Thursday, April 30, 2009

April Playlists

Hildur Gudnadóttir - Erupting Light [Without Sinking, Touch, ‘09]
James Blackshaw - Arc [The Glass Bead Game, Young God, ‘09]
Sangeet Trio - Alap [Inde du Nord, Sangeet Trio en Concert, Ocora, ‘95]
Loren Mazzacane Connors & Christina Carter - Mirrors Pt.2 [Meditations on the Ascension of Blind Joe Death, Vol. One, Ecstatic Yod, ‘06]
Tom James Scott - Crane In The North [School And Rivers, Bo’Weavil, ‘08]
Hannu - Harhailua [Harhailua EP, Kesh, ‘09]
Matt Valentine & Erika Elder - The Last Great Vivarna [Ragas & Blues: Fantastic String Music CDR, Child of Microtones, ‘03]
Fennesz/Brandlmayr/Dafeldecker - Tau [Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created, Mosz, ‘08]
Pocahaunted - Palm [Passage, Troubleman Unlimited, ‘09]
Rachel's - Water from the Same Source [Systems / Layers, Quarter Stick, ‘03]
Bill Callahan - Jim Cain [Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, Drag City, ‘09]

Sore Eros - Lips Like Wine [Second Chants, Shdwply, '09]
Bibio - Dopplerton [Vignetting the Compost, Mush, '09]
Jean Kassapian - The Snake [7", Kassap, '7?]
Max Ochs - Hooray for Another Day [Hooray for Another Day, Tompkns Square, '08]
James Ferraro - Chrome Wave Arena [Edward Flex Presents: Do You Believe in Hawaii? CDR, New Age Tapes, '09]
Kemialliset Ystävät - Kyy1 [The Jewelled Antler Library: Book 4, Porter Records, '08]
Gary War - Zontag [7", Sacred Bones, '09]
Plankton Wat - Transfiguration of Infinite Nature [Visions of Otherness CDR, Blackest Rainbow, '09]
Don Cherry & Latif Khan - Air Mail [Music/Sangam, Europa, '82; re: Heavenly Sweetness, '09]
Big Blood - Vitamin C [Sew Your Wild Days Tour Vol. 1 CDR, self-released, '07]
The Cosmic Mandoliners - 04/05/35 [The Gospel Diaries CDR, Centre of Wood, '08]
Bobb Bruno - White Lover's Dream House [White Lover's Dream House, Arbor CDR, '07]
Ville Moskiitto - Kuninkaiden Valtakunta [Retkikertomuksia, Barl Fire Recordings, '07]
Fabio Orsi - The Psychedelic Power of Bubbles (You and Me) [3" CDR, Students of Decay, '08]

Shirley Collins - The Sweet Primroses [Various, Folk Songs: A Collection of Ballads & Broadsides, Topic Sampler No. 6]
Arborea - In the Tall Grass [House of Sticks, Borne, ‘09]
Christian Kiefer & Sharron Kraus - Missing [The Black Dove, Tompkins Square, ‘06]
Nick Drake - River Man [Five Leaves Left, Island, ‘69]
Alela Diane - Dry Grass & Shadows [To Be Still, Rough Trade, ‘09]
Linda Rich - There’s More [There’s More To Living Than I Know So Far, IVR, ’69; re: Media Arte, ‘09]
Shoreline - Jubeltane [Time Well Spent, Willkommen, ‘08]
Bob Theil - Yesterdays [So Far, ’82; re: Recordplex, 04]
Cilibrinas do Eden - Festival Divino [s/t, Philips, ’73; re: No Smoke, ‘08]
These Trails - Garden Botanium [s/t, Sinergia, ‘73]
James Blackshaw - White Goddess [Lost Prayers & Motionless Dances, Tompkins Square, ‘08]
Congregacion - Tanto Parcelamiento [Viene, ’72; re: Roma]
Max Ochs - In Christ There is No East Nor West [Hooray for Another Day, Tompkins Square, ‘08]
Jackson C. Frank - Halloween Is Black As Night [Blues Run The Game, Columbia, ‘65]
Gary Higgins - I Can't Sleep At Night [Red Hash, Nufusmoon, ’73; re: Drag City, ‘05]
Peter Broderick - Maps [Home, Bella Union, ‘08]
Jakob Olausson - Napalm Sky [Moonlight Farm, De Stijl, ‘07]
Nancy Wallace - The Drowned Lover [Old Stories, Midwich Records, ‘09]
Orriel Smith - Tiffany Glass [Various, Fuzzy Felt Folk, Trunk Records, ‘06]
Perry Leopold - The Windwill [Christian Lucifer, ’73; Gear Fab, ‘99]
Mirah - Gone are the Days [(a)spera, K Records, ‘09]
Vashti Bunyan - Leave Me [Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind: Singles and Demos 1964-1967, Dicristina Stair, ‘07]
McDonald And Giles - Flight Of The Ibis [s/t, Island, ’71; re: Virgin, ‘02]
tUnE-YaRdS - When You Tell the Lions [BiRd-BrAiNs, Marriage, ‘09]
Wizz Jones - One Grain Of Sand [Right Now, CBS, ‘72]
Skygreen Leopards - Let Me Grow in Your Meadow [One Thousand Bird Ceremony, Soft Abuse, ‘04]
Paul Adolphus - Looking At The World [The Dawn Wind, Himico, ’73; Shadoks, ‘07]

Animal Hospital - Memory [Memory, Barge, '09]
Steffen Basho-Junghans - Last Days of the Dragons [In the Morning Twilight, Kning Disk, '06]
Oak - Thunder Bliss [Split C30 w/ Pink Desert, Nu New Age, '08]
Abdullah Ibrahim - Ishmael [Banyana, Enja, '76]
Comet III - Astral Voyager [Astral Voyager, Fire Museum, '07]
Comus - The Herald [First Utterance, Dawn Records, '71]
Super Minerals - Oxygen Bombs [Clusters C47, Stunned Records, '09]

Friday, April 17, 2009

Live Review: Grouper & Pumice

Been meaning to put this up... here's my review of the Grouper/Pumice show at Whammy on March 12.
As the sole dream weaver behind last year’s most gorgeous record Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, Portland, Oregon’s Liz Harris aka Grouper held the decently sized crowd at Whammy spellbound with her brand of ghostly, nebulous drone-pop. She cut a waifish, slightly reticent, bird-like figure on-stage, softly pawing her electric guitar through simple chord progressions while her spine-chilling vocals, layered via looping pedals, filled the room, harmonizing with itself into clusters of pillowy, ethereal sound. The set was perhaps on the short side at 40 minutes, but nonetheless darkly captivating stuff to bliss out to. The rarely performing Pumice opened charmingly ramshackle as ever. Fuzzy, crackling, and always seeming on the verge of falling apart, his unstable, feedback-riddled lo-fi ditties had that subterranean quality that made him an apt complement to Grouper’s otherworldliness. (Real Groove, April '09)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

March Playlists

Guanaco - Wooded Mountain [Caves of Holy Light, 3" CDR, Dust Wind Tales, '08]
Mountains - Untitled 2 [Tour EP, Apestaartje, '05]
Greg Malcolm - Ducks [Leather and Lacy, Interregnum Records, '09]
John Fahey - Coelacanths [Sea Changes & Coelacanths: A Young Person's Guide to John Fahey, Table of the Elements, '06]
Andy Futreal - Black Sand [Various, You Get So Alone-Solo Instrumentals, Harha-askel, '08]
Tape - Parade [Luminarium, Hapna, '08]
Susanna - Changes [Flower of Evil, Rune Grammofon, '08]
Natural Snow Buildings - The Cover-Up [The Dance of the Moon and the Sun, re: Students of Decay, '08]
Ginnungagap - Guenevere of the Ganges [Remeindre, Latitudes, '04]
Evan Miller - Asphodel [Transfigurations on Lap-Steel Guitar, Arbor, '09]
Blues Control - Snow Day [Snow Day 7", SubPop, '08]
Chris Abrahams - Can of Faces [Thrown, Room40, '05]
Sun Araw - Leaves Like These [Leaves Like These, Not Not Fun, '09]
Persona - Terra [Son, private press, '75]
Unknown artist - Soong Nam Dondhan Saliga (The Sparrow and the Waterfall) [Various, Molam: Thai Country Groove from Isan, Sublime Frequencies, '05]
Collie Ryan - Prairie Day Lady [Indian Harvest, Rainbow Recording, '73]
Nite Jewel - Universal Mind [Good Evening, Gloriette Records, '08]
Blues Control - Paul's Winter Solstice [Snow Day 7", SubPop, '08]
Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt [Little Hells, Kemado, '09]
Arborea - Dance, Sing, Fight [House of Sticks, Borne, '09]
Common Eider, King Eider - Goodnight, Your Legs (Part 1) [Figs, Wasps and Monotremesm, Root Strata, '08]

Alastair Galbraith & Matthew De Gennaro - Matariki [From the Dark (South Island), Table of the Elements, '06]
EL Heath - The Brook at the Bottom of My Garden [Dusk Dappled Fall, Records on Ribs, free web dl, '09]
Clouwbeck - Anlauesargh [A Moraine CDR, Sustain-Release, '07]
The North Sea - Oh Velveteen [Archaic Spines, A Silent Place, '07]
Giuseppe Ielasi - Untitled 9 [Aix, 12K, '09]
Tom James Scott - School and Rivers [School and Rivers, Bo'Weavil, '09]
Labradford - Splash Down [Prazision, Kranky, '93]
Fabulous Diamonds - LP7 [s/t, Siltbreeze, '08]
throuRoof - Drawing Spirits into Crystals [Various, You Get So Alone-Solo Instrumentals, Harha-askel, '08]
Stephan Mathieu - Licht und Finsternis zum Auge [Radioland, Die Schachtel, '08]
Peaking Lights - Owls Barning [Imaginary Falcons, Not Not Fun, '09]
James Ferraro - Untitled 2 [Clear CDR, New Age Tapes, '08]
James Blackshaw - Sunshrine [Sunshrine, Digitalis, '05]

Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra - Entrances/Two [s/t, Thrill Jockey, '08]
Sun Watcher - Two and a Half Men [Two and a Half Men CDR, Wagon, '08]
Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle & Chorus - Taxi-Kal Raat Sadak Pe Ek Ladki [Various, Music from the Third Floor Vol. 4, fan-made comp]
John Coltrane - Olé [Olé, Atlantic, '61]
Cloudland Canyon - Dambala [Silver Tongued Sisyphus EP, Kranky, '07]
The Necks - Set 2 [live at the Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, '05, bootleg]

Rova Saxophone Quartet - Ferdia's Death Chant [Chanting the Light of Foresight, New Albion, '94]
Seefeel - Meol [Succour, Warp, '95]
Cecil Taylor - Enter, Evening (Soft Line Structure) [Unit Structures, Blue Note, '66]
Claypipe - Constant [Wayside, 3" CDR, Jewelled Antler, '03]
Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass - Channels and Winds [Passages, RCA Victor, '90]
Robert Wyatt - Heaps of Sheeps [Shleep, Thirsty Ear, '98]
Skip Bifferty - Money Man [The Story of Skip Bifferty, '67; re: Sanctuary, '03]
T. Swift & the Electric Bag - Are You Experienced? [Are You Experienced, '67; re: Gear Fab, '01]
Moonkyte - Way Out Hermit [Count Me Out, '71; re: Sunbeam, '06]
Caetano Veloso - Maria Bethania [s/t, Polygram, '71]
Buddy Sarkissian & His Mecca Four with Fred Elias - Mecca Interlude [Soul of the East, Cameo, '63]
Purbayan Chatterjee - Raga: Mishra Mand [New Horizons, Rhyme, '06]
The Pentangle - So Early in the Morning [Sweet Child, '68; re: Sanctuary, '04]
Tim Buckley - The River [Blue Afternoon, Enigma Retro, '70]
Mountainhood - Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit on My Mind [Goldeness Being Part 1 in the Multivisorial Dream Saga Called the Light, Father Yod, '09]
Fantastic Magic - Sea of Gold [Witch Choir, Abandon Ship, '07]
Wendy & Bonnie - The Paisley Windowpane [Genesis, '69; re: Sundazed, '01]
Grouper - Fallow [split w/ Inca Ore, Acuarela Discos, '08]
Kath Bloom - It's Just a Dream [Finally, Chapter Music, '06]
Alela Diane - Age Old Blue [To Be Still, Rough Trade, '09]
Guy Angier - The Night of Marianne [Guitar & Bananas, private press, '70]
Khazad Doom - In This World [Encore! re: '95]
Wrugs - Join Us Tonight [Braided Gas EP, self-released, '09]
Bob Dylan - Dear Landlord [John Wesley Harding, Sony, '67]