I like records.
I also like to write about music.
I tried it out as a career for a while, then decided I enjoyed it more as a hobby.
You can read my reviews and check out some lists of what I think is the best music HERE on discogs, and hear me on the radio at AFTERFM.

Cheers
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posted a comment on The Peace - Black Power. about 1 month ago
@ bobtheorange
Lol. Correct on both accounts! I wrote this a long time ago as a part of a list and then decided to post it here on the album entry, don't know how I missed the fact that Now-Again reissued it. I bet it's worth it for the liner notes alone! See full review
submitted Skinshape - Arrogance is the Death of Men. about 1 month ago
posted a review of Ghost Funk Orchestra - An Ode To Escapism. about 1 month ago
Overall, it's another fantastic set of songs by the Ghost Funk Orchestra. A timely concept album about our various methods and habits around escapism and how we sometimes prefer different realities than the ones in which we live. Containing only three... See full review
posted a review of Various - Smokin Soul Power. about 1 month ago
HOLY SMOKING SOUL! This pupper's got it all... Rare grooves! Chunky licks! No cover! Dubious legality!

...Yes, it's true that not much is known about this little compilation (I was the one who added it to the database six years ago, and not much has... See full review
posted a review of Soft Power (2) - Brink Of Extinction. about 1 month ago
Soft Power take their name from an idea put forth in response to the rise of atomic energy in the 1970s. Corresponding with the advent of the environmental movement, this concept acknowledged the need for a different kind of approach to progress.... See full review
posted a review of O Bando - O Bando. 2 months ago
This album is a smashing hit and a clear standout even when weighed against the staggering vibrancy of the Brazilian music scene at this time. Another discogs reviewer mentions bands like CTA and Blood Sweat & Tears, and though I've never made that... See full review
posted a comment on The Light Of Saba - The Light Of Saba. 3 months ago
He actually makes note of each of these artists (and many others) in an interview with Honest Jon's back in 2002. I'm not aware if it can be found online, but it's a really great read if you ever come up on it. He describes how he grew up playing... See full review
posted a review of The Peace - Black Power. 3 months ago
This is truly an uplifting listen. So raw, so joyful, so purely in it for the good fight. Labels like SHADOKS had been re-issuing this type of stuff for a while, but the whole Zam-Rock scene really seemed to gain recognition around 2009 when hip hop... See full review
posted a comment on Hills (2) - Master Sleeps. 3 months ago
Have loved this album since it came out. Anyone want to sell me a copy, or perhaps do a trade? I promise I'm a real head just like you!
posted a review of Amon Düül II - Yeti. 4 months ago
Truly one of the greatest psychedelic behemoths of all time. Sometimes you realize an album gets weaker as you grow out of teenage naïvety. Riffs you thought were the meanest lose their punch. Concepts that used to keep you up all night gain a layer... See full review
posted a review of The Doors - The Soft Parade / Stripped. 4 months ago
Man these RSD releases are really scraping the bottom of the barrel... An album of dubiously explained "Doors Only" mixes, which were already issued last year as the 'bonus' material for the 50th Anniversary package, given their own special release... See full review
posted a comment on Mt. Mountain - Cosmos Terros. 4 months ago
Both of these reviews miss the mark, lol.

1) Sleepy Sun was a fabulous band until around 2011, when Rachel Fannan left. Their first two albums are uniformly excellent, and Fever holds up among the greatest additions to the psychedelic rock canon... See full review
posted a comment on The Beat Of The Earth - The Electronic Hole. 4 months ago
Great overview and great questions. I remember downloading this torrent about ten years ago with the other Beat of The Earth album. Always loved this one. I read about Relatively Clean Rivers but didn't discover how good it was until years later. They... See full review
posted a comment on Madrigal (7) - Madrigal. 5 months ago
You're very welcome, Will Horn. I am sorry I got the details of the recording wrong but most of all I am sorry I called you a 'Nobody'.
Cheers and thanks for the tunes!

-CH
posted a review of EOB* - Earth. 6 months ago
Quite an excellent collection of songs. Kind of feels like an "All Things Must Pass" situation—where his skills got consistently outshined by the 'genius' in the main band, so when he was finally able to do his own thing it turns out he had a lot of pent-up... See full review
posted a review of Khruangbin - Mordechai. 6 months ago
Man this version sounds nice. Might be the one to pick if you're on the fence about faulty audio issues...
posted a review of Don Bikoff - Celestial Explosion (Composia For 6-String Guitar). 7 months ago
A distinct sound quality pervades the recording of this album. The particular echo they employed—sometimes overt, sometimes more discreet—makes the whole thing seem a bit larger than life. The opening track is an odd one. Heavy reverberation adds... See full review
posted a review of Jon Mckiel - Bobby Joe Hope. 7 months ago
A sleeper album of humble means, Jon Mckiel's Bobby Joe Hope has delivered a brilliant Album-of-the-Year contender that will be recognized as a stone-cold classic for years to come.

The beguiling opening track "Mourning Dove" immediately sets... See full review
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posted a comment on Don Cherry - Hear & Now. 11 months ago
You're probably right about him needing some bucks, or maybe fulfilling some kind of contractual obligation with Atlantic... But I think it's also important to remember that this is kind of just how the late '70s sounded. Everyone started sounding... See full review
posted a comment on Electronic System - Tchip.Tchip (Vol. 3). 12 months ago
Hi tremmelmark
So there's a few artists that are definitely worth noting just for their historical provenance. They were the ones forging new ground on what could be done with electronic instruments (before they were really even considered... See full review
posted a review of Duster (2) - Contemporary Movement. 12 months ago
Duster is so definitively '90s that it feels strange that this album actually arrived in the first summer of the new millennium. It's another shot of depressing, stare-at-the-floor vocals, detuned guitars, and simplistic, stripped-down percussion.... See full review
posted a review of Cedric Im Brooks* & The Light Of Saba - The Magical Light Of Saba. 12 months ago
This collection is a secret weapon and a total adventure! Mr. Cedric was a unique instrumental voice in reggae, equally influenced by the original Uptown rockers hitting it big in the first wave ska scene as the ‘new thing’ Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders... See full review
posted a review of The Light Of Saba - The Light Of Saba. 12 months ago
This music is a secret weapon and a total adventure! Mr. Cedric was a unique instrumental voice in reggae, equally influenced by the original Uptown rockers hitting it big in the first wave ska scene as the ‘new thing’ Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders were... See full review
posted a review of The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band With Choir* - This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather+Sing,. about 1 year ago
A monument. A symphony for the oppressed. An ode to disarray. A reminder of how small bands of dedicated tribal peoples have always persevered in the face of annihilation. A musical soundtrack to the tranquilizing pain of watching society crumble, and... See full review
posted a comment on A Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us Alone, But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms…. about 1 year ago
...Another brilliant review of Canadian post rock by the mysterious "account which has been closed". These are always a treat to read and I thoroughly enjoy whenever I happen to stumble across one. I hope this dude is doing well, wherever he/she/they may be... See full review
posted a review of Bola Sete - Ocean . about 1 year ago
American Primitivism from a Brazilian maestro. John Fahey allegedly called this his favorite record in the Takoma catalogue. You'll understand why when you give it a listen. There's something special about it. Each pluck is permeated with a certain... See full review
posted a review of Robbie Băsho* - The Falconer's Arm I. about 1 year ago
My favorite of Basho's extensive catalogue. The most consistently interesting, and the most consistent blend of power and prowess as well. The majority of the record hangs quite heavy like the smoke of a fine Afghan hashish, but the closing tune... See full review
posted a review of Electronic System - Tchip.Tchip (Vol. 3). about 1 year ago
So a lot of people are probably here because a fortunate Youtube algorithm introduced them to the song "Skylab". These folks may notice the collector value is indeed high, and assume that the rest of the album must contain similarly interesting... See full review
posted a review of Mac DeMarco - 2. about 1 year ago
Though Mac had been playing and releasing music since at least 2008, this is his first 'serious' album. And boy did he come through. Every song is perfect. From the too-catchy-to-be-real opening hook to the final few seconds of still-rolling tape that... See full review
submitted Daydream Cathedral - Leviathan Romance. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Wand (2) - Laughing Matter. about 1 year ago
I've been listening to this album since it came out. To get an initial feel for it, first I streamed on Youtube. Then I was lucky enough to see them perform most of the new songs in the middle of their massive world tour, at a 285-person venue. I... See full review
posted a review of Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo. about 1 year ago
This band was boring before they decided to make the same album twice.
submitted Bells Atlas - the mystic. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs. about 1 year ago
This album is a thing of staggering beauty. Every moment is spellbinding. So bafflingly simple and yet so mysterious. Quiet Signs is an ageless, timeless treasure from a unique voice in the field of singer-songwriter folk music. I'm a... See full review
submitted L'Eclair - Polymood. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Death (8) - ...For The Whole World To See. about 1 year ago
Hey dudes, I'm just seeing these comments now. mmudskipper brings up a good point about the Stooges. One could also make a solid case by bringing up The MC5, The Monks, The Sonics, or The New York Dolls. But I was trying to distinguish the... See full review
posted a review of Madrigal (7) - Madrigal. about 1 year ago
Certainly an interesting find for anyone who regularly spends time spelunking into the acid archives of underground rock history. The music is totally unpolished, but that's actually the draw here. Similar to Pärson Sound, The Red Krayola or Seventh Sons,... See full review
posted a comment on Road (5) - Road . about 1 year ago
It really is a fantastic record. I can definitely understand how you feel this way. One of the big missteps of modern 'classic rock' radio is that they exclude so many brilliant releases like this from their playlists. This isn't the most obscure or... See full review
submitted Altın Gün - Gece. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Groundhogs* - Thank Christ For The Bomb. about 1 year ago
I think it's just a way to distinguish between the two versions using wartime-era terminology. The "Major" edition is supposedly superior with extra material, whereas the "Private" edition is obviously a lower rank, for the common folks. Just branding.
posted a review of Philip Cohran And The Artistic Heritage Ensemble* - Philip Cohran And The Artistic Heritage Ensemble. about 1 year ago
We are very lucky to have captured this stuff on record. This album is a phenomenon. The music it contains is ultimately liberated. It's freewheeling and ecstatic; careening towards oblivion at every turn. It's the type of phenomenon that rarely gets... See full review
posted a comment on Skinshape - Filoxiny. about 1 year ago
I usually have problems with white vinyl (I wish it wasn't so common) but this one sounds really good to me. Nice clarity and pop-free as far as I can tell.
posted a review of Explosions In The Sky - How Strange, Innocence. about 1 year ago
Austin's Explosions In The Sky have become known for dramatic mini guitar symphonies that carry with them a special, nimble charm that is accessible for the masses. Their later material reined-in, and sometimes expanded on this concept, but in my... See full review
posted a review of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids (3) - An Angel Fell. over 2 years ago
Absolutely outstanding. The Pyramids played a special brand of spiritually-informed ecstatic jazz music in the mid '70s, producing three albums on their own private label. They went away for about forty years, but re-emerged in 2011 to continue their... See full review
posted a review of Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples. over 2 years ago
Exceptional release, surely their best yet. The tightening of their compositions and less reliance on "jamming" has resulted in an album without a single wasted note. Not for one instant does this thing drag. Perfect blending of dark and light. It's... See full review
posted a review of Dr Who Dat?* - Beat Journey. over 2 years ago
While not nearly as well-known as MF Doom's "Special Herbs", J Dilla's "Donuts" or certain other beat-making mad scientists, this sole release by the Dr Who Dat pseudonym remains one of the most diverse, well-crafted, and consistently interesting... See full review
posted a review of Grachan Moncur III - New Africa. over 2 years ago
Stunning recording. What Grachan Moncur lacks in quantity of albums, he makes up for in quality. Worth it for the "New Africa" Suite alone, but I think "When" is the true high point. One of the finest modal bass walks you'll be lucky enough to take.... See full review
posted a review of Wand (2) - Plum. over 2 years ago
Releasing their fourth long-player exactly two years (almost to the day) after their last album, the mighty Los Angeles rockers WAND have continued to thicken their sound, with this album being their most expansive and fully-realized to date. With... See full review
posted a review of Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun. over 2 years ago
The end of the '80s through the '90s saw a few different R'n'R revivals, but none quite like the desert rock that sprouted from Southern California's cracked earth. A seemingly infertile landscape, there were no clubs, no hype, and hell, hardly any... See full review