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curious update this week in that it’s mostly cds, crds and dvdrs. true, while digital media seems to be pretty passé (both in hard form and in download form… downloads passé? true, if current iphone/mobile device trends continue -as i’m sure they will-, mp3s and ipods days are as numbered as cds, check out this interview with alan mcgee . granted, mcgee has been trumpeting the death of physical media for well over a decade, he’s still pretty insightful and on-point about the future demise of mp3s and the rise of streaming media). that said, he’s also still dismissive of cds, and i can’t say i disagree with him, except of course when we’re talking about sublime frequencies cd releases and a box full of cdrs and dvdrs from lloyd miller… i came to be aware of dr. lloyd miller via his appearance as a sideman on some excellent jef gilson reissues i stocked in the shop earlier this year (and subsequently via an amazing lloyd miller retrospective lp on the jazzman label entitled ‘lifetime in oriental jazz’), but those releases only scratched the surface of miller’s impressive body of work employing eastern themes/instrumentation intertwined with western hard-bop jazz and swing groupings, starting in the 1950s and continuing up the present day. in stock now are around a dozen different cds, cdrs and dvdrs documenting millers impressive body of work recorded over the last fifty years or so in various locations around the world such as tehran, stockholm, paris and salt lake city. fun and very enjoyable stuff that you should come by and check out! also of note this week are some newish arrivals from the excellent sublime frequencies label (a couple of recent thai pop collections as well as cd reissues of the much fetishized vinyl releases by groups doueh and bombino… indeed both groups releases are worth fetishization -regardless of format-, so don’t get hung up about the compact size this go ‘round); also check out the handful of excellent releases hand delivered by the heavy winged guy’s (as well as related restocks from not not fun and three lobed) and there’s also a bunch of restocked jazz vinyl on the blue note and impulse labels (but not listed below) along with the usual late additions expected later today/tomorrow… as always check the tequila sunrise records facebook page and/or twitter feed for up-to-the-minute new arrivals and restocks.
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PICK OF THE WEEK
LLOYD MILLER- ORIENTAL JAZZ CD (east-west/eastern arts, usa)
*cd reissue of lloyd miller’s groundbreaking album from 1968. check out the other excellent lloyd miller cdrs and dvdrs from the eastern arts label in the jazz section below… Dr. Lloyd Miller, who spent 7 years in Eastern countries and 6 years playing jazz in Europe during the 1950s-1970s, has been working with Eastern cultures since1950. During the 1950s and 60s, Miller played with top jazz artists in Europe like Don Ellis (where he was inspired by Miller's Eastern concepts) and Eddie Harris including occasional appearances at the famous Blue Note in Paris where he sat in for Bud Powel to play with Kenny Clark. During his residence in Europe, Miller was prominent in the Stockholm. Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris jazz scenes and played at two major jazz festivals in Belgium. During the 1970s, Miller hosted his own prime-time main network jazz show on NIRTV in Tehran. the first half of the cd (side one of the original lp) features the press keys quartet (lloyd miller- santur, oud, clarinet, dan tranh, piano, cornet and zarb; press keys- piano, valve trombone; don west- bass; dick beeson- drums, zarb) and second half features the lloyd miller trio (lloyd miller- piano, bass, drums or lloyd miller- piano; steve stout- bass; alan russek- drums).
ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
WITCH- INTRODUCTION LP (shadoks music, germany)
*shop favorite restocked… Numbered edition of 500, glossy heavy sleeve on 180 gram vinyl. Originally released in Zambia, 1973. Another out-of-nowhere African '70s rock discovery in the Blo mold. Completely unknown band from Zambia, privately pressed on a small local label, this five-piece electric band plays a strong electric African underground style. Tons of wah wah-fuzz guitar in every track, African style beats and vocals and all original songs. After the successful release of the other Witch album Lazy Bones, here is the earlier Introduction. Crazy & wild fuzz guitars all over, African beats and chanting, as good as it gets. Incredible cool and stoned album from the southern African country. Again we need to say: if you're feeling depressed, low, disturbed, out-of-sorts, sad, frustrated or widely demented, then folks, we suggest you seek out a quiet place, indulge in some soothing meditation and cut away that headache by listening to this inspirational album.
HEAVY WINGED- WAKING, SHAKING LP (aurora borealis, uk)
*The 'Shaking, waking' LP consists of two lengthy tracks: 'Tidal Blackness' is a 23 minute cloud of improvised guitar and bass drone, underpinned with sparse percussive elements and dappled with the rays of ethereal melodies. This track, recorded live in Oakland in 2008, represents the more gentle side of HEAVY WINGED in some ways and is largely soothing. The second side harbours 'Morning Flesh', 18 minutes that veer towards the caveman Krautrock of the recent 'Alive in my mouth' LP, drums pounding, Neanderthal guitar chugging, though with a melodic haze drifting across the musical landscape like a lysergic mistral, leading the listener ever further into the shifting sands of the forbidden zone.
MGR/XELA- SHIPPING GOLD/CALLING FOR VANISHED FACES LP
(barge recordings, usa)
*Shipping Gold/Calling For Vanished Faces treats the listener to two moving pieces that both compliment and contrast one another in style and compositional approach. Developed musically from two entirely different places, MGR's Mike Gallagher and Xela's John Twells respective careers have led them to this unique crossroad, a powerful recording capturing both artists at their creative primes. MGR / Shipping Gold: Hyper-slow development and dread-ridden tension building reveal themselves in Shipping Gold as in past MGR work, as well as the subtle swelling and closing of sonic space. Shipping Gold attracts our ears particularly due to its dramatic use of guitar in the foreground. Composed with both acoustic and electric guitar and effects, Mike's vigorous attack's and pitch-bent decay over a slowly morphing theme in a minor key behaves like some unknown light guiding us; its rays looming over an intense psychic landscape. Xela / Calling For Vanished Faces: Musically, it would be useless to categorize Calling For Vanished Faces as 'noise,' 'sound art' or anything aforementioned. In basic terms, every time we listen to this utterly mind-altering composition we discover something new; something to grab on to within its lush spectrum of dynamics. Bombarded with pulsating drumming, distant early-music inspired vocal harmonies, guitar distortion, morphing electronic buzzes and guitar feedback, Calling For Vanished Faces is a sonic arcade of sorts and delights the listener with each passing experience.
HEAVY WINGED/WINDY & CARL- MONOLITH: EARTH PICTURE DISC LP
(music fellowship, usa)
*out of print from the label, but does not include bonus cd… The Monolith series combines two artists on the same one-sided, reverse-cut LP by hard-panning one recording to the right and the other recording to the left. By adjusting the panning controls on his or her turntable, the listener is free to control the degree to which the two recordings melt into one. Each edition in the series is limited to a one-time pressing of 500 picture disc LPs featuring a Monolith inspired painting by Ned Clayton and includes a CD with stereo mixes, extended versions, and bonus tracks. Monolith: Earth is the oxymoronic pairing of dreamcore drone legends Windy and Carl and new school leaders of free rock Heavy Winged. Heavy Winged contribute one of their darkest, most oppressive tracks yet. The addition of Windy and Carl's purity creates something entirely different. It's no longer the sound of three bros busting out dark drone metal in some shed in snowy Vermont; it's now the sound of some communal artists busting out epic krautjams in the German hinterland. Primitive, vicious early man meets colossal pristine symbol of higher thought - could there be any better pairing for this Monolith?
BLACK MONK- FLOWSTONE LP (not not fun/arbor, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Flowstoned and dethroned, finally. Last year’s bored/burning summer spell of Eagle Rock entropy birthed a numb drum ‘n drones duo dubbed Black Monk. The aesthetic of inept, free-punk drumming and red-eyed, void-surfing low-end infinity found output on two micro-limited cassette releases (one on Buried Valley, one on Zac/Lambsbread’s Maim & Disfigure) and one weedian live show (in Tempe, AZ) and then the scholars split to separate coasts. Fortunately for us/you, Flowstone comes crawling outta the caverns of a babeless summer on a slab of black wax, collecting their out-of-print Murmur CS and half the V CS, plus an unreleased side-long wastoid-land of subterranean percussion and roaring magma. Just in time for 2012. Black vinyl LPs in stark pro-printed fold-over covers plus a poster of arcane team scribble by BM. Limited to 270.
FAMILY UNDERGROUND- RIVEN LP (not not fun/arbor, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Denmark's deepest dope-dreamers dig up another pair of prism-splitting slabs of decaying radioactivity. Riven is the FU crew at their most crouched and concentrated, couched in fever, fog, futurism, and fucked densities, channels of brain-wave light fusion overloading with synergistic zero hour tectonics. Uncanny ex-men (and woman) aktivity. More metallic than Axial and far hungrier than Future Bread, Riven resonates like a dead bell in a buried valley, ringing, subterranean, wasted, industrial. Man-made clangs echo in mechanized caverns. Hologram hands sweat black light in the center of the earth. Implosion fantasies bloom. Black LPs (mastered by Pete Swanson of Yellow Swans) in fractal cave art jackets by Svend Balslev plus a band-made insert. First 75 direct mail orderers also receive a limited FU pin. Limited to 450.
ETERNAL TAPESTRY- THE INVISIBLE LANDSCAPE LP (not not fun, usa)
*Last year's Mystic Induction LP captured PDX wah junkies Eternal Tapestry at their hairiest hour, awash in color trails and nightshade flashbacks. Since then they've reverted back to their original power trio line-up, circled the tube amps, and written a fresh, flooring set of brand new electric rippers. And The Invisible Landscape is the fruit of this from-bliss-to-blistering evolution/revolution. It's packed deep with six kraut-punk psych-shredders, huffing fumes from the twin guitar hero dogfighting of Dewey Mahood and Nick Bindeman while drum demon Jed Bindeman does barrel rolls and nosedives into the eye of the storm. There's also a rawness and warmth to the production that helps the songs bleed into the ear with more electricity than before, and the riff/vocals interplay is streamlined for optimum mainlining. A fiery high point for a fiery high band. Hit it or quit it. Randomly colored LPs (hues range from silt grey to swamp green and beyond) in pro-printed jackets with art by the band plus a photocopied insert. Edition of 500.
EX-COCAINE/YELLOW SWANS- EX-COCAINE/YELLOW SWANS LP
(not not fun/arbor, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Two-storied USA duo institutions share war stories across twelve miles of raw wax, and the rest of us are lucky enough to eavesdrop. Missoula, Montana's Ex-Cocaine continue roping that weird rambling wind that seems to stir the soul and keep America mellow, and the pair of anthems they jam out here encapsulates the whole breadth of their sea-to-shining-sea cosmosis. Plainsong guitar lassoes around loose-limbed percussion flame-fanning, building and burning till a boss bonfire glows on the horizon, then they close out the side with a ragged and earnest Meat Puppets cover that's become a live staple of late. Real and roamin'. On the B, Yellow Swans channel a supreme slice of psychedelic eulogy that cuts twice as deep with the knowledge that after many a summer (they birthed in 2002-ish) dies the Swan. Pete and Gabe's DYS saga has spanned the decade and their impending non-existence will be lamented all over the world, so the more 11th hour record books they want to stencil with their electric synergies, the better for all of us. R.I.P.eace out. In a stunning "sexy legs" kaleidoscopic masterpiece art jacket by Religious Knife Maya Miller. Half on bleached olive vinyl, half on black. Edition of 600.
HEAVY WINGED & INCA ORE- RING MINING LP (not not fun, usa)
*Wild collaborative LP by these 2 deep psych visionaries. One side is a studio collab merging HW's pummeling psych-frenzy with cascading waves of IO-keyboard bliss. The other side is a rare, unhinged live recording of the single time these outfits ever performed together...imagine HW with a freaked out lead singer. Strange and great.
HEAVY WINGED- WE GROW LP (not not fun, usa)
*out of print from the label… Today is the greatest. Cause time has come for total take off. Brooklyn/PDX instrumental interstellar overdrivers Heavy Winged deliver the most gravity-crushing pair of fight-flight journeys in their entire cumulative psych revolution thus far. And it is glorious. We Grow is the apex realization of every tectonic assault, wind tunnel vortex, and outer space meltdown HW have ever unleashed across the past 15 months worth of stunning CDRs, splits, and comp appearances. The A side, “A Stretch of Time,” slow-burns an ascent into explosive galactic violence, guitars, bass, and drums detonating into endless feedback fireworks. Then “Shifting Clouds” closes the album, marching a drifting riff of haze and mass into a majestic no man’s land of darkening space. A masterpiece record, and packaged accordingly. Blackened-blue vinyl LPs with collage center labels housed in full-color pro-printed jackets, in sleeves adorned with rad oval vinyl stickers, plus a hand-numbered insert. Limited t0 450.
ETERNAL TAPESTRY- PALACE OF THE NIGHT SKY LP (three lobed, usa)
*While this trio first turned heads with their expansive psych/kraut/blues guitar explorations as embodied within a series of small run cassette and CDR releases, their 2007 Mystic Induction album on Not Not Fun firmly established the band as formidable players worthy of sharing the stage and spotlight with such current heads as Wooden Shjips and Kinski. Palace of the Night Skies ups the ante and represents this group’s heaviest jams to date, bringing forth some heavily righteous riffs and plenty of drum punishment. Palace of the Night Skies consists of two long-form tracks recorded in 2008 at the Tapestry Space in Portland, Oregon by the band’s core lineup of Dewey Mahood on guitar, Nick Bindeman (JOMF) on guitar and occasional vocals and Jed Bindeman (Heavy Winged) on drums. “Prism Light Traveller” covers the album’s entire first side and is rich with snarling and overblown psych guitar heroics. While no listener could ever ignore the big-time guitar workouts present throughout the album as a whole, Jed Bindeman’s deft and metronomic drumming propels “Prism…” along its trail straight into the fiery heart of the sun. Much as in his other band, Heavy Winged, Bindeman’s drums provide the perfect background for the dueling, multi-directional guitar work. The album’s second side is the substantially more pensive and atmospheric “The Hidden Void.” This track’s slow boil is punctuated with incendiary psych solos and cryptically buried vocals. Taken as a whole, Palace of the Night Skies is ready and able to provide any listener in need with the set and setting for a perfect night in. The LP is pressed on 180g RTI vinyl and housed within a classy letterpressed cover (courtesy of our buddies at dexterity press in chicago) bearing silver foil ink on deep midnight blue paper and bearing new artwork by loni gaghan. all copies of the album are accompanied by a glass-mastered CD (not CDR) of the two album tracks in addition to a bonus track (“hermetic secrets”).
GOWN W/SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN- FOR THE MAPLES LP (three lobed, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… gown (aka andrew macgregor and otherwise known as one-half of the bark haze with thurston moore) moved from western wassachusetts to nova scotia in mid-2007. before he moved, he wanted to have one big audio blow-out to remember the grand old mass times. with that goal in mind, gown went into the studio with the sunburned hand of the man gang (represented this time out by john moloney, sarah o'shea, ron schneiderman and taylor richardson) to melt some audio consoles. for the maples represents a portion of that recorded output and believe us, it's some massive stuff. sunburned's thick funk presents the perfect background for gown's shredding guitar-play. extremely hot stuff, especially the massive side-long "bending close." as per the three lobed standard, for the maples is pressed on 180g RTI vinyl. it is housed within silkscreened jackets (screen work by alan sherry / SIWA) bearing new artwork by gown. the record is from an edition of 698 copies and, and as an added convenience for our vinyl friends, will come packaged with a glass-mastered CD (not CD-R) of the material present on the wax.
HEAVY WINGED- ALIVE IN MY MOUTH LP (three lobed, usa)
*out of print from the label… 2008 follow up to blacc lust is the massive and dense blowout that is alive in my mouth. comprised of two of the band's dirtiest and, quite simply, heaviest tracks, it is music for tearing down physical walls. in a small departure from some of our recent vinyl titles, there will not be a bonus cd for pre-ordering the record. instead, every copy of the album will come complete with a cd that features both of the album tracks in addition to a "bonus" 17 minute track. everyone wins! alive in my mouth is be from an edition of 647 copies pressed on 180g RTI vinyl. the record is housed within heavy art sleeves bearing new artwork by michael canich.
YELLOW SWANS- DESCENSION YELLOW SWANS LP (three lobed, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… released late april, 2007. recorded by peter swanson and gabe s. in late 2006. from a one-time pressing of 489 hand-numbered copies. heavy 180g vinyl. housed within sleeves that were individually silk-screened by alan sherry (SIWA)
FOLK, BLUES AND ROOTS
JACK ROSE- THE BLACK DIRT SESSIONS LP (three lobed, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Let's get the dirty work over with first. The Black Dirt Sessions is, all hyperbole aside, Jack Rose's most complete and telling work to date. Those who have been following this Philadelphia wanderer's development and growth as a solo artist (both live and on record) know that such a statement is strong praise, as Rose's catalog is certainly not devoid of unqualified classics. The album takes its title from the studio where it was recorded – Jason Meagher's Black Dirt Studios located in Westtown, New York. Old friends Rose and Meagher developed a good working relationship and full understanding of each other's work habits and styles over the course of a spring 2008 joint tour between Rose and one of Meagher's bands, D. Charles Speer and the Helix. Rose, that eternal road warrior, booked some time at Black Dirt between tours in August, September and October of 2008 to lay down some new and fully realized material. This album is the complete result of those sessions. Rose's prior albums have tended to both pick and remain true to a musical theme. The Black Dirt Sessions excels by displaying fully honed examples of all of Rose's various styles and themes – traditional, raga and ragtime. Central to the album's spirit is the absolutely epic "Cross the North Fork." This thirteen minute revisiting of a track first laid down on the great Kensington Blues is a winding, thoroughly engrossing journey. This new version is the product of Rose's perfectionist streak which constantly pushes him to re-explore and re-visit his prior works. As presented on The Black Dirt Sessions, the "new" track is full of rich nuances from Rose's years of additional scrutiny of the original composition. Much like Rose himself, "Cross the North Fork" is certainly comfortable in its skin and helps make it a welcome neighbor to the album's other splendid joys ranging from the jaunty and infectious "Fishtown Flower" (featuring a guest appearance from D. Charles Speer and the Helix's Hans Chew on ragtime piano) to the pensive and appropriate melancholy punch of "Box of Pine."
FUNK AND SOUL
BILLY JONES & THE STARS - LOVE IS GONNA RAIN ON YOU CD (imperial, japan)
*another beautiful japanese mini-lp/paper sleeve reissue of great (and rare) funk and soul, this time the billy jones and the stars, a killer surinamese group from holland, originally released on imperial in 1977.
1619 BAD ASS BAND- 1619 BAD ASS BAND CD (tsg, japan)
*beautiful japanese mini-lp/paper sleeve reissue of great (and rare) funk and soul, this time the much sought after 1619 bad ass band from 1976 on n.y.c.’s tsg label.
ADRIAN YOUNGE- BLACK DYNAMITE: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE LP
(wax poetics, usa)
*Multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge makes his debut on Wax Poetics Records with his original score to the Michael Jai White comedy Black Dynamite. Inspired by the great blaxploitation soundtracks of the 1970s, Younge commands the Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet, harpsichord, synthesizer, vibraphone, guitar, bass, flute, sax, cello, and drums, crafting with a singular vision. Whether it's the witty vocal of 'Jimmy's Apartment' or the lowdown bass line of 'Rafelli Chase,' the entire album is deeply authentic. Limited numbered edition of 2000 with full-color insert and movie lobby cards.
V/A- BLACK DYNAMITE: MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK LP (wax poetics, usa)
*All you Suckas gather 'round. There's a Brand New Movie coming to town. So get on up and check The Scene of the smoothest, Baddest Mother to ever hit the big screen. He's Super Cool and he know Kung Fu; drives a five thousand dollar car and wears a hundred dollar suit. And when it comes to the ladies, he's Outta Sight… Music supervisor David Hollander handpicked each track and cue from the vast reservoir of 1970s British library music, originally created for film and television. Maestros Alan Hawkshaw, Brian Bennett, and Johnny Pearson lay down exquisite and precise funk, but the bulk of the material comes from Alan Tew's celebrated Drama Suite series (as heard on The Hanged Man and The People's Court). Wax Poetics Records presents an authentic package with original artwork by Maceo Leatherwood." Limited numbered edition of 2000 with full-color insert and movie lobby cards.
COLLAGE- TEN MINUTES TWENTY SEVEN SECONDS 10” (wool, france)
*Wool Recordings presents a very limited and silk-screened 10" vinyl release of 4 songs, including one previously-unreleased track, by '70s Estonian jazz ensemble Collage. "Halb Sirp" and "Vastlalaul" sum up the jazzy pop side of the band with very sweet vocals between traditional Estonian folk and Michel Legrand aspirations. On the second side "Neiud Lähevad Ära" and "Suur Tamm" deal more with the funky and break-y side of the band, which is what makes this band sound really unique for their time-period.
LLOYD MILLER- ORIENTAL JAZZ: SOPHISTOCATED BLENDS OF THE BEST OF EAST AND WEST CDR (eastern arts, usa)
*great compilation from 1960s through the 1980s featuring the work of lloyd miller playing santur, oud, clarinet, piano, bass, drums, zarb, cello, tabla, shamisen, dan tranh, pipa and yang chin. recorded in various locations around the world including paris, tehran and salt lake city to name a few.
LLOYD MILLER- LLOYD MILLER WITH JAZZ GREATS IN EUROPE I: 1958-62 CDR (eastern arts, usa)
*great compilation of mostly live recordings from lloyd miller’s stint’s in europe and scandinavia during the late 50s/early 60s. features tracks played on by lloyd miller with don ellis and eddie harris, jef gilson septet and/or compositions/arrangements by miller for the lars farnlof combo and the simor ostervald orchestra.
LLOYD MILLER- LLOYD MILLER WITH JAZZ GREATS IN EUROPE II: 1960-61 CDR (eastern arts, usa)
*more great recordings from lloyd miller’s stint in europe during the early 60s. the bulk of the cd consists of a live recording at rose noire in brussels circa 1960 by the international jazz quartet (lloyd miller- piano; lennart janssan- baritone sax; Freddie deronde- bass; geroge Solana- drums), as well as a couple of tracks recorded with jaques peltzer and Philip catherine.
LLOYD MILLER- BACH JAZZ BLEND CDR (eastern arts, usa)
*great set of millers bach interpretations. these recordings were mostly taken from lloyd miller’s prime time jazz tv show that aired in tehran during the early 70s (along with two more recent recordings from millers current locale of salt lake city, utah).
LLOYD MILLER- EASTONES: WORLD INSPIRED CREATIONS FOR PEACEFUL MEDITATIONS CDR (eastern arts, usa)
*great set of proto-new age recordings referencing eastern musical forms from India, china, japan, Indonesia, Persia, Afghanistan and tuva.
LLOYD MILLER- MULTI-INSTRUMENTAL MANIA CDR (eastern arts, usa)
*another great compilation from 1960s through the 1980s featuring the work of lloyd miller playing clarinet, flugelhorn, alto sax, piano, oud, cello, etc. recorded in various locations around the world including paris, tehran and salt lake city to name a few. serves as a nice bookend to the oriental jazz compilation.
LLOYD MILLER- WORLDCLASS COMBO: 4TET, 5TET AND COMBOS 1970s-90s CDR (eastern arts, usa)
*another great compilation of recordings ranging from millers weekly tv program in tahran in the early seventies through to his most recent recordings in salt lake city.
LLOYD MILLER- ORIENTAL JAZZ DVDR (eastern arts, usa)
*this video features many of the performances found in audio form only on the oriental jazz compilation cdr above, but found here in their original broadcast recordings from brigham young university (1960s); university of utah (1960s) and national Iranian television (1970s).
LLOYD MILLER TRIO- NIRTV PRIMETIME SHOWS, TEHRAN 1971-72 DVDR
(eastern arts, usa)
*great dvdr of lloyd millers weekly jazz tv program that aired in tehran during the early 1970s. features lloyd miller on various instruments, roger hererra- bass and using Villanueva on drums.
LLOYD MILLER TRIO- JAZZ PIANO DVDR (eastern arts, usa)
*more 70s era lloyd miller trio tv programs from nirtv, tehran.
LLOYD MILLER- EASTERN ARTS MUSIC DVDR (eastern arts, usa)
*more great video documentation from tehran and utah, 1970s and 80s.
THE ROLAND KIRK QUARTET FEAT. ELVIN JONES- RIP, RIG & PANIC LP (limelight, usa)
*Exact repro reissue, originally released on Limelight in 1965. Recorded in January 13, 1965 by Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, manzello strich, castanets and siren), Elvin Jones (drums), Jaki Byard (piano) and Richard Davis (double bass). This is the U.S. stereo version (the mono version released in the U.K. had different cover art). "First there is the elegant modal music of 'No Tonic Press,' with its non-linear mathematic groove maintained with verve by Jones in all the knotty spots. Then there is the ethereal Middle-Eastern harmony juxtaposed against the changes in 'Once in a While' by Bennie Green. But the whole thing comes together by the third tune, when Kirk sifts his hearing of New Orleans music into gear with 'From Bechet, Byas, and Fats.' Using his loopy manzello to approximate the soprano saxophone, Kirk and Byard trade fours on some odd open-D modal theme before shifting into the music of Bechet's time and coming out on tenor with direct quotes from the Don Byas book, with Byard and Davis turning around on a blues motif as Jones double times with a sheet of rim shots. Through the rest, the set moves consistently more outside, with Kirk flipping instruments and Jones and Davis turning the rhythmic patterns around on Byard, who takes it all in stride and shifts the harmonic levels to Kirk's intensity on the title track and 'Mystical Dream.' The set ends with the bluesy, somnambulant groove of 'Slippery, Hippery, and Flippery.' There's a paranoid opening with Jones running all over the kit, Byard slipping up and down the board, and Kirk making siren sounds before entering his bluesy post-bop nightmare of a jam that winds itself out over studio distortion, Kirk's noises, and a killer tenor solo that caps everything on the album. Positively smashing." -- All Music Guide
LARRY YOUNG- LAWRENCE OF NEWARK LP (perception, usa)
*Grey area exact repro, originally released on Perception in 1973. A welcome reissue of this pure underground jazz classic from Newark, NJ's own Larry Young. He's in 'out' mode here, putting aside his more well-known styles (as heard on his classic Blue Note LP Unity) and laying down some Arkestra-style jamming alongside the shredding of James Blood Ulmer and some other underground cats. A killer melting of funky, cosmic, Eastern, Afro and free music vibes.
V/A- SIAMESE SOUL: THAI POP SPECTACULAR 1960S-1980S VOL. 2 CD
(sublime frequencies, usa)
*newish sublime frequencies release listed for the first time, be sure to check out the sublime frequencies restocks in the global sounds section… This second volume in the Thai Pop Spectacular series brings together regional artists from across Thailand. Some were modest pop players of their time, while others were major stars. Siamese Soul features 1970s hard-grooved roots funk, hypnotic Luk Thung tracks from the Northeastern Thai countryside, 1960s rock & roll and 1980s groove anomalies. All cuts come heavily laced with electric organs and guitar, thick horn sections, the traditional khaen, driving bass and stunning vocal performances with a richness that can easily be called Thai soul music of the highest order. These creative sounds formed by hybrids with Western instrumentation and genres, result in an incredibly dynamic music that is distinctively Thai. Selected from cassette tapes and vinyl found buried on bottom shelves in rural locales, these tracks serve as further evidence of a vital Thai pop scene that's been kept from Western ears for far too long. This CD comes with a 16-page booklet of amazing exclusive photos documenting the era with translated song titles and liner notes by Mark Gergis and Alan Bishop.
V/A- THAI POP SPECTACULAR: 1960S-1980S CD (sublime frequencies, usa)
*Thai pop history has been largely ignored and neglected by the international musical community for far too long. By the late 20th century, Thai pop music had developed as many faces as localized roots music such as molam or styles like luk thung or luk krung (each with their own respective pop-sectors). Bangkok -- always the hub of the Thai recording industry -- attracted musicians and singers from across the country that were both informed by tradition and inspired by the wealth of international sounds entering the region via radio and phonograph. Jazz, for instance, had a profound influence on early Thai pop music, the King of Thailand himself being a noted jazz composer. This superb collection features modern Thai music styles combining with elements of surf, rock, funk, disco and comedy, revealing the use of clever instrumentation, brilliant vocals, great arrangements, twisted breaks, and resourceful production techniques. Discover the Queen of Luk Thung, the 1960s "Shadow Music" sound, classic tracks from Thai films, blazing examples of Bangkok disco from the 1970s, legendary Thai comedy pop, and the most outrageous version of "The Night Chicago Died" you'll ever encounter. Thick horn sections, wah-wah guitars, tight drums, and funky organs help round out this astounding set which proves beyond a doubt that the Thai were a completely unique and powerful force during the 1960s, '70s & '80s global popular music explosion.
GROUP DOUEH- TREEG SALAAM CD (sublime frequencies, usa)
*Group Doueh's follow-up to their now-legendary debut LP is here. While most would think it damn near impossible to top the former release, in terms of sheer "shock and awe," Treeg Salaam (trans. "Streets Of Peace"), blows hot and dusty from the infernal sand-swept dunes of the Western Sahara. Compiled from Group Doueh's personal archives, these five tracks are as brain-shifting in their ecstatic brilliance as any music ever heard. From the wah-stroked lead-off track to the blazing dexterity of "Ragsa Jaguar," the whole of the first side is an entrance to the lip-puckering tea den of Saharan trance heaven. Salmou Baamar's (Doueh) guitar/tinidit runs explode in cosmic shrapnel, raining down on the temporal nodes of the listener's brain. On "Tazit Kalifa," we have a 20-minute, smoky, slow-burning, psychedelic excursion into the great unknown. A meditation on the arid and inhospitable landscape that inspires this music and its people. Compiled by Hisham Mayet, this is a CD reissue of the limited LP pressing which sold out almost immediately upon release.
GROUP DOUEH- GUITAR MUSIC FROM THE WESTERN SAHARA CD
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*shop favorite repressed… If you think you've heard all the great electric guitar styles in the world, think again. This Saharan sand-blizzard of fine-crushed glass will grind your face to a bloody pulp. Group Doueh play raw and unfiltered Saharawi music from the former colonial Spanish outpost of the Western Sahara. Doueh (pronounced "Doo-way") is their leader and a master of the electric guitar. He's been performing since he was a child playing in many groups before finally creating his own in the 1980s. Doueh says he's influenced by Western pop and rock music especially Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. His sound is distorted, loud and unhinged with an impressive display of virtuosity and style only known in this part of the world. His wife Halima and friend Bashiri are the two vocalists in the group. Sahrawi songs are from the sung poetry of the Hassania language. The music is based on the same modal structure as Mauritanian music, however, Doueh's style is a looser appropriation infused with a Western guitar scope, one that relies, in his words, as much on Hendrix as it does traditional Sahrawi music. It also adds a playful pop element that rarely filters through in this region. Doueh has turned down countless offers from Morocco and Europe to release his music but he decided to offer Sublime Frequencies access to his homemade recordings and photo archive for this amazing debut. CD reissue of the first Sublime Frequencies LP release. Standard Sublime Frequencies 8-page CD insert includes great photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.
GROUP BOMBINO- GUITARS FROM AGADEZ: MUSIC OF NIGER VOL. 2 CD
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*Group Bombino is the latest salvo from the Agadez music scene. Led by the guitar virtuoso Omara Mochtar (Bombino), the group's debut LP -- volume two in the Guitars From Agadez series, represents the latest chapter in the modern sound of the Tuareg revolution. As of 2008, the Tuareg rebellion is in full force again, and Bombino is in exile to parts unknown. Agadez has been cut off from the rest of the country. The only road that connects this legendary city with the rest of the country is littered with land mines and the only escorts are the military. This music and its messages of hope, justice, and desire for validation of the Kel Tamachek way of life ring louder than ever. Group Bombino are gaining mythic status in and around the Tuareg community for their incendiary live performances. Coming from the same scene as Group Inerane and sharing some of the same musicians, Group Bombino showcase both sides of the Tuareg guitar style. The first half of this CD features the "dry guitar" sound, an unplugged selection of songs sung among the dunes, camels and stars of the Tenere desert. The last five tracks demonstrate the electric fury of the full band, a melding of heavy, psychedelic guitar heroics with a raw, garage sound, back beat percussion, all swirling in extended trance rock moves. Recorded live and unfiltered in Agadez and the surrounding desert in early 2007, with the band's equipment powered by generators and an unflinching dedication to the rebellion, Group Bombino's music transcends any influence and ignites the raw passion of its message to the outside world. Includes liner notes by Hisham Mayet with great photos of the musicians. This is a CD reissue of the limited LP pressing which sold out almost immediately upon release.
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