Thursday, October 01, 2009

SIART Is Spinning...

Caribou Vibration Ensemble - Skunks
PHD holding Canadian mathematician Dan Snaith is Caribou. He began releasing records in 2000 as IDM'er Manitoba until he was legally forced to change his name to Caribou a few years ago. Over the last few albums he has augmented the laptops with an increasing array of organic instruments. I am a big fan. He recently put together the 16-person Caribou Vibration Ensemble for the NY installment of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. The group featured very special guest Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra. It included every musician who has ever been a part of a Caribou live performance, including John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac) Kieran Hebden (Four Tet, Fridge), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys) on vocals and modular synthesizer. The ensemble included four drummers, a 5-piece horn section and a choir to bring every thunder and peak of Caribou's music to life. Now I've seen the regular touring edition of Caribou and they made a mighty racket with just 4 or 5 guys on stage, so you can imagine how BIG this band sounds! The good people over at the Free Music Archive have made 4 tracks from the performance available to download. It is fantastic stuff - from deeply psychedelic space rock to skronkin' free jazz to a bit of laptop glitchery, it's an adventurous musical feast. There is a possibility that a record of the show may come out, but in the meantime enjoy a few selections!

Depeche Mode - Hole To Feed

A lot of face licking going on here...

SIART is spinning these lately...

David Sylvian
- Manafon
David Sylvian is stripped to the bone - a friend described it as "a study in what happens when you strip the song out of a song" and he's spot on.
Dirty French Psychedelics compilation
Noisettes - Wild Young Hearts
Noisettes' rock and dance and pop is addictively good.
Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
BLK JKS - After Robots
The BLK JKS are blistering my brain.
Beatles Beatles Beatles!
The Beatles reissues are stellar.
Basement Jaxx - Scars
Santigold and Sam Sparro shine with the Jaxx.
Madonna - Celebration
Listening to the remastered oldies on Madge's double disc hits set makes me want remastered reissues of those first few albums...
Harmonia 76 & Eno - Tracks And Traces
Harmonia & Eno remastered is dreamy.
Soulsavers - Broken
Soulsavers makes me say "we love you Mark Lanegan!"
Rain Machine - Rain Machine
Rain Machine is TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone on the solo tip, and it sounds like his band in lo-fi mode.
Q-Tip - Kamaal The Abstract
Q-Tip, the record company was clueless to not release this record all those years ago.
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Fountain
Meshell Ndegeocello - Devil's Halo
The Warp20 stuff...
Editors - In This Light And On This Evening
Editors have ditched Interpol for Depeche Mode and I'm not sure what to think.
Broadcast & The Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age

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