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Black Sun Productions and Val Denham – “Somewhere Between Desire and Despair” – [Tourette]

Abstract, spoken word, album released in 2009. BSP is Massimo and Pierce of Switzerland who are known for their live performances and underground porn. AKA Anarcocks. Worked with HR Giger. Denham is from England and has worked with Throbbing Gristle, Marc Almond, and Psychic TV. She is also a visual artist. Much like the album art I have no idea what is going on and that is okay! Lyrics about pain, trans soldiers, gender, despair, and hope.
– Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on April 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Eide, Khalifa Ould & Abba, Dimi Mint – “Moorish Music From Mauritania” – [World Circuit]

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    Dimi Mint Abba was born in 1958 to a low-caste Mauritanian family specializing in the griot tradition. She is accompanied here by her husband Khalifa Ould Eide and her two daughters. Moorish music is highly structured improvised music, with intricate vocal and rhythmic interplay. Handclaps, rattle, hand drums, hammer-ons. She died in June, 2011 in Casablanca, Morocco. Her fans included Youssou N’Dour and Ali Farka Toure.

    Tracks 1-6 feature tidinit/lute, 7-11 feature electric guitar. Fans of Gnawa and Saharan blues music will find much to enjoy.

    She began her career in 1976 when she won the Umm Kulthum Contest in Tunis. Her winning song “Sawt Elfan” (“Art’s Plume” – Track 7) has the refrain “Art’s Plume is a balsam, a weapon and a guide enlightening the spirit of men”, which can be interpreted to mean that artists play a more important role than warriors in society.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Den Arkaiska Rosten – “Tzigah Idhe” – [Cloister Recordings]

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    This Cloister Recordings cassette is the second release from Sweden’s Den Arkaiska Rösten (“The Archaic Voices”), the project of Girilal Baars and Per Åhlund. Baars is a professionally trained vocalist who has previously worked with the vocal group Äijä, a composer of operas, and a sound engineer. Åhlund has several solo sound art/electronic projects and has worked with Sophia, among other bands.

    This cassette holds two sidelong pieces in which the sounds of the voice, in all of its many forms, are used to create a twisted, haunting landscape. Sounds of mouths, tongues, teeth, saliva, and breathing become howling winds and falling water. Deep utterances that resemble traditional throat singing rise from the lowest register, and a chorus of droning chants builds and closes in. Individual voices can be heard singing melodies or wails of regret, but soon disappear back into the fray. While vocal sounds are the main focus, weird electronics and drum beats can be heard humming beneath. The overall effect is like the spirits of everyone that’s ever lived rising from some ancient burial site to deliver us this cryptic message: it was like you said / it was not like you said.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on April 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Aquarius, Rene – “Blight” – [Utech Records]

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    Blight is the first solo album from drummer René Aquarius, of the Dutch free jazz duo Dead Neanderthals, and it’s another excellent addition to our collection of releases from Milwaukee’s Utech Records. The only instruments played on these eight pieces are drums and cymbals, but Aquarius uses closely placed microphones, reverb, and an equalizer to create a varied collection of dark, unusual sounds. We hear low drones, deep rumblings, metal meeting metal, metal catching light, a dying heartbeat, the long lingering after-echoes of a cymbal crash. Even through the effects and other technical tricks, the tactile feel of Aquarius’ playing remains, giving the tracks a rich quality that I usually associate with expertly recorded jazz albums. From this material, Aquarius crafts a quiet, slowly shifting air of mystery. The original concept and skillful execution make this an intriguing listen for those of us (all of us?) that are into dark ambient sounds.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on April 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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  • Nutimbre – “Cycles” – [dEN Records]

    Label-leader and dEN-master Stefano Ferrian assembled
    this five piece, with a decidedly electric timbre
    although his spinning sax and Vito Emanuele Galante’s
    trilling trumpet cross paths a lot. The album’s title
    is the musical mantra for Ferrian’s compositions here
    with heaps of arpeggiated arrays and hopped up cycles
    of sound. Sometimes like on “Sharp Colors” they move
    at a measured pace, but even that drops out and
    let’s Simone Quatrana finger flip a solo on his keys,
    as Fabrizio Carriero drum punctuates. “Closed Walk”
    has a plodding gait, Luca Pissavini getting thick
    with his electric bass (it feels like an acoustic
    tree trunk.) Ferrian’s first solo sparcs nicely,
    I get a little lost in Quatrana’s closing riffwork.
    But I like the down Chicago feel to that piece. The
    title cut has a more frenzied fusion feel for me.
    I do like Ferrian’s kind of zig-zag melody use.
    Another extended round from Quatrana on the closer
    with some nice muted trumpet by Galante. Cycles
    that are dizzying and perhaps refreshingly
    Gillespie-ing? 2014 release, at least I found it
    before Discogs has! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Brahms / Heifetz / Reiner – “Violin Concerto In D, Op. 77″ – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

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    The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, was composed by Johannes Brahms in 1878 and dedicated to his friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. It is Brahms’s only violin concerto, and, according to Joachim, one of the four great German violin concerti.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Brahms – “Complete Quartets For Piano & Strings Vol. 2″ – [Capitol Records]

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    The Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26 by Johannes Brahms, for piano, violin, viola and cello. It was completed in 1861 and received its premiere in November 1863 by the Hellmesberger Quartet with the composer playing the piano part.
    This quartet is long and shows the influence of Schubert. When performed badly it is quite interminable. None of that here, Victor Allen at the piano with members of the Hollywood String Quartet, Felix Slatkin- violin, Alvin Dinkin- viola, Eleanor Allen- cello.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 6, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Akropolis Reed Quintet – “Space Between Us, The” – [Innova Recordings]

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    3rd album of modern wind from the Akropolis Reed Quintet. Diverse set of chamber works.
    Track 1 – electroacoustic, intense- street preachers.
    Track 11 – audience participation.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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  • Tikiyaki 5-0 – “Introducing The Exotic Sounds of ..” – [Future Primitive Records]

    Los Angeles based Tikiyaki 5-0 is a combo of 4 musicians (bass, guitars, keyboards and drums) from the much larger Tikiyaki Orchestra. This EP features originals plus covers of Arthur Lyman’s “Taboo”, Les Baxter’s “Enchanted Sea” and “Song of Delilah”, and the surf classic “Shockwave”. Extremely good players and fine arrangements give us this wonderful intersection of Tiki and surf.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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  • Ligeti, Gyorgy – “Ligeti Project, The” – [Warner Classics and Jazz]

    Gyorgy Ligeti (pronounced jurj LIH-geh-tee) lived from 1923 to 2006. His early life was in Hungary where his creativity was restricted by first Hitler and then Stalin. In 1956 he fled to Vienna and also spent time in Cologne. In 1972, he was a composer in residence at Stanford University. His music is heard in soundtracks of Stanley Kubrick’s films such as 2001. Considered one of the leading avant garde twentieth century classical composers, his work embraced 12-tone and electronic music, especially music made with conventional instruments made to sound like electronic sources. This 5-CD set is a treasure chest of various styles and includes a book where the composer discusses each piece. Many pieces are very spare, very high frequency notes played by strings give a signature sound not unlike a swarm of cicadas. Other pieces are lush and lyrical. Some vocals are playful, all are very original. Most is not all that accessible, so don’t expect comfortable soundtrack material.

    PGM: Very great dynamic range, from almost silent to very loud.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 4, 2017 at 11:32 pm
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  • Zopoula, Hermas – “Espoir” – [Asthmatic Kitty Records]

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    The story of this double CD is as happy and heartwarming as the music on each CD. Disc 1 was recorded in a West African studio, and Disc 2 has the more homey and true experience of guitarist and singer Zopoula’s magic, recorded live in and around his home in Burkina Faso. Jonathan and Heather Dueck visited Western Africa and had the great fortune to meet Hermas Zopoula, who acted as guide and friend to them during their stay. It was almost by accident that they discovered he was a musician as well as an incredible person. Some of his songs have heartbreaking lyrics, but the upbeat nature of his music attests to his faith and big heart. Enjoy.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Metlay – “Fade” – [Aural Films]

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    This is a gorgeous aural experience brought to you by electronic and visual artist Mike Metlay. I happened to listen to this on a drive to Henry Coe State Park, and it was the perfect soundtrack for my ride. The colors in the track titles seemed to be in sync with the landscape passing outside my window. By the time “fade to green” was piping through the speakers, there were lovely springtime green hills to go along with the Earth mama feeling of the music. Birdsong was a nice addition to the track. Track 3 has some vocalizations that blend in well with the electronics, and there is some sampling thrown in on some tracks, though it is minimal. The entire CD builds from spare outings to the final, epic track that has layers of beauty. Even in the spaces, there is so much going on. Fading never sounded so good.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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