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Leucrota – “Demo” – [Sentient Ruin Laboratories]


festering pustules post-punk hardcore from Santa Cruz’ most wretched. caked with the slime of the San Lorenzo, one might lean towards stoner but this is some serious shroom doom; lurching no frills riffage churning in agonizing elation but shrouded in psychedelic gloom. just as likely to lash out wildly as it is to writhe and smolder in a sludge that’s more frail than sluggish.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Pavone, Jessica – “Knuckle Under” – [TAIGA Records]

    Composer and violinist from NY. Her work can be found under the Tzadik label among others. We don’t have a lot of her solo work so this is great that we have this. She’s also in the library in the duo Normal Love. Unique experimental artist. Side A is a lot of vibrations. Minimal but very powerful. Noisey at times. My favorite was the string farts on the B side. There are vocals on last track on B side.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ass Jazz Vol 2 [coll] – [Pet Goat, The]

    Volume dos! Because you wanted more. Punk, metal, skronk, jazz, noise, and some vocals here and there. Most are recorded live performances. Each track is different but excellent. I can even forgive the organ on track 10.
    No FCCs that I could hear.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Shipp, Matthew Chamber Ensemble – “Gospel According to Matthew & Michael, The” – [Relative Pitch Records]

    Extremely prolific artist (we have 28 pieces of his in Jazz library) brings us one of his latest. Collab with Michael Bisio and Mat Maneri. This is a celebration of strings and their many applications. At times it’s pretty, scratchy, plucky, screechy, spacey, and jazzy. The bass gets really rhythmic and almost like percussion.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Hawkins, Chester – “Apostasy Suite” – [Intangible Arts]


    aka Blue Sausage Infant out of Washington D.C. an unerring yet unstable renunciation of faith; reverential organ evoking the ritual then injecting the inorganic pollution of squelching and skreeking synth grating drills. a series of distressed drones and digital maltreatments ensue; celestial loops bleeping and buzzing, drifting precariously on off-balance ether. an aural examination of religious hallucinations and visceral tradition. thoughts and sentiments fleeting yet impressive, discarnate yet concrete, bold yet Intangible. audible denial.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm
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  • Good Ones, The – “Kigali Y’ Izahabu” – [Dead Oceans]


    Jeanvier Havugimana, Stany Hitimana, and Adrien Kazigira survived genocide in Rwanda, and they sing about love, peace, and their lives on this album which was recorded on a friend’s back porch during the summer of 2009. Only two guitars accompany their voices, flowing through their lyrics (which are translated on the insert) like a cheerful, positive river. Truly a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Their voices weave together so companionably. Enjoy.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Torrisi, Nedelle – “Advice From Paradise” – [Ethereal Sequence Record Corp]


    Imagine my delight when I learned I was going to get to review another album written by Nedelle! And the pleasure just deepened as I listened to how her voice has matured beautifully–still sweet, but also slightly sultry, and the musical background of harp and beats just added to the effect. Her lyrics appear on the insert, and you can read her advice column of the same name as this album on the interwebs. She’s a daughter of an ex-nun and an ex-priest, which must inform her music, at least the romantic side of it. So happy to have another favorite in the KFJC library.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 12, 2015 at 8:46 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • LFA – “MG^Inzpirator” – [Nostilevo]


    liable for abuse: aural corruption a la crumpled beats, compressed and sliced static and beeps – harsh. strangled vocals claw at the skeletal structures, grasping for air in the toxic slime. short circuited dance music for blue screen saturated bit junkies.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 9, 2015 at 12:56 am
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Kaiser, Henry & Ray Russell – “Celestial Squid, The” – [Cuneiform Records]

    This February 2015 release is an unprecedented collaboration between legendary British session ace Ray Russell and idiosyncratic Bay Area experimentalist Henry Kaiser. For over 40 years, Ray Russell refused to make such exploratory music until Henry Kaiser asked him to do so back in 1971. Everything on The Celestial Squid is improvised, and features some good extemporaneous horn arrangements along with throbbing electric basslines and lockstep polyrhythms underpinning guitars and caterwauling reeds.


  • Reviewed by Paulsky on April 3, 2015 at 1:01 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Creature Automatic – “Dust Clouds May Exist” – [Telegraph Harp]

    Creature Automatic is Robbie Lee, a Brooklyn composer, improviser, and producer. “Dust Clouds May Exist” is his debut album. Released in April 2015, it’s pop music that makes pop music strange again. It is flawlessly crafted, featuring catchy hooks and memorable riffs, exuberant and melancholy. Might be more on the experimental side, as Robbie Lee plays these unusual instruments he’s known for, such as mellotrons, crumhorns, and portatif organ alongside the usual guitars, drums, and piano. Vocals in most tracks.


  • Reviewed by Paulsky on April 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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  • Rock Ridge – “Drifter’s Prayer” [Self-produced]

    Rock Ridge is a 4-piece bluegrass band – guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin, based in the Chico area. This is their debut album, from 2011, which is self-produced. It includes traditional and contemporary bluegrass, gospel, and some originals. The singing and playing are good; it is well produced. The female lead is especially good.?? Reviewed by Sally Goodin
    Faves: 4 5 9 11

  • Reviewed by Sally Goodin on April 2, 2015 at 9:53 am
  • Filed as Format,CD,Country
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  • Cross, Amber – “You Can Come In” – [Self-produced]

    Amber Cross is a singer/songwriter and plays guitar. This is her debut album and it is really fine. She wrote all but one of the songs on the album. The arrangements are sparse, with different combinations of (mostly) acoustic instruments. Her songs are about her life, but she writes in a way that make them so accessible that you can relate to what she says.?? Reviewed by Sally Goodin
    Faves: 1 3 5 6 7 8

  • Reviewed by Sally Goodin on April 2, 2015 at 9:51 am
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  • Provos – “Provos” – [Mind Control Records]


    old style hardcore out of SF pissed off at the world and themselves for not caring enough. garage rock hipsters jaded to the point of aggression, fed up with the piss soaked junkies on the street and the privileged liberal elite that walk blindly by them claiming to care in the name of counter-culture. fuck the system, fuck the culture it breeds, and fuck me for doing nothing to change it.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Con Demek – “Dogmama” – [Rrrecords]


    nihilist industry felons dissecting dizzy dysfunctional robot rock and callous dirge folk alike, racked with erratic insecurities and bitter delusion. distant noise pollution echoes that evoke mind gouging memories of affective decay; deteriorating dimensions of ulterior perception. shoot to kill

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Kacirek, Schneider – “Shadows Documents” – [Bureau-b]

    German duo of Stefan Schneider and Sven Kacirek. Inspired by travels to Kenya, the beats are heavy and ambient at the same time. They feel like background but definitely hold their own. I couldn’t decide which track was my favorite. They each are good in their own way. We’ve got loads of Sven in the library.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm
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  • Mitchell / Marsh / Edwards – “Improvisations” – [Otoroku]

    45 RPM
    Roscoe Mitchell on sax, Tony Marsh, on drums, and John Edwards on bass.
    First and last time these three UK musicians played together. Last night of Mitchell’s residency at Cafe OTO, the alternative venue in London. They balance skronk and melody really well. Gorgeous. Marsh passed soon after the recording.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 1, 2015 at 10:34 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • White Suns – “Totem” – [Flenser]


    Ferocious, disjointed noisemusic. Crashing, thudding drums, squealing distorted guitar, wall of feedback, buzzes and hums, tormented vocals. Amplifiers as weapons. Howling chaos and cacophony. “Let flowers burst from my chest. Let roots coil in my skull.” Most tracks are between 3 and 7 minutes in length. No vocals on # 3, 5, and 8.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on March 31, 2015 at 11:54 pm
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  • Wold, Erling – “Little Girl Dreams of Taking..” – [Minmax Records]

    A disturbingly beautiful (and vice versa) modern
    opera. Guided by a narrator like a half-crazed yet
    erudite carney, Jim Cave rants (for me recalling
    John Fiedler’s Jack the Ripper character on that
    memorable Star Trek.) His lurid fascination is key,
    as we hear a tale every bit as gruesome, and yet
    compelling. Both for us the audience, and our
    heroine who’s compulsion for devotional love beckons
    her over a torturous waste land of the corrupted
    and corrupting. She splits mentally and vocally,
    her dual name a fraught coupling. Odder couplings
    follow, strange dreams and dances. The reference
    machine breaks on this outstanding CD, T.S. Eliot
    crossed with Charming Hostess? Bang-on-a-Can and
    Erik Belgum in sackcloth? Well we have added some
    music by the Paul Dresher ensemble (who score
    in the shadows here) and the twisted undergarments
    of the plot are swiped from Max Ernst. Powerful
    airs and arias, tie your listeners to the mast
    with this opera. Proud to add this one. -Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 31, 2015 at 12:00 am
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  • DJ Koze – “Reincarnations Part 2″ – [Pampa]

    DJ Koze (Stefan Kozalla) is a Northern European prankster who built his reputation on remixes, pop oddities, and bumpy soundscapes. His own music and sounds seem to just keep getting better every time he decides to do so. In his second compilation released in 2014, DJ Koze takes some small portion or impulse within each song and creates an entirely new context for it, hence the name “reincarnation”. Chopped voices, dub, unrecognizable snippets, and some spoken word here and there as part of these remixes.


  • Reviewed by Paulsky on March 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm
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  • McKelvey, Collin – “Nolan, The” – [Nada CDR]

    LOVE! Subdued yet intense inspired dronish noise. Got some extra chirps and splurts. Sexy keyboards! I want to feel this way before I die.

  • Reviewed by mrpantsfancy on March 25, 2015 at 7:13 pm
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