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Pure Panic – “C’est La Guerre” – [Blue Cat Music]

Oakland trio, before “garage band” was a piece of
software, it was a way of life. I suspect all
three guys in this band harken back to that, and
as they contemplate maybe retiring in a couple
decades, that teenage waistband stretches the
tune-age wasteland of commercial radio. So prop
yourself through the day job, and why not self
release a CD. The music here is not garage rock,
(well “The Ride” is kinda) more of a gentle psych.
Despite their name, the band is certainly not Pure
(thank Hendrix!), and their Panic is less urgent,
maybe a creeping existential dread fits. Someone in
the band likes a good sea shanty (Larry Luthi?) and
someone’s love of Frank Zappa is mostly kept in check
(Ed Lundell?) and someone thinks in limericks (Cyrus
Crafft?). Yeah, I could be wrong on all three accounts,
but if KFJC folks dug their “Planet Thief” (and a lot
did), you’ll be slippin’ this disc while reading your
old collection of vintage Mad Magazines. Speaking o’
comix commingling with musix, this band reminds me
of Devin Gary & Ross. More power to guys who keep
those ol’ garage band dreams alive, even if they
don’t have a garage anymore!
-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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  • Prefuse 73 – “Every Color of Darkness” – [Temporary Residence Ltd.]

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    Prefuse 73′s 2015 release continues his journey to asynchronous glitchy electronica loops intermingled with voice manipulations and sudden jazz-inspired movements into the unknown sphere of musicality. This is hip hop and also not hip hop due to the spectrum of possibilities explored on this album, maybe this is psychedelic triphop just to make up another genre on the spot. The splitting of small pieces of loops forming a coherent yet unexpected result is the key to untangle Prefuse 73′s music. This EP size, close to an album size, is perfect for exploring this world without getting into filler space or repetitious pattern copying. The collection of parts forming unique structures combined with female voice mangling makes this release a trip to another sonic consciousness.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Elektro4 – “Archaeometry” – [Heardrums Records]

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    This is Elektro4′s (Mike Schofield) 2016 release full of psychedelic-soul instrumental hiphop tracks — kind of like The Avalanches on acid or if Orb would suddenly get inspired by the NYC scene. The beats create canvases with introverted movie-style scenarios and oddities appear and disappear between the speakers. This is the closest you could get to a pre-dawn hip hop party where alternate realities are explored. The fascination with other cultures make entrance on many tracks, including dubby side tours. Note the tracks melt into each other so you need to catch the transition from one song to the next. This one is a great include of underground hiphop into our library.

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Brel, Jacques – “Infiniment” – [Universal]

    Jacques Brel is an institution. Initially a French institution, by the 1970′s the passion was worldwide. Brel sings chanson, that very specific impassioned French song style which tell tales of love, loss, the trials of the worker, the beauty of one’s home, the loss of one’s home, patriotism, etc, etc, etc. Brel’s voice is rich and full of emotion, leading the listener down his path. Accompanied by bold orchestrations to smaller musical couplings, Brel is able to maneuver the terrain brought by each production. On the few live recordings in this collection you can feel the intensity of the audience as he sings. The audience breaks out in near riot when he finishes. In these instances, one realizes this is more of a movement than just some guy singing French standards. Let go and fall into his magic.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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  • Culture – “Culture in dub: 15 Dub Shots” – [Heart Beat] CD

    1)burning spear 2)full of joy this music breathes in jah face. 3)steppy stampy skampy for the crampy hoe doe let down easy dub break up. 4) pitter patter rain drop matter its a ting ding a ling jah’s music in the raining air. 5) learn bout marcus garvey dubwise, skitter skamper rhythm beat. 6) do you remember the days of slavery? 7) marley inspired jam 8) big footed sound trampling all over done on wanderer sty-le 9) ode mother africa home give call rasta 10) rings all about the days of slavery 11) tearjerker slowjamrock dance tune …14)belly bass, old style intro, massive dub mothership sonifics, ghetto tech, to 15)lush rainforest service sounded rhythm soggy amp puddle horn, pulse of the beast on the bass, all in slavery. -slotty sikh

  • Reviewed by Grizzly Adam on October 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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  • Alpha Blondy – “SOS Guerre Tribale” – [EMI France]

    1, roots in a digital atmosphere, love in a metal suit, synthi pads, ping pong digi dub up, protect up the african dance, hold your sweetie on 2, cabo sounds, given margarita present alpha blondy, to a kid even 3, or only for the most stoned, pick it up with a variation on burning spear and keep it clean, on 4, where as lovers calypso gets the prominent treatment on 5, in 6, a mix of buffalo soldier and your choice of radio lament ride on top a march at rasta pace. -slotty sikh

  • Reviewed by Grizzly Adam on October 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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  • Art of Burning Water – “Between Life and Nowhere” – [Sleeping Giant Glossolalia]

    Trio of UK metal dudes Mike McKenna, Geif Al-Robei, and Kunal Nandi.
    They’ve produced a lot of albums and have been around for fifteen years. This is their latest from this year and the first in our library. They’ve also produced stuff with Harrowed and Nervous Mothers. Sounds like fast pain. Like ripping off a band aid. Most vocals are not easily understood but there are samples of dialog between songs.
    FCC track 3 Barbara O’Reilly

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on October 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm
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  • Surachai – “Aeon” – [Make Noise Records]

    Two glorious sides of chaotic electronic blips bleeps blonks. Surachai makes a sort of gloom electronic music.
    With this project from Make Noise Records, Surachai created the two pieces using the Make Noise Shared System modular synths made by the independent synth makers. The list of oscillators, pressure points, wogglebugs etc. etc. used is huge. Complicated sounds bending in and out with pitches shooting back and forth in and out. Tweak out.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Terminus, Dan – “Wrath of Code, The” – [Blood Music]

    YAHOO WAHOO!!!!! Just speeding around at night in my 1980′s Pontiac Trans Am, going fast and just crazy. It’s all dark, mysterious, dangerous and so good. Speed. Dan Terminus is synthwave/futuresynth godhead, cranking up the orchestrated melodies to a darker intensity than usually found in this genre. The connections to 1980′s synth themes like “Knight Rider” are just a stepping stone for Terminus’ exploration into intense, dark, throbbing, pulsing synth outrageousness. There are so many layers to these pieces one could get lost in their headphones, and that would be all good. It does take you to a place that seems familiar but then isn’t. It’s just more dangerous. 13 tunes of such pounding synth bliss. Man the drum machine. Pound it out on your leather steering wheel. Chop a line and hit the nearest aerobics class.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 18, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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  • Infinite Plastic Internal – “Music for Waiting Rooms” – [S/R]

    Mark Pino is a drummer and electronic sound experimenter extraordinaire, performing with numerous projects, especially in the bay area. Infinite Plastic Internal is his solo project of electronic drone and percussive sounds.
    “Music for Waiting Rooms” is like a series of 21st century ragas for the waning blue collar middle class. Electronic drones set the stage and mood for each piece. Enter clanging metal like chains being rubbed or jangled, scraping against metal objects, muted and slightly distorted tabla like drumming. It is all so oddly soothing
    like the new post-industrial. Kundalini John Deere meditation music. Ohm.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 18, 2016 at 9:14 pm
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  • Go Right- Jazz From Poland 1963-75 [coll] – [Jazzanova Compost Records]

    “Go Right” provides an interesting look at a period and place for jazz musicians and fans: Poland 1963-75. A LOT was going on in Poland during this time, including a very controlling government that watched out for cultural “appropriateness”. You can’t rock the boat that hard, or you need to be very subtle about it. The groups on this compilation are extremely talented, playing strong, solid, pretty straight ahead jazz. With the occasional title about revolution. A lot of it sounds like great soundtrack music or the best of studio musicians which requires superb musicianship. But the centerpiece of the collection is the introduction of the Novi Singers to the rest of the world. WOWSA. I mean, quality. The first thing I thought was The Double Six of Paris and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, classic jazz vocal groups of such power and skill. Novi Singers rank equal with them. A quartet of vocalists, one female and three male, the outcome is so stunning, so smooth it gives me goosebumps. Lots of scat singing, in harmonies that break my heart, with amazing jazz instrumentation accompaniment. It might sound kitschy to some. It is not. It’s a tradition of singing that many attempt but few can pull off. Plus there is that wonderful 1960′s feel to so much of it. Stellar and just so enjoyable. Bee buh dee do wop yah.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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  • Womb C – “Womb C” – [Bestial Burst]

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    Womb C is a collaboration among artists from the Finnish death metal bands Will Over Matter, Ride for Revenge, Cloama, and Dead Reptile Shrine, as well as the Russian duo Die Blutleuchte. On this 2014 CD release, the sounds reach far beyond metal, or any simple genre boundaries, and towards a strange, singular universe.

    The CD booklet includes a sci-fi short story that sheds some light on the album’s concept. Parts of it are tough to follow (translation issues? drug logic?), but the gist is that a space cadet and an alien warrior goddess uncover a series of portals to deeper awareness called “Wombs,” and make a Starbaby when they reach the third and final Womb C.

    Each track of the album follows this story’s arc. “Satan Universe Moloch” (T1) begins with a synth melody (a theme that returns in T2), that gives way to spiraling electronics and ringing feedback at the high and low ends; about 6 and 8 minutes in, there’s two spoken word interludes from a Finnish Cy Thoth. “Bug Humanity” (T2) begins with larval sputtering that develops into a hissing space insect consciousness. Towards the end of the track, heavy guitars creep in for the first time; soon “She Male Vegetation” (T3) arrives in its full, riffing glory! But slowly, the sounds mellow, passing through through a watery filter. “Neptunean Crystal Rain” (T4) begins with sounds of a thunderstorm, but then loud, almost shoegazey guitars return. By the end, the commotion fades, leaving spectral space noise in its wake.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on October 16, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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  • Psychic TV – “Force The Hand of Chance” – [Angry Love Productions]

    What becomes a legend most? This is the true question to ask of this 34 year old work which some call a masterpiece and the best Psychic TV album. For me, Psychic TV have always been the band I love to hate. I’ve seen them perform four times, all during different stages of their journey. They have always scared me. The hardcore fans, who are like post punk Deadheads, have scared me. I always feel a bit overwhelmed by the feeling that to fully appreciate them I have to give in to them 100%. I don’t care enough about anything, nor trust anything enough to give 100% and hence my feelings of being an outsider when presented with PTV. But….
    Listening now in 2016 to “Force the Hand of Chance”, their first album, I may be able to understand it. At least appreciate it. This came out one year after Throbbing Gristle quit (the first time). PTV were one half of TG – Genesis P-Orridge and Peter Christopherson plus Alex Fergusson. TG fans were desperate for more industrial, but what a surprise. The first track on “Force…” is this sweet folk lullaby to Genesis’ new baby daughter. WHAT? Where’s the screaming and metal, as in machinery. And it continues in this way. English folk influences. Nods to spaghetti western themes. Orchestrated strings. Lush instrumental pieces. Songs that are almost ballads. Genesis actually sings. The listeners went bonkers. Some were pissed. Others embraced. And for good reason. This was something so new and challenging in it’s approach and style. Today, it’s hard for me not to get a chill at Marc Almond’s guest vocals on “Stolen Kisses” and “Guiltless”. My foot starts tapping at the pre-Acid House PTV dance number “Ov Power”. The lyrics tell stories. Underlying darkness is there, for sure, but the beauty of the whole production is stunning. The spoken word piece, “Message From The Temple”, is read by Mr. Sebastian, notorious London S&M and body manipulation practitioner. It is the manifesto for PTV’s Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth. This is all essential stuff, for understanding PTV and much of the music played at this station. Stunning. I finally get it.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 15, 2016 at 10:56 pm
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  • Din a Testbild – “Programm 1″ – [Mannequin Records]

    Germany. 1980. Dieter moves. Electronic. Synth. Drum machine. Duo. Serious. Angular. Robotic. Wear gray.
    The past is always present. And pertinent. The first of the Din A Testbild Programm projects. It was dance. It was performance. It was industrial. This is still so enjoyable. Old machinery makes for great backgrounds.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on October 15, 2016 at 9:09 pm
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  • Die Partei – “La Freiheit Des Geistes” – [Bureau B.]

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    In 1981 Tim Dokoupil and Walter Dahn – members of the German underground music scene — decided to record a whole album with the concept band name Die Partei. The game plan was to record the whole album on a weekend, music should be electronic and danceable and sprinked with some film quotes. They restricted to using few instruments, mostly early day synthesizers and cheap guitars as well has have contrasts in the music. Even the album was mixed the same weekend including the album cover design. The result is a prime example of very early day underground dance electronica where some elements are surprisingly new sounding even if recorded 1981. The trademark German synth melodies appear and the carefully programmed sequences do their atomic belly dances.

     

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on October 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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  • lion roar volume one [royal order music]

    the latest skank, slow wine, and highest grade. belly first, dubs next, dabby sticky. addis pablo, champions of the sound, next wave roots. solid foundation sounds, bagged for this way or that, sparkling production. big up to i-vier from keida, riddim label summary cd, social, smart, cultivator, war is in the dance riddims. gentle pulse, heavy beating, kelissa, firm forms features futures. 6-7 dezarie virgin islands preference, to 8-9 track, defender sound. 10-11, 12-13, got it right here.

  • Reviewed by Grizzly Adam on October 12, 2016 at 11:53 am
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  • Henry Herteman “Roule Ta Salive” [Improvising Beings]

    deflowered his trombone at a young age, pur spit spatter splatter free tuba-trom, backwards drifter dixie trum-bone, double tones, three or four grumpy speaker ripper tripping free toning, trigger recontact concrete acoustic electro sour grapes improv, with graduated tiers melodic subterfuge reverse trajectory waltz schemes of Ariel ascensional trom-black hole-bone tunnel query.

  • Reviewed by Grizzly Adam on October 12, 2016 at 11:19 am
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