Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ken Nordine: Colors (1966)

The precursor to rebuilding language once the epidemics take their toll. THIS distant post contains some addition noodling by the esoteric poet though some of our associates in his district have delivered notations on his "letchy behaviour." See if you can detect early warnings. Otherwise, a good starting point into the land of Nordine can be found HERE.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fletcher Henderson- A Study In Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson Story (Columbia, 1994)

Recommended to us by Le Sony'r Ra, a transplant to this particular Earth-Variation who left on Goodman's 84th birthday as a joke. This Fletcher Henderson would not succeed in the same way as the others. Their strange pigmentation transgression would bring him little success in their America and would later require the colorless Benny Goodman to circumvent this and expose these dynamic compositional sophistications to the ignorant. Other Variations maybe take it for granted, but these three discs of Swing remain at a need for revitalization in this particular orbit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lord Buckley- His Most Immanculately Hip Aristocrat (1969, Bizarre), Jet Ride (2007, BMG)

Lack of posts were due to our tireless attempts to translate these auditory tomes. Perhaps our fascination with this particular variation, Earth-2012, is it's inaccessibility to outsiders. H. R. H. Lord Richard Buckley, the hip-semanticist, covers their Jesus, Gandhi, Edgar Poe, and De Sade along with his alleged encounters with us. Saucer KX9714's crew remembered speaking with him briefly but the commander claims never to have met him and he was definitively never allowed on board. After the loss of his cabaret card due to his inhalation of the smoke of an illegal plant, Buckley was unable to find employment and summarily died. This seems a strange tradition among them going back to their "Nazz."

Friday, June 12, 2009

G. I. Gurdjieff- Harmonic Development: The Complete Harmonium Recordings 1948-1949 (2008, Basta)

Recorded in his apartment in Paris, this collection provides their Gurdjieff's earliest performances on the harmonium, a keyboard instrument powered by foot-powered air bellows... In our singularity, Gurdjieff was essential in providing the method and exercises for training most technicians on board our ships. All of us remember in our first orbit simultaneously drawing triangles in the air with your right hand, squares with your left hand, figure-eights with the right foot, while reciting the multiplication tables in code. More information on his music can be found here.

Snuff Box- Rich's Mother (2006, BBC Three)

This series features the "High Executioner to the King of England"(a Matt Berry) and his assistant (a Rich Fulcher) walking the white halls of Snuff Box entering various doors and reposing in a gentleman's club for hangmen. Sketches include dating tips, a boutique beating, rappers with babies, a guitar lesson, a drill-sergeant-art-museum-tour-guide, and urine and fecal fashion. All music and incidental music composed by Berry. The series remains unavailable in the Americas. To address this error leave comments at BBC here.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Jam- Jam 1 (2000, Channel Four Television Corporation)

Based on the BBC Radio 1 show Blue Jam, this Christopher Morris series also features an Amelia Bullmore, a James Cann, a Julia Davis, a Kevin Eldon, and a Mark Heap. Each episode had a late-night remix version to compliment it. To describe this, would only take away from the experience. If the labels below are for you, "Welcome... in Jam."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Coyle & Sharpe- On the Loose (1995, Thirsty Ear)

This compilation reintroduced the team's work on the short-lived medium of compact discs after an apparent 30 full orbits around their local star. Human leeches, a werewolf transformation, celebrity Rodney Rodent, the ethics of musical animals and a Boogravian Operetta are all contained within. Produced by a Henry Rollins and Jennifer Sharpe, the story of what happened to the team during all those orbits can be found here.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Coyle & Sharpe- Audio Visionaries (Street Pranks And Put-Ons) (2000, Thirsty Ear)

James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe called these man-on-the-street interviews "terrorizations." Armed with the Mohawk, a steel tape recorder measuring approximately 3" X 12" hidden in a briefcase with a small hole cut out the top, Coyle and Sharpe wandered San Francisco planting the briefcase on store countertops, and recording candid conversations. When they started their show, Coyle and Sharpe on the Loose on KGO radio in San Francisco, they stopped hiding the Mohawk and simply approached people on the street. This album comprises of exerpts from this period. For more information on their life and work, look here.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Joe Pickett & Nick Prueher- Found Footage Festival Volume 1: Live in Brooklyn (2005, Cine-Magic)

Locals Pickett and Prueher mine their world's thrift stores and garage sales for home movies, work training videos, public-access, travelogues, exercise videos, news feeds, and safety videos and take the best on tour. This volume features two safety videos, a McC training video, two home movies, video games tips, Corey Haim's Me, Myself, and I, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Carnival in Rio, an animal montage, an exercise montage, AVN's John and Johnny, and Jan Teri. Oh, and Winnebago salesman Jack Rebney. The festival's tour schedule this year can be found here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Various- Métal Hurlant No. 1-5 (1974-1975, Les Humanoïdes Associés)

These French magazines of "science-fiction" and "horror" comics were created in 1974 by the self-described "United Humanoids" Mœbius and Philippe Druillet together with journalist-writer Jean-Pierre Dionnet and financial director Bernard Farkus. National Lampoon publisher Leonard Mogel would bring the idea to America as Heavy Metal Magazine. In 2002, Humanoids Publishing started Métal Hurlant up again in French, Spanish, English, and Portuguese. These are the original first five issues in French.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Various- 30x30 Great Country Hits Vol. 2 (1968, CBS)

Though it may appear lonely out here, there are ways to counteract the effects of madness. Take for instance, knowledge, or say veneration. There are ways...

Various- 30x30 Great Country Hits Vol. 1 (1968, CBS)

Echos of feelings long past felt. Rare artifacts indeed in these cold times. Rarer still are those who have held on so as to catch one on the flip flop when others keep on truckin'.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Alejandro Jodorowsky & Mœbius- Los Ojos Del Gato (1978, Les Humanoïdes Associés)

This was their first collaboration after work on the film version of Dune, which unfortunately was never made on RE-2012. Fortunately, together they were later able to realize the epic L'Incal (1981-2008), which remains an anomaly only found on this singularity. Originally Les Yeux Du Chat (1978), this Spanish translation was reprinted in 1991. It has yet to be published in America. The story of the film that never happened can be found here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

J Double - Nah'braska demos (2009)

New sounds are passing through our receivers more frequently during these past few cycles. Must be something in the particle accelerator. Although we sweep the nets clean, occasionally artifacts become lodged and we must manually handle them. Thus was our first encounter with the Nah'braska demos. The J Double Web Crew is starting their assault here.

Video from the 3rd Level- "All the Food is Poison"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

William S. Burroughs- Real English Tea Made Here (2007, Audio Research Editions)

This three-disc collection compiles the tape experiments made by the writer/magus from 1964 to 1965... Using a crude Wollensack recorder, he was able to expose mechanisms of control and view time as non-linear. "If you have a pre-recorded universe, in which everything is already pre-recorded, the only thing that can be tampered with is the pre-recordings themselves" was an important step. Let's hope this release reminds them of this before its too late.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Transmission Received: Mixed Rap! circa 1992

This artifact came our way in transmit via crude "music blasters" whose utterance originated at regular intervals in the year 1992. It is peculiar that we were able to pick up on this frequency at all as that the facilitator was unable to obtain optimal sound performance and thus emitted a low base tone over the right channel through out the galaxy... a chilling reminder of what will be lost with the oncoming onslaught of digitalions. One can always find their courage here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bernard Herrmann - Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1956, CBS)

Narrated by the author, this radio broadcast presented some of the important realizations of the book. Completely relevant to their present situation. "A gram is better than a damn. Ending is better than mending. I'm glad I'm not a Gamma." Herrmann would have been composing the music to "The Man Who Knew Too Much" at the time. This is an early vinyl release but a recent re-release on CD can be found here.

Report from the 3rd Level: "Long Distance Teleportation Between Two Atoms"

Another rudimentary achievement by Random-Earth 2012. Nevertheless, an important one. "Teleportation works because of a remarkable quantum phenomenon called entanglement which only occurs on the atomic and subatomic scale. Once two objects are put in an entangled state, their properties are inextricably entwined. Although those properties are inherently unknowable until a measurement is made, measuring either one of the objects instantly determines the characteristics of the other, no matter how far apart they are."

-Professor Christopher Monroe, University of Maryland

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Madlib - Speto da Rua: Dirty Brasilian Crates Vol. 1 (2008, Mochilla)

This is his latest and very difficult to find on blogs because Madlib and/or his crew are some of the most diligent at making them take down his stuff. Hip Hop Is Read had to remove the sample set for Madvilliany because he hadn't cleared all the samples. Doesn't this just reek of hypocrisy? Anyway, despite this, he's one of my favorites. From the Mochilla website:"In 2007 Madlib went with the Mochilla crew to Recife in the Northeast of Brazil. After spending three weeks there he came home and made six mixes. He named them Dirty Brasilian Crates Vol.1– 6. They are filled with jumps, cross referenced with Bossa, notated with Folkloric chants, pointed with Jazz. Lyrical, dirty and strikingly beautiful this is Volume 1." For an example of the Lord Quas blogapocalypse see here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Moebius - Moebius 1: Upon a Star (1987, Epic/ Marvel)

His work inspired the name of this site. I thought it was important to begin sharing the work of the French artist from Random-Earth 2012 who had somehow gained knowledge of the Grubehrt Effect and other insights outside his multiplicity. Unfortunately, because of the dismissive status given to comics, few outside France noticed. After being serialized in the Heavy Metal beginning in 1977, his work was collected for the first time in the US beginning with this volume. Today, all of his work remains out of print there. A recent introductory documentary can be found here.

Deathspell Omega - Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon (2009, Norma Evangelium Diaboli / Ajna)

This new EP from the progressive black metal group from France features one twenty-two minute track with more content than most full-length albums. The more unusual or esoteric black metal gets, the more the genre improves. Of course, that's a given rule with all things in this garage. This EP was also issued as a split with French duo S.V.E.S.T. If your wondering what the Katechon is, look here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Samples from the 3rd Level: Classic Hip-Hop Albums

Click on an album cover for a link to the original samples used. The definitive collection of links can be found at Ivan of Hip Hop Is Read's Hip Hop Sample Index here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Junji Ito - Uzumaki, Vol. 1 (2001, VIZ Media)

This essential horror manga involves a town whose inhabitants become victims of the unusual recurrence of spirals. Previously successful with the series Tomie, Ito juggled his dentistry job and his hobby (inspired by reading Kazuo Umezu's comics) well into the 1990s before both Uzumaki and Tomie were made into films. After this, he did Gyo which centers around the "death stench", a revolting smell first encountered in connection with creatures appearing to be bizarre fishes with scuttling, sharp metal legs. Gyo and Uzumaki have been recently reprinted by VIZ Media here.

Report from the 3rd Level: "Our world may be a hologram."

"...The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.

The holograms you find on credit cards and banknotes are etched on two-dimensional plastic films. When light bounces off them, it recreates the appearance of a 3D image. In the 1990s physicists Leonard Susskind and Nobel prizewinner Gerard 't Hooft suggested that the same principle might apply to the universe as a whole. Our everyday experience might itself be a holographic projection of physical processes that take place on a distant, 2D surface.

The "holographic principle" challenges our sensibilities. It seems hard to believe that you woke up, brushed your teeth and are reading this article because of something happening on the boundary of the universe. No one knows what it would mean for us if we really do live in a hologram, yet theorists have good reasons to believe that many aspects of the holographic principle are true."

- Marcus Chown from New Scientist

Ersen - Ersen (2008, Finders Keepers)

Ersen Dinleten, who along with Erkin Koray and Selda, recorded a form of Turkish rock known as Arabesk or Andalou Pop (a fusion of regional sounds and Western psychedelic rock and funk influences) in the 70s. This recent collection highlights the stripped down, three-piece, rock-break sound of his backup band Kardaslar which has recently created a renewed interest as a source of breaks and beats among DJs. Ersen's eclectic 40-year career has even more to offer, for those interested visit O Zamanlar here.

Various Artists - Kung Fu Super Sounds (2007, de Wolfe)

Cuts from the de Wolfe music library containing unreleased cues from films such as Invincible Shaolin and Dirty Ho along with other Shaw Brothers' classics from 1976 to 1984. Shaw Brothers viewing essentials mentioned in the liner notes: One Armed Swordsman, King Boxer, Killer Snakes, The Mighty Peking Man, The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires, Enter the Seven Virgins, The Spiritual Boxer, Shaolin Challenges Ninja, and unquestionably Legendary Weapons of China and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. The rights to the Shaw Brothers catalog for the DVD market were bought by Celestial Pictures in 2000. Many of these classics are already available in other regions in their original form (minus dubs) and are slowly being released by Image Entertainment in the US. A list of what they've released so far is located here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Instructions from the 3rd Level- "Where are the passageways?"

The story so far... all of the actual passage-ways into the tube's often mysterious destinations are found at the punctuation of each post's first statement. Some passage-ways are too big and require being broken up into parts. If so, these parts are found in the subsequent punctuation marks. All passage-ways at the end of each post are relevant, but were created mainly for the purpose of confusing the Bakalite. Don't forget to change into the appropriate clothing and watch out for the sparks.