January 27, 2021

Maquinas: "O Cão de Toda Noite Ao Vivo" session

Watch Brazilian post-rock quintet Maquinas play songs from their 2019 O Cão de Toda Noite Ao (The Hound of Every Night). Jazzy post-punk that is soothing and gently swaying, with the band's two guitarists playing catch.

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January 26, 2021

Tape Op "DISCussion" Episode 8: Maryam Qudus

Tape Op has launched another podcast series: DISCussion. They get on the phone with an artist to discuss an album they love. In episode 8 Maryam Qudus talks about Stereolab's Sound-Dust.

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The Gama Sennin: The Gama Sennin

Californian rockers The Gama Sennin call themselves a "21st century psychedelic rock collective". It is a side project for seasoned veterans who have been having the back of established acts for longer and been members of a longer list of cult bands than they care to remember. Fronted by Kevin McGuire they barrel through two ten songs on their self-titled debut album, freed from the constraints of playing other people's music. Most of the material falls into the progressive rock niche, with some forays into slower genres like stoner and desert rock, besided cherrypicking from the world of jazz and avant-garde. The overall sound is unmistakenly West Coast - plenty of time for stretching the notes and such.

Following the classic theatrical three-act structure (Setup, the Confrontation, and the Resolution) the songs on their album tell the tale of a man descending into darkness and madness, confronting his issues and coming up on top at the end. They cite Brian de Palma's cult movie Phantom of the Paradise and Friedrich Nietzsche's acclaimed book Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future as major influences. And while those two works might seem miles apart at first sight, they both explore the idea of an evil force that is out to get control. It could be the devil offering a short cut that goes South or it could be depression, for those who are caught in the fray it can be very bad news indeed. While the back story will be way over the head of most people, it will add to the enjoyment of the listening experience for those who will take the time and effort to study the lyrics more closely.

Steven Wilson: the Innerviews interview

Steven Wilson
photo: Miles Skarin

Innerviews has an in-depth interview with Steven Wilson. About his new album The Future Bites:

The new album is quite accidentally very topical in how it explores consumerism and chaos, and the way things are marketed at us. I’m not just speaking in consumer terms, but the way the news is marketed at us, too. News and marketing aren’t words that should appear in the same sentence. And yet, realistically speaking, that's exactly what news is these days. It seems to be largely marketing. The whole phenomena of fake news and marketing, the way the media manipulate things, and the way social media distorts information and news is fascinating to me. It certainly means life doesn't get boring.

January 25, 2021

Nick Leets' Figure Eights (A Music Podcast): Dr. Fink

Nick Leet, singer and guitarist of Minneapolis based power pop band High on Stress had a nice chat with keyboard player Dr. Fink for his Figure Eights podcast: "Matt shares stories about growing up in the Minneapolis area, meeting and playing with Prince from the beginning of his groundbreaking career through the success of such records as 1999, Purple Rain, Sign o' the Times and beyond".

» Figure Eights on Speaker.com