Monday, July 31, 2017

Fossils - Modern Architeture cdr

Great improvisational free jazz/musique concrète with saxophone, guitar, percussion and dictaphones by this amazing Ontario collective. 2015 cdr jointly released by Kentra Steiner Editions and Middle James Co.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hototogisu ‎– Awful Symmetry


And yet some more, and possibly my favorite one. I can't help thinking that in the beginning of the first track they have sampled the intro of Dakthrone's "Kathaarian Life Code." Am I right? 2005 cdr on Heavy Blossom.


Hototogisu ‎– Prayer Rug Exorcism

Even more dervish-dancing, devotional drone/noise by our guitar/cello abuse go-to duo. 2005 cd on Heavy Blossom.


Hototogisu ‎– Robed In Verdigris

Some more esoteric drone/noise by the amazing duo of Marcia Bassett and Matthew Bower. 2007 LP on Nashazphone.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Merzbow - Animal Magnetism

Don't know if sharing the same album title with Scorpions is what made Merzbow create a somewhat less fierce record than say Venereology or Pulse Demon, but this is definitely one of the most easily listenable works of the man. By easily listenable of course I don't mean anything remotely similar to what Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and co. would make, but this is one of those albums in which Merzbow showcased his affection for psychedelic rock. Aside from the assaults of static, some headbangingly cool robot-gone-mad rhythmic loops can be found here, along with some moments of ebb, such as in the guitar-based final track "Pier 39". So, if some rock kido ever asks you to recommend a good Scorpions record, just give them this one to listen to. 2003 cd on Alien8 Recordings.


Friday, July 28, 2017

AX - Metal Forest

AX was a mid-90s project of  Anthony DiFranco, famous for playing in Ramleh, as well as Skullflower, and this cd compiles tracks from the three releases he made on Freek Records. Tracks 3, 4, 5, 2, 8 and 9 constituted (in this order) the Nova Feedback lp of 1993, tracks 6 and 7 appeared on the AX II 1995 12", and track 1 is the only one derived from the Astronomy 1997 cd. Given that at that time DiFranco also played in Skullflower, the noise is here is not too far removed from that, especially in the riff-oriented last track, however it is much more dense and violent. 2012 cd on Cold Spring.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Haare - Death Happening 7"

Agonizing radioactive psychedelic noise by Finnish master Ilkka Vekka. The "Destroy Fascism - Love Forever" slogan which appears on his releases would be enough to fall in love with him, but to know that such great horror noise isn't made by people who usually have questionable political leanings makes me blissful. 2011 7" on Turgid Animal.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ben Gwilliam - breakdownspedup tape

So, today I was at someone's house and the airconditioning machine was on. It wasn't a new one, so you can understand the sound, which made me feel very dozy. So I thought that my next upload should be this amazing collection of dictaphone recordings made inside freezers, until the dicta dies down. Love listening to this while I commute to work by bus, always makes me fall asleep in my seat. 2015 tape on Mantile (first two tracks from the tape, third one is bonus recordings offered through the Mantile blog).


Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Dead C / Rangda split LP

Side 1: Four lost Eusa Kills (1989) tracks by The Dead C, ranging from dying dictaphone distortion and decayed drum machine beats on the title track and almost punk rhythms on track 4 "Heaven's Wheel." Note: I have mistakenly numbered both track number 3 "This Much I Know" and aforementioned track number 4 as "04"

Side 2: Two improvised sunset-watching-in-the-desert jams by Rangda (Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance, Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls and Chris Corsano. Last track "Sancticallist" is utterly ear candy.

2013 LP on Ba Da Bing!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Total ‎– The Starlit Mire 7"

Another Matthew Bower/John Godbert collaboration on guitar and horns. 1997 7" on the amazingly baptized Rural Electrification Program.


Total ‎– Exploded Star Sad Servant

More guitar amp abuse by the man. Track 3 called "Frost" is ideal for sleeping. 1995 cd on Self Abuse Records.