Sunday, November 30, 2008

John Frusciante - Complete Discography

Words can't fully describe how much I love John Frusciante. He's one of my favorite artists, and, with his new album The Empyrean on the way, I thought it'd be a good time to post his discography. If you don't have any of his albums, pick some up.

1994 - Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt

1997 - Smile from the Streets You Hold

1997 - Estrus (EP)

1997 - Live at The Viper Room

2001 - To Record Only Water for Ten Days

2001 - Live at Johnny Foley

2001 - From the Sounds Inside

2004 - Shadows Collide with People

2004 - The Will to Death

2004 - DC (Ep)

2004 - Inside of Emptiness

2004 - A Sphere in the Heart of Silence

2005 - Curtains

2004 - Automatic Writing

2007 - AW II


Also, check out his blog at

Orchestra Harlow - Electric Harlow

larry harlow, electric harlow, album, cover, salsa

Hot Salsa.

1. La Revolucion - Larry Harlow, Harlow, L.
2. Oiga Mi Guaguanco - Larry Harlow, DR [Composer]
3. Quein Lo Tumbe - Larry Harlow, Pacheco, J.
4. Guasasa - Larry Harlow, Harlow, Larry
5. Con Dulzura - Larry Harlow, Palmieri, Charlie
6. Donde Vas Chichi - Larry Harlow, DR [Composer]
7. Lo Que Quieras Hacher - Larry Harlow, Harlow, Larry
8. Tu Cosita Mami - Larry Harlow, Harlow, Larry

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Baden Powell - Canto on Guitar [1970]

baden powell, canto on guitar, album, cover, brazil, samba
Recorded in 1970, Canto on Guitar is widely considered to be one of Baden Powell's best albums. The first track of the album is "Samba em Prelúdio," which is the album's only track with real lyrics (written by the poet Vinícius de Morães and sung here by Powell himself). The second track, "Três Temas da Fé Afro-Brasileira," is, as the title suggests, really three different compositions (they are even separated by pauses). The first of these three compositions is called "Pai" and would reappear on Powell's 1971 album Estudos. The two following are called "Filho" and "Espírito Santo." What all three themes have in common are their typical Afro-Brazilian percussion backing and rhythms. "Pai" also features a berimbau. On "Tributo a um Amigo," on the other hand, is an unaccompanied guitar solo played by Powell. "Qua Quara Qua Qua" is a samba/bossa co-written by the famous samba composer P.C. Pinheiro. The concluding track of the album is the beautiful "Cegos do Nordeste," with its slightly Arabic-sounding guitar play and delicate percussion backing. [Source: AMG]

Beautiful. One of my favorite albums.

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Agitation Free - Malesch (1972)

The debut album by Agitation Free followed a somewhat different path than your average Krautrock band, veering unexpectedly toward the Middle East, specifically Egypt, in search of atmosphere and material. Underneath the dueling guitars and spacy synth work, desert rhythms and taped sounds of dusky cities percolate, adding depth and spice to the otherwise smooth, Teutonic grooves. It's a tribute to the apparent sincerity of the band that the use of these motifs does not sound at all contrived, instead integrating quite well. The delicate, intricate percussion that concludes "Ala Tul," for instance, sounds as lively as anything by Steve Reich from around the same period. Tapes of street songs emerge surprisingly and effectively toward the end of the otherwise stately march "Khan El Khalili," providing a bridge to the Terry Riley-ish organ trills that begin the title track. "Malesch," like many of the tracks, spins off into a leisurely stroll, sounding unexpectedly close to some Grateful Dead jams. Even when it picks up pace, there's an unhurried quality that fits in nicely with the Saharan undertones of the album. Malesch is a solid, even inspired recording that stands somewhat apart from the usual clichés of the genre. Fans of German progressive rock from this period will certainly want to hear and enjoy it. [Source: AMG]

Lutz Ulbrich - guitars, zither, Hammond;
Jörg Schwenke - guitar;
Michael Hoenig - synthesizer, electronic devices, steel guitar;
Michael Günther - bass, tapes;
Burghard Rausch - drums, marimbaphone, vocals
Uli Popp - percussion;
Peter Michael Hamel - Hammond

1. You Play for Us Today — 6:08
2. Sahara City — 7:42
3. Ala Tul — 4:50
4. Pulse — 4:43
5. Khan el Khalili — 8:10
6. Malesch — 8:10
7. Rücksturz — 2:09

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sam Rivers - Crystals (1974)

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This is spiritual music in the most profound sense in that it attempts to breach the gyre between what has previously been said -- by Ellington, most notably -- what can be said, and the musically unspeakable. There is a massive centrifugal force at work in Rivers compositions here; and it pulls everything in, each dynamic stutter, legato phrase, ostinato whisper, and alteration in pitch in favor of what comes next. The swinging nature of these tunes refutes once and for all whether or not avant-garde music can be accessible -- -though it's true Sun Ra had already done that, but never to this extent. In sum, there are harsh moments here to be sure, but they are part of a greater and far more diverse musical universe, they are shards in the prism of the deep and burning soul that these six compositions offer so freely. Of the many recordings Rivers has done, this was the very first to showcase the full range of his many gifts. It is an underrated masterpiece and among the most rewarding and adventurous listening experiences in the history of jazz.
[Source: AMG]

Sam Rivers - Orchestra Rehearsal

1. Exultation
2. Tranquility
3. Postlude
4. Bursts
5. Orb
6. Earth Song

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Pussy Galore - Dial 'M' for Motherfucker (1989)

The title is certainly an attention-getter, but this may just be one of Pussy Galore's more listenable, downright likable releases. The songs are more substantial and the production cleaner (if far from slick). The combination of loud guitars, rattle-trap percussion, and growled/shouted vocals hasn't really changed, but there's more depth to the din. Granted, PG were still kicking out the jams sans bass (kind of like Beat Happening's evil twin) — but the sound is fuller, less tinny. The biggest change, however, is that the lyrics don't seem designed merely to offend. Sure, there's plenty of profanity flying around, but it's used more for spice than as the main ingredient. Spencer and crew seem more concerned about having a good time than pissing everybody off. If that means throwing a little funk into the mix, so be it. "Understand Me" and "Dick Johnson" are particularly successful attempts to bring some groove to the noise. Some of the other tracks fall into the filler category, but there are still more hits than misses. The end result is that "Dial 'M' for Motherfucker" sounds more like a blueprint for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion than the PG of "Corpse Love", the useful collection of their hard-to-find 1985-86 material. The fact that Spencer handles most of the vocals, which were previously shared with Julia Cafritz — who would soon exit the band — only reinforces that impression. [Source: AMG]

Pussy Galore - Dick Johnson


Performer - Bob Bert, Jon Spencer, Julia Cafritz, Kurt Wolf, Neil Hagerty
Producer - Jon Spencer

Track Listing:

1. Understand Me (4:05)
2. SM 57 (2:03)
3. Kicked Out (3:55)
4. Solo = Sex (3:02)
5. Undertaker (2:36)
6. DWDA (4:21)
7. Dick Johnson (2:20)
8. 1 Hour Later (2:49)
9. Eat Me (2:01)
10. Waxhead (2:18)
11. Wait A Minute (2:53)
12. Evil Eye (3:05)
13. ADWD #2 (2:29)
14. Hang On (5:41)


Jimi Hendrix Experience - LIVE at Gothenburg, Sweden 1969 [Bootleg]

Jimi Hendrix - Lorensbergs Cirkus Gothenburg, Sweden January 8th, 1969
Includes Artwork

Here's a somewhat rare piece of history. Live recordings are the best. The live setting is dirty, raw, and it allows you to listen and see a band naked of any kind of polishing. To see a band live is to see them in their true form. I'm not a huge Hendrix fan but I acknowledge his supreme ability, soul, and technique on guitar and as a performer. You gotta love bootlegs. The audio isn't great, but it's good. If you want the experience what it's like to be at a Hendrix show, try this album out.

1. Intro
2. Voodoo Child
3. Foxey Lady
4. Red House
5. Sunshine Of Your Love
6. I Don't Live Today/Third Stone From The Sun
7. Hear My Train A Comin'
8. Spanish Castle Magic
9. Purple Haze
10. Star Spangled Banner

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Andrei Tarkovsky - Sculpting in Time (Ebook)

Taken from Wikipedia:

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky
(Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский) (April 4, 1932 - December 29, 1986) was a Soviet film director, writer and opera director.

Tarkovksy is listed among the 100 most critically acclaimed film directors; director Ingmar Bergman was quoted as saying "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream".[1] Tarkovsky attained critical praise for films such as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker.

Andrei wrote a book published shortly before his death. The book contains theories, ideas, philosophy from the genius himself. It's not just a study of film, but of life, of art and of Tarkovsky and his films. If this sounds interesting, check the link at the bottom. Be sure to check his films out too, if you're into that sort of thing. :]

Excerpt from Sculpting in Time
"This book was taking shape all through my period of unemployment,
an interlude which I have now forcibly brought to an end by
changing my life; it is intended neither to teach people nor to
impose my point of view on them. Its main purpose is to help me to
find my way through the maze of possibilities contained in this
young and beautiful art form—still, in essence, so little explored—
in order to be able to find myself, fully and independently, within
Artistic creation, after all, is not subject to absolute laws, valid
from age to age; since it is related to the more general aim of mastery
of the world, it has an infinite number of facets, the vincula that
connect man with his vital activity; and even if the path towards
knowledge is unending, no step that takes man nearer to a full
understanding of the meaning of his existence can be too small to
The corpus of theory relating to cinema is still slight; the
clarification of even minor points can help to throw light on its basic
laws. This is what has prompted me to put forward a few of my own

Clip from Nostalghia (1983):


NEU! - NEU! (1972)

Neu! - Neu! (1972)

Legendary band. One of my favorite albums. Get it. Get it. Get it.

1. Hallogallo - 10:07 ("Hallmark")
2. Sonderangebot - 4:51 ("Special Offer")
3. Weissensee - 6:46 ("White Sea" or "White Lake")
4. Im Glück - 6:52 ("Lucky")
5. Negativland - 9:47 ("Negative Land")
6. Lieber Honig - 7:18 ("Dear Honey")!_(album)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008



I came across this video today and I thought it'd be a good time to talk about the jazzy fellow known as Sun Ra. I could write paragraphs about him, but that's what the internet is for. He plays jazz and he also likes space.

Atlantis (1967)

Space is the Place (1973)

Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy (1961)


Tuesday, November 25, 2008


A blog has happened.

Blog will be eclectic and many things will happen.

Just watch.