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Blues ControlValley Tangents ... CD
Drag City, 2012. Used ... $6.99
The hypnotic Valley Tangents from Blues Control – essentially the duo of keyboardist and percussionist Lea Cho and guitarist, synth player and tape manipulator Russ Waterhouse! They roll from timeless art rock instrumentalism that's reminiscent of early 70s pioneers – to some tape effects and other touches that are more profoundly contemporary. It's a lot more dexterously musical than a lot of the self-conciously experimental acts in the post-millenium landscape – a facet that puts Blues Control closer the originators of proggy-noisy acts than many of later revisionists. Great stuff! They get a bit of percussion assistance by Tatsuya Nakatani on "Iron Pigs", and other titles include "Love's A Rondo", "Walking Robin", "Open Air" and "Gypsum". CD

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Kim FowleyLord Of Garbage (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2012. New Copy ... $12.99 13.95
Kim Fowley, an author? Stranger things have happened – and given Fowley's penchant for putting his finger in just about every pie that came within reach, the whole thing's no surprise at all! The book is a stunning account of Fowley's important years in the music business – working in the sometimes lowest reaches of the LA scene, yet sometimes hitting the highest heights too – all told in really interesting detail, with a pacing that's completely unique! At lots of points, it kind of feels like Kim's telling you the story of his life over a few dozen drinks at the bar – with all the tangents you might expect – but at other times, there's this lucidity that's right in line with the Fowley genius in the studio – that way of being and going crazy while still holding all your cool – summed up perfectly in these few lines near the end of the book: "Well this is my version of what happened to me. I don't know if it really happened or not, but I think it did. I'm holding back a lot of stuff because it's too overwhelming in its darkness and it would be a sad read." Book

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