Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Both Bill and Mark are each pretty accomplished on synths, guitars and bass, so it's hard to say who's doing what, which is of little consequence. The entirety of this ltd. cassette only release is like a soundtrack to a movie which takes place on a planet in some far galaxy, where drug addled friends are trapped in a house of horrors, trying to find they're way out! If vinyl wasn't so fucking hard to get made in timely fashion these days, there' be wax!! If yer' into the general gist of what great labels like Polytechnic Youth, Castles In Space etc. release, this DEFO begs your utmost attention...Well done my Brothers! 💕👽
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Our grooves are always tight in the shop! Stellar jazz trips old and new are in and outta sight! Fresh arrivals this week and we are stoked... Thrilled that the legendary Black Jazz Label has been resuscitated and their sides are simply to die for... 💕
One of our fave labels: International Anthem Recording Company is well represented in our curated selection the last few years! Jaw dropping, cutting edge music that really just transcends simple jazz. We think these folks have released some of the greatest sides of 2021 and they ain't foolin' around...👽
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Saturday, December 11, 2021
The Comet Is Coming - Journey Through The Asteroid Belt (Leaf)
Nova Express - Wave To Each Other (Rocket Recordings)
Autosound - Green Stuff (Rundgang)
Pharaoh Overlord - Revolution (Svart)
Earthless - Untitled (Gravity)
The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Untitled # 2 (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube)
Bardo Pond - Tapir Song (Matador)
Alien Mustangs - Darklands (Cardinal Fuzz/Little Cloud)
Kris Gietkowski - A Visit To Newport Hospital (Strange Fish)
Smote - Drommon Pt. 2 (Rocket Recordings)
*Wasted Cathedral track "H&M Smashmouth" used as segue between each track (Cardinal Fuzz)
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
CAN, Warsaw (pre-Joy Division; expanded version), Ben Chasny, Electric Eye, Irreversible Entanglements, pharoah Sanders, Black Holes Are Cannibals, Mirage and Witches Broom
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
So much has changed regarding recorded and released music over the last 4 decades or so. The serious demand for vinyl LPs coupled with a lack of pressing plants and a 2 year old global pandemic has created a huge "black hole"...
Yet another article on this issue...worth reading I thought...👽
Monday, December 6, 2021
Badge Epoch – Scroll (Telephone Explosion) – A vast, meandering album that is impossible to get a handle on – but no handle necessary, just immerse yourself in this multi-layered, multi-faceted masterpiece….jazz, funk (the funkiest of funk), experimental noodlings, electronica….what’s not to love?
Paul Leary – Born Stupid (Shimmy Disc): As you would imagine from a Butthole Surfer this album is a long way from the mainstream. Taking in twangy spaghetti western soundtracks, chamber pop, horrorscapes and a world weary revisiting of the Surfers “The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey’s Grave” (“The Shah Revisited”), ‘Born Stupid’ is a cornucopia of off-kilter goodness.
Jeffrey Alexander & The Heavy Lidders – Elixor of Life (Cardinal Fuzz, Centripetal Force): A trance-inducing album of free flowing jams from the erstwhile Dire Wolf and friends…simply bliss!
Ambassador Hazy - Glacial Erratics (Self Released) – Homespun, outsider psych that bewitches and bedazzles. Hopefully more to come in the future.
Adam Stone/Dead Sea Apes/Black Tempest – Dataland (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube) – should need no explanation. DSA are, as we know, one of the finest bands going. Add to that the coruscating polemic of Adam Stone and synth wizardry of Stephen (Black Tempest) Bradbury and you have an album that is a true tour de force.
Joseph Allred – Branches and Leaves (Feeding Tube) – Joseph Allred, in my eyes, is the natural successor to Robbie Basho; not just the lilting primitivism in the guitar work but the whole atmosphere that he seems to evoke. Genuine ‘outsider’ stuff that can be deeply melancholic only to give lift the heart a minute later. A joyous record that adds to his already impressive canon.
Heard first this year: Intersystems - #IV (Waveshaper). Intersystems were an experimental band from Canada plying their trade in the late 60s – spoken word poetry (courtesy of Blake Parker, alas now departed) and the electronic machinary of John Mills-Cockell (plus Michael Hayden & Dik Zander). Deep shit! ‘#IV’ was given a re-issue this year and so, somewhat inevitably, Discogs became my friend in tracking down the full discography…..I just can’t help myself sometimes!
Rediscovered Love: After watching the brilliant ‘Zappa’ film, this year saw me re-discover my love of Zappa after many years. Shocked and yet happy to find out just how much I had up in the loft!
Mentioned in Dispatches – pretty much everyone; musicians and labels, who have put out music (except fuck Spotify and the majors) and made 2021 bearable. Special mentions to Cardinal Fuzz (Dave Cambridge), Woodford Halse (Mat Handley), Castles in Space (Colin Morrison), Polytechnic Youth (Dom Martin) and Up In Her Room (Dan Norrington & Denholm Ellis)
Mountain Movers - What World What (Trouble In Mind)
Boy oh boy do I love this LP. A quick heads up to the New Jam 12” – When at Brett’s he played that at 33rpm and it blew our minds (it’s supposed to be 45rpm). But Brett has wrote more on that so Ill dig into the new LP. First I need to admit that Kryssi Battalene is a guitar player who like, say Paul Allen, MikePolizze, and Brett Savage just knows how to DIAL IN THEE PERFECT TONES! As we drop straight into ‘I Wanna See The Sun’ It’s all there – think Neil Young and Crazy Horse on the PSF label – If I could have a 20 minute version please if this track please – unedited. Dan Greens vocals float and the whole band seems to play with such dynamic interplay that it’s a joy to listen to from start to finish. NOW someone please send me an unedited cut of ‘I Wanna See the Sun’. Hoping one day that I may get to see them live.
Sex Tide – Ohio (Feeding Tube Records)
A throbbing crunching grind that fits somewhere between The Gories (in search of the essence of primal, raw rock n roll) The Cramps / Link Wray. Where your favourite 60s tunes (Real Cool Time/I Want You) are deconstructed and ripped apart with Wailing Sax and a whole load of THROB. Freaked out blues for the unhinged.
Jantar – Sempronia (Feeding Tube Records)
You just gotta love Feeding Tube – you just never know what the fuck to expect and that Is what makes a label great. This was a total curve ball when I first put it on but boy oh boy did it hit home. Lands somewhere between prime Oneida (it’s the woody keys) and high levels of repetition BUT with a sugary sweet dose of harmonies layed on as well. There is some cinematic stereoscope vision added in too. Apparently Jantar wanted to create an LP of 'experimental easy listening music' – all I can say is more please!
Birds Of Maya – Valdez (Drag City) and Live NYC (nyc taper)
Back to the primal throb I so love – Get a riff – play it as raw as you possible can – do not deviate from the riff EVER – Get 3 members who understand the mantra of never swaying from the mantra of 1 riff and one chord – Just grind that fucker away until there is nothing left. Many try and only the talented few succeed – Worship Birds Of Maya.
Mirage – Telepathic Radio (Misophonia) – A cheat – I know. But people – There is music that would love to be psychedelic and then there is music that just IS PSYCHO – FUCKING – DELIC - ill eave you to guess which cat this one belongs too. Cluster and Ash Ra Temple may be touch stones but this baby also rawks – A picture of what might be Miles Davis blowing into a Datura Flower? may tell you more than I ever can! Vinyl is ready – apologies on cheating here
Mount Maxwell – The People’s Forest and Only Children (Hotham Sound)
For those of you who dig Craven Faults and that sweet analog feel of music – Please introduce your ears to Mount Maxwell. 2 wonderous releases that take in the Berlin School and Boards Of Canada but at times the minimalist feel brings to mind the vibe of Labradford too and but that fucking wonderful drift and feel you only get ever from analog keys and recordings. (and yeah both are coming on LP via Cardinal Fuzz)
Muun Bato – ParaphonicVapors (Little Cloud Records) Again – I know this came out via myself too BUT it was down to Mike Nesbitt that this acid soaked stunner came to the attention of myself. It took over my spring and summer listening and still even now I heard nothing that could better it when wanting that neo psychedelic kick I so love (Much love to the Diagonal Lp that Mike also tuned my ears into)
The Oscillation - Untold Futures (All Time Low)
Just WOW – Dark and relentless – Music for altered states indeed. Nods to Loop and Spacemen 3 but make no mistake with Untold Futures Demian may well have unleashed the best Oscillation LP. Take note to hear the ‘Ambient’ mixes too which are a multi layered assault on your senses that need to be heard.
Djinn – Transmission (Rocket Recordings)
Spiritual Cosmic Jazz that like the Old Million Eye releases works as the perfect lift off for a spiritual trip for open minded explorers. For those that love Pharoah Sanders – Karma or Don Cherry ‘Eternal Rhythm’ – you will find much to love and to lose yourself in these intoxicating epiphanies created. There is no doubt that this is music for far-reaching explorations.
Old Million Eye – The Incandescent Switch (Feeding Tube) & Set & Drift (Misophonia)
Well maybe the titles give it away a little but Brian Lucas has created 2 releases in 2021 that every psychonaut should use as their guide for exploring outer and inner space. Swirls of kosmiche keys that ripple and breathe to create a mind bending soundscape that will ease your body into a state of euphoric bliss.
Ben Chasny–The Intimate Landscape (Drag City)
Asked to record for the legendary KPM library series Ben Chasny created these blissful and reflective solo acoustic guitar pieces. A joy to listen too as you feel the anxiety / stress just lift from your body as you get absorbed into the intimacy of a master at work
Maxine Funke – Séance (A Colourful Storm)
After been lucky enough to hear Maxine Funke via Feeding Tube Records – Her latest LP is every bit as good – The intimacy of the recordings of Maxine’s voice / playing display a fragilty that transports you into the nocturnal ether. Touchstones of Bridget St John / Sibylle Baier may seem obvious though Maxine likes to experiment with soundscapes and drum machines too. Let Maxine Funke warp a blanket around you with Séance.
Joseph Allred – Branches and Leaves (Feeding Tube Records)
Branches and Leaves just glows with a incredible uplifting spiritual hymn like quality that embraces you and says Hallelujah as Harmonium / Banjos /Clarinet and more are used to full effect across the whole LP. Branches and Leaves goes from sombre to joyous and uplifting across the whole LP. A joy to not only listen too but too lose yourself in too.
Matthew J Rolin - The Dreaming Bridge (Feeding Tube Records)
Sublime Guitar Soli from Matthew J Rolin on this double LP. Always neigh impossible to escape the twin influences of Fahey and Basho but Matthew J Rolinis able to put easily enough of his own style be that on ‘Hallucination’ that features Patrick Shiroishi on saxophone and ends with some sweet reverbed 12 string or on the side long title track where Rolinkicks out some glorious fuzz.
Les Rallizes Denudes - Maximum Psychedelic Blues - Double Heads Box Set
Many times after listening to this set (3 shows spanning over 6 hours) – 99% of all other music can feel pointless and insipid...
Commencing January 1st 2022, Birdman Sound is launching their "Rent A Sealed Record Collection" offshoot! Be a dumb fuck and impress your dumb fuck trendy friends! Fun for all ages and a HUGE hit at parties and family gatherings (masked or NOT!)
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What the stars have to say about the current situation in 2021....
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Tuxedomoon - I Left My Heart In San Francisco/Everything You Want/waterfront Seat (Ralph)
Pallbearer Industry - Open Season (Misophonia)
Circle - Kidulgos (Ektro)
Octopus Ride - Things'll Never Be The Same (Sound Effect)
Charlie Butler - Wooly Neptune (Weird Beard)
Dead Sea Apes - Pale Anxieties (Cardinal Fuzz)
Kaos Karma - Blue Haze (Bam Balam)
Wasted Cathedral - Bellvue Nights (Misophonia)
Rodion G.A. - Cante Fulger (Strut)
Dreamweapon -Odum (Cardinal Fuzz/Little Cloud)
Residual Echoes - Red Hills (Facemop.com)
Wipers - Land Of The Lost (Jackpot)
Exploding Meet - Baba Ganoush (Look For The Flare)
Ashra - Screamer (Virgin)
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Maleem Mahmoud & Pharoah Sanders
Konsrtukt & Thurston Moore
Sauveur Mallia (French Library Recordings)
Bernard Estardy (French Library Recordings)
The Angered Wrecks - 1981 obscure Fredericton, NB group who fused booze, and drugs into a hard rock/trashed out punk sound...Stooges meet the Pistols,,,
The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol...2 sidelong journies into improv psych oblivion recorded LIVE with tbwnis as an 8 piece ensemble!
Both LPs co-released by Cardinal Fuzz (UK) and Feeding Tube Records (USA)
Black Holes Are Cannibals
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021
Well written on the state of the industry...as a full time participant in many aspects of the business, since the 70's this all rings far too true and is pretty fucking accurate! Stupidly fucking sad as well! Did make me laugh mind you, as what else can ya do? Well worth a read despite the fact, ya' may have heard all this before! I've been whining on about this shit show for years now...👽
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Insane amount of new arrivals in the shop just today !!!
Walter Bishop Jr,
Circle with richard Dawson
Vis A Vis
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Daptone Live Anniv. Triple Set
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Tickets For Doomsday (Now-Again comp)
Hailu Mergia & The Wailas
The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol
Every so often a record comes along and it's just like "holy fucking shit" ! In 1993, I got a promo CD from distro by UK band Strobe; a group I'd not been familiar with. I had no expectations, as promos in them dayz flowed fast and furious. I was 60 seconds into "Nameless Day 1" and was in LOVE! Some dark, lopey, psychedelic underworld emanations were flowing through the speakers which more than tickled the fancies regarding all what I love about music! A challenging ebb and flow of sounds with some influences that you could not really pin down precisely...progressive, free, easy, psych, a shard of ominous Gothic darkness, Krautrock early 80's UK alternative, and just fucking a solid original take on the whole combination thereof ! I of course wore the CD to a frazzle, spinning on trips in the car, ghetto blaster, at home, portable disc man, in the shop etc. This album is multi-genre/non-genre specific and re-defining, much in the same way as Cosmic Invention's (another super "woody" sported for Batoh and company💕), 90's foray into the yester-world and the day after tomorrow in the 1990's and beyond ! Records like this do not happen often...bands like this don't come along everyday either! Strobe's LP is right there for me alongside, the aforementioned Cosmic Invention, Flipper's 1st and 2nd LP's, Chrome (in general), Saccharine Trust, CAN (all), Miles Davis's 70's acid jazz period, Beefheart and The Stooges... as an addendum, a few years ago I posted about Strobe's "Maya" on social media and a number of weeks later by way of the mail, received 5 or 6 more subsequent CD releases by the band from either the groups manager of label owner! ALL KILLER as well! More recently(2017), Dave Schmidt (aka Sula Bassana/ Sulatron Records, Germany) issued a wicked 1st time LP/CD entitled "Bunker Sessions", which is GODLIKE as well...go investigate this band...you will not be disappointed...👽
"Vicious Circle" https://youtu.be/S1nhB4rKu4M
"Nameless Day 1" https://youtu.be/NVtgSzPT90w
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO - Don't Eat The Yellow Cab (Multi Kulti)
Dr. Space's Alien Trip Vol. 5 - Run For Your Life (Tonzonen)
Automat - THF (Bureau B)
The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Live Improvisation Sept. 25th 2021(excerpt) (Video Premier)
Witch Egg - Greener Pools / City Maggot (Rock Is Hell)
Crooked Hook - Captain (Safety Meeting)
Dr. Joy - Signed The Body Electric (Idee Fixe)
Luck Of Eden Hall - Super Fantastic Heroine (Fruits De Mers)
Roy - As Long As Your Feeling (Idee Fixe)
Sidewalk Society - Strange Roads (Fruits De Mers)
Tau - E Spiral (Fuzz Club)
Psychic Paramount - Intro / SP (No Quarter)
Endless Boogie - The Offender (No Quarter)
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Back in a previous life when I first start flogging records and pushing the best underground debut Canadian records by the likes of DOA, The Subhumans, Pointed Sticks, Teenage Head etc. I was so impressed and thrilled by how much stellar shit was coming out of the second largest country in the world, populated by so few humans. Sure, Canada was and still is highly regarded for musical talent globally, however, the majority of that is mainstream oriented hogwash (to each their own)! 2021 (as with every year) has seen so many wicked LP's released by us Canucks! The dozen listed here from yours truly represent some of the top recorded moments in 2021. Of course this does pertain to my interest in a small chunk of our musical world. I figure after 40 + years of being a music retailer, musician , promoter, writer and radio programmer, whether you agree, disagree or otherwise, that have some say in what's good, bad or indifferent, so there's my excuse for all of this! There are no reviews here from me on any of them as I do not feel the need to pontificate. Suffice to say, inclusion is based on the vessel and music contained therein and at the end of it all the proof is always in the listening, end of. For me always with records, it's about being moved, hearing musical ingenuity and with certain genres, catching historical aspects of influences within execution. Everything comes from somewhere! The folks involved in these projects / offerings (yes, some are friends😎), floor me with their depth and talent. Check 'em all out as I feel you will hear some of the best on offer in 2021. Yes of course there’s more, and I do admit, a shitload unbeknownst to me...always is, year in, year out, but that just means exciting discoveries are just down the road... Cheers and OH CANA-DUH ! 💓👽
Comet Control : https://cometcontrol.bandcamp.com/track/keep-on-spinnin
Badge Epoque : https://badgeepoque.bandcamp.com/track/egyptian-licorice
Bob Bryden & Long Day Journey : https://bobbryden.bandcamp.com/track/attack-of-the-strawberry-catapult-men
Wasted Cathedral : https://wastedcathedrallove.bandcamp.com/track/alan-parson-stairway
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
We've sold tons of wicked sounds from Africa over the decades! Sadly many essential titles over this period of time are now unavailable due to the limited nature of ltd. pressings. There's also the nature of some labels coming and going...such is the beast of life. At one point when we were in our original physical location we boasted some 100 titles at times from the 60's and 70's...Fucking amazing! Our angle with regard to Afrobeat/Rock was based on the same thing as the artists original inspirations...traditional African rhythms couple with the well known then influences of Hendrix and James Brown! I know personally, aside from Osibisa, Assagai, Demon Fuzz, Fela Kuti and a few others, I was overwhelmed and high on the amount of KILLER stuff that was done years ago by tons of young folks on a continent far away that were stoked on many of the same root aspects of music that I was! Totally jaw dropping, the learning experience and I am a better soul for it in every sense! Releases still come and go these dayz and I am always on the watch and hunt for new stuff that fits the aforementioned parameters. What follows are some killer releases that are in and out of the shoop the last while and this is only a few...we do what we can as far as access go but it is a main area of interest and our regular customers are well invested in the sounds of Africa...
Outsider, weird folk, acoustic/electric drone, american primitive or whatever other tag you want, there's some awesome new music out there! Drawing on the influences of Fahey, Basho and other old school masters to one degree or another the amount of talent that has come to the front of the bus in the last little while is rather crazy. I do not profess to be an expert on the genre (or mixes thereof), but do fully dig what I have discovered! At 61 years of age and having bought sold records for a meagre living since my teenage years, trust me I know a little! Here's a few gems all relatively current that tickle my fancy and maybe they will yours...
CHECK ALL OUT HERE IN SAME ORDER AS ABOVE LEFT TOP TO BOTTOM RIGHT...👽
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Forbidden Dimension - Martian Death Saucer / Ghosts Run Wild (Wasted Wax)
Janitors - Trojan Ghost (Cardinal Fuzz)
Adam Stone Dead Sea Apes Black Tempest - Skull Pilot (Misophonia)
Pallbearer Industry - Astral Pollution (Misophonia)
Droids - Shanti Dance Pt. 1 (Because)
Expo 70 - Solar Barque Voyage (Sonic Meditations / Burial / Unseen Creatures)
Sienna Root - Trippin' (Nasoni)
Al Hombre Al Agua - Jungle Dread (Fuzzed Up/Astromoon)
Trip Hill - Reflexion (Psych Out)
Telstar Sound Drone - Drugs Help (Bad Afro)
Brick Road - Dronesong For the Master Donald Eugene Cherry (Saw-Whet)
Juju - Not This Time (Weird Beard)
Zendik Communal Arts - Superman Is Paralyzed (Nasoni)
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Plans are afoot for a series of Sam Giles LP replica sleeved cdr's on the venerable Cardinal Fuzz label in the UK. 4 albums will be included in this venture with a 5th stand alone of newly recorded material by March of 2022.
This will be a double release entitled "464 Days Later". The album will include a dvd of the bands first improv session recording live outdoors in September this year which marked the first time the group played since June 27th, 2020! The second disc will be a full audio version of the evening. Interestingly enough, Wayne Coulis was behind the session and capture in similar capacity to his great work as evidenced on the "Shedding The Albatross"(recorded at Birdman Sound in 2020) release earlier this year.
In the first quarter of 2022, albums "4 Minds, 4 Winds", Live At The Clocktower 2011", "Of Unknown Origin" and " Live At The Dominion Tavern 2010" will get the Cardinal Fuzz/Sam Giles physical treatment. "464 Days Later" will shortly follow these!
Here's a few things below to check out, if you are inclined...enjoy! 👽
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Picked up a huge collection of LPs this week! A wide ranging collection of literally near mint 1-2 play LPs spanning a number of decades, majority of which are out of print and 1st editions. A fair amount of it came out of the Birdman shop over the years.
There are of course some rare LPs within the collection and are as with everything else we do priced based on reality, not fucking discogs or other over inflated opinion oriented, bullshit platforms.
there's a substantial amount of in yer face heaviness, again covering the decades...from Captain Beyond and Bang and Electric Wizard to 11 Paranoias...loads of awesomness and pummeling await your lobes...
And of course another batch of superb NEW LPs as arrivals are frequent at Birdman Sound. There are NO DULL MOMENTS week in and week out for over 3 decades. Expertly curated new or 2nd hand as I could not live with myself otherwise! Come see us sometime. This Sunday on Oct. 31st Birdman will be at 591 Bank Street in downtown Ottawa for and all day pop up shop...