May 30, 2010


Directions In Music (Thrill Jockey, 1996)

Classic 'Post-Rock' from Bundy K. Brown (Tortoise/Gastr Del Sol), Doug Scharin (June Of 44) and James Warden


Dahmer was a grindcore band formed in Quebec City, Canada in 1995 by S├ębastien (Seb) and Yvan Dionne. They composed songs about serial killers (hence their name referring to Jeffrey Dahmer), mass murderers and other various topics, some not even criminal-related and mostly humorous.

DEMO 1 '96



May 29, 2010

Dark Quarterer


get the self-titled LP at the Cosmic Hearse

Indian Wig is: Lance Mountain,Hagop Najarian and Neil Blender.This 2009 recording is paired with super 8 skate footage of Skip Disney,Mike Smith,Lance Mountain, & Neil Blender shot in the early 80's

Harry Smith

"Early Abstractions" (1946-57)

The seven films that make up Early Abstractions are spliced together to be projected as a unit. "My movies are made by God; I am just the medium for them." Harry Smith "Smith's films can be watched for pure color enjoyment, or for motion - Harry Smith's films never stop moving - or you can watch them for hidden and symbolic meanings, alchemical signs." Jonas Mekas

(Part 2 & onwards)

Harry Smith interview (1965): Part one | two


May 27, 2010

Charanjit Singh

Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat (The Gramophone Company Of India, 1982)

Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat challenges us to rewind acid's origin story to India 1982, and to move from a sweaty Chicago nightclub to the home studio of a veteran Bollywood musician. In the '60s and '70s Charanjit Singh did time on the Bollywood soundtrack scene, and earned extra cash with his own orchestra playing popular favorites at weddings. In 1982, armed with a now-iconic trio of Roland gear, the Jupiter 8, TB-303 and TR-808, Singh set out to update the entrancing drone and whirling scales of classical Indian music. It's enough of a mind-fuck that rumors circulated on the web claiming the record was a prank spawned by Richard D. James.

What stands out most on Ten Ragas is Singh's comparatively original use of the TB-303. Even though it was designed to fill in for a bass guitar, the 303 was notoriously awkward when it came to reproducing conventional basslines—the box was much better suited to produce the otherworldly squelches of DJ Pierre. Singh, however, found a different way to employ the machine. Dayal notes that the TB-303's "glissando" function, the ability to slide from one note to another, makes it perfectly suited for the sort of raga melodies that run slippery up and down the scale. Married to rugged 808s and Terry Riley-style undulating keyboard solos, The result is a haunting, exotic prefiguration of acid's steely futurism, a bit like Kraftwerk live at the Taj Mahal, somehow summoned from the past but envisioning the future at the same time.
(William Rauscher)

Bombay Connection

(via Playmaker blog)

May 24, 2010

May 15, 2010

The Ital Surgeon

Dr Alimantado - Best Dressed Chicken In Town (Greensleeves, 1978)

"Best Dressed Chicken In Town" is a compilation of the best of the Doc's music from 1973-76, and the title track is the most outstanding track of all on this album. It was recorded by Lee Perry in 1974 in the then new Black Ark Studio. Perry and the Doc used the rhythm track of Horace Andy's "Ain't No Sunshine" and created three minutes of musical madness. The song was put in the meat chopper, echoes and heavy basses were added, and tapes were speeded up and down until the whole thing became a whirlpool of sound. All of the songs on this album are dub-inflected tracks and prove a potent combination, but this still is an underrated roots masterpiece."


May 14, 2010

Mega Mix

A new house and techno mix. Portland to Stockholm to Leipzig to Manchester to Detroit and Paris to Berlin to Hamburg to London via Berlin.

Some more info on a few of the artists: The Miracles Club is the house project of Jackie O Motherfucker's Honey Owens; Oni Ayhun is the male half of The Knife and putting out some fucking great and diverse tracks, as well as a very good podcast for the always fascinating MNML SSGS. Hauntologists is the pairing of Jay Ahern, also here as Cheap & Deep, and Stefan Schneider of To Rococo Rot.

The Miracles Club — Chango (White Rainbow mix)
Oni Ayhun — OAR003/B
Kassem Mosse — Workshop 08/A1
Claro Intelecto — Momento
Carl Craig & Laurent Garnier — Demented Drums (Version)
Cheap & Deep — Tight
Frozen Border — FB04/A1
Cassy — Soul Saviour
Hauntologists — EP1/A1
Sascha Funke — Mango Cookie (DJ Koze remix)
Mount Kimbie — William (Tama Sumo & Prosumer remix)


May 13, 2010

Alan Lomax

To Hear Your Banjo Play (1947)

“Neighborhood investigation shows him to be a very peculiar individual in that he is only interested in folk lore music, being very temperamental and ornery. …. He has no sense of money values, handling his own and Government property in a neglectful manner, and paying practically no attention to his personal appearance. … He has a tendency to neglect his work over a period of time and then just before a deadline he produces excellent results.” (from the FBI file on Alan Lomax, 1940-1980)

American Patchwork Series...

From 1978 to 1985 Alan Lomax traveled the American South and Southwest with a television crew to document regional folklore with deep historical roots. From the resulting 500 hours of footage Lomax wrote, produced, directed, and narrated five one-hour documentary films focused on African American, Appalachian, and Cajun music and dance:

Appalachian Journey
Cajun Country
Dreams and Songs of the Noble Old
Jazz Parades: Feet Don't Fail Me Now
The Land Where the Blues Began

May 12, 2010


Martin Carthy

s/t (1965)

Martin Carthy made his first solo recording on the collection Hootenanny in London (1963), singing Your Baby 'as Gone Down the Plug Hole, later revived by Cream. Martin also sang With the End of Me Old Cigar in a duet with Redd Sullivan, and Girls. By now, Martin Carthy was recognised (not because of songs like that) as a virtuoso folk guitarist and was resident at London's top folk club, the Troubadour. There he taught songs to visiting Americans including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon who adapted Lord Franklin and Scarborough Fair for their own records. With Leon Rosselson, Carthy recorded as the Three City Four (first album released 1965) before making his first album, Martin Carthy for Fontana (also released 1965). He recorded this and his Second Album with Dave Swarbrick, with whom Carthy was touring the folk clubs. It was not before Byker Hill that both got equal billing for their duo records. From 1969-72, he was a member of the folk-rock band Steeleye Span with whom he first played electric guitar; see the photo from the sleeve of 'Ten Man Mop' (1971). In 1972, Martin Carthy married Norma Waterson and joined her more traditional vocal group, The Watersons.

Hungry For Death


May 11, 2010

Jackson C. Frank

s/t (1965)

Another genius of 60's folk music whose career was railroaded by tragedy and shit luck...

"In the folk clubs of Britain in the 60's and early 70's, many regulars would have been familiar with those lines "Living is a gamble, baby, Loving's just the same." They came from a song called Blues Run The Game and were written by a young American singer-songwriter-guitarist named Jackson Carey Frank. The original version came out in 1965 on Frank's own debut album, Jackson C Frank, produced in London by Paul Simon and featuring guitar fills on one track by Al Stewart.
Later John Renbourn included the song on his So Clear album, and Sandy Denny recorded a couple of other Frank compositions. Over the years dozens of aspiring singer-songwriter-guitarists, in far flung pubs and festivals, covered Frank's works. Denny and Roy Harper even wrote songs about him..."
read on

sleeve notes from a 1978 re-issue written by Frank

May 10, 2010

Loloma, loloma, loloma kwak kwai

Robbie Basho - Visions Of The Country LP (Windham Hill, 1978)

A later Robbie Basho release and one of my favourites, if you've never heard 'Blue Crystal Fire' give it a listen; perhaps his best song?

Ode To Gravity interview from 1974...

Robbie introduces music from his Vanguard album 'Zarthus' (1974) and talks with Charles Amirkhanian (Music Director of KPFA/Berkeley) about world music influences in his recent work (at the time) and his interest in American Indian music.

May 08, 2010


"Immortal but nearly forgotten Swedish gods of basic death metal (think Death/Master) with an infusion of primitive euro death"

Cemetery Inhabitants demo (1989)
Manifestion Of God demo (1991)
On Sour Ground 7" (1993)
Global Warming EP (1993)


Structures LP from '94 posted earlier


In The Name Of Suffering (Intellectual Convulsion, 1990)

Review from Encyclopaedia Metallum:

I can try to rant and rave about how this is one of the pioneering sludge albums, how it's an incredibly dismal, depressing, and angry album, or go even further and talk about how Eyehategod is seemingly the perfect sludge band. Yeah, yeah, I know, you've heard similar claims before for *insert cult heavy metal band here*. So I won't take that route. Rather, I'll expand on how "some kids just trying to play hardcore" stumbled across one of the bleakest musical sounds one will ever have the pleasure of hearing."

Instantly, one will notice the atrocity that is the sound quality of this recording, which sounds as though it was recorded in an old, small quarters basement that has been in ruins for years, which is now covered in disturbing graffiti and crawling with drug fiends of every kind; the perfect canvas for one ugly (albeit great) painting. The feedback, the dirgy, heavily distorted guitar sound, Mike Williams' pissed off, tortured screaming centered around themes of violence, drug abuse, and depression leave the listener convinced that what they are hearing is REAL, and not a group of people trying to be "extreme" or "shocking".

"Perversion is insanity; lust for rape, a reality..."

Infusing old hardcore punk with a little bit of southern flair and Black Sabbath comes easy for these guys. At first glimpse, it sounds as though they have the serious, down-to-business, old hardcore sound down, and the bluesy Sabbathisms show their faces when the band incorporates their own special touch of NOLA (few and far between here, though they would expand further on this influence on their next album). The music here can go from a heavy, treacherous crawl, to an outburst of quick, grimy punk rock, and sometimes there are really no smooth transitions between tempos, but this method of songwriting just works for the sound that has been crafted here. It eliminates any sense of security the listener may be holding on to, forcing them to just give in to this dirty, oppressive experience.

This is one of the few albums out there in the extreme music world that is, for the lack of a better phrase, genuinely scary. From the opening screeching of feedback on "Depress", to the pummeling crunch of "Run It Into The Ground", and finally to the excellent closing piece that is "Hit A Girl", there will probably be many thoughts flying through one's head. In my case, though, there was only one thought that remained throughout this record's entirety...

"This album is disgusting."

May 06, 2010

Dougy Stanhope

"I did fuck a midget once, it's true; 'cause I had the opportunity after a show. How could you not, just one time, just to see?"

The Acid Bootleg (2001)


Thanks Matty for the post!

May 04, 2010


Exhibition Opening:08/05/2010 – 29/05/2010
Motelsalieri Gallery
Via Giovanni Lanza 162,