Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Various Artists - The Way of Eiheiji: Zen-Buddhist Ceremony (1959)

Various Artists
The Way of Eiheiji: Zen-Buddhist Ceremony (1959, Folkways Records)

"Recorded by one John Mitchell, who I believe had a few field recordings released through Folkways, and edited by Stephan Fassett, this is a seriously mesmerising expedition and one that I recommend enthusiastically. I ripped this from Youtube as a single track, the LP is four side-long pieces, but it's still worth every minute of your time. Major league chew friends!" - DD

Thursday, August 18, 2016

David Crosby - If I Could Only Remeber My Name (1971) (LP)

David Crosby
If I Could Only Remeber My Name (LP) (1971, Atlantic)

"This immensely elegant debut from legendary songwriter David Crosby is a heartfelt journey of the highest grade, casting vivid and tranquil grooves along the way. With a roster reading like an index at the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, the album is masterfully crafted in every regard. So wallow in the cool green grass pondering the great complexities of the universe sweet babies, and drink that glowing sincerity all night long! Maximum summer jammage!" - DD

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms (1980)

The Feelies
Crazy Rhythms (1980, Stiff America)

"Well, I've talked about it so now I have to post it. Here we have the immaculate and always absorbing Crazy Rhythms. I'm kind of surprised it isn't up here already but we'll fix that now. As with Matt Johnson, I highly recommend listening to this while drifting in and out, but truthfully it's a joy any time. If you haven't heard it dig in now my fugly little bits, and feeeel that ooby dooby!" - DD

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UPDATE: Turns out I did up this already, haha, back in 2010. Check it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Matt Johnson - Burning Blue Soul (1981)

Matt Johnson
Burning Blue Soul (1981, 4AD)

"Truly one of the all-time great hypnagogic drifters (second only to Crazy Rhythms); a perfect dreamscape soundtrack! I actually thought I had posted it a few years ago but apparently not. My mistake, thankfully it's here now. An eclectic blend of 80's bangers, sound collage and swirling effects. Goddamn, goddamn what an utterly beautiful album! Please lay back, close your eyes and enjoy it loud and free pretty kitties!" - DD

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Armand Schaubroeck Steals - I Came to Visit, But Decided to Stay (1974) (LP)

Armand Schaubroeck Steals
I Came to Visit, But Decided to Stay (LP) (1974, Mirror Records Inc.)

"What a sweet, sweet slow-jam of good times and an underappreciated one at that! Highly infectious rock 'n roll ala Reed/Bowie/Pop, chock-full of wit and deft sarcasm. Wiggle yr jiggles and squeal ya slimey bastards and dig this greaser all night long!" - DD

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

John Surman - How Many Clouds Can You See? (1970)

John Surman
How Many Clouds Can You See? (1970, Deram)

"A supremely delish, freewheelin' spazzer for all you humdingin', tip-tappin', jizz-jazzers (in lather?). Chug the maximum grooves on this magnificent soiree, friends, and swallow!" - DD

Harry Partch - The Bewitched (1957)

Harry Partch
The Bewitched (1957, Composers Recordings Inc.)

"The dating of this could be a bit wonky; I believe it's a rip of the 1990 CD release, which was taken from the 1958 LP released on Partch's own label, and is a recording of the first performance of the "dance satire" that took place at the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus on March 26, 1957. It's a total joy to dig in deep, but remember to stay mindful kiddies! The scale is boggling and brain haemorrhaging is likely, so dream on fuddy duddies and dig that wailin' groove!" - DD

Friday, August 5, 2016

Julie London - Julie Is Her Name (1955)

Julie London
Julie Is Her Name (1955, Liberty)

"Smooth, elegant and sultry jazz from the beautiful Julie London. This was her first and likely most subtle release, and my personal favourite. Lay back in your easy chair friends, with a nice, strong drink, and dig these grooved out jams!" - DD

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

S U R V I V E - LT019 (2011) (Cass.)

LT019 (Cass.) (2011, Living Tapes)

"Like many, I recently binged my way through one of the most enjoyable shows I've seen in ages, Stranger Things. It's a show that speaks to so much of what I loved about movies growing up in the 80's and I immediately fell in love. Like the show, the music also comes straight from the synthed-out dreamscapes of 80's sci-fi/horror and was composed by this band. LT019 is my favourite of theirs at the moment (pending the official release of the show's soundtrack) and I recommend it to anyone into juicy, warm, analogue synthesis. Dig it large droolies 'n foolies!" - DD

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Moondog - 100th Birthday Celebration (2016)

100th Birthday Celebration (2016, Buffalo Tones Collection)

"Were he still alive and well, today would mark the 100th birthday of the prodigious Louis Thomas Hardin. A legend and trailblazer in his time, the Viking of 6th Avenue always amazed and bewildered those who were able to experience him. His music was broad and alluring and I invite all of you to share today with me, to celebrate genius at work on the centenary of Moondog. So please dig in freaks and geeks, and chewww 'dem all day long!" - DD

Monday, May 2, 2016

MX-80 Sound - Hard Attack (1977)

MX-80 Sound
Hard Attack (1977, Island Records)

"Maximum jams supreme! If you haven't heard Hard Attack then you should immediately. Jangly, wirey, punk-rock and roll with delish vocal posturing, the likes of which would make Stephen Malkmus and Co. blush like school girls. For '77, it's from another planet and would be well and comfy bumping shoulders with the flannel elite of the mid 90's. I'm pretty bummed I didn't binge this hard when I was 16 but at least I've got it now. Jam on loud and proud pretty kiddies, summer summer!!!" - DD

Monday, April 11, 2016

Da Koopsta Knicca - The Devil's Playground (1994) (Cass.)

Da Koopsta Knicca
The Devil's Playground (Cass.) (1994, Self Released)

"This tape is seriously fuckin good; uber homegrown, lo-fi, chunk-tastic southern dirt beats overlayed with some supafly flow 'n show. DJ Paul is a master (Faith No More?! Pshhhhh)! You can run this all day and not get tired, it's been on repeat for weeks now and deffy gonna be getting some heavy jammage this summer. Chew it fat and free fuddy duddies, and keep on keepin on!" - DD

Monday, February 15, 2016

Paysage d'Hiver - Nacht (2004) (Cass.)

Paysage d'Hiver
Nacht (Cass.) (2004, Kunsthall Produktionen)

"Some severe black beauty here, birthed from the darkest reaches of the driven snow. Tobias Möckl creates a biting universe with his music that is both fierce, with walls of blistering sound, and solemn in its periods of reflection. Such is the barren winter of life, it can sometimes seem, and sooner or later the night will take us all. Dig in before it's too late friends, this is the banger of the season!!" - DD

Thursday, February 11, 2016

REPOST: The Shaggs - Shaggs' Own Thing (1982) (LP)

The Shaggs
Shaggs' Own Thing (LP) (1982, Rounder Records)

"This is my favourite Shaggs record, if only for the sweetness of their Yesterday Once More and Paper Roses. So beautiful it hurts." - DD

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Originally posted on 08/22/10.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Kaoru Abe - Sombre Dimanche (1971)

Kaoru Abe
Sombre Dimanche (1971, Wax Records)

"Kaoru Abe is capable of delivering some pretty righteous blasts. On this (his first solo record, I believe) his squealing and writhing contortions of skronk abound! He's not for everyone, sure, but if you like your jams free-wheelin' and fierce then dig it loud and proud little bebe's!" - DD

Mark Fell - Multistability (2010)

Mark Fell
Multistability (2010, Raster-Noton)

"More experimental electronics for all you piss puddles, only this time a fully erratic and encompassing assault of sound that you will surely feel snapping inside your head. I mean that literally. Brain meltage is almost definite, so wear headphones and turnt it ch'all!" - DD

Thomas Brinkmann - What You Hear (Is What You Hear) (2015)

Thomas Brinkmann
What You Hear (Is What You Hear) (2015, Editions Mego)

"Choice droners of all forms will fill your skull on this beaster from Germany's minimal electronic producer Thomas Brinkmann. Recommended for use with headphones at high volume; brain splattering goodness!" - DD

Thursday, February 4, 2016

La Monte Young - The Well-Tuned Piano (1987)

La Monte Young
The Well-Tuned Piano (1987, Gramavision)

"What we have here is a five hour recording of a solo piano piece composed and performed by the father of minimalism himself. It is unquestionably a Herculean expanse of pure, unfettered beauty, covering a vast range of emotions and themes throughout. Highly recommend for droners and sickos alike!" - DD

Kristian, Shalabi, St-Onge - Kristian, Shalabi, St-Onge (2001)

Kristian, Shalabi, St-Onge
Kristian, Shalabi, St-Onge (2001, Alien8 Recordings)

"Montreal's own Alien8 released this collection of extremely minimal and measured pieces composed by David Kristian (synth), Sam Shalabi (guitar/oud) and Alexandre St-Onge (double bass). I only wish I were around Montreal when these guys were performing here 'cause this is excellent music! Bare and patient, but without doubt powerful. Dig in and drool sweethearts!" - DD

Terumasa Hino Quintet - Peace & Love (1970) (LP)

Terumasa Hino Quintet
Peace & Love (LP) (1970, Canyon Records, Love Records)

"Some elegant and mellow jazz from prominent Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino. Here we have two long tracks, one flowing and one more subdued, with some beautiful instrumentation and composition throughout. Dig it smooth cool cats!" - DD

The Electric Prunes - Mass In F Minor (1968) (LP)

The Electric Prunes
Mass In F Minor (LP) (1968, Reprise Records)

"Membership and politics aside, I think this album is when The Prunes really hit their stride. Prior to they created some fantastic psych/garage, but after reformatting the group David Axelrod was really able to define some out-there sounds and ideas. This one hits from front to back in a supremely psychedelic way, so take two hits and call me in the morning kiddies. This is Mass the way it was meant to be!" - DD

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Vangelis - L'apocalypse des Animaux (1973)

L'apocalypse des Animaux (1973, Polydor)

"As with Kamikaze 1989 I initially discovered the music on this from the movie Devil Fetus. When I heard the album in full I was mesmerized from beginning to end; Le Singe Bleu promptly became one of my favourite songs and I've since gone on to buy the LP for several people as it pops up often in Montreal shops. Highly recommended, dreamy, electronic minimalism from the guru himself, just at the dawn of his vast career." - DD

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Urfaust - Geist Ist Teufel (2003)

Geist Ist Teufel (2003, Christcrusher Productions)

"Nederland's operatic black metal outfit Urfaust can be challenging, maybe even a little strange, but ultimately very rewarding if given the chance. What started as an ambient project became something that is at times almost shrill, often quite beautiful, and relentlessly melodic. Their ambient tracks are sublime and Vloekwaard's vocals are ineffable. Dig this sweet sweet little kiddies, and get grooovy with yr bad selves!" - DD

Space Machine - 3 (2003)

Space Machine
3 (2003, Tiliqua Records)

"Some deliciously drippy, moogerfoogin' analogue electronics from the colossal Masonna. Pretty spaced out (as the name should suggest) and not at all like his much harsher noise work. Includes a 40 minute live set featuring Makoto Kawabata and Nakaya Kouichi, which is not to be missed. Good to put on at parties!" - DD

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Roky Erickson - The Evil One (1981/2013)

Roky Erickson
The Evil One (1981/2013, Light In The Attic)

"Some good 'ol rock 'n roll for all you foolies 'n coolies. The always impressive Roky really delivers on this one, my personal favourite of his. I Walked With A Zombie may well be one of the great rock ballads of all time, but that's for you to decide. This is the reissued version with all 15 tracks. Enjoy it freaky deakies!" - DD

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions (2009) (LP)

Sunn O)))
Monoliths & Dimensions (LP) (2009, Southern Lord)

"Menacing and stark, an unflinching fuzz patiently pounds and progresses through moments of profound elegance. The vocals darkly stunning, the choir haunting, the horns enlightened and the composition rich and broad. Featuring an extraordinary group of collaborators, this is truly a formidable listen. Chew it loud kiddies, chew it very, very loud!" - DD

Monday, January 18, 2016

Brainbombs - Obey (1995)

Obey (1995, The Releasing Eskimo / Slow Dance)

"Hey baby, you look a little pale. Are you sick? Then dig this scumfuckery and get reaaal puke like! Brainbombs are easily one of the more offensive bands, lyrically, if you're sensitive to social mores (wiki warns "most of the songs depict acts of child rape, extreme sex, torture and murder"). Fortunately I'm not, and aurally this is one of the slimiest, grungiest, most balls-to-the-walls rock 'n roll albums ever made. So chug the sludge if you dare soup heads, but don't say I didn't warn you!" - DD

Heldon - Heldon IV "Agneta Nilsson" (1976)

Heldon IV "Agneta Nilsson" (1976, Urus Records)

"Epic space drawl of the highest grade, Heldon IV is perfect mood music for those lazy, hazy days on the couch. Close your eyes and inhale the euphoric mist of Perspective my ethereal bunnies." - DD

Friday, January 15, 2016

Various Artists - Sounding The Body Electric (2013)

Various Artists
Sounding The Body Electric (2013, Bôłt)

"Sprawling worlds of sound coalesce in this grand collection of pieces selected as a counterpart to Calvert 22's exhibit of the same name, showcasing experimental approaches to sound and image in Eastern Europe through the 60's, 70's and early 80's. Highly recommended for electroacouster's and concrète tape-heads alike!" - DD