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a collection of blissful blunders and accidental errors of incidental entertainment; blips of static drone and scrape; freeform flopouts and improv drivel. title track a dedication to the 76th birthday of the great Hunter S.
luggage malfeasance from the chief of all misanthropists GX. rubbed raw scratch ‘n scrapes in varying portions, locked lunacy in multiple flavors (but who can tell the difference anyhow); looping sandpaper one drones drill deeper than the bits themselves. nerve wrenching noise of the naughty variety
This release is a nice display of future-leaning ensemble jazz. There is a custom-built vibraphone throughout, making the whole album give off a spacey vibe. And the rhythm section is great, keeping the tunes catchier if you just gotta have rhythm, like me. But a crew of other instruments create quite the orgy. At times, light, soft, ethereal, but for the most part, urgent, kinetic, chaotic. It slows down, stands still, and speeds up all at the same time.
VOX on Track 1 (Segregated)
Mickey Slim was right on when he characterized this music as psych shoegaze folk. That means, of course, that I love it. It is mellow and rollicking at the same time. Nary a bad tune on here, from start to finish. Enjoy.
The sisters Nemrow wrote and performed these songs, which are painful ballads played by a bazouki, a guitar-like instrument, among other instruments. The songs are so plaintiff and unpolished that they seem to define a grassroots expression of the trials and tribulations of love and life. Read the liner notes to enrich the experience.
This is supercool music that is like space-age jazz. It’s fresh and full of variety. Track 8 is a great spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” while Track 9 quotes an Emily Dickinson poem. Bata drums, guitar, basses, and cool vocals and ambient sounds and beats make this ultra listenable and fun.
This project recorded in Brighton (UK) in June 2014 and released that same year in November features Andy Pyne on drums, Tom Roberts on bass, and Jason Williams on sax. Free-jazz and improvisations at a relatively fast pace. Tracks seem to run together and can also be played continuously.
damaged trash punk from these Oakland(?) creeps. DIY fuck it recording quality worse than age-old nonsense and worth about a nickel of your time. snarling vocals, spastic bass rattles, and snaggletooth guitar riffage. hardcore without the brutality and all the mistakes.
These 24 tracks represent most of the recordings from legendary 1990′s surf band The Space Cossacks, led by guitarist Ivan Pongracic (pawn GRAH sick) now known for his work with the Madeira. Very high energy, mostly fast, harmonically interesting, all superbly played. Try track 3 or 22 to get a taste. Highest recommendation!
Exploring a range of possibilities using different strategies in notation and performance along with solos, duos, trios, quartets, this 2013 release consists of free jazz and interactions between noise and melody, acoustic and electronic sounds, and notated structural materials that function invisibly within the music. Originally recorded in November 2009, “Interactions Quartet” comprises of English horn/electronics player Kyle Bruckmann, percussionist and electronics player Gino Robair and electric guitarist John Shiruba.
I come at this band with no prior knowledge, and so all I know is the music on this disc and the way the four band members look from their picture on the insert. I would characterize their sound as beyond garage-approaching metal. The songs often start with intense feedback and then ease up so you can enjoy the quirky lyrics that are often shouted, but in a coherent voice. “You only love your dog” (5)–how can you beat that? There is an infectious energy to this release that I appreciate, and therefore I know that many others will really dig.
Zani Diabate formed the Super Djata Band, one of Mali’s premiere private orchestras. Called “Mali’s electric warriors,” they offer here five songs rich with historical folklore that is described in the liner notes. Zani’s mad guitar skills are nicely offset by vocals and other local instruments such as kamalen ngoni and djembe. The liveliness of the music takes you to the heart of the Bamako region of Mali and immerses you in the cultural feel of the area. Each musician is part of a rich musical lineage that continues even after his passage to another plane. As you listen, you feel like you’re rollicking on the back of a camel or walking across flatlands in a hypnotic trance. Bon voyage!
Li Xi is one of those bands that make San Francisco a treat. This little red-vinyl disc effervesces through your consciousness in an upbeat, fuzzy, psychedelic way. Side A is a bit more lively than Side B, but both are quite pleasing, especially with the fetching feminine vocals. The songs themselves are rather short, perfect as aperitifs between the main courses of your sets.
When Abacus gave this one to me, he said it was “Jack Diamond-like,” and indeed it is. All you have to do is look at the classy, provocative cover with the bombshell and the harpist to know that the music contained on this jewel is like nectar for some of us. Jazz harp is the genre, latina rhythms such as the samba are the means, and romantic feel-good easy listening is the sedative. The original and current liner notes of this 1965 album call this “stunning Latin & vocal jazz…with brilliant arrangements to play over and over again, intelligent music for relaxation and ‘after-work, when we actually want to listen to nothing more.’” Try using this as an accompaniment to downloading photos from your phone to your computer–it is perfect for watching your life flash before your eyes.
Whote (the “H” in the artist name is silent) is Thomas Watkiss, who is based in New York City and specializes in drone and dark ambience. This artist has been described as an “organically confrontational experience”, and he also has a series of heavy guitar textures throughout this October 2014 release. Some of these tracks are somewhat loud and harsh while others may be rather soft and even sometimes end abruptly. Bonus tracks also included on this CD.
Rash is R. Scott Oliver and Patrick Doyle, who are based in Rochester, New York. This is some incredible heavy improv ambient drone, and loud and trippy guitar compositions throughout their debut album released in December 2012. Originally, these tracks were released on cassette. Rash’s influences include My Bloody Valentine, Flying Saucer Attack, and Spacemen 3, among other bands.
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