The one-year anniversary of the Bomarr Blog being back is next Wednesday, April 14. To celebrate this milestone, I was going to wait until next week to announce that I'm no longer going to put up with Blogger's bullshit, and I'm jumping the gun (my inevitable shutdown) by moving to self-hosting. Unfortunately, I just got yet ANOTHER unnecessary takedown notice from Blogger today, so I'm going to go ahead and let you all know now that The Bomarr Blog will now be located at blog.bomarr.net .
Blogger has been on a rampage as of late, shutting down many great mp3 blogs that are just trying to help promote up-and-coming artists and/or get the word out about music they like. Often times, like myself, offering up links to where the full albums can be purchased. A good portion of the time, they remove content that the blogger actually had PERMISSION to post. I'd understand if I was posting Beatles discographies and things of that nature, but I'm not. I've also done nothing but cooperate with them when things have been taken down, but they still send repeat notices even after I've removed the offending content. When they issue a takedown, they set your post back to "draft" status, which allows you to edit it and re-publish. They clearly say "You may re-publish the posts with the offending content and/or link(s) removed." A while back, they did this for a Yeasayer track I posted, and I removed it immediately. Two weeks later, I got a notice for the same post, even though the link to the "infringing" mp3 was already long gone. This counted as 2 strikes against me. They just did the same thing today for a Tobacco remix of a Health song that I posted last week. On top of that, they even removed a post of a Bassnectar mp3 that I got FROM THE ARTIST. After speaking with Bassnectar, he confirmed that neither he, nor his label or management had anything to do with it.
So, to sum up my rant....Blogger wins. I'm moving. I can't put up with your bullshit anymore and you make it too difficult to contest things, even when you're wrong, so I bid you farewell.
Posting will not be interrupted at all. Everything stays the same aside from the web address. So please, update your bookmarks, find me on Twitter , and come visit me at my new home
Alexander Chen is mostly known for his Boy In Static project, which led him to release music on Markus Acher (The Notwist)'s Alien Transistor label as well as tour around the US opening for 13 & God. This time around, Alexander has shed his Boy In Static persona and taken on a new one, The Consulate General. His debut record Person Number came out yesterday on Circle Into Square records. The record features appearances from members of Slowdive, Montag, Sole & The Skyrider Band and Misha. Alexander also has a new EP coming out next month titled What Time Is It Now, which features remixes from Blue Sky Black Death, Lymbyc System & T.H. White. He also has a really awesome website you can check out below.
The Normal was a short-lived project started by Daniel Miller, founder of the influential Mute label back in the late '70's. Daniel only had a couple of releases under this moniker, primarily this 2-song single, which featured the minimalist classic "Warm Leatherette." Daniel also went on to produce such acts as Depeche Mode, Erasure, Wire and DAF. You can find out even more about him in the amazing Synth Britannia documentary.
Really great track from the brand new Low Limit / Lando Kal split 12" Golden Handshake. These guys usually team up to form Lazer Sword, but this time around, they each do their own thing, dishing out 3 songs a piece for the Glasgow-based Numbers label.
Pelican City is the former alias of a very famous producer. You've heard of him. Look it up. "The Fool" takes its main sample from one of my favorite records ever. This is from his first release "The Chilling Effect," the soundtrack to a fictional film.
Brand new track from Tobacco's upcoming Maniac Meat record, which Anticon will release on May 25th. The record features a slew of fuzzed out analog beats, including featuring Beck. If you like his previous work, you'll definitely love this. This also already has my vote for best album cover of the year.
France is really taking hold of the electronic music scene. Not that this is anything new, mind you, but these past few years have seen a slew of great music coming out of this particular country. Obviously the likes of Justice and Daft Punk come to mind, but then you have people like Mr. Oizo, Sebastian Tellier, Debmaster, Ego Twister Records, Kavinsky.....basically, too many to name. Fitting in with all this stuff is Acid Washed, a duo from Paris whose influences range from Steve Reich to Giorgio Moroder, DFA Records to Detroit Techno. Their self-titled debut album just dropped yesterday on Record Makers (also home to Kavinsky). Pick it up.
Eroc used to be known as the weirdo drummer for German prog-rockers Gorbschnitt, but then became known on his own for his weird synth and guitar experimentations, like the tracks heard on his self-titled 1975 record that "Norderland" is from. This song in particular sounds like a psychedelic spaghetti western theme, and I can't get enough of it.
Big thanks for Bomarr Blog reader Mike for putting me up on this guy. He hipped me to the UK's Blank Spaces a couple of days ago in response to the Metronomes track I posted. Upon first listen, I assumed this stuff was some lost 80's minimal synth stuff, but it turns out it's quite new. Blank Spaces does what he does, and does it well. All the songs on his MySpace page and Soundcloud page are great. Unfortunately, he has no label, no bio, and no releases are planned for the near future, but keep an eye on this guy. Good things are sure to come.
First off, I have to say that in general, I won't even listen to mixes that people send me as blog submissions. I just don't have the time to listen to hour-long house music or acid jazz dj mixes, so when I saw this submission show up in my email, I ALMOST disregarded it. That is, until I saw that this mix included funk covers of Gary Numan, Mr. Oizo, Radiohead and more. I gave it a shot, and I'm glad I did. These covers are actually really great, drum heavy covers of some already great songs. This short Give Up the Funk comes to us courtesy of Iceland's Dau-Al-Set, who has some more really great mixes up over at his Soundcloud page. Preview his mix here or just download it right here.
the metronomes - "a circuit like me" (download)
Great little minimal synth song from Australia's The Metronomes. These guys were mostly active in the 80's, releasing a few singles and albums on the goth-heavy label Cleopatra Records. I used to be really into a lot of the stuff on that label, so I'm amazed that I didn't hear about The Metronomes until recently. These guys are very different than most of the other bands on the label. Really great stuff.
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More greatness from Mochipet's Daly City Records camp. This time around from Bomarr Blog favorite Deceptikon. You may remember a while back when I posted his awesome remix of Copy's "Assassinator." He has recently relocated from Japan to San Francisco and just released a brand new album called Mythology of the Metropolis. The record features contributions from Copy, Oly (Ipecac), He Can Jog, and Vincent Parker. It's chock full of head-nodders so don't sleep on this one.
From their self-titled debut full length on Rice Is Nice. Talons are an Australian punk band. Raw and catchy. Here, fellow Australian SPOD takes on their song "Redheads.". This is a bit different than the stuff I usually post, and I'm not really sure what to compare this to, but I've been enjoying the song lately.
I have to give credit where credit is due...I found out about Plus 2 over at Doctor Krank's blog. This guy (John Kay) is an up and coming producer from Victoria, Canada who enjoys 8-bit samples and heavy bass. John says "Kill Teh Dragon" was inspired by Lazer Sword's "Koopa Boss Mode." He has a few other tracks posted right here for you to check out.