March 23, 2009

Abraham Cross - Peace Can't Combine EP (MCR, 2001)...

A great slice of Japanese Crust, 9 tracks recorded in '94-'95:

Course For Life
Teach A Cage
Brain Storm
Feelings In Soil
Pointless Tooth
Bad Circulate
In There
Same As War
Pointless Tooth


March 22, 2009

Skull - Beer, Metal, Spikes demo (Utterly Somber, 2004)...

Influenced by: Motörhead, Venom, Exodus, Bulldozer, Voivod, the NWOBHM and 70's rock n' roll bands. Speed/Thrash Metal from Colombia.


March 19, 2009

v/a Musics of the Soviet Union (Folkways, 1989)...

Very little indigenous music from the former Soviet Union is known to the West. This recording, from 1988, offers a rich sampling from many of the more than 100 ethnic groups within this vast region. The record begins with passionate Lithuanian lullabies and proceeds through ancient seasonal and ceremonial village songs from southern and northern Russia and the asymmetrical dance rhythms performed by Estonian bagpipers. From the distant Mongolian frontier, the amazing art of Tuvan multiphonic "throat singing" can be heard as well as the richly harmonic male choral singing still practiced in Georgia.


(if your interested in Tuvan Throat Singing i posted an album previously Chöömej, Throat-Singing From The Center Of Asia along with tracks featured in Herzog's documentary Little Dieter Needs To Fly or is it Rescue Dawn?). An album called The Spirit of The Steppes (Throat Singing From Tuva and Beyond) can be got at Moon Musick.

Shalom Comrade! Yiddish Music in the Soviet Union 1928-1961 (Wergo)...

Stalin’s cultural ideologues planned to deploy the music of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of the Soviet Union as a building block for the new Soviet music, whereas the Jewish religion with its traditional way of life was damned as counter-revolutionary. The anthology “Shalom Comrade!” tells the forgotten history of Yiddish music in the Soviet Union and contains rare recordings from the archive of the ethnomusicologists Rita Ottens and Joel Rubin.

Featuring Misha Aleksandrovich, Mikhail Epelbaum, Marina Gordon, Emil Gorovets, Anna Guzik, Solomon Khromchenko, Nechama Lifshitsaite, Saul Liubimov, Solomon Mikhoels, Debora Pantofel-Nechetskaia, M. I. Rabinovich, Zinovii Shulman, Sidi Tal, and many others.

(Scans of the cd inlay booklet with lots more information inside the download folder)

v/a Navajo Songs (Folkways, 1992)...

The lifestyles, philosophies, and traditions of the Navajo nation are represented by songs for herding, planting, harvesting, hunting, blessing hogans, and soothing children. The 1933 and 1940 field recordings from settlements in New Mexico and Arizona beautifully document a music largely vocal and highly melodic with relatively short song phrases repeated, divided, and combined in intriguingly complex ways.


March 10, 2009

James Ferraro...

Tape links... HERE

KFC City 3099: Pt.1 Toxic Spill (New Age Tapes, 2009)...



Last of the Minstrels...

The archaic Abner Jay from Fitzgerald Georgia described himself as 'the last great Southern black minstrel show' and was still late in his life touring the Southern countryside in his camper converted into a portable minstrel stage. He played the long-necked, plucked string instrument we nowadays call the banjo. It's possible antecedents have existed in many forms and under many names. The commercially-manufactured, standardized form has emerged from vernacular instruments, including what 18th-century European travelers to the West Indian colonies reported as `strum-strums': long, flat-necked, skin-covered gourd bodies strung with catgut, resorted to by plantation slaves for intimate diversion as well as larger occasions of social excitement arousal. Coming from whatever precursors, the banjo occupied an important place in late-19th century black and white minstrelsy and vaudeville. Jay was once a travelling performer with the Silas Green Show, whom he joined in 1932, one of the last multifaceted road shows on record.

He had a huge repertoire of banjo and old-time songs learnt from his grandfather, who had been a slave in Washington County, Georgia. There is a long line of social and musical experience which constitutes Jay's tradition: blacks' domestic entertainment inspiring white imitations; in turn stimulating composed, sheet-music idioms for middle-class and professional performance, which then animated younger generations of black musicians. Tastes and tolerances of what constitutes acceptable public entertainment are always changing, of course, Jay was part of making idioms which may not in fact have received too much exposure in the daily pressure to captivate audiences by extrovert mannerisms. Abner was the last of the minstrel musicians. The distinction is that what we call minstrel music is complex. There are at least three different levels.

There's the first level of European Americans recognizing the creativity in the slave quarters as a component for attraction and assimilation; two, there would be the response from the African American community that would mimic the mimickers; and three, there would be a contingent of African American creative musicians who would seek to parlay that polarity--that is to say, to take the original and dynamic components of that experience, and attempt to do something with that. Abner Jay falls into that group. For over fifty years Abner was a one-man band, hambone and bone player. Except for the six string banjo he also played the old swamp style guitar, harmonica, bass drum, cymbals and sang, all at the same time. He went on to lead the WMAZ Minstrels on Macon radio from 1946-56 before going solo and touring the country in his portable Œlog cabin¹, complete with its own PA system, from where he would perform and sell cassettes and LPs. When Abner was born his dad kept the birth records on the side of the house. When the house burned down, the birth records were destroyed, and Abner was never able to find out just how old he was. Jay claims the secret for his good health was "layin' on his belly drinkin' water from that ol Swaunee River". Jay died in 1993.

"I play banjo in an old cotton-picking style - real smooth, real quiet. There's not a lot of fancy licks" Abner says.

(Biography from Anthology Recordings)

Abner Jay - Swaunee Water And Cocaine Blues (Brandie Records, 197?)...

(Mississippi Records recently released 'The True Story of Abner Jay' on vinyl, buy it from HERE)

March 07, 2009

Arkha Sva - Mikama Isaro Mada (Total Holocaust, 2008)...

Compilation of the Rekonquista and Hymne tapes, previously only released on tape format.

"Although this band is from Japan their contact address is in Levallois-Perret, France. Strange I wonder why? Might it have anything to do with the fact that a lot of inspiration for the music on this tape is derived from the infamous Les Légions Noires (The Black Legions). Arkha Sva's music is certainly inspired by bands like: Mütiilation, Belketre, Vlad Tepes. The music is dirty and harsh Black Metal, mid-paced with few tempo changes, a low almost guttural scream vocals, pounding drums and a dark and hate filled atmosphere. The riffs are minimalistic and ice cold."

1. Emergence hors de l'Abîme 02:53
2. Thou Disappear 03:48
3. Chant I 01:01
4. Rekonquista 03:23
5. Chant II 00:37
6. Requiem on Their Graveth 03:35
7. Chant III 00:50
8. Nameless Rebellious 05:14
9. Odeur de la Mort 01:35
10. Hymne aux Légions Noires 04:10
11. Sublimation of the Destruktive Lust 04:56
12. Transylvania 04:10
13. The Dark Promise 03:51