Friday, December 4, 2009

Flying Saucer Attack - St

Hello again! Here’s some new digs . . .

Flying Saucer Attack were the duo of David Pearce and Rachel Brook. I’ve never been a huge fan - but this record blew me away recently. Heavy UK post-shoegaze DIY vibes..wall of sound, lush vocals, heavy distortion, ya know…This originally came out in a great hand-painted art edition. The self-appointed masters of ‘Rural Psychedelia.’ 1993.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dave Bixby - Ode to Quetzalcoatl LP

As many of you know, my obsession for all things 'out' dates back to early encounters with Jandek circa Chair Beside a Window, Palace Brothers' Days in the Wake, and early Royal Trux. More recently the 'loner' folk genre has successfully reared its ugly head via Peter Grudzien, true outsider Robert Martin, and solo outings by Wand and Raven. However, Bixby's 1969 debut is easily the most damaged and miserable of em all. Recorded over three consecutive nights directly onto 4-track tape, Ode to Quetzalcoatl presents listeners with a harrowing vision of the sublime nature of religion and its healing powers. Bixby was not only suffering from a traumatic long-term LSD addicition, but also from the failure to launch several psych-pop groups, namely Peter & the Prophets and The Shillelaghs. An untouchable, dark masterpiece.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Orchestre Régional de Kayes - LP

Otherworldly instrumentation and beautiful vocal harmonies make this a really entrancing listen. Floating in air electric guitar is met with crude sax and a plethora of shaker percussion and African drums. Vocals soar and dip back and forth in refrain. A youthful mélange of Afro-beat styles, Free Jazz, and traditional African folk rhythms.

“Kayes, the principal place of the First District, is the hyphen between Mali and her other partners in the O.E.R.S. This privileged geographical position alone might have explained the richness and the variety of the cultural heritage of the region…It is therefore not surprising that the young Orchestra of Kayes has attempted to find the inspiration and rhythm that reconcile a legendary past and a present of action and expectation.”-Liners


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

V/A - 'Auhea 'oe e Sanoe - Field Recordings of Hawaiian Slack Key

Ki ho’alu (slack key) is the Hawaiian version of open-chord guitar style and has remained in Hawai’i - nurtured and developed by Hawaiians without the rest of the world taking much notice. These recordings are presumably from the 1970s. The musicians featured are working people and the songs are stories; many of which can be extended to great lengths for sake of the lyrics. The “field recordings” found on this disc were collected in efforts to expose this rare style and certain area musicians like Stephen Kauhane, the Nicholas Family, Charles Chu, and Haunani Apoliona. The extensive liners note that “SLACK KEY guitar is just one part of the complex of Hawaiian music and dance.” Beautifully rich stuff- with soaring vocal harmonies and a great guitar feel. One of the best finds in awhile!


Monday, May 25, 2009

Broken Strings - St LP

Long oop LP from Broken Strings, which boasts "fourteen tracks of genius, cassette-damaged power-pop." The brainchild of one dude, who supposedly recorded this string of songs in a secluded location by himself while suffering from schizophrenic episodes. Has a totally awesome blown-out vibe which is reminiscent of GBV, the ramshackle punk of bands like Hickey or the Bananas, as well as obvious vocal / topical nods to Daniel Johnston. Some of these tracks get stuck in my head for weeks. A great speedy motorcycle jammer, not a bad song on this one!


Monday, May 18, 2009