Labfield – “Bucket of Songs” – [Hubro]

billiejoe   10/7/2015   CD, Jazz

Noisey (?) ambient sounds and jamming drums. There are vox in some spaces but they do not detract.
While I wouldn’t classify this as jazz, I am guessing it is here because it is improvised music.
The group is made up of guitarist David Stackenas from Sweden and percussionist Ingar Zach from Norway. The last track is titled Last Passacaglia. The internet tells me that Passacaglia is “a musical form that originated in early seventeenth-century Spain and is still used today by composers. It is usually of a serious character and is often, but not always, based on a bass-ostinato and written in triple metre”.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Dunderhead – “Bee Cave Sounds” – [Worm Interface]

billiejoe   10/7/2015   A Library, CD

Electronica beats. The tracks run together nicely. This album came out in 2001. Dunderhead is defined as “a stupid person”. The sound is jazzy cool and groovy. Snap your fingers!
This is the first album that we have added of theirs. They are on one 12 inch collection in the library.
–Billie Joe Tolliver

Another Evening At Logos 1974 79 81 [coll] – [Sub Rosa]

billiejoe   9/30/2015   12-inch, A Library

Improved jams from the late 70s and early 80s.
Side one is groovy percussion. The second side is really quiet and mostly singing and piano and percussion then it builds and gets chaotic and the musicians get on a noisey roll as they mockingly repeat terms of endearment among other things with slightly jazzy outtake chatter at the end. Side three is unsettling vocalization. Wailing horns and wailing humans. Four is screechy scratching creaking and droney.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Forty Martyrs – “Armenian Chanting From Aleppo” – [Electric Cowbell]

billiejoe   9/30/2015   12-inch, International

A Capella religious chanting. One side only. Lyrics written in Armenian and translated to English. The way he is singing and using his voice reminds me of latin catholic chants. Liner notes have history of the church and the Armenian genocide. Same vocalist on each track, Reverend Yeznig Zegchanian. This album was released just this summer.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

P. Children – “P.Ch3” – [Rrrecords]

billiejoe   9/30/2015   12-inch, A Library

Creepy sound effects(ish). Simple industrial beats with personality. One part sounded like banging on pots and pans. A mix of electronic and not. Crunchy and smashy with occasional vocals used as instrument, no real lyrics. Came out in 1989, limited to 500 copies. Harold Walls, Mike Parker visual artist and DJ, and Robert Kirzinger, a classically trained composer who works for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Padna – “Alku Toinen” – [Self Release?]

billiejoe   7/29/2015   A Library, CD

Electronic synthy with melody as well as some ambient feel. Sounds like skipping on track three but isn’t. Wind chimes on track two. Vox and spoken work on seven feels out of place.
The internet says that: “Padna is Nat Hawks, a 38 year old middle school English teacher living in Brooklyn. He records at home in his spare time, putting out sounds since 2001. His goal is to make sad music with all manner of tool.” Mission accomplished.

Dreyblatt, Arnold – “Second Selection” – [Black Truffle]

billiejoe   7/29/2015   12-inch, A Library

Twangy toney guitar and strings. Droney and ambient, particularly on disc 2. The beats seem industrial. The artist is a New Yorker based in Berlin. He is a composer and visual artist. This is a commissioned piece from the 80s in Linz and then was developed and finished in Eindhoven. We have most of his work in A and a collection CD in Jazz.
Billie Joe Tolliver

Granli, Gaute / Torus, Clifford [coll] – [Drid Machine Records]

billiejoe   6/24/2015   12-inch, A Library

Omg so confusing wtf. After some exploration it seems the outside of the double gray line takes you to the edge of the disc, the inside takes you inside when played in the regular direction. I encourage you to experiment with it. Not for those who like to play one song at a time one right after the other. This was just released in May. Called a split on the internet. It sounds awesome. Noisey guitar and drums. GG is guitarist in Skadne Krek and Freddy the Dyke. Clifford Torus is a four dimensional geometric shape. Also a musician.
Billie Joe Tolliver

Evening Fires – “Where I’ve Been Is Places and What I’ve Seen Is Things” – [Sunrise Ocean Bender]

billiejoe   6/10/2015   12-inch, A Library

Proggy trippy hippie stuff from Pennsylvania. Self-described as acid space rock. Space mountain is my favorite ride. Ben Wentz – electric guitar, drums, bass guitar Bob Sweeny – bass guitar, Nathaniel Rasmussen – synthesizers, Kevin Moist – electric and resonator guitars, saxophone, Gabriel Gould – organ, Sean Devlin – drums, vibraphone, Matt Bugaj – electric guitar, Adam Bugaj – lap steel guitar, Jennifer Breimhurst – violin, gourdalin, theremin, bowed vibraphone, Erich Breimhurst – electric guitar.
Billie Joe Tolliver

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