Tuesday, January 22, 2008

TERRY-ROJVI, LP, 19??, USA






This loner acid folk-into psych curio came down the collector pike along with a companion piece by Jim Collins And The High Mass (which I'll include with my next batch of posts), both of 'em sans any pertinent info whatsoever. I've yet to find anyone online or elsewhere that seems to have the real scoop on these releases; the timelessly odd nature of their contents rendering a clear "read" on it's cultural context difficult. it might be new material. It might be newly released archival material. Or it might be that a cache of old copies were found and spread through the collector network (Chris Freeman at Fusetron guesses that these date from the early 90's). An uneven but sometimes hair-raising record, the true depths of this album eluded me at first, as the rather prosaic nature of the singer/songwriter structures that initially hem in these tracks suggest little of the creeping weirdity that leaks (and later spills) into his compositions as the album progresses and the plot thickens. "Clown Clouds" and "What A Day" (the two best and longest cuts here...roughly half the album) find introspective acid folk themes thrumming and cycling before being subsumed under gossamer residues of protoplasmic/ placental psychotropic space gloop on the former and resounding organ drones, fore-grounded rhythmic perambulations and electronic treatments swaddling Terry's escalating gruff vocal histrionics on the latter to supremely memorable ends. It's an insular, brooding and sometimes ponderous sound world that Terry engenders here and it's not always one that's 100% inviting, but the hot shit half will send your head spinning nevertheless.


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32 comments:

L said...

wow, another treasure that YOU have...
here is link to Tommy Roundtree - Jungle Blood LP, somehow connected with Terry - Rojvi LP...

"Got a total mystery release on our hands here. A box of this extremely obscure contemporary private press album turned up at VT HQ with virtually no accompanying information whatsoever and a cover that featured no details except a hand-stamped sleeve that read: Tommy Roundtree Jungle Blood. The sonics were pretty amazing, with a singular soul-bleeding piano, vocal and occasional guitar style that seemed to conflate the lysergic Southern preacher style of legendary private press sides like the Terry and Music Performed By The High Mass LPs with the kind of highly personal gallows ballad style of Diamanda Galas and aspects of Jandek and Dylan. There was also a weird old-timey vaudeville aspect to some of the songs that felt a little like Micah Blue Smaldone alongside some extremely distressed lyrics of the calibre of “Every day I wake I want to slit my throat.” What’s more there doesn’t seem to be a single shred of information on Roundtree anywhere on the internet and no Myspace, Facebook or blog entry is always a big plus in terms of VT stature as well as a pretty amazing achievement this far into the game. Indeed, it ticks all the right buttons in terms of highly personal I-Stand-Alone style private press satori and has the potential to become a heavy rarity in years to come. I have been living inside it for weeks already. Recommended."----Volcanic Tongue

Anonymous said...

Supposedly all these releases are the product of a bunch of guys from Chicago - another one just out is an LP by 'Arian Sample'.
The 'Boots/C.C/Snake & Remus' boxset reissue release from HP Cycle a coupla years ago is also allegedy related to the same scene??
Or maybe it's all just a hype to get collectors interested ;)

joey abba said...

THANKS!! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!! I'M HEAPING A HEAVENLY ABUNDANCE OF "THANK YOU'S" INTO INFINITY FOR ALL THE GREAT MUSIC!!!

P.S. ...CHEERS!!

Anonymous said...

Top job... The Tommy Roundtree is a winner picked it up from VT... Would be keen to hear 'Arian Sample' if anyone knows where to get one... the vinyl that is.


Roll on the High Mass..!

Flapper..!

Anonymous said...

Don't care where it comes from - this is stunning. Thank you.

The Complainer said...

Too bad the rip is 320. What a waste of hard drive space. Try the V0 switch (240) or 256, like what Eric uses. That's plenty. Anything above 256 bit rate and there's no greater fidelity, so it's just a waste of hard drive space.

Starsailor said...

hi, this one is terrific ! I can't wait to hear the High Mass.
If someone reads this I'm deperately in search of information about an english singer-songwriter named John Willimas (which doesn't help the search of course !) who made one album on Columbia in 1967 and a pair of singles...and I'd like to hear it of course !
thanks !

Anonymous said...

Terry LP was great. Can't wait to hear the Jim Collins LP. Thanks!!!

matt in toronto said...

Very similar, production-wise, to DAVID GRUBBS' THE THICKET from 1998... so I wonder if the Chicago hipster hoax theory holds up... Not to mention the possible intentional lyrical joke "I was born in a hole, big n' black..."

Nonetheless, this is a strong, beautiful record. Can't wait to hear the Jim Collins LP.

matt in toronto said...

Oops. I was actually thinking of 2000's THE SPECTRUM BETWEEN not THE THICKET.

If you listen closely to SPECTRUM BETWEEN and the TERRY LP you'll notice a lot of similarities... word interplay, sporadic guitar, sparse drumming, production quality... The only thing noticeably different is the vocals.

Give both a listen, comparing the two. I'd like to hear what someone else thinks.

--

By the way, I'm not saying IT IS David Grubbs, just that both LP's mine similar terrain.

Smile67 said...

Here's some info if it will help:
I used to know this guy years ago when I lived in Hammond,La. He was a friend of the musician known as Damien Youth. He would sometimes collaborate with Youth back in the late 80s and early 90s.
He later moved to Chicago and formed Blackberry Records sometime in the 90s. Blackberry released one Lp by Damien Youth, one by Magic Island plus a couple others. These are very rare now!
I believe Magic Island is also by this artist who is neither named Terry or Jim Collins. This guy changes his name with every release so there are probably others by him floating around. I think Magic Island might have been a collaboration with D.Youth.
Hope this helped a little.

manik said...

Whew!
this is amazing stuff!! Look forward to more of its ilk!!

thanks!!

BENADRYL AND TECATE said...

Thanks a lot for posting this!
Is there any chance you could re post The Department Store Santas record which you had up a while back - I've heard nothing but great things about it.

Thanks again.

antonios said...

HI!FANTASTIC BLOG!

antonios said...

HAVE YOU THE TWO ZNR (FRANCE)ALBUMS?THANKS

Anonymous said...

what a day is unbelievable.

L said...

another mysterious LPs: Boots/C.C./ Snake & Remus

arbor said...

thanks!

Anonymous said...

hey there could someone reup this please (Terry - Rojvi)thankyou for this wonderful blog

L said...

here is terry - rojvi lp reup and above mentioned Arian Sample self-titled LP

review:
Scored a tiny amount of this already legendary modern private press LP, the unofficial ‘companion’ LP to the Tommy Roundtree LP that VT scored late last year. This one is more guitar-heavy than the piano-led Roundtree side, with some malevolent, apocalyptic blues forms that cross Jandek-style breakdowns with blasted country (with vocals that pretty much cement the connection between these two discs and the whole Jim Collins/Terry axis) and a nicely weird use of tapes. Even better than the Roundtree, but you better make it fast.---volcanic tongue

mathilda said...

could someone please please post that tommy roundtree lp again?

Anonymous said...

reupped the arian sample lp: http://www.mediafire.com/?hnkzvwhzozj

LeeBx said...

anyone have scans of the jacket/artwork for ^that^ Arian Sample LP? (thanks a lot by the way).

and maybe a rip of Tommy Roundtree LP?

thanks if you can...

LeeBx said...

great blog!

Crizwell said...

A re uppig of the Roundtree Lp WOULD BE GREAT!!

LeeBx said...

Arian Sample art work (kind of):

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/5098474.jpg

LeeBx said...

i up'd it at Discogs too.


second to last comment at the bottom of the page - 'Robin Nicely of Surprise Symphony' & 'Spyder of Magic Island' - anyone?:

http://www.lastplanetojakarta.com/forums/index.php?topic=10357.20;wap2

LeeBx said...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=320609923453&si=A09IBTjK8zcQ8Ex78aI96IU1hL8%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME%3AB%3AWNA%3AUS%3A1123

discuss.

LeeBx said...

well *that* link is dead. should have saved a screen shot. but i guess i don't have too:
http://goo.gl/Dgc0F

a rip of ^that^ or any of the following would be badass. info or anything:

Robyn Nicely Of Surprise Island
Spyder Of Magic Island
Kyte
Life Lives
Zelda Rising
and Neno (or) Nemo 2000
(^@^: http://goo.gl/vYAvh)

cheers.

Anonymous said...

Any chance of a re-up? Thnx!

Markuss Carcass said...

anyway you can reup this? rapdishare says it's been deleted.

Anonymous said...

Feel free to use this link for Terry "Rojvi"

http://www.mediafire.com/?x06rrtdp0ggm3mt