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50,000 Hits – What the Hell?
December 31, 2008, 12:10 am
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50,000 hits. How does it happen and why? It confuses me.  I suppose that most people find my blog through image searches. I mean, I do check my stats every once and a while (OK, that’s a lie. I’m kind of addicted to checking them because they’re so fascinating) but it doesn’t even show a fraction of the activity on the site.  Who are all you people? Most of you just want to ogle poor Rick Genest.  He is my little blog celebrity according to my stats.  Bless his heart.

The secret to blog hits- just add the word “tattoo” into your blog posting, preferably as a tag as well,  and add a really intense picture of a angsty young man with a really intense facial modification. A Foolproof Recipe!

Though these types of hits make me feel a little bit empty inside, a little violated. Like a whole string of people came running through my house while I slept, took photos of my thoughts, stared aghast at Rick (who is totally my hot boyfriend in this metaphor), and then ran away never to be seen again (or seen at all).  I can tell that they were here (muddy boot prints on the carpet in the living room, plus it was recorded on my surveillance cameras) but there’s nothing else there.  No relationship with these strangers passing through my blog along their cyber-journey. Hope you had fun. Come again? Listen to some music while you poke about, at least.

A strange modern phenomenon among many, this blog business.

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ADN’ Ckrystall: Collected Works
December 28, 2008, 11:56 am
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There are so many great new things today that are simultaneously creepy yet wondrous and beautiful. One of them is that fact that it’s going to be almost 70 degrees here in NYC. The other is the band ADN’ Ckrystall whom I recently discovered. I had heard a few songs here and there but had never really sat down and listened to them at length. I just found the collection “Collected Works” and it has seriously blown my mind.  I haven’t stopped listening to it in weeks.

I try to listen to other music, try to tear myself away, but I just keep coming back.   I was at my parents’ house for the holidays trying to find excuses to sneak off and listen to it.  I went to the mall, partially so I could get some art supplies, but also so I could rock out to it on my parents’ sweet car stereo.

ADN’ Ckrystall is French  musician Erick Moncollin who has been creating really unique fantastical minimal electronic music since 1977.

“Collected Works” was produced in 2004 as a two disc set and has been out of print ever since as far as I can tell.  According to Discogs only 100 copies were produced by MetaWaveClassix out of Germany, a sub-label of
MetaWaveMusic that specializes in re-releasing out-of-print minimal electronic and electronic avant garde music.

The albums included on the collection are the incredible Jazz Mad LP, In-Edit 7″, Museum EP and sessions, L’Appel du Vent tape, Rock Noire 10″, and studio outtakes.

Anna Logue Records just released the new ADN’ Ckrystall LP “Minilab” this past year.

The Jazz Mad album is available for download on the wonderful blogs Systems of Romance and Mutant Sounds.

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Sample Songs

Puckie’s Power
Haschisch T’es Pas Cap
Ovanescent Nocturne

So here it is, a holiday gift to the world.  Its available for download in four parts since its quite sizable.  Enjoy!

Collected Works: CD 1
Part 1
Part 2

Collected Works: CD 2
Part 1
Part 2

CD1:
Tracks 01-08 from Jazz Mad LP 1982
Tracks 09-10 from In-Edit 7″ 1984
Tracks 11-15 from Museum EP 1987

CD2:
Tracks 01-03 rooting in L’Appel du Vent tape 1991 (record ’87-’90)
Tracks 04-06,09,12 from unreleased Rock Noire 10″ ca. 1985
Tracks 07,08,10,11,13 studio-outtakes ca. 1986-1989
Tracks 14,15 from Museum EP sessions ca. 1987
Tracks 16,17 studio-outtakes ca. 1991



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 4

I really have been trying to do this on a regular day of the week.  But for reasons I can’t go into right now, I have been sporadically posting these whenever I get the chance.  Sadly I won’t be able to post one next week since my beloved music collection will be here at home, and I will be far far away in the southlands with my family.

Here is a nice icey mix of wintry dismal minimal synth numbers and some synthpop. Enjoy!

Listen to it here.

Download it for later.

Wanna get the podcast? Use this URL to subscribe:
http://www.larkisadora.com/electro-magnetism.rss

Tracklist:

1. Ground Zero – Dance With The Machines
2. Matthias Schuster – Fur Alles Auf Der Welt
3. D.A.F. – Coco Piña
4. Laurent Boudic – E=mc²
5. The Wibbley Brothers – Der Wawazawa
6. Richard Bone – The Joy of Radiation (Razormaid remix)
7. Art Interface – Wardance
8. Mick Milk – Halflife
9. The Mitgang Audio – Minor Causes
10. Freezepop – テニス の ボイフレンド
11. Makina Girgir – The Spell
12. Wermut – Deutschland Jahr 0
13. Staccato du Mal – L’Armée des Ombres
14. Nine Circles – What’s There Left
15. ADN’ Ckrystall – Vitamina Cocaina



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 3!

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Lots of lovely crunchy drippy thumpy minimal house from our modern era, minimal electro-pop of today, and minimal synth from the early eighties… in this week’s rendition of Electro-Magnetism. Thanks for listening!

Listen to it here.

Download it for later here.

Wanna get the podcast? Use this URL to subscribe:
http://www.larkisadora.com/electro-magnetism.rss

Tracklist:

1. Solvent and GD Luxxe – Quiet Life
2. Lindström – I Feel Space (Freeform Five Remix)
3. DIM – Sysiphos
4. Motor – Bleep #1
5. Askii Disko – Einfach
6. Lowfish – Dead House
7. Bakterielle Infektion – Mecánico/ Fire From the Inside
8. Absolute Body Control – Melting Away
9. Absolute Body Control – Back to Nature (Live – Fad Gadget cover)
10. Christof Glowalla – Erde 80
11. Front 242 – Controversy Between (Aerial Version)
12. Chris & Cosey – Walking Through Heaven



My website larkisadora.com is live!
December 14, 2008, 4:01 am
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Woohoo! At last, I have finished my personal website, larkisadora.com. I began it some six months ago but could not get past some creative blocks with the design.   I promptly pushed it to the back-burner of eternity and forgot about it.  There’s nothing quite like perfectionism to squash a project.

Three days ago, as the world poured icy rain from the sky, I drank a lot of tea and soup while designing a new site I like more. I finished it today, and oh how good it feels!



Electro-Magnetism Special on Late 90’s Synthpop
December 2, 2008, 5:45 pm
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Best of European Synthpop

Today I felt disappointed and sad so I asked myself, what makes a person feel better? What is crack for the soul on a wintery day of sadness? What can continually lift your spirits and never let you down, no hangovers, no withdrawal (well, maybe), no negative side-effects? Late 90’s Euro Synth-Pop hits the spot every time.

I haven’t broken out some of this stuff for a very long time and for good reason- the shit’s so powerfully perky that my old worn heart might suffer a cardiac arrest on a typical day. But today is no average day and I needed a good strong dose of the music that I loved as a teenager, the music that helped me stay afloat through my awful high-school years and gave me a reason to live. I’ve also thrown in just a handful of tunes that are more recent (Freezepop and Soviet) and a little older (Erasure) for good measure.

These are the very songs that introduced me to electronic music as a whole, believe it or not, back when I was 15. There was just something very special about those bleepy sounds and melancholic melodies… It feels really good to indulge in them again!

One of my very first purchases in the genre was Hard Records’ “Best of European Synth-Pop,” released in 1996, though I have to say I began stealing music over the web at a young age since European Synth-Pop was so damn expensive. To obtain it was quite a task- It had to be bought through obscure German music stores over the internet, across the sea! And a 15 year old teenager can not afford a $28 CD plus shipping! OK no way, so I spent a lot of time downloading songs through really crappy old-school peer-to-peer networks over a barely existent dial-up connection. One song might take a few hours to download, but when it was done you had a killer song from a far off land where people understood you and that was totally awesome!!

I learned about a lot of my favorite bands through a radio show called Subculture Shock (what?! what?! 90’s Cville goth scene!), and I have to say I owe my pursued musical direction thanks to that radio show. From their Myspace page (it lives on, no shit!):

Started in 1995 by Andy Dean of Bella Morte Subculture Shock was Charlottesville, Virginia’s first radio show dedicated solely to all music falling into the Gothic Subculture. After 10 years, and a list of DJs that includes Virginia Goth Greats SubShock is still going strong as Charlottesville’s Premier source for the darker side of radio.

God bless it. Where would I be? It was a life raft in a sea of Jazz and Classical programming and Top 40 in my little Virginia town.  The show was directly related to a thriving goth scene of freaks and punks who would coverge for dance nights at the local sushi bar (I love how this is the same old story across the US…). This is also where I learned the joy of dancing.

Late 90’s synthpop has this wonderful innocence about it. It lost a bit of that glow as the genre progressed into the new millennium. It got a little too trance-y, a bit too obsessed with the most advanced musical technology, the lyrics got worse (is that possible?). A decade later I still love the old stuff!

And so, without further adieu- here is the 90’s Synth-Pop Mix for the Dead of Winter.

….and I apologize, there is a 20 second pause in the beginning where I forgot to crop  the recording…

Stream it here!

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Tracklist:

1. Silke Bischoff- Waste of Time (Extended)
2. Children Within- Efemeris (Seal Mix)
3. Daily Planet- Shame
4. Freezepop- Tender Lies
5. Elegant Machinery- Myself With You
6. Wolfsheim- …Can Manage…
7. Iris- Lose In Wanting (Lovett’s Sonar Eclipse Mix)
8. Neuropa- Lifeline
9. Dark Distant Spaces- Space Age Love Song
10. Yendri- Life is Sad
11. Erasure- Hideaway
12. Soviet- Candy Girl
13. Frozen Autumn- Painted Girls
14. Apoptygma Berzerk- Non-stop Violence
15. Neuroactive- Wonders of the World (Fragments Mix)
16. X-Act- Nothing Will Change