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Ethiopian Urban and Tribal Music Mindanoo Mistiru Gold From [coll] – [Sub Rosa]

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5 STARS ** FAR OUT SOUNDS
Ethiopian music recorded by Ragnar Johnson and Ralph Harrison in July and August 1971, released by Sub Rosa in 2017. The urban musicians are recorded in Addis Ababa and the tribal musicians in the country. The booklet tells who is playing what for each track. I became entranced while listening to the three note phrase at the heart of the Fila Flute Dance (CD2#10). Upon repeated listens the otherworldly Bagana (CD2#4) lute and the Two Afar Flutes (CD1#5) wrapped around my head and popped my brain out the top, my eyeballs from the front and my tongue lolled forth like a necktie.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm
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  • Stein, Norbert/ Pata Messengers – “We are Here For You/ Derby Girl” – [Pata Music]

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    German tenor saxophonist Norbert Stein calls his high-minded yet addictive European jazz quartet the Pata Messengers, after patyaphysics, an “an imaginary realm additional to metaphysics” developed by the Parisian absurdist Alfred Jarry (1873-1907). Fluid from freedom to in time, according to Michael Rusenberg, “Pata music floats in a large area of brackish water … between singable waltz … and complete dissolution of the meter.”
    Drummer Etienne Nillesen uses only a prepared snare drum and cymbal for a kit and makes it work very well. Philip Zoubek is Stein’s first piano player and rounds out the proceedings, you can hear the difference between this and the other Stein / Pata Music releases in our library.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 19, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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  • Tapes & Topographies – “Fathoms” – [Simulacra Records]

    Ambient exercises out of Dallas, TX. Todd Gautreau is
    the mixmaster and electro-navigator aboard this one-man
    sonic submarine. Standout track “The Trouble With Dreams”
    features waves of tone mingle with washes of antenna
    signal squiggle, and even some vox mermana drift by as
    well. Death by water never felt so good. Buoyant chimes
    and gentle climes. Bathysphere organ and actual sized
    bubbles rise on “Theory of Impossible Shapes.” Mystic mists
    for the noise-sick KFJC-serpents? Based on the name,
    I wonder if there are more field recordings nestled into
    the songs? By the way his earlier project “Tear Ceremony”
    has a darker Agent Cooper bent, though still soothing and
    KFJC has two of those fine releases worth revisiting. All
    on his own Simulacra imprint, along with the Crushed Stars
    project that he fronts for some Slowdive-y pop pastels.

    Gautreau is one busy being, but this is the project to help
    him, or you unwind. Sink into the syrup synth sea.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 17, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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  • Similar Fashion – “Portrait of” – [Self Produced]

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    Dancey, sunny, art-pop from this L.A.-based quartet led by Logan Hone, whose solo album recently sailed through Current. There’s a west African feel to a lot of these tracks, and an Arthur Russell feel as well. The pop song format gets turned upside down and inside out and spiked with ??some delicious bits of free improvisation, but the groove is never far away. Logan Hone’s earnestly weird lyrics evoke the joy of living in California and the joy of living in general. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s probably something wrong with you.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on February 14, 2018 at 2:03 pm
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  • Godspunk Volume Two [coll] – [Pumf Records]

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    You know the drill. We have several (here here and here) of these compilations from the Blackpool UK artists’ collective in our library – now here’s Vol. 2 from 2004. Godspunk regulars Howl in the Typewriter bring seven minitracks, all named “Here Comes the Butterfly”, plus some fuzzed out rock (T1 and T34). Unit offers five hits of deranged art pop that reminded me of old Deerhoof stuff (T27-31), Pinkeye features female vox and weird electronics (T11-17), the Las Vegas Mermaids sing to some insect dance tracks (T8-9), LDB space out with melodic brithop (T2-4). Gays in the Military might have the best entry with a track of pissdrinking punk that should not be played during daytime (T6 – FCC).

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on February 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm
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  • Usufruct – “Windfall” – [Vauxflores Industrial]

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    Usufruct is a super interesting local project. Polly Moller Springhorn and Tim Walters bring us an unpredictable mix of flute music, vocals in different styles, and computer glitchery. Tracks 2, 4, and 5 are my favorites–heavy on electronics and processed flute sounds. Track 3 is pretty much all spoken word–it’s dramatic and tense and not really my cup of tea; however I do like the reverberating electronic sounds that accompany it. Truly avant-garde stuff here.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on February 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm
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  • McGurdy, Ed – “Best of Daliance, The” – [Rhino Records Inc.]

    If the word “titillating” makes you blush or gives you a chub, this album’s for you. Naughty. Bawdy. Tawdry. All these “aw” sounding words to help explain “The Best of Daliance”, taken from a series of albums put out in the 1950′s on the then new Elektra Records, based on the 18th century songs of Elizabethan writer Tom D’Urfey. Put together and sung by Ed McCurdy, a 1950′s Greenwich Village fixture and naughty sort in his own right, these songs are all suggestive larks describing couples… or trios… or groups of people enjoying themselves in the best way possible. Lots of lines about “stoking the fire”, his long pole pushing into the oven, the maidens cherry complexion loosing it’s color and on and on. Blacksmiths must have been having sex all the time. Career change at 55? Possibly. The musical interpretations are smooth, taking us back to the early 1700′s when there wasn’t much to do but constantly milk the cow. Alan Arkin plays flute!!!! and Erik Darling, later of the Weavers, plays banjo, taking the place of lute. The CD cover is pink fuzzy suede. Go figure.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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  • McGurdy, Ed – “Best of Daliance, The” – [Rhino Records Inc.]

    If the word “titillating” makes you blush or gives you a chub, this album’s for you. Naughty. Bawdy. Tawdry. All these “aw” sounding words to help explain “The Best of Daliance”, taken from a series of albums put out in the 1950′s on the then new Elektra Records, based on the 18th century songs of Elizabethan writer Tom D’Urfey. Put together and sung by Ed McCurdy, a 1950′s Greenwich Village fixture and naughty sort in his own right, these songs are all suggestive larks describing couples… or trios… or groups of people enjoying themselves in the best way possible. Lots of lines about “stoking the fire”, his long pole pushing into the oven, the maidens cherry complexion loosing it’s color and on and on. Blacksmiths must have been having sex all the time. Career change at 55? Possibly. The musical interpretations are smooth, taking us back to the early 1700′s when there wasn’t much to do but constantly milk the cow. Alan Arkin plays flute!!!! and Erik Darling, later of the Weavers, plays banjo, taking the place of lute. The CD cover is pink fuzzy suede. Go figure.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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  • K2 – “Rainy Tritium 1″ – [Oxen]

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    A one hour noise odyssey from genius of the genre Kimihide Kusafuka, brought to us by LA’s Oxen. In these three works, K2 finds a sonic idea, stays with it for a moment, then moves on to the next – the effect is like moving through the world with your senses amplified a millionfold. “Pollution with Huge Lies” (T1) builds from isolated drones and signals into massive torrents of sound and a sense of impending catastrophe. “MOX” (T2) explores rough-textured static, but later on almost melodic phrases appear. “Unpeaceful Song For Rainy Tritium” begins peacefully enough, like an unsuspecting nature scene, until it is slowly swarmed by radioactive plumes and ensuing mayhem. Masterful.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on February 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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  • Ostertag, Bob – “DJ of The Month” – [Seeland Records]

    Bob Ostertag is a true Renaissance Man: author, professor, political activist, composer, electronic musician, journalist, creator of his own software based laptop instruments and more. His work stands out for its uniqueness, creativity, political stance, beauty and challenging qualities. “DJ of The Month” is a 40 minute single track of electronic onslaught and subtlety, mixed together and separated. Sounds flash past and reverberate around and through the listener, taking them on a unique meditative journey. It does become hypnotic in its movement of sound. The piece is meant as a meditation requiring focus and concentration. I know a few of the DJ’s who will play the whole thing. So worth it.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 7, 2018 at 12:30 am
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  • Armando – “Trax Classix” – [Trax]

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    Little did the Roland engineers designing the TB-303 for lounge band as a bass guitar emulator know that it started the acid house genre with the squealchy bass lines. Armando Gallup was indeed one of the Chicago acid house pioneers, his Land Of Confusion — on this collection — became a hit both in US and Europe. He was also one of the co-founders of Warehouse Records plus a busy-bee organizing parties and much more. This is a collection of r

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on February 6, 2018 at 11:46 pm
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  • Funky Chimes [coll] – [Sdban Records]

    I live for this type of collection: “Funky Chimes”, a collection of 27 Belgian session musicians and sort of stars from the 1970′s, experimenting with “funk, jazz, latin and other groovy genres.” Did you get that it’s from Belgium, a place most people don’t initially think of for it’s music (which is wrong, of course)? It’s library music. It’s songs for commercials. It’s music your 1970′s Belgian parents would play to relax and feel cool with. The overwhelming notes with photos of each album cover should be more than enough to convince you of the outright grooviness of this stuff. Just look at some of those covers. And the names of the groups and songs: The Indian Sound of… Black Foot, Selectasound ’88 & The Bob Boon Singers, The Free Pop Electronic Concept and on and on. Of course, the stunner among stunners is Hearts of Soul and Shampoo performing “We Love the Policeman”. This is the more challenging second release in the series, the first being “Funky Chicken”. Looking for it as I type.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm
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  • She Didn’t Respond – “Chagamole EP” – [Shplargnarf Records]

    she didn't respond

    She Didn’t Respond is Patrick Harsh (aka Fuckmaker) working with someone named IZFERNOR, of whom I know nothing. If you have been craving an adorable little 3″ package of relentlessly harsh/ugly noise, here you go. Actually I’m not surprised that she didn’t respond–I’m guessing she is probably dead.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on February 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm
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  • Fuckmaker – “Untitled” – [Trashfuck Records]

    fuckmaker

    A seething bundle of ear-shredding noise from Trashfuck. If you took a Masonna record and a Government Alpha record and played them both extremely loud at the same time, you would eventually wonder why go to all that trouble when you can just put Fuckmaker on instead. The man behind the Fuckmaker curtain is named Patrick Harsh, and that might tell you all you need to know about this CD. Track 4 is not as harsh as the other tracks but it’s no walk in the park either.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on February 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm
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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
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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
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  • Yerovi, Claudio Aizaga – “El Hombre De America” – [Banco Central De Ecuador]

    Claudio Aizaga Yerovia (1925-2008) was a prolific composer and choir director from Ecuador. Here are 12 songs for voice and piano. Aizaga at the piano. Beautiful songs. Great addition to our library of a relatively obscure voice.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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  • Les Amazones De Guinee – “Wamato” – [Sterns Music]

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    Les Amazones De Guinee are an all-woman band who also members of the Guinean army. This is their first record in 25 years and 2nd overall. Typical of Guinean music, many rhythms intermesh to make this music. Hectoring lead vocals, smooth backing vocals, intricate guitar lines, powerful saxophones, and percussion overlap.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm
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  • Stress Orphan – “Mass Casualty Event” – [Phage Tapes]

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    Punishing power electronics on this 2016 release from Stress Orphan, the Baltimore-based project of Eric Trude. Global exploitation, mounting frustration, inevitable explosions. Calls-to-arms, guerilla warfare, howling sirens, nuclear attacks, shock waves, body bags.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on January 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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  • German Air Force Band – “More German Military Marches & Polkas Vol.2″ – [Legacy International]

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    Suitable for Oktoberfest celebrations. Enjoy some weisswurst and play under the tree, and tap your foot along on the beer-keg. Brings back many memories!

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 31, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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