Wednesday, April 14, 2021

10 Recommended Rotations From Birdman Sound's Front Desk


Beauty Hunters - Animal Magnetism (The Weird Beard)

Deep kosmische electronic vibes like a darker early Kraftwerk!  Guy Maddison from Mudhoney's side project!

Nolla - S/T  (Spiral Void)

Trio from Finland (ex Seremonia) who play a driving brand of motorik krautrock and hard psych space jams!

PAX - "May God & Your Will..."  (Munster Records)

1972 Peruvian proto-metal sonic hard psych rock MONSTER !  💣💖

Plankton Wat - "Future Times"  (Thrill Jockey)

Dewey Mahood from West Coast US psych gods Eternal Tapestry.  His new album is awesome !  All instrumental electric deep woods, cosmic, improvised psych !  

USA Mexico - "Del Rio"  (Riot Season)

Austin, TX noise rock/psych from Shit & Shine, Butthole Surfers dudes!  3rd powerful outing and smokin' tough! 👽

Terry Gross - "Soft Opening"  (Thrill Jockey)

Driving motorik psch rock lead by the ferocious guitar of Phil Manley of TRANS AM !!!  

Ambrose Slade - Ballzy  (Audio Clarity)

Pre - SLADE !!  from 1969 UK, nice repro of rare debut...awesome psych, hardrock indicating what would soon come from this legendary, long running band !  ✌❤

Barry Walker Jr. - "Shoulda Zenith"  (Holy Mountain)

Cosmic country with deep, dense ambient desert drones and tones. Pedal steel jamz that transport you to an outer realm planet that re-arranges your grey matter...cowboy hats are not safe in outer space!👽 

People - Ceremony-Buddha Meets Rock (Life Goes On)

Fantastic Japanese psych rock from 1971 with godlike guitarist Kimio Mizutani !  Ltd. much anticipated repress 2021.  ❤👽💣

Fire! - "Defeat"  (Rune Grammofon)

7th LP for this awesome Norwegian free jazz/psych power trio...always on their mark and this MONSTER is their new 2021 LP...The unmistakable sax work from the prolific and godlike Mats Gustafsson❤❤👽

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Wow ! The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol -"Unsemble" Reviewed...

From Isolation records UK... Reviews January - March 2021

"Music of the Pandemic. It's going to go down in history as a particular genre and a bloody fascinating one at that. It was so interesting last year to see how the albums being released reflected the times: many of them were downbeat, doomy and pessimistic; some were wildly escapist and fantastic; a few bands even carried on as if nothing was happening. TBWNIAS's Unsemble will undoubtedly come to be considered as one of the more esoteric offerings from the crisis; a collection of sounds that reflect beautifully the destruction wrought on society by the COVID plague, emerging as disjointed and harrowing as would any album recorded in six different locations by different members of the band as they went into hiding between March and April 2020. The first four tracks here (all are titled 'Unsemble') stem from a seven minute drum onslaught recorded by John Westhaver on an Android phone to which each member of the band added their own contributions with whatever recording equipment they could lay their hands on. The resultant 'Unsemble I' was then remixed by guitarist Bill Guerrero into 'Unsemble II', 'Unsemble III' and 'Unsemble IV'. The initial recording and the drum track were then sent to Christopher Laramee (Wasted Cathedral) to be used as a basis for an original piece of work for collaboration, and from this emerged 'Unsemble V'. The result is an intriguing collision of ideas in sound. The opening salvo of 'Unsemble I' is smothered freeform jazz, desperately attempting to emerge into the light and pretty much failing. It's a bloody marvellous eight minutes for those of us who like some disconnection and deconstruction in our listening, and the other four tracks are as gloriously incoherent. 'Unsemble II' is disassembled rock, interpersed with random dialogue that gives it a human face despite all of the voices being overwhelmed by waves of crushing sound. The guitars that howl at the end are particularly effective. 'Unsemble III' beats away blankly until it knocks itself unconcious, while 'Unsemble IV' grinds, rattles and mourns whilst it hammers at your brain. 'Unsemble V' is particularly disturbing as dystopian commentaries are overlaid on music that is twisted into random waves of threatening sound. This is great work. You won't find a better half an hour that serves as a dairy for the year of lockdown. After appearing as a cassette last year on Misophonia, a vinyl version has now been produced by Cardinal Fuzz in a limited run of just 150 in a heavy matt card sleeve. Move heaven and earth to get hold of one."