Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pitchfork's Year in Reggae/Dancehall

This column by Erin MacLeod is probably one of the best thing that's come out of the Pitchfork camp all year. It's a very nonpartisan article, which is a nice change.

The Year in Reggae/Dancehall

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

7 Questions with Kenneth James Gibson

To say that Kenneth J. Gibson is prolific would be an understatement. He has recorded under 12 different monikers, including (but not limited to) [a]pendics.shuffle, Kenneth James G., Eight Frozen Modules, KJ Gibbs, dubLoner, EMC, Pre Wig, Bal Cath and Rev Com. His band Furry Things was on legendary Austin-based label Trance Syndicate, run by King Coffey of the Butthole Surfers. If all this weren't enough he's co-owner and operator of the Adjunct record label. Yeah, prolific just doesn't seem cut it.

A+H caught up with KJG to get the inside scoop on this man of many monikers.

A+H: How did you get started producing music?

KJG: I started at first just playing my dads classical acoustic guitar when i was a kid. I stepped it up to recording guitars to a tape recorder then then played with it to another tape recorder - which was actually an old school answering machine etc.....then stepped up to a 4 track recorder using guitars and drums machines and making home made tape loops on borrowing synths and making more electronic based shit. Also in the meantime i was recording here and there in a full studio in austin texas with my band Furry Things. after all this - i got a computer and all hell broke loose....and thats where I'm at pretty much now.

A+H: You've recorded under 9 monikers. What's the motivation behind that?

KJG: It's actually about 12 now....there's a coupe new projects such as myself and Mikael Stavostrands project called Men In Slippers....theres 2 releases out now under that alias....on resopal and minisketch. Also just finished up 2 new eps with Dilo under the name Cascabel Gentz. Im also working on a new pop/indie/etc.project called Bell Gardens. This is a project i do with brian Mcbride from Stars Of The Lid. Were working on 2 Eps which should be out early to mid 2009.

But the motivation is simply to create different worlds for myself to settle into and become a new and better humanoid that lives in space at times and has no life outside who he is.

A+H: Talk about you record label, Adjunct.

KJG: Adjunct is myself and Konstantin (Orac, Pappa Sang bass) Gabbro's way to release ours and other peoples tunes that we really dig and believe in. Thats it really, pretty simple. We release what makes us happy. We do like to push the genre a bit and release stuff not everybody else is doing. That keeps us interested in still doing it after 4 years.

A+H: What does your studio consist of? Are you experimenting with any new gear or ways of recording?

KJG: My system has been pretty simpe for some time now. A mac book pro, an asr-10 sampler, a decent mic, a zylaphone, a bass and guitars and some various midi gear. The rest is software these days. I have a tx81z i wanna bust out again soon, but keep putting it aside. I've been doing a lot of live dirty recording of things in my studio such as using lots of things as percussion and busting out the xylaphone for melodies then tweaking it.

A+H: Who are you primary influences? What influences or inspires you when you're making music?

KJG: Hmmmm, that's a tough one!
Some influences on the top of my head :
Brian Wilson, King Tubby, Mouse On Mars, White Noise, Hunter S. Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, My Bloody Valentine, Ricardo Villalobos, Phuture, the state of California, Lee Perry, Scientist, Miles Davis, The Mothers Of Invention, Mary Jane, Dennis Wilson, Phthalocyanine, weather and such things and My friends who make sick shit etc....lately the movie Play Misty For Me has been inspiring me to do more....

A+H: What's happening with you in 2009? What projects can we expect from you in the new year?

KJG: New for 2009 will be 2 Cascabel Gentz releases, another Men In Slippers, a couple [a]pendics.shuffles, a Reverse Commuter full length album, an older 8fm release that should finally make it out, a collaboration with Stewart Walker, A dubLoner release....possibly a full length with Isaac Haile Selassie on vocals and percusion, and Bell Gardens first 2 EPs along with getting the live band up and running. Adjunct will have some very interesting things coming out too!

A+H: What's your top 10 right now?

Techno this month :

1. Pingu feat. K.atou - Men In Slippers - Resopal
2. sunday enigma - Mikael Stavostrand - titbit
3. one way jesus - Ozy - mineral musica
4. clear cut - montonn jira - [a]pendics.shuffle remix - monsterecs
5. zero - robert babicz - treibstoff
6. ultra nessesity - men in slippers - M500
7. nightflight - Big Bully and Rufas - tic Tac toe records
8. impact dub - Isaac haile selassie meets dubLoner - De'fchild
9. obscure - seph, pablo denegri - bruno pronsato remix - dumb unit
10.unrasiert und fern der heimat - phillip wolgast - Dilo remix - kompass musik

NOT techno this month:

1. Neil Young : After The Gold Rush
2. Spiritualized: Let It Come Down
3. Love Machine : Electronic Music To Blow Your Mind By
4. Skeeter Davis : End Of The World
5. Lothar and The hand People : Space Hymn
6. Karen Dalton : A Little Bit of Rain
7. Flying Burrito Brothers : Guilded Palace Of Sin
8. Erik Satie : Piano Works
9. Merle Haggard : Drinkin' Songs
10. Grateful Dead : American Beauty

DJ set download :
Download KJG DJ set here

LIVE set download:
Download [a]pendics.shuffle live set here

VIDEO [a]pendics.shuffle LIVE at Namm 2008:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

7 Questions with the Bullets

Editors note:
This is the first in a series of articles that I published via my other adventures in online publishing, including Audio Logic, Hot Flash!, and Life Under The Radar. This article was first published on the now defunct Hot Flash! blog.

When I started to investigate the Bullets (formerly know as the Rubber Bullets), I started to look at the details of these 2 exceptionally talented musicians. There indiviual musical careers are the stuff of legend. Ris Paul Ric (aka Chris Richards) was the guitar player and vocalist for legendary DC-area post-punk group Q and Not U (Discord Records). After the demise of Q and not U, Ris went on to produce a solo record, recording with ambient idm wonderkid Tim Hecker. Dave Nada's background is just as diverse. Dave played guitar in hardcore bands (including Medic) for 10 years before getting into dance music.

The Bullets are known for their monthly party, "Crowd Control" happening at DC9 in Washington DC, as well as thier eclectic style. In any given set you can hear the dropping hip-hop, sampling Nation of Ulysses alongside D.C. with go-go classics and Baltimore club beats. I had to wonder what happened to get thse guys, for all accounts dudes with a DC Hardcore pedigree, into making slammin' dance floor fillers?


HF!: How do you guys end up working togther?

DAVE: We met in the pit. No, on the dancefloor. Nah, we've had mutual friends for a long time, but we didn't start kickin it until Ris starting coming out to some of my parties. Last year he was looking for a singer to start an r&b crossover band. He ended up asking me if I wanted in, and I was feeling the idea big time. So then we started working on songs, learning how to make beats, and searching for our buffalo stance diva.

HF!: As far as influences, who have inspired you guys to do this project?

DAVE: Chris has been an influence on me actually. I respect his grind and love for the game. If you want names and things then I can go on for days....James Brown, prince, H.R., Chuck D, Sam Cooke, Fela, Kathleen Hannah, D.C., West Baltimore, my girl, my moms, my block, etc.

RIS: I also think we both wanted to do this after going to a million hot dance nights and seeing a million stank live bands.


HF! You both have a background that's somwhat intertwined with the DC Hardcore scene, Chris with Q and Not U and Dave with Medic (among other bands). How would each of you explain how two guys who emerged from the DC Punk scene ended up making Club music?

DAVE: Well, I grew up with 4 brothers and like 20 cousins. Huge family, so I was always into all kinds of crazy shit. Hardcore punk was my thing so I started doing bands. I got really into hip-hop and house music during my college years, so that's when I started djing. My grind was so focused that i eventually graduated from college and become a full time club dj. I was still doing hardcore punk bands, and I loved it, but my DJ career was taking over, so I had to make some big moves. As a working DJ, you eventually wanna start making your own tracks to tear the club up, so I jumped into the production game.

RIS: As far as transitioning from punk to club music, I think they're both really physical musics and the idea of hard, visceral music is real attractive to me right now. These days, everyone's going numb-dumb on their iPods and shit, so we want to make music that breathes heavy.

HF!: What connection, if any, do you see between what's happening in the Baltimore Club scene and the DC Hardcore scene?

DAVE: Both are really fast and aggressive? Ha ha. There's isn't any connection between the two scenes. We just happen to be punk rock cats who love to get freaky in club.

RIS: No connection whatsoever. I used to listen to [influential b-more club music station] 92Q on the way to band practice, and that's about it.


HF!: I know you have a mixtape out there, could you talk a little bit about that?

DAVE: The mixtape is called Crowd Control vol.1. That shit is sold out. We made that mix to put ourselves and the cities we love (dc/bmore) on blast. It has some blends, and original remixes, as well as harder edge tunes we love. We now have a monthly party in D.C. called Crowd Control that's goin down every 1st thursday of each month at DC9 nightclub. It's gonna be real crazy. Our singer/front woman Rah is gonna host it as well. Oh, and expect CC Vol.2 this summer!


HF!: I've seen that you're planning on putting togther a live touring band. Could you tell me a little about that and what your live performance plans are?

DAVE: Bullets is the new band consisting of Ris, Rah and your boy. We plan on killing shit. You don't even know.

HF! What are your top 5 tracks right now?

1. African Chant - scottie b & king tut
2. Hands Up, Thumbs Down - deuce tre deuce ft. blaqstarr
3. Shake and Pop - cajmere
4. Round & Round (switch remix) - bodyrockers
5. WTF - tittsworth & pase rock

1. Santogold - "Creator"
2. Collie Budz - "Come Around"
3. Rich Boy - "Throw Some Ds Remix"
4. Ciara - "Promise - R. Kelly Remix"
5. Flo Rida - "Birthday"


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

boards of canada - roygbiv

A bit of a throw back here. BOC are personal favorites of mine, and a friend just turned me on this video.

This is something I discovered recently. I've always been a fan of how this magazine covers left-of-center music and art, but in recent years haven't been quite as attentive to their output. With a newly designed web site and some majorly exclusive content, it's like rediscovering it all over again.

The Wire's Portal

Anticon 10 Year Anniversary

Anticon Records is celebrating 10 years of cranking out left-of-center of independent unclassifiable music. There are truly classic records these guys have put out over the years. If you're in the area, go to this show.

Pick up tickets here

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wayne Coyne (of the Flamming Lips) Giving a Commencement Speech!

Wayne of the Flamming Lips gave the Commencement Speech at 2006 Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City (formerly Northwest Classen, which was a crap school I almost went to). Now it was via video, but all I can say is it's really fantastic! Actually, once you get past the selling pot and dropping out of high school part, you get to some really wise things. I wish he would have given MY Commencement Speech!

part 1

part 2