:Episode One Hundred Sixty-Four: 11.15.2019
|Les Big Byrd||Snö-Golem||Snö-Golem (Single)|
|Stone Harbour||You'll Be a Star||Emerges|
|Planchettes||(You're Just Like) Everybody Else||The Truth|
|Toiling Midgets||The Bugs||Sea of Tranquility|
|The Black Heart Death Cult||Dravidian Dream Beam||The Black Heart Death Cult|
|Spids Nøgenhat||Fred||Kommer med fred|
|Makajodama||The Ayurvedic Soap||Makajodama|
|J.J. Whitefield||14/08||V/A: Mathias Modica presents Kraut Jazz Futurism|
|Torben Unit||Free (Get Your Self Together)||V/A: Mathias Modica presents Kraut Jazz Futurism|
|C.A.R.||Dick Schaffrath||V/A: Mathias Modica presents Kraut Jazz Futurism|
|Steve Hauschildt||Reverse Culture Music||Nonlin|
|Gavilán Rayna Russom||Kemmer||The Envoy|
|Ryo Kawasaki||Hawaiian Caravan (Original Mix)||Selected Works 1979 to 1983|
|Sunny Balm||A Mobile Nature||Eucalypt|
|TRjj||TG33 Walk||Music Compilation "12 Dances"|
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The Black Heart Death Cult - Dravidian Dream Beam
Sunny Balm - A Mobile Nature
This week's show starts with a brand new single by the French band Les Big Byrd (a lawsuit-baiting name if ever there was one - they're lucky Disney doesn't own the Sesame Street muppets... yet) which delivers a tidy three minutes of blissed-out motorik pop a la Neu! (the track is called Snö-Golem, which may be a reference to a character from Adventure Time, a show that I, a childless man, would never deign to watch the entirety of). This is followed by the mid-70s bedroom pop-psych of Stone Harbour (who remind me of an ultra lo-fi Bobb Trimble), some incredibly nuggets-era-faithful garage rock from Planchettes (that little guitar-pick shaped thing you use on a ouija board - perfectly apt for a band from New Orleans, that perpetual fount of gumbo and quasi-mystical hokum), Heldon-esque weirdness by Toiling Midgets, JAMC/BRMC-ish dark shoegaze by The Black Heart Death Cult (which, sorry guys, but is a name that's a bit... genre-obvious - to coin a term), spooky psych-folk from Spids Nøgenhat (named for Spuds MacKenzie's non-union Danish equivalent), and 70s-esque prog from the late 2000s by Makajodama.
The middle set begins with a head-swimming seventeen minute sound collage by one of the pioneers of the genre, Carl Stone, and then continues with three tracks from the recent compilation Mathias Modica presents Kraut Jazz Futurism, whose title I'd say is perfectly apt, with the notable exception of one word. The issue I take is with "futurism", which is... not exactly how I would characterize the music contained therein. Kraut-y, for sure. Jazzy, yes. Presented by Mathias Modica... I'll just assume is true. But futurist? Perhaps from the perspective of 1976. There's nothing wrong with sounds strongly rooted in the past (what are classical orchestras if not the high-culture equivalent of a retro covers band), but I fail to see how this album is at all futuristic, or even particularly forward-looking (but is - I should emphasize - my semantic quibbles notwithstanding, quite good).
Opening the final set is Steve Hauschildt (of Emeralds) with a track from his new album of neo-kosmische electronics, which is actually kind of futurist... in a retro sort of way (it's clearly inspired by Klaus Schulzean, 70s-era kosmische, but incorporates beats and synth textures that wouldn't sound out of place on a modern club track) This is followed by Gavilán Rayna Russom, of LCD Soundsystem (a band that exists to remind 90s indie rocker dads of a time when knowing who Brian Eno was conferred upon them some modicum of cultural cachet) with some ice-cold minimal-wave electro, featuring Cosey Fanni Tutti of Chris & Cosey and erstwhile of Throbbing Gristle on vocals. Next is Ryo Kawasaki, with some late-70s reggae-tinged synthy prog, and finishing things up are the bleeps and/or bloops of Sunny Balm, Leif, and TRjj.