CD and DVD Reviews Archive

A-D
Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso - Myth of the Love Electrique
Acid Mother’s Temple and the Cosmic Inferno – Ominous from the Cosmic Inferno
Acid Mother's Temple and the Cosmic Inferno - Starless and Bible Black Sabbath
Aethenor - Deep in the Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light
Akron/Family - Love is Simple
Akron/Family - Meek Warrior
Akron/Family - Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
Alcest - Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Alien Ant Farm - Up In The Attic
Ellen Allien and Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles
Ancestors – Neptune with Fire
Angels of Light - We Are Him
Annihilation Time III – Tales of the Ancient Age
Antibalas - Security
The Appleseed Cast - Low Level Owl I & II
Arms and Sleepers - Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive
Ascend – Ample Fire Within
A Scribe Amidst The Lions - Tell
Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound - When Sweet Sleep Returned
Astral Blessing - Hymn to Betrayal
Astral Travelling Unity - Studio and Live
Aidan Baker - The Sea Swells A Bit
Band Of Horses - Everything All the Time
Bardo Pond - Ticket Crystals
Bauhaus – Go Away White
Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
Belong - October Language
Bjork - Volta
Black Angels – Directions to See a Ghost
The Black Crowes – Warpaint
Blood of the Black Owl - Self Titled
Bonnie Prince Billy – Lie Down In The Light
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - "Island Brothers" b/w "New Wonder"
Boris with Michio Kurihara - Rainbow
Boris and Sunn O))) - Altar
Brightblack Morning Light - Motion to Rejoin
Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood - Goodbye
The Bronx - The Bronx
Bullet Treatment - The Mistake
Buzz or Howl + Astro - Western Mystery School
Castanets - In the Vines
Circle - Tyrant
Frances Charlotte - Emerald
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder
Cloudland Canyon - Requiems Der Natur
Cloudland Canyon - Silver Tongued Sisyphus
Cluster – Berlin 2007
Colour Haze - All
Colour Haze - Tempel
Comets On Fire - Avatar
Chris Cornell - Carry On
The Creepy Creeps - Self Titled
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Crucial Bliss Releases, A Crown of Amaranth - Love.lies.bleeding, Luasa Raelon - Into the Void, Light of Shipwreck - From the Idle Cylinders
The Cush
Mile Davis - The Complete On the Corner Sessions
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Mark Deutrom - Iraq

E-J
Eagle and Talon - Thracian
Earthless – Live At Roadburn
Earthless - Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky
Earthling Society – Beauty and the Beast
Earthling Society - Plastic Jesus and the Third Eye Blind
Earthling Society - Tears of Andromeda Black Sails Against The Sky
Earthling Tempel - Pilgrimage to Thunderbolt Pagoda
Einsturzende Neubaten - Alles Wieder Offen
Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today
Jeremy Enigk - World Waits
Entrance - Prayer of De
Expo 70 -- Black Ohms
Fantastic Magic - Witch Choir

Floating Flower - 1st and 2nd
Freedy Johnston - This Perfect World

Robert Fripp - Exposure
Folk Uke - Self Titled

Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton - Knives Don't Have Your Back
Hawkwind - Space Ritual (3 Disc reissue)
Hem - Funnel Cloud
Daniel Higgs - Ancestral Songs
High Mountain Tempel - A Screaming Comes Across The Sky - The Faultline Scriptures
High Mountain Tempel - Pacific Sky Burial (Axaxaxas mlo)
High Mountain Tempel - Pacific Sky Burial (Axaxaxas mlo) Aquarius Records
High Mountain Tempel - Pacific Sky Burial An Implied Violence: or melody is a fascist
High Mountain Tempel - The Glass Bead Game
High Mountain Tempel - The Glass Bead Game by Aquarius Records
High on Fire - Death Is This Communion
Hoor-Paar-Kraat - Asha Dasha
Hoor Paar Kraat - The Mercurial Little Jitterbug
Hot Chip with Robert Wyatt and Geese

Hot Snakes - Thunder Down Under
Howlin’ Rain – Magnificent Fiend
Howlin' Rain - Self Titled
Indian Jewelry - Invasive Exotics
Ida - Heart Like A River
J. Spaceman Sun City Girls - Mister Lonely Music From a Film by Harmony Korine
Chris Joss – Sticks

K-P
Kasai Allstars – In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic
Kawabata Makoto - Hosanna Mantra
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba – I Speak Fula
LSD March - Empty Rubious Red
Lambchop - Damaged
Lavender Diamond - The Calvary of Light
Lights - Rites
Los Able Minded Poets - Operation: Wake the Soul
Los Lobos – Los Lobos Goes Disney
Los Straitjackets - Twist Party
Love Is The Song We Sing - Rhino Comp
Lunar Dunes – Galaxsea

Luv Machine - Turns You On
Madrepore - Overblown
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
Pedro Martinez & Roman Diaz – The Routes of Rumba
Mastodon - Blood Mountain
John Mayer - Continuum
Melechesh - Emissaries
Mia Doi Todd - Gea
The Minutemen - We Jam Econo DVD
Miminokoto - US Tour 2005 EP
Miminokoto - It Will Be New
Ilya E. Monosov - Seven Lucky Plays or How to Fix Songs For A Broken Heart
Montalban Quintet S/T
Motorhead – The World is Yours
Moss – Tombs Of The Blind Drugged
Movies With Heroes - NothingHere is Perfect
Mountain Home - Self Titled
MV and EE w/ The Bummer Road - Green Blues
Narita Munehiro - Ether : Solo Guitar Works
Night Horse – The Dark Won’t Hide You
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Mushroom – Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed
Willie Nelson - Songbird
Neu! – NEU! Vinyl Box
New York Dolls – ‘Cause I Sez So
New York Dolls - One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This
Nina Nastasia and Jim White - You Follow Me
Om - Pilgrimage

Tara Jane O'Neil - In Circles
Oren Ambarchi - In the Pendulum's Embrace

Orthodox - Gran Poder
The Osophists - Self Titled EP
Ouled Bambara - Portraits of Gnawa
Gram Parsons - The Complete Reprise Sessions
Part Chimp - Cup
Peckinpah - Smoking Peace With A Burning Crow
Pelican/Mono Split
Grant Lee Phillips - Nineteeneighties
Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Reissue)
James Plotkin - Kurtlanmak Damascus
Procyon-X - The Ghost of Orion
Psychic Paramount - Origins and Primitives vol. 1 and 2
Punk Vs. Punk - DVD

Q-Z
Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live Fillmore East June 1968
Rafter - Music for Total Chickens
Rafter - Sex, Death, Cassette
Rameses III – Basilica
Red Feathers - I Wander
Rise of the Speedmen - Introduction
Ethan Rose - Ceiling Songs
David Rosenboom - Brainwave Music
Dan Sartain - Join Dan Sartain
Sea Hags - Sea Hags (re-issue)
Seven That Spells – The Men From Dystopia
Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea
Silver Mount Zion Orchestra – 13 Blues for 13 Moons
Sir Richard Bishop - The Freak of Araby
Six Organs of Admittance - The Sun Awakens
Six Organs of Admittance - Shelter from the Ash
Six Organs of Admittance - Luminous Night
Skygreen Leopards - Disciples of California
Slayer - Christ Illusion
Softwar - Self Titled
Soriah - Chao Organica in A Minor
Soriah - Ofrendas De Luz A Los Muertos
Speakers For The Dead - Prey for Murder
Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
Starlight Mints - Drowaton
Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi
SUNNO))) - 00 Void (re-issue)
The Sword - Gods of the Earth
Tangorodrim - Justus Ex Fide Vivit
Terje Isungset - Igloo Ice Music
The Terms - Small Town Computer Crash
Richard Thompson - The Grizzly Man Soundtrack
Thriving Ivory
Throbbing Gristle Part Two - The Endless Not
Titan - A Raining Sun of Love and Light for You and You and You...
Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
Troum and All Sides - Shutun
Turbonegro - Retox
Jozef Van Wissem – It Is All That Is Made
Jimmie Vaughan – Plays Blues, Ballads and Favorites
Vigil - China Soul
Vishudha Kali - Unfinished Devastation Narrative
The Vision of a Dying World - And The Grammar Lab
The Vision of a Dying World - What You Are To Be Now You Become EP
The Vision of a Dying World - Skelephone Call from the Eastern Side
Velvet Cacoon - Dextronaut
Vinyl Radio - A Better Time Coming
Rocky Votolato - Makers
The Warlocks - Heavy Deavy Skull Lover
Weird Owl - Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed
White Rainbow - Prism of Eternal Now
Wildildlife - Six
Larry Jon Wilson - S/T
Wooden Shjips – Dos
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
Xasthur - Defective Epitaph
Years Around The Sun - Introstay
Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Neil Young - Le Noise
Yoshi Wada – Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile
Zodiacs - Gone
Zozobra - Harmonic Tremors


    Lotus House Records MP3 Sampler
    High Mountain Tempel - Processional (An Invocation to Thee Angelic Sister)
    Raagnagrok - HJD
    Beggars - Will We Call It Love
    Maquiladora - Termez 1936
    Maquiladora - Song 26
    Buzz or Howl - Sendhe Mortu Chin Rigore
    Earthling Tempel - Celestial Inhabitants of the Sun
    Buzz or Howl - The Sins Of The Flower Are Visited On The Shunned
    Maquiladora - Light of the Rain
    High Mountain Tempel - The Ascended Master (Hang Gliding in Heaven)
    High Mountain Tempel - Fluctuat Nec Mergitur
    High Mountain Tempel - Tempel Walk
    Buzz or Howl - 05 Oct 05
    Buzz or Howl - Sun as the Destroyer of Dreams
    Live version at the Make Room SF 2005
    Maquiladora - In This Life
    Maquiladora - Simply to See You
    Maquiladora with Kawabata Makoto - Nampasen
    Maquiladora Maquiladora - Drunk and Lighting Fires (A Waltz)
    Maquiladora Maquiladora - Ritual of Hearts
    Maquiladora Maquiladora - Ankle
    Maquiladora - Mayday
    Loraine Loraine - Pasqually Old Pasqually

    Beggars - S/T
    by Pierro Scaruffi

    Maquiladora's Eric Nielsen and Bruce McKenzie joined forces with Skygreen Leopards' Glenn Donaldson to form Beggars, whose double-disc Beggars (Lotushouse, 2013) is a tour de force of ecstatic Eastern-influenced freak-folk. Mostly these pieces lean towards the traditional song format, although inevitably deformed by the musicians' pedigrees.

    The ghostly hyper-dilated drones of Ghost Coyote are imbued with quasi-Morricone western-movie guitar twang and even harmonica. The sweet lullaby and the trotting pace of Eureka My Love as well as the romantic honky-tonking Justine (with a refrain a bit reminiscent of Dylan's Blowing in the Wind) hark back to the heydays of country-rock. 2-3-74 Floating evokes the martial laments of the young Neil Young although diluted amid discordant guitar jamming and lulled by waves of funereal vocal harmonies. Berserker's Boogie is a lively and poppy almost-bluegrass tune. They even intone the singalong Queen Anne's Lace with drums, banjo and all.

    Thankfully, the spaced-out yodeling of Lullaby de Bourbon (memories of Aoxomoxoa-era Grateful Dead), the free-form quasi-jazz guitar and vocal interplay of Will We Call It Love, the seven-minute dreaming psalm Big Pink Sun and its sublimely disintegrating coda, remind us of what Maquiladora are best at. The 23-minute Midget Decapitates Clownis an ambitious concerto for suspense and agony. Far from being just a droning piece, it piles up sonic event after sonic event, producing the trancey effect out of a multitude of traumatic sounds. The chirping and tweeting that accumulates half-way into the piece decays into a nervous organic filigree and dies away in the most cryptic manner; one of the high points of Maquiladora's career.


    Beggars - S/T
    by Naysayer at KFJC

    Released from Lotus House Records, this is psych country/psych folk territory. Heavy on acoustic guitar with background mandolin, organ and lots of harmonies, these songs are about lost relationships, missed chances and old secrets. They sound like they should be sung around the fire pit outside an old shack in Topanga Canyon. Dusty, weedy, afternoon sunlight that blurs the vision. Turn it on, kick back and look directly into the sun. Track 5 of CD B is a 22 minute deep listening style excursion.

    Earthling Tempel - Pilgrimage To Thunderbolt Pagoda
    by Aquarius Records

    Not sure if this is part 4, or just the first in a new multi part epic, hardly matters, what does matter is, this is another glorious expansive collection of meditative psychedelic abstract dronefolk ambience. Every High Mountain Tempel disc we're reviewed thus far has gotten played to death here, and this one doesn't appear to be any different. Well, at least in that respect. In one distinct way it is very different, HMT are not going it alone this time. They've assembled a pretty impressive collection of sonic alchemists and musical conjurers to help with this ritual, Isis Aquarian from the Source Family, Charles Curtis from La Monte Young's Just Alap Raga Ensemble, and two crews from the UK we've never heard of, Earthling Society and Astarism, but even with all those cooks in the kitchen, HMT and friends have managed to weave another dark minimal masterpiece, all hushed barely there guitar shimmer, drifting whispered vocals, delicate crystalline melodies, dense swirls of piano, warm swells of tape hiss, mysterious voices and field recordings, whirring organ, bowed steel strings... so lovely.

    If the liner notes are to be believed, two of the tracks feature Earthling Society on their own, and those tracks do sound different, much less free and sprawling, a bit more structured, like seventies UK acid folk, swirling and melodic and quite lovely. The final two tracks find the two groups in full on collaborative mode, and the gears shift to something much more space rocky and Hawkwindy, all blissed out and heart-of-the-sun, until the final track which is a strummy, delicate, moody chill out closer, a sort of dour doom folk drift, that makes a perfect ending.

    Super nice packaging, silkscreened oversized 4 panel sleeve, white on black, with the cd-r affixed to the inside. And of course, SUPER LIMITED!

    High Mountain Tempel - The Glass Bead Game by Aquarius Records

    Part three in the ongoing series of limited cd-r explorations from mysterious drone combo High Mountain Tempel, and like the two before it, the band continue to delve into some murky sonic underworld, again presenting loooong songs, each separated by brief sonic interludes, this disc seems feature more actual vocals, the opening track features a processed voice, that sounds a bit like throat singing, or a Speak And Spell, intoning some arcane message, interwoven with long drawn out tones, and a thick ropy buzz, super dark and intense and atmospheric. Elsewhere sampled voices surface, there are bits of chanting here and there, all peppered throughout the disc. But even with the extra voices, the focus here is still on dark, lugubrious, extended dronescapes.

    The sound of High Mountain Tempel is probably closest to Expo '70, as their various permutations of dronemusic seem to have a definite krautrock vibe, that gives the sound a sort of spaced out quality, and a subtle propulsion, but unlike Expo '70, HMT seem to have a distinct Eastern influence, much of the music is meditative and subtly dramatic, a bit soundtracky, and some of it sounds like it could be Japanese. Especially the way field recordings are incorporated into the sounds. Giving everything a definite texture, some of it sounding like it was perhaps recorded live in some hilltop temple. Which we would imagine is the idea.

    Not sure what else to say actually. This is indeed fantastic, brooding and malefic, but also shimmery and dreamy, sonically it has much in common with the first two installments, so definitely check out those reviews to read more about their 'sound'.

    Needless to say, fans of the drone and folks into the current crop of cd-r soundscapers will for sure dig this, but like the other HMT discs, this is more than simple drone music, this is ritualistic alchemical soundwork, one can almost imagine stumbling across a group of cloaked figures huddled around a fire in a forest clearing, tossing various powders into the flames, causing the fire to change color and cast beastlike shadows on the branches above, and this is the sound filtering through the forest like a black moonlit fog...
    SUPER LIMITED of course, packaged beautifully in a foldover silkscreened sleeve, gold metallic on red on the outside, black on red on the inside.

    High Mountain Tempel - A Screaming Comes Across The Sky - The Faultline Scriptures
    by Aquarius Records

    Record number two from this mysterious drone-kraut styled duo. Their last disc was a huge hit around here, so we were pretty thrilled to get our hands on this one, a logical sonic extension of the first, delving deeper into some murky tripped out twilit soundworld.
    The disc opens with shimmering clouds of gongs and cymbals, whirring and sizzling, suspended over a deep distant rumble, a delicate intro to a record at once hypnotic and lovely, dark and dense.

    The record is arranged into three epic tracks, interspersed with short sonic interludes, ranging from field recordings of crickets, looped chants (Elizabeth Clare Prophet if we're not mistaken), spirituals and mysterious liturgical songs, whirring drones, and backwards percussion, but it's the long tracks where the duo get to spread out, let their dense soundscapes sprawl.

    The three long tracks sounds like movements of a greater whole, clocking in at 15 minutes, 11 minutes and nearly 17 minutes respectively, each rife with creepy delayed vocals, churning guitars and smeared chords, roiling muddy whirls, which often dissipate leaving streaks of fragmented melody and haunting slowed down voices. Buried amidst the drones and whirs, are lullaby-like melodies, skittery percussion, streaks of grinding distortion, hidden voices, more field recordings, thick swaths of cavernous rumbles, little bits of electronic glitch and lots and lots of low end buzz.

    Packaged in a fancy navy blue fold over sleeve, screenprinted in white ink, with a photocopied insert with liner notes and song credits.

    LIMITED TO 150 COPIES! Each one hand numbered.

 

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