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Podcast Episode 420: June 16, 2019 (guest artist Rafael Anton Irisarri)

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Episode #420 of Brainwashed Radio: The Podcast Edition is live featuring guest artist Rafael Anton IrisarriGabriel in Ireland

Our guest this episode is musician, producer, mastering engineer, festival curator Rafael Anton Irisarri. His latest album, Solastalgia, is out this week through Room40. He will embark on a tour of Australia with Loscil (Scott Morgan) and Steven O'Malley (Sunn O)))). Other music this episode comes from Major Stars, Leo Svirsky, Grün Wasser, and Martin Brandlmayr.

Photo of Rafael taken in Iceland.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2019 12:30

Forced Exposure New Releases for week of 6/17/2019

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New music is due from Elva, Biosphere, and Charles Hayward, while old music is due from Suzanne Ciani, Klaus Nomi, and Pussy.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2019 12:24

Chop Shop, "Primer"

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cover imageActive for over 30 years but with a relatively small discography, Scott Konzelmann's Chop Shop has made a career of releasing only the utmost quality works, although they have largely been in unconventional formats and extremely limited editions.  Primer collects two of his earliest works, 1987's Power Pieces Positive Force and 1989's Scraps, albeit in slightly modified forms, and gives them the deluxe treatment, not only resulting in a higher profile for the releases (since vinyl is the most important format these days it would seem), but also giving wider exposure to these important, extremely difficult to find early works.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2019 12:36

Vinyl Thoughts for Record Store Day

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It's time for record store day again and I want to talk about the need for better mastering and cutting and manufacturing on the new vinyl being created today.

So many of the new records I buy, whether reissues or brand new recordings by current bands, are noisy. Surface noise. Yes, sometimes it is caused by the COLOR of the vinyl, because diff colors have diff chemical makeups and there for give differing playback ability (white is actually much closer to plastic and tends to sound the noisiest because it is really not the correct medium to be retaining sound) (and multi colored can have issues due to the diff colors not melting at the same temps and then not taking the information from the stampers as well as they should due to temp differences).

However, a lot of the issues with newly manufactured vinyl come from a lack of knowledge in the mastering and plating phases, and from how quickly records are being turned out. handling them too quickly means mistakes - scratches happening before the albums are sleeved, vinyl not cooling slowly enough and then warping but still being sleeved and sold.....

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:40

Junkie Flamingos, "Lemegeton Party"

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cover imageConsisting of three distinct artists whose other projects are all rather different, Junkie Flamingos is not quite what I would call a supergroup, but instead a three part collaboration that reflects the artists' distinct styles, but in a singular presentation.  Featuring Alice Kundalini's electronics and vocals (of death industrial project She Spread Sorrow) and music from electronic artist Luca Sigurtá and Daniele Delogu from the folk tinged Barbarian Pipe Band.  The sound of Lemegeton Party makes sense, with layered, noisy synths, processed vocals, and dramatic bombast, and it all comes together as a challenging and fragmented record, but with a catchy, pleasant sounding undercurrent.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2019 12:34
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