Tuesday, March 30, 2010

G.I. Gurdjieff- Harmonic Development

G.I. Gurdjieff' was a noted early 20th-century mystic type, known for his teachings in a self-proclaimed "Fourth Way" of balanced personal/spiritual development. He is also known for having established the modern use of the enneagram as method for self-understanding. Regardless of whether or not Gurdjieff was in fact a genius or just a very clever charlatan, there's no question he was responsible for a great deal of interesting music. Says Wikipedia: "The last musical period is the improvised harmonium music which often followed the dinners Gurdjieff held in his Paris apartment during the Occupation and immediate post-war years, to his death in 1949." This is the stuff of Harmonic Development; a combination Book & CD offering of Gurdjieff's improvisations released by the Dutch record label, Basta. Can't give you the book, but here is the music. (Thanks to my anonymous source for the hook-up.)

Mediafire Download Link: G.I. Gurdjieff- Harmonic Development (mp3)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Baligh Hamdi- Le Monde Musical de Baligh Hamdi بليغ حمدي

Here's a rare & amazing Egyptian 70's psych classic just ripped to vinyl by yours truly. Allow me to assure you folks hungry for more Omar Khorshid; you're definitely going to need this Baligh Hamdi LP. FYI, Khorshid was a regular hired gun in Hamdi's orchestra. Together, they were responsible for some of the very best recorded work of the legendary Om Kalsoum. Just saying- this album is dynamite.

Baligh Hamdi by nicholab

Download Link: Baligh Hamdi- Le Monde Musical de Baligh Hamdi.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Don't Think I've Forgotten Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll

Here's a trailer for what looks like a good documentary on Cambodian rock in the 60s & 70s.

Brigadier Jerry- Jamaica Jamaica (1985)

The 1985 debut Lp from one of my favorite dancehall toasters, Brigadier Jerry. Good-vibes.
"Three Blind Mice"

"Every Man Mi Brethren"

"Armagiddeon Style"

Mediafire Download link: Brigadier Jerry- Jamaica Jamaica (1985)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ghostcapital DJ Set: Wed April 7th @ Tanker Bar

Hello Portland. I am officially a DJ, once again. My first set here in the Rose City will commence at the Tanker Bar on Wed, April 7th from 8-ish till 1-ish. Be a pal and come out. Bodies=Success in this equation. I want to keep this gig, and make it bi-weekly. See you there?

WED, APRIL 7th 2010
Tanker Bar
4825 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR


Ghostcapital Mix Disc: Cloudbusters

Thanks be to Wilhelm- This latest Ghostcapital Mix has been psuedo-scientifically designed to address the buildup of excessive orgone in my current atmosphere. As is said- April showers bring May flowers. Let's hope it works for you.

Download Link: Ghostcapital- Cloudbusters (V/A)

1. Out Of This World / Gino Washington 2:14
2. Bullet Proof Nothing / Simply Saucer 3:00
3. North by North / The Bats 4:04
4. Vou Sair Do Cativerio / Ton & Sergio 2:50
5. Fire Eyes / Index 4:15
6. Iron Man / Soreng Santi 3:33
7. Maybe So Maybe No / The New Holidays 3:07
8. Deep Shadows / Little Ann 2:37
9. Cholito Toca y Retoca / Maria Dolores Pradera 3:18
10. Point That Thing Somewhere Else / The Clean 5:26
11. Cherry Red / The Groundhogs 5:44
12. I'm A Young Man / Eddie & Ernie 2:27
13. Slowboat / Sparks 3:55
14. Benediction / Stealers Wheel 4:47
15. Boy Blue / Electric Light Orchestra 5:19
16. The 15th / Wire 3:06
17. A Family Affair / Television Personalities 2:37
18. B-I-D Spells Bid / The Monochrome Set 3:18
19. So Easy Going, So Hard Coming Back / Millie Jackson 3:50
20. Oh! Mulher Infiel / Os Mutantes 4:20
21. Atate / Ngozi Family 3:22

Omar Khorshid- Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient) SF052

Holy Smokes- I am so amped about Sublime Frequencies' new Omar Khorshid collection. This guy totally rips Feel free to download his fantastic Rhythms from the Orient and V/A- Eastern Standard Time from here, in the meantime.

From The SF website:

The late Omar Khorshid remains an iconic legend of the Arab world, though he’s received criminally little international acclaim. Born in Cairo in 1945, the glittering age of Egypt's cultural reinvention, Khorshid was soon to become one of its luminaries and most well-known, if short-lived, voices. He is regarded as the greatest guitarist the Arab world has ever known. By the mid 60s Khorshid was established with his group Le Petit Chats, an Egyptian beat group modeled after the prevailing influence of Elvis and the Beatles. It was at this time that one of the reigning figures of contemporary Arabic music, Abdel Halim Hafez, asked Omar Khorshid to join his orchestra. With Baligh Hamdi composing, Hafez with Khorshid in place would create some of the most innovative modern sounds in the Arabic musical canon.

Time with the Hafez orchestra offered Khorshid instant fame, and it wasn’t long before he was asked to play with the queen of Arab music, the voice of Egypt herself -Oum Kalthoum. Over the next few years Khorshid became a well-established and integral part of the Arab musical landscape. He was featured heavily in live concerts, national TV and radio and studio recordings, playing for the leading artists of the day. The guitar had now become an essential ingredient in the Oriental orchestra.

Khorshid began recording albums under his own name for the prestigious Lebanese record labels Voice Of The Orient and Voice Of Lebanon. Working with visionary engineer Nabil Moumtaz at Polysound studios in Beirut, Khorshid would take his music into some of the most progressive musical terrain of its time. The tracks included here in this retrospective are from the prolific span of Khorshid’s career in Beirut from 1973 to 1977. The venerable Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish best encapsulated this time in Lebanon: “unfortunately, it was paradise”.

Khorshid’s prolific instrumental music enjoyed recognition that transcended class and status during the brief period he shone. It’s a testament to his immense talent and some of the finest guitar music the world has ever heard.

This limited edition 2-LP vinyl release features over 80 minutes of classic original recordings compiled by Sublime Frequencies housed in a beautiful full-color gatefold jacket with extensive liner notes.

Omar Khorshid: Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient)
LP SF052

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Roy Budd- The Best of Budd: Original Soundtrack Music by Roy Budd

In addition to his extraordinary talents as a songwriter and graphic artist, my good buddy Nate Ashley is an absolute soundtrack fanatic. Nate's been working on finishing his 5-disc magnum-opus anthology of rare and essential horror movie music- a project he calls Written In Blood- for the past few years. His knowledge of the genre and commitment to perfection is sure to yield a instant-classic bootleg compilation; one for the ages. Having already been privy to the first few volumes, I can personally assure you that Written In Blood is a truly amazing effort & I am happy to announce that Ghostcapital will debut this collection with much pomp and circumstance in the next few weeks. In the meantime, allow me to share this Nate-compiled Roy Budd collection, unofficially released on his own Left-Handed Label. Budd soundtracked oodles of 1970s Thrillers, including; Get Carter, The Carey Treatment, Kidnapped, Foxbat, Mama Dracula, The Marseille Contract...and more. His orchestrated scores are lush and atmospheric, a sample-junky's dream, much akin to the celebrated work of David Axlerod. Thanks for this, Nate. And nice artwork, dude. Enjoy.
Get Carter


Mediafire Download Link: Roy Budd- The Best of Budd (Left-Handed Label)

1. Intro 0:33
2. Jazz It Up 2:45
3. The Carey Treatment 2:08
4. The Thief 2:03
5. Getting Nowhere in a Hurry 3:11
6. Diamonds 2:09
7. Plaything 2:33
8. M5 2:46
9. Goodbye Carter! 3:37
10. M11 3:13
11. The Girl in the Car 2:23
12. End Theme 1:55
13. Hallucinations- Instrumental 4:26
14. Goodbye Eric! 0:45
15. No Co-Operation 2:35
16. The Highlands and the Lowlands 1:07
17. Manhunt 2:51
18. Mama's Story 2:12
19. Mr. Easy 3:02
20. Aranjuez Mon Amour 3:32

Grace Slick- Manhole (1974)

The strange and epic debut solo outing by Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane: Manhole was conceived as a sort of soundtrack to a movie that never existed. This album is pretty rad, actually.
"Theme From the Movie Manhole" (pt 1.)

Mediafire Download Link: Grace Slick- Manhole (1974)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Slow Dive- Blue Day

So, you've been steadily enjoying that new Beach House record, yes? Well, allow me to assume that you probably dig Slowdive then, too. Blue Day compiles most of their first few singles on Creation Records. Classic Shoegaze.
Here's a video I made years ago that uses "Losing Today" as its soundtrack.

Mediafire Download Link: Slowdive- Blue Day (Creation, 1992)

1. "Spanish Air" – (6:02)
2. "Slowdive" - (5:15)
3. "Avalyn 1" - (4:51)
4. "Morningrise" - (4:19)
5. "She Calls" - (5:38)
6. "Losing Today" - (5:00)
7. "Shine" - (5:21)
8. "Albatross" - (5:14)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gino Washington- Out of This World

Soul Dynamite!

Broken Water- Whet

The Broken Water LP on Night People is killing it! Distorted, sludgy 90's-sounding rock & roll that sounds to me like Dinosaur Jr meets The Swirlies.

Says Night People:
This is the debut LP by Olympia Washington 3 piece Broken Water. Consisting of former Sisters (Parts Unknown Records) and Celebration members, Broken Water's sound seems to resound in the rainy coastal woodlands that they are surrounded by. Dense walls of slow swirling distortion breath out into moments of cold syrupy magma and reverb drenched beauty. Droning post punk bass grooves build foundations for constantly evolving guitar riffing and somber vocal passages, a subtle psychedelic sound as heavy as it is lite, as dark as it is colorful, and as deep as it is wide. Broken Water's dreamy take on hazy pastoral sonic exploration is as unique as it is nostalgic and provides endless amounts of killer listening. Silkscreened artwork by Shawn Reed
Live footage from their record release show at Le Voyeur in Olympia *Sound quality isn't great:

Mediafire Download Link: Broken Water- Whet LP (Night People)

Mulatu Astatke 10" EP (Soundway)

Out-of-print 10" Mulatu Astatke EP, originally released by Soundway Records in 2005. Astatke is the crown prince of Ethio Jazz- Maybe even the king. SNDW10001
Mediafire Download Link: Mulatu Astatke 10" EP (Soundway)

1. Emnete
2. Ebo Lala*
3. Yekitir Tezeta
4. Asiyo Belema

*featuring Seifu Yohannes

V/A- Lagos Disco Inferno (2 LP,Academy)

Out this week, compliments of Voodoo Frank- Lagos Disco Inferno (Academy). This stuff is so tight!

1. Doris Ebong - Boogie Trip
2. Geraldo Pino - African Hustle
3. Grotto - Bad City Girl
4. Pogo Ltd - Don't Put Me Down
5. Asiko Rock Group - Everybody Get Down
6. Paradise Stars - Boogie Train
7. Emma Dorgu - Roverman
8. MFB - Boredom Pain
9. Christy Essien - Take Life easy
10. Tirogo - Dancing Machine
11. BLO - Root
12. Nana Love - Hang On

Friday, March 19, 2010

Barış Manço- Dağlar Dağlar (1970)

Rad 1970 album from Anatolian Rock legend, Baris Manco. He rules. Ever since first turning on to the Love, Peace & Poetry series, I can't get enough classic Turkish Psych into my life.

Mediafire Download Link: Barış Manço-Dağlar Dağlar (1970)

1. Dag lar Dag lar (4:25) 2. Derule (2:14) 3. Ka zman (3:00) 4. Seher Vakti (3:13) 5. Katip Arzuhalim (5:10) 6. Unutam yorum (3:07) 7. Anadolu (1:51) 8. Bin Bo an n K z (5:51) 9. te Hendek, te Deve (2:51) 10. Ay Osman (2:18) 11. Kol Dü meleri (3:27) 12. Kirpiklerin Ok Eyle (4:18) 13. A lama De mez Hayata (4:11)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Stranglers- "Strange Little Girl"

The Stranglers - Strange little girl.
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Om Kalsoum- Alf Lela Wlela أم كلثوم

A classic and spellbinding performance from Egyptian singer Om Kalsoum, "The Star of the East", and her orchestra. Without really knowing, I'd be willing to bet my bottom dollar that's Omar Khorshid on guitar. Music by Baligh Hamdi, if I'm not mistaken. Anyone? This is truly wonderful stuff.
(Audio Excerpt)

Mediafire Download Link: Om Kalsoum- Alf Lela Wlela

Soreng Santi- "Iron Man" (Finders Keepers)

Amazing Thai version of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man"!!! Recently released on 7" by Finders Keepers in an edition of 500. Now sold out- I'm happy to report that my copy is in the mail! In the meantime, I did manage to scrounge up a digital copy of the "Iron Man" A-side from The Cover Lovers. This kind of thing is what I'm all about. Will definitely post the B-Side as soon as this record is in my hands.

Mediafire Download Link: Soreng Santi- "Iron Man" (Finders Keepers)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Doo Rag- Chunked and Muddled

1993 album from Tuscon's spastic lo-fi, gut-bucket garage blues duo.

From the Doo-Rag entry on Wikipedia:
Guitarist and singer Bob Log III played an acoustic/electric slide homemade dobro, which sounded akin to an electrocuted McDowell on amphetamines, mixed with AC/DC. He also played a $2 thrift store guitar in a similar slide fashion which often left the sound men at the clubs they were playing at in awe at its wicked growl during the duo's sound check. Doo Rag also employed a number of Thermos Malling's unique microphone setups to distort the vocals, and was as likely to be singing through a vacuum cleaner hose as to be singing into two hairdryers with built-in microphones. Thermos Malling contributed percussion using a custom-made drumkit compiled from a Budweiser box for a bass drum, a tin bucket as a snare drum, an old film reel as a cymbal, an iron shopping basket used as a hi-hat, and a number of other found objects.

Can't find any samples from Chunked & Muddled, so here's a Doo-Rag video for "Trudge", from What We Do, just to give you some idea...

Mediafire Download Link: Doo Rag- Chunked and Muddled

Nudge Squidfish- 20,000 Leagues Under Nashville

I've been enjoying Tommy Jay's Tall Tales of Trauma, lately. Mid 80's weirdo garage psyche from Columbus, OH. I'm especially digging, "I Was There".

Strange, eccentric and kind of awesome.

Well, this Nudge Squidfish LP would appear to be the logical next step.

Says the Columbus Discount label;

"During a self-imposed exile in Nashville around 1985, frequent Quota and former "Peter Laughner" of the True Believers, Nudge Squidfish sent cassette transmissions back to his friends Mike Rep & Tommy Jay in Harrisburg, OH. From hours of cassettes Rep compiled this collection of psychedelic pop songs, synthesizer experiments, harmonic convergences, and fragments of his rock'n roll past that rival Mayo Thompson or Brian Wilson in complexity, pop sensibility, and authentic absurdity. Think we're talking it up? Well, Hey!... this IS the gem that launched Rep's storied cassette label, Old Age(/No Age). Upon Squid's return to Columbus, he would link up with the late Jim Shepard to form the legendary V-3. Painstakingly mastered for vinyl by Mike Rep from the original cassette. Edition of 500 LPs."

Mediafire Download Link: Nudge Squidfish- 20,000 Leagues Under Nashville

Mossy Davidson- North WInd Calling

Mossy Davidson's North Wind Calling is a kindly and pastoral 70's loner folk double-LP, originally self-released in 1977 on the private press imprint, Northwoods. Davidson's songs draw their inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Alaskan landscape. This is nice stuff. Also, she is Jewel's aunt.
"Coyotes Cry"

Mediafire Download Link: Mossy Davidson- North Wind Calling

Monday, March 15, 2010

Simply Saucer!

"Instant Pleasure"

"Bullet Proof Nothing"

Velvets + Stooges + Modern Lovers= Simply Saucer?! WOWZERS!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Forest Swords- Dagger Paths

Dagger Paths is Olde English Spelling Bee's very latest homemade atmospheric art-dub release, comprised of remastered versions Forest Swords' various out-of-print cassettes. The limited LP is available for purchase at The OESB Shoppe.

Forest Swords - Visits from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

Forest Swords - Miarches from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

Forest Swords - Glory Gongs from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

Mediafire Download Link: Forest Swords-Dagger Paths

Das Ding- H.S.T.A.

Das Ding was an early 80's electro pioneer recently given the reissue treatment by the folks at Minimal Wave. Remastered repackaged and pressed on deluxe limited issue vinyl in 2009.

"Reassurance Ritual"

Mediafire Download Link: Removed (See Comment(s) below)
2 H.S.T.A.
3 Inter Caetera
4 Take Me Away
5 A Dark Place
6 Triffid Farm
7 Kindheitsmuster
8 Makimono

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Amps For Christ- Circuits

I've never figured why Amps For Christ are named Amps For Christ. I sure like 'em, though. Most of my favorite tracks- Edward, Grey Funnel Line, The Blacksmith, Sweet William And Lady Margaret- are warped, lo-fi experimental versions of classic British traditional ballads. AFC's Jeremy Barnes is known for meddling with strings and electronics, and has invented numerous instruments throughout the course of this project. Circuits was originally released on Vermiform in 1999.
"The Grey Funnel Line"

Live On-Air Jam

Mediafire Download Link: Amps for Christ- Circuits

1 Sweet William and Lady Margret
2 Citys of Refuge
3 Janitor of Lunacy
4 The Grey Funnel Line
5 Colors
6 The Blacksmith
7 Edward
8 Wishful Thinking
9 Memorial Immemorial
10 Eyes That Shine
11 Detrimental Anisthesia
12 The Wife of Ushers Well
13 Over the Hills of Marshall
14 Echo Location
15 Chinese Fascination With Westerns
16 Moondog
17 Esaus Blessing
18 The Cruel Sister
19 Snap Dragons

Soulhawk Singles!

Submitted for your enjoyment, here are the A-Sides to every single 45 put out by Detroit's Soulhawk imprint in the 1960's. Rare and wonderful stuff. Northern Soul Floorfillers. Some might recognize "Maybe So, Maybe No" from Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement.
Question: Who's got the B-sides?
The New Holidays "Maybe So, Maybe No"

The Mighty Lovers "Aint Gonna Run No More"

Mediafire Download Link: Soulhawk Singles (ghostcapital mix)
1. Jimmey "Soul" Clark – (Come On) And Be My Sweet Darlin’
2. Third Party – Such A Soul Says Part 1
3. Jimmey "Soul" Clark – (I’ll Be Your Champion) I’ll Be Your Winner
4. The Mighty Lovers – Ain’t Gonna Run No More
5. The New Holidays – Maybe So Maybe No
6. Eric & The Vikings – Vibrations (Make Us Fall In Love
7. Jimmey "Soul" Clark- (Somebody) Stop That Girl [**B-Side to (Come On) And Be My Sweet Darlin']

Scientist- "Dance of the Vampires"

Best dub track ever?

Recently Discovered: Blind Blake- "Night and Day Blues/ Sun to Sun" (Paramount 13123)

Just found this on the Old Hat Records Site.
The biography of Blind Blake remains sketchy, but his recorded legacy is rich and his status as a guitar master is unquestioned. Blake’s repertoire of blues and ragtime was showcased by a string of popular releases on the Paramount label between 1926 and 1932. After that, Blind Blake simply vanished from the historical register.

Blind Blake’s music has long been enjoyed by blues enthusiasts through a series of reissues beginning in the LP era. There were gaps in his body of work, however. One disc that eluded collectors was Paramount 13123, recorded at Blake’s penultimate session of January 1932, a time when Paramount’s fortunes were fast crumbling. By then the company was shipping only minuscule quantities of records to select dealers and distributors, and few have survived to the present day.

Paramount 13123 finally came to light in 2007 when it was retrieved from an old steamer trunk in a trailer park in Raleigh, NC, and acquired by Marshall Wyatt of Old Hat Records.

Listen (samples):
Side A: Night & Day Blues
Side B: Sun to Sun

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Charanjit Singh- Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat

Charanjit Singh's Synthesizing is a rad experiment in electrified disco ragas, originally released in 1982. With basslines courtesy of the Roland 303, this is essentially a proto-Acid House record in an Indian mode. Synthesizing is slated for an April reissue by Bombay Connection. I recommend picking this up. My own digital copy is not mastered as pristinely as the BC release and, further, its not broken up by song- the files are just labelled as sides 1 & 2. That in mind, I feel just fine about sharing it with you; my interweb friends.
"Raga Bhairav"

"Raga Megh Malhar"

Mediafire Download Link: Charanjit Singh- Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat (1982)

Milk'n'Cookies- Milk'n'Cookies (1977)

Milk'n'Cookies is a little-known NYC 70's powerpop group. They rule. Their self-titled debut from '77 has been recently reissued on vinyl by RPM Records. If you're down with The Ramones, Sparks or pretty much anything on Stiff Records, then this records has your name all over it. Enjoy!
Milk'N'Cookies "Tinkertoy Tomorrow/ Chance To Play/ Good Friends"

Mediafire Download Link: Milk'n'Cookies (1977)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Elias Rahbani - Mosaic of the Orient

Great collection from Lebanese musician and composer Elias Rahbani.
I just found this cool video using his music on sophia-al-maria's blog. The track's name is "Dance of Maria"

Mediafire Download Link: Elias Rahbani - Mosaic of the Orient

01 - Let's Dance
02 - La Dance De Nadia
03 - My Lovely Elena
04 - Sweet Eyes
05 - Take Me With You
06 - Always In My Heart
07 - I Love You Lina
08 - Dance Of Maria
09 - I Think Of You
10 - Smile For Me
11 - Leila Leila, Jolie Fille
12 - Don't Forget Me
13 - Hey, Dabke
14 - Dance With Me
15 - Summer Is Coming
16 - Let Me Love You
17 - I Want To Sing
18 - Good-Night My Love
19 - Midnight Dance
20 - Follow Me Girls
21 - Sweet Nadia
22 - Do You Remember
23 - My Heart Song
24 - Lover's Lane

Nothing People- Soft Crash (2010)

Soft Crash is the latest release by Orland, CA's Nothing People. Its an SS Records vinyl-only release, limited to 1000 copies. I keep reading references to Chrome, Hawkwind & Simply Saucer wherever they're mentioned. Sure, I hear what that's about- they're talking about the meandering punk-fuzz guitar & their occasional off-kilter electronics. Call me crazy, but I'm kind of hearing Gary Newman, Superchunk & Truman's Water in the vocals and the songs themselves. Joy Division is also a fair reference point, especially to the bassline in the title track. At times, they even remind me of a sort of less hardcore and less ridiculous Men's Recovery Project. Well, whatever dude: Music reviews are mostly bogus anyway. So, "don't take my word for it".

Mediafire Download Link Removed: Purchase Soft Crash via iTunes.

Single Shot: Strafe- Set It Off

Strafe's "Set It Off" is a hard hitting electro classic from 1984. The download also includes the 1986 remix. This track is totally addictive.

Mediafire Download Link: Strafe- Set It Off (1984 & 1986 Remix)

Tyvek- Fast Metabolism

Amazing low-budget experimental punk band circa-now that basically sound like The Fall meets Dischord: Year In Seven Inches- and I mean that. Highly recommended.
Listen/Buy: Tyvek- Fast Metabolism

Som Imaginário (1970)

Here is Som Imaginario's eponymous first album (1970). This is like the advent of prog-tropicalia; with compositions that appear more influenced by Yes than by The Zombies. Some interesting stuff here, all in all.
"Feira Moderna" *Not my favorite album track, but the best video I could find.
Mediafire Download Link: Som Imaginário (1970)

Monday, March 8, 2010


Ever heard of Struwwelpeter? This book is an amazing 19th century exercise in corrective scare tactics for children. "Shock-headed Peter" and company learn all kinds of tough lessons in the consequences of misbehavior. Author Heinrich Hoffman conceived and wrote it as a holiday gift for his 3 year old son. The lessons herein are totally insane. I love it, but I absolutely can't imagine putting my own son to sleep at night with this stuff. My vote for most terrifying kids' book ever.

Hoffman's 1848 English Edition.

Bob Staake's 21st Century Struwwelpeter.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sun Araw- Sun Ark/ Bump Up (High Step)

Here's the latest single by lo-fi dub/psych experimentor Sun Araw, formerly of Pocahaunted. 500 copies were pressed on 12" vinyl. There are some interesting things afoot at Not Not Fun & Underwater Peoples, in terms of hazy homespun electronic psychedelia.
Audio Samples Here.
Mediafire Download Link: Sun Araw- Sun Ark [NNF183]

Jermain Tamraz الذكريات

I've recently become enamored with the early work of Assyrian singer Jermain Tamraz. I haven't found as much of her music as I would've liked so far, but here's a selection of the 6 best tracks I've been able to pin down. If anyone out there knows where I can land a copy of her Memory Lane album, for purchase or download, please enlighten me. Enjoy.
Title Unknown

"Khaima Gikhka Khaima Bikhya"

"Ley Ley"

Mediafire Download Link: Jermain Tamraz (ghostcapital mix)

1. Ley Ley
2. Yema Attor
3. Khaima Gihka Khaima Bikya
4. (Unknown Title)
5. Dogle Shapire (Live TV)
6. Elana (Live TV)

Eduard Artemiev- Tarkovsky Soundtracks

Eduard Artemiev is a prominent Russian film composer, known for his work with legendary filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. This collection includes the haunting, atmospheric scores to Solaris, Mirror (Zerkalo) and Stalker.



Mediafire Download Link: Eduard Artemiev- Three Tarkovsky Soundtracks

Jack Rose, RIP

Guitarist Jack Rose passed away in 2009. He's generally considered to have been a Fahey-esque talent in a way that I believe does no disservice to the memory of either one of those guys. His latest release, Luck In The Valley, came out posthumously in Feb '09 on the Thrill Jockey label. His work is highly recommended.

In memoriam, I'm providing 3 earlier, rarer Rose releases for your download pleasure.
Mediafire Download Link:
Red Horse, White Mule (2002)
Opium Musick (2003)
Raag Manifestos (2004)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

James & Bobby Purify (Bell 1967)

The eponymous first LP by James & Bobby Purify. Released in 1967 on Bell records.
"I'm Your Puppet"

Mediafire Download Link- Removed as per DMCA 5/27/10

Action Sequence

My friends and I produced a gritty street drama one summer back in high school. Its kind of amazing to watch now.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Peter Walker- White Wind

From Peter Walker's 1966 album Rainy Day Raga

Tullio De Piscopo- Coagulation/Fastness

Fastness is 1976 Promotional 45 from Italian drummer Tullio De Piscopo. Can you say "breakbeat"?

Mediafire Download Link: Tullio De Piscopo- Coagulation/Fastness (1976)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Aidan Coughlan- Observe The Sky/ Rhiannon

This blog is fast becoming a digital archive for the as-yet unreleased works of Aidan Coughlan. These songs are all from the Brigg Fair years. Anyone have footage of these songs being performed?
Mediafire Download Link: Observe The Sky, Rhiannon

Observe The Sky
Bonny Kate
Canny Fettle
No other young girl
Observe the sky
Rest in peace
To you on the otherside

All down the waterside
Pull the Rider Down
Come tell to me
Wed to another
I know you're going to leave me

V/A- By The Fruits You Shall Know The Roots

By The Fruits You Shall Know the Roots is a highly coveted and super out-of-print 3 LP collection of contemporary experimental folk music (if such a thing exists), jointly released by Time-Lag and Eclipse Records. I came into this one as a fan of Jack Rose, R.I.P. Tons of interesting stuff here, if "Freak Folk" and "The New Weird America" (or whatever other contrived label one might prefer for this genre) are your cup of tea.

Mediafire Download Link: V/A- By The Fruits You Shall Know The Roots. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

A1 Six Organs Of Admittance - If There's Time, Sing! Sing! Sing!
A2 Six Organs Of Admittance - Your Machines Have Awoken The Spirit Gnats, But Even They Would Not Swarm Your Poisoned Blood
A3 Six Organs Of Admittance - Drinking With Jack
A4 Six Organs Of Admittance - Silence!
A5 Six Organs Of Admittance - A Reflection Of The Reflected
A6 Six Organs Of Admittance - Almost Morning, Almost... Almost
A7 Six Organs Of Admittance - If There Is Space, Dance! Dance! Dance!
B1 Jack Rose - Sundogs
B2 Jack Rose - Now That I'm A Man Full Grown
C1 MV/EE Medicine Show, The & Chris Corsano - Massage For The Dakota Sioux
D1 Dredd Foole - Supplication For Wonderland Part 1
D2 Dredd Foole - Supplication For Wonderland Part 2
E1 Fursaxa - Aegean Lore
F1 Joshua* & Kemialliset Ystävät - Song Without Words
F2 Joshua* & Kemialliset Ystävät - Happy Medium
F3 Joshua* & Kemialliset Ystävät - My Griffin Is Gone
F4 Joshua* & Kemialliset Ystävät - Nature's Way
F5 Joshua* & Kemialliset Ystävät - Ten Man Mop
F6 Joshua* & Kemialliset Ystävät - Elevated Platform Echoes