Sunday, June 01, 2014

We Hold Generosity Cautiously


Fifteen and that's the best I'll give you. The number came to me through a flash of insight, remaindered after a process of reflection which guaranteed nothing except an outcome.

Severally speaking, consider this as your MO from now on:

  1. think seriously about your friends when you do something alone
  2. break off the activity to email them to tell them that you're actively seriously thinking about them
  3. return to the activity (still alone) but allow your friends to be present, active with you, because you've emailed them (2), present in thought in a way that's different from (1)
  4. allow yourself to be active differently, in the way that doing an activity alone and doing it with friends changes the activity
Charge the following activities with the recipe above:

- permit a living thing to grow or live (not all living things grow), but don't cultivate it, just endorse it, solitarily (1), with friends in mind (1-4)
- similarly, halve your decisions: 50% of the distinctions or options you deliberate are spurious, involve someone in thought (1) in the process of thinking about not thinking about those choices
- consider the absence of glitch (hi5 Mr Trick), alone and with friends in mind
- regret / charm the elements

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Being, Cheap. OR: Cookie policing.


The corner turned itself and observed its angularity: I think I look obtuse in this aspect. The lack of effort. An unoriginal corner, or, let us find charity or consideration for the less able corners; a neurotic corner, unprepared to pick better terms or make better points, oppressed by how it may be regarded. An overly self-regarding corner. How obtuse. How un.

The conceit is not complete. The form has not yet submitted itself to redundancy, although it was resigned for a while, while again again.

Through all this, and more, on days and other events, we recognised that the business or activity of noting the spaces into which our categories organised themselves was not yet without fruit, seed, potential, bearing, moment, calorie, factor, presence, leverage, charge. We persist, we persevere, we turn. We note the continuity, we find the flavours that haven't been controlled, resisted, exorcised, argued out of existence. Jst. JJst. Jjsst. Jjjjssst give it to me. Jjjjjjssssst given to me. But smile as you describe yourself, relieve yourself. Of your anxiety, by acknowing it with a grin. Self self self is hard. The corner is selfregarding awkwardly. Obtusely.

Here's stuff from that lad, and bless him (again with the gods among us, again with the frail momentum, again with the troubled hyphenation, again with the gilden complication, the charity or consideration for the less able corners, for the fallen falling failing heaven), bless him it's hard. Find space where you can. Look no listen and file it while (where) you can, the curtain is like rain. The time is back to us.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

One foot solidly in front of the other

"The word cute did not exist in his emotional vocabulary."

We're stuck with each other, far apart. Stuck apart. Let's connect, like a bully and the bullied, let's let our thoughts be preoccupied with each other until the last bell rings and we have to meet to settle ourselves; the relief of not having to think about each other and instead to be able to finally release the thoughts.

Here I'm preoccupied with Red Night by TVO, out July 2nd e.g. dead soon, on the excellent Broken 60 tape label. I won't remember it for you wholesale here, rather just go click on the soundcloud links and get your immersion tank warmed, then get on the orderage and nab yourself some future magneticals.

Here I'm immersing in Dem Hunger / Wanda Group / The Hers / Susie Sahara / Shelley Duvall / Hav Lyfe / Umbro G, still. I got on alienpaint.tumblr.com and fed myself a feed of all the free mediafire / bandcamp uploads he's been sharing. Get involved in GET INVOLVED IN MY THROAT. Get yerself to the CLEANERS. Spend but 1UKPOUND and have an individualised, bespoke, one-off, handcrafted CDR made and sent to you. EARTH INSIDER.

ccc-ed to your mum.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Still Ain't Dead

Precarious times. So they live embedded in so many online identities they keep forgetting that they drive content elsewhere. Drive this:


what follows is a tracklist. Nuffin long. 15mins, 11 tracks, 21MB.
Numan - Jurassic Park
Low Deep - Cheeky Violin refix
Waifer - unknown
Dot Rotten - Bazooka instru
Low Deep - Straight Flush 2
Numan - Punch Bag
Zomby - Aquafresh
Terror Danjah feat. Badness - Cut Out
Roll Deep - Avenue Heartache Refix instru
Spooky - Morgue refix
John Cohen - Seiki dub remix
So I'd fill you in, but that would be to assume that blogs are still a viable online currency. Or, rather, to assume that you are still a viable online identity, one which reads blogs, one which blogs, one which isn't stuck outside, one which has value, one with attitudes (regardless if attitudes, being mostly nonexistent, are more or less unviable).

So here we are. Listening and sharing, just like the oldener days. Some people died, some people grafted, each of us travelled somewhere, and here we meet to join up eyes and ears on a common driven content. Our mutual gaze isn't going out of style. Our capacity for mutuality will outlast us. EVEN us.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Swung It Brung It


Don't shop what you can't find in a place where they sell that stuff you like the look of but always looks weak when you get it home. Only shop the things you find there. It'll look better the more of it you get. It'll look eclectic. You'll develop taste and character. People'll gonna look at your collection and see movement and symmetry and decision where there was nothing but regret cos it looked weak when you first brung it home. They'll wanna shop in a place like yours but they shouldn't. They should only shop what they can find in a place where it sells that stuff that they like the look of but always looks weak when they git it home.

What's new? Here's the story:

1. I'm hooked on DEM HUNGER's projects, and there seem to be many of them, all scarcely promoted - intentionally weak metadata. This goes subcutaneous. He's got a language of paint and bodily fluids working out, viscera, pond foam and scum, gender identity lost in hacked up b&w photos of chossy rubble, and all bundled up in toddler-sodden oily rags of abuse. Don't contemplate it, just let it corrode you. Check Leaving Records for some Dem Hunger / Durlin Lurt tapes and releases. Also look up his/her Sandra stuff. This tumblr hooks you up with regular mediafire sounds, and the twitter keeps your mind on the filth. It's Ghedalia Tzartes with colour synesthesia, tourette's syndrome, and diesel fumes.

2. Hooked on the new Dalglish release on Highpoint Lowlife - Benacah Drann Deachd. The label's coming to a close, but this is a renewed, restrengthened output for an artist whose been bubbling away at brewing a distinct sound in the murky world of glimmering glitches and gently resistant undertowed drone. There's a completely cohesive structure to everything that goes on in here - you remember those Asa-Chang and Jun Ray releases on the Leaf Label, laying out their precession and procession by tightly constrained mathematical rules of proportion? But here the way of going isn't so self-consciously Up Front - it has a closer parallel, perhaps, to the dj's craft, shifting the tension and the release by aligning and misaligning the dropouts on distinct compositions while playing them simultaneously. [That's what good djs do, at least.] Get immersed.

3. You're already hooked on em, but so am I: Sonic Router's awesome podcasts on the Bleep podcast. Obviously it's tough for anyone who doesn't have super-extended time to keep up with everything that SR links up to - you need 56 hours in a day just to get part of the drift of the world of fantastic music that SR seems to have a hotline direct into. So these are fragmentary snippets of the bigger SR picture, the condensation of each year's week of that world, keepin it bass, friendly, booty and tuff. All good, all the time - a force not to attempt to reckon, the human mind is mostly finite.

4. eat this
YOU HEARD by JoeRuckus

Monday, September 06, 2010

Certain Retributivist


In case you keep forgetting how blogs work: click the words to find the music. Like this. Comment.

click> Cats | Share | Music. This is all of the internet. [You need to be logged in for deep embedding. This is all of the internet].

click> Simian sharing. They dance, we dance.

click> Generous gifts. Epic is the prerogative of our generation, unconstrained by owt.

click> Broken gifts. Effort is the new reward.

These are where we are. This is us now.




Let's not be hasty.


What does it mean to change your mind? No judgement in brainstorm sunchina, so just put it out there - let the questions' roles work their maybes. A pitch: to change your mind, do you have had to have had one made up? Is mind-changing indicative of (or even presupposed by) once-having-decision-making done? Alternatively, on the other hand, moresoever: perhaps, or perhaps not, change-minding falls afoul of a rational problem - from where do we think as we move the mind? An old problem, and unfixed.

Two perspectives on a changing mind:

(i) it encourages nostalgie, since the old ways (from which we have certainly deviated) are reevaluated in a new light; things weren't so bad, why did we stray so far, can alt-retro ever (re)capture the authentic elderly? Apologia, revisionism, reversion.

(ii) it opposes nostalgia (except, perhaps, nostalgie de la boue): we are here to move away from the present old ways, they are broke, we misunderstand current practice - we think it is rich but it is bankrupt not. Iconoclasm, revolution, revision.

There is work here to be done, but only gnomically. Gnome on, again.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Age Class Tarbell

Spin a while.

News 1: Sad to hear that Highpoint Lowlife, the esteemed London-based label that's been putting out top quality electronic music for the past n years, have decided to call it a day. HPLL's head honcho Thor is dedicating his multi-tasked time to working on graphic novelism, check his styles here. As a coda there's a slew of new releases, including some wax! Yep, the new LP from Roof Light is getting a selected-tracks 12" treatment (check the audio below and all, there's some Roof Light snuck in there). Another top-notch recent release has been Mandelbrot's latest on HPLL, called Effect-Release, which is a collection of treated-guitar drones - it's very much rx3 listening territory: while listening close to the manipulation of the source material, you imagine you can work out how it's been achieved, until you realise how much more was going on that you weren't attentive to. Rich, mellifluous, entrancing and not a little uplifting - beautiful stuff. Shop it up now.

News 2: Another rx3-fav-label bursts further upon the scene: Pictures music's website also collects photos and things. I've featured some stuff from Dark Sky on here before, but I've just been checking new signing Koreless's stuff on his soundcloud, it's feeling good. Go click. Looking forward to some vinyl from this house before long...

News 3: Dutty Artz have released a new LP from Matt Shadetek - 'Flowers' picks up a slightly melancholy emotional overtone and sets it in within a UK-influenced bass-driven dancefloor style. It's got strings playing game-tune melodies over bassline beats that drop like Dexplicit, as well as grime riffs, whips cracking over synth glissandi, that are begging to be vocalled. Check the freebies on the Dutty Artz page and then go Pick It Up.

News 4: New LP forthcoming from Lukid on Werk Discs titled 'Chord' - this one's gonna get a heavy 3x12" vinyl pressing, which is properly exciting. You've got to get a listen to the track / look at the video for 'Hair of the Dog', which started circulating at the end of February. Big styles.

News 5: TVO / The Village Orchestra's Ruaridh Law has set up a new label broken20 alongside collaborators / co-conspirators Production Unit and Erstlaub, so it's gonna be quite the triumvirate Scottish powerhouse. They say:
Rather than be genre-tied, we will be releasing music rooted in a particular aesthetic – releases concerned with decay, erosion, entropy, mistakes and errors, line noise and tape hiss, hum and buzz.
Couldn't be more exciting: errors? mistakes? Now That's What I Call Music. The label's release schedule (which is also gonna include bits from all three artists) is anticipated by free releases under the label moniker 'brokenZero', available here. Snag all three and then point your .rss feedreadster t'ward the broken20 podcast, part one of which comes from Erstlaub and sets one part of the tone for the label's outlook: "On Becoming Invisible’ is a 70 minute exploration of drone, dark-ambient and post rock".

Other: a little mix of recent big listening: been diggin Raffertie's work a LOT; still addicted to everything to do with the Infrasonics label and particularly feeling the new 12" splitting Jamie Grind with Gon; Actress' Splazsh LP on Honest Jons is clearly album of the year. One song into another and then into the next. 29mins, 8 individual pieces, long enough to apply for a job, diverse enough to feel experienced.


• Vukasin - 'I Feel', Various EP [Jack Union records]

• xxxy - 'Know You', infra12002 [infrasonics]

• Frank Heiss vs. Dr Walker - '24.10.1996', The Liquid Sky Adventure Series vol1. [Electro Bunker Cologne]

• Monolake - 'Shutdown', Silence [Imbalance Computer Music]

• Actress - 'Lets Fly', Splazsh [Honest Jon's]

• Roof Light - 'Losing My Mind', Kirkwood Gaps [Highpoint Lowlife]

• Gon - 'Chaka Mad', infra12003 [infrasonics]

• Raffertie - 'Unmatched Souls (dub)', (unreleased)