Monday, January 23, 2017

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit (2016)
Death Grips
Bottomless Pit (2016, Harvest / Third Worlds)

"Hello all, I figured I'd start this year with one of my favourite albums from last year. In my mind this is without doubt the best thing Death Grips have released since Exmilitary. It's pulsing, fierce and more so than many of their albums, I find, meaty. There is something thick inside these tunes worth blasting into your ears repeatedly. Dig in and chew it fuglies, and welcome to the Trump world of 2017!" - DD

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Miles Davis Nonet - Paul's Mall. Boston, September 1972 (2015)
The Miles Davis Nonet
Paul's Mall. Boston, September 1972 (2015, Hi Hat)

"Free-squealin' and big dealin', this is some fantastic On The Corner era live Davis. It's taken from a radio broadcast on WBCN, September 14th, and as such is not the greatest sound quality but the performance is there in spades. Dig in and groove out sweet beauties!" - DD

Saturday, December 17, 2016

RE-POST: Alèmu Aga - Éthiopiques Vol. 11: The Harp of King David (1995)
Alèmu Aga
Éthiopiques Vol. 11: The Harp of King David (1995, Buda Musique)

"Alèmu Aga is a master of the bèguèna, an Ethiopian instrument used in prayer and meditation, and his voice is totally unreal and beautiful. I fell in love with this album a few years ago and have been constantly going back to it since. It is some of the most soothing music I have ever heard, so please enjoy. Truly a masterpiece of pure tranquility!" - DD

Get it / Hear it / See it
Originally posted on 05/01/15.

Friday, December 16, 2016

James Brown - Funky Christmas (1995)
James Brown
Funky Christmas (1995, Polydor / Chronicles / Polygram Records)

"Hot damn, it's that time of year again folks! Holly jolly and all that jazz. My favourite time of year, though Halloween is a close second. So here's a funky little goose with some "fantabulous" Christmas jams! If that's yr thing then get into it, and if not well then you may as well just go count your gold coins or something. Fa la la la laaaa, blah blah blah blaaaaah! Uh! I feel good!" - DD

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou - Éthiopiques Vol. 21: Piano Solo (2006)
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
Éthiopiques Vol. 21: Piano Solo (2006, Buda Musique)

"I actually meant to post this a few years ago when I was really digging hard on the Éthiopiques series, but for whatever reason it slipped past me. Alas, here we are. Quite possibly the most beautiful piano work I've ever heard, a truly incredible blend of traditional Ethiopian and classical composition. Get it, listen to it, then listen ten more times. You'll find inner peace the likes of which you didn't know possible, believe me. Probably the best album I've posted all year!" - DD

Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is (1966)
Aaron Neville
Tell It Like It Is (1966, Parlo Records)

"Fifty years ago they really knew how to make good records. Now, I know that you know that I know that's just a broad generalisation and a dumb thing to say. Of course they still make incredible records! No duh! But right now, this morning, this is like butter on toast sweet babies. So smooth! So warm! So fucking delicious! Enjoy it my pretties, it loves you almost as much as I do." - DD

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Djwwww - Arigato (2016) (Cass.)
Arigato (Cass.) (2016, Orange Milk Records)

"I realized I've somehow gone the entire year without posting anything actually released in 2016. I'm correcting that now with this digital convulsion of sound. Shattered collage jams for all your doddering fever-dream desires. Enjoy!" - DD

Testpattern - Après-Midi (1982)
Après-Midi (1982, Yen Records / Alfa)

"Some more Japanese goodies for all you perverts, ala Kraftwerk meets YMO with a dash of Chevalier Avant Garde. Uber pleasant synthetic dreams abound kiddies so lap it up! This is hands down my favourite listen of the past few months." - DD

Monday, December 12, 2016

Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)
Laura Nyro
Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968, Columbia)

"Nyro's sophomore release is a delightfully whimsical affair, in the vein of only the best 70's NYC/folk/rock/soul/r&b (what a stupid mouthful!). If you've never heard her before, think Carole King but slightly more out-there. If you're into that sort of thing then dig in deep friends 'cause this here's a goodie." - DD

Toshiko Akiyoshi - Her Trio, Her Quartet: Recordings from 1956-58 (1956)
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Her Trio, Her Quartet: Recordings from 1956-58 (1956, Storyville Records)

"Some tasty jazz from the incredible Toshiko Akiyoshi, one of Japan's finest piano players. Her fingers are like otherworldly demi-god's, thrashing in a most graceful way across the keys at breakneck speed. It sounds vicious I know, but it's the furthest thing from it. Not sure what the details are on this one as it has a lot more tracks than the two versions listed on Discogs, but that suits me just fine. Highly recommended for Holiday listening with a tall glass of your favourite drink!" - DD

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Stranglers - The Collection (1977-1982) (1982)
The Stranglers
The Collection (1977-1982) (1982, Liberty)

"Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky? He got an ice pick that made his ears burn! The Stranglers are a true classic, and this compilation represents the best of the first half of their career. Jam it long and hard ya filthy fugs, then rinse and repeat!" - DD

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Annette Peacock - X-Dreams (1978) (LP)
Annette Peacock
X-Dreams (LP) (1978, Aura)

"Annette Peacock has released many albums and most of them are fantastic. She's amazing and far too underappreciated! This is my personal fav, with the perfect blend of her seemingly meandering but highly infectious lyrics and some pristine jazz/funk/rock melodies (featuring the likes of Mick Ronson and Bill Bruford, to name a few). To me, it feels like '70's New York all over, despite being recorded in London. So come for the grooves but stay for the Peacock, kiddies! This is a good loaf!" - DD

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Macho Alex - The Funk (1995) (Cass.)
Macho Alex
The Funk (Cass.) (1995, Self Released)

"I stumbled onto this tape a while back, thanks to Waxi and most likely my good friend Maxy, and managed to pick up a copy when it got "reissued" last year (I actually grabbed two). It rules. "Self released" by young Alex in 1995, its a strange combobulation (that really should be a word) of record samples, muddled cling clangs, warbled keys and one oddball little freak screeching and burping out some of the coolest lyrics I've ever heard over top of it all. You like outsider music? You like kids? Have both, ya bunch'a lickin tickin wombats! Laugh-A-Strudel!!" - DD

浅川マキ - Maki VI (1974)
Maki VI (1974, Express)

"I'm back! And what better way to kick things off than w/ some gorgeous jazz/blues from Japanese singer and composer Maki Asakawa. This may not be her best collection of songs per se but I really dig the live environment here, specifically the laid back instrumentation. It's simple and straight to the point. Uber loungy groovage of the highest grade, dig it deep turd herders!" - DD

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Various Artists - The B-Music Of Jean Rollin 1968-1979 (2012)
Various Artists
The B-Music Of Jean Rollin 1968-1979 (2012, B-Music / Finders Keepers Records)

"OK, so I'm not leaving until tomorrow. But I realized I won't be back until November and I can't leave without celebrating All Hallows' Eve w/ you. So I've decided to post this little gem of horror before I go. An eclectic mix of incredible tracks from the films of legendary vamp-sleaze-kingpin, Jean Rollin! This runs the gamut, from psych-rock to jazz, euro-folk to avant-garde, whips to chains, moans to screams. It's time to get naked and chew some nape!" - DD

Monday, October 24, 2016

Henry Cow - The Henry Cow Legend (1973)
Henry Cow
The Henry Cow Legend (1973, Virgin)

"Moooooooo! Le cow. Le super bon cow avec sweet and soul! Ingest das moogamoo, und shepherd thy goodness in deep mein heavenly hopes. Hai?! Hai! I'm off to Japan for a few weeks, I'll write you all when I return xoxoxoxo." - DD

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Syrinx - Syrinx (1970) (LP)
Syrinx (LP) (1970, True North Records)

"My co-curator and dear friend Modo (MIA?!) just got me into this album today and it's so absolutely gorgeous I had to share it immediately. Some majestic Canadian synthery of the highest grade! Tune in and dance the body electric mes amies; all aboard the galaxy express!" - DD

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rashad Becker - Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I (2013)
Rashad Becker
Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I (2013, Pan)

"Rashad Becker, where have you been all my life? It's depressing to know I could have been listening to this for the past three years and haven't simply because of my own stupidity. Pan are one of those exceptional labels who rarely release something that isn't exceptional, and this is absolutely no exception(al). Physical music that gets in your head and moves things around. Headphones and volume required, slurp it up duuuders!" - DD

Monday, October 3, 2016

Charnett Moffett - The Bridge: Solo Bass Works (2013)
Charnett Moffett
The Bridge: Solo Bass Works (2013, Motéma)

"I know, I know. This cover's a joke! This thing is not really here nor there but everywhere. Not too traditional, not too modern, just the right thing of things. It's weird because I kind of hate it for stupid reasons but if I just let myself listen it's so much fun. He really goes in a lot of directions, and that's a loaf. I hope you enjoy it, idiots! Pew, pew-pew! Stupid idiots. I love you." - DD

Friday, September 30, 2016

Robert Lawrence - Imagination Dead Imagine (1981) (Cass.)
Robert Lawrence
Imagination Dead Imagine (Cass.) (1981, Quick Stab)

"This tape's been posted previously on two of my favourite blogs (un, deux), but here we go anyway. Some pretty clangy-bangy, open-air sounding minimal electronics, leaning on the noisier side of the fence (waaay different from Soundstorms, but no less fantastic). Lots of fun if you're into that sort of thing so give it a go gunkwads and have a delightful weekend!" - DD

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Eberhard Weber - The Colours Of Chloë (1974)
Eberhard Weber
The Colours Of Chloë (1974, ECM Records)

"Too good! Incredibly soft and articulate, this is orchestral jazz at its most refined. Weber weaves so many elements into this album, and without being "free" is entirely explorative within his own paradigm. Gorgeous grooves abound here so please enjoy sweet beauties!" - DD

William Basinski - A Red Score In Tile (2011)
William Basinski
A Red Score In Tile (2011, Streamline)

"Total tranquility resonates throughout this hazy trance, congested by a stillness and unease that rest just below the surface as a single piano melody repeats itself through muffled tape warble and hiss, progressively becoming more and more damaged along the way. Highly recommended for droners and daytrippers alike! Dig in deep friends!" - DD

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mark Fell - Manitutshu (2011) (LP)
Mark Fell
Manitutshu (LP) (2011, Editions Mego)

"Once again, I'm following Brinkmann w/ some Fell because they just go so well together. This is nowhere near as fierce as the last album I posted of his, but it's still not entirely lucid. I love it a ton, and find the pulse pretty hypnotic. Give it a go and see how you feel, fuglies. And remember not to choke on yr tongue! Headphones required, merci beaucoup!" - DD

Thomas Brinkmann - When Horses Die... (2008)
Thomas Brinkmann
When Horses Die... (2008, Max Ernst)

"A very fluid but foreboding affair on this dark electronic dream from Brinkmann. If you enjoyed the last album I posted from him don't expect anything similar here. Brooding vocals just barely more than whisper through the foreground on a much more rhythmic and bewildering excursion. Picture Suicide on a heavy load of Dilaudid. Dig it long and deep little bunnies, this one is icy." - DD

Friday, September 23, 2016

Frank Bretschneider - Sinn + Form (2015)
Frank Bretschneider
Sinn + Form (2015, Raster-Noton)

"Glitched out sinusoidal spasms so physical they'll vaporize your brain. Bretschneider is a wiz when it comes to tonal architecture and landscape, and this bit of fun is a perfect showcase. So graceful at times while vicious at others, filled w/ peaks and valleys and a million otherworldly dreams along the way. Strap in and chug it fuglies, transfiguration is nigh! Headphones and high volume required." - DD

OG Amber London - Hard 2 Find (Not Found) (2014)
OG Amber London
Hard 2 Find (Not Found) (2014, Self Released Mixtape)

"Officially speaking, I fucking love Raider Klan. I also love Amber London. The lush production on 2013's Tru 2 Tha Phonk called back to everything great about early 90's r&b and hip hop. This mixtape has a much grittier, lo-fi feeling, which to me is more in line with what I generally expect from a Klan-related release. It bangs dirty Texas hard all day and is most definitely a thick jammer! Dig in and get wavy gravy y'all!" - DD

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson - Stones (2012)
Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson
Stones (2012, Rune Grammofon)

"This has been on steady repeat in my headphones of late and I don't see that stopping anytime soon. Two masters of skronk-n-wail going head to head for thirty-five minutes of glorious, beastly, yet surprisingly subdued mind expulsion. Too good! Chew these elegantly obese jammers my friends, and I double dog dare you not to swallow." - DD

Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers - Canaxis (1969)
Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers
Canaxis (1969, Music Factory / Spoon Records / Mute)

"Some pretty slow-jammed, warbled, hazy-bake for all you concrète tape-heads out there. Based on the track listing this rip is either the CD version released by Mute and Spoon in '95 or one thereafter, so not the original mix. Still an exceptional time, however, so jam on and space out to this fine, fine groovage!" - DD

Monday, September 12, 2016

John Fahey - America (1971)
John Fahey
America (1971, Takoma)

"Some more deliciously dreamy guitar pluckery, this time from the Papa of guitar pluckery. If you haven't listened to much Fahey you should correct that immediately as his entire catalogue is genius. Some may not pick this out as his best, and I may not either, but today it's making all the right moves so here you go. Enjoy this sweet, sweet serenity friends." - DD

Friday, September 9, 2016

William Tyler - Blue Ash Montgomery (2014) (Cass.)
William Tyler
Blue Ash Montgomery (Cass.) (2014, Lightning Records)

"Here's a beautifully crafted bit of fairly traditional folk guitar work, comfortably in the vein of American Primitive giants like Basho or Taussig, that manages to bring something new and inspired to the table. I only recently discovered Tyler's solo work (formerly of Silver Jews) while going through a guitar binge and this album immediately jumped out at me. The wildly ecstatic closer w/ Tim Barnes is worth the listen alone, so please dig in and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I have." - DD