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...
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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