Podcast #3: CPAC Recap

In another very special episode, I play audio from several recent CPAC presentations and comment on them in real-time. It’s occasionally amusing.  Plus: more Cool Headlines™.

Articles discussed:

  • Demi Lovato slammed for saying she’s ‘1% African’ (US Weekly)
  • Income share for the bottom 50% of Americans is ‘collapsing’ (Market Watch)
  • Perez doesn’t rule out a Hillary Clinton run for the presidency in 2020 (Washington Examiner)

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New Records Roundup: 1/17

YOU SPEAK WHAT I FEEL – My Good Friends Tell Me That [Boomkat, 2017]

SND and Terre Thaemlitz have joined forces and the results sound like you might imagine: very SND synth and drum sounds, arranged into Deep House patterns. It’s a limited edition single-sided 12″ which technically costs $1 per minute of audio — and yet, it’s still worth picking up if you’re a fan of this stuff.

SAM KIDEL – Disruptive Muzak [Death of Rave, 2016]

This conceptual work pairs sparse ambient compositions with actual phone recordings of live UK call center employees — who are apparently listening to the music along with us.  It’s like a Brian Eno prank call record!

Initially novel and amusing, over time this begins to feel weirdly spooky — like the voices are calling out to us from beyond the void.

ALEKSI PERALA – The Colundi Sequence Volume I [Clone, 2016]

A thoroughly solid effort from a Finnish Rephlex vet, with a decidedly Aphex-ish vibe — though many tracks also have a minimalist Plastikman techno feel.  This might work as a sort of crossover record for IDM fans who tend to dislike 4×4 techno?

In any case, this thing is loaded with nostalgic Bogdan Raczynski synth lines and the opening track has Mario Kart whistles:

Year-End Music Picks (2016)

7FO – Water Falls Into A Blank [RVNG]

Dub-based synth/guitar music from Osaka Japan — you might not know it from the Soundcloud track but this album is like a cross between Sky Records, ‘The Sounds of the Sounds of Science’ by Yo La Tengo plus Scientist/King Tubby-esque dub. Cool!

LORENZO SENNI – Persona [Warp]

Italian supergenius Lorenzo Senni’s first offering for Warp continues and expands upon his singular style of beatless quote-unquote “trance”.  Every track is amazing and my expectations for the inevitable full-length are now unrealistically high!

KLARA LEWIS – Too [Emego]

The best minimalist/drone/noise LP I’ve heard this year (Berlin label Total Black had some close contenders); frequently veering into Philip Jeck found-sound territory, tracks like ‘Beaming’ suggest sinister parallel worlds lurking beneath every surface of your (my?) shitty apartment.


Like Brikha’s nearly ten year old 12″ ‘Winter’, both sides of this single are incredible and I can’t decide which track is the superior one; though I tend to lean toward the Kit Clayton-esque B-side ‘Radiate’, which isn’t currently available on Soundcloud.

DEMDIKE STARE – Wonderland [Modern Love]

While past Demdike Stare releases flirted with full-on minimalism, this one has actual breaks (I think I nearly heard an amen!) — thus pulling more listens out of me than all previous efforts combined. ‘Sourcer’ even has chopped up dancehall vocals:

AVALON EMERSON – Narcissus in Retrograde [Spectral]

Satisfying synths and shifting production tweaks make these bouncy tracks stand apart from the year’s slew of “unconventional house” releases. People seem to prefer her other EP but this one remains in regular rotation for me — specifically this track:

MUSKA – Artist Focus 57 [Alter Ego]

Lately I’ve been embracing uncool genres like “Progressive Trance”. It’s so hit or miss and many releases feature questionable graphic design choices, but I earnestly love Argentinian producer Muska. He seems to be making more proper techno now, but this comp of his earlier, fruitier stuff is great and I refuse to be bullied by you!!