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Rabit – “Baptizm” – [Tri Angle]

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a dialectic of styles in the grime variety, UK/US counterpoint extracted to maximalist effect; grit production style, meticulously constructed and stripped down; reductive composition at its most blaring. apostasic introspection.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 30, 2015 at 12:26 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Weil, Andrew MD – “8 Meditations For Optimum Health” – [Upaya]

    Andrew Weil MD, Integrative Medicine specialist from Tucson, Arizona, has put together 8 tracks of guided meditation that will help you make it on this plane, and get ready for the next. With the musical assistance of the Archangelos Chamber Ensemble (specialize in performing psychoacoustically designed music), Andrew takes you on a meditative journey fit to heal the soul and the mind. The good doctor’s soothing, but in charge voice, tells you when to meditate, for how long, on what and why. But the best part of this gem are the situations he has you imagine to help you become one with. For instance, on “Healing Yourself” he has you imagine slicing open your hand with a knife when working in the kitchen. Watch the blood as it goes down your arm. Then experience the healing. It actually made me feel anxious more than calm. Which I love. The musical accompaniment lends itself to your journey. Flow with the strings, flute, sarod, koto and tibetan bells (of course). Open your show with a meditation. Help the listeners understand the power of KFJC. Namaste.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on April 30, 2015 at 12:06 am
  • Filed as CD,Comedy
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  • Knife In The Water ( Komeda, Krzysztof ) – “Knife In The Water” – [Cherry Red Records]

    Music by Polish jazz pianist Krzystof Komeda from the soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s first feature length film KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962) and his 1960 short feature INNOCENT SORCERERSS, ending with some fine tracks of Komeda’s own compositions and some standards. After Stalin died in 1953, jazz was no longer illegal in Poland but Polanski’s film was disapproved by the regime when it came out. The tunes are very hip and cool and expertly played – a snapshot of jazz in Poland at this time and its excellence for a soundtrack. Komeda also did the soundtrack for Polanski’s film ROSEMARY’S BABY and other films.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm
  • Filed as CD,Soundtrack
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  • Raionbashi – “Kollekte” – [Hanson Records]

    Could I love anything more than this? I say that a lot, but could I love this anymore than I do?
    Hanson Records (Aaron Dilloway) found this in a section of the warehouse, no label, nothing. Hanson decided to put on a cover and get it out. Only 17 copies supposedly. We are LUCKY to get this. It is gold for the weirdo-noise-cut up-tape-electronic- in your face lovers. Yes please.
    Raionbashi, (also Daniel Lowenbruck or Daniel Raionbashi or???) is a performance artist, electronic musician “musician”, soundscape creator, affiliated with Schimpfluch, out there smarty pants freak weirdo???. my kind of guy.
    “Kollekte” is sounds. Two sides of sounds with electronic manipulation. One at 33 and the other at 45. Sounds of metal, interiors with people, burps, horns, cars, farts, sneezes, dogs barking. It is a sonic carnival of high and low. Tightly put together. Not random though it might sound as such. Or maybe random but it works as one. Listen for awhile. Let it sink in. You too will be a believer.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on April 29, 2015 at 12:41 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Spettro Family – “The Tenant From Hell e.p.” – [Prison Tatt Records]

    Solo waveform electronics. Italy’s Stefano’s cinematic short library cuts to set mood, a capsule of scenes, A side, protasis or epitasis movements, while B side, definitely catastrophe, settled yet empty, durations, and tholing tears. 1) conga fills, kit, metal percussion, and a model synth timbre for painting with oils and brush, or on stage, for laser lights and smoke machine 2) the melody, laidback, but becomes more elaborate, the song structure grounded in repetition of a few parts without variations really. static cymbol, and leading bass line, brings to mind the Konami sound, and something like Contra. 3) tension or freedom at the heart of the machine, distanciation or otherwise known as contemplation. 4) a music box, with high frequency blurring or peaking and might vibrate even but definitely strident. where doth the melody reside? from the heart cometh and to the heart goeth. wonders the dada diogenes.

  • Reviewed by Grizzly Adam on April 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Sakata, Akira / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love – “Arashi” – [Trost]

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    This is free jazz, intense and great in its way. Track 2 is particularly interesting with its vocals backed by drums. The double bass highlights the drama. In Track 3 Nilssen-Love’s percussion shines. Yes, it’s all stormy. Track 4 begins with the lovely sound of clarinet. The double bass comes in for a nice conversation, and then the percussion enters. The song meanders through its story line, less frenetically than the other tracks, until Sakata’s vocals come on the scene and speed things up a bit. Very interesting.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • and So I Watch You From Afar – “Gangs” – [Sargent House]

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    From Belfast, UK comes this stellar offering of rock/metal/psych-infused music. Okay, I don’t know how to classify it–all I know is that it’s fast-paced, intense, and the songs are long enough to not feel cheated of hearing them play themselves out.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 26, 2015 at 10:24 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Moonbell – “Afterlives” – [Hypnogram Corp.]

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    This four-piece San Francisco band plays music as pretty as its name promises. Three to four-minute pieces of shoegaze heaven, with synth, drums, guitar, and hazy voices mixing to create an intense pleasure that is all too short-lived. Track 11 is my favorite.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 25, 2015 at 7:32 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • De Dionyso, Arrington and Lima Jari Sakti Rasyit – “Unheard Indonesia: Pancak Silat Situbondo” – [Psychic Sounds]

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    dagger wielding trance mania: dancing around tireless gamelan hypnosis; between taunting horns and leering double-reeds; a lone bass clarinet roars in and outside the center, absorbing the chaos of its context and lashing it back in vehement discourse. the ebbs and flows of conversation are there, but the content transcends idiom. a universality of tradition.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 23, 2015 at 12:49 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • silo homes – “silo homes” – [Self Released]

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    gentle drones of country rustic drifting elusively between san francisco fog and new orleans haze. spacious melodies and distant vocals stretching songs vast. listless nostalgia for anticipated memories.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 23, 2015 at 12:34 am
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  • Arora, Kiran – “PAIN EMPOWERMENT – UNTITLED – SLOW LEARNER” – [Self-release]

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    three useless cassettes of ratchet feedback scrape and ragged foot dragged drones of warped steel and empty squall. teetering between ear shreding screech and sizzle to undulating low end bends all subsiding to parkside serenity. los angeles artist Oxen affiliate.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Arora, Kiran – “PAIN EMPOWERMENT – UNTITLED – SLOW LEARNER” – [Self-release]

    three useless cassettes of ratchet feedback scrape and ragged foot dragged drones of warped steel and empty squall. teetering between ear shreding screech and sizzle to undulating low end bends all subsiding to parkside serenity. los angeles artist Oxen affiliate.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Grayskul – “Zenith” – [Fake Four Inc.]

    2013 hip hop album from the duo of Onry Ozzborn and JFK out of the Pacific Northwest.
    These guys have worked with Oldominion, Dark Time Sunshine, The Gigantics, Barfly, Norman, Sleep, Aurora, Ceshi, Maker, Mr. Hill, Aesop Rock, Cage, Slug, and Fakts One among others. Tons of guest musicians and MCs on this album. Some really good beats and pop feel but lyric and rhyme focused. Singing on several tracks gives it a popular vibe. Songs about politics, pot, sex and being grateful.
    I like the flows on track 4, 10, 11, 12 and the beats on 6,12,16.
    FCCs 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 18.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Rothenberg, Ned – “Portal” – [Lumina Records]

    A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Ned Rothenberg (born 1956) plays on this 1982-1983 recording on alto sax, bass clarinet, and soprano double ocarina. The first three cuts are solos, the last is a duet with percussion. It sounds like these pieces are free improvisation – very enjoyable and sometimes hypnotic – frequently repetitive, sometimes high pitched or honky. Straddles the line of contemporary classical and free jazz.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Black Wax Machine – “Fall” – [MP3.COM]

    Music from imaginary mountains – guitar in
    sound shadows – leafy strumblage and wind-blown
    panning. All instro, no aggro. Overdoubledubbed
    images, especially nice as Chris Lilly tends to
    not quite overlap those dubs quite right. Listen
    for the playing lower in the mix usurping the
    dominant. Gently odd. Listening to this, I could
    envision a hermit somewhere named Howie, who
    *never* leaves his house and just listens to Led
    Zeppelin III over and over again. Well, Howie,
    needs to do a lot of things, but certainly hearing
    this it towards the top of his to-do list. Get
    twelve-strung out!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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  • Variable Unit – “Handbook for the Apocalypse” – [Wide Hive]

    Second skirmish from Bay Area hip hop hard
    corps, well-stocked with munitions of samples.
    However, the typical battleplan is inverted,
    the samples detonated here are written rather
    than rhythmic. And instead of a quick clip of
    snares bursting in air, this new VU let’s its
    sampled pieces go the distance. Including work
    from Burroughs, Howard Zinn and an excellent
    Conrad Aiken poem. Their wired barbs impale the
    soul jazz that offers something between a beat
    and cognitive dissonance. Sonic smoothness
    stands against more jagged verbal slags. DJ Zeph,
    aka Azeem, broadcasts that lack of a revolution
    in the year 2029 in one of the lighter moments.
    Bombs are dropped close to home, sons are sent
    to war in a quick leap from infancy to infantry.
    In the end, DJ Quest and his comrades dole out
    an odd ration, an existential sandwich with God
    in the middle?!? Overall, a well-read badge of
    courage. My kind of patriotism!
    -Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Asa-Chang & Junray – “Tsu Gi Ne Pu” – [Leaf Recordings]

    Precision pairings of peculiar samples. The
    lead-off track locks a tractor beam on Star Trek
    samples, percussive East Indian style “bol”
    singing and something that sounds like a
    variation on the “I Dream of Jeanie” theme melody.
    The whole EP is funny and fascinating, or maybe
    the other way around. For what it’s worth,
    Asa-Chang is the nickname for Koichi Asakura, who
    plays the Indonesian bongos (“Dandud”) as well as
    some synthesized drums, and “Junray” is Japanese
    for “pilgrimage.” Originally this was a one-man
    journey, but somewhere along the way, U-ZHAAN
    joined to help turn the tablas around. Rhythms
    seem so well-charted they approach algorithmic
    status. This made me think of those AIBO robot
    dogs; clever, cute and animated, I look forward
    to seeing how it lives outside the laboratory.
    The last track stops at then lot’s o’
    silence until a bonus jabber-stabber poetcussion
    piece, at track # .) -THungroid

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 21, 2015 at 2:21 pm
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  • Old Time Relijun – “Varieties of Religious Experience” – [K Records]

    Ragged and rugged, but not rigged. Creation
    Music was never calculated, nor is it now
    quarantined from de Dionyso’s more popular
    rant and roll project Old Time Relijun.
    Arrington has knocked down the walls between
    his craniosonic hemispheres and laid bare the
    shared wild hairs in each. Both the rock and
    the avant are bursting with mighty lung-flowers.
    His raw vox (and clarinet caterwauls) imbue all
    the tracks with a powerful implusiveness. Lyrics
    match, lit by a fever-dreamlike inspiration. All
    of this is accentuated by a rough assemblage of
    tracks in various primeval states. Percussion
    cracks like pistols, even the more “straight”
    music is messy in a very pretty way. Arrington
    sings from the heart of darkness in an isolation
    tank, delivering a great variety of altered
    states.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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  • Shea, David – “Classical Works I I” – [Tzadik Oracles]

    David Shea’s constructions have changed, gone
    are the rococo-a-go-go samples, the outlandish
    gargoyle skips and hep-hop fountains; instead
    he’s now sending spires of sound skyward – up
    in the heavens where the air is heavier, with
    chamber musicians embedded in the clouds. His
    aspirations are clear in the title, “Classical
    Music,” meaning until a Bugs Bunny cartoon lifts
    these pieces, notions of rambunctious humor will
    wait. And wait. And this *is* waiting music,
    pensive slow tone migrating drones. The duo with
    Jean Paul Dessy’s cello is by far the pluckiest.
    Shea’s sampling here is far from a bull in a
    china shop, instead the digitized reproduction
    blends (arguably too??) seamlessly with the pattern
    from your grandmother’s wedding. Replicontroller.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm
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  • Leucrota – “Demo” – [Sentient Ruin Laboratories]

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    festering pustules post-punk hardcore from Santa Cruz’ most wretched. caked with the slime of the San Lorenzo, one might lean towards stoner but this is some serious shroom doom; lurching no frills riffage churning in agonizing elation but shrouded in psychedelic gloom. just as likely to lash out wildly as it is to writhe and smolder in a sludge that’s more frail than sluggish.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm
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