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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]

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    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]

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    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]

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    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]

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    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]

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    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]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Los Siquicos Litoralenos – “Sonido Chipadelico” – [Sham Palace]

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    Los Siquicos Litoralenos (The Psychics of the Literal) present homegrown rural psychedelia from Argentina on “Sonido Chipadelico”. This collection was pulled from various releases and recordings made between 2005 and 2010; all cuts are relatively short, enjoyable, and would serve as an adequate bridge between multiple styles of music. Sounds range from rock-opera-ish to dubby, experimental, and lo-fi.

  • Reviewed by milo on October 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Deathprod – “Treetop Drive” – [Smalltown Supersound]

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    Deathprod is the noise-ambient project of Norwegian artist Helge Sten, who is also a member of the avant-jazz group Supersilent. Sten uses the term “audio virus” to describe the variety of sound sources used on this album, including “old tape echo machines, ring modulators, filters, theremins, samplers and lots of electronic stuff”.

    “Treetop Drive” was originally released on CD in 1994 and has been re-mastered by Rashad Becker and re-released on double LP just this year (2017). The sounds are as infectious as ever.

    The first three tracks comprise three movements of “Treetop Drive”, and share many thematic elements, although the moods are quite different.

    Treetop Drive 1 (A) is built around dramatic strings and synths, featuring the violin work of Hans Magnus Ryan. Solemn, repetitive, and trance-like waves washing ashore. Slowly shifting over times, growing more distressed and urgent as the feedback and distortion intensify, and then letting go, returning out to sea.

    Treetop Drive 2 (B) contains the same pulsing overwhelming rhythm, but now harsh and machine-like instead of organic. A call-and-response with metallic grinding shrieks and sub-harmonic bass blasts.

    The last movement, Treetop Drive 3 (C) has a faster pace, almost frantic in comparison with the previous parts. Like a windy, rumbling tornado, and equally bleak. It includes a quick clip of some anonymous conservative ranting about schools today teaching “death education”, likely a PSA for Teachers AIDS.

    The final track, Tugboat (D), is colder and more barren than the rest, like floating far out at sea. The rolling black waves are still present, more still than before but no less ominous. Over time, the danger of the situation unfolds.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on October 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Pikacyu-Makoto – “Galaxilympics” – [Upset The Rhythm]

    Guitarist Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple (oh…my…god) and drummer/vocalist Pikacyu of Afrirampo (OH…MY…GODDESS). That should just about do it. Nine songs of psychedelic madness, some with vocals, some with growls, some with calm, some with guitar and drum onslaught, all with an amazing interplay of rhythm, riff and raw vision. This is a trip without the tab. Check out their live sets on YouTube. Yes please. Explode your head.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 24, 2017 at 12:25 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Cremator, The [coll] – [Finders Keepers Records]

    Czech New Wave Cinema of the 1960’s had some pretty twisted, beautifully filmed and challenging films, many of which were not seen for decades due to the government banning them. Juraj Herz’s “The Cremator”, from 1969 is one of these. The tale of a cremator who is obsessed with the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the passing of the Dalai Lama, who is influenced by Nazi sympathizers (it takes place in the 1930’s) who talk to him about the importance of his partial German heritage, his half Jewish wife who is the mother of his two sons, his eventual spiral into madness as he realizes it is his purpose to send people back to the dust from which they came… let’s just say it won’t end well. It’s described as a horror comedy. Well, if anyone can make Nazi’s funny, the Czech’s can. A film with this overwhelming storyline needs a strong soundtrack and classic Czech experimental soundtrack composer Zdenek Liska does the trick. Moving away from his usual found sound and re- sampling type style, Liska goes orchestral for this endeavor. Rich, haunting orchestral pieces with soprano singer Vlasta Soumarova Mlejnkova chanting out vocalizations of sounds, not words, fill the spaces. Think echoes in large abandoned cathedrals where sounds bounce around, “celestial choral” sections accompanied by chimes and bells. Think giallo richness. Think old school haunted houses where strangeness lurks. Beautiful moody settings, perfect for a crematorium. Indulge. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 23, 2017 at 11:49 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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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]

    dbh

    (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
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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