Saturday, February 2, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Here is the opening track from the always excellent Opal Beau:
Vinyl / digital copies still available from bandcamp.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Riding The Blinds is a proposed series of monthly events curated by Newcastle musician, Cooper Bowman, at Renew Newcastle’s unique venue, The Station.
The gigs hope to provide an opportunity for young and emerging Novocastrian artists working with musical forms outside of the traditional guitar, bass and drums arrangement. Each event will feature a local electronic artist and pair them with a complimentary project from Sydney. This is done to both encourage a dialogue between young producers and sound-artists from Newcastle, allowing them to tour if they wish and, similarly, to encourage artists from Sydney (and elsewhere) to play in Newcastle.
Newcastle has a rich history of homegrown music and historically was a regular port of call for Australian touring acts, however this has not been the case for many years, despite the best intentions of initiatives like the 'Live Music Taskforce'. We hope to contribute to Newcastle continuing to produce (and retain) it's musical talent and to make it a viable place for more marginalised cultural activities generally.
The first event will take place on Sunday, January 20th.
Free (with licensed bar open)
LA Suffocated are an electronic duo from Sydney comprising Millie Hall and Ellen Pearce. They take elements of 80’s synth-pop, combining them with influences derived from more contemporary rhythm-oriented music. Both Pearce and Hall share production and vocal duties live, creating music that simultaneously balances modern gloom and blissful innocence.
Despite touring New Zealand in 2018 and playing regularly in Sydney and Melbourne since forming in 2015, LA are yet to have a tangible release to share. That will change this year when seminal Sydney underground label, Paradise Daily Records, releases their first album.
Live in Canberra 2018 (Youtube)
Impatiens is a recently hatched synth-pop outlet for Amelia Bessany. Bessany’s electronic productions are largely hardware-based with her vocals foregrounded. Impatiens takes queues from folk, experimental and post-punk approaches, crafting vivid scenes that are immediately captivating and firmly stand on their own in the current Newcastle landscape.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
I was asked to do an 'end of year' list for Slovenian radio show, Modem. See below.
Altered States Tapes for Modem / 2018
2018 was the year that I listened to less electronic music than the 5 or so previous. Strange, considering how much of it there is clogging up the internet’s pores. I had to think hard to come up with some appropriate recommendations (outside of what I released on AST), but here they are. The future is in country.
Korea Undok Group
KUG, the mysterious label and artist(s) from Winnipeg are a continuing source of inspiration for me. This year saw great releases from Erik Tisu, Zika Boys, World Counsellor and the phenomenal Cancer Pool compilation.
Zika Boys - Ancient Water 12" / cassette (Youtube)
World Counsellor - Wild Rose Country cassette(Soundcloud)
After diving into their past releases and foisting one upon the world via AST earlier in the year, Beat D’s have fast become one of my favourite global acts. The perfect balance of being able to make legit jams and also take the mickey out of the form simultaneously.
Satoshi Nakomoto's dOPENet cassette / digital (Bandcamp)
Krazy Dedicated Insane Mix 2018 (Soundcloud)
Wilted Woman - Trapezoid Trappers cassette (Plastic Bags)
A well-fried set from WW on my pal Ren’s new label, Plastic Bags, whose whole MO is “fried”.
Boris Barksdale - Eternal Remorse cassette (Eye For An Eye Recordings)
High-quality electronic body music from Greece.
x.y.r. - QTT7 cassette (Quiet Time)
Russian artist x.y.r. consistently sculpts lush synthetic environments and this long-running piece for the New York based Quiet Time tapes is no exception.
Turner Street Sound - Bunsen Burners (Butter Sessions)
Melbourne duo’s debut album offering sun-drenched dub for the smoked out set.
J. Campbell - Birthstone cassette (Vienna Press)
Refined, crisp ambient music that keeps a heart beating underneath it all. Released on what is arguably East Maitland’s best experimental label.
Parallax Records - Under The Radar Vol. 2 Compilation
Parallax is a fantastic label run in part by one of my current fave projects (TV.OUT). This follow-up to the previous Under The Radar again shows the hotbed of activity and community in the Tel Aviv electronic underground.
Regis - Play Neutral mix cassette (Hospital Productions)
Any mix that starts with Brion Gysin spoken word and seats the Arkestra alongside Monte Cazazza is alright with me.
Bloody Fist Records
One of the labels that has had one of the biggest historical impacts on my taste, Bloody Fist really stopped existing for all intents and purposes in 2004. The Old Rope 7” series, which excavates unreleased recordings from the Fisters, continues to pound their legacy into the collective cerebrum. Starting the year with a 7” from Syndicate (rep 2299) and finishing with another from Xylocaine, two of the most important novocastrian acts to be rendered in the Steel City.
In a year when gabber (specifically The Fist) became en vogue to listen to (or at least namedrop), Bloody Fist continue to offer reminders that it was done better more than two decades ago and everyone has some study to do.
Syndicate - Impact / Trapped 7” (Bandcamp)
Xyolcaine - Graceland / Fifty-Five / Hat Felt (Bandcamp)
Thank you, seasons greetings and a prosperous 2020.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Interview with Polish artist, Chino, (where he briefly discusses his 2017 release, Old Practices on AST) on the CXEMA website. Chino will appear on an upcoming Altered States Tapes digital / ltd. tape release, Pedestal Arts Estate, with a host of other Australian and overseas projects. More info on that and numerous forthcoming releases lined up for 2019 soon.
Interview + stream mix.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Altered States Tapes recording artist Loose-y Crunché, myself and two other local artists are playing sets at a free show next week in Sydney. I have hardly played this year, so it might be of interest to you (if this sounds like something that interests you). I'll be using elements that will appear on some upcoming releases for Not Not Fun, The New US Government, AST and some other labels...
RA Event / FB Event
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
Some out of print, some single / last copies, available now cheap as chips on the BIGCARTEL site. Releases from Sansibar, Beat Detectives, Loose-y Crunché, Opal Beau, Suburban Cracked Collective, Magnetizer, Oil, Bead + others.
More news on upcoming batch releases, a special treat for AST100, CB live sets and probably some other malarkey coming shortly.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
This is a combination of the two dominant kinds of music I’m really interested in these days: minimal ambient and downer country. On face value, you would assume they wouldn’t work together or compliment each other, but I think there is a shared melancholy and contemplation in both strands. The transcendental, other-worldliness of aetheric ambience and the firmly ground-rooted lyricism of country desperadoes meeting somewhere in the middle. I’ve included some relatively well-known country artists, like Townes Van Zandt and Gene Clark, but dug out lesser-known live recordings of them. The Townes track is culled from a live set he performed in 1990 in Brunswick (yeah, Sydney Road Brunswick). I’d been considering the mix on some recent solo hikes around kunanyi / Mt. Wellington, where the image was taken. The mountain and surrounding area has a storybook-like quality, but the terrain becomes harsh the deeper you become immersed and there are still reminders of its historical past littered throughout.