Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

proto-hardcore



in some ways it surpasses "Rebel Without A Pause" and "Bring the Noise" in the fast-rap, unstoppable-machinic-energy stakes

loved it at the time (gave it a great review in MM's single column, in fact) but it didn't seem Important like Public Enemy

nowadays Importance can go hang, i'd much rather listen to this than PE

this is another one that seemed enjoyable but trivial at the time, now i just marvel at the energy, which in this case seems proto-gabba as opposed to proto-ardkore



get a little stupid



then there's this dude




Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

form minus function

Kiran Sande on noise-ist turned "techno"-ist Pete Swanson as emblematic of a spate of "unique, outsider takes on techno" (and also house)

http://www.factmag.com/2012/01/27/pete-swanson-on-dysfunctional-techno-mental-health-and-chasing-the-next-thing/


"If “proper” techno music is about function, then the Swanson, KPLR and Container records are about dysfunction – and their refusal to be useful to DJs and consumers feels like a quietly political statement. “I don’t really like the idea of music being produced for a functional purpose,” Swanson says. “I would be shocked if someone actually played Man With A Potential at a club and people were into it.”

it is a curious trend (see also Ital's Hive Mind), these replicas of analogue-era techno... that are absent -- in some hard to precisely pinpoint way-- of whatever vital attribute made the music work in their original context...

(cf Prurient dude rediscovering EBM/Cold Wave/dancefloor for Bermuda Drain as well as Vatican Shadow alter-ego, and producing music that would, if it had been sent as demos to Nettwerk or Play It Again Sam back in the day,would have been rejected as substandard)

the trend seems to be recursive in two ways

i/ a flashback to Throbbing Gristle's sideline in defective disco with "United", "Hot On the Heels of Love", "Adrenalin"

ii/ a strategy symptomatic of hyper-stasis -- Swanson like so many artists in the Zones wants to keep moving restlessly ever "onwards" ("I’m always chasing the next thing” he tells Sande). but since pushing forward in some absolute sense (advance into the genuine unknown) gets harder and harder with each passing years (for all kinds of reasons including the hyper-productivity of the Zones) that requires a sideways-and-backwards movement, i.e. into another genre/field from your usual one, but naturally into that genre's past (after all, you wouldn't want to get mistaken for an attempt to participate in the genre as currently constituted, or judged on its terms). if your model is things like Underground Resistance-type brutalist tekno (a style that electronic dance music left behind long ago) and your execution is deliberately rough-hewn.... not so much "deconstructed" as depurposed.... then the dread scenario of DJs playing it and dancers dancing to it becomes remote

but this leaves the work in a curious place, deriving its shape and existence in relation to something whose criteria it pointedly disregards

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

terrific icily-controlled rant from mnml sggs on "comfort house" (and by implication all music-as-comfort-food scenarios), inspired by two mixes suffocated by politesse and the feeling of having "heard it all before’".

PC speaks my kind of language when he points out:

"it could have been mixed 12 years ago and not sounded any different. In fact, if it were mixed 12 years ago, it would be very likely to sound exactly like it does. I've been thinking about this for some time, and I've decided that it really matters. Making a mix from 2000 in 2012... it matters. Well, it may not matter to you. But it matters to me...

"For me there is something unbearably complacent at work in the decision to make this mix in 2012, and I find it affronting... It's a kind of complacency makes me want to set fire to my records... as if to prove some pyrrhic point about evanescence, memory, or forgetting. This weird over-reverence that makes you want to desecrate things you love and care about... is this how punks felt?" ...

"The worst thing about the previous decade has been our inability to bury it... The 10 year fucker is undead, monstrous, and keeps on rising, repetitively, to attack us - with a crate full of deep house records."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

mark richardson's latest resonant frequency column on the bass-2-dark

it pivots around these three songs





Saturday, January 21, 2012

cf k-pop,
also on the exotic tip

a lot of it sounds like the next stage on from funky i.e. more percussion-y and more poppy (hypergloss sound, housy-trancey vamps, lashings of autotune) ... or like dancehall/soca with different accents and bit more Euro in the mix

nice

this one though is really pretty



i suppose it would be totally out of order to say that its fluttery rhapsodic-ness reminds a bit of this



a compliment though

Thursday, January 19, 2012



another one for the synth-women canon

Ciani's got a retrospective out on Finders Keepers soon, called Lixiviation

more info here http://b-music-collective.blogspot.com/2012/01/fkr053-suzanne-ciani-lixiviation.html

unfortunately all of the music on YouTube is her later New Age stuff which is a lot less synthetic-sounding and moistly melodious

but there's this



where the Spice Girls and the Powerpuff Girls merge

so K-pop: it's like a paintwheel, upon which are spattered in great gooey dollops (by songwriters, producers, stylists, vocal coaches, choreographers, video directors) a random and arbitrary array of signifiers plucked from the archive of pop/video/fashion to date (meaning, yesterday, last-minute)... the frenzied centrifugal rotation of said paintwheel causing signifiers to be stripped of signifieds -- historical, racial, linguistic, subcultural, sartorial, sexuality (as anything other than Little Miss Beauty Pageant prepube mime)-- evacuated of meaning, leaving just this pure perfect blankness of senseless sensation...

i'm up for that


primo K-pop, according to Dominic Morris

it makes me think of moombhaton... Baudrillard (mind you everything makes me think of Baudrillard these days)... a sort of Simulacrum version of M.I.A. voided of all traces of da real world and its struggles

in other words, what's not to like?
concept of the week: "bass-stardization"


as in

"Skrillex, and Bassnectar’s hyper-masculine “bass-tardizations” of London’s originally minimalist dubstep"

via http://www.hallyustars.com/k-is-for-kawaii-k-pop-and-the-korean-wave/

i like that coinage a lot

it is interesting how the poptimist / inverse-snobbery / trolling-the-purists position is to claim to prefer Skillrex/brostep to proper dubstep/tastefulness-anemicized-postdubstep

hey, i patented that move!

original wobble-defender me

actually i'm more like John Kerry, I was against the Wobble, before i was in favour of it

circa-2006 wobble was oppressive and boring (when it was minimal wobble)

2009-onwards diorrhea/vomit-splattery wobble is A/ bit of a blast, bit of gabba-cartoony laugh B/ the populist option needing defence from the Taste Police

it's all about timing, see

now the poptimists are on it, i shall have to drop it like a hot potato though

this really ought to un-cooptable though, seeing as the Doors are like Rockism-in-excelsis



never struck me that there's an actual musical affinitity there, the baroquely overwraught Basslines actually not unlike Manzarek's keyboard solos -

not enough Doors in this though

back to that piece
http://www.hallyustars.com/k-is-for-kawaii-k-pop-and-the-korean-wave/

i don't think i've even heard one bit of K-pop
its celebrants put me off

maybe i should give it a go, though, if it's "maximalist"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

"My purpose was simple: to catch the feel, the pulse of rock, as I had lived through it. Nobody, to my knowledge, had ever written a serious book on the subject, so I had no exemplars to inhibit me. Nor did I have any reference books or research to hand. I simply wrote off the top of my head, whatever and however the spirit moved me. Accuracy didn't seem of prime importance (and the book, as a result, is rife with factual errors). What I was after was guts, and flash, and energy, and speed. Those were the things I'd treasured in the rock I'd loved"

--Nik Cohn, 2004 (introduction to reissue of Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom)