30 September 2013

[DISCOGRAPHY] Various Artists - Benefit for The Psycho In-Active

Various Artists - Benefit for The Psycho In-Active (Eat Concrete, 2013)
Format: Digital with Poster (hand-numbered and limited to 100)

Boy King Islands - Dead Friend (Icarus Remix)

(exclusive track)

Poster designed by Belgian designer, Oma

17 September 2013

[DISCOGRAPHY] Original Ultraviolets (Self-Titled)

Original Ultraviolets (Self-Titled LP)
Format: Digital only

1. Scorpio & Orion
2. I'll Turn Cold
3. Summer Sun (Original Version)
4. Los Angeles
5. Hey Johnny
6. Green Light, Don't Walk
7. Plane Crash (Demo)
8. 1984
9. Deserted
10. Let The Clouds In

All songs written and recorded between 1984 & 2006 by Stuart Bogie and Zachary Mastoon to cassette or quarter-inch 8 track. Songs 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 & 10 mixed by Dan Smart and Original Ultraviolets at ECHO/NORMAL in Chicago in 2012. Mastered by Keith Kreuser. Design by Zachary Mastoon.

Circa 1985


Original Ultraviolets is the first musical collaboration of childhood neighbors and lifelong friends Stuart Bogie (Brooklyn-based composer, Superhuman Happiness' bandleader and session musician) and Zachary Mastoon (abstract electronic producer Caural & half of the psychedelic shoegaze duo, Boy King Islands). Beginning in Mastoon's basement in 1984 with a Fisher Price cassette recorder, they captured their youthful interpretation of early 80's Hip Hop, new wave and radio hits, singing about everything from Roald Dahl's book The Twits and the benefits of smoke detectors, to Mister Rogers' character Lady Elaine and how robots like to dance - all before the age of ten.

While the two founded Transmission in 1991 and subsequently graduated to other projects as adults (Mastoon as Caural and Bogie with Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra), Original Ultraviolets was reborn when the two briefly lived together in Brooklyn in 2003. While using traditional instrumentation such as the guitar, piano, horns and a vintage Univox drum machine, they fused laundry tubs, wine glasses, toy keyboards, skipping compact discs and even the apartment's telephone into the unique palette of sounds set to tape on Bogie's Tascam 8-track.

Including the original version of Boy King Islands' "Summer Sun" - featuring their friends Colin Stetson (Bon Iver) on saxophone and Nick Movshon (Mark Ronson, Black Keys, Dap Kings) on bass - these bricolage pop songs were finally mixed in Chicago with Dan Smart at ECHO/NORMAL in 2012. Original Ultraviolets' self-titled debut collects early cassette recordings through the Brooklyn sessions from the early 2000s, leading the listener through 30 years of their shared musical history.

Recording Details

Scorpio & Orion

Stuart Bogie: Bass Harmonica, Piano, Percussion & Claps, Synthesizer & Memory Man
Zachary Mastoon: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Drumming, Flanger, Claps & Memory Man
Jordan McClean: Trumpet

Recorded between March 13th and March 18th, 2004 on South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

I'll Turn Cold

Stuart Bogie: Boss Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine, Yamaha Portasound
Zachary Mastoon: Vocals and Acoustic Guitar

Recorded roughly 1986 (?) in Stuart's basement in Evanston, IL at some point in the middle of the night.

Summer Sun (Original Version)

Stuart Bogie: Yamaha PSS-680, Windchimes
Zachary Mastoon: Vocals, Guitars, Univox SR55, Flanger
Colin Stetson: Saxophone
Nick Movshon: Bass Guitar

Recorded June 21st and 22nd, 2004 on South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Los Angeles

Zachary Mastoon: Vocals, Piano, Memory Man

Recorded December 10th, 2004 on South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Interlude from ~1987 or 1988?

Hey Johnny

Stuart Bogie: Boss Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine, Synthesizer & Toy Guns; Cowbell
Johnny Crumrine: (Cowbell retrieval from Stuart's bedroom)

Recorded sometime between 1986 - 1987 in Stuart's Basement in Evanston, IL. Edited by Zachary Mastoon. 

Green Light, Don't Walk

Stuart Bogie: Percussion & Claps, Drum Sticks, Memory Man
Zachary Mastoon: Vocals, Yamaha SU700, Wurlitzer, Snare, Claps & Chimes

Recorded December 6th, 2005, January 27th, 2006 & February 5th, 2006 on Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY; Final Vocals recorded December 29th, 2006 in Veronica's basement in Greenpoint.

Plane Crash (Demo)

Zachary Mastoon: Guitar

Recorded 1990 or 1991 in Evanston, IL as a demo for Transmission. I don't even remember recording this at all. 


Stuart Bogie: Vocals
Zachary Mastoon: Casio PT-80

Recorded to a Fisher Price cassette recorder in my basement sometime in 1984. Originally released on Caural's "Initial Experiments in 3D" (Toshoklabs). 


Stuart Bogie: Piano, Yamaha PSS-680, Claps
Zachary Mastoon: Vocals, Mbira, Tambourine, Boss Metronome, Univox SR55, Claps

Recorded March 13th, 14th & 18th, 2004 on South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Let The Clouds In

Stuart Bogie: Spring, Wine Glasses, Percussion, Background Vocals
Zachary Mastoon: Vocals, Guitars & Piano, Vox Amplifier
Jordan McClean: Trumpet
Nick Movshon: Bass
Aaron Johnson: Trombone
Olia Toporovsky: Telephone

Recorded July 9th and 19th, 2004 on South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Circa 2001

11 September 2012

[DISCOGRAPHY] Boy King Islands - Sun Worship

Boy King Islands - Sun Worship (Plustapes, 2012)
Format: Cassette (run of 200 copies), Digital

Boy King Islands - Sun Worship

1. I Am You
2. All Green & White
3. Summer Sun
4. Fade
5. Feel So Young
6. Falling Ceiling
7. Chasing Noises
8. Guilty Hands
9. A Promise Away

All songs written by Boy King Islands (Diaspora Movement, ASCAP and He Heard Himself Say, BMI). Recorded, mixed and produced at ECHO/NORMAL in Chicago by Boy King Islands and Dan Smart. Mastered by Keith Kreuser.

Boy King Islands:
Jason Hunt: Guitars and Keyboards
Zachary Mastoon: Bass, Guitars, Drums, Piano & Words

Jacob Croegaert: Bass on 1, 2 and 8
Beth Hunt: Additional Vocals on 2, 4 & 5
Alexandra Lewis: Words on 1
Matt Lux: Bass on 5

Photography by Shaun Roberts
Design by Someoddpilot


On Boy King Islands' sophomore release "Sun Worship", Zachary Mastoon aka Caural and Jason Hunt delve into more accessible territory, transforming their unique brand of shoegaze into palacial, psychedelic pop. The duo hone fuzzy melancholia over the breadth of these nine songs, mixed in the humid heights of a Chicago summer. Raising the tempo from their debut, vocal harmonies glide above the driving shift of jazz chords - all awash in a surf of cymbals and echo. Look directly into the sun and press play.

04 September 2012

[DISCOGRAPHY] feltbattery - Behold A Golden Throng

feltbattery - Behold A Golden Throng (Migration Media, 2012)
Format: CD-R (run of 100 copies), Digital

feltbattery - Behold A Golden Throng

1. Bivouac
2. Beat Harvest
3. Coronation
4. La Vol de Noces
5. Propolis
6. The Great Work
7. Drona
8. Sun Cycle
9. An Opened Head
10. Lamentation
11. 250 htz
12. The Oracle
13. Give Me Eyes
14. Woman With Skeps
15. Bien
16. Tiny Hairs
17. Birds Fall Away
18. Squash Blossoms
19. Haengekorb
20. The Dead Are With Us
21. + One (A Golden Throng) 

Influences and collaborators: James Hayford (Shoes, Earwig, Numero Group); Zachary Mastoon (Caural, Boy King Islands); K. Pang; Volcano the Bear; Jordan Lieb (Black Light Smoke); Tom Laney; and D. Nikias (Chuck, Standard Minerals).

My contribution appears re-edited throughout various songs on the album. The two songs I constructed out of feltbattery's source material appear separately on Caural's Die Before You Die EP ("All Doors Open to The Same Room") and on Take aka Sweatson Klank's Sweatson's Trajectory mix ("Stalactite").

24 April 2012

[DISCOGRAPHY] Custom Made Music Fall 2011 Sampler

Fall 2011 Sampler (Custom Made Music, 2011)
Format: CD

Boy King Islands - "I Am You"

(taken from Sun Worship (upcoming on Plustapes))

21 January 2012


Agar Agar (Blastocoel Sound, 2012)
Blastocoel zero zero One
Format: CD (limited edition of 100), Digital

1. Trees Sweat Heat
2. Cedar Hives
3. Quarry Diving
4. You brought me to the country!
5. Argaarg

this all happened August 2006 at 
Cybelle's hobbit house in Hillsborough, NC
recorded live/no dubs

Wylie Pamplin played bass.
WIlliam J Bratcher played guitar. 
Zachary mastoon plaYed drums
pots and pans. Benjamin T 
played voice, tape and sampler. 
mastered by WJ Bratcher.visuals by
M Hart, W Taylor and B trueblood. 
Thanks to all makers, friend family
season Bellweather MFG and you.
This is Blastocoel zero zero One.

In August of 2006, I was on a break from touring and visited my dear friend Benjamin Trueblood in North Carolina. It was incredibly hot. At night, warm whisky in coffee mugs guided us down the sidewalk-less streets. Cicadas buzzed as if through a humming amplifier, its tubes glowing like glass suns - or the soft light from quiet windows overlooking overgrown, fragrant lawns. By day, driving with the car windows down was our air conditioning and a Spine Scavenger cassette was our soundtrack. We picked fresh mint for juleps, tried to drive out snakes from the walls of a friend's dusty home, and dove in a quarry with screaming teenagers to wash the heat away.

One evening, we wandered to Ben's friend Wiley's house who I had never met. He and his friend William had set up a makeshift studio in the living room. There were guitars, colorful effects pedals, a bass, a drum set with a host of jangly percussion and pans surrounding it on the carpet, and cables winding to microphones and towering speakers. Ben had brought his loop pedal and field recordings captured on his micro cassette recorder, and in the fridge was Yerba Mate soda we mixed with whisky and ice.

I sat down on the drums, instruments were slung over shoulders, Ben knelt on the floor and cued up indescribable sounds to echo and filter through tiny knobs, and someone pressed "record". This is the vestige of that summer night's improvisation, now a limited-edition, hand-numbered release on Ben's Blastocoel Sound.


14 June 2011

[DISCOGRAPHY] Universus Vol. 1

Universus Vol. 1 (Circuitree Records, 2011)
Format: Digital

Misel Quitno - Im Halbhohen Gras (Caural Remix)

(taken from Sleep Over Remixes Vol. 1 (Ehstrawlogy, Ish))