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ElSaffar, Amir – “Crisis” – [Pi Recordings]

ElSaffar performs trumpet, vocals and santur (Iranian hammered dulcimer) on this intersection of Middle Eastern and jazz. It is inspired by his experience as an eye witness to events in Lebanon and the Arab Spring. Gorgeous rich tones, fine musicianship, and the use of ethnic instruments like the oud (a type of lute) and the buzuq (long-necked lute) make this approachable yet original.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on August 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Koerner, Spider John – “Some American Folk Songs Like They Used to” – [Nero's Neptune Records]

    bluesy folky blues
    some tracks with Glover and Ray,
    stewball grunts ‘n’ groans

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 26, 2015 at 9:35 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Blues
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  • Jones, Darius & Shipp, Matthew – “Cosmic Lieder: The Darkside Recital” – [Aum Fidelity]

    short, quiant improvs on
    alto sax and piano,
    sonic narratives

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Fuck You Pay Me – “S/t” – [Schizophrenic Records]

    raw Cleaveland punk
    from veteran Tony Erba,
    hardcore kids are pussies

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 26, 2015 at 9:29 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Daniel, Ted Energy Module – “Innerconnection” – [NoBusiness Records]

    jazz meanderings
    take control of your soft mind,
    attacks from the void

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Secret Pyramid – “Silent March/ Movements of Night, The” – [Students of Decay]

    spacious droney fuzz
    decimates the spaces in
    your unconsciousness

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 26, 2015 at 9:26 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Grimace Federation – “Measure In Mixture, The” – [Rhymesayers Ent.]

    Philly psychsters Grimace Federation team up with Aesop Rock (of Hail Mary Malone and Rhymesayers) to rip bongs and blow minds on this clear 12″ LP (a debateable title, given that the whole shabang clocks in around 17 mins.) GF coaxes the spirit from your body with trancendental intrumentals on Side 1, both a nod to post-rockers and hip-hop heads alike. Peaks and troughs, mountains and valleys, ebbs and flows to create a sonic soundscape both dense and warm, like grandmas homemade bread when she forgot the yeast. Aesop takes over on Side 2 for some bass-heavy remixes. B1 is a remix of A2, chopping and screwing the melody almost past the edge, with nods to the early days of breakbeats in the rhytym. B2 provides another 808 driven, low-end dose of tripped out tenderness. 3WR: Psych Rap Mania

  • Reviewed by niles on August 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Chomsky, Noam – “Free Market Fantasies: Capitalism In The Free World” – [Ak Press Audio]

    tears a new asshole for the worlds’
    capitalist pigs.

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 26, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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  • Bichkraft – “Mascot” – [Wharf Cat Records]

    Various tracks include noisy rock with driving guitars, a fair amount of feedback, wah-wah, crunchy goodness, psyche, electronic clicking noises, the occasional stuck CD sound, and innocuous vocals (Track 8 not so innocuous), presumably in Ukrainian. What stood out for me was the drummer’s obsessive use of the ride cymbal, which at times felt relentless.

  • Reviewed by Morada on August 26, 2015 at 6:25 pm
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  • Negativland – “It’s All In Your Head” – [Seeland]

    It’s All In Your Head FM broadcasting warped sound collage into your brain thing. Offering a comparative religious studies course in a 2-disc set. Philosophy, fundamentalist extremism, intolerance, misinterpretation, hypocrisy, afterlife, evolution, science are all touched upon.
    CD1 is hyper focuses on Christianity, ending with the shaving of a monkey (Wildlife Tonight). CD2 is weightier and Islam-centric, covering 9/11 (This Thing Is Not Good), a failed suicide bomber (Push The Button), and other fun.
    Humorous, dark wit expressed in well timed samples. No FCC’s, safe for daytime
    Best taken whole, with a BigGulp of Pepsi and the redacted Bible that’s provided. Go with peace, and the knowledge that everyone is wrong.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on August 26, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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  • Pateras, Anthony – “Chasms” – [Sirr Records]

    Australian pianist and electroacoustic tinkerer gives us a scrambled instrumental performance with a prepared piano. Rapidly moving hands and sounds create a residue of acoustic skittering in the back, giving the foreground activity a field to play on. Marimba, cymbal, percussion, bell sounds all being emulated with Pateras’ piano. Creepy, stressful ghost music.
    Last track fades off with two minutes left, very quiet.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on August 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm
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  • Thomas Carnacki, Quattro, Jesse, Burson, Jesse, Brumit, Jon – “Far Voyage From a Placid Island” – [Alethiometer]

    Thomas Carnacki is a group of artists who collaborate under said name, and these other names may in fact be those offenders. Ambient sounds float, walk, slurp, boop, warble, click, splash, loop, skip, through an apocalyptic mental soundscape. Long tracks that ebb and flow, but are mostly nightmare fuel.
    Singing at the end of track 1: Merle Haggard’s ‘He Walks with me (In the Garden).’
    Oneiromantic Ambiguity Collective song used on track 4.
    Hidden track of group singing ‘Swing Low.’

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on August 26, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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  • Los Cuchillos – “Isla Macabro” – [Green Cookie Records]

    Excellent surf music from Costa Rica! Mostly in the horror genre, well played, some keyboard and electronic punk/heaviness thrown in. Some vocals and shouts and what sound like movie excerpts, mostly in Spanish, only track 4 has vocals through out. (Pronounce los coo-CHEE-yos, meaning “the knives”.)

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on August 26, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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  • Dressed In Streams – “Azad Hind” – [Colloquial Sound Recordings]


    Lush, triumphant black metal from Michigan with some synth buried in the grimy mix. The anonymous performer is biracial Indian/white and this 2012 EP concerns the struggle for Indian independence from Britain, specifically the ‘Free India Legion’ exiles who fought for the Axis in Asia during WWII in the hopes of seeing the British defeated. “The lyrics on ‘Azad Hind’ ['Free India'] are from the viewpoint of a soldier who is fighting for the land he loves,” says the musician in an interview– but the Nazi uniform and swastika flag in the liner art lend the work an air of ideological ambiguity, or is it ambivalence? The title of the B side refers to Azad Hind provisional government leader Subhas Chandra Bose’s stay in Nazi Berlin, during which time he met with Hitler and Himmler. Does this make Dressed In Streams a Nazi sympathiser? Probably not; to the Indians of the mid-20th century, maybe the English were the Nazis. Confusing politics aside, this is gorgeous melodic Black Metal with occasional post-hardcore tricks not unlike some works from C.S.R. label head A Pregnant Light. The A side is more aggressive and the B side perhaps more sentimental. Each track is about ten minutes long. The lengthy intro on A and outro on B are samples of Indian traditional music. Literally Aryan Black Metal… how about it?

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on August 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • 39 Clocks – “Subnarcotic” – [Luxury Products]

    Killer 1982 desolate rock out of Germany, two guys Christian
    Henjes and Jurgen Gleue at the dark, bleak core but with
    mellotron, damp drump machines, some drunk chamber musicians
    (on “Rainy Night Insanities”) and melodica and just a great
    overall vibe. They out-Lou Reed on parts…that deadpan
    delivery, and they even drop a “Louie Louie” psych bomb
    in the mix. We have that on a Louie collection and many
    other tracks on the De Stijl CD reissue, but this is vinyl
    and just tremendous. Call it proto-punk, although it
    came after the official break, it has a deeper rancxd
    garage depth to it. On “Dom” they strike a minimal wave
    pose and guitars slash on through, as the lyrics keep
    pushing things to an edge. Kind of hypno ragna vibe
    to the songs, repetition is no stranger to Louie fans
    but this offers so much more. And even in the songs about
    rot and insanities, they often find a kind pep, maybe
    craziness a la Clockwork Orange-flavored Tang? Check out
    the “Virtuous Girl” (with its mellotron swirls, and
    happy to be hated by said V. Girl). This is one sharp
    black leather jacket of a record…wear it out folks!
    -Thurston Hunger
    PS Jurgen evidently connects to the recent Cocoon reish
    we had as well, but this towers over that.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 23, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Krog, Karin – “Don’t Just Sing : an Anthology 1963-1999″ – [Light in the Attic]

    Norweigian vocallete chameleon, filing this under jazz in part
    because of the company she keeps, not just her husband John
    Surman and Dexter Gordon (both showcased on tracks here)
    but KFJC to date has Karin only on a couple comps, including
    a duet with the amazing Archie Shepp. She closes this gorgeous
    gatefold with a take on John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”
    vocals way out front, pleading spiritually and a lurking
    liturgical keyboard beneath it. Her voice on that both
    strong and searching, almost an Abbey Lincoln delivery.
    Contrast that with her Karin Carpenter-esque pleasance on
    “Break of Day in Molde” or the experimental chop and drop
    lead-off “As a Wife Has a Cow” (tying her roots to Arne
    Nordheim.) In a way this album reminds me a little of
    Susanna Wallumrod and her confusing (to me at least)
    Rune Grammofon albums. When I think I know where the album
    is going it usually tricks me, so even when I don’t connect
    with a choice, I respect it. It is a very pristinely recorded
    album, although not without its weird ways. The aforementioned
    “Wife/Cow” (a Getrude Stein poem Karin wanted to tackle and
    spackle with samples) also two with Surnam “Images in Glass”
    and “Cloud Line Blue” (where at the end his soprano sax
    solo spirals off at the end when it had been flying between
    Karin’s slow softly song notes and a kind of parade of
    Terry Riley keyboard ripples). Her taste in covers is
    pretty righteous the Coltrane, Carla Bley, Herbie Hancock,
    a pretty straight take on “Ode to Billie Joe” and a very
    re-phrased Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want.” An interesting
    blend of ECM meets Impulse with a hint of Actuel-ization!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 23, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Abyssal – “Antikatastaseis” – [Profound Lore]


    Let’s talk about the term ‘murkcore.’ How retarded can metal critics get? I first heard it in an online review of Grave Upheaval, written by a person who had clearly never listened to Blasphemy. The British solo project Abyssal could definitely be called ‘murkcore’ by such idiots, but this 2015 release also marks a departure from the last album. Whereas the previous release was pure Blackened Death Doom, this one (on which our hero is joined by several guest musicians) veers into often jarringly experimental territory, especially in the direction of romantic Post-Black Metal e.g. Botanist, Clouds Collide (and T. 3 boasts a truly invasive Sleeping Peonies style babbling synth riff), as well as a little Second Wave Black Metal (Darkthrone) more occasionally. Despite the project’s newfound soft streak (e.g t.s 2, 3, 4, 6, 7), a strong Antediluvian influence persists, and the chaotic Death/Doom heaviness of Bethlehem, a band that must be discussed when reviewing this kind of band, is still present. T.s 2+5 have long ambient intros. The least fruity track is T.1, which is comparatively traditional. Despite the bizarre influences, I haven’t heard a lot of Black Metal bands that combine prettiness and heavy grime into such a profoundly disparate mix. It’s a strange listen, to be sure, and more’s the better, I say.

    PGM: the last 50 seconds of t.4 are blank. T.5 starts quietly (building, before the metal starts, to a dark ambient crescendo that involves Gregorian chant samples).

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on August 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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  • Insect Ark – “Portal/Well” – [Autumnsongs Records]


    Dana Schechter (from Brooklyn, NY) is Insect Ark on this release. Self-described as experimental/doom/drone, Insect Ark’s sound is created by Schecter’s bass and other instruments. It sounds intense, and I believe Cy Thoth would give it his approval.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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  • Gnom I Snegovik – “Last Snowman” – [Cubby Control]


    This release from the St. Petersburg band is even more experimental than usual–all except the last song reflects a compilation of tracks recorded by each band member individually. Then the tracks were mixed together, and the result is quite bizarre, especially the vocalizations at the beginnings of the songs. Drones, noise, strangeness. Right up KFJC’s alley.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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  • Vorontsova, Julia – “Over” – [Self-release]

    This self-released album from St. Petersburg born and Los Angeles based Vorontsova is simply lovely. The music has a distinctly world folk flavor, as well as rock, and it’s not just because she sings the lyrics in such beautiful Russian. The instrumentation is wonderful, including guitar, strings, kalimba, and ocarina. Enjoy your sonic travels on this one.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm
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