Well friends, another week another stack of killer wax in from around the globe. Of course everyone is away holidaying. That’s alright, I’ll be camping this weekend too. Anyway, cool stuff in, both new and used. Come dig.
…..pick of the week…..
Alessandro Alessandroni: s/t (Cometa Edizioni Musicali) LP
Multifaceted Maestro Alessandro Alessandroni: composer, conductor, and arranger. Among the various activities that he still performs to this day, he is also a mandolinist, guitarist, fisarmonicist, sitarist, whistler, and pianist. Most of all, he is a musician, highly renowned in international TV and cinema. The Maestro has composed and conducted over 50 film scores and documentaries, and has collaborated in the production of many songs, achieving great success. The activity of the Maestro seems restless, especially during the period in which director Sergio Leone was shooting one after the other his most famous movies, including A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in the West, and A Fistful of Dynamite. The director gave Maestro Ennio Morricone the opportunity to compose the scores for these movies, and in the recording sessions, a very special trio was formed that soon after became very famous: Alessandro Alessandroni as whistler and guitarist, Franco De Gemini on harmonica, and Edda Dell’Orso’s vocals, the three alternating their performances as soloists and members of the orchestra. Very successful in the pop music field, Maestro Alessandroni is the founder of the Cantori Moderni choir. He still performs publicly as well as on radio and TV throughout Europe, and has been commended for his professionalism and originality all over the world. On this CD, which features previously-unreleased tracks in addition to the contents of the “Alessandro Alessandroni” LP that was released by SerMi in the 70s, the instruments are played in a very peculiar way, like solo instruments, and contribute to create a sound typical of that which earned the composer a great degree of success. The arrangements, the harmonic language, and the instrumental dialogue of the various cues combine to create in the listener romantic sensations both lovely and contemporary. LP “Alessandro Alessandroni” is one of the most sought after Italian libraries, because it includes some fantastic vocal and psycho beat, bossa beat . The song “Giovane Flirt” is on the soundtrack of the movie “The Opening of Misty Beethoven.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
File Under: Library, Italian, Raers
William Basinski: The Deluge (Temporary Residence) LP
Cascade and The Deluge are variations on the latest tape-loop and delay composition from the inimitable William Basinski. Cascade is the CD/Digital variant, and The Deluge is the vinyl LP companion – pressed on exquisite 180 gram white colored vinyl. In Cascade, a single ancient lilting piano tape loop repeats endlessly carrying one along in its tessellating current. In The Deluge, the same loop is processed through a series of feedback loops of different lengths, creating a spiraling crescendo of overtones that eventually fades away to silence. In the denouement, a series of limpid piano loops leads to an urgent orchestral theme that builds and gradually dies. Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was one of Pitchfork’s Top Albums of the Decade. Installations and films made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker, James Elaine have been presented in festivals and museums internationally, and his concerts are presented to sold-out crowds around the world. Basinski was chosen by Music Director, Antony Hegarty to create music for the Robert Wilson opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic which had its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011 and toured Europe in 2012 and North America in 2013. Orchestral transcriptions of The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Batie Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. Basinski is currently touring the world in support of his latest works, Cascade and The Deluge.
File Under: Ambient, Modern Classical
Brother Resistance: Rapso Take Over (Left Ear) LP
Originally released in 1986, Brother Resistance’s Rapso Take Over blends calypso, reggae, disco, funk and poetry to create the artist’s signature Rapso sound. A progressive form of poetry from Trinidad and Tobago, Rapso emerged as a means by which to articulate the daily suffering symptomatic of the social unrest afflicting the nation throughout the 1970s and 80s. Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying what they could of his studios and in the process leaving only a small amount of his music in circulation. Now for the first time we can hear Brother Resistance’s finest work remastered and repressed by Left Ear Records. The music and the message live on through Rapso Take Over’s stripped back rhythms infused with steel and strings, all carried by the voice of resistance.
File Under: Reggae, Calypso
Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Press Color (Light in the Attic) LP
Lizzy Mercier Descloux may have come of age in Paris, but was in New York’s Lower East Side that she really came alive. The French punk pioneer, a friend of Patti Smith and Richard Hell, moved to New York in 1977 and soon immersed herself in avant-garde poetry, performance art, and punk music. Closely associated with the founders of ZE Records (home to Was (Not Was) and Kid Creole & The Coconuts), Descloux released her debut album, Press Color, in 1979, revealing a punk-funk sound that positioned her as the French answer to the UK group The Slits or New York’s own ESG. Just as The Slits gave “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” a makeover fit for warehouse parties on their celebrated Cut LP, Descloux’s album revealed a penchant for the unexpected cover version too. It kicks off with a brilliantly rhythmic take on The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown’s Fire–a hit, like Marvin Gaye’s in 1968. There’s also a version of Lalo Schifrin’s theme from Mission Impossible that appears to predate the breakbeat scene by a good twenty years. Elsewhere, we hear echoes of Serge Gainsbourg’s Afrobeat-influenced work, Blondie’s disco-inflected punk, and Talking Heads’ world music-inspired art pop. Backed by guitarists/bassists D.J. Barnes and Erik Elliasson plus drummer Jimmy Young, Descloux creates a naïve musical world in which rhythm is everything—not a byproduct of the song but the reason for its existence. It’s neither played nor sung with any great skill, but it has feel and character in spades and a looseness that’s all too rarely achieved. Of course, an artist with song titles including “Tumor” (a cover of “Fever” with amended lyrics) and “Herpes Simplex” is never a shoo-in for mainstream acceptance, and like many a No Wave classic, the album sold little. Now regarded as a cult classic, this Light In The Attic reissue is presented in an extended 18-track edition, collecting much of Descloux’s work, including “Morning High,” recorded with Patti Smith. Descloux returned to Paris upon scoring a contract with CBS and soon found herself travelling to Africa to research the Afrobeat sound experimented with–from afar–on Press Color. The hit single “Mais où Sont Passées les Gazelles?” and album Zulu Rock followed. By the 1990s, Descloux had turned her back on music in favor of painting and writing, which she continued until her death in 2004. Her playful spirit lives on in this LP.
File Under: No Wave, New Wave
Gam: Eisziet (Dirty Knob) LP
Underground German kosmic rock band GAM recorded their sole record, Eisziet, in 1978 and then shelved it after the master tape disappeared. Comprised of echo-guitar pioneer Günter Schickert, guitarist Axel Struck, and drummer Michael Leske, GAM’s record sat undiscovered and thought lost until The Crack in the Cosmic Egg authors Alan and Steven Freeman tracked down Günter, found out that he had a copy of the recording, and released it on CD on their label, Cosmic Egg, in 2004. Championed by Julian Cope, GAM wove echoed guitars and tripped-out vocals together over a tight rhythmic groove that still sounds current thirty odd years after their recording date. Günter, a veteran of the Berlin experimental and free jazz music scene, was a frequent visitor to the legendary German club/art space, Zodiac Free Arts Lab (founded by Conrad Schnitzler and Hans-Joachim Roedelius), where he encountered fellow German music pioneers and witnessed seminal live performances by now-lauded German bands. In 1974, prior to GAM, Günter self-released his first solo record, Samtvogel, which the Brain label reissued in 1975. Following work with Klaus Schulze, Günter recorded a second solo record, Uberfallig, on Sky Records in 1979. Eiszeit will appeal to fans of early Ash Ra Tempel, Cosmic Jokers, and Achim Reichel and the Machines.
File Under: Synth, Kosmische
Goldberg: Misty Flats (Future Days) LP
Barry Thomas Goldberg was 23 in 1974, the year his Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch, split up. Rudderless, he set about recording solo album Misty Flats, and though few would hear it in its day, he hit on something very special indeed. “In 1974, the world was weary, the Vietnam War was ending, America was at this place where it didn’t know where it was heading, it was the fumes of Watergate days,” says Goldberg now. “I’d just left my band, and I didn’t know where I was heading either. And that’s what Misty Flats represents: neither high road nor low, but somewhere in between.” Where The Batch were a harmony-drenched power pop band in the mold of Big Star and The Rubinoos, Misty Flats was an album of ecstatic desolation, an unhinged loner-folk gem that came from a unique place: “I wanted to make the first punk rock album, and if I’d recorded those songs with a band, maybe that’s what it would’ve been,” Goldberg says. The album was, instead, recorded in mono in a two-day recording binge on a two-track Ampex tape machine. It features just Goldberg and his friend Michael Yonkers, author of the cult 1968 LP Microminiature Love, playing guitar, bass, harmonica, and vocals between them. In it, we hear echoes of Goldberg’s childhood in Las Vegas, where trips to the movies were surrogate babysitters for his single mother. “Hollywood” and “Stars In The Sand” dream of LA life, where “Pop And Ice” has a narrative straight from hard-edged ’70s cinema about a drummer who’s drafted into the army. Back in ’74, Yonkers had crushed several vertebrae at work and used his payoff to fund five albums: four of his own and Goldberg’s Misty Flats, which was pressed in a run of just 500. “We were into art, not commerce,” notes Goldberg now, but at the time he was frustrated his album was allowed to drift off into obscurity. Goldberg forged ahead to record a 24-track rock album called Winter Summer which languishes in the vault to this day; Misty Flats, however, is finally widely available in this deluxe LP, CD, and download.
File Under: Folk, Psych
No Joy: More Faithful (Arts & Crafts) LP
More Faithful is No Joy’s third full-length for Mexican Summer. Throughout the album, singer/guitarist Jasamine White-Gluz, guitarist Laura Lloyd, drummer Garland Hastings, and bassist Michael Farsky (formerly of Dirty Beaches’ live band) push themselves to new peaks of intensity. The album bears the fruits of a band that has refined its work ethic in the gulf of time between recording sessions. The outcome – a juxtaposition of unrest and calm, beauty and chaos, truth and fantasy, in the throes of maxed-out amps and hair-whipping guitar goddess rock music – is as unwavering as ever. Where No Joy’s last album, Wait To Pleasure balanced textural differences with the freewheeling novelty of the studio environment, More Faithful documents a much more rigorous creative process and performance. For More Faithful No Joy worked with musician and producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Chairlift, Lansing-Dreiden). Recording was split between tracking at Brooklyn studio Gary’s Electric and an old farmhouse in Costa Rica. In this rural Costa Rican setting, Elbrecht created a makeshift but nurturing studio environment where he and No Joy did the mixing, overdubs and cut vocals for 12 hours a day. Repairing themselves to an isolated environment strengthened No Joy’s regimented approach to making a record that satisfied their vision. There is no question that More Faithful is the most forward, throttling record No Joy has made, taking their sound to the wall in a brazen display of beauty-laced power. At times More Faithful is heavier than anything they’ve done yet, while also their fastest – riffs shooting upward in discord and drifting down in angelic harmonies.
File Under: Indie Rock
OST: Low Down (Cinewax) LP
This soundtrack is not only an aural companion to Low Down–the acclaimed biopic of jazz pianist Joe Albany, based on the memoirs of his daughter Amy-Jo Albany–but also the perfect primer for Albany’s lifework. Comprised of Albany’s own compositions alongside those of Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, and selections from Ohad Talmor’s score, this album conjures both a feel for Albany’s own avant-garde, quick-tempo, bebop jazz and a mood that evokes the life of Hollywood’s notorious jazz hustler. The album meets with the deep approval of Flea, who took the role of executive producer and co-star of the film. “This is the music that makes me think that human beings aren’t so bad,” writes the bassist in the liner notes. “This is the sound that gives me the energy to go out into the world and try to shine a light. As a child, this is the music I listened to that blew my mind; it let me know that all things were possible. If human beings were capable of doing this, then anything could happen.” “This soundtrack is a beautiful homage to Joe Albany’s extraordinary talent and life,” says Amy-Jo Albany. “It takes me back in time and breaks my heart. It reminds me why music is as essential as air. And if my dad’s spirit is still out there dancing in the high blue, I know he is–as he used to say–’digging it the most.’”
File Under: OST, Jazz
OST: Mad Max Fury Road (Mondo) LP
Mad Max: Fury Road is a modern action masterpiece. Returning to the franchise after almost 30 years Writer / Director George Miller has crafted a new vision of the future, and of his Post Apocalyptic hero Max Rockatansky, this time teaming him up with a group of female refugees in a cross country, relentless chase to escape the evil Warlord who has been imprisoning them all. The soundtrack’s composer Junkie XL utilized the movie’s vast landscape to explore a diverse range of musical territory, from beating drums to sweeping strings and electric guitar-driven operatic themes, utilizing nearly 200 instruments. “The score includes almost everything in a composer’s arsenal. The instrumentation ranges from big, brutal percussion and an 80-voice choir, with string sections and musical sound design, and everything in between. I used anything I could get my hands on.”
File Under: OST, BEST MOVIE!
OST: Shaun of the Dead (Mondo) LP
We are proud to be releasing Shaun of the Dead – never before released in ANY format – on gorgeous 180 Gram Vinyl. While aware that they were working on a comedy, composers Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead wanted to make a score that was deadly serious and let the comedy do its own thing. “We wanted to “play a straight bat,” as the English say, and treat the film as though it was a sincere and genuinely terrifying scenario.” says Mudford. In doing so, they crafted a score that fits in perfectly alongside the great horror scores that inspired it. Pete & Dan’s band, ‘The Sons Of Silence,’ was previously featured in Edgar Wright’s television show Spaced before it became part of the behind the scenes soundtrack to the writing, and casting portions of production of the film. “Indeed, many of the doomier, dubbier tracks of from The Sons of Silence would blend in perfectly with my playlist, made up of John Carpenter scores, Goblin rock outs and library tracks from Dawn of The Dead. So even before Dan and Pete were definitely scoring the movie, they were already scoring the movie.” Says Edgar.
File Under: OST, Mondo
OST: Wicked City (Tiger Lab) LP
Tiger Lab Vinyl proudly announces their first release ‘Wicked City’ (Original Anime Soundtrack) by Osamu Shoji. Wicked City is an electronic score filled with goth-esque pads, lounge piano lines, 80s bass grooves, and classic drum samples composed, performed, arranged, and written by Osamu Shoji. The Tiger Lab Vinyl release is the original 1987 video animation soundtrack restored and remastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering. It will be available on 180 gram Classic Black and Wicked Green vinyl with gatefold packaging and artwork created by Clint Carney, co-founder of Tiger Lab Vinyl, including an art print of the cover image. Osamu Shoji is a well known synthesizer performer and programmer. He released numerous records in the late 70s and 80s filled with electronic and synth-driven disco/funk themes.
File Under: OST, Anime
Pavement: Secret History Vol. 1 (Matador) LP
The strangest thing about Pavement? Not that there were ever many non-strange things about Pavement? Even though they made their era’s finest rock albums, the albums only told half their story. Pavement also made some of the nineties’ best albums that never happened. Until now! Pavement made five proper album-as-albums: Slanted and Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999). Each has its own sound. Each has its own legend. But each of their official albums has a shadow album – and it’s usually as strong as the album that actually did come out. It’s time for the world to hear the albums Pavement could have made, if they’d been a little less ambitious about music and a little more ambitious about the music business. If they’d been the kind of band to sweat the legacy. But if they were that kind of band, would they have written so many great songs? Much less these great songs? No. Matador is finally releasing a series of these shadow albums. The first, naturally, is The Secret History Vol. 1, collecting the songs that got away during the era of Slanted and Enchanted, which Stephen Malkmus, Scott Kannberg and Gary Young recorded on the cheaper-than-cheap in January 1991. Secret Slanted History collects gems from Peel Sessions (“Kentucky Cocktail,” “Circa 1762”) and seven-inches (“Baptist Blacktick”) as well as live slop from the first European tours, with Mark Ibold and Bob Nastanovich in the fold. Some are outtakes from Slanted – imagine leaving these tunes off your first album, when as far as you know or imagine, it’s your only album. These tracks (some of which had never been rumored among Pavement freaks) came out on the 2002 Slanted and Enchanted reissue. But they’ve never been separately available as an album in their own right, and many of them have never been on vinyl before. The rarities collected here could have been – or maybe even should have been – cobbled together into a quickie stopgap album, a Slanted sequel.
File Under: Indie Rock
Prurient: Frozen Niagara Falls (Profound Lore) 3LP
Known as America’s most prominent noise figurehead, for nearly 20 years under the moniker of Prurient (AKA Vatican Shadow / Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement / Christian Cosmos / Etc.), Dominick Fernow has created a sonic entity unlike any other in the realm of experimental, ambient, and noise music respectively. Throughout a massive repertoire that consists of full-lengths, EPs, splits, singles, limited cassette runs and 7” releases etc. Prurient is one of the most important artists to define and reinvent the genre of noise music which in turn has made Fernow one of the premiere visionaries in the entire genre of experimental music. Throughout the years Prurient has been known to constantly shape shift its sound into many mutations and incarnations within the noise genre through massive layered walls of sound consisting of harsh feedback, tortured vocals, meticulous sampling, machine-like industrial pounding, entrancing synth work, enticing beats, and waves of electronica to create an aura that treads the fine line of harsh noise extremity and atmospheric beauty. Prurient’s first full-length album since the 2011 game changer “Bermuda Drain” sees Fernow deliver the most ambitious and massive Prurient album to date. A double-album clocking in at a near 90-minutes entitled “Frozen Niagara Falls”, the new Prurient album is set to define Fernow even more as a master within all the genres Prurient tends to crossover into. In what encompasses moments familiar from the entire Prurient catalog along with creating something entirely new and different from what Prurient has previously done, “Frozen Niagara Falls” (in which its journey began to manifest in late 2013 and was finally completed on Valentine’s Day 2015) could very well be recognized as the Prurient magnum opus.
File Under: Noise, Doom, Metal
Shooting Guns: Wolf Cop (One Way Static) LP
BACK IN STOCK!!! One Way Static Records is proud to present the soundtrack to ‘Wolfcop’ an hilarious modern classic about a cop turned werewolf. Equally remarkable is the killer soundtrack provided by Shooting Guns. A unique blend of heavy carpenter electronics mixed with Black Sabbath-esque riffs and even a hint of country. Upon hearing it, we just knew we had to release this! The first pressing sold out so quickly that we did a repress on Amethyst Colored vinyl limited to #450 copies worldwide. Vinyl packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket with original artworks by Randy Ortiz (Marvel Comics, Mondo,…). Also included is a free digital download card and a bonus 7″ containing 3 promo tracks by Shooting Guns on randomly inserted black or white vinyl with a picture sleeve.
File Under: OST, Metal, Stoner
Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss (Sargent House) LP
Chelsea Wolfe has returned with her fourth full length album, Abyss, out August 7th 2015 on Sargent House, and you can hear / download the first single “Iron Moon” now. Originally premiered via Rolling Stone, who called it a, “haunting, doomy exercise in loud-quiet-loud dynamics” and her “darkest, heaviest and most personal album yet.” “Abyss is meant to have the feeling of when you’re dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious,” says Wolfe.To conjure this in-between world, Wolfe continued her ongoing collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and co-writer Ben Chisholm and drummer Dylan Fujioka, with Ezra Buchla brought on board to play viola and Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) enlisted to contribute guitar. The ensemble traveled to Dallas, TX to record with producer John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent). In the back of her mind burned the words of designer Yohji Yamamoto: “Perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” The resulting eleven songs reflect that philosophy as they smolder with human frailty, intimacy, quiet passion, anxiety, and deep longing.
File Under: Goth, Indie Rock
Various: Tower of Power (Cometa Edizioni Musicali) LP
“Freedom Power” (released in 1976 on label Cometa Edizioni Musicali CMT 4 ) is one of the most popular albums of the ’70s and Italian library collects compositions of Maestro Gabriele Ducros with the contributions of other composers and musicians like Sandro Brugnolini , Enrico Pieranunzi and Silvano Chimenti . ” Tower Of Power ” is the sequel to that lucky LP and includes unreleased material recorded during the same session of 1976 , songs that as in the case of those of the first volume push the accelerator on the jazz – funk soundtrack that was in Italy in those years fertile ground thanks to the great success of the movie cop.
File Under: Jazz, Funk, Library, Italian
13th Floor Elevators: Easter Everywhere (Snapper) LP
Alt-J: An Awesome Wave (Infectious) LP
Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam (Domino) LP
The Band: Islands (Universal) LP
The Band: Moondog Matinee (Universal) LP
The Band: Northern Lights (Universal) LP
The Band: Rock of Ages (Universal) LP
Beach House: Bloom (Sub Pop) LP
Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop) LP
Black Keys: Big Come UP (Alive) LP
Boards of Canada: Campfire Headphase (Warp) LP
Boards of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp) LP
Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children (Warp) LP
Boards of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp) LP
Bombino: Nomad (Nonesuch) LP
Boris: Heavy Rocks (Sargent House) LP
Charles Bradley: No Time For Dreaming (Daptone) LP
Broadcast: Haha Sound (Warp) LP
Broadcast: Tender Buttons (Warp) LP
Budos Band: 3 (Daptone) LP
Don Cherry: Organic Music Society (Caprice) LP
City & Colour: Bring Me Your Love (Dine Alone) LP
City & Colour: Hurry & The Harm (Dine Alone) LP
Loren Connors: Departing of a Dream (Family Vineyard) LP
Dead Meadow: Warble Womb (Xemu) LP
Dinosaur Jr: Bug (Jagjaguwar) LP
Dinosaur Jr: s/t (Jagjaguwar) LP
Nick Drake: Pink Moon (Island) LP
Earth: 2 (Sub Pop) LP
Earth: Pentastar in the Style of Demons (Sub Pop) LP
Brian Eno: Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Warp) LP
Faith Healer: Cosmic Troubles (Mint) LP
Father John Misty: I Love You Honeybear (Sub Pop) LP
Fleet Foxes: s/t (Sub Pop) LP
Jamie XX: In Colour (Young Turk) DLX LP
Joy Division: Substance (Rhino) LP
The Knife: Silent Shout (Mute) LP
Mutoid Man: Bleeder (Sargent House) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Downward Spiral (Interscope) LP
Oasis: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (Big Brother) LP
Postal Service: Give Up (Sub Pop) LP
Real Estate: Atlas (Domino) LP
Arthur Russell: World of Arthur Russell (Soul Jazz) LP
Elliott Smith: Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Elliott Smith: Roman Candle (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty) LP
Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) LP
Sufjan Stevens: Michigan (Asthmatic Kitty) LP
Viet Cong: s/t (Flemish Eye) LP
Various: Can You Dig It 1 (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Can You Dig It 2 (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: New Orleans Soul (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Punk 45: Extermination Nights in Sixth City (Soul Jazz) LP