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Etant Donnes – “Royaume/Aimant + Aimant” – [Penultimate Press]

This is a duo based in Grenoble, brothers Eric and Marc Hurtado originally from Morocco. This album was a CD released in 1991. This is a remastered 2016 release. Creepy whispers in French, swishes, smacks, crackles, stomps, tinkles. Very sinister. Even the laughs are not comforting. Royaume means kingdom in french. Aimant means magnet. Matin means morning. There’s some writing online about how it’s taoist and has to do with the four elements. Interpret as you will. More in the library for you to chew on.
– Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on November 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ascension – “LP” – [Fusetron]

    Freak out rock guitar and drums. Screechy bangy. Tony Irving on drums and Stefan Jaworzyn of Skullflower and founder of the label Shock on guitar. Two side longs. Recorded in 1994.
    Quite prolific duo. Check out their other stuff in the library.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on November 9, 2016 at 11:57 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Unsustainable Social Condition – “Unsustainable Social Condition” – [Oxen]

    No, it’s not the name of my upcoming memoir. This is Matt Purse aka Fenian. He’s also in Remainderless. Short short short but tasty nibbles of noise. 23 tracks is 8:40 on side a and 6:30 on side b. It’s all good together.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Stromboli – “Stromboli” – [Maple Death]

    It’s not your grandma’s cooking. It’s Nico Pasquini from Italy. Lap steel guitar and analog organ. Sounds like electro industrial noise. Nice crunch with a side of beats. It’s really quiet so turn it up!
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Scum – “Upside Down” – [Oxen]

    Scum (sou inomoto) is from Tokyo. It sounds like harsh noise and is a self-described cut up noise project. Scum has been making these audio assaults since 2010. “Unconscious disharmonic malfunction.” Side a is a healthy 17:15 and b is a decent 10:00 or so.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Art of Burning Water – “Between Life and Nowhere” – [Sleeping Giant Glossolalia]

    Trio of UK metal dudes Mike McKenna, Geif Al-Robei, and Kunal Nandi.
    They’ve produced a lot of albums and have been around for fifteen years. This is their latest from this year and the first in our library. They’ve also produced stuff with Harrowed and Nervous Mothers. Sounds like fast pain. Like ripping off a band aid. Most vocals are not easily understood but there are samples of dialog between songs.
    FCC track 3 Barbara O’Reilly

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Westerhus, Stian – “Amputation” – [House of Mythology]

    Techno feels. Male falsetto. Norwegian guitarist who has worked with Jagga Jazzist and Puma. This album is on stylish white vinyl. He is described as a jazz artist but I don’t hear the jazz on this piece. I hear looping electronics and noisy guitar and high pitched ballady vocals. All him. B side is best.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 7, 2016 at 9:27 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Jakobsons, Marielle V. – “Star Core” – [Thrill Jockey Records]

    Synth and strings creating ambient drone and subtle melody. Her voice is not front and center but it is there. Jakobsons studied piano at Case Western before getting her MFA from Mills College. She is also an installation artist working with video and photographs and is based in Oakland. We have more of her work in the library.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 31, 2016 at 9:23 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Star Turbine – “Altitude” – [Sonic Meditations]

    Doomy droney fuzzy spacey twinkly bright heavy deep meaningful. Self-described, “Improvised space age explorations” from Sindre Bjerga and Claus Paulsen from Copenhagen. I really liked it and want more, something that doesn’t happen that often.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 31, 2016 at 9:11 am
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Hennix, Catherine Chris – “Live At Issue Project Room” – [Important Records]

    Establish drone artist and professor of computer science Catherine C. Hennix from Stockholm and her ensemble Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage. She has studied with the musician Pandit Pran Nath. This is an 80 minute track of vibrant tones. It’s a live performance of a mix of electronic and non-electronic instruments. Indian inspired sitar sounds along with chanting (sanskrit?) vocals that mimic the oming instruments and chirping/humming horns. Namaste.
    - Pandit Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Parker, Sanford – “Lash Back” – [War Crime]

    Self-described avant-garde doom post-metal industrial artist. Sounds like dark electronic rhythms. This album is a brand new release and the first from this artist in our library. Metal inspired beats that have the potential to appeal to multiple palettes.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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  • an Anthology of Turkish Experimental Music [coll] – [Sub Rosa]

    Spanning six decades of work. Twirly synth, crunchy noise (track 2 disc 1), electronics, fluttery snaps (track 8 disc 1), low drone (track 3 disc 2), crackles, field recordings (track 6 disc 2), crackly texture (track 12 disc 2). All around good stuff. Artist profiles in the booklet.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 3, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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  • Iriondo, Xavier & Mimmo, Gianni – “Your Very Eyes” – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

    Italian experimental sax jazz released in 2008. Dueling beeps chirps fuzz and standard melody. Slow paced. Keeps you on your toes.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 3, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Das Torpedoes – “Qu Nar” – [eh?]

    AKA Charles Lareau and Voost Vistz. Field recordings. Garbled windy gobbledygook but good! Motorcycles, bar (including juke box music), subway loudspeaker, piano, street chatter, train moving across track, and other tasty treats.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 27, 2016 at 6:13 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Improvised Music From Japan 2005 [coll] – [Improvised Music From Japan]

    Two discs of some excellent experimental artists from Japan. Electronic blippy bloops, sonic pointillism, feedback, piano, noise, drums, skipping cd and skipping vinyl sounds, ear piercing vocals, ukulele, singing children…
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • TenHornedBeast – “Elphame” – [Neuropa Records]

    Drone doom metal from Belgium that will rattle your brain and launch you into a nebula. Heavy without being overpowering. Features bell tolling and birdies. The second track is a very comforting 42 minutes.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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  • Baker, Aidan – “Element” – [Teta-morphosis]

    Ambient tones with sparkly clanging noises. Canadian poet and musician also of Nadja, ARC, and Mnemosyne. Track three has horror film vibes. All tracks will get their time on air.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 20, 2016 at 5:33 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Impact Test – “Seven Songs of Darkness” – [RRRecords]

    Started by the Milwaukee kids from Boy Dirt Car. This album is from 1993. Noise jazz with reading/spoken word about ethnic cleansing and bombings of cities. Bells and horns and synth sounding like airplanes. Tribal drumming. Non sequiturs about hot dogs and martinis and fatness. Creaking door sound that goes on too long on track four is amazing. Track nine gets bluesy. Track ten is the crunchiest.
    FCC track 12
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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  • Inade – “Burning Flesh” – [Loki]

    Spacey cooing. Some trancey beats and vocalization, like Gregorian monks chanting. Or a didgeridoo. Tat tvam asi is sanskrit for “thou art that.” German electronic goodness without an “uh” at the end. Kind of.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 20, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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  • Outsound New Music Summit 15 [coll] – [Self Produced]

    This non-profit has been supporting experimental artists since 2002. This album is a taste of the performances to come this week. Plenty of delicious skronky horns and playful sounds. I like track three, Brandon Evans, for some heavy brass and track nine, IMA, for its out this worldness.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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