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Fat Possum, 1999
COUNTRY TEASERS - DESTROY ALL HUMAN LIFE

If early albums from The Fall and a drunk, traditional country band had a baby, I'd imagine it would sound something like Country Teaser's "Destroy All Human Life."


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GSL, 2002
GOGOGO AIRHEART - EXITHEUXA

I have a certain nostalgia for the early 2000's - I was very young and was just really getting into music. The internet was just beginning to have a real effect on the way music was being distributed. Suddenly, it was considerably easier for a young music-obsessed girl to be exposed to music and to become a part of something much larger than herself through music. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was particularly obsessed with Los Angeles-based label Gold Standard Labs. Around this time, a slew of very interesting experimental bands were emerging from SoCal, but under the current of fuzz and blast-beats of the popular noise and grindcore of the time, I always felt Gogogo Airheart went under appreciated and under listened, especially for how considerably prolific they were. So here is my favorite of their albums, 2002's EXITHEUXA.

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Universal, 1968
VARIOUS ARTISTS - TROPICALIA: OU PANIS ET CIRCENSES

"Not just another compilation. Tropicália, or Tropicalismo, was at once a response to military dictatorship and an attempt to expand Brazilian music by infusing ideas from all parts of the globe, even so far as an attempt to create a ‘universal music.’ This monumental compilation is the work of a like minded collective – radicals that would subvert and forever change the art and politics of Brazil, specifically Gilberto GilCaetano VelosoGal CostaTom ZeNara Leao, and Os Mutantes. Leaders of the movement, Gil and Caetano, would be imprisoned and exiled for 4 years because of this record.

You can hear/feel their urgency in the music itself. Despite one’s comprehension of Portuguese, this is music that communicates regardless of the language barrier. It’s a sound to make your eyes drop back in your head and swirl: a stirring blend of American psychedelia, traditional Brazilian music, African popular music, and English pop rock. Taken in by the rhythms and growingly addictive melodies, you will find yourself singing along in pidgin Portuguese before long.

The title of this record translates to “bread and circuses,” a phrase denoting cheap political handouts used to gather support. Makes me imagine the music was probably just an amusing distraction aiming listeners towards some higher cause. Regardless of your interest in the social importance of this record, I suggest you take the handout – it’s unlikely you won’t be carried away with Tropicália’s drama, intensity, stylistic range, and irresistible rhythms." - Aquarium Drunkard

DOWNLOAD HERE.

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GSL, 2004
THE VANISHING - STILL LIFES ARE FAILING 

The Vanishing were a San Francisco-based trio who played a combination of dance-punk, death rock, new wave, and no-wave. They were completely ahead of their time and are relevant even now, especially with the sudden revival and interest in goth culture. This album brings me back to my high school days where I obsessed over any release GSL put out and wanted to be Jessie Evans (singer, bassist, saxophonist of The Vanishing) more than anyone else.

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Buda Musique, 1998
MULATU ASTATKE - ETHIOPIQUES VOL. 4, ETHIO JAZZ & MUSIQUE INSTRUMENTALE 1969 - 1974

"Musically trained in London and schooled in the club scene of mid-’60s New York, Mulatu Astatke stands as the exceptional musical innovator of the Ethiopian groove. Starting in 1969, he created the first bands independent of the military, which had previously dominated the country’s music scene. Having immersed himself in Caribbean music, funk, jazz and Latin grooves during his lengthy stint abroad, Mulatu returned to his native land to give rise to a brand new sound.

An album of instrumentals, Ethiopiques Volume 4 is a case study in the inventive blending of influences that comprised the Ethiopian groove. Strains of funk and reggae timings permeate the thick and chunky bass lines, which are pushed prominently forward in the mix. Multiple saxophones swirl with the hypnotic, snake-charming sounds of the East, while at the same time resonating with jazzy tones reminiscent of John Coltrane and Lester Young." - MustHear.Com

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Mississippi Records, 2009VARIOUS ARTISTS - I WOKE UP ONE MORNING IN MAY

I Woke Up One Morning In May is a country blues compilation with recordings from 1927 to 1934.



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