Alvaro "Drinkin My Own Sperm" (MP3)
I first heard this LP on Johan's WFMU show back in 1997 and he casually back-announced it as "there aren't many records you can say are the Best Record in the World." Despite the fact hearing the Best Record In the World came pretty frequently during a week's worth of listening to FMU, this one was a doozy. Staccato minimal piano, a menacing yet embracing rhythmic undertow, warm, alien vocals and very primitive arrangements made this sound like some kind of darker sister album to Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets. In Spanish. With a chorus about drinking one's own sperm. Research revealed Alvaro Peña-Rojas to be somewhat of a beloved father figure in the DIY scene of the 70's', having been in garage bands in his native homeland of Chile in the '60's, he moved in on the punk scene in the UK 70's in Joe Strummer's pre-Clash 101ers, finally relocating to Germany where he resides today near his beloved Konstanz Lake. "Drinkin My Own Sperm" apparently was somewhat of a hit in German gay disco clubs at the time, though the huge discography that ensued in years to follow remained sadly below the radar of most underground afficionados. Thankfully Fusetron has picked up the ball over here and is now offering some of Alvaro's LPs, singles and CDs in its distribution list; he even did a U.S. tour and played live at WFMU's record fair and on air a few years ago (the sets were great, though we unfortunately did not get to see his tagline "the Chilean with the Singing Nose" make itself evident). His site is offering up a few other great MP3s as well.
Xexyz "The Trojans" (MP3)
A 1988 video game, a 2007 Black Metal band. Utilizing 8-bit game music. In their own words: "Drums, guitars, the voice of Satan, and Machine. There are reports that Xexyz is a one-man band. THIS IS FALSE!!!!!! Death to all who think only one person could be Xexyz. The force of unending flame that is Satan's War Xexyz could not be realized through only one human soul - Realize this or Machine kills all of you." Laugh if you will, but this is totally cool, buzzing, and screwed up, and Dipsomanic, the label issuing their Primeval Mountain CD has been scoring with a whole catalogue of the best Out basement metal this side of Striborg (especially the great Tjolgtjar double CD), with the fearlessness of Detsorgsekalf (issuing a band called Enbululugugal with a CD called Filthy Satanic Pork will certainly raise the air of the hardcore Black Metal heads). All sounds pretty great to me.
Witch "Motherless Child" (MP3)
No relation to the recent J. Mascis-employing stoner rock group, this is killer Zambian fuzzrock brought to my attention courtesy Friday morning DJ Doug Schulkind. From 1976, this 5-piece gets a lot of comparison to Nigeria's BLO, but there's a real trash aesthetic here in both the recording and playing that I dig a whole lot more. These guys did not make it to the Shadoks Love Peace and Poetry African comp which is odd, because I think that there was an reissue of this whole LP on that label, though it now seems to be gone. Shadoks often puts those runs out in mega-expensive vinyl form before the more-affordable CD issue hits, so perhaps that will be the case with this one. Either way, a real treasure.
Lexie Mountain "Dogs Hot" (MP3)
From the wonderful, wonderful CD Boys on Nautical Almanac's Heresee imprint. All I can say is: you might want to keep actual dogs away during the playback of this MP3, it could be stress-inducing.
ESG "Earn It" (live on WFMU) (MP3)
The Bronx sisters performing live in the East Orange studios in 1992, right around the time of their "Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills" 12" release. Soul Jazz Records has taken up the torch of making ESG past and present available for public consumption again, but the world still does not truly get the magnitude of what these sisters (now with guitarist/daughter Chiselle) have given the world of music. They play out rarely (WFMU was blessed with a benefit show at Southpaw back in 2002), so do not hesitate if you see 'em listed anywhere.
Here's a wrap-up of all MP3-heavy posts from Beware of the Blog over the past month (waxed and oiled up by Liz Berg):
- Catch up on Otis Fodder's 365 Days Project: MP3s of dog heartbeats, Jesus freak hamsters, pop song covers by Dutch kids, the Odd Couple sings, Laci Peterson tribute songs and more!
- More MP3 goo from Clinton right here, featuring a Dylan impersonator, James Brown flipping out on a morning TV show, spoken word records from Scott Soriano, and more!
- Another MP3 roundup from Clinton, this time featuring tracks from Keely Smith, Lotti Golden (score!), Vanilla Ice's contribution to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle soundtrack, along with more awful and wonderful finds.
- Lukas posted an amazing found sound record in its entirety, Daniel Craft's Soap Opera Suite and Snake Oil Symphony, it's a melodramatic rollercoaster of TV audio and smooth orchestral collage.