2006/09/10

Pan Sonic - 2 live albums

roughly 1 week from the show, here are 2 exquisite live recordings from Pan Sonic:

Live NYC is from 1995 -- the plateauxs and valleys of its 2 long tracks contain the icy minimalism of their early 4/4 techno (completely abandoned shortly after) as it does the scary and beautiful alien sound world of their later abstract noise poetry.

the other recording, simply titled Live, collect 9 pieces of performances from different locations, probably late 90s or early 00s, and is a somewhat well rounded examination of various types of their masterful sound constructions. as is always with Pan Sonic, a dynamic of punishment versus reward is often employed - repetitive and slightly annoying interludes which tests the patience of the listener are invariably followed by revelatory significant passages. a couple of the tracks on this are so awesome they give me the shivers every time: pulsating, rhythmically askew beats, warbling midrange accents, and the ebb and flow of sublime pure overtones growing and vanishing like rays of moonlight pouring into an expanse of dark, cavernous space.

brutal, delicate, powerful, subtle, abrasive, meditative, monolithic, gorgeous, psychoactive and deeply transporting -- these additions to their studio albums will serve the dedicated fan well, and are also good places to start for those not familiar.

both albums are here:

http://rapidshare.de/files/32022586/PAN_SONIC_LIVE.zip.html

don't forget to RSVP if you want a ticket as it will surely sell out:

14 comments:

square dancer said...

Awesome. Great evocation of their sound too in this post. Are these official releases or bootlegs?

I'd definitely go to the show if I weren't living on another continent... looking forward to your report though.

Anonymous said...

oof! this is great stuff, thanks for putting it up!

Anonymous said...

The second Pan(a)Sonic disc is entitled "05/10/995" and released by the Jenny Divers label (JD 099). It's a live recording from October 5, 1995 at the Garage in London.

Thanks for all the great posts and good luck on the upcoming show!

Anonymous said...

P.S. To answer Square Dancer's question, the other disc from NY is also an official release on the Jenny Divers label (JD 100) entitled "19/01/995 20/01/995." This is a live recording from the Club Disobey Tour with Aphex Twin and Bruce Gilbert at the Knitting Factory, NYC, January 19 & 20, 1995. It's a rare snapshot of the original Panasonic trio with third member Sami Salo who left the group soon after.

Anonymous said...

Could anyone tell me smth about pan sonic's collaboration with alan vega? I heard one piece couple of years ago and feel in love with those sounds...

zhao said...

alan vega did 2 albums that I know of with Pan Sonic, under the name VVV. 1998's Endless and 2002's Resurrection River. both are very good.

thanks for bringing this to my attention as it appears Endless has become out of print... don't be surprised if you see it here soon. cheers

zhao said...

Re: "Great evocation of their sound too in this post."

thanks! do you like the bit about the cave and the moonlight? yeah... I'm fond of it too :)

square dancer said...

Yes, that's pretty good indeed.

@anonymous: thanks for the information. As for Vega/Pansonic: I only know last year's Resurrection River on Mego and it's quite fantastic.

Loopy C said...

OT for a sec, just wanted you all to know that iTunes now does 'gapless' playback! So I will certainly be testing with a zhao mix later today ;-)

http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Great posts by Pan sonic confucius, thanks and as as I said before, have a great gig.

muse1453 said...

Much appreciation to you for posting these live Pan sonic recordings. Since I won't be able to attend the show, these recordings are the next best thing to being there.
Hope your gig goes well. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

this is fantastic. pansonic are phenomonal live, i wish i was in USA to see this upcoming show. they are mind blowingly loud too.

stuart b

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Anonymous said...

hello djzhao ... I'm going crazy to find the two Pan Sonic albums (JD099 and JD100) you linked (very long time ago!). May you upload once again? :)
thanks bye

Anonymous said...

the link is broken