Idris Muhammad - Power of Soul (1974)


if you listen to hip-hop at all, you'll probably recognize a lot of this album - it's been sampled all over the place, from the Beastie Boys (track 4 - Paul's Boutique) to the Grouch (track 2 - Fuck the Dumb). ostensibly, this is a "soul jazz" record, but really any of the tracks are funked out enough to not feel out of place on an R&B/Motown/Philly Soul/Stax playlist you'd bump at a backyard bbq. the grooves are all well below sea level and the playing is never wanky or showy or free-jazz noodly. nothing on this disc but smoothed-out, head-nodding, booty-shaking, baby-making nuggets.

to the Upper East Side nubiles

TheBloodofHeroes-ST(2010)



This one has been sitting in my bin for a while, finally got around to listening to it-Epic movie soundtrack music, lots of anthem-y drum & bass/dubstep beats. The guitar work sounds like it would fit right in with late 90's Godflesh.

Blood of Heroes is Justin Broadrick & Bill Laswell, with beats by Submerged and End.user with occasional vocals from some reggae singer who calls himself Dr. Israel.



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Cloudkicker


Cloudkicker (aka Ben Sharp) is a one-man instrumental metal project based in Columbus, Ohio. And let me tell you, this Ben Sharp fellow is a talented guy. And he's very, very nice. So nice, in fact, that all of his albums can be downloaded for free from his BandCamp website. Cloudkicker's latest album, Beacons, is even provided with a "pay what you want" pricing scheme.

If you are a fan of Meshuggah and/or Animals as Leaders, you need this. Hell, if you like post rock or newer prog rock, you'll still find something to love in Cloudkicker. And if you like what you hear, buy the album!

Bandcamp where you can listen to/download all his tunes for free

Mediafire for his latest album, Beacons. I uploaded this myself after buying the CD and reading the following on Sharp's blog: "I FULLY support the rehosting of this and all releases on torrent and file sharing sites like megaupload. This will actually help me out now that Bandcamp is tying free download availability to sales generated."

Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere (2007)


Simply put, this is catchy rock with a cuban influence and glitchy inflection.

Complexly put... the three-piece syncopate, each musician playing something very individual but managing to blend tastefully as one band, resulting in a sound which suggests that they are much larger than three. This sound is full of catches, hooks and killer riffs. The guitarist and singer - also a member of Broken Social Scene - spent time studying in Cuba, an influence echoed in this album through latin-sounding riffs and voicings. Lastly, and what ultimately hits me hard about this album, is its exploration of digital experimentation... like Radiohead a la Kid A, we hear trippy vocal edits, glitchy drum beats, and other sounds we can't quite account for, all tastefully and sparingly used.

I like it, you should too.

Juj - Slack (2010)


Part of the Shlohmo/eLan/zer0.h/jonwayne WEDIDIT crew. Juj makes some classy sample-driven beat music. His peers may be more interested in the bass-heavy construction side of the beat world and the layering of several claps over some buttery synths to make your mind/brain melt but Juj goes straight for the leg-moving music! Music so funky your little sister will want to learn the cripwalk (check #9 Space Gold for this reference). If you were keeping a checklist of things, this release has: vocal stabs, funky bass lines, dirty samples and amazing tempo-awareness. Check it and buy it if you can, it's essential stuff.

(Comes with shirt, hand-numbered CD of Juj B-sides, sticker and pin. Limited run of 50 only!)

Bygones-By(2009)



Don't know how I missed this one when it came out...

Bygones is the drum & guitar duo of Zach Hill (Hella & more) and Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) both sharing vocal duties. The typical Zach Hill weirdo drumming, mixed with some excellent guitar work. If you are a fan of anything Zach Hill does-this fits right in.

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Kitsunegari -Alles Gute Zum Geburstag oder Herzlichen Gluckenwunsch (2010)

Kitsunegari -Alles Gute Zum Geburstag oder Herzlichen Gluckenwunsch (2010)
kitsunegari is (kind of) a 'supergroup' in the context of the underground music scene of new zealand. members from bandicoot, people people, fatangryman and probably some other bands i don't know collaborate to make stuff influenced by
"Slint, Boris, Smashing Pumpkins and “a bit of Mastodon and Devo"" - undertheradar.co.nz
it's really good and you should probably just go download it, they have 70 something plays on last.fm and this came out yesterday so you'll look hip as fuck as well as listening to sweet ass choons. the label it's released on, muzai, is really good for anyone who likes this stuff to check out too, they do a great job of bringing underground new zealand bands to attention, i would go so far as to describe it as the new flying nun in that regard. give it a look, there's free stuff, i think, i might be lying.

edit - jesus christ i'm terrible with formatting and fonts and shit on blogger, sorry

Various Artists - METAL SWIM (2010)


This is a free metal compilation released by Adult Swim and Scion A/V (the folks that brought you Scion Rock Fest). It consists of rare and unreleased tracks from Death Angel, Kylesa, Skeletonwitch, Boris, Torche, Zoroaster, and more.

Javelin - No Mas (2010)


This is the debut album from Javelin, an electronic duo. Their music is highly eclectic in that some of the tunes are danceable and groovy, some are more hip-hop oriented, and some are noticeably influenced by funky soul music. This album also has a very aged feeling to it. I could imagine people in the 60s and 70s jiving to some of the shit on here. The tone of this album could be classified as jovial and nonchalant and consequently might not be received well by those who have sticks up their asses. All in all this is one of the better albums I've had the pleasure of hearing this year. Definitely get this shit.

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Flying Lotus – Pattern+Grid World (2010)

Flying Lotus – Pattern+Grid World (2010)
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Very different from Cosmogramma. Easier to follow. More to-the-point. A sort of "return to style" if you will. Pattern+Grid World focuses more on Steve and his machines this time around and how he first began making music. Less jazzy, less space opera-ey, more beat-driven, more drums-focused and more FLYING LOTUS!

Now tell me: what's good?

Lazer Sword - Lazer Sword (2010)

Lazer Sword - Lazer Sword (2010)

"The New York/San Francisco based duo Lazer Sword, comprised of Low Limit and Lando Kal, uses loads of be-knobbed equipment to mine the more salacious ends of ground-scrubbing dance music, and this track is a deeply awesome amalgam of UK funky syncopation and lady-samples, Dam-Funk-invoking voiceboxing, derriere-motivating bass squelch and a spooky slow build. They’re on that Left Coast ingredient-sampling tip, giving genre the screwface while making music that sounds super beyond and cosmic. Also, yes, they are video game nerds. They sample Nintendo!?"

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Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul (1996)


The weather's getting cooler, the days are getting shorter... 'Body and Soul' will keep you cozy.

This is a collection of tracks Hawkins and company recorded between 1939 and 1956, recently remastered and released. It contains easily my favorite jazz recording of all time - the album's namesake, on track four - which is accompanied by eighteen other irresistible tracks, featuring the tenor saxophone prodigy at his best. I can only describe every song as warm, soothing, reassuring; the perfect remedy to a bad morning, the settled ending to a long day.

But don't interpret this description to mean banal... the colorful melodies, harmonies, well-considered dynamics and arrangements are enough to peak the interest of any music enthusiast.

Jazz fan or no jazz fan, listen up.

Torche-Songs4Singles(2010)



New album from these Florida rockers. It didn't hit me as hard as Meanderthal did the first time I heard it, but even with the loss of their longtime lead guitarist, it's still a pretty damn good album.

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Olga Neuwirth - Lost Highway (2007)


this is an opera by Olga Neuwirth based on David Lynch's cult masterpiece (?) Lost Highway. she's only written 2 operas so far, but has already established herself as the most innovative music theater composer since... Philip Glass, i guess. i mean you've gotta be doing some crazy shit to tangle with David Lynch, and she throws the kitchen sink at the libretto - a live ensemble, samplers, synths, cd players, live electronics, basically anything that can make a noise. but whatever, it's surprisingly easy to follow the story and this piece is just an incredibly entertaining sensory overload (originally mixed in 5.1). check track 11 - it's seriously jaw-dropping, and like nothing i've heard before.

basically, if you've ever considered watching a Lynch flick, then this is probably right in your wheelhouse. highly recommended.

YOUR SON HAS EXPERIENCED SOME SORT OF TRAUMA, I'M AFRAID

Ras G/Tokimonsta/Jeremiah Jae - 4/20 Brainfeeder Dublab Takeover (2010)


i hesitate to post the illest wobbles on WFLM because, honestly, the rest of our staff do an excellent job of upping great shit for us all to listen to... and i'm only really familiar with the Brainfeeder-type stuff from LA, which is mostly an outgrowth of the underground hip-hop scene there. and also because the best dubstep is produced live, not on record.

so these are segments from the board recording from the Brainfeeder Dublab takeover on 4/20/10 to celebrate the release of FlyLo's Cosmogramma. the attached tracks are live sets from WFLM favorite Ras G, as well as Korean-American hottie/web sheriff casualty Tokimonsta and Hyperion Tavern mainstay Jeremiah Jae. i've got about 8 hours of full sets from Daddy Kev, FlyLo/Thundercat, Teebs, Take, Daedelus (who has really stepped up his game), Gaslamp Killer, Samiyam, Strangeloop, Matthewdavid & Dakim, Kode 9, and Nosaj Thing. 2 most requests in the comments=next post.

LET'S DO SOME WHIPPITS

and if you haven't already, check out redboxmike's essential Indigo Pyramid and Raleigh Moncrief posts, because they're awesome.

Zachary German - Shitty Youth Radio (2010-????)

this is zachary german and miles ross, i think.

zachary german is an author who has a (mostly) weekly radio show. on the weekly radio show he talks about things and plays music. i really like how he talks about things and the music he plays. also sometimes miles ross is on it. it streams live on ustream on sunday nights, mostly. i'm gonna link straight to his website because you can download every episode from there if you would like to do that. this post is not a 'shout-out' or a 'promotion' of zachary german's other endeavours, only his radio show which is good. also on the radio show he 'shouts-out' wflm on a semi-regular basis, a lot of music he plays he gets from here it seems. i recommend this radio show a lot.

Chocolat Billy - Mon Père Est Ma Mère (2005) (re-up)


sorry it took so long to re-up, but i had no idea. from the previous post:

really fucking good and super energetic album by french band Chocolat Billy. this is by far one of the most energetic groups to come out of france in the last 10 years, and this album is a prime example why, using a lot of things as instruments such as pipes(think blue man group, but only aesthetically, not sound-wise) and using samples of household appliances as well as oriental instruments and many more to create a sound much their own. vocals are used freely throughout most of the album(think early ac) and they know how to carry a song to a great climax. highly recommended.

Ulysses Siren - Above the Ashes (2003)


Reasons I'm sharing this album tonight:

1) It's fucking awesome thrash from a band that was apparently huge in the 1980's SF scene, but only released a pair of demos before disappearing off the face of the earth. Then in 2003, they made a remastered compilation of all their previous material and released it as "Above the Ashes."

1a) The mix is goddamn amazing (although I'm not an audiophile, so take that as you will). The guitar riffs are nice and crunchy (just the way Mom used to make 'em), and yet the crystal clear bass can be heard throbbing beneath them like beating heart. It's refreshing to hear a metal album that pulls this off with as little "tweedly weedle doo" as possible (tech death bands, I'm looking at you).

2) The first track is coincidentally called "Terrorist Attack."

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Twin Shadow - Forget (2010)


Hello music lovers. Long time no see, but I'm back. Tonight I'm posting the debut album from an up and coming pop act Twin Shadow. The last.fm description is frighteningly apt, so I'm going to shirk any responsibility and post that. I think you all will like this album. Enjoy.

It’s high noon in Brooklyn but its always midnight on southern, dead end suburban streets. Here, there is total silence except for the house at the very end, where inside a tin roof garage, teenagers are kissing for the first time. The humidity is too great, the boys peel off white t’s and the girls cheeks are flushed, beet red under the garage’s two fluorescent stripes. In a pond behind the house an alligator waits for a snow birds’ Pomeranian to take its night stroll. A child is sleep walking for the first time. Some one is running away for the last time. The music is too loud on the 12 D battery boom box radio, the cops are on their way. It’s at this moment you hear the music of Twin Shadow on a radio station transmitting suburban ghost dreams that sound like a slow motion shot of a cannon, singing about spirits, visions, and aural hallucinations cutting through the first American night.

You're my favorite day dream. I'm your famous nightmare. Everything I see looks like gold. Everything I touch goes cold.

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Luciano Berio - Sequenzas (1999)


Berio began his ongoing series of Sequenze to explore the maximum sound production capabilities of solo instruments in the hands of virtuosos. to say he succeeded is an understatement; these are widely considered to be among the most difficult pieces ever written. a lot of performers refuse to play them, citing horror stories of bloodied fingers, torn muscles, and near asphyxiation. if you play an instrument featured here, odds are you will be blown away by the level of musicianship; and if you don't, check out the guitar (XI), female voice (III), piano (IV), or viola (VI, my fave) for a bit of reference. they just SOUND hard.

since each Sequenza features only 1 instrument, this is a great place to start if you're interested in understanding just how modern techniques/style have altered the avant-garde in the last 40 years. these pieces are aggressively modern, but since the real goal here is exploring timbre, you can sort of let Berio's insane sound world and the ridiculous virtuosity wash over you.

don't try this at home

Land of Talk - Fun and Laughter EP (2009)


Land of Talk is one of Canada's best. This contains four of the catchiest tracks I've ever heard - "May You Never" stands uncontested as my top played song this year - and features sexy vocals, irresistible melodies, driving percussion and infectious arrangements. This is a collection that I wish I'd written.

Have fun and laugh

(...and, if you dig it and live in Toronto, come to their concert with me - Lee's Palace, September 16th, $15)

Scout Niblett - The Calcination of Scout Niblett (2010)


question: how do you get your ultra-minimalist singer/songwriter album to not suck? answer: get Steve Albini to produce it. and when i say ultra-minimal, i mean it; nothing here but Scout's voice, electric guitar, and drums (she plays 'em all) - no synth-y overdubs, back-up singers, or shitty canned strings, just Albini's trademark inside-your-skull percussion, fuzzed-out dirges of riffs, and vocals vaguely reminiscent of the chick from Denali (what ever happened to her?). there's excellent use of silence throughout - it never feels cluttered or busy, yet manages to be incredibly forceful at times. a must listen for the engineer/producer crowd.

good luck getting a job, tho

Moon Wiring Club - An Audience Of Art Deco Eyes (2007)


this is one really fucking awesome album which combines a lot of great elements to make something as unique and concrete as this. this is similar to dem hunger(other way aroudn actually) in the fact that it utilizes beats predominately throughout the music; but if i were to describe it as anything, i would say psychedelic space horror-hop. really good music, give it a fair listen.

Deerhunter - Microcastle (2008)


this is a very good dream pop/shoegaze album which manages to get out of the "screaming guitars" profile and experiments with the genre a little bit more. it tends to bend more toward dream pop anyway. for those who haven't heard it, here you go.

A Voice Like Rhetoric - Ethos (2006) (v0)


When a group says they draw influences from ATDI, Botch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Black Flag, Toe, and Don Cab, a puzzled look would be an appropriate reaction. How could a group create this sound while still being tolerable, and accessible?

Although Ethos is A Voice Like Rhetoric's freshman LP, it's angular guitar work, over-the-top percussion, and friendly blend of screams and harmonized vocals make it more than impressive. Fall of Troy, with a backbone impressive. Although it's sometimes off-beat and algebraic, you'll end up tapping your foot or nodding your head the whole way though.


Drop Nineteens - Delaware (1992)


some of the more varied dream-poppin' shoegaze from the early 90s. really interesting songs with some impeccable musicianship. one of those must listens for anyone interested in this genre. give it an mp3 spin(dohoho!).



My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - Confessions of a Knife (1990)



this album is fucking awesome, easily my favorite thing ever released on Wax Trax!. MLwtTKK get classified as industrial, but really they're a campy goth/new wave/80s pop/dnb outfit that churns out dancefloor bangers. also, i can't remember the last time i've listened to this without a serious case of the spins - it's a great drug album, and somehow all the dancing doesn't make you go all reversal of fortune on your late nite eats.

a mindfuck on headphones, but enough punch to kick a hole in your sub.

christ-ian zom-bie vam-pi-yahs!!!

PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her (2004)



This album is sonic splendor.

Every track sounds like a different album: we begin with dark grunge, move to lush alt-rock, then to gritty punk, with each ensuing track taking the listener to different places.

Every track is a collage of sound: instead of hearing instruments, I discern only balanced noise, perfectly blended with every note in its right place.

Every song is a winner: there's no filler here, just catch after hook... these lines will be stuck in your head tomorrow.

Before I push it too hard, download here.

OH SHIT


turns out the blog's 2nd bday was more than a month ago and i just noticed. (july 27)

here's a link to the first post ever: first post ever.

i posted burzum's filosofem on the first blog bday, sad i missed it this year.

hope we have a great third year and many more.

- jc.

i recommend you go through the older posts on the blog, there's some amazing shit that went almost unnoticed cause the blog wasn't as popular as it is now.

SALEM - King Night (2010)

here's SALEM's debut king night. these bros made a fucking amazing album. opening track king night is one of the best singles this year no doubt. other tracks like asia, killer (the heaviest track on the album) and traxx won't leave your playlists for a long time. new versions of known tracks redlights and frost are really good too, better production brought SALEM's music to a whole new level. highly recommended.