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Raya Brass Band – “Raya” – [Self Produced]

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This music is Balkan influenced, peppy, brassy, and truly great. It is dance music from a band in Brooklyn, New York. There’s sax, trumpet, accordion, keyboards, percussion, tuba, tupan, and snare drum, all played by six guys who know how to get your feet tapping. The band is named after a six-year-old girl (who may be the cutie on the album cover). I like this because it shows that great ethnic sounds can come out of New York City.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 31, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Dirty Old Men – “Beerhandles & Lovebellies” – [Self Released]

    Dirty Old Men ??? Beerhandles & LoveBellies

    Local indie Hip Hop. Beerhandles & Lovebellies sounds like a personal
    journal of a couple of alcoholics who got together over some cold ones
    and took their freestyle notebooks and put together an album. FCCs on
    all tracks except 3,6, and 9 which are instrumental interludes.
    Interlude 9 is cool track that includes samples from Charles Manson,
    Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa. This album is most likely going to get
    you to nod your head or shake it in disdain. All in all the real hip
    hop heads will find something to appreciate in the album especially on
    track 8 and the interlude tracks.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on October 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • May, Brian – “Patrick” – [XOZMIQ]

    Limited re-release of the soundtrack to this movie about a comatose patient who manipulates the mind of his hot nurse.
    Score consists of the airy joys of falling in love (repeating melody) juxtaposed with the murderous creepy jitters on the next track. Fall in love, murder, rinse, repeat.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • Haino / Brotzmann / O’rourke – “Two City Blues” – [Trost]

    Recorded in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Pit Inn in one night, we have sax tarogato, clarinet, guitar, shamisen, and voice in a free jazz setting. Melancholy, dour at times, uplift to a car crash of noise, and back again.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Keen, Darren – “He’s Not Real” – [Orange Milk]

    Aka The Show is the Rainbow, Touch People. High energy, glitchy dance with rhythm slips. Club-y production values. Repetition of sampled material can get irritating at times. Drop the needle and shake yer buns.

    Polyrhythms for daaaaays.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Yasunao Tone, Talibam, & Kulik, Sam – “Double Automatism” – [Karlrecords]

    Collaborative noise glitch improv. Pissed off overloaded computer click fuck side longs with a wandering trombone, trying to find its way through the mix.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 28, 2015 at 4:56 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Apa Kabar – “We Are Apa Kabar” – [Self Released]


    a meeting of spirits in Jogjakarta, Java. Japanese vocal trips – Indonesian guitar mantras – American effects entropy. tribal dada psychedelia and celestial funk minimalism. connections to Factums, Seek Six Sick and Yo Yo. the supreme of surreal, the best of bizarre. may trigger flashbacks, use at your own risk.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Breathing Patterns – “All Beat Up” – [Self Release?]


    self-declared experimental post-punk out of San Jose. teeth gritting guitar riffage and bellowing bass and drums accompany; snarling vocal delivery gives you that punk rock grimace with spacious song writing that still manages to move and change. these guys got skills and a sound all their own in a sea of same-sounding rock music (the 90s were pretty fuckin awesome though)

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 26, 2015 at 7:01 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Untitled [coll] – [Instincto Records]

    Texas noise gang train on listeners ear fears; 4 way pileup of fundraiser folly and demotivational mutilation. harsh no-no music noisy noise with big grimy mouthfuls of Texan drivel and abuse. people will not donate to this.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Evening Fires – “Incredible Adventures” – [Deep Water Acres]


    This music is perfect for a spirit walk as you stare into Evening Fires, letting the instrumentation take you through psychedelic realms that morph into trance-inducing drone. The tracks are nice and long, giving you enough time to venture out with your mind and then find your way home again, subtly changed for the better.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Sun Ra – “Outer Spaceways Incorporated” – [D. A. Music]

    Sun Ra and the gang playing live in !968 in New York City. Good recording, typical Sun Ra in a way, but very fresh sounding.
    Track 1 – Cacophony, then drum solo
    Track 2 – Off key piano, then bass solo
    Track 5 – Very nice flute – bass/piano continuo.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on October 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Hideous Replica – “Hideous Replica” – [Self-release]


    have you ever listened to everything around you so intently that the presence of sound itself became unbearable? whether in the chaotic milieu of an urban downtown or the isolated breaches of silence in faraway rural desolation the sounds around us have the capacity to overwhelm if you try to take it all in at once. be careful how intently you pay attention.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm
  • Filed as 7-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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  • Jar Moff – “Commerical Mouth” – [Pan]


    urban dust street scene collage; soul jazz underbelly raving screech and skronk futuristic in a familiar way; drums pushing and pulling the piano glitch with turntables ever spinning; the beats come in movements with cinematic progression like a new age hip hop ballet; IDM for the interdimensional; needle dragging along the inner label side B carries on sparks simmering in the deconstruction; reconvening for the spirit solstice but jarring back to bass line; is that funk i hear crumbling? a drum solo locked in ether between terrestrial and not; heavy organs carry the weight of planets; gravitational free association dropping like comets; storm cloud distortion driftin lullabies meandering back to stressed passing pastures and green lawns unbeknownst to chaos; Athens based artist.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 21, 2015 at 9:12 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • S/V\R – “Celebration Noire” – [Handmade Birds]


    nefarious industrial from members of Menace Ruine out of Montreal. rhythmic noise with gothic leanings. warzone drum machining with 80s aesthetic and modern grit. B side especially unleashes the heaviness.

  • Reviewed by abacus on October 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Slackk – “Backwards Light” – [R&S]


    Slackk (producer Paul Lynch’s) debut album on R&S Records, instrumental Grime with Asian-flavored melodic lines. Production style pays homage to AFX concerning sound and synth usage. The EP has a strong cinematic feel close to being a homage to a Japanese garden.


    The styles range from eastern influenced spiraling bell synths and punchy drums (Bells) to cinematic paintings (Sleeper Carriage) trying to push forward so called sino-grime, with lots of Eastern instrumentation arrangements. The melodic value is highlighted. Posrednik is the most energetic track with irregular rhythms, reversed percussion and acid-flavored sound treats. Backwards Light has more relaxed sino-loops with square waves and off-track percussion. Monument has a dramatic synth beginning and then paying homage to R&S London sound.?? This release is pushing the boundaries of Grime.


  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Vaz – “Visiting Hours” – [Sleeping Giant Glossolalia]

    Noisy but tight rock; insistent, varied rhythms, sludgy bass.
    Side two has long, repetitive instrumental passages, including drones in last track that ends in a locked groove, but all songs have lyrics.

    Members were in Hammerhead and La Otracina.

    FCC: One “fuck” at the end of A2, Mutator.

  • Reviewed by Peter Doubt on October 21, 2015 at 5:34 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Pouzet, Nicolaus, Julian Palomo – “Elation (A Tribute to The Masters)” – [Improvising Beings]

    Keyboard, Soprano Sax, and Shakuhachi (bamboo flute). Trks 1-4 are listed as one piece, but can be played separately. Soothing, sometimes dissonant improv, synthetic strings, rainy day staring out a window into the street wondering if you friends secretly hate you (they do, move on). K-RA: Beepboop, fart through a tube, grungy sidewalk, you gotta goooo. Synth driven rendition of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.
    Potential is there for good mixin’!

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Rollig, Silke, Burton Greene – “Space Is Still The Place” – [Improvising Beings]

    Husky female vocalist and erratic pianist duo give us some Avant Free Jazz. A few songs with lyrics, but for the most part Rollig (who writes the melodies) is scatting in synchronization with Greene’s playing. Liner notes on all songs give the thought process behind these well produced tracks, though the actual product drives me up a wall. Subject listeners to this, pretty please!


  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Bennani, Abdelhai, Alan Silve, Burton Greene, Chris Henderso – “Free Form Improvisation Ensemble 2013″ – [Improvising Beings]

    Improv sax, piano, synth, electric drums creating an anxious, spacey daydreamscape, dipping in and out of consciousness while trying pay attention in a warm room with a fan on while someone takes a latex balloon and smears their hands all over to illustrate a point about nothing in particular.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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