Top 2013 Releases

 

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Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens – Los Angeles Mescal Buttons

Denver based teacher & songwriter that put together a great EP available for free!  Gotta love that.  Nice western feel and great bassline for the title track.  Remixes are good too!  The Marcellus Lewis Remix has some nice squidgy sounds under a deep reverb tank that are great!http://jeffreywentworthstevens.blogspot.com/2013/09/los-angeles-mescal-buttons-singleremixes.html

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Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens – The Holy Dogs of Other Days

Awesome album; and gets the creativity art project of the year award!!!  Released on a 2” button that you can clip onto your jean jacket…just plug in headphones and away you go…  track selection and volume control included.  Plug into USB for a fresh recharge!  One of the best packaging ideas to date; and the tunes are awesome too.  Get the digital edition for free…

http://jeffreywentworthstevens.bandcamp.com/album/the-holy-dogs-of-other-days

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Cyberia – DYAD

What the hell is up with Denver bands this year!  O F F  T H E  C H A R T S !!! This is off of some obscure cassette tape label (really?) from some hick town in Texass.  One of the most listened to albums of the year; this is a great commuter release.   Tight melodies and awesome production!  If you haven’t heard it yet; well; you’re lame!

http://cyberia.bandcamp.com/releases

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Locust – You’ll Be Safe Forever

I love Mark Van Hoen; and he again comes out with a strong release!  I can remember falling in love with his sound from Weathered Well in 94; this is no-where near as strong of a release; but that one will never be bested by Mark.  Not ambient, not dance; but somewhere in the void between…awesome rainy day music!

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Adult – The Way Things Fall

Starting in 2012 I rediscovered one of my favorite genres, coldwave, on Soundcloud.  Since I have been loving all the resurgence of this sound.  I remember seeing Adult in NYC 2000 at the SiNFest and this duo has come a long way since then!  Female vocals are a bit off; which just drives me nuts!  For those liking an alternative sound, grab it!

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Makina GiRGiR – Torment

Another incredible coldwave record.  Beautiful female vocals over classic old school “new wave”.  Awesome French start up label doing beautiful releases.  This one is hand silk screened!  Thanks to Soundcloud for tuning me into this one!

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Various – Circuit D’Actes 3

A great new startup label from France, Le Forme Lente is hitting it with spot on coldwave VINYL ONLY releases.  Along with the Makina GirGir LP; this one is excellent.  Featuring Kline Coma Xero from San Francisco, a great startup artist very reminiscent of Lassigue Bendthaus, and when I saw he had this release on vinyl I had to pick it up!  The KCX track is incredible, and I was gifted with 9 other awesome tracks!  A very disturbing version of “Ring Around The Rosie” ends the LP…

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Miss Kittin – Falling from the Stars

This album has grown on me considerably.  Not as much so as her last album Batbox (which is growing to one of my all time favorite techno-pop albums), but this 4LP heavy weight set has two modes—the first two LPs are more techno pop while the second two are more experimental and instrumental.  Bought this pre-order from France, $21 shipped as it was not available in America; keep an eye on Amazon for great deals!

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Dopplereffekt – Tetrahymena

A latecomer to 2013; this is a classic Detroit style 3 track EP.  Starting off with analog arpeggio and travelling through classic electro and dark techno; a classic release!  Can’t get this off of the turntable!  On my newest mix…

http://davealex.com/happy-xgiving-mixtape/

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SP#1 – Retrofit

2 tracks of acid techno bliss.  I bought this on a whim from Amoeba (first visit since 2008!) –this is likely the most listened to record of the year for me.  Ultra limited, you probably missed it…  Mesmerizing deep acid techno; both sides are incredible—hypnotising!  Also on the above mixtape…

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Recondite – On Acid

A recommendation from some label owner in Texass, this is one of the best acid albums in a long time.  Not the typical dance stuff; but full of slide and octave up on the old 303!  The vinyl sounds amazing!  Wonderful record!

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Trentemoller – Reworked & Remixed

My first (and only) official buy on iTunes.  This is a remix compilation from his amazing “Into the Great Wide Yonder” album from several years back.  Awesome self-remixes along with touch ups from other great producers; the fav is the surf track produced by Andrew Weatherall!  Essential Trentemoller release!

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Skinny Puppy – Weapon LP

I saw them in 2012 and they still have what has made the one of the best electronic bands ever; what an amazing show!  This LP was limited and worth the long wait; classic Puppy sound but with a modern feel and great synth programming as always.  Solvent is a remake from their first cassette demo and takes you all that way back; the other tracks are fresh but also have the feel of early Puppy!  Great record!

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Atom TM – Pop HD

I love most the album; except the horrible Who remake and the Jamie Lidell tracks.  Uwe mastering makes the most of minimal samples and spaced sounds.  BIG sound from little sounds!  Production quality is something to make engineers heads spin—he is the master!  Great fun!  Stop Imperialist Pop makes me laugh out loud each listen!  Can’t wait for the Blu-ray version!

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I Dream of Wires Blu-ray

Produced by Canada’s own Jason Amm (Solvent), this is the documentary of the year, maybe the decade.  History of Modular Synthesizers is part I, part II explores the current Modular craze that is happening now.  A synth lover’s wet dream…Hardcore Edition is > 4 hours long!

Send me the ones I missed in the comments!

September 2013 Flood – Wallstreet perspective

And the rain kept coming…

Destruction on four-mile

Destruction on four-mile

Even the Trouble Department can't fix this

Even the Trouble Department can't fix this

On the night of September 11th the rain started; and continued for 4 days with double the annual rain in just a couple of days for many places along the front range of Colorado, including Boulder and its western gultches that feed Boulder Creek.

My bandmate and pal Jeff Holland lives in Wallstreet on Four-Mile Creek and he and his community were heavily impacted by the flooding.  It’s nearly five weeks later and currently snowing; and the roads are barely passable and most of the residents still have not come home.

Here are some pictures that Jeff took (and a couple of mine as well) of the days of the flooding and aftermath as it unfolded.  I’m narrating from a 3rd party perspective and my words can’t even come close to the stories and nightmare that the residents all over the front range of Colorado have gone (and continue to go) through!  Jeff has asked me to share some of these photos to give a Wallstreet perspective.

Jeff's riverside terrace as the water quickly left its banks

Jeff's riverside terrace as the water quickly left its banks

Looking up Four-Mile Drive at the start of the event

Looking up Four-Mile Drive at the start of the event

Looking up Four-Mile Drive as the water continues to rise

Looking up Four-Mile Drive as the water continues to rise

Looking up Four-Mile, water continues to rise

Looking up Four-Mile, water continues to rise

The rain continues over Wallstreet

The rain continues over Wallstreet

The road became a second streambed

The road became a second streambed

This is one of the few bridges remaining; however it is impassable.

This is one of the few bridges remaining; however it is impassable.

Not quite sure where the road was...

Not quite sure where the road was...

Salina was hit especially hard!

Salina was hit especially hard!

Just an example of the level of the little Four-Mile Creek

Just an example of the level of the little Four-Mile Creek

Water was flowing through this garage

Water was flowing through this garage

This house was also hit hard!

This house was also hit hard!

Roads were impassable in many places, so the only way to evacuate was via the air.  This was after the rain subsided, 4 days into the event.

Rescue coming to Wallstreet

Rescue coming to Wallstreet

I can't image what it must be like to have to leave your home in this way...

I can't image what it must be like to have to leave your home in this way...

It is amazing what a small creek can do, but obviously canyons were forged over time in a very destructive manner.

Four-Mile Canyon road, or what is left of it

Four-Mile Canyon road, or what is left of it

Lower Salina into Wallstreet was impassable

Lower Salina into Wallstreet was impassable

Looking east from the old Wallstreet Mill

Looking east from the old Wallstreet Mill

Just below Salina on the hike into Wallstreet to start the drying process

Just below Salina on the hike into Wallstreet to start the drying process

The event is not over yet; all the erosion and undercutting have left very large trees hanging in the balance.  Trees are falling whenever there is wind; and as winter approaches there will be a lot more tree issues.

Trees are still falling

Trees are still falling

These large trees continue to topple

These large trees continue to topple

During / After shots of Jeff's Terrace

During / After shots of Jeff's Terrace

The stream takes on a whole new path down the canyon.

The stream takes on a whole new path down the canyon.

Many thanks to the volunteers, donors and organizations that have been helping all the Front Range communities get back on their feet.  There are even many out-of-state crews that are providing assistance which was wonderful to see the kindness of fellow Americans!

Aug 24: Lightning Show

Aug 24, 2013 Larkspur Lightning - Up Close

Was getting ready for bed and saw some lightning outside; so I scoped the situation out and determined it was a porch chase night!  Grabbed the camera and did 13 second exposures, F6.3, ISO 200 with my 10-22mm Wide Angle lens.  The storm was the only thing in the whole Front Range and was coming up from the south, moving nearly directly north.  Of course, I was in the safety of my own house, but the camera was able to capture a few good bolts up close!

Aug 24, 2013 Larkspur Lightning – Up Close

Aug 24, 2013 Larkspur Lightning - Up Close

Aug 24, 2013 Larkspur Lightning - Up Close
Great bolt!

Aug 24, 2013 Larkspur Lightning - Up Close

 
 

 

New Multicast tracks posted!

We have been working this winter on going through the archive and putting a seal on it; we have about 7 or so tracks left to edit down from the last set of shows in 2010 and 2011.  We have recorded some new great tracks (currently doing the finalization of edits) that will also be posted here shortly.  But in the mean time; here are four new Multicast tracks posted on Soundcloud and obliq.net.

Enjoy!

 

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