Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
on the Italian label Artetetra whose preferred zone of alteration seems to be 5th world / nu-exotica
In this new work curated and produced by artetetra and designed by Giulia Bencini and Disegnini Brutti in a very short issue of 50 CDRs, Cheap Galapagos and Hybrid Palms bring together an entire imaginary of cheap tropicalisms, lo-fi exotica and virtual soundscapes concerning all the aesthetic elements of touristic trips from the glorious era of 50's/80's commercials and vintage holidays photo books.
While Cheap Galapagos propose their idea of caraibic/samoan/jungle music with two long compositions that mix strong influenced environmental ambiences à la Dolphins Into The Future/Lieven Moana Martens and Fluorescent Heights with Hailu Mergia styled harmonium groovy organs and goofy percussions and xylophones, the russian Hybrid Palms demonstrate to be really attached to a very genuine vapor influenced perception of Tiki music with 5 tracks showing a summerish lysergic mood that reminds of earliest synthwawe as well as some of Sun araw latest experimentations.
The work result is to be a coherent and fresh vision on the new developments and shades of tropical music and exotic vaporwave that the italian label seems to love and support.
Shiny Beaches with giant palms scattered all around, greenish water full of unknown new marine animals and a shitton of deluxe and gorgeous malls full of kitsch souvenirs shops take over the imagination of the listener who can take a whole all-comfort vacation from his boring daily life only through the almighty Internet.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017
the 24th greatest album of all time sez this dude
title track from the 15th
this is #25th equal (with about a dozen plus others)
not pointing fingers - there is absolutely zero point in doing these personal how-I-see-it lists unless you allow yourself to be quirkily subjective (mind you, the rest of the list is all pretty much safely within within canonical bounds, at leasts for your Wire-reading music left-fielder-for-life)
i have never done one - maybe i should?
maybe not though... knowing me I would only turn into it an utterly un-enjoyable exercise by fretting and rejigging it constantly, worrying i'd forgotten something...
Vampire Rodents also figure in Scaruffi's Most Under-Rated Musicians of All Time
- Tim Buckley
- Red Crayola
- Robert Wyatt
- Captain Beefheart
- Pere Ubu
- Sandy Bull
- Jim Steinman
- Vampire Rodents
Ooh, have a look at his list of the best jungle records!
favorite inclusions include
We: As Is (Asphodel, 1997)
Faultline: Closer Colder (Leaf, 1999)
Andrea Parker: Kiss My Arp (Mo Wax, 1999)
Chocolate Weasel: Waveform (Sour, 1996)
Electric Company: Studio City (Island, 1997)
Propellerheads: Decksandrumsandrockandroll (Wall Of Sound, 1998)
Dylan Group: It's All About (Bubble Core, 1997)
Meat Beat Manifesto: Actual Sounds And Voices (Nothing, 1998)
Plaid: Mbuki Mvuki (BDP, 1991)
Divination: Akasha (Subharmonic, 1996)
would not say his grasp is that firm in all honesty
whereas the postpunk and postrock etc lists are pretty dead-on