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what's that racket?

things i'm listening to with remarkable frequency in the last couple of weeks:

pimentola/ misantropolis/ cold meat industry :: to quote stephen colbert "i called it!!!" i said the new album sounded cool (see earlier post) and it is. a bit like a more eccentric, mid-eighties era laibach, but overall, a really difficult release to describe with any accuracy. check out the sound bites on their brilliant web site.

hentai/ toy factory/ vital :: yeah, ok, i know what hentai "really" is, haha. but the album is excellent, creepy... well, check out my full review of the album a couple of posts back.

ait!/ romanticismo oltranzista/ punch records :: i have no idea what's in the water in italy and spain, but i'd like to find out. all of a sudden, there seems to be a an entire extended family of bands whose music is either the soundtrack to a bizarre cabaret or the music you hear on the elevators in hell. central to the scene is the gentleman who records as ait! (who also runs punch records, the italian label behind the bulk of releases in the "scene"), who has his own new album out. and it embodies everything that i just love about the sound... more, more, more.

subliminal/ coping/ galakthorroe :: loving this kind of thing seems kind of liking watching the really violent scenes in a movie over and over and over again. even when you enjoy it, you can't help thinking that it's a sign that there's something seriously wrong with you. the overdriven, throat-slashing, skin-shredding harshness of galakthorroe at a high water mark.

so what are you listening to? inquiring minds want to know...

Comments

pelao said…
racket as in whiteys next-up release?
goodies in your post, i am new to you but i like what i read, don´t we all?
i am currently at musicstandstill, listening to merzbow, early einsturzende, some homemade goodshit my friend al sent from nyc(it´s called the "concrete womb", quite industrial), spanish indie "pop"(los planetas, scharwz, aviador-dro), copshootcop live at cbgb´s somewhen ago, and delving further into xenakis galore.....all your picks sound good, checking them out after i am through with them kryptonge bangers!
happy days-is
flora_mundi said…
always happy to make recommendations...

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