Tome to the Weather Machine Podcast 041

I couldn't be more excited about this podcast. Tons of collaborations, legacy noise artists releasing new material and a Spacemen 3 cover. Listen on I-Tunes, Soundcloud or Mixcloud. If you are into making a small contribution to Patreon to get exclusive content and interviews...right this way my friend - Tome to the Weather Machine Patreon. 

LAURA LUNA CASTILLO -  "NEBULAE" LAMINARES (GENOT CENTRE)

"Nebulae" is a masterclass of the tension and release that can be built into the structure of a track. The build and release slowburn of Laura Luna Castillo is on full display here, a towering and collapsing track of noise that is harnessed and deployed with enviable skill and purpose. A fantastic record out on one of our favorite labels. 

TIM HECKER - "KEYED OUT" KONOYO (KRANKY)

New Hecker records are always events to get excited about. Konoyo and the lead single off it - "Keyed Out" - are no exception. Hecker's Hi-Def explorations of spatial relationships between sound is on full display here. Pinging Chord clusters, dirty and distorted tonal shifts, percussion that seems to be happening in every corner of the track are held under Hecker's characteristic restraint. It's enough rope to let these sounds explore their own terrain but a corralling into a service of the track's larger infrastructure.

JOSH MASON - "JUICE CODE (EXCERPT)" / SHEDDING - "FLOCKING, ETC (KF)" KARL (SELF-RELEASED)

Florida native Josh Mason and Louisville patron-saint Connor Bell (Shedding) had an idea. Let's drive to Montreal to visit their friend Karl Fousek. Along the way the stopped at a few towns setting up their modular synthesizers and sound modulating house plants and playing similar sets to what is on this tour tape. Placid and muted tones from Josh Mason, hi-def, pointilist and a bit "gonzo" (Connor's words) mod synth workouts from Shedding. 

SICK LLAMA - "COMMUNITY CHEST MAST" (EXCERPT) STAGE POISON (UNIFACTOR TAPES)

I was pretty excited when I saw that Unifactor - this year's breakout tape label - was releasing new Sick Llama material as a double cassette. Heath Moerland has been pumping out some of the most challenging and engaging noise from Michigan's epicenter for the past two decades or so - moving from disquieting ambient hiss to wig-splitting noise blasts. Stage Poison is critical Llama material, hopefully opening up this world to a new generation of freaks.

BUS GAS - "DENIM JACKET BACK PATCH BLUES" / AMULETS - "BEYOND 2000"  IMMORTAL YELLER / MOUNTAINS PAST (SPRING BREAK TAPES)

What a collaboration, right? Two of Portland's finest long-form droners creating music frozen in amber twilight. Bus Gas is on top of their game here. "Denim Jacket Back Patch Blues" is a nice ease into their side by embracing a noisier and more clamoring noise floor than in past releases. The gorgeous swells of guitar and steady pacing is there, but also seeping into the mix are distant rumbles, whirring and humid soundscapes, expanding the tonal palate a bit more into the red of anxiety. AMULETS side, especially on "Beyond 2000" tends to shepherd these tones into sketchier neighborhoods of ever ascending arpeggios, aggrevated phrasing and gaping maw of a drone running throughout. Get em on the ever thoughtfully curated Spring Break Tapes before they are gone. 

HIGH AURA'D / ASAMA - "OIL POURER" OIL POURER (NOBLE ROT RECORDINGS)

The first release by Joh Kolodj's new label Noble Rot Recordings is a big tyme collaboration with ASAMA aka Thommy Sacraceno aka Owlfood. It's an ode to decay, salvage, reconstruction and synthesis. Oil Pourer is 27 minutes tracking the two artists circling around ideas and source material and entwining field recordings, granular synthesis, drum loops and Kolodj's unmistakable and emotionally transparent guitar work. One part highlights reel, one parts behind the scenes documentary of the creative process.

SHANE PARISH - "ANGULAR ESSENCES" CHILD ASLEEP IN THE RAIN (NULLZONE)

Somewhat of a surpise record from one of my favorite guitarists, "Angular Essences" pulls together a swarm of harmonics and tiny phrases and layers them beneath a breathing, pulling drone that streaks across an empty Midwestern sky. It's a simple, but elegant explorations of the facets of Parish's playing that make him such a versatile and engaging performer.

ITCHY-O - "IDRA & SCEPTOR" MYSTIC SPY / PSYKHO DOJO (Mettle studios)

Itchy-O, the 57-piece musical leviathan from Denver, CO have created a staggeringly interactive and engaging album that explores "the realm of esoteric trickery and espionage" on Side A and "A parallel universe of deep martial psychic discipline" on the other. Squealing electronics soar over lock-step percussion on Side A's final cut "Idra & Sceptor", creating a tightly orchestrated cacophony. The physical album contains fourteen 32 second noise tracks that end in lock grooves and a zine containing cryptic puzzles that lead the listener to an interactive site allowing them to remix the digital tracks. 

BOB BUCKO JR. - "WALKING WITH JESUS" UNDER COVER SUMMER (PERSONAL ARCHIVES)

Bob Bucko Jr. covering Spacemen 3, Chavez, Smog, Howe Gelb, Silkworm, Young Marble Giants + a whole double cassette more? Yes. Please. More. Please.

Somesurprises -  "Low on Sleep' Alt (Doom Trip)

Following up a highly regarded cassette on Eiderdown, the Seattle kraut-heavy band return with three new songs that push the komische tendencies to the heady front of the mix. "Low on Sleep" is a lush, heavy-lidded ballad showcasing Natasha El-Sergany's deeply resonant vocals. The song  bursts wide open around the middle of the track into a cosmic jam that takes cues from Neu! and Can's locked in groove and penchant for space exploration.

September 24th, 2018