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TOADS and BUGS [coll] – [White Rabbit Records]

abacus   5/25/2016   7-inch, A Library

double mini CD release from Feine Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim out of Germany and Der Bekannte Post Industrielle Trompeter from Italy. the trumpeteer plays the toad side: a number of short tracks carrying juvenile delinquent flatrumpence with sci-fi lullaby calypso grooves and twisted future jazz industrial breakdown. the trinkers play the bug side: one long track of warped mash into factory-grade steel drone drifting gently through the void carrying echoes of voices and melody trailing behind, monastic memories and creeping carefully to the forefront. haunting oddities for sleepless nights

D.B.P.I.T / F.T.B.P.D [coll] – [White Rabbit Records]

abacus   5/25/2016   7-inch, A Library

experimental post-industrial split between Flavio Rivabella aka DBPIT out of Italy and German duo FTBPD. Flavio has been active since the early 2000s and contrary to name, not particularly well-known despite his huge output and collaborations, having worked with Mushroom’s Patience and others. his side is a warped sleepytime hallucination with echoing trumpet carrying us along, an alien ambient soundscape. FTBPD roughly translates to “the dope drinkers at home” or something… active since the mid-90s and quite a bit active, with extensive touring around Europe. their side starts off significantly more abstract and absent, post-classical drone emanating out of a dank sewer-ambiance, until we creeper deeper down the tunnels and find a rhythmic-concrete ritual grooving by candlelight on the inside that devolves into a non-locked loop fading away. beautiful aural oddities to waste away the day

Crawl Unit – “Tucson Mon Amour” – [Drone Records]

abacus   5/25/2016   7-inch, A Library

second pressing of live performance from Crawl Unit’s only tour played at Big Storage in Tucson, a relic from a criminally underrepresented sound artist. distant wavering tones on the hazy horizon, sparse industrial tinkering litters the foreground, the scattered detritus flickers in the hot desert sun. the B-side has more of a looped rhythmic feel. stroke delusions

Cut Worms – “Don’t Want to Say Good-bye” – [Randy! Records]

humana   5/20/2016   7-inch, A Library

If I were on “Name That Tune” (younger folks–Google it), I would have said this was the Everly Brothers from the first three notes. But this 7″ is the work of one guitarist, Max Clarke, who was in the Chicago band The Sueves. Each of the beautifully plucked ballads deals with love and leaves you feeling fairly mellow, with Side A having a slightly quicker tempo than Side B.

Moloch / Closure [coll] – [King of the Monsters]

abacus   5/17/2016   7-inch, A Library

destructive split from UK juggernauts: moloch from Leicester start of feral and drag themselves through the sludge like a dull blade through flesh, Closure out of Leeds plod and stomp but explode in sporadic bursts of powerviolence and grime. mud hurling, vomit choking goodness; now spit

Bilge Seaweed Orcastrua – “Salty Sea Shanties” – [UBUIBI]

mouthbreather   5/11/2016   7-inch, A Library

experimental pirate radio station operated by Big City Orchestra out of the Bay Area. field recordings, happy/sad drinking songs, consumerist worship all contained on this pretty blue 7″. NPARRR (National Pirate Radio) gives us lo-fi yum, coupled with boot-thumpy, folk instrument driven, shanties.

included is a cd of air checks of 16 tracks, with some great tunes and field recordings that didn’t make the EP. ??put it on continuous and feel the breeze in yer nethers.

 

Brown, Apollo – “Hey Joe/ Make Bread” – [Mello Music Group]

Arcanum   4/26/2016   7-inch, Hip Hop

This is the bonus 45 for Apollo Brown’s album Thirty Eight. Side A and B are both instrumental and FCC free. Crackle and sample hiss run like electric current throughout, giving a retro feel and resonant warmth. some guitar twang with the classic hey joe vibe on side A 2:55~ and a gritty jazz-hop narrative with female vocal laced boom bap drum kit side B Make Bread 3:00~

Fluwelen Koord – “Luxe Poesje” – [Ultra Eczema]

Thurston Hunger   4/15/2016   7-inch, A Library

Spazzy, strident and a little sweet punk.

A-side :Boozy guitar, howled vox (he eventually barks at
the end) and a bassline that wants to be a metronome. Some
times two notes is enough for a bassist, maybe more than
s/he can handle. A little synth whispers on what I guess
passes for a break in this simple art-damaged punk slow-dance.
Other reverby percussion, not really drums, more like
dropping a silverware tray nicely. Beasts from Belgium
and while I thought the title might mean something like
“the light of poetry,” online translating came up with
“luxury pussy.” So kinda the same thing? Both are found
behind a “velvet rope” (which is the apparent translation
of the band name.) On the flip side, “Ingeblikt Miszprijzen”
creepy crawls its way to start then moves into a three chord
charger with more of those yelping vox. Does it translate
as “Canned Disapproval” or is that just what I had for dinner?
Love the flat-tire e-string guitar riff to start and then set
up the climax end of the song.
-Thurston Hunger

J-Zone – “Backyard Breaks” – [Old Maid Entertainment]

Arcanum   3/2/2016   7-inch, Hip Hop

Recorded in a basement in Jamaica, Queens NYC. All instrumental break beats. Use this to funk up your mix. Pepper in some paradiddles, rudimentary rolls, and ride a groove into the next track. FCC’s on tracks A9, B4, b8, B9.

Track Times and Description:
A1. 0:21 Lead in
A2. 0:36 Bridge Break
A3. 0:17 Lead in
A4. 0:22 Down Tempo
A5. 0:32 Lead in/Bridge
A6. 0:11 Punch
A7. 0:47 Down Tempo
A8. 0:31 Heavy Ride Cymbal
A9. 0:58 FCC In or Out
B1. 0:11 Mellow Switch
B2. 0:16 Toy Monkey
B3. 0:18 1,2 Snake Charmer
B4. 0:17 Double Time FCC
B5. 0:40 Lead in Afrostyle
B6. 0:18 Eric B Mahogany type
B7. 0:23 roll in 4/4
b8. 0:23 FCC
B9. 1:22 ** FCC I Like it

Weed – “Thousand Pounds/ Turret” – [Lefse Records]

Kai Sync   2/24/2016   7-inch, A Library

 

Weed is a a shoegaze slop-slop band from Vancouver. This 7″, released 2013 with the A side track from their first album “Running Back” is more masculine shoegaze similar to Swervedriver. Thousand Points has all the hallmarks of shoegaze with vocals burrowed in the mix, plenty of guitar chords moving in unexpected directions and deliberately recorded feedback and noise from pedals The B-Side Turret is an odd one with no drummer but still slower drony shoegaze (actually an unheard cut from their first ever recording session.) Cool nostalgia single.

Man Is The Bastard Noise/ Gerritt [coll] – [Misanthropic Agenda]

billiejoe   2/17/2016   7-inch, A Library

Garrett is a sound and performance artist from Oakland. This split is put out on his label.
MITB is noisey noise. They are the LA project that has been around forever and has had many members and collaborators. Weise and Wood did this one.
I sure enjoyed both sides.
Sibe B ends in a locked groove.

Dysnea Boys – “Find Water/ Mind Stories” – [Self Release]

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

Dysnea Boys, of Berlin Germany, are an homage to 1980???s skate and punk culture. Lead singer Jason Honea from the San Francisco Bay Area was the former front man of California skate rock legends Social Unrest. Bass player C.C. Voltage (formerly of the Spitfires/Black Halos/Loyalties) and Chris Frey (formerly of Radio Berlin/Book of Lists/Sludge) are both former Vancouverites who met in Berlin to collaborate on a new project with Honea. Drummer Tom Fanore (formerly of southern Germany???s punk band Sorry My Sox), rounds out the line-up.The band plays classic 80s skate punk that will please fans of Social Unrest, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Agent Orange, and Adolescents.

Hit the coping, carve the love-seat, over the death-box, Roll in, Wipe Out. Slap it on the deck! Find Water faster tempo, Mind Stories not as fast…dude

A1 1:15
B1 2:40~

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.

Cadaver Em Transe – “Cadaver Em Transe” – [Iron Lung Records]

Morada   1/2/2016   7-inch, A Library

This band is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and features members of Rakta and Speed Kills. They’re kinda goth, punk, post punk, and psych. Apparently the songs are all about how suffocating and oppressive everyday life is in the city of Sao Paulo. I don’t speak Portuguese but the music does a good job of conveying these feeling as well. Clear vinyl.

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