"Don't be a dink, click on this link"

Friday, October 29, 2010

WWW of Spin Turlock #20: Review: Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks - "Secret Land"

I've been a big fan of Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks (aka BCOOM) since I made my first "comeback" in the pro music writing sweepstakes back in '02. The descriptive words thrown around back then included "chill", "ambient", "minimal", & "electronica".
And while most of those words were true to some extent, they don't do justice to Anne Sulikowski & pals output.

Sulikowski is the primary person driving the BCOOM bus. Typically, she sets the listener up with these whirring, textured electro-acoustic mantras to lull you into a nice warm sonic saline bath, all the while adding subliminal effects to remind you all is not necessarily well in this pretty bathtub. On occasion, she has been known to sing soft-focus mantras with titles that could break your heart. That is, if you had one, Robot..

I think Bob Lanois said it best:

"She could scare Brian Eno"

Secret Place is the latest offering from BCOOM, and it's as good a place as any to start. Best to go direct for this one...

Monday, October 4, 2010

WWW of Spin Turlock #19: Old Friends

I recently received an early birthday present. Two presents, actually: a red Portuguese World Cup soccer t-shirt & a forwarded package from Corwood Industries.
Thanks Kwak!

It reminded me that I have to forward the Corwood Rep. my new snail mail address. In the meantime, if you see him before I do, could you forward the following message? Thanks pal!

Dear Corwood Representative,

Thank you so much for sending the latest Jandek release, Canticle of Castaway I see - and have heard - the three selections:
Don't Go Out, which clocks in at just over 29 minutes (it must be important...)
You Weren't, which falls short of seven minutes, (but is still important)
Boys Like Blue, which breaks the 17-minute barrier, has lines referring to multi-coloured money. and which rhymes with "they always do". And that's important, too.

I like it, but then, chocolate ice cream tends to taste the same both the first and the last time you eat it.
I see Mr Tisue's site hasn't been able to keep with you! I'm really interested in hearing how Toronto Sunday , your latest CD turned out. Call me a sentimental fool, but I was at that event and enjoyed myself immensely, if not Imants-ly. Gary Topp said I could've visited you backstage, but the car was waiting, and it wasn't me driving, honest.

I will send you a postcard with my new address here in Grande Prairie, AB. If you're up this way, drop me a line and we'll have a beer somewhere, k?

Still waiting for the House,I remain,