Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

alrite bb's.

so here's the deal kiddos. fuck the past, no re-ups. if you missed it, then i'm sure y'all can find someone on the internet with it. i'm going to keep on posting, but limited information. just the album, along with maybe the artist & title of the record, or maybe not. point being, if you see the cover, it looks interesting, grab it. i'd like to think i have pretty solid taste in muzak & you can be fairly certain if you follow this blog you will prolly enjoy it. anyway, be on the lookout for a flood of records. catch you on the flip amigos.

Monday, October 22, 2012


it looks as if some fucking jagoff reported me. half of my files seem to be down, which means the entire account might be taken down soon. if that's the case, i haven't been doing the best of jobs backing this shit up, so spookcity might be taking a sabbatical until i find a better means of posting, or who knows? maybe i'll ride off into the sunset like the owl did & leave y'all high & dry. adios motherfuckers.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


"The previously unreleased spooked-out psychedelic-jazz score to 70s Czech's 'other' favourite teenage witch flick." 'Saxana - The Girl On A Broomstick' is another Finders Keepers truffle hunted from the archives of the studio that brought you 'Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders', one of the most celebrated reissues in their immense catalogue. It includes the entire studio sessions (plus psychedelic effects) written by Angelo Michajlov and performed by the Karel Vlach Orchestra, 27 tracks in total including truly hefty sleevenotes from Andy Votel (we could barely pull them out of the jewel case, they're that weighty!). The film itself is a staple of the early '70s Czech new wave of fantasy films, which the Communist run state was considered a world leader in at the time, and whose popularity spread through Germany, Spain, Greece and Sweden thanks to the Czech film industry's renowned reputation. Angelo Michajlov had previously scored three films for children's movie director Josef Pinkava before 'Saxana', honing the charming style of wacky noises and catchy theme tunes on this disc, and working with Karel Vlach's Orchestra to create the big band theme tune anthem which would still be sung 40 years later, besides a dazzling range of cues and genuinely spooky incidentals, including one remarkable Sitar nugget. Angelo would later go on to work as a successful pop composer for various Eastern European labels such as Amiga in East Germany and Melodiya in Russia where he produced hgely profitable albums for Ukrainian actress and singer Sopha Rotaru. This album is a treasure trove of samples for the discerning beat breaker and a must for anyone who fell under the spell of 'Valerie...'" - boomkat

just in time for the season. if anyone has a link to the movie, hook a brother up!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

city of scum.

i've been meaning to post this masterpiece for a while now. the japanese csny, or maybe burrito brothers. either way, it's honeyed harmonies over beautiful folky country rock.

re-upped 6/12/13.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

i just couldn't get thin.

"Originally released as a small run cassette in 1987, only to fall into tape label obscurity, Robert Turman's industrial genre-bending masterpiece album Way Down finally has been excavated for a proper reissue after twenty-three years in the shadows. This album solidifies Turman as a cut above the rest with respect to his talent and his natural ear for experimental composition. Turman first came onto the industrial scene in the late 70s as the ominous other half of legendary noise outfit NON, alongside Boyd Rice, together releasing the now classic first NON single, Mode of Infection/Knife Ladder 7″ in 1977. After parting ways, Turman went on an excursion of self-released cassettes to which he fused every possible influence at his disposal, culling together past habits of experimental know-how and going forward into uncharted terrain. After his previous experimental efforts included on his Flux release in 1981, and even later in the prolific Chapter Eleven boxset, Turman turned the tables with the creation of Way Down, using synthesizer arrangements and drum machines alongside guitar solos, piano chords, tape loops and primitive sampling to create a whole new concoction of dance-like minimal synth blended together with the industrial darkwave noise he was mostly known for. After almost vanishing from the music scene, Turman resurfaced in 2005, teaming up with seminal noise musician Aaron Dilloway to not only reissue previous recordings, but to record and perform once again with new releases out on Hanson and Medusa. This vinyl reissue of Way Down serves as the blueprint of what Turman sought to render as a very accessible minimal synth/industrial album, yet keeping it just obtuse enough to make it one of the most brilliant and engaging albums to be ushered into the canon of 80s experimental culture." - boomkat

absolutely amazing, & perfect for the murky cold weather outside. i can't believe i've gone this long without hearing this masterpiece. it reminds me a lot of vatican shadow, so if yr into fernow's recent work, then this is right up yr alley amigos.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

casio presets.

In 1968 brian jones of the rolling stones traveled to Morocco and taped parts of music at the Rites of Pan Festival. It's uncertain whether this should be considered a brian jones album, or an album by the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka, or an album by the Master Musicians of Jajouka, as the performers on this recording are most commonly known in the West. The important thing to know is that it's a document of Moroccan traditional music that achieves trance-like effects through its hypnotic, insistent percussion, eerie vocal chanting, and pipes. Originally divided into two untitled, unbroken LP sides (although these are broken down and officially titled on the CD reissue), it should be kept in mind that these are merely edited excerpts of performances which can last for hours, and thus they offer only a taste of the live event. Although the first part in particular builds and builds in relentless energy to whirling climaxes, there are discrete and different performances here, some featuring female chants, others less intense male vocals, and others passages of unaccompanied instruments which sound like flutes (credits and details on the original release are sparse). While this music had been performed in this fashion for a long time before jones documented it, this was among the first of such recordings to receive reasonably wide exposure (although it was released after jones' death) in Europe and North America. Thus this recording anticipated the wider popularity of trance-like music among both electronic rock and progressive African musicians later in the 20th century. -

super fucking crucial you listen to this. ecstatic chanting collides with beautiful hypnotique droning to create one enlightening slab of face melting beauty.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

look out! soul is back.

This is an essential compilation of historic poetic and music works, almost all of them from the first half of the 20th century, largely by Futurist and Dadaist artists that, taken altogether, represents a huge aspect of our cultural history. Some of the work points towards later developments, aesthetic and technological, of electronic music.
Among the most important works included are the Futurist Luigi Russolo's 'Risveglio di una Citta' (1913), in which the composer uses noisemaking instruments to imagine the early morning sounds of urban life; Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's dramatic spoken text composition, 'La Battaglia di Andrianpoli' (1924), which invokes battle sounds; and Kurt Schwitters' famous sound poem, 'Die Sonata in Urlauten' (1932). Also included are Antonio Russolo's Corale' (1921) and 'Serenata' (1921), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 'Sintesi Musicali Futuristiche' (1931) and 'Definizione di Futurismo' (1924), Luigi Grandi's 'Cavalli + Acciaio' (1935), Wyndham Lewis' 'end of Enemy Interlude' (1940), Guillaume Apollinaire's 'Le Pont Mirabeau' (1912), Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, and Richard Huelsenbeck's 'L'amiral cherche une Maison a Louer', Marcel Duchamp's 'La Mariee mise a nu par ses Celibataires, meme', Richard Heulsenbeck's 'Inventing Dada' (1959), Tristan Tzara's 'Dada Into Surrealism' (1959), Jean Cocteau's 'Le Voleurs d'Enfants' (1929), and 'Tone Poem'. This is a magnificent document of the 20th century! -

a really fascinating buy today in the shape of this collection of early recordings of some of my favorite artists & heroes. highly highly recommended!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

bobby's on the phone.

giallo jazz for the season. expect a goblin post & some fucking sweet misfits mix because it's that time of the year right?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

inmates of heartache.

iceberg slim is the only man i take advice from.

teenagers from mars.

either you hate them for their perceived lack of talent from yr terribly narrow point of view or they created a beautifully engaging masterpiece of outsider pop. you be the judge chump.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

blue jay way.

The music of Galicia has received a lot more exposure as it's become viewed as part of the Celtic world. But in 1952, when Lomax made these recordings, there were no such thoughts. However, a simple listen to the piping on "Muinera De Carballo" or the martial "Alborada de Ournese," with its heavy drumming, should be enough to stir familiarity. What is very different, however, is the vocal work, with its keening female harmonies, as on "Viene Cargado De Trigo," powered along by the sound of the tambourine. "Cantar De Vendimia" is choral with male and female voices, a folk song with liturgical overtones. What sets Lomax apart from many others making field recordings is his ability to coax a real performance from the singers or musicians, so they produce something special -- and that often results in full songs rather than the fragments that tend to appear on other collections. And that is what takes this out of the realm of the purely academic. For anyone interested in Celtic music and the Celtic diaspora, there's plenty of meat here, tracing similarities in vocal styles and the folk song of "O Nenino," for instance. Or you can simply revel in some untutored, unearthly harmonies on "Ay Rosina," with its almost-funereal pace giving the singers a chance to dig deep into emotion. Whether you listen to learn or simply for pleasure, there's plenty to enjoy here. - allmusic

absolutely stunning collection of gems recorded by my hero in a faraway land.

ps this is my 175th post by the way. i can't believe i've done so many in such a short amount of time.