Month: July, 2016

Ricardo Donoso ~ Quintessence

a closer listen

QuintessenceRicardo Donoso has established a sublime symbiotic relationship with Denovali.  After the success of Saravá Exu and Machine to Machine, the label rewarded his talent with a compilation of early works and a remix set.  Now the artist has returned with an ambitious EP.  Quintessence is the glass representation of a HUGE installation from Florence To:  a dome containing 157 speakers, comprising a 39.4 channel surround sound system.  And while this exposes the paucity of most home systems (four channels at best), there is a way to get around the dilemma:  play the music really loud.

An industrial influence is clearly felt, as it was on prior albums.  But on Quintessence, the crunchy beats and aggressive drones feed into a larger system.  The set is meant to be viewed as a single organism rather than a series of tracks.  The center cell is the most active, but even…

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Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin vs. Pink Floyd

sometimes, amazing things happen. especially when a band, or a musician, that you really really enjoy, covers a band, or a musician, that you really really enjoy. this is what happened with Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk, a song originally written by Pink Floyd, taken from their 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

this psychedelic short piece marked the début of Roger Waters’ songwriting, supported by Syd Barrett’s frenetic guitar and keyboard parts by Richard Wright. drums and timpani were also provided by Nick Mason. the title of the song refers to John 5:8 —”Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk”.

Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin offered a vitamin, punchy cover to Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk on their 2009 album Reverse Shark Attack, and revisited the song again at The Echoplex in Echo Park, CA., on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of In The Red Records (home of Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, Meatbodies, among others). the video was shot by Johann Arteaga Ramos (Dream Films Los Angeles).

pg.lost’s Versus

oh wonder.


pg.lost announced the release of their new album Versus via Pelagic Records, the new label the band had signed to in late april (the label of The Ocean and german distributor of Mono, Cult of Luna, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, Wang Wen, Kohma, among others).

expected on 16th september, Versus is announced as a “true post-rock masterpiece, an album loaded with great melancholy, heaviness and catchy musical ideas delivered in an incredible density of sound”. the band also announced a forthcoming asian tour, so we hope to see them very soon again in the pond.

The Vinylizer

if you happen to follow the frog on facebook, you may have noticed that every thursday evening, or better said, every possible thursday, is dedicated to an amazing radio session compiled and orchestrated brilliantly by The Vinylizer, aka Marcus Maack, a bass-music dj from hamburg, whose repertoire praises dubstep, footwork, jungle but also “Music for the Masses”, well, danceable Disco-House-HipHop-Reggae-Shit, as he describes it himself.

broadcast on thursdays from 9pm to 10pm on ByteFM – a first-class online radio born in hamburg and supported (= financed) by subscribers only –, BTTB (the shorter form for “Back To The Basics”) is a milestone in ByteFM’s weekly program and has been on air since 1992 on various radio stations. mostly focused on dubstep, hip hop, trip hop, downtempo and anything doing with drum and bass, the program exudes a warm air and overwhelming slow-motion tunes. occasionally, BTTB squeezes out also a few very enjoyable dark beats that serves with distinction the frog’s shadowy soul.

Marcus released peu à peu the mixes he arranged in the past, so, today we are happy to share with you an exquisite, smooth night-lounge mash-up dated 2003, featuring a few VIPs from the bristol riviera. the perfect companion to a comfy, elegant summer sunset.

We’ve Come So Far

A Place To Bury Strangers offered a resonating, rightful conclusion to Death By Audio (DBA)  – a former warehouse space in brooklyn dedicated to artists and musicians. initiated by Oliver Ackermann (APTBS’s guitarist and singer) in 2002, the place took its name from the boutique effects pedal company created also by Ackerman, which reputation is firmly established among noise bands and guitar fans.

the band said their last goodbyes to the space in 2014 and Matthew Conboy filmed their music video for the new single We’ve Come So Far, from their latest album Transfixiation. please set the volume at the maximum before clicking on the play button.


fit for the summer (3)

last year, we initiated a post category called fit for the summer, aiming at sculpting your bum while listening to good music. if the future of this chronicle didn’t meet the expectations we had to pick up alluring tree frogs or fire salamanders, a new summer is at our doors. this is why it is time to come back with some light, enjoyable music (before offering your very ears some loud, devilish vibes…), in the very person of two gentlemen who do not seem to care about brexit.

today the exercise consists of free-dancing movements orchestrated by pairs.

the dancers are Miles Kane and Alex Turner, from The Last Shadow Puppets.
the video was made by Saam Farahmand.
the choreographer is Aaron Sillis.
the music is Miracle Aligner, a shiny and tender song from TLSP’s latest album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect.

you may agree that our dancers seem more concerned by singing than dancing, especially mr. Turner, whose hips show less fluidity and oscillations than mr. Kane’s. if this latter doesn’t show off, he seems to be skilful and prone to seduce his amateur partner. so, please, do show some confidence while practising and notice that the use of a table is not compulsory.