Because a few of the tracks played on the 16th’s show would be hard to track down and purchase, I’m uploading them for you to enjoy on your own time. The CD-R still isn’t functioning properly and is now incapable of displaying any messages other than “DISC ERROR.” For the time being these highlight uploads will have to suffice. Included this week is a demo version of a b-side from Will Oldham’s The Letting Go period. As far as I can tell this song originally appeared on the Cursed Sleep single and has since only been featured on the Wai Notes demo played on this week’s show. I know that I played “God Is Love” this week, but I think “The Signifying Wolf” is a much better start for a little mix.
Not so hard to find is Charalambides’ double-disc debut and reissue, Our Bed Is Green. Originally released as a 90-minute cassette, Kranky reissued this sweet 2xCD back in 2005 along with some other early Charalambides music that deserved (and deserves) some more attention. None of the 26 songs on this album seem as though they could be collected on the same record, but the band’s signature sound is present and somehow Tom and Christina Carter managed to pull the whole thing together. This album ranges from near pure noise experimentation to soft folk stories to psychedelic blasts of guitar solo mayhem. Charalambides is probably the best band that’s not presently in your collection.
I’ve also included an older Keith Fullerton Whitman piece from 1999 and a track from that Merzbow/Heemann collaboration I mentioned in the In Camera review. Good luck finding those for any reasonable price, though. I’ve seen the Merzbow/Heemann disc fetch close to a $75 on eBay. In all likelihood there’s a blog out there with the whole thing uploaded, you just need to search for it. If you’re a persuasive person, you might consider writing to Streamline and asking that they reissue Sleeper Awakes…; I’m sure they’d love to know there is enough demand for them to press a few more copies.
As for Miya Masaoka, I’m just now learning about her myself and she’s a pretty intriguing figure. She’s written everything from giant choral pieces to laser koto songs. She’s performed with giant hissing cockroaches and investigated the difference between “stripping and playing the violin.” Make sure to check out that link to her website above; it’s full of information and there’s plenty of intriguing things to be seen. Make sure you check out the laser koto demonstration. I really want one of those.
I’ll talk to you all next week. Thanks for stopping by!
01. Dawn McCarthy & Bonny Billy “The Signifying Wolf” from Wai Notes (2007) on Drag City
02. Charalambides “Pase el Agoa” from Our Bed Is Green (2004) on Kranky
03. Guapo “Jeweled Turtle” from Elixirs (2008) on Neurot Recordings
04. Bohren und der Club of Gore “On Demon Wings” from Sunset Mission (2000) on Wonder
05. Keith Fullerton Whitman “Part One” from 21:30 for Acoustic Guitar (1999) on Apartment B
06. Merzbow & Christoph Heemann “Tunneling” from Sleeper Awakes on the Edge of the Abyss (1993) on Streamline
07. Miya Masaoka “Part One” from While I Was Walking I Heard a Sound (2005) on Solitary B
01. Orbital “Dŵr Budr” from In Sides (1996) on FFRR
02. Melodium “Kissing Disease” from Cerebro Spin (2008) on Audio Dregs
03. Boards of Canada “Aquarius” from Music Has the Right to Children (1998) on Matador
04. Big Black “Jordan Minnesota” from The Rich Man’s Eight Track Tape (1987) on Homestead
05. Endless Boogie “Smoking Figs in the Yard” from Focus Level (2008) on No Quarter
06. Oneida “Still Rememberin’ Hidin’ in the Stones” from Anthem of the Moon (2001) on Jagjaguwar
07. Dawn McCarthy & Bonny Billy “God is Love” from Wai Notes (2007) on Drag City
08. Charalambides “Pase el Agoa” from Our Bed Is Green (2004) on Kranky
09. Songs: Ohia “Come Back to Your Man” from Axxess & Ace (1999) on Secretly Canadian
10. The Bug “Anger” from London Zoo (2008) on Ninja Tune
11. Sugar Minott “Genuine Lover” from Dancehall Showcase Vol. II (2008) on Wackies
12. Guapo “Jeweled Turtle” from Elixirs (2008) on Neurot Recordings
13. Bohren und der Club of Gore “On Demon Wings” from Sunset Mission (2000) on Wonder
14. Nmperign & Jason Lescalleet “The Mystery Disease that Haunts My Town” from Love Me Two Times (2006) on Intransitive
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman “Part One” from 21:30 for Acoustic Guitar (1999) on Apartment B
16. Due Process “Combine XXI – Cooper” from Fin De La Voix (2001) on RRRecords
16/17. Merzbow & Christoph Heemann “Tunneling” from Sleeper Awakes on the Edge of the Abyss (1993) on Streamline
17. Miya Masaoka “Part One” from While I Was Walking I Heard a Sound (2005) on Solitary B