mix 138

Jessica Lea Mayfield – Oblivious
Brenmar – She Already Know It (ft. Beatking, ManMan Savage & Jeff Cherry
Madeintyo – Uber Everywhere (Travis Scott remix)
Caleb Stone – Bad
The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend
Guerilla Toss – Grass Shack
Downtown Boys – Slumlord
Yung – Pills
Whitney – Golden Days
The Glow – Losing My Cool
Emily Doom – Livin The Dream
A.K. Paul – Landcrusin
Girlpool – Ideal World
Nathan Fake – Fortune Bru [Cambria]
Little Racer – Vanessa
GYMSHORTS – Owed To The Bank
Peaking Lights – Conga Blue
Gold Class – Life As A Gun
Dog Date – Crybaby
Diet Cig – Harvard



mix 137

Say No! to Architecture – Wieder Floor
TW Walsh – Shallow Water
Plastic Flowers – Mary (Del)
Porches – Be Apart
Adamn Killa – Sorry
Nick Catchdubs – Wuts That (ft. B.I.C.)
Mons Vi – Falling
Girls Names – Reticence
Gemma – Reminiscent Vice
Erica Eso – One Hundred Years
Drug Pizza – Shoot Shoot
Better Person – Everything Cold
Classixx – Grecian Summer
Boogie – Out My Way Bitter Raps II
Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips
Bayonne – Appeals
Museyroom – Ballad
Michael Christmas – Bubbling
Destruction Unit – If Death Ever Slept
PJ Harvey – The Community Of Hope



mix 136

Visitors – Electric Heat
The Magic Kids – Hey Boy
Tempers – Undoing
Submotion Orchestra – Kimono
Sheer Mag – Nobody’s Baby
Porches – Be Apart
Rioux – Cold Sweat
Public Memory – Ringleader
D^WN – Hollywould
Psychic TV – Godstar
Mercury Girls – Golden
Plaster Cast – Undecided (ft. Foxes In Fiction)
Negative Gemini – Body Work
Holy Tunics – Clutching the Straw Map to Your Heart
Mezzanine Swimmers – Rubbish Hole
Nai Harvest – Ocean of Madness
et aliae – Sober (ft. D^WN)
Lust for Youth – Display
Law$uits – Monsanto Drive
Dilly Dally – Desire
Lindstrøm – Closing Shot
Day Wave – Stuck
HOOPS – All My Life



mix 135

Winstons – Down On Me
Ty Segall – Candy Sam
SWMRS – Drive North
Lodro – Snake Song
Darkwing – Dark Hunting
Pega Monstro РṆo Consegues
CFM – Lunar Heroine
Drawing Boards – Poison Darts
Marissa Nadler – Janie In Love
Suzies – The Log Lady
nstoppable – Paperwhite
Chief Keef ft. A$AP ROCKY – Superheroes
Mass Gothic – Nice Night
Feels – Slippin
Gold Panda – Time Eater
Brett – Golden
Combomatix – Chinese Thought
Baths – Miasma Sky



mix 134

Prince Rama – Your Live In The End
La Neve – Won’t Let It Go
Journalism – Faces I
Jim-E Stack (Ft. Jana Hunter) – Hyperballad (Bjork cover)
Jesu – Grey Is The Colour
Heavy Hawaii – My Man (Ft. Kirsten Gundel)
G.L.O.S.S. – Give Violence A Chance
old Foamers – Cooper
Allison Crutchfield – Lupe
Ana Caprix – Can’t See At All
Hoops – Feelin Fine
The Snails – Tea Leaves
Vessels – 4AM
U.S. Girls – Navy Cream
TEEN – Please
Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
Still Parade – 07-41
SALES – jamz
Purling Hiss – My, My, My
Kyle Forester – Won’t Go Crazy
Painted Zeros – Polar Night
Johnny Mafia – Sleeping
DIIV – Dust
Giraffage – Make You Love Me
Pink Mexico – Hussy Woofer
Nitemoves – Polypel
Parrot Dream – Jungle
Ghastly City Sleep – Clumsy One
Gazebos – I Don’t Wanna Be Here
Algebra Suicide – Little Dead Bodies
Beverly – Victoria



mix 133

Tycho – L (Dusty Brown Remix)
Nicholas Nicholas – Because Of A Fire At The Paper Manufacturer
Yes Alexander – Fever
Uniform – Faces
Stove – Jock Dreams
She-Devils – I Wanna Touch You
Mike Krol – Less Than Together
Memoryhouse – Sarah
Weird Womb – Luxury Punks
Lightning Bug – Luminous Veil
NAP – Urban Fare
Think Tank – …And I Built The Coffin Too
Grimes – Kill V. Maim
Charlie Hilton – Funny Anyway
Psychiatric Metaphors – Stone Bros. Know
Benny Boeldt – Valley Amnesia
Lil Uzi Vert (ft. Wiz Khalifa) – Queso
DJ Mastercard (ft. DJ Paypal) – Lethal
YJY – Do You Love Me
Infinity Girl – Dirty Sun
Dick Diver – Tearing The Posters Down
Washer – Pet Rock vs. Healing Crystal
Ata Kak – Bome Nnwom
The Stammer – Hey Joan
Taylor McFerrin – The Antidote (ft. Nai Palm)
Tacocat – I Hate the Weekend
Soda – New Trash
Savants – Dream Machine
Mt. Si – Either Or



mix 132

Tempers – Trains
Tall Juan – I Like to Stay Home
Swings – Tiles
Surf Rock Is Dead – Anymore
Such Hounds – Stay Gold
SHEER MAG – Fan The Flames
Rubblebucket – Carousel Ride
Memoryhouse – Arizona
Mean Jeans – I Think U Stink
Matthew Melton – Was It A Song
Worthless – Freakout
Wild Raccoon – Weapon of Love
The Shoes – Now and Then
Hinds – Garden
Gosh Pith – Gold Chain
Fort Romeau = Diana
Fort Romeau – Seventyfour
Wild Nothing – Reichpop
DR CHAN – Abandon My Mind
Weekender – Spanish Peaks
Animal Collective – Floridada
Little Racer – Tijuana


BEST OF 2015

best of 2015

Here are our favorite tracks from the past year(ish). Thanks to all the DJs, bloggers, musicians, labels, PR peeps, and venues for a great year.

TOP 100 TRACKS OF 2015
1. Only Real – Y E S T E R D A Y S
2. ILoveMakonnen – Whip It (remix ft Migos and Rich the Kid)
3. Baauer – Promises ft. Fetty Wap and Dubbel Dutch
Post Malone – White Iverson4. Post Malone – White Iverson
5. Honduras – Paralyzed
6. King Khan & BBQ Show – Alone Again
7. HINDS – Chili Town
8. Lower Dens – To Die in L.A.
9. Beach House – One Thing
10. Lost Boy? – About the Future
11. Body Language – Really Love
12. Giggly Boys – Tiny Taste
13. Ava Luna – Coat of Shellac
14. Wax Witches – Summer Suckers
15. Franky Flowers – Sneakers (Sneaky Thing)
16. Sheer Mag – What You Want
17. Jack Name – Under the Weird Moons
18. Magic Potion – Booored
19. Peach Kelli Pop – Heart Eyes
20. Dirty Dishes – Red Roulette
21. Air Waves – Horse Race
22. Regal Degal – Pyramid Bricks
23. Giraffage & Viceroy – Impression of You
24. Lord RAJA – Van Go ft. Jeremiah Jae
25. Alex G – Bug
26. Ariel Pink – Dayzed Inn Daydreams
27. Neon Indian – Annie
28. Autre Ne Veut – World War Pt. 2
29. Sicko Mobb – Kool Aid
30. DIIV – Bent (Roi’s Song)
31. Crocodiles – Foolin Around
32. George Clanton – It Makes the Babies Want To Cry
33. Suburban Living – Drowning
34. Panda Bear – Crosswords
35. PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries
36. P.H.F. – I.D.W.
37. Lxury – Let Down
38. Grimes – Flesh Without Blood
39. Mac DeMarco – The Way You’d Love Her
40. White Reaper – I Don’t Think She Cares
41. PILL – Misty Eyed Porno Reader
42. Downtown Boys – Monstro
43. Postiljonen – Wait
44. No Joy – Moon In My Mouth
45. KOOL A.D. – Life & Time ft. Sir DZL & Santos Vieira
46. Mode In Gliany & Boris Völt – Container d’humeurs
47. Girl Band – Lawman
48. Skylar Spence – Practice
49. Tamaryn – Softcore
50. Cyril Hahn – Same ft. Yumi Zouma
51. Mura Masa – Lovesick Fuck
52. Galcher Lustwerk – Parlay
53. Vexx – Give And Take
54. Diet Cig – Scene Sick
55. Soda Bomb – Fat Tom
56. Korallreven – Here In Iowa
57. Small Black – Boys Life
58. Kurt Vile – Life Like This
59. Wildhoney – Laura
60. Surfer Blood – Hey Ya
62. Pictureplane – Riot Porn
63. Grooms – Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
64. Honey Moon – Sunshine
65. Dilly Dally – Purple Rage
66. High Pop – The Twist
67. Lazyeyes – Windowsill
68. TOPS – Anything
69. BRONCHO – Class Historian
70. Empress Of – Water Water
71. Oneohtrix Point Never – I Bite Through It
72. Surfing – Warlock
73. Car Seat Headrest – Something Soon
74. Blood Orange – Chosen
75. Yumi Zouma – Song For Zoe & Gwen
76. Tanlines – Slipping Away
77. Nicholas Jaar – Fight
78. Illegal Drugs – Giving Up
79. Double Denim – Wide Open
80. Samantha Urbani – 1 2 3 4
81. Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky
82. Soda Shop – Take My Breath Away (Berlin cover)
83. Steep Leans – Nightmare City
84. She Devils – COME
85. Jamie XX – I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
86. Wales – Lose My Mind
87. Surf Rock Is Dead – Late Risers
88. Day Wave – Drag
89. Shopping – Why Wait
90. Sur Back – Jane Eyre/a>
91. Prince Innocence – Manic
92. Joyce Manor – Schley
93. Syracuse – Love
94. Puro Instinct – 6 of Swords
95. Destruction Unit – If Death Ever Slept
96. Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake
97. Tei Shi – See Me
98. Speedy Ortiz – Raising the Skate
99. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian
100. Jacuzzi Boys – Sun
SPECIAL BONUS (from 2014): Dune Rats – Dalai Lama



mix 131

Infinity Girl – Not Man
Car Seat Headrest – No Passion
EZTV – Dust in the Sky
Rocket From The Tombs – Never Gonna Kill Myself Again
The Dead Boys – Ain’t No Fun
PILL – Hot Glue
Grooms – Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
Prince Innocence – Manic
Solvey – Wave
Postiljonen – The Open Road
Still Corners – Horses At Night
Nervous Trend – Shattered
Jamie XX + Young Thug – I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times



mix 130

Small Black – No One Wants It To Happen To You
Panda Bear – Crosswords
Pictureplane – Riot Porn
Air Zaire – Love (ft. Daniela)
Weekender – Floaty Feeling, Blue
Neon Bunny – Romance in Seoul
My Body – Boys
Kedr Levanskiy – Lebanese Cedar
Bixel Boys – Amigo
Alex G – Bug
Courtship Ritual – Ancient Drip
Mind Enterprises – Chapita
Parlor Walls – Cover Me
Shopping – Why Wait
King Khan & BBQ Show – Alone Again
Nail Polish – Business Casual
Junior Boys – Over It
Haybaby – Pizza Party
Giggly Boys – Tiny Taste
Media Jeweler – No Exit



mix 129

White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die
SKATERS – Mental Case
Honduras – Paralyzed
Creepoid – Baptism
Nicole Dollanganger – You’re So Cool
Chandra – Kate
Big Eater – Lazy Days
Pusha T – Untouchable
M!NT – Messages Ft. GDP
The Gradients – Charlie 182
Demo Taped – Not Enough
Shanghai Beach – Ideas With Numbers
Slowz & Egoh – Never Knew



mix 128

Kindling – Hate the Police
Surfer Blood – Hey Ya
Stove – Lowt Ide Fins
Triathalon – Swells
Syracuse – Love
No Joy – Hollywood Teeth
Grimes – Flesh Without Blood
Ellie Herring – Why’d You
Steven A Clark – Can’t Have
MMBLR – Windy Tree
DIIV – Bent (Roi’s Song)
Basement – Promise Everything
MOVING CASTLE – Stay the Night (Yung Wallstreet Flip)
Coke Weed – New Jive
Cheatahs – Seven Sisters
EARRING – Black Chalk
Phone Home – Funhouse
Sinkane – Yacha (Peaking Lights Dub Mix)
DAWN – Dance
Cap 1 – Tonite Ft. 2 Chainz, Jeremih & Verse Simmonds



mix 127

TWINKIDS – Dreamer
Shocking Pinks – Nostalgia
FREECARE – New Brunswick
Timesuck – Your Time Just Hasn’t Come Yet
Lower Dens – Company
Liss – Always
Normal Person – Machete
Porches – Hour
The Skeptics – Mamouth
Bird Nest Roys – Ain’t Mutatin
Hot Sugar (ft. Son Little) – Need You Bad
Psychomagic – Flowers on the Sun
Ava Luna – Coat of Shellac
Mysterion – The Yetis
SOFTSPOT – Abalone
Memoryhouse – Dream Shake
Acid Dad – Grim
GEMS – Soak
Secret Knives – The Northwest States
Beat Rhythm Fashion – Turn of the Century
Froth – Turn It Off



mix 126

YUNG – Nobody Cares
Weaves – Tick
The Gotobeds – New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex and Phones)
Donovan – Sadhead
Pity Sex – What Might Soothe You
Pinact – Scars
Michael Rault – Suckcess
Mercury Girls – Golden
Wildhoney – Laura
Car Seat Headrest – Something Soon
Beach Baby – Ladybird
Jazz Cartier – Rose Quartz Like Crazy
Fame School – Guess Who’s Back
Crying – Patriot
Dilly Dally – Purple Rage
Expert Alterations – You Can’t Always Be Liked
Furnsss – Moves
Hiccup – Fuckup
Japanese Breakfast – The Woman That Loves You


CMJ: Portals + S&S


Our friends at Portals & Stadiums and Shrines present a special unofficial showcase (10.16) as part of the annual CMJ music festival in NYC. All Ages. At the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.




mix 125

Heavenly Beat – Patience
Alex G – Kicker
The Drums – There Is Nothing
Postiljonen – Go!
Teen Daze – It Starts At the Water
Mister Lies – Wait
Keep Shelly In Athens – Benighted
Heems – Coconut Oil
Wild Ones – Dim the Lights
Prefuse 73 – Still Pretending
Ang Low x Embody – Drive
Makthaverskan – Antabus
The Moonlandingz – Sweet Saturn Mine
Breakbot – Back for More
Soda Bomb – Fat Tom
Haybaby – Doored



mix 124

Blood Cultures – Scenes from a Midnight Movie
Nap Eyes – Dark Creedence
Twin Peaks – I Found a New Way
White Beaches – New Age
Giggly Boys – Sick Joke
Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky
Darlings – I Love You Too
Flower Girl – Wednesday Afternoon
George Clanton (FKA Mirror Kisses) – Never Late Again
Homeshake – Faded
Steep Leans – Nightmare City
Funeral Advantage – You Sat Alone
Obey City – Waterbed (ft Anthony Flammia)
James Nasty – Games (ft Abdu Ali)
Miley Cyrus – Slab of Butter (ft Phantogram)



mix 123

Kurt Vile – Life Like This
El Ten Eleven – Point Breeze
DIIV – Dopamine
Deerhunter – Breaker
TOPS – Anything
Laced – Clear
Frankie Cosmos – Owen
The Mary One Ettes – Ruins (ft. Maria Usbeck)
Avi Buffalo – Can’t I Know
Julia Holter – Sea Calls Me Home
Erika Spring – Happy At Your Gate
Downtown Boys – Monstro
Vinyl Williams – Space Age Utopia
Ultimate Painting – (I’ve Got the) Sanctioned Blues
Electric Lazarus – A Pretty Face Can Only Get You So Far
Quiltland – Detach
Cousin Stizz – Dirty Bands
Rome Fortune – One Time For (prod by Four Tet)
Black Asteroid (ft Cold Cave) – Black Moon
Motorcraft – Track 8
Skylar Spence – Fall Harder
George Clanton – Wonder Gently
Infinity Shred – Sanctuary
Cuushe – We Can’t Stop
Airbird & Napoleon – J.Park
Mick Jenkins – Your Love
Cotillon – Before
TIDE – Black Cracker
Wavves – Way Too Much
Wavves – My Head Hurts
Turbo Fruits – Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart Again
Washer – Joe


808’s and Steel Drums — MIXPAK & TRYNA FUNCTION (LIVE) @ TRANS PECOS — Saturday Oct. 3


Saturday October 3rd Mixpak and Tryna Function present a festival worthy lineup of key artists — Total Freedom, Mumdance, Beatking, Dre Skull (and more) at Trans Pecos, in Ridgewood Queens.

915 Wyckoff Avenue, NY




mix 122

Tomorrows Tulips – Check Me Out
PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries
PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries
PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries
Helen – Covered in Shade
Vundabar – Chop
Doe Paoro – Nostalgia
Post Malone – White Iverson
With You (ft Vince Staples) – Ghost
Meek Mill – Wanna Know
Nick Catchdubs – Bizness (ft. IAMSU! & Jay Ant)
Orange Blossom – Destiny
Junglepussy – You Don’t Know
Fetty Wap – My Way (Murlo Remix ft. Gemma Dunleavy)
Palehound – Molly
Day Wave – Come Home Now
NITE-FUNK – Can U Read Me
Small Black – Boys Life
SUMMER HEART – Nothing Can Stop Us Now
Oneohtrix Point Never – I Bite Through It
Bass Drum Of Death – For Blood
All Dogs – That Kind of Girl




Our dear friends at Cascine, the ever stylish forward-thinking pop label based in Brooklyn, ring in five years on September 17th at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.

The anniversary marks a remarkable chapter in the labels history with star studded performances by Korallreven (RIP), Youmi Zouma, Lemonade, Chad Valley, and Cuushe. Fader Deputy Editor Duncan Cooper will be the MC alongside DJ sets by Erika Spring, Jensen Sportag, and Maria Usbeck.

Ticket options include general admission ($15) or the limited 5YR bundle ($30) which includes the new Youmi Zouma 12″ record, the diamond print Cascine tee (designed by Jack Hardwicke) as well as a Gorilla vs Bear limited edition Cassette, and a custom 5YR Cascine tee.


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Adam Kriney of Golden Grass on the Return of La Otracina + Hobby Bands “Clogging Up the Arteries”

The Golden Grass

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Adam Kriney’s band the Golden Grass plays loose, good natured ‘70s rock — the kind of records you (and your dad) might throw on in the den on a Friday night, records that pair well with a case of beer and a magic cigarette. Their music is filled with dense passages and feel-good riffs — a thick stew that pulls flavor from pieces of the Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, and the Left Banke, and sprinkled generously with psychedelia, southern rock, and stoner metal riffage. And Kriney, who sings and plays drums, is as serious as it gets when it comes to the music he makes and the creative environment around his band.

Kriney came into this week’s show for an interview and guest DJ set, and we talked about the challenges of being a hard-working rock band on the road in the U.S. and why Kriney feels like an outsider among all the other Brooklyn bands. But we started wih an announcement about Kriney’s other band, the stoner rock outfit La Otracina that has been out of commission for the last few years.

“I guess this is as good a time as any to say that we’re actually rehearsing again with a new bass player. It’s going to be an original guitar player and a new bass player,” Kriney revealed. “We’re putting together a set of some of our classic cuts, and learning that stuff, and I suppose we’ll start writing new stuff, too.”

Kriney knows about putting a band together. He formed the Golden Grass in 2013 with Michael Rafalowich (guitar and vocals) and Morgan McDaniel (bass), has performed under the La Otracina moniker since 2003, and has also played with classic stoner rock band Nebula and the psych folkers Castanets. Ever-rotating lineups have just become part of the reality of working as a musician for Kriney.

“[Bands] are always about who is the main organizer and arranger and visionary behind any project, and that’s really what defines the band,” Kriney says. “Some people just aren’t down for long hauls, and just like to be in bands for a few years. It’s very amorphous experience, it’s like lovers — you think you know what’s going on but you have no idea what’s going on. You keep it going as far as you can, and when the machine breaks, sometimes things get thrown away, fall, break — life changes.”

Adam Kriney Guest DJ Set
The Golden Grass — Reflections in the Glass (Brooklyn — 2015)
The Left Banke — Walk Away Renee (New York — 1968)
Mighty Baby — Egyptian Tomb (London — 1969)
The Golden Grass — Down the Line (Brooklyn — 2015)
The Pretty Things — Isn’t It Rock ‘N’ Roll (New York — 1975)

I’d heard Kriney talk before about how seriously he takes making music, and I wanted to know how his focused work ethic played out in the Golden Grass. “Anybody who has made great music, from the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and King Crimson, anybody, everybody was working hard, and practicing and practicing, and if you weren’t working hard, you were out of the band. We have this joke in the band: It’s not a sleepover. And it’s via this mindset that we actually area doing this for a living. It matters. There’s nothing else to live for… That’s why bands in the past were able to go so far, because they believed. Nowadays we know the reality, so we just stop short.”

It sounds like a more open, collaborative kind of atmosphere — and indeed, Kriney says he encourages a kind of collective creativity between members and bands that hearkens back to the era from which he culls his musical inspiration. “We’re all into the same styles and the same ideas. People should be sharing, and ideas going back and forth. When you hear the David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name outtakes sessions, the PERRO sessions, you hear people jamming from different bands, Airplane, the Dead, CSN, you hear them working on things that would become Grateful Dead songs and all this stuff. All this cross-pollination went away, I don’t know why. I try to keep it alive in my scene, between different things I do.”

The sound of the Golden Grass is a bit of an anomaly on the Brooklyn scene, and Kriney says the alienation goes beyond differences in sound. “I think there are a lot more hobby bands now,” Kriney says. “People who are just hobbyists who have bands that are just clogging up the arteries. There are probably 75 percent more bands than there should be.”

Right now, the Golden Grass is planning work on their follow up to their 2014 self-titled debut. They had planned to tour the west coast, but found the costs too high to justify the trip. “We realized we were going to lose thousands of dollars each. It became a question of, how much money did we want to lose?”

In Europe, Kriney says, it’s a much different story. “It’s a cultural thought across political lines that art and music is a sacred thing. It’s ancient over there, and ingrained into the mentality. That doesn’t really exist here — people are vapid and boring in the U.S., and that’s why the music scene is so boring, not just in our genre and in many genres. But we’re happy to be able to play in Brooklyn or anywhere else in the U.S. when we do — it’s a joy. But we go some places and feel extremely validated after all the work we do.”

On The Left Banke’s “Walk Away Renee”:

[The Golden Grass’ new music] relates to a lot of the ideas the Left Banke presented, especially vocally, and harmonies, and beauty in music and beautiful arrangements, and that’s an important part of the Golden Grass. We don’t want to lose that, even though sometimes we play heavier things.

On Mighty Baby’s “Egyptian Tomb”:

It crystallizes such a beautiful moment where the people who were the original mods had taken their acid and had all their realizations and had their psychedelic awakenings and were making this absolutely amazing eastern-fueled psychedelia.

[Catch the Golden Grass at the Wick on Sept. 6 with Witch and Oct 24 with Night Beats.]

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Newtown Radio Presents: Painted Palms, Salt Cathedral, Maxo @BabysAllRight 9.4.2015

Painted Palms Final Poster

Newtown Radio is pleased to present the record release of Horizons by Painted Palms, Friday September 4th at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Stellar lineup featuring Painted Palms, Salt Cathedral, and Maxo.



mix 121

Tei Shi – See Me
Nora En Pure – Into The Wild
Korallreven – Here In Iowa
Panda Bear – No Mans Land
Hannah Cohen – Keepsake
Divoli S’vere – What I Want Ha
Jacuzzi Boys – Sun
Lionlimb – Turnstile
Team Spirit – Surrender
Gnarwhal – Anal Riffage
Tweens – Be Mean
Zula – Twin Loss
VHS Dreams – Nightdrive
Sextile – Visions Of You
Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road
Turnover – New Scream


Hashman Deejay, Evy Jane, Bobo Eyes, Ruby, DJ Silk + more

Hashman Deejay, Evy Jane, Bobo Eyes, Ruby, DJ Silk + more

Tonight (8/18) rare performances by Hashman Deejay, Evy Jane, Bobo Eyes, Ruby, DJ Silk + more at Elvis Guesthouse 85 Avenue A NYC



mix 120

BRODINSKI Ft SD – I Can’t Help Myself
They Hate Change – Summer
Beshken – Know You Well (ft Mothica and Mayo))
Neon Indian – SLUMLORD
HINDS – Chili Town
Day Wave – Drag
No Parents – You Got Snaked
Expert Alterations – A Bell
DMA’S – Your Low
Surf Rock Is Dead – Late Risers
Soft Fangs – Dead Friends
Majical Cloudz – Silver Car Cras
Jerry Paper – Halfway Zen
The Sidekicks – Summer Brings You Closer to Satan
Pianos Become The Teeth – 895
Marineros – Secretos


Will Stratton on “Thick Skin,” Leaving New York City + More — Sonic Pilgrim Guest DJ Set

Will Stratton

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“Thick Skin” has a lush, Celtic sound to it, the kind of sound that can bury you in its beauty; that make you hallucinate being swallowed up by cool air and fat green leaves.

Like much of Will Stratton’s recent work, “Thick Skin” — which the folk songwriter/guitarist premiered on Sonic Pilgrim — pairs those euphoric sounds with lyrics about facing the future with the wisdom of experience. The line that kept sticking out to me on repeated listens was the one where Stratton sings, “You can move if you want to/ But your problems, they move, too/ You think they lost the scent, man/ You think they won’t follow you.”

Also like much of Stratton’s work, the lyrics directly reflect his experience. “I wrote the lyrics before I moved [to Upstate New York, from Brooklyn],” he says. “All my songs to some extent are addressed to myself. This one was from a position of skepticism, where I was trying to explain to myself that you can’t substitute moving someplace new for a real change of viewpoint. You can’t just move physically and expect to move emotionally in the direction you want to.”

Stratton speaks with the wisdom of someone who has seen much. A harrowing bout with cancer a couple of years ago took him through extended periods of treatment and recovery. All the while, he worked on Gray Lodge Wisdom, his fifth full-length record and one that represents the pinnacle of Stratton’s songwriting powers.

Now, Stratton is working on a follow-up that addresses more recent changes — like moving away from New York City. And he’s got a fresh outlook.

“I haven’t played a show in a year, but I’ve been recording and writing this whole tim,e and figuring out what music means for me after a transformative experience and then sort of a more subtle transformative experience — leaving the city and trying to grow up a little bit and reassess and revaluate what success is. I’m just trying to make things that are a little more subtle and understated and finely honed now that I’m living in a place where I can hear myself think.”

Will Stratton Guest DJ Set
Will Stratton — Thick Skin (Beacon, NY — 2015)
Fairport Convention — Who Knows Where the Time Goes (London — 1968)
Aaron Roche and William Tyler — Improvisation for Two Guitars (Brooklyn — 2010)
Smog — I Feel Like the Mother of the World (Austin — 2005)
David Moore — 2:08AM: Grace on the Street, Dirty (New York — 2007)

We delved into some of Stratton’s influences during his guest DJ set — music that, like his, can be both enveloping and exultant. The best music “is hypnotic and it draws me in and I lose track of what’s going on,” Stratton says. That’s the best quality for music to have, for me — that’s why I became obsessed with Nick Drake in the first place, and that’s what drew me in to making records this whole time. That elusive quality of hypnosis — not only losing who you are in time or space but losing track of where everything is and just living in that song in that moment. That’s the greatest thing. It’s one of many iterations of [that] — that’s probably why people get addicted to heroin, too. Or the feeling of falling in love. Or meeting your new child for the first time.

“It’s a merging of consciousness with temporal existence that you don’t get in most day to day experiences. Some people find it in music, some people find it in religion, some people find it in visual art. It’s all just that kind of brain orgasm that different people seek out and find in different media, and for me it’s songs like that.”

Listen to the link above for more on the making of Gray Lodge Wisdom, Stratton’s new music, influences, and his full DJ set. And catch him at Union Hall on Friday, August 21, with Michael Chinworth.



mix 119

Boys Noize & Atom TM – Openn
Ryan Hemsworth – Afterglow
Skylar Spence – Affairs
Dreamboy 84 – Diet Pepsi
Dorian Concept – FOLD
Beat Connection – So Good
Autre Ne Veut – World War Pt. 2
Al Lover (ft Anton Newcombe) – Brian Jonestown Masochist
Porches – Forgive (ft Greta Kline)
SALES – Big Sis
Downies – Vice (live)
Air Waves – Horse Race (ft Jana Hunter)
Emily Yacina – Curse
Jacuzzi Boys – Happy Damage
Soda Bomb – Soft Grunge
Zig Zags – Sunken City
Pocket Hercules – Little Pieces
Ex-Cult – Stick the Knife In



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Baauer – Promises (feat. Fetty Wap & Dubbel Dutch)
Sicko Mobb – Kool-Aid (Prod. by The Blue Ranger)
Main Attrackionz – Dip
Pictureplane – Hyper Real (Dark0 Remix)
Skylar Spence – Practice
FKJ – Drops ft Tom Bailey
Better Person – Sentiment
Big Blood – Sister
Bueno – Assed Out
Memory Tapes – House On Fire
No Vacation – Dream Girl
Novelty Daughter – Unsure



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Newtown Radio is excited to announce our partnership with PopRally — bringing you a very special edition of this year’s MoMA NIGHTS !!

Join us Thursdays in August @MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street in Manhattan, NYC. as we present to you a carefully selected Artist paired with one of our finest Newtown DJ’s spinning before and after the live performance in the Sculpture Garden !!

Be sure to follow @newtownradio and @MoMAPopRally and tag your friends with the hashtag #MoMAGarden. The concerts are free with museum admission.

    August 6th: Galcher Lustwork w/ Willie Burns (WTBS Radio)

WTBS RADIO (MONDAY 12 pm – 2 pm): WT records head honcho plays music anywhere from dirty old records to cutting edge unreleased demos. Focus on electronic music…house to techno, new age to psychedelic.


    August 13th: Lower Dens w/ Stadiums & Shrines (S&S Radio)

S&S RADIO (TUESDAY BI-WEEKLY 10 pm – 12 am): A freeform outlet emphasizing the sublime, hosted by local blog,


    August 20th: Regal Degal w/ M/M (DEEP RADIO)

DEEP RADIO (TUESDAY BI-WEEKLY 10 pm – 12 am): Sounds from the astral plane hosted by M/M.


    August 27th: Tei Shi w/ Lomé (Leisure Suite)

Leisure Suite (SUNDAY 12 pm – 2 pm): A curated mix of contemporary dance/hip-hop/r&b and soulful classics. Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool…

Leisure Suite – EPISODE 7/5/15 DOWNLOAD



Out In The Streets

Featuring: Total Slacker, Salt Cathedral, Wild Yaks & More… August 1-2 at the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens

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mix 117

Lower Dens – Sucker Shangri-La
Lolawolf – House Key
Vince Staples – Norf Norf
Remy Banks – n1go (prod. Black Noi$e)
Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Double Talk
Giraffage & Viceroy – Impression of You
Yumi Zouma – Dodi
Cyril Hahn – Same (ft. Yumi Zouma)
Baio – On&On&On&On
Collaj – Tropical Vacation
Cold Cave – Nausea, The Earth & Me
Danny L Harle – Broken Flowers
Tear Council – My Car
Real Numbers – Only Two Can Play
Baked – Mick Jagger
Eskimeaux – Broken Necks
Tamaryn – Cranekiss
Rey Pila – What A Nice Surprise
Mitski – First Love / Late Spring
Mirror Kisses – Innocence
Fake Palms – Sparkles
Cosmicide – Talos Corpse


NTR MIX / 116 – LE MIX

mix 116

Soda Shop – Take My Breath Away (Berlin cover)
Thee Tsunamis – Teenage Dreams
The Castillians – You’ll Be Lucky
Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
Rainer Maria – Tinfoil
Happyness – Leave the Party
The Pagan Rites – Everything Mauser & Browning
Adam Snow – Goodbye Old Friend
Palmbomen – John Lee Roche
BOK BOK – Ft KELELA – Melba’s Call
Lust Era – Left to be Born
Soul Low – Always Watchin Out
Major Leagues – Someone Sometime
JAILL – Getaway



mix 115

Vacation – The Heart
Strange Names – I Can’t Control Myself
Steve Sobs – Heavy Heart
Tomiji – Home
O-FACE – 740 Turbo
P.H.F. – I.D.W.
Arm Candy – Pop Punk Mutiny
California X – Nights In The Dark
Swirlies – Wrong Tube
Domenique Dumont – La Bataille de Neige
Tamaryn – Softcore
Wovvdy – Neck
Boy Harsher – Spell
Pity Sex – Acid Reflex
Beach House – Sparks
Samantha Urbani – U Know I Know
Caius – Things Gonna Be Okay
Mr. Gnome – Monster Heart
Pupppy – Beans
Pile – Don’t Touch Anything
Gobby – Erk



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Weeknight – Dark Light (Com Truise remix)
Vesuvio Solo – Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
The Legends – Something Left To Die For
Waterstrider – Calliope
Trails and Ways – Skeletons
SUMMER HEART – Thinking of U
Skylar Spence – Can’t You See
No Joy – Moon In My Mouth
Neon Indian – Annie
Little Racer – Montevideo
J-Louis – Stay
Eskimeaux – Broken Necks
Salt Cathedral – Tease
HEATERS – Levitate Thigh
American Wrestlers – Kelly
Grimes – REALiTi
Wildfront – January
EZTV – The Light
Lost Boy? – Hollywood
YAWN – In the World
Cyril Hahn – Last (ft. Joel Ford)
Day Wave – We Try But We Don’t Fit In
Gun Outfit – Another Human Being
What Moon Things – Astronaut
Joe Hertz – Ashes (ft. Liv)
Lower Dens – Maneater (Hall & Oates cover)
Wild Meadows – Jennifer
Class Actress – More Than You
The Tough Alliance – Holiday
Emily Reo – On the Beach (Neil Young cover)
The Holydrug Couple – Dreamy
Chastity Belt – Time to Go Home
Bully – I Remember
PINS – Young Girls
TVÃ – Always Be
Peach Kelli Pop – Heart Eyes
Mujeres – Lose Control
Pink Mexico – Hussy Woofer
Michna – Cherry 2000
Psychic Blood – Jagged Brain
Michael Rault – Lovers Lie


Zachary Cale on ‘Duskland,’ Songs of Desolation and Open Space — Interview + Sonic Pilgrim DJ Set

Zachary Cale

Listen to Sonic Pilgrim Sunday nights at 10.

Zachary Cale is getting ready to release Duskland, his follow-up to 2013’s Blue Rider, an album that got Cale a good amount of attention. Pitchfork gave the album a strong review, the Village Voice named him best NYC songwriter of 2014, and outlets that have direct lines to my heart like Aquarium Drunkard and Daytrotter collaborated with him.

Blue Rider was an intimate album — the sound of Cale’s fingers plucking the guitar complemented songs about love and friendship and complicated relationships with the past. In the background, chilly organ and guitar drones created a sense of a big skies and open space.

Cale came into the Sonic Pilgrim studio over the weekend and talked about how Duskland — which comes out August 7 — will continue some of that album’s concepts and move away from others.

“The fingerstyle thing is something I’ve always done but for this album I’ve moved away from it a little bit,” Cale says. “It’s something I developed a lot when I played solo, playing without a band, because you want to compose something but make it interesting on your own, fill up all that space, feel like you have your own little orchestra. Now that I’m playing with a band, I feel like I can’t always fit that in. For this album I wanted more space. And not to be so guitar-centric, I guess.”

The songs themselves have transformed a bit, too. Instead of mining the first-person perspective, and his own experiences, Cale is fascinated by storytelling — especially those stories that carry a kind of mythic significance. “Blue Rider was more intimate sounding, and more zoning in on the solo performer aspect of the music — me — and not so much a band. It definitely had more playing with the idea of the blues, the idea of someone like Robert Johnson, a guy with a guitar who has their own stories.

“A lot of the stories on [Duskland] are people… it’s kind of like they’re searching for something. There’s a biblical quality in the stories, not like there’s anything that heavy, but those morality tales in the bible and stuff, there’s always someone who’s seeking something and they’re not sure what. These are a way of telling something that I think we all feel. but with someone else. I’ve lived things like this, but it’s not that specific.”

Underscoring the theme of searching is a sound even more spacious than that of Blue Rider. At the start of the show, Cale played a new song called “Sundowner.”

“There’s a western motif, but it’s kind of a loose thing — it’s more of like big landscapes and open spaces and more of like a cinematic, movie kind of feel. I wanted to have a lot of space in the music, and I feel like westerns kind of have that real big open desolate kind of spaces.

The song contains lines about broken chains and the western horizon that could have been lifted from McMurtry or McCarthy. “The song’s kind of open, and it certainly has a wandering feel, and the album has a wandering kind of feel. The character in that song, rather than a western exactly, he’s kind of like an ex-con. Or you’re not sure what he is. And the album itself, there’s an openness of characters.”

Zachary Cale Guest DJ Set
Zachary Cale — Sundowner (Brooklyn — 2015)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds — Muddy Water (Melbourne, Australia — 1986)
The Gun Club — Mother of Earth (New York — 1982)
Ennio Morricone — As a Judgement (Rome — 1968)
Bill Fay — The Sun is Bored (London — ca. 1966/2004)

On “Muddy Water”:

It’s just a great, narrative story song that has this tension, and it’s about a big flood. The character is just an absolute desperate kind of story, and that was something that drew me to it. I liked the open space in it, and how the lyrics unfold and everything.

On “Mother of Earth”:

The Gun Club were more like a rock and roll band, but they have this old dark Americana.

This just one of those songs, just a fucking great song, perfect in every way — the lyrics, the melody. It has a dark kind of weird Americana story. It just feels timeless — like a song Johnny Cash would sing or something. That’s the thing I was looking for in a song. It just feels older than yesterday, I guess.

On “As a Judgement”:

That tension building thing is something I really wanted to go for in the album. There’s another song on the record where I kind of ape some of those guitar sounds.

On “The Sun is Bored”:

I don’t even want to say it’s a song this new album has anything to do with, it just says something to me that I like. And he’s just great.


In Memory of Ornette Coleman: Five Essential Tracks

Ornette Coleman

Hear these five pieces on Sonic Pilgrim, Sunday from 10 AM ET to midnight. And like Sonic Pilgrim on Facebook to stay in the loop.

Ornette Coleman, who passed away this week, created music unbound by contemporary expectations of what jazz — or any music — could or should be. The music followed it own rules but didn’t sound dissonant or destructive — at least not always. The music isn’t difficult the way music created by free jazz contemporaries like Albert Ayler and even John Coltrane could be. Throughout Coleman’s career, long after he released the album for which he’s best known, The Shape of Jazz to Come, in 1959, he created music that exhibited intense physicality and conjured colors and images as much as it did feelings and moods. On tonight’s show, I’m playing these five pieces in honor of Coleman — pieces that highlight his way of enveloping the listener and taking over the senses.

Desert Players (1988)

Jerry Garcia joined Coleman and his electric “double quartet” Prime Time (which featured two guitarists, two drummers, and two bassists) on three tracks from 1988’s Virgin Beauty, including “Desert Players.” The song features two chords played on a very ’80s-sounding synth by Coleman’s son Denardo, which both soloists (Garcia with an atypically jazzy tone; Coleman on sax and trumpet) use to build and release tension. During the sessions, Garcia asked Coleman to explain his concepts, to which the saxophonist replied, “Just go ahead and play, man.” Coleman follows his own advice here, bursting forth with several bluesy solos, sounding at once ghostly and gospel-tinged.

Law Years (1971)

Science Fiction was my introduction to Coleman. I checked it out from the library where I worked as a teenager, drawn in by the gorgeous cover art, and was taken with the way listening to the music felt like being buried in sound. The record itself is packed with musical ideas, from musette solos to field recordings of babies crying to some of Coleman’s wildest squawking. The few songs that feature melodies sung by Asha Puthl, sound like pop songs having a heart attack. “Law Years” is a little more straightforward (by Coleman standards). It’s a great showcase for bassist Charlie Haden, who introduces the twisted melody before sax and trumpet jump in, climbing over Haden’s bass line. Underneath, Haden leaps and buzzes like an angry wasp, equal parts punk and drone.

Sunday in America (1972)

In 1972, Coleman hired the London Symphony Orchestra to record his concerto grosso, Skies of America. Coleman’s harmolodic theory — wherein every instrument essentially plays in a different key — played on a symphonic scale has a synthesthetic effect; entire spectra appear before the mind’s eye. “Sunday in America,” however, starts with a slightly different feel, less the colors of the rainbow than the grayscale of big storm clouds. The moody calm is broken by a chaotic march of sax, trumpet, and drums, way off in the mix, interrupting the meditations of a Sunday with the boisterousness of a new idea. The march never makes it to the front, but it never stops approaching, either, doing so as the piece, and the concerto, come to a close.

Jump Street (1979)

By the late ’70s, pretty much every prominent jazz musician had turned in at least a couple of jazz fusion records. But Coleman’s forays into funk, especially Of Human Feelings, conversed more with the sounds of contemporary rock, take cues from Talking Heads and setting the stage for post-punk bands like the Minutemen and fIREHOSE. On “Jump Street,” guitarists Bern Nix and Charles Elerbee and bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma create a swirling hurricane of funk, over which Coleman’s sax struts and dances.

Midnight Sunrise (1976)

Most of Dancing in Your Head — Coleman’s first album with Prime Time — is top-shelf chaotic funk, featuring feverish rhythms and ecstatic peals of sax. “Midnight Sunrise,” the four-minute piece that closes the record, is a departure, a recording of Coleman and music critic Robert Palmer (on clarinet) playing at a religious ceremony in Morocco with Master Musicians of Jajouka. The music of MMJ has much of the same ear-expanding tonality as Coleman’s, and his urgent playing on “Midnight Sunrise” makes for a piece that feels wholly physical, like those moments when the brain is fully activated — like working at a busy restaurant or a bustling newsroom or the floor of the Stock Exchange. Dancing in Your Head was Coleman’s first new release after Skies of America, and it feels as though that marching music at the end of “Sunday in America” finally arrived — that, like a sunrise at midnight, the music in its urgency could no longer wait for some more appropriate time to burst free.


Northside 2015 Festival: Music, Innovation, Film

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Northside 2015 hits North Brooklyn June 8 – June 14. Visit for complete lineup and details.



mix 113

Dune Rats – Dalai Lama
Thee Oh Sees – Devil Again
The Pesos – Hey Hey
The Bats Pajamas – T.V. Sheets
Sister Crayon – Floating Heads
Postiljonen – Wait
Faux Ferocious – Right On Track
Wolfie – I Be Ghost
California Death – Wake
CRWN – Better Together
LANKS – Settle Down
Nebraska – Stand Your Ground
Novella – Something Must Change
PILL – Misty Eyed Porno Reader


Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, ‘Echos Hypnotiques’ — From the Sonic Pilgrim Stacks

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

Hear these this and more far-out psych, folk, and ambient squall on Sonic Pilgrim, Sunday from 10 AM ET to midnight. And like Sonic Pilgrim on Facebook to stay in the loop.

Echos Hypnotiques is a collection of recordings by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, the most popular band in Benin throughout the ’70s (and even, at one point, the country’s “national orchestra”) and a major force in West African rock. I bought it back in 2010, just after it came out — a friend of mine who worked at Everyday Music in Seattle told me, with a very serious look in his eyes, that I needed to have it. “The drums,” he insisted, “are fucking crazy.”

It came in a big vinyl package, a double-LP set with liner notes and vintage photos jammed into every crevice. The drums — the Cuban-influenced multi-layered rhythms that drive every piece — are indeed fucking crazy, as are the overdriven organs, the smoothly-delivered vocals, the solid sax solos a la Fela Kuti, the guitars that veer from Meters-y funk to Hendrix-inspired blues shredding. In fact, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou shifted through all kinds of genres and sounds, acting as they did, especially in their early days, as Benin conduit for popular African styles (all some mix of Caribbean and indigenous rhythms, psychedelic guitar, and funk-orchestra horn), all the while developing a crack performance style that lead them to festivals all over the continent.

Analog Africa put out this release in 2009, the result of label head Samy Ben Redjeb’s repeated trips to Benin. Those trips yielded thousands of master tapes and rare vinyl — pulled straight from the crates of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo’s original label head, Adissa Seidou, a local record shop owner — that Ben Redjeb pared down for the collection, plus extensive interviews with the band’s core members.

The liner notes alone are worth the price of admission. They tell the tale of a band of amazingly gifted musicians evading poverty, dictatorships, vodun curses, and conniving patrons to become one of the hottest bands in in late-70s Africa. Thanks to Ben Redjeb, this music — plus two other OPR collections and a reissue of the band’s first LP — is available outside of Africa for the first time, and the band’s long-suffering leaders are finally getting paid (and getting the credit they deserve).

On tonight’s show, I’m playing “Gan Tche Kpo,” originally released on the band’s second full LP and recorded in Benin in 1974. The song was composed by bandleader Melome Clement — who, at least as of a few years ago, was still the OPR’s leader as the band embarked on their first-ever European and U.S. gigs — and features a “sato” rhythm, beat out on a tall, conga-like drum. The tune is defined by a rolling, rumbling rhythm driven by the sato and the thudding of the guitar and bass; the organ, less tied down rhythmically, burns a line right right through it and into your cerebral cortex.

As the tune drives on, the rhythm guitars stretch out a little bit, then, in the fifth minute, start trading licks — a tinny, distorted guitar on the left, rolling around in the morass of drums and rhythm guitar, as a wall of horns springs up around. And then on the right, a cleaner guitar, slicing into the mix, licks sliding down the neck like meteors falling, delicate and precise. And all the while, that sato rhythm keeps driving.



mix 112

White Reaper – Non’t Think She Cares
Turnover – Hello Euphoria
Tei Shi – M&M’s
Sofia Reta – Confiture
Silk Rhodes – Pains
Rectal Hygenics – Grandeur
Magic Potion – Booored
La Luz – You Disappear
Kane Pout – Coral Crayon
Gracie – Hood Rich
Franky Flowers – Sneakers (Sneaky Thing)
Damaged Bug – In Jungle
Colored Lights – Here and Gone
Night Cleaner – Green Sleeves
Boycrush – Flirt (Ft. Youmi Zouma/Madeira)
1 2 3 4 – Samantha Urbani
Adult Mom – I Think I’m Old Enough
Crocodiles – Foolin Around
Doomsquad – Waka Waka
Waterstrider – Frayed
Grave Pool – Through the Skyligh
Kevin Abstract – Silicon Valley
Mac Demarco – The Way You Love Her
MOTHXR – Centerfold
Shy Luv – Caught Up On You
Snow In Mexico – Juno Beach
Swick – Lucid Rubber
Wet – Deadwater
Wildhoney – Owe You Nothing


Evan Caminiti of Barn Owl Talks “Meridian” + Stepping Away From Guitar — Sonic Pilgrim Guest DJ Set

Evan Caminiti

Evan Caminiti‘s approach on Meridian, his new record, isn’t just about finding new avenues of composition. After all, Caminiti has been venturing away from the guitar drone sound of his band Barn Owl for the last few years now (and so, in fact, have Barn Owl). For him, making music using a modular synthesizer is as much about finding new inspiration as it is about creating a fresh sound.

Caminiti joined me in the studio last night (May 24) to talk about that process, which yielded Meridian — which comes out June 16 — and the piece he played for us, titled “Collapse.”

“For this record, I needed to step away from the guitar, after doing so many records focused on guitar,” says Caminiti. “It just wasn’t inspiring. It feels a little more inspiring again, so I’m coming back to it. But it’s of the utmost importance to be inspired by what you’re doing, because if you’re not, who else is going to be?”

After a period of time Caminiti felt comfortable, in composing Meridian, that he’d developed his own sound on the modular synth. “I knew I had to spend time with that instrument to make it my own, and let it have a voice, rather than letting it be what it was on its own — just let the sequencer run in a traditional fashion. That wasn’t the kind of music I wanted to make.”

“Collapse” developed naturally, the way that Barn Owl’s more guitar-driven pieces did.

“It was a situation of no expectations, and it unfolded pretty naturally within a quick amount of time. I ended up chopping it up and doing a lot of post-production with it.

“One of the things about the modular synth that is great for me is that I come from a background of playing in bands, playing live music, playing in a garage with other dudes in my high school days. When I sit down to digitally multi-track a recording working on my own, I can’t do something that’s put together with all these multi-tracks that were recorded at different times/ I have to have that live element. And the modular synth allows you to sit down as one person and create a massive sound with a lot of stuff going on in a live way, where it’s not contrived, it’s just what comes out.”

Caminiti DJ’d a few tracks for us, including early electronic music by composers Bernard Parmegiani and Suzanne Ciani.

Evan Caminiti Guest DJ Set
Evan Caminiti — Collapse (New York — 2015)
Jah Shaka — Conquering Dub (London — 1983)
Bernard Parmegiani — Conjugaison Du Timbre (Paris — 1975)
Suzanne Ciani — Paris 1971 (San Jose — 1971)
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force — Yermande (Prophet 5 Rhythm) (Berlin — 2015)

The compositions partially influenced Caminiti’s direction on Meridian. “I had begun a few years ago experimenting with a cassette four-track, and doing weird stuff like playing tapes backwards and processing it through all kinds of weird stuff and rerecording it and it was kind of like a poor man’s concrete set up. Now, I have some more sophisticated tools that allow for some more flexible digital reproduction of those similar tape manipulation techniques.”

I asked Caminiti if there was a point in working with the four-track that he felt was his breakthrough — when, in other words, the sounds he was created started to sounded like music to him. “I guess it all feels like music. I appreciate all kinds of weird sounds that many people may not find musical qualities in. Like some strange overtone coming from an air conditioning unit — like if you listen you can hear all these subtle harmonics buried within this seemingly dissonant sound. If you know how to listen, you can pick up all these subtle beautiful aspects in mundane things around you. And that’s inspiring.”

That slight change in perspective can have big implications for concepts of artistry — what it means to be the author or creator of a piece of music. “I feel like it’s helpful to think of it less as music and just as sound, and in that way it’s kind of liberated. Either everything is music, or it’s not an it’s just sound. Because some super-compressed pop track can just sound like nothing.”


Four Great Milwaukee Psych Tracks

Moss Folk

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I’ve already posted about it, but last weekend I had a thoroughly transcendent experience in Milwaukee. I happened to be in town during the third installment of the Milwaukee Psych Fest, and I was hipped to a bunch of great local bands — all “psych” in some way.

Milwaukee itself seemed thoroughly blue collar — sleepy brown buildings, few cool spots for kids like me to get into trouble. (I was, of course, in town for two days, and first impressions are always wrong.) The exception, of course, was the Cactus Club, which hosted the fest. What a great little venue, camped out at the end of a residential block, with a comfy bar in front and a big DIY stage in back. During the fest, the stage hosted bands from all over the U.S. — from Duluth to Asheville — plus the hands-down best stage visualizations I’ve ever seen.

I felt like Milwaukee’s Sonic Pilgrim-friendly rock deserved a little love, especially the bands that took the stage last weekend. Here are four great Milwaukee psych tracks — some of which are featured Counter Culture Club‘s stellar 2-CD Psych Fest comp — running the gamut from lumbering guitar drone to crunchy garage rock to deafening feedback experiments. Hear all four on tonight’s show!

Space Raft — Anything is Possible

I dig the entirety of Space Raft‘s 2014 debut, but “Anything is Possible” is the spaciest cut, and thus the most Sonic Pilgrim suitable. Like most of their tunes, it’s a Stonesy party rocker at heart. Stair-step guitar parts lumber over a vintage organ drone, coming together to form a song as sturdy and timeless as a Mayan temple. It’s as much a lysergic freakout as it is a PBR-spilling party rocker.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Space Raft’s turn at Milwaukee Psych Fest on May 14, but I’m crossing my fingers for a summer tour that’ll bring the band around our neck of the woods.

Moss Folk — Veiled Visions

Moss Folk would deserve respect if for no other reason than that bandleader Andrew Shelp also organizes the Milwaukee Psych Fest. But they also rule. Last week, a large band of guitars and synths and percussion summoned a thicket of drone, and meandered through eastern modes, spiritual chanting, and dense soundscapes. I’ve read that Shelp sometimes performs solo as Moss Folk, or in a smaller group, but I was into the large group and the clattering bells, foggy synth, and sweeping 12-string guitars that came with it.

I’m currently high on Veiled Visions, the new Moss Folk tape released through Eye Vybe Records.


Noisy Milwaukee legends Feck reunited for the first time after a 20-year hiatus for this year’s at the urging of Shelp. I didn’t catch the performance, but the grainy YouTube video above shows a locked-in group of seasoned musicians expertly exploring a terrain of feedback and noise.

Vocokesh — Ispepnaibara Part 1

Vocokesh are sort of the traditional Milwaukee psych juggernaut. They’ve been going at it at least since their 1990 debut Ispepnaibara, and have put out music as recently as last year’s split with Kramposo. They are skilled purveyors of the more traditional guitar-drum-bass freakouts — their early stuff actually brings to mind Scandanavian psych bands like Baby Grandmothers — though they also mess around with modular synths.


Retribution Gospel Choir, Moss Folk, and Geena at the Milwaukee Psych Fest — Pictures

Retribution Gospel Choir at Milwaukee Psych Fest

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There’s a bad ass psych fest going down in Milwaukee this weekend, and I had the synesthetic pleasure of seeing three great bands play the second night of the fest last night.

Not knowing what to expect, I was heartened by the DIY spirit of the venue, the Cactus Club, including a whole crew sweating over the psychedelic projections that went down behind the band and a couple of Midwestern psych labels hawking tapes and vinyl. The projections were really impressive, especially as the night went on (I overheard a seasoned longhair emphatically complementing the A/V nerds behind the projectors — certainly the highest of praise). I haven’t listened to the tapes yet, but no doubt they’ll get a few plays on Sonic Pilgrim in the coming weeks, as will the two-CD comp put together by the fest organizers.

The lineup last night was more than solid, featuring sets from Geena, a three piece droner from Sheboygan, Moss Folk, a powerful, sludgy outfit helmed by psych fest organizer Andrew Shelp, and Retribution Gospel Choir, the far-out project of Low’s Alan Sparhawke that glides from spacey mellowouts to lysergic freakouts.

If you somehow happen to be in Milwaukee this weekend, check it out — otherwise, stay tuned to Sonic Pilgrim in the coming weeks for highlights from the entire fest.

First, my tape haul: Moss Folk; Idpyramid, from Davenport, IA; and Nest Egg, from Asheville, NC, all courtesy of the magnificent Eye Vybe label out of Chicago — PLUS the rad Milwaukee Psych Fest 3 comp.

Milwaukee Tapes


Retribution Gospel Choir - Moss Folk - Geena - Cactus Club - Milwaukee Psych Fest



Moss Folk






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mix 111

Vexx – Black-White
Surfer Blood – Dorian
Antwon – Don’t Care
Tanlines – Slipping Away
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Trevor Forever
SKATERS – Miss Teen Massachusetts
PWR BTTM – Carbs
Michael Rault – Nothing Means Nothing
KRNE – Toro
Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire
Shamir – Call It Off
Mura Masa – Lovesick Fuck
Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers
Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Deeper Shadows
Galcher Lustwerk – Parlay
Fred Thomas – Bad Blood
Double Denim – Wide Open
Charles Howl – The Active Listener


Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory — Pictures

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

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I didn’t know what to expect from Acid Mothers Temple, but I expected a lot. What I came away from last night’s show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with was an appreciation of the band’s ability to conjure up storms of noise onstage while staying flexible, moving langorously from the cosmic to the shrill to the delicate. (I also came away with a terrible case of tinnitus.)

ST 37 were great openers. Mostly, their jams were led by the sidestepping bass grooves, while their twin guitars and an electronics board build a harsh sound world them. I loved their closer, “Discorporate” — more straightforward, almost poppy by comparison, but underlain by a cold drone — an icy glaze that settled over the room as it rose to the climax.

Acid Mothers Temple were in fine form. Makoto Kawabata led the band through torrents of shattering psych rock. At one point, bassist Tsuyama Atsushi trampled across the stage and mumbled encantations into his microphone, before picking up a recorder and leading the band through a rare folky, impish section. Higashi Hiroshi is a great, gangly stage presence — I wish I could have heard his synths a little better. I appreciated the journey they took us on — almost as much as the dude who waved his arms through their entire set, tripped out and ecstatic.

Check out my pictures from last night below.

ST 37

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel

Acid Mothers Temple Live at the Knitting Factory

Chris Kissel


Listening to Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira”

Joni Mitchell -- Hejira

Hear “Hejira” on Sonic Pilgrim, Sunday from 10 AM ET to midnight. And like Sonic Pilgrim on Facebook to stay in the loop.

I had the joy of stopping by the WFMU Record Fair today, joined with the sorrow of not really having the money to buy anything.

I didn’t want to leave totally empty handed, though, so I traded the few bucks in my pocket for a dusty copy of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira. It’s a classic album, and even dusty copies deserve to pull more than three dollars, but they also probably pressed a couple million copies of it back in the day, so most people can also probably just spin their parents’ version of it.

The beauty of the album is largely in the balance between Mitchell’s imagist lyrics and her counterpoint with Jaco Pastorius, whose bass, on the title track especially, is expressive of a kind of an elemental godlike presence.

I’ll play the title track on tonight’s show, probably my favorite song on the record. It’s a showcase for Pastorius, whose bass sings, a close approximation of a human voice, dueting snakily with Mitchell, then at times striking stormy chords that complement Mitchell’s blanched guitar, and her line about the moody sky.

It’s hard not to compare Mitchell’s lyrics to Dylan, with its tumbling words and images, but she bests him here in a couple of significant ways. There’s not a wasted syllable here, in a song with many of them — no “babes” or “uhs” added for metric symmetry. But she’s truly poetic in a way Dylan mostly just aspired to be — compounding her mistrust of love, a besieged thing, with the image of “snow gathering like bolts of lace/ waltzing on a ballroom girl,” snow that opened up from Mitchell’s moody sky.



mix 110

Regal Degal – Delicious
Regal Degal – Pyramid Bricks
U.S. Girls – Damn That Valley
Theo Varney – Mountain Rose
Sun Club – Beauty Meat
Sonny Digital – Good (Gravez & Ekali Remix)
Shark Week – Desire
PILE – The Jones
Palm Beach – Reach
Pale Blue – Dusk In Parts Ft. Jana Hunter
Morning Smoke – Isn’t Anything
Mikal Cronin – Better Man
Las Robertas – Marlene
ILoveMakonnen – Whip It (remix)
Eiko Hara – Going Somewhere
Cheerleader – The Sunshine of Your Youth
Calusa Eisenhower – You Are Yesterday’s Sweetheart
André Obin – Loaded Soul
Alejandro Paz – Vayanse


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