Saturday, May 30, 2009

Major Organ & the Adding Machine (2001), 1st Imaginary Symphony for Nomad (1999), For Clouds and Tornadoes (2008)

3 albums in one day?! What?!

Well, I figured since I keep forgetting to update, I'll put up a few at once. Today I have for you kids a few albums from the Elephant 6 Collective. Yeah, yeah, I know... when you hear "Elephant 6" you probably think of stuff like the Apples in Stereo and of Montreal. Though these albums share some of the same musicians, they're way weirder, and in my opinion, much more interesting than a lot of what is put out by the collective. (Though I guess that would be debatable... I know a lot of people who hate these releases, but personally, I'm a fan.)

The first record is by the group Major Organ and the Adding Machine. No one is completely sure who exactly was involved in the recording of this album, except for the obvious contributors, Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster. The record is one of the strangest albums I have heard in recent years. Though, it does feature a few things which could probably be considered straight forward pop songs, most of it is just bizarre experiments and freak outs. During the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise tour (which I had the pleasure of witnessing) a film entitled Major Organ and the Adding Machine was screened. It was basically a short piece featuring no dialogue, but songs from the album.

The next two albums I'll have up are both by the Music Tapes. The Music Tapes were a group fronted by Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel and Chocolate USA. The first album released was entitled 1st Imaginary Symphony for Nomad. It was a strange album featuring instruments that Julian Koster is most often associated with, such as the singing saw and banjo. The record was recorded on vintage equipment, and took over 4 years to create. The result is a bizarre recording featuring songs about the power of television.

Nine years later, The Music Tapes released their second album, For Clouds and Tornadoes. This album has a much different feel than 1st Imaginary Symphony. It features more straight forward songs that don't utilize musique-concrete recordings. To me, the album seems to have a much more polished sound than the first record.

Major Organ and the Adding Machine
1. When Father Was Away On Business 2:06
2. His Mister's Pet Whistles 2:18
3. Kissing Behind the Rubbery Grinder 0:46
4. Un, Deux, Trois 3:57
5. Your Moonpie Eye 1:17
6. Madam Truffle 2:50
7. The Fireman's Guitar 0:49
8. Moonpie Eye Sensation 3:35
9. Swimming, Laughing, Playing :049
10. Barry's Lung 1:51
11. Water Dripping on Bread Makes Bread Not So Tasty 2:09
12. Walking in the Sun 1:19
13. Transmission 2:21
14. Abe Lincoln's Moustache 0:48
15. The Snack Bar 1:00
16. Fransisco's Victory 0:58
17. Powdered Abe Lincoln 0:34
18. Do the Moonpie Eye 1:27
19. Life Form (Transmission Recieved) 4:25


1st Imaginary Symphony For Nomad
1. Song for Soon to be Sailor 2:16
2. 1st Imaginary Symphony for Vaccume Cleaner 1:00
3. Song of the Nomad Lost 2:34
4. "Pulled Out to Sea..." 1:34
5. March of the Father Fists 2:35
6. Nomad Tell Us
7. Aliens 2:32
8. Song of 100 Castles 0:55
9. What the Single Made the Needle Sing 4:02
10. The Clapping Hands 4:12
11. Sea's Song for Sailor 0:33
12. The Television Tells Us 4:34
13. An Orchestration's Overture 1:53
14. Song for the Death of Parents 4:02
15. A Warning! 1:30
16. Fanfare for the Speeding Bullet 2:13
17. Wishing Well at Casper's End 2:04


For Clouds and Tornadoes
1. Saw Ping Pong and Orchestra 1:21
2. Schedrevka 0:54
3. Freeing Song for Reindeer 2:59
4. Majesty 2:44
5. Nimbus Stratus Cirrus 2:45
6. Freeing Song by Reindeer 3:13
7. Tornado Longing for Freedom 3:57
8. Song for Oceans Falling 6:04
9. Kolyada No. 1 0:53
10. The Minister of Longitude 4:46
11. Manifest Destiny 3:37
12. Kolyada No. 2 1:00
13. Cumulonibus 4:47
14. Julian and Grandpa 0:31
15. In an Ice Palace 3:39


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Starsailor (1970)

I keep forgetting to update.. oops! Sorry! Today I'm going to post a Tim Buckley album, which over the past month has become one of my favorite records. Tim Buckley, of course, was a folk singer famous for his powerful voice, and being the father of artist Jeff Buckley. Starsailor is one of Buckley's later albums which were more experimental than those in his earlier career. Instead of playing just folk music, Buckley incorporated elements of free jazz and experimental styles. The result is a really beautiful and haunting album. Though the record features some of his more "inaccessible" work, it also features his best known track, "Song to the Siren."

Though quite different than his earlier work, it's a really great album. It was the first that I ever heard by him, and is still my favorite.

After the record didn't gain as much commercial success, his drug and alcohol problem worsened. In 1975, Buckley died of an overdose of alcohol and heroin.

Track List
1. Come Here Woman 4:12
2. I Woke Up 4:07
3. Monterey 4:33
4. Moulin Rouge 2:00
5. Song to the Siren 3:28
6. Jungle Fire 4:43
7. Starsailor 4:37
8. The Healing Festival 3:17
9. Down by the Borderline 5:24

get it

Monday, May 18, 2009

For Sale!

I have a few things up for sale on ebay right now that may be of interest.

The first thing is the box set, Irresistible Impulse. It is by the no wave pioneer James Chance. It has 4 cds and a booklet. It's out of print and is pretty hard to find.


The second thing is the cd A Long Way Around to a Shortcut by Sic Alps. This album is also out of print. It was a limited issue, and only 1000 copies were released.


Finally, for fans of 90s pop-punk, I have a rare Green Day bootleg called Radio Daze. This cd is a recording of Green Day playing on WFMU radio in 1991. It has some pretty good live versions of their early stuff.


That's all I have up for right now, but I'll probably put up some of my records by the end of this week. Keep checking back for more!

Satori (1971)

Flower Travellin' Band was a japanese hard rock band formed in the 1960's by Yuya Uchida. The band was originally called the Flowers, and they performed covers. Flower Travellin' Band was pretty influencial in the Japanese rock scene of the time.

The album Satori is their masterpiece. The record sprawls out over 5 amazing proto-metal tracks simply entitled Satori Part 1-5. It features amazing guitar solos and the fantastic vocals of Joe Yamanaka. I honestly don't know what to write about this album that hasn't already been said. Basically, it's a classic, and most definitely one of the most important albums to be released from Japan.

1. Satori Part 1 5:25
2. Satori Part 2 7:06
3. Satori Part 3 10:44
4. Satori Part 4 11:01
5. Satori Part 5 7:54


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ode to Quetzacoatl

I almost feel bad putting this up since I just found out about this last week, and I didn't discover it on my own like most of the stuff on here. This album is just so good though that I had to. Ode to Quetzacoatl is a loner folk album by the artist Dave Bixby. I honestly don't know very much about him. There isn't a whole lot of information to be found on the man online. The album is very rare, and copies of it usually go for over a thousand dollars.

The album starts with Bixby talking about his past problems with drugs, and the rest of the record is him singing about finding God and salvation through his religion. Even though Dave Bixby apparently found God and kicked his drug habit, the dark tones of the album make it seem like he doesn't neccesarily sound happy about it.

Track Listing
1. Drug Song 3:18
2. Free Indeed 3:16
3. I Have Seen Him 3:12
4. Mother 2:57
5. Morning Sun 3:30
6. Prayer 3:11
7. Lonely Faces 3:54
8. Open Doors 3:05
9. 666 3:10
10. Waiting for the Rains 2:14
11. Secret Forest 4:53
12. Peace 2:20


Monday, May 11, 2009

Jamboree (1988), Dreamy (1991)

I guess it was pretty inevitable that I would eventually post some music by Beat Happening. Anyone who is friends with me on knows that I'm pretty obsessed with them, and that they're one of my favorite bands. It was hard to decided which of their albums to post. I thought about putting up all of them, but I decided that would be kind of excessive. I don't want to say that these two are my favorite albums by them, because they aren't. Beat Happening is one of the few bands whose discography (I think) is just consistently good. I can't really pick one favorite release by them, so I just decided to pick a couple that are good places to start with them.

A little info on the band first... Beat Happening was a lo-fi indie pop band from Olympia, Washington. The band formed around 1982 by members Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis, and Brett Lunsford. Beat Happening was known for their amateurish sound. Calvin Johnson formed the indie label K Records, which became an important symbol for the DIY movement. K was an influential label who released albums by artists such as Bikini Kill, Shonen Knife, The Microphones, and Modest Mouse.

The first album featured (Jamboree) was the bands second album. The record has a dark, yet rather innocent sound to it. It features the bands most famous song, Indian Summer. The album has a lot of very understated twee songs which I think, become better with each listen.

The other album featured is their fourth album, Dreamy. This one features some of my all time favorite songs by the band like Hot Chocolate Boy and Cry For a Shadow.

If you like these two albums, go out and get everything else by them. If you're into these two, then you won't be disappointed by the rest of their discography.

1. Bewitched 3:06
2. In Between 2:21
3. Indian Summer 3:05
4. Hangman 2:31
5. Jamboree 1:03
6. Ask Me 0:58
7. Crashing Through 1:16
8. Cat Walk 1:58
9. Drive Car Girl 2:00
10. Midnight a Go-Go 2:18
11. The This Many Boyfriends Club 3:18


1. Me Untamed 3:46
2. Left Behind 2:53
3. Hot Chocolate Boy 2:21
4. I've Lost You 2:48
5. Cry For a Shadow 2:27
6. Collide 3:29
7. Nancy Sin 2:40
8. Fortune Cookie Prize 3:46
9. Revolution Come and Gone 4:16
10. Red Head Walking 2:07


Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Tomorrow afternoon, I'll be leaving to go to Louisville, and won't be back until late on Sunday. Expect more posts on Monday. Have a good weekend everyone!