is Thomas Michael, an Edmonton based producer whose love of house music was born in Eastern Europe where - the child of immigrants - he would spend summers with his grandparents. Being in an isolated region and of a sympathetic turn of mind, he became absorbed by European music television, etching the likes of Modjo’s “Lady”, Craig David’s “Fill Me In”, and Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” into his mind for the trip back to Canada. As he began making electronic music in his teens, the influence of that early European house re-emerged in his mind, receiving it’s finest summation on his new album Rare Pleasures
, a ten track opus built entirely of samples collected from youtube videos. Taking as his point of departure what he identifies as a lack of experimental sensibilities in the underground house scene, Michael blazes a trail of funky grooves and disparate more or less fully explored cultural references across the full breadth of his youtube cullings. We couldn’t be more excited to offer it to y’all.
MP3: Ghibli - Róisín and Aoife
Preorder the limited edition cassette and download the album for free here.
10:39 am |
April 20 2012
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We just got our copies of the small repressing we’ve done for Featureless Ghost's Biologically-Sound Cyber-Bodies EP! We have less than ten copies remaining, but if we run out overnight you’ll also be able to grab one from the band on tour this year.
If you’re in a rush, head over and get one from our bandcamp.
9:25 pm |
March 21 2012
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Today we’re announcing the first DVD release on Crash Symbols, done in partnership with incredible Florida filmmaker Joshua Rogers, producing through his company Broken Machine Films. We also couldn’t be more honored to say that our first DVD contains a track by track visual accompaniment to Monroeville Music Center's gorgeous Le Progrès EP, released last year on Brooklyn-based digital imprint Dracula Horse. Above is Rogers’ video for the EP’s opener “En Route (ou Enfin! Le Défilé Capsule de Temps va au Centre de Contrôle)”, setting the track to his bizarre found footage of the triumphant machinations of some aluminum beings, marching through factories as they’re transformed from raw materials into more practical “extruded shapes”. Roger does an incredible job of syncing the music and accidentally or deliberately his new juxtapositions feel like the completion of the original Le Progrès.
Buy the limited edition DVD and stream the original Le Progrès EP here. You can watch a couple promos and look at some pictures of the final product after the jump.
12:06 pm |
March 20 2012
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Late last year, my wife and I entertained Minneapolis label Moon Glyph
's founder Steve Rosborough and his significant other, taking them to the hippest places in Oakland, surely leaving them impressed with the area's vibrant cultural scene and the terrible table service at Burma Superstar, one of our favorite restaurants in the Bay. Amidst all that splendor, we were able to trade a bunch of releases - check out what we got! -Dwight
MG17: Tender Meat
, Live at the Ritz (the Ritz on the Fritz)
- Recorded live at Flaneur Productions
' Heliotrope Festival in Minneapolis, Live at the Ritz
… is nowhere near so elegant and clean as the Ritz, but every bit as shambolic and incredible as the use of the word Ritz twice and the addition of “Fritz” to the title would suggest. Tender Meat Jon Coe and Andy Fritz, with Coe’s percussion animating these recordings and Fritz fleshing them out into a jagged skeleton with his digital orchestra, echoing some of the crazed compositions of their co-Minnesotans Skoal Kodiak
, Living Image
- The solo project of Cole Weiland of Daughters of the Sun
, Camden plays blasted synths over tape loops, adding in “his boldest and most crepitative vocalizations yet”, which I quote primarily for Moon Glyph’s awesome and correct use of the word crepitative, but his second outing under the name is actually very accessible. Although there are plenty of spots where the ear is given over to a shifting warble of noise and tidal drones, these are more “pop” soundscapes than synth; plenty melodic and even Weiland’s oblique vocalizations aren’t particularly jarring. Certainly one of Moon Glyph’s most cohesive albums.
- “It’s uncertain whether Davis has tapped into a contemporary mania or synthesized a manic – and, at times, maniacal – electronic sound response to the times.” (via Moon Glyph
) This is actually one of the first Moon Glyph releases I reviewed, more than a year ago back at Get Off the Coast
, and I feel pretty good about what I said then: “I’d call Ghostband a working class Daft Punk; half the budget, twice the vision, and at least as danceable.” It remains one of my favorite of their tapes, and probably is one of the label’s most accessible, thanks to the captivating melodies embedded in Ghostband’s shambolic beats.
MG24: Soothsayer, Inflow Illusion
- Soothsayer is actually the home for Moon Glyph proprietor Steve Rosborough’s solo work. Inflow Illusion,
his second outing under the name, is an eleven track collection of calmative synth soundscapes; an extended new age meditation, occasionally pulled back to reveal Rosborough’s playful intellectualism and highly refined palette.
MG34: Roy Orb D.M.T.
, Doctor of Metaphysical Healing
- This is another favorite Moon Glyph release for me. In some ways, it feels like one of the most confident assertions of the label’s musical aesthetic, less challenging than other albums but ultimately more effective, and the name of the tape is entirely descriptive… synth soundscapes ebb and flow, but the sound is explicitly therapeutic. If you’ve been looking for something to accompany meditation or promote states of restful awareness, I’d highly recommend it.
All of these cassettes and more can be purchased direct from Moon Glyph
2:34 pm |
March 14 2012
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Ender Belongs to Me is a reclusive experimental pop duo from the fertile slums of Brooklyn. What better place to be while they wonder after their own identities and significance? Both of the pair go by Peter Wiggin in interviews and although their creative endeavors have brought the two together for their garageband collaboration, their music is anxious and damaged, as much by their hidden personal lives as their tension over gestures toward a new digital culture. Under their assumed name, both cop to long struggles with substance abuse. Both spent time in rehab. The recordings that make up Memory are an artifact of those times. The five tracks were recorded at different times with different guest vocalists over the course of years, yielding up a fragmented opus, preserving in sound the emotions of those tumultuous years and the ultimate priority of their shared identity.
Ender Belongs to Me - All Working
Download the EP or buy the limited edition cassette here. You can also check out some more tunes from the band at their bandcamp.
1:23 pm |
March 13 2012
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Our pal Albert, aka Lenticular Clouds, recently whipped up the latest remix to Welcome Back Sailors' “Stronger”. His washier, dancy take on the track breaks down and builds up continuously while still retaining the original heart of the song.
12:48 pm |
March 9 2012
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Crash Symbols alumni Noah Wall’s got a new photography tumblr and he’s cranking out some gems. Check them out here.
9:19 pm |
February 23 2012
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Some portion of the Crash Symbols crew will be keeping the flag raised this year at SXSW, but for those of us in the aforementioned crew that can’t make it - we insistthat you go hang out at the TerrorEyes showcase, where our very own Pressed And and Some Ember will be cozying up with Janka Nabay and Dustin Wong. Truly looks not to be missed.
Find out more here.
2:27 pm |
February 23 2012
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Power Animal, aka Keith Hampson, is a bit of an exotic bird… anyone that’s done a split cassette with David Liebe Hart (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show fame) can probably be fairly said to be. His under-celebrated label debut on Waaga Records, People Songs, never really got a fair shake. Logistical hang-ups prevented it from being seriously promoted when it first saw release. But in spite of that we’ve been in constant contact, waiting a year for everything to come together for Exorcism, an EP’s worth of his most recent recordings, plus a b-side full of remixes from Lushlife, Melting Season, Spirituals, Botany, and Golden Ages. Released by Crash Symbols in collaboration with Hampson’s own charity-focused label Human Kindness Overflowing, nearly all profits from the release will be going to charity via Philabundance, a Philadelphia group that can supply three meals to area-needy for every $2 we provide from album sales. We couldn’t be more excited to finally have it available.
Power Animal - Better Water
Power Animal - Exorcism (Spirituals Remix)
Purchase the limited edition cassette and download Exorcism here.
11:49 am |
February 21 2012
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