Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Choice Cuts From A Global Culture Bunker 2020

I've gotten together with 3 friends to present you with a collective and personal take on what turned our cranks musically in 2020.  This is not a "best of" list, this is what got us through a rather weird year, given external global circumstances!  One never stops learning about new or old music as there is an overwhelming amount of wealth to be shared !  


One of life's joys is having friends who share a wealth of knowledge and LOVE of music...👽 

Andy Uzzell is a music fanatic, published scribe (legendary online zine "Dayz Of Purple and Orange"), sometime concert promoter, owner of Misophonia Records and lives in Chelmsford in Essex County, UK.  Brett Savage is a record shop impresario at Inner Space Records located in Uppermill  Saddleworth/Yorkshire UK, runs The Acid Test Recordings label and slings guitar in one of the greatest modern day rock bands The Dead Sea ApesDave Cambridge is head honcho of Cardinal Fuzz Records and Optical Sounds (Killer Fanzine in the UK). Dave is based in Honley, West Yorkshire UK. Brett and Dave also both play guitar in The Golden Rule....(where the fuck is that BLISTERING album guys?)


Andy's Choice Cuts....

Nero Kane - Tales Of Faith And Unity (Nasoni): Ostensibly a psych-folk album but far more going on under the surface… intimate and melancholic but with darkness and depth….a masterpiece

J.H. GurajIntrospection / Migration ( Maple Death): An absolute beauty from the Italian guitarist…think Loren Connors or Ben Chasny channelling the vibes of the Middle East….bliss

Psychic Temple - Houses Of The Holy (Joyful Noise): New one from Chris Schlarb’s ever changing unit, this time round a double album with a guest artist per side…. The result of which is an album that goes through hazy alt-country (Cherry Glazerr), experimental jazz (Chicago Underground Trio), straight up psychedelia (The Dream Syndicate) and something more gritty and urban (Xololanxinxo)...as the saying goes, "all killer, no filler"

Elkhorn - The Acoustic Storm Sessions (Cardinal Fuzz/Centripetal Force): The duo at their very best, weaving improvised acoustic tapestries that lift and transport the listener...absolutely brilliant

Herbcraft - Trash Heap (Cardinal Fuzz/Flower Room): To be honest I could have picked any of Matt LaJoie’s prodigious output from this year such is his genius but Herbcraft….it’s surely an ‘end of year’ nobrainer of an inclusion

Stonegrass - Stonegrass (Cosmic Range): collaboration between Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn (The Cosmic Range, The Golden Road and damn decent fella) and Jay Anderson (Badge Époque Ensemble). You may be forgiven for thinking this is purely an album of psych jams but it is far more nuanced…fleeting glimpses of funk, soundtracks, library music and jazz are traced through it – a superb album.

Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om (Black Sweat): first release for this Cherry masterpiece. A document of a live performance in Rome in 1976; a mystical meeting of East and West with all that one would expect from the mid-70s Cherry…It is an album that has certainly helped me make sense (a little) of the shitstorm that has been 2020)

White Heaven - Out (Black Editions): A long awaited repress of a Jap psych classic…red hot…’nuff said!

Black Unity Trio – Al Fatihah (Gotta Groove): Another much anticipated repress, this time of one of avant-garde jazz’s “holy grails” - deep, muscular and yet atmospheric and cosmic. Pricey, so a considered purchase but oh so worth it!

Acanthus - Le Frisson Des Vampires (Finders Keepers): Previouslu unreleased soundtrack from the ultimate French vampire hippy flick.  "Imagine and early Gong/Ame Son/Soft Machine session Fuelled by a 1000 year old acid infused blood transfusion"

Special mentio to Polytechnic Youth, Castles In Space, Woodford Halse- I think I got pretty much everything these labels put out this year but impossible to pick faves, such is the quality!

First heard this year:

Jaimie Branch - Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise (International Anthem): Released in 2019. A visceral commentary on Trump’s America, Branch uses her voice and trumpet to conjure up not just a monster of a jazz album but a searing call to action

Robbie Basho - Visions Of The Country (Gnome Life) Never really paid much attention to Basho in the past…what a mistake. Absolutely brilliant! Haunting, virtuoso guitar picking and that voice!!…’Blue Crystal Fire’ is surely one of the best things EVER recorded!

C JoynesNick Jonah Davis - Split Electric (Thread Recordings) Released in 2016. More skilled guitar picking from Mssrs Joynes (he of Waterless Hills) and Davis, taking their cues from Fahey and Basho but with their own individual and contemporary styles

Ekiwojjolo – When Nothing Goes Right... Go Left! (Mangelsprack) Released in 2018. I was pointed in the direction of this awesome slab of experimental psych by Ste from Vohu Manah (thanks again Ste!). You really need to hear this!


Dave's Choice Cuts...

Ok –PLEASE do not think of my list as a ‘Best Of’ List – If you think of all the releases that came out in 2020 (even in my loved field of Psych/Garage/Kraut/Drone…) – I have heard only a tiny fraction, so I couldn’t possibly hope to compile a best of list based on that. But these are the releases that have somehow made it through to me – and believe me that when you have a record label – 90% of your listening time is spent on the releases you are putting your heart and soul into – it can make it hard for anything else to penetrate through that field. I’m glad these did.  – No Cardinal Fuzz allowed (and yeah I cheated a little on that!). 

Brigid Dawson & the Mothers Network – Ballet of Apes (Castle Face) Total genius heavenly maelstrom of cosmic music – Helped and accompanied by Sunwatchers, Mikey Young and members of Thee Oh Sees and SF crew of course.

Sonic Boom – All Things Being Equal (Car Park) – I know I am biased – Pete (&Jason) were instrumental in pointing a younger 14-year-old me to all the good music I needed to seek out. It has taken 20 years for Peter to follow up ‘Forever Alien’ (of course there was the excellent Spectrum meets Captain Memphis LP in between as well as EAR and Spectrum 12”s) and All Things Being Equal is an uplifting and joyous LP where Radiophonic Workshop melds with Suicide and heavenly Beach Boys melodies that will lift you up on beams of light – Get ready to oscillate.

Kings Of The Fucking Sea – In Concert LP and Death Dealer 7” (Agitated) – benjamin myers wrote ‘if mc5 and black sabbath had a baby it would be a biological miracle, and they would call it kings of the fucking sea’ – that is perfect for this blazing ear candy of rock n roll meltdown. Death Dealer is my pick for best 7” of the year and sold around 12 copies in the UK I was reliable informed.

Witches Broom – S/T (Flower Room) – I love 60s Garage Punkers and Witches Broom is for sure that. Teen angst stompers with snarling guitars and a swirling Farfisa Organ. Nearly all tracks clocking in at the 2 minute mark until last track ‘Watching’ fires up some face melting LRD guitar fuzzed and flanged to the max that will make ears bleed.

Matt Lajoie – Everlasting Spring (Flower Room) – So many great releases from Flower Room Records in 2020 but Matts transcendent looping guitar playing where melodies interweave into vast kosmische meditations make for a sweet journey into the abyss.

Banshee – Livin’ In The Jungle (Feeding Tube Records) – A cheat but hell – I’m allowing myself a couple cos this is a rabid rock n roll animal of a record that blazes red hot cinders to make one rock n roll mutha fucker of a record.

The GR Record Head – S/T (Opaque Dynamo) – Another one I am cheating on just because this LP is a fucking joy of all things I love  - Guitar Razing, frenzied riffing, proto punk acid rave ups, rhythms like catapults, motorik plus deconstructive free forms, opaque vocals full of venom and fuelled by raw lines & metrics…— Now pair all that with the craft of fixing sounds onto an early 80s’ 1/4 inch reel tape and you got an idea of what The GR Record Head is all about.

Craven Faults - Erratics & Unconformities  (Leaf) & Live Works (Bandcamp) More  hypnagogic hallucinations of the highest order from Craven Faults. Sometimes Modular Synth tracks can sound lifeless but never with Craven Faults as they take a road somewhere between Berlin, Stockholm and Rugby and end up in deepest Yorkshire.

Slow Dawn – Experimental Farm (Self Release) – I am always needing my Spacemen 3 fix and every year it feels harder and harder to come by. This was sent my way by Scott Thompson for release but I just had way too much on the go – Something I hugely regret now (though I have them down for LP number 2). So get ready for some psychedelic punk THUD and THROB that lands somewhere between early Spacemen 3 and High Rise (PSF) wipe outs with added cello, viola, trumpet and sax.

Thayer & Jerome Deupree, Lloyd - Duets (Feeding Tube Records) - Mind-blowing set of duo improvisations. Using a Weissenborn-style lap guitar (the same type favoured by Fahey) and a gorgeous 22-stringed instrument called a Chaturangui, Lloyd unwinds four long improvs accompanied by the quietly flowing drum work of Jerome Deupree

OCH – II (Rocket Recordings) – The latest in a long line of far out Scandinavian bands OCH capture a sound freewheeling down the Kosmische autobahn. Whats not to love?

75 Dollar Bill Little Big Band – Live at Tubby’s (Grapefruit / ba da bing).  This live recording captures the wild abandon / chaos I am always looking for in live recordings – Where the energy of the players feeding off each other is all here in a recording that manages to capture the sizzle and fire created without the sterility that some live recordings direct from the board always fail to capture.

Oh Sees –Levitation Sessions (Levitation Records) – It is Thee? Oh Sees live – No one comes close to them when there blazing like this.

Peel Dream Magazine - Agitprop Alterna (Slumberland) – I was hugely debating including this, wondering if it was just too close to the knuckle in its love of Stereolab – but the simple fact with Peel Dream Magazine is that everytime I play this I am drawn into how infectious it sounds and 6 months later it has not outgrown its welcome at all – That is all that should matter. (check out somesurprises if you like this kinda thing too)

Reissues

White Heaven – Out (Black Editions) – My love of White Heaven (neigh – Obsession) was rewarded by Black Editions in the best possible way (Now if only they would agree to everything else getting reissued (I asked along long long time ago about doing a White Heaven Box Set and have asked many times on doing a vinyl issue of Electric Cool Acid (and the killer of all bonus tracks on that CD that is Cold Hour (my fingers melt just typing – seek out that track please (the one on Electric Cool Acid)…and Will (that by Stars). AND if ANYONE has a bootleg of Out that came out as a demo tape – (totally different recordings to the LP (different track list too) – Its one on my holy grails to hear it…

Black Unity Trio - Al – Fatihah (thanks to C.Joynes)

Trees-Box Set (Earth)

Paragons – ABBA 7”

The Stooges - Live At Goose Lake: August 8, 1970 (Third Man)

Galaxie 500 – Live Copenhagen (2xLP)

Craig Smith:Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca (2xLP)

HEAVY LISTENING 2020

Les Rallizes Denudes – Double Heads Live Set

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – The 1st Album (Analog Africa)

TBWNIS – Live Clocktower 2011 (Bandcamp)

Big Blood – Daughters Union (Feeding Tube Records)

Maxine Funke – Silk (Feeding Tube Records)

Dead Sea Apes – 21St Centrury Nausea / The Mirror Laughed Back  (Misaphonia)

The Mirrors – Lost 3rd LP (Bandcamp) Greg Ashley

SENSOR/SPOOK - Collapse & Rise At The Air Mass (Opaque Dynamo)

Waterless Hills – Plague Road (live tape)

Sloath – III (Riot Season)

Sunwatchers – Oh Yeah (Trouble In Mind)

Gerycz / Powers / Rolin – Beacon (Garden Portal)

Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Sound Keeper (Three Lobed Recordings)

Tengger – Nomad (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

Sunray – Music For The Dream Machine II (Polytechnic Youth)

Elkhorn – Sun Cycle / Elk Jam (Feeding Tube Records)

Steve Palmer – Useful Histories (Sunrise Ocean Bender) (give yourself an Christmas present by checking out the whole of the S.O.B back cat too)

Bushpilot – Already! and 23 and the 7” (God Unknown)

Smote (LP coming on Weird Beard)

Dan Greene & David Shapiro - Between Oceans (C-Site Recordings) 



Brett's Choice Cuts...

Bushpilot – Already! & 23 (God Unknown) We are all well aware of bands that don’t get the recognition that they deserve in their time – but its taken 25 years to for these beauties to see the light of day. Out of the two, it was definitely Already! which completely blew my head off. It accompanied many Lockdown dog walks during what was already a very weird time in the year. I found its urgent mix of Hardcore, Post Rock and most noticeably Can like kraut impossible to resist. I could also hear Minutemen, Nation Of Ulysses/Make Up and Shellac in there. Its had plenty of play from me. 23 was really good too, giving them a chance to dig deeper into some Can like grooves – but it is Already! that will stay with me for a good long while.

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Berserkir Vol. I and II (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube) Its going to look incredibly toady to include Symbol albums in this end of year list of John’s, but by jove, you’ve got to hand it to them, they were firing on all cylinders during these sessions – all recorded live as it happened. The beauty of it was – the suspense was extended over two separate releases of long, jammed out throbbers of the type that we have come to know and love from the Symbol boys. Only this time they shifted it up a gear. Fair enough toadying when it’s this good, I reckon. The cover art wasn’t bad, too

Quatermass Seven – ST (Madlib Invazion)  Little Barrie joins the brilliant Malcolm Catto from the Heliocentrics. An awesome album of groovy little numbers but the instrumental tracks After, After and T.R.A.B.S are worth the price alone. Lets not overlook that the Heliocentrics turned in two great albums this year as well.

 Dire Wolves – Flow & Heady (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube)  Dire Wolves are one of those bands who can capture those time dilated TGoS repeato jams to perfection. This time they were joined by Nik Rayne, who adds his own distinctive to the mix. The spirit of Bo was definitely looking down and nodding approvingly when they recorded these gigs.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man – Headless (Cardinal Fuzz/Manhand)  If you’re a fan of Amon Duul’s earlier psych folk commune jammers, then this album is right up your strasse. Its definitely up mine. An album full of folky belters!

OCH  - II (Rocket Recordings)  Great krauty vibes from Flowers Must Die peeps. Baum Baur comes on like ‘Pink Room’ from the Twin Peaks ‘Fire Walk With Me’ soundtrack. And that’s high praise. This has had a lot of spins from me this year.

Trees – 50th Anniversary Box Set (Earth)  I’ve had my friend Bob raft on at me about the genius of ‘The Garden Of Jane Delawney’ for as long as I’ve known him. I’ve nodded along with him for the best part of ten years about him rhapsodising about his favourite album. And it turns out that he’s right; they’re great. However, On The Shore is better.

Cosmic Invention – Help Your Satori Mind (Drag City)  Granted, this wasn’t released this year, but I finally bought after Mr Westhaver had pointed it out a few times previously. I am a slow learner admittedly. This album is ace, skimming as it does over psychy bangers, prog-outs and some Zappa-esque jazzy jams. I LOVE the cover too.

Pan American – Cloud Room, Glass Room (Kranky)  Although I'm a big fan of Labradford’s Mi Media Naranjan (one of the albums that both DC and I bonded over – alongside Papa M’s Live From A Shark’s Cage), I can take or leave the rest of their albums. Maybe I need to come back to them at some point. It was only after noticing that Pan American had a new album out this year did I investigate further. Pan American is, of course, the solo work of Mark Nelson from Labradford. This album is beautifully floaty. It does get a bit dark and glowering in places, but the opening track The Cloud Room is absolutely beautiful. I will be digging deeper into their back catalogue.



John's Choice Cuts...

Carleton Melton - Where This Leads (Agitated)  Simply TRIPLE "E" rated by Birdman standards! Exceptional, Excellent and Essential!  America's complicated Krautrock commandos, knock another one straight outta the ballpark! 

Craven Faults - Enclosures (Leaf)  2nd LP in one year and continuing the perfect understanding of HEAVY Berlin School kosmische vibrations...insanely deep, insanely lush...

Craven Faults - Erratics and Unconformities (Leaf) Awesome Kosmische electronic compositions that are perfect late night ambience or to set the tone on a days beginnings.

Big Blood - pretty much 4 albums that are available through Feeding Tube and one  in conjunction with Cardinal Fuzz that was issued this year called "Dark Country Magic" (my introduction to the band and the "leap"!  Outer planetary East Coast US deep woods psych. Records all that seem timeless and indispensable!

J. Zunz - Hibiscus (Rocket Recordings) a wicked cosmic experimental Krautrock trip from Mexico and a solo LP from Lorelle From Lorelle & The Obsolete.

Eddie Flowers & The Wax-Lip-Swamp-Dub(Feeding Tube) previously a cassette only release that makes the wax format.  Drifted experimental psych-blues from the leader of the awesome Crawlspace and legendary weirdo punkers The Gizmos!  Deep shit from the bwels of America!

Steve Palmer - Useful Histories  (Sunrise Ocean Bender)  Minnesotan guitarists 2nd album with a perfect combo of Kosmishe-American Primitive guitar.  The outsider edginess is simply a revelation!  More soon please !

Badge Epoque Ensemble - Self Help  (Telephone Explosion)  A large band made of of players from other projects in the Toronto area and their 2nd offering of Freak jazz, progressive funky pscyhe-isms.  Fabulously deep and an awesome timeless feel.  

Spiral Galaxy - S/T (Cardinal Fuzz/Lion Productions) Taking a few cues from Kraurock legends Amon Duul, Popol Vuh, etc and making it their own, this Chicago outfit features Steven Krakow (aka Plastiuc Crimewave and partner Sara Gossett. Their guests include Makoto Kawabata from Acid Mothers, Jean-Herve Peron from Faust and others, so you can imagine the heights this album achieves !

Wax Machine - Earthsong Of Silence (Beyond, Beyond Is Beyond)  UK band who weave an excellent combination of free jazz and psych and have come up with a top shelf album for this year!  Wearing my copy out with repeated spins.  New one recorded I hear so coming soon hopefully! 

Heliocentrics - Infinity Of Now and Telemetric Sounds (Madlib Invazion)  2 LPs in one calender year from a fave band.  The best combination of Krautrock, jazz-psych and funky improv going!  Can listen to these folks everyday !

Sly & The Family Drone - Walk It Dry  (Feeding Tube) a smokin' hard tinged jazz excursion for this inventive free rock UK band.

Herbcraft - Trash Heap (Cardinal Fuzz/Flower Room)  East Coast woodlot homespun psych from long timer Matt Lajoie.  Free and easy, good and gnarly.  Previously cassette only

Lloyd Thayer/Jerome Duepree - Duets (Feeding Tube)  Top shelf improvised free jazz-isms.  Absolutely stellar "drift" with guitar and drums.  Fantastic and many trips to be taken every spin!

Elkhorn - both "The Acoustic Storm Sessions" (Cardinal Fuzz/Centripetal Force) and "The Storm Sessions" (Beyond, Beyond Is Beyond).  Another excellent discovery for me with this 2 guitar duo from New York state.  1 acoustic tweve string and 1 electric guitar wash over you with a warm wave of American Primitive style and psychedelic improvisation.  Most excellent ! 

Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes - Heritage Of The Invisble II (International Anthem Recording Co.) Sparks of Miles Davis 70's improv collide with modern afro jazz funkiocity for a killer sonic instrumental trip that is a fresh take and listen with every spin!  Yowza!

The Silence - Electric Meditations (Drag City) Sizzling Japanese deep psych influenced rock with jazz-isms.  Ex-Ghost members carry on the similar tradition of taking the listener to the farthest realms of the galaxy and led by Masaki Batoh.  The groups 5th LP and exceptional.

Uffe Lorenzen - Magisk Realisme (Bad Afro) Uffe's 3rd solo offering and just FANTASTIC!  Spans the decades with a time honoured and perfectly honed psychedelic rock sound. After years of the more than Pandemonica, On Trial, Baby Woodrose, Spids Nogenhat, Dragontears and more, Lorenzen never offers anything other than perfection.  The uncrowned King of modern day Danish psych hands down !💗

Ancient River - After The Dawn (Little Cloud/The Acid Test Recordings)  Simply an excellent LP of well referenced hard, psychedelic rock.  A band from Florida, who spent a lot of time listening to similiar music from the early mid 70's.  I feel like there's a nod to Sabbath within, or is that just me? A real banger!

Then there are these that also get highest recommendations from my perch 2020 and are getting constant spins and LOVE them to bits.... Sonic BoomTambourinen, Anthroprophh, Martin Rude & Jacob Skott Duo - both LPs !!!, Causa Sui, Dead Sea Apes, Tony Price (Telephone Explosion), Wasted Cathedral, The Switching Yard, Moths & Locusts, Aquarius Lux, Korb, Psychedelic Trips to Death, Vert:X "Hed", Alison Cotton, both Left Outsides LPs, Shit & Shine (all of them), Ozo, Slow Dawn, Mugstar, Mugstar & Damo Suzuki, Pretty Lightning, Plastic Dogs, Cotton Casino,Dire Wolves, Bent Arcana, Tengger, Brigid Dawson & the Mothers Network ....💗👽

and then there's the always constant staples...Miles Davis, Ngozi Family, Funkadelic, Acid Mothers Temple, Love, CAN, Guru Guru, Trad Gras Och Stenar, Dungen, Circle, The Heads, Hawkwind, Oresund Space Collective, Zone Six, Electric Moon, Electric Orange, Lamp Of The Universe, Kungens Man... 💗💗💗👽

Also, aside from re-discovering the joy of The Beatles - "White Album" and Steely Dan's "Can't Buy A Thrill" in 2020, perhaps the greatest discovery comes from here in Canada and the entire LP output from Saw-Whet Records in Alberta.  Holy Drone Travellers, Nebular Wave, k. burwash and Ethan Bokma have collectively impressed me the most!  Thanks to Brother Christopher Laramee for the pointed direction away back pre-pandemic!  There is a whole lotta LOVE for this label here in "Fat cat City" since 💕

https://sawwhetrecords.bandcamp.com/




Sunday, December 13, 2020

Birdman Sound Mobile Pop Up December 19th, 2020



Tis the season !  Extending the mobile pop up at Dave's Drum Shop, 271 Catherine Street, Ottawa, this Saturday, December 19th and going from 10 am - 1 pm...maybe even 2 for your convenience!  So much killer shit as always and more incoming ...hard to keep up...give the gift of music 24-7, no matter the time of year!  Our selection is unparalleled...come on down or get in touch if your into the "deep shit" end of things...👽
 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Tasty Recent Arrivals...Platter Matters...

All killer, NO filler!  Just some of what's arrived this week!  2 LPs from Badge Epoque Ensemble, Herbie Hancock, Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto (of Heliocentrics), Funkadelic, Kikagaku Moyo, Small Faces, Yo La Tengo, "Can't You Hear Me"70's Afro Psych, Peace, "Wake You Up" 70's Afro Beat, Embrujo...


Third Power, Trad Gras Och Stener, Takehisa Kosugi, Richard Pinhas, Catch Up Vol. 1(jazz funk 70's German fusion killer), Lee Fields, Bush Pilot, The Silence (Masaki Batoh), Chrome, Alison Cotton , Mugstar, Michael Rother.
 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Birdman Mobile Pop Up: Saturday, December 5th...






Saturday December 5th, 10 am - 12 pm

Dave's Drum Shop, 270 Catherine Street


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Smokin' Hot Platters...

So much stuff through the shop every week!  Unreal in these crazy dayz of 2020....You see anything      ever here or on our Facebook page you need,  drop us a line eh, here or there !  👽

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Monday, November 23, 2020

4 Vendor Pop Up Saturday November 28th, 2020


 Mind blowing selection of wax that generally speaking you will NOT find anywhere else in town...that is guaranteed!  10 am-4 pm, Saturday November 28th at 591 Bank Street.  Covid-19 protocols in effect:  Masks an absolute must.  👽

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Loads and Loads of New Platters @Birdman Sound...Next Pop Up...



SATURDAY  NOVEMBER 21ST

10 AM - 12 PM

DAVE'S DRUM SHOP

291 CATHERINE STREET

OTTAWA

👽 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Birdman Sound Mobile Pop Up Saturday Nov. 14th, 2020


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2nd mobile pop up at new indoor location at 270 Catherine Street, Ottawa!  Dave's Drum Shop across from the old greyhound bus station !!

10 am - 12 noon.

Loads of great new wax every week and this week is no exception !

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Available Releases : The Band Whose Name Is a Symbol



What we have available is covered here in these 3 pictures...LPs, CDs, Cassettes and a few shirts.  If there is anything you "think you want"  message me.  All are ltd. and in some cases "last of's" .  




The shirts available are as follows.

Top left to right: MM/SM/SM/MM

Bottom left to right: SW/ C-Fuzz-ML/LM/XL

We will have some new shirts available soon with the original logo dead centre on front!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Birdman Sound Mobile Pop Up Saturday Nov. 7/2020

 

           New Location for mobile pop ups at Daves Drum Shop 270 Catherine Street 10-11 am !👽

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Friday Afternoon Cartunes...


 Done Live on Facebook Live, 4-6 pm edt... then up on You Tube for your leisure!  Crack a few frosties and take the trip!  Warning :explicit content and not for children, parental guidance suggested, unless they are already little deviants! 👽💣😏  Here's last weeks show on the You tube....


https://youtu.be/kyRuyG2RLbk


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Finding my new sandbox...

 

I told myself when posting “Hasta La Vista CKCU-FM” on my blog that I was not going to say another word, including not responding to any of the public responses people might make, either positive or negative.  I have not nor am I going to do so. I truly want to focus on finding my new sandbox instead.

What I didn’t anticipate was that hundreds of people would reach out to me – via my FB page, private message, email, in person, by phone, by video chat, etc. This…I definitely want to respond to!

I am humbled by your messages of support, and am truly grateful to be part of a world-wide community of sensitive, caring people, artistic, passionate, intelligent and just all-round good peeps to have, especially now, especially in these weirdest of times.

First off: I am OK, physically and mentally. I really appreciate the folks who asked and who expressed their concern. I get it; it’s a big change-of-life time. It is really hard to let go of something after 35 years, and it is not the first major loss of this particular year either. Younger folks don’t necessarily “get” this (you will eventually…trust me). That said, I really am OK. In hindsight, I should have let go of the bricks and mortar a number of years ago, but stubbornly pressed on, thinking this kind of institution mattered. I don’t really think so now. I am still able to do what I love, and touch base with discerning ears to help them get the platters they are looking for. I have a super solid world-wide network of connections that sustain all of us music freaks through these strange times. Who knows what the future will bring but for now, “I feel fine” with this latest change in my life, another letting go of what was.

Secondly: I had not really considered how other people would perceive and grieve this particular change as a loss, another changing of the times, end of an era. That it is, for sure. Things pass, things change, new things grow. Carol and I have been “blessed” – and I use that term specifically – because we both lost our parents, and grieved those losses hard. Who knew it would be a blessing in these strange times now, to not have to worry, to miss, to miss out, to struggle with not seeing, not knowing, not being able to help our loved ones during such a difficult time. So strange to think that already being apart from our parents turned into a blessing. I guess that is why I think about that, about how we can’t ever know the positives that come out of a huge negative. How we just have to keep on keeping on sometimes, in order to eventually discover the hidden silver lining life offers. Sometimes it takes years to figure that out.

And finally, but not last and not least: what an amazing community of people I have known in my life! Some of you I haven’t heard from in a long time, and I truly appreciate you reaching out. Others have my back (and I have yours) on a more regular basis. But as I said above: what you have in common is that you are passionate, intelligent, artistic, caring peeps and I know you make my life and this world a better place. That for me has been a highlight of 2020.

This is not a typical Johnnie Feck kind of post; not normal circumstances (I hope!); likely not often, if ever, to be repeated. And yet totally worth sharing with you all today. I really appreciate your support, messages and friendship; thanks for being there. I hope that as 2020 draws to a close that you too are able to count the unusual blessings, the unlooked-for blessings, and celebrate life and the change it offers to us.

JW

Friday, October 23, 2020

Incoming Wax From Cardinal Fuzz @ Birdman Sound


Mugstar...UK Space Rockers since 2003...never a dull moment!  Ltd. Edition.

https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/zeta-potential


Alien Mustangs...Space-Psych trippers from Greece with a solid 60's influence !  Ltd. Edition

https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/darklands


The Janitors...brain melting heavy fuzzed out psych rock from Sweden !  Ltd. Edition

https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/thing-is-rising


Tambourinen...Multi-Instrumentalist Grant Beyschau from Arizona Desert Psych moguls The Myrrors!  Ltd. Edition

https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/power-to


The Left Outsides...latest from brilliant psych folk, husband and wife duo from the UK. Ltd. Edition.


https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/things-can-never-be-the-same-again


Alison Cotton...UK chanteuse (1/2 of The Left Outsides) who purveys a deep, dark and haunting presence with both voice and instrumentation.  Previously a cassette release now 1st time wax.  Ltd. Edition 

https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/how-my-heart-bleed-in-bleeding-heart-yard


Spiral Galaxy...Steven Krakow from Chicago's Plastic Crimewave Syndicate and musical accomplice Sara Gossett, with the help of a few friends, have made a record that fits in brilliantly with the sounds of the deepest early 70's Krautrock.  Ltd. Edition

https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/tragique-mechanique
 


Anthroprophh... UK purveyors of heavy brain bake psych and minimalist experimental flourishes !  Ltd. Edition


https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/german-oak

Hasta La Vista CKCU-FM


 It is with great sadness and a bit of shock that I announce I am no longer associated with CKCU-FM, after 35 years of being an on-air DJ. The station has chosen to go in a new direction where DJs download music to “record” shows in their homes for re-broadcast on the community airwaves.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about the vinyl, not downloads. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to make a large investment in ensuring that I can spin discs and record a professional quality show in my home for re-broadcast. Nor – to be honest – do I believe that I fit in with the new gang in charge of CKCU. To be sure, I am a “colourful” personality, but then again – a little respect for long-serving DJs would have been nice to have, and there doesn’t seem to be any understanding that “respect” is definitely a two-way street. Nice man Kwende, the new CKCU leader with his own particular vision of the future: he is intelligent and well-spoken, but clearly moving the station down a far more academic path, and IMO he is not really interested in hearing/having real discourse and tolerates no dissent. But purges of DJs are nothing new at CKCU, so I guess my time had simply arrived to feel the flagrant spin out the door, don’t let it hit your ass as it slams shut.

I will no longer be pulling in funding drive money through Friday Morning Cartunes; everyone else can make their own choice about whether or not YOU continue to support the new and definitely very different CKCU of the future.

For all the many music lovers out there who have listened to my shows over the years, and supported the former version of CKCU-FM through your seriously generous donations: thank you again from the bottom of my heart. It was a wild journey we were on, breaking boundaries in every decade. I was proud to associate myself with this venerable community institution. Times change indeed…nuff said on that closed door and smarting arse.

For the thousands of bands that I have spun, pushed and promoted – fear not: I will continue to spin, push and promote you through alternative venues. My whole world revolves around music and inspirational directions, past and present…nothing is going to change there!

And of course, I will continue to sell directly to the discerning ears out there; I have been surprised and pretty humbled with the level of support throughout all this COVID-shit, this world turned upside down-shit, and I am committed to keeping on sourcing and selling the best there is music-wise, past and present, via on-line and in-person encounters.

Everyone be safe out there, take care of yourselves and your family of loved ones, and basically…rock on!

JW

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hot New Arrivals @ Birdman Sound


 

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Berserkir II (colour wax/dlc/double sided insert) Comet Is Coming - Prophecy
Comet Is Coming, The - Death To The Planet Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth
Craven Faults - Erratics & Unconformities
Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Soundkeeper
Rother, Michael - Fernwarme
Czukay, Holger, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle
Czukay, Holger - Radio Wave Surfer
Czukay, Holger - On The Way To The Peak Of Normal
Czukay, Holger - Movies
Ball - Like You Are…I Once Was…Like I Am – You Will Never Be
Various Artists - BLACK FIRE Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-19
Cradle - The History
Lothar And The Hand People - Machines: Amherst 1969
Fields, Lee - Let's Get A Groove On
Harmonia - Live 1974
Harmonia - Documents 1975
Heshoo Beshoo Band - Armitage Road The Budos Band - Long In The Tooth John Dwyer - Bent Arcana Blues Creation - S/T Toho Sara - S/T (Acid Mothers project on Black Editions) Musica Transonica - S/T (Acid Mothers project on Black Editions) Love - Love (Mono 50th anniv. edition) Love - Forever Changes (Mono edition) Douglas Fir - Hard Heartsingin' (hard driving 1970 psych rock) Don Gere - Werewolves On Wheels OST Heat Exchange-Reminiscence (Killer 1972 Canadian heavy psych/prog/funk) Groundhogs - Split (2xLP version on red wax) J Zunz - Hibiscus (killer Krautrock from mexico's Lorelle: From L & Obsolete) Thin Lizzy - S/T (1st LP essential) Thin Lizzy - Shades Of A Blue Orphanage (2nd essential LP) Wildwood - Plastic People (In yer face hard Calif. Psych '68-'70) Nani & Guru - Vovivizm Episode 2 (Kawabata and Satoshima from Acid Mothers) Pugsley Munion - Just Like You (wicked hard rock psych power trio USA 1970) Satisfaction - S/T (1971 UK Jazz Prog ex Artwoods, Unit 4+2 etc) Blind Ravage - S/T (1971 Fuzzed out Hard Rock from Montreal, Que.) Pete Brown & Piblokto - Thousands On A Raft (Killer UK hard rock/jazz and prog '69) Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balazs Pandi - Cuts Open (cutting edge outsider 2020) Paternoster - S/T (1972 Austrian prog-psych masterpiece) Randy Holden - Population II (Killer HEAVY psych rock- ex-Blue Cheer guitarist '70) L-Seven - S/T (Detroit post punk legends 1980 with pre Laughing Hyenas Larissa!) Blues Creation - S/T (Killer Japanese hard rockin' blues psych 1st LP 1969)


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Friday Morning Cartunes...?

This picture represents the last program I hosted on March 13th, 2020.  Lucky 13 be damned eh?  28 weeks of pre-programmed swill (for the most part), has been playing during my time slot from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. I  have had fuck all to do with the crap that has been airing during my absence!  I opted out from being involved in doing a show remotely and "phoning" it in so to say, as a number of show hosts are doing. I have neither the proper gear, nor any interest at all in throwing down a bunch of downloaded digital junk and spewing that out over the airwaves disguised as a radio program .  I'm pretty old school and that is not what or who I am with regard to programming, so fucking sue me!        

I have hosted programs on Community radio now for 40 years starting at CHSR FM in Fredericton NB and then in 1985 at CKCU-FM here in Ottawa plus 2 years simultaneously at the Algonquin College radio station (pre-FM).  At CKCU I have been Music Director, Program Director as well as Show Host for "No Future Now", Co-Host for both "Meltdown" and "New Revolutions" and several different general music programs.  Since 1988 when I took over Friday mornings and "Friday Morning Cartunes" was born.  In late March my friend Wayne Coulis asked if I'd be into doing FMC on Facebook and I said yes of course!  That has been so much fun despite constant warnings from FB regarding copyright infringement (go fuck yourself fb!).  Wayne and I turned it into a near daytime soap with KILLER visuals (thanks Wayne), live doggos (Hefe and Lebowski), on air drinking of local micro brews ever week with reviews, lots of foul language, political commentary and loads of great records spinning! The audience participation was AWESOME as well{:>))))  This too is coming to an end though, as FB, commencing October 1st, are enforcing very strict rules to curtail such "disrespectful and brash fun!💀  One may be banned for life from FB regarding the spinning of music and ignoring the copyright infringement shit.  Fun killers indeed!  I will figure out another way to program soon I hope, but for now, there will be "radio silence".  

There is NO word at present on when we will get back into the CKCU studios.  The CKCU annual funding drive is coming up at the end of October (seriously??)  Just for the record, FMC listeners in the previous 4 years donated over $ 22, 000. in pledges because of the music they got on the show, week in and week out for decades. Friday Morning Cartunes has also been the # 1 "On Demand" program 7 out of the last 8 years! I find it fucking pathetic that some of us have not been allowed to do our programs (a number of other DJ's feel the same as I do btw!) .  I would have had zero issues doing my program at the station since lockdown started the week after my last show!  Ironically the last 5 years it has been on a rare occasion that there has been anymore than 2-3 of us in the entire station while my show is on and in fact many weeks, I neither saw nor spoke to anyone in person for the duration of the show!  Hand sanitizer was installed in the place after SARS (remember that one)?  Anyway, thanks to Wayne Coulis and his family for hosting me and being a great co-host on Friday Morning Cartunes Facebook version and I'm being honest, way more fun than the conventional method! Will I ever return to the airwaves to physically spin records on Friday mornings ?  Who the fuck knows?  Am I concerned...fuck no...anyways... be well out there!  

Currently at this very moment I am listening to a ZOOM meeting from CKCU regarding funding drive and in my opinion, continuing to do my program, makes no sense any longer...there is NO underground or rebel spirit left...CKCU is now just conforming to fit the times and my skin crawls with the lack of historical perspective...👽


 

New Arrivals and Restock @ Birdman Sound

A small amount of what's in the shop at the moment...all titles ltd.  Getting lots of  new stuff every week!  Get in touch if something tickles your fancy! 

Elevator - August (expanded, dbl LP set, colour wax, ltd. edition)

CAN - Live 1970 (2xLP set and a top seller, 1st time official release 2020)

Zone Six - Any Noise Is Intended (2xLP) (Acid Test Records)

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Berserkir Vol. II (Cardinal Fuzz/colour vinyl 2020) 

Monoshock - Runnin' Ape-like From The Backwards Superman(1989-1995) (2xLP set) Cardinal                                               Fuzz/feeding Tube

Herbcraft - Trash Heap  (Cardinal Fuzz 2020)

The Heads - Reverberations Vol. 2 (Cardinal Fuzz 2020)

Rick Bain & The Genius Position - Keep It Glowing  LP (Little Cloud Records)

Nest Egg - Nothingness Is Not a Curse  LP  (Little Cloud Records)

The Heliocentrics - Telemetric Sounds  (Madlib Invazion Records 2020/top seller)

Randy California - Kapt. Kopter and the Fabulous Twirly Birds (1972) (Beauty repress on MOV)

Elkhorn - The Acoustic Storm Sessions (Cardinal Fuzz 2020)

The Left Outsides - A Place To Hide (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube 2020)

Korb - Korb II (The Weird Beard 2020 UK Ltd. Edition)

Acid Roulette - Depopulation (Dirty Filthy Records Ltd. Edition 2020)

Ancient River - After The Dawn (2020 The Acid Test/Little Cloud Records)

Prana Crafter - Morphomystic (2020 Cardinal Fuzz.Feeding Tube)



Tuesday, September 29, 2020

HOT NEW WAX @ BIRDMAN SOUND

Loads of great new wax arriving weekly @ Birdman Sound! All the latest releases from Cardinal Fuzz, Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Riot Season, The Weird Beard, Dirty Filthy, Little Cloud, Feeding Tube and more!

Still lots of stuff slow to arrive due to shipping from certain places because of the pandemic 



and distros are often challenged by this and then there is a trickle down effect.  Having said that there is mucho to be constantly be excited by.  Tons of killer pre-orders in so some deadly stuff coming when ready to be shipped to us here!  A Mobile pop up will happen on Pretoria at Bank St. this Saturday, October 3rd from 10 am - 11 am.  Loads of wax to check out !  👽