Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Genre Research Project 83/1362: Anti-Folk

Anti-folk (sometimes antifolk or unfolk) is a music genre that takes the earnestness of politically charged 1960s folk music and subverts it. The defining characteristics of this anti-folk are difficult to identify, as they vary from one artist to the next. Nonetheless, the music tends to sound raw or experimental; it also generally mocks seriousness and pretension in the established mainstream music scene

Anti-folk was introduced by artists who were unable to gain gigs at established folk venues in Greenwich Village, including Folk City and The Speakeasy. Soon after, singer-songwriter Lach started The Fort, an after-hours club, on the Lower East Side. The Fort's opening coincided with the New York Folk Festival, so Lach dubbed his own event the New York Antifolk Festival.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sickened by the fact that immortality is not mine to have

Meshuggah - "I" (I)

This is the first time I have ever listened to Meshuggah. And I'm not sure if this EP is representative of their sound, or where it stands in their release rankings, but after a minute and a half of a punishing, technically perfect riff, and their lead singer breaks into a scream over a wall of white noise, I was 100% on board for the next 20 minutes. I am as surprised as anyone.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I don't want to know if she floats or drowns

Hefner - "The Sad Witch" (Breaking God's Heart)

For as many black metal band shirts I have, I'm always going to be a sucker for romantic, witty indie pop.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Educate myself til it hurts

Bark Psychosis - "Absent Friend" (Hex)

It's like....if late-period Talk Talk did an emo album, right? (In a good way)

Playlist for 11-20-14

Hey! Guess what I'm about to go eat for lunch! You're right. That cat.

Here are things I played on the show last night. Good hustle, team.

Things that Are Square 11-20-14

(*) = New release

Blaze Foley - If I Could Only Fly - Live at the Austin Outhouse

Eef Barzelay - I Wasn't Really Drunk - Bitter Honey
Sun Kil Moon - Glenn Tipton - Ghosts of the Great Highway
Spacemen 3 - Walkin' With Jesus - The Perfect Prescription
Pink Mountaintops - Cold Criminals - Axis of Evol
Swans - Screen Shot - To Be Kind

(*) Cult of Youth - Empty Faction - Final Days
Municipal Waste - The Thing - Hazardous Waste
Puig Destroyer - Destroyer of Baseballs - Puig Destroyer
The Jesus Lizard - Monkey Trick - Goat
(*) Shellac - The People's Microphone - Dude Incredible

A Silver Mt. Zion - The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes - Born Into Trouble As Sparks Fly Upward
Momus - The Charm of Innocence - Tender Pervert
BARR - Untitled - Summary
(*) Grouper - Lighthouse - Ruins

(*) Allo Darlin' - Another Year - We Come From the Same Place
The Lucksmiths - I Started a Joke - Spring a Leak
Ballboy - They'll Hang Flags From Cranes Upon My Wedding Day - Club Anthems
Alt-J - Breezeblocks - An Awesome Wave (For Gena in Irvine, CA)

(*) David Rees - You Belong with Avril - AphexSwift
Tricky - Hell Is Round the Corner - Maxinquaye
Purity Ring - Fineshrine - Shrines
(*) Caribou - Our Love - Our Love

(*) Torn Hawk - She Happens - Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time

Playlist for 11-13-14

Hey! I played all these songs! You loved it!

Things that Are Square 11-13-14

(*) = New release

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things - My Favorite Things

Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas - Saxophone Colossus
Magma - K.A. I - K.A.
DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World - Endtroducing.....

(*) Milo - You Are Go(o)d to Me (Editorial Length) - A Toothpaste Suburb
Bat for Lashes - Daniel - Two Suns
(*) 18+ - All the Time - Trust
(*) David Rees - We Are Never Getting Girl/Boygether - AphexSwift

(*) Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It All Came Down - Then It All Came Down

(*) Cult of Youth - Roses - Final Days
(*) Hookworms - On Leaving - The Hum

(*) R.L. Kelly - The Great Big World - Brown Horse
Tullycraft - They're Not Trying on the Dance Floor - The Singles

(*) Caribou - Can't Do Without You - Our Love

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Genre Research Project 82/1362: House

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. It was initially popularized circa 1984 in Chicago, but, beginning in 1985, it fanned out to other major cities across North and South America, as well as Europe and later Australia. Early house music commercial success in Europe saw songs such as "Pump Up The Volume" by MARRS (1987), "House Nation" by House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House (1987), "Theme from S'Express" by S'Express (1988) and "Doctorin' the House" by Coldcut (1988) in the pop charts. Since the early to mid-1990s, house music has been infused in mainstream pop and dance music worldwide.

Early house music was generally dance-based music characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, rhythms mainly provided by drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines. While house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, it was more electronic and minimalistic, and the repetitive rhythm of house was more important than the song itself. House music today, while keeping several of these core elements, notably the prominent kick drum on every beat, varies a lot in style and influence, ranging from the soulful and atmospheric deep house to the more minimalistic microhouse. House music has also fused with several other genres creating fusion subgenres, such as euro house, tech house, electro house and jump house.