Wednesday, April 23, 2014

And you'll quit having dreams about a swan dive to the hard asphalt



Waxahatchee -"Swan Dive" (Cerulean Salt)

I've kind of slept on this album for a few months, but I have rectified that error and am here to tell you that this is the realest shit I've heard in a good long while. Every song on this album is a stripped-naked, diary entry tableau  of some incredibly vivid probably-less-than-stellar moment in the life of singer Katie Crutchfield. I often shy away from "relationship-y" albums because they sort of make me feel weird because I have had bad luck in that arena. But these songs are good enough to overcome all your fears that you're gonna die alone. That's high praise.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Genre research project 37/1359: Ghettotech



Ghettotech or Detroit club music is a form of electronic music originating from Detroit. It combines elements of Chicago's ghetto house with electro, glitch, hip hop and techno. It is usually faster than most other dance music genres, at roughly 145 to 170 bpm, and sometimes features pornographic lyrics. As DJ Godfather puts it, "the beats are really gritty, really raw, nothing polished."



Ghettotech is an integral part of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, an annual event. A Detroit ghettotech style of dancing is called the jit. It is an improvisational dance that mainly centers around the fast movement of the feet. Chicago's equivalent dance style is Juke, where the focus is on the footwork dating back to the late 1980s.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Genre research project 36/1359: Zeuhl



Zeuhl means celestial in Kobaïan, the constructed language created by Christian Vander of the band Magma. Originally solely applied to the music of Magma, the term zeuhl was eventually used to describe the similar music produced by French bands, beginning in the mid-1970s. Although primarily a French phenomenon, zeuhl has influenced recent avant-garde Japanese bands.



Zeuhl typically blends progressive rock, symphonic rock, fusion, neoclassicism, avant-rock, and vocal elements of African-American spirituals and Western military call and response. Common aspects include dissonance, marching themes, throbbing bass, keyboards including piano, Rhodes piano, or organ, and brass instruments.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Genre research project 35/1359: Vietnamese Classical



Nhã nhạc is the most popular form of imperial court music, specifically referring to the court music played from the Trần Dynasty to the very last Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam, being synthesized and most highly developed by the Nguyễn emperors. Along with nhã nhạc, the imperial court of Vietnam in the 19th century also had many royal dances which still exist to this day. The theme of most of these dances is to wish the kings longevity and the country wealth.

Classical music is also performed in honour of gods and scholars such as Confucius in temples. These categories are defined as Nhã Nhạc ("elegant music", ritual and ceremonial music), Đại nhạc ("great music"), and Tiểu nhạc ("small music") that was chamber music for the entertainment of the king. In Vietnamese traditional dance court dances were defined as either van vu (civil servant dance) or vo vu (military dance).


Vietnamese Court Music, called Nac Dai Noi, or "music of the palace," can be performed by a twelve-instrument ensemble (for Dai Nhac music) or a fourteen-instrument ensemble (for Nha Nhac music). Nha Nhac corresponds to Chinese Yayue and Japanese Gagaku traditions.

[Editor's note: I am unsure if the Khac Chi Ensemble (above) classifies as Vietnamese Classical/Court Music, but that is how they were labeled on rateyourmusic.com, so...]

Monday, April 14, 2014

I ain't looking for that easy way out



Songs: Ohia - "Just Be Simple" (Magnolia Electric Company Co.)

How the heck do people listen to super sad music when they're feeling down? That's too much sad.

(This album is absolutely incredible, by the way.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Playlist for 4-10-14



You guys,

Will you do me a favor? Between now and April 21st, try to save $2.50 a week, and set it aside. That way, when our fund drive begins, you can call in to my show, pledge $5, and know that you helped fund non-profit radio in Orange County. You are more than welcome to donate MORE than $5, but if every person that listens donated $5 to the station, we'd be doing pretty well, I'd say.

And I can continue playing songs like these:

Things that Are Square 4-10-14

(*) = New release

Roy Acuff - Night Train to Memphis - The Essential Roy Acuff

Red Allen - Are You Washed in the Blood? - Classic Southern Gospel
Neko Case - Deep Red Bells - Blacklisted
Songs: Ohia - Lioness - The Lioness
Hasil Adkins - Blue Suede Shoes - Peanut Butter Rock and Roll

The Cramps - Rock on the Moon - Songs the Lord Taught Us
Hunx and His Punx - Lovers Lane - Too Young to Be In Love
Heathers - Wedding Song - Unreleased
(*) Cloud Nothings - Now Here In - Here and Nowhere Else

(*) Media Jeweler - No Exit - No Exit
Ponytail - Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came from an Angel) - Ice Cream Spiritual
Guerilla Toss - Pink Elephant - Gay Disco

(*) Babymetal - Catch Me If You Can - Babymetal
Deafheaven - Punk Rock/Cody - Deafheaven/Bosse de Nage Split EP

John Hodgman - Aliens, Love -- Where Are They? - TED 2008

(*) EMA - Neuromancer - The Future's Void
Chelsea Wolfe - I Let Love In - Unreleased
Schneider TM - The Light 3000 - 6 Peace EP
John Maus - Cop Killer - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

The Lucksmiths - Adolescent Song of Mindless Devotion - First Tape
The Diskettes - Art - The Diskettes

Allo Darlin' - Henry Rollins Don't Dance - Henry Rollins Don't Dance

Genre research project 34/1359: Hip Hop



Emerging mainly on the eastern coast of the United States in the late 1970s, hip hop is a form of music emphasizing rhythmic beat patterns and spoken delivery rather than harmonic melodies and sung vocals. Much of hip hop's roots can be traced to Deejay, a form of Reggae music that an immigrant DJ Kool Herc hoped to emulate in the Bronx borough of New York City. The style quickly took over in uptown neighborhoods such as Harlem and Queens, where many enjoyed the loose, afro-centric nature of the parties Kool Herc would put on. Adapting the format to Disco and Funk breaks rather than the reggae Herc was used to further enhanced the genre's appeal in urban communities.

The music quickly took over in New York and Connecticut while expanding across the United States and eventually other countries through the 1980s and 1990s. Eventually incorporating Soul and Jazz breaks into its musical lexicon, hip hop as it is known today continues to incorporate sampling of both popular and obscure tracks from the past and present that one or more MCs rap lyrics over in a stylized, rhythmic response or addition to the beat.