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November 2014 mix [May. 21st, 2015|11:57 am]
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[music |Sonic Youth - Silver Rocket]

Extensive overlap with October's bands, so more synths. A jot more variety makes this the better of the pair, I think. It's up at sendspace.

01. Information Society - Let It Burn
02. Red Voice Choir - Dante's Waiting
03. Sieben - Mogat
04. Blueshift Signal - Halo
05. The Garden - Blithe Spirit
06. An April March - Stardust
07. Archive - You Make Me Feel
08. Skinny Puppy - Testure
09. Contre Jour - Abime
10. Iconoclass - Tenebra (Original Version)
11. Seventh Seance - I Could Forget Myself
12. Liquid Divine - Frontend
13. Other Day - Fatum
14. Futurisk - Lonely Streets (1982)
15. The Neon Judgement - The Fashion Party
16. All Your Sisters - A Perfect Body

Bedazzled records closed up shop ages ago, but they were one of the first labels I followed closely. That was back in the mail-order from a paper catalog days. The short run, early on, of Blueshift Signal, The Garden, and An April March is the result of remembering Bedazzled, fifteen years on. (These are all new-to-me songs. The Internet has allowed me to fill in some gaps in the collection.)

Something has finally ticked over in my head when it comes to Skinny Puppy. There have always been isolated songs I've liked (Smothered Hope!), and I've always been kinda academically interested in them. But most of their songs, including a bunch of singles and club favorites, have left me confused or annoyed. Maybe I've listened to them enough, now, or maybe I'm pining for youth, but more and more Puppy songs strike me as first-order enjoyable. "Testure" is one I used to think "Why do people like this?" and now I think "What's not to like?"
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October 2014 mix [May. 21st, 2015|11:52 am]
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[music |Ed Kaspel - Tanith and the Lion Tree]

Grades uploaded. Summer begins.

Apparently October was the month for synthesizers... so much so that it makes for kind of a monotonous mix. But it's a monotonous mix that's now up at sendspace.

01. Snow in China - The Dreamer
02. Information Society - The Prize
03. Other Day - Silent Memory
04. Decoded Feedback - Euthanasia
05. Futurisk - Split Second Decision
06. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The Misunderstanding
07. Auto-Auto - Lullaby
08. Liquid Divine - One Day of May in '99
09. Contre Jour - Illusions
10. The Neon Judgement - TV Treated (New Version)
11. Danielle Dax - Pariah
12. Skinny Puppy - Far Too Frail
13. All Your Sisters - Come Feel
14. Grimes - Nightmusic
15. Gazelle Twin - Anti Body
16. Switchblade Symphony - Copy Cat
17. The Retrosic - Bomb

Information Society's comeback album was surprisingly good. It gives an impression of what Don't Be Afraid might have sounded like had the rest of the band been on board for it. It's tight and energetic, but more often built around Kurt's video-game darkness than the treacle that padded the great tracks on Hack and Peace & Love.

"The Misunderstanding" is yet another early gem from OMD. It suggests some unexpected cross-influences from The Cure.

The Neon Judgment was an early EBM band, back when the genre rules were still being negotiated. "TV Treated" shows Gary Numan influence that might have added depth to the later direction of the style had that reference point settled as one of the rules.

The Retrosic song is more or less The Prodigy circa 1997 with a sense of humor. (It could pass for Jeremey's wicked track in the first season of Peep Show.) "Bomb" outlasts its welcome, but the opening sample of Peter Sellers makes me smile every. single. time.
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Books 2014 [Feb. 16th, 2015|01:09 pm]
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[music |Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The Misunderstanding]

I forgot to post my reading log...

I planned to read a higher proportion of historically important stuff in 2014, and I started off pretty OK. Then I discovered Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series, and didn't read anything else for a good long while.

The disappointments outnumbered the revelations in 2014. Roadside Picnic, When Gravity Fails, and The Children of Men are all books I've heard talked up for years in SF circles, and in all three cases, I wish I could have my time back. Delillo and Vonnegut are both amazing authors, but the books I read by them last year displayed their vices more than their virtues.

Silas Marner was a revelation-- it was funnier than I expected, and a pleasure to read.

And I finished the year strong. I've never read any Graham Greene, but I've gone and bought a bunch of his books after reading The Third Man. And Haddon's novel, told from the perspective of an autistic teen, was so engaging that I canceled existing plans so I could spend the time reading it.

In looking back over this list, it's clear that I need to start keeping some notes on books as I read them. I can barely remember most of these. Either I'm not investing as much when I read, or my memory is going. Either way, sad!

Novels:

Eliot, Silas Marner
Goldman, The Princess Bride
Tolstoy, Death of Ivan Ilyich
The Strugatsky Brothers, Roadside Picnic
Pohl, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
Pratchett & Gaiman, Good Omens
Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Goldman, Marathon Man
Effinger, When Gravity Fails
Steinbeck, The Pearl
Airas, Conversations
Kay, Poor Man's Fight
Sagan, Contact
Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4
Townsend, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
Townsend, The True Confessions of Adrian Mole
Townsend, Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years
Townsend, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
Townsend, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction
Townsend, Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
James, Children of Men
Camus, The Fall
DeLillo, End Zone
Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
Greene, The Third Man
Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Plays:

Stoppard, Arcadia
Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV
Moliere, The Bourgeois Gentleman
Shaw, Pygmalion

Memoir:

Styron, Darkness Visible
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Monthly Mix Extravaganza! (June - September, 2014) [Jan. 11th, 2015|12:52 pm]
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[music |Endraum - Traumstaub]

I'm back from a long trip to California. I'd intended to upload a couple of mixes before I left, but forgot. Since returning I've been clearing the old to-do lists ahead of the new semester, and the to-do lists reminded me. I've now got a total of four ready to go, so here they are-- an inundation of music. Much too much to process at one time. So be it. One does as the list demands.

June 2014:

01. Cult of Youth - Lace Up Your Boots
02. Young Widows - Gift of Failure
03. Eric McFadden - Where's Ferdinand?
04. Peter Murphy - Eliza
05. Mercury's Antennae - A Waking Ghost Inside
06. Wovenhand - Salome
07. Rykarda Parasol - Widow in White
08. Agnes Bernelle - Ballad of the Poor Child
09. Radiators - Kitty Ricketts
10. The Young Gods - L'Amourir
11. Various Production - Today
12. Stillste Stund - Alice III (Das Ich Remix)
13. Föllakzoid - 9 (Psychic Ills Remix)
14. Led Er Est - Scissors
15. Elegant Machinery - Myself With You
16. La Fete Triste - This Charade
17. De Press - The Fatal Day
18. Dream Affair - The Porter

July 2014:

01. Depeche Mode - To Have and to Hold (Dominatrix Remix)
02. The Neon Judgement - Kid Shyleen
03. Stromkern - Intuit
04. Contre Jour - Le Code (An Other World Remix)
05. All Your Sisters - Tension
06. Frustration - We Miss You
07. Submarine Fleet - Unmarked Doorways
08. Strange Attractor - The Best Things Are Left Unspoken
09. Marc Almond and John Harle - The Labyrinth of Limehouse
10. Wiseblood - Stumbo
11. Diagram Brothers - Those Men in White Coats
12. Gatekeeper - Giza
13. Diskodiktator - E-Lectric
14. Sonnenbrandt - Diskolied
15. Other Day - Koma

August 2014:

01. La Fete Triste - Levres Froides
02. Dream Affair - Silent Story
03. ANBB - One
04. Ordo Funebris - Malleus Maleficarum
05. Trobar De Morte - Beyond the Woods
06. Frustration - As They Say
07. Yello - Swing
08. Tirzah - I'm Not Dancing
09. Sonnenbrandt - Herz aus Geld
10. Mark Burgess and Yves Altana - World Without End
11. Blueshift Signal - Halo
12. Chiasm - Soulprint
13. Absolute Body Control - Is There an Exit?
14. Kas Product - Never Come Back
15. All Your Sisters - Modern Failures
16. Artesia - Eveil Et Desespoir
17. Black Math - Bottomless Sea

September 2014:

01. Black Lung - The Brotherhood of Saturn
02. Foetus - Mon Agonie Douce (J.G. Thirlwell Mix)
03. Faith and the Muse - Muted Land
04. Feeding Fingers - Fireflies Make Us Sick
05. Priests - Design Within Reach
06. Distorshaus - Plastic Angel
07. This Ascension - Admire
08. Chainsuck - Shindo
09. Mila Mar - Was Bleibt...
10. Chiasm - Petals
11. The Neon Judgement - Chinese Black
12. Pharmakon - Bang Bang
13. White Rose Transmission - The Hell of It
14. The Sound - Plenty (feat. Kevin Hewick)
15. Sound of the Blue Heart - I Cannot Look Away
16. Tor Lundvall & Tony Wakeford - Autumn Calls
17. Elliot Goldenthal - Prospera's Coda (Feat. Beth Gibbons)
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May 2014 Mix [Oct. 26th, 2014|11:32 am]
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[music |La Fete Triste - Levres Froides]

I've had all I can manage of commenting on student papers, so feel justified taking some time to upload May's mix to sendpsace.

It's quiet and moody, on the whole. Doesn't have many punch-you-in-the-neck numbers. But I like it and have returned to it more than most.

01. David Bowie - Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy)
02. Memory Tapes - Green Knight (Creep Remix)
03. Sansa Asylum - Ravens in Autumn
04. Sopor Aeternus and the Ensemble of Shadows - Hades "Pluton"
05. Sol Invictus - O Death Come Close My Eyes
06. Unto Ashes - Intacta Sum
07. Arcana - Invisible Motions
08. ConSono - Empire Within
09. Violet Tears - Velvet Moon
10. Trance to the Sun - Lost Garden Gnome Hotline
11. Computorgirl - Could You Ever Ignore
12. Young Marble Giants - The Taxi
13. Keluar - Ennoea
14. Grimes - Be a Body
15. Swans - A Little God in My Hands

Special mention of the Trance to the Sun song: it's new! Last year they raised the money for a new album via Kickstarter. The LP is taking longer than expected, but in the meantime they mailed out an EP, with this track as the centerpiece. I'm excited. It took me a long time to learn to like Trance to the Sun, but the EP suggests the new record is likely to focus on the kind of sounds that first allowed me to get a foot in their door, back in the day.
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April 2014 Mix [Jul. 17th, 2014|10:35 am]
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[music |Autopsia - Red Nights]

Springtime mix ready to go at sendspace. I just now noticed that it begins with a song I listened to a lot the year I graduated college and ends with a song I listened to a lot the year I graduated high school. They're, like, classic rocks now. Gah!

01. Statemachine - Happy Endings
02. Infrastructure - Righteous
03. Various Production - Hater
04. Soma Holiday - Shake Your Molecules (The Neutron Dance)
05. La Floa Maldita - Dedication! Seperation!
06. Qntal - Sumer
07. Engram - What Am I?
08. Cold Colours - Still
09. Asmodi Bizarr - Liebeslied
10. Feeding People - Uranium Sea
11. De Press - In a Crowded Room
12. Heavenly Bodies - Stars Collide
13. Silver Summit - In-Between Place
14. Goethes Erben - 5 Jahre
15. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The Romance of the Telescope
16. Janitor of Lunacy - Back on Water
17. Aphex Twin - Next Heap With

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March 2014 mix [May. 22nd, 2014|10:58 pm]
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[music |Rosewater Elizabeth - Mapping the Dark Ocean]

March mix ready to go at sendspace. This is a good one, the first in a while that has individually catchy songs that work together as a coherent whole.

01. New Collapse - Agony Flesh
02. Laibach - No History
03. Jessie Evans - Let Me On
04. Ludus - Mirror Mirror
05. Litro - Jonium
06. Orplid - Nachtliche Junger
07. Janitor of Lunacy - On the Dancefloor
08. Brave New World - Just Enjoying the View
09. Magazine - Parade
10. Feeding People - Insane
11. A Whisper in the Noise - Hell's Half Acre
12. Goethes Erben - Gleiten
13. Attrition - Cosmetic Citizen
14. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Genetic Engineering
15. Sinewave - Gravity-Vortex Vertigo
16. Aphex Twin - Heliosphan
17. Shilfee and Tulipcorobockles - Kanzen naru Kokyou
18. Faith and Disease - Impermanence

Has there ever been a better opening track than "Agony Flesh?" Has "Agony Flesh" ever been followed up on a mixtape with a better-fitting sequel than Laibach's "No History?"

There's something about the Orplid song that colonizes my brain. It works like a creepy ritualistic chant even though it's a simple and pretty melody. Strange and delightful. (And the guy does a solid impression of Veljanov.)

I struggle to keep in mind how much I like early OMD. I suppose it has to be because I heard all the later, high-gloss stuff first, and didn't work my way back to the more vivacious stuff for a couple of years. But, dang, Dazzle Ships is a great record. Remember that!
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Pillaging Nature: Garlic Mustard [May. 18th, 2014|03:22 pm]
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[music |Soma Holiday - Shake Your Molecules (The Neutron Dance)]

Garlic mustard is a popular wild edible plant for a few reasons. It's basically impossible to mistake for anything else. It's invasive everywhere in the USA, so you can feel good about tearing out every plant you see. It's one of the first plants up in spring, often beating dandelions to the punch.



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February 2014 Mix [May. 13th, 2014|11:17 am]
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[music |The Invincible Spirit - Showdown]

February mix ready to go at sendspace.

01. Attrition - Monkey in a Bin
02. T.S.O.L. - I'm Tired of Life
03. Your Funeral - I Wanna Be You
04. Amanda Palmer - Runs in the Family (Feat. Ben Folds)
05. Andi Sexgang - The Hungry Years (Feat. Marc Almond)
06. John Cale - Hedda Gabler
07. Orplid - Stille
08. The Deadfly Ensemble - The Glorious Immolation of the Holy Order of the Sun
09. Das Ich - Kain und Abel
10. Stillste Stund - Kains Kinder
11. Sopor Aeternus and the Ensemble of Shadows - Dead Souls
12. Relatives Menschsein - Glaube
13. Misantrophe - Gottes ebenbilder?
14. Endraum - Regentanz
15. Qntal - Ecce Gratum
16. New Order - Shake It Up

After an attention-deficit first half, this one settles down and focuses on Neue Deutsche Todeskunst for most of the second half.
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January 2014 Mix [Mar. 16th, 2014|02:58 pm]
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[music |Opera Multi Steel - Heure Matinale]

First mix of the new year is up and waiting at sendspace.

01. Sol Invictus - An English Garden
02. The Shroud - Vision
03. Toys Went Berserk - No Warning
04. Crass - Bata Motel
05. Modern Eon - The Grass Still Grows
06. Ataraxia - The Bay Is White in Silent Light
07. Relatives Menschsein - Verflucht
08. Young Marble Giants - Brand-New-Life
09. Savoir Adore - Speed Bump
10. Stillste Stund - Blendwerk Antikunst
11. Metal Mother - Mind_off
12. Plumerai - Avernal (V3)
13. Blackbird Raum - A Rat in Thy Dream
14. Chrysalis Morass - Ehrenfels Nacht
15. True Widow - Creeper
16. The Jet Black Berries - Ring of Steel
17. Crime and the City Solution - My Love Takes Me There

I've only recently stumbled on Neue Deutsche Todeskunst as a micro-genre of electronic music. I've always thought of Das Ich as an industrial dance band, and could never explain why I like them so much more than other industrial dance bands. It all makes more sense if I think about them as pop ambassadors of NDT (or, at the time, pop ambassadors for Goethes Erben). Discovering the name of the micro-genre also gives me a handful of bands to investigate, including Relatives Menschsein and Stillste Stund, both new to me this month.

Chrysalis Morass is a great band name. It was a side-project of members of Eat Your Make-Up, and apparently both bands are now defunct. More evidence that the surprising and delightful deathrock revival of the '00s is over. Sad.

A few of my favorite bands aren't widely popular, and I can understand why. (Neubauten, Deine Lakaien, Marc Almond, there are reasons why they aren't number one with a bullet.) Ataraxia is a favorite that seems to have drastically underachieved their potential popular appeal. Pretty and interesting melodies, varied but largely traditional instrumentation, beautiful vocals. Why doesn't every Cure fan on earth have a few Ataraxia CDs for their club-night cool-downs?
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