Gauthier, Jeff Goatette – “Open Source” – [Cryptogramophone]

mickeyslim   1/11/2012   CD, Jazz

Jeff Gauthier with Nels and Alex Cline, long-time collaborators, are experimenting with mixing jazz and their unique ambient effects into the background of their songs. Four of the six guys are credited as playing “effects” on top of their other instruments, and the eerie, wonky space effects are a great accompaniment to Nels Cline???s electric guitar work.

Things Past is lackluster, and doesnt contain anything distinct we havent heard before, but still check it out. Track 6 is a cover of Ornette Colemans, Joy Of A Toy, which waxes and wanes in and out of outer spacey jazz sounds. The last and title track, builds slowly from a spacey, pitter-patter soundscape to an almost modern classical sounding bridge, back into the crazed power jazz breakdowns theses guys are pioneers of. Great addition to the plentiful Nels Cline collection here at KFJC???

Fly Girlz, The – “Da’ Brats From Da’ Ville” – [sockets]

mickeyslim   1/11/2012   12-inch, Hip Hop

A great example of not judging a record by its cover, Da??? Brats From Da???Ville, is a group of six high schoolers from Brownsville Middle School, ages 12-14, who were the product of a city funded after school music program that called themselves the Fly Girlz.More importantly on this album, though, are the dirty industrial beats and effects that accompany these girls. The fact that these girls chose weird spacey janglings and bells, toy piano solos, thick beats, make them an impressive representation of New York City???s youth. This album unites two different sounds and the contrast of electronic beats and young girls clicks right into place???

Mastered by Weasel Walter of The Flying Luttenbachers. This album has a lot for everybody, and I???m not sure whether this should go into Hip Hop or A. Not checking it out might be a crime of some kind.

Petit, Phillipe – “Henry: The Iron Man” – [Beta-lactum Ring Records]

mickeyslim   12/22/2011   A Library, CD

Two long tracks and one shortie of skritchy scratchy staticy voices, like a deaf-mute’s schitzophrenic thoughts as they walk through a quiet bus station depot. Hollow ambient voices turn into a loud stagnant drone, the bus station bustling now, and loud trains whir and whizzz by like an industrial battlecry, then back into a low monotonous dream. Philippe Petit is not the famous tightrope walker, but rather the creept turntablist. The album is based on a dream of Petit’s where he dreamed?? Shinya Tsukamoto made a twisted re-make of “Eraserhead,” amd he was writing the score… irky.


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Francis Harold and The Holograms – “Who Said These Were Happy Times” – [Going Underground]

mickeyslim   12/22/2011   12-inch, A Library

Like a scary nightmarish dream, this electrified drudge crawls out of the murky muddy swamp and into the demented minds of this foursome from Arizona. The album consists of nin tracks of ghostlike screaming from a man in a dog maks and blackface, psyched out guitar riffs, stony thrumming drumming, feedback galore, and randon tempo changes. The last track, “Did You Hear,” is an eleven minute long stoner epic, maniacal laughing and inaudible screaming, bluesy distortion from guitarist, and droning bass; a perfect demonic accumulation of these guys’ best. Francis Harold says of his own music, “It’s, uh, really tense and really awkward and really confusing, like when you first get ot middle school and you have to dress out for P.E”


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Kieltolaki – “Kuoleva Systeemi” – [Feral Ward]

mickeyslim   11/23/2011   7-inch, A Library

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Kieltolaki is a Finnish hardcore band from a small town called Turku. Their name means ???prohibition,??? specifically of the alcohol variety. You can tell that these Fins are fucking pissed off, and it makes me want to learn Finnish so I can tell what it is I???m supposed to be pissed about. The songs undoubtedly have cursing in them, but since they???re sung in Finnish, there???s no worry. The title track is only slightly sludgier than the rest, with an awesome growling scream in the beginning. The rest is pretty much fast-ass, maniacal laughing, screaming blood, punk

Off! – “Compared to What” – [Southern Lord Recordings]

mickeyslim   11/16/2011   7-inch, A Library

2 songs from OFF! Awesome job by Keith MOrris (blackflag, circlejerks), joins Dimitri Coats, Steven McDonald (reddkross) and Mario Rubalcaba (hotsnakes). The tracks are reminiscent of tight pantsed head-bangin punks punching and kicking things, and of course Morris’ flailing dreads.

Rotten Apple: distorted grinding guitar tries to embody chorus line “I’m the rotten apple on your family tree.”

Compared to What: Faster, louder, BETTER! More yelling, killer guitar work and licks in the transition.


Red Dons – “Pariah” – [Deranged Records]

mickeyslim   11/16/2011   7-inch, A Library

Red Dons is the primary band from what’s called the Vagabond Sound Music Collective based in Portland, started by Doug Burns (lead vocals/guitar) and Hajji Husayn (bass/vocals). While many folks have been in and out of the band, this collection is Burns, Husayn, Richard Joachim (drums/vocals) and Will Kinser (lead guitar) of Born/Dead (see A library).

Pariah is a very fast, in yo’ face punk track with a flat, repetetive guitar melody in the background. These guys know how to rock out.

It’s Your Right is a GEM! It changes tempo a couple times in the song, and switches from what sounds like three different tracks. They fit together very well. PLAY THIS SONG!

Very versatile for a punk group, these guys are pro

Death Trap – “No Hicks” – [Feral Kids Recoreds]

mickeyslim   11/9/2011   7-inch, A Library

Death Trap was a hardcore punk band from King City, CA who started in 1983. The band wasn’t around very long, but Feral Kid Records decided to put this record out some 25 years after it was recorded. 4 tracks recorded on a 4-track. “No Hicks” is basically the bands socio-commentary on the people from King City as are the other tracks on this album. Sounds exactly like what it is, four teens from the buttcrack of California beating the shit out of their instruments…

Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – “Night Gallery” – [Thrill Jockey Records]

mickeyslim   11/9/2011   12-inch, A Library

This is Eternal Tapestry and Sun Araw performing live on KVRX Austin, TX in March 2010. It’s one 45-minute long jam that tracks through, broken into four peices of the same movement, Night Gallery. The first part is mostly Sun Araw going for a 9 minute long psych drone. Then part II comes in heavy and kind of suddenly as the tempo builds and the guitars start to shred back and forth. Part III mellows out a bit as the drums get sludgier and a drone builds and builds to part IV which highlights an organ in the beginning to turn into an awesome climaxing pulsing psyched out mesh of both bands rocking out, even some unintelligible vocals. Killer shit… and its from live on the radio!

Ultrathin – “Glass City” – [Badmaster]

mickeyslim   8/24/2011   7-inch, A Library

Debut album by Ultrathin, a trio of Canadians (Montreal area), who successfully throw down two?? garage-ish punk songs. Two members from another Canadian band, Pink Noise (check A vinyl.) First side, “Glass City,” is quite power chord happy keeping it fast and in-your-face. Kind of funky bassline, shredding guitar solo at the end. “Don’t Mess” get’s even farther into your face with a screechy guitar, screechy vocals, and a tom-heavy drumline. Dark, gloomy, heartburning, face-shredding magic…

Human Eye – “They Came From The Sky” – [Sacred Bones Records]

mickeyslim   7/13/2011   12-inch, A Library

Bass, drums, guitar, ???alien??? piano and saxophone all thrown together to make Human Eye, a four-piece from Chicago. Up-tempo drums with lots of drum rolls, facemelting psychedelic distorted guitar riffs and drudgy vocals. They Came From the Sky is slower and stonier than the rest of the album and I think it???s what most folks will dig more than the other tracks, speeds up at the very end though. Can definitely be played a side at a time since the tracks have very little space in between tracks. Also check out Junkyard Heart. Guaranteed to get listeners heart pumping.

Nacho Business – “Nacho Business” – [Sacramento Records]

mickeyslim   6/28/2011   7-inch, A Library

Candice Adams (vocals/bass), Heather Crocker (vocals/guitar), and Alec Roberts (drums) make up Nacho Business, a garage band from Sacramento that sounds like they???re playing their middle school talent show. Bubble-gum punk? The second track, Spend the Night, is the highlight of the album, but only because the drummer speeds up the beat (unless you enjoy a spacey, twee-punk sound more, check out Cotton Candy Dreams.) All tracks are under two minutes. Final track ends very abruptly.

– Mickey Slim

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