The 4am: 12

March 12th, 2008 | podcast

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12: Opium Dens On Mars

Told you this’d happen more often.

 
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Monsters Build Mean Robots – “The Freedom To Fire These Freedom Rockets” (6:45)

palliDust – “Temptation” (4:48)

Andy from Monster Build Mean Robots says, “Apparently, our sound is ‘supporting the body of the machine as it clicks, whirrs and rumbles inexorably onwards.’ Or so one reviewer from Brighton Source says…” This is Godspeed! style vicodin-Wagnerian postrock at its most crazed and majestic. Their new CD is out now — check Amazon UK. palliDust’s woozily beautiful electronica is the sound of that strange girl playing with your mind after putting something in your drink at the bar.


The 4am: 11

March 10th, 2008 | podcast

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11: Too Long Til Morning

 
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I’m back, on an ultralight laptop, listening to everything on a good pair of noise-cancelling earbuds. So if anything sounds a bit weird, blame the earbuds. Since I don’t have my PC, I don’t have the 1GB+ pool of music sitting on my desktop to choose from, so I’m slowly reclaiming stuff out of Gmail. The 4am will now, fingers crossed, happen a lot more often, with smaller programmes (and probably fewer notes — this one’s run longer than I intended already, damnit). Track listing:

Badman – “Modern Species” (4:19)

Kemper Norton – “The Unhappitants” (4:23)

Levi Weaver – “Of Bridges Burned” (3:32)

Satan’s Monk – Pro-Life (Demo – Alt) (1:22)

It’s Sunday night, black and stormy, so if this one’s a little bit low-key and doomed-sounding… you understand, right? Course you do. I mean, there’s a lot of it around. The haunted Americana and bone-clatter drums of “Modern Species,” the exhausted doomed-romantic rasp of Levi Weaver (from his new album “You Are Never Close To Home, You Are Never Far From Home”), the baby-eating underground choir recorded by Satan’s Monk… it’s one of those nights.

Here’s what Kemper says about his piece: “”The Unhappitants” is a track about the present bleak economic situation, with all of us (well, some of us) facing creditsqueeze, gas bill rise, bankbust and shopping ennui. It’s supposed to console us at this time, hence the harps. Its title comes from Joyce’s word for humanity in Finnegan’s Wake, in a desperate attempt to give the piece some intellectual gravitas.”


The 4am: 10

February 22nd, 2008 | podcast

The 4am is a mixtape file containing nothing but music donated directly by new and/or unsigned acts. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am is mixed down to 128 of the kbps. If you enjoyed The 4am, please spread the word, linking back to this post.

10: Peace And Soil

Yeah, I know, it’s been a month since the last one. A combination of work pressure and really not finding much music that seems to suggest a progression or sequence for a podcast. So have a short 4am that reeks of misery, loneliness, injury, abandonment and death.

It’s about time I used something from Aaron McMullan: wonderful voice, and a real writer. Burnt Earth’s other work has a strong early Human League/Depeche Mode influence, but “Locked Inside” is, to me, the one where they reach escape velocity; it’s bigger, more muscular, stomping and grinding sparks.

“Fierce The Fallow Foe” is just beautiful, a funereal garden.

Hope you find something here to enjoy.

 
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Aaron McMullan – “Ode To Innocence” (5:09)

Burnt Earth – “Locked Inside” (5:14)

Poles Apart – Fierce The Fallow Foe (4:25)

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The 4am: 9

January 11th, 2008 | podcast

The 4am is a mixtape file containing nothing but music donated directly by new and/or unsigned acts. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am is mixed down to 128 of the kbps. The 4am is inside your house. The 4am is touching all your stuff.

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The 4am 8 has been listened to by 4428 people as I write this.

9: Poptometry

Opening with BLAMMOS’ recent single “How Do You Know?” We’re doing pop music this week, sort of, and BLAMMOS are definitely a pop band. Click through to their main website from the MySpace link below and you’ll find more free music, videos and other stuff.

“Between Sky And Sea” is from Dive Index’s current album, which in addition to this song features collaborations with the likes of Ian Masters (from Pale Saints). When, on “Between Sky And Sea,” vocalist Natalie Walker reaches the chorus, it’s like warm honey.

Onlooker’s “Cavalier” is the first track off their self-published collection, “Today I’m a Gunmaker,” which is due to hit the online record stores sometime this month. Brandon Whitesell of Onlooker says: “I imagine that this song is about chemical dependence, destroyed eco-systems and biological chaos… and an army of stuffed bears wearing gas-masks and marching through the rainy streets of downtown…” And he’s not wrong. If possibly a bit mad.

“Song In D” has one of those guitar sounds I just love, and Mock Orange are clearly moving towards reaching some Epic Pop Moment one day. Revel in hearing them a couple of years before their inexorable descent towards their Champagne Cheeseburger Cocaine Moment.

I am closing with a Cornish drunk’s idea of pop: Kemper Norton’s back. A statement on “Winterval”: “a slightly-too-late seasonal track about a moment of desperate realisation that those around you are having too much fun and that you will die alone one day.” Which, miserable as it is, is entirely more useful a description than my own “fucking brilliant, mate.”

See you next week, where I shall attempt to return to the disorienting noises and distant clanking sounds you’ve come to expect from The 4am.

 
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BLAMMOS – “How Do You Know?” (3:49)

Dive Index – “Between Sky And Sea” (4:31)

Onlooker – “Cavalier” (5:12)

Mock Orange – “Song In D” (3:44)

Kemper Norton – “Winterval” (5:34)

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The 4am: 8

December 31st, 2007 | podcast

The 4am is a mixtape file containing nothing but music donated directly by new and/or unsigned acts. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps. The 4am will live forever. But The 4am is so cold and it does not know why.

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8: Staging For Tomorrow

Be warned, there’s some long ones in here again.

Hate In The Box stick a used needle in that metallic vein of electro/goth/industrial/IDM that I think Deathboy once tagged as “futurepunk.” I like sawing guitars, hails of tinny breaks and girls singing about bad things. And I like opening up with something with a bit of pace.

Otto DeFaye’s “Murder One” has been hypnotising me for days. The bass thumps and the fog of guitars interact in bizarre ways, and do strange things to my chest. It fascinates me, and I find myself kind of wandering around inside of it. A great squalling beauty.

“Death Machine” is in demo state — thanks, Holoscene, because I love it. I’ve liked stuff by Holoscene before, but I find the raw condition of this distant, melancholy postrock study gives it a vital human skin and pulse. Holoscene say: “If you can think of a genre for it we would be most grateful. Using the term ‘chamber music for the end of civilisation’ is both a mouthful and pretty crap!”

I always liked the term “Transcendental Etudes” — an etude, or study, being a piece of music designed to hone and express virtuosity, and the Transcendental Etudes being twelve compositions by Liszt so ferociously, brain-incineratingly difficult to perform that, it was once said, probably only a dozen people alive on the planet at any one time are qualified to even attempt to play them. Which does Holoscene no good at all, but the datum amuses me, and we’re full-service entertainment here at warrenellis.com. Where was I?

NAVEL4EVE provides “The End Of A Planet” from her last EP, a collection of crookedly pretty, sinister and timecrossed antipop songs. The strange girl in the back of the club whom you know you really shouldn’t talk to, but that voice…

Got an email from Cory Brown from Absolutely Kosher Records, saying: “We just released the debut record by a trio from San Francisco called 60 Watt Kid (the record is self-titled). I attached an MP3 of “Ocsicnarf Nas” off the record because I thought you might like it. There’s also a video here.” And then he went on to discuss the peculiarities of his balls, concluding with: “When I started writing this, I never intended to discuss my balls. Sigh. It always comes back to my balls.” Therefore I had to play this rather wonderful piece of ten-dimensional rock-n’-roll broadcast from the same kind of ether inhabited by (for example) latterday Animal Collective. I mean, I would have played it anyway. But I’m worried that if I didn’t, I’d get treated to another treatise on the supernatural aspects of Cory’s scrote.

It’s New Year in a couple of days (as I write this), so ending with a drinking song fits. I have a terrible weakness for The Poxy Boggards. I know it’s wrong, I know I shouldn’t, but… I have to. I also put this at the end because some of you may listen to this at work, or at home with aged and infirm relatives in earshot, and not everyone will be enthralled by the choral bridge. But fuck it, make them listen anyway, because, in its wrong, awful and deeply uncool way, it is absolutely fucking glorious. Happy New Year.

– W

 
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Hate in the Box – “eLECTRIC dOLLS” (3:05)

Otto DeFaye – “Murder One” (5:53)

Holoscene – “Death Machine” (4:04)

NAVEL4EVE – “The End Of A Planet” (3:45)

60 Watt Kid – “Ocsicnarf Nas” (8:25)

The Poxy Boggards – “Drink Til I Die” (3:40)

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