11 JANUARY 2015
VOLCANIC TONGUE IS CLOSING
Hey everyone – it is both with a heavy heart and a sense of excitement for the future that we’re announcing that Volcanic Tongue is closing. This will be our last ever update. Many factors have gone into this big decision, not least of which is just how busy behind the scenes all of the VT staff and contributors are with their own projects. After ten years of combing the underground in order to boost and bring you the finest examples of homemade, deeply personal and formally challenging music, we want to go out on a high. Ten years feels like the right time. Over the past decade we have put on numerous shows, run two shops, curated many experimental festivals, presented talks, released LPs, CDs, CD-Rs and cassettes on all our various labels and sent out a consistently forward-thinking weekly update that functioned, we believe, as much as a weekly magazine as it did as a list of titles for sale. Looking back through our archive we (well, mostly staff writer David Keenan!) have clocked up over 2 million words (!) spilled on contemporary underground music and we like to think that the VT archive will stand as the premier guide to what happened in the underground between 2004-2014, a true Anthology of Contemporary Underground Music.
The underground that Volcanic Tongue has consistently championed has changed dramatically since we first began, as has the way we listen to and interact with it, and it has become much more difficult to keep a service like Volcanic Tongue economically viable. 2014 feels like the end of a particular cycle in underground music, but we’re just as excited to see how the culture develops without us, even as our future plans take us deeper. VT boss lady Heather Leigh has a run of very exciting new group projects and releases up her sleeve for 2015, the bulk of which we’re currently sworn to silence over, but stayed tuned for some major announcements this year. VT staff writer and co-owner David Keenan sees his debut novel, The Comfort Of Women, published later this year as well as the much-anticipated expanded re-release of his seminal book, England’s Hidden Reverse, and you can continue to follow his music writing in The Wire and elsewhere.
We want to thank our thousands of loyal customers as well as all of the many labels and artists we championed and who hooked up close with us over the years. VT really was an extended family and we will miss regular interaction with you all. All of your enthusiasm and encouragement over the years has meant so much. We want to say thanks to - and from - all of the extended VT team, some of whom, sadly, are no longer with us: Tom, Shaun, Robert, Kevin, Stuart, Alex, Debbie, Andrew, Darren and Sarah. It has been a trip, an incredible ten years, and we’re proud of what we did to keep the freak flag flying, to turn people on to radical new sounds and to provide a platform for music and artists that might otherwise have fallen through the cracks. It was a true labour of love.
If you want to keep up with David’s writing, his website is www.reversediorama.com and his twitter account is @reversediorama. To follow Heather Leigh, her website is www.wishimage.com and her twitter is @wishimage.
In the coming weeks we will be listing all of our shop stock for sale on the site at knockdown prices as well as all of our used inventory, so keep your eyes on the site regularly. We’re also offering reduced bulk rates for big purchases, so get in touch if you’re looking to take advantage of some killer one-off deals. We’ll also keep you up to date with all of our clear-out offers on VT’s facebook and twitter accounts.
Thanks again everyone, see you on the other side!
11 JANUARY 2015
Campbell Kneale: Reality Buckling
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Got some great new sub-underground releases to go out on, kicking off with the fantastic 12” EP from Australia’s Elli and Bev, Might Not Look Like It To You, a co-release between big VT fave’s Alberts Basement and Quemada. Also got more Oz underground heavyweights in the shape of Wonderfuls’ full-length vinyl LP, Only Shadows Now on Bruit Direct Disques. Two new limited self-released CD-Rs from Campbell Kneale, Birchville Cat Motel’s Alpine Pacific Triangle and Our Love Will Destroy The World’s Frigid Antichrist. New 7” from Herbcraft, Push Thru The Veil, on new private imprint Sa, as well as a new Herbcraft cassette, Tabs Out, and a cassette from S.S. Cretins.
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Elli and Bev
Might Not Look Like It To You
Alberts Basement AB-64
14 DECEMBER 2014
The Spies tops Volcanic Tongue's BEST OF 2014 list!
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Hey everyone – last update in 2014 from VT and we got some heavies, kicking off with the remarkable 2xLP from Euro cult/trance orchestra Razen, Remote Hologram, on KRAAK, with a mind-blotting combination of medieval drones and future-inflected ragas. Also got a great live tape from Razen too, Rare Undressed Mare on House Of Alchemy. Long-time coming follow-up to their Siltbreeze debut from Kentucky’s Sapat on LP from Sophomore Lounge. Very limited and already sold out at source live tape from Natural Snow Buildings, Live At Cragg Vale, on Was Ist Das? Excited to welcome premier free jazz label Rogue Art to VT, with great CDs from Evan Parker & Matthew Shipp, Jacques Coursil with Alan Silva, Joelle Leandre & Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell and Roscoe Mitchell & Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble.
BACK IN STOCK/SHOP FINDS
We are continuing to add shop stock, one-offs and rarities to our Recent Arrivals page on a daily basis, some of which has lasted barely thirty seconds so keep checking the site throughout the week for one off monsters! As this is our last full week before we close for the Christmas holidays we’ll be adding a lot of stock to the site everyday this week. Check often!
VOLCANIC TONGUE GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE!
We’ll make them for any amount you like and personalise them to your instructions. Just email us or use the secure order form if you want one, letting us know who to make it out to and how much you would like to spend. We can email the gift voucher to yourself or the recipient anywhere in the world. Concerned about getting it in time for Christmas? Don't worry, we're accepting Christmas gift voucher orders throughout the holidays including Christmas day and can send the voucher instantly by email!
LAST UPDATE OF 2014 PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDERS ASAP & CLEAR YOUR RESERVES
VOLCANIC TONGUE HOLIDAY HOURS: OPEN UNTIL 22ND DECMEMBER 2014
We’ll be fully open until 22nd December 2014, then closed until early January for Christmas & New Year. If you want your last package of the year mailed before we close for Christmas we must receive payment no later than 2PM on Monday, 22nd December. A lot of customers do like the option of paying for reserves before Christmas and having their packages shipped out when we re-open in January and we’re happy to continue offering this service as we’ve done every other year. Regardless of the shipment date all reserves must be fully paid for by 23rd December 2014.
SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR OUR GLASGOW BASED CUSTOMERS
We’ve had so many local customers writing, worried about securing their regular VT fix, that we have decided to offer free postage for anyone with a Glasgow post code who orders two items or more. Local customers can use this new service to build up reserves and have them shipped whenever they’re ready! Just like old times.
SENDING PACKAGES TO VT: PLEASE CONTACT US FOR NEW MAILING ADDRESS
As our physical space is now closed, we cannot retrieve or accept packages sent to our old address. If you would like to send us something please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can inform you of the correct mailing addresses. DO NOT USE THE MAILING ADDRESS ON THE WEB SITE!
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VOLCANIC TONGUE’S BEST OF 2014 (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
NO BUY BUTTONS/A LOT OF THESE ARE OUT OF STOCK/PURELY A CELEBRATION OF ALL THE GREAT MUSIC WE HEARD IN 2014!
The Spies - The Battle Of Bosworth Terrace LP Siltbreeze
Peter Brotzmann/Jason Adasiewicz - Mollie’s In The Mood LP Bro Records
Village Of Spaces – Welcome In LP Turned Word Records
Big Blood - Unlikely Mothers 2xLP Blackest Rainbow
Mad Nanna – In Glasgow (Live At Volcanic Tongue) LP Golden Lab Records
Tralala Blip - Aussie Dream LP Disembraining
Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2 - Pinhead In Fantasia LP + Magazine Pacific City Sound Visions
HR Giger's Studiolo 2xCass Pacific City Sound Visions
Mark Alexander McIntyre – Grapes LP One Kind Favor
Roy Montgomery - 324 E. 13th Street #7 2xLP Yellow Electric
Samara Lubelski – String Cycle LP Ultra Eczema
Fushitsusha - Nothing Changes/No One Can Change Anything/I Am Ever-Changing/Only You Can Change Yourself 3xCD Utech
Alien City - Cathode Rays Are On OVERLOAD LP
Les Rallizes Denudes - Electric Pure Land 2xLP
MV & EE - Alpha Lyrae LP Child Of Microtones
Eye – Winterwork LP Nyali Recordings
Drowning Is Easy/Sarah Richards/The Chance/Ritchie Venus - The Christchurch Quartet LP + 12” + 10” + 7” + bonus 7” Unwucht
Richard Youngs - Red Alphabet In The Snow LP Preserved Sound
The Dead C - The Twelfth Spectacle 4xLP Grapefruit
Nazoranai - The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once It Has Arrived Already...? Ideologic Organ
Sanity Muffin cassettes – we loved them all!
Arnold Dreyblatt – Choice LP Choose Records
The Terminals - Singles And Sundries LP Ba Da Bing Records
English Heretic - The Underworld Service CD + Book
Hiiragi Fukuda - My Turntable Is Sloow LP Selection Records
Sadahiro Yamada - OK To Exist Doing Nothing LP Selection Records
Toilet Roll Dolls - Live At Real Bad CD-R Breakdance The Dawn
Pretty much all the Superior Viaduct reissues, particularly Alice Coltrane, Crime, Peter Jefferies, Flesheaters and Mirror/Stalker
Jojo Hiroshige/Tamio Shiraishi - Enka Mood Collection 10”
75 Dollar Bill - Olives In The Ears cassette
Spacemen 3 - Live At The New Morning, Geneva, Switzerland, 18/5/89 LP Mental Groove Records
Nord - NG Tapes LP PCP Records
Bill Orcutt private press cassettes
Cyclobe - Sulphur-Tarot-Garden LP/CD Phantomcode
Angus MacLise - New York Electronic 1965 LP Sub Rosa
The Pheromoans - Hearts Of Gold LP Upset The Rhythm
Simon Finn - Pass The Distance LP Little Big Chief Records
Charcoal Owls - Tin Roof LP Night School
Matthew Shaw – Lamorna CD Apollolaan Recordings
Jack Kerouac - The Northport Tapes Cassette Counter Culture Chronicles
Timothy Leary - The Radicalization Of Timothy Leary Cassette Counter Culture Chronicles
Sacred Product - s/t LP Heinous Anus Records
Various Artists (The Chills, Sneaky Feelings, The Stones, Verlaines) - Dunedin Double 2xLP Flying Nun
The Flexibles - Cities Of The Narrow Universe 7” Nyali Recordings
La Morte Young - s/t LP Up Against The Wall Motherfucker!
Orphan Fairytale - My Favourite Fairytale 2xLP Aguirre Records
Matthew 'Doc' Dunn - All Is LP Cosmic Range
Stone Angel - s/t LP Acme
Small Cruel Party - Unroof The House Of The Fishes LP Harbinger Sound
Kitchen Cynics private press CD-Rs
Handful Of Dust - Topology Of A Phantom City Cassette Ba Da Bing Records
Mary Millington - Come Play With Me & other tales 10” 10,000 Productions
Heitkotter - Black Orckid 2xLP Now Again Records