Monday, January 30, 2012
P.S. Check out that crazy die-cut cover artwork! No 3-D glasses are optional.
Sparkling Wide Pressure/No Mind Meditation - Split
Longtime KZSU favorites No Mind Meditation remain as enigmatic as ever, keeping their cards close to their chests and leaving us all in the dark while they compose gooey alien sounds--brewing up another psychedelic trip strong enough to make you want to call in to work sick for at least the next few days. On the flip, Sparkling Wide Pressure also delivers with a buzzing set scruffy noise rock and kooky percussive instrumentation. I love the controlled anarchy of their jams, and the looped sounds of scattershot doorknocks are oddly lulling (plus they'll keep all the neighbors confused for hours...)
Black Eagle Child /Excavations - Split
Black Eagle Child doing what he does best on a core-of-the-sun red tape. What more could you ask for? Lonesome strummy guitar/banjo musings that are relaxing yet fully engaging. A nice return to nature, thumbing through a well worn copy of Leaves of Grass, breezy open chords, (and especially for us Californians) the romance of seasons.
Excavations holds things down on the flip, and while they're a band I'm not familiar with, they certainly don't disappoint--I seriously dig their looped grooves and frothy distorted vocals. If you're into Hobo Cubes, Food Pyramid, or the sunnier side of Debacle records, you'll cherish this one as well.
Soundings/Shapers/Verma - Split
A three-way split? Where do splits leave off and compilations begin? This cassette features 60 minutes of sludgy garage, splattered experimental, and gunky organic noise from three of the gnarliest psych rockers in Chicago. It's all good stuff--maybe not the most accessible, but I loved it--it would probably sound even better in a dingy club with terrible acoustics, slimy brick walls and utilities pipes snaking overhead and threatening to crush you at any moment. Recommended for those who have a few Hive Mind or Wolf Eyes recordings under their belts.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
While both sides are juicy gumbos of jaunting electronics and vibrant effects, Side A is more of a classic "ascension" piece, where a powerful photon torpedo barrage of synthesizer slowly rises from it's hibernation and pummels he very medium--blasting the EQ into the red, shooting for the stars.
Side B starts with crunchy blown-out beats in the extraterrestrial style of Clams Casino, (but orchestrated a few months earlier might I add...) and later transitions into blurry patchwork of gently plucked acoustic guitar, rainsticks, atypical percussion, the rush of water—all sorts of creatively blended recordings.
For other great tapes by Christopher Merritt, I also highly recommend his excellent split with Reedbeds on Tranquility Tapes.
I really liked this tape, although honestly, it took a couple of listens. Its an interesting blend of the blood, sweat and tears blend of sports jockism, and the more "nerdy" side of intricate experimental landscapes. Reminds me of that fuzzy yellow letter I got playing varsity sports in high school...but also the long-overdue letters I was promised for state Quiz Bowl and orchestra.
You can try it/buy it on the Teflon Beast bandcamp.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The Voice of Doom
Abode: Caroline Pugh & Paul Stapleton
Feast and Friends
Danny Paul Grody
Brian B James with Trevor Morris
Kurt James Werner
Wobbly Black Hair People
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
2011 was a truly sensational year for our favorite medium: the cassette. Thanks everyone for all your fantastic submissions to the station. Best wishes for the new year!
-KZSU Cassettes Department
1. No Mind Meditation – Face Skull Spirit
2. Plankton Wat/Super Minerals – Split
3. Red Electric Rainbow – Come and Melt Your Face Off
4. No Mind Meditation – Molecular Clock
5. High Wolf - Etoile 3030
6. Peaking Lights – 936
7. Lunar Miasma – Arrival
8. EarthMasters – Dwellings
9. Super Minerals – Contacteer
10. Folja - Pompa Funebris
11. Voder Deth Squad – I
12. Brainworlds – *****
13. Run DMT – Dreams
14. Mold Omen – Blacktop
15. Andreas Brandal – Autumn Drama
16. Cane Swords / Griefhound - Split
17. Grey Ghost – Songs to Wake Up To
18. Dry Valleys – Aqua Aura
19. Derek Rogers – Populist Context
20. Cruise Family – Up to Us
21. Christopher Merritt / Sound Out Light - Split
22. Sky Stadium – Carpet Ride
23. This Could Be the Last Time – M. Geddes Gengras
24. Cambodian Field Recordings - Stephen Molyneux
25. Billiam Wutler Yea - Calico Desman
26. Archers – Archers
27. Eagle Chalice – Hot Glue
28. Giant Claw – Midnight Murder
29. Spires – Puzzlebox
30. Cruise Family/Innercity – A.H.E.A.D.
31. Christopher Merritt/ Reedbeds – Split
32. Sea Oleena - Sleeplessness + Sea Oleena
33. Tracey Trance – Learning to Your Stuff
34. Brain Syndrome – Disconnect
35. Motion Sickness of Time Travel / Tidal - Split
36. HMS – Cascades
37. Lab Coast – Pictures on the Wall
38. The Paperboxes- Sometimes It Does, Sometimes It Doesn't
39. Gkfoes Vjgoaf – Nature Eternal Striving
40. Mshing / Sick Llama - Split
41. ThrouRoof – Feathers and Blood
42. A Full Cosmic Sound – S/T
43. Dust Bunnies – We Are Not Alone
44. Kenichi Sakamoto – Bio Feedback
45. Rainbow Valley/ Black Sky Chant – Split
46. Tidal / Holographic Arts – Split
47. Wether – Walking Through Black Prisms
48. Lunar Miasma – Gone
49. Patrick McBratney - Lovebrrd
50. Innercity – Time Bender