Mr. T – Mr. T’s Commandments (CBS) (1984)

I think it’s fair to say that I’m less enamoured of kitsch than my fellow Thrifty Vinylese.  However, there are times when my head is turned by “apparently artistic operation[s] which make up for a lack of creative force by stimulating the imagination through particular ingredients [including the] erotic, political, religious [and], sentimental,” as Gillo Dorfles would have it.

I wish I could say that the one-time Laurence Tureaud’s rap foray into self-aggrandisment, fool pitying and didactic positivity lived up to the promise of its creepy cover and was laughably bad. Alas, while T’s familiar gruff flow is predictably poor, the album itself had enough money spent on it (this was CBS, after all) to make it merely mediocre, boring and mainstream sounding.  Not that I would say that to his face.

Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 9:01 am  Leave a Comment  

The Tomita Planets

Tomita does Holst. ‘Nuff said!

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Clifford T. Ward – Mantle Pieces

A collection of cloyingly whimsical relationship songs, kicking-off with the truly vomit-inducing “Scullery”, which would’ve infuriated the feminists I’m sure. Yet strangely there are moments on this album that remind of Ariel Pink…I wonder if there was any influence there..?

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

On The Radio

Just a quick note to let regular readers know that two of this blog’s contributors will be playing a live ‘double-bill’ on independent radio station Resonance FM this Saturday 11th September ( Exotic Pylon show, 9.30-11pm GMT).

We both make experimental improvised electronic music, myself as Ekoplekz and Farmer Glitch is one half of Hacker Farm.

It should be an interesting evening, so please tune-in if you can. The station broadcasts on 104.4 FM in the Greater London area and streams live on the internet too.

Published in: on September 6, 2010 at 7:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Much Smarter/Life Is Not Easy – Meditations (Island 12″)

It’s not often any decent reggae gets found charity shop/boot fair way, let alone some prime Black Ark-era Scratch.  Both these songs and their respective dubs can be found on the excellent Lee Perry 3-cd Arkology set, but not discomixed as they appear here in all their 8 minute-plus glory.  Oddly, the Meditations themselves are credited as producing “Life Is Not Easy” despite obvious Upsetter trademarks, not least some particularly grand mooing.

Published in: on September 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm  Leave a Comment