Taking a little break

July 17th, 2009

свети минаПравославни икониonline poker newsкухненски масиI just don’t have much to say right now. Pretty much all of my free time is going to my wife and the next batch of tunes. I’ll be back at some point and will post the odd bit here and there, but updates are going to get scarce for a while around here.

Hit me up on Twitter if you like. :)


Mining the small mailorders

April 29th, 2009

Some good finds recently. Not free music though.

At War With False Noise


Rage in Eden

Twilight Records

Beast of Prey

Things are a little slow at work today, so I’m going through the drafts on this site and flushing them out into real posts. This list has been sitting around for some time.

In no particular order: Eleven records from the last ten years that have made a big impact on me in some way, mostly having to do with making my own tunes.

  1. Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile (1999)
  2. Sigur Rós: Ágætis Byrjun (1999)
  3. Lament Configuration: Paragon-Asia Dataflow (2004)
  4. Cex: Oops! I did it again! (2001)
  5. Gultskra Artikler: Goloded (2004)
  6. Tujiko Noriko: Make Me Hard (2002)
  7. Lustmord: Zeotrope (OST) (2002)
  8. Panacea: Brasilia (2000)
  9. M² (Squaremeter): The Bitter End (2002)
  10. Set Fire to Flames: Telegraphs in the Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static (2003)
  11. Clint Mansell: The Fountain (OST) (2006)


Other albums not on this list that I’d include now.

Dead Lettters Spell out Dead Words: Facelessness Erases Every Trace of Humanity (2008)

Kode9 and the Spaceape: Memories of the Future (2006)

Wolves in the Throne Room: Two Hunters (2007)

From 2000-2005 it seemed like every netlabel that was popping up was putting out at least one, really killer, free album every few months. Has anyone else noticed that the days of the great netlabel seem to be over?

There are still a few shining lights out there, but it seems like when Fukkgod Let’s Create went away (in their familiar form at least), a lot of other netlabels disappeared as well, or started putting out sub-par material. Autoplate is no longer putting out new stuff, and the rest of Thinner has gone the route of paid downloads. Monotonik is still going strong, but I haven’t heard anything vibrant out of that camp in at least two years, not since Bliss’ “Hello Brain Goodbye Heart”. No Type offers fewer and fewer releases overall every year, and sub-labels Sine Fiction (a netlabel project that could be amazing) and Nishi haven’t had any new releases since 2007.

So what’s going on out there? Am I just not finding the good shit on Google anymore or have things really become that stale?

I’ll write more about this soon. I just wanted to get this initial part down here first.

Okay, so the point of that little rant?
I am going to delve deep into the netlabel land again and find some of the good stuff.

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April 1st, 2009

What the Hell is wrong with you people?

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This might not be accurate

March 31st, 2009

But it seems like everyone I know who went to art school was never taught how to make money from their art. I’m not saying its good or bad, I’m just saying it seems like by now art schools should teach artists how to make money if they can’ t figure it out on their own. Its kind of a fine line I suppose.

I don’t make money from making music, but I still do it of course. I never went to music school either and it seems like some people who did go to music school are worse off than I am and they have a B.A..

In a round-a-bout way it kind of makes me think that I’d be happy teaching skills at a trade school, instead of producing art for car and travel companies.

This Week in Netlabel land

March 27th, 2009

Neferiu Records has put out a few gems over the years, including Skybase by Dockta Valkus (Think scifi futuristic hip hop that’s not spacey, but kind of hard and a little creepy/Massive Attacky).

Merzbau-Label some nice low-fi, indie type stuff. Also helped me find Tiago Sousa’s “The Western Lands”, which excellent.

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