Today's New Band - Owl Brain Atlas PLUS! Nightmares! Sweat! Christmas!
posted by Joe 17 December 2008
Every morning I walk through Manchester city centre. And every morning I listen to my iPod on the way. So far, so mundane. Like everyone, sometimes I find it tough to match the music with my mood. This morning, though, there was a pleasing moment where I found myself to be in the crossover area of a music/life Venn Diagram.
Perched on a traffic island, between two lanes of thundering, aggro-pumped office-drone drivers, Orbital's The Box pinged into life, and suddenly, there was a real-time musical soundtrack seemingly reacting to the furious ebb and flow of the whooshing city life. Feeling detached from the real world, I fairly skipped on through the streets.
It's amazing that music can tally so closely with what you are doing. I imagine that if i was wandering through the mean streets of Bournemouth - a town memorably described by Bill Bryson as "God's waiting room" - and Cliff Richard's Millennium Prayer popped onto the radio, the world might end in a vortex of synchronicity.
If I found myself in the place where the sounds of Today's New Band fitted perfectly, I'd probably head for the hills sharpish. Owl Brain Atlas (Yes!!!) make sound that would fit in your most lucid nightmares, or most confusing dreams. Also, let's just dwell on Owl Brain Atlas' name for a second. Barking mad, and yet fittingly weird for the sound-poems of J. D. Nelson, the brains behind the, er, Brain.
He says his music is, "spoken noise, ambient word, lo-fi noise poems, electroacoustic sound art," and this description is a good example of the nail/head interface being struck cleanly. His music/sound/wordless poetry might sound like a pretentious idea, but it's executed in a pared-down yet dense manner; substance clearly triumphing over style. Like bad dreams, the 'songs' are short, direct and terrifyingly evocative of the clammy panic of a turbulent night's sleep.
There are separate tracks, with titles like Doktor Tongues, 1 and Music For Zilbread, but listen to them altogether for the full dosage. It's a heady, dizzy experience that'll leave you even more thankful for the upcoming comfort of Christmas with your loved ones. Listen here!
Labels: confusion, SATAN, satisfyingly short
A NEW BAND A DAY
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The S.P.I.N. Cycle playlist for December 3, 2008:
Thee Heidlecrumbs - Live @ Megavod Nov 2008 Pt 2
Endometrium Cuntplow - Night Digging
Dental Work - Sluts don't cry
Tourturing Nurse - Cocoanut Active Charcoal
OWL BRAIN ATLAS - elephant roach
Orgy Of Noise - Noise is Music
The Haters - Audiothecary 2004
Cozmic Shenggy - Milking Jupiter
Call Me On The Allophone - Some Cases Can Be Difficult
Android Agitated - Track 1
Rubbish - Roil Jihad
Basidiomycota - Simulacra Enjoy Drinking Gasoline
Abesta - Malformado
Prehistoric Fucking Moron(s) - Nothing Can Save Your Face
Big Sugar Victorious - Dada 1963 Oh What A Mess
Oubliette - Oubliette/Weather split cassette
Thee Heidlecrumbs - Live @ Megavod Nov 2008 Pt 1
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ZRadio Show 258
1. Crack Und Ultra Eczema - You Really Under The Sea
2. The Normals - I Couldn't Get High
3. Memes - We All Can Be Happy.wav
4. Teenage Strangler - Disappeared
5. Scribbler - My Old Lady
6. The Film - Random Heart
7. Torturing Nurse - B
8. Foot Village - Iran
9. Zomgrul Octim - Enchanting Boy
10. OWL BRAIN ATLAS - Free Creep
11. The ?'s - A Ke Te Ku Re!
12. Mutoid Man - Clap Hands
13. Iron Bitchface - Werewolf Ate My Foot
14. Billy Bao - Dislocation
15. Japanese Businessman - The Stranger
16. Rickman - Regrets
17. Herr Jazz - Olympia
18. John Weise - Diamond Mine
19. Empty Shapes - Bang Bang
20. Dental Work - The Cast Of Weenis
21. Buckets Of Bile - Outside Mind
22. A Fashionable Disease - Superbowl In Iraq
23. The Mexican Fruit Flies - Track 8
24. Hot Guts - Did You Not Go To The Dance Alone
25. Dirty Beaches - Night Train Rumble
26. Anthony Saunders - The Blade Tolls Like A Bell For Miles
27. Fatih/Lightspeed - NYC Almost Killed Me
28. Midiman - Pyramid
29. The Fitz Blitz - Box Truck Kids
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FREE CREEP begins at about 33:50 - but you should listen to the whole damn show because it's badass.
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Selections from my album, OWL NOISE 0 have been lovingly remixed by Gumball Rimpoche.
VisitGumball Rimpoche's profile to listen to his track, jd in the mrownie hole and be sure to check out his other brilliant sounds.
01 Emma's Dots
03 Your Time has Come
04 Magnum Fours
06 Next Dwarf
07 elephant roach
08 My Hat Eddy
10 Linda Vaughn
11 The Word Became Flesh
12 Come On Down
13 Free Creep
14 The Trial
15 Monster Will
16 Self-Addressed Stamped Ezra
17 The Vine and the Branches
18 corporate cock-rock crossover
19 weird owl
20 You're Scaring Me
21 let's have fried chicken for dinner
22 in a perfect world, you'd complain that you were bored
23 7, 8, 9, 10
24 it didn't grow legs and walk away
25 what's with those crossed sabres?
J. D. Nelson: Spoken Noise & Ambient Word
Recorded 2000-2005 in Boulder & Lafayette, Colorado USA
Two OWL BRAIN ATLAS tracks, DOKTOR TONGUES and DOKTOR TYME are included in Dada Yow!'s Refried Dada In A Lint Basket, a special Knotcast presentation for A Celebration of Dada & Surrealism on Portland's KBOO 90.7 FM.
The Knotcast is scheduled to air on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM (Pacific Time).
Visit KBOO for more information and a schedule of events.
Visit Dada Yow! for the track listing and artist information.