Keith Rowe / Keith Rowe & Taku Unami-Keith Rowe and Taku Unami / Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe / Keith Rowe & Taku Unami Keith Rowe and Taku Unami / Keith Rowe:

Beeps blurps and scrapes. A very interesting very minimalist release. A cool listen, but only when you’re in the mood for it.

13/15: weird things to play a guitar with

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Angus MacLise-Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

Angus MacLise Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda:

Equal parts avant-garde drone, indian classical, and psychedelic. MacLise and his collaborators create trance inducing music with eerie chanted vocals and random explosions of sound and intense percussion. The poor recording quality, negatively effects the music in a big way. On many tracks several instruments will barely be audible. An interesting listen, when you can actually hear whats going on.

Rating: 10/15 electric shamans

Ikue Mori-Myrninerest

Ikue Mori Myrninerest:

Short phrases produced by acoustic instruments, and be Mori’s laptop computer flit in and out of silence. An interesting collection of her works that held my interest for the most part, but theres no real distinguishing features between most of the tracks. For better or worse its an albums worth of cool sounds which bubble up from nowhere and disappear almost as suddenly.

Rating: 11/15 songs about paintings

Frank Zappa-Wazoo!

Frank Zappa Wazoo:

A live disk from Zappa’s 1972 touring band. Twenty members playing everything from marimba to sousaphone do wonderful takes on some Zappa classics. Not until his final tour in 1988 would Zappa have a horn section this powerful again, nor a band so solid. The music is challenging but fun, traversing the gamut of Zappa’s genre bending intellect. It must have been an amazing night.

Rating: 15/15 Peccaries

The Boredoms-Super Roots 10

The Boredomes Super Roots 10:

Analog synth drones, layered vocals, and polyrhythmic drumming drift in and out of your speakers in ecstatic glee. Eye and company create another album that gets you in touch with the universe, but only when you’re in the exact right mood for it.

Rating: 12/15 Drum circles

The Shadow Ring-Life Review(1993-2003)

The Shadow Ring Life Review(1993-2003):

Confrontational buzzing and clanging topped with strange poetry read in a monotone voice. Listening to this disk is a process in and of itself. The music will probably give you a headache, but if you work your way through it the tenseness and pressure that this music builds up provides for a great cathartic release. The mood the music will put you in, will make the lyrics seem all the more strange and poignant. Amazing, but extremely difficult.

Rating: 15/15 Tylenol recommendations

Moondog-Sax Pax for a Sax

Moondog Sax Pax for a Sax:

Sax heavy jazz influenced danceable tunes, which adhere to an incredibly strict set of harmonic rules. Moondog’s compositions at once sound unique, but also lack variation due to his very set beliefs in the proper way to compose. The harmonies, progressions, and time signatures all become predictable. That being said the music is beautiful an unlike many albums by so-called “serious” composers, the music is fun. It sounds like a mix between french music and 1920’s jazz, but with some harmonies not commonly heard in either genre.

Rating: 12/15 Viking Helmets