In the course of my renewed pilgrimage to Matthew Bower’s hypogeal halidom, I tripped over this compilation and thought it appropriate to adorn the already formidable wall of this hipster hall of fame with the album’s ambient ominousness. Hipsters do enjoy this sort of stuff. You’ll get the same answer from employees at any worthy record store in NYC or in any other big cites all over the world alive with knowledgeable hepsters which are the direct opposite of Seoul, Korea, the last spiritless bastion of all things square ….. Screw all the grisly Bon Iver crap and those incorrigible Korean indiecretins.
Ambient 4: Isolationism is a 1994 compilation album released on the Virgin Records label, part of itsAmbient series. The compilation was issued as a double CD, packaged in a slimline case. It features liner notes by Kevin Martin of the Bug.
- KK Null & Jim Plotkin: “Lost (Held Under)”
- Jim O’Rourke: “Flat Without A Back”
- Ice: “The Dredger”
- Raoul Björkenheim: “Strangers”
- Zoviet France: “Daisy Gun”
- Labradford: “Air Lubricated Free Axis Trainer”
- Techno Animal: “Self Strangulation”
- Paul Schütze: “Hallucinations (In Memory Of Reinaldo Arenas)”
- Scorn: “Silver Rain Fell (Deep Water Mix)”
- Disco Inferno: “Lost In Fog”
- Total: “Six”
- Nijiumu: “Once Again I Cast Myself Into The Flames Of Atonement”
- Aphex Twin: “Aphex Airlines”
- AMM: “Vandoevre”
- Seefeel: “Lief”
- .O.rang: “Little Sister”
- E.A.R.: “Hydroponic”
- Sufi: “Desert Flower”
- David Toop & Max Eastley: “Burial Rites (Phosphorescent Mix)”
- Main: “Crater Scar (Adrenochrome)”
- Final: “Hide”
- Lull: “Thoughts”
- Thomas Köner: “Kanon (Part One: Brohuk)”
Isolate yourself, password: p-l-m.blogspot.com
From the above passworded blog;
“In August of 1994, Virgin Recordsreleased the fourth and final volume in their definitive A Brief History of Ambient series. As things were starting to get a bit stale with the third volume, Virgin changed course, reaching beyond their own labels to widen the scope for this two-disc set. Focusing on the burgeoning Isolationism sub-genre, Virgin was able to license and compile a collection of exclusive tracks for this last blast. They also shortened the title this time around, omitting the A Brief History of part.
This compilation is the first major label release of this darker breed of ambient music. Most of the original indie electronic artists that pioneered this mid-90s musical variant are featured here. Stylistically, the ambient music that Brian Eno created in the 1970s was unique in that it was designed to work also as a passive experience; you could listen to it closely or let it play in the background as a non-distraction. Conversely, as this title’s producer, musician Kevin Martin, put it when he coined the term, Isolationism is designed to “push away” the listener. This repulsive effect manifests itself in music that, surprisingly, covers a wide variety of attack approaches. Personally, the only similarity I find in these disparate pieces is the gloomy tone that sits at their core. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all quite enjoyable, but is maybe best enjoyed in smaller doses. Regardless, this is the perfect instrumental electronica to listen to on a dreary day. Particularly if your goal is not to cheer yourself up.”
Steve Gunn – S/T via Rootblog (1997, Onomato)
1 . Young Subjects 8:09
2. For Tyrone Hill 6:40
3. Jerone & Jimi Chaplin 4:30
4. Two, Of Ammon [Vocals – Heidi Diehl] 15:07
Gunn, you blueblooded cowboy, what were you gunning at when I was still there to marvel at your epic travelogue? But I can forgive you now that through the mirror of the perfect past you got to me at last. You wrangle my stray heart and cast it loose on the seedy backalleys of NYC … to the psychic canal of Takoma … to the scenic ridge of Appalachian Mountains … to a ruddy moor in Texas … to a desert village in India, and finally give it back to the wailing hollow of my body. You’ve done well.
This video affords the chance to take a glimpse at photos of Eliane in the flower of her youth. She was jaw-droppingly pretty !
Circuit Des Yeux; pondering over the recent hype of EMA
In this clip, Circuit Des Yeux presents a modern day ballad resonating with near-ecclesiastical passion and patinated remorse which well conveys her dramatic growth and newfound maturity. And even more startling is that she’s only 21 years old – am I misinformed on this? Her new record, which might be a haunting package of American Suburbania, should prove this daunting boxroom experimentalist’s prizewinning Karaokewomanship and lay open the widened mental vista she now conjures up and dwells in – the same kind of emotive surprise that was given by U.S. Girls lately. Circuit Des Yeux’s carefully moving you to yen sleep.
Winter Family @ Glasslands Gallery
Winter Family, France’s quiet gent/lady pair who are potent messengers of graceful depression and hibernal warmth and affection, had their new album “Red Sugar” out on estimable Sub Rosa. I didn’t know that, let alone their transfer to Brooklyn. To add to my chagrin, they played a show with great Daniel Higgs in Dumbo when I was still around NYC ! I missed them and now dearly miss NYC.
This song contains the kernel of bourgeois charm and decency. It’s yours to taste.
Sounds like Prurient is slated to compose the soundtrack for the next David Lynch film.
Look at the audience. White hipsters before racial integration and information deluge – The coolest. Sounds too White supremacist and elitist? But it’s true. Am I being sarcastic? Not sure.
Check out more hetherto unpublished uber-cool White hipster pix from this The Stooges show at here.
I just found out that The Birthday Party covered The Stooges’ monumental song “Loose”. Hear it from the below youtube box.
Indeed splendid and elegant, and of course filthy as goth fuck.
Iggy Pop and Nick Cave
Nick Cave: The Perfection Of The White Hipster sans Perplexion
As Radigue wrote of “Adnos”: “to displace stones in the bed of a river does not affect the course of water, but rather modifies the way the water flows.”
Glad to be back on the track – meaning, again, madly downloading stuff and perusing useless artsy bullshit on BOMBlog with poise and old-fashioned comfort provided by being at home. Finally agreed to accept my proletariat fate with the least poignancy possible. I may forever live in this loathsome Hooverville of culture as I am not able to bow out from the secular – I’m perpetually fixated on the discreet excellence of the bourgeois bohemian world. Damn it, I’m too smart and hip for a third-world proletariat man. It’s so tragic that it’s almost comedic. I’m listening to the above record and you know I can’t even afford real records. So you know what. Enjoy !!! I gather it’s apt for me to masturbate to the person who’s invoking this semi-hypnotic state in me because I feel the urge to express my gratitude. My dick bends to the left, the left pic where Eliane looks like an intelligent french bourgie resistance vixen with the deadly allure of Isabelle Huppert. I badly want to cum at her face. She’s so amazing. Despite its grace, the Bergman-esque right pic has no use for my condition at this moment. I’m very horny now.
I sent off my last weekends in NYC on the lowest note. But Friday night was the best. I did a good little grinding with 3 girls yesterday. 15 minutes of rejuvenation. Today? Almost. Also almost none. I don’t remember a thing but The Gories’ songs I listened to way back home. “I’m Stranded. I ain’t got nothing but the blues.” I won’t gain weight since I dance like crazy. What’s with this young hipster dude in front of a deli nodding to my ridiculous moves with utmost seriousness? Yep, I know He knew The Gories rock. I’ll become a millionaire and come back to NYC. Well, in my next life. I saw the biggest Brooklyn hipster girl again. This will be my last post because I am gonna kill myself once I get back to Korea. You bartendersssssss. You make lots of money !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bar owners are the most covetable spouses !!!!! You make more money than bartenders do !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!