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Rotten Fux – “Rotten Fux” – [Six Weeks]

Rotten Fux. The continued comment on many sights is will they last more than a year before they all OD. Not sure if they made it but this 2006 release on Six Weeks Records assured them some infamy with 9 tracks of hardcore punk energy. Bay area punkers from the now defunct Burnt Ramen club scene, taking names like Filthy, Smelly, Inbred and Steve’s Little Brother, one can guess the sound, speed and quality. But that’s the fun of it. They meant it, I’m sure, maybe, I don’t know, but with song titles like “My Rules”, “Sick of Life”, “STD Song” and “I Like Drugs”, you know a good time is guaranteed. Sometimes you just have to sit back and let it happen, not worrying about quality. Just enjoy. Each song under 2 minutes, so commitment is not an issue.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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  • Higgs, Daniel – “Fools Sermon, Part 1, The” – [Editions Mego]

    Outsider artists are a unique breed, difficult to define, hard to acknowledge, challenging for many to listen to. Once in awhile there exists an artist considered outsider more than outsider, yet whose vision is so complex and unique as necessary to be reckoned with. Such is Daniel Higgs. A member of Lungfish and participant with Skull Defekts as well as projects with Asa Osborne of Zomes, Higgs has a respected calling card. His solo work has often been stripped down, haunting, lyric heavy about mystical topics and other. “The Fools Sermon, Part 1″ is a 35 minute sermon, a sermon intoned, not sung, by Higgs as fool, seer, visionary, nonsense maker, mystic, outsider in that he knows something more than most of us may be able to grasp. Maybe balanced with Sufism, Christianity and revelations about the Before (before it started), Higgs enunciates his poem with such specific authority that his unique voice becomes the instrument that will carry you away even if you do not grasp his meaning. Eli Winograd accompanies on bass and bass keyboard, Fumie Ishi plays drums and voice, Higgs plays banjo and speaks. Other sounds float in and out of the recording: Zen like and mystical. This work takes effort from the listener but with it might come a new understanding. Stunning.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Hakobune – “Getsumei, Yamakage, Kouyou” – [Self Released]

    Tokyo-based Hakobune has put out dozens of albums over the years on a who’s who of boutique drone labels. On this self-released 3″ CD-R from 2011, he shows himself a master of the guitar-run-through-a-mess-of-delay-pedals technique. Three cosmic floating drones, useful for recovering from some harsh noise or just focusing the mind.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on August 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm
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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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  • 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
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  • *Klein, Phil – “John The Revelator” – [Cantaloupe Music]

    Phil Kline, (x- Del-Byzanteens) out on Cantaloupe Music, here sets the ordinary Mass for chorus and the Propers for chorus and string quartet. Texts for the propers come from a variety of sources from the Bible to Samuel Beckett and are meant to describe a narrative of redemption in a blighted world. Performed by the Lionheart chorus and the Ethel string quartet. Track 10 features Kline on organ.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on August 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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  • Chauveau, Sylvain – “Black Book of Capitalism, The” – [Type Recordings]

    Originally released on France’s DSA in 2000, this is a 2008 reissue from UK’s Type Records. Chauveau is a member of On, who have released through Type as well. Field recordings, uncomplicated piano compositions, canned strings. High- minded French post rock. Cujo called it rainy day music and that is pretty accurate.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on August 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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  • Tagg, David With Forces Mobiles – “Improvisations For Cancer” – [Self Released]

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    Atlanta guitarist Tagg has released a ton of stuff, much of it on mini-CDs like this one. Here we have Tagg’s 2006 collaboration with an outfit called Forces Mobiles who provide clarinet, violin, piano, and percussion. The result is instrumental ambient music in small doses (tracks are in the 3 to 7 minute range.) Nothing I would call super innovative but if you are in the mood for a bit of ambient soundscape action this should do the trick.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on August 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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  • MW Ensemble – “Music For Piano Transmission” – [Ionik Recordings Company]

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    The mw ensemble is the New York-based duo of Nancy Wheeler and Mike Winters. They create minimal compositions for piano and sometimes cello, and also use field recordings and electronic treatments in their work. On this 2017 release, we hear several instances of two solo piano pieces as they are broadcast over unassigned carrier frequencies and played back through a Crosby AM/FM receiver. The two short compositions begin with beautiful, repetitive, somewhat conventional playing. But dissonance finds its way in, and by the end, entire swathes of keys are mashed at once. The transmissions alter the signal in different ways, adding fuzzy distortion (T1) or noisy horror (T5). Conduct your own experiment with the source tracks (T3 and T6) or let the waves of the west rip apart what’s left of the broadcasts, and wield the awesome transformative power of terrestrial radio!

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on August 29, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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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
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  • 18th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival [coll] – [Self Produced]

    Compilation showcasing the artists performing at the 2017 SFEMF, Sept 8-10 at the Brava Theater:

    01 Suki O’Kane Local composer/percussionist, performs in Dan Plonsey’s ensemble and many other SF groups. Synthetic water sounds and blurred bright drone.

    02 Las Sucias Oakland industrial/reggaeton/riotgrrl duo of Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman. This banger was on the Ratskin Records Sentient Solder II comp from last year, but you should definitely play it again now anyway

    03 Aaron Dilloway Track from the ex-Wolf Eyes member’s new release The Gag File. Trash cans banging, distorted voices, ghostly whistling from back alley

    04 Dax Pierson Bay Area underground hip hop musician/producer who hasn’t stopped making art since a car accident in 2005 left him paralyzed from the chest down. Starts out like a 70s new-agey synth theme song, but then the beat kicks in, the synths doubleback, and it all mutates into something completely and unexpectedly different. lexi g’s pick!

    05 Kaori Suzuki Synth builder at Magic Echo Music and musician, Oakland-based by way of Tokyo and Seattle. Binaural waves expand, develop from smooth to sawtoothed and back again

    06 JH1.FS5 Our first library entry from the new duo of Puce Mary and Liebestod (Frederikke Hoffmeier and Jesse Sanes). Waves of static, repetitive bass pulses, ropes on the verge of snapping as Puce Mary mumbles about being tied up.

    07 Beast Nest Oakland-based musician Sharmi Basu. Spaceship computer, alien symbols on the control panel, blinking light bulbs.

    08 Waxy Tomb Jules Litman-Cleper from SF. Mishmash of electronic sounds, warped vocals, almost recognizable elements of hip hop, huffs of vaporwave.

    09 Suzanne Ciani Electronic music legend, Buchla synth master. Excerpt from a January 2017 performance in Stockholm. Layered, complex but not busy, pinpoints and echoes, otherworldly – her live performances are astonishing. See the full performance here.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on August 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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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 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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