Monday, December 21, 2009

Metal Babble - 2009 - Four Winters

When I began recording under the Metal Babble moniker, the name was just a silly video game reference for what I expected to be a one-off noise project. Over the past five years, it's become much more than that. With zero funding and mostly borrowed equipment, I've come up with a pretty sizeable amount of material. Most of which was recorded in the winter months in bouts of reclusion and depression. Since then, I've had a lot of personal growth and gained a much better outlook. I no longer wish to make moody music to vent my frustrations. I'd much rather find solutions to my problems and share them with others. I hope to inspire people to live differently. To take time to appreciate life and the world around them. I intend for my future music endeavors to be a vehicle for this message. While this music represents feelings that are behind me, I am still proud of it. The name for this project now reveals it's true meaning: Defeating a Metal Babble is difficult, but in doing so, much experience is gained. Consider this a victory.

This album is composed of what I consider my strongest work. Four EPs expressing heartache, alienation, bleakness and isolation.

Get it here:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Space - 1977 - Magic Fly

Futuristic synth music with a splash of elegance. The title track is a perfect secret weapon for the dance floor. The album closes with a sensual (and sassy) disco number. For fans of Giorgio Moroder, Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream.

Here's the video for the title track:

Grab the album here.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Syzygys - 2003 - Complete Studio Recordings (1987-1995)

Self-defined as "a female duo who plays microtonal pop music", Syzygys is both equally challenging and masterful. Most of the instrumentation is done on a modified organ backed by violin. The few vocal tracks prove to be really catchy. Think of The Residents' Japanese doppelgangers vacationing in a bizarro fantasy middle east. One of a kind.

Get it here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Yes, Mama OK? - 2000 - C.E.O.

Pretty rad mix of indie rock and shibuya-kei styles. Think Matt Mahaffey goofing off in the studio with Flipper's Guitar. Yeah, that sounds about right. Seriously - this album is great!

Check it out here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

R. Stevie Moore - 2008 - Meet The R. Stevie Moore

R. Stevie Moore is about as prolific as it gets. He truly is the undisputed godfather of home recording. Since the 60's he's self-released literally hundreds of albums (I only have about 30 of them!). That said - you have to imagine it's hard to pick a favorite. As a post here, I'll go with a "best of" collection. If you're already familiar, this might not be anything new to you. But for those who aren't, it's a great introduction.

Get it here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sexy Synthesizer - 2008 - Sexy Synthesizer presents Funky Bit

Sexy synthesizer takes what's being heard on the dance floor lately and steps it up to the next level. Imagine Chromeo and YMCK giving birth to something even funkier and you're almost there. This album will surely make you want to dance. DJs take a hint or take a rest! You can leave your Justice and MGMT records back at the crib tonight.

Here's a video for "Calling me":

And here's the album.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bam Bam - Vox Populi

I haven't been able to track down any solid information about these guys. Here's the only 2 tracks I could find by them. They're both great. If you know something I don't, clue me in!

Grab it here.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rocket or Chiritori - 1997 - Love Eyes

Here's a collection of charming bedroom pop songs from 17 year old Satoko Shibahara. Acoustic guitar mingles with old Casiotone keyboards and clunky drums. Her vocals are super cute and endearing. A definite gem for fans of indie pop or lo-fi music in general.

Check it out here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quarteto Em Cy - 1975-76 - Antologia Do Samba Canção (Vol. 1 & 2)

Bossa nova meets a Phil Spector-esque wall of sound, creating something truly lush and intoxicating.
Beautiful harmonies play off elegant Spanish guitar and relaxed percussion.
These two releases really showcase the quartet's vocal talent, so if you haven't heard them, this will serve as a great introduction.
I put volume 1 and 2 in the same zip file.
Do yourself a favor and grab them up.

Here they are.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Brainiac - Demos

Brainiac was easily one of the best bands of the 90s.
Their career ended just when it was about to take off when vocalist Tim Taylor died in a car accident.
To this day I haven't really heard anything like them and can only imagine what they'd sound like if they were still around.
Here's a bunch of their unreleased demos that I've found over the years.
As a bonus I've included their cover of "Petrified" by Pere Ubu.
This one's for the heads.

Get it here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Ramones - 1995 - Steel Reserve Jingles

Three quick commercial jingles for Steel Reserve malt liquor. These all follow the typical Ramones formula, and everyone knows who they are, so there's really no need for a description. Included in the .zip of this release are the rules for a drinking challenge I came up with that's become a nationwide tradition in punk and traveler circles, resulting in countless 211 tattoos. Think you can handle it?

Get it here.

Mystikal - Smoke Songs: The Quintilogy

This is an EP I put together of the smoke songs from each of Mystikal's albums, in chronological order. "Smoke Something" has him telling you to shut up and smoke. It's a complete dismissal of any fuss regarding rolling techniques or smoker's etiquette. In "Still Smokin'" he warns about people using you for your weed and tells about the time he was arrested for ridin' dirty ("Shit, I took that as a minor setback"). "I Smell Smoke" is about getting high in a motel room. Of course it can't be that simple! Someone notices the aroma and wanders over trying to make a purchase. As a result, Mystikal flushes his stash! Talk about paranoid! He's over it by the time "Smoked Out" drops. In this track, he's making it known he's the guy to talk to if you're looking to pick up some weight. He also makes sure you know it's his fourth smoke song. On "Smoke One", he's back to telling you how to smoke your weed and describing how high he is. Shouting, of course! A familiar melody carries through most of this EP, providing a really epic feel. It's become a longstanding tradition to smoke to this, and the playlist is tried and true to last as long as it takes to smoke the average blunt. As a bonus, I've provided front and back covers, which are included in the .zip. What are you waiting for? Try it out!

Get it here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Yoshimi & Yuka - 2003 - Flower With No Color

This is a collaboration between Yoshimi (Boredoms) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto). The results are pretty exotic and dreamy. I'll spare the hubbub and give you a chance to check it out yourself.

Nab it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Os Brazões - 1969 - Os Brazões

Flawless Brazilian psych rock. No filler here. Every track is excellent. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would probably be "Tao Longe de Mim". This has been one of my favorites for a while. Don't pass it up.

Get it here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nora Keyes - 2005 - Songs To Cry By For The Golden Age Of Nothing

Spooky, shrieking vocals compliment the eerie sounds of organs, accordion, theremin and acoustic guitar. Sounds like a gypsy band scoring an old silent film. If you like weird music or picked up the Centimeters album I posted a while ago, you'll probably like this. Nora Keyes was a core member.

Get it here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Andreas Ammer & Fm Einheit - 1994 - Radio Inferno

This was in regular rotation in my high school days. It's a radio opera based on Dante's Divine Comedy. Written by Andreas Ammer and directed by FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten. A handful of members from EN provide voice acting and instrumentation, while John Peel narrates. I've still never heard anything like it.

Get it here.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sean Lennon - 1999 - Half Horse Half Musician

Radio versions of a few songs from "Into the Sun" with a handful of solid B-sides that didn't make it on the record. "Heart & Lun" and "Happiness" are real pop gems. "Dream" is grunge-y and a little out of place. "5/8" has a celebratory feel and "Pyramid" wanders into free jazz terrain. The moog version of "Into the Sun" makes for a nice closer.

Get it here.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Eden Ahbez - 1960 - Eden's Island

Well arranged exotica with lyrics and poetry pertaining to nature and island life. A lot of reviewers write this album off as a curiosity, but I think it holds up well. Decide for yourself.

Get it here.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Joe Meek - 1960 - I Hear A New World

Joe Meek produced a lot of lesser known records in the 60s. Most notably his work with The Tornados. His solo album "I Hear A New World" is a concept about life in space. The results are reminiscent of vacationing in Hawaii with Raymond Scott. Totally far out and ahead of it's time. Don't pass this one up.

Get it here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Purple Confusion - 2002 - The Sound Of The Atom Splitting

IDM supergroup with the members of M83! Slick beats, mellow guitars, weird synth work and well timed glitches. This album is a treat. For fans of Autechre and Boards of Canada.

Get it here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Beck - 1988 - Banjo Story

Beck's debut is just him and a banjo with a little drums peppered in here and there. It sounds like drunken campfire music for bindle toting tramps (and I mean that in a good way). This album is great!

Get it here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Masonna - 1996 - Ejaculation Generater

I listen to this album when I'm in a bad mood and need to clear my mind.
Not for the faint of heart.
Get it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Momus - 2003 - Forbidden Software Timemachine - Best Of The Creation Years (1987-1993)

Momus' catalogue is pretty immense and it's difficult to pick a favorite. This compilation brings together a lot of the better songs from "The Poison Boyfriend" up to "Timelord" and makes for a good introduction. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing his music, wait no longer. This is on regular rotation in my collection.

Get it here:
Disc 1
Disc 2

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Two early Oingo Boingo releases

Oingo Boingo - 1978 - Pelican

Oingo Boingo - 1979 - Demo EP

These two are great!
Get 'em here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dokaka - 2008 - Human Interface

Anything I could say about this album would fall short of describing how awesome it really is. It's one of a kind. Complete mastery of the human voice as an instrument. He was on Bjork's "Medulla" album and the soundtrack for We Love Katamari. Convinced yet?
Seriously - just listen to it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Les Baxter - 1947 - Music Out of the Moon

Les Baxter's collaboration with Samuel J. Hoffman is the first recording to feature a theremin.
Beautiful, intoxicating and decades ahead of it's time.
This is literally one of my favorite pieces of music, ever.
Don't deny yourself.
Download it here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

2 must have albums

Martin Denny - 1957 - Exotica
Get it!

Les Baxter - 1951 - Ritual of the Savage
Get it!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

3 EPs by Polyphonic Size - 1979-81

Belgian new wave/synth punk. Not much info on these guys either. If you liked the last two, chances are you'll be into this.

In this zip:
Polyphonic Size - 1979 - Algorhythmic
Polyphonic Size - 1980 - Pragmatic Songs
Polyphonic Size - 1981 - Mothers Little Helper

Get it here.

3 EPs by Visible - 1981-83

French synth-pop/new wave. Can't find out much about these guys either. Really good. Check it out.

In this zip:
Visible - 1981 - Essor Assuré
Visible - 1982 - Indicible Frequence
Visible - 1983 - A Fine Aim in Life

Get it here.

Mekanik Kommando - 1981 - It Would Be Quiet In The Woods If Only A Few Birds Sing

New wave from the Netherlands. Can't find much about these guys, but it's really good. For fans of Ensemble Pittoresque and Adult.

Get it here.

Wha-Ha-Ha - 1981 - Shinutokiwa Betsu

Japanese group Wha-Ha-Ha lays down some really bizarre avant/prog/jazz-fusion on "Shinutokiwa Betsu". Amazing from start to finish, but if I had to pick a favorite, I'd go with "On The Floor". See for yourself!

Get it here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tatsuhiko Asano - 2001 - Genny Haniver

This album took five years to make, and it shows. Beautiful and emotive guitar playing set to lush, exotic electronic backdrops. A must have for any collection.

Get it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

La Chat - 2001 - Murder She Spoke

Trademark Hypnotize Minds beats back up the already hard as fuck La Chat while she schools you on subjects like selling crack ("Crumb 2 a Brick"), gold digging ("You Ain't Mad Iz Ya?"), cunnilingus ("Slob on My Cat"), two-faced bitches ("Salt Shakers") and armed robbery ("Yeah, I Rob"). Bump this shit in the jeep with your girls!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cibo Matto - 1999 - Stereo Type A

Cibo Matto's "Stereo Type A" is a funky blend of hip hop, jazz and R&B. Imagine the Beastie Boys if they were Japanese girls. Standout tracks include genre hopping "Lint of Love", slow jam "Moonchild" the rowdy hip hop of "Sci-Fi Wasabi" and the heavy metal flavored "Blue Train". There's variety here! As a bonus, Sean Lennon is all over this album. Great music for driving with the windows down on a warm day.

Have a listen!

Here's a video of them performing "Working for Vacation":

Thursday, March 12, 2009

James Chance & The Contortions - 1979 - Buy

The Contortions' sound lies somewhere between free jazz, funk and punk. Jerky slide guitar, funky bass lines, wild honky saxophone and frantic yelped vocals. Trashy and exciting. I can see the club-goers from Liquid Sky dancing to this. "Contort Yourself" is awesome.

Have a listen!

Here's some old live footage:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Snakefinger - 1982 - Manual of Errors

Longtime Residents contributor, Philip Charles Lithman aka Snakefinger cooks up a schizophrenic mix of jams on his "Manual of Errors" album. Surreal lyrics paint an even weirder picture - and the music matches! Standouts include "Beatnik Party" and "Bring Back Reality". For fans of Frank Zappa & Mr. Bungle.

Have a listen!

Sorry no video.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - 1966 - Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 serve up covers of hits from around the world in a bossa nova Brazilian jazz style. Nice piano work. Pretty English/Portuguese singing. Lush, elegant and exotic. Standouts include "The Joker" and "Day Tripper". Great for patio lounging with a cocktail and a lady friend.

Have a listen!

Here's a video of them performing "Day Tripper":

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Danava - 2006 - Danava

Danava sounds like they came straight out of the 70s. Imagine Black Sabbath and Rush (in their primes) having a child, putting it in a time capsule and opening it in 2006. Heavy, complex guitar work, spacy synthesizers and clean boastful vocals set them apart from most modern metal. This disc is epic. Like rock and roll? Don't sleep on it!

Have a listen!

Here's a video of them performing "Quiet Babies Astray in a Manger":

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Marshmallow Kisses - 2004 - I Wonder Why My Favorite Boy Leaves Me an EP

Hong Kong duo The Marshmallow Kisses make really great indie pop (think Belle & Sebastian and early of Montreal) that's reminiscent of picnic dates on sunny days. The track "Everyone Else is Ahead, Far Ahead" is so catchy it will make you sick. This EP is too cute for it's own good.
Spring is right around the corner.

Have a listen!

Sorry, no video.