Podcast: Experimental Portland Radio #008

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Tod Dockstader – Piece #7 [from Eight Electronic Pieces]

Asher Fulero – Spacetime

THE YRS – Trax 07-08

Dmitry Mazurov – Mere [from Mimicry]

Seth Fox – 20141201 [from pilot wave]

Exit Signs – Week 34
performing at Townshend’s Tea on March 7th

Mike Gamble – Loomer
performing at The Waypost on March 8th

Noah Bernstein – Zara’s Theme [from Six]
performing at The Waypost on March 8th, and on March 5th at Revival Drum Shop

Halfbird – Categories
performing at The Liquor Store on March 8th

Tunneler – Night Flight

Podcast: Experimental Portland Radio #007

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C – 217

Temple Maps – Live at Volt Divers

Electric Circus – Rise

xtal – opticks for isaac [from realpolitik]

Mark Fell – Sections 1 – 7 [from n-Dimensional Analysis]
performing at Yale Union on 2/27

Deja Reve – Brigata Undici [from Dreams Are What We Wake Up From]

Marcus Fischer – Shape To Shore [from Monocoastal]
performing on 2/28 as part of Untoward: A Benefit for the Creative Music Guild

Julian Lage & Nels Cline – Blues, Too [from ROOM]
Lage performs on 2/27 at Lewis & Clark’s Evans Auditorium as part of the PDX Jazz Festival

Podcast: Experimental Portland Radio #006

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Look alive, people. We’ve got a new episode for you. A day later than usual but no less wonderful. Listen up and share with your friends and loved ones.

John Haughm – +37.717364 [from +37​.​717364 // -117​.​247955: The Last Place I Remember]

Telluris – Reptilia Experimenta
performing on 2/20 at Vagrant Eye Projection Museum

Vijay Iyer Trio – Countdown [from Break Stuff]
performing at Winningstad Theatre on 2/20

Gyan Riley Trio – Yubalation [from New York Sessions]
Gyan Riley and Timba Harris are performing on 2/21 at Performance Works NW

Marisa Anderson – The Golden Hour [from The Golden Hour]
performing on 2/21 at Turn Turn Turn

Prana Crafter – Dharma Dripping Lotus

Rumination – playn jazz music

Music: AHAFAS – A.C.A.B.

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if that noisy refrigerator of yours decided to start making experimental music? I believe AHAFAS has come up with the answer that question. This is your icebox unleashing all of its internal angst for having to put up with your rotting vegetables, cans of cheap beer, and that jar of pickled vegetables you just can’t seem to get rid of. Do the right thing, and listen up…and switch out the box of baking soda every once in a while, you heathen.

Music: Rumination – playn jazz music

I know zero about this recording. Less than that actually. This could be a someone playing a recording of a Cecil Taylor LP through their MacBook microphone for all I know.

What I do know for sure is that I love it. 12 minutes of desiccated jazz being held together by pure intestinal fortitude? Yes, yes, and yes again. I’ve sent them a message through their Bandcamp page to either learn more or to be made fun of for not recognizing the source material they used. Either way, I’m wholly satisfied.

Podcast: Experimental Portland #004

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Back once again with an hour of new music for you and yours. Enjoy.

Grapefruit – Holographic Universe [from Some New-Age Bullshit]
Mazen Kerbaj & Franz Hautzinger – Sahel Al Bekaa
Stochastic Mettle Union Local #35 – In John We Trust [from their self-titled release]
Body/Head – Turn Me On [from their self-titled EP]
Daniel Menche – Part Three [from October’s Larynx]
Mammifer – Caelestis Partus [from Statu Nascendi]
Alvarius B – Billy’s Jeans [from Fuck You and the Horse You Rode In On]
Portland Bike Ensemble – Polyp
Consumer. – Work Better [from Fucket]
Saturn Form Essence – 6EQUJ5 [from Structure 1-178-24]
xtal – Balloon [from Me So Thorny]
lexiphan – Perihelion [from Parallax]
B.S. Wright – Alien Residue [from Decorum]
Lemonthree – Cassidy [from Lemonthree]
High Priestess – Wheat or Ghash [from Animus XX]
Jon Mueller – Remembered [from The Whole EP]

Music: Okha – Insurrection

At the last EXPDX Presents… show, after No Parades had played a glorious set of lush, intricate ambience, a friend who just happened to venture down to Valentine’s to drink gin and tonics pulled me aside and (without knowing that I was the person responsible for booking the show) asked me, “Can you explain to me why that was any good?” I was so dumbfounded by his question that I couldn’t cobble together the words to explain properly. But listening to this new two-track collection by Okha, one of the city’s best noise artists, I think I’ve hit upon something.

The sounds of Okha and No Parades couldn’t be more different, but what they share to my ears is an immersive quality. They wrap you up completely in these blankets of sound until you can’t see or hear anything but what they are pumping out of their pedals and noisemakers. And I love that about them. While the rest of the music world tries passive-aggressively to get my attention, here are artists that lay it all out and, with No Parades, try to intoxicate me, and with Okha, dare me to stare into the abyss without blinking. That’s probably the same feeling this friend gets when listening to an emo band that he loves or some aggro bit of art rock. This is the only music that really, really gets me excited these days. And I’m lucky as all hell to live in a city where it’s being made on the regular.

Podcast: Experimental Portland Radio #001

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Yes, friends, we are venturing into the world of podcasting. Welcome the inaugural episode of Experimental Portland Radio into existence. For 45+ minutes, I play some songs and do a little bit of talking about them. Below, you’ll find the tracklist for this week’s episode with all the appropriate links in place for you to use to find the tracks featured on this week’s episode and to support the artists what made them. I sincerely hope you enjoy my efforts here.

Episode #001 Tracklist

Cloud City Cars – Cascade Crystal (from Electronic Musical Instruments on Lifelike Family)

GRAMMIES – Bulletball (from Great Sounding)

Bryan Smith – Escape (from The RE: Project)

ABSV – Frogs Under Trucks (from Aimless (No More) on Sonic Debris Multimedia)

ITALICS – 01 (from Magnetar Ω on Oligopolist) 

Studenets – Surface Tension (from Distress & Salvation on Oligopolist)

Taylor M. – and another (from Dimming on Oligopolist)

Jordan Norton – Araucaria (from Imaginational Anthem Vol. 7 on Tompkins Square)

Music: Stochastic Mettle Union Local #35 – Thought Adjuster

As I talked about last week, Sonic Debris Multimedia want to make 2015 a big one for their label and all the bands that are part of their collective. And true to form, they are pouring out new material for our consumption, including this brand new live cassette from one of my favorite gangs of jazz misfits, Stochastic Mettle Union Local #35.

The recording has an interesting tone to it, as the band was paying tribute to a house that was home base for SDM. The label and studio were being forced to move out, which led to a small-ish party to send the residents out with a bang. Like most of the acts that played that night, SMU’s set was captured for posterity, and you can hear the group (augmented by trombonist Evan Spacht) reacting to the celebratory, yet frustrated feel of the night with some rapid fire drum patter, floating guitar lines, and some agonized horn honking. As a combo, the four players build and recede together in slowly developing waves that remind me of some of the best BYG Actuel material from the late ’60s. A truly triumphal moment for this band and one that will hopefully push them forward through 2015 as they ready their first vinyl release (all proceeds of the sale of this recording go toward that).

Music: Marcus Fischer – Cycles + Hum

A few years ago, musician and artist Marcus Fischer had a simple, but highly admirable goal: to do create something every day of the year. That could be anything from one of his beautifully rendered photographs to a short piece of music. Whatever it may be, he had to make something happen. And he kept it up for a full year and a little while after that, before the wind went out of his sails a bit in 2013 and he poured his energies into other endeavors.

With the new year, Fischer has decided to resurrect this project and the blog – Dust Breeding - that houses all of his efforts. The results are absolutely lovely and very inspiring, particularly his musical output, which includes this track: a short bit of guitar and OP-1, looped and processed via his Octatrack performance sampler. It’s delicate, pastoral stuff that perfectly suits the cold, drizzly air around us and the look of his ghostly photographs on the site.