Friday, February 24, 2017

Ga'an ‎– Ga'an (2009, Usa)

This Chicago band's self-titled debut has been floating around since 2009 in a cruelly limited cassette-­only edition (why not go for eight-track next time, folks?), but early this year it got a fine vinyl reissue on the local Captcha label; I don't know what I expected to happen when these dark cosmic incantations became more widely available, but I'll admit I was the tiniest bit surprised when all heaven failed to break loose. Ga'an frequently and not without reason attract comparisons to Magma, Goblin, and Popol Vuh, and their debut's six longish tracks pulse, snake, and clatter—they're fond of meters built on sevens—beneath the chants and wails of vocalist and keyboardist Lindsay Powell, who reminds me ever so slightly of Grace Slick. It's cultish, occult, and thoroughly hypnotic—music for communing with a technologically advanced outer-space mushroom god, or for soundtracking a movie about same. The band, a quartet when Ga'an was recorded, is now a trio: Powell, who also plays solo as Fielded, and original drummer Seth Sher, who's never a mere timekeeper, have been joined by Tyson Torstensen on bass and synth. This lineup will release an album called Black Equus on Captcha in late summer or early fall, once the cover art's ready—the band will have homemade cassette copies tonight—and the new material delivers on the promise of Ga'an's stunning debut. The nearly 20-minute "Call of the Black Equus" in particular has a satisfyingly albumlike structure all by itself—a little like "Sister Ray," except with less jizz and violence and more messages from the Pleiades. —Monica Kendrick

Ga'an ‎– Black Equus (2011, Usa)

Ga’an are one of 20jazzfunkgreats favourite bands. A steel Hydra coiling and snapping from the undifferentiated sludge of contemporary music, an enigmatic troubadour staying for a night at the inn of this reality, regaling us with uncanny ballads about the chaos without so that we can writhe in gorgeous nightmares when we go to bed. They take off like Magma, into the heart of darkness like Goblin. - 20JFG

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stardrive ‎– Intergalactic Trot (1973, USA)

A1 Rushes 4:10 
A2 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:00 
A3 Stardrive 9:45 
B1 Dr. Tandem (Takes A Ride) 2:48 
B2 Want To Take You Higher 3:22 
B3 Everything At Once 6:15 
B4 Intergalactic Trot 9:00

St. Helena - Hello Friend (1974, Norway)

A1 Hello Friend 5:13 
A2 Concert No. 2 5:40 
B Song Is Sung / Lama And The Boy / Magic Garden 8:40

King Crimson - DGM Collector's Club - Club9 2000 Denver (1972)

King Crimson - KCCC9 Denver (1972) 
DGM Collector's Club - Club9 2000

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King Crimson - Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974

King Crimson - KCCC10 NYC (1974) 
DGM Collector's Club - Club10 2000

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Battiti - Radio3 Speciale Henry Cow and other plays the music of Lindsay Cooper 15/11/2014


ART BEARS - Roma Murales (7 May 1979)

01 The Bath Of Stars
02 The Winter Wheel
03 Riddle
04 First Things First
05 Winter/War - Force
06 The Tube
07 Joan
08 The Summer Wheel
09 Moeris Dancing
10 A Little Something
11 On Suicide
12 Maze
13 The Dividing Line
14 The Skeleton
15 Rats & Monkeys / Man & Boy
16 Three Wheels
17 The Dance
18 The Hermit

Chris Cutler (drums, percussions)
Fred Frith (guitars, violin)
Dagmar Krause (singing)
Peter Blegvad (guitars, bass, singing)
Marc Hollander (keyboards, clarinet)

Random – Nothin' Tricky (1977, USA)

Ralph Athey: Clarinet, Saxophone, Vocal
Jerry Fiddler: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Vocal
Sam Kolmodin: Contrabass, Bass Guitar, Vocal
Sandy Robinson: Viola, Violin, Vocal
Paul Shimandle: 12-String Guitar, Vocal
Rocky Moffit: Drums & Percussion
Engineers: Harry Gilling, Jim Corbett
Production: Harry Gilling, Ralph Athey, Paul Shimandle, Jerry Fiddler
Recorded / Mixed at: Sunday Studios, Urbana, Illinois
Cover Design: Paul Shimandle
Cover Drawing: Katy Fortune
Photography: Jerry Fiddler