What are you listening to? 2022

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frohes neues!
once again
we enthuse our muse
while celebrating cover art of the ages

massaman gai (front tea for two), Tuesday, 4 January 2022 17:29 (two weeks ago) link

https://img.discogs.com/XYTG4idhhmEkMgAFu3bipvET0Hw=/fit-in/600x601/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-527562-1551372078-5910.jpeg.jpg kinda like a sten sandell solo ( lots of wheezy church org ) but with a dusty cobwebs pumice does NY minimalism vibe

massaman gai (front tea for two), Tuesday, 4 January 2022 19:42 (two weeks ago) link

Morbid Angel-Altars of Madness
Morbid Angel-Blessed are the Sick
Morbid Angel-Covenant
Morbid Angel-Domination
Morbid Angel-Entangled in Chaos
Morbid angel-Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Morbid Angel-Gateways to Annihilation
Morbid Angel-Kingdoms Disdained
Radiohead-Kid A

they were written with a ouija board and a rhyming dictionary (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 January 2022 04:57 (two weeks ago) link

THis week's listens were subject to a cd player that was refusing to read reliably which I've now corrected . Just took me taking the case off and wiping the lens with a qtip head of isopropyl alcohol and then clean teh excess of taht off and this cleared up totally. So wish I'd got it together earlier. Hadn't moved the player in a number of years so getting it out to a place where i could do that was a bit of a chore but seems to be worth it so far. Cd lens cleaning disc just didn't seem to get to the laser . I hadn't realised that had a shutter which might have added to that. Kept getting cds being skipped entirely and having one of these discs being acted as though it was the only one on the 3 changer. not playing onto the next one when it finished etc.

Official live set by New York Punk band from 1978 which is about my favourite year fro the band. This came out as a Rhino Handmade set nearly 2 decades ago. I had had a recording of the same show as a bootleg before that and this was a bit of an improvement in sound and completeness.
Catches them sounding really jagged, angular and exploratory. I Love thsi band live since they get pretty hypnotic in full flow.
Has material from throughout their career up to that point including a lengthy exploration of Little Johnny Jewel .
Was thinking earlier this week that that angularity did tend to stop this from sounding as classic rock as some detractors might posit.

2nd lp by Anadolu Pop brothers. THis gets really heavily fuzzed out in places in a really abrasive way. Combines earlier sonding western rock influences with traditional Turkish melodies and airs in a great way. I think I still need to further explore the scene this came from . It was something i had been interested in for years then read Anadolu Psych which I've since heard slagged so would be interested in other sources on the subject.

First disc of this By AEoC which is lps with shorter tracks. Combining a lot of historic jazz influences with a sense of wilder freedom.
UNfortunately this was the disc that was being skipped most.
But I do love the track A Jackson In Your HOuse more now than before. So will have to spend more time listening to this.
Picked it up in a FOPP about 5 years ago when they seemed to be having a deal on a lot of these Charly Actuel cds . Wish I'd got even more of this stuff at the time. Definitely want a copy of the much later Urban Bushmen anyway.

Stevolende, Thursday, 6 January 2022 10:55 (two weeks ago) link

^^ good run of albums there

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 6 January 2022 15:07 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking of xxxpost Rhino Handmade, a bunch of them are still available as mp3 sets (want Fugs, Television, prob more)(only one I have on CD: Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band's I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do:Live At My Father’s Place, 1978, which I got when it first came out and is very good duhhhh
Cliche listening choice for a rainy winter's day (3 times in a row, which never happens, and getting more into details and the overall each time)jazz-blues-r&b ballads, small group, female singer, that 60s-early 70s vibe extended even though new songs, yet the scene is now/you are there: Lady Blackbird's Black Acid Soul, which title I thought was just hype before listening, but recording set-brings out just enough hyperreal, dry edge to voice and baby grand piano, also occasional vibes, used for inst. on one track as piccolo bass-range drone, sparingly, countering the upright bass on that same and I think every other track. Eventually some variety of instruments and tempo (also the closing title track sees and raises previous sonic designs' increasingly bolder, splashier advance into the 21rst Century).
Stylish singing, writing, playing, recording never affected, always and increasingly affecting---that one you might be hearing on local public radio, that you're thinking (esp. w piano) might be written by Laura Nyro? Actually Tim Fuckin Hardin, and nothing like "If I Were A Carpenter," although I could imagine Blackbird (whose opener, "Blackbird," is not the Beatles') getting away with that too.

dow, Monday, 10 January 2022 02:35 (one week ago) link

Upright bass, I meant to say, is on every track (I think)

dow, Monday, 10 January 2022 02:38 (one week ago) link

recording set-up, I meant.

dow, Monday, 10 January 2022 02:39 (one week ago) link

xxxp aw yeah MILK ROCK!
https://img.discogs.com/fux77Z08nc2pa09TgcxdmWK5DkA=/fit-in/522x472/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-16398846-1607508181-6747.jpeg.jpg r.negro is up there with kris davis b delbecq j dumoulin etc. this is kinda RIO hermeto via post-punk erik satie. lovely

massaman gai (front tea for two), Monday, 10 January 2022 09:28 (one week ago) link

First lp by Jazz singer recorded in japan in 1974 a year after the Abbey Lincoln lp I was listening to a couple of weeks ago. INterestingm is that like a thing, black American female singer records in japan either as debut or after long gap since last recording session.
She i sbacked here by her husband Cecil playing a load of different instruments and his brother Ron on a similar array a couple of other Americans and a pair of japanese none of whom I know other recordings by. Pretty cool new thing /spiritual jazz and some interesting choices of covers.
This was reissued by Mr Bongo a couple of years ago right at a time i was getting intrigued to hear it. Do love the Afro Blue here.

Disc 1 of the New York noise band's reunion era album. NOt been listening to this enough and getting to hear this yesterday on a higher volume did enhance teh sound. Had been playing it a lot more quietly since last friday.
Verges on the psychedelic in places, has some long trancey sections. I think I need to sit down and listen through the whole reunion era .
& regret not going and seeing the band while it was around again. As i did when i watched the documentary.
I think what I'm hearing here ties in with what I loved specifically about the 1988 live shows .The loudest heaviest folk rock band in history. Glad they kept that as part of the sound.

Australian long hair garage/freakbeat band of a Pretty Things bent.
THis was a result of my having to move things around to repair my cd player. It has been sitting on a shel on the far side of my bed that I can't get to easily . I bought it in the mid 00ies direct from teh label Half A Cow. It is that kind of rough r'n;b garagey stuff as espoused by teh early pretty Things and teh Sonics and stuff. Some comparisons to some of teh Dutch bands of teh mid 60s like Q65 etc.
A nice compi anyway , 28 tracks including a few by earlier bands that developed into the main one.

Stevolende, Monday, 10 January 2022 10:11 (one week ago) link

Sorry should have double checked that
is the actual MIssing Links cd I've been playing. The cover is taken from teh lp they put outand Sundazed reissued.
BUt this mops up a lot more of their ouevre as well as that of pre bands
ONly thing on here taht i'm not a fan of is teh backward version of Keep Your Big Mouth shit which goes on too long.

Stevolende, Monday, 10 January 2022 10:29 (one week ago) link

Wow, just reading more about Ohana while listening... he composed a piece called "Sacral d'Ilx" (Rites of Ilx)!

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 06:20 (one week ago) link

like the henze^^^^ need to hear more ohana than the one piece of his i know.

no lime tangier, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 07:45 (one week ago) link


jimbeaux, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 17:08 (one week ago) link

I've owned or at least heard all the other Faces records, although it's been years, but somehow never their debut.


Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 19:35 (one week ago) link

not sure of the purpose of the bailey's foot contraption there?

no lime tangier, Thursday, 13 January 2022 03:42 (one week ago) link

& playing side 2 it would appear to be some kind of string bender

no lime tangier, Thursday, 13 January 2022 03:56 (one week ago) link


Heavy droney Irish trad based music. Sounds like it was influenced by a few external influences, drone may actually be heavy enough to come from Power Electronics or something but is Uillean pipes, bits of psychedelia and things also appear.
This is my introduction to the band really , though I think I may have heard tracks elsewhere. I did see the singer perform at a traveeler festival called Misleor that the Traveller society in the local University put on. She sang the lead off track here unaccompanioed and said she learnt it from a traveller in London who was realted to another person on the same panel.
I think i will be buying the other recentish lp by this lot. Glad I picked this one up first though maybe would have wanted to grab both anyway.

80s pop band from Leeds singles collection. I' don't think this is as comprehensive as it might have been but it is really enjoyable. I know i hada couple of singles and possibly the first lp back around the time they came out but didn't get heavily into them.
Picked this up a couple of weeks back in the same purchase as the Lankum. & now finding myself getting into it quite a biit.
Wish it did give dates of releases etc. Would like to see when development happened & so on. I find that Marc's voice is a lot stronger than I remembered it being from the time. Thought he was struggling a bit at first from memory. I know he became a pretty powerful singer later on.
Also interested to work out to what extent this was 2 people. Were tehy a band after a certain point. Quite enjoying the artificial sound in places and wondering how much of that is the one electronic keyboard Ball is playing. Also need to look up what his background was pre band. Oh yeah suddenly realised that Soft sell is an advertising term, I had been thinking that soft cell was something photographic for a short while.
Think I might look into getting hold of some more of their stuff now. This had just been a somewhat random item in a local shop's racks .

self titled release by jazz pianist's late 70s combo. Pretty avant and stuff while still showing some of its roots in passing.
Think I still need to expand on what I have by him and related.
noted coincidence that he is the artist 2 in a row from different posters

Stevolende, Monday, 17 January 2022 11:02 (three days ago) link

So far:

Autechre - AE LIVE LOS ANGELES 151015
Luke Stewart - Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier
Lee Morgan - The Complete Live at the Lighthouse
Sightings- Absolutes
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Laraaji - Sun Zither
Brian Eno - Compact Forest Proposal
The Fun Years - Baby, It’s Cold Inside
Elizabeth Veldon - adieu to old england, adieu,
Christina Giannone - Glazed Vision
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic
David Bowie - Low
Autechre - LP5
Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground
Eddie Harris - The In Sound
Taylor Deupree - Mur
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe
Kyle Flanagan - Stuck Inside
Kyle Flanagan - Studded Middle Finger
The Orb - Orbvs Terratvm
Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson
Christina Giannone - Zone 7 (promo)
Pavement - Terror Twilight Farewell Horizontal (promo)
Christina Giannone - Descend
Christina Giannone - The Portal
Dustdevils - Geek Drip
Khan Jamal - Infinity
Mike Mainieri Quartet - Blues on the Other Side
Gil Evans - Gil Evans & 10
Jonathan Richman - I, Jonathan
Olivia Block - Change Ringing
Earl Sweatshirt - SICK!
Merzbow - StereoAkuma
Spoon - Lucifer on the Couch (promo)

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 17 January 2022 11:53 (three days ago) link

(This is just albums played in full)

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 17 January 2022 11:57 (three days ago) link


Stevolende, whats the name of this?

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 17 January 2022 19:28 (three days ago) link

not sure

Lankum Between The Earth & The Sky
Soft cell
Cecil Taylor Unit

Stevolende, Monday, 17 January 2022 19:35 (three days ago) link

unless its older I'm getting my images displaying here and just got a weird text line from you

Stevolende, Monday, 17 January 2022 19:36 (three days ago) link

Michael B, that's the Lankum album.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 17 January 2022 19:59 (three days ago) link

right, didn't notice lack of title on cover.
last but one lp by them so far.
Between The Earth and the Sky

Stevolende, Monday, 17 January 2022 20:28 (three days ago) link

Disc 5 of the box set of the band that nhelped launch the mod revival. Comprised of alternative takes of tracks throughout their career.
Mainly got put on cos the rest of the box set is elsewhere, not sure where. I got this before I left Dublin so contents may be scattered in a load of places. I was prompted to listen to them from That Record Got Me High covering Setting Sons a couple of weeks back.
Hope I can find more fo teh set. Quite enjoying this.
They worked together quite well as a 3 piece anyway.

Dub reggae combo featuring Sly Dunbar among others. Largely instrumental but does havea few vocals.
This was the one disc by the band I found when looking. Want to hear more, particularly the cover of Watermelon man

2nd disc of box set by 60s mod group. Mainly soul influenced material and covers. They had a pretty powerful rhythm section which I'm not sure comes across clearly in the production, seems it's not the focus. Also the songs I've heard the originals of have been made a lotmore serene here, tend to be a lot rougher/rawer in the original. they were a pretty good harmony band with a great lead singer and Rickenbacker guitar which I think is more chorded than lead.
I really like the band and have done since the Edsel collection the Ultimate Action came out when i was like 14 years old, linernotes by Paul Weller though I put this on cos the box set has been sitting around my bedroom visibly for too long.
This is the stereo disc of their mod era stuff as opposed to the slightly later psychedelic stuff. It does have a few tracks taht are beginning to edge into psych . It's also material that was pretty much finished by George martin at around the time plus some demo/unfinished material as bonus.
very stylish

Stevolende, Thursday, 20 January 2022 17:16 (six hours ago) link

I dig your capsule reviews, Stevolende. I've checked out a number of artists based on them.

My standard morning routine is a jazz record, a blues record, and a rock record I've not heard before. Today's "jazz" find was closer to kitschy 50s pop, with accordion featured alongside guitar. Fortunately I love that stuff. Joe Puma's Wild Kitten has been re-released, and I find it hard to believe there are enough people who would want to own it to warrant a reissue.


Followed up with Memphis Slim's No Strain. Really nice piano blues record from 1961, featuring the undersung Lafayette Thomas on guitar on some tracks.


And Cricklewood Green by Ten Years After. I won't bother posting the cover as most have seen this record; I had never heard it before today.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:12 (five hours ago) link


Just heard them through my song of the day playlist. Just my jam, husky female vocals over droning guitars.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:57 (four hours ago) link

Ooh, this is nice for when I finally make it past the middle of last century, thanks!

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 20 January 2022 19:31 (three hours ago) link

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