Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Graveyards
Black Paintings Vol.3

Lost Treasures Of The Underworld No Cat

one-sided LP
£10.99


Numbered edition of 300 copies one-sided LP featuring Graveyards in duo mode, with John Olson (Wolf Eyes) on saxophone and electronics and Ben Hall on drums. Comes with an etched B-side and a full colour mini poster, both featuring art by Olson. Very minimal shadowplay style with the slightest butterflies of bowed confusion cutting swathes through still, black silence before building to a primal, echo-heavy climax that sounds like a pair of mammoths dropped deep into a canyon. Recommended.

Traum
Built For Nothing

Arbor #54

LP
£10.99


First full length vinyl outing for this aggressively nuanced free playing power duo featuring Zach Davis of Lambsbread on electric guitar and Ben Hall of Graveyards on drums. The strategies employed here – totally clean electric guitar with the attack amped all the way up and skittering, knitting needle style snare detonation – marks out the turf covered as being somewhere circa the whole Joseph Holbrooke/Ascension school of pummel and play and there’s a ton of brains to the way these guys skirt even the vaguest of lick-potential with silence, wowing harmonics and cracks of vibrating skin. Edition of 300 copies in screened chipboard sleeves, long sold out at source. Recommended.

Dietrich Eichmann & Jeff Arnal
s/t

Editions Brokenresearch BR-017

LP
£14.99


Ben and Hans of Graveyards/Melee/Traum et al have as fine a set of ears as anyone who has ever claimed improvised jazz as their area of expertise and the various non in-house projects that they choose to champion and release via Brokenresearch betray the kind of sophisticated feel for improvised sound as reified thought that many a 'fan' of jazz and associated modern, high energy forms could learn a thing or two from regarding the many subtle - and not so subtle - ways to extract a fucking tooth. This latest deluxe limited edition LP on their own label (run of only 200 copies in pro-printed sleeves) is another beautiful object lesson in just how well-listened and non-cliched their appreciation continues to be. Eichmann is a German pianist, composer, conceptualist, interpreter of modernists like Nono and Feldman and student of Alex Von Schlippenbach. Over the years he has produced a bunch of large scale ballets and performance pieces, most notably the Prayer To The Unknown Gods Of The People Without Rights, scored for ensemble and improvising soloist and first performed by Peter Brotzmann and the Wuppertal Chamber Orchestra. During the past five years or so he has reconnected with the stream of modern improvisatory modes, often in the company of American percussionist Jeff Arnal. This new recording, Live At The Phenomorphonic Festival sees the duo knee-deep in pedalling power stomps, obsessing over a mere clutch of notes that they work to emphasise in splintered, obsessive rhythms. The effect is closer to the work of Charlemagne Palestine than Cecil Taylor, although there's little of Palestine's continual expansion of ideas or lightness of touch; instead each note feels like its being hammered to the floor and the persistence with which they're sounded again and again is almost autistic. Arnal falls in behind Eichmann with pounding single shots and scattered tonal sunbursts that briefly illuminate the hulking dungeons of tone that Eichmann thuds from the instrument. Indeed, there's very little of the sound of the piano's keys, with Eichmann spending most of his time wading through the guts of the piano with heavy boots and sandpaper. This is the most impressive and conceptually far-reaching sounding of post-Cecil piano I've heard in the past whenever; a major statement from a profoundly singular stylist. So sign me up.

The New Monuments
s/t

Important Records No Cat

LP
£14.99


Debut album for the horse-killing free music trio of Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus), C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Ben Hall (Graveyards). Great to hear Ben in this kinda context, playing in a rolling propulsive style that is the closest I’ve heard him come to the whole post-Milford school of exploded time.  Dietrich’s sax – naturally – dominates the sound, with a warp of Hendrixoid F/X contorting the tongue logic until it sounds like he’s licking a cement mixer. Yeh’s strings give the group an intense vertical lift and at points it sounds like he’s sawing the whole group straight off of the ground. A great record in the tradition of Babi Music, Demo Moe, The Celestrial Communication Orchestra and Borbetomagus. All exclusive material, none of which was on the American Tapes CD-R releases.  

Trauma
99 Minutes Of Forever

Nyali Recordings #3

CD-R
£7.99


New release on the Glasgow-based label run by Kevin McCarvel and Stuart Crutchfield of Smoke Jaguar. A great set of massively cranked textural improvisations from the duo of Ben Hall (Graveyards/Bill Dixon/Joe Morris et al) and guitarist/inventor Chris Riggs, confusing process and form across a series of tracks that move in tectonic percussive waves. Hand-numbered edition of 79 copies in art paper sleeves with paste-on covers. 

Lambsbread
Bubble Stain

Maim & Disfigure No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Vile, deformed mutant rock freedoms from these liberated rock avantists, in the usual supreme crude packaging. Very limited.

Lambsbread
Rodney King Was On PCP That Night

Maim & Disfigure #75

CD-R
£7.99


"Newest Lambsbread recordings, going deeper into sub-sab repeition territory, holding off for a long time before the blast..... willie d says "fuck rodney king", and while I don't agree, its cool he was dusted.... edition of 100" Zac Davis

Lambsbread
Sugar Tits

Maim & Disfigure #86

CD-R
£7.99


"When mel gibson got arrested this summer, it all started with him saying to a female cop staring at him "what are you looking at sugar tits?"..... through all the controversy mel is still a hero..... best movie star ever.... classics include: lethal weapon 4, what women want, bird on a wire, ransom, payback etc...... the cover of this has real sugar on it.... that fun dip crap..... edition of 60" Zac Davis

Lambsbread
Drowned At The Harbour

Maim & Disfigure #58

CD-R
£7.99


New compilation of devolved live trio jams and earlier home recordings from Lamsbread sounding somewhere between Fushitsusha, early-Sonic Youth and Mars - or did I just dream that? Too much. Edition of 60 hand-numbered copies.

Lambsbread
Could You Be Loved?

Olde English Spelling Bee #23

LP
£13.99


Very limited 2008 LP from the legendary/notorious Lambsbread, hand-numbered run of only 200 copies with paste-on sleeves. This one bundles two side-long blow-outs, with the first exploding from the gate in a classy destructo/psych mode with lighting strikes of single note ecstasy and spurts of flashy, boogie guitar that sound most like High Rise’s monstrous 2 LP or even early Musica Transonic. The second side is even more deformed, with a murky glue-damaged amorphous jam eventually cohering into a kinda ginchy Trux-style take on the end section of The Velvet Underground’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties”. 

Green Mud
Descended From A Faggot

Maim & Disfigure #28

Cassette
£3.99


Reissue on Lambsbread's label of a hardcore/metal demo from Cape Cod circa 1989 that staggers righteously into formlessness-through-cluelessness in a way that feels, uh, 'prescient'. "Ex members of CBS and future members of Chilmark if anyone cares." Hand-numbered edition of 40 copies that files nicely alongside your Violent Ramp tape on Fag Tapes.

Supreme Team
Waiting For Little

Maim & Disfigure #29

Cassette
£6.99


Guitar/bass/drums improvisation from the Lambsbread team, cut while waiting for the man. Weird, dark new wave vibe that sounds like basement acid occultists tackling Crimson with three chords, UK bass lines and Jandek guitar stylings. Edition of 45 copies. "Little was some 17 year old Dominican who sold me narcotics and he always took a real long time to show up...."

Lambsbread/Sword Heaven
s/t

Lost Treasures Of The Underworld Records No Cat

LP
£11.99


Limited to 300 split between Lambsbread, the Ohio-based rock trio (Zac Davis and Kathy O'Dell - guitars, Shane Mackenzie - drums) who seem capable of mainlining alla the most fucked underground noise/free/rock currents of the past coupla decades into intense, brutally truncated guitar/drums formulations that feel as free and focussed as anything from heavyweight punk/psych avatars like Harry Pussy, Blue Humans et al. and Columbus, Ohio monolithic epic metal/doom/lumber duo Sword Heaven (Aaron Hibbs and Mark Van Fleet). Comes in a great silk-screened sleeve by Aaron Hibbs. OOP. 

Sky Juice
Above The Law

Olde English Spelling Bee 34

LP
£10.99


Okay, so if anything his cover art is getting even uglier (if that was actually fucking possible) but I gotta say, this second vinyl LP from the notorious Zac Davis of Lambsbread may even top his previous Olde English Spelling Bee side in terms of wasted basement oblivion style. Back when Sky Juice were sticking out CD-Rs on Maim & Disfigure the label would pretend that they were actually an undiscovered all-black power trio and this album really has the feel of those early sides, with that Detroit-in-flames/Jungle Rot urban violence style down to a tee. But it’s also shot through with weird song sketches, riffs that go nowhere, totally catchy two minute boogie breakdowns and the kind of confusing organisational logic that is most associated with the early Royal Trux sides. The album is dedicated to Andrew Davis film of the same name. Edition of 375 copies with paste-on sleeves.

Demons with Zac Davis
Live At The Picnic In Hamtramck 31/08/07


AA Records
£9.99


Limited 30 minute DVD-R featuring the brain-frying 'video madness' visuals and the accompanying sonics from a 2007 Demons show that featured Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Steve Kenney and Alivia Zivich jamming with Lambsbread/Traum guitarist Zac Davis. The synth sound is just overwhelming, with billowing clouds of F/X judder torn to ribbons by Zac's endless psych/metal trilling.

Dead Wafer
Ass Wipe

Maim & Disfigure #33

Cassette
£4.99


Solo comedown electro-tone/percussion/silence from Shane of Lambsbread, revealing a similar sci-fi Zen mindset to Joji Yuasa's tape work. Classic home-taped avant garde brainpower. Edition of 40 copies: "the sound of waking up at 7 am with your head literally feeling murdered from too much weed the night before.... so mellow its tense or so tense its mellow?... moves extremely slow, lots of silence, unidentifiable sounds coming out of nowhere, real oppressive in its total non-oppressiveness.... puts you 'in the zone' instantly..."

Traum
Slab

Brokenresearch No Cat

one-sided LP
£10.99


Numbered edition of 200 copies from the duo of percussionist Ben Hall (Graveyards et al) and guitarist Zac Davis (Lambsbread). This one is more in line with the excellent Cloudburst tape, with Zac moving from fast, zagging note runs through sheet metal chords and stops while Hall accelerates time in buncha simultaneous directions. This one has as much to do with cranky No Wave refusal as it does hyper-dynamic improv pugilism and it comes in a heavy screened wraparound sleeve.

Traum/Bark Haze
Monolith: Jupiter

Music Fellowship MF-39

One-Sided Pic Disc LP + CD
£14.99


Wild pairing of two improvised/destructo units – Bark Haze (aka Andrew MacGregor of Gown and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth) and Traum (Ben Hall of Graveyards and Zac Davis of Lambsbread). The deal is that both groups contribute a bunch of tracks without hearing what the other has done and then both recordings are cut onto the same side of an LP on top of each other. With each group hard-panned to the left and right channels you have the option of either listening to one of the performances by adjusting your stereo panning or leaving it right in the middle and hearing both groups simultaneously. The Bark Haze tracks – including a title, “Lou Reed Is A Creep”, lifted straight from The Dictators – are some of their most minimal drone-based moves, with thrumming electric guitar submerged in feedback and low-end violence. The Traum pieces are more spacious post Bailey/Oxley styled improvisations that veer into the more barbarous early Royal Trux style. Played together it makes for the kind of delirious headclash of Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz recording, with players seemingly responding to each other across time and space and the whole thing building to a beautifully confusing knot. Excellent. Bonus CD makes for a handy way of checking out the individual tracks for when you’re too wasted to pan. Edition of 500 copies, one-time only pressing.

Chris Riggs
Dead In Michigan

Pizza Night No Cat

Cassette
£6.99


Solo six-string abuse from Chris Riggs, the guitar slinger who usurped Zac Davis' seat in Ben Hall's Traum/Trauma set-up. This is some of the most extreme, extended work from Riggs yet, with growling, mechanical retorts that sound like steel strings being fed-though conveyor belts of metal teeth and elastic band soundings. Hard to believe the sound source is all-guitar, pretty remarkable.