Jun 13


What a beautiful summer solstice. Some friends invited me to a weekend campout with killer electronic music, daytime swimming and late night campfire conversations. The super long moon shadows made fantastic playmates.

Solstice Campfire


Dec 12

Top 10 Electronic Music Albums of 2012

Farewell, 2012. This year rippled with some fantastic releases; here’s a list of my top ten albums from the past twelve months:

  1. Pye Corner Audio – Sleep Games (Ghost Box)
    My favorite artist of 2012. The Head Technician outputs music worthy of a deliciously thick, foggy horror flick under the heavy influence of Warp Records’ early days.

  2. Christian Löffler – A Forest (Ki)
    A relatively new face to the ambient techno world, Löffler is coming soon to San Francisco with Andy Stott (January 18).

  3. Lumerians – Transmissions From the Telos Vol. IV (Hands In The Dark)
    These local psych gods put on an outstanding show. They make sweet friends too.

  4. Can – The Lost Tapes (Mute)
    This three disc set of master tapes contains rare material that was recorded, boxed and forgotten decades ago. So glad they were unearthed and released.

  5. Voices from the Lake feat. Donato Dozzy & Neel – Voices from the Lake (Prologue)
    “S.T. (VFL Rework)” became the most frequently played track when I printed on the Windmill this year; I guess VFTL and letterpress go well together! They performed a memorable live set at Monarch in July.

  6. Jan Jelinek – Music For Fragments / Music & Birds (Faitiche)
    I’ve followed Jan Jelinek over a dozen years with much devotion. His latest release is one of quiet sophistication, spare but crackling with texture and whimsy.

  7. Peaking Lights – Lucifer
    A great album for summertime at the beach. “Beautiful Son” is a highlight:

  8. Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Stare (Erased Tapes)
    Nils Frahm’s last album, Felt, was a 2011 favorite, and his latest collaboration with Arnalds seems a happy and productive one. Together, the two modern classical composers create a cinematic EP that’s perfect for a late night drive.

  9. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
    Like Jelinek, Andy Stott is another producer I’ve watched with keen interest over the years. He’s come a long way from Merciless (2006), slowly growing his sonic palette into a dark fusion of lush IDM and driving percussive patterns, overlaid with heavenly vocals from Alison Skidmore.

  10. Monolake – Ghosts (Imbalance Computer Music)
    Robert Henke gave a great talk and dropped a solid set at Unsound Festival in New York. His latest album transports one straight into the pages of a Philip K. Dick or William Gibson novel.

Apr 12

Unsound Festival

Looking forward to this…

Unsound Festival

Mar 12

Sun Araw at Voltron

Sun Araw performs tonight in Oakland. If that isn’t enough for you to come out, perhaps this stupendous flyer design will.

Voltron Poster

Nov 11

Melt Banana!

Melt Banana

Woohoo! Yasuko and the Melt Banana crew will descend on San Francisco tomorrow night with another show of torrential noise rock. I can’t think of a better way to expunge the excesses of holiday madness.