Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TRANSISTOR HEART IX - DJ Rat-Ward Playlist for June 27th 2016

C-90 format

Side A:

01 - The Lift Boys "Anarchy Village" 2005
02 - Koonda Hoola & The Beeches "Drugs" 200X
03 - Lothar & The Hand People "Machines" 1968
04 - Master's Apprentices "Barefoot When I Saw Her" 1970
05 - Mydolls "The-rapist" 1981
06 - Can't "Crazy Cat" 2004
07 - Christine Shields "Monkey Goes To The Moon" 2001
08 - Ceramic Hobs "The Yew Survives From The Ancient Woodland" 1988
09 - Tangela Tticoli "Jet Lady" 1982
10 - Tom Fazzini "Smokescreen" 1984
11 - Deerhoof "My Pal Foot Foot" 2002
12 - Starfuckers "Dear Prudence" 1996
13 - Ronnie And The Rhythm Boys "Hey Joe" 1980

Side B:

14 - Screamin' Mee-Mees "Answer Me!" 1996
15 - Memphis Goons "See Her Face In The Mirror" 19XX
16 - Destroy All Monsters "You're Gonna Die" 1978
17 - Screaming Lord Sutch "Cause I Love You" 1970
18 - Emmanuel Angel "Gertrude" 1970
19 - Adam's Rib "Hide Your Love" 1970
20 - Unknown Artist "Sorban Palid" 19XX
21 - Lewisite "Hanzaisya" 1983
22 - Andrew Klimek "Felt Hammer" 1979
23 - Arnold Lane "No Collar" 1981
24 - Thomas Leer "International" 1978
25 - Dark Day "Hands In The Dark" 1979
26 - Noh Mercy "Revolutionary Spy" 198X
27 - Randy Grief "I'm A Bat" 1990
28 - The Cheese Band "I Like Cheese (Transistor Heart edit)" 1997
29 - Tommy Jay "Last Hurrah" 198X


Compiled by Gary Stevens aka DJ Rat-Ward June 27th 2016

Additional volumes of the Transistor Heart compilations available here:


Friday, June 24, 2016

TRANSISTOR HEART VIII - DJ Rat-Ward playlist for June 24th 2016

C-90 format

Side A:

01 - Carol "So Low" 1983
02 - Sylvester "I Need Somebody To Love Tonight (Transistor Heart edit)" 1979
03 - Leland "I've Got Some Happiness" 1976
04 - The Durutti Column "I Get Along Without You Very Well" 1983
05 - The Clean "Tally Ho" 1981
06 - Tall Dwarfs "All My Hollowness To You" 1987
07 - The 49 Americans "Stupid Boy" 1980
08 - The Homosexuals "Jesus (Transistor Heart edit)" 1983
09 - Fox "Only You Can" 1975
10 - Haruomi Hosono "Sportsmen" 1982
11 - Chiemi Manabe "Untotooku" 1982
12 - Cleaners From Venus "Corridor Of Dreams" 1982
13 - Cathy Kidd & Tim Smyth "Rainy Days And Mondays" 1987

Side B:

14 - Modern English "Gathering Dust" 1980
15 - Dow Jones & The Industrials "Ladies With Appliances" 1980
16 - The Blank Students "Background Music" 1979
17 - Tuxedomoon "No Tears (Transistor Heart edit)" 1978
18 - After Dinner "Cymbals At Dawn" 1982
19 - Current Obsessions "Faceless Rite" 1982
20 - Pete Brandt's Method "What You Are" 1980
21 - Nini Raviolette "Suis-Je Normale" 1980
22 - Ludus "Breaking The Rules" 1983
23 - Psychic TV "The Orchids" 1983
24 - Shelley Duvall "He Needs Me" 1980
25 - Damien Youth "One Night Stand" 2000
26 - Allen Toussaint "Southern Nights" 1975


Compiled by Gary Stevens aka DJ Rat-Ward June 24th 2016

Additional volumes of the Transistor Heart compilations available here:


Friday, June 10, 2016

International Noise Conference - Richmond Virginia - 2016

Wednesday July 6th 2016 7pm

RVA Noise presents:  International Noise Conference - Richmond Virginia - 2016

Rat Bastard and the Laundryroom Squelchers bring the International Noise Conference tour to Richmond VA!


Laundryroom Squelchers, Head Molt, Stabbed In The Face, Brown Piss, Broadcastatic,
Flesh Control, Yoga Demon, Muzak City, Blue Nine, Crack Bytch, Lacanthrope, R-Complex, Taciturnal, Dyrt, Predation, Fake Object, 10-56, Coteries, Yohimbe and Stone Garden Jam Temple.

Doors open at 7PM - Sounds start at 8PM sharp
18+ $5.00 admission
*Performance schedule posted below*

"In 2004, cult South Florida producer, Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestra, hosted the inaugural International Noise Conference (INC) at Churchill’s Pub in Miami, Florida. Around 40 acts - all from the United Sates - performed over the course of three days.

12 years later, the conference proper has expanded to a full week, every major city in Florida hosts pre- and post-shows, and the total number of bands is but one of myriad statistics that confirms INC is a consistent institution in the often chaotically transient world of do-it-yourself underground experimental music. In the course of its expansion, Falestra has justified the global scope of his festival’s once seemingly ironic namesake by featuring provocative avant-garde performers from all over the world, and by expanding into annual touring editions that have traveled through five continents..."

08:00 - Head Molt
08:15 - Stabbed In The Face
08:30 - Brown Piss
08:45 - Broadcastatic
09:00 - Flesh Control
09:15 - Yoga Demon
09:30 - Muzak City
09:45 - Blue Nine
10:00 - Crack Bytch
10:15 - Lacanthrope
10:30 - R-Complex
10:45 - Taciturnal
11:00 - Dyrt
11:15 - Predation
11:30 - Fake Object
11:45 - 10-56
12:00 - Coteries
12:15 - Yohimbe
12:30 - Stone Garden Jam Temple
12:45 - Laundryroom Squelchers


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

RVA Noise Fest V videos hit the web - RVA Mag


The fifth annual RVA Noise Fest took place a few weeks back, and for those who missed it, you're in luck (at least a little bit). A number of decent quality videos from the event have emerged and nows your chance to catch up on some of the best noise, harsh noise, power electronics, ambient, drone, synth, techno, free jazz, no wave and performance art available in the area.

The actual event took place over two days at both Strange Matter and Gallery 5, and it was a veritable marathon of short, back to back performances by local noise, electronic, experimental and otherwise unclassifiable musicians.

Check out some of the videos below via Nic De Santis....

Posted by: brad – May 10, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Event Pick: RVA Noise Fest V at Strange Matter and Gallery5 - Style Weekly

“Please God, make it stop” noise to some is “Yes Lord, turn it up louder” sound to others. Take the RVA Noise Fest, for example. The fifth annual showcase of Virginia underground experimental artists happens Saturday, April 23, at Strange Matter, and Sunday, April 24, at Gallery5 — and it will have people screaming to get in or get out. That dichotomy suits event organizer and divisive entertainment champion Gary Stevens just fine. Each year the prolific Richmond noisemaker assembles a diverse cast of like-minded sound manipulators who don’t concern themselves with the mundane triviality of making people happy. From the fractured tonal disintegrations of France Gall Entity to deep left-field jazz of the New Loft, it’s instantly clear that this two-day festival is definitely not for everyone. The process of weeding out begins Saturday for a full 12 hours of entertainment or torture at 2 p.m. and Sunday from 5-11 p.m. Admission for each night is $5. strangematterrva.com or gallery5arts.org. (Photo by Joey Fichete)

5/20: ZOMBI, MUTWAWA and NEUROLOGY at Strange Matter

Friday, May 20 2016 at 8:45 PM - 12 AM

ZOMBI (Pittsburgh, Relapse)

8:45 Doors // 9:45 Sounds | $12 Cover | 18+
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Producing work that is epic in concept, sound, and artistic approach, Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, the masterminds and multi-instrumentalists behind ZOMBI, have re-imagined the architecture of progressive rock and dynamic instrumentals, carving a niche in underground music distinctly their own. The band’s signature sound, achieved using only electric bass, drums, and a collection of analog synthesizers, is deceptively lush considering its two man skeleton crew ensemble. Moore’s bass playing and meticulous synthesizer programming interacts seamlessly with Paterra’s controlled, precision drumming, as if each man is anticipating his counterpart’s next move. Punctuated by Moore and Paterra’s seasoned songwriting skills, each Zombi song, whether grand in design like Light Rhythms from the band’s forthcoming LP or powerful and driving like Orion, the opening track on Cosmos, is entirely autonomous and true to the duo’s creative vision.

“I bring a lot of skeletal ideas to the table: basslines, sequences, and drum parts. Steve will then craft them into complete songs,” Paterra explains. “There is a musical trust that exists between us that allows for full exploration of all ideas. We are perfectionists, sometimes to a fault, but I think it is a quality that lends itself well to the music.” “We share the same goal, which is simply to create music that we enjoy rather selfishly,” Moore adds. “We have a similar list of influences as well, both of us having grown up listening to progressive and classic rock. So when it comes time to write, we’re basically completing each other’s thoughts.”
Following the success of Cosmos, Zombi’s critically-acclaimed debut album for Relapse Records and a series of national tours with artists like Dillinger Escape Plan, The Fucking Champs, Red Sparowes, Panthers, and Breather Resist, Moore and Paterra regrouped in Chicago to begin work on their next full-length album. “Surface To Air is a genuinely progressive album: bigger, denser, and more dynamic than anything we’ve done before,” Moore says. “Its still dark and cinematic, but without being kitschy like some of our earlier releases. The album is an accurate representation of who we are and where we are headed as a band,” Paterra adds. “It is the culmination of a style and sound we’ve been honing since our inception, but it also puts us in a new direction, one that I am excited to explore.”

Larger in scope and sound, Surface To Air is an evolutionary album, anchored by the distinct melodic and technically complex sound Zombi has become known for, but more mature and forward-thinking in its overall conceptual approach. While the track listing may at first appear lean at a mere five songs, the attentive listener will soon realize that Moore and Paterra have composed and assembled more than 40 minutes of emotive, dynamic, multi-layered music making Surface To Air a magnum opus in its own right. Informed by the music and boundary-pushing work ethic of icons like Genesis, Tangerine Dream, Van Halen, and Pink Floyd, Moore and Paterra rely just as much on inspiration from the past as they do on their own skill and musical knowledge during the songwriting process. On Surface To Air, the integrity of tracks like Challenger Deep with its powerful, driving bassline, and the mysterious mounting tension of Digitalis are indisputable evidence of Zombi’s artistic growth and allegiance to producing a diverse and progressive body of work. Legacy,however, sidesteps, revealing a more introspective direction in Moore and Paterra’s work, while the album’s title track, Surface To Air, opens with a frantically-paced and hypnotic synthesizer-laden melody.

Experimenting with a vast new sound, Zombi proves that charging forward with an expansive vision can open doors to an entirely new realm. While Moore and Paterra still draw inspiration from the horror genre when composing film scores, a broader range of influences as well as a desire to push the boundaries of what they?e already accomplished informs the material for their albums. Whether you?e an adventurous listener, diehard fan, or skeptical observer, delving into the latest chapter of Zombi: prolific and ever-evolving work will never disappoint.