Saturday, October 31, 2009

Solah - "Eternal Humm"

Artist: Solah
Album: Eternal Humm
Year: 2009
Label: Aether Everywhere
Genre: Doom/Ambient/Noise

1 - Divot
2 - Ivory Drift
3 - Eternal Humm
4 - Innumerable Suns
5 - Pavor Nocturnas

"Eternal Humm" is the doom ambient side project of Jay Blanchard (VIKOMT, Yellowknife) and JB LeDoux (the le duo). A Snake In the Garden, makes a blistering guest appearance on the epic track "Innumerable Suns". This album is highly recommended for fans of Sunn O))), Lustmord, Bobby Beausoleil, fog covered mountains and endless despair.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bruce Haack - The Electric Lucifer

Artist: Bruce Haack
Album: The Electric Lucifer
Label: Omni

1 - Electric to Me Turn
2 - Word, The (Narration)
3 - Cherubic Hymn
4 - Program Me
5 - War
6 - National Anthem to the Moon
7 - Chant of the Unborn
8 - Incantation
9 - Angel Child
10 - Word Game
11 - Song of the Death Machine
12 - Super Nova
13 - Requiem

After hearing late-'60s rock & roll from his friend Chris Kachulis, Bruce Haack added acid rock to his already diverse sonic palette. The result was 1970s "Electric Lucifer", a psychedelic, anti-war song cycle about the battle between heaven and hell. The underlying concept of this concept album is "Powerlove," a divine force that not only unites humanity but forgives Lucifer his transgressions as well. But though this album extols the healing powers of peace and love, "Electric Lucifer" uses often menacing music and lyrics to get its point across. "War" depicts the battle royale between good and evil with a martial beat and salvos from dueling synthesizers; a child's voice murmurs "I don't want to play anymore," and a funereal synth melody replaces the electronic battle march. Haack's marriage of rock rhythms and his unique electronics creates a sound unlike either his previous work or the era's psychedelic rock, but songs like "Incantation" and "Word Game," with their percolating beats, buzzing synths and vocoders, are much trippier than most acid rock. The strangely forlorn "Song of the Death Machine" sounds a bit like a short-circuiting HAL singing "My Darling Clementine," while "Word Game" features cool, dark electro-rock and brain-teasing lyrics like "Ray of sun/Reason/Knowledge/No legends." Kachulis sings on both of these tracks, and his deadpan vocals complement the weirdness going on around him nicely. His involvement with "Electric Lucifer" also includes aiding the album's release on Columbia Records; though it was Haack's only major-label release, "Electric Lucifer" remains musically innovative and subversive. [Source: AMG]

Monday, July 13, 2009

Johnny Thunders - So Alone

Artist: Johnny Thunders
Album: So Alone
Label: Sire/London/Rhino
Year: 1978
Genre: Rock

01 - Pipeline
02 - You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
03 - Great Big Kiss
04 - Ask Me No Questions
05 - Leave Me Alone
06 - Daddy Rollin' Stone
07 - London Boys
08 - (She's So) Untouchable
09 - Subway Train
10 - Downtown
11 - Dead Or Alive
12 - Hurtin'
13 - So Alone
14 - The Wizard

Probably best known for his stint as the founding lead guitarist of the glam-punk innovators the New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders also was a prolific solo artist as well as a member of the first "all-junkie band" Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers.

So Alone is Thunders' strongest solo offering, featuring some fierce guitar licks and bratty, bleating vocal styles that wouldn't have sounded out of place had they been recorded ten years later during the heyday of butt-rock. The only difference--Thunders knew his history, and the illusions to early rockabilly and R&B shine through on every track. About as raw, ugly and unpretentious as rock music gets, So Alone is a must own for any fan of late '70s protopunk or just plain dirty rock n' roll.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Stereolab and Nurse w/ Wound - Simple Headphone Mind

Artist: Stereolab and Nurse With Wound
Album: Simple Headphone Mind
Label: Duophonic (uk)
Year: 1997
Genre: Post-rock / psych / kraut-rock

01 - Simple Headphone Mind
02 - Trippin' With The Birds

Simple Headphone Mind is the second collaboration between Stereolab and Nurse With Wound. As with their first release, Crumb Duck, Stereolab recorded the basic track and then handed it over to Steven Stapleton to do with as he pleased. Unlike with Crumb Duck, listeners can hear the original Stereolab recording, as it was issued under the title The Long Hair Of Death on a split single with Yo La Tengo; this version was also featured on Stereolab's Aluminum Tunes compilation album.

Again, as with Crumb Duck, the release was a limited edition. There were between 800 and 1000 compact discs (the NWW and Stereolab websites disagree on numbers) and 4000 vinyl records, around 1000 of which were on yellow vinyl. All copies came in a sealed metallic sleeve. via wikipedia

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sun Araw - Boat Trip EP

Artist: Sun Araw
Album: Boat Trip EP
Label: Woodsist Records
Year: 2008
Genre: No-Fi; Dub

01 - In The Trees
02 - Canopy

Summertime jamz......really wanted to post "Horse Steppin'", but the album it's on is still in print on vinyl and you should buy it. Now.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kate Bush - TV Christmas Special (1979)

Artist: Kate Bush
Album: BBC Christmas Special
Format: .AVI from TV rip
Year: 1979
Genre: Pop/Experimental

01. Violin
02. Symphony In Blue
03. Them Heavy People
04. intro to peter gabriel
05. Here Comes The Flood
06. Ran Tan Waltz
07. December Will Be Magic Again
08. The Wedding List
09. Another Day
10. Egypt
11. The Man With The Child In His Eyes
12. Don't Push Your Foot On The Heart Brake

Rating: n/a
Runtime: 44 minutes
Language: English
Country: UK
Color: Color
IMDb Link: n/a

Director: Roy Ronnie
Kate Bush
Peter Gabriel
Dancers + performers

Description: KATE BUSH - KATE: Kate Bush Christmas 1979 "New Broadcast: April 25th 2009" "DVD"

Kate Bush Christmas Special
with Peter Gabriel
December 28th 1979

This Broadcast: April 25th 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kevin Drumm - "Imperial Distortion" (2008)

Artist: Kevin Drumm
Album: Imperial Distortion
Label: Hospital Productions
Year: 2008
Genre: Dark Ambient/Drone

01 - Guillain-Barre
02 - More Blood and Guts
03 - Snow
04 - Snow
05 - Romantic Sores
06 - We All Get It In the End

Imperial Distortion may not signal a wholesale shift in aesthetic, but it's safe to say that it features a side of Drumm rarely heard before now (though, to be fair, "Snow," a two-parter, made an appearance on a limited edition cassette on Hospital last year). The album is heavy on drone, but the drone isn't always heavy. Much of "More Blood and Guts" drifts by in celestial bliss, and "Romantic Sores" even dispels with the drone to close with a beautiful mingling of bell-like synth tones. Drumm doesn't opt for the simple and overbearing, instead working in a more subtle integration of multiple voices, with careful listening revealing that there's often more at work in a track than the ear might initially notice. Each has a particular timbre that tends to dominate its trajectory, but Drumm isn't content to simply put his creations in motion and watch from afar. Climates shift, tones grow and ebb, and voices intermingle: Imperial Distortion might be minimalist, but like any good drone, that doesn't mean it's stagnant.

-- excerpt from Dusted review by Adam Strohm