You Can Never Leave Review and Radio

You Can Never Leave, including my track “The Insufferable Shame Of The Pine Nut Bulk Bin,” was reviewed in A Closer Listen. An excerpt:

Some of the titles are particularly amusing:  “The Insufferable Shame of the Pine Nut Bulk Bin,” “Find Your Epic (A New Level of Hell,” “The Sauna Must Be Booked 24 Hours in Advance.”  Is this really heaven, or a scrubbed nightmare?  Precisely how happy is the upper class?  What would occur if a resident were to skip one of those cappuccinos? 

The compilation was also highlighted on Unofficial Britain, and Kate Bosworth played a few tracks on Dark Train.

Pre-order today and you get my track immediately. The full compilation is out on June 25. All proceeds go to Coffee4Craig, which provides vital support for Manchester’s homeless and people in crisis. You can watch my track accompanying the ad here.

ElectroJunkyard Episode 6

Airing today: a C.M.S.O.-themed episode of ElectroJunkyard, my bi-monthly show on Camp Radio in France. This is an abbreviated version of the mix David Rodriguez and I put together for I Heart Noise in honor of the release of C.M.S.O. (Learning by Listening Vol. 1). The mix includes a smorgasbord of spoken word, synthesized voices, music made for commercial purposes, music made for educational/instructional purposes, videogame music, and some other stuff that we just thought was cool. Airs at 7pm CET / 12pm CST. Listen at Camp Radio.

Episode 6 tracklist:

0:00 Orca, Attack! – Abstract – C.M.S.O. (Learning By Listening Vol. 1)

3:53 Frank Ocean – Fertilizer – Channel Orange

4:32 Raymond Scott – Portofino #1 – Manhattan Research, Inc

6:38 Gwendolyn Brooks – We Real Cool – Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006)

8:10 Lovage – Lovage (Love That Lovage, Baby) – Nathaniel Merriweather Presents…Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By

9:06 Radiohead – Fitter Happier – OK Computer

11:02 Anne DeMarinis – Radio Song – Just Another Asshole #5

11:46 Terry Scott Taylor – The ‘Lil Bonus Room – Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood

13:56 Bill Wurtz – chips (sponsored)

14:06 Tank and the Bangas – Forgetfulness – Green Balloon

18:22 Delia Derbyshire – Great Zoos of the World – BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21

18:54 Stone Temple Pilots – My Second Album – Purple

22:04 Bill Wurtz – how to remember your name

22:10 Petra Haden – Odorono – Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out

24:26 Warmduscher – Rules Of The Game (feat. Iggy Pop) – Tainted Lunch

25:32 Reachground – Now You’re A Hero – You Have To Burn The Rope

27:46 Delores Galore – DEAD HERO (excerpt) – Virtua Mall 1.0 Soundtrack

30:02 Toxic Chicken – Van Gogh and his Ear – FUN

33:02 The Who – Heinz Baked Beans – The Who Sell Out

34:02 Anne Waldman – Uh-Oh Plutonium – The Dial-A-Poem Poets “Better An Old Demon Than A New God”

37:33 Choir of Downside School, Purley & Viola Tunnard & Benjamin Britten – Britten: Songs from “Friday Afternoons”, Op.7 – Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: “Cuckoo!” – Britten: A Ceremony of Carols; A Boy was Born; Psalm 150

39:00 bvixer – Brian Eno Windows 95 Sound x23

41:08 Sima Kim – Life is too short to use windows – You Won’t Find My Punchlines Here

42:20 Throbbing Gristle – E-Coli – D.o.A.: The Third and Final Report

46:26 Moor Mother – Forever Industries B – Forever Industries

49:16 Visible Cloaks – Lifeworld – PRSNT

49:48 Mort Garson – Plantasia – Mother Earth’s Plantasia

52:58 Raymond Scott – Portofino #2 – Manhattan Research, Inc

55:07 Susan Stone – Language Etude – Tellus #11 The Sound of Radio

57:01 Orca, Attack! – Ethical Approval- C.M.S.O. (Learning By Listening Vol. 1)

Podcasts and reviews!

Loads of new podcasts with Orca, Attack’s! C.M.S.O. on the deck this past couple of weeks:

And there’s an extremely perceptive track-by-track review of the album up on listencorp (we expect nothing less!). My favorite part:

Reaching an ecclesiastical euphoria of harmonies and echoes, the voice doles out thank you’s from the creators of the course. After which things descend into instrumental chaos with glissando notes filling the soundscape, ending the course on an emphatic and almost ornate note tied off with a twinkling swish of pixellated bells at the very end.

Finally, Farewell, Doomed Planet! is also back on the WTUL charts this week. By my count, that’s now 21 weeks? Amazing.

Reviews and more!

Woke up this morning to quite a few happy notifications. First, Monolith Cocktail has a great write-up of C.M.S.O. This lovely excerpt should get you to want to read the whole thing:

A writer of repute on the failures of tech, communication and self-preservation, Rodriguez (who also files his musical experiments under Alison’s Disapproval) lends a constantly filtered and affected spoken word narration across all six tracks as Kelly swans, touches the ethereal with her diaphanous woos, calls, arias (a merger of Laurie Anderson, cosmic opera and Jane Weaver). Often transmogrified by robotic effects and the slowing and speeding up of that instructive monologue, Rodriguez’s message is constantly warped, broken up: sometimes on the verge of some Max Headroom glitch stutter, or the slurred falling apart speech of HAL.

*Achievement unlocked: Max Headroom comparison!

Max Headroom

We also seem to have successfully stumped Vital Weekly, who write of the album:

The music is mostly a computer treated voice/vocoder style, and along with some electronics playing some weird tune. The six pieces last altogether less than 19 minutes, which is perhaps the best thing for such a little curiosity. Great for confusion and confused to know what to say.

Vital Weekly also put out a podcast highlighting the music they’ve reviewed; be sure to check it out.

Finally, I haven’t been able to find a recording, but thank you to Kat O’Rly for playing “Literature Review” on WLUW’s Destination Unknown last night.

Brainvoyager’s Electronic Fusion and The Moderns

Lots of chances to listen to some C.M.S.O. this weekend. Brainvoyager’s Electronic Fusion features three tracks, playing on Modul303, Radio Dark Tunnel, Sci Fi Radio USA, and Electronic Music Radio Chile:

And Kevin Press of The Moderns included “Ethical Approval” in this week’s episode on Radio Regent, now available on Mixcloud:

Album release, Autumn Roses, and Truants Radio

Orca, Attack!’s C.M.S.O. is now out on Strategic Tape Reserve. There are only 3 cassettes left, and the digital album is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and wherever else you like to listen.

Autumn Roses spotlights the song “Conclusion” on their blog today, writing, “today their Orca, Attack! project released the surreal and psychedelic “listening guide” C​.​M​.S​.​O. (Learning by Listening Vol. 1). You can take an apricot-colored, helix-shaped trip with its “Conclusion” above.”

And Aidan Hanratty of Bandcloud hosted a Truants show on Refuge Worldwide that included “Limtations.”

Many thanks to all for the shares, comments, spotlights, and radio play!