Friday, May 19, 2006

Os Mutantes disinterred

'Why be normal?'

Brazilian rockers Os Mutantes were poised to take over the world, but they collapsed under the weight of 1960s free love and drugs. Now they're back. By Will Hodgkinson

Thursday May 18, 2006
The Guardian

Os Mutantes
'Why be normal when you can go where the nuts come from?' ... Os Mutantes
There is a rich lineage of great musicians who have been discovered long after their due. The Buena Vista Social Club took 40 years to find an audience outside Cuba. When the English singer Vashti Bunyan released her debut album in 1970, it was met with such deafening indifference that it took her 36 years to get round to recording a follow-up. Had Nick Drake known that his dismal-selling albums from the early 1970s would become cult classics, he might still be with us today.

Read the rest including how Devendra Banhart wrote to them asking to be a roadie here.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I have no idea nor care about Barry Bonds...

... but thought I would join in on the fun.

New Works I've Been Digging As OF Late

Ardent Fevers by Tanakh

a million ways to say good bye by growth spert (CD-R bought from the artist)

Demon by Envelopes

'Sno Angel Like You by Howe Gelb

The Last Romance by Arab Strap

And To the Disciples Remain - Various Artists

Decline of the West - Holy Sons (LP only)

Black Knight, Black Tie - My Pal Foot Foot

Oh...and....... Fiery Furnaces (Bitter Tea)-- and the new Danielson album (Ships) and that Tribute to Will Oldham and that indie compilation of songs for kids (See You On The Moon with
a new song by Great Lake Swimmers)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Weekly I Have a Serious Shopping Addiction Posting

Black Keys - Chulahoma CD

Chulahoma CD
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Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll CD

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Artist: BORIS
Title: Pink
Format: CD
Price: $13.00
Catalog #: SUNN 055CD
"The brand new studio album from Boris: Pink. Followers of the band already know that each release Boris will do something unexpected, entirely unique, and continually forging in a new direction. Pink is absolutely no exception! However, for possibly the first time these new recordings effectively combine all the strongest elements of what Boris is capable of into one solid, complete, concise album. The mega-drone of Amplifier Worship is apparent in songs like: (track 5), the balls-out punk rock is evident (track 4 and track 9), extreme dark-psychedelia manifests itself track 8 and 10) and the '70s fuzzed out acid rock is represented in foot stomping tracks like the title track and track 3. The clincher on Pink and new element that is brought to the table is an infusion of ultra-catchy melodicism into their already heavy foundation. The album opener and closer as well as title track contain infectious vocal melodies that, combined with intelligent song-writing, create a solidified, undeniable union. As with all previous Boris releases on Southern Lord, the packaging is uniquely psychedelic with the utmost attention to detail created by Stephen O' Malley . Pink come with a die-cut cover that when opened reveals 3 perforated acid-tab cards!"


SONIC YOUTH: Helen Lundeburg/Eyeliner 7" (SYR 001EP) 4.50
Two new non-LP tracks. " Two of the final tracks recorded at Sonic Youth's Murray St. studio before the classic quartet line-up was kicked out of NYC. For a time assumed to be lost, 'Helen Lundeburg' and 'Eyeliner' are both Thurston Moore-sung tracks that couldn't be shoehorned onto the upcoming Rather Ripped."


NURSE WITH WOUND: Thunder Perfect Mind 2LP (STREAM 1020) 13.50
Repressed! "This vinyl double album issue in a full-color gatefold sleeve is an extended version of Nurse With Wound's 1991 recording. In addition, this is the first-ever American release from Nurse With Wound. Thunder Perfect Mind was produced by Steven Stapleton with the aid of David Tibet, Cohn Potter, John Balance, Rose McDowall and others. It displays Stapleton's growing interest in aggressive rhythms as well as further refinement in creating textures.... '... At this point, and many others on the tape, the voice became nearly inaudible. 'The bungalow house,' it said, 'was such a bleak environment in which to make a stand: the moonlight through the dusty blinds, the bodies on the carpet, the lamps without any lightbulbs. And the incredible silence. It was not the absence of sounds that I sensed, but the stifling of innumerable sounds and even voices, the muffling of all the noises one might expect to hear in an old bungalow house in the dead of night, as well as countless other sounds and voices. The forces required to accomplish this silence filled me with awe....'' from Thomas Ligotti, The Bungalow House.

DC 310CD

ESPERS: II CD (DC 310CD) 13.50
"From the beginning, Espers has been a living, growing thing. II finds the group at sextet size, with greater powers and capabilities than before. Still, the original spirit of the band -- the American ideal of the democracy (that is in no way reflected in its current government) -- rules Espers in everything they do, gives them true freedoms to reach for the spiritual and the fun at once, and to make their music from it. The sound of Espers II was achieved using a mad variety of instruments, from your standard, everyday Martin 6-string acoustics, Fender jazzbass and drumkit to more exotic implements such as doumbek, dholak and male & female larynx (which we assume are swung around in the air to produce a recorder-like sound). Espers at play tap into their shared spaces with joy and a sense of humor (and wonder, naturally). The musical outcome is a friendly new sensation -- as the record plays, it warms the room and dims the lights with dense yet agile atmospherics, allowing you, the listener to relax, despite and yet still in communion with the realities of our present day."

Palo Santo (2006)

Shearwater has transformed itself to the point of reinvention on Palo Santo, the band's fourth album. The first Shearwater release to be made up entirely of songs by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg, Palo Santo resembles previous Shearwater albums only incidentally. It's a thrilling, paradoxical record--icily warm, welcoming and threatening, sloppy and immaculate. The austere folk that was a trademark of previous Shearwater records makes periodic appearances in Palo Santo, but thorny for... [ read more ]

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

So. Some new releases.

So. So many people these days seem to start their answers with the one-word sentence: "So"... So. What's up with that?


ARTHUR: #22 May 2006 MAG (ARTHUR 022) 0.01
On the cover: "Laid Back" - Growing's Inner Peace Offerings. Features: "Their War" - How columnist Douglas Rushkoff learned to stop worrying about current events. "Donut Power" - Your friend from The Center for Tactical Magic discuss how to recognize-- and use-- occult forces. Includes an example and helpful exercises. "No Choice" - Why power duo Al Cisneros and Chris Haikus reunited to make the meditation-suitable heavy metal sound of Om. "Strange Brew" - Swiss anthropologist-author Jeremy Narby talks about what hallucinogens like LSD and the Amazonian drink ayahuasca have to teach us. "Happy Mediums" - How nature droners Growing found their flow. "Master of Breath" - The life, work and astounding impact of North Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, guru to Western minimalists La Monte Young and Terry Riley. "Weird Shit's Still Going Down" - Notes from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 2006. "We Had A Ball" - Scenes from ArthurBall 2006, featuring Joanna Newsom, The 5:15ers (Josh Homme & Chris Gross), and Moris Tepper and Polly Jean Harvey. Plus: reviews by Byron Coley and Thurston Moore. Arthur is a free publication and you may add a copy to your order at no cost while supplies last.


DRONES, THE: Shark Fin Blues (Radio Edit)/You Really Don't Care 7" (ATPR SP001) 9.00
Australia's The Drones scooped the first ever Australian Music Prize for their album Wait Long By The River and the Bodies Of Your Enemies Will Float By. Now they present a double A-side picture disc of "Shark Fin Blues" (their punk-blues anthem) and "You Really Don't Care," both songs from their aforementioned album. This quartet screams out like Beasts Of Bourbon, the Scientists and Birthday Party all rolled into one. In short, the distillation of Australian rock n' roll history -- a perfectly formed band.

AG 115LP

GRIZZLY BEAR: Sorry For the Delay (The Early Recordings) LP (AG 115LP) 11.00
"Initially conceived by Ed Droste, who, in 2002, began a 15-month 'hibernation period' in his Greenpoint apartment, the seven nuggets that make up this release are the creative genesis of the Grizzly Bear oeuvre. Raised in Boston by an elementary school music teacher, Edward Droste grew up surrounded by music, prompting him to take up various instruments and write his own songs at an early age. After years of singing in circles, he discovered the joys of home recording and proceeded to use whatever he could get his hands on to make new sounds, capturing it all on a small hand-held tape recorder. The intimacy felt on their debut, Horn of Plenty, traces back to the songs here on 'Sorry for the Delay' -- they're elegiac, emotional, endearing, and earnest. Contains a haunting cover of Yes hit, 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'."


BEIRUT: Gulag Orkestar CD (BING 048CD) 15.00
"While it may sound like an entire Balkan gypsy orchestra playing modern songs as mournful ballads and upbeat marches, Beirut's first album, Gulag Orkestar, is actually the work of 19-year-old Albuquerque native Zach Condon, with an assist from Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw). There are no guitars on this album; instead, horns, violins, cellos, ukuleles, mandolins, glockenspiel, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions all build and break around Condon's deep-voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats like a drunken twelve-member carnival band."

(note that you can get a better price by going to the Bada Bing label website)

JNANA 1925

CURRENT 93: Sleep Has His House CD (JNANA 1925) 16.00
"Sleep Has His House, originally released in 2000, has become one of Current 93's most enduring releases. The album features David Tibet on harmonium and vocals, as well as Michael Cashmore on guitar. The mood is sombre and contemplative, culminating in the epic title track which was inspired by the death of Tibet's father."

Friday, May 05, 2006

What I'm Listening To Right Now Even As We Speak, Damn it.

Create your own Music List @ HotFreeLayouts!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Money quote from Coachella Review

The New York Times nails not just Coachella but the crowds at most "indie" shows:

Coachella is not a rock festival for communal bliss: it can feel almost like a trade show, filled with informed and fairly dispassionate consumers sampling a band, checking it off a list, moving on.