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Sharrock, Linda Network, The – “Live At The Bab-ilo 25/VIII/2016″ – [Improvising Beings]


Second official release from the Linda Sharrock Network, the ensemble fronted by the renowned jazz vocalist and former wife and collaborator of Sonny, in a return to her art after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2009. The group’s recordings includes the 2014 (but even more resonant today) studio/live work No is No (Don’t Fuck Around with Your Women) and 2016′s They Begin to Speak.

Live, Vol. 1 is a ~50 minute a performance from the Bab-Ilo, a club in Montmartre. Sharrock’s mighty vocals are of course the heart of the work, exploring a unique range that I haven’t heard in free jazz, a strange middle range between the high-end gestures of Mario Rechtern’s sax, Itaru Oki’s trumpet, flugelhorn, and flute, and the deeper sounds from Yoram Rosilio’s bass, Makoto Sato’s rumbling percussion and Lucien Johnson’s tenor sax. In her tortured wails you can hear both the extreme pain and delirious joy of creation. Another standout element in the work is the the accordion of Claude Parle: at the start of the piece, he adds long pulls of the instrument, but later creates rapid skittering tones that resemble a tape-rewinding sound, or sometimes Sun Ra’s synths. A powerful performance that can be viewed here.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on November 22, 2017 at 3:11 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Lord Fyre – “Destruction At 2013″ – [Auris Apothecary]

    Droning, lo-fi, semi-bedroom recordings. Lord Fyre uses all manner of oddness to make their music–listen for hippie drums, various guitars, lap steel, viola, rhythm box, bells, tape echo, found sounds, flute, public address system, califone(!), solar feedback, sonic overload… there is even a Tony Conrad LP in the mix, adding violins.
    A2 is an actual song with vocals, chord changes, and lead guitar. A3 and B2 have vocals too, but they seem more random and off the cuff, which fits the droning, stoned-sounding music.
    For the most part, this record will satisfy your need for hazy, laid back, psychedelic drone experiences.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on November 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Escreet, John – “Unknown, The” – [Sunnyside Records]

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    Totally improvised music from talented improvisers, quality live recording. Pianist John Escreet adds Evan Parker to his working trio of bassist John Hebert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The quartet has recorded previously in 2014. This Feb 2016 live recording in Holland documents their first time playing completely improvised music. Two long Tunes, from consecutive dates- the first 45 minutes the second 30 minutes and it ends with the audience clapping. Well worth it. Shows a lot of range from sensitive Stillness to overblown Madness. Top-level musicianship. Tyshawn Sorey is a great drummer.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Moffo, Anna – “Incomparable Anna Moffo, The” – [RCA Records]

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    Anna moffo turned down Hollywood to attend Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She got a Fulbright to finish her studies in Rome, where she starred in televised Opera.
    Arias. A1 has bad scratches. Everything else is pretty great. she hits the high notes.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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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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  • Davis, Brian Joseph – “Definitive Host, The” – [Blocks Recording Club]

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    A collection of recordings from Canadian sound artist and film-maker Brian Joseph Davis. Most of the songs utilize pre-recorded material from other artists, manipulated or recast in interesting ways. The album deals with themes of copyright and censorship.

    Rather than being meticulously orchestrated, the works rely heavily on randomness: CD player skips, destruction by fire, and highly-fallible human memory. Unlike many other conceptual works, these are very entertaining to listen to, and cover a wide range of genres including choral, glitch, spoken-word, pseudo-punk, and the overwhelming ambient noise hell-scape that is the final track.

    The liner notes on the back provide a pretty acurate description of what’s in the package, but I’ll summarize here:

    Eula (T1): The Sony End User License Agreement sung by a choir.

    Five Box Sets Played on Fast-Forward, Then Edited Into Songs (T2-T6): This one is self-explanatory. Metal, soul, and other indescernibles.

    Ten Banned Albums Burned, Then Played (T7-T15): Yup. Beatles, Sex Pistols, Mahler, Prince, Louie Louie, and more.

    Voice Over (T16): A script composed from 5000 film taglines.

    Yesterduh (T17-T18): What happens when you pay people on the street $5 to sing “Yesterday”, then mix the results. The second version is a particularly inspired solo.

    Minima Moralia (T19): Theodor Adorno’s Minima Moralia as a punk 7″.

    Greatest Hit (T20): All the tracks on a greatest hits album, all at once.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on November 15, 2017 at 9:15 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Cambridge Treasury of English Prose, The (Vol. Five) [coll] – [Caedmon]

    A marvelous Journey through A bunch of books from the library, read by Cambridge University students.
    Fuck school and fuck grades. Play if you hate the listener. Or if you have the upmost respect for them, whatever

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 15, 2017 at 12:13 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Fairuz – “Legendary Fairuz, The: Lebanon” – [EMI Hemisphere]

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    Live recordings. Oum Kalthoum and Fairouz are the two most beloved female singers in the Arab world. Fairouz is considered more accessible to Western ears. If you ask the taxi driver in Amman which is greater, he will tell you it is an unfair question that is impossible to answer.

    In the words of Amazon reviewer K.S.A.: “I love it; it contains all famous songs for Fairoz. Also, packaging method is representing an expert person. Generally, I’m satisfied 100% from this deal. I suggest increasing your library for Fairoz.
    Thank you”

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 14, 2017 at 11:50 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Hatami, Porya & Arovane – “Kaziwa” – [Time Released Sound]

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    Kaziwa (a Kurdish word for dawn/dusk) is a collaboration between Iranian sound artist Porya Hatami and Arovane, the solo project of German electronic musician Uwe Zahn. The 2016 album is the result of a long-distance correspondence between the two musicians. Hatami sent Zahn recordings of piano pieces, and Zahn replied with electronic work focusing on the sounds of the Una Corda, a synth instrument that produces a piano-like tones. Though the fifteen pieces are all minimal, piano-centered, with a late night mood (you could call them nocturnes), there is still much variety here. Some have a bright, curious quality (T2, T6, a reminder that the piano is a stringed instrument, 12), some are meditative ambient works (T1, T8, T9, T10, T14), but I’m particularly drawn to the darker, mysterious passages (T3, T4, T7, T11, T13). Another beautiful release from local label Time Released Sound.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on November 13, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Hearts & Minds – “Hearts and Minds” – [Astral Spirits]

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    Man oh man, does free jazz get more fun than this? I don’t think so. Coming out of Chicago and released on Austin-based cassette label Astral Spirits (“new wave of heavy free jazz”), Hearts and Minds is a trio composed of bass clarinetist Jason Stein (fun fact: Amy Schumer’s brother), keyboardist Paul Giallorenzo, and drummer Frank Rosaly. Giallorenzo often sounds like two players in one, playing bass lines with his left hand while doubling the melody with the right. Other times he’s putting down smooth chords, getting noisy (a la the recent Thollem/Mazurek record), or spinning out tender melodies (check the solo on Irresolute). Jason Stein is the star of the show. A master on the bass clarinet, he can do all the free jazz tricks???clicking sounds, dissonant overtones, rapid-fire passages, circular breathing???but he’s also always melodic and always swinging. On Three for One, he lays down some klezmer-esque wailing over a slinky Sun Ra groove and then leads you down into a dark underworld that slowly fractures and expands before your eyes (ears?). Almost overshadowed in all of this is superstar drummer Frank Rosaly, never flashy, but pushing and pulling behind the scenes and always keeping it groovy. Great, great stuff that will appeal to fans of both traditional and free jazz, as well as prog, funk, noise, +++.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on November 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Gravitas – “Godspeed & Good Hunting” – [Auris Apothecary]

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    Respectable, math-style heavy rock from now-defunct trio out of Bloomington, IN.
    Solid playing throughout. Four short tracks (1 to 3 minutes) and two longer tracks (5 to 6 minutes.) I found the latter two to be the best tracks–they move through different passages in tight arrangements and kept my interest. My favorite part is the Sabbath-inspired jam in the middle of #5. #1 is two minutes of solo flanged-out guitar.
    The label says this is their only recorded work. It’s too bad there isn’t more material here, but as I said this is respectable the way it is.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on November 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Amokian, Igor/ J3M5 / Daze of Futures Passed – “Concerts of The Unknown II” – [Group Theory Recordings]

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    Cassette collaboration from LA circuit benders Igor Amokian, J3M5 (James Allen, the founder of the label Group Theory Recordings that released this tape in 2017), and Daze of Futures Passed (Mickey Partlow). Both sides were recorded during a live performance from Dec. 2015 at the Superchief Gallery in DTLA. The trio’s collection of custom-built electronics spawns heavy blackness, rolling thunder, sci-fi squiggling, disfigured piano, pounding rhythms, sonic monsters, all rumbling through a space that sounds like a cavernous empty warehouse, or maybe a haunted Toys-R-Us after closing time. Side A confronts the insanity head-on, while Side B is like listening through a pair of those neon foam earplugs, or from the stockroom during a smoke break. Press play for bizarre bentertainment.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on November 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Mouse On Mars – “Instrumentals” – [Thrill Jockey Records]

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    This music is as cute and satisfying as the name of the band is. Electronica at its best, with beats that get your head bopping and your feet stepping. I particularly enjoy Chromantic, but everything is worth a listen.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Mills, Alan – “Folk Songs of Newfoundland” – [Folkways Records and Service Corp.]

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    Released in 1953, the folksiness of this 10″ slab is timeless. Newfoundland summons images of cold, ocean, fishing, and Northeast Canadian heartiness. Alan Mills pleasant voice accompanied by a gentle guitar spins yarns fit for a campfire. If you appreciate sailor stories and coastside ambience, you’ll love this.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,International
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  • Don Chuito – “El Maestro” – [P.R. Records]

    Originally issued in 1977, a jewel of the national discography! Jibaro are the mountain-dwelling inland people of Puerto Rico. Don Chuito’s voice is wonderful. Nieves Quintero on the Cuatro, the 10-string national instrument of P.R. Enjoy this like the dog on the cover.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Shipp, Matthew Quartet – “Not Bound” – [Fortune Records]

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    Matthew Shipp adds wind player Daniel Carter to his long-time trio composed of Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums. The group works with an easy familiarity, favoring patient exploration over fast-paced fireworks. The opener soul secrets (T1) sets the tone for the album: a moody, modal composition which sees the bandmembers anticipating each others moves and effortlessly passing motifs around. If you associate Shipp with thundering left-hand chords, you’ll find a different side of him here. The track is (T2) opens with two minutes of drums over a walking bass line followed by spare, angular trumpet lines from Carter that recall middle-period Miles Davis. The group generates the most heat on totality (T4), which is also, to my mind, the most satisfying. A solid outing.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on November 1, 2017 at 7:04 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Homler, Anna & Moss, David/ Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Baer [coll] – [Psych.KG]

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    This crystal-clear lathe-cut 7″ is part of the FLUXUS +/- series of recordings put out by Kommissar Hjuler on the Psych.KG record label. One of only 25 that were produced.

    The A side features two stunning collaborations from Anna Homler and David Moss. Homler is a visual, performance, and vocal artist known for using imaginary languages to explore meaning and communication. Moss is a composer and percussionist who has also developed a unique vocal improvisational style.

    “Steel Drum Song” (A1) features Homler’s characteristic vocals, soothing and strangely exotic, coupled with Moss’s faster and more rhythmic and utterances, almost like frogs or crickets. A steel drum melody serves to bridge the two worlds.

    “Conversation” (A2) is just that — a passionate improvised conversation in two unreal and alien languages. The mood starts hectic and argumentative, but changes pace as Moss becomes low and guttural while Homler becomes more dulcet and comforting.

    The B side contains the work of Kommissar Hjuler and his wife Mama Baer. Hjuler is German sound and visual artist, film maker, and police officer.

    “Coming Undone” (B1) is a lumbering lo-fi free-folk-rock jam. Polyrhythmic bangs and whistles. Lyrics in English with German accents. Mama Baer is solo on “Mikrooganismus” (B2), a 40 second warbling screech and scream, maybe some footsteps?

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on November 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble – “Casino Sordide” – [BUFMS]

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    Lucian Tielans and Gnarlos (Seymour Glass from Bananafish) and their many collaborators are the Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble. Founded in rural Norcal in the 80s, BLE released a handful of cassettes under the freak flag of the Butte County Free Music Society. After a “brief” 20+ year hiatus, the group reunited in 2009 and began playing shows and putting out new material once again. This 2016 CD collects new work as well as tracks from the first of those 80s tapes, 1984′s Make It Stop (T9 – so good and T12).

    The all-star lineup includes Tom Timpson, The City Councilman, Lindy Lettuce, Limphoma, Babuna Virus, Lily McBilly, Fuzzy and Mr. Dolphin, who contribute to improvised works made with detuned stringed instruments, various household objects (zippers, pushpins, cat toys, one of those giant exercise balls, etc) and god knows what else. At first, the sounds roam alone and freely, scraping by on dry land or slithering in primordial slime (or is it aloe vera gel? – T6), but through chance meeting they self-assemble into primitive songs (T9, T13, T15). Interspersed throughout are tape collage interludes, with found sounds from shitty self-help cassettes, televangelist sermons, public access interview shows spliced and rearranged for maximum yuks (T1, T10, T17). Much more musical spasticity from these local legends can be found in our library, including 2016′s Cavoli Riscaldati and Occupy Infantry, that together with this release form an “interconnected trilogy”/sordid sandwich.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on October 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Four Lost Souls – “Four Lost Souls” – [Bloodshot Records]

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    “These songs aren’t going to sing themselves” (from “Poor Valley Radio”). And count your lucky stars that Jon Langford (who wrote and sings the songs along with Bethany Thomas and Tawny Newsome) and his band (rounded out by skilled guitarist John Szymanski) found themselves in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to sing the great Americana songs contained on this CD. Yes, the sobering election of 2016 made them feel lost, but they stepped up to the plate and responded with these sometimes rocking, sometimes ballad-y songs. Be sure to read the poem in the sleeve.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Filed as CD,Country
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  • Kleenrz, The – “Season 2″ – [Self Produced]

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    Witty, dark, gritty, post-apocalyptic horror-core hip-hop. The beats are bangin’ and the rhymes are crammed in there with baffling complexity and frequency. The one or two duds are a small price to pay for the rest of the album.

  • Reviewed by milo on October 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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