Music: Troubled By Insects – Sew Leather Patches On All of My Elbows

The tweet that Daniel Schultz sent out about this track was simple: “SOME NEW AND TERRIFYING SOUNDS I JUST MADE.” Who wouldn’t be intrigued by that? True enough, this new tune by Daniel’s Troubled By Insects project is a scary one, created by “pink noise/contact mics scraping skin/contact mic’ed acoustic guitar” according to the SoundCloud page. I want to recut a horror film like Funny Games or The Cabin in The Woods with this type of music as the soundtrack. It would make the terrible acts portrayed on screen so much more chilling. The SoundCloud description also marks this as “Part One.” If the idea of more music like this doesn’t give you a little shuddering thrill, you’re obviously not listening closely enough.


Music: Grapefruit – Zero Zero

No matter how spacey Charlie Salas-Humara wanted to get with his new solo project Grapefruit, somehow I always knew that he’d return back to the world of the groove before too long. He proved me absolutely right with the release of a new album Pinks Quieter, a full-length which (according to the man himself) is “for those who like Go Go beats mixed with meandering psych, fans of mid period Miles Davis, kraut rock and weird arty psychedelic music, beats taken from cell phones, crappy video recorders and D.C go go drummers on the streets and festivals.” I believe you just described my entire readership, Mr. Salas-Humara.

Music: ladyshapes – end of glooming

This new 14-minute long jam by ladyshapes is a collective effort, but feels almost like a showcase for the work of Cassidy Kane within the band. The soft curving guitar lines w/ background drone are lovely enough on their own but it’s great to hear them being tickled from beneath by a stream of cassette-based samples. The only one I could recognize was a snippet of noise from R2-D2, but the rest are just as silly, squawking and burbling away throughout. Having those samples around yanks away any pretense or self-seriousness that you might fall into with music like this. No need to get analytical with this one; enjoy what’s lying right there on the surface.

Video: Experimental Half Hour feat. Thurston Moore, Bill Nace, and Joe McPhee

Experimental Half Hour may have been born here in Portland but the public access/online program has been expanding further and further beyond our city limits in its attempt to capture the many amazing strains of experimental music happening around the world. This includes a recent jaunt to Europe, and filming on the East Coast including capturing this heavenly live collaboration between Thurston Moore, sax legend Joe McPhee, and noise guitarist Bill Nace at the Brooklyn-based venue Roulette. This incredible performance marks a welcome return for EHH and has me giddy to see what they have in store for us next.

Music: How To Dress Well – Cold Nites (Pete Swanson Remix)

Everyone else is blogging about this so why can’t we? I mean, who wouldn’t want to jump all over this incredible deconstruction of a pretty dull electropop tune by the mighty Pete Swanson? The song is completely upended by piled on reverb and scratching noise. Some of the song’s bouncy melody comes through, but at least we don’t have to suffer through any lovelorn woe is me lyrical content. I’m just hoping this sets up a scenario where Swanson gets to produce a buzzed about band like this, a group willing to alienate many of its fans with a supremely fucked up album.

In other Swanson news, FACT is rightly reporting that the man has a pair of EPs in the can for Type Records, both working off the title Pro Style. I encourage you to click on the link for that news story and drink in the album artwork. Just make sure to manage your time well so you can catch your breath afterwards.

Video: Charlatan Meets The North Sea – Emerald Eyes

The collaborative effort by The North Sea and Charlatan (both Brad Rose projects) – recently released on cassette by local imprint Field Hymns – has been gorgeously rendered in visual form by director Clarice Saliby. Made with what looks like colored dye and light, the clip is a nice tribute to the psychedelic light shows that marked many ’60s concerts, while also gently unfolding over the course of this delirious six minutes of ether drift.

Music: SunFalls – earth.speed.exit

The artist known as SunFalls refers to himself as a “sonic architect.” With that in mind, I tried to visualize what kind of structure this new piece could evoke, and what I kept coming back to was that massive moving skyscraper in Dubai, the one with 80 apartments that are pushed by the wind and therefore constantly changing the look of the building. This nine-and-a-half minute piece evolves in that same way, changing shape and mood over the course of its running time. From moody Pink Floydian synth drones to a sandpapery beat to a long Autechre-like gurgle.

News: Loscil @ Control Voltage

I think it was last week when Scott Morgan, the electronic producer/performer known as Loscil, posted something on his Twitter feed alluding to the potential of an intimate show here in Portland around the time of his booking at this year’s Decibel Festival.

Well, I finally dug up some news about it (thank you Mike Jedlicka!): Loscil will be doing a free performance at the newly opened music shop Control Voltage. It’s the perfect setting for what should be an immersive and amazing set by this ambient/downtempo legend.

Here are the details from the Control Voltage website:


When Sat, September 29, 8pm – 10pm
Where Control Voltage 3742 N Mississippi Ave, 97227
Description Free Cascadian Music!!! LOSCIL (vancouver, bc / kranky) + STRATEGY (pdx, or / community library / kranky) free in-store performance at CONTROL VOLTAGE 3742 N Mississippi Ave (right behind cup + saucer) it starts at 8pm sharp! don’t miss it!

Music: Regular Music – “Silver Orbs”

The beauty of being an all-improvisational band is that, as long as you can maintain a steady practice schedule, you will always be creating new music. So it is with the all synth trio Regular Music. We’ve already sung their praises plenty on this blog, so we won’t waste too much time here. Suffice it to say, this new track from E*Rock, Copy, and Grapefruit is a sexy little jam. A jazzy breakbeat sidles up to long, chiming synth chords and teases some soft and sultry melodies out. The little death awaits within this meditative track that will curl your toes and make your eyelids flutter.

And lest you forget, Regular Music will be performing as part of Event 3, an all improvisational show put together by Devin Gallagher of Real Future Recording Co. (among other things) happening on Thursday September 27th at Holocene. They’ll be joined on stage by Ryan McAlpin of Typhoon playing trumpet. Also on the bill: Rob Walmart, Lisa Schonberg, Papi Fimbres, Erik Carlson, Eric Phipps, and a set by Gallagher, himself.

Music: Fontanelle + Ethernet

This morning, you get a double dose of new music. Mostly because I’m not privy to the track that SPIN Magazine’s website apparently has the exclusive on. But the track is worth your time and attention because it is new music from Fontanelle!!

I don’t remember how I caught wind of this…maybe something Paul Dickow mentioned to me a while back or through some back channel, but I could hardly believe the fact that Southern Lord – home to Sunn 0))), Weedeater, and a dozen other amazing metal acts – would be releasing a new album from space rock band Fontanelle. Well here it is, encoded in beautiful ones and zeroes – “Vitamin F,” the debut track from the first new album by the band in a decade. The beautiful, Bitches Brew-style monster that it is.

I didn’t want to leave you without something to stream right here from the blog. So, I’m also including in this update a track from a new release by Ethernet. Tim Gray has already wowed us this past month with the release of the limited edition CD-R Temples, and now he is returning to our head space with Into The Woods, a cassette/digital release on Tamarack. This new track “Rain Elemental” captures the feel of the album’s title almost too perfectly. It’s the soundtrack of getting lost in the forest on a cold, fall night. Logically, you know that nothing bad is necessarily going to happen to you, but that instinctual fear won’t stop prickling at the back of your neck.