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shim recommends: emahoy tseguè-maryam guèbrou

hey interwebs! here’s another unknown classic of pure molten soul and piano goodness by way of ethiopia: this fine lady goes by emahoy tseguè-maryam guèbrou. she’s had the kind of stranger-than-fiction life that only an ass-kicking jewish nun piano virtuoso born into the exile of 1930s ethiopian politics and then mussolini’s occupation could. and damn, […]

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must-own albums, part xxx: shim recommends andres segovia

ah yes, the mythical andalucian god o’ the nylon stringed geetar: the andres segovia. this 2 album series simply kills. now some people will tell you that these albums (recorded between 1927-1939) capture a much-too-young and as-yet undeveloped master. BULLPUCKY!!!!! sure, he matured (btw: don’t you just hate it when people pronounce it “ma-toored”? EEEEEWWW…). […]

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your naked ghost comes back at night: fuck yeah, shim recommended

oh hell yeah, this is a total fucking lock: sylvain chauveau and steven hess re-edited/re-worked/and re-chopped by… gasp, deathprod. this meeting of the minds goes by the name of ON (which is kinda weird cuz the formidable ken andrews had a way different project under the same name…). anyhoozle, this is one of those must-own […]

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fuck the record labels: rise of the talented

i’m gettin’ pretty tired of certain folks lamenting the “fall of the music industry.” you won’t hear this garbage from any real artist that’s not some fucking manufactured boy-band, britney “psycho” spears or the soon-to-be robbing liquor stores, justin bieber. slavery has been outlawed eveywhere except the “business” of art. fuck the “music” industry. fuck […]

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a reason to live: enrico caruso

witness the man. and the legend. beautiful fucking music. can i even describe music as “beautiful”?! well it is. in my opinion, this guy is the greatest tenor in history. a poor man that excelled beyond opulence and glamour. a guy that could only afford secondhand shoes up to the age of 18 crafted himself […]

dr. shim prescribes: ametsub-the nothings of the north

i’m gonna keep this one really short: if you dig mastercrafted, dubby, trip-hopped, soul-glitch with a micr0-jazz/classical undertow, this is your pony. you feel somehow this cat has tapped into your subconcious, chopped it up, funked it up and is looping back to you. a confession: i pretty much hate any vocal work in minimal […]

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shim’s secret stash: kreng, elegi and svarte greiner

first up we’ve got kreng‘s l’autopsie phénoménale de dieu. brought to you by way of the fantabulous norwegian imprint miasmah. sounds like what you might hear if you were having surgery in an underground cave when the anesthetic is kicking in… truly a pleasantly disquieting little ditty, this is a masterwork in a genre of […]

yet another shim obsession: bela bartok and gyorgy ligeti

it makes me chuckle that quite a few people vehemently hate on these two composers. i constantly run into the word “unlistenable” when researching them both. so much so that i have wondered what it is about these two dudes that gives me so much pleasure. maybe it has something to do with my mom’s […]

into the hildur-ness: hildur gudnadottir

sweet, sweet iceland, it’s an experimental musician’s wet dream. i wonder what it is about the place that spawns so many awesomely freaky people? (björk, i’m looking at you.) this is not sunny, bach-y cello music (yo: bach rocks, man) and everybody likes to say it’s all melancholy or dark. well, it may be a […]

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mini review: fever ray

perhaps i spend too much time listening and thinking about music. i suppose. maybe. i could be out building schools in africa, running for president (but damn, i’m no obama), resolving a unified theory or reclaiming our fucked up watertable like my man, john todd of ocean arks.  but i do what i can and […]

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