Tag Archive: electronica


Tune Into The Telewire

The Telewire - Stephen Thurman

A number of years ago, there was an Industrial project around called Self Contained Unit which was full of all the heavy beats, distorted vocals and loud, fast noise one would expect. This Industrial endeavor went on for about a year or two until it was time to morph into yet another sound. If you look hard enough, you may still find a cassette that was put out. Self Contained Unit was a one man powerhouse by the Austin native, Stephen Thurman.

As time progressed and interests changed, Stephen realized that his heart just wasn’t into such hyped up hard edged music anymore. There just wasn’t enough anger deep with inside of him and he found himself playing music that was softer instrumental and more Electronic based. Keeping the same name, Self Contained Unit, Stephen started playing a few live shows and released a couple CD-Rs.

Progressing along, one day Stephen decided to pick up that guitar he kept off on the side and discovered that he had a dearth of new music flowing from within. These songs were slower and spacier and seemed to take on a life of their own. The Telewire all started with the birth of a song called “Quiet Satellite”. Yet another side took hold to take Stephen into new musical dimensions of sound.

As with his previous projects, The Telewire is a one man, full bodied, band of sorts completely performed by Stephen Thurman. All parts, from guitar to drums to vocals and bass, are performed by Stephen.

Unfortunately, due to the one man does it all approach, we are unlikely to ever see The Telewire play live. Then again, maybe, just maybe, one day Stephen will figure out an acceptable way of using DATs to enhance his singing and guitar playing as a one man live act. Or, possibly, find another musician or so to help fill out his live sound. It can happen though no plans of such at the moment.

With all the talk of The Telewire being a solo project, you would never know it to listen to the album. It sounds quite full as though there was a roomful of musicians pumping out the sounds.

Stephen is a graphic artist by trade so expect more visual pairings down the line. There are plans to produce some music videos for The Telewire and Stephen has already printed up a few t-shirts for the band. Expect they will be available on the forthcoming website which is in the works.

Oh, while the wires are hot, so to speak, Stephen is already writing new music for the next release by The Telewire. The newer music, again, will be a solo project, and may be even more Electronic. Stephen aptly describes The Telewire’s current music as being Indie, Space Rock and Shoegaze; all of which I can agree with. Keep your eyes and ears open for The Telewire because there’s a lot of good stuff for you to enjoy.

The Telewire - The Telewire

You can grab The Telewire debut album for free at the following link:
The Telewire – The Telewire

Of course, you can also hear various cuts from The Telewire on Air Atlantic Underground Radio.

The Telewire

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Bloody Knives

A few years ago, back in Austin, Texas, two men under the guise of The Joy Bus were creating their own brand of electronic post-rock music of sorts. Then something happened and that Joy Bus turned the corner and became Bloody Knives. As unfortunate of an accident that may sound like, that idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

Preston Maddox and Jake McCown describe Bloody Knives as being Industrial Shoegaze or Psychedelic Punk. Take your pick since, when it comes down to it, it depends on which track you are listening to at the time. Each description fits and melds together to form a cohesive mix of musical concepts. One minute you may find yourself drifting off into a serene Ambient sleep only to be yanked out of your blissful dream state the next to jump up and cut a rug with a much harder edgier sound with Bloody Knives.

Starting off as a two man outfit with Preston Maddox on bass, voice, keyboards, samples and programming duties and Jake McCown handling drums, noise, programming and art, the band later brought Jim Moon into the fold as the band’s sound manipulator.

Bloody Knives: An Introduction

In October of 2009, Bloody Knives released their debut self-titled EP. The band then followed the EP up in July of 2010 with a full release called Burn It All Down which was produced by Josh Pursur and Bloody Knives and mastered by Kramer. No fooling around here! This is serious stuff. January of 2011 then brought us a split single between Bloody Knives and Me You Us Them.

Wanting more hands on action, Bloody Knives also run their own record label called KillRedRocket Records. Unlike most record labels, KillRedRocket Records is much more about celebrating and sharing good music than making a profit, though they would be more than happy to sell you plenty of music, t-shirts and posters to keep your music loving heart’s content via the website’s online store. As a means of promotion, there is also a whole bucket full of great music that you can download for free in compilation form which includes other great bands from around the world such as Stellarium, Between The Cities Are Stars, The Rosen Association and PinkShinyUltraBlast. Plan to have your ears loaded with all kinds of new sounds to warm your noise loving hearts.

Bloody Knives – “There Was”

Spring and summer are coming around the corner and so are Bloody Knives if you are in the Texas and Gulf states area. Check the calendar to see Bloody Knives in your neck of the woods.

Bloody Knives tour promo

Spring & Summer tour dates for 2011:

Mar 19 – Limelight – San Antonio, Texas – 7:00 PM
Mar 25 – Beerland – Austin, Texas – 7:00 PM
Apr 2 – The Independent – Auburn, Alabama – 9:00 PM
Apr 3 – HTGT Thrift Store with Pig Lizzard – Baton Rouge, LA – 7:00 PM
Apr 8 – Scoot Inn – AUSTIN, Texas – 10:00 PM
May 7 – Hole in the Wall Austin, Texas – 9:00 PM
Jul 16 – ICT Fest – Wichita, KS – 7:00 PM

*Keep checking with the band for additional live dates.

Depending on the particular show, for this tour, Bloody Knives will be sharing the stage with the following bands: The Sunshine Factory, Boys Beware, Black Racers, Pig Lizzard and Love Culture.

Regardless of whether or not you can make it to any of their live shows, do be sure to download their music for free, or even buy a real CD, from the band’s Bandcamp pages or the KillRedRocket Records website.

Bloody Knives on Bandcamp
Bloody Knives on MySpace
Bloody Knives on Last.FM
Bloody Knives on Facebook
KillRedRocket Records

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Jono Mofo from A Place To Bury Strangers in Rome May 2010 *Photo Credit: Dean Bromley

It is with great honor that Air Atlantic Underground Radio is proud to announce a new contributor to the Air Atlantic Underground.

Dean Bromley, will be your Captain in the new Videogazing Quarters. Dean hails from Manchester, England and will bring for your listening and viewing delight, videos for you to gaze upon from time to time.

Of course, the majority will feature the very music that you have heard here on Air Atlantic Underground Radio. Dean has a good sense of tracking down the best of music videos from the world of Shoegaze, Psychedelic, Bliss, Drone, Electronica and other very current and relevant offerings from the world of Air Atlantic Underground.

To access this new feature, click on the Videogazing tab. You will find the Videogazing tab either at the top of any page or along the sidebar under the Turn The Page section. You will also find on the sidebar, a list of videos that have been posted in the Videogazing Quarters.

Welcome, Dean!

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The Air Atlantic Underground

A bit late but, as they say, better late than never. Of course, with the website still in it’s infancy, it’s forgivable.

The following is a list of Air Atlantic Underground Radio’s Best Releases of 2010.

They are in no particular order nor are they necessarily all 2010 releases. Instead, they are what Air Atlantic Underground Radio considers the best newer releases for the 2010 listening year.

You have no idea how much I hate making these lists. How do I remember everything for a whole year? Which do the station’s listeners and I like the best? What is my mood at the time and how it affects my thoughts on what I’m listening to at any given moment? Was it released in the US this year and last in the UK? Screw it! (Guess you can tell that High Fidelity isn’t high on my list of Favorite Movies.) I probably forgot some very good releases and I do apologize in advance. Please feel free to add comments below on your favorites for 2010.

Do be aware that I’m saving a release or two for next year that were technically released in 2010. The kind of stuff that squeezed out just before the year changed over but gets most of its play the following year. (A certain shiny band comes to mind and has already been logged on 2011’s list.)

A big THANK YOU to the following bands for helping Air Atlantic Underground Radio gaze, drone, shimmer and rock throughout 2010 and into the future.

Air Atlantic Underground Radio’s Best of List for 2010:

Zaza – “Cameo” (EP)
Highspire – “Aquatic”
Presents For Sally – “A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness”
Insect Guide – “Dark Days & Nights”
Foxtail Somersault – “Reflection” (EP)
Stellarium – “Stellarium”
Soundpool – “Mirrors In Your Eyes”
Malory – “Pearl Diver”
The Sunshine Factory – “Sugar”
Ceremony – “Rocket Fire”
The Black Angels – “Phosphene Dream”
Laboratory Noise – “When Sound Generates Light”
The Black Ryder – “Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride”
Dragontears – “Turn On Tune In Fuck Off”
Tears Run Rings – “Distance”
Whirl – “Distressor” (EP)
Air Formation – “Nothing To Wish For (Nothing To Lose)”
Scarlet Youth – “Goodbye Doesn’t Mean I’m Gone”
Ghost Society – “The Back Of His Hands, Then The Palms”
Bon Accord – “Honeydew” (EP)
Sway – “This Was Tomorrow”
Butterfly Explosion – “Lost Trails”
The Vandelles – “Del Black Aloha”
Cotton Club – “Between Drones And Daisies”
Between The Cities Are Stars – “Between The Cities Are Stars”
Whatever Hippie Bitch – “Whatever Hippie Bitch”
93MillionMilesFromTheSun – “All You’ve Found”
Bloody Knives – “Burn It All Down”

Vote for your favorites from 2010 on Air Atlantic Underground Radio.
*If you selected ‘Other’, please list that release, or releases, in the slot provided or in the comments section.
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