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One of the very few surviving recordings of the immensely prolific Tori Kudo, from one of his countless pre-Maher Shalal Hash Baz obscure projects. Harking from his anti-band ideology days, this strange little bootleg captures the retro psychedelic rock love dispanded by Kudo in his early years, while offering the characteristic dismantled, stripped-down sound of Guys and Dolls. Eccentric, crumbling jams with disjointed instrumentals, off-time beats, messed-up guitar solos and very amateurish ... read more
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While historically being stimulated to attribute conceptual value and moral assignments to whatever artistic piece before us, an interesting minor branch of theorists and artists alike has been riding against the wind since the middle of the past century, approaching artistic mediums as independent, self-sufficient objects that operate in their own terms, apart from the seemingly ubiquitous influence of human rationality. Experimentalists such as Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wollf and ... read more
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83
Rating goes to the 51 min bonus tracks version. Totally essential sludge/crust punk crossover with immense doses of nasty, gritty paranoia and hatred toward the darkest sides of mankind.
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77
Some of the most disturbing stuff ever produced, even if a few cuts rely a little much on repetition and spoken word recordings for shock value complementing. That aside, the 1989-2009 is the essential version of the germans' debut, containing two mind-boggling bonus incursions to hell for a complete maddening session. Proceed with caution.
EMR -
85
Rating goes to the Bestial Devastation split, which takes an already distinct and powerful early death/black metal album to another level of greatness. Definitely essential metal.
Feb 27, 2021
Hello! I asked you a while back whether there were any poets you loved and you mentioned Trakl alongside some icons of the field. Having not heard of him before then, I looked up some information - was intrigued - and ordered 'The Last Gold of Expired Stars' online, a book that compiles all his work with both the parent text in German and a great English translation alongside. I was expecting fantastic things from him, but I got so much more than I was hoping for. I'm still dumbfounded by the way he was able to so vividly portray emotions of despair and hopelessness, whilst simultaneously placing the reader with both feet so firmly on the ground that there is no choice other than to be ecstatic to be alive. Thank you for the recommendation!
Feb 22, 2021
No problem, I'll certainly be interested in checking out anything you release in the future.
Feb 19, 2021
Hey, I recently listened to your Gelug EP and really enjoyed it. Do you have plans to release anymore music in the future?

Also you are one of my favourite reviewers on the site. It's a shame to see you haven't posted anything new in 8 months, still I'm glad that you are still active on here, posting ratings and responding to shouts as your musical knowledge is very impressive.
Jan 19, 2021
Hey I just wanted to let you know that my list aggregating AOTY's favorite albums of the year 1970 is finally live, and that you are included in it!

This was a very big project that would not have been able to be completed without your ratings and I hope to continue this series with future installments!

If you would be so kind as to check the list out and even possibly give me any feedback at all it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/zachthesnack/list/35329/aotys-favorite-records-of-1970/
Jan 16, 2021
What is your favorite album of the year 1970, and could I get a few words on your thoughts on that album!?

{I’m going to be doing a series of lists where I go through AOTYs favorite albums of every year since 1970 and this is the first part of that ultimate goal!!}
Jan 13, 2021
Hey there! Would you consider relistening to Artaud?
Jan 7, 2021
Have you ever listened to Russian rap/hip-hop?
Dec 28, 2020
Thanks!
Dec 22, 2020
Hey, bud. Do you have any MPB (or any other Brazilian music) recommendations for me? I'm getting into the scene, and I really find that your country has a fascinating musical scene that I can't get enough of. Thanks in advance :)
Dec 20, 2020
Let me know when/if you drop an AOTY list! I’d love to look through what albums you, and others, enjoyed the most this year. If you already posted one then I’ll give it a look ASAP.

I plan on dropping mine at the very end of the year (both EPOTY and (LP)AOTY lists) and would prefer any feedback on them!
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