o13–Time Wave Zero (Favorite new band, best record of 2013 so far)

o13–Time Wave Zero

Featuring Mark C from Live Skull, Stuart Argabright from Ike Yard, and Kent Heine from The Holy Ghost, o13 (formerly Outpost 13) has made the record of the year, actually of the past few years, with their new release Time Wave Zero.  It’s a sophisticated mix of new wave, no wave, krautrock, dub, electronic, and ambient music that sounds wholly original and inspired, invoking the present, past, and future (bridging the gaps from 1978 to 1985 to 2013 and beyond) in a totally unique way.

I’m tempted to say that only veteran experimental/underground musicians who never hit the big time and have been keeping the torch alive, making art and music in the background for the last few decades, could make a record that sounds as effortless and evocative as Time Wave Zero.   If pressed for comparisons I’d say this would fit in nicely with some Can, Philip Glass, Live Skull, Orb’s Orbus Terrarum, Suicide, Joy Division, Brian Eno, all in their prime!!!  It’s super-accomplished and stylized, the type of album that all fits together perfectly, evoking a number of moods and emotions that you just can’t get anywhere else.  It’s about time–an album this good and consistent hasn’t come out in many years, especially out of the indie/postpunk arena–maybe the last records this interesting were Battles’ Gloss Drop and Mirrored?

Spotify: o13 – Remote Purity Control

Desire Records: 013 (CD) (vinyl)

Newsflash: Desire Records is also re-releasing some Live Skull records on CD and vinyl, and they’re on Spotify too!  It’s about time, Live Skull is basically as good or usually better than Sonic Youth in their own inspired and unique way (only Sister and Daydream Nation are on par with the best Live Skull records) but many of their best records have never been released on CD until now (or soon, currently in preorder)!!!  A dedicated post on this monumental (I’m serious) news  soon!

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Ion TTUSB Turntable

Ion TTUSB turntables are awesome. In the past I’ve tried digitizing vinyl into wavs and then mp3s using some USB digitizer device hooked up to a normal record player and stereo, with less than satisfactory results. With the Ion TTUSB turntable I was very pleased with the sound quality I got. The turntable hooks directly into a computer via USB port. Don’t use the software it comes with, EZ Vinyl or whatever, it sucks, download and use the free Audacity software instead, it’s much better. The one thing to keep in mind is that the volume/gain control knob is on the BOTTOM of the turntable, right where the USB cord comes out–that’s pretty bad placement, as you have to lift the turntable to adjust the gain. You’ll want to adjust the gain for each record–you don’t wan the sound too loud that it clips, or too low, when you digitize a record into Audacity, and different records have different volume levels. The turntable is great for if you want to buy vinyl-only releases, and/or have a ton of old records lying around you wish you had in wav and mp3 format. Convert them to digital and store them away in some storage locker!  Vinyl is cool but it takes up so much space (and is heavy)!

George Hirota — Ancient Consciousness of Evil Spirit, Sahasurara album

George Hirota – Sahasurara album (mp3s)
George Hirota – Ancient Consciousness of Evil Spirit (mp3)

This was being saved to be put on as a Bumrocks guest DJ, we’ll see if that happens. Anyway, enjoy, it’s from the vinyl of the George Hirota Sahasurara album. George Hirota is the same as the Joji Hirota who made the amazing Wheel of Fortune album. It’s all incredible sample-ready jazz fusion prog rock. Check out the amazing funky flute especially! Another highlight is Point of Contact–check out the funky prog rock drums, and the great latin-tinged piano.

Check out the link to the whole George Hirota-Sahasurara album. Hopefully they’ll rerelease this to CD! For fans of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, Tony Williams, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Arthur Verocai, Joji Hirota, Magma, etc.

Best DJ Mix Ever Made

This is the best DJ mix ever made: funk, soul, new wave, eclectic: jazz, library music, prog, folk, soul, new wave, post punk, indie, etc.

DJ Letters and Science:

Arthur Verocai-Na Boca Do Sol

Christian Vander-Love in the Darkness

Dawson – DJ Shinrip

Eyeless in Gaza-John of Patmos

Flying Lizards-Her Story

Francis Lai-Rapt

Fucking Champs-Lee Tom

George Hirota-The Ancient Consciousness of Evil Spirit

Hiroshima-Winds of Change

Hollywood Cinema Orchestra-Long Ago and Far Away

Joji Hirota- Sublimation

Josef K- Final Request

Killing Joke- Nervous System

Life After Death-Marks

Lime-Wake Dream

Live Skull – Wisdom & Gravy

L & S- Run That One By Me Again

L & S-Hop Along

L &S -Redlining-featuring Francis Lai, Brian Bennet, Steve Gray, Rufus Chaka Khan, Hamilton Joe Frank Remix

Magazine-The Great Man’s Secrets

Martha and the Muffins-Swimming

Michel Colombier-Layas

Minutemen-Search

Mudhoney-Broken Hands

Patrick Cowley-Sea Hunt

Pere Ubu- On the Surface

Phil Manzanera- Miss Shapiro

Rotary Connection-I am the Black Gold of the Sun

Shocking Blue-The Butterfly and I

Snakeshed- Karate Moves

Spike in Vain-Hamlet’s Dilemma

Stranglers- Baroque Bordello

Susan Christie-Paint a Lady

Talking Heads-Born Under Punches

Bonus tracks:

Bonnie Dobson-Bird of Space

Golden Earring-Fist in Glove

Brian Eno-On a Faraway Beach

Roxy Music-In Every Dream Home a Heartache

Jah Wobble, The Edge, Holger Czukay-Hold on to Your Dreams

Mahavishnu Orchestra-Cosmic Strut

Gabor Szabo-Keep Smilin’

Rotary Connection-I am the Black Gold of the Sun

Mr. Fingers-Can You Feel It

4 Hero-People Always Criticize Us

Almost made the list for the novelty/strangeness factor: Golden Earring — N.E.W.S. It’s really good…if you’re into that kind of thing–a hard rock new wave hybrid kind of thing. Sounds like it could be on a parallel universe Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine or a poppier D.A.F. album or something. Nice drums especially and synth bassline, scratchy guitar. Could only have come out of the 1980s.

Francis Lai photo from: Filmreference.com: Francis Lai

Also check out the Sweet/Dazz Band–Love is Like Oxygen/Let it Whip (L &S re-edit) (mp3) if you’re into some crazy serendipitous mashup action.

More Awesome Hip-hop/Dance/Dub/Soul mixes by Klenderfender

Enigmatic DJ/mixmaster/noise manipulator Klenderfender at the Musical Coco Basket blog has been putting out a whole bunch of incredible mixes. Here’s Messy Mix II, lots of great stuff I’ve never heard and some I have heard, taking it back to some great 80s/90s classic/obscure hip hop, dance, dub and reggae, breakbeat, and soul:

D 1 – Crack Bong

Mutabaruka and African Headcharge – What is the Plan? (Version)

Richie Spice – Marijuana (Remix)

Shinehead Real Rock (Irie Ext.)

Tek – Nothings Gonna Change (Inst.)

Grace Jones – Cry Now Laugh Later

Cypress Hill – Real Estate (Inst.)

Prime Minister Pete Nice and Daddy Rich – Rap Prime Minister and Daddy Rich (Inst.)

Simon Harris – Bass (Bomb the House Mix)

28th St. Crew – Inch By Inch

Chill Rob G – The Power (Radio Edit)

Geeneus – Congo

TTC – Catalogue

Congo Natty – Lion In The Jungle Side 4 (White Label)

Wiley – What Do You Call It? (Inst.)

Roots Manuva – Colossol Insight (Jammer Remix + Revox)

Sin – With You (Inst.)

Detroit Emeralds – Baby Let Me Take You

Dobie – The Ride (Inst.)

Freda Payne – Band of Gold

N Tyce – Hush Hush Tip (Inst.)

C. O. D. – Crime Don’t Pay (Inst.)

AMG – Vertical Joyride (Fat Booty Inst.)

Parliament- Flashlight

Joe Sinister – Under the Sun (Inst.)

Barry White – It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me

Pebbles – Girlfriend

Now must go listen to some 808 State last.fm similar artists channel…