Sunday, February 14, 2010


King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon LP 1970, Vertigo/Island/Atlantic
This is my fave King Crimson record because this one gets so loose and shit. Similar to In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) in a lot of ways, it is all over the sonic spectrum but this one gets way crazier with more jagged prog mayhem. There are so many rad layers recorded into it, it is a headphone mindmelter. And this was the kind of final record for the first chapter of the band, after this they got all 70s or whatever. This is their original drummer Michael Giles completely destroying it on this whole record, shreds it. Sometimes hes getting all weird, sometimes pounding the heavy riddim, always wrecking it.

Robert Fripp God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners LP 1980, Polydor

Frippertronics was kind of wicked. After King Crimson was over, Fripp went on doing sounds and came up with the endless delay of guitar thru tape loops and called it Frippertronics. It sounds like a million butterflies massaging each other. On this LP the really ambient distorted guitar symphonies have drums on them, which Fripp called Discotronics but whatever disco sucks and this record does not. You can really space out listening to this shit, it is radical and has this long and wordy Fripp essay about stuff on the record sleeves which also rules.

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