Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

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Babylon Circus - Dances Of Resistance

Babylon Circus - Dances Of Resistance

Babylon Circus
Dances Of Resistance
Label: Mr. Bongo

French Rastafarians concocting klezmer cabarets, high-stepping ska and hard-hitting horns, BC’s happy madness conjures politics and polygraphs around a roadrunner’s bar mitzvah. A frothy, funky frenzy of zany syncopation and mellow patois, “Dances,” is a high-octane carnival of concern juggling jungle fevers and spiraling calliopes, gypsy sunshine, festive traditions and revolutionary spunk.

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T-Bone Burnett - Tooth of Crime

T-Bone Burnett - Tooth of Crime

T-Bone Burnett
Tooth of Crime
Label: Nonesuch

An apocalyptic operetta, “Tooth”, springs from Burnett’s collaboration with playwright Sam Shepard. A wickedly delicious slice of social dissection of its own, “Tooth,” uncovers a world of rusted twang and stark, Western gothic. Burnett’s characters rattle and rail, preoccupied by closeted conversations divulged inside purgatory’s confessional - coolly spooky sermons of cold-blooded salvation.

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Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts

Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts

Black Ghosts
The Black Ghosts
Label: IAMSOUND Records

Slick, affluent pop dances over oozing grooves. Dreamy cyber-soul slithers as slamming synths and edgy beats collide in intriguing electro-chic fandangos.  Alert to danger and excited by possibilities, TBG’s wicked thinking and love-drowned new-wave struts its mechana-goth glamour in boldly curious moves, sleuthing in powder puff glitter and pounding blue funk.

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Jim Boggia - Misadventures in Stereo

Jim Boggia - Misadventures in Stereo

Jim Boggia
Misadventures in Stereo
Label: Bluhammock Music

Eight-tracks becomes epitaphs and schoolyard bullies topple when harmony meets hindsight in Boggia’s deceptively cheery, wonderfully crafted, “Misadventures.” Sweet geek nostalgia gets set to charming chameleon pop as turnabout and loss figure in the boppy potshots and fond farewells. Clever as they are accurate, Boggia’s tarnished trophies massage fresh perspectives from age-old obstacles.

Jim Boggia WebsiteJim Boggia Wiki

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems
The Family Afloat
Label: Flameshovel Records

A playful clatter of melodic maelstroms, off-kilter codas and terrorized testimonials bind, “Family,” together in a smoldering bowl of lo-fi mercurial ADD rock. The Stems’ psychological kaleidoscope simmers, escalates and oddly oscillates dissecting modern times through knee-buckling gallops and jigsaw cat-calls, providing, “Family,” explosive doses of fractured maverick novellas and infuriating patchwork prophecy.

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David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Will Happen Happens Today

David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Will Happen Happens Today

David Byrne & Brian Eno
Everything That Will Happen Happens Today
Label: Todo Mundo Records

Wide-eyed enlightenment, the blissed-out innocence of “Everything,” is calmly counter-balanced by ominous undercurrents, finicky mysteries playing among Afro-pop guitars, country and western acoustics and extraterrestrial playfulness. Eno’s studio synergy dances alongside Byrne’s Pentecostal allegories for strangely familiar worlds, sweetly creepy treats plucked from glittering, ocean forests.

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Peter Buffett - Imaginary Kingdom

Peter Buffett - Imaginary Kingdom

Peter Buffett
Imaginary Kingdom
Label: Beside Records

Soft, buttery ballads glide to machine-tooled grooves - robotic pop layering logic alongside longing for social conscience swimming in sophisticated syncopation, Buffett’s, “Kingdom,” build waves of hard-wired wondering washing over clockwork convictions, ticking time-bombs packing compassion in stately arrangements that stir and shimmy, dance floor diplomacy wrestling questions in hip-swiveling dialogues, cooing solutions.

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Bee And The Bird - Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future

Bee And The Bird - Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future

Bee And The Bird
Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
Label: Manhattan Records

Baroque toasts, post-millennial torch-songs, gift-wrapped galas and space-age cabaret swoon in woozy angelic caresses firing meticulous missiles, infiltrating cosmopolitan lifestyles. “Ray,” hosts sly cheesecake concertos bursting with zest and cooing with cool, coy élan - champagne jazz dressed in glamorous gossamer rocketing into chiffon and sherbet.

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Burnt Sugar - Making Love to the Dark Ages

Burnt Sugar - Making Love to the Dark Ages

Burnt Sugar
Making Love to the Dark Ages
Label: LiveWired

Scats pitter-pat past cool animal bop frosted in electronic blips, found sounds and willfully meandering ambience. Galactic atmospheres cushion hep-cat vibes, after-hours sessions pitting astral brass with cosmic guitar, gypsy jazz and bluesy gospel. Buzzing between Avant Theater and Night Club Improv, Burnt Sugar’s exceptional love-making scenarios are carnal caramels.

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Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows

Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows

Bell Orchestre
As Seen Through Windows
Label: Arts & Crafts

Studied silences cultivate cacophony as, “Windows,” moves among bright lights and shadows, cinematic snapshots bursting with instrumental chutzpah. From glassy passages to race-car rhythms, BO’s quasi-classical motifs mate, molt and mutate into soundlab experiments, displaced soundtracks and theatrical interventions; elegant pools of acoustics preceding curious Keystone comedies and flowering romances

Bell Orchestre WebsiteBell Orchestre Wiki

BrakesBrakesBrakes - Touchdown

BrakesBrakesBrakes - Touchdown

BrakesBrakesBrakes
Touchdown
Label: Fat Cat

Rock solid cynicism burns past corrosive pop-rock and beat-heavy intellect. Rallying around the hoi polloi in invigorating hooks, ironclad chords and an uncanny knack for suspiciously enigmatic phrases, “Touchdown,” pounds out its paranoia with passionate panache. Sparking flames in the face of modern ennui, Brakesbrakesbrakes’ riff-ripe sing-alongs are wise and innocent, brilliantly jaded yet ultimately undefeated.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Eating Us
Label: Graveface Records

Swamped in strings then freed via surreal peals of laughing electronics, the unearthly, “Eating,” walks on cat’s paws between child-like whimsy and cybernetic wonder A supernaturally heightened state of bliss, BMSR’s cozy bass meanders over analogue realities, lyrics of paradoxical androgyny slithering among acoustic guitars and live percussion for eerily passive interactions.

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