Various Recorded Detritus

Sunday, June 11, 2017

the nonrecognitions

Oh Gaddy, we hardly understood ye...

Originally was going to post this on the other blog, but I figured it fit here in its out of placedness...
Two releases of very different genres contained under herein, Spanish folk guitar and Spanish house tecchy electronics.

Hawke & Swan - G7 E.P.

Nice n funky and slightly hypnotic. EP or minialbum? Electronic music is never very clear on its medium of delivery, but at least it delivers.

Juan Serrano - The Flashing, Glittering World of the Flamenco Guitar of...

I was familiar with this cat, or a very similarly named cat who played music in the Antilles. Anyways, I always thought Flamenco to be one of if not the greatest form of folk music devised. Glorious and melodious and melancholic and joyful and full of life, it is.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Neo-Detritus Nanba I

What was then...

Cassettes have somehow still remained alive throughout its life cycle against all marketable and convenient odds. Today, via digital files, networking with other musicians is easier than it has ever been. To most, cassettes seem like a quaint and deprecated format.
But this not so, say the myriad musicians concerned with the inde-pain-dance of their musics, as cassettes are still a widely used format today. This is mostly accredited to the fact that, as a physical carrier of sonic waves, cassettes (and by that token, vinyl) are simply more aesthetically pleasing and carry more of a novelty compared to the CDs and CDrs which sought to dethrone their crown upon their own christened culture.

I'll be chronicling some recent (and not so recent) recordings found on Bandcamp or elsewhere released on this loved yet jilted format. Ongoing, of course. Here goes...

SuperstolkAnsonsten Schrank

2016, Unpop-media

Out of Print, Streamable

Starting off this embarkment into the modern cassette culture comes this excellent tape. Central Europe has a rich and unknown history with quirky synth tapes, most notably (to me, that is) Harald "Sack" Ziegler and Die Welttraumforscher. This kassette is no different in that department, delivering delicious late 90s synth tones and pitch fuckery and all that fancy jazz. I really do enjoy this kind of EM, the stuff dreams are made ov. This was originally released on Christmas '95 now made available via the Bandcamp platform in a very limited release, recommended.

The digital download comes with some nice goodies (a benefit of this brave new world) including some old artwerks and a zine interview with the masterminds which I cannot comprehend, reminds me of reading some Bad Alchemy. I have not received the very-limited-edition tape yet, so here's a taste of the album.

Kreamy 'Lectric Santa / Asian Women On The Telephone ‎- The Kreamy 'Lectric Santa Sample Library Vol. 1 / Untitled

2012, No Basement Is Deep Enough

Out of Print (?), Not Streamable

Digging through my archives as it were for inspiration, I happen upon this artifact from the halcyon days of symmetry. Encasing the noisy racket also contained within the magnetism is this really cool sculpture-like thing of plaster, probably a facsimile of some grape decor one might find on their mother's kitchen wall.

Kreamy 'Lectric Santa is one of those bands that I discovered via the essential Blastitude webzine and have always found interesting. At the time of my purchasing this (in 2015 off Discogs), I didn't realize they were still kicking, or at least still releasing music. But they put up some great noise rock here, with some concrete helpings and electronic yelps to spice things up. Asian Women on the Telephone were another band I had heard of, but in this circumstance I hadn't heard them before the fact. Similarly, they produce some noisy rawk racket, and are named after a Sun City Girls rarity, which is always a bonus. And boy are they wild.

I don't believe this cassette is in print anymore, but it can still be heard on my other blog when I get around to actually reuploading it

Guide to Bizarre Behavior - s/t

2015, Shangorilla Records

In Print, Streamable

Synthy, quirky psych pop/rock form hell knows where. I actually didn't order this from the artist or label themselves, rather I picked it up from Homer's in Omaha back around it came out. Apparently, this was sent out to 50 different record shops on record store (read, not "cassette store") day back in '15, with 7 unique j-card covers to choose from. Obviously, the one above this text is the one I got.

Inside the case and all that is a nice sticker, and a stapled in little piece of poetry I guess, and the obligatory handwritten number out of however many copies they made. Very intimate.

Lurk Late - s/t

2013, Rainy Road

In Print (?), Streamable

Here's another item bought from Homer's, one I found in multiples. Surprising, for a 25 copy run on "International Cassette Store Day". Speaking of, I've found that Homer's' (is that correct?) selection is a bit narrow for my tastes. When I'm in Omaha, I've taken a much bigger liking to the aptly named Almost Music, great selection, great people (or person), and an ace book section. Anyway, back to the tape. It's kinda mediocre harsh noise, the kind of crunchy and noisy noise that I find boring. There are some moments that I like but it's covered with the stuff I dislike about noise, just not for me. The J-card is made of printer paper, if that interests anyone. Oh, and the guy who made it is named "Cooper Lakota Moon", so take that for what you will.

He has the tracks separated on his Soundcloud above so you can give it a listen there, I haven't found any site that's selling it online, so that may be the best bet.

Roro Perrot / Roro Herbert / Roro Brossard - s/t

2013, Ikebukuro Dada / Ciel bleu et petits oiseaux

Out of Print, Not streamable

That is a rather ugly, small res, artifact ridden scan. I oughtta replace it one of these days. This is an odd release, consisting of folk improv and vocal yelpings and occasional noisic musings. Looking at the cover, now that I think of it, is it from one of those old arcade golf games? Perhaps a home console one, like the famicom or something.

Whatever the case, good stuff. Don't expect to find it anywhere except secondhand. Word on the digital street says it's out of print.

Decrepit Jaw - Tape Cartridge One

2009, Self-Released

In print, Not streamable

Another one from the relative depths of my tape collection, rather abrasive noise collage. This guy is still kicking it, apparently. Released some new stuff on Immigrant Breast Nest and some activist work. At the same time, too!

I got this from Printed Matter where it still is available for those who want to hear and/or support the artist.

Bull in a China Shop / Grainless - Split

2013, Illegal Records Records

In print, Not streamable

Another old one. Gotta start somewhere, folks or folk or nobody. From Finland, this is some loud noize rock which resembles what it would sound like if bull were in a china shop, and that bull sounded like electric instruments. Some droniness here and there and a little slap and dash of puro noiso and you get this.

Got this from Record Shop X awhile back, probably right when it came out. Still out there if you wanna hear it. Or just wait for me to finally reupload it when I feel less lazy.

Das Torpedoes - The Russian Submarine

2016, Gertrude Tapes

In print, Streamable

If this is of any interest of anyone, here's a little review I wrote awhile back:
Beautiful organ drones probably intended to imitate the atmosphere felt in a sunken submarine (or Kursk, in this case). This atmosphere ranges from peaceful to frantic to foreboding through each track, with the lo-fi production helping accentuate this ambiance. Rather short, but it doesn't feel too short for what it is. Nice little album.
That's the short and long of it, as some rather heightly midgets once said or twice. Omaha has a great little music scene.

Fuck Telecorps - Hard On/Off Hearong

2011, Mind Skull

In print maybe?, Not streamable

 See here

That's good for this batch, see you guy(s) when I build up my collection a bit more.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

C.L.E.M. Mix Track Part 1 (updated 3/13/17)

New project, I'm undertaking a longform mix containing tracks from artists featured in the seminal Contact List of Electronic Music. Tracks don't have to be specifically named in the review nor do they have to be from albums mentioned within (though this is preferable). I'll be using the only issues I could find online in .pdf or image form: 1984 and 1986. I'll compile these in block form, uploading each section to the Internet Archive before combining them into one glorious, minimal melange.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Profit Motive - Brink Of Eternity (excerpt)

A little change of the snail's pace here: a video! Yes, I found this little nugget of experimental, hiss-laden synthetics on a directory titled "yinz guys". An appropriate title, given the western Pennsylvanian origin of this obscurity. Credited to "Ian Wilkinson" on the mp3, I know next to nothing about this release, or if it was even really released. I do know this project has a track featured on the first Outward Inward comp released by the great SSS label. Beyond that, I have no real clue, nary even a scan. Shame. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

fig. 1: reissue

[Bob] Dombrowski - Synthesis (1987 C60)
Seeing as my collection mostly consists of out-of-print printed matter, I figured I'd commemorate the ones that dwell in an undeserved obscurity and deserve renewal.
Take for instance the release above: a cassette tape simply titled "Synthesis" put together by the fellow seen on the portrait in its plastic casing. The piper is Bob Dombrowski, who played the pipes heard on this curiosity. Three disparate sidelong tracks of non-stop bagpipe action are featured here playing in sequence (thus, synthesis) creating a sublime beauty reminiscent of what Henry "Celestial Power" Flynt was doing all those years back.
All in all, I think this gem would be a great jewel to unearth and thrust into the new world by intrepid sonic explorers.

Hachiman-mae - Hachiman-mae (1996 C'60')

Another curious cassette in my hands in this one pictured here: Hachiman-Mae. Self-titled and fairly short, this is a nice little release. Noisy, avant-garde folk played by Napalmed collaborators. I haven't heard nor received their other work but I will definitely seek them out in the future. In the meantime, this tape is a nice oddity worthy of some reprise.

Shrinkwrap - I've Fallen... And I Can't Get Up! (1989 C10)
Good 'ol fashioned sado-industrial noise rocking. These guys played with Kevin Michael "Jesus Christ" Allin (popularly known as 'gg') on an album or two of his. Coming straight from the rusty rustic industrial countryside in Indiana, PA, this is pounding, sample-heavy stuff. It's fun to listen to, and that's what matters in the end. They did compile all their stuff onto one tape but I've never seen it in the plastic or in digital form. I'd figure this would be good reissue fodder for an enterprising label that specializes in this area of muzik.

John Gruntfest, Weldon McCarty, Richard Festinger, Joseph Sabella - Live At Pangaea One (1977 LP)
Probably should get a better picture of this eventually...
Private press records are always a delight. A sense of independence emanates from the musky, old lining of the engraved waveform within. And what's more independent than some hippy free jazz? Not much, I say.
Anyway, the music here is some good, improv-heavy jazz with some flute thrown in. At least, that's how I recall it sounding. May need to dig these out again for reappraisal. I digress, this is a fine free jazz/improv record with a cool name.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Folkdances of the Mesozoic: Pečurka Goes Underground

The obscure stuff you find in local record shops are the reason why I enjoy them so much. Stuff like this especially. The weird, slightly musky smell that emanates from the packaging, the pasted-on album cover with a ripped corner, the xeroxed pieces of paper that contain lyrics and dance rhythms. Of course, not all finds are like this, and that's for the better: because if every cheap and obscure record was like this one, I wouldn't go about the endeavor. What makes this interesting to me is the fact that it looks like some kind of Ethno Psych Folk gem from the 70s, it even has mushrooms on the cover! The name, too, gives an aura of mystery. Then you listen to it, and find that it wasn't a Balkan influenced Simon Finn / Comus tour de force, instead you hear the sweet sounds of straight folkdances. Then you realize you just payed 250 buckaroos for it on Ebay because the guy put "Psych" in the title (which is an actual auction, buy it while you can). From ragtime to klezmer, this is still an interesting thing to behold. For me, anyway, I actually do like myself some Balkan folk music. It's not exactly something I'd listen to every other day, but it's interesting and I respect it. That goes for the other genres represented here, too.