Friday, October 30, 2009

Sao Paulo Underground - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres

Rob Mazurek moves to Sao Paulo and starts collaborating with forward thinking motherfuckers there, led by Mauricio Takara (Hurtmold). The results are excellent. Featuring members of The Eternals, Tortoise, and Town & Country.

"Even today we are just coming to accept the innovations and constructions of Teo Macero and the man who was credited with and blamed for Macero's snip and paste collage work, Miles Davis. In today’s digital studio it is certainly easier to manipulate sound, and few artists do it as well as cornetist-turned-scientist Rob Mazurek.

Mazurek has been at it since 1997 with Tortoise, various incarnations of Chicago Underground bands, and Isotope 217. His technique has continued to be refined and sharpened. But even more importantly, he has allowed the manipulations to become more organic, even as he reveals the DNA of the computer.

Mazurek also moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil a few years back, and his interactions with local artists spawned the latest incarnation of the Underground with trumpeter and electronic musician Mauricio Takara. Their music is part soundscape, part science fiction. Mazurek has become so adept at the technique that he can assemble a seamless recording and more importantly, interact with others within that presentation.

The disc opens with a shortwave spin of foreign voices and samples of electric errata. As you attempt to get your bearings, the pair brings you back to the trumpet and the ever-present drums of Brazil (and Chicago). And you're off.

Mazurek is comfortable in Don Cherry's world music shoes, Miles' wah-wah trumpet, and Sun Ra's processional music. The two musicians create a quilt of cross-cultural, crossed-sampled electronics that pours percussion over every dish they serve up. The beats can be heavily urban or strangely unbalanced, all tossed by plan.

Track listing: Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres; Pombaral; The Realm Of The Ripper; Olhossss...; Afrihouse; Black Liquor; Batão de Gáis; Numa Grana.

Personnel: Rob Mazurek: cornet, electronics; Mauricio Takara: percussion, electronics; Marcos Axe: percussion, voice, samplers, guitars, synthesizers; Tiago Mesquita: percussion, voice, samplers, guitars, synthesizers; Wayne Montana: synthesizers; Damon Locks: synthesizers; Josh Abrams: electric bass; Chad Taylor: drums." - Mark Corroto

Baby Shabba

Thursday, October 29, 2009

La Sonora Ponceña - Algo de Locura

More Salsa Gorda de la mata la raiz shit, this time from the legendary ensemble founded by Kike Lucca and directed by his son the almighty Papo, from 1971, one of their better known efforts and one of their best.

Yuca al mojo

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tony Allen - Lagos No Shaking

Another scorching effort from the backbone of Afrobeat. You can also get more from him here.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mocky - Saskamodie

Seeing as we've pretty much covered Jamie Lidell from all angles, here is Saskamodie which features Lidell's soulful stylings. Mocky also produced several tracks on Lidell's album Multiply. This hillarious mockumentary introduces you to Mocky much better than I ever could.

This album is extremely pleasing, definetly one of my favorite releases from this year.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

V/A - The Harder They Come

This one's for Pachist.

The classic soundtrack to the film "The Harder They Come", this is one of the most legendary reggae albums ever. It helped popularize reggae and Jamaican music in the United States and abroad.

It features a number of songs from Toots & Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Scotty, among others along with 4 tracks by Jimmy Cliff. Pretty much every song on here is a classic and they've been covered by artists as diverse as John Lennon, Keith Richards, Joe Strummer, Johnny Thunders, Willie Nelson, ext...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Matching Mole - Little Red Record

Second album from Robert Wyatt's post-Soft Machine outfit. Sheer Canterbury goodness.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Sun City Girls - Cameo Demons and Their Manifestations: Carnival Folklore Resurrection vol. 1

Chokofango request. SCG series in which field recordings, gamelan exercises, headfucking psychedelia, traditional asian folksong reinterpretation, occult conspiracy radio rants, diatribes on the state of their fridge, and other assorted dementia collide in 14 exquisite artifacts.

Francheska la diosa

Super_Collider - Raw Digits

For Howard, Super_Collider's second album, my favorite.

"The reappearance of Super_Collider's Raw Digits is timely. Recorded by Jamie Lidell with Cristian Vogel, it's a superbly wrought, imaginary robo-funk album that could only be brought into being by a process of studio dicing, stretching, compressing, inverting, processing and reprocessing. The method of its construction, Lidell conceded in The Wire 257, took its toll. Assembled between 1999 and 2001, the contrivance and the effort were more than worthwhile. Opener 'Messagesacomin', which wiggles and struggles and thrives on being denied breaking out into a fully blown beat, is like a re-reading of classic 80s Prince- not a derivative but a multiplication, a hall of mirrors expansion of the possibilities that Prince's machine sensuality suggested. Lidell's vocal submission to the elaborate constraints set up by Vogel is vital to the tension of Raw Digits. 'Gravity Rearrangin', on which the pace lets up a little, feels like a reward for the rigorous modus operandi - languid, yet fatally twisted into a new soul shape, morphing in mid-song as if to illustrate the infinite capability suggested by the title. Raw Digits marks a lonely outpost of extreme achievement in the pop universe." - David Stubbs

La Buchi

Sun City Girls - Kaliflower

Two Sir Richard Bishop albums have been posted in this blog (here and here). Go get 'em, and then come back and get introduced to his old group (along with brother alan and Charlie Gocher), the legendary and deranged ultra dementors Sun City Girls. More SCG available upon request.

"This project came out originally as a CD. The front cover was a picture of Kali from a mini poster that Alan had bought in India. About three or four months later it was re-released as a vinyl edition. The only cut I actually recorded was the Uncle Tompa/Venerable song. That was from the 1990 tour when they stopped in Chicago and played at Lower Links. This was another one of those magical nights. This is the first recording I made of them. The whole recording is excellent but this is the only cut that will see the light of day. Uncle Tompa was recorded on the 234 cassette four track with two PZM taped to the ceiling and a stereo line out of the board mix. It was mixed a few months later at Hollywood Sound Recordes through a Neve with some sort of expensive compressors. It makes all the difference. If you have a some cassette four track tapes you want to mix, take it to a swanky studio and spend the money. You won't regret it. " - SRB


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Spacek - Vintage Hi-Tech

The supreme craftsmen of haunted micro-soul.

"Apparently once described as the 'Radiohead of Soul' (pffft), Spacek return with the follow up to their epochal 2001 debut Curvatia. Released from a frustrating major label deal, Vintage Hi-Tech is the result of the diligent toil of Steve Spacek and Morgan Zante in their newly built studio. The duo have been working together with vocalist Edmund Cavill since the mid-90s and the ten tracks on Vintage Hi-Tech impressively emphasise Spacek's individual perspective.

The stripped to the bone R&B,downbeats and soft, endearingly evocative vocals make the unmistakeable Spacek sound and combine to create shades of a Massive Attack tete-a-tete with D'Angelo. This album really is in a world of its own: its delayed, swinging tracks are rooted in soul but cuts like the hip hop inspired "Motion Control" show an alternative side to what is an essentially concise and well produced version of a late night soundtrack. The groovy, cutting-edge tracks such as "Amazing" and "I Know" (where the beats just give a slight suggestion of funk) to the jazzy vocalled "Time", this is definitely an album you can warm to. In between, there's the void, containing nothing but vocals and vibes until "La Bougie" and its lazy, discordant finale.

This is a laidback, occasionally horizontal album and very good it is too. Timeless and futuristic at the same time, Spacek's fragile songs remain their strongest advantage. Their inimitable sound is instantly recognisable and their music remains essentially beyond any specific classification." - David Silverman

Anibal BBQ

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Built To Spill & Lou Barlow

There Is No Enemy

Goodnight Unknown

And just I was about to say that Indie-Rock is dead.

Cosmic Jokers - s/t

Kosmische bastards unite!

"The Cosmic Jokers was never an ensemble, per se; its members did not play together as Cosmic Jokers, and in fact were not even asked to join the group. Their music was created from sessions put together by Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser early in 1973. He arranged for several acid parties to be held at the sound studio owned by Dieter Dierks, where musicians were offered drugs in exchange for recording tracks. Participants included Manuel Göttsching and Klaus Schulze of Ash Ra Tempel, Jurgen Dollase and Harold Grosskopf of Wallenstein, and Dierks. Prior to this, all of the musicians involved had been in the Cosmic Couriers, which had played on experimental recordings by Sergius Golowin, Walter Wegmuller, and Timothy Leary.

Kaiser took the tapes from these sessions, edited and mixed them with Dierks, and released them on his label, Kosmische Musik, complete with the musicians' pictures on the LP sleeve, without asking for their permission. Göttsching didn't find out about the record release until he heard it playing in a record store in Berlin and asked the counter help what was playing. Kaiser released five records under the name Cosmic Jokers in 1974, one of which was actually a label sampler and a second, Gilles Zeitschiff, consisted of Kaiser's then-girlfriend Gille Lettmann speaking over sounds taken from prior label releases. While none of the musicians were very happy with the recordings, Schulze was so angry after the release of Gilles Zeitschiff that he sued Kaiser. In 1975, Kaiser was forced to discontinue and withdraw the recordings, and he fled the country over the affair, abandoning the record label over the threat of impending legal problems."

Schwarzkommando mandala

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Madlib - Shades Of Blue

this is a classic. i was wondering why this hasn't been uploaded to the chasm lovers union. one of Madlib`s finest works, remixing many classic tunes from the Blue Note Records catalog in their "funky blue note" era. it`s something that any ear can digest with ease. Blue Note gave all the master tracks to Madlib and gave him permission to do whatever he wanted to do, so obviously he went all beat-tastik on this shit and it was freaking worth it. Blue Note released this album in their label, something that no hip hop producer was ever offered. viva le Madlib. viva le beats.

stepping into tomorrow.

Experimental Audio Research - Beyond the Pale

Sonic Boom's main project after the dissolution of Spacemen 3. Featuring Kevin Martin, Kevin Shields and Eddie Prevost.

"Recorded in 1992 and promised to appear shortly after Mesmerised's release, Beyond the Pale only finally surfaced four years later, on a completely different label than indicated. Arguably this had something to do with Kevin Shields, who makes his one and only appearance on an E.A.R. album with the first track, also the title song -- perhaps they had to remix it to death or something. Whatever the exact reason, Beyond the Pale also is the one time the original four members of the group, Shields, Sonic Boom, Martin, and Prevost, all performed together under the E.A.R. rubric. Boom is credited with main songwriting and producing, understandable as he was taking the lead with the whole thing in the first place, though he and Martin did mix the album together at Shields' London studios. "Beyond the Pale" itself is an attractive monster of a track -- hearing everything from Martin's doomy, echoing drones and massive wah-wah guitar to Prevost's bowed cymbals in the mix makes for a fascinating and disturbing experience. Shields' own guitar work steers away from recreating My Bloody Valentine, instead sounding like strange howls in the distance and calmer, simpler tones up-front amidst the expected Boom touches. Another long monster of a song, "In the Cold Light of Day," sounds like a full collaboration minus Shields, with distorted, stretched-out Martin saxophone and other chilling sonic touches dominating, along with more odd, entrancing percussion work from Prevost and mournful sighs from at least one of the members. "Dusk" definitely has an overwhelming sense of Martin's low, dark musical meditations, minor keys echoing into the infinite. The remaining numbers sound more predominantly like Boom with occasional guest help, as with the buried drumming from Prevost on "The Calm Beyond" or the warm oscillations turned harsher via Martin's work on "The Circle Is Blue."- Ned Raggett


The Vivian Girls in Puerto Rico.

Love em or hate em, theyre heading this way.

Vivian Girls started in Brooklyn, NY in March 2007 as the trio of Cassie Ramone (guitar/vocals), Kickball Katy (bass/drums/vocals) and Frankie Rose (drums/bass/vocals). While only a band for a short while, they recorded a demo CD-R which included five original songs and a Wipers cover, and began to play locally in Brooklyn and Katy and Cassie's home state of New Jersey. Within the first couple of months they had already developed a strong local following, supporting acts like Jay Reatard, Sonic Youth and the King Khan & BBQ Show as well as finding kindred spirits in other locals like Cause Co-Motion!, Crystal Stilts, and Woods, with whom they’ve shared many bills and helped develop a local scene. The band is still very much connected to their home scene. In March 2008 they released the "Wild Eyes" single on the Plays With Dolls label. With very little promotion and distribution the single became an underground indie hit as it charted on many college radio playlists and garnered positive reviews on the internet. Recorded in the same session, their debut self-titled LP was released by the Mauled by Tigers label, whose initial pressing of the LP sold out in ten days. During this time, the group signed with In The Red Records who released a new single in August 2008. In The Red re-released the Mauled by Tigers record on LP and CD formats in October 2008. In July 2008 the band underwent a lineup change with new drummer Ali Koehler replacing Frankie Rose. The band then went on an extensive tour that saw them visit the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Puerto Rico in two months. Their second album, Everything Goes Wrong was released by In The Red in September 2009. [Wiki]

Jueves 22 de Octubre, 2009
Nuyorican Cafe, Viejo San Juan
Campo Formio
Un Final Fatal
8PM - $5

Viernes 23 de Octubre, 2009
Bamboo Beach, Isabela
Los Vigilantes
No Muertos
+1 TBA
8PM - $5

Sabado, 24 de Octubre, 2009
Cafe 103 , Rio Piedras
VIVIAN GIRLS (Presentacion Acustica)
Taller Ce, Rio Piedras
Juventud Crasa
8PM - $5

that red-head is cuuuuuute! (E-dawg hook a nigga up!)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Don Carlos & Gold - Them Never Know Natty Dread Have Him Credential

Another reggae classic from the master of sweet talking the ladies, Don Carlos. This album is backed up by the incredible Roots Radics band with Gold backing up vocals, making some nice horn lines and some beautiful compositions.

ride on, christine.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

John Fahey - Old Girlfriends And Other Horrible Memories.

Netherlandian request. More Fahey goodness.

[this track is not on the record, but its kickass nonetheless]

Twilight Zone

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Joe McPhee - Nation Time

For Chokabert. McPhee's debut and an avant jazz classic. From 1970.

"IF you have enjoyed some of Joe McPhee's recent releases, such as Undersound or Novio Iolu, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. Even if you're well aware that Joe doesn't always work with the delicacy and subtlety he employs on those two discs, but with the bluster and grandeur of Grand Marquis, you'll find that this one is different. A long-awaited rerelease of a 1970 recording, Nation Time is the exuberance of the master in his youth, haranguing the crowd ("WHAT TIME IS IT?" "Nation Time" "AW, C'MON! YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT! WHAT TIIIIME IS IT???" "NATION TIME!") and playing a glorious to-the-wall mixture of r&b and free motifs, with a great deal more thrown in too.

Two of these three long tracks were recorded at a concert at Vassar College on December 12, 1970: "Nation Time" and "Scorpio's Dance." Featuring the electric piano of Mike Kull and the relentless percussion of Bruce Thompson and Ernest Bostic, there is a definite hint of rock in the music. McPhee also, especially on "Nation Time," plays with a burred r&b tenor tone reminiscent of Ornette Coleman's much-imitated sound on Ornette on Tenor. And also like the music on that album, the groove isn't constant. Although it's a stronger one than Ornette ever favored at that time, it's elastic enough to give way to periods where McPhee and Kull solo searchingly in empty space. Indeed, one of the most exciting things about this album is the sense of space. Although all three of these tracks are quite propulsive, McPhee and his men are imaginative enough to continue to refresh them with rhythmic and other variations.

"Shakey Jake," recorded in a studio the next day, adds an alto saxophonist, an organist, and an electric guitarist. The electric guitarist plays in the mode of many players in the nascent fusion movement of those days, so this track's flavor fits right in with the other two: free r&b of a style more musically adventurous than that made famous by Miles Davis, but still full of enough hooks to wow the crowd.

And wow the crowd it did. Thirty years later, it's still just as powerful."- Robert Spencer


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tradition - Captain Ganja & The Space Patrol

oh my science, this album is just out of this planetary system. synths, horns, vocals, space echo literally, jah jah, water samples, arpeggiators, cosmic dust, nature and reverb. one of the most unique and abstract dub albums that i`ve come into contact with. it was released in 1980 so its got some soul/r&b influences.

sorry, badongo sucks.

p.s. check out the mixing/recording engineer.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Gas - Koenigsforst

And we continue with albums for the Duke, this time my favorite Gas release. Gas is the project of Kompakt's founder and all around electronic music/techno maven Wolfgang Voigt, in which he aspires to reflect the sound of the "German Forest" and to create a "Germanic Popular Music" (yeah, sounds dodgy innit) using samples of German Romantic Composers and layers of synths and putting them through severe processing stress, the result being a smorgasbord of vaporous, magnificent sound.

"GAS is the vision of a sonic body between schönberg and kraftwerk, between french horn and bass drum. GAS is wagner goes glam rock, and hansel and gretel on acid. GAS is there to take you on a seemingly endless march through the under woods - and into the discoteque - of an imaginary, nebulous forest.

In his music, Wolfgang Voigt does not create a direct reference to the original sounds and or even the forest itself. He rather tries to reduce the "material" to its basic aesthetic structure by using different zoom, loop and alienation techniques in order to release it from its original meaning and context. His intention is to create a kind of aesthetic essence, a cave (detail/loop/repetition) where you can get lost.
and for all of you who think that this is too heavy to ingest, please accept this as wonderful music."- Raster Noton


Sunday, October 4, 2009

William Basinski - Melancholia

another great work from the master of gentle tape loops and melancholic music.

home of my first piano teacher.

Philogynist: A Mixtape.

A collection of songs directed at specific female names by some of my favorite artists.

1. Scott Walker - Mathilde
2. Arthur Russell - Janine
3. John Cale - Cleo
4. Kevin Ayers - Lady Rachel
5. The Animals - A Girl Named Sandoz
6. Slapp Happy - Karen
7. John Coltrane - Naima
8. Velvet Underground - Caroline
9. Bert Jansch - Veronica
10. Funkadelic - Alice In My Fantasies
11. The Squires (Early Neil Young) - Aurora
12. Robyn Hitchcock - Elizabeth Jade
13. David Byrne - Adé
14. John Cale - Helen Of Troy
15. John Fahey - Claire
16. The Mathew Herbert Big Band - Regina
17. Lenny Breau - Emily
18. Brigitte Fontaine - Brigitte
19. Mars - Helen Forsdale
20. Rotary Connection - Lady Jane (Stones' cover)
21. John Cale - Adelaide
22. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Lydia
23. Kevin Ayers - Margaret
24. Bert Jansch - Katie Cruel (Feat. Beth Orton & Devendra Banhart)
25. Jeff Magnum - Naomi

'hope you enjoy.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Amon Düül II - Tanz Der Lemminge

Be back soon with more for the Duke, but meanwhile, here's some prime Amon shit, from 1971.

coco lopez

The Caretaker - Persistent Repetition of Phrases

More for the Duke. I'll let James Kirby explain his Caretaker project himself:

Dusty and forgotten memories, echoes and vibrations from the past. Using as source, recordings from the 1920's and 1930's era of Ballroom music. Often painful and desolate memories, recalled and replayed from beyond the grave of our senses. In amongst this darkness lies the solace of a semi-recognisable melody or phrase, a beacon of light in this often dark and distant ocean of haunted recalled audio." Also, an exploration of Alzheimer's Disease.

"Slight glimpses of fond memories are endlessly repeated on yellow filmscreens, in the dark and dusty theatres of the human mind, until a loss of recollection occurs, leaving foreign fragments to a puzzle you can never put back together. Overall a very stirring and sad album, and a potent display of the musical uniqueness that makes The Caretaker so relevant." - Brainwashed


William Basinski - El Camino Real

And we continue with the posts for Mr. Duke with an overwhelming piece from Mr. William Basinski. Basinski is quite a colorful NYC character who, like Jeck, deals primarily with discarded media, in this case degraded and corroded tape loops he himself made years ago. He also subtly treats these tapes, resulting in an extremely delicate music that you can hear even "melting" or turning itself into ether. The memory games he plays with his work also make him a revered figure in the hauntology ranks.

"The sound was an orchestra's melody that floated out of a small tape loop... The peaceful string melody could pass for Muzak for a shopping mall or funeral home lobby... [but] the music was drained of its potential kitsch - only majesty and sadness were left." - Cameron MacDonald

Fuck Yann Tiersen

Philip Jeck - 7

Mr. Duke asked me to post artists similar to Akira Rabelais in sound and spirit, and so we begin with Philip Jeck, who goes hunting for old, worn-down, scratched and dusty vinyl which he manipulates with a multitude of effects and preparations, creating beautiful sepia-toned memoradelia. No wonder he's considered a prime exponent of "hauntology" (a musical genre preoccupied with the creation of false memories, imagined nostalgia, and neurological simulacra through sound).

"When the repetitions culminate into glorious crests, it sounds as if recorded history in its entirety is singing one last song in the death throes of the waste bin."