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Raya Brass Band – “Raya” – [Self Produced]

humana   10/31/2015   A Library, CD

This music is Balkan influenced, peppy, brassy, and truly great. It is dance music from a band in Brooklyn, New York. There’s sax, trumpet, accordion, keyboards, percussion, tuba, tupan, and snare drum, all played by six guys who know how to get your feet tapping. The band is named after a six-year-old girl (who may be the cutie on the album cover). I like this because it shows that great ethnic sounds can come out of New York City.

Dirty Old Men – “Beerhandles & Lovebellies” – [Self Released]

Arcanum   10/28/2015   CD, Hip Hop

Dirty Old Men ??? Beerhandles & LoveBellies

Local indie Hip Hop. Beerhandles & Lovebellies sounds like a personal
journal of a couple of alcoholics who got together over some cold ones
and took their freestyle notebooks and put together an album. FCCs on
all tracks except 3,6, and 9 which are instrumental interludes.
Interlude 9 is cool track that includes samples from Charles Manson,
Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa. This album is most likely going to get
you to nod your head or shake it in disdain. All in all the real hip
hop heads will find something to appreciate in the album especially on
track 8 and the interlude tracks.

May, Brian – “Patrick” – [XOZMIQ]

mouthbreather   10/28/2015   12-inch, Soundtrack

Limited re-release of the soundtrack to this movie about a comatose patient who manipulates the mind of his hot nurse.
Score consists of the airy joys of falling in love (repeating melody) juxtaposed with the murderous creepy jitters on the next track. Fall in love, murder, rinse, repeat.

Apa Kabar – “We Are Apa Kabar” – [Self Released]

abacus   10/26/2015   A Library, CD

a meeting of spirits in Jogjakarta, Java. Japanese vocal trips – Indonesian guitar mantras – American effects entropy. tribal dada psychedelia and celestial funk minimalism. connections to Factums, Seek Six Sick and Yo Yo. the supreme of surreal, the best of bizarre. may trigger flashbacks, use at your own risk.

Breathing Patterns – “All Beat Up” – [Self Release?]

abacus   10/26/2015   A Library, Cassette

self-declared experimental post-punk out of San Jose. teeth gritting guitar riffage and bellowing bass and drums accompany; snarling vocal delivery gives you that punk rock grimace with spacious song writing that still manages to move and change. these guys got skills and a sound all their own in a sea of same-sounding rock music (the 90s were pretty fuckin awesome though)

Untitled [coll] – [Instincto Records]

abacus   10/26/2015   A Library, CD

Texas noise gang train on listeners ear fears; 4 way pileup of fundraiser folly and demotivational mutilation. harsh no-no music noisy noise with big grimy mouthfuls of Texan drivel and abuse. people will not donate to this.

Evening Fires – “Incredible Adventures” – [Deep Water Acres]

humana   10/26/2015   A Library, CD

This music is perfect for a spirit walk as you stare into Evening Fires, letting the instrumentation take you through psychedelic realms that morph into trance-inducing drone. The tracks are nice and long, giving you enough time to venture out with your mind and then find your way home again, subtly changed for the better.

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.

Jar Moff – “Commerical Mouth” – [Pan]

abacus   10/21/2015   12-inch, A Library

urban dust street scene collage; soul jazz underbelly raving screech and skronk futuristic in a familiar way; drums pushing and pulling the piano glitch with turntables ever spinning; the beats come in movements with cinematic progression like a new age hip hop ballet; IDM for the interdimensional; needle dragging along the inner label side B carries on sparks simmering in the deconstruction; reconvening for the spirit solstice but jarring back to bass line; is that funk i hear crumbling? a drum solo locked in ether between terrestrial and not; heavy organs carry the weight of planets; gravitational free association dropping like comets; storm cloud distortion driftin lullabies meandering back to stressed passing pastures and green lawns unbeknownst to chaos; Athens based artist.

Slackk – “Backwards Light” – [R&S]

Kai Sync   10/21/2015   12-inch, A Library

Slackk (producer Paul Lynch’s) debut album on R&S Records, instrumental Grime with Asian-flavored melodic lines. Production style pays homage to AFX concerning sound and synth usage. The EP has a strong cinematic feel close to being a homage to a Japanese garden.


The styles range from eastern influenced spiraling bell synths and punchy drums (Bells) to cinematic paintings (Sleeper Carriage) trying to push forward so called sino-grime, with lots of Eastern instrumentation arrangements. The melodic value is highlighted. Posrednik is the most energetic track with irregular rhythms, reversed percussion and acid-flavored sound treats. Backwards Light has more relaxed sino-loops with square waves and off-track percussion. Monument has a dramatic synth beginning and then paying homage to R&S London sound.?? This release is pushing the boundaries of Grime.


Vaz – “Visiting Hours” – [Sleeping Giant Glossolalia]

Peter Doubt   10/21/2015   12-inch, A Library

Noisy but tight rock; insistent, varied rhythms, sludgy bass.
Side two has long, repetitive instrumental passages, including drones in last track that ends in a locked groove, but all songs have lyrics.

Members were in Hammerhead and La Otracina.

FCC: One “fuck” at the end of A2, Mutator.

Pouzet, Nicolaus, Julian Palomo – “Elation (A Tribute to The Masters)” – [Improvising Beings]

mouthbreather   10/21/2015   CD, Jazz

Keyboard, Soprano Sax, and Shakuhachi (bamboo flute). Trks 1-4 are listed as one piece, but can be played separately. Soothing, sometimes dissonant improv, synthetic strings, rainy day staring out a window into the street wondering if you friends secretly hate you (they do, move on). K-RA: Beepboop, fart through a tube, grungy sidewalk, you gotta goooo. Synth driven rendition of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.
Potential is there for good mixin’!

Rollig, Silke, Burton Greene – “Space Is Still The Place” – [Improvising Beings]

mouthbreather   10/21/2015   CD, Jazz

Husky female vocalist and erratic pianist duo give us some Avant Free Jazz. A few songs with lyrics, but for the most part Rollig (who writes the melodies) is scatting in synchronization with Greene’s playing. Liner notes on all songs give the thought process behind these well produced tracks, though the actual product drives me up a wall. Subject listeners to this, pretty please!