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Luxury Apartments – “Luxury Apartments” – [Dead Cert]

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Not the hideous live/work condos that they razed your favorite venue to build, but the lost experimental explorations of Dave Tyack, painter, mathematician, and indie rocker turned sound artist.

Before forming this project in 2002, Tyack played in the Manchester indie pop groups Misty Dixon and his own Dakota Oak Trio, one of the first bands on Badly Drawn Boy’s Twisted Nerve label. After listening to these groups and then to this strange record, I can only conclude that Tyack must’ve had some sort of creative epiphany of “discovering KFJC” proportions. So it’s all the more tragic that a few months after finishing this album, he went missing for two years and was later found to have died in an accident in Corsica. Tyack left behind a large collection of unreleased material, and fortunately, Dead Cert shares some of it with us on this 2015 LP that holds two sidelong recordings. The A side finds Tyack’s wandering playing – a distant accordion, that beautiful, collapsing guitar sound that reminds me of Bill Orcutt, a clock’s tick-tock rhythm accompanied by chimes – lost in a dark ambient haze. Flipping the disc, the sounds shift from scattered to structured, with sweeping synthetic orchestration setting the backdrop for energetic passages, one with almost-techno rhythms and post-rock grooves like a fast-moving Tortoise, and another with a glitchy minimal beat, that finally dissolve into distorted darkness.

 

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on October 16, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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  • Converse, Bill – “Shape of Things to Come, The” – [Dark Entries]

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    Bill Converse loves Detroit techno and he doesn???t care who knows it. Seven tracks of analog bliss spread across four sides of vinyl, this album is a sonic tribute to the Midwest warehouse raves of his youth. Recorded with no overdubs using an array of mostly vintage hardware, this album pulsates with the urgency of the dancefloor. The full range of the 303 is on display here, from gently gurgling basslines to squelch freakouts to psychedelic comedowns. Each track reveals a hidden beauty as it evolves, no doubt the result of many hours of solitary knob twiddling. Timeless body music. PLAY LOUD.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on October 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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  • DeKoven – “DeKoven!” – [Amphion]

    Found in the Classical library.”Very little musical talk,” reads the librarian’s ballpoint on the reverse. Seymour DeKoven’s home station was WFUV Fordham University. Some listeners found his quirky mannerisms annoying: he played exclusively music from the baroque and rococo eras, omitting the slow movements, characterizing it OTW, Out of This World, or OTG, for Galaxy or OTU for Universe. He called his style Barococo. Play this if you hate the listeners. I know some of you hate The Listener because I’ve heard your shows.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • (D)(B)(H) – “Masterpieces of Objective Reporting” – [Faux-Pas Recordings]

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    (D)(B)(H) is an an improvisational ensemble from Indiana that has changed its name (you may have come across them as Dinosaurs, Baseball and Hopscotch, recently added to our library) and its lineup many times over its ten year existence. This 2011 LP, co-released by the labels Faux-Pas, Friends and Relatives, Gilgongo Records, holds two sidelong works from Jay Kreimer, Marty Belcher, John McCormick, and core (D)(B)(H) member Justin Rhody. The pieces were created during a stay in a 19th century log cabin in the woods of Indiana, with the quartet summoning sounds from the dark corners of the space: creaking floorboards, deep rumblings from beneath the planks, rising fog, pins and needles, chimes and chains, trumpet valves releasing slowly or in broad bursts, fragments of melodies, the scrape of a cymbal, dark smudges of electronic feedback. The pieces unfold at an easy pace – not so slowly as to provoke impatience or so frenzied as to inflict whiplash – like slipping into the heavy sleep that only comes during nights in the remote wilderness. If you enjoyed the darker and more abstract moments from Ima’s latest release, give it a spin.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on October 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm
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  • Odyssey Cult, The – “Vol. 1″ – [Silver Current]

    Ethan Miller from Oakland! This album just came out. He also writes Sci Fi poetry.
    Sounds like wailing guitar and jamming drums in a big empty echoey container. If one were to label the genre one might pick the word psych. Second side is very chill. Whole thing is excellent. On delicious cherry red vinyl.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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  • Demen – “Nektyr” – [Kranky]

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    This artist comes from Stockholm, Sweden, and her music and vocals create an atmosphere that is a lovely, murky swirl that makes you feel like you’re inhabiting some kind of cool night world where anything can happen, both good and bad.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 24, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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  • No Balls – “Second to Win First to Lose” – [Killedbyanaxe Records]

    Lie! Lots of balls. Sweden and Norway by way of Paris. Album came out this year. Limited pressing. Sounds like grunge noise rock. Heavy guitar riffs. Artists are Brandsdal, Bryngelsson, Gurrik, Lauritzen, and Raberg. B side is chiller. Has horns! (?) It’s also not really three tracks, it’s just two. Both sides are 16:20.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on September 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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  • Chaitanya Hari Deuter/ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – “Kundalini Meditation” – [Self Produced]

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    Georg Deuter is a major figure in krautrock and new age music, but this record is something else entirely. Recorded in 1975 and released in 1979 (though never in the US until this 2016 re-release), Kundalini Meditation is the result of a collaboration between the German multi-instrumentalist and guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the spiritual leader of an ashram in Pune, India that Deuter discovered and joined during his wanderings through Asia in the early 1970s.

    In the 1980s, members of Rajneesh’s commune, by then relocated to rural Oregon, would be convicted of bioterror attacks and assassination plots, while Rajneesh himself made a daily habit of parading in front of his adoring disciples in one of his many Rolls Royces. But in India in the 70s, Rajneesh founded a philosophy called neo-sannyasa, a mix of Hindu, Buddhist and Western ideas, with intensive meditation as a central component of the lifestyle. Deuter, who took the name Chaitanya Hari Deuter and became the resident musician of the ashram, designed these pieces in collaboration with Rajneesh to promote the meditation practice.

    The pieces engage the mind and body in four successive steps: three musical stages of “shaking,” “dancing” and “witnessing,” and a fourth stage of meditation in silence. This LP contains the music of the first two stages. In the first stage (A1), rapid, repetitive, xylophone tones melt into a harmonious, ambient texture, until about six minutes in when electronic synthesis emerges and vibrates in parallel; soon, you become the shaking. In the second stage (A2), the droning strings of the tambura, flute, and percussion find an energetic rhythm inspired by Indian dancing music. Later, quiet chanting and guitar melodies add to the magical atmosphere. Entrancing work that could easily step over into new age cheeze but never does. Abandon yourself, totally.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on September 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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  • Golden Oriole – “Golden Oriole” – [Drid Machine Records]

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    New strangeness from Stavanger courtesy of Drid Machine, the label founded by friend of the station Kjetil Davies Brandsdal (Noxagt, Ultralyd). Golden Oriole is the new noise rock project of guitarist Kristoffer Riis and drummer Thore Warland from Staer, picking up where they left off with that band’s last release, the 2016 EP “Collapse of Ancient Funk.” But you wouldn’t guess that from the first few moments of this slab of white vinyl (“The Approaching of the Disco Void”, T1), as twisting metallic echoes, like they were ripped from a dark ambient record, set a mysterious mood. But out of nowhere, the drums and guitar kick in, riding a deranged groove until the six minute mark, when the duo shifts into higher gear with faster percussion, eerie electronics, and repetitive, rough-edged guitar work. In “The Chrysopoeia of the Trilithon Ass” (T2) Riis sustains a driving, prog-precision rhythm as Thore’s guitar swerves and snarls. “The Pyrite Wink” (T3) begins with electronic tones before the drums and guitar come crashing in again from all angles to wage an extended onslaught. Alchemical transformations of noise, prog, blues, ambient, jazz, and psych into pure Norwave gold.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on September 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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  • Yeats, William Butler – “Poems of William Butler Yeats, The” – [Spoken Arts, Inc.]

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    An icon of world literature and Irish nationalism, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was among the greatest of the Symbolist poets and is sometimes called ‘The Last Romantic’ for his verses’ rejection of the modern world and materialism. Yeats’ Irishness was a funny case as he was in fact born part of the Anglo-Protestant middle class, but he was driven to deep fascination with his homeland because he felt that certain intellectual developments of the 1800s had made Christianity obsolete as a value system for true believers in the spiritual. Yeats experimented with different occult philosophies as well as different literary techniques and political movements during his lifetime.

    You can hear him reading his own poems and essays on A1-A4. A2-A3 are just poetry. A4 is part of an amusingly catty essay on the Modernist movement. A1 has a lecture and two poems. Yeats has a great voice, decadent and rich; my mum calls it “plummy.” The other readers on this record are actress Siobhan (“SHUH-VAWN”) McKenna and actor Michael MacLiammoir (“MEE-HAWL MACK LEE-AH-MORE”). MacLiammoir was a famously gay “Gaelic” actor who turned out to actually be an Englishman from London, i.e. basically an imposter, or an early example of transracialism? The B-side is a single long track of Mac Liammoir reading a long selection of poems.

    Yeats leaves nearly every other 20th century poet in the dust. Beautiful words, read VERY dramatically, dealing with love, death, illusion, mysticism and, of course, lovely Ireland.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on September 5, 2017 at 7:25 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
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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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  • 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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  • Schimscheimer Family Trio – “Boken Home” – [BAG Production Records]

    This is the second album by the Schimscheimer Family Trio, the fake sibling musicians this time accompanied by their fake uncle (Ben Goldberg on Bb and contra-alto clarinet). “Broken Home” is a sort of concept album musically describing the families semi-traumatic family experiences, their fake relatives, and some animals that could cause problems. All instrumental, Jon Arkin (drums, percussion, electronics), Michael Coleman (keyboards) and Kasey Knudsen (alto sax, electronics) are working in Henry Cow territory, sort of, with a lot of other ideas floating around. Songs might start out with a straight ahead jazz riff and then change into a series of repetitive notes, jumping into a tappable rhythm which then gets covered and challenged by another rhythm. Tempos change, time signatures change. The sounds twist and bend. Yet it sounds light and humorous. The quality of the musician’s skills is superb. They are putting so many sound ideas in to play, yet in this enjoyable almost bouncy way, with out letting you forget the sinister underneath. A truly enjoyable experience and a great listening surprise.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on August 21, 2017 at 12:44 am
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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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  • 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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  • Bricusse, Leslie and Newley, Anthony – “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” – [Universal Music Enterprises]

    C’mon! It’s Willy Freakin’ Wonka. The 45th Anniversary edition. On GOLDEN VINYL!!!!!!!! Iconic. The songs of several generations. Even kids today say it’s better than the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version.
    Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley hit a home run with this soundtrack about the poor boy who makes it big. Songs about spoiled brats, psychedelic boat rides on chocolate rivers, orange little people singing oompa loompa, songs about the near death of children by some of the most diabolical methods that out-Saw the “Saw” franchise. There’s the most unhappy song about cheering up, “Cheer Up, Charlie” and, of course, “The Candy Man”, made famous in a rocking funky version by Sammy Davis, Jr. Oh, and did I mention Gene Wilder. Gene Freakin’ Wilder!!!!! PLAY IT and all you dark heart naysayers can go jump in a chocolate river.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on July 31, 2017 at 10:58 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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  • 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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