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Dosenoffner – “Das Neue Normal!” – [Self Released]

Thurston Hunger   6/21/2022   A Library, CD

It takes two to make an umlaut, two to spread a disease and two might be a key formula for noise albums at least for my jaded abnormal ears. Too often one person can just go knob-wild, and record till the “tape” (or disk space) runs out, but here Peter Keller and Casey Jones collaborate to serve up pretty tasty byte-sizzled tracks. Plenty of good old scorching waves of power electronics. Hum along with your air conditioner (#1), or go from popcorn microsynthwave to missile command (#7). The hit track is “Sprinkler Kitty” with a photo inside. Cute, with chopped vox, and it does have some of that squelch that sounds like a sprinkler. Several siren-scapes where one oscillating wave towers over everything. KFJC DJ aBacus donated this & dug #4 trust him…always! I’m fine w/ #9. Backyard Covid BBQ cookoff? Seattle experi-sonic slaw.
-Thurston Hunger

Coral Club – “Turn To” – [Not Not Fun Records]

Thurston Hunger   6/21/2022   A Library, Cassette

Alexander Sirenko’s sophomore NNF release as Coral Club. Aquatic washes of sound, seabird samples. Floatational drone, waves of synth. From the color trio, “Red” had a light Terry Riley flair to start, more keys and even drum machines get stacked on top. “Turn To Blue” evolves into the most tense of the tracks. “Spectrum” with little ticker-tocker techno trills dives back into the aquatic. When percussion shows up on the cassette, it’s pretty non-intrusive and this is largely all about a warm chill and drift.
-Thurston Hunger

Brazilian Tsunami [coll] – [Orleone]

Cousin Mary   6/21/2022   A Library, CD

This is an amazing 3-CD set that includes 63 (!) Brazilian Surf Bands. All liner notes are in Portuguese, but seem to document the history and many bands in all parts of Brazil. Nothing particularly sounded Brazilian to me, it is just very well played and authentic surf music. Of the 63 bands, only one (Mullet Monster Mafia) is already represented in the KFJC music library. Surf’s up!

Dr Space’s Alien Planet Trip- Vol 5 Search In of – “Vol. 5 – Search In Of…”

carsonstreet   6/19/2022   A Library, CD

Dr Space, aka Scott Heller, plays in Øresund Space Collective, Black Moon Circle, Doctors of Space and contributes synthesizers to many other bands and projects.

This is the 5th volume in Dr’s Space’s collaborative series entitled, Alien Planet Trip, where Dr Space collaborates with various guitar players. The idea is to lay down synthesizer tracks and have great and original players add their magic touch and then Dr Space mixes them and sometimes adds additional layers. Suzuki Junzo has played in many great bands and projects including Acid Mothers Temple and he a major contributor on this album. He is a very unique player and helped to create a new universe in these tracks. Getting Pat Harrington from Geezer in was something that only happened in 2020! Dr Space had a new synth (Novation Ultranova) for this album and was creating very different kinds of improvisations.

Kungens Man – “Kungens Ljud & Bild”

carsonstreet   6/19/2022   12-inch, A Library

Kungens Män (The Kings Man) started out in 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. Always new sounds and improvisations, different guest musicians, different happenings. Kungens Män are rooted in the psychedelic/drone rock tradition of bands such as Träd, Gräs & Stenar, but also add influences from krautrock, shoegaze, noise rock and free jazz. On bandcamp Kungens Män describes themselves: “What started out with the sole purpose of hanging out as friends, occasionally with instruments in tow, has resulted in records on several labels and numerous European tours. The fundamental idea has never changed though – to get immersed in sound, and let the drone be the main trail taking the band to inner space – may it be through folkish melodies, noise, shoegaze sheets, free jazz outbursts, motorik beats or just good old head melting rock. And of course, it’s all improvised on the spot.” I have included English translations on the sleeve and in spidey. Highly encourage using the translations unless your Swedish is very good.

Secret Chiefs 3 / Ishraqiyun – “Perichoresis” – [Web of Mimicry]

Mister S   6/17/2022   A Library, CD

2014 Release.

Rock, Folk, World avant-garde by SF locals. This is a Trey Spruance project who plays with fellow Mr. Bungle members Danny Heifetz and Trevor Dunn just to name a few of the participants. Tasty effects-laden guitar licks and electronic wizardry flavored with a melange of percussion that includes tabla, electronic and acoustic drums. Often creating a middle-eastern vibe. At other times there are parts that bring to mind James Blood Ulmer. Finally, there are tracks that have a dub-heavy groove. Worthy of a safety check before listening.

Black Arkives [coll] – [Justice League]

Mister S   6/17/2022   12-inch, Reggae

Recorded at The Black Ark in Kingston, Jamaica and produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry in the period between 1973 and late 1975.

On The Black Arkives Lee “Scratch” Perry explores the possibilities of his equipment, trying to get the sounds in his head onto tape and ultimately emerge from our speakers. This period is thought to be some of his most personal creations. Sonic euphoria.

A Compilation – Dorado [coll] – [Dorado Records Limited]

puplaif   6/16/2022   A Library, CD

Another Dorado compilation for our collection. Early 90s experimental dance. Forward thinking; an expansion of and simultaneous departure from acid jazz. Funky, soulful, tracks; a fusion of new and old.  Richly produced by teams of skillful musicians and vocalists. All hail Jhelisa! 

The type of sounds I imagine one might have heard at a hip London lounge. The underground and sophisticated precursor to the Eurodance tracks that were pumpin’ at pup’s mid ‘90s family skate nights at the roller rink. 

Fu Manchu – “Action Is Go, The” – [Mammoth Records]

beastofbourbon   6/15/2022   A Library, CD

The Action is Go is the fourth album by Southern California Stoner rock band Fu Manchu. Although released in 1997 the music sounds like it could’ve been from 1972, 2022, or 2042. It’s timeless. The music is heavy psych with a supercharged Skate punk edge. The lyrics are about cool stuff like cars and space travel. It’s an ideal soundtrack  for driving on PCH in a souped up muscle car, skating a pool, or a midnight ride through the city on a Schwinn cruiser. Solidifying the cool factor is the 1977 photo by Glen E. Friedman of Tony Alva, an homage to Santa Cruz punk band Bl’ast! (Track 9 – “Laserbl’ast!”), and a cover of Boston Straight Edge hardcore band SSD’s “Nothing Done” (Track 14). 

Beast of Bourbon

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