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Cherly KaCherly – Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Author: Colin | Published: 18/8/12

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Misadventures of a Meaty Machine

Artist Cherly KaCherly
Title Misadventures of a Meaty Machine
Label Birdsong
Year 2012
Design Nir Matarasso
Music Lo-fi no-wave songs/electronica
Notes Game, pizza box and CD album, it’s all pleasurably handmade/lo-fi – like the music – right down to the handmade dice and game counter.

- Buy from Cherly KaCherly’s Etsy page
- See more pics on Flickr

And a video to please my vegetarian soul:

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White Hills

Author: Colin | Published: 12/8/12
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White Hills

White Hills

White Hills

White Hills

White Hills

White Hills

White Hills

White Hills

Artist White Hills
Title White Hills
Label Thrill Jockey
Year 2010
Design Jonny O
Music Psychedelic drone-core
Notes The repress of White Hills’ debut finds their self-proclaimed ‘Fuzzed Out Motorik Spacerock’ literally reflected in a shiny silver sleeve thats both silver-foiled and embossed. The imagery suggests a melding of Haight-Ashbury psychedelia with Russian Orthodox iconography. The end result is strangely unsettling, perhaps it’s that unblinking eye or the claustrophobic latticework. The playful typefaces are also worth note. Label: Thrill Jockey; artwork: Jonny O. Keep careful watch on that unblinking eye…
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DJ Food – ‘The Search Engine’ live at SAT, Montreal

Author: Colin | Published: 7/8/12
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DJ Food ‘The Search Engine’ live at SAT, Montreal from Solid Steel on Vimeo.

DJ Food aka Strictly Kev premiered his full dome show in N. America at Montreal’s SATosphere on July 19th-21st 2012. It’s an immersive 360° show with surround sound mixed for over 150 speakers in which the audience lies down whilst he moves sound around via an iPad during a 50 minute trip through a remix of his album ‘The Search Engine’.

Images are pulled from Kev’s own design work for Ninja Tune, NASA and Hubble sources as well as showcasing footage from others working in the full dome medium such as Jan Zehn & Stefan Berke (Germany), Paul Bourke (Australia) and cameraman Thomas English (UK).

I missed DJ Food’s show at Greenwich. I hang my head in shame and hope he plays these shores again.

Previously on Hard Format:
- The Search Engine
- Ninja Tune XX

Cassettes

Author: Colin | Published: 5/8/12
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Artist 1-5: various; 6-7: various; 8-10: Joy Division; 11-13: U2
Title 1-5: Drum & Bass Selection 1; 6-7: personal compilation; 8-10: Closer, Unknown Pleasures; 11-13: Bootleg
Label 1-5: Breakdown Records; 6-7: n/a; 8-10: n/a; 11-13: n/a
Year 1980s-90s
Design 1-5: no credit; 6-7: n/a; 8-10: Colin Buttimer; 11-13: Colin Buttimer
Music 1-5: Jungle; 6-7: Reggae; 8-10: Joy Division; 11-13: Rock
Notes Drum & Bass Selection 1 straight outta Romford was one of the first (of many) Jungle compilations I bought. It’s still my favourite alongside Kodo Eshun’s Routes From The Jungle for Virgin. The former still strikes me as the most pleasingly hardcore, nailing that harsh sound before Two Step and Drum’n'Bass took centre stage. This compilation collects a host of classics, almost all from ’93. A few years ago I ended up buying a copy on CD.

Next up’s a compilation from a friend of mostly reggae, Dom’s style wasn’t to make great efforts in the presentation department. The ‘a’ side was a fine compilation, the ‘b’ side meandered a bit. Sorry Dom, just saying.

That third cassette came with me to life on a kibbutz in Israel after I left school. I used to listen to it on my first Walkman, an Awai not much bigger than a cassette box itself. It wasn’t reliable though and died a death before I reached Munich where I saved up my pay from a hotel porter job and bought a top end Sony Walkman, the classic black metal design:

Now that’s what I call industrial design. I still have it though it doesn’t work any more. The cassette has the two classic Joy Division albums on it. I used to listen to them endlessly, in particular stepping outside the wire fence of the kibbutz on the edge of the Judean desert by the Dead Sea, smoking and looking at the stars. Home taping really does kill music – I still don’t own these albums – however, I’ve bought numerous other albums, singles and who knows what by Joy Division and New Order… The cover? I used to cut pictures out of magazines that I thought fit the music of the tape I was making.

And at some point in my twenties I started getting more imaginative with my cassette covers. I regularly taped things for friends, in particular Robin who used to single along to them in his darkroom in the basement of the house in Homerton. For him I made standalone sculptures made from detritus, broken and collaged cassette boxes. They sat on a shelf and released their cassettes only reluctantly. For this bootleg of U2′s Zooropa tour recorded from the radio I applied liberal amounts of masking tape. For Jungle tapes recorded in the early ’90s straight from pirate stations complete with lengthy MC chatter, I applied shiny black electrical tape. They looked rather fine.