Sorry for the botch with the Recyclopedia C links getting included in the Thomsen/Hammer post in place of the correct links. These have now been corrected...
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Guess what? I turns out that the Massmirror snafu I wrote about in that previous post (which I've now deleted) was only temporary. ALL the Massirror links for my 5 new posts are now functioning [deep sign of relief...]
Posted by vdoandsound at 7:20 PM
A key if peripheral (and sadly under-documented) figure in the early 70's British underground, guitarist Fitzgerald's extant discography (as far as I can determine) comprises an appearance on the seminal "Guitar Solos" compilation (alongside Fred Frith, Derek Bailey and Hans Reichel) an archivally released collaboration with Lol Coxhill and this sui generis treasure chest of curios, featuring appearances from everyone from Henry Cow's Geoff Leigh to Roxy Music bassist Rik Kenton to early Fairpport Convention vocalist Judy Dyble, and as the idiosyncratic assemblage of players suggests, this traverses a great deal of territory, from numinous folk rock to Zappa-esque art rock snarkiness, all arranged for maximal head-scratch potential.
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Posted by vdoandsound at 5:40 PM
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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Posted by vdoandsound at 5:32 PM
Drug damaged willful perversity and inspired amateurism from this Nurse With Wound-listed anarchic French underground mob. Corollaries could be made with The Godz, Frolkhaven and the like, but the particular taste left on the palate here (burned brains in black butter?), is decidedly specific; it's structural disjunctions clearly paving the way for later French units like Heratius. This is taken from the 1997 CD reissue, which includes a full 22 minutes of previously unreleased material.
*************NEW LINK POSTED SEPTEMBER 2012***************
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***NOTE: THERE'S A MIRRORED MEDIAFIRE LINK IN THE COMMENT FIELD***
Posted by vdoandsound at 5:30 PM
Following Jim's post of this fantastic French ethno jazz unit's debut "Regina Astris" and my post of their mindblowing follow-up "Mixtus Orbis", here's their third outing from six years on. While Kassioppee might lack a degree of the ecstatically outward bound momentum of their earlier era, Fertier and co.'s command of this aesthetic trajectory (one which places them in a lineage that spans from Scandinavian exponents like Archimedes Badkar and Piirpauke to Italy's Aktuala by way of The Entourage Music And Theater Ensemble) is never less than masterful.
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Posted by vdoandsound at 5:28 PM
This expansive Dutch project of Frans Freiderich (Dull Schicksal, Tresspassers W., Estos No Son Pagagos) takes as it's remit the composing of three suites dedicated to three historical Charles', in this case, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin (his being more of an interlude) and Charles Ives, all supported by a roster of fellow travelers that includes Tresspassers W.'s Cor Gout and Dutch improv stalwart Bert Palinckx. The scope and thrust of this project and it's uneasy collisions of suspended ambience, vocal interjection and faded interventions of historical artifact often result in something that feels closer to an elaborate radio play than a stand-alone CD release. Some sections here admittedly lose a bit in the translation for us non-Dutch speakers, but there's still plenty for the weirdly inclined to sink their teeth into here.
Get pt. 1 Here
Get pt. 2 Here
Posted by vdoandsound at 5:24 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Yes....before I could even begin to re-up those last handful of titles that Xirror deleted, our hero Jussi beat me to the punch and located the cached google links for 'em! Somebody give this man an award! My next round of new posts will be up by wednesday...stay tuned...
Posted by vdoandsound at 8:51 PM
The links for all but 9 titles that I need to personally re-up have now been plugged back into the posts properly. Those 9 will get reinstated by tomorrow. Eternal thanks once again to our blog savior Jussi! My next round of new posts will go up within 2-3 days...
Posted by vdoandsound at 1:29 AM
Saturday, June 21, 2008
It's my turn now to thank a billion times this divine glorious anonymous friend that re-upped almost all dead xirror links from Eric's posts.The most amazing thing is that this great ,one of a kind , person remains anonymous.If he wants to he can contact me by e-mail....we need guys with this kind of ethics and such generous feelings as contributors in our blog.
Thanks a billion times once more
Posted by mutantsounds at 7:24 AM
Some extraordinary anonymous human has seen fit to gift me with (so far and more keep pouring in by the moment) approximately 30 rapidshare links from the deleted Xirror uploads. Well...what can I say...Massmirror be damned in this instance...I've been saved an inhuman amount of work and, despite the fact that I don't usually post rapidshare links...well...what's that old cliche about not looking a gift horse in the mouth? Exactly. I am completely flabbergasted and blown away by the generosity of this person's actions. Thanks to them beyond words!
I'd been up all night attending to this problem before these links started pouring in, so I shall now proceed to fall on my face and begin the process of re-inserting these links late saturday...
Posted by vdoandsound at 4:57 AM
First off, thanks to all who've written with kind words of support. a fellow named Raymond stated in the comment board of the Xirror disaster post that he'd be willing to chip in and help get some deleted files re-upped. If anyone else should feel similarly inspired to assist (an act I'd be eternally grateful for), please let me know soon-ish and please upload the files to massmirror. I'm endeavoring to re-up 10 files of the most recently posted titles tonight (some of which comprise two parts). They are:
ron anderson/tatsuya yoshida-first meeting
minamo-wakka & live
x ray pop-psychedelik dolls
frieder butzmann-das madchen....
jason willett & ruins-s.t.
kevin ayers-just for olde tymes sake
A friend has also told me that he'll be helping re-up these:
tangle edge-in search of a new dawn
pimmon-orquesta del arrurruz
yclept dinmakers-eeleemon machine
I've just spent the night sifting through the blog and I think I now have a good idea of all that remains to be re-upped. In wishing to avoid any complications, I'll take care of all files that have been divided into two parts, but if anyone is willing to help re-up any of these ones, please let me know:
Messehalle-Live Auf Dem Extase Festival 29.1.81
Barry Dalive-homely all american...
Franco Battiato-Juri Camisasca-Osage Tribe-la convenzione
Junji Hirose & Yoshihide Otomo-silanganan ingay
Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra And The Blue Effect Group
Kohichi Makigami-minzoku no saiten
Denier Du Culte-L'Archange Enflamme EP
Alfred 23 Harth-Anything Goes
Kido Natsuki-disco space baby!
Toni Esposito-Gente Distratta
Toto Blanke-Spider's Dance
Dragon Blue-Hades Park
V.A.-Riddle Of Lumen
V.A.-Four Ways Out
Kemialliset Ystavat-Nuu Ha Ni Haka
Bene Gesserit-Music For The Fun Of It
Encore + Grande-total bliss
Les Progres II-Apres Le Retour
Strange Fruit Abiku-Sin Eaters Picnic
V.A.-City & Industry
Hoyry-kone-Hyonteisia Voi Rakastaa
Gameboyzz Orchestra Project-Lajv_Ad_Hom
Komintern-Le Bal Du Rat Mort
V.A.-Four French Forms
P-Model-In A Model Room
Static Effect-Certain Random Firings
Please email these massmirror links to: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get them re-posted right away.
A million thanks in advance....
Posted by vdoandsound at 12:34 AM
Friday, June 20, 2008
Xirror, the file spreading service that I've been using for the past several months (and which I'd periodically used before) has just removed ALL links, after apparently being persecuted by the German police. I'd switched to Xirror after Massmirror became overwhelmingly problematic to use. Now, I'm looking at having to re-up potentially hundreds of posts of mine, not to speak of having to fish through all my previous posts to find out which earlier ones I'd used Xirror for as well. It appears that Massmirror is back to being functional (albeit minus giving users the choice of using Rapidshare), so I'll revert to using their service.
Needless to say, this is obviously a major setback for me. I'd ask one and all to please be patient as I undertake the huge task of systematically re-upping these and understand that I'll have to hold off on putting up any new posts until I can resolve this nightmare. I'll try to do so as quickly as possible and will keep you all abreast of developments...
Posted by vdoandsound at 4:55 PM
Monday, June 16, 2008
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Posted by mutantsounds at 11:49 AM
So, here's one more from the Object records discography...this time the Grow Up LP.And that leaves only Dubious Collaborations unposted(i think).Here we got fiery punk jazz modish tunes with much use of saxes ...an absolute mutant punk LP with strange interuptions,strange harmonies ,yetr very enjoyable and IMO very "sunny"!
Posted by mutantsounds at 11:37 AM
Exprime La Naranja
Posted by mutantsounds at 11:11 AM
Charles Van de Kree / Aural Innovations #32 (November 2005)
Astro Can Caravan were formed, according to their short-on-info website and Myspace, in 2001 in Kuopio in Finland by Otto Eskelinen, Pharaoh Pirttikangas, Tomi Kosonen and Tuomas Eriksson. The band has gone through a lot of personnel changes ever since, with at least 35 people that have played in ACC in some line up or another.According to Pentti Dassum from ACC, the 2007 line up of ACC is: Otto Eskelinen, Pharaoh Pirttikangas, Rasmus Pailos, Jusu Berghäll, Tuomas Eriksson, Tuomo Kuure, Pauli Lyytinen, Tomi Kosonen and Pentti Dassum ("give or take a few people, depending on the traveling distance... we live around finland, on a radius of ca 600 km from each other"). ACC are as Crucial Blast puts it a “jazz / prog / abstract / free-skronk-noise collective/orchestra”. Their albums 21st Century Drifting Episode and Questral Places will please listeners into jazz and avant-rock, and who like rhythmic and groovy textures, varied instrumentation and variety and richness of sound.
Thanks to Pentti Dassum for the help in compiling this biography.
==Assaf Vestin (avestin)== From ProgArchives.com
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Posted by mutantsounds at 10:25 AM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Posted by mutantsounds at 10:49 AM
When five Downtown New York improvisers with deep roots in the jazztradition embrace the Hasidic musical legacy and the scintillating rhythmsof the holy land, a new voice emerges. Blending together an intensemixture of ethnic and cosmopolitan sounds, Hasidic New Wave fuses spiritualsongs from Hasidic dynasties to funk and jazz, Arabic dances withavant-garde rock, and juxtaposes horas and freylekhs with sheerimprovisation. Hasidic New Wave's alternatingly ecstatic and meditativeperformances, imbued (as is consistent with Hasidic tradition) with joy andpassion, has led critics to liken the band to Sun Ra meets Jimi Hendrix ata Jewish wedding and exclaim HNW marries Hasidic music to avant-jazz,spinning traditional Jewish celebratory songs into extended Jazzimprovisations that incorporate ferocious horn blowing and raucous electricguitar solos.
Thanks to Maria for this.Great Jazz meets Lounge,meets rock,meets eastern music gem here.
Posted by mutantsounds at 10:34 AM
Here's a project Phil Sanderson ,of Storm Bugs/Snatch Tapes/etc. fame has sent me a while back. It was supposed to be posted in another blog(stormbugblog.blogspot.com) but seems link is dead.I let Phil speak for himself about this ,actually, masterpiece:
"Philip Sanderson of Storm Bugs/Snatch Tapes etc here. I'm going through my archives of unreleased or under-released material and it occurs to me you might be interested in this project. From 2001 its called Through a Telephone Box Darkly. The idea was to take small fragments from Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust LP; be they fade outs, fade ins or odd notes and phrases and construct an album around these snippets using digital processing and granular syntheses. Much less aggressive than a "mash up", Through a Telephone Box Darkly occupies a parallel universe to the original LP. In some ways the music is more of a soundtrack to Heddon Street the location for the Ziggy Stardust cover photo shoot.
Originally the project was called Suicide Suite and some 50 CD-Rs were printed up and distributed. The idea of releasing a longer version on post office red vinyl was explored but the legal hurdles proved too insurmountable. Listening to the tracks some 7 years on, the music is almost easy on the ear certainly when compared to say Storm Bugs or Seal Pool Sounds. The track listing is as follows:
1.intro (The Boy in the Bright Blue Jeans)2.Golden showers3.Cortege4.Heartache in Heddon Street5.Darkness & Disgrace6. Then Another Finger7.Suicide Drive8. Weird & Gilly ride again"
"A warning: fans of fuzz and excessive noise may find this recording offensively easy on the ear. Also owing to copyright restrictions all persons playing these recordings must be in possession of a battered copy of the original Bowie LP."
Posted by mutantsounds at 10:27 AM
Posted by mutantsounds at 4:09 AM
Excellent folk/prog experimental LP,full of strange sounds,dark vocals,stoned guitar by Jean Pierre Grasset (of Verto fame),free jazzish horns,spacey electronics.Second side contains a long dark narrative track reminding much the Belgian period of Tuxedomoon.
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Get it here
Posted by mutantsounds at 4:02 AM
Pandora was founded 1971 in Norrkoping Sweden by drummer Bertil Jonsson and on guitar Urban Gotling. Later joinded by the singer Peter Hjelm and on keyboard Janne ”Flojda” Dockner. Gotling was replaced by Åke Rolf (fd H2O) and Leif Hellqvist. This line up recorded ”Measures of Time” 1974. Pandora had their workshop at this time on the top floor of Bergaskolan in Soderkoping. 1976 Hellqvist quit. He went over to play danceband-music (the rumour says that his girlfriend couldn't dance to Pandoras music, so..) At the same time also Bjorn Malmqvist guit. He started study music. New members came: On keyboard Uffe Stern and on base Gunnar Hermelin (fd Madeira). This line up where 1978 on swedish radio "Tonkraft" and recorded the single ”Makten och Harligheten”. They also did concerts in Horsalen Norrkoping together with bands like ”Trettioariga kriget” och ”Kaipa”.The Band had under these years a record shop ”Rockslag” Nygatan in Norrkoping. The shop became a little centrum of culture for recordfreaks, to gather in, have a coup of coffe and talk abouth music. The shop went bankrupt in 1980. Band that inspirered Pandora was Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep och Weather Report.From the start Pandora played harder rock but went over to more jazz-symfonirock when Stern och Hermelin joined. The last demo was recorded in 1980 on Stage & Music in Norrkoping. Pandora came to be an inspiration to the band Tribute, and their members Gideon Andersson and Per Ramsby often visited Pandoras concerts. Ramsby even played in some concerts as a replacement for Uffe Stern.Janne and Uffe and later Åke Rolf and Gunnar Hermelin continuied to play in ”Flojd & The Boys” that was in -75.
Posted by mutantsounds at 3:53 AM
Great complex progressive sounds from Chile.Recorded in 1977,this live recording,is blended with Tangerine Dream(2nd rockier period)/Nectar influences,yet very unique ,especially in the improvised parts.No much infos though found in English...
Posted by mutantsounds at 3:41 AM
Sunday, June 8, 2008
With a sound that owed more to the Akron, Ohio Devo/Tin Huey axis that anything else transpiring in the L.A. scene of the period, this oddball crew created a debut album of herky jerk new wave godhead that stands as both one of the finest releases of the L.A. underground and indeed the entire era. Anyone that's had the pleasure of witnessing their jaw dropping performance on Peter Ivers' New Wave Theater will have 13 year old chanteuse Su Tissue's pigtails-braces-and-catholic-schoolgirl's-uniform visage burned into their retinas for life, but it's the alternately heliated and husky vocals that issue from her absurdly precocious mouth that'll pin you to the wall. Mad, frantic and giddily, dizzyingly celebratory, this is my idea of the ideal party soundtrack.
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Posted by vdoandsound at 4:33 PM
Easily one of the finest retro psych outfits of the era (only Sun Dial and Mooseheart Faith were giving these boys a run for their money around that time), this debut LP by these furry Norwegians is simply overflowing with the sorta sanctified acid moves and dead-on period detail that'll send chills down the spines of those psychotropically inclined, particularly those partial to krautrock moves, as Tangle Edge wear their Amon Duul 2 influence like a badge of honor. I'd be hard pressed to cite more than a handful of bands that have ever managed to successfully tap into the sound of the godhead that was Amon Duul 2 in their prime and Tangle Edge nail it harder than anyone else. That said, nothing about any of the moves here seems remotely calculated or copyist. Rather, it's simply embodies many of the qualities that made AD2 such superhuman event, while never settling for mere emulation. NOTE: Though the LP jacket is pictured (as a CD cover just can't do justice to this imagery), this is taken from the early 90's CD reissue on Demi-Monde, since I find the remixed version slightly preferable...
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Posted by vdoandsound at 4:30 PM
For my money, next to the Barry Dalive LP I hoisted a few weeks back, pride of place in RRRecords' extensive catalog of releases would have to go to this charming French minimal synth/art pop unit's vinyl debut (or is it their second outing?....hard to tell, given that both came out in '87). This was one of RRRon's earliest releases on his legendary imprint (before noise aesthetics became firmly cemented as their remit) and it's a lovely cocktail of blippy shimmy, seductive femme vox, tinking rhythm box and periodic guitar muscle.
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Posted by vdoandsound at 4:28 PM
Known for their releases on imprints like Apestaartje and 12K and their collaboration with Tape, this pristine and pinprick acute abstract Japanese laptop and guitar duo create work of a very high order, though unlike many others operating in this field, they neither traffic in hairshirt austerity nor pastel tonal wash, as Minamo have a canny knack for finessing all manner of subtle harmonic details and shadings into the weave of their DSP tweakery. Wakka was their debut release and was originally issued on their own Cubicmusic imprint and later issued in an edition of 100 in the format at hand here: housed in a handsome wooden box and accompanied by a CDR of live material thats every bit as gripping as it's studio counterpart.
Get Wakka here
Get Live! here
Posted by vdoandsound at 4:19 PM