[Music] E.E. Engström & The Twin Street Tree Trunk Love Ensemble – Small Town Curse


Darkjazz goes film noir. E.E. Engström & The Twin Street Tree Trunk Love Ensemble provide a gorgeous soundtrack to enjoy a dry martini with. Imagine the aforementioned Darkjazz mixed with something that would make Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (gone instrumental) proud, not to mention having a twang of creepy country. The vibe is dark, unsettling, and hopefully just a taste of what should be an amazing 2019 for the group.

Should you have a Spotify account, I suggest adding the group here.

[Music] john foxx — the sunday experience

If you happened to be one of the lucky folk who managed to grab a subscription edition of the latest issue of Electronic Sound magazine, then inside not only were you graced with a John Foxx cover replete with a firsthand account by the man himself about the coming to be of his scene defining […]

via john foxx — the sunday experience

I won’t cry poverty, but I do regret not having the funds to pick this one up!

[Music Podcast] Xmas Mizzztape by Debbie Wayne

Thanks very much to Debbie Wayne for posting one of the coolest Christmas podcasts I’ve heard in years!

Here’s the track list:

  1. Things Fall Apart – Cristina
  2. Xmas With Simon – The Fall
  3. Motel Christmas (excerpt) – James Ferraro
  4. Ding Dong – X-Ray Pop
  5. La bataille de neige – Dominique Dumont
  6. Doux Christmas, Noël Soft – Les Amis au Pakistan
  7. No More Christmas Blues – Alan Vega
  8. Breakfast At Christmas – Hillcrest Club
  9. Christmas On Riverside Drive – August Darnell
  10. Partytime – Graeme Miller & Steve Hill
  11. The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Winston Tong
  12. Belle Tristesse 妙なる悲しみ – Miharu Koshi
  13. Noëlle à Hawaii – Antena
  14. Christmas in Suburbia – The Cleaners From Venus
  15. She’s Coming Home – The Wailers

[Music] a place both wonderful and strange – The City Smells Like Cat Spit


These fine folks must be from either New York or Los Angeles, as the euphemism cat spit (well, something more urine-related, anyway) seems to hold true in both cities to an ugly degree.

More importantly, that term serves as the title of an EP released by Brooklyn residents a place both wonderful and strange, who produce music that straddles the grimy Batcave-era London goth music scene with a more ethereal touch that would be familiar to fans of Dif Juz, Chandeen or even the Cocteau Twins.

I like the directions this EP is heading. It’s nostalgic, but there is a lot of fertile ground the band can plow in this style.

[Music] Midnight Radio – NOIR JAZZ


I never thought I’d review a Signora Ward release here, namely due to a prejudice I’ve developed against modern noise, as too many releases sound like some idiot kid flipping on the vacuum and then recording it, and THEN having the nerve to expect someone to pay for that garbage.  Thankfully, I was wrong about this particular label.  Perdonami, Signora!

This compilation is a teachable moment for me.  Never, ever judge a record label by one or two releases, as every one of them have the capacity to surprise you with something utterly brilliant.

Thanks to groups like the Orchestra of Mirrored Reflections (friends of the blog whose works have been reviewed here in the past) and the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, I’ve begun to fall in love with the deep, creepy, noir-ish sounds they emanate.  Signora Ward have done a service in collection some of the leading lights of the darkjazz genre together to make one of the most enjoyable collections I’ve heard in a while.

I’ll do well to pay more attention to this label in the future!