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RAMLEH Circular Time COVER

RAMLEH Circular Time 2xCD

Comparisons are odious, but what the hell are you gonna do? Ramleh is one of those bands who has no business being unknown to the ears of experimental music fans. What I mean to say is, Ramleh have been releasing music for 35 years, all of it great and unique unto itself and mostly unheard. […]

coyle:sharpe

COYLE AND SHARPE Audio Visionaries CD

At about the same time Allen Funt was serving up clandestine pranks on his program Candid Camera, Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe were thrusting microphones into the faces of unsuspecting San Franciscans and gathering material for their program on KGO radio. The result is a body of practical jokes and put-ons numbering in the hundreds, […]

blueoystercult.bestof

The Best of BLUE OYSTER CULT CD; PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS Greatest Hits CD; MC5: The Big Bang! CD

Why is it the Raiders set makes the most art/commerce sense of the three, hmm? Could it be that the Oyster’s claim to a “best” is a specious concept because they maybe had three actual hits? (Marketplace-wise, they were a classic ’70s hockey, if not football, arena seat filler. But, how many Thin Lizzy CD […]

fall.sublingual

THE FALL Sub-Lingual Tablet CD

The closing scene of Michaelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point shows a building exploding. For six minutes or so, in super-slow motion, and from every possible angle. Fast-moving it isn’t, but it is fascinating, watching refrigerator doors and dust and bits of wire and pipe hurtle towards the camera, arcing and twirling and floating and falling in […]

robin_1

Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works of ROBIN GIBB 1968-1970 3XCD Box Set

The wonder of Robin Gibb is a mix between why there are so few who know and appreciate him outside the Bee Gees and simultaneously why those people give a shit. For me, Robin has always occupied a somber, longing kind of place. This is not music that will motivate you to go out on […]

Pop Group 3

THE POP GROUP – LEE’S PALACE, TORONTO MARCH 14, 2015

Good things can be worth waiting for. In the case of the Pop Group, the wait was three and a half decades. Think about that for a moment: The last time M. Stewart and Co. graced a stage on the planet prior to the current tour, Ronald Reagan hadn’t even been inaugurated; kids born that […]

obnox.know

2015 Q1 Report on OBNOX

SPLIT BRAIN EXPERIENCE Vol. 1 w/Christian D. Breit and Maximal E. Meizer reporting: OBNOX, aka Lamont “Bim” Thomas, has been making records since all but the hippest millennials were rocking out with the Wiggles. Seriously, do a cursory internet soul-search and you’ll see names such as V3, Bassholes, This Moment in Black History, Puffy Areolas, […]

burroughs.nothingherenow

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Nothing Here Now But The Recordings LP

William Burroughs never seemed especially at ease with the times he was born into, but perhaps his legacy of work settles into the current cultural construct even more uneasily than ever. Ironic, since his work effectively presaged an era of disjointed communication, ubiquitous meaninglessness, virulent madness and media dominance of the sort we are living […]

killingjoke.singles

KILLING JOKE The Singles Collection, 1979-2012 2xCD

Would it be too much to presume at least a passing familiarity with band so as to forego an unnecessary and tedious recitation of their particular attributes? I think not. If you have any awareness of your culture at this point, you know who they are and what they do. So I won’t bother mentioning […]

whitefence

WHITE FENCE LP/CD

Originally released in 2010 on Make A Mess Records, Tim Presley’s White Fence debut quickly went out of print, became very desirable and started to fetch outrageous amounts of cash. Fortunately, the folks at Drag City have reissued this vinyl only gem on their new imprint God?. If you’ve been smart enough to pick up […]