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Orchestre National De Mauritanie – “Orchestre National De Mauritanie” – [Mississippi Records]


Sedated Saharan lounge jazz firmly rooted in local traditions but looking forward to the future. The Orchestra was established in 1968 by the nation’s first president to have something to show off to foreign delegates. At the time, this desert nation was trying to establish itself as a major cultural center of West Africa, at the far tip of the continent and bordering sub-Saharan regions. Some established musicians were recruited, like Hiddu player Saidou Ba, Mohamed “Neyfara” Fall Ould on the namesake flute, and 17 year old Hadrami Ould Meidah to lead the band with his passionate vocals. They trained in Guinea where Western music was banned but certain instrumentation was still adopted, incorporating horns and the electric guitar, which voices their African modalities beautifully. Their only official recording was a 7″ of the middle 2 tracks on side A released in 1973. Check out “La Mone” for some seductive call-response work between vocals and flute and sultry electric guitar wah-nderings, along with a rhythmic breakdown or two. The band disbanded with the coup d’etat that followed a series of droughts and their recordings were almost destroyed under the military regime, saved by a rogue radio engineer who hid them in his house for decades. The cultural pluralism of this early era has largely been lost under the current impoverishment and Islamic focus of today’s Mauritania, but these recordings hearken back to years past when they dreamed of building a “Paris in the sands.”

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Van Allen Belt, The – “Songs” – [Self-released]

    The lollipop purple vinyl of this 7″ matches the upbeat nature of these songs, sung in a woman’s rich voice (sometimes in layers), set atop synth and other instrumentation. There’s a gentle, mellow, folksy pop feel to this, epitomized by the following lyric on A1: “I only do right ’cause it feels good.” You will feel good after listening to this.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Informatics – “Dance to a Dangerous Beat” – [Dark Entries]

    Get out your weights and get ready to bop! This music definitely sounds like the 80s, and indeed it was recorded between 1980 and 1985. Created with analog synths before the time of sampling equipment, this highly energetic, rubberbandy music comes out of garages and art school basements in Melbourne. The band is together again and performing with updated equipment, but this snapshot of a time when the musicians had to innovate with four-track tape machines is delightful.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • New Birth, The – “Ain’t No Big Thing/Comin’ Together” – [SuperBird]

    The liner notes explain how The New Birth formed as an ensemble with enough team spirit to release the two albums included on this CD, yet was comprised of individuals who pursued separate musical projects at the same time. CD1 has covers galore (check out the soul version of “Fire & Rain”), and was recorded in 1971. CD2 (recorded in 1972) features the addition of vocalists Peace, Love, and Happiness, who add a distinct flavor to the music. Soul enthusiasts will enjoy this blast from the past. Fine Motown sound on here.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  • Filed as CD,Soul
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  • Sunflower Logic, The – “Clouds On The Polar Landscape” – [Pink Banana]

    Embrace the mystique. Do the imperial. Hologram shards and
    baseball cards. It’s the old new Guided by Voices by any other
    name, perceive the Sunflower Logic. The high school marching band
    assembled under a sky overcrowded by interplanetary starships,
    it’s “UFO Night.” Ramshackle rococo. Limited edition, unlimited
    sedition. I was supposed to be on the wagon, but the truth is
    I frequently down a couple of Pollard pop brews whenever
    the searchlights sweep away. Is it wrong for my favorite thing
    here to be the fake insert catalog of other imaginary bands on the
    Pink Banana label? Five cuts, “UFO Nights” stalls in the middle,
    distortion and conspiracy rule the night. “I Wanna Marry Your Sister”
    lonely boy and cat phone message to start, that confesional mic??
    style plus??percussive bad electronics over broken-hearted guitar.
    “I Was A Boy” sputters like Ate It Twice, firecracker guitar
    cable zaps arc the wizard. “Felt Stars” sci-fi piano and Robert
    Pollards voice full of triumph and regret, like all those old
    roman emperors. “Fuck You Mr. Smith” revenge on a middle school
    gym teacher? It clocks in at a GBV prorated epic 4.5 minutes, but
    that includes the tacked on drum major and band at the end.
    Recorded in his home cockpit studio, the Public Hi-Fi Balloon,
    Pollard floats more ideas in a two minute song on a knock-off
    EP than your dirty neighbors float germs in public pool across
    town. Take a dip.

    -Thurston Hunger (placing this album in KFJC’s library as bait for erstwhile KFJC DJ Harry Haller)

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Tembo, Chrissy Zebby & Ngozi Family – “My Ancestors” – [Qdk Media]

    Wham bam thank you Zamrock (and Forced Exposure.) Originally
    out in 1974 when barre chords ruled the rock and roll world
    and guitar solos were always good to go, and even better to Ngozi.
    Really dug Paul Ngozi’s fuzzed out fret flights on the
    “45,000 Volts” reissue, and he’s as much the focus here as
    drummer and vocalist Tembo. Allegedly this release was a
    Ngozi alternate configuration to get Tembo some of the royalties
    (ifffff you trust the internet). Tembo’s singing (all in English
    by the way) is steady and often upbeat even when singing
    lyrics that shout at the merchants of death. The best track,
    “Coffin Maker” has Tembo finding something to keep him going
    just in the ecstatic pursuit of rock, while said Coffin Maker
    is surrounded by empty coffins. Fans of Crushed Butler, or
    heck even confused Deep Sabbath / Black Purple peeps can
    dig this.?? Reading around is funny how different reviewers cite
    different bands, I think if you are of a certain vintage that
    dates back to this album’s release whatever band you grew up
    playing in the garage or basement, will connect to what you hear
    here. And that includes “Gone Forever” as the slow dance send off,
    Tembo not necessarily giddy, but atoned in the death of a paternal
    figure. Ngozi gets burbly with the effects on that one. But he’s
    best when the going gets rough and the distortion gets rougher,
    “Trouble Maker” is the sweatiest cut. “My Ancestors” and “Lonely
    Night” go with catchy pop melodies, and lots of interspersed
    guitar work by Ngozi. “Oh Yeh Yeh” is an instro, riding a heavy
    metal riff in a kinda Yardbirds-y way with Ngozi a la Beckola.
    Ngozi, aka Paul Dobson Nyirongo RIP 1989.?? I’m not sure if Tembo
    is alive to this day, I hope so. It’d be nice to hear his take on
    this release and various things Ngozi.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Kerkar, Kesarbai – “Kesarbai Kerkar” – [Mississippi Records]

    Actually an off shoot of the mighty Mississippi Records, Canary
    as collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. The 8-page booklet
    with an essay by Ian depicts Ms. Kerkar (1892-1977) as fierce and
    forthright as any punk femme force. This paragraph pales to
    what he put together, so seek that out. Song slices here date
    from 1950 or so, pretty consistent in their arrangement with
    Kerkar’s voice scaling and swirling in the forefront of the
    mix, like mist up a mountain peak. The mountain itself is
    sarangi and tabla and occasionally harmonium, that music
    is sturdy, but truly just the scenery for Kerkar’s expression.
    I must say, something about the deepchandi rhythm of
    “Jaat kahan ho” kind of connected with me, or maybe it
    was the more featured harmonium.?? The music’s interesting
    but the accompanying booklet and her story is the magnificent
    gem here.

    -Thurston Hunger
    PS??KFJC has??some interesting releases under Nagoski himself worth checking out too. More power to him as curator *and* creator!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Butcher, John / Buck, Tony / Mayas, Magda / Stangl, Burkhard – “Plume” – [Unsounds]

    Two live sets with a dynamic duo of John Butcher (saxes)
    and the outstanding percussionist Tony Buck joined by
    a different third improvisor on each. “Fiamme” features
    Burkhard Stangl on brittle guitar; his angular twists and
    harmonic taps start things off. Butcher valve fluttering
    and doing more subtle sputtering, some shuffly percussion
    until about 4:30 in when Butcher starts to hit the squeakier
    tea kettle piercers. Some nearly flamenco strums come
    and Butcher works into uproar mode by 6+ minutes…what
    ensues is sort of a relay race between those few fiery
    escapades and more gentle, but still vivid free work. Around
    12 min, the band sounds like a harmonium impostor verging
    on some kind of lab alarm. Some moments like 17-20 min are
    tough in the car, but heaven in the headphones. Microsounds
    too much to review on a sticker that fits on the CD. Buck
    topples some metal, and makes cymbals rain. He’s amazing.
    And that’s the shorter piece! “Vellum” rolls Magda Maya’s
    piano into the fray, prepared under the hood goodies vs
    the bird calls of Butcher. Buck tries building a cage
    around them, but a city then an ocean (Mayas’ piano at
    the bottom) and then a world keep growing. By 14+ mins we
    are reminded that all three are percussive, but again a
    quiet cycle slips in. I often feel that improv is more
    playful and humorous than my ears can tell, but this sprawler
    covers some downright spooky territory in its construction,
    (see 32-34min) before the pulsating waves of more jointed
    jazz close it. More dark and furious than the first.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Devil Is Busy In Knoxville, The [coll] – [Mississippi Records]

    Many things flow from the mighty Mississippi (label), and
    here some 78′s wash up, cleaned up and darn near baptised.
    Despite the title of the album (a presumed nod to Leola
    Manning’s “The Devil Is Busy in Knoxville”) this is no
    collection of murder ballads, but instead his grace and pearly
    gates, where “Fify Miles of Elbow Room” await us. The
    harmonies on here are downright heavenly. Not just frequent
    angel-wing fliers like the Carter Family but the straight
    collar sweet hollar of the Anglin Brothers and the Delmore
    Brothers (connecting to Palace and Everly brothers in my
    sacred heart and scarred ears). Of course the purest
    chorus comes from the mouth of babes, and “Chariot Jubilee”
    sounds like it could almost be a pacific island sublime
    frequency call and response chat. Too short. If you want
    a little hint of the apple polished by the serpent, check
    out the rough and ready work of Elder Richard Bryant’s
    Sanctified Singers, or the Silent Grove Baptist Church
    Congregation (the shadowy bass accompaniment behind
    the powerhouse unknown lead male vocal defying the Grave).
    Is Rev I.B. Ware a real person, I reckon so but his sentiment
    “I Wouldn’t Mind Dying” closes this album, which also
    features the cover lady, the mighty Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    belting out a tune from her thinner days, and holding a
    note too high and pure for any devil to touch. Sing on
    sister and brothers, sing on right on past the grave.

    -Br’er ‘Unger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Blues
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  • Deison – “Quiet Rooms” – [Aagoo]

    At last, astral projection from the comfort of your
    own bathtub! Or are these just the ambient dreams
    of a foley artist? These four 10-17 minute tracks of
    steamy ambient beams of sound float right on up
    and through you. I didn’t even notice the gaps
    between the tracks on my first listen. The cloudiness
    of the sound, banks of synth swirl, feels like it
    may have been one long piece, split into four different
    hotel rooms. The album cover indicates the way to
    get the most out of this release, a wide-eyed,
    temple-activated immersion. I do think active
    listening, as opposed to your drive-time dial-in
    will pay off more, as the samples pop up like
    flotsam in the ambient. Call it flotsambient, but
    it triggers a detective response, maybe initially
    prodded by Italy’s C. Deison being in a hotel room
    and thinking, what the hell is going on next door?
    Or perhaps just chilling out and saying, wow that
    AC Unit just hit a really nice stride. The embedding
    synth work never touches the ground, like a ghost
    organ with invisible pedals. Quiet on the set and
    quiet from the onset.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Ramble Tamble – “Secret Museum of Kind Men Vol. 2″ – [Casual Acid Tea]

    Again kudos to Matt Clark and his Casual Acid Tea label for taking
    the dip/trip into Pat Conte’s amazing collections. But right off the
    bat, KFJC’s got a problem here as we do NOT appear to own the original
    Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 3: Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48.
    We’ll get somebody on that, but let’s drop the needle here now.
    This time kind men were found in the “band” Ramble Tamble which is
    Turner Williams, Jr.??and friends, whether in NYC or down in Alabam’.
    First up: From Epirus with epilove, “Ta Magia Sto Pegadi” has Ramble
    Tamble swapping out the Balkan flights of clarinet for fiddle
    flourishes and laser light pitch wheel synth dervishes. Under the
    mix, drums kick up dust and Turner Williams, Jr grinds out some grit
    on his Electric Shahi Baaja. That song sort of breaks into two,
    an initial somewhat dour descending melody that hits a pause
    and Adam Markiewicz slings his bow and the tune into a rising
    kind of arpeggiated spin. To me the winner was Tunisia on the
    flip side, “Raks Fazani” where Williams and Casey Glover now
    on piano get the magic carpet flying like a santur dreaming
    of a shooting star. On the 7″ inner seal, both tracks say
    as “interpreted” by Ramble Tamble, so the sounds are intentionally
    more citified and trade vocals for licks and maybe even tumble
    the tunes a bit. Still good for soul.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Chaos Majik – “Telestic Madness : Majikal Musick” – [Prison Tatt Records]

    First, the music. Side A is a warm, shimmery wash of ambient drone, extremely pleasant. B1 is a menacing whir of alien thunder, or a plane taking off to destinations unknown. B2 is more whirring drone noises and whistles. B3 is lighter, brighter, and more melodic. Todd Pendu recorded this ritual electronic music without computers on 1/11/11 between 11:11 am and 11:11 pm.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ceramic Dog – “Your Turn” – [Northern Spy]


    Guitarist Marc Ribot teams up with Shahzad Ismaily and Secret Chiefs 3 drummer Ches Smith to make Ceramic Dog, releasing here their second album, Your Turn. Thirteen tracks of mostly raw crunchy guitar free-rock, but there are a few tracks sprinkled throughout that certainly make it more of an eclectic album.

    7 instrumentals, and 6 tracks with vocals (of which come the different tracks). Third track is a social commentary on the Internet. Track 6 is a little reggae tune, track 7 is an old protest song with a killer guitar solo riffage after the vocals till the end. Track 11 is a rockin’ cover of Take 5, and 12 is hip-hopy reminiscent of the Beastie Boys. The rest are mostly rockin guitar instrumentals good for any show. Take your time with this, theres something different in every?? track.

    Intrumentals: 2,4,5,8,9,11,13

    Favorites: 1,4,7,8,12

    FCC: 12

  • Reviewed by mickeyslim on April 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Total Normal – “Tales of The Expected” – [Momental Records]

    This is an electronica DJ mix album attempting that classick epicness- beats, basslines, instrument snippets, mistakes that go, dusted vocals, goofy-dope electonica shit with joyous the principal’s on whip-its let’s make summer forever vibe. Gives twisted nods to exotica, spoken word, Coldcut, Man Parrish (kinda), Colourbox, MARRS, the Avalanches, and even Juan Garcia MF Esquivel, I swear! I have fun listening to these weird and unique songs, saying to myself, oh I know where that’s from like I’ve heard the sample source before, knowing damn well that I have never heard that record and would have never even heard that sound if it wasn’t for Total Normal. It’s a good weave. These tracks bug out hard so they’re not just for fashion events, polo shirt bachelor douche-bags plotting mass murder or boutique drinking platform flip-flop wearers, I mean you could smoke bath salts, play whiffleball, do dishes and bang your girl to it too. I ride for this. Mann the General

  • Reviewed by mann on April 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Stetson, Colin – “New History Warfare Vol. 3: to See More Light” – [Constellation]

    Dizzing, Angelic, Hypnotic. These are just a few of the words to describe Colin Stetson’s new album. The one man saxaphone phenom is back with his 3rd album in his “New Hisory Warfare” saga. With cosmic waves of sax riffs fill the mind with worlds that haven’t be explored yet. We can see them but we can’t feel them. Stetson acts as the vessle to connect us to places that haven’t been awoken inside of you. Like Coltraine o Ayler; Stetson breaths new life into the saxaphone and into non believers.


  • Reviewed by honeybear on April 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Hunt, Rollin – “Phoney, The” – [Moniker Records]

    This is what happens when you mix 50′ & 60′s R&B with a basement full of Syhtns. Rollin Hunt has dug out every keyboard, moog, synthasiser & sound manipulator he could get his hands on and decided to create a pop album. Steering away from his Lo-Fi Soul sound of his previous record. Hunt hits the ground running with “The Phoney”. it has the air of a later Flaming Lips albums but with Kraut Rock space out background effects. Looking to a more produced sound Hunt delivers a Classic Pop?? album but with a more up to date twist. Top 40 hits SHOULD sound like this!

  • Reviewed by honeybear on April 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Laila Je T’aime [coll] – [Mississippi Records]

    Guitar music from the Western Sahel – A selection of field recordings taken by Christopher Kirkley between 2009- 2011. Recorded on site at locations near the riverside of Niger to the North Malian Desert. A guitar is hard to find in this part of the world, the instrument is often battered, fixed in makeshift ways and passed down from hand to hand over many years. The guitars on this recording have a gorgeous, unique tone.. they are either tuned to each other or to themselves.. The songs here are those of a communal fireside jam, dedicated to the passage of time, with the voices of musicians or listeners talking in the background or reacting to the music. The musicians here are listening to each other, conversing using their instruments, with a free and easy sense of rhythm that makes me want to sit out in the sunshine, sip on something, kick back and listen. The guitar here is often accompanied by other instruments, and always a soulful voice singing in french. Sounds like a combination of improvised jams and group songs which have been practiced many times by a circle of friends. The last song on side B is probably one of the best renditions of the Police’s Message in a Bottle you are likely to hear. Drop the needle anywhere, there is no going wrong. -Surfer Rosa

  • Reviewed by surferrosa on April 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Rivers, Boyd – “You Can’t Make Me Doubt” – [Mississippi Records]

    This gospel giant born Christmas day 1934 never seemed to get his voice heard much outside of the Mississippi area where he hailed from, though he did play a bit in France and Italy. Front porch country-blues stomp played clean with a hint of backwoods grit and some real raw twang. He pelts out these prayers with some big belly wailin’ and gap-tooth moans that really let out that spiritual energy rooted deep to the core. I hear they called him Reverend Boyd Rivers though who knows if he ever lead a sermon in his life. I did read that he sang in local churches around Madison County and had an ample supply of biblical anecdotes. Friendly and easygoing but also intense and passionate, he liked to hang out with his friends at JoJo’s gas station/convenience store on Highway 51, the main street of Pickens, MS, of which he lived 5 miles outside at the end of a two-mile long gravel road. I’m no religious man, but I would’ve liked to sit back and hear him preach. He died of a heart attack November 22 1993.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Blues
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  • Alter Echo & E3 – “Kufic Dub” – [ZamZam Sounds]

    Following in the footsteps of dub luminaries Lee Perry and Scientist (AE&E3 have collaborated with both), these former BSI label-heads stay devoted to the true essence of dub even when they get out there in a modern way. They flatter with their imitations of traditional predecessors, but balance this fanboy inspiration with nuances that bring new characteristics to the dub-iverse. Echo-delay vocals are potted up naturally and don’t sound like samples, while sudden key riffing and tempo jumps/drops show that these are not loops; what starts as a sacrifice to the old gods mutates into the scribbles of the new electronic scripture that actually lives when the lasers start firing and the 2″ tape starts whirring in the back ground. Both are slow and stoney and play at 45. Mann the General

  • Reviewed by mann on April 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Dead C, The Vs. Rangda [coll] – [Ba Da Bing]

    Lost Dead C recordings from the Eusa Kills sessions around 1989 and recordings of Rangda from 2010. Crunching, plodding death dirge from Dead C evolves into a swing dance atop the ashes of yesterday. Heavy on the apolitical contention with a hint of nihilist contentment, its like sipping on broken glass so fine it goes down smooth. A know nothing mind fart of muffled mayhem and primal deconstruction. On the Rangda side we get a delicate wash of emotional protuberance. Catharsis blossoms gleefully from the organic exchange between Chasny and Bishop fed by the photosynthetic energy of Corsano’s drums. The dynamic interplay remains gentle while crashing your senses like ocean waves on a solitary rock. While perhaps not the best introduction to the work of the two bands, these fine selections demonstrate the range of sonic abilities contained in a simple guitar-guitar-drums trio format.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm
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