Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Grass Magic
s/t

Earjerk No Cat

LP
£14.99


One-off super-group jam featuring Spencer Clark and James Ferraro of The Skaters alongside The Davenport Family and Glenn Donaldson of Jewelled Antler recorded live in a barn the night before the infamous Pasture Fest in August of 2004. Dilated vocal drones, heavy percussive ritual and a whole bunch of slowly-interfacing brain beams. Each copy is unique, packaged in found LP jackets turned inside out and silkscreened with artwork and text. Originally released as a cassette, this limited vinyl version features a B-side of unreleased jams from the same zone.

Jerusalem and the Starbaskets
Dost

De Stijl IND-091

LP
£4.99


First real full-length from this great Columbia, Missouri group that channel 70s basement rock that combines nods to classic form – Lou Reed, Sweetheart-era Byrds, Royal Trux – with a crude, loose feel and some great, great songs. Wooden Wand is a long-term fan and it’s easy to see why: Jerusalem have a similar way of illuminating and re-birthing singer-songwriter styles with liberal injections of beneath-the-radar form and lessons learned and imported from the fringes of the fucked. Indeed, the arc of their trails also kind of parallels the whole Columbus scene – Gibson Brothers/Bassholes/Mike Rep/Tommy Jay et al – with an ‘insider’ take on rock mores, an intuitive grasp of classic hunch and the ability to marry unforgettable melodies with enough balls and brut to make even the most committed of free-form freaks see the goddamn light. I dunno, this is great, a more countrified Royal Trux, the record Peter Laughner never made... whatever, this sits right *there* and is almost enough to restore your faith in the power of rock-as-rock/song-as-song. Recommended!

Pedestrian Deposit
Vestige

Hospital Productions

LP
£10.99


Fantastic new LP (first ever full-length vinyl) from this solo Californian ‘noise’ act that more than transcends the traditional limitations of the genre with beautiful use of loops (somewhere between Bower and Basinski), gorgeous carousel melodies dunked deep into wells of only-occasionally penetrable static and the dynamic use of charged silence and explosive atonal blasts. Parts of this record sound almost exactly like an imagined trudge through a blizzard with nothing but the huge hum of distant factories, the ever-approaching map of neon streetlights and the sound of phantom old-timey orchestras bleeding from old shortwave radios to orientate yourself with. “One side heavy and abusive nail noise bursts with hammering loops left for scraps. One side urban noir wrought with nostalgic melancholy. Limited to 300 copies with the traditional silk screened 2 sided fold out cover.” – Hospital. Highly recommended.

Jackie-O Motherfucker
America Mystica

Dirter Promotions Dpromdlp-57

2xLP
£12.99


New vinyl version of the current JOMF album, limited to 500 copies: "America Mystica is a collection of four live recordings, made under varied circumstances, ranging from the quiet and comfortable setting of the WFMU -free form radio recording studio, to the live theatre environment at the cube cinema in bristol england, where the group was recorded in concert performance. The line-up includes Montreal musicians Fluffy Erskine and David Bryant, as well as long time JOMF members T. Greenwood and Brooke Crouser also appearing in these recordings are Jeff Mooridian, Adam Forkner, Honey Owens, Jessie Carrot, Theo Angell, Samara Lubelski, Josh Stevenson, Genevieve Delinger, Alexander Tucker and Andy Cvar, with live sound by Craig Bowen. The four compositions contained here, issued for the first time ever by Very Friendly, are all quite long, even by JOMF standards, the shortest piece being over 19 minutes long. listening to this work requires some patience, but is richly rewarding, as each piece unfolds and delivers it's content in a way completely unique, and timeless. raw blues, layered drones, and hypnotic percussion combine with pulsing micro-tones, turntable live/samples, bells, whispers, and jive talk, to create a poetic, trance-psych classic. Edited in Portland, Or. with Andy Brown for the unity sound archive."

Li Jianhong
Lovers With Cloisonne Bracelet

Tipped Bowler Tapes No Cat

LP
£12.99


Edition of 350 copies LP on 180g vinyl and presented in heavy stock linen paper hand-screened sleeves, Lovers… represents the first ever vinyl release from this wild Chinese guitarist with a bunch of releases on PSF. Two sides of extreme amplifier worship and squealing solo guitar. The first piece has the kinda suspended planetary gravity of Robert Fripp’s work circa his collaborations with Brian Eno, only pushed into a post-High Rise heavy psych environment. The second side is even more amped-up, with screaming single notes soaked in F/X and building to the kind of climactic end-of-the-world bombast previously the domain of Keiji Haino. An iconoclastic psych guitar side, sure to be a heavyweight in years to come. Highly recommended!

Maurizio Bianchi
Oirt/Emo-Dne

Mirror Tapes MT-009

Cassette
£3.99


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. 

Three Legged Race
Living Order/Mourning Order

Tone Filth TF-51

LP
£10.99


Edition of 335 copies LP with three-colour screenprint and art from Robert Beatty. The LP compiles two out-of-print releases, the Mourning Order CD-R and the Living Order cassette from the solo project of Robert Beatty of Hair Police/Eyes And Arms Of Smoke et al. Minimal electronic noise and devotional keyboard dooms ala Edgar Froese/Conrad Schniztler/Asmus Tietchens et al.

Various Artists
Cleveland Confidential

Thermionic Records THERM-02

LP
£21.99


Original 1997 pressing of this legendary compilation of underground Cleveland scorch, with killer tracks from monsters of the form like The Styrenes ("Jaguar Ride"!), Pagans, Womanhaters, Jazz Destroyers, Severe, Menthol Wars, Defnics, The Dark, Invisibles, Lab Rats, Keith Matic, Offbeats, Red Decade, John Lovsin and Easter Monkeys. Highly recommended. 

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO
US & Canadian Tour 2007: Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Tour

Important Records Imprec-147

LP
£18.99


Limited edition of 1000 copies tour-only LP pressed for the AMT US/Canada tour. A-side features a long acid-dazed Amon Duul 2 style vision of guitar excess taken from the Crystal Rainbow Pyramid album while the B features a long, exclusive jam w/saxophone that sounds like Pink Floyd tackling some crudely-visioned blues. Looks great too.

Aminome
Blue Fishes

Sloow Tapes Cold Moon

Cassette
£6.99


Duo guitar/drums electric psych moves from Akiko Terashima of Doodles and Masayuki Toshimitsu. Downer folk songs with forlorn female vox and epic post-Neil Young guitar solos. Edition of 70 copies.

Aron
Djaevlens Horn

Orpheus Records Orph-014

LP
£10.99


Scored a bunch of copies of this classic 2007 album from European acid/folk loner Aron, a spiritual cousin and friend of Jakob Olausson. Like Olausson, Aron makes supremely dislocated bedroom psych, albeit with a stronger umbilical to the Sixties source and a heavier ‘Scandinavian’ vibe that touches on the Silence-era giants, the midnight broadcasts of S.T. Mikael et al… Aron’s lyrics are based around the kind of comics/horror obsession of heads like Roky Erickson and the vibe is pretty dark, with space-void whispering bolstered by bursts of wah-wah leads, heavy acoustic guitar, weird electro spuzz etc…. everyone I’ve played this for has been suitably impressed, it’s a great slow-burning loner folk album in the smoke ‘em at home tradition.

Ashley Paul
Slow Boat

Orange Milk Records No Cat

LP
£18.99


Totally bewitching new LP from Paul, whose amazing post-Reiko Kudo vocals and song-stylings are revolutionised by complex, scrabbly, avant/improvised sound environments with long-term collaborator Eli Keszler accompanying her on percussion on a bunch of tracks. Paul sings and plays guitar, clarinet, saxophone, ‘green box’, percussion and piano and the arc of her songwriting is so prodigious that it allows for some of the most inventive organic/industrial settings, with guitars that orbit the tracks like lonely satellites, weeping single notes down on cacophonies of strings, breathy saxophone that comes over like Terry Jennings jamming with Biota, forlorn piano fragments that are as magical as anything from the back catalogue of Go Hirano... really, Paul makes some of the most inventive ‘pop’ music of today, a music that has as much of a relationship to sound sculpture and free improvisation as it does to moody female singer-songwriter-isms and dark underground balladry. A singular release, well worth investigating. Recommended. 

Bobby Beausoleil
Lucifer Rising Session

Qbico 42

Pic Disc LP
£21.99


Alongside the works of Siloah, the original Amon Düül, the Silence-era tribes and Ya Ho Wha 13, Bobby Beausoleil's work with The Freedom Orchestra and The Magik Powerhouse Of Oz has long worked malign vibrations into the pud-soft brains of collectors of communal death jams. Beausoleil was a disciple of The Beast 666 and an original member of The Manson Family who was sent to Tracy State Prison for the murder of Gary Hinman in 1969. Beausoleil had lived with film-maker and occultist Kenneth Anger in the mid-60s, in an apartment in San Francisco situated above the Russian Embassy. Anger had chosen him to play Lucifer in Lucifer Rising and he was also responsible for the score, recorded with the help of a band made up of fellow prison inmates. This great set includes the only available recording of The Magick Powerhouse of Oz live at San Francisco's Straight Theater in late 1967, a fantastic big-band blow-out that sounds somewhere between the monolithic rock minimalism of International Harvester and the skulls of reverb later blown to ashes by John Tchicai's Cadentia Nova Danica. Over on the flip we hear the Freedom Orchestra's 1977 version, recorded live at Tracy State Prison. Comes in a picture disc with great period snaps of Beausoleil on the steps of the Russian Embassy and nod-out wasted with the Magick Powerhouse. Highly recommended.

Dead Machines & Double Leopards
Fuck Victoriaville

American Tapes AM-504

LP
£21.99


Live as-it-happened document of the Double Leopards/Dead Machines collaboration that took place at the already-legendary 2005 Victoriaville festival that takes up where the Leopards/Wolf Eyes Breeding Turbines set left off, with huge abandoned factories of unearthly hum giving way to all sorts of mangled vocal spectra and auroral electronics. Totally spooked late-night lurk torn to shreds by wild animal calls and grainy, teeth-shredding slo-drones. An absolute beauty. One-sided LP in an edition of 300 copies, with individually hand-painted/pasted sleeves by the AT crew. Highly recommended and about to disappear forever.

Government Alpha
Alphaville

Segerhuva SEGER-1

LP
£6.99


Alongside CCCC, Government Alpha were the most Kosmiche-inflected of the first wave of Japanese noise artists, working the sounds of fleets of UFOs, electric Neolithic funeral music and orgone-charged auto-suggestion into blown-open fields of pure sonic boo. Alphaville is a great headcharge through their most spectacular work, with seven tracks that wrap a gauze of barbed cotton wool around your brain while the opening sections of “In Search Of Space” flash on endless repeat. Hand-numbered edition of 510 copies with insert. Recommended. Shop copy so slight scuffing to sleeve.

High Wolf/Annapurna Illusion
Split

Group Tightener GT-08

LP
£3.99


New split LP that presents two complimentary sides of French tone scientist and occult minimalist High Wolf/Annapurna Illusion. The High Wolf side represents the apex of his recent form with a slow narcotic groove that’s fuzzy around the edges and that threads simple melodic tones into spaceway drones in a way that crosses Out There A Minute-period Sun Ra with early Kraut cosmonauts Harmonia/Cluster/Popol Vuh and a flat-lined minimalist approach that is as hypnotic as your favourite all-night flight. Annapurna Illusion have a heavier/fuzzier aspect to their eternal music, with aspects of Faust’s “Krautrock” accruing form and focus across endless passes through metal drones and vistas of crunch before Yod-style rhythms start to call the kitties home. 

Hungover Breakfast
Goyner

Dutch Beer #9

Cassette
£1.99


"A deep solo joint from hungover Steven, aka 1/2 Birds Of Delay and Alcoholic Narcolepsy labelhands and -mind. Two cracked dust intros and one epic Conrad Schnitzler soundmonster. And we don't say EPIC that much.... great stuff! Full color cover, painted tapecase." - Dutch Beer.

Jakob Olausson
Moonlight Farm

De Stijl IND-055

LP
£16.99


Jakob Olausson is best known, if at all, for his sub-radar activities with Sweden’s Joshua Jugband 5 (check yr Slippytown back catalogue for more of that brand of boo) but this, his first solo LP, is a whole other bucket of flesh. Moonlight Farm is one of the most beautifully nocturnal and disconcertingly intimate broadcasts to make it out of the heart of the wood since Joshua’s Gold Cosmos. The overall atmosphere has the same kind of early electric feel as MV’s Maximum Arousal recordings, while Olausson’s evocatively double-tracked vocals move from a weighted down Skip Spence/Ben Chasny hybrid to a pro-denim and leather Leonard Cohen (or does that make him Jim Morrison?). His songs cross endless tranced dirges with drones that are so lunar they illuminate the entire horizon and huge distorto-smears of backing vox that sound like tiny fists crushing the light from stars. Some of the instrumentals here are so evocatively conceived – beautifully reconciling handmade DIY traditions and higher-minded bliss – that they sound positively Japanese, with a track like “The Wind Combs Her Hair” almost passing for early Ché-SHIZU. But it’s the songs you’ll keep coming back too, elegiac teleports to the fringes of a whole other evocatively conceived universe, where every breath births reverberant shadows and the map of yr desires reads like a mirror of the constellations. From one loner to another, this is everything that the phrase ‘private press’ conjures up and more. A modern classic. Comes with full-colour stuck on cover in the patented De Stijl manner. Limited to 800 copies and already sold out at source. Highest recommendation

Micah Blue Smaldone
Hither And Thither

Tequila Sunrise TS-12002

LP
£14.99


Limited edition of 500 copies in hard card sleeves and heavy duty vinyl from the same label that brought you the vinyl version of Jack Rose’s Kensington Blues. Micah sources his vaudeville blues in a tradition that predates even the American mystery schools favoured by Jack Rose, crossing early folk forms with ragtime and minstrel stylings and a macabre showtune aspect which brings to mind the work of Dame Darcy, Tiny Tim and Josephine Foster. Despite the inclusion of a cover of Jelly Roll Morton’s “New Orleans Bump” the bulk of the album remains historically unlocatable and sourced in a very personal vision of old-timey joy and sorrow that will appeal to fans of Current 93 as much as Karen Dalton and Jack Rose. Highly recommended.

Mouthus
Sister Vibration

Our Mouth #9

LP
£8.99


LP from Mouthus that might be their most devolved circumnavigation of rock from to date. The guitars are impossibly impacted, muffled sandpaper huffs that move in tectonic slugs while the drums shrug between boings of tone-pad squelch, electrified steel-band ceremonials and primitively executed power stomps. This kinda profound retro-futurist refusal lines em up with a buncha modernists like Chrome, TG and even live Mars but there’s something in the distant, hiccupping vocals and the generally manhandled atmosphere that sounds like a more drug-degraded take on the kinda hillbilly scorch that Alpo-era Cheater Slicks occasionally delivered on. If you like yr rock gasoline-damaged to the point of almost-intelligible, stick out your cans. Limited edition of 500 copies in art sleeves released on the group’s own private press imprint.

Mouthus/Bulbs
Split

Important Records Imprec-255

LP
£8.99


Edition of 500 numbered copies with silkscreened sleeves: split between Mouthus and Bulbs (the solo project of ex-Axolotl member William Sabiston). The Mouthus side collides a bunch of recordings into one of their most narcotic and sublimely psychedelic creations with a sensual electro groove dissolved in ribbons of translucent drone and semi-audible vocals. A beautiful sidelong trip that somehow reconciles ghostly aspects of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain with ecstatic drone and Industrial machinery. The Bulbs side uses flickering loops and oscillating electronics to float a cloud of new age confusion high into the sky.

Pink Reason
Shit In The Garden

Siltbreeze SB-106

LP
£6.99


Album from Kevin Failure aka Pink Reason is a blindsider: the whole thing kicks off with “Holding On”, a song that combines the kind of crude drum’n’bass breakbeat style of Derek Bailey’s notorious Guitar Drums N Bass recording with a vibe that reminds so heavily of Jim Shepard’s classic Picking Through The Wreckage With a Stick it’ll have you hallucinating Midwestern Industrial flatlands w/secret bunkers where the reels are always rolling. There’s still a nicely stoned Twisted Village feel to much of this – “I Just Leave” could almost have fallen off the back of Luxurious Bags’ amazing Frayed Knots – but it has a desperate edge and the kind of thick drug haze that should appeal to connoisseurs of the most fucked-up postcards from oblivion. Plus the guy has a feel for the sound of brokedown that could almost be The Shadow Ring. But it’s the raging “Sixteen Years” that’s the album’s highlight and just might be the most euphorically powerful slice of sociopathic garage this guy has ever penned. If you’ve never checked in before, believe me, now is the time. Can’t stop playing this. Just don’t mention Fat John! Comes with a download. Recommended.

Psychward Cult
Magnetic Coma

Alberts Basement AB-33

Cassette
£2.99


Full-length set from the Melbourne-based concern of Thomas Miller of Trichotillomania/Pathetic Human/Sexofago/Magic Crowbar Tapes et al: the A side features an extremely dilated improvisation that moves with very subtle guitar string work, distant arcing/eerie classical/choral/ghost drones and various non-identifiable low-scale activity, coming over like Biota stretched and screwed by Maurizio Bianchi at the Organum annual picnic. The flip presents a ‘big band’ working that has an A Band-plays-The Great Learning feel and some inexplicably affecting settings for minimal fog horn electronics. A really great weirdo side with a hard-to-finger appeal. On Michael from Mad Nanna's label. 

The Dead C
Eusa Kills

Flying Nun FN-130

LP
£29.99


Original Flying Nun copies of this massive Dead C side: Eusa Kills functions as almost the fulcrum of The Dead C’s entire back catalogue, beautifully balancing their early proto-song form with the destructo fury of their live work. Highly recommended. 

Kark
The Hermit

HP Cycle No Cat

LP
£2.99


Weighty big-band free jazz blow-out from a selection of Louisville's heaviest beards, including members of Sapat and Valley Of Ashes. Great ensemble playing with a heavy ESP-Disk/Heliocentric Worlds atmosphere, the first track sounds somewhere between those early Bill Wells Octet recordings and the outer heavens of John Tchicai's Cadentia Nova Danica. Other tracks are closer to the tight/free polyphony of classic Arkestra with tactile Pat Patrick-styled horn work, breakout drums and on-the-penny ins and outs. Recommended.

Sonore
Only The Devil Has No Dreams

Jazzwerkstatt 013

CD
£8.99


Massive trio set from three of the heaviest modern reedists: Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark: recorded live in Berlin in 2007, the set sees Brotzmann on tenor and alto sax as well as tarogato and b-flat clarinet, Gustafsson on baritone sax, fluteophone and slide-sax and Vandermark on tenor sax, baritone and b-flat clarinet. The music is oddly affecting, with the lack of any accompanying rhythm instruments giving it a loose, organic feel and an odd orchestral grandeur. Brotzmann plays with that mile-wide vibrato that became so distinctive later in his life and his soloing is particularly beautiful here, recalling the pained blues of Never Too Late But Always Too Early. Gustafsson and Vandermark are super inventive, and at points they push the music into a weird almost-Moondog style avant classical realm. But when the three players are blasting on all cylinders it feels like the heavy metal hallelujah choir blowing open the gates of heaven. Packaged with the jewel case inside a card slipcase, this is a beauty, recommended!

Drunjus
Thorn Shield

Earjerk EJK-001

LP
£6.99


Limited edition of 300 copies LP from this Madison, Wisconsin sick drone unit featuring Clay Ruby and with connections to the whole Davenport cultus. They list their influences as John Fahey, Tony Conrad, Alvin Lucier, Henry Flynt, Kluster, Lou Reed and LaMonte Young and the sound is a sticky, analogy abyss that balances ethereal tone float with a heavy black nightmare atmosphere. 180g vinyl on hand-screened salvaged covers ala the label’s earlier Grass Magic LP. “Side A - 'Dremcrom' is a sideways driftthrough the earths crust which confirms that the core truly is molten.Drunjus bore a hole straight to the center of your brain. Live at theinfamous Wisco Biker Bar... Side B - 'Relax Hunter' is a more galactic affair. With enough molten fuel to get their ship airborne, Drunjus escape the atmosphere and enter a 300 year cryogenic sleep...” – EJ.

Edwige
The Inconsolable Widow Thanks All Those Who Consoled Her

Segerhuva

LP
£18.99


At last, managed to chase down the last box in existence of this already legendary and out-of-print side from a massively powerful electronic super-cell, featuring Canada's The Rita, Sweden's Sewer Election and Texas's Mania marshalling troughs of heavy metal damage, singing electronics and a deluge of drowned tape gunk in a tribute to the first lady of Euro exploitation, Miss Edwige Fenech. Totally righteous paste-on cover art and fold-out card poster with suitably sexploitative snaps. Limited edition of 275 copies and long gone. Pretty much a dream hook-up. When we gonna get the Femi Benussi volume? Huh?

Ex-Cocaine
Esta Guerra

Siltbreeze SB-85

LP
£4.99


New LP from the duo of Bryan Ramirez (ex-sparring partner of John Olson from Wolf Eyes as a member of Universal Indians) and Michael Casler. A whole bunch of bent moves here that give it the feel of an avant-cracked early 70s private press LP, ranging from ferocious solo percussion meltdowns that seem like acoustic echoes of Whitehouse's infernal African drum bombard through the kind of strung-out sun-saluting rock songs that take Danny Whitten-era Crazy Horse into the same kinda record stuffed basement previously inhabited by Crystalized Movements et al. "The Tempest" is particularly drooling, staggering through the kinda endless vectors of wipeout that would see Sonny Sharrock block-tackling The Dead C's Harsh 70s Reality. Another stone goner from these guys.

Feathers
s/t

Feathers Family #03

LP
£21.99


Self-released full-length album no very rare by this acclaimed Northwestern acid/folk tribe who cross a heavy cultic vibe with lucid psychedelic folk moves that cross circuitous COB/ISB/Mellow Candle-style navigations with drugged vocals, the whump of hand percussion, walls of chant and a lost-in-the-woods/'shroom-gobbling style daze. Comes with a full-colour fold-out poster with everyone in face-paint, head-bands and tie-dye, the perfect wallpaper for your next teenage squat.

Hototogisu
Green

Heavy Blossom

CD
£2.99


The first ever release from the Hototogisu duo of Matthew Bower (Skullflower/Total/Sunroof) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards) that even approaches being ‘generally available', Green is a real CD - not a CD-R - pressed up for the group by the sainted Ed Hardy of Eclipse records and available in an edition of 1000 copies complete with a suave full-colour booklet reproducing a bunch of the duo's art. Anyone whose mind was blown by the vision of this pair powering their way through one of the most magical/unforgiving sets of Subcurrent 2005 will find plenty to drown in here. Tracks are shorter than on previous releases, though even more obsessively detailed. There are points where the cacophony is so insanely oversaturated that the noise starts to sound as if it's spontaneously giving birth to language: you start hallucinating words and sentences, almost as if the film protecting you from a constant bombardment of information-heavy environmental radiation has been blown apart. Green also features some of Hototogisu's most straight-ahead death/doom metal moves. Although they're not quite Skullflower, the first track features snatches of classic death metal riffs alongside the stomach-punch of a cheap drum machine and on their theme song, the beautifully ferocious “Heavy Blossom”, Mick Flower of Vibracathedral Orchestra plays drums. Alongside all the iron first action, there are some beautiful moments where Marcia and Matthew's voices melt into ribbons of pure white light and the whole thing floats to the ceiling. A modern classic, and possibly the best Hototogisu album to date. Highest recommendation.

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.

Ludo Mich & Blood Stereo
From Tapes & Throats

Giant Tank GTNK-017

LP
£6.99


Edition of 250 copies on the Usurper label that matches two sides of vocal/electronic disobedience from musician/film-maker/Fluxus associate and all-round hellraiser Ludo Mich and the Blood Stereo duo of Karen Constance and Dylan Nyoukis. The first side was recorded live at Instal in Glasgow and features Nyoukis and Mich wrapping their tonsils around sound poetry instants, epiglottal grunts and hysterical vocal improvisations while electronics and tapes spool eerily in the background. The flip sees some studio work from the trio, with Mich’s vocals recorded at home and then processed and arranged by Nyoukis and Constance into long, minimal, droning compositions that match subliminal coronas of hot-wired electronics with wraiths of disembodied breath. Excellent. LAST COPIES!

Psychedelic Horseshit
Golden Oldies

Wasted Vinyl Records Wasted-01

LP
£6.99


Limited self-released LP that mops up all of the band’s earliest CD-R releases in one place: King Tubby’s Badness Dub, The Anticoncept, Blown Speaker Standards, Dancey Pants and Summertime Suicide alongside a couple of bonus tracks. Even cruder than the recent Shitgaze Anthems set, the combination of zero fidelity, almost-hooks and non-conceptual avant smarts is pretty choice. Comes with liner notes from Rob Enbom of Eat Skull.

Robedoor
Burners

Important Records Imprec-292

LP
£8.99


Its been a blast to witness Robedoor’s evolution from a Double Leopards/Skaters-inspired dual vocal/drone outfit into purveyors of fully-fledged monolithic psych. Burners beautifully consolidates that move with three epic tracks that run from endless nod-out rhythms and explosive psych guitar ala Les Rallizes Denudes through to  a single side-long piece that trades Electronic Meditation-era Tangerine Dream with classic Japanese psych environs (Ohkami No Jikan/Holy Angels et al), wasted vocals and post-doom aesthetics. Pretty great. Edition of 500 copies.

Robedoor/Leslie Keffer
Split

Lost Treasures Of The Underworld #2

LP
£8.99


Limited edition of 300 copies split LP with gold-on-black silkscreened covers featuring artwork from Doug Johnston (Skylab) and Nathan Bowers (Tusco Terror) with an insert by Zac Davis of Lambsbread. Robedoor side is a huge, chugging sÇance that scales peak after peak of distressed peyote ritual. Something in the sound of the tortured vocals and the general atmosphere of clank and terror reminds me a little of live Sonic Youth circa "Evol" given a particularly flatlined re-think. Keffer's side is a monolithic swath of drone/noise with disobedient looped vox that ascends through a couple of heavens of crunch. Already sold out at source.

Scorces
Vivre Avec La Bete

Eclipse No Cat

LP
£14.99


Original copies of this long out-of-print vinyl-only LP from the revered Scorces duo of Heather Leigh (Taurpis Tula/Jandek et al) and Christina Carter (Charalambides). Mesmerically beautiful, in a hand-numbered edition of 525 copies with silkscreened covers by Heather Leigh. Highest recommendation.

The Bad Trips
Open

Rocketship Records RS-0204

LP
£3.99


Latest broadcast from Grady Runyan’s (Monoshock/Liquorball et al) avant-garage guitar jammers takes off on the kind of accelerated trajectory of The MC5 circa “Starship” in its marriage of cosmo-liturgical free jazz ala Sun Ra/Archie Shepp et al and extended psychedelic rock. Their previous self-titled album had a damaged Cleveland underground appeal that was more overtly focussed on scorch but here the group –working from a straightforward guitar/bass/drums line-up with additional synth and viola – are mainlining the jam while dissolving riffs into weird textural rips and sustaining almost side-long voyages into acid-damaged Dead/Hawkwind style instrumentalism. 

These Wonderful Evils
Regine Flory

Sparrows & Wires SPW-02

LP
£14.99


Beautiful LP in a privately-pressed run of 100 hand-numbered copies that appears to mainly be the work of one man based out of Minneapolis, Mr Zak Boerger. Recorded in Chicago in 2007, the sound orbits the early NZ drug-huzz circuit, with a Peter Jefferies/Alastair Galbraith feel given further damage by electric/acoustic guitars that combine the ragged attack of prime Twisted Village with the pastoral violence of Flying Saucer Attack. A thick atmosphere that combines a heady 90s underground feel with a sense of geographic isolation all adds up to a tasty private.

Timo van Luijk and Kris Vanderstraeten
High Noon

La Scie Doree #305

LP
£10.99


Latest release from Tim van Luijk (In Camera, Af Ursin et al) is another beautifully packaged blat of bewitching low-level drone/improvisation, this time in the company of long-term collaborator Kris Vanderstraeten. Mostly acoustic, with a heavy percussive element, High Noon touches on a similar kind of tactile low-level free interaction as practiced by Imai-era East Bionic Symphonia, walking the line between more established modes of improvised/psychedelic thought with a rigour and a commitment to the beauty of unadorned form that is truly uncommon. There are repeat-vocal sounds that resemble hypnotised ascetics floating high above the north pole, half-heard nursery rhyme melodies ala Af Ursin and the kind of complex timbral constructs that please the inner eye as much as the outer ear. Totally beautiful, edition of 250 copies on white vinyl with a silkscreened cover by Vanderstraeten and highly recommended.

13th Chime
The Lost Album

Sacred Bones Records SBR-3003

LP
£8.99


Full length album, shelved at the time (1983) by this UK goth/punk/new wave outfit. 13th Chime combine the sound of early Public Image Limited with atmospheric 1980s garage band moves ala Joy Division and an endearing shot of teenage darkness, complete with delay vocals and chorus pedals.

Agathocles/Sissy Spacek
Split

Ultra Eczema #77

7”
£3.99


“About 15 years too late! Finally out. This is the first 7" in a yearlong monthly series of limited 7"s that will really be all over the place. Anything goes: from the acid of Pierre Elitair to the mincecore of Agathocles or a prank by Frieder Butzmann! This first one could actually be an LP! As usual with noisecore, grind or mince, this one has more tracks on it than 5 LPs together! 10 songs by each band, Agathocles drills holes in your skull and pours in a cocktail of ass-grinding diarrhea recorded on a rehearsal right before their Mexican tour! This is no fancy pants studio recordings but the raw tapedeck deal, muffled grunts and painful fastness. On the flip side Sissy Spacek (aka John Wiese) takes it away with some Gerogerigegege styled noisecore shaving off your nose and eyelashes, feels like the recording is actually sitting in a giant amp!!!!! A brutal slap of preparé right there! Comes in a fold open cover design by Debby Tyfus with lyrics etc. Limited to 300 copies.” – DT.

Black Motor
s/t

Qbico #68

LP
£14.99


"Roaring free jazz trio from Tampere: sax/b/dr. they got style and surely a black motor pumping their hearts! - rec. April 2006 in Tampere, Finland. Sami Sippola- alto and tenor sax, Villa Rauhala- bass, Simo Laihonen- drums" - Qbico. Long OOP.

Black Pus
Down Down Da Drain

Skulltones SKT-009

7”
£3.99


Limited single of raucous free-pop squall from this solo project of Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt. “Brian Chippendale replaces the riffs of Lightning Bolt with fried electronics, reeds, and gleeful vocals in the rhythmic pounding pop of the summer on this solo single. This is a split release with the Corleone Record Group of Rhode Island, and strays from the normal Skulltones aesthetic featuring 9 color silkscreen blooming toilet artwork done by the artist himself.” – ST.

Derek Monypeny
Limerence

Underwater Experiences UET-03

Cassette
£2.99


Edition of 100 copies cassette album follow-up to electric oudist and guitarist Derek Monypeny’s outstanding vinyl debut, Don’t Bring Me Down, Bruce LP. A collection of studio jams and massively treated string duels, this set is a world away from the post-Sandy Bull fourth world stylings of his debut, with variously stringed instruments treated to the point of illogic explode and fast slashing collages of six bleeding strings that come over like knives ran across electricity pylons or fast modal drone/dirges with the kind of screaming noteage that would reconcile the late John Coltrane Orchestra with Hototogisu. Monypeny is best known as a member of Sir Richard Bishop’s travelling ensemble but here he makes a stake for a conception of the parameters of variously translated formal/cultural/biological folk modes as the keys to the goddamn kingdom that is every bit as persuasive as Sun City Girls at their most alien. A massively potent listen, highly recommended. 

Devillock
Rotten Creatures

Chondritic Sound CH-148

3” CD-R
£6.99


Another killing side from the Devillock/Panther Skull axis that builds a whole lot of tactile sound forms from variously junked and hi-jacked gadgets in a beautiful, pulse-stilling style. Parts of this have that hovering high end feedback feel that characterised Whitehouse circa Peter Kurten while the rest feels a bit more handmade and personal. Either way, it’s a beauty. Numbered edition of 121 copies and already sold out at source.

Dialing In
The Islamic Bomb

Music Fellowship MF-41

LP
£6.99


Album from Seattle resident Reita Piecuch who builds massive fuzz-saturated keyboard/radio/tape/piano assemblages that dissolve into wraiths of melancholic tone with all of the revenant force of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops or Matthew Bower’s Sunroof/Hototogisu. Dialing In have had a previous CD on Campbell Kneale’s Celebrate Psi Phenomenon and have collaborated with Herb Diamante (aka John Godbert of Vibracathedral Orchestra). Here she brings her ecstasy sound to overloaded loops of street noise, warped third world melodies, and twisted modal constructs assembled from nothing but lapping waves of fuzz, shortwave tones and murky F/X. The Islamic Bomb is constructed around field recordings made during a trip to Pakistan, cutting up calls to prayer and 78s of popular music with harmonium and piano.  Jade green vinyl, edition of 500 copies. 

Faruq Z. Bey w/Northwoods Improvisers
Infa'a

Qbico #53

LP
£18.99


Great new set of heavy celestial/devotional free jazz spirit-blare ala Pharaoh Sanders from this Detroit saxophonist in the company of Mike Carey on tenor, alto sax, flute and kalimba, Skeeter Shelton on tenor and soprano sax, Mike Gilmore on vibes, Mike Johnston on bass and Nick Ashton on drums Live studio recording from August 2006 pressed on yellow vinyl with violet. Their second outing for Qbico.

Graveyards
Mondrian, But With Razor Blades

Editions Brokenresearch No Cat

3" CD-R
£8.99


Numbered edition of only 50 copies sealed inside a clear paper envelope featuring a stripped down Graveyards in full-frontal drums/sax duo oblivion mode. Some of Olson's most pyrotechnic re-thinks of the post-AACM stream of instant thought pared with some emphatically opaque drum terror from Ben Hall. Highly recommended. Rare and OOP. 

Green Mud
Descended From A Faggot

Maim & Disfigure #28

Cassette
£1.99


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

Hall Of Fame
Paradise Now

The Social Registry SR006

CD
£3.99


Gorgeous CD version of the brand new album from the trio of Samara Lubelski, Theo Angell and Dan Brown. A beautiful collection of forlorn avant pop songs and serrated throat-float.

Hell Hall
There Were Two Of Us But I Had To Kill The Other One

Maim & Disfigure/Maim & Disfigure No Cat/No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


Killer solo disc from Graveyards percussionist Ben Hall, stimulating drum skins with slow-passes of vibration, drawing little sighs of tone from the kit that somehow sit like a more ominous 2am re-think of Sean Meehan's up-close avant strategies. Also features amplified fans and a whole mist of lurk and clank that sits somewhere between AMM, Neubauten and Starving Weirdoes. Highly recommended, edition of 60 copies.

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.

Jandek
Somebody In The Snow

Corwood

LP
£29.99


Original vinyl copy of the ultimate in late-night personally-apocalyptic electric blues from Jandek and a mysterious guitarist who boasts ‘technique’ the way that Sterling boasts sore bones. Also features a (great) unnamed female vocalist (is this the Jandek big band?) and some totally classic, out-of-time space jams on tracks like “Come Through With A Smile”. Early example of his unaccompanied vocal form on “Om” too. From 1990 and still one of his all-time best. Hard to convey just how absorbingly bleak and lost to the world the more wired sections are. Highest possible recommendation.

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!

 

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. 

Matt 'MV Valentine, Erika 'EE' Elder & Moses Jiggs with Alex Neilson
s/t

Qbico #40

Pic Disc LP
£18.99


Ultra-heavy session from MV and EE with Moses Jiggs on rags of lung and Mr Alex Neilson (Directing Hand/Taurpis Tula/Jandek) on percussion and shortwave. A series of iron-clad raga peaks that sound exactly like you would've imagined an Elektra '66 LP featuring Sonny Sharrock and Byard Lancaster playing the song-pomes of Pandit Pran Nath with phantom accompaniment from Bruce Langhorn, Peter Walker and Pat Kilroy would've. Neilson has a way of subtly serrating linear time that makes it feel like it's sprouting teeth and Valentine's massively charged navigation of non-canonical blues scales fits right between its jaws. One of the best sides from all involved and a classic slice of kif-obscured ecstasy-sound to boot. Comes pressed on a beautiful colour mandala-style picture disc, with B-side text from MV. Highly recommended.

My Cat Is An Alien
Greetings From The Great Void

Eclipse No Cat

2xLP
£10.99


The third instalment in MCIAA's linked trilogy of records for Eclipse was recorded live by Roberto and Maurizio Opalio in April 2005 and sees the group at their most blown-out and a-formal, with endlessly reflective tones blooming from a still, solitary centre while the slightest flick of the wrist generates the most complex tracers and void forms. Comes in a full colour gatefold sleeve with art by the band.

Orange
In The Midst Of Chaos

De Stijl IND-064

CD
£4.99


First time reissue of this very obscure free music LP, saxophonist Paul Flaherty’s debut recording, originally released privately in 1978. Orange were a garage band that existed between the years 1975 and 1977 and featured Flaherty on bells, alto sax and voice, Bob Laramie on electric bass, Barry Greika on electric guitar, trumpet and fife and a dude called Hobbit (“long red beard and really long red hair in case you’re wondering” sez Paul in the liners). The group’s identity fluxed between a jazz group that played heads and then went on out, a fusion of various electric and acoustic high-energy strategies and all-out totally improvisatory Godhead, all cut by a buncha heads shooting in various mutually-obliterating directions. The recording session for their LP was their most evolved shot at all-out freedom moves and it doesn’t really sound like anything else from the era/ilk other than what you might figure was going on in various basements amongst the kinda Americans that dug rock ‘n’ roll, free jazz, total artistic liberty and probably a buncha drugs too. The CD comes with extensive – great – liners from Paul and also features Dan and Dave Flaherty sitting in on bongos and steel drums respectively on a buncha tracks. Recommended.

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.

Panicsville + Prurient
The Rubber Baron

Rococo Records RCC-0038

8"
£3.99


Collaboration from US scuzz/noise units Panicsville and Prurient in an edition of 300 copies on opaque red vinyl.

Paul Flaherty
Aria Nativa

Family Vineyard FV-57

LP
£8.99


New solo album from one of the major contemporary fire music voices, saxophonist Paul Flaherty, who has worked with everyone through Chris Corsano, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, Randall Colbourne, Spencer Yeh and Bill Nace. This one presents four long improvisations recorded across 2007. Flaherty is at his most lyrical when playing on his own, carving intricate blues-based speed-of-thought instants straight into the air while bolstering them with enough emotional and melodic muscle to make them really seem to speak. Recordings of single instrument improvisations can often be grueling but there’s a focus and a drama to the bulk of Aria Nativa that makes it an absolute pleasure to revisit. Edition of 500 copies with free MP3 download. Recommended.

Prurient
Memory Repeating

AA Records No Cat

7" Lathe
£12.99


Limited edition hand-cut lathe on Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Alivia Zivich's own label with a single blast of intense power-blues-noise from Dominik Fernow aka Prurient on a painted black lathe in a printed kraft paper sleeve bag.

Rick Myers/Matt Krefting
Three Days

Gladtree Press No Cat

chapbook
£1.99


Collaborative art project between Rick Myers and Matt Krefting of Son Of Earth/Believers/Duck et al. "Wunderkind production, created in a whirlwind of laboratory activity in early September, '06. Material is object, as our two experimental scientists submit paper to a number of inventive processes: steaming, crushing, inking, tearing, wetting, etc. The results are here collected in a series of beautiful digital prints that are immediate and yet obscure, good for a breezy stroll or intensive investigation alike. 8 pages, 5x6.75in, w/ hand-sewn binding. edition of 300." - GP.

Russian Tsarlag/Blue Shift
Thank You For The Plastic Surgery You Have Given Me/The Burrow

Rare Youth RY-011

LP
£8.99


Another excellent side from this impressive new label, with Russian Tsarlag’s insistent, almost autistic take on refusenik basement art-punk landing somewhere between The Shadow Ring, Gary Wilson’s You Think You Really Know Me and The Beach Boys coupled with Blue Shift’s Mnemonist-style collage work. Comes with a lovely hand-sewn art book: “Mysterious and creepy emanations from two of Providence, RI's finest weirdos. Russian Tsarlag, formerly of Tampa, Florida, and a member of the damaged rock outfits Dynasty and Byron House, has been making his unique brand of bent pop music/performance art for a number of years now -- releasing an impressive amount of tapes, CDRs, DVDs and VHS on labels like Cephia's Treat, Unskilled Labor, Friends and Relatives, and Bonescraper Records, as well as self-released small-run publications such as Mutilator Magazine and Slime Freak. Thank You For The Plastic Surgery You've Given Me features some of Carlos' finest recorded work to date. Nine songs coated in the familiar Tsarlag orchestral residue -- repetitive and hypnotic themes, drugged-out floor toms, guitars held together with scissors and knives, 60-cycle hum, organ, tape loops, and Carlos' signature lyricism and delivery. Blue Shift has been a staple of live music in Providence for a number of years now, usually showing up with just a violin and a shredded bow, performing five-minute sets (or less) of intense and personal solo improvisations. The Burrow gives us thirteen tracks of wildly explorative solo music that utilizes violin, voice, tapes, drums and pre-recorded sounds to wondrous effect. From fast-paced violin scraping and tape-manipulated collages to the close-up sound of wheezing lungs and overdubbed violins, this is a hard-to-pin-down but essentially rewarding listen. Limited edition of 300, with letter-pressed black-on-white covers, a 32-page zine insert with illustrations/collage by Cybele Collins and Carlos Gonzales, pressed on green vinyl.”

Sean McCann
Music For Private Ensemble

Recital #5

LP
£12.99


Album from Sean McCann on his own Recital imprint: here McCann brings together a bunch of aspects that have orbited his back catalogue but that have never been fully articulated. The first piece is especially ambitious, using strings and keyboards to birth a form of devotional modern classical music that tips the hat to the early viol music of William Lawes as much as the continental-scale compositions of a John Adams or Aaron Copland while still coming out of a modern avant/drone aesthetic. There’s a similar sense of scale and of American invention as in Tony Conrad’s Four Violins but with less dissonance and more focus on orchestration and timbre. On the flip the feel is a little more hallucinatory, with an almost Basil Kirchin/Nurse With Wound-esque use of slowed down tapes over Partch/Moondog-style orchestrals before the whole thing blooms into fractured swells of sweeping strings and a final track that features the heavenly vocals of Kayla Cohen aka Itasca. A major statement from McCann. 

Sexual Assault Rifle
s/t

American Tapes AM-850

one-sided LP
£6.99


“Rolling early to a gig can be problematic or amazing or a weirdo combo of both. The boyz rolled WAAAY to early to gig in Richmond VA only to get chased outta a strange bar (and sure enuff: same thing happened at the gig later at a piece of shit bar we jammed), but sometimes, rolling early into a city can be mindwrecking:
In Philly, some years ago, we rolled in hyper early and found (and waited in the van until it opened) a killer mega-bowl complex and posted up for HOURS. Brew flowing, pins knockin, no one there but the crew. RULED. After a way too long stretch of horrible double digit bowling, I wandered outside and called my main homebox PUCK to see if there was anything to peep before we roll onward to the R N R business hours. Puck thought for a second and said:
"Ya'll already busted that cheesesteak local spot...so... if you feel up to something REALLY intense...naw. ..forget about it..."
"Naw man, f-that- what is it?"
"Well, I had a super heavy sess there, if you feel up to the internal challenge: its right by the bowling alley- hit up JONATHAN & SUZIE's PSYCHIC SHACK"
Blown away by the prospects, I hung up, put out my cigarette on the bottom of my Red Wings, straightened up my coat and walked two blocks to the spot.
After finding it easily enuff, I rolled into the lobby and was first shocked by the decor on the walls: intense blood-sex-soaked paintings of zombies and horrible gore all done with the perfection of a pro graphic artist. Whoa! What did PUCK roll me to? Is he getting me black for the time I spilled pink clothes dye on his fav jersey? This place is too strange. I rang the bell, signed in on the sheet, and waited in silence in an empty lobby staring at a painting of a zombie chewing an ear of a bikinied lady. Tired from the brew session at the bowling alley and arm aching from trying to get the ball speed cam up to 87 mph on the lanes, I dosed off.
Feeling a slight nudge on my elbow I perked up and met JONATHAN, a huge welcoming dude with long blond hair and a SWANS "MONEY" tour long sleeve shirt and followed him into the reading room. I was ah...psyched! ! I came into the small black room, shook hands with SUZIE, who was decked out a TG shirt, also long sleeve and was ready for the reading...
The magical couple stared at me for what seemed like 15 minutes and then nodded to each other and said, almost in unison:
"I see you are from Michigan, and therefore are probably uncomfortable with a very personal reading."
"Ah, right on." I said, thinking to myself that Puck had found a player a PERFECT spot.
After another stretch of awkward but easy silence Suzie said:
"Well, you have a gig tonight, how about a glimpse into the future, not you, but what the world be like in say 10,000 years?"
"Man, whoa, hit me up!!!!"
"First, put both yr finger tips into this small pot and close yr eyes. There will be no words spoken but you feel the future, good or bad..."
Feeling the energy for a new situation and also the coming excitement of telling Puck/the boys about my PSYCHIC SHACK experience, I rolled up my sleeve, and put my fingers into the warm oily magic liquid and sneaked off...
What happened next or rather what I experienced just can be put into INZANE words. The future was: INTENSE.... fully of evil machines grinding onward on terror business, clangs disappearing into space, huge planets full of strange sounds delay into the deep atmosphere. It was strange, horrible, and super ace all at the same time. Man was I stoked.
So I walked out with Suzie and Jonathan, mind blown/shown by the future, ready for the present and ready to thank the crub outta my main man PUCK for the psychic tip. As I was walking out the door, Suzie says,
"Wait I forgot something... Here is a box of 100 records that was the soundtrack to that evil future.... we had em pressed while you were out cold, live at that studio that did the CRUDE PA comps...."
"OMG- no way...the sounds...were. ..too much.... and on wax????"
Jonathan says, firmly: "Yeah man, and jamm it at any speed, I know yr crew digs that...slower the better...cant be slow enuff....." And then stared at the floor.......
"Well, we know NONE of yr crew will believe you so here is some proof to show em...."
So here it is. TRUE STORY, yo. THE FUTURE...10, 000 yrs from now.... SEXUAL ASSAULT RIFLE. ON WAX. Edition 100, handmade covers, numbered.” – John Olson.

Sharron Kraus
Right Wantonly A-Mumming

Bo'Weavil Recordings Weavil-25

CD
£6.99


"These songs were written over the course of a year, starting at midsummer 2005. Sharron's aim was to create songs that could be sung to celebrate the seasons and mark the turning points of the year; songs with choruses that were easy to pick up and that would sit comfortably alongside traditional wassailing songs, carols and May songs. 'Each song was written in its season: at midsummer I awoke at dawn, climbed a hill and looked out over Oxfordshire and imagined the battle between summer and winter; at midwinter I made holly wreaths, wrapped up warm and went for brisk wintery walks and then huddled in a warm pub with my favourite traditional singers, sang 'To Shorten Winter's Sadness' for the first time and was rewarded with a rousing chorus. Following and marking the seasons was important to rural communities whose lives depended on a good harvest. I believe that it's just as important for us to do the same: to rejoice when spring comes each year; to be thankful for 'good harvests', whatever form they take; to confront death and the return of winter, and to take comfort in each other's company through the cold months. I hope that these songs will be sung by folk singers in sessions and folk clubs, around bonfires at midsummer gatherings, by choirs, and by ramblers and anyone who takes joy in nature.' - Sharron Kraus. (SK) The singers and musicians joining Sharron on this record are all connected through the Oxford folk scene. Ian Giles, Claire Lloyd and Graham Metcalfe sang together as Folly Bridge and Ian and Graham now sing with Ian Woods as GMW. John Spiers and Jon Boden started playing together at the Elm Tree. Through Jon they gained Fay. Giles Lewin is an occasional visitor." "I like this CD very much, and I loved Wake up Sleepers, and The Wedding song in particular. Sharron has a great voice - it's very strong and clear and with a hard edge that is both beautiful and compelling to listen to." - Shirley Collins 2007.

Shirley Collins
False True Lovers

Fledg'ling Records/Fledg'ling Records FLED-3029/FLED-3029

CD
£9.99


Signed and dedicated CD edition of this classic album. The mysterious, auroral beauty that cloaks the back catalogue of English folk singer Shirley Collins is a tough one to finger. Over the last 40+ years she has created a body of work that deals fully and poetically with the workaday experience of 'simply' getting by, with love under suffering, supernatural visitations, murder and joy, with endings. Take as a whole, her recordings to date can be seen as an extended Adieu to Old England (the title of one of her Topic long players, from 1974); an Old England that might have existed, a place of myth and mystery, of bold young ruffians, tough moralists, fated lovers and killers. Her voice, the sweet respectful precision of her readings of traditional folk-tunes - not to say her sister Dolly's stunning, progressive arrangements - elevate these tales of joy and woe to the level of myth until every story, every character in her songs, seems the sad victim of star-crossed fate. In these songs, all things move towards their end. Beneath the seemingly straight-forward lyrics, there's a level of metaphysical sophistication that is totally alien to much of today's popular arts. An awareness of the great forces that tear at the lives of individuals, the constant battle between inchoate ideas of good and evil, an understanding that actions have consequence, a vague, unstated existentialism. But most of all, Shirley is a benign presence in the music, a compassionate voice from the clouds that seems to hover above the tracks, all sad angelic spirit. False True Lovers was Shirley's second LP, recorded by Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy for Folkways in 1958 and released in 1959, with Shirley accompanying herself on some beautifully stubby five-string banjo. The track listing is choice too, featuring a bunch of inspired readings of traditionals that she would revisit throughout her career, including "The False True Love", "Richie Story" and "Just As The Tide Was Flowing".

Skullflower/Limepit
Split

Posh Isolation No Cat

LP
£10.99


Split LP of 333 copies with two tracks from Matthew Bower’s Skullflower – one long, inchoate feedback ritual and a shorter martial drums/guitar tattoo – paired with new material from Limepit, a black noise/vocal/drone group with connections to Heavy Blossom recording artists Sarah’s Charity.  Silkscreened covers with insert.

Son of Earth
Improvements

Amish Records AMI-031

LP
£8.99


If Organum hadda been a buncha drunks who could tell good jokes and knew how to dress, they might well have turned out like Son Of Earth. While Jackman’s crew followed AMM’s lead into bleak, essentially personality-less zones of electro-acoustic improvisation, Son Of Earth took minimal sound art into a new world of glam, a form of garage band art praxis that involved hovering down beers while digging Gil Wolman LPs or cruising to the car park with Brian Gysin’s tape experiments on repeat and then going home to dig the hell out of David Bowie’s appearance in Labyrinth. There was a band dynamic there that was as smart as it was stoopid and this trio always made for interesting, irreverent and genuinely deep performances. People moved away, members got involved in other projects and it seemed like besides a scattering of good CD-Rs and an LP or two the definitive Son Of Earth experience was gonna be gifted, ultimately, to the select band of friends and followers that caught them ‘in action’ over the years. Then Improvements appears, the very title flagging up the fact that these guys have decided to dust down their legacy and finally get together the studio album they always threatened to release. Over six tracks there’s the classic unidentifiable scraping sound that lurks somewhere on all their discs, the weird almost-drones generated by who knows what, the feel of the immediate specifics of the environment put to work in the first way that makes sense… but there’s an injection of their selves too, their good-time, smartass selves. A track like “Muttering Triumph” is as weird as it’s funny, funny-weird, with what sounds like a three-way goof-off vocal that The Fugs might’ve extended into a smut-fest going way beyond a joke and into the zone of spontaneous poetics and body soundings even while it still sounds like they’re just trying to talk funny to each other. And the whole record keeps that feel, a feel of accidental grandeur, of avant garage, with minimal zone-out tracks where barely anything happens yet that ‘anything’ seems to capture so precisely the interaction of the three players – Matt Krefting, Aaron Rosenblum and John Shaw – that it may as well be Crosby, Stills and fucking Young. And when was the last time you listened to a ‘drone’ record with that kind of personality? LP comes wrapped in a letterpressed obi-strip with a 16-page art book by Rick Myers.

Son Of Earth
Pet

Apostasy Recordings AP-024

LP
£8.99


"Son of Earth began life in early 2000 as Son of Earth-Flesh on Bone Trio. Aaron Rosenblum, Matt Krefting, and John Shaw, inspired by many spirited late-night experimenting sessions, began to play out using wild arrays of sound-making devices. As the years have gone on, the group has chiselled away at the number of instruments used and brought their once maximalist and varied sound creation down to a whisper, a murmur, a sound that hints at and flirts with texture and atmosphere; a music made from almost nothing. Seven full years into their life-span, Son of Earth offer their first full-length LP, Pet. The record represents a culmination of sorts of a certain arc in the Son of Earth sound, one where simple electronics and oddly-played instruments are combined to create a music that walks a tight-rope between easily definable atmospheres and emotions. The results are so delicate that at times the music seems to cease to exist at all." - AR.

Steve Gunn/Ilyas Ahmed
Split

Immune No Cat

7”
£3.99


Edition of 800 copies split 7 Record Store Day release from two of the most consistently wowing contemporary guitar slingers. Gunn’s side is a gorgeous meditation on American steel string modes that has a heady Fahey atmosphere while Ahmed’s is a little grainier and more downer/drone fixated, more focussed on the lonely aspect of his first two albums. 

Sticky Foster & Neil Campbell
live at RRRecords / long distance moan

Alt Vinyl av002

8" Lathe
£2.99


Duo punk magic from these two UK underground stalwarts central to the whole Vibracathedral Orchestra/A-Band axis. Uncut 8" lathe in an edition of 150 hand-numbered copies, part of Alt Vinyl's new lathe-only series. Featuring John Olson (Wolf Eyes) as MC on side 1.

The Cultural Decay
Eight Ways To Start A Day (Singles & Demos)

Sacred Bones Records SBR-3002

LP
£4.99


Another impressive DIY/punk/synth reissue from Sacred Bones. This one collects the 7”, the 12” EP and some unreleased demos released by this Belgian group during the span of their existence 1980-1982. The Cultural Decay have a doomy, cold wave appeal crossed with an impassioned post-punk delivery and the requisite primitive guitars. There’s something about Belgian DIY art – from The Kids to the Ultra Eczema label – that is always particularly deranged and this no exception, what that excessive belief-to-the-point-of-disbelief feel and out-of-time atmosphere. Comes with a full-size book featuring pics and notes. Another swank job by Sacred Bones, hopefully the first in a series of Euro exhumations.

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.

Thought Broadcast
s/t

Hierodule Editions 2012

Art Edition LP
£19.99


Edition of only 50 copies exclusive to VT private press ‘artist edition’ of this amazing Thought Broadcast LP, also released in a standard edition by Olde English Spelling Bee: this much-anticipated full-length from Ravi Binning’s amazing Industrial/avant rock/crude techno project comes with hand-stamped labels and sleeves, with paste-on art and an enigmatic b&w insert. Binning takes off on the kind of minimal post-TG electronics associated with imprints like Japan’s Vanity label and acts like Tolerance, Vita Noctis et al. Cold wave keyboards are hi-jacked by watery beats and deformed automatic vocal transmissions, with keyboard solos that come straight out of the Conrad Schnitzler school of a-formal/a-musical rock twonk. The recording fidelity adds to the atmosphere of threatening late-night urban psychosis, with a hazy, drugged appeal that is Berlin via NZ. Imagine the second Suicide album as received by a fucked-up shortwave transmitter somewhere in the Middle East, then tone-dialling through a buncha non-corporeal pirates that are broadcasting number stations, fourth world instrumental drones, test signals and coded Cold War propaganda. There are tracks that consist of little more than a distant beats over skittering low-wave fuzz that re-write Basic Channel’s sounding of the grid as a sounding of the airwaves, the kind of lightning rod to elsewhere as practiced by Coil during the ELpH workings but with a more brutal Industrial edge. Throw in aspects of early Reverse workings by Pure, Total, Fistfuck, Come/Whitehouse, Club Moral et al and you have one of the most radical and blunt re-thinkings of the potential for minimal electronics and degraded circuitry to re-arrange the goddamn atoms of the air. A stunning full-length that demands to be heard and a singular new voice in crude post-Industrial garage band hypnotics. Forthcoming LP on Editions Mego. Highly recommended!

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. 

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!

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.  

Burning Star Core
West Coast Spring 2004

What The…? Records What-001

LP
£10.99


Beautifully assembled private press LP from Spencer Yeh with cool double-sided paste-on sleeve in an edition of 300 copies with insert. Bundles a bunch of raging sets previously released as part of the West Coast Spring 2004 cassette box on Drone Disco. C. Spencer Yeh on violin and voice and Robert Beatty on acoustic appraiser and electronics, with performances from Seattle and San Francisco. Something about the raw recording quality on these tapes is even more dynamic and tactile than their world-beating ‘official’ releases, with the very fibre of Yeh’s bow giving birth to all sorts of aggressive detail and overtonal colour. Parts of this sound like Faust & Tony Conrad’s Outside The Dream Syndicate re-scored for claustrophobic basements with Beatty live-intuiting some beautiful electronic re-thinks of the psychedelic possibilities inherent in swarms of repeating laminal forms.

Byssus
Hunting The Bitter Rose

Bezoar Formations No Cat

Cassette
£2.99


Excellent solo side from Gwyneth Merner, who previously went under the name The Opera Glove Sinks Into The Sea and who is also a member of the great Anemone Lodge: Byssus play overloaded black psychedelia, generating endless tone forests populated by all kinds of night-time spectra. Indeed, one of the closest parallels would be Double Leopards’ classic Halve Maen, with a similar feel for suspended tones and ancient/future sonorities. Indeed, Nijiumu’s Era Of Sad Wings provides another map-point, with the feel of alien early music pushing the theremins, electric guitars, organs and string drones to the point of devotion. There are gorgeous sequences where the guitars seem to swell in slow motion, positioned deep within the tracks, and it’s as if something has flared up just beyond the horizon, giving the music a wild, orchestral depth and a psychoactive property that is comparable to your favourite deployers of dream weapons. You need to check this out: “During a long fallow period following the release of her self-titled debut on Apostasy Recordings back in 2005, as The Opera Glove Sinks in the Sea, Gwyneth Merner started suffering from abrupt hearing loss ­– tinnitus and crackling in her ears. Though she eventually recovered most of her full range of hearing, this lengthy period of muffled sound greatly altered her approach to making sound. Where her earlier recordings were more reliant on field recordings alongside traces of violin-tinged theremin playing, Merner’s new work under the Byssus moniker explores more seriously the deep basins of her semi-restored hearing threshold. On “Hunting the Bitter Rose,” the theremin is now brought fully to the forefront as a monophonic tone generator, a key holding many potential corridors. The current model, however, is less Clara Rockmore and more “Zeit”-era Tangerine Dream, with a sidelong glance towards Eliane Radigue. This new output could be viewed as an exploration of her instrument’s many permutations of sonic mimicry: elements of scuzzed-out pipe organ, drastically elongated psych-guitar shredding, the long-form meditations of “No Pussyfooting”. Partly a journal of heated melancholy and partly a self-examination of one woman’s inner ear canal, “Hunting the Bitter Rose” is a work that unfurls gradually, revealing a sound puzzle that contains echoes of familiar emotions yet lacks any single defined framework.” – BF.

C. Spencer Yeh
Nothin' But A Heartache

Gods of Tundra No Cat

LP
£8.99


Limited edition of 300 LPs, all long sold-out, matching one side of absolutely nuts alien/electronically deformed sound poetry and one side of lolling violin freakout from Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core that's so beautifully damaged that at parts it resembles fast-forwarding through the Basil Kirchin back catalogue while a band of Eskimo's run through Enochian calls over faulty CB Radios. One of Yeh's most uncategorisable flutters through furiously extended/microscopically obsessive atonal beauty. All LPs come with individually hand-sprayed sleeves. Recommended.

Caethua
The Summer Is Over Before It’s Begun

Turned Word Records TRD-024

LP
£14.99


Beautiful new acid-folk LP from the Village Of Spaces cultus, this time from floating members Andy Neubauer and Clare Hubbard aka Caethua. Caethua share Village’s overall atmosphere of a transplanted American Incredible String Band. Hubbard has a way with odd phrasings and circuitous lyrics that is truly beguiling, wrapping her tongue around stately arrangements of piano, guitar, cello, dronescapes and reeds. The odd mid-Atlantic feel is further compounded by the ghostly, baroque settings, w/obvious Anglo worship given an American gothic twist that serves to darken the overall mood. The classy sleeve adds to the oddball/private acid folk feel with the duo wandering a wasteland that feels like Brigman’s Jungle Rot relocated to the barren wilds of the North. If you were as blown away as we were by the beautiful studio craft of Alchemy And Trust then this is another exactingly spooked shot of rural glam. Edition of 500 copies. Recommended. 

Chora
Slates

Sergent Massacre SM-03

LP
£8.99


First ever vinyl outing for this improvising UK avant-freak group. Slates co mpiles a bunch of tracks from various out-of-print CD-Rs (namely the Blackest Rainbow releases, the Zero Jardins CD-R and the Gold Soundz disc if you’re taking notes) and covers a bunch of bases while providing a good snapshot of the group at its best, balancing minimal string-think with alien fourth-world drone resonance, overdriven vocal/electronics oblivions and that ‘classic’ Sheffield/Singing Knives scattershot musical ambience that we all ‘go’ for.

Cousins Of Reggae
Quartz

Spanish Magic No Cat

LP
£8.99


Limited LP from this Canada-based riot squad, best loved for their excellent split with Mouthus. Quartz goes beyond the heavily-barbecued Harry Pussy moves of their previous releases and further into new realms of lurch that would combine riffs that sound like I Wanna Be Your Dog tied to streamrollers and dragged on their face through Industrial warehouse with the deforming use of clotted F/X, endless vistas of crunch and some fucking bandstand rocking moves that make you wonder what The Birthday Party might’ve sounded like if they dug Demo Moe more than fucking Gene Pitney. With colour paste-on sleeves.

Flashback Repository
s/t

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-30

LP
£6.99


Solo work from Sam Meringue, aka Explorers, Matrix Metals, half of Yoga et al. Flashback Repository is a crude Xerox-psych take on James Ferraro and Spencer Clark’s Hypnagogic memory-recovery process, positing a universal storehouse where all of the waste consciousness of humanity resides. It sounds like abandoned machinery heard through a fog of tape hiss and dreamtone, with keyboards spooling loops of wasteland texture beneath hallucinatory vocal forms and far-away melodies. The feel is closest, perhaps, to the early Skaters style, with peaking drones jump-cutting into keyboard carousels and flickering dreammachine actions, all rendered in a way that sounds as if its beaming across the decades, from the future as much as the past. A reissue of an obscure cassette from Meringue’s Outer Limits Collective, the LP comes with a stapled together booklet featuring ‘explanatory’ text. Edition of 425 copies. Highly recommended. 

Gol/Ghedalia Tazartes
Alpes

Alga Marghen planam-golta

LP
£16.99


Fantastic new set that sees French avant/vocalist and free folk spirit Ghedalia Tazartes hook-up with the mysterious French avant garde project Gol: this is a spectacular meeting, with Gol working to elaborate and expand Tazartes’ vision of a hybrid fourth world from of spontaneous concrete. Indeed, something about the logic of the way that the set is put together reminds of me of Jim O’Rourke’s amazing tape-splicing work on Faust’s Rien w/Keiji Haino and Michael Morley et al. There are explosive electronic drones, massed voices, weird world and gypsy music bleeding in from the sidelines, all of which drops out to reveal bass and backwards-tape driven environments that come over like Jac Berrocal’s Rock’n Roll Station haunted by the ghost of European torch song. Indeed, this features some of the most rockin’ – in a weirdo Euro garage band sense – music that Tazartes has ever put his name to, w/a ginchy off-kilter rhythmic edge and an epic field of play this is dazzlingly psychedelic. Edition of only 400 copies complete with Dennis Tyfus cover art, very highly recommended! 

Greg Kelley
Religious Electronics

No Fun NFP-33

LP
£8.99


Wild new solo album from Greg Kelley (Nmperign et al) of hypnotically rendered electronics that combine formal noise classicism (jump-cuts, huge peacocks of tone) with rigorous construction, minimalist intent and a primitive hands-on aspect that more than transcends the faceless noise outings of countless minor thinkers. Edition of 350 copies.

Hive Mind
Cast Through Shallow Earth

No Fun NFP-19

LP
£10.99


“400 copies - synth music for the exploration of desolated lands, slow and detailed side long movements of pure tonal sound. after millions of years when everything has withered away and nothing survives what will remain in this earth? minerals, boiling lava, smoke, and corrosion in a shallow earth. screenprinted cover, white vinyl, released on No Fun Productions.” – NF.

Hive Mind
Untitled

Alt Vinyl AV-016

8” Lathe
£6.99


Limited edition of 100 copies hand-cut lathe direct from Peter King’s workshop in NZ. Hallucinatory slow-motion landscapes of minimal electronics from Greh Holger. Square cut lathe.

Hive Mind & John Wiese
Trick Satanism

Chondritic Sound CH-138

10"
£6.99


“555 copies - heavy sessions from a spook ed space collab recorded in at TERROR HOUSE in late Summer 2004 used as source sounds reprocessed by wiese to merge this mutant. heavy-duty staring contest. pro-printed full color cover art by john olson (american tapes/wolf eyes/dead machines/etc). it's exactly what you think it is...” – CS.

Hototogisu
Robed In Verdigris

Nashazphone NP-03

LP
£14.99


Limited edition LP (500 copies and already completely sold out at source) from the duo of Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards, GHQ, UN, Zaimph et al) and Matthew Bower (Skullflower, Sunroof!, Total). This one is just totally monolithic, with deliriously over-amped guitar/electronics/vocal ecstasy building to plateau after plateau. Only their third vinyl release, this one features three massive slabs of feedback-illuminated deliverance that flatline rock modes with the most thunderous application of avant-aggression. Totally beautiful.

Hototogisu + Burning Star Core
s/t

Yik Yak 014

LP
£12.99


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.

Ikuro Takahashi
Picnic On The Quicksand (Oscillators In The Studio)

Galleria Zarigania No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Original two-track 2007 release w/colour sleeve of this massive/obscure solo set from Japanese underground legend Ikuro Takahashi (Fushitsusha/Kousokuya et al) here making violent Industrial noise w/heavy meta oscillator attack. Long OOP. 

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!

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. 

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.

Justin Lieberman & C. Spencer Yeh
Object Lessons

What The…? Records 008

Picture Disc LP
£6.99


Collaboration between Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core and artist Justin Lieberman, that Yeh describes as combining their love of “sound poetry, psychedelic rock, Japanese scum noise and Japanese psychedelic rock.” There’s also a more conceptual/absurdist cultural critique running through many of these tracks, using samples of voices, advertising inanities and surrealist interventions in a way that - at points - comes across as a more psychedelic Residents. The whole deal is beautifully packaged with the picture disc wrapped in a full-colour gatefold sleeve. Edition of 250 copies.

Kabemimi
Requiem

Kabemimi 001

CD
£10.99


Been a while since we heard from these wall-of-amplifiers Japanese psych monsters. This new CD – their first non CD-R release – is actually their fifth to date and it marks a definite change in attack. The title Requiem fits the mood of the sonics perfectly. It starts off with the sound of a distant opera singer coming through shortwave feedback like Keith Rowe’s playing on It Had Been An Ordinary Enough Day... and the tracks build scrambles of odd sound around this central ghostly edifice. Indeed, early on in the disc the arrangements almost have the cracked organisational logic of a Graham Lambkin production, with room sound and odd metronomic detail. Slowly the group begin to generate that patented low-level feedback attack, at first gathering round the female vocals like smoke before erupting in thundercracks, painstakingly controlled feedback paeans and industrial-scale amplifier violence. The whole recording has a feel of violent weltschmerz, at points touching on Keiji Haino and Jim O’Rourke’s amazing contribution to Faust’s Rien. Beautifully haunting, epically sad, this a classic weirdo Japanese side from one of the most enigmatic groups to come out of the Tokyo underground. Highly recommended. 

Kluster
Zwei/Osterei

Captain Trip CTCD-542

CD
£6.99


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".

Marco Fusinato
Spectral Arrows: Sydney

Planam Amplan

LP
£12.99


Edition of 200 copies documenting Australian sound artist Marco Fusinato’s wild ultra-endurance art studio assaults where he sets up guitar and electronics and plays for the entire day at mind-splitting volume:  Spectral Arrows: Sydney compresses a six hour performance into just under forty minutes, with the kind of torrential Industrial-scale noise that would smelt aspects of Keiji Haino, Ray Russell and Merzbow into a technicolour torrent of rainbow electronics that just keeps on keeping on. The sleeve marries classic landscape painting with Dead C-esque shots of children under armed siege, combing historical idyll with automatic firepower and the sounds of riot in a way that is as radical as recent experiments from Peter Kolovos and Gary Smith. File next to Borbetomagus & Voice Crack’s titanic Fish That Sparkling Bubble for maximal tone violence. Highly recommended. 

Naked On The Vague
Chitty Chat

Sacred Bones Records SBR-020

7”
£1.99


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.

Pita
A Bas la Culture Marchande

No Fun #11

LP
£6.99


Album from Pita aka Mego founder Peter Rehberg that moves from junked percussion process through pulverising beats, barbed wire rhythms and great proto-symphonic drones assembled from extended, languorous rainbows of breath. B-side features some classic electro-squelch mirrored in long, silent hymns that are illuminated by nothing but digital scrabbles. "Pulsating inhuman sounds, minimal drone work, silence, harsh layered electronics and total death. Explorations into the infra-worlds with a few tool boxes and a fucking gigantic drill of destruction manned by a single man, Mr. Peter Rehberg-A sick man and 20th/21st century Pioneer of evil electronic music with all the secret formulas to create artificial breakdowns of space and time. Hail primal electronic darkness. First vinyl from Pita in several years. Limited to 300." - NF.

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. 

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! 

Wooden Wand
Harem Of The Sundrum & The Witness Figg

Time-Lag 028

LP & 7”
£18.99


Debut solo album from James Toth aka the central bulb around which The Vanishing Voice orbits. This is a particularly sauced ramble through strung-out country/space blues, every bit as euphorically dislocated and intimately scored as similar broadcasts from the pulpit of the otherside by Skip Spence, Matthew Valentine, Alex Chilton circa Sister Lovers and US Saucer. A great collections of songs that almost stands as Wand’s Basement Tapes. Originally released as a tape on Polyamory and a CD on Soft Abuse, this deluxe Time-Lag versions stands as the definitive edition and comes packaged in a private press-style, letterpress printed, textured art paper cover on 180g vinyl in a hand-numbered edition of 760. Also comes with a bonus 7” single with three cover versions exclusive to this edition – “Cry With Me”, “Distance Is Free” and “Young Face”. Just too much. Highly recommended.

Yek Koo
Desolation Peak

Emerald Cocoon EC-011

LP
£6.99


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!

C. Spencer Yeh
1975

Intransitive Recordings INT-037

CD
£4.99


Billed as C. Spencer Yeh’s ‘first true solo album’, 1975 is an investigation of static drone works that forsakes the kinda barbarous dynamic violence of Burning Star Core for a series of luminous/ghostly tonal settings that coil like smoke around your skull w/deep fields of searchlight tone and jabbering cut-up detail. Buncha different sound sources flagged in the self-explanatory titles – “Two Guitars”, “Voice”, “Drone”, “Shrinkwrap from a Solo Saxophone CD (skit)” – with the music moving from tactile almost Philip Corner-esque miniatures through endlessly glissing xpressways of soft feedback that mirror the stately, surreal arc of Nurse With Wound’s Soliloquy For Lilith. One of Yeh’s most immersive and form-gobbling works, play this back to back with BXC’s Challenger for a lesson in the dynamic possibilities of killing time dead. Recommended. 

Jandek
Brooklyn Wednesday

Corwood 0789

DVD
£3.99


DVD edition featuring both sets from this trio show with Sterling Smith on guitar and vocals, Chris Corsano on drums and Matt Heyner on bass, live at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, New York, September 7th, 2005. The sound is closer to the 'classic' Neilson/Youngs live blats but with a more straightahead garage/punk feel, with Sterling playing some of his oddest electric guitar downs while Heyner moves from groaning electric bass monoliths across the first set to quiet, semi-audible acoustic bass on the second. The second set is consequently the weirdest, with the extra space generated by Heyner fully inhabited by very minimal guitar work from Sterling and some oddly dramatised lyrical set-ups. Corsano plays it pretty straight for the bulk, riding behind Sterling's guitar like a steamroller, and at points the vocal delivery combines with the overall bounce of the rhythm section to birth something that seems to owe more to The Minutemen than any sort of avant blues tradition. The songs are great, moving from devastating emotionally wrought confessionals through to funny situational set pieces and Sterling really stretches out on vocals and is obviously enjoying the performance.

Matt 'MV' Valentine
Space Chanteys

Fringes Recordings FRINGES-10

LP
£14.99


Space Chanteys sees former Tower Recordings mainman Matt Valentine back working with an extended group of players for a series of songs that throb with an organic organisational logic. On the opening “A Trailer In Heaven” Valentine’s vocal sounds somewhere between Michael Hurley and a lycanthropic Neil Hagerty as he works his way through a surreal hymn to the power of the elements backed by electric guitarist P.G. Six and drummer Tim Barnes. “Hats Off To Bob Malloy” features the kind of wind and string drone that’s illuminated many an evocation of Pan while “Cocola Says Starstairs”, where the group are joined by guitarist Dean Roberts, sees Valentine gargling on the same Moon’s milk that fuelled Tim Buckley’s most ethereal voyages. The second side charts some darker waters and burns with the same forlorn spirit that illuminated Dylan’s Gaslight Tapes, with Valentine’s probing vocal bolstered by an elastic weave of “solar strings” beamed straight from Saturn. Last copies of this now to tough to locate vinyl side, absolutely no re-stocks so this is your last chance. Highly recommended.

Akira Sakata/Giovanni Di Domenico
Iruman

Mbari Musica Mbari-21

CD
£6.99


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!

Attar Cups
Untitled

Blackest Rainbow Recordings No Cat

LP
£8.99


Hand-numbered edition of 299 copies with colour paste-on sleeves from this communal Maine-based free folk unit that features Nemo Bidstrup of Time-Lag/Drona Parva, Sparrow Wildchild of MV’s The Bummer Road and three members of Visitations. Long acoustic jams that share headspace with Tower Recordings or even a more folk/less Fall reverent Shadow Ring, with minimal, repeating acoustic jags that fall just the right side of lonesome to re-kindle memories of My Company Is Misery-era US Saucer.

Black Sand Desert
Choking On Grave Soil

PACrec 119

CD
£2.99


Release from Greh of Hive Mind's longterm harsh noise project. Every bit as invasive as the more sloth-focussed Hive Mind pieces, this one just ratchets the energy levels through the roof with huge sandstorms of electricity that sound somewhere between Masonna, Bennett, Parmegiani and Amacher.

Caleb Johnston
Untitled

No Label

10"
£4.99


First mysterious 10 inch outing from the shady Caleb Johnston, rumoured to be somehow related to Twig Harper of Nautical Almanac. No credits whatsoever in screened art-edition die-cut sleeve. Very limited copies.

Caleb Johnston
Untitled

Audiobot BOT-035

LP
£6.99


Second ultra-mysterious release (no details or credits anywhere on the sleeve) from Caleb Johnston, reputedly the brother of Twig Harper of Nautical Almanac. The Twig Harper connection makes a lot of sense, with the same kind of destroyed/junk-based noise syntax put to the service of gut-churning punk sound poetry and ultra-crude fuzz gargling that charges a bunch of the Nautical Almanac back catalogue. But there's something a little more European about the violent, actionist bent of much of the sound, so if you're into smearing yourself in goat skank, setting fire to household objects and wanging your dick off a coat hanger you're sure to feel 'at home' here. But even if you prefer to consume your art actions on a nice stereo in the comfort of your own swank pad, this should make a nice addition to the shelf. Edition of 300 copies in hand silkscreened covers.

D.R. Hooker
The Truth

Subliminal Sounds SUBLP-14

LP
£21.99


Another aces-up sliced of private press/real people manna rescued from the lid of oblivion by Subliminal Sounds: Donald Hooker was a mysterious head with a serious jones for gnosis that ran all the way to actually dressing up like a textbook Christ, complete with robes and facial 'gear' and he cut this extremely rare LP in New Haven, Connecticut sometime in 1972. Since then it has built up a fairly legendary reputation amongst fans of real people/evangelical psych/privately pressed satori and has been issued a bunch of times but this looks like the definitive version, with a legit 180g pressing complete with heavy repro sleeves and poster/insert. Hooker has a beautiful voice and one that sits only a couple of rungs down from the kind of oracular muscleman style of Jim Morrison and Father Yod. Lyrically it touches alla the right bases, with drug ballads, odes to brain erasure and de-programming and revelatory rock tracks dedicated to cracking the Bible. There's an excellent use of F/X saturated synth on a bunch of tracks, most notably the opener, which floats in on a bed of mangled lo-fi electro-hiss before launching into a cranky garage/folk/lounge song that has hooks of steel. The rest of the album moves from delicate hippy ballads to Doors-styled sun-gobblers that go well beyond the blueprint and eschatological hymns to kingdom come before peaking with the mind-blowing "The Bible", a track that approaches Fraction's Moon Blood in terms of break-on-through evangelical ferocity with echoed, third-eye backing ghosts and overloaded fuzz guitar that's the equal of White Heaven's Michio Kurihara. You Ishihara has gotta dig this shit. Even comes with a non-Satanic backwards-masked message at the end. Full instrumental line-up is vocals, guitar, synth, bass, organ, piano, dobro, horns and drums. An immaculate psych album, fully deserving of its reputation, limited edition of 500 copies and very highly recommended.

Dead Machines
Dead End At Olson Street

Ypsilanti Records/Ypsilanti Records /

LP
£8.99


Limited to 500 copies on white vinyl, Dead End At Olson Street is one of the most beautifully disorientating passes through aleatoric improvised form from this duo to date. Combination of dazed circuit-bending, a melt of horns, loops of ferocious magnetism and a beautiful basement-in-orbit atmosphere makes it a heavy repeat-spin. Comes in a beautiful full-colour collage sleeve too.

Devillock
These Graves

Tone Filth TF-33

LP
£8.99


Beautiful limited edition vinyl version (hand-numbered edition of 333) in screened, letter-pressed sleeve of this major full-length work from Justin Chris Meyers (Tone Filth/Panther Skull et al) originally released on CD by PACrec/SNSE. These Graves is based around subliminal movements of organ, electronics and tape fug that generate rainbow-tones of beautiful slow-mo storm in a way that brings to mind Andrew Chalk, Guam River the more harsh/metallic side of Wickham-Smith/Youngs, NWW circa Salt Marie Celeste and the kind of vacated sonic spaces of AMM, Graveyards and Flies Inside The Sun. Either way this is a beautifully hand-carved set of electronics that marks some kind of formal peak for this guy. Both sides of the LP version end in locked grooves. Highly recommended. Features a guest appearance on bass from Matthew St. Germain (Freedom From) on bass, mastered by Peter Swanson of Yellow Swans.

Egypt Is The Magick #
The Valentine Process

Mad Monk 004

LP
£10.99


Limited edition LP on Wooden Wand's own imprint documenting a rare outing from this mysterious NY free/mysto ensemble piloted by a buncha Hint House regulars, including Dave Shuford of The No-Neck Blues Band. The more eagle-eyed connoisseurs may have already spotted various members bolstering the NNCK/Sunburned ranks on NNCK's 1998 album, Live At Ken's Electric Lake under the Mysterygypt banner. Here the sound is of a classic lost ESP-Disk, the perfect synthesis of stumbling, primitively rendered acoustic free space that reconciles almost Shadow Ring takes on personal psychosis with a ritualistic Manson Family Jams feel and some beautifully submerged and utterly compelling 3rd Velvets album atmospherics (specifically the slow-burning gnosis of "Jesus") and temporally outta place Flynt/Hurley-styled ostrich/hillbilly protest. Flip side casts the net even wider, taking in some gloriously fucked drum machine bass and midnight hysteria and a nice, ass-flapping live full-blown psych destroyer. In other words, it goes all the way from B to Z with the kinda canny eye-swimming elan of your favourite mushroom cultivator. Or like they tell it themselves: "Resistant to the clutches of Anubis, the members of Egypt have emerged from a six year hiatus to produce an archival release dating from the DCLXVI Dynasty. After serving as priests to Hathor, the Mistress of Life, the Great Wild Cow, for five years, these Egyptian numerologists have honed their aesthetic reeds to razor sharp points. These tracks include glossalalia praising the pantheon, an illustration of the electromechanistic migration of the soul as well as ecstasy soaked instrumental excursions. Look for these adepts appearing at your local oasis soon! 180 gram vinyl, full color covers, 500 copies!" Totally great and highly recommended.

Evan Miller
Transfigurations On Lap-Steel Guitar

Arbor #93

LP
£4.99


”Iowa City’s Evan Miller is never one to stay in the same rut for too long. His earlier releases were composed of Fahey-esque spells, heavily emotional acoustic guitar work emanating tones of nostalgia and simplicity. On Transfigurations a new zone is crafted with lap-steel guitar and tape collage, creating equally nostalgic music from the other end of the spectrum: delicate, minimal drones. Tones interweave and textures evolve: it is Evan’s most personally progressive work, combining past themes and reinterpreting them on another medium: electric lap-steel guitar. Mastered by Pete Swanson. In an edition of 450 full color pro-printed cardboard LP sleeves and printed labels designed by Jeff Witscher (Rene Hell/Secret Abuse /Callow God).” – Arbor.

Fursaxa
Mycorrhizae Realm

All Tomorrow's Parties ATPRLP-38

LP
£8.99


Album from Tara Burke’s Fursaxa, with guest appearances by Helena Espvall (Espers/Ghost et al) on cello and Mary Lattimore on harp. Mycorrhizae Realm moves even deeper into the woods than her last few releases, with a sumptuous musical palette that resembles classic acoustic/devotional era Popol Vuh or the more stoned side of Neu ’75. “Poplar Moon” is a classic slice of UK-addled acid folk, with a Mellow Candle/Wicker Man atmosphere and a steady, hypnotic delivery. The addition of harp and cello brings to mind the kind of lucid acoustic settings of Ghost’s classic Second Time Around but the dosed early music atmosphere is pure Fursaxa. Nobody does it better. Recommended.

Gary Smith/Silvia Kastel/Ninni Morgia
Brand II

L'Esprit De L'Escalier Lele-03

LP
£10.99


Second instalment of wildly outside trio playing from this inspired hook-up: Gary Smith has had a fascinating career on the fringes, playing with Bill Fray as the replacement for Ray Russell and collaborating with John Stevens, Chie Mukai, Shoji Hano, Masayoshi Urabe and more. His guitar conceptions extend Derek Bailey’s use of extreme volume pedal dynamics and microtonal string scuffles, playing a kind of muted though internally explosive/endlessly refracted form of psychedelic improvisation. Kastel and Morgia are, of course, well known purveyors of Kraut/Cold freak, and the trio combination is truly maximalist. Kastel moans and hovers over the tracks like the ghost of Joan La Barbara while Morgia brings the metal, with clanging tone-on-tone brutality combined with long passages of high-wire and intricately constructed semi-silence. Somewhere between NWW list style blat, Iskra/Music Improvisation Company tectonics and 20th century composition, this is another brutal and challenging instalment in this excellent series. 

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.

Golden Calves Money Band
Collection: Money Band + Century Band

Woodsist 056

2xLP
£10.99


Reissue of a bunch of key documents – the Golden Calves Money Band LP and Century Band 12”  – from this pre-Wooden Wand/Vanishing Voice freakout jam band led by Mr James Toth and released in the mid-90s. The sound has that classically fractured post-ESP Disk Siltbreeze feel fully down, with Skip Spence style oblivion ballads further dislocated by almost Shadow Ring-styled idiot avant and drug-dazzled cultic jam blasts ala early Tower Recordings. The spirit of Jandek hovers over the bulk of the recording and Toth makes expressive use of Sterling Smith’s barbed guitar sonorities while orbiting the kind of cultic downer ballads that he would base much of the Vanishing Voice material around. A beautiful sound from a beautiful time. Comes with some hilarious in-depth liners where Toth fesses up to the multiple inspirations behind these still-magical recordings. If you’ve never heard these before then it functions as a key to a whole lot of what was to come later. Highly recommended.

Hall Of Fame
Kings Bobbing For Apples

Amish Records AMI008

7"
£3.99


Rare OOP 7” from the trio of Samara Lubelski, Theo Angell and Dan Brown featuring some beautiful Lubelski conceptions.

Hank IV
Refuge In Genre

Siltbreeze SB-117

LP
£4.99


Debut Siltbreeze album (their second long-player to date) from this San Francisco-based avant-garage group. Hank IV play desperate man-style punk in the vein of Minute To Pray-era Flesheaters. Throw in some of the sociopathic scorch of The Pagans and touches of earlier Siltbreeze satellites like Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and you got a great pro-rock primitive, one that combines accelerated jams with gut-busting vocals and the kinda furious delivery that makes it sound totally non-contemporary.

James Twig Harper
Intuitive American Esoteric Volume 2

American Tapes/Heresee /

LP
£8.99


Second instalment in this beautifully hand-carved series documenting the electronic American automata of Mr James ‘Twig' Harper of Nautical Almanac. This gorgeous looking LP is a very limited co-release from a whole bunch of suave labels and features a (playable) B-side made up entirely from locked grooves and with a hand-etched label. A-side features some dynamic tactile blurt from Harper, with rib-juddering rhythms giving way to whole airplane hangers full of iron lungs and busted harmonicas, detourned found sounds and avalanches of destroyed machine code, all of which are fed-through one of the most elaborately constructed, illogically satisfying and righteously fucked post-Industrial mindsets ever to wear studs. I mean, fuck Parmegani, this whole deal tastes a lot better - and travels a lot further - when it's out of the mouths of unreconstructed metallers. Highly recommended.

Jason Finkbeiner
Dedicated To Rochester Charles

American Tapes AM-540

one-sided LP
£6.99


Limited edition new solo album from Jason Finkbeiner of Rochester avant-garage monsters Pengo on John Olson's American Tapes imprint with paste-on B-side art, corrugated card sleeve and insert featuring a repro of a letter to Aaron Dilloway (Wolf Eyes) from Rochester Charles detailing various formative drum influences, including Al Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Jim Fox of The James Gang, Mitch Mitchell from The Experience, Motorhead's Filthy Phil Taylor, fucking Phil Ehart from Kansas, et al. Sounds are based around sick, oscillating tape work that sounds like an elastic band and wah-wah pedal running a turntable that's playing a slowly melting copy of Yatha Sidhra's A Meditation Mass re-recorded by Chie Mukai and Matthew Valentine, the way you always wanted to hear it 'done'.

Kemialliset Ystävät
Kellari Juniversumi

Beta-Lactam Ring MT061A

LP
£12.99


Beautiful-looking heavy vinyl issue of this Finnish tribe’s all-time classic album recorded 2001-2002 and originally released on CD by Fonal records. Arkestral-scale line-up features a bunch of heavy-hitters, with Jan Anderzen joined by Sami from Es/Fonal, Niko-Matti from Kiila, Pekko Kapi etc… More acoustic and drawn from deeper inside Finnish soil than more recent sides, the group work ghost arcs of folk melody and mile-long chants into a forest of slow-smoking skulls. For fans of European acid folk/Faust Tapes/Silence-era titans et al… an absolute beauty and still their masterpiece. Highly recommended, full-colour cover with inner sleeve, edition of only 300 copies.

Kuupuu
Lumen Tahden

Time-Lag 044

CD
£8.99


CD edition of the new LP from Jonna Karanka aka Kuupuu, a floating member of a bunch of Finnish collectives including Hertta Lussu Assa, The Anaksimandros and Avarus. Kuupuu’s music could vaguely be described as acid-folk but it also takes in the kind of oddball DIY of groups like The Godz, the homemade aesthetic of Chocolate Monk, the ghostly madrigal style of Tara Burke’s Fursaxa etc wile coating the whole deal in a dreamy, out-of-focus forest of pagan percussion, delicate vocals and witchy atmospherics. There’s a soft electronic pulse that runs through the bulk of the new album, flickering like starlight in the background of solo piano conceptions that take off on the minimal repeat-logic of Richard Youngs circa Advent while stringing them with wraiths of ghostly vocals and backwards tape. A classic of bedroom female avant-folk, straight from the heart of the wood. Packaged in a heavy shrunken gatefold sleeve, edition of 1000 copies. Highly recommended.

Loosers
For-All-The-Round-Suns

Ruby Red RR-002

LP
£3.99


Second LP from this Portuguese tribe, sounding a little closer to the Lightning Bolt/post-hardcore fist-stream than the SCG/Sunburned moves on their recent Qbico LP. Recorded in 2003/2004 but released in 2005 in the wake of iiii. Produced by Portuguese ‘improv wiz' Vitor Rua (Telectu etc) with Loosers.

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.

Mammal
Let Me Die

Animal Disguise ADR-064

LP
£4.99


First full-length Mammal LP in years, edition of 500 copies in suitably enigmatic/private press style sleeve. Totally nihilistic atmosphere with titles like “Days Into Days”, “Fog Days Gone”, “One More Day”, “Some Day” and “Long Way Home”. Sound is based around heavy lonesome thuds of percussive noise, more like huge metal needles spot-dropped onto slow-spinning expressways of glass and sandpaper than anything approaching beats. Should appeal to fans of lonesome electronic lurch ala TG, Tolerance et al. Recommended.

Matthew Nidek & Anthony Guerra
NB

The Seedy R

CD-R
£3.99


Drums/guitar duo splurge recorded live in Sydney, Australia on 2nd January 2005 that works trashed fuzz and fists of percussion into a post-Vampire Belt tribute to Sound Of Confusion-era Spacemen 3. Fuck!

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.

Moongang
s/t

Steve Gunn

CD-R
£8.99


Great solo drone project from Steve Gunn of GHQ that works huge rolls of overtone thick soup into swarms of insect architectures that hover in the air with all of the black hole menace of Keiji Haino's hurdy-gurdy sides, Organum's more flesh-harvesting work or Pelt's hillbilly theatre of eternal music. Limited run in plastic cases with colour artwork. Recommended.

Mudboy
Hungry Ghosts! - These Songs Are Doors

Not Not Fun NNF-84

LP
£4.99


"For most of us, the doors of perception are triple-bolted shut and cast in bomb-proof iron. Only Supernatural shapeshifters (or career criminals) can slip through and seize the wisdom within. But, sweetly, there is a hidden entrance: musick-as-magick. Providence, RI patch-cable conjuror Mudboy is one such secret key-crafter and his unlocking labours on this long-player stand at the summit of his already awesome discography. Alchemizing stylized soundtrack spells, organ wizardry, melodic mind-reading and elegantly meditative harmonium hallucinations, Hungry Ghosts! lights an urn's worth of ritual powders and powers, filling the speakers with a sign language of smoke runes and ghost tones. Lie on the floor and be floored by Mudboy's primordial plainsongs. Record comes housed in a dizzyingly intricate laser die-cut fold-over cover with an acutely aligned flame-silkscreened inner sleeve. Limited to 500 copies." - NNF.

Nautical Almanac
Cover The Earth

Heresee 057

LP
£10.99


2005 album from this still-confounding Baltimore-based group featuring Twig Harper, Carly Ptak and Max Eisenberg, combining almost NWW-scale cut-up confusion with junkyard improvisation, dense concrete strategies and a weird mysto/hillbilly 'edge'.

Oper'azione Nafta
Cavuru

Siltbreeze SB-92

LP
£4.99


Italian free music trio that combines overblown reed firepower with punk primitive energy assassination, hysterical vocals, manipulated tapes and some beautifully sleazy No Wave raunch appeal. Pretty much explodes the territory that would divide Harry Pussy and James Chance & The Contortions.

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!

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.

Outer Nothingness
Wail

Golem Tapes G-14

CD-R
£3.99


Extended remixed/re-mastered edition of what was originally a very limited 3” release featuring an hour of dense, melancholy tape loop experiments from a project with connections to Shiggajon. The atmosphere approximates William Basinski’s masterpiece Disintegration Loops but with a frosty end of the world aspect and the sound of distant alien carousels repeat-spinning in space. Beautifully alien night-time tone poetry with a profoundly lonely aspect. 

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.

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!

Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet featuring Mike Pearson
Be Music, Night: A Homage To Kenneth Patchen

Jazzwerkstatt 002

CD
£8.99


A beautiful big band set from Brotzmann’s late Chicago Tentet w/a tribute to the visionary poet/artist Kenneth Patchen: recorded in Chicago in 2004, this is a stand-out Tentet performance, alterrnating between massed weeping brass laments and joyous explosions of folk melody, bringing to life the odd happy/sad dynamic of Patchen’s poetry and pictures. Mike Pearson reads from Patchen’s work accompanied by factions of the group, running an umbilical all the way to Patchen’s own readings with Charles Mingus. This is a real one-off in Brotzmann’s catalogue, connecting with beat culture and playing in a way that feels closer to instant composition than free improvisation per see. Beautiful readings, magical settings, a phenomenal one-off – highly recommended!

Peter Brotzmann/Peeter Uuskyla/Peter Friis Nielsen
Noise Of Wings

Jazzwerkstatt 056

CD
£8.99


Killer trio studio session, with Brötzmann forsaking the kind of sobbing mile-wide vibrato that dominates much of his work with Die Like A Dog for some viciously focussed beams of concrete noteage across tenor saxophone, tarogato and clarinet. The Scandinavian backline of electric bassist Nielsen and drummer Uuskyla nail it to the floor with the kind of rock/groove flex of the Last Exit and Purple Trap rhythm sections, giving the whole set a kind of Contortions/No Wave-style zag, while Brötzmann rounds on their asses like a PCP-huffing goat gobbling sherbet. Seven studio tracks and a bonus live blow-out recorded in Sweden in 2001. 

R.O.T.
L'Ecurie

KRAAK

LP
£6.99


Full-length drone/free summit from a group that features members of Buffle, Coarsebangor, Partkdolg, Veglia crew etc... that floats past your brain like a fleet of razor-lined clouds. "R.O.T. has gained a quality reputation in the underground scene during their six years of existence. This led to a splendid CD-R and tape discography. L'Ecurie is their first long player. Each side contains two jams that sound like calm and fluently movements through sound at one time, then like a somewhat more brutal treatment at another point. The album shows nicely how R.O.T. works as a (live) band. It's not about well-thought sound poetry here, but about spontaneous improvisation where random incidents are considered as an extra band member. A slow bass that wanders gently through the acoustic droning, when suddenly an alarm clock starts to ring, followed by new almost-quietness and laidback noise. R.O.T. stands for an original approach of sound sources and a continuously seeking for the 'moment'. Side A was recorded in an abandoned administration building in Jette, a small town near Brussels. The space was run by young students for six months and renamed the place L'Ecurie, the French for stable. R.O.T. improvised in the dusty kitchen during three long days, mostly during the nights as well. The tracks on the B side are takes from improvisations in a horse stable."

Rahdunes
s/t

Qbico #71

Pic Disc LP
£10.99


“Originally from San Francisco , CA this is a rude boy duo. The record begins with some of the most crude and rough guitar/drums duo music ever ! Then you'll drift toward a faraway place... to be finally hypnotized for 25 minutes by a side long track... derailing !” – Picture disc vinyl.

Raw Thug
s/t

U-Sound Vol-16

CD-R
£3.99


Great collection of outside sound from this Kentucky-based folk spirit who previously had a tape on Black Velvet Fuckere and plays as a member of Sapat. Abstract austere/nursery-level electronics, stumpy solo drum routines that are somewhere between Laura Cromwell, Toshi Ishizuka and Jandek, squat, untutored Bill Dixon/Tori Kudo free jazz stomps and more. Cool new full colour silkscreened sleeves look great too.

Shawn David McMillen
Catfish

Emperor Jones #71

LP
£4.99


Long-time-coming solo album from Ash Castles On The Ghost Coast/Iron Kite/Friday Group member Shawn McMillen. The moves here orbit classic Charalambides/Pelt/American Primitive modes, albeit dilated via huge deserts of UFO tone, percussive bongs that are almost Partch in construction and the sound of railroad lights dancing around the periphery of your brain. Some beautiful low lonesome sound, comes in a swanky black and white sleeve with cover art by Shawn. Recommended.

The Aether Myth'd
The Eight

Spirit Of Orr SO-65

CD-R
£2.99


New collection of material from this east coast acid/freak unit featuring Paul Labrecque and Ron Schneiderman of Sunburned Hand Of The Man alongside a bunch of mystery 'guests'. All assembled from recordings that span 2004 through to 2007 mostly made at their Blueberry Studio space in Brattleboro, VT. This is heavy guitar psych dilated to the point of narcolepsy, with lazy cartwheeling lead guitar ala Jerry Garcia working static acid assemblages of endlessly rotating notes while a second guitar dunts a bunch of notes into amorphous shapes somewhere in the distance. Primitive basement psych that should appeal to any Twisted Village aficionados pining for a new apex of high. This is a tour-only disc in a run of 200 hand-assembled copies.

The Art Museums
Rough Frame

Woodsist 037

LP
£6.99


Great new project from Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards et al) and Josh Alper that mainlines the DIY art-pop moves of Dan Treacey’s Television Personalities, Ed Ball’s O Level/The Times et al. Freakbeat psych styles with primitive pro-Mod instrumental settings and a sharp modern art appeal. “The Art Museums ARE into: art, poetry, WHAAM records & films about Mods…The Art Museums ARE NOT into: flared trousers, drip coffee, dirty sneakers.”

Tight Meat Duo
Creaming The Gutterpunk

Alt Vinyl AV-005

8" Lathe
£6.99


Release from the punk primitive free jazz duo of David Keenan (Taurpis Tula) on alto sax and Alex Neilson (Directing Hand/Motor Ghost/Jandek et al) on drums. Part of Alt Vinyl's limited lathe cut series. Manufactured in New Zealand by Peter King and issued in a limited hand-numbered edition of only 150 copies. Features three tracks that explode the post-Blue Humans/Sonny Simmons action jazz style with vocalised horn work, time-killing drums and a ton of bloodied flesh. Features three dense tracks: "Creaming The Gutterpunk", "Dedicated To Smell & Quim But They Weren't Listening" and "Nobody Loves The Hulk". Recorded live in the studio, Govan, Glasgow.

Traum/Bark Haze
Monolith: Jupiter

Music Fellowship MF-39

One-Sided Pic Disc LP + CD
£4.99


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

Travelling Bell
Scatter Ways

Secret Eye Ab-Oc-15

CD
£3.99


Solo album from Spires That In The Sunset Rise member Kathleen Baird that’s a little more restrained than her work with the mothership, touching on bases shared with contemporary folk-spirits like PG Six, Josephine Foster and Espers as well as referencing the spirit-forms of ISB, Syd Barrett, Roy Harper and Linda Perhacs.

V-3
Live At Bernie’s ‘97

No Label No Cat

LP
£18.99


Massive vinyl unearthing of what was originally released as a limited CD-R in a promo-only run of 100 copies: recorded live at Bernie’s on the same bill as Bassholes and Strapping Fieldhands this devastating live set presents the Photograph Burns-era line-up of V-3 in totally scorching form.
The music of Jim Shepard (Vertical Slit/V-3 et al) exists in a kind of timeless/non-historically specific zone and you could almost juggle the release dates of alla his back catalogue around and it would still make perfect sense. Inspired by UK prog like King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator and Be Bop Deluxe as well as avant garde composition, the whole Velvets/Reed/Cale/Bowie/Rundgren cabal, free jazz etc, Shepard visioned a form of experimental rock that remained radically individual while anticipating developments in the form that weren’t even thought of by most underground players until well into the 1990s. He was a central player in the whole Columbus Ohio Mike Rep/Tommy Jay/Ron House/Nudge Squidfish scene yet there was always something friendless and lonely and combative about his musical persona.
Live At Bernie’s presents a live-in-a-basement rip through some of his best material, with his vocals pushed well up front. We get scabrous versions of tracks like “Your Uncle”, “Son Of Sam”, “Harry”, “Queen Of The Underground” et al that go as deep into the nocturnal American nightmare zone as anything by Simple Saucer, Chrome and White Light/White Heat era Velvet Underground. The fidelity is superb, actually higher than a buncha his ‘official’ albums while packing enough amplifier damage and lo-grade scuzz to take you directly *there*. Shepard remains a shining star in the VT universe, one of the most important and uncompromising voices to come out of the American underground, and this is as fine an epitaph for him as any, classic pre/post-Siltbreeze destructo rock mainlined straight from the source. Paste-on sleeves w/scrawled individually unique art. Love this era, love these songs. Don’t sleep! Highly recommended.

Various Artists
A Tribute To Jojo Hiroshige

Alchemy ARCD-167

CD
£8.99


Massive tribute set of cover versions and punk extrapolations based around the phenomenal body of work birthed by Mr Jojo Hiroshige aka Alchemy label boss and Hijokaidan mainman. Features a totally disobedient Beefheart-style rave-up from the Oshiri PenPenz, microphone-gobbling action from Masonna (first new recording in years), great psych/pop stylings from Doodles, monstrously deformed guitar/noise from Solmania, GaramonKakinoki +AOL and a whole bunch of other punk Kansai Industrialists. Think of it as a particularly focussed Night Gallery instalment. Highly recommended.

Various Artists
Been Here All My Days

Mississippi Records MR-064

LP
£12.99


Excellent and much-needed round-up of a bunch of 45s originally issued w/cool sleeves by Fat Possum that featured tracks from the George Mitchell collection. Mitchell wandered the South throughout the 60s and 70s capturing blues recordings from across the States and the cream of them are rounded up here. There’s some fantastic, raggedy-assed blues, not least from the bandstand rocking Jessie Mae Hemphill who comes over like a sassy trailer-park Abner Jay. Plus meaty sides from Fred McDowell, John Lee Ziegler, Rosa Lee Hill, Jimmy Lee Williams, James Davis, Houston Stackhouse, James Shorter, Precious Bryant, Joe Callicott, Lonzie Thomas, Green Paschal, Furry Lewis and Robert Johnson. This is some wild house-rocking shit. Highly recommended. 

Various Artists
Eli The Ice Man

American Tapes AM-862

CD-R
£4.99


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
Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten

Enfant Terrible Enfant-11

LP + 7"
£16.99


Excellent compilation of contemporary dissident European electronic/synth/Industrial/new wave sounds from this synth-focussed label. The follow-up to their epochal Electronic Renaissance LP, this one bundles a bunch of current Euro-heads with a serious jones for the early Industrial sounds of DAF/Absolute Body Control/S.P.K./Throbbing Gristle/Kraftwerk along with touches of Suicide, Public Image Limited, Minimal Man et al. There isn’t a duff track on the album but some of the highlights include Agent Side Grinder’s evocative/magickal “There Is A Sound That Always Goes Out” that mirrors Coil’s work circa “The New Backwards”/later-TG, the amazing Vincent K’s “White Sheet Glory” that crosses Billy Synth-style keyboards with an amphetamine motorik appeal and throat-shredding vocals that make it sound like the most manic La Dusseldorf track of your life and the midnight stylings of Adolf Filter’s beautiful Harmonia/DAF/Kraftwerk-esque “Inner Walls” cut up with the kinda fractured loner vocal that could almost be Peter Jeffries. Other artists featured include Dolina, Nosztalgia Direktiva, Codes, Le Triangle De L’Androgyne, the fantastically named Pierre Normal and Yseult Descieux. A great way in to the current underground Euro synth scene – which seems to have the same relation to its source material as the 80s garage explosion had to Nuggets et al – and an excellent companion piece to Poutre Apparent’s historical survey of the French new wave scene. The set comes in a handsome gatefold sleeve with a bonus 7” and is highly recommended.

Various Artists
Lead Into Gold

Rebis 008

2xCD
£6.99


Follow-up to the great Time And Relative Dimensions In Space compilation with a two CD set once again dedicated to long-form drone works. Exclusive tracks from Birds Of Delay, Bruce Russell, Son Of Earth, The Opera Glove Sinks In The Sea, White/Light, Keenan Lawler, Bird Show/Lichens, Of…Ohv, The Zoo Wheel and The Gray Field Recordings.

Veli-Matti O Aijala
Raskas Taakka

Vauva No Cat

One-Sided Art Edition LP
£10.99


Ass-flatteningly weird and deeply affecting slice of internally obsessive soundwork from this legendary Finnish underground artist/musician/vocal stylist/punk/Industrial experimentalist and member of Death Trip, Billy Boys, Terveet Kadet, Aavikon Kone Ja Mottori et al. Supposedly recorded as a working through in the wake of a death, Raskas Taakka is a harrowing piece scored for mesmeric/obsessive electronics and pained, barely comprehensible vocals. The vocal performance features down-tuned and garbled narration with a feeling of great sadness or personal revelation that has all of the implied threat and eviscerated emotional violence of Jandek’s Put My Dream On This Planet as reworked by Nurse With Wound. The electronics are extremely malevolent, at points just hovering in the air and vibrating - the sound of the edge of the abyss itself - at others breaking into repeating cells of narcotic night-time codes with all of the steely austerity of Tolerance or your favourite Vanity side while sidereal nod-out beats materialise out of thin air. The whole release has the feel of a report or a dispatch from the furthest reaches of mental extremity, with the voice eventually breaking down into pained pre-vocal moans and the electronics turning punishing and pugilistic before falling into endlessly sad Morse code refrains above hissing black silence. Hard to find comparisons for this kind of dark, emotionally high-wire performance but played alongside Jandek, Coil’s “Who’ll Fall” and the more subliminally suspect of Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson’s TG tapework, Basil Kirchin’s collage work of autistic children and Jessica Rylan’s Juliette, Who Broke My Heart it makes some kind of sense while remaining a singularly intense experience. Very rare to come across something with as little parallel as this while remaining profoundly affecting and deeply human, even in its alienating distress. Radical minimalist psychosurgery with a spellbinding nocturnal atmosphere and a harrowing ability to somehow transmute and dispel despair by giving way to it completely. Edition of 400 copies, all with individually hand-painted b-sides by Jan Anderzen of Kemialliset Ystavat. Simply cannot recommend this enough; nothing remotely like it and a must for any future fantasy Nurse With Wound list. 

Walter Carson
Recalcitrants

Gods of Tundra GOT-010101

LP
£4.99


Limited full-length album (edition of 300 on clear vinyl) from Carson, a frequent collaborator with Robert Beatty of Hair Police/Three Legged Race/Eyes And Arms Of Smoke etc. First side pitches a staggering glut of invasive electronics against improvised crank, scrape and klang while the second side builds a muddy mire of celestially-encrypted electronics from particles of shredded tone.

Will Gaines & Derek Bailey
Rappin & Tappin

Incus CD55

CD
£4.99


God knows how I got from Number Of The Beast to a recording of tap-dancing in barely 20 years but fuggit, here I am. Rappin & Tappin is actually an inspired and rewarding set, joining the dots between two improvising talents who manoeuvred their way to freedom from the heart of dancebands (Gaines was a member of Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Revue and opened for people like Eartha Kitt, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Sammy Davis Jr) and further expanding Bailey’s radical concept of totally free improvisation by way of his sonic responses to the unlikely raw material of Gaines’s percussive codes. The first few tracks feature Gaines alone, moving from bombastic two-foot build-ups that almost sound progressive to beating out trap patterns straight out of Art Blakey’s songbook. Alongside the tapping, Gaines reminisces about his time working with various jazz musicians in clubs and the combination of rhythm demonstrations and oral testimony means this part of the disc lines up nicely with Baby Dodds’ Talking And Drum Solos set. However, it’s the second half of this live recording that’s the real gravy, with Bailey playing an amplified acoustic with a pedal, accompanying Gaines’ dancing with warped metal wows, ramping chords and delicate – almost swinging – patterns. It’s always weirdly illuminating to hear Bailey working with a percussionist who plays time, and there are points here where Gaines’ footsteps sounds like Han Bennink’s floor work, while at others it sounds most like the rain on Bailey and Min Tanaka’s great Music And Dance recording. Either way, this is a consistent dazzler.

Wolf Eyes
Guillotine Keys

Ultra Eczema #30

one-sided LP
£21.99


Amazing one-sided LP with eye-scalding silkscreened art on the B-side from Dennis Tyfus, gory Tyfus cover art and an edition of only 400 copies from Wolf Eyes. Sonics follow-up on the creeped-out static midnight sound of the River Slaughter double LP with almost Graveyards levels of slow-burning free jazz. Olson hits these long damaged wails on the horn while the electronics sound like slow waves of thick black tar and the gongs sing like orchestrated car crashes. Another fantastic Wolf Eyes side and one of their best looking vinyl releases. Highest recommendation.

Wolf Eyes/Sickness
There Is A Part Of Me That You Will Never Know

Hospital Productions HOS-209

LP
£8.99


New collaboration LP from the trio of John Olson, Nate Young and Mike Connelly with Chris Goudreau aka Sickness. Goudreau takes original Wolf Eyes material and sculpts it into a massive, constantly shifting pulse-based piece that feels like an inspired plunderphonic take on the organic, evolving logic of their live shows. It starts off with a classic section of minimal, grinding electronics, given an otherworldly gliss of F/X by Goudreau that makes it dazzle like a primitive Heemann/Chalk creation before building into torrents of sheet metal melodies and squelching rhythms, with parallel sounds given enough electronic treatments to lend them a very hallucinatory, instantly dissolving feel. Indeed, it's one of Wolf Eyes most psychedelic sides, if your definition of psychedelia takes in Throbbing Gristle and CCCC as well as electricity and LSD. Recommended.

Wovoka
Paiste De

Holy Room Records 003

CD-R
£4.99


Another glorious instalment in the on-going Wovoka saga, this one comes in a numbered edition of 199 copies and features some of the most beautiful, elegiac acid rock/folk trance moves this side of Gila's classic 1973 side Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, cut with a similar feel for peyote ritual, American Indian psycho-spiritual topography and the combination of acoustic raga forms with wiped 60s/70s psychedelic drug-bust modes. The degree of surging six string power on here is pretty jaw-dropping and should appeal to fans of Billy TK's Powerhouse, Jessie Harper et al while the hand percussion and mesmeric acoustic guitar sorcery sounds like Jack Rose plays the Tyrannosaurs Rex back catalogue during an all-night foo flight. Hard to believe that folk/rock this deliriously focussed is actually being made circa now but this is another perfectly rendered pro-drug bomb from this ensemble and is highly recommended.

Yahowha 13
Live At The Velvet Lounge

Sagittarius A-Star #35

LP
£12.99


Beautifully recorded live jam from this legendary psychedelic cult, once fronted by Father Yod: alongside Simon Finn, Trad Gras Och Stenar and Comus, Yahowha 13 have managed to maintain a solid mainline to the magic of their earlier incarnation while reforming and engaging with the underground culture that was the first to embrace them. Indeed, this might be the best instalment yet from the post-Yod group, a fantastic live recording from The Velvet Lounge in Washington DC on March 27th 2008 with original core members Djin on guitar, Sunflower on bass and Octavius on drums. This is classic power trio jams, with the bass and drums laying down a taut, sometimes almost motorik groove while Djin drools all over the top, tapping into the kind of occult six string energies that fuelled earlier masterpieces like Penetration and I’m Gonna Take You Home. Throw in some vocal chants that would bring down the moon, that endless/endless jam style of Silence titans like International Harvester and Trad Gras and even a Bobby Beausoleil cover (!) that joins all kindsa mutual third eyes and you got alla the ingredients for mass levitation. Very limited, on coloured vinyl, recommended!

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.

Anla Courtis
s/t

U-Sound #35

CD-R
£3.99


Recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina across 2004-2006 by ex-Reynols pin-up (weren’t they all?) Anla Courtis, here jamming electric and acoustic guitar, homemade violin, flutes, African string instrument and tapes. Four movements of caveman ugh, creepy augmented string drone, almost Choc Monk/Nyoukis style sedated vocal trance, hissy Fulci-style zombie environs…

Borbetomagus
Sauter, Dietrich, Miller

Agaric 1982

CD
£10.99


The trio of Borbetomagus, featuring saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller, are the most excessive group of free improvisers ever to breathe into brass. Their very physical performances are routinely described in terms of muscle and sublimated homo-erotica, largely down to the onstage action. But clearly there's a lot more going on. Borbetomagus use noise to clear a real-time space within which the armour of personality can dissolve like candyfloss, leaving them free to assemble a meaningful syntax from volume, speed and texture. With microphones sunk deep in the bells of their saxophones, Sauter and Dietrich - friends since kindergarten - lock horns like rucking moose, their tempests producing lightning forms close to Albert Ayler's vision of ecstatic heavenly music. Augmented with rubber hosing and plastic tubes that extend their reach, both saxophones are fed through racks of distorting effects, while Miller plays his guitar flat on its back, exciting it with toys, radios, metal bars and marbles. The group's third LP Sauter, Dietrich, Miller bundles a clutch of insane live shows. Pick of the bunch is the tape from Bergen Community College in 1981, where they promptly levelled a frat cheese and wine party. The barbarous electric sound of their horns comes over like a live cable forced down the beer-gorged throats of unsuspecting college sports fans. "What was that?" demands one, "a tune-up?" The CD also includes some choice documentation of their brief incarnation as a four piece, with Brian Doherty's live electronics adding another terminal layer of colour.

Borbetomagus
Trente Belles Annees

Agaric 1998

CD
£10.99


Triumphal new CD, the first new recordings in an age, from one of the greatest bands on the goddamn planet, the trio of saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller aka Borbetomagus: this is a roof-raising performance, recorded live at Instants Chavires, France, 19th December 2009. Borbetomagus combine the elevated amplifier violence of Jimi Hendrix at his most combustible with the spontaneous free music polyphony of Ascension-era Coltrane and the ‘guitar smashing’ histrionics of prime Merzbow. Here the Sauter-Dietrich tag-team move into the kind of ululating glossolalia of the Albert Ayler Orchestra at their most white light-gargling, with leery tongues of spit and fire bleeding all over Miller’s six tortured strings. Miller remains one of the most singular guitarists of the age. Ostensibly working in the ‘table-top’ style made infamous by AMM’s Keith Rowe, Miller’s style has little to nothing to do with Rowe’s interrogative approach. Miller tortures the guitar to the point of exhaustion: it’s flat on its back for a reason.
Right now, to these demented ears, Trente Belles Annees feels like the apex of a certain stream of high-energy free music that runs from Coltrane/Velvets/Hendrix through to Japanese noise and American avant garage and it’s also one of the best sounding Borbetomagus recordings in an age, with the kinda violent fidelity that allows you to get your head all the way inside the bells of the horns. God bless Borbetomagus: very highly recommended!

Borbetomagus
Zurich

Agaric 1984

CD
£10.99


Much-needed reissue of this legendary side from the ultimate free jazz/noise power trio: the massive double LP Zurich, recorded on a rare European jaunt for the group in October of 1984, has long stood tall in the Borbetomagus back catalogue and has long been the monster that I would pull from the shelves in order to best devastate the unbelievers. So its arrival on CD is a major coup, restoring one of the most ferocious sides of free improvisation ever bled to wax. Zurich stands as the missing link between Hendrix and Blue Cheer, Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz/Peter Brotzmann’s Machine Gun and contemporary Japanese noise, blowing feeble notions of form and fidelity out the goddamn window in favour a massively charged polyphonic simultaneity that would forsake any conventional notion of soloing or group paying in favour of levelling the entire field altogether. Still one of the Top 10 free/freak/energy/noise releases of your lifetime, complete with that amazing cover shot. Highly recommended.

Cline/Giffoni/Licht/Ranaldo
Nothing Makes Any Sense

No Fun NFP-28

CD
£3.99


“A constantly shifting and engaging long-form piece of developed drone, foreboding melody, and harsh grit, Nothing Makes Any Sense finds Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Nels Cline (Nels Cline Singers, Wilco), and Alan Licht pushing their guitars into a cacophonous state that bears much influence from the post-jazz fields they've all cut their teeth in, but also bearing down a forceful brutality that has sometimes eluded their past material. While Carlos Giffoni uses his analog Synth mastery to adequately contend and mesh seamlessly with the trio of strings, letting his analog noise pulsate and pierce with its own sense of contained stampede.” – NF.

Dan Melchior
Slow Down Tiger

Starlight Furniture Company *27

LP
£10.99


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!

Dry Rib
Whose Last Trickle

Messthetics #213

CD
£6.99


Necessary collection of UK DIY satori from Rob Vasey’s Dry Rib, one of the more obscure players in the UK Messthetics scene. Dry Rib were a surreal post-punk group that combined sharp, new wave stylings and angular dynamics with surreal lyrics and some choice avant confusion. Ed Ball (The Times/O Level/Television Personalities) signed them to his Clockwork label and they were regulars on John Peel before Vasey split and formed As, Hem, Syrup who expanded on the erratic avant rock of Dry Rib with Beefheartisms and more of a focus on improvisation. This set collects tracks from both groups and solo work along with liners, memorabilia and recollections from Ed Ball.

Eli Keszler
Livingston

Rare Youth RY-010

LP
£8.99


Fantastic LP of austere solo percussion and dark matrixes of strings from this past collaborator with Jandek, with aspects of Scelsi and Dumitrescu, Chris Corsano, Keiji Haino and Biota: “Debut LP by drummer/multi-instrumentalist Eli Keszler. A distinct composition in four parts, Livingston is a brooding and dark meditation for drums, crotales, guitar, clarinet, bowed percussion, Fender Rhodes, nail violin, and tapes. This is a rare kind of solo record, in that Eli's obvious instrumental virtuosity is tempered with a refined sense of composition and emotional space. You don't get the sense that this is the work of a single musician. Furious outbursts of raw percussive energy are kept in check by floating, distended melodies, and moments of silence are interrupted by the jarring clarity of high-pitched bells being bowed at close intervals. At times sounding like an Indonesian gamelan being put through the wringer, and at others like the massive drone of an aeolian harp being played by the wind -- Livingston effectively combines the influences of composers like Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis with the improvisational energy and atmosphere of an artist like Keiji Haino. Clocking it at just over 23 minutes, this is a potent piece of music and an auspicious debut by a very talented young artist. Limited edition of 300, with hand-screened covers. Definitely recommended to fans of Mirror, Organum, ESPdisk, nmperign, Jandek, Evan Parker and Paul Lytton, Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Phil Niblock, etc.” – RY. Recommended.

Embryonnck
s/t

Staubgold #67

CD
£3.99


Long-time coming collaboration between The No-Neck Blues Band and original ethno/jazz Kraut caravan Embryo. Embryo made some great recs in the early 70s, including the super-heavy Bremen 1971 and members of Embryo played alongside Conrad Schnitzler et al at the Zodiak Free Arts Lab and as members of the free-improvising think tank Eruption. Their commitment to guerrilla folk/art actions, their whole get-in-the-van ethos and their multi-disciplinary approach to improvisation makes em ready bed-fellows with NNCK and anyone who has seen that amazing Embryo Eurasian tour documentary will already be fully aware of the parallels. This big band set is heavy on the percussive side, with miniature hand/glock/throat rituals giving way to moments of sublime melodic clarity that have a touch of eastern European klezmer music to em (especially reminiscent of that beautiful Khevrisa set on Folkways) along with a little Marion Brown/Gunter Hampel. Elsewhere there's an almost Sun City Girls level of mutant lip along with touches of contemporary psych units like Dungen although that particularly lop-sided percussive swandive that they invariably tumble into and Michiko's great vocal interjections mean that the whole deal is unmistakably NNCK. NNCK have always done a great job of drawing attention to the crucial breakthrough role played by various non-canonical freaks working well below the radar and this is another swell public service event. And it sounds great. Comes with a booklet with tons of great pics and liners. Highly recommended.

Endless Boogie
Focus Level

No Quarter NOQ-013

CD
£3.99


First remotely ‘available’ evidence of this fantastic grunting US boogie rock monolith led by legendary private/psych dealer Paul Major and featuring Chris Gray from Double Leopards on drums and Matt Sweeney on guest licks. The sound has roots deep in Southern rock, early ZZ Top, AC/DC et al with shots of Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, Tetuzi Akiyama etc given a deliriously primitive shakedown and extended to infinity via endless repeat-riffing that is minimalist and psychedelic in intent. Major also contributes some barely decipherable wild man ughs and rasping monologues but it’s the brainless-to-the-point-of-Zen keep-on-keeping-on guitar licks that are insanely addictive, with spurts of lead steel that could almost be Kurihara plays Skynyrd. Highly recommended.

Excepter
Self-Destruction

Fusetron FUSE-041

LP
£4.99


Shop copy some sleeve scuffs, nothing major, vinyl unplayed. Broadcast from this NY electro-cabal with connections to NNCK is a goddamn beauty, with weird mainlined/chanted vocals that sound like Coil's John Balance at his most tranced with the choir of Ya Ho Wha 13 dissolving into the heavens in slow-motion bursts of wildly-modulated vapour. Parts of the piled-up/slowed down vocals sound like a more choral take on The Skaters' epiglottal ecstasies while the level of minimal sci-fi electronics and drum-machine dunt give it the feel of a dosed dub-space re-staging of Sun Ra's thought circa Lanquidity/Disco 3000. In other words, the perfect late-night roller. Recommended.

Eye Contact
War Rug

KMB Jazz KMB-006

CD
£4.99


Album from this fantastic free jazz action trio featuring Matt Heyner (NNCK et al) on bass stunts, Matt Lavelle on trumpet and Ryan Sawyer on drums. Moves through great, pounding drums/trumpet face-offs that sound like a more martial take on Cherry and Blackwell's Mu to three-way time fluxing and wildly abstract silence/motion. Highly recommended.

Family Underground
Nightflight To Venuses

U-Sound Vol 15

CD-R
£3.99


Great set of austere fug-trumping slow-mo assault from this European electronics/guitar/vocals heavy drone unit. Recorded in 2003 this is a great example of their early claustrophobic wormhole style. Comes in the usual U-Sound wraparound sleeve package. Recommended.

Franklin's Mint
Time Bends Light

Sunburned Records No Cat

CD
£1.99


New limited self-released solo album from Phil Franklin, Sunburned Hand Of The Man’s wildcard stand-up man, art visionary and song and dance man. The follow-up to the excellent Gold CD, this one stretches further into the kind of saw-dust gargling American country-honk forms of players like Steve Young, Country Honk-era Stones, Flying Burrito Brothers, Skip Spence and The Grateful Dead circa Working Man’s Dead. Franklin is a beautiful songwriter with a very personal take on classic song writing and private press sonics and this is an excellent collision of both that takes his vision well outside of the Sunburned cultus and into the stream of classic American songforms. Comes packaged in a wooden box with paste-on artwork. Edition of 100.

Gizmos
Live In Bloomington 1977-1978

Gulcher Gulch-430

2xCD
£6.99


Idiotically good round-up of early live junk from a group that alongside mebbe The Dictators best summed up the whole dumbo/smartass trash guzzling 70s rock-roll aesthetic at a time when fans were first becoming self-aware enough of the basic tenets of primal no-brain ugh to effectively parody/celebrate it without ever betraying the form and its values. And according to that kinda math this makes the Gizmos simultaneously the funniest/greatest rock/roll group ever to run a beer umbilical straight from the source. Live In Bloomington documents a bunch of loose Gizmos line-ups playing places like The Library (same place where that great MX-80 Gulcher set was recorded, complete with a live introduction by John 'Cougar' Mellencamp), the first Cincinnati Punk Rock Festival and a bunch of radio shows with Ted Niemiec's hamburger vision leading a buncha line-ups that kinda fall between the earlier Ken Highland-led monster and the later power-popping Dale Lawrence version. Featuring 18 tracks from the only two shows the Highland Gizmos ever played, 3 tracks from the 'original' band without Highland and 27 by the Niemiec/Lawrence monstrosity. Features a guest appearance by the late Dave Mahoney of MX-80 on drums and inspired covers like "Deuce" and "Strutter" by Kiss (these guys got taste), "Gloria", The Modern Lovers' "Astral Plane" et al. Comes with a book with snaps and liners from Ted.

Greg Kelley
I Don’t Want To Live Forever

Little Enjoyer/Gameboy LE-1/

CD
£3.99


Excellent solo album from this renowned solo conceptualist, Nmperign member and accomplished stand-up comic. I Don’t Want To Live Forever apparently features Kelley on trumpet and spring drum but for much of this evocative, murky trip you’d be hard pushed to identify anything as known sound. There are weird moments of scrape, squeak and gale that sound like Prick Decay covers and shots of violent electronic gush that could’ve come from the bloody gums of Don Dietrich while at other points it sounds like a void of grey cloud gathering round the base of your skull. The whole thing feels more like a cassette assemblage than any collection of ‘live tour highlights’ – maybe he had his recorder in his pocket for the entire time – and there’s plenty of hands-on technique here: loops, splicing, erasing and chopping. And check out Kelley’s mouth-watering list of conceptual referents/inspirants: “Harry Pussy: Vigilance cassette [Chocolate Monk], AMM/MEV: Live Electronic Music Improvised LP [Mainstream], Walter Marchetti: De Musicorum Infelicitate CD [Alga Marghen] (that one actually makes particular sense), Tommy James: Crimson & Clover.” Fuck yeah. Recommended. Edition of 500.

Hevoset
s/t

Dekorder 024

LP
£8.99


New album from the duo of Jan Anderzen (Kemialliset Ystavat) and Jani Hirvonen (Uton) with a heady Godz/ESP freak division feel. Lots of chanting, percussion, woozy use of F/X, Angus MacLise worship…

Human Bell
s/t

U-Sound Vol-29

CD-R
£3.99


Primitive sun-baked guitar clash from the Baltimore-based Nathan Bell and Dave Heumann that flits between Trux wrasslin Beefheart/Wayne Rogers plays Savage Republic/Mick Flower plays Pentangle styles with every stab of the wrist. Beautiful new look intensely coloured/screened sleeves makes it just as nice to eyeball.

Jazzfinger
The Little Girl On The Plane Who Turned Her Doll's Head Around To Look At Me

Muza #12

CD
£2.99


Hard to find 1997 debut album from the proto-Industrial UK duo of Ben Jones and Hasan Gaylani (on 'harpsichord' and 'fuckhorn' respectively), here investigating classic lo-fi psychedelic noise in a post-Bower/Campbell/Youngs style. Still sounds great.

Kemialliset Ystavat
Ullakkopalo

Fonal FR-69

CD
£3.99


Great new album from Jan Anderzen’s Chemical Friends, three years in the making, with a freeform freakout style that could almost be The Familiar Ugly on The Red Krayola’s Parable Of Arable Land. There’s also a newfound ‘song’ quality to many of the tracks, with snatches of melody and hints of vocal arcs that float like Popol Vuh choirs above the flashing electronics, hand-drums and toytown tropicalia. Aspects of Astral Social Club and Monopoly Child Star Searchers combine in weird childlike hymns that could almost pass for a Japanese Ya Ho Wha soundtracking a Hawaiian beach monster movie. Nostalgic, funny, uniquely compelling, with guest appearances from a bunch of key underground players including C. Spencer Yeh, Neil Campbell, Hitoshi Kojo, Pekko Kappi and Niko-Matti Ahti.

KMVSNI/Usurper
Split

Giant Tank Gtnk-011

CD-R
£1.99


"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

Luke Younger
Full Bloom

Alcoholic Narcolepsy #10

CD-R
£4.99


Solo album from Luke of Birds Of Delay that comes from as deep inside the epiglottis as Hiroshi Kawani and "Iron Man"-era Sabbath before moving into thin beams of flickering steel-filed brain-drilling that matches tiny ECG eruptions with the chatter of instant mechanical sculptures.

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.

Majutsu No Niwa
At The End Of Summer

There MA-004

CD
£8.99


Debut Japan-only release for this group led by guitarist/vocalist Rinji Fukuoka and born from the ashes of his legendary Tokyo psych group Overhang Party. The form here is more akin to early Overhang Party than the later, John Cale/Paris 1919-influenced material, with the trio getting back to crushing riffs, wasted solos and doomy, PSF-style death-decadent ballads. Majutsu No Niwa translates as Magical Garden and the first track bears the same title, exploding a riff lifted from The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and extrapolating it into feedback-heavy post-Velvets environs. Fukuoka is a great lead guitar player in the tradition of Maki Miura/Suishou No Fune/Okhami No Jikan et al and his more extended flights are a joy for anyone who worships PSF. And who doesn’t? Comes in a slim, fold-out stylish black sleeve with lyric sheet and English translations. Recommended.

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.

Mark Tucker
In The Sack

De Stijl IND-061

CD
£4.99


Unlikely follow-up to an even less likely debut: In The Sack was Tucker’s second privately-pressed release following his legendary Batstew LP, a cracked, obsessional classic that combined Industrial field recordings of car engines with weird Barret/Ayers/Wilson-esque paeans to teenage perversion and hermetic personal tropes. It still stands as one of the greatest outsider/real people American privates. In the wake of Batstew, Tucker’s mental health suffered and after a couple of breakdowns he changed his name to T. Storm Hunter and recorded In The Sack in 1982, an apocalyptic / dystopian concept album that centered on the American postal system that sounds something like a cross between a teenage Van Dyke Parks and a slightly less disobedient Half Japanese. The sonics are little more song-based that Batstew but there’s still plenty of goofy avant action with found-sound, electronic cut-ups and weird garage-pop miniatures all soaked in that classic hermetic basement vibe that made Batstew such an essential album.

Merzbow
Collection 009

Urashima UMA-052

LP
£14.99


Fantastic archival trove from Masami Akita’s Merzbow, restoring heady/ritualistic electro-acoustic works from 1981 in an edition of only 199 copies: this sounds nothing like the walls of electronic noise that constitute ‘classic’ Merzbow sides like Noisembryo and is drawn from re-processed live sessions from Akita and early duo partner Kiyoshi Mizutani that were originally presented as part of the legendary 10 cassette set, Merzbow – Collection. The effect is much subtler and more hallucinogenic than later works, with sound sources drawn from recorded tapes, audio feedback, percussion, metal and other acoustic instruments. Indeed the first side has a haunted basil Kirchin/early Nurse With Wound feel with a distant, forlorn piano dosed with high feedback tones and skittering tape edits including eerie snatches of opera song before bleeding into what could almost be a recording of Ornette’s Town Hall gig as recorded through six feet of concrete. There’s a hazy appeal to the recording that somehow softens the electro/acoustic barbarity and at points the improvised sounds are closer to something like, say, a Japanese take on the Music Improvisation Company than Violent Onsen Geisha. I still maintain that the early Merzbow acoustic duo sides are some of the most exciting and inventive of Akita’s career and this is a massively persuasive side, a potent combination of noise, free improvisation, electro-acoustic composition and industrial surrealism that at the time had little parallel outside of possibly Nurse With Wound. The set comes pressed on 140g vinyl in a black silver silkscreen sleeve on luxury 160g paper. Highly recommended.

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. 

MX-80
We’re An American Band

Family Vineyard FV-30

CD
£3.99


Studio album from America’s one and only post-Velvets avant/metal goofball action unit in over 10 years and it sounds real fine, reconciling the kind of beautifully extended single notes of pure E-Bow electricity and wailing lead spurt of off-shoots like O-Type with their trademark black/cracked deadpan humour, Tee-Vee cut-ups and Lou Reed on ludes-style monologues. Includes a fabulous downer/perversely moving version of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band”, backing vocals by Angel Corpus Christi and some great – and at moments somehow poignantly dumb – ruminations on life beneath the counter in America that carve out a singular space somewhere between Jad Fair, Dave Alvin and Rick Potts. There most lugubrious and endlessly rewarding set to date? Well, yeah. Recommended.

My Cat Is An Alien
Fragments Suspended In Time

Opax Records Opax OPX-32A

Art Edition LP
£16.99


New art edition of this excellent studio album from the Opalio Brothers w/handmade sleeves, paste-on artwork and coloured vinyl: more acid folk than much of the MCIAA corpus, Fragments... features the Opalios on acoustic and electric guitar, F/X, mini keyboard and wordless vocalisations. The beautiful, delicate arpeggios seem to come out of the whole dosed/Laurel Canyon scene, just endlessly delicate, soft tumbling melodies that dance in melancholy reverie and that have the accumulative effect of pure tone hypnosis, existing almost on the periphery of sound and working best when played at a low, almost subliminal level where it has the power to transform and transport the immediate environment. Hard to describe just how oddly affecting this piece is, just very small, subtle repeat-melodic gestures, almost like a more heavenly, candyfloss Fripp & Eno but it is genuinely beautiful and makes for the sort of music you could live in forever. A major MCIAA one-off, comes with a download, very highly recommended!

My Cat Is An Alien with Nels Cline
The Ocean Above Your Heads

Starlight Furniture Co. *26

LP
£8.99


Torrential head-to-head for the Opalio brothers and free string slinger Nels Cline, who bled a buncha noise to tape over which the two Italian heads work heavy meta levitations. 

Owl Klub
s/t

Feed & Seed No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


Debut release by a new backporch hillbilly psych/drone group that features Daniel Presnell (Astral Blessing/Hildegard), P. Mulchay (Hildegard) and Ed Yazijin (Dredd Foole & The Din/Cul de Sac et al). The instrumental armoury includes guitar, fiddle, organ and drums and the music spans droning folk dirges that reference Pentangle, Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention and punk primitive jams that reconcile psychedelic power trio blats with cracked avant-Kraut weight and some Velvets-style amphetamine heat. Comes in a fold over oversize screened card sleeve with insert.

Praxinoscope
Epocsonixarp

Opax OPX-023

CD-R
£2.99


Second album from the duo of My Cat Is An Alien's Roberto Opalio and Ramona Ponzini of Painting Petals On Planet Ghost, special private press edition of only 130 numbered copies, with heavy textured cardboard sleeve, and sticker on cover. "This work is even more lyrical and ecstatic than the debut; here Roberto's use of a mini-keyboard and astral effects collides with Ramona's hypnotic use of several handmade wood percussions and her Japanese wind chimes and bells, creating such an infinite and intimate 'space' so that you cannot but loose yourself inside. A whirlpool of Roberto's whispered wordless vocals will live till the evening dies, and the black of the night will come to surround everything. As the duo asks, 'Play it in the dark'." - Opax. OOP. 

Praxinoscope
s/t

A Silent Place ASP-08

Pic Disc LP
£3.99


Vinyl/picture disc upgrade for the debut release from a brand new satellite launched from the My Cat Is An Alien mothership. Praxinoscope is the duo of MCIAA's Roberto Opalio on vocals/sounds and Ramona Ponzini (renowned cineaste and Edwige Fenech authority) on "Japanese percussions". Recorded live on July 27th 2005, this is a beautiful recording, with distressed pre-articulate vocals rising in spooks of tone ala Basil Kirchin's autistic tape work or Sun City Girls at their most heavily channelled, while plinks of celestial percussion fall like shards of bloodied glass. Parts of this almost sound like Goblin soundtracking Eraserhead. Originally released on the group's own Opax label in an edition of 125 copies, this run of 500 copies makes this key release a little bit more available.

Ragtime Frank
Live At St. George’s

Negative Guest List NGL-036

LP
£14.99


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

Raging edition of only 100 copies LP from one-time member of legendary Australian underground group The Lost Domain: Live At St. George’s catches Frank screamin’ and hollerin’ his avant one-band-man-isms live in Hobart, where he has relocated from Brisbane. Tearing through a set of all ‘gospel’ ‘traditionals’, Frank comes over like a post-Xpressway Abner Jay, with feral blats of feedback harmonica accompanied by stomping Hasil Adkins/Shaggs style rhythms and a way out vocal style that is part Lux Interior/Wild Billy Childish chicken hunch and part devotional sound poetry. Putting the primal back in American Primitive, this comes over as set of true free folk, with a liberated approach to form and true believer vocalisms married to the kinda insane guitar refusals that would’ve given DNA the big itch. Another monster from Frank that won’t be around forever. Recommended. 

Sightings
Terribly Well

Dais 043

LP
£10.99


Edition of 500 copies new LP from this pulverising Industrial/rock group from NY: Sightings play high-decibel avant rock with a blunt No Wave edge and the kind of chaos-defying logic that would railroad rock forms into hammered Industrial shapes. Here they come across like Demo Moe circa Destroy NYC but with a weirdo electric bass ‘lead’ style that gives them the kinda metal/fusionoid edge of Purple Trap or Last Exit. Something in the desperate vocal delivery and the high tension paranoia of the electronics makes them almost sound like a more up-tight east coast Minimal Man which means they are mining a parallel territory to contemporary Wolf Eyes complete w/that weird kinda electric-Industrial soul feel. But while Wolf Eyes have stripped it all the way back, Sightings continue to pile-on the laminal weight, with a dense production style that makes them sound polymorphously fucked while lubricating their angularity to the point that it’s as slippy as goddamn MX-80. A torrential record and one that stands proud in the annals of NY scum/fuck aesthetics. 

Smegma
Ever And Anon

Ultramarine Records UM-021

LP
£8.99


Album from this always singular freak music tribe and central LAFMS group: no one joins the dots between frat, garage, surf and punk music and weirdo sound art, tape collage and free jazz like Smegma and it’s pretty much all in here, kicking off with an amplifier dunting homage to the thunder punk style of Link Wray before heading into squealing New York Eye And Ear Control environs, all sublimated using heady tape manipulation strategies and a lurid, cartoon approach to homebrewed psych. They pack all of the monolithic power of prime Faust into a uniquely American garage idiom that resuscitates trash culture via the application of Euro brains and the result is as ass-whooping as it is brain-massaging. A fantastic record, cover art by Ace Farren Ford, comes with an insert, edition of only 300 copies. 

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. 

Stellar Om Source
Trilogy Select

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-57

LP
£6.99


LP from Stellar Om Source aka Christelle Gualdi, compiling and re-mastering selected tracks from what was originally a limited 3xCD-R set that we stocked at VT way back in the day. The renewed attention she’s been getting recently isn’t surprising: unlike many of the her ‘new age synth’ contemporaries, Gualdi has some advanced technique, playing rippling, almost Alice Coltarne-esque arpeggios of pure liquid tone set in deep cosmo-settings that have an ecstatic future jazz feel while tapping into the H-Pop style of timbres and modes salvaged from 1980s synth soundtracks and 1970s keyboard ritual. Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never makes a guest appearance on “Rites Of Fusion”. Full colour cover art by Gualdi and a free download. Recommended. 

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Spraycan In Space

Manhand MH-102

CD-R
£2.99


”76th (and final) instalment in the Sunburned 2008 live series brings us to the new Mystery Train featuring special guests Matthew ‘MV’ Valentine on shred and Matt Krefting (Son Of Earth et al) on speeches. Christmas music for Eddie Quasar. Edit and layout by Sarah.” – MH. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

Supreme Team
Waiting For Little

Maim & Disfigure #29

Cassette
£2.99


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

The Moglass
August 1, 2004

U-Sound Vol-26

CD-R
£3.99


Last heard of the epic Ukranian drone/rock squad The Moglass on their cool spilt with Tom Carter and Vanessa Arn and this ones adds a couple more bows to their repertoire with string harmonics, billows of purple overtone, tunnels of percussion and evocative flashes of futurist tone lending them a little more Saturnian depth. Guitar, voice, bass, polyvox, bells, percussion and recorder.

The Phantom Payne/Banana Head
Split

Goaty Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£2.99


Inspired double-sider with a bunch of unreleased malevolent new wave/post-Velvets jags from Juergen Gleue of German art/punk duo 39 Clocks recorded back in the 1990s and some contemporary avant pop from Banana Head: “Banana Head and the Phantom Payn share a naïve approach, where clarity and virtuosity are relegated to the periphery. An elemental type of song-writing dominates both sides of this tape: simple and familiar pop strategies rub up against off-beat, dopey, and sometimes droll counterstrategies. But while Banana Head recorded these songs in the USA over the last six months, the Phantom Payn’s tracks were gathered from 15 year-old German sessions. These discrepancies make for radically different subtexts. The Phantom Payn considers real life phenomena-apartment evictions, vacation musings-with a sardonic brand of drowsiness. His post-Velvets psych-rock moves share this directness. Banana Head, on the other hand, pushes towards abstractions—pop songs that are eviscerated, turned over, and left almost unrecognizable.” – GT. 

The Sea Donkeys
Live At The S.S. Marie Antoinette

Assophon 001

LP
£12.99


Limited edition of 400 copies live LP from this label and group out of Seattle and featuring one of the brains behind the Sublime Frequencies imprint. These guys previously had an LP available via the Sun Cit Girls’ Abduction label but this is their best yet, a divinely ragged live blast that combines a more garage rocking taking on the communal folk breakdowns of The Cherry Blossoms with killer Shaggs/Godz style drum violence, drunk choir vocals and the kinda fidelity that makes it all sound like a great VU Bootleg. There are inspired covers of material like “It’s A Rainy Day” by Faust and Albert Ayler’s “Ghosts” (which wins out over countless lame indie free jazz versions by re-staging it as a melancholy avant rock dirge as played by Don Van Vliet and the Maher Shalal Has Baz orchestra) and the more rocking sections are a near perfect amalgam of primitive avant brut, stumble punk oblivion and beautiful melodic chord solos. Recommended.

Thrash, Jr.
All Throttle, No Bottle

Mad Monk No Cat

CD-R
£3.99


Excellent new release from another solo project of James Jackson Toth/Wooden Wand. This one is dedicated to maximum guitar destruction/amp confusion and sees Toth taking his electric guitar the fuck apart in a way that parallels Mats Gustafsson’s work with the saxophone. Extending the explorations of players like Rudolph Grey, Ray Russell, Donald Miller and Stefan Jaworzyn, this is guitar as maximum sonic disruptor, played like it was the first time he ever encountered it: “Thrash, Jr, named after Houston Mazda (RX-7) Cup driver Thomas Thrash Jr, is yet another guise of James Jackson Toth, and released on Toth's new MAD MONK ANNEX CDR imprint. This racing-themed album comprises three extended pieces of bleak and visceral solo guitar cacophony / catharsis. If Hassara was “boogie,” Thrash, Jr is “bombardment.” From the artist: "Like most American kids my age, my life was changed irrevocably by the music of bands like Courtesy Flush, Army Nightmares, Lil Johnny Eightball & the Secret Society Dildos, and The Canker Sores. This premeditated and unprovoked attack on my electric guitar is in tribute to those bands and their myriad imitators." “Lux Interior” is a duet for raging rainstorm and goat hoof-guitar, “Victory Is Hers” is a naughty little respite of delay blast and Toth’s patented “animal-tapping” fuckitude, and "Militant Walls (Is Poser Noise For Pussy Emo Fags)" finds Toth turning up the gain on his solid state amplifier and proceeding to audibly pull his Stratocaster apart - you can literally hear the entire tremolo system being slowly removed. Ouch! "Makes Rudolph Grey sound like Steve Vai" - William Blake Cobblestone, local television personality. "The best guitar noise album of the year" - The Other Dude in Claudio Two, Claudio Two. Improvised and recorded entirely live over two stormy Nashville nights, with nothing added post production.” – MMA. Limited edition of 150 copies.

Walking Ruins
Fall Of The House Of Ruin

Gulcher 408

CD
£2.99


Speedy as hell wiseass punk from a bunch of plukes that never fucking ever knew better. Features the always nut-crunching vocals of John Barge of garage legends and VT HQ poster boys/gals The Panics alongside Panics guitarist Ian Brewer, drummer John Terrill (of Dancing Cigarettes) and bassist Kevin Loyal. This is some well-oiled amphetamine/beer fuelled threat and should appeal to anyone who thinks Motörhead lost it after Fast Eddie called it “quits”. No quitting here, doughball.

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.

Willie Lane
Recliner Ragas

Humito HUM-1004

LP
£16.99


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!

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.

Arrington De Dionyso
I See Beyond The Black Sun

K Records KLP-200

LP
£8.99


Solo album from Dionyso: voice, bass clarinet, sruthi box and homemade instruments combine in buncha settings for improvised personal ritual and spontaneous song. Fold out full colour sleeve.

Axolotl/Yellow Swans/Gerritt
s/t

Root Strata RS-25

LP
£12.99


“Originally released in 2005 as a limited edition CD-R on Yellow Swans' JYRK label, this three-way collab now gets a proper run on wax. Recorded in Oakland at the Huffin House before the Swans made the retreat back to Portland. Despite the weight of these players when they rock alone, this jam really never gets into full on white out territory. Instead, it's loaded to the brim with wavy neon distortion and soothing low end that occasional drops out into huge washes of emptiness. The opening passage of GMS guitar flecks sympathizing with Karl's string wash is alone worth the price of admission. Red vinyl with lime green splatter.” – RS. Cover art by Liz Harris (Grouper)

Bill Nace
Too Dead For Dreaming

8MM 039

one-sided LP
£10.99


Edition of only 200 copies hand-numbered LP, the vinyl debut for Bill Nace’s (Body/Head/Northampton Wools/Blood Stereo/Vampire Belt et al) extended solo guitar experiments. Nace uses various preparations and plays the guitar on his lap, building from clanging blues-infected single-string squeal through sanctified feedback and hovering tones before sounding doomy percussive bells and taking off into all-out guitar splurge. Aspects of Too Dead For Dreaming seem too reflect on some of Heather Leigh’s earlier pedal string work, an area ripe for further exploration.

Bleaks
Haste, Error

Wodger #2

LP
£3.99


New nicely assembled private press LP on Chicago avant/out group Christmas Decorations’ own imprint with letterpressed sleeves in an edition of 200 copies. Bleaks is a trio that features Kyle Bruckmann on knobs, wires, tubes, reeds, metals, drum, Jeremy Lemos on knobs, wire and strings and Steve Silverstein on knobs, wires and strings. The sound combines Industrial electronics, bent currents of a-musical circuitry, static, fuzzy drones and the kind of ominous, improvised weight of Music Elettronica Viva. Too ‘out’ for improv, too clinical and ‘composed’ for noise, too crude for avant garde, another excellent release from this great micro-label.

Blues Creation
Demon & Eleven Children

Bamboo BAMLP7001

LP
£12.99


Heavy vinyl edition of the 1971 debut from the new, super-charged Blues Creation, still one of the heaviest stones to come out of the Japanese psychedelic underground: this massive album has enough squeal to please even a guy like John Fothergill, with that classic wailing acid guitar sound wrapped around a buncha monolithic thug punk excess. Track titles like “Atom Bomb Away” and “Sorrow” point to the kind of apocalyptically wasted sonics that await. “Just I Was Born” is the kind of razzing twin string blaster that would reconcile early sludge metal with the kinda levitating fuzz attack of The Savage Resurrection and the stoned 70s shred of the Spectator label. “Sorrow” is even better, with twin metal guitar harmonics and classic galloping rhythms giving way to the kinda power-weeping ballad style of the Far Out or even Blue Oyster Cult circa “Last Days Of May” w/Cream and Zep-isms given that classic turned up to 11 mutant Japanese violence. A killer heavy psych/amplifier worshipping side, highly recommended.

Burning Star Core
Mes Soldats Stupides '96-'05 Vol 1: Amelia

No-Fi Neu-002

10
£4.99


First volume in a proposed on-going series of vinyl reissues that restore hard-to-find BXC material. This one reissues some beautifully modulated electronic sound mutations originally released by Spencer himself on his own Drone Disco label as fig.64. Comes with glossy full-colour insert with art by Robert Beatty of Hair Police.

Burnt Hills
Herb Saint

Flipped Out Records FOR-25

LP
£14.99


Numbered edition of 99 copies LP from this East Coast USA guitar army generating the kind of axe-on-axe euphoria of behemoths like Vermonster and Superconductor. First side is a five-piece head-dive straight into the void ‘vibrated into being’ at the Helderbeg House, flip is a nine-piece levitation recorded live at Bard College. With colour paste-on sleeves.

Burnt Hills
Over The Rainbow

Noiseville No Cat

LP
£12.99


Limited edition of 300 copies LP with paste-on sleeves, already sold out at source from this North American guitar army. A great, explosive set from these heads with the full-on psych blitz style of Vermonster circa “Children Of The Sun” transposed to the multiple groups soloing at once methodology of Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, flitting between dense standing waves of gridlocked guitar and beautiful polyphonic six-string excess. Sold out at source, limited supply.

Caboladies
Live Anywhere

Aguirre Records Zorn-02

LP
£12.99


New album from the duo of Chris ‘Flower Man’ Bush and Eric Lanham. Recorded live on air, this is a great set with an ambitious sweep. It starts out in a quizzical 20th century mode, with ticking and whirring sounds that map a spectral exo-skeleton that the group then fill out with hovering synth tones and dancing melodic patterns. The second side is more immediately euphoric, with muzzy backwards tones that have the echo of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops as played by a Javanese Gamelan orchestra. Then the spaceship takes off and we’re on a Schnitzler-style UFO buffeted by fuzzy asteroids and shortwave intercepts. Then the final track looms into view, the sound of pianos blurring to cathedral bells through a fog of feedback that’s modulated to the point that it sounds like the whole track is turning itself inside out. Edition of 330 copies, Highly recommended.

Caboladies
s/t

DNT Records DNT-063

LP
£8.99


Fantastic collection of stray tracks from the Caboladies trio – Chris Bush, Eric Lanham and Ben Zoeller - that mops up the best of the material contributed to various cassettes and CD-Rs over the past few years. Features “Psychic Birthmark” from the 2007 CD-R of the same name on Smooth Tapes, “Aquarium Railroad” from the 2008 Students Of Decay Earth Canal CD-R, “Caught In Cradle Flypaper” from Arbor’s 2008 cassette, Waterslide Mines, “Giddy Atonement” from 2008’s Burning Portal Bathtubs” cassette on Smooth Tapes and “Body Tides” from 2007’s Body Tides CD-R on Mountaain. All tracks remastered by Pete Swanson. Some fantastic minimalist electronics here that have a crude DIY edge that touches on aspects of primitive UK circuit benders like Storm Bugs et al while factoring in psychedelic restatements of reductive 20th century avant classicism and some fully punked kosmische synth. Edition of 500 copies with double sided poster. 

Carlos Giffoni
I Am Real

No Fun 02

LP
£8.99


Beautifully crude LP from the spark behind New York’s already-legendary No Fun Fest and collaborator with players like Dylan Nyoukis and Thurston Moore. Wild electronic churn cut with a glue of ginchy almost-melody that gives the whole thing the repetitive psychoactive edge of the faultiest minimalism. An all-night flight spent licking batteries and huffing lighter fluid. Second release on the newly-minted No Fun label, packaged primitive-punk style. Edition of 300, no re-press ever.

Circuit Refusal
s/t

American Tapes AM-650

one-sided LP
£9.99


Edition of 200 copies, one-sided LP with art by John Olson of Wolf Eyes et al. Mystery collaboration featuring John Olson of Wolf Eyes and Mike Connelly of Hair Police at el. A blast of overtone-thick technicolour noise that sounds like a more malevolent Matthew Bower/Hototogisu-style torrent saturated with slow solar rays and high, almost Whitehouse-style sicktones. A classic, heavy UK Industrial/noise feel to this one that is endlessly satisfying. OOP. Highly recommended.

D. Charles Speer
Some Forgotten Country

Sound @ One S@1-77

LP
£4.99


Debut album from Dave Shuford of the No-Neck Blues Band's new project, where he combines weird Southern banjo/guitar stylings that draws from a parallel folk tradition that has a pair of working boots planted firmly in a continuum occupied by The Dillards, Michael Hurley and Koerner, Ray and Glover and another in orbit around lonesome satellites like Comus and US Saucer. Indeed, there is something of Brian Hageman in Shuford's weird ass delivery, the way he combines straight ahead mountain hollers with idiosyncratic bullfrog phrasing, though Shuford has a much tighter grip on syncopated pre-war modes while his partners play electric slide guitar as mutant as anything birthed in the volcanoes of Mu by Antenna Jimmy Semens. But a song like "Bound To Ride" is just an absolute joy, up there with Hurley circa "Portland Water" or the more off-the-cuff moments of Dylan's Basement Tapes (particularly Dylan's back-and-forth take on "All American Boy") and as if to toss you a subtle red herring, Shuford even drops in a flash of the kinda hick falsetto that will send you right back to the first time you ever heard Nashville Skyline. It feels almost occult, but I guess the title effectively gives the game away. So pick 'em as a comer, dog hummer.

David S. Ware
Onecept

Rank And File RFS-33-203

2xLP
£21.99


Fantastic double vinyl upgrade w/bonus track presenting a new studio session of all-improvised material – the group went into the studio with nothing set out – from a trio that sees saxophone colossus David S. Ware accompanied by bassist William Parker and Warren Smith on drums, tympani and percussion. Recorded live in (((3D Sound))) this is a session that you can really get your head inside with Ware on lucid evangelical form and playing in a hallelujah style that tips the hat to Third Ear Recitation/Earthquation-era while demonstrating a maturity and emotional sophistication that is absolutely dazzling. Smith’s playing works as an odd spectral/tonal foil for Ware’s saxophone while Parker really makes his bass sing. A great trio record and for my money *the* group to take Ware – still the greatest tenorman of his generation - into the future. Highly recommended!

Dead Machines
London Dungeon

Tovinator Records 4

one-sided LP
£10.99


"Waaaayyyy black in 2002 the Olson-O'Rourke duo jetted over the pond to meet Dylan and Karen in Brighton, hang for big D's birthday, soak in the craggy UK atmosphere. Crazed Dylan held a weird show somewhere in London, at the KFDM's dude club, with strange painted walls and a movable stage. Young traveler Big J's eq blew up right before the gig, so DM had to share one electronic set-up and reeds, etc. Was a truly strange night, some punter kept yelling something at us, you can hear it on the record, but can't tell what he's yellin - but it doesn't sound like a wish of good luck. Milch Grande and Dylan also played and I think that [sic] Goldie jammed as well. Here's the DM set, an odd one for sure. Playable at any speed, color vinyl, edition of 200 with a live photo from the gig." - Tovah Olson. Long OOP. 

Dendoshi
Dendoshi 2

Planam Planam-ESM

LP
£13.99


Deluxe limited edition LP with gold sleeves and multiple inserts released on a new sub-division of the great Italian avant garde label Alga Marghen from a one-off group that features Dave Nuss and Keith Connolly of The No-Neck Blues Band alongside Timo Van Luyk (In Camera/Af Ursin) and Raymond Dijkstra (Asra). Reputedly inspired by the work of Japanese film-maker Kyoshi Kurosowa and the theories of Franz Mesmer this is a spare, hypnotic set that combines a lot of low-level string and percussion work with a weird electronic/synth tonal centre making it a little bit more ‘explicable’ than much NNCK product while lending the tracks the feel of extended elegiac codas. Beautiful, delicate improvised music by four modern masters of the language, though reports suggest that this will be the first and last document of this brief collaboration. Edition of only 300 copies.

DMDN
Agonistes 1 & 2

Supreme Tool Supplies STS-9

LP
£16.99


Hand-numbered edition of only 260 copies reissue of this amazing cassette, originally issued by Aube’s legendary Japanese noise label G.R.O.S.S in 1994: DMDN is Jac van Bussel who applies a dense drone logic to classic post-Metal Machine Music noise. Using raw material provided by Akihiro Shimizu, Bussel applies fists of electricity and a barrage of paranoiac cold war steel, with a fog of shortwave tone giving ways to shredded microphone static and wild, form-destroying dynamism. Anyone who is familiar with DMDN’s amazing Sling Trip 2 compilation will know the form and this another singular blast of high energy feedback worship, dark grinding drones and occult, otherworldly electricity. Highly recommended. 

Enema Syringe
Live At The No Fun Fest 2007

No Fun NFP-21

LP
£8.99


“Full No Fun Fest 2007 live set, recorded to the best possible quality. Totally insane and heavy set from Industrial/Noise Swedish Pioneers Enema Syringe. Sounds just as killer and demented as they did in 86! Limited to 350 copies.” – NFP.

Graveyards
Relocated Cooling Towers

American Tapes AM-860

one-sided LP
£10.99


Massively extended long form string/drone/Industrial jams from Midwest free jazz outfit Graveyards that push beyond the whole screwed spectral/orchestral arc of their recent work into new zones of lonesome tone : “What is up with the mail these days? Sometimes you get the weirdest things. Are "Dog Missing" flyers illegal now? Seems like it, cause just the other Tuesday I lurched out to check the daily box to see if my new copies of DIRGE or EVIL MINDED shown up yet, and there was this lone LP resting there. Had a post it note stuck to it that read:
"PLEASE HELP: OUR CREATURE THING HAS VANISHED. WE SUSPECT THE WORST. WE CANNOT GIVE DETAILS ON THE THINGS/ANIMAL OR HAVE ANY PICTURES< BUT WE DO HAVE RECORDINGS OF IT IN "ACTION". PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS RECORD (at any speed) AND CALL 237 - 4568 IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON OUR MISSING CREATURE. AND RETURN MY STAMPS- THANKS- YR NEIGHBORHOOD LOOSE ANIMAL CULTURE CENTER"
Shaking my head, thinking how I just got a killer local platter to add to the animal sounds/droll Yankee/ chooltch industry recordings sections and put the record on.
Well, it seems like they are never gonna find this thing cause it SOUNDS like a super shy version of that horrible creature in the twilight zone flick that tries to scare the passengers and eat the plane. But this "Thing" hangs out in empty hangers and lightly scrapes its torn and rotten fingernails across HUGE rusty industrial size fans at 3am in a creaking wet unlit corner. Who would want this in their house? Sounds from this animal are rare, seems like this LP has like three light rustlings and the THING is gonzo, moved on...just like a ghost trace of it... good luck to them.
After jamming the "MISSING CREATURE" lp on every speed my numark can handle, I IM chatted fellow animal sound lp vet DILLOWAY and told him about the new local style missing thing section, and he said energetically:
"Dude, you should quick like go around the neighborhood and grip all those lps and put em out, don’t get busted say it's...I dunno... GRAVEYARDS or something... "
FUCK!!! Killer idea. So here it is - all the LPs from District 176 Howard St./Frandor with NO INFO and a crude handmade painted sleeve like from the hairy mitts of the said MISSING ANIMAL itself. If you find this THING.... shit, record it and do a FOLLOW UP. And leave it in yr NEIGHBORS mailbox. UUUGGHHHHHHHH. Title taken from a super tuff blueprint question from my Blueprint Reading 112 class last fall. Edition of 100. Inzane handpainted recycled covers, each one uber-unique. MISSING!!! THING!!! RECORDED!!!” – John Olson. Recommended.

Guerilla Toss
Jeffrey Johnson

Feeding Tube Records FTR-092

LP
£6.99


“Debut LP session by a young Boston-based quintet who hit with all the Dionysian power of a young Harry Pussy, squared and electronified. Kassie Carlson’s vocals have all the upper register urgency once manifested by the great Adris Hoyos, and her bandmates manage to create large stugs of post-punk-angularity, overlaid with truly dithersome electronics. The result is one of the first transcendent post-no-wave records of our era. Live, Guerilla Toss create an amazing and beautiful disruption of all known truth-fields. They function at a level of pure discordian creation so pure it is guaranteed to melt all but the stoniest witnesses to its blazing infirmity. But the album, Jeffery Johnson (named after the most elusive member of Jack Black’s legendary Johnson Family, as well as the author of of the record’s cover art), manages to work beautifully as a collection of songs, rusty and scrappy, but songs nonetheless. Guitars weevle off into the atmosphere, key chords emerge like one of Adele Bertei’s lost tampons, drums cuss sullenly…it’s an amazing mess of sound-bed for our heroine to caper upon. Get yours now or pine for it later. Your choice.” – Byron Coley. OOP. 

Jazzkammer/Opec
Split

Reverse No Cat

LP
£3.99


Limited edition split LP on Christian of Sarah's Charity's label, limited to 323 copies with silkscreen printing. Jazzkammer side features huge arcing shadows carved from turntable buzz. Opec side is ludicrously invasive, with shredding turntables working the same kind of deliriously obliterating levels of frequency disruption as Maryanne Amacher, Merzbow et al.

Jmstwghrpr
Intuitive American Esoteric Volume 1

Audiobot No Cat

LP
£6.99


Wild solo splat of outsider electronics and vocal manipulation from puke guzzling wildman Twig Harper, one half of primitive American actionists Nautical Almanac. A-side is pure sonic threat in the popular electronics mode of LAFMS/Wolf Eyes/Blood Stereo while the b-side works some heavy steel into a soup of post-Metal Machine Music locked groove. Beautifully packaged in thick, screened jackets in a run of only 555 copies and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl. Side two cut and mastered using a tincan presto lathe by Twig himself. A singular document for fans of esotera like Peter Catham’s A Man’s Mouth, 24 Hours Of Throbbing Gristle, Chocolate Monk tapes, early RRR et al….OOP. 

John Stevens/Trevor Watts/Barry Guy
Mining The Seam

Hi 4 Head Records HFH-003

CD
£9.99


Another great archival side from a trio that burned up the late 70s UK scene with the kind of high energy free jazz moves more commonly associated with US titans than their fellow UK improvisers. The group cut two massively-charged sides for the Spotlite label in the late 70s - No Fear and Application Interaction And... and this killer compilation rescues the rest of the Spotlite sessions that didn't make it to the final cut and there's a ton of rare meat here, with an alternate take of "No Fear", a track that is always a big favourite at VT HQ, with a bunch of extended, unedited takes and some alternate versions.

Kurt Vile & The Violators
The Hunchback EP

Richie Records RR/TT-21

12” EP
£6.99


Excellent EP from Vile, with a group sound that takes the NY street style of classic Lou Reed and pumps it full of post-Velvets swagger (think Simply Saucer, Nuggets-informed punk…) before riding the whole thing down with a repeat-groove stance that would marry the Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wha with Spacemen 3. Oof! Sold out at source.

Mats Gustafsson
Bengt

Utech URLP-072

LP + CD
£10.99


Stunning new LP/CD set from free European saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, dedicated to the memory of his late mentor the saxophonist Bengt Nordstrom: Nordstrom is best known for producing Albert Ayler’s first recording, Something Different!!!!!!, and he was also a talented saxophonist, playing solo free improvised saxophone as early as 1962.  For Bengt, Gustafsson moves to a plastic Grafton alto sax, the same one favoured by Nordstrom, making this a unique entry in his back catalogue. The sound is breathy, muted, with a soft muffled tone that sounds at points like Frank Lowe or Marion Brown and Gustafsson’s playing is oddly lyrical, ripping through staggered scales and sounding single note fanfares in a way that is utterly compulsive. The rigour is still there, the deconstructive vision, but this one feels somehow more affirmative, a classic solo record in the mode of Braxton’s For Alto and Kaoru Abe’s Live At Gaya series. On white vinyl in an edition of 500 copies with a bonus CD edition of the album bundled alongside it. Highly recommended!

Messenger Girls Trio
s/t

Uzu Audio 003

LP
£12.99


Deluxe LP from this group that features Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls with Robert Millis and Jeffery Taylor of Climax Golden Twins and Mr David Knott. Compiled from jams improvised and recorded between the years 2002 and 2008 with microphones set-up in living rooms and at Sun City Girls Blue West headquarters. I haven’t heard Richard sound quite so much like Derek Bailey as he does here, working hermetic acoustic scrabbles and lighting runs across the fretboard with all of the skewed tonal logic of a Company week trips festival. Some of the lonesome percussion work straddles the whole Folkways/Sounds Of The Junkyard aesthetic but with an intent that is deliberately psychoactive, ending up somewhere between NNCK circa A Tabu Two and Spiral Joy Band’s Pleasure Is The Headlight. Other parts of the disc touch on the ethno-forgery style of SCG and CGT but with a slightly more abstruse and dilated approach. The usual classy job from Uzu, with heavy vinyl and wraparound gatefold sleeve featuring an original photograph mounted on the front. 

Mick Stevens
Lady Sunrise

Shadoks #088

LP
£39.99


Reissue of a previously unreleased loner folk 'concept album' from Mick Stevens, recorded in 1972. Classic early-70s folk feel - Stevens had previously shared bills with both Davy Graham and Bert Jansch - with some choice period-style beautiful people lyrics and an atmosphere that touches on the English never-neverland of Nick Drake's Bryter Layter or even a UK take on the atmosphere of David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name. Homemade production values that should appeal, with toy keyboards, vocals and plenty of spindly acoustic sorcery. Numbered edition of 450 copies, with insert, 180g vinyl and engraved artwork. OOP> 

Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Greg Campbell
Suite: Bittersweet

Strange Attractors Audio House SAAH-053

LP
£8.99


Limited pressing of 1000 copies, following on from guitarist Nels Cline and saxophonist Wally Shoup's blistering encounter with Chris Corsano, this one sees them recruit Seattle-based percussionist Greg Campbell for a live radio session cut for KEXP Radio in Seattle. Cline and Shoup are totally *on* throughout, playing in a intuitive, extra-sensory style that never lets up. Cline will make a dive for a particular note cluster or take a dance around the fret board in slow, luminous sweeps that sound most like his majestic playing on "Lonnie's Lament" from Cline's Interstellar Space album and Shoup is right there every time, catching the most sublime lineaments of melody right between his teeth and pushing the whole group over the top. Amazing playing. Percussionist Campbell gives the music more of a rock kick, with a tough driving style that is uniquely pulverising.

Onde
Purple

Ondemusic 0003

LP
£10.99


Edition of 500 copies LP from this post-Noise Makers Fifes trio featuring Timo Van Luijk, Greg Jacobs and Marc Wroblewski. Onde play minimal electric psych inspired by tidal waves, using violin, electric guitar and metals to construct monolithic single chord drones that take off on the experiments in elemental form of The Velvet Underground circa “Ocean” and the Faust/Tony Conrad Outside The Dream Syndicate recordings. Something in the marriage of metronomic guitar jags combined with mile-deep violin treatments and the klang of metal on metal brings the heavier Family Underground material to mind, but this has a dark majesty all its own. Comes in a gatefold sleeve. Recommended.

Pink Luminous Invocation
s/t

Sagittarius A-Star No Cat

LP
£12.99


New limited to 200 copies LP on A-Star, 180g vinyl with paste-on sleeves and insert, that reissues what was previously a CD-R on Foxglove from this Danish quartet. Using bells, toy keyboards, clarinet, violin, guitar, bells and vocals Pink Luminous Invocation marry the primitive volk styles of Sweden and Finland – think Paivansade’s more ritualistic work or some of the satellites of the Silence label – with a delicate, hazy drone aesthetic that threads short wave feedback sounds with ghostly vocals and ethereal small instrument interventions. 

R.O.T.
Ceci N'est Pas Avioth/Ils Chantent Pour Vous

Morc Records #47

One-Sided 12"
£8.99


Two long, minimal tracks from this European free music collective that investigate the levitation-potential of extended non-musical instrumental interaction in the vein of East Bionic Symphonia, Group Ongaku, Taj Mahal Travellers, The No-Neck Blues Band et al. This one-sided EP is limited to only 150 copies and comes in silkscreened sleeves.

Sutcliffe Jugend
This Is The Truth

Hospital Productions/Ground Fault HOS-166/

2xLP
£8.99


The first studio album from Sutcliffe Jugend in eight years. The limited vinyl edition features two extra tracks and a different mix of the title track. Jugend came out of the whole UK Industrial/actionist explosion of the early-80s, formed by one-time Whitehouse member Kevin Tomkins and Paul Taylor. The sound is the kind of abruptly sculpted noise implosions that inspired Prurient et al with classic mocking/hysterical vocals ala Bennett and Best, though instrumentally they work from a wider palette, incorporating string drones, loops, E-bow, guitar, violin, pedals and vocals.

The Mayfair Set
Young One

Captured Tracks CT-021

LP
£4.99


Co-released with Woodsist, this is the debut full-length from this collaborative project between Blank Dogs and Dum Dum Girls. Six new tracks that combine a haze of beautiful girl-pop vocals with out-of-focus psychedelia, hallucinatory arrangements and an atmosphere somewhere between 1980s psychedelic DIY, weirdo 70s private press and the early Rough Trade singles.

Tovahaunted
s/t

Tovinator No Cat

one-sided LP
£8.99


Numbered edition of 200 copies on grey vinyl, already sold out at source. Tovahaunted is of course the perfect description of a particular syndrome that affects awkward fan-boys in the wake of seeing Tovah Olson rocking the bandstand but here it also works as cover for a collaboration between Tovah and Pocahaunted that is one of the darkest and most beautifully fucked recordings to come from either camp. Here they carve whole storms of slow-moving feedback, dragging grunting electronics and black ethereal waves of breath through the kind of narcotic formless environs more associated with UK amplifier fetishists like Ashtray Navigations or Skullflower minus anything approaching a riff or a hook. Excellent.

Twig Harper
New Lost Knowns

Planam No Cat

LP
£14.99


Edition of 200 copies solo LP from Twig Harper of Nautical Almanac/Wolf Eyes et al: been a while since we heard from Twig, who has been rebuilding Tarantula Hill and focussed on experiments with contemporary psychedelics, but it’s great to have him back on vinyl. New Lost Knowns is an extended work for electronics and electro-acoustic confusion. There’s a little of Nate Young’s Regression moves in here, with dark, pugilistic keyboard work and monolithic almost Schnitzler style steel-clad drones. Some of the phased electronics have a crude TG/Suicide edge but that’s married to blustery low-end tectonics and the kind of mind-phasing tonal flux of solo Takehisa Kosugi. On coloured vinyl, recommended. 

Twins
The Other Side Of

Ruralfaune SYNTH-013

LP
£4.99


Instalment in Ruralfaune’s on-going synth series comes from Matt Weiner’s Twins, combining new wave song stylings with drum machine, retro bass synth and a cosmic/H-Pop atmosphere. Aspects of 1980s art pop go up against contemporary synth-thought and an hallucinatory take on time/space specifics. Edition of 300 copies.

Various Artists
Cold Turkey Press/Klacto Present: A Cold Turkey Press Special

Cold Turkey Press 6802 944

LP
£32.99


Original copies of this very rare 1972 poetry LP featuring readings from Allen Ginsberg, Dian DiPrima, Ed Sanders, John Giorno, Carol Berge, Ray Bremser, Ted Berrigan, John Wieners and Jim Silver. Released to coincide with the "Poetry International Festival" in Rotterdam June20-24th 1972. Comes with a thick 15 page staped mimeographed booklet featuirng texts of the performances. A beautiful set, elusive and highly recommended. 

Various Artists
Die Grosse Untergangsshow: Festival Genialer Dilletanten

Vinyl On Demand VOD-22B

2xLP/CD/DVD/booklet
£49.99


Another amazing box set from the label that brought us the great Hijokaidan, Bianchi and TNB sets, Die Grosse Untergangsshow features extensive documentation of a legendary concert that took place at Berlin’s Tempodrom 4th September 1981 and featured a particularly choice selection of the city’s subterranean music scene, including performances from Blixa Bargeld und Gudrun Gut, Die Tödliche Doris, Einstürzende Neubauten, Frieder Butzmann, Leben und Arbeiten, Sprung aus den Wolken, Sentimentale Jugend and more. This deluxe edition features a DVD and CD as well as a longer-unedited/alternate audience recording of the gig spread across a double LP and a deluxe booklet with pics and info. Possibly the ultimate document of Berlin’s uniquely interrogating early-80s new wave scene

Voice Of The Seven Woods
The Holy Harbour EP

Twisted Nerve TN-079

10"
£4.99


New EP from Rick Tomlinson, limited to 1000 copies. This one spans a host of ambitious new strategies, from vague pick-up dunts and mutant percussive splats that sound like an acoustic recreation of Brion Gysin's Pool recordings through the kind of barque brass and acoustic fanfare that would've sat nicely on the dark side of Love's Forever Changes. Another great one from Rick.

XNoBBQX
Skewer

Golden Lab Records ROWF-11

10”
£8.99


Massively crude idiot-avant noise rock brut from this Australian duo, with an ultra-murky string/drum/unknown tongue racket that spears established improv forms with sub-Siltbreeze fidelity and a disobedient, caveman/Menstruation Sisters styled attack. In an edition of 300 copies. Five tracks.

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.

Andrew Coltrane & David Payne
High Voltage

Middle James Company No Cat

LP
£6.99


Crude Xerox style paste-on LP with nada in the way of info pairing two of the most interesting satellites from the whole Michigan/American Tapes/Fag Tapes cabal, Andrew Coltrane and David Payne. Each side has a pretty specific vibration. The A is dominated by the classic syrupy Fag Tapes psych approach, with strings loaded in a slow-motion glue of cheap F/X and cassette processing while the flip has a more primitive DIY/rock appeal, with aspects of the LAFMS approach to the jam as well as a crude non-musicianly aspect that is kinda the punkinest side that these two guys have yet flashed in public. Edition of 150 copies, playable at any speed.

Carl Calm
Dayglo Port

Dekorder 045

LP
£4.99


Excellent solo album from one half of Caboladies, Eric Lanham. More pastoral and dreamtone-focussed than the mothership, Carl Calm focuses on lugubrious drone work that touches on UK experiments like Matthew Bower’s Sunroof, Spacemen 3 circa Dreamweapon/An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music, The Chalk/Ora cultus et al with gentle comedown melodies and rippling keyboards and percussion. This one really bridges DIY homemade synth stylings and zone-out 20th century electronics and makes for some of the most luminal psychedelia to come out of the Caboladies camp. A  keeper. 

Chicken Legs Weaver
Wishbone Hands

Ecstatic Yod/Shagrat Cluck /

LP
£4.99


Gotta be the weirdest record ever given life by the lips of Byron Coley: Chicken Legs Weaver are an electric blues trio from Sheffield, England, consisting of Andy Weaver on guitar/vocals, E.J. “Tank” Tankersby on drums and Norton Lees on upright bass and backing vocals. Some fine tough/stylised vocals, stubby slide guitar, the stumpiest of grooves and a bucketload of stale Northern ale. Hard to work out exactly what the fuck is going on here but if you've ever spent any extended time in some shitty, cultured-decimated North Of England seaside town then this might well pass for a voice from the other side. Cover artwork by Billy Childish, which at least helps put it in some kind of perspective, and liners from Mick Farren, which doesn't. You figure it out.

Children’s Hospital
Alone Together

Sacred Bones Records SBR-013

LP
£3.99


Debut LP from a new project coming out of Seattle’s A-Frames/AFCGT/Intelligence/Rodent Plague cultus. This one is more in the vein of UK art/pop groups like Wire off-shoots Dome or AC Marias, with jagged avant rock breakdowns bookended by hypnotic electro dream settings with automatic female vocals, new wave synth stylings and an austere, psychedelic atmosphere. A totally beguiling listen with a sustained, evocative atmosphere. Looks as suave as you’d expect from Sacred Bones too.

Cleared
Breaking Day

Immune 024

LP
£8.99


New full-length album from the Chicago-based duo of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera: Cleared play monolithic drone/rock that crosses the cinematic aspect of Starving Weirdos/Ensemble Economique with a black cultic seam that draws on early Ash Ra/Amon Duul and the Silence-era giants. Using guitar, drums, percussion, electronics and tape/samples the duo move from thick, semi-static walls of modulated feedback w/isolated fog horn tones rising from the murk through full-on lumbering psych guitar nod-outs w/a dramatic Savage Republic edge that collapse into dark whorls of drone illuminated by percussive ritual workings and distant coronas of F/X that could almost be Salt Marie Celeste-era Nurse With Wound. It’s a great *sounding* record too and makes for an immersive headphone trip. Edition of 500 LPs in beautiful heavy gatefold sleeves. 

Excepter
Alternation

Fusetron

2xLP
£6.99


Shop copy some sleeve scuffs, nothing major, vinyl unplayed "Half-recorded in one blizzard, and completed by the next, Alternation is a years-in-the-making, tossed-off-in-a-moment exploration of the difference between EXCEPTER live on stage and EXCEPTER alone at home and the goal to eradicate the distinction between the two. Double the length and twice the depth of past EXCEPTER releases, Alternation is EXCEPTER looking both ways, a geometric expansion around all the territories marked so far in their brief discography: the primal death trips of Ka, the noise pop tropics of Vacation, the long drone goodnight of Throne, the cool electro doom of Self Destruction and the blasted steam cycle of Sunbomber." - Excepter. Double LP in heavy duty, full color gatefold jacket. Vinyl issue of the 5RC CD.

Excepter
Late

Woodsist 046

12” EP
£4.99


Wonked digital psych from NY’s Excepter, featuring ex-members of NNCK, with a slab of vinyl that plays from the label out: “The 23rd Excepter record: The Late EP. The Black Rust Rush Tour of "High Noon" lore. One track recorded at Oberlin Dionysus Disco, Fall 2009, in I-94 palindrome dub by R/N. One track recorded at 382 Jeff Street by Lala with the TR-808. 2009-2010 edit. Two tracks live on "Presidence Day" at the Glass Lands, February 16th, 2010, by Derek Maxwell, sound engineer. The Late EP returns Excepter to Woodsist. All four tracks are previously unreleased. The Tank Tapes are included as a complimentary bonus digital download with the record. Excepter is New York City's premiere improvisatory, vocal-and-electronics cosmic beat-box band. Whether on stage, on record or on video, Excepter never gives the expected, and this is no exception...” – Woodsist.

Expo '70
Journey Through Astral Projection

Immune 012

CD
£4.99


New studio album from the duo of Justin Wright and Matt Hill, a continuation of the Where Does Your Mind Go? sessions recorded at Black Dirt Studios. Less of a heady/devotional Popol Vuh vibe to this and more of a Swastika Girls/Fripp & Eno feel, with clipped, treated electric guitar bleeding after-images into oblivion while synths whir and pugilistic drum machines kick the whole thing into early-Heldon territory or even some of the recent Ashtray Navigations form. The high keyboard masses have the kind of cosmic grandeur of Nitch’s harmonium works, making this the perfect soundtrack to your next private ritual. Edition of 500 copies. 

Failing Lights
Dawn Undefeated

Dekorder 063

LP
£10.99


2012 solo album from Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes, Birth Refusal et al’s solo project: Connelly has been on a comparative roll recently, with recent Gods Of Tundra releases seeing him push out into a more focussed and low-key exploration of post-Noise basement hypnotics. Dawn Undefeated continues the trend with a series of minimal works for synthesizer and guitar possessed of an almost classical arc and grace. Connelly has definitely been listening to a lot of Hermann Nitsch’s organ and harmonium drone works of late, as there’s a similarly degraded cosmic/devotional edge to his playing here alongside aspects of Conrad Schnitzler’s more gothic work, as on Gelb, for instance. Some of the brokedown piano work. has the dusty bedroom feel of early Richard Youngs but its bracketed throughout by distant thundercracks of electronics and grainy nightmare tones that touch on American slasher movie themes as much as pastoral English minimalism. Either way, this is another giant step for Connelly and a major solo work. 

Foldhead
Drugs Paint Alcohol

Music Mundane No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


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.

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.

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.

Howth Castle
Good Morning, Mr Nobody

Father Yod FYP-L10

LP
£6.99


Nice vinyl re-issue of the second album by this Italian acid folk duo from 1993. Beautifully lost atmosphere, they blow both Free’s “Child” and The Grateful Dead’s “Stella Blue” to stark, vibrating ribbons, set Walt Whitman’s “Unreturned Love” to the sound of electrified silence and conjure a set of solo compositions that will satisfy even the most heavily foliated faces.

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.

Incapacitants
Mon, Ma? Mon!!!

Triangle TR-50

CD
£4.99


New edition of 500 copies album from the greatest noise duo of all time, Japan’s Incapacitants. Celebrating 30 years ‘in the business’ Mon, Ma? Mon!!! presents 60 minutes of their uniquely hysterical take on progressive noise with vertical accumulations of vocal/electronics shot to ribbons by pugilistic splats of static, dead machine drones and compulsive chattering vocals. Alongside two new extended studio tracks there’s also a bonus live show taken from Urga on 31st July 2011 and it’s just laugh-out-loud great, moving from backwards head-banging dirges through the kinda explosive crescendos that reflect on Masami Akita’s vision of noise as nothing but the guitar-smashing part of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Still peerless after all these years – highly recommended!

Kommissar Hjuler/Mama Baer/Ninni Morgia/Silvia Kastel
Live In Edinburgh

Ricerca Sonora RS-4

LP
£10.99


It’s no secret that at VT we dug the hell out of the live hook-up between German art terrorists Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer and Italian actionists Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel when they blazed a trail across the UK back in 2011. Well, here’s another document from that amazing run of shows and it’s a doozy. Live In Edinburgh comes over like an unreleased Industrial ritual brainstormed by Lisa Suckdog, with a wild exuberant atmosphere and plenty of cracked vocal disobedience. Mama takes the lead here, mis-remembering and variously dismembering pop and rock effluvia, joined by Kastel and Kommissar at points, the latter of whom barks comments and instructions via a microphone attached to a cheap keyboard. The music is feral free improvisation w/nada in terms of sophistication, just tearing guts and circuitry from various electronics while massed vocals build to peaks of mutual hysteria. Exuberant, funny, challenging and curiously life-affirming, this is another blat of whu from a buncha thinkers who don’t. Edition of only 180 copies, highly recommended!

Michel Vogel
Ronde Matutinale a Amillis Berenice

Alga Marghen Planam-19

LP
£14.99


Edition of 270 copies LP from artist and sound sculptor Michel Vogel, using brushes and sticks on a series of prepared gongs and self-built instruments to create a tone field with a Zen clarity somewhat akin to some of Harry Bertoia’s singing sculptures or even the more minimal/percussive Mirror sides: "PLANAM proudly presents the second LP by the artist and sound sculptor Michel Vogel. Born in 1941 in Strasbourg, France, Michel Vogel artistic activities start in 1960 when, as a painter under the materic influences of Antoni Tapies and Jean Dubuffet, his mineral and sound experimentations built a universe influenced by free jazz, extra-European music and Olivier Messiaen. His researches develop with new sculptures and the creation of his own resonating metal instruments. His friends of the minimalist group, and specially the Fluxus artists, supported and pushed him to carry on his acoustics explorations while his sonic creations get closer to the music of John Cage, Philip Corner, Morton Feldman and Giacinto Scelsi. After the deep cosmo night music of “Une petite music de nuit” (Vogel first LP) PLANAM decided to issue two more early-morning oriented realizations, or “Ronde mattinale à Amillis” and “Berenice”. These alfa-wave improvisations for ‘prepared’ gongs and self-built metal instruments, selected in direct collaboration with the artist, will make you enter into luminous sonic dimensions." - AM

Monosov Swirnoff/The Shining Path
Two Recorded Works

Eclipse

LP
£3.99


Second volume of a two-volume set on Eclipse documenting various sonic settings featuring Californian sound artists/composers/improvisers Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff. Side one features two minimal compositions for tape loop, bowed guitar, air organ and voice that are some of the best of the set, with a kind of helium-high Terry Riley-styled sense of dizzy euphoria building slowly across the side. Side two is credited to Monosov and Swirnoff’s rock group, The Shining Path, and is all-blaring in a fractured style that recalls Faust circa Tapes. Limited to only 500 copies.

One Might Add
Sailing Team

Ruby Red RR-14

CD
£2.99


“Portuguese duo hailing from the capital’s underground movements. Truly excited about this debut album. Unique sounds using drums and home made electronics giving rhythm to psychedelia like no one, for your total listening pleasure.” – RR.

Pay Toilets
Freedom Rock or Wet & Wild USA

White Denim #007

LP
£1.99


Trio drum/guitar/vocal post-hardcore spazz from these Pittsburgh bulbs on one-sided brown vinyl. Stubby, almost Minutemen-style constructions with a pro-acid/beer mindset and some brain-pounding straight-through-the-spine rhythmic dunt. File alongside Pissed Jeans and crack open another.

Phantom Family Halo
The Legend Of Black Six

Black Velvet Fuckere No Cat

LP
£4.99


New on Kris Abplanalp of Virgin Eye Blood Brothers/Valley Of Ashes' label, The Phantom Family Halo features members of Sapat and ex-members of The For Carnation and take their sound from what sounds like a classically Cleveland mutation of scorched glam rock. First long title track marries the kind of agit-pop piano more commonly associated with Paul Marotta's Styrenes with classic Rocket USA psychosis and a weird real people vibe that's somewhere between later Mark Tucker and Kenneth Higney's "Night Rider". Second side is more straight ahead glam/metal with aspects of oddball strains like Debris et al. Hard to know what the fuck to call it. Sounds good tho. Silkscreened vinyl-only edition.

Pill Wonder
Jungle/Surf

Underwater Peoples Records UPLP-002

LP
£4.99


Debut LP from a group who share bedrooms and brainspace with Real Estate, Ducktails et al. Pill Wonder’s take on teenage garage is even more deformed by exotica and hallucinatory third world melody than any of their label mates, with the episodic/experimental feel of Brian Wilson’s Smile extended into harmony-laden bedroom pop with celebratory melodies and confused smears of overdubbed fuzz and junk. “Pill Wonder's Jungle/Surf was recorded by William Murder/Murdoch in a two year span at the house where he has spent all 22 years of his life, just north of the U District in Seattle, WA - under the roof where the rain hits hard all year 'round, Will recorded during lonely afternoons, often while his mother was at work at the University of Washington Math Library. Using an old DELL desktop computer in his bedroom, with the illegally downloaded Adobe Audition recording software, Will employed boxes of macaroni 'n cheese, a little kid's drum set purchased at a garage sale, and often beat boxing for his rhythm tracks. Other than that, a 3rd grader's recorder, an electric guitar of the Fender variety, a guitar amp of the Fender variety, some sort of cheap keyboard and one Shure SM 57 microphone made up the rest of his recording equipment. I'm proud of what he has employed and been able to create. There was always a ray of sunshine in our post-Kurt town just a half a mile away from me, and for that I thank you Will.” – Dana Jewell.

RLW
eaRLy W: Volume 2: Nur Die Tiere Blieben Ubrig

Swill Radio 020

LP
£8.99


“Volume two in a Swill Radio series of LP's documenting the early work of Ralf Wehowsky (aka RLW). As with volume one, a slightly different version of this LP was originally released on cassette by Wahrnehmungen (later renamed Selektion) in the early 80's. This is a much more band-oriented release than volume 1. A number of tracks were recorded live and the mood is aggressive throughout. This is a fantastic Neue Deutsche Welle document. If it had been released on LP, it would be legendary. It still is.”

The Friday Group
Who Wants To Look At A Bunch Of Broken Pottery When You Can Haul Ass Down The Freeway

Wholly Other No Cat

One-Sided Picture Disc LP
£8.99


Edition of 214 one-sided LP with blood red silkscreened flip. Looped and live collaged ritual atmospherics and crude guitar/drum psych stand-offs that orbit a similar zone to early NNCK from a group that feature Tom Carter of Charalambides, Shawn McMillen (Ash Castles On The Ghost Coast), Brian Smith (Iron Kite et al) and Blake Carlisle. Less drone-focussed than previous releases and deeper into a kind of savant ESP Disk Godz/Fugs séance style.

The Magic Carpathians Project
Euscorpius Carpathicus

Obuh V-22

LP
£8.99


Beautifully produced 2003 private LP from Anna Nacher and Marek Stczynski's Magic Carpathians Project in a hand-numbered edition of 350 copies with deluxe heavy tip-on sleeves: born from the ashes of forest/folk group Atman, The Magic Carpathians extend Atman's alchemical acoustic procedures into improvisations based around guitar, ritual percussion, brass, electronics and free vox. 

The Pink Noise
Alpha

Almost Ready ARR-013

LP
£3.99


New album from this French-Canadian duo with a heavy Chrome vibe all but obscured by muffled production values. Declamatory vocals over squelchs of synth, crude drum machines and repeat fuzz guitar give this a kind of stumpy refusenik style that would fit in well at the Manchester Musicians Collective back in the day, though there's a whole bunch of sci-fi moves here that make it a little less 'suburban' than that particular branch of prole art.

TV-Resistori
Serkut Rakastaa Paremmin

Fonal FR-44

LP
£4.99


New LP by this Finnish electro-pop unit on Fonal who had a previous split 7” with Islaja. Printed inner sleeves. “TV-Resistori's debut album came out in 2004. With their childlike melodies and cheezy synthesizer tunes names like Stereolab, Raymond Scott, Karkkiautomaatti and Mouse On Mars might pop up. If Fonal ever has a hit single it might very well come from Tv-Resistori. Yrjö's and Päivi's male/female vocal duets have become more and more the center of the songs. Now with the apt record engineering skills of the drummer Aleksi they have truly found their own sound Tv-resistori will release their follow up “Serkut rakastaa paremmin” (translates as Cousins Love Better).”

Various Artists
Ongaku 80: Alternative Waves From Japan

Hiruko Records No Cat

LP
£14.99


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!

Vernon & Burns meet Lied Music
Lost Lake

Shadazz #11

LP
£8.99


New limited to 300 copies LP that unites Lied Music (VT-teamster John Fail and musician/artist/filmmaker Luke Fowler) with Vernon & Burns (Mark Vernon and Barry Burns). This is a follow-up to Lied Music’s Ultra Eczema side and it follows a similarly abstruse/virtual construction, with original improvisations across toys, cassette recorders, found tapes, synth, guitar, percussion, field recordings subsequently re-formatted and re-sequenced to generate a primitive type of concrete assemblage that preserves the live feel of the interaction while situating it in a virtual world of cuts, edits and subtle sonic sleight-of-hand. A great late-night atmosphere on this one and it would sit nicely between your Biota and Mnemonists vinyl. 

Wand
Hard Knox

Ecstatic Peace E#100K

CD
£3.99


Excellent collection of demos, home-recordings and out-takes from James Toth, recorded to portastudios between the years 2002-2007. Up-close, intimate atmosphere on this and combined with the quality of Toth's throwaways (which for anyone else would be prima material) this almost has the feel of his Nebrasaka, a series of dark, loner postcards from the other side of America that would bolster and explode traditional country, folk and ballad forms. Excellent. "To quickly address the elephant in the room - certainly, collections of demos, outtakes and home recordings are mostly bogus, but obviously you're reading this, so obviously I've somehow been coerced into releasing this batch of tunes, and you've bought it or stolen it or borrowed it or gotten a promo or whatever, so let's cut to the chase. In my defense, all of the cuts contained herein are 'songs' in the traditional western sense - my experiments in "surf harmonica" and "doom zydeco" will not be chronicled here, deep and plentiful as those archives may be. Everything here was recorded by me on either a Roland BR-8 digital 8-track or it's flashier, more cosmopolitan cousin, the BR- 1600, with incalculable assistance from Jexie Lynn, who accompanies me on many of these songs and who's encouragement and creativity allowed many of them to be. Most of the recordings were done at my then-home in beautiful Knoxville, TN between October 2002 and January of 2007, just prior to the retirement of the Wooden Wand name.  You've already pardoned the narcissism, now pardon the cliche: I stand behind these songs as snapshots and enjoy them despite their many flaws. I hope you do, too." - Wand.

Blank Dogs
Seconds

Captured Tracks CT-002

12” EP
£3.99


Limited edition of 300 copies 4-track EP from Blank Dogs on Mike Blank Dogs’ private imprint. This is some of Blank Dogs’ most punked-up fuzz blasters, combing glazed waves of distortion with punchy melodies and that all-important teenage bedsit fidelity. Something about the way Mike channels UK DIY styles via a liberated trans-Atlantic mindset makes em sound like the missing link between 1960s loser-core psych and post-Industrial garage rock and come to think of it, they fucking are...an inspired alchemical re-think, highly recommended.

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.

Cel
Fugitive Angle

Dead Sea Liner 02

CD-R
£0.99


Beautiful out-of-nowhere solo murk from a Glaswegian head who combines the kind of 1000-mile analog hypnosis of Hive Mind and Dead Machines with butterflies of E-Bow guitar and the kind of eternally peaking landscapes of Mirror and Organum. New UK label too.

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.

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.

Hockyfrilla
Vulpes Vulpes

Hockyfrilla No Cat

CD-R
£1.00


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
£1.99


“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

La Otracina
Blood Moon Riders

Holy Mountain #914

LP
£3.99


New full-length album from this group that have morphed from an avant rock unit into a uniquely ferocious free metal/thug/biker/prog project featuring Adam Kriney (Owl Xounds) on drums, keyboard and flute, Evan Sobel on electric bass, guitar and harmonium and Ninni Morgia. This is their most self-consciously ‘epic’ outing thus far, with King Crimson (Red-era) styled breakdowns, bass riffs and tempo shreds, almost Slayer-esque bombast and doubled electric guitar leads that come straight out of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. If you like yr prog with a black Vertigo label, a ton of wail and nods to the daffiest metal then get on board. Comes with free MP3 download.

Meth Teeth
Everything Went Wrong

Woodsist 030

LP
£4.99


Debut LP from this Portland, Oregon ensemble who play massively fuzzy rock/pop bolstered with an almost No Wave-scale bottom end crunch and the kind of iconoclastic lead guitar patterns that touch on a bunch of modern American touchstones, Zoot Horn Rollo, Neil Hagerty, Calvin Johnson’s Go Team, while wading through waves of shrill feedback ala the early/mid-80s amp worship style of JAMC/Meat Whiplash et al. But overall this has the kinda up-beat American garage appeal of your favourite houserockers with a slightly more angular take on Velvets-inspired underground, complete with tambourines and Mo Tucker stomps.

Muruga & The Global Village Ceremonial Band
s/t

Qbico #48

LP
£8.99


"New rocket by Muruga, after the Free Funk LP ! This healing session open and close with two funk/jazz tracks, rec. by Muruga in trio & 4et with Ken Kozara on muted trumpet and Richard Smith on bass; Belita Woods, from P-Funk, is added on the last track of the album May the funk be with you. The middle of the record is mostly perc heavy and trance/ethnic oriented. Ascension had been written by the late master Baba Olatunji and had been rec. live @ The Spirit Drum Fest. w/special guest Badal Roy (who rec. w/Miles Davis, Ornette, Don Cherry, etc...) and Sikiru Adepoju (who rec. w/Mickey Hart, Olatunji, etc..). Nelson Ledge is a drums trio rec. live as well @ The Rhythm Fest in Ohio. Shaman drum, Nada drum is a very special duo piece rec. w/Prem Das: here Muruga use a unique Nada drum, while Prem Das (long years of apprentice in Mexico with an Huichol shaman and was also a colleague of Timothy Leary & Ralph Metzner) use a water drum for a quite hypnotic effect ! Open yr heart and let yr body move... to the rhythm, to the groove ! in light." - Qbico. On pink and black vinyl.

My Cat Is An Alien
There is a Flame_____Sometimes

Rococo Records RCC-0005

LP
£4.99


The last few MCIAA LPs have seen the Opalio brothers take some giant fuckin leaps, pushing the music well beyond the gravity of the early LPs/CDs and out into an even more personally blasted universe. This beautifully packaged LP comes in a limited hand-numbered edition of 500 copies and documents some of their most minimal and vehement electronic compositions. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the slow pad of drum skins, parts of this could almost pass for a pared-down post-Whitehouse investigation of eviscerated power electronics. A beautiful late-night spin. Recommended.

Open City
Open City

Thin Wrist

LP
£6.99


First brain-bending blat of avant tongue from this killing LA-based group who channel heavily drugged Interstellar Space-styled brain exchanges into a black hole zone where the constraints of received form dissolve like so much candyfloss. Duo guitar-amp destruction just like you need it, dumpling. Comes in a swank full-colour gatefold sleeve.

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.

Six Organs Of Admittance
Luminous Night

Drag City DC-409

CD
£3.99


Six Organs studio album with a bigger sound and more of a group feel. Recorded by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))/Earth), Luminous Night features violinist Eyvind Kang and flautist Hans Teuber who add to the overall cinematic feel of the sonics.

The Fresh & Onlys
Play ‘August In My Mind’

Captured Tracks CT-46

12” EP
£4.99


More soaring garage/power pop from this bunch, with a great searing lead guitar tone that could almost be Gary fuckin Quackenbush from SRC. The songwriting is as euphoric/moody as before, with aspects of the first Love album, The Buzzcocks and the Paisley underground sound all executed with a hazy post-85 production style. Six tracks.

The Pink Noise
Birdland

Sacred Bones Records SBR-029

LP
£3.99


Less Chrome-fixated and more attuned to crude DIY rock kicks, Birdland represents a further devolution of The Pink Noise’s apocalypse USA sound, combing KBD-styled thug punk moves with no-fidelity tape jams and collapsing universe aesthetics. “This is the deluxe remastered LP edition of the previously cassette only release on Beniffer Editions. It is their third official full length, described as “a totally peaced out collection of destructo boombox symphonies.” Sounds about right to us.” – SBR.

Various Artists
Simply Good Taste: The Sounds Of Slippy Town

Gulcher 413

CD
£1.99


Thumping label sampler from this suave imprint run by Eddie Flowers, brought to you courtesy of their sister/brother label, Gulcher. A bunch of otherwise unavailable tracks – including a first take of The Gizmos’ “Hey Beat Mon” with MX-80’s Rich Stim on the horn and a destroyed version of The Yardbirds’ “Shapes Of Things” by the semi-mythical O.Rex (featuring Solomon and Jay Gruberger, Kenne Highland and Eddie Flowers), some solo thought from Joe Tunis aka Joe + N – as well as a clutch of tracks from alla the various limited CD-Rs Flowers has burned over the years, from whacked UK bedroom zoners like Neil Campbell, Stewart Walden, Phil Todd and Ian Middleton through Crawlspace, Not A Sonata, Blackthorne Stick, OvO, Big Whiskey, Allun, Lebedung, Joshua Jugband 5 and The Screamin’ Mee-Mees & Hot Scott Fischer. A whole fistful of fucked up fun and a great way in for Gulcher/Slippytown neophytes.

Wolf Eyes
Black Wing Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

CD
£4.99


New CD edition of this Wolf Eyes Lp made up of a single eerie, minimal track that mingles identifiable sound sources - glisses of guitar, slow blooms of bass - with luminous coronas of high, lonesome tone, rusty death factory rhythms and punk metal eroticism. Heavy early Throbbing Gristle vibe to this - somewhere between Live At The Rat and Live At Oundle School with a little of the psychological horror feel of River Slaughter. Slow moving, grimy and full of implied threat. Recommended.

Asmus Tietchens
Teils Teils

Swill Radio 027

LP
£12.99


Very minimal album from this legendary European avant garde thinker whose work ranks with Conrad Schnitlzer, Two Daughters and David Bowie-circa Low as some of the most beautifully barren European electronic music. This is a very minimal set that pits cycles of intersecting cracked digital tone against each other in a way that mirrors work by Maryanne Amacher, Pan Sonic et al alongside some classic Industrial tonefloat: “I’ve been a fan of Asmus Tietchens’ music since Formen Letzter Hausmusik came out in 1984. That LP fascinated me and I soon began acquiring anything I could by this strange musical force. I’ve learned a lot from his music over the years and we became acquainted via the post in the late 90s. As it turns out, we both have an extreme fondness for cigarette smoking and an interest in Max Nordau’s Degeneration, so what better place for his first LP release in years than Swill Radio? The side-long Teilmenge 20 starts off the LP with an odd manic ticking that never lets up. Other sounds ebb and flow throughout and the whole piece has the rare quality of sounding totally artificial and yet organic at the same time. The second side slows things down with three tracks of dripping industrial ambience. The whole LP brings to my mind an atmosphere of waiting. To quote my good friend Matt Krefting, “No one’s music sounds both as cold and as emotional in quite the same way as the music of Asmus Tietchens.” I couldn’t agree more. Excellent stuff!” – Scott Foust.

Ben Nash
The Seventh Goodbye

Blackest Rainbow Recordings No Cat

LP
£8.99


“Vinyl debut for long term Blackest Rainbow brother Ben... I'm extremely happy with this one. 8 tracks, 34 minutes. Opening with a reworking of 'KUAD 9873' from his Blackest Rainbow debut cassette... bleak drones smothered in vocal lulling, and finishing with a sweet guitar piece swirling in a lake of percussion, vocal and drone. 'Nightcall' shows a more middle eastern psychedelic droning, bowing, wailing, and satanic mutterings. Track 3 is the title track 'The Seventh Goodbye', and is the most 'full band' approach of Ben's acoustic psychedelic folk jams, but this blurs into sax blurts, waves of melancholic vocal drone and writhing riffery. Perhaps similar to Voice of the Seven Woods or Six Organs of Admittance. Side B opener 'Smoke and Flattery' is the most experimental - multi percussion, echoes of whispers, finger grating guitars. 'Magnetophon Pt IV' is not Ben's recent Sloow Tape of a similar name, but a bluesy haze LSD dream, building into a drenched ecstatic guitar drone. Following this is 'What Will Always Be Pt.II' which is reminiscent of Jack Rose, or James Blackshaw, the most beautiful composition on the LP. This bleeds into the final surrealness of 'Angel No. 7' field recordings, bleak, fearful and empty. I'm honoured to release this gem. Limited to 250 hand numbered copies on virgin vinyl, with black, white and red pasted on covers, plus a black and white insert. All artwork designed by Darryl Norsen who designed our (VxPxC) sleeve, and done a few beauties for Important records, as well as posters for Sunburned, Six Organs, Hush Arbors, Magik Markers and more.” – BRR.

Brethren Of The Free Spirit
All Things Are From Him, Through Him And In Him

Audiomer 001

LP
£12.99


Duo project that teams the open tuned 12-string reveries of Mr James Blackshaw with the lute and electronics of Jozef Van Wissem. A hyper-psychedelic re-think of early music modes that combines slow-moving elegiac melodies with the dance of solitary strings alongside some modern primitive brut. This limited vinyl edition comes in a run of only Edition of 330 copies.

Charlemagne Palestine & Gol
Pandamoniahbleeummm!!!!

Planam Gol-Pal

LP
£14.99


Released on a new sub-division of the great Italian avant garde label Alga Marghen, this is an excellent experimental summit between the French Gol orchestra of Jean-Marcel Busson, Frédéric Rebotier, Ravi Sharda and Samon Takahashi (a group dedicated to a “lost rural tradition within a post-Dada spirit” and who use flute, horns, guitar, violin, toys, self-manufactured instruments, tapes, turntables, voices, various percussion instruments and electronics) and minimalist composer, pianist and artist Charlemagne Palestine. Here Palestine plays a church organ in the St. Eustache church in Paris while Gol use electronics, bass, guitar and flutes to create a “pagan ritual”. This is a wild set, peaking in plateau after plateau of explosive organ sonorities, waves of electronic drones and clusters of overtone activity that bears comparison to the soundtrack actions of Hermann Nitsch as much as the ecstatic noise of Richard Youngs and Vibracathedral Orchestra. A fantastic side, limited to only 300 copies. Recommended.

Christmas Decorations
Far Flung Hum

Wodger #1

LP
£4.99


Privately pressed LP from Christmas Decorations, released in an edition of only 200 copies with handmade letter-pressed covers. These guys had a buncha records released on Kranky, 12K and Community Library and they have a sound that combines free, texturally detailed improvisations that are somewhere between NNCK and more ‘traditionally’ nuanced improv gambits, gorgeous zoned loop work ala Fripp & Eno, a feel for glazed electronics that is almost European and a commitment to creating omnivorous, osmotic psychedelic music. An excellent recording, beautifully rendered.

Dale Berning
The Horse Stories

Bo'Weavil Recordings Weavil-07

LP
£3.99


Latest on Bo'Weavil, the label that brought you high-quality reissues of sides by Shirley Collins, Richard Bishop and James Blackshaw is Dale Berning's The Horse Stories, a soundtrack to a film by Hiraki Sawa, commissioned by the Hayward Gallery and Bloomberg London, for Waterloo Sunset, the Dan Graham Pavilion at the Hayward in November 2004. Dominated by slow, melancholic piano runs, the music has the feeling of a long-abandoned doll's house, with the muzz of chimes, water dripping from taps, the march of wind-up clocks and the sound of manipulated record players all conspiring to birth an atmosphere heavy with the feel of sad nostalgia. Hand-numbered edition of 500 in textured sleeves.

Datashock & Shivers
Vol. 1

Tape Tektoniks/Meudiademorte /

LP
£4.99


Nicely packaged with full-colour paste-on sleeves LP instalment from these two noise/drone orchestras who traverse plains of inhospitable tone torrents with huge diamond wheels, curves of feedback and brain-lolling minimal psych. Edition of 100 copies on white/splattered vinyl.

David Jackman
Edge Of Nothing

Die Stadt DS60

10"
£7.99


Much needed re-release in easy to flip form of some heavy, historically potent work from David Jackman of UK experimental cell Organum. “The Edge Of Nothing” was recorded back in 1983 and was originally available as part of the seminal bargain-bin staple The Elephant Table Album alongside tracks by players like Coil, Chris & Cosey and Nurse With Wound. “The Edge Of Nothing” was the first track Nurse With Wound’s Steve Stapleton heard by Jackman – reputedly hailing it at the time as “a cherry on a pile of vomit” - and was the inspiration for later collaborations. This features new mixes of the original material, which was derived from variously stimulating a cymbal with bows, knuckles, loops etc. The sleeve illustration is an isometric image of a WW1 British machine gun emplacement taken from an original drawing made by a member of 23 Field Company, Royal Engineers in February 1918.

Dead Machines
Plays Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

Arbor #97

one-sided LP
£3.99


Edition of 450 copies one-sided LP with a gorgeous full-colour sleeve by John Olson (Wolf Eyes). Here the duo of John and Tovah Olson move deeper into the kind of liminal, broke back electronics zone that defined their great run of collaborations with John Wiese, with creeped-out midnight soundtracks populated by shadowy nocturnal forms, firefly drones and a murky, drug-addled atmosphere. This feels like the beginning of a whole new phase for Dead Machines and it makes for a subtle but powerful trip.

Edgar Wappenhalter
On The Beach

Morctapes #56

LP
£2.99


Great slice of cosmo folk/drone mystery from this solitary Belgian, a central player in the whole Funeral Folk/Silvester Anfang cult. On The Beach conjures hallucinatory images of Join Inn-era Ash Ra Tempel, with surging clouds of reverb riding slow-motion guitar into oddly-pitched lo-fi singer-songwriter environs that take the doomy folk vibe of the Tommy Roundtree circle/Skip Spence’s Oar and transpose it to distant DIY four-track realms ala Joshua Burkett. 

Factums
Alien Native

Siltbreeze SB87LP

LP
£8.99


"Factums are a contempo three-piece hailing out of Seattle who claim to have ties with (i.e. include former members of) A-Frames and The Intelligence. But since we don't subscribe to The Rocket or have li'l Johnny Poneman fetch us our lattes (anymore!), it's hard to know if that pedigree is even worth mentioning. Everyone's entitled to a past, dubious as it might be. Dieter Meier would have you believe that he had no punk history before Yello. Take that, Fresh Color! Anyway, Factums don't seem to relish or recoil from the facts and let's face it, if it helps the records fly off the shelves, how's that a bad thing? Originally released as a CD in 2004, Alien Native shows a band burrowed deep in the mystery and menace of the nascent gnarl of experimental art rock. Imagine a record collection consisting solely of The Residents' Fingerprince, Chrome's Alien Soundtracks, and Cabaret Voltaire's Nag Nag Nag. A blast from any of these records could clear a house back in the old days; now they fill it. Fortunately The Factums don't operate on such a binary plane. They are capable of resorting to either option, depending on the time and place. Alien Native is a great swab of past-sounding electro-junkoid rumble absorbed into the mind and matter of present day pre-analog excavators." - Tom Lax.

Gunslingers
Massacre-Rock Deviant Inquisitors

Riot Season REPOSELP-037

one-sided LP
£12.99


Amazing one-sided ass-blaster from this underground French psych/power trio in an edition of 500 copies on white vinyl: the third release from this shady outfit after No More Invention and Manifest Zero is a true six string monster, with  the kind monomaniacal application of wah, spuzz and endless tangles of fuzz begging comparison to early High Rise as guitarist ‘GR’ makes like Munehiro Narita over “prophetic beats” and “thunderbasss”. GR’s vocals come over like a squeaky grunt-speak amalgam of Tampax and Endless Boogie, making with indecipherable gnomic rock/roll interventions while the group marry Split-era Groundhog-isms and endless Afflicted Man-style keepin’ on. Pretty amazing. Recommended for fans of the early PSF sound, Birds Of Maya, Sunflare, George Brigman, Morning After et al.

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! 

Kemialliset Ystavat
Untitled

Fonal FR-50

LP
£10.99


2007 album from Jan Anderzen's Finnish psych orchestra. Songs are constructed from dense sound-on-sound collages of vocals, ethnic instruments, reeds, rock instrumentation and electronics; dense fog-thick constructions that reveal layer after layer of puzzled beauty with every listen. There's a nice cultic air to some of the more percussive led-jams that dunt along with the same nostalgia for dope shops in Krishna's hands that bands like Siloah and Amon Duul made overt but there's also a ton of confusing hysteria that seems drawn straight from the heart of the Finnish underground and hand-filtered via avatars like Ennio Morricone, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Angus MacLise.

Kiila
Tuota Tuota

Fonal FR-65

LP
£8.99


Long-time since we heard from one of the secret jewels of the Fonal family, Niko Matti-Atti’s Kiila. Kiila manage to channel so much of what was great about classic 1st generation acid folk and communal psych without ever sounding particularly reverent, balancing delicate, spidery arrangements with moments of supreme heaviness and Velvets-style drone. The vocals here are great, massed voices hovering over a weave of strings. Indeed, the violin playing kinda colours most of the album, with a bold, raggedy style that brings to mind The Dirty Three. When they kick in – and the studio sound really adds to the ‘weight’ of the group – they have a proto-monolithic style that’s almost comparable to the Silence-era greats but it’s the moments of low-level space whispering form and weird webs of electro-acoustic confusion, super intimate in their construction and understated in their appeal - that will keep you coming back. Kiila were kind of the secret stars of Subcurrent’s Finnish night back in the day and it’s great to hear from them again.

Lanterns/Gultskra Artikler
s/t

Other Electricities OE-014

LP
£4.99


"Second in a series of vinyl only releases, Other Electricities presents Berezka/Monkey Lament by Russian avant-folk artist Gultskra Artikler and the UK drone outfit Lanterns. Complementary by nature of thoughtful experimentation, kindred by their undeniably enveloping output, Berezka/Monkey Lament brings the creations of Gultskra Artikler and Lanterns together in a familiar format, with unique contributions from each. Exclusive tracks and artwork dawn each side of a limited edition LP, displaying the artists' visions for their side of this entrancing combination record. Gultskra Artikler is a project of Alexey Devyanin. Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia, he is currently based in Moscow. His art absorbs the feeling of the inclement winters and endless snow-white landscapes. The music of GA lives in its own way, it has no prototypes. It's a unique mixture of brutal and honest vibes of mysterious Siberian soul and hi-tech-nologies, unpredictable electro-acoustic and avant-garde instrumental movements, precision electronic manipulations and strange field recordings. A sort of Neo-folk cyber-psychedelia. Since 2004, Alexey has actively released his sounds in various formats and quantities on labels such as Miasmah, Lampse, Autoplate, Nexsound, Hyperboloid and SAAG. Originally conceived sometime in 2005, Lanterns formed as a tribute to disobedients past and present. A desire to experiment with the limited tools available to them in a quest for new modes of expression has led to hours of recordings, some of which made their way onto releases by labels such as Sloow Tapes, Beyond Repair, Blackest Rainbow as well as their own Screeching Snowflake imprint. Lanterns certainly dig the spirit of improvisation but in a gonzo knuckle headed fashion where the process is as important as the results and friends who would not normally consider themselves to be musicians have been drafted in for jams, all of which are recorded into one microphone with minimal editing. The moment of 'now' is always key in a Lanterns jam and when that is found the experience can be truly magical. Keen to find a balance between beauty and ugliness, sweet with the sour, dissonance and harmony, randomness with control, their brand of emotive Kosmische music is the kind that draws you in gently and spits you out at the other end. Lanterns is currently slimmed down to a duo of Luke and Andreas, mainly playing a combination of guitars, keyboards and various amplified acoustic sound sources, and Geographically split between Leeds and Glasgow." - OE.

Majutsu No Niwa
Frontera

New Vague Records NV-002

2xLP
£26.99


Stunning, deluxe vinyl upgrade for this Japanese psychedelic monster in an edition of 500 copies with a different track listing to the CD edition and a bonus track: massive studio set from guitarist/vocalist Rinji Fukuoka’s post Overhang Party project, with bassist Hiroyuki Kageyama and drummer Shigeki Morohashi joined by guest player Sachiko (Kousokuya et al) on electronics. Frontera sees Fukuoka taking it back to the roots, with a series of atmospheric post-Sweet Sister Ray amplifier meltdowns bookended by the kind of psychedelic speed freak punkers that launched the PSF label, three chords and amphetamine rhythms blow apart by lucid fuzz guitar solos. If your tastes run to mountains of free-singing amplifiers threaded with occult electronics, ethereal angel vox and the kinda fuzz/wah explosions that’d shame The Savage Resurrection then your name might just be me, but either way this is a necessary purchase and sounds amazing on heavy duty vinyl. Massive gatefold sleeve too, highly recommended!

Matthew De Gennaro
Cabin Stories

Epigonic Recordings #7

CD-R
£4.99


Limited edition self-released CD-R from De Gennaro, who has worked with Alastair Galbraith, Pumice et al. This one is the third part of a trilogy that also included the previous Lightworks and A Guide For The Perplexed. Another luminous set of American primitive string wrestling and oddly unsettling melodies with the intimate atmosphere and the extremely subtle use of hand-cranked drones combining to make you feel like you're trapped inside a box of light deep in the black of night.

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.

Motor Ghost
A Gold Chain Round Her Breast

Dancing Wayang Records DWR001

LP
£8.99


“Motor Ghost is the new project of drummer/vocalist Alex Neilson and multi-instrumentalist Ben Reynolds. ‘A Gold Chain Round Her Breast’ is their first recorded document as a duo. From the brooding opener through tracks of soaring electricity to the beautifully fragile a capella rendition of the folk song ‘Leaves Of Life’, this album sees Alex and Ben exploring darkness and light and all shades in between. Alex’s drumming provides much of the backbone of the album supporting and conversing with Ben’s acoustic and electric guitars, loops and the call of the dümuk (a greek horn). The album comes in screenprinted sleeves, all of which have been hand embellished and are individually numbered. The first 100 copies of the album include a 3” bonus CD-R containing a 4 song solo vocal set Alex performed at the Macbeth in London the day before the Motor Ghost studio session and feature exclusive and extensive liner notes by Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts.” Limited to 300 copies. All of the copies we have for sale include the bonus 3” CD-R. Recommended.

oMMM
Parallel Lines Converge

Alien Jams No Cat

LP
£13.99


Debut release in an edition of 300 copies from this label run by Chloe Frieda of the Alien Jams radio show, dedicated to past>future electronic experimentation: oMMM is the brainchild of Edmund Davie and uses primitive electronics, four-track cassette recorder, tape work, synth and drum machine to generate the kind of lonely lunar satellites that combine the feel of early Asmus Tietchens with classic, spooked bedroom radiophonia and an eerie occult/galactic atmosphere that is somewhere between The Conet Project and Joe Meek’s I Hear A New World. Tracks read like NASA interceptions of punk primitive alien technologies tone-dialling 20th century receptors with squiggles of shortwave, early Industrial wasp soundings, brain-blotting loops and clunky hermetic drones underlining the whole scientific bedroom hobbyist appeal. Unmusical and mind-bendingly crude, this makes for the perfect combination of eccentric analogue experimentation and cold, austere Kluster/Conrad Schnitzler style dead dark space. A great debut, 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.

Poor School
The Holy Master

Ecstatic Peace e#105j

LP
£6.99


LP from the trio of guitarist Bryan Ramirez, drummer John Niekrasz and saxophonist Nathan Hoyme. Ramirez partnered John Olson in one of the key early Michigan underground groups, Universal Indians, a free noise cell that helped bring together many lonely experimental musicians the world over. Ramirez also plays in Ex-Cocaine. Poor School play classic post-Blue Humans/Rudolph Grey styled free jazz non, with rips of electric string beaten bloody by pulverising drums and raised in ecstasy by some beautifully ragged brass blurt. If you dig Martin Weaver as much as Sonny Sharrock and Jim Sauter as much as Marion Brown then consider yourself ‘ready’.

Robedoor
Rancor Keeper

Seacave #001

LP
£10.99


Limited edition of 500 copies vinyl pressing of this classic Robedoor side, comes with a Robedoor badge: “Sunny California... yeah, right. After several limited cdr, vinyl and tape releases (we are talking about 30 releases since 2005, plus various compilation contributions!), the Los Angeles duo finally unleashes their most definite major opus to the masses. Rancor Keeper is a bleak and uncompromising trip into the nightmarish drone-rituals of Robedoor. A sinister haze of bleeding walls, humans hanging from trees and rotten corpses returning from the other side. Recorded spring 2007 at Bored Fortress Studios, Rancor Keeper consists of 4 songs with a total playtime of about 40 minutes. Comparison has in the past been made to bands like The Skaters and Skullflower, but with their unique occult atmosphere, Robedoor will always stand on their own. No mosh, no core, no fun.” – RTB.

Shallow Waters
Equal Eyes

Hospital Productions HOS-218

LP
£6.99


"The first full length of this heavily active live unit from providence, ri. There is no solid footing in shallow waters. Only a suffocating hail of falling rock, strangling vines, and sinkholes. It is with rare exception that voice spits the last of breaths, the dying breaths, with such spite. Like a rabbit trapped in the hole of the snakes throat, this duo comprised of members of Immaculate:Grotesque and Em Dath Rir batter and tear there way through 6 tracks of power electronics eco-fallout and revolutionary anger. Although there is not one moment of relief in this litany of rage shallow waters separates themselves from the pack by creating what an album and not just a collection of tracks with the focus of a sniper and the fury of napalm. Get into the fight."- H. Edition of 100 copies.

Suurin Onni
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Boing Being Bong-21

LP
£8.99


Big band Finnish jazz that gives the nod to the more straight-ahead stylings of The Arkestra as well as the kind of odd euphoria generated by Bill Wells’ Octet and Maher Shalal Hash Baz.

Tetuzi Akiyama
Pre-Existence

Bo'Weavil Recordings Weavil-15

LP
£9.99


Beautiful vinyl reissue in textured sleeve of Akiyama's acoustic entry in Locust's Wooden Guitar series. Here he pulls together a host of alternate routes around the guitar, working the dizzy plonks and percussive attack of Derek Bailey and the lush architectural conceptions of John Fahey into constructs that hover somewhere between improvised instants, minimal sound constructs and full-on parading of the guitar's ability to deliver tactile, barbarous oomf while simultaneously massaging both the brain and heart. Either way, this is a beauty and - the more you continue to dig into it - a genuinely far-reaching take on six string aesthetics.

The New Monuments
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Important Records No Cat

LP
£10.99


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

The Phill Musra Group
Love, Life & Games

Sagittarius A-Star No Cat

LP
£14.99


Excellent live recording from 2011 from a group led by free reedist Phill Musra and featuring Don Hooker on drums, Steven McGill on percussion and vibes and Walter Barrilleaux on paino. Musra came up through the AACM’s school of music, learning reeds from Roscoe Mitchell and theory from Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams. Love, Life & Games was originally composed during his AACM years in 1968 and it captures both the compositional ‘feel’ of that organisation and their great free/communal approach to improvisation. Edition of 200 copies on 180g vinyl.

Voice Of The Seven Woods
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Twisted Nerve TN-077

LP
£10.99


Deluxe vinyl edition of the 'official' much-anticipated debut release from Rick Tomlinson's acid folk/kraut jam project Voice Of The Seven Woods. There's a heavy Sandy Bull-esque re-wired devotional-primitive feel to much of the sonics here, with the drums/oud combination recalling Bull's work with Billy Higgins while the sinuous work of his wrists conjurors the ghosts of apocalyptic UK sorcerers like Bert Jansch and Davy Graham. Indeed, there's a heavy, smoke-gargling middle-eastern vibe to the bulk of the record that is extremely psychedelic, further heightened by the use of subtle waves of sitar and Tomlinson's soft, Nick Drake-esque vocals. On top of alla this there is some supremely wasted electric guitar nada, all cut up with surges of backwards tape warp and brain-bombarding F/X in a way that'll make you think of Hendrix, Spectator-label thugs like Terje, Jesper & Joachim and Guru Guru. Hard to believe this guy is British, it sounds so fucking good.