Monday, August 14, 2017

Hive Mind - Ancient Slate 2 X tape

Desolate, creepy, claustrophobic heavy synths, in between Wolf Eyes and Throbbing Gristle. Second track could very well be "Hamburger Lady Part 2" without the vocals. 2005 2 X tape on Animal Disguise.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Urban Sax - Live In Pori 1984

Amazing live performance by the notorious masked horn music-performance group from France headed by Gilbert Altman. The line-up of this 1984 performance in Pori, Finland consists of 12 tenor sax players, 13 alto sax players, 3 baritone sax players, 2 vibraphonists, a choir of 8, 1 bassist, 2 guitarists, 2 gong players and two dancers. The raw sound of this live recording brings out the most from their hypnotic, repetitive, epic sound and the fact that it was recorded in a church adds a great reverberant depth to it. Essential listening! 2016 cd on the Circle-run Ektro Records.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nackt Insecten - Quantum Odyssey LP & Quantum Odyssey II: Corridor Voyager CD


The sadly defunct Nackt Insecten was the ideal mix of noisy drone and kosmische bliss. Imagine flying stoned over Aztec temples not on carpets but on slowed-down F-16. Here's the 2008 lp Quantum Odyssey on Blackest Rainbow, and its companion cd Quantum Odyssey II: Corridor Voyager, released in 2009 on Memoirs of An Aesthete.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Haare - A Split Second In Eternity tape

Amazing horror psychedelic drone/noise by the Finnish master. Came with a beautiful patch (see second picture). 2013 tape on Cipher Productions. Destroy Fascism - Love Forever!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Alice Coltrane - Lord of Lords

Amazing 1972 sky-reaching orchestral modal music with Alice Coltrane on piano, organ and harp, Charlie Haden on bass and Ben Riley on drums, along with a 16-piece string orchestra. The organ on the last track "Going Home," an old gospel song, sounds like a mix between drone and blues, while her interpretation of Stravinsky's "Firebird" is otherwordly. Ripped from the 2011 Impulse! cd which also included the album Universal Consciousness.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

more Total

ok let's try to approximate the completion of Total's discography. There will still be some releases which I don't have, but with the ones I have posted before (check the tag), we're close to it. NOTE: IF ANY READERS HAVE THE TOTAL/CULVER SPLIT TAPE ON MATCHING HEAD, PLEASE SEND A MESSAGE!

Total - Beyond The Rim


 After the initial run of Total in the mid-to-late-80s, Bower went on to form Skullflower, and only got back to releasing more experimentally-oriented material under the Total moniker in 1993 with this amazing 1993 lp on Majora.


Total - Here, Time Is Space


This came out in the same year as Sky Blue Void  (posted already on this blog) and sounds like a mix between more subdued drone and all-out wild noise. 1994 2 X lp on Majora.


Total - Glassy Warhead

This one seems a little bit more on a traditional noise track, with screeching mic noise and guitar delay attack. 1995 cd on Pure.


Total - Tanzmusik Der Renaissance


Total psychedelic awesomeness. 1995 cd on Freek Records.


Total - Silver Pillows

This starts deceptively blissfully but descends into guitar amp abuse, only to end up in a mess of guitar wails and some metal percussion jumping. 1995 10" on Majora.


Total - Clear Factory

Real nice droning noise with guitar, piano and some beautiful background synths. 1996 lp on Majora.


Total - Buffin' The Celestial Muffin


This one showcases the awesome reeds of John Godbert (Vibracathedral Orchestra), as well guest appearances by Neil Campbell (again of Vibracathedral), Stuart Dennison (Skullflower) and Philip Best (Consumer Electronics). 1997 cd on Rural Electrification Program and Format Supremacy.


Total - Kaspar Hauser

High-pitched feedback invocations and cowbell clang. 1997 cd on Metonymic.


Total - To Fall Like Cherry Blossoms

Jaw-dropping amp noise/winds/piano drone/free jazz. Bower is once again accompanied by John Godbert, as well as Neil Ireland. 1997 lp on American Tapes.


Total - Mountain Tasting

Stunning elegiac experimentations with piano, violin, reeds and cymbals. Essential listening. 1997 lathe 7"


Total - Eternity's Beautiful Frontispiece

Droning psychedelic contemplative awesomeness with John Godbert and Neil Campbell. 1998 cd on VHF Records.


Total - Solid Objects Cast At Goblins


Sadly this was to be the last Total release, though the material was recorded in 1996. Once more this one features Bower and John Godbert on percussion and wind instruments and includes amazing shimmering drones. 2000 cd on VHF Records.

Friday, August 4, 2017

more Hototogisu

Hopefully this will be the last Hototogisu post for some time, as with this, almost all of their discography is complete, with a few exceptions. You can find more Hototogisu uploads elsewhere on this blog with the respective tag.

Hototogisu - The White Wind of Autumn


Along with other early Hototogisu releases such as Floating Oof! blah blah (already uploaded here) this shows a calmer, psychedelic and more blissful side of Matthew Bower. It's like he took the horns and other instruments of Total and muted the deafening guitar noise. 2000 cdr on Rural Electrification Program.


Hototogisu - Cuckoo Cloudland

Introspective guitar drone accompanied by vibraphones, accordions and some nice casio doodling sounds. Highly recommended! 2001 lp on De Stijl.


Hototogisu - Swoon Scream


This is the second release with Marcia Bassett on board, so it's pretty obvious that she's the one that took all the Ladose pills away from Bower's shelf and brought in all the noise and destruction! 2004  2 X cdr on Heavy Blossom.


Hototogisu - Green


This is the notorious Hototogisu black metal album, with some really cool tremolo riffing emerging here and there and the necessary drum machine double-bass kicking. Strangely though, this one sounds kinda more blissful and less noisy than most of their relases after Marcia Bassett joined, and thus peculiarly reminiscent of Hototogisu's Hawaii days. 2005 cd on Heavy Blossom.


 Hototogisu - Some Blood Will Stick

 This one is a compilation of three tracks from Awful Symmetry (uploaded a few days ago), namely tracks 1, 2, and 5 from there, and tracks 4 and 6 from Swoon Scream, plus another one (the fifth one on here). Yes, it would have made more sense to just include the extra track but hey! 2006 cd on Heavy Blossom.


Hototogisu + Burning Star Core

Room filling, kraut-inspired psychedelic noise jams. 2006 on DroneDisco.


Hototogisu + Burning Star Core - II

Somewhat more subtle and quiet, but more sinister. 2006 cdr on Heavy Blossom.


Hototogisu & Prurient - Snail on a Razor


Live collaboration with Dominic Fernow on his own label. Great stuff. 2006 cd on Hospital Productions.


Hototogisu - Spooked Summer


After the collaborations this is kind of a return to the blistering guitar screaming, and also more akin to other Bower projects like Mirag and Voltigeurs.2007 cdr on Heavy Blossom.


Hototogisu - Under the Rose


One of the final Hototogisu releases. Ascending evil guitar incantations and an awesome descent in the end of the second track. 2008 lp on Heavy Blossom.