Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2009 Favorites

Experimental Albums:
01. Tim Hecker – An Imaginary Country
02. Jon Mueller – Physical Changes
03. Mountains – Choral
04. Hecker – Acid in the Style of David Tudor
05. Nmperign – Ommatidia
06. John Wiese – Circle Snare
07. Brian Harnetty – The Silent City (w/Will Oldham)
08. Kevin Drumm – Alku Tape
09. Schnee – Neuschnee
10. Nicholas Szczepanik – The Chiasmus
11. Volcano Choir – Unmap
12. Keith Whitman – Taking Away
13. Jim Haynes – Sever
14. Wiese/Yeh – Cincinnati
15. James Blackshaw – Glass Bead Game

Pop Albums:
01. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
02. Animal Collective – Merryweather Post Pavillion
03. Diamond District – In the Ruff
04. Beaten Awake – Thunder$troke
05. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
06. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
07. Mountain Goats - The Life Of The World To Come
08. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
09. Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
10. Sonic Youth – The Eternal

Live Shows:
01. Aaron Hibbs Hula Hoop Marathon – The Shelf, Columbus, OH
02. Peter Rehberg/Marcus Schmickler – No Fun Fest, Brooklyn, NY
03. Jon Mueller's Physical Changes – Art Damage Lodge, Cincinnati, OH
04. Bill Callahan – Used Kids Records, Columbus, OH
05. Raglani – No Fun Fest, Brooklyn, NY
06. Times New Viking V.U. Tribute – Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
07. Spykes Acoustic Performance – Sklyab, Columbus, OH
08. Beaten Awake – both times I saw them this year
09. Wolf Eyes – Skylab, Columbus, OH
10. James Blackshaw – Wexner Center, Columbus, OH

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Stalemate in Hand

After spending the better part of an hour idling in line at the Post Office, I was finally able to sign for and walk with a box full of Stalemate CDs. This collaboration with Daniel Menche was recorded in Spring of 2008 and has finally been released by the wonderful Sonoris label.

I have them for sale for $12 ppd. US / $15 ppd. World.
Paypal to ms [at]

I have plenty of copies, so if you want me to hold one until Grandma's Christmas check clears, that's fine by me. Just email me and I'll set a copy aside.


P.S. This is a bass-intensive affair. Subwoofers highly recommended.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vital Weekly Stalemate Review

Pretty good write-up by Frans de Waard:

To make noise is pretty a not very difficult thing, but the main question remains: is it interesting for the listener? This where lots of noise makers leap away and do an endless barrage of distorted sound and think that the more is the better, and the louder it gets adds to the fun all around. I beg to differ. There is good noise and its not always about being the loudest for the longest duration, but to actually compose with unusual sources. It needs skill, imagination and experience, I guess. Mike Shiflet (former boss of Gameboy Records) and Daniel Menche have exactly those qualities. They work here with Hammond organs (odd, just like Golden Serenades on 'Hammond Pops' - see Vital Weekly 702) and electronics an create a three piece suite of electronics that is both minimal and maximal. Minimal towards the sounds they use, the actual composition and sometimes to the volume. Maximal to some of the louder parts of this work. They use a variety of layers in this work, built them up in a great, never letting go of the idea of 'noise', but at the same time think of the listener: what do we want to create that is also interesting for him/her to hear, who is so far away? They succeed well. This is a well-crafted, thoroughly composed work, loud, menacing but a great pleasure to hear. This is the noise I like very much! (FdW)

Perhaps a bit too much emphasis placed on our desire to create a listener-friendly work, but it could just as likely be that I'm reading too much into (or completely misinterpreting) his words. Copies of this should be arriving any day now. I'll post again when I have them for sale.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pink Meadow

I took the above photo back in September and it's image has continued to pop into my head on a regular basis since. I decided recently to use it as the inspiration for a new work as - similar to the images used for my Ichinomiya CD - it doesn't appear to have any intention of vacating my memory's forefront.

Last night I printed it out, stuck it above my studio computer and decided I should share it here as well. The image links to the full-size original photo (5.4 MB) if you'd like a copy for whatever reason.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009