54 posts tagged classic
Stars of the Lid: “Down 3” (The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid, Kranky 2001)
For at least a full year, my roommate at the time and I would crank SOTL’s Tired Sounds album on high volume to help fall asleep (we shared an open loft storefront near a busy street in Chicago at the time). As a result, there is indeed something drowsy about hearing these tracks now, though I no longer use it as a sleep aid but rather reveling in its ambient splendor. “Down 3” is a bit of an odd man out on the double-album, but it’s no less great. One of my favorite albums of all time.
Caustic Window: “Cordialiatron” (Compilation, Rephlex 1992)
Vintage Richard D. James classic. I was inspired to go back to this collection of tracks after reading about an upcoming plan to release a previously lost Caustic Window album.
Tim Exile: “Family Galaxy” (Listening Tree, Warp 2009)
What a joy to rediscover this absolutely insane Tim Exile track, its pop leanings betrayed thoroughly by its unwillingness to adhere to a consistent meter or tempo. Excellent!
Crispy Ambulance: “Concorde Square” (Live on a Hot August Night, Factory Benelux 1981)
From one of Crispy Ambulance’s early releases, this track begins in typical Factory post-Joy Division style but then shifts dramatically into a sublime, prolonged passage of drones.
Pole: “Fahren” (2, Kiff 1999)
I may have posted this old track from Stefan Betke before, but if so, it’s worth a repost. His second release under the Pole moniker is my favorite by far… This first track is sublime.
Kaliber: “16.2” (Kaliber 16, 2007)
Some unsung techno magic by John Dahlbäck under his mysterious Kaliber moniker. Best listened to with some patience, as it takes its time to more fully form. It’s worth the wait!
Ain Soph: “Monsolvat” (Kshatriya, 1988)
I’m happy to have just learned that this little known album got a proper remaster and reissue in 2007. I like the odd mix of goth mystique, early music, experimental drones, and psychedelic noise that is almost disorienting.
Autechre: “Perlence Subrange 3” (Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae, Warp 2008)
I prefer this track from Autechre in its more blissed out variations on the subsequent EPs that followed their 2007 sprawl, Quaristice. It’s a set of releases, including the album alongside a limited edition bonus disk and this two-and-a-half-hour follow-up “EP,” that I sadly tend to overlook when considering the highlights of Autechre’s varied discography. Like most of their music, however, it rewards with repeated listening, both in the details as well as the larger impression. Their talent and ingenuity continues to wow me.
Orbital: “Satan” (III, 1991)
"And by the way, if you see your mom this weekend, would you be sure and tell her…"
Bola “Magnasushi” (Fyuti, 2001)
This track from Bola also appeared on the All Tomorrow’s Parties 3.0 double-disc, and it was mis-labeled in my iTunes library as Autechre’s track until I finally realized the mistake last night. (It took me a while to figure out who this was, then — imagine my surprise having had the track lingering in there for a decade.) It summarizes everything great about Bola’s music — timbral, emotive, melancholy, rhythmic, glitchy, and, most of all, gorgeous.
John Carpenter: “Laurie’s Theme” (Halloween, 1978)
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth: “Season of the Witch / Chariots of Pumpkins” (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1983)
I can’t help but wonder if Halloween III would have been more of a hit if it hadn’t fallen so fully under the shadow of Michael Myers. I re-watched it the other day, and it’s such a lovable and odd B-movie.
Some love for vintage Skinny Puppy on the Onion’s AV Club site. Their 1986 album, Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, is an old favorite of mine, and this track is probably the spookiest.
The Velvet Underground: “Venus In Furs” (1967)
R.I.P. Lou Reed. This is probably my favorite song of his.
Einstürzende Neubauten: “Merle (Die Elektrik)” (Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T., Some Bizarre 1983)
I bought this album about 10 years after its release, when I was a teenager. I had just begun to learn about industrial music, and, having already gotten into more contemporary acts like Skinny Puppy and Front 242, when I’d heard about Neubauten’s reputation and legacy I knew I had to at least hear it. In some ways it’s the perfect introduction, not quite as harsh as their debut Kollaps but still embodying their entire ethos of their first incarnation. Thirty years later it still sounds brilliant.