Monday, May 25, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! Playlist for May 28 (WRFI, Watkins Glen/Ithaca) and May 31 (WBDY-LP, Binghamton)

HAIR - The Air - Orig B'Way Cast 1967 (RCA)

Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive - Piper at the Gates Of Dawn (Capitol)
Pink Floyd - Up The Khyber - More (sndtrk) (Capitol)
Tangerine Dream - Cold Smoke-Ashes to Ashes - Electronic Meditation (Relativity)
The Red Krayola - Free-Form Freakout/War Sucks - Parable of Arable Land (Spalax)

Velvet Underground - The Murder Mystery - Peel Slowly & See (Polydor)
Matotumba - Quienes Somos - Un Camino Un Ojo (
Negativland - Time Zones - Escape From Noise (SST)
Philip Glass - River Run - North Star (Virgin)

Darsombra - Transmission - Transmission (

Ruckzuck - Sound Proof - Safe 'n' Sound (
Lee Ranaldo & The Dust - The Rising Tide - Last Night On Earth (Matador)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

REVIEW: The ElectroZone - Machines In Your Screen - Friday, May 22, 2020, 9PM

The ElectroZone
Machines In Your Screen
Friday, May 22, 2020, 9PM

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Andrei Jay

Kind of a retro feel to this performance. A simple drone, followed by some harmonizing drones. All the while, what looks like a stylized oscilloscope trace graces the screen on a black background. More analogue-synth-sounding tones enter the mix and influence the display. Eventually, color is added. The display and the music become more abstract. Or should I say trippy?


Performance begins with a short poem. And a pleasing color wave display. The music starts with a repeating figure with other musical sound bites mixed into it. (The program code for the sound and the video display is visible on-screen too!) At times the music becomes very simple, down to simple tones and a beat. More of the performer's poetry is mixed in. The visual display continues for a few minutes after the music has stopped, the last poem recited. Wait, there's more music? Actually, just a beat and a simple tone. What's he going to put into the mix this time?


The white metal box on the screen festooned with knobs and with wires crisscrossing it promises more of a traditional analogue synth sound. And that's just what our man here delivers! A bit more free-form and EDM-like than any of the familiar electronic acts from the past, but he does get melodic in places. Think um...Buchla with a touch of Moog. Along with images of the artist hard at work, in one corner of the screen hovers a virtual yellow-jacket. (Hell of a mascot. Those things are a nuisance in real life!) You can watch close-ups of the performer operating his machines. You can tell that he's really into it too!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Here's a review I wrote for a great show that I saw 11 years ago.

I'd only heard a few of Acid Mothers Temple's recordings before I saw them last April [2009] in Philadelphia. One of them was a seven-inch which sounded much to me like the output of any number of Japanoise bands, such as The Boredoms or The Machine Gun TV. Another was a live recording from 2004 which had them sounding like Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd jamming with Blue Cheer with members of Pere Ubu sitting in. This turned out to be merely a fraction of a fraction of the output of this extremely prolific Japanese psychedelic-rock band One day while I was in Philadelphia visiting friends, I heard on the radio that Acid Mothers Temple's 2009 North American tour would bring them to a club in Philadelphia called Johnny Brenda's. So I decided to make the trip and check them out.

Johnny Brenda's has two levels. The first is a typical bar/restaurant, pool table next to the bar, tables in the back. The second level, the performance space, well, it's actually two levels. You go up a narrow staircase and arrive in what looks like a 1960's recreation room. That's where AMT and the opening act, Sonic Suicide Squad were selling their vinyls and CDs. Go a bit further, past the end of the bar and you're on an intimate (read:small) dance floor in front of the stage, itself an elegantly-appointed number with a backdrop of lights and reflective beads. Across from the stage is a staircase which takes you upstairs to yet another bar, and the balcony. This is the vantage point from which I watched and photographed the show (photos here).

The only clues we got that the main event was on was the wail of a lone, rising, then falling synthesizer note. Next came the microphone-check-like vocalizations of the band's bass player in front of the first tune of the evening, Are We Experimental? A sing-songish “Philly...Philly...Phillllllyyyyyyy!” is how he saluted the city which hosted them that evening. Immediately, the band broke into free-form freak-out mode, slipping into Sabbath-ish stoner-dirge-rock mode, then cranking up to speed-freak tempo before ending the piece.

In the middle of the whole thing, between numbers, the bass player asked the audience jokingly if former baseball manager and Phillies team member Pete Rose was still playing. That got a few laughs before the band launched into still another high-wattage jam. I must say, these guys sure learned a lot from their apprenticeship with Gong (whom they shared a stage with in 2003). At times I could almost picture Daevid, Gilli and the rest of the Gong crew on the stage with them. AMT have described their music as “extreme trip music”. Loud and fast rave-ups were punctuated by slow, languid stoner-blues with a Japanese-language speed-freak rap/poem in the middle of it all, followed by a distant, dream-like trip-to-the-center-of-the-power-spot drone, powered by the wail of an e-bowed guitar. The show was unusually long, clocking in at just under two hours.

There were many flavors in this mix. Permit me to drop some names - Hendrix from his Band of Gypsies period, Paranoid-era Sabbath, Jefferson Airplane circa ...Baxter's or Crown of Creation, (dare I say it?) The Grateful Dead in full Dark Star mode or Can's Soon Over Babaluma. But flavors are just what they are. AMT is no way a cover band or a nostalgia act. Youthful headbanger, aging acid-head and all in between are welcome in the presence of Acid Mothers Temple.

Wanna hear some live Acid Mothers Temple for yourself? For free?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! May 21 (WRFI) and 24 (WBDY-LP), 2020

R Stevie Moore - I Wish I Could Sing - Live at Irving Plaza 1985 (

Saint Booty - Afro-D - Saint Booty (cassette)(
Bootsy Collins - Mirrors Tell Lies (w-Hendrix) - The Funk Capital of the World (Mascot)
Esquerita - Esquerita & The Voola - Esquerita (Capitol)
James Chance & The Contortions - Sophisticated Cancer - Live In NY (ROIR)

Moe Tucker - Crackin' Up - Dogs Under Stress (Ichiban)
Spirit - All The Same - Boston Tea Party-Spring 1970 (
Ivor Cutler - Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 15 - Peel Session (
Sopwith Camel - Hello Hello - Studio Outtakes, 1966
The Beatles - I've Got A Feeling - Let It Be (Capitol)

The B-52s - Planet Clare - The B-52s (WB)

United Future Organization - United Future Airlines - No Sound Is Too Taboo (Brownswood)
Harpers Bizarre - Witchi-Tai-To - Feelin' Groovy-The Best Of Harpers Bizarre  (WB)
Iris DeMent - Makin' My Way Home - Sing The Delta (

Pink Floyd - One of These Days - Demo, 1971
Crescent - There Is No Matter - Electronic Sound Constructions (Atavistic)

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Dream - Felt Forum March 16 1973

Arthur Jarvinen-The California Ear Unit - Murphy-Nights - Edible Black Ink (OO Discs)

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Weird Music - ElectroZone - Friday, May 15th, 2020

Weird Music
ElectroZone, Friday, May 15, 2020

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6runge5ong     @GrungeArt

This Mexican solo act swings between danceable Kraftwerk-esque electronica and what sound to me like slightly spaced-out versions of old pop standards.

Tara & Bobby (Inanimate Sounds)

He does Floydian cymbal work (think "More" or "Ummagumma"), far-out drumming, percussion, and bowed or hammered vibes. She accompanies him on a spooky bowed musical saw. Gaps appear to be filled in by feedback and synthesis. Noise is added at critical points.

Sandy Ewen -

Heavily processed electric guitar, played with a stick, an e-bow, anything but a pick. Sounds more like a synth or oscillator than a guitar. High-frequency drones, reminiscent of bells or wind chimes. Visual is a steadily-rotating palette of spherical flowers. Sound effects, like a barking dog, are added in places.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Review - Music Uncanny! - Sunday May 3 2020

Music Uncanny! - Sunday May 3 2020

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Who Played:

Pettiecord (

This first act was an ambient composer/performer on the order of Robert Fripp's "Frippertronics". I could only see pulsating multicolored bars and no name on the screen, but the dreamy, multilayered droney music for the most part came through loud and clear. The performer's name turned out to be Pettiecord, as it appeared in the chat bar to the right of the image area.

Staticer (

A one-man ambient drone act. His sound is not quite as complex as Pettiecord, but a good deal more haunting. The visuals, from an old horror movie, add to the overall effect as do the synthesized or sampled pipe organ passages.

Rainbow Trash (

This young woman from Montreal performed for ElectroZone a couple of weeks ago. Slightly wonky video (or was it intentional?) rather than the straight webcam video view used last time. Theremin, synths and processed, sampled dog noises that sound a bit like a DJ scratching. If Devo had met Brian Eno (wait a minute...they did, actually! But I digress). Though I found the highly-processed video hard to watch, the music was interesting, just like last time. Her final piece was her playing theremin and vocal/instrumental samples while her partner played acoustic guitar.

Kympootur Muhsheen (

The on-stage or on-screen alias of ElectroZone impresario, Elijah Joseph Weber-Han. This time, his music comes on like vintage Todd Rundgren synth work, then immediately takes off for deep space. A mechanical vortex of processed, robotic vocals and machine noises. Satellite transmissions coming in from all directions. Very abstract video presentation to go along with very abstract sounds.

Playlist for May 7 & 10, 2020

Mick Farren and the Deviants - Let's Loot The Supermarket Again Like We Did Last Summer - This CD is Condemned (Total Energy)
Death - Can You Give Me A Thrill - Spiritual-Mental-Physical (Drag City)
The Fugs - Yodeling Yippie - Belle of Avenue A (Reprise)
Matmos - C30 C60 C90 GO - Like All Men of the Library I Have Travelled In My Youth (cassette release)
Holy Moses - Roll River Roll - Holy Moses (Fallout)
Frank Zappa - East LA (Columbia U) - The Artisan Acetate 1969
Frank Zappa - The Air - Meat Light (
Lonnie Holley - The Start of a River's Run (One Drop - Keeping A Record Of It (Dust to Digital)
Scoop Nisker et al - Dark At The End of the Tunnel - Scoop's Last News Show (Berserkeley)
Peter Gabriel - San Jacinto - Security (Geffen)
T Rex - New York City (alt take) - Futuristic Dragon (Rhino)
Ragpicker String Band - Bruno's Dream - Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)

Glass Harp - Look In The Sky - Live At Carnegie Hall (Canis Major)
Jo Jo Gunne - Take Me Down Easy - Ultrasonic Studios-Long Island 1973
James Brown - Get Up Get Into It & Get Involved - In The Jungle Groove (Polydor)
Brandstifter - Live In Vilnius Lithuania Part 2 - Lost & Found In Europe (Asphaltbibliotheque)
Rick Wakeman - Anne of Cleves - The Six Wives of Henry VIII (A&M)
Billy Bragg - preamble-Days Like These - Binghamton U April 14 1988
CAN - All Gates Open - Inner Space (Spoon)

Devo - Social Fools - Hardcore (Superior Viaduct)