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Hype Williams – “Han Dynasty I” – [De Stijl Records]


Hype Williams is a joke band with a joke name, but it’s the 2010s, when jokes can lead the free world or make the Album of the Year list on your dad’s favorite alternative music website. This 2009 7″ from de Stijl brings us back to where it all began with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. Why music snobs lose their shit over these two is something I have never understood, and these tracks don’t really shed any light. The A side of haunted dub is the best, the B side is a lo-fi smoky synth melody with a fake ending. And the jokes don’t stop – play this 7″ at 33 1/3.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on February 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Aloha Screwdriver – “Above Snakes” – [Self-release]

    This EP from the three-piece surf band from Alameda, California has four high powered tracks. Lots of skillful playing, loud effects and melody. Excellent 3-D cover and glasses included. Nothing subtle here, thank goodness.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on January 27, 2018 at 3:03 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Drag The River – “Losers/ Marooned” – [Last Chance Records]


    Well, this Colorado country band is pretty mellow, and the downtempo songs go along quite well with their band name. The studio versions are on Side A, and the live versions are on B. They aren’t that much different, although the live ones sound a bit grittier and more affecting. Great for a grey, overcast day. Just have some ice cream on hand to pick you up.

  • Reviewed by humana on January 14, 2018 at 5:15 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Country
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  • World Narcosis – “World Narcosis” – [Self Produced]

    From Iceland. Blasty. Short songs. Screaming vocals. Despair. Angst.

    - Billie Joe Tolliver

    Track lengths:??1- 1:13??2- 0:35??3- 1:01??4- 0:52??5- 0:55??6- 0:55??7- 1:33??8- 2:12??9- 0:51


  • Reviewed by billiejoe on December 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Homler, Anna & Moss, David/ Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Baer [coll] – [Psych.KG]


    This crystal-clear lathe-cut 7″ is part of the FLUXUS +/- series of recordings put out by Kommissar Hjuler on the Psych.KG record label. One of only 25 that were produced.

    The A side features two stunning collaborations from Anna Homler and David Moss. Homler is a visual, performance, and vocal artist known for using imaginary languages to explore meaning and communication. Moss is a composer and percussionist who has also developed a unique vocal improvisational style.

    “Steel Drum Song” (A1) features Homler’s characteristic vocals, soothing and strangely exotic, coupled with Moss’s faster and more rhythmic and utterances, almost like frogs or crickets. A steel drum melody serves to bridge the two worlds.

    “Conversation” (A2) is just that — a passionate improvised conversation in two unreal and alien languages. The mood starts hectic and argumentative, but changes pace as Moss becomes low and guttural while Homler becomes more dulcet and comforting.

    The B side contains the work of Kommissar Hjuler and his wife Mama Baer. Hjuler is German sound and visual artist, film maker, and police officer.

    “Coming Undone” (B1) is a lumbering lo-fi free-folk-rock jam. Polyrhythmic bangs and whistles. Lyrics in English with German accents. Mama Baer is solo on “Mikrooganismus” (B2), a 40 second warbling screech and scream, maybe some footsteps?

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on November 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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  • Seafang – “Solid Gold/ Stardust” – [Emotional Response Recordings]


    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
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Unholy Triforce – “Cru/cifict/ion” – [Auris Apothecary]


    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]

    extreme america

    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]


    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
  • Filed as 7-inch,Soul
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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
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Solenoid – “Bike/Ingrid” – [Audraglint]


    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
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Stella, Rodger – “Final Programme, The” – [I Dischi Del Barone]


    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]


    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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  • Bonehead – “You” – [Miss 45 Records]


    Self-described as “trashed pop in Detroit, MI,” Bonehead is the project of Alexandra Lee who wrote, performed, and produced everything on her debut 45. The songs are short and catchy, with her vocals accompanying the guitars and other instruments nicely. More to come from this artist. Keep an eye on her.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 7, 2016 at 8:43 pm
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