Thursday, August 31, 2017

Midori Okamura [岡村みどり] - ブルースでなく (Mint-Lee)

Label : Out One Disc - KBS-DDCO-1011
Country : Japan
Year : 2010
Format : CD
Sweet minimalisms, here is another import from some island in the Pacific. A bit less manic compared to previous affairs, this is a nifty little collection of short and long and tall and brief synth tracks for the people.
Midori is a familiar name within the K-Hin Bros. collective. This being a reissue of a 1993 tape distributed by that legendary company and her being a member of Keihin mainstay Constance Towers/Space Ponch, this is rather self-evident. On another tangent, this apparently came with a CDr that contained some of the short CM (jingle) tracks she did. Alas, my copy did not come with that.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Blender Blender 2x4 - The Clownward Spiral

Never to be expected, a smattering of DIY ethics coming your way!

Now, Blender Blender 2x4 (or BB2x4, or BB2X4, etc.) is was/not/was a project by Poughkeepsie native K.D. Schmitz. It is a project I've heard about for quite awhile and I finally got my hands on a rip through the kind hands of Tony Coulter, who on every fortweek hosts the great show called "Tape Hiss" on WFMU. Basically, he plays obscure tapestries from various eras and of sometimes dubious origin all the way through. As consequence, the shows are not archived unfortunately to those who can't always make the grade at midday to listen in. But, Tony was gracious enough to send this particular rip over. Gotta luvvvvv it.

The tape consists of what I always assumed this particular mutations sound would pertain to: collages and intermittent noize, sometimes combined. A little uva twist here, some radioplay and the spoken word has entered the pregnable soundform. Gives it a little spice, I'd say. Something to do with clowns.

Note that the album cover isn't so much of a scan as it is a cropped photograph blown up by waifu2x, so it looks a bit wonky. Also, the files are not split, but tracklisting can be found here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hachiman Mae - 八幡前その弐 (Hachiman Mae 2)

Label : n/a
Country : Japan
Year : n/a
Format : C60

Here we are again, the start of the end. The start of the end of Hachiman-Mae's extant tapography (at least to my knowledge). Their sound hasn't changed much from the last tape: noisy folk mannerisms in a lofi environment, short and harshly sweet in its brevitous use of a 60 minute cassettes A side. 
As one can surmise from the imagery brought forth by me, the packaging is much more ambitious compared to the last soiree. More colourful, decorated, and a bitch to scan. A fold out enclosure held together by a golden string holds within another enclosure whose space is occupied by the emerging soundform contained within yet another enclosure, this being the cartridge.

I got this rarity off Discogs dot com from the man behind NAPALMED, a Czech noise projection which collaborated with these guys through split releases, comp appearances back in those near old times. He tells me that he hasn't spoken with members of the group for quite awhile, and that Hosomi didn't have email. Well, there goes my plan of any sort of reissue/retrospective that would shake the modern world to its post-ironic core.

(In 24bit/96khz FLAC! Hear the hissy detail!)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

C.O.Y.C.A.M.I.I.K. - 0 = ∞ / Yü / Enthusiasm

A phantom post! Spectre of the night, time slipping into the dark recesses of, well, the night. Hard to tell sometimes. Here's a peculiar post for a peculiar time: a double feature for the bootleg platinum screen that is this blog. From one arbiter of illegal downloads to another, two ridiculously obscure tapes from one strange outfit from Philly-Delphi. I got this off a certain Russian torrent protocol, very slowly did it finally reach me. So I figured I'd cut out the front man and put the middle man in the spotlite, DDL is always there for you!

Anyway, this is pretty much a strange concoction of midi-classical compositions with some elements of noise, collage, industrial, and other such vapid, invented derivances (Is it "derivences"? Such variance). Kind of cheesy, but kind of cool, too. That's how I like it, most of the time at least. It's getting late so I'll cut to the chase and leave this pseudo-gonzostreamo to my slumber.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pineal Ventana - Stagnancy Is Revolting

Label : PV Records - PV1
Country : US
Year : 1993
Format : 7 inch
Perhaps out of character, have a post-HC record. Saved by its noisy demeanor, however. I may be losing my edge, I almost bought a minimal techno record and very well may have posted it here had I done it (it was rather good, though. Probably should have picked it up). A digression, as they call it, but I appeal to it here.

 Back to the little slab o' vinilo presented, just some scorching noise-industrial sized punx for the discernible of disturbances. A track that it isn't listed actually persists here, which I have made the distinction of in the rip, just for you. There's some nice vinyl messabouts to change it up from the average noisepunck charade, whether its physical or aural I don't really know.

(note to the self, get Photoshop or something to help me stitch manually in a coherent fashion)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Barom One - Barom One tai Barom-san (Barom One vs Barom-San)

Label : 殺害塩化ビニール - MURDERCD-6767
Country : Japan
Year : 1998
Format : CD
Confession time, I uploaded this somewhere else before putting it all on display here. I put it on a very exclusive place of the net, with a name to the tune of J■op■u■i. Most kidding aside, this is a rather interesting and Japanese album.

(It came with an obi so you know it's legit)

This was actually my first foray into the world of import via proxy. Fun and notso fun stuff, and sometimes the only way to get items such as this, but it was worth it. I had been familiar with this peculiar grouping when I happened upon their split with Brezel Göring which contained some very choice tracks (one or two or three of which appear on here). Intrigued, I sook out more stuff by them and happened upon this on a Japanese auction site and the rest is a subfootnote of history.

 (Not a noise album without some collage. Colorful, too!)

The music, to my clouded understanding, is some bizarre mix of synthpunk, japanoise, jpop, and karaoke standards. Fun fer all the broken families of the werld.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fiendish Fib - Down In The Mine

Label : Treue Um Treue - TUT017
Year : 2011
Country : Germany
Format : LP

Since I am rather ripped and tired at the moment, I'll just leave a littla summary from another site I wrote:
Dedicated to a dead Yamaha PSS 360, presumably killed in action during the years of sessions presented here. Minimal synthetics from the era or so after the genre's retroactive creation. The slab of clear pink pseudomarble plastic runs an atypical gamut of synthpop and punk to experimental collage to minimalist experimentation, mostly in French.
Yeah, that about settles it. Anyway, I did a little double feature for this one. One download contains the original rip, and the other holds a treated copy with ClickRepair. I personally feel that CR messed with some of the synthtones, but what do I know, no? Also, they're both in FLAC, for the audiofiles out there.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Paraquat - Mir

Label : Recycled Carbon Recordings - RCR 23
Country : US
Year : n/a
Format : LP

This was a hard one to track down, apparently there have been quite a few groups/projects/duos/trios/quintets to christen themselves/f as either Mir or Paraquat. It took some intrepid archive trawling to find that this is the solo project of a member of the (equally hard to find) band Churn, Bil (sic?) Hooper. According to the label attached to the sleeve and seen above for your convenience, this is a part of an ambitious series of records that I and most of the internet have never heard of. In fact, it's so obscure, that the sharpied in description on the dust  cover thought it was German due to the deutschemarks on the glued printerpaper on frontispiece.

Anyway, this is best boiled down to being some kind of post-rock experimentation in collage, field recording, and droning ambiance. Although, that just sounds like any other post-rock album from the late 90s and early oughts. Oh well.

It should be noted that this is just a single sided record, so I just posted the .mp3.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Zuppa Di Pesce - Colazione

Label : Compare Notes - CN-0010
Country : Japan
Year : 2006
Format: CD

Strange tidings from a different sea. Changes of eye/ear level abound in this circus cavalcade of fine dining (Italian) errors. Itoken is a guy who has been involved in a lot of music of which I quite enjoy, whether in the phenomenal Harpy or the beautiful musings of Win A Sheep Free (Both of these bands along with Itoken's solo works appear in the soundtrack of Mecha game Phantom Crash, oddly enough) and with Toshokan, which may come soon on this very blog.

Listening to Itoken's music, one can place his sound down pretty well. Using toy instruments, especially percussive ones, to create unique avantpop pieces, not unlike fellow toypopper Klimperei. Zuppa di Pesce is slightly different, however, as shown by the previous post showcasing this wondrous group. The sound here goes for more of a synthetic brass-band sonic injection, as opposed to the sparse arrangements found on his other projects. Still great, though. Those illustrations alone are worth the price of admission.

Can't believe I forgot to mkrasna for sending me this exquisite amalgamation, but that he did.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dino Martini - Ferien

Label : WSDP - WSDP 102
Year : 2005
Country : Germany
Format : LP

Come and see the oft-not-witnessed phi-phenomenom known as the EP Comp. A small collection of treats for the listener to sink their aural rotten yellows into, in and then out in a matter of seconds. Even if I don't understand the lyrics, I know good musics when I hear them, a musikal language all on its own.

Spastic synths and nice melodies permeate this petit mort of a wreckord, recommended for anyone who enjoys the arrangement of cacophony.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Loon - Lamb

Label : Loon Records - LP033
Country : Switzerland
Year : 1997
Format : LP

Loon--or Christian Pfluger, or Die Welttraumforscher-- is a project involving synthesizers as it were. A nondescript packaging containing mellow scapes of newage and a sprinkle of minimal EM. I've fallen a bit in love with this guys musics over the past span of time since time memorial 2017, but the sum of those lovely parts aren't exactly present here. Gone are the infectious, jilted melodies and avant-popisms and in comes a more laid back feel.

Still enjoyable, though. The more stuff by this I have the merrier, so to speak. Been awhile since I have encountered an artist whose work I search out for with glee and inconspicuous fervence.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mox - Guldkorn

Label : Börft Records - Börft034
Year : 1990
Country : Sweden
Format : C90

Quite the place, Sweden is. As good a place as any for such musics to be produced for all t' hear. Börft, for the uninitiated, is a rather prolific and often excellent Swedish tape label, or just regular label seeing as they have released in quite a few formats. Digressing from the digression, this is great stuff, cut from the cloth of one of the most glorious groups to emerge from the musical prime-ordeal stew that is 80s cassette culture in its xerographic zeal: SMERSH.

 What I mean by this is that this is some hardhitting, minimal synth pop with a little flavor of industrial/punk chic. The synthlines and drum beats are nice. Recommended, if anyone has more of their stuff, I would love to take it from you, preferably without payment.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Black Citron - Black Citron

Label : n/a - FELA 8
Year : 1987
Country : Switzerland
Format : LP

Here's another recent nugget in the collection, recently shipped from Canada. Very percussive and organ backed post-punk and avant-pop in the French tongue. If I could understand it with my sub novice understanding of the language, I'd say it was also rather political. I first learned of these guys a few months back listening to the Foutre en l'air compilation released by Christof Migone, also worth a listen.

According to a listing on Discogs and elsewhere, this came with an insert. If anyone has it and is gracious enough to share a scan or photo of it, I would love to see it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Zuppa Di Pesce - Cicoria / Zucchinie Trifolate

Label : Enban - PC-2
Year : 2009
Country : Japan
Format : 7 inch

Here's a recent item from my own collection. Itoken is a rather prolific musician in the Japanese vanguard, codifying the sounds of some great groups like Harpy and Win A Sheep Free. This project is not so different from those of his past, keeping the avant-garde inclinations and nostalgic enterprises into children's music, only this time it's aiming for a cuisine-themed concept with a brass sidedish. Enban seems to be an obscure little epicentre of the Japanese style of Avant-pop that has sprung about the turn of the century or so, hosting the aforementioned Itoken and the likes of Jon.

As mentioned above, this is a food centered little slab. The titles of both tracks reference Italian dishes and even includes a nice little Italian excursion which probably talks about the foods if I knew a lick of it (see above). They actually have a CD out with the same concept, if anyone has it and is willing to share I'm all ears.