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All Enchanting Audio Artifacts Considered

Posted by Rick Frystak, October 2, 2011 01:02pm | Post a Comment
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  Welcome to The Choice Bin, where only thee most "choice" long-play records traded in over our magnificent buy counter in Hollyweird are considered and discussed as art and a most logical slab of entertainment and inspiration. Now and again a noteworthy compact disc or book will slide across the buy counter, blip my radar and fall into my orbit, but it's 2011, so O.K.  I'll be your host as we ponder the spectacular and the insane. And if we're really fortunate, and nobody's glommed the goods, most of these gems will be available in Amoeba's "Buy Stuff" section, 'cuz after all....we're also a store! Follow the linkage...


Michel Redolfi

Sonic Waters
Hat Art 2002
(2-LP)


Mr. Michel Redolfii is, among other things, an architect of wondrous underwater acoustic installations...sometimes pools, sometimes oceans. This is a 2-LP set on the Swiss Hat Art label in a sweet little cardboard box package with lots of notes that documents Michel's electronic compositions done on a Synclavier II in the studio, and then being performed in a heated pool and in an underwater aquatic parks. The studio recordings are broadcast under the water through underwater speakers, while hydrophone mics pick up the transformation through the liquid medium, and it's natural mixing with underwater natural sounds. The stuff is eerie, gelatinous sonic stew that totally delights me with every listen. He calls it an "aerodynamic and amphibian" music. Indeed, Sire!



Glass Orchestra

The Glass Orchestra

Music Gallery Editions 10


Here's a remarkable record of a Canadian group in the late '70s composing and performing music for beverage glasses, glass gamelans, glass tubes and pipes, and some other tidbits. Quite ethereal and harmonious in the waves of dissonant and heavenly frequencies that transpire here. Lots of variety, but leaning mostly towards the strange, sensational glass phonics as if you were rubbing the lips of 20 glasses and making a piece out of it. I was in a trance and realized I must turn the record over! A very special disc on clear, glass-like vinyl, with a booklet inside.

Check out the leader's stage set-ups and philosophy.



Marion Brown

In Sommerhausen

Calig CAL30605


Featuring Jeanne Lee, Gunter Hampel, Steve McCall and others, this very scarce record on the German Calig label documents a time in "jazz" music that has never been equaled. The late '60s is reflected here musically in much of the dynamics of the individual voices on the instrumental arrangements and improv. Percussion groups, swinging jazz ensemble and some discreet free blowing sum up the elements. Very much 20th century classical and sound texture, Marion Brown takes the gang away from what others were doing to make his own hybrid style here...similar to the Art Ensemble but with his own freaky integrity flying. Lee's voice adds a sensuousness to the group sound that's unlike anything else. Awesome live sound on this disc...top-drawer production, with a glossy black and white cover.



Guy Lafitte
GUY
Colombia France 10"
FP 1124


French jazz tenor man Guy Lafitte does the Don Byas dance on this poppy, straight up date from French Colombia on a cool 10" flip-back EP. This guy is good, and he plays the changes and rips his chords in and around the Legrand-ish arrangements. I haven't heard that much Lafitte, and I dug this whole project as it progressed. Lots of huge Euro jazz cats on the session. If you like Byas, Pres and Lucky, you'll really get into this guy. These original French 10" records are stone f'n rare, so jump on it if you can.



Mauricio Kagel
Heterophonie 1959/1961

Wergo  WER60043
Rundfunks Symph/Michel Gielen


Mauricio Kagel hands over a wonderfully mysterious, dense yet spacial piece (2-sides!) on this precision-made original German pressing from the iconic Wergo imprint. This company has provided me with hours, weeks, months and even years of audio excitement throughout my life. Whenever I see their generic, clean Euro-balanced cover designs pop up,  I run to see what title it is and if I have it already. This disc is no exception, as Kagel takes us on a 20th century orchestral (and organ, too) audio drama that has it all. Dissonance, beauty, darkness, peppy percussive pulses of storyline and activity. Tiny episodes of sound fit together to make the whole. Kagel is a master at arranging emotion, and covers lots of territory here. A New-Music must!



The Enchanted Tiki Room
Original Tiki Room and Jungle Cruise Soundtrack

Disneyland 3966


Yes, the original soundtracks from Disneyland. This is the record of what you hear when you go into the rides and then their soundtracks surround you. In the case of the Jungle Cruise, you get the narration too and have to imagine the mechanical tiger lunging out at you. The Tiki-Tiki-Tiki Room? Aw, heck... I have no problem blurting out in tears of sentimental nostalgia every time I hear this. The joy of those little  mechanical birds and the looks on the kid's faces in the seats slays me every time. Yes...enchanting!

Amon Tobin, Moby, Quantic, & Ladytron Among Artists At 2011 Decibel Festival

Posted by Billyjam, July 14, 2011 01:55pm | Post a Comment
       
Amon Tobin will perform his latest piece/current album ISAM at this year's Decibel Fest in Seattle

The line up for this year's bigger and better, eight edition of the Decibel Festival (full name DecibelInternational Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media) happening at several venues around Seattle September 28th through October 2nd, has just been announced with advance tickets now available.

Performers in this year's ever expanding annual festival include Amon Tobin, who will be performing his latest piece/current seventh album ISAM (see concert trailer above) Moby, Ladytron, Bonobo, Zomby, Quantic, Mad Professor, Holy Fuck, Martyn, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Krush, Green Velvet, Araab Musik, Ulrich Schnauss, Chateau Flight, Girl Unit, Bok Bok, Atlantic Connection, Egyptrixx, Blondes, Matthewdavid, Salva, and many more.

This year's expanded variety of venues will include The Paramount Theater, The Showbox Market, The Crocodile, Fred Wildlife Refuge, The Baltic Room, Sole Repair, and The Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya. For more details and tickets for the 2011 Decibel Festival, visit here.

Beats, Chimera and Life in 2009 by Cas

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2009 05:48pm | Post a Comment
2009 was an odd year of music listening for me. Unfortunately, my preferred method of absorbing new music (whilst walking around the city) was thwarted by the demise of my iPod. After my computer speakers bit the dust in the wake of the iPod disaster, I was practically denied access to my most comfortable listening spaces. Thus, a lot fell through the cracks for me. At the same time, 2009 was the year I made an effort to wrap my head around dubstep, a genre that had been exciting just as much as it was often confounding in previous years. I can’t say I necessarily understand the genre much better, probably because it’s so ill-defined and constantly shifting. But I at least got a better sense of the elements of the genre I like and the ones I could do without. With a few exceptions, my Best of Electronica 2009 list is loaded with artists and releases that were bright lights in a pretty murky atmosphere of heavy beats and bass.


Telepathe – Dance Mother

Telepathe – Dance Mother

The self-conscious hipster affectations of this Brooklyn based electro-pop duo practically dictate that I should hate them on sight. But Telepathe (pronounced “telepathy”) members Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais, with production assistance from TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, make music that is as casually beguiling as their facade is tiresomely forced. That may be a backhanded compliment, but I dare you to look at the intentionally horrible 80’s choreography and ugly sweaters on display in the video for lead off track “So Fine” without rolling your eyes or groaning at least once. I suggest chucking the visuals and making your way through the album’s mix of synth textures, propulsive beats, shoegazy guitars, and detached schoolgirl chanting and singing that I found undeniably infectious.

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 10/23/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 19, 2009 03:38pm | Post a Comment
 
New Techno/Electronic 12"s Coming This Week:

DJ Koze
MINIMAL ELVIS & MIXIMAL MJ 12" 
LTD001

White label remix 12" from GET PHYSICAL's DJ KOZE. One side is his minimal smokey remix of ELVIS PRESLEY's cover of "FEVER" -- techno meets cafe jazz. The other side is a chopped up minimal remix of MICHAEL JACKSON's "BAD."


Aphex Twin
DUMB DAN REMIX 1-SIDED 12"
APX101 

1-sided remix of "ANALOGUE BUBBLEBATH" done by DUMB DAN (who also remixed JUSTICE vs NEW ORDER and DAFT PUNK recently). As an added bonus it's pressed on clear vinyl!    


Boys Noize JEFFER-MODESELEKTOR RMX 12" BNR038 

Excepter 
FRKWYS VOL. 2 EP 12" FRKWYS02

Flying Lotus 
WHOLE WIDE WORLD 12" RAMP016

Fever Ray 
IF I HAD A HEART REMIX 12" RABID38T

Fever Ray 
WHEN I GROW UP REMIXES 12" RABID40T 

MFA 
THROW IT BACK 12" 26BC      


New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:

Ronny & Renzo
ME, MYSELF, GOOD RMX 12" 
KKFR74005

The latest 12" from Belgium's KING KUNG FOO. Limited one time only pressing of 1000. Slow-mo Balaeric disco with a 9 min original mix on one side and a trippy "VOODOO RITUAL DUB" mix from QUIET VILLAGE on the flip. A song and 12" dedicated to the plight of the silverback gorilla. Full pic sleeve.



Idjut Boys 
DROID #3 12" 
DROID0309

Another deadly duo of cuts, taking basic raw drum track elements & twisting them into FX laden new shapes. Their patented dub ethic is woven into these club friendly tunes, hypnotizing and sporadic. Limited pressing, no repress on these, folks!
 


Art Of Tones CALL THE SHOTS 12" VIS189

Holger Czukay ODE TO PERFUME LTD. 10" C56014

Silicone Soul LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL 12" SOMA272

Smith & Mudd HVALA & ENOS 12" C56015

Various SPATIAL DISCO LP ETS007LP

DJ Sneak
HIT EM WHERE IT HURTS12" ROBSOUL78

Daniel Wang PRES. BALIHU YRS. PT 1 DLP RH108LP1

Daniel Wang
PRES. BALIHU YRS. PT 2 DLP RH108LP2

Eddie C MAKE A CHANGE 12" FB003

Jackpot RVNG OF THE NRDS #9 12" NRDS09

Jorge C MAS MUSICA EP 12" MATRIX21

Kink PSYCHE FUNK EP 12" UT03

Machine FUSE-AME & DIXON REMIXES 12" IV23

Spencer Parker YOU GOT ME 12" NRK153

T&K MUCHO SWASH 12" IDIB022

Timo Maas BITE THE DUST & PAYBACK 12" TIMORE001

W+L Black SOUL CLAP POP EDITS 12" WLB03

White Days GOSPEL DRUMS12" WHITEDAYS002

Wolf Music I WANNA SEE..EP-REVENGE 12" WOLFEP003



New Jungle/Dubstep 12"s Coming This Weekend:


Moody Boyz
FREEDOM (WITH PETE SIMPSON)12"
STUDR004


MOODY BOYZ (aka TONY THORPE) team up with soulful vocalist PETE SIMPSON for a bumpin' UK funky meets dubstep workout, with the dubwise mix on the flip.

Chasing Shadows
ILL 12"
HENCH011


Twisted beats, a punishing bassline,and sweeping atmospherics on this intensely nosiy dubstep effort from the HENCH label. B-side "AMIRAH" is equally dark & intense as well.



4 Hero PRESENTS EXTENSIONS DLP RCRLP03

Calibre
LET ME HOLD YOU 12" SIG015

Cluekid & LD
I DON'T WANNA CRY 12" CAS004

Digital & Outrage
RED LETTER 3LP CHANELD01LP

Emalkay
WHEN I LOOK AT YOU 12" DP034

FaltyDL
PARTY12" RAMP025

Goldie & Commix
ENVIOUS12" METH080

Junior Murvin 
NUMBER 1 SOUND (REMIXES)12" LIR01

Mungos Hi Fi 
INTERNATIONAL ROOTS (LD REMIX) 12" DP032

Sub Focus SUB FOCUS LP SAMPLER D12" RAMMLP13

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 10/16/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 12, 2009 02:54pm | Post a Comment


New Techno/Electro 12"s Coming This Weekend:


Etienne Jaumet
ENTROPY EP C.VANCE RX 12"
VER064

1st 12" from the ZOMBIE ZOMBIE keyboard player's album prod by CARL CRAIG!! "ENTROPY" is a meeting between ASHRA TEMPLE, CAN, LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, a TR808 & more vintage gear. Also included is a mental techno ride provided by way of a remix of "FOR FALLING ASLEEP" by CHRISTIAN VANCE.  

joakim watermelon bubblicious ep

Joakim
WATERMELON BUBBLICIOUS EP 12"
VER063

After some heavy remixes, JOAKIM is back with his own productions. "NEBULA LAUGHTER" is an epic journey influenced by italo & disco played live by his band THE DISCO. "WATERMELON BUBBLICIOUS" is the bangin electro cut for the dancefloors that rounds off his EP.


Beatfanatic ROBOTS & GUIDE EP 12" SCR018

Breakbeat Junkie 
ARTIST SERIES 10 12" GG19

Breakbeat Junkie 
ARTIST SERIES 3 12" GG09 

Da Wiesel 
BOOGALOO STOMP 12" GG04 

Funkanala 
BE THERE TOMORROW 12" HN002

Parker vs P-Zilla 
ARTIST SERIES 2 12" GG08

Pure-P 
ON MY NEW YORK SHEET-PART 2 12" GAMM056

Saag 
ROSE ROGUE 12" GAMM054 EXC 

Various 
REGROOVED 6 EP 12" GG07

Various 
REGROOVED 7 EP 12" GG10  

Crookers 
PUT YOUR HANDS ON ME 12" ECB199

Cru Jonez 
LTD ED 4 SEASONS SPRING 7" ORG7006 

Detroit Grand Pubahs 
BUTTFUNKULA RMX 12" DET10 

Kelpe 
CAMBIO WECHSEL DLP DC109LP

Lazer Sword 
GUCCI SWEATSHIRT 12" IL1001 

Munk 
BACK DOWN REMIXED-CUT COPY 12" GOMMADT004  

Snap 
2009 REMIXES 12" H2BDJS6P 

Who Made Who 
OUT THE DOOR REMIXES 12" GOMMA075



New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:


Sven Tasnadi
LOST IN CHAOS 12"
CARGO012 

"WHAT WE DO" is a classic house track, very deep and peppered with vocal cuts that hold the tension. On the flip is "AMOUR FOU," a track with a very compact rhythm, tied together by a reduced bassline & driving drum patterns that surprise.
       


Eddie C
YOU'RE WELCOME 12"
JISCO009

Groove Dis Exclusive! More copies back in stock. JISCO delivers the goods again with this three-tracker of smoked out disco edits from Canada based EDDIE C. Includes "YOU'RE WELCOME," "LET YOUR MIND BE FREE," and "MAKE IT BETTER."
    

2020 Soundsystem CAN'T STOP..REMIX 12" VIS14

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