Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Morning Cartunes...August 28th, 2009

Embryonnck - Wieder das erste Mal (Staubgold) LP
Cloudland Canyon - Dambala (Holy Mountain) LP
Cellolitis - Orcheste Start (Indie) cdr
Acid Mothers Temple - Right About Rainbow Pt. 2 (Eclipse) LP
Neokarma Jooklo Trio - Night Revelation (Conspiracy) LP
Julian Cope - Leperskin (Island) CD
Sula Bassana - Vegetable Man (Nasoni) 7"
Capt. Beefheart & His Magic Band - Mirror Man (Buddah) LP
Kelley Stoltz - 1000 Rainy Nights (Corduroy) CD
Ricochets - Depressive Side Of Town (White Jazz) CD
Begushkin - Nightly Things (Locust) LP
Brethren Of The Free Spirit - Into The Dust Of The Earth (Important) LP
Adrian Shaw & Rod Goodway - Dog Fight (September Gurls) LP
Baby Woodrose - Changes Everywhere (Bad Afro) CD
Oresund Space Collective - Aqueduct Of Sylvius (Sulatron) CD
"the band whose name is a symbol" - Billy Bonkers (Birdman Sound) LP
Shogun Kunitoki - Riddarholmen (Fonal) LP
Sun Araw - Hustle & Bustle (Woodsist) LP
Alumbrados - The Psychology Of Sulphur (Important) LP
Litmus - Beyond The Sun (Rise Above) LP
Hawkwind - Spirit Of The Age (Charisma) LP
White Hills - Spirit Of Exile (Indie) CD
Out Of Focus - Whispering (Missing Vinyl) LP
Sylvester Anfang - Walpurgis (Aurora Borealis) LP

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Different Food

Just in case yer wonderin' what the fuck turn's John' crank at this moment in time,here's my diet over the last 48 hours which arguably is far better than
cheese, chocolate and hamburgers...

Adrian Shaw & Rod Goodway - Oxygen Thieves LP
Bobby Beausoleil - The Music Of... Box Set LP
Gnod - S/T LP
Steve Reid - Nova LP
Litmus - Aurora LP
Thin Lizzy - Black Rose LP
Shogun Kinotoki - Vinonaamakasio LP
Sylvester Anfang - II LP
Orange Goblin - Healing Through Fire LP
Sedatives - S/T LP
Black Sheep - Kiss My Sweet Apocalypse LP
Six Organs Of Admittanmce - Luminous Night LP
Espvall/Batoh - Overloaded Ark LP
Armando Piazza - Suan LP
Chrissy Zebby Tembo _ My Ancestors LP
Ornette Coleman - Love Call LP
New Christs - Gloria LP

Monday, August 24, 2009


"the band whose name is a symbol"

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photo by Andrew Carver

FREE SHOW.....Sept. 2, 2009

"the band whose name is a symbol" will commemorate the release of their 2nd vinyl only LP, "Superficial Marks", by playing a free show next Wednesday, Sept 2nd, 2009 at Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street, Ottawa. The band will play 2 sets of original compositions beginning at 9 pm ending by 11. "Superficial Marks" is a ltd. edition of 100 hand made lps that will never be repressed, a third of this offering is already gone. On Sept 2nd the group will perform a number of new works for the first time as a warm up for the recording of their 3rd album the following weekend. TWBNS invite you to attend this commemorative event for FREE, have a beer, relax and enjoy a little midweek levitation. Records are and will be available for $ 20. "Superficial Marks" is exclusively available at Birdman Sound, 593 - B Bank St., Ottawa.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Morning Cartunes...August 21, 2009

The Fourth Way - The Sun & The Moon Have Come Together (Harvest) LP
Embryo - Entrances (Brain) LP
GNOD - track 2 (Gnod/Pariah Child) LP
"the band whose name is a symbol" - Proglodyte (Birdman Sound) LP
Sean Smith - Prompter Of Conscience (Gnome Life) LP
My Sleeping Karma - Ahimsa (Elektrohasch) LP
RaTX - Money Will Roll Right In (Drag City) LP
Birds Of Avalon - Your Downtimes Up (Volcom) LP
Alice Cooper - Lay Down & Die, Goodbye (Warner) LP
Blue Oyster Cult - Before The Kiss A Redcap (Columbia) LP
Abramis Brama - Kylan Kommer Inifran (Transubstans) CD
Iron Age - The Sleeping Eye Of The Watcher (Tee Pee) CD
Thy Grief Eternal - On Blackened Wings (Rise Above) LP
Orange Goblin - Cities Of Frost (Mayan) LP
New Christs - Try Something (Impedance) LP
Yes Men - What's Wrong (Stolen) LP
Linus Pauling Quartet - Roll Out The Bong (September Gurls) LP
Burning Saviours - Dark Lady (Svart) LP
Six Organs Of Admittance - Bar-Nasha (Drag City) LP
H.Espvall/M.Batoh - Little Blue Dragon (Drag City) LP
White Hills - My Girl Soars Blind (indie) LP
Sedatives - Cannot Calm Down (Deranged) LP
Zoroaster - Spirit Molecule (Terminal Doom) CD
Sylvester Anfang - Satan Likt.../ Na Regen Komt... (Aurora Borealis) LP
Miles Davis - Yesternow (Columbia) LP

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Morning Cartunes....another day off...Aug. 15th, 2009

Guest Host : Mary Mackinnon

Cecil Taylor: That’s What: Live at CafĂ© Montmartre; Debut (LP)
Fred Frith: Elegy for Elias: Back to Life: Tzadzik, CD
Kemiallisett Ystavat: Tassa Maassa Kun Nain Makailen: Sunroof Split FatCat (LP).
Steve Reich: Violin Phase: ECM 1168 (LP)
Nash the Slash: Un Chien Andalou:Dreams and Nightmares: Cutthroat Records (LP).
Ultravox: The Wild, The Beautiful and the Damned: Ultravox!: Island Records (LP)
Laurie Anderson: Born Not Asked: The Man I Want to Share My Money With: Giorno Poetry Systems: 1981 (LP)
Spires that in the Sunset Rise: Spike Fiddle: This is Fire: Secret Eye (LP)
Papa John Creach: Time out for Sex: Filthy!: Grunt (LP)
Television: Venus: Marquee Moon: Electra (LP)
Amon Duul II: Stumbling over Melted Moonlight: Tanz der Lemminge: (LP)
Kinski: Masters of the Universe: Sonic Attack/Lords of Light Trensmat (7”)
Faust: Lauft: Faust IV: Virgin (CD)
Spiritualized: Luminescence: Compilation Vol I (CD)
Bardo Pond: Moonshine: Ticket Crystals (CD)
Steve Hillage:UFO Over Paris: Green: Virgin (LP)
Allman Brothers: Hot ‘Lanta: Live @ Fillmore: Capricorn (LP)
Led Zeppelin: Wanton Song: Physical Graffiti: Swan Song (LP)
King Crimson: Starless: Red: Island: (LP)
Dick Dale and the Deltones: Ho-dad Machine: Checkered Flag: Capitol (LP)
So So Many White White Tigers: We Shoot Arrows: S/T: Weird Forest (LP)
Mummies: Stronger than Dirt: Never Been Caught: Telstar (LP)
JBs: These are the JBs: Food for Thought (LP)
Amboy Dukes: Prodigal Man: Migration: Mainstream (LP)
Oneida: Each One Teach One: Jagjaguwar (CD)
HRSTA/Bee Gees: You’re a Holiday: Ghosts will come and kiss our eyes: Constellation (LP)
David Crosby: Traction in the Rain: If I could only remember my name: Atlantic (LP)
The Cherry Blossoms: Dragonfly: So Much Fire to Roast Human Flesh: Bastet (CD)
Blues Control: Rest on Water: Local Flavour: Siltbreeze (lp)
Dead Meadow: Sleepy Silver Door: S/T (CD)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Morning Cartunes...July 7th, 2009

NVH/Chasny - Yours In Black (Yik Yak) LP
Current 93 - Poppyskins (Juana) CD
Gong - Flying Teapot (Virgin) LP
Espvall/Batoh - Tourdion (Drag City) CD
Sunburned Circle - Yksi hirvi, miljoona metsastajaa (Conspiracy) LP
Faust - No Harm (Polydor) LP
White Heaven - Fallin' Stars End (PSF) CD
Eddie Hazel - I Want You (Warner) LP
Ax Genrich - Fundador (Sunhair) CD
Yellow #5 - Moon Man (Scat) LP
Birds Of Avalon - I Never New (Volcom) LP
The Human Bell - Outposts Of Oblivion (Thrill Jockey) LP
Cave - Gamm (Important) LP
Woods - Angel's Trumpet (Shrimper) LP
ST-37 - I Let It Slip Away (Noiseville) LP
JW Farquhar - My Bundle Of Joy (Shadoks) LP
MU - Eternal Thirst (Akarma) LP
Cheval Sombre - I Get Around (Double Feauture) CD
Black Sheep - Ernesto (Invada) LP
Baby Woodrose - Countdown To Breakdown (Bad Afro) CD
White Wires - Ha Ha Holiday (Going Gaga) LP
Gunslinger - Shellshocked (Rock Saviour) LP
Gates Of Slumber - Trapped In The Web (Profound Lore) CD
Valkyrie - Man Of Two Visions (Kreation) LP
Zoroaster - White Dwarf (Terminal Doom) CD
Sienna Root - Long Way From Home (Headspin) LP

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Got Any Roger Whittaker ?...the open door theory...

That was the best question yesterday at Birdman Sound. As I'm a well seasoned record shop/trench warfare kinda guy, I gave a polite and somewhat bewildered no in response, as Wayne Rogers "Infraction" wailed away on the speakers. The "in their early 40's" couple who actually queried about old Roger were way more interested in 2of my dogs, splayed out behind the counter and paying no heed to them whatsoever. After a quick perusal of my cd bins with extreme blankness and screwed up brough action the two hastily exited. One would maybe presume or hope that at their age they were only perhaps looking for an unimaginative bit of music as gifting for someone who gives a shit about Rog. Intuition however told me no. Several friends and customers present were both shocked and humoured about the quest which leads me towards "the doors open" theory. When it's warm or humid the Birdman gate remains closed helping to give the illusion that the place stays somewhat cooler. As is the practice on cooler days, especially when there is a breeze, my big aged oak stump keeps the door wide open. Having been in this particular spot now for onto 19 years I've made some observations regarding "the door open vs. the door closed " thing. Here it is in a nutshell. When my door is closed, many who walk by the shop often stop and look at my window. I have always mostly never had much in the window that ever gives away the fact that inside is a world of wicked music. I currently sport a reclining mannikin wearing a gas mask, a tiki head, a hand painted half wooden door an old tube radio from the early 50's and a plastic lizard. I had for well over a year an old toilet with a turntable platter and tonearm attached. Many passersby luved that one as many photo ops took place on the sidewalk...."yep this is me in the nation's capitol on vacation, standing beside a toilet with turntable stuff attached in a window in some kinda store..neat eh?" I once had a sign in the window for a week that said "no one under 30 admitted without being accompanied by a brain"...don't ask! Generally speaking when the door is closed it creates for the "average" folk a bit of a fear factor I think. Frankly I don't mind that. When on the odd occassion some new face that opens the door and quite literally spends an hour or more pouring over every single piece in the entire shop, only then to approach me regarding the whereabouts of Beatles records? (I rarely do by the way),have any Beatles that is and always even after all the years of repition, wonder what the fuck is up with "that neverending same old shit different day search for sameness and mediocrity! Being relatively polite to all who enter, even the folk with pathetic and obvious quests included, I often fantasize about being the "locked iron gate, buzz me in" kinda joint. Like jewellery stores in big cities, in questionable know like in the movies....? That would be cool although likely self defeating no? When the door is wide open on those pleasant coolish days, you really lend the oppurtunity for some real show stopper, mutton head action to ensue and it almost always does! (enthusiasm) "Hey let's check this place out"...(dejected in seconds) "Oh, it's just records". I'd be ahead financially a bit if I had a buck every time I heard this uttered between the doltish masses who prowl the streets in search of open door curio! "Just records", "Got any Roger Whittaker?"...when does the quest for mediocrity end?...never! As I put on Loren Connors "Midnight Mary" and store regulars respond with enthusiastic glee and excitement I am pleasantly reminded that when "Birdman normal" returns, that in the end even when closed my door is actually always open...RAFR