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    Mills, Alan – “Folk Songs of Newfoundland” – [Folkways Records and Service Corp.]


    Released in 1953, the folksiness of this 10″ slab is timeless. Newfoundland summons images of cold, ocean, fishing, and Northeast Canadian heartiness. Alan Mills pleasant voice accompanied by a gentle guitar spins yarns fit for a campfire. If you appreciate sailor stories and coastside ambience, you’ll love this.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,International
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  • Vibracathedral Orchestra – “Live At Total Inertia” – [Vanity Case Records]

    Side one is skronky improv. Side two is more springy and fairly-like. They have been jamming together since the 90s with founders being Neil Campbell, Michael Flower, Adam Davenport and others coming in and out. Real trippy pleasant sounds. This was live at the Total Inertia Festival in Leeds last year which is an experimental music festival. I can’t tell if it’s annual or not but last year the festival also had sometimes VO collaborator Bridget Hansen as well as Richard Dawson, Apostille, and FCKN’BSTRDS among many others.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 4, 2017 at 2:34 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Menche, Daniel – “Radiant Blood” – [Drone Records]



    This is a 2005 release from Drone Records, the label’s goal was a concept to embrace the prospect of infinite possibilities for artists, especially noise artists to embrace various forms of expression. In this case this drone music release has mild noise terror even if the A side has a solid wall with various shredding frequencies intersecting, is slowly increasing in volume with a sudden unexpected short end. The B side is more like taking a trip to the local cemetery where noise artists do an improv on the spot four in the morning. Consider this gothic noise about the unknown.


  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on January 4, 2017 at 5:16 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Brrwd Love- Vol. 1

    A creative collab between friends REPEAT PATTERN & TA-KU,

    This collection features both of them on a few traks along with other friends

    And emerging artists. Dreamy bedroom beats, samples, loops.

    Incoherent lyrical content. The most abrasive track is A4???s Divison,

    filled with scrapes, cuts, and heavy breathing. Mostly it???s pretty mellow sound

    snapshots with many layers and elements. You will catch something

    new with every listen. All tracks a pretty cool, but Primm (B3) is my

    personal favorite because of the 1970s easy listening flute intro

    and underlying current.




    <3<3<3 Caddy

  • Reviewed by cadilliac margarita on June 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Houser, Jim – “untitled” – [Free News Projects]

    philly multi-media artist (painting, collage, sculpture, music, installation) instrumental layering loops/ lazily longing. beats and treats of a sweet variety, next to noodling stringed thangs. all tracks worth a listen and addition to your set to slow things down.

    feels like a long interlude, waiting for something/ on a street corner, daylight, buzzed and smoking a cig, waiting, waiting.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on June 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Russell, Arthur and The Flying Hearts – “Ballad of The Lights” – [Presspop]

    In the early 70s, at the age of 18, Arthur Russell, a formally trained cellist, moved from Iowa to San Francisco; he studied North Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music and Western composition part-time at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. It was during this time that he began his association with Allen Ginsberg: accompanying him on the cello as a soloist or in groups while Ginsberg sang or read his poetry. By the mid-70’s Russell moved to New York where he collaborated in the rock project Flying Hearts: which included artists such as David Byrne, Rhys Chatham, and Peter Gordon. The first piece comes from the mid 70’s with the Flying Hearts. “Ballad of the Lights” was written and recited by Russell; Ginsberg accompanies. The second piece “Pacific High Studio Mantras”, chanted by Ginsberg, is a Tibetan mantra recorded in July 1971.
    –Double Felix

  • Reviewed by felix on February 12, 2016 at 5:30 am
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Dead Recipe – “Day of Mangoes” – [Self-release]


    Look at the bright colors of the cover art and the grey marble vinyl and you’ll get an idea of how cool this music sounds. Kyle Albrecht and Camille Lewis both sing and play the songs, which are reminiscent of the music of Tipsy, for some reason. Maybe because it sounds tropical and whimsical with the funky bass lines. Their voices are really upbeat and the shakers add to the holiday feel of this album. People have called them pop, surf, psych, folk–you tell me what you think.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Commode Minstrels In Bullface – “Thug of War” – [Tusco/embassy]


    sitcom dementia theme show featuring noise hopscotch signal surfing and alien isolation techniques. free flying honk ‘n sconce gabber jabber hyper chloric acid tested flubber improv marching. 4-5 minutes per side at 45 rpm but is it 33?

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Tessier, Yves – “French Troubador Songs of The 12th and 13th Centuries” – [Elektra-Stratford Reco…]


    If you like Southern France, iambic meter, lutes, Gregorian chants, then you’ll love this. The liner notes highlight the history behind the courtly poets of Southern France (the troubadours) who expressed their reverence for women and the love they inspire in vocal music sometimes accompanied by lute (on this record, Mildred Clary plays the lute). Tessier himself composed the music in the tradition of the 12th and 13th centuries, since musical notation for these ballad-like songs did not exist. Some songs just feature Tessier’s voice, and those definitely sound like Gregorian chants. Others have the lute setting. Enjoy.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,International
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  • Lovac – “Fish & The Fist, The” – [Soleilmoon Recordings]


    This Swedish band presents us with sweet vocals (both male and female) and dark folk. It’s really pleasant sounding and, on Side B with “Honeymoon Meltdown,” gets zippy. All the DJs will enjoy this.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Thee Irma & Louise – “Roswell Beach Nightmare” – [Self Released]

    Swiss surf with monster moves (lead off track echoes
    “The Hall of the Mountain King”). Record came out in
    2005 but as a used 10″ how could KFJC resist. we know
    the power of the chosen disk size. At times they
    band will yell along in celebration with the
    fast-placed, dirty surf-flecked garage rawk. And
    on two tracks, they apparently are howling lyrics
    (“Signore Farmacista” and “I Can’t Help Myself”).
    The vocals in a way, champion the “Thee” nature of
    their band, from Headcoats to Oh Sees…this is
    where they look, if don’t fully leap towards punk
    rock. I do think a sense of humor is part of the
    ticket here, from titles to the “Black Hornet”
    riffing on an ooold favorite TV show of mine.
    “Man from CoIntelPro” was another killer driller
    for me, a bit more mysterious in melody. Overall
    a romp and roll set, that will hit the salty
    sweet spots of beached DJ’s and bleached blond
    sandmen and women. The band is still going today
    apparently albeit having moved towards more general
    pop from this more focused genre-target vinyl bombarino.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
  • Soft Healer – “One-sider” – [Monofonus Press]

    One side of beauty and I ain’t talking about the fancy
    etching on the other side. Jammy slinky backing with
    a bass line winding through flecked and funky guitar and
    some smolder-sax on the first cut, the second is a bit
    bouncier with merry-go-round keyboards, before a backwards
    bow-out. Soft Healer is an Austin band, Marie Butcher
    on likeable laconic vocals, kinda Patti Smith when I
    squint, but in a summer top-of-the-pops shine, and
    she slinks the bass. Will Slack on guitar, flecking
    away and those kinda phlangey waves of chords (was
    he the inspiration for Linklater’s “Slacker” – um
    no but I could see/hear these songs grooving out of
    a club from that old movie-virus). Turns out the sax
    and organ come from one being, thanks Sara Berger.
    Nicl Decarmine beat a drum machine to death for the
    fourth slot in the band. “Grand Isle” is the sprawling
    lite lysergic number with “Civilization’s Dying” as the
    tart chart-topper, an apocalypse shake-your-hips take
    blaming the pope, the president and a rich rock star
    for the fall on man. It’s a milennial flavored groovy
    found on this two-track one-sider. Pop jams for a Mystery
    Machine 8-track, rotsa runky rock too in a Scooby snack
    head bobbing way. Ol’ man Crothers digs this, so do I.
    Plenty o’ fun in the mighty Monofuns label. 2011 release
    but found dazed and reused for KFJC’s current pleasure.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • GX Jupitter-Larsen – “Pump Powered Permawave” – [Oxen]


    luggage malfeasance from the chief of all misanthropists GX. rubbed raw scratch ‘n scrapes in varying portions, locked lunacy in multiple flavors (but who can tell the difference anyhow); looping sandpaper one drones drill deeper than the bits themselves. nerve wrenching noise of the naughty variety

  • Reviewed by abacus on December 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Yuen, Kevin Gan – “Emerald, The” – [Utech]

    Sounds trapped in a block of icy guitar/effects and single
    sided transparent vinyl. Phases of foamy distortion,
    rise and fall, high frequency drones start and also
    fade in and out. Other effect driven sounds are
    sculpted and vanish, it’s sort of like a sonic photo
    that pivots to see/hear different layers. A paranoid
    panorama shot that feels longer and richer than its
    mere 6.5 minutes. Recently KFJC’s thoughtline aired
    a special on Bernard Hermann, and his use in film
    soundtracks of modern classical outsider moves, this
    too feels like a modern-day Hitchcock could similarly
    utilize the frozen emotion slices etched into this
    8-inch lathe cut record. As striking in sound as in
    appearance, multiple listens cast varying shadows.
    Erstwhile Sutekh Hexen gent on Utech = Utech Hexen?

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Rocket Infinity: The Global Rise of Rocking Music 1942-62 [coll] – [Canary Records]

    Hey if Ian Nagoski is going to make you a mix tape, then heck
    yeah you better listen. Plus he puts it out on 10″ which we all
    know is some powerful alchemy/history at KFJC… The title here
    maybe is a bit of a reach, and a 20 year span might have been
    better served by a box set, but these 8 unearthed treasures
    should float many a boat. The liner notes on the back are
    better than I can offer, so check ’em out while you spin
    selections from this. I will say my favorites are
    A1 Spanish flare meets Molam
    A3 Check the Chuck Berry shamisen from this real gone geisha
    her kewpie doll oogie-boogie vox might flirt some Berts
    B1 Fans of Eblis Alvarez might dig this ol’ cumbia-tronic action
    B4 Eenie Meanie Miney Whoa, even before you’ve heard this
    you’ve heard this, stored in your playback memories

    It’s a big little record for a small Qawwali Polka Jump Blues
    world after all. Spin it…
    -Thurston Hunger
    PS Some spoken film moments at the of A4

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Huguenor, Mike – “Bardamu” – [Suitors Club Records]

    You know the girl who finally gives in to the nice guy who
    stands outside her window for months through rain and peer
    derision? I’ve never been that girl, but this album sorta
    turned me into her. Huguenor’s voice and the lyrics, and
    one suspects his life-force, exude a kind of earnestness
    that kind of kicked me back to my KFJC childhood. When
    labels like Shrimper and Squealer looked you in the eye
    and even your GrandMa would listen in and say “At least
    that’s a song…” So you’ve got a clean electric guitar
    and some simple homemade 4-track drum tap-tap accompaniment
    and Huguenor’s mind/voice/being. His anguish fights back
    instead of settling into apathy or blitzkrieg’s noise.
    He even pulls in some horn charts for the focused piece
    here, “Agues” which comes after a sort of guitar maj7th
    see saw intro. He spells “Bourgeois” correctly, he only
    says “Fuckin'” once (on “Great Plans”) and he means it.
    He yells “Yeah” before going into the outro of the
    country-tinged “Montreal” And again, it appears he means
    it. He uses repetition of words to hit on a point but
    not necessarily harp on it. The album might be a reference
    to Celine’s “Journey to the End of the Night.” I didn’t care
    for the book that much, but I admire the effort. Reviewing
    the lyrics (thanks bandcamp) perhaps Huguenor suffers more
    misanthropically than the toe-tapping ditties had
    me believe. Maybe he’ll be your Mountain Goats, putting
    out a 10″ record alone is a smart sign of hope.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Kelompok Kampungan – “Kelompok Kampungan” – [Strawberry Rain]

    Here’s what I know about this Indonesian band: Their Mencari Tuhan album was banned by the government when it was released. This particular 10-inch lured me in right away with the cover photo. Men and women musicians wearing batik and playing guitar, flue/recorder, cello, and fiddle on a stage in Yogyakarta. Memories of being in Yogyakarta myself flowed through me as I listened to the clear male vocals and smooth tempo changes of A1, the nice flutes, of A2, the upbeat guitar of B1, and the drums and fiddles of B2. This is a pleasurable listen. Its sound is timelessly good and true.

  • Reviewed by humana on July 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Gloria Diaboli – “Libation Unto He Who Dwelleth In The Depths” – [Nuclear War Now! Productions]

    Canadian Black Metal with indecipherable cookie monster vocals over cymbal heavy drums and choppy/repetitive guitar.
    Previously known as Crypt, this group is made up of Narcoterrorist, Funeral, and Mal. They are associated with Havoc, Miasma, AMSG, and Godless North.
    Second side is called “sheol” which is the Old Testament or Hebrew word underworld.
    Satan-worshiping fun for the whole family. I dig it.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Father Murphy – “Pain Is On Our Side Now” – [Aagoo Records]

    I’m not sure if the verbal concept here is a lot of Papal Bull
    or just Father Murphy getting irreverent. I get that Failure is
    a good thing, it’s all the Pain/Shame stuff that evaporates
    my holy water, that being said the album is definitely a
    success on sound alone. And since I’m limited at home by
    a single turntable, I didn’t get to try out the mechanical
    concept, where these two single-sided 10″ records could be
    played at the same time. KFJC has a trinity of turntables so
    I expect our DJs will be mixing and backward masking like the
    renegade heretics we are. Each side starts with an industrial
    music call to prayer. Side A with a siren/fog horn blast and
    Side B with breaking glass. Each Side has two songs, with
    some lyrics on A2, and quite the dream machine slice and
    dice vocals on B1, my favorite piece that has no peace. A
    woman’s shrill but strong voice is cut and pasted with the
    same jagged edge of that broken glass that failure produced
    but perhaps Father Murphy is healing together again. If you
    are keeping score, the banshee is Ezra Buchla from Gowns.
    Side B closes with a smooth steady industrial hum of the earth.
    Back on Side A, the two songs felt like three (the failure,
    the sun and the holy smoke?) Some very dramatic drums on A1,
    and on A2 some guitar lost in a lighthouse. I remember
    hearing synth that sounded like it had a flame ignition
    pilot at some point, maybe a clarinet exorcism too? I must
    confess my Father Murphy worship has been sinfully abstemious
    in the past that, I vow on my vinyl rites to say five Our
    Father Murphies and play 3 LPs.

    -Brother Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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  • Hi Fi Honey Drops – “Hi Fi Honey Drops” – [Temple St. Records]

    This swing band from Los Angeles plays lovely traditional jazz. Great work from the 3 guitarists, slightly off key but very appealing vocals, and lovely tone from the agile clarinet. The guitarists were students of Bruce Forman at USC. Sweet old songs from this aptly named quintet.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on November 13, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • Filed as 10-inch,Jazz
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