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[Archive 06.13.12]

1) Man Forever, “Surface Patterns,” Live on WFMU (Free Music Archive)
2) Bear Flames, “Sabbath”
3) Torus, “Jesus Igloo,” Basement Tapes
4) All of Them Witches, “That’s a Real Head Scratcher,” Breathers vs. Drivers 
5) Bees////, “WEARETHEBEES,” GA/KA
6) Oneida, “Story of O,” Rated O (Jagjaguwar)
7) Moonwood, “Where the Flowers Blossoms Red” The Strength of the Wolf is in the Pack and the Strength of the Wolf is in the Pack is in the Wolf
8) Wolfcow, “Hey Rides,” Mummies Call
9) Doom Tickler, “One of Us,’ Pleasure Cavern
10) Yamanataka/ Sonic Titan, “Reverse Crystal//Murder of a Spider” YY//ST
11) Doldrums, “Egypt” Egypt (Souterrain Transmissions)
12) Dusted, “(Into) The Atmosphere” Total Dust (Polyvinyl)
13) Odonis Odonis, “Busted Lip” Hollandaze (Fat Cat)
14) Doldrums, “I’m Lost in My Head,” Empire Sound (No Pain in Pop)
15) Berangere Maximin with Richard Pinhas, “Carnaval Cannibale” No One is an Island (Sub Rosa)
16) Cinnamon Aluminum, “New Couch,” We Ate the Wrong Crab Spirit (Level 4 Activated)

[Archive 03.29.12]

Due to the host being a dipshit and forgetting to hit ‘record’ at the start of last night’s show, there is no archived version of last night’s show. Pity, because it was a good one. Kind of surprised this hasn’t happened before, actually. Anyway, you can still check out last night’s tracklist below.

1) Martin Freeman, “Beastin,” Beastin
2) All of them Witches, “Toyotal Recall,” Breathers vs. Drivers
3) Bear Flames, “Judas/Heavy Outro”
4) Velvet Elvis, “Pretty Girls in Lace,” No Rules in the Wasteland (cae-sur-a)
5) Tuurd, “I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty,” I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty (Carbon)
6) AIDS Wolf, “Very Friendly (Weasel Walter Remix)”
8) Dustin Wong, “Diagonally Talking Echo,” Dreams, Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads (Thrill Jockey)
9) Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Lee Ranaldo, Mary Halverson “Graffitti Composition 2” Graffiti Composition
10) Deerhunter, “Weird Era,” Wierd Era Cont. (Kranky)
11) Odonis Odonis, “Ledged Up,” Hollandaze (Fat Cat)
12) Lotus Plaza, “Remember Our Days,” Lotus Plaza/Odonis Odonis Split 12″ (Fat Cat)
13) Settlers, “Sky Kings”
14) Women, “Untogether,” Public Strain (Jagjaguwar)
15) Grasshopper & The Crickets, “Sketches of Saturn,” The Orbit of Eternal Grace (Beggar’s Banquat)
16) Sonic Youth, “Anagram,” Perspective Musicales (SYR)
17) Off the International Radar, “Critical Mass,” OTIR 003 (Voof Records)
18) Location Ensemble, “Diversion # 3,” Live in Saratoga 11.12.11(Tape Drift)
19) Colin Stetson, “The End of Your Suffering,” Those Who Didn’t Run (Constellation)

[2011 in Review: All of Them Witches, ‘Breathers vs. Drivers’]

Authentic rock music has always dealt in extremes. With notoriously small patience for all things temperate or graduated, the style’s impact is largely due to its constant juxtaposition of opposites. One particular stylistic derivation of this principle–minimal riffs delivered with maximal intensity–has gathered such historical momentum so as to imbed itself squarely in the standard rock formula.

The success of this particular approach has, in fact, been so total as to leave other potential derivations untouched within the mainstream and beyond. Today, however, thanks to the small but persistent lineage of peripheral experimenters, there has emerged a generation of rock artists with refreshingly little in the way of formal presupposition who explicitly challenge such formulas. Those that succeed demonstrate the fundamental understanding that contrast itself– rather than any particular brand or instance of contrast–fuels the drama of music. This insight is the legacy of innovation that has been persistently inveighing from the margins since rock’s inception.

Breathers vs. Drivers, the full-length release from Buffalo’s All of Them Witches, is just such an experiment, and one with particularly crisp results. The immediate textural approach is, in fact, a precise inversion of the aforementioned formula. Rather than minimal riffs delivered with maximal intensity, guitarist Phillip Freedenberg and drummer Cam Rogers deliver maximal riffs with minimal intensity. Intricate, quirky phrases are modestly finger tapped through an exposed, practically under-driven guitar tone– a simple shift that opens up a curious and compelling musical space.

This contrast of the minimal and maximal exists not only in the immediate visceral texture of the music, but also more broadly through its compositional form. Here, akin to bands like Hella, Lightning Bolt, or Battles, loop and repetition serve as a counterbalance against prog-rock’s constant threat of excess. Borrowing a lesson from IDM, All of Them Witches compartmentalize and repeat intricate morsels such that emergent from the micro-complexity of each tune is a macro-groove that pulses with surprisingly inviting ease.

Guitarist Phillip Freedenberg characterizes the band’s relation to the past by analogy to an old wartime parable in which a general explodes his own ship, removing the only hope for escape and redoubling his men’s commitment to the task at hand. Breathers vs. Drivers hasn’t blown up the ship it rode in on, but dismantled it and rearranged its parts. Through simple variation on an old design, All of Them Witches invented an unlikely new vehicle– and happily, the contraption works.


Review byJohn Tiberio

[Archive 01.11.14]

1) SIGHUP, “City Passage,” City Passage (Feedback Loop Label)
2) Chapels, “I Have Tried, Part 1,” I Have Tried (House of Alchemy)
3) Mold Omen, “The Driver/The Mechanic,” Blacktop (cae-sur-a)
4) Bob Ohrum, “For Dan (Excerpt),” All Around Me (Relaxed Machinery)
5)Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Touhy’s Theme,” Ways of Meaning (Desire PAth Recordings)
6) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “In Praise of Tears”
7) throuRoof, “Feathers & Blood,” Feathers & Blood (cae-sur-a)
8) Scott Valkwitch, “In the Red,” From the Deepest Depths of a Bottomless Light (House of Alchemy)
9) All of Them Withces, “Toyotal Recall,” Breathers vs. Drivers
10) All of Them Witches, “That’s a Real Head Scratcher,” Breathers vs. Drivers
11) All of Them Witches, Tocqueville Owes Back Taxes,” Breathers vs. Drivers
12) All of Them Witches, “Party Car,” Breathers vs. Drivers
13) KBD Sonic Collective, “Native”

[Free Music Friday: 3 Tracks from New All of Them Witches Album]

All of Them Witches - 'Breathers vs. Drivers'

Buffalo duo All of Them Witches has offered up 3 tracks for free download from their new album Breathers vs. Drivers.

Math-rock at its finest. Have at it.

More than likely, you’ll be able to pick up the full CD by heading over to Mohawk Place on Jan. 14 where the band will be opening for Red Hands.

[Archive 12.7.11]

1) Leather Tongue, “Negative Dialectics”
2) Occult Modem Settings, “Questing,” Compression Artifacts
3) War on Drugs, “Snake Tongues,” Slave Ambient Cassette (Mirror Universe/Secretly Canadian)
4) Unknown, “Found on an Elevator 205 W. 57 (excerpt)
5) Daniel Padden, “1,” Ship Chop (Dekorder)
6) Sculpture, “Data Corporation,” Toad Blinker (Dekorder)
7) Borful Tang, “Tides of Land,” Tides of Land (Gigante)
8) Chapels, “I Have Tried, part 1,” I Have Tried (House of Alchemy)
9) Output:NOISE, “Depression,” A Soundtrack to the DSM-IV (Output:NOISE)
10) Eli Keszler, “EK Pan A MA 081911,” Cold Pin  (Pan)
11) Katastrophic, “Deep Sea Breathing”
12) All of Them Witches, “Somewhere, Sometime Just After Midnight,” Breathers vs. Drivers