pep llopis - poiemusia la nau dels argonautes

06/16/17

pep llopis’ poiemusia la nau dels argonautes makes its waves into the world today via freedom to spend  an album almost intimidating to be a part of sharing again considering its musical depths / reaches ~

marc listens

05/30/17

dir. by Champ Ensminger - see you on Saturday, Seattle

music works for industry

05/17/17

Elevator presents new works at Machine House Brewery, to celebrate Freedom To Spend's new release by Marc Barreca, entitled Music Works For Industry. The brewery will host the exhibit June 3rd-9th, with a kick-off event on the 3rd, featuring live music.

$5 COVER | ALL AGES | EVENT
 

roger melt - pliene lune

05/16/17

Hello World, 
Absolutely beautiful work from Switzerland's Roger Melt. I could listen to this song on repeat for hours, it's got a perfect vibe, with an evocative cover that really matches the music. If only there was more!
-FTS

usward

05/15/17

Hello World, 
Latest obsession: usward, mid 80s-early 90s cassette only project. Endlessly droning digital synths, mumbled and looped vocals, borderline "pop" song forms, child-like cartoons, it's all here. I can't get enough of this stuff.
-FTS

jean schwarz - year of the horse

05/14/17

Hello World, 
Wild composition/radio grabs/tape loop zone that relies on abrupt shifts and loose moves. While I'm a huge fan of Schwarz's top GRM albums, they lean a bit cleaner in terms of approach to the wildly experimental choices on his Celia imprint.
-FTS

nuts & co - kangourou

05/14/17

Hello World,
Here's an early '80s french revelation that goes from the minimal + melodic synth in this clip (swipe right) to RIO-inspired, post-punk toughness - fans of family fodder + vogel take note ~
-FTS

reese williams - sonance project

05/07/17

Hello World, 
Please excuse the water damaged cover.. this album was a blind scope @philarecx a few years back while wandering around with @mary.nowhere.. I asked the dude working the register if he could put it on and both Mary and I were giggling straight off the bat. Idk what it is but this mix of Musique concrete and sound poetry really does it for me. Really legendary stuff. You can check out Reese's music here: reesewilliams.net
-FTS

gil melle - andromeda strain ost

05/07/17

Hello World, 
@jackpotrecords did a bang up job doing an exact reproduction of the original hex LP housed inside a chrome plated portal mounted to an LP jacket sized square.. incredible production for a record that contains some truly futuristic sounds.
-FTS

ernest hood - neighborhoods

05/07/17

Hello World, 
Perfect chill out alb of private press electronics, zither and field recordings from 1970s Portland, Oregon. The level of whimsy is cranked to 11.. Real local legend here for anyone interested in weirdos in the PNW.
-FTS

tiziano popoli and marco dalpane - scorie

05/07/17

Hello World, 
Really killer collection of five tracks by two Italian composers handling 909s and a DX7 to their fullest potential. Dead stock copies are currently floating around @littleaxerecords and @commendnyc if you'd like a copy
-FTS

carlyle williams - gotta go for it!

04/27/17

Hello World, 
Brian Sullivan turned me on to this slab of Canuck-Trinidadian outsider gold. It's fitting that someone who made music as zonked as Mouthus would endorse another artist so far out. The music is vaguely rock music/funk "influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Ludwig Beethoven" that is constantly falling into/onto/all over itself. "The more you look - the more you see - the more you listen - the more you hear" And don't forget to "Self-Criticise Daily"
-FTS

arturo meza - ayunando entre las ruinas

04/27/17

Hello World,
My top record from Meza is "Suite Koradi" which is an odd beast of mostly instrumental MIDI renaissance jams. "Ayunando.." is a more conventional song-based album on Meza's own Gente De Mexico label. Meza is a dedicated experimenter and played a show shortly after the trip to the DF (when I scored this LP) where he led a procession from the center of Mexico City to Teotihuacan. That was the show, a 12 hour hike to the pyramids.
-FTS

via lactea

04/27/17

Hello World,
Legendary and foundational Mexican Pre-Hispanic private-press synth album from the maestro Carlos Alvarado. We tried to license this guy but Wah Wah beat us to the punch. The music is wild pointillistic psychedelic synthesis that can shift into more full melodic kosmiche zones or can slide into delayed traditional flutes and percussion. Total Aztec orbit here and Wah Wah did a nice job on this one.
-FTS

v/a - weird noise ep

04/23/17

Hello World, 
Another record from my collection that I've been hauling around for a few decades.. the best in bad music. Really collapsed, degenerate, inept music featuring heaps of acts that did little else. This EP is one of the heavy inspirations for David Keenan's recent novel "This Is Memorial Device". True chaos U.K.

pin group - to to town

04/23/17

Hello World,
This is an old favorite of mine about to get the reissue treatment from @superiorviaduct.. there have been other anthologies of this music but this EP is best in its stand alone form.. it's the first release of Roy "Division" Montgomery and Peter Stapleton who are both clutch kiwi players. It's amazing that they seem to already know themselves and their path forward even at this teenage stage.. I picked this thing up nearly 20 years ago now and it's still a regular on my turntable..
-FTS

música esporádica

04/10/17

Hello World,
While driving back from Seattle to Portland a couple of years ago I made my usual stop at @rainydayolympia and came upon this personal holy grail album, casually sitting in the new arrivals bin in perfect shape, with a nice price to boot. This remains one of the few albums I own that I will never part with. A real distillation of the Spanish scene from mid 80s, musica esporadica was a one off super group of sorts, featuring all three members of orquesta de las nubes, Glenn velez and layne Raymond on frame drums and guitarist Miguel herrero. A beautiful, flowing and hypnotic listening experience, with a cover to match.
-FTS

paul bley - improvisie

04/09/17

Hello World, 
A total freedom shredder synth jazz from Bley, Annette Peacock and Han Bennink. Annette is on fire w the vocoder, Han is as wild and muscular as ever and Bley is doing double time with what looks like and Arp 2500. Whatever it is, it's loose, careening, free electronic future music that only sounds like the other Bley/Peacock/Bennink album "Dual Unity" that was reissued last year on Bamboo apparently unofficially.
-FTS

mikel rouse - quorum

04/09/17

Hello World, 
Totally grippable OG album that employs the LinnDrum as its only voice. There's no synth, no guitar.. nothing.. Matt Carlson filled me in on this one and it's WILD. Basically taps the entire potential of this machine as a medium for dynamic composition. It covers a ton of ground and hints at various forms of polyrhythmic percussion without abandoning its clock or alluding to anything too problematic.
-FTS

eli keszler - last signs of speed"

04/09/17

Hello World,
This is Eli's most recent LP on Hong Kong's Empty Editions. While I've always appreciated Eli's position as a free percussionist and sculptor with his own outlook on creative works, this album was a big step forward, playing with resonant feedback, wild loops of electric piano pieces, bowed metal.. which could sound like a mess, but actually comes together in a sort of dub form with breathing bass tones, melodies and wild textures that is more listenable than anything else he's done. 
-FTS