Monday, August 31, 2009


Here it comes again.

September 2009 Mix
Mixed / compiled by Foxes in Fiction
Total Time: 34:55

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1. Animal Collective - Banshee Beat
2. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
3. Actual Water - Boutique Neighbourhoods
4. The Bilinda Butchers - Gigi
5. Elliott Smith - Pretty (Ugly Before)
6. HEALTH - Before Tigers (CFCF Remix)
7. Reverie Sound Revue - One Marathon

1. I've been listening to this song a lot lately. I never thought of myself as a huge Animal Collectives fan, mostly due to a perception I used to have that while some of their songs were really lush and nice (Panda Bears' Person Pitch) the majority of it was too frenetic and annoying to be enjoyed in the same way. I've kind of revised this position over the last few weeks after really giving this one track a listen while driving to and from my cottage with a few friends, without trying to compare it to anything and hearing it just as it is.

2. There's been a huge amount of hype surrounding this album ever since it came out in March 2007, and I'm sad to say I still haven't heard the whole thing. I only heard this song for the first time last night at around 4 AM, and have had it on repeat for most of today. There's something very robust and triumphant about the way the lyrics are written coupled with the every-growing swarm of instrumentals around the static piano loop. Powerful shit.

3. Actual Water are a band from Toronto, Ontario whom I'd known about and heard a few tracks from in the past but really started listening to recently when I found their entire album Double Negatives posted on the Deerhunter / Atlas Sound forum by one of their members. Incredible incredible band. Very evocative of German krautrock bands of the 1970s (Neu! & Faust), 1980s post-punk, and noise rock. There's something about the two interchanging piano chords buried in this song that really does it for me.

4. I forget how exactly I stumbled upon the Bilinda Butchers' MySpace sometime last year, but I immediately fell hard for their sweet reverb party bedroom pop melodies. Well worth checking out.

5. One of the first non-A Side Elliott Smith songs I ever heard, via my good friend Ceda Torma. Holds a good deal of sentimental value to me.

6. Montreal-based DJ/Electronic musician CFCFs remix of HEALTHs Before Tigers. In the stead of fucking insane instrumental passages typical of a HEALTH track are pleasant shimmering 1980s-style synthesizer patches and drum beats that contextualize the songs distant and ethereal vocals perfectly. It kind of reminds me of something that would be on a radio station in Grand Theft Auto : Vice City.

7. This is my favourite Reverie Song Revue song. There's something about the harmonization of Lisa Lobsingers' vocals and the music to this track that make it so amazing. I have two really strong associations with this song, both involving illicit situations from my earlier days as a novice psychonaut. I can remember listening to this song on repeat while laying on my back in my tent at the World Electronic Music Festival in 2006 in Tweed, Ontario while coming up on ecstasy that my friend snuck into the event and not knowing how high I was going to get, but listening to this song made me feel like I was going to be alright no matter what. The other was involving a psychedelic mushroom trip during the same summer in Oakville where my friend and I came back to my house after a long walk by Lake Ontario and walked into my basement as this song was playing right at the instrumental part close to the ending and I remember that it felt like I could actually feel the sonic wall that was being created against my body and visualize each separate track independently from one another as if they had their own colours and complex emotional undertones. I think this is what is referred to as synesthesia.

I feel as though

I should obtain this book.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Quickly testing the microphone built into my computer.
Recorded from my front porch.
An ice cream truck that was being chased by two large old men in a car (who could have been brothers) stopped outside of my house yesterday and sat there for about 15 minutes. I watched as the two men waddled back to their car with massive delightful smiles on their faces, as well as waffles cones bearing mountains of chocolate ice cream.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Atlas Sound - Walkabout [w/ Noah Lennox]

Wild amounts of anticipation for this record.

Logos by Atlas Sound due October 20, 2009.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Crystal Lake

Skokin' it up wit' da bros n hoes, yo.

Getting silly on Bambino and orange juice is a neccesity when one is enjoying the sun at ones cottage.

My antisocial electronic music cottage set-up.



Saturday, August 15, 2009


DOWNLOAD : Foxes in Fiction - Panic Cure Dub (Demo)

I spent most of today laying in the shade of my backyard while making this song with a microKORG and my computer. Acoustic guitar and vocals recoded straight to the macbooks' onboard microphone, hence the excessive amounts of reverb, enjoy.
Various samples collected from old cassette tapes, late night improvisational jams and telephone messages.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thrift store goods obtained, blurry photos taken.

Plastic stained-glass lamp, five dollah.

Briefcase / cutlery case, turned homemade guitar pedal board / carrying case, fiiiive dollaahhh.

I'm so resourceful.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sleep paralysis.

Does anyone else get this? I have scary little half-sleep episodes like this about once a week.

"You wake up, but you can’t move a muscle. Lying in bed, you’re totally conscious, and you realize that strange things are happening. There’s a crushing weight on your chest that’s humanoid. And it’s evil.

You’ve awakened into the dream world.

This is not the conceit for a new horror movie starring a ragged middle-aged Freddie Prinze Jr., it’s a standard description of the experience of a real medical condition: sleep paralysis. It’s a strange phenomenon that seems to happen to about half the population at least once.

People who experience it find themselves awake in the dream world for anywhere from a few seconds to 10 minutes, often experiencing hallucinations with dark undertones. Cultures from everywhere from Newfoundland to the Caribbean to Japan have come up with spiritual explanations for the phenomenon. Now, a new article in The Psychologist suggests sleep researchers are finally figuring out the neurological basis of the condition.

“This research strongly suggests that sleep paralysis is related to REM sleep, and in particular REM sleep that occurs at sleep onset,” write researchers Julia Santomauro and Christopher C. French of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths, at the University of London. “Shift work, jet lag, irregular sleep habits, overtiredness and sleep deprivation are all considered to be predisposing factors to sleep paralysis; this may be because such events disrupt the sleep–wake cycle, which can then cause [sleep-onset REM periods].”

In other words, you experience just a piece of REM sleep.

As David McCarty, a sleep researcher at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s Sleep Medicine Program, explained it, humans tend to think about the elements of the different stages of sleep as packaged nicely together. So, in REM sleep, you’re unconscious, experiencing a variety of sensory experiences, and almost all of your muscles are paralyzed (that’s called atonia).

“But in reality you can disassociate those elements,” McCarty said."

Full article here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lovely tunes for the 2nd half of summer.

DOWNLOAD: August 2009 Mix (Includes a .zip file w/ tracklist and one big mp3)

August 2009 Mix
Compiled by Foxes in Fiction
Total time: 39:53

1. Foxes in Fiction - Untitled Instrumental Demo (08/02/09)
2. Broadcast – I Found The F
3. Atlas Sound – Cold as Ice / April 13th (Live, 2008/10/02 @ Irving Plaza)
4. Bob Dylan – It Ain’t Me, Baby (Live October 31, 1964 w/ Joan Baez)
5. Little Silver Tabby – Awake
6. Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings
7. Les Mouches – Cities Become Less Important
8. The Olivia Tremor Control – Marking Time
9. Jack White – Never Far Away