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    No Balls – “More Is More” – [8mm]


    No Balls is a far cry from any eunuch freak folk, they
    deliver heavy electric instrumentals, lightly seared
    by noise with a hint of psych (well from a manic
    Japanese point of view). Connected to the Brainbombs,
    and somehow without lyrics No Balls sounds almost as
    filthy as that band, Anders Bryngelsson shares fluids
    with da ‘bombs. Was Dan Raberg severed as a member here,
    but someone kept his horn though? Actually on “Pacer” it
    almost sounds like someone singing into their distorted
    guitar pickups, and on “Breaking” maybe a man or a trumpet
    is trapped inside the bass drum and blurting out
    exhortations…while the air runs out. Sick goose trumpet
    also may appear on “Nachspiel” Overall they say plenty
    without words. The other “father” band here is Noxagt,
    from that good ol Kjetil Brandsdal (he oils the mighty
    Drid Machine) burrows thick on bass and JC Lauritzen is
    insistent on drums, really more of a battering ram.
    Think concussion over percussion. David Gurrick recorded
    his guitar parts on this album while completely naked.
    And bleeding. Well it sounds that way. Clearly this
    is what Trump had in mind when extolling the virtues of
    Norway. Bonus points for Anders Hana on the mixer, isn’t
    The End here yet? Checking out other artists at
    8mmrecords.bandcamp.com would be cook if Luca and co
    could hook up KFJC with some more heaviness!
    -Thurston Hurtin’

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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  • Nerve Beats – “Freedom Fighter Prayer” – [Fine Concepts]


    Short blasts of pineapple-expressed garagey blitzy
    rock. Trio from Honolulu, who blew into Oakland to
    record this to cassette for the Fine Concepts
    label. Feels like they kept the cassette and
    motor running, has a feeling like a live set
    pumped out moving over the posted speed limit.
    Travis Wiggins vocals add to it, shouty style
    as if he was standing up in a convertible trying
    to keep pace with these short grindy numbers.
    He kinda reminds me of Franklin Bruno (Nothing
    Painted Blue) but smeared out Oblivians style.
    Travis on guitar and vox, Alex Nagata pumps up
    boogie-ing bass and Jack Tawil on the sticks.
    Really, some of his best moments are just hyper
    stick ticking metal rim (like on “Ultra Bosch”)
    The songs keep cooking, at times Wiggins
    guitar kinda wigs out, nicely so you get a noisy
    improv vibe on top of the dive-bar riffage.
    See the title track and “Riot Meditation.”
    Adding to the bar vibe, a Hendrix homage pops up
    in “Chivington Soldier” and G-L-O-R-I-A
    gets spelled out on “FOX-661L.” No dinosaur
    rock, no bones to pick or break, just a raw
    at times murky but driving energy. “Eyes in the
    Heat” ups the ante with thrashy guitar building
    up to an almost Fall style urgency with
    lyrics that march and then a firing line snare
    close-out. Things slow down a little around the
    bends of “Berlin 64” but them the serrated edges
    of “Magna Knife” cut in more car-crash art-rock
    hurtles down your earway. “January 13 Incident”
    and the anthemic “Goncharova Cats” hit the
    finish line strong.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 19, 2018 at 3:31 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Usiende Ukalale: Omutibo From Rural Kenya [coll] – [Mississippi Records]

    Omutibo is a style of Kenyan folk music that combines storytelling with intensely rhythmic fingerpicking guitar. It was developed by guitarist George Mukabi in the early 1950s, who took inspiration from the traditional nyatiti lyre and sukuti drum. The style proved to be wildly popular, and Mukabi sold hundreds of thousands of records throughout East and Central Africa. Over 50 years later, Cyrus Moussavi (Raw Music International) traveled to Kenya to visit many of the original musicians and record them in their homes. While George Mukabi himself is not featured here (he passed in 1963 at the age of 33), we do hear music from his son Johnstone. Joyous, life-affirming songs, and an essential document.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on April 18, 2018 at 6:16 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Daniel, Drew/ Wiese, John – “Continuous Hole” – [Gilgongo Records]

    I nearly lost it when I heard that two of my favorite musicians had been collaborating on a record for over ten years. So my expectations were probably unreasonably high for this one, and on first listen, I prepared to be blown away. That didn’t happen, but over multiple spins, I arrived at something much more satisfying – an appreciation for the craft of two brilliant electronic artists working at the top of their game.

    My first impression was that you can really hear Daniel’s influence – it’s that rhythmic Matmos sound they’ve perfected on albums like A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure and Ultimate Care II. Here, complex collages are arranged from sonic fragments – blasts of noise, snippets of static, deep bass tones – elements you might hear on Wiese’s harsher records. Painstakingly composed, apparently without the use or sequences or samplers, but the result isn’t fussy or difficult. Layers of rhythm easily move with a dancefloor energy (T2, T4), march to a beat (T9, T10), ascend stepwise up the rungs of a ladder (T7). The precision gives way to more fluid tracks (T5, T6, T8, T11), with long drones, loud muck, whistling tones and sweeps of plucked strings (T11). The album builds to a final horrific conclusion, that ends not with a bang but with a – surprise! – chomp. Mastered by our friend Thomas Dimuzio. Excellent.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on April 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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  • Orimo, Sabu – “Wind Songs” – [Siwa]

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    Solo improvisations for shakahuchi (a Japanese flute). Sparse, mysterious, utterly captivating. Check out the other releases on Siwa in our library

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on March 28, 2018 at 5:59 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Tech N9ne – “Slacker” – [Strange Music]

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    Nice lil’ single from Tech N9ne bringing us that Midwest rap with the hard boom bap. Lyrics aren’t as fast-paced as some of the raps that have given his style recognition but it will definitely still get you movin’. This single has the radio version, the album version, the instrumental, and the acapella version. Radio version and instrumental run about 3:52 and album and acapella versions run about 4:04, it’s unfortunate that the album version skips at the end and worse still that the instrumental skips right at the beginning, also the album version contains FCC’s. Just put this here plate on yer record spinner and enjoy.

  • Reviewed by kato on March 26, 2018 at 10:15 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Black Flamingos – “Neon Boneyard” – [Hi-Tide]

    Debut album from this New Jersey surf trio. Great energy and an original sound that sounds different from most surf. Joined by musician friends on a variety of instruments that fill out their sound.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on March 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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  • Twinkle Brothers – “Twinkle In Poland” – [Twinkle Records]

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    Radio Poland journalist Wlodzimierz Kleszcz brought Norman Grant to Poland in 1986, paying him with studio time. Kleszcz saw a connection between the roots music of Jamaica and Poland – a link between ex-slaves and the Polish Gorale ex-serfs. The music feels earnest but forced at times, like the material is not fully developed. Psalms 23 is Grant chanting the bible. Whatever its deficits, it is endearing. Just before the wall fell, searching for a connection.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on March 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Reggae
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  • Painted Caves – “Surveillance” – [Shelter Press]

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    Painted Caves is the electronic side project of Barn Owl Evan Caminiti. On this 2013 release, Caminiti uses modular synths with tape loops and digital effects to create a sense of pervasive paranoia. Tense beats and minor-key synth drones, as cold and soulless as the AI algorithms methodically sifting through your email, location data, and camera roll. Ranges from intrusion into quiet, intimate spaces (T1, T2, T5, T6, T7) to massive data collection on a national scale (T3, T4). But just when no escape seems possible, there are brief moments of strange beauty, hints of warmth. Limited release from the fine French label Shelter Press.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on March 6, 2018 at 8:42 pm
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  • Grails – “Chalice Hymnal” – [Temporary Residence Limited]

    Last summer we were visiting our friends in Cloverdale. It was god awful hot so they decided to take us down the road to the Russian River for a swim to cool down. After trekking across the riverbed rocks, we got to a place in the river that was shallow enough for us to set our beach chairs and just sit with the current gliding over us. It was not really my idea of pretty: it was hot, brownish, dry with plants a sort of dusty green. But when I finally settled into it I began to appreciate the calm, serenity and turmoil of this oddly idyllic spot with the cool water pushing around us. I often remember this place even though it may not have been my idea of a place to go.
    I feel this way about “Chalice Hymnal”, Grails first album in six years. It’s not what I might have expected but when I let it settle in, it works. It is a lush four sided continued exploration into the sounds they have developed over their career. Cinematic is definitely the phrase for these pieces. Each piece of psych rock post-rock is like a soundtrack to a series of short films, not clearly related but surprisingly united. Guitars and electronics play heavy with bass and drums, plus mellotron weaving dreamy explorations on some tracks while others perform a more beat driven journey. Most of the shorter tracks left me wanting for more. The longer tracks filled my need for meditative wandering. Like the river experience, not necessarily where I wanted to go but definitely something I keep remembering after several listens.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • James, Timothy – “Wind” – [Tiger Shrimp]

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    Lovely little guitar pieces by Mr. James. Some are on the floaty side, some are more insistent. Overdubs of multiple guitars, bass, and occasionally a simple drum machine beat. Lengthwise, most tracks are in the 2 to 3 minute range, with the longest topping out at just under 4 minutes. DJs who don’t enjoy playing short tracks on the air–I tend to be one of them–can take advantage of the fact that there is not much space between the tracks, which means one could create a “mini-suite” by playing 2 or 3 or 4 tracks in a row. All instrumental.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on February 28, 2018 at 9:42 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Vono – “Dinner Fur 2” – [Bureau-B]

    How Dieter can you get? Not much more Dieter than this!!!!! Early 1980’s Berlin (of course) dark wave brothers duo, Norbert and Volker Schultze. Minimalist synth with bass. Minimal lyrics shout spoken rather than sung. Electro pop dance angular German wave akin to DAF but more stripped down and challenging. What they did was radical at the time, with it’s angular beats and sometimes shouted simple lyrics about such things as lottery numbers. They became very popular in Germany with the club kids with the release of their first album but then decided to add drums and guitar and … well… that just didn’t cut the mustard. Put on your black parachute pants, stand next to some venetian blinds, turn the tv on static and angular dance to your hearts content.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 27, 2018 at 8:01 pm
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  • Bardo Pond Featuring Acid Mothers Temple, Guru Guru – “Acid Guru Pond” – [Fire Records]

    Collaboration projects can be iffy. This one works on many levels, all satisfying, intriguing and inventive. Acid Mothers Temple (ACT) and Guru Guru have worked together in band variations to form new interpretations of their individual projects. Bardo Pond chose to work with the two to make a new Bardo Pond project, Acid Guru Pond. Two LP’s, four sides, five tracks, luscious color. These pieces really do sound like a mix of the three groups. You can hear their styles push through but then get enveloped in the soup of the jams. Long jams. Some psychedelic, some drone, some letting loose with guitar, drums, bass in an almost free jazz interpretation. A crowd pleaser for sure and for those in the know. Enjoy all the colors.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 27, 2018 at 7:25 pm
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  • Pulse Emitter – “Serious Meditative Music 1- 5” – [Immune Recordings]

    Tones from Portland by Daryl Groetsch, an electronic artist who is classically trained. This album is five discs of ceaseless building and patterns and plateaus. These are short tracks that can be played on continuous. The first four discs were made each year between 2007 and 2010. Disc 5 was newly released last year.
    — Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on February 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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  • Goodman, Greg/ Gruntfest, John – “In This Land All The Birds Wore Hats & Spurs” – [Beak Doctor, The]

    Time travel on two sides, improv pairing split on
    side A’s mid 1980’s vs side B’s 2008. Side A launches
    with “Pure Mind” feeling like that flavor of raga jazz,
    a few laps of alap, the Goodman’s piano circular and
    Gruntfest’s sax centered within. The next piece “Great
    Bird” almost rolls into Terry Riley territory. Still a
    flowing, rolling, bubbling composition.

    Flip the disk and 2008 flies in the window, Gruntfest
    wings some phrases, and woodpecker sputter on the
    reed. Goodman a few bars of simple chords, then dives
    into the prepared piano pluckage and plumage. Act I
    is a lot of peck and pluck. Moving into Act II some
    of the waves of piano from the 80’s turn up and churn
    up darker waters. Free jazz takes flight, screech and
    scronk sax and eventually some furious bass clef work
    by Goodman. Act II closes with zithery work under the
    hood. If Act II was a battle, and at times it felt like
    it, here Gruntfest and Goodman find common ground, it’s
    not the soothing flow found in the flip side of their
    youth. Side A had them united in the song itself, here
    the song serves to unite their own unique talents,
    so you get more sparks and fire, as opposed to the
    cool ripples from their earlier work.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 21, 2018 at 12:56 am
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  • Trashies, The – “Octagon, The” – [Fine Concepts]

    The place where the spastic stuck is where The Trashies
    spot-welded their sound on your heart-shaped ears. They
    step into the album like Chuck Norris into a rap battle,
    in-it-to-win-it. The opening title track gives you
    a little taste of the waste floating in the Trashies
    stream of conciousness. Rhyming slang to put your mind
    in a sling, and not afraid to play the Buttafuoco card.
    Is this where hip hop meets gunk rot? Music escapes from
    the drum machine circus, with an array of guitar moves
    that might bust out twin-lead Thin Lizzy, or might break
    off some thick and stumbly Beefheart chunks. Just because
    the dork-o-meter is set on 11, doesn’t mean these itty
    bittie ditties aren’t big on style. Of course most songs
    come at your quick like a UFC round, 2 minutes is a long
    one. This sure scratched my old Uzi Rash itch, sure enough
    mighty Max Nordile is in the dumpster band. Erin Allen plays
    something too, probably lots of somethings. Album
    finishes strong, that “I’m Uh Stayn” and “Shovel” tag
    team is a killer. Crazy choruses on both, “Shovel” offers
    a sing-along for an asylum, while “Stayn” almost sounds
    like he’s saying “Namaste” while a voice over like like
    the Weatherman corrects the phrasing. “Fresh Hunny”
    drips with sweat of a 100 Prince impersonators. Steel
    dum-drums (sampled?) on “Rhinoline” are just fine, and
    “Dumb 2 B Smart” is a loaded potato for this old spudboy.
    5 Thumbs Up, and venom in my eye! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 17, 2018 at 4:22 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Mungo’s Hi- Fi – “Serious Time” – [Scotch Bonnet]

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    Electro-Dancehall style reggae. Mungo’s Hi-Fi comes out of Scotland, but sounds like they are straight outta Kingston, JA. Great line-up of vocalists with many styles and dope rhythms from the sound system. DJs on the decks dropping bomb tracks, and MCs on the mics with excellent flows and vocals. Sides A and B are highlighted by female vocalists Warrior Queen, Soom T, and Marina, who help balance things out and add a sweet flava to a scene often dominated by dudes.
    Sides C and D the Dudes are back in control and strutting their stuff. Cornell Campbell is a recognizable name on the last track, but all cuts are strong.
    Ras Babo

  • Reviewed by rasbabo on February 7, 2018 at 2:23 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Reggae
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  • Delstroyers, The – “Diabolical!” – [Hell Hop Records]

    Thirteen original tracks from this Seattle based instrumental surf trio are a lot of fun. Well played, it is unmistakably surf music with a modern twist. Some horror, Spanish touches with a reverb crash here and there. Good energy, danceable.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on February 7, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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  • Battles – “EP C/B EP” – [Warp Records Ltd]

    Battles: math rock, post rock, art rock. Whatever. These two EP’s from 2004, brought together as a double album, are Battles as a foursome, including Tyondai Braxton. That’s early Battles. Exquisite interplay of guitars, bass, keyboard and drums, spilling out patterns, breaking them apart, overlapping, interpreting, adjusting. This is the project at it’s beginnings, establishing a foundation of what would follow. Calculate away.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 6, 2018 at 8:41 pm
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  • Computer – “Internet” – [Skrot Up]

    This is an album called ‘Internet’ by an outfit calling themselves ‘Computer,’ and well it sounds exactly like you think it would. Which is to say, cliched synth squiggles, slapdash Youtube sampling, text-to-speech, wrong-speed experiments, gratuitous power chords, all chopped up and run through Ableton by a pair of millennials on an Adderall/weed bender. Another reviewer writes: “just a big dump of digital trash that cannot be avoided.”

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on January 31, 2018 at 7:14 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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