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Seafang – “Solid Gold/ Stardust” – [Emotional Response Recordings]

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Of course I love this 7″ dimension of wonder because it’s shoegaze from a quintet in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Solid Gold” is an upbeat, fast-paced number, while “Stardust” is a bit slower, but both are fine examples of lovely haze with Heidi’s pretty vocals backed by the band’s energetic guitars, drums, and bass. Think Go-Gos KFJC-style.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm
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  • Unholy Triforce – “Cru/cifict/ion” – [Auris Apothecary]

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    I don’t know why the hell we are adding this to the KFJC music library. Clearly it does not WANT to be added. It’s a limited edition (61 copies) one-sided clear plastic square with eight little black nails driven through it, and a ninth glued across the spindle hole in the middle. If no one ever plays it, who could blame them? If nothing else, it serves as a cool, fucked-up piece of art, but what the Auris Apothecary people really want is for you to figure out some way to play it. Disassemble it or whatever. Don’t just admire it–use it. Nothing worth having comes easy is the message I get. This thing–the nails have been removed for your convenience–has one track (1:30) of PURE NOISE lathe-cut into it. Yes, one brutal track that is a mere minute and a half long, but it ends in a locked groove, so the playing time is actually infinity.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on October 10, 2017 at 11:10 pm
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  • Extreme America 3 [coll] – [Knot Music]

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    Compilation 7″ showcasing the wide variety of extreme sounds emanating from the West Coast (of Michigan) during the late 90s. From power electronics to skronk-rock to more power electronics, this little record has it all!

    Each song has a distinct feel, but they all track together. Good luck playing just one!

    A side.
    OO Species: Sirens, grinding metal, wailing static.
    Walled Lake: Low-frequency rumblings, train blues, Americana guitar, hypnosis. Bonus fact: Walled Lake is named for the backwoods town where Louie C used to buy alcohol, cigarettes, and fireworks as a teenager.
    Flutter: Pure electronic cacophony, oscillator scribblings, overloaded circuit bending.

    B side.
    Lockweld: More distorted electronics and machine noises. Liner notes indicate “vocals” but they are unrecognizable.
    Audible XXY: Semi-cinematic samples, electronics, and ominous tape loops. Like walking down a long dark hallway.
    Better Disease: Good old fashioned Michigan skronk-rock. The best kind. Guitar, drums, sax, and screams.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on October 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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  • Cotillion Soul 45′s [coll] – [Cotillion Records]

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    Oh what fun it is to open a box of 10 7″ discs recorded in 1968- 1970 on the Cotillion label and dance to the soul sounds of artists including Darrell Banks, C and the Shells, Moses Smith, and Lou Johnson. There are ballads on here, too, and the liner notes are a must-read for cool background info. Covers of “Ain’t No Sun” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” are highlights. Pick any disc and get your soul groovin’!

  • Reviewed by humana on October 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm
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  • Rotten Fux – “Rotten Fux” – [Six Weeks]

    Rotten Fux. The continued comment on many sights is will they last more than a year before they all OD. Not sure if they made it but this 2006 release on Six Weeks Records assured them some infamy with 9 tracks of hardcore punk energy. Bay area punkers from the now defunct Burnt Ramen club scene, taking names like Filthy, Smelly, Inbred and Steve’s Little Brother, one can guess the sound, speed and quality. But that’s the fun of it. They meant it, I’m sure, maybe, I don’t know, but with song titles like “My Rules”, “Sick of Life”, “STD Song” and “I Like Drugs”, you know a good time is guaranteed. Sometimes you just have to sit back and let it happen, not worrying about quality. Just enjoy. Each song under 2 minutes, so commitment is not an issue.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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  • Human Bodies / Leather Chalice [coll] – [Prison Tatt Records]

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    Two Black Metal/Punk hybrids from the Northeastern US. This is a joint release between Prison Tatt and Broken Limbs Recordings.

    I remember when I lived in Boston, Human Bodies were the shit. Whenever I would mention the city’s apparent lack of a metal scene, people would namedrop them. I never saw them live, though. They play a Discharge-infused Raw Black Metal/Punk that would have been a big hit in Oakland five years ago. Still gotta nice cold sound though. Try one of their two seizures with Harassor, Crow or Malveillance. They wear gimp masks on stage and yes they do blast sometimes.

    Leather Chalice is a solo project from New Hampshire, the Granite State. He has apparently gotten caught up in the Northeast’s pernicious ‘White Death’ opioid culture and will die soon. I hope he makes more music first. His side is similar to Human Bodies but with some richer and sicker melodies (and wah-wah!) pointing more in the Black Metal direction. The vocals sound more bedridden and fucked on this side too. Winning. Serve with Coldness, Bone Awl or Aanal Beehemoth.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on July 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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  • Luciation – “Darkened Apocalyptic Occult Goat Ritual” – [Posh Isolation]

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    Nothing nice or musical about this. It’s inexplicably on Denmark’s hippest Industrial label (home to Damien Dubrovnik and Puce Mary), but it’s not Industrial.

    Four lugubrious Black Metal Noise stews of sulphur, encrusted feces, Cthulhu jizz and the high-proof juice of wrung-out livers. Guitar feedback, splattery cymbals, distant riffs and choking. They suck, in a good way, a la fellow travelers Sutekh Hexen, Smoke and Enbilulugugal.

    Luciation is an Order of the Nonagram band, which means it features members of Blodfest, Wolfslair, Offerkult, Nastran et al. Anonymous lead guitarist ‘Voktor’ may be a moonlighter from the Noise scene. Who knows?

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on June 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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  • Solenoid – “Bike/Ingrid” – [Audraglint]

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    Two short tracks of electronica. Bike is jaunty, while Ingrid is intense and beat-driven. Ingrid is my preferred track.

  • Reviewed by humana on June 13, 2017 at 7:28 pm
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  • Barbwire, Mike & The Blue Ocean Orchestra – “El Surfista De Mambo” – [Sleazy Records]

    Mike is the lead guitar of the Swedish surf band The Barbwires. Here he gives us a nice single that combines surf, Latin beats, and exotica. All this on a Spanish record label – fun!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on May 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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  • Bastard Noise / Brutalomania [coll] – [Skull Records]

    Noisy oh my gosh and screaming vocals about veganism and animal rights. Good stuff. Brutalomania is a solo noise artist who has worked under many different aliases such as Cadaverizer Noise, Feral Squat, and Manuel M. Cubas.
    Bastard Noise of course is a California group founded by Eric Wood, Henry Barnes, and WT Nelson. They’re discography is quite extensive. They have been making noise since the early 90s and have worked with countless other artists.
    BJT

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on May 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm
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  • Thomas Carnacki – “Where’s My Love,My Eyes Are Gone,The Rains Are Coming” – [Alethiometer]

    Limited edition printing.
    Chickens. In stereo.
    Humorous tuba.
    Dedicated to those lost in Ghost Ship.
    Made from a batch of 7″s he got in the mail and farm field recordings.
    Veheug is dutch for “looking forward”
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on May 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm
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  • Desolation Angels – “Valhalla / Boadicea” – [Buried By Time and Dust Records]

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    Named after a Kerouac novel, London’s Desolation Angels were a lesser band from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. They basically sounded like a slightly grittier version of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden (although singer Dave Wall was no Rob Halford and indeed no Paul Di’Anno). Great, thuggish, heavy, cantering, Morris-Minor-alienating anthems on this 2012 reproduction of their debut 45RPM single, originally self-released in 1984. In true NWOBHM nerd style, ‘Valhalla’ is about Valhalla and ‘Boadicea’ is about Boadicea. Cocksure, obnoxious and brilliant cuts from rockers who should’ve been bigger.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 18, 2017 at 10:23 pm
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  • Blue Sabbath Black Cheer – “Burning Witches” – [MONDO ANTHEM]

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    A harsh noise 7″ single is a funny thing. Like a good execution each side is over too quickly. Side 1 scrapes in time to demoniac vocalizations and the screams of the burning. Side two explores collisions of HNW and complex analog electronic interplay ending with a translucent machine drone in the pit of your sinking stomach. Both pieces ritualistic and very tasteful, monochromatic without eschewing variation. Seattle’s BSBC have played at KFJC at least once. Whatever it takes to be ‘good’ at apocalyptic Industrial noise racket, they’ve got it. “Stan Reed, William Rage, Crystal Perez: Dense, Harsh Noise Drift; Dual Damaged Guitars; Broken Electronics and Faulty Cables; Roaring Vocals; Piercing Screams; Horror Show.” Mastered by M S Waldron of irr. app. (ext.) and Nurse With Wound.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm
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  • Wolfkind, Bain – “You’re Surely Gonna Die” – [Not Just Religious Music]

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    Dirgey Swamp-Rock (or swampy Dirge-Rock?) from Der Blutharsch’s drinkin’, whorin’, sunglasses-at-night-wearin’ court jester, AKA Novo Homo. The Australia-based Black Irish bastard offers up two slabs of tongue-in-cheek fatalism sounding like The Scientists, Roland S. Howard and The Gun Club boot-partying Roy Orbison at the wrong speed. This is on King Dude’s label but Wolfkind does the Neofolk-Country-Cough-Syrup-Blues thing much better than Dude could ever dream. Threats on side A, come-ons on side B. FCC side A.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on March 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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  • Bib – “Pop” – [Deranged Records]

    Omaha mid-tempo hardcore, blown to fuck, caustic anxiety. chugging guitar riffs, solid drumbeats, grunt-to-shrill range of echoed vox, squeaky feedback, VERY energetic, infectious. it’s not ‘Pop’ but it does pop out as aggressive, yet accessible.

    quick transitions! tk 1 and 2 flow together as one, watch out! or don’t!

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on November 28, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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  • Art Abscons – “October 31st” – [Vade Retro Records]

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    2011 EP from the smoothest masked ghoul in the Post-industrial/Neofolk scene. Don’t let him around your girl; he’ll feast upon her blood. The mysterious German musician(/group?) is sometimes compared to Serge G., but his programmed folk-sleaze sighs are also a tribute to the Punch Records scene (O Paradis, Novy Svet, Ait!…) and there’s more Bauhaus than usual in the cauldron on this night of nights. B2 is a Damned cover. A1 is basically ‘Night on Bald Mountain.’ Apparently you’re ONLY supposed to play this record on Halloween. Hopefully he won’t mind. Produced by Stefano Iannone of Spettro Family. Art Abscon would like to thank the Satanic Nazi Freemasons.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on November 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm
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  • Stella, Rodger – “Final Programme, The” – [I Dischi Del Barone]

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    Bathe in the warm sonic shower of Rodger Stella, American noise artist and founding member of Macronympha.

    Waves of static punches and shattering explosions all crashing on an electronic shore. A full spectrum experience.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on November 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm
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  • Surachai – “Aeon” – [Make Noise Records]

    Two glorious sides of chaotic electronic blips bleeps blonks. Surachai makes a sort of gloom electronic music.
    With this project from Make Noise Records, Surachai created the two pieces using the Make Noise Shared System modular synths made by the independent synth makers. The list of oscillators, pressure points, wogglebugs etc. etc. used is huge. Complicated sounds bending in and out with pitches shooting back and forth in and out. Tweak out.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm
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  • Luciernaga – “Sleeping / Wandering” – [Fabrica Records]

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    Luciernaga is a project of Joao Da Silva, a member of the hardcore-punk scene in Santiago during the 90s who now lives in Brooklyn.

    This 7″ contains two beautiful guitar-driven ambient drone pieces on clear vinyl. Both tracks are extended versions of songs originally released on cassette. Only 100 of these were pressed, each featuring one of four different photographs on the front.

    “Sleeping Green-Eyed Girl” is a study in resonance and (subtle) dissonance. Shimmering feedback like a glass bell, with harmonics coalescing and then slowly melting away.

    The B side, “Wandering June”, layers bowed strings, faint whistles, and low guitar rumblings. Very pensive and meditative.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on October 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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  • Holiday Inn / Hallelujah! [coll] – [Maple Death]

    Italy’s most prized confrontational nutters
    Hallelujah! is abrasive fast rocknroll punk. think Germs meat Electric Eels.
    Holiday Inn is a lo-fi ‘acid minimal synth punk’. droney, word vomit, anti-mafia tirade. nasty aesthetic

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 4, 2016 at 5:34 am
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