"Fresh and Unexpected"
“In a mere half hour, Ragel solidifies himself as a prominently talented producer, creating 10 sharp and catchy soundscapes of experimental blue-eyed soul”
“one of the most utterly fascinating discs you’re likely to hear all year.”
“Booomboxxx is so stuffed with sound and form that it’s hard not to find something to like”
“performance saturates booomboxxx—especially on the grandiose opening title track and through Ragel’s finest moment of offbeat percussion and contemplative lyrics, the gorgeous and sincere “la la la la LA!”
"It's just weird enough to be interesting, but melodic enough to be considered pop music."
MUSIC FOR ROBOTS
"...beyond catchy; it will make you remember why you love finding new music."
SPEED OF DARK
"Boomboxxx is one of my favorite DIY albums this year. The melodies stick, the beats are great, and each listen makes me like it a little more..."
-THE YELLOW STEREO
"if you took an old Sergio Leone western and set it in the year 2083, this would probably be the soundtrack.
boy eats drum machine is the solo work of native portlander, jon ragel. he is a songwriter, producer, singer, turntablist, and also plays saxophone, guitar, synthesizer, organ, and several percussive nick nacks. as a one-man musical act, BEDM merges the worlds of turntablism and live rock performance as ragel spins breaks and surgically inserts sounds while juggling vocals, percussion, and saxophone.
his latest album, booomboxxx, is an experimental pop record loaded with unique turntable textures, saxophone blasts, expertly chopped break beats, and gutsy vocals. although the record effectively mashes several musical forms, it is ragel’s most cohesive work to date, bringing to mind artists like dj shadow, queen, morphine, david bowie, and the postal service. It is being released in a hand screenprinted first edition of 1000 by Tender Loving Empire.
ragel started to make recordings under the name BEDM in 2001 when he used a 4 track to record and load his MPC with scads of samples, creating blippy pop experimentations. he wanted to evoke the idea of pac man and the music of the NES game metroid. he sold his mpc and switched exclusively to computer-based recordings a couple years later.
the fall of 2005 saw ragel using his new found love for the turntable for the first time in a full length recording. he spun and chopped up breaks to create the backbones of the songs that would form pleasure. many of these beats were sampled from bridgetown breaks volume 1. he recorded two ghosts 12/06-3/07. it was released the summer of 07′ and featured many talented portland area musicians.
boy eats drum machine (2001- OUT OF PRINT)
pleasure (2006- full length cd)
two ghosts (2007- full length cd)
booomboxxx (fall 2008- full length cd/vinyl)