Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Black Sparrow Dress
s/t

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Electro-acoustic noise implode from Shogo Kubo, a Japanese musician resident in Seattle. Some New Blockaders-esque wrassle, wordless vocal tones and bursts of pink violence. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies on Marc Pilley’s label.

Chicken Wing Facelock
s/t

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Another new French group documented by Marc Pilley’s Attic Cassettes, this unit combine nocturnal loops of feedback and synth with some beats (careful!), 70s keyboard sounds and distant French vocals. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Sick Hour
s/t

Animal Disguise ADR-017

C30 Cassette
£3.99


Excellent planet-floating Kosmiche/Zeit-styled synth embedded in a still gloop of honey from two members of Hair Police/Eyes And Arms Of Smoke, Robert Beatty and Trevor Tremaine. Full colour covers with art by Beatty.

Twins/Luke Perry
Guts

Peace Age No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Lurid Hypnagogic Pop stylings from these two, with a bunch of tracks from each and some collaborations. “This mega-rad mega-voyage takes you through the alternate reality of summer and fall, the one where a third of the soundtrack is produced by Luke Perry, another third produced by Twins, and the final third produced by the two forces working together, all woven quilt-like so you don't know if it's John Travolta's face on Nicholas Cage's body or Nicholas Cage's face on Nicholas Cage's body. If you're looking for a take-no-prisoners affair, you've found it here.” Edition of 100 copies.

Venison Whirled
Going Now Here Fast

Sister Skull SSK-10

Cassette
£1.99


New volume of monolithic lap-steel tone float from Lisa Cameron aka Vension Whirled. A side sees Lisa on snare, lap steel, bowl and magnet, recorded at Yeast in Austin Texas in 2007 while the flip is snare, lap steel and bowl work live at Circle, Auston, April 2007.

(VxPxC)
Dead Right There

Sky-Fi Transmission #2

C90 Cassette
£1.99


Cassette from these slo-mo destructo-rockers. "90 minute document of two live events culled from the vaults of the early years of VxPxC. From delicate sprawling drone to outright tonal murkitude, this is guaranteed to melt ur brainstem. A lullaby for a nuclear winter." Sky-Fi

D. Charles Speer
Some Forgotten Country

Sound @ One S@1-77

LP
£4.99


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

Factums
Alien Native

Siltbreeze SB87LP

LP
£8.99


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

Freiband
All In A Day’s Work

Pineapple Tapes 007

C90 Cassette
£4.99


New cassette from Frans de Waard (of Industrial schlock-troopers Kapotte Musik et al) solo computer music project, on Scott Foust of IFCO’s Pineapple Tapes imprint. Frans joined IFCO for their recent European tour and these recordings “should be seen as a remix of Idea Fire Company from March 2006”. Very lonely electro waves lap at your ears and slowly bloom into tunnels of concentric steel shapes. Excellent cover art features a painting by Elise de Waard.

Glamorous Pat "as" Sisprum Vish
Flaming Jackass Abyss

Cherried Out Merch No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Brain-vacating psychedelic electronic art brut from Glamorous Pat in devotional cross-dressing style. Hysteric noise theatre at it's murkiest.

Heroin Babies
s/t

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


New on Marc Pilley’s Attic Cassettes: weird synth/new wave electro-punk songs from a Belgian trio. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Holly Hollis
Places Without Faces

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


No info on Holly Hollis at all except it hails from Texas but this mysterious new release on Marc Pilley’s excellent Attic Cassettes label features a stream of high-wire Industrial percussion instants and electro-convulsive shocks that somehow combine the DIY ritual of The New Blockaders’ first recordings with the hand-made sculptures of Harry Bertoia and the apocalyptic tone of Einsturzende Neubauten. One of the best Attics yet. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Huur Is Duur
s/t

Taped Sounds No Cat

C40 Cassette
£3.99


All acoustic minimal improvisation, somewhere between the small sounds of Usurper and some of the Fluxus actions but with an odd lonely atmosphere. Huur Is Duur features Christophe Piette (of R.O.T., Ysengrinus, etc) and Wietske Van Gils (of Zim Zim Zim, Pulsating In The Eye Of Vision, etc). Lieven Martens calls them “strange nostalgic sound stories”.  One side features a live performance while the flip has a bunch of radio session.

Jon N Jenny
s/t

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


“Two hippies that I heard when I was a kid, circa 1982-83,” is how Marc Pilley describes these off-the-map archival recordings from a pair of heads based somewhere in Scotland who recorded a wardrobe full of weird jams and staggered almost-songs in the early-80s. Aspects of The Silver Apples combine with idiot-avant aesthetics and some extended guitar destruction. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Kandahar
Spel

Taped Sounds No Cat

Cassette
£3.99


Weird soundtrack reissue from Lieven Martens of Dolphins Into The Future’s imprint, two minimal compositions recorded in 1982 by this progressive Belgian group as a soundtrack to Samuel Beckett’s play Spel. Guitar, synth and percussion....

Tomutonto
Triplapuisto

Imvated

One-side C60 Cassette
£3.99


Solo album from Jan Anderzén of Kemialliset Ystävät in Tomutonto guise, triggering gibbers of cut-up electronics, tape spools, groans and gnarly Xerox psych. Follow-up to his recent Ultra Eczema LP.

Uneven Universe
Clump Humans

Arbor 71

Cassette
£4.99


“From the iciest mounts of Michigan’ most frozen brains come massive sounds of sax/electronics duo Uneven Universe. Dan (from Haunted Castle) and Holly (who are both in Cardboard sax with John Olson) wreck havoc on the basement, turning it into an epic snow storm of tape loops and electronics. Through the totally solid murk saxophones, harp, and bells toll, slicing their way into your eardrums in the most hypnotic way. Prepare to get zoned and frozed. In a numbered edition of 100 tapes with full color collage art and printed labels.” – A. Sold out at source.

Weirding Nodule
Clone Therapy

Senseless Empire No Cat

Cassette
£2.99


More minimal synth action from Michael Troutman of Awesome Color, on his own label: “The latest and greatest from Greenfield's own Weirding Module. You go out and have fun while your clone stays home and heals. S/he'll tell you all about it! Two secret tracks from another decade on side 2. Fifty minutes of just what your clone needs. Edition of 50.” – SE.

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.

Alicia Bay Laurel
Music From "Living On The Earth"

Em Records EM-1047

CD
£4.99


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

Blaastaal
‘t Is De Pel Alleen Die Rot/De Beer Gaat Uitschachten

Taped Sounds No Cat

Cassette
£3.99


New on Lieven Martens of Dolphins Into The Future’s own imprint, this tape presents a series of odd vocal improvisations and tape work from this Antwerp Radioplay duo that re-situates the whole Chocolate Monk tape/voice/DIY tradition alongside a weird occult Central European zone that touches on the more fucked-up fringes of the Ultra Eczema label. 

Dead/Bird / Shitty Vibe Smasher
Split

Cherried Out Merch No Cat

C20 Cassette
£1.99


Shitty Vibe Smasher is a new power/dunder trio featuring the party-trashing line-up of Glamorous Pat, Mr Pulse Emitter and 'Dan' of Together Tapes that combine primitive homemade psycho-delic manhandling with gusts of sublime spaceways chuff. Dead/Bird play wild high-energy Industrial noise implosion.

Dolphins Into The Future
Ke Mirning Pu’uwai

Cetacean Nation Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£6.99


New drone/environment/ritual workings from Dolphins Into The Future, this time casting an oracular eye over a soundworld modelled on the Mirning tribe of aboriginals based in south west Australia. 

Drunjus
Thorn Shield

Earjerk EJK-001

LP
£4.99


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

Edip Akbayram & Dostlar
Nedir Ne Degildir?

World Psychedelia WPC6-8476

CD
£6.99


Full reissue of Turkish psych God Edip Akbayram's second album, recorded 1975-76. An inspired amalgamation of longing traditional melodies, acid/funk/rock moves that are somewhere between your favourite giallo soundtrack and a more complexly beautiful Iron Butterfly, fuzz guitar, sqouching keys, wah-wah on everything and heavy devotional drones. Akbayram's ululating vocal style remains totally hypnotic and fans of worldwide psych osmosis as well as anyone who dug the Erkin Koray releases should dive right in here.

Edwige
The Inconsolable Widow Thanks All Those Who Consoled Her

Segerhuva

LP
£12.99


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

El-G
Six Etudes Sur Des Objets A Priori Morts Mais Sexuellement Aimables

Taped Sounds No Cat

Cassette
£3.99


Cassette from Laurent Gerard aka El-G, with a composition for tape, voice and electronics that has that classic cracked French underground atmosphere that’s flits between apocalyptic torch song and vintage Nurse With Wound. 

Failing Lights
Dismal Winds

Heavy Tapes

One-Sided C20 Cassette
£3.99


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

Faruq Z. Bey w/Northwoods Improvisers
Infa'a

Qbico #53

LP
£12.99


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

Ghost Moth
Ghost Moth Live!

Pendu Sound Recordings/TBTD #011/

CD-R
£4.99


Hand-numbered edition of 36 in hand-painted/collaged thick cardboard envelopes presenting another of saxophonist Daniel Carter's (Test et al) off-the-radar primitive No Wave/free jazz hook-ups. Here Carter is joined by Mialessot and Old Ghost on Industrial grade electronics and feral scree, though the emotional range of the sonics runs from melancholy last-trumpeter style bugle blues through sandpaper conveyor belts of tectonic huzz.

Gizmos
Live In Bloomington 1977-1978

Gulcher Gulch-430

2xCD
£4.99


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

Graveyards
Mondrian, But With Razor Blades

Editions Brokenresearch No Cat

3" CD-R
£4.99


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

High Wolf/Annapurna Illusion
Split

Group Tightener GT-08

LP
£3.99


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

Hototogisu
Green

Heavy Blossom

CD
£1.99


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.

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

No Label

CD-R
£1.99


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

Kluster
Zwei/Osterei

Captain Trip CTCD-542

CD
£6.99


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

Lanterns
The Uncanny Valley

Beyond Repair Records No Cat

C30 Cassette
£1.99


Limited cassette from this post-Vibracathedral Orchestra UK freak unit.

Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre Du Quebec
1973

TNZR 051

LP
£8.99


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

 

Prurient
Memory Repeating

AA Records No Cat

7" Lathe
£9.99


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

Rick Myers/Matt Krefting
Three Days

Gladtree Press No Cat

chapbook
£1.99


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

Smack Music 7/Embla Quickbeam
Split

Tadpole Records No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

The Negative Guest List
#29

Negative Guest List No Cat

Zine
£6.99


One of the last issues of this great Australian zine piloted by the late Brendon Annesley. Features on The Country Teasers (by Roland Woodbe), El Jesus De Magico, Michael Yonkers, Times New Viking, The Coolies and Mordecai and the usual expansive review section. 

The Negative Guest List
#31

Negative Guest List No Cat

Zine
£6.99


One of the last issues of this great Australian zine piloted by the late Brendon Annesley. Features on La Grande Triple Alliance, Hipster Piss Party, Stolen Property, Laughing Hands, Gustav Hasford, Total Control and Ritchie Venus and the usual monster review section.

The Tenses with Giggles
Delusional

Pigface Records 015

Cassette
£3.99


Another great release from Smegma’s reactivated Pigface Records: Delusional presents two sides of material from an inspired hook-up that sees the duo of Ju Suk Reet Meate and Rock and Roll Jackie collaborating with Giggles aka Madelyn Villano and Alieta Herrera-Train. The first side presents studio recordings from their first meeting in Portland at Smegma’s studio and it is extremely psychedelic and woozy, with heady loops and backwards vinyl wonked into hallucinatory vocal choirs that come over like a Portsmouth Sinfonia play GRM. On the flip there’s an excellent live studio session from East Village Radio from 2011 that is more hands-on and has that classic brainy/stoopid garage band appeal of Smegma/LAFMS et al. 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.

Robedoor/Leslie Keffer
Split

Lost Treasures Of The Underworld #2

LP
£6.99


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

Imaginational Anthem
Imaginational Anthem 2

Tompkins Square TSQ-1424

CD
£2.99


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

Masayuki Takayanagi
The Complete Works Of Jojo: Action Direct 1

Jinya Disc V-01

DVD
£14.99


First in a series of DVD documents of the complete works of Japanese ‘noise’ guitarist Masayuki ‘Jojo’ Takayanagi. This one presents an up-close full colour film of two Action Direct solo performances, one from August 4th 1990 and the other from December 17th 1990. The first one is a two part take on “Inanimate Nature” with Takayanagi using violently bowed guitars, metal poles, various string modifications and an array of tapes containing music and environmental sound to create an overwhelming sonic environment. Fascinating to see the specifics of Takayanagi’s process up close like this. The second performance is a two-part improvisation for pre-recorded tapes, mixing board and tannoy system, a psychedelic construction built from ghostly currents of vocals, environmental noise and archaic broadcasting technology. Region free DVD. Highly recommended.

Paul Flaherty
Aria Nativa

Family Vineyard FV-57

LP
£6.99


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

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

Alt Vinyl av002

8" Lathe
£2.99


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

The Bad Trips
Open

Rocketship Records RS-0204

LP
£3.99


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

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!

Agathocles/Sissy Spacek
Split

Ultra Eczema #77

7”
£3.99


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

Aminome
Blue Fishes

Sloow Tapes Cold Moon

Cassette
£6.99


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

Anemone Lodge
2

Bezoar Formations No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


We were always big fans of Chicago-area drone navigators Number None so it’s a pleasure to reconnect with one of the great gentlemanly presences on the contemporary underground, None’s Chris Miller, as a member of this great trio, Anemone Lodge. Here Miller is joined by Gwyneth Merner aka The Opera Glove Sinks Into The Sea/Byssus and Matt Erickson of Radiant Husk/Sudden Oak. The sonics here feel as if they are more closely related to Tokyo than anything that might orbit Chicago, with a feel for deep dark space and lonesome F/X vibrating in a gulf of silence that mimics what you gotta imagine were the sounds reverberating around Takehisa Kosugi’s brain circa 1969. Indeed, Taj  Mahal Travellers best exemplify the style of minimal droning psychedelic improvisation that this trio excel in, with simple sound events, a violin string, possibly, a slow-spinning globe of electronics, a pin-prick of light, rising like fleets of hungry ghosts in the distance, vibrating names made alien and lonely through the disfiguring use of delay. It’s totally gripping, a form of organic improvisation that is as sensual as it is absolutely dislocated from the physical. If your dream date involves a basement, the sacramental use of psychedelics, spontaneously improvised sonics and the endless application of head-spinning F/X then you might want to marry this little fucker. Just fantastic: “Having lost a member since the initial Anemone Lodge sessions of 2006, the now-trio’d version of Chris Miller (Golden Sores, Number None), Gwyneth Merner (Byssus) and Matt Erickson (Radiant Husk, Sudden Oak) decided to bunker down in Chicago once again, this time in the sweltering July heat of 2009. Using myriad instruments to minimal effect, the trio attempted to navigate the continuum between magnifying slight gestures and constraining more expansive swaths of clatter. Would it be agreeable to claim their intentions to be akin to those of the East Bionic Symphonia, though with only a third of the members and with much of the rough-hewn edges snipped away, only to be gathered and polished into mirror form? Perhaps. Or could one state that what was once a three-hour session of assembly-defined, free-sound troubleshooting has now been condensed, groomed and catalogued into a set of auditory star charts? Indeed. Or could it be that the borders between spontaneous composition, elastic cosmos-echo and the fluid passage of long-tone regeneration were blurred, if only for a temporary moment in a cool basement on a muggy Illinois night?” – BF. 

Apostasy Peace Squad
s/t

Apostasy Recordings AP-011

CD-R
£1.99


Live document of an Apostasy action featuring members of Son Of Earth et al that converged on Amherst Common on April 20th 2003 in the name of peaceful co-existence and the furtherance of the modes first laid down by The Familiar Ugly on The Red Krayola's Parable Of Arable Land. Besides the group there are interjections from passers-by and variously dazed on-lookers that give the whole piece the feel of a classically punk action-prank. Comes wrapped in the usual inside-out Global Priority sleeve and comes with a large poster. Now out of print at source.

Astral Social Club
Glamanimals

Astral Social Club No Cat

CD-R
£3.99


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

Bill Nace
Too Dead For Dreaming

8MM 039

one-sided LP
£10.99


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

Black Motor
s/t

Qbico #68

LP
£8.99


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

Blessure Grave
Judged By 12, Carried By 6

Release The Bats RTB-53

LP
£6.99


Full-length album from this great US duo (here featuring Glenn Donaldson on one track) who somehow translate UK new wave/goth moves into a primitive garage realm that would reference The Shadow Ring and Joy Division as much as The Cramps. Even though it sounds like a mix that shouldn’t work, Judged By 12...  is a great collection that combines spare instrumentation - bass, simple lead guitar, electro-percussion and vocals – and a dreamy/esoteric atmosphere that does for US underground what Coil did for UK Industrial, somehow queering it, making it uncanny. There has been a slew of recent archival new wave unearthings but none of them come close to Blessure Grave in terms of atmosphere and bizarre breadth of influence.

Blood Stereo
This Creaking Thirst

Alien Passengers #7

Cassette
£4.99


Edition of 100 copies cassette from the duo of Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance: Dylan and Karen have been on a creative high of late and this is another lovely, restrained set of late-night atmospherics, tape hypnotics and diaristic assemblages of non-corporeal domestic activity. As with recent instalments, the drone aspect is pushed a little more to the fore here, with sounds smeared and rubbered to the point of easy head immersion, forsaking the chattering small instrument excess of earlier work in favour of a deep, mysterious noise that is supremely beguiling. 

Burning Star Core
West Coast Spring 2004

What The…? Records What-001

LP
£10.99


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

C. Spencer Yeh
1975

Intransitive Recordings INT-037

CD
£4.99


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

C. Spencer Yeh
Nothin' But A Heartache

Gods of Tundra No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

Chora
Slates

Sergent Massacre SM-03

LP
£8.99


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

Chris Riggs
Dead In Michigan

Pizza Night No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Solo six-string abuse from Chris Riggs, the guitar slinger who usurped Zac Davis' seat in Ben Hall's Traum/Trauma set-up. This is some of the most extreme, extended work from Riggs yet, with growling, mechanical retorts that sound like steel strings being fed-though conveyor belts of metal teeth and elastic band soundings. Hard to believe the sound source is all-guitar, pretty remarkable.

Cousins Of Reggae
Quartz

Spanish Magic No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

Derek Monypeny
Don’t Bring Me Down, Bruce

Raheem 001

LP
£8.99


Magisterial private-press collection of psychedelic acoustic/electric oud work from Monypeny, a member of Sir Richard Bishop’s Freak Of Araby Ensemble: long time since I was so blown away by a solo string release, but Monypeny brings an amazing haunted architectural sense to his constructs that is comparable to the best of Sandy Bull with a high, devotional style that suspends single notes over a void that’s as deep as nada while navigating melodies that combine middle eastern patois with aspects of early music and even some of the Takayanagi-plays-rural-downers feel of Matthew Valentine’s most radically inflected Environments. There’s also a heavy loner/late-night vibe to the playing that makes if the perfect early am stone, the kind of heady/melancholy nostalgia of John Fahey’s Days Have Gone By with a feel for odd note placement that’s the equal of the early Kazuo Imai PSF sides. One of the most gripping, adventurous and atmospheric documents of solo string thought to pass through our hands in an age. Private press edition of 250 copies. Highly recommended. Slight seam split/price reduced.

Devillock
Rotten Creatures

Chondritic Sound CH-148

3” CD-R
£4.99


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

Eric Thielemans
EARR Plays A Snare Is A Bell

Sub Rosa SRV-339

LP
£6.99


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

Fricara Pacchu
Waydom

Lal Lal Lal #21

Cassette
£1.99


Re-stock of this killer cassette that made it into Thurston's 2005 Top Ten: Solo strategies from a member of Maniacs Dream that moves in scything/lumbering Kraut rhythms and jump-cuts from communal moon-calls to destroyed lo-fi rock and celestial strings with a flick of the wrist. Recommended. Edition of 200 with full-colour sleeve.

Gol/Ghedalia Tazartes
Alpes

Alga Marghen planam-golta

LP
£12.99


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

Greg Kelley
Religious Electronics

No Fun NFP-33

LP
£4.99


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

Hall Of Fame
Paradise Now

The Social Registry SR006

CD
£3.99


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

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

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

CD-R
£2.99


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

Hive Mind
Untitled

Alt Vinyl AV-016

8” Lathe
£6.99


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

Hive Mind & John Wiese
Trick Satanism

Chondritic Sound CH-138

10"
£6.99


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

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

Galleria Zarigania No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


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

James Twig Harper
Intuitive American Esoteric Volume 2

American Tapes/Heresee /

LP
£8.99


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

Jazzfinger
Tar Of The Moon Vol.2

Unrest Productions 07

Cassette
£2.99


Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies cassette from the duo of Hasan Gaylani and Ben Jones with two live sets - Manchester and Leeds '05 - packaged inside a full-colour slipcase.

Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
Those Vermillion Sands

NNA Tapes NNA-061

Cassette
£4.99


Zoned set of tone hypnotics from Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier aka Felicia Atkinson: a very intimate and up-close series of recordings here, with Felicia generating ululating almost-Eliane Radigue scale drone/feedback works over which she whispers (in French and English) and up close mouth sounds the mic and sings softly to herself about loneliness, giving the piece a similar unnerving magic to Jessica Rylan’s classic Juliette, Who Broke My Heart. A singular work, recommended. 

Jmstwghrpr
Intuitive American Esoteric Volume 1

Audiobot No Cat

LP
£6.99


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

John Truscinski
Ash Tree

Open Mouth No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Limited solo cassette from Truscinski, drummer with GHQ/X.O.4/Slaughterhouse Percussion, Steve Gunn et al, touches on the detonating Industrial rhythms of Einsturzende Neubauten, Z'EV et al while incorporating great blats of liberated Afro-American fire moves, passages of bowed and scraped drone and some grimy, distorto-primitive punk stratagems. On Bill Nace of Vampire Belt's own label.

John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh
Live In Nottingham

What The…? Records WHAT-004

LP
£8.99


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

Judee Sill
s/t

Water 958

CD
£4.99


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

Justin Lieberman & C. Spencer Yeh
Object Lessons

What The…? Records 008

Picture Disc LP
£4.99


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

Kabemimi
Requiem

Kabemimi 001

CD
£8.99


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. 

Les Conversions
Snowwhite

Holidays Records HOL-059

LP
£9.99


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

Leslie Keffer
Feels Like Frenching

Ecstatic Peace E#105b

LP
£2.99


New edition of 500 copies solo album from one-woman noise orchestra Leslie Keffer. The whole record feels caught up in a dense blizzard of barely-legible noise tectonics, with noxious clouds of day-glo psych/noise oblivion that seem to gradually mutate into melancholy atonal nocturnes. Comes with a double-sided laser print-out insert. "When Leslie Keffer lived in Athens, OHIO she was asked about the noise scene there. "You're looking at it", she responded. Indeed. Leslie is one of the more fascinating proponents of homegrown Middle America noise music. A single girl drawn to the more ravaged and magical aspects of noise as source music, art and lifestyle. She has since moved to Nashville where she has been developing and progressing her personal take on what is basically a highly marginal genre of music. Her inputs are radio transmission wave-noise, the living aura of Lindsay Lohan, punk, pop, Madonna, her amazing girlfriends and defiltering the terror of male-centric Power Electronic depravity and goon-ism. Her last two No Fun festival performances, in duo with Thurston Moore in 2006, and the Noise into dance beat into 'Where's The Party' slumber party freak out where all the noise girls fem-exorcised an already somewhat de-clawed noise misogynist is already legendary. Leslie's sound has been heard on various cassette labels (Rampart, Gameboy, I Just Live Here, Epicene, Cherried-out Merch) and most recently her own imprint Action Claw. She has issued a number of hand-made CDRs with her own touch of knitted fabric pouches. She has two tracks on the 2XCD Tarantula Hill Benefit (Ecstatic Peace E#107), one with Baltimore's Nautical Almanac who have been championing Leslie's work for years now. We are only too happy to release this premier full-length LP of Leslie's demonstrating where she's been and where she's going." Ecstatic Peace

Lexie Mountain/Abuelo Hongo
s/t

Heresee HS-060

C60 Cassette
£1.99


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

Lionel Marchetti
Alpha Z Centauri

Mirror Tapes MT-010

Cassette
£3.99


New limited cassette album from this contemporary French concrete composer: with a title like Alpha Z Centauri it’s hard not to evoke the praeterhuman drones of early Tangerine Dream and it does have a heavy alien tongue/shortwave from the stars feel, almost like an indecipherable alien communication, with what sounds like channelled voices churning inside restless cosmic electronics. As the piece builds it starts to accrue all sorts of sonic strata, with voices becoming gradually clearer and endless tone sparkling like deep starfields as it moves in fractal shapes towards the infinite centre of the universe. “I started recording sounds when I was 17 years old, in 1984 when by chance someone gave me a K7 tape recorder with 2 diverse speeds... I discovered recording sounds was already a full and poetic act which was able to be used for the experimental music which I was dreaming of. In 1987, after one month of hard work in a summer camp restaurant I bought a 4-track stereo tape recorder and I started a lot of experiments in my little flat in Lyon (France) : via an old Radiola radio from the 50's, my hifi system, an old synthesizer, my clarinet (I tried to play in water), a rhythm machine, a bad (good?) microphone etc. At that period I knew nothing about Revox tape recorders and the idea of tape montage. Nevertheless, when I started Katakomb (which is a part of a series of my first 33 little musique concrete compositions, I discovered how incredible was the changing of speed for a recorded sound, or all synthesizer sounds, voices... and the beautiful possibility to reverse all sounds - I was discovering the ‘power’ of a recorded sound. For me, the act of recording became an incredible acceleration to join a new poetic "world" : Katakomb was the first composition which was talking to me from a ‘nowhere’ place as if, as a composer, I became a ‘stranger’. Satan and Alpha Z Centauris are composed as little free musique concrete studies and they follow what I started in 1987 : the idea of an accumulation of little aphoristic studies which can communicate all together even if they are composed in diverse periods and studio places. I have, since that period and always today, numerous little study compositions following that direction and I am happy to build around them, via a first edition of my archives on Mirror Tapes which has founded a new architectural place of montage and perceptions."   L.M.

Ludo Mich & Blood Stereo
From Tapes & Throats

Giant Tank GTNK-017

LP
£4.99


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

Marco Fusinato
Spectral Arrows: Sydney

Planam Amplan

LP
£10.99


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

Maurizio Bianchi
Industrial Tape

Feathered Coyote Records FCR-22

Cassette
£4.99


Necessary release of this legendary cassette, originally self-released by MB in 1980: Industrial Tape is a singular release in MB’s discography, with a more minimal/subtly pulverising feel than the mass projection feel of his ‘major’ works. Here MB moves between pulsing, rhythmic figures that have a grimy, miasmic appeal through to sudden ascensions of gothic keyboard majesty and the kind of rusty looping machinery that looks forward to Aaron Dilloway’s compositional use of 8-track cartridges. Indeed the combination of relentlessly throbbing circuitry and massively wayward/woozy keyboard solos makes it sound like Con circa Gelb jamming with contemporary Wolf Eyes. An excellent reissue, highly recommended!

Mendocino
The Bird Out

Old Man Tapes #6

Cassette
£3.99


Very limited private press cassette that documents a free-form group of jammers associated with the whole Aswara/Death Chants cultus up in Asheville, NC: more of a kraut vibe here, with a Dead-plays-Dusseldorf vibe complete with stoned Klaus Dinger-isms and a wild Ash Ra ascension style cut-up with feral audio verite. Great pre-laptop old school acid punk/free folk jams with a mainline to Venus. 

Micah Blue Smaldone
Hither And Thither

Tequila Sunrise TS-12002

LP
£8.99


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

Monos
Landscapes

ICR F.I.T. 01

CD
£4.99


Darren Tate has long existed on the furthest fringes of the UK underground, making hermetically personal drone records both solo and in the company of fellow soundists like Andrew Chalk and Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound et al). This 2004 release is another beautiful CD from Tate, this time a trio of Darren Tate, Colin Potter and Paul Bradley. Track one also features Robin Barnes (half of the Isolde duo with Andrew Chalk).

Mouthus
Sister Vibration

Our Mouth #9

LP
£6.99


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

My Cat Is An Alien
Greetings From The Great Void

Eclipse No Cat

2xLP
£7.99


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

Naked On The Vague
Chitty Chat

Sacred Bones Records SBR-020

7”
£1.99


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

Orange
In The Midst Of Chaos

De Stijl IND-064

CD
£4.99


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

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

Dirty Knobby No Cat

7"
£2.99


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

Panicsville + Prurient
The Rubber Baron

Rococo Records RCC-0038

8"
£3.99


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

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

American Tapes AM-830

one-sided LP
£8.99


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

Raven Strain
Old Sores

Gods of Tundra

C30 Cassette
£1.99


Matt Billings (aka Raven Strain) conducts this symphony for collapsing metal superstructures, as self-sustaining singing bowls probe through the shuffle of slowly contorting iron girders and bowed breezeblocks somewhere in the dark heart of the Motor City. The residual trail of gigantic heavy metal gongs are combined with short wave radio fuzz and barely-there singing to form an anaemic corona haloing an all but snuffed out sun. Sounds like John Truscinski, Gyorgy Ligetti and the Starving Weirdos jamming at the bottom of the river Clyde. Includes great full colour art by GOT boss Mike Connelly. Highly recommended. – Alex.

Raven Strain
Trisagion

Hanson HN-144

Cassette
£3.99


Great Infiltration/Weird NJ/Subterranea Britannica-style exploration of what sounds like long-abandoned underground tunnel systems piled to the ceiling with unknown industrial debris and threaded with huge mystery loops of high ghost voices and the march of long-dead feet. “Ever heard of the NORTHVILLE TUNNELS?? It's these underground tunnels in Northville, MI that lead to an old abandoned Mental Hosptial. A teenaged RAVEN STRAIN aka MATT BILLINGS used to hang out in those tunnels... ALOT! This is totally the sound of creeping thru there high on paint, seeing only by the light of a shitty BIC mini lighter... runnin around the hospital and reading the forgotten files of the inmates that once lived there. I remember him telling me a story of snakin some old filing cabinets from there and draggin em home thru the tunnels. I think he recorded that and put it on this tape. Total abandonment, illness, and drugs.” - Aaron Dilloway/Hanson.

Sean McCann
Music For Private Ensemble

Recital #5

LP
£9.99


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

Sejayno
Sedainty

Heresee No Cat

LP
£3.99


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."

Skin Graft
Damned

Catholic Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


“Wyatt Howland's Skin Graft project (Cleveland, OH) is hands-down creating some of the most abrasive and disgusting electronics I’ve ever heard. Nothing like it. Filth. Damned is especially wonderful due to its extremely short sides and his ability to do so much with 5 minutes at a time. Tapes, electronics, and gut-wrenching electronics don’t waste a second of this release. One of the best SK's I’ve heard! Originally released in a private edition back in march with another limited FW release with xeroxed art for his short midwest tour. Just had to give it a more "official" release. Nice color prints, in an edition of 100 copies.” – CT.

Son of Earth
Improvements

Amish Records AMI-031

LP
£7.99


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

Sonore
Only The Devil Has No Dreams

Jazzwerkstatt 013

CD
£6.99


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

Stellar Om Source
Trilogy Select

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-57

LP
£6.99


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

Steve Hauschildt
The Stairwell Is Long Gone

Deception Island DI-19

Cassette
£8.99


Hand-numbered edition of 100 cassette from Steve Hauschildt of Midwest goners Emeralds. Classic solo minimal synth moves that combine Terry Riley-style hypnosis with the fluffy modulating psych of Cluster.

Telecult Powers
Stars Are The Eyes Of God

Draft 010

Cassette
£4.99


Limited cassette from the duo of visual artist Witchbeam and Mister Matthews, here joined by Lala Ryan who adds some high mass-style female vocal stylings to the A side’s vertical synth levitation while over on the flip there are heavy trio jams featuring John Elliott of Emeralds. Some kind of Typhonian theme is almost apparent but like much associated with Kenneth Grant, it’s pretty hard to put your finger on. 

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

Sacred Bones Records SBR-3002

LP
£4.99


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

The No-Neck Blues Band
Furamingo Josei

Holidays Records HOL-066

LP
£12.99


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

The Teleporters
Invite You To Come On A Pompous Journey

Goaty Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Collection of cut-up tape noise, radio blasts, tragic English comedy and found sound interspersed with Shadow Ring-worshipping monologues, shackles-raising Philip Best-isms and even a touch of The Strolling Ones: “The Teleporters are R. Walker and the Octogram. Walker also plays in London’s ever-lovable Pheromoans. But that reference is misleading, as this tape has little in common with today’s garage punk wizardry. Instead, they deliver something that’s, well, progressive..? Side A wheels through radio samples, electronics, and oddly gripping monologues, all interspersed with minimal post-punk moments that recall the weirdest of Door & the Window. The spoken portions are reminiscent of Graham Lambkin speaking through Darren Harris in the Shadow Ring, except the Teleporters replace modernist bareness with a brighter, nimbler, more ironic reflection on shitty things from everyday British life. On the B side, R. Walker offers up extended piano sequences interspersed with bold words and frail croons that owe much to England’s DIY legacy, and yet, in obvious ways, departs from it.” – GT.

Thought Broadcast
s/t

Hierodule Editions 2012

Art Edition LP
£16.99


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

Twig Harper
New Lost Knowns

Planam No Cat

LP
£14.99


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

Vanishing Voice
Vellum

Meudiademorte MDDM-28

One-Sided C50 Cassette
£1.99


Major album from The Vanishing Voice minus Wooden Wand and Satya Sai in an edition of 200 copies with gold silkscreened sleeves. Starts off in a beautifully evocative almost Mirror-esque glassy trance style before levitating through screaming radio waves ala MEV into something quite unlike anything else in their back catalogue, something that more closely resembles the more Bower-reverent moments of Pete Nolan's early Spectre Flux material. Either way, it sounds fantastic and might just be the best release by this cabal to date. OOP.

Wether
Sickness Campaign

No Horseshit #3

C30 Cassette
£1.99


Another great instalment from this rogue noise unit, incorporating the sound of fleets of slowly-spooling machines fastened to the ocean floor and warping tiny distress codes into huge atonal spumes. Limited cassette comes tied to a piece of corrugated card featuring original art.

Alistair Crosbie/BM/Divine Coils/Family Battlesnake
s/t

Sound Holes 010

2xCassette
£3.99


“Four approaches to destroying time... Alistair Crosbie hits with a mammoth drone fuzz out. BM serve up a soup of slow moving industrial static. Divine Coils play it minimal squeezing the air out of your lungs. Family Battlesnake destroy with a thug life side that pins you to the wall then leaves......... no explanation. Edition of 101.... black & white covers.... black & white tapes.....black & white spray.” – SH.

Bodyvehicle
Amplified Voices Of Crystals

Tone Filth TF-42

C12 Cassette
£3.99


Another amazing find from Tone Filth, packaged with the usual mind-boggling attention to detail complete with hand screened cases, inserts and tapes. Unknown Russian unit that generate a beautiful silver sleet of higher-minded tone float that flashes across yr iris with all of the hallucinatory narcoleptic wow of Kosugi's “Catch Wave” and early Taj Mahal Travellers. Numbered edition of 100 and highly recommended.

Brett Naucke
Southern California

Arbor #128

Cassette
£1.99


“The debut release under his own name, Brett Naucke’s Southern California is an aptly titled seven track suite.  In the nature of his other projects, Face Worker and Exercise, Naucke continues his exploration of upward advancement through a contemporary approach to ambient, classically new age music; here he wholly embraces discrete structures allowing the tracks to carry a natural progression, transparently simple though deeply considered.  Recalling the work of early 80’s West Coast composers such as Ray Lynch, Naucke’s command of smooth synthesis is both meditative and active; drifting washes of light, organized tones.  Translucent, linear growth; following the clouds across the sky.  In an edition of 125 copies with full color cardstock covers and labeled tapes.” – Arbor.

Charlie Draheim
Forever Fucked

Gods of Tundra

C20 Cassette
£1.99


Forever Fucked starts with Draheim pummelling the inside of a toothless piano while huge sheets of metal are dragged slowly along a frictional floor. Shards of brittle, ambiguous bake gather like a run away ferromagnetic snowball stampeding a nail factory as Richard Rupenus whistles his way to work. Includes full colour covers by Connelly. – Alex.

Clive Fencott
Restringing A Rotary Clothes Line

Feral Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£2.99


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

Dead Wafer
Ass Wipe

Maim & Disfigure #33

Cassette
£1.99


Solo comedown electro-tone/percussion/silence from Shane of Lambsbread, revealing a similar sci-fi Zen mindset to Joji Yuasa's tape work. Classic home-taped avant garde brainpower. Edition of 40 copies: "the sound of waking up at 7 am with your head literally feeling murdered from too much weed the night before.... so mellow its tense or so tense its mellow?... moves extremely slow, lots of silence, unidentifiable sounds coming out of nowhere, real oppressive in its total non-oppressiveness.... puts you 'in the zone' instantly..."

Derek Monypeny
Limerence

Underwater Experiences UET-03

Cassette
£2.99


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

Drymouth
Astral Outback

Alberts Basement AB-53

Cassette
£1.99


Debut from this new Melbourne group featuring Sean McMorrow (Cockpit) and Cooper Bowman (Flat Fix et al): Drymouth play psychedelic electronic lurch with a crude cosmo sound that blurs Conrad Schnitzler’s epic early form with James Ferraro circa Heaven’s Gate and a weird bedroom gothic/industrial sense of scale that is extremely tough to finger. 

Greg Thomas/Empty Bell Tower
Split

Rayon Records 032

Cassette
£1.99


Split cassette between Greg Thomas of UK improvisers Helhesten, playing solo zither in the higher-minded style of early Alan Silva, and Pascal Nichols of Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides aka Empty Bell Tower, with a ‘new world civilian’ style that makes instant compositions using djembe, shakers and drums. Edition of 50 copies. 

Harry Pussy
T-Shirt

Siltbreeze No Cat

XL
£9.99


Original hip tour-only Harry Pussy t-shirt from 1996, with artwork from the group’s legendary Ride A Dove LP. Totally fucking swank.

Hototogisu
Robed In Verdigris

Nashazphone NP-03

LP
£12.99


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

Hototogisu + Burning Star Core
s/t

Yik Yak 014

LP
£10.99


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

Insects Waiting
Nonsense Codes Vol. 1

Tape Drift Records TD-65

Cassette
£1.99


Collaboration work between Rambutan, aka Eric Hardiman of Burnt Hills/Century Plants et al, and Scotland’s Dead Labour Process: wheezing loops, vocal hiss and crackle, almost Hiroshi Kawani-style junk orchestras, eviscerated crowd noise... features material from a live show in 2013 variously collaged and re-jacked. 

Kam Hassah
Le Origini Dell’ Idolatria

Hanson No Cat

Cassette
£3.99


Solo subterranean metal/tapes/electronics ritual from Matteo Castro, the brains behind the Second Sleep label. Aspects of the more spacious early New Blockaders form with a nocturnal/scientific appeal, thin distant drones that are extremely malevolent and non-specific percussive chatter: “40 minutes of dark hums littered with junk clutter, heavy breathing, and harsh crunch.  Sounds like someone WAAAAY underground working on something he shouldn't be. First edition covers green print on black paper.” – Aaron Dilloway.

Krakatoa
Pennyhitch/Pennyhitch

Redundancy #8

Cassette
£1.99


Release on this great Australian cassette-only imprint run by Jarrod Zlatic: Krakatoa documents post-teen metal heads w/a serious Canterbury jag, playing long, slow, complex, druggy progressive rock with that classic England’s dreaming aspect. Two different versions of Soft machine’s “Pennyhitch” backed with two renditions of “Wayfraing Stranger” that come via HP Lovecraft and Robert Wyatt. Jarrod claims it’s “for the heads” and it’s true, if your head is somewhere downwind of A Love Supreme, Centipede, Hatfield & The North and teenage garage band doofs. 

Maurizio Bianchi
Oirt/Emo-Dne

Mirror Tapes MT-009

Cassette
£3.99


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

Muscletusk
s/t

Sick Head #21

Cassette
£1.99


Album from this Edinburgh based avant thug/rock unit.

Neil Campbell
Rock on Brain

Gods of Tundra

C30 Cassette
£3.99


"Great stew from this towering figure in English underground music of the past few decades. This C30 displays some classic Campbell moves, as cymbals are pneumatically hammered to the bar room floor over tidal arcs of prepared tapes, bowed beer bottles and ever dissolving brain cells. The first track is a live jam from ’99 in Chicago featuring VT fave ‘Johnny Coors’ (Wolf Eyes/ Guam River/ Spykes/ Dead Machines/ Graveyards et al), whose sax playing is particularly harrowing, recalling Peter Brotzmann’s opening howl on Never Too Late But Always Too Early. Side two was originally intended as a 7” on American Tapes, and features some truly beautiful Pennine Primitive horizontal string spinning, ala Campbell’s sometime bed fellow John Clyde-Evans. Features cool full colour covers by Mike Connelly. Recommended."

Radiant Husk
Deflation Basin

Bezoar Formations No Cat

Cassette
£3.99


Brand new album from this great American underground project with previous releases on Brunch Groupe, Sean McCann’s Recital and Bezoar: previously known for the way he tied up torrential Barefoot saxophone with planetary synth hypnosis, Deflation Basin feels like a step elsewhere, with the horn buried in stacks of sludgy, smudged tape work and single note string dooms. Indeed, it feels like a companion to recent Zaimph work, in a way, with an occult/nocturnal aspect that comes over like Fripp & Eno play surveillance strategies. There are some great alone-in-space moments of pure tonal wuh? that make you think of Voice Crack sounding lonely satellites or even Tim Coster, which is deep, but so is space, right? Indeed, take alla the instruments away from Hawkwind and leave em with a reel-to-reel, the memory of a horn, and a mixing desk singing silently to itself. Excellent and highly recommended. 

Raw Thug
Sugar Pills

Bezoar Formations No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Can’t decide whether I prefer my Thugs Slim or Raw but I can still recall my first encounter with the Raw Thug at a house show in Kentucky where Taurpis Tula and Flaherty/Corsano were playing and where he was wandering round barefoot and bare-chested and strumming and singing with this beat-up guitar that sounded like a junkyard while making with a vaguely oracular take on osmotic tongue pressure that was straight out of the kind of inspired sleight-of-hand performance modes identified by Richard Meltzer. Which is to say the guy was channelling some seriously archetypal weirdo shit. It has been a long time since then and outside of a CD-R on Tom Greenwood’s U-Sound imprint – always one to document the more cracked fringe dwellers – and a cassette under the name Arsenio there’s been little sign of the Thug across the years. So this great tape comes as a real surprise, a bunch of tracks from Raw Thug that blur idiot-avant strategies that could almost be Japanese with weird stumbling slow-motion jazz that combines a lazy American Primitive atmosphere with a communal free-form appeal, incorporating accordion drones, electric bass, tape work and horns. It isn’t hard to imagine these breathy, free, open air sounds coming out of Satoshi Sonoda’s underground music pow-wows at Meiji University in the late 70s that attracted players like the late Yasushi Ozawa (Fushitsusha) and Chie Mukai but there’s an air of the iconoclastic inventor-composer to the overall arc of the sonics – Partch, Moondog, LAFMS – that is uniquely American: “Bold as it might seem, we feel that it’s safe to proclaim Alan aka Raw Thug (aka Arsenio Zignoto aka Arthur Kalow aka The Brothers San Angeliquez aka…) to be Louisville, Kentucky’s very own Magical Power Mako (from the earlier end of that spectrum, of course). Yes, we all know that in this post-Pessoa musical landscape the usage of shifting pseudonyms and heteronyms are quite the fashion. Who doesn't like sporting a new mask every once in a while, right? Raw Thug, however, is just one of many distinct and self-contained musical cosmologies blooming from this good gentleman’s noggin. Having done time in many of Louisville’s finer subterranean outfits, most notably as a mainstay in Sapat (whose “Mortise and Tenon” LP on Siltbreeze from a while back was a real gem of head-spinning, free-spirit group-think), it’s safe to say that Alan is fully comfortable occupying his own musical territory. We initially met Alan on his first-ever visit to San Francisco, through a mutual friend’s whole-hearted recommendation. Before we knew it, he was sitting on our floor playing computer music that he had made during his multi-day train ride out west that sounded a lot like Conlon Nancarrow’s player piano inside of a deserted Bell Labs basement. After that, we knew it was all sunshine. Eventually, Alan started to send us regular cd-r packages, each being a new window into his creative universe. It didn’t take long before we insisted on dispersing something into the world for a wider discerning audience. “Sugar Pills” indeed has that Mako blueprint of morphing genres within the arc of a song or two (pieces of outer-realm reed playing, laid-back porch-sitter psych, electro-acoustic composition, some near-Parliament funk-modes, etc.), trailing bursts of inspiration and genius modes of keen imitation, though now transported from Shibuya to Butchertown. Though we’ve spent only a couple of days in Louisville in our time, “Sugar Pills” seems to sound the way the town felt to us as outsiders: relaxed and leisurely, distinctive and idiosyncratic, and inexplicably strange in all the very best ways.” – BF.

Sick Feedbag
Action Mono 3

Fag Tapes FT-073

Cassette
£1.99


Righteously fucked-up 'random' collaboration from Sick Llama and David Payne (Offensive Orange/Fossils/Feedback et al) with one heavily-destroyed channel from each. Listen to em one at a time or blast em both simultaneously. You wanna talk about the real junk? Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Spykes
My Twin The Worm

American Tapes AM-959

Cassette
£6.99


New edition of 40 copies solo work from John Olson of Wolf Eyes: totally fucked-up electronics that sound like they are being slowly churned inside out go up against re-wired keyboards, noise box and an hallucinatory compositional logic that would reconcile musique concrete strategies with the bedroom DIY appeal of the Snatch Tapes cabal. 

Steve Baczkowski
Tone Arm

Cae-Sur-A 002

Cassette
£4.99


Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies set of radical tonal freak from saxophonist Steve Baczkowski: a radical departure for Steve, with a torrential accumulation of fucked turntable tectonics, prepared vinyl, tone arm, bells, implements, flutes, vibratube and that colossal baritone attack. Massive. 

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
The Dry Triangle

Manhand MH-92

Cassette
£4.99


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

Tenor Rising Drums Expanding
Third World War

Sound @ One #44

Pic Disc LP
£9.99


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

The Dead C
Eusa Kills

Flying Nun FN-130

LP
£29.99


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

Yek Koo
Desolation Peak

Emerald Cocoon EC-011

LP
£6.99


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

Zaimph
Evolucao

Dungeon Taxis #27

Cassette
£4.99


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

Jess Day
2

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


New album of luminous post-Fahey American primitive settings from this Canadian loner, his second outing on Marc Pilley aka Zach Kerouac’s Attic Cassettes imprint. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Ju Suk Reet Meate
Solo 78 & 79

Pigface Records 016

Cassette
£3.99


Very excited to see the return of Smegma’s legendary private press imprint Pigface Records and this is a particular doozy: Solo 78 & 79 presents some amazing home recordings from the Smegma leader all played live to tape. Using vocals, synth, trumpet, bowed sheet metal, pump organ, record player, guitar and loops he generates an incredible avant rock/weirdo compositional atmosphere that would somehow reconcile post-Beefheart freak, garage band aesthetics, proto-TNB style industrial noise and wheezing one-man band avant blues, all with a weirdo real people plays Nurse With Wound vibe. The great thing about Smegma and Ju Suk’s work is that it gets all the way out into free music modes while somehow retaining that classic hobbyist/American garage band edge and this is another fantastic addition to the shelf. Highly recommended!

Mark Barrage
Surplus Behaviour

Endless Melt EMR-010

Cassette
£4.99


Killer new cassette from one of VT’s fave Australian underground imprints, home to Exhaustion, Actual Holes, Goodgrief Commune et al, in an edition of only 50 copies: described by the label as “secret, psychosexual arrangements for low-bit recorded organ, synth, primitive drum machine and consumer electronics rendered heavy by rudimentary computer edits, thickly fogged production tactics and a zero-budget” these heavily ritualised passes through devotional chord organ, drugged machine rhythms and eerie cosmo chorales were recorded in the early 2000s by Australian producer Mark Barrage and take off on the eerie/lonesome occult DIY sound of early Asmus Tietchens (swoon) before breaking down into fractured cyborg electro that crosses the trangressive basement vibe of a Club Moral with classic Euro experimentation ala DDAA/P16.D4, melding twinkling cosmo electronics onto crunching polyrhythms and jacked beats ala Foetus. Recommended, as is everything on the label. 

Reiko Kudo
Mikan

Hyotan Records Hyotan-004

CD
£18.99


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

Self-released Japan-only album from Reiko Kudo of Noise/Maher Shalal Hash Baz et al: Reiko's compositions skirt the very edges of silence and form, with breathless vocals hovering around barely-there blues and spectral hymns and his might be her most heartbreaking set of songs to date, with an atmosphere that somehow reminds me of the sense of dislocation and loss at the heart of John Cale’s Paris 1919. The arrangements are minimal but spectacularly inventive, from seasick sawing strings that move in giddy contrary rhythms to minimal scattershot nod-out drums, picked acoustic guitar, glistening single-note piano... this is the perfect marriage of fragile, heart on your sleeve acid folk and advanced idiot-avant aesthetics. Reiko’s vocals move between Japanese and English and her phrasing is perfectly pitched, with a purity of delivery combined with a weight of experience that is uniquely devastating. A profoundly beautiful and inventive record, and one of the highlights of her amazing back catalogue. Still nothing remotely like her and the perfect follow-up to her previous collaboration with Keiji Haino. Comes in beautiful fold-out colour printed art sleeves. Very highly recommended!

Roberto Opalio
Voice With No Guitar/Guitar With No Voice

Opax TP-01

Cassette
£1.99


“Dedicated to the groundnoise of the fuckin’ great analog cassette”, this solo cassette from My Cat Is An Alien’s Roberto Opalio is the first in a projected series and features a side of distressed solo vocal murk that crosses distraught wordless codes with loops of desiccated tongue and a side of solo guitar that sounds like a sky-full of cathedral organs. Limited hand-numbered edition of 69 copies tied-up in painted art paper with insert.

Sick Llama
Alien Facial 3

Heavy Tapes

Cassette
£1.99


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

The Sermon
Down At The Banks

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies from this Texas freak-out unit that use electronics, vocal drones, hypnotic rhythms and weird ethno-futurist tactics to investigate post-SPK style Industrial environs.

Withdrawal Method
Live Letting

Heavy Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Two grimy, fog-bound, supremely heavy live sets from this solo project of NY-based Drew Demeter, who also runs the great Since 1972 label. The sound of metal bent like plastic, hailstones on broken bones and huge waves of rage that swell into the most precarious liquid noise constructs before exploding into silence. Great crowd noise punctuation too. Comes in the gorgeous new Heavy Tapes (run by Mike and Maya of Double Leopards, Religious Knives et al) packaging with letterpressed custom fabricated cardstock tape covers which wrap around and tuck into themselves and black ink on white cardstock artwork by Maya. Just about the most beautiful run of tapes you're ever likely to fondle.

Wooden Wand
Harem Of The Sundrum & The Witness Figg

Time-Lag 028

LP & 7”
£16.99


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

Andy Jarvis
Aghast/Agape

Beyond Repair Records No Cat

C30 Cassette
£1.99


New solo work from this UK avantist who has worked with Ashtray Navigations, Saboteuse, A Warm Palindrome etc. "A truly dedicated cassette of recordings done in August. Icy synth tone-shards tunneling themselves through immense layers of ice before melting into a beautiful, jaw dropping audiovisual landscape which then again warps itself into guitar chords spreading warm waves of greatness dedicated to his newly born son. Edition of 50. Skull drawing by Jarvis himself." - BRR.

Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink
Tschus

Cien Fuegos CF-002

LP
£14.99


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

Byssus
Hunting The Bitter Rose

Bezoar Formations No Cat

Cassette
£2.99


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

Caethua
The Summer Is Over Before It’s Begun

Turned Word Records TRD-024

LP
£10.99


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

Canopic Lidz
Da Da Vinci Code

Senseless Empire No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Minimal synth damage featuring Michael Troutman of Awesome Color, released on his own label: “From the basement's Canopic Lidz crew, this a concept album like the old days. Some seriously damaged soundz here. Side one has the street anthems while side two has the complimentary introspective numbers. The peak and the come-down so to speak. What is the code? Is the answer within? Above? Below? Those in the know know. Limited to 100 copies. 40 minutes of music!” – SE.

Cloaked Light
Plain Curtain

Arbor #122

Cassette
£1.99


“These early four-track experiments from Peter Friel’s Cloaked Light project offers a look into focus.  With the slowest subtlety changes grow, only perceptible through reflection.  A new form of seeking to understand; a non-linear music, offering a space of contemplation to look forward and behind. On A Long Green Hall Friel shifts meaning and reorients the place of speech in a Lucierian experiment with self-help tapes.  On But I’m Trying, subtle tonal expansions mirror the manipulation of speech on the previous track, though without the recognizable markers of language the result is more obscured.  Each track offers insight to the others processes.  Recorded in Summer 2009, these tracks are some of the earliest from the project, a precursory inquiry to the tapes on Ekhein and Monorail.  Upcoming split 12” EP with Pale Blue Sky further explores the nature of tonal interactions and non-linear potentials of sound.  In an edition of 125 copies with full color cardstock covers and labeled tapes.” – Arbor.

Dino & Nic
Plays Theme From Dino & Nic

Catholic Tapes No Cat

2xCassette
£3.99


Edition of 100 copies double cassette in moulded plastic boxes from the duo of ‘Dino St. Clair’ (aka Brett Naucke of Face Worker/Catholic Tapes) and ‘Nic Lamb’ (aka Chris Bush of Caboladies/Flower Man). Dual digital synth jams that move from ethereal/cosmic tones through heavier pulse-based wipe-outs.

Drunjus
Zone Grown

Pizza Night #11

Cassette
£1.99


Dense, primordial mud-drones and clammy earth-synth from this unit that features Clay Ruby and various members of the Davenport cultus. “Sounds like the tropics meet Wisconsin ” – PN.

Flashback Repository
s/t

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-30

LP
£6.99


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

Fricara Pacchu
Space Puppet

Lal Lal Lal #29

Cassette
£1.99


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

Green Mud
Descended From A Faggot

Maim & Disfigure #28

Cassette
£1.99


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

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Oktoberfest

Deception Island DI-18

C30 Cassette
£2.99


“Fuck do I ever have some explaining to do! Hot Air Balloon Ride is the cult-favorite duo of Emeralds synth ripper John Elliott (aka Lilypad) and Thursday Club electronics wizard Ryan Kuehn. This release documents an epic and utterly wasted gig that went down about a month back at Cleveland's Language Foundry, when our usual gaggle of stony customers undertook a voyage into the black heart of rust belt half-gentrification, and - unflinchingly, I might add - consumed its beers en masse. I seem to recall that in the midst of the Ride's setup, a consensus was reached to listen to the remainder of this epic Indians/Yankees jam and somehow the radio was running through Ryan's gear for a pretty heavy count of extra innings. This tape picks up like a looooong way into the process, fyi. Also, John wants me to write something in the description about how we saw a seriously fucking large spider that night while burning in an alley, but I'm not really sure what that has to do with anything. Flatteningly loud, at times even classically harsh black hole w/ radioactive gold leaf monosynth detail and shit-eating/knuckle-dragging posi vibes in equal measure. The fucking 1990s. If you think they kicked any kind of ass whatsoever, you weren't there, pal. This tape is a phenomenal wrench to the craw of any/all kollektor skum who claim to have Cleveland filth more than like 40-45% sussed. Hand-numbered edition of 100.” – DI.

Hungover Breakfast
Goyner

Dutch Beer #9

Cassette
£1.99


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

J Guy Laughlin
Solo Percussion Works Vol. 1

Wagon No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


“One of the most talented percussionists active on the right half of the United States makes a fine debut for Wagon. J Guy may be better known as the time keeper and main rhythm source of projects like the up and coming Puffy Areolas, or Cleveland's Dead Peasant Insurance. He may also be found in duo formation w/the infamous Mike Forbes or w/the "Electronic Key-Holder" Bob Drake.  Recorded at the now defunct zombie proof studios last year, this marks one of the first widely released recordings featuring just Mr Laughlin with his drums and assorted percussion and in a very fine fidelity no less. The cuts contained on this release glow with a mastery of dynamics and rapidly shifting phrases, a true guru of free-improvisation as expression. J Guy continually challenges himself and his unsuspecting audiences to create a realm where true to the moment expression exists, even if it means taking a live blitzkrieg from the man himself...you deserve it. This cassette serves as an entrance to the infinite tunnel of new ideas for percussion on a professional level in an era where a sudden mass quantity of amateur hour jazz and jazz fusion tactics live as an extra value meal without criticism. This is as true as expression can be and a brave solo adventure. Forthcoming releases on wagon are not so far off. Limited to 150 on chrome tapes.” – Wagon.

Kark
The Hermit

HP Cycle No Cat

LP
£2.99


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

Lazy Magnet/Social Junk
Split

Arbor #59

Cassette
£1.99


“Jeremy Harris’ Lazy Magnet project has been active for well over a decade though the work has remained relatively shrouded in mystery.  A true nomad; shifting location and inspiration, following whatever path may prevent itself.  Under the Lazy Magnet guise, Harris has explored an innumerable amount of musical styles, adapting each to his uses. On “Yet From The Highest Crown No Blossom Fell” Harris (along with Sakiko Mori of Daily Life) explores the Sci-Fi textures of digital synthesizers.  A drifting score from the Providence Futuristic District where man and machine meet to look inside each other. Philadelphia’s Social Junk present four tracks operating from a similarly paired Industrial Sci-Fi stance.  Some of the groups strongest work, recorded in December 2008 while still living in Oakland, CA.  Feedback is tamed into a smooth element, as pliable as the human voice.  The union of these organic/inorganic elements create a unique sense of melody from within the warehouse; clearing away the trash, polishing the concrete.  In an edition of 125 copies with full color cardstock covers and labeled tapes.” – Arbor.

Moms Who Chop
Extensive Back Catalogue Of Mud And Air

Cherried Out Merch

Cassette
£1.99


Boulders of psychedelic fuzz in a post-Blockaders wind tunnel from another one of Glamorous Pat's mystery projects.

Nervoid
Helpful Hints when Travelling Down the Path Your Parents Warned Against

Black Velvet Fuckere

C60 Cassette
£1.99


Limited reissue of one of the earliest (1997) Black Velvet Fuckere releases, a superbly personal tape assemblage from this Kentucky-based hermit that reconciles brain-damaged handmade DIY satori with damaged skag-concréte and buckets of tape grime. Recorded 1995-97. Recommended.

Pink Reason
Shit In The Garden

Siltbreeze SB-106

LP
£4.99


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

Robert Ridley-Shackleton
The Super Goaty Mixtape

Goaty Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Supremely weirdo collection of sociopathic/self-loathing crack up No Wave DIY-isms that combine bleak Industrial confusion with “Cock In My Pocket” style swagger: “The Super Goaty Mix Tape gathers a massive amount of archival recordings from the one and only Robert Ridley-Shackleton. Robby’s aggressive no-rock invectives are splattered all over the internet, but it was only a few months ago when I first ear-ate his waste–courtesy of a typed note addressed to “Sir/Madame.” This collection runs the bedroom studio gamut of drum machines, electric guitars, keyboard, and squeaky microphones, but all of the songs still fall pleasantly and uneasily between Baronic Wall’s synthesizer wastelands and GG Allin’s vein-popping rock and parole mania. Themes swing between high intensity machismo and timid self-loathing. And despite the feeling that these songs were written for Robby and Robby alone, there seems to be something for everybody.” – GT. 

S.S. Cretins
New England’s Newest Hitmakers

Sa SA-006

Cassette
£2.99


Great, crude set of classic lip-curling teen punk channelled by a group with connections to big VT faves Herbcraft: S.S. Cretins take the uber-crude stomp aesthetics of The Standells, The Elevators, The Haunted, Gravedigger V et al and channel it via crude basement aesthetics and straight to tape snot. Imagine a Jim Shepard-produced Pebbles bootleg featuring a buncha heartbroke guys in love with The Stones, Hooker, Heat and LSD. Then let it spit. Totally great, highly recommended. 

Sore Eros
Live At WFMU 01/31/10

Sixteen Tambourines No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Nice live set from Shdwply favourites Sore Eros, recorded live in the studio at WFMU. Nice hazy atmosphere, high Woods-like vocals and a dreamy almost C86 vibe. 

Sudden Oak
Limestone Sinks And Stream Deltas

Pizza Night #31

C30 Cassette
£1.99


New sax/guitar drone extremity from this San Francisco duo that collide a non-stop gush of metal feedback and wailing single notes headfirst into saxophone hallelujahs and slow-motion Borbetomagus vibes. 

The Sound From The Other Room
s/t

Tone Filth TF-37

Cassette
£1.99


The slow skull-throb of an entire house illuminated by slow-moving bombs of lugubrious organ drone, recorded via a microphone situated outside on the porch. A huge bead of quicksilver sweat rolling imperceptibly across the face of the sun. A benign shockwave unrolls in stop-motion. Hand-numbered edition of 98 in individually screened sleeves. Yow. Recommended.

Tramp
s/t

Attic Cassettes

Cassette
£1.99


More Texan electro-acoustic freak-out from Attic Cassettes in a hand-numbered edition of 50 copies, with gamelan tones and distant steel percussion heard through a blizzard of almost Haino/Milky Way-styled blizzard tone. Pretty blazing.

Various Artists
Super Street 25

Fag Tapes FT-240

Cassette
£1.99


This legendary run of live comps compiled by Heath Moerland of Sick Llama/Fag Tapes just keeps on keeping on. Hard to think of another cassette series that so perfectly expresses the mode of the underground circa now. This one features wild, murky jams from Sick Llama, Slither, New Pledgemaster, Cotton Museum and Steve Kenney (Demons). Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Walter Carson & Three Legged Race
Nocturnal Hymn

Heavy Tapes

Cassette
£3.99


New wretchedly destroyed primitive rock ascension from Robert Beatty of Hair Police/Eyes And Arms Of Smoke and collaborator Walter Carson. One of the most repeat-killing Heavy Tapes blats to date, with full colour artwork by Maya Miller of Double Leopards and the usual classy HT production job.

Workbench
Volume 7

Heavy Conversation #19

CD-R
£4.99


Special, very limited archival re-release of a beautifully weird-ass solo session from Double Leopards member Mike Bernstein with plenty of chirping electronics and close contact miked cymbals revealing whole new microtonal worlds of sick. Fuck yeah. Comes packaged in a long yellow envelope with paste-ons, on the DL’s own label.

Zach Kerouac
Charge

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Brand new limited to 50 copies cassette presenting an intense freedom-now set of drums, harmonica and electro spuzz from Marc Pilley’s alter-ego, combining Airway-style wipe-out with Masonna-esque aktions.

Zach Kerouac
Freedom Of Screech

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies with a whole batch of beautifully-mangled new drums/harmonica noise jams that cross primitive American basement aesthetics with total music freedoms with a hotwired Japanese noise aesthetic. Zach Kerouac is Marc Pilley, who runs the Attic Cassettes imprint.

Cured Pink
Dudu Bumi

Redundancy #5

Cassette
£1.99


Release on this great Australian cassette-only imprint run by Jarrod Zlatic: Cured Pink is Andrew George McLellan. Recorded in Jogjakarta, Malang, Bandung, and Brisbane between February and September 2011Dudu Bumi combines martial Industrial ritual with cultic caveman nod-outs and Faust-style electro-acoustic cluster fucks to generate a one-man form of communal ascension, taking Neubauten-style metal-on-metal and melding it to ESP-Disk/Godz/Cromagnon-scale freak. 

Demyster
s/t

Redundancy #6

Cassette
£1.99


New release on this great Australian cassette-only imprint run by Jarrod Zlatic: Demyster is the new duo of Jarrod and Tarquin Mannik who play “Sub-Subotnik/Schintzler digital electronics and Mortiz Von Oswald table scraps” in zero gravity environments. Imagine the sound of Throbbing Gristle’s Heathen Earth, complete with post-Cosey brass, in endless freefall with a heady sub-aqua Taj Mahal Travellers/Bill Dixon ‘feel’. In the usual classy uniform, sleeves w/info insert. Highly recommended. 

Dialing In
The Islamic Bomb

Music Fellowship MF-41

LP
£5.99


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

Dva Zagorodnyh/Swim With A Carrot
Split

Goaty Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


Double header of new Russian avant/pop underground moves from a pair of groups that share similar sonic tendencies to the Flying Nun cabal or even some of the stuff coming out of Oz right now but given a weird Eastern cold wave edge, even as it swims through pools of distant garage reverb and vaguely utopic teen stylings: “Russia was a place as yet unexplored under Goaty’s auspices, and in light of X-Men: First Class, I worried that the Russian-American dynamic was the same as ever. Is it all still blue jeans and nuclear threats, misunderstood attempts at world domination? I didn’t think so, but I wasn’t too sure. Lucky for us, Dva Zagorodnyh Doma and Swim with a Carrot—two different, but related, Russian projects—render this paradigm null. Both bands craft lo-fi pop atmospherics that share some qualities with the recent outburst of American garage basementisms, but their palette is at the same time exceptional—hazy, warm, almost tepid. Dva Zagorodnyh Doma follows a more traditional format, caking simple delicate pop songs in dynamic effects. Swim with a Carrot is a little more abstract, but harnesses a similar mood. The result is a split cassette that varies in form, but maintains a certain friendliness.” – GT.

MX-80
We’re An American Band

Family Vineyard FV-30

CD
£3.99


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

Cold Cave/Prurient
Stars Explode

Hospital Productions HOS-266

12” EP
£8.99


Limited vinyl edition of the Cold Cave/Prurient collaborative UK tour cassette that came out in an edition of 100 copies in 2009 with the addition of a brand new track. Very different in tone from what either group has done before, Stars Explode presents a series of very beautifully slow-moving drone compositions that have all of the ancient tectonic power of Nijiumu’s Era Of Sad Wings. Heavenly choirs of synth vibrate on the very edge of the horizon while arcs of symphonic underwater keyboards bubble to the surface. The beats break through on the third track, a jack-hammer Suicide-style instrumental before breaking into a final track that combines epic/euphoric drone melodies with macabre F/X-contorted vocals. Aspects of Coil, Klaus Schulze, Walter Wegmuller.... but truly its own thing. A major step outside. Highly recommended.

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!

Donald McPherson & Tetuzi Akiyama
Vinegar & Rum

Bo'Weavil Recordings Weavil-12

LP
£6.99


Vinyl edition of what was previously a CD, hand-numbered in an edition of 550 copies with wraparound card sleeve and insert: Great set of improvised acoustic guitar face-offs from avant Japanese guitarists Tetuzi Akiyama and free New Zealander Donald McPherson. Various hypnotic strategies cohere to wildly variant effect, with beautiful - almost Fahey-esque - melodies squatted by wayward, Jandek-style string navigations, percussive stops and melancholy clumps of chords. First ever CD from Bo'Weavil too, in deluxe fold-out art card sleeve and limited to 1000 copies. Very beautiful and highly recommended.

Golden Calves Money Band
Collection: Money Band + Century Band

Woodsist 056

2xLP
£8.99


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

Hobo Sonn
Wary The Mind

Amen Absen 003

LP + 3” CD-R
£8.99


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. 

In Camera
Frampton Comes Alive

La Scie Doree Scie-1012

LP
£13.99


Second in a series of inexplicable classic rock tributes from the duo of Christoph Heemann (HNAS/Mirror et al) and Timo Van Luijk (Eloide/Af Ursin) on Van Luijk’s own La Scie Doree imprint: a little more, uh, ‘rock inflected’ than Rumours, Frampton Comes Alive consists of a series of movements that confuse stasis and development, with minimal/modal keyboard works that are somewhere between the evocative ritual of Hermann Nitsch and the whole ‘Canterbury’ sound, combining aspects of progressive rock with devotional drone works. As ever Heemann’s use of sunken field recordings makes the recording feel more like an environment you can actually explore than simply a piece of unfolding music and at points the effect is uncannily affecting, with the music dissolving like the sudden absence of colour into stately black and white snapshots of the sound of yesterday, somewhere.  When the music picks up again it’s like its sounding a memorial for what came before, riding into the sun with some beautifully evocative and forlorn piano statements. A major work, one that combines diary, monumental sound work, free improvisation and subtle poetics. Highly recommended. 

Kan Mikami
Hoi 1973-1992

PSF MK-4

CD
£8.99


Another special/limited Kan Mikami edition from PSF, this one was originally scheduled as the follow-up to Mikami's fan club-only album, 19 Years, 2 Months, 16th Night, re-released by PSF last year. This one reads like Mikami's very own Genuine Bootleg Series, effectively a best-of collection of live, studio and demo material recorded off the cuff and on the lam. Moves from the oddest country swing moves ever fried in acid through moments of beautifully misconstrued Diddley-beat and blats of pure soul poetry so savage that the very arc of his syllables is enough to make your chest crease. This is the perfect opener for the Mikami neophyte. Housed once again in a special hard white card gatefold jacket, this comes in a limited edition of 1000 copies and is already all-but sold out at source. Highly recommended.

Matt 'MV' Valentine
Space Chanteys

Fringes Recordings FRINGES-10

LP
£14.99


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

Painting Petals On Planet Ghost
s/t

Time-Lag 030

LP
£8.99


Out of nowhere side from this new My Cat Is An Alien offshoot, with the Opalio brother’s acoustic/toy/tape manipulation moves fronted by vocalist/Edwige Fenech authority Ramona Ponzini who sings entirely in Japanese, flitting from moments of Ai Aso-styled midnight flicker through Haino-esque loops of syllabic trance and treated repeat-phrases ala Rita Ackermann. Some of the Opalio’s most inspired playing too, especially Maurizio’s acoustic guitar parts, positioned somewhere between Christina Carter and Sandy Bull’s William Byrd workings. Whole deal comes pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl and lushly packaged with letterpress printed cover & insert. Printed with copper ink on exquisite and massively thick handmade ivory art paper, each sheet cast one at a time and air dried. Hand numbered edition of 560 copies. Highly recommended.

Praxinoscope
Epocsonixarp

Opax OPX-023

CD-R
£2.99


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

Praxinoscope
s/t

A Silent Place ASP-08

Pic Disc LP
£3.99


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

Sightings
Terribly Well

Dais 043

LP
£9.99


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. 

Terror Of The Deep
Death Of The Gideon

Selection Records SR-011

12” EP
£10.99


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

The Christian Family Underground
For The Depth Of Your Union...

Woodsist 008

LP
£8.99


Excellent collaboration LP from Denmark's VU-obsessives Family Underground and Mr David Nuss of The No-Neck Blues Band et al. "Summer 06 Family Underground (DK) recorded with Dave Nuss of NNCK at Black Dirt Studios in the woods of upstate NY. The yield was as characteristically unhinged as one might expect: sweeping electronic sounds backed with wood and bone percussion spirit-conjure. However also harvested was some new and especially tasty crop: sung and spoken song, electric guitar/conga 'rock' and an odd ghostly sheen coating the entire proceeding. Nuss comments on the session: 'I remember when we were recording, momentarily leaving the studio and going out into the night and feeling it thicken like a partition separating us from this intense state of clear consciousness we had in the recording, which was like... humankind's natural state. And then thinking about Jesper from FU, an adopted Vietnamese living in DK, and how much he resembles Michael Jackson, and realizing that across continents no man can be divided from himself. We had to make this music to provide for us some fantasy of fulfilment that would carry us through the weekend like rejuvenated suns born again climbing to heaven, after being washed in the deepest bluest sea....' Jacket by designer Susan Cianciolo and screened inserts by Stellar, NL." - Woodsist.

The Moglass
August 1, 2004

U-Sound Vol-26

CD-R
£3.99


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

Timo van Luijk and Kris Vanderstraeten
High Noon

La Scie Doree #305

LP
£10.99


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

Tom Thayer
Tom Thayer

Cardboard Mirror No Cat

LP
£10.99


"Tom Thayer is a NY visual artist who creates paintings, drawings, sculpture, music, puppetry, film and theatrical experiments. These works are often loosely strung, frail objects depicting dilapidated, fantastical scenes of abstract human and animal figures. This is his first record of music, self-titled LP, edition of 550, released on his own Cardboard Mirror label. From the artist, "This record contains a broken, mildewed darkride of songs and beats held together by adhesive tape and string." We saw his gig and there were bird puppets playing records with their beaks, speeding up/slowing down, pecking the vinyl. This recording-remember the Plonsky record, or the recordings of Jean Dubuffet? Profound minimal electronic manipulation in real time by his own hand, mixed with crude sampling, creates a stunning first offering. Check his art at www.tomthayer.net." - Sound At One/NNCK.

Ultra
Roman Holiday

Dom America #21

2xLP + 7”
£18.99


Ultra were one of the shadiest of the post-Industrial avant-experimental groups, with next to nada available in terms of info and a deliberately cryptic/parodic stance. They were in fact the brainchild of Jon Carlson with contributions from Christoph Heemann and Achim P Li Khan of HNAS, inspired in part by their response to the early Whitehouse and Come Org releases. But in their attempt to lampoon and amplify the urges behind the most transgressive Industrial noise they went well beyond the remit, birthing a form of subtly psychedelic avant garde that is as beautiful as it is hilarious. There’s a sophistication to the recording that bears Heemann’s unmistakable thumbprint (he appears on 11 of the 18 tracks), with hazy drone sunsets that are pure Mirror, elegiac avant piano instrumentals and great barracking Industrial/rock assaults in the mode of Whitehouse/Ramleh, including the classic “New Centurion” and their amazing take on The Sodality’s “I Can’t Stand A Bitchy Chick.” The schizophrenic atmosphere makes for the perfect confusion, lurching from fizzy, melancholy tone-poems to fists full of Industrial brutalism. If you’re at all attuned to the more experimental/avant garde side of Industrial music, the side specifically inspired by the NWW list and articulated by labels like Pinakotheca, then might wanna move in. This deluxe double LP reissue restores their classic 1997 Roman Holiday album complete with additional stray singles and a bonus 7” featuring unreleased material from the Zoll sessions. Edition of 500 copies. Highly recommended.

Various Artists
Lead Into Gold

Rebis 008

2xCD
£5.99


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

Veli-Matti O Aijala
Raskas Taakka

Vauva No Cat

One-Sided Art Edition LP
£9.99


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

Angie
Turning

Easter Bilby EB-003

LP
£4.99


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. 

Anla Courtis
s/t

U-Sound #35

CD-R
£3.99


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

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.

Bobby Beausoleil
Mantra

Qbico #72

Pic Disc LP
£19.99


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

Borbetomagus
Sauter, Dietrich, Miller

Agaric 1982

CD
£7.99


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

Borbetomagus
Trente Belles Annees

Agaric 1998

CD
£7.99


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

Borbetomagus
Zurich

Agaric 1984

CD
£7.99


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

Carlos Giffoni
I Am Real

No Fun 02

LP
£8.99


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

Cel
Fugitive Angle

Dead Sea Liner 02

CD-R
£0.99


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

Chicken Legs Weaver
Wishbone Hands

Ecstatic Yod/Shagrat Cluck /

LP
£4.99


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

Christina Carter
Character Study

Drawing Room Records No Cat

LP + Chapbook
£14.99


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

Circuit Refusal
s/t

American Tapes AM-650

one-sided LP
£9.99


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

Cline/Giffoni/Licht/Ranaldo
Nothing Makes Any Sense

No Fun NFP-28

CD
£3.99


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

Control Unit
The Fugitives

Backwards BW-02

LP
£9.99


Phenomenal new set from the duo of Silvia Kastel and Ninni Morgia, here trading their free/rock style for a wild minimal synth/Euro Industrial approach that is fairly revelatory: using vocals, synth, beats, guitar and bass they build on the experiments of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, Vita Noctis, Kaa Antelope et al. Silvia’s vocals are particularly amazing, with a desperate nocturnal aspect that occasionally spills over into female Alan Vega-isms, with sudden screams and spluts erupting over low bass pulses and fuzzy rhythmic electronics while Ninni’s guitar stylings combine the kinda Ray Russell-isms of his free improvised work with a barbarous, minimal style that feels supremely threatening. The dark, nocturnal cold wave atmosphere is sustained throughout, giving the nod to Bend Sinister-era Fall as much as 20 Jazz Funk Greats or early Asmus Tietchens and the degree of invention marks this out as more of an extension and extrapolation of original minimal Industrial wave jams than a mere ‘tribute’. These two have been responsible for a ton of great vinyl and live jams of late but this may well be my favourite release of theirs to date. Edition of 300 copies with gorgeous hand-silkscreened sleeves. Highly recommended. 

D.R. Hooker
The Truth

Subliminal Sounds SUBLP-14

LP
£18.99


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

Dan Melchior
Slow Down Tiger

Starlight Furniture Company *27

LP
£6.99


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!

DMDN
Agonistes 1 & 2

Supreme Tool Supplies STS-9

LP
£16.99


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

Dry Rib
Whose Last Trickle

Messthetics #213

CD
£4.99


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

Eli Keszler
Livingston

Rare Youth RY-010

LP
£6.99


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

Embryonnck
s/t

Staubgold #67

CD
£3.99


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

Endless Boogie
Focus Level

No Quarter NOQ-013

CD
£3.99


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

Enema Syringe
Live At The No Fun Fest 2007

No Fun NFP-21

LP
£8.99


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

Excepter
Self-Destruction

Fusetron FUSE-041

LP
£4.99


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

Eye Contact
War Rug

KMB Jazz KMB-006

CD
£3.99


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

Family Underground
Nightflight To Venuses

U-Sound Vol 15

CD-R
£3.99


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

Foldhead
Drugs Paint Alcohol

Music Mundane No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


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

Franklin's Mint
Time Bends Light

Sunburned Records No Cat

CD
£1.99


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

Gary Smith/Silvia Kastel/Ninni Morgia
Brand II

L'Esprit De L'Escalier Lele-03

LP
£7.99


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

Graham Lambkin
Came To Call Mine

Penultimate Press No Cat

Art Book
£16.99


LAST COPIES Stunning new full colour art book, the latest beautiful presentation of the visual/text work of Graham Lambkin (The Shadow Ring/Kye et al) from Penultimate Press: 108 pages on gorgeous art paper with the right hand pages reproducing Lambkin’s paintings that cross a weird kinda of bio/dystopian future malaise feel with strange wildlife, mythic creatures and natural process sprung to mutant half-life. Accompanying each painting are short prose-poems that read like gnomic modern fables or surreal children’s stories, further bolstering the mythic future folk appeal. The run of art books by Lambkin from Penultimate has been uniformly revelatory but for my bucks this is the highlight of the set, an art book, a collection of short stories, an hallucinatory novelette, with art that touches on vectors as diffuse as Wassily Kandinsky and Rudolf Bauer while remaining quintessentially Lambkin. “For tailors and dummies and sons, and grocers, bakers, road sweepers and plums.” Very highly 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.

Graveyards
Relocated Cooling Towers

American Tapes AM-860

one-sided LP
£10.99


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

Green Flames
s/t

Assommer 007

LP
£9.99


Out-of-nowhere return for legendary Tokyo underground psychedelic speed freak guitarist Munehiro Narita with a group that to all intents and purposes is a re-fitted High Rise: Munehiro co-formed High Rise along with bassist Nanjo Asahito (Mainliner/Musica Transonic/Toho Sara et al) and helped launch PSF Records, which was founded to bring the works of High Rise and Fushitsusha to more prominence, with the label taking its name from the High Rise motto, Psychedelic Speed Freaks. Munehiro was one of the key guitarists of the era, perfecting a squealing fast-soloing style that pushed wah-wah excess into new realms of total sonic refusal. Here he is joined by original High Rise drummer Yuro Ujiie with Nanjo Asahito replaced by bassist/vocalist Tabata Mitsuru of Zeni Geva/Loud Machine 5000/Acid Mothers Temple et al.
The basic High Rise formula remains intact, thug-punk riffs hammered to infinity cut with whirlwind wah-wah solos but Tabata’s vocals give the whole deal a weird/sneering under-the-counter-culture appeal that sounds like it comes straight outta Ohio. Indeed, the rhythm section sound fantastic, playing doomy sludge-punk one minute and breaking out swampy Diddley-beats the next, with plenty of room for Narita to bleed in his insane excessive trademark style all over the top. High Rise vinyl is now hideously rare so this is a unique opportunity to grip some heavy duty speed freak wax from one of the defining guitarists of the era. Very highly recommended!

Greg Kelley
I Don’t Want To Live Forever

Little Enjoyer/Gameboy LE-1/

CD
£3.99


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

Guerilla Toss
Jeffrey Johnson

Feeding Tube Records FTR-092

LP
£6.99


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

Heavy Seals
Jazz Bust

Troniks TRO-198

CD
£1.99


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

Hevoset
s/t

Dekorder 024

LP
£5.99


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

Howth Castle
Good Morning, Mr Nobody

Father Yod FYP-L10

LP
£4.99


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

Human Bell
s/t

U-Sound Vol-29

CD-R
£3.99


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

Jackie-O Motherfucker
America Mystica

Dirter Promotions Dpromdlp-57

2xLP
£12.99


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

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

Muza #12

CD
£2.99


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

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!

Kemialliset Ystavat
Ullakkopalo

Fonal FR-69

CD
£3.99


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

KMVSNI/Usurper
Split

Giant Tank Gtnk-011

CD-R
£1.99


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

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

Ricerca Sonora RS-4

LP
£10.99


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

Li Jianhong
Lovers With Cloisonne Bracelet

Tipped Bowler Tapes No Cat

LP
£10.99


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

Majik
In Mara’s Glove

Foxglove 066

CD-R
£1.99


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

Majutsu No Niwa
At The End Of Summer

There MA-004

CD
£6.99


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

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!

Malucosbaba featuring Nishijima Masao
Night Of Yamanba And Another Moon

Kosuba 001

CD-R
£3.99


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

Mark Tucker
In The Sack

De Stijl IND-061

CD
£4.99


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

Mats Gustafsson
Bengt

Utech URLP-072

LP + CD
£10.99


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

Merzbow
Collection 009

Urashima UMA-052

LP
£10.99


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

Messenger Girls Trio
s/t

Uzu Audio 003

LP
£12.99


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

Michel Vogel
Ronde Matutinale a Amillis Berenice

Alga Marghen Planam-19

LP
£14.99


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

Ming
s/t

Don’t Fuck With Magic DFWM-010

CD-R
£6.99


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

MV & EE
Gene Pool

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


“Delightful archival release from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder from the Village Tavern, Mount Pleasant from back in January 2009.  Part of the 20 plus date tour from January 2009 to support the then new Drone Trailer album tentatively titled the Drone Trails tour. Not surprisingly the sets from this tour draw heavily from that album’s material with at least four or five songs included in the setlist. This tour has been fairly well represented so far by previous releases Space, Bill Lee Versus Powerman Or King Tubby’s Homestead, Expo 1 and a personal favourite, the live on air radio show of Mutron Lovers. These sets are all particularly memorable for me as they demonstrate the sonic dynamics of both sounds of the duo format; and this set is no exception. From the stripped, raw, almost primitive sounding numbers of two guitars and vocals next to the numbers where they really push the ‘possibilities’ of the duo format to its extreme with some really exploratory sounds, like two sonic alchemists, trying to recreate the psychedelic sounds of tracks like “Huna Cosm” and “Weatherhead Hollow”. In fact these sets are notable, with the exception of some trio performances with Willie Lane later in the year, as the only recorded live performances of the psychedelic opus that is “Weatherhead Hollow” – a major cause for celebration round these parts. If that wasn’t enough this is a strange recording with, at times, a bit of background noise that seems to add to the occasion including a game of pool. You can even hear the clinking of the balls giving this its Gene Pool title. That said, this is an incredibly clear sounding recording with the vocals really high in the mix and Erika’s pedal steel never sounding better.
The set opens with “The Hungry Stones” played as a delicately finger-picked country folk blues.  The dual vocals sound particularly beautiful on this one mixed with some heart rendering pedal steel guitar and some fat bends on the blues harp; a real treat. Next up is one of the set’s highlights with a sublime version of “Huna Cosm” which can best be described as fragmented deconstructed psychedelic space blues. This is played super slow, like the original studio version, almost collapsing at times and loosely held together by single gently plucked chords laced in space FX. Erika’s pedal steel at times sounds like some kind of electronic oscillator. At 1m phased space vocals appear with echo FX to add to the occasion. Also a great guitar solo on this around 3m with looped backward guitar sounds and delay FX. Compared to recent live versions that sound like some kind of Mississippi swamp blues this is more PK Dick than Howlin’ Wolf. This segues into a real primitive sounding version of Drone Trailer opener “Anyway”, stripped here of its full Golden Road treatment compared to the studio version.  An acoustic driven country rocker with Erika delivering a vocal reminiscent of that one from “Death Is My Friend” (from Liberty Rose - COM34) or even “Freight Train” (from Lunar Blues – COM16).  There are a couple of great frazzled garage fuzz sounding guitar solos from MV at 2m12s and again at 3m50s. Next up is “Cold Rain” with the ‘gene pool’ in full effect adding some strange percussion over the delicately finger-picked chords at the start. There is a really lucid psychedelic solo at 2m53s on this one with backward guitar which is a real treat. The set closes with the other major highlight which is the psychedelic opus known as “Weatherhead Hollow”. Following the dark sounding opening verses at 3m22s, stabs of whiplashing wah-wah guitar appear interspersed with lucid meanderings. This develops into a really loose jam. Towards the end about 8m or so the song breaks into a passage almost solely built around feedback with some really explorative sounds. This is not unlike some of the moments from the guitar triptych from Herbcraft’s recent Ashram To The Stars LP.  At about 11m or so this descends further into strange space guitar, pulsating feedback and the sound of roaring rocket engines. Forget phasers, set sonics to stun. Overall, a set which runs: “The Hungry Stones”, “Huna Cosm”, “Anyway”, “Crowd Control Rap”, “Cold Rain”, “Uranian Ray Request” and “Weatherhead Hollow”. Great mix of dynamics on this one from a great run of shows.  Personal highlights include the real explorative sounds and jams pushing the duo format on numbers like “Huna Cosm” and “Weatherhead Hollow”. It’s deeeep and it’s highly recommended.” – Andrew Ross. 

MV & EE
Like Jet Ski On Sherbert: Cloudland Comeback

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Hands-down skullfuck classic live set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder on their own Heroine imprint: beautifully recorded live at Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN on 28/10/12 this set sees the duo at their furthest out and at their most beautifully poised. Incredible extended elegiac versions of  “Workingman’s Smile”, “Shit’s Creek”, “Turbine”, “Too Far To See > Jam” and a mind-blowing hi-fi “Environments > Feelin’ Fine” that has to be heard to be believed, with the duo floating all the way out on beams of almost Japanese drone clouds. A monster, highly recommended. 

MV & EE
Pay Yer Rates

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Massively-heavy duo set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder: recorded 10/26/09 at The Elevens, Northampton, MA in dazzling Spectrasound this one has a raggedy avant country edge with acoustic zoners that explode into fuzz and some super-downer acoustic improvisations that have a hillbilly Incus edge illuminated by very intimate vocals and some of their most hushed space environments. Great set list that runs from “Home Comfort” into a stunning “Jacked Up>Jacked Jam>Mine All Troubled Blues>In The Mines Jam>Feelin’ Jam>Environments>Feelin’ Fine” motherlode jam. Highly recommended! 

MV & EE
Slaymaker: Blimey Core (Planet Caravan Enthusiasts)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Beautiful live duo set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder on their own Heroine imprint: recorded with the full Home Comfort Sound System at the Custard Factory, Birmingham on 19/9/12, this is a massively psychedelic blat, with MV surfing waves of tactile fuzz and ripping endless post-Takayanagi/Kaneko shapes from out of the air before moving into full-on dosed country hunch. Maximalist track listing runs through “Workingman’s Smile”, “Shit’s Creek”, “Too Far To See > Jam > Cold Rain”, “Environments > Space Drums > Feelin’ Fine”. Recommended. 

MV & EE
You Bring The Piece?

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Full-bore Home Comfort Sound System live jag from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder: recorded at the Crypt De L’Eglise Notre-Dame La Croix on 13/9/12 the sound is pure caves-in-there with a heavy cultic feel and a dark, slowly expansive atmosphere cut with almost Maggot Brain-level mind destruction and peaking Industrial strength drones that give way to zoned raga/modal fade-outs. Track listing runs; “Workingman’s Smile”, “Too Far To See > Jam > Turbine”, “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie”, “Anyway”, “Environments > Space Drums > Feelin’ Fine”, “Get Right Church”. Recommended. 

MV & EE w/Rafi
Fried Peninsular (Low Country Cabbage)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Trio set blow-out from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder w/Rafi Bookstaber of Aswara/Death Chants et al: recorded live at Tin Roof, Charleston, SC. on 25/10/12 this is a massively extended jam set, with tracks sighing into each other before building to amazing Angus MacLise-plays-the-songs-of-Henry-Flynt F/X. Opens with “Tea Devil” and “Shit’s Creek” before dissolving into an overwhelming endless=endless jams that runs through “Leaves > Jam > Fire On The Mountain > Environments > Feelin’ Fine”. A monster, recommended. 

MV & EE w/Rafi
Snowballs (Cojones I.O.U.)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Major trio line-up live jag from Matthew Valentine, Erika Elder and Rafi Bookstaber of Aswara/Death Chants et al: recorded in the taper’s pit by Cory Rayborn of Three Lobed Recordings at Glenwood Coffee & Books, Greensboro, NC. 23/10/12 this is a dazzling non-stop single jam that starts off w/swampy psychedelic blues and ends up flying straight into the face of the sun with a massive free-flowing set that runs “Tea Devil > Space Jam > Shit’s Creek . Fire On The Mountain > Environments > Feelin’ Fine. Recommended!

MV & EE with Muscox
All Good Habs

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


“Totally killer set from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder joined by Canadian Mike ‘Muscox’ Smith. Really recent set recorded at Casa del Popolo, Montreal, QC from April 2011 from a run of three random shows following the April Flower Tour. Been really admiring the bass playing of Muscox lately ever since hearing those bass runs from the archival Double Double Raw set which were pure Jack Casady. Combined with his recent contributions to the Country Stash LP and his acoustic bass playing on “Ease My Eyes” from MV’s solo LP which was so pure and organic I was almost salivating for this one to arrive. And the resounding conclusion is that it is does not disappoint on any level.
Opener “Cold Rain” is simply sublime with the most beautiful interplay between MV’s guitar and Muscox’s bass that is pure Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh. If “Dark Star”-era Dead is your kinda thing then you have got to check this out. The extended four minute intro with the art of weaving between guitar, bass and slide (even incorporating the use of some harmonics) gets me every time. Following the verse this splits into a super psychedelic lucid jam in the middle. So many live versions of “Cold Rain” exist but each time they seem to find a slightly different arrangement that never disappoints – a great version that’s a real keeper for sure. Next up is “Tea Devil” which borrows the Country Stash arrangement but interesting to hear it played slightly differently without Mick Flower. It is mixed up a bit here with more of a start-stop version between stanzas with Erika at times almost whispering the vocals. There is some great guitar with one of those Takashi Mizutani sounding solos at 5m55s as well as those high-end chords mixed with some backward guitar. At about eight minutes or so the song breaks into a fairly lucid jam; there is a great new extended bass lead passageway at the end that is laced with some pretty psychedelic guitar that finally segues into “Crash Palace of Records”. With the exception of “Tea Devil” this is the first live recording of the new material from “Country Stash”.  With Muscox having already applied his trade to the original studio version this is a sweet sounding live version with a great backward guitar solo. If it couldn’t get any better there is a re-worked version of “Environments” which sounds dramatically different to some of the recent live arrangements. It opens with some lucid meanderings on the banjo, but slightly less like the strong eastern raga versions of late, with a slight celtic edge sounding somewhere between Davy Graham and Paul Metzger. This is combined with some space FX sounding slide guitar and subtle walls of intermittent feedback that sound like pulsating orbs. This breaks into some slowly plucked melodic chords which are looped before returning to the banjo. The banjo passages sound much more carefully considered with as much respect for space as flurries of notes, repeating certain passages as if chanced upon. There is also some kosmische flute added courtesy of Muscox which seals the deal, coming over like a cross between Traffic and some meditation jam. At about 7m more frantically strummed raga passages appear accompanied by jazz-like runs on the flute. The addition of percussion at 10 minutes then gives way to the introduction of Muscox’s bass and some beautiful high-end melodies. The frantically strummed walls of raga chords and feedback appear at 11 minutes with MV then swapping banjo for guitar.  The song closes with some light sounding tabla drums, a real organic bass groove and some further wild atonal electric guitar! - this version is really that good. This segues into a real transcendental version of “Drone Trailer” with some delightfully melodic solo expressions from MV mixed with Erika’s pedal steel as part of the song’s extended intro. This is a beautifully restrained version with some heart-breaking harp and Muscox pinning it down throughout. The set closes with the road anthem of “Feelin’ Fine”.
Overall, a set which runs: “Cold Rain”, “Tea Devil” into “Crash Palace Of Records”, “Musk Atom Heart Shout Out”, “Environments” into “Drone Trailer”, and finally “Feelin’ Fine”. This is a great set with personal highlights including the guitar weaving on “Cold Rain”, the lucid jam at the end of “Tea Devil” and a radically different sounding version of “Environments” which works a number of new ideas and themes. For me there’s always something new in each Heroine release but this one feels a bit special. It’s highly recommended.” – Andrew Ross.

My Cat Is An Alien
Fragments Suspended In Time

Opax Records Opax OPX-32A

Art Edition LP
£14.99


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

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

Starlight Furniture Co. *26

LP
£8.99


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

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.

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.

Pekka Airaksinen
One Point Music

No Label No Cat

LP
£8.99


Amazing unlikely limited edition reissue of this legendary obscure private press LP that remains one of the most elusive and highly sought-after recordings ever to escape the Nurse With Wound list. Pekka Airaksinen was a member of the equally elusive Sperm, whose amazing 1970 Shh! LP on O Records recently got the reissue treatment. One Point Music goes even further than that outré side with a series of heavily rhythmic/percussive electro/primitive jams that almost comes over like a Cromagnon take on the afro-futurism of Craig Leon’s Nommos LP. Airaksinen works euphoric cultic magic with the barest of set-ups, with single flashing beats/rhythms illuminated by nothing but cracks of solitary electronics or a sudden woosh of phantom brass. Imagine the original Amon Duul let loose in Saturn studios with Suicide’s set-up circa 1975. The LP has two almost-distinct sides to it, with the first a heavier, more overtly modern/primitive Industrial style with electronics and metal percussion that’s somewhere between early SPK/TG at their most minimally repetitive and some of the more bloody-minded of the Vanity acts, Tolerance et al. But it’s cut up with a killer wild man of the mountains feel that is pure Finish freak folk, albeit more amphetamine than hallucinogen. The second side gets even more kosmische, with a use of crude F/X and a fidelity that is as out there as early-60s Sun Ra complete with cosmo-electronics and wild phasing rhythms and alarm code beats that vibrate the speakers like a more DIY Maryanne Amacher before being overwhelmed by great paeans to fuzz and fury that speak in walls of ululating death-tone. Incredible to think this was released in 1972 (!!?) when there was little parallel for this kind of hermetically personal DIY cosmo-minimalism. Originally issued in a run of only 120 copies, this is the first time it has even been remotely available in its entirety. Highest possible recommendation!

Pill Wonder
Jungle/Surf

Underwater Peoples Records UPLP-002

LP
£4.99


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

Pink Luminous Invocation
s/t

Sagittarius A-Star No Cat

LP
£12.99


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

Quasispecies Four
s/t

Art Into Life 010

Art Edition LP
£16.99


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

R.O.T.
L'Ecurie

KRAAK

LP
£6.99


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

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Spraycan In Space

Manhand MH-102

CD-R
£2.99


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

Sutcliffe Jugend
This Is The Truth

Hospital Productions/Ground Fault HOS-166/

2xLP
£8.99


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

The Blithe Sons
The Great Orthochromatic Wheel

Family Vineyard FV-66

LP
£8.99


First full-length album from the duo of Glenn Donaldson and Loren Chasse since 2004: one side recorded outdoors, one indoors. The indoor stuff orbits the eccentric English avant/folk orbit plotted by players like Richard Youngs and Robert Wyatt, with smudged vocals and intricate, drug-inflected arrangements, while the outdoor material is more expansive, with reverberating electronics and wind instruments recorded in a cavernous hall in the side of a sea cliff. Edition of 500 copies, comes with a free download coupon.

The Mayfair Set
Young One

Captured Tracks CT-021

LP
£4.99


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

The Phantom Payne/Banana Head
Split

Goaty Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£2.99


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

Thrash, Jr.
All Throttle, No Bottle

Mad Monk No Cat

CD-R
£3.99


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

Three Legged Race
Living Order/Mourning Order

Tone Filth TF-51

LP
£10.99


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

Tovahaunted
s/t

Tovinator No Cat

one-sided LP
£6.99


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

Traum/Bark Haze
Monolith: Jupiter

Music Fellowship MF-39

One-Sided Pic Disc LP + CD
£4.99


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

Travelling Bell
Scatter Ways

Secret Eye Ab-Oc-15

CD
£3.99


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

TV-Resistori
Serkut Rakastaa Paremmin

Fonal FR-44

LP
£4.99


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

Various Artists
A Tribute To Jojo Hiroshige

Alchemy ARCD-167

CD
£6.99


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

Various Artists
Been Here All My Days

Mississippi Records MR-064

LP
£8.99


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

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

Cold Turkey Press 6802 944

LP
£32.99


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

Various Artists
Eli The Ice Man

American Tapes AM-862

CD-R
£4.99


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

Various Artists
Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten

Enfant Terrible Enfant-11

LP + 7"
£9.99


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

Vernon & Burns meet Lied Music
Lost Lake

Shadazz #11

LP
£8.99


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

Voice Of The Seven Woods
The Holy Harbour EP

Twisted Nerve TN-079

10"
£4.99


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

Warmer Milks
Radish On Light

Troubleman TMU-177

LP
£2.99


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

Willie Lane
Recliner Ragas

Humito HUM-1004

LP
£10.99


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

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

Hospital Productions HOS-209

LP
£8.99


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

XNoBBQX
Skewer

Golden Lab Records ROWF-11

10”
£8.99


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

Yahowha 13
Live At The Velvet Lounge

Sagittarius A-Star #35

LP
£10.99


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

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.

Children’s Hospital
Alone Together

Sacred Bones Records SBR-013

LP
£3.99


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

Excepter
Alternation

Fusetron

2xLP
£6.99


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

Excepter
Late

Woodsist 046

12” EP
£4.99


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

Heather Leigh
Nightingale

Golden Lab Records ROWF-48

LP
£14.99


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

Hive Mind
Cast Through Shallow Earth

No Fun NFP-19

LP
£10.99


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

Incapacitants
Mon, Ma? Mon!!!

Triangle TR-50

CD
£4.99


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

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.

Loosers
For-All-The-Round-Suns

Ruby Red RR-002

LP
£3.99


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

Monosov Swirnoff/The Shining Path
Two Recorded Works

Eclipse

LP
£3.99


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

MV & EE with Smokehound
Soaked

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Amazing trio psych-out set from Matthew Valentine, Erika Elder and Smokehound on drums recorded live at the Electric Eclectics Festival in Meaford, On. Canada on 3/8/12. Some quality raps on this and great audience goofs cut with a tight, small band sound and great sonics. Extended versions of “Workingman’s Smile”, “Shit’s Creek” and “Common Ground” into a final expansive “Wandering Nomad > Environments” that has a euphoric Twisted Village crude pop/psych crunch. Recommended. 

Pay Toilets
Freedom Rock or Wet & Wild USA

White Denim #007

LP
£1.99


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

Phantom Family Halo
The Legend Of Black Six

Black Velvet Fuckere No Cat

LP
£4.99


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

Psychward Cult
Magnetic Coma

Alberts Basement AB-33

Cassette
£2.99


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

Ragtime Frank
Live At St. George’s

Negative Guest List NGL-036

LP
£12.99


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

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

Sexual Assault Rifle
s/t

American Tapes AM-850

one-sided LP
£6.99


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

Soft Power
If You Come Around

All Day Breakfast Enterprises No Cat

LP
£9.99


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

Supreme Team
Waiting For Little

Maim & Disfigure #29

Cassette
£2.99


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

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

Wholly Other No Cat

One-Sided Picture Disc LP
£8.99


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

The No-Neck Blues Band
CINo51

Kelippah KEL-008

LP
£14.99


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

Twins
The Other Side Of

Ruralfaune SYNTH-013

LP
£4.99


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

Von Himmel
Rock N Roll Animal/Traum Esel

Donkey Disk No Cat

LP
£16.99


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

Walking Ruins
Fall Of The House Of Ruin

Gulcher 408

CD
£2.99


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

Walter Carson
Recalcitrants

Gods of Tundra GOT-010101

LP
£4.99


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

Wand
Hard Knox

Ecstatic Peace E#100K

CD
£3.99


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

Zelienople
His/Hers

Type 024

CD
£1.99


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

Zelienople
Stone Academy

Digitalis

CD
£1.99


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