Saturday, January 24, 2015

Edgar Froese - Kamikaze 1989 (OST) (1982)
Edgar Froese
Kamikaze 1989 (OST) (1982, Virgin)

"I believe I first heard some of the music on this soundtrack as a result of watching the film Devil Fetus, which if I remember correctly steals several tracks (Intuition specifically) from this album (among others). In trying to track down that soundtrack I eventually learned of this, and was very pleased I did. A fantastic and underrated synth score from the Fassbinder thriller. I love how eclectic this is, from meandering tranquility to more kraut-y, beat driven stuff, it has a lot to offer. I've been binging on it for the past few months and hopefully you will as well! Chewww." - DD

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Okkyung Lee - Ghil (2013)

Okkyung Lee
Ghil (2013, Ideologic Organ)

"After nearly two years of inactivity, and the recent realization that I did not post a single update in 2014, I have decided to return to this blog in the hopes that I can continue to update it on a more regular basis. I have received a lot of very positive feedback, in the past few months especially, which has really made me miss this and I appreciate every email or message I read. Thank you endlessly for your continued support and appreciation!

With that said I present Ghil, from experimental cellist Okkyung Lee. Each piece here is one track of solo improvised cello, but the sounds within are so far from simple. The skronk Lee creates on this album is totally outrageous and frantic and mesmerizing. Please dig in, and I hope to see you all again soon my precious beauties! xoxo" - DD

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Vyto B - Automatic Vaudeville (1985) (Cass.)

Vyto B
Automatic Vaudeville (Cass.) (1985, Unknown)

"Automatic Vaudeville is the oft-forgotten followup to Vyto B's highly sought after debut, Tricentennial 2076. Both are pretty fantastic, but I find this a bit more fun. With lyrical content that runs the gamut; from porn stars to feminism, true love to toga's, these are super rad electro-junk power jams. Highly recommended for lonely dance parties to lull the gloom. Top track is Secret, but I couldn't find a sample. Chew it fuglies!" - DD

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jandek - You Walk Alone (1988)

You Walk Alone (1988, Corwood Industries)

"I don't know how to effectively describe this, my first post in over five months. I could say it's a masterpiece. I could say it's strange. I could over alliterate as I often do and say it's "a bewildering beast of breathtaking beauty" (I kind of like that). I can and will do all of that. It is absolutely all of those things and more. The only thing that matters though is that I just love the way it sounds. Don't listen to or not listen to this because it's Jandek. Listen to it because it's one of the best records of the 1980's." - DD

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes (1972) (2x LP)

Terry Riley
Persian Surgery Dervishes (2x LP) (1972, Shandar)

"This is one of my favourite works by Riley. It's comprised of two live concerts of solo electric organ, the first from '72 and the second from '71. Two different takes on the same composition. I find it both very warm and thoughtful, while still glistening with moments of jarring dissolution. It's quite trance inducing and I recommend some serious digging, my fellow astral beings!" - DD

Los Saicos - ¡Demolición! The Complete Recordings (2010) (6x 7")

Los Saicos
¡Demolición! The Complete Recordings (6x 7") (2010, Munster Records)

"Gravelly, raucous and super cool, this is garage surf at it's finest. Peruvian rockers who listened to British Invasion types, Los Saicos were apparently oblivious to the harsher garage rock and surf sounds of the mid 60's that they came to mirror. Some seriously grooved out tunes here, so dig in and chew it primitive folks!" - DD

Joe McPhee - Sound On Sound: Solo 1968-1973 (2010)

Joe McPhee
Sound On Sound: Solo 1968-1973 (2010, Corbett vs. Dempsey)

"Among my favourite horn players of all time, Joe McPhee has an indescribable ability to excrete what sounds like all of life's sorrows through his music. There are few other players that capture such an emotive style and surrender themselves so willingly and wholeheartedly to their instrument. Cosmic Love showcases this perfectly, and is quite possibly the greatest song ever recorded. This album is pure heaven so please enjoy!" - DD

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Erkki Kurenniemi ‎– Äänityksiä / Recordings 1963-1973 (2002)

Erkki Kurenniemi
Äänityksiä / Recordings 1963-1973 (2002, Love Records)

"Known to the world as many things, perhaps most importantly Erkki Kurenniemi was an electronic music pioneer and designer. Not only did he create his own truly engaging electroacoustic compositions, he also designed and built many instruments and applications, assisting greatly in the development of the medium. This masterpiece is a collection of some of his earliest and most important pieces, so please enjoy!" - DD

Legion - Tunnelvision (1994) (7")

Tunnelvision (7") (1994, Syntactic)

"Andrew Lagowski's Legion brings us a rather tranquil and holy affair with this single-sided 7" of harmonic industrial fuzz. Ambient crackle resonates atop a haunting choral melody, which flutters in and out along with distant buzz drones creating a breezy clutter. This is a very nice, so dig in!" - DD

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company ‎– Like A Duck To Water (1976)

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company
Like A Duck To Water (1976, Earthquack Recordings) (Re-issued by Cuneiform Records – Rune 147)

"This is the second release from David Borden's incredible synthesizer ensemble, recognized as the world's first. This album features more of Steve Drews' work than Borden's, but I seem to like it even more than the debut. This is the 2001 reissue with bonus tracks and I have to admit it's not the best rip. There are a few blips and wiggles (during Waterwheel in particular), but the music is too brilliant to really care. Uber minimal, gorgeous tonal waves rippling through your head. This is everything I love about synths, so dig in and tune out hazy Jane's." - DD

Monday, May 28, 2012

Kaoru Abe, Motoharu Yoshizawa, Toshinori Kondo & Derek Bailey - Aida's Call (1999)

Kaoru Abe, Motoharu Yoshizawa, Toshinori Kondo & Derek Bailey
Aida's Call (1999, Starlight Furniture Co.)

"So simple, yet such a wild and frantic roll and tumble. Kaoru Abe destroys his alto while playing slap back with Toshinori Kondo's madman trumpet squalls. The whole lineup is fantastic! At times it's quite calm and teetering, only to rejuvenate and come prancing back with a robust fervor. It was recorded live in Japan on May 3, 1978. You can never go wrong with quality players like these so please enjoy!" - DD

Incapacitants - As Loud As Possible (1995)

As Loud As Possible (1995, Zabriskie Point)

"Total sonic assault. That's all I can say to describe this supremely wrenching physical spasm of sound. From one of the originating bands of the Japnoise scene; take your clothes off, get bloody, and dig into this with virulent raw power." - DD

Brendan Murray - Wonders Never Cease (2007)

Brendan Murray
Wonders Never Cease (2007, Intransitive Recordings)

"This is one of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard. It's also somewhat of a melting pot for sound. There are moments of suspended time and space, where nothing moves, and you can see the universe from outside itself, slowly expanding through the infinite void. There are moments of chaos and harsh noise, crashing through beautiful landscapes like firecrackers. It's easily one of the most enjoyable records to lay in bed and daydream with, so please do." - DD

Raglani - Of Sirens Born (2006)

Of Sirens Born (2006, Gameboy Records)

"'Serene' doesn't begin to describe how this record makes me feel. It is beautiful beyond words. I don't often get such joy and harmony out of "ambient" music, but this just draws you in so completely, allowing your mind to float though patterns and colour, remembering and dreaming all the while. It's been mentioned in other reviews but it is hard to deny the peaceful similarities to Popul Vuh's work on many a Herzog film. Sit back, relax, and dig this delicate beast." - DD

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Milford Graves - Meditation Among Us (1977)

Milford Graves
Meditation Among Us (1977, Kitty Records)

"I initially grabbed Meditation Among Us because I was digging hard on Kaoru Abe. This is a supreme example of not only his talent but everyone involved. Ridiculous spazzoid free jazz explosions; drums sound like hundred car pile-ups, horns sound like the puddle that was my brain vaporizing in an unfailing series of ultrasonic bursts. Vocals on side two are like some haunted primitive, cursing and flailing at the stars. And the piano is just beautiful; spacial at first, then tense and bold. This is meditation among space-demons and hellfire. Chew it!" - DD

Friday, November 25, 2011

Youth Of The Beast - Lantern (2007) (7")

Youth Of The Beast
Lantern (7") (2007, Arbor)

"Serving up a severely skronk-a-delic breed of free improv noise-jazz, Lantern is the first vinyl release from Andy Spore (Raccoo-oo-oon). Trudging tribal percussion, piercing feedback, screeching noise-bleed mixer rape and a spastic saxophone shakedown; total sonic assault! Wail on my friends, and dig these maxed out grooves!" - DD

NON - Sick Tour (1985)

Sick Tour (1985, Staalplaat)

"Some live Boyd Rice for all you ugly, ugly people! Wavering between throbbing pulse and static cacophony; Sick Tour is harsh noise that is both rhythmic and spatial. Very good indeed, as with most NON, so chew it loud my brethren!" - DD

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spine Scavenger - Weighted Ghost (2008) (Cass.)

Spine Scavenger
Weighted Ghost (2008, Hanson Records)

"Spine Scavenger is my favourite Dilloway project, usually very peaceful while still replete with a caustic fuzz. Here, Dilloway plays the protagonist of a distant future, traversing barren terrain in a hovering speed-demon. A-Side sounds like our hero racing through sandstorm with some malnourished populous detector, in search of the Lost City. On B-Side Dilloway finally makes his way out of the dust and hits the pavement in a 16-bit parallel universe. Eventually reaching the City, he finds that everything is dead. We conclude with our hero again reaching into the void, left to wander for eternity. Dig it!" - DD

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Keggs - To Find Out (1967) (7")

The Keggs
To Find Out (7") (1967, Unknown) (Re-issued by Orbit)

"This is literally one of the greatest garage 45's of all-time. Seriously raucous and fuzzed out genius! As soon as the opening vocal howl rips through your speakers, and the drums start to thud and pounce, and the guitar forces your body to contort into primitive patterns of rapture, you'll wish you could time-warp back to the basement/garage/living room that these dudes were jamming in and convince them to put out 15 full length LP's. If you haven't dug it, dig it NOW." - DD

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bent Wind - Sussex (1969)

Bent Wind
Sussex (1969, Acme)

"Sussex is loaded with supremely fuzzed-out, Canadian-hippy, blues rock of the highest grade. Though technically sufficient, I find the band maintains a certain naiveté or charm more frequently reserved for outsider music. Wholly enjoyable! If you don't love it at first keep listening, you'll not want it to end. Definitely a new favourite of mine!" - DD

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Half Japanese - Sing No Evil (1984)

Half Japanese
Sing No Evil (1984, Drag City)

"Freewheeling, psychedelic, skronk and bang, thrusting and wailing into the street: fat bass lines that walk a hundred miles, horns honking in a joyous release. Half Japanese are diverse, spontaneous, and totally rad romantics. Chew it loud and swallow my fuglies!" - DD

Monday, December 6, 2010

In Camera - Fin (1982)

In Camera
Fin (1982, 4AD)

"Originally recorded as a BBC session, this dark and brooding, new wave, post-punk, discordant rock and roll mess of beauty will get your blood boiling and toes tapping. Reminiscent at times of The Birthday Party, though more so Joy Division and the like. Dig it rough and gruff billy goats!" - DD

Friday, December 3, 2010

Seth Nehil - Knives (2010) (LP)

Seth Nehil
Knives (LP) (2010, Senufo Editions)

"Among many things, Seth Nehil is a composer of soundscapes. In his own words, this record is inspired by 'cinematic sound design, hip hop music production, musique concrete and noir films'. It is a brilliant piece of work, well worth anyone's time who may be interested in sonic capabilities. Listen and enjoy!" - DD

Thursday, December 2, 2010

INU - Ushiwakamaru Nametottara Dotsuitaru Zo (1984) (LP)

Ushiwakamaru Nametottara Dotsuitaru Zo (LP) (1984, Unknown)

"A wild and primitive festival of punk infested sludge (not dissimilar in tone and fervor to Amon Düül's Psychedelic Underground), this is quite far from INU's previous work, Meshi Kuuna!. With brute force and desperate yelps Machida Machizō throws away his pop sensibilities and gets down and dirty. Recorded live in 1979. Chew the fat fucking jams!" - DD

The Cake - The Cake (1967) (LP)

The Cake
The Cake (LP) (1967, Decca)

"The Cake were a 60's girl group with tremendous vocal melodies (at times reminiscent of The Shangri-Las) and impeccable hooks, complete with shimmering orchestral arrangements. Combining original material with several R&B standards, they set themselves apart from other girl groups of the time. This record is far too under-appreciated so dig it loud and proud folks!" - DD

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - House Arrest (2006)

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
House Arrest (2006, Paw Tracks)

"Ariel Pink is a contemporary anomaly, composing his own brand of 80's infused, AM pop hits. House Arrest is my favourite of his albums, with some of his greatest songs (Interesting Results, Every Night I Die At Miyagis, Oceans Of Weep). You may already love him or hate him, whatever the case if you haven't listened to this entire record please do." - DD

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mahogany Brain - With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger) (1971)

Mahogany Brain
With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger) (1971, Futura Records)

"Mahogany Brain were a supremely enjoyable experimental mind-fuck led by troubadour Michel Bulteau in an attempt to merge poetry and music. Totally fractured, though entirely capable, psychedelic scrawl inspired by The Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart. Dig in momma's and poppa's!" - DD

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Merzbow - Yoshinotsune (2004)

Yoshinotsune (2004, Clu Clux Clam)

"This is quite different from most Merzbow records (that I've heard). Falling somewhere between ambient & cacophonous, Yoshinotsune is a tremendously entrancing series of atonal drones. The first track contains a tribal drum pulse which is attacked by fierce fuzz shots and sounds somewhat like an anthem of the Machine Army. The rest is what might ensue after the Machine Army takes over. I fucking love this record!" - DD

Thurston Moore - Flipped Out Bride (2006)

Thurston Moore
Flipped Out Bride (2006, Blossoming Noise)

"A stunned pulse, quivering in urgent though subtle malevolence. The drone, though seemingly omnipotent, is wavering: at times retreating to a gentle hum or mere flicker. I love Thurston Moore in Sonic Youth but this is a much different and far more meditative affair." - DD

Robbie Basho - Visions Of The Country (1978) (LP)

Robbie Basho
Visions Of The Country (LP) (1978, Windham Hill Records)

"Combining his sinfully elegant guitar work with a bellow reminiscent of a more virile John Jacob Niles (not to mention some beautiful piano), Basho manages to compose a delicate yet highly intricate sound that totally envelopes and swoons. I am forever indebted to Darcy at DIVORCE for turning me on to this raw power!" - DD