Hi. I'm Lars Gotrich. I do a lot of things for NPR Music. I enjoy metal, fun-killer noise, effusively joyful pop music and beer.
Summer’s coming to an end, which means I’m putting aside my Jorge Ben and Saint Vitus records and pulling out the fall collection: Galaxie 500, American Football, 808s and Heartbreak (though that’s a year-round, life-long listen). This also calls for some beats, and it’s not quite Burial weather, yet. The ridiculously reliable Future Times label has a gliding, sliding synth-laden new 12” from Zombi’s Steve Moore out soon and this here’s the A-side, “Zen Spiders.” The icy pulse is familiar (particularly to Moore), but the texture is steeped in reddish hues that bubble with grinning ecstasy.
Keith Fullerton Whitman left one of his modular synthesizers (a “voight-kampff machine”) running for about six hours while he got lunch (long lunch!) and uploaded the results. Download at his Soundcloud.
It’s not entirely clear to me what this show’s supposed to be, but all I know is Keith Fullerton Whitman picked it and that I want his beard in the intro. (FYI: It’s a live synth improv by Laurie Spiegel.)