REVIEW: The Depreciation Guild – Jericho Tavern 05/09/10

The Depreciation Guild are a four piece electronic, chip-tune, ambient, dream pop, shoegaze, indie rock outfit from Brooklyn, New York embarking on their second tour of the UK. They are a bit of a favourite here at Spotisfaction Towers and having unfortunately missed them on the first tour due to unforeseen circumstances I was glad to have the opportunity to catch them this time around.

Support came in the form of local band Vixens. This up and coming band from Oxford Brookes University play an alternative indie post-rock blend that is at times reminiscent of Joy Division and at others more like Editors. The audience was small and not many seemed interested in the support act, but Vixens performed their set proficiently. The sound wasn’t particularly original but it was good display of dark atmospheric rock. Perhaps, though, the performance was a little uninspired due to the small crowd.


NEWS: Depreciation Guild Remix Chatelaine Track & UK Tour

Good news for UK fans of The Depreciation Guild, who had to cancel the European leg of their Spirit Youth tour earlier this year. The word on the street is that they are looking to play some UK dates in September. This is fantastic news and I urge everyone to consider checking them out. In the meantime, check out their reworking of “Broken Bones” by Chatelaine. Chatelaine is the solo project of Toni Halliday of Curve fame.

Chatelaine’s Myspace:
Buy Depreciation Guild’s new album “Spirit Youth” at Amazon.


Spotisfaction Wednesday – 26/05/10 Mix by Christoph Hochheim from The Depreciation Guild

Something a bit different today.

As you are aware, we are very fond of mixtapes. We are also quite fond of The Depreciation Guild. So when the Guild’s guitarist, Christoph Hochheim, did a Needle Exchange mix we had to give it a listen. In short, it’s fantastic. It’s everything you could ever ask from a mixtape, and we felt we had to share it.

This is a bit unorthodox, I agree. Big thanks to Christoph for this selection as well as to for the mix. Without further delay, here we go. It’s not a Spotify playlist, rather it is embedded in the site, but you can download the MP3:

Needle Exchange 021 – Christoph Hochheim/The Depreciation Guild

  1. Ralph Lundsten And The Andromeda All Stars – Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
  2. Daedelus – An Armada Approaches
  3. Dimlite – Kalimba Deathswamp/Kurt Feelings
  4. Roberto Cacciapaglia – Quite Still
  5. The Samps – F.X.N.C.
  6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Fright Night (Nevermore)
  7. PC Worship Mutant Soul Band – Wake Up in the Dark and There’s Nothing Going On
  8. The Association – The Time It Is Today
  9. The Space Lady aka “Suzy Soundz” – Major Tom
  10. Svenne & Lotta – Roly Poly Girl
  11. Mahmoud Ahmed – Abbay Mado – Embwa Belew
  12. Sudden Sway – Me Says Conscience (humsing)

Ralph Lundsten And The Andromeda All Stars – Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
The epic opener to this Swedish electronic music composer’s synth-heavy neon-fantasy Alpha Ralpha Boulevard. Makes me feel like I’m floating down a river of orange and pink sherbet…in space.

Daedelus – An Armada Approaches
Daedelus is one of those artists who’s developed such a distinct sound palette over the years, yet still finds new ways to contextualize them. The first track off his excellent new EP (Righteous Fists of Harmony) starts off with his signature 8-bit English horn (that’s the only way I could think to describe it) playing a slow-building melody that lets you know what you’re in for in the best way possible.

Dimlite – Kalimba Deathswamp/Kurt Feelings
I don’t even know how to begin describing this one, but it’s truly some of the most compelling, melodic dubstep/jazz craziness I’ve ever heard. Dimlite contrasts cold electronic sounds with the natural sound of kazoos, unprocessed vocals, clapping, and scotch tape to make for a track that’s as psychedelic as the EP’s cover.

Roberto Cacciapaglia – Quite Still
A recent discovery of mine, Roberto Cacciapaglia’s sheer diversity of releases is truly astounding. This track is off The Ann Steel Album, which he composed for a model of the same name. “Quite Still” is a melancholy “popera” jam, for umm…robots.

The Samps – F.X.N.C.
A track from Cole Marsden Greif-Neill’s new project (also of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti/Nite Jewel). A trill-happy, funky bass plays off a fat synth bass lick layered with tape hiss and lasers. Anyone who can pull off such a slap-heavy jam so well deserves recognition in my book.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Fright Night (Nevermore)
Like that segue? This might be my favorite song off the freshly-leaked Ariel Pink album. As solid as the album is it’s a bit frustrating to a super-fan like me in that it’s virtually all older tracks they redid as studio productions, but this song is an entirely new jam and it slays.

PC Worship Mutant Soul Band – Wake Up in the Dark and There’s Nothing Going On
For a brief period of time Justin Frye (PC Worship) sang for a post-hardcore band my brother and I were in called Tropic of Nelson. It wasn’t until years later that I finally caught a PC Worship set and it totally blew me away. Psyched-out, sludgy riffage that dissolves into a free-jazz noise freakout—truly a stoner’s delight.

The Association – The Time It Is Today
An excellent sunshine-pop band from California in the ’60s, this track reminds me of some of Love’s finest movements. That vocal harmony at the end of the verse always kills me.

The Space Lady aka “Suzy Soundz” – Major Tom
The Space Lady is a street performer who played on the streets of Boston, Cambridge, San Francisco and Berkeley in the ’70s. Originally a song by Peter Schilling, Space Lady’s version is a far more pared down and alien, a really bizarre contrast of humor and melancholy.

Svenne & Lotta – Roly Poly Girl
This is the B-side to the “Bang-A-Boomerang” single released by Svenne & Lotta, a Swedish pop duo from the late ’60s who are still active today. The Yamaha keyboard line right in the intro totally hooked me the first time i heard it and the synth solo in the middle continues to blow my mind. Such a perfect pop song.

Mahmoud Ahmed – Abbay Mado – Embwa Belew
Mahmound Ahmed, an Ethopian singer from the ’60s who recently enjoyed a resurgence of popularity due to the Ethiopiques series started by Buda Musique. This is the first track off his 1975 album Erè Mèla Mèla. I love that warbled organ sound in the background and his bone dry vocals and delivery.

Sudden Sway – Me Says Conscience (humsing)
It’s such a crime that this group isn’t a household name, but I guess that’s generally the case with bands that were just way too far ahead of their time. This is a track off their 1984 double single and computer program (??), which sounds like a mix of Magma, Kate Bush and Animal Collective. ‘Nuff said.

If you haven’t given The Depreciation Guild a listen, check out their new album, Spirit Youth, on Spotify now. Then check out their debut album “In Her Gentle Jaws”, also on Spotify.


Edit: Dave and I are less than happy with the current layout of this blog, so we’re going to change it so that when reading Spotisfaction it doesn’t feel like you’re looking at a headache.