Friday, April 25, 2008

"All Is Lost In Bright Confusion..."

The Oscillation: 'Head Hang Low' (2007)

The Oscillation's (a.k.a. Demian Castellanos, DC Recordings, UK) cover version of a Julian Cope song. (The original can be found from Cope's 1984 album World Shut Your Mouth.)

YouTube also features a video of the "Bright Confusion Mix". And more from The Oscillation @ YouTube.

  • The Oscillation @ MySpace
  • Sami Pennanen: "Or Something" Exhibition @ Galleria Huuto

    Sami Pennanen, a.k.a. Sampen a.k.a. Unidentified Sound Objects will have his exhibition at Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, on 30 April - 11 May 2008.

  • Images by Sami Pennanen @ Galleria Huuto
  • Exhibition images @ Flickr
  • More on USO's page @ pHinnWeb
  • Exhibition info @ Facebook

    Sami Pennanen

    "It's time to get on with a real job. The one that does not pay the rent. The one you are never, even ironically, told to get. The one your family, friends or government would not be gently leading you towards. The one that matters.

    For my fourth solo exhibition I thought I?d do something real. Plan was to go back some twenty years to when I started making these marks. Once there, to take a look around and make notes, to take a deep breath and absorb feelings, then get back to the present and just start anew. I was curious to see what crawls out of me the second time around. Maybe the approach would be to unlearn the educated part of art making in me and let the fun of just making things guide the process as it once did. Or maybe the approach would be to draw upon the so-called educated skills while quoting the imagery, energy and flavors of selected things from my youth. Or maybe to melt these into one or two or three points to be shuffled once or twice more. Or ? something.

    So what did we get? An installation, a cluster of fragmented imagery, juxtaposed styles, cross-referencing paintings, drawings, photos etc. The works draw on a range of influences, as they have been made with a range of methods, to fulfill a range of intents.

    A bunch of stuff about a bunch of stuff.

    As the installation consists of nearly a hundred smaller parts it is easy to calculate what it approximately contains:

    painting 18%
    drawing 22%
    photography 25%
    digital vs. old-school cut, paste and glue 23%
    minimalism 7%
    abstraction 12%
    graffiti 22%
    nature 9%
    animals 18%
    urban existence 19%
    notebooks 18%
    subconscious 16%
    documentation 19%
    objects 3%

    The opening will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at 6-8 pm."

  • Sampen @ MySpace
  • Unidentified Sound Objects @ MySpace
  • Friday, April 18, 2008

    Tuomas Rantanen: Vector Space

    Tampere's "Slaughterboy" of hard monotrax techno, Tuomas Rantanen, strikes again...

    Artist: Tuomas Rantanen
    Title: Vector Spaces EP GROUNDFX004
    Label: Ground Effect Records (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Date: 15 April 2008


    1. Vector Space
    2. Alkaloid
    3. First Sector
    4. Dresden

    Press release notes:

    "The fourth release of the Ground Effect Records (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) digital label is ready to rock the floors once again with the Finland mastermind Tuomas Rantanen. The release is scheduled for 15 April 2008, but first two tracks will be available exclusively on as a promo by the start of April."

  • Tuomas Rantanen @ MySpace
  • Monday, April 14, 2008

    Mesak Vs. Eero Johannes Live Battle In Tallinn

    Mesak vs Eero Johannes live battle in Tallinn @ HUH 1ÖÖ% party

    Eero Johannes live @ Club HUH 1ÖÖ%, Von Krahl, Tallinn

    Eero Johannes vs. Mesak, live footage from Club HUH 1ÖÖ%, Von Krahl theatre, Tallinn, Estonia, late 2007: "We Could Be Skweeeroes" mash-up and outro.

  • More Eero Johannes search results @ YouTube
  • More Mesak search results @ YouTube
  • Padded Cell: Night Must Fall (DC Recordings, UK)

    Before the humungous compilation Death Before Distemper 2 comes out early June, UK's DC Recordings hits with the latest album from Padded Cell and their brand of atmospheric analogue-Kraut-electro-disco-punk-funk:

    artist: Padded Cell
    title: Night Must Fall
    format: 2-LP/CD/digital download DCR72
    label: DC Recordings (UK)
    date: 12 May 2008


    1. Moon Menace Part II (2:10)
    2. Savage Skulls (4:35)
    3. Faces of the Forest [edit] (4:21)
    4. Word of the Mouth [feat. Chloe Battant] (3:44)
    5. My Children Sleep Next to the Echo Chamber (5:33)
    6. Night Must Fall (1:37)
    7. City of Lies (3:18)
    8. Triple X Syndrome (5:13)
    9. Konkorde Lafayette [edit] (5:05)
    10. Far Beneath London (5:25)
    11. Beautiful Gloom (4:29)
    12. Are You Anywhere [edit] (5:52)

    Press release notes from DC Recordings:

    Richard Sen and Neil Beatnik's Padded Cell has been the focus of growing speculation of late. After achieving individual notoriety as a Bronx Dog (Heavenly) and a Dirty Beatnik (Wall of Sound) respectively, their triptych of 12" releases for DC Recordings -- 2005's "Signal Failure" (DCR64), 2006's "Are You Anywhere" (DCR67), and 2007's "Moon Menace" (DCR76) -- has left nocturnal creatures everywhere drooling with desire for a full-length glimpse into the shodowy depths of the Padded Cell. Finally it is here!

    Drawing inspiration from bands as diverse as Goblin, The Velvet Underground, Arthur Russell, Material, Bush Tetras and Carl Craig, this duo's analogue fetishism is tinged with creeping psychosis but makes for a sound that is a soulful and emotional as it is dark and narcotic. The making of Night Must Fall has involved a list of collaborators that hints at this rich diversity: Dennis Young (Liquid Liquid) plays percussion, Chloe Battant from London punk-funk band Battant (Kill The DJ) delivers vocals; guitars and synths come from sonic necromancer Giallos Flame (Analogue Screams / DC Recordings) and Italian producers The Diaphanoids (Bearfunk) deliver strings, synths and vocals.

    With careers as prolific club deejays and live performers that have spanned almost two decades (not to mention remixing the likes of the Glimmer Twins, Mekon, Sly Mongoose and Big Two Hundred), it follows that these mind-bending elements have been forced through dancefloor-focused channels, creating the nefarious 'devils-disco' brew for which this pair have become notorious. From the 80s New York-style funk of forthcoming single "Savage Skulls" to the John Carpenter-esque soundtrack of "City of Lies" and the new-wave pop-noir of "Word of Mouth", this a journey into dance music's darkest depths that will possess listeners of all persuasions.

    A worldwide tour is scheduled for May and June to coincide with this release.

    Tuesday, April 08, 2008

    Kiki Moorse (GER) on Sonic Weekend Vol. 2

    Kiki Moorse (ex-Chicks on Speed, GER) appears on Sonic Weekend Vol. 2, a compilation hosted by White Label Music (the UK label co-run by Ann Shenton and Marc Hunter), which is now available from iTunes, featuring Kiki's lyrics and vocals on tracks 4, 5 and 6. Kiki Moorse also currently has with Andreas Reihse (of Kreidler) a project called BadFrench.

  • Sonic Weekend Vol. 2 @ MySpace
  • Living Space Records

    Living Space Records, a new Finnish label was launched last year. Info from the label:

    Living Space Records is a new record label from Finland. It was founded in 2007 by DJ:ing friends Joel Hypén (aka Jellona) and Matti Nives. The imprint aims to offer a fresh take on left-of-the road electronic rhythm music, such as downtempo, leftfield hiphop, dubstep, deep house, future jazz, skwee, and so on. The label managing duo can also be caught DJ:ing around and about. Previous label nights have found the Living Space DJs in such locations as m12 in Berlin, Stadt Venlo in Cologne, and mbar in Helsinki.

    In June 2007 Living Space Records released its first 12", the 'In Phase' EP (LSP001) by Ninja Tune / Solid Steel demo contest winner Empty Chair. The record was cut on green vinyl and it was also the first of a series entitled "The Colours of Living Space". The release has already received some enthusiatic feedback, and has been featured in several highly-regarded radio shows such as Worldwide (Gilles Peterson, BBC), Basic Soul (Simon Harrison), Bogaloo Radio (Matthias Desch), Sound of Swound (Rupert&Mennert), Nine2Five (Petrus), and many more.

    The Living Space concept also includes a radio show on Vienna's Once a month, Joel and Matti share their most precious electronic cuts with anybody willing to tune in. Guests are also featured on the show occasionally. Actually, the whole thing started with the radio show on (Finnish University town) Joensuu's Oi FM radio station, so hosting their own programme is quite essential for the Living Space personnel.

  • Living Space Records @ MySpace
  • Friday, April 04, 2008

    And The Lefthanded (FIN) on DC Recordings' (UK) Forthcoming Compilation

    Finland's And The Lefthanded (formerly Larry and the Lefthanded; the members Timo Kaukolampi and Vilunki 3000 are also part of Op:l Bastards) will appear on DC Recordings' forthcoming compilation Death Before Distemper 2 with their magnificent 'Rocket Rock', my favourite track (early Pink Floyd meets Hawkwind meets 60s psychedelic garage rock meets Krautrock meets...?) from their 2004 album In the Kingdom of The Shadows. (You can hear 'Rocket Rock' also at the MySpace page of And The Lefthanded.)

    Artist: Various Artists
    Title: Death Before Distemper 2 - Revenge of the Iron Ferret
    Format: CD/2-LP/digital download DCR89
    Label: DC Recordings (UK)
    Date: 9 June 2008


    1. The Emperor Machine: Introduction (0:55)
    2. Booze: Insanity Drive (4:28)
    3. And The Lefthanded: Rocket Rock (4:29)
    4. The Oscillation: Somatone (4:26)
    5. Bot'ox: The Crash Theme (6:41)
    6. Depth Charge: Castle of Doom (4:49)
    7. Kelpe: Shipwreck Glue (5:57)
    8. Muscleheads: Phosphorescence (8:32)
    9. The 63 Crayons: Heal Us (4:54)
    10. The Emperor Machine: Swiss Machine (2:25)
    11. Padded Cell: Beautiful Gloom (Dennis Young version) (5:10)
    12. Astral Manhole Project: Perfected Love (6:20)
    13. The Oscillation: Head Hang Low (Kelpe version) (5:56)

    Press release notes from DC Recordings:

    Following on from 2006's astounding Death Before Distemper (DCR73) compilation, DC Recordings is proud to present the second installment in the series: Death Before Distemper - Revenge Of The Iron Ferret. The inevitable culmination of years of rodent fetishism, the Distemper that has been gradually affecting the label, manifest in recent DC Recordings events and peculiar art works, has demanded a new survey of our musical landscape from which we are now able to present the following specimens:

    Booze is the formidable collision of Milo Smee (Chrome Hoof) and Demian Castellanos (The Oscillation); taking a break from their respective projects to deliver this febrile outburst of gravelly percussive filth -- 'Insanity Drive'. And The
    herald from Finland and bring their lunar psych to the roster after years of self-imposed musical exile in their native country. Bot'Ox features the talents of masterful French producer and DJ Cosmo Vitelli, here bringing a touch of the cinematic with the sumptuous disco groove 'The Crash Theme'. Already notorious for their recent DJ set at the "Hairy On The Inside" event in London, Muscleheads are a shadowy duo whose debut track 'Phosphorescence' is a remarkable experience in droning disco-fied Krautrock. The 63 Crayons delivers a mutated motorik classic in the form of the Silver Apples-esque 'Heal Us'. All of these tracks are exclusive to this DC compilation.

    Alongside these new characters certain members of the DC familiar are present with fresh new offerings. Depth Charge, the eponymous leader of our creed who some feared lost in musical oblivion -- returns to dispel any such speculation with the truly masterful, Carpenter-esque 'Castle Of Doom'. Meanwhile Padded Cell give us a unique version of 'Beautiful Gloom', a track taken from their new album Night Must Fall (DCR72) but reworked here by Liquid Liquid's Dennis Young. The Oscillation's bucolic 'Somatone' is a glimpse of one of the many new directions that Demian Castellanos is heading in with his forthcoming material. Andy Meecham's Emperor Machine goes into library-esque territories with the bizarre mechanical guile of 'Swiss Machine', whilst Kelpe's 'Shipwreck Glue' is one of the standout tracks from the acclaimed Ex-Aquarium (DCR82) album. Due to repeated demands from the music-consuming masses we have also featured here Kelpe's remarkable remix of The Oscillation's 'Head Hang Low', previously available as download only b-side.

    Released just prior to the summer, when DC artists old and new, will present a series of unprecedented live events, Death Before Distemper 2 - Revenge Of The Iron Ferret will provoke fear, rage, uncertainty and rabid delight amongst the musical hordes!

    Death Before Distemper 2 Launch Party
    @ Corsica Studios, London, 21st June 2008

    The Emperor Machine live (First Ever Live Show Ever!!)
    Padded Cell live
    Kelpe live (feat. All Traps Set on drums)
    The Oscillation live - tbc (feat. Live Visuals of JULIAN HAND)
    Depth Charge DJ - Clause Four DJ - Muscleheads DJ
    More details of this sensational event to follow...

    And even before the compilation DC Recordings gives the latest offering from Padded Cell, a.k.a. Richard Sen and Neil Higgins, with an exclusive remix from Depth Charge (a.k.a. J. Saul Kane, the label's boss and a cult artist in his own right):

    Artist: Padded Cell
    Title: Savage Skulls
    Format: 12"/digital download DCR88
    Label: DC Recordings (UK)
    Date: 21 April 2008


    A. Savage Skulls (Extended Version) (5:26)
    B. Triple X Syndrome (Depth Charge remix) (6:28)

    Press release notes

  • The Exciting World of J. Saul Kane @ pHinnWeb
  • Klaus Dinger (1946 - 2008)

    Neu!: 'Hero' (live, 1974)

    Klaus Dinger, a German Krautrock musician perhaps best known from seminal Neu! (and its successors La Düsseldorf and La! Neu?) and also as one of the founder members of Kraftwerk, has passed away.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008

    Jules Dassin (1911 - 2008)

    Rififi ("Du rififi chez les hommes", 1955) - trailer

    Rififi - an excerpt

    Rififi - song sequence

    Film director Jules Dassin (December 18, 1911 - March 31, 2008) has died, perhaps best known for French noir thriller Rififi (originally "Du rififi chez les hommes", 1955).

    Erikoisdance 9

    Forwarded message from Erikoismies a.k.a. Tom Backström a.k.a. Musta Kirahvi:


    More drum machines. More arpeggiators. More random fuzzy logic melodies. More preset Roland sounds. More compression. More dynamics. More of that friendly home-made hiss and mains hum we all love so much... 7 new Erikoismies tracks with more of absolutely everything!
    Includes exclusive Poly-T edit.

    April 1, 2008

    electronics, post-house, synthesizer/drum machine music, outsider dance, techno, electro etc.

    BUY IT
    - from the Ektro Records web store
    - from the Myymälä 2 gallery shop, Uudenmaankatu 23, 00100 Helsinki
    - or order a copy by sending us a message via the myspace page:

    CDR Track I
    CDR Track II
    CDR Track III
    CDR Track IV (Poly-T edit)
    CDR Track V
    CDR Track VI
    CDR Track VII

    Erikoismies plays at Musa Setting 0002 club in Kantis, Helsinki, Finland, 12 May 2007

    Erikoismies plays at Boring as Fuck club in Kantis, Helsinki, 10 November 2007

    See also:
  • Musta Kirahvi (including Tom's graphics)
  • pHinnWeb Chart April 2008...

    ... can be found here.