random stuff rushomancy is listening to

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because you lot, aside from maybe three of my friends, are probably the only people who will feign interest in the utterly arbitrary stuff i like. last time i was between jobs i tried for a while posting little write-ups on the music i was digging on to facebook. it was a great way of finding new music, strangely enough, because trying to describe what i was listening to kept bringing me to other things i didn't expect to find. but it was time consuming so once i started working again i quit. expect updates to be sporadic.

this is an early side from blue note records that was on a comp with some james p. johnson sides in the '80s. it's interesting because the celeste isn't an instrument one associates with jazz, except maybe for sun ra. on top of that it's also got charlie christian on guitar, though he's not to the fore here.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:18 (one year ago) link

The Mills Brothers were crazy good. The dude with the vocal bass line and the guitar is funky and amazing at downhill train speed.


earlnash, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:28 (one year ago) link

That Celeste sounds cool its like vibes with more sustain and a bit of a bell like overtone.

earlnash, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:30 (one year ago) link

that mills brothers song is great, thanks!

a couple weeks ago i decided to listen to every band i could find named "collage". my favorite was this estonian folk/jazz combo. estonian vocal harmonies and soul jazz, what a combo!


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:34 (one year ago) link

I really heard the Mills Brothers listening to Blues Before Sunrise radio show out of Chicago. It's on over night Saturday night/early Sunday. It's rare for me to know that many songs on any show, occasionally a track here or there or unless he is doing a set of Chicago blues from the 50s-70s. Even then, the guy plays a pretty deep well of stuff.

There is some other accapella groups out there from same era as Mills Brothers old stuff that is mind boggling. I've heard him do sets of that stuff a couple times over the years. Some of that is like music from another dimension.

earlnash, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:38 (one year ago) link

god knows, so much great old stuff and the only way it surfaces is if it's just plain weird like the dezurik sisters.

ucla is putting this huge fucking collection of mexican and mexican-american music on youtube. there was this jazz violinist named emilio caceres on vol. 1 of the savory collection, and he's got this amazing performance of "dark eyes". god only knows what the hell else amazing is in this collection.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:41 (one year ago) link

a couple months ago i ran across a bandcamp recording by a doctor of something or other, where he asked the clerks at all the record stores in new york city what their favorite scream on record was and put them together. and that had me thinking about what my favorite scream on record was.

i eventually decided it would have to be by slauter xstroyes. i'm a little disappointed, as a zep stan from the age of 14, that the "belching" school of metal is more credible than the "screeching" school of metal these days. slauter xstroyes are firmly in the latter camp and it's exhilarating. singer here has a scream that turns into a laugh that goes about thirty seconds, and knowing full well what the people want, repeats it three times over the course of the song. ladies and gentlemen, i give you... METAL'S NO SIN.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:09 (one year ago) link

so my goal is to at some point like all music everywhere. it's a stupid goal, but human existence is stupid and absurd so i feel comfortable with it. to the point where i seek out music in genres i particularly hate to find something redeeming in it.

the music i hate more than anything else in the world is zydeco. i don't know why. i love the accordion and the bandoneon, but zydeco just drives me up a fucking wall. so i had to find a zydeco song i loved.

wasn't all that hard. "they call me good rockin'" by herbert "good rockin'" sam. fucking amazing tune.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:14 (one year ago) link

oh, cool, here's a slauter xstroyes live video uploaded next than a day ago. it's not the best slauter xstroyes video on youtube but it's FRESH


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:17 (one year ago) link

here's a free download of a bunch of field recordings of snow and ice. it's a little uneven but i love the sounds of ice and snow, particularly when it's as fucking hot as it has been out here. good stuff to cool down with.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:39 (one year ago) link

sometimes i feel like too much of a gringo to listen to afro-cuban jazz. machito is great of course and i have a couple records of descargas but listening to this modern stuff i'm out of my element. "contrapuntistico" by yosvany terry though clicked with me immediately. maybe my avant-prog background; even if i don't have the technical understanding to explain exactly what terry is doing compositionally, i've listened to enough henry cow that it seems intuitive to me somehow.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 16:36 (one year ago) link

Rush all time poster

Ross, Saturday, 11 August 2018 16:41 (one year ago) link

awww thank you ross

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 16:54 (one year ago) link

ok, i know it's a novelty cover, but damn this soul jazz organ trio cover of "enter sandman" is some hot shit. i've always liked the song myself, i don't care if it's a "sell-out" record or whatever.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:39 (one year ago) link

That is a cool arrangement on "enter sandman".

earlnash, Saturday, 11 August 2018 23:07 (one year ago) link

a song i wind up listening to a lot, because the artist is alphabetically near the beginning of my collection, is "badonse memela" by abafana bomjovo. i don't know what any of those words mean. but i found my way to an old blog called "electric jive", which points out that the single version of it for some reason starts with an argument between two men where they yell "fuck you, man" at each other. and it's also a good song, i think it's some sort of kwela which is as far as i can tell one of those styles of music better suited to singles than to albums. of course it got played on "give the drummer some" right after it came out but that was six years ago and i figure it's ok to mention it again on the grounds that everyone involved has since forgotten it existed except me. the album version without the cursing is on youtube but to get the single version you have to go to the blog.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 23:48 (one year ago) link

I first heard South African jazz through Robert Wyatt and his work with folks from that scene, particularly Mongezi Feza. One of my favorite of the recordings I've heard is a BBC session by the Brotherhood of Breath that was uploaded to a Usenet binary group probably decades ago now. Whoever uploaded it had no more information on it than I do - the tape trading scene did not always have superbly high documentation standards - and I'm not aware of any subsequent documentation of the session either. All I can tell you is that it's almost certainly from sometime between 1970 and 1975. Looking around I did find some really nice versions of "You Ain't Gonna Know Me" by Viva la Black and Louis Moholo with Shabaka Hutchings, but I couldn't find this version - I'm not actually sure there are any officially released versions featuring the composer. The announcer, not heard here, notes that the solos were by Mike Osborne, Lol Coxhill, and Mongezi Feza. I like it enough that I feel like a couple more people should hear it before it vanishes forever into the ether, so I went ahead and uploaded it.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 August 2018 01:12 (one year ago) link

^nice, thanks! have been on a b.o.b (& alumni) kick all this morning.

no lime tangier, Sunday, 12 August 2018 03:25 (one year ago) link

i'm not a completionist but i've found covers i like well enough of all the beatles' songs except for like three - i think it's "what goes on", "yellow submarine" and one other from that era. (sufjan stevens has a good cover of "what goes on", but i don't like it.) anyway i did manage to find a number of pretty good covers while i was embarked on that project.

i absolutely love this live version of "old brown shoe" by the laughing dogs from around the time of their first album. the laughing dogs apparently appeared on a cbgb comp featuring all the bands nobody in their right mind would want to listen to, but as a power pop band they were pretty alright.

there's actually a u-matic video from this era out on youtube, but it doesn't sound as good, and watching washed-out u-matic video footage isn't necessarily my idea of a good time. your mileage may vary.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 August 2018 22:29 (one year ago) link

occasionally youtube will recommend me videos that aren't of SJWs getting OWNED, though i still wish i could turn off its shitty "recommendations" altogether. still, as long as i have them, might as well get what i can from them. so it suggested me this piano sonata by carl vine, who is it turns out an acclaimed australian composer, and i like it, though i the phrasing on benjamin boren's recording is more to my liking. anyway i do think it's a good composition and i like the sense of drama it has.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 August 2018 23:03 (one year ago) link

i was trying to explain "the white visitation" from one of the parts of "gravity's rainbow" i've read to one of my co-workers and she did a google on it and this guy's bandcamp popped up. apparently he's big in the mexico city electronic music scene, which is something i don't know shit about - i'm arguably really bad with electronic music because i don't dance but i think this sounds really good.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:05 (one year ago) link

Fucking hell this is a good one! Apparently a side project of the Diaphanoids? Who maybe I should also listen to? I didn't follow XLR8R or RA in 2010, even now I barely know what the hell is going on over there. It's got an absurd and ridiculously convoluted backstory based around the 1970s, which is also a plus for me, and it just sounds, well, cool.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:03 (one year ago) link

Man I was a big fan of Brainiac in the '90s and have been off-and-on following John Schmersal ever since. I actually had a co-worker point out the Vertical Scratchers record to me after he heard it on NPR in 2014. Now for many people (including me) something being on NPR would be a pretty compelling reason to not listen to something, but nah man Schmersal is fucking good, he's got that sort of GBV thing going on, and he doesn't overstay his welcome. I love the Vertical Scratchers' sole LP and listen to it a lot.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:09 (one year ago) link

courtesy of my youtube subscriptions. i didn't realize rimarimba was putting out new material, but it sure sounds good!


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:32 (one year ago) link

I was reading about the Peterloo Massacre and Wikipedia mentioned in passing that this band did a prog-rock epic about it. This is the first track on the archival release with that epic. Apparently these folks were championed by John Peel, to little effect, which is unfortunate because he did have some fairly decent taste in music. It's a strange archival record because the band stuck around even after Peel's attempt to promote them flopped and did a fair number of tracks in a more commercial hard rock style, which are also stuck on the record with no indication as to their recording dates - absolute curate's egg. Anyway this reminds me of the better parts of, say, Fresh Maggots, and is ripe for rediscovery. I'll have to check out the record of theirs Peel did get released.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 18 August 2018 16:13 (one year ago) link

ok, i'm digging deep into jimmie blanton's recordings. i recognize that i might be a slight bit late to the party on this one. good god, though, this version of "bakiff" is spectacular.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 19 August 2018 01:34 (one year ago) link

today i've been hitting the '60s and '70s funk and soul pretty hard. ran across a '72 record by a group called "madhouse" dedicated to telling richard nixon to go fuck himself. frankly a lot of political stuff ages poorly - i listened to a fair bit this morning, including a record by a group called "boscoe" that's _correct_ about everything they say (also, for instance, have been listening to the works of a guy named darrell banks, great soul musician who was shot to death by an off duty detroit cop in 1970, quelle fucking surprise) but not all sermons are created equal. spending ten minutes repeatedly telling the listener "god damn you" for having hope for the future isn't necessarily a good one.

this, on the other hand, this is some good shit (once you get past the parody opening). the message is as relevant today as it was in 1972. i expect it to be about as effective too.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:00 (one year ago) link

Somehow found my way to one of Yuzo Koshiro's DJ sets today. I think Magfest is some kind of gamer festival so he starts out with "Actraiser", which you can't even remotely dance to, but shit gets pretty hot pretty quick.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 19 August 2018 23:38 (one year ago) link

matchess has a new one! so naturally, i'm listening to this russian space rock band called "vespero". they have a comp with multiple faust covers, but they sound better when they're doing their own thing.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 20 August 2018 01:20 (one year ago) link

i'd never heard of this game before. nice music.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 August 2018 01:18 (one year ago) link

I did this online radio show. Do. I guess. It's on hiatus. It's just for fun, nobody listens to it, playlists based on certain themes. Title words are easy enough because they're searchable and I have enough to work from that I can get an hour out of just about anything. I did an hour of songs based around kitchen objects once. It wasn't the best hour of music ever but it was fun.

Anyway they're not real "dj mixes" because I could never be bothered with beat matching, continuous play has just never been that important to me, but here's a couple playlists I put together today. The "summer" one turned out way darker than I thought it would. Darker than any mix with "Hot Pants in the Summertime" on it has any right to be.


Walt Whitman - America (excerpt)
Bekon - America
Lonnie Holley - I Woke Up In A Fucked-Up America
Stevie Wonder - Jesus Children of America
Simon & Garfunkel - America
Byrne & Eno - America is Waiting
Bruce Haack - The American Eagle
Bill Parsons - The All American Boy
Caetano Veloso - Soy Loco Por Ti, America
La Femme - Welcome America
La Santa Cecilia - Mexico Americano
Haram - American Police
Ideal Free Distribution - The American Myth
The Butthole Surfers - American Woman (alt version)
V3 - American Face
Wilco - Ashes of American Flags
Lucio Battisti - La Nuova America
Vyto B - New America


Mike Taylor - Summer Sounds, Summer Sights
The Cosmic Rays - Summertime
Les Paul & Mary Ford - In The Good Old Summertime
Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness
Shelleyan Orphan - Midsummer Pearls & Plumes
Michael Giles - Midsummer Day
Joni Mitchell - The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Nariaki Obukuro - Summer Reminds Me
The Dramatics - Hot Pants in the Summertime
Bertrand Burgalat - This Summer Night
that dog. - One Summer Night
The Doors - Indian Summer (8-19-66)
Mark Eric - Where Do The Girls Of Summer Go?
Margaret Berger - I'm Gonna Stay After Summer
Smile Down Upon Us - Two Weeks Last Summer
Waves - Summer Sunday
Peter Hammill - Summer Song (In the Autumn)
Peter Laughner - Summertime Blues

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:30 (one year ago) link

plate of goddamned shrimp


would've hit my "america" mix if i'd heard it twelve hours earlier

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:54 (one year ago) link

That's lovely.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:12 (one year ago) link

Today I've been feeling shred music of the late renaissance and early baroque. So there was this guy Rognoni who came up with this style of music called "viola bastarda", which was a more shred-oriented variation on the viola da gamba music of the day. Interesting thing about this piece is that he actually wrote it with three different difficulty levels. It feels kind of like a late 16th century equivalent of "Rock Band"!


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 31 August 2018 23:10 (one year ago) link

here's a band playing a soul jazz arrangement of a "streets of rage" tune in a new york city bar. great atmosphere.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 September 2018 16:21 (one year ago) link

was digging around in the "freak folk" rym charts and this popped up. it's an '80s proggy avant garde brazilian record but it's not really vanguarda paulista. it's mostly just strange. a smidge tribal, but tribal in a way that doesn't stop them from doing songs in tribute to stravinsky. maybe reminds me a little of el polen? i don't know.


Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 2 September 2018 19:02 (one year ago) link

i am not a musician but lately i find myself drawn to videos with titles like "Cadential Diminished Chords are So Dope!", not because i understand it but because i don't. so from there i found my way over to this super-hipster new york big band jazz using irrational time signatures. their album just came out, it's produced by darcy james argue. i'm a total sucker for this kind of shit.


milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:11 (one year ago) link

oh, and krock is right, that synth solo is fucking amazing

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:14 (one year ago) link

today i realized that the 5:4 website has recordings of pretty much all the prom premieres from the last nine years out there so i've been delving into it bigtime

which explains why i am listening to a mixtape of enoch light deep cuts


i've been meaning to get more into enoch light for some time now, just what i needed.

but that just-premiered daphne oram piece is fucking great too, don't get me wrong

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Sunday, 9 September 2018 03:05 (one year ago) link

oh, cool, i somehow got youtube to recommend me this random pow-wow record after i spent a couple minutes looking up kyrgyz folk music. intense shit. more of this please and fewer videos attempting to explain to me the TRUE PURPOSE of the pyramids (i mean, we all know it's ufo grain storage, don't we?)


milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Sunday, 9 September 2018 03:11 (one year ago) link

this album makes me wish i understood portuguese


milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:27 (one year ago) link

here's a cash-in anonymous cover record of alice cooper circa "billion dollar babies", released on 8-track only, in case you wanted to hear these classic cuts at the wrong speed


milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Monday, 17 September 2018 01:40 (one year ago) link

oh hey here's a spanish-language knockoff cover of "i'm not in love"


milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:06 (one year ago) link


fwiw I never really liked that song anyway. Also "Herve" is a name I always find a little funny.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:27 (one year ago) link

i'm in full agreement with you re: i'm not in love, man alive

i like some stuff by godley and creme, though. not their triple record bloat-fest. well, bits of their triple-record bloat fest. i'm more taken with their music for that benson & hedges ad. (have i posted that here?) it's more _concise_.

"lol" is a funnier name than "herve".

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:57 (one year ago) link

I decided I needed to listen to more Rumba Flamenca. Didn't like most of it. Thin, underproduced. Loved Los Chicos, though. Crazy ultra-'70s late-Franco shit. Up-front, punchy, thoroughly gauche - this is my jam.


milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:36 (one year ago) link

I like that the song's all about she's going to leave him and the background dancers are all "yes, and we shall leave BY BIKE"

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:15 (one year ago) link

yeah it's super-stylin'. the preview screenshot really says it all.

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:39 (one year ago) link

here are 80 minutes or so of my favorite songs with the word "puppet" or "marionette" in the title, in celebration of my finding out that there was a super-expanded reissue of dendo marionette's ep last year

abba - i'm a marionette
raccomandata ricevuta ritorno - un palco di marionette
horacee arnold - puppett of the seasons
charlie looker - puppet
alport astazio and the kwana-moto band - odoli (puppets)
amy x neuberg and men - naked puppets
metallica - master of puppets
sleepytime gorilla museum - puppet show
dendo marionette - dendo marionette
bernard estardy - marionettes club
akina nakamori - marionette
eternal void - pirates puppet
bob drake - funeral march of the marionette
harmonic 33 - marionette

you should check out the metallica track if you haven't heard it, it's one of their better songs, kind of long though

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 22 September 2018 23:12 (one year ago) link


here's a song by Herbert Joos from his 1974 album THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE FLUEGELHORN. great title, great cover, great music!

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Sunday, 23 September 2018 00:25 (one year ago) link

Doing the obsessive listening thing again. Probably shouldn't. Most of the stuff that gets featured on Bandcamp I wind up liking. David Bowlin, Moor Mother, um, I forget what else. Did you know 4mat put out a new record two weeks ago? I've been listening to his stuff since the early '90s. I guess I haven't really "grown up with him", but it kind of feels like it? I liked his stuff when I was a kid who was into MOD files, and I like his stuff even better now.


tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Friday, 1 November 2019 04:57 (five months ago) link

I can't walk so I'm just listening to more deep cut Dead boots. Didn't think I liked Scarlet->Fire until I heard the 1979-11-01 performance. Stuff like Barton Hall... it's so TASTEFUL and CLASSY. If I wanted to hear that shit I wouldn't be listening to the Dead.

So here's something that's not entirely tasteful or classy. I never really knew where the old murder ballad "Rain and Snow", what the Dead used to open their shows with, came from... turns out there's this banjo folkie from the Smoky Mountains by the name of Obray Ramsey who brought it to wider knowledge in '61. Guy was apparently fairly well known in the revival scene of the day but seems thoroughly forgotten right now... which is a shame because he seems like he was a big influence on Sam Amidon in particular. Anyway, in the late '60s somebody get the idea, seeing how all the hippies were into that shit, to repackage Ramsay as a "rock musician" so there was a band called White Lightnin'. They appeared on the soundtrack to the misbegotten cult film "Zachariah" in '71. Before then, though, the producer had a guy named Len Novy cut a "rock" version of "Cold Rain and Snow" for his record. Obray Ramsey isn't around but Byard Ray shows up on fiddle:


tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Sunday, 10 November 2019 23:21 (four months ago) link

this is a really cool comp, opens with the original “rain and snow”:


brimstead, Monday, 11 November 2019 01:28 (four months ago) link

Cool Robert Crumb cover.

earlnash, Monday, 11 November 2019 01:43 (four months ago) link

I was looking for copies of the Wheel of Fortune pilots featuring a drunk Edd "Kookie" Byrnes and I ran across Pea Hix's Youtube channel. This is a pretty nice disco acetate he posted. There's also a link to a stylophone trio he wrote on Soundcloud that I recommend heartily, but this up-tempo disco jam is the one that grabs me.


tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Sunday, 17 November 2019 16:34 (four months ago) link

i'm listening to this sam vosbikian oud solo from 1950 (it's the first song here, about one minute in https://eastriverstringband.com/radioshow/?p=2314 ) and it strikes me... is that a reggaeton beat? like, did old-time kef bands use reggaeton beats a lot? or am i just dreaming shit here?

tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 01:03 (four months ago) link

You'd have to work very hard to convince me that this version of "Shaft" isn't being recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia under a pseudonym.


Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 06:16 (four months ago) link

Here's one I threw together really quick:

You Have Been Warned

Rose Elinor Dougall - Strange Warnings
Moving Parts - Anti-Aircraft Warning
Mac Rebennack - Storm Warning
Boreal Network - This is a Tornado Warning
David Axelrod - Warning Talk, Part Three
Boards of Canada - Energy Warning
Kazuki Muraoka - Warning Siren
Breakmaster Cylinder - Spill Bass/Tomato Warning
The Armed - Parody Warning
Game Theory - Time Warner
Snakefinger - Friendly Warning
Soul Camel - Horsehead Nebula (another warning light)
Alec Lambert - God is Already Warning Us
Monster Magnet - Look To Your Orb For The Warning
Macabre (Pentagram) - Be Forewarned
Talking Heads - Warning Sign
Giant Ant Farm - Eva's Warning
Caribou Vibration Ensemble feat. Marshall Allen - A Final Warning

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:34 (four months ago) link

my brother is like "maybe one day you will get into hardcore" and honest to god i try but i gave it another shot today and the record that stuck out most to me was a polish christian record with a french horn player on it, which, like, i don't think is what he was hoping i'd get into?

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 28 November 2019 00:00 (four months ago) link

Update: I did finally get into some hardcore. Foundation's "When The Smoke Clears" is a good record.

In the meantime... it's Christmas time! I hate Christmas music. I have a significant collection nonetheless, but it's all terrible music that's not at all in the "spirit of the season" and that nobody wants to hear.

This record is not terrible but nobody wants to hear Jimmy "Duck" Holmes (whose latest record was recommended by Ted Gioia on his 2019 longlist) singing "Christmas Alone" in December. Nobody but me.


Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 5 December 2019 01:43 (four months ago) link

I'm just fucking exhausted, I socially transitioned this week and it has been great but I am really tired. Too tired to do anything really but write about music.

My CD of Mellotron demos came in the mail yesterday and I sort of fell into a hole from there. Next thing I knew I was watching this performance by Lisa Bella Donna.


I know it's a stereotype for people like me to be into analog synths. I don't mind fitting a stereotype. Honestly I'm lucky to have gotten into the Mellotron first, because there's never been any "entry level" access to those. Under other circumstances I might have a longstanding habit of spending more than I can afford on circuit bending. Also helping: My dyspraxia - doing the craft type stuff, soldering or changing out oscillators or any of that shit, is something I've avoided because doing hardware computer stuff was stressful and difficult enough for me with my dexterity issues.

The issue with this sort of stuff is it's so easy to substitute gear for talent (looking at you, The Edge), and the result of this glut of decent-but-not-great material means that I don't spend a lot of time listening to Berlin School stuff. If I like a piece of music, I want to listen to it more than once, to really absorb myself in it, and most of this stuff, there's no reason to do that. Exceptions are some of the old Tangerine Dream and Redshift's s/t.

I ca see myself doing this with Lisa Bella Donna's stuff. Some of it at least. She's got like five albums out this year and I'm not going to listen to all of them, but she does seem more than usually talented to my ears.

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 7 December 2019 15:48 (four months ago) link

I've been having a rough time of it so I didn't get to post any music this weekend, even though I have some I wanted to post. Youtube is also half-convinced I am a bot which complicates things somewhat. Anyway here is Angel Witch on East German television in 1981:


Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:23 (three months ago) link

So anyway here's the thing, I got a couple things to tell you about here. Earlier this year I read a book on requiems and there was some really good stuff in there... I paid attention to an offhand mention of Ukrainian Valentin Bibik's piano variations on Dies Irae. It's up on Youtube and so is some of his other stuff... I was taken with this piece, apparently from a longer cycle, "In The White Night".


Another thing I've gotten into over the last couple days is Curt Boettcher... I didn't know about the new comp, and listening to it got me off on a rabbit hole. I listened to this extensive career overview fan comp called "I've Got To Love Somebody...". I don't know anything more about it except that while it's not perfect there's some excellent stuff on it. I was particularly taken by this seven-song run at the end of disc 2:

Curt Boettcher - It's a Sad World (solo piano)
Tommy Roe - It's Now Winter's Day
The Plastic People - This Life of Mine
Lee Mallory - Many Are the Times
Friar Tuck - A Bit of Gray Lost
Bobby Jameson - See Dawn
The Ballroom - Baby, Please Don't Go

Whoever sequenced these did a fantastic job. It's just a completely knockout sequence of downer Boettcher.

Through that comp I also got into some records I hadn't previously heard about, the Eternity's Children LP, which just hits all the right spots for me, and the Moses Lake record. I can see how some people might find the Moses Lake record too "wacky" but to me it's amazing, Boettcher's production at its best applied to a heavier, more rock band rather than his typical sunshine pop metier. Their 15-minute adaptation of the first (I think) creation story from Genesis deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Aphrodite's Child's "666", IMO. And that's followed up with a completely kick-ass adaptation of "The Hollow Men"...

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 18 December 2019 00:55 (three months ago) link

ok it is still early but here is my 2019 list as of 2019-12-17, i'll probably find some more stuff after this but i have some time to kill now so. this includes reissues, archival, whatever, just whatever is in my tags.

regal & alien rain - acid affair ep
Andreas Söderström & Rickard Jäverling - Adelsö
algiers - void
europa ritrovata - affect is no crime
smallpeople - afterglow
r. stevie moore - afterlife
vanishing twin - the age of immunology
hermann nitsch - albertina quartett
ptu - am i who i am
moor mother - analog fluids of solid black holes
yugen blakrok - anima mysterium
craig leon - anthology of interplanetary music vol. 2: the canon
v/a - aor global sounds vol. 4
death and vanilla - are you a dreamer?
sudan archives - athena
john hartford - backroads, rivers & memories: the rare and unreleased john hartford
low leaf - baker's dozen
ilyas ahmed - behold killers
upper reality - best of upper reality
jards macale - besta fera
david bowlin - bird as prophet
jute gyte - birefringence
the black heart death cult - s/t
black market drugs - brain science
v/a - bulawayo blue yodel
vilma vritra - burd
cherushii & maria minerva - s/t
cheer-accident - chicago xx
lucas gillan's many blessings - chit-chatting with herbie
田中裕梨 - city lights 2nd season
katarra parson - cocoa voyage
the 180 gs - the commercial album
arziv orchestra - complete recordings of a 1940s philadelphia kef band
l'orange & jeremiah jae - complicate your life with violence
shasta culta - configurations
ancient pools - cosine
floating points - crush
lizzo - cuz i love you
jimmy "duck" holmes - cypress grove
miho hazama - dancer in nowhere
jacques greene - dawn chorus
ben monder - day after day
de lorians - s/t
disentomb - the decaying light
aldous harding - designer
olli hirvonen - displace
lingua nada - djinn
rustin man - drift code
fort romeau - dweller on the threshold
frank harris & maria marquez - echoes
MMMD - egoismo
afrosideral - el olimpo de los orishas
v/a - electro acholi kaboom from northern uganda
edward bogosian - everything is fake: armenian folk music in nyc in the 1940s
96 back - excitable, girl
ron geesin - expozoom
hyper john & muzeumvisitor - falling for you
eric le sage - faure: nocturnes
papisa - fenda
jack quartet - filigree: music of hannah lash
ronin arkestra - first meeting
jaimie branch - fly or die ii: bird dogs of paradise
North Sea Radio Orchestra;John Greaves;Annie Barbazza - folly bololey: songs from robert wyatt's rock bottom
kokoko! - fongola
octo octa - for lovers
blaquestone - full circle
jucifer - futility
v/a - gabberdisco origins 01
marie spaemann - gap
ustad saami - god is not a terrorist
liniker e os caramelows - goela abaixo
liturgy - haqq
skander - harakat
rodan - the hat factory 93
fort romeau - heaven & earth
meara o'reilly - hockets for two voices
sevish - horixens
hama - houmeissa
Max Andrzejewski's HÜTTE - HÜTTE and guests play the music of robert wyatt
rrose - hymn to moisture
shinichiro yokota - i know you like it
emerson - if you need me, call me
Zdeněk Liška - ikarie xb-1
toyohiko satoh - iki
ill considered - ill considered 6
sunwatchers - illegal moves
anne leilehua lanzilotti - in manus tuas
xoth - interdimensional invocations
arthur russell - iowa dream
otoboke beaver - itekoma hits
lifafa - jaago
fredfades & jawn rice - jacuzzi boyz
raphael saadiq - jimmy lee
jonny dillon - s/t
gianluigi trovesi - la misteriosa musica della regina loana
fet.nat - le mal
gary gritness - the legend of cherenkov blue
the toms - life raft
christopher tignor - a light below
minami deutsch and damo suzuki - live at roadburn
oranssi pazuzu - live at roadburn 2017
ccr - live at woodstock
zeal & ardor - live in london
king crimson - live in newcastle, december 8, 1972
curt boettcher - looking for the sun
lost crowns - s/t
dreamcast & burymeinamink - the lost tape vol. 2
white ward - love exchange failure
raveena - lucid
dominique guiot - l'univers de la mer
Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi - Marynistyka suchego lądu
sisso - mateso
little brother - may the lord watch
spellling - mazy fly
patrick cowley - mechanical fantasy box
deafkids - Metaprogramação
the black egg - mind control losers
monokle & al-90 - mindperfection
radiohead - minidiscs (hacked)
4mat - modern closure
houssam gania - mosawi swiri
the micky sound - ndege ya mabua peku peku mitaani
grandmaster masese - new african soundz singles no. 1
rose elinor dougall - a new illusion
kaina - next to the sun
tyme/tatsuya yamada - no one like you and me
v/a - numerous agnomens vol. iii
v/a - nyatiti singles vollume 1
Oren Ambarchi, Mark Fell, Will Guthrie & Sam Shalabi - oglon day
tc4 - ola
that dog. - old lp
tomeka reid quartet - old new
angel bat dawid - the oracle
hysteric - oz wave edits 83-87
black moth super rainbow - panic fades
betonkust & palmbomen ii - parallel b
call super - peach 007
purple pilgrims - perfumed earth
elza soares - planeta fome
tomb mold - planetary clairvoyance
el irreal veintiuno - poliformo
wiktor stribog - poradnik usmiechu ost
v/a - post now: round one - chicago vs. new york
v/a - powder in space
go: organic orchestra - ragmala
koffee - rapture
octo octa - resonant body
rick white & eiyn sof - the opening
Gooooose - rusted silicon
fovea hex - the salt garden iii
v/a - seito: in the beginning, woman was the sun
nicola cruz - siku
stein urheim - simple pieces & paper cut-outs
partch - sonata dementia
envelope generator - songs i hate
yosi horikawa - spaces
riot ensemble - speak, be silent
hiromi - spectrum
carola ortiz - spirala
sun ra - the spirit of jazz cosmos arkestra at WUHY 1978
behavior - spirits & embellishments
legowelt - star simulator
shnabubula - super rite of spring
clipping. - there existed an addiction to blood
seba kaapstad - thina
helado negro - this is how you smile
v/a - the time for peace is now: gospel music about us
sankara - total liberation of the human race
ben ritz - trope insurance
"blue" gene tyranny & peter gordon - trust in rock
joe armon-jones - turn to clear view
Širom - a universe that roasts blossoms for a horse
barker - utility
vagabon - s/t
reptaliens - valis
blackwater holylight - veils of winter
mach-hommy - Wap Konn Jòj!
guerilla toss - what would the odd do?
solange - when i get home
no moon - where do we go from here?
krallice - wolf
loona - x x
wednesday campanella & oorutaichi - yakushima treasure
janan sawa - yema
wxyz - yiy
apparatus - yonder yawns the universe
bent knee - you know what they mean
charly bliss - young enough
kaisyn holamkhanov - zhuuk baraiym katynga
cucina povera - zoom
長谷川白紙 - エアにに
khana bierbood - strangers from the far east
polkadot stingray - 有頂天
3776 - 歳時記
phillip nangle - 2 karimba 3 octave
charlie koffeen presents j dilla's donuts - 2019-02-09 chicago
26 bats! - s/t
v/a - 30 years of rage part 1-4
nkisi - 7 directions
sakanaction - 834.194
collider - -><-
michael robinson - spirit lady
octo octa - i wanna tell you a story about house
spanky rogers - racing through time
paris strother - dream catcher
david briggs - symphonie improvisee on three welsh themes
davila 666 - huesos viejos
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek - oy oy emine
nathan moody - chrysalis

my new year's resolution was to listen to less new music this year than i did last year. i think i've actually accomplished it... though i could still blow it in the next two weeks.

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 18 December 2019 03:22 (three months ago) link

i have a hard time finding good mod music because most of the people on the tracker communities right now hate techno! it seems like all they want out of mod files is some fucking hans zimmer fake orchestra shit. for me i feel like a lot of the more innovative stuff is buried under this sort of thing. anyway, i gave it another go and found a good post-peak one, yuki satellites by radix. this one is apparently from '99 and first circulated as a bootleg mp3... it's actually bigger in mp3 than it is in tracker format, because the guy kind of went overboard with the samples. anyway this is quality shit, i'd love to hear more tracker stuff like this and the "speedball 2" theme and "aryx".


Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:31 (three months ago) link

my new year's resolution was to listen to less new music this year than i did last year. i think i've actually accomplished it... though i could still blow it in the next two weeks.

judging from your list you must have listened to a lot of stuff. is there any possibility to burn all those albums - of which i know only a handful - down to a top ten?

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 20 December 2019 05:53 (three months ago) link

honestly, if i could do ten i would, because that long list... it's not useful, i know it's not useful. too much information, not enough context. i know it's not useful because i see lists like that and they are of no use to me. the ten best? there isn't such a thing, i'd be throwing darts at the list at random. i can give you one record that has meant more to me than anything else, and that is resonant body by octo octa, but beyond that it's just what sort of music you feel like listening to. what i'd like to do, more than a list, is to blurb each and every one of those, give a brief encapsulation of what they're about, so someone looking to explore has more than words that mean nothing to go by. but i don't have the time, or the words, to do any of these records justice, not really. these are all records that have at some point grabbed me before words, they grabbed me, and i can't tell you why they did and the records i've heard that aren't on this list didn't, i can't tell you which of these will grab you, and if you don't have time for it you'll probably wind up skipping it entirely, i know because that's what i do with these sorts of lists when other people make them. i had 45 minutes and i wanted to practice my typing.

how about this. you pick ten and ask me about them and i'll tell you. how's that sound?

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 21 December 2019 01:16 (three months ago) link

that is an interesting way to escape the question. i listened to octo octa and it turned out that it is not the kind of music that interests me. electronic music in general i find difficult to love. the problem always being the repetitiveness, the lack of variation especially in the realm of micro-sound. anyways i give you my album of the year. it is an album about instant gratification, a spectacular pop album, voices from the heavens, melodies that totally leave me speechless and kill me. an almost perfect piece of music. Girl by Girl Ray.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 21 December 2019 20:18 (three months ago) link

i wasn't dodging the question, i just didn't give you the answer you were looking for :)

i used to have the same reaction to electronic music - couldn't take the repetition - but as i've listened to more music i come to understand that repetition is at the heart of all music, and the only difference is what the _nature_ of the repetition is. this girl ray record, i am listening to it now, and of course it repeats, like all music repeats, and if you acclimate to it you eventually don't hear it, don't notice it, and hear the change rather than the consistency. it's funny that you say that it's in "micro-sound" that it lacks variation, because to me that's where the variation comes - these are programmed patterns, programmed to be perfect and precise in their individual effect, and it's the combinations that drift, i don't know, maybe in a sort of "in c" sense except more controlled. there's greater economy of language in a lot of the best electronic music, the difference between a poem and a novel, but to get there you have to take the repetition for what it's there for, limbic shit or whatever.

it kind of disappoints me that cis people (and a lot of trans people, for that matter) seem to not hear in "resonant body" what i do, having struggled so long with invisibility to finally hear this record that puts it all out there and affirms and celebrates who we are and it's, i don't know, apparently a fucking dog-whistle or something, people will hear it and just not have any idea what it has to do with being trans.

ah well.

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 21 December 2019 20:49 (three months ago) link

anyway girl ray is nice but doesn't grab me especially, it strikes me as being one of those records with a terroir to it, like i'd get it more if i was english. there's some records that are like that for me, having spent a long time in the american midwest a band like my morning jacket or wilco means something to me that it probably wouldn't otherwise

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 21 December 2019 20:51 (three months ago) link

Lots of great stuff in this thread.

a couple weeks ago i decided to listen to every band i could find named "collage". my favorite was this estonian folk/jazz combo. estonian vocal harmonies and soul jazz, what a combo!
― Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:34 (one year ago)

No way, they're one of my favorite groups.'Kadriko' is even better. hyper.records in Estonia put out a 2CD comp with their entire discography, minus 2 songs, plus a bunch of unreleased stuff. It's a real gem...

Deflatormouse, Saturday, 21 December 2019 20:58 (three months ago) link

oh thanks! is that parimad lood? will have to check it out!

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 21 December 2019 21:05 (three months ago) link

That's the one!

Deflatormouse, Saturday, 21 December 2019 21:12 (three months ago) link

thanks for your answer rusho. i think i didn't express myself very well concerning electronic music and repetition. what you say is absolutely true most music relies on repetition of patterns and structures, that is normal and something i do not criticize. what i mean is the nature of electronic sound which to me is like a two dimensional area compared to the three dimensional space acoustic music and natural, untreated voices represent. most electronic sounds, especially the beat patterns are always identical, for me listening to them is a torture almost as if my head was subject to a small hammer hitting the skull at exactly the same position for hundreds of times. a human drummer will never be as "perfect", there will be minimal variations in his drumming, on a micro-tone level every hit on the drum kit will sound slightly different. that is what makes music made by humans so lively and attractive for me. whereas most electronic music to my ears sounds cold and dead and boring. that's probably why i never got house and techno. there are exceptions though, for example boards of canada. the reason might br their use of analog synthesizers and that their tunes are often not very beat orientated.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 23 December 2019 21:31 (three months ago) link

honestly i think i can relate to what you're saying, i did used to view electronic music that way, and over time i've just found different ways of listening. like when you listen to "peter and the wolf" david bowie introduces all the different instruments to you with their different motifs and sometimes i can sort of shift to hearing the individual performances but sometimes i get overtaken by the gestalt, the interactions, i _stop hearing_ the separate instruments, getting into that, you know, flow state.

that's the point of any repetition to me, it's learning what to ignore, what not to think about or process consciously, it's listening to "time has come today" without being driven crazy by the motherfucking cowbell (i don't think it's "humans" vs. "machines" per se). humans are surprisingly capable of acclimating to all kinds of things. i have personally found serious benefits to acclimating to electronic beats.

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 02:32 (three months ago) link

Fuck it I'm just gonna go way too deep on this one, or try at least (this all made a lot more sense at 5 AM before I got out of bed).

I used to say that my goal was to like all music, which made people look at me like I was stupid or something, and in truth it was a lazy overgeneralization. It's more that if I care about or respect someone, I want to love what they love. (Back when I said I wanted to like all music I also wanted to care about and respect everyone, which I've kind of given up on.)

When I was really young I used to judge people based on what music they listened to, like I wasn't sure I could date someone who liked Phil Collins or whatever. Now it's the reverse - I judge music based on who loves it.

I know for a lot of people it's not necessarily like that, it's more a "you like what you like (shrug)" thing. For me, ah, I feel like it goes back to Captain Beefheart.

The first time I heard "Trout Mask Replica" I heard about what most people without a thorough grounding in bottleneck blues and free jazz hear in it - some dude yelling over a bunch of noise. I put in a lot of work to hear something else. In retrospect I don't think my motivations for that were good. It was sort of classic troll logic, some clever dudes saying "Oh you probably aren't smart enough to get it", to which the rational and appropriate response is "Oh, fuck you", but at that time I very much wanted to be a Clever Dude and felt the need to prove that I was smart enough to "get it". Also I had paid full price for that CD, fifteen dollars, and I wasn't going to let that money go to waste, and also I had like three other CDs, so it was that, or Dark Side of the Moon, or listen to the radio which played nothing but The Sign and One Of Us on a constant loop - I like The Sign but I don't need to hear it every fifteen minutes.

Eventually after listening to about it 50 times (because my time was cheap back then) I slowly pieced it together that there was, in fact, more to it than some dude yelling over a bunch of noise, and that experience - I guess that trauma, because seriously you have to be kind of a fucked up person to willingly listen to Trout Mask Replica 50 times even though you don't really like it - has colored the way I experience music ever since.

I guess that never means I'll be a true poptimist, because I listen to any pop music as if it was fucking "Trout Mask Replica", as if it's some sort of mysterious puzzle I need to solve, but I'll also, you know, listen to it, because I've moved on from trying to be a Clever Dude. Learning to enjoy Trout Mask Replica was, in large part, a process of unlearning a lot of the unwritten assumptions and beliefs I had about how music was supposed to work. To get what the band was doing I basically had to teach myself Beginner's Mind, and having stumbled my way into some approximation of that skill I do find it a useful one to practice, and I've found it applies to pretty much any kind of music.

I'm limited in a lot of ways in what I can do, in what I can feel, but after decades of work I find that I can, with effort, learn to love pretty much any damn music if I put enough work into it. Other sorts of empathy come a lot harder, but if I can love the music someone else loves, well, it's a start.

And I feel like it works the other way around, as well. That's why I have one album I really recommend from 2019 and not ten, because I feel, rightly or wrongly, that if someone can hear what I hear in "Resonant Body" that they will understand me, understand my experience as a trans woman, in a way that's impossible to communicate any other way.

OK, that's probably enough digging for now.

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 16:13 (three months ago) link

OK, back to actual music. I don't know how I got here exactly but this Czech song is one of the most aggressively unfunky takes on "You Should Be Dancing" I could possibly imagine. It is at least fairly psychedelic, especially with the way OTT vocal echo.


The side bar (I am browsing in porn mode, which I do more and more these days just because Google will take anything I say and take it way out of context or completely get its keywords confused and start giving me news about transalpine Gaul or some shit) went on to recommend me something by "100 Monkeys", who I thought I recognized but it turned out I was mixing them up with 100 Flowers.

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Wednesday, 25 December 2019 22:52 (three months ago) link

ok happy new year everybody tell me your favorite songs about WIZARDS

like "good wizard meets naughty wizard"

or "northlands old and toothless wizard" by eno (not that eno)

it's a new year and i need some fucking WIZARD JAMS

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 00:40 (three months ago) link

fuck it i can't wait any longer, here is my roughly hour-long mix of wizard jams

inside - wizzard king
sorcery - wizard's council
scanner - wizard force
albert ayler - the wizard
lone taxidermist - dribble wizard
shuttah - the wizard
the aquarian age - good wizard meets naughty wizard
the sun also rises - wizard shep
rondellus - magus (the wizard)
jessika kenney & eyvind kang - witch and the wizard
magma - maahnt (wizard's fight vs. the devil)
jake kaufman - the science wizard (explodatorium)
eno - northlands old and toothless wizard

the power metal -> free jazz segue is slightly, uh, daring, but that's one of the hazards of being me

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 01:17 (three months ago) link

no place for Emperor "i am the black wizards" nor for "We're off to see the wizard"?

Siegbran, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 13:41 (three months ago) link

"i am the black wizards" is classic for sure but i never got much into first wave black metal, go fig. for "we're off to see the wizard" i was tempted by aunto molly urso's disco version of "over the rainbow" which goes into "we're off to see the wizard" a bit, but i decided against it

i also am enjoying j.d. emmanuel's "wizards" from '82, which is peak new age/berlin school shovelware (the berlin school as a whole is a good argument for the proposition that music should be difficult to make)

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 20:38 (three months ago) link

OK here's what I've been up to.

1970s TV news themes. I'm a fiend for them. I know it's weird, it's detritus and the kind of people who are into this sort of stuff... like if you think I'm not right in the head, I get that.

Like, here's the thing I am backed up on this by a blog post on CityLab, which is as far as I can tell a reputable site, calling this "The World's Greatest Local TV News Theme". Right here.


It's "Move Closer To Your World", and it was written by a guy by the name of Al Ham, who is like a legend in TV news themes, like the TV news equivalent of somebody like Mike Post. Now that's not what I'm posting here today, because bear with me, his wife - his wife was a lady by the name of Mary Mayo, who is famous in certain _other_ circles for working with Dick Hyman on his "Moon Gas" LP. I'll be honest with you it took me a long time to come around to Dick Hyman beyond "boy that's an embarrassing name to have", and even when I did it was just "Moog - The Eclectic Electrics of Dick Hyman", which is the one that's sampled on Beck's "Odelay" and has that avant-garde moog cover of James Brown's "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose".

Anyway God knows this is the sort of music I need way more of in my life.

So here's the stereo version of "Moon Gas" by Dick Hyman and Mary Mayo:



Yesterday I did a list of some of my favorite jazz LPs from 1944-1970 and it was fun to write but I don't know there's enough interest for me to post another long list of random names.

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Monday, 6 January 2020 03:14 (three months ago) link

OK wait. So in 1976 somebody decided to get Lesley Gore back together with Quincy Jones for a comeback record, which of course means a disco record. Like, you can tell that's probably not going to turn out well, sure. But did the leadoff single have to be so, well, stalkery? "Sometimes I watch you sleep?" And then there's the cover, for which some brilliant art director took a perfectly ordinary picture of Ms. Gore and decided to go all Diamond Dogs with it. That was not a good idea! That was really not a good idea!

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Monday, 6 January 2020 04:07 (three months ago) link

Here is a random record by someone named Iya Khan called "Spaceman". It has never been sold on Discogs, but Discogs says it was released in 1985 and that Iya Khan has not released any other records. The B-side is called "Fat Girls". I have not heard the B-side.


revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 January 2020 00:44 (two months ago) link

Here's a quick one. Can't remember why I threw it together.

Pylon - Working Is No Problem
Captain Beefheart - Hard Workin' Man
Rush O))) - Working Man Slow Edit
Charming Hostess - Won't You Keep Us Working?
DEVO - Working in a Coalmine (Hardcore)
Fonzi Thornton - I Work For A Living (Nile Rodgers Long Version)
Mr. Airplane Man - I Work Hard
Otoboke Beaver - 6 Day Working Week Is A Pain
Rex Griffin - You Gotta Go To Work
Jesse Gould - Out of Work
The Fall - Fit and Working Again
UJ3rk5 - Uj3rk5 Work For Police
Wild Man Fischer - I'm Working For The Federal Bureau of Narcotics
The Clash - Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad
Martin King - Working for the KGB (Extended)
Blue Orchids - Work

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:43 (two months ago) link

threw together an hour of cowboy songs a couple days ago but don't feel like posting the playlist, it was reasonably interesting but mostly it was just "oh yeah those are the musicians kate listens to all right".

so here's a musician i don't listen to


"dreidel" the lead single and leadoff track from don mclean's 1972 (or '73, sources differ) s/t lp, his follow-up to his hit record "american pie". it hit #21 and then dropped like somebody quit paying payola for it. i was surprised at how much i liked this song, considering that i kind of hate "american pie". it's not the best song ever - slightly overproduced, slightly overwritten (particularly the bridge), but genuine effort was put into it and it's under four minutes long.

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:34 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Trans Playlist #2: "I've Grown So Ugly", Robert Pete Williams

("Trans Playlist #1" was "September the Ninth" by Robert Wyatt and Alfreda Benge, not identified as such at the time)

"I've Grown So Ugly", a 1961 Robert Pete Williams song I first heard as performed by Captain Beefheart on his 1967 album "Safe as Milk", cuts to the heart of my experience with dysphoria. A combination of two things, really. One the one hand, the lyric "Grown so ugly I don't even know myself" perfectly encapsulates my experience of dissociation. On the other, the howling refrain "Baby, this ain't me" carries with it the emotional weight of dysphoria, the acute feeling of wrongness that can strike at any time.

Since I go obscure on these things, here's a live video from 1970 of Robert Pete Williams that turned up when I was looking for a stream of the song.


Kate (rushomancy), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:57 (one month ago) link

I just decided to randomly google "Action by Havoc" to see what turned up and came across this free jazz group. I'm really enjoying it!


Kate (rushomancy), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 04:43 (one month ago) link

Today I got a forward of one of those industry update emails. The top story was some undoubtedly splendid fellow from some undoubtedly splendid company talking about how the "silver lining" of the coronavirus was that it had great potential for expanding their customer base. At the bottom of the email was a quote by Wassily Kandinsky:

"An empty canvas is a living wonder... far lovelier than certain pictures."

He also is quoted as saying:

"The more frightening the world becomes ... the more art becomes abstract."

Which I would paraphrase as "When shit gets real, the real gets abstract." But maybe Kandinsky said it better, in whatever language he said it in.

It had me thinking about Kandinsky and my first encounter with the name, the final long track on a compilation of New York downtown jazz from the early '90s called "Live at the Knitting Factory". I bought the CD for the Doctor Nerve and Negativland tracks but the Brandon Ross track, though I seldom listened to it, helped me understand this artist whose pictures I had never seen.

Here is a more recent track by Ross with Stomu Takeishi. It evokes the same sort of mood as I remember that song evoking.


Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 February 2020 22:21 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

So I think I will just say here that my friend Sedric and I have started a blog... my hope is that by having a co-blogger it's not going to go the way of every other blog I've ever started, which is at some point I'm looking at a wall of nothing but my own words, panic, and run away. It's vaguely centered on the things we have in common - weird music, technological imperfections and "mistakes" in old media, breakdown of ludic narrative, and old Doctor Who which is sort of a nexus of all of those things.


Kate (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:42 (three weeks ago) link

Added to my rss feed!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:06 (three weeks ago) link

cool, i went on a bit of a tear yesterday and made three long posts, of which maybe 1 1/2 were music related. i'll try to keep this thread updated as well!

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:16 (three weeks ago) link

Will check; I always look fwd to your posts on ilx! Speaking of Brandon Ross, do you know his trio Harriet Tubman? Good stuff on youtube, bandcamp, and CDs. This was my gateway:
https://harriettubman.bandcamp.com/album/araminta He's also worked w Henry Threadgill, think this trio may have started as a subset of one of HT's ensembles.

dow, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:35 (three weeks ago) link

wadada leo smith guests on this? very nice!

i have barely touched ross's work, but i did find an album from '77 by "zenzile featuring marion brown". ross is on guitar, and stephen mccraven (makaya mccraven's dad) is on drums. i like this one a lot.

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:13 (three weeks ago) link

So the '50s classical thread introduced me to the work of Maurice Ohana... his guitar work was mentioned, specifically his 10-string pieces, which this isn't, but the performance is so captivating I felt like I needed to share.


Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 20 March 2020 02:43 (two weeks ago) link

ohana was a new discovery for me too, thanks for that video (also: killer outfit on the guitarist)

did you know that the sonny rollins tune “st. thomas” is based on a caribbean nursery song his mom used to sing him as a kid ? either i never knew or forgot, found out cuz i was listening to v/a “junkaboo band key west” (folkways 1964):


budo jeru, Friday, 20 March 2020 05:08 (two weeks ago) link

wow, that is really cool! i think i definitely never knew that. and yeah, i think white tie is just an amazing look and it's too bad that nobody ever wears it in practice (black tie rare enough these days!)

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 20 March 2020 13:18 (two weeks ago) link

more posts - the first part of a possibly-to-be-completed-much-later ramble about live grateful dead recordings, and a write-up on a video mixtape i did that i thought was super fucking long but it turns out is only 4000 words, so that's not too bad then!

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 23 March 2020 23:45 (two weeks ago) link

i’ve really been enjoying the blog, thanks for sharing here

budo jeru, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 00:46 (two weeks ago) link

glad you've enjoyed it!

i was working on a streaming playlist of old advertisements and in the process i dug up this advertisement for amoco's "nice clean petrol", which i'd lost somewhere in the archive and been trying to find for, i don't know, maybe a year - both a fascinating piece of corporate disinformation and a damn fine song. a double threat!


Kate (rushomancy), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

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