VOLCANO THE BEAR
Classic Erasmus Fusion

[Beta-Lactam Ring Records, www.blrrecords.com]

Strolling through the park the other day, I saw this little panda. I kid you not. It was sitting on a bench reading Hesse. "Damian", I think it was. As it flipped through the pages, I sat down next to the panda. Offering it a can of beer, I asked why Hesse was a fascinating read. She replied in an angry tone of voice I'll never forget. "You silly turd of a human. Get your head screwed on right! Beer makes me do some stupid things. Next thing you know, I'll start doing the moonwalk while humming melodies from Volcano the Bear!" Volcano the Bear? Who's that, I'd asked the panda? "You freaking don't know? They're the best thing to come into my eardrums since I'd fallen asleep to Robert Wyatt singing "At Last I Am Free". They take snippets of everything they find around them and melt them into a joyous concoction. Their soups are delicious but don't fill you up with all the guck. Volcano the Bear are not dense but their elemental reason for music is to bring hope to other pandas put away in mental asylums. They bring joy to little children who can't express their musical desires. With their ecstatic blend of archetypal percussion, horns galore and beaten-off lyrics, they help old ladies to cross the street. You know, my friend, their crazy medieval sounds are not unlike what zoviet-france did two decades ago. As freaky as you'll ever hear, as melodic as you need to be and spaced-out just right, these guys know their way around the musical palette. If you ask me where these guys are from, I'll say from another galaxy, from another age, long gone and left all alone by the side of the road." Then the panda showed me Volcano the Bear's new CD. She told me she likes to lick the gatefold cover as it reminds her of her native land. As she continued to drink the beer, she began to do the most awkward of moonwalks I'd ever seen. I thanked her for the words of wisdom and strolled casually on my way home. When I read in the newspaper a few days later that the panda was killed by an on-coming car [apparently, she was doing a drunken moonwalk in the middle of a highway], I cried. I knew that pandas know best.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Kyrgyz - Kyrgyz
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+ Joe Colley/Jason Lescalleet - Annihilate this Week
+ (N:Q) - November Quebec
+ Tetuzi Akiyama - Terrifying Street Trees - Special Edition
+ Heldén, Marhaug, Nordwall - When The Ice Is Leaving, Scandinavia Is Burning
+ Steven R. Smith - Crown of Marches
+ Lasse Marhaug - Carnival of Souls
+ RLW - I.K.K. - Purpur
+ No Movement No Sound No Memories - Removed/Acetate
+ Marble Sheep - Marble Sheep meets Circle Triangle Square
+ La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata - La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata
+ Wild Mans Band - The Darkest River
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - Anthem of the Space
+ Ziggy Kinder - Akrobatik
+ Klimek - Music To Fall Asleep
+ Mauracher - Kissing My Grandma
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Phantom/Ghost - Three
+ Posthuman - The Peoples Republic
+ Izu - Going Salamander
+ Hamid Drake and Bindu - Bindu
+ I'm Not A Gun - We Think As Instruments
+ The Process
+ Paal Nilssen-Love - Townorchestrahouse / Trinity - Sparkling / LSB - Walk, Stop, Look and Walk
+ Wechsel Garland - Easy
+ Fisk Industries - 77 And Rising
+ The Dirty Criminals - Collision Between Us And The Damned
+ Dirt Crew - The First Chapter
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon / Bodzin/Hunteman - Black Sun / Hell & Anthony Rother - German Bodymachine
+ Dan Curtin - We Are The Ones We`ve Been Waiting For
+ Steve Bug presents Bugnology 2
+ Badawi - Safe
+ Tied & Tickled Trio - a.r.c.
+ Alden Tyrell - Times Like These 1999 - 2006
+ Mr Velcro Fastener - Telemacho
+ Vessel - Pictureland 01
+ Michał Czachowski - Indialucia
+ The Year Of - Slow Days
+ Zavoloka - AGF - Nature Never Produces The Same Beat Twice
+ Planet 43/Datasette - Split EP 1

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+ THE SECONDS - Kratitude
+ THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING - Storyboard
+ MICHAEL MOORE QUINTET - OSIRIS
+ MICHAEL THIEKE UNUNUNIUM - Where Shall I Fly Not to be Sad, My Dear?
+ LA SOCIETE DES TIMIDES A LA PARADE DES OISEAUX - Tranches de Temps Jete
+ TEST ICICLES - For Screening Purposes Only
+ PUPPETMASTAZ - Creature Shock Radio
+ FELA KUTI & AFRICA 70 - Expensive Shit / He Miss Road / J.J.D. / Unnecessary Begging / Shuffering and Shmiling / No Agreement / The Best of The Black President
>> VOLCANO THE BEAR - Classic Erasmus Fusion
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+ QUATUOHR - [kju:], too
+ MC RAI - Raivolution
+ LISLE ELLIS / MARCO ENEIDI / PETER VALSAMIS - Sound on Survival Live / GUNDA GOTTSCHALK / PETER JACQUEMYN / UTE VOLKER - Baggerboot
+ BORIS - Pink
+ BOBBY BARE - The Moon Was Blue
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - I am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey
+ STEINBRUCHEL - Opaque (+RE) / LEROY JENKINS' DRIFTWOOD - The Art of Improvisation / DUPLEX - Late Night Driving / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Brazilian Lounge / ULTRALORD - We Hate You and Hope You Die / INTERNATIONAL PEOPLES GANG - Action Painting / ATOM HEART - Acid Evolution 1988 - 2003 / TAMMY - Amor de Computadora / BR549 - Dog Days
+ DIESELBOY - Dieselboy presents The Human Resource
+ PAWEL GRABOWSKI / THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC / JAMES ECK RIPPIE + PAULO RAPOSO - Product 06
+ SAADET TÜRKÖZ - Urumchi / AKI TAKASE / LAUREN NEWTON - Spring in Bangkok

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Inaczej niż dotychczas - wywiad z Hubertem 'Spiętym' Dobaczewskim [Lao Che]
+ W oparach absurdu - wywiad z Jackiem Szymkiewiczem i Michałem Pfeifem [Pogodno]
+ Piłujące treści - wywiad z Maćkiem Cieślakiem [Ścianka]
+ Humour is important - wywiad z Ziggy Kinder