January 31, 2011

Leary Blips

12" soon at TTT

January 28, 2011

Jo-Ann Kelly

s/t (1969)

Born in Streatham, South London, and with her brother, Dave Kelly, became blues fans in their teens. Few women were singing or playing the blues during the 1960s, let alone with her skill or understanding of early blues styles. Kelly had a voice far bigger than her slight frame would suggest; with a rich, deep, tonal quality that could easily have come from Dinah Washington. She first came to the attention of the nation at large when she joined forces with Tony McPhee's Groundhogs. In 1969 she appeared live with Mississippi Fred McDowell and later made many US tours. Back in the UK she became a major player on the blues circuit, recording with the John Dummer Blues Band and Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, as well as Stefan Grossman. In 1972 she completed an album with Woody Mann, John Miller and John Fahey.

January 26, 2011

Heroin in Tahiti

"Heroin in Tahiti is an up and coming young project from Rome. It features two well-known figures of the gossip and celebrity/music scene of Italy, who for this particular project have chosen to remain anonymous. A well known TV presenter has already tipped the Ep, drawing comparisons to up-there and out-there colossi such as Vangelis and Dick Dale. These banana-republic clad punks are going places, said another important local newspaper, bearing a title which has already defined a genre, this is hot stuff. We salute these swampy upstarts."

(translated from anonymous press release).

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Non Speech

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January 24, 2011

Pom Pom

Volumes: 1-10 [182MB] 11-20 [213MB] 21-30 [225MB]

Those who denigrate minimal techno as prissy and sterile are in for a surprise with Pom Pom, a mysterious outfit whose fondness for parity and repetition certainly mark them with the ‘M’ word but whose ragged productions are stained black with the filthy handprints of their creators. Pom Pom revel in obscurity, welcome more than ever in today’s promotion-obsessed reveal-everything world: their releases are anonymous black-on-black vinyl-only editions, all tracks untitled, defined only by (unwritten) number.
Like Wolfgang Voigt in his Profan guise, Pom Pom rely heavily on samples to create woozy, disorienting textures around which loud drums are pounded in 4/4. Hiss, static and strange clunks make menacing yet entrancing cycles, created from sampled matter completely divorced from its original source, and seemingly compiled with blunt scissors and cheap glue. Rhythms are uncomplicated, favouring the distorted tones of Areal and the dark hues of Berghain, and tracks finish up pretty much where they started, but that’s not to their detriment. There’s a surprising degree of invention and variation within these narrow confines.
[Cyclic Defrost]

CD 001


January 23, 2011


Nearly missed this post at Jakes Alley and thought it merited a 'reblog'. Good work!

January 20, 2011

Numero Uno, UNII, & UN I&I&I


Social Engineering in the 20th Century

'Human Resources' explores the rise of mechanistic philosophy and the exploitation of human beings under modern hierarchical systems.

Topics covered include behaviorism, scientific management, work-place democracy, schooling, frustration-aggression hypothesis, the history of secret programs, medical research and human experimentation made by corporations and government institutions such as the CIA and the military using behaviourism theories, mind control techniques, dumbing down strategies and ideologic propaganda to find ways of controlling people throughout the 20th century.


January 17, 2011

Oliver Payne's (discarded) video for Highlife [The Social Registry]

January 15, 2011

January 12, 2011

January 08, 2011

DJ Paul

DJ Paul played an important role in the South's rise to prominence within the once East- and West Coast-dominated rap industry. Behind the duo's leadership, Three 6 Mafia rose from an underground phenomenon in Memphis to a nationally recognized rap empire, spinning off numerous solo albums for the collective's many members in the mid- to late '90s. Like his production partner, DJ Paul specialized in dark, eerie tracks driven by bass-heavy beats and haunting sounds. [wiki]

Greatest Hits Part One (1994)


Crash Course In Science

Philadelphian minimal synth/post punk from 1979 onwards


Bush Tetras

January 06, 2011

Townes Van Zandt demos

In 1972, Townes Van Zandt recorded tracks for an album with a working title of 'Seven Come Eleven', which would remain unreleased for many years due to a dispute between his manager Kevin Eggers and producer Jack Clement. Eggers either could not or refused to pay for the studio sessions, so Clement erased the master tapes. However, before they were deleted, Eggers snuck in to the studio and recorded rough mixes of the songs on to a cassette tape. Tracks from the aborted 'Seven Come Eleven' debacle would later surface on 'The Nashville Sessions'.

1. At My Window
2. Rex's Blues
3. No Place To Fall
4. Buckskin Stallion
5. White Freight Liner
6. The Snake Song
7. Loretta
8. Two Girls
9. The Spider Song
10. When She Don't Need Me
11. Pueblo Waltz
12. Upon My Soul


January 04, 2011


Jew’s harp, jaw harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp, trump harp, juice harp, maultrommel, vargan, khomus (komuz) – is thought to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world; a musician apparently playing it can be seen in a Chinese drawing from the 4th century BC. Despite its common English name, and the sometimes used Jew's trump, it has no particular connection with the Jewish people or Judaism. This instrument is native to Asia and used in all tribes of Turkish people in Asia.

Nogon Shumarov, Altai singer and musician from the Katun river in the Altai Republic (Russia) talks about the khomus

Siberian shamans traditionally used khomus during their rituals. This instrument can be called by right the classic shaman’s instrument. They say that the sounds of khomus are heard not only by people and can lead to world of spirits. All this means that the traditions of Yakutian khomus making are very ancient, many thousand years. And these traditions were carefully saved by Yakut people till the present time.
Another reason is that all Yakutian khomuses are made from steel, whereas all other kinds of jew’s harp are made from soft alloys. That is why the sound of Yakutian khomus is the most powerful and clear among all other jew’s harps. From the other hand dealing with the steel demands from the master very high-class workmanship. Every Yakutian khomus is made with great accuracy, all of them are hand-made and hand-tuned. Every Yakutian master has his own secrets. That is why khomuses made by different masters have their own features.

Jew's harp music of Turkic peoples in the Urals, Siberia, and Central Asia (1995)



January 03, 2011

Gangsta City: lost free cinema of the ghetto

"Cabrini-Green is a Chicago Housing Authority public housing development on Chicago's Near North Side.
At its peak, Cabrini-Green was home to 15,000 people, living in mid- and high-rise apartment buildings.
Over the years, gang violence and neglect created terrible conditions for the residents and the name Cabrini-Green became synonymous with the problems associated with public housing in the United States."


Cabrini-Green is where the Candyman film is set: the ghetto par excellence and America's most dangerous place.
In the mid Nineties the city of Chicago received funds to redevelop the area: most housing projects were bound to demolition and over 5,000 people were forced to move away with almost no grant of relocation.
Right now I read the last Cabrini-Green high-rise has been closed: yet some inhabitants declared they are not ready to leave.
In 2006 a video called Gangsta City was supposed to be released documenting the final years of the Cabrini projects from the inside.

"Gangsta City is a full length feature documentary film filmed over 5 years (2001-06) entirely at the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago, IL. (…) Virtually the entire film has been shot by the residents themselves and virtually the entire soundtrack has been produced and performed by the residents themselves. This is a movie that is by Cabrini about Cabrini and for Cabrini. (…) It has been produced with virtually zero budget and no outside backing, funding or help. This is a true independent film. It has been shot with a Sony VX-2000, no other equipment has been used in the making of this film: one camera, one computer."
[via somanyshrimp.com]

This seven-minute trailer dates back to that time and as far as I know the film never actually came out:

Not to be confused with the episode of the History Channel TV series Gangland: appropriately called Gangster City, it's half an hour of brutally real footage commented by a bombastic voice-over. Stream it here.

Daniel R.Robinson jr.

"Song of the Stallion" is an album of guitar music and poetry. It is a compendium of Hindu, Middle Eastern, Western Classical and purely American styles of stringed instruments as applied to steel stringed guitar."The White Stallion with Golden Wings" is used to symbolize the guitar technique of the "running horse" and then "flight by wings"; and also the movement of man at his best towards the "Glorious Sun of Infinity."

Robbie Basho - Song of the Stallion (Takoma, 1971)

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