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Instagon – “Gonzo” – [Love Earth Music]

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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.

  • Reviewed by abacus on December 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • GX Jupitter-Larsen – “Pump Powered Permawave” – [Oxen]

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    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

  • Reviewed by abacus on December 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Lehman, Steve Octet – “Mise En Abime” – [Pi Recordings]

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    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)

    –Selector

  • Reviewed by selector on December 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Acid Baby Jesus – “Selected Recordings” – [Slovenly]

    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.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 17, 2014 at 12:45 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • A-Bazouki – “Volume 1″ – [Un-Gyve Records]

    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.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 17, 2014 at 12:36 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Plasmodium – “Clairaudience” – [Dry County Records]

    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.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 17, 2014 at 12:25 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Aeolipile – “Mapping The Diaphragms of Drowning Cats” – [Foolproof Projects]

    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.

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on December 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Alvarius B. – “Fuck You and The Horse You Rode In On” – [Abduction]

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    Rookie card underground music superstar week, part 1.
    Purchased this from Uncle Jim a while back when he
    using my toupee as an ashtray. He claims to be in
    tight with Alvarius, and who am I to slip a lie
    detector on him while he’s passed out from an
    auto-dystopic affliction. It’s 1981-83 so a lot
    of us were actually alive back then, and remembered
    changing TV channels with Brion Gysin glee, check out
    “Art Can Count to 5″ for a dramatic reinterpretation.
    “Back to the Future” might be the cassette recorder
    recording another recorder fast rewinding with the
    head in. “Want Anything from the Store?” demonstrates
    the genius of applying titles after recording, and
    incorporating accidents. “Kid Death” is a modern
    retelling of David and Goliath, maybe. Side B
    features a lot of acoustic, but I wouldn’t call
    it unplugged. Plenty of electricity coursing
    through AB’s neurons. “Passenger Seat People”
    fires up the ire, and do I hear a minute Don
    Rickles influence. Some great ragged guitar,
    scrabbling and frenzy flecked. There’s blisters
    on the strings afterwards. Two blues drops,
    “Legba” and “Turquoise” the latter with some
    doppler yodel wowowowow’s and capital HARMonica.
    “Evil Hearted Dub” has a sweet side to my ears.
    The weirdness, the talent, the field recordings off the
    freeway, it’s all here. Abductions ablutions have sure
    helped with my KFJC cateschizim, have a sip of the
    unholy water here. Or hell, bathe in it.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Jaworzyn, Stefan – “Drained of Connotation” – [Blackest Ever Black]

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    Rookie card underground music superstar week, part 2.
    Number Six got this from Aquarius Records likely as
    a crossover to horror via John Carpenter. These
    sonic explorations are metro-gnomed by a bass set
    of impulses, that are up front in the mix while
    an oscilloscope hovers in and out of the tracks.
    A febrile drum machine snares its way into the
    1-2-3 4 march. But it’s that insistent pulsing
    bass dance party that is going to break you. The
    surface consistency is pretty high here, but there
    are moments like the closing of side B and maybe
    7 minutes into side A, where the knobs get dialed
    into the part that squelches best with my soul.
    Liner notes from Mr. Ascension (and connections
    to Whitehouse & Skullflower) describe his 1982
    mindframe. I think KFJC DJ’s can get creative
    in how they implement these pieces (which are
    packed pretty tightly, but you can see where
    they start/stop…and the titles themselves
    seem to tell a story. “I Am Not Going To Make
    This Mistake Again” is a gauntlet thrown down.
    Like the knobs and their enveloping effects,
    I get turned this way and that while listening
    to this record.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 12, 2014 at 5:54 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • FPR – “All At Once” – [Relative Pitch Records]

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    Three-way sax attack serving up bite size morsels of pointed
    composition and more breezy improvisation mixed to satisfy.
    Frank Gratkowski, Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin delivering
    more as a whole than the sum of three stellar parts. The first
    piece builds a base, that sort of Euro-style, where little
    harmonies build up on a sort of dizzy walk. Keep in mind no
    bass, no drums, so “Vegetables” is a pure sax meal. On that and
    throughout, Raskin’s baritone work really anchors this release.
    Next, “No Name” moves up higher with flutter breathing, and quick
    darting play. “Likewise” lets Raskin roll, with trill support.
    “Sound” is the droner delight. “Qupe” spackles your ears, before
    a cold jujitsu finish. “Cirus/Webern” has a slow chamber forest
    exploration feel. “Epitasis” suits my zoot fine, quick dazzling
    duet and trio runs, before a breakdown near silence, it builds
    back up through the skronkiest section of the disc to more dazzle.
    Soft snake charming and a morning sky for “Jan 2, 2007.” (This
    release culls from two meetings, in 2007 and in 2010). Lastly
    “Was/Schatten” captures the album title well, I think it’s
    Gratkowski skipping between the aligned duo, who split apart
    but it all comes together for a soothing coda. Short pieces
    (by KFJC jazz standard) of lasting beauty. Dig it!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 12, 2014 at 5:54 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Slither – “Invertebrate” – [Qbico]

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    Electro-demonic-acoustic improv? Two guys with
    “horns and electronics” and I could swear there’s
    some sort of huge beast bound by chains in the mix
    too, but not credited. Or maybe that’s just the
    sound of Michigan? Fairly dark sounds, the bed
    of earthdrone bass and other murky mechanical sounds
    makes for a nice happy haunted house vibe, and offers
    cobwebby corners for horns that mostly buzz like
    trapped insects and at times cry like seagulls.
    Possibly gateway drug for noiseheads to crawl
    through filth and secret alleys into jazz juke
    joints? They don’t just totally blow out an
    earhole with the sounds they manufacture/modify.
    This single-sided record allegedly made by two humans :
    Heath Moerland [runs Fag Tapes, check bandcamp for stuff
    we need to track down, WOW Heath is the strings in
    in Tyvek...great straight ahead punk your spleen out]
    and Chris Pottinger [runs Tasty Soil, for projects
    he's in, like Odd Clouds for which KFJC has a couple
    releases] together they meet on an excellent label
    I’d kinda lost track of Qbico (flying pretty low
    profile on the packaging, thanks discogs for the
    clue. Looks like this was a 2008 release). Single
    sided vinyl, decrepit in da crypt solid sounds!
    Cool stuff, and it sent me on a Tyvek binge!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Violence Creeps – “Demo 2″ – [Self-release]

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    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.

  • Reviewed by abacus on December 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Space Cossacks – “Never Mind The Bolsheviks” – [Musick Recordings]

    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!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on December 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm
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  • Dewar, Andrew Raffo – “Interactions Quartet” – [Ratascan Records]

    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.

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on December 9, 2014 at 10:17 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Watery Love – “Decorative Feeding” – [In The Red Records]

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    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.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 3, 2014 at 10:50 am
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  • Diabate, Zani and Super Djata Band – “Super Djata De Bamako” – [Kindred Spirits]

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    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!

  • Reviewed by humana on November 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Li Xi – “Macro Gardens” – [20 Sided Records]

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    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.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Teupen, Jonny – “Love and Harp a La Latin” – [Sonorama Records]

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    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.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Whote – “Moons” – [VII Sounds Ltd.]

    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.

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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on November 30, 2014 at 4:27 am
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  • Rash – “Weight of The World, The” – [Carbon Records]

    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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  • Reviewed by Paulsky on November 30, 2014 at 4:26 am
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