29.1.18

Sport3000 - Clearance Sale

Band / Artist: Sport3000
Year: 2018
Genre: Vaporwave

My Review:
This works for today.
A concept album about the last days of a department store. Each track gets progressively darker - glitch and distortion echoing in the ruins

soundcloud.com/sport3000
sport3000.bandcamp.com

AS138
released January 16, 2018

Sport3000 - Clearance Sale

7.1.18

Richard Houghten - All Guitars 2


Band / Artist: Richard Houghten
Year: 2017
Genre: Folktronic, Experimental Rock, Covers, Acoustic

My Review:
This is different. The entire recording is made through use of an acoustic guitar that has been manipulated to create wild soundscapes, covering tracks by Aphex Twin, Orbital, Dj Shadow, Bonobo, David Lynch, and more.

I am really liking hearing the cover of Aphex Twin's "On", or Orbital's "Halcyon & On & On" for sure.

It's a good mix to add to a chillout set, for sure. Only part of this that I would rag on, is the cover art. Not the worst thing I've seen, but I'd offer to help work on it if it were a friends piece. Thats just me being an art major, nitpicky asshole type.

Anyway, the songs have good depth, play in a very complimentary way to one another, and leave me with a great morning playlist. I might reach out to this guy and ask if he'd like to be involved in a project I have going.,.. but thats something I'll share with all of you a bit down the road, when I have my house in order (its almost there!)

Richard Houghten - All Guitars 2

8.12.17

Calexico - Calexico Sampler 2017


Band / Artist: Calexico
Year: 2017
Genre: Americana, Indie, Country

My Review:
Okay, so after years of seeing this band come up in connection with others I was listening to, like Iron & Wine or Wilco, I finally saw this sampler and decided to give them a listen. Its GOOD, but I don't think its quite my cup of tea.

That being said, I know it is quality music, and I know that it carries a lot that people would enjoy, so I wanted to share this short sampler album with you all. If you enjoy this country indie sound, then love this and give them support.

Alright, back to cleaning house in the middle of the frozen night. I've got a walls worth of drywall to remove.

Calexico - Calexico Sampler 2017

30.11.17

Sims - Wildlife


Band / Artist: Sims
Year: 2011
Genre: Hip-hop

My Review:
I have insomnia. Thats neither here nor there, because this is a pretty awesome hip-hop album.
Lots of really impressive sampling work and really solid, soothing beats with a pleasant subdued method of rhyming. I enjoyed this a lot, listened to it about 3 different times while busy and found I'm getting more into it as it keeps playing.


Alright, I'm busy as hell, hope you enjoy.

Sims - Wildlife

8.11.17

The Heroic Enthusiasts - Self Titled


Band / Artist: The Heroic Enthusiasts
Year: 2017
Genre: Synth Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock

My Review:
Retro EIGHTIES SYNTHROCK. It is reallllllly good. If you like Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, or Echo and the Bunnymen, then this would be a good one to listen to. It has a little dreampop, and a lot of new wave. Here is a link to their website.

https://www.theheroicenthusiasts.com/


Another weird detail, their name may be inspired by the poetic book, The Heroic Enthusiasts, which I've linked here. Written by Giordano Bruno, he was artistically presenting the argument that not only was the earth not the center of the universe, but so too was the sun just another of untold numbers of stars, spinning across the cosmos.


Alright, I'm going to go make something to eat. Y'all have a good listen and enjoy.

The Heroic Enthusiasts - Self Titled

18.10.17

Fed. - 902BassDrum


Band / Artist: Fed.
Year: 2015
Genre: Jungle, Breakcore, Drum and Bass

My Review:
Some days, jungle is just a good way to start out the day. Today, that is the case for me. Plus the art has a kitty.

I've heard a few things from Fed. in the past. Best I can remember, this is my favorite. Its much more wild and jazzy, which is really getting me going. It rolls into hiphop or anthem house or reggae, then wildly dissects it, then pulls back to lounge jazz, only to fuse both into the next wave of crazy breakcore wildness.

If this is your jam, here is a long list of other works by the artist (Igor Fedshin)
         [SRmp3 247] Fed. - Hold your gun Babylon 
[SRmp3 205] Fed. - Lion Conversion
[SRmp3 180] Fed. - Mashup Business
[SRmp3 167] Fed. - Fedish Animal
[SRmp3 119] Fed. - Noise, Hash and Meat
[SRmp3 091] Fed. v.s. Annoying Ringtone - Baking
[SRmp3 064] Fed. - Everybody Sucks
Alright, well I'm gonna let this one out into the world now. Enjoy.

Fed. - 902BassDrum

6.10.17

Head For the Hills - Potions & Poisons


Band / Artist: Head For the Hills
Year: 2017
Genre: Bluegrass, Country, Indie Folk

My Review:
Here is a nice, well composed album of Chill Bluegrassy music, with that country flair that always makes me think about my Grandfather, and lyrics that have a pleasant amount of wisdom and introspection. I really like that they have earthy voices, and seem to come at their music from a raw perspective.

Here is the description of the album from their website.
Potions and Poisons is the fourth album of original music from Head for the Hills, the Colorado based post-modern bluegrass outfit of Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen and Sam Parks. There’s no reinvention of the wheel here--no computer programmed banjo rolls or digitally arpeggiated fiddle lines. Instead we find Head for the Hills at the peak of their powers of musical alchemy, building little worlds of sound from the detritus of bluegrass, jazz, hip hop, folk and soul. Potions and Poisons is a look at the darker side of love, lust, and life; an examination of our affinity for and aversion to the things that make us fragile but human. Recorded at home in Colorado with the band’s go-to engineer, Aaron Youngberg (Cahalen and Eli, Martha Scanlan, Grant Gordy and Ross Martin), the record features appearances from Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival) on vocals and washboard, Erin Youngberg (Uncle Earl, FY5) on vocals, and a lush string section. Potions and Poisons is the most Head for the Hills record yet, and in the great tradition of bluegrass (and soul and folk and old time music), it delivers some bitter pills, but the ten new original songs are more than a survey of the human condition. This is reflective but buoyant music, restorative and full of vibrancy.

Enjoy it
Head For the Hills - Potions & Poisons

19.7.17

([not music]) Night of the Living Dead

I thought, in honor of the late George Romero, I'd share some information and a link to one of the best noir horror movies of all time.

Did you know that the original Night of the Living Dead is a public domain movie? I will let this fine video tell you more.


So because of this fun quirk, you get to honor this man for free if you so desire. Sad, but at least you get to watch a free movie.



14.7.17

Blind MIC - Codeine Bluez


Band / Artist: Blind MIC
Year: 2017
Genre: Hip-Hop, Trap, Trip Hop, Chillstep

My Review:
This music is actually really calming to me, but it feels like some kind of "we're gonna die so whatever here comes the grave". So yeah, I feel oddly conflicted about this album but I do like it enough that I've played it repeatedly.

I would love to say more, but I've been working myself to death this week, too tired. Good trip-hop/trap thing with a UK feel and drug and drinking references. Y'all have a good one.

Blind MIC - Codeine Bluez

4.7.17

Gosprom - 20


Band / Artist: Gosprom
Year: 2011
Genre: Trip Hop, Acid Jazz, Electropop, Alternative Pop

My Review:
So I probably downloaded this album back in 2014 or 2015. I am now at the point that I am reviewing it. Not because it was bad, just because I don't think I was ready for it yet. Really mellow, with a melding of electronics, jazz, and glitch, in a way that reflects a melody that I can't help but to really love now that I've spent my time in New Orleans and had the jazz seep into my life.

That being said, this is a more relaxed, atmospheric album, that plays in areas more like a demanding stage piece. I really enjoy putting it on for the night and having some work to get finished while it plays, so I can perk up and dance about a little when it behooves me.

So yeah, hope you like a weirdly drippy/glitchy russian electro-jazz-trip-pop album. I'm gonna listen again now.

Gosprom - 20