Monday, December 18, 2017

Michele Fedrigotti / Danilo Lorenzini - I Fiori Del Sole (1979)
Michele Fedrigotti / Danilo Lorenzini
I Fiori Del Sole (1979, Cramps Records)

"Thought I'd keep the mellow train moving with this bit of neo-classical righteousness. Built entirely of compositions for organ (side 1) and piano (side 2), it's surely a divine showcase of Italian minimalism. Serenity now, Jerries. Serenity now." - DD

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jim O'Rourke - Eureka (1999) (LP)
Jim O'Rourke
Eureka (LP) (1999, Drag City)

"I don't fully understand why I've not posted this before. I've spent nearly twenty years nestled in its warmth and for just as long it's been at the absolute top of my list. Nonetheless, here we are. Named after the 1983 film by Nicolas Roeg, Eureka, quite simply, is one of the greatest achievements in human history. Jammed with a keen, satirical wit, juxtaposed with lush orchestration and a supernatural allure, if you've yet to be so lucky you should listen now. It seriously doesn't get much better. Women of the world, take over, 'cause if you don't the world will come to an end!" - DD

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ahmad Jamal - Jamalca (1974) (LP)
Ahmad Jamal
Jamalca (LP) (1974, 20th Century Records)

"Glistening, funked out jazzery for all you foolies 'n coolies. It may not be the best album ever made, but it is very nice to the ears. The keys melt like butter and the vocals are soft and reserved, all combined for a beautifully relaxing groove on a sunny afternoon. Enjoy it friends!" - DD

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mariah - うたかたの日々 (1983)
うたかたの日々 (1983, Shan-Shan / Better Days)

"I first heard this years ago and, after rediscovering it several months back, have been meaning to share. Alas, here we are. Majestically rhythmic, bouncing percussion combined with various electronics, horns, and soft, measured vocal patterns. An absolute pearl for all you jammers and scammers, so chew it!" - DD

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mort Garson - Mother Earth's Plantasia (1976)
Mort Garson
Mother Earth's Plantasia (1976, Homewood Records)

"Here's some ooey-gooey synthery from deep down in the dirt for all you green thumbs! Plantasia is like The Neverending Story, but for plants. Highly recommended for chill grooves to nurture your nest and to harness some of that universal oneness. Dig it, foolies!" - DD

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Laura Nyro and Labelle - Gonna Take a Miracle (1971)
Laura Nyro and Labelle
Gonna Take a Miracle (1971, Columbia)

"I'm sorry for the extended absence folks, it happens sometimes. But I'm back with a delicious little nug just in time to close out the summer. The impeccable Laura Nyro backed by the super soul bliss of Labelle! This is a reissue with a few solo live tracks tagged on for good measure, and a highly infectious listen. Tune in and boogie sweet babies, this one's a beaut!" - DD

Friday, April 21, 2017

Piero Piccioni - Il dio sotto la pelle (OST) (1974)
Piero Piccioni
Il dio sotto la pelle (OST) (1974, Easy Tempo)

"In such trying times as these one needs sexy jam-jams to lift ones spirit. Enter la regina del caldo, a hot and steamy fluffer of the wettest grade; fuzzed out psych gits, crystalline organs, xylephonic trancers and euro folk-funk all coalesce in euphoric harmony. Crank the volume, dawn the birth suits, and fiddle your bits all night long kiddies, it's fun time!" - DD

Thursday, April 13, 2017

John Wiggins - All The Truth At Once (1986) (Cass.)
John Wiggins
All The Truth At Once (Cass.) (1986, Self Released / RRRecords)

""More sounds! More sounds! More sounds! We want more sounds! We want them! We want more!" Well, here you go fools. More sounds from a master of disaster, Sir John Wiggins. Enjoy it or else!!" - DD

Remko Scha - Machine Guitars (1982)
Remko Scha
Machine Guitars (1982, Kremlin)

"And now for something completely different; a droning, mechanized cannonade of electric guitar to entrance the mind and soul. I picked this up recently over at the OWOD blog (highly recommended browsing) and was immediately captivated. I simply had to share, so enjoy it puss heads!" - DD

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star (1973)
Todd Rundgren
A Wizard, A True Star (1973, Bearsville)

"Alas, la crème de la crème! The final piece in this 70's soft rock odyssey. And though it leans on the hard side at times it's not without that velvet goodness we all came for. The Toddster is a god among men when it comes to producing lush, eclectic albums; there is so much going on, including an epic medley of covers (you'll likely never hear a better version of Cool Jerk), spazz rockers, gleaming pristine ballads and more! I've wanted to post this for a while so dig it long and hard friends. My personal fav of his and well worth every second of your time!" - DD

Sweet - Level Headed (1977) (LP)
Level Headed (LP) (1978, Polydor / Capitol Records)

"We're continuing this journey with Sweet, California Nights baby! This isn't the greatest radio rock record by any stretch, sure. But it's a good listen and has some real highlights. Plus, it's almost guaranteed to put you in a good mood. Great for cleaning house or cruisin' around town with your head in the clouds. Love Is Like Oxygen rules my world, so dig the glam friends." - DD

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat (1976)
Al Stewart
Year Of The Cat (1976, RCA Victor / Janus Records)

"Time for some hazy jane, Bowie-infused soft-rock. I've no idea whether Stewart was actually influenced by Bowie, this was his seventh album after all and, in truth, it doesn't sound very much like Bowie at all, but at times it reminds me of him so I said it. Forgive me if I'm talking out of my ass. Anyway, this is pretty laid back, chilled out groovage with some excellent instrumentation and production so please enjoy. And I'll just throw in one more "Bowie" for good luck. Later gators! xoxo" - DD

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bob Welch - French Kiss (1977)
Bob Welch
French Kiss (1977, Capitol Records)

"Is this the best R. Stevie Moore album ever made, you ask? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves, but it sure is sweet. Former Mac guitarist and singer Bob Welch's debut is a warm sunset of sexual prowess and greasy lyricism. If you're planning a sweaty romp in the park some day soon dig this now." - DD

Friday, March 31, 2017

Haruomi Hosono - Tropical Dandy (1975)
Haruomi Hosono
Tropical Dandy (1975, Panam / Crown)

"I'm going to use Japan as a transition to dive into some solid 70's soft rock jammers and I'm going to stay there for a few posts so bear with me if it's not your thing. First up, we have some jazzed out, tropicálic jizz-jams from the indelible Haruomi Hosono. Call me crazy but I feel it could almost pass for a Lennon/Nilsson production at times, aside from the obvious Japanese flair. Excellent spring time tunage my little bunnies, so chew it!" - DD

Susumu Yokota - The Boy And The Tree (2002)
Susumu Yokota
The Boy And The Tree (2002, Leaf / Skintone)

"Some delightfully chilled out grooves from Japanese composer Susumu Yokota. I'm not generally too much of a "downtempo" sort of dude, and I'm not sure that's what I'd call this but it's one of the tags on Discogs so go figure. It is certainly very melodic and relaxed and contains a lot of fantastic acoustic sampling/sounds. Recommended for space travel." - DD

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dolores Catherino - Mixed Songs (2012-2016)
Dolores Catherino
Mixed Songs (2012-2016, Self Released)

"Dolores Catherino is a musical and multidimensional explorer who's spent years honing her craft. Creating wholly unorthodox landscapes through polychromatic and microtonal composition, she is on a voyage to expand musical consciousness. You're right, I don't totally get it. But I love it! I should also note this isn't an album but a collection of songs I've bought from her Bandcamp. Nonetheless, these juicy jammers are super spaced and amazing so dig deep kids! And don't hesitate to go binge watch everything on her Youtube page, it rules too." - DD

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