Tag Archive for 'experimental'

“The Man in the Dark Sedan” by Snakefinger

snake.jpgSnakefinger is lauded for his masterful guitar work, but I think his real genius lays in his ideas about percussion. This album, and this track in particular, give you a taste of that.

A frequent collaborator with the Residents, Snakefinger appears on most of their most recognizable recordings, like “Eskimo” and Tunes of Two Cities. He was set to lay down tracks in 1987 on the Residents’ God in 3 Persons album (which ruined my mind forever when I was 13), but he died of a heart attck while performing on stage just before the sessions.

Snakefinger,”The Man in the Dark Sedan,” from the Greener Postures LP on Ralph Records (1980)

“Behavioral Disorders & Therapy” from the Psychology Today Record Series

psy.jpgThese are two exceprts from “Behavior Disorders and Therapy” the strangest disc in the 1972 Psychology Today 4LP set. Each side of this disc is only one band, but anywhere you drop the needle is golden. It’s almost as if they were trying to cause Behaviorial Disorders with this.

The whole disc is thick with a strange FIresign-Theater-esque subversive sense of humor, and its cut-and-paste aesthetic has me longing for a time where people were willing to engage in a sort of impressionistic presentation of things. There’s no way you could recreate this in a Powerpoint slideshow.

The other topics covered in the series are Memory and Problem Solving, Human Development, Learning, Perception, and Social Psychology. I’ll post more excerpts if there seems to be any interest.

Behavior Disorders and Therapy (Excerpt 1) from the Psychology Today Record Series (1972)

Behavior Disorders and Therapy (Excerpt 2) from the Psychology Today Record Series (1972)

“Rail/Collapso” by Bosho

bosho.jpgNice noisy two-fer to keep y’all busy until we get back from our trip to the frozen tundra of Buffalo, which is actually only a bit colder than NYC this week. In between servings of wings and beef on weck, I’m hoping to get back into a couple of the record stores out there if they haven’t all dried up… any ideas or faves?

Back to the sounds at hand…  NYT has a story on Bosho from 1988 if you’re interested, written about a year after this disc was released:

Bosho sets in motion Western and Eastern, new-fangled and down-home sounds, layering them into crafty, off-center funk.

Reading it, I want to hear their “broadened” post-Chop Socky sound. I think this album has an amazing cover. Open the kitchen cabinets and play along!
Bosho, “Rail/Collapso” from the Chop Socky LP on Dossier Records (1987)

“Bint (Cornelis De Bondt 1979-1980)” by Hoketus

bint.jpgI bought this record on a trip to Amsterdam with my friend Jay, whom I was visiting while he lived in Germany in the late 90s. We were there for about a week, and managed a couple of great days for record shopping. I picked this up at a store called Record Palace which still seems to be going strong. I also picked up the soundtrack to one of my favorite movies, Over the Edge, which is one of only 2 LP covers I’ve ever put in a picture frame. This one is probably suitable for framing too.

Anyway, this mp3 is one whole side of the LP, about 30 minutes of the ensemble Hoketus playing Cornelis De Bondt‘s 1980 composition Bint. Click on it and find something to get lost in for about a half hour. It’s a rich bit of minimalist composition with a resolution that is worth the wait. From the sleeve:

Bint is a process: the proccess of making audible a structure based on a framework of two different pulsations. — Cornelis de Bondt

Indeed. Flip side is Diderik Wagenaar’s Tam Tam.

Hoektus, “Bint (Cornelius De Bondt 1979-1980)” from the Composers’ Voice 8101 LP (1981)