You might want to check out The Funhouse Journal for various reviews, news, thoughts, etc.

A new addition is the Documentary Sound section, a selective discography and resource list of unprocessed field recordings, medical sonics, nature sounds, etc.  Also recently added is News From Around, where I pass along any interesting information that comes this way:  websites, upcoming releases, magazines, news items.

Coming soon:  a look at Ennio Morricone, reviews of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk V4 and The Joelle Leandre Project, strange religious records, interview with Irwin Chusid, recent electronica, dub compilations, Alex Von Schlippenbach, Sun Ra and more.

I'm looking for material.  Reviews, interviews, research, reports, etc on any non-mainstream music, particularly improv/jazz, experimental, pre-rock pop, forgotten R&B/country, lounge, world music, electronics, field recordings, sound research, weirdness/Incorrect Music, etc and so forth.  Thanks, Lang Thompson
News From Around

Heavy Rotation

Documentary Sound

Outsider Music

Web Resources

Mail Order Sources

Label Contacts


Writers Needed

Recordings Wanted

Contact Us

A Listening List, by Howard Stelzer of Intransitive Recordings, posted 06/03/01

Pazz & Jop Ballot 2000, by Lang Thompson, posted 06/03/01

19 Recordings, list by Greg Kelley of Nmperign, posted 11/06/00

Eugene Chadbourne, interview by Will York, posted 10/18/00

Recent Listening, list by Jon Abbey of Erstwhile Records, posted 10/08/00

Thrift Store Scores, article by Mimi M., posted 10/08/00

Vallenato: Columbian Accordion Music, article by Manuel Kalmanovitz, posted 10/08/00

Cambodian Rocks, review by Kevin Nutt, posted 07/30/00

Roscoe Mitchell, interview by Lazaro Vega, posted 07/30/00

Bud Shank The Pacific Jazz Bud Shank Studio Sessions (1956-61), review by Brad Barrett, posted 06/25/00

Eric Nisenson Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation, review by Lang Thompson, posted 06/25/00

Pan sonic, interview by S. Arden Hill, posted 06/15/00

Jazz Satellites II: The Unreleased Compilation, track listing by Kevin Martin, posted 06/11/00

Prelapse: Return to the Naked City, interview by Rich Ladew, posted 05/29/00

Karlheinz Stockhausen Helikopter-Quartett, review by Lang Thompson, posted 05/29/00

Jimmy Rushing Every Day I Have the Blues, review by Lang Thompson, posted 05/29/00

My Visit With Bob Moog, report by Jonathan Richardson, posted 05/15/00

Burt Bacharach Re-Examined, 1995, essay by Skip Heller, posted 05/15/00

Z'ev: Swords Into Plowshares, interview by Mike Hovancsek, posted 05/15/00

Russia Outward: A Musical Journey, memoir by John Rust, posted 05/14/00

Four Derek Bailey Albums (Daedal w/Ibarra, Iskra 1903 w/ Rutherford & Guy, Mirakle w/Tacuma & Weston, Outcome w/Lacy), reviews by Stefan Verstraeten, posted 05/14/00

Six Recent Releases (Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Fred Frith & Ensemble Modern, Horatiu Radulescu, Chris Cutler & Thomas Dimuzio, Derek & the Ruins, Jazzkammer), reviews by Caleb Deupree, posted 05/14/00

Masada Live in Jerusalem, review by Lang Thompson, posted 05/13/00

Matthew Shipp Duo With William Parker DNA, review by Lang Thompson, posted 05/13/00

Jad Fair and Kramer The Sound of Music, review by Lang Thompson, posted 05/13/00

All material is copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted.


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  forthcoming (perhaps)

Pierre Henry - Mix 01.0
Gimme Indie Rock, V.1
Sonny Sharrock - Black Woman
Ivo Perelman/Jay Rosen - The Hammer
Nordic Roots 2
The Music In My Head
Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd - Monk's Dream
Luna - The Days of Our Nights
Ute Lemper - Punishing Kiss
Lagos/Venosta/Mariani - Metamorphoses: Electronic Adventures in Flamenco
Derek Bailey & Han Bennik
Ali Farka Toure - Niafunke

forthcoming (more)

Township Jazz 'n' Jive
Hound Dog Taylor - Deluxe Edition
Henry Kaiser & Fred Frith - Friends & Enemies
The Nomads - Showdown! (1981-1993)
more Matthew Shipp
Louis Armstrong - I've Got the World on a String & Louis Under  the Stars
Sun Ra & Anthony Braxton reissues
Psychedelic Microdots Vol. 1
Bing Crosby - I'm an Old Cowhand
Jazz Gitan: Gypsy Jazz 1939-1943
Jimmy Giuffre - Complete Capitol & Atlantic Recordings
Chico Science
The Modernist - Explosion