Wednesday, January 01, 2020

2019 in music

Happy new year, jerks! Here are the albums I enjoyed in the old year.

Favorite records of 2019 in no particular order
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains 
Guided By Voices - Zeppelin Over China
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - De Facto
The Delines - The Imperial
Julian Lynch - Rat's Spit
Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Miri
House of Hiss - Sand Never Sets
Solange - When I Get Home
Aldous Harding - Designer
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Spiral Stairs - We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized
Ex Hex - It's Real
Lambchop - This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)
Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied
Priests - The Seduction of Kansas
USA/Mexico - Matamoros
Spotlights - Love & Decay
BITW - BITW
Sunwatchers - Illegal Moves
Chris Forsyth - All Time Present
Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator
Boogarins - Sombrou Duvida
Mourning [A] BLKstar - Reckoning
Sad Planets - Akron, Ohio
Rose City Band - Rose City Band
Kotokoto - Institute
75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real
Vanishing Twin - The Age of Immunology
School of Language - 45
Fox Millions Duo - Biting Through
Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops
Ty Segall - First Taste
White Denim - Side Effects
Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein - Broken Fall
Modern Nature - How to Live
Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier - Corpse Flower
Oh Sees - Face Stabber
Pernice Brothers - Spread the Feeling
Mudhoney - Morning in America EP
Thurston Moore - Spirit Counsel
Diagonal - Arc
Malibu - One Life
Imani Coppola - The Protagonist
Guided By Voices - Sweating the Plague
Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knocking
Battles - Juice B Crypts
Kim Gordon - No Home Record
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Wilco - Ode to Joy
Cunts - Cunts
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Colorado
The Flaming Lips - King's Mouth
Omni - Networker
Sessa - Grandeza
Desert Sessions - Vol. 11 & 12
Fitted - First Fits
The New Pornographers - In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
Ramblin' Deano & Ice Cold Singles - Ramblin' Deano and Ice Cold Singles
Mistresses - Define "Relationship"
Kel Assouf - Black Tenere


Favorite older records and archival collections reissued or issued for the first time in 2019 in no particular order
Gelbart - Egg Ray Test Hits Cow Action
New World Music - Intellectual Thinking
Duster - Capsule Losing Contact
Jah Division - Dub Will Tear Us Apart ... Again
Kele Goodwin - Hymns
Rupa - Disco Jazz
Chasman - Synth-E-Fuge
Various - Escape from Synth City
Guided By Voices - Warp and Woof (new album assembled from four 2018 EPs)
Jeremy Freeze - Breaking the Skin
Various - Planisphere
Various - You're Not from Around Here
Don Slepian - Sea of Bliss
Elisa Waut - Elisa Waut
Prince - Originals
Andy the Doorbum - Art Is Shit
Indian Summer - Giving Birth to Thunder
Joanna Brouk - The Space Between
Normil Hawaiians - What's Going On?
Various - Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood soundtrack
Coolies - South Auckland Girls in the Garage
Hug - A Young Person's Guide to Hug
Various - Visible and Invisible Persons Distributed in Space
Charlie Megira - Tomorrow's Gone
Gary Davenport - Scattered Thoughts
Screaming Females - Singles Too
Hamlet Minassian - Armenian Pop Music
Jim Shepard - Heavy Action
Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream
Sanford Clark - They Call Me Country
Antena - Camino del Sol EP
Neil Young & Stray Gators - Tuscaloosa

Favorite records of 2018 I didn't get to until 2019
Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace
Obnox - Templo del Sonido
Obnox - Bang Messiah
Sunwatchers - II
U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited

My band's record
My band The Early Stages released our album, Terrible Business, in 2019 on our own Self-Satisfaction label. I'm proud of it. Get it on vinyl or digital download here or here or stream it on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and the other streaming sites, but we'd love you forever if you make a vinyl or download purchase if you like the music and can afford it. Thanks! 

 


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #5

POLAR LAP DANCE BOWL SEALS
BILLIONAIRE LAKE ABORTION
MICHIGAN BOWL TAX
BILLIONAIRE LAKE ABORTION RAND PAUL SHUTDOWN
TAX BOWL MARIAH CAREY
ABORTION ABORTION
BOWL TRIAL BOWL MICHIGAN
BILL LAKE BILL
RAND PAUL NFL POLAR TRIAL
SUPER BILL BOWL BOWL LAP DANCE LAP DANCE
TAX VORTEX
SUPER BOWL OFFICIALS VORTEX SUPER BOWL
SUPER MARIAH CAREY SHUTDOWN VORTEX
POLAR TRUMP BOWL
BILLIONAIRE LAP DANCE
MARIAH CAREY POLAR ABORTION LAP DANCE OFFICIALS
TRIAL BILLIONAIRE NFL
POLAR BILLIONAIRE TAX VORTEX
RAND PAUL MICHIGAN NFL SEALS
SEALS SUPER TRUMP NFL SEALS BILL BOWL
TRUMP SEALS POLAR SEALS

Monday, January 28, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #4


BOWL WALL VORTEX
ANTHONY COOKIE TALIBAN
SAG TEXAS TEEN
ROGER COULTER AWARDS COOKIE
TEXAS BOWL TEEN
DAVIS IOWA ANTHONY ANN
POLAR SAG WALL
IOWA SHUTDOWN DENMARK
POLAR TALIBAN
STONE TEXAS VORTEX AWARDS
TEXAS SHUTDOWN WALL
TEXAS WALL TALIBAN
DAVIS ROGER
TEEN DENMARK VORTEX STONE
VORTEX WALL BOWL AWARDS
ANN DAVIS TALIBAN
SAG DENMARK AWARDS
SAG TEXAS TALIBAN
SAG PRO DENMARK
COULTER SAG
TEXAS DENMARK PRO TEXAS SHUTDOWN

Friday, January 25, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #3


ROGER LARA NURSE ROSS
BLACKFACE TRUMP INSURANCE
INSURANCE ROSS FROZEN ROGER
BLACKFACE TRUMP NURSE
OSWALT OSWALT ROSS ROSS
STONE WILBUR STONE FRAUD
ROGER NBA ARIZONA ROSS
VIDEO FRAUD
ROSS ARIZONA OSWALT STONE LARA
ARIZONA PHOTOS
GATORS BLACKFACE ALL-STARS
ARIZONA PATTON NBA ARIZONA
BLACKFACE NBA PHOTOS FROZEN
ROSS STONE STONE OSWALT
GATORS LARA OSWALT
NURSE PHOTOS
SHUTDOWN ARREST SHUTDOWN
OSWALT GATORS
ALL-STARS ARIZONA PHOTOS
INSURANCE WILBUR INSURANCE
NURSE ARIZONA

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #2

Needing a break at work a few days ago and suffering from that day's absence of weirdness and chance, I used a random number generator to create a cutup-style poem from the words in The Washington Post's "In the News" links. I think it captured a little of the present moment's terror, absurdity, stupidity, and information overload, so I'm going to keep doing them a few times a week. The first one was posted on my Instagram at joshkrauter, but I'll post the rest of them here.

#2
BOWL ICE AMAZON ANN
PATRIOTS SHUTDOWN
SHUTDOWN PANTENE
COULTER STATE BORDER BABY
COULTER CONWAY SECURITY
ANN MARINE SHUTDOWN ANN
MICROSOFT YOUTUBE AMAZON SECURITY
YOUTUBE SPANISH GEORGE
SECURITY ANN BORDER SHUTDOWN
BABY COULTER BOWL
BABY MARINE ANN CONWAY
AMAZON GEORGE
GEORGE SHUTDOWN
PANTENE PANTENE MICHIGAN
STATE SUPER AMAZON MICROSOFT
SPANISH SUPER SPANISH
YOUTUBE ICE
SPANISH  BORDER SECURITY
ICE AMAZON MICHIGAN
SPANISH MARINE SUPER AMAZON

Monday, December 31, 2018

My year in music 2018

Instead of ranking bests and favorites and whatnot in any kind of preferential order, I'm going the info-dump route this year with a list of all the new and reissued albums released in 2018 that I purchased with the money earned from my soul-destroying job (are there any other kinds?), the live shows I attended of my own free will, and the bands my band played shows with, in chronological order, plus some other music-related 2018 biz. I think it's pretty clear from these lists that I'm a 41-year-old man, but it's also clear I'm not dead yet. As I said to the cars blocking my exit from work and the guy driving the wrong way down the one-way street last Friday, "Happy fuckin' new year, assholes!"

2018 New Releases I Heard, Liked, and Bought
La Feline - Triomphe
NADINE - oh my
Berry - Everything, Compromised
Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin
Cash Rivers & The Sinners - Blue Balls Lincoln
MGMT - Little Dark Age
Guided By Voices - Ogre's Trumpet (live)
Field Music - Open Here
Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive
Oneida - Romance
The Breeders - All Nerve
Nap Eyes - I'm Bad Now
The Men - Drift
Bonny Doon - Longwave
Guided By Voices - Space Gun
Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Paradox
Mint Mile - Heartroller
Charnel Ground - Charnel Ground
Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician
Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound
Afternoon Freak - The Blind Strut
Yonatan Gat - Universalists
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard
Split Cranium - I'm the Devil and I'm OK
Neko Case - Hell-On
Michael Rault - It's a New Day Tonight
Express Rising - Fixed Rope II
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
Protomartyr - Consolation
Death Grips - Year of the Snitch
Dead Cross - Dead Cross EP
Spotlights - Hanging by Faith
Mike Patton - 1922
The Carters - EVERYTHING IS LOVE
Ty Segall & White Fence - Joy
Chad Popple - A Popple People
Mudhoney - LiE (Live in Europe)
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals
White Denim - Performance
Oh Sees - Smote Reverser
Papa M - A Broke Moon Rises
House of Feelings - New Lows
Terry - I'm Terry
Beak - >>>
Cat Power - Wanderer
Mudhoney - Digital Garbage
Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes
Cash Rivers & The Sinners - Do Not Try to Adjust Your Set I Am the Horizontal and the Vertical
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In
Jo Passed - Their Prime
Ty Segall - Fudge Sandwich
J Mascis - Elastic Days
Jeff Tweedy - Warm
Planet B - Planet B
Guided By Voices - Wine Cork Stonehenge 7"
Guided By Voices - 100 Dougs 7"
Mark Dippel - Mild Agoraphobia (got the download, record appears to be lost in the mail)

2018 Archival and Reissued Albums I Heard, Liked, and Bought
Various - Eccentric Soul: The Cash Label
Laraaji - Vision Songs, Vol. 1
Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth for Christ Choir - Do Not Pass Me By, Vol. II
Eula Cooper - Let Our Love Grow Higher
Weirding Module - A Newer Age
Various - Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label
Foreign & Domestic - Your Mountain vs. My Iceberg
Apolo - Live in Stockholm
Bernadette Carroll - Laughing on the Outside 7"
Neil Young - ROXY: Tonight's the Night Live
Various - W2NG: 89.9 FM
Happy Rhodes - Ectotrophia
Various - Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights
John Somers - I Dreamt the Dreams that Kept Me from Sleep
Zuider Zee - Zeenith
Various - Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label
Homeboy Sandman - Nourishment (Second Helpings)
The Scientists - Weird Love
Buzzcocks - Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Kamal Keila - Muslims and Christians
Various - Switched-On Eugene
Various - Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground
Colin Potter - A Gain
Blondie - Heart of Glass 12"
Spontaneous Overthrow - All About Money
The Scientists - The Scientists E.P.
Thelma Jones - I Can't Stand It 7"
Chhoti Maa - Caldo de Hueso
Normil Hawaiians - More Wealth than Money
Rodion G.A. - Rozalia
Neil Young - Songs for Judy

2018 Live Shows Attended
Martin Rev w/ Heavy Times, The Hentchmen, and Elisa Ambrogio
SXSW: Ex-Girlfriends, Painted Hands, Will Courtney & The Wild Bunch, Suspirians, Nameless Frames, Big Foot Chester, Waco Brothers, Ramblin' Deano, Moaning, Speedy Ortiz, Kurt Vile, Big Bill, Tommy Wright III, Yonatan Gat & Eastern Medicine Singers, Ice Cold Singles, John Doe
Chrome w/ Mind Spiders and Burnt Skull
Xylouris White w/ Charalambides and Soft Healer
Tejas Nights
Built to Spill and Afghan Whigs co-headlining tour w/ Ed Harcourt
Dollar General
John Wesley Coleman III w/ Abigail und Hansel and Evening Mirrors
Guided By Voices w/ Park Doing
Dead Random
Body/Head w/ The Austerity Program, USA/Mexico, and Exhalants
The Scientists w/ Meet Your Death and Teenage Cavegirl
John Wesley Coleman III w/ The Ripe and The Crack Pipes
Dollar General w/ Rocket 808
Lyres w/ Oneida, The Ugly Beats, and Semihelix
Ty Segall w/ Emmett Kelly
Kurt Vile & The Violators w/ Jessica Pratt

2018 Bands My Band Shared a Bill With
A group of bellydancers
Abstract Class
Chamberlain Greene
a bunch of musician friends at a hootenanny in our practice space
Abigail und Hansel
Suspirians
SXSW: The John-Pauls, The Crack Pipes, Kay Odyssey, Popper Burns, A Place to Bury Strangers, OBN IIIs (I could also say Obnox and METZ, but I was about to collapse from exhaustion, too many tacos, and too much alcohol, and missed their sets to go home and sleep)
Abigail und Hansel (again)
Aurora Plastics Co.
Alma Lee
Book of Shadows
ST 37
Gheri Signfeld's Atrophied Sac/Liquid Mice supergroup
Baby Robots
My Education
Dollar General
The Oysters
Apopka
Chronophage
Woozyhelmet
UtinUtin
Electric Mushrooms
Como las Movies
Matt Hoopengardner
Baby Robots (again)
Local Shadows
John Wesley Coleman III

Playing that shit
My band, The Early Stages, recorded a full-length album with a friend of ours over the summer, and we are in the dispiriting, humiliating, discouraging process of trying to find someone to put it out. We will probably end up putting it out ourselves. We have never been what this town or its various punk rock scenes want, but we keep grinding away, doing our thing, and finding kindred spirits in other local oddball groups who don't quite fit in with what the gatekeepers and schmoozers are perpetuating and promoting. I am proud of this record and glad we did it. I hope you can hear it next year.

In the process of trying to get someone interested in our record, I've been shamelessly sending it to musicians I like. Mostly I get a thank you and no further response, but someone who gave me solid feedback was Kid Millions from Oneida. Because of those message exchanges, I had the opportunity to take a drum lesson from him while he was in town playing a show, and it was a great experience. Besides being a really nice guy, he was an enthusiastic and effective teacher who helped me break some bad habits and improve my stick control technique, which has reduced the hand cramping that occasionally bothers me when I play. He also suggested I buy a drum pad and a couple rhythm pattern books, which I did, and practicing these patterns has become a meditative habit for me. I get sucked into it and lose track of time, and it's been a great thing for me this year, when depression keeps kicking me in the face and my job's bringing me down. And it's great to learn new things and improve at an instrument I've been playing since I was 10 after I'd hit a wall and leveled out. 
 

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Internet Content

1. "Now We're Talkin' Yellow" by The Colour Lovers UK
2. "72 Turkeys" by Too Many Turkeys
3. "Swamp Ass (In Mid-July)" by Southside Sonny & The Port Authority Pranksters
4. "I'm Sick of Todd" by Todd's Neighbors
5. "Crank It Up (And Rock)" by Ruff Stuffing
6. "My Feet Are Possessed By Dancing Ghosts" by Terrified Barbara
7. "Road Trippin' On PCP" by Bong Sweater
8. "Road Trippin' on PCP Part 2" by Bong Sweater
9. "Now You're Feeling Wonderful" by Positive Michael
10. "Your Whole Family Died in a Trampoline Mishap" by The Indelicate News Breakers
11. "You'll Never Get Tired of This One" by Permanent Enjoyment
12. "It Gets Worse" by Future Adult
13. "70s Livin' (Is Just Alright With Me)" by Bucky & Sweetums
14. "Open Bar Doesn't Mean You Can Grab a Bottle of Scotch and Take It Home, Gary" by Sir Elton John
15. "Metal Machine Music, Side 4" by Carole King
16. "The Boys Are Back At It Again Once More" by Tan Lazlo
17. "Archipelagos in the Ocean of My Emotions" by Randy & Rhandy
18. "The Year Is 1977 and That Will Never Change" by The Calendar Dummies
19. "Is a Potato?" by The Third Cerebellum
20. "Nine Ways to Party" by 10 Ways to Party
21. "Hey, Jeff!" by There's Jeff
22. "Moving (Forward) By Moving Backwards (To the Side)" by Negative Sweat Ltd.
23. "Everybody Listen To This" by Bossy Pricks
24. "Copyright Infringement" by The Welcome Back Kotters
25. "This Can of Expired Peas Is Probably Okay To Eat" by Whisperin' Kip Simmons
26. "Bloodletting of the She-goat in the Burning Forest of the Succubi" by Betty Johnson
27. "This BBQ Stand Is Closed on Monday" by Disappointed Todd
28. Parade magazine read by my computer's text-to-speech software
29. "Beep Boop Bop (Computers Are Here)" by Floppy & The Disks
30. "Your Life Is Kinda Stupid" by Honest Rod & The Blunt Talkers