1. Heads up y’all: Skyscraper and I will be DJing outside the Vaudeville Mews at the PBR Bar on August 1st. Starts at 9PM. Stop on by, if ya like, and don’t forget to tell your friends, if you have any.

     
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  3. back at it

     
  4. warmgospel:

    Des Moines Social Club, Racquetball Court

    June 28, 8 PM

    Five Dollars

    Stewardesses (Ames, IA)

    BANAL ANML (Chicago, IL)

    Katrina Stonehart (Chicago, IL)

    Gem Jones (Iowa City, IA)

    Juxwl (Ames, IA)

    DJ DJ TANNER (Des Moines, IA)

    Katrina Stonehart:

    “Chicago by-way-of-seemingly-everywhere-else resident Drew Gibson has always had a way of achieving a height of sound greater than the bedroom pop ceiling. Like tracking the path of guitar cords through the mountain of effect pedals and still finding yourself baffled by the sheer weight of sound coming out of the speakers. It’s a mystery that’s carried him through four Katrina Stonehart cassettes on the Lillerne Tapes label alone, in addition to a wealth of other solo material and his work with the always excellent Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk trio.”

    -Tiny Mix Tapes

    Juxwl:

    "Watching Juxwl perform is a lot like observing a scientist in a lab full of bizarre future instruments. But when you listen to the music, he’s completely creating moods and soundscapes and rhythm patterns and, perhaps most importantly, a freewheeling sense of chaos. Electronic noise that is the sound of exploration."

    -Bryon Dudley, All Iowa Noise Insurgency

    DJ DJ TANNER:

    "As his name suggests DJ DJ Tanner is indebted to the hip-hop tradition of vinyl sampling, but simultaneously brings to mind The Caretaker in his evocation of a ghostly, melancholic, nostalgic past. …Constructed of looped vinyl samples of soul, funk, gospel, oldies, there are (albeit brief) moment that almost get down into a head bobbing groove. However, the warts and all presentation, pops and hisses, along with the light manipulation, echo, reverb and slowing down, give everything a slightly dark, ghostly vibe. It’s like flipping through the radio in a taxicab caught somewhere between decades"

    -Drugs To Do Music To

    Stewardesses:

    "Stewardesses pull electronic music forward like waves, following a similar straight line but cresting above and crashing below, meeting only in the middle where the ocean is filled with bleeps and bloops and a thin white outline of reverb. When these songs drop, they drop like a Midwest blizzard."

    -Warm Gospel

    Gem Jones:

    "Music that is polished and on point in its composition, but with enough thrash and imperfection to still fell human in its execution. The jams modulate themselves well, tastefully accomplishing the task of never wearing out the vibe honing riffs and vocal melodies. Never a wasted guitar solo and never a blown synth tone, nothing but the crucial sleaze needed to accomplish the uproarious, but well maintained, and respectable party atmosphere that will never get too sloppy, but will still freak out any and all narcs. It’s ultimately about love, but ultimately about respect too."

    -CGI Friday

    More information at the Des Moines Social Club website.

     
  5. Two tape bundle - LUMPED VOL. 0 & 1 and LUMPED VOL. 2 & 3 - available now. Handmade (sounds stolen from vinyl, artwork stolen from old nat geos) and home-dubbed on normal bias cassettes - $10 + shipping. Hit me up at djdjtanner@gmail.com if interested.

     
  6. warmgospel:

    Warm Gospel 29

    Kamrar

    Glullings c42

    I remember reading an article about Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox doing some early tape loop recordings on a rooftop somewhere. I don’t remember very many of the details, and I also completely misidentified the concept of “tape loops” when approaching the recording of Kamrar material, which starts with a cassette tape player, passes through an enormous string of effect pedals, and ends with a loop pedal, with the source material being pulled almost entirely from used new age, instrumental, and self-help cassette tapes, thrifted from junk stores around the Midwest.

    The result is a kind of improvisational DJ set, wherein meditative tones, world music, and inspirational speakers are juxtaposed into a wall of layered tones, untethered by time, melody, or rhythm. Glullings is the sound of forfeited musical history bubbling up beneath its own timeline, like magnetic tape melting in a fire, the sparks rising in patterns before disappearing into a night sky the color of the tape in which they rose from.

    Listen and purchase from Warm Gospel

     
  7. warmgospel:

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    DJ DJ TANNER

    TOWNIE c42

    Another one in the DJ DJ TANNER ongoing series which will, someday, total twenty-four in all, this tape follows the drunken townie, stumbling out of morning mass and into the city streets filled with storefronts, every other window covered with cardboard and FOR LEASE signs. It’s a simple city, and its calmness is reflected in the source selection of the album’s loops, pulling from dirty old thrift store 45s.

    It’s a kind of surreal parade of used-up small-town offerings, celebrating the shortcomings of a city too small to satisfy its citizens, and just large enough to keep anyone from leaving. TOWNIE follows the movements of its people like researching the repetitious trends of an ant farm, as the experiences of each character fade into and out of the whole picture, looping endlessly, generation after generation.

    Listen and purchase from Warm Gospel

     
  8. centipedefarmer:

    Big Digital at Zeitgeist IV

     
  9. centipedefarmer:

    Kamrar at Zeitgeist IV

     

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  12. New tape out on DNT Records. Edition of 100.

     
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  15. Kamrar (aka Loop Skywalker) at the Vaudeville Mews on 9/3/13. Thanks to Centipedefarmer for filming.

    (Source: youtube.com, via centipedefarmer)