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October 31, 2005

Jazzupstarts

In 2003, a group called Jazzupstarts put out a record called Are You OK? In 2005, a lazy MP3 blogger finally stumbled across it. On this album, you'll find good time party tracks reminiscent of Mint Royale, ecstasy-soaked upbeat techno, and even some Curve-style grunge for good measure. The one thing they don't sound like is jazz - those wacky Jazzupstarts! There's not a single track on this album that doesn't deliver - which makes their inexplicable disappearance a little depressing. Curse you, cruel recording industry and your fickle ways!

Jazzupstarts - Over And Over
Jazzupstarts - Everything
Jazzupstarts - Sanctuary

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DJ Spooky - Dialectical Transformation II (Du Nouveau Monde)
The Orb - into the fourth dimension
Russ Garcia - Sophisticated Lady

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October 28, 2005

Hifana

Crazy Japanese hip hop? Sure thing! From the album Channel H by Hifana.

Hifana - Mr. Beer
Hifana - Seeem
Hifana - Nampooh (feat. Keyco)

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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October 27, 2005

Dupe

Wonderfully grungy and soupy experimental ambient and IDM comes to us today from Dupe, from their new Demo EP. He/she/they is/are throwing a lot of elements into a musical blender and the results are quite engaging. Released by the netlabel Earstroke.

Dupe - Silkworkers
Dupe - Season 67
Dupe - Vistareel
Dupe - I Am Rangers

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Boards Of Canada - Davie Addison
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Twilight
Tuatara - Koto Song (The Old Shinjuku Trail)

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October 26, 2005

Safety Scissors

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Classified as 'minimal techno' or 'poptronica', Safety Scissors is a quirky fusion of new-wave twitchy and new-millennium glitchy. From the 2005 album Tainted Lunch."

Safety Scissors - Amnesia, I Need You To Remind Me
Safety Scissors - Sunlight's On The Other Side
Safety Scissors - L'Amour D'Cuisine

Recently on Comfort Radio:
The Apartment - Answer Me
Yvan&Lendl - touf touf taf 24
Floan Project - Impulsive

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October 25, 2005

Murcof

More ethereal, dark ambient from Murcof, on his new release Remembranza. It's almost like the score to a complex and fascinating horror movie, except that there is no such thing, so. Released by The Leaf Label, the cats what also brought you releases by such artists as Efterklang, Susumu Yokota, Sofa Surfers, Clue to Kalo, "and more!"

Murcof - Recuerdos
Murcof - Rostro
Murcof - Reflejo

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Saba - Ghost
Radiohead - Karma Police
Marais & Miranda - How Does A Cow Make Milk?

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October 24, 2005

Shrift

Shrift is delightfully samba-tastic global fusion, featuring a vaguely Bebel Gilberto-like singer (apparently someone famous in Brazil) with creative downtempo arrangements to back her. Note: this version of "Floating City" is not a cover of the Y Kant Tori Read track of the same name. Which, you know, would have ruled. From the album Lost in A Moment, released by Six Degrees.

Shrift - As Far As I Can See
Shrift - Floating City
Shrift - To The Floor

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Kinky - Cornman (SLSS remix)
Esthero - Anywayz
William Orbit - Time To Get Wise

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October 21, 2005

Luminescent Orchestrii

Blogio Oddio turned me on to the wonderful sounds of NYC band Luminescent Orchestrii, purveyors of fine "Romanian gypsy punk" music. They claim that "orchestrii" means "small ensemble with orchestral intent"; I just think it sounds cool. The first track is apparently their "hit" and is undeniably swank; the second track kicks it into high gear. The tracks below are from their 2005 album Too Hot To Sleep; get more freebies from the band here.

Luminescent Orchestrii - Knockin'
Luminescent Orchestrii - Stranger

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio - out here on the raggety edge. See you next week.

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October 20, 2005

Finn

A little bit of lo-fi for you today, from the artist Finn. Actually, it's lo-fi chamber indie rockfolktronica. No, seriously! His 2005 release The Ayes Will Have It manages to sound very simple and sweet, while at the same time featuring layers of sound and texture. Influences seem to include Kid A and Sigur Rós, but with less bombast; me likes! Released by the label Sunday Service, which offers a whole page of freebies to consider.

Finn - X + Variables
Finn - Pesky
Finn - It May Not Last

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Calexico - Fake Fur
Flunk - Kebab Shop 3 AM
Orb - DJ Asylum (7" edit)

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October 19, 2005

Up The Anesthetic

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"With a name like Up The Anesthetic, how could you go wrong? This album is dark trip-hop - driving, chaotic, compelling spy-movie music. Makes me want to put it in the car stereo LOUD and drive real fast. From their 2004 CD Vol. 1."

Up The Anesthetic - Calm Before The Storm
Up The Anesthetic - A T.V. Prayer
Up The Anesthetic - Inspiring

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Lederhosen Lucil - Automatic Weapons Of The World
Beastie Boys - The Grasshopper Unit
Mr Melvis - A Walk Through The Powerhouse

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October 18, 2005

Ladytron

Ladytron is back with a kick-stomping good album, Witching Hour, that sees the group adding an edgy electroclash veneer to their sound, an evolution that makes them sound more alive than they have on previous releases. It's still a pleasingly dark sound, but a little more unpredictable, "in a good way!" Released by Rykodisc, who continue to want you to know that they and they alone hold the registered trademark to the GREEN-TINTED JEWELBOX, dammit.

Ladytron - High Rise
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Ladytron - Sugar

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Rachel's - Egon & Edith
Kennedy - The Blue Hole
Tricky - For Real (Genaside II Mix)

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October 17, 2005

Broken Social Scene

Today brings a new dose of loud, messy, yummy good indie rock from those wacky kids, Broken Social Scene. The entire intar-web has been singing their praises, and for good reason; the band is renowned for the fact that over 100,000 musicians play on each and every track, which is how they got to be called a "supergroup". According to their liner notes, the goal for "It's All Gonna Break" was to "try to make it sound like Bob Seger on acid", and you just can't argue with that kind of thinking. From the 2005 self-titled release, featuring a "bonus" 7-song EP for good measure.

Broken Social Scene - Ibi Dreams Of Pavement (A Better Day)
Broken Social Scene - Bandwitch
Broken Social Scene - It's All Gonna Break

Recently on Comfort Radio:
The Kleptones - Jazz
April March - Poor Lola
Peter Gabriel - Growing Up (Tom Lord-Alge Mix)

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October 14, 2005

"Cafe Buddha"

Cafe Buddha - The Cream of Lounge Cuisine offers a tour through the highlights of recent "pass me the Xanax" music. A number of the usual suspects are present - Thievery Corporation, Nitin Sawnhey, Chris Coco - but there are some definite finds on the album as well. I'd kind of given up on the idea of chill out music, but that was obviously premature.

Mylo - Valley Of The Dolls
Cities of Foam - Liquid Remedy
Protassov - Mirror Blind

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio - because the future is worth fighting for. See you next week.

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October 13, 2005

Chin Chin

It's been a while since any truly pretty ambient music has come across my path. Thankfully, that drought has ended with Chin Chin, whose tunes remind me of Susumu Yokota's playful experimentation and rich musicality. I feel like I over-compare any remotely intelligent ambient to The Books, but here I am doing it again; it's not cut-up and wacky like The Books, but the comparison is apt in terms of skillful use of acoustic instruments coupled with smart programming to generate engaging moods. So yeah, it's, uh, neat and stuff. From the album Shallow Dive.

Chin Chin - Shallow Dive
Chin Chin - Can't Walk No More
Chin Chin - Chinboe

In other news, a new installment of my drug culture column, eScottology, was recently posted, asking that musical question, "50 milligrams of what?" Check it out.

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Vanessa Daou - You
Ulrich Schnauss - Suddenly The Trees Are Giving Away
Muse - Escape

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October 12, 2005

Atomica

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Atomica is one of those groups that convince me to not give up on trip-hop - passionate, melancholy, just yummy. Lauren Cheatham has a rich and lush voice, similar to Tracey Thorn. This band does so much right - the mixing is sweet and clean, and their music is even released under a Creative Commons license. From the 2005 album Metropolitan."

Atomica - One Day In New York City
Atomica - Larsen
Atomica - Recent

Recently on Comfort Radio:
max - deep love (bossanova mix)
Tosca - Suzuki (Burnt Friedman - Nonplace Dub)
Alpha - Firefly

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October 11, 2005

Mistrust

Netlabel Nishi offers us a pair of menacing ambient funk tracks on the EP Making Movies from Mistrust. Nishi is making its mark, I would have to say.

Mistrust - Never Alone
Mistrust - I Travel (Nightvision Mix)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Astrud Gilberto - Here's That Rainy Day (Koop Remix)
Mocean Worker - I'll Take The Woods (featuring Ambrosia Parsley of Shivaree)
Nitin Sawhney - The Preacher

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October 10, 2005

Coax

More goodness from netlabel Monotonik, this time from the artist Coax, who provides engagingly retro robot techno on the Blackened EP. Get more freebies from Coax here.

Coax - Something Wicked
Coax - Lich's Lullaby
Coax - Shadowrun

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Har-You Percussion Group - Welcome To The Party (original version)
Lo-Fidelity Allstars - Blisters On My Brain
Kammerflimmer Kollektief - Hausen

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October 07, 2005

Friday grab bag

Wheezl turned me on to Jupiter One, a NYC band whose new EP features a hint of Ratatat-style crunch layered on a foundation of solid indie rock. He wrote, "I actually didn't fall in love with it at first listen; now I listen to it over and over." Decide for yourself! (Note: this is an .m4a file.)

Jupiter One - Wrong Line

Secret Machines dropped an EP this year, The Road Leads Where It's Led, featuring that fantastic track from their 2004 album, and five other tracks previously unreleased in the U.S. There's a Van Morrison cover, a Dylan cover, a wack slowcore cover of "Money (That's What I Want)", and this original track, highlighting their strange and yummy approach to indie rock.

Secret Machines - Better Bring Your Friends

Like everyone else on the planet, I was very enamored of the recent compilation, The Now Sound Redesigned, in which a passel of excellent modern artists (Styrofoam, Madlib, Danger Mouse, Koushik, Kid Koala, "and more!") remix or cover tracks by a relatively obscure "sunshine pop" band from the late '60s/early '70s, the Free Design. (Stop by 3hive for some freebies from that comp.) I was intrigued enough by the remixes to pick up a copy of the Free Design's 1970 album, called - wait for it - Stars / Time / Bubbles / Love. It is entirely saccharine, but intensely, perfectly so - like swimming in aural cotton candy. I absolutely detest the idea that I now have a song about butterflies running through my head at random moments, but hey, butterflies are free, so.

Free Design - Butterflies Are Free

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio - because you can't stop the signal. See you next week.

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October 06, 2005

Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle

At Dbauler's suggestion, I picked up the latest album by the Kronos Quartet, called You've Stolen My Heart. The album features the vocals of Asha Bhosle and accompaniment by Zakir Hussein, performing "songs from R. D. Burman's Bollywood". I went through a mad Kronos buying spree years ago, but Kronos is like Bill Laswell in a couple respects - they put out so many albums that it's impossible to keep up, and every album seems to have a completely different style, so you never know which ones are going to suit your fancy. But Kronos + Bollywood sounded like a nice formula to me; decide for yourselves with these samples.

Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle - Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke)
Kronos Quartet - Dhanno Ki Aankhon (In Danno's Eyes)
Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle - Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (Lover, Come To Me Now)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Dynamic Syncopation - No Qualms
DJ Shadow - Blood On The Motorway
Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans - Beep, Beep

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October 05, 2005

Innerstance.Beatbox

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"From the Chicago-based Consumers Research And Development Label, we get thoughtful, textured music by Innerstance.Beatbox. The genre? Something like glitchy instrumental downtempo hip hop afrobeat jazz. I s'pose there's a real term for it, I just don't know what it is. Scratching, samples, funked-up beats, laid-back rhythms... someone tossed this stuff into a blender and hit frappe. From the 2005 album Your Eyes Are Like UFOs My Darling."

Innerstance.Beatbox - Theme From the Bastard Squad
Innerstance.Beatbox - Helium Disco


"The same label also just released a yummy IDM EP by Atropa. From the limited 2005 release Shimo and Hono 001."

Atropa - Reverb Fairy + The Unfinisher = The A.G.D.sc.nfo_v2

Recently on Comfort Radio:
The Tornadoes - Love & Fury
We - (The Umix) Transient Scratch
Rolling Calf Sinfonette - Nothing in My Dreams

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October 04, 2005

Dungen

After stumbling across Dungen on the Melodic Today comp that I posted about recently, I decided on a whim to pick up their 2004 album, Ta det Lugnt, released in the US recently with a bonus EP. If you're looking for some rowdy psychedelic rock, look no further; something about this recording reminded me of the willful exuberance of The Bees (er, uh, I guess they're Band of Bees now), but spiked with a heavy dose of experimentalism. It holds together remarkably well, "if you like that sort of thing". They're playing at Neumo's tonight; The Stranger has a great write-up about the band if you're innerested.

Dungen - Du är För Fin För Mig
Dungen - Ta det Lugnt
Dungen - Det du tanker idag är du i morgon

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Electrelane - You Make Me Weak At The Knees
negativland - the perfect cut (rooty poops)
Nigo - Kung Fu Fightin'

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October 03, 2005

Elbow

Oh sweet, sweet Elbow, how I have longed for your return.

Elbow - Forget Myself
Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World
Elbow - My Very Best

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Herbalizer feat. Latyrx - 8 Point Agenda
Alex Cortiz - Spoonful Of Air
Zero 7 - Passing By

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