Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

The Clean
Anthology

Merge MRG-220

4xLP Box Set
£41.99


Insane, beautiful career-spanning set in a hard slipcase that gathers virtually everything from this legendary New Zealand underground group: this one has it all, running from the “Tally Ho!” debut through the Boodle Boodle Boodle and Great Sounds Great EPs in full, with raggedy 4-track recordings by Chris Knox of legendary material like “Getting Older”, “Anything Could Happen” and “Point That Thing Somewhere Else”. Then we have the great post-hiatus LPs, Vehicle, Modern Rock and Unknown Country as well as bonus tracks that appeared on 7”s and flexi-discs. This is the true motherlode, the blueprint for the NZ garage sound bled straight to tape and one of the great, original groups at the absolute apex of their form. Highly recommended. 

The Clean
Anthology

Merge MRG-220

2xCD
£16.99


Insane, beautiful career-spanning set in a hard slipcase that gathers virtually everything from this legendary New Zealand underground group: this one has it all, running from the “Tally Ho!” debut through the Boodle Boodle Boodle and Great Sounds Great EPs in full, with raggedy 4-track recordings by Chris Knox of legendary material like “Getting Older”, “Anything Could Happen” and “Point That Thing Somewhere Else”. Then we have the great post-hiatus LPs, Vehicle, Modern Rock and Unknown Country as well as bonus tracks that appeared on 7”s and flexi-discs. This is the true motherlode, the blueprint for the NZ garage sound bled straight to tape and one of the great, original groups at the absolute apex of their form. Highly recommended.

Hamish Kilgour
All Of It And Nothing

Ba Da Bing Records BING-102

LP
£15.99


Hard to believe that the world has never been graced with a solo album by Hamish Kilgour of New Zealand underground legends The Clean/The Mad Scene before but here it is: All Of It And Nothing is a very intimate, hushed acid-folk masterpiece, almost in the lineage of a Joshua Burkett, with a series of sparse, low-key songs and settings that combine washes of technicolour motorik ala early Clean with the kind of internally implosive gravity of a Skip Spence’s Oar. Indeed, there’s an uncanny 60s west coast comedown feel, almost as if it’s a solo bedroom studio take on The Notorious Byrd Brothers as re-interpreted by a Bob Desper or even a Bill Comeau. Less ‘pop’ and more dark and delicate than David Kilgour’s classic Here Come The Cars, this is one of the most enigmatic and unexpected pitches into the void ever to come out of the Clean mothership. Recommended.