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McCormick, Matt – “Very Stereo ” – [Marriage Records]

cinder   6/6/2007   A Library, CD

Casio, delay, looping, pro-tools. Scratching radio
transistors. Dreaming in black and white, with
rainbow eyes. Soundtracks Matt has made for various
independent films of his own and others. Some light
and lofty, others feel like you’re not quite on the
right channel. Inside he lists what the tracks were
made of, and from what film, telling you to make up
your own visions. Minimal and mind intriguing.

Crows of The World [coll] – [Last Visible Dog Records]

cinder   5/24/2007   A Library, CD

Often thought of as a warning sign of death, the Crow
has a dark and powerful effect on humans. It ranks
highest in the ladder of bird intelligence, and can
hear frequencies lower that the human ear. Field
reports and museum studies from 11 different artists,
focusing on the family corvidae. Although no sounds
of the birds are included (damn!), you can close your
eyes and imagine soaring through the forest trees,
caa-ing your brains out on power lines, eating your
neighbours trash and having one of the most
recognizable and beautiful bird shapes in history.
Lots of found sounds, droning, strummed out guitars,
synths and daydreaming to be found with this release.
Beautiful stuff.

Merzbow/Giffoni, Carlos/O’rourke, Jim – “Electric Dress ” – [No Fun]

cinder   5/18/2007   A Library, CD

recorded live in 2006 in tokyo.
merz going old school using no laptops, the whole
thing is all analog and percussion instruments.
microphones, synths. total brutal electronic mashing
hell, the robotic war has begun. not an insane wall
of noise, lots of different textures and waves
throughout the whole recording (one long 52 min. track!).

LSD March – “Empty Rubious Red ” – [Tequila Sunrise]

cinder   5/18/2007   12-inch, A Library

5th full release from these avant-psych Japanese. It’s
actually more of a solo album by frontman, Shinsuke
Michishita. Joined by drummer Ikuro on a few tracks,
this release is super mellow and semi-dreamy. I don’t
know what he’s saying (it’s in Japanese), but it makes
me feel like he’s singing the soundtrack to a guy
who’s recently lost his job, out of money, his girl
ran away, and his car broke down… not to mention his
dog ate his last cookie. Beautiful guitar playing,
simplistic!

Broken Flag – A Retrospective 1982-1985 [coll] – [Vinyl on Demand]

cinder   5/2/2007   12-inch, A Library

A lovely 5 record box set of various recordings
released on the Broken Flag label, during the early
80s era. Inspired by a live perfomance by Whitehouse
in 1982, Gary Mundy knew that’s the direction he
wanted to go with music. He then went and formed
Broken Flag. He received a lot of encouragement, and
played with various folks included in this set. Some
more rhythmic than others, this box is a whole lot of
noise, and “power electronics”! Selections were made
of tracks that had previously not been available on
vinyl.

The stories about some of these and other recordings
released, in the book are a great read! Lots of
wasted bottle throwing, bloody fights, and police
arresting shows back then!

PS – Un-Kommuniti leader, Tim Gane, later went and formed
mellow group Sterelab….. big difference!

Wolf Eyes – “Dog Jaw ” – [Heresee]

cinder   4/26/2007   12-inch, A Library

33 rpm on side A
45 rpm on side B

Recorded in 2004 before Dilloway left the band,
originally on CDR, now on wax! Pure noise from Ann
Arbor, Michigan!

Side A begins with a full leg crunching assualt.
Track 2 is a more itchy growling vocal track,
sometimes sounding as if you’re looking for radio
reception in nowhere land. It closes out with track 3,
promising that yes, your legs WILL be broken.

I’M STUCK IN A FUCKING HELL! It’s where this records
sucks you into. Unfortunetly, track B1 swears. The
second track feels like you’re stuck in the bubbling
pits of foghorn death. The final track tests your
pilot abilities as you soar through the clouds of
feedbacking squarbles. (track has about a minute of
silence at the end).

Robot Vs. Rabbit – “Dos ” – [Squirrelgirl Records]

cinder   4/26/2007   A Library, CD

Dos, as in Spanish for the number 2. Their second
release.
They say it concentrates on the cold war era space
race, the death of Kennedy, and the American dream. A
nice “empty room” feel of experimentaling
avant-garding rock. Some drones, samples, feedbacks
and effects. Each track has that live feeling,
as if it were all done in one take, while they just
felt like jamming out. Drums, guitar, bass – sometimes
that’s all you need! Nice spaced out pysch rock.

Vertonen – “Facing Leinth ” – [Gameboy Records]

cinder   4/19/2007   A Library, CD

Even though it’s listed as 8 seperate tracks, it’s
really one long 59 minute trip through your inner
psychosis, nibbling and suckling your deepest
thoughts and secretive dreams. Serious low grumbling drones
and slight electronic scratches with bits of ear-piercing
slicing stabs. You’ll be dripping with hallucinating
sweat.
At about 29 minutes left, it fades slightly – a good
point to start or stop if you want a shorter
version.

Sterling – “Cursed ” – [File 13]

cinder   4/19/2007   A Library, CD

Many say it’s Chicago’s best avant-garde
instrumental rock group. This being their second release, they
have a whole new line-up change, including pianist
Andy (90 Day Men) on keys, and Al (Milemarker) on
bass. Three long cinematic (beautiful piano)
tracks dabbling in the vein of Red Sparowes and Paik.

Yellow Swans / Devillock – Split [coll] – [Modern Radio]

cinder   3/21/2007   7-inch, A Library

Side A is Yellow Swans formally of SF, now in
Portland. Guitar feedbacks, angry electronics and
distorted buzzes. Feels like I’m in a metal welding
warehouse.

Side B’s Devillock is the label owner (Chris Meyer)’s
project. Recorded live, this is something that will
ease you into slumber land. A slumber of mind
draining mental tests. Very straight empty space ship
drones with a LOCKED GROOVE ENDING. -cinderaura

Experiment Haywire – “World War 23 ” – [Self-Released]

cinder   3/15/2007   A Library, CD

New York based female noise artist Rachel Haywire. She
apparently started out back in 2004 walking at odd
hours of the night recording sound samples of her
smashing various objects, and natural day to day
deconstruction workings of humans. Doing perfomance
art, and playing with her band of 5 or 6 girls
screaming and banging on scrap metal, called Nuclear
Riot Party, she decided to take it electronic and
start her solo project. This album is pretty
???industrial??? with the noises and the huge bouquet of
mixed samples and sounds. She chooses spoken
word-esque vocals over screaming which is a nice
change, but most are vocal-free.

Black to Comm – “Ruckwarts Backwards ” – [Dekoder]

cinder   3/8/2007   12-inch, A Library

Recorded between 2003-2005, this is Dekorder???s label head Marc Richter???s solo release. Ambient space, field recordings, vinyl loops and faux-locked grooves. Very organic, dreamy and hypnotizing. Chirping birds, humming bees, interlocked vibraphone melodies, operatic looping vocals, lush flowing rivers and mellow hidden organs. The hiss of the whole recording gives it an almost vintage feel. ???cinderaura

Triad [coll] – [Neurot Recordings]

cinder   3/8/2007   A Library, CD

A compilation of three bands that have connecting members. It???s like a heavy-music incest!

Red Sparowes deliver two amazing instrumentals recorded live up here in the KFJC pit! They loved their performance so much they chose to include them on this 7???/ep release! Hells yes.

Made Out Of Babies is full of screaming female vocals by Julie Xmas, and intense hard guitars. They sound pretty pissed! It???s a shame their second song swears, it makes me want to break shit.

Battle Of Mice is newer on the scene, and another project led by vocalist Julie Xmas. It???s not as intense and angry as MOoB, she tends to sing more, but still screams her head off. A little more on the darker side. -cinderaura

Belleli, Avi – “Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder ” – [Ad Hoc]

cinder   2/22/2007   A Library, CD

Born in Tel Aviv, Avi is one of Israel???s most well
known composers. Also the leader of rock group,
Tractor???s Revenge, who has a few gold albums over
seas. This release is music set to a dance piece
performed in Europe, Japan, Israel and New York, of
the same name, choreographed by Yasmeen Goder. It
almost feels like you???re watching a semi-horror,
silent foreign film that takes place in cold empty
warehouse starring 2 mental souls. Very sparse and
creepy.
Strange handclaps. Random hoarse female screams and
whines. Underwater bubbling pits. Gentle guitar
strumming, turned intense electric. Empty
whistling tunnels.

Fe-mail and Giffoni, Carlos – “Northern Stains ” – [Important Records]

cinder   2/22/2007   A Library, CD

Norwegian duo Fe-Mail met Brooklyn based Giffoni when
he booked them to play the No Fun Festival in New York
2005, but he then flew overseas in early 2006 to
create this lovely noisy collaboration in Oslo.
Electronics, synths, samplers, microphones, and
precise detailed timing are what make this
experimental bubbling, warbling album quite enjoyable.
It???s not an intense wall of noise (well, not all the
time), but a nice belly crunching bowl of feedbacking
scribbles.

Can – “Tago Mago ” – [Spoon]

cinder   2/15/2007   A Library, CD

Tago Mago is Can???s third full release (1971) and is
often thought of as one of the best krautrock albums
of all time. It was groundbreaking, experimental,
influential and one of their best ever! The second album with
Japanese singer Damo Suzuki, his sometimes moody
sometimes crazy vocals made the intensely rhythmic
jazz-inspired drumming, improvised guitar and keyboard
solos, and extensive tape edits into fantastic far out
musical melting pots. Everything from full on trancing
funk jams, screaming fits, and mind-zoning space outs!

Sixes – “Cursed Beast ” – [Troniks]

cinder   2/15/2007   A Library, CD

S6X6S. From Oakland!
Simply title ???The Beast??? when it started – 2 painful
years in, an 8-track reel-to-reel and a computer
ruined twice, two teeth pulled and a resulting throat
abscess requiring hospitalization, the name easily
retitled itself to ???Cursed Beast???. It brings you the
fantasies (or nightmares) of looping trains from hell,
regurgitated bull snot, haunting vocals of the
netherworld, heavy rhythmic drones and swirling guitar
noises. Dark, hateful, and full of disgust.

Bran(…)Pos With Tarantism – “Tear N’ Pause ” – [Chitah! Chitah! Soundcrac]

cinder   2/15/2007   12-inch, A Library

San Franciscan B()P & Tarantism recorded live at WLUW
in Illinois. Itchy glitches, noisy bloops and
frustrated electronics, puts you on the edge of
Anxiety Mountain. It???s almost like being constipated
??? the sound pushes, tries and comes so close to making
sense, that when it finally does and releases??? MAN do
you feel satisfied! Each side about 20 minutes long.
-cinderaura

Side 2 does have a messy noisy version of the EAS, but
I???m thinking people will know it???s not real. (and
something that sounds like Beeker at the end!)

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