I don't mean to brag, but man, I have had some incredible record-scoring luck lately. MUSIC NOT NOIZE will surely be the best way for me to obsess over and share my findings of the last weeks, especially in the case of today's post. I walked into Amoeba Records in SF today for the first time in ages and pulled this monster out of the new arrivals bin - straight from the top bracket of my (mental) wantlist, the elusive first LP by Estonian punk pioneers J.M.K.E.! Not the type of thing you expect to pull out of a bin on the other side of the globe from its origin! The music is lively and upbeat, surging with melodies of the East and brimming with stories from a radical mind in a cold and guarded place. This album came out right on the cusp of Estonia's independence from the Soviet rule, but that spirit isn't the only reason to appreciate this LP - the sounds just croon, move, build, and explode all the way through. It's really the sound of an isolated group of punks expressing and releasing all of their thoughts and emotions in a maelstrom of punk brilliance!
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