Scout Somerville took the time to conduct an interview with the two of us in advance of our show with Black Marble tomorrow. In it, we had the opportunity to be much more explicit about the political aspects of our music than we have in the past, which was a great opportunity to have. Check the link above for more!
It’s the 20th edition of the Ruby Ridge Podcast! Over two hours of music 4 u! Wai c00l!
Best Available Technology: Trvlr TDK SA-X100
Pete Swanson: Grounds for Arrest
Wolf Eyes: Born Liar
H8R: CRS 2.2
Eluvium: By The Rails
Demdike Stare: Primitive Equations
Alberich: No Mistake
Kangding Ray: Ezerb Altren
Pev: Aztec Chant
Boris: Castel In The Air
Maria Minerva: Space 4 U
Mattias Aguayo: Minimal (DJ Koze Mix)
Mala: Changes (James Blake Harmonimix)
John Roberts: Calico
King Midas Sound: Aroo
Om: Ababa Dub
German Army: Abassid Golden Age
Geino Yamashirogumi: Kaneda
Lindstrøm: De Javu (Mark McGuire Roadchief Remix)
The Holydrug Couple: Je Taime Non Plus
Adderall Canyonly: Song For a Broken Rhodes
Black Marble*: A Great Design
Soul Clap*: Ecstasy feat. Mel Blatt (Night Plane Club Mix)
Ricardo Donoso*: Equivalence of the Thirteen (Downtempo Edit)
Glass Teeth*: In2 The Darkness
* = performing this week as part of Together Festival.
BLACK MARBLE (NYC, HARDLY ART RECORDS)
with live visuals by PARZER
@ PA’s Lounge in Somerville on Friday 5/17
presented by Interzoning and Together
friday, may 3
Nearly six months after stirring up our most recent Halloween show with a striking performance as the Knife, Boston electronic post-punk duo Ruby Ridge return to the pill this Friday night at Great Scott. And they have come armed with a new EP, Abyssal, that’s another experimental journey into their mental sounds of ambient dance music and abrasive pop. Abyssal marks the latest offering in a prolific stretch for the romantic pair of John and Callan Von Bittrich, who have now released four EPs, a two-song single, a dozen podcasts and several remixes in the past year. “Owing to the duo’s uncompromising philosophical predilection towards minimalism, simplicity and anti-consumerism, these have all been free, digital-only releases,” Ruby Ridge reports. They’ve also contributed the hypnotic “Don’t Turn Around” to last month’s massive Allston Pudding mixtape, which raised a shit ton of coin for the One Fund Boston, and the John of the Von Bittrich clan is no stranger to our city nor party: he was a Portland-based music correspondent for the Boston Phoenix and in a past band life with the Perennials led two of our more celebrated Halloween show performances as the Libertines and Strokes. Wrote the Boston Globe back in December, when the Ruby Ridge released their Intent EP: “The crossover between the current electronic dance music culture and British post-punk bands of the ’80s has been well documented; the Boston husband and wife duo of John and Callan Von Bittrich make that connection explicit… ‘Don’t Turn Around’ is a bewitching graft of creeping vocals on top of an incongruous tempo, while ‘Intent’ stands out with its sparkling ambient twinkles of light misting over a dark bass. ‘Annie Christian’ is an industrial post-punk track that incorporates bits of all the aforementioned styles.” For this latest release, Ruby Ridge are crafting a rare physical release with a limited-run of 33 CD-Rs, which will be available this Friday at the pill. And because that’s how we roll, DJ Ken & Michael V spin the modern indie dance party before and after the band. Look sharp xx the pill.
Just a few of the hand-painted sleeve designs we’re working on for our show this Friday which will be Ruby Ridge’s third time as a musical guest for THE PILL! The Pill is a modern indie dance party which happens every Friday night at Great Scott in Allston…
But it’s not every Friday night that our notoriously anti-consumerist band actually has physical merchandise to sell. Our latest EP, (entitled Abyssal) will be available in a limited quantity of 33 hand-designed copies for a mere $3 each. Come get yrs!
Yup, it’s the third (and final) free/all ages gig at Bhoomi Music and Art. Tomorrow night (Saturday the 27th) from 6-9pm. Featuring Bathaus, Solid State Entity and Leopardess (Cal Von B in her solo debut)! Don’t sleep, zoners. More info here.
Please download this incredible compilation featuring 130 tracks (!) by different bands and artists from around our home base. You can get it for as little as $1, and all proceeds will go to benefit One Fund Boston. Every little bit helps!
You’ll not only get a great Ruby Ridge track, but great music by artists we know and love including Kal Marks, Chris North, Mean Creek, Bearstronaut, Ruby Rose Fox, Fedavees, The Daily Pravda, The New Highway Hymnal, Guillermo Sexo, The Suicide Dolls, Dead Cats Dead Rats, Rebuilder, School for Robots, Freezepop, Mount Peru, The Bynars, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, The Shills, Speedy Ortiz, Krill and literally over a hundred more!
We are very proud to be part of such a vibrant and supportive music and arts community and are happy to be able to share it with you for such a vital cause.
Here is a new noise remix we made of our friend Isolde Touch. Enjoy!
“The duo has a mellow, intricate sound that is reminiscent of such groups like Animal Collective and Beach House with a distinct and straightforward sound that is all their own and allows them to explore the confines of their comfort zone with remarkable ease and aplomb. I was really impressed with their music when I first heard it last month and really appreciated the band’s simplicity and the dynamic and creative approach they took when crafting their music together that didn’t feel need to go over the top with anything too fancy or extreme” - musicboxpete … O RLLY?
“Boston duo Ruby Ridge took a stab at remixing the song, a free download released yesterday. Taking things in a different direction, many of the jazz cues present in the original are removed and replaced with pads, sweeping atmospherics, and distorted drums. While Chadley’s version is twisted in regards to its poly rhythmic and atonal qualities, Ruby Ridge’s mix captures a similar flow of energy by slowly unfolding swaths of dark synths instead.”
PS you can see us and Chadley live (along with Stino) this Friday evening at Bhoomi. The show is free and all ages! More info here.
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Ruby Ridge “Annie Christian” - electronic cover of Prince’s spookiest song
Ruby Ridge is the husband-and-wife team of John and Cal Von B. Since the fall of 2011, the duo have been refining a dark and energetic style of electronic music which incorporates influences from post-punk, industrial, minimal techno, synthwave, psych, ambient and more into a sound that is fresh and timely. John’s early background in hardcore punk and no wave and Cal’s childhood love of prog and new age music provide an interesting dynamic tension to the proceedings.