31 March, 2012

Plastic For A Future Landfill

C. Spencer Yeh - 1975 (2011)

Look at this fucking stud. That's oriental drone master C. Spencer Yeh, coming at you hotter than a bowl of szechuan chicken. Despite releasing at least a dozen recordings before this, 1975 is billed as Yeh's "debut" album: a coherent interweaving of layered piercing drones and chopped&screwed vocal loops. Probably his best work since Challenger.

30 March, 2012

New Puppy Blues

Mania / The Rita - True Ass Worship + Stockings From The Rear (2006)

Texas meets Vancouver in this aural shrine to the female behind. Play it loud to recreate that Chinatown meat grinder feel that'll scare your dog into leaving your socks alone.

29 March, 2012

CAD 412

Cocteau Twins - Treasure (1984)

Feels good to be back home.
Earlier I said I was planning on posting CT's discography, and I just might get around to it now. This is their first album with Simon Raymonde as bassist and third overall. Captured on this LP is the quintessential Cocteau Twins sound: Liz Fraser has you entranced in some non-existent language while Robin Guthrie and Raymonde provide slightly goth-tinged somnambulant soundscapes. For those reasons it is probably their best work, but I don't know if I would call it my favorite.

21 March, 2012

Angelus Novus

William Basinski - Variations: A Movement In Chrome Primitive (2004)

Amniotic piano loops in endless rotation.

"The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise and has got caught in his wings; it is so strong that the angel can no longer close them. This storm drives him irresistibly into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows toward the sky. What we call progress is this storm."

20 March, 2012

Pomponio Algerio

Vatican Shadow - Kneel Before Religious Icons (2011)

Yo playgirls, I finally got all my religious work out of the way. Time to get politically charged and blasphemous with Dominick Fernow (Prurient/Ash Pool/Cold Cave/etc). This time around he's got slowed down electronic jams that they'd probably play during the underground Vatican boy chamber scene in a Pasolini film. Sort of like a minimal Skinny Puppy, similar to Regis/Sandwell District/Tropic of Cancer.

Oh, and please keep those NYC recs coming.

19 March, 2012

Commodum

King Dude - Love (2011)

Careful, man, there's a beverage here.
On Friday I leave for NYC and would appreciate some recommendations of debased things to do/see/eat/drink/etc there.

14 March, 2012

Swans Related Project

Michael Gira - Drainland (1995)

Brush up on your old school Gira before his West Coast tour kicks off.

Falling Freely

Boris With Merzbow - Sun Baked Snow Cave (2005)

The roar of a (gigantic) wheel as it turns uncontrollably. 
I vaguely recall it in a warm snow cave. 
A boom like a chorus of thousands of cicadas heard under the sun. 
Such a stories deserves to be born

13 March, 2012

Mein Liebling Mein Rose

Death In June - Peaceful Snow/Maverick Chamber Totenpop Versions (2011)

Took a while but we finally got them. I guess Dougie P. ran out of movie samples.

12 March, 2012

Zos Kia Cultus

Psychic TV - Dreams Less Sweet (1983)

You asked for it so here it is: the second proper album by PTV. GP-O, Sleazy, Fergusson and their huge ensemble bring you tabbed-out industrial in the vein of Brian Jones and Chandragupta. This album is in holophonic sound so make sure you aren't wearing your Beats by Dre.

10 March, 2012

Spectrum Follower

Walter Carlos - Walter Carlos' Clockwork Orange (1972)

As contrived as it sounds, classical music helps me stay somewhat productive, so what better than 70s moog renditions of Beethoven's 9th? Wendy (formerly known as Walter) Carlos, best known for her Bach interpretations and Tron soundtrack, wrote this album for the Kubrick film. Though composing a series of autonomous pieces with an affinity for clockwork, most of Carlos' material was omitted from the film and its corresponding soundtrack.
On a completely unrelated note: anyone else have a Dieter Moebius death scare today?

09 March, 2012

Tom Petty Song

Pixies - Here Comes Your Man (1989)

08 March, 2012

SKY 083

Moebius - Tonspuren (1983)

Dieter Moebius' first solo album after thirteen years of playing with Cluster, Harmonia, and various collaborators. It seems that most people don't like this record, but I find it to be an enjoyable foray into left-field minimal compositions with a dash of melody to be found in between. Highly recommended for the vintage synthesizer enthusiast.

07 March, 2012

Dante & Beatrice

New Order & Joy Division - Ceremony (1980/1981)

"This is the record store day special limited edition release (800 copies), containing both the New Order and Joy Division versions of the same songs: Ceremony and In A Lonely Place. The Joy Division tracks are from rehearsal sessions, and In A Lonely Place has never before been released in this full length version."

06 March, 2012

Summa Theologica

Brian Eno - Discreet Music (1975)

"The inspiration for this album began when Eno was left bed-ridden by an accident and was given an album of eighteenth century harp music. After struggling to put the record on the turntable and returning to bed, he realized that it was turned down toward the threshold of inaudibility and he lacked the strength to get up from the bed again and turn it up. Eno said this experience taught him a new way to perceive music."
These next two weeks will be the most stressful weeks of my life, and thus I need to offset that with some relaxing compositions. Discreet Music is Eno's first foray into ambient music as a solo artist. Definitely not his most accessible work (there are only four tracks with average length of 10 minutes), but the combination of synth layering and classical ensemble distinguish it as one of his best.

05 March, 2012

Kangaroo Point

Slug Guts - Howlin' Gang (2011)

Thirteen tracks of blistering sleaze delivered to you by these Aussie garage rockers. Not sure how this Sacred Bones Birthday Party revival got overlooked by everyone in the States, just don't call it Nick Cave worship or they might call you a poof. Thanks to Freya for the heads up on this.

Vip Vop

The Cramps - Gravest Hits (1979)

Have some rockabilly jams done by a group of deranged hitchhiking punks in an effort to shake off the Monday morning fog.

01 March, 2012

Unmitigated Malice

Crispin Hellion Glover - The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be (1989)

Yes, this is an album by THAT Crispin Glover. I'm not sure why, but he's become an authentic iconoclastic figure among "cool" people. Maybe it's because of his vague ties to Nazi imagery, or his 'provocative' ventures in film directing; but I suspect that it's because the fat goth girls who loved him for his misunderstood tortured guy roles have grown up and carried their crushes into womanhood. Anyway, this is one of the worst albums you'll have the pleasure of listening. At times it's hilarious (when he gives you masturbation advice), and at other times it's unlistenable (when he's reading sections of his book). 
All word and lyrics point toward THE BIG PROBLEM. The solution lay within the title: LET IT BE. Crispin Hellion Glover wants to know what you think these nine things have in common. Call (213) 464-5053