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Rodrigues, Ernesto/ Greenlief, Phillip/ Swafford, Tom – “Sidereus Nuncius” – [Creative Sources Recording]

The track/album name comes from a 1610 astronomy work by Galileo. Sidereus Nuncius is often translated as “Starry Messanger”. Here it is a highly improvised musical work for viola, violin and tenor sax. Very breathy, wispy, fluttery and delicate. Recorded live in Seattle in 2006.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on October 4, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Kilaueas, The – “Wiki Waki Woooo” – [All Score Media]

    The Kilaueas from Berlin, Germany give their interpretation to modern surf music. All the tracks are composed by the band – the playing has an excellent level of technical and musical quality. The sound on this vinyl recording is very good. Great fun to explore the variety of styles!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on August 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Insect Surfers – “Datura Moon” – [Kallaalit Nunaat Music]

    The Insect Surfers from Los Angeles claim to be “Planet Earth’s Longest Running Modern Surf Band” but they continue to re-write the principles of modern surf music. In terms of musicianship, composition, and complexity, Datura Moon keeps them in a class by themselves. Jump around and dance to their great surf sounds or trip out on the psychedelic title track. Recommended!!!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on August 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm
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  • Barbwire, Mike & The Blue Ocean Orchestra – “El Surfista De Mambo” – [Sleazy Records]

    Mike is the lead guitar of the Swedish surf band The Barbwires. Here he gives us a nice single that combines surf, Latin beats, and exotica. All this on a Spanish record label – fun!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on May 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Van Der Aa, Michel – “Above Between Attach” – [Donemus]

    Van Der Aa is a young (born 1970) contemporary Dutch composer. Here works seamlessly combine recordings (I believe from the same musicians) and live music. Resolutely avant garde, but very listenable. I especially like Auburn for guitar and soundtrack, but it is all good.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on May 4, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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  • Red Trio & Butcher, John – “Summer Skyshift” – [Clean Feed]

    Recorded live in Lisbon in 2015 with the Red Trio (bass, drums, percussion) and their Guest John Butcher on tenor and soprano sax. Free and abstract, all improvised with a fine collaboration that interweaves Butcher’s foundation with the trio’s response. Musically interesting and engaging.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on May 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Blackball Bandits – “Confrontation On The Extraterrestial Highway” – [Self Release?]

    Up and coming surf band from Orange County – great playing on mostly original tunes. They hit many surf influences such as outer space, Mexican sports, horror, Spaghetti Western, and soundtracks. A few spoken word snippets are thrown in. Fun!!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm
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  • Los Oxidados – “Death Man” – [Self Release?]

    This 4-piece surf band from Mexico performed at the Surfer Joe Summer Festival on the night preceding KFJC’s live broadcast in 2016. True surf sound, well played, choice of tempos from slow to rapid fire, some unusual harmonies for surf. Track 12 is a very nice vocal in Spanish.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm
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  • Ullmann, Gebhard & Kaufmann, Achim – “Geode” – [Leo Records]

    German reed player Gebhard Ullmann and pianist Achim Kaufmann meet for a highly improvised conversation. Difficult at times, but overall very emotionally and musically satisfying. Poignant quiet parts, shimmery bell-like sounds, original.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 17, 2017 at 11:10 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Tikiyaki 5-0 – “Introducing The Exotic Sounds of ..” – [Future Primitive Records]

    Los Angeles based Tikiyaki 5-0 is a combo of 4 musicians (bass, guitars, keyboards and drums) from the much larger Tikiyaki Orchestra. This EP features originals plus covers of Arthur Lyman’s “Taboo”, Les Baxter’s “Enchanted Sea” and “Song of Delilah”, and the surf classic “Shockwave”. Extremely good players and fine arrangements give us this wonderful intersection of Tiki and surf.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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  • Ligeti, Gyorgy – “Ligeti Project, The” – [Warner Classics and Jazz]

    Gyorgy Ligeti (pronounced jurj LIH-geh-tee) lived from 1923 to 2006. His early life was in Hungary where his creativity was restricted by first Hitler and then Stalin. In 1956 he fled to Vienna and also spent time in Cologne. In 1972, he was a composer in residence at Stanford University. His music is heard in soundtracks of Stanley Kubrick’s films such as 2001. Considered one of the leading avant garde twentieth century classical composers, his work embraced 12-tone and electronic music, especially music made with conventional instruments made to sound like electronic sources. This 5-CD set is a treasure chest of various styles and includes a book where the composer discusses each piece. Many pieces are very spare, very high frequency notes played by strings give a signature sound not unlike a swarm of cicadas. Other pieces are lush and lyrical. Some vocals are playful, all are very original. Most is not all that accessible, so don’t expect comfortable soundtrack material.

    PGM: Very great dynamic range, from almost silent to very loud.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 4, 2017 at 11:32 pm
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  • Gillbillies, The – “Est. 2004″ – [Self Release]

    The Gillbillies describe themselves as a three-piece instrumental outlaw gothic western surf-a-billy cowpunk band – they break the mold with their long beards, cowboy hats and choice of guitars. Frequent gigs in the San Francisco Bay Area and appearances at the last two KFJC Surf Battles have won them respect as showmen and fine musicians. Twangy, energetic new takes on some classic surf tune covers.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on January 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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  • Stories From Shamehill – “Same Same But Different” – [Self Release]

    The title of this 4-track EP from Netherlands 3-piece band Stories from Shamehill probably refers to how it is grounded in traditional surf music but with a modern sound – the same but different. The band’s 2017 January/February tour in California gives them a chance to stop by the KFJC pit. All originals, well played, fun and energetic.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on January 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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  • Stories From Shamehill – “Made In Amsterdam” – [Self Release]

    This surf trio from the Netherlands gives us a 2-track EP that is well played and recorded – nice bouncy energy on original tunes. They were in Livorno for the 2016 Surfer Joe Festival that was broadcast by KFJC.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on January 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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  • Clash of the Irresistable [coll] – [Drunkabilly]

    This is a split CD. Irish band Spellbound is categorized as punk rock and psychobilly – vocals on those first 6 tracks, good instrumentals. Brazilian surf band The Mullet Monster Mafia – a band KFJC met during the 2016 Surfer Joe live broadcast. If you like your surf music heavy, you are in luck – very intense surf mayhem!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on December 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm
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  • Do Tell – “Hotend” – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

    Do Tell is a cornet/tuba/percussion trio from New Mexico. This group of 6 Julius Hemphill compositions sounds rather good with this odd combination of instruments. The tunes are upbeat, happy, and bouncy with some nods to Hemphill’s avant-garde side. Who knew tuba in the right hands could be so graceful and compatible with a cornet?

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on December 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Amor, Naim & John Convertino – “Western Suite and Siesta Songs, The” – [L.M. Dupli-cation]

    Very interesting collection of songs from this duo that truly represent the American West. Some nods to rock, country western, and even cabaret. Excellent guitar, piano, and percussion work with delightful touches of lap steel, marimba, you name it. These fine instrumental tracks will have a place in many KFJC programs.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on December 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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  • Bennett, Ben & John Collins McCormick – “Pluperfect” – [eh?]

    Experimental noise from a 2015 recording at Marlboro College in Vermont. Rustling, scraping, occasional chimes, subdued jack hammering, with a high pitched ear-piercing tone thrown in from time to time. Oddly quiet and appealing.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on November 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • El Caminos, The – “Complete Sexcite Works” – [Columbia Publishing Ltd.]

    The El Caminos are a surf band from Kobe, Japan. They play many covers of surf classics, but their energy and stage presence are especially endearing. They were a big hit at the 2016 Surfer Joe Summer Festival. Remastered re-release of two El Caminos’ CDs from Sexcite Records 01-14 from Knock ‘Em Out and 15-28 from Surfers Lounge with 2 bonus tracks.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on November 5, 2016 at 10:40 am
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  • Les Agamemnonz – “De a a Z” – [Green Cookie Records]

    French 4-piece surf band that performs in togas with a nod to their namesake Agamemnon, known in Greek mythology as the commander of the united Greek army in the Trojan War. Excellent playing and composing includes spaghetti western, French pop, reggae, and twang. Of special interest is track 6, a cover of a French Renaissance piece by Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, LWV 43 – Marche Pour La Ceremonie Des Turcs.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on October 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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