Monthly Archives: March 2011

#10 Blazing Arrow – Blackalicious

Blazing Arrow is less lo-fi than A2G, and that works both for and against this album.  There is less impactful material here overall.  The one notable exception is Chemical Calisthenics.  Yes I’m biased on this one… Aside from that guilty … Continue reading

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#9 All the Waters of the Earth Shall Turn to Blood – The Body

So this is not something I’d normally listen to, but as I’m going for the album as a whole work, I sat through it.  A Body starts peaceful enough with choir.  It’s very pretty.  Then at 7:11 in band kicks … Continue reading

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#8 Analog – Philip Glass

When people ask me what I think of Philip Glass, I tend to respond “Philip Glass likes triplets”.  Philip Glass really has so much I should like, but I feel like he’s fallen into one style and hasn’t left it.  … Continue reading

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#7 A2G EP – Blackalicious

And my job description A rap technician From sun up to sun down And it’s clockwork If I’m in the mood, I love hip hop.  For some reason, I found it pretty easy to internalize the raps of the 90’s.  … Continue reading

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#6 For 2 – Alva Noto

Garment (For a Garment) really sets the stage for the album.  A repeating rhythmic, mechanical pattern builds through beginning, with very subtle drones in the background.  Halfway through the track, more pads enter, following a minimal progression and backed by … Continue reading

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#5 This Year I Will Forget – Avesta.Sweeden

This album is the solo project of one Rishi Arora (of Signal Hill fame).  It’s always interesting to see a different side of musicians you are very familiar with.  Signal Hill and Beware of Safety have shared a rehearsal space … Continue reading

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#4 Ambiant Otaku – Tetsu Inoue

The album kicks off with Karmic Light, a track with a distinct 70’s or early 90’s feel.  Lots of analog synth arpeggios.  Everything starts very minimally with little melody.  It wasn’t until about 7:35 into Low of Vibration that I could … Continue reading

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