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[Archive 04.04.12]

1) Kraftwerk, “Rukzuk,” Live at Bremen Radio 1971
2) Kraftwerk, “Klingklang,” (Phillips)
3) Kraftwerk, “Airwaves,” Radioactivity (Capitol)
4) Neu!, “Negativeland,” Neu! (United Artists)
5) Cluster, “Hollywood,” Zuckerzeit (Litllith)
6) Harmonia, “Watussi,” Musik von Harmonia (Lillith)
7) Kraftwerk, “Megaherz,” 
8) Location Ensemble, “All the Time She Loves Me,” Location Ensemble (Tape Drift)
9) Casper Electronics, “Hollow Earth”
10) Wendy Carlos Williams, “W xxy yy YY yyyy”

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[Preview 04.04.12: Kraftwerkers, Show Tix + More]

Apparently, Hitler is not the only one upset over their inability to see Kraftwerk’s retrospective concerts at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC next week. Headed by the GalariesNFS, a group in Buffalo is organizing a “mirror event,” or string of shows from April 6-17 to honor the German electronic music pioneers and to give those that won’t get a chance to see the group live in NYC to take part in the retrospective (Hitler, reportedly, will not be able to attend due to being dead since 1945).

Details are scant, but it looks like things will kick off on Friday at Hallwall’s with a viewing of the documentary Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution, followed by a re-interperation of Kraftwerk I  by Jim Abramson, Scott Valkwitch, Pat Cain, & Gabe Gutierrez.

If more details emerge before airtime, I will be happy to impart them to you on the air. Regardless, we will do a block of Kraftwerk in honor of the event. *NOTE: The full schedule is now up on the FB Page. 

Also! We have two tickets to give away to the Disappears, Lotus Plaza, and Location Ensemble show going down in Albany on Wednesday, April 18.  These tickets are courtesy of WCDB Albany 90.9 FM. Make sure to tune in to find out how you can win the tickets.

Edwards and Friedberg's set up at EMPAC for 'Hant Variance'

Other stuff we will get to tonight include a preview of the Peter Edwards and Sabisha Friedberg’s Hant Variance exhibition at EMPAC (which is tonight), an absolutely INSANE re-construction of a famouse Beatles song by Buffalo artists Wendy Carlos Williams, and plenty of other awesome, amazing stuff that no doubt will make your head explode.

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


[Review: Location Ensemble, ‘S/T’]

The Location Ensemble is a motley 9-piece guitar ensemble whose membership reads like a who’s who of experimental Albany-area musicians. It currently includes Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar from soundBarn, Tape Drift owner Eric Hardiman, Ray Hare from Century Plants, other Albany Sonic Arts Collective regulars Holland Hopson and Matt Weston, an Albany rock club owner Howard Glassman, Tara Fracalossi, and Jason Martin. The group came together in 2010 when soundBarn joined with other ASAC members to perform Rhys Chatham’s “Guitar Trio,” which has been expanded since it was composed in the late ‘70s to allow for six to ten guitars.

This self titled CD out on Tape Drift is the debut release of the group and captures their performance from last year in Saratoga Springs where they performed original compositions by three members of the band.

Thomas Lail’s “Untitled (All the Times She Loves Me),” is a gamelan-influenced take on alternative tunings used originally by Sonic Youth. Inspired by a live performance of Sonic Youth’s “I Love Her All The Time,” Lail took the multiple tunings found in the Sonic Youth song and split them between members of the ensemble creating two distinct tuning groups with one half of the ensemble using one tuning and the other half using another.The effect creates a haunting and dissonant sound that is still somehow ephemeral–at least as ephemeral as eight guitars can  be over the course of 18 minutes–with different parts shimmering for brief moments only to disappear as the piece moves through its three distinct segments.

Eric Hardiman’s composition, “Diversion #3,” takes an almost Krautrock approach in that it is propelled by an internally forceful minimalism. While “Diversion #3” lacks that steady motorik beat of a lot of Krautrock, the piece chugs right along driving you forward with it as it incrementally speeds up. The piece lurches around, speeding up as if everything was frantically trying to move at once then suddenly locking up, only to do it all over again. The performance is tightly fused together but always on the verge of overwhelming itself and having everything be torn apart.

Drummer Matt Weston, the unsung hero in this guitar ensemble, shines here, pummeling his way through the song, dragging the guitarists along with him faster and faster in this big insane machine. His drum patterns are very physical in nature contorting the listener to the music, the repetition pulling them along.

While “Diversion #3” has a manic machine-type cohesiveness, Holland Hopson’s “Six Chords Every Rock Guitarist Should Know” has a much looser feeling almost to the point where the piece seems to be in danger of decaying right in front of you. It is, in a way, a call and response piece with Hopson playing a phrase and the rest of the group playing it back in turn. This creates a dizzying sound that spirals up with sheets of sound whipping around, building up and then falling apart.

Throughout all of this, one wonders what was lost of the performance in the recording. With seven or eight guitars fighting for space in a mix you can’t help but feel that the recording must fall short at times trying to capture those moments where all those instruments coalesce into something much larger. For those who have yet to catch one of the all too rare performances by the group this recording will have to do, and–make no mistake–it does it well. Each piece is great and the album as a whole is a fascinating listen for the three different takes on the sonics of mass guitar. But for the full impact of these pieces, one can’t help but think that this recording is nothing more than a tease for the live experience. Fortunately, the ensemble will be opening for Disappears (Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Brian Case of The Ponys) and Lotus Plaza (Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter) on April 18th at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany.

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Review by Andrew White


[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)”
7) Bees////, “MONSTERFLOWERCAT,” GA/KA
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)


[Preview 3.28.12: Loud Avant Rock-type Shit]

Albany's Location Ensemble

Looking over the potential playlist for tonight’s show and it seems like there is a lot of experimental rock-type stuff on it. At least stuff with guitars anyway. . .

Got some Location Ensemble, some Bear Flames, some All of Them Witches, some Velvet Elvis, some Bees////, some Odonis Odonis, some Martin Freeman, some AIDS Wolf, some Bird Day….maybe some Settlers and Yoma as well.

Toronto's Odonis Odonis

And that’s just the regional stuff….

Probably get to some Krautrock and No Wave, along with other goodies as well.

In other words, it will be a great fucking show, so tune in to 91.3 FM WBNY at 10 pm for another episode of The Upstate Soundscape.

Stream at WBNY.org.

Oh…we’ll also try to squeeze in a preview of Freeform Record Party at the Bend this Friday and the Colin Stetson show at Soundlab on Sunday. If we have time.


[Archive 11.30.11]

1) Parashi, “Broken Element,” Counterweight (Tape Drift)
2) Location Ensemble, “Diversion # 3,” Live in Saratoga 11.12.11
3) Christian Marclay, “Neutral,” Records1981-1989 (Atavistic)
4) John Cage, “Imaginary Landscape No. 1,” The Works for Percussion I 
5) Steve Baczkowski, “Side A,” Tone Arm (cae-sur-a)
6) Otomo Yoshihide, “2*10′,” Re/cycling Rectangle: Complete Works (Rectangle)
7) Janek Schaefer, “Tone Arm Two,” Above Buildings (Fat Cat)
8) Phillip Jeck, “Now You Can Let Go,” (Touch)
9) DJ Sniff, “Live Improvisation,” Recorded live at WORM, Rotterdam, 9.9.11 for the presentation of Gerco Hiddink & Rutger Zuydervelt’s ‘Bridges’ project
10) Indignant Senility, “Untitled – Part Seven,”  Plays Wagner (Type)
11) Borful Tang, “Herd and Unherd,” Herd and Unherd (Gigante)
12) Rust Worship, “Repressed Memories,” Deposits of Despondency (Tape Drift)
13) Ignaz Schick and Martin Tetreault, “6-p45 six,” Live 33 45 78 (Ambiances Magnétiques)
14) Pierre Schaffer, “Etude Aux Chemins De Fer”
15) DJ Sniff and Burkhard Beins, “Live Improvisation,” Recorded live at WORM, Rotterdam, 9.9.11 for the presentation of Gerco Hiddink & Rutger Zuydervelt’s ‘Bridges’ project


[preview 11.30.11: Experimental DJs Baczkowski, Rust Worship, Marclay and more]

Tonight on the Upstate Soundscape we’re gonna stick with the experimental DJ thread since the previous two posts on Steve Baczkowski and Paul Haney aka Rust Worship proved to be so popular.

We’ll hear tracks from both those guys, plus other experimental disk jockeys like DJ Sniff, DJ Spooky, and the godfather of experimental turntablism, Christian Marclay.

Got some other good stuff including an exclusive live recording from the Location Ensemble’s recent performance in Saratoga.

And if we got time, we’ll preview a cool-sounding show going down this Saturday at Spotty Dog and Ale Books in Hudson, NY. Slated to perform are Matt Weston, Fossils from the Sun, Parashi, Savoir Self, and Xanthocephalus.

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