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Album Review

Radio Vietnam – “Radio Vietnam” – [Sublime Frequencies]

Thurston Hunger   5/7/2015   CD, International

For richer and from Porest! Another Sublime installment of
smuggled radio from foreign shores, Mark Gergis doing the
honors recently, 2013-14. His role as editor, curator and
titler of these tracks cannot be underestimated. Suave
seamless dreams, some to bust your seams with laughter,
others to break borders down in other regions. Cognitive
dissidents, and “This Land is Your Land” planted like a
frazzled frag while an unknown DJ refs American roots music
(spreading like weeds?) Check out “Medium Wave Youth Choral
and String” some glorious indigenous sounds that lead you
down a forest path to be blindsided by a sonic billboard with
neon sounds and hyped up samples in “Hit Zones.” People
sneezing and coughing, “all over vietnam” as another sample
says… then a nastier virus hits with “luxury is personal.”
So there’s jump-cut joy a la AM Hanoi, and I have to say it
sounds like people over there really give a Vietnam damn
about radio (in the US, are too many folks phoning it in,
present company excluded or executed as appropriate?) #7
speaks of the origins of “Cam Huong,” it has smooth Molam
moments, and maybe it could be a Neung Phak practice tape
for their next record. Then it goes dial flicker flipping
with excitable cyclo’s and psycho DJ’s. Some conversations
pass like kidney stones in your funny bones, Italian dance
voyeur charms on the towering “Message to the Age of Twenty.”
“Home Village Identity Event” has a brief language lesson (a
classic Porest move, wish it had gone on longer and not just
because I feel in love with that young ladies voice.) Take
a staycation in KFJC’s studios and airlift this into cars
and homes and gasoline station candy shops in the Bay Area!
Oh Mai Goddess, it’s a good time waiting to happen.
-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 29 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 329 days ago, slartibartfast played Morning Exercise In The Coded Ether
  • 724 days ago, Pax Humana played Morning Exercise In The Coded Ether
  • 777 days ago, Poor Kitten played Home Village Identity Event
  • 900 days ago, Mr. Slippy played Message to The Age of Twenty
  • 987 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Home Village Identity Event
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