31 January, 2012

Free Will

Cocteau Twins - The Spangle Maker (1984)

Staying up 'til 3AM to read Augustine and Peter Damian is only bearable with Cocteau Twins. 
The first release to feature new bassist Simon Raymonde and the first in a series of critically acclaimed EPs that would set up the band for mainstream recognition. I may or may not be posting a CT discography soon.

30 January, 2012

Transverberation

The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa - ...Fluidtrance Centauri... (1993)

Can you believe there are idiots out there who claim Bernini's sculpture is centered around a female orgasm? The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa was a Czech shoegaze band; it is now a one man electronic project. Why would they stop making such blissful soundscapes in favor of bland blips and bleeps, you ask? Well, because somebody stole all their equipment, and it was cheaper to buy a computer. In their short time as a band, St. Theresa released three great shoegaze releases, but I would say this was their best work. Fluidtrance Centauri showcases the group at their most mature, with the perfect blend of dreamy keyboards, distorted guitars, and ethereal vocals. Too bad it's only three songs long.

29 January, 2012

PiƱa Brisa

Gene Rains - Lotus Land (1960)

Perfect for the hangover I'm nursing today. 
Gene Rains was a vibraphonist with a short lived musical career in the 1960s. Though not as famous as Martin Denny or Arthur Lyman, Rains' three exotica releases are crucial for anyone with a love for mini-umbrella tiki drinks.

28 January, 2012

Arrakis

Zed - Visions of Dune (1979)

Toto and Eno don't have anything on this. French electronic pioneer Bernard Szajner assembles an ensemble cast to pay tribute to Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece. A must listen for fans of early Heldon and the zeuhl genre in general.

26 January, 2012

Perceptible Receptacle

Chelsea Wolfe - Remixes & Rarities Mixtape (2011)

Chelsea Wolfe will be playing at the Echoplex tonight along with Wolves in the Throne Room, and I figured it was appropriate to share this exclusive with you. Last month Chelsea & crew ran into some van trouble. They set up a Kickstarted fund and sent this out as a "thank you" to whoever donated. See you tonight!

25 January, 2012

And You Laugh Correctly

SPK - Leichenschrei (1982)

Considered by many to be the quintessential industrial record, but why is it so damn hard to find a decent scan of the cover? SPK was an Australian band formed in '78. They began as a pioneering noise and industrial group, but signed to a major label and turned to synth-pop after one of the founding members committed suicide. Failing to attract any mainstream attention, SPK was dropped from Warner and transformed into Graeme Revell's musical moniker. Revell, the surviving SPK founder, pursued an ambient neoclassical sound. It wasn't long before he would ditch the SPK handle and pursue a successful Hollywood career composing film scores. Perhaps you've heard his work in the classic films Might Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie or Shark Night 3D. It's only fitting that Leichenschrei would make the perfect score to a documentary about vivisection.

24 January, 2012

Tabula Rasa

Here's to new beginnings, you fucks.

Death In June - Brown Book (1987)

The infamous Braunbuch, to my knowledge the only Di6 album that is banned in Germany for featuring the SA's anthem. Pretty silly considering that it's sung by Ian Read (Fire + Ice) who happens to be an Englishman with a nicht so gut accent. Dougie P. also recruits the help of Rose McDowall and David Tibet, resulting in one of the better Di6 albums of the 80s.