MC 900 Ft Jesus – One Step Ahead of the Spider [1994]

Posted in experimental,hip-hop,jazz,rap by jheisel on July 31, 2011

MC 900 Ft Jesus – Welcome to My Dream [1991]

Posted in experimental,hip-hop,jazz,rap by jheisel on July 31, 2011

tUnE-YaRdS – w h o k i l l [2011]

Posted in experimental,indie pop,psychedelic pop by deek on April 25, 2011

One of the most talked about albums of 2009, if not one of the highest selling, was tUnE-yArDs’ debut effort BiRd-BrAiNs – and not just for all those rogue capital letters. Recorded entirely on digital tape and pieced together on a laptop, it seemed to redefine the concept of lo-fi recording. It was during live shows though that the buzz really built around Merrill Garbus (who is, in effect, tUnE-yArDs). Synchronised drums, loop pedals, an overwhelming sense of joy and the magical, theatrical presence of Garbus herself led people to whisper words like ‘religious experience’ and ‘genius’. Two years on, and Garbus appears to have distilled that live ambience into the recording studio. For, as good as BiRd-BrAiNs was (and it was, for the most part, outstanding), w h o k i l l represents a massive leap forward creatively. There’s an energy and atmosphere to w h o k i l l which seems to just pour off the record. In a world of identikit pop stars, it’s safe to say that you’ll not hear an album like this anywhere else this year. Opening track My Country sets the exhilarating tone early – a thumping, jumping beast of a song which is impossible to sit still to. The rhythm is irresistible, horns blast, and there’s even the odd glockenspiel in there, while dominating everything is Garbus’ tremendous voice, which manages to inject genuine soul into every note. Staggeringly, the rest of the album is of similar quality. It’s difficult to pick out a stand-out track, but Riotriot is certainly up there. A sole finger-picked ukulele sets the tone before building up beautifully as cacophonous drums and a saxophone join the party, until a delicious tribal rhythm strikes up. Doorstep is less frantic if no less effective, an addictive vocal line of “the policeman shot my baby as he crossed onto my doorstep” hinting at a dark undertone beneath the joyous melody. Es-So puts the loop pedals to good use, looping Garbus backing vocals and repeating a ridiculously addictive guitar riff. Like much of the rest of the album, it’s experimental yet utterly accessible, catchy without being annoying and strangely odd without being alienating. For Garbus has that mysterious ingredient to her that keeps you going back to her music – that ‘X-Factor’ before Simon Cowell bastardised the phrase. It’s there in the astonishing, horn-laden swagger of Bizness, in the wonderfully danceable Gangsta, and especially in the delirious rhythms of You Yes You. Even the less immediate tracks, such as Wooly Wooly Gong, have a unique charm revealed after a few plays. It’s an album that it’s impossible to ever imagine tiring of – and as soon as the closing beats of the superb Killa come to a halt, you just want to start it all over again. In a year that’s already been rather special for great albums, Merrill Garbus may well have produced the finest record of the year. -musicOMH

Red Sparowes – The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer [2010]

Posted in experimental,instrumental,post-rock by jheisel on March 17, 2010

Have a Nice Life – Time of Land EP [2010]

Posted in experimental,post-punk,shoegaze by jheisel on March 17, 2010

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis (2010)

Posted in experimental,hardcore punk,mathcore,metal,metalcore by jheisel on March 12, 2010

Caribou – Swim [2010]

Posted in canadian,electronic,electronica,experimental,indie by jheisel on March 11, 2010

Daughters – Self-Titled [2010]

Posted in experimental,mathcore,noisecore by deek on March 8, 2010


Daughters is an intense noisecore band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2001, following the demise of another Providence-based noisecore band, As the Sun Sets. Their music is fast and experimental. Their drums commonly feature blast beats, their guitars a blur of high pitched squeals and fast fretting. With the release of Hell Songs, Daughters became more of a noise/experimental band, with vocals more reminiscent of The Jesus Lizard’s David Yow than traditional hardcore or metalcore vocalizing, and toured with bands like The Locust, Russian Circles, Young Widows, and The Chinese Stars.

Portugal. The Man – American Ghetto [2010]

Posted in experimental,indie rock,progressive pop,psychedelic rock by deek on March 2, 2010


Portugal. The Man is an experimental indie rock four-piece centered around frontman John Baldwin Gourley’s abstract musical approach and corresponding upbringing. He was raised in a sort of technological isolation: his log cabin home in the winter wasteland of the fringes of Wasilla, Alaska was powered by a generator and had no telephone. Both of his parents helped completely immerse him in the unique lifestyle that comes with a land of seasonal darkness and perpetual cold with their jobs as dog sled mushers. Gourley’s innate curiosity and individual spirit combined with a fascination with science fiction and experiences of homelessness create a distinctly transcendent sound that is always open to interpretation and change.

The band formed in 2003 with the union of Gourley (vocals, guitar, organ, machines) and his childhood friend Zachary Scott Carothers (Bass, percussion, vocals) after the break-up of their band Anatomy of a Ghost. Jason Sechrist (Drums and Gang) of Portland, OR joined in 2005. Current lineup includes Ryan Neighbors (Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Synth, Vocals). They are however known for fluidity in both their music and their lineup and often feature guest appearances.

Past Lives – Tapestry of Webs [2010]

Posted in alternative,experimental,indie,indie rock,post-hardcore by jheisel on March 1, 2010
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