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Miss Massive Snowflake – “So Sweet” – [North Pole Records]

The title of the album should have clued me into how much I would love this. There are donuts on the cover, for Pete’s sake. I have a sweet tooth for sure, but this music is anything but cloying. Is it Shane de Leon’s amazing lyrics that are so fascinating to listen to? Is it Jeanne Kennedy Crosby’s quirky in just the right places bass? Or maybe Andy Brown’s drums that punctuate this psychedelic piece de resistance so wonderfully? Truly satisfying from start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed blasting this in my car and rolling the windows down so everyone could hear how awesome it is.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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  • Helen Money – “Arriving Angels” – [Profound Lore Records]

    When I first heard this music composed and performed by Alison Chesley, aka Helen Money, I thought, no way is there just a cello on here as the stringed instrument. But there are no guitars. Drums, piano, and drum loops, yes, but cello only, played in Chesley’s unique style that starts out with spare classical precision and evolves into metal rock doom effects that are masterful. This is something Cy Thoth would love. She hails from Los Angeles but is now from Chicago, and she’s hella amazing.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 1, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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  • Black Thread – “Descending Heliotrope Shards” – [Chaos of The Stars]

    I need to describe how this sounds without any knowledge of the band itself, except that its label is Chaos of the Stars, which is fairly apt in describing the sound. There is chaos and drone, and electronic ambience that borders on noise at times, but there is also the prettiness and comfort hinted at by the mention of heliotrope, which has purple flowers. Just think of how these flowers would sound if they were descending as shards, and you’ve got the sound. Also, the third track starts out reminding me of sizzling bacon grease, but then I realize it’s more of a blipping electronic sound. Very interesting music indeed.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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  • Ad Honorem Magnae Mortis [coll] – [Autopsy Kitchen Recordings]

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    split black metal maelstrom: Bavarian beasts Rites of Cleansing with feral barrage of brutality; lycanthropic ferocity with a slip of country sludge. Torch of War from the hills of Saxony, icy melancholic opaque brilliance. the coldest, sharpest blade cuts deepest; and madness consumes any and all completely.

  • Reviewed by abacus on August 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm
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  • Sursagar – “Best of Jagmohan, The” – [EMI (India)]

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    a young Bengali boy refuses to follow in the footsteps of his wealthy, conservative parents; with dreams of a professional singing career he seeks out a guru and under Dilip Babu he flourishes, winning national contests and soon becoming a household name. traditional Indian modes via western strings and active tabla rhythms support his heartfelt songs. vintage recordings hearken back to a country calling for independence, thriving in modern culture but still grasping its cultural roots.

  • Reviewed by abacus on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm
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  • Gnod Presents Dwellings & Druss [coll] – [Trensmat]

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    obscured lights flashing smoky beats reflected off the industrial haze of long-dead Manchester machinery (though Detroit chugs steadily in the rusty reverberations). hypnotic minimalism, repetitious bass stabs, and sinister synth rumblings; the b-side epic shines brighter and with more dilligence, hope is more apparent but doom still imminent. disco for robots left out in the rain.

  • Reviewed by abacus on August 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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  • Renaissance Clavichord II, The [coll] – [Titanic]

    This album features Bernard Brauchli playing clavichord compositions written in the 1500′s and early 1600′s. He performs on a period instrument – the Tosi Clavichord – which was built in 1568. Doing this review, I learned that clavichords of this era use fretting – more than one note shares a string. This saves space, but means that some note combinations are impossible.

    These tunes are readily identifiable as coming from the Renaissance, but the sound of the clavichord is interesting – sounding guitar-like at times, with a bit of twang. Fun to compare to modern electronics in a way.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on August 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm
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  • Kellar – “Sunrise City Flux / Exit Via Ocean” – [Foolproof Projects]

    The duo of Andy Pyne and Dan Cross plays improvised, experimental and psychedelic rock in this August 2014 release. “Sunrise City Flux” (Side A) has Pyne pounding away on his drums and Cross has staccato guitar details flickering in a haze of fuzz and reverb that is quite rhythmic and danceable. “Exit via Ocean” (Side B) has some pretty harsh trebly drones and crashing cymbals that build into a lumbering lo-fi noise-rock groove towards the end.

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on August 29, 2014 at 7:51 am
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  • C T ASSAULTS / PRESENT [coll] – [Sanity Muffin]

     

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    split side-long cassette of LA avant-weirdo ceremonies. CT Assaults dish trash trance power silence, transcendental wave thrill billy, ronky stomp apocalypso. PResent, not the Belgian prog outfit but their twisted twins(?), evoke an orgiastic racket of psychoactive landscapes in the free-freak temple of dementia. from rumbling crumbling mountaintops to dank and hazy jungles. wildlife is rampant in the bush, and insects the size and shape of your cortex. hip trips

  • Reviewed by abacus on August 27, 2014 at 11:32 pm
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  • McGregor, Dion – “Dreaming Like Mad With Dion McGregor” – [Torpor Vigil Industries]

    Ken Nordine and Charles Nelson Reilly spent a fortnight in a bomb shelter?
    Dion shouldn’t need an introduction here, he’s been a star at KFJC for
    many years (sadly he’s been dead even longer, RIP 1994) But “rest in peace”
    doesn’t really apply to the world’s greatest sleep talker. Hopefully folks
    recall Curtis Kimby’s KFJC special from 2012 (we should repost it online
    to celebrate this new batch of somniloquies). His catty and natty approach
    would easily garner a hit show on the Bravo Network today, he knew he was
    a star long before these releases. The notion of him speaking while
    dreaming is its own fascinating element, in this world of voyeurs.
    The “capture” of traffic is rhetorically sound as well, for either
    audio verite or as a symbolic statement on life in the city. To me, Dion
    *is* New York (you know, the city that never sleeps). The key thing
    getting past the various subtexts is the text. Dion is a comedic genius,
    he blurs surreal edges on somewhat everyday acts. From the start, when he
    literally gets lost in the Sunday paper, enchanted Times indeed. He hits
    Y2K panic well ahead of schedule with “Abie” (one of his dreams that ends
    with a YELL, a Dion specialty; see also “Air Raid”, “The Head Game” and
    “Strenching”). “Ranch” is his brother maybe, and that ends almost in a
    dream-defying laugh. “The Face Down There” is an askew look at sexual
    identity, complete with a face-genitals swap. “TYN” short for Thumb Your
    Nose albeit with one tiny “Shit” is an insansely insightful piece and
    well-written, I mean dreamt. The package and sequence of tracks here
    is exceptionally well done. It all impaled my ears deeper with each
    listen, and Dion’s dream-world makes more sense with more spins.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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  • Lewis, Edvard Graham – “All Under” – [Editions Mego]

    Dormant for a decade, the erstwhile Wire bassist delivered twin
    discs this year. On this, “All Under” the more exploratory
    outing, and apparently with a cinematic connection. Things
    commence with an outer space scanner sweep or sorts. Nice
    flickering high frequencies, it’s followed by a longer deeper
    dronier with some sci-fi oscillations as Lewis apparently
    takes different spaceships out for test drives. “The Eel
    Wheeled” delivers the piece d’resistance, electro-breath
    and a high heel metronome walk into a spoken word scene from
    some “Blade Runner” world. The libretto is included and well
    worth reviewing, especially if you want to avoid falling
    into the “fucking tank” with that damn eel. The story
    comes with its own flashbacks, one per sentence. To close
    “No Show Godot” might have its own 16mm projector wet gating
    along for 7+ minutes before tribal drums and Lewis uttering
    a currency chant for time travel terrorists and other lost
    lovers? This 18 minute charmer then explodes into an epic
    wall of sound, then dials back to the drums alone before
    a denouement where the credits, if not heads, will roll.
    Triumphant 4-track outing, and “All Over” is locked,
    loaded and aimed at KFJC for next week.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm
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  • Shed – “Killer, The” – [50 Weapons]

    2012 release on 50 Weapons from Rene Pawlowitz. You
    remember that time you were kidnapped and thrown into
    the back of that van, but then the guy got a call from
    his aunt and he had to go over and find her lost dog?
    This is the album that was thumping its way from the
    front cabin through the cold corrugated floor into
    your head. The song titles seem to remind you, and
    then some of the hyper-repeated slogged down vocals
    like “OK….Speaking” on “Silent Witness” and then
    the “Thoughts Running Through My Head, Some Are Good
    Some Are Not” on “Day After” might be the voice of
    Rene or maybe Buffalo Bill in the driver seat. Those
    sliced vocals bugged me, but I like the breathless
    femme clip in “Ride On” okay. The album seems to
    struggle between Thudsville (toneless, deep throbbing
    digi-drums) and then this cleaner skyline cathedral
    synths that pushed my ears back to maybe Pentatonik.
    The best of the menacing numbers for me was “I Come
    By Night” but the intro beckons between bass bomb
    and static fritz. “Viomf/The Filler” echoes “Moments
    in Love” (couldn’t deprogram it for me) and then
    “Follow the Leader” is for the ladies with a silky
    smooth sine wave that flows serenely through the day,
    just like the one that got away??

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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  • BruceXCampbell / Green Terror [coll] – [Bloody Scythe Records]

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    dual graft of grindcore from two Socal thrashers: Bruce X Campbell grieves gape faced zombie vox grind-griping about everything from systemic oppression to lost love. cinematic sludge guitar sometimes clean but always with a jagged edge with false start-stop tempo changes. Green Terror sicks a rabid dog on a rampage, or body chomping hogs, or feral cat skreeling? manic metal ghetto blasting raging screaming killing and choking and gagging and foaming. Charles Manson is Jesus and Hitler only had one testicle.

  • Reviewed by abacus on August 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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  • Xenotaph – “Vitae Iactura” – [Transylvanian Tapes]

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    Vitae Iactura, meaning “waste of life”, is the primary release from black metal Hayward kids Xenotaph. So kvlt you can smell the corpsepaint. Xenotaph is a trio, consisting of a drummer, a guitarist/vocalist, and a guitarist/bassist/effectsperson. Our version of the cassette was put out by Transylvanian Tapes and recorded at Earhammer Studios, so it’s all local. This is cold, cold metal, very much influenced by all those troubled young men in Scandinavia (Darkthrone is a popular comparison). Tracks last between six and eight minutes, providing enough time to sink into them properly.

    Instrumentations consists largely of guitar riffs and blast-beats, but there are also many slow, creepy portions to bring on the despair. Track 3 has particularly infectious drumming, and the guitars take on an interesting, almost Eastern-European folk quality at times while retaining the metal character. Vocals are sometimes moaned, sometimes growled, sometimes barked, and always raspy and hoarse. Lyrical themes include not limiting oneself by bending to the will of society, blasphemous rituals, and avenging animal rage.

    Track 4 is an instrumental, effects-heavy soundscape. The trees. The wind. The crunching of snow beneath your feet, the sound of shadows as they stretch bare branches into dark claws that reach slowly across the blue-and-white ground. It’s all there, it’s eerie, and it’s beautiful. Follow the voices.

  • Reviewed by Rat King on August 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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  • Show of Bedlam – “Roont” – [Choking Hazard Records]

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    Heavy, doomy, nightmare-inducing metal music from the graveyards of Montreal. Haunting stoney sludge from Paulina Richards (vocals), Guillaume Pilote (guitar), Nick Richards (drums), and Ari Isensee (bass). Just recently added their split with Jucifer.

    The female driven vocals really give this one a satisfying punch in the face. Nice long tracks here on Choking Hazard Records. Quality Canadian dirge..

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm
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  • Connoisseur – “Stoner Justice” – [Tank Crimes]

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    New release from Oakland-based stoner punks. Six tracks on this single-sided green cassette, and it’s all over too fast. Great dirty tracks about smoking pot, smoking pot, and Oakland being a mecca for smoking pot. Sometimes the vocals are screamed, sometimes a nice low growl, all backed by head-smashing, rusty punk. My favorite is the story of the “Full Blown Marijuana Addict.” Watch for FCCs.

    Put this in yer pipe and watch it buuuuurn….

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on August 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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  • Florida Symphony Orchestra and Bach Festival Choir – “Journey to Infinity” – [Audio Master]

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    orchestral epics of lunar escapes. astronomical agit-prop narration inciting rocket travel exploration with symphonic soundtracking and interstellar field recordings. spaceship machinery, bleeps bloops and blastoffs. musical rocket fuel for the wandering mind

  • Reviewed by abacus on August 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Williams, Elmo & Hezekiah Early – “Takes One to Know One” – [Fat Possum Records]

     

    Lots of loud rockin blues out of Natchez Mississippi. Elmo fronts with vocals and jams wildly distorted riffs on a Fender, while Hezekiah plays the snare drum and harmonica (simultaneously). Pretty simple, fuzzy, raw, crankin’ electric blues. 1998 release from Fat Possum Records. My favorites: Blue, Booster, Hoopin’, and Natchez for the loud distortiony sound.

    – selector

  • Reviewed by selector on August 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm
  • Filed as Blues,CD
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  • Lord Tang – “Ep1″ – [Gigante Sound]

    A second album from Lord Tang (aka Dominic Cramp), Gigante Sound (Oakland). Wish I had more experience with ambient, but that seems to be the space that EP falls into … All slow electronic instrumentals … with three of the five tracks being light industrial dub I suppose.

    –Selector

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  • Reviewed by selector on August 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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  • Botanist – “VI: Flora” – [Flenser]

    Botanist is an experimental black metal project that is the world’s first band to use distorted hammered dulcimers as its primary instrumentation. “VI: Flora” is the San Francisco-based project’s sixth release and is a progression from the misanthropic masterplans of the destruction of mankind at the hands of plants as detailed on their previous two albums. It’s the story about this crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile and as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible.

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on August 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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