Cameron Jamie

  • Cover of Aaron Dilloway’s The Gag File (Dais Records, 2017).

    Cameron Jamie

    1 AARON DILLOWAY, THE GAG FILE (Dais) Why do we obsess so much more over hallucinatory and mind-bending “bad trip” experiences than over good ones? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in Dilloway’s latest masterwork of auditory trips, which sends the listener through a fun-house labyrinth of sound in search of The Gag File’s punch line.

    2 ALICE COLTRANE, THE ECSTATIC MUSIC OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA (Luaka Bop) This album collects the rare devotional ashram music that Coltrane recorded and self-released on cassettes during the 1980s and ’90s in California. Coltrane composed prayer songs

  • Cover of John Duncan’s Bitter Earth (iDEAL Recordings, 2016).

    Cameron Jamie

    1 JOHN DUNCAN, BITTER EARTH (iDEAL Recordings) Since the 1970s, John Duncan’s performance art and sound/music works have radically transgressed the boundaries of both fields. His latest album continues to follow this path, creating an intensely compelling and poetic exploration of the inner self and beyond: the gospel according to John Duncan.

    2 RAGNAR JOHNSON ASSISTED BY JESSICA MAYER, SACRED FLUTE MUSIC FROM NEW GUINEA: MANDANG/WINDIM MAMBU (Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego) This rare rerelease of sacred flute recordings carries a potent magic. It seems to share the DNA of everything that we have

  • Cover of Blowfly’s Superblowfly (Henry Stone Music, 2006).


    THERE’S A 99 PERCENT CHANCE that you and I could never be friends if you were not a Blowfly fan—if you weren’t one of the underground legion of “freaks,” as he called them, who loved and appreciated his outlandish and genius musical vision. The insect antihero of nasty rhymes known as Blowfly was created when Clarence Reid, a successful soul singer and songwriter who penned dozens of radio hits in the 1960s and ’70s, came out of his cocoon disguised in a costume and wearing a crude superhero mask, complete with pipe-cleaner antennae, to hide his identity from his bosses at the record labels