Welcome, lycanthropes. Come chew a little wolfsbane and lap the sweet beams of creamy moonlight reflecting from Mark Tester's stream of warm analogue decay. Feel the magic as it swirls 'round your growling belly...
...and join me...
Creamy Moonlight Calling
There are only two things I'm more into than sex: werewolves and synthesizers. Rob Funkhouser's "squaredancing" has both. It begins with dueling metallic wave forms dancing like the sound of electricity flowing through the technologies of a modern city as perceived with the super sonic hearing of a werewolf. Enter the gentle chimes of ice crystals collecting in the clouds as you turn your furry ears to the sky. Tilt your massive head forty-five degrees to the ground and mix that city with the sky. Realize the erratic bass drum is a racing heart running from your beastly ass. Eat it!
Can you hear it? The synthy wolf spirit arpeggiating through the pale light of the eggy white moon, cracking the silence of the terrified night, calling us to feast upon drugs and flesh with Grxzz on their track "affiliated (prod by ALLOVIT)". Enjoy it. Not until our hunger is satisfied through this Dionysian rite can we turn our attention inward to contemplate the mysteries of our cursed, wolfie hearts with Sirius Blvck on "WLF PNX NVR DIE". As an aside, the production on Sirius Blvck's excellent record Nxghtcrawlr affirmed my decision to buy my first analogue synthesizer. While I don't regret that decision, I have to warn the reader that doing so may awaken an unquenchable thirst for deep, complex, resonant tones that might chase you into your dreams!
I seem to have broken the wolf trance by turning this monologue towards my selfish self. Let's try something else. The MFT Cipher is linguistic jazz flowing like hot butter over a toasty beat. It's exciting to imagine so many talented, passionate, local rappers riffing off each other as facilitated by Rob "Bangers By One". It's also exciting to imagine a time when a cipher might be facilitated by a master DJ that knew the secrets of mixing breaks between two records. To my naive ears, a similar process is happening on "Way Back" by Grumpy Old Men, a track I happened across while exploring the archive to create this playlist. Here I'd also like to mention Much Much More by M.C. Frost, El-Mass, Chock-Surreal and DJ Topspeed (click this link!) which is something I found while digging a little deeper into the MFT interview with Harry Otaku. It's so solar. You gotta check it out.
I'm fascinated with the ways that traditions in art are passed down directly and indirectly. For instance, John Terrill from Bloomington once told me that he saw the Ramones in 1974 at Max's Kansas City in NYC which rocked his sixteen-year-old heart. He went on to start The Dancing Cigarettes in 1980 and continues to make great rock 'n' roll as a part of the scene today. I've decided to include "The Worst" from his solo record Frowny Frown, but I definitely recommend checking out his collaboration with Apache Dropout as well.
Apache Dropout is my favorite band. I actually have a bootleg of an unreleased album that I don't have permission to share. I have heard rumors that it will be released. For now, I've included "It's a Nightmare" which begins with a sample from Werewolves on Wheels.
Castle Oldchair's "with Werden Mumouth'" is unlistenable to some, but it's the nearest sound to a person actually shifting shape that I've found in the archive. The entire Newborn Slime record is interesting to say the least. I've spent a bit of time exploring psychedelic acapella both in practice and as a listener. There was actually a bit of a scene in Bloomington for a minute. Normanoak's "Ana Livia Plurabelle" is a gentle ballad in celebration of a plant that also inspired Newborn Slime.
I met Mr. M from Process my Office at the first Bloomingtron meet up. (Synth enthusiasts, look for more from Bloomintron!) He brought some strange gear from the eighties such as a sequencer that uses floppy disks. His mission statement about using analogue synthesizer technologies as a tool of resistance is legit af. Enjoy the tune "2d Claud".
To finish, may "Sweater Song" by Hen, my other favorite band, protect us from the terrors of the night like a lavender cotton candy sunrise. I want to carry the spirit of this song, which is basically me at every party I go to, in my heart always.
In the Sun,
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