Wednesday, July 29, 2015

John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn - (1962) Tenor Conclave LP

Tenor Conclave is an album Jazz Hard Bop released in 1956 under the label Prestige .
The original album credited Al Cohn and "Prestige All Stars", is currently assigned (commercially) to John Coltrane .

Musicians:
Hank Mobley , tenor saxophone;
Al Cohn , tenor saxophone;
Zoot Sims , tenor saxophone;
John Coltrane , tenor saxophone;
Red Garland , piano;
Paul Chambers , bass;
Art Taylor , battery.  

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sophia - (2015) The Collective Works 2000 - 2003 4xCS

Reissue of early material from Swedish martial industrial \ dark ambient masters Sophia.
Compiles the three albums released originally on Cold Meat Industries- "Sigillum Militum", "Herbstwerk" and "Spite", along with EPs "Death, Dumb And Blind", "Aus Der Welt" and "The Seduction of Madness".

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Au Revoir Simone - (2009) Still Night, Still Light 2x10''

When it comes to decorum, Brooklyn's Au Revoir Simone makes Judith Martin look like Don Rickles. They have three voices, three keyboards, and a drum machine in their arsenal, yet each element stands out from the gleaming propulsion with razored precision, as if the band were constantly saying, "No, after you." They deliver inspirational-kitten-calendar platitudes that would make Whitney Houston blush with disarming directness, their plain yet dulcet voices arranged in fussy group harmony-- excessive melisma being, after all, simply immodest. The band's egalitarian and mutually supportive dynamic pays off on the harmonious Still Night, Still Light, their third and best album. It's feather-light electro-pop that's not to be taken lightly.
As always, the music is utterly innocent of abrasion, dissonance, and chance-- everything is clamped down so tightly that the unstinting pertness seems neurotic; the insistence on letting go, moving on, and being who you are a "doth protest too much" kind of thing. You start to wonder what sort of roiling emotional bedlam all of this chipper well-being is keeping at bay. Yet the starchy sincerity keeps things merrily ambiguous, and politeness saturates the lyrics as well as the music. "Only You Can Make You Happy" feels like stumbling into the daily affirmation part of a group-therapy session, were it sung in a melting madrigal over lazily scudding synthesizers.

Crossed Out - (1998) Fuck Grindcore 10''

Crossed Out was a first wave powerviolence band from Encinitas, California, USA. They existed from early 1990 until late 1993. They played sixteen shows and released a demo, seven inch, split seven inch with Man Is The Bastard, split five inch with Dropdead, and two songs for the Son of Blleeaauurrggh compilation.