Optimist EP

Good Rester

Personnel: Andy Alexander - Moog synthesizer, acoustic guitar Clare Burson - vocals Brian Siskind - beats, Sequential Circuits Six-Track synth, lap steel, processing, edits

Produced by Fognode and Good Rester Recorded in Queens, NYC All songs copyright 2011

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  1. 1 Good Rester - Do You See It? [Beat Hollow Records] 03:44 Info
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  2. 2 Optimist 03:01 Info
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  3. 3 Being Silent 03:42 Info
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  4. 4 Daedalus 02:57 Info
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Those Drones - Pop Drones

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Those Drones - Pop Drones EP From the Nashville Scene: Here's the debut EP from a mysterious outfit (quite possibly comprised of locals who choose to remain anonymous), passed on to the Cream by Brian Siskind of Fognode, Good Rester and Ponychase fame. It's the latest release on his Beat Hollow Records label, named for the stellar 2001 post-rock album he reissued in January. Those Drones (no relation to Those Darlins) sounds like someone's been making origami with pages from an encyclopedia of electronic music, folding ambient soundscapes into shuddering trance tracks and propulsive house jams.

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  1. 1 Those Drones - Underground 4AM 03:57
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  2. 2 Those Drones - You Melt For A Star 02:43
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  3. 3 Those Drones - Silk And Strobe 03:56
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  4. 4 Those Drones - In Her Head 06:38
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  5. 5 Those Drones - OZ 05:37
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  6. 6 Those Drones - She Likes To Walk In The City 04:59
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Michael Shrieve - TRILON

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BHRVN1202 Format: 150 gram White Vinyl Ltd. Ed. 500 Released: 22 Apr 2014 Genre: Future Jazz

It was carved out of a rare day of relaxed but rigorous jamming at Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho studio in Seattle, and hatched from a band organically searching for a modern, electro-fied application of the improvisatory principles behind bands like Miles Davis’ late­‘60s ensembles and Bill Laswell’s eclectic early ‘90s collectives. But it is neither of those groups.

It is the culmination of a chemistry honed by a group of comrades at late­night, free­form gigs at Seattle clubs, where the city’s friskiest and riskiest players convene—casually, ready to laugh, wig out, whatever—to explore dangerous and beautiful terrain, from the comfortable seat of a big fat groove. And it is the sound of those musical adventures refracted through the prism of a remixer with a composer’s ear and a photographer’s eye.

Trilon is Skerik, the saxophone maestro known for his work with Critters Buggin, Garage A Trois, Les Claypool, Marco Benevento, and his own Bandelabra. It is keyboard and loop-guru Reggie Watts, the globally recognized comedian/musician who GQ calls “a comic genius.” It is Michael Shrieve, one of rock’s pioneering drummers, early Santana’s engine room, and the leader of Seattle supergroup Spellbinder. It is Brad Houser, bassist for David Garza, Edie Brickell and Critters Buggin. It is Mike Dillon, percussion radical and indie-jazz icon behind the Mike Dillon Band. It is James “Roto” Rotondi, guitarist/synthesist for Mr. Bungle and The Grassy Knoll. It is Brian Siskind aka Good Rester aka Fognode, mixer, remixer, composer and stereo sculptor. And it is neither Skerik, Watts, Shrieve, Houser, Dillon, Roto, or Siskind.

Trilon is about the Space between them, and the time between its creation and its eventual unfolding.

Produced by Michael Shrieve Co-Produced, Remixed by Brian Siskind

Good Rester vs. Diamond Age - Persona 22

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12" EP White Vinyl - Limited Edition of 200 Released April 8, 2014

Side A 1. Persona 22 2. Adornment

Side B Persona 22 (Ferry to Bainbridge mix)

Good Rester and Diamond Age explore the shadows of a dark room with two MPC's, an old cassette multitrack machine, and a boombox. The result is this 12" EP of deep waving beats and a sound equally impressive in headphones as it is passively on the turntable while in thought.

Brian Siskind - Live at the Rothko Chapel

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12" LP split mixed color vinyl - Limited Edition of 100 Release Date: May 27, 2014 Each record is a one of a kind pressing, hand stamp numbered, with variations in color and mix. The jackets include two double sided 11x11 glossy insert flats with liner notes, a text written by Veronica Kavass entitled "Rothko Passages", and each a unique original vintage postcard from the ruins in Pompeii, Italy.

Brian Siskind Live at the Rothko Chapel (40th Anniversary) July 16, 2011

The program is a guided sonic meditation, acoustically tailored and specifically crafted solely for and in reverence of the sacred space of the Rothko Chapel. Ambient meditative drones, stitched into collage with environmental field recordings and abstract textures form an amalgam of sound that create a singular experience for the listener, toward transcendence. From documented rituals of Bhutan monks in Brooklyn, to the birds in the ruins of Pompeii, and an alternating portrait of rural and urban life from across the United States and Europe, the resulting sonic images are a portrait of not only Siskind’s perspective, but of the collective auditory experience.

About the Rothko Chapel The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian born American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year, people of every faith from all parts of the world. As an art form, music speaks an international language and has the capacity to bind diverse people together through a shared experience. It can nurture interfaith understanding and has the transformative power to enlighten the mind and spirit.

"One of the great joys in my life has always been to discover music that moves me in such a way that is obvious that the music has been made so purely out of a love and respect for sound, the power of music and the infinite ways that it can move you. Brian Siskind's "Live At the Rothko Chapel" is the kind of experience in music that is a treasure to find." - Michael Shrieve

BHRVN1203 33 1/3 RPM

Fognode - Beat Hollow

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12" LP Limited Edition of 100 - hand numbered 12" 150g vinyl Remastered reissue of the 2001 classic.

"Fognode's Beat Hollow (2001) stands as an excellent introduction to the pastoral mode that would characterize indie Nashville in the coming decade." - Edd Hurt - Nashville Scene

When I first heard Fognode’s 2001 Beat Hollow, I had been back in Nashville for about a year. I had seen the city change already in the 1990s, when many rockabilly clones and wanna-be Lefty Frizzell cardboard cutout figures mutated with what has always been a factor in Nashville music, smug insider-hipsterism. The Fognode music, though, seemed like someone’s dream of Nashville as a place where there had always been too many overtones. The tonal palette of Beat Hollow, thus, contains pedal steel, regular guitars, some piano, drums, flutes, found sounds. The rest of the world, as Fognode auteur Brian Siskind likely knew when he got to Nashville back in the ‘90s, had already years earlier outside of Nashville done some interesting, abstract stuff with the materials around them. So I think the collision of song form and what you could call this record’s trip-hop leanings is also very Nashville. The overall effect is mystical, rural, leaf-strewn, but Beat Hollow is also as studied as a Chet Atkins instrumental-jazz-country record. In a way, Beat Hollow is a singer-songwriter record without the singer, and it is also a guitar record that contains several blues-folk-pop codas--the guitar often ends to songs that amble through their markings like a folk singer through the familiar chord changes that everyone knows. It’s a record of light, shadow and hills and streets that are scrambled, as Nashville streets can be. In a way, of course, it’s a pop record, an aural signature, a blank. Recorded in 1999 and first released in 2001, it’s a snapshot of a sensibility in Nashville, and you can take it from here. --EDD HURT

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  1. 1 Fognode - The Day I Heard 04:05
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  2. 2 Fognode - Sackcloth And Ashes 04:39
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  3. 3 Fognode - Stealing March 04:16
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  4. 4 Fognode - Mudrake 02:31
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  5. 5 Fognode - Heroine 03:00
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  6. 6 Fognode - Beat Hollow 04:24
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  7. 7 Fognode - Mandala 02:47
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  8. 8 Fognode - Myriad 03:48
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  9. 9 Fognode - The Fury Of A Patient Man 05:13
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  10. 10 Fognode - I Read Your Note 04:03
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night EP

nightey

written and produced almost entirely within a laptop and headphones while traveling through europe and australia
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  1. 1 for your safety (addl production h streten) 07:00 Info Buy
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  2. 2 pineapple xpress dub 04:46 Info Buy
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  3. 3 confusing vibes 00:49 Info Buy
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  4. 4 mini suicide (dub mix) 03:31 Info Buy
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  5. 5 merlin and vivian (steampunk mix) 05:08 Info Buy
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  6. 6 syrup diva sadness 05:34 Info Buy
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  7. 7 broken mold (your life is a) 05:44 Info Buy
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Brian Siskind - Niterói, water that hides

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Limited Edition 12" featuring the sound and music from the recent 3 month sound installation by Brian Siskind at the Frist Center for the Arts in Nashville, TN - the LP includes a second side of never-heard remixes of the original material. Here is a link to a video clip of the vertigo inducing exhibit by Ana Maria Tavares "Deviating Utopias"