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  • Brian Grainger - Highschool Guitar 12"

    22 jan. 2011, 7h52m

    Brian Grainger
    HIGHSCHOOL GUITAR
    Attacknine Records / ATTLP004
    12" EP / Limited edition of 110 copies

    My first new work published at the fantastic Attacknine label (run by the amazing Freescha) since 2007's ambient guitar album Eight Thousander. Highschool Guitar can be seen as a single/EP for the upcoming double-LP Summer's Parting Ways, due out at Attacknine later this year. Musically, this material might seem pretty new or different to many of you, but in all honesty, I have been writing/recording music like this since I began in 1997 - I simply haven't released very much of it. A starting point could probably be things like the Smiling Faces/Beautiful Places lathe I released last year, or even certain moments on Nine Billion Names, Clover Farm and Eight Thousander. In 2007, after I finished putting together the Clover Farm EP, Attacknine were so happy with the track "We Walked Home" that they asked me to do an entire album like that. After three years of writing and recording over six hours of material, I've assembled this EP and the following album.

    My influences in making this material were things like the deep country I lived in with my father after dropping out of highschool, as well as other places I had lived and thought about as a kid. Think of it as a bedroom produced space rock band, with warped guitars, tape-hiss bass humming and new wave drum machines holding down a motorik pace. Pop music as seen through the kaleidoscope of sugary nostalgia, mutated by years of looking back and always remembering things a little bit more colorfully. Cherry cola, smoke from a bonfire, open windows on humid nights, passing out stoned with a Ray Bradbury paperback, driving forty minutes one-way to get anywhere from the country, recording dozens of sad guitar songs on tapes and fantasizing that one day I'd be playing them in a band. All of that stuff is here, refined, concentrated, and melted down to 6 sets of grooves etched into clear spirals.

    To add to the celebration of having such special work released, Attacknine have really rolled out the red carpet with this release. When you pick up the clear 12" in a silkscreened jacket, you also get three stickers, an 11x17 poster, a pin for your jacket and a custom-made guitar pick with the album art on it. All of this only costs you $15! Additionally, for $20 more, you can get the "artist edition" with a special Grainger t-shirt! Both versions come with high-quality MP3s (or FLAC upon written request) and a bonus track not on the vinyl (Blue Wedding), however if you want to decide your t-shirt size for the "artist edition" you must place your order by January 23 because Attacknine have to send the shirt order to the manufacturer. Otherwise, your shirt will be a large.

    Details for both packages are here:

    http://attacknine.com/?fuseaction=item_cat.ecom_category_browse&item_cat_id=33

    (A digital-only version is also available, for those of you who just want the music and no merch!)

    Many thanks to all of you who pick this special release up! In addition to releasing this and the Summer's Parting Ways album, Attacknine are also going to soon put out the long-rumored and anticipated free festival II album! Be sure to sign up for their own mailing list to make sure you know about these releases before they hit the shelves!

    (Tagging some of my related projects to make sure everyone knows about this: Milieu, Coppice Halifax, VCV)

    Cheers!
  • Mrs Jynx + Milieu + Fieldtriqp - Bermuda Triangle

    18 jan. 2011, 8h50m



    New three-way split album out now! Mrs Jynx, Milieu and Fieldtriqp have all teamed up to bring you BERMUDA TRIANGLE - a 20 track album packed full of sweet melodies and groovy beats.

    Limited edition of 100 copies on CD-R!

    Stream it here:
    http://milieu.bandcamp.com/album/bermuda-triangle

    To order a copy from Milieu:
    http://www.milieu-music.com/shop/mmd016.html

    To order a copy from Mrs Jynx:
    (Send an email to mrsjynx@hotmail.co.uk to check for availability)

    To order a copy from Fieldtriqp:
    http://www.myspace.com/fieldtriqp
  • Join the official Milieu group on Facebook

    18 fév. 2010, 20h47m

    For those of you inhabiting the Facebook world who would like to stay in tune with Milieu projects, news, updates, releases and so on, I encourage you to join the official Milieu Facebook group. The group is open to the public, meaning anyone can join, and it will likely be updated pretty often due to me being on Facebook a lot.

    MILIEU ON FACEBOOK
  • 25 Favorite Albums Of All-Time

    5 jui. 2009, 23h39m

    Or, what I would take with me on a desert island. Absolute essentials. Without these records I probably wouldn't be here today.

    (Loosely ordered)



    1. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II (TIED WITH) Selected Ambient Works 85-92


    2. The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness (TIED WITH) The Aeroplane Flies High


    3. The B-52's - Cosmic Thing


    4. Starflyer 59 - Gold


    5. Pub - Summer


    6. Pinback - Pinback


    7. Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power


    8. Signaldrift - Compass


    9. Freescha - Kids Fill The Floor


    10. The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks


    11. Beck - Sea Change (TIED WITH) Mutations


    12. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (TIED WITH) Magical Mystery Tour


    13. Jandek - Twelfth Apostle (TIED WITH) Living In A Moon So Blue


    14. Tool - Aenima


    15. Cylob - Cylobian Sunset


    16. The Dandy Warhols - The Dandy Warhols Come Down


    17. Adam Pacione - Sisyphus


    18. Arovane - Tides


    19. Bochum Welt - Desktop Robotics


    20. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality


    21. David Bowie - Diamond Dogs (TIED WITH) Hunky Dory


    22. Maurizio - MCD


    23. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (TIED WITH) Meddle


    24. Roy Montgomery - Scenes From The South Island


    25. Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 with Ginger Baker - Live!
  • My Favorite Records Of 2008

    24 déc. 2008, 9h12m

    It's been a big year, lots of new great music floating around...here's what I thought of some of it:


    20. Tim And Eric - Awesome Record, Great Songs! Volume One
    19. Acreil - Eisegetic Waiver
    18. Ten and Tracer - Mshia-F-Lehkla
    17. Acre - Painless
    16. Mrs Jynx - The Standoffish Cat
    15. Track53 - We Were Warm
    14. Pocahaunted - Chains
    13. Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir
    12. Silver Pines - Forces
    11. Birchville Cat Motel - Four Freckle Constellation
    10. Manual - Confluence
    9. Omit - Interceptor
    8. Gas - Nah Und Fern
    7. Obfusc - Cities Of Cedar
    6. The Caretaker - Persistent Repetition Of Phrases
    5. The Dandy Warhols - Earth To The Dandy Warhols
    4. The B-52's - Funplex
    3. David Tagg - Fundamentals Of Orchid Biology
    2. Jandek - Glasgow Sunday 2005
    1. Beck - Modern Guilt

    Honorable Mentions go to:

    Shinobu - Elephant Talks
    The Stranger - Bleaklow
    Lunar Testing Lab - Space Program
    Autechre - Quaristice / Quaristice Versions
    Turquoise Turtles - Ocean King
    Galerie Stratique - Faux World
    Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends
    Dan Crall - Recluse Abandon
    Cheju - Hutton
    Boris - Smile
    GERMAN SHEPHERD - GS4
    Bochum Welt - R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy)
    Jandek - The Myth Of Blue Icicles

    Beyond these albums, I've also thoroughly enjoyed (or re-enjoyed you could say) albums that were not released in 2008. Since I got a lot of listening out of these, I think they too belong here:

    Komeda - Kokomemedada
    Squarepusher - Go Plastic / Feed Me Weird Things
    Pub - Summer
    Bitstream - Crab Nebula/Stream One 7"
    Stars of the Lid - The Ballasted Orchestra
    Dion McGregor - Dreams Again
    The Orb - Orbus Terrarum
    The entire Basic Channel / Chain Reaction / Maurizio catalogs
    Everything Rod Modell / Deepchord / Echospace
    Most all of the Ampoule / Talent Hoover catalogs
    Lots of things on DIN / Imbalance Computer Music / Vibrant Music
    All those early Omit tapes and lathes
    A healthy dose of EOD's 002q imprint
  • Songs In Films That I Love

    19 juin 2008, 8h53m

    I'll probably add more as I think of them, but there are three scenes/songs right off the bat that have got to be prime examples of amazing music being perfectly applied to a visual mood...

    1. Paul Giovanni - Willow's Song (from The Wicker Man)

    This scene is just the hottest fucking scene ever made.

    And dammit I wanted to link to it but apparently none of the YouTube versions are the *unedited* version.

    2. Angelo Badalamenti - The Pink Room (from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)

    Couldn't find a good video for this one on YouTube, but basically this song is one of THE sleaziest songs ever written. Pair that with near unintelligible dialogue (much like you'd hear in an actual club atmosphere) and really saturated colors (much like you'd see in an actual club) and it's just the most evocative scene.

    3. Elastica - Only Human (from A Life Less Ordinary)

    This plays only for a little bit when Ewan McGregor's character returns home from being fired and getting drunk after his girlfriend leaves him for a fitness instructor. Sorta perfect in effectively portraying the ultimate "bad day" as the whole screen goes red and fisheyes out as he falls back on his bed screaming.
  • Thee Holy List Of Ambient Albums

    25 avr. 2008, 8h47m

    As everyone who knows me already knows - I listen to alot of ambient music. And they also know how I love to make lists! So here is a list (for no good reason) of most of my favorite ambient albums.

    1. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works II
    2. Gas - Konigsforst
    3. Adam Pacione - Sisyphus
    4. David Tagg - No One Came Out Last Night
    5. Roy Montgomery - Scenes From The South Island
    6. Andrew Deutsch - Loops Over Land
    7. Koda - Movements
    8. Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings
    9. Brian Eno & Robert Fripp - Air Structures
    10. Loess - 3D Concepts Part 2

    Now, there are certainly more ambient records I love to listen to (Gordon Rhyne's "Innerstellar" or Aidan Baker's "Field Of Drones") and even more by some of these listed names (Tagg's "Waist Deep" album and Montgomery's "Temple IV" come to mind), but these are probably the ten I would like to be stuck on a desert island with. For the record, I know that the Gas and the Loess have beats, and SAW II does as well, so this list is not exclusive to beatless territory.
  • Cassette Rips

    21 avr. 2008, 7h52m

    Right now I am thoroughly enjoying ripping a ton of cassettes I've got. Sometimes music just sounds better on tape. Actually no scratch that. I haven't heard ANYTHING that doesn't get a few added levels of awesome from being played on a cassette. The older and more warped the better.

    So yeah, I'm fortunate enough to have several really rad tapes to rip...the first of which is a special tape-copy of "Trytry" made especially for me by Thisket himself. If you didn't think this album was great before, hearing it on tape is the BEST!

    Anyway, I'm basically on a mission now to rip ALL of my tapes so I can listen to them on my MP3 player or in the car. This process sorta misses out on half of the whole nostalgia and magic of playing tapes in the first place, but at least that thick warm sound quality will not be compromised. Next in line to be ripped are:

    Aphex Twin - I Care Because You Do
    Dissolved - Tension In The Ferric Lakes
    Ophibre - Four Track Cassette
    Ophibre/Adam Sonderberg - Split
    Ophibre/Jarrod Fowler - Split
    Ophibre/Christopher Byler - Split
    Ophibre/Benjamin Rossignol - Split
    AM salad/The SB - Split
    Fire Island AK - Fire Island AK
    Fire Island AK - I Moved Away
    Fire Island AK/Matthew Czerwinski - Split
    Chris Moss Acid - Chris Moss Acid
    Hair Club Tapes V/A - Gay For Noise
  • Mixtape For April

    10 avr. 2008, 22h03m

    Tracks I have not been able to live without lately:

    Squarepusher - Beep Street
    The B-52's - Deviant Ingredient
    Autechre - Eutow
    Ten and Tracer - Your Friends At Union Pacific
    Bochum Welt - Puck
    Canyon Country - Battle Axe
    Jega - Recursion
    Hovercraft - Haloparidol
    Gorillaz - Rock It
    Kid Spatula - Housewife
    Casino Versus Japan - Luton
    Fela Kuti - Unknown Soldier
    Lexaunculpt - Emori Dixon Renamed
    Gas - Konigsforst Vinyl #1
    Karsten Pflum - Impulse
    Dadamah - High Tension House
    Lee Hazlewood - Forget Marie
    Famous Monsters - Lone Wolf Massacre
    Cylob - Unsurrounded
    Stone Temple Pilots - And So I Know
    Loafeye - A Celebration Of Life
    The Swingers - Distortion
    Fear Factory - Messiah
    Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
    Phonem - Bioluminescence
  • January 2008 Listening

    3 fév. 2008, 9h17m

    So last month was a pretty rad month for stuff...

    Roy Montgomery - I was pointed in his direction by a comparison someone made in an Eight Thousander review, and MY FUCKING GOD...some of the best music I've ever heard. I am now utterly addicted to his work and have made space in my "desert island picks" list for Scenes From The South Island.

    Neu! - Astonishingly, I've not listened to Neu! until now. I know, I know, say what you will...but I don't know what to tell you. Yes it rocks and it's precisely the kind of simple repetitive jamming that I'm all about these days.

    Marilyn Manson - Haha, I never thought I'd be going back to this stuff since I left it in highschool, but man...Antichrist Superstar surprises me so much. Out of all the other shit I listened to in those days, that THIS of all things holds up. Why? How? Well, it's simply a perfectly made rock and roll album. Pop hooks? Check. Good producer? Check. More pretentious pseudo-goth lyrics than your mother can handle at one time? Check. I will also admit that what prompted the return to this stuff was my friend Josh informing me that Twiggy Ramirez is now returning to MM, and upon heavy thought and listening to Antichrist, Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood - this can only be a good thing!

    Wata - Even though it's only one song on a 7" split with Ai Aso..."Angel" is simply epic, beautiful listening. I wish Boris would do a whole record with Wata singing like this. Reminds me of lonely drives home from Conway to Loris late at night, years ago. Absolutely stunning stuff.

    Autechre - Yeah yeah yeah, I downloaded the Quaristice leak. Who fucking didn't? Anyway, it's everything I love about AE (my personal faves still being Chiastic/EP7/Draft) and there is something about this record that SCREAMS hardware to me. Even if it's just the synths...it's a much more (dare I say) playful Autechre record. You can tell they're just having fun being themselves and not really trying to cater to any deep complex MAX/MSP concept covered in dozens of hours of digital mutilation. Good shit!

    Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - My pal Ivo sent me all four records these guys did, and man is it great! Some of the coolest warped psychedelic pop, complete with those great moments when they decided to run the entire song through a flanger, just to fuck your headphones up. Worth tracking down if you can find it!

    Lee Hazlewood - My friend Eric Lee is a HUGE Hazlewood fanatic - he even has a cover band called The Cowboys From Sweden, and they're actually quite good. Anyway, I had not yet really given Mr. Hazlewood a proper chance until now and it's quite pleasant listening all around. Sorta somewhere between country, blues, psychedelic pop and 60's lounge music. Just a total mood setter, and the man had such a great voice too. Sad to know that as recently as August of 2007, he died of cancer. Thanks for the great music Lee...

    Siren - Already being a huge Pocahaunted fan, I heard about this criminally-limited 20m cassette release one of the girls did solo under the moniker Siren and HAD to find it. Luckily I did, and man was it worth the trouble! I'd even go as far to say that these songs are even better than alot of the Pocahaunted stuff. Something just so intangibly ghostlike about it...while still remaining quite accessible and sad. I wish these girls would let me and David release something of theirs...

    So yeah, that's basically what I've been playing over and over for the most part last month.