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    Ethiopian Urban and Tribal Music Mindanoo Mistiru Gold From [coll] – [Sub Rosa]

    wood face carving

    5 STARS ** FAR OUT SOUNDS
    Ethiopian music recorded by Ragnar Johnson and Ralph Harrison in July and August 1971, released by Sub Rosa in 2017. The urban musicians are recorded in Addis Ababa and the tribal musicians in the country. The booklet tells who is playing what for each track. I became entranced while listening to the three note phrase at the heart of the Fila Flute Dance (CD2#10). Upon repeated listens the otherworldly Bagana (CD2#4) lute and the Two Afar Flutes (CD1#5) wrapped around my head and popped my brain out the top, my eyeballs from the front and my tongue lolled forth like a necktie.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Stein, Norbert/ Pata Messengers – “We are Here For You/ Derby Girl” – [Pata Music]

    norbert stein pata messengers, We Are CD cover

    German tenor saxophonist Norbert Stein calls his high-minded yet addictive European jazz quartet the Pata Messengers, after patyaphysics, an “an imaginary realm additional to metaphysics” developed by the Parisian absurdist Alfred Jarry (1873-1907). Fluid from freedom to in time, according to Michael Rusenberg, “Pata music floats in a large area of brackish water … between singable waltz … and complete dissolution of the meter.”
    Drummer Etienne Nillesen uses only a prepared snare drum and cymbal for a kit and makes it work very well. Philip Zoubek is Stein’s first piano player and rounds out the proceedings, you can hear the difference between this and the other Stein / Pata Music releases in our library.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 19, 2018 at 4:38 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Trashies, The – “Octagon, The” – [Fine Concepts]

    The place where the spastic stuck is where The Trashies
    spot-welded their sound on your heart-shaped ears. They
    step into the album like Chuck Norris into a rap battle,
    in-it-to-win-it. The opening title track gives you
    a little taste of the waste floating in the Trashies
    stream of conciousness. Rhyming slang to put your mind
    in a sling, and not afraid to play the Buttafuoco card.
    Is this where hip hop meets gunk rot? Music escapes from
    the drum machine circus, with an array of guitar moves
    that might bust out twin-lead Thin Lizzy, or might break
    off some thick and stumbly Beefheart chunks. Just because
    the dork-o-meter is set on 11, doesn’t mean these itty
    bittie ditties aren’t big on style. Of course most songs
    come at your quick like a UFC round, 2 minutes is a long
    one. This sure scratched my old Uzi Rash itch, sure enough
    mighty Max Nordile is in the dumpster band. Erin Allen plays
    something too, probably lots of somethings. Album
    finishes strong, that “I’m Uh Stayn” and “Shovel” tag
    team is a killer. Crazy choruses on both, “Shovel” offers
    a sing-along for an asylum, while “Stayn” almost sounds
    like he’s saying “Namaste” while a voice over like like
    the Weatherman corrects the phrasing. “Fresh Hunny”
    drips with sweat of a 100 Prince impersonators. Steel
    dum-drums (sampled?) on “Rhinoline” are just fine, and
    “Dumb 2 B Smart” is a loaded potato for this old spudboy.
    5 Thumbs Up, and venom in my eye! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 17, 2018 at 4:22 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Tapes & Topographies – “Fathoms” – [Simulacra Records]

    Ambient exercises out of Dallas, TX. Todd Gautreau is
    the mixmaster and electro-navigator aboard this one-man
    sonic submarine. Standout track “The Trouble With Dreams”
    features waves of tone mingle with washes of antenna
    signal squiggle, and even some vox mermana drift by as
    well. Death by water never felt so good. Buoyant chimes
    and gentle climes. Bathysphere organ and actual sized
    bubbles rise on “Theory of Impossible Shapes.” Mystic mists
    for the noise-sick KFJC-serpents? Based on the name,
    I wonder if there are more field recordings nestled into
    the songs? By the way his earlier project “Tear Ceremony”
    has a darker Agent Cooper bent, though still soothing and
    KFJC has two of those fine releases worth revisiting. All
    on his own Simulacra imprint, along with the Crushed Stars
    project that he fronts for some Slowdive-y pop pastels.

    Gautreau is one busy being, but this is the project to help
    him, or you unwind. Sink into the syrup synth sea.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 17, 2018 at 4:20 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • HMS – “Tetrad” – [Astral Spirits]


    Yes, it’s another genre-defying release from the folks at Astral Spirits. Climb aboard the HMS Tetrad! You’ll find delicate drumwork, disembodied violin, and other things too, but mostly there is just the deep, dark vastness of the sea. These tense and drony soundscapes bring to mind a darker, fuzzed-out version of The Necks, and that’s high praise as far as I’m concerned. Retriever (T2) is the highlight.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on February 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Similar Fashion – “Portrait of” – [Self Produced]

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    Dancey, sunny, art-pop from this L.A.-based quartet led by Logan Hone, whose solo album recently sailed through Current. There’s a west African feel to a lot of these tracks, and an Arthur Russell feel as well. The pop song format gets turned upside down and inside out and spiked with ??some delicious bits of free improvisation, but the groove is never far away. Logan Hone’s earnestly weird lyrics evoke the joy of living in California and the joy of living in general. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s probably something wrong with you.

  • Reviewed by Phil Phactor on February 14, 2018 at 2:03 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Godspunk Volume Two [coll] – [Pumf Records]

    godspunk

    You know the drill. We have several (here here and here) of these compilations from the Blackpool UK artists’ collective in our library – now here’s Vol. 2 from 2004. Godspunk regulars Howl in the Typewriter bring seven minitracks, all named “Here Comes the Butterfly”, plus some fuzzed out rock (T1 and T34). Unit offers five hits of deranged art pop that reminded me of old Deerhoof stuff (T27-31), Pinkeye features female vox and weird electronics (T11-17), the Las Vegas Mermaids sing to some insect dance tracks (T8-9), LDB space out with melodic brithop (T2-4). Gays in the Military might have the best entry with a track of pissdrinking punk that should not be played during daytime (T6 – FCC).

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on February 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Hype Williams – “Han Dynasty I” – [De Stijl Records]

    hype

    Hype Williams is a joke band with a joke name, but it’s the 2010s, when jokes can lead the free world or make the Album of the Year list on your dad’s favorite alternative music website. This 2009 7″ from de Stijl brings us back to where it all began with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. Why music snobs lose their shit over these two is something I have never understood, and these tracks don’t really shed any light. The A side of haunted dub is the best, the B side is a lo-fi smoky synth melody with a fake ending. And the jokes don’t stop – play this 7″ at 33 1/3.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on February 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Usufruct – “Windfall” – [Vauxflores Industrial]

    usufruct

    Usufruct is a super interesting local project. Polly Moller Springhorn and Tim Walters bring us an unpredictable mix of flute music, vocals in different styles, and computer glitchery. Tracks 2, 4, and 5 are my favorites–heavy on electronics and processed flute sounds. Track 3 is pretty much all spoken word–it’s dramatic and tense and not really my cup of tea; however I do like the reverberating electronic sounds that accompany it. Truly avant-garde stuff here.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on February 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • McGurdy, Ed – “Best of Daliance, The” – [Rhino Records Inc.]

    If the word “titillating” makes you blush or gives you a chub, this album’s for you. Naughty. Bawdy. Tawdry. All these “aw” sounding words to help explain “The Best of Daliance”, taken from a series of albums put out in the 1950’s on the then new Elektra Records, based on the 18th century songs of Elizabethan writer Tom D’Urfey. Put together and sung by Ed McCurdy, a 1950’s Greenwich Village fixture and naughty sort in his own right, these songs are all suggestive larks describing couples… or trios… or groups of people enjoying themselves in the best way possible. Lots of lines about “stoking the fire”, his long pole pushing into the oven, the maidens cherry complexion loosing it’s color and on and on. Blacksmiths must have been having sex all the time. Career change at 55? Possibly. The musical interpretations are smooth, taking us back to the early 1700’s when there wasn’t much to do but constantly milk the cow. Alan Arkin plays flute!!!! and Erik Darling, later of the Weavers, plays banjo, taking the place of lute. The CD cover is pink fuzzy suede. Go figure.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • McGurdy, Ed – “Best of Daliance, The” – [Rhino Records Inc.]

    If the word “titillating” makes you blush or gives you a chub, this album’s for you. Naughty. Bawdy. Tawdry. All these “aw” sounding words to help explain “The Best of Daliance”, taken from a series of albums put out in the 1950’s on the then new Elektra Records, based on the 18th century songs of Elizabethan writer Tom D’Urfey. Put together and sung by Ed McCurdy, a 1950’s Greenwich Village fixture and naughty sort in his own right, these songs are all suggestive larks describing couples… or trios… or groups of people enjoying themselves in the best way possible. Lots of lines about “stoking the fire”, his long pole pushing into the oven, the maidens cherry complexion loosing it’s color and on and on. Blacksmiths must have been having sex all the time. Career change at 55? Possibly. The musical interpretations are smooth, taking us back to the early 1700’s when there wasn’t much to do but constantly milk the cow. Alan Arkin plays flute!!!! and Erik Darling, later of the Weavers, plays banjo, taking the place of lute. The CD cover is pink fuzzy suede. Go figure.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • K2 – “Rainy Tritium 1” – [Oxen]

    k2

    A one hour noise odyssey from genius of the genre Kimihide Kusafuka, brought to us by LA’s Oxen. In these three works, K2 finds a sonic idea, stays with it for a moment, then moves on to the next – the effect is like moving through the world with your senses amplified a millionfold. “Pollution with Huge Lies” (T1) builds from isolated drones and signals into massive torrents of sound and a sense of impending catastrophe. “MOX” (T2) explores rough-textured static, but later on almost melodic phrases appear. “Unpeaceful Song For Rainy Tritium” begins peacefully enough, like an unsuspecting nature scene, until it is slowly swarmed by radioactive plumes and ensuing mayhem. Masterful.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on February 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Nadek, Josef – “Bluatig Hart” – [Fall Into Void Recs]

    josef nadek

    On this 2014 cassette EP, noise artist Josef Nadek draws inspiration from the ancient folklore of his native Austria. “Wâldgeischta” lures us into the forests, with field recordings of birds singing as dark ambient echoes settle in the trees (T1). This moves into the mysterious, minimal rhythms of “Nimma dâ” (T2) that blossoms into full-on seething noise on “‘s wilde Gfâhr” (T3). The dust settles on the final ambient track “D’ Bluatig’n,” (T4) electronic groans and growls from the spirits as they disappear back into the woods.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on February 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Mungo’s Hi- Fi – “Serious Time” – [Scotch Bonnet]

    Mungo’s Hi-Fi Serious Times
    Electro-Dancehall style reggae. Mungo’s Hi-Fi comes out of Scotland, but sounds like they are straight outta Kingston, JA. Great line-up of vocalists with many styles and dope rhythms from the sound system. DJs on the decks dropping bomb tracks, and MCs on the mics with excellent flows and vocals. Sides A and B are highlighted by female vocalists Warrior Queen, Soom T, and Marina, who help balance things out and add a sweet flava to a scene often dominated by dudes.
    Sides C and D the Dudes are back in control and strutting their stuff. Cornell Campbell is a recognizable name on the last track, but all cuts are strong.
    Ras Babo

  • Reviewed by rasbabo on February 7, 2018 at 2:23 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Reggae
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  • Delstroyers, The – “Diabolical!” – [Hell Hop Records]

    Thirteen original tracks from this Seattle based instrumental surf trio are a lot of fun. Well played, it is unmistakably surf music with a modern twist. Some horror, Spanish touches with a reverb crash here and there. Good energy, danceable.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on February 7, 2018 at 12:57 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Ostertag, Bob – “DJ of The Month” – [Seeland Records]

    Bob Ostertag is a true Renaissance Man: author, professor, political activist, composer, electronic musician, journalist, creator of his own software based laptop instruments and more. His work stands out for its uniqueness, creativity, political stance, beauty and challenging qualities. “DJ of The Month” is a 40 minute single track of electronic onslaught and subtlety, mixed together and separated. Sounds flash past and reverberate around and through the listener, taking them on a unique meditative journey. It does become hypnotic in its movement of sound. The piece is meant as a meditation requiring focus and concentration. I know a few of the DJ’s who will play the whole thing. So worth it.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 7, 2018 at 12:30 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Armando – “Trax Classix” – [Trax]

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    Little did the Roland engineers designing the TB-303 for lounge band as a bass guitar emulator know that it started the acid house genre with the squealchy bass lines. Armando Gallup was indeed one of the Chicago acid house pioneers, his Land Of Confusion — on this collection — became a hit both in US and Europe. He was also one of the co-founders of Warehouse Records plus a busy-bee organizing parties and much more. This is a collection of r

  • Reviewed by Kai Sync on February 6, 2018 at 11:46 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Funky Chimes [coll] – [Sdban Records]

    I live for this type of collection: “Funky Chimes”, a collection of 27 Belgian session musicians and sort of stars from the 1970’s, experimenting with “funk, jazz, latin and other groovy genres.” Did you get that it’s from Belgium, a place most people don’t initially think of for it’s music (which is wrong, of course)? It’s library music. It’s songs for commercials. It’s music your 1970’s Belgian parents would play to relax and feel cool with. The overwhelming notes with photos of each album cover should be more than enough to convince you of the outright grooviness of this stuff. Just look at some of those covers. And the names of the groups and songs: The Indian Sound of… Black Foot, Selectasound ’88 & The Bob Boon Singers, The Free Pop Electronic Concept and on and on. Of course, the stunner among stunners is Hearts of Soul and Shampoo performing “We Love the Policeman”. This is the more challenging second release in the series, the first being “Funky Chicken”. Looking for it as I type.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • She Didn’t Respond – “Chagamole EP” – [Shplargnarf Records]

    she didn't respond

    She Didn’t Respond is Patrick Harsh (aka Fuckmaker) working with someone named IZFERNOR, of whom I know nothing. If you have been craving an adorable little 3″ package of relentlessly harsh/ugly noise, here you go. Actually I’m not surprised that she didn’t respond–I’m guessing she is probably dead.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on February 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm
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  • Battles – “EP C/B EP” – [Warp Records Ltd]

    Battles: math rock, post rock, art rock. Whatever. These two EP’s from 2004, brought together as a double album, are Battles as a foursome, including Tyondai Braxton. That’s early Battles. Exquisite interplay of guitars, bass, keyboard and drums, spilling out patterns, breaking them apart, overlapping, interpreting, adjusting. This is the project at it’s beginnings, establishing a foundation of what would follow. Calculate away.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on February 6, 2018 at 8:41 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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