News – Moogfest 2019 announces phase one of their line up

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This morning (Feb 21, 2019), Moogfest 2019 announced phase one line up of their 15th anniversary festival to be held in Durham, NC April 25th to April 28th. Among listed are  music artists Matthew Dear, A Place to Bury Strangers, Ouri and Tim Hecker and The Konoyo Ensemble.

Last year REM frontman Michael Stipe headed the intimate conversation and daytime slate.  I even walked by him once or twice during Wes Borland’s set of the four hour durational performances.  This year its Martin Gore – chief songwriter for New Wave legends Depeche Mode. Gore has helped define a genre while driving the darker precepts of dance music from the ‘80s onward. This year, he heads up Moogfest’s daytime slate with an intimate conversation in the Carolina Theatre.

Also this year, Moogfest announced the annual sleep concert will be performed by composer William Basinski.  In mentioning his “iconic tape recordings “The Disintegration Loops” “, expect his Moogfest appearance to be even more ephemeral, the dream guide for participants in a one of a kind performance, authoring sounds to shepherd them through a full night’s sleep cycle.

According to Moogfest, in the coming weeks they’ll be announcing more artists, the 2019 Keynote, free events and local talent, details of the Engineer Workshop, the full lineup of daytime presenters and workshops, and so much more.

Until then here’s some related past Moogfest articles.

Moogfest 2018 in Review – https://thisischill.blog/2018/05/25/moogfest-2018-in-review/
and the republished version – https://medium.com/@thedailychill/moogfest-2018-is-history-and-here-are-the-highlights-3e50d1f71b7c

Chill #40 featuring music from Moogfest 2018 – https://thisischill.blog/2018/05/07/brazilian-music-artist-astrocrushing-finds-new-platform-for-2017-release-plus-updates-on-recent-chill-episodes/

The Five to look forward to at Moogfest 2018 – https://thisischill.blog/2018/05/17/the-fiveatmoogfest2018/

Best Performances from Zola Jesus and Colleen – https://thisischill.blog/2017/05/20/best-performances-from-zola-jesus-and-colleen-at-moogfest-2017/

source of news courtesy of press release, other contributions from Ray DeSpinlema

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Estonia cult indie label releases posthumous third album from flagship shoegaze/dream pop band Bizarre

UPDATE – After a brief sneak previews, their Bandcamp site restored it to their original release date of June 4th

Bizarre was amongst the first music acts in the newly created Estonian shoegaze and dreampop scene (which included Pia Fraus, She Bit Her Lip and Picnic) born out of the transition from Soviet occupation to independence. Consisting of Inga Jagomäe (vocals), Mart Eller (vocals), Anti Aaver (guitar), Tristan Priimägi (guitar) and Lauri Liivak (electronica), the band was originated in 1992 out of Tartu.

 

 

With clear inspiration from bands such as Slowdive and post MBV dream pop, Bizarre released their debut album ‘Beautica’ in 1994.  Their first full release brought them significant attention in the shoegaze scene. Never wanting to be labeled, much less be exclusively known as a shoegaze or dream pop band, they developed a fondness for electronics and various writing structures.  The result was their followup, Café de Flor (1996), which retained much of it’s shoegaze roots, while adding in more 60s influenced poppy sounds and sample based rhythms.  This was also released not long after Brian Eno produced and remixed some of Slowvide’s “Souvlaki” recordings and arguably created a split in the genre – invoked by the subtleties of ambient electronics.  All in all, it was a nice foundation going forward.

A year or two later would’ve been appropriate for the third Bizarre release. And yet recorded in 1997 and 1998, what is now named “Necro” became a collection of ten songs –  some appeared on compilations, while others have remained unreleased until now – courtesy of the Estonian cult indie label Seksound.  Influenced from their gigs with British electronic band Spring Heel Jack in 1997, it seemed to mark both a natural evolution in their sound, and a new avenue of music to be explored by a band that refuses to conform to a genre.  At its very core, it continues the path of soft atmospheric spacey lullabies, with found sounds sampled and re-processed before arpeggiated towards the air castles, with trip hop and drum n bass like influences hushed under its own whim and dissonant songscapes conveying a peaceful vibe. Listening to “Waters” is like a vignette of an illuminated pool surrounded by hazy night. You find yourself swimming in its fantasy, oblivious to reality or any darkness that may come.  The male/female chorus duet is every bit like unity highlighted by “Any Day” a song that could easily be mistaken for the Beloved if they decided to venture more into “Sweet Harmony”. Sure at times tracks like “Never Ever” would return to its ‘Beautica’ debut roots, “Summer Rain” would flash a little glam, while “International Love Affair” experimented with an infusion of funk never thought of for a Bizarre release, but hence the name Bizarre right?  The next step of an otherworldly inspired yet versatile group awaits.  Unfortunately, Bizarre broke up soon afterwards.  Regardless the collection of songs that makes Necro is a fascinating retrospective into a transition that never came to be.

Like their previous albums Beautica (1994) and Café de Flor (1996), the third album Necro was scheduled for release on June 4th from Seksound in Europe and Darla for the US and the rest of the world…but is now available as of May 28th.  For Spotify subscribers, the first two Bizarre releases are available on US versions.

Here’s a link of their first album uploaded on youtube.

 

 

Suzanne Ciani Releases Live Quadraphonic Album Via Limited Pressing Vinyl

Echo Park, CA \\ May 16, 2018 (press release) – Suzanne Ciani, the Diva of the Diode, releases LIVE Quadraphonic digitally on her birthday June 4th, 2018, with a numbered Quadraphonic vinyl package available for direct pre-order and at Ace Hotel locations around the world June 29th. The performance, recorded live at Gray Area in San Francisco on March 5, 2016, was her first solo Buchla synthesizer performance in 40 years, beginning a string of exclusively quadraphonic performances around the world at events including Ableton LOOP, Marfa Myths, MOCA Detroit, Moogfest, Terraforma, Red Bull Music Academy, Sonar, SXSW and an upcoming performance at Ambient Church in New York City.

Suzanne’s performance at Gray Area, like every other since that day have been in the long forgotten Quadraphonic format; the earliest true 360° listening format of which the original Buchla 200 synthesizer natively output via the Buchla 227 quad output module. Since that performance, a global array of sonic experts have worked together to rebirth this Quadraphonic vinyl LP.

For this experimental release and inspired by the Buchla 227 quad output module, there is a limited edition of only 227 LPs, numbered, 45 rpm, 180g quadraphonic vinyl discs sold, plus a custom quadraphonic hardware decoder made in collaboration with Involve Audio to decode two channels of audio from the vinyl disc back to the four-channel recording- and with stunning results. The vinyl discs were thoughtfully pressed at Jack White’s Third Man Pressing plant in Detroit, MI and are fully compatible for play with any vinyl playback systems in stereo. Current owners of vintage Regular Matrix quadraphonic receivers may also listen to LIVE Quadraphonic in quad via any format, digital download, streaming, radio broadcast or vinyl.

Roe Peterhans, Oblique Strategist at Third Man’s Cass Corridor location,  says “We really enjoyed the opportunity to work on Suzanne’s project. Adventurous projects like this are the kind our plant was designed for.”

As a part of its commitment to sonic exploration via its Studio A program, each Ace Hotel around the world will carry a specific serial number of the limited vinyl release in the Ace Hotel shop. Each numbered vinyl corresponds to a number in the address of each hotel location. For example, the London Ace will have number 100 available, corresponding to its address at 100 Shoreditch High Street. Specific detail on available numbers can be found on this fact sheet. All Ace Hotel shops: Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Palm Springs, Pittsburg, Portland and Seattle will carry one of the only 227 limited edition packages starting June 29th, 2018Select record stores including Third Man Store Detroit, Third Man Store Nashville, and others will also be carrying the vinyl on the same date.

In celebration of this release the perpetually innovative non-profit radio station dublab will be playing the LIVE Quadraphonic vinyl over the air during their pledge drive in its entirety on Suzanne’s birthdayJune 4th, 2018 at Noon Pacific Time with Suzanne live on the air to talk about the project. One lucky contributor at this time will receive a signed version of the vinyl+quad decoder package when its available.Suzanne’s performance at Gray Area, like every other since that day have been in the long forgotten Quadraphonic format; the earliest true 360° listening format of which the original Buchla 200 synthesizer natively output via the Buchla 227 quad output module. Since that performance, a global array of sonic experts have worked together to rebirth this Quadraphonic vinyl LP.

For this experimental release and inspired by the Buchla 227 quad output module, there is a limited edition of only 227 LPs, numbered, 45 rpm, 180g quadraphonic vinyl discs sold, plus a custom quadraphonic hardware decoder made in collaboration with Involve Audio to decode two channels of audio from the vinyl disc back to the four-channel recording- and with stunning results. The vinyl discs were thoughtfully pressed at Jack White’s Third Man Pressing plant in Detroit, MI and are fully compatible for play with any vinyl playback systems in stereo. Current owners of vintage Regular Matrix quadraphonic receivers may also listen to LIVE Quadraphonic in quad via any format, digital download, streaming, radio broadcast or vinyl.

Roe Peterhans, Oblique Strategist at Third Man’s Cass Corridor location,  says “We really enjoyed the opportunity to work on Suzanne’s project. Adventurous projects like this are the kind our plant was designed for.”

As a part of its commitment to sonic exploration via its Studio A program, each Ace Hotel around the world will carry a specific serial number of the limited vinyl release in the Ace Hotel shop. Each numbered vinyl corresponds to a number in the address of each hotel location. For example, the London Ace will have number 100 available, corresponding to its address at 100 Shoreditch High Street. Specific detail on available numbers can be found on this fact sheet. All Ace Hotel shops: Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Palm Springs, Pittsburg, Portland and Seattle will carry one of the only 227 limited edition packages starting June 29th, 2018Select record stores including Third Man Store Detroit, Third Man Store Nashville, and others will also be carrying the vinyl on the same date.

In celebration of this release the perpetually innovative non-profit radio station dublab will be playing the LIVE Quadraphonic vinyl over the air during their pledge drive in its entirety on Suzanne’s birthdayJune 4th, 2018 at Noon Pacific Time with Suzanne live on the air to talk about the project. One lucky contributor at this time will receive a signed version of the vinyl+quad decoder package when its available.

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Orbital’s new single ‘Tiny Foldable Cities’ just released; paves way for first full album in five years

 

Expect ‘MONSTERS EXIST’ to be released 09/14/2018

May 11, 2018(press release): When monsters are loose in a darkening world, we need monsters of our own to fight back. After a barnstorming live reunion which saw them play to ecstatic audiences across Europe throughout 2017 Britain’s giants of electronic music Orbital announce they’re back for good – with new music and an upgrade of the legendary live show that transformed festivals across the world.

Reunited brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll release their new single, ‘Tiny Foldable Cities’ on May 11. An intricate piece of electro-hypnotica in the lineage of ‘The Box’ or ‘Style’, it restates why Orbital were always a cut above the bargain basement boom-and-bosh crew, and takes their signature sound forward into a new and fascinating phase.

Their first new album in five years – the one even fans wondered if they’d ever hear -called ‘Monsters Exist’ is out September 14. (see track-listing below).

‘Monsters Exist’ is a more classically structured Orbital album than their previous release ‘Wonky’, drawing inspiration from the international political landscape all the way back from Paul and Phil’s pre-rave squat-punk roots right up to the volatile tensions and erratic rhetoric of today.

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“When you haven’t made an album in five years it just comes tumbling out,” says Paul. “Because of the global situation I was torn between writing a really aggressive Crass-type album that says ‘Fuck The Man!’ or going back to rave sensibilities. You know, let’s really rebel by stepping away and actually living that alternative lifestyle.” But the idea of ‘Monsters Exist’ tied it all together.

“You don’t need to spell out who the monsters are,” he says. “We’re not pointing our fingers at Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un. It’s clear who the monsters are. I’ve never liked preaching to people. It’s much better to provoke a bit of thought.”

Phil puts it more succinctly. “It’s a reflection on modern day monsters,” he says. “That can mean anything from bankers and The Man or your own demons and fears. The monsters inside you,” he says, evilly.

Among the tracks in progress is a cosmic piece featuring an address for the possible end of the world by Prof. Brian Cox (“It’s Brian being emo,” says Paul. “Brian Emo”). There’s also an epic state-of-the-planet title track featuring “anguish, dread and News at Ten-style drama.”

When they’re in balance these leading figures of British dance music constitute their own self-regulating yin and yang. Analytical, detail-oriented Paul listens to everything from new electronica by Nathan Fake and Jon Hopkins to Beck and Belle & Sebastian.” Born-again German techno fan Phil is hammering Bicep and the resurgent minimal sound of Berlin (he went to Berlin for the first time ever in 2017 “and I was like fucking hell, why haven’t I been here before?”). If time is a loop then Orbital have completed their own revolution to a new equilibrium.

“The master plan for this one,” says Paul, “is to make a bloody good album. And then see what happens.” ”

Orbital bring their groundbreaking live show to BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Belfast on May 25. Throughout 2018 they’ll play a string of high-profile festival dates and headline shows across Europe featuring new material alongside classics like ‘Chime’, ‘Belfast’ and ‘Impact’. (see full live dates below)

“We had an absolutely fantastic year with the live shows in 2017,” says Phil Hartnoll. “For instance we played the Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank which was incredible, and for our London Christmas shows we really wanted to upgrade our whole production, which seemed to pay off judging by the amazing crowd reaction.  It all reminded us, yes, this is why we love doing this.”

Reconnecting with Orbital’s past, acclaimed avant-garde artist John Greenwood, who painted the famous bulbous and organic artwork for 1994’s ‘Snivilisation’ and 1996’s ‘In Sides’, will return to create the cover of ‘Monsters Exist’. Some 20 years after he first collaborated with Orbital, Greenwood’s shifting shapes and comical hybrid organisms – the Chapman Brothers meets Monsanto, or maybe Hieronymus Bosh-bosh-bosh – feel even more in sync with an era obsessed with its own genetic monsters. “We’ve always loved John’s work,” says Phil, “and it feels especially right for this record.”

This surge of creativity shows how the Hartnolls have rebuilt one of electronic music’s best-loved partnerships after Orbital’s surprisingly bitter break-up in 2012. Driven apart by music’s strange and infamous brother-vs-brother dynamic, Paul and Phil didn’t speak for five years after the ‘Wonky’ tour ended.

“When we fell out, I just couldn’t enjoy any of the amazing things we’d done over 25 years with Orbital,” says Phil. They’d been onstage with Stephen Hawking at the Paralympics, in front of the whole world. They’d remixed Madonna. They’d played Glastonbury many times and travelled the world. “And this silly row sort of poisoned it. How daft is that?”

Now the brothers have a pact. Whatever happens, Orbital does not stop. “We’ve learned to talk to each other rather than let things stew, and it’s much better,” says Phil. “We used to waste a lot of energy wondering what the other one was thinking and getting on each other’s nerves. But now we actually talk! And it’s brilliant.”

“It was silly really,” adds Paul. “We’re brothers and business partners and creative partners, so we were three times as likely to fall out. But in the end we had to remind ourselves that Orbital is something we’re really proud of and that we love doing it.”

It’s healthy, he thinks, to be reminded of how lucky you’ve been, of how you need each other, of how you’ve got to let each other play to their strengths. “If we were both the same,” says Paul, “then it wouldn’t be Orbital.”

“Battle ye not with monsters, said Friedrich Nietzche, “lest ye become a monster.” But there is more than one kind of monster and more than one kind of battle. There’s monsters of fear and tyranny, monsters of greed, and yes, the destructive monsters of sibling rivalry.

And in the other corner, fighting the good fight, are the monsters of the imagination… the monsters of rock… and the monsters of rave.

‘Monsters Exist’ is out September 14 via ACP Recordings on CD, 2CD, 2LP, 4LP Box Set & digital.

 

Track listing:

Standard CD / Deluxe Edition Disc 1
1. Monsters Exist
2. Hoo Hoo Ha Ha
3. The Raid
4. P.H.U.K.
5. Tiny Foldable Cities
6. Buried Deep Within
7. Vision OnE
8. The End Is Nigh
9. There Will Come A Time (Featuring Prof. Brian Cox)
Deluxe Edition Disc 2
1. Kaiju
2. A Long Way From Home
3. Analogue Test Oct 16
4. Fun With The System
5. Dressing Up In Other People’s Clothes
6. To Dream Again
7. There Will Come A Time – Instrumental
8. Tiny Foldable Cities – Kareful Remix

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Moogfest 2018 – guitarist Wes Borland heads a list of five conceptual and contrasting Durational Sound Installations

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UPDATE – Moogfest’s Durational Sound Installation series has become a staple of the festival since its inception at Moogfest 2014 and while the festival’s existence began in 2004, it has emerged as a part of their legacy as they moved from New York to Asheville and now Durham, NC.   It’s primarily a four hour session of auriculor trips, synchronisms and collaborations scheduled every afternoon throughout Moogfest.  The exceptions are Thursday afternoon which is three hours long, and the sleep concert (normally associated on its own) which runs from 12am to 8am late Thursday night/early Friday morning.   For this year, Moogfest has announced that Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland will headline with a four hour performance of his own Friday May 18th starting at 12 noon.

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Richard Devine at Moogfest 2016

What is a durational sound installation? From what i experienced, it’s like a random side show, but not necessarily with disorder. They’re not bound to a set list, but they are limited to their time frame. It’s like an improvisation, but with copious amounts of pedals, vintage equipment, laptops, analog and digital keyboards and carefully placed speakers. It has the trappings of an experiment. The Durational Sound Installations appears to insist on intimacy, but with sets that outlast different conversations, films, performances and discussions happening throughout Moogfest, you can come and go as you please. The exception would be the overnight sleep concert which is under limited capacity.  Richard Devine took over 21c Hotel Main Gallery on a Saturday afternoon in 2016.  I was able to observe his performance for awhile after watching Gwenno earlier. Both started at 2pm.  Moor Mother, the Haxan Cloak and Jas Shaw participated at the 2017 event when it was at the American Underground Storefront.  I was able to watch Jas Shaw for awhile before walking over to the First Presbyterian Church for Colleen’s rare US live performance at the time.

This year’s Durationals returns to the 21c Main Gallery with Thursday’s scheduled at the Power Plant Boiler Room.   Check out the Moogfest 2018 scheduling site for more details.  https://moogfest2018.sched.com/

the Haxan Cloak and Nick Zinner at Moogfest 2017

Durational Sound Installation

According to the festival, this year’s program highlights five super conceptual and very contrasting durationals that take the artist somewhat out of their ‘comfort zone’. This is an extension of the durational concept that started at Moogfest 2014.

1) Wes Borland
Last year Michael Stipe transformed himself at Moogfest with the debut of his audio visual installation via a new medium. Re-emerging at this year’s fest will be Limp Bizkit’s bass player Wes Borland. His new project, deeply personal, feels like a creative regeneration. At MF, his experimentation will seep into the conceptual and come to life by way of a self made rig in a 4 hour durational. The festival’s avant-gardism and activism is an ideal platform for Wes’ groundbreaking experimental performance. It will be his first performance of this kind ever.
UPDATE – Here’s more details about his rig for his appearance at Moogfest 2018, his new single “Matadors and Daughters”album and appearance at Moogfest 2018.  From the press release, in addition to debuting new songs at Moogfest, Borland is presenting a custom sonic rig central to his performance. Describing the rig, Borland says, that “It’s basically multiple delay pedals and loopers and samplers going into a small mixing console which goes into a main sampler/looper. I’ve set up tons of instruments and made railroad tracks that come together to a central hub where I can record a loop of those things and have it run and then play over it and then have other stations that have their own loopers playing by themselves and I can enjoy the imperfection of those things overlapping each other. I’m set up for all kinds of things to happen, including accidents.” The durational will mostly be a solo performance but will include support from Alex Rosson, former head of audio at Detroit’s Shinola and the ears and vision behind Audeze headphones.
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2) Nicole Mitchell
This jazz enthusiast and avant-garde artist who’s part of the association of Advancement of Creative Musicians will be performing a 4 hour durational on her flute immersed with a plethora of moog synths. Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture.  She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and
the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017).
This is a completely different genre for her, and promises to be extraordinary.
3) Nick Hook & Gareth Jones: Spiritual Friendship
Jones — a celebrated British producer and engineer who’s spent more than 35 years working with acts like Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Wire, Mogwai, Erasure, Grizzly Bear, Liars, Clinic, and others too numerous to list . Hook, a St. Louis native brought up on a musical diet that was equal parts hip-hop, punk rock and electronic music, spent the next several years carving out his own lane in New York, becoming a loveable jack-of-all trades who was just as comfortable dropping bombs in the DJ booth as he was recording Young Thug in the studio or performing live on stage with El-P.  They kick off the durationals part of Moogfest 2018 with their three hour performance Thursday May 17th.
4) Sleep Concert: Presented by Bedroom Community 

The highly-anticipated Sleep Concert, the grandfather of all durationals:

An overnight 8-hour magical experience in sound, led this year by Icelandic artists Bedroom Community featuring Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson with labelmate Liam Byrne. The sleep concert has been an event in itself since Robert Rich’s appearance in 2016.

5) Stephen O’Malley and Deradoorian team up for a challenging collision of experimental worlds
Vanguard drone music composer Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch) and pop experimentalist Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors, Avey Tare) were recently added to the durational programming. The duo will come together for a collaborative four-hour performance on Saturday, May 19.
Moogfest 2018 will once again be held in Downtown Durham NC Thursday May 17th to Sunday May 20th, 2018.
For more information visit http://www.moogfest.com and for tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moogfest-2018-tickets-44488725977.

Moogfest 2018 Lineup has been released. Check out the eclectic schedule and more.

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First Presbyterian Church line up of Moogfest 2016

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Chrome Sparks, Sun Glitters with Steffaloo and Tristan de Liège

The yearly event Moogfest recently unveiled its full lineup including artist-led workshops and conversations, film screenings, the addition of IBM Watson Creative Director Jennifer Sukis to its keynote program, and the premiere of a traveling exhibit from artist Ralph Steadman featuring many never-before-seen works.

As a companion to her keynote, IBM Watson Design Lead Maya C Weinstein will lead two workshops on enhancing design applications through cognitive technology. Participants will work directly with A.I. modules currently being used to inspire art and music at the highest levels, and use design thinking to conceptualize and collaborate on a specific project. No prior experience is necessary for participation.

The full schedule revealed also includes over 200 workshops, masterclasses, and conversations along with this year’s film programming, among which are “Bight of the Twin,” Genesis P-Orridge’s exploration of the origins of voodoo in Benin; the Bedroom Community tour film “Everything Everywhere All the Time”; Gavin Rayna Russom’s experimental short, “No More White Presidents”; the Armen RabiopicWhen My Sorrow Died”; and more. All films will be accompanied by an artist conversation directly following the screening. The Moogfest 2018 local programming announcement also accompanies the schedule release. Durham collective and record label Raund Haus, along with dance music curators The Floor have assembled a full slate of performances from local producers and DJs, plus one very special guest to be revealed at the festival.

This also includes a slate of rare appearances, mind-expanding masterclasses, workshops, and keynotes, plus the debut of A3, a revolutionary 3D audio environment to power exclusive performances from nine artists under the festival’s Spatial Sound banner.

Heading up this year’s lineup are German post-techno pathfinders Mouse on Mars (two performances); R&B visionary Kelela; Boogie Down Productions co-founder KRS-One; and resurgent English producer Jon Hopkins (two performances). Joining them in Phase Two are industrial music iconoclast Author & Punisher; synth pioneer Suzanne CianiDJ Stingray, former DJ for legendary techno group Drexciya; electropop diva Little Boots (two performances); afro-futurist hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces; Genesis P-Orridge’s experimental video and music ensemble Psychic TV; Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson with labelmate Liam Byrne; genre-defying Detroit producer Waajeed; and the apocalyptic vision of found-sound collagist Yves Tumor.

More coverage of Moogfest 2018 is still to come.  Chill #40 is planned to be uploaded to mixcloud.com/thisischill before the festival featuring music from participants of the festival and another episode will be uploaded post festival.

To view Full Moogfest 2018 Schedule: https://moogfest2018.sched.com/
For more information, visit moogfest.com.

In other news, as the Chrome Sparks and Machinedrum tour conclude at the end of the month, Chrome Sparks released its long awaited debut album self titled on April 13th.  Here’s the first single off that album.

Sun Glitters teamed up with Steffaloo again to released the single “Forever and Ever”.  This is the latest in their collaborations since the early decade.  Its available on Sun Glitter’s bandcamp page.

Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Tristan de Liège announced the release of his latest downtempo album, Kosame,” due on Emancipator’s imprint, Loci records, April 13th . Titled after the Japanese word for “light rain”, “Kosame ” is inspired by the feelings of nostalgia, peacefulness, and transience that accompany rain.

Note:  some articles are from press releases

Amusement Parks on Fire returns with their latest EP – All the New Ends

Fresh off last years single “Our Goal to Realize” their first release in over eight years (8.8 years to be exact), British art-rockers Amusement Parks on Fire continue their signature songwriting sophistication and sonic scope with their new EP “All the New Ends” – released Friday April 13th.  The title track begins with a relaxing vibe at a crisp strolling pace. The second half truly shines, with a second guitar bringing a slight psychedelic vibe. Mixed with the melodic vocals they have truly continued to cultivate their sound.

They’ve come a long way from its formation in 2004, which started as a solo project for Michael Feerick, who wrote and recorded nine songs on a shoestring budget with friend Daniel Knowles engineering the sessions. Since then they have grown into a full band, releasing three full albums and six EPs of experimental, art rock and shoegaze music with Alternative Press proclaiming their third album 2010s “Road Eyes” “a near perfect album”, “‘sun-drenched, challenging and gratifying”.  The shoegaze comparisons were astounding.  They were claimed as the ones that revived the scene that celebrated itself, took the mantle once sat upon by My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive who were out on a long hiatus or long broken up and experimenting the post rock nuance.  This nu-gaze scene existed since but to label Amusement Parks on Fire as such didn’t feel right to the shoegaze music historian.  ….they said Amusement Parks on Fire were more than that.   And it can be argued as such.

Their new video “All the New Ends” was released in April 2018.  Listen to it here!

 

Amusement Parks on Fire also started their tour in Europe this month.

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Expect the new Amusement Parks on Fire on future episodes of Chill #.

Chill #33

After a long delay in completing Chill #32 – missing the month of October – i felt compelled to release Chill #33 as soon as possible and preferably before December so i would be in pace to complete at least twelve episodes in 2017.   Last year i was creating  at a furious pace of two to three a month, but have slowed down since and for the better.

This episode in addition to new music from Emancipator and Tokimonsta, features different music from artists played during previous episodes like Sun Glitters and Andy Stott.  Also check out first time plays from Froe Char and Levi Patel.   This episode didn’t feature any artists from the 1990s, but thought i’d fit in my old project Loud Music for Soft People before the 30 minute break – well as close to 30 minutes as possible.

Anyhow hope you enjoy this episode and there will be one more before the end of 2017.