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    Slapp Happy

    Slapp Happy :: S/T

    Formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1972, buoyed by the vocal stylings of Dagmar Krause, Slapp Happy’s self-described “naive rock” found its footing in earnest on this, their sophomore self-titled lp (alternately known as Casablanca Moon).

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    Silver Jews

    Silver Jews :: American Water

    The drums march along at the clip of an I.V. drip
    Like sparks from a muffler dragged down the strip

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    Les Filles de Illighadad

    Les Filles de Illighadad :: At Pioneer Works

    Recorded live in the fall of 2019 in Brooklyn, At Pioneer Works has a calmness and serenity about it. Melodically, there is plenty of room to breathe. Each instrument – vocals, guitar, hand claps, percussion — fills in what it needs to organically. Nothing is overworked, just enhanced.

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    CAN :: Live in Stuttgart 1975

    Over the course of 91 minutes, Can emerges as the ultimate jam band—forget whatever negative connotations you may have with the term. Here, jamming isn’t about technical flash or aimless noodling; rather, it’s about the quest for collective ecstasy, for both the musicians and the audience.

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    Mobilisation Générale

    Mobilisation Générale :: Protest & Spirit Jazz from France 1970-1976

    Via the Paris based Born Bad Records, an incredible compilation of early to mid 70s spiritual jazz/funk/etc, emanating from France.

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    Lee "Scratch" Perry :: Arkology

    Out-of-print, yet easily found via third party sellers, this three disc set comps the work the Upsetter produced and recorded at his doomed Black Ark studio from 1973-79. An essential listen with a capital E.

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    Manduka :: Brasil 1500

    An organic affair employing minimal production, the record is buoyed by Manduka’s sympathetic vocal, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment by vocalist Soledad Bravo. Abetted by light flutes, harmonica and congas, as a piece, Manduka excels in its low-key blend of provincial folk, tastefully draped in the ubiquitous psychedelia of the zeitgeist.

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    Abdou El Omari

    Abdou El Omari :: Nuits D’Été Avec Abdou El Omari

    Abdou El Omari: keyboardist, composer, bandleader, record store owner and hairdresser. Since we last wrote about the Moroccan musician back in 2016, his music has been reissued and gone out of print. But now it’s back, courtesy of Belgium’s Radio Martiko Records, compiled on three separate lps. Hypnotic, sinister funk. Snaking organ lines. Polyrhythms. Untethered vocals.

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Diversions :: Howlin Rain

Ahead of the release of The Dharma Wheel, Ethan Miller of Howlin Rain discusses the dark comedy of Ottessa Moshfegh, adventurous music by King Crimson and Stevie Wonder, Thomas Pynchon’s V, Capote, and the genre unto itself filmography of Almodovar.

Ade & Connan Mockasin :: It’s Just Wind

Few father/son combos could create an album as gloriously warped as It’s Just Wind. During his yearly residency at the Marfa Myths festival, New Zealand psych-pop surrealist Connan Mockasin welcomed his 72-year-old dad Ade Hosford to join a series of jam sessions.

Melvin Gibbs :: Transmissions

A sit down with bassist and composer Melvin Gibbs. Emerging from the fertile New York scene of the early ’80s, he’s worked with a wide ranging roster of artists. He joins us for a talk about rock music, jazz, the George Floyd protests, playing with Sonny Sharrock, and more.

The Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show

Weird times, strange signals. Reverberating from the hills of Glassell Park, CA, another half-hour canyon of sight and sound featuring the sonic vibrations of Jack Name, Orions Belte, Stereolab, L’Eclair, Galaxie 500, Babe Rainbow, Spencer Cullum and beyond.

Karen Black :: Dreaming of You

You’ve heard Karen Black sing in Five Easy Pieces and Nashville. Now, her real life songs are revealed via the Cass McCombs-assisted Dreaming of You (1971-1976), featuring select studio and demo recording from the late actor, restored from their original tapes.

Bob Downes Open Music :: Hell’s Angels

1975’s Hells Angels was the terminal statement. Where the earlier records show ample consideration to the UK’s underground rock scene – Deep Down Heavy and Electric City play like adventurous jazz prog, thrown out of Canterbury for refusing to partake in wry English-isms – Hells Angels trades familiarity for unabashed cosmic impulse.

Videodrome :: Time Bandits

Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.

Now showing: Terry Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy-adventure Time Bandits — the first installment in his “Trilogy Of Imagination” series…

Sylvie :: Sylvie

Taking both inspiration and their name from a tune culled from Ian Matthews 1970 lp, Later That Same Year, Sylvie is comprised of Los Angeles friends and musicians Ben Schwab, Sam Burton, and Marina Allen.

Sleaford Mods :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Few albums have captured the bleak, messy boredom of the pandemic better than the Sleaford Mods’ ‘Spare Ribs’, a collection of jaundiced rants about days at home, politically-motivated ignorance and, as usual, the posing incompetence of Jason Williamson’s musical peers.

We caught up with Willimanson at home to discuss the new record and more.

Anika :: Transmissions

This week on Transmissions: Anika. Best known for her work with Geoff Barrow and Mexico City’s Exploded View, she returns with Change, an album of subtle electronic pop, driving bass lines, and lyrics that veer from quixotic to inspiring. Anika joined us for a discussion about her time as a journalist, the shifting state of reality, and crafting an album amidst a global pandemic.