Out of Obscurity
Obscurity Quiz Female Vocalists in the 2010s with DJ Keep Roomie

Obscurity Quiz Female Vocalists in the 2010s with DJ Keep Roomie

October 18, 2020

An old friend from college steps up to the challenge and the world of user ratings on AMG to rank six of his favorite albums of the 2010s from obscure to famous.  A preview for a coming episode on Shilpa Ray’s “Door Girl” and “Grand Ghosts” by Kacey Johansing, as well as lists of your favorite albums for every year you’ve been alive.

ESolo1:  Solenoid “The Narcissist” & others in IDM

ESolo1: Solenoid “The Narcissist” & others in IDM

October 18, 2020

A deep dive in to the discography of Solenoid, one of the most under-appreciated founding fathers of IDM (“intelligent dance music”), unfortunately (but appropriately) lacking a cohost.

RIYL references:  Mike Paradinas/planet μ catalog, Aphex Twin/Rephlex catalog, Plaid, Squarepusher, Richard Devine, Kraftwelt

The Igloo Magazine interview with Solenoid:  https://igloomag.com/profiles/solenoid-reduced-to-data 

His nearly-full discography (incl. purchasing options):  https://www.discogs.com/artist/379-Solenoid 

YouTube channel full of impostors:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7iuU7lZu1DUFA9Xf-yIDuw 

Scheduled Digression 2:  (How) The Youth Are Listening

Scheduled Digression 2: (How) The Youth Are Listening

September 26, 2020

Two brothers united in path dependency against country music, not united enough to collaborate on a family streaming plan.  They like music as much as anyone, but not so much as to appreciate their parents’ unique tastes.  A fraternal house divided, one prefers classic rock; the other, hip-hop.  The answer to the question:  “Is the album doomed?” may surprise you.  They are used to instantaneous, 24/7 access that allows them to share music they like without having to buy the record, a stereo, or even going home to their PC to download or stream it.  The pluralize “vinyl,” while music doesn’t have “a” beat but needs to have beats to be enjoyable.  They are exotic creatures indeed, but can they be trusted with the future, especially something so vital as the future of music?  Tune in to this very special OoO Scheduled Digression to find out!

Structure:  Jonathan (0:00)  Vincent (30:00)

Obscurity Quiz OG1

Obscurity Quiz OG1

September 26, 2020

This is a semi-regular OoO feature to test cohosts’ relative knowledge of the albums we talk about on the show and others that are more well known (but not necessarily “better”!).  The level of fame or obscurity on OoO is generally operationalized by the number of user reviews for the album on the All Music Guide (AMG, www.allmusic.com ). 

DJ Poseur asks the cohost to rank about five albums from the most famous to the most obscure, assigning each a letter (from A to E) for short.  Listeners can follow along and see if you can do as well as our co-host contestants.

This is the first OoO appearance by Optimus Grimes (OG).

EOG1:  Synth-Pop - Demons “Dekalb F*ing City”, IQU “Sun Q”

EOG1: Synth-Pop - Demons “Dekalb F*ing City”, IQU “Sun Q”

September 26, 2020

Buy/Find our picks here: Demons - https://demonschicago.bandcamp.com/album/dekalb-fucking-city  IQU - https://iquiqu.bandcamp.com/album/sun-q

 

EOG1 Structure:  The Dekalb scene ( : ), Demons ( : ), Comparison of picks ( : ), IQU ( : ),

 

RIYL references:  Demons RIYL =  DJ Shadow, Land of the Loops, Loop Guru, Telephone Jim Jesus.  IQU RIYL = synth-pop and rock w/ Japanese themes and female vocals generally.  Cornelius, Cibo Matto, Pizzicato 5.

Scheduled Digression 1:  Streaming Mad

Scheduled Digression 1: Streaming Mad

September 26, 2020

DJ Poseur reads from his blog post criticizing the advent of streaming as the dominant way we access music.

Obscurity Quiz A1 with DuballA

Obscurity Quiz A1 with DuballA

September 26, 2020

The Obscurity Quiz - It’s not a pop quiz because you knew it was coming, and there’s no pop on OoO!   

 

This is a semi-regular OoO feature to test cohosts’ relative knowledge of the albums we talk about on the show and others that are more well known (but not necessarily “better”!).  The level of fame or obscurity on OoO is generally operationalized by the number of user reviews for the album on the All Music Guide (AMG, www.allmusic.com ). 

 

DJ Poseur asks the cohost to rank about five albums from the most famous to the most obscure, assigning each a letter (from A to E) for short.  Listeners can follow along and see if you can do as well as our co-host contestants.

EA1:  Synthesizer Music - Dolores Catherino on Bandcamp, Chrome Canyon “Elemental Themes”

EA1: Synthesizer Music - Dolores Catherino on Bandcamp, Chrome Canyon “Elemental Themes”

September 26, 2020

Buy/Find our picks here:  Dolores Catherino - https://dolorescatherino.bandcamp.com/ 

Chrome Canyon - https://www.emusic.com/album/129101949/Chrome-Canyon/Elemental-Themes

https://stonesthrow.bandcamp.com/album/elemental-themes

EA1 Structure:  Dolores Catherino & Mictrotonal, Polychromatic Music (1:30). Synthesizer Music Transitional Discussion (45:14).  Chrome Canyon (57:57).

 

References directly related to picks:  to DC =her TED Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfJbS5jPiOk 

to Chrome Canyon = https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17231-elemental-themes/

 

RIYL references:  Tangerine Dream, Ozric Tentacles, Air, Com Truise, Ratatat

Obscurity Quiz 1 with Dean, DuballA

Obscurity Quiz 1 with Dean, DuballA

September 26, 2020

The Obscurity Quiz - It’s not a pop quiz because you knew it was coming, and there’s no pop on OoO!   

 

This should be a regular mini-feature of official, two-pick episodes, intended to give our listening audience an interactive challenge and let you play along with our co-host “contestants” for absolutely no fabulous prizes.  The quiz here is the same for both halves, but Dean has quite a lot more to say about and against DJ Poseur’s methodology.  Made the mistake of recording this first, before any episodes, and Dean probably assumed that DJ Poseur would be forcing his agenda this forcefully, without being open to Dean’s input or dissent, for the entirety of OoO, rather than just this mini-feature in which there’s a clear subordination between quiz host and contestant.

 

Structure:  w/ Dean (10:47).  Five non-obscure albums (12:10). Dean disputes the quantifiability of obscurity & use of AMG (19:12).  Dean’s definition of an obscure album (comparing Starlight Mints, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Dandy Warhols) (22:35)  Conclusion:  Dean didn’t like the quiz (25:51)

E2: Wyrd Visions “Half-Eaten Guitar”, Spice  香料 “Mobius Omega  无限电阻”

E2: Wyrd Visions “Half-Eaten Guitar”, Spice 香料 “Mobius Omega 无限电阻”

September 26, 2020

Buy/Find our picks here: Wyrd Visions - https://pwelverumandsun.bandcamp.com/album/half-eaten-guitar  Spice - https://www.emusic.com/album/156485432/Spice/MOBIUS-OMEGA

 

E2 Structure:  Wyrd Visions (6:42).  Transition & Dean’s initial thoughts on Spice (33:44).  Spice (36:16).  Dean’s critique & DJ Poseur’s defense (57:06).  Alternative music in authoritarian Asia (1:07:39) Conclusion & Outro (1:10:00)

 

Currently listening references:  Dean…  DJ Poseur…“Welcome too Entropy” - 444.  “Rexer Flash” - Pshycotic Beats.  Lists of techno & house on eMusic https://www.reddit.com/r/eMusicofficial/comments/dfrztu/tech_house_is_the_elephant_in_emusics_shrinking/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x  Metal on eMusic https://www.reddit.com/r/eMusicofficial/comments/di4vhv/the_remaining_metal/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

 

References directly related to picks:  to WV = Awesome.  to Spice = “Kites” - Geographer, “The Moebius” - Orbital.

 

RIYL references:  RIYL WV =  Hoedh, Joshua Abrams, When, “Mare Crisium” - SETI, “Desert Equations” - Susan Deyhiem & R. Horowitz.  RIYL Spice = first two Heliosequence albums, Russian Futurists, trip-hop generally

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