Posts Tagged ‘weird’

Obscurity Points // Magical Power Mako

June 22nd, 2016 | Features | 0 Comments


Magical Power Mako was a dude named Makoto Kurito who started recording and releasing some really cool, weird Japanese psychedelic rock in the early 70s. I stumbled onto his best known work today, the 1975 album Super Record, and was totally enthralled. While there’s a lot of cool Japanese psych stuff from the 60s and 70s onward, what set Mako’s stuff on Super Record apart for me was that, like his early 70s home recordings that were later released as the HAPMONIYM box set in 2002, Super Record feels like a cool collage of weird, stylistically all-over-the-place music. It doesn’t feel like an album that was made to sell or impress anyone – it feels homey, intimate and diy. It’s also fairly mystical outsider music, and reminds me in that sense of Joachim Skogsberg‘s Jola Rota, which has a similar sensibility.

Since I just found Mako today, I haven’t had the chance to check out his other albums – which appear to be a bit less streaming-friendly – but hopefully I’ll get to them soon.

Charlotte Crow

July 9th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 1 Comment


Charlotte Crow‘s bandcamp says she’s from London, Ontario, but I’d prefer to think of her as coming from Rodney, Ontario, which is what Weird Canada put down as her location. Just an 18-year-old girl making strange mumble-core music with some loops and noise in small town Canada. A couple random peeps on the internet find it and get excited. Sometimes the modern world is kind of cool.

Notta Comet

January 20th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


Some Montreal peeps called Notta Comet make weird music. The reverb is cool.

Music From Far Off Places

September 13th, 2014 | The Mix | 0 Comments


When you’re a young person in North America, you think the world is very small. Movies and music and everything ‘good’ comes from here, or England. And maybe Sweden too. But if you’re curious, as you get older you start to wonder about the books they write in Uzbekistan, the music they listen to in Turkey, and the movies they watch in Poland. And as you continue to explore, the world opens up, and you realize what a wealth of art exists out there just waiting to be consumed and appreciated. And with the internet, we actually can appreciate all these amazing things from all the places that seem most remote from us.

Lately I’ve been trying to really explore the music from the countries we don’t really hear much from, at least in relatively mainstream culture. This is a little mix with music from the past and relative present, from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Japan, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Russia, Finland and India. I made it for others who are curious.

Man meets Bear

March 15th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


Sometimes you get cool stuff in the emails; their bandcamp says Kitchener but the email said Toronto, so I guess it’s at least safe to assume that the weird folkies in Man meets Bear live somewhere in Southern Ontario. Disregarding all information, I’m going to imagine their living quarters to be a magical cave behind a waterfall cuz that just fits. They made a really cool album. You’ll get what I’m saying.