Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Honorable Mentionables

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou : Echos Hypnotiques : Analog Africa
Freddie Gibbs : midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik : The Internet
Sic Alps / Magik Markers : Split 12" : Yik Yak
Failures : Failures : Youth Attack / Clean Plate
Gucci Mane : The Burrprint 3D : The Internet
Black To Comm : Alphabet 1968 : Type
Leron Carson : Red Lightbulb Theory '87-'88 : Sound Signature
Kowton : Stasis (G Mix) / Countryman : Keysound
Dry-Rot : Philistine : Parts Unknown
Leyland Kirby : Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was : History Always Favours The Winners

Monday, December 14, 2009


It's better than yours. I'm better than you. I'm better than you.

10. Yellow Tears : Don't Cry : Hospital Productions
9. Onna : Onna : Holy Mountain
8. Tetuzi Akiyama & Gul 3 : Nero's Expedition : Monotype Records
7. Oneohtrix Point Never : Rifts : No Fun Productions
6. Idea Fire Company : Beauty School : Ultra Eczema
5. Untold : Gonna Work Out Fine : Hemlock Recordings
4. Grass Widow : Grass Widow : Make A Mess Records
3. Orphan Fairytale : Ladybird Labyrinth : Ultra Eczema
2. Tyvek : Tyvek : Siltbreeze
1. Bill Orcutt : A New Way To Pay Old Debts : Palilalia

Friday, September 25, 2009

Curse Go Back

Keith Hudson - Brand

The Dub companion to Rasta Communication. They didn't call him "The Dark Prince of Dub" for no reason, probly the same not reason they call me "The Dork Prince of Chub." Where there's smoke there's a Jamaican dude, I think the saying goes. Actually, this is real earthy, moody type stuff, and I think Joy Division were big fans, so there you go.


Tyvek / Cygnus - split 7"

This was about the only Tyvek thing I was real into up until they released their last full length, which is maybe the best thing I've heard this year. Still, for all its sputtering city sprawl, that one never quite gets as gonzoed as this one. Plus, Heath Llama and some other dude contribute their typical blorp to the b-side to complete the outward trajectory.


William S. Burroughs - Break Through In Grey Room

What's there to say? This one is a hodge-podge of tape work, field recordings and readings, and it manages to work remarkably well as an album. I mean, if you're a weirdo or whatever.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Psychosis Sucks

Swell Maps - Wastrels and Whippersnappers

Early practice recordings and wotnot. If you listened to the Swell Maps' albums and wondered if they'd hit a saturation point of lo-fi haze and ramshackle weirdness/beauty, this collection has the answer. Actually, I don't think I should have to convince anyone to listen to more Swell Maps.


Psyche/BFC - Elements 1989-1990

Compiles two Carl Craig aliases that hit more of a late night sweet spot than his more exuberant shtuff. The synths here have an especially heavy-syrup, somnambulant type quality to them, and when they meet up with breaks on a track like Please Stand By, it easily rivals anything that Richard James has released.


Lärm - No One Can Be That Dumb

The ultimate wet cardboard sound. Lärm take Bathory-esque baffling production choices and combine them with a sub-Septic Death proto-Power Violence sound that's just willfully ugly in as many ways as possible. The guitar is so thinly recorded and dissonant, it just hovers over the rhythm section like noxious fumes. Holy shit, the solo on Chemical Suicide. The bass about a minute into Non-Conformity. This rules.


Sunday, September 06, 2009

Easy Listening

Fixin to try posting some em pee threes agin. Sharing is nice, plus it makes you feel good, and I love making myself feel good. *wink wink wink wink wink wink*

Crawl Unit : Stop Listening

Joe Colley's austere noise/drone/whatever project is certainly more dynamic and sonically varied than most of the harshbros out there. It's almost like a Dylan Nyoukis project in the way arranges completely decontextualized sound, like field recordings of artificial situations, but there's no intent to be weird or menacing or anything like that. I think Francisco Lopez wrote something about how Colley's music was expressive while remaining completely anonymous, which sounds about right to me.


Los Llamarada : Soundliketrains 2002-2004

This compiles tracks from a bunch of their early cdr releases, all of which are of a significantly lo-er fi than their SS Records releases. They actually get better and more confident with each release, but this is still some Great Guzz. My most favouritest band going.


Corrupted : Dios Injusto 7"
Corrupted : La Victima Es Tu Mismo 7"

The two best Corrupted releases that aren't Llenandose De Gusanos, in my ever estimable e-pinion. You can really hear the connection to Eyehategod and Crust/Power Violence in these earlier releases, which might help to explain why it was so disappointing that El Mundo Frio was some bland ass Post-Rock. Also, Corrupted don't get enough credit for how they wield feedback. It's as much a part of the progression of these songs as any other element, and by the time you get to the b side of Dios Injusto, it's nearly overwhelming.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Wherever you go, you're trapped.

I was thinking I should just list some revelations, cause I've been listening to a lot of real good type music lately.

Iggy Pop - The Idiot: I'd been aware of this one for a while, for the obvious reasons, but I'd never bothered to listen to it, or any post Stooges Iggy for that matter. Bad call on my part. The best David Bowie album, and not just by a little.

Prince Jazzbo - Ital Corner: There's something about Jazzbo's voice. It's like Big Youth with a certain lilt. Less boisterous, less technically adept, but more of the You Know What. Weeping and Wailing is a great track. As far as your mossier Perry productions go, I'd say Ital Corner is second only to Heart of the Congos. But what do I know.

Los Llamarada - Take the Sky: Imagine a less affected Avarus infused with real Punk Rock type fury, or maybe a vibrant Dead C that actually got angry instead of just more forcibly forlorn. I don't know. This is really exciting music. Who the fuck would be listening to other things when they could be listening to Los Llamarada? You're wasting your life. Take it from an expert.

Polvo - Today's Active Lifestyles: I used to own Exploded Drawing. I always thought it was successfully interesting, which isn't exactly a compliment. The band just sounds so much more vital and effortless on this album, which is maybe a strange thing to say about tangles of guitar that often got mistaken for Math Rock, but this is kind of a breezy album. Addictive stuff.

Gasp - Drome Triler of Puzzle Zoo People: Another great find from Kick to Kill. I would've never been able to tell from their track on those Cry Now, Cry Later comps, but Gasp found some sweet spot between Philip Jeck, Sonic Youth circa Bad Moon Rising, and Dystopia. This album gets the balance nearly perfect, but the funny thing is, An Earwig's Guide to Travelling collects everything else they released, and it's almost as good. Just a perfect sensibility for the psychedelic.

Pretty interesting Die Kreuzen interview here. I don't know if Albini's take on major labels was fully formed at the time, but it's certainly amusing to see him quip about Merrill Lynch's financial exploits derailing the economy in 1986. Here's a funny picture that might've been relevant half a year ago.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Humbuggery afoot

Well, we (I) did it. Another episode of "The Most Won-der-ful Time of the Year" has passed, this one relatively uneventful. I don't know if this is a sign of things actually getting better or me just getting better at building a bubble around myself. Actually, I do know. You probly do too.

But wait! Starting this January, I'll be starring in the indie darling film, "Back 2 Skewl 2: Tha Sickening." Actually, I'm writing, directing and starring in it, but these things always end up being collaborative pieces, so who the fuck knows. Don't ask me how I secured the funding, but stay tuned for details of how I fuck it all up. Hell, not to be some naive Pollyanna, but maybe I won't.

I haven't really been listening to a whole lot of new music this last year, but I have in the last month, probly cause I was thinking about "End ov Year '08: Tha List-ening," and there was mo' betta blues than I thought. I'd actually rank the new Dead C among my favourites. Like real gorgeous and whatnot. Like, say I get the itch to lay back and luxuriate in some languorous melancholy, it has a pretty good chance of getting the call up.

Blues Control put out a new 7" for them Sub Pop Singles that's well worth anyones 8 minutes, even mine, and I'm what's known as a "captain of apathy."

Hey, people seemed to really like Philip Jeck's Sand, which is disconcerting, cause I love Philip Jeck, and I didn't much care for it. I always thought that what elevated him above the rest of the Moody Vybez Krew was that the sounds that emerged out of his process were always distinct, something that can't be said for all the gobs of crumbling digitalia floating around out there, but most everything on Sand sounds indistinct and flange-y. I much preferred "Suite. Live in Liverpool," which sounds like his older stuff. Sorry, President-Elect Balack Obongo, change isn't always the answer.

What else? That Emeralds & Dilloway. Those U.S. Girls. Mala's Miracles 12". Mad Men. If you want to squeeze one last drop of joy out of the dried husk of the holiday season, gather the family 'round the monitor, get out yr hot chocolate and watch Torturing Democracy, and do it early so Poppa don't nod off.