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November 30, 2005

Cranes

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"The latest installment in my Dream Pop obsession: Cranes feature a girlish voice over shimmery layers of sound, with a nice touch of menace. Splendid Magazine says 'Particles and Waves moves along like a hallucinogenic fever-dream, hot, steamy and airborne', and it seems that no review out there can resist using the word helium in association with Alison Shaw's voice. Looks like they've been opening for The Cure, which says promising things about their future. 'Light Song' is one of those tracks that immediately lodged itself into my brain, coming back at random moments. It's better than the stuff that usually plays in there. From the 2005 album Particles and Waves."

Cranes - Far From the City
Cranes - Light Song
Cranes - Particles and Waves

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Floan Project - Snakes
Alien Radio Station - Sick
Susumu Yokota - Three Ripple

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November 29, 2005

Deerhoof

Deerhoof - what, precisely, are they smoking? Discuss. From the 2005 EP Green Cosmos.

Deerhoof - Green Cosmos
Deerhoof - Spiral Golden Town

In other news, you may have noticed you got two posts from me last Friday. This is not because I was feeling all generous and full of Thanksgiving spirit. No, this is because I am largely an idiot who should not be trusted with even simple publishing software; and so, this coming Friday's post got accidentally published last Friday. I plan to make up for it, however, by posting ten pages of my high school poetry this coming Friday. That is all.

Recently on Comfort Radio:
fila brazillia - nature boy
µ-Ziq - Die Zweite Heimat
King Kooba - Salutation

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November 28, 2005

Breakestra

All hail the mighty Breakestra and their kick-stomping funk jams! Right, you just think the flute can't kick your ass, but Breakestra knows better. If you like this kind of stuff, then know that pretty much every track on the album is a treat; I didn't stop bopping my head for the entire hour plus I was checking this out. From the 2005 Ubiquity Records release Hit The Floor.

Breakestra - Gotta Let Me Know
Breakestra - Burgundy Blues (feat. James "The Penguin" King)
Breakestra - Recognize

And just 'cuz I'm feeling generous, here's a track from the recent Ubiquity compilation, The Shape of Things To Come, for good measure.

Breakestra - How Do You Really Feel (Cut Chemist Atkins Edit)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
lackluster - ulcer stalk
TV On The Radio - Don't Love You
The Art Of Noise - Nothing Was Going To Stop Them Then, Anyway

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November 25, 2005

Friday grab bag

Who is Boy Novice, and when will he finally become Boy Professional? These and many other questions continue to elude my grasp. In the meantime, here's a soulful track from the Girl EP to ponder.

Boy Novice - Higher

Something about the vocals and the chord progressions on this track elevate it above all the rest on an otherwise perfectly reasonable electronic bossa compilation, Far Out 100. At just a little over two minutes, this track is over far too soon for my taste.

Grupo Batuque - O Tempo Sambe

Everyone else has already posted their favorite tracks from the recent Rubber Soul tribute compilation, This Bird Has Flown. They are all WRONG, however, as the best track is this one. Rubber Soul is apparently 40 years old now, meaning it was released before the invention of electricity, proving ipso facto that The Beatles were geniuses.

Mindy Smith - The Word

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

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Friday grab bag

No, this is not Air [French Band] - this is Air, J-Pop band, and if I knew more than that, I'd be able to read all those Japanese-language links on Google. Ha! Anyway, this gots the jams. From the single We Can Sing A Song.

Air - We Can Sing A Song

Ulrich Schnauss recently re-released Far Away Trains Passing By, this time with a bonus disc of six fine tracks that is a fine addition to his slowly expanding catalogue. If you've not yet been exposed to his ethereal brand of IDM, it's well worth a listen. Included here is a track I posted last year, but it's so damn fine, I think I'm just going to post it again anyway; it's by far my favorite Ulrich track.

Ulrich Schnauss - Wherever You Are

Dear Four Tet,
Thank you for making my brain itch.
Sincerely,
Scotto

Four Tet - Sun Drums and Soil (Part 2), from Everything Ecstatic Part 2.

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

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November 24, 2005

Fingathing

OK, who forgot to tell me about Fingathing? Jesus, I live in a cave. Yummy breakbeat, in case you also live in cave. From the collection Time Capsule.

Fingathing - Slippin'
Fingathing - Music To Watch Aliens By
Fingathing - Walk In Space

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Tori Amos - Lust
Beastie Boys - Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)
Dosh - Bring the Happiness

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November 23, 2005

Emiliana Torrini

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Emiliana Torrini's voice is like a lighter Edie Brickell, and her music is minimal guitar and piano - just a hint of accompaniment to her fragile voice. She did 'Gollum Song', which I believe was the beautiful closing track on The Two Towers. The album meanders gently, keeping the same soft, intimate feel throughout. And dude, there's a glockenspiel. From the 2005 album Fisherman's Woman."

Emiliana Torrini - Lifesaver
Emiliana Torrini - Today Has Been Okay
Emiliana Torrini - Thinking Out Loud

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Shpongle - My Head Feels Like A Frisbee (Delusions of Grandeur RMX)
Basement Jaxx - Good Luck (feat.Lisa Kekaula)
system7 - Altitude (EasyLife Mix)

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November 22, 2005

Enduser

Sleepy turned me on to this frickin' excellent EP by Enduser, entitled Bollywood Breaks. I think of myself as being a platinum member of the "I hate drum and bass" club, but who can resist the ever swank sounds of Bollywood fused with the kick-stomping beats on display here? NO SANE PERSON, that's who.

Enduser - Not So Distant Drums
Enduser - No Wisdom

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Single Cell Orchestra - Start
tin god - disco mess
DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo - SHOH-KA

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November 21, 2005

Coldcut

Interesting fact: Coldcut is still putting records out.

Coldcut - Everything Is Under Control
Coldcut - Sound Mirrors
Coldcut - Colours The Soul

In other news, Erowid recently posted a new installment of my drug culture column, eScottology, asking that musical question, "Is this some kind of drug thing?" Please to be checking it out.

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Marden Hill - Harlem River Drive
Supreme Beings Of Leisure - Never The Same
Boards Of Canada - On A Rolling Sea

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November 18, 2005

Friday grab bag

Funny thing - if you leave something on your wish list long enough, eventually you will find it for less than $5 via Amazon Marketplace. Aurgasm turned me on to this snazzy little breakbeat record from 2003; here's my favorite track. From the album Soul Trader.

ILS - Trapped

The new Jazzanova album coming out in December, The Remixes 2002-2005, contains a few surprises, including this cut that didn't make the final version of the highly vaunted The Now Sound Redesigned album.

Free Design - Lullaby (J-Nova Remix)

Finally got my hands on both of the CD singles put out by The Dissociatives, giving me an excuse to post about their candy-coated goodness once more. This one's from the Young Man, Old Man single; both this and the other single, Somewhere Down The Barrel, contain several treats each for the discerning Dissociatives fan.

The Dissociatives - Much Preferred Customers (The Presets remix)

And finally, we're having a benefit party for the Comfort media empire tomorrow night, featuring our ever-popular lip sync extravaganza. If you want to share the love to help cover hardware replacements & upgrades and hosting costs, paypal a buck or two to scotto at braverock.com. If you want to sit back, do nothing, and just listen to tunes, that's okay too.

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

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November 17, 2005

Nybbl

Some lovely, surprisingly melodic rocktronica comes our way today from the improbably named Nybbl. From the 2005 debut release The Path From A Point Is In The Shape Of A Heart.

Nybbl - Finding Faultlines
Nybbl - One Day That Smile Will Save You
Nybbl - The Season

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Boozoo Bajou - Night Over Manaus
Morcheeba - Shoulder Holster (Diabolical Brothers Remix)
Jeff Buckley - Dream Brother

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November 16, 2005

Bassnectar

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"The first Bassnectar CD is booty-shakin' beats and breaks; the bonus CD, actually a release of earlier work, is mellower, kinda noodly instrumental electronica. But that doesn't nearly capture its eclectic range. He says it better than me: 'organic fusion of psyhop, freakbeat, & bassalistic majik'. Also on his site he says 'A zealot on my crusade for "Vegan Music", I am bent on removing all the cheese from the songs I play out....' Heh. He's honed his chops at Burning Man, and displays a corresponding focus on community and making the world a better place. This is one of those CDs where there are so many good tracks, it's hard to decide what to put up. From the 2005 2-CD set Mesmerizing the Ultra."

Bassnectar - Blow (Featuring Kyrian)
Bassnectar - Interpret
Bassnectar - Blue State Riddim (Featuring Jahi & MC Lush)
Bassnectar - Simultaneous

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Colektro - Brainwank (Psycho Foo Edit)
Andre 3000 - My Favorite Things
They Might Be Giants - Planet of the Apes

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November 15, 2005

John Arnold

My ears are starting to get a little fatigued by "nujazz", but I definitely dug this new record by John Arnold. Actually the first track here definitely defies that description altogether, while the rest of the album takes the nujazz formula and adds just the right amount of funk to keep this whole endeavor from sliding into very undifferentiated territory. From the album Style and Pattern, released by Ubiquity Records.

John Arnold - Style And Pattern (Nuff Version)
John Arnold - Rise Up
John Arnold - Jangal

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Kalahari Surfers - What have they done to you?
Opus - Isis (featuring Lord 360)
UNKLE - Rabbit In Your Headlights (3D Mix (Reverse Light))

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November 14, 2005

The Orb

There was a point in my life when I just plain didn't understand this new-fangled "electronic music". Then Yara dropped some key albums from Banco de Gaia and The Orb in my lap, and I had one of those life-changing experiences where, for the next twelve months, I listened to absolutely nothing but electronic music, trying desperately to catch up. The Orb was always the anchor; I probably listened to Orblivion to the point where I can sing all 70 minutes of it, and heaven knows we had plenty of Ultraworld and UFOrb trips "back in the day". I felt pretty let down by Cydonia, but on a whim, I put Bicycles & Tricycles on my Nomad, and every time a track from on it comes on, I find myself thinking "what is this ass-kicking goodness?" before being pleasantly surprised to learn it's my old pal, The Orb.

There, I think I got all of my "This is a blog so I must include something personal" out of my system for another year.

The Orb recently released a vinyl collection, Orbsessions Volume One: 10 Ultra-Fi Melodies. The set is a little maddening - it's got a "I just tossed this off the other day after a bender" quality to it, which is possibly why it's not getting a wide release, but there's definitely some bouncy fun to be had. The first track here is a veritable "greatest hits" of the samples you've heard throughout their career; possibly not the greatest track in the world, but it's fun. The second track is a nice IDM workout that takes me back just a little bit to the old days.

The Orb - Mummie Don't
The Orb - Yungle

For those who want new Orb that ain't on vinyl, their new CD is Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt. Haven't heard it yet.

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Boom Boom Satellites - bonus track
Makyo - Dakini (sky dancer)
Chemical Brothers - Playground of a Wedgeless Firm

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November 11, 2005

Nitrada

Today brings dark electropop from the 2004 release We Don't Know Why But We Do It by Nitrada. Some of this album crosses pleasingly over into M83-ish territory, while other parts get surprisingly glitchy; the sum total is an engaging ride. Hey, so what if I didn't hear about it until just the other day. I'm not omniscient, merely omnirritating.

Nitrada - Everything Is Not Alright
Nitrada - Fading Away
Nitrada - Old Love, New Idea

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

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November 10, 2005

Elysian Fields

On their 2005 release Bum Raps & Love Taps, the NYC group Elysian Fields sounds a bit like Mazzy Star meets PJ Harvey. Actually, it sounds a LOT like that. Well, okay, it's more Mazzy Star than PJ Harvey, maybe a 60/40 ratio, although on some songs it's more like 30/70 when they get all grungy, but still, that's the idea. Actually, I'm sure the idea was not "let's go sound like Mazzy Star meeting PJ Harvey", which might actually sound a lot like, "Oh, hey, PJ, what's happening, oh, hey, not much, etc.," but. It's neat.

Elysian Fields - Lion In The Store
Elysian Fields - Sharpening Skills
Elysian Fields - Duel With Cudgels

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Dj Z-Trip & Dj P - Track 2
Teargas & Plateglass - Haengyong
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November 09, 2005

Costanza

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"I came at this CD fully expecting to not review it... oh boy, another former Tricky collaborator... whatever. But my foot started tapping and my attention kept getting snagged and I can't resist. Maybe I just have a thing for the seductive-voice-Bristol-aesthetic thing. It's not just that, though - her arrangements are captivating, ranging from slow and sexy to hard and driving, sometimes on the same track. Looks like she's coming out with a full album soon - watch for it. From the 2005 EP zerOKilled."

Costanza - All the Girls Get Together and Rule
Costanza - Baby Soldier

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Joi - ESY-SHJ
Drums & Tuba - No Accomodation For Buffalo
Philip Glass - New Cities in Ancient Lands, Africa

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November 08, 2005

Efterklang

I just got my greedy hands on the 2004 release Tripper from Efterklang. I'm not even remotely sure how to describe it - the post-rock stylings of Sigur Rós meet the quirky electronics of Múm, with a little bit of Rachel's thrown in for good measure perhaps. Okay, maybe I'm slightly sure how to describe it. This was a belated birfday present from Jenny, and it hit the spot - yay, wish list!

Efterklang - Swarming
Efterklang - Step Aside
Efterklang - Prey And Predator

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Death in Vegas - Aladdins Story
Gorillaz - Slow counter
nurai lita - kafez

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November 07, 2005

"Awesome"

Fact: "Awesome" is not simply the band's name, but also an absolutely apt description of their lush and remarkable sound. The band consists of seven multi-instrumentalists/vocalists (and one actual doctor of philosophy) with a wide range of theatre and sketch comedy experience; their first album, Delaware, is the soundtrack to a beautiful piece of absurdist musical theatre they produced here in Seattle for two blazing runs. Fusing the wistful sensibilities of Sufjan Stevens with the intelligent whimsy of Moxy Früvous, "Awesome" is a dynamic performance troupe that brings credibility back to the term "art rock".

"Awesome" - When It Rains In The Middle Of The Ocean
"Awesome" - Del
"Awesome" - Zeno's Rock

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DJ Nobody - Afternoon Focus (Instrumental)
Intrinsic Sky Sound System - Vajra Kilaya Mix
Poi Dog Pondering - Collarbone

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November 04, 2005

Friday grab bag

Acid jazz meets Japanese rap ("two great tastes," etc.) in this quirky little gem. From the New Awakening Remixes Part 7 EP, available from Planetgroove.

DJ Mitsu the Beats - Jazz feat. Hunger (SW Mix)

Dsico That No-Talent Hack has graduated from the world of merciless mash-ups to good old-fashioned electroclash on his new release Fool, out on Spasticated Records. Don't let his moniker fool you; this is tasty stuff.

Dsico That No-Talent Hack - Swimmingly

I'm assuming I'm the last person on Earth to hear this amazing cover, but just in case, here's your chance to hear it. From the Heart of Glass single, released by the netlabel Bevlar Music. Get more Daniel Lindeberg freebies here.

Daniel Lindeberg with Greta Rootstein - Heart Of Glass

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

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November 03, 2005

Leaf

Good old-fashioned moody electronica, borrowing heavily from trip hop, is provided by Leaf, on their 2005 release Made Into Itself. Vaguely reminiscent of Four Tet, "in a good way!"

Leaf - Paperdress
Leaf - Even Holy Things Die
Leaf - His Whole Life

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Ray Martin And His Orchestra - Mood Indigo
Fresh Lab - Sentiments
Sky Cries Mary - Goodbye Horse

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November 02, 2005

Endless Blue

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"First impression of Endless Blue is fresh and stylish trip hop, with jazzy and retro influences. Then you listen closer to the lyrics and it's slit-your-wrists time. Hoo, somebody was hurt bad. The combination is entrancing. This album stands out from other trip-hop with retro synths, 'trashy beats', and cool vocal effects. Laura Hillman is a master of vocal nuance, reminding me of Garbage's Shirley Manson, and the music intertwines with her voice flawlessly. Why are these guys not famous?!? From the 2005 release Smoke Through It."

Endless Blue - Stranger
Endless Blue - Goodbye
Endless Blue - Break

Recently on Comfort Radio:
George Pallikaris - Seaside
Arling And Cameron - Can You Pah-Pah?
Chenard Walcker - Levrette in Zodiac with Diamonds

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November 01, 2005

Balkan Beat Box

Just when you thought you'd heard it all... it's Balkan Beat Box to save the day! From the band's 2005 self-titled debut.

Balkan Beat Box - Cha Cha
Balkan Beat Box - Bulgarian Chicks (feat. V. Tomova. & M. Alexiava)
Balkan Beat Box - Shushan (feat. Shushan)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Pressure Drop - The Road
Wilco - Poor Places
Chemical Brothers - Terminal Tower

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