Someone did a search for Illyah Kuryahkin on my blog the other day, which amused me because I actually own an Illyah Kuryahkin CD, even if they had no way of knowing that.
I don't remember why or where I actually bought this thing; chances are, like most things, Walt was playing an in-store copy at Brass City Records one day back in '96, and I liked what I heard enough to buy it. I'm sure I thought the screen printed cardboard sleeve was neat, too.
I didn't find out until after I bought the CD that Illyah Kuryahkin is the nom de rock of Dean Wilson, who home-records mostly droney, fuzzy rock stuff. The reason I found that interesting is because for years I owned (but rarely listened to) a flexi disc of Dean Wilson's "The Word", which was given away back in the mid-80's by The Bob or The Noise or one of those crummy pseudo-CMJ music mags. I was probably surprised that something I liked had been made by someone who years earlier I'd found to be sorta crappy, but there's no accounting for comebacks I guess.
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