Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sarah Davachi - All My Circles Run (2017)
Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run (2017, Students Of Decay)

"Maximum drones supreme! I've been listening to this beautiful beast for a few weeks and am simply in love with where it takes me. Not to be lame or subject such captivating music to the baseness of my own experience, but I was sick recently and decided to eat a bunch of edibles. I wasn't feeling much and wanted to sleep so I took NyQuil and started listening to this through headphones. I quickly found myself in deeeeep space, drifting in and out of lucidity, rolling through hills and valleys of space and time. Conclusion: No clue, but dig this immediately!" - DD

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - Remain Calm (2016)
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates
Remain Calm (2016, Slip)

"Here we have a delicious collaboration of minimal electronics and acoustic sounds, still with an undertone of that unease present in Levi's soundtrack work but a more peaceful affair overall. Highly recommended for drowning out the hell of public transit, or anytime you just want to relax and drift away." - DD

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mica Levi - Under the Skin (OST) (2014)
Mica Levi
Under the Skin (OST) (2014, Milan / Rough Trade)

"This is one of my all-time fav soundtracks and I'm happy to finally share it. Many of you probably know it, but if not get in on it now. Mica Levi (aka Micachu) composed some rather dark, uncomfortable patterns for Under The Skin, primarily with only a few elements at a time, which perfectly mirror the anxiety and dream-like feel of the film. Expect primitive drum machine rhythms, layered solo string samples and static noises. Highly recommended, seriously brilliant stuff!" - DD

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom - Daytime Viewing (2013)
Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom
Daytime Viewing (2013, Unseen Worlds)

"Wondrous beauty abound! Rosenboom's ethereal electronics groove and pounce while Humbert's hypnotic vocals lull you into oblivion. Maximum tranquility my drooling bunnies, so jam on in peaceful prosperity!" - DD

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Lovin' Spoonful - Everything Playing (1967)
The Lovin' Spoonful
Everything Playing (1967, Kama Sutra)

"Good times galore frilly dillies, spring has sprung early this year! So saddle up and grab it by the spoonful!" - DD

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jean-Pierre Mirouze - Le Mariage Collectif (OST) (1971)
Jean-Pierre Mirouze
Le Mariage Collectif (OST) (1971, Disques Bagatelle / Born Bad Records)

"Quite simply, this is a remarkable soundtrack and everyone should hear it. So quit mucking about and fucking just grab it already! Your day will be better as a result." - DD

Friday, February 3, 2017

Roberto Cacciapaglia - The Ann Steel Album (1979)
Roberto Cacciapaglia
The Ann Steel Album (1979, Durium)

"A sharper reviewer would likely have many things to say about this album, and I wish I could do better for you all, I really do, but to be frank I'm just not in the zone today. Off the top of my head I'd say there are obvious comparisons, with regard to its quirkiness, to things like Laurie Anderson or The Flying Lizards, maybe some YMO (?) - there's definitely something else I was thinking of previously and can't remember now - but beyond comparisons this is simply a really wonderful pop record that I highly recommend. Chew it hard my little buddies!" - DD

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt (1979) (LP)
Frank Zappa
Sleep Dirt (LP) (1979, Discreet)

"Let me start by saying that I've long been a man of the Zap. In my entire record collection, the largest plot of land belongs to the mother of invention. Yet, for some ungodly reason, not only have I just recently discovered this incredible (and wholly instrumental) menagerie of beauty from the late, great conductor of slime, I've also posted exactly zero albums of his on this blog. Great googly-moogly, to be sure! For shame! But here we are at last my friends, so get that greazy greaze and smother!" - DD

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Carbon Colossal - The Disassembly of Earth (2017) (EP)
Carbon Colossal
The Disassembly of Earth (EP) (2017, Self Released)

"Maximum gnarlage! This beaster is so much fun. Guitars squealing, drums blasting, vocals wailing and grunting and destroying the universe; it's got everything you want in a black metal album and doesn't waste too much time meandering or building up. Dig in and drown scuzzmuffins!" - DD

Monday, January 23, 2017

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit (2016)
Death Grips
Bottomless Pit (2016, Harvest / Third Worlds)

"Hello all, I figured I'd start this year with one of my favourite albums from last year. In my mind this is without doubt the best thing Death Grips have released since Exmilitary. It's pulsing, fierce and more so than many of their albums, I find, meaty. There is something thick inside these tunes worth blasting into your ears repeatedly. Dig in and chew it fuglies, and welcome to the Trump world of 2017!" - DD

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Miles Davis Nonet - Paul's Mall. Boston, September 1972 (2015)
The Miles Davis Nonet
Paul's Mall. Boston, September 1972 (2015, Hi Hat)

"Free-squealin' and big dealin', this is some fantastic On The Corner era live Davis. It's taken from a radio broadcast on WBCN, September 14th, and as such is not the greatest sound quality but the performance is there in spades. Dig in and groove out sweet beauties!" - DD

Saturday, December 17, 2016

RE-POST: Alèmu Aga - Éthiopiques Vol. 11: The Harp of King David (1995)
Alèmu Aga
Éthiopiques Vol. 11: The Harp of King David (1995, Buda Musique)

"Alèmu Aga is a master of the bèguèna, an Ethiopian instrument used in prayer and meditation, and his voice is totally unreal and beautiful. I fell in love with this album a few years ago and have been constantly going back to it since. It is some of the most soothing music I have ever heard, so please enjoy. Truly a masterpiece of pure tranquility!" - DD

Get it / Hear it / See it
Originally posted on 05/01/15.

Friday, December 16, 2016

James Brown - Funky Christmas (1995)
James Brown
Funky Christmas (1995, Polydor / Chronicles / Polygram Records)

"Hot damn, it's that time of year again folks! Holly jolly and all that jazz. My favourite time of year, though Halloween is a close second. So here's a funky little goose with some "fantabulous" Christmas jams! If that's yr thing then get into it, and if not well then you may as well just go count your gold coins or something. Fa la la la laaaa, blah blah blah blaaaaah! Uh! I feel good!" - DD

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou - Éthiopiques Vol. 21: Piano Solo (2006)
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
Éthiopiques Vol. 21: Piano Solo (2006, Buda Musique)

"I actually meant to post this a few years ago when I was really digging hard on the Éthiopiques series, but for whatever reason it slipped past me. Alas, here we are. Quite possibly the most beautiful piano work I've ever heard, a truly incredible blend of traditional Ethiopian and classical composition. Get it, listen to it, then listen ten more times. You'll find inner peace the likes of which you didn't know possible, believe me. Probably the best album I've posted all year!" - DD

Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is (1966)
Aaron Neville
Tell It Like It Is (1966, Parlo Records)

"Fifty years ago they really knew how to make good records. Now, I know that you know that I know that's just a broad generalisation and a dumb thing to say. Of course they still make incredible records! No duh! But right now, this morning, this is like butter on toast sweet babies. So smooth! So warm! So fucking delicious! Enjoy it my pretties, it loves you almost as much as I do." - DD

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Djwwww - Arigato (2016) (Cass.)
Arigato (Cass.) (2016, Orange Milk Records)

"I realized I've somehow gone the entire year without posting anything actually released in 2016. I'm correcting that now with this digital convulsion of sound. Shattered collage jams for all your doddering fever-dream desires. Enjoy!" - DD

Testpattern - Après-Midi (1982)
Après-Midi (1982, Yen Records / Alfa)

"Some more Japanese goodies for all you perverts, ala Kraftwerk meets YMO with a dash of Chevalier Avant Garde. Uber pleasant synthetic dreams abound kiddies so lap it up! This is hands down my favourite listen of the past few months." - DD

Monday, December 12, 2016

Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)
Laura Nyro
Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968, Columbia)

"Nyro's sophomore release is a delightfully whimsical affair, in the vein of only the best 70's NYC/folk/rock/soul/r&b (what a stupid mouthful!). If you've never heard her before, think Carole King but slightly more out-there. If you're into that sort of thing then dig in deep friends 'cause this here's a goodie." - DD

Toshiko Akiyoshi - Her Trio, Her Quartet: Recordings from 1956-58 (1956)
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Her Trio, Her Quartet: Recordings from 1956-58 (1956, Storyville Records)

"Some tasty jazz from the incredible Toshiko Akiyoshi, one of Japan's finest piano players. Her fingers are like otherworldly demi-god's, thrashing in a most graceful way across the keys at breakneck speed. It sounds vicious I know, but it's the furthest thing from it. Not sure what the details are on this one as it has a lot more tracks than the two versions listed on Discogs, but that suits me just fine. Highly recommended for Holiday listening with a tall glass of your favourite drink!" - DD

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Stranglers - The Collection (1977-1982) (1982)
The Stranglers
The Collection (1977-1982) (1982, Liberty)

"Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky? He got an ice pick that made his ears burn! The Stranglers are a true classic, and this compilation represents the best of the first half of their career. Jam it long and hard ya filthy fugs, then rinse and repeat!" - DD

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Annette Peacock - X-Dreams (1978) (LP)
Annette Peacock
X-Dreams (LP) (1978, Aura)

"Annette Peacock has released many albums and most of them are fantastic. She's amazing and far too underappreciated! This is my personal fav, with the perfect blend of her seemingly meandering but highly infectious lyrics and some pristine jazz/funk/rock melodies (featuring the likes of Mick Ronson and Bill Bruford, to name a few). To me, it feels like '70's New York all over, despite being recorded in London. So come for the grooves but stay for the Peacock, kiddies! This is a good loaf!" - DD

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Macho Alex - The Funk (1995) (Cass.)
Macho Alex
The Funk (Cass.) (1995, Self Released)

"I stumbled onto this tape a while back, thanks to Waxi and most likely my good friend Maxy, and managed to pick up a copy when it got "reissued" last year (I actually grabbed two). It rules. "Self released" by young Alex in 1995, its a strange combobulation (that really should be a word) of record samples, muddled cling clangs, warbled keys and one oddball little freak screeching and burping out some of the coolest lyrics I've ever heard over top of it all. You like outsider music? You like kids? Have both, ya bunch'a lickin tickin wombats! Laugh-A-Strudel!!" - DD

浅川マキ - Maki VI (1974)
Maki VI (1974, Express)

"I'm back! And what better way to kick things off than w/ some gorgeous jazz/blues from Japanese singer and composer Maki Asakawa. This may not be her best collection of songs per se but I really dig the live environment here, specifically the laid back instrumentation. It's simple and straight to the point. Uber loungy groovage of the highest grade, dig it deep turd herders!" - DD

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Various Artists - The B-Music Of Jean Rollin 1968-1979 (2012)
Various Artists
The B-Music Of Jean Rollin 1968-1979 (2012, B-Music / Finders Keepers Records)

"OK, so I'm not leaving until tomorrow. But I realized I won't be back until November and I can't leave without celebrating All Hallows' Eve w/ you. So I've decided to post this little gem of horror before I go. An eclectic mix of incredible tracks from the films of legendary vamp-sleaze-kingpin, Jean Rollin! This runs the gamut, from psych-rock to jazz, euro-folk to avant-garde, whips to chains, moans to screams. It's time to get naked and chew some nape!" - DD

Monday, October 24, 2016

Henry Cow - The Henry Cow Legend (1973)
Henry Cow
The Henry Cow Legend (1973, Virgin)

"Moooooooo! Le cow. Le super bon cow avec sweet and soul! Ingest das moogamoo, und shepherd thy goodness in deep mein heavenly hopes. Hai?! Hai! I'm off to Japan for a few weeks, I'll write you all when I return xoxoxoxo." - DD

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Syrinx - Syrinx (1970) (LP)
Syrinx (LP) (1970, True North Records)

"My co-curator and dear friend Modo (MIA?!) just got me into this album today and it's so absolutely gorgeous I had to share it immediately. Some majestic Canadian synthery of the highest grade! Tune in and dance the body electric mes amies; all aboard the galaxy express!" - DD

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rashad Becker - Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I (2013)
Rashad Becker
Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I (2013, Pan)

"Rashad Becker, where have you been all my life? It's depressing to know I could have been listening to this for the past three years and haven't simply because of my own stupidity. Pan are one of those exceptional labels who rarely release something that isn't exceptional, and this is absolutely no exception(al). Physical music that gets in your head and moves things around. Headphones and volume required, slurp it up duuuders!" - DD

Monday, October 3, 2016

Charnett Moffett - The Bridge: Solo Bass Works (2013)
Charnett Moffett
The Bridge: Solo Bass Works (2013, Motéma)

"I know, I know. This cover's a joke! This thing is not really here nor there but everywhere. Not too traditional, not too modern, just the right thing of things. It's weird because I kind of hate it for stupid reasons but if I just let myself listen it's so much fun. He really goes in a lot of directions, and that's a loaf. I hope you enjoy it, idiots! Pew, pew-pew! Stupid idiots. I love you." - DD

Friday, September 30, 2016

Robert Lawrence - Imagination Dead Imagine (1981) (Cass.)
Robert Lawrence
Imagination Dead Imagine (Cass.) (1981, Quick Stab)

"This tape's been posted previously on two of my favourite blogs (un, deux), but here we go anyway. Some pretty clangy-bangy, open-air sounding minimal electronics, leaning on the noisier side of the fence (waaay different from Soundstorms, but no less fantastic). Lots of fun if you're into that sort of thing so give it a go gunkwads and have a delightful weekend!" - DD

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Eberhard Weber - The Colours Of Chloë (1974)
Eberhard Weber
The Colours Of Chloë (1974, ECM Records)

"Too good! Incredibly soft and articulate, this is orchestral jazz at its most refined. Weber weaves so many elements into this album, and without being "free" is entirely explorative within his own paradigm. Gorgeous grooves abound here so please enjoy sweet beauties!" - DD