Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Best Music of 2007 Part 2

As promised, here is the next installment from my Best of 2007 list. I hope you enjoy it!

6)People- Misbegotten Man

I first read heard about these guys after reading an article in Signal To Noise a couple months ago. This creative duo from Brooklyn, NY creates abrasive math-rock that combines propulsive free jazz drumming with atonal guitar noodling. The kicker is that singer/guitarist Mary Halverson (guitarist for Anthony Braxton and Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsan) sings in a style that evokes a 30's style jazz torch singer and this is fused with Kevin Shea's frenzied scattershot drumming. Incredibly infectious ear candy for adventurous listeners.

From: Misbegotten Man

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7)Nina Nastasia and Jim White- You Follow Me

I already wrote about this album earlier this year. You can find that post here along with four more tracks from this album. Nastasia's fragile vocals are complemented perfectly by the inventive drumming of Jim White from Australia's dynamic trio The Dirty Three.

From: You Follow Me

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8)The Dirty Projectors- Rise Above-

I saw the Dirty Projectors at Satyricon during the annual Music Fest NW in Portland, OR, and was completely awestruck at their performance. The Dirty Projectors is essentially the brainchild of extremely prolific one-man band Dave Longstreth. Since 2002, the Dirty Projectors have released 6 full-length records and one ep. Each record has explored a new type of music or concept, and Rise Above is no exception to this rule. Rise Above is a concept album that Longstreth was inspired to explore after finding an empty CD case to Black Flag's Damaged. This is the end result of his reimagining the album from memory. It is a funky soul-inflected avant garde juggernaut with Longstreth's quavering vocals and the incredible stop-start dynamics of Brian McOmber on drums. Repeated listens reveal an expertly crafted record with heart and soul that would make Black Flag proud.

Dirty Projectors- Depression and Rise Above
From: Rise Above

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9)Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- 100 Days, 100 Nights

I have been eagerly anticipating a new Sharon Jones record since 2005's satisfyingly funky Naturally. 100 Days, 100 Nights is a full-blown soul record in the spirit of Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack records from the heyday of 60's soul. Check out the ultra-funky vamping bassline combined with Sharon's soul-stirring delivery on "Nobody's Baby".

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- Answer Me and Nobody's Baby
From: 100 Days, 100 Nights

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10) Aesop Rock- None Shall Pass

I've been listening to Aesop Rock since around 2001, when I first heard the double entendre-laced lyrical paradise that is Labor Days. Aesop's latest record None Shall Pass takes his rhyming and prodcution to the next level. Shades of Blockhead's production and Aesop's old-school storytelling from Labor Days can be heard on the hauntingly poetic "Fumes". Aesop's tongue twisting rhyme techniques are in full effect on "Five Fingers" where he lashes out a mind boggling amount of words in a small amount of space. Check out these lyrics from Five Fingers: "Gotta configure the five fingers so the hot wire vehicular skill is applicable and for eyes on the prize and the itch aint flush to hope the fruits of your labor roll in the initial rush". He definitely brings his A-game on this stellar record filled with a plethora of riddles and rhymes for the hip-hop heads.

Aesop Rock-
Fumes and Five Fingers
From: None Shall Pass

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Here is the zip file for all of the tracks in this post.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Best Music of 2007 Part 1

I realize it's getting down to the wire, but I've managed to finally decide on 25 albums for the list. I don't know how people have been able to narrow it down to 10 this year, since it was such a fantastic year for creative musical masterpieces. This is the first installment of my Best Music of 2007 list. I will try to feature five more albums from the list each day to complete the list by the end of next week.

Please note that the numbers are not in any order of rank or importance. You might also notice that the list doesn't have any blues or folk. Most of the blues and folk that I listen to tends to be the old-school stuff like Fred Neil, Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker. Unfortunately most of these cats are no longer around, so my lists tend to focus on indie rock, experimental and hip-hop. Please feel free to voice your opinion if you have discrepancies with this list, or want to post your own list. I definitely try to have an open mind about opinions regarding all types of music.

Because of the sheer volume of this list, I won't be able to write in-depth reviews on each record. Instead, I will provide concise reviews on each record and links to more in-depth reviews on each selection. I hope you enjoy the list, and keep checking back for some Christmas selections very soon.

1) Sir Richard Bishop- Polytheistic Fragments- Former Sun City Girls guitar virtuoso delivers an eclectic, intoxicating blend of indian ragas, flamenco, appalachian folk, gypsy jazz and blues that is less experimental than previous efforts, but definitely not less captivating. Here is a review that goes into more detail about the specific songs.

From: Polytheistic Fragments

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2) Panda Bear- Person Pitch- High profile side project from Animal Collective vocalist Panda Bear who crafts a pitch perfect rendition of what the Beach Boys would have sounded like in an alternate universe. Don't take my word for it. Check out the sublime opening track "Comfy In Nautica" and prepare to be mesmerized by beautiful melodies that wrap around your ears like a warm blanket of sound. Here is a more in-depth review from Delusions of Adequacy.

Panda Bear- Comfy In Nautica and Bros
From: Person Pitch

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3) Animal Collective- Strawberry Jam- Since I've already been talking about Panda Bear, I thought that I would have to include the latest long player by Animal Collective in this list. Strawberry Jam seems to be a natural progression from their last album Feels, in that it contains infectious and catchy melodies that will be imprinted on the pleasure receptors of your brain after the first listen. This album is exceptional in that it is an experimental and noisy record that is entirely accessible to all listeners. Check out the explosions of feedback and industrial machine noise mixed with tuneful screaming during the chorus of "Cuckoo Cuckoo".

Animal Collective-Winter Wonderland and Cuckoo Cuckoo
From: Strawberry Jam

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4) Amon Tobin- Foley Room- Amon Tobin (Canada's Electro-jazz glitch hop pioneeer)crafted his latest aural tapestry of sound Foley Room in an actual "Foley Room". The foley room is the room where sound effects for a motion picture are created, so you can imagine the sonic clarity of this recording. This is a brain-bending adventure from beginning to end with glitch-electronica beats juxtaposed with field recordings of exotic animals and hypnotic basslines. Sort of like a modern day Martin Denny or Les Baxter.

From: Foley Room

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5) Radiohead- In Rainbows- The chameleon-like five piece from Oxfordshire, England have crafted another seemingly effortless masterpiece. In Rainbows is a mellow chillout record that is perfect music for watching snow gently hit the windowpane on a cold winter's night. Hypnotic vocal melodies are interweaved with orchestral flourishes creating a haunting backdrop for endless days and nights.

Radiohead- 15 Step and Videotape

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For those people that don't like to download individual files, here is a zip file that includes all of the songs in this post.
Your comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Get It While You Can... Again

I've received a couple requests to have the Howard Tate "Get It While You Can" re-upped, so I hope you enjoy this soul classic originally released on Verve in 1966. Here is a link to the original post on Howard Tate from May.

In other news, I plan on posting a Best Music of 2007 list soon. Hopefully, I can get it to you in time to purchase some great music for the holidays. My hope was to have this list completed by early December, but you know how life can get busy. I'm heading home to Peoria, IL for the holidays, so I'm trying to get everything wrapped up here before I leave for my trip.

I will try to re-upload some Christmas blues and soul gems that I had on here last year, as well as a few more new ones. You're probably thinking that this blog is turning into a funk and soul blog, but I have plenty of free jazz and discordant improvisation stuff to fill the experimental music enthusiast's stocking too.

Also, after the holidays, I plan on starting a new series of posts on Eclectic Grooves including The Art of Hip-Hop sampling, New Release/artist of the week and Local Band showcases. Those of you who check out Ear Fuzz on a regular basis, know that I have contributed a couple posts on the "Anatomy of a Sample". Essentially, I analyze hip-hop songs and discuss the music of the bands that were sampled. Then, I feature several song samples at the end of the post as a companion to the post. Since the folks are digging those posts at Ear Fuzz, I will be featuring a variation of that here on Eclectic Grooves. I am in the process of figuring out the logistics, but I will have more time to focus on this stuff after the holidays. In the meantime, enjoy the Howard Tate and be on the lookout for the Best Music of 2007 list.

Link for Howard Tate is in the Comments!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Holy Grail of Soul

I first became aware of this rare soul gem after reading the article on Freddie Terrell and the Soul Expedition in the April/May issue of Wax Poetics. For more information on Freddie Terrell, here is a review I wrote about Freddie Terrell and the Soul Expedition on Ear Fuzz in August. Freddie was recruited as the guitar player in Lee Moses and the Showstoppers band before Lee had recorded anything on wax. I'm not sure which songs Freddie plays on throughout Time and Place, but there is no doubt that his spirit and grace was present during the recording sessions for the album. If anyone has any extra info on Freddie's contributions to Time and Place, please give a shout.

Lee Moses recorded Time and Place on Maple Records in 1971, and it has stood the test of time as a soul/funk/gospel/psych masterpiece for the ages. It is considered by most reviewers to be one of the greatest unsung soul records ever. Peope who dug the Howard Tate record I posted on here several months ago, as well as soul aficionados, will treasure this record. By the way, if anyone is interested in the Howard Tate, let me know and I will re-up it for you.

Highlights for me include the funky and groovy "Got That Will" featuring bottom heavy bass and wah-wah guitar while Lee waxes nostalgic about the great soul legends that "made it", a slow psychedelic version of the Mama's and the Papa's "California Dreamin" with funky breakdowns, punchy horns and soul-stirring vocals and a funky interpretation of Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe" with an astonishing wah-wah guitar solo that is a true testament to the power of soul. There are also a couple northern-soul style slow burners such as "Adorable One" and "What You Don't Want Me to Be" where Lee vocalizes with so much intensity that he sounds like a fire and brimstone preacher exorcising evil spirits. Overall, this is an amazing record that is not to be missed.

I've gone back and forth as to whether it is ethical to share this entire album, and I have decided to share it at a lower bitrate since it has been reissued on Sanctuary/Castle Records recently. The reissue includes a lot of extra bonus tracks that weren't featured on the original album, so make sure you get that version. The version I am sharing here is the original album at 192 K, which is well below CD quality, but it still sounds good enough to sample.
I hope you enjoy this record, and if you like the record, please purchase it by visiting the links here, here, here or here. It is definitely worth it, as you get the original album plus 14 bonus tracks for your money.

Link in comments

Your comments are always appreciated!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Backwoods Campfire Folk

A couple people requested this out-of-print release from the amazing Nevada City folk singer Alela Diane, so here you go. Forest Parade was originally self-released and hand-made by Alela herself, but it is no longer available to buy in any format. I was fortunate enough to find these files on the internet several months ago after an exhaustive search. Those of you who were lucky enough to purchase a copy of this before it went out of print were undoubtedly graced with a beautiful handmade CD made completely by Alela's hands. I did get my hands on a Pirates Gospel limited edition CD with beautiful hand lettered art and graphics. Well worth the money!

Forest Parade is a hauntingly minimal record filled with fragile vocals and lightly plucked guitar that relaxes your body and mind. Each song features Alela on vocals and guitar with very few overdubs and minimal accompaniment. These songs cast a seductive spell on the listener that can't be broken until the final seconds of the album unfold. This is really captivating and heart-wrenching folk that would appeal to people who dig classic folk like Sibylle Baier and Karen Dalton, as well as current favorites like Cat Power and Laura Gibson.
I featured a couple songs from Alela's The Pirates Gospel on my Best of 2006 list last year. I don't think the links are still up , but you can check out my review on the record here. If you like Forest Parade, please check out Alela's website or Myspace page to purchase her other stuff that is still in print. Also check out her tour dates, as she might be coming to your town soon.

In the upcoming weeks, I have a lot of interesting stuff that I will be showcasing here such as a rare soul gem from Lee Moses. Stay tuned to that dial!
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Stirring Up a Heady Brew

I'm back after an unexpected hiatus due to getting over a cold and searching for a new job. Thanks to everyone who downloaded the film noir mix, and especially to those who left comments. I have been listening to so much music in the past couple weeks that I feel as if I will implode if I don't share some of it with the rest of you.

Now on to the Eclectic Mix that I have brewing in my mind today. Stir in a little African groove with Japanese instrumental surf rock. Mix in a little Turkish psychedelic fuzz rock groove and add equal parts sublime free jazz. Finally, toss in a dash of apocalyptic instrumental rock and top it off with a whirling dervish of space-age bachelor pop. The result is an easily digestible musical stew that will surely delight your pallet. Enjoy!


1) The Antarcticans- The 2000 Year Clearing of All Peace- 7:25
2) Sharp Five- Sakura Sakura- 3:21
3) Ric Colbeck Quartet- Subdued- 6:20
4) Erkin Koray- Cemalim- 7:43
5) Ne Zhdali- Hungarian Young Years- 3:51
6) Tsehaytu Beraki-Mejemeria Fegri- 4:53
7) Ed Askew- Mr. Dream- 4:42
8) Blues Control- Blues Control- 2:41
9) The Moving Sidewalks- 99th Floor- 2:17
10) The Three Suns- Vagabond King Waltz- 3:30
11) Orchestra Baobab- Lat Dior- 7:35
12) The Electric Tomorrow- The Electric Tomorrow- 2:45

Total- 57:07
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I also wanted to let you know that I have updated the links with some fantastic blogs including Cosmo's new blog A Pyrex Scholar ( library, funk, prog), Bonobos Hump to Music ( Loads of post-punk, noise and indie, beulah land (amazing assortment of old and new gems), Blog Do Nirso (treasure trove of rare nuggets such as Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul), and No Longer Forgotten Music( in the same vein as Mutant Sounds-lots of electronic, new wave, no-wave and extremely rare punk 7"s). For those of you that were digging the afro-beat psychedelia of Chrissy Zebby Tembo and Monomono, please check out Matsuli Music, With Comb and Razor and Voodoo Funk for many more gems. I haven't had time to add the following blogs to my links yet, but they are definitely worth checking out: Dualtrack (Avant Garde, Classical and Obscure rarities), Easily Slip Into Another World (Free Jazz), and A Great Work of Fiction (Free Jazz, Avant Garde and Noise). This is just a small smattering of the music blogs I've been digging lately. I will post the links to new ones as I become aware of them.

Lastly, the great Swami Hermitus Solus has left the building! I hope that he continues to do something else that fulfills his life as much as running his blog did. Peace to you Swami, and thanks for all the great free jazz that you shared over the last year. If there's anyone who knows why Swami decided to call it a day, maybe you could enlighten the rest of us. Until next time...

Friday, November 02, 2007

Aural Film Noir Excursions Redux

Back by popular demand! Well, not really, but I had to say it. Recently, a person that goes the by the initials "LD" requested that this film noir mix be re-upped. Thanks to "LD", those of you who didn't get a chance to hear/download this before will get a second chance. It was originally posted on January 8, 2007, back when Eclectic Grooves was still in it's early stages of development. If you want to see the original post for this, please go here.

I love compiling mix-tapes/Cd's, but this one was a real labor of love. I believe that this mix is my greatest achievement. I would love to hear what you think about the mix.

Aural Film Noir Excursions Re-up

Here's the setlist:


It has been brought to my attention by one of the visitors that this link has expired, so I am posting a new link so that more readers can download this mix. Please remember that I will try to grant most requests to re-up links on here as long as the downloads in question are out of print and not in violation of any copyright laws.

New link is in comments.

Re-upped on 1/22/2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

All Hallows Eve 2007

Here are some more Halloween goodies for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

The Haunted House- 20 Tracks to Make You Jump in the Night

This is one swanky, toe-tapping, smart and sassy collection taken from old-timey blues and jazz 78's including Louis Armstrong's "The Skeleton In the Closet" and Ma Rainey's "Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues". This is the Halloween album that you will want to put on when you've had your fill of spooky sounds and ghost stories, and are ready to jump-n-jive with the best of them. Enjoy!


1. The Haunted House - The Three Ginx
2. Nightmare - Artie Shaw And His Orchestra
3. The Skeleton In The Closet - Louis Armstrong
4. Skeleton Jangle - The Original Dixieland Five
5. 'Tain't No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones) - Dan Russo And His Oriole Orchestra
6. Dry Bones - Fats Waller And His Rhythm
7. Bogey Wail - Jack Hylton And His Orchestra/Sam Browne
8. Boogaboo - Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers
9. Black Cat Moan - Tiny Parham And His Muscians
10. Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues - Ma Rainey And Her Tub Washboard Band
11. You've Got Me Voodoo'd - Louis Armstrong
12. Mysterioso - Artie Shaw And His Gramercy Five
13. Murder At Peyton Hall - Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra
14. Dracula - Gene Krupa And His Orchestra
15. Mr Ghost Goes To Town - Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra
16. Devil's Gonna Get You - Bessie Smith
17. Satanic Blues - Bud Freeman And His Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
18. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm - Cyril Smith
19. Ain't It Grand To Be Bloomin' Well Dead - The Barmy Brothers
20. The Headless Horseman - Bing Crosby

Download below:

The Haunted House-20 Tracks to Make You Jump In the Night

Dr. Demento's 1984 Halloween Show

Dr Demento's sick and twisted Halloween radio show has been a staple for social outcasts and misfits looking to get that Halloween fix. This is a very eclectic mix of tunes ranging from rap to jazz with everything else in-between. Each one of the download files represents a separate segment in the show. Enjoy!


1- Trick Or Treat-Elvira
2. Haunted House Of Rock (a cappella version) -Whodini
3. Goblin Girl- Frank Zappa
4. Let's Twist Again (Mummy Time Is Here)- Zacherle
5. The Addams Family Theme (excerpt)- Vic Mizzy
6. Whatever Happened To Eddie?- Butch Patrick (Eddie & The Monsters)
7. Mr. Ghost Goes To Town - Jon Schwartz & Group
8. Halloween Spooks - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
9. Main Title From Night Of The Living Dead (excerpt)
10. Dead - The Poets
11. Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon
12.The Vegas Vampire - Jim Parker/Bruce Popka
13. Human Fly - The Cramps
14.The Spider And The Fly - Bobby Christian & The Allen Sisters
15. It's Halloween - The Shaggs
16. Casper The Friendly Ghost - The Peter Pan Players
17. Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
18. The Headless Horseman - Kay Kyser
19. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm - Caryl P. Weiss
20. Spook Opera - The Hawaiian Pups
21. Skeleton In The Closet - Louis Armstrong
22. The Lurch - Ted Cassidy as Lurch
23. The Laughing Gnome - David Bowie
24. I Only Have Eyes For You - Spike Jones & The Band That Plays For Fun
25. I Want To Bite Your Hand - Gene Moss
26. Harry, The Toothless Vampire (short version) - SuLu
27. Please Mr. Gravedigger - David Bowie
28. Cemetery Girls - Barnes & Barnes#5

Download below:

Dr. Demento's 1984 Halloween Show

Sounds to Make You Shiver

This is another positively terrifying slice of horror featuring shrill screams, ominous moans and groans, creaking doors and breaking windows. Everything that you will need to spook you out this Halloween. Enjoy!

Download below:

Sounds to Make You Shiver

Your comments are always appreciated!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Spooky Vibrations

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting much this week, but I've just gotten over a nasty cold. Thanks to those of you who commented on my 1 year anniversary post. I really appreciated the kind words, especially since I wasn't feeling great.

I wanted to let you know that I have reposted the links from last years Halloween post here. While these songs aren't Halloween in the traditional sense, I'm sure they will fit nicely alongside the other spooky sounds in today's post.

Also, you can sample selections from these three releases in My Box player on the left of the page. Please let me know what you think of the Box.

Kid Stuff Repertory Theater "Mostly Ghostly" [Kid Stuff, 1962]

In 1977, Kid Stuff released an intensely experimental Halloween sound effects album called "Mostly Ghostly. " The cover is very deceptive in that it looks like a Halloween record aimed at little children. What you get instead is a demented spookfest filled with bubbling and gurgling sounds, funereal organs, screeching feral kittens and moaning phantoms. This is really not that different from the experimental noise found on a Throbbing Gristle or Nurse With Wound record. Listen with caution and be prepared for an assault on your senses.

Download it here

Spooky Sounds-S/T- [Sounds Records, 1962]

"Spooky Sounds" was released in 1962 by the Sounds Records company from Glendale, CA. This was a Halloween sound effects record with laughing goblins, howling dogs and footsteps with chains. However it also has several tracks featuring a spooky theremin with campy titles such as "Banshee Love Call" and "Dinner Music For a Monster". Perfect music for scaring the hell out of one another. Highly recommended!

Download it here

Boris Karloff- Tales of the Frightened Vol.1 [Mercury 1963]

"Tales of the Frightened Vol.1" was released in 1963 on Mercury Records, and it featured the ever creepy voice of Boris Karloff reading ghost stories over avant garde electronic blips and squelches. This is perfect for listening to while sitting by the open fire anxiously awaiting trick-or-treaters.

Download it here

I'll be back with more spooky downloads tomorrow.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Eclectic Grooves Turns the Page

It's hard to believe that Eclectic Grooves has already been around for a year. It seems like just yesterday that I posted to Blogger for the first time. While the year hasn't been as prolific or productive as I would have liked, I feel that it has been a great year in many ways. In honor of my one year aniversary, I am reposting a link to the Evan Parker live show at the 411 Club- Portland, Oregon that was first posted on here last December. This concert featured Evan Parker on saxophones, Alexander Von Schlippenbach on Piano and Paul Lytton on drums. It was recorded on mindisc by yours truly, and it is an amazing reproduction of the concert with an amazing sonic clarity that makes you feel like you are actually there. I am not going to go into detail here, since I am still getting over a cold. However, please visit the original post for more information and enjoy the re-up of this amazing performance. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by throughout the past year, and helped to make Eclectic Grooves what it is today. I'll be back soon with some ghoulish posts in spirit of the Halloween season.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Problems with Links Being Removed

Unfortunately, the Brotzmann link has been removed from all services linked to Sharebee. This is the 3rd time I uploaded this file, so I am not going to take the time to upload again. Apparently certain people don't want you to hear these recordings, unless you pay 30+ for an import copy. I am perplexed as to why this link keeps getting deleted, while the links for new releases that are in print do not get removed. Are we sending the message that it's alright to share new releases but not out-of-print titles that can only be bought for a high import price?

I know that this has happened to many other bloggers out there, so I present you with this question: How am I supposed to share out-of-print records with people if they keep getting deleted by the file-sharing services? What file sharing services are less likely to remove my shares? I have used Sharebee which includes Rapidshare, Z-Share, Badongo and Megaupload, Media-Fire and Z-share. They have all deleted this link because of copyright infringement and becausethey have received complaints about this share( no doubt from stodgy old collectors who are worried that the value of their record will go down because of this share). What are the guidelines for sharing music over the internet? Why is it Ok to share the new Wilco album but not an out-of-print record from some obscure Japanese prog folk band from the 60's. Isn't the music the most important thing here, and not some collector's misguided perception that the monetary value of a record should take precedent over the music itself. I do not run this blog to violate copyright issues or to piss off the RIAA. I do it because I have a desire to share the music I love with others who might enjoy listening to it.

If my links continue to be deleted, I may have to go back to only sharing a few songs off each record. I would like to continue sharing both full albums and selected songs, so please speak up if you have any ideas on how I can make this work for both of us.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Little July in October

Well, I apologize for the lack of new posts this week, but I have been under the weather. If you want to know when this site is updated in the future, please sign up for my feed via Feedburner. Another way to receive this information is by adding Eclectic Grooves to your Technorati favorites. I hope to update more frequently next week with some new tunes that I'm sure you will dig. In the meantime, please feel free to leave any requests in the "General comments" above.

It has been brought to my attention that the audio on Jolly Mary didn't sound right. So, I have uploaded a different version of this song as a separate download here. Please let me know if there are any other problems.

July- S/T

This UK psychedelic gem is out of print in the US, but it can be purchased here in an expensive Japanese import edition. As far as I know, this is the only slab of wax that July ever recorded. Epic Records released this record at the height of psych rock's popularity in 1968. Unfortunately, the band received very little fanfare and disbanded a year after their inception. Lead vocalist, Tom Newman, would become renowned as the recording engineer for Mike Oldfield's instrumental concept album Tubular Bells, while lead guitarist Tony Duhig and multi-instrumentalist Jon Field went on to form prog/art rock band Jade Warrior.

With phased vocal effects, blistering fuzz guitar and an extremely infectious chorus, "My Clown" stands to be one of the most sought after psychedelic gems of the late 60's. Other standouts on the record includes the reverb soaked blues psych of "Dandelion Seeds"; the dynamic fuzz-guitar infused "You Missed It All" and "Crying Is For Writers", and the carnivalesque Kinks-influenced "Hello Who's There". Fans of Beatles circa White Album and Pink Floyd's first two records will adore this record.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Comments at a Standstill

Link has been removed for the 3rd time, so I have thrown in the towel on the Brotzman/Hopkins/Ali share. Please see the above message for details on this.

Well, it appears that using Z-Share is not going to work, since they have already deleted the Brotzmann/Hopkins/Ali link from their server. Most of the file sharing services have been unreliable lately, but I am re-upping this link with Mediafire. Please let me know if there are any problems with the download using Mediafire.

Now onto more pressing issues:

Lately there have been a lot of vistors here who have downloaded shares without leaving a comment. I too have downloaded something from a blog and then didn't leave a comment because I couldn't remember where I had gotten it from. So, I know where you're coming from on that one. However, it is generally just nice to hear that people appreciate what I'm doing here. A simple "thank you" will suffice, and I don't think that this is too much to ask. For those precious few that have left comments, this message does not pertain to you.

I'm not asking every single person to comment about what they download, but there have been roughy 150 downloads and only 1 comment on the last two posts. The comments are what inspires me to share more stuff and post more often. Please tell me what you think of the music, the writing, the design, etc. I am also open to posting things that you guys request, so let's get the dialogue going.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

This Ain't No Easy Listening

Brotzmann/Hopkins/Ali- Songlines

Let me start off by saying that I am in no way responsible if your eardrums start bleeding from the sheer intensity and volume of this recording. It's not pure cacophony like Machine Gun or Nipples, but it is definitely not cocktail party jazz for the bachelor pad generation. Peter Brotzmann has played with so many free jazz greats that if I was to list them all here it would take up the entire post. "Songlines" was recorded in 1991 as part of the mythical "Total Music Meeting" with Fred Hopkins and Rashied Ali joining Brotzmann for an intensely spiritual meeting of the minds. This meeting was apparently meant to bring three saxophonists, three bassists and threee drummers from both sides of the Atlantic to play together in all sorts of interesting combinations. This record is the end result of one of these fantastically creative collaborations.

"Songlines" features virtuoso performances by all three members, but you wouldn't expect anything less from these indelible masters of free jazz improvisation. Rashied Ali introduces the first track with a charismatic drum solo that anchors the ship until Hopkins's bassline enters in at around one-and-a-half minutes, bursting head first into Brotzmann's crashing waves of cacophonous sound. Around the seven minute mark, Hopkins slows down the pace with a nimble-fingered bass solo that showcases his mastery of the instrument. Then, the original melody is revisited for the last minute while the song fades like a lost memory. On "Old Man Kangaroo", Brotzmann comes crashing through the gates with an astounding level of intensity that doesn't let up until close to the four minute mark, when Hopkins dexterous bass solo gives the listener a breather. After the exceptional bass solo, Brotzmann attacks his saxophone with unbridled enthusiasm until the final curtain has been drawn. The closing tune entitled "Two Birds in a Feather" demonstrates the trio's range as they create a mesmerizing jazz-noir with a haunting bassline, brushed drums and an especially restrained saxophone solo from Brotzmann.

If you like what you hear, it can be purchased here on a German import.

Link has been removed by Z-Share. See the latest post for the re-up.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Punk Jazz from Macabre Land

Dull Schicksal- They Saved Hitler's Brain

Unfortunately, I was unable to find much information on this album and that includes the cover art. This image was taken from the movie trailer for the 1966 Sci-Fi film that was adapted for television from the feature film "Madmen of Mandoras" directed by David Bradley. I do know that it was released in 1991 on the Dutch Label ADM, but it's extremely hard to find.

Dull Schicksal was a Rotterdam-based band that existed from 1984 to 1999 with permanent members Lukas Simonis (guitar, synth, vocals), Hajo Doorn (drums, keyboards, vocals, also known as Raoul Goudvis), Colin McClure (accordeon, bass, sousaphone, keyboards, vocals, sometimes listed as Colin McClean), and Henk Bakker (flute, clarinet, vocals).

I can only describe "They Saved Hitler's Brain" as avant garde prog punk jazz that sounds like nothing I've ever heard before. It has elements of The Ex, Marc Ribot and Dog Faced Hermans with marching band and free-jazz textures added to it's already rich musical stew. Songs on the record veer wildly from exuberant marching band jazz to cacophonous punk within the confines of one song. "Dreigroscheneissler" is a playful tune that combines military beats and trumpets, creating a carnivalesque vibe and "Dogstabber" features haunting sound effects, marching band drum rolls and goth vocals that recall Nurse With Wound at their most macabre. These guys are stylistically all over the map.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bitter Lullabies

From: You Follow Me [Fatcat, 2007]

This is probably the first time these two words have ever been uttered in the same sentence- free-jazz folk. But, that's exactly what Nina Nastasia's latest album entitled "You Follow Me" sounds like. I know some of you won't agree with me on this, but I'm not saying it sounds like Milford Graves or Sunny Murray. The drums just sound like they could easily be accompanied by squalling saxophones and trumpets. Steve Albini, the highly revered sound engineer on Nastasia's previous albums and founding member of Shellac, is manning the boards again with his trademark drum sound remaining perfectly intact on this recording. Nastasia is joined on the record by Jim White from the Australian group the Dirty Three whose inventive free-form drumming creates a sound that is entrancing and complex. Nina's haunting and fragile vocals complement her bittersweet tales of longing and despair.

On "I Write Down Lists" minimal guitar scrapings battle militaristic drumming as Nastasia's haunting vocals pull you into a deep trance. "Odd Said the Doe" has a relatively straightforward folk sound mixed with scattershot drumming that evokes the free spirit of Han Bennink. "Our Discussion" is a gentle ballad with brushed drums and galloping percussion that creates a serene feeling with chaos brewing just below the surface. The longest track on the record entitled "Late Night" clocks in at four minutes. However, Nastasia and White manage to pack so many intriguing things into this song that the length of it is competely irrelevant. Nastasia really sings her heart out while White accompanies her with an impressive array of drum rolls, cymbal crashes and intricate dynamics.

Recently, I was graced with the opportunity to experience Nina Nastasia in a live setting, and she brought along White to assume the drumming duties. It makes sense that she would collaborate with him since he has backed up other indie singer-songwriters such as Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power and Smog. Jim has a calm and confident stage presence that reels you in to his dynamic interplay with Nastasia's fragile vocals. His brushed drums and subtle accompaniment on one song contrast with furious waves of rumbling thunder on the next. Sometimes it seems like he's playing a completely different song than Nastasia, but somehow it all comes together perfectly. Nastasia has the on-stage persona of a shy girl who never got asked to the homecoming dance, but she comes out of her shell once her dynamic voice wraps precious melodies around your ears.

Even though the album is not available on vinyl in the US, it is readily available on CD across the world. Please do yourself a favor and pick this record up here, or at your local record store. Then, be sure to check out Nina Nastasia and Jim White when they come to your town.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bucket of Blues

Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

I figured that I would shake things up a little bit by posting this compilation of raw and gritty blues. Smithsonian Folkways, long revered for releasing amazing compilations of classic blues, folk, international and bluegrass, have really pulled out the stops here. Classic Blues is a diverse collection of timeless blues featuring Mississipi Delta, Chicago, St Louis and Southwest styles. Artists on here range from popular virtuosos such as Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim and Son House to lesser known dynamos such as Cat Iron, K.C Douglas and Vera Hall.

After listening to this record on repeat for three weeks now, I can't seem to get these tunes out of my head. If you are new to blues music or are just interested in checking out some great toe- tapping tunes from some of the major trendsetters in blues music, you will love this collection. Highlights for me include the lyrically playful country blues number "Mule-Ridin Blues" by Big Bill Broonzy; the upbeat instrumental boogie-woogie piano classic by Memphis Slim called " Joggie Woggie"; fun in the cotton-fields country-blues from Pink Anderson called "Boll Weevil"; and K.C. Douglas's little known homage to the 1949 Mercury Ford automobile.

I have posted the tracklist below for the entire record. If you like this record, please follow the link below to purchase a copy. Please let me know what you think.

Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

1) Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee- Old Jabo- 2:11
2) Big Bill Broonzy- Mule-Ridin' Blues- 3:43
3) Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon- Joggie Boogie- 3:25
4) Vera Hall- Black Woman-1:24
5) K.C. Douglas- Merury Blues- 2:18
6) Roosevelt Sykes- Ran the Blues Out My Window- 2:54
7) Lead Belly- Leaving Blues- 2:21
8) Etta Baker- One Dime Blues- 3:43
9) Son House- Country Farm Blues- 2:08
10) Champion Jack Dupree- Clog Dance (Stomping Blues)- 1:59
11) Pink Anderson- Boll Weevil- 3:03
12) Edith North Johnson and Henry Brown- Nickels Worth of Liver- 2:40
13) Big Joe Williams- Don't Leave Me Here- 2:40
14) Cat Iron- Jimmy Bell- 2:17
15) Reverend Gary Davis- Candy Man- 2:32
16) Memhis Slim and Wille Dixon- Beer Drinking Woman- 2:30
17) Lightnin' Hopkins- Come Go Home with Me- 3:51
18) Josh White- Careless Love- 3:20
19) Henry Townsend-I Asked Her If She Loved Me- 2:52
20) Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry- Rising Sun- 2:40
21) David "Honeyboy" Edwards- Pony Blues- 3:26
22) Little Brother Montgomery- Vicksburg Blues- 3:59
23) Elizabeth Cotten- Vastapol- 2:09
24) Lonnie Johnson- Drifting Along Blues- 2:56
25) The Chambers Brothers- Oh Baby, You Don't Have to Go- 2:46
26) Lead Belly and Josh White- Don't Lie Buddy- 2:21

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Monomono in Stereo

Lately, I have been on a psychedelic afro-beat kick. You will probably be into Monomono's Dawn of Awareness if you dug the Chrissy Zebby Tembo from last week . However, their sound is more reminiscent of Fela Kuti's syncopated afro-beat funk than Tembo's afro-psych fuzz guitar sound.

"Dawn of Awareness" was released on Capitol Records in 1974 to little critical acclaim. Friday Jumbo, the leader of Monomono was a member of Fela's group before he joined forces with vocalist Joni Hasstrup and bassist Kenneth Okulolo to form Monomono. The opening track entitled "Awareness Is What You Need" really nails the Fela afro-beat sound while still creating it's own sound. "Ipade Aladun" is the longest track on here at just over eight minutes and it really cooks with soulful vocals laid over a bed of funky organs and keyboards. Lots of breaks and weird sound effects for the beat junkies on this track alone. At just under five minutes, "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin" is the epitome of Clift-notes for afro-beat with complex syncopated basslines, repetitive vocal refrains and incendiary organs. This one says it's "Out of Stock" on Dusty Groove's website, so I'm pretty sure it's out-of-print. Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Worship At the Altar of Number 9

[UK Fontana, 1970]

This one was featured on Church Number Nine back in May, but the link was removed a couple months ago. I want to dedicate this post to them, because I most likely wouldn't have been exposed to Ric Colbeck if they hadn't posted it. Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth proclaims this as #5 on his top 10 from the Free Jazz underground list, and I can definitely see why.

"Aphrodite" starts with a frenzied drum solo right out the gates that stands up to Rashied Ali's dynamic work on Coltrane's "Interstellar Space". The drums continue this erratic tempo throughout the entire song but are joined by flurries of intense blowing from Mike Osborne on Alto Sax and Ric Colbeck on trumpet. There are some electrifying parts around the ten minute mark of the song where Ric's trumpet and Mike's alto sax combine for a dissonant mind-melting excursion. Towards the end of the track, a bass solo slows down the tempo and then the original theme is reintroduced to close this epic song. "Subdued" has an amazing melody which is reminiscent of a New Orleans marching band playing at a dirge-like funereal pace. The title track starts off with a short bass intro with brassy trumpet paving the way for a cacophony of sax and trumpet slash and burn histrionics. "Lowlands" is the slowest track on the record, but it maintains an amazing slow-burn intensity throughout, evoking a soundtrack for the imaginary film that flickers in our minds. Enjoy!

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Afro-Psychedelic Sunshine

I recently heard this blasting in a record store and I had to have it. Catchy, upbeat melodies collide with psychedelic fuzz guitar solos to create a sound that immediately grabs the listener by the ear. People who have a predilection for Nigerian and high-life music as well as lo-fi garage and 60's psych-rock will definitley dig this. Besides having "Oh Yeh Yeh" featured on the Love Peace and Poetry-African Psychedelic Music comp and the praise from a few underground DJ's, the exposure to Chrissy Zebby Tembo's music has been minimal. The album was recently reissued on wax after being out-of-print for a long time, and it looks to be a limited presssing of 430 copies. I have uploaded the entire record for you to sample. If you like the album, please purchase it at your local independent record store or by following this link.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Spinning Circles Around Your Mind

I don't know how many of you have actually heard this one, but a DJ/music junkie friend of mine turned me on to it several years ago. There is an incredibly eclectic melange of styles represented here that runs the gamut from ambient electronic moog experiments to funky jazz fusion recalling Tony Williams "Emergency" sessions . William S. Fischer was an arranger for Herbie Mann and Nat Adderly records before Herbie gave William the opportunity to record his own record for his Embryo label. The personnel on this one is top-notch- Billy Cobham- Drums, Ron Carter-Bass, Hugh McCracken and Eric Weissberg on gutiars, William Fischer- moog synthesizer and Bill Robinson- vocals.

"Patience Is Virtue" combines a commanding Eugene McDaniels-inspired vocal with an infectious funky rock groove. "Saigon" pummels you into submission with a rapid-fire tempo combined with Axelrod-inspired orchestral flourishes that is guaranteed to get your blood pumping. The two showcases for the electronic moog synthesizer appear on the eerie and experimental "Electrix" and the epic seven minute masterpiece of ambient electronica "Capsule". There is something on here that would appeal to almost anyone who likes experimental electronic music with ambient textures and sweeping orchestral arrangements mixed with soul-jazz. William S. Fischer never recorded another album, so this is the only piece of recorded evidence that we have for him. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

I am posting the entire album, as I'm pretty sure it's out of print.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Shards of Delicate Noise

Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls

I posted something on here in dedication to the Sun City Girl's Charlie Gocher back in February. Here's a link to that post if you're interested in checking it out. I'm not sure if the links are still up for the music, but let me know and I can re-up them.

I have been alerted by someone that the link for the Sun City Girls live show from La Sala Rossa is no longer active.
Here is a reup of that show:

Sun City Girls- La Sala Rossa Disc 1

Sun City Girls- La Sala Rossa Disc 2

Sir Richard Bishop's solo stuff is worlds away from the avant garde experimentalism of the Sun City Girls. Still, he is the only person I know of that can play an acoustic guitar so loud that you'll be reaching for your earplugs. I have seen him live about four times now, but there is really no way of explaining the beauty and noise created by his gifted hands. He is equal parts John Fahey, Django Reinhardt, Manitas De Platas and Fred Frith, but this only scratches the surface of his sound. You have to experience his music in a live setting to truly appreciate the multiple sheets of sound that resonate from his acoustic guitar. One minute he is playing a mellow ballad which slowly unfolds into a mind-bending journey into dynamics and rapid-fire riffing.

Yesterday, I witnessed an amazing Sir Richard Bishop live performance at Exiled Records in Portland, Oregon. He performed at Exiled Records last year around September too, so I think it is becoming an annual thing. He started off the set looking bedraggled and that he had less than 40 winks the night before. Nevertheless, he delivered a masterful set of inspired covers as well as songs from his various albums. This was a decidely mellow set by Richard's standards, and he even admitted to the crowd that he was in a mellow mood. He did an Ennio Morricone cover, a few Django Reinhardt covers including "Echoes of Spain", and two Sun City Girls songs.

However, the highlights for me were the two lengthy improvisational workouts towards the end that aren't available on any of Richard's records, at least not in their entirety. These two pieces began with a mellow tempo that culminated into a series of dynamically soul-stirring finger-plucking exercises. Then, the whole thing explodes into a frenzy of start-stop riffing that would make Thurston Moore and Nels Cline proud. The entire standing-room only crowd at Exiled Records clapped exuberantly with their mouths held agape after such an astonishing performance.

After the show, I was inspired to figure out what the two improvisations were at the end of the show. I was able to find Richard's show from last year's Exiled Records in-store performance as well as his performance from the 2006 Halleleuwah Festival at Disjecta. I was pleased to find out that both of these performances featured the improvisations that I heard at Exiled Records yesterday. The sound on both of these recordings is excellent and I highly recommend that you download them for your listening pleasure. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Sir Richard Bishop has a new slab of wax coming out on Drag City on September 25th entitled Polytheistic Fragments.

Sir Richard Bishop-Exiled Records- 9-2-06

Sir Richard Bishop- Halleluwah- Disjecta- 9-1-06

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Future Queens Vol.11

Recently a lot of my favorite blogs have decided to call it a day. Church Number Nine, Prostrate Before a Periwinkle and Cut-Out have recently announced that they will no longer be updating their blogs for various reasons. Daily pressures such as worryingg about how ethical it is to share out-of-print music, constant hassles from record companies and lack of time and energy are the main reasons that they decided to quit blogging. However, these bloggers should be proud of what they have accomplished. They have not only opened up the eyes of the record industry in regards to reissuing out-of print records, but they have gained a cult status among record collecting enthusiasts around the world. These were all blogs that I visited daily and they never failed to have something new and interesting to share.

At this time, I would like to give a shout out to these blogs for setting the bar higher for myself and countless others who strive to introduce people to rare and interesting music that would otherwise go unheard. It will be a lonelier place without these guys, but I appreciate their dedication and perseverance to expose people to eclectic music.

Church Number Nine opend it's doors last October and gained a loyal readership due to it's amazing posts regarding free jazz legends such as Sun Ra, Anthony Braxton and Ornette Coleman. Atanase single-handedly maintained Church Number Nine and posted from his own collection as well as from other sources. He always removed links to albums that were out of print when record companies requested this of him, or if he found out that something had been reissued. Sometime around May, a couple of his loyal readers, Centrifuge and Fluxus started contributing out-of-print free jazz relics from their own collection to keep the "Church" going while Atanase was taking a break from blogging. Church Number Nine was the name of a legendary free jazz record by The Frank Wright Quartet and while I haven't heard the record yet, I'm sure that it is as amazing as the site that took it's name. Peace and goodwill to Atanase, Fluxus and Centrifuge.

Ever since I started blogging last October, I have been searching out for blogs that speak to me and help me feel connected to something. Lucky, the mastermind behind other prolific blogs such as Orang-Aural, Border Music, Cineville and Mr. Lucky has recently decided to close down his latest blog called Cut-Out. I have followed Lucky around from his soundtrack blogs(Cineville, Mr. Lucky) to experimental (Border Music, Cut-Out, Avant Records) and all I can say is that he is passionate about posting things that matter to him and responds to his reader's comments on a regular basis. His posts were always well thought out, entertaining and informative. The music he featured included the pioneering free jazz drummer Han Bennink, Samurai soundtrack legend Takeshi Terauchi and East European hurdy gurdy master, Robert Mandel. I am really sad to see him go, but hopefully I will see him reincarnated in another form somewhere. Thanks for providing the benchmark for greatness, Lucky.

Arboribus, one of the main contributors of the fantastic Future Queens compilations, has decided to close his blog called Prostrate Before a Periwinkle. I have been coming to this site for the past six months primarily for the next installment of the compilations, but he always has something interesting to share. His posts are well constructed and the music featured throughout the blog is diverse and challenging. He has everything from acid jazz legend Leon Spencer to experimental guitarist Fred Frith. His site is still up, but I don't think you can download many of the links anymore. Please stop by and say goodbye to Arboribus.

I posted a comment on his blog regarding the Future Queens compilations and that I was thinking of doing one myself. He responded that he was glad that the legacy of Future Queens would be continued on Eclectic Grooves. It is and honor and a privilege for me to contribute to the rich legacy of the Future Queens compilations. Without further ado, I present to you Future Queens Vol.11.

1. Jessie Mae Hemphill: Streamline Train- 5:09
From the album "Get Right Blues"

2. Davis Sisters: Earnestly Praying- 2:24
From the album "The Famous Davis Sister's Album"

3. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: Pick It Up, Lay It In the Cut-4:07
From the album "Dap Dippin' With"

4. Selda: Ince Ince- 3:42
From the album "Selda"

5. Jan Mink: Come on In-2:22
From the 45 " Oh No! No! No! b/w Come On In"

6.Afrirampo: Want You- 4:04
From the album "Kore Ga Mayaku Du

7. Cherry Blossoms: Can We Trust the Waters
From the album "The Cherry Blossoms"

8. Baptist Arms: Mary Magdalene-1:40
No official album release yet. This was taken from a live performance in Portland, OR

9. Lau Nau: Jos Minulla Olin- 3:53
From the album "Kuutratha"

10. Alela Diane: Brown Dirt- 3:34
From the album "Forest Parade" (Out of print)

11. Catherine Ribeiro: Lumiere Ecarlate-4:00
From the album "S/T" (Out of print)

12. Grace Slick and the Great Society: Sally Go Round the Roses- 6:34
From the album "S/T"

13. Stereolab: Three-Dee Melodie-4:56
From the album "Mars Audiac Quintet"

14. Big Mama Thornton: Ball and Chain-6:52
From the album "Ball and Chain"

15. Sibylle Baier: The End- 2:27
From the album "Colour Green"

Total time: 61:04

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