Friday, December 7, 2007

Wolf Choir - Tropical (2007)

The new tropical psych-out EP from Wolf Choir. Six new songs, running about 13 Minutes. Short and sweet and very tropical. Get it here or get it at (where you can also find more Wolf Choir in addition to a lot of other weird crap). Enjoy!

Track Listing:
1. "Pharaoh Live"
2. Lion World
3. Tropical
4. Hotel Tahiti
5. Jacuzzi Suicide
6. Heaven on Earth

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Friday, November 30, 2007

METAL - Friday Session (2004)

Friday Session was made by Aaron Shepherd in 2005 at the old Artistery house in Portland Oregon. This record is sort of an alternate take on the first Metal record "The Sounds of our Seas". It features some of the same tracks, but has a lot of diffent material as well. Ambient piano, keyboard and guitar drones backed by field recordings of the sky. What more can I say? One track running about 70 minutes. Sentimental melodic atmosphere....

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Vincent Gallo Live At Club Quattro

Here is another Vincent Gallo Performance for those who enjoyed the last post. This one is from the "When" tour back in 2001. The show was recorded at Club Quattro in Hiroshima Japan. The majority of the songs are from the When album, but there are some rarities here as well. A cover of "a taste of honey" and King Crimson's "cadence & cascade". Another cool song to look out for is "Teresa" which I think is an original, but I'm not sure. This is a cool show, there is some serious jamming here. The band even turns "Yes, I'm lonely" into a 10 minute jam session. Backing Gallo are Josh Klinghoffer on Guitars and Keys (who played frequently with Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Frusciante) and Carla Azar (of Autolux) on drums. Sound quality is pretty good if you can get past the Japanese girls giggling and screaming between all of the songs. I liked it a lot.

Track Listing:
01 Hiroshima Mon Amour (Ultravox, PA intro)
02 Paris Hilton
03 (Gallo speaks)
04 So Sad
05 Laura
06 My Beautiful White Dog
07 Was
08 (Gallo intros band)
09 Teresa
10 Cadence & Cascade (King Crimson)
11 Apple Girl
12 When
13 (Gallo on 'rough night in osaka')
14 Taste of Honey (Scott-Marlow)
15 Lonely Boy
16 Yes, I'm Lonely
17 Picture of Her

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Vincent Gallo Live at ATP

This is Vincent Gallo's live set from his 2005 performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties (which he curated that year). Performing with him was Sean Lennon on guitars and keyboards and Yuka Honda on drums and bass. Of the 11 songs the band performed, 3 of them were instrumentals written just for the show, also Sean performs two of his own songs. The sound quality is pretty good considering it probably being a mic in the crowd. Nice mellow lounge set. It's interesting to hear Gallo's improvisations of his studio songs. Most of the songs performed are from Vincent Gallo's album "When". Enjoy...

Track Listing:
01 intro
02 Once (Sean Lennon)
03 My Beautiful White Dog
04 Yes, I'm Lonely
05 Instrumental #1
06 When
07 So Sad
08 Dead Meat (Sean Lennon)
09 Instrumental #2
10 Honey Bunny
11 (Vincent Gallo Talks)
12 Unknown Track
13 Instrumental #3

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Nancy & Lee Again (1972)

Hello everybody, hope all is well. Today I have something special for everybody. A very obscure album (I had a very hard time finding this one) by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood (one of my idols). Don't know much about it besides that it is the second the pair did together under that name and it was recorded in 1972, a fine year for sunny studio pop albums. Oh, also I believe Lee had to return from Sweden to make this one. So if you're into 70's country with lots of charm, you'll probably like this.

Track Listing:
1. Arkansas Coal (Suite)
2. Big Red Balloon
3. Friendship Train
4. Paris Summer
5. Congratulations
6. Down From Dover
7. Did You Ever
8. Tippy Toes
9. Back On The Road
10. Got It Together

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Brian Grainger & Friends - The Bland Stand Collective Volumes 1&2 (1998-2005)

To start off October, I have something very special for you all. Brian Grainger of Milieu has gathered this compilation of unreleased tunes (from various bands he had formed) recorded between 1998 and 2004 exclusively for this blog (at least at the moment). This is the first place for this stuff to surface and I am very honored that he is allowing me to post it. So thanks Brian. Brian was kind enough to include a brief statement regarding the recorded material, so here it is, I won't continue rambling.

A note about these compilations:
"These are completely unreleased recordings, made either by myself or with various other contributors, some of them as old as highschool. Please be forgiving with the audio quality on some of this material, as "professional" and "produced" weren't really terms I used back in the day. Alot of this was never meant to be released to the public, but thanks to some (light) prodding by some (well meaning) friends and "fans", it's here. Enjoy it, if you can, and have fun looking back on what was floating around in my creative head well before Milieu was ever an idea!"


Track Listing:

01 parallax - tape09
02 black skies - untitled 8
03 anxiety party - love is dust
04 parallax - at speeds unknown
05 pink space - merry go round
06 audinaut - last time
07 jet set boogie - hands (parallax remix)
08 a night on mars - black
09 smile - 666 knives
10 anxiety party - the lasher
11 the noise - untitled
12 parallax - revolving clouds
13 parallax - untitled a4
14 milieu - untitled with blake
15 parallax - eight weak surgery

01 smile - the robocop theme song
02 parallax - gravity
03 anxiety party - rhue street depression
04 a night on mars - marooned spaceman
05 parallax - kellygreen
06 audinaut - the radio pill (version acoustique)
07 parallax - tape05
08 a night on mars - ektaire arane
09 the noise - emma
10 anxiety party - chocolat milk
11 parallax - we can ride
12 parallax - quartnie
13 audinaut - jealous
14 parallax - untitled b1
15 a night on mars - may 9th live outro track

(More details are included as a text file in the download)

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Robbie Augspurger - The Buffalo Album (1997)

Here it is, the self proclaimed "worst album ever made" by Robert Martin Augspurger (aka Robbie). I'm not sure what I can say about this to hype it up anymore. 19 tracks of lo fi rock songs recorded on a karaoke machine back in 1995 (to 1997). Something for everybody here. Song genres range from medieval voyager themes, to mafia surf songs. A true barbecue for the ears. A 90's lo fi audio extravaganza . This is the first chapter in Robbie's prolific musical journey. Go get it...

Robbie Augspurger - The Buffalo Album
1. Polish Sausage
2. Johnny
3. The Groove Merchant
4. Space Horse
5. Buffalo
6. Nek And Robe
7. Projectile Vomit Man
8. Merry Man
9. The Collar Song
10. Johann The Nordic Boy
11. Borse
12. Bump Boy
13. Surfin' Mafia
14. Cardiac Boy
15. Really Tall Cowboy
16. Drainpipe Bingo
17. Slinky Races
18. Saliva Man
19. Deoderant Woman

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

WINO (2006)

We only made one song under this name. Wino was myself and Eric Dexter. This is a weird drone made up of guitars and keyboards sounds through loop station pedals. That's about it really. We were too lazy to give the drone a name, just the band. We recorded it on May 25th at the old Hanger 18 on Ainsworth Street in Portland Oregon. Seven and a half minutes of sound. We did it.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

METAL - The Sounds Of Our Seas (2005)

The Sounds Of Our Seas is the first official album by Metal, although Aaron Shepherd had been making music under that name for quite some time before I entered the scene. We recorded this album at the Artistery studio over a period of several months back in 2005. The album also features Eric Dexter on keyboard and possibly a few others. The songs are long drawn-out drones, loops and improvisations backed by field recordings of the porch, the beach and other locations in Oregon. The music mostly consits of guitars, pianos and Keyboards, but there are some other things happening in there too. Pretty chill listening with the exception of track one that has some pretty noisy guitar feedback on it. 10 tracks total (spanning one hour), not all of them managed to get titled either, but most of them are. Packaged in nice folded cardboard CD packs with a photo xerox glued to the front of the sleeve. Each disc was hand written in gold pen and featured a track listing insert and an origami crane by Eric Dexter. A true DIY album! This album is now out of print. I think there were less than 100 made. So now you can get it here... Spacey!

METAL - The Sounds Of Our Seas (2005)
1. Down To The Gallos
2. 2
3. King
4. A Walk With Thee
5. I Miss You
6. 6
7. 7
8. Doxology
9. 9
10. Birds, Cats, Piano

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OREGONE (2006)

OREGONE is a community of experimental musicians from the Portland area. Founded by Cup Na Cup (Audiocrip) and Every Drum a Star in 2005. This is the first compilation that was released in 2006. There has not yet been a second comp, but there are still plans for the second one this year (hopefully) according to the website. This disc features 12 groups that are considered to be experimental from around these parts. The disc runs 78:27 minutes over 13 Tracks. You can get more info at the Oregone website: Packaged in a handsome slim DVD case with a full color outer sleeve and pressed on jet black compact discs. This is out of print, but I believe there may still be a few copys hanging around somewhere. Nice sounds and Wierd sounds too. Give it a chance if you fancy your self an experimental listener...

1. Tonehenge feat. Rowena Moore/Lift Every Voice
2. Lindsay Kaplan + Andrew Wilshusen/Two Houses
3. JP Jenkins/The Ocean Duck
4. Tonehenge/Mt Pleasant
5. Doug Theriault/zEdificiay
6. Shalloboi/On The Bride
7. Portland Bicycle Ensemble/Concerto 6
8. Metal/The Defeat Of Modern Evil
9. Biathalon/Underwater Is A Place To Be Alone
10. Owl Dudes/Butterfly Tattoo
11. Cup Na Cup/Asthma Sheen
12. Every Drum A Star/Begoo
13. Bryan Eubanks/Gauge And Toner

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Nature Film Idm Mix

Hello everybody, hope all is going well for you. Today I am feeling a little under the weather, so I decided to post this chillout Idm mix I made a couple years back. I hope you all enjoy it. It is a compilation of many of my favorite groups from the electronic genre (perhaps it isn't all idm?). So to beak it down, this is about 75 minutes of gapless ambient/electronic music mixed by yours truly back in 2005. Since the music all flows together, the "mixes" are sometimes rhythmic, but usually melodic mashes. People who are familiar with these songs may get a kick out of the transitions. Nice relaxing background listening! Check it out.

1. 7-hurtz / mono random
2. boards of canada / ataronchranon
3. shuttle 358 / isonpgn
4. manual / tomorrow
5. christ / eezeebreez
6. isan / bubbles 8
7. casino versus japan / go hawaii (edit)
8. boards of canada / 5-4-78
9. ulrich schnauss / molfsee
10. arovane / pink lilies
11. boards of canada / farewell fire
12. casino versus japan / warm windows
13. boards of canada / the beach at redpoint
14. milieu / my shiny sunday
15. bibio / it was willow
16. bola / vm8
17. proem / invisible for all
18. george & caplin / meringue memories
19. kim hiorthøy / alt måste bli anorlunda
20. 7-hurtz / sidewalk
21. boards of canada / poppyseed
22. freescha / church music

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Metal - Birthday Drones Three (2007)

Here is the latest Birthday Drones record (for my 27th birthday). By now you have probably figured out that I was born in 1980. Once again, all the material was written and recorded by Aaron Shepherd in the past couple months. This is probably my favorite one so far. It starts off with a massive ambient drone that conjures up imagery of mountain tops and deep forests. This movment makes up for about the first 15 minutes or so, then the mood changes slightly when slow guitars enter the scene. Tonally it reminds me of some of Vincent Gallo's early film soundtrack recordings. Very melanchollie, very still. Around the 19 minute mark, a slow pulsing drum breifly enters and leaves quietly. The third movement is an acoustic guitar mantra with a field recording behind it that sort of has a lonesome cowboy vibe. A distant desert song, probably good music for drinking modelo negro in a field with your friends... This record is one untitled track that lasts about 40 minutes. Aaron is the man! Go get it.

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Metal - Birthday Drones Two (2006)

Here is the second record of the series, this one for my 26th birthday. A wide spectrum of sounds here, ranging from melodic structural improvisation to free form abstract sound manipulating, but all of it done tastefully and in a highly listenable style! For fans of deep spaced out texture and melodic drone. I recomend it! Two untitled tracks, sixty six minutes in length, enjoy.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Metal - Birthday drones series...

For the past 3 years, my band mate Aaron Shepherd has made a drone record each year just for my birthday, like a musical birthday gift. I guess he knows that I like to make my paintings while listening to ambient music. Anyway, I think these are really good records and I think other people deserve to hear them just as well. So if you are into long instrumental drone albums, you should deffinately check out this series I call "Birthday drones"... So since there are three total (so far), I guess it would make sense to post the first one first. So here it is: Birthday drones one, recorded in august of 2005 at the Artistery in Portland,OR. This is a double disc of ambient drone spanning a total of about 2 hours on only three tracks. Mostly textural guitars and vocal drones, resulting in a nice (major scale) atmosphere on disc one, great for pensive listening. Disc two is similar, but more of a darker vibe on that one (which I personally prefer over disc one). Both are great and deserve to be heard. ...Beautiful, Thanks Aaron, for thinking of me on my birthday! Oh, I almost forgot, since Aaron makes up half of Metal, this series will be tagged as "metal", but I don't play on them (well except on "Birthday Drones 2" I think there is a live track included somewhere in the mix that I'm playing on). Alright, I think I've said enough...

Track Listing:
Disk one:
1. We are in green fields
2. You are beautiful

Disc Two:
1. Untitled

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Milieu - Simple Stations Repeat (2005)

With the permission of my friend Brian Grainger, I'm posting one of his records from 2005 "Simple Stations Repeat". The album was recorded in one week for the online music compilation Project 168 and released in mp3 format online. I think this may have been the first record I heard by brian, and since have become a big fan of his. Hazy melodic lo fi electronica with minimal mid-tempo beats, makes for a nice lazy evening listen. This album features on of my favorite Milieu tracks "my shiny sunday", check it out!

1. Readytone (0:54)
2. In The Back Of A Car, With Your Head In The Stars (4:59)
3. Green Summer (1:04)
4. We Swam (4:25)
5. Walking Pastels (6:11)
6. Cumulus Drones (4:50)
7. Soft Screen Report (0:59)
8. My Shiny Sunday (10:06)

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Here is the link to the Milieu site:

Late Night Tales: BIATHALON Vol.2

Here is the second installment. Another mix tape by yours truly, this one focusing more on modern indie and electronica that I have been enjoying lately (and some old favorites). Cinematic songs, makes for a good night drive mix! I won't blab on anymore, here it is if you want it... 19 songs, 78:40 minutes.

Track Listing:
1. Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
2. Freescha - Old Age For Duke Of Slade
3. Broadcast - Coporeal
4. Charlotte Gainsbourg - af607105
5. Grizzly Bear - Colorado
6. Elliott Smith - Stickman
7. Wilco - Hummingbird (Book Version)
8. Arab Strap - Cherubs
9. Stereolab - Whisper Pitch
10. Deerhoof - Running Thoughts
11. Interpol - Leif Erikson
12. Múm - Nightly Cares
13. Boards Of Canada - Turquoise Hexagon Sun
14. Dungen - Bockagöl
15. Thom Yorke - Cymbal Rush
16. Blonde Redhead - Girl Boy
17. Underworld - Push Downstairs
18. Boards Of Canada - Heard From Telegraph Lines
19. My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

TIme for some mix tapes!

Recently a lot of big music artists were releasing these compilations of music that they hand picked. Sort of like a celebrity mix tape or something. Anyway there is a series called "Late Night Tales" of these mixes. Anyway, I love the idea, and I love making mix tapes, so I want in. I've made two volumes of my own "Late Night Tales" mixes. One for older music, and one for newer music. Anyhow, here is the first mix focusing on older music, or older sounding music (that I love). I hope you enjoy it. 25 tracks total that lasts about seventy minutes.

Track Listing:
1. jeff alexander - come wander with me
2. love - the castle
3. ennio morricone - the sicilian clan
4. fever tree - love makes the sun rise
5. vincent gallo - lonely boy
6. scott walker - on your own again
7. jane birkin - jane b
8. nancy sinatra and lee hazlewood - some velvet morning
9. the electric prunes - kyrie eleison
10. the kinks- nothin' in the world can stop me worryin' bout that girl
11. the zombies - leave me be
12. margo guryan - love
13. the united states of america - stranded in time
14. jefferson airplane - today
15. the beatles - long long long
16. vashti bunyan - hebridean sun
17. clara rockmore - valse sentimentale
18. ennio morricone - doricamente
19. serge gainsbourg and jane birkin - la chanson de slogan
20. the zombies - hung up on a dream
21. jackson c. frank - blues run the game
22. the velvet underground - i'm set free
23. the rolling stones - she smiled sweetly
24. 13th floor elevators - may the circle remain unbroken
25. françoise hardy - comment te dire adieu

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"THE WORLD AT OUR FEET" is a short nature film that was made by Eric Dexter and Narrated by Aaron Shepherd. This film features music by Metal and a couple tracks by Biathalon (on the film, not on the record). These tracks are a collaboration between Metal and Eric Dexter and were recorded specifically for this film in the fall of 2006. This record features and alternate version of Biathalon's Cloud Formations (performed live) by all of us. Short and Sweet, sunny warm textures, sentimental guitar playing and an overall peaceful atmospheric mood. Sleepy listening. Three tracks, eighteen and a half minutes.

Track Listing:
1. The World At Our Feet
2. Cloud Formations (Version 2)
3. Nutria Theme

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METAL Live on KPSU 2007

This is a radio broadcast of a live metal show from the KPSU studio in downtown Portland. It was recorded from the board in the studio, so there is good sound quality here. This transmission was perfomed on February 3rd, 2007 sometime around noon for the "what's this called" show hosted by "Ricardo Wang". More deep ambience to get lost in... Two tracks, four songs, a total of 55 minutes.

Track listing:
1. Digon/Cloud Formations
2. Title Bout/Underwater Is A Place To Be Alone


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It's a good show, check it out:


Metal is a group that I play in with my band mate Aaron Shepherd who runs the Artistery (a venue and artist community here in Portland, OR). I will most likely be posting alot of this stuff, given the nature of our process (we have a lot of unreleased material). Anyway, this will be my first METAL post. This session was recorded live sometime in 2004 at the old Artistery house. It is a free form improvisation of guitars, keyboard, cymbals, photo theremin, various effects and feedback speakers. The result was a very long drawn out melachollie drone with various movements. Cold atmospheric drone all in one 75 minute unedited track. In the begining you can even hear our voices discussing which key to play in!

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P.s. Here is the link to the artistery website where hardcopy metal records can be purchased:

BIATHALON - Monochromatic Environments EP (2007)

This is a collection of odds and ends from the first two Biathalon records, things that didn't fit, but were interesting just the same. Recorded in 2006 at Hanger 18. This recording features samples by Clara Rockmore, Vincent Gallo, Art Blakey and Tim Buckley. Nostalgic loops, dark ambience and monotone drones. 21:35 Minutes. I hope you enjoy!

Track Listing:
1. Environment 1
2. Monochrome
3. Altostratus
4. Polar Aurora
5. I Was By The Gold Curtains

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