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Crucial Listening

Experimental musicians and sound artists discuss the albums that are important to them. A bi-weekly podcast from ATTN:Magazine.

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#37: Earth

Dylan's pick: King Crimson – Starless And Bible BlackAdrienne's pick: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of OrpheusDylan's pick: Jimi Hendrix – Band Of GypsysEarth's new album, Full Upon Her Burning Lips, is out May 24th 2019 on Sargent House. Order it over at their website, which also contains their full list of US tour dates. They're also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

51mins

20 May 2019

Rank #1

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#47: Jessica Ekomane

Reaching for trance states, peer-to-peer discoveries, the myth of technological neutrality. The Berlin-based artist discusses three important albums.Jessica's picks: György Ligeti / Pierre-Laurent Aimard – Works For Piano Missy Elliott – Miss E...So AddictiveAlva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 2Jessica's album Multivocal is out on Important Records. Check out her news and tour dates over at her website or listen to her music on SoundCloud. Tickets for her show at London's IKLEKTIK on November 28th are available here.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 10mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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#34: Patrick Shiroishi

Coltrane 'n' whisky, Magma in real time, pure multiphonics. The LA-based composer/saxophonist discusses three important albums.Patrick's picks:1) John Coltrane – Interstellar Space2) Magma – K.A.3) Little Women – ThroatYou can keep up to speed with Patrick over on his official website or on Bandcamp.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

42mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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#29: Alan Courtis

Pre-hispanic traditions, classical guitar genius, major label rebellion. The Argentinean musician discusses three important albums.Alan's picks:1) V/A – Musica de los Aborigenes (music by Native Indegenous Tribes from Argentina)2) Agustín Barrios– The Complete Guitar Recordings3) Luis Alberto Spinetta – Spinettalandia y sus amigosYou can check out Alan's new Buchla Gtr record on Firework Edition, while the Reynols boxset is available via Pica Disk.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

49mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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#28: Bjarni Gunnarsson

Energetic phenomena, Romanian spectral music, hidden pulsations. The Icelandic composer talks about three important albums.Bjarni's picks:1) Seefeel – Succour2) Ana-Maria Avram + Iancu Dumitrescu ‎– Soleil Explosant3) Helena Gough – MikroklimataBjarni's official website is here. Lueur is out now on Tartaruga.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

49mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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#44: Emil Amos (Holy Sons, Grails, Om)

Emils picks:Joni Mitchell – Court And SparkBread – The Best Of BreadPavement – Watery, DomesticCheck out the Holy Sons website and Bandcamp to keep in the know on Emil's various happenings, and dive into the Drifter's Sympathy podcast here (start from the beginning!).Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 33mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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#23: Massimo Pupillo (Zu, URUK)

Coconut hooves, grotesque distorted shapes, the healing force of the universe. The bass player and composer discusses his important albums.Massimo's picks:1) Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa2) Coil – Horse Rotorvator3) Current 93 – Imperium4) Einstürzende Neubauten – Halber MenschMassimo Pupillo is on Facebook, while URUK can be found over at Consouling Sounds. You can keep up to date with Zu on their website or on Facebook.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 13mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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#24: Matana Roberts

Vitamins for the brain, learning from the masters, hypersensitive curiosity. The composer and saxophonist discusses three important albums.Matana's picks:1) Hannah Marcus – Desert Farmers2) Karlheinz Stockhausen – Momente3) Derek Bailey + Joëlle Léandre - No WaitingFind out more about the Outlands tour over here, and keep up to date with Matana over on her website.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

52mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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#40: Helm

Luke's picks: Pet Shop Boys – Discography: The Complete Singles CollectionNapalm Death – ScumAdam Bohman – Music And WordsThe magnificent new Helm record, titled Chemical Flowers, is out now on PAN. Check it out on the official Helm Bandcamp, and find news/upcoming tour dates on Facebook.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 14mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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#33: Jeff Emtman

Fluffernutters, theremins on the chase, absent plus-ones. The Providence-based artist and podcaster discusses three important albums.Jeff's picks:1) Malibu Ken – S/T2) The Knife – Shaken-Up Versions3) Noname – TelefoneCheck out Jeff's incredible podcast, Here Be Monsters, over here (or subscribe via your podcast app). His personal website is here.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 23mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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#39: Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer, Māra, Barnett+Coloccia)

Faith's picks: Swans – Soundtracks For The BlindEinstürzende Neubauten – Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T.Earth – HibernaculumHead over the Faith's blog for updates on her work, along with links to her various projects (all of them great). Mamiffer and Barnett+Coloccia both have a Bandcamp, as does SIGE. Her collaboration with Jon Mueller and Aidan Baker, titled See Through, is out now on Gizeh.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

47mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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#36: Chaines

Fez spoilers, triphop Americana, musings on completionism. The composer and multi-instrumentalist talks about three important albums.Cee's picks:Darren Korb – Bastion OSTDisasterpeace – Fez OSTTomáš Dvořák – Machinarium OSTConnect with Cee via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and support their work on Patreon. Be sure to check out their wonderful album The King over on Slip. Read a mammoth ATTN interview with Cee right here.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 14mins

6 May 2019

Rank #12

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#38: Graham Dunning

Graham's picks:Milan Knizak – Broken MusicA Guy Called Gerald – Attic Attack [1986 - 1988]Helena Celle – If I Can't Handle Me At My Best, Then You Don't Deserve You At Your WorstGraham's new mechanical techno record is called Music For Climbing Walls. Check it out on Bandcamp, and keep pace with the latest happenings on his website.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

52mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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#35: Sarah Hennies

Discovering secret treasure, making 183 of something, songs of gender transition. The percussionist and composer discusses three important albums.Sarah's picks: 1) Baudouin Oosterlynck – 1975-19782) Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Return Visit To Rock Mass3) Antony And The Johnsons – I Am A Bird NowHead over to Sarah's website for more info on her releases, shows, scores and film work. She's on Bandcamp too.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

50mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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#46: Kyoka

Vocal frequency doppelgängers, selling souls to the devil, kick roll anthems. The Berlin-based producer discusses three important albums.Kyoka's picks:Frank Bretschneider – EXPTricky – MaxinquayeEomac – Bedouin TraxListen to the fabulous new Lena Andersson record over at the Raster Bandcamp, where you can also find solo releases by Kyoka. The official Kyoka website is here. For the pictorally inclined, her Instagram is @kyoka.sound.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 1min

23 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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#41: Sly & The Family Drone

Matt's picks: This Heat – DeceitMindflayer – Take Your Skin OffUltralyd – Chromosome GunThe excellent new album by Sly & The Family Drone, titled Gentle Persuaders, is out now. Head over to Bandcamp to buy it, and have a peek at what the band are up to on Facebook.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 18mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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#27: Christina Vantzou

Sneaking into the galaxy bar, bubbles in the park, 69 occurrences of time. The Brussels-based composer talks about three important albums.Christina's picks:1) Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe2) Vangelis – Opéra Sauvage3) Hiroshi Yoshimura – GreenRead more about Christina and her music over on her website and on Bandcamp, and keep up to date with her latest happenings on Facebook.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

1hr 49mins

31 May 2018

Rank #17

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#30: Kate Carr

Damaged format, barcode translations, exploring the Fens. The London-based sound artist talks about three important albums.Kate's picks:1) Oval – 94diskont.2) Ryoji Ikeda – Dataplex3) Simon Scott – Below Sea LevelYou can check out Kate's music over at Bandcamp or find out more on her website.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

51mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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#31: Monika Khot (Nordra, Zen Mother)

Dried up drones, wounded song, psycho experimentation. The Seattle-based musician discusses three important albums.Monika's picks:1) Jocelyn Pook – Flood2) Swans – The Great Annihilator3) Igor Wakhevitch – Docteur FaustBe sure to check out Nordra on Bandcamp or via her official website. Same with Zen Mother – Bandcamp or website.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

54mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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#26: Ziúr

Raw character, true divas, emergency dentistry. The Berlin-based producer and DJ discusses three important albums.Ziúr's picks:1) Still – I2) Grace Jones – Nightclubbing3) TV On The Radio – Young LiarsKeep up with Ziúr on Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter, Soundcloud and Instagram.Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/cruciallistening

49mins

16 May 2018

Rank #20