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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

Grin and Bear It – “Demo II” – [Allergic to Fun]

abacus   11/25/2015   7-inch, A Library

manic grind assaults from these arbiters of misfortune out of Cleveland. confrontational and degrading just the way you like it, Completely Disgusted goes all dirgey and shit. Wil Killingsworth recorded it so you know it’s good. fuck it no one cares anyways

Hideous Replica – “Hideous Replica” – [Self-release]

abacus   10/21/2015   7-inch, A Library


have you ever listened to everything around you so intently that the presence of sound itself became unbearable? whether in the chaotic milieu of an urban downtown or the isolated breaches of silence in faraway rural desolation the sounds around us have the capacity to overwhelm if you try to take it all in at once. be careful how intently you pay attention.

Gas Chamber – “Stained Hand” – [SPHC]

mouthbreather   9/16/2015   7-inch, A Library

Buffalo NY hardcore punk set combine Power Violence, Prog, Experimental, Soundscape vibes into this EP.

A1: Slow build of elements, sludgy guitar, bass, drums, transition to faced paced hardcore.

B1: Proggy intro to fast punk sludge.
B2: Surfy reverb prog morphing instrumental

Bobb and The Kidds – “Take Me Home Vienna” – [Mighty Mouth Music]

humana   9/11/2015   7-inch, A Library

Well blow me away if this guy’s voice doesn’t remind me of The Bee Gees! This reissue of a 1981 single and the flipside were part of an album called “Harvest of Dreams.” The voices of the “kidds” at the very start of Side 1 is endearing, but don’t expect peppiness from this little 7″. Brooding lovesongs are what they are. You can almost see the skies melting above Trimble’s head as he mourns plaintively.

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