Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Devin Flynn
Light Show Music For Joshua White & Gary Panter

Arbitrary Signs No Cat

LP
£21.99


Hand-numbered edition of only 300 copies art edition LP, pressed by Pete Nolan and documenting Devin Flynn’s amazing soundtrack to Joshua White & Gary Panter Light Shows: Joshua White was behind the Joshua Light Show that was such a part of the Fillmore East gigs and happenings while Panter is a uniquely talented artist, illustrator and comics creator. During Feb-Apr 2012 the pair came together to create a Lightshow at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Detroit and they asked musician, animator and artist Devin Flynn to contribute a soundtrack. This is that soundtrack, and it’s a doozy: Flynn was given four one-word descriptions for each of the four pieces; Spacey, Rocky, Goofy and Holy and Flynn more than delivers the goods. ‘Spacey’ presents some remarkable drone workings that squeeze eye-popping wormholes of eternal music through blats of lurid pink electricity. ‘Rocky’ comes over like Trad Gras Och Stenar on a Twisted Village tip. ‘Goofy’ is a cartoon vision of almost Raymond Scott-meets Smegma-scale, with snippets from The Butthole Surfers, Spike Jones and Woody Allen, while the closing Holy aka “Buddha’s Hair” is a brain-omming trancer with synths and loops circling recordings of monks in ceremony at the Five Hundred Rakan Temple in Fudomae, Tokyo. A beautiful set, the whole deal is packaged with two-colour screened sleeves and a  four-page fold-out insert featuring art from Panter and an interview with the players. A doozy, highly recommended!

Idea Fire Company
Vital: Live In Europe

Swill Radio Swill-025

CD
£4.99


CD from Scott Foust's always-interrogating IFCO ensemble bundles a bunch of synth/radio/tape works recorded live in Europe during their recent tour, where the duo of Foust and Borecky were joined by Frans de Waard. The set runs from clunky, oddly-mechanised instrumental mantras through warping tunnels of time/space shriftyness.

Islaja
Keraaminen Paa

Fonal FR-72

CD
£2.99


Secondhand shop copy. Album from Merja aka Islaja with a classic bats Euro-chanteuse sleeve ala Brigitte Fontaine and more of an experimental electro-pop feel that internalises her recent experiments with Blevin Blechdom and Samara Lubelski. “Islaja has left the forests and moss-covered paths behind. Through an underground tunnel, she wandered off towards the city and found you again. She came in through the door as you were taking out the rubbish. Or through the window you opened on a summer’s night. Do you feel as though you’re not alone, even if there’s no one else in the house? Look around you and you’ll see – Islaja, petrified into a ceramic head on your window sill, on your television set.” – Fonal.

Manuel Mota
Sings

Headlights CDH-11

CD
£14.99


Mota is an improvising guitarist from Lisbon who works emotive improvised magic from six strings with only the ghost of a Derek Bailey influence. Sings is a self-released album featuring nine solo guitar pieces – no singing – that have an up-close, intimate personality, tying up sighing melodies and cross-wired harmonics with gentle tweaks of string and the occasional blue note. Some of the more lunar playing here seems to pick up where Loren Mazzacane left off on his ‘big band’ record, Come Night, but Mota is even more involuted than Loren, his playing style almost a drawing-in as much as a teasing-out. Still, each piece feels like a full investigation of the guitar, fuelled by an inquisitive, exploratory logic that is just as open to straightahead tonal and melodic statement as it is to tying the whole thing up in a ball of twonk. Excellent.

Michael Morley
The Pavilion Of Fools

Gallerie Desford Vogel FSS 7s

CD
£9.99


Solo guitar/electronics record from Michael Morley of The Dead C, released by a New Zealand gallery and originally intended as a soundtrack piece. Moves from the sound of blood pulsing in your ears through classic saw-tooth Dead C riffing and Industrial machine noise. Another good one.

The Dead C
The Damned

Starlight Furniture Company #21

CD
£8.99


2004 album from The Dead C that works to consolidate the kinda brut rock song destruction of ‘classic’ Trapdoor era with the kinda extended gunned-up machine noise of Tusk. Great, wasted performance by Morley, while Russell and Yeats stagger through the wreckage. Every release is, of course, mandatory.

A Qui Avec Gabriel/Tori Kudo
Enka Mood Collection

An'archives AN'09

10"
£18.99


New, 2015 second instalment in this great on-going series that joins the dots between contemporary Japanese psych/underground and Enka: A Qui Avec Gabriel turns in some emotionally devastating and truly high wire readings of classic Enka while Tori Kudo, of Maher Shalal Hash Baz et al, cuts a series of wild readings ar his local karaoke bar to ecstatic response. Comes beautifully packaged with obi strip, screened gatefold sleeve, postcards and full English liners by Alan Cummings. Highly recommended!

Double Leopards
A Pebble In Thousands Of Unmapped Revolutions

Eclipse No Cat

LP
£29.99


Original copies of this long-OOP and rare side from NYC’s legendary Double Leopards, *the* drone band of the past few decades: issued in an edition of 500 copies in 2001, this was the second Double Leopards LP and the first one to fully fuse their vision of contemporary eternal music with bastardised technology and the sound of an army of ghosts. Still sounds spectacular, highly recommended. 

John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh
Live In Nottingham

What The…? Records WHAT-004

LP
£9.99


Edition of 330 copies LP that documents this hard-thinking avant duo live in Nottingham in 2007, fast, scrabbly pot shots at post-20th century sound-think and bulldozing drone/freak. 

Masayoshi Urabe & Chie Mukai
Dual Anarchism

SIWA #9

LP
£14.99


Long OOP limited run of 400 copies LP that catches this amazing subterranean Japanese underground duo at a mind-flaying/heady ritual peak. Urabe is *the* post-Abe saxophonist to come out of the PSF scene and here he is paired with Chie Mukai, best known for her work with acid folk unit Che-SHIZU. Using reeds, cymbals, metal chains, electric guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals and more the two carve massively violent instants out of deep, black silence. Fans of Taj Mahal Travellers et al, plug the fuck in here. Highly recommended!

Oren Ambarchi
Stacte Karaoke

Black Truffle BT-13

LP
£9.99


Amazing riff O/D LP from Oren, matching blazing/face-melting solos with a Texan rhythm section committed to riding it all the way into the sun. If you dug the Ambarchi/Haino trio sides, here’s a whole new angle on aformal rock/roll blurt. Highly recommended. 

Paul Flaherty/Sam Gas Can/White Limo
Mystery Triangle

Feeding Tube Records FTR-090

LP
£8.99


Wild three way free/psych split, w/art by Joshua Burkett: Flaherty blows his lungs out with a superb muscular/lyrical saxophone solo followed by haunted tape/voice constructs from Sam Gas Can weirdo electronic/tape doofs from White Limo. Comes with a download.

Real Enemy
Life With The Enemy

Mind Cure Records MC-101

LP
£10.99


Another great 80s hardcore/out demo tape upgraded to vinyl by Mind Cure: pre-Half Life moves from 1983with a puke-popping attack and a snotty DIY you-thought-wrong appeal. Excellent.

Savage Amused
Mind Cure 1985

Mind Cure Records MC-102

LP
£10.99


Great reissue of a demo tape from a confoundingly great mid-80s Pittsburgh hardcore/what the fuck unit featuring a pre-Agnostic Front Alan Peters. Midwest hardcore energy meets wild Fripp-on-uppers solos and a bulldozing rhythm section. Sounds great, edition of 1000 copies.

Tenor Rising Drums Expanding
Third World War

Sound @ One #44

Pic Disc LP
£10.99


Long OOP pic disc LP that documents this short-lived high energy/mystery zone NYC-based free jazz trio, featuring Sabir Mateen and Daniel Carter on horns, organ and vocals and Dave Nuss of The No-Neck Blues Band on drums and vox. Primo instant brain meat straight from the original zone. Looks beautiful too. 

The Bats
Demo 5:26:84

Mind Cure Records MC-104

12" EP
£10.99


Not the NZ/Flying Nun group, this is another great 80s weirdo demo upgrade from Mind Cure, this time from a Pittsburgh group in the mid-80s with a classic rock/roll into hardcore appeal, great songs and almost Boston Real Kids/Classic Ruins appeal. This is particularly great, loving this label right now

The Golden Dawn
Power Plant

Get Back Get-539

LP
£14.99


Vinyl reissue of this God-like Texas psych side, originally issued by International Artists in 1968. This is the perfect post-Elevators ecstasy sound as mainlined by a buncha garage teens whose brains had just been blown open by drugs and electricity. A masterpiece that ranks up there with Easter Everywhere. Highly recommended.

Bobby Beausoleil
Orb

Black Moss BM-06

LP
£14.99


Edition of 300 copies LP from Bobby Beausoleil: Beausoleil is perhaps best ‘known’ for his incarceration due to his involvement with the Manson murders but his musical exploits are fairly legendary in underground circuits. He was a member of Arthur Lee’s pre-Love group the Grass Roots and early on he led one of the primo extended communal freak scene big bands, The Orkustra, which eventually morphed into The Magick Powerhouse Of Oz. He also provided the soundtrack for Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising. So this is just so much gravy, new music from Beausoleil, recorded in prison, scored for extended guitar euphorics, drones and keyboards. The feel is totally epic, with an almost Goblin/giallo soundtrack aspect that almost gets Morricone-esque at times (or even Coil circa Horse Rotorvator) and a weird mutant sci-fi appeal that could almost be Heldon but cut with zoned raga and doomy fourth world melodies. As with alla Beausoleil’s recordings there’s a weirdo occult atmosphere to much of this that is hard to finger but imagine Sandy Bull circa Demolition Derby but with a ritual/psych edge that’d make Pete Fine give up motorbiking and a straight to video 80s horror soundtrack ‘vibe’ that gives the nod to early Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream and you’re about as close as you’re likely to get to straight-time satori. A great side from Beausoleil, with very revealing and highly personal sleeve notes reflecting on his spiritual growth during incarceration, won’t hang around long!

Controlled Bleeding
Shanked And Slithering

Hospital Productions HOS-99

CD
£1.99


"Nearly 80 minutes of the most animalistic and violent industrial noise to ever crack the crust of the earth. compiles and reworks early and unreleased out of print noise classics as well as brand new noise aberrations. For fans of early CB ala Knees And Bones And Bladder Bags!" - Hospital.

Inca Ore with Lemon Bear's Orchestra
Queen Anne's Lace Tape

No Label

CD-R
£1.99


Limited 2006 self-released CD-R from Eva aka Inca Ore is a bit of a departure for her that works as a primer for her forthcoming 5RC album with Lemon Bear's Orchestra. Here Eva flits between a host of instant vocal styles keyed to the free improvisatory modes of sparring partner Lemon Bear who works flashes of scale-blurring saxophone, magickal percussion moves, Arkestral rants and orbits of known form into awkward constructions that Eva blows to exquisite dust. Eva's vocals touch on aspects of Meredith Monk's solo trancework, the epiglottal ecstasies of Patty Waters and Diamanda Galas and kind of huge crests of sound previously shaped by the lips of Linda Sharrock. Limited run in spray-painted sleeves with insert.

Naked On The Vague
Chitty Chat

Sacred Bones Records SBR-020

7”
£3.99


Excellent single from this Australian duo with a previous release on Siltbreeze. Both sides seem to take their formal inspiration from a more Industrial/degraded take on Suicide’s “Che”, with primitive dub environs, voids of SPK-styled hiss and aggressively handled synth, bass and vocals. Loved the last few Naked… releases and this is a further transit of those kind of desolate, smudged fidelities that combine goth, NZ drone and Industrial/DIY aesthetics.

Nothing People
Enemy With An Invitation

Permanent Recordings No Cat

7”
£1.99


Deluxe 7” from these guys, the first release to feature former Monoshock member Doug Pearson. This is black, apocalyptic rock that extends their Roxy/Chrome obsession deep into the American night. Comes in a deluxe sleeve with gold embossed text and an inserted invite. 

Taco Bells
Vinterstrossel

Ikuisuus IKU-037

LP
£10.99


Totally blazing great free jazz brut from a buncha Fins with a connection to the source. Featuring members of Rauhan Orkesteri, Lauhkeat Lampaat, Mohel and Kemisalliset Ystavat the group features Sami Pekkola on sax, Jaako Tolvi on drums and Tero Kemppainen on double bass, whipping up the kind of energy storm that would take the original Brotzmann trio as a propulsive model while factoring in snatches of raggedy folk melody, the kind of hallelujah overtone style of the post-Ayler choir and odd breakdowns that combine scrabbling strings with knotty drones and wildman grunts. Think Jihad, Actuel, FMP: just fantastic. Highly recommended.

Wet Hair
Radiant Lines

Not Not Fun NNF-225

7” + Art Book
£3.99


“Wet Hair heads Shawn Reed and Ryan Garbes have been jamming sideways strains of long-lensed electricity music for years now, but their trajectories as visual artists arc back even farther. So after a small infinity of J-cards and zines and LP sleeves designs, it’s a real pleasure to finally be able to present a preferential suite of some of their finest (and, till now, unseen) compositions in a glossy, full-color, pro-printed 22-panel art volume, bookended by a brand new black vinyl 33 RPM single of joyously multi-hued keys/drums merry-go-rounding. “Radiant Lines,” a longtime live favorite. spirals a fuzzy circus organ riff around a splashy-crashy kit pummeling till it dissolves into burbling kaleidoscopic come-down bliss. The B, “Decay,” is more like their songs from the Naked On The Vague split 12”, a slow-motion Suicide-style sweetheart blues trance, buried vocals crooning in a gentle sea of woozy keyboard grooves. A nice warm-up for their upcoming De Stijl full-length and U.S. summer tour with Rene Hell. One-time pressing/printing of 500 copies.” – NNF.

A.M.
Dragonfly

Trensmat Records TR-041

LP
£6.99


Massive limited new solo album from big VT fave, New Zealand’s Anthony Milton aka AM: Dragonfly is an epic of fuzz-worshipping/groove mutating monolithic psych rock. The opening “Fake Union Of Uplifted Charlatans” is a mind-blower, with a fucked-up dub bass and handclap percussion over twin six-string all-soloing  fuzz guitars, coming over like a tone scientist take on The Savage Resurrection or a rubberised-Rallizes re-mixed by Matthew Bower. The electro-threat continues across the first side, with pulsing circuitry over spurts of pure wah-wah ecstasy. The set culminates with “True Believers (Live)” that takes the whole Dead C dead amplifier worship run out groove style to new levels of flat-lined guitar/rhythm box violence. Another massive side from Anthony, pressed on blue vinyl, highly recommended!

Birth Refusal/Cassis Cornuta
s/t

Ultra Eczema #39

one-sided LP
£14.99


Dream-team hook-up between legendary Belgian avant/industrial/savant-goof Cassis Cornuta - still one of the most singular synthists/conceptualists to come out of the post Nurse bag - and John Olson and Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes. Housed in a massively ill fold-out six panel cover with art by Dennis Tyfus and pressed in a one-sided LP with an etching on the B-side, the sonics match the sound of slowly rending circuit boards, cold beams of Euro glare and what sounds like the first drawled chord of "Iron Man" with fluttering electronics that hover in the air with all of the malevolent anti-gravity of leather wings. Sounds great, recommended.

Curlew
Gussie

Roaratorio Roaro5

LP
£12.99


Nicely presented series of improvisations from a quintet featuring Davey Williams on electric guitar, George Cartwright on alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, Chris Parker on piano, Fred Chalenor on electric bass and Bruce Golden on percussion. These pieces seem to draw as much conceptual meat from rock and avant moves as any codified improv tongues, meaning there’s less angular duck and more sustained musical ideas for yr buck, touching on bases as covert as Sun City Girls, The Arkestra, Residents, Music Improvisation Company, Beefheart etc... Ever copy comes with an original piece of pencil art by Anne Elias in a hand-numbered edition of 436. A very intriguing release and recommended.

Hototogisu + Burning Star Core
s/t

Yik Yak 014

LP
£14.99


Beautiful looking edition of 500 copies that gathers re-worked, re-edited versions of material that previously snuck out on CD-Rs from Drone Disco and Heavy Blossom: "Hototogisu - the duo of UK experimentalist Matthew Bower (Skullflower/Sunroof et al) and New York-based-guitarist Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards/Zaimph/GHQ) - are all about impact, about taking the physical aspect of sound and hallucinating it to the point of abstraction, so much so that for all of the complexity of their music it often sounds like it's standing still, simply hanging in the air and vibrating without anything approaching a 'plot' to bring it to a point. By contrast, Burning Star Core, the trio of drummer Trevor Tremaine, Robert Beatty on electronics (both of whom also play in Hair Police alongside Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes) and C.Spencer Yeh on violin and electronics, are more overtly propulsive, usurping 'classic' rock form via electronics and drums but still focused on momentum, on the jam as a form of structural gravity, on the unfolding of action via development over time. This all-improvised studio meeting is the perfect reconciliation of both tendencies, of Hototogisu’s obsessive layering of strata after strata of violently conceived noise and of Burning Star Core’s epic, post-Kraut thunder-punk style. Bower has long been on record about his opposition to anything approaching 'dialogue' in improvised music, favouring a senses-devouring simultaneity over anything that might pass for actual exchange, so it's no surprise that there is little on this new record that sounds even close to conventionally improvised music. Instead, it feels more focused towards the zone where energy begins to spontaneously birth form, where the monomaniacal pursuit of the nowhere zone bears fruit in the shape of a music that transcends its constituent parts while being totally based around – and rooted in - the individual response to the moment. BXC play it ginchy and garage-pop right from the start, simultaneously inverting and amplifying Bower and Bassett's vertical constructs with drums that sound like they might have been lifted straight from the most flower-power parts of the Silver Apples' back catalogue and bass patterns that are as tactile and rock-anchored as Can's Holger Czukay. To hear Hototogisu's music given this kind of injection of dynamic energy makes them seem more obviously sourced in 'classic' rock music than you might otherwise have guessed, with a dense, implosive sound that feels like a hyper-distilled take on all of rock's most outlaw aspects, the feedback that makes you feel like you could explode in a ball of electricity, the anti-gravity effect of heavy fuzz, the seductive, alien tongues. It's certainly the most 'garage band' side that either of the groups have cut to date, albeit in the form of a Gnostic, post-acid re-think where the vibration is more important than the outer forms, where energized enthusiasm makes for a more fundamental guiding principle than verse/chorus/verse and where the only direction left is out. Which is another way of saying it feels genuinely bad-ass. In an era where even the best groups seem polite, pro, participatory, democratic, this is music that is disregarding in its overwhelming power, exhilarating in it irresponsible spontaneity. And in an underground scene where self-conscious notions of avant-garde and 'free improvisation' have long displaced any concept of an intuitive rocks off-style, well, it feels like a re-connection to the source. So file this one closer to Kill City or Sticky Fingers than Persian Surgery Dervishes or The Black Album and feel the gravity of your whole record collection shift." – David Keenan.

JD Emmanuel
Time Traveller

Aguirre Records Zorn-25

2xLP
£16.99


Edition of 500 copies double LP from this re-activated new age/synth drone legend: we have been championing the music of Emmanuel ever since John Olson of Wolf Eyes hipped us to the original private press edition of this mind-blowing Wizards side, subsequently reissued a bunch of times on Important and by Lieven Martens of Dolphins Into The Future. Since then Emmanuel has returned to touring and recording music, most significantly when he went out on the road with Lieven’s Dolphins Into The Future project and Paul Labreque across Europe in 2011. These are the recordings that came out of that tour, a series of unreleased live tracks that sound as timeless and as personally cracked as his original Wizards set. Emmanuel transcends the usual ‘new age’ clichés in a way that had Olson describe his music to us as “Corwood jamming Zeit”, with that same feeling of crude personal gnosis transmuted into interplanetary scale cosmo-visions. Time Traveller has the same feel of epic hermeticism, with that gorgeous pure keyboard tone that sounds like modulated light or filtered cosmic rays tripping through some slowly unravelling hypnotic melodies. Indeed, Emmanuel owes as much to classic NY minimalism as practiced by LaMonte Young, Terry Riley, Charlemagne Palestine et al as he does to cracked electronic composers like Iasos, Laurie Spiegel et al and this is the perfect balance between endlessly ululating third eye bliss, weirdo private/real people stereo jags and avant drone euphorics. If you ever swooned to Wizards this is another shot from the same pot of nada. Recommended. 

Les Rallizes Denudes
Naked Diza Star

Bamboo BAM3CD7014

3xCD
£16.99


Another jaw-dropping archival release from Bamboo of obscure/unreleased material from the most enigmatic of underground Japanese psych groups, Les Rallizes Denudes. Naked Diza Star, originally issued via the shadowy Univive label, runs the length of Rallizes' career in order to compile an incredible three discs worth of peak unreleased performances. Disc one features live garage bombs from 1973 through 1976, including the legendary "Last One '70" recording from 1976. Disc two has material from 1976 and '77, including ravaged takes on "Enter The Mirror" and "The Last One", while disc three runs from 1981 through a final "Last One" from 1987. It makes for a fantastic and informative listen and works to document how their sound evolved through all of their various incarnations. Still one of the premier Rallizes discs and one that captures the group in all of their aspects, from endless flamethrower solos through ginchy post-Velvets two chord pop through icy austere black folk balladry. Comes in a chunky jewel case with an 8 page booklet in English and Japanese. Very highly recommended!

Magik Markers
Balf Quarry

Drag City DC-376

LP
£8.99


“Balf Quarry, an old stone pit just outside of Hartford, Connecticut, represents a central place for Elisa Ambrogio and Pete Nolan, the duo who call themselves Magik Markers, and is the apt title of their forthcoming May Drag City release. Unearthed from the mines of Connecticut in 2001, Magik Markers have been brutalizing audiences with their shattering live appearances and recordings since the first part of this century. They are now living and creating on opposite sides of the country. Elisa Ambrogio recently moved to Seattle from San Francisco and Pete Nolan resides in Brooklyn, but they came together in Elisa's new city to record Balf Quarry with Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls, Animal Collective, Sir Richard Bishop). Balf Quarry has moody space in its soul, and on this album you'll find Elisa and Pete locked together, beating it out, listening to and feeling the sound of their earth quake. And slicing through all the atmosphere, Elisa's voice is a spear of light, splashes of mud, and an acid purple flashback. Listening to Balf Quarry is like immersing yourself in a great horror film, complete with mental dissipation, catharsis for the ears, and the most satisfying psychotic listening experience you'll have this year.” – DC.

Ming
s/t

Don’t Fuck With Magic DFWM-010

CD-R
£10.99


Massive, monolithic set of minimal percussion drone from Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel/Our Love Will Destroy The World) and Ellen Rodda on Kneale’s own label in an edition of only 50 copies. Using nothing but two cymbals, the duo orchestrate deep sea dooms and funereal bells, at first operating at the very extremes of silence, then moving in great basso arcs that recall the orchestral construction of Thomas Koner’s arctic gong work or the intro to the first Black Sabbath album extended ala Harry Pussy’s Lets Build A Pussy. As the percussion accrues Industrial detail it starts to sound closer to Organums’s classic Birds’ Wings Were Glued To Their Bodies And Their Feet Froze To The Ground. No one does nada-minimalism with such blank bloody mindedness as Campbell Kneale. “Admittedly, the idea of a band solely consisting of 'two cymbal players and no overdubs' doesn’t sound like anyone’s idea of a good time. However the deeply narcoleptic overtures deftly carved out of solid walls of live bo-ooo-ooo-m by Campbell Kneale and Ellen Rodda should really come with some kinda 'money-back-guarantee' to reset all your dials for timespace transportation. Free of cumbersome electronics of any kind, Ming almost  slips beneath the very idea of music altogether aligning itself more with thunder heard from afar... looming, booming, nocturnal ruptures, that by contrast make you more aware of the warmth and cosiness of your own bed. The most frail vibrations become music of unspeakable beauty and patient, patient, minimalism. A great emptiness. Bong O))).” – DFWM. 

Modra
The Line For The Men’s Room

Savage Quality Recordings SQR-003

LP
£13.99


Fantastic debut LP from this NYC group, 3/4s of which are Australian ex-pats with connections to Coconuts, Bogan Dust, Venom P.Stinger et al, privately issued on Kevin of Pink Reason’s new label: packaged with a classic fat-hardcore-punks-queuing-for-the-urinals sleeve and a classy paste-on rear The Line For The Men’s Room cones over like the Jandek band circa Somebody In The Snow attempting to pass themselves off as a post-Rallizes psych unit which I guess puts them somewhere downwind of Christchurch circa 1985??!! The sound is perfectly rendered with just enough room echo and booming distance to blur the documentation and the playing features classic subverted rock technique, with single-note bass lines suspended over a void of static while a vocalist power cries his way through the kind of post-punk blues that would reduce Michael Morley to tears. They move from Ikuro Takahashi-style martial drum cracks through the kind of cranky, endless fuzz guitar solos that would reconnect Vertical Slit with tectonic post-Siltbreeze drone while nailing the kind of song-writing that Savage Quality rightly compare to The Birthday Party, Television, Brian Crook and Richard Youngs. Seriously, a fantastic debut from a group with a perfect, intuitive understanding of how to build towering rock structures from the sparest of musical gestures and with a feel for the correct application of zero fidelity/nada technique as the keys to the goddamn kingdom. If any of the references above mean anything to you, you need this. Very highly recommended!

Olympic Shit Man
Supercharge

Harbinger Sound Harbinger-065

2xLP
£14.99


Timely reissue of this insanely enjoyable 1995 collaboration between Mark Durgan aka UK noise/avant gardist Putrefier and Andy Bolus aka Evil Moisture: originally released on Mother Savage Noise Productions, this is headier, heavier and more rock/rhythm-damaged than the bulk of either player’s catalogue. It has all of the churning, squeamishness of Merzbow, the cut ‘n’ splat of Violent Onsen Geisha, even the monolithic electro assault of primo Smegma but somehow it all coheres into something that is uniquely bulldozing, staggering dazed into junk yards of ritualistic percussion while the bottom end crawls like a slug and the sound of microphones entering orifices pass for ‘lead vocals’. The combo of ludicrously heavy EMS synth and scrappy percussive violence surpasses even Conrad Schnitzler’s early work in terms of total musical refusal. This upgraded edition cuts the cassette release into three sides of insanely pulverising vinyl while adding a forth of live tracks from 1994 and 2006 as well as including a bonus 24 page Bolus comic book. “Supercharge accomplishes what all reissues should: it doesn't just narrate epic battles of the past, it reintroduces all-but-forgotten combat tactics to a new generation of aural guerillas.” Amen to that, a fantastic OTT noise side – these guys truly deserve a medal. 

Pain Jerk & John Wiese
Terrazzo

Harbinger Sound Harbinger-055

CD
£3.99


Classic ultra-fucked electrified noise barrage that seems to reflect more on the early-90s pornographic Merzbow sound et al than anything currently beating its head against a rock. Just chaos blurts of white noise catharsis cut up with quizzical gloops down the plughole where you feel like a cartoon roadrunner, still peddling in mid-air while rainbows explode into shards of glass and crystal. A fantastic blast of old school noise from these old school boize: John Wiese and Kohei Gomi aka Pain Jerk. Recorded by mail October 2005.

Pocahaunted
Chains

Teardrops TD-010

LP
£12.99


Best Pocahaunted side yet: despite claims from Manda and Bethany that what they were shooting for on this record was “fucked up Tom Tom Club palm tree pop” this is one of their most psychedelic and epic settings of vox, guitars and drums. The first track is particularly scrambling, with a wild Bardo Pond plays the music of Ya Ho Wha 13 feel over which the two vocalists obsess over tiny variations of a basic, though very effective, vocal melody. There is something weirdly 1980s about the vocal smears and some of the production touches, but they only serve to situate it somewhere outside of consensus timelines in much the same way that James Ferraro’s 1980s obsessions transcend everything that was wretched about that decade and lend it a weirdly exotic emotional resonance. Combined with the level of rock damage and hallucinatory 80s pop atmospherics, it makes for a fantastic listen. Been spinning this one a ton. If you were holding off on this group, don’t. On yellow vinyl. Recommended.

Religious Knives
Bind Them/Electricity And Air

No Fun Records 03

LP
£10.99


Very heavy Middle Eastern/Popol Vuh-vibe on this new LP from Religious Knives (Mike and Maya of Double Leopards further bolstered by the presence of Mouthus drummer Nate Nelson). A wash of ritual hand percussion vibrates beneath beautiful monolithic synth patterns from Maya that recall the tranquilised downriver grandeur of parts of the Aguirre soundtrack or the full fathom force of In Den Garten Pharaos as you feel the meat of your mind slowly part beneath the gush of extended time-warping drones. Mike's vocals sound as if they're being squoze through an outdoor tannoy system and his feedback guitar gives the whole piece a black, ominous aspect. Second side is even heavier, with Nate's thud-bobbing drums forcing the group into whole new vectors of damaged lurch. Mixed by Brian Sullivan of Mouthus. Comes packaged with white stuck-on sleeve art and fake liners, both of which give it that all-important ‘private' feel. Limited to only 300 copies and highly recommended.

Religious Knives
It's After Dark

Troubleman No Cat

LP
£8.99


New Religious Knives album from the trio line-up of Mike and Maya Bernstein and Nate Nelson. This set reconciles a bunch of currents that have been fluxing through their back catalogue, with the opening "In Brooklyn After Dark" combining the two chord guitar/organ punch of The Music Machine with a glaze of 3 am F/X and punked vocals from Bernstein. The night-time mood is extended across the whole LP, most effectively on "The Streets", where they channel the devotional Krautrock energies of Popol Vuh into an otherworldly mass of vocal confusion. Also features a zoned, primitive take on their signature track "The Sun". Comes in a gatefold sleeve with art from Maya. Recommended.

The Lost Domain
An Unnatural Act

Negative Guest List NGL-035

LP
£18.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Edition of 500 copies LP, recorded in 1990, from these wild free/blues/no wave Australian legends: The Lost Domain took inspiration from original country blues, fife and drum troupes and the American Primitive stylings of John Fahey and railroaded them through the feedback worshipping jams of The Velvet Underground and the deformed rock/roll refusal of primo No Wave to generate the kind of carburettor dung that would’ve floated Lester Bangs’ corpse. And it’s fitting that “Sweet Haunch Woman” here is dedicated to Bangs, a track that boasts the kinda no fidelity = feral form equation of prime Rallizes w/Alan Vega style ‘billy-isms over descending bombs of fuzz guitar and a commitment to the demands of freak that is truly pre-‘Rock’. “Funeral March For Charley Patton” is an amazing endless jam for pure amplifier heat and scudding electricity that floats monologues from Booker White and Bozie Sturdivant straight to the heart of the sun. “Radio 1” presents a setting for Samuel Beckett’s radio play “Rough For Radio 1” that sounds more like Faust’s “Krautrock” before the searing gods-of-thunder dual guitar epiphany of “Lithia” that comes over like Fushitsusha play the Patti Smith Band’s “Abyssinia”. Can’t think of anyone that so effortlessly joins the dots between the refusenik energies of original field hollers and blues breakdowns and contemporary underground scorch but this is a peerless set of acid-damaged juke and pretty much has to be heard to be believed. Cover portrait of John Fahey is just so much gravy. Very highly recommended!

Wand
Born Bad

Mad Monk MM-007

LP
£10.99


Much-anticipated private press album from Mister James Jackson Toth aka Wooden Wand aka Wand. Recorded on the lam downwind of some fairly destructive personal/artistic episodes, rejected by his record company, fuelled by bad blood and mental cobwebs, Born Bad is both the most intimate, the most bloody-minded and the most revelatory album by Toth to date. The sound is very stripped down and lot more countrified than the bulk of his catalogue. Imagine Nicodemus or Jim Collins playing Gram Parsons "Hippie Boy" (reputedly Dylan's favourite Parsons track), or how about Townes Van Zandt circa the nihilistic/black hole style of "Nothing" given a one-chance live album for Siltbreeze or how about just Dylan circa The Basement Tapes, prowling his Woodstock home with a shotgun while fans creepy-crawl across the roof? Either way this is a stark postcard from the void and won?t stick around for long. Recommended.

Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet
Popeth

Glistening Examples No Cat

LP
£18.99


Edition of 400 copies LP from two masters of tectonic psycho-acoustics: this is a highly anticipated summit and doesn’t disappoint. Both Dilloway and Lescalleet are adepts at foundation quaking sonics but both marry their structural tectonics to invasive, psychologically eviscerating subliminals and the combination is spectacularly powerful, with a throbbing/fluxing hollowed-out drone core sending and receiving coded shortwave blats of information-thick static while the whole thing regurgitates itself again and again, generating a Moebius strip –like singularity that moves through endless re-statements of itself. This is the most haunted set from the duo yet, with an eerie depth of scale populated by wraiths and ghost tones over which some truly savage and bodily invasive electronics pulse like alarm codes. The production is especially dizzying, the way the sounds are set deep within the tracks, touching on Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson’s production work with Coil, complete with uncanny EVP-style vocal manifestations and the kind of paranoiac/Berlin bunker atmosphere that is pure Conrad Schnitzler. But it’s not all occult soundings; Popeth presents some of the duo’s most get-down fucked up riff-based synth punk anthems to date, channelling the second Suicide album as re-thunk by Maryanne Amacher and Klaus Dinger. Classic electro-threat in true circuit-shredding style, pressed on 150g vinyl, highly recommended. 

Akira Sakata/Giovanni Di Domenico
Iruman

Mbari Musica Mbari-21

CD
£8.99


Stunning studio set from this legendary Japanese free jazz saxophonist in the company of pianist Giovanni Di Domenico: Sakata plays alto sax, clarinet, bells and shakers and he sings in a spontaneous old man of the mountains/crazy wisdom style. This is a blazing set w/a heady diamond-sharp, questing appeal. Akira Sakata has long been one of the key players on the Japanese free jazz underground, playing as a part of Yamashita Yosuke’s trio and forging alliances with players like Peter Brotzmann and Sonny Sharrock, who he played with as part of Last Exit, as well as noise groups like Hijokaidan. When he’s blasting on all cylinders he has all the emotive power of a David S. Ware or a Peter Brotzmann, but he’s just as likely to get down with the weird, sinuous melodic lines of a Dolphy or a Lacy. Di Domenico is a stunning foil, sometimes extrapolating Sakata’s lines, other times creating weird, dunting bass counterpoints, worrying over great boulders of bottom end w/all the deliberately inchoate tactile doofs of a Dumitrescu before devolving in light, skipping patterns and flighty, extended runs. The atmosphere shunts from gregarious power visions of the sound of now through quizzical, haiku-like asides out into pure meat joy song-forms, making this one of the premier duo exchange’s of recent years. A stand-out set, very highly recommended!

Alicia Bay Laurel
Music From "Living On The Earth"

Em Records EM-1047

CD
£4.99


Japan's Em Records presents 2000 recordings of hippie folk psych songs written by Alicia Bay Laurel, the author of the classic back-to-the-earth manual "Living On The Earth". Laurel was a one-time student of John Fahey and her playing here inhabits the kinda parallel candyfloss world so beautifully documented by the recent Ladies Of The Canyon set with great, goofy hippy themes, a naive UK-inflected take on loner folk and shot of real-people verité - "I'm a city girl just learning to listen to plants." Another swell time capsule from the always-intriguing Em records.

Andwellas Dream
Love And Poetry

Light Flash 003

LP
£16.99


First ever legit vinyl reissue of this UK/Northern Ireland underground monster released by CBS in 1969. Sound is excellent and the bent of the music is a raging technicolour melange of pop-art action, thudding prog/power riffage and dosed acoustic poofery that works the nexus of eye-wateringly beautiful UK freak modes like nothing else. Should appeal to fans of weighty UK thug punkers like Dark, Wicked Lady, Jessie Harper et al. Exact reissue with laminated sleeve. Highly recommended.

Aster
s/t

Rel Records REL-016

one-sided LP
£6.99


First in a series of live documents from Rel Records with the duo of Eli Keszler and Ashley Paul recorded live at Great Scott in Boston in May 2009. Released in a hand-numbered run of 135 copies and packaged with the usual stunning attention to detail we’ve come to expect from Eli/Rel, the set sees the duo apply drums, cymbals, alto saxophone, guitar, ‘green box’, banjo and bow to a series of instant settings that exist somewhere between The Revolutionary Ensemble, Iancu Dumitrescu and Einsturzende Neubauten. The compositions are complex, string and percussion heavy, generating bisecting lines of breath and collapsing rhythms that have a stately grandeur and an industrial weight while confusing sound art and avant composition with raw free jazz. Still the most thrilling inheritors of the whole underground/outside ESP-Disk aesthetic currently active. 

Astral Social Club
Glamanimals

Astral Social Club No Cat

CD-R
£3.99


New 23 minute ‘digital single’ from Neil Campbell’s ASC project: the title points to the kind of electro-glam visions of the recent ASC jams, but here it’s more like early Aphex Twin plays “Teenage Rampage”, with stomping rhythms dissolved into hazy tonal glitterballs and an almost Kraftwerk-ian feel for motorik visions of extended European space. The perfect 2am stone. 

Ax
Metal Forest

Cold Spring Records CSR-167

CD
£9.99


Necessary culling/upgrading of a bunch of tracks from the mid-90s by this major UK underground outfit, the brainchild of Anthony Di Franco of Ramleh/JFK/Skullflower et al: Voyages presents devastatingly re-mastered tracks from OOP releases like 1997’s Astronomy, 1994’s Nova Feedback and 1995’s Ax II. Ax’s sound was extremely prescient, somehow tying together the kind of endlessly postponed cathartic metal of SunnO))) with thudding fists of electricity and bass heavy boombastics, birthing a thug-punk take on Butthole Surfers-play-Suicide that would appeal to fans of the most esoteric Zaimph sides as much as the early Zos Kia rituals. And the material has never sounded better, benefiting from a clarity and punch that is truly ear-lacerating.

Blank Dogs
On Two Sides

Troubleman TMU-196

LP
£4.99


Excellent LP by this mysterious one-man NYC outfit. The sound is extremely DIY/Messthetics reverent, with a primitive new wave attack that would reconcile 70s/80s future shock ala the first Chrome album with angsty melodies, vocal F/X, a nicely smudged production style, Minimal Man-style apocalyptic keyboards and song structures that reflect on the whole NZ/Flying Nun school of garage/bedroom wows, ending up sounding like a more synth/drum machine deformed version of Luxurious Bags. If you dig Woods/Hospitals/Sic Alps/Eat Skull et al then dig this.

Blank Dogs
Phrases

Captured Tracks CT-50

12” EP
£3.99


New four track EP from Mike Sniper with a heavy UK new wave/Joy Division vibe and a hazy dreamtone production style.

Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink
Tschus

Cien Fuegos CF-002

LP
£18.99


Another massively necessary high quality reissue of primo Peter Brotzmann material, this time 1975’s classic Tschus. Here Brotzmann switches between clarinet, alto, tenor and bass sax and vocals while Fred Van Hove is on piano and accordion and Han Bennink uses drums, cymbals, accordion, clarinets, floors, walls, megaphones etc. It’s a ferociously inventive set, a tour-de-force of the boundless possibilities of free improvisation rescued from the hands of musical conservatives, moving from vamping/rasping runs through triumphal brass work through rusty, proto-Industrial free form blow-outs. Simply fantastic, on 180g vinyl in a limited pressing and with gorgeous high-quality sleeves. Highly recommended.  

Co., Inc.
Nerve Pluck Game

Sdn Rex 05

CD-R
£1.99


“Switched-out surge-and-spike, drum-and-treble, thrum-and-tremble from Co., Inc. (Jon Chapman: ex-Double Leopards, Rory Storm and the Invaders, Ray Off, Sinking Infinities). Unvarnished digital and vintage analog constructs: solo improv dissected and interleaved upon solo improv; all hard-/ no soft-ware. Covers hand-built of cotton rag matboard and gummed linen tape, with woodcut-printed titles, and artwork of shaved willow charcoal and archival book-repair tape. Numbered edition of 100.” – CI.

Crazy Dreams Band
s/t

Holy Mountain No Cat

LP
£6.99


Classic Americana underground rock moves from a new Baltimore-based project that features Lexie Mountain on vocals alongside Nate Nelson of Religious Knives/Mouthus, Nick Becker, Jake Freeman and Chiara Giovando. The sound is kinda like Royal Trux at their most FM-radio relevant, with huge blats of melodic moog defining the foreground while Lexie pulls out her best Jennifer Herema/Janis Joplin stylings (with occasional Meredith Monk-styled detours) and the songs work from a raggedy Suicide/Springsteen/Flesheaters/The Band base that would combine classic, iconoclastic melodies with weirdly deformed two-note keyboard drones and a fried hayseed basement style that is supremely beguiling. Can’t think of a recent release that so beautifully walks the line between classic rock and cultic underground confusion.

Damon & Naomi
Within These Walls

20 20 20 #05

CD
£3.99


New album from Damon & Naomi, still one of the last beacons of classic song-craft left with a parallel connection to left-field sound. This one features contributions from guitarist Michio Kurihara (Ghost/White Heaven/Ai Aso et al), Bhob Rainey of Nmperign and Helena Espvall of Espers. There is a sustained lonesome mood to the entire album that references the kind of cigarette box apocalypse style of Leonard Cohen as well as the elegiac folk-rock modes of Sandy Denny and the songwriting is as literate as it is inspired with some of the duo's most affecting compositions snuggled up in weeping strings and batteries of psychedelic guitar.

Dancing Cigarettes
1980-1981: The Gulcher Recordings

Gulcher 410

CD
£2.99


Retrospective collection of early murk from these Bloomington, Indianan-based avant/wavers who crossed MX-80 styled skronk with metalloid Beefheart moves, angular brain-tugging dynamics and weirdly truncated pop hooks. At points this sounds like a less extended Simply Saucer with a penchant for conceptual hi-jinks and English art-wave groups like Wire. Which means they could almost be The Girls. CD gathers the contents of their Gulcher EP from 1981 as well as a track from the Red Snerts compilation, EP out-takes and live recordings from 1981. Another worthwhile chapter in Gulcher’s on-going attempt to document the wackier fringes of Bloomington’s underground music scene.

Darren Tate
Close Timid Night

Fungal 045

CD
£8.99


Excellent set of slow motion field recordings and minimal keyboard melodies from Darren Tate of Ora, Andrew Chalk fame etc. Here Tate combines field recordings of fireworks exploding in deep wells of silence with odd nocturnal atmospherics and minimal, almost childlike keyboard melodies, generating a confusing mood of melancholy memorial and empty celebration. A powerful work from Darren and one of his most immersive recordings to date.

Docteur Lamort
Brain Drain Vol. 1

Standard In-Fi Std In-Fi-07

LP
£21.99


Edition of only 100 copies LP with spray-painted and silkscreened sleeves that gathers a bunch of stray recordings from this shadowy Japan-based kosmische cosmonaut: Docteur Lamort plays day-glo Industrial keyboard monoliths that cross Magical Power Mako, early James Ferraro, CCCC and Conrad Schnitzler. Using sudden spurts of sped up tape, fuzz, percussive tectonics and wonked melodies, the Docteur brings the UFO to land with bonging electro percussion and fuzz-warped oracular vocal entreaties while re-cycling loops of 80s pop debris and advertising jingles as dark tunnels to the past and future with alla the sonic sleight of hand of a Chuck Persons while the levels of pugilistic electronics and choral power drones matches Consumer Electronics if they had a thing for Silence-era ‘weight’. Totally singular, a massively psychedelic side, very limited supply, highly recommended. 

El-G & Duncan
s/t

Rural Faune No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


Edition of 64 copies. New work from these excellent European baroque/psych surrealists with guest appearances from Duncan Pinhas, Phil Todd of Ashtray Navigations and Steve Warwick of Birds Of Delay.

Ellen Fullman/Konrad Sprenger
Ort

Choose Records Choose-002

LP
£16.99


Necessary vinyl edition of this remarkable setting of traditional songs and drone-damaged explorations from long-string minimalist Ellen Fullman and Konrad Sprenger: Ort activates the drone at the heart of the darkest country blues, making overt the black reflective mirror deep in the soul of classic tracks like AP Carter’s murder ballad “John Hardy” and Woody Guthrie’s heartsore “I Ain’t Got No Home”, with inspired eternal music settings going up against Fullman’s talk-singing vocals, coming over as somewhere between Pelt, Patti Smith’s Horses, the first Velvet Underground LP and the endless, open American spaces of the music of John Fahey and Tony Conrad. Peerless modern American Primitive soundings with long string drawn straight from the void. This is an amazing record and comes very highly recommended!

Foldhead
Drugs Paint Alcohol

Music Mundane No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


New 40 minute collection on Neil Campbell’s own label of recent private tapes from Paul ‘Nonnen’ Walsh, one half of legendary UK underground actionists Smell & Quim. Minimal tape work, primitive concrete accumulations of cut and splice electronics, digital processing of rhythms and huge shadow-forms, dark monolithic drones: this one exists on the cusp of basement noise and 20th century avant garde composition as previously hinted at by Dylan Nyoukis and Blood Stereo while expanding it with a glossier, hyper-digital patina.

Free Kitten
Inherit

Ecstatic Peace E#22c

CD
£1.00


New set of basement-brut jams and dreamtime pop/rock moves from this trio that features Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, Julia Cafritz (Pussy Galore/STP et al) and Yoshimi (Boredoms) alongside guest drums and guitar from J. Mascis.

Grouper
A I A: Dream Loss

Yellow Electric GR-006A

LP
£16.99


2012 repress of two stunning new limited edition LPs, simultaneously released by Liz Harris of Grouper on her own private press imprint: We’ve been championing Liz’s work at VT since 2005, back when we made her first album, Way Their Crept, Tip Of The Tongue but in many ways these two new LPs represent the apex of her catalogue to date. The first, Dream Loss, consist of older songs written and recorded by Liz “before a hard time”. The second volume, Alien Observer, is made of recordings from after that time and she talks of both of them being “satellites in the same system” that “explore otherness. Being an other to one's own self, to other humans; ghosts and aliens, both literal and metaphorical; and other worlds to escape to (beneath the water, in the sky). Thinking about people who have died.” Dream Loss is absolutely gorgeous, with Liz’s voice carried away on endless waves of bubbling fuzz and reverb before disappearing in soft pink trails over the horizon. The guitar playing is still hugely NZ-reverent, conjuring the edge of the world sound of the first generation of New Zealand drone experimenters while cutting their austere planetary-scale explorations with choral female vocals and dissolving-in-space psych/folk melodies that could almost be Linda Perhacs. The effect is hugely narcotic, generating a feel of weightless reverie that is truly euphoric. Some of the guitar playing, the way the strings moves in arcs of barely-stated classical melody while retaining a primitive DIY garage edge, reminds me of nothings so much as the first Flying Saucer Attack recordings especially their classic “The Season Is Ours”. The second LP, Alien Observer, with its cover art featuring black and white galaxies spiralling into the void, is more classically psychedelic, with a muzzy dreamtone sound that combines the cosmo-liturgical appeal of Popol Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel with huge blooms of reverb that unfold from the tracks like mandalas in slow motion, vocals that blur into endless afterimages of themselves and an approach to the ritual use of F/X that is almost PSF in its exaggerated effect. You could live in these beautiful recordings forever, the perfect hallucinatory rendering of endless female vox, dissolving guitars and slowly rotating galaxies of sound. Space, as they say, is deep. Both albums are already completely out of print. Highly recommended!

Heavy Seals
Jazz Bust

Troniks TRO-198

CD
£1.99


Trashed electronic improvisations that are as squelchy as your average jazz journalist’s egg-soft brain from the duo of John Wiese (Sissy Spacek) and Brace Paine (Die Monitr Bats/The Gossip). Harsh fusillades of metal-on-metal give way to more evocatively charged deep-field hallucinations and some pun-as-fuck industrial pile-ups. 11 tracks in seven minutes, six panel colour artwork in jewel case.

Hush Arbors
Live, Heeley Institute, Sheffield, England

Blackest Rainbow/Hush Arbors No Cat/No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


Limited edition live album (numbered run of 101 copies) from Keith Wood's (Sunburned Hand Of The Man/Six Organs Of Admittance et al) solo acid folk project, already sold out at source.

Imaginational Anthem
Imaginational Anthem 2

Tompkins Square TSQ-1424

CD
£2.99


Follow-up to the first volume of this on-going series that joins the dots between an earlier generation of American Primitive guitarists and contemporary intuitive sound-as-thought players. Once again Jack Rose is featured (with an absolutely gorgeous 6 string re-think of "Cross The North Fork 2") but every other player puts in a first-time appearance on this volume. The inclusion of Christina Carter is a particularly inspired move and one that speaks of the liberated range of the series in general and her track is a beauty, a stubby acoustic guitar miniature. Nice cover snap too. Other tracks include a particularly mesmeric recording from UK guitarist James Blackshaw and contributions from Peter Lang, Jesse Sparhawk, Michael Chapman, Sean Smith, Fred Gerlach, Billy Faier, Sharron Kraus, Robbie Basho and...uh...Jose Gonzalez. Another rich, far-sighted assortment from this great label.

Judee Sill
s/t

Water 958

CD
£6.99


Sill was a star-crossed singer-songwriter who signed to David Geffen's Asylum imprint in the early-70s, taking her place alongside artists like Joni Mitchell and others associated with the 'Laurel Canyon sound'. A habitual heroin user and one-time prostitute, Sill combined the broken bones of a life led on the lamb with a beatific, otherworldly air, both of which lent her music a desperate religious intensity. During her lifetime she only released two official albums - 1971's Judee Sill and '72's Heartfood - before disappearing underground, eventually succumbing to a heroin overdose at the age of 35 in 1979. This new reissue, packaged in a heavy card gatefold sleeve, restores her first 1971 album, an atmospheric assemblage of songs of redemption, despair and Christological mystery and features the classic "Jesus Was A Crossmaker". Limited edition of 2500 copies. Recommended.

Keith Rowe/Graham Lambkin
Making A

Erstwhile 067

CD
£8.99


Great meeting of minds between Keith Rowe of AMM and Graham Lambkin of The Shadow Ring: two generations of highly personal English experimental soundings recorded live at Empty Stage Studios, Poughkeepsie, NY in Januray of 2013. Lambkin uses contact mics, objects and room sound while Rowe uses contact mic, objects and field recordings. The atmosphere comes over like a more ‘ambient’ take on the classic AMM heavy-Rowe date, It Had Been An Ordinary Enough Day In Pueblo, Colorado, with the sound of the room amplified to the point of submarine bells and with radio broadcasts, shortwave static and the sound of microphones eating the air. Making A kind of exists in the same hybrid zone as the Organum/Ora/Chalk/Tate/Potter UK underground workings, with one foot in early sound art/free improvisation and another in usurping tape and homemade DIY strategies. But there’s darker, less ‘organic’ feel to the way the two work in concert, bolstering paranoiac drone work with moments of tactile spuzz that could almost be a cold war Small Cruel Party. Excellent.

Kevin Aprill
Sunset On An Imaginary Beach Of Latent Energy

Del Val DV-11

LP
£29.99


Staggering reissue/rediscovery of what existed only as a single-copy acetate cut in New Jersey in 1971: this discovery was so momentous that it brought the legendary Del Val label out of hibernation after 10 years (they were the first to reissue The Bachs’ sainted Out Of The Bachs in 1992) in order to make it public. It’s a revelation. Aprill was a massively bombed-out American Primitive guitarist with a vision of the sound of the cosmos and this revelatory album combines aching acoustic guitar laments with the most fucked-up drone/sound environments ever to make it out of the real people 1970s void. Aprill and partner Mary Parshelunis use vocals, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and kazoo – albeit kazoo soaked in OTT psychedelic F/X. The first side is epic, three guitar soli excursions that match Fahey’s Days Have Gone By in terms of temporal dislocation w/heady use of F/X. But it’s the b-side that will truly blow your mind. It starts off with an insane improvisation for solo dulcimer before dropping into an almost side-long suite called “On Tour Of The Solar System” that breaks down into three ‘movements’; “Plutonian Airwaves”/Improvization Upon A Traditional Martian Scale/Rocket Waves”. You never heard such sounds: the wailing echoed kazoo is equal parts Cherry Blossoms and Richard Youngs circa New Angloid Sound while the combination of harsh noise, wowing drone work and tactile fuzz-damaged folk/punk brut somehow reconciles the communal improvisatory appeal of Taj Mahal Travellers and CCCC with a homemade UK underground/DIY ethos (think the whole Bower/Campbell/Youngs orbit) and some massively crude would-be-concrete Industrial improvisations. Just incredible. Indeed, Sunset... pretty much encompasses alla the historical strands of the Fahey back catalogue in one goddamn session. The sleeve art is just gravy too, with titles written in pen and a beautiful reproduction of the original sleeve, complete with tears and tape markings. Amazing that at this stage of the game something so completely unparalleled can still be uncovered. Wow – very highly recommended!

Kevin Drumm
Imperial Horizon

Hospital Productions No Cat

CD
£3.99


“Imperial Horizon by Kevin Drumm is a further examination into sustained tone as most recently heard on his previous Hospital Productions benchmark album, Imperial Distortion, stretching out minimalism to unreached heights of serene ambient. Lulling electronic drones slowly transform over the course of the hour plus piece in constant flux, echoing both an existential terror and Zen calm. Mutations grow so quietly only the body opens to identify this change while the mind closes. The ephemeral and seeming lightness of the tones hang with taut balance in contrast to the method in which they are overlapped and rotated with deadly weight. How wildly divergent emotions rise, hover, and fall using so little is a mystery that only Kevin Drumm can provide. While you may not find an answer, you can certainly get lost in the question.” – HP.

Kommissar Hjuler und Frau
Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm

Feeding Tube Records FTR-043

LP
£14.99


Kommissar Hjuler and his Frau, Mama Baer, have single-handedly reinvented sound poetry with a wild performative style that confuses arguments, vocal hysteria, power politics, goof-offs, Zappa covers and generally disobedient art while minting a style of vocal performance that is totally unique. Been looking forward to this particular release for some time, described by the duo as a series of folk tales from the Brothers Grimm re-worked in a way that is “not suitable for children”! But really, I gotta say, this might just be the best thing they have ever recorded, eclipsing even their amazing Ultra Eczema album. Their approach ranges across a bunch of styles. There’s the wild argumentative attack w/Mama weeping and singing while Kommissar shouts and howls in the background, the minimal almost Rev/Vega or even Meredith Monk approach with tense vocal atmospherics over a minimal, repetitive pulse, hypnotic sequences of breath and broken guitars and even some wild post-Junko eviscerations of lung power. In some ways it’s their most ‘musical’ release to date but it’s also completely fucked, especially when Mama Baer starts singing children’s nursery rhymes and blowing folk primitive melodies to shreds with alla the atomic power of the late Donald Ayler. Seriously, an amazing side by two of the freest spirits in the underground. Great sleeve art too, hand-numbered edition of only 200 copies. Another candidate for record of the year! Highly recommended. 

Mad Nanna
In Glasgow/At Volcanic Tongue

Golden Lab Records ROWF-39

LP
£18.99


Long-anticipated document of what was hands-down the greatest live event we ever hosted at our old physical space, Mad Nanna’s gravity defying celebration of profoundly affecting, nod-out gorgeous, teetering on total collapse, wiped-out post Velvets joy shapes: this (almost literally) staggering LP comes in an edition of 250 copies and sold out immediately, with VT bagging the last remaining copies anywhere. The recording was captured on a classic 1980s boombox and the feel is just spectacularly warm and dosed. In Glasgow catches the drumless/twin guitar line-up of Michael Zulicki and Pat O’Brien at an incredible apex, beatifically tripping on massively extended versions of already-classic material. Zulicki delivers his vocals with alla the wasted elan of a Michael Morley/Dead C, wrapping his lips all the way around the songs and singing and sighing rapturously to himself while he plays the most incredible one chord songs that seem like the ultimate DIY/post-Velvets realisation of avant-garage perfection. O’Brien’s guitar playing is just as incredible, with incredibly zonked single note solos that cohere from almost stupefyingly out navigations of post-Jandek time/space. It’s hard to convey just how magical this set is, a true alchemical working with the simplest of ingredients somehow extrapolated to the point of instant satori. Constantly teetering on total fall-apart collapse, the songs tipple on the very lip of the void, while hanging together like the greatest slow motion pop hook of your life. If you weren’t there – and take it from me, on the night there was barely a dry eye in the house – then this is the next best thing to the greatest concert of your lifetime, an incredible, celebratory, life-affirming stumble through the kind of wild, left-field blurt previously the domain of Jandek, The Dead C, The Shadow Ring, Department Store Santas et al. Features the ultimate readings of “Little Flowers”, “Deck Song”, “My Two Kids”, “I’m Not Coming” and “The Nectarine Tree”. Album of the goddamn year, obviously, and one of VT’s proudest moments preserved forever on 140g wax. Highest possible recommendation? Damn straight. This is the true sound of confusion. 

Manfred Schoof
European Echoes

Cien Fuegos CF-008

LP
£18.99


Anyone looking to isolate the exact moment that the German free music scene was born would do well to track the fall-out from the explosive interaction between the Cologne-based musicians centred around Schlippenbach and trumpeter and composer Manfred Schoof and  the ‘Wuppertalers’, Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald and Swedish drummer Sven Åke Johansson. The Schoof group had started out playing be-bop in the early-60s but under the influence of the New Thing then taking off in the States they began to integrate the type of elastic structures that encouraged improvisation without the use of chords or traditional changes, an approach they had first been introduced to while working with bandleader and European free music catalyst Gunter Hampel. An ear-peeling encounter with Brötzmann’s beautifully unequivocal free jazz trio in the mid-60s was all that it took to loose the mental shackles completely. European Echoes tracks the fall-out, a signal album in so many ways, being the first release on FMP as well as the first major summit between the ‘Wuppertalers’, the more established Schlippenbach and Schoof and the new UK school via Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and Paul Rutherford. Throw Enrico Rava, Hugh Steinmetz, Gred Dudek, Fred Van Hove, Irene Schweizer, Arjen Gorter, Buschi Niebergall, Han Bennink and Pierre Favre into the mix and you have one of the most tempestuous meetings of post-Ascension free-thinking human beings. A phenomenal, volatile side, finally restored to heavy-duty 180g vinyl. Highly recommended.

Merzbow
Nezumimochi

Cold Spring Records CSR-200P

Pic Disc LP + CD
£18.99


The 200th release from Cold Spring and one of the absolute highlights of recent work from Masami Akita aka Merzbow in an edition of 500 copies: Nezumimochi presents a picture disc vinyl and CD, both of which have different material, and that touches on late period Whitehouse, wretched Industrial takes on the motorik of Giorgio Moroder and the austere non-music of prime Conrad Schnitzler, all given a flamethrower production. Some of the densest/deepest ‘noise’ from Akita this side of the amazing Noisembryo here, with sudden drop cuts to pure hissing static, loops of lung-shredding vocal and a massively hypnotic, technicolour atmosphere. Some of the more minimal passages are as body invasive and brain tangling as Maryanne Amacher’s third ear soundings. A signal release from Merzbow, very highly recommended!

Merzbow/Sutcliffe Jugend/Satori
Split

Cold Spring Records CSR-102

CD
£3.99


New three-way split between a bunch of premier-league post-Industrial noise outfits, with a monolithic 14 minute track from Masami Akita’s Merzbow paired with “Pigmother” from Sutcliffe Jugend and “Paralysis (Hypnopompic Mix)” from Satori. Released on the occasion of the Merzbow, Sutcliffe Jügend and Satori gig at ULU, London, 19th April 2008. Edition of 1000 copies.

Moniek Darge
Crete Soundies

Kye 06

CD
£2.99


Atmospheric new collection of field recordings, installations and area sonorities from Moniek Darge, all captured on the island of Crete and released by Graham Lambkin: "Kye is pleased to announce the release of Crete Soundies, the major new work by Moniek Darge, and the follow-up to last years Soundies (1980-2001) CD. Crete Soundies presents three new pieces -- Magnesia (2006), Anemos (2007) and East Crete (2008-2009). These works were born from two years of Levka Ori sound research, and an additional year in east Crete in collaboration with fellow sound artist Francoise Vanhecke. Moniek Darge was born in Bruges, 1952 and studied music theory and violin at the Music Conservatory of Bruges, painting at the Ghent Royal Academy of Fine Arts; Art History, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. She is active as composer, violinist, performer and audio artist and has built light and soundsculptures, installations, musical instruments and for many years has been constructing a series of alternative music boxes, with which she also performs. Darge has specialised in both soundscapes and live-art performances in which visual and musical aspects are combined and in interactional improvisation on violin. Since 1970 she has performed around the world and has been active on stage, first with the Logos Ensemble, then with Logos Duo (together with Godfired-Willem Raes), and more recently with the M&M robot ensemble. She also founded Logos Women, a small group specialised in intermedia improvisations performing their own compositions for various instruments, voices and music boxes. Crete Soundies comes housed in 6-panel digipak, in an edition of 500, and is released with the support of the Flemish Government." - KYE.

My Cat Is An Alien
Alien Blood

Opax Records OPX-030A

Art Edition LP
£18.99


Beautiful liminal soundtrack work from the Opalio brothers, originally scored to accompany Roberto Opalio’s Alien Blood film that was shown as part of the Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix museum exhibition in an art edition of only 220 copies: a heady, nocturnal trip from MCIAA with distant pin-pricks of light singing beyond the horizon like orchestras of tiny angelic insects. Very minimal weeping single note guitar reveries that come over like an emotionally catatonic Loren Connors give way to choruses of shimmering cymbal work and subtle almost-Nurse With Wound style automating small instrument sci-fi. The piece builds and expands with smaller gestures and F/X modulated percussive tattoos giving it the feel of a Harry Partch or Harry Bertoia sound sculpture, slowly spinning in space, as single notes flicker like lonely satellites and bright constellations pulse in the mouth of soft, droning tunnels of heavenly reverb. One of the most eerily beautiful MCIAA releases in art paper sleeves with paste on art and insert. Comes with a download, recommended. 

My Cat Is An Alien & Cedric Stevens
Abstract Expressionism For The Ears

Opax Records OPX-037

3xLP
£23.99


Massive return for the Opalio brothers aka My Cat Is An Alien in the company of Belgian electronic composer Cedric Stevens in an edition of 300 copies: recorded in Brussels last February during a MCIAA residency, Abstract Expressionism... covers an ear-boggling amount of ground. Stevens worked under the name Acid Kirk and has recently collaborated with Fennesz and here the trio use vocals, alientronics, pedal F/X, piano, self-made instruments, real-time loops, electric guitar, analogue synth and mini moog to generate subtly blooming tone fields that build to the kind of beautifully vibrating monoliths that would reconcile the percussive American fantasias of Harry Partch and Moondog with the gravity devouring industrial force of Kluster. Repeating tones give the set the feel of a heady modern minimalist working but with a klanging Neubauten edge, with ringing tones and voids of blistering feedback suspended over deep pools of pitch black electricity. Long, multi-movement tracks allow for full tonal immersion. Set the controls for the heart of the sun! Highly recommended. 

My Cat Is An Alien/Pesterepeller
Solar Anarchy/As Wolf

A Silent Place ASP-31

Pic Disc LP
£10.99


Beautiful split pic disc with a side from the Opalio Brothers balanced with a massive trio blow-out from a new group featuring Savage Pencil (aka Sav X/Edwin Pouncey), all VT copies signed by Sav X while stocks last: Solar Anarchy is a hazy drone/dream realised live in the MCIAA studio while Pesterepeller bring the Oms with a line-up that features Edwin Pouncey (Art Attacks/Kray Cherubs et al) alongside Harley Richardson and moogist/organist Ed Pinsent, recorded at Toby Robinson’s (Unknown Deutschland/Fushitsusha/Stockhausen/Ash Ra et al) famous Moat Studios. 

Noise Nomads
s/t

Ultra Eczema #81

LP
£10.99


“The first time I've met Jeff Hartford aka moose jaw aka NOISE NOMADS was around 4 years ago in providence, a tense looking bear putting a mic in front of a amp, leaving the audience alone with a whale of feedback, pretty pretty pretty confused!! He walks out after kranking open the amp, a minute later a giant REAL Christmas tree walks thru the audience trying to find the way back to the amp, kicking people over, I guess this show was right after Christmas time and Jeff found it somewhere or he stared at a young kid that was about to decorate it. I was very impressed by his show, both sound and performance wise, there was a seriously intense vibe there, felt like he could snap at any given moment and squeeze you to death with a Christmas tree.. Noise Nomads' live sets are always strange, confusing and amazing, an amp iiiiiiiiiiiiiii-ing while the man goes running around the block, a mountain of amps that start talking after he picked a fight with them, a sludgier drummer does not exist. It was definitely not the last time the man amazed me, his duo set with PAUL FLAHERTY (which is released on American Tapes), the loner car rides I shared with him to his area in the valleys of Northampton, his amazing monthly zines and tapes, his drumming with grey skull, his drawings etc.. It's a total psycho package; everything is there; visuals, sounds and a great dude! The first side of this record was recorded a bunch of years ago and is just voice and tascam! An amazing swollen beast of sound poetry, gargling waanzin, and muffled barking! The b side is the same dude a few years later on his knees in my living room screaming thru a bass drum and a contact mic attached to a bunch of pedals, harsher than a prison full of parrots to be released! There should be more paintings like Kim Gordon's NOISE NOMADS!!!  Limited to 300 copies” – DT.

Nothing People
Soft Crash

S-S Records SS-047

LP
£2.99


More beautifully weird post-Velvets sci-fi new wave from this west coast group that combine paranoid electricity and a pre-punk glam kick that’s as crude as Victoria Vein & The Thunderpunks. There’s a newly evolved pop sensibility on Soft Crash that comes through on the best tracks, like the garage swagger of “Marilyn’s Grave” or “Friend Or Foe”, a track that has alla the amplified menace of the crudest Stooges rehearsal tape. No one does the sound of the American night like Nothing People.

Ora Iso
Bathcat

Ba Da Bing Records Bing-101

LP
£10.99


Killer set of beatbox damaged No Wave destructo rock and feedback soaked reverie: Ora Iso is the Malaysian-born, recent transplant to New York via Australia, Kathleen Malay alongside Jason Kudo, guitarist with VT faves Modra, working with Lary Seven, a fixture of the NY underground since the 1970s who has worked with Tony Conrad, Jarboe and Foetus. Bathcat marries Malay’s haunting vocals with the kinda guitar savagery that would reconcile the jacknife/flamethrower style of Rallizes at their most garage band relentless with the kind of no-technique Hendrix-isms of a Bruce Russell and Michael Morley. Indeed, Ora Iso seem to be channelling a similar kind of devolved electro rock violence as Ut or Jacqui Ham’s Dial, combining pugilistic rhythm programs with moments of barbaric string wail and dark vocal hymnals and nursery rhyme melodies, tying up Chrome and Minimal Man while making with the kind of dramatic reverb/fuzz damaged song work that you could almost imagine Meat Whiplash channelling if they had a bit more New York muscle. But it’s the guitars and the staggered rhythms that really do it, endless single note shots that peel the patina from the sky and that wrap the songs in complex webs of pure scorch. A massive side from this group, convincingly taking the whole No Wave blueprint somewhere else entirely. Comes with a download. Highly recommended.

Paul Dunmall/Chris Corsano
Identical Sunsets

ESP Disk 4058

LP
£10.99


Raging free jazz duo blat from saxophonist Paul Dunmall (here doubling on border pipes) and drummer Chris Corsano, marking Corsano’s first –fated! - appearance on ESP Disk. Following in the tradition of ESP’s first classic free jazz run, Identical Sunsets is an ass-blasting high energy side. The title track is a particular monster, with Dunmall’s ululating border pipes conjuring the ghost of Albert Ayler’s bagpipes with psychedelic overtones and raw folk passion. Corsano is, of course, amazing. One of the first releases from the revived ESP Disk that feels worthy of the label. Highly recommended. 

Paul Flaherty/Thurston Moore/Bill Nace
s/t

Ecstatic Peace E#21e

CD
£2.99


Torrential three way free jazz/rock pile-up that tracks all the way back to Thurston’s epochal Barefoot In The Head date with Sauter and Dietrich while instant-visioning the future via minimal, psychedelic interventions, classic Sonic Youth-sounding guitar clank and explosive sax/string bulldozing. Some of the playing here is straight-up gorgeous, with the way the group build luminous form from a bed of hovering guitars and Flaherty’s bold tenor sax form sounding like a classic late-Coltrane take on devotional hymn forms. Bill Nace (Vampire Belt/Northampton Wools et al) and Thurston’s guitars are often indistinguishable, with Nace’s up-close modified guitar style pulling Thurston into gravities of microtonal detail and subtle textural invention while Flaherty takes the lead and just bleeds all over the goddamn room. A fantastic set, way more than a mere jam, and one that feels sourced from deep inside the classic free jazz tradition. Recommended.

Peter Brotzmann
Solo + Trio Roma

Victo #122/123

2xCD
£16.99


Stunning double CD set that presents phenomenally powerful solo and trio live blow-outs from the Wildman of European free improvisation: both sets were recorded on consecutive days at the Victoriaville fest in 2011. The solo set is just gorgeous, re-connecting Brotzmann’s thunderous saxophone style with the heart of the jazz tradition, moving from a glorious, weeping reading of “Never Too Late But Always Too Early” through to “Frames Of Motion” which features a lift from Harry Barris’s “I Surrender Dear” and a stunning rendition of Ornette Coleman’s classic “Lonely Woman”. It’s a true tour-de-force, by turns achingly emotional and explosively exhilarating. But it’s the second set that really seals the deal. Here he’s paired with two-thirds of the Hairy Bones quartet, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and electric bassist Massimo Pupillo. Pupillo is on absolutely devastating form, propelling the group through a single seventy minute piece that barely relents, riding metal crescendos with alla the bombast and psychedelic steel of prime Fushitsusha. Brotzmann is absolutely in his element, riding the torrential percussive waves with a mile-wide tone and some of his most raucous and soulful testifying. Indeed this even outdoes the Last Exit live jams in terms of the ultimate marriage of ferocious free rock and wild fire music stylings, even outgunning The Blue Humans in terms of maximum velocity freedom. If you’ve ever dreamt of Peter Brotzmann fronting Fushitsusha (and who hasn’t?!) then this is pretty much your dream date. At 71 years old Brotzmann has never sounded better and is making some of the most radical and sublime music of his lifetime. Can’t possibly recommend this mind-blowing set enough, truly has to be heard to be believed!

Quasispecies Four
s/t

Art Into Life 010

Art Edition LP
£16.99


Beautifully presented art edition LP in a run of only 250 copies that documents a killer Japanese underground quartet featuring Toshiji Mikawa of Incapacitants/Hijokaidan on electronics, Hideaki Shimada of the amazing Agencement on violin and electronics, Nobuo Yamada (TNB collaborator et al) on metal junk objects and Katsuyoshi Kou on guitar and electronics. This fascinating set spans and reconciles a bunch of disparate approaches, with almost New Blockaders-scale electro/acoustic confusion and a wild/blunt interactive style breaking down into the kind of elemental post-AMM/MEV sound summits of East Bionic Symphonia. Mikawa’s no-stop electro assault comes straight out of the Masayuki Takayanagi school of Mass Projection and the addition of Kou on guitar pushes the whole deal into the kind of bulldozing speed freak zone of Takayanagi’s New Direction Unit while giving the nod to massive table-top sides like Live At Zojoji Hall. Indeed, this comes over like the best melding of psychedelic noise, radical Japanese improvisation and cultic freak this side of Marginal Consort. Beautifully packaged with an obi strip that circles the whole of the jacket and that affixes an insert to the back, this is one of the major Japanese underground vinyl releases of the year – very highly recommended!

Religious Knives
The Door

Ecstatic Peace E#100i

CD
£1.99


“Maya Miller and Michael Bernstein met in New York a decade ago, and began making music together as half of sturm und drone quartet Double Leopards a few years after that. Religious Knives came later still, away from the road and the rehearsal space, borne and nurtured in cramped apartments throughout Kings County. Beginning in 2005, the pair released a string of CD-Rs and cassettes, both on their own Heavy Tapes imprint and through the labels of kindred spirits. Steadily moving away from the psychedelic tone baths and modern industrial scrape for which the Leopards had become known, Religious Knives coursed through minimal synth oscillations and spare Kraut repetition. Mouthus' Nate Nelson joined the pair in 2006, lending a powerful presence behind the drums that shaped Religious Knives' rudimentary jams into rough-hewn, long-form paeans to tar-blackened bummer psych. Soon after that, old friend Todd Cavallo completed the quartet on bass, adding a sturdy low end and dubwise groove that lifted Religious Knives from cellar murk to black cloud puffs of bone deep alarm. An active four-piece for a little more than a year now, Religious Knives have presided over a pair of twelve-inches, a couple of collections of out of print singles and long gone burns, and one full-length. All throughout, these four have traced a path away from the clamour they once knew, bathing slight guitars, interlocking vocals, and solemn basslines in reedy organs and recalcitrant modular synths. The seemingly tin eared would call it noise, but in these eight hands such a set plays as anything but, instead a (cough) syrupy stroll in search of the ghosts of rock's classicist past. With The Door, Religious Knives have not only found those bygone days, but broken them apart. There are bookmarks to be found here, pages creased in well-worn chapters. But make no mistake - theirs is a sound tied to the here and now, a summer record for those dread days when the heat holds low and skin sticks to cheap car seats and old patio furniture. These six songs are brighter, sharper than anything that has come before, locking in tight on jugular rhythms. It's the score for disappearing neighborhoods and crumbling buildings, a hope of holding onto the past as those around us move fast to forget it. It is scent as sound, the stench of smog and sickly smoke spiraling towards the sky. It is Brooklyn, July of 2008. The sun has left us in the East, disappearing somewhere behind Jersey, leaving our borough to find the pulse of another night deep with the city's streets.” – EP.

Reminguez
Stupid With Brains

Chocolate Monk Choc-153

CD-R
£2.99


Solo tape/electronics/turntable/percussion avant-aggression in the classic basement-scorching back-against-the-wall Midwest style of Jim Shepard et al from Bryan Ramirez of Universal Indians (alongside Wolf Eyes John Olson), Plants and Ex-Cocaine.

Roberto Opalio
Aurora Coelestis

Opax Records OPX-036

LP
£18.99


Beautifully presented private press LP from Roberto Opalio of Italian avantists My Cat Is An Alien in a hand-numbered edition of only 200 copies: Aurora Coelestis is Roberto’s first non lathe cut/CD-R solo LP and it is an absolute monster. Sounding quite unlike anything he has done before, it consists of two extended tracks. The first is a beautiful slice of ghostly holy music made using nothing but glockenspiel fed through his patented ‘alientronics’. The glockenspiel playing is spectral and minimal, little puffs of cosmo tone that dance in angelic shapes somewhere just over the event horizon and as they are drawn through the cracked electronic gulf of Roberto’s F/X they are effectively shredded by dunts of huge metal teeth, with the kind of cracked cosmo violence of a Michel Waisvisz or a heavy metal Terry Riley working all-night flights from interplanetary radiation and reality-warping industrial steel. Alternately meditative and mind-breakingly harsh, this is a major statement of modern minimalism. The second piece, “Hic et Nunc”, applies the same cracked alientronics to vocals, with tunnels of disembodied angel vox flexing deep bass tones and hovering register leaps to the point of pure body ecstasy. A major release, beautifully packaged with a full-colour fold out insert, original mounted photograph, heavy duty vinyl, a download coupon and beautifully printed liners from Byron Coley (“like a golden shower delivered by Harry Partch”), this one comes very highly recommended!

S.P.I.T.E.
Violence

Harbinger Sound 095

12”
£9.99


Edition of 200 copies with ink-stamped sleeves that reissues the rarest release on the Broken Flag label. Violence was released as a cassette in 1982. It’s a solo recording by Gary Mundy that predates the beginnings of Ramleh, Mundy’s solo Kleistwahr recordings etc. Using the same equipment as on the early Ramleh recordings, Violence is a claustrophobic slice of grainy electronic excess with a murk of psychedelic electronics and tortured vocals in the style of the early BR power electronics sides. Mastered direct from cassette for maximum skin burn.

Sacros
s/t

Shadoks No Cat

LP
£29.99


Sacros – ‘The Sacred’ – were a Chilean rock band inspired by the “spiritual passion and veneration for the great gods of South America”. They recorded their sole self-titled LP for the state label IRT in 1973 but the production was destroyed by the military, with very few copies making it out to the world. Shadoks have done another great job of rescuing this beautiful psych/folk rock LP that combines Byrds-esque Rickenbacker-driven songs with the beautiful, elegiac feel of Chilean contemporaries like Los Jaivas and Blops as well as classic South American sides like Satwa and Lula Cortez. Comes in a hand-numbered edition of 450 copies with heavy glossy sleeves, an insert and 180g vinyl.

Smegma/Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer
Split

Psych.KG HGA-2

LP
£18.99


Inspired split LP that pairs feral European art soundists Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer with the avant garage surrealism of LAFMS stalwarts Smegma. Numbered edition of 177 copies with colour paste-on sleeves. The Smegma side bundles an eerie track from 1975 with two pieces from 2008/2009 that use loops, electronics and waves of extended muzzy tone to confuse time lines completely. The Kommissar side is less about outlaw sound poetry and more plugged into their destructo rock style as documented by the sides that came out via Alga Marghen last year, with simple two/three note melodies and crunching fuzz submerging one of Mama Baer’s hypnotic nursery rhymes.

Soft Power
If You Come Around

All Day Breakfast Enterprises No Cat

LP
£10.99


New Australian underground jams from a group that features Joel Stern, Andrew McLellan and Josh Watson of Sky Needle, Greg Boring et al alongside Sophia Brous on vocals: primarily assembled from organic electronics and primitive home-burned dub environs, this is a beautifully puzzling release. Brous’s vocals give it the feel of hallucinatory operatic exotica, with visions of irradiated Yma Sumac transmissions over what sounds like a screwed and chopped Cluster w/a 3am Aphex vibe. Some of the music has the fractured, out-of-time avant pop vibe of Greg Boring but fed through the kinda monoliths of non-musicality of a Conrad Schnitzler while Brous holds impenetrable dialogues with herself and worries over body sounds. File alongside weirdo liminal sides by AC Marias, Dome et al and you might find some kind of succour. On coloured vinyl in lurid 12” disco bag sleeves, a real late night slow burner from members of the Breakdance The Dawn cabal. Recommended. 

Suckdog
Drugs Are Nice: A Suckumentary 1988-2005

Nut Music No Cat

DVD
£2.99


Stunning multi-region documentary on the phenomena that was Suckdog 1988-2005: Lisa Carver aka Lisa Suckdog aka the founder of Rollerderby remains one of the great performance artists/actresses/sub-cultural documentarians, musicians and activists to come out of the American underground and Suckumentary is a winning mix of original performance footage with collaborators like Costes, Bill Callahan (Smog), Rachel Suckpuppy and Dame Darcy and contemporary recollection. The performances are incredible, spontaneous theatre that involves song, dance, nudity, avant garde tactics, spontaneous/playful teenage madness, audience confrontation and public displays of dysfunction and there are some very funny and touching recollections in comparative tranquillity as the various players recall the madness and inspiration of the early performance years. An incredible document of an extremely accelerated period of creative madness and inspiration that walked extremely close to the edge while always somehow remaining exuberant and affirmative even on the point of complete chaos. Can’t imagine anyone not being affected by this incredible document. Highly recommended!

Sutcliffe Jugend
Pig Daddy

Cold Spring Records CSR-92

CD
£3.99


“The Sutcliffe Jugend filthy dirt-mess of an album that is Pigdaddy is now available on Cold Spring. Six stories of mind-fucking depravity. Pigdaddy contains some of the most fucked up, histrionic and downright bizarre vocals ever recorded. The music is created using the most basic sound sources. The overwhelming sense of moral decay makes this Sutcliffe Jugend’s most original album yet. Pigdaddy is Beyond Perverse. Sexual transgression never sounded so dirty. Hear Pigdaddy and you will never feel clean again. Cover painting by Kevin Tomkins.”

Tetuzi Akiyama/Che Chen
Cold Soup

Incunabulum INC-015

LP
£18.99


Edition of 350 copies duo jams from Japanese guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama and violinist Che Chen: Cold Soup is billed as the follow-up to Akiyama’s legendary Don’t Forget To Boogie and he’s on classic electric meta-groove form here, swapping psychedelic Canned Heat-isms for pure Tokyo raunch. Chen saws through his fiddle like no one this side of Ornette Coleman circa Town Hall ’62, until the whole deal comes across like some unholy basement Cale/Reed set up that would marry The Primitives and The Falling Spikes with a stomping/wincing R&B mainline to “Black Angel’s Death Song”. Indeed, this one tops even Don’t Forget To Boogie in terms of bloody-minded minimalist excess, with Akiyama repeat jamming one eternal chord while Chen drools almost Ayler-ised melodies all over the top. Phenomenal!

The No-Neck Blues Band
CINo51

Kelippah KEL-008

LP
£14.99


Much-anticipated follow-up to the earlier Ytiu LP, once more released on Pat Murano of NNCK/Decimus’s private Kelippah imprint, this time in an edition of 500 copies. CINo51 takes up where Ytiu left-off with a triumphal explosion of cymbals that leads into another section of “Daisy Chain For Richard Wright” where the mutant swamp/jazz jam gets into a kind of serpentine groove dominated by a heavy organ sound that could almost be Xhol Caravan dragged through a wormhole w/Terry Riley time-lag treatments before the whole thing starts to move vertically w/aspects of Popol Vuh’s Affenstunde giving way to a magisterial organ/percussion piece that comes over like the Hermann Nitsch orchestra plays Arzachel’s Garden Of Earthly Delights. The atmosphere is heady and devotional, with a dark, dramatic/gothic aspect that is profoundly effective. This gives way to the stunning second side which starts out with a minimal piece of tonefloat – “Prelude” – that sounds like a zonked out-take from Skip Spence’s Oar with the alien percussion sound from the original Sun Sessions recording of “Blue Moon” – style the most lunar of early rock/roll performances – married to wraiths of feedback tones and dark constellations of variously bowed non-identifiable instrumentation building to the amazing “The Danube” a piece of brain-stormingly devolved garage rocker complete with twin fuzz guitar euphorics and that classic Shaggs-meet-Siloah Nuss-style rhythm. No one has done more to join the dots between primitive Americana, outer space improvisation and avant garde art than NNCK and this is a flawlessly executed work that sustains a defiantly arch atmosphere across both sides while nodding like your favourite rock behemoth throughout. Pretty much everything you could want from a NNCK record in here and that final triumphal fuzz blow-out is one of the signature moments of their entire back catalogue. All copies come with individually hand-painted w/iodine sleeves. Highly recommended!

Toshiro Mimaki
Januari 22 2000

Sloowax 003

LP + 7”
£18.99


Massively unlikely re-uniting of the late percussionist Toshiro Mimaki and Kiyohiro Takada (bass and electronics), both original members of Japanese underground psych legends Les Rallizes Denudes in an edition of 300 copies: the gravy here is the inclusion of a bonus 7” that features two tracks from the duo’s pre-Rallizes group, Oz Band, recorded in 1974 in classic basement psych fidelity, with the group jamming on guitar, bass and drums in a way that would somehow reconcile native idiot avant techniques with the kind of wailing/blissfully extended post-ballroom jams of Baby Grandmothers, International Harvester et al. What an unearthing! The LP itself presents more recent duo recordings with a totally zonked atmosphere, bass, percussion and electronics giving it the feel of a particularly blazed Kraut jam, w/aspects of Nurse With Wound circa Soresucker, NNCK/Atman and Charlie Nothing with sudden blurs of hazy F/X over classic naked-in-the-woods style hand percussion that somehow reconciles visionary dope bliss ala Siloah with massively deconstructed Guru Guru style punk rhythmics. A major side from Sloowax and a necessary addition to any serious Japanese underground shelf. Highly recommended!

Trash Monkeys
Pass Out

Smitten Recordings Smite-1

CD
£3.99


Warehouse find of this completely off-the-radar anthology from 2000 that compiled a buncha scorch laid down by this pre-Harry Pussy group formed by guitarists Bill Orcutt and Mark Feehan. Trash Monkeys’ sound comes out of hardcore but takes in a buncha disparate influences. It’s not hard to imagine them sharing a bill with Sun City Girls back in the day, with the kind of scabrous fourth-world punk of the early SCG sound combined with goofy vocal stylings ala Alan Bishop but the combination of wise-ass songwriterly smarts, amphetamine rock breakdowns and occasional acoustic mindbenders lines em alongside a buncha weirdos that range from the kinda zonked Portland punk that came under the influence of Smegma, Cleveland doofs like Pagans, even the kinda under-the-counter-culture post-Meltzer/Teenage Wasteland Angry Samoans. It’s particularly fascinating to hear Orcutt and Feehan power-wrestling their guitars into the kind of protean forms that would eventually give birth to the ultra-complex white heat sound of primo Harry Pussy. A fascinating document of the earliest experiments of two of the greatest six string thinkers of the modern age. Recommended. 

Traum
Cinder Blocks

Brokenresearch No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


Numbered edition of 100 copies CD-R in screened sandpaper sleeves on art paper from the new Traum duo of percussionist Ben Hall (Graveyards et al) and guitarist Chris Riggs. There’s an almost Eugene Chadbourne-esque gobble/dunt feel to the speed of thought exchanges, with silent seconds detonated with some gorgeous drones, steel-trap note thuds and fingers-on-skin tones. It somehow feels more ‘thoughtful’ than previous Traum outings but also more dynamic and explosive and Riggs’s playing feels most immediately suited to Hall’s time concepts and less encumbered by any kind of ‘history’ or formal models. Recommended.

Various Artists
Berkeley Guitar

Tompkins Square TSQ-5252

CD
£2.99


New three way split of contemporary American Primitive stylings in the mode of the great Takoma samplers, featuring three west coast players who draw deep on the legacy of John Fahey et al. Features tracks from Sean Smith, Adam Snider and Matt Baldwin (who covers The Groundhogs' "Split") and comes with extensive notes from Bart Davenport and Larry Kelp.

Various Artists
Bonehead Crunchers Volume 4

Belter Records Beltlp-04

LP
£21.99


Much-anticipated fourth volume of this mind-numbingly amazing collection of “fuzzed-up boot-stomping continental low-life heaviness 1969-1975” in an edition of only 300 copies: this one is focussed on European levels of caveman ugh, pre-metal, pluke-popping glam and proto-punk brain donation with a choice run of ridiculously OTT hysterics. Silence are to Led Zeppelin what Blue Cheer were to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, favouring volume over technique across two amazing power-grunting sides. Germany’s Propeller sing the praises of an “Apache Woman” while Belgium’s Angie make for one of the most confusing wimpy power ballads in the form of “Streetlight Fight”. Mothers Of Track drop the classic “Motorcycle Rock” while Good Time Joe turn up the Stones/Dolls swagger with “Slipstream”. Also killer tracks from no counts like Mushroom, Corporation, After Shave (!), Blackbirds 2000, Tiger, Tykes, Maternal Joy and the mind-blowing closing track from Germany’s Cindy & Bert that immortalises the Hound Of The Baskervilles to the tune of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. Too fucking much! Another amazing, life-affirming volume from one of the most insanely enjoyable of modern underground compilations. Immediately sold out at source, highly recommended!

Various Artists
Bonehead Crunchers Volume 5: Crazy Like A Fox

Belter Records Beltlp-05

LP
£21.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Fifth and final volume of this ridiculously entertaining series, this time with “13 slices of slimy colonial grillfat and mindless Aussie boogie excursions” in an edition of only 300 copies: this is the long-time coming Australian volume of nada brain cell cock-rocking thug, proto-metal and junked-out glam and it just might be the stoopidest instalment yet, which makes sense as in many ways Australia is the spiritual home of Bonehead. Highlights include Toxic’s ultra-fucked proto-punk “First Time” with production that comes over like The Prats mixing Raw Power, Head’s street-fighting/street-sleeping anthem “Hobo”, The Ash Band’s failed fag end masterpiece “Let’s Go”, Fat Daddy’s “Fat Funky Rock ‘N’ Roll”, which does exactly what it says on the tin, King Harvest’s sledgehammer assault on “Jumping Jack Flash”, Geeza’s amazing Bon Scott sleaze celebration “Sydney City Ladies” and more from Twister, Francis Butler’s Sixty-Niners, Chook (!?), Sparkle, U Turn, Bullet and Macarthur. A suitably outrageous swansong for this sainted series. Edition of only 300 copies, already sold out at source, highly recommended!

Various Artists
Ongaku 80: Alternative Waves From Japan

Hiruko Records No Cat

LP
£18.99


Fabulous follow-up to the same label’s Ongaku 70, this set takes in a buncha obscurities from the Japanese underground of the 1980s, all of which would contribute to the momentum that gave birth to the scene’s explosion in the 1990s. Alongside stuff that some heads might know - Phew of Aunt Sally’s “Urahara” from 1980, schizophrenic Pinakotheca recordings artists Tako, the mutant techno of Riuichi Sakamoto’s “Riot In Lagos” – there’s a ton of alien tongue, ranging from EP-4’s thudding tape-damaged Industrial punk through Lizard’s acid-damaged prog-pop, Portray Heads’ transplanted Trans-Europe Express, Gunjogacrayon’s usurping of James Chance & The Contortions and prefiguring of The Boredoms, the amazingly titled Daisuck & Prostitute’s blunt punk/funk, Shinobu’s psychedelic cold wave and Pta’s epic unclassifiable Josef K-play-Can-play-“Rapture” 1982 8 minute masterpiece “Woo-Guy After Dark”. Another phenomenal set that is sure to blindside anyone who considers themselves an expert on this endlessly inventive scene. On pink/white splattered vinyl. Recommended!

Various Artists
Swissotic Commune Document aka I Grapple Lisa’s Tampon

Chocolate Monk #105

CD-R
£2.99


Reissue of a particularly notorious cassette compilation on Dylan Nyoukis’s Chocolate Monk label compiled by Rudolf Eb.Er of avantists/surrealist/actionist unit Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock and featuring a bunch of related bent/splat snippets from Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, Sudden Infant, D. Phillips, Fear Of God, Wash Your Brain, “the most horrible Swiss metal” and more.

White Rock
Tarpit

Troubleman TMU-147

CD
£1.99


A major hook-up: White Rock is a collaboration between Double Leopards (Mike Bernstein and Maya Miller) and New York Now Wavers Mouthus. Tarpit is their debut disc, consisting of two long tracks that beat like heavy leather wings powered by cracked electronics, field recordings and moments of fucked digital distortion. Later sections manage to approximate a similar kind of man/machine-styled damage to The Dead C circa “Sun Stabbed”/”Helen Said This”, while the second track contains moments of such dazzling analog beauty that it sounds like some lost reel of kindergarten Krautrock somewhere between Kluster and, uh, Cluster. Just beautiful, that’s what.

Yek Koo
Desolation Peak

Emerald Cocoon EC-011

LP
£8.99


Stunning new album from Helga Fassonaki of Metal Rouge aka Yek Koo in an edition of only 259 copies: this is a devastating vocal/guitar side with Helga playing supremely damaged two note guitar jags with all the blunt violence of a Michael Morley or a Lydia Lunch. Helga’s vocals are truly post-Patty Waters but cut with some of the ecstasies of Joy Shapes-era Charalambides, Body/Head or even Amy Sheffer. There’s a bloodymindedness to the way she can wrestle single blats of electricity into fistfuls of pugilistic fuzz, somehow connecting raggedy blues form with the most desolate No Wave. And her vocal phrasing is dazzling, rolling with the fuzz and disarticulating rhythms and line-soundings to the point of post-tongue. Indeed, Desolation Peak sits nicely alongside Heather Leigh’s recent Me-Ba cassette as an example of just how formally fucked a flux of female freak can be. Highly recommended!

Exias-J/Sabu Toyozumi
Son's Scapegoat

SIWA SCD002

CD
£8.99


Beautifully presented in a colour screenprinted gatefold sleeve, Son's Scapegoat documents a wild March 2005 summit between legendary Japanese percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and PSF/Bishop recording artists Exias-J. Toyozumi casts a fearsome shadow over the entire history of liberated musical thought in Japan, playing on sessions alongside titans like Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe, Keiji Haino, Takashi Mizutani (Rallizes) and Peter Br&#ouml;tzmann. Exias-J have long been committed to forging a culturally-specific response to contemporary breakthroughs in spontaneous composition, and as such they've spent the past decade or so pushing post-Takayanagi mass projections into whole new configurations of tomorrow. This is their best set to date, with Toyozumi harvesting huge waves of time while twin electric guitars chew on rubble, live electronics let loose huge rainbows of crank and cello, piano, trombone and flute lend the whole schlup a kind of big-band elegance. Indeed, the flute/guitar trade-offs here sound most like the kind of post-blues moves that Sonny Sharrock and Byard Lancaster laid down on Lancaster's great Vortex side, It's Not Up To Us. Who'd have thunk it? These guys, obviously. Highly recommended. Limited edition of only 500 copies.

KMVSNI/Usurper
Split

Giant Tank Gtnk-011

CD-R
£2.99


"West Coast noise kingpins Kylie Minoise and Nackt Insecten smack seven shades of real-out shit out of each other over first two tracks. victor's prize= The Throne Of Glasgow! meanwhile: Usurper luddite twins get more abrasive than usual with thundering lips and paws full o' fuzz. flipside artworks by Sanachan and Duff." Giant Tank

Darren Tate
Late Afternoon (For Keijo)

Fungal 040

CD-R
£8.99


UK experimentalist Darren Tate unveils his new acid folk persona with a full-length album dedicated to Finnish folk spirit Keijo. This is one of Darren’s most abstract and oddly beautiful releases, with long passages of domestic silence illuminated by bird calls, bells and tinkling percussion – think Christoph Heemann’s later solo work transposed to a catatonic hippy gathering in a park outside York where Akio Suzuki is jamming on-stage to an audience of zero. A deeply confounding work. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies. 

Darren Tate
Small Worlds

Fungal 049

CD
£6.99


Edition of only 70 copies reissue of one of the key solo sets from Darren Tate, Ora member, Andrew Chalk collaborator et al: a massively early electronic feel to this that should sit well with fans of the wiggier side of the GRM archives, with minimal keyboard clusters singing to themselves while high tones escape like microscopic comets and transparent drones rise and fall.

Eric Barnett
All The Way, Here And Back

Reverb Worship No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


“Eric Barnett has recorded this piece of music especially for me. He plays acoustic and lap steel guitars using as many effects pedals as possible. It’s a 30 minute plus shimmering, ambient, glissy dronework which is totally ‘live’. The CD-R is available in an edition of 50 hand numbered copies in a pale orange and white marbled paper sleeve with a metallic stencilled triangle design.” – RW.

Islaja/TV-Resistori
split

Fonal FR-39

7"
£1.99


Split 7” from zonked Finnish folk spirit Merja Kokkonen of Avarus/Kemialliset Ystävät et al and fellow subterranean basement wowzers, TV-Resistori, covering each other’s songs. Very personal/handmade feel, zoned atmosphere, great use of the format.

Kluster
Zwei/Osterei

Captain Trip CTCD-542

CD
£9.99


Special limited edition reissue in a run of 450 copies with embossed plastic sleeves that mimic the original. Recorded in 1971 this was the original Krautrock trio of Conrad Schnitzler, Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius' second album and is another unimpeachably great set of austere drones, Industrial electro-acoustic ritual and deep, deep space occasionally populated by solitary UFO blips and automatic speech. Comes with a bonus track, "Kluster - Eruption/Cold Winter 1971".

Our Love Will Destroy The World
Polished Glass Autobahn/Galactic Masada

Dirty Knobby No Cat

7"
£2.99


Lucid power drones from Campbell Kneale’s new post-Birchville Cat Motel project.

Our Love Will Destroy The World/Bark Haze
Split

Krayon Recordings No Cat

7”
£2.99


Split 7” featuring a single electro-acoustic drone work from Campbell Kneale of Birchville Cat Motel’s new project - the kind of fluffy bell-tone/metal levitation previously the domain of Matthew Bower’s Sunroof! - while the flip features Thurston Moore and Andrew MacGregor (aka Gown) power-thinking their way through heavy feedback/rock moves.

Patrick Burke
Silence And Timing

Criminal Records PATR-555

LP
£14.99


Unlikely unearthing of original copies of this 1981 solo album from Patrick Burke of the amazing Parasites Of The Western World, whose ’78 private press LP was recently reissued by De Stijl. Silence And Timing retains the fantastic sense of teenage drama that the Parasites had, channeling a similar lonely goofballs in the basement vibe to Shadrack Chameleon but cut with some classic dark rock influences, with the beautiful vocal harmonies and sunrise keyboards of “Baffin Island” conjuring visions of the personal psychogeography of John Cale’s “Half Past France” from Paris 1919. The cruder keyboard/drum machine tracks blow most of today’s soundtrack synth heads out of the water and if you’re at all attuned to the dark Europeana of Peter Hammill’s A Black Box, Bowie circa Low, Harmonia/Neu, Lou Reed’s Berlin etc then this should get you through your next pack of Gitanes with style. Limited supply tho, unlikely to see these again. Recommended. “This fantastic and very obscure private press oddity is a solo outing from a member of the cult post punk unit Parasites Of The Western World. Silence And Timing may refrain from some of the balls out avant rock maneuvers heard on POTWW's recently reissued album on De Stijl, but it's a knockout in its own less overt way; Burke's idiomatic boundary blur in this instance being between dreamy psych and melancholic post punk, with passing overtones of both Brian Sands and Gignoux's The Broadway Boys, though this has got a darker overall cast than either of those.” –Mutant Sounds.

Plants
12/15/93

Killertree Records

CD-R
£3.99


Issue of some insane basement jams from a wild free/rock/splurge trio that featured John Olson of Wolf Eyes (drums, sax, guitar), Jeff Dunn (guitar) and Bryan Ramirez (keyboards and tapes), recorded live at 6am at 1610 Kalamazoo St in Lansing, MI,12/15/93. Sound is modal in the most punk, gravity-destroying sense with wave after wave of overlapping guts, lungs, guitar and drums working hardcore paeans to the lure of plastic bongs and oblivia. Totally fantastic basement USA-style lubrication, like a more pro-ecstasy take on the Blue Humans's spine-jarring psych/free jazz collision. Highly recommended.

Silvester Anfang
Levend Ov De Brandstapel

Skulls Of Heaven No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


"Silvester Anfang are Belgium's premier house-band of the post-apocalyptic hellfire club known as Funeral Folk. This particular installment in their ongoing macabre musico-theatre finds Silvester Anfang tripping over the bloated corpse of Acid Rock. Conjuring the zombie spirits of Jimi Hendrix, Phil Lynott, Pigpen and John Bonham, Silvester Anfang transform into a supergroup acid hex, pumping out murky clouds murky cloud of fuzz-wah and terribly damaged atmosphere. In some ways this is the most heavy and sickening manifestation of SA yet.. Bitter and short, simple and sick, is this the new means to an end for our favorite Funeral Folks?" - SOH.

The No-Neck Blues Band
Ever Borneo!

Seres SER-201

LP + 7"
£19.99


Long OOP: besides possibly functioning as an extended tribute to legendary rock critic Richard Meltzer’s TV guzzling pseudonym Borneo Jimmy, previously immortalised by NY hamburger punks The Dictators, Ever Borneo! is the strongest set to emerge from NNCK’s Hinthouse base yet and comes in a beautiful embossed cloth cover, complete with original colour drawing and one of two bonus 7 inches. Unlike many of their improvising contemporaries, most of whom rely on sudden intuitive bursts to keep the music moving, NNCK have a way of engaging with their musical materials at an almost cellular level, subtly rerouting their sonic properties. As a result their improvisations slowly develop organic direction, propelled by their own internal logic. Ever Borneo! presents a series of edited snapshots of this continual process. A couple of tracks here have that same lopsided percussive feel that The Arkestra captured across a slew of home recorded and privately pressed discs, especially the opening “Twinkle” that sounds like a spontaneous rethink of “Love In Outer Space”, down to the celestial Rhodes pattern and off mic saxophone. “Second Columbus Pt.1” is one of those glorious open-ended ethnic freakouts that are central to the NNCK ethos, but here they factor in some geographically non-locatable environmental sound, including a distant chorus of birds that could almost be tropical. But the highlight is the superb “Blue Craft”, a deranged funk that’s barely articulated by an amoebic guitar part and almost drowned out by a chorus of vocalists that sound as brazen as The Fugs reciting dirty poems at your wedding. Rare and highly recommended!

Vom
Live At Surf City EP

Rerun Records No Cat

7"
£5.99


Many lesser bands have claimed the name over the years but for true believers there was and always will be only one Vom, legendary rock crit at large Richard Meltzer’s short-lived LA punk group featuring Gregg Turner and ‘Metal’ Mike Saunders of The Angry Samoans. This beautifully done reissue of their classic 1978 Live At Surf City EP features alla the bands greatest misses, with the classic “I’m In Love With Your Mom” coming over like a pluke covered take on post-Dictators teenage metal doofs while schlepping on liberal doses of Cooper and Kiss. But before you can yell “Strutter” they’re into “Electrocute Your Cock”, a track that marries “California Sun” to proto-Von Lmo No Wave-isms for ultimate snot appeal. On the flip you get a crude run-through of future Angry Samoans classic “Too Animalistic” alongside the proto-Redd Kross “Punkmobile” and a final heart-warming plea to god to “Save The Whales”. Totally classic smart/stooped rock/roll excess from a buncha believers who knew. Comes with a glossy fold-out insert featuring memories of Vom from Gregg Turner as well as some unpublished snaps. Already sold out at source. Highly recommended!

Wildfire
Smokin

Shadoks 085

LP
£39.99


”California trio Wildfire came to Austin in 1969. They shared the stage with many performers such as Johnny Winter, Allman Brothers, Freddy King, Shivas Headband and many more. After laying down partial tracks at the Beach Boys' recording studios (Wildfire guitarist Randy Love is Beach Boy Mike Love's cousin) the trio ended up at SONOBEAT studios to record this 8-track album. SONOBEAT became famous for the recording of the first Johnny Winter album Dark Shadow/Cold Sun and Mariani. This album is extra heavy psychedelic rock with dual vocals, great stereo effects, all original songs in Moby Grape/Blue Cheer direction. They use to be one of the loudest band's around on their custom build Quilter amps. For the first time officially released direct from copies of the master tapes.” Shadoks. Limited to 450 numbered copies, heavy gatefold sleeves, 180gram vinyl pressing. OOP. 

Zelienople
His/Hers

Type 024

CD
£1.99


"Zelienople (named after a borough in Pennsylvania) is the moniker of Chicago based musicians Matt Christensen (guitar/vocals), Mike Weis (percussion) and Brian Harding (guitar/clarinet) and between them, in a desolate suburban basement, they have come up with a record of pure psych-rock sludge. Now on their fifth album, the band have struck upon their finest moment yet, honing their skills to create something singular and utterly unique. There is certainly no shortage of acts willing to throw down waves of experimental guitar noise and clattering percussion, but with the benefit of focus and experience, Zelienople sound like something totally out of time and almost impossible to place. Residing in a hazy drunken world in-between slow-core pioneers Low, psych-folk outsiders Charalambides, Japanese overlords Boris and Dead Man era Neil Young His/Hers is a faded photograph of rock music past, yet still manages to keep a firm footing in the present. Guitars echo like disappearing ghosts and vocals moan and wail mercilessly while percussion bubbles up in glorious waterlogged waves. His/Hers isn't a concept album, but it might as well be with five bravely sculpted tracks acting like chapters, taking you through a whole gamut of emotions, from pensive and lonely through to aggressive and impulsive and beyond. Fusing the warring factions of blues, noise, metal, folk and jazz the trio have made as breathtaking a psychedelic album as you're likely to find, and unlike so many others in the scene it never threatens to overwhelm you with meaningless academia or pretension. This is an album made for listening, for enjoying and sinking in to, an album that is made as an illicit treat for the discerning music fans among us. Grab hold and step aboard, Zelienople are just about ready to take you on a universal journey into the subconscious, and it's gonna be quite some ride." - Type.

Zelienople
Stone Academy

Digitalis

CD
£1.99


CD version of the LP on Root Strata: "Hailing from Chicago, Zelienople have been etching out a place for themselves in the Windy City for the past five years. Constant collaborators with Souled American's Scott Tuma, this quartet mixes ghostly song structures with ambient drones better than just about anyone. With recent releases on Time-Lag, New Zealand's Pseudoarcana, and Tarentel's Root Strata imprint, the boys of Zelienople are rising like vines toward the canopy. "Stone Academy" picks up where 2005's brilliant "Ink" (recently reissued on CD by Loose Thread Recordings) left off. It balances the simple beauty of guitar-based songs with overwhelming, dark drones. The combination is as powerful as it is intricate. Each note, each chord is carefully chosen and perfectly placed; they never take too long or push too much. The attention to detail is magnificent. Zelienople have mastered the art of making expansive, luminescent drones sound as organic as the soil beneath your feet. "Stone Academy" reverberates like it's planted deep inside a lost cavern, hidden miles beneath the surface waiting for excavation. With rich textures and challenging soundscapes, "Stone Academy" is a wholly satisfying listening experience. The darkness is only a canvas for the light of these compositions to shine through. Zelienople offer up one of the year's finest aural adventures." - Digitalis.

Graveyards
Vulture's Banquet

Editions Brokenresearch

LP
£29.99


Best Graveyards ever - limited to only 125 copies, one-sided LP in beautiful textured/screened/art paper sleeves that catches the trio of John Olson (Wolf Eyes) on reeds, Hans Buetow on cello and Ben Hall on drums scoring knots of beautifully abstruse free jazz logic into black church bell skies with all of the refined higher-minded logic of tone scientists like Braxton, Lacy and Jarman. Post-AACM thought caught tight in the kinda warm leather gloves that you'd sooner associate with parking truckloads of Marshalls in yr basement than loosing wormholes of craftily carved sound art via the slightest of allusive textural logic. Post-six pack jazz hermeneutics never sounded so good. Unbelievably great, highly recommended and never to be seen again

Melee
Bare Those Excellent Teeth Pt.2

Editions Brokenresearch BR-018

LP
£12.99


Second instalment of this series in a limited run of only 200 white vinyl LPs on the Graveyards label, packaged in coloured sleeves with screened sandpaper artwork. Trio moves from trumpeter Nate Wooley, cellist Hans Buetow and drummer Ben Hall. Long stretches of aircraft hangar silence are plotted with vapour trails of trumpet that seem to imply the presence of an entire orchestra, while Buetow and Hall combine endless Mobius rhythms and woozy forests of scuttering drone. There's an elegant feel to the proceedings that is not often apparent in contemporary energy music, coupled with an interrogating use of the subtle invasion of silence and a love of the expressive weight of applied counter-textural gravity that is head-spinning to say the least. Another side that could only have been birthed in these guys' intensely personal universe. Recommended.

Joeri Bruyninckx
I Bake Your Pardon? I Never Promised You An Avant-Garden

One Kind Favour OKF-010

Zine
£6.99


Chunky zine that features a totally drooling line-up of interviews from major underground players translated into English for the first time ever: great conversations with Richard Youngs, Bill Orcutt, Matthew Bower, Spencer Clark, Billy Bao, Mama Baer, Mad Nanna, Call Back The Giants, Nathan Bowles, Paul Labrecque, Reijo Pami, Kraus, El-G, Kevin Drumm, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Leyland Kirby, Cave Bears, Id M Theft Able, The Rebel and Usurper. Highly recommended!

Astro/Hiroshi Hasegawa
Strata

Cut Hands CH-039

CD-R
£3.99


Edition of 75 copies and already completely sold-out at source, this new solo disc from CCCC et al’s Hiroshi Hasegawa is an ominous construct for ring modulators, theremin and F/X that passes through a series of movements, from long blank tones suspended over gulfs of nothing to cells of bleeping codes and decoded shortwave. One of the more minimal and subtly psychedelic of Hasegawa’s recent outings. For fans of Kluster, Hawkwind, early-Industrial synth et al…

Charlie Draheim
Legal Crotch Ambient

Chocolate Monk Choc-208

CD-R
£3.99


“DRAHIEM: MONSTER OF THE MIDWEST:Things ive seen Charlie do live: +Play in a dress and record 90 sec loops over and over of vomiting due to a weekend diet of pretzel sticks dipped in premium gasoline (when it was stupid expensive, like you know, three years ago)  +Take on a whole fleet of Michigan Militia dudes at a small bar in Gaylord Michigan for thinking his Manifesto was some Pro-government tome  +Give blood only to have it returned a month later due to "pure red-cell inactivity"  +Throw a half full bottle of After the Hunt High Life at a cop only to realize he owed said cop a master tape going on three years now.  So here is a Chocolate Monk Drahiem experience? As i write this in a dreary Albany Comfort Inn at dusk and hear these horrible sounds = I dont wanna move or open the blinds (mainly cause me & the princess are comatose from parent paid el-massive late lunch at the Cheesecake Factory) cause the soundtrick from this CD makes me think if i open the door to room 216 upper floor we will be launched into a world full of terrible static insects buzzing around scraping wings on salt-dried frozen concrete waiting to lure every ear into a pool of electro-muge. No way hose'. We gotta pool date with Tovah 's sister and her husband to be in an hour and no way if some CD sound is funna gonna stop that swim double date. So until that time comes, we are locked in room 216, waiting. But its like Charlie D is here with us, the determined master fried-mind of electronic frustration, putting his camo boots on to the march of slimes on his own time. He is to Michigan what Clifford Brown was to Max Roach = i guess!  This here CD by CD on CM willR.ock R.ipp and R.oll Y.r W.orld, Who else can be labelmates with the almighty Piss in My Face With Surgery? Slam this silver-recorded-silver bottom recordable cd into yr monster truck, roll over to Corner Brewery, Dour and Drahiem will be there sitting in the corner, most likely in silence, but a MASSIVE WEIRDO SOUND ABSTRACTION  party awaits, soon.” - John Olson

Chie Mukai
Solo Improvisations

SIWA SCD-003

CD
£8.99


Re-mastered reissue of Chie Mukai's second solo album, originally released in 2000 in an edition of 300 copies that immediately sold out on issue. This new edition comes in a gorgeous silkscreened gatefold sleeve with obi strip. Three tracks recorded live at Kid Ailack Art Hall in Tokyo with vocals, er-hu, kengali, rings and cymbals. The music is slow, spacious folk-trance with the knotty droning sonorities of the er-hu sounding like the folk music of a phantom planet. A very melancholy set that feels like a more tactile, primitive take on the endless tides of Takehisa Kosugi's legendary Catch Wave.

Christina Carter
Four Woman’s Quartet (Rose, Lilac, Mauve, Blue)

Wist Rec. Wistbook-011

3” CD-R + Book
£10.99


Stunning edition of only 100 copies psych bomb from Christina Carter of Scorces/Charalambides et al: part of Wist Recs Book Report Series, the CD is bundled with an original Penguin Classic that has inspired the work, in this case Jean Rhys’s La Grosse Fifi, with a wraparound printed mylar dust jacket on the cover of the paperback and the disc mounted on the inside back page. This is as close to her work with Scorces that her solo jams have ever come, with some savagely beautiful single note guitar violence bisected by delirious overdubs of twin vocal bliss. Less of the spectral/forlorn slow blues style of some of the Many Breaths releases, this is a triumphal navigation of acid guitar and vocal hysteria, coming over like Patty Waters jams Rudolph Grey in Atlantis. One of Christina’s wildest and most grab-you-by-the-throat gorgeous releases, beautifully presented and very highly recommended!

David Nuss
Performance 2: Wood On Wood

Dornbracht Culture Projects No Cat

DVD
£4.99


Multi-region DVD that features a live set from Dave Nuss of The No-Neck Blues Band, Angelblood et al playing wildstyle drums to the point of collapse live in the former Postfuhramt building, Berlin Mitte, encircled by a moving close-up camera. "In Performance 2, Dave Nuss tests his own physical limits, as in his drum solo he consciously passes the point at which the mind controls the body. Trance-like ecstasy is his aim." - DCP.

Failing Lights
Dismal Winds

Heavy Tapes

One-Sided C20 Cassette
£6.99


Solo radiation from Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes, Hair Police et al on Mike Bernstein of Double Leopards' imprint. Looped conveyor belts of tiny metal tracks are punctured by rattlesnake tones and steel blades of stumpy Morse code while fleets of black, tattooed helicopters come to a sticky halt in clouds of thick, flashing boo. Comes with a great full-colour printed cover by Maya Miller of Double Leopards and bonus sticker. Edition circa 200.

Hildegard
Acte Gratut

Feed & Seed

CD-R
£4.99


Feed & Seed is a great new CD-R label based in the North East of America and run by Daniel Presnell, a member of Astral Blessing, a group that also features Paul Labrecque of Sunburned Hand Of The Man and who opened the second day of the now-legendary Brattleboro Free Folk Fest back in May of 2003. Acte Gratut is the latest recording from this group, now swollen to a quarter and featuring Presnell and J. Pace alongside P. Mulcahy and K. Wood. Sub-titled “Works For Multiple Timbres 1-7”, this is a series of trance-trouncing meditations scored for bells, glasses, flute, organs, shruti, strings, harmonium, short wave, oscillators, drums and tapes that vibrates in mid-air with all of the solemn majesty of Terry Riley, Klaus Schulze, Tirath Singh Nirmala your favourite presiding daemon. Totally beautiful: Presnell and the rest of the Feed & Seed roster are ones to watch this year for sure. Packaged in a handmade card case with Mylar insert and tracing paper credits. Highly recommended and very limited.

Hockyfrilla
Vulpes Vulpes

Hockyfrilla No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


Set from this Edinburgh-based duo featuring Dora Doll/Lisa of Decaer Pinga. Murky electro-paralysis that moves in slow-spooling codes of ugh through barely-illuminated landscapes of blood, mud and aggressively formulated minimalism.

Hospice Janitor Hours
Taxidermy Videos And Modern Step Stools

Chocolate Monk Choc-204

CD-R
£3.99


“Noise cutups by nameless & mute Scumbag Tapes guy, who year after year turns up people, references & objects that no one's ever heard of and then leaves them around the postal system like wreckage. I picture a mincing little oily-haired troll whose fingernails are way too long. He scuttles & picks over the wetlands of Minneapolis. Old tin cans are turned over to reveal forgotten tv & movie samples, which he speeds up, slows down & embalms with bedroom electronics & guitar skritch. Fractured farts, chickens getting strangled, his own pussface and ingrown toes. Guy doesn't make any typical moves, which is great, but the down side is that this will give you his pimples if you touch it.” - Angela Sawyer, Weirdo Records

Majik
In Mara’s Glove

Foxglove 066

CD-R
£1.99


Ensemble mind-meld from the Australian musicyourmidwilllovecollective featuring members of Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood. Some great deep-space flight here, with synth stylings and cavernous drones populated by gasps of human breath, organ tones and semi-audible field chatter. At moments there’s a nice gothic Krautrock/Ya Ho Wha feel, at others it sounds like a black mass conducted by Christoph Heemann or NNCK at their bleakest. This is one immersive listen and comes highly recommended. Limited to 100 copies.

Majik
The Human Hand

Musicyourmindwillloveyou 0011

CD-R
£1.99


Companion volume to Majik’s In Mara’s Glove, this one features a lot more electricity, with vinyl crackle, found sound and fuzz giving way to ritual acoustic bliss and moments of tough punk bass/drums/guitar interaction. Another toe in the third eye from this Australian thug cult. Limited, in cool handmade cover.

Mokinox
I’m Your Chair

Chocolate Monk #117

CD-R
£3.99


Solo vocal/tape/electronic meditation on personal space invasion and psychedelic applications of hyper-ventilation from Chris Habib, film-maker (he shot the No Fun DVD) and Sonic Youth associate.

Moon Pool & Dead Band
Gossypol

AA Records No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


New jams from the duo of Nate Young (Stare Case/Wolf Eyes et al) and David Shettler. They call it ‘new British blues’ but the sound draws more on early Heldon’s combination of propulsive electro/rock dynamics and dark/kosmische synth damage. The drum machines have a lightness of touch that situates them in a parallel universe to Wolf Eyes’ pummelling beats, w/a trippy, psychedelic edge while the keys skirt infinite repeat patterns and nagging two/three note melodies before dissolving in chattering clouds of delay. Aspects of Nurse With Wound and Nord combine to knock the set sideways into an exploratory/surreal Industrial tributary. 

Neil Campbell & John Clyde-Evans
Live At Transmission Gallery Glasgow 22 November 1998

Chocolate Monk CHOC-137

CD-R
£3.99


Live archival find, newly released on Chocolate Monk, from the duo of Neil Campbell and John Clyde-Evans (now Tirath Singh Nirmala). An atmospheric punk-primitive ritual with slow flashing beams of cello and violin ala early Theatre Of Eternal Music boots combining in charcoal clusters of electric DNA. Campbell on cello and tapes, Clyde-Evans on violin, tape and voice. Features the ghost presence of Sticky Foster and art by Karen Constance.

No Guru
Der Krampetanz

Hashram Audio Concern Hashram-020

CD-R
£6.99


Beautiful limited to only 100 copies CD-R from a one-off Australian super group featuring members of Mad Nanna, Sky Needle and MYMWLY: this is a fantastic series of open-ended improvisations, spontaneous song-forms and free folk freakouts with a great variety of tone and attack. Some tracks have that classic Godz jamming in the Swiss Alps with Sergius Golowin vibe while others are pretty much defined by the Sky Needle invented instruments and free female vox sound. Elsewhere there are uncannily beautiful free jazz moments that somehow channel the atmosphere of Anthony Ortega’s classic New Dance via a communal Organic Music Society set-up and classic rural/country stone that could almost pass for the MV & EE Orchestra. Playing time is lengthy so there is plenty of boo for your buck. Highly recommended!

Oshiri Penpenz
The White Album

Osaka Doom No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Limited CD-R from this Kansai power/blues/Beefheart/No Wave unit led by proto-Iggy frontman Motako Ishii and featuring guitarist Kirara Nakabayashi and drummer Yusuke Mukae. Anyone who witnessed their incredible performance at Instal 2006 who didn't have dough for brains (toothless Scottish Indie music hacks excepted, obviously) will probably still be reeling from the insane combination of Ayler-ised lead guitar, flighty garage/jazz rhythms, immolating vocal protestations and virtual rivers of puke, blood and tears. The group describe this set as their 'masterpiece' and it bundles the bulk of their current set, all recorded in perfect live room fidelity. Can't think of anyone outside of Zoot Horn Rollo or maybe Rick Bishop that compares to Nakabayashi in terms of the effortless way he osmoses iconoclastic American folk melodies into darts of flashily-wristed avant glee and Motako's constantly drooling vocal frontman moves are right up there with Dave E, Alan Vega, Iggy and Stiv Bators in terms of loose cathartic personal violence. Titles like "Love Victory Method Of Motako", "Excessive psychedelic... OK!", "Thigh Communication", "Oh! Hell" and "Buttocks" pretty much give the game away. Comes in a stapled paper gatefold sleeve with art by Motako and an invitation to visit em at Psychedelic Bar Acid Ganja. So do it. Highest recommendation.

Pee In My Face With Surgery
Damnation Road

Chocolate Monk Choc-143

CD-R
£3.99


Black pro-Satan tongue poetry and electronics from this NY-based duo that features Jaime Fennelly and Fritz Welch of east coast free/improv casualties PSI/Pee-ess-eye. If you dig the more oracular/Sun City Girls/avant inspired moves of that ensemble then camp the fuck down.

Rainbow Conez
Live At Shibuya Echo

Black Petal #39

CD-R
£6.99


More supremely disobedient a-formal destructo rock from the sainted Breakdance The Dawn cabal, this time it's Antipan minus one member, hence the name-change. Here we have Matt Earle (Breakdance/Muura/Craft Bandits/you name it) on guitar, Anthony Guerra (Black Petal et al) on drums and Nick Dan on bass and vocals. Recorded live at Echo in Shibuya, Tokyo in 2010 by Earle, this may be the wildest side of Antipan music to date with a bass that sounds like a huge electrified rubber band, a guitar that combines crude single-note Blues stomps with cranky Rudolph Grey-isms and drums that mix the detonating style of Rashied Ali with the caveman ugh of yr favourite pluke. Tracks are held together with the flimsiest of refusenik logic, with Guerra keeping it martial even when the strings are expiring in gasps of tortuous feedback. Think early Royal Trux via The Shaggs via Kito Mizukumi Rouber and spin it next to your favourite 'punk' 7 for an eye-opening lesson in total musical freedom. Impossibly great, with the usual beautiful packaging from Black Petal. 

 

Religious Knives
Evidence: Volume One

Heavy Tapes No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


Limited edition of 150 copies, the first instalment in a series of releases documenting off-the-map live actions from Religious Knives. This one compiles action from four shows across 2008, with jams taken from WHOM, Hemlock, Death By Audio and Wierd. Anyone left unfazed with the production and pop stylings of the group’s Ecstatic Peace releases oughta find solace here, with some great lo-fi garage downs usurped by primitive delay and drugged keyboards. The Death By Audio set features a guest appearance from Pete Nolan of Magik Markers et al while the Wierd material matches that imprints ethos with some ginchy minimal synth/new wave settings of classic RK material including a take on “Basement Watch” that could almost be a reformed 1980s post-apocalyptic Music Machine. Or would that make em SPK? Either way, this is great.

Religious Knives
Evidence: Volume Two

Heavy Tapes No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


Limited edition of 150 copies, the second instalment in a series of releases documenting off-the-map live actions from Religious Knives. This one compiles action from two shows across 2008, with a killer full band set live from 66 Hope and a weird RK2 style duo performance recorded at Big Jar Books in Philadelphia. Recommended.

Samara Lubelski
Spectacular Of Passages

De Stijl IND-054

LP
£12.99


Another bewitchingly beautiful solo album from Samara Lubelski (Tower Recordings/Hall Of Fame/Metabolismus/Sonora Pine/MV et al), that moves away from the tranced instrumental brainbeams of her In The Valley album on Eclipse and instead re-visits the acid chanteuse moves of her first De Stijl album, The Fleeting Skies. The arrangements are beautifully positioned between classic baroque pop ala Byrds/Love/Left Banke/Montage, handmade basement moves and early morning Lower East Side comedowns. Samara's beautifully breathless vocals sound like they're being whispered straight into your ear and the backing band are a peach, including contributions from Hamish Kilgour of NZ garage legends The Clean, Matt Heyner of The No-Neck Blues Band, Christian Frederickson of Rachels and Cynthia Nelson. Limited vinyl edition with stuck on coloured sleeves in classic De Stijl-style. Highly recommended.

Sick Llama
Alien Facial 3

Heavy Tapes

Cassette
£6.99


Instalment from Heath Moreland of the Fag Tapes empire’s gloopy cough-syrup-inspired noise crud series, with huge spoons of woozy electronic decay gobbled up in warps of distortion, delay and wonked tapes. Beautiufl full-colour art by Maya Miller of Double Leopards and the usual suave Heavy Tapes presentation.

Sick Llama
Once Believed

Fag Tapes FT-057

CD-R
£3.99


Last copies of this one-off deformed noise trawl from Heath Moreland of Fag Tapes solo jam, made available especially for sale at the 2006 No Fun fest. “Two takes - raw live to tape.” Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies. Recommended.

Skin Graft
Dystrophy

Hanson HN-236

CD
£6.99


First ever ‘real’ CD from Wyatt Howland aka Skin Graft with a set of wretchedly distorted, blown-apart tone threat that pushes ever deeper into explorations of entropic noise, sandpaper drones and the sound of twisted metal w/a black psychedelic aspect and found tapes/intercepted emergency calls incorporated in an odd textural/tonal manner that is profoundly disturbing: “Debut CD release for Cleveland's Skin Graft. Wyatt Howland aka Skin Graft has been blasting his crude noise in the filthiest Cleveland basements and scum punk bars every two or three nights… a week! for the past five or so years. He has a knack for writhing in the filthy underbelly of sound using junk metal, field recordings and primitive electronics. Dystropohy is complete audio horror texture…pulverizing harsh sounds of fluttering static, feedback and crushed metal… This is the sound you hear when you are stuck upside down in the backseat of a hit and skidding car.  Just horrible sounds!  The complete OPPOSITE to the sounds of his past collaborators Emeralds and Bee Mask. Whereas they have aimed for outer space… Skin Graft has aimed himself head first into a shitty old Cleveland gutter. Always touring, always playing gigs, and always recording…solo and as a member of long running Cleveland noise punks Dead Peasant Insurance as well as Power Violence heavyweights Apartment 213. Recommended for fans of Wolf Eyes, The New Blockaders, Napalm Death, Taint, Murder Corporatrion, Negative Approach, Prurient, and Controlled Bleeding. 500 copies packaged in black poly jewelcases.” – Aaron Dilloway. 

Spectre Folk
s/t

Arbitrary Signs

CD-R
£4.99


Last copies of this self-released CD-R from Mr Peter Nolan of Magick Markers/Virgin Eye/GHQ/Wooden Wand et al that sees him bridging voids of analog fug with epic, barely-there acid guitar that sounds somewhere between Jandek circa Someone In The Snow and the massive walls of dope erected in the name of Phil Todd over the past few years. Also features a great bunch of songs, including a cover of Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark’s heartbreaking “You Showed Me” that sounds so beautifully abandoned it could almost be a long-lost slice of blasted South American psych. Also includes “Been Here And Gone”, “The Pointed Horn”, “Drowning” and “Bindi Clip”. Some of Nolan’s most beautifully realised and deeply melancholic solo thought to date, this one has that private press lost-in-space feel that always ‘does it’ and comes highly recommended.

The Hunter Gracchus
The Bolsheviks Shat In My Brain

Chocolate Monk Choc-198

CD-R
£3.99


“New hydroponic sketches of freakdom from Sheffield that should satisfy those of you with that roaring appetite for freedumb jams and methnic drone-outs. I hear delerious barkings of glue factory workers, the hanging heaviness of the local nut houses 'drum and squal' therapy sessions, pockmarked harmonium hymns to Harry Pussy, and whole bunch of giblets that I can't quite put my fingers in, but it sure does make one of my eyes twitch, so I say let the sweltering fog descend, we don't need no torch.” – Dylan Nyoukis.

Various Artists
Eli The Ice Man

American Tapes AM-862

CD-R
£6.99


Compilation featuring unreleased tracks from Full Scales, Spykes and Pool Water: “Is the Voltages Leads in Inductance or Induction leads Current in Capacitance? ?? Huh? Always forget this easy breeze system code to know which is leading in the Induct/Capt current game...Yeah: three tracks of attack:
Full Scales: Live at Aries assault party from last Pan gig in April last year. Mega Hammond organ live in the basement. Spykes: Terrible tones tacked onto a tapestry of mangled inzanity thru a crazed mental plane. Horrible.
Pool Water: Dog Lady, Connelly, Zone Force- live in the Comfort zone and on a trial leading to hiding places. Violin, flute, guitar = mixed together for an uncomfortable loose skin dangling in the dry wind.
Three long tracks of ZEAL-ish style. Triple ack attack. Cover covers, numbered.” – John Olson.

Various Artists
We Are All One, In The Sun: A Tribute To Robbie Basho

Alt Vinyl AV-030

LP
£12.99


Vinyl edition of this excellent tribute to the American Primitive genius of the late Robbie Basho from a bunch of players with a deep connection to the source including Glenn Jones, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Helena Espvall (Ghost/Espers), Meg Baird (Espers), Arborea, Fern Knight, Cian Nugent and Rahim AlHaj. Buncha female vocal tracks are particularly choice here, highlighting Basho’s gift as a highly idiosyncratic singer as well as a visionary instrumentalist. Dedicated to the memory of Jack Rose. 180g vinyl, edition of 300 copies. 

Vom Grill
De Vlag Hangt Halfstok

Chocolate Monk Choc-209

CD-R
£3.99


"Some sonic events do not qualify as “music” no matter how hard you shake them. That’s my feeling, anyway, and if it’s not yrs then I suggest that it will be once you’ve been subjected to the sound of this new release by Vom Grill.
The name itself is a trick, since the sounds are generated solely by the evil Belgian, Dennissssss Tyfusssssss. But naturally no one would even consider buying this things it it had Dennissssss’ name prominently attached, so they invented a fucking soubriquet for him – Vom Grill. What the fuck is that supposed to be? The name of Richard Meltzer’s new coffeeshop? Yeah, well – not hardly. This particular Vom Grill abortion is a three track plunge into all that is annoying about Belgian food. The first course is like a melange of simpering, whining children, smeared with mayonnaise, croaking that they only want a peanut. It goes on for less than five minutes, but it feels like a week. The second track is Tyfusssss’ ignorant attempt to “just take a break, people.” He tries to calm the kids down by playing xylophone notes on his own rib cage, but he’s too fucking fat to pull it off, so he whistles mock-xylo notes while the kids fiddle around with some sort of pudding make from bread crumbs and gristle. Great. The final track is the sound of Vom being submerged in a vat of Belgian ale, bobbing to the surface with all his little electric thistles spinning while he burps for help. Like he really fucking wants it. In my day if someone was heard uttering this sort of nonsense we’d shove a little broom up his and/or her ass and make him and/or her wear a rubber glove on his and/or her head. What does Nyoukis do? He actually releases the shit. These laddies richly deserve each others’ company. What the fuck did we do to rate similarly shoddy treatment? Waiter? My check." - Byron Coley

Work/Death
Vasectomy Desires (Version)

Tone Filth TF-43

C25 Cassette
£4.99


Metal-throttling new work from Work/Death that combines tapes of treated piano ala Philip Corner with glassy drones, baroque organ fantasias and a hugely threatening atmosphere. Numbered edition of 125 copies all in beautifully hand screened cases, inserts and tapes. Recommended.

Christina Carter
Character Study

Drawing Room Records No Cat

LP + Chapbook
£14.99


Stunning new conceptual work, long time in the making, from spectral songwriter/guitarist Christina Carter of Charalambides: accompanied by a chapbook that crosses poetic musings with interrogative enquiry, Character Study puts the soul of the 21st century artist on trial across two side long meditations for electric slide guitar, tambourine, bells and dark, miles deep F/X. Hypnotically subdued, with an uncanny feel of being directed, Carter power moans and shivers her way through two ghostly blues madrigals that pin your heart to the floor, transposing the ‘weight’ of Patty Waters College Tour to the kind of parched soul terrain of a Jandek or even a Skip Spence. Stunning, late night soul poetry, highly recommended. 

Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre Du Quebec
1973

TNZR 051

LP
£10.99


Historically potent unearthing of this amazing underground free jazz ensemble, reputedly Quebec’s first free improvising group. These guys had a very obscure LP on London in 1969 but this later set blows even that out of the water, recorded at Radio Canada’s Studio 13 on 13th May 1973. Consisting of Jean Prefontaine on tenor saxophone and flute, Yves Charbonneau on pocket trumpet, Jean-Guy Poirier on drums and Yves Bouliane on double bass, the group were also involved in radical politics and contemporary avant garde art, at one point purchasing some land with the intention of establishing an artists’ commune. The music is simply phenomenal, played with the kind of otherworldly energy of the original Albert Ayler Trio, with the brass scraping the goddamn ceiling while bass and drums hook up with alla the ferocity of Han Bennink and Maarten Altena on Marion Brown’s wild Porto Novo side. Some of the more spacious pieces have the ghostly orchestral aspect of Bill Dixon’s compositions cut with a feel for genuinely radical sonics and mournful testifying brass w/long breathy tones punctuated by martial explosions of percussion. Indeed, this is up there with Eremite’s amazing Aboriginal Music Society box set in terms of uncovering major lost fire music ensembles. Fans of New York Eye & Ear Control, Duo Exchange, Babi, Sonny’s Time Now et al *need* a copy of this in their collection. 180g vinyl. Phenomenal and very highly recommended!

 

Von Himmel
Rock N Roll Animal/Traum Esel

Donkey Disk No Cat

LP
£18.99


Fantastic new album from this outta space commune w/connections to Aswara/Death Chants et al: this is a wild ride, kicking off with a weird fractured Harry Pussy-play-Can vibe before they part the gates of the lizard mind and make with some lucid six string rip that projects a fantasy Tony McPhee/Manuel Gottsching/Ray Russell hybrid via an Xpressway style pile-up. The drums are stumpy and weird as all hell, with a staggered Jandek/Shaggs/Tori Kudo appeal but the vibe is mind-blotting avant space rock. Indeed, there’s an almost Matthew Valentine/Environments style logic to the way the strings bend all over the known universe of sound. Over on the flip, the second of two side long jams gets more into way-out tone-float with a lucid Roy Montgomery-plays-Popol Vuh vibe cut with enough ‘real people’ muscle that the whole deal somehow had me thinking of Jim Collins and the Music Performed By The High Mass privates. Either way, this is a phenomenal side, balancing full-bore psych moves with a great non-musicianly edge and a totally fractured atmosphere. Artwork by Bart De Paepe of Sloow Tapes. Highly recommended! 

Warmer Milks
Radish On Light

No Label No Cat

Art Edition LP
£4.99


Very limited white label art edition version of the new Warmer Milks LP, with covers hand painted by the band themselves: ...new album from this excellent US underground cell bundles a wildly variant clutch of escape strategies, from modal, snake-stoning guitar that sounds like Pentangle plays Savage Republic through Swans-scale monolithomania, elongated psych rock jams, scrabbly pots of improvised chatter and a weird Ralph Records/MX-80/Subterranean Modern avant-American goof feel.

Willie Lane
Recliner Ragas

Humito HUM-1004

LP
£18.99


Stunningly rendered deluxe vinyl upgrade for what was originally Willie Lane’s debut 2006 solo album released as a limited CD-R on MV&EE’s Child Of Microtones imprint: Willie Lane’s guitar stylings orbit a similar blues cosmos to Matt Valentine, with string concepts that draw as much from Loren Mazzacane, Pat Kilroy and Conny Veit as they do from late Fahey. Lane is a record hound of considerable renown and has osmosed a whole raft of backwards alphabets in his time, meaning that the arc of his various instrumental compositions is never as straightforward as your average folk-toking guitar slinger. The atmosphere here is as spectral as a your favourite worn through 78, albeit tarred with a muzz of deep-space gloop, and the way he navigates cold, bleak space with nothing but thin breaths of silver makes for a pretty unique throatful of gum. Totally great. Features a guest appearance from Erika Elder on cumbus and flute. Produced by Matt Valentine in MV Spectrasound and with classy liner notes from MV too. Highly recommended!

Christina Carter
Of The Gutter

Many Breaths Press No Cat

CD-R
£12.99


"Incredible archival set by Christina Carter from a solo performance in London on 26 October 2004.  This art edition comes in a run of only 122 signed and hand-numbered copies with a variety of art paper sleeves in the usual Many Breaths style and is available exclusively from Volcanic Tongue.  Described by Christina as her ‘most broken and expressionist performance to date' this set features radically reworked interpretations of early solo and Charalambides material in a style that can be best described as deconstructed Texas blues by attempting to combine the voice, rhythm and slide guitar of these complex songs via a single solo performance.  Here Christina seems to be taking direct inspiration from original country blues slide players like Blind Willie Johnson and Bukka White while translating them to the present via a variety of aggressive playing styles filtered through the psychedelic blues of Jandek and Keiji Haino.  At times the playing reminds me of Bill Orcutt, not necessarily in terms of technique or sonics, but more in approach, the way the guitar is attacked furiously combining both lead and rhythm techniques simultaneously. She launches frantic flurries of slide notes while always returning to the root chord’s open tuning in the same way that Orcutt's playing always returns to that de-tuned bottom C-string.  The rhythm playing itself is anything but straight-forward with syncopated and staccato-styled playing of slashed chords.  You could imagine this as being a very physical performance with Christina moving and contorting between playing high-end slide and off-beat open chords that seem to continually resonate providing the songs' wayward rhythms and building intensity.

 On the opening track "Namaste" the slide playing gets particularly aggressive towards the end, with flurries of improvised notes sounding almost like Christina's interpretation of Heather Leigh’s wilder pedal steel work transposed to slide guitar.  The song is offset by a vocal melody that sounds as connected to traditional Celtic folk as much as country or gospel blues, giving the track a strange balance that reflects the inner conflict perfectly. One of the highlights is her interpretation of two classic early Charalambides tracks from Joy Shapes and Unknown Spin: "Here, Not Here" and "Voice Within".  The guitar playing moves seamlessly between delicate finger-picked melodies and crashing chords laden in reverb and echo providing a permanent wall of sound.  Slightly reminiscent of the atmosphere on Keiji Haino's classic Affection album and with a similar use of overlapping repetitive rhythms as on his recent Seijaku recordings.  This also really demonstrates Christina's ability as an accomplished guitar player with at times some slightly more eastern or Malian blues-sounding scales being used.  The more aggressive wailing vocals often heard on her Scorces recordings is also evident.  There is a wonderful moment where Christina moves between one of her falsetto screams and her softer tone when her voice breaks reminding us of the fragility of the performer herself. 
With so many of the recent Many Breaths releases focusing on voice and melody such as A Blossom Fell or even poetry as on Seals, it’s great to hear this other dimension of such an important artist. This is Christina as a blues-influenced solo performer jamming wild interpretations of the form in a psychedelic outlaw style that could only come from Texas. Highly recommended." - Andrew Ross

Loren Connors/Vapour Theories
Split

Carbon Records CR-216

LP
£10.99


Edition of only 300 copies ‘RSD only’ LP that pairs a desolately beautiful solo guitar piece from Venusian master Loren Connors with a twin guitar testimonial from Vapour Theories aka Michael and John Gibbons of Bardo Pond: the Connors piece is drawn from a 2011 live show at London’s Cafe OTO and its stunning. It starts off in aching single note style, with heart-fluttering vortices of fuzz and heartbreak that touch on aspects of Keiji Haino’s early Fushitsusha work before exploding into a mesmeric chord ascension that marries a heady emotional momentum with some radically extended technique, as he attacks the body of the guitar, tearing percussive explosions and heavy textural gravities from six singing strings. Incredible. The Vapour Theories side is the perfect compliment, with both Gibbons wrestling heavy meta forms from twin guitars that sing with e-bow drones and that match Swastika Girls-style otherworldly electricity with the kinda mangled approach to free form of Charalambides circa Joy Shapes. Two sides of inspired electric guitar instrumentals that would reinvent the goddamn form. A beauty; comes with a download code, very highly recommended! 

Heather Leigh
Nightingale

Golden Lab Records ROWF-48

LP
£14.99


Stunning new amp-destroying solo pedal steel album from Heather Leigh: in the tradition of classics of the form like Fushitsusha’s The Caution Appears, the recording for Nightingale was so intense that it left no room for vocals whatsoever, and as such it stands as the premier document of the outer reaches of free pedal steel instrumentalism ever bled to wax. Recorded in Mono, direct to tape, the sounds has a dense, grainy, overloaded aspect that touches on Terry Riley’s tape-trance works while mainlining the guitar smashing part of Jimi Hendrix and pushing further into the free metal/third ear soundings that Leigh minted in collaboration with Stefan Jaworzyn as part of their Annihilating Light duo. Clusters of Takayanagi-scale tone violence flash in dense, gridlocked signatures of pure psychedelic overload, with obsessive, microtone thick motifs repeated to the point of oblivion and a raging country-billy feel that exceeds a fantasy Nanjo-produced Akiyama/Flynt summit in terms of the sound of true American Primitive. In the lineage of Sonny Sharrock, Rudolph Grey, Donald Miller and Keiji Haino, Nightingale may just be the heaviest slice of female ever channelled via savagely protesting strings and lays down a whole new now for the future of guitar as guitar. You never heard such sounds. Comes in a dazzling glammed up Richter-style sleeve with silver on black printing, edition of only 250 copies, won’t hang around for long, so make your move! Very highly recommended, naturally! 

Malucosbaba featuring Nishijima Masao
Night Of Yamanba And Another Moon

Kosuba 001

CD-R
£3.99


Second self-released album from this enigmatic Japanese underground unit, with stumpy instrumentals for snare-kick, percussion and ginchy acid guitar that sound something like Tori Kudo's early Rough Trade tribute band's inspired re-think of Harry Partch's Gate 5 catalogue. Ranges from Mayo Thompson-esque miniatures through unaccompanied vocal passages that sound like praying to The Godz and some super-primitive Beefheart/Oshiri Penpenz style fuzzing blues. "This is the sound of a highly personal/sparsely-inhabited musical universe and is highly recommended." Comes in hand-made art paper package with stuck-on art. Very limited run.

Seesselberg
Synthetik 1

No Label S-1

LP
£16.99


Another unlikely limited LP reissue of a masterpiece of German electronic experimentation: Eckart and Wolf-J Seesselberg recorded this amazing private press LP between the years of 1971 and 73 in Hamburg and Dusseldorf, experimenting with radical modular synth set-ups ala Silver Apples, Conrad Schnitzler, Jurgen Karg et al. Mostly performing at art galleries and art spaces, Wolf was inspired by the composer Karl-Birger Blomdahl and his electronic tone generator while Eckart spent ten years building his own synthesizer from scratch. Luckily the duo recorded most of their performances and this 1973 private press LP gathered the best of the recordings, with radical, a-formal massively austere tone workings that would marry MEV circa Leave The City, the kind of occult electronic workings of the Kenneth Anger soundtracks and the deep space soundings of  the loneliest electro satellites. Some tracks sound as if they are tracking solar shortwaves, with the kind of high phantom tones of spinning satellites hallucinated via pulsing waves of almost Hawkwind-scale space ritual over the kind of radical rhythmic drone punk of the whole Cluster/Harmonia axis. But really this is a much darker and more abstract affair, with wonky funereal melodies and lonely bloops over primitive handmade rhythm machines and with the kind of austere, 20th century classical ‘feel’ that would launch Nurse With Wound. Truly, a massively dark and totally out side of early hands-on modular synth drone beamed straight from the dark heart of the new German music. Fans of CCCC, Michel Waisvisz’ Crackle, AMM/MEV, United Dairies even late period Shadow Ring need to plug the fuck in. A masterpiece, very highly recommended!

Clive Fencott
Restringing A Rotary Clothes Line

Feral Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£3.99


Edition of 40 copies with letter press printed sleeves that presents a fascinating collection of sound poetry works from Clive Fencott, best known as Bob Cobbing’s partner in Oral Complex in the 1980s and for his signal 1980 split LP with Paul Dutton, Blues, Roots, Legends, Shouts And Hollers. A recent performer at the Colour Out Of Space festival in Brighton, Restringing A Rotary Clothes Line presents a choice selection of recordings from Fencott with a wide variety of approaches, running from re-created underwater dialogues and demolished minimalist syntax through full-on body soundings. A fantastic outing, recommended. 

Eric Thielemans
EARR Plays A Snare Is A Bell

Sub Rosa SRV-339

LP
£8.99


Stunning new piece from percussionist/vocalist/composer Eric Thielemans, here working with the EARR ensemble: I still treasure the solo percussion/vocal performance that Thielemans gave a few years back in Athens where he held an entire room mesmerised across a series of minimal drum skin soundings and subtle vocal interactions, coaxing psychedelic overtones from his deconstructed drum kit while he sang softly just beneath them. The effect was as magical and transportive as the most devotional minimalism and outside of Keiji Haino’s spell-binding hurdy-gurdy/vocal recordings has little parallel in contemporary avant thought. EARR Plays A Snare Is A Bell pushes his remit further still, opening out his concept of occupying and super-charging the acoustic properties of the performance space with nothing but a snare and vocals by inviting an ensemble of friends and musicians to respond to his concepts in whatever form they inspired. Here he recruits two vocalists, a double bassist, a pianist and keyboardist, a trombonist and a guitarist and the results go far beyond any clichéd notion of minimalism or lower case exposition. Indeed, the most startling thing about the ensemble response is just how liberated and aesthetically far-ranging it is. Here we have pieces of sumptuous brass and strings that sound like nothing less than Maher Shalal Hash Baz plays The Art Ensemble’s Les Stances A Sophie, strange chamber music instants that sound like odd Chie Mukai/Bill Wells duets, a profoundly moving setting of a Shakespeare sonnet for piano and vocals that is as heartbreaking as anything by Richard Youngs or Alasdair Roberts, creeping metal drone-eroticism that could almost be Neubauten, oddly affecting vocal folk polyphonies, settings from Purcell and Bach that posit a series of contemporary readings that are focused on the sonic aspect of the music as much as the actual notation... Indeed, this is the most liberated take on free music I have encountered in an age, factoring in all sorts of unlikely influences and contagions while responding to Thielemans’ exuberant opening up of the possibilities of sound and communal expression when given a single singing tone and a reverberant room to react to. More formally radical than any recent ‘improv’ side, this stunning LP is one of the releases of the year and sets Thielemans’ music and concept up as a profound catalyst for expression of all sorts, from mournful avant classical drones through beautiful folk laments, odd fire music refrains and radical metallic drone. A singular release, haven’t heard anything remotely like it, very highly recommended!

Good Area
French Antarctica

Kye #24

LP
£16.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!


Beautifully perplexing debut album from this Philadelphia-based duo on Graham Lambkin’s Kye imprint: Lambkin compares Good Area’s endlessly wayward guitar/beatbox/cornet/room sound jams to “bastions of shoe-box cassette culture” and NWW-listers like The Decayes and Semool as well as Vanity recording artists like Nishimura Alimoti and they certainly orbit the more cracked ‘beyond technique’ modes of the sub-underground. French Antarctica consist of one constantly mutating jam across two sides of wax that combines the kind of fractured atonal guitar and room sound riffing of one of Derek Bailey’s letter-cassettes with heroic non-musicianly chops that are somewhere between Royal Trux circa “Strawberry Soda Pop” and Slugfuckers. The mangled cornet is resolutely ‘post’ Cosey Fanni Tutti while the crude beatbox-isms give it a weird sci-fi appeal that is true teen scientist. As the piece unfolds the guitar gets into some wilting six string barbarism before its interrupted by an advert or a public information broadcast or some kind of television overspill before the microphone pulls back and the sound of the room comes flooding in. Suddenly you’re perched on the end of a bed, in a small room in nowhere USA crying straight to tape in the dark. Nothing remotely like it, with an equally confounding sleeve and insert, feels entirely appropriate that it would have some kind of historical link with The Shadow Ring. One of the premier left-field releases of the year – highly recommended!

Hobo Sonn
Wary The Mind

Amen Absen 003

LP + 3” CD-R
£12.99


Second full-length vinyl from Brighton’s Ian Murphy aka Hobo Sonn. Hobo Sonn’s glorious self-released debut floored pretty much everyone who heard it, drawing comparison to everyone from Nurse With Wound and Aaron Dilloway through Total and Heemann/Chalk. This new album, released by the Canadian Amen Absen label, is just as consummately out, with a sound that’s as deep as a thunderstorm and as exactingly detailed as Steven Stapleton’s obsessive studio work circa Spiral Insana. The palette is fairly minimal, with thin feedback tones, bells and Morse code tattoos suspended above a gulf of black electronics populated by slow tectonic shifts that sound like a more planetary scale Whitehouse complete with phantom/hallucinated melodies that come across like phantom snatches of processed choirs with a single guitar dissolving simple repeating folk motifs in reverb somewhere just beyond the horizon and hypnotically reductive two-tone pulses gradually fading to silence. The sound is as empty and oppressive as a wall of overheated amplifiers singing softly to themselves but it’s the surreal feel for detail, for odd sonic topography, that makes this a deeply psychedelic trip and a must for in-depth headphone investigation. File alongside classics like Heemann/Akita’s Sleeper Awakes On Edge Of Abyss, the Nord LPs, Alan Lamb’s Night Passage, Bernhard Gunter’s Un Peu de Neige Salie et al. Edition of 330 copies but all VT copies come from the special 120 copy sub-edition that features a bonus 3”. Highly recommended. 

Ludo Mich
s/t

Beniffer Editions/Bennifer Editions No Cat/No Cat

Cassette
£6.99


Fabulous cassette from European artist/sound poet Ludo Mich. The A side pitches him with Japanese improviser Kiyoharu Kuwayama with Mich’s vocals – by turn disturbing and hilarious – given an eerie post-production job by Kuwayama complete with high ghostly reeds and thin veils of electronics. Over on the flip Mich performs “The Fluidium – Superstrings And Strings Travel Together To The Singularity Of The M-Dimension” at Gallery Dagmar De Pooter in Antwerp with his exuberant free vocals and extreme body soundings accompanied by Kris Wanders on sax and Maarten Tibos and W. Ravenveer on synths. One of Mich’s best. Comes in full-colour screened fold-out cigarette-box package. Edition of 100 copies. 

Pale Blue Sky
Shades Of Grey

Arbor #137

12” EP
£3.99


New project from Mike Pollard (Treetops) that moves from free-floating drone work into a more deliberately nuanced compositional setting. The sound has some of the endlessly magnified slow-motion feel of Andrew Chalk or Justin Meyer’s work, with waves of entropic melody dissolving into themselves again and again. The sky blue void on the cover works as the perfect visual counterpoint to the pure deep-field tones of the music. Plays at 45rpm. Edition of 400 copies.

Warmer Milks
Radish On Light

Troubleman TMU-177

LP
£2.99


Tough to source vinyl edition of the new album from this excellent US underground cell bundles a wildly variant clutch of escape strategies, from modal, snake-stoning guitar that sounds like Pentangle plays Savage Republic through Swans-scale monolithomania, elongated psych rock jams, scrabbly pots of improvised chatter and a weird Ralph Records/MX-80/Subterranean Modern avant-American goof feel.

Alex Von Schlippenbach
The Living Music

Cien Fuegos CF-007

LP
£18.99


The Globe Unity Orchestra’s vast, murky sound might have effectively amplified the revolutionary tumult of the times but it was attributable as much to extra-musical variables – like miniscule budgets, limited availability of equipment and the fact that no one had yet worked out how to properly capture this music on tape – as it was to a deliberate musical aesthetic. Either way, it actively defines all of the best recordings of the era, from Brötzmann’s epochal 1968 album, Machine Gun and Manfred Schoof’s great European Echoes (1969), through to the collected radio performances bundled on Globe Unity 67/70 and Schlippenbach’s own 1969 recording, The Living Music. A ferocious septet performance recorded the same day as Brötzmann’s legendary Nipples album in 1969, Schlippenbach named The Living Music – and the ensemble that played at FMP’s first Total Music Meeting in November 1970 – after Julian Beck and Judith Malina’s Living Theatre. A key European side, The Living Music features the world-beating line-up of Schlippenbach on piano and percussion, an incredible performance from Peter Brötzmann on tenor and baritone saxophone, Michel Pilz on bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, Manfred Schoof on cornet and flugelhorn, Paul Rutherford on trombone, J.B. Niebergall on bass and bass trombone and Han Bennink on drums and percussion. A great marriage of Schlippenbach’s orchestral compositional vision and break-out firebrand performances from the new European punks, The Living Music remains a key European free jazz side, restored to heavy 180g vinyl. Highly recommended. 

Antipan
s/t

Pulled Out PULLLP-001

one-sided LP
£8.99


Wild quartet art brut from Australia: two guitars, vocals and bass piloted through a rapidly collapsing universe by a bunch of fists who have done more to upset and bolster traditions of rock freak than anyone else down under, with Matt Earle of Breakdance The Dawn and Sumugan Sivanesan on guitars, Nick Dan (xNoBBQx) on bass and vocals and Anthony Guerra (Black Petal) on drums. Post-Harry Pussy/Shaggs/Guys N Dolls-style disobedient rock brut, highly recommended. Pink vinyl w/insert and etched disc. 

Ben Hall’s She Shells String Trio
Negatively Complicating A Procedure That Is Already Flawed

8MM 060

LP
£12.99


Edition of only 150 copies LP with handmade covers that documents a killing free trio led by percussionist Ben Hall (Graveyards/Bill Dixon et al) and featuring violinists C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Mike Khoury: this is a massively psychedelic side, with two void-gobbling violins that flutter in and out of corporeal reality with alla the grace of the heady string side of Albert Ayler’s Greenwich Village masterpiece while touching on aspects of Keiji Haino’s hurdy gurdy work, Ornette’s power-sawing and some truly alien, speaking in tongues power droning. Hall has a lightness of touch and a knitting needle speed here that gives the nod to Rashied Ali’s navigation of Interstellar Space but truly this is a profoundly alien music and a radical new trio line-up. Very highly recommended!

Bill Orcutt
VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume Ten

Vin Du Select Qualitite #10

LP
£16.99


Stunning limited edition set of new solo acoustic guitar work, Orcutt’s first set of all-new compositions in years, part of the on-going VDSQ series of all acoustic albums: Orcutt is of course best known as a string-mangler par excellence for Harry Pussy but since then he has diverted the ferocious form-gobbling amphetamine style of his group work towards new vectors of epileptic American Primitive visioning and I can’t think of a side that better represents the metamorphosis than this. His melodic invention – as it was in Harry Pussy – is true speed of thought, unloading all sorts of gloriously tactile string detail over extended, epic compositions that run from rolling, obsessively repeated folk fanfare ala Albert Ayler through the kind of rhythmic ticks and moments of wildly diverted temporal brutality that would re-wire acoustic blues as radically and definitively as Fushitsusha reconstructed psychedelic rock. Orcutt’s great automatic vocal accompaniment is on full display here too, power moaning and singing/crying into knots of barbed overtone w/the kind of lowdown rapture that feels fully sanctified. Imagine Orcutt’s power/punk instants fully dilated and vibrating like a ghost in the corner of a barren room then throw in a hallelujah choir and a commitment to dissonance that goes way beyond the long blank and you’re at least orbiting this wild free/folk music satellite. Peerless, genre-gobbling six string excess, highly recommended!

C. Spencer Yeh
Songs 2002

What The…? Records What-006

one-sided LP
£8.99


Unlikey compilation of early song-based pieces by C. Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core et al in an edition of only 135 copies on his own private imprint. Guitar and vocals from 2001 that seem to bridge the whole Twisted Village/Northwest USA basement songwriter vibe with the contemporary Brooklyn DIY style. Pretty surreal, played this to a few people and no one could believe it was Spencer.

Carlos Giffoni
Severance

Hospital Productions HOS-253

CD
£2.99


"After developing his calling card on Adult Life and the eternal releases Carlos Giffoni defines his signature with compositional electronic music. Melding the analog drone colliding tonality of the past expressions and introducing minimalist sequencer details a pure electronic landscape is cultivated that nurtures the formation a man makes in stepping from the mysteries of youth into adulthood." - HP.

Chris Benedetto Madak
Bees Removed

Deception Island DI-23

Cassette
£6.99


“First-ever all-acoustic, al fresco DI sesh, for fans of springtime and the “what the fuck is even happening right now?” aspect of ye olde high concept editions. The backstory is that, when the snow melted in my neighborhood a few months ago, an acquaintance of mine discovered a seriously corroded upright piano rotting on its back in a vacant lot. The material for this tape was recorded on-site, over the course of a week of daily visits, during which the skeletal remains of the instrument were thoroughly rearranged and new techniques and preparations tested and refined. “Bees Removed” is, in a sense, the sound of the mangled/distended piano tapes featured on Bee Mask releases such as “How Softly Sings the Kettle, How Sweetly Chimes the Clock” (Arbor, 2008) unspooled and resituated as experiments toward the assembly of a technical vocabulary in real time, an absurd and open-ended array of stark impact, scrape, clatter, and the barest ghost of the instrument as resonant body, treated with a sensibility not dissimilar to the one found in the outdoorsy bits of Christiansen’s “Abschiedssymphonie” and throughout the Euro-postflux canon, generally speaking.” – DI. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Conrad Schnitzler & Wolfgang Seidel
Consequenz 010B

Mirror Tapes MT-008

Cassette
£6.99


Another excellent cassette on the great Mirror Tapes, Consequenz 010B documents a meeting between Conrad Schnitzler – still the greatest exponent of austere Industrial synth and electronics – and long-term collaborator Wolfgang Seidel. Recorded in an abandoned subterranean bunker beneath the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, the atmosphere is suitably macabre and claustrophobic, with Schnitzler generating some of his most psychedelic creations, ranging from wobbly purple architectures of electronics through ominous blocks of silence torn apart by invasions of odd keyboard melodies and sudden bursts of noise. The feel is highly ritualistic, almost like a séance, and there’s a weight to the music that is lacking in some of Schnitzler’s later work, a seriousness and a weight of execution that makes this one of his best contemporary recordings. Edition of 250 copies, long OOP!

Dan Melchior
Slow Down Tiger

Starlight Furniture Company *27

LP
£16.99


Stunning new psychedelic tape/collage work in an edition of 300 copies from Dan Melchior who has rapidly ascended to the apex of DIY concrete assemblage after fully extricating himself from verse/chorus punk: two sidelong works here, the first of which is simply dazzling and truly otherworldly, starting off with beautifully rendered sounds of riot from the poll tax disturbances of 1990 and taking off into a phantom requiem that includes the ghostly voices of Nicanor Parra, Basil Bunting and Gerard Manley Hopkins as well as a clip from Sult, the Swedish film based on Knut Hamsun’s Hunger, over elegiac loops and the kind of half-light drones of the Fothergill end of the United Dairies catalogue. Beautiful, classical in scope and assembled with a higher-minded musical logic, it’s one of Melchior’s hand-down best conceptions to date. Over on the flip we get another sidelong track, “Hospital Poem”, a solitary holy music minimalist classic that combines outer-space Nitsch-ian harmonium/accordion/organ drone with the slowly unravelling devotional feel of a Popol Vuh mass as distressed by William Basinski. Stunning – or as the label put sit – “prolific maverick bridges the canyon between ghostly fragments from a warped Fleetwood Mac spin-off and an Alan Licht-curated Freakazoids Of Minimalism list.” Okay! Very highly recommended!

Dead Machines
Eaten By Time

Meudiademorte

C30 Cassette
£4.99


Limited to 100 in fold-in card sleeve and spray-painted cassette, this is one of the most outrageously fucked duo blats from John and Tovah Olson. Starts off with the sound of cassette decks force-fed spools of vocal rust before punching out a couple of powerchords and moving into extended blades of teeth-curling metal and sick, protesting drone. Totally fantastic - when I first read a review of AMM's The Crypt back in fuck knows when this is exactly what it sounded like inside my brain.

Franz Mon
Stimmen Lauter Stimmen

Tochnit Aleph TA-117

LP
£14.99


Edition of 400 copies collection of early concrete phonetic poems from Franz Mon: Mon (b.1926) was a pioneer in the field of concrete, visual and phonetic poetry and this LP collects some of his early concrete phonetic poems recorded 1962-64 as well as the radio-play 'Ich bin der ich bin die' from 1971. Mon’s focus is on particular mutation of words and text, as well as sudden jump-cuts to parallel epiglottal realities and the results are frequently disturbing and reality-undermining, with aspects of Basil Kirchin’s slowed-down human speech and documentation of autism alongside almost NWW-style nightmare drones and modulated industrial space. His use of acoustic palindromes, run backwards and ‘mirror-symmetrically’ joined, is uniquely brain-rearranging while his radio play work transforms body sounds into eerie choral ascensions. A fascinating side from TA. 

Fricara Pacchu
Space Puppet

Lal Lal Lal #29

Cassette
£2.99


New cassette album from this member of Maniacs Dream is a couple of synth bloops removed from his previous tape that blew out a whole bunch of ears with its radical re-think of brain-storming psychedelic rock. This one is a lot more about electro-rhythms and synth pulse, somewhere between the Suicide of Mr Ray and Diamonds, Fur-Coat, Champagne, Coil circa "Nasa Arab" and some personally-doomy real-people early 80s Kosmiche/synth record. Which makes it sound pretty great, and it kind of is.

Ghedalia Tazartes
Check Point Charlie

Holidays Records HOL-054

2xLP
£24.99


Edition of 400 copies double album from renowned Parisian avantist Ghedalia Tzartes: Check Point Charlie was originally issued on CD by Aaya in 1990 and was the first work specifically conceived by Tazartes to work in the longer form available on CDs. Spread out across two slabs of vinyl it sounds even better. This is a classic in his back catalogue and provides extended examples of alla his fascinations. The hallucinatory tape work and the extended vocal calls come across like the kosmische treatments of Holger Czukay circa “Boat Woman Song”. There are some amazing moments of ethno-flux that have all of the third-eye ululating power of Sun City Girls while the cut-up tape work comes over like a rigorous European re-think of the goofball strategies of LAFMS operatives like Smegma. Beautifully presented too. 

Globe Unity Orchestra
Und Jetzt Die Sportschau: Globe Unity ‘75

Trost TR-116

7”
£6.99


Amazing limited release of a staggering live blow-out from the premier improvising big band of the era, Alex Von Schlippenbach’s Globe Unity Orchestra: this is a wild combination of rollicking big band vamps and all-out brass blurt, dedicated to Evan Parker and recorded by Conny Plank in his studio in May 1975. The line-up is phenomenal, with the addition of Hans Reichel on supremely weirdo guitar as well as heavyweights like Peter Brotzmann, Manfred Schoof, Kenny Wheeler, Rudiger Carl, Evan Parker, Gerd Dudek, Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Rutherford, Peter Kowald, Schlippenbach, Buschi Niebergall and Paul Lovens. An essential addition to the weirdo shelf of killer free jazz 7s, highly recommended. 

Hartmut Geerken
At The Face

Holidays Records HOL-053

LP
£19.99


Great collection of archival material from Geerken, Sun Ra activist, Art Ensemble/Takehisa Kosugi/Sunny Murray collaborator et al in an edition of 200 copies: the A side presents some revelatory free improvisations on Sun Ra’s Bandura Sun Harp from 1994 , which Sun Ra gave him as security for the money Geerken loaned him to get back to the States. The sound is complex and metallic and Geerken has a variety of approaches, from fast Derek Bailey-style twonks to dizzy singing drones. There’s also a multi-tracked piece recorded in Wuppertal in 1995 for eight basses that combine the kinda aggressive string velocities of Iancu Dumitrescu with the sound of The Revolutionary Ensemble. On the flip there’s a beautiful series of recordings for flexible roll piano recorded in a cave on the island of Gavdos in Greece in 2007 that have a serene, meditative quality cut with clunky, beautiful Moondog-isms. 

Jeff Eubank
A Street Called Straight

Drag City DR-11

LP
£11.99


Long-term VT readers might recall that we scored a bunch of original sealed copies of this 1983 private press singer-songwriter LP from Kansas City back in the day – now Drag City, in association with Yoga Records, have reissued it on vinyl. I’ve seen it described as 'yacht rock' but it's nowhere near as swanky or smugly MOR as that painful epithet might suggest. The feel is kinda post-Crosby, Stills & Nash with touches of late-period Tim Buckley and a production style that's straight outta the same bag that birthed Lou Reed's great Blue Mask (recorded the year before). There are some weird effects, sped-up tape, synth and outer space lyrics and the songwriting gets pretty extended, especially on the last track on side one, "Kamikaze Pilot". Cover has some cool fucked-up Dali/Klaus Schulze-style art fantasy, tho Jeff does look a little like David Cassidy on the back, so don't flip it. Might be too sedate a place for some but this far into the game *anything* that fell off the map during the 'classic' rock era sounds good to me.

Joe McPhee & Michael Zerang
Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite)

NoBusiness Records NBCD-32

CD
£12.99


Stellar live recording from one of the greatest living free jazz saxophonists, Joe McPhee, and percussionist Michael Zerang. The range of McPhee’s thought at this point is fairly staggering, exposing himself to playing situations that range from the Chicago underground through Chris Corsano, Peter Brotzmann’s big band and LAFMS fugitives Smegma. But then McPhee has always been a radical thinker, incorporating tapes and electronics early on as part of his Survival Unit. Indeed, I would say that he has never sounded better, bucking the trend for fire musicians to tame the flames as they age and pushing himself headlong into new situations that keep his thinking and playing sharp. Which brings us to this gorgeous new LP from a label that has established itself as one of the premier free jazz imprints, Lithuania’s NoBusiness Records. Recorded live in New Orleans, with titles and themes that reference the city, McPhee’s playing here is so lucid, so beautifully ‘out’, that at points it feels like a compendium of alla the aspects of the saxophonist’s personality that have illuminated his back catalogue reduced to the space of a single set. Zerang gives him plenty of room to spread out, whether playing spare rhythmic tattoos beneath his beautiful pocket trumpet work or chasing the trails of his obsessively raging saxophone. It’s a fucking doozer, is what I’m trying to say. Highly recommended.

Julius Hemphill & Peter Kowald
Live At Kassiopeia

NoBusiness Records NBCD-41/42

2xCD
£16.99


Massively potent set from two world-beating sound-as-thought proponents, both of whom the world lost far too early. Saxophonist Julius Hemphill was a co-founder of St Louis’ Black Artists’ Group – BAG – and his early recordings, Dogon A.D., Coon Bid’ness et al remain singular and defiantly idiosyncratic explorations of the potential of the saxophone. Kowald is, of course, one of the great European free bassists so this beautifully produced and previously unreleased archival set, recorded in Peter Brotzmann’s home town of Wuppertal in 1987, is nothing short of a goddamn treat. The set is split into three sections, with solo spots from Hemphill and Kowald and a final duo session. Kowald’s solo work is always spell-binding and as a showcase for the dazzling array of techniques and approaches he brings to his instrument it’s a treat. Hemphill always sounds great solo, with a feel for phantom architecture that means all of his improvisations feel implicitly directed. The duo sets are the real meat though, with Hemphill’s high, blues-inflected voice given an umbilical to earth tones and smears of drone through Kowald’s deep, propulsive bass work. Recommended.

Kaleidoscope
Forget About Tomorrow: The Singles

Sunbeam Records SBR2LP-5093

2xLP
£18.99


Stunning limited edition 2xLP set from the greatest UK psych group of all time, Peter Daltrey’s legendary Kaleidoscope: Kaleidoscope’s two LPs, Tangerine Dream and Faintly Blowing remain classic underground freakbeat/psych sides and are probably the two most fully realised statements to come out of Floral Albion but it’s as a singles group that Kaleidoscope really made their name so this fantastic deluxe set is pretty much the ultimate Kaleidoscope collection, bundling for the first time all of the 45s they released in their lifetime, including during their later incarnations as Fairfield Parlour and I Luv Wight, taking in UK, Japanese, Dutch and Australian releases. Raucous readings of legendary sides like “Holidaymaker” “A Dream For Julie”, “Do It Again For Jeffrey” and “Flight From Ashiya” make the case for Kaleidoscope as the greatest architects of melancholy/celebratory neverland visions of tomorrow’s world, pushing beyond Syd Barrett and early-Pink Floyd’s lysergic visions of childhood into a zone of pure F/X-addled fantasy. The later tracks maintain the wide-eyed/sad-eyed edge of Daltrey’s genius song-writing while diverting into more progressive/baroque/experimental realms, with a complex, sepia-toned quality that is supremely nostalgic. Truly one of the greatest UK underground psych groups, and some of the greatest songs ever put to wax in the late 60s, gathered here on two slabs of 180g vinyl with a massive booklet with pics and liners from Daltrey, label and sleeve repros and even a reproduction of their first press release. A collector’s dream and one of the major psych reissues of the year – highly recommended!

Kimio Mizutani
A Path Through Haze

Therapeutic Records THR-1001

LP
£16.99


1971 solo LP, the only album that Japanese guitar god Kimio Mizutani (Uganda/Love Live Life +1 et al) cut as a leader. Here he heads a big band that also features keyboardist Kuni Kawachi and pianist Masahiko Satoh. Julian Cope has a blind-spot for this album in Japrocksampler  - but then he dissed the Brush LP, so go figure... I picked it up when it came out on CD years ago in Japan and I still dig it. It mostly consists of delicate orchestral arrangements blown to pieces by Mizutani’s fuzztone lead guitar, generating the kind of surreal headspace that would meld operatic Eastern sonorities with outside garage punk stylings and progressive jazz. If it hardly put Mizutani on the map, it still stands as one of the weirdest marriages of Japanese chamber music and endless distorto guitar ever sunk by a major label. This reissue comes in a replica sleeve and on heavy vinyl. Another fascinating slice of Japanese underground rock history.

Konrad Sprenger
Miniaturen

Choose Records Choose-15(14)

LP
£14.99


Beautiful series of short thematically linked miniature compositions from this sound-thinker with connections to long-string minimalist Ellen Fullman: Sprenger was responsible for much of the musical settings on his and Fullman’s amazing Ort album and here he digs deep into his quizzical use of archaic instruments, ranging through guitar, piano and wood blocks through bird organ and a bizarre violin-piano invention known as a Phonoliszt. At points the short tracks have all of the otherworldly whimsy and melancholy of a Return Visit To Rock Mass or even Go Hirano’s recordings but with more of a baroque, European air. Slight, complex melodies unravel with alla the knotty sophistication of a Mayo Thompson, with movements built on unravelling alternately simple and ornate gestures. Timeless, quizzical, simple and complex, this is a beautiful set of instrumental song and subtly brain-rearranging composition. Recommended. 

Les Conversions
Snowwhite

Holidays Records HOL-059

LP
£16.99


Edition of 200 copies LP from this NNCK satellite that features Jason Meagher, Pat Murano and Dave Shuford: recorded at Black Dirt Studios in 2012, Snowwhite touches on the kind of massively dilated small instrument excess of K-Salvatore, zoning in on very small percussive sounds and twonks and drones, using tapes to twist tongues into new vectors of no-sense and generating weirdly moving polyrhythmic trance forms from an advanced form of sonic sleight of hand. Some of the tracks almost touch on the kind of occult ethno flux moves of the Don Cherry/Ed Blackwell Holy Mountain soundtrack but throw in some low-level/late-night Nurse With Wound list-isms and the experiments in home-bent circuitry of early Storm Bugs and you have the perfect nightmare soundtrack. 

Leslie Keffer & Scott Martin/Hobbledeions
Split

No Label No Cat

Cassette
£4.99


Limited self-released cassette from Keffer documenting her new collaborative project with Scott Martin aka Hobbledeions. Synth, beats and distant female angel vox combine in some of Keffer’s most straightforwardly beautiful bedroom jams. Flip is Martin’s solo project, with crude breakbeats and rolling synth.

Lexie Mountain/Abuelo Hongo
s/t

Heresee HS-060

C60 Cassette
£1.99


Split cassette from Lexie Mountain with a ton of disobedient free associative vocal goof and the duo of Abuelo Hongo, the duo of Triana and Andrew who work violin, flute, guitar, vocals and various pieces of found junk into handmade folk-brut instants ala Finnish subterraneans like Islaja. Limited edition of 100 copies.

Lowest Form
The Lowest Form

Low Recordings LOW-01

7" EP
£6.99


Staggering new hardcore/wipeout quartet rock moves from a new UK group that features Paco Mus, Luke Younger (Helm/Birds Of Delay) and Michael Kasparis (Apostille/Night School Records et al): four tracks that trade bloodied/throat-rending vocals with amphetamine shots of pure thug, classic d-beat rhythms and a feel for the dynamics of fuzz that is almost Japanese. Full length album due on Iron Lung, meantime file this firecracker next to Atentado, Glam, Isterismo, Rotten Masters and Barbed Wire Explosion In The Kingdom Of Atlantis. 

Majutsu No Niwa
Sylvania 7027 Live

8MM 049

LP
£16.99


Massive new live LP from Majutsu No Niwa, Rinji Fukuoka’s post-Overhang Party outfit, in a hand-numbered edition of only 250 copies. Four tracks that explode the group’s previous form, with instrumentals that combine Jimi at Woodstock/early Fushitsusha style guitar-smashing iconoclasm with loose free jazz rhythms and doomy mile high chord progressions alongside a buncha beautiful acid/folk ballads. The opening instrumental has gotta be their most scorched side of post-metal/psych since, uh, Magical Garden? The more punked tracks feel as loose and as lubed as classic Gasaneta but with a crude progressive edge that gives the nod to the Spectator label (Terje, Jesper & Joachim/Blues Addicts/Moses et al) while the ballads are spectacular, with that classic lonesome, reverb dosed feel of your favourite Flashback (w/an especially poignant Shizuka-esque feel) married to aching single note solos that just keep coming on. A spectacular side from these guys housed in a classic basement psych sleeve. What more do you want?!

Makoto Kawabata's Mainliner
Revelation Space

Riot Season Reposelp-036

LP
£13.99


Much-anticipated return for one of the most legendary of Japanese underground power trios: it’s an indisputable fact that Mainliner’s OTT debut, 1996’ Mellow Out, remains one of the most mind-blowing re-thinks of the potential of overloaded power trio dynamics and one of the all-time great Japanese underground monsters. Mainliner were the brainchild of notorious bassist/vocalist Nanjo Asahito, who also fronted High Rise, Musica Transonic, Holy Angels, Toho Sara and a host of other one-off satellites. With Nanjo having basically ‘gone underground’ it has been left to original guitarist Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple et al) to resurrect the group, now dubbed Makoto Kawabata’s Mainliner in deference to Nanjo. Here he returns with original drummer Koji Shimura and with the addition of bassist/vocalist Kawabe Taigen of Bo Ningen. It was the levels of fuzz on Kawabata’s guitar that really defined the Mainliner sound, as well as their propensity for endless incessant two chord boogie riffs, and both are present to the max here, with Kawabata tearing a-formal shapes from a guitar that is literally cracking up with noise while the rhythm section play dunting time-staggered grooves. Kawabe is a good substitute for Nanjo and his languorous reverb-soaked vocals work as a slow-motion foil for the insane levels amphetamine riffage. A massively welcome return to form for these Tokyo underground monsters, vinyl edition ultra-limited and immediately sold out at source, so make your move!

Maurizio Bianchi
Oirt/Emo-Dne

Mirror Tapes MT-009

Cassette
£6.99


Edition of 216 copies that restores a previously lost and unreleased private 1981 cassette from Italian avantist and power electronics avatar Maurizio Bianchi. Oirt/Emo-Dne presents sound sketches that would go towards the realisation of his 1983 masterpiece Endometrio. Endometrio was intended as Bianchi’s introduction of his ‘bionic music’ concept and it’s still a pretty staggering conceptualisation of noise atomics and one that ranks alongside Takayanagi’s Mass Projection and Gradually Projection modes in terms of obsessively regulated electro-formula. Indeed, it’s the Gradually Projection style that dominates here, with some of Bianchi’s most spectral conceptions combined w/the sound of haunted air filtered through primitive effects and analog tape dirt to create a form of oppressively bleak psychedelia. Already sold out from the label: highly recommended. 

Mendocino
Dig A Hole

Old Man Tapes #4

Cassette
£6.99


Very limited private press cassette that documents a free-form group of jammers associated with the whole Aswara/Death Chants cultus up in Asheville, NC: sessions from 2012 and 2013 here, with a heavier raga/sruthi drone zone evaporating into the kinda aquatic thug-drone of an Atlantean “Environments” and further out, with a rural Taj Mahal Travellers-plays-Siloah vibe. Excellent. 

Mike Rep And Friends
Darby Creek Drifter

540 Records

LP
£16.99


Brand new LP from legendary Midwest underground hero Mike Rep: Rep, alongside buddies like Jim Shepard, Tommy Jay, Ron House, Don Howland and Nudge Squidfish, pretty much invented American basement rock/roll DIY via his work with The Quotas and True Believers and his New Age and Old Age/No Age imprints and he was one of the first to fully take rock/roll at its word, coming out of fandom to release some of the most purely focussed avant garage of any age. Darby Creek Drifter presents a series of beautiful new recordings from Rep that range across Velvet Underground covers (a tear-choking version of “Pale Blue Eyes”) through the kinda blasted folk/country of Tommy Jay’s classic Tall Tales Of Trauma. With a cast of many, many friends Rep transmutes Lou Reed-style drug ballads, stoned Michael Hurley-esque slow-mo folk, beautiful paeans to last stands before oblivion and the kinda intuitive grasp of rock/roll form that could easily be a Peter Laughner or Perrett. Another great one from Rep and a necessary addition to the Columbus, Ohio shelf. Very highly recommended. 

Paul Panhuysen
Pendulum Change Ringing

Edition Telemark 314.03

LP
£18.99


A rare vinyl outing from Dutch sound and visual artist Paul Panhuysen in an edition of 300 copies: Panhuysen is best known for his long string compositions and installations and Pendulum Change Ringing employs twelve engraved Turkish metal platters, each mounted onto a black plastic bin, and placed in a 20 meters long row. The rim of each platter is hit by a metal pendulum operated by a tiny electromotor, with each strike triggering resonant blooms of dissonant overtones that lock in and out of phase to produce complex rhythmic patterns that combine in alternately lush and barbarous combinations and time-staggering signatures. Think Neubauten plays the cosmic eternal music of Terry Riley. Beautifully produced and recommended. Full colour sleeve and full liners too. 

Peter Brotzmann/Jason Adasiewicz
Mollie’s In The Mood

Bro Records BRO-5

LP
£31.99


Stunningly produced limited edition vinyl in a one-time only run of 600 copies with hand pulled screen printed covers on heavyweight Stoughton laser disc sleeves by Alan Sherry of SIWA: only the third LP on Bro since the label’s revival, Mollie’s In The Mood is the follow-up to the duo’s tour-only CD, Going All Fancy and it is a monster. Adasiewicz is the most original voice on the vibraphone this side of the MJQ and his playing with Brotzmann has been a revelation for both of them. Recorded live at the Hideout in Chicago in September of 2012 and engineered by Michael Ehlers, this staggering set presents three tracks, with Brotz flitting between alto and tenor sax, b-flat clarinet and tarogato. Brotz’s tone is wounded, reminiscent of the amazing Never Too Late-era, with Adasiewicz flitting between fuzzy single note batteries and clattering percussive clusters. Rather than leaning back, Brotz pushes deep into the overtones of the vibes, playing rough and pleading and testifying w/all the gospel force of a Frank Wright. The sidelong “Mollie’s In The Mood” may be the most ‘romantic’ Brotz performance of recent years, 19 minutes of pure lover man sex and outrageously beautiful black blues that are so lewdly suggestive and body centred that it makes you forget that anyone ever invented the term ‘improv’. A monster set, beautifully assembled, two musicians at the peak of their powers, very highly recommended!

Peter Brotzmann/John Edwards/Steve Noble/Jason Adasiewicz
Mental Shake

Otoroku ROKU-010

LP
£13.99


Deluxe 180g document of this outrageously high-energy date from Cafe Oto in August of 2013 that sees Brotzmann’s amazing duo with vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz combined with his trio with UK heads John Edwards and Steve Noble to generate the kind of a-historical power-visions that would run an umbilical all the way back to the MJQ while formulating a real-time juggernaut dreaming the future. Adasiewaicz and Noble really do sound great together, with the vibes adding a certain alien musicality to Noble’s punked/non-flowing approach to swing. Edwards was apparently wrestling with a broken in-house double bass and a faulty amplifier all night but this somehow only adds to the drama and breakneck invention, at points sounding like he has stepped inside the bass and is fighting his way back out. Brotzmann is on fiery, lyrical form, shredding reeds and chasing the sound to polyphonic peaks while moving between alto and tenor sax, clarinet and taragoto. A fitting 10th release for Cafe Oto’s Ototroku imprint, with full colour offset print sleeves, very highly recommended!

Pitreleh
s/t

Important Records IMPREC-384

LP
£16.99


Full length collaboration between Duane Pitre and Eleh, two modern masters of carving up soundwaves and generating physically bruising phantom spectra: Eleh and Pitre take inspiration from elemental sound forms – vibrational waves, sound, gravity, water – and transmute them into hallucinatory sonic experience. There’s more presence here than on most Eleh sides, with the group working the kind of automating drones and spectral registers of a Soliloquy For Lilith, with tones pooling and falling in mesmerising organic cycles and generating occult centres of gravity through zones of profound almost-stasis. Less abstracted and austere than Eleh proper, perhaps, this one touches on the kind of inner space soundings of reverse pilots like Nurse With Wound and Coil circa Time Machines as much as the long blank of classic 20th century minimalism. Recommended!

Pod Blotz
Timeless

Dungeon Taxis #25

Cassette
£6.99


Great new tape from Pod Blotz: aspects of James Ferraro’s more cosmo-focussed visions here, with zoned, hazy rainbows of keyboard invaded via strange wormhole soundings by otherworldly echoes of radio interference, modulate pop vocals and down-tuned radiophonic glossolalia. Almost a screwed and chopped celestial music, with ecstasy and wine in the place of purple drank. A good one for sure. 

Pool Water/People Pollution/Imaginary Unit In Electronics
Learning For Insipid Zeal

American Tapes AM-830

one-sided LP
£8.99


Excellent LP from American Tapes with tracks from three new units from the Michigan zone. Pool Water is Mike Connelly, Zone One and Mike Collino. People Pollution is Heath Moreland of Sick Llama/Fag Tapes with John Olson. Imaginary Unit In Electronics is Olson solo. Hand-painted sleeves, all different, with collaborative visuals from John Olson and Raymond Salvatore Harmon. Recommended. “Whoa! Hold on now! Here's the big one! All recorded in a one week in late April, here's the line up: Track One ) Pool Water:  Super new heavy unit with Connelly, Zone One and Mega Mike Collino. Violin, kitchen percussion, slow tapes - every ingredient to make your pulse quicken/slow- en!!! The track sounds more akin to a Cook Labs recording of a train journey thru a snow covered mountain at midnight rather than three mug blokes in ultra concentrated jam mode.... Will make your skin stand at attention, soldier!! Recorded in Inzane-Dimension sound with the IZTF in full effect mode. Mad style: File Under: Misshapen Jam Growths. Track Two ) People Pollution: What the? Ultra distorted retardo basement rock trio with Juice & Raddix (AKA Raven Strain Matt and Fag Health AKA Sick Llama Heath) on guitar and bass and Inzane on plodding go nowhere drumming. Was meant to be a Justice-style garage unit turned Frankenstein- style into a twisted distorted Mega-mess! Recorded under the influence of afternoon sun, left over Milwaukee Beasts from the Aries Assault party, and the shadows of the dank interiors of the Frying Pan. WARNING! = worst guitar/bass tone on earth!! Would make Joe Young, Vorkriegphase, and Wretched sell they kitty littered amp speakers for opening a Baskin and Robin's Franchise. Just a stinking rocking mess of a track!! More to come by this mutant unit! Name taken from a strange puzzle the puzzler master Tovah found in a rotten Lansing thrift store. Track Three ) Imaginary Unit in Electronics: Im sure ya'll are like "Why not just call the jam J?" Well, Im not quite sold on the concept of being that you cant take the square root of a negative, but you CAN call it a J and then next thing you know it has a value of 1 or-1. Huh? When rad Instructor Max got asked the question by a stunned Electrical Math class, he just looked down, counted his voltage, current, and resistance markers and said, "Well, that's a discussion for Carl Jung." Shit, lost me too. Like the button my crazed mom had (no ya turkey, not the OVERSEXED one) , = "Ninety Percent of Life is Just Showing Up." True. Soundtrack for confusion, included. So what the hell else for this heavy pack? How about a stupid-colorful overload hand painted collab jackets with artist Raymond Salvatore Harmon, painted in Automatic Writing Style. Why? Cause Tyfuss once told me "Zines and Collaborations keep the underground scene together and alive" You got it!!! Killer flow and strange new sounds will leave your day inzanity haunted with this new comp platter!!! Go nutzo young player. Edition of 100, numbered, hand done, THE WORKS.” – John Olson.

Richard Youngs
Barbed Wire Explosion In The Kingdom Of Atlantis

Sonic Oyster Vinyl SOV-002

LP
£10.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!


LIMITED VT-ONLY EDITION SIGNED BY RICHARD YOUNGS!


Massively anticipated brand new album from Richard Youngs in an edition of only 250 copies, with all VT copies coming with a lyric sheet individually signed by Richard while stocks last: this one has been gestating for a while. Youngs was a big d-beat fan back in the day and has been working towards a vision of an ultra streamlined hardcore record that would combine the protesting/apocalyptic aesthetic of Discharge/Rude Kids et al with the heavenly song-stylings/‘Church of England’ edge that defines the best of his back catalogue. Well this is it. And it’s a monster. The Rotten Masters EP that he cut with Andrew Paine and that was the debut Sonic Oyster Vinyl release points the way but oddly enough the style is less aggressive than on there while still shadowing the whole early-Public Image Limited ‘feel’, especially in Richard’s vocals, which come over like a home counties take on Lydon circa Metal Box. Drum machines kick in with the classic d-beat rhythm and Richard shreds on lead guitar, playing in a fast amphetamine-metal style that trades technique for tectonics. The lyrics are genre-perfect with classic tracks like “More Fucking Stuff” coming over like a typically textually convoluted yet two-fingers pithy assault on consumerism – “more fucking stuff/high rise wilderness/more fucking stuff/these briars of prefabrication/more fucking stuff/random dystopias of regeneration/more fucking stuff” – and classic choruses like “feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling” that marry the hypnotic, bardic style of tracks like “Summer’s Edge” from Summer Wanderer to urban street-fighting aesthetics. Yet despite the potentially generic trappings this is a classic Richard Youngs album with beautifully rendered songs and some truly stirring vocal performances, with his voice given a new sense of urgent delivery, somehow linking his own particular English DIY tradition to parallel currents like Public Image, Crass, A Flux Of Pink Indians and Rudimentary Peni. With perfect scrabbly/messy DIY cover art and an atmosphere that is a confounding mix of strident avant rock radicalism, hardcore refusal, high energy free metal and nostalgic teenage memorial this is at once a defining Richard Youngs side and a massive step outside. Another amazing instalment in one of the most fascinating and unpredictable trips in underground music. Very highly recommended, you need to hear this one...

Richard Youngs
Red Alphabet In The Snow

Preserved Sound No Cat

LP
£16.99


Massive new studio album from Richard Youngs in an edition of only 250 copies: recorded during a visit to Krakow, Poland, Red Alphabet... is a lush, widescreen, hi-fi rendering of Richard’s extended baroque ‘Church Of England’ folk that touches on avatars like Nic Jones, Anthems In Eden, Yes and Nick Drake while cutting up with gloriously bent avant gardisms and an atmosphere that is somewhere between the beautiful acoustic poetry of New Angloid Sound, Sapphie and early Ilk. Using acoustic guitar, banjo, cifteli, classical guitar, bass guitar, electric lead guitar, electric violin, epinette des vosges, shakers, sitar, swanee whistle, tambourine, triangle, 12 string guitar, ukulele and vocals, Richard creates a series of long movements that feel like some of his most overarchingly ambitious and all-out Albion gorgeous work, with peaking wordless vocals pushing the instrumentals to new zones of delicate/cosmic abandon while the second piece almost feels like an acoustic mass rendering of the ecstatic music of Festival, with tumbling acoustic guitars and a feel of hallucinatory, heavenly bells and levitating folk-tronics. A major long-form statement from Richard, disarmingly beautiful and somehow bringing a buncha disparate trails from his back catalogue together in a long, suite based and lush compositional style. Comes in classy re-cycled card sleeves with insert, hand-stamped and numbered. Very highly recommended. 

Safiyya
s/t

Kelippah 011

LP
£14.99


Edition of 300 copies debut from the new duo of Pat Murano (NNCK/Decimus et al) and Brad Rose (The North Sea): Safiyya has a dark soundtrack aspect, with cultic percussion, squiggles of electricity and high ghost tones that come over as somewhere between Amon Duul and Family Underground. Indeed, the Kraut quotient is particularly high, with that same feel for weirdo percussive ritual over sudden UFO touchdowns and moments of pastoral reflection that was birthed in the Swiss mountains by Leary, Ash Ra et al but all rendered with a post-Nurse With Wound surreal studio logic. 

Shattered Minds
s/t

X+Z=0 No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


New heavily-dosed glue-huffing psych moves from the nome-de-dope of Mr Erwin Van Looveren: "Here the guitar eating beast transforms to goats, hence the cover and one side recorded on 6 June 2006. The A side = black mountain goats: has 4 goats mangling guitars to a weatherstorm of distorted and fuzzed out guitars. The B side = goats of the black mountain= 2 goats bringing a storm of more irritating scratching and feedback. Shattered minds doesn't go for entertainment but for the necessary headcleansing" - X+Z=0

Sir Richard Bishop
VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume Eight

Vin Du Select Qualitite #8

LP
£16.99


Latest limited edition instalment in VDSQ’s world-beating series of Solo Acoustic albums, this time from Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls/Rangda et al: this is a stunning set of guitar pyrotechnics from Bishop that confuses American volk forms with fourth world melodies and moments of singing string drone that would re-think the Guitar Soli style of peak Fahey as a conduit through which to channel spiritual esotera and extended non-Western modal strategies. The set unfolds with a logic that is at once circuitous and perfectly nuanced, with each track pushing further and deeper into tight note clusters and endlessly obsessive vectors of string-think. Still one of the unparalleled masters of the guitar soli idiom, at the very apex of his powers. Very highly recommended. 

Smack Music 7/Embla Quickbeam
Split

Tadpole Records No Cat

LP
£10.99


Deluxe limited to only 50 hand-numbered copies LP that pairs Smack Music 7 aka Karen Constance of Blood Stereo et al with Embla Quickbeam aka Rowan Forestier-Walker: the Smack Music side is fantastic, with elements of world music and cultic ritual – gamelan style percussive sonorities, scrabbly hand-rhythms, smeared tape chants, blurred hypnotic vocalese – all channelled through a heady hands-on/DIY tapework style that comes over like Industrial devotional music or field recordings from a ritualistic sect based deep beneath the pavements of Brighton. The Quickbeam side is closer to Nurse With Wound-style investigations of sub-aqueous tones and barely illuminated tectonics, using tape work and a fog of F/X to generate a side-long drone work that feels inhabited by all sorts of phantom sound events. 

Spectre Folk
D.B.A.

Arbitrary Signs No Cat

CD-R
£9.99


Beautiful new limited/self-released live set from Pete Nolan of Magick Markers’ dusted psych/folk project: recorded at Death By Audio by Barry Weisblatt on a binaural microphone, here Nolan has a full-band line-up with Peter Meehan on guitar, Mark Ibold of Sonic Youth et al on bass and Pablo Douzoglou on drums. The vocals are low in the mix, giving the set a low-slung basement appeal that is really appealing as the group work through the kinda warped country that would apply endless wah-wah assaults on the territory of Zuma with the kinda hard-assed approach to backwoods satori of a Jim Shepard or a Jim Collins. Modal guitar stylings and the kinda blasted white-light approach of your favourite late-60s west coast jammers give way to the kinda crude fists of F/X more commonly associated with the Twisted Village label. Comes with a paste-on full colour cover with artwork by Robert Beatty and liner notes from Nolan himself. Recommended. 

Starving Weirdos
Land Lines

Amish Records AMI-044

LP
£8.99


These guys have been busy with a bunch of uniformly great side-projects – Ensemble Economique, RV Paintings et al – but it’s great to see them back with the mothership for this major new release. Here the duo of Brian Pyle and Merrick McKinlay are joined by a host of collaborators for an album that drifts with alla the allusive logic of dreams through a series of spectral drone works and environmental improvisations. The opening “In Our Way” is stunning, conjuring the ghost of Skip Spence from the kind of tape and electronic fuckery that could almost be Dome. Later tracks have an improvisatory feel that is equal parts ghostly gamelan orchestra, Maya Deren soundtrack and SME circa Karyobin with breathy reed sounds and melodica over fourth world jungle environs and great ascensions of devotional keyboard drone. Indeed, there’s a spontaneous orchestral quality to the music that lends it a particular grandeur, building on the kind of phantom scale that Pyle first formulated on the Ensemble Economique sides, with a scope and a sonic palette that is well beyond your average F/X jamming droner. Modern devotional music never sounded so widescreen. Recommended. 

Steeleye Span
Hark! The Village Wait

Castle CMRCD-1251

CD
£3.99


Reissue of the 1970 debut album by Steeleye Span, the only album recorded by the expanded big band/supergroup line-up that featured Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Ashley Hutchings and Gay and Terry Woods. One of the central recordings on the folk/rock canon, this one features masterful arrangements of traditional song including "The Blacksmith", "All Things Are Quite Silent", "The Dark Eyed Sailor", with an especial highlight being the elegiac, constantly peaking version of "The Hills Of Greenmore". Recommended.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
The Dry Triangle

Manhand MH-92

Cassette
£4.99


Edition of only 50 copies archival trawl through some very early, pre-Mind Of A Brother jams from an extended Sunburned Hand Of The Man line-up: “Songs from around the indoor campfire. A very early line-up - the borders books crew / liquid andrew days. Donnelley, Cousin Rich, Chad, Moloney, Thomas & who knows. These tapes are so fun for me to go through because I don't remember a shred of it happening but these are very formative pieces which led to the mind of a brother crew - circa 1997, this one has a starsailor tribe vibe.” – John Moloney.

Terror Of The Deep
Death Of The Gideon

Selection Records SR-011

12” EP
£10.99


Debut vinyl from this unbeatable contemporary New Zealand underground unit in an edition of 300 copies: recorded in Wellington in 2011, Death Of The Gideon combines the kind of euphoric Sixties pop moves of The Chills and Able Tasmans with organ-driven garage moods and a weirdo/geeky pop style that should appeal to anyone who has ever wept over The June Brides. Throw in a hint of The Velvets circa “Ocean” and some irresistible pop hooks complete with ginchy three note guitar solos and it’s enough to make you swear off power electronics for life. Highly recommended!

The Cove
s/t

Catholic Tapes No Cat

2xCassette
£6.99


Edition of 80 copies in card boxes with paste-on wraparound full-colour sleeves. The Cove is Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes/Hair Police in combative electro-acoustic/Industrial ritual mode. Clattering metal and unidentified tectonics conjure the claustrophobic sound of early CCCC and the Akita/Null duets, all played with a wild free music abandon.

The Dead C/Rangda
Dead C Vs Rangda

Ba Da Bing Records BING-081

LP
£17.99


Massive two-header that presents unreleased archival recordings from legendary NZ underground group The Dead C paired with new tracks from the trio of guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance) and drummer Chris Corsano: the Dead C side is a particular revelation, with the discovery of previously unreleased tracks that were under consideration for inclusion on their masterful 1992 album for Flying Nun, Eusa Kills. On the flip Rangda make with some dazzling power trio moves, re-thinking rock dynamics with drooling polyrhythms and overdosed modal guitar histrionics that take off on Sonny Sharrock circa Monkey-Pockie-Boo. 

The Dovers
We're Not Just Anybody

Misty Lane Records Misty-057

10"
£21.99


Super rare complete singles collection from these enigmatic garage punk legends, often spoken of in the same breath as holy teenage talismans like the Bachs LP, first Index, Mystery Meat et al. Best known for "What Am I Going To Do" after it's appearance on Pebbles Volume 2, The Dovers aces-up run of 7"s should appeal to anyone particularly attuned to the more moody/mesmeric end of garage punk satori. This hip 10" comes with an insert that details the full Dovers saga complete with band interview. Pretty much essential.

The Lowest Form
Negative Ecstasy

Iron Lung Records LUNGS-049

LP
£15.99


Fantastic debut full-length collection of thug-punk ecstasy from this London-based group that features Luke Younger (Alter/Helm et al), Michael Kasparis (Night School Records et al) and Paco Mus (La Vida Es Un Mus): Negative Ecstasy explodes outta the goddamn gate with a sound that is equal points Nanjo Asahito circa 1993, Dischord/SST-style freak and breakneck post-d-beat/hardcore mainline. The quartet jam on wall-destroying descending chord breaks like no one this side of Cleveland’s Pagans, marrying garage scorch to amphetamine rigour while puking heavy lung all over the excess. Gotta be a blast to see this live but this heavy duty vinyl outing makes for one of the most exhilarating rock-as-rock statements of the fucking year. Love it. 

The No-Neck Blues Band
Furamingo Josei

Holidays Records HOL-066

LP
£16.99


Edition of 300 copies archival release for New York’s No-Neck Blues Band: these jams date from the mid-2000s, circa Qvaris, and briefly saw the light via Mutant Sounds. This is a major NNCK discovery, the group has a wide, expansive feel here and the playing is unified and super-directed, starting off with this beautiful almost exotica-styled lament that feels like some of the most nostalgic and melancholy music of longing ever birthed by the mothership. It spins out into something a little more recognisable, with a stunted almost-kraut groove destroyed by wah wah guitar, dunts of Czukay-style bass and the kind of otherworldly electronics of a Catherine Riberio + Alpes. The A side kind of resolves itself into a spectacularly busted take on live Sun Ra circa the early 70s  if they all hadda stuck to the keyboards/strange strings angle. On the flip things get even more deranged, with the amphetamine punk feel of a La Dusseldorf giving way to German Oak basement-isms and a final section of weirdo lip work and small percussive levitations. A classic NNCK side, one of their most spectacularly rocking and outside, highly recommended.

The Pilgrims
Spooky Time

Shadoks 083

LP
£23.99


From Japan circa 1972. “Still unknown incredible rare album of mellow Underground with english vocals. Good and rare as gold dust. A beautiful concept album, far away from any avantgarde tunes. The recording was great but the mixing was weak. This album make you shiver. Great artists and performers, electric guitar, piano, drums, bass, beautiful english vocals, all original compositions influenced by the London Underground scene and bands such as Procol Harum. If you think "Martha" is a good album you will like this one a lot.” Shadoks. 180gram vinyl limited to 450 numbered copies

The Sleepers
Painless Nights

Superior Viaduct SV-009

LP
£12.99


First time reissue of this key SF art/punk/weirdo rock group’s only album, 1981’s Painless Nights: The Sleepers were at the nexus of an amazing scene back in the day, with singer Ricky Williams also playing in local legends Crime and the group featuring Alex Gibson of BPeople and Tom Recchion of Airway/LAFMS et al as well as Michael Belfer of Tuxedomoon. Joe Carducci described The Sleepers in Rock And The Pop Narcotic as “an awesome powerhouse live. They were an appropriate refinement of The Stooges, and what Joy Division might have developed into had they the balls." A key part of their appeal is Williams’ amazing vocals that range all over the pace, emoting in a way that’s somewhere between leery free-association and the kinda earnest pop frontman-isms of Graeme Downes of The Verlaines. The songs trade spare, fully-punked settings for a wide open, endlessly unravelling feel that touches on west coast psychedelic traditions while playing it taut and heavy. Indeed Carducci’s Stooges/Joy Division axis neatly sums up the kind of Anglo art stance meets hardcore USA feel of this beguiling record, one that still feels like a one-off and that exerts a weird addictive pull that is extremely hard to finger, something to do with the depth of feeling or the degree of belief, the taking punk at its liberatory word, that makes this a really special record. This edition comes with a brand new essay by Carducci. Recommended. 

Three Legged Race
Persuasive Barrier

Spectrum Spools SP-022

LP
£10.99


Debut full-length album, recorded over five years, for Robert Beatty of Hair Police’s solo project: inchoate cut-up vocals and fucked-up beats give Persuasive Barrier a dark, Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV/Coil vibe and the electronics have a heady ‘automating’ appeal. The drones are microtone thick and have a devotional aspect to them that comes over like some of the more gothic Krautrock but it’s all cut up with a deeply illogic style, jump-cutting from transcendent tone ascensions to minimal beats and deconstructed speech that gives it the feel of an hallucinatory travelogue through surreal, imaginary landscapes. Think Minimal Man re-worked by Steven Stapleton w/Pan Sonic and you’re still nowhere close. 

Traum
Built For Nothing

Arbor #54

LP
£4.99


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.

Uke Of Spaces Corners
Knowing Well

Isle Of Man/War On Records #848

7"
£5.99


Beautiful 2008 split EP w/classy John Wesley Harding-style cover from our heros Uke Of Spaces Corners aka Village Of Spaces, with four tracks of slow-burn loner from Justin Clifford Rhody on the flip. Edition of 225 copies. 

Wand
Born Bad

Mad Monk MM-007

LP
£10.99


Private press album from Mister James Jackson Toth aka Wooden Wand aka Wand. Recorded on the lam downwind of some fairly destructive personal/artistic episodes, rejected by his record company, fuelled by bad blood and mental cobwebs, Born Bad is both the most intimate, the most bloody-minded and the most revelatory album by Toth to date. The sound is very stripped down and lot more countrified than the bulk of his catalogue. Imagine Nicodemus or Jim Collins playing Gram Parsons “Hippie Boy” (reputedly Dylan’s favourite Parsons track), or how about Townes Van Zandt circa the nihilistic/black hole style of “Nothing” given a one-chance live album for Siltbreeze or how about just Dylan circa The Basement Tapes, prowling his Woodstock home with a shotgun while fans creepy-crawl across the roof? Either way this is a stark postcard from the void and won’t stick around for long. Edition of 500 copies, already sold out at source, hand-screened covers, limited numbers available. Recommended.

Yoga
Skinwalker

Holy Mountain 10201967

LP
£10.99


Necessary vinyl reissue of the debut cassette from the mind-bending duo of Sam Meringue (aka Explorers, James Ferraro’s 90210 etc) and Jason Pearl (Living Tapes): Yoga play a form of hallucinatory 21st century DIY ritual that filters metal bombast and black psychedelic atmospherics through hyperreal hypnagogic territories and Skaters-style luminal dreamtones.  Parts of this almost sound like Lamborghini Crystal soundtracking some 1980s apocalyptic city-under-siege VHS, but it’s the metal backbone that transports it fully into its own universe, with flashing keyboards and buzzing electro-melodies generating a murky swamp-storm while somewhere in the distance the silhouettes of dinosaurs make a thunderous passage through the skies. Some tracks seem to be made up of a handful of simple sounds, a phased guitar, a keyboard loop, but the degree of F/X and the precise placement of the tones makes the whole deal sound miles deep, like Goblin’s soundtrack to Dario Argento’s Suspiria heard through torrential rain or black 1980s keyboard zones broadcast through ancient tannoy systems somewhere in space. 

Zaimph
Death Blooming Pleasure

No Fun No Cat

LP
£12.99


“When spinning this dark velvet cloak a door opens to clouds of smoke shooting out the windows sills of the shell of old library like ink plumes while smokes leaps like black cats between the curtains. Stone and concrete crumble and fill the air with gray gas showering the maze of shrubs in the courtyard with a dark veil of soot. Marcia Bassett has tread the waters of noise psych drone and continues to defy the categories. A dark psychedelic guitar wash peaks its head out of the smoldering coals that could have been released on the mighty slaughter productions death industrial temple from Italy. Further morbidity croaks from the slicing vocals of a distraught entity being ripped from one dimension to the other... and rather enjoying her ordeal. Light the candles and burn the incense....Limited to 300 copies.” – NFP. Long out of print. 

Zashiki-Warashi
Mail Wars

Conduit Creations No Cat

LP
£6.99


Limited edition of 550 LPs from Carter Thornton compiling a few years worth of mail collaborations with players like Burning Star Core, Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw, OLD), Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards, Zaimph), David Shuford (NNCK, Enos Slaughter), Pigeons, Kuwayama Kiyoharu, Marshall Avett (Zandosis), Greg Wildes (Gas Tank Orchestra), Carl Smith / Derek Phelps, Darwin Smith, Smith Harrison and Dr. Mijin Kim. Buncha styles devoured and regurgitated, from scattershot drone explosions and spare percussive strategies through laminal flashes of rainbow electronics. Plus it’s all compiled and programmed in a way that is totally maximalist, giving it the feel of some weird Euro art/rock obscurity in the orbit of Futura/Red et al. Excellent.

Antti Tolvi
Taikuri Tali

Ikuisuus iku-040

LP
£17.99


Massive new solo album from Finnish free jazz head Antti Tolvi, best known as a member of Rauhan Orkesteri/Lauhkeat Lampaat et al: following on from his triumphal double LP of psychedelic piano minimalism on Fonal, Taikuri Tali collects a bunch of diverse strategies, with high masses scored for street organs, massively raw, almost Charlie Nothing-esque flute work, dazzling forest folk jams and minimalist DIY visions that could almost be Bo Anders Persson. Indeed, played back to back with Persson’s recent Love Is Here To Stay retrospective it makes for a historically up-ending listen, taking free improvisation into new depths of omming, brain-stilling psychoactivity. Recommended!

Ghosting
Fox Glove

Foxglove #143

CD-R
£1.99


New limited to 100 copies release from this evocative west coast trio, with a heavy Industrial/ritual feel that's reminiscent of MEV circa Leave The City and early Double Leopards: "The seismic ripples that Ghostings drones are sending through the rose city are taking flight and planting seeds all over the globe. This group of sonic harbingers haunt the cracks and crevices of a world that seemingly only exists deep under water where life is a barely-there flicker amongst the murk. But Ghosting's haunted aural landscapes are a beacon, like a lighthouse sunk below miles of the icy ocean, offering a glimmer of warmth in hostile waters. This trio continues its journey through the fuzz and static, and once again emerges with wings unscathed and silver skin." - Digitalis.

Half High
Shapeless Advice

Altered States Tapes AST-035

7”
£6.99


New jams from the inspired Australian underground duo of Lucy Phelan (Naked On The Vague/Lucy Cliche et al) and Matthew Hopkins (Naked On The Vague/Vincent Under The Sink/The Bowles et al): even less corporeal than their recent LP on RIP Society, Shapeless Advice is a beautiful slice of shimmering holy music, with disembowelled drones giving way to moments of slow-burning harmonic hallucination in a way that directly parallels Mirror’s alchemical use of field recordings and sigilised electronics. The flip is particularly malevolent, with a minimal organic pulse beat that feels supremely unsettling up against background hums and deep dark space in a way that comes over like a minimal wave derive through Current 93’s In Menstrual Night. Excellent. 

Hearts Of Animals
Cave Lights

Artstorm Records Art-002

CD-R
£3.99


Full-length CD-R with silkscreened sleeves from the dream-pop project of Mlee Suprean. Following on from her single on Dull Knife, Cave Lights combines aspects of hallucinated exotica, soft, percussive melodies and a DIY take on ecstatic pop that references UK art rock like The Adult Net, AC Marias and Dome while conjuring visions of orchestrated Polynesian synth variations and moving deeper into the whole lonesome female vox school of US Girls/Grouper et al.

Mick Stevens
Before There Was…

Shadoks 054

CD
£4.99


Reissue of the third and fourth albums (1977/79) from this fringe English folk/psych/prog player, with connections to Richard and Linda Thompson, June Tabor et al. Anyone who digs Pete Fine’s North Star will go for the bursts of iconoclastic electric lead guitar here, married to a bunch of glazed folk/prog songs that seem to orbit a barely-articulated tradition of outsider English songwriters like Julian Cope, Roy Harper and Nic Jones. Other parts sound like a slightly more sophisticated Arthur Lee and Love. Comes with four bonus tracks and an interview with Stevens.

Oren Ambarchi/Neil Campbell/Michael Flower
Live At Tusk Festival 2013

Tusk No Cat

LP
£13.99


Mind-blowing new trio LP from this one-off grouping, raising the skies with the stream of their music for a raucous performance at Newcastle’s Tusk festival in 2013: of course the tag team of Neil Campbell on electronics and Mick Flower on ragged guitar glory is one that has been responsible for some of the heaviest psychedelic alchemy to come out of the UK as part of the world-beating Vibracathedral Orchestra but the addition of Oren Ambarchi brings almost Nazorani-style thunder to the table, as the trio cut floating electronics and wailing/blasted raga guitar into thudding almost Parson Sound-levels of devotional drone rock. If you dig Baby Grandmothers but your stance is 100% post-Skullflower when it comes to your choice of microdots, then this is the full damage deal, modern holy music in the hands of three masters. Glorious full colour cover art by Karen Constance too, highly recommended!

Tashi Wada
Duets

Saltern SLT001

LP
£16.99


Beautiful set of psychedelic minimalism from the composer Tashi Wada, son of the legendary Yoshi Wada, on his own privately curated imprint in an edition of 425 copies: like his father Wada is obsessed by the brain scrambling properties of sustained tones and maximalist microtonal confusion and Duets is another massive entry in the modern minimalist canon. This one presents a thrilling series of string duets composed by Wada and realised by cellists Charles Curtis (a key La Monte Young interpreter) and Judith Hamann (who has worked with Oren Ambarchi, Jon Rose, Ilan Volkov and more). With tracks dated across 2006-2008, we move from intense, blurry deep-field investigations of the potential of single, slowly-fluctuating tones through the kind of power-sawing of Four Violins-era Tony Conrad, roaring universal soundings that combine the free space of East Bionic Symphonia with an ancient cultic vibe that could almost be an irradiated Third Ear Band and the massively time/space usurping kind of subliminal string theories that would creepy-crawl the here and now with all of the brain-dazzling mystery and power of a Folke Rabe. Elementally profound investigations into the disruptive vibratory potential of eternally singing strings, beautifully packaged and with liners from Curtis, this comes very highly recommended!

Zaimph
Evolucao

Dungeon Taxis #27

Cassette
£5.99


Massive side from Marcia Bassett of Double Leopards/Hototogisu et al: this continues in the dense, paranoid, late night cityscape style of her recent releases, with a broken Rhythm Master sounding weird dunting sub-aqueous tones while circuit boards pull voices straight out of the air, with the feel of scanning nocturnal airways and picking up snatches of barely decipherable conversation or machine noise. Later tracks go heavier on the electro rhythms with a weird Coil/Thought Broadcast appeal that says Vanity Records like nothing else. Loving Marcia’s recent form and this is another major instalment. Instantly sold out at source.