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Artist: ALVARIUS B.
Title: Alvarius B vs Abdel Baqy Byro in Cairo
Format: LP
Label: Nashazphone
Country: Egypt
Price: $24.00
"Seemingly tossed-off spontaneity is the intoxicant with which Alvarius B vs Abdel Baqy Byro in Cairo is heavily laced. This 39-minute lenticular collage recalls Tangier-era Burroughs in its concealment of structure behind a veneer of arbitrary free association, with Alvarius B. delivering his take on contemporary behavioral dementia in a style that veers from the nocturnal yammer of legendary somniloquist Dion McGregor to salty neo-Yossarian ravings to the casual vitriol of a misanthrope who knows hes entertaining. Its the kind of trip a modern-day Slothrup might take after smoking polyester shrubbery and over-indulging in candiru sushi served by an erotic topiary gardener in exile for masturbating on the wall outside a 19th Century French orphanage - overseen by The Sinister Extemporizer himself, Alan Bishop. It was recorded live all over Cairo (in cars, trains, apartments, garages, cafes, bars, on rooftops, on the street) with a backline that includes little else beyond an acoustic guitar and a radio. Field recordings, glitchy wheeze underpinnings, and snippets of space murble garnish the album, but site-specific stuffing is what gives this kataif its particular flavor: a rapped tribute to the murdered members of a hardcore soccer fan-club; a pas de deux for laptop keyboard and BBCs coverage of Gaza bombings; public demonstrations against the Muslim-Brotherhood-authored Constitution; Monte Carlo Arabic Services mention of the 70th anniversary of El Alamein battle. Bishops quilt of screenshots depicts a consciousness informed by an increasingly universal presumption that everything public should be interactive, if only to act as a vessel for contempt. An urbane cannibal fills the twilight bazaar with bacterial karaoke and falsetto bleating slicker than a goats uterus before disappearing into the crowd at Snottys Chill-Out Pentagram. Turn a corner and its an improv duet for acoustic guitar and the pachyderm grind of dirty delivery trucks. All around is mysteriously auto-tuned, proto-mahragan RnB crooning right out of a Saharan cellphone rave. A blue-blood places a call to an amplified insect tantrum, and is eavesdropped upon by a seductress loop. Delusional arms suppliers mansplain, as is their wont, and a beautifully dismissive monologue reduces music writers to literary dumbwaiters. The Invisible Hands take a moment to get in touch with their inner Sex Pistol. Prerecorded announcements are abused, quite comedically - the implication being that the only qualifications needed to engage in public discourse (telegenics and a piehole) are grossly insufficient. Alan Bishop stands before you not to praise anything (especially not the pathetic aesthetic championed by pork brosnans and Illuminati blood-drinkers stumbling from one end of their bleachy little swamp to the other, where mediocre meets bland and no amount of chlamydia-flavored tofutti with ground up glass in it will protect them from the constant tularemia rain), but to bury it, deep on the shoreline of Dunning-Kruger, a parting gift from The Sibling Unmoored as he withdraws in disgust. Maybe hell return after Ramadan, if only to crack open whats left of their skulls like crème brulée, harvest the enlarged amygdala, and render tiny portraits of Pepe The Frog onto their lacerated morgellons. Maybe not." -Seymour Glass California, USA September 2016.

Artist: ALVARIUS B.
Title: Sorban Palid
Format: 7"
Label: Poon Village
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"Unearthed from a very shallow grave: limited edition screenprinted tour-giveaway 7"s from Alvarius B.s East Coast 2014 tour, featuring artwork by Byron Coley." - Poon Village.

APES AHOY
by Byron Coley

Its amazing every one pretends
perhaps wishing a billion post-marsupials could
just stand in for most aspects of self motivation
procedures of the masters which bear the mark of
a masters golden inevitable apocalypse.
But lets just be content, we hairy bums
impaling, as though we had tusks
the current whatever some lazy music journalist writes.
Creating, in the process, more differences between
Amuletian Snares than anyone from the future could imagine.
But when they visit our continually pounded planet...
they will realize only 6 visions really happen --
Their replication of a weekend
Your weekend.
Your show business.
Your expense.
Much more feces.
Blogging and spewing by music pipsqueak fanboys who cant know.
And in not knowing, those present
may see the future.
shall we begin again.

Artist: ALVARIUS B.
Title: Chin Spirits (Durga)
Format: 10"
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Unrocks Saraswati series continues with a trip into the spiritual wonderland of Alvarius B. aka Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Invisible Hands). Deep down, heavy, Sun-City-Girls-flavored Dada deluxe. Crackling midgets, purist psychedelia. A cocoon of seven colorful, shiny monoliths of essential nonsense, each dirty pearl standing by itself. Limited edition one-time pressing." - Unrock.

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