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CITYGUYS, Z-Train

CITYGUYS - ZTRAIN

CITYGUYS is a collaboration between Berk Çakmakçı (Soft Gates), Mike Sheffield (Heavens Gate), and Jeremy Krinsley (Human Resources). Z TRAIN was recorded live at House of Aragon HQ in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on November 16, 2011

HOA005 Massspectra, “Layer 1”

A bi-coastal collision that hit the little circle button on the tape deck and dropped deep drone and rusty brass into a squall of busted noise and no age motherfucking jazz. — John Bail

A collaboration between D. Sarna and Renahan Aaron. Available in a series of 25 cassettes. Out October 25.

Massspectra - Layer1 by house of aragon

HOA004: Alan Watts, “Thank You, Spectral Void”
Alan Watts (b. 1915) was a Bay Area philosopher who popularized Zen Buddhism in America. After publishing The Way of Zen in 1957, he appeared in several Kerouac novels. Flash forward fifty-four years to a smoky basement in Bushwick. Brooklynites M. Watts, J. Watts, and P. Watts are at the DIY venue Xpo 929, smoking weed and lighting incense, messing with an MPC drum machine and riffing out distorted guitar textures. They’re doing their best to drown out the teenage emo-core show upstairs. They fittingly call themselves “Alan Watts.”
The trio’s debut Thank You, Spectral Void EP is an organic and loosely poppy take on pulsating, industrial darkwave. Their sprawling, gloomy “Spectral Void” loads warped, subtly screeching guitars over a Suicide drive of steady bass and schizophrenic beats, worthy of repeat plays. “It reminds me of the Factory Records shift to club music and ecstasy,” bassist P. Watts tells me. “The sweet spot right between ‘Closer’ and Happy Mondays.” Meanwhile, guitarist M. Watts says, “we channel alien airwaves through a microwave oven attached to a bus.” Alan— who said, “in music, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition”— would approve. —Jenn Pelly, Pelly Twins/Altered Zones 


Alan Watts - Angelique Highway by house of aragon

HOA004: Alan Watts, “Thank You, Spectral Void”

Alan Watts (b. 1915) was a Bay Area philosopher who popularized Zen Buddhism in America. After publishing The Way of Zen in 1957, he appeared in several Kerouac novels. Flash forward fifty-four years to a smoky basement in Bushwick. Brooklynites M. Watts, J. Watts, and P. Watts are at the DIY venue Xpo 929, smoking weed and lighting incense, messing with an MPC drum machine and riffing out distorted guitar textures. They’re doing their best to drown out the teenage emo-core show upstairs. They fittingly call themselves “Alan Watts.”

The trio’s debut Thank You, Spectral Void EP is an organic and loosely poppy take on pulsating, industrial darkwave. Their sprawling, gloomy “Spectral Void” loads warped, subtly screeching guitars over a Suicide drive of steady bass and schizophrenic beats, worthy of repeat plays. “It reminds me of the Factory Records shift to club music and ecstasy,” bassist P. Watts tells me. “The sweet spot right between ‘Closer’ and Happy Mondays.” Meanwhile, guitarist M. Watts says, “we channel alien airwaves through a microwave oven attached to a bus.” Alan— who said, “in music, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition”— would approve. —Jenn Pelly, Pelly Twins/Altered Zones Alan Watts - Angelique Highway by house of aragon

HOA003: Human Resources, “Oxyc Woody” CD-R
The weirdo black sheep of the Human Resources catalog, “Oxyc Woody” explores the borders of electronica, joyous industrial skronk, and home-made noise apocalypse. Hear the whole thing here.



Human Resources - Toxyc Nudies by house of aragon

HOA003: Human Resources, “Oxyc Woody” CD-R

The weirdo black sheep of the Human Resources catalog, “Oxyc Woody” explores the borders of electronica, joyous industrial skronk, and home-made noise apocalypse. Hear the whole thing here.

Human Resources - Toxyc Nudies by house of aragon

HOA002: Human Resources, “Megabucks” c45
A dive into radio chance-sampling and psychedelic collage. A melodically supple outing with the hint of a dozen genres and a devout sacrifice to none of them.
Review:
"Human Resources’ new fifteen song album Megabucks is a sample-based mirage of noise, tropical guitars, and experimental synth sounds.  The album features a number of unfamiliar sounding samples, recordings, and effects, constantly challenging what the listener and what they deem as normal or comfortable.” -VeryTelling



Human Resources - Fort Carl’s Jr by house of aragon

HOA002: Human Resources, “Megabucks” c45

A dive into radio chance-sampling and psychedelic collage. A melodically supple outing with the hint of a dozen genres and a devout sacrifice to none of them.

Review:

"Human Resources’ new fifteen song album Megabucks is a sample-based mirage of noise, tropical guitars, and experimental synth sounds.  The album features a number of unfamiliar sounding samples, recordings, and effects, constantly challenging what the listener and what they deem as normal or comfortable.” -VeryTelling

Human Resources - Fort Carl’s Jr by house of aragon

HOA001: Human Resources, “Fast Times” c15
The first release on House of Aragon. A blast of home-made psych, an overdose of absurdity, a song about yellow cake.
Hear the whole thing here.
Reviews:
What’s actually here is poppoid, but in a rather experimental context, not unlike some of the most melodic constructions of the LAFMS gang. Swank. -Byron Coley in Wire Magazine 
 “Human Resources have been echoing on repeat across the convoluted labyrinth of tunnels which stretch like the blood vessels of the evil Hydra which is the bunker where we dream our evil dreams, a corrupted Mt. Rushmore carved with the faces of the Great Psychodelians, Delia is there, and so are Mark E. Smith, Blixa Bargeld, Roky Ericsson, Thurston Moore and many others, severe and enigmatic like Easter Island faces, perhaps a slight shift in their countenance, is that a smile, at the subtle reverberations of the music to which we revel in our forbidden chambers. -20jazzfunkgreats



Human Resources - Yellow Cake by house of aragon

HOA001: Human Resources, “Fast Times” c15

The first release on House of Aragon. A blast of home-made psych, an overdose of absurdity, a song about yellow cake.

Hear the whole thing here.

Reviews:

What’s actually here is poppoid, but in a rather experimental context, not unlike some of the most melodic constructions of the LAFMS gang. Swank. -Byron Coley in Wire Magazine 

 “Human Resources have been echoing on repeat across the convoluted labyrinth of tunnels which stretch like the blood vessels of the evil Hydra which is the bunker where we dream our evil dreams, a corrupted Mt. Rushmore carved with the faces of the Great Psychodelians, Delia is there, and so are Mark E. Smith, Blixa Bargeld, Roky Ericsson, Thurston Moore and many others, severe and enigmatic like Easter Island faces, perhaps a slight shift in their countenance, is that a smile, at the subtle reverberations of the music to which we revel in our forbidden chambers. -20jazzfunkgreats

Human Resources - Yellow Cake by house of aragon

WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY.

RIP

MONSTER RALLY.

DIRTY BEACHES. ONE OF MY FAVORITES. A ONE MAN BAND  STRAIGHT OUT OF A WONG KAR-WAI FILM.

YEAH, I DUNNO.

NEW PSH CASSETTE COVER. MAYBE.

NEW PSH CASSETTE COVER. MAYBE.

I NEED THIS SHIRT.

I NEED THIS SHIRT.