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“Silver Apples is an organic mechanism composed of the Simeon and the Taylor Drums!”

The Simeon is played by Simeon Coxe, the Simeon itself an impressive collection of electronic paraphernalia which ultimately included a dozen oscillators, six of them tuned to bassnotes which he played with his feet, an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, labgear and a variety of secondhand electronic junk. Together with the strange vocals and the drums this one is really sounding weird. This album is from 1969 and so fuckin´ avantgarde, Silver Apples were pioneers of electric music. Using hypnotic repetitions, weird electronic sounds, intense vocals and musical structures influenced by the psychedelic- and prog-rock the Silver Apples created a sound universum of their very own.

Dig in music history and oscillate!

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Heavy jazz stuff. Zu from Rome, Italy fuse Jazz with a Punk-Attitude and hit you like a tornado. It starts chaotic with “The Elusive Character of Victory”, gets more structural with “Solar Anus”, but never fits into one specific form. John Zorn loves this shit and it was recorded 2002 in the legendary Electrical Audio Studios by Steve Albini, mastermind of Shellac and producer of uncountable noise and indie-records. Noise Jazz? Maybe.

The Thanks-list offers a wide spectrum of musicians:

Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lomberg-Holm (all three performing on some tracks on the record!!), Postrock legend Karate, Canadian Punkband NoMeansNo (“Motörhead after art school”), DJ Okapi and the release is dedicated to Avantgarde-Punkrockers from The Ex!

Zu are not a rockband, not a jazzband, they destroy boundaries and Sun Ra lives on. A collaborative with Dälek is going to be released in the next month, this collo looks promising.

It´s igneous.

Three living legends, one topic: Hip Hop. Nas says “Hip Hop is dead“, KRS One and Marley Marl teach the opposite – Hip Hop lives. I think both are right in their own ways. Buck 65 is a proof for KRS One´s thesis for sure, in his hands hip hop lives because he is forming & transforming it. For example listen to the Hip Hop-Blues-Country-Folk-Clash on “Talkin’ Honky Blues“. Even better is Buck 65 aka Richard Tefry on “Square”, abstract composed song structures, intelligent sampling and a great sense for telling stories. RJD2? Dan the Automator? Yeah!

Square consists of four parts, each a conglomerat of songs and ideas melt into each other. This extravagant way of arranging an album prevents in a likeable way zapping from song to song – you need to focus on the whole square.

If you say it´s boring – listen to it once again! If you need faster songs – wait until your mood changes! But don´t be square.


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