Friday, February 16, 2018
Many years ago I came across an image of the cover of US synth-trio, the Nightcrawlers', second LP, Spacewalk, on obscure music mecca, The Growing Bin. The link to the files had long since expired and scant information was provided, but I for some unknown reason became determined to track down their music. Without sounding like some new age crackpot, I feel like something just magnetised me to them. Eventually I was able to secure rips of almost the entire Nightcrawlers discography from a mysterious Canadian fan and DJ who vanished not long after... Their ouvre over their 1979-1991 lifespan numbered 3 self-released LP's and more than 30 cassettes.
Although largely (and unapologetically) inspired by Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, the Nightcrawlers developed a sound wholly their own over their many releases. Not only touching on the sequencer driven propulsion oft-associated with the Berlin School, they also explored the outer reaches of experimental and ambient immersion.
After several futile years of searching the back-alleys of synth forums, in 2015 I chanced upon a friend of the band who had posted about the untimely passing of member, Tom Gulch. Through him I was able to contact the surviving members, Pete Gulch and Dave Lunt and interview them. I have never had a more enthusiastic response to something I have written; a label that had been attempting to contact them to provide royalties got in touch, as did someone who was trying to secure a reissue of their work (I'd be more than happy to discuss the nature of this in more detail on the night).
February 2018 sees the release of 'The Biophonic Boombox Recordings' on Mexican Summer subsidiary, Anthology Records. Limited copies of the ornately packaged, double LP + booklet will be available on the night.
Join me as we celebrate the legacy of Tom Gulch and of one of the greatest electronic acts to emerge during our time on planet Earth.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
A stack of out of print AST releases are available from Australia's finest underground hustlers, Lulu's:
Tapes from German Army, Chino, Oil, me and others.
After multiple screwups on my part, the Kendall Cahan tape from the last batch is finally available:
First batch of 2018 available in the next few weeks. Peace be with you.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Damn good interview w/ one of my oldest Melburnian mates, FJ on her approach to making phenomenal and progressive electronic music. A refreshingly genuine read, in contrast to the usual pap that serves only for the purpose of promotion in most Australian music journalism. Fjorn appeared under her former guise on the label many years ago, maybe I'll do another tape of her current project (Papaphilia) at some stage, haven't asked yet tho...
Somehow my favourite skate company, Sydney's Pass~Port, decided to do a limited run of tapes of the mix featured below + make some Roman Nails shirts. 2018 is a weird place to be.
Available direct from The Portal:
SHIRT + TAPE BUNDLE
Free shipping Australia wide.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
A chat I had with Michael from Abstract Paradigms last week is now available for consumption. I get on a soapbox about my opinions on operating in the underground and play some new material from the forthcoming AST batch / some of my own stuff that will creep out this year. Photo taken by Jas after a game of doubles in Broken Hill last year. The topic of pool is briefly discussed in the interview, some would say too briefly.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Come down for an afternoon of live electronics at one of Melbourne's best kept secrets, The Brunswick Bowling Club. $5 tinnies, $1 pool, what else do you need.
DJ Laila Sakini
Brunswick Bowling Club 104-106 Victoria St, East Brunswick 4pm / $10
Flyer by the consistently amazing Molly Dyson.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Altered States Tapes and Pass~Port present a night of eclectic sonics for the benefit of you, the punter.
"Inspired by the murky backstreets of every pub, club, backyard & basement throughout Australia's metropolis"
"After some brief online communication and exchanging of ideas/pleasantries, I for whatever reason decided to make a cooked mix with Pass~Port's sensibilities in mind. Created on a sweltering day with too many tinnies under my belt, the mix is comprised entirely of cassette tapes mixed live. The same approach will be applied live at this event for the first (and probably last) time.
"I grew up skating, never achieving anything of note apart from making myself a social pariah in high school (Newcastle was largely a surf/rugby league town at this point, not the cultural mecca it is known as today). Regardless, my time spent skating exposed me to music and ideas I otherwise wouldn't have been, as well as validating my feelings about being a perennial outsider. What attracted me to Pass~Port was not only their unwavering support for Australian skateboarding/larrikinism, but Trent's open-mindedness to art and music generally. This reminded me of what interested me in skateboarding to begin with, not the industry-driven, Olympic-sport-to-be it currently exists as today (in some capacities), but the pure, good shit". - CB / Roman Nails
Limited copies of the mix will be available on cassette on the night.
Lucy Cliche (LIVE / NSW) is an ever evolving project exploring intersections between techno, industrial and electro. Using an all hardware set-up her music delivers a hard bitten exploration of how physicality and the ethereal can interact in music - heavy bass rhythms lock into pounding drums, washed over with synth chords and acid bleeps.
Orion (NSW) "Through a programmed drum machine, flange-laden guitars and bass hooks as infectious as their vocal melodies, Orion pair restless anxieties with surges of emotion. Songs of insecurity and desperation swing from the celebratory to the tragic with one shift in intonation, and the band connect to those sentiments with vigor" - Max Easton.
Primo are Xanthe Waite, Violetta DelConte Race and Suzanne Walker, plus occasionally Amy Hill plays bass. Their collaboration on guitars, bass, drums and singing have led to a set of rock songs with group vocals and an emphasis on exploring guitar sounds and effects. Their lyrics have subject matter referencing the 40 hour working week, the city, bureaucracy, a mirage and a ghost in NYC, amongst other things.
Roman Nails (DJ) To open proceedings, local hardware-techno luddite, Cooper Bowman will be playing a 'live' DJ set comprised solely of cassettes sourced from years of unnecessary hoarding. This will be the first outing for the concept. In 2017, Roman Nails released his debut 12", All Hardware No Tools on UK-based Beat Concern and contributed to the Butter Sessions / Noise In My Head compilation Domestic Documents Vol. 2 following a string of earlier cassette releases on Where To Now? (UK), Night People (US) + Rhythm Works (AU) amongst others.
Doors 7.00pm. Tickets $20.00 + bf.