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World Narcosis – “World Narcosis” – [Self Produced]

From Iceland. Blasty. Short songs. Screaming vocals. Despair. Angst.

- Billie Joe Tolliver

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  • Reviewed by billiejoe on December 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Carriere, Christian – “Field of Containment” – [Funktionslust Records]

    Carriere is a sound artist and composer from Montreal. To me this is what happens when a composer does electronic music. Made by tuned closed circuit feedback. Sounds like beats with melody.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on December 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Abate, Maurizio & Uggeri, Matteo – “Beyond Time” – [Time Released Sound]

    Italian duo collaborating with others. Really pretty strings. Italian spoken word track 5. English stuff track 7. Self-described neo-folk ambiance. Features Russian harp, Japanese guitar, e-bow, mandoloncello (bassier mandolin), ghironda (hurdy-gurdy), peppermill, electronics, and field recordings. Came out last year.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on November 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Winslow, Conrad – “Perfect Nothing Catalog, The” – [Innova Recordings]

    Conrad Winslow is a composer working in Brooklyn from Alaska and has studied at NYU and Juilliard. The group is violin, flute, cello, and percussion. It’s got that fun silence silence silence then crash John Cage feel I personally enjoy. The whole thing is also a performance piece with costume and candles and choreographed ritual-like movements. Very brainy High Art kinda stuff.
    -Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 4, 2017 at 2:37 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Vibracathedral Orchestra – “Live At Total Inertia” – [Vanity Case Records]

    Side one is skronky improv. Side two is more springy and fairly-like. They have been jamming together since the 90s with founders being Neil Campbell, Michael Flower, Adam Davenport and others coming in and out. Real trippy pleasant sounds. This was live at the Total Inertia Festival in Leeds last year which is an experimental music festival. I can’t tell if it’s annual or not but last year the festival also had sometimes VO collaborator Bridget Hansen as well as Richard Dawson, Apostille, and FCKN’BSTRDS among many others.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 4, 2017 at 2:34 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Odyssey Cult, The – “Vol. 1″ – [Silver Current]

    Ethan Miller from Oakland! This album just came out. He also writes Sci Fi poetry.
    Sounds like wailing guitar and jamming drums in a big empty echoey container. If one were to label the genre one might pick the word psych. Second side is very chill. Whole thing is excellent. On delicious cherry red vinyl.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Maju – “Maju-2″ – [Extreme]

    Pronounced “may you” and is Japanese for cocoon. Group from Tokyo. Sounds like romantic spacey moody almost hip hop beats. Reminiscent of Lovage. Came out in 1999. One of those albums that’s too short.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 12, 2017 at 8:58 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Tapes and Topographies – “Signal to Noise” – [Simulacra Records]

    This is Todd Gautreau. Came out this year. Sounds like field recordings, maybe childrens’ voices, strings, piano, probably both electronic and not electronic. Very droney.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • No Balls – “Second to Win First to Lose” – [Killedbyanaxe Records]

    Lie! Lots of balls. Sweden and Norway by way of Paris. Album came out this year. Limited pressing. Sounds like grunge noise rock. Heavy guitar riffs. Artists are Brandsdal, Bryngelsson, Gurrik, Lauritzen, and Raberg. B side is chiller. Has horns! (?) It’s also not really three tracks, it’s just two. Both sides are 16:20.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Hocevar, Dre – “Transcendental Within The Sphere of Indivisible Remainder” – [Clean Feed]

    Recorded last year. Jazz improv jam with Hocevar leading on drums, Fraser on bass, St. Louis on cello, Clarke on synth, Corren on piano, Rasmussen and Qu on sax, and Tevis on trumpet. Skronky crashy good time. 48 minutes long. Just strap in and enjoy.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Cage, John – “Litany For The Whale” – [Harmonia Mundi USA]

    Cage at his Cageiest. Opera voices, spoken word, and chanting that reminds me of Catholic monks in New Mexico who put out an album of Latin chants. But this isn’t that. Lots of pregnant silences. Excruciating details in the liner notes and I still have no idea what is going on. But I don’t care because I love it.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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  • DK & The Perfectly Ordinary – “Car Dew Treat Us” – [Spool]

    Jazzy releases by different artists all 4:33.
    These are a blind collaborative interpretations of Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise. Spoken affirmations as facts dip in about one a piece.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Muslimgauze – “Hebron Massacre” – [Soleilmoon Recordings]

    Muslimgauze is Bryn Jones from Manchester. This is a 25 min long piece that sounds like spiraling beats. Released in 1994. Called experimental and tribal. This piece is a response to the 1994 Hebron massacre which was carried out by an individual of the Israeli Kach movement at the Ibrahimi Mosque.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on August 30, 2017 at 4:55 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Griffith, JP and Peters, H – “Experiment In Sound” – [Self Released]

    Trippy guitar distorted/hip hop beats/spoken word/jazzy. Playful and creative. The sort of thing you make someone listen to and watch their reaction while it’s playing.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Glen Or Glenda/ Dinosaurs, Baseball & Hopscotch [coll] – [Cupid Is Stupid]

    Glen or Glenda has been described as “jazz music for a horror movie” and I agree. They are Adrian Riffo, Christophe Ratier, Mathieu Fuster, Melody Gottardi.
    Dinosaur, Baseball & Hopscotch is Clare Hubbard, Justin Clifford Rhody, Keith Wright Sounds like a slow grind. Horn drums and panting breathing beat boxing. Both noisy hippy jam freak outs. Really groovy.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Dempster, Stuart – “In The Great Abbey of Clement VI” – [New Albion]

    This album came out thirty years ago. Bay area dude. He’s done a lot of important stuff like taught at Washington University and had fellowships. He is associated with the Deep Listening Institute founded by Pauline Oliveros This is three long minimal droney toney pieces. Horns on tracks 1 and 3 and didj on track 2. Absolutely delicious. Good for calming down or staying bummed out.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Galbraith, Kole – “Alptraum” – [Self-released]

    From Washington. Poem about birds and soft dark nights.
    One 30 minute track sounds like humming. Drone. Ambient. High frequency. Guitar flickers and crackles and tones. Becomes more chaotic as it goes on.
    – BJT

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on June 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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  • Subotnick, Morton – “Music For The Double Life of Amphibians” – [Wergo]

    LA experimentalist. Long moody tracks from different times and recordings. Sounds like abstract stringed instruments. Some quiet moments. Mostly you can really zone out on this rollercoaster.
    – BJT

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on June 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm
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  • Ikeda, Ryoji – “0 Degrees C” – [Touch]

    Japanese sound scientist. Sounds like glitchy upload download fast forward symphony radar bloops chimes skipping static no signal. Short to medium tracks. Blends well so would recommend continuous play.
    – BJT

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on June 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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  • Sammartano, Ray – “Dream Switch” – [Self-release]

    Analog synth and public domains sounds.
    Spacey sparkly pretty with some indecipherable low vocals.
    From Eugene, Oregon.
    - BJT

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on May 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm
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