Friday, August 29, 2014

Lay down your soul to the gods rock 'n' roll


The Soft Pink Truth - "Black Metal" (Why Do the Heathen Rage?) .

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I’m waiting for the evil to rise


Martha - "Cosmic Misery" (Courting Strong)

Another strong contender for the year-end top 10. I know that pop-punk is a young person's genre, but I'm going to ape this song so hard the next time I write music.

Playlist for 8-21-14



I'm going to see how close to this week's radio show I can post the playlist for last week's.

And special thanks to Garrett from Fugue/Avocado Records for helping me DJ this show.


Things that Are Square 8-21-14

(*) = New release

Ida - Dream Date - Ten Small Paces

Freddie Hubbard - Mr. Clean - Straight Life
Fell to Low - Proto - Half a Boy's Life
Black Eyes - Someone Has His Fingers Broken - Black Eyes

The Fall - Your Heart Out - Dragnet
Ought - Clarity! - More Than Any Other Day
Blouse - Trust Me - Imperium
Momus - Suicide Pact - Timelord

Bedhed - Black and Sober - ...The Return of the Guardian Angel
The Wedding Present - What Did Your Last Servant Die Of? - George Best Plus
Craft Spells - The Fog Rose High - Idle Labor
R.L. Kelly - Woke Up Feeling Sad - Life's a Bummer

(*) Pelican Vision - Wanting - Isolation
Pedro the Lion - When They Really Get To Know You They Will Run - It's Hard to Find a Friend
Joan of Arc - Eventually All At Once - Many Times I've Mistaken/Everything All At Once
The Weakerthans - My Favourite Chords - Left and Leaning

The Van Pelt - Nanzen Kills a Cat - Sultans of Sentiment
Dirty Projectors - Rise Above - Rise Above
Purity Ring - Amenamy - Shrines
(*) jj - All White Everything - V

Au Revoir Simone - Gravitron - Move In Spectrums
(*) FKA Twigs - Pendulum - LP1
Small Black - Breathless - Limits of Desire
(*) Sophie - Lemonade - Lemonade/Hard

Unwound - Mkultra - Further Listening
Martha - Cosmic Misery - Courting Strong
Slint - Glenn - Untitled
Media Jeweler - No Exit - No Exit

(*) Roman Candles - Sober Up - KalI Mixtape Volume 2
Captain Chaos - When You Get Tired of Me - May All Liars Burn In Hell
Woody Guthrie - I Ain't Got No Home - Dust Bowl Ballads
Songs: Ohia - Lioness - The Lioness

(*) Sharon Van Etten - You Know Me Well - Are We There
Final Fantasy - This Is the Dream of Emma & Cam - Young Canadian Mothers

(*) Antlers - Refuge - Familiars


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Genre Research Project 62/1360: Tishoumaren



Tishoumaren, or Tichumaren, is a style of music in northern Africa. The musical style took shape as an expression of the difficult sociopolitical situation of the Tamasheq people (or Tuareg, as they are commonly referred to by others) after colonial powers left North Africa. The word Tishoumaren is derived from the French word chômeur, meaning "the unemployed". Sometimes simply called "guitar music," the style takes inspiration from the emergence of the Tamasheq as a people and a culture amidst violent turmoil in post-colonial North Africa. Today, the style remains politically critical, although it has become less associated with the violent rebelliousness that started it.

In 1973, a major drought forced many of the Tamasheq people throughout the deserts to reconsider their traditional way of life as nomadic herders. Many took refuge in urban centers across the region, but with many lacking 'formal' education, the Tamasheq were largely unemployed. The term ishumar began to be used describing young Tamasheq. A unique culture began to arise among many of the economically and politically marginalized youths, sometimes rebellious or revolutionary in nature, reasserting a cultural pride.

Many young men took employment in a Tamasheq military unit being assembled by Libyan military leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. Besides receiving military training and weapons in the Gaddafi-sponsored camps, many of the young Tamasheq men were also exposed to revolutionary ideas, pan-Africanism, and popular music. In the decades to follow, the Tamasheq were involved in extended episodes of violence and rebellion against the various governments in the region, both as victim and perpetrator. The stories of socio-political unrest have been relayed through music, contributing to and partially shaping the Tamasheq people's culture and ideals.

In 1979, a group of musicians within camps sponsored by Gaddafi formed a musical group called Tinariwen. Being the first Tamasheq group to feature electric guitars, Tinariwen is regarded as an originator of the style. During rebellion against the government of Mali, Tinariwen's music was spread via audio cassette through the camps. In the early 1990s the group began to gain wider exposure through association with the French band Lo'jo. Additional distribution methods and festivals aided in increasing the styles popularity. As a result, other bands began to incorporate the style.

The style mixes electric blues with Middle Eastern and African sounds.

Tishoumaren as a musical style is different from traditional styles of Tamasheq music in a few ways. The group of performers is much smaller, being around 10 as opposed to around 30. The music is also based on the sound of the electric guitar

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I was conceived by my disease


Death Grips - "Up My Sleeves" (Niggas on the Moon)

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Birdcloud - "Saving Myself for Jesus" (Birdcloud)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tired of living like this but not ready to die


clipping. - "Taking Off" (CLPPNG)