88 minutes | Nov 30, 2013
Today on solipsistic NATION we'll hear a live set from Giulia Loli from Mutamassik, which was originally recorded for Fari Bradley's Six Pillars radio show on Resonance FM to promote Giulia's 2012 release, Rekkez, out on Ini.itu Records. In fact, there are quite a few tracks from Rekkez on today's live set. We'll also talk to Giulia about balancing artistry with industry, and her growth as an artist, musician and as a DJ. Today's show is eight years in the making. When I launched solipsistic NATION podcasts were a new thing and most people didn't know what a podcast actually was, which made it difficult when I would email labels and ask for them to send me promotional CDs for the show. And even if a label knew what a podcast was I didn't have the audience that I do now, so why mail out music to show that only had a few hundred listeners? I can't blame them, really. But one label I did approach was generous enough to send a CD. I had read a review about Mutamassik's album, Masri Mokkassar: Definitive Works in XLR8R, back when it was still a print magazine. Definitive Works had been released by Sound-Ink Records and they sent me Mutamassik's LP without questions or hassle. Like I said, podcasts were an unknown quantity back then, so it meant a lot to me that Sound-Ink took me seriously enough to send me Mutamassik's album. And it was a great album! I played it on the show and I played it on my iPod constantly. Someday, I told myself, I'm going to have Mutamassik on the show as a guest so I could get to know the person behind all this fantastic music! That day is today. It took months of planning and aligning our schedules but it finally happened. Join us again next week. I'm still getting my ducks in a row but I think our guests will be Known Rebel's Germán Escandell and Jaime Irles. See you then! Mutamassik "Babomb" Interview with Giulia Loli of Mutamassik Mutamassik "Live"
79 minutes | Nov 16, 2013
Great show for you today! We're going to hear a live, in-studio performance from Khafru. But first, I've got some sad news to announce. Cheb i Sabbah died last week of stomach cancer. For those of you who didn't know him, Chebi was a musician and composer from San Francisco. If there's a genre that would describe his music I guess it would be worldbeat, but that doesn't adequately describe the richness, complexity and the beauty of Chebi's artistry. I first discovered Chebi late last century in 1995 when I purchased Sub Rosa's Ancient Light and the Blackcore at Newbury Comics in Boston. The album featured field recordings of Yanomami shamans, Seefeel, Scorn and Timothy Leary remixed by some guy called Cheb i Sabbah. The track by Chebi was called "Why Are You Here?" Timothy Leary waxed psychedelic on the meaning of our existence and was supported by Chebi's timeless, cosmic music. It was mind blowing stuff. From that point on, Cheb i Sabbah was on my radar so when Sub Rosa released an album of poetry by Ira Cohen with music from Chebi, I purchased it without question and I was not disappointed. Chebi's music was still psychedelic but it now incorporated sounds from Morocco. Combined with Ira Cohen's words, I felt like I was living in one of William Burroughs' fevered dreams. Chebi then released a series of albums: Shri Durga, Maha Maya and Krishna Lila, each one exploring music from North and South India. In 2005 Chebi veered off into an entirely different direction and released La Kahena, which featured music from North Africa. When I launched solipsistic NATION I had a list of artists I wanted to have on the show to talk about their music. Chebi was one of those artists and it was a pleasure to talk to him about his craft and each of his albums after listening to his music for so many years. At the time, that show was supposed to be a retrospective of Chebi's musical journey so far. Like everybody else, I assumed that Chebi would release album after wonderful album. Sadly, Chebi only released two more albums: La Ghriba: La Kahena Remixed in 2006 and Devotion in 2008. Chebi had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Chebi didn't have health insurance so an online fundraiser campaign was launched to cover Chebi's medical fees. Six Degrees Records, who had put out nearly every album during Chebi's musical career, also released a benefit album called Samaya in 2012. And now Chebi's gone. His music is still with us, but the man is gone. He will be missed. If you live in or near San Francisco Friends of Chebi invite you to celebrate Chebi's music and message November 21 from 7pm to 2 am at 1015 Folsom. There will be 4 rooms of live and electronic music centered around the global music that defined the unique Cheb i Sabbah sound. Suggested Donation $10-$20 sliding scale but no one turned away for lack of funds. There's a staggering list of musicians who will be there so I'll just mention a few: Karsh Kale and the Midival Punditz will be there via satellite, Dub Gabriel will be there, Bob Duskis from Six Degrees Records will be there and many, many more. As I mentioned earlier, I had a list of artists I wanted to feature on solipsistic NATION and Cheb i Sabbah was one of them. Over the years I've got to talk to a lot of people on that list. There are still quite few names on that list like Kraftwerk and Crystal Method I'd like to have on the show but these days I'm more about finding new voices in electronic music. Which brings us to today's show featuring Khafru. Producing solipsistic NATION means listening to a lot of music. One might even go as so far as to say that I listen to an unhealthy amount of music. And most of it is either awful or forgettable. Statistically that's just the way it is. 99% of everything is crap. But when Khafru's music came over my headphones I got goosebumps! Who was this guy?! I knew I had to have him on the show. It took a few months but Khafru found a window to talk about his music and send me a recording of him performing live, in studio. Before I go, I'll spend the rest of the month catching up on loose ends and next week we'll listen to a live set from Mutamassik. See you then! Khafru "Mirrors Become Doors At Night" Interview with Abhimanyu Malhotra of Khafru Khafru "Live" Finegan Finch "Thousand Eyes Towards The Skies [Khafru Remix]" Khafru "Mon Petit Fleur" Khafru "Coasts Of Khayyam" Khafru "Venn Diagram" Khafru "Industry Of Man" Khafru "Sentinel" Arms of Oblivion "Sleep [Khafru Remix]" Khafru "Mirrors Become Doors At Night" Khafru "When The Morning Comes" Khafru "Delicate Dawn"
69 minutes | Nov 2, 2013
DJ Food, Live
Today on solipsistic NATION DJ Food's Strictly Kev returns with a live set that was performed in a... really unexpected place. In a planetarium. The FullDome UK, to be exact. Before we get to DJ Food, a couple of things. First, I want to thank everyone for sticking around and coming back to solipsistic NATION during my absence. It really means a lot to me. I know, you're busy, you could be listening to another podcast, or watching a movie or playing a video game or reading a book... but you're here, right now with me. Thanks. And thanks for listening to the last edition of solipsistic NATION that featured Grouse, The Other Guy, and today's guest, DJ Food. I'm really proud of that show. It was firing all cylinders. The music was unquestionably great, and the interviews were great, too. A lot of heart. I don't know about you, but I got inspired when Grouse talked about chucking out all his old sounds and starting fresh for his new album. Sometimes you gotta destroy before you create. And it was adorable when DJ Food's Strictly Kev's son crashed our interview. And I got a lump in my throat when The Other Guy talked about his mom passing. Just a great show. If you missed it, go listen to it now. Okay, today's show. I originally planned to release a mega show featuring interviews with Propellerheads' Kalle Paulsson, ScatterRadio's Dae Choi, and music recommendations from Alan Ranta and Macedonia, and a show idea from Edward Stumpp that I was really excited to talk about. And I was also planning to celebrate 300+ editions of solipsistic NATION to boot. But I just didn't have time to put it together. And now it's the first weekend of the month, and that's live music time, so I had to push that show back. On today's show we're going to hear a live set from DJ Food's Strictly Kev. Well, kind of live. It's music Kev put together for people to experience at a planetarium in the UK. When I first heard the idea I kind of rolled my eyes, thinking it was going to be like the cheesy laser shows I saw back when I was a kid. But once Kev described the whole thing on the last show I was totally enchanted with the idea. Check out the YouTube video below. I'm listening to Kev's set as I write this and even without the visuals it's still an amazing. Totally trippy You're in a for a great time! And just think, if there's a planetarium in your area you just might get to experience it for yourself. Before I get out of Dodge, I've got a backlog of shows to catch up on so the next few weeks expect to hear live set from Khafru and Mutamassik. And then we'll get to that mega show I mentioned and then we'll take off from there. Great to be in the saddle again. Now go enjoy today's show and kiss the sky! DJ Food "Discovery Workshop" DJ Food "A Trick of the Ear (Album Edit)" Interview with Strictly Kev of DJ Food DJ Food "The Search Engine, FullDome UK"
90 minutes | Aug 12, 2013
Pepe Deluxé, Live
Got a great show for you today! We're going to rock out to Pepe Deluxé, live from the Tavastia Club in Helsinki. We'll also chat with Pepe Deluxé co-founder, Jari Salo. Before we talk with Jari, let's address the elephant in the living room. Where the hell have I been for the last three months!?! I wish I could tell you that I was on a tour around the globe, or that I was on a river boat, writing the great American novel, or something equally grandiose to justify my long absence. But I've got nothing–because I did absolutely nothing. And I think I needed it. Or must have needed it. solipsistic NATION has been growing by leaps and bounds the last year and once I started getting millions of downloads a month I kicked into over gear and took on a lot of ambitious projects for the show. Thing is, solipsistic NATION was already taking up almost every free moment of my life. Between constantly listening to new music to play on the show, arranging interviews and producing and promoting shows-there simply wasn't much room for anything else. I burnt myself out. The last few months I've barely listened to music. Instead, I've really been enjoying... quiet. It's given me a chance to do a lot of thinking and reflecting, or not thinking at all. And slowly but surely I've been recharging my batteries, so to speak. Clearly, I can't go on like I did before. I just can't. In fact, before I crashed and burned I was planning to expand solipsistic NATION to include contributors to the show, to make solipsistic NATION more of an audio magazine. I was already heading in that direction, I just should have had that all in place before biting off more than I could chew. I'll tell you more over the next few weeks as I make that transition. It kills me that it took me three months to get this show out because Jari and I must have spent at least six months getting his live set together and arranging our interview. And it's a great interview. Jari's a hell of a nice guy and had so many interesting stories to tell. I hope he'll forgive the wait. Special thanks goes out to Alan Ranta for making today's show possible. I mentioned earlier that I'll be having regular contributors on the show. Alan's one of them. Follow him on Twitter @alanranta. While you're there, follow me @solipsistic. Okay, it's already been three months since my last show. Let's not wait a moment longer. Pepe Deluxé "The Secret Forces In The Mountain" Interview with Jari Salo, co-founder of Pepe Deluxé Pepe Deluxé "My Flaming Thirst (Instrumental)" Pepe Deluxé "Live, Club Tavastia (February 16, 2013)"
69 minutes | Aug 11, 2013
The Code to My Heart
Today on solipsistic NATION... Never before in human history has so much information been available to so many people. You'd think that would be a good thing, right? But it can be overwhelming. What to do? Zite CEO Mark Johnson offers a solution on how to deliver your favorite magazines, newspapers, authors, blogs, and videos right to your phone or tablet. I've been using Zite the last couple of years to help me stay on top of everything that's going on in the electronic music community. Through Zite I can read articles from such respected sources as The Quietus, Factmag, XLR8R and more. Electronic music related news is only one of the sources Zite offers. Politics, technology, arts and culture—Zite has it all! The Search Engine is the latest album from DJ Food, and it devours everything DJ Food has previously released even as it moves in new directions. I've been a fan of DJ Food as far back as late last century. I love the noirish psychedelic sounds and samples, and anyone who incorporates the ironic poetry of Ken Nordine into their music, well, their okay in my book. The Other Guy's Stephen Lombardo's latest EP, The Long Drive, has a lot of joy distilled into it: his engagement, the birth of his daughter... But there's also some tragedy to it. The Other Guy and was one of the artists I featured on the show when I launched solipsistic NATION as a podcast seven years ago. The Other Guy's music has always been sexy, lush and dark. Perfect fit for today's show, right? Ronan Carroll of Grouse returns to solipsistic NATION with his new album, Heads. Same Grouse. New sounds! I've played Grouse's music on the show several times in the past and he even made a brief appearance on solipsistic NATION way back in 2007, so it's be good to have him on the show again for a longer conversation. I actually recorded the interviews months ago, but as you know, I took the summer off after I crashed and burned producing solipsistic NATION. I spend nearly every free minute working on this show and once solipsistic NATION started taking off and getting millions of downloads every month, I took on bigger and more ambitious projects. I also planned to open the show to outside contributors to help expand the show. But I put the carriage before the horse. I started tackling those projects before I had the staff to take all of that on. Like I said, solipsistic NATION consumes all my free time and energy. I burned myself out. I couldn't sustain that all by myself. I've spent the last few months away from music and podcasting. Almost all media, in fact. I needed it. But I'm back and recharged. But there will have to be some changes to solipsistic NATION if I want to continue without exhausting myself like before, and that's where you come in. If you like the show and want to support the show, tell a friend about solipsistic NATION. Tweet about us on Twitter. Flatter us on Flattr or purchase a solipsistic NATION t-shirt. If there's an artist or label you'd like to send my way for consideration to be on future shows, send me an email. I also plan to take a 3 week vacation from solipsistic NATION every spring, summer, fall and winter. During that time I'll have guest hosts and DJs running the show while I'm away. If you're a DJ or if you think you'd make a good guest host, you can also shoot me an email. I'll go into more detail about how I plan to make solipsistic NATION bigger and better on next week's show! One last thing, and it's important. Troy Psymbolic, of the Psymbolic multimedia label, was recently diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome and autoimmune response and he needs your help. If you can spare him 10 or 20 dollars or more it would make all the difference in his life. That's about the cost of an album these days, right? Why not spend it on Troy? For more information got to gofundme.com/LoveForTroyPsymbolic. Okay, that's about it. Join us again next week. I have a few guests in mind but I'll keep that under wraps until their confirmed. See you then! Photo Credit: ©Nestor Prado DJ Food feat. DK "Sentinel (Shadow Guard)" DJ Food feat. 2econd Class Citizen "Magpie Music" Interview with Mark Johnson, CEO of Zite DJ Food "In Orbit Every Monday" DJ Food "A Trick of the Ear (Album Edit)" Interview with Strictly Kev of DJ Food The Other Guy "Morning Call" The Other Guy "Illusions" Interview with Stephen Lombardo of The Other Guy Grouse "Arm The Harmless" Grouse "Silent Protest" Interview with Ronan Carroll of Grouse
65 minutes | Aug 4, 2013
Summer vacation is over and I'm back! I've been away for the last few months recharging my batteries. It takes a lot of work producing a show like solipsistic NATION and, quite frankly, I had hit the wall. Constantly listening to new music, reading music blogs, posting on social media—I just don't think it was healthy for me to be doing that nearly every free moment of each and every day. Let me expand on that a little bit. It's not just that I was listening to too much music, I was listening to too much bad music. People send me a lot of free music to review for the show and because people were kind enough to send me their music I felt obligated to listen to it. All of it. Unfortunately, statistically speaking, a lot of it is terrible. It's just the way it is. And I have to listen to a lot of it to find the good stuff, the stuff I feature on solipsistic NATION. I don't mind mediocre music because at least with mediocre music is not terrible, it's just mediocre. But bad music wounds me. And it makes me angry. You might be thinking to yourself, hey, it's just music—get a grip. That's true, but music, good music, is important to me. You don't produce over 300 shows of electronic music unless it is important to you. And so bad music infuriates me because not only is it wasting my time but it feels like a physical assault. Presumably the people who make bad music have heard good music. Why not emulate the good rather than subject us with their shit? I can't do it any more. It's just exhausting. So I'm changing my policy. I'll give the bad music 30 or 60 seconds of my time but if it's clearly not getting any better I'm just going to skip past that track like everyone else in the world does. I've spent the last few months actively not listening to music and slowly letting my soul heal. I've kept my social media and blog reading to a bare minimum, gathering my strength. But now I'm tanned, I'm rested, and I'm ready to take on the world! I want to thank you for listening and your continued support. I've got a lot of big plans for solipsistic NATION and I'll need your help. We'll talk about that more on next week's show but in the meantime, if you'd like to help support solipsistic NATION, tell a friend about the show. Tweet about solipsistic NATION on Twitter. Flatter us of Flattr or purchase a solipsistic NATION t-shirt. Now let's get to what's important—great electronic music! Today on solipsistic NATION we'll also hear a special live in-studio performance by wAgAwAgA. We also talk to wAgAwAgA about launching his own record label, Cooking Up Records; his growth as an artist from album to album; and traveling the world for the field recordings he features on those albums. Robbie Martin from Record Label Records first turned me onto wAgAwAgA with the release of wAgAwAgA's Midnight Sampler album on Robbie's label (check out our showcase of Record Label Records here). wAgAwAgA's album was lush, dub-heavy and dense with the sounds of nature and world music. In fact, Midnight Sampler made my list of one of the top 10 albums for 2012. wAgAwAgA has since moved in new directions and his music has become more restrained, kind of minimal, really. But all those elements that I love in his music is still there, which you'll hear on today's live set. I think you're really going to dig it! Join us again next week when we'll showcase Tripswitch's label, Section Records (check out Tripswitch's live set here). I think. I'm still getting my ducks in a row. See you then! wAgAwAgA "flagnag dub" wAgAwAgA "floaty edit" Interview with wAgAwAgA wAgAwAgA "Live"
72 minutes | Mar 24, 2013
Stop me if I've said this before. Or skip ahead a few paragraphs. Whatever. After spending the last six years or so producing edition after edition of solipsistic NATION I finally figured out one of the important reasons I love electronic music so much and that reason is surprise and delight. I'm surprised it took me so long to work that out because it's blindingly obvious—one of the first things they teach you in art—in fact, is surprise. It's playing with your expectations and revealing something new. That element of surprise may reveal something sacred or profane and, if done deftly, causes delight. Pop used to do this. In a way, it's what made pop music pop. But pop music has been so colonized by corporatism that it's rare that something fresh and new escapes into the wild. Hip hop used to do the same but it followed quickly in pop's footsteps at a gallop. Electronic music has relatively remained immune to the constraints of pop music and is free to play fast and loose with our expectations of music, constantly mutating and adding each genre and sub genre of electronic music's sonic distinctiveness to it's own. Yes, that's a Star Trek reference. Major labels are once again rediscovering that there's some cool shit happening in electronic music and seems content for the moment to deliver it to the masses in the form of EDM. I don't doubt that it will soon turn it's great, lidless eye (Lord of the Rings reference) to other genres of electronic music in it's never ending quest for the next new thing to make a buck off. Today's label showcase on solipsistic NATION features select tracks from Naboa Music. There's a lot of breakcore in Naboa Music but that's just the framework to explore it's inner weirdness. So entrenched is Naboa Music in exploring these sonic territories that I don't think it's a label that could ever be tempted to embrace the dark side (Star Wars reference, and a rather forced one at that). But seriously... I'm always asking for labels to feature on future editions of solipsistic NATION and [tlr] made the case for Naboa Music. [tlr] has been on solipsistic NATION a number of times and his most recent album, Homunculus, was released on Naboa Music. When he suggested I do a feature on the label I listened because I trust [tlr]'s taste in music. And I was right to do so. Just listen to today's show and see! We'll also chat with Laskfar Vortok's Naoboa Music, cofounder. He's got a unique vision for what a music label can be. Naboa Music is weird and wonderful and will take you in some very interesting places. Join us again next week when we'll talk with Zite CEO Mark Johnson and recording artists Grouse, The Other Guy and DJ Food. See you then! Allen, I Hate Myself "Day Break Ground Score" Interview with Laskfar Vortok, cofounder of Naboa Music Autofuture "Mountain Revenge" Naboa "Monopolar Pulse" Beytah "Burning Villages" Oxygenfad "Custom Firmware" Eddie B. Rock "Dungeon Quest" Psychedelic.Osmo "Kenta Cho Achieves Godhood" Victor Vankmen "Walkman Spaced Reverb Dopeness (Feat. GDS)" [tlr] "Magic Powers" Syphilis Sauna "Comfort Zone (On Addiction)" Naboa "Butcher Blossom 5" Interview with Laskfar Vortok, cofounder of Naboa Music Arson[EYE]-K "Thirty Puzzled Five Fidge" Helium Ointment "Rubber Chicken" EDN "2-1 Death Peak" Genus Inkasso "Hurler's Pappy" Laskfar Vortok "Marshal His Being To Culture" Interview with Laskfar Vortok, cofounder of Naboa Music
55 minutes | Mar 3, 2013
Elastic Bond, Live
What makes today's such a special show—aside from the music, which is great, by the way—is that today's show comes to you from Ty, who is both a listener and a friend of solipsistic NATION. Ty emailed me a few months ago and suggested that I might consider doing shows featuring Calima Shatiday and Elastic Bond. After checking out their music on iTunes I knew Ty was absolutely right, I had to have them on the show. Calima will appear on solipsistic NATION in the next few months, but today we're going to hear Elastic Bond's live DJ Mix! Andres and Sofy join me from their studio in Miami. We're actually did today's interview by video, which seems to be happening more and more on solipsistic NATION. Too bad you can't see it, Miami looks lovely. Elastic Bond's live DJ mix is fantastic and is chock full of their music and various remixes. Elastic Bond is a band and and electronic music is just one element they weave into their music. They're currently hard at work on their forthcoming album and you can bet I'm going to have them back on the show when their new LP drops. The other thing that makes today's show so special is Ty himself. solipsistic NATION has always been a communal effort. I may be at the helm of the show but a lot of people behind the scenes make the show happen. There's the bands and musicians, the music labels and promoters, the people who provide the artwork for the website and the album artwork you're looking at right now, as a matter of fact. And then there's you. None of this would be possible without you, all of you. I've wanted more listener involvement in the show for a long time and I've decided that 2013 is the year to push and really make that happen. It helps that solipsistic NATION has more listeners then ever before, so if you have an idea like Ty for future shows on solipsistic NATION, email me and let's see if we can make it happen. I'm at email@example.com. Or you can reach me on Twitter at solipsistic. There are a lot of exciting changes in store for solipsistic NATION this year and I'd really like you to be a part of it. Join us again next week when we'll showcase Naboa Music. We'll listen to select tracks from Naboa Music and talk with the label's founder, Laskfar Vortok. Elastic Bond "You ...Ay! (feat. Locos por Juana)" Elastic Bond "Pierdo el Control" Interview with Andres Ponce and Sofy Encanto of Elastic Bond Elastic Bond "Live DJ Mix"
65 minutes | Feb 24, 2013
Narrative Mixing · First Movement · Land
If James Joyce was a DJ from America living in the 21st century then Ulysses just might have sounded like Mister Wi$E's Narrative Mixing: First Movement, Land. That explains everything, right? No? Brett Wise is Mister Wi$E and Narrative Mixing: First Movement, Land is his epic, sonic, surrealistic, psychedelic tale of our protagonist, making his way in the world using a vocabulary of a staggering amount of samples, songs and found sounds. Tell you what, why don't I just quote Brett wholesale. "What is the fundamental task of a DJ? "The idea for this sound project began with that question. My answer? Creating an experience tailored specifically to the context. Different contexts should equal entirely different listening experiences. More often than not DJs create mixes that are a mirror of what they've been doing in the club. That can be interesting and I've done it myself but I wanted to do something more suited to the solitary listener. "So in exploring the extremes of what I believed a headphone listening experience demanded I created something entirely different from what I'd done in the past. "So what is this? A mix? A mixtape? A sound collage? It's not exactly a mix because I don't actually beat match any songs together. It’s not a mixtape because it's more than just a collection of songs played one after the other. And it's not a sound collage because it's more than just a collection of sounds. "I'm calling it a narrative mix. It's music as we find it most of the time, out in the world and thoroughly situated in a context: a hospital, in a car driving down the road with the windows down, in a bar, through an MP3 player whilst walking down the street, etc. And often it is the context that gives the music it's magical quality. That's what I've tried to do here. "There's a story to be found in the sounds if you let your imagination go, but each section stands on it's own as a vignette designed to impress wonder, curiosity, surprise and a sense of voyeuristic beauty. "This is the first movement of three." Actually, Brett will explain it all in his own words during today's show. Brett will also return to solipsistic NATION once he completes movements one and two. Quick note: on today's show we were going to celebrate 300 episodes of solipsistic NATION. I had big plans and lots of guests. But as long as I'm being completely honest about how solipsistic NATION works, then I have to tell you that producing multi-segmented shows are time consuming and take a lot out of me. Problem was my epic show just wasn't coming together the way I wanted. I could either take another week off to get it right, like I did last week, or I could go on with the show. I didn't want to keep you or Brett waiting any longer, so I opted for the latter. Join us again next week! By special listener request we'll hear a live DJ set from Elastic Bond! See you then! 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summer, day.WAV by eric5335 | License: Attribution Noncommercial Town or suburbs amb - spring, day.WAV by eric5335 | License: Attribution Noncommercial Car start and drive.mp3 by han1 | License: Attribution Tracks Used (in order of play) Nest "The Twelve" Tchad Blake "Mr. Green Speaks" Nest "Charlotte" Trus'me "Can We Pretend" Nils Frahm "Less" Headphone Commute "For Nils" Erik Satie "Gymnopédies Lent Et Douloureux" Rhye "The Fall" Guitar Crusher "When a Man Loves a Woman" Sing Wei "Latch" Erik Satie "Gymnopédies Lent Et Triste" Todd Terje "Inspector Norse"
66 minutes | Feb 9, 2013
A few years ago I showcased Bak$hish Music, a collective of like-minded artists modeled after Hakim Bey‘s Temporary Autonomous Zone. Bak$hish Music was also indebted to the musical stylings of Bill Laswell, although they were a thing unto themselves with a roster of artists that included the likes of Lingua Lustra and Mauxuam. Some time afterwards I started seeing releases by a label called Spiritech Records. The label's name raised an eyebrow and when I looked further I noticed Spiritech Records predominantly featured music from Lingua Lustra. I really dug Lingua Lustra's music on Bak$hish Music and as much as I wanted to showcase Spiritech I decided to wait until they had filled out their own roster of artists. A few weeks ago spacesfm did a feature on Spiritech Records, which prompted me to check out how their catalog had grown and I was floored to see that the label had exploded! I wasted no time inviting the label's founder, Albet Borkent, to join us on today's show. Turns out he also records and performs under the name Lingua Lustra. Who knew?! solipsistic NATION covers all of electronic music in it's many, many forms but there's a special place in my heart for electronic music that explores the mystical and the psychedelic. That's something that Spiritech Records does very well. During my chat with Albert I told him that I believed that music from Spiritech Records can experience a heightened state of consciousness. I wasn't entirely kidding about that. There were several times today's mix that took me to some interesting places when I let go and my imagination go wild while listening to while listening to music from Spiritech Records. It can happen to you if you let it, so kick back and kiss the sky! Special shout-out to Andrew from Apple's iTunes Store Customer Support. Last month solipsistic NATION got over a million downloads so I thought I'd check out our page on iTunes. I admit it, I was being vain. I wanted to see if there were any new reviews of the show. But you know what? Apple was no longer displaying my podcast in iTunes. I was upset! Did I lose all my new and regular listeners just like that? And why? I sent an email to the iTunes Store Customer Support to find out what was going on, not really expecting an answer. But I got a response right away, and that's how I met Andrew. He helped figure out my problem and within a few days solipsistic NATION was back on iTunes. Not with going into what caused the problem, I'm just glad it got resolved so quickly. Look, I already love Apple, and this was yet another reason to love them even more, and it's just another example why they are such a phenomenon. So, Andrew, if you're reading this, thanks! Join us again next week. I'll be celebrating 300 episodes of solipsistic NATION. I'll talk about where we've been, how the show has exploded in the last year, and where I'll take the show in 2013. Big news! And of course, great music! See you then! Rainbow Vector "Newsflash" Textural Being "+" Interview with Albet Borkent, founder of Spiritech Records Lingua Lustra "Journey With The Flower Mobile To The Central Temple Of Bliss" Data Rebel "Rifflekt" Olexa "Wanderer" Enoruos "Yggdrasil" Lingua Lustra "Caravan To Utopia" Interview with Albet Borkent, founder of Spiritech Records Snufmumriko "Rites Of December" Lingua Lustra "Fluxon (excerpt)" Interview with Albet Borkent, founder of Spiritech Records
61 minutes | Feb 2, 2013
Welcome to the 300th edition of solipsistic NATION! Today on solipsistic NATION we'll hear a special live in-studio performance from CRL Studios recording artists, Psykkle. Evan Collingwood is Psykkle and we'll talk about his upcoming album and what his live shows are like. Before we talk with Evan, I want to welcome all of you who are new to the show. solipsistic NATION got well over a million downloads last month so I know there are a lot of you who are just tuning in for the first time. Let me give you the lay of the land. The first weekend of the month I feature a live performance from an electronic musician. Some of the live sets are recordings from concerts or, like today's show, recorded live in-studio. Recent live shows have included Dope Records recording artist Tokeee performing live from Moscow, an in-studio performance from Michael Maricle and Ad Noiseam recording artist Raoul Sinier, live from Toulouse. It's not all live music, though. The second week of each month I showcase a label that's putting out such amazing releases that it's my duty as host of this show to turn you on to those labels. Recently I've showcased the aforementioned CRL Studio and Dope Records and Elephant Records. Next week I'll showcase Spiritech, which I'm excited about. The rest of the month is up for grabs. Sometimes I'll have several guests on the show. That include festival organizers, writers, bloggers, movie makers, software developers-anyone who is connected to the electronic music community. Sometimes I'll have guest DJs on the show and sometimes I even get to get behind the virtual wheels of steel and play the best of all genres of electronic music. I'll release a show later this month celebrating the big Three-Oh-Oh. It would make more sense to do that on today's show but like I said, the first weekend of every month is dedicated to a live performance and I'd hate to break that tradition. If you enjoy today's show then give us a quick review on iTunes. Every review helps turn someone on to solipsistic NATION and hopefully I can turn them, and you, on to more of the best of electronic music. Join us again next week when we'll showcase Spiritech Records and talk to the label's founder, Albert Borkent. See you then! Psykkle "Chemtrail Lullaby [feat. Mechanical Garden]" Interview with Evan Collingwood of Psykkle Psykkle "In The City of Nodes [Uprising Mix by Blast Radius]" Psykkle "Live"
83 minutes | Jan 27, 2013
The Best Electronic Music of 2012
In the six years of producing solipsistic NATION I've never done a "best of show." There are a couple of reasons for that. One reason is because there are already enough record stores, magazines and blogs doing a much better job of curating music from the last year than I am. Hell, the Headphone Commute blog dedicates an entire month looking back at the last year alone. But honestly, I could never care enough to get my act together to do this kind of show. I normally don't keep track of things like this. Besides, I play the best of electronic music on each show, so I'm doing it do already. There are times, however, where I did make the effort to stay on top of what I thought was hot for a given year. But those were also the years where my computer would die and I'd lose all the meta data that I used to keep track of music I thought was noteworthy. But this year the stars aligned and I'm here to present to you the best electronic music of 2012. At least according to iTunes. I created a smart playlist to select music from 2012 with three simple criteria: the music had to have been released in the last year, and I had have given it a high rating and, most importantly, I had to have played the hell out of it. Does that make it the best electronic music of 2012? Maybe not, but it's good enough for me. By the way, when I give a numerical ranking all it means is that I played that particular song or album a lot last year and also gave it a high ranking. I didn't give it any more thought than that. Show the artists some love by buying a couple of tracks, or albums, if you're feeling especially extravagant. Check back again next year and we'll do it again. And check back next week, we've got a special live set from CRL Studios recording artists, Psykkle! See you then! Shawn Lee "Tiger Style" Emsy Prank "Backside" DJNSM "XYZ" Piotr Kurek "Heat" Leaving Richmond "Tiny Things" Renart "Conte D'Eté" Tomas Barfod "Broken Glass" Dorit Chrysler "Winther Glow" Blockhead "Meet You At Tower Records" Clark "The Pining Pt3" Brambles "Reflected Consciousness" Maps and Diagrams "Oblonga" DJ Food "A Trick of the Ear (Album Edit)" wAgAwAgA "phaseyphase" Deadbeat "Dub Des Erables" Top 10 Songs of 2012 Blockhead "Meet You At Tower Records" Clark "The Pining Pt3" DJNSM "XYZ" Emsy Prank "Backside" Leaving Richmond "Tiny Things" Piotr Kurek "Heat" Renart "Conte D'Eté" Shawn Lee "Tiger Style" Tomas Barfod "Broken Glass" Underhill "Hiding The Light" Top 10 Albums of 2012 Headphone Commute ...And Darkness Came Dorit Chrysler Avalanche Electronic Explorations EE Compilation Clark Iradelphic Futuresequence SEQUENCE3 Shawn Lee Synthesizers In Space Digital Graffiti Volume/One Piotr Kurek Heat wAgAwAgA midnight sampler DJ Food The Search Engine
80 minutes | Jan 21, 2013
Good grief! I had a four-day weekend and it took all four of them to produce today's show, never mind the hours spent arranging and preparing for the interviews featured on today's show! That's the problem with the star-studded-ultra-mega-cool editions of solipsistic NATION, they're totally worth it but that still doesn't make producing the show any less backbreaking. Okay, I'm working on a computer—it doesn't make producing the show any less carpal tunnel inducing. And, hey, have you heard? Sitting can kill you! Sorry, A little woozy. I'm still spent from producing today's show. But I crushed it. Let me tell you how. Like the dark electronic sounds of Tympanik Audio? Guess what? It's their five year anniversary and to celebrate they've released their Accretion compilation album featuring everyone from their roster of artists—from Access to Araska to Zeller! Paul Nielsen is founder of Tympanik Audio and he was my guest on solipsistic NATION when we showcased his label back in 2009. Tympanik Audio continues to deliver the best in IDM, industrial, shoegaze, etc so I asked Paul to join us on today's show to catch up with each other and look into the future. You know who else is celebrating their five year anniversary? The Centrifuge! Same deal. Wassim is the cofounder of The Centrifuge and we showcased his label back in 2011. They've just released Turbulent Topographies, the second volume of a three-part compilation celebrating five years of The Centrifuge. Extended an invitation. He accepted. Hear us talk. Better yet, listen to some beautiful music. And then go download the album because it's free! King Deluxe is also celebrating their two year anniversary with the release of their King Deluxe Presents: Year Two compilation album. They celebrate their anniversary by giving you free music. Nice! I celebrated King Deluxe's first year on solipsistic NATION so I thought we'd do it again by chatting with PK, the label's founder, and see what he's been up to. Not a fan of phones, apparently. Now we shift from labels to musicians. I got a hold of Johan Ess's Vltrahex album a few weeks ago. While I've always been a fan there was something about Vltrahex. It was more then just Johan's mind blowing music, it was something else. Vltrahex sound familiar? That's because it's a nod to Generation Hex and Ultraculture, and book and a movement—both of which are about magic and community in the 21st century. How many more reasons did I need to get Johan on the show? [tlr] is one of my net friends. He also records and performs under the name NVR-NDR and blogs at Magicore along with his partners in crime: Johan Ess, tooth_eye, A Beautiful Lotus and Joshua Decker. He's also released his latest album, Homunculus. [tlr]'s music is usually pretty exuberant but Homunculus took a darker turn. I still dug it but I wanted to check in with him and find out how this album came to be. Were there hidden, darker depth's to [tlr]? About a month ago Lukasz Polowczyk emailed out of the blue to turn me on to Julian Sartorius's Beat Diary album. Julian recorded one beat, every day, for a year. No loops, no effects. Just Julian, his surroundings, his drum kit and a fieldrecorder allowing overdubs. The concept was cool but that didn't matter of the music wasn't worth listening to. Julian's our final guest on today's show so the answer is obviously yes, his music is definitely worth listening to. Playful, inventive and thoughtful. That's the show. Come back again next week and we'll do it all over again. But completely different. Next week I do do something I thought I would never do: I'll be playing the best songs and best albums of 2012. How am I doing? Tell me what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me @solipsistic. See you next week! Photo Credit: ©schillaci70 ESA "The Shape Of Hate To Come" Opposite Exhale "Stare Into The Sun" Interview with Paul Nielsen, founder of Tympanik Audio Access To Arasaka "Fragments Of A Hologram Rose" Integral "Empty" Lodsb "Cyan" Zan Lyons "Devil's Advocate" Interview with Wassim, cofounder of The Centrifuge Vaetxh "Resonant Bridge" Alphabets Heaven "Darma (Kwala's Headshotboyz Reremix)" Muta "Movie Hour" Interview with PK, founder of King Deluxe Johan Ess "Spastick Witchcraft (featuring Gianna Love)" Johan Ess "Gematria" Interview with Johan Ess [tlr] "Crystalline Space Entity" [tlr] "Gzngztrzm" Interview with [tlr] [tlr] "Jungular" Julian Sartorius "October 2011" Julian Sartorius "May 2011" Interview with Julian Sartorius Julian Sartorius "September 2011" Julian Sartorius "December 2011" Julian Sartorius "January 2011" Julian Sartorius "May 2011" Julian Sartorius "November 2011" Julian Sartorius "March 2011"
72 minutes | Jan 13, 2013
Today on solipsistic NATION we're going to listen to select tracks from CRL Studios and talk with the label's founder, James Church. You may be more familiar with him as Lucid Static. If you're new to solipsistic NATION you might be under the impression from last week's and today's show that all I play is IDM and industrial, and you'd be wrong. I play the best from all genres of electronic music. It just so happens that a few months ago I had Fariz Suliman from Dope Records on the show. He raved about CRL Studios. Up to that point I had know about Lucidstatic but I had never made the connection that he also ran a label, and once I started listening to tracks from CRL Studios I knew I had to have him on solipsistic NATION to showcase his label. The music is just that great! It's just coincidence I scheduled Dope Records recording artist, Tokee, and today's show featuring CRL Studios, back to back. Today's mix was lovingly crafted by Chris Lacroix, AKA, DJ Siborg. Funny thing about the mix. Behind the scenes I listen to a lot of music in order to present to you the very best in electronic music. I do a lot of this on the go so I'm constantly pulling out my iPhone and rating and noting songs that I might play in future editions of solipsistic NATION. Whenever I played DJ Siborg's mix I'd get lost in the music and get so excited about what I was listening to that I'd pull out my phone to rate the track I'm listening to and realize "Oh, right, right, this is a mix, not an individual track." That's how I knew this was a great mix and I'm thrilled to share it with you! Before I get out of Dodge, I want to apologize if I sounded kind of like a douche bag on last week's show for talking about how quickly solipsistic NATION is growing. I'm just just excited. I always thought there was a larger audience for the show and it's gratifying to see how many people are downloading solipsistic NATION. Oh, and, uh, we're at 342,116 downloads for January so far. Just in case you were wondering. Look, I realize that Pete Tong or Tiësto probably get over 342,000 downloads a week for their podcasts. But I'm not them and I do a very different kind of show and 342,000 downloads is a big number for me. Bigger than I ever expected. So let's keep this thing going, tell a friend, tell a stranger about the show. I'll make it worth your while. Join us again next for next week's mega-ultra-awesome show featuring Mark Johnson from Zite, a beautiful news aggregator that's become essential in producing this show! We'll also talk with Julian Sartorius about his Beat Diary project! We'll chat with _TLR_ and Johann Ess about their new albums they just released! We'll also celebrate King Deluxe's two year anniversary and The Centrifuge and Tympanik Audio's five year anniversaries! Whew. I think I just burned through my exclamation point quota for 2013. See you next week! Cloud Roots "Nome (4 am)" Interview with James Church, founder of CRL Studios Glue On Smile "G_os" Sleepless "The End" Mono Penguin "Reaching Heaven" Adonikam "Perpetual Symmetry" Cryogenic Echelon "You're Still Lonely (ft Sabine Snaps, Studio-X, and Martin Veress)" Human Error "Puppetshow" Interview with James Church, founder of CRL Studios Lithia "Tarnish (Interface Remix)" Angel Of Violence "Mr. Sleep" Viscera Drip "Suspiria" Scrap/Grinder "To Make A Ring" Virtual Terrorist "Gridwalkers (ft Psykkle)" Tokee "Black Joy" Interview with James Church, founder of CRL Studios
78 minutes | Jan 5, 2013
On today's show we're going to hear a recording of Tokee performing live in Moscow. It's bracing stuff and I just know you're gonna love it! I'm actually new to Tokee's music. I found out about him when I read a blog post about Dope Records. I thought the label's name sounded cool and downloaded a few tracks from their website expecting to hear some hip hop jams. Instead what I got was everything from IDM to dubstep to metal. Tokee is actually one of the founders of Dope Records and his music encompasses all those styles of music and more. I was so impressed and invited Fariz Suleiman, the other founder of Dope Records, to showcase his label on solipsistic NATION back in November. I kept in touch with Fariz and extended an invitation to the roster of artists on his label to feature their live sets on future shows. I was delighted when Fariz sent me a recording of Tokee performing in Moscow to me earlier this week. I quickly got a hold of Tokee and arranged an interview. Quick note: Tokee used his iPad to speak to me over Skype during the interview and it doesn't sound half bad. Most of the time I'm talking with my guests over their phones or desktops or laptops. This may be a first. Affordable tech continues to create opportunities. Anyway, you're in good hands with Tokee. He's going to rock your free world, straight from Moscow! Join us again next week when we'll talk with James Church, and play select tracks from his label, CRL Studios. Speaking of CRL Studios, Tokee released his Feeling Alive album on CRL. Dope Records, Tokee, CRL Studios... see how it all comes together? See you then! Tokee "The Edge" Interview with Tokee Tokee "Intro, Live" Tokee "PA, Live" Paindonor "Loneliness of ... (Tokee 2012 Version), Live" Human Error "Satcom (Tokee Remix), Live" Tokee "AM, Live" Tokee "Exodus, Live" Tokee "Coma (Tokee Versus Human Error Remix), Live" Tokee "Conquistador, Live" Tokee "Genesis, Live" Tokee "Ode to Winter, Live" Tokee "BK, Live" Tokee "Pink Bliss, Live" Paindonor "Shell shock (Tokee 2012 Version), Live" Tokee "Leviticus, Live" Tokee "Black Joy, Live" Tokee "CM, Live" Bouquiniste "Stormtrooper Waltz, Live"
64 minutes | Dec 31, 2012
2012 has been a fantastic year for solipsistic NATION! In 2012 began streaming on taintradio. At first glance it seems like an off fit—taintradio is primarily a jazz station, but that also include jazz on the fringes like Naked City and Last Exit. If you kind of squint your eyes you can see how solipsistic NATION might fit into taintradio's overall format. Whatever, I don't care. I'm just thrilled and honored to be included on taintradio's roster. Check out my interview with Bob Rogers, the founder of taintradio, here. Rob Birch from the legendary Stereo MCs was a guest on solipsistic NATION in 2012 and rocked the show with select tracks from some of the Stereo MCs best shows! I'm such a huge fan of Stereo MCs that it was a relief that I didn't turn into an absolute drooling fanboy and say things like "You know that song you did? 'Connected?' Yeah, that was cool!" Fortunately for me, Rob was a gracious guest. So now I can check having the Stereo MCs on my list of solipsistic NATION milestones. You can listen to that show here. While I'm in fan boy node, I also got to chat with notorious noisesmith Boyd Rice of Non. Boyd was one of those guys that really changed my perceptions of what noise and music could be. Through his music he also taught and encouraged me to embrace harsh frequencies and use them to ocasionaly fuck with my listeners. Hey, I was your typical angry punk at the time, so sue me. I've mellowed out since then and it seems like Boyd has too because he was absolutely charming. Check that show out here. Look, a lot of cool stuff happened in 2012. I got to help support Headphone Commute's ...And Darkness Came compilation album, which is HC's effort to help those affected worst by Hurricane Sandy. The lads from the Magicore blog came on the show with another awesome mix! I got to showcase labels like Metal Postcard Records and Robot Elephant Records, taking solipsistic NATION further out into charted territories! But what truly blew my mind in 2012 is how much solipsistic NATION has blown up. As I write this solipsistic NATION has gotten 302,597 downloads from the month of December alone. That's an all-time best for solipsistic NATION in a string of months of already fantastic downloads. Who knows how big solipsistic NATION will get in 2012? I'm not kidding myself, those are pretty modest numbers but they are far more than I ever expected the show to get. And it also confirms what I knew would happen with I first relaunched solipsistic NATION as a podcast—solipsistic NATION is not for everyone. It's for people who don't get caught up on genres, who simply want to hear the best that electronic music offers. Given the number of us who live online then if only a fraction of a percent of that population tuned in, that number would be huge. I knew that then, I just didn't expect to look it in the face in 2012. There are a lot of new listeners to solipsistic NATION this month and if that's you, welcome aboard. You're probably wondering what this show is all about so let me get you up to speed. The first weekend of each month I feature a live performance by an electronic musician. This month our guest was Michael Maricle, and that show got over one 144,624 downloads, so that may be how you found out about solipsistic NATION. The second weekend of each month, as I mentioned earlier, I showcase a record label that's putting out such amazing releases that it's my duty as host of this show to turn you on those labels.The rest of the month on solipsistic NATION is chock full of interviews and music and from time to tine, a guest DJ comes to town. On today's show we'll bring in the new year with our guest DJs Juan Diego Borda and Andres “Popa” Erazo. Together they are Palenke Soultribe! Palenke Soultribe is a loose-knit collective of musicians based out of Los Angeles. I've been a fan of their music since the release of their Tropic N Heaven album back in 2007. Such a fan that I was kicking myself earlier this year for not having them on the show yet. I sent them an invitation to cone on the show to play live. They declined because they are hard at work on their forthcoming album but they were generous to put together an awesome mix to close out 2012 and bring in 2013! Toss this mix onto the stereo at the next party you go to tonight! On that high note, I want to thank all the bands and musicians, labels and festival organizers, filmmakers and documentarians, photographers and artists who make solipsistic NATION. And of course I want to thank you for listening. I'm stunned at how many there are of you. Tell a friend about the show, let's see how big solipsistic NATION can get in 2013. See you next year! Palenke Soultribe "The Sierra Brothers (Wilcox Remix)" Interview with Juan Diego Borda and Andres “Popa” Erazo of Palenke Soultribe La Makina del Caribe "Levemente Obsceno" Munchi "Sandungueo" ETC!ETC! "Temblando" Palenke Soultribe Remix "Bonkers" Frikstailers "Cumbia Kamisama" ETC!ETC! "Fresh" Palenke Soultribe "Oh Mama! (Kaddyn Palmed Remix)" Palenke Soultribe "Oh Mama! (DJHD Remix)" Shanti Roots "Cumbia Nightlife" Gregor Salto/The Flexican "Maldita Cumbia" Andy Von Paramus "La Cumbia (Dutchworx Rmx)" Sidney Samson "Riverside (Palenke Soultribe Remix)" Palenke Soultribe "La Tierra No es Mia" Palenke Soultribe "El Cocuyo" Hatiras, Nom De Strip "Roman Bromanski" Palenke Soultribe "Africa is the Mother of the Beat (feat.Scrip)"
62 minutes | Dec 23, 2012
…And Darkness Came (Slight Return)
Each edition of solipsistic NATION is evergreen because they rarely make any mention of current events. There's no talk about the latest tragedy, the latest scandal or the latest war because solipsistic NATION is place for at least an hour every week where you can get away from all of that, where it just about the music. When you listen to solipsistic NATION you join a temporary nation of solipsists. Don't worry, all those worldly matters will still be waiting for you when the show ends. But on today's show were going to listen to select tracks from Headphone Commute's ...And Darkness Came compilation album, an album that would not exist if not for Hurricane Sandy. I can't simply not talk about it. ...And Darkness Came features 87 tracks of beautiful music. But ...And Darkness Came is more than just beautiful music. It also benefits all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, which has devastated portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October 2012. 100% of all the proceeds generated from the sale of this album will be donated towards two charitable organizations: Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society. The artists on the release have been hand-picked to showcase the world's top talent in ambient, modern classical, and experimental music and features many unreleased pieces composed exclusively for the cause. HC from the Headphone Commute music blog invited me to put together a mix of my own featuring tracks from ...And Darkness Came. Unfortunately, I was waylaid by a cold last weekend and couldn't get that show out. In fact, I'm still under the weather but fortunately HC put together a mix of his own, which we'll listen to today. You can also listen to the mix without my blathering here. If you're a long time listener of the show then you already know I'm a big fan of HC. If you're new to the show, then today's edition of solipsistic NATION serves as a great example of the kind of music HC blogs about: it's beautiful, yes, but it's also luxurious, breath taking, intimate but at the same time, larger than life. You can purchase ...And Darkness Came at headphonecommute.bandcamp.com or go to headphonecommute.com for more information. If I know HC, he's hard at work putting together his list for the best music of 2012 so you'll want to subscribe to his blog just for that. It usually takes him the entire month of January to get through it all. Join us again next week when we'll wind down 2012 with a special mix from the Palanke Soultribe. See you then! Gen Ken Montgomery "Sandy Drain" The Frozen Vaults "A Year Without Summer" Clem Leek "A Modern Hymn For NYC" Good Weather For An Airstrike "Fred's Song" riverrun "Maallinen Kuu" Roel Funcken "Trideo Vaperz" Pinkcourtesyphone "pixels came and broke your heart" Julien Neto "Los Cien Enamorados" Jóhann Jóhannsson "Melodia (iv) (Live at Ancienne Belgique)" Nils Frahm "Sol" Ólafur Arnalds "Tomorrow's Song" Dustin O'Halloran "Fragile N.2" Clint Mansell "Merry Christmas (It’s The End Of The World)" Somatic Responses "Fear Chasing Hope (Zombie Subway HC Edit)" SaffronKeira "Endless Agony of Being Sick (Edit)" Valgeir Sigurðsson "Big Reveal" Dakota Suite & Quentin Sirjacq "Now I Am Lost" Ben Lukas Boysen "16°"
91 minutes | Dec 9, 2012
Michael Maricle, Live
Today on solipsistic NATION we're going to listen to live in-studio performance recorded by Michael Maricle! Michael has been recording and performing his music for a while now but I only just discovered him when a promotional copy of his recently released The Heart Found You album was sent my way for review. Michael's music was instantly familiar and seems to come from the same tradition that The Orb and Tripswitch others do. I don't quite know what that tradition is but I know it has it's roots in Pink Floyd and beyond. Michael's music may be rooted in that tradition but it's also distinctly his own. In fact, during today's chat I asked Michael how his music lends itself to dub and new age music. I mentioned it because if you drew a Venn diagram Michael's music would touch upon those genres and more. While those elements are there or suggest those styles they're entirely Michael's and therefore unique. If you like Michael's live set, and I know you will, then I know you'll also will want to know about Headphone Commute's compilation album, ...And Darkness Came, which drops tomorrow. It's 10 bucks for over 75 tracks! ...And Darkness Came features the world’s top talent in ambient, modern classical and experimental music. Like I said, there are over 75 tracks on this album and features everyone from Ben Lukas Boysen to Ezekiel Honig. You'll really get your money's worth buying this album but the best part is not only do you get to listen to beautiful music, you also help support Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society to help all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. HC wants to do good in the world while turning people on to good music. On next week's show I'll be playing select tracks from HC's compilation album, so stay tuned for that. See you then! Michael Maricle "Earthbound Misfit" Michael Maricle "Around the Corner" Interview with Michael Maricle Michael Maricle "Live, 2012"
64 minutes | Nov 25, 2012
Even Drones Can Fly Away
Today's show we'll been listening to noise and sound. Some of it, like Boyd Rice's Sick Tour, is blistering and could reduce a cinder block to dust in mere seconds. Some of it, like Kingbastard's "Danlan Speaks" could lull you to a deep, luxurious sleep. Some sounds like the sound of a 56K modem are fast disappearing. Boyd's experimentation with sound opened my head up to what music could be. In fact, you can hear his influence in the introduction to each episode of solipsistic NATION. Those harsh frequencies trace their lineage back to Boyd and they kind of serve as a fuck you to the listener. It says: Hey, this is a different kind of show. If it's not for you, shove off. We don't need you. Go listen to something safe. I discovered Boyd right about the time I discovered Survival Research Laboratories and their robot gladiator arenas and V. Vale's Re/Search magazines and the Murder Can Be Fun calendars and a whole bunch of other twisted shit that informed who I would become as a young man. Getting back to noise that fades into oblivion... The Museum of Endangered Sounds is an online archive of the archaic noises of technology and is here to save the day. The hard static of 56k modems, the sounds of VCRs, and operators of payphones are just some of the sounds that you'll find at the Museum. The Museum of Endagered Endangered lists Brendan Chilcutt as the curator of the museum but when I asked him to join us on today's show I discovered that Brendan is actually a cutout for Phil Hadad, who is just one of the people behind Brendan and the Museum. Join us again next week for a special live set from Michael Maricle. See you then! Photo Credit: ©S2OK NON/Boyd Rice "Warm Leatherette" NON/Boyd Rice "Sick Tour" Interview with Boyd Rice Laibach "Get Back" Ambassador21 "Power Rage Riot Death (Legion Mix)" David Morneau "Exiles (David Morneau Doomsday Mix)" Dalglish "3.2008" Kingbastard "Danlan Speaks" Korallreven "Pago Pago" Khalija "Khalija Part VII (Flood's Dream)" Interview with Phil Hadad, co-curator of the Museum of Endangered Sounds Toshinori Kondo "Clear Water" Pale Sketcher "Plans That Fade (Faded Dub)"
61 minutes | Nov 11, 2012
Once a month on solipsistic NATION I showcase a label that's putting out such amazing releases that I feel it's my duty as host of this show to turn you on to that label. On today's show we're going to listen to select tracks from Dope Records and talk to the label's founder, Farees Suleiman. I wish I could tell you how I came across Dope Records. I mean, I know I came across them through Zite on my iPad. I've created a section that focuses on electronic music, so even though I came across Dope Records through Zite, Zite pulled the website from any hundred or so blogs dedicated to electronic music. So who knows? What I do know was that once I was at their web site and started listening to some of the tracks they made available online I became a fan. I expected that a label called Dope Records would feature hip hop releases but I was confounded when I heard everything from ambient to metal to dubstep to noise. I loved it! So I reached out to Farees to join us on today's show. I've included links in the playlist below to purchase nearly all the tracks heard on today's show. Show Dope Records and the artists some love by buying a track or two that you dug, an album or two if you're feeling particularly generous. Quick note: today's interview was actually recorded back in August but as I mentioned last week, I went on a sabbatical for a couple of months so it had to wait. I apologize to you and Farees for the delay. But trust me on this, it is worth the wait. Join us again next week. We'll do it all over again. But completely different. Tokee "Pa (2012 Remix)" Interview with Farees Suleiman, founder of Dope Records Tokee "Th (2012 Remix)" [makina] "Kabul" Tokee "Agony" Paindonor "Shell Shock" Tokee "Conquistador" Meteo Xavier "Amenemhetopelzai" Interview with Farees Suleiman, founder of Dope Records Paindonor "Loneliness of the Shot Down Bomber" [makina] "Fly With Me" Bouquiniste "Unknown Track" [makina] "Eat tha' Bass" Meteo Xavier "Navi Whisperwilde"