'It's probably easy today to dismiss Negativland's
activities as trifle, banal or plain stupid. They probably wouldn't be too uncomfortable with that, as they rarely claimed to go beyond the softest platitudes of the entertainment biz. No Other Possibility
(1989, 58 mins, .avi d/l link
), their first video work, showcases the band at a career threshold, before their U2ploitation
move and just after their Christianity hoax
. It typically explores the debris of American pop culture, dealing with automobile fetishism, televised preaching, halloween traditions, Marlboro masculinity, soft drinks and MTV.' [more inside]
posted by item
on Nov 30, 2012 -
One of New Zealand's greatest-ever exports of experimental music, The Dead C.
have built a huge catalog of challenging "rock" music over the last 25 years that offers massively dosed psychedelic excess
, improvised all-night flights, blistering free noise and deconstruction of blazing garage punk
for adventurous listeners. They've cheekily called themselves "The AMM
of punk rock" and it's not far from the truth. Their high-water mark -- the double-LP Harsh 70s Reality
-- has reached twentieth anniversary status and has just been reissued on vinyl
by legendary US imprint Siltbreeze
, restoring a few cuts that didn't make it to the late 1990s CD re-release and offering this fearless free music to a new generation of fans. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods
on Oct 23, 2012 -
this website is a collection of underground / independantly released cassette tapes from the days when the audio cassette was the standard method of music sharing, generally the mid eighties through early nineties.
material represented includes tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, diy, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials... most of what you are about to hear is rather difficult to file under any one category, and thus has not been. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata
on Sep 9, 2012 -
With Sonic Youth on indefinite hiatus
, the band members are keeping themselves busy with other projects. Thurston Moore is playing solo shows
centered around his latest solo album, the Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts
, with a band he jokingly(?) referred to this past Friday night as "Dush Krew
" in honor of his crush on actress Eliza Dushku. Kim Gordon recently designed clothes for French brand Surface to Air
, is currently playing shows with Bill Nace as part of the noise improvisation duo Body/Head
, and was kind enough recently to share her favorite taco recipe
. Lee Ranaldo is poised to release his first song-oriented solo album on Matador Records
; he debuted the music video for the first single
("Off the Wall") today on his website. Steve Shelley played drums on Lee's new album, recently collaborated with Pete Nolan
of Magik Markers (Sonic Youth's most interesting
protégés) on Nolan's side-project Spectre Folk, and is currently drumming for Chicago's Disappears
whose new album
is out via Kranky records in March. Meanwhile, Jim O'Rourke is preparing to curate the All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror Festival
in Tokyo this April, where he will also perform his 1999 album Eureka
in full with a 12-piece band.
posted by Houyhnhnm
on Feb 7, 2012 -
The band Thulebasen succeeds in matching a rambling audio side with just as rambling visuals. I have never seen anything like this before. Seriously! It's a monster
posted by Sexy Motherfucker
on Sep 24, 2011 -
Who are the grandfathers of noise music? The Nihilist Spasm Band
formed in 1965 when eight men, using homemade instruments, began creating noise together in London, Ontario. None of these men were traditionally trained musicians, yet they are often credited as being the major influence behind modern noise music, inspiring Japanese noisemakers like Hijokaiden
, as well as western artists like Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
. [more inside]
posted by threetoed
on May 4, 2010 -
was a futurist painter
, experimental composer
, and instrument builder
. In his 1913 manifesto "The Art of Noises
" he declaimed the death of traditional Western music and foresaw the dawning of a new music based on the grinding, screeching, moaning, crackling and buzzing of mechanical instruments. He and his assistant Ugo Piatti built the Intonarumori
to bring these new sounds - "the palpitation of valves, the coming and going of pistons, the howl of mechanical saws, the jolting of a tram on its rails, the cracking of whips, the flapping of curtains and flags"
- to life. Listen to them, then
posted by fire&wings
on Oct 28, 2009 -
is a long running series of videos of live underground music in NYC shot by Joly MacFie
. Each video is usually one song. The Internet Archive hosts its videos
and offers downloads in a variety of formats. MacFie also has a YouTube channel
with 480 videos
and a video podcast [iTunes link, feedburner link]
. Here are a few bands that caught my fancy: The Icicles and The Besties
, The Slits (1
), Andrew W. K.
, Oneida (1
), The Long Blondes
, The Gossip
, Acid Mothers Temple & Cosmic Inferno
, Art Brut
, Be Your Own Pet
, Cansei de Ser Sexy
, Lesbians on Ecstasy
, The Fall
, Fred Frith
, Rose Melberg and Jennifer O'Connor
, The Horrors
, The Homosexuals
, Bat for Lashes
, Radio 4 and Teddybears
, Kimya Dawson and Tiny Masters of Today
, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
and Nikki Sudden
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 25, 2008 -
Spartacus Roosevelt Hour Podcast
is a weekly hour of obscure noise, glitchy electropop, fake nostalgia, bastardized exotica, tweaky lounge, creepy ambient and musical non-sequiturs. Also, it features an Alabaman with a Skype account named Spartacus Roosevelt.
posted by panoptican
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Even if Lou Reed had dropped out of music after the break-up of the Velvet Underground, his name would still be forever etched in the history of rock music. Yet his solo career, filled with eccentric detours and radio-ready rockers in equal measure, remains one of the most fascinating canons in all of rock music. Metal Machine Music, however, is a unique entity in itself, proudly pushing at the very boundaries of what pop music is capable of. Zeitkratzer’s performance not only makes the original album ripe for critical re-evaluation, but it’s a performance that stands on its own ground...Why Does the Music Have to End?: An Interview with Lou Reed
regarding how he came to play Metal Machine Music
live in 2002.
posted by y2karl
on Nov 17, 2007 -
: this excerpt from a Wim Wenders film offers an interesting little glimpse into the world of pachinko
, a gambling obsession for so many in Japan. But while most are gazing hypnotically into the noisy little machines in order to win prizes or money, others are circuit bending
them to make them even noisier
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 21, 2007 -
The idea of treating everyday, ambient noise as music is not terribly new,
but Noah Vawter's
ambient sounds into
music (in a somewhat more traditional sense of the word)
Ambient Addition is a Walkman with binaural microphones. A tiny Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip analyzes the microphone's sound and superimposes a layer of harmony and rhythm on top of the listener's world.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on Dec 18, 2006 -
Have you ever seen a synth and said "Man, what this needs is cartoon eyes?"
A bit similar to the Buchla Box
in that they don't have a keyboard to control the sounds -- it's probably closest to the Booper, invented by The Weatherman
(or, well, Circuit Bending
), the Thingamagoop is a photosynthesizer
... which means it basically uses light sensors to generate sounds. The signal's run through a couple oscillators and, well, it comes out as somethin' that's pretty dang awesome
. I'm on the fence on pickin' this one up. On one hand, it's a really neat toy that makes noise... on the other hand, um.... um.... I dunno. It's not made of candy?
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me
on Jul 8, 2006 -
MAN - Mothers Against Noise.
"Noise is music that uses unpleasant or painful or extremely loud or discordant sound. Noise is also a very dangerous musical trend that is hell bent on destroying civilized culture, this anti-cultural movement is quickly sweeping the globe, and is very dangerous to our youth."
via MonkeyFilter and our own panoptican.
posted by loquacious
on Dec 26, 2005 -
Making music entirely from non-musical things: McDonalds Happy Meals
, Henry Kissinger
, Salad Tosser
, Fluorescent Lamps
, the Bible
, Dot Matrix Printers
[possibly nsfw], The Postal Service
, Blank Tapes
, Eiffel Tower
, Deportation Orders
[scroll down], Cakes
[scroll down to #12], Skin
, Vinyl Run-Out Grooves
, Natural Geophysical Phenomena
, Carly Simon
and other stuff
posted by nylon
on Aug 7, 2005 -
Happy 10th Birthday "What? is Music"
This year's the 10th time around the block for Australian festival "What? is Music
", which showcases new (and not so new), unusual, fascinating and strange directions in contemporary music and sound exploration.
Starting today such outfits as The Residents
, Dead C.
, Black Dice
, Chicks on Speed
, and members of Boredoms
and Sun City Girls
tour Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Labels like Last Visible Dog
and Corpus Hermeticum
are represented, and last year's festivities saw Whitehouse
rip up the stage.
So MeFites, what other events are there out there like this that have tickled your collective pickles? Which festivals or bands have unduly influenced your aural development and/or rearranged your head musicwise?
posted by soi-disant
on Mar 1, 2005 -
"This site exists to provide information on 'unusual' music and arts; the word "unusual" being easily replaced by 'unconventional,' 'non-mainstream,' 'underground,' 'extreme' or by any one of a dozen other useless labels." This includes such projects as Cock E.S.P.
and the fascinating Panelectric Living Sinema
. The link page
is of particular interest, as it could open up a whole world to the uninitiated. I wish they linked my favorite bug faced noise band, Winter Carousel
posted by Joey Michaels
on Dec 2, 2002 -