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 MV & EE. 10 days ago
Okay, someone has to have figured this out by now... What are the best entry points for this ridiculously indulgent discography? I got into them about ten years ago and did a fair bit of exploring. My tastes followed the cleaner scent of their "major... See full review
posted a comment on BadBadNotGood - Talk Memory. 15 days ago
Yeah, a "reset" might be a good way of putting it. By the way, anyone feeling engaged by this dialogue would do well to explore the material of that 'recently departed' member. His name is Matthew Tavares and his 2021 album Danica is a remarkable... See full review
posted a comment on Rainbow Kitten Surprise - How To: Friend, Love, Freefall. 3 months ago
The very simple answer to this question is that they are on a major label. Major labels oftentimes manage their properties (a business term for "artists") in ways that don't make sense. At the current moment, their primary objective is to direct as... See full review
posted a comment on Faust - Faust. 3 months ago
Completely agree with you. That said, "Faust IV" from 1973 is up there among the finest Kraut ever recorded. If you only seek out one... that's the one.
posted a review of Devendra Banhart, Noah Georgeson - Refuge. 4 months ago
I know Devendra is a versatile artist. But if you told me he teamed up with another longtime collaborator and was about to release an album's worth of material from an entirely uncharacteristic genre, this would be about the last thing I'd have... See full review
posted a comment on King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. 5 months ago
jdkuberka84
Why should it matter whether it's "white" boys or any other kind of boys?


Because I am a suburban white boy and the things that our cohort tends to obsess over are oftentimes pretty lame. Lol. But thanks for your concern.
posted a review of The Books. 5 months ago
On the eve of the 21st Century, Paul De Jong and Nick Zammuto met in New York City. They started hanging out and quickly realized they both shared a unique approach to music. Thankfully for the children of the future, they had the good sense to start... See full review
posted a review of Antonio Carlos & Jocafi* - Mudei De Idéia. 5 months ago
Superb debut from the Brazilian duo. Right up there with the works of Marcos Valle, Caetano Veloso and Jorge Ben. Fun mix of traditional samba, MPB and light sprinkles of fuzz for an accessible psychedelic atmosphere. Love the pure joy that is evident... See full review
posted a review of Mt. Mountain - Centre. 6 months ago
It's possible that Kikagaku Moyo is going to sneak in a surprise album release before the end of the year. But in the absence of that hypothetical event, this is probably the top guitar-based psych-rock of 2021. Mt. Mountain does it right. I wish... See full review
posted a review of Michael Chapman (2) - Rainmaker. 6 months ago
In the Summer of 1965, electric instrumentation entered folk music via three separate avenues: Fred Neil, The Byrds, and Bob Dylan. People played around with the augmented style for a couple years, and then somewhere between 1969 and 1971, it was... See full review
posted a review of Greentea Peng - Man Made. 6 months ago
GTP has crafted a new punk rock anthem for the 2020s. Amidst the frenzied mania of a global pandemic, a crew of bohemian city kids took a trip to a makeshift studio tucked into the greenery of England's Southlands to commune with nature, and a... See full review
posted a review of Abdullah Ibrahim / Dollar Brand - The Journey. 6 months ago
So you know those million-dollar Strata East/Tribe/Nimbus rarities that you pine so dearly for? Put an ear on this and you'll wonder why the hell people dropping such crazy money on Mtume Umoja and Shamek Farrah when they could hear "The Hajj" for... See full review
posted a review of Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band* - Tezeta. 7 months ago
Euphoric; determined; ebullient; effervescent; uplifting; pure. In a word, it's perfect.
posted a review of John Fahey - America. 8 months ago
The birth, death, and epitome and the American Primitive genre. The Swan Song. The piece de resistance. The "Led Zeppelin IV" of fingerstyle guitar music.
posted a comment on John Fahey - America. 8 months ago
I have had these same thoughts. My current theory is that Kottke's "6 and 12" album actually DIDN'T come out in 1969 (or '68, as I've seen listed as well). The places on the web that state that are all just repeating bad information. The reason you've... See full review
posted a comment on Danalogue (2) X Alabaster DePlume - I Was Not Sleeping. 8 months ago
I felt the same way you did, then... And I feel the same way you feel, now.
posted a comment on King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. 10 months ago
PS, if any youngsters want to see a non-authoritative list of ranked albums, click here :)
posted a review of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. 10 months ago
Hype usually turns me off. Hoards of suburban white boys nerding out over something to the degree that there are entire message boards, fansites, bootleg merch, and astronomical prices for one-hour-old "collectibles" doesn't typically draw me in. I'm... See full review
posted a review of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - L​.​W.. 10 months ago
Hype usually turns me off. Hoards of suburban white boys nerding out over something to the degree that there are entire message boards, fansites, bootleg merch, and astronomical prices for one-hour-old "collectibles" doesn't typically draw me in. I'm... See full review
posted a review of Vinyl Williams - Azure. 10 months ago
Another effervescent slice of shimmering textures and swirling melodies from the singular Vinyl Williams. Though other musicians sometimes appear on his records, the material on Azure is almost entirely a solo outing. Despite what feel like... See full review
posted a comment on Ghost Funk Orchestra - An Ode To Escapism. 11 months ago
TheRetroman68
Of course it's a matter of taste and mine is as relevant or as irrelevant as yours.

Part of me totally agrees with you, and I appreciate your comment. Art is obviously subjective and not quantifiable.

But I really think... See full review
submitted Skinshape - Arrogance is the Death of Men. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Ghost Funk Orchestra - An Ode To Escapism. about 1 year 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 year 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 year ago
"Soft Power" is a term 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. Nuclear was... See full review
posted a review of O Bando - O Bando. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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). about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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
posted a comment on Don Cherry - Hear & Now. about 1 year 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). about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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,. over 2 years 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…. over 2 years 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 . over 2 years 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. over 2 years 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). over 2 years 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. over 2 years 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. over 2 years ago