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[Mixed Up Monday: Eric Hardiman Podcast for Foxy Digitalis]

Here is Foxy Digitalis podcast created by Eric Hardiman, mastermind behind Rambutan, the Tape Drift label out of Albany, and a host of other Upstate goodness. See tracklist below along with download link.

DOWNLOAD: Eric Hardiman’s Podcast 01 for Foxy Digitalis

1- Conrad Schnitzler – 12 Stucke Aus Dem Jehr 1974 part 2 (“Gelb”, Edition Block)
2- Sonny Sharrock – Black Woman (“Black Woman”, Four Men with Beards reissue)
3- nuno canavarro – Alsee (“Plux Quba”, Moikai)
4- Supreme Dicks – Synaesthesia (“The Emotional Plague”, Homestead)
5- Bunalim – Basik Saclim (“Bunalim”, Shadoks)
6- nuno canavarro – untitled track 4 (“Plux Quba”, Moikai)
7- Souled American – Before Tonight (“Notes Campfire”, Catamount)
8- Idea Fire Company – Heroes of the Last Barricade (“The Island of Taste”, Swill Radio)
9- Bill Nace – Can You Give me an E (for Jack) (“Honest Strings, a Tribute to Jack Rose”, Three Lobed)
10- Fossils From the Sun – Happy (“From Another Sun”, Tape Drift)
11- Uday Bhawalkar – Puriya (“4000 Years of Indian Music”)
12- Andreas Brandal – Swarm (“Insects”, Twilight Luggage)
13- Dog Lady – b1 (“In the Commonwealth of Outermost Bodies”, self-released cassette)
14- Ascension – a (“two titles” 7″, Shock)
15- Dadamah – Replicant Emotions (“This is Not a Dream”, Kranky)
16- cruudeuces – highlight iii (“Strange Magic”, Kimberly Dawn)
17- Supreme Dicks – CuChulain (Blackbirds Loom) (“The Emotional Plague”, Homestead)


[2011 in Review: soundBarn, ‘Valentine’]

While soundBarn is the experimental guitar project of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar, the name soundBarn also refers to a performance space–run by Lail and his artist/gallerist wife Tara Fracalossi located in Valatie, NY–which often hosts performances by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. Furthermore, soundBarn exists as a press entity and recently published a series of poetry chapbooks including one from Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

The connection between the music of soundBarn and Sonic Youth is apparent on the duo’s 2011 CD Valentine whereby–true to Sonic Youth ideals–the duo utilizes prepared guitars to create sprawling tracks loaded with feedback-laced mayhem.

Yet, for a recording of some guys simply making noise with their guitars, there are moments throughout Valentine that defy what one expects. What is particularly striking about the recording is how, as the sound unfolds, the listener is able to find a wide range of moods and emotions to be enveloped in. There are points where the screeching noise drops down to delicate-sounding spots, where it then builds back up to a cacophonous clatter, or eerily shifts into a horror film score-like atmosphere. In other words, this diversity and unpredictability makes this one of those longer tracks that you are able to keep on repeat, letting the sound circle you while the shifting moods in the track color the experiences around you.

Surprisingly, Valentine, released by Tape Drift—the label of fellow Albany Sonic Arts Collective member Eric Hardiman–is the duo’s first release in the twenty years of their making music together. The single track that comprises the release was recorded live at the soundBarn venue around Valentine’s day (hence the name) with only minimal editing prior to its release.

Valentine is a great release and hopefully it will not take the duo another twenty years to release something else. Fortunately, the duo performs regularly in the Albany area, and at the soundBarn venue, including an upcoming fundraiser for a local gallery and ASAC venue the Upstate Artists Guild.

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Review by Andrew White


[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


[Mixed Up Monday: Tape Drift Feature on Free Form Freakout]

Albany-based label Tape Drift got the feature treatment on Free Form Freakout’s excellent bi-monthly podcast. The podcast features music from Tape Drift’s recent batch of sick releases, a song from Buffalo’s own Chapels, and an extended interview with label head Eric Hardiman aka Rambutan. Hardiman offers some very interesting insight into his label, his involvement in the  Albany Sonic Arts Collective, and his view on the importance of building a local experimental scene.

Tracklisting:

Rambutan “The Temple of Echo” The Temple of Echo CD-R (TD-43)
(Interview segment)
Parashi “Apparat” Counterweight CD-R (TD-48)
Jefferson Pitcher “11/30/08” To Light The Snow CD-R (TD-47)
Sparkling Wide Pressure “Untitled” (excerpt) split w/ Rambutan CS (TD-44)
(Interview segment)
Chapels “Pt. 1” (excerpt) Some Decay CS (TD-18)
Locrian “Omega Vapors” Dissolvers LP (TD-33)
Oddly Imploded “Atoms As Human Beings” Choke All Your Habits Before It’s Too Late CD-R (TD-41)
(Interview segment)
Rambutan “Passing Thought” For Conrad Schnitzler (*forthcoming release)
Rambutan “Ordinary Vertigo” Erasing the Past 7” (TD-39)

description from FFFreakout’s website:

We recently had the chance to speak with Eric Hardiman, the main man behind the always incredible Tape Drift label and recording project, Rambutan, based in upstate New York.With this past month marking Tape Drift’s biggest batch of releases to date, and with Rambutan set to unleash some new sounds on various labels in the coming months, we were fortunate to have Eric get us up to speed on the label, the music he has been making, and his involvement in the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. In addition to airing this conversation, we played various selections from the Tape Drift catalog, including a brand new Rambutan track from a forthcoming release entitled For Conrad Schnitzler.