The 4am: 17 – Fireworks And Baby Heads

January 12th, 2009 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (and, hell, I’ll even take field recordings and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people. The 4am shits fireworks and baby heads.

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17: Fireworks And Baby Heads

 
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Starhead – “Iconoclasm” (3:03)

Marazene – “AnTiThesis” (4:50)

The Thing with the Stuff – “Being Alive” (3:15)

Red Light District – “Right Behind You” (3:26)

Kemper Norton – “Son of Winterval” (6:39)

The Face of Human Error> – “The Interregnum” (2:16)

No time for extensive notes this time. Starhead are from Denton, TX. I didn’t even know they had people there. Marazene are from Chicago, and bring the epic sweep at the end of “AnTiThesis.” The Thing With The Stuff is from Mars. The Red Light District are from LA and look like they put on a hell of a show. It’s never a new round of 4am without Kemper Norton. And The Face Of Human Error is an experimental musician from Dublin.

Discover them now. I hope you like what you find.


The 4am: 16

September 8th, 2008 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (and, hell, I’ll even take field recordings and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people. The 4am would like to lay down in a darkened room with some whisky now please.

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16: The Outhouse Of Love

 
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Restavrant – “Step Down” (3:41)

Brine & Bastards – “The Leaving Of Liverpool” (3:14)

Wingzar! – “Robot Army” (2:53)

lichtzwang – “the noise” (4:37)

Lanterns On The Lake – “My Shield” (4:33)

Ten Tigers – Superlucky (1:49)

RESTAVRANT, fine purveyors of electrocountrypunk, have an album out at the end of the month on Narnack Records, and apparently have a video available here.

Brine And Bastards are, I swear it says so right here, “a pirate themed punk rock band from New Jersey.” This song is off their album SET SAIL FOR SODOMY. Yes.

The strangeass Balearic Electroclash of Wingzar! was sent via its human representative Margaret Killjoy, who says: “Wingzar, who sings with the help of voice-synthesis, is on a crusade to eradicate humanity for the sake of robots and nature. The attached song is titled “Robot Army” and is the lead track of its CC-licensed EP “What We Lack In Subtlety We Compensate For In Number Crunching”.”

The wonderful lichtzwang bless me with their own favourite of their most recent recordings. I’ve been an admirer of Kaye and David for a year or so, so getting a piece from them is a particular pleasure for me.

As is getting something new from Lanterns On The Lake, who were on the very first 4am broadcast (as well as the fifth, I think).

Ten Tigers’ “Superlucky” came with this note: “My band recorded 3 songs and everyone loves the wrong one. I’ve sent you the one the band likes best. I hope you enjoy it also.”


The 4am: 15

August 25th, 2008 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

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15: Janglenauts

 
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Parlovr – “Pen To The Paper” (4:38)

Hot Pink Zer0 – “Edie Edie Edie” (3:33)

BlackMath – “Reading Mysteries” (1:39)

Ancient Pistol – “Massive” (3:26)

Shiverdrain & The You And What Army Faction – “Quarantine” (3:54)

Not much in the way of notes this time, as I’m pretty exhausted from a week’s holiday (funny how it always works like that).

Parlovr live in Mile End in the middle of Montreal, and have an album forthcoming this October. And they make that chiming sound I love so much. Just like the way Hot Pink Zer0 invoke Edie, thereby evoking that Sixties/Factory-obsessed period of my youth. “Reading Mysteries” is, I think, the shortest track from the demo they sent me, which I mention because they have a huge amount of stuff for you to seek out.

Ancient Pistol’s Mike Feeney notes ” Also am the principle of Questionable Priorities Records, a label for AP releases and under construction. I figured truth-in-advertising was the best path and frankly defense.” Shiverdrain & The You And What Army Faction plainly have the best band name since Lothar & The Hand People — I was actually surprised to find their piece to be an evening tide of minimal electroacoustics, and a fine way to play out the programme.


The 4am: 14

August 7th, 2008 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

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14: Cemetery Windchimes

 
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Cheerful Nutjob – “Left To Blame” (3.10)

Kemper Norton – “5 Black Yachts For Jean” (5.39)

Dorian Wood – “The Mutual” (5.13)

Brent Wilcox – “Dream After Anime” (0.59)

“Left To Blame” abstractly reminds me of Galaxie 500 for some reason. And that, frankly, is a good enough reason to play it.

It’s not a 4am without Kemper Norton spilling beer somewhere in the background, and here we have “5 White Yachts For Jean,” his remix of Ice Bird Spiral’s ” Five Black Yachts For Jean”

More old friends: Dorian Wood sent me a live version of his song “The Mutual”, with this note: “Bless your heart for posting my song “Kletka ot Sniag” last time. Thanks to you broadcasting it for thousands, I am performing in Stratford-upon-Avon in September. HUZZAH!”

And a bit of fun at the end from yet another, Brent Wilcox, just to let you know we’re all back. If you’re in Alaska, or otherwise capable of receiving KEUL (88.9 Girdwood AK) or KABN-FM (89.7 Kasilof AK), Brent broadcasts SMOKE AND MIRRORS on Sundays, 7-10pm. He posts the playlists at the link above, and they actually make me want to spend time in Alaska.

Next time: stuff by people you haven’t heard before.


The 4am: 13

March 19th, 2008 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast

13: The Beards Of Navarone

 
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The Hobo Gobbelins – “Phantasmagoric Cabaret” (5:51)

The Irregulars – “Stars” (5:31)

Tungsten Tommy – “Noisy Ghosts” (3:12)

The Hobo Gobbelins and I have a mutual acquaintance in Lana Guerra, whom he recognised in CROOKED LITTLE VEIN as the girl with the eyepatch tattoo. So here’s to friends we’ve never met yet. The Irregulars are another of the mildly disturbing manifestations of Lauren Heckman, The Thing With The Stuff. We love Lauren because she made her mother read CROOKED LITTLE VEIN.

The covering letter for “Noisy Ghosts” read as follows: “Tungsten Tommy got it ALL figured out. Tungsten Tommy got the moves AND the shapes. Tungsten Tommy don’t care if you don’t care cause he AIN’T leavin’ you behind this time. Tungsten Tommy’s breakin’ LOOSE.” I decided to run the piece despite the lack of any mention of CROOKED LITTLE VEIN whatsoever. Tungsten Tommy would appear to be one of the voices in Tom Wilby‘s pants.