Let It Blast
This record is a year old, true, but one didn't fall into our hands
until recently. Take a kickass MC-5 band and front them with a gal named
Lisa who belts pretty damn near Lyn Collins and you've got a dynamite
formula. "Hot request".
BRUCE HAACK, ESTHER NELSON & DIMENSION 5
Listen Compute Rock Home
Like Raymond Scott's "Soothing Sounds For Babies", Bruce Haack offered
straight-out Plutonian homemade electronics for childrens' amusement,
and musically he created one of the weirdest universes for this forum.
Indeed, these records remain in the novelty realm, but they jump out at
us every time a track is previewed on the air. There's a great intro to
Indian culture for kids herein; overall a nice overview of a composer
who is due for some high-profile attention (this music dates back to
early 60s; he died about 10 years ago).
VARIOUS FUNERAL BANDS
Dead and Gone Vol. 1
We've been trying to line up more music on this label since we were
wowed by the Ho! Roady Music From Vietnam collection (which finally has
US distribution a year later); this too is an awe-inspiring compilation.
This one consists of amazing funeral music from around the world: brass
bands, Tom Waits, sobbing punctuating the end of a George Lewis
contribution. Excellent all around.
Reissued recordings of great 1973-74 Oklahoma band that did the spuzzing
MX-80 crash-and-burn art attack guitar thing with saucer-on-the-horizon
synth blatt ala Pere Ubu. Studio/live/rehearsal tracks nicely packed on
STOCK, HAUSEN & WALKMAN
More electronic goofiness from these UK scamps, this is a reissue of a
97 disc that was initially an expensive CD-ROM, with an Eerie Materials
7" tacked on. SH&W always kind of reminded us of a drunken, staggering
Richard James, though that is really not a good comparison. They do
dissect electronic sound into very fine splinters, but dump an extra
exotic factor in that makes them a bit more FMU-loved, we suppose.
Sonny's Time Now
A pretty mindblowing 1966 release that was on a Thurston Top 10 elusive
freejazz list in GRAND ROYAL, newly reissued, again, I believe. To say
Murray is, along with Milford Graves, the sheer concrete foundation of
the free stick movement would be an understatement. Add Don Cherry,
Albert Ayler and Henry Grimes to this and you have an essential reissue
to pick up. Add Leroi Jones ranting about cops and the jelly between
Elizabeth Taylor's toes and you have to find a chair to sit down.
Go Simphonic With the Simpsons
Come on! Patty & Selma's "We Love to Smoke" is the hit of the month!