Saturday, August 20, 2005

Stuff People Should Buy For Me

ASW 60611LP

KRAFTWERK: Minimum - Maximum \r\n48.00
"Astralwerks released Kraftwerk\'s first ever official \r\nlive recordings, a 2CD set entitled Minimum-Maximum, a milestone \r\nevent in the band\'s illustrious career and one which has galvanized \r\nKraftwerk fans, both young and old. Recorded with the band\'s \r\ncustomary attention to detail and sonic perfectionism, this \r\ncollection is now available as a 4LP deluxe boxset featuring all of \r\nthe band\'s classic compositions and effectively serving as a vinyl \r\n\'best-of,\' culled from the band\'s 2004 world \r\ntour."

DC 284CD

AUGUST BORN: August Born CD (DC 284CD) 13.50
"August Born is a collaboration between Japan's Hiroyuki Usui and Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny. Well versed 'heads already know Hiroyuki under his alias of L, in which he recorded the subtle psychedelic gem, Holy Letters. Along with spending time in Marble Sheep, he also played drums for Fushitsusha for six years and played in an early incarnation of Ghost, which can be seen on the live DVD, Metamorphosis. Holy Letters was an early template for Six Organs when it was released nearly ten years ago. August Born started off as a game that was based on the idea of 'fortuitous mistranslation.' That is: even if they didn't understand exactly what the other wanted to do or where to go with the song, the songs themselves would find their own direction. The project started with the scraping sounds of a bird being buried. As improbable as it seemed, these sounds eventually created music. August Born is a mellow work seamlessly blending Hiroyuki's guitar, vocals, vibes, harmonium, bass, drums, cello, field recordings, and didgeridoo with Chasny's unmistakable voice and guitar. The tunes found here hold rewards that will only grow with patience and time."

DC 080CD

Repressed! Reissue of long o/p LP from 1981 (RT UK). Features guests like Epic Soundtracks, the Raincoats' Gina Birch, Allen Ravenstein, Laura Logic, etc.


THE MYSTERY MEAT: Profiles CD (SHAD 041CD) 14.50
The holy grail of raw garage rock albums! Recorded at a college in Illinois in 1968, original copies of The Mystery Meat's Profiles LP are now worth a year's tuition at almost any university in the Midwest. All original songs! Unearthed from a yard sale, and sought-after on eBay ever since, this LP was recorded in Carlinville, Illinois in the basement of the administration building of Blackburn College where all of the band members were students. Steve Oberman did the engineering and editing as well as "borrowing" the college's equipment which consisted of four old Electrovoice mics and a PA amplifier which served as a mixer. The 12 tracks were recorded live. Gary Walden was the percussionist and Bob Rentz was the keyboard player. The real musician and "genius" behind the group was probably Ron O'Dell. Dick had a good tenor voice, Rentz was a good organist, and Gary was a great drummer. In many ways it is a sketch of Blackburn College. Blackburn has in a very real way shaped everything in this album, from the art work on the cover to the organ passage of the selections. But the real Profiles are of the five young men who sang and played their hearts out to make this LP. For a while they were able to keep apart from the world of C.O.G., Hudson Hall, The Work Committee, and Mama Z. to produce this effort. But even apart from the College each of them knew that without its presence this recording would not have been possible. Compared to The Dovers, New Colony Six, Music Emporium, Mystic Siva, All of Thus and Complex.

MS 2027

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND: Trout Mask Replica 2LP (MS 2027) 26.00
180 gram vinyl, manufactured by Rhino. The third Beefheart album (following Clear Spot and Strictly Personal) to be released, first issued in 1969. Gatefold sleeve, classic Cal Schenkel artwork. "Trout Mask Replica is Captain Beefheart's masterpiece, a fascinating, stunningly imaginative work that still sounds like little else in the rock & roll canon. Given total creative control by producer and friend Frank Zappa, Beefheart and his Magic Band rehearsed the material for this 28-song double album for over a year, wedding minimalistic R&B, blues, and garage rock to free jazz and avant-garde experimentalism. Atonal, sometimes singsong melodies; jagged, intricately constructed dual-guitar parts; stuttering, complicated rhythmic interaction -- all of these elements float out seemingly at random, often without completely interlocking, while Beefheart groans his surrealist poetry in a throaty Howlin' Wolf growl. As one might expect from music so complex and, to many ears, inaccessible, the influence of Trout Mask Replica was felt more in spirit than in direct copycatting, as a catalyst rather than a literal musical starting point. However, its inspiring reimagining of what was possible in a rock context laid the groundwork for countless future experiments in rock surrealism, especially during the punk/new wave era." -- All Music Guide.


NEW PORNOGRAPHERS "Twin Cinema" (Matador) cd/lp 14.98/11.98

PELT "Untitled" (VHF) cd 13.98


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