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    Morris, Chris – “Blue Jam” – [Warp Records Ltd]


    Wow. The Intro brought to mind Justin Hayward’s Days of Future Past voice, but by the Outro I was thinking more of Vincent Price’s Thriller voice. The intervening tracks upped the creepiness exponentially. It’s easy to see why Morris’ “ambient radio comedy” had to air during the safe harbor hours, but the fact that it lasted from 1997-1999 shows he appealed at least to some audiences. For sure, the weird topics (incompetent doctors [2, 6, 12] and four-year-old murderers [15]) are right up the KFJC alley, and I can already see how many things could be used for production. But it’s incredibly explicit, so beware.

  • Reviewed by humana on May 23, 2016 at 11:57 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Landlines – “Problems 24/7” – [Eggy Records]


    Now why weren’t these guys playing in Portland when I visited Oregon? On their debut LP, Landlines has a nice balance of invigorating rock (especially Side A) and bass-infused slower numbers (B4, B6, B7) that another reviewer referred to as “slacker surf pop.” Vocals are clear and go well with the trio’s infectiously appealing music.

  • Reviewed by humana on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Cut Worms – “Don’t Want to Say Good-bye” – [Randy! Records]

    cut worms

    If I were on “Name That Tune” (younger folks–Google it), I would have said this was the Everly Brothers from the first three notes. But this 7″ is the work of one guitarist, Max Clarke, who was in the Chicago band The Sueves. Each of the beautifully plucked ballads deals with love and leaves you feeling fairly mellow, with Side A having a slightly quicker tempo than Side B.

  • Reviewed by humana on May 20, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • North – “Light The Way” – [Prosthetic Records]

    Sludge tribal doom from Tucson. Zack Hansen and Matt Mutterperl from Languish and Evan Leek. The band has been around for about ten years. This is the first piece of theirs that we have added to the library.
    Nice guitar solo on last track.
    — Billie Joe Tollier

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on May 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Curgenven, Robert – “Climata” – [Dragons Eye]

    Australian composer and sound artist. Site specific recordings from James Turrell’s Skyspaces which are installations that create sound. More details about the process of each artist is in the liner notes. Each tracks are 19 minutes and 20 seconds. Sounds like drone pulses. It’s really quiet but you if you listen carefully you can hear things like traffic and birds. Fantastic for those of us who like long tone-based tracks. Two discs and limited edition of 500.
    — Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on May 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Blood Rhythms – “Heuristics” – [No Part of It]

    Collective anchored by Arvo Zylo from Chicago.
    Noise and a variety of ambient electronic sounds. Keeps the listener on their toes. I listened to this while traveling and kept wondering if it was the tracks or the airplane or something behind me. Each track was made at a different time and album history is written inside.
    — Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on May 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Zu + Eugene Robinson – “Left Hand Path, The” – [Trost]

    ambient droney chugging through a self depreciating landscape of the paranoid mind. while Zu (Italy) normally gives an experimental instrumental offering, the inclusion of Eugene S Robinson’s (Oxbow) vocals and poems paints an extra layer of creep on top of a bleak sonic journey.

    no drums or forward song structure like that of other Zu releases, guitars and electronics instead. way laid back on the musicianship.

    night time music for moon worship and introspection. throw it in your mix!

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on May 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm
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  • Dieterich & Barnes – “Coral Casino, The” – [LM Duplication]

    The day after they met, John Dieterich of deerhoof & Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel sat in a room and attempted to ignore each other while improvising. The resulting music is synthy, polyrhythmic, a bit like Ghanaian pop music, a bit like fusion jazz. Soulful.
    Jeremy heads LM Duplication, they’ve released Eastern European traditional sounds. This makes for a provocative contextual wrinkle.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on May 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm
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  • Reefriders, The – “Dawn Patrol” – [Reefrider Records]

    This Pacifica surf trio has put together a varied and very well played group of interesting (not the same old) covers of great surf tunes. Lots of good energy and passion from surf musicians who actually surf! Although their sound is modern, this band’s authenticity hails back to the first wave.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on May 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm
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  • Moloch / Closure [coll] – [King of the Monsters]


    destructive split from UK juggernauts: moloch from Leicester start of feral and drag themselves through the sludge like a dull blade through flesh, Closure out of Leeds plod and stomp but explode in sporadic bursts of powerviolence and grime. mud hurling, vomit choking goodness; now spit

  • Reviewed by abacus on May 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Crowhurst – “Aghoree” – [Chondritic Sound]

    crowhurst cover copy

    LA-based Crowhurst, experimental black/sludge metal / noise/ambient project centered around Jay Gambit, has been incredibly prolific over the past years, pumping out multiple releases per year since 2012. here is his first release on Greh Holger’s label Chondritic Sound and featuring a diverse blend of instrumentation; the mixture of synths, electronics, flute, guitar, and field recordings combine to produce a truly haunting and psychedelic ambiance. at the beginning, hollow Ghosts linger on the periphery until Claustrophobic emptiness consumes, black metal guitar swells devoid of form but tone still hovering on the sonic horizon. Marfan offers a calming respite of overlapping organ textures as side A closes. the foreboding coalescence of Siren builds doom clouds like a looming storm and Dance a shadow draped bridge leading to the industrial noise visions of Modern Life. this album figures more firmly in the noise/ambient realm, which makes sense for its place on the label, but is only a sliver of the sonic offerings Gambit puts forth.

  • Reviewed by abacus on May 17, 2016 at 11:51 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • drone – “reversing into the future” – [Pomperipossa]


    a name as mundane and obvious as it can be, but simple enough to reveal its most base form: under a sweltering LA hills morning, Touch curator Mike Harding pairs with sound artist Mark Van Hoen complementing each other on a mix of modular synth, short wave radio and field recordings. plodding diamond-cut drones shimmering in opaque luminescence, subtle melodies tread through almost viscous murk; tonal beads glisten in the beckoning heat, the hazy soundscape blurs as waves of harmony lap against rhythmic apparitions and disappear into the breath of dusk. on the B-side conversational hallucinations narrate the intangible outer world, drowned out by the piercing repetition of inner existence; inaudible lapses mid-way through make the beaming resolution all the more proud. from masters of the drone form, as beautiful and inviting as it is alienating; sure to brighten the early lights of dawn and darken the mood of dusk alike.

  • Reviewed by abacus on May 17, 2016 at 10:40 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • RLLRBLL – “Winnebagins” – [Self-released]


    Sometimes all it takes is a little dose of RLLRBLL to make everything OK. Here’s a nice new four track EP to hold us over until… well, who knows what– one can never tell what this band will do next, musically speaking. But RLLRBLL is always a trip worth taking. They continue to cover a lot of stylistic ground for a three piece. To wit:
    Trk 1 is dreamy and hypnotic, with bass and drums holding things down while spacey vocals and odd keyboard sounds float in and out.
    Trk 2 is a power ballad with a soft intro, and then when the band crashes in it’s a whole other thing. Lyrics about seas and tides and monsters and then I don’t know what.
    Trk 3 is distorted and great, built on a chugging, almost heavy metal type of riff.
    Trk 4 is an abstract industrial piece with one of those warped muddmakr-style mixes. No vocals.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on May 16, 2016 at 11:04 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words – “No Words” – [Cloister Recordings]


    Gloomy, haunting, and beautiful soundscapes from Thomas Martin Ekelund. These three tracks go way beyond depressing, into full blown anguish accentuated with layers of hopelessness and despair. Slow throbbing electronic pulses, fuzzed out guitar drone, longing synth loops, and faint raspy echoing beats.

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on May 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ataraxic Ataxia – “Shadow Sea” – [Side of The Sun]


    Atarixic Ataxia is a Violin + Electronics duo of Nicole Pizzato and Dominic Dufner. The tracks on Sea Shadows are multi-layered, usually starting with a simple theme and growing to a sonic blast as the layers multiply and the distortion builds.

    The violin and electronics are a nice juxtaposition and are used quite differently in each track. Sometimes the violin is on top, soaring and screeching over a bed of throbbing rumbles. On other tracks, the relationship is inverted, with beeping, buzzing, and grinding noise taking place over looped rhythmic violin lines.

    Track 2 was recorded live and is my personal favorite.

  • Reviewed by Louie Caliente on May 16, 2016 at 6:46 pm
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  • Eccentric Soul The Dynamic Label [coll] – [Numero Group]

    Overseen by San Antonio???s Abe Epstein ??? who had a hand in at least five other labels at the time ??? Dynamic ran for a little under three years in the mid 1960s, and put out in excess of 20 singles over its lifetime. Artists featured on the label include The Tonettes, Don & The Doves, Willie Cooper & The Webs, and Little Jr. Jesse & The Tear Drops. The closest the label came to a hit was 1966???s ???No Time For You???, performed by four-piece Commands. FCC FREE. Low riding and faith keeping.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on May 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm
  • Filed as CD,Soul
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  • Corrections House – “Know How to Carry a Whip” – [Neurot Recordings]

    angry industrial knife fight. members include Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Mike Williams (Eyehategod), and Sanford Parker (Minsk). punishing vibrations, muddy pissed of preaching peaks out of the mix at times, generally suffocating itself with energetic beats, guitar riffs, and a hint of saxophone.

    easy to swallow, despite the jagged texture

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on May 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Bilge Seaweed Orcastrua – “Salty Sea Shanties” – [UBUIBI]

    experimental pirate radio station operated by Big City Orchestra out of the Bay Area. field recordings, happy/sad drinking songs, consumerist worship all contained on this pretty blue 7″. NPARRR (National Pirate Radio) gives us lo-fi yum, coupled with boot-thumpy, folk instrument driven, shanties.

    included is a cd of air checks of 16 tracks, with some great tunes and field recordings that didn’t make the EP. ??put it on continuous and feel the breeze in yer nethers.


  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on May 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Kancheli, Giya – “Exil” – [ECM BMG Records]

    5 song cycle from Georgian composer Giya Kancheli (JEE-uh Kahn-CHEL-ee). A Georgian Orthodox Christian, Kancheli left the Soviet Union after 1989, relocating to Belgium. Exile is the theme here.
    Kancheli says, “When a person goes into a church, synagogue or mosque where there’s not service going on, there’s a special kind of silence. I want to turn that silence into music.”
    Stillness. Sacramental reverb. Maacha Deubner sings a boylike soprano. Long tones, pre-classical ornaments. The strings, winds, and voice blur and smear in an agonizingly restrained klangfarbenmelodie. Denial of the flesh. A ceremonial tone pervades throughout.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on May 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm
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  • Oranssi Pazuzu – “Varahtelija” – [Svart Records]


    blast off to the furthest reaches of outer-dimensionality with these Finnish trippers: cyclical cataclysmic transformations of metal, kraut/prog, jazz, thrash, psychedelia. the album art says it all: stare into the abyss of nothingness and open up to brilliant colors. black metal to be sure, but not the least bit bleak- they recorded this with an indiepop/shoegaze producer to bring an entirely different aesthetic. don’t get me wrong though, this is heavy as fuck and got all the tortured screams and blistering riffage to satisfy your angst, just that there’s a lot more going on: time signatures galore and layers upon sonic layers of beauty. the most intense and illuminating DMT trip you’ll ever have.

  • Reviewed by abacus on May 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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