Throwback Shoutout: Squarepusher on Music Is Rotted One Note

Squarepusher, the stage name of electronic music composer Tom Jenkinson, made an awesome album in 1998 called Music is Rotted One Note. 

The album’s songs, both technically complex and experimental (a hallmark of Squarepusher’s signature sound),  are all composed by Tom Jenkinson. Jenkinson really is a one-man show on his recordings as he also plays all the instruments in Music is Rotted One Note. 

“Chunks”, the first track, acts as a good (if safe) hook for the listener.  Here Jenkinson’s talent as a bass player begins to show itself.

“Curve 1″ approximates the sound I imagine the sound an alien invasion would make.

Heavy drum layering and a warped, drooping sound make “Ill Descent” another standout track.

What makes Music is Rotted One Note different from Squarepusher’s other albums is the emphasis on jazz bass virtuosity. While on other albums Squarepusher might try to bombard his listeners with drill and bass synth abstractions, he relies on recordings of real instruments to give Music is Rotted One Note a warmer feel.

“Rustic Raver” on Hard Normal Daddy

“Theme From Vertical Hold” on Music Is Rotted One Note

A good half of the tracks on Music is Rotted One Note don’t follow musical conventions. Jenkinson stated in an interview

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This Halloween: Vampire’s Ball at Stereo Live Featuring DJ MAKJ

 

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This Halloween, in one of Houston’s most cherished, premier concert venues, perhaps the most promising up and coming DJ in the music world will be fueling what will be a night charged with nonstop dancing and unforgettable fun.
Starting at nine pm, this jam packed event will be one you don’t want to miss. Performing alongside DJ Shift K3y, DJ MAKJ (Mackenzie Johnson) is set to show Houston what his music is all about. At only the young age of twenty four, this talented musician has already swept in Six Beatport top ten singles, a remix EP produced with top notch MC’s like the legendary Lil Jon, as well as a newly announced headlining tour which will be gracing over thirty cities.

 

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After a successful sold out European tour, the young artist has been moving at a nonstop rate, topping charts, hosting radio shows and creating for himself a powerful style full of talent, and skill.
Now he will arrive at our city to showcase his abilities and provide a night full of musical bliss and dancing.
Set in the cozy, and lively Richmond Avenue on Houston’s westside in the midst of Halloween festivities , this will be one fun packed show you won’t want to miss!

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Upcoming Sacred Bones Releases: Pharmakon, Institute, Cult of Youth, Dream Police

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Popular Brooklyn independent record label Sacred Bones Records is even busier than usual right now, with four major releases coming up, each of which is carrying enormous promise.

On October 14th, the label will be releasing both death industrial/power electronics artist Pharmakon’s sophomore album, Bestial Burden, as well as Austin post-anarcho-punk band Institute’s debut EP, Salt.

Pharmakon’s debut, Abandon, was well received, and the debut single from Bestial Burden, “Body Betrays Itself”, has already received a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork. Pharmakon’s music could easily be described as terrifying, channeling the same raw power used by acts such as Suicide and Diamanda Galas.

Institute is a recent addition to the Sacred Bones roster, but they’re an incredibly promising act.  Title track “Salt” is a ripper, with a cool, driving bass riff and ragged, miffed, nonchalant vocals.  As a side note, Institute will be supporting Merchandise at Walters this Sunday (you can purchase tickets here), so you might want to check out that show.

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Throwback Thursday: “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”

On this day 7 years ago, a new song was inching its way to the top of the Billboard charts, where it would spend 7 weeks at #1. The Soulja Boy song and dance craze pervaded the US and accordingly received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song; however, it lost out to Kanye’s “Good Life.” It has often been featured in pop culture, including: an episode of Gossip Girl, a trailer for Fast & Furious, and World of Warcraft, to name a few. “Crank That” defined itself as the next synchronized dance floor go-to song. For those of you who are not familiar with the dance or have forgotten it (it has been seven years), here is a guide to teach or remind you of its former glory.

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FunFunFun Fest Artist: City and Colour

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This November City and Colour will be one of the many artist taking the stage at Fun Fun Fun fest! City and Colour is the recording name for singer song writer Dallas Green. He has been working on his music since the age of 16 and released his first album under the name City and Colour in 2005. Since then he has released three more albums the latest being “The Hurry and the Harm”. Don’t forget to check him out!

 

The Fun Fun Fun Festival will take place in Austin, Texas from November 7th-9th. Tickets are on sale now at funfunfunfest.com. Coog Radio will be giving away 14 pairs off 3-day passes so keep a look out!

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Concert Review: Cover Drive at Lynn Eusan Park

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On September 10, 2014, Concert Drive visited the great University of Houston to give us a live performance at the Lynn Eusan Park. People were lured into the concert by the Bajan style music where they sat on blankets and were happily eaten by mosquitoes.

The smell of OFF was thick in the air as T-Ray (a.k.a. Chocolate Thunder to the ladies), opened up the show sitting on his cajon (drum instrument)  by introducing his fellow band members. Four friends from Barbados, four years ago, made their fame on Youtube making covers. The lead vocalists, Amanda Reifer, the guitarist/keyist , Barry, the drummer/backing vocalist, T-Ray, and the bass guitarist, Jamar, are now performing their own original songs on the grande stage.

The first song performed was a cover mix of Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” and “Locked Out of Heaven.” This was a nice warm-up for the crowd and an amazing introduction to the groups style for those listeners that had not heard the group before that concert.

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