Monday, February 24, 2020

Oliver Lake - NTU: Point from Which Creation Begins (1976)

Fiery, Afrocentric, avant-garde soul-jazz led by saxophonist Oliver Lake. Clattering, insistent rhythms, angular melodies, bits of full-tilt chaos, and an overall heavily spiritual, almost ritualistic impact.

On an entirely unrelated note: I've been meaning to mention that if you've left a comment anytime in the past like six months or so that hasn't been published, it's because it's regarding a specific request or recommendation, and if I publish it I'll I forget it, so it's just stuck in limbo. Hopefully I'll be able to burn through them all at some point soon if I ever have a life again.

Track listing:
1. Africa
2. Tse'lane
3. Electric Freedom Colors
4. Eriee
5. Zip

Life dance of is

You should also listen to:
Elvin Jones -
Genesis (1971)
Horace Tapscott & the Pan-Afrikan
Peoples Arkestra - Flight 17 (1978)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Kenichiro Isoda (磯田健一郎) - クラムボンの瞑想 (1990)

Absolutely breathtaking new age from Japanese composer Kenichiro Isoda. I'm still buried way too deep in schoolwork hell to feel anything but mildly anxious at best, but this is at least reminding me that tranquility still exists, and I'll probably get there again at some point.

Track listing:
1. クラムボンの暝想 (with Stream)
2. 青い幻燈 (with Stream)
3. 水車小屋について (with Stream & Birds)
4. ゴーシュの夜 (with Raindrops)

Good morning

If you like this, listen to:
Emerald Web -
Dragon Wings and Wizard Tales (1983)
Rudy Adrian -
The Healing Lake (2000)

Monday, February 17, 2020

Goatfire - Sacrophobic Initiation (2001)

Oh hey. I'm super busy with dumb school bullshit, but how 'bout some Italian raw black metal? It's fucking good.

Track listing:
1. Monumental Transfixion
2. Enlightenment in Primeval Chaos
3. Infernal Ascension
4. Unveiling Prometheus
5. Dormant Vortex
6. Petrified in Darkness [bonus]
7. The Fifth Fulmination [bonus]

Gutted hell

More like this:
Baptism -
The Beherial Midnight (2002)
Near - The Dark Art of the Death
Hidden in the Castle

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Bible - Walking the Ghost Back Home (1986)

British indie/pop rock that's somewhere in the same sophisticated new wave realm as Prefab Sprout. Jangly guitars, fretless bass, bittersweet vocals, and a lonely saxophone echoing from around the corner.

Track listing:
1. Graceland
2. Mahalia
3. Walking the Ghost Back Home
4. Kid Galahad and the Chrome Kinema
5. King Chicago
6. Sweetness
7. Spend, Spend, Spend
8. (Talk to Me Like) Jackie Kennedy
9. She's My Bible
10. High Wide and Handsome
3. Walking the Ghost Back Home

Your twisting days are over

Also listen to:
Anna Domino -
East and West (1984)
Telefilme -
Fade In, Fade Out (1995)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Kältetod - Leere (2005)

Melodic German depressive black metal. Drawn-out riffs; distorted, mid-range shrieks; narcotized drumming; and some barely-there synths. One of those bands who ultimately don't do anything new with a style, but the feeling is just so goddamn genuine, it doesn't matter. I can't find a quality rip of the original release, so here's the reissue, which replaces the original last track with two "appendixes." I honestly think this version's better.

Track listing:
1. Untitled
2. Wiederhall der Leere
3. Kältetod
4. Von Vertrauter Vergänglichkeit
5. Appendix: Talwärts [bonus]
6. Appendix: ...Treibend [bonus]

Eine wirre flut von erinnerungen

You'd also like:
Klage -
Dystopias Wiege (2006)
Korium -
Strážcovia Hradu (2015)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Memory Garden - Tides (1996)

Way-too-obscure Swedish traditional doom. Mid-paced headbangers with killer guitar work and vocals that would sound right at home on a power metal record.

Track listing:
1. Genesis
2. Dream Horizons
3. The Rhyme of the Elder
4. Trapped at the Pharoes
5. Judgement Day
6. The Innocent Sleep
7. A New Dawn
8. Blissfull

I close my eyes
No need to see
As nature is delivering me

Also listen to:
Count Raven -
High on Infinity (1993)
Dantesco -
De la Mano de la Muerte (2005)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Year of the Rabbit - Year of the Rabbit (2003)

Castor - Castor (1995)

Year of the Rabbit proved that it's possible to do something great and artistically viable with virtually any style of music, even early-aughts radio rock. It doesn't hurt that, at the end of the day, they're essentially a reboot of the great Failure, but I know a lot of you still aren't gonna be up for it, so thanks to the rest of y'all for coming with me on this journey.

Track listing:
1. Rabbit Hole
2. Lie Down
3. Last Defense
4. Strange Eyes
5. Absent Stars
6. Vaporize
7. Let It Go
8. Hunted
9. River
10. Hold Me Up
11. Say Goodbye

I fell asleep about a year ago

You might also like:
Chavez -
Rider the Fader (1996)
Aereogramme -
Sleep and Release (2003)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Fukpig - Spewings from a Selfish Nation (2009)

Heavy-as-fucking-fuck d-beat with buzzsaw guitars and an impenetrably dense sound that, along with some melodic tendencies, dramatic choral keyboards, and general studio weirdness, suggests industrial black metal.

Track listing:
1. The Horror Is Here
2. Necropunk
3. Switchblade Romance
4. As the Bombs Fall
5. As Millions Suffer
6. Bombs of War
7. Cunt Hive
8. Mother Nature's Fears
9. Millions Dying
10. Thrash Armageddon
11. Their Cries
12. Negative Mental Attitude
13. Caught Out
14. Inertia

Delight in the dying of the light

Similar sonics:
Morgue - The Process to
Define the Shape of Self-Loathing
N.K.V.D. -
Hakmarrja (2014)

Monday, January 27, 2020

Danielle Dax - Inky Bloaters (1987)

My favorite of Danielle Dax's solo records. Driving, forceful, psychedelic, and all-in-all weird, but relatively accessible art rock by an artist that never quite picked up the same kind of fan base as some of her like-minded peers -- Kate Bush and Siouxsie come to mind. Possibly because she's also the kind of artist who writes songs about American slavery called "Evil-Honky Stomp" that prominently feature the 'N' word. Whoopsy-daisy.

Track listing:
1. Flashback
2. Funtime
3. Inky Bloaters
4. Sleep Has No Property
5. Bad Miss 'M'
6. Big Hollow Man
7. Brimstone in a Barren Land
8. Where the Flies Are
9. Born to Be Bad
10. Fizzing Human-Bomb
11. Yummer-Yummer Man

All you gotta do is pray
And furnish his house with silver

You should also listen to:
Lene Lovich -
Flex (1979)
The Creatures -
Feast (1983)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Tokyo Bloodworm - Tokyo Bloodworm (2007)

Beautiful ambient sounds made up of glitchy, downtempo beats, glistening guitars, synths, dialogue samples, and murmuring vocals. Makes me wish the indie kids were still interested in making sad, pretty music.

Track listing:
1. Fluid After Thought
2. Tick
3. Hayan
4. Speicherverlust
5. Found Memories of Nature
6. Still Passage
7. Essential Construct
8. Saturn Shrine
9. Discord Hymn
10. Scorpion vs. Mantis
11. We Don't Have to Whisper

How did we get it so wrong?

Similar vibes:
Saule -
Saule (2002)
Alog -
Miniatures (2005)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Grim Funeral / Spectre - A Grim Funeral for Humanity / Coldness in the Howl (2004)

Ghostly depressive black metal from two interconnected, very much like-minded Spanish bands. Perfect tunes for your next bloodletting.

Track listing (Grim Funeral: 1-6; Spectre: 7-13):
1. Sinister Dawn, Grim Day... Funebre Dusk
2. My Grim Funeral
3. Funebre Enchantment
4. Grim Screams of Mourning in the Funeral Night
5. A Funeral in Solitude
6. Epitaph
7. The Spectre
8. Spiral of Cry
9. Screams in the Silence of the Old Forest
10. Winds of Blasphemy
11. Coldness in the Howl
12. World Fascination - Mankind Abberation
13. The Grave of the Black Forest

Legions of shadows whisper in their stone graves

You'd also like:
Tenebrae in Perpetuum -
Onori Funebri Rituali (2003)
Absonus Noctis -
Penumbral Inorgantia (2005)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Not Breathing - Time Music of Quazars (1995)

Dark, heavily layered ambient techno from American musican David Wright. Pulsing beats, droning synths, field recordings, and more map out a vast, assumedly stoned inner landscape. The booklet notes that the album was recorded "at home late at night with the lights out." That checks out.

Track listing:
1. The Amoebic Sea
2. Space Between
3. 3-Legged Beetle Eater
4. Dhyana
5. No More Rainbows
6. Combustion
7. Birth of Rotorhead
8. Aether Traveler
9. Cloud Modulation
10. Darth Vader Disco Luv


You should also listen to:
Source -
Organized Noise (1993)
Delerium -
Spheres II (1994)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Ro70 - Ro70 (1995)

Atmospheric IDM that generally lands somewhere within the realm of dub-techno, from German producer Roman Flügel. Jittery rhythms, echoing synths, and uneasy drones.

Track listing:
1. Einklang
2. Gog
3. Alma
4. Room 385
5. Visible Speech
6. Magog
7. FM Rhythms
8. Balloon Above Java
9. 10 to 10
10. Künstlicher Ausklang

4-door body cell

If you like this, try:
Black Faction -
Internal Dissident Part I (1999)
Claro Intelecto -
Neurofibro (2004)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Buddy Guy - Sweet Tea (2001)

My knowledge and enjoyment of the blues has always been largely limited to the rawest, most minimal form of the genre -- one man, one guitar, and 99 problems. But a while back I worked briefly with a blues aficionado, who put on Sweet Tea and said it was some of the greatest electric blues ever recorded. I didn't (and still don't) really know shit, but about two minutes into the hypnotic, menacing fuzz of "Baby Please Don't Leave Me", I was inclined to agree.

Track listing:
1. Done Got Old
2. Baby Please Don't Leave Me
3. Look What All You Got
4. Stay All Night
5. Tramp
6. She Got the Devil in Her
7. I Gotta Try You Girl
8. Who's Been Foolin' You
9. It's a Jungle Out There

I got something on my shoulder
Just waiting for you, babe

Also listen to:
Lightnin' Hopkins -
Lightnin' Strikes (1963)
Dr. John -
Babylon (1969)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Poison Girls - Hex (1979)

For every great 70s/80s peace punk record, there are twenty unlistenable 90s ones. And there is very little middle ground. This is why every time I post an anarchopunk record, I heap on the praise. And this one's no different: Hex, the first record by a band whose vocalist was a middle-aged mother (see: "Jump Mama Jump") at the band's inception, is explorative, even playful at times, but always weighed down by the demands of society, and always seething. As brilliant an anarchopunk record as you're likely to find.

I'm also including "Persons Unknown", their side of a split with Crass, because it was my introduction to Poison Girls way back in high school, I really, really like it, and I want you to hear it.

Track listing:
1. Old Tarts Song
2. Crisis
3. Ideologically Unsound
4. Bremen Song
5. Political Love
6. Jump Mama Jump
7. Under the Doctor
8. Reality Attack


More like this:
Omega Tribe -
No Love Lost (1983)
Lost Cherrees -
All Part of Growing Up (1984)