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August 31, 2005

Au Revoir Simone

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Happy, shiny, optimistic... Au Revoir Simone's new release is all of these things - a confection of simple casio arrangements and ethereal voices. This is strolling-on-the-beach music, peaceful and lilting. Definitely Dream Pop. From Verses of Comfort, Assurance, and Salvation."

Au Revoir Simone - Through The Backyards
Au Revoir Simone - The Disco Song


"This, and a lot of other great stuff, can be found on Other Music's web site. Their 'new releases' emails are always an adventure. They focus on underground and experimental music, usually from small publishers. I highly recommend them."

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Stereolab - Spark Plug
Daft Punk - Rock'n Roll
Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble - Ghost Dance

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August 30, 2005

The Vanishing System

Some excellent hip hop funk comes to us from The Vanishing System, on their 2005 release, headComputor.

The Vanishing System - Crab Nebula
The Vanishing System - Universal Sound
The Vanishing System - Krylon Worlds

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Calexico - The Ride (Pt II)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook - Lament
Arling and Cameron - B.B. Electro

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August 29, 2005

The Agriculture Records

The Agriculture Records is a Brooklyn/San Francisco/Barcelona-based label with a roster of ambient and IDM artists putting out some very intriguing and creative sounds. The mark of a good label is that you can recognize its signature when you hear one of its artists, but in the meantime, the artists all stand out in their own right, and the Agriculture is clearly succeeding on that front. If you like what you hear below, the label's site has its own radio station and lots of freebies; for those of you keeping score at home, Ladyman is apparently an alter-ego of Badawi.

David Last - The Push Pull
DJ Olive - Crossunder
Ladyman - Infomercia
Nnnj - Goop Scoop

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Lamb - Wonder (Dead Guys Remix)
Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait (dub)
Cursor Miner - Metathon11

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August 26, 2005

Architecture In Helsinki

Another item Laura dropped off recently is the new Architecture In Helsinki album, In Case We Die. She says: "Not for everyone but it's for me! On the list of instruments is Hand and Power Tools, the ever popular Theremin, melodica, manymany horns, manymany percussion/drums, manymany synths - whee! Just on this side of too odd. High energy, interesting instruments arranged with silly lyrics/vocals. It brings to mind silly theatrics, people in costumes running a-muck in a very entertaining, somehow it goes together way."

Architecture In Helsinki - Neverevereverdid
Architecture In Helsinki - Maybe You Can Owe Me
Architecture In Helsinki - Need To Shout

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio - asking that musical question, "Where DO broken hearts go?????" See you next week.

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August 25, 2005

Bonobo

On the recently released Live Sessions EP, the Ninja Tune artist Bonobo offers up an excellent set of what someone on Amazon referred to as "jam-band downtempo". I can't tell if that's a compliment or not. Regardless, the playing is tight and the grooves are quite delectable, and Four Tet contributes a remix to the proceedings.

Bonobo - Nothing Owed
Bonobo - The Plug

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Thievery Corporation - The Heart's A Lonely Hunter (Feat David Byrne)
Nuspirit Helsinki - Orson
Dalezy - Sorbit

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August 24, 2005

The Avalanches

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Been listening to some albums that have been around for a while... The Avalanches created that rare beast - an album that is interesting from beginning to end, put together with care and enough variety to keep me listening. The genre is apparently Cut & Paste (where do they get this stuff?), which, like Dream Pop, I'd never heard of before seeing that it consists exclusively of groups I like. They take samples of random sounds and old instructional videos and some sweet electronica and stitch them together into a surprisingly coherent whole. The closest similarity I can come up with is The Art of Noise. From the 2001 album Since I Left You."

The Avalanches - Etoh
The Avalanches - Summer Crane

"And as much as I would like to dislike it, I don't. I love this track. Its biggest fault is that it'll stay in your head for days and then pop up at inopportune times. (Extra for experts... see if you can spot the word 'avalanches'.)"

The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist

Recently on Comfort Radio:
The Helio Sequence - Repeater
Delarosa and Asora - Wiffle
Miles Davis - Meaning Of The Blues

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August 23, 2005

Transglobal Underground

A few years ago I had the opportunity to see Transglobal Underground at the WOMAD festival. They were stuck on the smallest stage at the festival, crammed in with a dozen singers, percussionists, keyboard players, etc., and it was by far the highlight of the event. The show was insanely high energy. A third of the way through the show, they blew the power to their stage, and without missing a beat, everyone on stage grabbed the nearest drum and kept the beat going and the crowd hopping until the power came back on, the programming kicked back in, and the crowd roared in delight. Two thirds of the way through the show, the power blew again, and there was zero bitching, zero moaning - just a fuck of a lot of drumming and people dancing their asses off. They didn't lose anyone.

They have a new album out, and while no recorded music will ever top that experience for me, I can certainly recommend this new album as an example of some prime global fusion, the kind I likes the most - and amazingly, they manage to incorporate some fantastic Balkan vocals into their cocktail of Asian/Arabic flavors, to great effect. From the wonderfully named 2005 album Impossible Broadcasting.

Transglobal Underground - The Khaleegi Stomp
Transglobal Underground - Isis K (feat. Trio Bulgarka with Yanka Rupkina)

In other news, will someone please buy me some of these? Thank you in advance.

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Sarah Vaughan - Peter Gunn
Spool - ebo
Blonde Redhead - Elephant Woman

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August 22, 2005

Lali Puna

Another gem Laura dropped off recently is the latest Lali Puna collection, I Thought I Was Over That, which she describes thusly: "Downtempo-ish German eletro-popish band. It's a remixes, rare, B-sides, we're putting out an album of no new music now buy it kinda CD that I happen to like." I've been ambivalent about Lali Puna in the past, but there are definitely some standout tracks on this two-disc set; I've always really dug their Bomb The Bass collaboration and am happy to see it surfacing here. Remixes for/by the likes of Dntel, To Rococo Rot, Sixtoo, and Two Lone Swordsmen don't hurt. Released by Morr Music, the label of impossible goodness and light.

Lali Puna & Bomb The Bass - Clear Cut
Lali Puna - Past Machine
Lali Puna - Micronomic (Boom Bip rmx)
Lali Puna - Left Handed (dub)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Cibo Matto with Beastie Boys - Light My Fire
Luscious Jackson - Lover's Moon
Beatles - Let It Be

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August 19, 2005

Meat Beat Manifesto

Closing out the week, here's Laura's report on the new Meat Beat Manifesto album, At the Center:

"This newest CD by one of my long standing favorites sounds, well, a lot like MBM, only with more live instruments & fewer digitally-produced sounds. It's jazzier then usual but retains a noisy dark heavy sound with, of course, an electronic core/base/backdrop."

Meat Beat Manifesto - Wild
Meat Beat Manifesto - Flute Thang
Meat Beat Manifesto - The Water Margin

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio - asking that musical question, "What have you done for me lately?????" See you next week.

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August 18, 2005

Death In Vegas

The new album by Death In Vegas, Satan's Circus, is a double CD set: the first CD is a new platter of messy originals that sound like Orbital high on Quaaludes, while the second CD is a blazing live set recorded in Brixton with a full band. The sound of the live set bears almost no resemblance to the sound of the original set, making this an intriguing purchase to say the least.

Death In Vegas - Sons Of Rother
Death In Vegas - Kontroll
Death In Vegas - Death Threat (live in Brixton)
Death In Vegas - Blood Yawning (live in Brixton)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Nova Nova - Torres
Prince Po (feat. MF Doom) - Social Distortion (instrumental)
The Kleptones - Breathe In The Summertime

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August 17, 2005

Yo-Yo Ma

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Although Yo-Yo Ma is known as one of the finest classical cello players in the world, his most interesting work is an ethnic fusion series called Silk Road Journeys. He collaborates with musicians from across Asia, producing an improvisational exploration of different musical traditions and aesthetics. Most of this album is pretty, sweeping, minor-chord stuff, and would fit right in with an after-hours set. From the most recent work, Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon."

Yo-Yo Ma - Battle Remembered
Yo-Yo Ma - Akhalqalaqi Dance

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Air Liquide - Gelb (Remix II)
PJ Harvey - Horses In My Dreams
My Scarlet Life - Love's Out Of Fashion

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August 16, 2005

Rachid Taha

I guess Rachid Taha has been putting out albums for years now, but I only just heard about him recently - his new album, Tékitoi, is a big ol' smash-up of rock and global fusion. Initially he reminded me of what I love about Asian Dub Foundation, especially in terms of the crazy energy level, but this album is more rock'n'roll and less hip hop than ADF. All in all, I'm excited to check out the back catalog.

Rachid Taha - Tékitoi? (Who Are You?) (feat. Christian Olivier)
Rachid Taha - Lli Fat Mat! (What Is Past Is Dead And Gone!)
Rachid Taha - Voila Voila (Here It Is, Here It Is) (Spanish Version)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Yuzo Kayama - Look up at a night sky
skeewiff - nitty gritty
DJ Cam - Love Junkee (Feat. Cameo And J Dilla) (J Dilla Remix)

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August 15, 2005

Of Montreal

Comfort pal Laura dropped off some goodies recently - and that means YOU, loyal reader, will be seeing a few of her recent selections popping up on Comfort Music throughout the next few weeks. Today brings us the latest effort by Of Montreal, a lovely album called The Sunlandic Twins, which she describes thusly:

"Think production, in a good way, but on the glossy side. Good lyrics, well sung (some harmonies, solo, etc.), backed by interesting arrangements. A little psychedelic-electronic rockish is how I'd describe it. I thought of David Byrne/Talking Heads (sound & lyrics), Beatles (sound & lyrics), Paul Simon (production), not that it's exactly like it, just made me think of those folks. Paul Simon, what was I thinking... no it's more like Queen, yeah that's more it." [Note from Scotto: there is, in fact, a hint of Paul Simon in there. Also, get yourself a big fat pile o' Of Montreal freebies here.]

Of Montreal - So Begins Our Alabee
Of Montreal - The Party's Crashing Us
Of Montreal - The Repudiated Immortals

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Dabrye - hyped-up plus tax (outputmessage remix)
Krii - Funk Remix
Stark Effect - Skipper

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August 12, 2005

Friday grab bag

What's that, you say? You're looking for a sweeping masterpiece of abstract IDM? Look no further, as this tract from ambient virtuoso Carl Stone will attest. Props to Largehearted Boy for pointing this one out to me... I've been a fan of Stone since his beautiful release on em:t years ago and this was a great find.

Carl Stone - Flints (Scan Mix)

Speaking of em:t, this quirky little ditty from an old em:t comp would probably be called electropop nowadays, but back in the dark ages of 1997, they stuck it on an ambient comp because, you know, what else were they supposed to do?

Richard Bone - Vox 2.5

And finally, some really good techno popped up on Comfort Radio recently - nothing particularly surprising, and in fact, it's just this side of being BT-style cheesy, but instead, the track winds up being "merely" really good techno. "How do they do it??" From the 2004 album Aura.

The Alpha Conspiracy - Wishing Never

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio - asking that musical question, "Do you really want to hurt me?????" See you next week.

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August 11, 2005

"Kikapu Gold Standard"

Netlabel Kikapu delivers a swirling, noisy, anarchic compilation of IDM and ambient weirdness, entitled Kikapu Gold Standard. The sounds on these seventeen tracks are all over the map, making it hard to narrow down today's picks - and since they're freebies anyway, who cares? Go Kikapu!

Glomag - Cherie Amour
Algorythm - That One Track
Dub Jay - SP
Crashed By Car - Kill Ya Head
Kosik - Engine B
The System Boot - Four On The Floor

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Sister Soleil - Lounge Lizard
Basement Jaxx - I Want U
Chemical Brothers - Playground for a Wedgeless Fir

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August 10, 2005

Ivy

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Ivy brings us yet another dream-pop-sexy-lead-singer-chill-after-hours sound. Now I'm the first to appreciate a sweet, cloying love song, if it's done well. But sometimes sheer, bitter cynicism works too. When you've had enough candy, you can check this out. Yeah, they do have love songs too, and happy, poppy tracks. But the gloomy stuff is best. Apparently one of their tracks got picked up by some airline. I'm not including that one 'cause Comfort Radio has to have some standards, and airline ads are just taking it too far. After all, you don't hear 'Rhapsody in Blue' on the station, do you?"

From the 2002 album Long Distance:

Ivy - While We're in Love

From the 2005 album In The Clear:

Ivy - Four in the Morning
Ivy - Clear My Head

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Jamiroquai - Picture of My Life
Eat Static - Gulf Breeze (Zetan Mix)
Dub Trees - Freaks of Nature

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August 09, 2005

Balduin

Please to enjoy a few delightful little technobop numbers from Balduin, from his 2004 self-titled album. Get more freebies from Balduin here. I know we occasionally make note of interesting band names, but in this case, it's worth pointing out that this album was released by the label Crippled Dick Hot Wax. That is all.

Balduin - Sex On Top
Balduin - (Semi)
Balduin - Melted Rainbows

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DJ Krush - automator remix instrumental
Lawrence Welk - Scatterbrain (Nobody Remix)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - A Woman Is a Sometime Thing

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August 08, 2005

Faultline

On the 2002 album Your Love Means Everything, electropop artist Faultline delivered an intriguing mélange of mammoth, crunchy beats and dark, dramatic moods - Styrofoam meets Craig Armstrong, perhaps. It was re-released last year with some extry tracks, for those of us who were living in a cave on Mars in 2002; Michael Stipe and The Flaming Lips make interesting appearances.

Faultline - Where Is My Boy (feat. Chris Martin)
Faultline - Biting Tongues (feat. Ras B)
Faultline - Clocks

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Max Sedgley - Happy
St. Etienne - Downey
Seefeel - Time To Find Me (afx slow mix)

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August 05, 2005

Friday grab bag

Sleepy brought this new single from Headphone Science to my attention - it's vaguely glitchy, strangely catchy, and fairly yummy. Get more freebies from Headphone Science here and here.

Headphone Science - They Have Headphones, Do You?

A pleasingly weird & crunchy bit of techno from the netlabel Test Tube. This track evolves slowly and noisily into a swirling little wall of yum. From the Red Horses EP.

Embark - Red Horses

And finally, Happy Elf! Happy Elf! Happy Elf! Happy Elf! Happy Elf!

Happy Elf - My Monkey

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio - asking that musical question, "Is this the real life... or is this just fantasy??????" See you next week.

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August 04, 2005

Kungfoo

Netlabel Acedia Music comes through again with an EP of dark IDM from Kungfoo. Get more Kungfoo freebies here.

Kungfoo - Hypersense
Kungfoo - Blood
Kungfoo - Modular
Kungfoo - Motoko

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Arling and Cameron - Born In June
Lili Haydn - Anything
Nat King Cole - Nature Boy

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August 03, 2005

Nouvelle Vague

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Easygoing bossa nova sound, sung by pretty, girlish voices, but waitaminnit. That tune. Those lyrics. This was a punk song from when punk was big. Or that one's new wave. Or they're anything BUT what my grandparents might have danced to. The idea's the opposite of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Some tracks work better this way - 'This is Not a Love Song' is slinky and sinister, and I just want to play 'Too Drunk to Fuck' nice and quietly in the background at the next company party. From Nouvelle Vague."

Nouvelle Vague - Too Drunk to Fuck (Dead Kennedys cover)
Nouvelle Vague - (This is Not A) Love Song (Public Image, Ltd. cover)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Asian Dub Foundation - Colour Line
Bugge Wesseltoft - (All I Wanted Was To Make You) Feel Good
Nicole Kidman & Ewan Macgregor - Elephant Love Medley

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August 02, 2005

Bethurum

Seattle-based Bethurum alternates between wacky space age drum and bass and crunchy electropop goodness, with occasional yummy vocal flourishes. I don't actually like drum and bass - scratch that, I'm actively, fundamentally opposed to drum and bass - but on this rekkid, it's delivered with a sweeping voice and balanced by hints of soul. From the album Versa Vice.

Bethurum - Bullet Train Counter Point
Bethurum - Dios Mio
Bethurum - Proof Of Muse

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Seksu Roba - Telstar
Da Lata - Pra Manha
They Might Be Giants - We're The Replacements

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August 01, 2005

DraculaZombieUSA

DraculaZombieUSA were kind enough to let a few of us know that their debut rekkid is now available. They describe themselves thusly: "At drum and bass tempos (Aphex Twin, Lightning Bolt, Death From Above 1979), they play psychedelic party jams (Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads) with fancy and fetching lyrics." Aside from the fact that they have one of the best band names I've heard in days, even weeks, they also have some interesting freebies available for your perusal. And NYC folks can catch them live August 12th and 18th.

DraculaZombieUSA - Bear Island
DraculaZombieUSA - Thomas Window Paine
DraculaZombieUSA - I Like The Snow
DraculaZombieUSA - The Summer Jam

For those keeping score at home, the best band name I've heard recently is Oops I Stepped In Some Christ. That is all.

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Björk - Sod Off
Archive - Londinium
Luscious Jackson - Summer Daze

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