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North – “Light The Way” – [Prosthetic Records]

billiejoe   5/18/2016   12-inch, A Library

Sludge tribal doom from Tucson. Zack Hansen and Matt Mutterperl from Languish and Evan Leek. The band has been around for about ten years. This is the first piece of theirs that we have added to the library.
Nice guitar solo on last track.
— Billie Joe Tollier

Curgenven, Robert – “Climata” – [Dragons Eye]

billiejoe   5/18/2016   A Library, CD

Australian composer and sound artist. Site specific recordings from James Turrell’s Skyspaces which are installations that create sound. More details about the process of each artist is in the liner notes. Each tracks are 19 minutes and 20 seconds. Sounds like drone pulses. It’s really quiet but you if you listen carefully you can hear things like traffic and birds. Fantastic for those of us who like long tone-based tracks. Two discs and limited edition of 500.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Blood Rhythms – “Heuristics” – [No Part of It]

billiejoe   5/18/2016   A Library, CD

Collective anchored by Arvo Zylo from Chicago.
Noise and a variety of ambient electronic sounds. Keeps the listener on their toes. I listened to this while traveling and kept wondering if it was the tracks or the airplane or something behind me. Each track was made at a different time and album history is written inside.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Null, KK – “Edging” – [Nux Organization]

billiejoe   4/13/2016   A Library, CD

Soundtrack for dance theater piece is the title and probably true and a good description of what it sounds like if you were to drop acid and dance on Mars.
Sounds like field recordings and synth. It takes a couple slight electronica turns and is quiet to near silent at moments particularly the last minute.
Really though it is industrial ambient noise electronic experimental and very environmental. One long piece that lasts fifty three minutes and ten seconds.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Isbin, Gilbert & Walton, Scott – “Recall” – [Pfmentum]

billiejoe   3/30/2016   CD, Jazz

Recorded in Sebastopol. Walton on piano and Isbin on guitar. Short stringy songs featuring an eight course lute. It gets freer towards the end of the album such as the grabby screechy bass on track 7. One track is named Terpsichore which is the muse of dance from Greek mythology. Some of it is rather classical and chambery.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Koloff, Janet – “Yoga: Exercise In Living” – [Capitol Records]

billiejoe   3/30/2016   12-inch, A Library

Two side longs of yoga instruction from 1970 with illustrative booklet. Dry vocals leading the listener through poses and quasi-meditations with midwestern accented sanskrit. (Makes me wonder how my California accented sanskrit sounds.) Janet is from Chicago, is a singer, and taught yoga in Mill Valley for years.
Refreshing to hear a teacher say that “perfection in postures” isn’t important in old school yoga. Side 1 and 3 are on one disc and 2 and 4 are on the other. Gems: “Peace is your birthright” and chanting of om nama shivaya which means “I honor your/my/the inner light.”
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Arohi Ensemble – “Ahimsa, Love Is The Weapon of The Brave” – [Innova Recordings]

billiejoe   3/23/2016   CD, International

World music with a yogic message. Musicians from India, Venezuela, and Los Angeles. Arohi means ascending melody. Ahimsa is a sanskrit word meaning non-violence and is in many ancient yogic texts. It is meant to be a philosophy for how to live your life, not just describe an isolated instance. It’s also intended to apply to oneself, meaning don’t do harm to yourself, or, love yourself. There are vocals, sitar, and rad fast drumming. Really lovely groovy dance music.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Freeman, James – “Echoes of Nature” – [Edgetone Records]

billiejoe   3/23/2016   A Library, CD

San Francisco artist with pop and classical training makes ambient soundscapes. This sound is really pleasant. Crickets and strings and synth and winds and birds and outer space. The last very long track features crashing waves which gives it a melancholy but pleasant vibe.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Flanigan, Lesley – “Hedera” – [Physical Editions]

billiejoe   3/23/2016   A Library, CD

New York based experimental sound artist. She alters her equipment to make new instruments from speakers and mics and wires. To me this makes her work both physical and sonic. Her art has been exhibited in fine art museums around the world. Sounds like mellow spacey beats.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Helm – “Olympic Mess” – [Pan]

billiejoe   3/23/2016   A Library, CD

Luke Younger from London founder of the label Alter. Very prolific artist and has done a ton of collaborations. He was also in Birds of Delay and Alien Zoner Ape. It sounds like ambient industrial noise. Strawberry chapstick has an eerie monologue about his history with music.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

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