Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tome XX - Natura Morta

Label : Jazz Haus Musik - JHM 32 ST
Country : Germany
Year : 1988
Format : LP

I don't know that much about pure jazz, but this is some pretty good avant-jazz with some free inclinations throughout. The copy I got comes with signatures of all the dudes in the band, so that's a plus. Sorry about the pops and clicks, apparently "mint" means something entirely different when imported, at least according to record stores. This also came with an insert in German all about the band itself so I'll be sure to scan that sometime for you all.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - Mechanically Repetitive / ReRecorded Records Record

Label : Dear Skull Records - DS 101
Year : 2008
Country : US
Format : LP

tENT is back at it with the sonic equivalent of 'pataphysics known as "Usic". This complex and abrasive form of sound art utilizes objects, found sound, collages, voice(s) and sneezes. This record covers a swath of years in the dude's career, including a remix of sorts of the Usic - √-1 = A Plethora Of No Longer Neglected Audio/Conceptual Obstacle Courses record (or "obstacle course", as he describes the process) I posted all those days and minutes and hours back.
The concept here is less grandiose, so to speak. Though, this piece of plastic is still an art object. The first side is relatively normal (physically, at least), but the B-side is something else entirely. It appears to have been cut twice, once in the center hole and another time in the slightly off-center so described in the giant booklet which accompanied this thing. I don't have a backup turntable with a needle in its possession and I'd rather not test this on my main unit as I would like to ride that horse 'til it fails. I'll record the second side and post some scans when I come to that burning bridge.

Here (Side 1)
As compensation for only posting one side, here are some other tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE releases for your listening (?) pleasure (??)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Slaw - Snakes & Ladders

Label : The Doubtful Palace
Year : 2002
Country : US
Format : CD

Here's yet another CD(r) that I've yet to put on here... My review on rate your music dot com pretty much sums up my thoughts, so let's cop out:

Some ungodly and aleatoric form of children's schoolyard standards. The concept here is that you have a Chutes and Ladders board in the form of the CD booklet (also comes with dice inside the case itself) and you are supposed to somehow program your CD player to play one of the 99 tracks that corresponds with your roll. For one, I have no idea that would work on a conventional CD player and another thing, I have no idea what kind of person/group would play this thing. I probably listened to this wrong by going all the way through, I definitely enjoy the aesthetic and atmosphere of a lot of the tracks presented. It's just a bit too haphazard for an album. I give it props for using the killer7/NMH/Lain text-to-speech voice for the classic folksong corruption "Ms. Susie".

Best listened with shuffle on.

(Comes with the 100th track straight from their webzone, too bad it's only 128kbps)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

John Rifle - Fracas Nurture

Label : Rabbit Surgeon Musics
Year : 2002
Country : US
Format : CD

Here's another thing I never got around to posting. I got this back in 2013 after reading a so-so review of it in the backissues of the monumental Blastitude webzine. It piqued my interest due to it being plunderphonics and also its strange packaging.

In essence, this goes the Negativland route by criticizing and portraying social issues via samples and such. Here it tackles such issues as violence and media, bringing up the then recent Columbine massacre. That's all fine and dandy, but I don't personally care for this release at all. Heavy handed messages and cheesy keyboards drag this one down, and for the most part a lack of humor, an essential element in my enjoyment of the genre.

Of course, you can (and probably should) take my criticisms for naught, as it's been awhile since I cracked this can open. Aside from listening to a few samples here and there, I don't feel that motivated to, either. Maybe I'm just not giving this its due. You decide, captain.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dirk (,) Rodney - La Noque Que Durissima

Label : Frog Peak Music
Year : 2001
Country : US
Format : CDr

I've had this for awhile and I either A. forgot to post it or B. thought it didn't fit the mold of the blog. Well, here it is. The mysterious (pre) minimalist Liverpuldian composer put to disc for the first time. 
Purported image of the legendary sound arranger.

It would cool if this were truly the case. However, noted Rodney fan Larry Polansky is the real brains and brawn of this little charade. Don't find out the truth about your heroes, kids. Of course, fake composers are not totally foreign to this blog, see Frank Weghardt (which I need to reupload, great little EP). The amount of effort put into this little song and dance is pretty admirable. Someone (Larry, I presume) went through the trouble of creating whole compositions and even a website in his "honor". There's also a webzine article dedicated to this, if that isn't making it, I don't know what is.
Brought to me and then to you, the listener, by the good people at Frog Peak. They also released "Happily Ever After" by Randy Hostetler, an album near and dear to my hearts and minds, and distributed the Dennis Báthory-Kitsz cassettes I need to reup. Anyway, here it is.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tapes Of Wrath - Recycled

Label : RRRecords / Statutory Tape
Year : n/a
Country : US
Format : C45

Another one of these. This time it's from Tapes Of Wrath, who seem to have been a one-off project from one of RRR's locked groove conceptual pieces. Not much more to say about this 'un, collage noise madness, taped over the greatest hits of Sir Elton John of all people.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Brume - Recycled

Label : RRR / Statutory
Year : 1990
Country : US
Format : C60

French musician Brume has a very wide and expansive discography, mostly falling under the genres of drone, noise, and ambient (frequently overlapping). This recycled tape is no exception. The cassette that was used seems to be an Techno/House/Trance (?) compilation and some parts of it seep through the overdub. I kept these parts for authenticity purposes and for the fact I'm not entirely sure their actually by Brume himself or not.