While I admit that I've never been a huge fan of Italian progressive rock from the 70s, I haven't yet encountered a Goblin horror film soundtrack I didn't like.
There's something about the whole wickedly weird giallo film genre that brings out the best in Euro-prog bands. UK collector Ron Graham also hit on that, but found a creative outlet for his own obsession in the musical project Giallos Flame , which draws heavily on the inspiration of Goblin and the brooding British crime film scores of Roy Budd (Get Carter) and Stanley Myers (Sitting Target), as can be heard on the deadly psych-sizzler of a six-track 12-inch EP called Live From Dunwich (DC Recordings).
If that's not enough bloody dementia, Graham has put together a nightmarishly engrossing mix for the Allez Allez music blog you can check out at http://allez-allez.co.uk .
Hazardous punk material
There's a charming naïveté about a punk band naming itself after a trademarked DuPont synthetic fibre used in the manufacture of hazmat suits, but the main reason I enjoy Detroit's Tyvek is because they rock with the sort of couldn't-give-a-fuck abandon that once made Crime and the Electric Eels rulers of the roost.
The pent-up frustration of their troubled teen years is unleashed in four short, sweaty bursts on the Summer Burns double 7-inch set that What's Your Rupture? had the good taste and foresight to release.
Don't miss Tyvek at Sneaky Dee 's Friday (October 5). This may be your last chance to see them using that name. www.whatsyourrupture.com .
Kon and Amir job
For years now, there's been talk about various reissue labels putting out the 1973 Canuck free jazz classic Invisible Roots, by the London Experimental Jazz Quartet , but no one seems to have been able to get the green light from founder/director Eric Stach .
Somehow, break-scrounging mixtape masters Kon and Amir found a way to cop the LEJQ's most awesome track, Destroy The Nihilist Picnic, for their two-disc mix showdown, Off Track, Volume One: The Bronx (BBE).
It's a major score, to be sure, but that's only a fraction of Amir's superdope set loaded tight with sought-after spiritual jazz and prog funk jams from Ex Ovo Pro , Marius Cultier , Larry Nozero , Horselmat , Melvyn Price , Pat Britt and the Gerry Olds Trio , while partner Kon holds down the R&B and disco on disc one. Let's hope the LEJQ and every other artist here gets their due. www.bbemusic. com .
Much like Kon and Amir, you can always count on Dr. Delay of Psycrunk fame for a filler-free mix. Lately, he's been keeping busy rummaging through his well-stocked record collection for the Rajaz Meter (Funk Weapons) CD, which packs a broad selection of mostly old-school Arabic funk from Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Ethiopia into a head-nodding 52-minute set.
His more recent REM Sleep (Funk Weapons) disc of "wizard rock" covers trippy psych and freak folk from the likes of Pookah , Trifle , Magic Mixture , Triangle , Aesop's Fables , Linda Perhacs , Colonel Bagshot , Dark , Henry Tree and Toronto's own Kensington Market .
Just be forewarned, his vinyl is well-played, and the crackly bits have been left in. http://www.funkweapons.com .