Friday, April 30, 2010

Basket Case (1982) trailer

George Brigman-Jungle Rot (1975)

Highly Recommended! Acid Blues Punk Classic

Valet-Blood Is Clean


The voice and presence of Portland's Honey Owens has a lent a captivating accent to every group she's been involved with, whether it's the dub-inflected Nudge or the roots-centered improv of Jackie-O Motherfucker. For her latest project Valet, however, Owens proceeds alone, shaping her environment with spare, dreamy traces of voice, guitar, and free-spirit drones. On Valet's debut Blood Is Clean, Owens uses her solitude to maximum effect, crafting a singularly hypnotic album that is at once intimate yet deceptively expansive, her every spectral breath and note focused in an uneasy, almost supernatural isolation.

Then again, it could be said that perhaps Owens is not quite so alone here as she might first appear, as her stated intention for Valet's work is to operate as a medium, channeling sounds from an unknown realm. And there's no question that Blood Is Clean is charged with a disquieting, otherworldly energy-- even for listeners skeptical of Owens' spiritualist designs. In this regard, Valet bears favorable comparison to such free/drone contemporaries as Charalambides' Christina Carter or Fursaxa's Tara Burke. Yet Owens takes care never to allow any stray loosened spirits to crowd her out completely, and each of these eight pieces is composed and performed in a voice that is wholly and irretrievably her own.

To achieve her mystic sound, Owens utilizes a number of subtly variant techniques, but she recorded the bulk of this material in live single takes with few added overdubs. Aside from her distinctive, impressionistic vocals and guitar, many of her other source materials seem deliberately obscure, an ambiguity which contributes directly to the music's unsettling glow. On the opening invocation "April 6" she frames her wordless vocals against a shifting backdrop of submerged percussion and winds, granting the performance the clouded perception of some distant, half-remembered ritual. This effect is repeated on "Mystic Flood", which draws inspiration from Haitian Voodoo drumming to further its mysterious, almost subliminal pulse.

Elsewhere, Owens reluctantly makes a few marginal concessions to more conventional song structure. On the spectacular title track, her molten psych-guitar figures emerge from beneath a dense, virtually motionless bass rumble while she sings "My blood is clean but the devil's in me" with a chilling detachment. "Tame All the Lions" works a lurching, bone-simple riff into a swirl of wall-rattling distortion, while the potent "My Volcano" echoes Loren Mazzacane Connors at his most desolate. Throughout these songs, Owens' vocals remain a familiar yet inscrutable element, her whispery-- and, yes, honeyed-- delivery as seductive as it is vaguely unnerving.

As might be expected with music so spontaneously channeled, there are plenty of lulls on Blood Is Clean where apparently the spirits lacked anything fascinating to share. The album closes with "North", a 13-minute textured drone that, charming though it is, feels rather lackluster coming on the heels of the rest of the album's spirited, emotive display. These occasional lapses notwithstanding, Blood Is Clean shows Valet to be yet another fruitful project for Honey Owens, whose music evidently rings pure no matter what company she's keeping.

Matthew Murphy, May 3, 2007 Eyes

Monday, April 26, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Gun Club-Fire Of Love (1981)

Another great band worth checking out! Ghost

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bowery Electric-s/t


Dig!

Please-Seeing Stars (1969)

Great 60s band at times reminding me of stereolab hmmmm cool! Fuzz

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Factrix - Scheintot (1981)

This album is just awesome dont miss this one! Here

Friday, April 16, 2010

Agitation Free-Malesch (1972)

Classic! here here

The Dictators-Go Girl Crazy

I love the cover of this album fucking classic shit get this if your into your punk rock man!!
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Seven Percent Solution-All About Satellites and Spaceships

I grew up listening to this band and they still sound just as great as they did in the 90s to me.This is one of those albums you just kick back and relax to very good stuff im gonna go ahead and recommend this one. Here

Alexander Spence-Oar

This a great album with just kick ass song writing and playing get this one for sure cmon get it you know you want it!!!!!Highly Recommended! Right here

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Boys (1977)

Heres some good punk for ya ears ,this is a great album ive been digging this for awhile and it just seems to keep getting better the more i listen to it Recommended!! Download right here

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Five Day Week Straw People-s/t

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Liquid Visions-Endless Plasmatic Childhood Overdose

Man this stuff is good what more can you ask for heavy pysch with krautrock grooves and droned out riffs i would have to say this is a classic!! Recommended
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Magnog-s/t


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