Wednesday, June 25, 2008

STEVE THOMSEN & JOSEPH HAMMER-SWAN TROVE, CDR, 1995 (REMIXED AND EXTENDED: 2001), USA





Both former Monitor member Steve Thomsen and Dinosaurs With Horns/Steaming Coils tape loop maestro Joseph Hammer have had several of their solo missives featured here previously, but this overlooked monument to cartoonish quease is easily one of their finest hours; to wit one of the finest hours in the entire L.A. Free Music Society canon. Essentially Solid Eye minus Rick Potts, Swan Trove was originally issued as a tape on Thomsen's private imprint. It's debatable which version is superior (this remixed and extended version privileging the assertive over the more milkily restrained), but there's no disputing the unhinged psychotropic forcefield this unleashes; a black-lit netherworld of woozy faux-spooky keyboard themes and dazed loops that cyclically churn in amniotic suspension.


***************NEW LINK POSTED OCTOBER 2012***************

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thomsen/Hammer links are actually leading to the files for Recyclopedia. Please fix when you can. Thanks much for your great work.

Eel O'Brien said...

the links are for the charlesuite thing, not swan trove. as always, a great blog

Anonymous said...

Really great that you're up and running again ... looking forward muchly to the Swan Trove but it seems to be the 3 Charles files ... oops. I'll check back later.
Thanks.

Mr Fab said...

Hey, you weren't kidding - this really is some of the best LAFMS-affiliated stuff I've heard. Wonderful, like if the Residents scored a David Lynch film.

Anonymous said...

what a Wonderful Blog it is...

the links to this gem are down

Mush said...

Hi, when I click to go to shareonall I get some 'Reported Attack Site' message.. Should I be worried? Never happened with any other links, though have never been directed via shareonall.
PS thanks for all these Steve Thomsen related posts. As someone else said - the guy's addictive!

BeTon said...

ShareOnAll closed the service. :(

vin said...

No dead links. wish i had this

Anonymous said...

Link is dead,FYI

Anonymous said...

this is seriously among the best releases ever & the link's been down ferevs. kindly repost soonish. the cinematic swirls of tape-looped optigan are far too addicting. wish this wasn't stolen from me but i turned too many people onto it. anyhoo, this makes like 6 requests for a repost if you count my cat who loves this record. something to think about. best blog in the solar system incidentally!

Anonymous said...

damn thanks for this. seems like them pitchfork slags snoozed on this one here