Thursday, September 24, 2009

White Noise - An Electric Storm

I was recently introduced to this band by my good old pal, Joseph from Vendlus Records. I had never heard of it, but he proclaimed that it was right up my alley. Upon some research, I found that everyone from The Orb to Secret Chiefs 3 has claimed White Noise as an influence. Listening to the band's debut album "An Electric Storm" released in 1969 reveals a mix of tape manipulation, folk and psychedelic rock as well as ambient electronics.

This album reminds me of the best moments of The Residents, yet it retains a very 60's feel to it. It is the kind of album that almost everyone can find something of value in. Some of it even reminds me of The Monkees.

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A Tribute To Robert Crouse

My friend Ken Gorski sent me an Email the other day with this album attached. Ken is one of the masterminds behind the brilliant plunderphonic cut-up nightmare that is Jam Handy. Ken explained to me that in High School he started making cut up tapes with his best friend Robert Crouse. In 2004, Robert died and Ken spent a sleepless night compiling this album of early works with his friend Robert.

This album portrays two youngsters mainly fooling around, finding their voice as artists in it's infancy, and documents a great friendship. I am honored that Ken wanted me to share this with the world.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gnome - Under The Black Moon

Gnome is the creation of Masanori a.k.a. "Wood." Masanori is a Japanese fellow who runs Cosmic Garden Productions aside from maintaining this one-man black metal wonder. Gnome's roots obviously lay with the Norwegian hordes of Darkthrone and Burzum, but Gnome offer some new spices to the recipe as well.

"Under The Black Moon" is Gnome's second demo and it was released in 1996. In 1999 Gnome released a split LP with Nyarlathotep also from Japan, and since then has disappeared, rumor has it, the one-man project dissolved.

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