun a few tracks from the final batch of the Social Music Record & Tape Club subscription series, which included a couple cookers from Ali Farka Toure and Abner Jay.


Friday, February 10, 2012

FFFreakout #298 - David solo - (Aired on 2/9/12)

Rella the Woodcutter "Bonobo" from The Golden Undertow
Heroin in Tahiti "Spaghetti Wasteland" from Death Surf
Cloud Nothings "Chew, Chew the Christmas Grapes" from Free Music: A Carpark Record
Keijo "Ain't Got No Home" from Neverending Blues
Ghedalia Tezartes "Quasimodo Tango" from Diasporas
John Carpenter "Assault on Precinct 13" from The Essential John Carpenter Film Music Collection
Call Back the Giants "The Pharroh Man" from The Rising
Chris Knox "Lament of the Gastropod" from Songs of You and Me
Cabaret Voltaire "Silent Command" from The Original Sound of Sheffield '78/'82
Nico "Le Petit Chevalier" from Desertshore
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg "Je T'Aime . . . Moi Non Plus" from Birkin / Gainsbourg
Miles Davis "Wili (Part 1)" from Dark Magus
Sun City Girls "Sev Acher" from Gum Arabic

Today's show included a fifteen minute slab of Dark Magus, the mesmerizing sounds of Ghedalia Tezartes, an artist I've been listening to a lot of late, and some new sounds off of Italy's Boring Machines label (Rella the Woodcutter and Heroin in Tahiti).


FFFreakout #297 (Aired on 2/2/12)

MFSB "T.S.O.P" (live) from MFSB
James Brown "Super Bad" from 40th Anniversary Collection
Curtis Mayfield "Superfly" from Superfly
Sly & The Family Stone "Loose Booty" from The Essential Sly & The Family Stone
Barry White "Love Serenade" from Just Another Way To Say I Love You
Michael McDonald "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You Are Near)" from If That's What It Takes
David Bowie "Fame" from Young Americans
Rick James "Ghetto Life" from Bustin' Out
The Fall "Rebellious Jukebox" from Live At The Witch Trials
Television Personalities "Silly Girls" from Part Time Punks: The Very Best of the Television Personalities
Mark Hollis "The Gift" from S/T
Colin Stetson "The Stars In His Head" (Dark Lights Remix) from New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Rocket "Miss Universe Japan" from Tipp-Topp

This show marked our sixth year of doing Free Form Freakout on Thursdays in the 2-3 p.m. slot on KMSU. We spent part of the show paying tribute to Don Cornelius, the creator and host of Soul Train, whom we had just learned had passed way.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

FFFreakout: Podcast #34 - Panabrite / Library Music Feature

Panabrite “Cirrus” Illumination CS (Sicsic Tapes)
(Interview segment)
Serge Bulot “Echoes” Les lĂ©gendes de BrocĂ©liande (Sonimage) France, 1981
Piero Umiliani (as Zalla) “Attivita” Problemi D’Oggi (Liuto) Italy, 1974
Milpatte (aka Bernard Fevre) “Cirka” April Orchestra Vol. 47 (CBS Disques) France, 1982  
Teddy Lasry “Chinese Connexion” Interpol (Sonimage) France, 1979
Roger Roger & Nino Nardini “Beyond the Clouds” Informatic 2000 (Crea Sound) France, 1982
(Interview segment)
Alessandro Alessandroni “Acquario” Biologia Marina (Rhombus) Italy, 1973
Roland Bocquet “Exotique” Robot Bleu (RCA Media) France, 1983
Vladimir Cosma “Pavane Spatiale” Insolite & Co. (PSI) France, 1969
Jean-Pierre Decerf & M. Baroty “Phantasm in the Night” Publipot (CAM) France, 1978
(Interview segment)
Panabrite “Camembert Symphony” Soft Terminal LP (Digitalis)
Panabrite “Wind Rider” Wind Rider CS (Tranquility Tapes)
Panabrite “Over Dunes” Omni Center CD-R (Sturmundrugs)

For this week's podcast show we got a chance to speak with Seattle-based musician Norm Chambers, whom records under the name Panabrite, a project we’ve grown quite fond of here on the show over the past year or so. Chambers has had a string of incredible limited run releases on such labels as Tranquility Tapes, Sturmundrugs, Hooker Vision, and Gift Tapes. And he’s now set to release his first LP entitled Soft Terminal on Digitalis in the coming weeks.

Chambers' rhythmically-charged, yet melodically complex work as Panabrite draws from various corners of electronic music’s rich history, tracing back to the early composers of library music, that being the “mood music” or “background music” used in television, film, and commercials, but was never widely available to the general public. Chambers, in fact, has a wealth of knowledge in the area of library music, offering up bits of information and rare recordings through his Lunar Atrium blog. In our conversation with Norm, we discuss his interest in library music and his work as Panabrite. He was also kind enough to put together some of his favorite library music tracks for us to play on this week’s show. We also play a few tracks from some of the recent Panabrite releases, including something off of that new Digitalis LP.