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Sunday, 24th of May, 2009

Playlist 24.05.09 (11:10 pm)

Tonight there was so much to get through that quite a bit is going to have to wait till next week. So it goes!

Note: pimmon’s album launch is happening at the Bon Marche Studio @UTS on Friday June 19. I tell you this because the only way you’ll get in is by emailing hello@preservation.com.au beforehand – there are no tickets on the door. Facebook event here. The very wonderful Chris Abrahams supports, along with new artist Emily McDaniel.
But to skip back to the start, we had something really special from Lucky Dragons, from a new 7″ (which incidentally comes with a download code, always good). Fabulous strummy banjo and electronics.
Then a couple of tracks from the fabulous soccer Committee / Machinefabriek “remixes and covers” album redrawn.
Jim O’Rourke (whose personal web involvement seems nil, hence the Wikipedia link) finds his amazing glitch album from 2001 remastered and re-released by Editions Mego. He unearthed a whole second album to go into the deal, so of course I had to grab a copy. The original album is an absolute classic that was a regular in my CD player back at the time, and the 2nd CD certainly lives up to the high standards set.
Following our pimmon, we have another Preservation release, from Italy’s Nicola Ratti. In the post-Talk Talk tradition of quietly detailed postrock, there’s a lot of subtle beauty in there.
We have another track from last week’s Adam Trainer album – piano and guitar and processing – and then some high grade noise from John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh, in their second collaboration.
Another collaboration follows, the much-hyped Burial/Four Tet 12″, something Mr Hebden told me about back in June 2007, for the record :) There followed a bunch of dubsteppy tunes, from the (relatively) up-tempo Pinch, through the wonderful aXXo, the heavy beats/bass (on this track) of iTAL tEK and Jamie Vex’d’s new wonky hip-hop sound.
I haven’t played enough of the Two Fingers album, quality grime (of a sort) from Amon Tobin & Doubleclick, so I played my favourite Sway lyric (well, ok, one of…)
Shannon O’Neill’s Alias Frequencies has been (re-)releasing Buttress O’Kneel’s amazing mashup/breakcore albums, and you must go and download them (all free of course, as in “information wants to be…”) right now! She’s done a swathe of astounding FourPlay remixes that I hope to release in some form soon!
Calming down with some real pop afterwards: a couple of tracks from the dulcet voice and slightly demented mind of Fredo Viola, another piece of genius from Grizzly Bear, and then the (re-)discovery of the year, Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Their remix of David Sylvian from a couple of years ago prompted me to look into the band, but it was only earlier this year that Sylvian finally released their debut album, and I only really settled into it this week. Gorgeous glitchy textures, samples, instruments and highly talented songwriting – not one to let slip by!
In between two Sweet Billy Pilgrim tracks, Seaworthy snuck in. He’s sneaking in to FBi on Tuesday to talk to Eliza Sarlos on her amazing show Unputdownable – don’t miss it!
sound&fury have now released The Disambiguation of Anonymeye, combining finger-picking guitar, classic synths and laptop processing. Tonight’s track is one of any number of highlights.
Still finding new delights in the Psuche album, required listening, and we finished with more demented indie rock(?) from Aleks & the Ramps.

Lucky Dragons – honeycomb house parts 1-3 [Atelier Ciseaux]
soccer Committee / Machinefabriek – magpie (covered by the puddle parade) [Machinefabriek]
soccer Committee / Machinefabriek – landslide (mark templeton remix) [Machinefabriek]
Jim O’Rourke – i’m happy [Editions Mego]
Jim O’Rourke – let’s take it again from the top [Editions Mego]
pimmon – Evil Household Ceremony [Preservation]
Nicola Ratti – …and Fireworks [Preservation]
Adam Trainer – Cabrini Green [hellosQuare]
John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh – Stettinius [dronedisco]
Burial/Four Tet – Wolf Cub [Text]
Pinch – Attack of the Giant Killer Robot Spiders! [Planet µ]
aXXo – No Idlers [Killtone]
iTAL tEK – Massive Error [Planet µ]
Jamie Vex’d – Saturn’s Reply [Planet µ]
Two Fingers feat. Sway – Jewels and Gems [Ninja Tune]
Buttress O’Kneel – HeartBooty [via Alias Frequencies]
Buttress O’Kneel – Paragon Humanoid [via Alias Frequencies]
Buttress O’Kneel – Imagination [via Alias Frequencies]
fredo viola – death of a son [because]
Grizzly Bear – About Face [Warp]
fredo viola – ether [Please Do Something] {download, possibly no longer available}
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Here It Begins [SamadhiSound]
Seaworthy – Ammunition 1 [12k]
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Truth Only Smiles [SamadhiSound]
Anonymeye – If At First You Don’t Secede… [sound&fury]
Psuche – Tell Tell [Two Bright Lakes]
Aleks & the Ramps – Amputee Pilot [through Stomp]


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