Radio Show Catch-up
I haven’t been able to post in awhile, so it’s time to play catch-up with the radio show playlists. There are two in the queue to be written about, and first up is the show from October 30. It was not a Halloween show, though we’ve done that in years past, playing spooky J-goth stuff and vocaloid horror stories that, to be honest, aren’t very good or even interesting. We made those playlists for laughs. This playlist is totally serious and has some excellent tracks.
The show starts off a track I have a deep fondness for: Powapowa-P’s Strobe Light. Powapowa-P, who also has released music under his real name, Shiina Mota, has produced some of my favorite vocaloid tracks. Strobe Light is one song in a series that are all different arrangements of “Goodbye, Mr Remember”, a song that captured the imagination of Powapowa-P enough to spawn these varied versions. My favorite of the series is the one in the playlist. The relatively spare arrangement(relatively spare for a vocaloid song) of downstroked guitar chords, melodica, and drum machine keeps your head nodding to the beat, before the synth organ and orchestra of the chorus inspires your whole body to move along with it. Right down to the surprise of a glockenspiel gently carrying the melody through the fade-out, this song has nothing out-of-place, and every element feels necessary. It’s a little masterpiece of pop construction. Of course, so is every song on Lullabies For Cthulhu.
Shiina Mota has a strong presence in this playlist, through the tribute album Vrush Up! #7, which features remixes of his music. This includes a remix of Strobe Light by PinocchioP, another excellent vocaloid producer, who gives the song some sharp post-punk style guitar for the chorus and leaving the verses quiet and sparse. The other remix is by Nyolfen(who also has an original work in this playlist, culled from his album on Bunkai-kei). Nyolfen takes the gauzy 2-step of the original and polishes it to neon city-pop glow.
Many other great tracks are on this playlist. The maonbass remix of fazerock’s track is a fine start-stop trap remix, garnished with the ubiquitous bed squeaking sound. There’s even some indie pop, care of For Tracy Hyde. The scene-referencing “Her Sarah Records Collection” is an earnest, synth-backed slice of summer to warm you up during this arctic vortex. I’m rather pleased with this mix, uninterrupted by any goofball chatter by me and DJ Nezumi(the next show has plenty). I hope you enjoy it.
Permanent, High Quality MP3: https://archive.org/details/lullabies-for-cthulhu-10-30-14-complete
On to the next show! This mix features a couple of tracks from the latest FOGPAK, which is #11, and is absolutely worth a download if you want to hear some of the innovative and up-and-coming electronic musicians coming out of Japan. Every time a new FOGPAK drops is a time for celebration. The first FOGPAK track is from Chanbe. It’s a faltering funk track with some vaporwave flourishes and murmuring synths. The second FOGPAK track is by rekana and has the sound of water flowing through almost all of it, so it’s not surprising it has some electronic ambient flavor, quickly rushed along by a disco beat. Then, it explodes with crystalline sounds, before slowly retreating with jubilant, but muffled electronic bells, and then it fades away entirely. This is one of the few tracks with separate movements that have been played on the show.
A couple non-Japanese artists make appearances on the show. George and Jonathan, fine purveyors of electronic music performed with and inspired by video game hardware. This mix features the last track off their latest, simply titled III, and it’s worth picking up if you want some blissed-out chiptune-like jams. The track here, Crystal, is very representative of their sound in general, atmospheric cruising music, the kind you like to hear during the credits roll of a 90s Capcom game, but somehow, with even more style.
The second band from the west is the +/-, from their split EP with the Bloodthirsty Butchers, wherein the bands cover each others songs. Gokigen Ikaga by the Bloodthirsty Butchers is given a picopop treatment here by the +/-, making the song sound rather twee until guitars crash the quiet party at the end.
This mix is a little more guitar heavy towards the end, with songs by unabashed Modest Mouse aficionados Ogre you Asshole, the straight-forward J-rock of flumpool, and the pop-punk girls of The Portugal Japan. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for reading and listening!
Permanent, High Quality MP3: https://archive.org/details/lullabies-for-cthulhu-11-13-14