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Birchville Cat Motel – Nurse (Fencing Flatworm Recordings) 2004

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 2, 2014 by noisenoisenoise

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Well here we are in 2014. This bog (typo and it’s staying) was sadly neglected in 2013 for a crapload of reasons. Firstly Ingmar from evolkweenthemusical and I started The Antidote Podcast which meant that a great deal of my listening time was spent absorbing new releases to pontificate about. Secondly I had a third kid at the end of 2012 and that little rotter decided that sleep was for pussies and thirdly my job got superbusy which has been tremendously stressful but also fun. In any event the opportunities I had to listen to records for this blog were severely compromised. So I had to make a decision about whether to keep this blog going or just letting it slide into the digital ether. In the end I’ve decided that this blog will become much more active in 2014 – but the focus will change to concentrate to records that I need to share with others rather than to offer my thoughts on records that I think will generate traffic. At it’s height this blog was getting crazy numbers of visits and it was even named one of the best music bogs in Vice magazine. That was great for my ego but I think I lost sight of the reason why I started this bog in the place. So there you go – no more negative reviews. If I didn’t like it you will no longer find it written about here. DBS will  now only have reviews of records that I think noise nerds are going to enjoy. So here we go.

Let’s face it 2013 was a pretty ordinary year for music and  I wasn’t particularly inspired by much which essentially meant that my non-podcast purchases focused on nostalgic trawls through discogs and ebay. Nurse was a late night purchase on ebay which I discovered when I was looking for out of print Whitehouse records. Anyone who has followed this bog since it started in 2006 will know that the work of Campbell Kneale aka Birchville Cat Motel has been pretty well covered. In fact at least two of his records With Maples Ablaze and Our Love Will Destroy the World (the title he later took to name his new project when Birchville was retired) are in my top 20 records of all time. Although I enjoy his rock-pig and psychedelic guitar records such as Bird Sister Blasphemy and Astro Catastrophes, I think his best work is defined by his shimmering, ecstatic drone work. 

Nurse consists of one half hour untitled. The thing that sets it apart for me though is the use of beats. It almost starts like a Vladisav Delay minimalist techno record before the high pitched drones cascade over the top and a sublime white noise drone takes over. Yet like the best drone this record took me on a journey. There are subtle and not so subtle interjections of noise and found sound which makes this one  of the best things I heard in 2013 especially as many noise artists started becoming more overt in there explorations of beats. I can’t recommend this enough. There are copies on discogs for sale which aren’t prohibitively expensive – yoiu may want to check it out.

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Jazkamer – Metal Music Machine (Smalltown Supernoise) 2006

Posted in Jazkamer, Music, noise with tags , on November 10, 2010 by noisenoisenoise

When I write about records from most bands or artists my job is kind of easy. If you’ve had any experience with a particular band then you’ll know what sort of sound that band produces and then it is a doddle to explain whether the current record is better, worse, or more of the same. A band like Lasse Marhaug and John Hegre’s  Jazkamer is a beast of a thing to post on. I have seven Jazkamer records and no two of them sound the same. When I say that they don’t sound the same I mean it literally. Take Metal Music Machine for instance. Before I heard this I had heard the pure noise records of Lasse Marhaug, the micro quiet noise of Pancakes, the Norwegian impishness of Hot Sexy Karaoke and the avant garde sound explorations of Balls the Size of Texas. None of those records can prepare you for the sound unleashed on this. Metal Music Machine is a leather clad, behemoth of grindcore, doom, black, speed and more avant metal sounds. It is quite literally one of the best metal records I have ever heard (and this from someone who has never been much of a metal fan). It drips with pure pleasure. What I’d really like to say is that Metal Music Machine is one of the best Jazkamer records I own but that defeats the point because no one can ever be in a position to compare Jazkamer records. Each has a different style. It would be like comparing Merzbow with Shonen Knife. Each Jazkamer record has to stand alone and as a stand alone record, Metal Machine Music is a great album.

 

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