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Podcast respite (temporary!)

Posted in General on June 1, 2010 by monopolyphonic

Hey everyone,

So, in a rush to finish doing the sound design/mix for a friend of mine’s feature film, I’m gonna have to stop doing the podcast thing for awhile. I’m going to try to put up a couple of new review up each to week to compensate for this, so if you read this blog at all, well, keep reading!


NEWEEK vol. VI – A Summary

Posted in 2010 Music, General on May 25, 2010 by monopolyphonic

Hey everyone,

So, I’m going to have to nix Neweek vol. VI; I had intended to get it up yesterday, but I ended up sick for most of Sunday and Monday. So, I’m just going to go ahead and say this:

-go out and buy LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening
-also go buy Holy Fuck’s new album, Latin

That is all.

NEWEEK – Vol. IV + plus some general news

Posted in 2010 Music, General, podcasts on May 12, 2010 by monopolyphonic

Hey everyone!

Well, first off, Neweek vol. IV is done, and ready for your listening pleasure. It features new music from The Hold Steady. Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, Minus The Bear, The Fall, and more. PLUS: if you ever wondered what it might sound like if The Flaming Lips, Stardeath and The White Dwarfs and Henry Rollins all pitched in their efforts to cover Pink Floyd’s Brain Damage, well, wonder no more. It’s here on volume IV of Neweek, which you can download here.

Beyond that, I have two other quick things for you: first off, a group of Titus Andronicus fans have pooled together a bunch of rare odds and ends from the band, and have created an e-bootleg, if you will. It’s called Feats of Strength, and you can download it here; it features lots of the band’s earliest recordings, most of which are kind of hard to come by now. I’ve listened to it a few times yesterday, and it’s quite awesome; the band’s power and drive is as clear as day here, even in these early ultra lo-fi recordings. Plus, there’s a couple of great covers, to boot. And seeing as how The Monitor is the album to beat for 2010, you kind of owe it to yourself to get this.

Second, on the local music front, Coach House Sounds recently revamped their website, and have put up three new sessions. And one of these sessions is of my friend Brian’s band, Names. It’s a great session, and I highly recommend you take a listen to it, especially if you’re into to droning music like Lichens or Esmerine. Oh, and you should also check out the sessions from BBU and Dick Prall, too. And if you’re in the Chicagoland area, Coach House Sounds will be presenting a showcase at Schuba’s on May 22nd. Check it out!

Well, that about does it for now. Thanks everyone – Neweek vol. V is coming, so stay tuned!

Neweek Volumes IV and V – a delay

Posted in General on May 7, 2010 by monopolyphonic

Hey everyone,

So I’ve been super busy here the past couple of weeks, and I just wanted to give you a quick update on some things. First off, Neweek Volume IV, which covers releases from May 4th, 2010, will be posted early next week. And Neweek Volume V, which will cover releases from May 11th, 2010, will be up (God willing) by Friday of next week.

I hate to fall behind on things, but sometimes, it’s inevitable. So stay tuned – there’s great stuff coming, I promise you!

my friends + music

Posted in General on March 2, 2010 by monopolyphonic

Hey everyone,

So, two things here – one I should’ve done a long time ago, and one that I’m doing now, as I don’t want to make the same mistake again.

First of all, anyone with an internet connection should head on over to Coach House Sounds – it’s a Daytrotter-esque site with a focus on local Chicago musicians/ensembles (and occasionally, some fine folks that are passing through town with some time to kill before or after a show); Doug Leinen, a friend of mine, engineers all the sessions to analog tape. I haven’t heard all of the sessions on that they’ve done, so if you’re new to the site, I’d recommend the sets by DRMWPN, Lake, Boomsnake, The Lesser Birds of Paradise, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Push – they’re all kinds of awesome. Seriously. Get there.

Secondly, my friend Josh recently released an album on the netlabel, Xynthetic. White Digital is the project name, and Axis1 is the album – you can grab it here, and I recommend you do so – it’s five songs of alternatingly peaceful and unsettling ambience, mixed with some synth drones and glitchy programmed drums (or “melodic emotional-state IDM”, if you will – so sayeth the label). Seriously. Get this, too.

Both Xynthetic and Coach House Sounds are now affixed to the front page of this blog, so if you like what you hear, keep coming back!

2010: A New Beginning

Posted in General on January 9, 2010 by monopolyphonic

Okay, so, I petered off a bit in terms of blogging at the end of 2009. A lot of stuff kept me preoccupied (namely, relocating, and doing the sound design for a friend of mine’s feature film once I got settled in).

This was a bummer for me, as I love music, and I love blogging about it. Not doing it was kind of a drag. All told (despite my year-end burnout), I was pretty happy with the job I did of covering albums in 2009, and I want to try and make 2010 better. If you’re one of the small handful of people who read this, I promise you that I’m going to get back on track. Starting Tuesday.

That is all.

Assorted News

Posted in General on June 27, 2009 by monopolyphonic

Alrighty, so, Friday came and went, and nothing new happened. I published a review, just as I have been doing all year. My plan was to try and cease making individual album reviews, and start doing a weekly podcast of songs that I thought were awesome for that week, interspersed with my thoughts on the albums from which the came from. Unfortunately, the legality of distributing such material is sketchy, at best, so (after much soul-searching) I’ve opted not to go that route.

Now, onto some other news. I’m going to be taking a break from regular updates here for an indeterminate amount of time to work on a screenplay; there’ll still be the occasional update here or there, but there won’t be four or five a week. I just won’t have the time.

If this bums you out, I apologize. If not, well, then everything’s okay then, isn’t it?

So, as of right now, I’m signing off; but I’m not dropping out.
Yeah. Check it.