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  1. Behind the Green Door

Me and Laurel Halo share something of a kindred spirit, I think. I fell for her work with Quarantine, a record I raved about last year. She brought out some profound words of mine, if I do say so myself. I wrote, “I’ve come to realize innovation shouldn’t really share the throne with emotion. Invention is merely the bait on which I snag my heart.” So Behind the Green Door isn’t the most innovative techno release out there. My interest in her work extends beyond the search for new sounds, I’m an unabashed fan. My interest was also peaked with the fact that this EP is named after the only (I swear, I swear!) erotic film I have ever seen, confirming yet again that me and Laurel Halo are two peas in a pod. Although I am unsure what these songs have to do with abduction, rape and African stereotypes, the name does seem appropriate. This is intensely cerebral music, as if the noises of cognition were set and looped. In fact, I’m predicting this as one of my main study records for college year 2014. I’d also like to point out that Laurel Halo has been 4 out of 4 when it comes to album art. Seriously, I can’t think of a better discography for cover art right now.

    Behind the Green Door

    Me and Laurel Halo share something of a kindred spirit, I think. I fell for her work with Quarantine, a record I raved about last year. She brought out some profound words of mine, if I do say so myself. I wrote, “I’ve come to realize innovation shouldn’t really share the throne with emotion. Invention is merely the bait on which I snag my heart.” So Behind the Green Door isn’t the most innovative techno release out there. My interest in her work extends beyond the search for new sounds, I’m an unabashed fan. My interest was also peaked with the fact that this EP is named after the only (I swear, I swear!) erotic film I have ever seen, confirming yet again that me and Laurel Halo are two peas in a pod. Although I am unsure what these songs have to do with abduction, rape and African stereotypes, the name does seem appropriate. This is intensely cerebral music, as if the noises of cognition were set and looped. In fact, I’m predicting this as one of my main study records for college year 2014. I’d also like to point out that Laurel Halo has been 4 out of 4 when it comes to album art. Seriously, I can’t think of a better discography for cover art right now.

     
     
  2. My latest review of Xiu Xiu’s Nina just came out! Plz check it out here! A really interesting album of free jazz Nina Simone covers.
http://ravedeaf.com/2014/01/30/xiu-xiu-nina/

    My latest review of Xiu Xiu’s Nina just came out! Plz check it out here! A really interesting album of free jazz Nina Simone covers.

    http://ravedeaf.com/2014/01/30/xiu-xiu-nina/

     
     
  3. The Falling Rocket by Stephan Mathieu

    The Falling Rocket by Stephan Mathieu

     
     
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  5. Alright, yo, my name is Ruben de la Huerga. I hail from the little burg of Albuquerque, New Mexico and right about now I’m studying it up in the Portland. Over these past few years I’ve made it my mission to just consume as much music from as many genres, eras, and nations as possible, taking inspiration from my one and only idol, my main man Scaruffi. If you haven’t heard about that dog, ignore this shit and go Askjeeves that, fast. If you have, lemme continue. Now, I know that the infallible Scaruffi is nearly flawless but I gotta admit that the man has fallen off a bit, hasn’t even given a single album from the 21st century the label of ‘masterpiece.’ And I’m just like, whoa hold the phone, what about that Centipede Hz?!?! Anyway I was reading up on the guy and I found out the way his whole franchise got fired up was due to his homies always on his jock, begging for music recommendations, so he just went & threw up some essential lists on the net. But you know what, that personal level of recommendation sounds a little attractive to me, a little beautiful. So I’mma come out and say it: I’m opening up shop!!! If you’ve been looking for that one artist to open you up to a whole new world, if you’ve had it up to here with the barrage of mediocrity that you’re surrounded by, if you just love a band and ever wondered where their influences came from, I’m here. Just pop a message in my ask box with your preferences in genre, instrumentation, whatever mood you’re in or anything else and I hopefully got you covered for a nice little album you could throw down while stroking your honey or whatever else you do. Ya man yeah, let’s get this popping. I mean we can start it off small, sure, but we should be thinking big, like multimedia corporation ‘cross the globe in 1nite. All I can really say at this moment is that The Doctor Is In. Get at me. 

    Alright, yo, my name is Ruben de la Huerga. I hail from the little burg of Albuquerque, New Mexico and right about now I’m studying it up in the Portland. Over these past few years I’ve made it my mission to just consume as much music from as many genres, eras, and nations as possible, taking inspiration from my one and only idol, my main man Scaruffi. If you haven’t heard about that dog, ignore this shit and go Askjeeves that, fast. If you have, lemme continue. Now, I know that the infallible Scaruffi is nearly flawless but I gotta admit that the man has fallen off a bit, hasn’t even given a single album from the 21st century the label of ‘masterpiece.’ And I’m just like, whoa hold the phone, what about that Centipede Hz?!?! Anyway I was reading up on the guy and I found out the way his whole franchise got fired up was due to his homies always on his jock, begging for music recommendations, so he just went & threw up some essential lists on the net. But you know what, that personal level of recommendation sounds a little attractive to me, a little beautiful. So I’mma come out and say it: I’m opening up shop!!! If you’ve been looking for that one artist to open you up to a whole new world, if you’ve had it up to here with the barrage of mediocrity that you’re surrounded by, if you just love a band and ever wondered where their influences came from, I’m here. Just pop a message in my ask box with your preferences in genre, instrumentation, whatever mood you’re in or anything else and I hopefully got you covered for a nice little album you could throw down while stroking your honey or whatever else you do. Ya man yeah, let’s get this popping. I mean we can start it off small, sure, but we should be thinking big, like multimedia corporation ‘cross the globe in 1nite. All I can really say at this moment is that The Doctor Is In. Get at me. 

     
     
  6. Best New Label

    Best New Label

     
     
  7. Floral Shoppe
     
     
  8. Thaw - Laurel Halo
"Pagodas" - Daniel Dociu

    Thaw - Laurel Halo

    "Pagodas" - Daniel Dociu

    (Source: art-and-fury)

     
     
  9. It Must Be a Camel - Frank Zappa
Screenshot: Attack of the Mutant Camels

    It Must Be a Camel - Frank Zappa

    Screenshot: Attack of the Mutant Camels

     
     
  10. N.N. End - Mars

    N.N. End - Mars

     
     
  11. Big Drop - Black Dice

    Big Drop - Black Dice

     
     
  12. Endless Happiness - Black Dice
Maasai warriors playing cricket
     
     
  13. Thankyoubranch - The Books
It’s amazing how subtly sadness takes over this originally jovial track. The first time I heard it I didn’t even recognize the transition, just that something had changed.

    Thankyoubranch - The Books

    It’s amazing how subtly sadness takes over this originally jovial track. The first time I heard it I didn’t even recognize the transition, just that something had changed.

     
     
  14. All Our Base Are Belong to Them - The Books
     
     
  15. She Brings the Rain - Can