Glenn Donaldson (a.k.a. Edmund Xavier) is a San Francisco musician who runs Burundi Cloud label and is/was a member of The Skygreen Leopards, Thuja, FWY!, Horrid Red and many others
Bonnie & the Bajas (a better name?) get into lovely abstract drone-folk territory that wouldn’t have been out of place in CD-R culture of the ’00s. Bonnie mumbles & croons his way through some fortune cookie cut-up lyrics over lovely analog synth drones & guitar bits. File next to Richard Youngs Festival & Witthuser & Westrupp’s Der Jesus Pilz.
Been admiring Grapefruit Records from afar & I finally bought this reissue by one of my all time favorites from ye olde 90s. I bought the super rare Eyes Rind Lp new back in the day & covet it. Turns out this earlier tape was even better & better recorded, lo-fi Cherry Red Records-ish folk pop. This sound is wonderfully restored, best album I have heard in a long long time.
This now defunct (?) Detroit band finally gets a real LP from my buddy Soft Abuse. It’s Siltbreeze + Xpressway + Detroit weirdness, 4-track sounding simple, bummer folk rock. It’s all a lovely guitar mood pieces with enough vocal song elements to have character. I played this record a lot; it just hits the sweet spot.
Damn this album was free on bandcamp. This female/male duo is really hitting it out of the park with their loop/drone/folk, spoken/chanted vocals with mysterious samples & keys. It reminds of the thrill of first hearing Kemialliset Ystavat, but with more modern DAW elements & sampling. The guy is a great painter too, worth a peak at discogs.
Another random bandcamp find (so much great music to be found there, fuck these other streaming services)…brings together lovely sound design electronic elements with improv (as far as I can tell)., prepared vibraphone & live loop processing, very organic & dreamy.
A major revelation this year was seeing Gun Outfit live at Woodsist fest…really exciting blend of country, post-punk & hippie not heard since the heyday of Slash Records. Based around a male/female guitar/vocal duo, Amps For Christ plays his homemade instruments with them sometimes, while Adam Payne does his best Meat Puppets impression on bass.
Other new/old things I got hip to: Drunk Elk, Exiles From Clowntown, Hypnobeat
Releases in 2017 to look forward to that I might be involved in releasing or recording: Swiftumz, Odd Hope, Lovebirds, Hallelujahs, Backstabbers, The Dream By Dream…???