28.5.18

Note about privacy and ad tracking.

I used to have AdSense advertisements active on this blog, but I didn't really ever make money off of it. I think $1.40 since I started the blog back in 2013. I always kept it on in the early days because I wanted to eventually try to make the blog into a hopeful part time job of my own, and then make some potential ad deals with record labels or something. Something that I could be proud of doing as an interesting chapter in life.

Originally I expected that as time passed, this blog could be something more of a useful thing to people, or that it would be a larger part of my life. I suppose, looking out onto time and trying to guess where the winds will blow you is always a gamble.

So here we are now...

Corporations have gotten to be pretty lax about giving a shit about what happens to you as far as advertising and tracking. People have a slim number of options to avoid the intrusiveness and overwhelming presence of ads, cookies, trackers, and whatever else. Its amazing how in depth this has become since this blog started.

The general peoples have moved away from personal ownership of music, and instead tend to stick to the "netflix" method, streaming under pay or for free. These groups follow something that Frank Zappa once explained in the video below.


Making critics, playlist DJs, digital venues, all into fairly thinly veiled tastemakers that connect to a number of labels or avenues of commercial power. Engineering your experiences, and locking down music and art as mostly a product to monetize your experience for as little incurred cost as possible. In a lot of ways that means that the goals of this blog are only set to focus on a dwindling portion of society.

I'm not against any given band, platform, radio station, or genre. I'm not against any way of enjoying the things you enjoy. I make the posts on this blog because I enjoy it so much, I love rolling the dice on a random new album with nearly no reference, and hitting jackpot on an amazing new set of songs, or interesting band to follow. I love the thought of sharing that with people, the excitement of being able to pass on that spark to another person who could be really interested.

I fell into a place over the past few years where I had my life turn upside down, where work took over a massive portion of my time, personality, life altogether. Soundcloud nearly died. Facebook monetized, leaving any sort of social sharing to fade away unless you pay for "exposure".  Google Reader died, then Digg Reader died, probably a few more. I lost a job, a car, bought a house. A lot of the things that this blog was planned with have changed or ended, and it has been seldom when I was feeling like I was ready to do anything here.

Many things have changed, and now that the world is finally putting out changes to the advertising policy thanks to Europe.  I never have made money here, but I still enjoy posting here as a hobby, and I can always hope that something good will come up in the future.

Anyway, TLDR; I turned ads off for the blog, and I'll keep posting here when I can. If you like this blog, please comment to let me know what you'd like to see.

18.5.18

Psilodump - Memory Loss


Band / Artist: Psilodump
Year: 2004
Genre: Chiptune, Breakbeat, Electronica

My Review:
"Memories may become corrupted but beauty remains. Still, that is no excuse for acting blind … or maybe it is … what you have lost might not just be your memory."
I know I posted this before.. but I loved this one so much, as it was the quintessential chiptune album to really get me into the genre overall. I know I always loved music from my genesis games, but this just represented a new way to see that music, as not just a nostalgia for a game, but as an instrument being used, as bit compression midi representing a boundary box to work in. Its only 4 tracks, but even today it holds up as a flagpost for the rest of the chiptune music I enjoy.

Psilodump - Memory Loss

And because of the 10 year anniversary, here is a celebration single.


Psilodump - Jag Minns Inte Remixes (10 year anniversary)

And another one, because I love you.


Psilodump - Låtsades Krama Remixes (10 year anniversary)


13.5.18

Kabjanak - Out of the Dark


Band / Artist: Kabjanak
Year: 2015
Genre: Prog Rock, Trip Hop

My Review:
Dat beat doe... jeezum.  Reminescent of 70s acid trip jam, and laced with trip-hop beat layers and samplings used like ghost masking. It has a lot of skill and agility in how it flows, using all of these influences to form a whole all its own.

Kabanjak is a German artist, who i believe plays a number of instuments, and is the kind of guy to be sharing other musicians works on their own FB band page. Dude track 3, 7th gate, GOD THAT IS GOOD. Never did I think I'd see Prog and Trip-hop merged, and so well on that.

This one really works well alongside L O N E R, who I posted recently. I probably should look at putting them together on one mix.

Kabjanak - Out of the Dark

8.5.18

Good Throb - Fuck Off


Band / Artist: Good Throb
Year: 2014
Genre: UK Punk, Punk, Thrash

My Review:
I really wasn't feeling this the first time I heard it. Not in the least, and here we are, like 3 years later and I'm really digging it. "No Taste" really sticks and I'm all for their sound, and their commitment to sharing their jams.

They hail from London it seems, and since I've heard this sound so much out of UK punk, I labeled it as its own special thing. I hope they wander over the pond and stop in Nola one day, it'd be cool to enjoy their stuff in person.

If you like this, then listen to their EPs, they are pretty rad.

Good Throb - Fuck Off

3.5.18

L O N E R - Bloom & Self Titled EP


Band / Artist: L O N E R
Year: 2016, 2017
Genre: Trip Hop, Trap, Chillout

My Review:
SO CHILL. Its titled on the soundcloud stream as "Sad as Fuck Hip Hop". I love the feel it has, of former triphop singer, an acoustic edge, and this lightly witchcrafty feel to it. You need to hear this one. Apparently its a musician named DMT, and a singer named Kelly Anne Corfield. I don't know much else, since i saved this ages ago and forgot to post a review on it.

L O N E R - Bloom

Also because its worth hearing as well, here is a more rough album that has a really great sound to it as well, if maybe a little more rough around the edges. I might even like this one a hair more potentially. If they evolve this well over a 1 year run, I'm excited to hear how much farther they are going to go.


L O N E R - Self Titled EP

28.4.18

LITTLEBABYANGEL - GADA


Band / Artist: LITTLEBABYANGEL
Year: 2018
Genre: Alternative Hip-Hop

My Review:
This one is a really interesting one. Really unique beatscape, and a delivery that feels raw and catches my attention. It does have a sorta sad quality throughout that I could see not being everyone's cup of tea, but its definitely one that I would want to take a little time for.

Here was a quote from the email notice for this one.
This is 'GADA' - the debut tape from Littlebabyangel. Eleven songs played and produced by Stephan Armstrong and his childhood friend Cameron Morse. The tape is free. You're getting it first. 
One of the guys that started LuckyMe grew up in the Highlands of Scotland and as a young kid he was on a chain-letter network where people swapped mixtapes. We mean actual tapes. Actual letters. You'd post lists of the tapes you had to the next person on the network, and they'd hit you back asking which ones they want dubbed. And you'd send them the copied tape along with the checklist for the next person; moving bootlegs in from New York to London and up the UK. Hand to hand, he was getting new music sent to the middle of nowhere. We need something like this now. So we're asking you to start it. This record isn't public anywhere. No stores. It's just on this link. It's free. Forward the mail to someone. If you receive the mail from someone you know, you can forward it on too. We're not putting this out any other way right now. 

I don't yet know much about the artist or label, and wanted to share faster than looking into it too long. Anyway, you should listen to this one. Also take your time on that site, its really interesting. I'm curious about the story being brewed here.

LITTLEBABYANGEL - GADA

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