Thursday, December 31, 2009
It's that time of year, where every music media outlet offers their obligatory "Best of 2009" list. As our own self-proclaimed authority on all things music related, we felt it was appropriate offer our own perspective on 2009's year in beats...... and probably because we didn't agree with most others. Here is our assorted favorites, in no particular order:
FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2009:
Andrew Weatherall - A Pox on the Pioneers - Rotters Golf Club
Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue - Warp
Yppah - They Know What Ghosts Know - Ninja Tune
Chico Mann - Analog Drift: Muy...Esniqui
Lusine - A Certain Distance - Ghostly International
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Vertical Ascent - Honest Jon's Records
Lukid - Foma - Werk Discs
Architeq - Gold + Green - Tirk
Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms - Lefse
Paul White - The Strange Dreams of Paul White - One Handed Music
Deastro - Moondagger - Ghostly International
The Flaming Lips - Embryonic - Warner Bros.
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us - Graveface Records
Stoopz N Breeze - Turn Up the Smooth - Butter Made Music
Pink Skull - Endless Bummer - Rvng International
FAVORITE LABELS OF 2009:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
An early morning scan of the internet resulted in a fascinating discovery over at the RBMA Radio. This week's radio spotlight is paying homage to the contributions of Detroit electronic music, covering the gamut from early innovators like Derrick May to Detroit's next house generation via Patrice Scott and Kyle Hall. In addition, RMBA provides a list of sets from notable Detroit luminaries, including Todd Osborn and BMG of Ectomorph. Highly Recommended!
Visit the website HERE.
Monday, December 21, 2009
School has finally ended for the semester, so it was nice to catch an easy weekend for a change. Moreover, I've been able to spend the past couple of nights playing catch up on my music reconnaissance. The result? I must say..... my insatiable appetite for great music was overwhelmingly satisfied. A few notable artists that stimulated the senses include Maxmillion Dunbar, FaltyDl, and Singing Statues, who recently announced their collaboration with the Ann-Arbor based label, Ghostly International. Definitely a cast of characters to watch in 2010.
Friday, December 18, 2009
From: Stones Throw
Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. “Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,” claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr.
The “retro” tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974, and Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go. After being introduced to Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf by mutual friend Noelle Scaggs of the Rebirth, even his current boss was skeptical. “He showed me two songs and I didn’t understand what I was listening to,” Wolf recalls. “I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of – I couldn’t believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments.”
And after meeting in person, it was even harder for Wolf to believe that Hawthorne was also the lead vocalist. Few expect such heartfelt sentiment to come from a 29-year-old white kid from Ann Arbor, but he has caught the ear of his family at Stones Throw, as well as BBC Radio 1 host Gilles Peterson and producer/DJ Mark Ronson. Expectations are high for the admitted vinyl junkie who never planned on taking his crooning public. Hawthorne’s hanging-by-a-string falsetto and breakbeat production on his first recorded effort, the tender “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” are simultaneously Smokey and J Dilla – equal parts “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Fall in Love.” “It’s soul,” he explains, “But it’s new.”
Hawthorne has produced and played instruments for much of his life, but never intended to become a singer. He isn’t formally trained, and never sang in the church choir or in any of the bands he was in before founding the County (formerly the County Commissioners). But here he is, new school soul sensation, who has taken the Motown assembly-line production model and eliminated nearly every element but himself and a few hired hands. “I think Mayer is the only artist in the history of the label that I’ve signed after hearing only two songs,” says Peanut Butter Wolf. “Sometimes, you just know it’s the right thing to do.”
Saturday, December 19th 2009
Doors @ 8pm / $13 Presales
The Magic Stick
4120 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201-2027
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Blank Artists Five Year Anniversary
February 5th, 2009
Celebrating Five Years of Musical Diversity
Agents of Woe - Memphis/NYC
Matt Abbott - between sets
With an extended set from Detroit radio icon Judy Adams
2040 Park Ave. Detroit, MI
$8 before midnight / 18+
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friend and Detroit ex-pat Milieu recently finished a track to accompany Hans Richter's 1928 film, Ghosts Before Breakfast. Entitled, "Ende", this song offers remnants of jungle, glitch, and ambient..... the kind of stuff that Richter probably would have salivated over, nearly a 100 years ago. Give it a view and feel free to show Milieu some love over at his blogspot, In the Burrows.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I was browsing the vast interweb frontier this afternoon and happened to stumble across this live video of Kevin Reynolds, courtesy of Famzine. Reynolds, who is owner and operator of Todhchai Records, is also one of Detroit's best kept secrets. His eclectic style of of electronic soul dabbles in and out of Latin, funk, house and Detroit techno inspired grooves. Moreover, his high energy live sets are a sight to behold. He's amassed a long resume of collaborations including projects with Alton Miller, Malik Alston, and a 2007 rework of compositions from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
If you happened to catch wind of his whereabouts on your next trip into town, don't sleep on the tip. Oh.... and be on the lookout for some remix work by Mr. Reynolds, due out on Blank Artists sometime in the Spring of 2010. Check it!
Baltimore, Maryland: A city often shunned from the musical spotlight, overshadowed by the likes of their northern neighbors - New York and Philadelphia..... and even more so, for electronic music - a mere schism or non-existent dialogue in its music history. To the contrary, we're romanticizing about the idyllic spirit of Bmore's musical future - one that doesn't have to dream about a Matmos or Wham city..... yeah, that's just a start. Or maybe even imagine a mini community dedicated to the gospel of electronic music, amongst othr stuff and things.... but then again, you have More or Less.
More or Less started as a monthly, in conjunction with the Bmore-Electro community, nearly three years ago. It helped to replace the void of electronic music in Baltimore and has inspired countless local derivatives. In times journey, MOL has spawned a healthy catalog of dancefloor jams, including productions from Outputmessage and label mate, Craig Sopo...... in addition to the aesthetic and creative vision of label director, Pat Brander. His functional design and uncanny tact for best in esotericism, has elevated both the musical and visual content of the label above most other American independent techno imprints.
As our own expression of gratitude, we would like to give a shout out to the bizarre and genius design brand of Mr. P.Brander. His works encompass the entire MOL flyer catalog and various freelance projects, including the Blank Artists logo. The image above depicts, which may or may not be, a Subura Outback and fifth of Jameson in the midst of a collision. Perhaps a common theme in the abominable nature of Detroit and Baltimore - cities that both resemble the tenebrous tendencies of the wild wild west. At any rate, knock your senses to high heaven with this huckelberry's hand of FANCY DESIGN. Check it!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
From: Juno Plus
Scott Ferguson has made some of the most captivating deep house records of recent times, from his collaborations with Marvin Belton to his own solo productions that echo the likes of Theo Parrish and Moodymann. In a revealing interview, the Ferrispark boss spoke to Juno Plus editor Aaron Coultate over a pint of Guinness in one of Camden’s backstreet boozers. Read the entire interview HERE
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
NWW offers up this full length cd, which has just been released on the United Dirter label. This newest album from Steve Stapleton is a compilation of nearly 30 years of work, all for the low price of 99 pence - inspired partly by the 49p edition of The Faust Tapes that Virign records released in 1973. If you're a fan of Stapleton's haunting and sinister electronics than you'll definitely want to indulge in this latest outing from the master of mind bending.