Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stargate (1988)

I've never consciously tried to have a "narrative" to this blog, so why I'm posting another new age album on the heels of Journeys Out Of Body is a mystery even to myself, because inconsistency has certainly never stopped me before. This one is a lot cornier, too. There's more of a "beat" structure (one track even has vocals) with several individual tracks as opposed to a long ones that take up each side of the tape. And I have to admit, this is where I got a little lazy as I didn't separate the tracks out. I'm not sure if I was simply too bored or couldn't tell the difference between two tracks; unless someone out there really needs a kickass randomized Sam McNally playlist, you're not missing anything with my side a/side b method.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Journeys Out Of Body (1983)

I decided to separate this one out from the Live Disasters post when I was re-writing it. Really, the cover here speaks for itself. I have to admit, I kind of like it (granted, it's been a while). Gets me in the calm, dare I say "spacey" sort of mood better than the vast majority of dark ambient artists past or present who try too hard to do the same.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Deaf Family (????)

A short, sweet and utterly mysterious tape of melodic noise drones. The image says "QUONE" on the side with my copy apparently being 2 of 5, but the Quone label website doesn't even list it. There's also no luck on a google search since typing in "deaf family" only leads to pages upon pages of medial advice. Now that I think about it, this is one I'd actually like some more answers on.

Live Disasters (2001?)

Excellent mashup of live shenanigans. Sonic Disorder dishes out plastered noise weirdness while Joe Milktoast cocks out with their rock out for the final time. I should really pay closer attention to these guys. Whatever, my loss is your gain. I can only assume this tape is from 2001 at the earliest. Smell The Stench's deleted releases page confirms it exists but doesn't give a release date. Discogs brings up nothing.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Jungle Talk (1993)

Easily the worst of these kinds of albums I've ever heard. You know the ones: they sit on kiosks at retail joints or giftshops, playing snippets of waterfalls and bird calls alongside modernized sing-a-longs and rehashed celtic music. Now try sitting through an hour of this shit: you'll especially love listening to the two tracks that sound nearly identical while reading fine print on the inside cover to pass the time. The thing that disturbs me is, why the hell did they include a track called "Turkey Talk"on a freakin' jungle-themed album? Download only if you need an endurance test.

Also, a quick shout out to Confederacy of the Wrong
There's some cool shit there: check it out.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

found sound (????)

Nothing much to say here, it's just a found tape of answering machine noises.

DSP (1997) & Kaotic Intentionz (1998)

When I started this blog, I did so with the intent to dig out more information about a few items in my collection that I had no clue about. Now that I'm older I'm content to let such irrelevant factoids slip into obscurity, though this one was a prime example of something I needed to know more about (note the past tense).

From what I can gather, DSP was a rap duo from Madison, WI. They were tightly affiliated with another group called Kaotic Intentionz who had a slightly darker style. I think I exaggerated the tough charm these tapes had when I bought them because I was starved for some good horrorcore. Looking at it now, the instrumentals are annoyingly glitzy and it's clear these guys only wanted enough edge to get street cred while not destroying their chances for mainstream success (spoiler alert: it didn't work).

The reason I'm not saying much about the tapes themselves (other than I can't find them on discogs) is most of the tracks were later put in a "best-of" compilation that I have no real interest in right now. There's a few tracks missing, some new ones and some slightly retitled, though I can't recall any standouts from the tapes other than KI's "Cranium Cracker," which is on the CD anyways. I'd still recommend a listen, if only you are indeed starved for good, let alone anything resembling, horrorcore.