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From Musique Machine:

Toby Dammit – L’Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo
L’Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo is the new slice of effective face pounding and brain slapping power electronics outpouring from imposing tattooed covered Italian Toby Dammit( aka Emanuele Gorreri)

Churner – Spirit Defector
Built via microphones, processors, turntables and voices Spirit Defector is all about building a hope sucking, sludgy and dense noise drone/violent ambient crossbreed; which pulls you down in a very grimly satisfying and often suffocating manner.

Blues Control – Local Flavor
Blues Control are on to to something here; this their third album, following two diverse albums, Puff and a self titled album, both released in 2007. The aforementioned LP’s consisted of some of the most interesting music of the year of their release, wrenching maximum effect from seemingly minimal means. The band consists of Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, switching off on fuzzed out guitar, ancient keyboards and tape loops. The percussion is provided not by a drum machine, but sourced from a Walkman. The previous albums were sometimes rough around the edges, as in the opening track of Blues Control, which is so overblown as to barely be contained. During the more docile moments, the music contained on those first two records possesses a ragged roughness which reminds of late sixties drone/experimental practitioners, particularly Terry Riley.

Tarab – Take All The Ships From The Harbour,And The Take T
07’s Wind keeps even Dust Away; the last album by Tarab(Australian sound artist Eamon Sprod) still stands as one my favourite manipulated field recording records of all-time; with it’s highly captivating,atmospheric & skilful manipulation of wind and other haunted sounds. So when I heard about this new album I was understandble very excited.

Pixel – The Drive
The Drive takes the distinctive and key Raster-Noton clinical and static lined electro beat back bone, and adds it to moody and often cinematic guitar amplifier atmospric dwells and drones- all taking the labels distinctive sound in a new direction.

Textile Orchestra – For the Boss
For the Boss is a wonderful eye bulging,deranged and manic muilt-coloured sonic out pouring in two lengthy parts. Taking in elements of: crazed cartoon like improv, total twisted turntablism, musical elements snatched and abused from all manner of places, and general unhinged sonic tomfoolery.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Jason Kahn
Album: Vanishing Point
Label: 23five, Inc.
Review date: Aug. 5, 2009

Artist: Six Organs of Admittance
Album: Luminous Night
Label: Drag City
Review date: Aug. 3, 2009

Artist: Tetuzi Akiyama
Album: The Ancient Balance to Control Death
Label: Western Vinyl
Review date: Jul. 31, 2009

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New on Mode Records

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From Mode Records:

New and Recent Releases:
Lei Liang: Brush-Stroke
Joshua Fineberg: Imprints, Veils and Shards
Iannis Xenakis: Complete String Quartets

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Hoor-Paar-Kraat – In Eros Veritas
In Eros Veritas stands as some of most musically based, noise tinged and dense material released thus far by this project- that’s best described as surreal soundscape making that mixes in elements of drone matter, field recordings, and various other genre traits to make something that is difficult to define in one genre but is very distinctive and highly heady stuff.

Halo Manash – Am Kha Astrie
This is the new ritual based occultic ambient work from Halo Manash and the Finnish label/occult collective Aural Hypnox. It sees a denser & more percussive based feel arising with in the collectives sound; through there’s still that very distinctive atmospheric, timeless, other and creepy air running through the release that all Aural Hypnox releasers have.

KK Null/ John Wiese – Mondo Paradoxa
Mondo Paradoxa is an heated ,atmospheric and rollercoaster like meeting of KK Null’s pulsing & dense Sci-fi electronica and Wiese’s searing noise storms and ear burns.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: White Hills
Album: Heads on Fire
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Jul. 14, 2009

Artist: Joe Morris / Petr Cancura / Luther Gray
Album: Wildlife
Label: AUM Fidelity
Review date: Jul. 13, 2009

Artist: Isis
Album: Wavering Radiant
Label: Ipecac
Review date: Jul. 10, 2009

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New Release on 577 Records

577 Records

Demian Richardson
Matthew Putman
David Moss
Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter

The Gowanus Recordings

The Gowanus Recordings are the embodiment of the 577 approach. Featuring some of Free Jazz’s most established musicians, it covers a wide range of musical ideas, creating a dynamic atmosphere of kinetic interplay. Song titles are scientific terminology which are described in the liner notes, and also felt in the playing and listening of the music. The Gowanus Recordings are meant to extend the reach of Free Jazz by incorporating classical and scientific ideas, while enlightening the listener.

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Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvaer at Le Poisson Rouge

From NYTimes.com:

At first blush Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvaer might seem nearly indistinguishable. Both are pristine-sounding Norwegian trumpeters with conspicuous investment in electronics. They share a fondness for fragile lyricism and rippling atmosphere, building on a 40-year tradition that began with the Miles Davis album “In a Silent Way.” Both have pushed toward modern fusions, imbuing chamberlike or folkloric pop music with currents of improvisation. Each has recorded for the German label ECM.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Gareth Davis & Stephen R. Smith
Album: Westering
Label: Important
Review date: Jun. 15, 2009

Artist: Tortoise
Album: Beacons of Ancestorship
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Jun. 15, 2009

Artist: Ata Ebtekar
Album: Ornamentalism: Ata Ebtekar and the Iranian Orchestra for New Music performing works of Alireza Mashayekhi
Label: Sub Rosa
Review date: Jun. 12, 2009

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Alva Noto Ryuichi Sakamoto
Album: utp_
Label: Raster-Noton
Review date: Jun. 5, 2009

Artist: John Wiese and C. Spencer Yeh
Album: Cincinnati
Label: Dronedisco
Review date: Jun. 4, 2009

Artist: Tony Malaby
Album: Paloma Recio
Label: New World
Review date: Jun. 2, 2009

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Monday, May 25, 2009
Avram Fefer Trio – Ritual (Clean Feed, 2009) ****

Sunday, May 24, 2009
Rob Mazurek – Sound Is (Delmark, 2009) *****

Friday, May 22, 2009
Gato Barbieri – In Search Of The Mystery (ESP, 2009) ****

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Franz Koglmann – Lo-Lee-Ta (Music on Nabokov) (Col-Legno, 2009) ****

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