Aun, which has been releasing music since 2007 that walks the line between psychedelic, shoegaze, and electronic and ambient forms of music. Never resting on their laurels, Aun's catalog is diverse, and their releases can be found on labels such as Oral Records, Alien 8 Recordings, Important Records, and Denovali Records. Soon to embark on a European tour that will include stops at Germany's Phobos Festival and Latvia's Zemlika Festival, Aun will be playing new and old music in their characteristic audio and visual style.
Martin has also played in Les Jardiniers and Skinwell.
Some of Aun's more recent material can be streamed and/or downloaded from Denovali Records.
LIFE CHANGING, (SPACE) TRAVEL MUSIC AND OTHER POP SONGS
Wall of Voodoo ''Lost Weekend''
Already an avid record collector in 1982, I decided to tag along for a
last time for my parents yearly vacation. I was becoming a bit too old
for the Myrtle Beach, South-Carolina trips, but the lure of scoring some
new wax and stuffing myself with lobster took over. Not much was to be
found in the south, apart from a beat up copy of Can's Soon Over
Babaluma, which I still play today. On the way home, I asked my father
to stop in Rochester (NY), to fill my vinyl urges. Once in downtown
Rochester, like a hound dog, I rapidly sniffed out to my parents
amazement, a small shop on a side street, where I acquired exactly what I
was looking for at the time: Yello's ''You Gotta Say Yes To Another
Excess'', and mostly the genius story telling of Wall of Voodoo's Stan
Ridgeway, at his peek on the classic Call of The West album.
Swans ''A screw (Holy Money)''
1986, after partying all night in Montreal's red light, I ended up at
the then famous Dutchy's Record Cave shop, their first client when they
opened up on Saturday. I then picked up amazing music from Jah Wobble
with ex: Can's Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay, and the extended
version of Swans, '' A screw (Holy Money)'', which is more experimental
and electronic then on the LP version. NYC gutter poetry, industrial
electronics and Norman Westberg's diseased guitar, could still pummel
most bands. ''open your mouth, here's your money,'' Michael Gira barked.
Still in a very high state, I put this on the bedroom stereo, and it was
most certainly a life changing moment.
Fripp and Eno ''The Heavenly Music Corporation'
Bought this at Discomanie, another great but long gone Montreal shop,
with an eclectic and thoughtful selection which catered to Montreal's
prog and electronic community. I was then twelve years old, and the
stunning mirrored artwork is probably what first drew me to this album,
an album which at first I found a little difficult to understand with its
minimalist and alien sounding music. When I first put it on my fathers
huge wooden stereo cabinet, I could not sit thru the whole 20 minutes,
but it rapidly grew on me and my friend Martin Lebrun, with whom I’d
made very long, 8 plus hour mix tapes on a slowed down real to real,
which was played via his dad's wooden paneled very lo-fi stereo. Dubbed
onto eventually very decayed tapes, was a then growing collection of
Brian Eno LPs, of which 'Heavenly Music Corporation' was a favorite,
(even more so when we discovered weed soon after). At last count I now
have at home, 8 versions of this album, all in different states and
formats. Eno's later collaborations with David Byrne, Harold Budd, Jon
Hassel or Daniel Lanois, are also still today amongst the frequently
Boards of Canada ''Roygbiv''
with my old band Les Jardiniers, then living a dangerous and draining
lifestyle, we had rented a cottage next to a lake in Saint-Gabriel de
Brandon, Québec. I had this album on loop while sitting on the beach
with a blank stare . BOC’s music had an appeasing dreamlike quality that
soothed a then broken self.
Zoviet France ''Mohnomishe''
the 80's and 90's the temple of industrial, electronic and outsider
music in Montreal, was called Bunker Records, a shop which was almost as
much a hang out as a store for some. Without even listening to them, we
would snatch up all the copies of Zoviet France’s albums as soon as
they came out. Without even listening to them first, we felt they were
worth the price for their rarely since seen elaborately packaged
vinyls. Made of sheets of hammered metal, silk screened masonite boards,
tar paper or oversized vinyl sheets. Zoviet France's early recordings,
were some of the most influential and original from these master
freeform experimentalist. Still are.
Throbbing Gristle 'Dead on Arrival'
Cosey playing some rather deranged and nasty, primitive riffs to
Carter's clanging electronics. Mangled, twisted, beautiful. Got to meet
Cosey in Leipzig last year, was a bit awed by her presence
Abba 'The Visitors'
My father mostly to listened classical music with a focus on organ
music, which my mother could not stand, having more middle of the road
and soft jazzy tastes. They however did find common musical ground in
their ABBA collection. The album 'The Visitors' was in parts a bit more
somber, or at least somber as ABBA could be, it was also there least
popular record. Continuing on the yearly christmas tradition of giving
the new ABBA album to my folks, this would be the last one, as it was
the swede's last ever recordings. If you manage to peel away the syrupy
content of ABBA, you are left with an the evident genius body of work
from the Scandinavian songsmiths.
Mylène Farmer ''L'instant X''
Could have chosen several titles from this artist, which is probably
not something people would expect from an AUN playlist, but always had a
thing for a few fluffy french pop productions, like Mylène Farmer’s and
also Vanessa Paradis' Serge Gainsbourg-produced album. Have traveled
all over listening to these, almost always copies on cassette or CD in
the car for the last 20 years. While very light musically, Mylène
Farmer's lyrics sometimes have a very nihilist, bleak content which we
Minimal Compact ''Not Knowing''
The classy song
from the none lesser classy Israeli band. Had the pleasure of
celebrating with Samy Birnbach (aka DJ Morpheus), his 50 anniversary
during a few gigs we shared in a previous life. M. Birnbach came out
alive, but with a very severe hang over, from hanging with the Canadian
woodsmen. He also took back to Brussels, some of the nastiest french
expressions Québec has to offer.
Cocteau Twins ''Oomingmak''
Bought it the day it came out in 86, dropped acid, dropped the stereo needle, dropped out. Wow!
Recently have been listening a lot to mt old ECM records jazz
collection, especially The Colors of Chloe by Eberhard Weber. Also
Enjoying recent stuff like Hype Williams and Sun Glitters and since we
are often in Germany, am trying to complete my Tangerine Dream