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.

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

DJ Ordeal (partial discog)

Everso enigmatic, he is. DJ Ordeal is/what/was an English plunderphonics and collage musician who may or may not also be a disk-jockey. His stuff is usually cut from the cloth of Stock, Hausen, and Walkman and, to a lesser extent, Tipsy. That is, he relies on EZ-listening and Lounge and Light Muzak for his musical voyages. Vocal samples also play somewhat of a prominent role, depending on the wreckord inflicted upon you.

The musics found below this line of breakage was provided to me by the great sonofanastronaut, check him out.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hebephrenic - Brood / On The Side Of Time

Label : Tapehiss Recordings
Year : 1992
Country : US
Format : C90

A recent favorite of mine, Hebephrenic is a rather obscure American EM project that put out various tapes throughout the nineties. After reading about him in Ken B Miller's music review archive, I happened upon one of his tapes in "Hide". I really enjoyed his brand of psychedelic synthpop and ambient not unlike the brand of electronics championed by the Legendary Pink Dots in the 80s. This tape is no different. Just brilliant stuff, unjustly unknown and would make for a great reissue.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fuck Telecorps - Hard On/Off Hearong

Label : Mind Skull - 002
Year : 2011
Country : US
Format : C30

Telecorps in the collective unconscious is an unfamiliar entity to most, even in sub-underground communities such as that of the noise/free improv/sqwak collectives of the internet. A local group relative to me in Pittsburgh, Telecorps (sometimes known as "Fuck Telecorps") is a noize project utilizing whatever they can get a hold of to create a sound like any other noize project. They are probably best known for being featured on the seminal (?) noise compilation Noise War first released by the equally seminal (??) noise terrorism unit Mother Savage Noise Productions.

These days, Telecorps are still at it. This is a tape from RSD 2011 recorded live at the record store it was sold from, Mind Cure Records (now Cruel Noise Records). Mind Cure also operated as a record label, putting out this tape in collaboration with Dear Skull Records (who also pressed another record featured here).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Semicolon - Violent Sneeze & The Neighbor's Pool

Label : Shimmy-Disc - SHIMMY-793
Country : US
Year : 1993
Format : 7 inch

An odd one, this. I've had this for awhile and decided to let this loose to help squelch the creative malaise this blog has been experiencing the past month or so... I'll give it to you guys straight and to the point: it's recorded at the wrong speed. Yep, at about 12 less revolutions taken for what's needed for pain. This is necessary, however, as the original recording is generic folk rock with a female muse, whereas the one presented here is more of a darkfolk interpretation with a bit of a demon's growl.

Also, I haven't been able to fix the buzzing that has become more prominent over the past year, probably a preamp issue, maybe the receiver itself. I won't be able to sort this out til I get new equipment probably.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Various Artists - Power In The House

Label : Post-Ambient Motion - POSTCASS 002
Country : US
Year : 1988
Format : C90

Another one from the decrepit vault. A benefit compilation of sorts against the demolition of a historic district in Omaha which features many a track from a variety of different in artists in sometimes drastically different fields. From the sound sculptures of Reinhold Marxhausen to the synth funk of Ja'Boi, this a great melange of strange mediocrity. I have the cassette version but it didn't come with a tape, so a kind soul came along and gave me the ripped CD version... in 160kbps.

Can't win 'em all, I guess.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Soul-Junk - 1946

Label : Sub Pop - SP 301
Country : US
Year : 1995
Format : 7 inch

Soul-Junk, the slightly less spastic and more theologically inclined Trumans Water, is a project I've heard about for a long while. Now that I've heard them, I'm casually intrigued to say the least. The most interesting part of this particular slab of waveforms are the free jazz sputterings of the interludes, before giving away to more conventional (and to my taste, too "alt rock") songforms. It's a quicky to be sure.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Various Artists - Pure Will, Without The Confusions Of Intellect

Label : Livevil Compact Discs - LMCD-1187
Country : Japan
Year : 1991
Format : CD

This was posted on WFMU and Bleak Bliss before but I think it's still worth hearing again. Great collage by some familiar visages and some not so familiar visages.