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Liberatore, Matteo – “Solos” – [Innova Recordings]

Liberatore lives in Brooklyn and is from Italy. This album is solo guitar experiments. It sounds like a meditation on vibrations. Very conceptual on first hear but the playful qualities come through.
- Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on February 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Kotra – “Freigeist” – [Kvitnu Records]

    Kotra is Ukrainian artist Dmytro Fedorenko. Album title Freigeist means freethinker in German. He is known for his abstract performance based pieces. This sounds like moody basey beats. It rattles your rib cage.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on February 6, 2018 at 2:31 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Sekou Batourou Kouyate – “Et Sa Cora” – [Tembo]

    This artist is from Mali and is a master of the kora, a 21 stringed lute bridge harp. The album is solo kora. You can hear its depth and variance. This is remastered recordings from 1976. To someone with little to no knowledge of African music such as myself, one can hear the influence that it has had in American music here.
    - Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on January 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Bad Jazz – “Endtable Transmissions” – [Tymbal Tapes]

    This project was formed out of NorCal Noisefest in 2014. They are Ben Salomon on percussion and invented instruments, Tania Chen on found objects, toys, and electronics, and Bryan Day also on invented instruments. It sounds like sonic examinations. Their homemade sounds make for some great creative experiences. These are some noise researchers.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on January 16, 2018 at 9:15 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Evangelista, Karl/ Grex – “a Love Supreme” – [Brux Records]

    This is John Coltrane’s work arranged and produced by Evangelista, the Filipino-American guitarist and composer. On this album he is playing guitar with M. Rei Scampavia on keys and electronics, Robert Lopez on drums, and Dan Clucas on trumpet. All together they are called Grex. To me it sounds like psych with trumpet. It’s emotional and playful.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on January 16, 2018 at 9:13 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Two Ways of Pain Part 43 [coll] – [Shit Noise Records]

    Long noise tracks? Yes please! Collaboration from noise artists Stirner and Levy Daal from the Netherlands. First track begins with some weird field recording of people screaming and yelling in another language. Middle has some excited screaming and moaning. Ends with more dialog. Noise over all of it.
    Track two is more chill but not. It’s spoken word with static over it on in a really realistic way. Makes you feel like something is not working. Listeners will love it!
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on January 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Tough Solar – “Tough Solar” – [Vibraphone Records]

    This is Michael Lenzi on drums, percussion, voice, melodica (key harmonica), and sampler. He is from Chicago and has played in Number One Cup, Gold Medal, The Fire Show, Resplendent, and Lenzi. This album sounds like ethereal feels and sad voices. The looping makes it feel as if we are not alone. Pop sensibility question mark. My favorite track is track 4 Restless Navy.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on January 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Experiments Part 5 [coll] – [Trashfuck Records]

    Different noise artists. Tracks 1-6 are all the same artist and are really short. They can really be considered one piece and would sound cohesive if one were to play them on continuous. All good solid noise tracks.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on December 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm
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  • World Narcosis – “World Narcosis” – [Self Produced]

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

    - Billie Joe Tolliver

    Track lengths:??1- 1:13??2- 0:35??3- 1:01??4- 0:52??5- 0:55??6- 0:55??7- 1:33??8- 2:12??9- 0:51

     

  • 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
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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
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