Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Chemical Brothers - American EP (2002)

Five well known Chemical Brothers tracks remixed with pulse-pounding amplified authority. Whether hoofing it through the the elements or being wedged between two semi-trailers on the southbound Turnpike, this EP will get you there.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Chameleons [UK] - Strange Times (1986)

LP number three for this dream pop British band, and what a venture into post-punk obscurity it really is. An older fellow caught me listening to The Killers back when Hot Fuss was still fashionable and really laid into me. "All they did was rip off The Chameleons. See how funny this is? You think this crap is cool, but it isn't. They're a bunch of fucking hacks!-- sucking off someone elses teet". Moments later the yelping sound of a nearby dog prompted the aging hipster to abruptly leave. "It's all crap now," he muttered softly on his way out the door.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Felt - A Tribute to Lisa Bonet (2005)

Not really sure what this album has to do with American Actress Lisa Bonet. Perhaps the TV inside of the Los Angeles hotel room where pre-production for this album was done, got stuck on re-runs of The Cosby Show. With nothing better to do besides pound beers and rip butts-- Murs, Ant & Slug, focused their energy on a linear field of blue micro-dots and started rapping. The results? A rejuvenation for those disaffected with the dismal current state of mainstream Hip Hop music.

DJ Tiësto - In Search of Sunrise 3 (2002)

Fifteen other Tiësto albums have managed their way into my trance collection since purchasing just this one. In Search of Sunrise 3 features a multitude of serene intros and "rising tidal melodies".   The musical parts conducive to dance are often atmospheric and delayed, which makes this a more unique and reclusive trance album from my point of view. Download. Enjoy. Comment.

Monday, January 26, 2009

DJ Krush - Holonic (1998)

Three years after DJ Krush released this magnificent self-megamix, IBM put forth it's Thinkpad X20. It featured an Intel Pentium III 600 mhz processor with 128mb RAM, and a price tag of $2500.  In 2003, a young man living in his Aunt's garage bought one used for $600. It came pre-formatted with Windows 2000, and crashed after running the first "critical" security update. A friend told him it was like trying to remove the engine from a car while it was still running. For months, he would scour the distant realms of cyber space in search of this glorious mix free of charge. Alas, he never found it.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Industry - MINI LP / 5 SONGS

"Have you heard, communication is two way word."

I really don't know what to tell you about this. Clear graphical study has given to the cover art. The photograph of an 80's band in denim has been stripped of its unessential elements and reduced to pure geometric forms. Artist Norman Moore may not have known Piet Mondrian or Theo van Doesburg, but they've most definitely got the same mindset. Everything, living or not, is put together from basic building blocks evolving towards consciousness. This is Theosophy; a doctrine of religious philosophy which holds that all religions are attempts by the "Spiritual Hierarchy" to help humanity evolve towards perfection. Each religion therefore holds a portion of the truth. Yes I copied this from Wikipedia. How else would I have known it? Whether or not Moore was a Theosophist, you wouldn't know by listening to the music. It has virtually nothing to do with this writing. Meggs' History of Graphic Design, is where you should have read about this. Maybe in the 5th edition....



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mark Farina - Live in Tokyo

This was recorded live at Liquidroom Ebisu on July 14th, 2007. Substantially different from Farina's better known musical experiments between mushrooms and Jazz. 
Graphic Design by Capacitor Design Network

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Joy Division AMSTERDAM 1980

A lastly performance by Ian Curtis the same year he hanged himself to the tune of Iggy Pop's "The Idiot". Bought brand new for $20, and sold used only a few months later for $35, you will hear only the first side. Enjoy.

1. Wilderness

2. Digital

3. Day of the Lords

4. Insight

5. Disorder

6. Transmission