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Echoes Goes to the Darkside

May 14, 2014

Hear an Interview with Darkside Tonight on Echoes.

Darkside @ Mountain Oasis. Photo: Diliberto

Darkside @ Mountain Oasis. Photo: Diliberto

This past October I got to see the band Darkside at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.  They played before an impressively large audience in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, considering they only had one album out, Psychic.  They’re a band that favors shadows, standing in twin cones of low, smoke filled light, delivering snarling guitar leads over throbbing electronic drums and sequences like a pong game on acid. They recalled the German band Can, with their motoric grooves and free improvisation, but brought a modern DJ sensibility to their set.  It was like a rave in a bomb shelter.  Tonight on Echoes we’ll revisit our interview with Darkside’s Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington.

Guitarist Dave Harrington has just released a solo EP,  Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts .

Check out their live set in Paris last year.  And turn it up.

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Echoes Goes to the Darkside

January 13, 2014

Hear an Interview with Darkside Tonight on Echoes.

Darkside @ Mountain Oasis. Photo: Diliberto

Darkside @ Mountain Oasis. Photo: Diliberto

This past October I got to see the band Darkside at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.  They played before an impressively large audience in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, considering they only had one album out, Psychic.  They’re a band that favors shadows, standing in twin cones of low, smoke filled light, delivering snarling guitar leads over throbbing electronic drums and sequences like a pong game on acid. They recalled the German band Can, with their motoric grooves and free improvisation, but brought a modern DJ sensibility to their set.  It was like a rave in a bomb shelter.  Tonight on Echoes we’ll talk to Darkside’s Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington.

Check out their live set in Paris last year.  And turn it up.

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Cover Me Over, the Echoes Cover Show.

November 13, 2013

MetallicaYou can’t pull back the sheets of a new album these days without finding someone covering tunes by other people.  There’s a whole cottage industry of people just covering Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and full album covers are almost the norm.  Today we go undercover to hear music by artists you know performed by other artists.   These shows are always fun because we find Echoes artists covering rockers who usually don’t get played on the show.  There’s no “Hallelujah” on this one but you’ll hear Patti Smith reconfigured by Tricky;  the old ScreaminJayScreamin’ Jay Hawkins’ song, “I Put A Spell on You” covered in a more sensual fashion by Jesse Cook and Emma Lee who were more inspired by the Nina Simone rendition;    Nouvelle Vague’s Olivier Libaux covering Queens of the Stone Age (an Echoes CD of the Month); we’ll hear some Metallica, in an un-Metallica fashion by finger-style guitarist Kelley Valleau and there’s Bruce Springsteen, covered by Dessa.

SpringsteenAnd this being Echoes, you have to have a cover of Pink Floyd, so I have three of them, Dar Williams covering “Comfortably Numb”, Lia Ices with a haunting take on “Wish You Were Here” and of course “Echoes” covered by electronica artist Banco de Gaia.

Go between the sheets with us tonight on Echoes Undercover.

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Living Room Concert: Radio Massacre International

August 7, 2013

Hear Radio Massacre International in a Living Room Concert on Echoes tonight.

It’s a trip into deep space when the English electronic trio Radio Massacre International comes into the Echoes living room and elevates us into the cosmos with a live performance.

Radio Massacre International At Echoes

Radio Massacre International At Echoes

Below, watch the electronic music video of Radio Massacre International’s “Small Frozen North” from their 1995 album Frozen North.


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Living Room Concert: Radio Massacre International

July 2, 2013

It’s a trip into deep space when the English electronic trio Radio Massacre International comes into the Echoes living room and elevates us into the cosmos with a live performance.

Radio Massacre International At Echoes

Radio Massacre International At Echoes

Below, watch the electronic music video of Radio Massacre International’s “Small Frozen North” from their 1995 album Frozen North.


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Seven Saturdays Echoes Podcast

June 12, 2013

Hear the Echoes Interview with Seven Saturdays in the Echoes Podcast

Seven Saturdays-cvrWhat do you do when you’ve been weened on Brian Eno, Zero 7 and Pink Floyd, but you’re only in your mid-30s?  There’s a good chance you might make music like Seven Saturdays.  That’s the recording project from Jonathan D. Haskell who began making music under that name a few years ago.  On his latest album he moves from ambient instrumentals to dream pop.  It’s called Seven Saturdays, not to be confused with their debut EP, Seven Saturdays.

HIGHLIGHTS

On Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, like every other kid we wore that out and I remember we used to go to the Griffith Park Observatory and they did a laser show in high school.  And we’d go there and totally zone out to Dark Side.

On vocals:  The minute I added a vocalist, any kind of a vocal, I felt a more human connection to each song.  Just having that human voice in there, a girl singing oohs and ahhs or whatever, makes me feel more connected to it in a way.

On Electronic Music:  It’s not electronic music….Pretty much everything is recorded with a microphone or a person playing it, you know.  There’s just not a lot of electronics going on and it’s very analog in a way.

Here’s a video of one of the tunes:

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The Art of the Cover Tune – Echoes Undercover – Weds, May 29th

May 29, 2013

Fahl - DarksideOn the next Echoes we go Undercover.  It’s an entire show of cover tunes from Pink Floyd to Led Zeppelin, King Crimson  to New Order and more.   Songs you know by artists who aren’t known for playing them.

The best cover tunes reinvent a song and my standard for that will always be Jimi Hendrix’s take on Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.”  He took Dylan’s understated song with its biblical implications and turned it into a storm from the heavens.  Even Dylan began playing it with Hendrix’s arrangement (sans raging guitar) afterwards.

I don’t know if anything we’ll hear tonight on Echoes reaches those heights, but I think several songs see some serious reinvention, like Pat Metheny’s meditation on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” Geigertek’s luxurious interpretation of John Foxx’s “Underpass” and George Winston’s highly underrated interpretation of The Doors.

Japancakes-LovelessOne interesting trend is whole album covers.  I think this began in the mid-nineties when Blue Note Records launched their “Cover Series” in which one artist covered an entire album by another artist like Charlie Hunter’s take on Bob Marley’s Natty Dread.   It took a while to grab hold, but the new millennium has seen several albums covered from beginning to end.  Mary Fahl re-imagined  all of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as did The Flaming LipsJapancakes recorded a gorgeous and raging version of My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless with cello and pedal steel guitar in the lead rolls and Icebreaker made an album from their live performance of Brian Eno’s Apollo, an album that was a studio creation, never intended for live performance.

We’ll hear selections from some of them and more as we get undercover tonight on Echoes.

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Dr. Who Gets Pink Floyd Treatment

May 15, 2012

The “Dr. Who Theme” is pretty iconic for English musicians.  Written by  Ron Grainer and realized by Delia Derbyshire, it was one of the first electronic TV scores and plugged in several generations of electronic musicians.  I just ran across this video by a group called Traffic Experiment.  It’s a Pink Floyd “Echoes” era style take on the classic theme played live in their very cool looking studio.  They call it “Vashta Nerada [Doctor Who Theme).”   Equipment geeks should love the fetishistic gear shots in the beginning.  And of course, there is a cat reclining on a synthesizer.   There is a free download of the song on their website.

A lot of musicians have done their takes on this theme.  I loved IAMX’s lift of the bass line for his “Nature of Inviting.”  And Orbital did a loving and rocket propelled take of it on their The Altogether album.

Here’s the original.

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Radio Massacre International

April 21, 2010

Musical Children of Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream  Improvise Electronic Dreams.

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The English band called Radio Massacre international has been around for a long time. How long? Steve Dinsdale says the trio made their first recordings on cassette, taping hours of jam sessions.  In fact, when we visited them in London in 2006, dozens of them sat in a pile in Duncan Godard‘s living room.

Steve Dinsdale: It was really like a noise making session rather than anything constructive, but it was just like how much noise could we make with cassette decks and really basic keyboards.  And that, that, I was actually listening to one of these things that we’ve done, and the name literally just sort of popped in, into to my head, you know, and I thought oh we’ll call this, we’ll call it Radio Massacre International.

Radio Massacre International is Steve Dinsdale on keyboards and drums, Duncan Godard on keyboards and bass and Gary Houghton on guitar.  They’re often compared to Tangerine Dream, but they’re more likely to cite space rock bands like Hawkwind, Gong and especially Pink Floyd.  Their 2007 album, Rain Falls in Grey, is a tribute to the late Pink Floyd founder, Syd Barrett. It started as just another RMI jam.

Steve Dinsdale: The opening track on Rain Falls in Grey, that was an improvisation.   That actually happened spontaneously days after Syd actually passed away.  You know, we didn’t actually know what we were doing but to me it sounded like it was a tribute and I actually played the drums from “Astronomy Domine” when the drums come in because I felt that’s what we were actually doing.

Radio Massacre International plays electronic music the old fashioned way, with their fingers.  You’ll find no computers on an RMI stage.  Instead they use a mixture of vintage synthesizers, mellotrons and digital keyboards to erect their sound.  They’ll also often turn off the keyboards and become a psychedelic power trio with guitar, bass and drums. Either way, the only thing agreed upon beforehand is the key signature and beats per minute, maybe.

Duncan Godard:  Improvising is just, it’s more fun, I think, and a better way to express yourself than playing the same tune over and over again.
Steve Dinsdale:  So, we stick to the same ethos of improvisation but anything goes.  So, every time we set up, we were able to create something new.  So, we say our album is sort of diary entries, really, sort of ongoing diary entries for the band.

Radio Massacre International @ Echoes

You can hear the improvisational ways of Radio Massacre International on their new double CD called Time and Motion on Cuneiform records.  The band will play live on Echoes this coming Monday, April 26.  This has been an Echo Location, Soundings for New Music.

You can check out Radio Massacre International’s few dozen CDs on their website.

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Echo Location: Erik Scott’s Cosmic Bass Guitar

January 27, 2009

From Alice Cooper to Other PlanetsErik Scott takes a cosmic bass trip. erikscott

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There have been a lot of virtuoso electric bass albums released over the years. Musicians like Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke tried to become gunslinging front men with an instrument that’s usually holding down the bottom end of a groove. But bassist Erik Scott says he never really listened to those musicians.

Erik Scott: I never owned a bass solo album because so many of them were technical displays or sound. Some of them even sounded like exercise videos or something, as opposed to music.

That may explain why his solo debut, Other Planets, is so different from most bass guitar albums. Scott isn’t a frustrated electric guitarist. He dives into the deep soul and nuances of the bass, extracting sensuous melodies and atmospheric moods.

Special Forces The Chicago-based musician has played on numerous sessions for people like Kim Carnes, Tonio K and Ted Nugent. He spent a couple of years playing with Flo and Eddie, who had been lead singers with both The Turtles and Frank Zappa. In the early 1980s he was bassist and composer with Alice Cooper during the shock rocker’s Special Forces period.

Sonia Dada But it was with the Chicago band, Sonia Dada that Scott came into his own. He’s been a member of the group since their first album, which included the hit song, “You Don’t Treat Me No Good.” On the last Sonia Dada album, Test Pattern, Scott slipped in the instrumental track, “Sundogs.” That led to his debut solo album, Other Planets. An expanded version of “Sundogs” reappears there as the title track.

Other Planets is a spacious album with much of that atmosphere coming from pedal steel guitarist John Pirruccello with a cosmic country version of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s sustained guitar leads. And remember, Gilmour played lap steel on Dark Side of the Moon.

The music on Other Planets is a long way from Sonia Dada, let alone Alice Cooper. Just hitting 61, Erik Scott can still rock out, but he’s experiencing a quieter state of existence these days.

Erik Scott: Right now I’m looking out the window and see pine trees, a frozen lake covered in snow. It’s just that kind of expanse I’m just looking at here in the dead of winter and I’m down here in the studio by myself so, it’s not the type of atmosphere that would make me want to break out into “Welcome to the Jungle.”

You can hear Erik Scott’s landscapes on Other Planets. It’s our February CD of the Month and I’ll be featuring it on Monday’s show. This Echo Location will be broacast by WXPN, 88.5 Philadelphia (www.wxpn.org) on Wednesday morning, January 28 about 9:30 AM. You can download the podcast from their site. This has been an Echo Location, Soundings for New Music.

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