Friday, March 6, 2015

Playlist for 3-5-15

Hey folks,

I dunno about you, but this was a pretty rough week, and the rest of the month is looking pretty rough, too. Lots of work stuff, lots of personal stuff (I stupidly signed up for the LA Marathon in a week), and so expect some pretty chill shows from me until April. I hope you don't mind.

And as always, feel free to leave a request in the comments!

Things that Are Square 3-5-15

(*) = New release

Sebadoh - Truly Great Thing - III

Yume Bitsu - I Wait For You - Yume Bitsu
Slowdive - So Tired - Outside Your Room EP
Smog - Truth Serum - Supper
(*) Slutever - Open Wide - Almost Famous

(*) Pile - Touched by Comfort - You're Better Than This
Ghost Mice - Critical Hit - Andrew Jackson Jihad & Ghost Mice
(*) Aphex Twin - diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13 - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP
(*) Dan Deacon - Take It to the Max - Gliss Riffer

(*) Kreng - Acceptance - The Summoner
Loscil - Gymnote - Submers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Genre Research Project 91/1361: Grunge

Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in Seattle. The early Grunge movement revolved around Seattle's independent record label Sub Pop, but by the early 1990s its popularity had spread, with Grunge acts in California and other parts of the U.S. building strong followings and signing major record deals.

Inspired by hardcore punk and heavy metal, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics, "growling" vocals and apathetic or angst-filled lyrics. The grunge aesthetic is stripped-down compared with other forms of rock music, and many grunge musicians were noted for their unkempt appearances and rejection of theatrics.

Grunge became commercially successful in the first half of the 1990s, due mainly to the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Alice in Chains' Dirt, and Stone Temple Pilots' Core. The success of these bands boosted the popularity of alternative rock and made grunge the most popular form of hard rock music at the time. Although most grunge bands had disbanded or faded from view by the late 1990s, their influence continues to affect modern rock music.

Often characterized by a sludgy guitar sound that uses a high level of distortion, fuzz and feedback effects, grunge fuses elements of hardcore punk and heavy metal, although some bands performed with more emphasis on one or the other. The music shares with punk a raw sound and similar lyrical concerns. However, it also involves much slower tempos, dissonant harmonies, and more complex instrumentation—which is reminiscent of heavy metal. Lyrics are typically angst-filled, often addressing themes such as social alienation, apathy, confinement, and a desire for freedom.

Grunge bands had made inroads to the musical mainstream in the late 1980s. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label when they joined the roster of A&M Records in 1989. A number of factors contributed to grunge's decline in prominence. During the mid-1990s many grunge bands broke up or became less visible. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, labeled by Time as "the John Lennon of the swinging Northwest", appeared unusually tortured by success and "struggled with an addiction to heroin before he committed suicide at the age of 27 in 1994".

Playlist for 2-26-15

Hey guys, how is your week going?

Mine is going kind of rough! But I am setting up a weekend of fun/relaxing events that will include getting drunk and playing Fireball Island, going to the opposite end of the board game spectrum and playing Star Trek Attack Wing, going to a "bondage-themed" birthday party at Villains, a housewarming BBQ, and maybe a show from The Body. Hopefully that will be relaxing. I hope.

What do you guys have planned? Let me know/request songs for the show in the comments!

Things that Are Square 2-26-15

(*) = New release
Lambchop - The Decline of Country and Western Civilization - Damaged

(*) Steve Gunn & Black Twig Pickers - Cardinal 51 - Seasonal Hire
The Allen Brothers - Shake Hands with Mother Again - Classic Southern Gospel
Laura Cantrell - Sam Stone - Future Soundtrack for America
Daniel Johnston - Careless Soul - 1990

(*) Dan Deacon - When I Was Done Dying - Gliss Riffer
Prinzhorn Dance School - Don't Talk to Strangers - Prinzhorn Dance School
Oneida - Each One Teach One - Each One Teach One
(*) Quarterbacks - Weekend - Quarterbacks

(*) Twerps - Back to You - Range Anxiety
Built to Spill - The Plan - Keep It Like a Secret
Sebadoh - Skull - Bakesale

A Silver Mt Zion - What We Loved Was Not Enough - Fuck Off, Get Free, We Pour Light on Everything

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

And we start talkin' 'bout what we want to forget

Merle Haggard - "Misery and Gin" (Back to the Barrooms)

Can you believe there are people who write off this entire genre?

Monday, March 2, 2015

The sixth stage of grief

Kreng - "The Summoning (Feat. Amenra)" (The Summoner)

Nestled among five tracks of violin-based modern classical named after the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), Kreng drops a giant, raging slab of doom metal before reaching "acceptance." As if anyone with the ability wouldn't attempt to magic a lost loved one back before finally accepting them as truly gone.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Genre Research Project 90/1362: Bitpop

Bitpop is a type of electronic music and subgenre of chiptune music, where at least part of the music is made using the sound chips of old 8-bit (or 16-bit) computers and video game consoles.

Among systems used include the Atari 8-bit computer, NEC PC-8801, Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, Game Boy, and Mega Drive / Genesis. The sounds produced from these systems can be combined to any degree with traditional instruments, such as guitar and drums, modern synthesizers and drum machines, or vocals and sound effects. Some artists use software-based emulators or virtual synthesizers to recreate the sounds of 8-bit systems, while some use hardware synths, which use the actual sound chips from those systems, such as the Sidstation, Midibox, and trackers.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I have such wonderful, wonderful things... to show you...

Darkspace - "Darkspace 3.13" (Darkspace III)