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

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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

William Basinski - A Red Score In Tile (2011)
William Basinski
A Red Score In Tile (2011, Streamline)

"Total tranquility resonates throughout this hazy trance, congested by a stillness and unease that rest just below the surface as a single piano melody repeats itself through muffled tape warble and hiss, progressively becoming more and more damaged along the way. Highly recommended for droners and daytrippers alike! Dig in deep friends!" - DD

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mark Fell - Manitutshu (2011) (LP)
Mark Fell
Manitutshu (LP) (2011, Editions Mego)

"Once again, I'm following Brinkmann w/ some Fell because they just go so well together. This is nowhere near as fierce as the last album I posted of his, but it's still not entirely lucid. I love it a ton, and find the pulse pretty hypnotic. Give it a go and see how you feel, fuglies. And remember not to choke on yr tongue! Headphones required, merci beaucoup!" - DD

Thomas Brinkmann - When Horses Die... (2008)
Thomas Brinkmann
When Horses Die... (2008, Max Ernst)

"A very fluid but foreboding affair on this dark electronic dream from Brinkmann. If you enjoyed the last album I posted from him don't expect anything similar here. Brooding vocals just barely more than whisper through the foreground on a much more rhythmic and bewildering excursion. Picture Suicide on a heavy load of Dilaudid. Dig it long and deep little bunnies, this one is icy." - DD

Friday, September 23, 2016

Frank Bretschneider - Sinn + Form (2015)
Frank Bretschneider
Sinn + Form (2015, Raster-Noton)

"Glitched out sinusoidal spasms so physical they'll vaporize your brain. Bretschneider is a wiz when it comes to tonal architecture and landscape, and this bit of fun is a perfect showcase. So graceful at times while vicious at others, filled w/ peaks and valleys and a million otherworldly dreams along the way. Strap in and chug it fuglies, transfiguration is nigh! Headphones and high volume required." - DD

OG Amber London - Hard 2 Find (Not Found) (2014)
OG Amber London
Hard 2 Find (Not Found) (2014, Self Released Mixtape)

"Officially speaking, I fucking love Raider Klan. I also love Amber London. The lush production on 2013's Tru 2 Tha Phonk called back to everything great about early 90's r&b and hip hop. This mixtape has a much grittier, lo-fi feeling, which to me is more in line with what I generally expect from a Klan-related release. It bangs dirty Texas hard all day and is most definitely a thick jammer! Dig in and get wavy gravy y'all!" - DD

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson - Stones (2012)
Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson
Stones (2012, Rune Grammofon)

"This has been on steady repeat in my headphones of late and I don't see that stopping anytime soon. Two masters of skronk-n-wail going head to head for thirty-five minutes of glorious, beastly, yet surprisingly subdued mind expulsion. Too good! Chew these elegantly obese jammers my friends, and I double dog dare you not to swallow." - DD

Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers - Canaxis (1969)
Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers
Canaxis (1969, Music Factory / Spoon Records / Mute)

"Some pretty slow-jammed, warbled, hazy-bake for all you concrète tape-heads out there. Based on the track listing this rip is either the CD version released by Mute and Spoon in '95 or one thereafter, so not the original mix. Still an exceptional time, however, so jam on and space out to this fine, fine groovage!" - DD

Monday, September 12, 2016

John Fahey - America (1971)
John Fahey
America (1971, Takoma)

"Some more deliciously dreamy guitar pluckery, this time from the Papa of guitar pluckery. If you haven't listened to much Fahey you should correct that immediately as his entire catalogue is genius. Some may not pick this out as his best, and I may not either, but today it's making all the right moves so here you go. Enjoy this sweet, sweet serenity friends." - DD

Friday, September 9, 2016

William Tyler - Blue Ash Montgomery (2014) (Cass.)
William Tyler
Blue Ash Montgomery (Cass.) (2014, Lightning Records)

"Here's a beautifully crafted bit of fairly traditional folk guitar work, comfortably in the vein of American Primitive giants like Basho or Taussig, that manages to bring something new and inspired to the table. I only recently discovered Tyler's solo work (formerly of Silver Jews) while going through a guitar binge and this album immediately jumped out at me. The wildly ecstatic closer w/ Tim Barnes is worth the listen alone, so please dig in and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I have." - DD

Friday, August 26, 2016

RE-POST: Various Artists - Cambodian Rocks (1996)
Various Artists
Cambodian Rocks (1996, Parallel World)

"I've had numerous requests over the years for this to be re-posted so at long last here it is. A totally enthused compilation of some exceptional, fuzzed out, psych-rock from Cambodia. Dig it long and hard fug puffers, it'll wallop yr face!" - DD

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Originally posted on 09/30/10. 

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

RE-POST: 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