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 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 13 2005
Title: Mondo Cane
Format: CD
Rated: *****
What a bizarre cd - definitely apt for the "weird & wired" section. Supercani... are an Italian quartet playing a demented but super tight, bass-driven mix of post-hc, punk & rock'n'roll. Victims Family, Fugazi and No Means No come to mind, but also (Italian readers, does anybody remember them?) the mighty Paolino Paperino Band, minus the smart lyrics. Ach, lyrics and vocals, that's the problem for me... they are pure nonsense, mixing bullshit about dogs, dialect and purely phonetic blurb. Ok, it could be fun for a while, but after 5 minutes it gets on my nerves. A shame, since the musical part is very very good, refined and powerful at the same time. I don't have a clue about this project, really. I guess there was an intention behind the silly vocals, but it just spoils for me. Had they kept it instrumental, this would be a winner.

The Broken Penis Orchestra: Organ Failure

 Posted by Eveski   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 12 2005
Artist: The Broken Penis Orchestra
Title: Organ Failure
Format: 7"
Label: Hypnagogia (@)
Rated: *****
A kind of hydroponic jazz soundtrack following a trip wandering through the corridors of the multistory multisensory brain park of the Broken Penis Orchestra.
This four track EP is a real gem, a four course audio salad has been put together which reminds me of the anguishes and hilarities of humankind, from the dramatic to the mundane, quirky interceptions may leave the listener perplexed and somewhat thoroughly entertained.

VV.AA.: Muzick out of open windows

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 11 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Muzick out of open windows
Format: CD
Label: Field Muzick
Rated: *****
Field Muzick is a new-born label run by Marcus Obst of Dronaement fame, and is focused on, surprise surprise, field recordings and music. Hardly a new concept these days, as the idea of mixing sounds with what one can hear out of his/her window. This said, the sampler is really good, offering strong pieces by all projects involved. I have to say the phonography aspect is not that remarkable to me - you basically hear very similar sound phenomena throughout, but that's unavoidable I guess. The musical aspect, on the contrary, is much more interesting, sometimes brilliant. Oddly enough, Dronaement doesn't use the drones he's rightly known for, offering a piece of rhythmic, spacey electronica, and along with Frz w/ Imagho's acoustic guitars it's the only non-droning track here. Some great, sombre ambiences come from Aalfang mit Pferdekopf, Alio Die, Andrea Marutti (aka Amon/Never Known etc.), Logoplasm and The Infant Cycle. Sébastien Roux seems to reduce everything to pure frequencies and digital crackles, and offers a powerful throbbing soundscape. A very cohesive and rewarding sample, as all projects are well represented and surely offer no filler.

Ashtray Navigations: Some cat lost in his own picture

 Posted by Eveski   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 11 2005
Artist: Ashtray Navigations
Title: Some cat lost in his own picture
Format: 7"
Label: Memoirs of an Aesthete (@)
Rated: *****
There are suprising Eastern influences to this new Ep
by Ashtray Navigations. The navigating this time,
takes us on a journey which traces the traditional
rythymic formulas of folk while low res sounds filter out
into harmonic bell peels, entwining a sonic richness
in this rather very fragile composition. The B side
pans out with low tones that transcend time and space.
This Ep is both primitive and raw although has some
hope of electric acoustic improvisational music of the
postmodern age.
Surreal ripples and a conviction in
chance, make this a very worthwhile listen.

Joshua Gabriel: s/t

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 07 2005
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Artist: Joshua Gabriel
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: 14B records
Rated: *****

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I don't know what might have anybody made thing that Joshua Gabriel's music had anything to do with the music we deal with here at Chain D.L.K., but we will make an exception because, even if not musically, he does impersonificate the spirit behind Chain D.L.K. (plus he's from my 'hood!). Brooklyn Williamsburg-based jewish (?) anarchic (!) poet/performer/artist/DJ/painter (he also hand-scribbled every one of these 200-only limited edition CDs that are available), Joshua Gabriel is following in the footsteps of those who have made a record with just a guitar and some good lyrics, those who don't care for hi fidelity of recordings but who concentrate on content first and foremost. He rhymes away like one of them hip hop guys but speaks words of revolution. His charisma and his music are unique and dirty as those of Beck, Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, DJ Shadow, Lou Reed. Altough he is originally from Pennsylvania, he planted his roots in NYC's anti-folk movement and went on to be called "NY's most aspiring weirdoo" by the Village Voice. He's a character, that's for sure. Original, opposing, criticizing and all of that. Voices of rallies, live on the spot rapping/beatboxing improvisation, rude but artsy guitar picking and struming, poems of every day life are just a little bit of what this disc has ready for you. Joshua Gabriel is an anti-folk urban profet of lo-fi music and socially-awakening propaganda.

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