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Sunday, 29th of July, 2012

Playlist 29.07.12 (11:19 pm)

HE'S BAAAAAACK! After a month in Europe and Hong Kong, I've got a suitcaseful of loot to play you over the coming weeks. Only got back early on Saturday morning and haven't had a chance to listen to a lot yet, but here we go...
Scroll down to previous post for the big news... Last 10pm-1am show this week, so tune in at 9pm next Sunday night for 2 hours of the best postfolkrocktronica I can find.

So LISTEN AGAIN, and rest assured On demand streaming, the podcast and download (see bottom of post) aren't going anywhere!

Started with a huge special on a very special band: Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Tim Elsenburg & co have been making folk- & electronic-tinged indie pop for some years, and I first heard of them via their exquisite remix of a David Sylvian track. It was great to discover that their own music is no less beautiful, and for all that it's centred around lyrical melodicism, it never loses its experimental edge — even on the latest, probably most accessible album.
We had a nice range of stuff, including their entry in Lo Recordings' Explorers Club series of online EPs from 2010.

We follow them with a heap of tunes from Ninja Tune duo Grasscut, who are reminiscent to me of early Tunng's evocation of a dark, arcane English folk through a glitchy electronic lens. The last track on their second album features Robert Wyatt prominently, an appropriate guest. And along with their own vocals, we have sampled singing from crackly old 78 records. Both albums are strongly recommended.

Next, we find ourselves back in Australia. Melbourne's Peter Knight, jazz musician, composer, electronic musician, has written music for a theatre piece called Pin Drop which is on at the Performance Space from the 1st to the 4th of August - this Wednesday to Saturday. Check out the link!

Also on Saturday the 4th, the fantastic Fabels are launching their second EP at a possibly secret venue in Marrickville - check out their Facebook for details. With folk, electronic production and shoegaze in the mix, Hiske Weijers and Ben Aylward (the latter of legendary Sydney indie/shoegaze band Swirl) play with a drum machine in place of a drummer, and should put on a great show.

Moving west into the Blue Mountains we join Broken Chip, this alias now firmly hosting the ambient/drone side of Martyn Palmer's output, with Option Command for his beats. His new album Into The Diamond is available now from his Bandcamp and will bring a bit of glittery, bubbly calm into your day. You need it!

Also from the same region, Comatone has recently sent around some rare and unreleased tracks to Special People™, so tonight we heard a heavy bit of beat-trickery originally released on a breakcore compilation a few years ago.

Keeping with the heavy, we're off with emptyset next, from a 12" (and download release) of remixes of tracks from their Demiurge album. Already their Bass/techno sound has focused further on the noise aspect rather than the beats. Roly Porter (late of industrial dubstep legends Vex'd) has taken a similar journey, and here brings both droning noise and jackhammering beats. Very, very fine.

Cristian Vogel has also journeyed around ultra-technical beats and synth soundtracks for years, and it's great to have a new album of beats from him. They're somewhat Bass-influenced, both head-nodding and mind-massaging.

Berlin's Carsten Nicolai aka alva noto (somehow his moniker suits the lower case) has featured plenty on these pages, and it's great hearing his minimalist take on Björk from one of the recent Biophilia remix EPs. The fabulous Matthew Herbert has remixed her Icelandic majesty a number of times before, and turns in no less than three remixes on his EP. All great, too.

I came across Memotone via The Wire's latest Wire Tapper cover CD, and was intrigued enough to go and find his EP on Bandcamp. Thoroughly contemporary electro-acoustic/folktronic sounds with a bit of a Bass influence in there too. Looking forward to checking out his other stuff now I'm back from overseas...

Also with the folktronica, the wonderful Origamibiro have finally released their Shakkei Remixes album, which is most excellent. There are some great names on the list, including Plaid and the Upward Arrows incarnation of UFog regular Part Timer. And Bad Panda have a few of the remixes plus an exclusive track as free downloads!

Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Joyful Reunion [Luxor Purchase through EMI]
David Sylvian - The Heart Knows Better (Sweet Billy Pilgrim remix) [Samadhi Sound]
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Here It Begins [Samadhi Sound]
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Truth Only Smiles [Samadhi Sound]
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Amina [Lo Recordings]
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Stars Spill Out Of Cups [Wonderland Avenue]
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Archaeology [Luxor Purchase through EMI]
Grasscut - From Towns & Fields [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut - Richardson Road (feat. Robert Wyatt) [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut - High Down [Ninja Tune]
Coldcut - Sound Mirrors (Grasscut Dub) [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut - The Tin Man [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut - Reservoir [Ninja Tune]
Peter Knight - Libby (from Pin Drop) [unreleased]
Fabels - Turquoise [Rabbit Releases]
Fabels - Nek [Rabbit Releases]
Broken Chip - full moon [Broken Chip Bandcamp]
Broken Chip - there's always tomorrow [Broken Chip Bandcamp]
Broken Chip - into the diamond [Broken Chip Bandcamp]
Comatone - Time Stretching Sickness [Proboscus Records]
emptyset - Function: Vulgar Display of Power (Roly Porter Variation) [Subtext]
Cristian Vogel - Deepwater [Shitkatapult]
Cristian Vogel - Lucky Connor [Shitkatapult]
björk - dark matter (alva noto remodel) [One Little Indian]
björk - virus (matthew herbert's fever remix) [One Little Indian]
Memotone - My Stranger [A Future Without]
Origamibiro - Flicker [via Bad Panda] {free download!}
Memotone - Ghost [A Future Without]
Origamibiro - Ballerina Platform Shoes (Plaid remix) [Denizen/Abandon Building Recordings]
Origamibiro - Dusk & Umber (Upward Arrows remix) [Denizen/Abandon Building Recordings]

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Saturday, 28th of July, 2012

Utility Fog news! New timeslot coming up! (9:22 pm)

9Like the prodigal son, I returned today to Australia, suitcase full of CDs, and I'll be playing a sampling of my loot (I haven't even listened to half of it all yet!) on Sunday night.

I return also with big news re UFog.
The back-story: You my have heard that my friend/colleague Stu Buchanan is finishing up New Weird Australia as a radio show — in fact, last Thursday was the last broadcast. Brooke & Scarlett (& co) are moving Ears Have Ears to Stu's Thursday night timeslot... AND SO...

Calm down, it's OK — I'm still here. But from next Sunday night, the 5th of August, I'm moving to 9-11pm. Coincidentally I begin this 9pm timeslot on Utility Fog's 9th birthday! After 9 years of ultra-late Sunday nights and 3hrs of radio a week, it'll be nice to be semi-human on Mondays again. You get to hear me at a more accessible hour, so I hope this makes up for cutting it down by an hour (maybe 2hrs is a more accessible length too?)

But 3hrs really has been luxurious, hasn't it? I get to play long pieces, and multiple tracks by key artists. So I am brewing up a plan to make up the lost hour with a supplemental podcast, perhaps, featuring a couple of artists or trends each week (if I can manage it). Likely not ready for next Sunday.
Please contribute your thoughts in the comments here or on Facebook if that's your thing!

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Monday, 16th of July, 2012

Playlist 15.07.12 (1:56 am)

Tonight Shannon O'Neill and his lovely partner Jennifer Teo did a sterling job yet again filling in for me on Utility Fog. Slightly sad occasion as they're billing it as the last Sydney radio show, before they head north (I believe) for warmer climes. Shannon's been doing radio since before I even finished school (and he was only a year above me), so it's a bit of an honour that my Sunday segment of radio was host to this event.
Here's what was played, including a piece from Shannon to finish:

James Ferraro - Palm Trees, Wi-Fi and Dream Sushi / Google Poeises
Meat Beat Manifesto - My Son The DJ The Forger / Good The Bad and The Forger / Forgery
David Liddell - Ffffrakkkk
Cristian Vogel - Enter the Tub / Seed Dogs
Claro Intelecto - Blind Side
Marc Leclair & Rechenzentrum - 1er Jour
Akufen - Premiere tournee
Fredricson - Cocktail
Alva Noto - uni acronym (feat. Anne James Chaton)
The Threshold HouseBoys Choir - As Doors Open Into Space
Kangding Ray - Epoque
Lloyd Barrett - Halting State
Dot.AY - Hnz2 (Restream remix)
Hinterlandt - Motion
Puzahki - Motion Sickness
Telafonica - Twister
Max Tundra - Will Bleed Amen
Ween - Ocean Man
The Darkening Scale - Has Visions, Bless
Gang of Four - I Was Never Gonna Turn Out Too Good
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Dark
Dalek - Abandoned Language
Kush Arora - Sad Corruption
Vaccine - Ochre
Hecq - I Will Survive (with Nongenetic)
Zavoloka & AGF - Star
Mouse on Mars - 1001
Zzzzzz - Electromonominimalistic Dimension
The Loop Orchestra - Demise
Shannon O'Neill - Diffuse

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Monday, 9th of July, 2012

Playlist, 08.07.12 (7:52 pm)

Last night, the estimable Luke Telford filled in for me while I was travelling between Bilbao and Madrid. Here's what he played:

gary war - thousand yard stare
hollow press - tomorrow
john maus - bennington (2007)
nimble animal - mud
nimble animal - XIX
nimble animal - yabbies
vatican shadow - one day he heard the call
THE ROOST OF AUTEURS SOON ELIGIBLE FOR PARODY - Look up to the Stars and Know they are There
hundred waters - are/or
mere women - blonde kid
necessary - ayotzintli
pharaoh overlord - cardinal
culture of un - unlike the visitor, the desert does not adjust
oren ambarchi - sagitarrian domain
mount eerie - through the trees pt. 2
grand salvo - she was also watching on the occasion of his first break-in
forward strategy group - tth
tapes - dungeness
andras fox - kumakudo
sean mccann and matthew sullivan - an unknown gentleman
tvo - tamaghis
pneuman - periapsis
robbie basho - japan idyll
mario diaz de leon - dissolution
serious beak - dylan mitrovich - han (huele a chorizo)
luke abbott - meeting hill
laurel halo - airsick

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Monday, 2nd of July, 2012

Playlist 01.07.12 (10:22 am)

Thanks to Shannon & Adrian for filling in tonight while I was swanning around London and Paris!
Here's what they played (and you can listen on demand if you're interested!)

Igorrr - Moelleux
Monster Zoku Onsomb! - Eat Brains
Capitol K - Yo Tarzan, tu Jane
Eddie Warner - Mickey and Macky
Gil Trythall - Yakety Moog
Waipod Phetsuphan - Ding Ding Dong
Sohail Rana - Khyber Mail
Ersem - Gune e Don Cice im
Thomas William - Sticky Sunshine
Thomas William - Key Cutting
Thomas William - Cliques (W. Peon)
Tipper - Puzzle Dust
Mr Bill - Focus
Hecq - Nihilim
Zomby - Tears in the Rain
Sub Grabbing - T'as entendu
Whourkr - Maximum Speed Limit Monotone Snare Audition
Whourkr - Arithmetic Punishment
Venetian Snares - Fool the Detector
Africa HiTech - Do U Wanna Fight
Africa HiTech - Footstep
The Gasman - Fade To Grey
Plaster - Xenas
Lonesome - CBZ
Scone - Sowieso
Shackleton - (for the) Love of Weeping / Touched
Muslimgauze - The Iraqi Who Grew Orchids
David Lynch - Noah's Ark
Alpen - Frontier of Ink and Paper (Elroy 4.0 remix)
Alias - Feverdreamin
Severed Heads - Pour Chiens Moyens
Severed Heads - Come Visit the Big Bigot
The Residents - Milton-the Melted Man
Charles Dodge - Speech Songs When I Am With You / Speech Songs He Destroyed Her Image
Curtis Roads - Pictor Alpha
The Tape-Beatles - I'm Waiting
Oyaars - 15 Pilieni Patiesibas
The Lonely Island - Threw It On the Ground
Negativland - Time Zones

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