Dog Gone & Smiling Buddha Present: Lido Pimienta ∆ Ken Park ∆ Carl Didur

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Welcome to 2015, friends! We’re psyched to kick of the year with this stacked show announcement–the first of many to come in this bright new year. For those unfamiliar with Columbian electronic experimental artist Lido Pimienta, prepare to be enlightened by one of the top musical forces on the scene right now. It all goes down January 23 at Smiling Buddha with Ken Park and Carl Didur providing support.

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Dog Gone Presents ∆ The Radio Spoke To Me

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This just might be the best mix we ever did.

 

Download ∆ The Radio Spoke To Me 

01. Montibus Communitus ∆ The Pilgrim Under Stars (excerpt)
02. Dymaxion ∆ Ant’lrd Ally
03. Biglietto Per L’Inferno ∆ Confessione
04. Federal Duck ∆ Peace In My Mind
05. Sons Of Adam ∆ I Told You Once Before
06. Fender IV ∆ Malibu Run
07. The Electronic Hole ∆ Love Will Find A Way
08. Grateful Dead/John Oswald ∆ Clouds Cast (excerpt)
09. Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood ∆ Journey To The East
10. Mark Fry ∆ The Witch
11. Vasti Bunyan ∆ Coldest Night Of The Year
12. C.O.B. ∆ Spirit Of Love
13. Toolshed ∆ Love In Outer Space
14. Yusef Lateef ∆ Eastern Market
15. Saphire Thinkers ∆ From Within
16. The Millenium – 5 A.M.
17. Fate – Smoke & Stone

 

Dog Gone Presents ∆ Songs For The Summer Months

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Greetings, friends. It’s been a busy summer in these parts. But, fear not, we’re still here and we have a brand new mix for your ears. Kick back in your favourite easy chair and enjoy this selection of Songs For The Summer Months.

 

∆ Songs For The Summer Months ∆

 

1. Gabor Szabo – Galatea’s Guitar
2. Jefferson Airplane – Today
3. Maria Papagika – O Marcos Botsaris
4. Pink Floyd – Crumbling Land (Take 1)
5. The Higher Elevation – The Summer Skies
6. Love – Bummer In The Summer
7. Atomic Forest – Sunshine Day
8. The Lemon Fog – Summer
9. Merrel Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty – The Big Gray Sky
10. Mountain Bus – Sing A New Song
11. Human Instinct – Tomorrow
11. Culture – Natty Dread Naw Run
12. Dock Boggs – Down South Blues
13. Peaking Lights – Summertime

Amen Dunes △ Love

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The 13th Floor Elevators’ Svengali Tommy Hall once remarked that his band formed what he termed a “third sound”; all the band’s instruments, playing in the right environment, with the right pharmaceuticals, would bleed together to create overtones that would be interpreted as being from another instrument altogether. Damon McMahon and his Amen Dunes project seem to have unconsciously run with this throughout their latest release Love, producing a dynamic work which benefits as much from studio trickery as songcraft. As a result, the final product creates a murky and hallucinatory listening experience saturated in lush production, drawn from disparate elements, and steeped in the droning repetition of collaborators Godspeed! You Black Emperor.

 

The group’s video for “Lilac in Hand” illustrates these elements best, visually showing the uncertain and flowing nature of the music – the viewer’s focus pans in and out from above to below, and forced perspective changes appear visually much like the overdriven sonic elements of the song itself. You can hear that McMahon has drawn from many sources, and is meticulous in what he chooses to include, but the offhand nature of the album’s performances show a performer who believes strongly in using off-the-cuff inspiration to inform a final product which is very much in the moment.

 

Opener “White Child” brings this disorientation into perspective – a piano playing slightly out of time gives way to a backing which builds in intensity throughout the song. Damon’s emphatic lyrical delivery, which calls to mind Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, seems to dictate the ebb and flow of the backing, giving a live and improvisational feel to the recording. Track “Splits Are Parted” continues this trend, with a heavily treated backing track benefiting from simple repetition and cavernous reverb, alongside a spirited vocal and musical arrangement that recalls Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “I See A Darkness”.  “I Know Myself”, based off of an acoustic guitar, opens up over the course of the song to include ghostly harmonies and percussive accompaniment, which all results in a slight R&B feel. On the other end of the spectrum, the closing title track “Love”, with its repeating musical phrase and variations thereof dropping in and out of the mix, can sonically draw comparisons like Brian Eno’s Discreet Music, or ideas previously used in Terry Riley and Steve Reich’s symphonic works.

 

Although the murkiness of the production at times obscures the directness of McMahon’s lyrics, these very same eerie textures produce a shadowy and meditative atmosphere, where, yes, Tommy Hall’s “third sound” is sometimes evoked. The emotion of the performances and dynamic of the production ensure that the final message comes through with a concise and accessible, yet obtuse work.

△ Words by Dave Sampson

Purchase Love via Sacred Bones.

 

Dog Gone Presents Amen Dunes along with Alex Calder, Wicked Witches and Milk Lines at The Silver Dollar in Toronto, Ontario on Monday, June 23rd. RSVP and ticket info can be found HERE.

 

Dog Gone Presents: Canada in Springtime ∆ A Mixtape

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The weathers have warmed and the season’s first bloom is upon us once again. Put away the heavy coats and skis, dust off the gardening tools, throw on these spring-themed tunes and have yourself a hit of fresh air.

Dog Gone Presents: Canada in Springtime ∆ A Mixtape

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➵ Dog Gone Presents ∆ April 2014 Mix ➵

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This month’s collection of tunes, available for your streaming or downloading pleasure. Have a nice long-weekend, friends.

Dog Gone Presents ∆ April 2014 Mix

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Dog Gone Presents: Alex Bleeker and the Freaks ∆ The Auras ∆ Tess Parks and the Good People

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We’re psyched to welcome Real Estate bassist and his band of Freaks back to Toronto on April 29 at the Silver Dollar. The night will also feature performances by The Auras and Tess Parks & the Good People along with Dog Gone DJs. Ticket information will be posted next week. As usual, we’ll also be giving away a few pairs of tickets so be sure to follow along on the Twitter and the Facebook.

Dog Gone Presents: January 2014 Mix

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With another year upon us, here we present to you the first Dog Gone Presents Mix of 2014. Whether you’ve been braving the cold in the midwest or the ice storms and snow in the east, brew up a hot pot of tea, throw on this mix, and take a seat by the fireplace (or if you don’t have one there’s this). Have a great weekend, we’re off to NYC until Monday.

Tracklist after the jump.

Dog Gone Presents January 2014 Mix

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Woodsman – “Rune”

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Brooklyn psych outfit Woodsman have shared the second track, titled “Rune,” from their forthcoming self-titled LP. Join us when Dog Gone Presents Woodsman on January 29 at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto alongside Carl Didur (of Zacht Automaat) and Glass Tomb (RSVP). The evening will also feature the cosmic liquid light projections of lightsweetcrude.

Woodsman comes out February 4th on Fire Talk.

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