Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

John Hughes/Alberto Braida
Mobile

Brokenresearch No Cat

CD
£2.99


Hand-numbered edition of 500 'real' CD on Graveyards' own imprint that documents a ruminative series of duets for piano and acoustic bass from Hamburg-based bassist John Hughes and pianist Alberto Braida, who was part of the late Peter Kowald's last recorded trio. Braida is an inventive player who channels earlier modes like swing and ragtime into constructs that ebb and gush with a rigorous - though never too angular or overbearingly brainy - logic and are executed with a feel for subtle nuance and the more sublime mathematics of melody. Hughes moves between running huge steel poles right through the heart of Braida's inventions and carving beautiful coronas around the variously implied arcs. Something else from Editions Brokenresearch and a something that sits fine with their defiantly individual free aesthetic.

Luke Younger
Full Bloom

Alcoholic Narcolepsy #10

CD-R
£6.99


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.

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
£4.99


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.

Uton-Courtis
Flokka Kur

Musik Atlach MA-011

CD
£4.99


New set of “shamanic music in urban context” from the duo of Uton (Finland) and Anla Courtis (Argentina) on Sachiko’s (Kousokuya/Overhang Party) label: Courtis is of course best known as a member of Reynols and here he re-works original drone material from Uton using guitar, homemade violin, organ, plastic trumpet, metal, horns and tapes. The results are beautifully confusing, with a deep miasmic dronescape ala Zeit-era Tangerine Dream give an aggressive hands-on tactile appeal, confusing the masses of Herman Nitsch with the metal meditations of Philip Corner or Ferial Confine. The way that discrete, distant melodies seep into the foreground like snatches of children’s musical boxes is almost unnerving but it’s the physical, aggressively formulated soundings that really give this set much of its immersive power. Nice full colour fold out packaging too.

Bobby Beausoleil
Orb

Black Moss BM-06

LP
£14.99


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

Christoph Gallio/Urs Voerkel/Peter K Frey
Tiegel

Unheard Music Series ALP261CD

CD
£4.99


Excellent 1981 session resurrected by Unheard Music Series, with Swiss soprano saxophonist Christoph Gallio joined by Urs Voerkel on piano and drums, Peter K Frey on double bass and trombone. Gutsy Euro austerity played with muscular poetry.

Docteur Lamort
Brain Drain Vol. 1

Standard In-Fi Std In-Fi-07

LP
£18.99


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

GHQ
Pale Heat Of Summer

Heavy Blossom No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Out of print 2007 limited self-released album from GHQ that spans a bunch of different line-ups, from deeply focussed psychedelic space navigated by the duo of Marcia Bassett (Hototogisu/Zaimph et al) on guitar and Steve Gunn on viola through almost Japanese sounding trio blow-outs with Basset and Gunn joined by John Truscinski (XO4/Slaughterhouse Percussion et al) on drums and electric guitar. Their most overtly psychedelic outing in a while, just beautiful, endlessly deep voids of slow-motion electricity and lucid Americana. Tracks recorded live in Montague and Brooklyn. Packaged in black hard card sleeves with screened gold artwork.

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.

Jeff Fuccillo
Disturbed Strings

Roaratorio Roar07

LP
£10.99


In 1998 guitarist Jeff Fuccillo cut a session with the late American Primitive guitarist John Fahey. While Fuccillo drew blood from his strings Fahey assaulted him with a barrage of concrete sound that combined snatches of bombastic classical music, singing drones and the low threatening hum of pure electricity. The results are part compelling battle of wits, part psychological study and part free sound experiment in the tradition of Fahey tracks like “A Raga Called Pat”. It’s a beautiful looking LP too, with a front cover ink on paper drawing by Judith Lindbloom and a back cover full-colour repro of one of Fahey’s paintings alongside notes from Fuccillo himself. Recommended.

Jerusalem and the Starbaskets
Battle Of The Orchids

The Great Pop Supplement GPS-040

LP
£8.99


Edition of only 320 copies LP from this American duo who have shared vinyl and bandstands with Wooden Wand and Hush Arbors. Indeed, Wooden Wand is perhaps the closest comparison in the way that they hi-jack classic American outlaw balladeering and dark country environments and explode them with post-Velvets jams, touching on the back catalogue of Peters Laughner and Perrett across a bunch of fuzz damaged stompers featuring Mo Tucker drums, Lou Reed-styled chord solos and good time harmonies. A more country inflected Spacemen 3? On split duo-tone colour wax. Forthcoming full length from these guys on De Stijl.

KTL
KTL 1

Aurora Borealis ABX-014

2xLP
£18.99


Deluxe heavy vinyl edition of this amazing album, with inner sleeves, all printed in classy silver-on-black: First mind-blowing instalment of collaborations between Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) and Peter Rehberg aka Pita, conceived as an expanded soundtrack to Gisele Vienne's stunning "Kindertotenlieder" performance piece. This is noise/rock/drone completely denuded of any formal reference points, reduced to its most primal alphabets. Tracks consist of single white-light riffs shot through with choirs of electronic debris, minimal dungeons of hiss and the kind of euphoric trance rock damage that sounds like Cosey Fanni Tutti stepping in on guitar for Skullflower. Edition of 1000 copies. Highly recommended.

Miscarriage
s/t

American Tapes/American Tapes /

One-Sided LP + CD-R
£10.99


Tiny stock of the American Tapes edition of this wild side, comes with a bonus CD-R of extra jams that isn’t available with any of the other issues: Michigan militia meltdown - brain-gutted sludge/doom noise moves from a quartet of the most pulverising North American punks: John Olson, Mike Connelly and Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes and Greh Holger of Hive Mind. Sound is dominated by the kind of thick bottom end nod-out doof that feels a bit like the more squelchy electro/noise jams from Mouthus while over the top microphone feedback, fuzz, wildly modulated electronics and intense repeat-o rips compete with viciously deformed screams and lung-busting assaults on formal rock logic. Totally unbelievable. One-sided LP, edition of 200 copies, with 50 from each label. This is the American Tapes edition (we previously offered the Gods Of Tundra pressing) that comes in a cut-up old LP jacket (most of them seem to be an old AM Tapes Total LP) with one side of the vinyl featuring stuck-on art from Olson that’s hand-numbered in a run of 50 copies and bundled with a bonus sprayed CD-R. Very limited numbers available.

Noise Nomads
s/t

Ultra Eczema #81

LP
£8.99


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

Orange
In The Midst Of Chaos

De Stijl IND-064

CD
£6.99


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.

Paul & Maurey
Satellite

Rel Records REL-019

LP
£6.99


Another set of peerlessly out song structures and dazzling psychedelic improvisation that tie together Corwood Industries and the work of Biota with nothing but the spontaneous breath of two humans, Ashley Paul (Aster/Eli Keszler et al) and Sakiko Mori: Satellite is an extended edition, complete with new and unreleased material, of what was originally a micro-edition cassette released on Wagtail in 2010. Sakiko plays keyboards, percussion and harmonium while Paul plays guitar, green box, reeds and tuba, often swapping instruments mid-stream. This is delicately complex string-think and spontaneous songcraft that would somehow reconcile the brain-buzzing density and conceptual smarts of sound art with psychedelic femme-fronted folk and radically dilated improvisation. Imagine Reiko Kudo sings the Harry Bertoia songbook with an all-female Einsturzende Neubauten and a feel for textural spontaneity that is post-Incus and you have yourself a dream date. Comes pressed on clear vinyl in a custom hand-painted and silk screened jacket in an edition of 340 copies. Recommended.

Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne
Endangered Species

Cadence Jazz Records CJR-1042

LP
£10.99


In the wake of the late 60s/early 70s free jazz diaspora, where any notion of musical freedom bit the dust along with any notion of FUN writ large (as Richard Meltzer was astutely stupe enough to point out in Autumn Rhythm) adherents of post fire music disciplines became as rare as girlfriends at power electronics festivals. New England saxophonist Paul Flaherty kept a solitary flame throughout most of the 80s and 90s, with his work with percussionist Randall Colbourne providing a phantom umbilical from the original post-Coltrane/ESP-Disk energies on through the late 90s NY jazz revival and into the 21st century's formally diffuse free music explosion. All of the original vinyl albums he released during the 80s and 90s are now extremely tough to find but anyone who is looking for the missing link between the source and the future will find all of em beautifully revitalising spirit-shots at liberating space-time from modern assembly-line logic. Endangered Species is a blazing duo set, with Flaherty and Colbourne trading massive blows in the studio in 1988. Highly recommended.

Pocahaunted
Chains

Teardrops TD-010

LP
£10.99


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

Tetuzi Akiyama/Che Chen
Cold Soup

Incunabulum INC-015

LP
£16.99


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

The Electric Banana
Rave Up With…

Guerssen Records Guess-018

LP
£18.99


Thumping collection of exploito-sides recorded by various members of UK ravers The Pretty Things while moonlighting for the De Wolfe Music Library as The Electric Banana, cutting incidental and theme music for porn, horror and psychotronic fare like Some Like It Sexy, The Haunted House Of Horror and What’s Good For The Goose. These 1967/68 tracks catch them in that beautiful haze between the “Defecting Grey” single and the massive SF Sorrow LP and stand as some of the most ecstatic acid rock ever launched from their fingers. A track like “Eagle’s Son” perfectly captures the uber-occult feel of the late 60s Performance/Notting Hill Gate scene. Highly recommended. With liners, edition of 1000 copies.

These Wonderful Evils
Parade Room

Sparrows & Wires SPW-04

LP
£10.99


Second private press LP from Zak Boerger’s These Wonderful Evils, whose first out-of-nowhere album was a beautiful reconciliation of modern basements modes, classic psych/rock and acoustic mesmerism. Parade Room features one side of shorter songs and instrumentals that combine drugged vocals with Six Organs-style acoustic ragas, Spacemen 3-esque repeat-fuzz jams and classic postcard from the edge atmospherics and a flip based around one magnificent side-long suite that crunches distorto-chords with lucid, airy acoustic sequences that make it sound like a less cassette-specific rethink of the pastoral violence of some of the best singer/songwriter sides issued by Xpressway. Hand-numbered edition of 504 copies. Dedicated to John Martyn and Ron Asheton. Recommended.

Various Artists
Bonehead Crunchers Volume 4

Belter Records Beltlp-04

LP
£26.99


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

Waves
13

Helicopter #45

One-Side 12"
£10.99


Limited one-sided EP from this intense, minimal electronics project of John Olson of Wolf Eyes, this time around featuring a guest appearance from John Wiese. One-side of ultra-invasive high sinetone minimalism that works extended lightning from solitary pulses all the way to the horizon. Limited supply!

Carmen Maki
Blues Creation

Phoenix Records ASHLP-3053

LP
£10.99


Vinyl edition of this 1971 Blues Creation side, recorded at the same sessions as their classic Demon & Eleven Children album only this time with young female psych/metal vocalist Carmen Maki fronting the group. Maki combines acid torch-song stylings ala Maki Asakawa with a breakout teen-metal edge, exploding electric blues and a bunch of thudding originals with some hysterically high vocal gymnastics while the group play classic post-Sabbath/Zeppelin Japanese grunt rock w/impeccable solos and a rhythm section that sounds like it’s nailed to the floor. A great weirdo Japanese underground release that straddles UK and US hard rock and femme-fronted psych with a wild lost-in-translation energy. 180g virgin vinyl. 

Cloud Nothings
Turning On

Speakertree Records SPKR-001

LP
£8.99


Hard to think of any contemporary American group that has such an instinctive grasp of melodic DIY garage euphorics as Cloud Nothings. Their stripped-down take on post-punk song is as inspired as the Scrotum Poles and as beautifully ramshackle as anything by Index. At points on Turning On they sound like a more garage/Modern Lovers-damaged take on the Postcard sound but there are also aspects of Half Japanese, The Dovers and Bleib Alien. LP comes with a download coupon. On coloured vinyl. Recommended. 

Jeff Eubank
A Street Called Straight

Drag City DR-11

LP
£10.99


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

Kaleidoscope
Forget About Tomorrow: The Singles

Sunbeam Records SBR2LP-5093

2xLP
£16.99


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

Kimio Mizutani
A Path Through Haze

Therapeutic Records THR-1001

LP
£12.99


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

Paul Panhuysen
Pendulum Change Ringing

Edition Telemark 314.03

LP
£13.99


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

Reeks and the Wrecks
s/t

Red Alert Works Raw-6

LP
£9.99


Original copies of this 90s private press album from Reeks and the Wrecks. Reeks were formed by one Orion – the dedicatee of Ilyas Ahmed’s debut CD and one of the founders of Mississippi Records – who later died in a bike accident. They had a second album released by Tumult but it’s their self-titled that really does it, with classic wastoid Dead C-isms bolstered by malevolent blues stylings and slide work that could almost pass for Blixa Bargeld plays Blind Willie. Comes in a cut-out art sleeve.

Starving Weirdos
Harry Smith

Root Strata RS-16

one-sided LP
£6.99


First ever vinyl from this great west coast drone group with a magical seance in tribute to occultist, archivist, artist and visionary film-maker Harry Smith, performed as a live soundtrack to his films. Mile-deep tones that you could swim in flux through intricately populated blankets of brain-cushioning foo with that classic aircraft-hangar-filled-with-white-light feel. Edition of only 300 copies with paste-on art.

The Pilgrims
Spooky Time

Shadoks 083

LP
£18.99


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

The Syn
Original Syn

Acme ADLP-1042

LP
£10.99


Brand new on Acme, a complete history of The Syn 1967-69, a key British psych/freakbeat group best known for the sun-rise in Albion beauty of their Deram single, “14 Hour Technicolour Dream”. The single is bundled here along with its B-side, “Flowerman” as well as both sides of their other Deram single, “Created By Clive”/“Grounded” and a clutch of unreleased studio recordings, demos and rehearsals. Florid mod-punk doesn't come much better than this. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with lots of repros of cuttings and liner notes. Limited edition of 500 copies. Recommended.

Aron
Djaevlens Horn

Orpheus Records Orph-014

LP
£14.99


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.

Daniel Carter/Andrew Barker/Sabir Mateen
Not On Earth... In Your Soul!

Qbico #52

LP
£18.99


Killing wild blues/soul fire music moves from two of the hottest horn-thinkers on the NY underground - Daniel Carter and Sabir Mateen of Test et al - in the company of drummer Andrew Barker (Gold Sparkle Band/William Parker's Little Huey Orchestra). This is free jazz that's fully mainlined into the tradition of sound/space destruction ala Ayler/Wright while packing enough militant NY steel to betray a working knowledge of the kind of aggressive muscle and full-body physicality of the city's hardcore/No Wave legacy. Totally fantastic, one of the best Qbicos to date with a beautiful cover short of the band hard-blowing and pressed on smoke-coloured vinyl. Recorded live on May 3rd 2002 at EyeDrum, Atlanta, line-up is Mateen on clarinet, sax, voice, Daniel Carter on flute, trumpet, sax and voice and Andrew Barker on drums and jawharp. Highly recommended.

Datashock
s/t

Qbico #74

LP
£10.99


"Last year I was particularly impressed by their 1st LP as Datashock and Shivers, this is a very promising and young collective from Germany. The music got some affinities with Double Leopards, Family Underground and The SB... deep".

Dredd Foole
Songs To Despond Ya

Apostasy Recordings AP-029

LP
£12.99


Beautiful limited live album of space/folk songs from Mr Dan Ireton aka Dredd Foole, with a close-up acoustic guitar style that functions as a mainline to his vision of classic rock/balladeer forms (Dylan/Laughner/Reed/Buckley) lubricated by time/space slippage and new vectors of osmotic tongue pressure, all topped off with those amazing vocals. Dan revisits a bunch of previously recorded tracks and subtly alters their co-ordinates and the way he implies a whole universe of freedom with simply a buncha guitar chords and an elastic delivery is nothing short of astounding. I’ve said it before but there ain’t nothing that more approximates the whole ‘idea’ of free folk as *the* form-destroying mode of liberated people outside of Dan’s back catalogue. And in a lot of ways, this might just be his most perfectly articulated side to date. Highly recommended.

Ensemble Economique
The Vastness Is Bearable Only Through Love

Shelter Press SP-014

LP
£13.99


Another stunning set of avant classical drones and otherworldly sonics from one half of Starving Weirdos, Mr Brian Pyle: three long tracks, the first side-long piece a hallucinatory amalgam of haunted machine noise, brokedown codes, industrial rhythms and the kind of miasmic, organic flesh/metal constructs of a more epic Maurizio Bianchi. Two tracks on the flip, moving from soft, repeat keyboard hallucinations that could almost be Anima Sound tape-delayed by William Basinski and a final euphoric ascension that’s straight out of the Matthew Bower school of extreme altered states. Ensemble Economique beautifully reconcile an arcing, almost modern classical grace with a brain-pounding underground feel and this is another massive instalment in what has been an unbeatable run to date. Edition of 400 copies on 180g blue vinyl. Recommended. 

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.

Hair Police
Drawn Dead

Weird Forest

LP
£8.99


Limited to 475 copies with inserts and heavy-duty vinyl issue of this classic Hair Police side: New LP release from this ferocious American three piece that features Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes alongside Trevor Tremaine and Robert Beatty of Eyes & Arms Of Smoke/Burning Star Core et al. Guitar/drums/electronics that combine pummelling percussive assaults with scabrous Industrial death-tones, muscular pro-rock energy, wild speaker phasing and a fantastically unsettling use of mangled circuitry. Highly recommended. Recorded right before Hair Police hit the road as tour support with Sonic Youth alongside Wolf Eyes and originally released on Aaron Dilloway's Hanson imprint.

Makoto Kawabata's Mainliner
Revelation Space

Riot Season Reposelp-036

LP
£10.99


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

Melee + Joe Morris Quartet
Cloud Atlas

Brokenresearch 031

LP
£12.99


Been too long since we heard anything from Ben Hall and Hans Buetow’s Brokenresearch imprint, still the reigning champion of underground improvisatory activity. This limited edition LP, in a numbered run of only 200 copies, documents a meeting between the trio of percussionist Ben Hall, cellist Hans Buetow and trumpeter Nate Woolley with electric guitarist Joe Morris. There are four pieces, combining sparse, barely-illuminated theatre with moments of aggressive but contained interaction. Morris’s guitar playing combines clean, fully articulated single notes with knots of rhythm and his comparatively auraless approach allows the Melee trio plenty of room to maneuver, with Hall working tectonic rhythms and thin slivers of cymbals in between cracks in the string and brass. Sounds like there maybe some electronics in there too but the movement of the quartet works in terms of such continuous evolution that it’s difficult to highlight individual energies. So much pointillist-focused jazz seems content to simply join the occasional dot but there’s a real sense of movement here, of thought in motion, and the group aren’t afraid to smear the sound into small drones or drill it into repeatedly gnawing riffs, making use of every form of extended technique without regard to established improv parameters. The atmosphere is ruminative, elegiac, far-off. Indeed, the flavor of the air comes closest to those great early Ka-Bel sides that Wadada Leo Smith released, with that same liminal jazz/improv/classical feel. Highly 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.

Pedestrian Deposit
Vestige

Hospital Productions

LP
£12.99


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.

Suurin Onni
S/t

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.

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.

Whysp
s/t

Yik Yak 002

LP
£10.99


Rough-hewn private press acid folk in the tradition of Stone Angel, Mellow Candle, Caedmon, Forest et al from this contemporary US duo with a fine grasp on the genres more bent vectors. Fans of Feathers oughta dig the shit out of this. Black vinyl, with insert, limited. Nice fake Harvest label too.

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.

Jackwacker
...Things From Inside Your Body

Black Velvet Fuckere No Cat

LP
£3.99


On Kris Abplanalp's (Sapat/Virgin Eye Blood Brothers/Valley Of The Ashes) label: "JACKKWACKER crawled out of the bleak bubble of the early 90's Bloomington, Indiana followed by a short lived relocation to Madison, Wisconsin, where they soon dissolved. Thriving briefly as outsiders of the Midwest No-Wave scene, they shared bills amongst folks like Couch, Duotron, the Scissor Girls, The Flying Luttenbachers, To Live and Shave in L.A., Zerobot and Lake of Dracula. Steering clear of flaccid progressive rock virtuoso noodling, Jackwacker have instead created the perfect juxtaposition of primal noise and know-how rock sounds. Plainly speaking, they just fucking rock." - BVF

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.

Majutsu No Niwa
Sylvania 7027 Live

8MM 049

LP
£12.99


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

Bobby Beausoleil
Mantra

Qbico #72

Pic Disc LP
£21.99


Limited and rare picture disc album from former Manson Family member and Kenneth Anger movie star Bobby Beausoleil, with long-waves of immersive noise/drone dreamweapon moves recorded in prison. “A prison is a noisy place. The clanging of bells announcing the prison routine, the whir and ratcheting, banging and slamming of electric gates and mechanical metal doors, the ebb and flow of human vocalizations as hundreds of people caged against their will respond to their conditions in myriad ways - to express their loneliness, or disconteent, or rage, or insanity, or merely to cheer or boo a play in a football game on television - punctuated by the shouts of guards who must enforce their authority to maintain what passes for order in such places . . . all of this and more is amplified within the confines of reverberant concrete walls, conspiring to make it difficult to find, much less preserve, one's peace of mind. I composed Mantra: soundscapes for meditation in response to several requests from some of my fellow prisoners. I was asked to create some gentle music that they could listen to on their personal cassette players as an aid in practicing meditation and relaxation techniques widely accepted as valuable tools in the process of healing mind, body and spirit. The challenge was to produce a musical composition that would help to mask the noise of the environment without being intrusive or demanding too much of the listeners attention, while incorporating combinations of tones and textures that may aid an individual in achieving a relaxed, meditative state of consciousness. By all reports, including my own experience, Mantra succeeds in its intended mission. As environmental music, it also seems to work well as a focusing agent when doing some types of creative work, or when reading, and to enhance the restfulness of sleep when set to play continuously through the night at low volume. You may find other uses for it as well. For all I know, it may help plants to grow more healthy, or soothe a teething baby. We are all doing time in one way or another, and the stresses of day to day life make it imperative that we find ways to generate harmony within ourselves from time to time. I hope that Mantra will serve you in this regard as well as it has served some of my friends in prison. Peace.” - Bobby Beausoleil

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.

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.

Suckdog
Drugs Are Nice: A Suckumentary 1988-2005

Nut Music No Cat

DVD
£2.99


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

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.

Alice Coltrane
A Monastic Trio

Superior Viaduct SV-020

LP
£23.99


Much-needed reissue of this all-time cosmo drone/devotional jazz masterpiece: 1968’s A Monastic Trio was Alice Coltrane’s first date as a leader following the ascension of her husband John the year before. Featuring Jimmy Garrison on bass, Pharaoh Sanders on bass clarinet and Rashied Ali on drums, it represents Alice’s first vision of the cosmo drone potential of the new free music, building great arcs of classical mass into testaments to new time and space configurations, as well as a furthering of her husband’s  vision of a total music.
In the years following John Coltrane’s death Alice took his spiritual vision even further out, going beyond any generic notions of jazz or classical music to create an epic orchestral hybrid that combined celestial string arrangements with rippling harps, droning sitars and overdriven keyboards.
A track like “Lovely Sky Boat” with its waves of glissing harp and its outward-bound arc still sound unparalleled, as the rhythm section of Garrison and Ali ground Alice’s celestial string formations with some deep, free grooves. As well as all of the massive string work, which at points sounds like some of Ennio Morricone’s more fantastic soundtracks, there’s some smaller group pieces which run from void-swallowing raga works through what could almost be Moondog driving The Beach Boys’ Surf’s Up into outer space. Still, the staggering “Oceanic Beloved” remains the centrepiece, a five minute séance that works as a transmitter/receiver of the oracular voice of John Coltrane himself.
The Alice Coltrane corpus remains one of the central repositories of 20th Century Holy Music and this is its founding document – highly recommended! 

Angie
Turning

Easter Bilby EB-003

LP
£8.99


Debut solo LP from Angie, one half of Australian underground raunch duo Circle Pit and a member of Southern Comfort, Straight Arrows et al: this is a beautiful set, with Angie channelling classic wastoid rock/roll languor – Satanic Majesties-era Stones, Royal Trux, 60s west coast psych – and transmuting it into the kinda basement jag that would intersect w/the whole Twisted Village aesthetic and contemporary avant garage. Indeed, in terms of zoned cultic rock this one plays out nicely next to the first Sabbath Assembly album, with a dark devotional aspect cut with almost Saints/Birdman-style scorch. Think three holy chords rock/roll but with a wild rural glam aspect, amazing power-crying ballads and the kind nod-out rhythms of your favourite Swedish monoliths. Comes with a download. Recommended. 

Carl Simmons
Honeysuckle Tendrals

Sacred Bones Records SBR-3005

LP + 7”
£4.99


Limited LP +7”reissue of an ultra-obscure outsider LP recorded by Carl Simmons in Massachusetts in 1999 and released in a tiny run on cassette on his own Unconscious Piano Productions. Described, fairly accurately, by the label as sounding like “Peter Grudzien reading mother goose, The Cheshire Cat conducting the Langley School Music Project, or Bob Dylan singing unknown lullabies with a head full of helium”, Simmons has a high, almost cartoon vocal delivery and he sings over complex assemblages of tapes that combine children’s backing vocals and snippets of conversations, playing a broken acoustic guitar and layering his vocals so that they sound like the kind of gnome chorus that Syd Barrett would regularly duet with. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release, Sacred Bones have reissued an edited and re-sequenced edition of the cassette on CD, complete with a bonus 7” featuring out-takes. Folkways style sleeve, edition of 400 copies. 

Dry Rib
Whose Last Trickle

Messthetics #213

CD
£8.99


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.

Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2
Pinhead In Fantasia

Pacific City Sound Visions #24

LP + Magazine
£16.99


Incredible new set of occult/sci-fi/black mirror workings from Spencer Clark aka Monopoly Child Star Searchers/Fourth World Magazine et al: based around the theme of Pinhead In Fantasia, this set power visions metallic angelic life-forms from the future, cenobytes, alien face-huggers, Disney-fied magick and the nightside of Hollywood complete with a full-colour fully illustrated magazine with channelled articles and workings by AR Faust, Spencer Clark and David Keenan. If you have seen any of Spencer’s recent live shows you will have experienced how his music has made quantum leaps towards a new form of high gothic/baroque keyboard fantasia and this amazing set expands on those breakthroughs, with a weirdo Angus MacLise electronic/tape music/hand-drums vibe filtered via backwards channelled vocals, Partch-ian sound environs, modern Holy Music-styled minimalism and a revelatory Kraut/2001 vibe. Less ‘frenetic’ than earlier workings, this represents a slow-dive through accumulated pop culture visions to new oracular zones via wormhole-bisected drone logic, complete with gorgeous sweeps of semi-classical keyboard tone and slow spinning sirens. Something desolately beautiful about this set that makes it stand out from anything Spencer has done before, more fully compositional and thematically linked, positing a dreamworld reconciliation of fourth world melodies, Euro classical darkness, sad cartoon euphorics (one track is titled “Lament Configurations In Walt Disney”) and a wiggy/timeless/haunting Sun Ra/Moondog/Popol Vuh feel. Recorded in an open air theatre and in a god metal box simultaneously. Beautifully packaged with a 12” 12 page full colour magazine, a singular release in every way, very highly recommended!

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.

Kevin Aprill
Sunset On An Imaginary Beach Of Latent Energy

Del Val DV-11

LP
£29.99


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

Luxurious Bags
Voluntary Lifelong Quarantine

Twisted Village TW-1013

LP
£9.99


Original copies of this classic 1992 album from one of the all-time great unsung 90s basement psych underground units who combine crude DIY aesthetics with classic drug ballad songwriting and endless bulldozers of fuzz. Immaculate and highly recommended. 

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

Starlight Furniture Co. *26

LP
£9.99


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. 

Pale Blue Sky
Shades Of Grey

Arbor #137

12” EP
£3.99


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

Regler
s/t

8MM 059

LP
£14.99


Edition of only 200 copies, immediately sold out at source, from the killing new duo of Mattin (Billy Bao et al) and Anders ‘Drajan’ Bryngelsson of Brainbombs/No Balls: it makes sense that Mattin would forge an alliance with Brainbombs as outside of Billy Bao they have been responsible for some of the most reprehensibly crude/extreme redux of contemporary rock/roll, reducing three chord punk plukes to ominous monochord minimalism cut with dopey sociophathic teen yucks and presenting the most wretched and degraded form of psych/rock/metal this side of an unholy amalgam of Parson Sound, AC/DC and Merzbow. Here Mattin pushes the whole deal into distorted gridlock with two side long pieces, the first of which uses classic d-beat strategies combined with post-Lou Reed single chord amplifier worship to produce a thrifty wall of pulsating rock noise, crossing the dancing hallucinatory microtones of a Maryanne Amacher with the sludge of primo-Sabbath and the endless ascension style of your favourite Scandinavian drone/metal commune. Wall destroying. Over on the flip the duo apply corrosive ‘dub’ strategies to the same, with large blocks of erased sonics interrupted by occasional accidentals and signifiers of future rock form - the sound of a snare drum, a stray guitar harmonic - that proves silence is not only sexy, it’s noisy as all hell. A massive, brain-erasing set of monomaniacal punk/avant rock violence from two of the loneliest braincells in strategic underground raunch. Highly recommended!

Shirley Collins
America Over The Water

SAF PBK

Paperback Book
£6.99


Paperback version of Shirley Collins' poignant re-telling of growing up in the south of England and her trip with then-partner Alan Lomax on a sound-collecting run through the American south in 1959, meeting and recording musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell and James Carter. Highly recommended.

Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper
Cantos de Lisboa

RVNG #11

LP
£13.99


Latest in RVNG’s inspired series of one-off hook-ups is a drooling six string treat that sees legendary improviser and radical primitivist Mike Cooper recording in Lisbon, Portugal with Steve Gunn of GHQ/Central Living/Magik Markers/Desert Heat et al.
Guitarist and free-improviser Mike Cooper has been following his own star since the mid-1960s when he first began his gradual migration from folk blues formalism to free folk gush. Well before anyone had joined the dots and articulated a model that reconnected folk’s ass with the instant satori of improvisatory elbow Cooper had a pair of sandals planted in both the post-folk/blues camp inhabited by Davy Graham and the Incredible String Band and the LMC axis of Steve Beresford, Keith Rowe and Eddie Prevost. Recent years have seen him hook-up with NNCK for a haul around the US while releasing a bunch of CD-Rs that combine American primitive modes with hallucinatory exotica, whorls of doctored wow and some inspired improvising. Here he plays in a parched, modal/blues style that combines liminal tonal spectra with an almost Loren Connors ‘feel’ for tone poetry and an approach to improvised satori that feels closer to instant composition. Gunn is pretty much at the peak of his powers at the moment and his cascading raga/psych style here is in full effect, embracing Cooper’s weirdo fourth world/exotica/flamenco nods with slow sheets of almost Coltrane-style notes and sad chord laments that touch on the emotional gravity of Fado. Love this, recommended. Comes with a download. 

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Drifting Mist

Manhand MH-101

CD-R
£2.99


”September 2007 tour - 4 piece Cleveland department - Moloney, Nodelman (Borbetomagus et al), O'shea and Richardson on this synth-heavy live drift. Edit and art by Sunburned's Sarah.” – MH. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

The Cherry Blossoms
Live In Amsterdam

Hairy Spider Legs No Cat

LP
£10.99


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


Staggering new live album from this legendary underground post-Velvets country –honk outfit and big VT faves: only New Zealand’s The Garbage & The Flowers come close to the narcotic, brink-of-falling apart VU bliss of Nashville’s Cherry Blossoms, who mainline classic American song-forms as part of a wonked historical umbilical that runs from The Godz and The Fugs at their slum goddess peak through Cordell Jackson, NRBQ, Smegma, Henry Flynt and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy.
Live they are an absolute dream, as anyone who witnessed their legendary – and completely incongruous – set at Glasgow’s Instal fest back in the day. Vocalist Peggy Snow can re-think traditional folk phrasing with alla the heartbreak of your favourite Christmas carol, power-beaming visions of angel choirs into the simplest two chord folk lament as on the staggering “Lay The Cloud Thin”, with its stratas of female vocal bliss. Their mutant take on Doctor Ross’s original Sun recording, “Boogie Disease”, pretty much re-locates it to Saturn, with glorious New Angloid Sound-style kazoo hysteria and a Half Japanese-plays-Diddley-beat feel. It’s jaw dropping. And when the sound of “Roman Aqueducts” comes marching in it feels like the Albert Ayler jug band playing hallelujah in the face of the final judgement. Peerless American goodtime music straight out of the mystery zone and a major contender for one of the last-minute records of the year. Love this group so much – highest possible recommendation!

Tropa Macaca
Marfim

Ruby Red RR-09

LP
£6.99


"Hailing from small town Santo Tirso in northern Portugal, Tropa Macaca are the duo of Andre Abel/Si mio Superior and Ju-Undo/Joana da Conceiáao. After a couple of splits with like-minded brethren Fish & Sheep and CAVEIRA, "Marfim" ("Ivory") is their first full-length album. Utilizing various electronics (keyboards, assorted rhythm generators, processing tools) and employing supremely fucked guitar voicings, theirs is an improvised music, of its own school & therefore of complete danger. While you can draw parallels between Tropa_s sound and kraut stuff from the 70s (some Schulze, Gottsching), its been informed by various other music of old and recent times (see Black Dice_s new sound forms, Wolf Eyes homemade noise communication, grime/dubstep, raw house stuff) to create its own breed of psychedelic logics that are cultured by improvisation's progresses. These three pieces possess a fluid, narrative line driven by pure abstract intuition. Short loops of beats and bass as well as keyboard phrases continually and slowly mutate in texture, harmony and rhythm, with the guitar inhabiting them, birthing some very particular intensifications of the feeling and form that live hidden in these jams. While the flow of it is trance-like, the way its drawn up is concerned mainly with forward motion, creation, integration, disintegration & destruction of itself, the hypnosis in this process its only constant element. Dark ritual psychosis existing inside the domain of the electronic and the outlandish, super intimate, totally on its own. Andre Abel has played in out-rock trio Dance Damage (R.I.P.) and has a keys/drums duo with Pedro Magina called Aquaparque. Joana da Conceiáao has been developing a big body of work in visual arts (& is also responsible for the artwork on this record). Limited to 300 copies, "Marfim" has been pressed on white vinyl." - Pedro Gomes.

United Supreme Council
Oastem! Vibe Orchestra

Eclipse

LP
£10.99


Harvesting set of ritual brain clamour, drone-chuff and synapse chauffeuring blitz from this free-improvising big band consisting of members of Pelt and Rake. This inter-band ensemble blew across the States a bunch of times during their short existence – 1996/97 – and this limited to 330 copies vinyl LP is a beautiful document of their scorching style, an extract from a two-hour performance at Tommy’s in Richmond in April 1997. The line-up is: Mike Gangloff (guitar, shenai, electronics), Jack Rose (lap steel), Patrick Best (guitar, bass resonator, conga), ~SKB (bass and percussion), V2G2 (nylon string guitar, percussion, shenai and voice), Planet C (moog, sax, percussion), Mick (dumbek and dijembe), Beth Jones (dijembe).

White Boy And The Average Rat Band
s/t

Roach Records MM-11761

LP
£14.99


When you come to think about it it’s kinda puzzling that there aren’t more weirdo/damaged/real people private press LPs hidden within the heavy metal underground. After all, it’s the disaffected teenager’s soundtrack of choice and its central tenets – loud screaming guitars, tough-guy posturing, songs about chicks and monsters and partying and rocking all night – are the things that fanboy dreams are made of. Maybe it’s got something to do with its weedy focus on technique, it’s dud notions of ‘professionalism’ (historically metal and punk never really mixed, unless you’re talking the whole Dictators/Twisted Sister axis), but there’s little in the way of outrageous visions of outside at the bottom of the heavy metal food chain. All except for this monster: White Boy And The Average Rat Band blew out of Baltimore in the 1980s and released this supremely crude private press LP that traded surly punk attitude for over-the-top heavy metal soloing and paeans to endless fuzz. The set starts off with a crude symphonic/celtic synth “Prelude” like these guys were thinking ‘Van Halen’ when it came to epic visions of teenage but it’s quickly shot to ribbons by the drum battery that announces “Neon Warriors” a classic slice of basement sleaze that crosses The Dead Boys with Redd Kross in order to get to a wild and snotty Robert Quine/John Perry-style lead guitar break that keeps coming on again and again while the pained vocals sound as if they’re being broadcast from the bottom of a KFC Party Bucket. “Sector 387” has a spoken word ‘robot’ vocal with a sci-fi theme that somehow chimes with the early MX-80 sound and – of course – vocalist/guitarist Mike Matney covers the whole thing in molten string burn while Hypnagogic keyboards further confuse the scenario. It isn’t hard to imagine Jim Ferraro sipping cold ones while hanging on the stoop and rocking this on the ghetto blaster. “Maybe I’m A Fool” has an insane fuzz sound, with fat beams of electricity supporting a tough-guy re-write of “Iron Man” while “The Prophet Song” aims for Led Zeppelin but sounds more like The Afflicted Man if they hadda dug flares and paisley more than buzz cuts and braces. There’s an acoustic interlude that could have been a mis-step if they hadn’t followed it up with “Oriental Doctors” which is basically a leer-fest of biker-style gasoline skronk up there with Sweet Kelley, Nicodemus et al… this is an amazing record, a classic underground guitar album and one that walks the plank between punk snot and metal excess with alla the aplomb of a bunch of clueless no counts who truly believed. And it’s all the more beautiful for it. I’ve said it before, but if your idea of metal has more to do with a fistful of teenage thud than a stud through your pud, then sign the fuck up. Exact repro edition: “Its been a long hard fight and one of us didn’t survive; rest easy old soldier – the fight goes on – with all sincerity, THE BAND.” Highly recommended! 

1/3 Octave Band
Navigation By Light

Celebrate Psi Phenomenon

CD-R
£2.99


Deep space gloomp and wind-tortured drone-silence from the duo of Bill Wood - sometimes member of Campbell Kneale’s Birchville Cat Motel orchestra – and Jules Desmond. Huge lungs of void cut up with diamonds of percussion and lone metal tone in classic globe-gobbling style. Mastered by Campbell Kneale.

Aaron Rosenblum
Among The Jackdaws

Hank The Herald Angel Recordings Hank-005

CD-R
£1.99


Solo album from this Son Of Earth/Sapat member on his own label, nicely done-up in screened art-envelopes with printed inner sleeve. Collection of slow electronic stills and static reflections ala UK hermits like Colin Potter, Darren Tate, Ora et al, bowed campfire drones, gamelan electronics, some beautiful klezmer/Washington Phillips sounding plucked strings and a ton of personally carved space.

Birds of Delay
A Living Room At The Bottom Of A Lake

Nashazphone NP-04

LP
£6.99


Duo of Luke Younger and Steve Warwick aka Birds Of Delay. Subtle rainbow electronics, speaker phasing and minimal tonal fireworks generating a kind of nowhere zone between H-Pop, Kraut-inspired keyboard bliss and the ‘fluffier’ side of Matthew Bower’s Sunroof. A bunch of studio tracks bundled with a live trio assault recorded at the CCA in Glasgow where they’re joined by Taylor Richardson of Infinity Window. Edition of 240 copies.

Coum Transmissions
Home Aged And The 18 Month Hope

Dais 051

LP
£10.99


Another amazing instalment of ear-popping archival sonic works and documents from the workings of Genesis P-Orridge’s pre-Throbbing Gristle actionists, Coum Transmissions: some truly revelatory material here, kicking off with a great radio interview with a young Genesis P-Orridge (“famous for walking around Hull with long hair and a beret”) on Arena Radio Humberside from January of 1973. Also includes an interview with Genesis and David Mayor at 50 Beck Road, a rare live outing from Coum supporting Hawkwind (!), wild poetry readings by early member Fizzey Peat, piano and violin jams from Genesis and some supremely crude tape work. An amazing and necessary time capsule, beautifully assembled, edition of 1000 copies. Comes with a download. Highly recommended!

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!

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. 

Giancarlo Locatelli/Alberto Braida
The Big Margotta

Brokenresearch 045

LP
£12.99


Numbered edition of 200 copies from this clarinet/piano duo with an umbilical that runs all the way back to the sound of Bix Beiderbecke and The Wolverines while projecting improvised music far into the future via a reductionist stance that has more to do with disassembling and reconfiguring free jazz tongue than shutting down the instruments altogether. Braida’s piano playing has an odd, sepia-toned quality that serves to further confuse timelines and the combination of Locatelli’s fleet clarinet work, smearing bird-like phrases into little globes of light, is a beautiful transport. Timeless free jazz that effortlessly sidesteps alla the easy clichés associated with the genre. Pro-printed sleeves, on Ben Hall’s label. “This marks the third release for the duo of Alberto Braida and Giancarlo Locatelli, the first being the incredibly austere Diciannove Calefazioni which was our initial introduction to perhaps the premier group of purpose and restraint in improvising music. Big talk I know but the fact is that these two have developed a dialogue thru their long partnership and friendship that stands as reminder of the potential that contemporary improvisation has always held and the manifestation of many of it's myriad possibilities. Our primary regard for Diciannove Calefazioni [Nineteen Calefactions] and our recent regard for the slightly more boisterous Big Margotta is how well considered their approach to reduction is. Rather than the methodology of Berlin or of Boston, what the group did was to take Beckett's approach to language and apply it to music; that is, to reduce it right to the point of collapse. In Beckett's case language still operates within the rules of grammar and in this duo's case they still operate within the rules of harmony but sans goofball mawkishness, tropes or boring melodicism. If there were fewer notes it wouldn't work and if there were more it would be overbearing. The duo language here is so fleet and well-handled it gives the listener an opportunity to hear experimental music that fulfils both of those qualifications.” – BH.

Hair Police
Totaled And Stranded

Hundebiss Records H003

one-sided LP
£4.99


Limited edition of 500 copies LP from Hair Police, with beautiful art sleeves assembled from hand-cut recycled paper and featuring a silkscreened B-side. Recorded while the group were trapped in a hotel room in Ohio during one of the worst snowstorms in history, this is classic bass-driven entropic noise/rock that occupies the same kind of low-end oblivion as early Neubauten, Skip Spence’s Oar etc while moving deeper into territory previously mapped by the less overtly aggressive tracks on Certainty Of Swarms. Recommended.

Hobo Sonn
Wary The Mind

Amen Absen 003

LP + 3” CD-R
£10.99


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

Human Skab
Thunder Hips And Saddle Bags

Family Vineyard FV-27

LP
£8.99


Limited LP that restores a really obscure real people/disobedient kid/nascent punk rocker cassette that was issued as part of a prodigious run of weirdo documents recorded by an out-of-control 10 year old in Elma, Washington in the mid to late 80s. This is the first full release of his best known cassette, Thunder Hips And Saddle Bags, the one that put him on the weirdo radar after it made it through to tastemakers like Bruce Pavitt of Sub Pop. The Skab recordings are much more interesting than just some maniac kid goofing off. His lyrics are funny, sharp and often inspired and there’s a precocious confidence and irresistible energy to the tracks, with inventive non-musical settings and primitive interventions on various instruments and household appliances. This album features a buncha classic tracks, including “John Wayne Is Dead”, “Throwin’ Rocks At Windows”, “Playin’ Guitar Best I Can” and “We Need To Destroy The Soviet Union”. The whole package comes with liners from a bunch of heads, including the Skab himself who contributes an extremely poignant version of the Human Skab story based around the track “Dead Baby Blues” – you won’t be able to listen to it again without cracking up. Think of a pre-Red Cross/Redd Kross goof-off by a teen OD-ing on hamburger culture and with a precocious grasp of the DIY ethos and energy jag of punk rock.

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!

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. 

Le Revelateur
Fictions

Gneiss Things 010

LP
£8.99


Supremely lonely set of dosed synth explorations from Roger Tellier-Craig of Godspeed You Black Emperor on Steve Hauschildt of Emeralds’ own label. In a blindfold test you would *swear* that this was some kind of late-70s proto-JD Emmanuel style private press synth loner, the atmosphere is so beautifully gone and out of time. Tellier-Craig’s synth tone is soft and psychedelic, almost with the kind of reedy/breathy quality of Terry Riley’s keyboard masses but cut w/a ton of mystery. There are three extended pieces and they feel quite rigorously composed and conceived, with statements of the main melodic arc followed by almost Persian Surgery Dervishes-style trills and extrapolations. But it’s the mood of melancholy, the way the various layers of synth combine like cloud patterns, that keeps you coming back. It’s really hard to put your finger on but this a truly singular synth releases with a depth of vision and feeling that is well beyond the dull 80s soundtrack stylings of so many contemporary also-rans. A major new voice, highly recommended!

Matta Llama
s/t

Mad Monk 005

LP
£8.99


After many years of seeing these guys turn up on bills with The No-Neck Blues Band, Sunburned Hand Of The Man et al as Moutains Of Matalama, some vinyl evidence of this amazing US psych/rock ensemble who explode conventional time/space dynamics with all of the brains and bluster of Euro prog/psych dazzlers like King Crimson, post-Barrett Floyd and Ash Ra Temple. Predominantly instrumental, the rhythm section of padding drums and delayed bass works blood up your spine with an even heavier pot vibe than metal minimalists like Om before exploding the whole deal with huge spumes of acid guitar, tranced keyboards and vocals so slurred and sunken they could almost be Endless Boogie. On Wooden Wand’s own label. "This group has been called Mountains of Matallama, Mountains of Matalama, Mountains of Mata Llama, Mountains of Mattallama, Mountains of Mata Lama, Mountains of Mattalama, Mountains of Mattalamma, and on down the line. For the record, this record, and the rest to come this is Matta Llama. Residing in NY Matta Llama have been playing together longer than they would like to admit. What do they play? Blood music. The music works like that of the circulatory system chugging and pounding. At other times it can turn out a wispy, crispy tune of flickering light. All of this delivered via drums, keys, guitar, and bass with the occasional seasoning of vocalizations and in/organic dripping. With this, their first record, they offer 5 cuts culled from years of rehearsals at the Hint House. These impromptu rock excursions gleam with but a taste of their musical existence, and with that expect more to come. Matta Llama. With deluxe foldout poster and fancy matte cover art! 500 copies." – Wooden Wand. Highly recommended.

PC Worship
NYC Stone Age

Shdwply Records No Cat

LP
£3.99


Edition of 300 copies LP from the solo concern of Justin Frye, also a member of Gary War’s group. PC Worship have a more ragged, basement appeal than much of the Shdwply catalogue, with a crude, DIY psych edge that feels closer to the homemade aesthetic of the early Twisted Village sides than the glazed psych-pop most associated with this amazing label. NYC Stone Age feels like a collection of tracks put together over a period of time and it veers into a bunch of mutually fucked zones: there are some honking brass-led jazz breakdowns that match Joshua Burkett-era Vermonster in terms of excessively-damaged free-rock motion, the kind of claustrophobic private basement psych that would erect temples around Vulcan’s Meet Your Ghost LP and some zoned pop/drone songs. Another great one from a label that can pretty much do no wrong.

Prurient
Arrowhead

Editions Mego 091

CD
£5.99


“New York based Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) has been an active instigator of the Power Electronics and Noise genres for well over a decade, with 100+ releases issued so far, usually limited and over all known formats. Its with great pleasure that Editions Mego present this new set of Prurient compositions. Comprising of 3 ear splitting tracks of high end quality feedback, disturbed vocals and twisted percussion. While previewing this work for release on a flight from Milan to Vienna it came to the attention of the listener that an irritated passenger 2 rows in front complained of high pitched whistling in the air conditioning. Such is the power of Arrowhead.” – EM.

Religious Knives
The Door

Ecstatic Peace E#100i

CD
£1.99


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

Sejayno
Sedainty

Heresee No Cat

LP
£4.99


Collection of avant-punk miniatures in a LAFMS/Choc Monk style from this art trio who use tapes, loops, scrabbles of percussion, contact mics and all sorts of unidentifiable low-level clutter to generate non-specific musical environments that send your ears and brain into all sorts of nicely confusing relationships: "Sejayno is Don Sallo, Jak Russel and Burt Duns. They will do any public speaking event, because they are trying to bring public speaking into time travel, usually to ancient times. In the time travel we use ancient electronic time travel techniques: flipped delay, maraca skip, and ultrasound speech rotation. On a winter tour of the west coast, we learned wavy wacky voice, and hippy fluttertalk. Also we were introduced to Dr. Gene Scott of LA, a master of public speaking. Sejayno is enacting a multi-year-long journey from electronic time travel techniques to those based on the lute. We strongly believe that as long as we truly imagine ourselves to be ancient people we will always be ancient people."

Sightings
Terribly Well

Dais 043

LP
£12.99


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. 

Tar Pet
The Artist Revealed Is Taralie Dawn

Eclipse/Galactic Zoo Disk /

LP
£8.99


On Eclipse subsidiary Galactic Zoo Disc, Tar Pet is the solo guise of Taralie Dawn, a member of the hysterical Comus/Manson girls-inspired acid folk cabal, Spires That In The Sunset Rise. The Artist Revealed Is Taralie Dawn has been kicking about for a few years as a privately-distributed CD-R and everyone who heard that particular version was floored. So this beautiful vinyl version is a real public service. The atmosphere is bit more internal than the Spires' album but it's just as ancient and disturbed sounding, working weird sepia-tinged moments of occult flux into murky, rust-caked ballads and spiritualist ritual. The more percussive tracks sound as if they're played by a company of lost, faceless children, while the vocals have all the dislocated aspect of a broadcast from out of the ether. This is a beautiful one-off, for fans of Dame Darcy, Josephine Foster, Marissa Nadler, Squeaky Fromme and Madame Blavatsky.

Various Artists
Bonehead Crunchers Volume 5: Crazy Like A Fox

Belter Records Beltlp-05

LP
£14.99


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

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

Zola Jesus
Stridulum EP

Sacred Bones Records SBR-032

12” EP
£3.99


Six track EP of austere Euro synth and doomy Industrial settings from Nika Danilova aka Zola Jesus. Danilova’s song writing has really come into its own of late and her vocals are perfectly pitched between the high drama of Diamanda Galas and the hypnotic cabaret of Siouxsie Sioux. The instrumental settings owe a whole bunch to the Cale/Eno Nico productions but there’s an eerie electronic/sidereal aspect that touches on late period Coil, that same feel of ‘something’ going on just beneath the surface. Married to Nika’s soaring vocals and epic drones it feels like the perfect transport. “Since her debut lp for Sacred Bones last summer, Zola Jesus’s profile has grown exponentially. Her video for “Clay Bodies” debuted on The Fader and her likeness was plastered all over the Internet. The Spoils made dozens of year-end lists including The Wire, Pitchfork, The Fader, and Dusted, and fans and critics alike now seem rabid for new material. So without further ado, we present Stridulum, the new, far less lo-fi 6-song EP from Nika Roza Danilova. Recording her vocals for the first time with professional instruments, Nika’s voice is brought to the powerful forefront of the mix unleashing the full range of emotions that had previously only been hinted at in her previous work. It’s a siren song for the apocalypse, which manages to come across immensely nurturing at the same time. Born and raised in the backwoods of Wisco, Nika Roza was literally raised by wolves (well proximally anyways). Trained as an opera singer from a young age, she applied to Julliard. At 10 years old. Rejection didn’t slow her down, though, as she went on to complete high school in three years and is set to graduate from university with a double major in French and philosophy in the same amount of time. As soon as school’s out this summer, she will begin touring full time with a full band on both sides of the pond. Until then please keep an eye out for weekend excursions and the requisite standard umpteen SxSW shows. Her next full length will not be ’til 2011, but we feel pretty certain this will tide you over until then.” – SBR. Recommended.

Ora
Morgendammerung

Die Stadt DS-79

10"
£8.99


"This 10 inch vinyl only release by ORA, a group project which mainly consisted of Andrew Chalk, Colin Potter and Darren Tate - who both later moved on to become MONOS - active between 1991-1998 features two hauntingly atmospheric tracks from their rare "New Movements In G" CDR (150 copies) originally released on Darren Tate's own Gnome Records label in 1998, and were not included on the two Ora retrospective CD compilations "Final" and "After The Rainfall" (both on Colin Potter's own ICR label). For these recordings Ora were: Darren Tate, Colin Potter, Lol Coxhill, Daisuke Suzuki on the A-Side "The Sun Sheds A Golden Tear", and Darren Tate & Colin Potter on the B-Side "The Impregnable". Cover photography by Darren Tate. Inner sleeve artwork by Helen Potter. Cover design by Jonathan Coleclough. Edition of 500 copies in full colour sleeve on clear vinyl." - DS.

Bruce Russell & John Wiese
Fronts

Helicopter H-40

7"
£3.99


More evacuated noise tectonics from the dream-team hook-up of US noise wunderkind John Wiese and NZ sound-thinker and Dead C member Bruce Russell. Limited to 300 copies.

Moon Duo
Catch As Catch Can

Agitated Records IMSO-001

7"
£4.99


Edition of 1000 copies single, debut release for Agitated Records, with two tracks from the duo of Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada. Blazing minimal psych original on the A with a cover of The Scientists’ “Set It On Fire” on the flip.

Peter Wright
Magpie Attack On The Back Road To Albert Town

Dirty Knobby DK-003

7"
£2.99


New single from ex-pat New Zealander sound artist Peter Wright using amplified mini tambura, bells, chimes, singing bowl, tambourine, 12 string guitar and effects. Edition of 500, pressed on thick vinyl.

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. 

Monostadt 3
Experiment 8.2

Digestive Systems DIGSYS-002

LP
£10.99


Monostadt 3 were a trio that originally came out of Miami, Florida and that featured Adris Hoyos of Harry Pussy on drums, Priya Ray of Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa on violin and Robert Price of Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa on electronics. Evidence of their reign is thin on the ground with a sole release on Phil Todd’s Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers back in 1998. Experiment 8.2 is the long-coming follow-up, an LP that bundles an amazing recording of their final triumphal show from the early 2000s with a buncha fucked-up remixes of original meat. Monostadt 3 have a similar relation to free jazz as Harry Pussy although their sound is very different. The playing here roars and screams at the apex of high almost from start to finish and while at points it’s as unforgiving as early Merzbow there’s the feel of a group playing – of actual interplay – even when the speed of response seems beyond comprehension. There are moments when the strings and electronics cohere in flashing, amphetamine takes on the iconoclastic Americana of Sonny Sharrock with triumphal melodies shot down in flames while Hoyos outplays Denis Charles with time-killing stomps and gargantuan lop-sided tattoos that steamroll the whole deal into the kind of instant energy zone of Borbetomagus. But there’s a pro-rock logic here, a warped hands-on hardcore, that situates the group’s overall aesthetic somewhere within the realms of ‘free music’, albeit with a ton of primal hunch. The live set is absolutely dazzling, a singular display of improvisatory firepower that is euphoric in its ability to birth form from energy and as such it’s as transformative as all of the best fire music. The flip is a little more confusing, a bunch of remixes by Friends Forever, DJ Le Spam, Tibetan Beef Garden & Ladyfingers, Captain Ahab w/Brian Miller (of Deathbomb Arc) – but it still makes for an interesting listen, w/a bunch of mixes that expose the groups exo-skeleton in a way that breaks down the individual contributions and helps give you some kind of sense of just how the group worked and evolved. Hardcore VT followers will need little persuading to pick up anything involving Adris Hoyos but this is much more than a footnote to Harry Pussy, with the live set alone a stunning document of ferociously aformal high energy rock/roll/freedom at some kind of peak. Highly recommended!

MV & EE
Alt Hardcore Live

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


“Alternative version of what was originally the Home Comfort LP on Woodsist. Initially this version was only available direct at the shows on the “April Flower” tour. The idea was that this would be the same tracks and running order as the original live compilation Home Comfort LP but with the selected versions chosen from completely different sources. Although all the alternative versions have previously been available as part of their respective shows this compilation has been carefully pieced together with great packaging replicating the original. All versions feature the core line-up of Matthew Valentine, Erika Elder and Mick Flower. Listening to these tracks again out of their original shows or next to tracks from other shows put these into a completely new context and thus a completely different experience for the listener. It’s fascinating to hear another set of three versions of environments sitting alongside each other and comparing the radically different interpretations on different performances. The version from “Hot Breezer” (which was previously un-credited) is a transcendental raga pinned by a high-sounding tabla with eastern blues infused lucid meanderings.  This sounds radically different from the wild version played at the Shambala festival (Hit The Midway (Laser Prosody)) which featured the full deployment of environ drums and space FX.  Another highlight of this compilation is the version of “Get Right Church” from Econoline Natives.  This was initially only available as a super-limited Heroine release and also on last year’s “No Floor Tour” cassette box set on Blackest Rainbow. If you did not manage to secure a copy of either of these then this is reason alone you should check this out as it remains my hands-down favourite version of the track. The compilation has been carefully put together with all tracks being phased together despite coming from different live sources. On the original Home Comfort the versions of “Environments” were edited before being phased together but the full alternative versions are made available here. The cover has also been carefully restored. The original Home Comfort LP was also available in a very limited edition on Woodsist offshoot label Hello Sunshine (HS-001). Compared to the original cover sleeve this was a black and white paste on photocopy. It is this rarer version that has been replicated for the Alt Hardcore cover right down to the detail of the record label address on the back. The compilation also comes with a fold-out printed sheet of all the performances, alternative source and players replicating the sheet of the original. Printed and packaged in a plastic slipcase in the usual Heroine style.  Overall, a worthwhile compilation that works in its own right. It’s alternative home comfort, it’s alternative hardcore.” – Andrew Ross.

Owl Xounds
Teenagers From Mars

Mad Monk/Colour Sounds Recordings 006/027

LP
£3.99


Limited album (400 copies on coloured vinyl w/stickered sleeve) from Adam Kriney's square-slaying free jazz unit, this time in trio format with Kriney on drums, Gene Janas on upright bass and Mario Rechtern on saxophones. Rechtern has been a long-term presence on the fringes of the US/Euro free scene, playing as a member of Reform Art Unit alongside Sunny Murray and Linda Sharrock and recently guesting with Weasel Walter in his Quartet/Sextet/Trio. The feel here is of fully liberated energy forms, with limbs forced deep into the kinda bastions of freedom associated with a buncha exclusive outside music streams like psych rock, hardcore grunt, primitive field blather and – of course – fire music and beyond. There’s a muscular attack and a commitment to pushing past mere dialogue and interaction that sounds most like Black Flag at their jamminest, while the actual weight of the constituent parts has as much to do with Red-era King Crimson as it does with Sunny Murray’s work with ESP-Disk. I dunno, but it almost feels to me as if post fire music played with a post punk/noise mindset may finally be on the up. So release your grip on your own brain and reconnect yr ass to the cosmos. A split release between Wooden Wand's Mad Monk imprint and Kriney’s Colour Sounds Recordings. Highly recommended.