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[2012 in Review: Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

Michael Vitrano is head of Desire Path Recordings, a label based out of Buffalo that has released music by Kyle Bobby Dunn, Charlamagne Palestine & Janeck Schaefer, and Nite Lite. Here are some releases that he enjoyed from 2012.

High Aura’d, Sanguine Features (Bathetic)

Anxiously awaited this as his Mooncusser cassette was one of my favorites from 2011. Sought out John. Splendid human being. Became car soundtrack. Traveled everywhere with it. Bought LP. Continue to be in awe.

Nathan McLaughlin, The Refrigerator is Emotional (Senufo)

Exchanged some music with Nathan and he sent me some cassettes and his LP. Put it on, walked into other room, stopped, came back, sat down, stayed.

Paul Buchanan, Mid-Air (Newsroom)

Of Blue Nile. Fragile voice with fragile piano for the fragile psyche. “The buttons on your collar/The color of your hair/I think I see you everywhere.” First words, first track.

Coppice, Holes/Tracts (Consumer Waste)

The most original music being done right now. I don’t know how they make the “music” that they do.

Kane Ikin, Sublunar (12k)

Kane is one half of Australian duo Solo Andata. I will listen to anything Kane (or his Solo Andata partner Paul Fiocco) create forever. Sublunar has seemingly little in common with his work in Solo Andata, but there is a mood explored here which bears some resemblance to Ritual, the album Solo Andata put out with our label.

Kyle Bobby Dunn, In Miserum Stercus (Komino) and Bring Me The Head Of (Lowpoint)

An everlasting moment and everything else washes away. To me, Kyle is making some of the most important music of our lifetime.

Andrea Belfi, Wege (Room40)

Blistery. Bric-a-Brac. Belfi.

Grasshopper, The Day America Forgot (SicSic)

How this duo is not well-known is beyond me. House of Alchemy put out an excellent tape of theirs called Miles in the Sky, which was my introduction. This release takes their unique sound even further into the sky.

Hallock Hill, The Union/Hem of Evening  (MIE Music)

One guitar. With care, panache, elegance, poetry.


[Archive 11.21.12: ft. guest host Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

 

1) Kane Ikin, “In the Shadow of the Vanishing Night” Sublunar (12k) 15
2) Loud & Sad, “Track 5” Unknown Species (GreenUp Industries)
3) Akira Rabelais, “Gymnopedie 3” Eisotrophobia (Returnal)
4) Charlemagne Palestine, “Part 2,” Four Manifestations on Six Elements (Sonabend Gallery)
5) Ben Bennett, “I’ll Call You When I Get Creamed by a Motorist,” Spoilage (Experimedia)
6)) Andrea Belfi, “D,” Wedge (Room 40)
7) Prayer, “Night Vigil,” Sequence 5 (Future Sequence)
8) Nite Lite, “Mythopoeic Imagination,” Megretz (Desire Path Recordings)
9) Grasshopper, “Side A,” The Day America Forgot (SicSic Tapes)
10) Jon Mueller, “Impatience,” Death Blues (Home Tapes)
11) Nathan McLaughlin, “Unknown,” The Refrigerator is Emotional (Senufo)
12) High Aura’d, “Sleep Like the Dead,” Sanguine Futures (Bathetic)
13) Rust Worship, “Side A,” Terrestrial Society (House of Alchemy)
14) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “In Praise of Tears,” In Miserum Stercus (Komino)
15) Virginia Astley, “From Gardens Where We Feel Secure,” From Gardens Where We Feel Secure (Rough Trade)
16) Leafcutter John, “A Slowly Growing Beautiful,” Tunis (Tsukoboshi)
18) Alfred Brown, “Drawn To a Withered Hand,” Music for Moving in Slow Motion (Asthmatic Kitty)

[Archive 08.15.12]

1) Rambutan and Parashi, “Halogen 5,” Lesser Halogens (Sicsic Tapes)
2) Fossils from the Sun, “Blood 01,” Blood 08 (cae-sur-a)
3) Pauline Oliveros, “Part 2,” Primordial/Lift (Taiga)
4) Grasshopper, “I Sang a Sad Song Today,” Miles in the Sky (House of Alchemy)
5) Conrad Schnitzler, “Wild Space 2”
6) Sax Tape, “Part 1,” Sax Tape
7) FORMA, “Live on WBAR # 3”
8) Pulse Emitter, Meditative Music 3 (Expansive Music)
9) Phillips-Borden, “Fall of Icarus,” System Vandross 
10) C. Spencer Yeh and DJ Sniff, “04/02/12”
11) Matmos, “Very Large Green Triangles (edit),” The Ganzfield EP (Thrill Jockey)
12) Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson, “Waltz of the Parking Meters,” Excerpt from the suite of pieces “Dancing Walls Stir the Prairie”, Created at the free103point9.org Wave Farm, 2007.

[Archive 01.04.11]

1) SlowPitch, “No Turning Back,” REPLCMNT
2) ProEf, “Fading DeLights,” All Eye Know
3) Beta Cloud, “Crystaline,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
4) VWLS, “Maurauder Water,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
5) Alfred Brown, “I’m Not a Fox for Nothing,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
6) Mutus Liber, “Hesitation Resources,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
7) Grasshopper, “I Sang a Sad Song Today,” Miles in the Sky (House of Alchemy)
8) Parashi, “Car char odonto saurus,” Parashi/Granitkorridor Split (Stunned Records)
9) Benoît Honoré Pioulard, “A Land Which Has No End,” Plays Thelma (Desire Path Recordings)
10) Claymation, “Solidarity,” The Dolphin Key (Magnetic Eye Records)
11) Richard Lainhart, “Live @ Alfa Art Gallery 4.9.11”


[Preview 01.04.12: More 2011 in Review]

Richard Lainhart RIP (1953-2011)

Tonight on The Upstate Soundscape we will continue our look back at 2011 by taking a listen to the releases that have been reviewed by our writers over the past week, including Grasshopper’s Miles in the Sky, Bad Drone Media’s Glossy Eyes, Vol. 1, SlowPitch’s REPLCMNT and more.

You can catch up with the reviews by scrolling down and checking out the reviews from the past week.

We will also pay tribute to Richard Lainhart, a renowned experimental composer with Upstate ties. The Albany University alumni died on December 30 after complications arose following a surgical procedure to remove intestinal cancer.

We’ll hear a recording of Richard performing live in Nyack, New York this past February.

Show starts at 10pm on 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.


[2011 in Review: Grasshopper, ‘Miles in the Sky’]

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Imagine for a moment, if you will, two conservatory-educated musicians who have forsaken their training and tutelage in order to pursue the reckless adventurism of surfing sine-waves from another dimension. This is essentially the story of Grasshopper and its two members, Jesse DeRosa and Josh Millrod, who have cultivated their dual-trumpeted noise-infested attack since 2006.

On Miles in the Sky, these two produce together sheets of sound built on trumpet play that is on the one hand reminiscent of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew (hence the album’s title and cover) but also of Rhys Chatham or other No Wave elements. It is all then filtered through screaming electronic filters to devastating effect.

Consisting of one track per side, the highlight of Miles in the Sky comes at the beginning of Side B’s “I Sang a Sad Song Today.” Here a sample from a reading of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is used as an intro. This gentle playful beginning quickly gives way to a sonic assault that then carries on for close to 10 minutes before collapsing into a swollen trumpet riff surrounded by walls of noise. A really breathtaking sequence that you can preview for yourself with the Soundcloud link above.

While Miles in the Sky originally appeared in a very limited tour-only cassette run back in 2009 on Baked Tapes (a label run by Grasshopper member Jesse DeRosa) Buffalo-based label House of Alchemy wisely put together a re-issue of the Brooklyn duo’s stellar tape this past year. And even though deciding whether or not to do a re-issue can sometimes be a tricky decision for micro-labels like HoA, re-releasing this Grasshopper cassette had to be a no brainer. Some re-issues often fall flat once made more widely available outside of the original context they were created in. With Miles in the Sky, however, getting re-introduced into circulation has only increased the notoriety surrounding this tape and the duo that created it.

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Review by Taylor Waite


[archive 09.22.11: House of Alchemy Special]

DOWNLOAD: The Upstate Soundscape, 9.21.11 (House of Alchemy Special)

1) Six Organs of Admittance, “Rivers of Transfiguration,” The Sun Awakens (Drag City)
2) Grasshopper, “I Sang a Sad Song Today,” Miles in the Sky (House of Alchemy)
3)
Mold Omen, “Lesser Guide,” Soil (House of Alchemy)
4) Mama Baer, “Untitled #1,” Perverted People Girl Fuckers (House of Alchemy)
5) Chris Dadge, “Track 4,” A Bird is a Light Thing (House of Alchemy)
6) Bad Trip, “Sharpennec,” Beat is Murder (House of Alchemy)
7) Steve Baczkowski & Bill Sack Duo, “Untitled,” Steve Baczkowski & Bill Sack Duo(House of Alchemy)
8) Obscurer, “Shining Arbors,” (House of Alchemy)
9) Rambutan, “City of Immortals,” Rambutan/Chapels Split (House of Alchemy)
10) Wasteland Jazz Unit, “Humming Creek,” Shivering Reflections (House of Alchemy)
11) VxPxC, “Ballad of the Empty Room,” Drapery Dept. (House of Alchemy)
12) York Factory Complaint, “Marked,” Remorse of Conscience (House of Alchemy)
13) Anvil Salute, “The Virtues of The Fuck Up,” Cosmic Yes (House of Alchemy)
14) Fossils for the Sun, “Untitled,” (House of Alchemy)