March reviews for Foxy D., collected

And from March on Foxy D. –

Crabskull, “Jovian Black Opera” (Prairie Fire Tapes)

Formication, “The Eyes of Erodern Reviema” (Small Doses)

Jefferson Mayday Mayday, “G Threshold” (Hot Releases)

Tim Coster, “A Place In The Sun” (Fictitious Sighs)

Bickley-Bonerz-Capanni-Marlyn-Roedelius-Way, “American Steamboat” (Erototox Decodings)

Bass Communion, “Cenotaph” (Tonefloat)

Zeitkratzer / Karlheinz Stockhausen, “Old School” (Zeitkratzer)

Viktor Timofeev, “Give Health999” (Lo Bit Landscapes)

Kraus, “A Journey Through the First Dimension With Kraus” (Palto Flats)

Fat History Month, “A Gorilla” (Sweaters and Pearls)

Mountain Cult 7″ (Self-released)

Dome feature

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April reviews for Foxy Digitalis

A dozen April reviews so far posted on Foxy Digitalis:

Inverz, “My Machines” (Granny)

Marianne Pousseur, “Only” (Sub Rosa)

Niski Szum, “Songs From the Woods” (AudioTong)

Nathan Salsburg, “Affirmed” (No Quarter)

Anstam, “Dispel Dances” (50 Weapons)

PitchBen, “Pitch Slap” (Compost)

Humcrush & Sidsel Endresen, “Ha!” (Rune Grammofon)

Lars Leonhard, “1549” (BineMusic)

Mavis Beacon, “Inside Every Second” (False)

Gastón Arévalo, “Deriva” (Sweat Lodge Guru)

Akhet, “Akhet” (Tonefloat)

Soft Shoulder, “Von Guts” (Effeminate)

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Field recording available for download

Available for download on my SoundCloud page is a field recording taken after a recent flash flood. Enjoy!

From the notes:

“On the night of 3 April, 2012, New Orleans experienced its first flash flood of the year after heavy rains. This also happened to be the first flood I had experienced as a resident of the city. By midnight, the rain had stopped, leaving a serene quiet and only scattered, bright tufts of low fast-moving clouds standing out against orange streetlights and the purple glow of the central city.

The flood waters reached to the edge of the sidewalk in front of our house, falling just an inch or two short of the exhaust system of the Ford Explorer parked out in front. The adjacent street, a relatively large one, was almost entirely covered even in the left lane, although cars and trucks occasionally slogged by (the cars slowly and carefully, the trucks not so much). Most of the neighborhood cars were parked in the grass on that street’s neutral ground (the green space between the two lane directions).

As the water slowly receded, I noticed little bubbling noises among other things, and saw several pockets of air bubbles rising above the water. Although I remain unsure of the source of these sounds, they lent a tranquility to the scene that contrasted sharply with the storm that had just blown through.

Recorded (sheepishly) with iPhone; levels raised slightly and fade-ins/fadeouts added, otherwise untreated.”

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Mint Rut: Birthplace of America’s Music

Mint Rut

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Stockhausen review

My review on contemporary ensemble Zeitkratzer’s CD of excerpts from Stockhausen’s From The Seven Days :

The ultimate isolation of the composer and performer as individuals?

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Real estate control, or, beware the gated community!

From a breezy New York Times article from yesterday (3/14/12) showcasing a condo in Macau (emphasis mine):

“Last June, rising prices prompted the government to pass a special stamp duty to prevent the purchase of a home with the intent to sell it quickly for a profit. The policy, which is in effect for another year before being reconsidered, means sellers must pay 20 percent of sale proceeds if a home is sold within one year of its purchase, 10 percent if the home is sold within two years. It has had more of an impact on the housing market than the global financial crisis, said Benjamin Kao, a managing director for Macau Land Developments Limited, a firm that in 2007 built one of the first luxury condominium towers, called the Manhattan.”

The concept of house-flipping is one of the more glamorous and despicable ones I’ve encountered in life. Certainly it’s great for the guy doing it, but in Chicago I saw it drive up housing prices and homogenize neighborhoods and erase history and inspire such greed that I found myself disgusted by it. I suppose that I see housing, like a lot of other things, as something that should not be a commodity, and I believe that in a healthy society, everyone should be housed at a reasonable cost. The kind of speculation and profiteering and multiple-property-ownership that goes in with house-flipping is antithetical to that in my mind.

So when I read this passage above, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we Americans had regulations in place like this.” They would probably be decried as unfair or stifling or “un-American,” which is a shame, with the deck already stacked so heavily on the side of greed.

Another recent perspective from the always-thoughtful Thomas Friedman in NYT here is more akin to what I’m thinking at the moment.

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My piece on Dome

Read my latest feature on the Foxy Digitalis site, a review of the 5-LP Dome box set (somewhat) recently released by Editions Mego. In the review, I compare Dome’s first trio of albums to Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” and also comment on their later releases.

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