This is such a great fucking record! Super chaos acid fuzz freak out from the soul dimension, this is fucking psychedelic squeal babies! If you've ever wondered what it would be like to drive through the dessert at 1,000 miles per hour, high on as many uppers and hallucinogens as you can find, warding off evil spirits and cannibal zombies from hell, making love to your baby, tearing off flesh with hooks, only to free your soul and let it join the earth mother in an eternal festival of love and death, sex and violence, then this album is definitely for you. If the song Lots of Things doesnt get you hard then I don't know what will. Sounding like a Hendrix infused Sabbath, this will destroy your bad mood and fill your dwelling with good vibes, excitement, and love!
I've always had a weird love affair with Bill Cosby. I thought he'd be a great dad to have. I loved his obsession with jazz, and the way he danced on his show. Recently this album was brought to my attention, and after hearing it for the first time all I could think was, "I knew I loved Bill Cosby for a reason". It's not so much a surprise as it is a huge sigh of relief, I knew that he should be a part of something like this. Featured on the keys, Cosby brings us an incredible instrumental freak out jazz experiment. It's a very dark and contemplative work. At points just hanging on the edge of a beat, then cruising back in with all of the spirit and passion one band can muster, with a tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr., this album is very powerful. Enjoy!
Viva La Düsseldorf! Featuring Klaus Dinger (Kraftwerk/Neu!) as well as occasional Neu! contributors Thomas Dinger and Hans Lampe, La Düsseldorf are somewhat hard to define really. They've got all of the pulse and vigor of Neu! and Kraftwerk (obviously) combined with the pop aesthetic and hook of an Eno-era Roxy Music? I like the sound of that. I find Viva to be a more poppier excursion then their self-titled debut, though perhaps unjustly. Regardless, it's very catchy and very good and if you like anything about any of the bands I've mentioned then grab it please! A superb album by a superb band! Enjoy.
I bought this record several years ago based on a rumour I'd heard implying Leon Redbone was the alter-ego of one Frank Zappa. I had heard only a few songs by Redbone and had never seen a picture of him until hearing this rumour. I remember being totally shocked to find he wasn't a withered old blues man, bred on the delta of the '20's and '30's, and he instantly became more curious to me. I got this record soon after and it promptly became one of my all-time favourites. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in delta blues, jazz, ragtime, or curiosities and weirdos. Very little is known about Leon Redbone, hence the strange rumours of his identity and elusive past, which makes him all the more interesting. Dig this and swoon bellied babies!
Yet another fantastic cassette release (C10's) from the wonderful folks at Pizza Night. This one is rather short, which keeps it fairly captivating, but I could have easily sat through both of these tracks if they'd have droned on for double the time allotted. Side A is a pulsing tour through time and space. Wavering drone floats slowly through your head, like the feeling of drifting through a black hole possibly. Side B is an atonal buzz hammering over a soft synth, rhythmically humming about. Then without warning, just as quickly as it started, an immediate stop. The end of all. I totally love almost every release I hear from these guys, and so should you! Clocking in at just under 10 minutes, this tape is well worth a listen.
From the master of contemporary psychedelia comes this remarkably touching and beautifully produced gem of lo-fi psych-folk magic! If you've never heard it before then you must. Greg Ashley is at the very least two things; a brilliant producer, and a markedly good songwriter. Combine the two and you can't lose. This is his first solo record, and I think he succeeds hauntingly well with it. You may know Greg from his outstanding psychedelic outfit The Gris Gris, and when I say psychedelic I mean it in the truest form, but this is a much more personal outing. So curl up with a lady and/or man friend and nod off sweetly.
Riding the barren terrain long and hard, dust flying, road running, the wheels of a dragon spin on. This is the here and now brothers and sisters, and we take what we want when we want it, for certain. Don't give us the shove or we'll make meat of yas! Cool. Composed. Cats on the prowl, hot as the city night, breathing fire from our bellies, smoke rolling from our souls. Don't look, don't touch. We run this road on grease and violence baby, and it comes rushing with force; savage and cruel, heavier than a death in the family.
I haven't lost that lovin' feelin'.. and if you don't like it, you don't know nothin fr nothin. From deep down in the depths (oh yes) comes Hazlewood's voice, spinning lonesome gospel, creating a subtle comfort unlike any other. It's like listening to grandpa tell stories about the war. Then in comes Nancy with her freshly baked cookies, making everything seem fine and free. "It's OK everyone! We've made it!" she shouts, bursting with innocence. They're the cutest duo in music history, and at the same time the saddest.
I've been doing this blog for over a year now, and somehow have managed to go the entire time without posting this, possibly my favourite album of all time. So here it is, another classic that most of you have probably heard and liked or disliked (stupid). For those of you who have not, you are in so much luck; the best dream-pop rock and roll ever made is on this album! With tiny aspects of early rockabilly and the like, combined with an airy noisey space-rock acid fuzz reverberated curmudgeon of sound that will blow your ears and move your feet, all while still maintaining its true pop aesthetic, it really doesnt get much better than this. So enjoy or die worthless you fucking fuckers, it's pretty obviously great.
Good Vibes indeed. By looking at this cool cover, reading the cool album name and listening to this cool tape, you can draw only one conclusion from this band; they're cool, it's true. Lo-fi no-wave, funkadelic soul-punk, black magic dance-groove space rock. Sounds like a lot to swallow, I know, but trust me it goes down smooth! Featuring Amanda Brown (Pocahaunted) as well as members from Robedoor, Magic Lantern & Sun Araw, Vibes will put you into the groovy and jam on yr bones like a haunted voodoo dance party. Toes are tappin', shake it off! Recorded live at Bored Fortress and released as a limited edition of 100 cassettes on Not Not Fun, featuring cool artwork by Amanda Brown.
Hey honeybabies! I come with another classic album for all to enjoy. Many of you have probably already gone through this, but I personally know a lot of people who don't know this album and I aim to rectify that situation. For those of us who spent much time in the early 90's "grunge-ing" out and listening to whatever Kurt Cobain wanted us to this will come as no surprise, but for the rest of you listen up. Guy/girl flopping vocals with poorly played, poorly recorded jangly pop-punk rock and roll for stoners and weirdos.. Enjoy sweet babies. You'll dig. This really is quite great!
Get ready for Mars. Superb New York no wave from the golden age. If you're not familiar with them then now is your chance to get with it. Pulsing and feral, this will rape you and withdraw again and again. It's really a shame that they don't have more recordings but here's all of it, save for some live recordings, in one nice little package. Enjoy!
More ear bleeding, face melting, japanese rock and roll spasm from hell! Asahito Nanjo, Tatsuya Yoshida, & Kawabata Makoto are here to murder your loved ones, and with haste. This super group of assault will destroy you. Though definitely my favourite of their releases, the others aren't quite as balls-on-the-table, it's all really great. Dig it, before it digs you!
Goodness god damn, thank goodness for albums like this. They make the whole thing more interesting. A genre bending fever of psychedelic groove, it just gets better and better the more it plays. Totally fucking great! I enjoy the analogy "sort of like a fusion of stripped down Black Sabbath, The Troggs, Pere Ubu, and The Cramps??” (SUB POP). Not exactly how I'd put it, but I definitely dig the fervor! Recorded in 1968, released by SUB POP in 2003, favourite moments include Boy In The Sandbox, Kill The Enemy, Returning (!!), Smile Awhile (!!!), and almost every second of every song. Put this on for the first time and shit right in your pants. Adam and Troy and Erin and Luke, this means you.
Mainliner are such a great rock 'n' roll band it's scary. They bring audacious jams that melt the brain, and scar the ears. Bloody is the word she's been looking for. This is probably my 2nd or 3rd favourite album of theirs, next to Mellow Out (1995). The songs Static and Ride Blue in particular really get my goat. Psychedelic as a mutha.
This is exactly what you might hope it would be. Up-Tight and Makoto Kawabata come together to form a brutal yet hormonius psychedelic assault. Crushing guitars wail on sweet babies, this is Rock 'n' Roll! I'm definitely a fan of Acid Mothers Temple, but I find this much better. Up-Tight are a welcome and fantastic addition! It's blistering fun, ear-bleed screamin' good times! Yes, that cover does look familiar! Yes, they do a fucking Bob Dylan homage! Yes, this will perpetually blow your fucking mind! God damn! I proudly give you the best in japrock psychedelic freak outs brothers and sisters! Enjoy.
This is such a beautiful tape. Mark McGuire (Emeralds) is probably one of my favourite people in music these days. There is a lot of his work that I'm not a fan of at all (his acoustic recordings for example) but there are some moments of decided brilliance. This limited edition C20, self-released, is one of those moments. Stunning washes of tranquil motion, guiding one through light and matter into outer regions not yet defined. Whoaaaa maaan...
As per request. Well, it doesnt get too much better than this when discussing the pro's of Krautrock (2nd only to Can in my opinion). Many of you are probably already well versed but some people may not be so lucky and this is here for them. Faust are a superhuman entity that defy all logic. If you're not already a fan then you simply havent heard them yet, or you have shyte taste in music (get fucking lost tossers!). If you simply havent heard them yet then get into it thickly and sickly babies, and dont stop listening until you see the golden gods a-cryin'-over-yonder. Dig?
This is one of my favorite Jandek records. If you've never heard him then you're either in for a treat or a canker sore. Jandek is a brooding force of primitive naiveté. His meandering guitars (and in this case drums as well) float about curiously while a thick and furious melancholy bursts and drips down the walls, burning holes in the floor. I really dig it, others think it's the worst music ever created. If you're a fan of The Shaggs, or Beat Happening, or anything where it sounds like the band may not know how to play their instruments (or maybe they're just fooling you and trying to create some new kinda kick), then you've definitely got the spirit to enjoy Jandek. Whether you do or not is entirely up to you.
More Halifax goodies for yuh fuzz fucks. This noisey brain blaster comes from one of the founding members of Scribbler, Craig Currie. One of the things I've always really liked about the Chief Thundercloud project is the diversity in sound. Every time I've ever seen him live it's been different, and the same goes for his recordings. He's consistently reinventing his sound, with the use of various pedals and different amps and boxes, while still maintaining a unity within the songs. I particularly enjoyed this stuff. Very noisey and spaced yet seemingly confined, and the Beatles covers are great too! It's 29 tracks of the heaviest blasting folk goodness yr likely to hear. Complete with artwork by young heart throb Matt Samways, of Pig.
As per request, a re-up of this almighty and glorious beast. Formed in 1978, The Clean are part of the first wave of the Kiwi punk movement. I'm not sure what they remind me of really, but about four* years ago I was in Zoinks in Toronto, good store!, and it was playing. I asked who it was and bought this album that day. It's amazing beyond any comprehension. Kinda like The Feelies at times, but not really. There's surf rock, lofi sad songs, garage rock, full blown punk, and everything in between almost. This is a collection of pretty well everything they did. Double album. I dig the first one best, but meh.
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"If you drew a tree of New Zealand rock, The Clean would in all likelihood be the trunk." - Pitchfork (8.5/10)
More gorgeous synth from J.D. Emmanuel (James Daniel Emmanuel). I don't know much about this guy, but do to a large post over on EXP ETC (thanks again!) I've been binging like crazy, and to say the least falling in love. I almost fell asleep on the bus today listening to this, Wizards, my second favorite of the work I've heard thus far. Now, I promise I'll chill on the synth drone posts for a while and we'll get into some other stuff, but in the meantime...
It's Suicide! Yip! Jump! You probably already know and love 'em, but perhaps not. Someone requested this a while ago and I forgot to put it up so here it is. If you've never heard the magic darkness that is Martin Rev and Alan Vega's Suicide then please do. Pulsing drum machine drones with brilliantly simple and moving synths, and a voice to kill the family. Get on it and jive mutha's, this is the meanest mutt you've ever heard. "Synthpunk" you say? Har Har silly fools, me thinks not. This Is Punk. Everything else is just going through the motions. Dig?
Unbelievably great synth stuff. Kind of just meanders around a bunch and drones out. The sound is beautiful and aesthetically it doesn't sound dated in the least! Just very very tranquil and still. Highly recommended for melodic electronic heads or sleepy dreamers. I'll be posting more of his stuff soon, so stay tuned. (first 5 tracks = PT.1 / last 3 tracks = PT.2)