TRMW Archives

* Hello there! You've stumbled onto the archived bloggage of TRMW aka The Real Matt Wright (wait... who?). This site contains posts from my stints blogging at Metempsychosis and Urban Honking, before I moved TRMW over to it's current home. Enjoy!

June 22, 2007

It Doesn’t Matter


This Justice mix is actually really good, and I’m not even a big fan in general (caveat: I haven’t heard the new album yet). The mixing is super perfect and the spread of music is really creative and interesting. Lots of totally obscure stuff that I’ve never heard and would almost think of tracking down if I didn’t think/know there’s no way in hell I could ever find this stuff. And bonus points for including that old Chemical Brothers jam! Definitely making my morning a little brighter.

And speaking of mixes, Linger and Quiet just posted a new NIGHTCLUBBING mix, which you can grab off the Holocene blog here. What, you didn’t know Holocene had a blog? They TOTALLY have a blog, and I totally designed it. Wooo! They’ve been putting it to great use too, so if I were you I’d check back. It’s like the inverse of “blog house” or something.

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January 31, 2007

Perfect Pitch

My sentiments exactly. (Assuming I’m reading it right.)

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January 21, 2007

Best of 2006 / Dykeritz’ Crystal Visions


We’re halfway through January now, so yeah, I suppose now’s a good time to go ahead and post my year-end list on the ol’ blog. I don’t have anything as fancy as last year’s list for you guys, but I do have one really awesome last-minute addition to share. That would be DykeritzSnowing Windy Peaches, which was handed to be many moons ago by Lucky Madison founder and all-around good guy Ryan Feigh, only to be rediscovered in a recent purge session, and finally, finally listened to. I’ve been into these guys ever since Ryan started feeding me demos of some of the songs that ended up on their last disc, Purple Switzerland. (Which I still don’t own, which is just dumb.) Those tracks bore evidence of a distinctly off-kilter and totally charming musical approach, which was further underscored by the grafitti I remember seeing around Portland at the time: “Dykeritz ate pizza with your mom,” etc. This kind of prankterism (I recall one show featuring a dancer with a giant blue ball on his head – I heartily endorse these acts BTW) would make it easy to see Dykeritz’ music as some kind of extended inside joke, but the albums tell a different story. Truth is, these guys have melodic chops aplenty and a highly-developed, uniquely skewed aesthetic. This came out on Purple Switzerland, an album of warm and breezy folk songs that saw deservedly high praise within the local music scene. But what really gets me about these guys is their use of synths and electronics, and these elements are in full force on Peaches. Here, Dykeritz fuse catchy melodic riffs to squiggled out electronica and drifting ambient/collage soundscapes. What it reminds me of more than anything else is old μ-Ziq, particularly the period around the release of In Pine Effect, when the music retained it’s lo-fi metalic chunkiness and the melodies started getting all sparkly and noodly. Here’s an example:

μ-Ziq - Phiesope

I’ve loved that music (also Plaid, Aphex Twin, both of whom I also hear in Dykeritz’ playful/bent euphoria) since I was in high school, back when electronic music the only thing I cared about. (Anything heavy on guitar was dismissed as “retro” and “not forward thinking”; ahhh, youthful absolutism.) Since then, I’ve re-embraced pop/indie/rock music as a necesary and timeless and wonderful thing, but with Peaches I can have it both ways. It’s shiny, futuristic music, but it’s also perfectly pop. In that sense, it reminds me of someone like Ariel Pink: radio-ready melodies filtered through spaced-out, semi-alienated lense(s), resulting in a kind of technicolor dream-pop that’s totally catchy and totally weird. Basically these guys are hitting all my pleasure centers at once, reflecting those old lush electronic sounds through music I’ve gotten into more recently (tropicalia, folk, see below). I could go on (and on), but let’s just cut to some favorites:

Dykeritz - 11 in the PM
Dykeritz - M
Dykeritz - Pink Grapefruit (Peach Fuzz)

>> buy Snowing Windy Peaches here <<

So there you have it, a late entry in my favorite’s of ’06 list. Huzzah! And now… (drumroll)… here’s the rest of it:


V/A – Tropicalia (Soul Jazz)
Hot Chip – The Warning (Astralwerks / DFA)
Brightblack Morning Light – Brightblack Morning Light (Matador)
Dykeritz – Snowing Windy Peaches (Lucky Madison)
Vetiver – To Find Me Gone (DiCristina)
V/A – Love is Love (Mississippi Records) *** Amazing African rarities comp released via Portland, OR record store cum label
Para One – Epiphanie (Institubes)
Juana Molina – Son (Domino)
M. Ward – Post War (Merge)
Booka Shade – Movements (Get Physical)

not sure where this belongs but:
Yeti Magazine

also liked:
Zombie Nation – Black Toys
DAT Politics – Wow Twist
The Blow – Paper Television (K)
Yo La Tengo – …Ass (Matador)
Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up)
Cat Power – The Greatest (Matador)

just getting around to now and liking:
Califone – Roots & Crowns (Thrill Jockey)
Ghostface – Fishscale (Def Jam)
Dykeritz (see above)

stuff i worked/put out that would be in here if i hadn’t worked it:
Alela Diane – The Pirate’s Gospel (Holocene Music)
Horse Feathers – Words Are Dead (Lucky Madison)
Cex – Actual Fucking (Automation)
Copy – Mobius Beard (Audio Dregs)
Ethan Rose – Ceiling Songs (Locust)


*** French techno guys were KILLING it this year! Especially the Institubes label crew. Some interesting genre-screwed / bastard pop movements going on in dance music in general this year. When Timbaland sounds like techno and techno sounds like Timbaland… that’s pretty awesome.

Justin Timberlake “My Love”
Surkin “Ghetto Obsession 2006″ (Institubes 12″)
Rick Ross “Hustlin’”
The Thermals “A Pillar of Salt” (Sub Pop) + the video!
Nadiya “Tous Ces Mots (sebastiAn Remix)”
T.I. “What You Know”
Mary J. Blige “Be Without You (A. Brucker & Sinden Remix)”
Junior Boys “In The Morning” (Domino)
Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland “Promiscuous Girl”
Peter Bjorn & John “Amsterdam” (Wichita/V2)
Simian Mobile Disco “I Bealive” (Kitsune)
Jesse Rose “A-Sided” (Front Room 12″)
Etienne De Crecy “Fuck”


Deerhoof @ Halleluwah, Disjecta, Portland
Hot Chip @ Doug Fir, Portland
Alela Diane @ many places throughout the year
M. Ward @ Holocene, Portland
Vetiver @ Disjecta, Portland
*** this spot is for all the ones I forgot ***

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December 16, 2006

Two Pop

Friday Bridge

I’ve had this flagged in my email for way too long (<— most uninviting way to start a blog post ever?) so it’s really just time to lay it on you all. This song is by a French girl who calls herself Friday Bridge. I found it in a very roundabout way, via this guy Todd who contacted me about something totally unrelated to his cool little 7″ label. Anyway, the label thing did eventually come to light, and along with it this song. Super lo-fi 80s pop production with hushed French vocals; like Stereo Total minus wackiness, with more lushness, and more sexiness — OK, so not like Stereo Total at all, but French with synths, RIGHT. This should totally be on the next Sofia Coppola soundtrack, and probably would’ve worked nicely on Marie Antoinette. I’m into it. (buy here)

Friday Bridge - It Girl

And while I’m on the subject of things that are so overtly poptastic they’re maybe a little embarassing too (but not really), here’s the sparkling new Simian Mobile Disco single. This shit is so shiny it’s translucent, and probably filled with glitter. The lyrics are totally asinine sex-as-religion (maybe) stuff and the singer is trying sooo hard it hurts, but he’s also totally pulling it off most of the time, and the euphoric vibe is pretty undeniable. Plus the little synth riffs are just fucking awesome. These guys are serously ruling the electrotechnopop crossover realm right now (along with all those French guys, but that’s another post), probably because (a) they (crystal-)clearly know their way around a melody (this is a rare and special thing) and (b) they’ve got mad studio chops. Each melody is arranged perfectly and each beat thuds right (stereo-panned, slightly filtered with a tiny reverb trail on the back). It’s pop, it’s dance music. It’s…

Simian Mobile Disco - I Bealive

And no, that’s not a typo – it’s just trippy new age spelling. (buy here)

PS: Nice SMD mix here. Also, that blog is awesome.

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October 27, 2006

Rip It Up / Start Again

My host sister’s very awesome rock group, called “Funkadelic”

I hear from, like, Erin, or someone, that Funkadelic is a classic group of some such. This I did not know. My host sister’s group is still much of the awesome though.

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October 6, 2006

David Byrne vs. Insound (and Indie Rock)


“Haven’t you seen the signs? They tell you to download 25 tracks for free? They tell you to buy the new single from your favorite band? Like it was the new Fergie record! Ninety Nine cents this and a Dollar Twenty Nine that. Then they have the nerve to sell you something that you can only play on one kind of machine? Don’t you see what’s going on here???

They’re trying to kill the album! They’re destroying the very thing that made Pet Sounds, Exile On Main Street, Marquee Moon, Spiderland and Slanted & Enchanted possible. They’re killing the thing that bands sell blood and wash dishes for. They’re killing the reason that record labels curse printers and obsess over test pressings for. This is not even 1% a joke. They’re killing the album.

Well, we’re not gonna go down without a fight. You know we sell CDs and LPs. Well, now we’re gonna start selling MP3s. Albums only. MP3s only. No fancy formats. Starting in October. Shop the same way you shop for CDs and LPs. Only, after checkout, we’ll get you access to the album as a set of MP3s.

You want to shop at Insound? You want to call yourself an indie truist? Well, put up or shut up. We’ll still have free sample MP3s. But we’re not selling anybody anything for ninety nine cents. And we’re not breaking up the album. Go somewhere else for that. We’re here to sell you what the artists and labels want you to hear. CDs, LPs or MP3s. You choose.

The battle is on. Don’t sit this one out.”


“This whole album thing is a completely arbitrary construct. It only has been around for 50 years or so, and it’s probably going to go away,” Byrne said. “What we think of as some of the greatest pop music that’s ever been made – whether it’s Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday – those are not albums. (They were) singles or EPs…”

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September 28, 2006


I love everything about this, from the crazy Star Wars bar electro soundtrack (seriously, I would listen to that without the video), the amazing slo-mo slides, the parts where you think youtube is freezing but it’s actually just this kid freezing because this video is TOTALLY FUCKING RAD!, the crazed smile on his face, the flamboyant pirouettes and shimmies, and the smoke at the end.


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It’s My Window


Chas Bowie’s Timbaland podcast special is totally making my morning. Hear it here, c/o The Mercury. Chas and I agree: “The Rain” is the best Missy/Timbo collabo ever. Seriously, mind-exploding future-pop on an other level. That big syruppy bass and those little pin prick sounds and the simultaneously laid-back / snap-tight beats = totally sublime music. My ringtone jam for going on a year, and it’s not stopping now.

PS: Have you had your Daily Awesome yet?

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September 15, 2006


And the award for most adorable under-18 band of the day goes to:

D & K

My jams are “Wonderful You” and the song about the happy/sad tree.

Recently in most adorable band of day (and runner up for best band name ever*):

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head

Word on the street is Marius‘ bro plays in this band. Brian Barr got it right here (second review down). Seriously, I WISH I was even half as cool as these kids when I was in high school. I mean, all I could muster up was this nerdy-ass computer music. If myspace had existed back in the (OG) Lollapalooza era, ain’t no cute girls woulda commented on that shit! Can I get an amen? AMEN.

So yes, adorable high school bands, I salute you.

* Just noticed they played with someone/thing called Sexually Active Corpse. That’s a contender.

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Cosmic Wow

disco space

This morning’s office ambience comes courtesy of Roy Dank’s fantastic Apocalypse Wow radio show and podcast over at East Village Radio (which seems like a really great operation in itself). I’ve emailed with Roy a little bit, and knew he was into that nebulous leftfield space disco terrain (as manifested in his regular XLR8R columns). But I had no idea his take on the un-genre was as smooth and crafted as this. Always refreshing when a DJ drops his own unique sound universe, and it comes out all fully-formed and neon-bouncy like this one. Good stuff.

Similarly singular local DJs treading simlarly cosmic dance landscapes: Barrett Ryker, Paul Dickow + David Chandler (plus about 500 other sound universes).

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