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Shyu, Jen & Jade Tongue – “Sounds and Cries of The World” – [Pi Recordings]

Very personal folk opera art songs. A Taiwanese-East Timorian out of Peoria, Illinois. Shyu (SHOO) sings a mix of her own writings with traditional songs and poetry accompanying herself on Asian string instruments and backed by a jazz quartet. Microtonal flourishes blur into Western vibrato. Libretto is in English.
Track 9 text based on East Timor’s Report On Reconciliation, a sad saga of rape and torture.
Track 2 a very compelling story about a girl eating and being eaten by a beautiful white flower.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 7, 2015 at 5:59 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • White Out W/ Cline, Nels – “Accidental Sky” – [Northern-spy]

    White Out is Lin Culbertson on electronics and Tom Surgal on drums and they have gigged with Nels Cline for fifteen years. Recorded in Tom and Lin’s apartment, this is their first album together. Sometimes droning, sometimes percussive, ‘wet’ sounding. Snare drum has the strainer relaxed. Knobs are twiddled. Song titles refer to sky, clouds, mist, and light: images and ideas in constant flux. Active but not aggressive. Songs peter out.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Labfield – “Bucket of Songs” – [Hubro]

    Noisey (?) ambient sounds and jamming drums. There are vox in some spaces but they do not detract.
    While I wouldn’t classify this as jazz, I am guessing it is here because it is improvised music.
    The group is made up of guitarist David Stackenas from Sweden and percussionist Ingar Zach from Norway. The last track is titled Last Passacaglia. The internet tells me that Passacaglia is “a musical form that originated in early seventeenth-century Spain and is still used today by composers. It is usually of a serious character and is often, but not always, based on a bass-ostinato and written in triple metre”.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Dunderhead – “Bee Cave Sounds” – [Worm Interface]

    Electronica beats. The tracks run together nicely. This album came out in 2001. Dunderhead is defined as “a stupid person”. The sound is jazzy cool and groovy. Snap your fingers!
    This is the first album that we have added of theirs. They are on one 12 inch collection in the library.
    –Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Hunter Gracchus / Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau, The [coll] – [Blackest Rainbow Records]


    disturbed dad perturbations from british trio of avant-kafkas and domestic duo of dementia. free association degradation and spastic scratch and spit, squonk and skronk plastic wrapped writhing. cow tipping rituals and ravaged contortion of country western crapshoot paranoia.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 5, 2015 at 5:46 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • HeCTA – “Diet, The” – [Merge Records]


    Beats galore are featured on this debut album from HeCTA. Electronics, guitars, piano, synths, percussion, and vocals, with some samples on 5, keep this release lively and energetic. 7 and 9 stand out for me, but decide which of these tracks fit best into your own diet.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 4, 2015 at 10:38 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Higuchi, Keiko / Morishige, Yasumune – “Awai” – [Improvising Beings]

    Eight duets of voice and cello, of woman and man. Hints of the
    otherworldly, is Keiko channeling spirits, or under vocal
    possession? Is Yasumune a shaman, at times his cello slithers as
    it he were a snake charmer, more than an askew angle bower. The
    short titles and the simple configuration (all acoustic)
    belie the complexity of the music. Both musicians get a
    “throaty” rasp at times, though Yasumune lacks a mouth, he’s
    clearly got ears and seems to be taking cues from the
    spring of sounds, squeaky to shrieky and never afraid to be
    a bit freaky. In reviewing her work on Utech, I felt the
    ghost of Diamanda Galas being summoned (I know she’s still
    alive, but isn’t she still a ghost from 1800′s Lousiana?)
    Again Keiko hits those shadows, but there’s also a feeling
    of Japanese ceremonial music. Speaking of echoes, does
    Yasumune quote a Charlie Haden piece briefly on “Calls”?
    He’s really good at supporting the gyrations of Keiko,
    perhaps helped by his other job playing bass in
    Fushitsusha? Actually a solo record of Yasumune would
    be pretty amazing… There’s not much to hold on to
    hear in terms of structure, but improvising beings are
    definitely at play! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Beatty, Robert – “Soundtracks For Takeshi Murata” – [Glistening Examples]

    Robert Beatty, who carries a badge with the band Hair Police, goes
    on squiggle patrol for digi-media US artist Takeshi Murata


    A UFO fleet of synthesizers sweep through these five instro tracks, the
    lead off number sounding like a futurist alarm, but eventually erupting
    into analog chaos. #2 is a robot spa and sauna, very refreshing,
    human trace voice echoes through-out. We are the ghost in the machine.
    #3 is maybe a galactic space-port number, much of the album has a
    sci-fi vibe, despite the horror film image of Murata-wolf on the cover.
    The big hitter, “Pink Dot” steps up at #4, here’s part of the
    videon online. It feels to me like a Philip Glass composition,
    going Koyaniscrazy, there’s a slow subtle warp to it, but when I
    first listened, it left me cold (and my work-neighbors thought
    something was wrong with my laptop). Then I popped it in a CD-Walkman
    and kinda cruised around the office, and outside and it weirdly
    heightened everything. So certain listeners may find this
    exhillirating as they are stepping through life. Lastly #5 is
    descending electrochime noises why something burtles beneath.
    Keys in the life of songs. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm
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  • Voicehandler – “Song Cycle” – [Humbler]

    Wow, excellent local Oakland duo on the Humbler label.
    Jacob Felix Heule, no stranger to KFJC nor to strangeness,
    teams up with Danishta Rivero. Rivero is more than just
    a pretty voice (although her plaintive song and scratchy
    ch-ch-choked up parts make for an enchanting intro. She
    also (wo)mans the Hydrophonium, an experimental instrument
    of her own design apparently.


    She gets pretty Shelley Hirschy, and Heule bows on things
    without strings for “empty and without pain.” Rivero’s voice
    is often the focused approach, but Heule’s backing plunky
    percussion and deft electronics are not deferential. “a
    meager labyrinth” is a drift with sonic fog, “mi falible
    mano” has Rivero doing the vocal histrionics of either
    the avant garde or a demonic possession. Ideally both.
    The album ends with bang, not a whimper or an exorcism.
    Heule’s percussion more present, with cymbal and snare,
    Rivero, tracked into the machine and overdubbing, is
    this a re-mix of the earlier pieces? Everything all at
    once, forever? While I’m not sure I follow the text
    through the cycle, their reading list (Borges, Burroughs
    and Hamsun) is on the money for me (check liner notes).
    SF Arts felt proud of this duo too, aiding this Humbler
    work with a 2012 grant. Listen up!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm
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  • Kaiser, Henry/ Noyes, Charles K. / Park, Sang-Won – “Invite The Spirit” – [Celluloid]

    1984 collaborasion with Bay Area guitarist Henry
    Kaiser and kayagum mind-bender Sang-Won Park.
    The slipperiness (and ebow and other tricks
    of the fret) from Kaiser are so soul=Seoul
    compatible with Park. The Kayagum can do try
    high-pitch tickles, deep whammy bends, slow
    slides through a pitch or two…perhaps more
    of this speaks to Park’s skill, but the
    instrument comes across as amazing. Park also
    adds some flutterin’ flute on “Pah” and rich
    resonant vocals to launch the stunning side-long
    “Sinpuri.” Toy Killer and tripmaster/trapmaster
    Charles K. Noyes sketches in percussion, never
    dominating the strings, but filling out the
    airy sound, without ever coming across heavy.
    Apparently these are all improvisations, which
    for spontaneity’s sake is crucial, but Park’s
    playing and the yes, exotic, sound give it a
    feeling of ancient ceremony. You could have
    told me this was part of some sacred court
    greeting song, and I would have believed you.
    Well, maybe not on “Tah” where Kaiser gets
    all electric squiggly and the 1980′s flanges
    its way into the illusion. “Sansoo” has
    more Park singing, and feels like a bamboo
    meets bayou slow-drip blues, Park’s tanso
    flutters back in on this as well, dejectedly.
    The closing track, Kaiser volume pedals
    like a pump organ, and Noyes could be building
    a scuffling stairway in the distant, closes
    the album with a sort of buoyant happiness.
    KFJC MD lucky to score this original vinyl
    (we also have the trio’s Tzadik 2006 reunion
    in the library). Refreshing riffing here!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Varg – “Ursviken” – [Northern Electronics]

    DM without the sparkle? Or maybe a dark sparkle? Often slow
    rhythms from Swedish one-man outfit, call it downer beat?
    If the drum machines move quickly, they do so in a sort
    of Joy Division programming. Jonas R??nnberg is Varg, and this
    is NOT the metal project of the same name. Here we have
    industrial leaning techno with occasional hints of what
    feel like IDM relics in the cockpit. Mesmerizing overall,
    “Sharins Soner” elevates soft white noise, and buries the
    beats beneath it. “Raggarsvin” stomps out a beat but
    drags other creaks through reverb with some noise chirps
    and breathy voice slices. “Ohn” discards beats for an off-world
    landing on a shadowy planet, the album has its spacey ambient
    stretches as well. Varg is most happy on “Asocial 46″
    which may say something emotionally, assuming those 808 twinks
    count as a form of happiness. But the double lp ends with a
    sequence of a village without hope. Overall undeniably bleak,
    but engagingly depressive instead of oppressive. If online
    translating can be trusted, this is a release of “unalloyed”
    (so no overdubs) electronic music. Also two of the track titles
    “Ohn” and “Agngatan” are places near Jonas’ hometown,
    where he intends to live and ultimately be buried. Hopefully
    no time too soon, with plenty more sounds to come!
    -Thurston Hunger

    Hmmm, google translate is always a risk but the liner notes may
    translate as

    We have, I think, unalloyed arranged for the most part.
    There are almost everything we need. I will live the
    rest of my life , nothing should be done differently.
    I have told them at that day when I go away , I want
    them to put my ashes over Ohn . Where should i get end
    my days . At the shipyard and the rock below Agngatan.
    I think it is possible to live has , I know you can do
    here, too.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm
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  • Kretzmer, Yoni 2Bass Quartet – “Book II” – [Out Now Recordings]


    fluid jazz not fiery but a steady smoldering of sax flurry harmonics and fleeting melody; double dose of double bass providing a compelling backdrop for Kretzmer to freely gesticulate, free not only to fly out of convention but to sit firmly fitted as well: quoting between sputters and wails. harmonic textures offered by complementary and extraordinary techniques on bass with drums rarely taking the center stage but constantly creative. fresh free sounds out of Israel from Out Now head honcho.

  • Reviewed by abacus on September 30, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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  • Another Evening At Logos 1974 79 81 [coll] – [Sub Rosa]

    Improved jams from the late 70s and early 80s.
    Side one is groovy percussion. The second side is really quiet and mostly singing and piano and percussion then it builds and gets chaotic and the musicians get on a noisey roll as they mockingly repeat terms of endearment among other things with slightly jazzy outtake chatter at the end. Side three is unsettling vocalization. Wailing horns and wailing humans. Four is screechy scratching creaking and droney.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Forty Martyrs – “Armenian Chanting From Aleppo” – [Electric Cowbell]

    A Capella religious chanting. One side only. Lyrics written in Armenian and translated to English. The way he is singing and using his voice reminds me of latin catholic chants. Liner notes have history of the church and the Armenian genocide. Same vocalist on each track, Reverend Yeznig Zegchanian. This album was released just this summer.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • P. Children – “P.Ch3″ – [Rrrecords]

    Creepy sound effects(ish). Simple industrial beats with personality. One part sounded like banging on pots and pans. A mix of electronic and not. Crunchy and smashy with occasional vocals used as instrument, no real lyrics. Came out in 1989, limited to 500 copies. Harold Walls, Mike Parker visual artist and DJ, and Robert Kirzinger, a classically trained composer who works for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Mezzacappa, Lisa – “What Is Known” – [Clean Feed]

    Mezzacappa is a triple threat: female-bandleader, female-bassist, and bassist-bandleader. She calls Bait & Switch her “garage jazz quartet.” Collective improvisations, odd meters, jazz cats play rock’n'roll. Guitar tone is distorted, reverbless, sax screams passionately a la Rahsaan, drums subtle and controlled. Reminiscent of James “Blood” Ulmer, Sebadoh, Zappa. #5 Solo bass tune from Air (jazz group). #4 Captain Beefheart tune. #9 Mingus-esque, group wailing session into bass solo.

    Related: Joelle Leandre is another excellent female bassist who has her name on the dates. Lots of other Clean Feed releases in the library. Other Mezzacappa releases.

    Aaron Bennett- tenor sax. John Finkbeiner- guitar. Lisa Mezzacappa- bass. Vijay Anderson- drums.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on September 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm
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  • NOISE DRONE MASS – “Maladjustment” – [Shrouded Recordings]



  • Reviewed by abacus on September 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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  • Granli, Gaute – “Ingen Potetsekk Whatsoever” – [Skussmaal]


    free drum stuttering guitar plucks in the distant back alleys of abandoned space colonies – alien creatures grumbling encrypted signals of distant horror and creeping subtleties. ancient spirits forgotten amidst the ominous alarm crunch shrill in the ether. no semblance to reality whatsoever.

  • Reviewed by abacus on September 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Tessier, Yves – “French Troubador Songs of The 12th and 13th Centuries” – [Elektra-Stratford Reco...]


    If you like Southern France, iambic meter, lutes, Gregorian chants, then you’ll love this. The liner notes highlight the history behind the courtly poets of Southern France (the troubadours) who expressed their reverence for women and the love they inspire in vocal music sometimes accompanied by lute (on this record, Mildred Clary plays the lute). Tessier himself composed the music in the tradition of the 12th and 13th centuries, since musical notation for these ballad-like songs did not exist. Some songs just feature Tessier’s voice, and those definitely sound like Gregorian chants. Others have the lute setting. Enjoy.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,International
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  • Onda, Aki / Loren Connors / Alan Licht – “Lost City” – [audioMER]


    This is a multimedia release. If you remove the red sleeve and open it, you will find the photographs Aki Onda took in New York City (where he had moved during the 1990s) after the events of September 11, 2001. As a visual artist, Onda created a slide show of his photos, and asked Loren Connors and Alan Licht to perform the music to accompany the slides. Side A features the improvised guitar drones Connors and Licht use to communicate, and Side B has the solo sparseness of Connors alone. Read the liner notes that do a beautiful job of explaining the relationship between photographic and aural art. They serve as a fitting accompaniment to the haunting sounds both sides of this record contain.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 27, 2015 at 11:50 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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