Live improv noise the way I like it: shouty, all over the place, clumsy, fun. 2004 cdr on Time Stereo.
Rudolf Eb.er bringing the sounds of the season courtesy of a Christmas dinner meal turned into a dysentery festival. 2000 cd on Tochnit Aleph.
I haven't abandoned the blog, but it's been incredibly difficult for me to steal away some time to write up anything here. Work, PhD duties, and spending time with my son and wife is taking up all of my time. I hope to be able to work here a little bit at Christmas.
Reader Friend of a sinner asked if I could upload some Hair Stylistics material for a friend of his called "sinner" whose mood would lighten up with these things, so being the positive and free-hug guy that I am, there it is. By the way, yes I know that dump posts suck but frankly I wouldn't be able to finish up with this if I didn't do it this way.
2010 - After Death Party Time - download
2010 - Forever Shibuya HMV - download
2010 - I Hate Your Dream - download
2010 - Portrait Of Psychic Ventriloquist - download
2010 - Punkrock Rape Scandal - download
2010 - The Blood Sucking Animals - download
2010 - The Heavy Metal Lessen - download
2013 - Dynamic Hate - download
A slightly more energetic and hi-end recording by Ak'Chamel? Sounds like there's a full band playing here and the spirits of Sun City Girls are twirling above. 2014 tape on Moon Glyph.
Yet another bandcamp no-fee-for-artists-day is here, so here are some recommendations.
Guitar ambient loops for extensive zoning. On the excellent Recordiau Prin, which is associated with Chow Mwng.
More zoning, but more bass-heavy this time. On Wormhole World.
I can't say how much I love Alex Zhang Hungtai, whose musical explorations after Dirty Beaches get always more intricate and engaging. Here's he's doing some epic drone sax/guitar meditations, somewhere between Deep Listening and Blade Runner. On Psyx.
Immensely noisy punk, somewhere between Killing Joke and Celtic Frost played through the amps of Disclose.
The ritual vocal drone duo is back with a more nature-oriented approach here, not so much black witchcraft but nereid-reverie seduction. On TQN-aut.
The inimitable strom|morts (with hero of my youth Knut member Didier) initiates a collaboration with classical musicians, and this track is away from their usual tectonic plate moving power-drone towards subdued classical drone, close to Stars Of The Lid, but with their eyes not looking at the stars but at the abyss. This is how Sunn O)))'s Monoliths and Dimensions would sound if it had been written by Alfred Schnittke or Olivier Messiaen.
By request of a reader, here's yet another release from the Million Brazilians universe by two of their members with a deeper emphasis on their ambient and new age side. I wouldn't place it too far from Robert Rich's mid-late 1990s material or O Yuki Conjugate, or even SPK's Zamia Lehmanni, and there also seems to be an affinity with Razen. 2018 LP on Lost Discoveries Exotic Music Shop.
Solo sax free jazz improvisations. 2020 tape on Sound Holes.
(Been a while since my last post, as I have been very busy with work and PhD and my mega accounts weren't working)
Collaboration between MB and Frag (Stephen Burroughs of Head Of David!). It deceptively starts in a very hypnotic and psychedelic manner but it ends up being one of MB's noisiest albums in recent years, while of course maintaining its mind-altering basis. 2020 cd on 4ib Records.
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A question to other bloggers: with the new blogger.com interface do you have problems uploading pictures? It takes me a long time to do it, and if I put the posts in draft mode they are frequently lost.
New MB cd is celebrating 40 years of noise creations. The sound is quite subdued here and it takes effort to recognize them. It sounds a lot like a palimpsest of noises (some of them sound quite old school actually!) and I somehow get a Residents feeling here.... 2020 cd on 4ib Records.
It's yet another bandcamp monthly fee-waive Friday. Family, studies, and trying to survive in a dangerous and covid-infested working environment takes up all of my time, which means very little energy and mood for writing up posts, so here's a little something of things I have managed to hear a little bit that deserve to be supported financially. Oh yeah, and you fascist covid denier who is going to come here and spread your worthless conspiracy theories, this time you are going to be deleted. Fuck off.
My new favorite sleep-inducing noise piece is Betting on Death by Ron Morelli on Hospital Productions. It's the sound of the long, deep and tortuous crash of stock markets as expressed through droning analog modular synths and toxic industrial darkness. Among the contenders for album of the year.
Anna von Hausswolff never ceases to make excellent music and with her new album All Thoughts Fly on Southern Lord she returns to her basics, which is making funereal pipe organ epics. Sure I miss her voice and her latest Swans-like influences but this is exceptional.
I haven't heard Stephan Thelen before but I just saw he's composed violin pieces performed by Kronos Quartet and a Polish female string quarter called Al Pari Quarter in this album called World Dialogue on Rare Noise. The track played by Kronos Quartet called "Circular Lines" is an intense 13/4 chopping marching violin epic and the track by Al Pari is of equal dramatic anxiety (there are two other tracks but this is a pre-order). I'm going to order this because it sounds really nice.
strom|morts is a Swiss drone group consisting of Didier Severin (singer of one of my all-time favorite math/sludge/experimental hardcore groups Knut) and members of Abraham. They play massive tectonic drone both with rock instruments and modular synths. They have a new song called "Sixteen Warehouses," which is for free, as most of their stuff on bandcamp, but you can support them anyway.
Finally, Lucy Railton has posted a recording of Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus from Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps played in a church by cello and organ, with sounds of a kid crying. The sound is primitive and deep and utterly dark. It's for free and money goes to refugee aid. Depressing but stunning.
A collection featuring (oh surprise) Little Skull's five 7"s released betweeen 2003 and 2007. There isn't any info in the booklet (just a cryptic note by Dean Brown asking you to give him 10 bucks for another 7" to make up for lost communication) about the order of songs, and the tracks themselves are not separated, so you get one track for each 7", so let's hope that they are at least in chronological order. This is the beginning of Little Skull, so the sound is somewhat cruder, with less acoustic parts and more percussive/accordion driven ritual drone folk at play, but still very evocative and mystical. 2008 cdr on PseudoArcana.
It's the Bancamp monthly fee-waive Friday so here are some recommendations to spend on as artists are going to get all proceeds from orders.