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.
Impressive new single from Ooah. This guy has been extremely productive lately. When he's not tearing shit up with his fellow beat-masters in The Glitch Mob, or getting saucy with MartyParty in PANTyRAid, or slowing things down a bit for his Of Porcelain project, he's releasing equally-as-nasty music under his own Ooah name. Great things to come this year, as The Glitch Mob have recently wrapped up their highly anticipated debut full length Drink The Sea. He's released this to hold you over. Buy the single (also featuring "Beginning" over at iTunes for only $1.98).
From his upcoming Alpha Pup release Ctrl Alt Delete. If this track is any sign of what to expect from the new record, the record is going to be pure nastiness. This is the type of song that, if played LOUD on a really good soundsystem, would turn your insides to mush. The new record comes out March 30th, and he's going on an extensive US/Canada tour over the course of the next couple of months to support it. (check out dates on his Myspace page).
kavinsky - "nightcall" (stream-only)
Brand new single from France's Kavinsky. Unfortunately, I can't offer a free download of this track right now. "Nightcall" is from Kavinsky's upcoming Nightcall EP, which is out digitally exclusively via iTunes on 3/26, with a physical release to follow on 4/5. There's also an extremely limited vinyl picture disc available for pre-order direct through Record Makers. Also, check out the Record Makers site for info on their new iPhone app, which features music from Sebastian Tellier and sound effects by Mr. Oizo.
I've been on a bit of an Italo Disco kick lately. While this song might not be for everyone, I think it's incredibly funky and extremely catchy. I'm not really sure what's going on on the album cover...maybe some nude wrestling, perhaps? Easy Going had some hits in the 70's but haven't really been heard from since, aside from select disco compilations. This is quite possibly the longest song I've posted on the blog as well, clocking in at just under 8 minutes.
I haven't been able to dig up much information about Glorious Strangers aside from what the always great Mutant Sounds blog had to say:
"The product of one Wharton Tiers, esteemed NY engineer for the likes of Branca/Swans/Sonic Youth back in the day, here working alongside his wife Carol on vocals, Glorious Strangers being one of two of Wharton's period projects to feature on MS, Jim having posted the 3x7" set by his concurrent outfit Social Climbers some time back. Under the Glorious Strangers guise, he and Carol concoct smirky bon mots of demure quirk akin to Y Pants or Inflatable Boy Clams to vaguely amusing effect."
"Move It Time" is from the impressive compilation New York Noise, Vol. 2, a compilation that showcases some early 80's no wave bands and features the likes of Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca, Jim Jarmusch, Arthur Russell and more. If you like bands like ESG, you might like Glorious Strangers.
I stumbled on Huess on MySpace a while back and really enjoyed what I heard, so it was a nice surprise to see a free MP3 from him appear in my inbox over the weekend. Huess is starting to get a bit of a buzz in the UK beatmaking scene. His cut-and-paste production style is mildly reminiscent of J Dilla, but somehow unique. He has a new EP out called I'd Rather Be The Hunter, and has a vinyl EP coming out soon that features remixes from Fulgeance and Kelpe. Keep an eye out for this guy.
Meet Nocando, resident MC at LA's weekly Low End Theory night and Scribble Jam MC battle winner of 2007 (check out some of his brutal battles here). His debut album Jimmy The Lock was released in January on Alpha Pup Records and features production from Nosaj Thing, Nobody, Daedelus, Thavius Beck, Free the Robots, Th' Corn Gang (Nick from The Unicorns/Islands' project), and scratching courtesty of Gaslamp Killer. "Hurry Up And Wait" is the lead single from the record.
chronicle grime - "career cats get tiger suits" (stream-only)
From the compilation Anagram Jam. The guys behind B-Music/Finders Keepers seem to have unearthed some real gems this time around. These seriously hardcore crate-diggers include David Holmes, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Andy Votel and more. This time around, they've put together a compilation credited to Tandy Love & Mad Smooth, which features numerous gems (psych, surf, Turkish, etc) unearthed from who-knows-where. They've made it tricky though, and scrambled around the names of the artists and songs so you have no idea who the artists actually are. You get "bands" like Vandal Cock, Ray Wun, Dizcoa, and so on. Definitely check this out if you're into stuff like this. There are some great songs on here.
Lisfrank was a one-man-band from Italy who was most active in the 80's. Very dark-themed synth, and very good. "Man Without Limits" appeared on last years collection of hard to find Lisfrank tracks called Mask Rewind, an extremely limited vinyl release that came with a limited white vinyl 7". It originally appeared on the highly sought after Mask Productions compilation First Relation back in 1983. If you can track this down, be sure to pick it up.
mochipet - "anticon on atari (restiform bodies remix)"
A little treat for you from Mochipet's Master P On Atari Transformed Volume 1, the first volume in a couple of remix companions to last years Master P On Atari. Not only does this record have remixes from my "group" Restiform Bodies, you also have remixes from Deceptikon (whose remix of Copy's "Assassinator" was posted on the Bomarr Blog a while back), Matt B, ill.gates, Kraddy and more. Volume 2 is coming out soon on Mochipet's Daly City Records.
Julian Shah-Tayler has some experience under his belt. Not only was he a member of Bomarr Blog favorites Whitey, but he recorded an album with Joaquin Phoenix. He's also gotten some praise from David J of Bauhaus. "Wetter" is from his Un Ange Passe EP that he recently released and dedicated to the memory of his friend Christine Shroy-Hull. This is a straight up, extremely catchy pop song that is sure to get Julian even more praise. You can stream or buy his music over at his Bandcamp page.
Some lo-fi 8-bit grit from London's Tapes. Nasty instrumental, dancehall-inflicted Atari-esque dub from the appropriately-named Jahtari label. The tracks from this ep "Hissing Theatricals" all sound like they were recorded to analog 4-track, which fits this stuff perfectly. Highly recommended release.
This little gem of a 7" from 1984 has been recently re-issued as a 12" by Moustache Records out of the Netherlands. Extremely catchy, heavily-Vocoded electro. The new 12" reissue has some alternate edits, as well as the equally as good "5595." To the best of my knowledge, the 12" is currently available via Clone Records, which means it's going to cost you about $40 US to purchase it on vinyl, but if you're just in the mood to own the MP3's, you can pick it up digitally for significantly less over at the Boomkat store. I might have to start saving my pennies.
Yet another artist who has been blowing my mind lately is Mirror People, another project from Portugal's Rui Maia. He got my attention with his really impressive remix of Neon Indian's "Mind,Drips," so I did some research and stumbled on this Kraftwerk-y remix he did for UK band Detachments. Rui counts New Order, Add n to (x), Giorgio Moroder and Suicide as some of his favorites, so how could you NOT like this? He has a bunch of stuff for you to check out over at his Soundcloud page, all of it is really impressive. He also has more music and videos over on his MySpace page.
The guys that make up Javelin (2 cousins from Brooklyn via Rhode Island) have all their bases covered. Not only do they make really impressive head-nodding electronic music, but they have the visual companion to their music down to a tee. Their 12" vinyl packaging usually consists of the word "Javelin" painted onto some else's pre-existing record cover (eg: The Commodores, Simon & Garfunkel, etc), and these 12"s are usually collectors items due to their limited quantities. Right there they gets points for creativity AND recycling. They also perform with stacks of spray-painted boomboxes in front of them. That's another plus. Let's see....they've performed at the MOMA, they named this song right here after a character from Mike Tyson's Punch Out, they're currently on tour with Yeasayer AND they have a new record called No Más coming out next month on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label.
(Bonus: Check out their Tune In An Afternoon that they did for XLR8R and filmed at Community Thrift in the San Francisco Mission District)
Friday Night is Anticon's Serengeti, alongside rapper Hi Fidel & production duo Breakfast Kings. They just released a free remix record companion to their self-titled Friday Night release. This little gem of a remix comes to us via Belgian producer Greetings From Tuskan (best known as of late for being half of Bike For Three with Buck65). The remix record also features remixes from Omid, Euphony, Tony Trimm and about 15 others. Grab the remix record here, and buy the self-titled album here.
This song has been bouncing around in my head for the past couple of days. Aside from remixing Marina & The Diamonds, and strategically leaking some of his songs onto the internet for people to buzz about, Penguin Prison doesn't really have too much material out there, but what he does have out there is pretty impressive. I'm going to assume that he's also somehow down with Girl Talk, as he has Girl Talk and Girl Talk's superhomies Hearts of Darknesses and Bad Brilliance all in his top MySpace friends. Not sure what that means exactly, but he's cool in my book. He's got a new record coming out soon, I believe, but for now you can purchase his Animal Animal single below.
The newest release on Mochipet's Daly City Records label. Monk Fly is out of Syndey, Australia. Some nasty wonky beats here. He has a new EP out called The Far Side of Zen. Pick it up.
Meet Madness2012 (known to his friends as Justin Delaet). Master beatboxer, prolific MC, and all-around great guy. He's been doing this rap thing for many years now. Back in the day, he appeared on one side of a split cassette single that I put out with some friends. The song was called "Bullshit," and on the flipside was Telephone Jim Jesus's first ever recorded vocal appearance on a song called "Tapeworm." Madness2012 has also recorded songs with Passage (Anticon/Restiform Bodies). He's been putting out records steadily now for a while. His most recent being the Hot Sauce EP, which you can grab right here. "Hang the Way" is from his record The Perfect Words For Saying Nothing. Check him out.
joakim - "ad me (principles of geometry remix)" (stream-only)
Last year, France's prolific producer/remixer/vocalist Joakim put out an amazing record called Milky Ways on the also-wonderful Tigersushi Records. This year, Tigersushi will be releasing another volume of their More G.DM. compilations. Joakim's labelmates (and all-around great guys) Principles of Geometry offered up their remix services and came up with this great reworking of Joakim's "Ad Me." The compilation will be available soon, so unfortunately I can't give this track away for free, but if you like it, be on the lookout. Follow Tigersushi on Twitter to get updates on this and other upcoming releases.
polyrock - "romantic me" (download)
I recently discovered these guys on the always awesome id Reverberations blog. Polyrock was formed in New York City in the late 70's and lasted until the early 80's. Their biggest clame to fame is that they were produced my legendary composer Philip Glass. Great synth-infused pop a la Talking Heads and Devo, although a bit more rock.
From Mad Decent's officialr Free Gucci mixtape. Philadelphia's Emynd takes on "Frowny Face" with Atlanta rapper Playboy Tre. Probably my favorite remix on the mixtape. The whole thing is really worth checking out though, and features an all star cast of remixers like Flying Lotus, Memory Tapes, Diplo, Zomby and more. Go grab it over at the Mad Decent site
active child - "when your love is safe" (download)
Some great ethereal synth heavy pop courtesy of Active Child (LA's Pat Grossi). He just released a really impressive, limited-edition white vinyl 7" on Transparent Records. Aside from a limited cassette-only release called Sun Rooms that came out recently, the guy doesn't have a whole lot available for purchase, but he has the right idea....release a few songs, see who bites, and build up some demand. I really love this stuff. If you're into Grizzly Bear, Washed Out, Final Fantasy, etc, you will most likely love this too.
myron & e with the soul investigators - "it's a shame" (stream-only)
Another great throwback soul track from California's Myron & E, with their usual backing band, Finland's The Soul Investigators. These guys have really nailed it when it comes to capturing that classic Motown sound. Totally timeless music. This 7" is their follow-up to last year's "Cold Game" single, and can be purchased on vinyl or digitally over at the Stones Throw store
When he's not playing in his band Honeycut, or laying down keys for Lyrics Born, Jel, Blackalicious and others, Berkeley, CA's Herve "RV" Salters is doing his General Elektriks project for the Quannum label. Very similar to the Honeycut stuff, but with a bit more soul. Pick up his excellent Good for City Dreamers record, which came out last year.
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Amp Live of Oakland's Zion I has just released a free EP of remixes he did for Anticon's WHY? titled One Dark Eskimo Remixes: Amp Live vs. WHY?. The EP has five tracks and features remixes of "Bezerkley", "Against You", "This Blackest Purse", "Good Woodz" and "Uno Roses."Grab your free download here
To celebrate this week's release of The Roots, The Leaves on Fake Four Records, Cars and Trains (Portland, Oregon's Tom Filepp) has released a FREE companion record (appropriately titled The Roots, The Remix) packed full of great remixes from the likes of Boy In Static, Melodium, Meanest Man Contest, Blue Sky Black Death, Polyphonic, Ernest Gonzales, yours truly and more. I'm very pleased with how my remix turned out, and I hope you enjoy it as well. You can download the free remix record here, and purchase the studio record here
I love this song so much. Apparantly it's been blowing up on the "blog circuit" for the past few months. I won't deny, I just discovered it. These guys are from Liverpool. There doesn't seem to be a detailed bio on them anywhere, but according to Last.fm, Wave Machines are "art rock disco made on a Cash Converter keyboard and start-up drum kit." Buy their record Wave If You're Really There below.
superlitebike - "unbelievable party!!! cool" (download)
I'll be honest, a lot of the submissions I get for this blog just don't fit, but every once in a while, something comes through that I absolutely love. Austin's Superlitebike impressed me. This track, "Unbelievable Party!!! Cool" not only impressed me with it's title, but also with the fact that it's an upbeat party track a la LCD Soundsystem. They have a new record coming out in May called Away We Go. Follow them on Twitter to get updated when the record drops.
washed out - "get up" (download)
It took me a little while to come around when it came to this little EP. I've listened to it on and off for a while, but would always compare it to the Neon Indian record (which is amazing, if you haven't already heard). It has really grown on me though. Some lo-fi bedroom synthpop songs straight out of Georgia. You should buy this. It's called Life of Leisure. Also, check out the great remix Washed Out did for Small Black that I posted last week.
bullion - "say goodbye to what" (stream only)
Some more nasty Bullion beats. This UK producer is best known for his Pet Sounds: In The Key of Dee release, which combined samples from the Beach Boys classic Pet Sounds release with beats & samples from the late J Dilla. He's recently released a new 7" called Say Goodbye To What on One Handed Music. If you like this track, support the man by heading over to his Bandcamp page to purchase the mp3, or over to Boomkat to purchase the limited 7".
seona dancing - "bitter heart (razormaid remix)" (download)
Before Ricky Gervais became a household name due to his brilliant comedic skills and creating the original UK version of The Office, he was part of a little-known early 80's synthpop duo named Seona Dancing (pronounced "Shawna"). They didn't have much success aside from breaking the Billboard top 100 with this song, "Bitter Heart." The man can actually hold his own when it comes to vocals, and proves here that he's just an all around, talented guy.
raw stiles - "dehli kut" (download)
This Washed Out remix is currently blowing my mind. These guys are from Brooklyn. They currently have a 12" out which features this remix. I want to buy 5 copies of it. I love that this has sort of a classic Jesus and Mary Chain-esque feel to it, on top of some great lo-fi synth. You really need to check these guys out. I just listened to this song 3 times in a row.
console - "my dog eats beats" (download)
Released all the way back in 2000 by Matador Records, yet this album (Rocket in the Pocket) still seems to stand up well against a lot of the music coming out today. Console is the solo project of The Notwist's Martin Gretschmann.