Upper Wilds – “UFO”

Last week, Thrill Jockey recording artist Dan Friel released Guitar Module 2017,  an album by his new trio Upper Wilds. Guitars rife with distortion and layered vocals populate the LP’s propulsive songs. “UFO” is the album’s second single. It encapsulates the Upper Wilds’s approach to music-making, with the vocals interspersed with copious amounts of instrumental soloingContinue reading “Upper Wilds – “UFO””

August 22: Noteworthy Music on YouTube

Video of the Telegraph Quartet in a fantastic performance of one of my favorite pieces by Anton Webern. LCD Soundsystem just couldn’t stay broken up… The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, is out September 8th. Carson Cooman has another volume of organ works out now on Divine Art. Man Forever’s Play What They Want is out now on Thrill Jockey. Last weekendContinue reading “August 22: Noteworthy Music on YouTube”

Golden Retriever: “Sunsight” (Bandcamp)

Vibraphone, piano, and glissando strings open the seven-minute long post-rock track “Sunsight.” The band, Golden Retriever, has always incorporated contemporary classical sounds and gestures into its music, but a surprise is the jazzy cast of the bass clarinet solo that follows the introduction. It appears in the foreground; the aforementioned textures are then backgrounded alongside keyboard glissandos. TheContinue reading “Golden Retriever: “Sunsight” (Bandcamp)”

ENTRANCE Releases Single to Benefit Planned Parenthood (Bandcamp)

This week, Guy Blakeslee (who records for Thrill Jockey as ENTRANCE) released a single titled “Not Gonna’ Say Your Name.” The song protests Friday’s presidential inauguration (lyrics below). Proceeds from downloads and streams benefit Planned Parenthood. On Valentine’s Day, he will be playing on a benefit concert for the organization (details below). Blakeslee penned an article for Talkhouse in which he discusses theContinue reading “ENTRANCE Releases Single to Benefit Planned Parenthood (Bandcamp)”

Emptyset and Radian via Thrill Jockey (YouTube)

Two exemplars of heavy electronica have new records coming out. Borders is out Jan. 27, 2016 via Thrill Jockey Records. Out this past week on TJ, Radian’s On Dark Silent Off.  EU residents should consider checking out their tour (remaining dates below). Radian tour dates: Nov. 24 – Paris, France – Instants Chavires Nov. 25 – London, UK –Continue reading “Emptyset and Radian via Thrill Jockey (YouTube)”