DAN MELCHIOR: Live at the Philly Record Exchange: Cassette

When I first saw this tape pop up, I was kinda hoping that Dan Melchior was performing some of the musique concrète and experimental work that he’s being doing lately. Regardless, I can barely say that I was anything close to disappointed with this excellent live documentation of Mr. Melchior and co. They blast through seven psychedelic garage jams, including a take on Fairport Convention’s “Matty Grove” (titled “Matty” here). The guitar work is, of course, big, stunning, and explosive. Totally encapsulating. While the live set ends with a slow, doomy jam, the backside of the cassette is rounded out with a studio recording of Melchior’s “Swamp!” from 2009. Great stuff! 

 –Vincent (Stale Heat)