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Alvaro – “Drinkin’ My Own Sperm” – [Feeding Tube Records]

abacus   6/22/2015   12-inch, A Library

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lost 1977 debut record from mysterious radical individualist, “the chilean with the singing nose”, Alvaro Pena-Rojas. originally released on his self-fronted Squeaky Shoes label with money set aside from his advertising copywriting job in London while living with Joe Strummer only to languish on record store shelves that were wiling to carry it. he appeared on Nurse With Wound’s legendary list yet failed to gain recognition at the time, the world not ready for his strange outsider vaudevillian latin rock unplugged; staccato piano clattering, various endemic percussions, whistles and flutes, and raving mad lyricism about political negation and social empowerment. a surrealist preservation of chilean folk traditions by a man defiant in his stylistic uniqueness yet without an overt intention to stand out. a record lucky to still exist, and we’re lucky to have it.

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