Kevin and Derek review some cool records

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Super Roots EP, the Boredoms

Derek: We're listening to Budokon Tape Try.
Kevin: Where is budokon?
Derek: It's something we should know.
Kevin: Didn't Cheap Trick have that album, "Live at Budokon"?
Derek: So it's where Cheap Trick lives.
Kevin: They're really good, but I don't know how often I could listen to their record
Derek: Seems like it needs to be really loud and you have to see them jumping around on a stage.
Kevin: This comes pretty close to capturing how they sound live.
Derek: Aren't they at lollapalooza or something this year?
Kevin: Yeah, they're on half the tour.
Derek: They have the official warner brother jewel box.
Kevin: It's hard to imagine this is on warner bros.
Derek: It's on reprise records.
Kevin: But reprise is wholly owned by warner bros, right?
Derek: Yeah.
Derek: They have really great song titles.
Derek: This is sort of like my crash worship CD, it's hard to find the right time to play it at home.
Kevin: This is sort of like easy-listenin' nuclear war, I could listen to a whole CD of them screaming though, at least once or twice. I like them also because they're more well-rounded than a lot of the Japanese noise bands. And they are funnier too.

Brise-Glace - in sisters all and felony / angels on installment plan

Kevin: I would pay to see Jim O'Rourke defecate on stage. He's one of my favorite experimental music guys.
Derek: What else has he done?
Kevin: He played in Illusion of Safety for a long time, since then he's done a lot of solo stuff, and a lot of collaborations. That CD he did with K.K. Null is a complete masterpiece.
Kevin: This seems more conventional than a lot of the stuff he's stuff done, but hear that droney thing in the background? That's his guitar.
Kevin:The comic that comes with it seems pretty cool.
Kevin: I really like the way that track [in sisters and agony] ended.
Derek: They're distributed by touch and go. Wow, a lot of these punk labels are 10 or 12 years old, seems counterintuitive.
Kevin: It's cool though, they're still doing wacky stuff, even though they are almost institutions themselves.
Kevin:This track [angels on installment plan] is a lot more ethereal.
Derek: I like the other side.
Derek: This ambient thing is picking up, there are now ambient clubs.
Kevin: I don't think this is really ambient.
Derek: I think it would fit well in those clubs, but I don't think they intended to do something in that genre.
Kevin: Well, that was a short track.

Mo' Cookin' Compilation (Ubiquity)

Kevin: Is this acid jazz?
Derek: It's closer to conventional jazz than acid jazz, I think that acid jazz relies more on sampling and studio work. This is more life stuff, but then it's more danceable than a lot of jazz.
Kevin: It's pretty cool. I think that there has been a really big conventional jazz revival.
Derek: There's a ton of clubs that have either a Jazz DJ or bands that are really packed, even on weekdays.
Derek: This is actually part of a series of three, there's Home Cookin, Mo' Cookin and Still Cookin'. Still Cookin' just came out in the last month, which we would be reviewin' now if I had picked it up. I actually saw it on CD, but I wanted to pick up the vinyl I could actually DJ with this stuff.
Kevin: This is more than San Francisco, there also people from London and LA on this.
Derek: I think those and New York and Tokyo are the big Acid Jazz spots.
Kevin: We should actually mention some of the bands that are on this, since this is a compilation.
Derek: Slide 5 I've seen, they're pretty good live. Sweet Potato is from around here [SF].
Kevin: Push is from London, and Spirit Level has got people from London. Ping Pong is from LA.
[Kevin and Derek bob heads to the rhythm]
Kevin: What's your favorite track on this?
Derek: I like the Ping Pong track, I think I like almost all of them actually, but three or four of them have really good rhythms for DJing with.
Kevin: I've heard this Slide 5 tack before, it's really good. I should pick up this album... I could see this Ping Pong track being a really good party song.