RADVENT Day 21: Totorro’s “Home Alone”

For the first 24 days of December, Radio in Opposition and guests will share with you one very special album, one day at a time. We call it RADVENT.

We’re nearing the end of a super exciting RADVENT and today’s choice comes from Kenny Eaton, guitarist of Maryland’s Time Columns, who are currently in the studio working on a new full-length.

As a “Math Rock” band nowadays, it’s so easy to get caught in the trap of focusing solely on rhythmic elements and odd time signatures while letting other equally, if not more important compositional elements like melody and harmony take a back seat. The first time I heard Totorro’s “Home Alone”, I was floored by how well the band manages to fit simple, concise and downright beautiful melodies into such rhythmically complex figures and relatively short (for post-rock) songs. The second track “Chevalier Bulltoe” is the one that got me hooked for good. You can hear allusions to American Football’s clean guitars and melodramatic chord changes, but there is an intensity and implied heaviness that can be compared to modern groups like Toe, Lite and Town Portal. Very rarely does this band step on the distortion, but when they do – it’s a moment. It’s also worth mentioning that the production quality of this release is superb – the soundscape has a clean, tight and polished feel that really suits the complexity and depth of the band’s instrumentation.

As a full-time producer/recording engineer, the last thing I want to do at the end of the day is to go home and listen to new music just because typically my ears are fried by that point and silence literally feels good. That said, I’ve been listening to this album almost every day after work for a couple months simply because it feels so fresh and clean. I give my highest praises to this album and this band. There’s something in here for everyone.

RADVENT Day 18: Fugazi’s “The Argument”

For the first 24 days of December, Radio in Opposition and guests will share with you one very special album, one day at a time. We call it RADVENT.

Almost halfway through RADVENT and today’s suggestion is from Jordan Miller, drummer for Maryland’s Time Columns, who are currently in the studio working on a new full-length.

I’ve been listening to this record since I was a kid and I still get excited every time I hear it. Fugazi was a game changer for me when I was young and finding myself musically. The first time I heard the record “13 Songs” in middle school I was blown away and it opened me up to a whole other side of music. I had grown up with classic rock and rock radio but Fugazi was something else entirely. They weren’t quite punk rock, weren’t quite progressive, but had a whole different edge that kept them out of the mainstream. I’d never heard a band use noise and guitars in that way before, blending rock songs with artfully restrained chaos. Still with all this going on the songs were honest, raw, often political and angry and best of all, they were local! These guys were from DC and they were making sounds like this and they ran their own record label? It was then that I realized that everything the general public told you about making it in music was bullshit. If what you’re making is genuine and good then you’ll find an audience and you don’t need to “climb the ladder”, you can just build your own ladder and climb that shit.

The Argument was Fugazi’s last record and understandably their most polished. Definitely one best listened to from front to back, blasting out of your stereo at full volume. Some of my favorite tracks are “Cashout”, “Full Disclosure”, “The Kill” and “Argument”. If you don’t know the band or the record then just go listen to the record.

RADVENT Day 11: The Contortionist’s “Language”

For the first 24 days of December, Radio in Opposition and guests will share with you one very special album, one day at a time. We call it RADVENT.

Almost halfway through RADVENT and today’s suggestion is from Stefan Sandman, bass player for Maryland’s Time Columns, who are currently in the studio working on a new full-length.

At the moment, metal is in a smart phase stylistically, with the word “progressive” being used at the first sign of technicality in a band’s music. When it comes to their sound, The Contortionist are among the modern prog-metal bands keeping to a true “progressive” approach. Every album the band release is significantly different than its last. On “Language”, one can hear the constant experimentation in both melody and rhythm. Every instrument adds depth to each song, and is rarely “just there”. Most importantly, they’ll often stow their insane heaviness to further showcase atmospheric texture, melodic vocals, and keyboards. Lets not forget the killer riffs and hooks. I admire groups who take risks and constantly redefine their sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8OV45Dj8SM

Born to Lose

Playlist:

Artist Track
Maths Gnarled
Farewell Poetry As True As Troilus
Maps & Atlases Old Ash
Ghost Ship I Won’t Know
Cloud Nothings Our Plans
Time Columns Produce Communicate Transport Destroy
Orange Goblin Red Tide Rising
Low Life Born to Lose
Astronautalis ft. Sims and Mike Weibe Thomas Jefferson
Ancestors First Light
Fire Spoken by the Buffalo Mold of the Earth
Mad Greg November Still
PS I Love You Saskatoon
ABEAR Dead Lessons
Syven Jäljet

 

Produce. Communicate. Transport. Destroy.

This is the first show from the home studio. My microphone is a tin can. Just kidding. The voice overs are short but the music is where the meat is. Please enjoy at adequate volumes.

Playlist:

 

Artist Track
Pulled Apart by Horses Night of the Living (I’m Scared of People
Crippled Black Phoenix Get Down and Live With It
Mad Greg November Still
The Twilight Sad Dead City
Les Discrets La traversée
Maps & Atlases Fever
Bleubird Giehe 1977
Bayatas The Hand Effect
Mandroid Echostar Hexaton
pg.lost Weaver
Time Columns Produce Communicate Transport Destroy
Ancestors Corryvreckan
Kayo Dot Rite of Goetic Evocation
Ghost Ship But Nothing
The American Dollar
Secrets of the Moon
PS I Love You
Wreck and Reference
Faces in the Haze
Nyx
Saskatoon
Obedience

Winter Into Spring

This is Radio in Opposition’s debut on Subcity. For the uninitiated, this show aims to gain exposure for lesser known bands. Taking cues from the Rock in Opposition movement of the 1970s, Radio in Opposition explores the artists you wouldn’t normally expect to hear on the radio. For this show, I’ve chosen the theme of Winter into Spring and selected some tracks I thought represented this theme, whether closely, loosely, or oddly. Enjoy.

Note: This show is broadcast live on WDIY Allentown, PA (US), in addition to being hosted by Subcity. Any references to WDIY and what time it is are related to this.

Playlist:

Artist Track
City of Ships
Grails
Black Mountain
Mono
Sadgiqacea
Phideaux
Time Columns
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Woods of Ypres
The Flowers of Hell
Astronautalis
Syven
Holy Sons
Mummifier
Rain Drinkers
Spring Tiger
Deep Snow
Radiant Hearts
Ashes in the Snow
Nature’s Antidote
Snowtorch (Part I)
Luma
Cold Spring
Lightning & Snow
The Strength of Spring
The River, the Woods
How Far the Gods?
Snowed In
Sunny the Mummy
Springtide