CULT CLASSIC: TOHRU AIZAWA QUARTET-TACHIBANA. — dereksmusicblog

A great review of Tohru Aizawa Quartet’s classic, Tachibana, courtesy of Derek’s Music Blog:

Cult Classic: Tohru Aizawa Quartet-Tachibana. For many connoisseurs of jazz, especially seventies J-Jazz, one little known private pressing is their holy grail, and everywhere they go is the album they search for. There’s always the hope that in a backstreet record shop, antique centre or thrift store in a town or city somewhere in the […]

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[Music] Meadowsilver – The Coronation of the Herring Queen

From the ashes of The Hare And The Moon comes Meadowsilver, at least as how I understand it.  Grey Malkin continues to be one of the leaders of psychedelic neofolk, and will eventually take his place among acts like the Legendary Pink Dots, Comus and the like.

This is way too small a taste of this new project, of course, so we wait to see what Meadowsilver will produce next.

[Music] Penguin Cafe – Handfuls of Night (Erased Tapes) — Headphone Commute

Label: Erased Tapes Released: October 2019 Mastered By: Zino Mikorey If You Like: Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Lubomyr Melnyk, and Peter Broderick Bandcamp Tidal Spotify Amazon Growing up, I used to love waking up on Saturday mornings to peculiar sounds of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra playing downstairs paired with the sweet smell of pancakes wafting…

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[Music] Richard Pinhas & Merzbow – Rhizome

This release bridges the not-so-large gap between genres, connected by Heldon guitarist and loop master Richard Pinhas, and perhaps the most prolific post-Industrial composer of all time, Masami Akita (under his performance monicker Merzbow).

This is a live recording performed live during the Sonic Circuits Festival, September 24, 2010 at La Maison Française [The French Embassy] in Washington D.C.  The sound quality is superb, and as one would expect from two masters of their respective fields, their instruments of choice (guitar and loops for Pinhas, computer for Merzbow) ebb and flow into each other effortlessly.  This is a powerful release, and I hope it is the beginning of a long-term collaboration between both.

[Music] Da Voile – Heitt Hjortu

Da Voile are a one-man post-rock band out of Minsk, Belarus.  They compare favorably to bands like Sigur Rós or Explosions In The Sky.  This EP has turned out to be a very impressive release.

If you are a fan of the genre, this release will not leave you feeling disappointed at all.  The guitar work is excellent, as it soars and dives effortlessly, and is supplemented with a fair amount of noise that doesn’t overwhelm the beauty of the tracks.

[Music] Pete Kosanovich – Self​-​Titled Debut Album

It’s impressive when you are so good that Dave Davies of The Kinks gives you his stamp of approval.  Pete Kosanovich gets compared to the aforementioned Kinks, Bob Dylan and other luminaries frequently, and the comparison is apt.  He only lacks a good publicist who can spread the word of his talent, which would sound perfectly in place in a collection of 60’s records.  The man’s vocals and guitar playing sound like he traveled time to shame today’s crappy ‘rock’ garbage.

[Music] Theodosii Spassov & Milcho Leviev – Raga Todor

In 1995, I was approached by the owner of MA Recordings (a kind man whose name I have since forgotten) to sell some of his CDs on consignment.  Among the releases was an album performed by Bulgarian pianist Milcho Leviev.  He had several releases on this imprint because he was living in Los Angeles at the time, and it is one of my life’s regrets not having the chance to meet him.

Milcho passed away this week, and we bid him a fond farewell and a pleasant afterlife.  Here he is collaborating with Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist and a friend of this blog, Theodosii Spassov.