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Various Artists / Not Alone: Medicins Sans Frontieres
Album:Not Alone: Medicins Sans Frontieres Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:08/2006
Label:Medicins Sans Frontieres 

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Add Date:2006-10-01 Pull Date:2006-12-03 
Week Ending:5 Nov22 Oct15 Oct8 Oct
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Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2006-10-02 
Awesome mega-compilation & benefit package (to raise money for AIDS in Africa) with TONS of great artists stretching around genres like indie, experimental, noise and folk.

DISC 1
(((((1))))) Funny intro with a kid and Irr App (ext). live member Greg Schrapen talking leads to beautiful psych acoustic guitars and some organic sounds.
((((2)))) Incedible guitar twang & nice vox
(((3))) Sad, sort off-kilter cello/strings.
(((4))) Slow, driting but nice drone.
(((5))) Decent, strummy, lazy indie rock.
((((6)))) Strange, compelling, gender-bending, torch-song-y ‘ala Antony & The Johnsons
((((7)))) Nice, big beats and random chimes.
((((8)))) Layered, gltichy, samples of choral vocal tracks. Nice.
((((9)))) Odd, bouncy, Eastern drone meets crazy Western psych-dub?
((10)) Pretty standard acoustic folk guy singer
(((11))) High-pitched noises from Mars
((((12)))) Pretty nice female folksy-country waltz. Great voice!
((((13)))) Etheral/dark ambient with pinging percussion and bass.
(((14))) Droney bits and random jazz flute. Crazy but kinda works.
(((((15))))) Damn, not only could he write brilliantly but listen to the man sing! Classical Americana folk!
(((16))) Decent strummy acoustic folk.
((17)) Dancey, hazy pop. Meh. – Ragnar of Ravensfjord

DISC 2
COLL: Not Alone – Medicins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders (Dutro)
((((1)))) Breathy vocals, minimal repetitive piano. Quite pretty good late night listening.
(((2))) Lo-fi, ethereal mix of birds, simple random psych guitar bits and low mixed male vocals.
((3)) “Just ok” indie folk. Kinda “meh” vocals.
(((4))) Weird, sci-fi laser noise and other alien reptilian beings.
(((5))) Hippie folk with Tiny Tim-like vocals. Pretty groovy.
(((6))) Mellancholly sounds strolling through the piano.
(((7))) Slow moving, sad movie soundtrack-like piece with mourning gender-bending vox.
(((8))) Judas Priest’s “Metal Gods” riff mixed with looped beats, random samples, and industrial rock vox.
((((9)))) Fantastic, repeating cycles of guitar chords eventually turning into a loud-ish drone.
((10)) Sad, sullen female vocal folk. Not far off from a current-era Joan Baez?
((((11)))) Twangy guitars, slow tempo and Michael Gira’s always enticing vox.
(((12))) Noise – the first hall is annoying as fuck but the other is a ethereal pop weirdness.
(((13))) Somewhat haunting, twangy dark, minimalism.
((((14)))) Very nice accordian drone (‘ala “Sleep Has His House” Current 93)
(((15))) Pretty low in the mix cycling drone ambient building up to loud rumbling noise waves.
((((16)))) Multi-layered washes of electronic sounds and dancey beats. Not far off from Carbaret Voltaire.
(((17))) Audio dementia sludgy, loud kinda heavy guitars and twisted male vox. Like Tiny Tim crossed with the Brainbombs! ---Ragnar of Ravensfjord

DISC 3
COLL: Not Alone – Medicins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders (Dutro)
(((1))) Decent hippie folk-rock.
((2)) OK but generic indie folk/pop with female vox.
(((((3))))) Awesome, local freaky folk/psych hazy and ever addictive.
(((4))) Kinda soulful & rather groovy, catchy pop soaked in organ. Sounding similar to Squeeze.
((5)) Lots of weird experiment with vocals but sounds more like bored, crazy ranting to no one but himself.
((6)) Waaay low in the mix, floating ambience and whispered vox.
(((7))) Minimal torch song oddness but continually compelling from Mr. Antony.
(((((8))))) Very nice psych-ambient-drone with animal sounds (donkeys, birds).
(((9))) Roustabout, drunken dual vocal laden trad. folk with hints towards 60’s psych or even the Kinks?
((10)) Slight 70’s rock swagger – too close to the Eagles & the Dead to be worth repeat listens.
(11) Boring-ass folk guy singing. That’s all.
((12)) Slinky beat-laden pop with acoustic guitar.
((((13)))) Pleasant, ambient sounds like a parade of bats mixing with Biosphere.
((((((14)))))) One of the most BEAUTIFUL songs EVER recorded! Ms. MacDowell (Death In June, Boyd Rice) easily makes way into your heart. Pure sweetness and yes, sorrow.
((15)) 70’s folk-pop with too much “pa-pa-pa” Beach Boys/Big Star silliness.
((16)) Good, loud guitars but flat female vox that come across like some lame mainstream “tough chick” singer. ((((17)))) Goofy but fun cover of the only “rockin” Osmonds song. ---Ragnar of Ravensfjord

COLL: Not Alone – Medicins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders (Dutro)
((((1)))) Awesome strummy, 60’s psych/ur-punk ‘ala Velvets by way of “swiingin’ London”
((2)) Alt.country lameness. Some OK guitars but nevermind the vox.
((3)) Acoustic guitar rambling and an irritating guy singing the title over & over.
((((4)))) Great soaring drone kinda druggy, too.
((5)) Similar to a 60s folkie like ‘ala Joan Baez with a lot of echo or resonation on her voice.
(((6))) Fried egg static, soundtrack-like strings conjuring up rainy days in the North of England.
(7) Borning sad ballad like some outrtake from a shitty Randy Newman song from some shitty new movie.
(((8))) Pretty decent, honest and straight ahead Americana-folk.
((9)) Off-kilter indie rock with occasionally interesting female vox.
(((((10))))) Awesome “cartoon robot” vocals and the ever present NWW blankets of drone.
(((11))) Accordian laden, slow moving pop with loud, layered female vox. Nice.
((((12))))) Pretty, medieval English folk with harpsichord. Dunno what it is but EVERYTIME this lady sings it just sound right. (She’s been at it since the 60’s, too).
(((13))) Disjointed Oakland-based no-wave/post-punk. Good guitar & drum parts just a little too disjointed.
((14)) Lo-fi, slightly annoying 60’s pop-rock.
(((15))) Modern folk-rock with a streak of the singer’s personal disappointment.
(((16))) Nice guitars but mostly flat female vox thankfully overshadowed by the trippy chimes near the end.
(((((17))))) PERFECT! Poetic, storytelling from Mr. Tibet & co. with slow, sullen acoustic guitars & strings.
((18)) Pretty bland 60’s “street corner” folk. Not too different from Chuck Manson’s ramblings.
((19)) Random, “everything but the kitchen sink” noises from Mr. Moore. High on the pain enduncing factor though. Far from his best. ---Ragnar of Ravensfjord

COLL: Not Alone – Medicins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders Disc 5 (Dutro)
((1)) Yep. Marc Almond of Soft Cell but this time totally 70’s folk.
(((2))) Interesting folk with often male vocals that are often shifting in voluime and cadence.
((((3)))) Shimmery, other-world-like ethereal pop with very high female vox. Just hits the right way.
(((4))) Uptempo rock with a serious Lou Reed fixation.
((((5)))) Random waves of sound with Genesis P-Orridge on telling a story in both left & right channels.
((((6)))) Pretty sounding Americana folk guitar. Would go great on Bruce’s show.
(7) Ick. It’s like someone’s embarrassing relative singing some 70’s hit (“Babe” by Styx?) at karoke night.
((8)) Mimimal so-so English folk
((9)) Kinda ok-English sounding vocal with female vox & sad fiddle.
((10)) OK mix of beats and looped movie samples.
((11)) Flute-laden, female fronted folk.
((12)) Pretty good minimal drone but doesn’t find a way to captivate and gets stuck to easily.
(((((13))))) 40+ seconds of floppy electronic space age moog ‘ala Perry-Kingsley.
(((((14))))) Weird but funny story from the late, great John Balance mixed with “woo” noises and whatnot.
(((15))) Neat, sly slight psych rock with a tempo that grabs at The Fall and jazz. Features Carl Blake (Lemon Kittens, Death In June, Sol Invictus).
((((16)))) Gyoto monk jams and ehteral piano and layers of ambience. Hawkwind on a Buddhist groove?
---Ragnar of Ravensfjord

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Irr.App.Ext Fly Away And Then What
2.Damon And Naomi A Song For You
3.John Contreras Brian
4.Forgotten Language Of Light Mirror
5.Fursaxa In Lieu Of
6.Baby Dee When You Found Me
7.Howie B Yesterday I Was A Cow
8.Tom Recchion Sea World
9.Matmos A Song For The Appeal
10.Blue Eyed Black Sweet Shadow Heart
11.Eric Lanzilotta An Exploration Of A Spacious Yet Enclosed Domain (Excerpt)
12.Little Annie Freddy And Me
13.Colin Potter It's Coming
14.Keiji Haino Fleeing Panic-Stricken Shriveled Equal Temperament
15.Allen Ginsberg On Another's Sorrow
16.Devendra Banhart A Sight To Behold
17.David Surkamp With Out Borders
18.Jarboe Mantra
19.L The First Flower People
20.Richard Buckner Do You Want To Go Somewhere
21.Cyclobe Indulge Yourselves With Our Delicious Monster
22.Six Organs Of Admittance You Will Be The Sun
23.Dolly Collins Poor Sally Sits A Weeping
24.William Basinski Because
25.Edward Ka-Spel Sticks & Stones (Version)
26.Larsen Il Sogno Di Momi
27.Vashti Bunyan The Same But Different
28.Angels Of Light Song For My Father
29.Thighpaulsandra Star Malloy
30.Suishou No Fune In The Clouds
31.Pantaleimon Change My World (Alternative Mix)
32.Aube Movement
33.Mr. Durt Denial
34.Michael Yonkers Somebody
35.Bevis Frond Someone Always Talks
36.Sarah Hallman Snowballin'
37.Faun Fables The Transit Rider
38.Luke Doucet Unbelievable
39.Jad Fair Right On The Line
40.Unveiled Endless
41.Antony Hole In My Soul
42.Charlemagne Palestine Espoir Guerison
43.Alex Neilson & Richard Youngs House Of Contant Song
44.Anomoanon Hit The Road
45.James William Hindle Back Home Again
46.Campbell, Isobel The Beat Goes On
47.Bricoleur, The Prah Pip Ta
48.Sorrow Long Dark Shadoe
49.Teenage Fanclub I Need Direction (Alternative Version)
50.Mary 5e Therapy
51.Sundial Crazy Horses
52.Reed, Jeremy Heliogabalus
53.N.Q. Arbuckle Huntsville Affair
54.Lyon, Shannon No Thing
55.Hafler Trio, The The Work Of Washing
56.Nadler, Marissa Judgement Day
57.Richter, Max Flowers For Yulia
58.Fay, Bill It's The Small Things Now
59.Bonnie 'prince' Billy Song For Doctors Without Borders
60.Jackson, Lynn Waiting For The Sky To Fall
61.Nurse With Wound Ubu Noir
62.Simonds, Clodagh The Glacial Lake
63.Collins, Shirley Come My Love
64.7 Year Rabbit Cycle Pirates
65.Terrill, John Stoney Mansion
66.Smiley, Brett Our Lady Of The Barren Tree
67.Perhacs, Linda Parallelograms
68.Current 93 Sunset
69.Pearls Before Swine Our Lady
70.Moore, Thurston Sex Addiction
71.Marc Almond Our Love My Love
72.Finn, Simon Crow Flies
73.Volkmar, Stephanie The Gate Of Polished Horn
74.Small Creatures City Of Dreams
75.Thee Majesty Thee Seeding Ship
76.O'rourke, Jim Naoru
77.Stapleton, Scott Shadow Makes A Snow Angel
78.Maslen, John Everything Was Handed Down
79.Jooel Over The Sea
80.Ghostigital Bump
81.Curl, Amy The Robin's Tiny Throat
82.Srmeixner Wild Spaces (Exerpt)
83.Black Noise The Postal Workers Night Out
84.Coil Broccoli
85.Shock Headed Peters Aaron's Rod (Spared)
86.Ghost Daggma