Urban Mutant Highlights of 2020

Many thanks to DJ Bleek for including “Stay Safe” on the Urban Mutant Highlights of 2020, aired December 23 and 30 on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). “Stay Safe” was in Part 2, now on Mixcloud and below. Happy New Year to all and here’s hoping 2021 is an improvement. Until then, stay safe and stay home.

Favorite Albums of 2020: Part 2

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs.

Since it’s the end of the year, this month I figured I’d do a roundup of 20 favorites from 2020. I could probably do a top 50 but 20 will have to do. These are all wonderful and should give someone looking for new stuff a place to start. Part 1 is already on the blog, and part 2 is here in alphabetical order by album title:

Thanks to all of the fantastic artists who put out music this year. For more content like this, signup for MacroParentheticals.

Favorite Albums of 2020: Part 1

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs.

Since it’s the end of the year, this month I figured I’d do a roundup of 20 favorites from 2020. I could probably do a top 50 but 20 will have to do. These are all wonderful and should give someone looking for new stuff a place to start. And so, in alphabetical order by album title:

Part 2 will be in the December 20 issue of MacroParentheticals; signup to get it first, and you’ll be treated to a fascinating dispatch from Tyler every Sunday morning.

Urban Mutant guest mix archive and tracklist

Thanks again to DJ Bleek for inviting me to put together a mix for Urban Mutant on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). Loosely built around the 1973 movie The Wicker Man thanks to inspiration from Gazelle Twin & NYX’s new “Fire Leap” cover, you can listen on Mixcloud or below, and please support the artists whose excellent music you heard:

Gazelle Twin & NYX – Fire Leap
Alex Zhang Hungtai – This Is Not My Country
Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Lamentation (unreleased)
The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe (feat. Moses Sumney) [Lucinda Chua Rework]
Penelope Trappes – Burn On (Mogwai Rework)
United Bible Studies – The Star Of The Sea Moves Today To Its Rising
California Redemption Value – Highland Widow’s Lament
Murmur Mori – Willow’s Song (Italia)
serpentwithfeet – penance
Kadhja Bonet – Procession
Alan Morse Davies – Ys (excerpt; not yet released)
boom boom chickachickachicka wowow – Summer is icumin in – Extra Take (Drunk)

December 3-6 Adjusting the Lens: FEST! in Nashville

This weekend, Unrequited Leisure’s Adjusting the Lens: FEST! will be showing online and at the UL gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. From the organizers:

Adjusting the Lens is a series of traveling screening events started in 2018. These events are organized around thematic selections of works and have been presented in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. This year we are launching a hybrid version of the project, featuring online live programming along with a presentation of the full program running on loop in our physical gallery space.

This year’s festival includes the video for my song “Harm” off Farewell, Doomed Planet!

The FEST! begins Thursday, December 3, at 6PM CT. Gallery Hours for Adjusting the Lens: FEST!

  • Friday December 4, 2020: 11am – 6pm
  • Saturday December 5, 2020: 11am – 6pm
  • Sunday December 6, 2020: 1pm – 6pm

More info is available at the Unrequited Leisure website.

ELECTROJUNKYARD EPISODE 3

Airing today: ElectroJunkyard, my bi-monthly show on Camp Radio in France. Homespun mixes of underground electronic music from the past, present, and maybe even the future. Airs at 7pm CET / 12pm CST. Listen at Camp Radio.

Episode 3 tracklist:

0:00 Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Stay Safe [Stay Safe, Lady Boxer Records, 2020]
1:08 Alka – Widthchild [Regarding the Auguries, Very Records, 2020]
4:42 Boobs of Doom – ¦¦-b.e.a.v.e.r.-¦¦ [25. HYPNAGOGIA EKSTASIS, self-released, 2020]
8:58 clipping. – She Bad [Visions of Bodies Being Burned, Sub Pop, 2020]
12:19 Lady Vendredi – Papa Legba [The Passion of Lady Vendredi, Tears in the Rain Records, 2016]
15:30 Loraine James – Don’t You See It ft Jonnine [Nothing EP, Hyperdub, 2020]
20:36 Netta Goldhirsch – NIB [Love Doesn’t Exist, Wormhole World Records, 2020]
23:30 Chino Amobi – LONDON II [Airport Music For Black Folk, NON WORLDWIDE, 2016]
26:32 Hiroki Tanaka – Eternal Host [Kaigo Kioku Kyoku, Coax Records, 2020]
31:30 Chino Amobi – WARSZAWA II [Airport Music For Black Folk, NON WORLDWIDE, 2016]
34:12 Netta Goldhirsch – Come Closer [Love Doesn’t Exist, Wormhole World Records, 2020]
36:27 Loraine James – Marg ft Tardast [Nothing EP, Hyperdub, 2020]
40:01 Lady Vendredi – What Time Is It [The Passion of Lady Vendredi, Tears in the Rain Records, 2016]
42:54 clipping. – Something Underneath [Visions of Bodies Being Burned, Sub Pop, 2020]
45:27 Boobs of Doom – ~=kinkyknik=~ [25. HYPNAGOGIA EKSTASIS, self-released, 2020]
50:30 Alka – King Card [Regarding the Auguries, Very Records, 2020]
55:20 Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Cohntagious [Stay Safe, Lady Boxer Records, 2020]
56:15 Deerhoof – Love-Lore 2 (Knight Rider/Raymond Scott/Mauricio Kagel/Eddie Grant/Gary Numan) [Love Lore, Joyful Noise Recordings, 2020]

*Update: ICYMI, listen to the archive on Mixcloud

Cosmic Church of I Heart Noise and The Thursday Bazaar with Julia Kent

I’m so flattered that the transcendent composer/cellist Julia Kent selected my “Trinity Quadrant Cantata” as one of her two picks for Radio Free Matlock’s Thursday Bazaar with Lippy Kidd last week. Catch the recap on Mixcloud or below:

And a huge thank you to Ilya from one of my favorite music blogs, I Heart Noise, for including my Gertrude Stein rap (lol) on the Camp Radio show Cosmic Church, also now on Mixcloud and with annotated tracklist on the blog:

Tapeta Lucida, The Moderns, and Urban Mutant

Spent today catching up on listening and I’m so glad I did. Both Tapeta Lucida on North State Public Radio and The Moderns on Radio Regent programmed “Blue Moon Frequency #2b [Fall Mix]“, my remix with Geiger Von Müller, on their wonderful shows recently. And DJ BLeeK made a very cool “bittersweet fantasy soundtrack to Ocean Shores Washington’s legendary shipwreck” for the Urban Mutant show on Hollow Earth Radio that includes my “Silent Space Scream” off Music the DMV. Listen to everything via Mixcloud below.

Another October rec on MacroParentheticals

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs. Here’s the newest:

I read a book! Part memoir, part history, part folklore, Kristen Gallerneaux’s HIGH STATIC, DEAD LINES: SONIC SPECTRES & THE OBJECT HEREAFTER interweaves several of my favorite topics: sound studies, media preservation, and the paranormal. Gallerneaux informs us on the history of audiovisual technology but also asks us to question what’s real and what’s imagined, especially as relates to the impact technology has on our lives. Highly recommended.

If you like listening to music while you read, why not accompany the book with the Theremin100 compilation on <1 Records?

As always, signup for the newsletters, and you won’t regret it. I’ve heard much wonderful new music thanks to Tyler’s discerning ear, and you certainly will too.