Essential Records

  • Best Albums of 2009

    (in no order)
     

    1. The Broadcast & The Focus Group

      

    Broadcast & The Focus Group | Birmingham UK | Warp | Listen

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    2. Om

      

    Om - God is Good | San Francicso | Drag City | Listen (An album Goblin could have made)

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    3. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

      

    The Pains of Being  Pure at Heart | Brooklyn | Slumberland | Listen

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    4. Telepathe

      

    Telepathe | Brooklyn | IamSound | Listen

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    4. Cold Cave

      

    Cold Cave | Philadelphia | Matador | Listen

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    5. Nite Jewel

      

    Nite Jewel | Los Angeles | Self Released w/ Human Ear | Listen

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    6. Here We Go Magic

      

    Here We Go Magic | Brooklyn | Secretly Canadian | Listen

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    7. Kill For Total Peace

      

    Kill For Total Peace | Paris | Pan European Recordings | Listen

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    8. Moon Duo

      

    Moon Duo | San Francisco | Sacred Bones | Listen

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    9. Animal Collective

      

    Animal Collective | Brooklyn, Lisbon, DC | Domino | Listen

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    10. A Place To Bury Strangers

      

    A Place to Bury Strangers | Brooklyn | Mute | Listen

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    11. Pure Ecstasy

      

    Pure Ecstasy | Austin | | Light Lodge | Listen

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    12. Omar S

      

    Omar S | Detroit | fxhe | Listen

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    13. Martyn

      

    Martyn | DC | 3024 | Listen

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    Best Reissues

     

    1. Space

      

    Space | Marseille | Nang | Listen

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    2. Comet Gain

      

    Comet Gain | London | Whats Your Rupture | Listen

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    3. Prince Lasha

      

    Prince Lasha Ensemble | Oakland | Dusty Groove | Sorry folk no gimmes here

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    4. The Feelies

      

    The Feelies | New Jersey | Bar None | Listen

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    5. The 39 Clocks

      

    39 Clocks | Germany | Bureau B | Listen

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    6. Peter Walker

      

    Peter Walker | Boston | Tompkins Square | Listen

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    8. Bill Fox

      

    Bill Fox | Cleveland | Scat | Listen

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    9. Guru Guru

        

    Guru Guru | Germany | Brain | Listen  

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    10. The Axemen

      

    The Axemen | Aukland | Siltbreeze | Listen

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    11. The Liverpool Scene

      

    The Liverpool Scene | Liverpool | Esoteric | Listen 

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    12. The East Flatbush Project

      

    The East Flatbush Project | Brooklyn | 10/30 Uproar | Listen

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    13. J.T. IV

      

    J.T. IV | Chicago | Drag City |

     

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    14. Sperm

      

    Sperm | Finland | Destijl | No Songs or video but excellent is understatement

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    15. Margo Guryan

      

    Margo Guryan | Los Angeles | Oglio | Listen

     

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    16. Das Ding

      

    Das Ding | Dutch | Minimal Wave | Listen

  • Deconstructing Panda Bear's Person Pitch

     

    Panda Bear is the member of Animal Collective who made the nearly perfect solo record, Person Pitch. I was on his Wikipedia page and noticed all the sampling he did for this album and thought that highlighting some of these bits & pieces would be fun. 

    We begin with Agnes Montgomery. She's the artist who created the iconic album art (shown above) and the collages shown below. Agnes is based in Philly.  Signed limited edition prints of her work can be purchased for $125 here.

     

      

      

      

      

    Below are the songs sampled on the album:

     

    Comfy In Nautica features a sample of Geino Yamashirogumi's song Tetsuo.  Geino Yamashirogumi is a Japanese folk collective that could have over 70 singers and 100 members at any given time.  The members consist of every day people that range from businessmen, doctors, students and everyone in between. The song Panda Bear sampled was a commisioned tune from the soundtrack to Akira.  The picture below is taken from Julian Cope's website and shows some of the members performing.

     

     

     

    Take Pills, the second song on Person Pitch, contains a sample from a Scott Walker's ballad, Always Coming Back to You (shown below) and The Tornados song, Popeye Twist (shown below that).

     

     

    Track 3 - Bros - Contains the following samples:

    Red Roses and a Sky of Blue by The Tornados

     

     

    I've Found a Love by Cat Stevens from his album, Matthew & Son

     

     

    Rub A Dub Dub by The Equals (Listen Here)

     

     

    Track 4: I'm Not contains a sample from Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure by Guillaume de Machaut but performed by Gothic Voices

     

     

    Track 5: Good Girl / Carrots contains the following samples:

    Radio Calcutta #2 from the album Radio India: The Eternal Dream of Sound

     

     

    Enter the Dragon by Lee Scratch Perry

     

     

    Ananas Symphonie by Kraftwerk

     

     

    Track 6: Search for Delicious is named after the book of the same namb by children's author Natalie Babbitt

     

     

    ...and that takes care of that!

  • Destination Out Takes You There

    Destination Out is a good station to prepare for orbit.  They deal primarily with Free Jazz but also No Wave, Experimental, Films, books, even shoegaze. The experience is a whole lot better if you're wearing a dashiki. Prepare for take off.

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

     

     

      

      

  • Essential Records - Edgard Varêse and Le Corbusier - Poême Electronique (1958)

     

         

    Edgard Varese (1883-1965) was a French-born composer who was an innovator in the use of electronic music equipment. Varese's chaotic musical style has influenced later composers (John Cage & Karlheinz Stockhausen) and rock musicians (Frank Zappa & Chicago) alike.

     

     

    Video sourced from mjsebit
    Varese image sourced from Randall Packer
    Zappa & Varese photomontage sourced from Victor Rebullida
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  • Essential Records - Wolfgang Dauner | Ouput

    Don't let the cover fool you. This is not a post punk record. It's weird German jazz fusiony compositions.

    Get Wolfgang Dauner from Mutant Sounds

     

  • Essential Records | Alan Vega "Jukebox Babe"

    As many of you know, Alan Vega is a visual artist and one half of the duo, Suicide. In 1980 he released a self-titled solo record with his electo-rockabilly "hit" Jukebox Babe.  This record, like a handful of his other output,  is absolutely essential.

     

    You may also like: Behind The Doors of 98 Bowery | NON Band | New York Club Flyers from the 70's & 80's | Thurston Moore's Top Free Jazz Albums | Edgard Varese & Le Corbusier | The Tube: A Day in the Night of New York | Wolgang Dauner

  • Essential Records | Best New Band | Kill For Total Peace

    This video actually does little if any justice - Spaz out to "Captin America" on their myspace link

    Sourced from Dronepod
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  • Essential Records | Billy Boyo

      

      

    There were lots of rumors about this kid: The false story was this: As one of the "child" deejay stars of Kingston, Boyo emerged on the scene as 13 year old.  He took jabs at some of the Kingston gangsters with his lyrics and ended up getting shot in the head and killed before he hit puberty. The Clash song "Wrong em Boyo" is supposedly about this incident.

    The Real story is mostly the same as above except he was not murdered - he died of a brain tumor in Brooklyn.

     

     

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  • Essential Records | Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

      

    In 1981 Eno & Byrne teamed up and made a record that incorporates the sound both of these guys were into at the time.  This may sound lame, but if you were describing a record to someone and said, "It sounds like a mix between Brian Eno and David Byrne", that would be this record.  Some might think that's obvious but they could have made a record that sounded like anything right? ....ummm yeah. You can hear snippets from the 2006 reissue at Amazon and if you're savy enough I'm sure you can find the download.

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  • Essential Records | Lady B

    Video sourced from isaiahsway

    Lady B
    To The Beat Y'all
    Old School Hip Hop
    TEC Records
    1979

    Lady B is from Philadelpia. She's one of the earliest female rappers in history. She currently hosts a radio show on Sirius.

    Myspace

     

  • Essential Records | Non Band

    Non Band were a Japanese No-Wavey, New Wavey, Tribally, Spazzy, Thumping, Bumping, Post Punky outift who released their self titled album in 1982. It's essential to any record collection.

      

      

      

      

    NON Band Blog (Japanese)
    Download "Duncan Dancin" and a nice collection of rare and obscure post punk goodness here

  • Essential Records | Section 25

    Section 25
    Always Now
    Post Punk
    Factory Records
    Production credits on various albums include: Bernard Sumner of New Order, Ian Curtis of Joy Division and the late Martin Hannett, a man responsible for a lot of good records.
    Myspace
     

    Image sourced from Acknowledged Classic
  • Essential Records | Space

    Sourced from rafatribe

    Space were an electronic band from France that were active from 1977 - 1980. They pioneered the Space Disco and the Eurodance Electronica genre.

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  • Essential Records | Top Free Jazz Albums According to Thurston Moore

     

     

    This list, originally published in the brilliant but defunct, Grand Royal Magazine, has been circulating for years. What's most striking is Moore's enthusiastic writing when describing these nuggets. What's even better is that Rootstrata uploaded these albums for you to download.

     

      

     

    1. DAVE BURRELL - Echo (BYG 529.320/Actuel Volume 20)

    In the fall of 1969 Free Jazz was reaching a kind of nadir/nexus.
    Within the industry it was controversial. Classic traditionalists
    (beboppers included) were outraged by men in dashikis and sandals
    jumping on stage and just BLOWING their guts out creating screaming
    torrents of action. Most musicians involved with this crying anarchy
    could get no bookings beyond the New York loft set. The French lovers
    of the avant-garde embraced this African-American scene wholly. This
    recording is one of many in a series of LP’s with consistent design.
    BYG released classic Free Jazz documents by Archie Shepp (at his
    wildest), Clifford Thornton, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Grachan Moncur
    III, Sunny Murray, Alan Silva, Arthur Jones, Dewey Redman and many
    others. A lot of these cats are present on this recording where from
    the first groove it sounds like an acoustic tidal wave exploding into
    shards of dynamite. If you can locate Alan Silva’s “Lunar Surface” LP
    (BYG 529.312/Actuel Vol. 12) you’ll find a world even that much more
    OUT.

     

     

    2. MILFORD GRAVES & DON PULLEN - Nommo (S.R.P. LP-290)

    Milford may be one of the most important players in the Free Jazz
    underground. He enforces the sense of community as a primary exponent
    of his freely improvised music. His drumkit is home-made and he rarely
    performs outside of his neighborhood. When he does perform he plays
    his kit like no other. Wild, slapping, bashing, tribal freak-outs
    interplexed with silence, serenity and enlightened meditation. This LP
    was manufactured by the artists in 1967 and is recorded live at Yale
    University. The interplay between Milford and Don (piano) is
    remarkable and very free. There’s a second volume which also is as
    rare as hen’s teeth.

     

      

     

    3. ARTHUR DOYLE Plus 4 - Alabama Feeling (AK-BA AK-1030)

    Arthur is a strange cat. Not too many people know where he’s from
    (Alabama is a good guess). He resided in New York City in the 70’s and
    showed up in loftspaces spitting out incredible post-Aylerisms. Mystic
    music which took on the air of chasing ghosts and spirits through
    halls of mirrors (!). He hooked up with noise/action guitarist Rudolph
    Grey who was making the current No-Wave scene and with Beaver Harris
    (drums) they played gigs in front of unsuspecting art creeps
    apparently not “hip” enough to dig, let alone document, the history
    blasting their brains. Arthur did release this lo-fi masterpiece and
    it’s a spiraling cry of freedom and fury. AKBA Records released a
    number of classic NYC loft-jazz sessions, most notably those of label
    boss Charles Tyler, a screaming tenor player who also blew with
    Rudolph in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Arthur continues to play/teach
    etc. in Binghamton, N.Y. and recently released in 1993 “More Alabama
    Feeling” on yours truly’s Ecstatic Peace label (available from Forced
    Exposure/POB 9102/Waltham, MA 02254)

     

     

    4. SONNY MURRAY - Sonny’s Time Now (Jihad 663)

    Sonny was the drummer considered to be the first to realize and
    recognize and perform, on drums, pure FREE jazz. He played behind and
    along with Ayler early on and Cecil Taylor. He constructed groups
    which always flew and raged with spiritual abandon. He took time as an
    abstract and turned it into free motion. This recording is super-lo-fi
    and is awesome. On it play Ayler(tenor) and Don Cherry (trumpet) as
    well as Leroi Jones (now known as Amiri Baraka) reading a killer poem
    called “Black Art”. This music is very Ayler but more fractured and
    odd. Like a lot of these records there is only a front cover with the
    back of the jacket blank. Whether this was done for economic or
    artistic reasons is unclear. Jihad was a concern of Leroi Jones and
    anything released on this label is utterly obscure. The only other
    title I’ve seen is one just called “BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL” from the
    mid-60’s which is Leroi and friends sitting on the stoops of Harlem
    chanting, beating drums and celebrating Leroi’s “poems” (”The white
    man/at best/is..corny!”) There was an ad for Jihad in an old issue of
    Jazz & Pop magazine which announced a Don Ayler (Albert’s amazing
    trumpet-playing bro) LP but I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s actually
    seen this. “Sonny’s Time Now” was reissued a few years ago in Japan
    (DIW-25002) on CD and LP (with an enclosed 7″ of two extra scratchy
    tracks!) but even that is near impossible to locate. Recorded in 1965.

     

     

     

    5. THE RIC COLBECK QUARTET - The Sun Is Coming Up (Fontana 6383 001)

    Issued in the UK only in 1970. Ric was an interesting white cat who
    came to the U.S. to blow some free e-motion with NYC loft dwellers.
    He’s most well known for his amazing playing on the great Noah
    Howard’s first ESP-Disk release (ESP 1031). The whole 1000 series of
    ESP is critical & crucial to anybody wanting to explore this era of
    Free Jazz featuring recordings by Ayler, Ornette, Sonny Simmons, Sun
    Ra, Henry Grimes, Steve Lacy, Sunny Murray, Marzette Watts, Patty
    Waters, et al. I’m not including any of these in this list as they’re
    all available on CD now (from Forced Exposure, address above). The
    picture of Ric on the Noah Howard LP shows a man with race-car shades
    and a “cool” haircut playing his horn while a ciggie burns
    nonchalantly from his relaxed grip. A very hip dude. And very FREE.
    His only solo recording is this Fontana LP which he recorded while
    cruising through Europe. He connected with South African drummer
    Selwyn Lissack (whatever happened to…) and the UK’s famous
    avant-altoist Mike Osborne and bassist J.F. ‘Jenny’ Clark (student of
    20th century compositionists Lucian Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen)
    to create this exceptional and complex masterpiece.

     

     

     6. JOHN TCHICAI AND CADENTIA NOVA DANICA - Afrodisiaca (MPS CRM711)

    Tchicai is a 6′6″ Danish/Congolese tenor sax player who, in the early
    60’s, started blowing minds all across the Netherlands with his
    radical “music for the future”. Archie Shepp encouraged him to come to
    NYC and join like-minded souls of avant-guardia. Tchicai came over and
    kicked everybodys ass. Leroi Jones shouted his name and talent loudly
    as Tchicai hooked up with Shepp and Don Cherry for the New York
    Contemporary Five and later an even heavier ensemble with Milford
    Graves and Roswell Rudd called the New York Art Quartet. The NYAQ
    recorded one of the most crucial sessions for ESP-Disk (esp1004) which
    had Leroi reciting his infamous BLACK DADA NIHILISMUS (available on CD
    from Forced Exposure). AFRODISIACA was released in Germany (and in
    other re-release configurations…supposedly) and is Tchicai gathered
    with 25 other local-Euro musicians playing a hurricane of a piece by
    trumpet/composer Hugh Steinmetz. This music gets way way out and has
    the real ability to take you “there”. The echo effect on some of this
    shit is quite ill in a very analog way. And the way the shit gets that
    dirty-needled distortion at the end of side one (all 25 cats GOING AT
    IT!) is beautiful, baby, BEAUTIFUL!!

     

     

     

     

     

    7. RASHIED ALI and FRANK LOWE - Duo Exchange (Survival SR101)

    Frank Lowe has been studying and playing a consistently developing
    tenor sax style for a few decades now. At present he’s been swinging
    through a Lester Young trip which can be heard majestically on his
    Ecstatic Peace recording (E#19..from Forced Exp.) In the early 70’s,
    however, he was a firebrande who snarled and blew hot lava skronk from
    loft to loft. He played with Alice Coltrane on some of her more out
    sessions. Rashied Ali was the free-yet-disciplined drummer whom
    Coltrane enlisted to play alongside Elvin Jones and Pharaoh Sanders
    (and Alice) in his last mind-bending, space-maniacal recordings (check
    out surely the Coltrane/Ali duet CD Interstellar Space). Elvin quit
    the group cuz Rashied was too hardcore. Those were the fuckin’ days.
    And Rashied had his own club downtown NYC called Ali’s Alley! Duo
    Exchange is Rashied and Frank completely going at it and just burning
    notes and chords where ever they can find ‘em. Totally sick. Survival
    was Rashied’s record label which had cool b&w matte sleeves and some
    crucial releases mostly with his quartet/quintet and a duo session
    with violinist LeRoy Jenkins.
     

     

     

     

    8. THE PETER BROTZMANN SEXTET/QUARTET - Nipples (Calig - CAL30604)

    The influence of Free Jazz-era Coltrane, Ayler, Esp-disk, Shepp, etc.
    on hard drinking, knuckle-biting European white cats is formidable.
    These guys didn’t care so much about plaing “jazz” as just totally
    ripping their guts out with high-energy, brain-plowing NOISE.
    Brotzmann (sax, German), Evan Parker (sax, UK), Derek Bailey (guitar,
    UK), and Han Bennink (drums, Dutch) are a few of the spearheaders of
    this Free-Euro scene and are caught on this insanely rare early
    document. The b&w cover has a fold-out accordion post card set of
    personal images of the musicians glued and paperclipped to its front.
    Brotzmann went on to help further the critical documentation of the
    Euro-Free-Jazz scene with FMP (Free Music Productions) Records which
    still exists to this day. There are over a 100 releases on this label
    of pure Euro-improv and they all offer remarkable moments. Derek
    Bailey went on to create his own categorically similar Incus Records
    in the UK which is also still extant. As is the Han Bennink associated
    I.C.P. (Instant Composers Pool) Records. The most mind-blasting of
    these recordings may be MACHINE GUN (FMP 24 CD available from
    NorthCountry Distr./Cadence Bldg./Redwood, NY 13679) where Brotzmann
    leads an octet through a smashing clanging wonderland of noise.
    Improvisation and classic western musics are seriously tended to by a
    large Euro community and it’s all pretty fascinating. Check out the
    works of Alexander von Schlippenbach, Barry Guy & The London Jazz
    Composers Orchestra, Misha Mengleberg, Peter Kowald, Andre Jaume,
    Andrea Centazzo, Lol Coxhill and just about anybody who plays with
    them.
     

      

     

    9. THE MARZETTE WATTS ENSEMBLE - (Savoy MG-12193)

    Marzette was a serious black art cat who resided in downtown NYC when
    Free Jazz as a NEW cultural revolution was in full gear. He painted
    and composed wonderful music where some of the coolest locals could
    flow their flavor. One of the heaviest ESP-disk recordings is
    Marzette’s MARZETTE AND COMPANY (On CD from Forced Exposure) which has
    the incredible talents of saxist Byard Lancaster (who released an
    early indie b&w Free Jazz classic out of Philly called LIVE AT
    MCALLISTER COLLEGE - find it and send it to me..) and guitarist Sonny
    Sharrock (check his wild influence on Pharaoh Sanders’ TAUHID Impulse
    CD and his own obscure noise guitar masterpiece BLACK WOMAN on Vortex)
    and cornetist Clifford Thornton (academic NEW MUSIC/Free Jazz
    “teacher” who released a few crucial sides such as COMMUNICATIONS
    NETWORK on Third World and THE PANTHER AND THE LASH on America) and
    the amazing free vocalist Patty Waters (who recorded two infamous
    hair-raising platters on ESP-Disc). This recording on Savoy was one of
    a series produced by Bill Dixon, an early associate of Archie Shepp’s,
    who was an incredible composer in his own right. I’ve heard tapes of
    Dixon leading Free-Jazz orchestras into sonic symphonic heavens. Very
    hardcore.

    This recording I list because of all its obvious loaded references but
    it’s also quite happening and anything with Marzette, Dixon
    (especially INTENTS AND PURPOSES on RCA Victor), Byard (careful,
    there’s some clinkers) and Clifford is extremely worthwhile.
     

     

      

      

     

    10. MARION BROWN - In Sommerhausen (Calig 30 605)
    BLACK ARTISTS GROUP - In Paris, Aries 1973 (BAG 324 000)
    FRANK WRIGHT QUARTET - Uhuru Na Umoja (America 30 AM 6104)
    DR. UMEZU-SEIKATSU KOJYO IINKAI - (SKI NO. 1)
    CECIL TAYLOR - Indent, part 2 (Unit Core 30555)

    Five way tie for last? Well, seeing as there’s no “beginning” or “end”
    to this shit I have to list as many items as possible just to
    reiterate the fact that there was (indeed) a ton o’ groovy artifactual
    evidence to support the reality of the existence of FREE MUSIC. Dig?
    There’s used record stores all over the country (the world!) and they
    all have the potential to be hiding some of these curios amongst the
    bins and most peeps just ain’t sure of their worth and sometimes you
    can find ‘em really cheap. It’s definitely a marketplace of the
    rarefied so when peeps are “hip” to it expect this shit to be way
    pricey.

    Marion Brown was/is an alto player who made an incredible LP with Tony
    Oxley and Maarten Altena called “Porto Novo” that just twists and
    burns start to finish. Marion could really get on OUT as well as just
    play straight up. Shepp dug him and got him to do some great LP’s on
    Impulse. He had a septet at one point that was especially remarkable
    featuring Beaver Harris (drums), Dave Burrell (piano), Grachan Moncur
    III (bone), and Alan Shorter (trumpet). Alan being Wayne Shorter’s
    (Miles Davis sideman/classicist) brother. Where Wayne was fairly
    contemporary (though eclectic as a muh’fuck) Alan was strictly ill and
    has two obscuro LP’s worth hunting down: “Orgasm” (Verve V6 8768) and
    “Tes Estat” (America AM 6118). “In Sommerhausen” is Marion in late
    60’s exploratory fashion and is quite freaky with the vocal whoops of
    Jeanne Lee. There’s another LP from this period called
    “Gesprachsfetzen” (Calig CAL 30601) which really lays down the scorch.

  • Essential Records | Zoo - Hard Times, Good Times

    Zoo were a French funk, rock, fuzz band that sang in English, which is most likely why the lyrics aren't that great. At any rate, they were probably big with the Cocaine set and their video is groovy.

     

    Via Crotchbat

  • For Arthur Russell Fans | Check out Henri Texier (He is just as beautiful)

      

    Henri Texier is a French jazz double bassist born in Paris, perhaps best-known for his 1960s work with Don Cherry and for his 1980s band the "Transatlantik Quartet", which featured Joe Lovano, Steve Swallow and Aldo Romano. He also worked with several other American musicians in Paris jazz clubs, including Johnny Griffin, Phil Woods, Bill Coleman and Bud Powell.

    Texier is a self-taught jazz bassist, crediting Wilbur Ware most as an influence. Throughout the 1970s Texier remained active in Europe on the jazz scene, performing with musicians such as Gordon Beck, John Abercrombie and Didier Lockwood, among others. In 1982 he formed a quartet with Louis Sclavis and others.

     

    Henri Texier | Le Piroguier

  • From the Stone Roses to John Leckie to Love to Bob Pepper to Phillip K Dick Without Saying Anything Too Important

    Those paint splattering menaces are at it again! The Stone Roses released their box set a few weeks back and I just had the chance to pick up my copy. The package is absolutely essential to people who forgot just how good this band was.

     

     

    Those who have seen the band and have seen Ian Brown sing live, know just how important the high profile production work of John Leckie was to creating the sound to these recordings.  I was recetnly reading Love's Forever Changes Wikipedia page, when I noticed that the partnership between The Roses and Leckie was apparently solidified when both parties agreed that Forever Changes was "the best record ever made", which explains alot when it comes to explaing the Turns Into Stone sound.

     

     

    Forever Changes was Love's third record and certainly their best.  The album art was done by Bob Pepper, an artist whose ties with Elektra gave him the opportunity to work on some of the most iconic album covers of the late sixties.

     

     

    Pepper went on to create book covers for Ballantine's Fantasy series, most notable the work of Phillip K. Dick.

     

    Via John Coulthart
  • Joachim Witt - NDW Dance Classic

    In the 80's Joachim Witt was one of the biggest stars to emerge from the German New Wave Scene. Besides being a chug-a-lugging dance classic, this song would be incredibly fun to sing at a Karaoke party.

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  • Reading List & Essential Records

    Originally appearing in The New Yorker in 1967, The Pine Barrens is a non-fiction account of the New Jersey Pinelands, a largely rural and undeveloped land that takes up a large portion of the state.  Nearly 1.1 million acres are part of the national reserve and in 1983 the United Nations designated the land an international biosphere. The area is known for orchids and carnivorous plants as well as some of the purest water in the United States.  With all that said, there's also a whole bunch of weird shit happening down there. For starters, the area's inhospital living conditions made it the perfect place for the dregs of the society to hide, so in the early days, you had people like moonshiners and fugitives settling there. Today, the offspring of these dregs are called "Pineys" and they're basically like rednecks and live a sort of ecked out existence deep in the woods. Kind of like Cajuns. The Jersey Devil supposedly lurks there and there are more than a few ghost towns. It's a good story, with lots of lore but tons of facts and good "New Yorker" style nature writing. As more and more douches continue to flock up to the Catskills. You should play point with your friends and go here. We'll leave you with one of the best bands to ever come from Philadelphia, The Strapping Fieldhands, and their song "In the Pineys", which you can listen to from Siltbreeze here.

     

  • Soft Machine Documentary & Other Bits

     

     Canterbury's grooviest on grainy celluloid and all.

     

     

      

      

      

     

    ...And Those Other Bits

     

     NJ's grooviest

     

     Cambodia's grooviest