Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Peace (and fuzzy guitars) on Earth

 As a kind of follow up to last week's list featuring eccentric gift-giving suggestions, here is a short list of alternatives to Xmas music to soothe your weary holiday brain. Here are a trio of Compact Discs with music that is contemplative and/or soothing in ways both obvious and not.

Popul Vuh - Aguirre (1975) /// Recordings by this enigmatic German crew collected as the soundtrack to one of Werner Herzog's best known films. What's more Xmas-y than a madman's mutiny to gain control of a raft on the Amazon?


TheTelescopes - Splashdown (2015 // 1990-92). British shoegazers that are credited as the missing link between Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine. // 2CD


Roy Montgomery - RMHQ: Headquarters (2016). New Zealand guitarist/space rocker Montgomery had very active decades in the 80s and 90s, but the 2000s have been very quiet for him, his last full solo release having come out in 2001. He is making up for lost time with this 4CD offering of recent music.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Path Less Traveled!

We're at the precipice of the pre-holiday... so there are a lot of relatives with lists that need filling. Whether you're a list filler or someone who is asked to contribute a list, here's a small clutch of records to consider to break with middle of the road tradition, or maybe start a new fun tradition.

Ghana Soul Explosion - Soul Makossa/Superfly T.N.T. (Pickwick 1973)
 +++Obscure, strange, funky!!

Title Tracks - Long Dream (Dischord, 2016)
 +++John Davis of Q and Not U on his third release of great edgy post/pop/punk

Myrkur - Mausoleum (Relapse, 2016)
+++Danish Black Metal, if you like Enya, but would like there to be an evil Enya.

Rayon - A Beat of Silence (Morr Music, 2016)
+++Markus Acher (Notwist, Lali Puni, 13 & God) going solo and experimental electro

The New Birth - Ain't No Big Thing... (RCA, 1971)
+++ More Soul Yummies.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Some Post-Rock Suggestions

Whether you like the term post-rock or not it seems to have stuck in the lexicon of genres since Simon Reynolds first use it to describe Bark Psychosis' 1994 album Hex. It's a term that gained some popularity as it became affixed to groups as diverse as Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Tortoise in the late 90s. It can be a bit of a catch-all for slightly adventurous rock... but since we like slightly adventurous rock we don't mind throwing it around.

Here's a grab bag of titles currently in stock that you might appreciate if you too are slightly adventurous in your listening.


SONNA - Keep it Together (Temporary Residence 2016) -- collection of previously unreleased tracks/sessions from this defunct Baltimore band. // New vinyl, ltd. edition of 200

Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never the Way She Was (Constellation 2015) // New Vinyl

Esmerine - Lost Voices (Constellation 2015) // New Compact Disc 

 Larsen - Cool Cruel Mouth (2011 Important Records) // Used Compact Disc

KTL - V (Editions Mego 2012) // Used Compact Disc --- for the VERY adventurous, Peter Rehberg & Stephen O'Malley [Sunn O)))]