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Djordjevic, Milica – “Deutscher Musikrat” – [Wergo]

Serbian composer Milica Djordjevic (JOR ja vitch) was born in 1984 in Belgrade. 7 intently focused unpackings: thorough examinations of musical structure. Melody, harmony, rhythm, and many other conventional musical concerns are in the background. Stasis, tension, upheaval. The liner notes talk about it as crashes and reboots.
Track 1 commissioned and performed by the Arditti Quartet. Notations in the score include unpitched/noise bowing, highest possible tones, bowing on the bridge, huge glissandoing.
Well Organized.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on August 16, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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  • Ear Spray – “Live Sprays” – [Self Produced]

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    Ann O’Rourke, Carlos Jennings, and Mark Pino have been performing together as Ear Spray since 2010. This self-released, hand-painted CDR collects recordings of the noise trio’s live performances from 2014-2016 at local venues The Stork Club (T1), LCM (T2), and the Second Act (T3).

    O’Rourke is a percussionist, vocalist, and video artist who came to the world of free music later in life, discovering her love for strange sounds by playing drums in a free jazz group, taking operatic voice lessons, and singing in the Cornelius Cardew Choir, an SF-based experimental vocal ensemble. She brings all of her talents to this project – from the wails, yelps, and rapid-fire utterances of her voice, to the riotous tumbling percussion, to the live video projections that react to the music during the Spray’s shows. She is joined by Jennings on turntables and electronics and Pino on additional percussion (Infinite Plastic Internal, McCaslin/Reed/Pino Trio, Surplus 1980, etc etc etc and a good friend of KFJC).

    Each performance is a very different experience, each an adventure. The Stork Club track (T1, ~20m) is an ecstatic meditation on the looping mantra: if a thing loves it is infinite. The LCM track (T2, ~18:30) begins with a twisted reveille – you wake up, but you’re still in the dream. The Second Act (T3, ~20m) is an underworld haunted by electronic ghosts. Together, it’s the sound of an artistic spirit finding her wild, fearsome voice. Spray it loud!

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on August 14, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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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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  • Midnight Mines – “If You Can’t Find a Partner Use a Wooden Chair” – [Mystery Plane Tapes]

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    Two guys from the UK who aren’t afraid to make a lo-fi racket out in the garage or wherever this was (poorly) recorded. Baron Saturday and Private Sorrow are their names and they play drums, guitar, keyboards, and at least one of them does vocals. So it’s pounding/crashing drums and blurting guitars and primitive keyboards all over the place. Sometimes similar to The Fall in that they will occasionally roll out a ragged/catchy/rockin’ musical pattern and one of the guys is talk-singing over it.

    This record reminds me of those cassettes I used to send away for in the mid-80s, offered in ads in the back of music zines, where it would be some unknown crazy-ass noise-rock band from Ohio or New Jersey or wherever, on some label I never heard of, and when I finally received it in the mail and listened to it, it was badly recorded and a real treat. This is kind of like that. Track B3 is an instrumental.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on August 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm
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  • Herbst9 – “Usumgal Kalamma” – [Loki Foundation]

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    Herbst9 is the dark ambient project of Henry Emich and Frank Merten from Leipzig (they also work under the name Land:Fire). This 2011 release from Loki Foundation is a 2X CD concept album inspired by the Sumer and Akkad, the world’s first civilizations – from the cuneiform symbols and mythological imagery that make up the cover art, to the vocals in the ancient Akkadian language, to the ceremonial rhythms and instrumentation. The first disc opens with “She Filled the Wells of the Land With Blood” (T1), with ringing gongs and the chants of a vengeful female spirit (Andrea Sinclair provides vocals in Akkadian, also on T7). “Napissunu Mutumma” (T2, “Their Breath is Death”) is a 15-minute epic with a dramatic battle scene bookended by beautiful, mysterious passages with harps and chimes. “Ludlul Bel Nemeqi” (T3, “I Will Praise the Lord of Wisdom”, the title of a poem that reads like a Babylonian version of the Book of Job) is a fitting soundtrack to your upcoming solar eclipse sacrifice. “The Sage Lord Asimbabbar” (T11) is another highlight, with violin, lute, and chimes. Along with the dark ambient shadows and the acoustic instruments, loops of spoken word are used – some times well, but other times to confusing and even annoying effect (like the guided meditation spoken word on T2, for example). But that aside, there’s hours of excellent dark, mystical atmosphere on this release.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on August 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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  • Vomir – “Application a Aphistemi” – [Maison Bruit]

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    Romain Perrot is a French dad who makes “walls” in his spare time: long recordings of harsh, loud, dense and nonmusical sound that change little over time. This style has been dubbed Harsh Noise Wall or Static Noise, other practitioners of this vile art including Richard Ramirez (as Werewolf Jerusalem) and The Rita. In an interview, the composer discussed the concept of the ‘Harsh Noise Will Manifesto,’ which has to do with the increasing atomization and selfishness inherent to modern Western society. For him, he says, Harsh Noise Wall is a place where he can exist away from the world. In this sense the practice shares the escapist qualities of a religion. Performing live, Perrot often wears a garbage bag over his head, in defiance of France’s laws against sporting religious head coverings in public.

    Two tracks 2011:

    T.1 = ‘Paulina Semilionova Would Go To The Knacker‘ = 40m = noise generators and effects = will make you grind your teeth.
    T.2 = ‘The Appearance Of Truth Is A Moment Of Falsehood’ = 20m = electro-acoustic 12-string guitar = will make you shiver.

    Don’t expect much to happen.

    Vomir means ‘to vomit’ in French.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on August 2, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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  • Rites of Thy Degringolade – “Totality” – [Bird of Ill Omen Recordings]

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    Another example of the particularly ferocious Black/Death Metal cults enshrined by the obsessives at Nuclear War Now! Productions (U.S. distributors of this release). R.O.T.D. was started by Paulus Kressman as a solo project in 1997. On this 2001 release he handles guitar, bass, drums and vocals, looking to one-time Begrime Exemious member Jay Wroth (AKA Deathcamp Executioner of the Nazarene Faith) for additional guitars and the yowling of further blasphemies.

    This is tight, effortless War Metal machinegun fire in the style of Black Witchery, whose ‘Desecration of the Holy Kingdom’ came out the same year. ‘Degringolade’ is English of French origin word meaning “a rapid decline or deterioration,” and is definitely NOT the name a sports drink sold in Tijuana. Some pretty strange noises occur on the B side, bestowing a “metaphysical” aspect that may have inspired subsequent releases from the likes of Antediluvian and Aevangelist.

    Guttural voices, frantic guitar noise, blasting drums. Hymns for the chosen.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on August 2, 2017 at 4:38 pm
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  • Lil Bub – “Science & Magic” – [Joyful Noise Recordings]

    I can’t stop laughing about this one. Some background info for those not in the know. Lil Bub is a cat, from outer space, who is an internet sensation like LOL Cat and Grumpy Cat. She has her own Youtube talk show with guests like Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Albini (Big Black, music producer). So Lil Bub was born with a serious bone disorder that would have made her paralyzed. But amazingly, she pulled through and now walks fairly well (probably because of her roots from outer space). She does have her tongue continually hanging out and a unique meow which are some of her selling points. BUT…. Lil Bub is also a music composer who has channeled or “guided” her human persons through the process of composition. Matt Tobey, her person, says she guides him continuously and Andrew WK experienced her power, first hand, in the studio. The 10 tracks are electronic lounge styled tunes with guitar and strings with drum beats, very fitting for what is being made by other musicians today. It’s cat cocktail music from space. And Lil Bub meows and purrs vocals, but not in that ostentatious white trash cat, cat’s meowing “Jingle Bells” sell out style. Lil Bub is the real deal: not overdoing it, knowing how a little of her goes a long way. No ego for Lil Bub. A sincere true artist. Enjoy and dance away.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on July 31, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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  • Pinguim, Astronauta – “Zeitgeist/Propaganda” – [Pineapple Music]

    Life is good when folks like Astronauta Pinguim exist. Luckily he “landed” here, his words, specifically in Brazil. He is of the folks who find great joy in recreating sounds with vintage 60′s/70′s synths, electric organs, drum machines and voice modulated vocals. So good. Each song is a joy of moog, synth, electronique and robot vocals. Great beats, smooth sounds, and rockin’ titles. You can’t go wrong when one song is named after the iconic 3 words said in “The Day The Earth Stood Still” – “Klaatu Barada Nikto”- even if he spells the first word wrong -Kaatu. Do “The Robot” with this one. I will.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on July 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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  • Infinite Plastic Internal – “Skyline Session” – [S/R]

    Mark Pino’s solo project Infinite Plastic Internal continues on the journey of modern day mantra with “Skyline Session”. Six instrumental tracks of percussion and drone, filled with many moments of silence and pause, this time. Sometimes the sound is what sounds like the hiss of a tape recorder. Other times, Pino’s drumming takes over guiding the listener through an array of rhythms and beats. Exceptional, as always.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on July 30, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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  • Salamander Wool – “Lunarsophic Somnambulist” – [Ehse Records]

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    Salamander Wool’s music is by Carso Garhart and Twig Harper contributes electronic elements and production techniques. The first track is probably the best, with its field sounds (recorded over time in West Baltimore) and bells. Vocals join the sounds partway through the track, and are present on the other tracks as well. These are an acquired taste, but the music itself is pleasant enough, with its guitar strumming that is Americana-esque. Track 5 has water sounds and then whirring (a washing machine?). The lyrics have merit, and overall this might just be great music for the solar eclipse coming up.

  • Reviewed by humana on July 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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  • My Cat Is an Alien & Jean-Marc Montera – “Union of The Supreme Light” – [Starlight Furniture Co.]

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    In a worthy tribute to their mother, the Opalio brothers join with Montera for some instantaneous composition in Marseille, France. In addition to the lovely painting gracing the album cover, Roberto adds his haunting wordless vocalizations and alientronics to Maurizio’s self-made string instrument and Montera’s self-made guitar table. The effects are calming, atmospheric, strange, and out of this world superb.

  • Reviewed by humana on July 30, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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  • Compile – “Ten Wolves End” – [Private Archive]

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    This release from NYC’s Compile, one of our first adds from the Boston cassette label Private Archive, holds two sidelong sound collages (supposedly two separate tracks, but I can’t hear the division). “Drone’s on Fire/Ten Wolves End” (A) is a collaboration with Article Collection (C. Latina of the group Private Archive and label co-owner). Chopped and screwed voices – possibly ripped from Youtube videos with views in the single digits or surveillance camera footage – describe survival on the streets and the pathetic daily life of a vlogger broadcasting for the first (and probably last) time. Underneath the samples are synth sketches, heavy bass pulses, tumbling metal, high pitched ringing, hovering drones. The piece degenerates into a finale that is both hilarious and terrifying. In “Compile/Did you really have fun tonight?” (B), recordings of domestic disturbances and an informational video about violent behavior steep in a nauseating brew of chants, drones, metallic echoes, and squirming synthwork. The cameras are everywhere, pointed at you, and the images captured are an infinitely scrolling reminder: there’s nothing in there.

    FCCs ON BOTH SIDES

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on July 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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  • Death In June & Les Joyaux De La Princesse – “Ostenbraun” – [Fedetfinisaborigine]

    Remixed Death In June material (from around the time of Wall of Sacrifice, so go ahead and play “Spot the Sample”), sent through the mail by Douglas P. and remixed by the Frenchman Erik Konofal, from Les Joyaux De La Princesse. The title “Ostenbraun” is somewhat perplexing, as its use of umlauts is unorthodox and its significance is not immediately clear- umlauts aside, it means east (or possibly eastern) brown. “Braun” has become political shorthand for “Nazi” or “extreme right-wing” in German, and Pearce has an open and well-documented fascination with the Sturmabteilung or SA (Brownshirts), and with their founder Ernst Rohm in particular. I will leave you with this.
    Slow and sad, it’s the music you play at the funeral after they send Johnny (or Jean-Paul) home in a box. Sometimes, though, it’s just slow. The music is comprised primarily of loops, largely of instrumental parts: drums, organs, string instruments. Other sounds are muffled voices, singing ghost children, church bells and Douglas P. reciting different spoken word pieces (there’s some Nietzsche in there). Almost everything has been put through filters and subject to other tweaks, so even the recognisable sounds are not straight-up. Konofal almost certainly added his own synth work to the mix, and the sleepy gloom that lies over the LP is more characteristic of his work than Death In June’s, so the martial foreboding never evolves into an imposing one-handed salute to men in uniform. Play it for Rohm, if you’d like… but don’t tell anybody.

  • Reviewed by Rat King on July 26, 2017 at 6:54 pm
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  • Cadaverous Condition – “Destroying The Night Sky” – [Klang Galerie]

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    From the very interesting, very awesome Austrian Death Metal scene (Pungent Stench, anyone?) came Cadaverous Condition, originally a Death Metal band but in recent years embracing a ‘Death Folk’ sound that sometimes incorporates somber acoustic instruments alongside death growls. As if that weren’t eccentic enough, they had a slew of sympathetic experimental musicians remix material from their 2006 album ‘To The Night Sky’ into new compositions. The result was this 2008 CD. The remixers are Thighpaulsandra, Andrew Liles, Nocturnal Emissions, Product 8, Colin Potter, Nurse With Wound, Gjoll, Holy McGrail, Asmus Tietchens, Controlled Bleeding, and Ali Helnwein. It’s about as strange as you’d expect, especially because the electric guitars and growls do make it through in some form on most pieces. Still, “[t]his is no ordinary remix album, this is alchemy.”

    The output ranges from glitch techno (t.1) to Industrial Metal (t.s 2, 8, 9), Death Surf (t.5) pure noise (t.s 3, 4, 10), and Surrealist collage (t.s 6, 7, 11, 12, 13). T.7 is the most brutal song ever to namedrop Rod Mckuen. The guest vocal from Death in June/Sixth Comm’s Patrick Leagas is preserved more or less intact on t.8. Yay. The last track is also weirdly moving.

    Pretty strange album. Many tracks could be played to make fun of metal, as many like to.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on July 26, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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  • G*Park – “1983-1988+” – [Tochnit Aleph]

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    G*Park is Marc Zeier, the most obscure member of the already obscure Schimpfluch-Gruppe. His solo work is a surreal blend of field recordings, musique concret, and tape loops.

    This box set (1 of only 77) contains CD reissues of 5 of G*Park’s earliest cassette recordings, along with one CD of previously-unreleased improvisation with Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock. Also included are a glossy booklet of artwork and a bag of tea.

    Lots of loops and layers going on here, a rich collage flowing directly through the sub-conscious (or un-conscious) mind of the listener. Flittery bird calls and heavy machinery, like a field trip through an under-construction menagerie. Ominous tones, drones, and groans confuse and disorient.

    Quasi-rhythmic scrapes and clangs. Heavy breathing, snoring, gurgling. Dreamy nitrous-oxide induced bliss. The dental chair and all its drills, picks, blood, and bright lights feels so far away.

    Hazy radio transmissions pulled from the ether. Distant memories of high-school football. Crunches, crashes, and sharp staccato piano snap you out of it, and take you somewhere else, somewhere darker.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on July 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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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
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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
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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
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  • Anima Nostra – “Atraments” – [Malignant Records]

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    Anima Nostra is the duo of Nordvargr (Mz.412, Toroidh, Folkstorm) and artist Margaux Renaudin, a newcomer to Industrial music. This 2017 release can probably be considered a follow-up to the 2016 ‘Anima Nostra’ album released on Cold Spring under their own names.

    The components of the sound are recognizable to Nordvargr fans — thickly distorted synthesizer, gruff growls, Martial Industrial beats, mournful ambience, manipulated samples of religious chant, creepy-crawly repetition — but never before has this indestructible Swedish noisemaker combined his different sonic interests so seamlessly into one statement. The end result could be called Industrial Doom Metal, Neo-Classical, or Ritual Ambient, depending on which part of which track is playing. Recent fusion experiments from the Karjalan Sissit bunker came to mind, as well as fellow Swedes Trepaneringsritualen (who designed the cover using Renaudin’s calligraphy) and Sanctum.

    It’s almost redundant to compare Anima Nostra to other groups in this vein, though, because Nordvargr himself helped found the Black Industrial cult of Scandinavia decades ago. He has continued to reinterpret and refine his sonic ideas since. His young collaborator seems to inspire him towards even stranger territory, like the opera valkyrie on t.4, the crisp gothic organ drones on t.5, the French whispers on t.6, or the bizarre metaphysical lyrics, which are as frustratingly oblique as other motifs here. The theme may be on the evils of language; perhaps the “atraments” are the printed inks we use to construct our flimsy psychic realities?

    “All words are abuse,” says the booklet, so I’ll stop abusing this great CD. Play it.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on July 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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