Monday, December 28, 2009



10 - Royksopp – Junior

Glacial slabs rupturing and crackling as melodic analog bombs of fatness cause chasms. But instead of combustion, the physical process of bass boost provides new glacial shelfs, iced over with a diamond sheen. From the light emerges a new race of angelic super-pop androids. Positronic indeed.

Best Seen Live at: In a giant dirigible floating at a brisk pace above greenland ice-scapes.

9 - Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue

70's sunset hairdo. Troubled egos, reaching forward but blocked by the walls of their prison: a subconscious cube which lets out the beautiful distilled selflessness of the combined egos without much of the competitive, daunting facets of egos undistilled by the cube-prisons gossamer walls. Beat dumplings create a delicious sushi picnic.

Best seen live at: A secluded abandoned airport with wildflowers breaking the concrete of the runways.

8 - V/A – KOMPAKT Pop Ambient 2009

Clean like the harmonies of a rainbow. Astral rinse cycle spits out this fantasy-moment like your brains time code being time slowed down by electric shocks. Truly a soundscape craft, the ever-dreaming Kompakt fellows/ladies defy peer-review with this artful, magnificently meticulous compilation.

Best seen live at: A walk through a rural continental meadow.

7 - Knight Rider - Knight Rider

Distorted lens flare guitars, out of this world clipped out drums, vocal and spiritual range between klonopin romance at a county fair (“Dancing Together”) to projecting your astral self visually onto a cliff and feeling the crushing weight of the earths energy unfurl into fungus and roots of trees (“Emilio Estavez”) to a dream-beat concussive in its romance-pulse laced by harmonizing vocal tracks intertwining like crossed fingers hoping for a chance to make out with a space shuttle launch.

Best seen live at: The national air and space museum, Washington, DC

6 - White Rainbow – New Clouds

Translating human understanding to a new benevolent race of super-evolved, intelligent squid that live too deep for light. Specifically trying to communicate to the beautifully colored squid what a cloud looks like. When all at once, the squids begin a ritual dance in their voidish realm, bestowing a gift of immeasurable color : an avalanche of pulsing, piercingly pleasurable rhythmic lights and sounds.

Best Seen Live at: Second Beach, La Push, WA, USA, Clear August Day-turned-Sunset. Stars provide subtle light as night falls.

5 - Sally Shapiro – My Guilty Pleasure

Infinite summer, clear sky, clear night sky, humid in the tall grass but not static. Not a scene, but the entire energy of that summer moment. All the life, all the frogs, the rhythm of all those heartbeats, the insect chatter under different rhythmic schema could be sending us a coded message. Sally Shapiro's firefly representative is the first to let us know, she has tapped an artery of cosmic vitae and released it to the world in the form of this record. Light and poppy instrumentation with a serious subtext, immense subtlety, exotic melodies.

Best seen live at: A pacific island archipelago with all your friends arriving by boat.

4 - Paul White – Sounds from the Skylight

The more I hear this album the more I melt into it like beautiful food. Food is love and this is gold food, soul food. Dilla style beat composition both in form and in the low-end aspect of the content. Sample-weaving at its finest, Paul White doesn't hide his psychadelic nature-lust but blends it perfectly with the cold reality of our technological age and reconciles all facets of electricity. Truly a friend of Electricity.

Best Seen Live at: A planetarium with the seats removed. Psychadelic conduits suggested. Dancing/Gliding shoes/socks required.

3 - Enumclaw – Opening of the Dawn

A satyr bestows upon a weary rural traveller, a lute of whimsy. Florian Fricke appears in a German Castle and grants his blessing to this Traveller to travel forth on the same roads. This traveller is Enumclaw, presumably named after the town in Washington – a rural pasture town at the foot of Mount Rainier. A town which I had the pleasure of working in for two months in spring of 2007. Superb views, awful smells, quirky “downtown.” Anyway, the music/maestro that is Enumclaw is singular in its complete beauty. Soft kraut melodies, focusing on the feeling of immersion into the psychadelic lake of german mysticism. Bohemian syncretization reverts under the polytheistic, pagan weight of this tremendous dreamscape.

Best seen live at: The temple of dendur in the metropolitan museum of art at night.

2 - Washed Out – Life of Leisure

As the title of this record suggests, you will find this album best as a pleasure seeker, but its emotion can sublimate in other ways. There is a pastoral melancholy about it, like a recurring dream about beach temples. With giant decorative balloons bumbling in the seabreeze. The driving, triumphant beat of “You'll See It” provides a perfect syncopated skeleton for the sun-drenched melody and vocal arrangement which includes subtle harmonies recorded on clipped tape, beautifully mastered an all around treat. Changed the course my two-thousand-and-fine life story took. Wish this feeling for all.

Best seen live at: Whipporwill road, Navesink, NJ. Early August evening, firefly bait. Bring friends and loud speakers.

1 - Oneohtrix Point Never – Rifts

The best album of 2009. This 3EP/2CD compilation is a sea of sky wash, emotion flow. Undoubtedly a game changer, this album ruptured my time-space continuum. Not pulling at the subconscious, but rather at the sublime. It catapults your nervous system into its sensory transfer station and the ghost leaves the machine and enters your neural net.

Best Seen Live at: The real internet.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


10 - Edan - Echo Party (clip) - Dir. Tom Fitzgerald

9 - Omar Souleyman

8 - De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig - Buma in mijn Zak - Dir. Maurice Trauwborst

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7 - Gatekeeper - Optimus Maximus - Dir. Tommyboy (of Arawa)

6 - Black Moth Super Rainbow - Black Yogurt

5 - Luke Abbot - Melody 120 - Dir. Michael Page

4 - Lone - Summer of Summer - Editted together by Haunted Grafitti (not Ariel Pink)

3 - ROTFLOL - The Peace Tape - Dir. Jacob Ciocci (of Paperrad)

2 - Von Spar - Hybolt - Dir. Christopher Marquezz

1 - Boy Crisis - Fountain of Youth - Dir. Bob Weisz

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

From the KAOS Crypt: Errol G Specter and his Dream Waves - Trystaline Skyway

Another beautiful tape from the KAOS crypt. This time it's the 1987 experimental lsd-space of Errol G Specter's dream waves. Each side is it's own track. The album is called Trystaline Skyway. It's oberon and titania's stress music. Mystic synth lutes provide an eerie stroll through Avalon and the consequential bridge to space, the utter skyway. Utterly.

Errol G Specter as Dream Waves - Trystaline Skyway - DOWNLOAD

Synthesizers: Ensoniq ESQ1, Memorymoog, Micro Moog, ARP Odyssey, Arp 2600, Korg MS20, Roland Juno 60, Sequencial Circuits Pro 1, Casio 202, Poly Moog, Yamaha CS20 M.

Sequencers: Ensoniq ESQ-1 and Memorymoog Onboard Multi Track Sequencers, Korg DDD-1 Drums, Oberheim DS 2A, Roland TB 303, Roland TR 606, Sequential Circuits Pro 1 and Juno 60 Arpeggiators, Roland JSQ 60

Friday, December 11, 2009

mega update

Click the links/names for each show to download

Are Friends Electric? November 26th 2009

De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig - Buma In Mijn Zak
Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel - White Lines(Don't Do It)
Gary Wilson - Soul Travel
Metro Area - Erodyne
Richard Bartz - Diamond Girl
Beatbox - Etheric Device
Soft Cell - Where Did Our Love Go?
yazoo - situation
kano - im ready
Stereo Total - Everybody in the discotheque (motor mark)
Venise - Playboy
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity
Automelodi -Buanderie Jazz
Studio - West Side
La Roux - In For The Kill (Heartbreak Remix)
Ladytron - High Rise
Hannulelauri - Dream
Thomas Fehlmann - Hana
Arthur Russell - This Is How We Walk On The Moon
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood - Some Velvet Morning
The Orb - Charles Webster - Be No One
windy & carl - btwn you + me
Oneohtrix Point Never - Grief and Repetition
Enumclaw - Harmonic Convergence

I subbed for the psychadelic rock show the following night:
Music from the Underground - November 27th 2009

Nick Nicely - 49 Cigars
The Beach Boys - Vegetables
Nick Nicely - On The Beach (The Ladder Descends)
Brigitte Bardot - Contact
Florian Fricke - Open Your Heart
primal scream - Higher Than The Sun
Hawkwind - Assault and Battery/The Golden Void
The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights
The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs
The Soft Machine - Why Are We Sleeping
John & Beverly Martyn - Auntie Aviator
The Velvet Underground - Here She Comes Now
Tussle - Night of the Hunter (Prins Thomas Remix)
Silver Apples - Ruby
Tony Conrad With Faust - The Pyre Of Angus Was In Kathmandu
The Legendary Pink Dots - Disturbance
Bruce Haack - Super Nova
The Orb - The Dream (The Future Academy of Noise, Rhythm And Gardening Mix)
White Rainbow - Mystic Prism
Bird Show - Greet the Morning
Stag Hare - Born Into Magic
Vangelis - Stuffed Aubergine

Are Friends Electric? December 10 2009

Pyramiddd (formerly Starfucker) - Medicine (Copy Remix)
Ariel Pink - Don't Talk To Strangers
Paul White - Trying To Tell You
Panda Bear - Guys Eyes (Live All Tomorrow's Parties, Monticello ,NY)
Paul White - Synthia Dreams
The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
Paul White - Swimming
Weird Tapes - Party Trash
circle vs square - afreaka1
Washed Out - You'll See It
PM Dawn- Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
Lone - Waves Imagination
Chilled By Nature - Otherness (Windsurf's Golden Bear Dub)
Tony Conrad With Faust - The Death Of The Composer Was In 1962
Captain Mustard - Quiet Move
Nick Nicely - D.C.T. Dreams
Ochre - Mithrax ochre remix
Poni Hoax - The Symbionese Bride (Principles of Geometry's Poni Hoax's Paper Bride)
Boards Of Canada - Macquaria Ridge
Nathan Fake - Bawsey
Boards of Canada - Unknown (Live at 10&3)
Prince Rama Of Ayodhya - Land Of The Apocalypse Transcended
Bibio - Marram
Gudrun Gut - Pleasuretrain
Oneohtrix Point Never - Laser to Laser
Emeralds - Up In The Air
Valet - We Went There