Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Big Up

For the last few months, I've been reading a blog called Mutant Sounds. This blog revolves around presenting a lot of obscure prog, free jazz, experimental, post-punk, electronic, musique concrete, and noise records. It is a fan favorite of WFMU and a really cool place to find out about stuff you would not know about otherwise.

From what I can glean, the site's idea is based around the idea of the original Nurse With Wound list. Released with their first album Chance Meeting on the Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella from 1979, Steve Stapleton and Co. released a list of artists that they listened to and influenced them. The list is about 300 artists long. For years, music explorers have been trying to listen to every artist on the list. The problem is that most of the artists listed are obscenely obscure. Only the hardest of the core have found all of these records. The internet has changed this by making the obscurer records more obtainable, and now people can hear more of the artists from this list.

Mutant Sounds is one site to help in this effort. They are also working from the new NWW list which was created by Mutant Sounds contributor Vas Deferens Organization. VDO released this new list with their 1996 album Sweat Your Cheeses, But Not In My Salad.

If you haven't figured this out yet, Mutant Sounds is not for the passive wanderer. Those fed a diet of top 40 jams with no real urge for experimentation will be out of their element. If you are musically adventurous, I heavily advise you to give the site a visit as it is totally awesome and I've found some of really rad stuff there.

In commemoration of them and the list that started this whole project, I am leaving tonight with a video from the originator of this whole subculture: Nurse With Wound. This is a video for I've Plummed This Whole Neighborhood. This is what I would want the soundtrack of a horror film to be.

Now, if you were into that, you are ready to go to Mutant Sounds. If not, do not pass go. Seriously. You'll be greatly disappointed and possibly freaked out.