Friday, June 27, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

nunta anului

cel mai misto blog de minimal (si nu numai) s-a unit cu cel mai fresh blog de minimal (si nu numai). rezultatul e aici.

Friday, June 20, 2008

let's get the party started with a bleah

zice-se ca oamenii aia din spatele start a party i-ar aduce peste sapte zile, la hotel caro, pe rodion, uffie, miss le bomb si electronicat. anul trecut ii invitasera pe noze. prima chestie ar fi legata de faptul ca organizatorii sap frecventeaza rokolectiv-ul. electronicat a fost pe line-up-ul primei editii a fest-ului bucurestean, cea din 2006, noze si uffie - la cea de anul trecut. bravo lor, nimic de zis! a doua chestie vine sa le dea anumitor brand-uri/agentii o palma la fundul ala mare, care se misca infatigabil pe muzica unor noze sau uffie, dar care ii refuza pe oamenii de la rokolectiv cand vine vorba sa sara cu banul pentru festival. 'aaa... cine? noze? uffie? electronicat? ce nume mai e si asta? hmmm, interesant, n-am auzit in viata noastra de asa ceva! spuneti ca astia canta? muzica, da?! sigur ca suntem interesati, va sunam noi cand: 1. se va intoarce sefu' din concediu; 2. va pleca sefu' in concediu; 3. vom avea bugetele pentru sponsorizari aprobate (ah! din pacate vor fi aprobate chiar in ziua in care se va termina rokolectiv-ul); 4. la anu', pentru ca ne-am consumat deja bugetele pentru sponsorizari la festivalul 'ursuletul de aur'; 5. niciodata, pentru ca bugetul nostru se duce la 'ursuletul de aur' etc.' peste un an, ai a doua sansa sa-i vezi pe alde noze, uffie, electronicat, adusi la vreun (start a)party, pe sume pe care nu le-au visat niciodata. iar pe brand-urile/agentiile alea istete frecandu-si mainile fericite de cat de trendy, urbane, cool si avangardiste sunt ele.

* festivalul 'ursuletul de aur' exista, e organizat, printre altii, de organizatia 'delfinul de aur', iar anul acesta - ajuns, omg!, la editia a 25-a - a fost castigat de ana teodora gaitanovici (buzau) si alina manuela paun (craiova). bravo, fetelor! mult succes in continuare!

face the slayer



detalii aici.

oh man, is this concrete all around or is it in my head?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

primal scream

Urban Guerrilla - Primal Scream

*un cover dupa hawkwind care anunta noul album, pregatit de lansare pe 21 iulie. track-ul de mai sus nu va fi pe album, dar, zic unii, respira cam acelasi aer: 'much more pop and krautrock than before. it sounds a bit like alan vega and suicide' (bjorn yittling, producatorul). hmmm... asta in cazul in care motorhead suna un pic ca alan vega si suicide si daca alan vega si suicide suna un pic ca gastile spatiale ale lui conny plank.

beatfactor...

...zice ca rekabu s-ar afla printre blogurile alea 'utile referitoare mai mult sau mai putin la muzica electronica si cultura urbana & clubbing'. rekabu ii multumeste lui beatfactor.

my song in the night

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

se7en songs

nu stiu de unde a plecat. ideea e ca efectul de bulgare de zapada a dat iama pe bloguri, muzicale au ba, faimoase au ba. simon reynolds, dan bournemoth, gutta, kid shirt si multi-multi altii au luat chestia in serios si s-au pus pe scris. iata textul initial: 'list seven songs you are into right now. no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to'. o sa incep eu si la sfarsit o sa-i somez si pe altii s-o faca.

1. atomic rooster, 'death walks behind you'
('death walks behind you', 1970, elektra)
Death Walks Behind You - Atomic Rooster

ciudata obsesie nascuta in adolescenta, intoarsa astazi de nu-stiu-unde si nu-stiu-cum. smulsa de pe albumul cu acelasi nume, lansat in septembrie 1970, la un an dupa ce vincent crane si carl palmer (care nu e creditat pe album, el plecand in iunie pentru a forma e, l &p) puneau punct proiectului crazy world of arthur brown, 'death walks behind you' e cumva punctul in care rock-ul progresiv se duce intr-o caverna proto-metalica (aceeasi cu aia in care se adaposteau si horroristii initiali black sabbath). disonante, riff-uri sfredelitoare, orgi bolnave, lirica incantatorie...

2. the auteurs, 'how could i be wrong'
('new wave', 1993, hut/caroline)


cea mai fantomatica intrupare de pe debutul primului proiect viabil al lui luke haines - pe nedrept ingropat de, totusi, incantatorul debut al celor de la suede -, 'how could i be wrong' se plimba, glam-influenced si pe o vioara setata sa completeze vocea si textul vag incomprehensibile ale lui haines, printre ruinele unei ere pe care oscar wilde ar fi fost bucuros s-o traiasca.

3. no age, 'loosen this job'
('weirdo rippers', 2007, fat cat)
Loosen This Job - No Age
cacofonie transformata in aur pur, no-wave si noise pop (paradox care functioneaza perfect aici) laolalta, foarte aproape (si departe, iata un al doilea paradox) de ceea ce fac animal collective, colegii de label, 'loosen this job' e hipnoza indusa de tam-tam-urile coborate ascunse undeva in viscerele cantecului si de drone-ul innebunitor, taiat de sincope neasteptate.

4. the chameleons, 'in shreds'
('in shreds/less than human' single, 1982, static records)
In Shreds - The Chameleons

un lost classic infuzat cu tot amarul vomitat de post-punk, dar si cu speranta, foarte-foarte timpurie, intr-o lume ceva mai vesela, al carei centru iradiant se va numi madchester.

5. chromatics, 'in the city'
('in shining violence', 2007, italians do it better)
In the City - Chromatics

'in the city' e o lume subacvatica inghetata, in care melancolia e limba materna, iar hrana e alcool diluat in fum de tigara. recluziva si obsedanta, bantuita acut de o voce care ti se lipeste instant de creier, muzica livrata de chromatics e soundtrack-ul unui film facut de carpenter dupa o noapte de betie cu lynch.

6. portishead, 'we cary on'

('third', 2008, island)
We Carry On - Portishead

devastanta, tribala si coioasa (instrumental), terifianta si ademenitoare (vocal), 'we carry on' e definitia tuturor lifting-urilor pe care portishead si le-au autoadministrat in cei 11 ani de absenta: exact drumul accidentat care leaga trip-hop-ul de post-rock.

7. john lydon, 'sun'
('psycho's path', 1997, virgin)
Sun - John Lydon
lydon comutat pe techno (aveti probleme daca instrumentul principal de pe 'sun' e un acordeon?) dupa ce candva a sondat, cu pil, suprafata batranului disco. iesit de pe un album mai degraba mediocru, 'sun' e accesibil, maniacal si excentric.

o dau mai departe la:

chestionabil
freshgoodminimal
muzicant
todenyasound
victorstutz
soma-nancy
melomanul

playing the building

'the founder of the band talking heads has turned a disused paint factory by the stockholm waterside into a giant musical instrument, constructed around an old wooden pump organ with its entrails ripped out and replaced with wires and pipes' (reuters, 2005)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

rpd cu rbd

* 'la doar cateva zile de la punerea in vanzare a biletelor on-line pentru concertul rbd, biletele de 300 ron (pe teren a) s-au epuizat, anunta organizatorii, media services events', zice musicmix.rol.ro. ciudata chestie... asta trebuie sa-nsemne ca: a). prescolarii au inceput sa castige bine; b). adolescentii care si-au impanzit camerele cu postere rbd-iste au renuntat la fumat; c). angajatii multinationalelor isi alunga depresia post-birou cu 'y no puedo olvidarte'; d). irinel columbeanu a cumparat toate locurile de pe teren a pentru aia mica.

* 'persoanele care doneaza sange, in perioada 9-22 iunie, pot castiga unul dintre cele 100 de bilete gratuite pentru concertul whitesnake si def leppard, care va avea loc pe 8 iulie la romexpo, informeaza organizatorii', zice acelasi musicmix.rol.ro. sangele si rock-ul au avut mereu o relatie speciala...

heavy rotation - 1/2 2008



nick cave and the bad seeds, ‘dig, lazarus, dig!!!’
destroyer, ‘trouble in dreams’
the dodos, ‘the visiter’
kelley polar, ‘i need you to hold on while the sky is falling’
robert forster, ‘the evangelist’
fuck buttons, ‘street horrrsing’
hercules and love affair, ‘hercules and love affair’
sons and daughters, ‘the gift’
hot chip, ‘made in the dark’
goldfrapp, ‘seventh tree’
erykah badu, ‘new amerykah part one (4th world war)’
bauhaus, ‘go away white’
boris, ‘smile’
the breeders, ‘mountain battles’
no age, ‘nouns’
zombie zombie, 'a land of the renegades’
jay haze, ‘love and beyond’
the raveonettes, ‘lust lust lust’
black mountain, 'in the future'
james, 'hey ma'
tindersticks, 'the hungry saw'
various artists, ‘round black ghosts’
portishead, ‘third’
barry adamson, 'back to the cat'

Saturday, June 14, 2008

my song in the night

I Am The Sun - Swans

morley says

'without the listener, there is no music. the listener completes the musical circuit, and, even though i am not a musician, i feel as if i am a form of musician when i listen to something like 'i am sitting in a room' and believe that, by hearing the piece, by responding to it with my thoughts of what it is and what it is doing - what it means - i am actually helping to finish it off. as the listener i am the final element in the making of music. i have made the music useful. i have put it into the context: the context of my own life, and my own perception of what music is, and why it exists.'
paul morley, 'words and music', 2003, bloomsbury

Friday, June 13, 2008

b.

"we hear whisperings from the studio that he may treat his dearest dubstep, techno and even r'n'b tracks with his unique production style before mixing them with exclusive material..."

23 iunie, !k7 records

Friday, June 6, 2008

big ideas come out of old redundant hardware


Big Ideas (Don't get any) from 1030 on Vimeo.
video by james houston

'Radiohead held an online contest to remix "Nude" from their album - "In Rainbows" This was quite a difficult task for all the electronic musicians that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's near impossible to mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition "for a laugh" and to find out what would come out of such an impossible task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) "Big Ideas: Don't get any" I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - Act as a collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX'

via vimeo.com

Thursday, June 5, 2008

my song in the night


malaria!, 'your turn to run' ('new york passage' ep, 1982, cachalot)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

haoaleu

aooleu e deja pe hartie. il am in fata. sambata, pe arthur verona, de la 4 pm, lansarea.

beck in business

Chemtrails - Beck

'chemtrails' e primul cantec iesit online de pe viitorul album beck, de gasit in toamna, si prima emanatie a colaborarii californianului cu danger mouse.

jail-sharing

'six people have become the first individuals in the uk ever to be arrested for using a file-sharing site. five men and one woman were detained by police earlier this week in relation to the uploading of music from the now-defunct website oink.' (the guardian)

clubbing 2.0

heya, clubberi ai romaniei! daca veti avea timp de plictiseala vara asta, incercati sa alungati vidul cu noua jucarioara iesita din teasta lui pete 'it's all gone' tong, the white island. twi e un arg scenarizat cumva in siajul 'codului lui da vinci', in care se amesteca societati arheologice cu misiuni incerte, track-uri furate si clubberite misterioase. tim jonze are o intrebare buna. 'and whereas the pr brains have been hard at work selling the whole package as the "rave version of lost", it does lead us to an interesting question: if lost is hard enough to get your head around in the first place, what's it going to be like when you're surfing out of your tiny little mind on rave biscuits?'


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

ighetto blaster



intr-o vreme in care oamenii astia 1 si 2 rememoreaza duios timpuri in care muzica venea la pachet cu o caseta, lasonic acceseaza aceeasi nostalgie si isi upgradeaza faimosul trc-931, transformandu-l in i931. cel mai misto gadget pe care l-am vazut in ultima vreme (haha, ca si cum mi-ar pasa de gadget-uri...) si ghetto blaster-ul perfect pentru perifericii generatiei debt.

Monday, June 2, 2008

my song in the night


health, 'heaven' ('heaven' single, 2008, flemish eye)