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Mushroom Ceremony of the Mazatec Indians of Mexico

Great record of field recordings that I’m happy to have finally recently acquired. It’s of an Indian woman sitting around eating mushrooms with her friend. Her friend seems much more helpful than mine was the time I ate mushrooms. We put them on cold pizza […]

Mobius & Plank – Rastakraut Pasta

Crazy electro-reggae, which sounds kinda scary, but everything is right about this lp. It’s hard to explain, but it really does sound like all of the goodness you could hope to expect from Cluster playing strange reggae and stuff. Such an awesome record! [Audio clip: […]

Le Vieux Show Son Sale

Naughty, naughty Canadians. Tisk, tisk…

Nancy Dupree – Ghetto Reality

Absolutely compelling music made by little black school children. I often see this described as a “funk record”, but I feel that is somewhat misleading and probably has some people expecting a Jackson 5/Sylvers type thing, which it isn’t. What we do have here is […]

Steve Halpern – Christening for Listening

Kind of a confusing record ’cause there are two nearly identical versions, but one is missing the best track “Something For Every-Body Suite”. For the most part though, both versions are almost identical to Halpern’s classic “Spectrum Suite”, which can surely be found in a […]

Craig Kupka – Modern Dance Vol.1

This lp was my introduction to Kupka, and it’s still my favorite of his records. First heard it on a mix Anthony Pearson sent me (god, I hate it when people name drop like that) and it really blew my mind. The following are Anthony’s […]

Christopher Tree – Spontaneous Sound

Bearded man plays 150 gongs all by himself.

Larry T and the Family: I’m Moving On

I like this record more every time I listen to it, and I listen to it a lot. And I really, really liked it the first time I heard it! Bay area soul/funk with a “real people” edge that really takes it one step beyond. […]

Witthuser & Westrupp – Trips & Traume

While it seems every piece of crap is is being called “psych/folk”, this truly is psychedelic folk music. This German folk duo who recorded a few lp’s on the German OHR label started out playing normal European folk music, until, from what I’ve read, were […]

Port Authority Soul Band – Together

While by far the best Port Authority lp, it’s still only about half good. But, the good half is pretty killer! There are about three good uptempo funk tracks with femal vocals that almost remind me of the Dap Kings, a decent instrumental, and my […]

Gershon Kingsley – Music To Moog By

One of the best common Moog lp’s you can buy. Peep the track “Hey, Hey”

La Tropa Loca: S/T

I originally bought this record because of the guy in the bunny suit. When I lived in Orange County, CA I’d find cool looking Spanish records all day, every day, but they almost always were horrible polka. So, I didn’t have super high hopes for […]

Rodan

Bay area psych funk with a hard rocking rhythm section, wailing, wah-ed out guitars, and bombastic horns. The more I listen to this album the more I wonder if this was a Christian group. Found it in a four for a dollar box 6 months […]

George Braith – Musart

One of the most unique & beautiful jazz albums I’ve ever heard. Sounds ranging from exotica with wordless female vocals, to free jazz – often all within the same track. Worlds away from the typical one dimensional soul jazz that Prestige was cranking out at […]

Craig Kupka – Crystals

Follow up to his “Clouds” lp. Same deal here – music intended to be played in old folks homes & drug rehab clinics. This one is all echoed out trombones, or at least one whole side is. I like Clouds a bit better, but this […]

Craig Kupka – Clouds

First of all, I’d just like to say that I celebrate this dude’s entire catalog. But, this may very well be my favorite. I believe I once described this to a friend as Brian Eno meets spiritual jazz. Released on Folkways in 1981 or so, […]

Whistle While You Work

My girlfriend says that this is the most offensive record cover in my collection.

Dane Sturgeon: Wild ‘n’ Tender

Yet another record that Will Louviere’s Show And Tell site put me up on. This is a hard one to classify. It’s definitely raw enough to appeal to garage or rockabilly enthusiasts, yet it lacks the naive quality of most records of that genre. The […]

Liberace presents Vince Cardell

I think this guy was Liberace’s boy toy… no, really!

Kenneth Patchen – Reads Jazz In Canada

I am a sucker for both word jazz and Folkways so I figured I’d give it a try. Glad I did! Crazy beatnik vibe the likes of which so many records with wild covers promise but rarely deliver. The Alan Neil Quartet is backing him […]

Quintessence: Sonoma Rag

Well know local Sonoma county jazz rarity allegedly recorded in a chicken coop in Petaluma. Because of the track “Cotati Funk” this record seems to have a reputation as a “private press jazz funk monster”, which it isn’t, and is hated upon for not living […]

John Fischer – The Cold Cathedral

Really solid Xian folk/pop lp from late 60’s West Covina, CA. Seriously, this guy could kick both Jonathan & Charles’ ass’ & still have the strength left to sit down & write a nice jazzy Jesus folk ballad about it. I know it is the […]

Hoctor – “Jazz in Focus”

Definitely one of the better Hotor lp’s out there. As with most of these dance records, there isn’t any info given as to players, arrangers, etc. I seem to remember reading somewhere that some of these tracks were done by Allan Tew (the library dude) […]