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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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