My First Mux! Feelin’ Kinda Punk

March 30th, 2008

Happy Sunday to you! I made my first Muxtape and would like to share it with y’all. Actually it’s my second one, first one was all classical music, I’ll try to recreate it later, something was going on with their servers which prevented me from being able to link to it. This site is great fun, you should make a Mux and post the link to it here in the comments so we can listen to some of your favorite music, and mock each other for our poor taste! Here is my track list for this one-

Etherbomb001-
Punk Muxtape

Our punk rock Muxtape- Etherbomb001
Sign up and make your own Muxtape to share, it’s really easy- Muxtape

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Mexican Emo Riots! Oh the Unbearable Sadness

March 28th, 2008

Mexican Emo Riots!

Riot police took to the streets apparently in Mexico to protect the Mexican Emos, or as I shall refer to them henceforth Mexemos, as they gathered to protest attacks upon their ilk by Mexipunks and Mexibillys. It is shameful to attack someone because of their appearance, and I am shamed by my distant Mexipunk brethren. That being said…they are EMO, this should help more people feel sorry for them, which is the goal right? This is not a story from the Onion…I repeat, not from the Onion. Hey kids…stop fighting each other, you’re all basically on the same side of this bigger war we’re in.

A series of attacks on dyed-hair, eye-makeup-wearing emo kids began in early March when several hundred people went on an emo-beating rampage in Querétaro, a town of 1.5 million about 160 miles north of Mexico City.

Emo Se Defienden

Wired- Mexican Emo Riots
Urban Dictionary- What is a Mexican Emo?

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Muxtape- Mix it up yo!

March 27th, 2008

This is a really simple yet elegant site devised to allow you to create and share music mixes. I really appreciate the design of this thing which has basically no bells and whistles, and gets right to the point. Very well executed design in my opinion. The site was getting hammered with traffic as of this posting, so you can’t create an account, but their blog says they will be back up after 9pm. For now you can still head over and enjoy other people’s mixes. It is interesting to think, perhaps we will eventually no longer have any physical music of our own…it will all just be online at sites like this?

Muxtape Music Mix

Muxtape- Website

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Helium Beatbox

March 27th, 2008

This probably sounds funnier in description than it really is, but in case you need to do a Vocal Beatbox performance for a crowd of little people…or more specifically oompa loompas?…try adding some helium to your game plan!

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HurdyGurdy Wankathon!

March 24th, 2008

Someone forgot to tell this guy Matthias Loibner that the Hurdy Gurdy is an instrument for nerds. He’s obviously spent hours learning his scales and he could give any of the master shredders of our day a run for their money, just watch as he loops sections and tears it up. Thanks to Ben for this great video of this amazing musician and this great sounding instrument, which seems to bridge a gap between strings and wind. All hats off to the real Hurdy Gurdy man, I’ll bet the groupies are lining up outside his tour bus!

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Koenji Hyakkei – Rattims Friezz

March 19th, 2008

I sort of lost touch with some of the extreme Japanese post punk stuff after the early 90’s. I had all the early Shimmy Disk releases of Boredoms, Ruins etc., and continue to love Melt Banana of course. It was great to discover this later project of Yoshida Tatsuya who was the drums half of probably one of the most bad ass duos of all time (Ruins). Koenji Hyakkei is a larger scale band project which incorporates singers and many other instruments, but continues to mine a lot of the same veins as Tatsuya’s other projects. This song was set nicely to an old experimental short “Ghosts Before Breakfast” from Hans Richter, and it really works nicely.

Audio Sample- Doi Doi [audio:http://www.skingraftrecords.com/mp3/LP_MP3/KOENJIHYAKKEI_DoiDoi.mp3]
Koenji Hyakkei- Skin Graft Website

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Adachi Tomomi- Tupperware Synths and more!

March 15th, 2008

With clients like Mike Patton on your list you must be doing something pretty interesting in the realm of experimental music gear, and Adachi Tomomi certainly is. Tomomi creates a range of synthesizers and theremins and other wonderful boxes housed in plastic tupperware containers which actually give them a pretty cool appearance. I particularly like the description for the Tomomin so I’ll post that for you to enjoy.

Tomomin is most famous instrument ADACHI have made because ADACHI had manufactured and sold it for many musicians. Mike Patton, Omoide-hatoba and some other musicians have used it. Tomomin is simple monophonic oscillator has strong sound. It is possible to cover all hearable range by 1 knob operation. Of course the name of the instrument refers the historical great electronic instruments “Theremin”. Now, ADACHI stops making it, maybe it will start again.

Tomomin Synthesizer II
Demonstration of self-made sound generator with 2 of C-MOS IC 40106. With external wires for touch. Originally it is stereo sound.

Adachi Tomomi- Instrument Page
Adachi Tomomi- More Great Videos

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Cop Shoot Cop- Ferocious Addicts or Police Haters

March 15th, 2008

With a name like Cop Shoot Cop it’s no surprise you are most associated with being an addict (band members claimed it was a hatred of cops)…The band which formed in 1987 however was quite a monster when it was firing on all cylinders. I saw them play live only once in Tucson AZ, but it was a hell of a show that left an impression. At the time there were two bass players and the drummer stood inside a cage of drums and pieces of metal, which he turned into an industrial barrage. I think this song Interference from their Interscope release was about as close as they ever came to a real mainstream breakthrough (or maybe 10 dollar bill, but i think this song’s better). It has a pretty badass bass line, and you can certainly hear stuff that would have influence on perhaps Trent Reznor or other people who borrowed from “industrial” music! See also Lubricated Goat which was a later splinter group.

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Swans – Coward (live)

March 15th, 2008

There are few bands or let’s just say no bands that can reach the brutal sonic power of the Swans from this era (one other band called Slo Deluxe a few of you might have heard of!). Music stripped down to it’s essence and sent forth in thunderous slow repetitive blasts that build and build but never really climax, but just twist around pummeling you in their extremity. Keep in mind this was around the time punk was dying entirely and speed metal was gaining popularity. This video does a decent job of capturing it, but there really is nothing that could compare with the live experience of The Swans. It’s interesting to note that recording is still perhaps in it’s infancy, if you think about it…you can’t really recreate a live experience. I never cared much for the later directions they went in, but I have included a documentary link below, in which Michael Gira explains his reasoning for a departure from the sonic overload. I understand his reasoning…I guess the end result just never interested me as much as the earlier stuff, which at the time was completely unique.

Swans- Documentary

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Dj Doc Rok Hendrix vs. Biggie

March 8th, 2008

Hendrix Biggie

These mix mashups usually don’t interest me much…I mean if you want to hear the greatest of all try John Oswald’s Plunderphonics it’s a virtual masterpiece of editing. This one is getting a lot of play however, and I decided to give it a spin. Some things just flow together perfectly and there is no denying Biggie and Jimi were obviously two simply bad ass motherfuckers. Doc Rok does some pretty cool cross editing here, although I think it could use some more actual record manipulation. It seems like straight computer mixing, and I just think it would be cool to see something like Kid Koala does live with Moon River. Of course I could be totally wrong and this might have been mixed live on turntables…if so it kicks serious ass, and either way it’s damn fun to listen to.

Myspace- Dj Doc Rok Hendrix vs. Biggie

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