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Everall By Everall

http://f1.bcbits.com/img/a3092094004_2.jpgJohn Everall's name will be familiar to many long-time readers of Brainwashed. He was first known to many of us as a contributing writer to The Wire (see Obscure Mechanics interview with Coil), he operated the Sentrax record label since 1992 (featuring releases by Lull, Final, God, and others), and has been making music mainly as Tactile. John was diagnosed recently with terminal stomach cancer. A compilation has been arranged to help with expenses. Everall By Everall features Stephen Thrower, Drew McDowall, Christoph Heemann, Andrew Liles, Irr.App.(Ext.), Hoor-Paar-Kraat, and many more. All funds received will go to paying for John's funeral expenses when he passes on. Donations are accepted and the compilation can be found at everall.bandcamp.com

 

Forced Exposure New Releases for 9/1/2014

New music is due from Deaf Center, Arve Henriksen, Bitchin Bajas, and Dark Sky, while old music is due from D.A.F., Wendy Carlos, Richard H. Kirk, Eddie Palmieri, Kaleidoscope, and Dogfeet.

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Richard H. Kirk, "The Many Dimensions of Richard H. Kirk"

cover imageWith the reissue of the Cabs' mid-period work last year and Richard H. Kirk's revival of the name for some upcoming performances, this boxed set arrives at just the right time to help brush up on his voluminous solo projects.  Compiling three albums released digitally in the past few years, it does an exceptional job at capturing at least part of his multiple personalities, and if nothing else demonstrates just how relevant he continues to be.

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Nurse With Wound/Graham Bowers, "ExcitoToxicity"

cover imageExcitotoxicity is an unwanted process where neurons become over-activated from a surplus of the neurotransmitter glutamate, resulting in cell death and, ultimately, tissue damage and degeneration. Essentially, neurons receive too much stimulation causing the usually well-balanced internal physiology of each cell to become off-kilter and produce excessive levels of harmful molecules that break the neuron down from the inside-out. It is believed to be an underlying part of a number of serious neurological diseases including motor neuron disease, a disease that Graham Bowers has become a victim of. This album is partly a musical diary, an artistic interpretation of neurophysiological processes and a very human response to an unfathomable loss of control.

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Michael Pisaro/Greg Stuart, "July Mountain (Three Versions)"

cover image Wallace Stevens wrote “July Mountain” in the last year of his life, suffering from stomach cancer. A recognition of mortality and imperfection hides in his poem’s first eight lines. They gently and beautifully remind the reader that life on earth is a fragmented thing, and that there are no conclusions, no full and final stops that shine a light on all the dark corners in the world. Instead we are all “thinkers without final thoughts in an always incipient cosmos,” forever watching the world and the stars spin themselves into new configurations. The poem explicitly uses music as an image for that interminable metamorphosis, and Michael Pisaro’s composition of the same name demonstrates just how apt an image it is. July Mountain (Three Versions) illustrates Stevens’s contention, combining field recordings with incredibly stealthy musical contributions provided by Greg Stuart. Bowed snare drums, piano, bird calls, jet engines, and numerous other sounds, from sine tones to insects, unexpectedly coalesce over its 21 minutes, forming a quivering and effervescent peak for anyone willing to make the ascent.

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Protection, "The 10" EP"

cover imageProtection is a long-gestating synth duo consisting of New Orleans' Sam Houston and NYC's Daniel McKernan, the latter of whom has collaborated with both Coil and Cyclobe in the past.  Given that pedigree, it is not surprising that this debut EP boasts a distinct Coil influence, but that nocturnal, hallucinatory thread is wonderfully bolstered by both a knack for strong hooks and a guest appearance by the always charismatic Little Annie.

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Stephen Vitiello & Taylor Deupree, "Captiva"; "Lost & Compiled"

cover imageThese two new releases from Deupree's 12k label have him working in very different capacities.  On his collaborative release with Vitiello, his sonic perfectionism is the focus, all hushed melody and introspective expanses of sound.  On the compilation, however, he opens up a bit and shares some early versions and sketches, warts and all, that leads to a very different experience.

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Esplendor Geométrico, "Arispejal Astisaró"

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Recently remastered and reissued on their own Geometrik label with radically different cover art and some bonus tracks, this classic 1992 album captures EG in their noisy, rhythmic industrial prime.  Like 1991's Sheikh Aljama before it, Arispejal Astisaró flirts with a superficial Middle Eastern influence, but the real draw is its dense and relentlessly punishing machine rhythms.  As with many EG efforts, it is sort of a primitive, hit-or-miss affair that largely lives or dies on the strength of its beats, but its highpoints are among the most visceral, bracing, and distinctive works of industrial dance music's brief golden age (and its occasional divergences are even better).

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Theologian/Strom.ec, "Hubrizine"

cover imageHubrizine sees Theologian's extremely prolific Lee Bartow reworking material provided by the duo of Jasse Tuukki and Toni Myöhänen (Strom.ec) into a noisy mass of sci-fi tinged electronics in tribute to Philip K. Dick.  Even with the large number of Theologian releases, he shapes this material into an album that shapes the ugliness of noise into captivating musical structures with an impressive depth that makes for a distinct, unique sounding record.

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Tarab, "I'm Lost"

cover imageThe title of this Australian artist’s latest album is extremely fitting.  Passages of roughly edited tape, collages of indecipherable found sounds, and bizarre production is disorienting at best, and downright baffling much of the time.  It is because of this confusing, jarring, and sometimes frightening nature that the disc works so well.

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Review of the Day

Tujiko Noriko, "Blurred in my Mirror"
At best, Noriko’s fifth album mixes pop and more experimental electronics in a way that is sometimes interesting, mixing standard pop beats and instruments with more unusual sounds. Unfortunately this form of songcraft is far from new and much of the time Noriko misses the mark completely.
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