microphones in the trees: recopilatorios 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006

recopilatorios 2006

"when Cash released American Recordings in 1994, he repeatedly stated in interviews that he’d wanted to release stripped-down music since the early 1970’s, but couldn’t get the label to go along. He recorded it anyway for his own pleasure, and this year, we got to hear those performances for the first time. To hear Cash while his voice was still in its prime, completely unadorned and accompanied only by guitar on most tracks, is a reminder of the timeless talent that made him an icon. You’ll learn more about the man from a few of these tracks than you ever could from watching Walk the Line" country universe

"a super limited and insanely packaged triple cd-r, highlighting, well, just like the title says, the Birth Of A New Rural Europe, a sonic world of free noise, free folk and abstract ambience. Three full length discs, one from each band, the Reggaee, Sawaadyja and Valerio Cosi.French free rock outfit The Reggaee offer up 52 minutes of clattery, rambling, drift, harmonicas wheeze, nestled in a soundscape of field recordings and distant percussion like the chirping of crickets, doomy folk with detuned guitars and ghostly vocals, reverb drenched tribal freakouts, dreamy dreary mumbly ambience, buzzing steel string serenades and every stop in between. Sawaadyja, aka Danish sound maker Mikkel Andersen, contributes a similarly varied disc, starting off with huge thick washes of distorted guitars and buried psychedelic melodies, like a more lo-fi Sunroof!, and quickly drifting into gentle forest folk, with simple childlike melodies over spare tribal drumming, dreamy Appalachian style steel string fingerpicking, a bit of raga like buzz with snake charmer melodies and some spacious abstract shimmer. The final installment comes from Italian sound artist Valerio Cosi, whose disc is maybe the droniest and dreamiest of the bunch. The opening and closing tracks are lengthy slow moving near static shimmers, bookending track two, a nearly half hour long festive percussive free form sonic ritual. Fluttering flutes, clattering pots and pans percussion, buzzing kazoo melodies, thick reverb, like being lost in some bazaar in the center of some foreign city... " aquarius
"Follow-up to the first volume of this on-going series that joins the dots between an earlier generation of American Primitive guitarists and contemporary intuitive sound-as-thought players. Once again Jack Rose is featured (with an absolutely gorgeous 6 string re-think of "Cross The North Fork 2") but every other player puts in a first-time appearance on this volume. The inclusion of Christina Carter is a particularly inspired move and one that speaks of the liberated range of the series in general and her track is a beauty, a stubby acoustic guitar miniature. Nice cover snap too. Other tracks include a particularly mesmeric recording from UK guitarist James Blackshaw and contributions from Peter Lang, Jesse Sparhawk, Michael Chapman, Sean Smith, Fred Gerlach, Billy Faier, Sharron Kraus, Robbie Basho... Another rich, far-sighted assortment from this great label" volcanic tongue
"Fonal Records is a Finnish independent label run by Sami Sänpäkkilä that began releasing mainly domestic music in 1995. Fonal has a catalogue of 40 experimental, folk, ambient and popular music releases and has organized concerts for its artists accross Europe and North America. Summer and Smiles of Finland is a 10th anniversary compilation (islaja, kemialliset ystavat, paavoharju, shogun kunitoki, es, kiila, risto, tv resistori) for promotional purposes only" fonal

"In typical Trunk Records style this is a genre-defining collection of true folk oddities from both the UK and the USA. This CD brings together lost naïve psychedelia, beguiling and unreleased film music, spooky nursery rhymes, songs about pixies and trance-like guitar oddities. Some of the music found on this CD is unreleased, some impossible to find, all of it is stunning. This really is unlike any compilation you have heard. Includes work by Basil Kirchin, the man who invented ambient music -- the recording here has never been released and comes from his estate. Barbara Moore is one of the most highly collected female singing artists, and Orriel Smith is a great lost American singer who composed these two psychedelic, progressive, jazzy tracks with funky film composer Philip Lambro-- these tracks have remained lost until now. Reg Tilsley, Pierre Arvay and Claude Vasori are all extremely talented library composers both in the UK and Europe. Much of their music was used in children's TV in the late 1960s, and their tracks are from the legendary De Wolfe Library and have never been commercially released until now. Very little is known about the other artists on this compilation, but their music is incredible. The name Fuzzy Felt comes from a game made up of fuzzy shapes you stick to a felt board, and in the 1960s, was a famous toy in the UK. You use the fuzzy shapes to make little pictures just like on the CD front cover. To us this sums up the innocent, experimental and creative streaks running throughout this incredible music. The other artists include: Christopher Casson, Arthur Birkby, Peggy Zeitlin, and The Piggleswick Folk" forced exposure

loren connors - night through singles and collected works 1976-2004 (family vineyard)

"Essential 3xCD collection of singles by New York City avant blues guitarist Loren Connors, one of America's most unique and challenging voices. Night Through spans four decades of Connors' recordings from the earliest acoustic session and first solo 7" -- Ribbon o' Blues on St. Joan -- to rare singles issued by Table of the Elements, Road Cone, Father Yod, Menlo Park, Gyttja, Union Pole, and others, to his late 90s band Haunted House and recent acoustic recordings.

Overall, three and half hours of music: 12 7" singles, private CDR releases, collaborations with Suzanne Langille and Robert Crotty, compilation appearances, and 22 unreleased pieces including a 1959 recording by Connors' mother Mary Mazzacane. 24 page color booklet contains detailed notes and cover art for each single, never before seen photographs, an essay by renowned blues scholar Dr. William Ferris and commentary from Connors, Langille, Road Cone's Mike Hinds and others."

va - wailing bones volume 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 (foxglove cdr)

brothers of the occult sisterhood, apple snails, the serial harvest, seht, the stamps, the north sea, broken mask, taiga remains, the clear spots, the lost domain, heavy winged, wolfskull, emerald cloud cobra, ville moskiitto, keijo, bjerga iversen, robert horton, niagara falls, gart & seehatze, sean og's trihornophone, anvil salute, pefkin, rory storm, vxpxc....

the legendary stardust cowboy - paralized! his vintage recordings 1968-1981 (em)

"Imagine a Hank Williams/Elvis/Bob Dylan-styled frontier balladeer rendering punk-primitive, gloriously untutored romantic moonshine miniatures in the kind of technique-bypassing first gush of the muse style of Hasil Adkins, Rod Keith, Lux Interior, Don Ayler and Jad Fair and you're halfway to grasping the brain-paralyzing beauty of original American outsider and folk spirit The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Best known for his first and only hit, "Paralyzed", a humping mush-mouthed brawl that's as incoherently beautiful as The Novas' "The Crusher" or The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird", this excellent set on the always impressive Em Records compiles a bunch of his key recordings, including the first single, swooning acapella compositions, ragingly destroyed rockabilly rave-ups, a clutch of un-issued killers and tracks from the 1984 album Rock-It To Stardum. Never easy to source Stardust material, so this is a real slap in the head for both the faithful and the uninitiated and comes with a chunky booklet with tons of pics, labels repros etc. Outsider hunch never sounded so beautifully in-the-pocket" - volcanic tongue

va - ihmettelenpä sanoi kampela jos lahana on plüsu (267 lattajjaa)

black to comm, keijo and jussi karsikas, bjergaiversen, ajilvsga, anla courtis, vlubä, ville moskiitto, silvester anfang, kulkija, rene kita, uton, brothers of the occult sisterhood, voice of the seven woods, emerald cloud cobra, infinite article, december, united bible studies, loachfillet, greippi.

va - and to the disciples that remain (amish)

"Celebration of 11 years of Amish Records. 11 of 13 completely exclusive tracks. Deluxe 6-panel foldout packaging. Front cover by visual artist Sebastiaan Bremer. Includes members of & former members of Hall of Fame, Metabolismus, Tower Recordings, Windsor For the Derby, Polvo, Idyll Swords, Oneida and Town & Country." Artists include: P.G. Six, Mike Wexler, Theo Angell, Oakley Hall, Black Taj, Bird Show, Helen Rush, The Oranges Band, Samara Lubelski, Dan Matz and the Birdwatcher, Dan Brown and Chuck Johnson."

rob mullender*wooden spoon*the eidetic band*ladyswoodsman - free london (bo' weavil)

"Free London, is a split double LP (heavy weight vinyl), of 4 bands/musicians currently working in London's growing improvised folk music scene. LP One: Wooden Spoon is seeking to create a music free from the influence of the contemporary world, to evoke some kind of state of pastoral introspection at once joyful and sad. Influenced by the Takoma school of guitar players, Popol Vuh & folk music from around the world. Rob Mullender, takes the other side of this LP with some solo acoustic pieces that owe much to heroes of the English guitar in Jansch, Renbourn and others. Mullender also spent some time wood shedding with Davey Graham. His music is delicate wonderings that edge towards a freer conception of folk music. LP 2: Eidetic Band Working throughout the different musical diagrams, those both fictional and unreal (the names of folk, noise, drone, jazz etc) -- traditions which inform ways of feeling and playing and showing with sounds. The Eidetic Band are interested in exploring each in never ending turn, in splicing them, in both respecting and devastating en route to feeling sound and its extent, deeper and deeper. The Ladyswoodsman is a London based duo of Luke Garwood (a.k.a Duke Garwood) and Paul May. Using a variety of different instruments from guitars, clarinets to all kinds of percussion in the creation of improvisations that ignites the imagination. Some of the tracks have a down home folky feel, while others could find themselves happily nestling amongst the free jazz greats of the late '60s."

va - art of field recording*50 years of traditional music documented by art rosenbaum (dust-to-digital)

"50 Years of Traditional Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum. The diverse talents of the Rosebaums have allowed them to record music tradi¬tions in a way few others could have done. Dust-to-Digital is proud to announce this project in an attempt to keep alive the music they love so dearly. Get ready for antebellum spirituals, lined-out hymns of country churches, old time frolic tunes, bottleneck blues, hammer-and-pick work songs, dance music of fiddle bands, unaccompanied mountain ballads, and backwoods banjo tunes. Art Rosenbaum has been recording American traditional music for half a century - and in the process pro¬duced over 15 LPs and CDs, two hard-cover books, and archival material deposited in the Library of Congress, Indiana University, and University of Georgia archives." second layer

"This is the real 'roots' music of America, which has been my privilege to hear and record first-hand." - Art Rosenbaum

va - classic railroad songs (smithsonian folkways)

"As 19th-century America expanded, so too did the "ribbons of iron" that crisscrossed the vast landscape and sparked the imagination of music-makers. Work songs, ballads recounting riveting exploits, and instrumental echoes of the once familiar sounds of the steam locomotive have enshrined the railroad in our musical memory. Classic Railroad Songs mines the Smithsonian Folkways archives to create this tribute to a favorite American source of inspiration."

emory cook, new lost city ramblers, furry lewis, pete seeger, walt robertson, leadbelly, elizabeth cotten, cisco houston, l.m. hilton, the virginia mountain boys, annie watson, doc watson, sonny terry, woody guthrie, brownie mcghee, ...

va - raga for peter walker (tompkins square, 2006)

"A Raga for Peter Walker will feature four new tracks from Peter along with original, previously unreleased compositions by the revered contemporary guitarists Steffen Basho-Junghans, James Blackshaw, Greg Davis, Shawn David McMillen, Thurston Moore, and Jack Rose. More a tip of the hat than a “tribute” album, these players all share an appreciation for a gifted musician whose small yet amazing body of work still resonates. Guitarist Peter Walker came up in the Cambridge MA and Greenwich Village folk scenes of the Sixties. He recorded two albums for the Vanguard label in the late Sixties in a style best described as American folk-raga. He studied with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, and was Dr. Timothy Leary's musical director, organizing music for the LSD advocate’s “celebrations.” Peter Walker’s 1967 debut album, Rainy Day Raga, features one of the first studio appearances by jazz flautist Jeremy Steig, as well as guitarist Bruce Langhorne, who recorded with Bob Dylan and many others. Rainy Day Raga is a gentle and beautiful fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, and one of the earliest examples of a style explored by Sandy Bull several years earlier..."

"Peter Walker was actually a bigger influence on my acoustic playing than John Fahey or Robbie Basho" Ben Chasny, Six Organs of Admittance.

va - so much fire to roast human flesh (bastet)

"a benefit album curated by Josephine Foster. The title is a line from a poem by the great Apollinaire, who died from wounds he sustained while serving in World War I."

"All profits from sales of this compilation will be distributed to specific counter-military recruitment and pacifist organizations and programs. We hope to assist them in their efforts promoting peace and non-militarism in the United States." arthur magazine

"All of the musicians represented here are US citizens. Our voices join with many others across this land that freely question and openly oppose war." Josephine Foster

the cherry blossoms, feathers, michael hurley, meg baird, andrew bar, goatgirl, devendra banhart, kath bloom, charlie nothing, diane cluck, josephine foster, john allingham & ann tiley, angels of light, rachel mason, pajo, mv & ee, kathleen baird, lay all over it

va - molten strings, train wrecks and birdsong (students of decay)

"A commendable, cohesive collection from this young Cincinnati imprint, specializingfor the most part in limited edition CD-R's. The ten artists it collects - half with Students of Decay releases to their names, half without - accurately reflect the label's aesthetic, as implied in the title: a winning mixture of free noise, drone, freak folk, and unclassifiable post-everything improvisation. Robert Horton, Taiga Remains and Family Underground acquit themselves handsomely; Birchville Cat Motel, Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood, Peter Wright and The North Sea chime in handily. Standout contributions are a wincingly scratchy violin piece from Burning Star Core's C. Spencer Yeh, and Zaimph's 'Flying inDark' which echoes heavily with muffled overtones. Fred Lonberg-Holm's invigoratingly abrupt string wrangling improvisation caps a confident statement of intent from apromising label" the wire

va - lead into gold, long-form works (rebis)

"top artists from the spiritual, minimalist, folk, psychedelic and noise undergrounds come together to contribute long-form pieces based on the theme of alchemical transmutation.
includes exclusive tracks from birds of delay, son of earth, keenan lawler, the zoo wheel, the opera glove sinks in the sea, bird show + lichens, bruce russell, the gray field recordings, white/light, and of...ohv (loren chasse + christine boepple)" imaginary year

va - sound surrounds us volume 4, 5 & 6 (mymwly)

keijo and the free players, snow foxx, dinmuck#f, robert horton, little head big body, ray off, no guru, biffplex...music your mind will love you.

va - protest american protest songs 1928-1953 (viper, 2006)

"...this 20 track compilation collects up some of the best American protest songs recorded between 1928 and 1953 and shows a variety of subjects ranging from racism and segregation to nuclear weapons and Hitler. It's moving, political and occasionally humorous, but the best thing about the compilation is surprisingly the music itself, which skates across multiple genres of 'classic' American music. We've got folk and country covered, ragtime and soul, blues. the list goes on and it would be fruitless for me to just name everything. Highlights come unsurprisingly from the always haunting Billie Holiday who's track 'Strange Fruit' is picked here, Woody Guthrie's tear inducing '1913 Massacre' and the opening track 'Old Man Atom' by the Sons of the Pioneers which tells of the horrors of Hiroshima" boomkat

va - creeping dawn volume 2 (students of decay)

"Volume 2 contains exclusive 3'' material by Mike Shiflet, David Kirby, Robert Horton, and Alligator Crystal Moth. All four 3''s are packaged in a customized box with artwork. The set is limited to 50 copies. Disc One Mike Shiflet "Puritan Heartbreaker" Disc Two David Kirby "Shrieks Against the Glass Pt. II" Disc Three Robert Horton "Ritual Ingestion of Insect Substance" Disc Four Alligator Crystal Moth "Cow's Town Ornamental"
46 super rarities - classic performances of early blues and old country music from the 1920s and 30s, including 2 never heard before selections by Son House. Large 20 page illustrated booklet included inside! 2-CD Set. country, blues, gospel, fiddle tunes, rags, banjo songs, religious selections, old ballads...


Anonymous said...

Una brutalidad para comenzar el 2007:
Andromelos, "Andromelos" (Ektro Records)
Andromelos son Kawabata Makoto (AMT, Nishinihon, Musica Transonic, Mainliner, Gong), Yamazaki Maso (Masonna, Space Machine) y Okano Futoshi (Nishinihon, ex-Subert Blaze, ex-Ghost). ¡Brutal!
Es difícil encontrar algo parecido. Pensaría en los primeros Guru Guru, Ash Ra o Tangerine Dream.

Ruido Horrible said...

¡¡¡ENORME!!! Siento que he vivido en otro -muy aburrido- planeta. Gracias por estas enormes guías a la música del año que muere.



Anonymous said...

Pues mira Sergio como estamos en navidad voy a darte uno de los nombres que sonarán en el 2007.
Apuntad bien este nombre WINDMILL. Hasta el momento había publicado unos 7" en Static Caravan pero el primer lanzamiento oficial (por lo visto había grabado algo para sus amigos) se lo ha llevado Melodic. Para reirse de Sufjan Stevens. Matthew Thomas Dillon alias Windmill de 26 años para más info ha grabado un discazo titulado Puddle city racing lights y saldrá a la venta el 9 de abril. El disco que tenía que haber publicado los Flaming Lips tras Zairekaa y Clouds Taste Metallic. Tremendo. Apuntadlo WINDMILL.

Ecstatic Peace! said...

Andromelos Y WINDMILL,

El de Andromelos lo he escuchado en la web de Aquarius records y tiene buena pinta:


Ecstatic Peace! said...

Una de las recomendaciones de Toni,
Windmill en la web de My Space:


Y aquí se puede escuhar su primer 7",
está bastante bién:


Ecstatic Peace! said...

... y gracias a Mafalda por felicitarnos el nuevo año:

"Les deseamos a todas las buenas personas que conocemos
que el próximo año tengan toda la fuerza y den lo mejor de sí mismos sin importarles que les recompensen sus esfuerzos
para trabajar por un mundo mejor, en el que la paz sea posible, con justicia y equidad y en el que sobrevivan las utopías aunque parezcan (y sean) imposibles.
Feliz año para todos !!! "

Ecstatic Peace! said...

Muy buén video el de Charalambides,
que sale en la web de Toni:


Anonymous said...

Aquí no tengo dudas: Johnny Cash...

Anonymous said...


ana said...

toni, acabo de bajar andromelos. a ver qué tal

qué susto sergio, pensé que ruido horrible había desaparecido!

feliz año con un poco de retraso, por cierto :)

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