Broken Dial Radio
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BROKEN DIAL RADIO is a genreful music appreciation podcast. We search out the best, most interesting music we can find to share and discuss with you. Come join us for new music recommendations, album reviews and artist interviews.
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Broken Dial Radio Episode 2: Collected Musics from February through March 2018
Hello and welcome to the second episode of Broken Dial Radio, where we don't waste any time whatsoever changing up the format of the show: this episode covers both February and March, due to logistical issues on our end and a relatively manageable influx of new albums to check out.We have a great conversation this month, one that touches on everything from pirate music to future ethnomusicology. Below is a list of topics and albums we did touch on, and a couple things that didn't quite make the cut that might (or might not) be worth your time. I'm also going to be putting the record label's specific imprints in these descriptions going forward, which can be a super interesting way to browse music if you can figure out a good interface for doing so (I recommend the service Discogs, but it's definitely an imperfect solution; obviously, the bigger the label the less helpful this is, just ignore Columbia, Sony, or Atlantic - that's old world shit - Ed.).
Brandi Carlile: By the Way I Forgive You via Low Country Sound - acoustic, Americana
Ministry: AmeriKKKant via Nuclear Blast - metal, political
Jaybeetrax: Mixture via Spring Tube Digital - techno, tech house
MGMT: Little Dark Age via Columbia
Stone Temple Pilots: Stone Temple Pilots via Rhino - alternative rock, awkward recreations
Bop: Untitled Patterns EP1 via Med School Music/Hospital Records - dub techno, ambient drum & bass; a great thing to listen to to see if you have an appetite for actual techno. I call it introverted dance music - Ed.
The Goddamn Gallows: The Trial via Sailor's Grave Records - pirate music meets Tom Waits
Jack White: Boarding House Reach via Third Man Records - the bad side of indie - Ed.
The Sword: Used Future via Spinefarm Records/Razor & Tie - Texas retro space groove[s]
Booka Shade: Night Surfing via Get Physical Music - German techno is boring sometimes
The Breeders: All Nerve via 4AD - a second resurrection of '90s alternative for this episode
Carpenter Brut: Leather Teeth via Caroline Recoreds - synthwave has a soundtrack worthy of the hype and following; we see why CB is such a big deal in this scene
Modern Day Babylon: Coma, self-published - ambient instrumental metal (<3 - Ed.) aka "djent" which apparently is a genre you can bring up in your first week of work and get the guy sitting next to you both really excited and frustrated about having to compose lyrics for whackjob time signatures
Solomon Grey: Human Music via Mercury Kx - extremely odd blend of electronic and orchestral elements with a fitting title. Probably the second-weirdest thing reviewed this month. Doesn't even manage to fit into the already-vague category of modern classical. Very British
Wye Oak: The Louder I Call The Faster It Runs via Merge - bafflingly interesting pop-indie
deadmau5: where's the drop? via mau5trap and Tidal - exclusive to Tidal due to helping pay for the live performances this was recorded from, a series of gorgeous orchestral reworks of various classics from the crazy Canadian farmer's back catalog. Worth checking out on Tidal in hi-fi if you have the setup. - Ed.
Ursula K. LeGuin & Todd Barton: Music and Poetry of the Kesh via Freedom To Spend - by far the most strange thing here, a musicology/anthropology album of spoken word, song, and dance from a future tribe of Northern California Native peoples 500 years in the future. Created by a pioneering artist in the world of synthesizers and with a large array of created instruments in 1985 designed after contents of the companion novel Always Coming Home by LeGuin, a pioneering feminist science fiction and fantasy author.
Hidden Empire: Mind Palace via Stil vor Talent - a side of tech house bent slight