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    Ingosi Stars – “Langoni” – [Daqui]

    drum, shaker, bard and his fiddle

    Look at the cover – this is the sound. Traditional western Kenyan Luhya sound, played for birth, wedding, and funeral. The bard saws at a one-stringed fiddle, the other guys play shaker and deep hand-drums. Some tunes feature a guitar, soft singing. The microtonal fiddle and bard’s griot-like tales are captivating. Take your pick.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Jones, Jesse – “Ephemera” – [Plump/Acf]

    ephemera cover - lava rock orange and grey

    Jesse Jones, winner of the Guggenheim and Rome Prizes, composed these 5 chamber pieces for different configurations of chamber ensemble, piano, voice, clarinet and guitar. Modern classical – Top-tier performers, composition & recording. Track 5 libretto from Edgar Allen Poe.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Hersch, Michael – “Last Autumn” – [Innova Recordings]

    Michael Hersch’s composition is based on writings by W. G. Sebald (see liner notes for a track by track description) and is played on cello and horn (by the composer’s brother Jamie). Contemporary classical music that is dramatic and mostly somber, moving from difficult passages to lovely melodies. Many short tracks will play well together. Another home run for Innova Recordings.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Ensemble Modern / Frith, Fred – “Traffic Continues” – [Winter & Winter]

    Whimsical, zany, and by turns beautiful, these instruments combine to make us think. Tracks 9 onward are a suite dedicated to cellist Tom Cora using samples from his work. Tracks move smoothly from one to another, meant to be played in multiples. Photography by Heike Liss who is the wife of guitarist Fred Frith who is on faculty in the music department at Mills College.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 4, 2018 at 11:41 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Torturing Nurse – “Coveryeye Is My Co-Pilots” – [Post-Materialization Music]

    Torturing Nurse, founded by Cao “Junky” Junjun, is the band at the center of the Chinese noise scene, releasing a slew of material since 2004 (much of it on their own label Shasha) and collaborating with the likes of Government Alpha, K2, Macronympha and others. This 2017 cassette comes from the excellent Russian purveyor of sonic dementia Post-Materialization Music. The tape opens with a short track, with foreboding synth tones (Carlos’ The Shining theme) announcing the final descent into oblivion (T1). Two long tracks follow: the first, “Is sleeping,” is a lo-fi filthy rainbow roar (T2), “My Glue” moves to a higher key with surges of sound that grab onto each of your ears and pull, stretch, skew whatever’s in between them (T3). The track ends with convulsions and slobbering that moves into the live track “Co-Taeyang” (T4) with screamed vocals and sneakers squeaking around unidentifiable metallic clashes. More Shanghai noise!

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on April 4, 2018 at 2:36 am
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Floom – “Multi-voice of The Immensity” – [Casual Acid Tea]

    A simple formula FLute + dOOM == FLOOM. But the
    heaviness has the gravity of Earth, and the
    monumental mantra of Sleep, but on top of the
    thick guitar and mightly flute, Cathy Monnes
    and Christina Fleming hover with angelic voices.
    Wow, intoxicating about and beyond the open
    e-string buzz for your distored brain. “MVMT 1”
    has these great pauses of feedback guitar and
    a sustained flute note, Satan might not know
    but little god Pan understands. “MVMNT 2”
    the guitar starts lower, and the flute doubles
    its barrels, with the guitar pushing a bluesy
    side of the red devil. Guitar gets on tracks
    while flute+girls turn into a railroad whistle.
    Tunnel of Floom! And ends with a digital flurry
    of flute and an amp whimpering. “MVMT 3” picks
    up (the whole piece is meant to track) and
    aims for the godhead with a dronier, stonier
    flute over amp spasms. Like a “Dead Man” sdtk
    done by Amber Asylum? The ladies rise like
    sirens on the closer, you guessed it “MVMT 4”
    I bet this puppy will roll cradle to grave
    on many overnight shows now and forever.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 4, 2018 at 1:25 am
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Poison Sea – “Poison Sea” – [Casual Acid Tea]

    Distant piano with tape hiss and low-key ominous
    vibes. Drone as an emotion, dread always hits me
    harder than its less subtle cousin “doom.” This
    cassette perhaps was acid washed in some toxic
    effluvia from our dying oceans. Recently watching
    the Twin Peaks revival and the film version of
    “Annihilation” I found this music fits in with that
    kind of visual weather. Overcast guitar, shades of
    Steven R. Smith appearing in the shimmer-y clouds.
    While there are organic elements of piano and spaceship
    or something at one point) it’s mostly floatational
    banks of keys. Honestly by the last track, “Beneath
    the Haze” I sense a thin layer of optimism. Lying at
    the bottom of the Poison Sea are Kurt Mangum from
    Flying Hair along with Anthony Piromalli, they form
    a pretty seamless pairing. Set sail for this one.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 4, 2018 at 1:19 am
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Saint Black – “Alex” – [Self Produced]

    If you blur your eyes, the guitar for the choruses
    is a little like Van Halen’s “Aint Talkin Bout Love”
    Except for three things
    1) it’s really not
    2) Saint Black *is* talking about love
    3) “they” probably hate VH.
    They might well be one person, nice lo-profile packaging
    and minimal web presence. The label is even called
    Semi-Permanent, which hits you right in the low-self
    esteem organ. The singer gets nervous around “Alex” but
    at least he got this awkwardly catchy single out of it.
    Stale beer vocals backwash nicely against the pop. The
    song submits itself into a sample bomb ending. On #2
    “O Word” the beer seeps into the heads of the recording
    device. Sloppy beauty. This time the post-song/post-mod
    sample gets its own track, #3 “Saint Black” is some holy
    heretic scammer but clearly paired with #2. “Down to the
    Sky” the guitar now unplugged, the drinker still singing
    in his mug ultimately passes out in a pastoral redux.

    The likelihood this project is composed of college DJ’s
    goes way up if the band name is lifted from the mighty
    Black Saint label. A long shot perhaps…but yanevehno.

    -Thurston Hangover

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 4, 2018 at 1:16 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Borigor/ Ceremonial Execution [coll] – [Erode Releases]




    2004 split

    Ceremonial Execution = Swedish Death Metal featuring both guitarists from the mighty Vanhelgd. Riffy and melodic. ‘Dawn of the Dead’ sample on the first song, which is the better one. The better song, I mean. I like all three of the original ‘Dead’ movies (yes, even ‘Day’). I’m not crazy about ‘Land of the Dead,’ though. Anyway, this is reasonably solid Death Metal, so come on in because the bloodbath is nice and warm.

    Borigor = Germans; their guitarist is named Lars Ulbrich, which is one letter away from Lars Ulrich. His brother is in the band too (Ulbrich’s, not Ulrich’s). “Brutal” Death-Grind falling short of the intended Suffocation. This was the band’s only release… Bore-Igor?

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on March 30, 2018 at 6:56 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Orimo, Sabu – “Wind Songs” – [Siwa]

    Solo improvisations for shakahuchi (a Japanese flute). Sparse, mysterious, utterly captivating. Check out the other releases on Siwa in our library

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on March 28, 2018 at 5:59 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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  • Deep Wireless 2 [coll] – [New Adventures In Sound Art]


    Two CD collection of works prepared for the 2nd Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art in 2005, organized by the Canadian group New Adventures in Sound Art.

    Collages of spoken word, including Gregory Whitehead’s reworking of Rumsfeld’s infamous “unknown unknowns” speech (CD1-T2), Toronto artist Marjorie Chan’s language lies (CD1 – T5), Katharine Norman’s unsettling nightmares (CD1-T3), Milena Droumeva’s cellphone soundbites (CD2-1), Audrey Churgin’s Arctic travelogue (CD2-T3), Pamela Z reading a page from a catalog (CD-T7).

    Art made for radio, including a special for The Harvey Christ Radio Hour, a weekly sound collage show on Montreal’s CKUT (CD1-T9), a monologue about first teenage love from Aura Bogado, who Pacifica listeners will recognize from Free Speech Radio news (CD2-T8), or just the radio waves and transmissions themselves (CD1-T8, T11).

    Field recordings and found sounds left as is or transformed into new sonic shapes (CD1-T4, T6, T7, T10), from movie theaters (CD2-T5) or university hallways (CD2-T9) or mixed with traditional percussion by Debashis Sinha (CD2-T2).

    More information on the works can be found in the notes, and many of the artists here also appear on the Deep Wireless 5 compilation in our library.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on March 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Tech N9ne – “Slacker” – [Strange Music]

    tech n9ne-slacker-1





    Nice lil’ single from Tech N9ne bringing us that Midwest rap with the hard boom bap. Lyrics aren’t as fast-paced as some of the raps that have given his style recognition but it will definitely still get you movin’. This single has the radio version, the album version, the instrumental, and the acapella version. Radio version and instrumental run about 3:52 and album and acapella versions run about 4:04, it’s unfortunate that the album version skips at the end and worse still that the instrumental skips right at the beginning, also the album version contains FCC’s. Just put this here plate on yer record spinner and enjoy.

  • Reviewed by kato on March 26, 2018 at 10:15 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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  • Black Flamingos – “Neon Boneyard” – [Hi-Tide]

    Debut album from this New Jersey surf trio. Great energy and an original sound that sounds different from most surf. Joined by musician friends on a variety of instruments that fill out their sound.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on March 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio – “L.A. Strictly Confidential” – [Ictus]

    Good energy and fine playing from this trio’s inspiration from West Coast jazz. Well recorded with distinct sound for each instrument. Mysterious Eastern sounds with very interesting bass, flute and MalletKAT (a sort of electronic marimba).

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on March 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • All The Best Polkas [coll] – [AD AAD AT]

    dancing in a polish polka parade

    1994 CD recorded in Poland, part of the “All The Best…” series. The perfect background to your Heritage Festival. These tunes will get stuck in your head. Makes driving a pleasure.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on March 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Scathing – “Untitled” – [Oxen]


    Scathing is the harsh noise project of Austin-based artist Kenny Brieger (also in Architeuthis Dux); this 2018 cassette is his second release under this name. Two ten minute breakneck cut up pieces. Side A is total implosion, I trace its source possibly to a mutilated rock song. Voices singing, feedback from microphones or guitars, even remnants of song structure, with a bridge of tense holding pattern rhythm that transitions between the two halves of the piece. Side B is total explosion, high and piercing, barreling with barely a breath until the final second. Another punishing release from Oxen.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on March 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Lamoureux, Carl & Spaghetti Francis – “Juice Cleanse” [Cat Congress]

    Juice Cleanse

    I can’t help but really like these simple, shoegazy songs sung and written by Carl Lamoureux and Spaghetti Francis. They are folksy and hazy and fairly mellow. Last track (“Rivers”) is my favorite.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm
  • Filed as A Library
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  • Motif – “My Head Is Listening” [Clean Feed]


    Energetic, fresh, forward-thinking jazz from Norway, all composed by Ole Morten Vagan, who plays double bass. The last track (“Lontano Sea”) is the most subdued of the bunch. Make sure your head is listening as you take in this unique sound.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm
  • Filed as Jazz
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  • Aldinucci, Giulio – “Spazio Sacro” [Time Released Sound]

    Giulio aldinucci

    Imagine growing up in a small village in Tuscany, Italy, where time was marked by religious rites. Now imagine it while you listen to these field recordings that delve into the “sacred space” Aldinucci remembers from his childhood. You will be transported by manipulated sound in conversation with music that expands dimesions through mud squelches, water, melodies, and what sounds like a fish flapping on a line. Relaxing and fascinating because it is so real.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:27 pm
  • Filed as A Library
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  • Reed, Ola Belle – “Rising Sun Melodies” [Smithsonian Folkways]

    ola belle reed

    You’ll want to read the liner notes on this classic. Reed, who grew up in Rising Sun, Appalachia, picked up a banjo at an early age and learned to pick out tunes herself. Looking at herself in the mirror, she declared her theme song (“Look Down That Lonesome Road,” track 12) and fulfilled her goal of singing on the radio someday. Bully for her, I say! Her voice is as hearty as they come, and her music reflected her values and life–no hypocrisy in this woman’s blood. This selection of her music comes to us through time and allows Reed’s example to shine on for generations of women musicians to come.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Country
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