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Sparks, Tim “Tanz” [Tzadik]

Tim Sparks = guitar
Greg Cohen = bass
Cyro Baptista = a vast array of percussion
Sparks made guitar adaptations for traditional Yiddish, Sephardic, and Oriental Jewish songs and shared them with some friends. The sounds are homegrown, heartfelt, nostalgic, dreamy, refreshing, and rocking! Music from different regions of the world can sound so similar. Persian, Blues, Brazilian, Klezmer, and The Far East: These musicians and composers bring it all together beautifully!

  • Reviewed by angel on May 31, 2006 at 9:33 pm
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  • Bozulich, Carla “Evangelista” [Constellation]

    Carla is a howling, engulfing power, who takes you just past the brink of all misery and then comforts you back to surreality, in her arms . there are some guest musicians, including other singers, violin, viola, cello, contrebasse, rained-on piano, guitars, drums, rain, cat sounds (#4), casio, bass, mandolins . an organ bellows into the infinite darkness . strange instruments and samples creak and quiver, like the confines of a troubled brain . move through ebbs and epic flows, an orchestra of Earthly rage, from soft whispers to torrents of sound .
    a continuous work of art, cut into seamless tracks
    a symphony of gleeful sorrow
    a desperate plea for reunion

  • Reviewed by angel on May 31, 2006 at 9:28 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
  • Carter, Tom – “Glyph” – [Digitalis Industries]

    Lawn Chair Joints. A well deserved reissue of some of Tom Carter’s solo instrumental work here. Tom Carter (? of the Charalambides) originally released this album in 2004 as a very limited CD-R, but thanks to Brad Rose and Digitalis, this three track album sees the light of day again. Two acoustic guitar pieces surrounding a slow roasting, 34:37, lap steel barrage is what makes up this album. No effects, overdubs, and tom-foolery on this album, just Tom at Bullbabe studios in Austin, Texas with his instruments. The lap steel track was recorded in one of the hallways at the recording studio. This loose style of the recordings is a large part of what opens you up to Tom Carter’s solo work. Throw the metronome out of the window, and just open your ears to let the music flow into your mind. — Numa

  • Reviewed by Numa on May 31, 2006 at 6:41 am
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  • Hella – “Homeboy” – [5RC]

    Avant-garde Noise Rock. Hella is the Sacramento-based duo of Zach Hill and Spencer Siem. The anarchic drumming of Zach Hill continues to be a staple of the Hella sound on this 4 song EP. Spencer Siem adds in the guitars and electronics giving some of the tracks the sound that you only wish your old 8-bit Nintendo could have put out. (not surprising since Spencer plays drums in a Nintendo cover band) This is what computer game music should have been like 20 years ago, not that laptop modified stuff that every teenager is making these days. In the way that Nintendo bridged the international teenage culture gap through localization of video games, Hella does the same for the ‘Noise Rock? genre that embraces them. A woman on tracks 1 and 3 randomly screams non-sequitur rants at the video game unfolding in your mind. — Numa

    FCC Unfriendly Language: Track 1

  • Reviewed by Numa on May 31, 2006 at 6:41 am
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  • Cherry, Don – “”Mu” First Part ” – [Byg Records]

    ’69 finds Don Cherry and frequent collaborator Ed
    Blackwell going OFF…off to the races. Lot’s of
    staccatto infused energy. Blackwell’s drums are
    really mic’d crisply, horse-power percussion just
    barely harnessed. Sounds great w/ the ebullient,
    sweet trumpet of Cherry. Don even moves on to some
    great flute on this, well-bridged by Blackwell who
    literally never misses a beat. After that, Blackwell
    works in cowbell clanking; all the percussion segues
    on this album are spot on! Tribal enchantment flair
    in abundance, something Cherry often brought to his
    music. His wordless incantantions turn up on A-side.
    There’s even piano on the flip, and some more somber
    sephardic scaling. Cherry’s a nomadic musi-genius.
    LP starts with this exhillirating little passage
    and pace pretty much never languishes…morse code
    urgency at most times. Cherry lived from 1936-95,
    his music (and with Ornette, Ayler, Sun Ra) will
    always be here. Always very alive! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:38 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Waldo the Dog Faced Boy – “Suite American ” – [Win Records]

    Damn, where is Waldo now? This is bounty from the
    2000 Mayhem Special on the splendid W.I.N. Records
    Label, launched by this band’s bassist Devin Sarno
    ( W.I.N.= Waldo International Network)
    Released back in ’92 as a single to “Tingle,”
    two tracks here are taken from that full length.
    “Suite American” is really the lp’s “western”
    portion of that suite…has some stops
    and starts to it, gentle gingham picnic
    pop over rattling rimshots and a clearly
    front and center tromboner – Jim Richards!
    “Rumpus the Muncher” has a trombone nearly as
    blissfully obscene as its title. Saucy
    female carney vox from Mary Ellen Mason.
    “John” is the piece unique to this 7″, we hear
    the early rumblings of Devin’s love for
    big boom bass drone. Poop Alley-head Tom
    Grimley adds skittish guitar, and more
    arcing t-bone. Fiesty free.
    Putting the riot in patriots…. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:37 pm
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  • Funk Soul Sisters [coll] – [None]

    Ebony chiffon grace and grit, voices of vitality
    and vulnerability. Etta James spells out what it
    is to be W-O-M-A-N, the buttery entreat of Nina
    Simone coos to be rescued, while Dione Warwick
    eschews the saintly high road, with enough
    pride to hide the pain inside. Music like this
    is so strong, simple and true…I don’t mind
    writing or hearing cliches. A haircut is a simple
    thing, but if you spend all day in the beauty
    parlor, look OUT. Similarly these ladies can
    gussy up phrases like “Hang On in There” and
    “Shake Your Booty.” I dug the brisk guitar flicks
    behind Little Denice, the strangely Fripplike
    soundscaping with Lynn Christopher. On the funk
    to funny phase, Susan struts down Sesame Street
    and Patrizia plucks soul from the mouths of babes.
    Are you my mother? -Hunger Hears a Hoo Yeah

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:36 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soul
  • Devl – “Devl ” – [None]

    Dark massivity…shrapnel left over from the band
    “Tin River Junction.” Drew aka Action Housecat,
    and John aka King Bass Chord whip thick guitar
    with some moog mulch. Volcanic mechanics…as
    heavy as sludge, but not slogged down. Lot’s of
    ignition. Firecracker drums/drum machines…
    guitar solo conflagrations…cruisin’ for a Band
    of Susans’ sound? Don King Caballero Crimson?’
    Traces of Scorn…nice bottomed out basslines.
    Very few vocals, and even less mercy. Some mutter
    buttering on “Syithos”, bad phone call frantic
    antics on “Falling-is-the-next-big-thing” and
    a little mantra mumbling at the end of that too.
    Music for branding!?!? Worshp Ths! – Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:36 pm
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  • Autechre – “Basscadet Mxs ” – [Tvt Records]

    ’94 remixes from the first/only single off
    the Incunabula cd. AUdio TEchnical REsearch.
    Would Pan Sonic and Pole have happened w/o
    Autechre? I’m only asking…check with
    Goodwrench or Toni Rumori if you want the
    answer. Remember Artificial Intelligence
    collections, ever unweary machines pummell
    us fleshtrons into submission. Great
    “klungs” and “pings” and synthcymbals
    coupled with sweeps of floodlight string
    impersonators. First cut is sticky viscuous.
    #2 portrays happiness for meat grinders.
    #3 is Mark Clifford deftly applying his
    “SeeFeel”, 3+ minutes of life-support
    tension dropping to just a stark drumbot,
    and then back to drone paradox. Throaty
    #4 is Beaumont Hannant, I guess this is
    representative of that “Intelligent Dance
    Floor” tweakery with squeeze-toy faux(?’)
    turntable wheels spinning? Stong finish
    with a La Brea Tar Dub. Stark mechanical
    machine language from the 90′s.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:35 pm
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  • Polly Shang Kuan/Smack Music 7 [coll] – [Ecstatic Peace]

    Tape manipulation experiments from Thurston
    Moore’s “Ecstatic Peace” label. A side
    project named after a Shaolin warrior
    actress? Recalls Alga Marghen style, French
    de/re/composition of language lessons?’
    “Cadillac” and “cl-cl-click” loopage lead up
    to a rather stellar locked groove. B-side
    brings us “Smack Music 7″, and the piece here
    could be called “Smile”, clearly the response
    to too many force photogenic moments. Sounds
    a little like Alvin and the Chipmunks on
    an avant garde tip. Homemade hypnosis…
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:34 pm
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  • Future Pilot Aka – “Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea ” – [Geographic]

    A curry boils in Glasgow…tranplant Sushil
    K Dade is the captain of Future Pilot, but
    he commands a pretty free-wheeling crew.
    Members from Teenage Fanclub and Belle and
    Sebastian don uniforms, pick up whatever
    instruments are handy and help craft this
    sunny and relaxed pop album. The calmest
    day at sea…like a lullaby in parts. As
    gentle as a plush toy, and as comfy as
    slippers…Hindi hints and mantra moments
    make this prayer pop…but it’s not so
    solemn, no brooding monks…more soothing
    joy. A wide array on instruments give this
    more color than its base of sheer synth
    pop. Friend-ship sails on these tiny waves.
    Excellent (ocean?)liner notes. -SS Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:33 pm
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  • Sun Ra & Intergalactic Infinty – “Night of the Purple Moon, the ” – [El Saturn Research]

    Herman Poole Blount walked this planet (others
    too) as Sun Ra. He spoke and played in koans,
    and cloaked his message in the early marriage
    of synthesizers and jazz. On this release
    it’s just him and a few select crew members,
    an Arkestra away team, exploring the realms
    of the purple moon. Initially the atmosphere
    has an air of bluesy swing, the solar wind
    mounts though. Ra’s blocky, choppy Roksichord
    keyspace twinkerings constitute the whole of
    A-side closer “Outside the Time Zone”. On the
    flip we find a dark side of this Moon, some
    lunar clarinet roving but most prominent is
    the Roksichord, (allegedly stolen from Sun Ra
    some time in the early 70′s after this initial
    release) What a sound! John Gilmore plays
    *drums* on this album, instead Danny Davis is
    the main reed man, including uncredited flute
    on “The All of Everything.” The Sun shines on
    this “Night.” Ra-velation! -Thuston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:32 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Satlah – “Satlah ” – [Tzadik]

    The initial release from this remarkable trio
    lead by alto sax Danny Zamir, who moved from
    Israel to NYC in 1998. The guy sizzles, this
    smokes as smoothly as *any* Masada release, not
    only did Zorn dig this, and release it on his
    own label…but he couldn’t resist joining in.
    There are some interesting excerpts of taped
    rabbi chanting (#3) but generally this is just
    a glistening sweet/sour release, as Klezmer
    often is. I know Klezmer is traditionally
    wedding music but I guess it is written for
    both the bride/groom as well as ex-lovers
    of both who might be in a more bitter mood.
    Check the great construction of #6, and then
    after that #7 you could hear as 60′s village
    vanguard…I bet big band arrangements of
    these would also rule. Cabbalah calypso at
    times. Listen and oy vey! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:31 pm
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  • Botkin, Perry – “Combines 3 ” – [Botkin Music]

    Tantrum electronic composition and confessions.
    Something very early-sounding to the synth
    tones Botkin generates. Mushroomy horn sounds,
    cartoony attacks of sound… Spliced up
    utterings…”Fists” is the life and death of
    a piano and its player as told by a heavy
    breathing troll. That troll voice returns
    for a sort of Twin Peaks tale on “Stravinsky
    Dream.” “What’s That Supposed to Mean?” keeps
    sex and confusion entwined in a chaotic,
    cohesive embrace. Irrational cum irritating
    hormone tones and porno vox. Martial tenseness
    at times…and yet eerily playful. There’s
    a large hairy man in the children’s sandbox,
    look and listen! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:30 pm
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  • Sapera – “Snake Charmers of India ” – [Canyon Records Productios]

    Hypnotic sonic cocktails – captured raw and
    vibrant like some slithering Amps for Christ
    and Sun City Girls collaboration…instead this
    is authentic snake sorcery. A swaying to every
    track stirs your spine, the inner serpent.
    “Pungi” are the reed instruments wherein circular
    breathing drones ensnare these buzzing neo-techno
    lines. Bouncy juggling percussion from “premtals”
    contrasts a more relaxed, loping vibe to the
    striking insistent improvised “pungi” airs.
    Bubbly plucking under dry fuzz soaring. Liner
    notes beckon you as surely as the playing here
    does. Skin and sin shedding. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:29 pm
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  • Danielson Famile – “Fetch the Compass Kids ” – [Secretly Canadian]

    …if the Brady Bunch were visited by the
    Pixies on that lost turnpike episode, where
    Alice wound up in the emergency ward ‘cuz
    she od’d on Marcia’s helium stash. All the
    kids got on their knees, prayed and made up
    instant hymns. They had a campfire there
    between i.v. drips and cough drops. I know
    this is an acquired taste, but dammit if you
    like Lucky Charms, and people who can just
    plain YELP, please join me in adoring this.
    Sounds like a flea circus du soleil or high
    school talent show take on Sonic Youth at
    times. Guess what it’s a Catholic school.
    This is why the monsignor feared “acoustic
    mass” in the 70′s. Oh man, they got handclaps
    too! Squeaky clean pop. It is right to give
    them thanks and plays… -Brother Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:28 pm
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  • Lloyd, Demarnia – “Trace ” – [Arclife]

    Girl meets Cloudboy, listener falls in love.
    Girl records solo ep for a non-profit coffee
    shop/label, listener can’t stop playing CD.
    Listener begins to defy gravity, and rise on
    cushions of layered, feathered tracked vox.
    Wistful and wishful whispers beckon. Imagine
    a delicate-appearing flower, seemingly as
    frail as it is beautiful. Fixated on it,
    you draw closer to breathe in every nuance of
    scent and of sound, except the experience
    overwpowers and pppaaarrrraaalllyyzes uuyuou
    Caann”’t feeellllll anytthinng bbbbut th
    ppppretttty poooissson poppop poppies her.

    Hear Her Here Her Hear Here Here Hear Her.

    New Zealand’s Demarnia Lloyd reminds you
    that you are the frail one. No antidote.
    Ethereal garden fragrant iso-songs -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:28 pm
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  • Monster Under Bed – “Tomorrow’s Hangover ” – [Pervertidora]

    Finally a band (person? being?) not afraid
    of the dark, the dusty, and the pitch wheel.
    Lot’s of slowed-down-to-the-point-of-a-
    fallen-arcangel voice loops, over programmed
    synth pogroms. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Mugwump?
    Overall more Baby Godzilla than the big guy
    himself. Scaly, flakey, a special spew of
    old Gary Numan lps and flea market hi-finds.
    Spooky good…upchuck on the downbeat.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:27 pm
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  • Need New Body – “Need New Body ” – [Cenotaph Audio]

    Twisted pop, fake jazz, and a sorta Woody
    Allen sense of humour (check out “20$sh”
    for some great monkey business). Rapid
    fire numchuk chuckles and musical white
    knuckles. Pretty much cover all genres
    known to mankind, and invent a few others
    at the same time. All done with a poof
    of spoof. (You can’t call “C R Eyeball”
    reggae, but “Gamble On/Banji” sure is
    gamelan country) Sickly sweet synths,
    slightly drunk drums and odd bursts of
    amazing horn playing. Add in occasional
    fresh-out-of-the-asylum vocals.
    Beefheartache? -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:26 pm
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  • Magic Carpathians, the – “Denega ” – [Obuh Records]

    So Atman was a tremendous basement psych
    project that lasted well over 20 years but
    vanished into the air in 1998…in it’s
    stead we now find these Carpathians, named
    after the mountains in Poland where the
    lead singer hails from. Anna’s voice is a
    rare bird, cutting through dense clouds of
    reverb. A lot of the songs here are remixed
    to an even more blurry status, sometimes
    submerged in little sonic tide pools. Too
    stony for folk, to edgy for mystical music,
    gypsy techno, ethereal jazz, makes me think
    of ambient pop in some ways but not so
    charted out. Man, this is the balm…a
    soother of exotic instruments. When they
    performed at KFJC, there was more of Anna’s
    voice, this is a driftier side to the Magic.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2006 at 9:26 pm
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