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Cernichov – The Mold Legacy

Today’s choice, Cernichov, bear cover art on their album, The Mold Legacy, which would fool one into thinking that this was some sort of black-metal release.  Far from it.  It’s actually a very well-balance pairing of noise and ambient music.  It’s as if a post-punk band were working with the noise and ambient aesthetic, so …

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David Darling – Prayer For Compassion

Cellist David Darling passed away on January 8, leaving an incredible body of work for ECM Records and other labels.  Any of his ECM albums is a worthy listen, but I choose this one not only for the music, but the hopeful title which stands in stark contrast to the disgusting display of mental illness …

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Heckel & Jeckel – This War

Heckel and Jeckel have a couple of things going for them.  First, I’m old enough to remember the rather funny cartoon bearing their name.  Second, I really like early Black Sabbath, Big Black, and some of the better stoner rock bands coming down the line these days.  These guys do well making something powerful by …

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The Tear Garden – You and Me and Rainbows

Just before Christmas, I got word that my friend, Jason “Fish” Harper, was killed in a motorcycle accident.  He was a good man, a source of so much amazing music, and receptive to my very strange taste I had in the late 1980s.  This song by Tear Garden, a side-project of Edward Ka-Spel of the …

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Various Artists – Silber Records: Droneuary 2021

Silber Records has released their wonderful Droneuary series to begin 2019 and 2020, and they are continuing the tradition in 2021.  Though it is still early in the year, wait until mid-February to see this series completed. If you enjoy drone, dark ambient and experimental music, this comp will keep you busy for a while.  …

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Trigger Cut – Rogo

Wow!  Imagine a mangling together of Gang Of Four, early Wire, an angry Birthday Party and all that is good in post-punk, and you would have the bones to make Trigger Cut. The tracks are minimal, punchy, and full of distorted angst.  I’ll have to hear the rest of this album, but you can indulge …

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ZX ELECTRIC – Assortment 80​-​81

This release by ZX Electric took a bit of getting used to, but once I felt settled in, some rather pleasant memories washed over my mind.  Mainly, I started thinking about the sound of cold wave, minimalist electronics, a lo-fi aesthetic, broken, heavily manipulated vocals, and the aura of 1980s cassette tapes which this album …

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Marta Ren – Stop Look Listen (Deluxe Edition)

Porto, Portugal’s neo-soul queen Marta Ren has had her breakthrough album reissued with a couple of extra tracks!  From her Bandcamp website: Record Kicks re-release Marta Ren’s legendary debut LP “Stop Look Listen” on ltd edition vinyl clear LP (500 copies worldwide). By popular demand Milan label Record Kicks announce the reissue of 2016 Marta …

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