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Goat – “Run to Your Mama Remixes Vol. 2″ – [Rocket Recordings]

Collection of remixes of one song by various artists. Side A is a dance party featuring female vocals. The first track on Side B features drums, guitar, synth, and prominent vocals and ends with an ambient background. Second track is 80s pop and no vocals. These songs are liable to get stuck in your head.

you will dance to this
tribal echoes open up
synth drums smack boom boom
– Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm
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  • Woat – “Improvised Dissections” – [Self Released]

    Five tracks from this opaque duo, W00DY and Solid State Entity of Boston. Trippy electronic zings and floating beats. Just in time for Halloween. Tappings and clappings. I liked track two because of the crunchy clanging garbled beat and five because it is darker and industrial. Watch levels on this one. Some low key vocals in the back add to the haunting feeling. Track four is some good old fashion unce unce unce.

    fun new beats you’ll like
    two electronic artists
    clang bang smack womp womp
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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  • Nordvargr/Drakh/Klier – “The Less You Know, The Better” – [Old Europa Cafe]

    A great collaboration released in May 2008 by the famous Swedish duo Nordvargr/Drakh (also known as members of MZ.412) and the new American master of dark minimal sounds Cordell Klier. May sound a bit spooky at times, but these are very elegant and structured sounds constantly and slowly changing into new patterns featuring excellent dark ambient electronica!

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on September 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm
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  • She Bop – Collection of 50′s Females

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    She Bop Collection – Penny Records

    Penny Records is out of Italy that has been releasing some interesting soundtrack music and has put together a great collection of songs from the late 1950′s by a remarkable collection of female singers.

    The 1950′s music is a great area for exploration, as the music hasn’t been given a lot of exposure on radio and movies. It’s like everything starts in the 60′s with music, and that’s too bad because a lotta bopping went on in the 50′s. This is a great collection fo spirted R&B, rockabilly and pop music, especially since several of these songs go on to be hits by others. While Scott Walker did The Big Hurt, on this record Miss Toni Fisher really puts some dirt in it. And Elvis rose up through the pop charts with Hound Dog, but on this record you can hear the original by Big Mama Thornton. Speaking of Elvis, in the 1950′s Janis Martin started her singing career before Elvis, and though now she is billed as the female Elvis, it should be that Elvis is the male Janis Martin.

    The 1950′s was a time when rhythm and blues was spawning rock and roll, and the songs and the singers had more grinding rhythms and gritty singing. Ruth Brown, Etta James, and Eartha Kitt started their careers in the 50′s and it’s a good introduction to them.

    This is a good rockin’ collection of songs that don’t disappoint. Bob Corsi compiled the collection skillfully to introduce you to some great talents through familiar songs, covered by others, and while some of these songs flirt with 60′s pop, opens the door for you to start exploring the world of the big 10 inch and 78rpms of the 50′s. Not to mention these all have a great beat that you can dance to , if you are just happy enough to play this at your next party.

    Spins at 45rpm on a 12 inch vinyl Lp.

     

  • Reviewed by RobtEmmett on September 27, 2014 at 8:52 am
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  • Paradoxical Frog – “Union” – [Clean Feed]

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    2012 release from this trio, of sax (Ingrid Laubrock),
    piano (Kris Davis) and drums (Tyshawn Sorey) Coming
    from all over (Germany/Canada/New Jersey respectively)
    recorded in NYC , this is their 2nd release. A series
    of generally gentle compositions with spare scattered
    notes, check out the stacatto start on the title track
    that then moves into a sort of drone jazz phase
    (something they do very well, with Sorey’s whispering
    cymbals) The three “Strike” themed pieces work the
    hushing, soft-cycling drones. Meanwhile back to “Union”
    that piece ends up with some of the most fiery work here,
    as Laubrock skronks up and Davis hits the bottom end of her
    piano, before a little high-end trickle finish. High
    trickle is more often employed, with also euro-jazz
    tight-rope precision on the players. Pretty cool that
    Sorey steps away from his drums for a trombone tunnel
    on “Masterisk” (written by Laubrock, each member composed
    at least two pieces here). They are democratic in
    delivery as well as writing. Apparently their namesake
    is larger as a child (tadpole) than as an adult frog,
    and that is clearly in line with their less is more
    approach here.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm
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  • EFT – “Spatial Awareness” – [Out Now Recordings]

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    Third release from this trio, when I reviewed their
    initial offering, I remember writing “jazz?” And if
    I’ve learned anything at KFJC about genres, it’s that
    the question mark is a thing of beauty. Willful, resistant
    beauty. This time around, I found myself drawn to
    the least conventional member, Daniel Davidosky whose
    array of electronics (often rough-hewn home-made tech
    with rougher sounds) help to get the hair standing up
    on the back of my neck. There’s a crisp electricity
    flowing from him and also from Ido Bukelman’s guitar,
    who pushes the Sonny Sharrock charge, spiking in on
    the exploratory scale past Kletka Red to Starfuckers.
    But there’s more mania on here, aided by the heart
    amping drumwork of Ofer Bymel. Both guitar and drums
    are prone to bursts of improvisation, that catch you
    with a jag but then don’t drag you on a two minute
    blitz. Indeed the album’s title (and the epic number
    of the same name) showcase “space.” That space is
    so crucial, to let the alien transmissions from
    planet Davidosky beam in. Check out “Friend of No One
    But Your Phone” for a short showcase of that (and
    further proof that “Untitled #6″ is a lazy waste
    of effort for song titles). I really hope that the
    ragged guitar/drumplay will dare rock fans to dig
    this, and I think some of our electro weird ear
    fans can help accentuate that gorgeous question
    mark at play here! These guys are from Earth,
    by way of Israel for what it’s worth. And their
    music is worth plenty!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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  • Remainderless – “Remainderless” – [Oxen]

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    three LA noise conspirators (see: Fenian, Tik///Tik, XBXRX) deliver searing shrill drones that pierce bleaker than icy wind, gusts that don’t blast but penetrate straight to the marrow. the pitch flogged malfunctions teeter on the edge of release as the sheet subsides and crumbles; a distant racket amidst factory hums anthropomorphed into ghosts of aeroaudible disaster. patience wields the most virtuous suffering

  • Reviewed by abacus on September 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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  • Mean Mothers: Independent Women Blues, Vol. 1 [coll] – [Rosetta Records]

    Ladies being ladies, and they ain’t taking shit from no one! Volume One in a collection of independent women’s blues music from 1926-1949, and it bakes. Tunes that assert females are just as strong as their male counterparts, if not stronger.

    Since I have a not-so-secret soft spot for ladies blues music, I tend to agree. This album does a great job at exemplifying one of the many themes in blues, and one of the few that is strictly for women, especially at that time: personal independence and not putting up with peoples disrespect.

    Maggie Jones, Ida Cox, Rosa Henderson, Billie Holiday, etc. Beautiful voices from beautiful ladies. Rosetta Records release with great liner notes.

    3WR: Big Mama’s Blues

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on September 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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  • Lemaitre, Maurice – “Poemes Et Musiques Lettriste Et Hyperhonie” – [Alga Marghen]

    Maurice Lemaitre was the co-founder of an avante-garde French art movement called the Lettrists, who took influences from Dadaists and Surrealism. The lettrist movement explores art (poetry, painting, novels, cinema, photos) as well as social sciences (economics, law, psychology), and focuses mainly on the idea of creativity and the creative method.

    On this album, released on the Alga Marghen label, Lemaitre explores the uses of the human voice. The first few tracks blend rock ‘n’ roll music while Lemaitre “sings.” Sometimes its in French, sometimes in gibberish. Recordings from 1957-1968, some of with appear to be recorded live. Very cool ,very interesting, very unique record that many will dig.

    3WR: Found mouth sounds

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on September 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm
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  • Feldgrau – “Mechanized Misanthropy” – [Agonia]

    Doomy industrial sounds from threesome based in Tampa, FL. Feldgrau means “field gray” in German and is a shade of the color green, used by the German army from 1907-1945.

    The band on the otherhand, was only active from 2001-2004, and this is their only full length release. Pete Helkamp from Revenge and Kerasphorous on bass, vox and electronics; Destruct on guitar; and Vhex on keys and backing vox. Noisy feedback and unintelligible vocals woven in throughout. A lot of the tracks have a purring quality to it, it’s hard to explain, but the whole sound seems to pulsate like a cat purring. Couple long tracks (5 min+) on here. Turn it up..

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on September 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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  • Miscreant – “T.N.S.T.” – [Self Release]

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    When the Rat King gave me this CD to review, she warned me. Never mind that I listened to it right after Essie Jain. Maybe that’s the smartest way to do it. Talk about waking up to smell the coffee. This San Jose band describes their music as electronic industrial noise power. To me it sounds like screaming, and it sounds cathartic, and throbbing, and full of feedback, both musical and political in some way. They are upset. They won’t be silenced. And sooner or later, they will be heard.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 21, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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  • Jain, Essie – “Until The Light of Morning” – [Self Release]

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    Essie Jain has a beautiful, soothing voice, and has written lovely lullabyes inspired to charm the newborn audience created by her circle of friends. Each song takes the listener, young or old, further into layers of restfulness and repose. There is piano, glockenspiel, bass, and guitar. So pretty and simple. She hails from the UK but lives in America. I listened to this over and over. It is nice to be sung to sleep.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm
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  • El’Zabar’s, Kahil Ritual Trio – “Follow The Sun” – [Delmark]

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    The title of this CD is fairly apt in describing how the music makes you feel as you listen to the sun-warmed brew of Duke Payne’s unique bagpipes and sax conversations with Ari Brown, Dwight Trible’s and El’Zabar’s vocals, and Junius Paul’s bass. Of course, undergirding it all is the percussion by way of thumb piano, earth drum, and other drums supplied by El’Zabar. These gents serve up jazz in with their inimitable style and verve and leave you feeling happy and alive. Read the liner notes–they’re good.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm
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  • Trin Tran – “Far Reaches, The” – [Castle Face Records]

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    Catchy and infectious like a virus from outer space, or like
    a one-man band from Earth, Trin Tran may have one foot in
    Madison, WI and one foot on San Fran. He does *not* have
    one foot on the accelerator, as his songs take their time
    to squeeze in your ears and past the blood-brain barrier,
    songs sturdily built on art damaged synth lines and broken
    guitar that adds a sweet abrasiveness, like chocolate-covered
    tumbleweeds. Both synth and guitar root out some great
    simple punk riffs which then fit perfectly with his odd
    and sublime vocals. Distorted and ranty, sometimes going
    OCD on a phrase, like the killer lead off “Fashion Has
    Happened To Fashion!” you don’t need to be Heidi Klum or
    some other scary monster to find the truth in that. His
    voice, and the lyrics too, almost feel like an alien mind
    figuring out how to work fleshy mouth and peculiar world
    that have been snatched along with Steve Coombs body.
    The overall sum here exceeds the difficult to keep all
    parts going at the same time (Trin Tran gets help here
    from der Deerhoofer John Dieterich, and live others join
    in the band apparently including Coombs guitar-slinging son!
    So very good, exceeding the promise of “Dark Radar” and
    calling for an unearthing of some old Xerobot songs KFJC
    has (an earlier project before Trin Tran got his wires
    installed and crossed). What is this you ask? Maybe Felix
    Kubin built a gumball machine with just six pieces of
    poison candy in it? Criswell joined Devo? “Hearts Are Serious”
    has a break that sounds like that old Warner Brothers cartoon
    dog that would inquire “Duh, which way did he go George,
    which way did he go.” This nails the the smart/stupid
    crossover as good as anything in a long time. Rarely am
    I pissed to have a picture disk on one side, but I would
    have traded that and an Oscar Gamble baseball card to
    have another 6 mini miracles (with more lyrics, perhaps
    further investigating the anaconda/cougar dichotomy
    elaborated upon in the title track here). I even love the
    name which without any other info I would have expected
    some sappy Vietnamese cupcake lovesongs (and maybe he’s
    got those up his shielded sleeve.) Get on board now
    and enjoy Trin Tran before he opens for a David Bowie
    hologram tour in a few years.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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  • Rocket Infinity: The Global Rise of Rocking Music 1942-62 [coll] – [Canary Records]

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    Hey if Ian Nagoski is going to make you a mix tape, then heck
    yeah you better listen. Plus he puts it out on 10″ which we all
    know is some powerful alchemy/history at KFJC… The title here
    maybe is a bit of a reach, and a 20 year span might have been
    better served by a box set, but these 8 unearthed treasures
    should float many a boat. The liner notes on the back are
    better than I can offer, so check ‘em out while you spin
    selections from this. I will say my favorites are
    A1 Spanish flare meets Molam
    A3 Check the Chuck Berry shamisen from this real gone geisha
    her kewpie doll oogie-boogie vox might flirt some Berts
    B1 Fans of Eblis Alvarez might dig this ol’ cumbia-tronic action
    B4 Eenie Meanie Miney Whoa, even before you’ve heard this
    you’ve heard this, stored in your playback memories

    It’s a big little record for a small Qawwali Polka Jump Blues
    world after all. Spin it…
    -Thurston Hunger
    PS Some spoken film moments at the of A4

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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  • Lewis, Edvard Graham – “All Over” – [Editions Mego]

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    Dormant for a decade, the erstwhile Wire bassist delivered twin
    discs this year. On this, “All Over” EGL drops a more pop or at
    least song-oriented set of tunes. As on “All Under” a heavy
    low-end more than anchors the work here, as befits a bassist.
    There is still careful attention to electronic atmospherics,
    well-oiled machinery clicking and ticking, voice distortions
    and dub auras. Lyrically perhaps a thread of traveling and
    unraveling is woven into the songs here. Percussion is not
    so much industrial as it is inorganic. Most tracks have
    lyrics, spoken, broken, switched and restitched. “Prism
    Buzzard” is one that does *not* sound like Grand Galaxy
    Central Station at midnight, robo-waxers glide through the
    hallowed emptiness. Is “Where’s The Affen?” a wiretapping
    of an airport’s white courtesy phone? #6 segues tightly into
    #7 which is an oddly happy, and moreso, happily odd bumping
    number with the chorus “sorry but We’ve Lost Your Mind”
    (travelers in the next millennium will have it rough).
    If they offer you a temporary replacement mind, make sure
    it includes memories of this album, as well as some of
    Lewis’s earlier work in Dome and He Said (both of which
    KFJC has, and should remain Mute in our library). Insistent
    and twisted work here, has he collaborated with Matmos
    seems like his “Bluebird” and their “Rats” could play well
    together.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm
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  • Microdeform – “Aphelion” – [ZamZam Sounds]

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    The name might connote a more mutated musical experiment,
    or at least a shorter one. Here are two involved sidelong
    pieces from Bristol’s Liam McConaghy; well, some breathing spots
    of silence, and the cassette indicates 10 discreet tracks
    with a progression from “Aphelion” to “Perihelion” so there
    is a sense of direction and connectedness. And it does
    start in darkness, whirry-pools of sound, loops chasing loops
    and when vocals are dropped in via samples they fall through
    a waterworld of echo. At 11:40 in, we hear “Set” repeated
    perhaps to indicate the launch of the musical set, or to
    invoke the Egyptian god, or a reference to the sun. Other
    echo’d voices in German, feel like eavesdropping…impolite
    ears for polite conversation? The reverb so strong, like
    a drive-in theater at the back of your brain. Percussion
    washes away, but the simple repetition of sound and an
    occasional snap of live wire bring it back. 25:10 finds
    definite silence, the first side is indeed largely dark
    but gentle as rain you cannot see, some very slight
    classical feel and occasional airtight vox humana patches.
    It has the sort of pulse-wave of a loud bell sculpting
    all of the sound. (A very long, gradual fade closes side A.)
    Side B is more active as the SS Microdeform apparently
    approaches the sun. McConaghy loves his pulsing loops,
    acting as a rotary noise engine at the core with
    Frippertonic and more fulminating guitar on top. Big
    beams of synth redline in at times too, a calmer phase
    with piano macrodeformed by reverb. Short sonic eclipse
    at 25:14 on side B. Overall, a flowing dark ambient vibe,
    akin to an abandoned spacecraft used as a cathedral. Or
    perhaps a soundtrack on your shoulder while watching
    Danny Boyle’s “Sunrise” -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm
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  • Mimmo, Gianni & Daniel Levin – “Turbulent Flow” – [Amirani Records]

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    Turbulent Flowing vortex of jazz? improv on cello and soprano sax. Levin ripping and roaring, rubbing the strings raw while Gianni soars above with fluid lucidity and virtuosic ability, spraying a flurry of melodic lines and squealing shrills. not harsh hardly atonal, rather beautifully executed and held together. the players’ energy captured beautifully on the photos inside.

  • Reviewed by abacus on September 17, 2014 at 9:39 pm
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  • Impulsive Machinations – “Conformity Contortion” – [Edgetone Records]

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    Thollem McDonas and Sara Lund take on improvisation from an introspective angle. what is improvisation? what constitutes free? Sara coming at improv from the rock angle, Thollem coming at rock from the improv. heavy free rock on dirt ‘n nail rhodes processed through the dirtiest of analog filters and pounding drums that don’t sit still. solid kinetic power flying together through and about their Portland garage. simple enough to hold together as the crumble and tumble and straight ROCK!

  • Reviewed by abacus on September 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm
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  • Chicks On Speed / Kreidler – “Chicks On Speed / Kreidler Sessions, The” – [Chicks on Speed Records]

     

    chickscollaboration between trio Chicks on Speed from Munich, New York and Australia and Kreidler based out of Dusseldorf. snarky electroclash electro kraut pop. dark vocals, dubby basslines, mysterious mundane lyricism and erratic jumpy rhythms. dance music on dirty amphetamines.

  • Reviewed by abacus on September 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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