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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Griffith, JP and Peters, H – “Experiment In Sound” – [Self Released]

    Trippy guitar distorted/hip hop beats/spoken word/jazzy. Playful and creative. The sort of thing you make someone listen to and watch their reaction while it’s playing.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Glen Or Glenda/ Dinosaurs, Baseball & Hopscotch [coll] – [Cupid Is Stupid]

    Glen or Glenda has been described as “jazz music for a horror movie” and I agree. They are Adrian Riffo, Christophe Ratier, Mathieu Fuster, Melody Gottardi.
    Dinosaur, Baseball & Hopscotch is Clare Hubbard, Justin Clifford Rhody, Keith Wright Sounds like a slow grind. Horn drums and panting breathing beat boxing. Both noisy hippy jam freak outs. Really groovy.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ibsen, Henrik / Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center – “An Enemy of The People” – [Caedmon]

    Heard a fine superimposition mix of this back on

    http://www.kfjc.org/music/playlist.php?i=53709

    then the DJ donated this 3 lp set to KFJC! Thx, Sluggo
    Brothers square off against each other, Mayor vs Doctor.
    A town prospers off the illness of visitors but at the
    cost of the health of the townspeople. The individual
    is pitted against the majority, but that majority is
    quickly relabeled authority. Meanwhile in the battle of
    science and politics, corporations and the press have
    their own maneuvers. This Caedmon (!!) release includes
    a post-game side-long chat between Harold Clurman and
    Arthur Miller, whose adaptation was used for this recording.
    Miller astutely predicts future relevancies for this work,
    the river that runs through this album ran through Flint MI
    all too recently. Giving a different taste to the line
    “We’ll go to America and this whole thing will be like
    a dream.” Recorded in 1971, adapted by Miller in 1950,
    originally written by Ibsen in 1882. Awaiting your KFJC
    experimentation now…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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  • Pesteg Dred – “Years of Struggle Against The Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice” – [Dark Entries]

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    Does any label time travel better than Dark Entries?
    This was recorded back in December 1981, but apparently
    only availale wth a Danish magazine as a cassette in 1985.
    Inge Shannons vocals are featured to lead off the album
    in isolated fashion and layered, on “Untitled” (A2) they
    are draped in echo, droning over a churning pace but
    hit a break where they go wonderfully cuckoo. “Superior”
    has a proto-Motorik bassline with some new wave synth
    waves but then is that a toy piano or a ukele, and later
    it sounds like some skittering violin. Inge sings sorta
    pretty on this near anthem. Something’s rockin’ in
    Denmark? By the end of side A, she’s got a fierce femme
    Peter Murphy rolling for “Impressions.” And drums on that
    and through-out are well slugged by Martin Hall. Check
    the interview with him in the booklet, he’s still creating
    to this day, he and Inge were in SS-Say that turned up in
    a retro collection on Minimal Wave, but this really does
    not mope much in minimal waters. A dingy darkness, and
    some sick synths and electric “treatments” from Per
    Hendrichsen do demand attention. Hall’s bass playing can
    be brutal slappy in a fine way, like on “Light, More Light”
    And who tortures those horns on that elongated piece!?!
    Second “Untitled” is a haunting ghost piano soundscape.
    Hard to pin down this LP, def’ an attractive neuroticism
    Killing Joke-y, but different? For a bunch of teenage Danes,
    really well-assembled. It got lost for a while, and even
    after Dark Entries uncovered it in 2010, it must have befuddled
    some KFJC’ers, but it’s well worth the wait. Skilled and
    skittish stuff.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Glochids – “Ni Fila” – [Ascetic House]

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    Glochids is the project of James Roemer, a sound artist from Arizona currently working in Oakland. We received his new LP from Ascetic House during his Mayhem 2017 performance in the Pit, during the fourth and final installment of Teachers AIDS’ and James Livingston’s Black Horizons Mayhem.

    Ni Fila explores a variety of weird, dreamlike environments over eight tracks. The A side holds five pieces that build on a central idea and with additional electronic and acoustic elements: in Mossoão (T1), a languid synth melody backdrops mechanical grinding, in “Expense One” (T2), a gently glowing drone anchors twisting, stretching electronic sounds, a looping melody underlies blooms of distorted noise in “Comma Loop” (T3), constantly blinking synths are overtaken by metallic rhythms and someone fucking with the pitch shifter again on “Washir Pulse” (T4). “Village” skips through a long-form ambient soundscape with the fast-forward dial (T5). The second side gives way to longer sound collages that incorporate unusual sounds, such as the bell-like bonang and field recordings from the streets of Guatemala (“Net” T6), a marimba mirage on “KPOCC NO2″ (T7), bleary organ tones on “Net (Orgel)” (T8). There’s more Glochids in our library by way of Weird Ear, hear here.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on July 4, 2017 at 6:47 pm
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  • Brahms, Johannes – “Brahms Concerto No. 1″ – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

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    Piano and orchestra. 3 movements, 50 minutes. Took Brahms 5 years to write this, completed in 1859. Vigorous, learned, and uncompromising. “The Texan Who Conquered Russia” — Van Cliburn on the ivories. Give it a spin!

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on June 27, 2017 at 11:23 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Walker, Florence / Phil Walker (Recorded By) – “Sounds From The Archipelago Vol. 1″ – [Shiok! Records]

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    Son of the German Diplomat to Moscow at the outbreak of the first World War, Walter Spies was a primativist painter who drifted eastward into Bali in the 1920s. He brought Balinese culture to the west and had a great influence on modern Balinese art and music.
    In the 30s Spies and the Indonesian dancer Wayan Limbak adopted ketchak, a Balinese trance ritual, into a drama and dance intended for performance before Western tourist audiences. The syncopated Ketchak chant can be heard in Satyricon, Akira, and Blood Simple.
    This is an example of what James Clifford describes as the “modern art-culture system” in which, “the West or the central power adopts, transforms, and consumes non-Western or peripheral cultural elements, while making ‘art,’ which was once embedded in the culture as a whole, into a separate entity.”
    The Ketchak chant can be heard on Side A, Band 6.
    This record is an uncredited reissue of 1961′s music of Indonesia produced by Henry Cowell and released on Smithsonian Folkways. The Shiok! label is based in Singapore.
    Regardless, these recordings are great quality and very compelling, gamelan and wood flute. Indonesian lutes, vocal and violin. A ceremonial tone pervades throughout.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on June 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Orb, The – “Alpine” – [Kompakt Schallplatten]

    Does it get much more lovely than this? Maybe, but grasp this while you can. Three pieces of mood by the dynamic duo of Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann, one piece – Dawn- selected as part of Kompact’s POP AMBIENT 2016. The stunning cover of the Matterhorn as double sets the mood for these three contemplative selections. “Alpine Morning” is a meandering electronic soundscape with backward tracked voices, like music for getting ready for a stroll in the great outdoors. “Alpine Evening” sets the beats, distorted sounds and even some squelched yodeling, for a dance club in Zermat, looking out on the famous natural attraction. “Alpine Dawn” starts out with cow or sheep bells, just what one would hear in the small farms surrounding the alpine fixture and then floats, twists and turns luxuriously – music for watching the sun rise? Or maybe it has nothing to do with the Matterhorn at all. Whatever, it’s gorgeous.
    Enjoy.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on June 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Brizbomb – “Brizbomb” – [Westside Welding and Machine]

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    This album is relaxing to listen to, especially when you consider how it is contains no overdubs, no edits, no anything except an artist and a rack, which is pictured in the poster. The sounds on here are perfect accompaniment for mind musing and expansion.

  • Reviewed by humana on June 12, 2017 at 11:49 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Brahms – “Sonatas For Viola and Piano, Op. 120″ – [Capitol Records]

    In 1912 Rudolf Firkusny was born in Moravian Napajedla, in what is now Czechoslovakia period he studied with Janacek, touring Europe in the 1920s and premiering in London in 1933 and New York in 1938. He fled the Nazis in 1939, escaping to Paris and settling in New York.
    William Primrose was a Scottish violist, teacher, and author. He was part of the NBC Symphony Orchestra with Jascha Heifetz and others. He began in 1924 as a professional violinist and switched to the viola in 1930. Late in life he developed hearing difficulties that prevented him from hearing certain pitches. He died in Utah.

    Brahms’ Op. 120 are his final chamber works. Published in 1895. Brahms loved the clarinet and wrote These originally for clarinet and piano although he also wrote a version for viola. Side A begins with a 4 bar piano theme in octaves that has been shown in recent analysis to be generative of every musical idea that follows. Side B is not too shabby either.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on June 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Mad Professor Meets Jah9 – “In The Midst of The Storm” – [VP Records]

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    9 digital-style dubs on a blue spatter transparent LP in an edition of 1000. Pressed exclusively for Record Store day 2017 by VP Records out of Jamaica, Queens.
    Jah9 is dub poet and certified yoga instructor. Mad Professor got his name as a boy due to his fascination with electronics. He began his career in music in 1973, as a service technician.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on May 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Reggae
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  • Levitas, Asher – “Lit Harness” – [Planet Mu]

    Previously of Old Apparatus and a collaborator with Michael Crowe. From London. This is his first solo album. He is also a video artist. Sounds like buzzing electronic ambient with rhythm. Pretty. Spacey. Pew pew laser guns. Engine. Ambient hazy details and wooshings. Said to be about his sleep paralysis.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on May 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ra Al Dee Experience – “Diatessaron” – [Ajna Offensive]

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    The mystical, oriental music project of Mors Dalos Ra/guitars,saz (of Necros Christos) and Ben Ya Min Al Dee/percussion. Driving Persian instrumentals with mystical Sinai hand-drumming Exodus meditations. All instrumental except the title tune. Wide appeal.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on May 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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