the-inbetween posts categorized as Music

Musical Malinchismo

Partly due to frugality and partly due to a fascination with curation the majority of my music consumption these days isn’t via singles or albums but, rather, through mixes for various publications and radio stations. Of those I prefer the mixes that exhibit broader worldly tastes beyond the narrow confines of London, Berlin, or some other electronic music nexus. It’s why Radar Radio’s BBC AZN Network was probably my favourite program of 2015. But even amongst that variety those mixes…

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These Were My Jams

As the year comes to a close and all the usual music publications post their end of the year lists, I can't help but think back to September.

This is my jam came to an end in September.

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Albums of 09: The Final Frontier

Late in the year I realized that one of the dominant themes amongst some of my favourite albums of 2009 was a sort of forward-looking futurism. That’s not to say that the music itself was inherently new, much of it is informed by post-Apollo 70s era krautrock and early electronic work, but it had an other-worldly voyager character to it that points at a novel, if nostalgic, trend. Long and slow synth lines enter and recede, low-fi blips and old…

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Puscifer, The Mission

Maynard James Keenan is a self-professed nerd, despite the stylings of his Tool and A Perfect Circle projects. So when he’s free to let loose on a solo project without the expectations that those two bands come with, he really lets loose. The first sign of this is the fact that “Puscifer“, as a “band”, came into existence via a Mr. Show skit. The second sign? Their first commercial song was Cuntry Boner. Then there are the juvenile album covers…

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Blondie “Performs” Live on Dutch TV

Blondie performing “Denis” on Dutch TV I love this video of a live “performance” by Blondie of the song “Denis” on a Dutch TV program from, I would think, 1978. I don’t know what the story is here, but there’s something appealing about seeing Debbie Harry just stand dead still while multiple televisions around her show proper (from the same show?) live performances of the song. The video inter-cuts between those which is a shame because just watching her stare…

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New Jahtari Dubs for the 8-Bit Minded

Well, this was a pleasant surprise for a rather cool November afternoon: Bookmat has not one but two new Jahtari releases available for purchase and download. These came as a complete surprise, partly because Jahtari does a poor job with their site: not only was there no word that these were coming, but there still isn’t any word that they even exist. First, there’s Tapes’ “Hissing Theatricals” which is a brilliant, if brief, foray into lo-fi 8-bit dub patterns, with…

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Videos of the Decade, By Way of Delicious

Antville’s list of the best videos of the decade, no doubt a precursor to many “of the decade” lists over the next two months, is a good one. I don’t have too many complaints about the picks themselves, though I would contest their placement. For what it’s worth, this would have been my number one selection. In trying to remember what videos I enjoyed this decade that weren’t on the list I turned to two places: my YouTube favourites, and…

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Beep-Side

Bleeping Beats B(eep)-Side by nerdm Here’s a B-Side I made to the previous Bleeping Beats mix that includes some new stuff, some stuff I couldn’t really fit in previously, a few goofy things, and some live performances that are a little raw and rough around the edges, all wrapped in a slight early-90s arcade vibe. (Though for all the fighting game references, I didn’t include anything off of Disrupt’s “Samurai Shodown”/”Last Blade” 7″, but it is freely downloadable at Jahtari).…

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Bleeping Beats, Chiptunes, and Hyperdub 5

A couple weeks ago I posted a 40 minute mix on nerd music (you can download it here) that focused on (mostly) instrumental hip-hop and dub(step) musicians that incorporate the chiptune sound in their music. The genesis of this mix goes back to the end of August. I started compiling some tracks, quite a few of which I had previously posted on nerd music, that highlighted this sub-sub-genre. Then work and this whole moving to another continent thing got in…

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BEAK>

BEAK> is a new project by Geoff Barrow, of Portishead, and two other guys. Extracts from their upcoming album can be listened to, in full, and purchased on their Bandcamp site. If you liked Portishead’s “Third” or, more correctly, the parts of it that were compared to the likes of The Silver Apples and Sunn O))) and Fennesz, then you will enjoy Beak>. It’s a lot more raw, lacking the high production levels of Portishead, but it gives the music…

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Cubie, post-Offworld

The following post was originally meant for Offworld, but, well, you know. It’s sad to see it end as a its own entity — it’s subsumed into the cluttered new Boing Boing design — and I’m not saying that as someone who occasionally contributed. I was a fan long before my first post there. That said, do follow Brandon’s weblog for any possible new, post-Offworld developments. Cubie sadmb’s Cubie (embedded above) is a java powered music creation application that, by…

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YMO OMY

OMY – “Volley” I randomly* came across the above video from OMY (quaint, out of date website), “Oriental Magnetic Yellow”, yesterday. The mid 90s homage-band, if there is such a term, to YMO, “Yellow Magic Orchestra”, is interesting because it consisted entirely of Japanese videogame music veterans, all of whom worked at Namco: Nobuyoshi Sano, Hiroto Sasaki, Takayuki Aihara, and Shinji Hosoe. Most of these guys contributed to the music of Tekken and Ridge Racer. After discovering the existence of…

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Elsewhere and the Korg DS-10

Despite a desire to consolidate my web presence, I have gone off and spread myself even thinner by creating a new Tumblr at nerdmusic.tumblr.com. I had neglected to mention it here. There’s eight pages of it already, including some of these favourites: 16 Bit – Changing Minds; Dr. Mario: The Perfect Drugs; some brief reminiscing on the Gargoyles theme; and Nintendo DS concert, live performance (Electroplankton + KORG DS-10). The last of those is the most notable as I’ve been…

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