Saturday, October 24, 2009

Les Kapital Industrea #2 (2009)

This (pdf) is the 2nd edition of Les Kapital Industrea, a fantastic little zine put together by a great Halifax artist, and good friend of mine, Matthew Duffy. He's a visual artist and musician, and is becoming somewhat of a cult icon around town due to some unfortunate incidents resulting in some rather absurd internet banter and general hatred among members of the community. He gets into trouble and keeps things interesting with his spastic though heartfelt creations. Some of his projects include царь of (NEO) & Jiba-Zapz, as well as playing cacophone & clarinet (not to mention dancing) for the psych-punk band The Ether, all of which based out of Halifax. This is a great zine, put together with contributions from a ton of fantastic artists and writers, most of which from Halifax and Montreal.

Check it out, it's free art!

Also, check out this interview with Matthew Duffy done by another friend of mine now in Montreal, Zachary Fairbrother of Omon Ra. They discuss the origins and intentions of the zine, as well as various other things. Zach's blog, Avant-Lard, is great too so check out the rest of it while yr there.

The Miramichi - Live On Robie Street (2009)

What a smooth record. The Miramichi (formerly Savaa Boom) are dark spaced out lo-fi drone from Halifax. This, their first release (albeit self-released) will irk your inner peace into believing It's all about to blow up in your face, but It doesnt. It just haunts you, over and over again. Despite all that, it still manages to make me feel fairly at ease, and sleepy. It's like a sick warmth though, a cold sweat. A large majority of this was recorded, as far as I can remember, at a live show in late February/early March (??) of 09, and it was a great fucking show. Deerskull played a great set that night as well, and I'll hopefully have something up from them in the next week or so. Anyhow, what Joseph Mclaughlin and Dan Miller decided to do with those recordings was slow them down, really slow them down, and let it sludge on for days. I really like what happened. As I mentioned, the result is a haunting journey through darkened caves and dystopian valleys, not for the dreamers or impatient lollygaggers. I really recommend it if you're into putting something on and laying in bed, forgetting about everything. Dig it now you fugly cankers!

TRACK LIST: 1. Gasses Sound Light / 2. 2 point 4 / 3. Barbarella / 4. Remedy / 5. Michael David Michael Angelo

Omon Ra - The Spirit Of Jerry Garcia Playing The Rolling Stones (2009)

Easily one of the best bands in Halifax, Omon Ra has been pumping out handsome grooves at a relentless pace for the past few years. Dan Miller and Zachary Fairbrother write soulful spaced out rock n roll folk groove love songs with stirring presence, for the poor and anxious bastards, and if you haven't heard then get up and open yr ears. This is what's happening, all around and in between. To quote a review from Weird Canada, "It’s catchy, droney, vaguely-emotional, and a certified trip. Omon Ra will become a leading creative mind in Canada and I’m assuming there’s a lot more at the source". Complete with a slew of guest appearances from a ton of great people, not to mention the fantastic cover art by Andrew MacGregor (GOWN / Bark Haze), this is a choice little record that you need to hear now. Fav tracks: Its Recreation, Good Friend, Mountain Day After, You Made Me Ill. This is still unreleased but will hopefully make it's way to vinyl sometime in the next few months, so get it now, and bliss out fools.

Also, you should buy Omon Ra's albums HERE & HERE from Fixture Records!

TRACK LIST: 1. Its An Omen / 2. Of Loving / 3. Station Street / 4. Its Recreation / 5. Good Friend / 6. Dragging By / 7. For Strickland / 8. Mountain Day After / 9. We Slept In A Field / 10. You Made Me Ill / 11. Eurydice

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chris d'Eon - Wa Al-'Atr (2009) (Cass.)

Well, I've been M.I.A. for quite some time now, and I do apologize. I'm hoping this new boost of enthusiasm will help me save this blog as I really enjoy doing it, and sharing with everyone. I also love getting yr feedback and comments so please feel free to drop a line whenever.

For my first post back I figured I'd get started on a project I've been wanting to do for quite a while now and have never gotten off the ground. Now technically this post doesnt even count at this point, but we'll pretend. The idea is basically to highlight all the amazing music that's coming out of Halifax right now, and there is a LOT. Meet Chris d'Eon, formerly of Halifax so it counts. I don't know where to begin with this limited tape release on Numbers Station, out of Montreal. This being their first release I think they made a wise choice. It's been a long time since I put on a record, and specifically a record made by a friend of mine, and was absolutely blown away. From the first note to the last this is just full of good feelings. Though far apart musically I'd compare it to the likes of Jim O'Rourke's Eureka, or the song Ice Castles off Ween's White Pepper, in that it has this immense warmth to it that brings you in and makes you feel absolutely comfortable and serene. I particularly enjoy the keys that frequently show up between the more structured songs. Glistening little bursts of fuzzy dreamland clatter. It's absolutely beautiful. I suppose overall it does have a particular sound, that might be intriguing to some and not to others, but I definitely can't pinpoint what it is, so I say just get it and let it take you where it will. I'll be continuing this Halifax thing over the next couple of weeks with some more posts for Omon Ra, Pig, Czar of Neo, The Ether, (hopefully) ECT, and we'll see what else I can come up with. In the meantime, get this tape and blissfully enjoy.

TRACK LIST: Side 1: 1/Untitled/ 2/Prophet Abraham/ 3/Untitled/ 4/Tear Down The Wall/ 5/Untitled/ 6/Untitled/ 7/Street Kids/ 8/Untitled/ 9/Untitled // Side 2: 10/Fana'/ 11/Untitled/ 12/Waiting Room/ 13/Surfin' w/ The Shah/ 14/Spring/ 15/Haydar/ 16/Kangra Valley

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Merzbow - Merzzow (2002)

I can understand if one doesn't enjoy listening to Merzbow. One may need to just grow up and expand a bit, learn to love all things beautiful, but perhaps that is slightly beside the point. Merzbow for some is just squealing screeching horrible noise (fucking terds), and if you find yourself in this sinking ship of doom then quite possibly this is the album to change you mind (float yr boat? laaame!). Indeed, there is, hidden deep within that ethereal cacophony known as Merzbow, actual tangible rhythm. It is certainly not at the forefront, but I assure you it is there. Just to remind everyone, I am still not extremely well versed in the world of Merzbow, there is much that I have not yet heard (I am trying my best, but it's hard. There is just so much output). That being said, this is my new favourite Merbow album. It's pounding and unwavering and full of brute force, but there is a lucid beauty deep down that I find haunting and captivating. It's unlike anything I've heard from the great Masami Akita. So get this and listen to it contently and explode all over the walls! (Name-drop count: 5 Merzbows!!!! Jesus.)


TRACK LIST: 1. Elephant Song / 2. Horiwari / 3. Inside Looking Out (Part 1) / 4. Inside Looking Out (Part 2) / 5. Koshinzuka / 6. Music Machine / 7. Horse / 8. Penderecki / 9. Green / 10. Humming Bird / 11. Aenokoto 223

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Yamasuki Singers - Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki (1972)

For starters, my apologies for sucking lately in regard to proper updates. I'm slacking. It's no good, for any of us. I return to you now with a truly fucking beautiful album. Yamasuki Singers' Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki is a gorgeous collection of Japanese singers belting out ridiculously harmonious pop tunes over some rad psychedelic jams. After its original 1972 pressing on the independant label Biram it was re-released, thankfully, in 2005 by Finders Keepers Records, a brilliant little label specializing in lost and unearthed gems of the past. I particularily loved the slower soft songs like Okawa and Aisere I Love You, but the more pyched out tunes, Yama Yama or Kono Samourai, are fucking rad as hell too, for different reasons! So, get this and love it cuz its waaaay too good to be ignored! Thanks to James for showing me this, and for the cereal and tea!

Get this god damn brilliant slice now you fucking tosser!

We listened to this once and were confused and intrigued. We listened again and started getting into it. We listened for a third time and now completely love it!" - Movie Grooves

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Link Wray - Early Recordings (1963)

This is the best Link Wray album I've ever heard! If you're a fan at all then get it, and if you're not a fan of Link Wray then get the heck on out of yr seat and jump for joy, 'cause this is gonna be fun! If you know nothing about him all you need to know is that he IS rock and roll. The coolest version of the Batman theme ever, and one of the coolest garage songs ever (Hidden Charms), and tons of incredible garage rock surf guitar licks to shred yr face! If you don't dig it then you probably dont dig much, and theres something desperately wrong with you!! Pure rock and roll goodness from one of the kings!

"Batman shall I start the nuclear power for the batmobile?!" / "Right again, Robin!" / "OK Batman!"

Get it ya bunch of crums...

TRACK LIST: 1. Batman Theme / 2. Ace Of Spades / 3. Cross Ties / 4. Jack The Ripper / 5. Hidden Charms / 6. I'm Branded / 7. The Shadow Knows / 8. Fat Back / 9. Run Chicken Run / 10. Black Widow / 11. Scatter / 12. Turnpike U.S.A. / 13. Mr. Guitar / 14. Rumble

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bill Fay - Discography

If you're not familiar with Bill Fay then I suggest you grab all of this stuff. My personal fav of these is Time Of The Last Persecution, but it's all really gorgeous. Fay is one of those "lost beauty" types, never really getting the full credit deserved. His first two albums sold poorly. As a result, the third (already completed) was put on hold until years later when in the early 00's Fay began to develop a bit of a cult following. In 2004 Wooden Hill released a compilation of demo recordings and unreleased songs entitled From The Bottom Of An Old Grandfather Clock. So here he is in all his glory, the complete Bill Fay. The song that hooked me and everyone I've ever shown it too is Maxines Parlour (From The Bottom Of An Old Grandfather Clock), so if you're not sure about where to start that may be worth a try, but I assure you almost every song in this collection is great! Enjoy suckers...

Bill Fay (1970)
Time Of The Last Persecution (1971)
From The Bottom Of An Old Grandfather Clock (2004)
Tomorrow Tomorrow and Tomorrow (2005)

More info: Official Bill Fay Site

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Nancy & Lee Again (1972)

Soooooooo good! Lee Hazlewood has to be one of the greatest voices in music history, and his songs are always so haunting. This is no exception. You like The Moldy Peaches' Adam Green? He took everything he knows from Hazlewood (and Beck)! Nancy Sinatra also delivers some wholly gorgeous vocal melodies on this record. Superb psychedelic-country-spook music for forbidden lovers and outlaws. At times it's completely chilling. I dig it way more then the first Sinatra/Hazlewood collaboration, despite Some Velvet Morning leaving the mix. I really like Arkansas Coal (Suite) and Down From Dover (check out Sinatras voice at the end of the song!), and Got It Together has one of the coolest openings ever ("ohhh suffer alone Jerry Reid, cuz Hazlewood's pickin' tonight!"). Who's got the god damn coke machine?!

Get it in yous...

TRACK LIST: 1. Arkansas Coal (Suite) (5:36) / 2. Big Red Balloon (4:17) / 3. Friendship Train (3:33) / 4. Paris Summer (2:56) / 5. Congratulations (3:05) / 6. Down From Dover (3:35) / 7. Did You Ever (2:53) / 8. Tippy Toes (2:51) / 9. Back On The Road (2:21) / 10. Got It Together (3:58)

Bohack - It Took Several Wives (LP) (1982)

You either love Vincent Gallo, or you hate him with every fiber of your being. I find it hilarious that so many people put so much effort into hating him, but ahh well. I think his songs are really pretty and his films look nice, and I don't really care whether he's an arrogant asshole or not cuz I aint never met him. I digress.

Enter Bohack, the first record to feature one Vincent Vito Gallo. Shortly after its release the band split up and Gallo began his film career. I totally loved it! Super noisey, super eclectic, very hypnotic! It's nothing like Gallo's later recordings, so don't expect that soft Chet Baker voice to sooth you to sleep. This is way more explosive and aggressive. The albums cover art was done by the famous artist Francesco Clemente. It's divided into two tracks (side A & B), but the album is actually a bunch of tracks. Sorry about that. Also an LP rip, so enjoy it yous!

Get it now motherfuckers!

SIDE 1: 1. The Rock Of Joe The Dog Crowd Noticed / 2. Slow Clock / 3. A Waiter Dies A Large Family For A Tip Leaves / 4. Shot Himself After Falling Three Days / 5. Fat Jaw / 6. If You Feel Frogie Jump / 7. Jesus In Mono / 8. Old Hog Pissing In Sepia / 9. Jerky In Color / 10. To Save A Safe Artist's Ass
SIDE 2: 1. Good Brown / 2. It Took Several Wives / 3. The Man With The Flower In His Mouth / 4. They Came As One Person / 5. The White Hand Burned While The Red Hand Held On / 6. Potatoe Skin Hair / 7. 50 Perfumes (Part 1) / 8. 50 Perfumes (Part 2)

Pascal Comelade - Sentimientos (LP) (1982)

I just kind of stumbled onto this album by accident a few months back, and I'm so glad I did. Pascal Comelade is a French Catalan musician often working in the realm of minimalist composition, incorporating children's toys into much of his work. This album in particular, over any others I've heard, is quite peaceful and pretty with lot's of great piano work and soft sound. There's also a superb Brian Eno cover on it (!!!!), a tribute to Syd Barrett, as well as a few other songs you'll recognize. It's perfect to have on when you're feeling mellow, or before bed, or when yr just feeling lazy and want to melt into a puddle. So grab this now cuz you will not regret it! It's gorgeous! Added bonus, this is an LP rip.

Cheeewwwwww it...

TRACK LIST: 1. White light / 2. Approximative but fair / 3. Wyatt ah um / 4. Lettre de Mozart à sa petite cousine / 5. Still life with goldfish / 6. The Grey Velvet Gentleman / 7. From DC by PC / 8. Taking Tiger Mountain / 9. Habanera / 10. Carmen / 11. Avant-midi / 12. Sicilia / 13. Again / 14. White heat / 15. Distant pianos / 16. Paralelo / 17. In a Lebanon park / 18. Courant d'air sur le pommier de Japon / 19. La opera / 20. Barrett

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Os Mutantes + Rita Lee!!!

Os Mutantes:
If you're not familiar with the Brazilian psychedelic movement than this is where you want to start! Easily one of the best psychedelic bands of all time, Os Mutantes we're full of amazing grooves, brilliant vocals, and tons of psyched out noise. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes to freak out! You can't listen to this and not feel great, grinning stupidly from ear to ear.

Os Mutantes (1968)
Mutantes (1969)
Jardim Elétrico (1971)

"When Os Mutantes was formed, it combined influences from the English-speaking psychedelic acts like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix with the sounds of bands like Sly & the Family Stone. Although they met with limited success in their own time, Os Mutantes also influenced a great number of Brazilian bands such as Pato Fu, Júpiter Maçã and Sepultura, who recorded a cover of the song "A Hora E A Vez Do Cabelo Nascer". In addition, many contemporary underground or independent bands in the United States and Europe cite Os Mutantes as a major influence. Kurt Cobain publicly requested a reunion tour from the trio in 1993, writing a letter to Arnaldo Baptista. Cobain was introduced to them by Pat Fear from White Flag (whose collaboration with Redd Kross and other friends under the name The Tater Totz was the first American band to cover or even cite Os Mutantes on their 1988 LP Alien Sleestaks from Brazil). Beck paid tribute to the group with his single "Tropicália" from the album Mutations. The Bees (UK band) covered "A Minha Menina" on their first album, Sunshine Hit Me. Kevin Barnes of of Montreal cites Os Mutantes as an important influence. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has worked to publish and promote the group's music through his Luaka Bop label." -

Rita Lee:
Rita Lee is the illustrious vocalist/composer involved in Os Mutantes. These albums arent quite like her output in Mutantes, but it's still really great stuff!

Build Up (1970) - LINK REMOVED -
Hoje é o Primeiro Dia do Resto da sua Vida (1972) (LP rip)

Enjoy this, or realize you're living in a catatonic state of delusion!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Grateful Dead - Anthem of the Sun (1968)

This is for Dan, though I know he already has and loves it. I don't know for certain that I can say it's my favourite Dead album, but while listening to it tonight I felt I should share it with you nonetheless. It's very spacious, yet concise at the same time. I love it, and so should you. Hey Dan, let's listen to this sometime.

Dig it jiggers...

"... the Dead were determined to make a more complicated recorded work than their debut release, as well as attempt to translate their live sound into the studio." -

TRACK LIST: 1.That's It for the Other One / 2.New Potato Caboose / 3.Born Cross-Eyed / 4.Alligator / 5.Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)

V.A. - Shiftless Decay: New Sounds of Detroit (2009)

Recently released on X! Records, Shiftless Decay features an ensemble of relentless Detroit Sludge at its finest. Some bands are worse then others, but overall this is one of the better comps I've heard in a while! Heavy psych influenced rock-n-roll/no-wave, in the same vein as The MC5, Blue Cheer, Stooges or Pussy Galore. Toss in some Athletic Automaton and some more modern type noisey clang clang and you've got it! Fucking rad! I really dug Heroes & Villains, Human Eye and The Mahonies a lot.

Put it on, turn it up, and fucking toss!

1. Tentacle Lizardo - "Haunted Closet" / 2. Human Eye - "Fix Me First Universe Nurse" / 3. Frustrations - "Psychedelic Motorcrash" / 4. Terrible Twos - "Negative Drip" / 5. Heroes & Villains - "SDWC" / 6. Johnny Ill Band - "Ella Says" / 7. Tyvek - "Flashing Lights" / 8. The Mahonies - ""Paint the Town Brown" / 9. Fontana - "Gotta Split" / 10. Little Claw - "Feeding You Your New Home" / 11. THTX - "Monorails to Nowhere" / 12. Odd Clouds - "Gum Coup Follicle"

Electrelane - No Shouts No Calls (2007)

Now defunct, Electrelane were an all-girl 4-piece formed in 1998 by two friends, Verity Susman and Emma Gaze. The band draws from many different sources (Stereolab seems to come up a lot) but they always reminded me of what a modern day Raincoats might sound like. Full of fantastic guitar riffs, emotional pull, and sometimes drone like progressions, they could possibly be compared to the likes of Neu! or Faust, but theres a lot of punk and post punk tossed in for good measure. Some don't like em, "too accessable" they cheer with enthusiasm, but I think they're great so whatever. Enjoy it or don't, but make up your own mind.

Get it tosser!

TRACK LIST: 1. The Greater Times / 2. To the East / 3. After the Call / 4. Tram 21 / 5. In Berlin / 6. At Sea / 7. Between the Wolf and the Dog / 8. Saturday / 9. Five / 10. Cut and Run / 11. The Lighthouse

Monday, April 27, 2009

Arthur Russell - Discography (1981-2009)

Here it is. Here's the motherload. Arthur Russell in all his primal glory. If you're not familiar with him then get there. This is, as far as I can find, his entire disco. Breath it in. I'd give recommendations but I think it's important to figure that out for yourself in this case. Enjoy!

"Charles Arthur Russell, Jr. (May 21, 1951 – April 4, 1992) was an American cellist, composer, singer, and disco artist. While he found the most success in dance music, Russell's career bridged New York's downtown, rock, and dance music scenes; his collaborators ranged from Philip Glass to David Byrne to Nicky Siano. Relatively unknown during his lifetime, a series of reissues and compilations have raised his profile in the 2000s." -

Dinosaur L - 24→24 Music (1981) GET IT
World of Echo (1986) - LINK REMOVED -
Another Thought (1994) GET IT
Calling Out of Context (2004) - LINK REMOVED -
The World of Arthur Russell (2004) PT.1 / PT.2
First Thought Best Thought (2006) - LINK REMOVED -
Springfield (2006) - LINK REMOVED -
Love Is Overtaking Me (2008) - LINK REMOVED -
The Sleeping Bag Sessions (LP) (2009) GET IT

I also highly recommend getting a hold of a copy of the Arthur Russell documentary, Wild Combination, because it's absolutely beautiful!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Headless Heroes - The Silence of Love (2008)

Ok, this one goes up for Devo, but anyone should feel free to grab it. Headless Heroes features folk singer Alela Diane, but if you're not a fan of her brooding country-folk style don't let that stop you from grabbing this. Sounding more like an optimistic Mazzy Star, this band was put together as a sort of one-off project by Eddie Bezalel. With the help of producer Hugo Nicholson, the two culled together a group of musicians, with Diane on lead vocals, to do their renditions of what they like to call "lost classics and unearthed gems". It's basically a collection of covers, but unlike a lot of covers albums it's full of great songs. I can't remember all of the bands, I used to have a list but I lost it i'm sorry, but they're all great songs. There's Daniel Johnston, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs(!!), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and if that's not enough then go fuck yrself. This is slow and moody, and if thats not yr thing then skip it, but if you like any of the bands then you might as well check it out. I really liked it overall. And just to clarify, this is quite different, musically, from Alela Diane's solo stuff. I think it's more interesting.

Gabba Hey!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Simply Saucer - Cyborgs Revisited (1989)

Simply put, this is fucking super rad! It's like garage-rock-psychedelic-floydian-velvets. The song Bullet Proof Nothing will make you wish you were this fucking cool! Get it, love it, obsess over it. It sounds like it could have been recorded in 1969, but in a way I like that it's from the late 80's. I picture these guys in a dingy basement, stoned as fuck, not giving a shit what anyone else in the world was doing or thinking, grooving their faces off. Probably the best Canadian band ever, definitely one of the best Canadian albums ever!

Chew on it...

"Here's a band that could splice the DNA of Syd Barrett and Soft Machine with Iggy Pop and the Velvet Underground, that could bridge post-psychedelic mind-altering electronics with a buzzed proto-punk urgency: the ultimate garage band, rehearsing constantly and trying everything and doing it all at top fucking volume. And right after they finally got around to issuing their debut release, a well-received seven-inch, in 1978, the band split and became history." - Pitchfork (8.8/10)


Either you've heard Brian Eno and you love these albums, or you haven't and you will. These albums are so ridiculously important, in so many ways. In a word they are Everything. And don't ask me to choose a favourite. I won't. Enjoy this, or die knowing you never have, nor ever will, be One with the world and All That Is....

Here Come The Warm Jets (1974)
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
Another Green World (1975)
Before And After Science (1977)

Enjoy motherfuckers!
- DD

Fred Frith - Gravity (1980)

Finally. At long last. The triumphant Dead Dog returns, and with new music for you to download! I was in Ontario for a few months and since I've been back I just got stuck in a rut and never got around to updating, and I'm sorry. Nevertheless, I'm back and I come bearing gifts. Enter Fred Frith's Gravity. From it's opening cackle and on this album is absolutely raaad. This is basically his first solo record aside from Guitar Solos, a melodic blend of acoustic guitar solos (if I remember correctly), and it's one of my fav's of his. If you're not familiar with Frith then fucking grab this already. While yr at it grab my previous Frith post too, Cheap At Half The Price (1983).

Golden nuggets of goodness is what these are! Dig it...

Also, i'm trying out a new upload service so let me know if there's any problems downloading!

- DD

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Updates Coming Soon!

Sorry, I'm currently visiting family, getting ready to head back out east, so I haven't had any time to update. I'll have lots of new stuff coming in the next week or so, so keep checking back.

- DD

Monday, February 9, 2009

Roxy Music - Roxy Music (1972)

I'm a fan of Roxy, but for some reason missed this album until about a week ago. Holy, fuck my dick, it's good. I've always loved Brian Eno far more then Roxy Music and finally hearing this album was like finding the long lost Eno album, with Bryan Ferry singing. Pay specific attention to If There Is Something, about five minutes and seven seconds in and on. If you've any sense at all you'll cum on the wall and wish it went on for days. It's fucking completely rad and if you don't like it go jump in a river and leave the rest of us alone in glorious glam rock heaven.

"Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music's eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock's boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures. Although no musician demonstrates much technical skill at this point, they are driven by boundless imagination -- Brian Eno's synthesized "treatments" exploit electronic instruments as electronics, instead of trying to shoehorn them into conventional acoustic patterns. Similarly, Bryan Ferry finds that his vampiric croon is at its most effective when it twists conventional melodies, Phil Manzanera's guitar is terse and unpredictable, while Andy Mackay's saxophone subverts rock & roll clichés by alternating R&B honking with atonal flourishes. But what makes Roxy Music such a confident, astonishing debut is how these primitive avant-garde tendencies are married to full-fledged songs, whether it's the free-form, structure-bending "Remake/Remodel" or the sleek glam of "Virginia Plain," the debut single added to later editions of the album. That was the trick that elevated Roxy Music from an art school project to the most adventurous rock band of the early '70s." -

  1. "Re-Make/Re-Model" – 5:14
  2. "Ladytron" – 4:26
  3. "If There Is Something" – 6:34
  4. "Virginia Plain" – 2:58 (not included on the original British release)
  5. "2HB" – 4:30
  6. "The Bob (Medley)" – 5:48
  7. "Chance Meeting" – 3:08
  8. "Would You Believe?" – 3:53
  9. "Sea Breezes" – 7:03
  10. "Bitters End" – 2:03

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mainliner - Mellow Out (1995)

"Mainliner good. Led Zepplin Bad."
Everything in the red. Balls out. Blood on the walls. Awesome.


1. Cockamamie (1:51)
2. Black Sky (15:17)
3. M (18:37)


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Improvised Music From Japan (Box Set)

Earlier this week EXP ETC, one of my favorite blogs, uploaded an incredible box set of improv music from Japan. I suggest everyone go as soon as they possibly can and listen to all of it! It's got some fucking incredible noise/sound experiments and such. May it bellow through your brain and cause aneurysms-a-plenty! Enjoy it while you can!

Go HERE to get it, and let 'em know I sent yas.
Go HERE for more info.

say it with me now, "Thanks EXP ETC!"

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Redneck Zombies 20th Anniversary Edition (1986)

The 20th Anniversary Edition of Redneck Zombies, one of the all time greatest zombie flicks ever made, was released yesterday! So fucking get the fuck over here and buy it! NOW!

"First off, if you haven't seen REDNECK ZOMBIES and the title intrigues you, then this is a must see. Strangely, this movie really polarizes its audience - I've found people who love it and those who don't love it really, really hate it with a passion. Whatever it is, it's both smart and sophomoric at the same time. Oh yes, and ultra-gory too.

This DVD release improves immensely over Troma's original release. For one thing, this is a new master seemingly created by Ed Bishop (with some slight "improvements" here and there). This means that the "Where's a nice place to take a s---" line isn't truncated like on the original DVD. The psychedelic sequences also have some additional effects added to them. Aside from this, the disc comes with a bonus soundtrack CD, 45 minutes of interviews from 12 cast and crew members, a fun commentary track, original promo trailers, outtakes and deleted scenes from the R-rated video version of the film. Basically, if you're a fan of REDNECK ZOMBIES, you absolutely must own this release. And if you've never seen the film before, note that this is probably the best example of a 1980s shot-on-video film. It's hilarious, gory and an all-around good time."

Info: When a clan of hillbily dirtfarmers turn a misplaced barrell of chemical waste into a whiskey still, going blind is the least of their worries as the toxic moonshine turns them into REDNECK ZOMBIES! Now they're ready to invite a group of wayward yankees to a down-home feast of southern-fried gore and mayhem that will turn your stomach and tickle your funny bone! So grab a seat and set a spell with your favorite gut-chompin, tobacco chewin' cannibal kinfolk from hell in REDNECK ZOMBIES!
Special Features include:
-Brand New Director-Approved Color-Corrected Transfer of the Film
-The Original Never-Before-Released Soundtrack on bonus CD!
-New Interviews with Director Pericles Lewnes and cast
-New Feature-length Audio Commentary by Pericles Lewnes and producer Edward Bishop
-Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Original Promotional Videos, and Much More!

Royal Trux - Royal Trux (1988)

I love this album. I'm a fan of most output from New York's "Heroin Chic" poster band, but this has to be my favourite. It's noisey, SURPRISE!, and full of great guitar jams, crunchy yelps and howls, and all sorts of goodness. It kind of reminds me of Jandek or Beat Happening or something else as equally uncomparable, specifically in the way the instruments are played and recorded. I just got a vinyl reissue of this and it has reminded me just how fucking rad these guys are. If you're not familiar with Royal Trux then start here! Please!

""Royal Trux" is the debut album by Royal Trux. It was released as an LP in 1988 by Royal Records, then reissued on CD by Drag City in 1993." -

1. Zero Dok – 2:38
2. Esso Dame – 2:26
3. Cold Dust – 1:39
4. The Set-Up – 2:20
5. Hashish – 2:06
6. Sice I Bones – 3:23
7. Hawk'n Around – 3:14
8. Sanction Smith – 1:42
9. Andersonville – 5:53
10. Jesse James – 3:52
11. Walking Machine – 3:00
12. Bits and Spurs – 5:02
13. Strawberry Soda – 2:42
14. Touch – 2:34


Ariel Pink - Ariel Rosenberg's Thrash & Burn: Pre (1998)

I'm a big fan of the Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti series released by L.A.'s Ariel (Pink) Rosenberg, but this presents a much different sound. This is hands down my favorite of all of his releases, but to compare it to the rest would be stupid. It's a much more experimental sound, with little to none of that 80's pop sensibility. Imagine Thurston Moore tinkering alone in his bedroom at 17, recording a dance/noise album. That's what this reminds me of. From the washy guitar drones, and muddled voice, to the Velvet Underground mash-up, this is all around good times. Recorded in 1998, but released in 2006.

"Released by Human Ear Music as both a two disc set and a four cassette collection, Ariel Rosenberg's Thrash & Burn: Pre was recorded on cassette in 1998 and presents a more experimental Rosenberg than is found on his eventual Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti albums. The album plays as two long tracks which further divide into a collection of short songs." -

Also: Human Ear Music

Part 1
  1. "Shoes"
  2. "Foul Play"
  3. "Pleasure Spot 1 (Sweet Jane Rock N Roll)"
  4. "Innagecko"
  5. "I Disguise You"
  6. "Cemetery Suite"
  7. "Starry Eyes"
  8. "Those Were the Days (Now I'm 21)"
  9. "Disco MIA AKA Bust A Move"
  10. "Nothing At All/Different Names"
  11. "Memorial"
  12. "Brother Sister"
  13. "Funeral"
  14. "Leggos"
  15. "Double Jeopardy"
  16. "Red Vinyl"
  17. "Feel It With Your Landlord"
  18. "White Rain in the Windy Summer"

Part 2

  1. "White Rain in the Windy Summer (Reprise...)"
  2. "On the Beach"
  3. "The Andalusian"
  4. "Half Girls Half Boys"
  5. "Cry Yourself to Sleep (12 Minute Overture)"
  6. "Rita Mae Brown"
  7. "50 Cents"
  8. "Cuz You're Dead (Lester Bangs)"
  9. "Dawn (Thrash)"
  10. "Pleasure Spot 3 (See You Are)"
  11. "Rainy Den"
  12. "Red Room"
  13. "Pleasure Spot 2 (Lucinda Cunt)"
  14. "Equus"
  15. "You Die Slowly and Then You Die"
  16. "Kamikaze"
  17. "I Won't See You Again"
  18. "Life Song"

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Buffalo Tones - Spider Walks: Vol. 1 (2008)

So I've been making mixes for years and years, I used to make a new mixtape every other day way back in high school, then it switched to mixed cd's. Lately I've been making playlists for people and then sending them over the internet. I've decided to start uploading these mixes in a series I'm calling Spider Walks. The name comes from a friend of mine, Martok, who released a really beautiful ambient delay album (I say released but what I mean is handed out copies of to several people) entitled Spider Walks The Barren Wasteland... followed by "2012" or some number, I can't really remember specifically. Martok is also the main head in The Splitz (Track 2 of this comp.), a noise/punk band he formed with another good friend of mine, and whom I played drums for briefly. Anyways, I'm fairly proud of most of the mixes, some of them are much noisier and some of them are quite soft, and they were all made with someone particular in mind. This one was made for an old roomate of mine who shares much of the same taste in music. It's got some noisier songs (The Dead C), some soft songs (Greg Ashley), some hippy dippy stuff (Apple-Glass Cyndrom) and a whole bunch inbetween. I think it's fairly eclectic overall, so just grab it if there's anything on it that you're interested in and I hope you enjoy it. Favorite song on it, right now, is probably Karl Blau's Ghostly Appearance.

1. The Tom & Marty Band - Naomi
2. The Splitz - Gun Or Guitar
3. The Dead C - Sky
4. Pedro Santos - Dual
5. Greg Ashley - Won't Be Long
6. Devo - Be Stiff
7. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Round And Round (It Won't Be Long)
8. Charlie Mcalister - Death From the Depths
9. Van Morrison - The Big Royalty Check
10. Talking Heads - I'm Not In Love
11. Beck - Replica
12. PAULO BAGUNÇA - Mensageiro
13. The Microphones - Get Off The Internet
14. Karl Blau - Ghostly Appearance
15. Apple-Glass Cyndrom - Someday
16. Abstract Truth - Moving Away
17. The Wilde Flowers - Don't Try To Change Me (Hugh Hopper-Flight-Wyatt)
18. Charles Manson - Bet You Think I Care
19. U.S. Girls - Kelly In The Other Room, Me In My Room
20. The Beach Boys - Cabinessence


Monday, January 26, 2009

Merzbow - Anicca (2008)

First things first I suppose. I've been reading mixed reviews on Anicca, as well as Merbow's input as of late in general. I'm not well versed in the world of Merzbow, though I plan on being so and have been slowly building my repertoire in the past weeks. Of what I've heard, which again is still not significant, I really enjoyed Anicca a great deal. It's one of the heaviest and loudest things I've ever heard, and that excites me greatly. It throttled me with every ounze of energy it could muster, which was a lot, and I was filled with candescent power. I would probably go as far as to say that it's my favorite so far. If you're a Merzbow guru then please be light on me if that statement appawls you. I'm growing, I assure you, and I will be listening to many more albums in the very near future. In the meantime though I highly recomend this album to anyone unfamiliar with Merzbow, and even to anyone who is versed but has not yet heard this. Maybe I'm wrong, but I could care less 'cause I really enjoyed it. Did I mention that already? Ahhh well. Get it fucks!

"To begin a review by claiming Masami Akita as "the undisputed king of Japanese noise" would be a cliché that has probably been used 200 times before, counting each time Masami Akita has come up with a new Merzbow-album from his laboratory of sonic extremity. On this latest album "Anicca" released on the excellent British Cold Spring-label, Merzbow presents three pieces of ear-shattering noise. Opening piece titled "Anicca Part 1" is a twenty minutes piece recorded in London just after the well-acclaimed noise event at the UlU club in April 2008 featuring Merzbow, Satori and Sutcliffe Jugend. The piece separates in its inclusion of improvised freestyle drum-work from Masami Akita. The use of drums adds an interesting rhythm structure in the abrasive work. The contrast between acoustic sounds and electronic noise gives a quite interesting result. The next two pieces has been derived from Munemi House in Tokyo demonstrating Merzbow's ability to control and manipulate harsh sound textures and thus create the effect of hypnotism. Especially the third and final part of Anicca is an enjoyable exploration with the use of sonar sounds as part of the noise texture. Yet another fine work of anti-music from the Japanese legend which 30 years after his first shot still seems to find new paths in his jungle of sonic madness." - Vital Weekly

1. Anicca Part I
2. Anicca Part II
3. Anicca Part III


African Tribal Music & Dances (1994)

Unbelievable compilation of various tribal stuff. Very eclectic mix of instruments and sounds from The Baoulé, The Malinke & Sonar Senghor & His Rhythms. Get it!

Festival Music
Solo For The Seron
Hymn Of Praise
Percussion Instruments
Festival Of The Circumcision
Dance Of The Hunters
Dance Of The Woman
Invocation, Entrance, And Dance Of The Glaou
Duet For Flutes
Solo For Musical Bow
Xylophone Solo
Male Chorus And Harp
Dance Of The Witch Doctor
Gnounba Gnibi
Dianka Bi
Sibi Saba


Pedro Santos - Krishnanda (1968)

This is such a ridiculously great album. One of the best albums I've heard come out of Brazil, and that's saying something. It seems like everything I hear out of Brazil, specifically the mid-60's to mid-70's, is brilliant. So here you have an unbelievably classic album, full of great melodies, beautiful vocals, and all sorts of wonderful sounds. This is without doubt one of my favorite albums ever, so get it and be merry! I want to listen to the song Dual as I lay on a beautiful beach, and fall blissfully into an eternal sleep.

"The album is utterly unclassifiable and when I played some tracks for fellow SS contributer Josh Nice he remarked (after picking his jaw up off the floor) something to the effect of, 'this is why I love music, because just when you thought you've heard everything worth listening to, you hear something like this and it renews your faith in music.' Maybe I overstated his sentiments a bit, but nonetheless its a great album" - SoulSpectrum

1. Ritual Negro
2. Água Viva
3. Um Só
4. Sem Sombra
5. Savana
6. Advertência
7. Quem Sou Eu ?
8. Flor De Lotus
9. Dentro Da Selva
10. Desengano Da Visita
11. Dual
12. Aranbindu


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Raccoo-oo-oon - Raccoo-oo-oon (2008)

With the mention of Raccoo-oo-oon in my last post I figured if any of you hadn't had the chance to hear them before then I'd give you that opportunity on a silver platter. Here is that silver platter my friends. Some numbing noise rock spazz, reminiscent of such greats as Sun City Girls (similar vocal squalls) or possibly at times even Black Dice (to a much smaller degree), The Boredoms, and the like. Perhaps that's stretching it a bit, but I digress. All you need to know is that this is noisy, pulsing goodness and you should hear it. Now disbanded, this is their fifth and final release.

"Raccoo-oo-oon wraps up their recording career with the same reckless abandon as every album that has preceded it. The album contracts and expands as if it were a schizophrenic Big Bang, preparing to spew its volatile contents across the black void to breathe life into the dark crevices that have gone untouched for eons. Raccoo-oo-oon doesn’t visit new territory; it simply reconstitutes the old into something familiar but fresh. Songs melt and decompose before you, only to reform and freeze into gnarled incarnations. What good is a memory if it can’t be manipulated to extrapolate the most potent bliss? This is Raccoo-oo-oon’s gift to us before their final explosion expels their seeds into untouched corners of an ever-expanding musical universe. This album may be the final credits, but it doesn’t signal the end of their impulse." - Tiny Mix Tapes Reviews

1. Untitled I
2. Untitled II
3. Untitled III
4. Untitled IV
5. Untitled V
6. Untitled VI
7. Untitled VII


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wet Hair - 08 Tour Tape (Cass.)

Some really great lo-fi ambient/noise/rock type stuff from the folks who brought you Raccoo-oo-oon & Pocahaunted (Night People). I really enjoyed this, as well as any other Wet Hair I've heard, and Night People are quickly becoming one of my favorite labels. I'm a sucker for tapes, and they've got a lot of good ones! If you liked the Emeralds post, or anything like that, then you'll probably dig this, though they're not the same at all really. This is much more immediately progressive, less of a wash of sound type thing. So maybe that's a bad comparison. Both will put you in a dazed-out zone, I suppose, is what I'm trying to say. But besides all that they're awesome! Check their Myspace for a better idea of the sound. Enjoy!

Wet Hair is Shawn Reed & Ryan Garbes of Raccoo-oo-oon.

1. White Strobe Void
2. Black Sand
3. Saturns Return
4. Electric Annihilation


(thanks to We Are Up For Sale! for the origianl upload)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Can't Hear My Eyes / Evolution's A Lie (7") (2008)

The newest from Ariel Pink sees his first ever recording with full band. I really liked it. Though I wasn't huge on Can't Hear My Eyes overall I didn't hate it by any means, and the horns in the middle are incredible! Evolution's A Lie is just overall an awesome song, with a much harsher jam/freak-out type dealy [aura] deep at the core. Definitely get this if you're already familiar with Ariel Pink!

"hello friend. My name is Ariel Pink. You've probably read my name online somewhere, maybe your best friend burned you some of my older records, or perhaps you even think we've met at some time in the past. Baloney! Everything you think you know is WRONG- DEAD WRONG. THIS is me, naked, without the buffer of awful tape noise drowning out any lack of vision." - Ariel Pink

1. Can't Hear My Eyes
2. Evolution's A Lie