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Uranium Club – “All of Them Naturals” – [Fashionable Idiots Records]

Holy crapola. Power punk is alive and well, thank the gods. My neck still has a kink in it from flipping my head around so much to this album by the Uranium Club (a.k.a. Minneapolis Uranium Club). Eight cuts of right on, 21st century nihilist punk songs filled with snark and futility due to the world’s current situation. Smart, young dude intelligent lyrics about god, earth destruction, messed up relationships: we are living the dream. May I state my references/what I hear when playing this for the fifth time: early fast Buzzcocks, early Devo, Steve Albini/Big Black, Gene Wilder Willie Wonka. Great guitar work. Strong bass lines. Powerful straight ahead drumming. Three of the four guys take on vocals. Track one is spoken word “ad” about the band. Track eight is a quick instrumental. Play it LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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  • Uranium Club – “All of Them Naturals” – [Fashionable Idiots Records]

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 18, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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  • Der Plan – “Japlan” – [Bureau B.]

    Der Plan Der Plan Der Plan. Du bist wunderbar. Considered to be the originators of Neue Deutsche Welle, Der Plan, from Dusseldorf, began in 1979 as more of an industrial band but moved into the electronic beats that make them famous. They incorporate puppets, masks, wild costumes, home made sets, all looking like a kindergarten class taking on “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, along with the angular, electronic driven “simplistic” synth sounds. In 1984, they made a video and LP called “Japlan” which led to a successful tour of Japan. The album did very well there but was not released in Germany. Until 2013.
    The album is 21 songs of angular, electronic, German, synth goofiness. Songs about space travel, pizza, insects, German three masted boats: you name it, it’s here. Vocals are that kind of droney, mid to low register kind of “I don’t care I’m just too bored” sensibility. Superb. And just imagine what it would have looked like on stage.Get ready to anti-dance.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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  • Hypnopazuzu – “Create Christ, Sailor Boy” – [House of Mythology]

    Hypnopazuzu is a newish project by legendary David Tibet and Youth (Martin Glover, bassist of Killing Joke and other projects and producer). Supposedly this project was in the works for years, at least on a conversational level. Youth and Tibet are highly intimidating men so it is interesting on how to approach this big work. Musically, it is lush, rich and full, with stunning orchestrations combining strings and moog, synthesizers, guitar and percussion. All pieces are slow but never dull. Always moving, flowing, changing from quiet to full sound, contrasting and playing with Tibet’s vocals. Tibet has a unique, distinguishable voice, known immediately by those who are familiar with his work. His singing style is reminiscent of ancient church choral work, sometimes chant-like, always captivating. The songs are about… the hell if I know. Even reading the lyrics lost me. Which isn’t bad, they are just deep. Tibet is influenced by or follows and studies esoteric Christianity as well as sects of Tibetan Buddhism, ancient literary texts, gods and Gods both light and dark, magick and themes of apocalypse. Mix that up with older children’s tales, experimental sexuality, and selections from Gilgamesh and you have an idea of the range of topics being sung. Intimidating but heartfelt and sincere. This CD is a stunner and would work on almost every show at the station. Don’t be intimidated.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 18, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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  • Van Wissem, Josef & Jarmusch, Jim – “Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity” – [Important Records]

    Josef Van Wissem is a Dutch minimalist composer and lute player who won the Cannes Soundtrack Award for the score to “Only Lovers Left Alive”, the second film collaboration with film maker Jim Jarmusch. “Concerning….” is his first collaboration with Jarmusch, who also plays guitar on the five track album. Five quiet, mostly somber extended pieces of truly minimalist lute playing. Simple repeated plucking of several strings, with repeated chords against a backdrop of Jarmusch’s guitar feedback and wall of drone. Lushly contemplative, moody and dark. Track five is a minimalist lute solo with the title spoken as lyric at the end of the song. Gorgeous alone or perfect for mixing: I hear wind, the sound of children, waves, someone crying, laughter in the distance, power tools. It all works.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm
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  • Theoreme – “L’appel Du Midi a Midi Pile” – [Bruit Direct Disques]

    A one woman band possibly named after Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film about the opening up of self-understanding through sexual encounter, sung in French, using post-post punk instrumentation and monotone speak singing? Sign me up. Track 1, “Let’s Start”, begins with a sound clip from Fela Kuti inviting someone, us, in to do what we came for. Sexual and more, almost revolutionary. And then the fun starts. Maisa D., who is Theoreme, sets up 9 tracks that are just discordant enough to be disturbing but beat driven enough to not necessarily make you dance, but make you stand sullenly in the dark club bouncing your head. Each piece is buzzy, as if the volume is up too high, or the cheap speakers can’t handle the bass. Very nice, like rusted wires scraped on your skin. It’s wonderful to hear something new, that references the past but sounds 21st century.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm
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  • Kingsley, Gershon – “God Is a Moog” – [Idelsohn Society]

    Idelsohn Society For Musical Preservation (or in this case, Reboot Stereophonic label) continues to amaze with its focused and in depth look at American Jewish music and its influence on others. This release, “God Is A Moog” is a full collection of “the electronic prayers of Gershon Kingsley”. Kingsley is best known for bringing us the electronic pop culture AM radio wonder “Popcorn” as well as co-writing, with Jean Jacques Perrey, “Baroque Hoedown”, the theme of Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade. But like many intensely creative people, he is much more than the sum of his parts. The book included in the double CD package gives incredible depth and insight into Gershon, his influences, his knowledge, his expertise, his values, his politics and his drive. “God Is A Moog” is heavily driven by all of these things, but with a uniqueness of character that makes these pieces so entertaining. Mixing his love of Moog and his love of Jewish prayer and holiday ritual, Gershon creates a Moog modern take on prayer and worship.
    Sometimes the mix sound is kitsch (which I approve of HIGHLY), but others go deeper. It is hard not to smile at someone chanting, singing, or talking about God and religious rituals while the Moog blips, bloops, bleeps all around through and about the texts. Possibly one of the most avant-garde things we have in our collection purely for its attempt to be mainstream. Shalom aleikhem.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 13, 2017 at 11:20 am
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  • Hoosier Hot Shots – “Everybody Stomp/Hot Lips” – [Proper Records]

    The Hoosier Hot Shots were a four piece swing, jazz, cornpone, hillbilly country outfit from Indiana. Steeped in the tradition of vaudeville, the group took parts of the U.S. by storm with their weekly radio broadcasts, their stage presence, their prolific recording career and their continued appearance in Hollywood westerns. This collection, “Everybody Stomp” is a 4 CD set of 100 Hoosier Hot Shot delights. The guys were multi-instrumentalists, playing a variety of brass instruments as well as guitar, string bass (various), clarinet and some unique handmade instruments including the Zither and the Wabash Washboard. It consisted of a corrugated sheet metal washboard on a metal stand with various noisemakers attached, including bells and a multi-octave range of squeeze-type bicycle horns”. Also, slide whistles are in most numbers. The Hoosiers selected many standards and familiar songs of the time to cover with a jaunty, silly twist. Vocals include conversation between the musicians, with some of the singers using this hight pitched kind of hillbilly accent. And don’t forget the penny whistles. Once beyond the goffiness, though, take a listen to the amazing musicianship between the members. It’s quite impressive. A fun addition, fitting many of the styles of our station’s shows.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 12, 2017 at 10:41 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Price, Florence – “Oak, The, Mississippi River Suite, Symphony No. 3″ – [Koch International]

    Florence Price is an early, lesser known 20th Century composer of classical music, whose style is often referred to as being in the nationalistic style. This recording, by The Women’s Philharmonic, shows off three of her works. At times sounding like Aaron Copland and Tchaikovsky, with hints of southern spirituals, these pieces offer a full symphonic range of sound and feeling. At times there are melodies that seem like they could be used as early soundtracks to cartoons, where the tunes do not flow quite so simplistically. Why she is an important addition to our collection is because Florence Price was the first African American woman to gain acclaim nationally for her music and to have it played in symphonic halls. At a time when racism and sexism held back and destroyed millions of people, acceptance and appreciation of her and her music was a profound action by a country divided. Listen and celebrate our elders.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm
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  • La Compilation [coll] – [Golf Channel Recordings]

    Hangouts come and go but nowadays someone always has a recording to bring back the memories. Between 2006 and 2012 in New York City’s downtown, the restaurant/bar/hangout Mangiami (Eat Me) was THE place for clubsters, models, cool neighbors, freaks. losers and those in the know to hang out. On Monday nights local and international dj’s would spin records on the old Technics turntables set up at the bar and the place would supposedly ignite. This compilation of 8 tunes gives the listener the feel of what it was like. Dance tunes, some with simple vocals, create a constant beat to help you slug down the drink of the moment. Hinting at futuresynth ideas, also pulling from dance rhythms of the 1980′s and 1990′s, infused with a contemporary sensibility, this was the sound. The constant thump gets under your skin and soon your head starts rocking side to side. It’s a medium cool kind of beat, no HI-NRG here. Drop ins of electric piano riffs, vocal samples, bells, high hat. A little too slow for a jog around the reservoir, but perfect for strutting through the Village. On canstant play in my 1997 Lexus.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on January 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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  • Tender Buttons – “Forbidden Symmetries” – [Rastascan Records]

    Tender Buttons is the exquisite project from Tania Chen, Tom Djll, and Gino Robair, three masters in the field of experimental electronic and acoustic improvisation. “Forbidden Symmetries”, their first full release, on Rastascan Records, are two full side pieces of electronic exploration. Influenced by Gertrude Stein, Fluxus, Kling Klang studio, among other things, Tender Buttons’ improvisational style is filled with electronic blurbles and bleeps as well as subtle hums, reverberations and echoes. Playing alongside piano, the trio is not afraid to use space and silence as an integral part of their performance. So John Cage is also an inspiration. Each piece is a journey of sound eliciting visual and auditory memory, carrying the listener to a variety of places guided by the interplay of piano and electronic noodling. Like the gorgeous cover of guidelines and map design and directions exploded, the sounds fly around, stop, pause, restart, continue, redirect. A glorious auditory journey.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on January 4, 2017 at 12:05 am
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  • Gibson, John – “Traces” – [Innova/American Composers]

    John Gibson is many things: musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, professor, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship among many other awards, academic. He is interested in electro acoustic sounds and their interplay. “Traces” is his recording looking at 12 years of his work and ideas. The seven selections are like listening to a kaleidoscope, if that was possible, with shards of sounds flashing past or gently merging into one another. At moments it may pause, affording a look, a listen to grasp what is heard. Then it moves on again, unique but with a connection to what was heard before. The selections use a variety of sounds, some from piano, trumpet, strings, trombone, the electronic manipulation of these sounds and fragments of these sounds or fragments of sounds interplaying with the acoustic instruments, electronic glitches and swooshes. There are samples from nature and from urban settings mixed in and played along with. It is all so very complex, sharp, crystal like. Pristine in its haunting beauty. Superb.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on January 3, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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  • Collezione [coll] – [Edizioni Mondo]

    Italian music is strange. From giallo soundtracks, to Italdisco, and mondo soundtracks, things are always just a bit off center. “Collezione” from the label Edizioni Mondo is a collection of four artists/groups who are playing a 21st century type or style of electronic experimentalish cocktail lounge music, some with the sounds of animals howling and birds chirping as well as ocean waves gently crashing. Electronic beats guide each piece while background sounds fill out the lounge quality. It’s very chill, but Italian chill. It reminds of this Italian disco I went to in Firenze in the mid 1980′s. The Italdisco beats were pounding, fog machine was on, VERY chic well dressed Italians sat around sipping cocktails until it was time to dance: a very controlled, stylish sweatless dance. So amazing to watch. Like this. Great to listen to. Great for beds or just kicking back. Sweatless kicing back.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on January 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm
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  • Foxes Fox – “Live At The Vortex” – [Emanem Disc]

    Excellence sometimes hits you directly in the face, or in this case, in the ears directly to your heart. Jazz improvisation has a big field of players. Many do it but few do it superbly. From the first few notes of this cd of three sets by Foxes Fox, the listener knows this is the real deal. Evan Parker on saxophone, Steve Beresford on piano, John Edwards on double bass and Louis Moholo-Moholo on percussion do not hold back for a moment. There is no leader here. All are on a par with and sounding comfortable with each other. There is rare pause. The instrumentation is TIGHT. The musicianship is superb. All instruments perform together with rare moments of solo work. Each is a supreme example of mastery of that instrument and could be a solo piece in and of itself, but put together is a sound so rich and so full. Beresford pounding out the low and high register at the same time with equal force gave me chills. Parker’s sax floats, punches, jabs around and through, while Edwards works his own logic with bass lines coming form everywhere. Maholo-Moholo’s percussion work does not hold down the work but makes it explode even more. How many ways can you say outstanding?

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on January 1, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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  • Pets – “Get Turned On” – [Sacramento Records]

    Life is good sometimes. Simple things: good cheese, the car starting right up, Pets. “Get Turned On” by Sacreamento’s Pets is a fuzzed out, pounding rock pleasure that even my partner likes, and she hates most music. Allison on vocals and guitars and Derek on vocals and bass have been doing this since 2003. This album has Lucy Giles (Dog Party) and Kepi Ghoulie joining in on drums on all the songs. Sorry for the comparisons but when I first heard this I thought, “oh my goodness, Jesus and Mary Chain and The Vaselines”. Wahoo! Fuzzy fuzzy guitars. Big guitars. Bass sometimes strummed. Echoey drums. Boom boom boom boom. Sometimes monotone vocals which switch back and forth between gal and guy. Lyrics about many things, often dark, but good, you know, like: I’m dead, You bow to my orders, You think it’s love but it’s hate under green eyes. Not so simple. A reference was made to them sounding like they came out of the Brill Building. I hear that. Dark pop rock you can trust. Soooo good.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 24, 2016 at 10:57 pm
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Surachai – “Aeon” – [Make Noise Records]

    Two glorious sides of chaotic electronic blips bleeps blonks. Surachai makes a sort of gloom electronic music.
    With this project from Make Noise Records, Surachai created the two pieces using the Make Noise Shared System modular synths made by the independent synth makers. The list of oscillators, pressure points, wogglebugs etc. etc. used is huge. Complicated sounds bending in and out with pitches shooting back and forth in and out. Tweak out.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm
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