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:: STRANGE ATTRACTOR :: electronics/ambience/otherness :: mondays midnight-2am eastern (gmt-5) :: 89.1fm kalamazoo, mi :: widrfm.org

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Items in my regular collection are not for sale, so please don't send me e-mails asking to buy something from me. However, I have many items for sale here. Sorry, I will not burn CDRs or MP3s for you.

My wantlist is mostly for my own use, but if you have something on my I'm looking for, feel free to contact me.
Recent Activity
submitted Headphone Science - Disorders of Consciousness. about 1 month ago
submitted Clocolan - Nothing Left To Abandon. 2 months ago
submitted Krypt (4) - Eternal. 2 months ago
submitted Various - Auteur Jams. 5 months ago
submitted Rodeo (12) - Dust Bowl. 8 months ago
submitted Futureslum - Crushed Flowers in Skeletal Hands. 9 months ago
posted a review of Autumn Of Communion - Polydeuces. 10 months ago
Dear god, this album is fantastic. Lush and unhurried, simultaneously old-school and a thousand years in the future.
submitted Pattern Behavior - Electric Minds. about 1 year ago
submitted Arovane - Dwell_tevvel_structure. about 1 year ago
submitted ALPHAXONE - Absence of Motion. about 1 year ago
submitted Solvoid - EP3. about 1 year ago
submitted Solvoid - EP2. about 1 year ago
submitted Solvoid - EP1. about 1 year ago
submitted Si Matthews - Tales Of Ten Worlds. over 2 years ago
submitted Porya Hatami & Lee Anthony Norris* - Every Day Feels Like A New Drug. over 2 years ago
submitted Zane Trow - The Transient Implosion. over 2 years ago
submitted EUS - Los Otros. over 3 years ago
submitted EUS - Los Otros. over 3 years ago
submitted EUS - Sol Levit. over 3 years ago
submitted EUS - Sol Levit. over 3 years ago
submitted EUS - Tras El Horizonte. over 3 years ago
submitted Tomotsugu Nakamura - Slow Weather. over 4 years ago
submitted Andrew Bird - Hands Of Glory. over 4 years ago
posted a review of Reload - Amenity EP. over 10 years ago
"Amenity" is quite possibly one of the most beautiful Reload tracks ever created. Beautiful and haunting, and unlike most of the Reload catalogue, this track is more like a Global Communication song with heavier beats....

...at least, if you play it ... See full review
posted a review of Lateduster - Easy Pieces. over 11 years ago
In its last days, Merck seems to have opened up to more than just electronified hip-hop. "Easy Pieces", along with the albums by Tiki Obmar, give us a small glimpse of where the label may have been headed. The second track off this is a real winner- ... See full review
posted a review of m² - The Bitter End. over 11 years ago
Cold, dark and oppressive, just the way we likes it. Lots of nice nasty voice samples overlaid on top of some hideously creepy electronics and ambience. Nice to listen to with all the lights turned off, my precious.
posted a review of Coldcut - Everything Is Under Control. over 11 years ago
Where are the Coldcuts of yesteryear? Not only is this not innovative or interesting in any way, it also sounds utterly dated and smacks of a poorly-timed rap/rock attempt at relevance in a musical world that has grabbed hold of the Coldcut sampling ... See full review
posted a comment on Kid Koala - Scratchcratchratchatch. over 11 years ago
Regarding the "500 copies" - This cassette has been re-released by Ninja Tune, so there are many more copies circulating these days that are, for all intents and purposes, virtually identical. Still, it's a pretty amazing release, and even better now ... See full review
posted a review of 302 Acid - 302 Acid 0005. over 11 years ago
Suprisingly not quite as good as I'd hoped. Where the gel-sol album is vibrant and uplifting, this album is ponderous and downcast. There's a few bright spots, such as the majestic "Calibrations" (similar to Vangelis or Peter Benisch's "Soundtrack ... See full review
posted a review of Gel-Sol - Gel-sol 1104. over 11 years ago
This is an absolutely stunning album. There's similarities to mid-period Orb releases, especially "Orblivion", as well as Irresistible Force and Pete Namlook's collaborations with Bill Laswell. Layers of warm, comforting synths and some dub-influenced ... See full review
posted a review of M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us. over 11 years ago
Looks like the brilliance of "Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts" may have been a sophomore fluke. While "Before the Dawn Heals Us" is a stylistic continuation of the previous album, much of the propulsive pyrotechnics of songs like "Unreleased", ... See full review
posted a review of Circular - Glass Darkly. over 12 years ago
For their third album, Circular ditches the chilly sci-fi ambience and Biosphere references and brings forth a warmer, more organic album than ever before. There's still some sci-fi movie samples but they're not nearly as pronounced in the mix, and the ... See full review
posted a review of Tor Lundvall - Passing Through Alone. over 12 years ago
Fans of Mr. Lundvall's other works should be advised that this album has very little in common with those later albums. "Passing Through Alone" is a blend of mid to late 80's-vintage synthpop sounds and some darker industrial noises. While not bad in ... See full review
posted a review of View To The Future - The 7th Seal. over 12 years ago
Ulrich Schnauss does average, "Logical Progression"-style ambient-tinged Drum & Bass. While there's nothing with it from a technical standpoint, emotionally it feels a little empty. The songs don't progress much beyond a fairly static beat layered under ... See full review
posted a review of Chapterhouse retranslated by Global Communication - Pentamerous Metamorphosis. over 12 years ago
Virtually identical to the original 1993 release on Dedicated, except for one minor difference- the C3-PO sample from the film "Return of the Jedi" is missing from the beginning of track 2. (Removed, no doubt, following the George Lucas dust-up over the ... See full review
posted a review of Helios - Unomia. over 12 years ago
One of the best records ever released on Merck, "Unomia" is a masterpiece of dark atmosphere, subtle beats, and experiments in multilayered ambience that only reveals more and more with each listen. While a small number of songs fall into the ... See full review
posted a review of Biosphere - Autour De La Lune. over 12 years ago
Biosphere takes a distressing and unfortunate turn towards minimalism with this uninspired collection of drones, radio static, and unpleasant high-pitched squeals. While the trend towards minimalism on "Shenzhou" was a welcome if unexpected detour from ... See full review
posted a review of Loscil - First Narrows. over 12 years ago
Loscil just keeps getting better and better. "First Narrows" is by far his most accomplished and satisfying album yet. The subtle addition of guitar and electric piano on a few tracks adds a suprising amount of warmth and depth the album, and the slight ... See full review
posted a review of M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. over 12 years ago
Sort of like the second coming of "Loveless"...imagine My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive beating each other to death
with sharpened fragments of broken analog synths, granular waveforms and
old shortwave radio transmissions...a steel cage ... See full review
posted a review of Jean-François Laporte - Mantra. over 12 years ago
Incredible mechanical drone, voltage hum, and machinery noises, supposedly created by recording an resurfacing machine at a ice-skating rink. Absolutely mind-blowing, even in it's utter simplicity of execution.
posted a review of Tim Hecker - Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again. over 13 years ago
Fragmented bits of guitar, slow, low chords, mixed with unobtrusive glitchiness equals one of the best ambient albums I've ever heard. Reminds me at times of a more fragmented version of Plotkin & Spybey's "A Peripheral Blur", or maybe Shuttle358 ... See full review
posted a review of Wieland Samolak - Steady State Music. over 13 years ago
Hmmm...it's good, but it's not THAT good. Lots of sonic wash, some darkness and granular noises, but aside from a general slow drift these tracks don't really go anywhere in particular. Like Lustmord without the menace, or Gas without the beats. ... See full review
posted a review of The Modernist - Kangmei. over 13 years ago
One of the best electronic pop albums of 2003. Instantly hummable melodies, catchy vocals, and upbeat tempos mark a bit of a departure from the previous two albums towards a bit brighter and more poppy sound. Hopefully, we'll see more albums like this ... See full review
posted a review of Plastikman - Closer. over 13 years ago
Awful. Simply awful. Hawtin rehashes the same tired Roland sounds+effects, adds cheesy sub-high-school-poetry lyrics with some lame pitch and delay. I'll stick with "Consumed"...it's far better than this and about the last good thing he's done.
posted a review of Tom Opdahl - Black Smoker. over 13 years ago
Superb production by Geir Jenssen, but this album is quite capable of standing on it's own as a fantastic slice of artic ambience. Dark, murky, and bearing a passing resemblance to mid-period Biosphere albums like "Substrata", "Black Smoker" creates a ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Tour De France 2003. over 13 years ago
Not offensive, by any means, but by no means groundbreaking, and actually
pretty tame. Sounds like they've been listening heavily to stuff from
Kompakt, or some generic "Detroit" artist. The references are really heavy-handed and obvious, and it's ... See full review
posted a review of Mick Harris, Eraldo Bernocchi - Overload Lady. over 13 years ago
Pretty decent frenetic drum 'n' bass/breakbeat stuff. Nice textures in the near-ambient backgrounds, and the drum programming is typically Bernocchi-tight. My only complaint is that the tracks sometimes wear out their welcome and run on longer than they ... See full review
posted a review of Hecate vs. Lustmord - Law Of The Battle Of Conquest. over 13 years ago
Hecate remixes gems from the Lustmord back catalogue into bizarre powernoise/breakbeat/dark ambient soup. Most of it works, especially the remix of "Strage Attractor", although the "Heresy" reworking features a little too much silly shrieking about sex ... See full review
posted a review of A Small Good Thing* - Cool Cool Water. over 13 years ago
Mini-EP follow-up to "Slim Westerns"...some more Western US-themed steel guitar ambience and a weird bossanova-esque remix("Redeemer") of one of the tracks from the previous album. This album features beats, unlike the previous release, and feels a ... See full review
posted a review of A Small, Good Thing - Slim Westerns. over 13 years ago
Members of O Yuki Conjugate and Sons of Silence do Ennio Morricone-flavored high desert ambience. Lots of great Western movie samples cleverly nestled among shimmering slide steel guitar and gorgeous wide-open reverberating synths. Similar in theme but ... See full review