CCFX – CCFX

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Big sounding, chord-driven indie rock that borrows stylistic flourishes from shoegaze

Moods
CCFX

Thoughts
Tight gem of an EP. A well done update on 90s shoegaze styles.

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https://www.discogs.com/CCFX-CCFX/release/11053569

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Kneebody – Anti-Hero

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Rhythmic modern jazz with rock chops

Thoughts
This record is a very successful marriage of jazz and rock, listening notes:

* Like the drum player a lot here, uses the full range of his kit. Keys too, layers well.
* ‘Uprising’ is a good track, the 2nd half I could see extending into a tension building jam live.
* ‘Drum battle’ takes that and builds it into something a bit heavier.
* The sax player has great solos on drum battle and profar. Good use of distortion but otherwise the playing isn’t quite soulful enough.
* Album has a good flow. Almost has a classical like sway to it. Notes are long and melodic. I’d say this is where the ‘cool’ could be upped with this band..

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https://www.discogs.com/Kneebody-Anti-Hero/release/10046749

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Crunchy punky early aughts NYC indie rock.

Thoughts
Fantastic album. Short potent songs that capture a jagged balance of guitar and Karen O’s strength as a leader.

Feels like a seminal LES album of the times. Cleaner than NY in the 80s but still a bit dirty.

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https://www.discogs.com/Yeah-Yeah-Yeahs-Fever-To-Tell/release/407278

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Karen Dalton – In My Own Time

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
60s folk rock

Thoughts
Interesting listen, a set of covers by a distinct voice who straddles the line between folk, rock, and country. She brings a distinctive touch to each, making them sound fully like her own songs. I like the tracks backee by a band ( in my own dream, one night of love) but she does well in more stripped down solo moments too.

Great songwriting mixed with a great singer makes for a great record, recommended.

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https://www.discogs.com/Karen-Dalton-In-My-Own-Time/release/2786153

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Bush Tetras – Boom In The Night (Original Studio Recordings 1980-1983)

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
New York’s version of early Clash: dark and divey.

Thoughts
This is a great record, right up there with other punk and post-punk of the era. At times they can sound like more modern dance punk but with a refreshing straight-forwardness that I think is lost in current bands.

I mention the clash because they incorporate a world/dub sound that I think the clash does so well.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Terry Riley,Don Cherry,Karl Berger – Köln – February 23, 1975

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Spiritual organ and trumpet

Thoughts
A patient but effective piece of minimal spiritual jazz. Cherry’s trumpet playing is in top form with expansive but delicate solos (interesting in this context as I associate him with avant garde dissonance). Descending moonshine dervishes is the highlight as the two seem most in sync with Riley’s organ solos building into tasteful melodic lines that cherry tastefully solos over.

I heard this on the YouTube version which I think is incorrect. Sunrise of the planetary collective sees Riley playing solo on a more electric keyboard that provides an ominous tone. Koln improv falls somewhere in the middle with cherry returning but the keys continuing in their electric sound. Less spiritual, more jazz.

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https://www.discogs.com/Terry-Riley-Don-Cherry-Karl-Berger-K%C3%B6ln-February-23-1975/release/8692739

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Slow Mass – On Watch

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Varied punk: quiet personal songs to pop to post-hardcore.

Thoughts
I dig the dynamic nature of this band who is able to accomplish hardcore as well as personal moments. True post-hardcore (emo) revivalists, this reminds me a lot of bands I grew up listening to in the 90’s.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Ween – The Mollusk

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Prog rock meets sea shanties

Thoughts
Not usually a fan of goofy concept records but the songwriting is impressive here.

Reminds me of super furry animals at times, enjoyable listen.

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https://www.discogs.com/Ween-The-Mollusk/release/261830

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

John Cale,Terry Riley – Church Of Anthrax

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Experimental 60s psychedelic pop jams

Thoughts
Highly recommended and fruitful collaboration between these two legends. I’d describe this as the Grateful Dead meets the VU at their most experimental.

Top-notch instrumentation and songwriting. While it has a jam vibe it never wanders too far into noodling territory.

I need to revisit this more, seems as if it would reward repeat listening.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Princess Nokia – A Girl Cried Red

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What’s it sound like?
Rapper meets bedroom singer songwriter

Thoughts
This feels like the voice of the ‘youtube’ generation we’ve been waiting for. She’s pulling from a lot of familiar styles but the album carries the emotional honesty of a fragile teenager matched with a tasteful worldly hip hop backdrop.

Another one of these recent culture vultures who has taken in her surroundings and turned them into something new.

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Rating: 4 out of 5