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Gene The Southern Child – “Southern Meridian” – [Parallel Thought]

Gene the Southern Child has been releasing music under the radar for years, and his unique style is smooth Southern hip-hop, incorporating poetry, blues, and soul. This is his latest collaboration with Parallel Thought and also his proper solo debut. It was recorded on a week-long trip to The Paradigm in New Jersey and has storytelling, rap, and provocative social commentary. Oh yes, and lots of swearing throughout the album, so this should only be played during safe harbor hours.

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on October 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Jute Gyte – “Old Ways” – [Jeshimoth Entertainment]

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    it is sometimes surprising how the most evil and disturbed of projects can come from the most unassuming people, but then again it’s the polite ones you usually have to worry about; like Adam Kalmbach here, a college student out of southwestern Missouri, experimental BM project that is sure to polarize listeners. cracked decrepit guitar tones creak against the maelstrom of drone swelling and spilling in harmonious fury, with buried drum machine marching through the void and anguished vocals recounting an ancient war of mass slaughter. electronics and treatments figure more prominently than on other BM projects, sure to piss off purists and blurring the divide between metal and noise: overwhelming buzzing distortion and delay; especially with Round falling into an almost industrial goth beat. pushing even further outside classification and harkening deeper into the primeval is the mandolin Interlude echoing through chambers of memory. the album slogs along, rarely traveling above mid-tempo, making it and even more painful and tortuous test of perseverance, suffering through the sludge onslaught of Peace and into the discordant flogging of brittle guitars and psychotic feedback of Snail into the epic finale aptly titled Death. with the degree of misanthropy displayed here few are meant to enjoy this sort of torment and abuse, but for the sonic masochists such as myself this is pure agonizing pleasure

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Lazer Wulf – “Beast of Left and Right, The” – [Retrofuturistic Records]

    This July 2014 release by the Atlanta-based trio (Bryan Aiken, Sean Peiffer, and Brad Rice) blurs the lines between progressive metal and math rock. Chaotic and lots of thrashing throughout the album, and full of smaller riffs and passages that comprise larger chunks of a massive puzzle. Vocals are sparse and are more like backing to the instruments. The band’s idea is that no matter which side you choose, the left and right paths are pretty much both the same.

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on October 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Pablo, Augustus – “Let’s Get Started / Eastman Dub” – [Greensleeves Records Ltd.]

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    Two albums for the price of one! Both are projects of the late, great Jamaican Pablo, who made the melodica famous and gave a lot to the reggae world in his too-short lifetime. The first part of the CD features music from his band Tetrack, and it is all upbeat. How could it not be, with Pablo’s keyboards? The second CD features Pablo with his Rockers International Band. It is more dub-y, but equally worth listening to. Props to the producer/musician!

  • Reviewed by humana on October 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm
  • Filed as CD,Reggae
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  • Unwoman – “Circling” – [Unwoman]

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    Erica Mulkey is magnificent, with her earthy, medieval brand of music characterized by hearty cello and strong vocals that are simply nourishing to the ear. The lyrics, printed out on an insert, are fascinating, as well. She is described as a steampunk artist based in San Francisco, and she reminds me of Faun Fables because her music is textured and grounded. On this release, as on others, she wrote and performed all the music. Get ready for a rich experience with this one.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 25, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Hindemith, Paul – “Cello Concerto/Clarinet Concerto” – [Etcetera Records B.V.]

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    Please read the liner notes for this release, as they go into wonderful detail about the way the music is composed. They are an excellent accompaniment and guide for listening to this classical music that is not so much soothing as it is stimulating. It gets under your skin and makes you reevaluate your life. It nags you, in a good way. The Amsterdam label has made it possible for us to enjoy music composed by Hindemith and performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. The first concerto highlights the cello, while the second, which was dedicated to Benny Goodman, features the clarinet. Goodman was the first to perform this piece with the Philadelphia Orchestra directed by Eugene Ormandy in 1950.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 25, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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  • El Ray – “Chasing Ray” – [Blackout Music]

    This 2010 release is another stunning achievement from this Danish 4-piece surf band. Expert playing and arrangements are evident. You will hear horror, garage, exotica among the variety of influences. Arguably one of the finest surf bands on the planet, enjoy!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on October 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Clone – “Son of Octabred” – [Finders Keepers Records]

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    “Push Breathe. Count. Babies by numbers” an excerpt from
    the spoken words intro that kicks off the nutrient musical
    mix here. Big round ARP synth notes that feel sonogramic,
    and some squishy waves wash up as well…is this a rebirthing?
    Or the sonic story of one of Octo-mom’s litter? A very retro
    walking bass synth line, moving more nimbly than a toddler,
    crawls infant-like for a stretch. Things get a little darker,
    demon-seed? That inner space birth canal might be a monolith
    to outer space? Flip side has an analog rocket with a drunk
    R2D2 to start off. Next, here comes the John Carpenter
    digitellganger. Rocking chair squeak becomes a siren, it’s
    just a noodle fest that could have come from a space-gazing
    bachelor pad 40 years ago or whenever man first landed on
    the Moog, but remains weird enough for the child comsmonauts
    of today. Apparently Clone is a trio of gearbots and this was
    broadcast a live set on KGOT (Alaska’s #1 Hit Music Station)
    out of Anchorage. The time machine should read 1982 for that
    recording, and one of the Clone’s, Gary Sloan had the radio show,
    along with Kurt Riemann and Paul Alexander they were one.
    Times three. Two side long pieces, good for mingling with other
    work, especially on the second set. Recombinant radio lives!
    Can’t go wrong with the Dead Cert-ificiation!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ausmuteants – “Order of Operation” – [Goner Records]

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    Some people seem to want a musical war between New Zealand
    and Australia. If so, airlift this Aussie quartet to the front
    as either a secret weapon or cannon fodder. Super goofy synth
    with rock and roll commando drumming, they aim for that
    seriously unserious attack. At the point of Devo-lution
    when spud boys leaned towards the dead boys, that point is
    a reference for these panicky punkish rawkers. “Now Whole”
    felt like the outro rock number from John Hughes remake of
    “The Elephant Man.” The album starts with a driving bass,
    chattering guitar and arcing synth while vocals snurkle
    “You’re itching to see me, but I don’t wanna touch”
    Sounds like they’re getting their act together without
    maturing too much, they bonk the stupid funny punk bone
    with reckless fecklesness. Overall synth is nice and
    disgusted and guitar sparks enough…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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  • T-White – “Gift Vol. 5!, The” – [Fatbeats]

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    Instrumental hip-hop, short and upbeat, slip the needle
    scratch the service. The dance floor is denied in these
    short cuts with long memories (did I hear Flip Wilson as
    Geraldine on “Discovery”). “Eternal Lee” has some pretty
    majestic moves inside, “Ow!” doesn’t hurt (although a
    cartoon baby bird was crushed by the heavy drum and piano
    drop on top), a French discussion gets woven in between the
    beats on that. The lead-off track makes you think DJ Shadow
    meets comedy, samples are less ear-popping after that, but
    definitely a fun and creative vibe. Yeah, there’s cowbell
    sampled and apparently some organic elements as well
    (behold the Old Nasty Organ), hard to pull everything
    apart. T-White is a Chicago operative…damn shame KFJC’s
    Spiderman is not around for this House Shoes party mix.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Tusques, Francois – “La Reine Des Vampires 1967″ – [Finders Keepers Records]

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    Out-takes to a further out French film

    Possibly the first French vampire film (or was it supposed
    to be like Dark Shadows, a running melodrama).
    The music certainly has a haunted feel, the sax of Barney Wilen
    gives an edgy “Angel Heart” flavor, with bouts of sweetness in
    whirlwinds of suspicion. The skeetering violin of Eddie Gaumont
    is what cranks up the tension, often flying at angles to Wilen’s
    sax, or pizzicato plucked like that spider-alien in Carpenter’s
    “The Thing” remake. Echo is slapped all over both of those gents
    (and at times overdubs too, notably nice and nightmarish on
    the “Rejected Theme 1.”Interesting that Gaumont is a drummer
    too, as his approach to the violin was certainly percussive on this.
    The B-side has some incidental discussion perhaps between
    musicians and friends, or maybe the Queen of the vampires turned
    up herself. Let in through an open window, and kept mostly in the
    shadows. Many tracks stop brusquely. On the A-side, I really
    feel Tusque took his piano composition and drove the players
    off the score (and possibly mixed them at angles?). The piano
    does show up at the end, on the last must be first take. Tusques
    intentionally removing himself, as he writes in the liners. By the
    way he’s still releasing music as of this year. so possible vampire
    himself!?! Killer artwork (as can be expected from Finders-Keepers)
    Filing it under jazz though it has its soundtrack place.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Baxter, Les – “Cry of The Banshee and Edgar Allan Poe Suite” – [Varese Sarabande Records, Inc.]

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    Wow., *unquiet* village here, from Les Baxter. The sidelong
    “Cry of the Banshee” piece is a jarring, unsettling piece of
    music to push you to the edge and over. Feels like a modern
    classical madhouse, with no simple melodies to hold on to
    for a moment’s security. The flip side has shorter pieces for
    Poe (but alas there is not a drop of Vincent Price or spooken word
    to be found anywhere, it’s all music). Some electronics and other
    malevolent forces conspire. Scarier than any Halloween.
    Razor blades in the orchestra pit… 1970 era, Gordon
    Hessler directed. It’s a shame no film clips are included
    but youtube is just….over………there.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Boron and The Grebes – “In Your Water” – [Self Release]

    Recorded by Garrincha of Garrincha and the Stolen Elk/Weird Forest Records as an exercise to teach himself how to properly use his digital recording setup.

    The band is Boron on bass/vox and Grebes on guitar, with session drummers. It’s a raunchy lo-fi attack of bleeding discordant guitar riffs and pounding drums. The vocals are beautifully lost like a growling werewolf in the moonlit mist.
    Sometimes annoyingly repetitive, but only leads into more heavy sounds.

    Arrived by mail in a cereal box with shipping labels and “padded” by the kinds of trash you see on the cover art: bags of chips, tea-bags, candy wrappers, etc.

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on October 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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  • Industrial Priest Overcoats – “Godbless This Hellhole” – [Napkin Records]

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    self-described bedroom punk dorkadelic scrap metal wasteoid blues; this is a real high-energy thrasharound rock riot. psych saturated garage weirdness too together to be art rock but too out there to be anything but. i see them call themselves shardXcore too and i have no idea what that means but sure. fun, danceable, trippable, i’m lost but apparently they’re not. they keep their shit together beautifully for how out of control it all seems. the most sensible bit of insanity i can dream of. special tour edition cassette of this Vancouver band with first 4 tracks on the CD special digital only downloads.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Mosfett – “Roswell” – [Napkin Records]

    rain-soaked gutter grunge out of Vancouver, B.C. drinkin Molson on your mouldy garage couch. they got that pacific northwest feel without the redundancy; sludgy bass, pummeling rhythm changes, a couple straightahead tunes amidst a whole lotta ruckus. the epic closer drifts out on some hazegaze while never losing the heaviness. hipster punks not afraid to get heavy, like real fuckin rock n roll heavy.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Wesseltoft, Jon & Okkyung Lee – “Piper” – [Holidays Records]

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    live captured recording from 2010 of avant surrealists Wesseltoft and Lee; hypnotic harmonium disharmony setting a challenge for the churning cello drone superimpostions. gentle yet jarring, lush minimal ritual of atonal variations full of buzzing overtones full negative space. super stony bamboo bliss

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Tiki Creeps, The – “Invaders From Beyond The Sound of Surf!” – [Tiki Creeps]

    The Tiki Creeps are from Los Angeles and this CD gives a nice sampling of hot rod and horror surf music. The tracks feature a female scream, war and sci-fi dialogue and some fine automobile sounds. Playing is solid, well played, with good energy and interesting arrangements.

    PGM: Decal on CD, avoid slot loading CD players.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on October 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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  • Rosenthal, Laurence – “Rashomon” – [Carlton]

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    Laurence Rosenthal is an award winning Film/TV/Broadway composer who is known for his work on Cinema Paradiso, Miracle Worker, A Raisin in the Sun, Man of La Mancha, Clash of the Titans (original) and even Fantasy Island. Rashomon is two short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa which were then adapted into the Oscar-winning film by Akira Kurosawa but THIS release is from an adaptation for the Broadway stage, using elements from the Kurosawa film that were not present in the short stories. The Broadway production stared Rod Steiger and his wife at the time Claire Bloom who are obviously not Japanese although the story is about a Samurai and his wife. The story is told from four different viewpoints which vary greatly. This is very visual and unique, quite dramatic and heavy on percussion and flute, gamelan, gongs and cymbals.

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on October 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Miller, Jacob – “Each One Teach One” – [Rockers International]

  • Reviewed by selector on October 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Reggae
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  • Led Bib – “Good Egg, The” – [Cuneiform Records]

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    Described by Wikipedia as a modern jazz group from London, this quintet performs fantastic jazz composed by Mark Holub (also the drummer). It is utterly accessible, and the standout instruments for me are the saxes (played by Pete Grogan and Chris Williams). Of course the keyboards by Toby McLaren and bass by Liran Donin are stellar and absolutely crucial to the energy created by the whole. It is invigorating, upbeat jazz, and a must-listen.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 20, 2014 at 11:25 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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