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Hannum, Terence – “Via Negativa” – [Utech Records]

This album explores the adage that less is more. Locrian member Hannum uses voice and organ to get to the bottom of things in these three ambient tracks. “Via Negative” means the negative way, and the music is minimalist and droning in a way that mesmerizes. As in cooking you clarify by boiling away excess, in ambience you remove extraneous layers like melody and harmony to get to the heart of the matter. Track A2 is especially pleasing as it is like a heartbeat that never fails.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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  • You’ll Never Get to Heaven – “Adorn” – [Psychic Handshake]

    This is gorgeousness of the wow variety (at least for me). Three tracks instrumental (A2, A3, B3) and three tracks featuring the sweet (A1, B1, B2) voice of Alice Hansen heard through the dreamy haze of music she creates with Chuck Blazevic. A2 is particularly lovely with its slow, melancholy piano. The music itself is ambient and wonderful. Try it, you’ll like it.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm
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  • Map 71 – “Standing B/w Specimen” – [Foolproof Projects]

    Out of the UK comes this project between spoken word artist Lisa Jayne and drums and synth musician Andy Pyne. I prefer the lone tribal drum of “Specimen” with Jayne’s whispered words, but many may enjoy the lyrical noise/rock of “Standing,” in which the British accent creates a nice effect.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Ruined Again [coll] – [L'esprit De L'escalier]

    Released in September 2014, this is a split LP by Bruce Russell and Gnarlos. Russell’s ‘No Mean Dub’ is an electronic composition edited from one of the worktapes from ‘No Mean City’, which immediately follows and is practically all spoken word and a stereo mix of the two independent mono tapes, along with repeated and meaningless fanfares. Gnarlos’s sidelong is keyboard drones with loops of harshly spastic violin and a smattering of experimental sounds and field recordings courtesy of Silvia Kastel and Joan of Art.

    RuinedAgain_Collection

  • Reviewed by Paulsky on September 15, 2014 at 8:00 am
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  • Rudolf Eb.er – “Brainnectar” – [schimpfluch]

    Also known as Runzelstirn & Gurgrlstock, Rudolf Eb.er is an expert in psychographics and psychodynamic acoustics. This 2-CD set released in August 2014 features audio-environments built from specific nature-sounds and extreme acoustics. Also, scream-vocalist Junko Hiroshige (Hijokaidan) participates on several tracks (Disc #1: 9, 15, 17, 18; Disc #2: 4, 8, 10). Field recordings and noises such as transmission static, water flowing, and a swarm of bees buzzing appear as well. Some tracks may be really soft and hard to hear while others are really loud and intense.

    RudolfEber_Brainnectar

  • Reviewed by Paulsky on September 15, 2014 at 7:12 am
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  • A Magic Whistle – “Vision Magic Voyage” – [Weird Ear]

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    When you go to your happy place, this is already there waiting for
    you, with a cup of cocoa. Is the first side a cartoon sea shanty
    for Brian Wilson having a hoe-down in Whoville? Nah it’s much more.
    Piecemeal preparations have never yielded such a sweet and bountiful
    supper. Andy Puts is the one man wizard behind the synths, tracked
    vocals, guitar, banjo, and of course bonified whistles a plenty. Nine
    minutes in, those lips pucker in quadrophonic 16-track glee and
    Mayberry RFD ain’t got nothing on this Andy. This album could have
    been made 40 years ago, or 40 years from now…play it and people
    will wonder if Magma lost their dogma, or if the mighty Residents
    were cured of syphilis (hey I love the Residents, but you know
    those vocals cords are pretty durn slubbery). Here everything
    is as clean as a polished rainbow (Puts apparently is quite
    the video artist conjurer, helping 10-year sober Hawkwind fans
    emulate LSD trippery. The voyage is above the clouds brilliant
    on Part 1, the section where the voices rise and join each other
    is headphonic delight. Part 2 about 5 minutes in feels a
    moodier shadow slide in, with light backwards guitar and a
    faux harpsichord like in the Prisoner after #6 got drugged
    out, theremin-y whispers awaken the Drum Buddy’s Drum Primo
    for a slight cha-cha. This side felt like gremlins taking over
    Main Street USA after the park shutsdown. One of them little
    buggers has a Yes or Popol Vuh t-shirt on too, and another
    is related to Meredith Monk. Lots of subtle weirdness through-out
    each Part. Puts sort of hands the melody from instrument to
    instrument, it really is quite an excursion into composition.
    I love his weirdness-on-an-arpeggiated-stick to move the song
    suites along. And what an artful arsenal of equipment, hello
    mellotron or is that Optigon or perhaps both late on “Part 2″?
    Such a great toy store for kid listeners of all ages.
    Great info from the great label that issued this at

    http://weirdear.com/a-magic-whistle/

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2014 at 1:01 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Bosetti, Alessandro – “Stand Up Comedy” – [Weird Ear]

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    So stoked to get this for our station (much thanks to the
    Weird Ear label which is off to an inspring start.) Bosetti is
    a fascinating dude, in that performance artist way, that has
    flies like me drawn to the webs he weaves. On this gorgeous
    picture disk (with the recordings transcribed on each side),
    Bosetti gets to showcase his Mask/Mirror, an “interrupting machine”
    which is like having Kanye West at your side for the award show
    of your life, but funnier and fresher. Side A early on includes
    an interview explaining that machine while it also interrupts
    the interview (with WFMU’s Kurt Gottschalk). Soon after he speaks
    with some European duchess or other fine lady, and the machine
    like a pesky kid keeps pranking attention away. It alternately
    delights and irritates the lady. Laughter gets sampled, and
    Bosetti does much more with a simple “Yes” and/or “No” than
    Andy Warhol Uh ever dreamed. I’m an audio voyeur even when
    I try not to be, but in public it is never this rewarding.
    It helps that Bosetti (whose excellent work on Trophies’
    first release KFJC happily has) is well tuned to the musicality
    of speech. On the flip side, the approach is more like a lecture
    or a sermon or even a salmon. Word play is rampant and the
    violin and bass clarinet capture the rhythm on speech. Side B
    is not stand-up comedy, but it still has comedic elements.
    His monologue is more mad professor than philosopher, but it
    makes sense in its surreal and sensurround approach (some
    noise drones help to shoehorn ideas in). Funny, irritating,
    perlexing, it can provoke laughter, irritainment and thought
    all in the space of a few seconds. He’s the converse in the
    conversation, and a composer/performer for all of us Weird
    Ears to tune into. Allow him to touch your mind, if not
    your fingers. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2014 at 1:00 am
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  • Pratt, Jessica – “Jessica Pratt” – [Birth]

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    Almost wish I had scored the vinyl release, to help add to
    the powerful anachronistic rush this album of soothing voice
    and artful guitar invokes. This is not from 30 years past,
    she’s not the pop singer sister of Patty Waters. She is a
    SF gal and released this in 2012 after nurturing some
    recordings for five or so years. Till they could walk? While
    her voice plucks heart and harp strings resonating close to
    various other artist large or new or gone or grey. it wouldn’t
    surprise me if she’s steered clear of them all, and that this
    album just sprang from her forehead while sitting under an oak
    tree with her acoustic guitar near a White Fence. The songs
    have a gentle immediacy which is superbly captured by microphone
    and an old tape machine we hear lurch to life at times. There
    are some simple overdubs, her voice + her voice = more. That
    blanket, frayed and well-worn, that you’ll never throw out,
    because it’s so assuring. I try to focus on her lyrics, which
    spark my interest, but somehow by the end of the song I’m just
    lost her pure and plaintiff world. Something about rivers,
    streets and clementine, things moving by while we sit and
    enjoy? This is not a “Hey” album it’s an “ooooh” album; I
    honestly hope she releases a bunch more studio stuff before
    pushing the tour circuit too heavily. Cocktail clinks,
    audienced scattered chatter, and a sound guy doubling as a
    bouncer seem like the wrong garden for this talent to live
    and flourish. Maybe she can come down to KFJC and record
    a set outside some afternoon?

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2014 at 12:59 am
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  • Pascal – “Nihilist Chakai House” – [Discombobulate]

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    Impressive KFJC introduction to UK drummer Pascal (Nichols). A
    gorgeous, crisply recorded and creatively constructed set of 10
    pieces. Pascal is part wind-up toy, part pachinko parlor, quick of
    wrist like Tony Buck, this album never goes hyperactive sledgehammer
    instead is a meticulous mix of restraint and rapid reflex.
    Clockwork ticks and bonging bowls are minor recurring motifs
    but the sound from track to track definitely varies. Honestly
    this stands up to solo work by Bernard Purdie and Han Bennink.
    He can impersonate a freight train (B4) or a Chicago Underground
    deal (W2), sounds like he’s got a Gino Robair flair for ebow
    on a snare, and he ends the album with a zen woodpecker where
    it feels like he’s changing the shape of the room around that
    teck-teck-tecking (maybe electronics, or a subtle resonating
    set of vibes that he quietly quells in soft swells?) The opener
    is a tuned drum excursion that tap dances on rim shots as
    well. Drum roll turned drum rollercoaster. Pretty cool that
    the same hands that produced this are equally employed in
    crafting ceramics

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2014 at 12:57 am
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  • MC Sub-Zero Permafrost & LYDSOD – “My Brass Instrument” – [LYDSOD]

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    Hip-hop/brass-band/psych/noise orgy! MC Sub-Zero Permafrost spits raps overmusic from the project LYDSOD (a very sarcastic acronym for Live Your Dreams Stay Off Drugs), an acid drenched psych coalition from Brooklyn.

    Very high pitched vocals, not sure if it spins correctly at 33 or 45 (I think its 45). The tuba and trombone add a zesty spice to the hip-hop flavor. The B-side wanders a bit into the noisy side of things, which I know a lot will enjoy. Throw it on the turntable and enjoy..

    FCC: Both sides :(

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on September 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Wikkid – “Intro, The” – [Soulthief Musick]

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    One-man black metal band from South San Francisco. Goes by the moniker Wikkidiablo Wikkid. Five assaulting tracks of blood boiling blacker than black metal. Fast and in yo’ face, good use of electronics. Tracks almost bleed together.

    Last two tracks are from a project, Blakhouse, that records for the same label. Joined by drummer, The Plague, things seem a little more disorganized, in a good, improverish kinda way. Much more earthy feel, drums don’t sound as forced.

    Wicked torment…

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on September 10, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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  • Thought Forms / Esben and The Witch [coll] – [Invada Records]

    Based in England, this is a split LP between elemental Bristol fuzz-peddlers “Thought Forms” and Brighton’s “Esben and the Witch”, and as first demonstrated during their 2013 tour, these two bands seem to like each other. Thought Forms take a grungier route, as they do more punk and sometimes in a more brutal way. On the flip-side, Esben And The Witch’s songs are heavier and more gothic, plus there’s this hint at a slight change in direction for them. But indeed, both of the bands sound good and get along pretty well.

    ThoughtForms_EsbenAndTheWitch

  • Reviewed by Paulsky on September 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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  • Rajasthan Street Music [coll] – [Sublime Frequencies]

    This double LP compilation was recorded in various cities, villages and remote regions of Rajasthan as part of a two-month road trip seeking found folklore and different aspects of their cultural and Hindu religious life. This is a musical landscape of contemporary Rajasthan on the street level as it was found in 2007 to 2008, focusing mostly on the personal beauty of raw power in their music. In Rajasthan’s modern-day avatar, daily life is basically a hardship but has equipped their people with their notoriously resilient and proud character, and that is clearly voiced in the music of the region.

    RajasthanStreetMusic

  • Reviewed by Paulsky on September 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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  • Tapdown Dialectic – “^1″ – [Furtherrecords]

    I received this mysterious yet amazing cassette and had no idea what to expect. This is soft, muffled, hissing techno with cool echoing vocal samples (Burial-ish). Reminds me of Deepchord projects but is much more interesting. Really atmospheric and hushed minimal beats. Super love this!!

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on September 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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  • ATOM TM – “HD” – [Raster-Noton]

    aka Uwe Schmidt a German electronic musician (although Trk 1 is in FRENCH) who records under the largest number of aliases I have even seen, around 50? He also has his own label called Rather Interesting/Linger Decoree. This starts as weirdo electronic Kraftwerk meets Alva Noto on tracks 1 & 2 but track 3 quickly devolves into a very sad Mooryc without the edge sound featuring an artist named Jamie Lidell (do not like).
    Trk 3- Super weirdo, vocals in English.
    Trk 4 ‘Empty’ has more weirdo vocoder vocals and rants about mainstream media.
    Trk 5- Nice electronics again, Trk 7 more ranting about mainstream media and is NOT FCC COMPLIANT! Trk 8 is a sampling/mashup/cover of ‘My Generation?’, not sure how its even legal and I kind of think it sucks, dont play it, Trk 9 is super Kraftwerk-y. This is so random that I bet a bunch of you weirdos will like it. Ill probably stick to tracks 1 & 2 & 5.
    TRACK #7 FCC!!!!!!

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on September 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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  • Tosh, Peter – “Equal Rights” – [Sony Music Distribution]

    Originally released in 1977, Peter Tosh’s “Equal Rights” is seen as his grand opus and one of the best records of its time. And it still holds up. Written and recorded during a time of extreme political turmoil in Jamaica as well as the rest of the world, Tosh’s original eight songs sang of the challenges and difficulties of living in the world and how pride in yourself, being African, was a thing to recognize and proclaim. Sly and Robbie held down the rhythm, with Bunny Wailer doing background vocals. This was a sure fire hit. Tosh’s vocals sore over the music, igniting his lyrics with emphasis and cause. This rerelease adds 22 cuts: outtakes, alternate versions, unreleased and/or limited release dub plates. These are solid tracks that add to the original giving the listener a fuller understanding of what Tosh was doing and trying to express.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 10, 2014 at 1:16 am
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  • Conrad, Saul – “A Tyrant and Lamb” – [Cavity Search]

    Saul Conrad’s album “A Tyrant and Lamb” out on Cavity Search is a current day balladeers collection of love won and lost, life in general and specific. Being on Cavity Search, home of Elliot Smith, think of the great suicidal musician and you understand why Conrad fits in so neatly. Reminiscent of Smith and Neil Young but unique in his way. I’m a sucker for the off key voice that cracks on high notes. It feels lonely yet comfortable. Simple rhymes in poetic rich lyrics set in the country. Imagery of the landscape connects to the characters’ emotional state. It’s been done before, of course, but Conrad does it so well. Instrumentation is mostly acoustic: stand up piano, acoustic guitar, drums. It’s mostly slow or medium paced and kind of quiet. Sittin’ on the porch. The production makes some of the songs sound dusty, echoey, tapping into memory filled with specifics yet vagaries. It’s not country music. It’s more easy listening like Smith is or more how easy listening should sound or how KFJC would want easy listening to sound. You have to think when you listen to this stuff. It doesn’t always give you an easy answer but somehow it is understood.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 10, 2014 at 12:00 am
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  • Nuit Noire – “a Beautiful Belief” – [Prison Tatt Records]

    Once a brother act, now a solo project, Nuit Noire is Tenebras. He is Nuit Noire and Nuit Noire is Tenebras. Hailing from Toulouse, France, Nuit Noire has been putting forth their/his brand of death metal which is not now really death metal but what he terms as Faerie Metal. Around since 1997, the band has played with heavy musical themes dealing with the night and the mysteries that surround it, a definite change from many death metal bands. It’s refreshing and odd and off and obsessive and honorable that someone feels so intently and intensely about something that he names almost every song about faeries. They even do a song on a different album which just testifies “I am a faerie.”
    Tenebras sings in a sort of broken or French accented English, in a voice that is not quite child-like but not adult. Maybe it is faerie. Guitars and drum are the instruments. Simple chords strummed loudly and quickly— almost at a power punk pace. Drums guide the rhythm pounding forth the message that all is okay in the night, with the moonlight shining on you and in you, guiding you to the belief in faeries. Strange in all the good ways.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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  • Ono – “Diegesis” – [Moniker Records]

    ONO. Chicago art band, funkestra, cult hero worship, absurdist orchestra, noise gospel (that’s what the tags say), political agitators, experimental (sort of) electronics with a beat, performance art. Lead singer travis (lower case “t” thank you very much and I can hang with that) is a total freak. Preacher like vocals chant and warble about the current situations, the past situations and all in-between and how we have messed up and let’s watch it fall apart (with a beat). He sings of the MOVE fire bombings. He sings of his PTSD due to his stint in the military in the 1960′s. It all continuously reminds me of ’80′s agitators Pop Group, Hunters and Collectors, Pigbag, Jah Wobble, but also the orchestra bands like Zappa, Captain Beafheart, Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum, Henry Cow. There is a lot going on here: trumpet blaring in the back with echoey effects, pounding tribal like drumming, electronic sound effects, off kilter singing, plunking piano, tambourine, minimal guitar, chanting lectures, political confrontation, pounding dissonance. And all of this after a 30 year hiatus. All stand up for the full on hardcore FREAKS.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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  • Twin Idols – “Daydream Machine” – [Picture In My Ear]

    I don’t know much about this band except that they produce some fine music with male and female lyrics that are pleasing, and the music itself is shoegaze rock. I played A2 at the Penny Pitch and one of the listeners really liked it. It looks from the album like there are 6 members to the band. This is a winner for sure.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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