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    What KFJC has added to their library and why...

    White Suns – “Totem” – [Flenser]


    Ferocious, disjointed noisemusic. Crashing, thudding drums, squealing distorted guitar, wall of feedback, buzzes and hums, tormented vocals. Amplifiers as weapons. Howling chaos and cacophony. “Let flowers burst from my chest. Let roots coil in my skull.” Most tracks are between 3 and 7 minutes in length. No vocals on # 3, 5, and 8.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on March 31, 2015 at 11:54 pm
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  • Wold, Erling – “Little Girl Dreams of Taking..” – [Minmax Records]

    A disturbingly beautiful (and vice versa) modern
    opera. Guided by a narrator like a half-crazed yet
    erudite carney, Jim Cave rants (for me recalling
    John Fiedler’s Jack the Ripper character on that
    memorable Star Trek.) His lurid fascination is key,
    as we hear a tale every bit as gruesome, and yet
    compelling. Both for us the audience, and our
    heroine who’s compulsion for devotional love beckons
    her over a torturous waste land of the corrupted
    and corrupting. She splits mentally and vocally,
    her dual name a fraught coupling. Odder couplings
    follow, strange dreams and dances. The reference
    machine breaks on this outstanding CD, T.S. Eliot
    crossed with Charming Hostess? Bang-on-a-Can and
    Erik Belgum in sackcloth? Well we have added some
    music by the Paul Dresher ensemble (who score
    in the shadows here) and the twisted undergarments
    of the plot are swiped from Max Ernst. Powerful
    airs and arias, tie your listeners to the mast
    with this opera. Proud to add this one. -Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 31, 2015 at 12:00 am
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  • McKelvey, Collin – “Nolan, The” – [Nada CDR]

    LOVE! Subdued yet intense inspired dronish noise. Got some extra chirps and splurts. Sexy keyboards! I want to feel this way before I die.

  • Reviewed by mrpantsfancy on March 25, 2015 at 7:13 pm
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  • Lloyd, Justin Marc – “Sorry For The Thoughts” – [Hideous Replica]

    Layers of static, pops, and twirls. Underlying violent tone. High toned interlaced systems. Playful panning. (Use headphones) It’s what we need in our life. So, play it.

  • Reviewed by mrpantsfancy on March 25, 2015 at 7:02 pm
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  • Eyehategod – “Eyehategod” – [Century Media]


    more filthy scum sludge from the delta boys after 14 years. first release since Joey’s untimely death but new stickman Aaron Hill sets off ripping from the start: Agitation! leaning more to their hardcore days, showing off his unrelenting chops. fear not, though, the sludgelords ain’t losin’ their heavy blues roots; digging in dirty and dragging deep in the muck by Parish Motel, really sloggin and slobberin on Robitussin, even slipping into some country fried noodling on Worthless Rescue. on Flags Williams lets loose ranting gutter poetry over a lumbering mess of feedback that segues nicely into the massive deteriorating hulks of Noose and Bootcamp. They may have cleaned up a bit since their Dopesick days but these southern hicks can still pound out southern riffs heavier than any.

  • Reviewed by abacus on March 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Maximin, Berangere – “Infinitesimal” – [Sub Rosa]

    tone changes
    invasion by aircraft
    heart beating
    really pretty
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on March 18, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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  • Jaworzyn, Stefan – “Annhilating Light, The” – [Kye]

    A is throw you up in the air and drop you
    B is bleep bloppy space sounds
    Noise and experimental pioneer and previous member of Skullflower. He took a big break and came back just a couple years ago. He started the label Shock, which has an impressive list of artists on it like Divine Horsemen, Current 93, The Dead C, and Nurse With Wound. We have a lot of his stuff. He said in an interview: “Oasis of Filth is a live recording on a digital synth I was tinkering with. In the way these things happen I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds fucked up, better record it.’ I recently described it to Scott (Foust) along the lines of ‘a psychotic experimental piece that sounds like a lunatic trapped in some installation and banging the door against his head in an attempt to make it all go away.’ Think of it that way. Cast Out…Here I wanted to produce something more menacing and unsettling.”
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on March 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Allbee, Liz & Burkhard Beins – “Mensch Mensch Mensch” – [Alt. Vinyl]

    First side is chimey humming bassy. Tuning forks that sound like singing bowls. Then a roaring like boiling water that becomes an airplane with tapping clicks. Either speed is delightful. B side has clanking smacking running rolling crashing and some l/r channel play. Also a wind/rustly sound, ominous piano, then roaring. This would be fun for noisers to layer. Or play it on its own.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on March 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Rectal Hygienics – “Ultimate Purity” – [Permanent]

    Sludgy feedbacky rock from Chicago. Call themselves punk, vocals are more metal to me. My favorite is Untitled, track 7. I like the chaos and repetition.
    Get your TP ready, this is not clean. FCC: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on March 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Deison / Mingle – “Weak Life” – [Aagoo Records]


    A collaboration between C. Deison and Mingle (aka Andrea Gastaldello). Deison is well known within the Noize/Experimental community and has worked with some heavyweights like KK Null, Scanner et al Heavy, cinematic floor shaking thumps and ominous hums and beats. Nice loops and textures throughout. Pure blissful dark soundscape, this is a mindblower for sure.

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on March 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm
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  • Famous Cigarettes [coll] – [Limited Appeal]

    This Limited Appeal Records release called “Famous Cigarettes” is a split project between Bad History Month and Dust of 1000 Years. Bad History Month: I think I am too old to figure it all out because it is probably just so simple. Bad History Month, Fat History Month, Sad History Month. OMG whatever! Sometimes a label. Sometimes a band. Sometimes a song title. Sometimes a record title. This incarnation is Bad History Month, being Dan and Sean. Guitars, drums. Slow rock. The songs are somewhat dirge like meditations on the point and/or pointlessness of life and trying to find meaning within and without that understanding. It’s like Silver Jews, E. Smith and Sebadohish. 90’s style with lots of richness. Full sounds. Track one, “Thank God For The Ground”, starts off quiet and then just ends, as if falling from a distance and then it’s all over when you hit. Well thought out.
    The Dust of 1000 Years side is Bloomington, Indiana’s own. Very Neil Young influenced, sitting around the fire pit or in the living room recording. Do you hear the squeaking chair? I eat this stuff up. Lo fi folk acoustic, sometimes. That s-l-o-w-e-d down, stoned style, making observations about life. Wondering about life. Some instruments just slightly off kilter. Guitar, drums, bass, some violin.
    I’m pulling up my broken down wooden chair, sitting by the fire outside, looking up at the stars and nodding off to the sounds.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 18, 2015 at 10:36 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Little Annie & Baby Dee – “State of Grace” – [Tin Angel Records]

    Little Annie (aka Annie Anxiety). Baby Dee. “State of Grace”.
    There are some times reviewing when I just have to sit back and take pause. Breathe and exhale and be thankful that I have been given the opportunity to listen to something of such profound beauty and depth. Such is the case with “State of Grace”, the 2012 release on Tin Angel Records. Little Annie and Baby Dee need little introduction. These women are heavy hitters in the field of post punk/dark cabaret. Little Annie has worked with Penny Rimbaud and Crass, Current 93, Coil, Nurse With Wound, Bim Sherman. She was the “house chanteuse” of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound Records. Baby Dee started work as a performance artist in 1970 and has worked extensively with Antony Hegarty, David Tibet, and Andrew WK. And was for many years a tree surgeon.
    This lush and sophisticated collaboration has both working on 10 songs filled with rich instrumentation and intelligent lyrics. Little Annie sings in her breathy, crackly, oh so stunning voice which is part Marianne Faithful, part Tom Waits, part Lotte Lenya. Pacing, inflection and enunciation sparkle the words of aging, change, loss, maintaining significance. Baby Dee’s piano and Hammond B3 work play with and highlight as well as float along side Little Annie’s singing. This is high standard piano work, like a new classical movement. Songs are orchestrated for small ensembles of wind and brass instruments as well as strings. Think dark cabaret at it’s finest, sounding Kurt Weill as well as Antony. To be sitting at a small table in an intimate club, candlelit, cocktails, and these two fine women performing would be wonderful. Listen. Close you eyes. You can be there.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 18, 2015 at 12:39 am
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  • Lakker – “Mountain Divide EP” – [R&S]


    aka Irish duo Mr. Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell. This is their second release on R&S and if this is the sound that R&S is going for I am super excited for the future of the label. This is mindblowingly awesome, gorgeous heavy rhythms and dark metallic beats reminiscent of Kangding Ray. Ominous, compelling and mesmerizing. Also this sounds equally awesome at 33rpm. Enjoy!!

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on March 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Geerken, Hartmut / John Tchicai – “Kabul and Teheran tapes, the” – [Qbico]


    New York free jazz journeyman Tchicai travelled to Kabul in 1977 to join German artist, philosopher and musician Geerken while he lived there in the mid-70s; Geerken is truly on a different wavelength (at the time studying ethnomycology in rural Afghanistan) and the two together go off the deep end into mystical tripper jazz embarking on journey long explorations of roomfuls of musical artifacts, all sorts of toys to jump around and lose themselves and each other in heady subconscious voyages to heightened realms of hyper realities. tribal space drones throughout but bringing a soulful, joyful praise to the frame; letting the spirits of ancient civilizations permeate through their very psyche, closing the recordings with a couple of rhythm and blues roundabouts to really wrap up the trip. a couple of truly under-appreciated geniuses of their time basking in the radiance of each other’s auras, lose yourself in their presence.

  • Reviewed by abacus on March 17, 2015 at 12:06 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Very Be Careful – “El Millonario” – [Downtown Pijao]


    native Los Angelanos Very Be Careful have been hitting the streets with Colombian vallenato-style cumbia since 1998, recording several albums and bringing their party all over the world. traditional styles with a sun-scorched urban countryside flair, this is dazed and sweaty warehouse party music to keep you dancing till 2AM; the B-side is more of a light-hearted celebration while the B-side is more brooding, misterioso y peligroso. tenga cuidado es muy caliente

  • Reviewed by abacus on March 16, 2015 at 11:15 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,International
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  • (We’ve Got) Fiends In Low Places [coll] – [Eolian Empire]


    international collection of sludge ballistics, damaged and degraded fuck all rock n roll. not straight muck, rather a splintering barrage from every angle, with plenty of vehement variety to enervate and animate. amongst the heavy hitters: Arabrot spitting hissing goth-core and Cyberne’s crust thrash, Sabatini drags R&B staight to the mud letting Batpiss coat us further in black viscosity, Hombre Malo offers up an interesting brand of screaming prog that clashes nicely with Time Killer’s off-kilter rockabilly. plenty of dirt for everyone, but rock music ain’t for pussies. bite it and bleed.

  • Reviewed by abacus on March 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm
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  • Fluxusgames 2002 Hamburg [coll] – [Gruenrekorder]


    neo-Dada playtime with these German swanksters and flabbergasters. abstract surrealist celebrations of the mundane everyday everything as music; spoken word nonsense monologues of celestial cyborg voices and vacuum flogging air-conditioner drone. ringing telephones and intercom buzzing; squeaks, squawks and screams of lingering tinkerers. recorded during the fluxusfestival in 2002, a concert of life.

  • Reviewed by abacus on March 16, 2015 at 10:35 pm
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  • Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp – “Rotorotor” – [Red Wig]

    Effervescent and intoxicating blend of the tweaked and the
    accessible, of Konono No. 1 and Chanel No. 9, of art brut
    and a homemade pillow. Too hard to describe, too easy to
    enjoy…there’s upright bass, violin, marimba, guitar,
    drums, trombone, and voices that feel like your leaning
    into the wind on sunny day. Liz Moscarola is the lead
    vocalist, she’s on the violin too, and brings little
    toys as do others. At times this feels like march of
    wind-up toys, they sing in English, but their genesis
    is in Geneva. Connections to the Ex, G.W. Sok wrote
    two tunes, and references to Dog Faced Hermans and
    Spaceheads will fast track this to certain KFJC’ers, but
    take your time, every track has a beauty and power,
    the percussion interplay of Aida Diop and Wilf Plum,
    check their work on “Tra La La.” Vincent Bertholet on
    the upright and Mathias Forge on an often Dixieland
    muted booping trombone stop the project from floating
    away like a kite. Guitarist Mael Salietes is excellent
    and his grit and discord are such a perfect tonic to
    the percolating pop. Simple cannot say enough great
    things about this project, a vital release! We Are the
    DuChampions thanks to music like this!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 16, 2015 at 7:13 pm
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  • Frank (Rennicks, Stephen) – “Frank” – [Silva Screen Records Ltd.]

    Listened to this album and was intrigued by it, feeling
    the sense of a band gathering, and the shadow of
    Suicide, well Alan Vega and not Don, and then the feeling
    of a different Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart precision
    pushing his vision. All the way through it once and I had
    to see the film, and was not disappointed. So the first
    feeling is gone, and now these songs are attached to
    memories, from the film in all its intimacy and love for the
    outside artist. And a pretty nice side swipe at SXSW
    that I think KFJC fans will delight in, #20 is tongue in
    ear after cheek. When madness spins around, many
    things go flying out ward, amps, sparks, visiting German
    families….but at the heart a sweet cover of “Lighthouse
    Keep” ticks the Clockwork heart. Watching the film I felt
    tangents to Scott Walker and Daniel Johnston, but
    apparently Chris Sievey (RIP 2010) is the more immediate
    inspiration we’ve only one Frankie Sidebottom 7″ and one
    Freshies track on a collection, but this fine movie is
    going to keep him alive forever. Now listening to the
    soundtrack surely breaks the film flash-flooding into
    my memory…I’d almost recommand folks get the soundtrack
    first and listen all the way through, gathering your own
    idea what the film might be like before watching it.
    Can’t say enough good things about film and music.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm
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  • Bologna Violenta – “Il Nuovissimo Mondo” – [Placenta Recordings]

    Hyper-grind is an adrenaline rush that when sustained
    to me loses its effect, saturation kicks in after a few
    minutes but splicing it in a DJ set grabs ones ears, or
    better yet making a release like this killer piece from
    Nicola Manzan aka Bologna Violenta. The contrasts he
    sets up before launching a flurry of billion bpm blasts
    (he even grabs some drum and bass on #3) are more
    humorous than frightening, but either way make for a
    fascinating listen. I wish I spoke Italian, “la morte”
    “sanguine” pop out on #11 but it’s delivered in a
    smoking jacket arm chair voice over the gentlest of
    pop breeziness that I don’t know what the hell is
    going on, after that #12 has some almost funereal
    violin descending an imaginary catacomb before
    that violin has a nervous breakdown in #13, with
    abrupt stops and more vocal samples. #14 almost
    offers a happy house techno start under Popol Vuh
    keyboards and then drillcore action. So reading
    online, evidently the inspiration here are films
    like “Mono Cane” and many of the quotes are lifted
    from such films. Additionally, it looks like Manzan
    is a trained violinist, so that fits. And there’s
    a lot going on here musically, even if it is not
    at a cartoon-y breakneck grind. This combines the
    best of a rollercoaster and a funhouse (#5 bounces
    near porn wah-wah lite funk in and out of the
    jumping jackhammer precision metal runs). Nice to
    let the whole CD track like a drive-in movie into
    your own mind, past a run-away heartbeat and into
    the place where your confused eyeballs hide!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm
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