Archive for March, 2011

Last FM Top Eight: Week Ending March 18th

March 21, 2011

Last FM
Another brief posting on what I’ve been listening to in the past week:

1 – Jonny Greenwood : Norwegian Wood OST

2 – Sean McCann : The Capital/Lower Decks

3 – Lukid : Chord

4 – Tape : Revelationes

5 – Lau Nau : Nukkuu

6 – Low : C’mon

7 – Semiun : Province

8 – Creeping Jaw Society – Election Special EP

A good week I think. Aside from the large number of random artists I listened to, sustained listening revealed one of my favourite tracks of the year so far (Sean McCann’s Aerial Sapphire Show). His release ‘The Capital’ is pretty amazing, in the way that drone albums often aren’t – it sounds…joyful. Not sure how this works. Johnny Greenwood’s soundtrack to Norwegian Wood was good, though largely expected. It didn’t take any grand departures from what you’d expect, but it was still enjoyable. Low’s new album sounds like The Great Destroyer and Drums and Guns never happened – both of which I liked very much. Lukid’s ‘Chord’ is best listened to via a seriously good bass system, or a decent pair of headphones. The production is genuinely lush. I also revisited my own ‘Election Special’ EP, largely to see what I would change a year on. I think my production techniques have improved quite a bit, not that I’ve put anything out to prove that, but perhaps this will spur me on to do so.

The next updates will be an April WDT/VSTM update, unsurprisingly happening in April, as well as a longish post on some gumpf I decide is important to concentrate on for an afternoon and pen 3000 words about. In May I’m going to have a punt at explaining where my PhD is going, seeing as that was the original purpose of this place. It has mutated.

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March WDT/VSTM Archive Update

March 11, 2011

Eiote Zwn

WDT004: Heroines of the U.S.S.R – είστε ζωή

Due to FTP servers disliking certain non-Latin based languages, the original Greek titles of this release have been replaced by their English translations, which are of poor comparison. They give you an idea though. The original track titles of the record are available in the zip file. More information, as ever, is available on the archive page.

The next WDT Archive release will be WDT005: The Fucking Fulfords – Live at The Firs, a positively primeval live recording of myself, Tom and Stokes improvising on many instruments at a party in Hitchin. All guests but us left if I recall.

Last FM Top Eight – Week Ending Mar 4th

March 4, 2011

Last FM
I realised that seeing as I display the top 8 artists on the Last FM page, I should probably only list the top visible 8. So that happens from here on out:

1 – The Declining Winter: Haunt The Upper Hallways

2 – Jamie XX and Gil Scott-Heron: We’re New Here

3 – Harald Grosskopf: Synthesist

4 – Peaking Lights: 936

5 – Bela Bartok: String Pieces 1927-1934

6 – Gowns: Dangers of Intimacy

7 – Warm Ghost: Uncut Diamond EP

8 – Erik Levander: Mars EP

This week was governed by a large amount of work, and some new releases that had been sent my way by old radio colleagues, so I didn’t have a huge amount of time for listening…or at least not paying attention. When I did though, I caught Synthesist, Harald Grosskopf’s album, which was/is a beautiful revelation which I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone. Peaking Lights were interesting, and part of what I think is being called hypnagogic pop – the genre came up on WMP as ‘Washed Out’, which is apt. Warm Ghosts were nicely distorted and have a grand track called Claws Overhead. The Declining Winter seemed appropriate for early March. Bartok is largely there to break it up with some random string pieces.

Next week – a PhD update and the March WDT/VSTM archive release. It’s another by Heroines of the U.S.S.R, with an interesting back story to it. After that, there isn’t a Heroines release for a while as far as I can remember from the catalogue. Additionally, the numbers assigned to the catalogue disappear fairly shortly, owing to bad paperwork, so I’ve attempted to rearrange and assign based on when I reckon the record came out. If anyone knows otherwise, please tell me.


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