Chamberlain, Don – “San Francisco Earthquake!, The” – [San Francisco Record Company]

billiejoe   1/20/2016   12-inch, Soundtrack

Recreation/interpretation of the news from the 1906 SF earthquake and fires. Two side longs. Fact checked by the California Historical Society. Sounds are rumbling trolley bells, news announcer, voices narrating, fire. Mostly actors recreating news interviews about damage looting fires and rescue efforts. Mention of actor John Barrymore and one guy pretending to be Jack London. Laughable and horrifying at the same time.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Endorphins Lost/ Flux Capactor [coll] – [Rotten to The Core]

billiejoe   1/13/2016   7-inch, A Library

Split from two talented metal bands. Endorphins Lost is agro moshing metal from Seattle.
Flvx Capacitor is grimy grind with cookie monster from South Bend Indiana. They call themselves Midwest grindcore. One song is called 88 MPH, referencing our favorite DeLorean. When searching online spell Flvx with a V otherwise you’ll find a, um, different band.

Death Monk – “Live On KFJC” – [Golden Slipper Records]

billiejoe   1/13/2016   A Library, Cassette

Santa Cruz psychedelic funeral ritual sludge doom. They are Friar Eric on guitar and vocals, Friar Jeffery on bass, Friar Sleeper on organ and synthesizers, and Friar Samuel on drums.
Slow and basey it builds and then holds perfectly. Friar Eric shreds. Friar Samuel smacks hard. This is my new meditation soundtrack.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Comadre / Trainwreck [coll] – [Bloodtown Records]

billiejoe   1/6/2016   A Library, CD

Comadre is Spanish for godmother or good friend
They are a screamo punk hardcore band previously called Coffin from Redwood City. Trainwreck is more metal. They are a German screamo hardcore band that has been around for ten years. Former members of Eaves, Glasses, The 244GL, The Tidal Sleep and Engrave.
I dug the more metally tracks.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Varathron – “Walpurgisnacht” – [Nuclear War Now! Productions]

billiejoe   1/6/2016   12-inch, A Library

Greek Occult metal band. This album is from 1995. The band name is Greek and translates to a very deep gorge. They have been around since the 80s. Two of the members are in Katavasia. Sound is similar to Rotting Christ and Necromantia. There is a nice piano solo on the b side. The album name is Walpurgisnacht which means Witches’ Night, which is an ancient Central and Northern European festival to welcome the spring weather and to drive away evil spirits.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Le Flange Du Mal – “Carrion, My Wayward Son” – [Resipiscent Records]

billiejoe   12/16/2015   12-inch, A Library

Not previously released studio recordings. They have worked with Sun City Girls, Caroliner, and Malcom Mooney. We have one other cd in the library and they were on Devil’s Triangle 8. They are from San Francisco. KFJC is one of their top friends on myspace. Dance ska rock music. Lots of drums and horns. Tongue and cheek lyrics. Fast paced, different than other CD, less electronica.

— Billie Joe Tolliver

Westberg, Norman – “13” – [Room40]

billiejoe   12/9/2015   A Library, CD

Three medium minimal drone tracks. The second has some high pitches and in general the third is the most dynamic.Westberg was the guitarist with Swans.
Originally recorded in 2013 and limited edition now rereleased after being remastered and digitized.
Praise from Lawrence English on album info.

— Billie Joe Tolliver

Swami Kriyananda – “Ananda Meditations” – [A&M Records]

billiejoe   12/9/2015   7-inch, A Library

I think this is the Romanian dude who was a follower of Paramahansa Yogananda, the famous Yogi who “brought yoga to the west” in the early 20th century. Check out the movie about him called Awake that came out last year. Ananda is a name and also means “extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being”. Solo sitar accompanies the Swami who paints us a happy place with his words for the purpose of meditation. The old scratchiness just ads charm. And it’s fun to hear some old school new age.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Black Bikini – “Black Bikini” – [Musik Atlach]

billiejoe   12/2/2015   A Library, CD

Duo of Pentti Dassum of Deep Turtle and Transkaakko and Jonna Karanka of Anaksimandros, Avarus, Hertta Lussu Assa, Hockey Night (2), Kukkiva Poliisi, Olimpia Splendid, Way Of The Cross from Finland.
Manipulated instruments and “junkstruments”
Industrial noise
Feels like swimming in an abandoned underwater warehouse
Blends well together from track to track
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Dead In The Bay [coll] – [Self Released]

billiejoe   11/25/2015   A Library, CD

Two CDs of metal and psych and noise bands, including Bog Oak. Disc one is mislabeled as disc two and vice versa when considering the track list.
The gloomier and doomier stuff is my fav. I wish every night could be Christless Eve.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Drekka – “Unbeknownst to The Participants At Hand” – [Dais]

billiejoe   11/11/2015   12-inch, A Library

Michael Anderson from Bloomington IN, been making sounds since the mid 80s. Drekka is old norse for “to drink”. This album is industrial drone and it just came out this September. It is eerie, some rhythm, some electronically produced noises. There are female vocals on A at beginning and end, very subtle. Side B is broken up but listed as one track in three parts.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Moti, Loksagarnaan – “Gujarati” – [EMI (India)]

billiejoe   11/4/2015   12-inch, International

Indian folk singing and zitar and drumming and wind instruments. Alternating female and male vocalists in Indian language I can’t identify. Bob your head to these bollywood styles. The only thing I could find out about this is that Gujarati means someone from Gujarat.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Mullen, Geoff – “Filtered Water” – [Type Recordings]

billiejoe   11/4/2015   12-inch, A Library

Two side longs of drone. You can hear the guitar at the end of b side. I found that side to be the most rich.
Mullen is a video artist from rhode island. He recently got his MFA from Bard. The cover says, “Recorded in the Hudson Valley, NY in the summer of 2012 – a Mono version of a 4-channel sound installation of indeterminate length, using field recordings & location sound, feedback, electric guitar, portable recorders, speakers, and analog delay.”
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Cipriani, Stelvio – “Gli Orrori Del Castello Di Norimberga” – [Dagored]

billiejoe   11/4/2015   12-inch, Soundtrack

Two disc soundtrack for one of Mario Brava’s least popular films, title translated as Baron Blood. Italian horror film came out in 1972, has castles, woods, resurrecting dead, fog, etc. Side A starts off with normal strings and drums and horn soundtrack, it’s super cheese. Even has some “lalala” vocals. Gets slower and then darker.
B is more piano and darker and “ooooh ooooh” vocals and skronky horns and then faster piano. Perhaps this is the chase scene? Side c is hand drums and wailing guitar like a hippie jam. Then it’s back to upbeat cheery horns and lalala. D is quiet hand drums and horns chilled out then an organ comes in and gives us some old tymey chills and a line of dialog in Italian I can’t make out.
Fun story from wikipedia: “The Well to Hell hoax is an urban legend that circulated the Internet and American tabloids in the late 1990s. The hoax was an audio recording of the sounds of Hell, recorded by seismologists in Siberia. The sounds in the nine-mile deep pit included yells and haunting screams for help from sinners supposedly sent to Hell. The recording, however, was later revealed to have been a cleverly remixed portion of the soundtrack of the movie Baron Blood, with various effects added.”

–Billie Joe Tolliver

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