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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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]

    Mungo’s Hi-Fi Serious Times
    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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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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  • Burrell, Kenny Quartet – “Tender Gender, The” – [Cadet Records]

    If Kenny Burrell has ever sounded better, I have not heard it. Fine guitar gymnastics and lyrical interpretations of these tunes including some nice octaves, a la Wes. Excellent piano from Richard Wyands. Overall engaging, good energy, groovy.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on January 22, 2018 at 4:42 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Tough Solar – “Tough Solar” – [Vibraphone Records]

    This is Michael Lenzi on drums, percussion, voice, melodica (key harmonica), and sampler. He is from Chicago and has played in Number One Cup, Gold Medal, The Fire Show, Resplendent, and Lenzi. This album sounds like ethereal feels and sad voices. The looping makes it feel as if we are not alone. Pop sensibility question mark. My favorite track is track 4 Restless Navy.
    — Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on January 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Morricone, Ennio – “Il Mio Nome E Nessuno” – [AMS]

    This is the original soundtrack to the 1973 italian western My Name is Nobody. Once the greatest gunslinger of the Old West, Jack Beauregard, only wants to move to Europe and retire in peace, but a young gunfighter, known as “Nobody,” idolizes him and wants to see him go out in a blaze of glory. He arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known as The Wild Bunch and earn his place in history.

    This soundtrack starts off with a very heavy Room 222 seventies sitcom vibe with flute, etc. The next 2 tracks are more “westerney” with classic whistling and the regular tricks. Track 4, Side A is my fave, it starts off with a clock ticking and slowly the instrumentation and elements that create the perfect Morricone masterpiece. On side 2 the standout for me is the second track with a creepy sound (and that 70s bass!). Track 3 has a weird take on Ride of the Valkyries. The album closes with more 70s flutey sitcom stuff. Overall a nice addition to the library. Morricone is a true master. The liner notes are all in italian which was kinda lame unless you can read italian. This is a re-issue.

  • Reviewed by ophelia necro on January 10, 2018 at 4:58 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Burrell, Kenny – “Cool Cookin'” – [Cadet Records]

    kenny burrell Cool cookin album cover

    Detroit guitarist Kenny Burrell recorded at the Village Vanguard with Rochard Davis (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Also includes a mess of reissues from his other Cadet albums, even Christmas tunes. This is head-in-the-clouds stuff, but not interstellar. “Cool” guitar jazz.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Montenegro, Hugo – “Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

    the good the bad and the ugly

    Gunslinger comes to town – Anti-Hero – Famous tunes, very evocative. Ennio Morricone wrote and Hugo Montenegro conducted. Spaghetti drama – one of the greatest scores of all time.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Rota, Nino – “Concerto Di Musiche Da Film” – [Cam]

    concerto di musiche da film nino sota

    Nino Rota composed the music for all of Fellii’s great films as well as The Godfather. This record documents a concert that took place in Tokyo on March 22, 1976, featuring Rota conducting the New Japan Philharmonic. Side A features tunes from The Godfather, and B are from Fellini movies.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Bacteria – “28 Trax Demo” – [Regurgitated Semen Records]

    bacteria2

    Kawakami was the guitarist and frontman of Japanese d-beat punk band Disclose until his untimely death in 2007, when he chased sleeping pills with vodka. The same year Disclose put out their first album, 1994’s Tragedy, Kawakami’s secret side project Bacteria released this demo. On this 2015 re-release from Dan-Doh, the original 28 tracks are crammed onto a single side of a slab of pitch black vinyl to be played at 45 RPM. Blown-out vocals like a feral dog shrieking and howling, bursts of destroyed and demented guitar. If it weren’t for the drumming that appears a few minutes in and explodes as the record goes on, you could mistake this for a sludgy, fucked up noise record – a glimpse of Kawakami’s next act with the harsh noise project(s) Blackgoat/Goatworshipper. Filthy, raw, gut churning. Finally, a record that crust punks and noisedorks can all agree on!

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on December 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Lord Fyre – “Destruction At 2013” – [Auris Apothecary]

    lord_fyre

    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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  • Moffo, Anna – “Incomparable Anna Moffo, The” – [RCA Records]

    the incomparable Anna moffo cover

    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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  • 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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