A Beginner’s Guide To Hard Hat Color Coding is a new project by BlindººCoyote, longstanding monicker of Drem Bruinsma, a Dutch-born composer now based in Alicante, Spain, whose work under this moniker reminds me of peak-period Cluster finding a bit of time to carouse with an early-wave Industrial band (think Cabaret Voltaire’s more daring experimental […]
Thanks to Guy Segers for publishing this classic of Japanese progressive rock. Bi Kyo Ran were rather unfairly tagged as a Japanese King Crimson clone. By this album, that image was finally shed. They are apparently still active doing soundtracks for TV shows in Japan, but I can’t imagine any of the new material having […]
It’s for albums like this that I have such a love of Bandcamp. This release originally came out in 1997, and was a collection of pieces of Soliman Gamil’s other records for the Touch Label. Though they would have made lovely soundtrack music, it’s more an exploration of and experimentation with Egyptian classical music. A […]
Kikagaku Moyo’s Stone Garden was one of my favorite releases of 2017. It’s a loud, heavy, psychedelic masterpiece in keeping with legendary bands like White Heaven or labels like P.S.F. Records.
The Ottoman History Podcast is among the most intriguing weekly (or so) listens I indulge in. In this particular episode, hosts Nir Shafir and Polina Ivanova discuss gardening with landscape architect Jan Haenraets about this history of the region’s famed gardens, the political implications of conservancy and so on.
It’s only about twelve minutes worth of audio recordings, but Sub Rosa Records has published two pieces of James Joyce reciting some of his works from between 1924-1929.
Sub Rosa released a compilation of Garifuna music recorded and produced by Juan Carlos Barrios (aka Radio Zumbido). It’s a wonderfully horn-and-lullaby laden compilation of wonderful music straddling between the Guatemalan border, Honduras, parts of Nicaragua and Belize, where African and indigenous cultures collide. Yet another stellar compilation.