Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

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. 

Kuwayama-Kijima
s/t

GG Records GG-001

CD
£4.99


Beautiful document of higher-minded site-specific psychedelic improvisation from this Japanese duo that released the great Shrine LP with Carter Thornton last year. These guys have also worked with Matthew Heyner and the world they inhabit is one built on foundations laid by thinkers as diverse as Barre Philips, Iancu Dumitrescu, Malcolm Goldstein and Chie Mukai. Kuwayama Kiyoharu plays cello and Kijima Rina plays violin and together they work fast scrabbles, knots of diamond-black tone and solid ribbons of speed-of-thought trance into beautifully austere monoliths. First track recorded live at the Warehouse #20, on a garden pier in front of Nagoya, tracks two and three recorded live at a motorway construction side. Highly recommended.

Son Of Earth
Pet

Apostasy Recordings AP-024

LP
£8.99


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

The New Monuments
s/t

Important Records No Cat

LP
£10.99


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

United Supreme Council
Oastem! Vibe Orchestra

Eclipse

LP
£10.99


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

Yek Koo
Desolation Peak

Emerald Cocoon EC-011

LP
£8.99


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

A Qui Avec Gabriel/Tori Kudo
Enka Mood Collection

An'archives AN'09

10"
£16.99


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

Antipan
s/t

Pulled Out PULLLP-001

one-sided LP
£6.99


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

Avarus
Jattilaisrotta

Secret Eye/Lal Lal Lal AB-OC-13/

CD
£3.99


Album from the heaviest of the new Finnish operatives, a clutch of explosive strategies wound around mantric bass patterns and the sound of flesh on skin that gives the nod to Wümme-era Faust, International Harvester and Amon Düül. Features some bonus Garfield graphics as well as a hot pic of Merja aka Islaja who joins the line-up alongside Jan Anderzen, Arttu Partinen etc... Our kind of package and one of the best ways ‘in’ to the whole Finnish thing.

Bobby Beausoleil
Mantra

Qbico #72

Pic Disc LP
£21.99


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

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
In The Blink Of An Eye

De Stijl No Cat

7”
£3.99


Set of songs from Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core, following on from his song project LP Songs 2002 with a feel for post new wave swagger that marries early Gang Of Four to a basement psych production. “C S Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan, repped Cincinnati for many many years and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Musically, Yeh is monolithically active both as a solo artist and improviser as well as with Burning Star Core. He has made seemingly hundreds of recordings, and we've yet to find one rotten egg in the basket. Yeh has collaborated with an insanely varied list of people. If we were to actually drop these names, you'd be impressed / confused. But you have NOT heard the result of him writing songs, and for whatever reason the realization that he can do it and do it well is a shocker. So, aside from a 2002 EP documented by WHAT THE ...?, this is yr first glimpse into the brightness of this aspect of his ever evolving talents.” – CS. 

Can't/Carly Ptak/Heather Leigh/Zaimph
s/t

Curor No Cat

2x8" Lathe
£16.99


Limited to 100 copies double lathe set (plays at 45rpm) that bundles four of the foremost female avant/noise insurgents this side of Yoko fucking Ono. And that's the only side to be on. Heather Leigh's "Loch Awe" is the first recorded evidence of her profound post-Adris Hoyos approach to drums and vocal disobedience, with a bandstand rocking sound that references Robbie Yeats's machine gun stagger as much as The Shaggs or Harry Pussy. The Zaimph track is a tornado of levitation with vocals sucked through tiny collapsing galaxies. Can't aka Jessica Rylan presents a synth and vocal piece that draws on all of the most magical aspects of her live shows while Carly Patak of Nautical Almanac presents an excerpt from a conceptual work entitled "Activity: brief fugue", intended to "create change through the process of focussed intent". The whole set comes wrapped up in some particularly fine art by Karen Constance of Blood Stereo/Chocolate Monk/Polly Shang Kuan Band etc. Highly recommended.

Charalambides
Ana/Kata

Beta-lactam Ring Records BLURR-2002

10"
£8.99


2002 10" from the world beating Charalambides trio of Tom and Christina Carter and Heather Leigh. Two beautiful improvisations that float electric string violence into barren desert territories. Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies. OOP.

Charlie Draheim
Legal Crotch Ambient

Chocolate Monk Choc-208

CD-R
£2.99


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

Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt
The Raw And The Cooked

Palilalia PAL-011

LP
£14.99


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

Much-anticipated private press duo set from guitarist Bill Orcutt and drummer Chris Corsano: Corsano has made no secret of his total fucking awe at the kinda jaw-dropping breakthroughs in the logistics of time and space made by drummer Adris Hoyos in the few short years that she ruled the planet in Harry Pussy so it was pretty much a given that when Orcutt got back to string wrestling that Corsano was gonna be shooting for the drum stool. And what a hook-up. This is the closest to the full-bore Harry Pussy sound that Orcutt has come since reactivating, with that wild hiccupping style where it feels like the pair are just riding waves of buckling electricity. Corsano’s playing isn’t quite as, uh, blunt as Hoyos and there’s a fluidity to his pugilism that allows Orcutt to get a little slippy, exchanging well-oiled power chord blats with fast zig-zagging runs. And it’s not all breakneck speed-of-thought exchange either, there are long sections of tactile low level tension and some blues moaning from Orcutt that would spook Guitar Roberts. Edition of 500 copies in a cool gatefold sleeve with a snap of our heroes in full flight, immediately sold out at source, very highly recommended!

Christina Carter
Character Study

Drawing Room Records No Cat

LP + Chapbook
£14.99


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

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.

Es
A Love Cycle

Fonal FR-17

CD
£1.99


Shop copy, price sticker on front, CD never played. Re-issue of the second Es album from Sami Sanpakkila with one bonus track. Mesmerising early experiments with multiple turntables, winding broken/evocatively wonked phrases into hypnotic psychoactive architectures ala Terry Riley/William Basinski et al.

Glenn Spearman
First And Last

Eremite MTE-021

CD
£8.99


The late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman was an articulate players with a stunning use of speech-like inflections, and his rasping, rough throated tone was perfect for preaching the blues. His appearance at the 1998 Fire In The Valley festival, documented here, was his last Earthside gig before succumbing to cancer, and it’s a poignant performance. The trio of Spearman, drummer Rashid Bakr and pianist Matthew Goodheart lock into group mind from the break, and the second track, “Under The Incalculable Sky, Listless, Diseased With Stars”, contains everything that keeps you coming back to this music – a performance full of compassion and emotional honesty, in which passages of furious despair give way to shots of sweet remembrance. Highest recommendation.

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.

Hospice Janitor Hours
Taxidermy Videos And Modern Step Stools

Chocolate Monk Choc-204

CD-R
£2.99


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

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.

Mad Nanna
In Glasgow/At Volcanic Tongue

Golden Lab Records ROWF-39

LP
£18.99


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

Mokinox
I’m Your Chair

Chocolate Monk #117

CD-R
£2.99


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

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).

Monostadt 3
Experiment 8.2

Digestive Systems DIGSYS-002

LP
£10.99


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

Muura
Untitled

Alberts Basement No Cat

7”
£6.99


Stunning 7” (plays at 33) from Matt Earle of Breakdance The Dawn/Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx etc....with individually handmade sleeves. As with a lot of Matt’s work, it’s difficult to work out what he is actually doing here, though there are spurts of free percussion, alternately scratchy/ululating eternal drones, factory sounds ala Joe Jones, deformed, endlessly echoed vocals that sound like they’re being recorded from the bottom of a well... the second side is more recognisably based around amp destruction and guitar abuse with waves of crude feedback interrupted by percussive guitar wrangling ala The Dead C at their most extended (think the coda from “Outside”). No one makes rock music that is quite as unrecognisably fucked up and satisfyingly alien as Matt Earle and this is another righteous fist up the wazoo of musical conservatives everywhere. Recommended. 

Muura
Untitled

Wormwood Grasshopper Records WG-07

LP
£21.99


Private press LP in an edition of only 150 copies from Matt Earle of Breakdance The Dawn/Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx etc....with classy paste-on handmade sleeves. As with a lot of Matt’s work, it’s difficult to work out what he is actually doing here, though there are spurts of deformed F/X, alternately scratchy/ululating eternal drones, factory sounds ala Joe Jones, deformed, endlessly echoed vocals that sound like they’re being recorded from the bottom of a well... the second side is more recognisably based around amp destruction and guitar abuse with waves of crude feedback interrupted by massive dooms of guitar wrangling ala The Dead C at their most extended (think the coda from “Outside”). No one makes rock music that is quite as unrecognisably fucked up and satisfyingly alien as Matt Earle and this is another righteous fist up the wazoo of musical conservatives everywhere. Very highly recommended.

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

Chocolate Monk CHOC-137

CD-R
£2.99


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

No Fucker
Conquer The Innocent

No Real Music No Cat

7”
£3.99


Fantastic 4-track EP in requisite nuclear/biological warfare style cover from this fantastic American hardcore group that combine open worship of the whole UK Discharge/Conflict scene with post-Black Flag metal jams, incredible propulsion and guitars that sound like fucking guitarsguitarsguitars. Made legendary by Wolf Eyes’ cover of their “We Make Noise Not Music”, this might be their best sounding record to date, with a chaotic fuzz stance, treble pushed all the way into the red, a bass guitar that sounds like a rubber band on a comb and fully adrenalised breakneck lyrics. Unbelievable and highly recommended.

No Fucker
s/t

No Real Music No Cat

7”
£3.99


Another mind-blowing breakneck-dense 5-track EP from this great American hardcore group with a recent cassette release on Nate Young’s AA Records. Long championed by Wolf Eyes, who covered their anthemic “We Make Noise Not Music”, No Fucker openly worship at the feet of the whole Discharge-related UK hardcore/punk scene, but successfully explode the form with liberal injections of post-Gregg Ginn heavy metal flexing, the best fuzz guitar sound ever and an amphetamine, scorched earth attack that balances on the punk/psych border with alla the lack of grace of Crass, Conflict et al… totally great and highly recommended.

Pee In My Face With Surgery
Damnation Road

Chocolate Monk Choc-143

CD-R
£2.99


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

Reminguez
Stupid With Brains

Chocolate Monk Choc-153

CD-R
£2.99


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

Rory Storm
ZstarshipZ

Foxglove 136

CD-R
£3.99


"Rory Storm makes his stateside debut with an album full of charred drones and moon songs of highest order. "ZstarshipZ" looks on from its celestial perch like a wise wizard, enchanting the world below with the blink of an eye. Solar broadcasts that emerge from the earth's core, whirl around in all their electric-field glory before crashing to the ground like a comet-fuelled rocket. This is dense like a black hole, but burns as bright as a supernova. Rory Storm conjures up music that is painfully beautiful. It doesn't get much better than this." - FD. Edition of 100 copies.

Rosemary Krust
s/t

Spleencoffin No Cat

7”
£1.99


7” EP from this interesting boy/girl duo from Baltimore with a feel for primitive folk/pop forms ala K Records et al cut-up with the kinda charged sonic debris normally found floating around the skulls of the early Siltbreeze roster. Tough guy sounds for vulnerable kittens.

Seesselberg
Synthetik 1

No Label S-1

LP
£14.99


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

Smack Music 7 & Reijo Pami
Kuppa, Iloinen Tauti

Chocolate Monk Choc-156

CD-R
£2.99


Barely-identifiable future/primitive space jams from Karen Constance (Blood Stereo et al) and reclusive Finnish savant Reijo that work slow take-offs of bubbling analogue interference and low-level acoustic vibration into brain-gripping mongoloid sound forms. Sounds like pretty much nothing else, highly recommended.

The Farwood Duo
Strangled Pairs : Volume Two

American Tapes AM-691

CD-R
£6.99


“Second in this collab CD series. This time paired with Plants/OG American Tapes/NAACP guitar master/weirdo Jeff Dunn who sent in a tape of solo guitar that gets a thick reworking by Coorz Liberty. Three strange tracks with guitars, j-tar, and alto sax. Band started in 1991????!!!! Handpainted cover in DVD case.” – John Olson.

The Hunter Gracchus
The Bolsheviks Shat In My Brain

Chocolate Monk Choc-198

CD-R
£2.99


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

Tight Meat Duo
Creaming The Gutterpunk

Alt Vinyl AV-005

8" Lathe
£6.99


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

Various Artists
Wayfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles

Numero Group Numero-048

2xLP
£21.99


Astounding collection of unknown teenage post-Zeppelin/Sabbath occult metal from 1970s USA: this is such a great package, with classy teenage Dungeons & Dragons style graffiti on lined notebook paper for artwork and specially re-visioned metal school-room style ‘logos’ drawn by Robert Soden: if you dug Medusa’s amazing First Step Beyond LP out of Chicago in the 1970s then this shit is the next level, with OTT doom metal epics married to classic fighting fantasy, sword and sorcery lyrics as well as dedications to Lucifer, lakes of fire, pagan hostilities and necromancy. The level of Bonehead RPG-isms is almost overwhelming as bands like Air, Wrath, Stonehenge, Triton Warrior, Junction, Stone Axe, Wizard, Stoned Mace, Arrogance, Sonaura, Dark Star, Inside, Space Rock (!), Medusa, Gorgon Medusa and Hellstorm conduct proto-punk séances in the name of the dungeon master. If you’re a fan of thud and you like it all wrapped up with a teenage metal warrior ethos w/doofy nods to the occult then you’re in the right place. This is the sound of the true teenage wasteland. Beautifully packaged with heavy vinyl, chunky gatefold sleeve and a massive booklet with great liners and pics, very highly recommended. 

Vom Grill
De Vlag Hangt Halfstok

Chocolate Monk Choc-209

CD-R
£2.99


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

William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra
For Percy Heath

Victo #102

CD
£6.99


Big band set led by William Parker dedicated to the memory of Modern Jazz Quartet bassist Percy Heath and recorded live at the Victoriaville Festival on May 22nd 2005. Line-up includes Sabir Mateen, Darryl Foster, Rob Brown, Charles Waters and Dave Sewelson on saxophones, Roy Campbell, Matt Lavelle and Lewis Barnes on trumpets, Steve Swell, Alex Lodico and Masahiko Kono on trombone, Dave Hofstra on tuba, Andrew Barker on drums and Parker on double bass.

Wooden Wand/Hush Arbors
Swappin'

Great Pop Supplement GPS-16

7"
£3.99


Limited edition 7 inch that bundles a hypnotic country dirge from James Toth aka Wooden Wand and a psychedelic nursery rhyme from Keith Wood aka Hush Arbors. Cool pic features both of our heroes wife swappin' and leerin'.

1/3 Octave Band
Navigation By Light

Celebrate Psi Phenomenon

CD-R
£2.99


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

Astral Social Club
Snaefell

Trensmat Records TR-021

7”
£3.99


Amazing shot of backwards psych-funk hedonism with a submerged dub/bass aspect that could almost be early Aphex Twin from Neil Campbell’s (Vibracathedral Orchestra/A Band et al) solo project. Headswimming depth of detail meets pristine studio reification for the ultimate mind-fuck. Almost wish this hadda been transposed for maximal all-night 12” remix style ala 100% Silk as it’s eternal/groove aspect is especially narcotic. But this is the most potent snapshot of where Neil’s at since whenever. Purchase of the 7” admits you to the Trensmat site where you can download three additional tracks.

Bruce Russell & John Wiese
Fronts

Helicopter H-40

7"
£3.99


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

Commissaris Hjuler En Mama Beer
Mensen Die 'Kort Staan' Voor De Zelfdoding

Ultra Eczema

LP
£21.99


Another out-of-nowhere blast of what the fuck from Dennis Tyfus's sainted Ultra Eczema label. This one sounds like nothing else you have ever heard. Commissaris Hjuler en Mama Beer are a contemporary male/female German duo who work hysterical, homemade sound poetry tantrums into the kind of distressed vocal possession that has few parallels outside of perhaps Jandek circa "Painted My Teeth", Jack Smith's ether-fuelled visions, Ludo Mich's Fluxus soundtracks, Lisa Suckdog's documentary recordings or the vocal poetics of Henri Chopin. Commissaris Hjuler is an actual policeman by day but by night him and Mama Beer make weird trash/porn/doll artwork and incredible sound art recordings (the Commissaris has previously worked with Rudolf Eb-Er) but the atmosphere here is much more primitive and unhinged that any concept of art action might suggest. The first side is dominated by the greatest Suicide cover you will ever hear, a vocal/drum duet on "Frankie Teardrop" that takes Alan Vega's whoops and screams to whole new dysfunctional levels in between bizarre vocal improvisations and over the top grunts, yelps and bellows that just keep on keeping on. Incredible. The second track seems to involve the Commissaris fully inhabiting the persona of a racist American cop patrolling a fantasy idea of The Bronx, with violent bursts of truncated vocal cut up with spliced sirens and police band radio. The flip is even more feral, with what sounds like an argument between a girl and her uncle taking off into whole new vectors of aggressively nuanced tongue. The whole deal comes sandwiched in one of Tyfus's beautiful fold out large scale double-sided posters, with black and white art on the outer and a gory colour cops and monsters pin-up on the flip. Absolutely singular, a perfect outside/real people/feral art threat statement and guaranteed to blow alla your circuits. Limited to only 300 copies, already sold out at source, limited number available so make it quick. Highly recommended.

Dan Melchior & Russell Walker
Walker/Melchior

Kill Shaman KSR-59

7"
£3.99


Edition of 500 copies 7” from these two major UK underground thinkers: Russell’s duo work with Tom James Scott as Charcoal Owls made for one of the hands-down releases of the year so far and in many ways this inspired 7” extends the approach that the Owls took with Russell’s frail vocals and highly personal feel for phrasing and time – not to mention his bittersweet lampooning of UK prole culture and holidays in the sun – over repeating minimal instrumental settings. “I Could Sit Here Forever” sees Russell soul-testifying over keyboard drones and psychedelic riffing guitar, giving it the feel of a classic Dreamworld release or even a Shadow Ring plays the hits of Ed Ball vibe. The A side, “Sad Son-In-Law” has more of a UK beat/noir feel, with Melchior laying down an almost Velvets-style two chord dirge under Russell’s double-tracked vocal. Melchior has been responsible for some of the greatest tape music and DIY sound art of the past few years, whereas Russell has revealed himself as one of the great UK underground voices and this is a truly inspired hook-up, more please! Highly recommended.

Dolphins Into The Future/Floris Vanhoof
Split

Experimedia No Cat

7”
£2.99


Limited split 7” that pairs Lieven Martens’ heavenly kosmische/environment work with Ultra Eczema recording artist/electronic instrument inventor Floris Vanhoof. 

Family Underground
Riven

Not Not Fun NNF-085

LP
£6.99


Album from Denmark's Family Underground with two side-long tracks that generate massive, flashing black-hole drones that are as deep as swimming pool eyes. Comes in a deluxe art sleeve.

Gate/Tom Carter
Split

Carbon Records CR-208

7"
£4.99


Killer US tour split 7” from Tom Carter of Charalambides and Gate aka Michael Morley of The Dead C in a hand-numbered edition of 313 copies: Tom’s side is a beauty, with an alternately triumphal/melancholy electric guitar march that weaves post-Sharrock steel string logic into webs of dissolving tone joy that are then Eno-ised for maximum bliss potential. The Gate side is phenomenally heavy, with Morley playing gravity-mashing sludge power chords in a Blue Cheer-play-Outside feel but with a whip-cracking drum machine ploughing through the spectra-thick fuzz. When Morley’s classic narcoleptic vocals drool all over the top the accumulative effect is reality dissolving. No one can sing the edge of the world blues like Michael Morley. In two colour silkscreened Stumptown kraft sleeves with a free download, highly recommended. 

KTL
KTL 1

Aurora Borealis ABX-014

2xLP
£18.99


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

Lauhkeat Lampaat
The Most Pollo

Qbico #45

LP
£8.99


Album from this cell secreted in the ranks of Finnish freedom-chasers Rauhan Orkesteri. Lauhkeat is a more hand-drums/epiglottis-focussed take on trance-sourced free improvisation from Antti Tolvi and Jaakko Tolvi, with a guest appearance from Finnish folk spirit Lau Nau. The sound of densely populated undergrowth vibrating with a thousand tiny pin-points of light. Great.

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.

The Parasites Of The Western World
Politico

Criminal Records Para-666

7”
£5.99


Original copies of this 1979 7” release from Portland, Oregon’s Parasites Of The Western World. Here the duo of Patrick Burke and Terry Censky power through a pair of killer avant garage cuts with synth and guitar combining in a kind of Chrome plays Blue Oyster Cult way that is so period-perfect it’ll bring a tear to your eyes. Unlikely to see these offered again. 

Windy & Carl
Calliope/Carnivale

The Great Pop Supplement GPS-105

7"
£3.99


Edition of 500 copies 7” from this legendary dream-pop duo: two zoned acid folk drone-outs with mainlined female vocals that flutter just over the horizon and chiming Byrds-ian guitar dissolving in waves of F/X bliss. Elaborate die-cut sleeve with coloured vinyl. 

Angel Pavement
Maybe Tomorrow

Tenth Planet TP-057

LP
£10.99


Gorgeous looking collection of every flower-chomping 45 and the complete unreleased album from this ethereal UK pop/psych unit who were a luminous addition to the legendary Morgan Blue Town stable in the late 60s. Post-Zombies/Left Banke-styled baroque pop cut with that all important tea-supping whimsy, leaving the whole deal a few sugarcubes short of a full bowl. Sleeve by Phil Smee, comes with liners and pics. Recommended for fans of England-as-Middle-Earth. 1000 numbered copies on 190g vinyl.

Aritomo
Blooming The Ena

Blackest Rainbow Recordings BRR-183

LP
£9.99


Vinyl reissue of Japanese folk spirit Aritomo’s second LP, originally released on his own Hakanairo imprint in a long-gone edition of 200 copies. This edition comes with pro-printed sleeves reproducing the original artwork and a four page booklet on parchment paper. Blooming The Ena sails closer to the soft breeze coming out of the whole Org stable, with weightless acid folk arrangements combining acoustic guitar, bamboo flute, piano and chimes with vocals that come out of the Tori Kudo/Go Hirano/Shinji Shibayama approach to naive psych. Some of the arrangements have the same strange free-floating folk feel as Richard Young’s Jagjaguwar sides, albeit with a more overtly stoned/zoned appeal. If a track from this hadda turned up on one of the early Tokyo Flashback sides this guy would already have been canonised. Recommended.

 

Comets On Fire
Field Recordings From The Sun

Ba Da Bing 034

CD
£3.99


Warehouse find of original vinyl copies of what's still the best Comets Of Fire album, 2002's Field Recordings From The Sun. Featuring Ben Chasny of Six Organs Of Admittance, this great rec crosses bliss-out psych bombers with a ton of modal acoustic witchery and the combination sits just fine.

Control Unit
The Fugitives

Backwards BW-02

LP
£10.99


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. 

David S. Ware
Onecept

Rank And File RFS-33-203

2xLP
£21.99


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

Double Leopards/Sunroof!/Mouthus
Crippled Rosebud Binding

Music Fellowship LPDOUBLCRIP

2xLP
£12.99


Much anticipated hook-up between these three trans-Atlantic monsters. One-side each and then a third monster inter-band jam. Leopards side is a classic haunt, with wraiths of hovering drone peaking in eye-rolling vocal confusion, while the Mouthus track is a fabulous punk trouncing of fuzz-impacted guitar and clattering electrified skin. Sunroof! jams are the real highlight though, especially the doofily-named “Cortez Tha Killa” that features Matthew Bower on repeat-riff nirvana while Mick Flower of Vibracathedral Orchestra lets his wrist fly with some of the most insane and righteously piloted post-Young acid delirium of anyone’s career. Too fucking much. Final big-band side presents a beautiful void of spooked eternity, with shadow forms moving in and out of earshot like so much hallucinatory cumulus. Comes in a full-colour gatefold sleeve, already sold-out at source, so move it.

Eli Keszler
Livingston

Rare Youth RY-010

LP
£8.99


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

Fragments
Alternate Relativity

Arable Tapes ARL-008

CD-R
£1.99


Hand-numbered edition of 150 copies from the Cleveland-based duo of Jeff Hatfield and Zach Troxell. Synthesizers and electronics in a barren dead-planet style with feedback tones that sound like Timewind threaded with ghostly melodies.

Graveyards and Dead Machines
Machineyard In Soundworld

Brokenresearch No Cat

one-sided LP
£8.99


Limited edition LP in a run of 200 copies with fold around hardstock silkscreened sleeves documenting a beautifully slow-mo and, yeah, graceful collaboration between the Graveyards boyz - Ben Hall, Hans Buetow and John Olson and the Dead Machines duo - uh, John Olson and Tovah Olson. The double Olson action works a treat, with Tovah in charge of the arc of the final mix, processing everything in real time and lending the jams a massive, stately arc that is as austerely beautiful as yr favourite 20th century architecture while hanging as zoned and heavy as the last few Graveyards bombs. Upping anchor from anything even remotely resembling free jazz while touching on nada that you could compute as 'improv', the sounds here have more in common with the liminal group-mind drift of ensembles like East Bionic Symphonia, Group Ongaku or Taj Mahal Travellers than anything with a horn in its mouth and this just might be their most subtle - and weighty - navigation of gravity-warped silence to date. And it sounds beautiful. Highly recommended.

Ignatz
3

KRAAK K-056

LP
£10.99


Seen some reviews of this great new album from Ignatz aka Miles Devens that haven’t once mentioned the name Jandek – what are they thinking? This is a broadcast that draws inspiration straight from the heart of the Corwood catalogue, specifically Sterling Smith and mystery partner’s electric sound circa “Somebody In The Snow”, with that same atmosphere of late-night personal apocalypse. There are aspects of Henry Flynt’s backporch hillbilly stylings, the revenant forms of long-gone bluesmen, submerged 90s underground drone rock but it’s Corwood that’s the source and it’s some of the best Venusian blues to so deliberately reference the source of the mystery itself.

Jack Rose
I Do Play Rock And Roll

Three Lobed No Cat

LP
£21.99


Deluxe limited edition LP from Jack, in a run of less than 1000 copies with 180g vinyl and old school high gloss sleeves. Three tracks – but three fucking epic tracks – personally selected by Jack from his live archive. The first is a heady, zoned take on “Calais To Dover”, which originally appeared on 2005’s Kensington Blues, with this version recorded live in 2006. Then it’s “Cathedral et Chartres” live on VPRO in 2004 while over on the flip, arguably the real gravy, is a dazzling side-long investigation of the beautifully nuanced environs of “Sundogs”, only previously available in studio form on the highly-desirable By The Fruits… set. This is Jack at his most overtly gorgeous, his most psychedelic and, yeah, his most rock and roll. Tear it the fuck up. Highly recommended.

Jonas Reinhardt
Music For The Tactile Dome

Not Not Fun NNF-230

LP
£8.99


Devotional keyboard beamed straight from the mystery zone with padding rhythms and an eerie electro High Mass atmosphere from Jonas Reinhardt who transposes Nosferatu-era Popol Vuh to abandoned 3am expressways and illuminated backlots to birth a particularly eerie form of urban American kosmische: “The hermetic kosmische lexicon of San Fran-based synth synthesist/composer Jesse Reiner (Jonas Reinhardt’s founder and principal architect) has been simmering and swelling at a steady clip the past few years (2010’s Powers Of Audition was def a highlight), but the added talents of drummer Damon Palermo (Mi Ami), bassist Diego Gonzalez (Citay, 3 Leafs), and guitarist Phil Manley (Trans Am, more) has levitated the JR Experience to a whole new head-music hall o’ fame. Recorded in Berlin, mixed in SF, then mastered/cut back in Berlin at Dubplates, Music For The Tactile Dome is easily the most deep-trip micro-focus Jonas odyssey to date, nine technicolor fractals of glittering synthesizer skyways and master-crafted pulsing kraut terrariums. A handful of tracks (“Smokey Jotus,” “Hander Zader,” etc) invoke more of the classic live JR vibe, with propulsive cold-grooved rhythm sectioning, but by and large Dome is designed for heavy headphone communion, an expanding magic eye tapestry of brainwave activity constellations. Those who caught their Euro tour last year with Rene Hell know how expert this crew reigns in the live environment so go see them if/when they pass through your area code; on tour with Cloudland Canyon currently. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with beautiful spectrum-assemblage cover art by Sean Patrick. Edition of 650.” – NNF. 

Little Claw
Human Taste

Not Not Fun NNF-124

LP
£4.99


New edition of 600 LP from this garage trio who somehow manage to reconcile a whole bunch of weirdo styles. When I first spun this I picked up a wild, nocturnal west coast sci-fi punk vibe that almost felt like a more rock-inflected take on the whole LAFMS underground -  you know like some of those punk bands that Smegma cemented alliances with back in the day - and what do you know, that’s only Ju Suk Reet Meate of Smegma playing guitar on the opening “Human Taste”. Then “Frankie” kicks in, this phenomenal cyber Cramps riff complete with lurid slapback vocal F/X and a leery confrontational style that could almost by Von Lmo at CBGBs. So, yeah, Human Taste seems to sit between the east coast and west coast poles of avant garage tho when Kilynn leads the tracks she almost gives em a basement folk feel that seems somehow locatable somewhere in the early International Pop Underground run of 7s, tho exactly where it’s almost impossible to say. So, yeah, a buncha classic Ameri-undergound strategies combine in a sometimes benign, sometimes psychopathic form of garage band refusal. And it’s pretty hard to resist. Comes with a full colour fold-out poster/insert.

Loosers
Bully Bones Of Belgie

Qbico #38

LP
£10.99


LP from this Portuguese freak cell, working stuck loops, tribal percussion/vox and a pulse of electronics into Sunburned Hand Of The Man-style breakdowns. On coloured vinyl.

Prurient
Adam Tied To Stone

Blossoming Noise PYG06VIN

LP
£8.99


Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies LP from Dominik Fernow's power electronics project, already sold-out at source. On 140g green marbled vinyl. Fucked up spastic noise rhythms with dark atmospherics and tool sheds of percussion. Features some of Dom's most hysterical, throat-shredding vocals, double-tracked for maximum malevolence. The side-long opener is a particular blast, just mutilated with feedback and overdriven by the kind of blitzkrieg of multiphonics that levelled Faust's Rien.

Shirley Collins
The Sweet Primeroses

Bo'Weavil Recordings Weavil-09

LP
£18.99


LP in Bo’Weavil’s on-going public service upgrade of the entire back catalogue of sainted UK folk spirit Shirley Collins, The Sweet Primeroses is still one of her best sides. Originally issued by Topic in 1967, the album features Shirley accompanying herself on guitar and 5-string banjo and her sister Dolly on portative pipe organ. The track listing is choice, with definitive readings of “All Things Are Quite Silent”, “George Collins” and the title track but the highlight is the devastatingly melancholy reading of “False True Lovers”, one of the greatest performances in her entire back catalogue. Arrangements are gracefully sparse with a hint of the “black horror of mediaeval song” that would dominate the later Harvest recordings. Comes packaged in the classic hard Folkways-style sleeve with wraparound cover art and folded booklet featuring new notes from Mike Gavin as well as Shirley and L. Lloyd’s original liners. Pressed on deluxe, heavyweight vinyl in a run of 500 hand-numbered copies.

Sic Alps
U.S. EZ

Siltbreeze SB-98

LP
£6.99


Vinyl edition of the Siltbreeze album from this great US avant-garage group that more than makes good on the potential for extended narcotic punk visioning previously demonstrated across a slew of tough-to-score 7s. This is their best set of songs to date, combining classic hooks and a blasted lo-fi aesthetic with the kind of drug stylings more associated with teenage heads like Index and The Choir. A track like “Sing Song Waitress” is so beautifully rendered it could almost have fallen out of the pocket of The Zombies circa “Odyssey & Oracle” (always a much bigger deal around these parts than Pet Sounds), while “Clubbing For $$” combines the acid-parched tongue of Skip Spence with some beautifully nuanced wordage that could almost be Alastair Galbraith. Another winner from Siltbreeze. Fuck.

Sky Saxon
Presents A Starlight Date With Richard Marsh

Arcania International LP#2

LP
£12.99


New collection of mind-boggling unearthed arcana from the Sky Saxon/Seeds back catalogue, A Starlight Date collects rare pre-Seeds recordings (1959-1964) from Sky that run from his ultra-rare debut, "What Chance Have I?" - recorded as Dick Marsh - through to "Do The Swim", cut with The Electra-Fires. Despite the form - whether it's classic period swoon, primitive garage, doo-wop, rockabilly or bandstand rocking punk - Sky's hiccupping drawl is immediately identifiable and can transform even the slightest material into skirt-lifting acid erotica and this is another fascinating chapter in the life of a guy who has had more than a couple, whether it's under cover of Richard Marsh, The Soul Rockers, The Seeds or Ya Ho Wha 13. Highly recommended.

Spires That In The Sunset Rise
This Is Fire

Daffodelic 701

LP
£8.99


"Spires That in the Sunset Rise is a four-woman free folk band from Chicago whose musical palette includes the cello, bul bul tarang, various drums and bells, ecstatic yelps and cackles, and all manner of plectra.. Their eclectic, outsider folk has drawn comparisons to Comus, Current 93 and The Raincoats: This is a special limited (300 copies) vinyl edition of the excellent 3rd album by the ultimate representatives of the contemporary freakfolk or wyrdfolk movement. Mind boggling, alienating, psychedelic, adventurous, spooky, magical, mystical, stunning..." - Daffodelic.

Spykes
Citizens Dream Of A City

Sergent Massacre No Cat

LP
£10.99


Limited edition no re-press vinyl outing for John Olson of Wolf Eyes’ solo Spykes persona, with a clutch of tracks that run from abstruse sonic strategies that are almost Sick Llama-esque in their inscrutability through to avant garde miniatures that consist of electrified balls of steel wire, stuck-groove drone epics and primitive hobbyist hi-fi experiment using rewired electro junk and fried acoustic sound sources. This is an off-the-map release even by Olson’s standards, one that ties-up the kind of 20th century sound art practice as documented by Alga Marghen, Revue Ou et al with the whole post-Chocolate Monk/Fag Tapes/American Tapes home-burned aesthetic. LPs look great too.

The Roots Of Madness
The Girl In The Chair

De Stijl

LP
£16.99


Staggering private press discovery of a very prescient recording from a bunch of liberated heads operating out of San Jose, California in the early 70s. Recorded in 1971, The Girl In The Chair features two sides of wowing shortwave interference, tubby Don Ayler-styled jazz squawk and electronics that reference similar disruptive avant/prank moves by players like LAFMS, Residents and Faust interspersed with weird flow-of-consciousness beat gush and lysergic American primitive which might’ve been an early blueprint for the whole Child Of Microtones/MV&EE Medicine Show high-wired aesthetic, so it’s fitting that this is a joint release between De Stijl and MV’s COM imprint. It all comes soaked in that backroom-of-the-70s feel that marks out the best private press releases from the dawn of that zonked decade. When you hear something as historically reverberant as this, it throws the whole concept of creative development as being a somehow logical, linear process out the fucking window. Geez. Comes with hip paste on sleeves too. Recommended and very limited.

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.

Tom Karlsson
Pojknacke

Lystring 10

LP
£12.99


From the label that brought you the last Brainbombs LP, this solo LP from European record collector/thinker/musician Tom Karlsson is an unexpected jewel. I’ve seen this described as a harsh noise record a bunch of places but that’s nowhere near the truth. Pojnacke is a collection of work that inhabits the universe of the Nurse With Wound list so completely that in a blindfold test you’d swear it was recorded sometime pre-1980 by some nut in a hut in the mountains with nothing but a chip on his shoulder, a bucket of acid and a buncha weirdo avant garde LPs. Some of the cut-up spoken Euro tongue over hovering electronics sections connect directly with the Nurse With Wound catalogue but there are other parts that just as well go beyond it, zoned folk-psych miniatures that have me thinking of Joakim Skogsberg, tape work worthy of Sperm, even some lush psychedelic tonefloat in the mode of early Ash Ra Tempel. But it all hangs together really well, and it has the feel of something that was very carefully put together. If you’re at all attuned to hermetic European avant garde weirdness and your idea of a frontman is closer to Walter Wegmuller or Jac Berrocal than some skinhead bozo in combat pants then this is a perfect shot of surrealism in sound from outta nowhere. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

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.

Tonal Shrine
Live 1999

Silver Current Records #05

CD-R
£6.99


Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies CD-R from Ethan Miller of Comets On Fire’s new micro-imprint that presents the only recordings of this pre-Six Organs band led by Ben Chasny: Tonal Shrine is pretty much the missing link between Chasny’s amazing Plague Lounge and his arrival in Comets On Fire and it is the motherlode. The group channel the kind of levitating pugilism of the early PSF sound, with the kind of dunting/gravity-defying rhythms of a Kousokuya or a Fushitsusha giving way to pure string bleed. Indeed, if you had dropped a track from this somewhere in the middle of Tokyo Flashback 3 you wouldn’t have blinked but you would have been scouring set sales for more of this kinda third-eye hustling raunch. Hard to believe this has remained hidden for so long. Usual swanky Silver Current packaging, highly recommended.

Tovah Olson & Aaron Dilloway
T & A Recorded Live In Detroit

Tovinator Records #3

One-Sided 7"
£3.99


"Aaron Dilloway & Tovah Olson caught live on tape at Detroit's Noise Camp in the Fall of 06. Crazed bone reeds, frozen cheap keys, general scraping rawness. Sounds strange at any speed. Recorded by Mike Connelly. Pressed on multicolored vinyl, no two are the same. Strange sleeve, hand-numbered edition of 200" - John Olson

Various Artists
Last Kind Words (1926-1953)

Mississippi Records MR-005

LP
£10.99


Another public service from the new Mississippi Records label that also released the recent vinyl edition of the work of Washington Phillips. This is a beautifully assembled compilation of folk/blues mystery, bundling a selection of particularly lugubrious old-time recordings from original spirits like the amazing Geechie Wiley, Kid Prince Moore, Robert Petway, Sister O.M. Terrell, Lottie Kimbrough, Louis McDaniels & Gid Smith, Lulu Jackson, Robert Wilkins, The Anglin Brothers, Blind Willie & Kate McTell, Cannons' Jug Stompers, Isiah Nettles, Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy and Edward Clayborn. So many of these comps come out on CD these days that it feels great to hold and hear one in the format the music was made for. Comes with full colour paste-on sleeves and insert.

Vom
Live At Surf City EP

Rerun Records No Cat

7"
£4.99


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

Wolf Eyes/Prurient
The Warriors

Gods of Tundra

LP
£14.99


Gods of Tundra dish up an elegant platter of brut soup from these twin pillars of US black noise. The Warriors is the first vinyl release to feature GoT label boss Mike Connelly in the Wolf Eyes scrum and their sidelong track, “The Terror Tank”, is particularly hell raising. Growing out of the motorik clank of knuckles rapping on a giant disintegrating metal structure, contact mics are thrust head first into the gut of a gurgling furnace, reporting back whole macro-systems of unknown tonal potential. Waves of amplified insect tongue swarm around bass frequencies bloodier than an exhibition of glistening abattoir victims, while disembodied palms hover over hot-wired theremins like phantom faith healers. The side unravels into a slow motion wheeze of bronchial electronics offset against lightening flashes of degraded walkman rewind. The Prurient side is just as head harvesting. Unrelentingly heavy on the high end; electrified dog whistle shocks are intersected by explosions of enraptured primal balling and drum machines collapsing due to their own sheer animal urgency. Locomotive bolts of damaged FX discharge from makeshift mixing desks, as Dominik Fernow sheds several layers of lining from his throat over the course of nine pieces. Last track, “Early Morning Rites” is the real slayer, with blitzkrieg sing-songs bleeding into sine tones as high and fucking lonesome as nothing since Whitehouse’s Buchenwald, all consigned to digital obliteration with the sickly, knee trembling suggestion of imminent dirty sex. Each record features petrified spider web designs individually hand painted by Connelly. Limited to 300. Highly recommended. – Alex.

Wooden Shjips
Vol. 1

Holy Mountain 21345589

LP
£4.99


Vinyl edition of this necessary compilation that mops up alla the Wooden Shjips’ early, out of print self-released singles and EPs. This one bundles all the tracks from the 10”, the “Dance, California” 7” and the Sol 7.

Wooden Wand
Harem Of The Sundrum & The Witness Figg

Time-Lag 028

LP & 7”
£18.99


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

C A Quintet
Last Trip At Lake Pepin

Swordfish SFCQLP-1

LP
£12.99


C A Quintet's sole studio album, 1969's A Trip Through Hell, was one of the most beautifully conceived conceptually-unified trip soundtracks ever to escape a suburban Midwestern garage. With a gothic hallucinatory quality that drew as much from AIP as it did from LSD it managed to successfully straddle the teen-punk and progressive/concept streams with daffy aplomb. Several decades later and master tapes are uncovered of the Quintet's last ever gig, with them sounding as period perfect and curiously out-of-time as ever: "In January 1971 legendary Minneapolis psychedelic band the C A Quintet, creators of one of the most sought-after and celebrated underground albums of the 60s, Trip Thru Hell, decided to call it a day and play one final swan-song at Lake Pepin High School. Three tracks from this gig were hastily issued by the band in the early 80s in response to a bootleg of the Trip Thru Hell LP that had then recently surfaced. Whilst many thought then that this was the last that would ever be heard of the band again, earlier this year two surprising events happened - 1, the original master-tape of the gig was discovered. 2, it was found to contain material far stronger than that on the old live album and also to include previously unheard original material. The band perform storming versions of 60s classics like Born To Be Wild and Badge alongside originals 4am In New York City and the closing number China Clipper - the final song ever performed by the C A Quintet. This will be a limited edition one-off custom pressing featuring new liner notes specially written for this edition by band founder and leader Ken Erwin who also supervised the remastering of these recordings." - Swordfish. Recommended.

Christina Carter
Of The Gutter

Many Breaths Press No Cat

CD-R
£10.99


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

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

Franz Mon
Stimmen Lauter Stimmen

Tochnit Aleph TA-117

LP
£10.99


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

Hototogisu + Burning Star Core
s/t

Yik Yak 014

LP
£14.99


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

Kluster
Zwei/Osterei

Captain Trip CTCD-542

CD
£9.99


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

Le Revelateur
Fictions

Gneiss Things 010

LP
£8.99


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

Nothing People
Soft Crash

S-S Records SS-047

LP
£2.99


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

Oshiri Penpenz
The White Album

Osaka Doom No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


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

Richard Youngs
Inceptor

Volcanic Tongue VT010

LP
£14.99


A while back we asked Richard Youngs to record an album especially for Volcanic Tongue, bearing in mind VT’s nebulous but still somehow specific musical aesthetic. We didn’t hear anything for a while, until one day Richard turned up at VT HQ with a CD-R in his hand. I’ve recorded the perfect VT album, he said. We took it home and it damn near took our head off. He was right: Inceptor is the perfect Youngs album for VT. Imagine Richard’s feel for soaring Celtic melodies and spontaneous composition married to PSF-style guitar excess and you’re close to Inceptor’s brain-razzing appeal. Indeed, if Youngs hadda cut an album for PSF Inceptor would undoubtedly be it. Scored for vocals and overdriven electric guitar, Youngs tears raging, iconoclastic solos from the guitar, peaking in glorious folk melodies and clouds of thick overtone that at points sounds like a fleet of Aylerised berserkers playing bagpipes. He sings over the top in a style that reconciles the wordless chants of “Goat”-era Youngs/Wickham-Smith with the electric Albion stylings of his Jagjaguwar recordings. Possibly the wildest and most euphorically beautiful album of Richard’s career, Inceptor is a dazzling slab of peaking psychedelic rock and soaring folk-simple melodies. The LP comes in an edition of only 300 copies, with stunning individually silkscreened sleeves from Alan Sherry of Siwa and packaged in high quality Japanese plastic sleeves. Pretty much your dream Richard Youngs release. Highest possible recommendation!

Simon Wickham-Smith
A Seventh Persimmon

Tape Drift Records TD-12

CD-R
£6.99


Major three-part minimalist work from Simon Wickham-Smith, long-term musical partner of Richard Youngs. Inspired by his studies of LaMonte Young, David Behrman’s On The Other Ocean and the Chinese brush painting of Mu Qi, Simon describes the piece as “like an ocean perhaps, where the waves crash and crash, but still there’s essentially no change.” The first section features piano and modulated tape hiss and makes harmonic reference to Behrman’s On The Other Ocean with a very delicate, barely progressing melody subsumed in a sea of soft alien chatter. The second track consists of a reading by a friend of a poem based around Mu Qi’s Six Persimmons, though the voice is so completely deconstructed as with previous vocal experiments, that it’s hard to locate any particular sound source. The final section is a beautiful treatment of a simple piece scored for piano and child’s accordion. A fantastic release from Simon and one beautifully amplifies his core obsessions.

The Victor Dimisich Band
s/t

Siltbreeze SB-153

LP
£16.99


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

Massively-anticipated retrospective of one of the most whispered-about New Zealand underground legends, Christchurch’s Victor Dimisich Band: been a ton of amazing archival NZ uncovering over the past few years but this one takes the goddamn cheeb. Originally released on Flying Nun in 1983, the group’s sole 12” has acquired a totemic significance in terms of the evolution of the Kiwi avant garage sound. In the intervening years both Xpressway and Medication stepped up the table with compilations of stray material but now Siltbreeze present the motherlode. The line-up is sure to dazzle any serious NZ head, with Peter Stapleton of Pin Group/Vacuum/Scorched Earth Policy et al joined by Stephen Cogle (Vacuum/Terminals), Alan Meek (Vacuum/Bilders), Tony O’Grady and the legendary Mary Heney (25 Cents/Scorched Earth Policy et al). The sound runs a trans-continental umbilical to USA garage, with the inevitable nod to The Velvets cut-with The Elevators circa “Fire Engine” and the kinda extended scorch of the original Pere Ubu line-up (they ain’t dubbing a track “Crocus” fer nothing!). Cogle’s vocals have a rare sense of drama, extending teen garage-isms into new realms of gothic apocalypse while the band smear chord solos and crunching organ drones into flame-throwers while anticipating the dissolving of the jam into the drone that would find its apotheosis in the work of Xpressway and beyond. For a few years the art of the song was in perfect synch with the aesthetics of freak in NZ, resulting in what still sounds to these ears as the apex of DIY-formulated rock that stayed true to its promise to deliver us to satori with nothing but a buncha devolved technique, a ton of heart and a vision of the sound of the eternal now. And it doesn’t get much better than this, from the aching avant drama of “Mekong Delta Blues” through the magisterial beauty of “It’s Cold Outside”, the weirdo Byrds/Blue Humans romance of “Claude”, the crude euphoria of “Native Waiter”, the dosed Doors/Sister Ray-isms of “The Cult”, the total heartbreak of “Thirteenth Floor”. This is the bomb, comes with a free download, can’t recommend it enough!

Ultra
Roman Holiday

Dom America #21

2xLP + 7”
£21.99


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.

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.

Big Blood
Unlikely Mothers

Blackest Rainbow Recordings BRR-271

2xLP
£24.99


Stunning/sprawling new double LP from the heart of the New Weird Maine: Big Blood have connections to major VT faves Village Of Spaces and they have a similar circular, occult vibe, with ovum’s influence resulting in amazing minimal endless jams led by bass guitar that moves between Velvets-style two note hypnosis and almost King Crimson Red-era fuzz/dunt, lunar six string and the striking, otherworldly vocals of Colleen Kinsella.
Kinsella’s vocals are dizzying, narcotic, getting into all sorts of liminal Meredith Monk/Key style experimental zones before melting into dream-date Kate Bush fronts Parson Sound nirvana. Indeed, think of a Scandinavian drone group filtered via the Paisely Underground stylings of a David Roback and Kendra Smith for the kind of magickal rural glam that this amazing trio are capable of channelling. Aspects of the Heather Leigh/Scorces cultus are given repeating nod-out rock logic re-thinks, as voice and guitar blur into each other and strikingly original song-writing and phrasing get all the way out on waves of repeating Kraut/trance bliss. Unlikely Mothers is a massive double LP set that is organised in such a way that its end links to its beginning, meaning that its one of the few double LPs in recent memory that you pretty much have to re-spin as soon as you get to the end of the fourth side. Same kind of real deal/communal sub-underground vibe to this as classic Village Of Spaces but with a more trance rock feel and less Manson Family Jams. Easy to see why Michael Gira picked up on this group for Swans’ The Seer set, as they build arcing emotional crescendos from endlessly repeating monolithic drone forms in a way that relates to the contemporary Swans live sound but with a mainline much deeper underground. Totally blown away by this, incredible vibe, totally original in its conception, one of the hands-down records of 2014. Strikingly packaged too. Highest possible recommendation!

Carlos Giffoni
Zamuro

Important Records Imprec-191

LP
£4.99


”Limited edition of 300 copies in a heavy stock screen printed jacket. A Zamuro is a dark South American vulture of great size. Zamuro is also a solo composition piece for portable synth and analog filter. Side A on this LP is a live realization of this piece recorded at the Compound in San Francisco in 2006 (Mastered by Lasse Marhaug). Carlos composed and performed this piece live on several tours in the US/Europe/Japan all trough out 2006 and 2007, if you saw him live in those two years this is the piece he performed. This was the most complete version of it that made it to tape. Side B is a studio piece recorded live on a much larger modular synth, based around the same theme, but with structural and tonal variations not in the original composition. .This is pure psychedelic electronic music. Cover illustration by Megan Ellis. Screen printed at Monoroid.” – IR.

Darren Tate
Close Timid Night

Fungal 045

CD
£8.99


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

Darren Tate
Late Afternoon (For Keijo)

Fungal 040

CD-R
£8.99


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

Darren Tate
Small Worlds

Fungal 049

CD
£6.99


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

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! 

Hobo Sonn
Wary The Mind

Amen Absen 003

LP + 3” CD-R
£10.99


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

Jeff Eubank
A Street Called Straight

Drag City DR-11

LP
£11.99


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

Ludo Mich
s/t

Beniffer Editions/Bennifer Editions No Cat/No Cat

Cassette
£2.99


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

Merzbow
Nezumimochi

Cold Spring Records CSR-200P

Pic Disc LP + CD
£14.99


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

Sacros
s/t

Shadoks No Cat

LP
£29.99


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

Veli-Matti O Aijala
Raskas Taakka

Vauva No Cat

One-Sided Art Edition LP
£10.99


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

Alice Coltrane
A Monastic Trio

Superior Viaduct SV-020

LP
£23.99


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

Fred McDowell
s/t

Mississippi Records MR-047

LP
£8.99


Cool reissue of a bunch of key sessions from ‘Mississippi’ Fred McDowell, who was discovered in 1959 by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins. This album was originally issued under the name Fred McDowell – Volume 2 on Arhoolie and features material drawn from four sessions across 1964-65. Track listing is choice, with “I Ain’t Gonna Be Bad No More”, “Where Were You”, “I Looked At The Sun”, “Do My Baby Ever Think Of Me”, “Brooks Run Into The Ocean”, “Bull Dog Blues”, “I Walked All The Way From East St. Louis”, “Red Cross Store Blues”, “Gravel Road Blues”, “Frisco Lines”, “You Got To Move”, “I Wish I Was In Heaven Sittin’ Down”.  

Hamish Kilgour
All Of It And Nothing

Ba Da Bing Records BING-102

LP
£15.99


Hard to believe that the world has never been graced with a solo album by Hamish Kilgour of New Zealand underground legends The Clean/The Mad Scene before but here it is: All Of It And Nothing is a very intimate, hushed acid-folk masterpiece, almost in the lineage of a Joshua Burkett, with a series of sparse, low-key songs and settings that combine washes of technicolour motorik ala early Clean with the kind of internally implosive gravity of a Skip Spence’s Oar. Indeed, there’s an uncanny 60s west coast comedown feel, almost as if it’s a solo bedroom studio take on The Notorious Byrd Brothers as re-interpreted by a Bob Desper or even a Bill Comeau. Less ‘pop’ and more dark and delicate than David Kilgour’s classic Here Come The Cars, this is one of the most enigmatic and unexpected pitches into the void ever to come out of the Clean mothership. Recommended. 

Idea Fire Company
Vital: Live In Europe

Swill Radio Swill-025

CD
£3.99


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

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!

Scott Foust
The Four Accomplishments

Pineapple Tapes 008

DVD-R
£3.99


Excellent video work from Scott Foust of IFCO et al, documenting some hilarious, awkwardly beautiful and uniquely-provoking live actions. “The Four Accomplishments is a solo performance piece that I have been working on over the last few years. This version is from The Lucky Cat in Brooklyn in August 2005. The Four Accomplishments is a total entertainment package. Something for everyone. A lecture (Lecture Tour), a dance piece (Lessons), sound poetry (Sorry To Hear About Your Collapse) and a theatre piece (Der Saufer ). Just me, my wits, a microphone, and a backing tape. Also features my trademark temporal distortion, which is why I like to call it 'The Longest Half Hour In Show Business'.” – Scott Foust.

Skip James
1931

Mississippi Records MR-020

LP
£14.99


Release on Mississippi Records that bundles twelve songs from legendary bluesman Skip James’s first recording session in pretty much the best fidelity to date. Features “I’m So Glad”, “Devil Got My Woman”, “Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues”, “Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader”, “Special Rider Blues” and more. Comes with a rarely-seen photo of Skip James glued to the front of each copy. The fucking motherlode, highly recommended.

The Contemporary Jazz Quintet
Actions 1966-67

Unheard Music Series UMS/ALP250CD

CD
£4.99


Wild out-of-nowhere document of the sound of four European free-thinkers blowing the beards offa entire theatres full of unbelievers with some immaculately squoze free jazz of the classic post-Eye & Ear Control vintage. These five played alongside Sunny Murray and a bunch of em made their mark as members of John Tchicai's Cadentia Nova Danica and Manfred Schoof's European Echoes group but they rarely sounded as beautifully out to lunch as they do here. Hugh Steinmetz on trumpet, Frank Beckerlee on alto sax, Niles Harrit on saw (giving the music a beautifully eerie high Industrial/gospel feel), Steffen Andersen on bass and Bo Thirge Andersen on drums. Liners by John Corbett and a bunch a pics. Highly recommended.

Tom James Scott
Crystal

Carnivals CAR-004

LP
£12.99


Major re-think of operating strategies from Tom James Scott who has forsaken his earlier incarnation as a ‘folk’ guitarist and instead amplified the minimalist tendencies already present in his work, constructing a series of organic electronic elegies that move in waves of subtly accruing detail and that seem to mimic elemental process. There’s a heady Terry Riley-vibe to much of this, with cells of angelically treated sine-tones and single guitar chords flashing in and out of form as the tracks expand and contract. There’s aspects of William Basinski, even of Makoto Kawabata’s Inui, albeit with a fully electrified palette but overall there’s something uncannily similar to what Oneohtrix Point Never have been attempting with Replica, a modern minimalist take on contemporary synth sound that makes much play of being keyed to very particular states of mind/body. Out of left field for sure but a more than worthwhile development. Edition of 350 copies on clear vinyl. 

Yoga
Skinwalker

Holy Mountain 10201967

LP
£10.99


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

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.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
Shakespeare From The Cosmic Inferno 2008

Blackest Bootleg #1

2xLP
£18.99


Yeah yeah, blah blah, it’s hard to keep up w/AMT, they release too much shit etc etc.. but every so often Makoto Kawabata’s Japanese psychedelic orchestra release something that hands you your ass on a plate and makes you remember just how dazzling they can be at their peak. And this is a perfect case in point. Released to inaugurate Blackest Rainbow’s new Blackest Bootlegs series, Shakespeare From The Cosmic Inferno catches the group at a wild celestial high in Sheffield, England in 2008. The line-up is Pika from Afrirampo on vocals, Tabata Mitsuru (Zeni Geva/Loud Machine 5000 et al) on bass and voice, Higashi Hiroshi on synth, guitar and vocals, Koji Shimura (White Heaven/Jutok Kaneko) on drums and Kawabata on guitar and vocals. The merciful absence of ‘space joker’ Atsushi Tsuyama means there’s less wack and more warp, with the group tearing through “Master Of The Cosmic Inferno/Heart Of Earth/Ecstasy Into The Cosmic Inferno” before melting into an almost two-sides long take on their classic repeat-guitar/dreamboat anthem “Pink Lady Lemonade”, detouring halfway through into a sidereal “Space Disco” wig out. A dream line-up navigating some of Kawabata’s most potent settings of rock hypnotics all rendered with the kinda crude/explosive fidelity that could almost have been master-minded by Nanjo Asahito. It’s enough to make you remember why you fell in love with AMT in the first place. Edition of only 250 copies on 140g vinyl with full-colour printed sleeves. Highly recommended!

Aliquid
Kriegspiel

Nashazphone NP-11

LP
£10.99


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

Stunning set of saxophone/electronics duo improvisations from a couple of stalwarts of the French free underground: Aliquid is the duo of Jean-Marc Foussat on VCS3 and Sylvain Guerineau on tenor sax. Particularly tuned-in heads may recall Foussat via his astounding NWW-esque Abattage LP on Pyjama in 1983 while Guerineau has played with a bunch of heavy hitters, including Sunny Murray, Henry Grimes, Joe McPhee and Francois Tusques. This is an amazing set, Foussat’s VCS3 provides a heady counter-point to Guerineau’s sax, laying down full-scale industrial drones, heavenly choral circuitry and thudding electro overload while Guerineau responds with some beautifully considered statements, with a lucid tone that comes over like Steve Lacy jamming with MEV. But it’s the low-level, more intimate settings that most impress, with the duo coming over like a post-NWW take on the night time atmospherics of ‘Freedom’ Frank Lowe and Philip Wilson’s “Out Of Nowhere” side. Edition of 250 copies, highly 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…

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.

Ashtray Navigations
Dirt Mummies And Bloody Amps

Freenoise FLP-01

LP
£12.99


First full-length vinyl release from Phil Todd in a dog's age collects a bucket of totally great duo and trio moves (featuring Phil Legard and Mel Delaney) recorded Dec 2005-Mar 2006 that combine totally wiped-out modally-inflected metal with throats full of magnetic tone, light-blurred angel vox and shots of pure white flash for some fully illuminated candyfloss ritual. “Loud Canary Tea” continues the puzzling canary theme that has shown its beak over the past few Todd projects: knowing these bitter Northerners it's probably something to do with how they were all forced down t'mines or summit. Still, now that their existence is no longer primarily subterranean they do making fucking great psych/rock power blues and this is another thrilling instalment. Limited to only 200 copies in stuck-on handmade sleeves. Highly recommended.

Astral Social Club
#24

Astral Social Club #24

CD-R
£4.99


Self-released album from Neil Campbell’s (Vibracathedral Orchestra et al) Astral Social Club: this one features a series of raucous, punk primitive live jams, with duets with Seth Cook, Stewart Keith (The A Band/The Strolling Ones et al) and Julian Bradley (The Negative Kite/Vibracathedral Orchestra et al). “Free sound, monomaniacal rhythms and even a ‘tribute’ to Lou Reed and Van Morrison”. Okay!

Astreinte
C’est Pourquoi Il Importe, Aux Epoques D’adversite, De Demeurer Interieurement Fort Et Sobre De Paroles

Nashazphone NP-07

LP
£6.99


Cacophonous electro-acoustic psychedelic noise from this mysterious French combo who worship at the altar of CCCC/Hijokaidan et al: "No one knows or will ever know who Astreinte are and what their story is. If ever told, they'll be immediately elevated to cult status considering their personal backgrounds and live shows (besides the fact that anything remotely French, sounds wonderful in North America nowadays). Astreinte is a five to nine members collective delivering a totally deafening sonic wall assault directly inspired by Japanese legends such as Hijokaidan or CCCC. The group mainly consists of hippies, crust punks, industrialists, garage rockers and a jazz fanatic. Dwelling in and around Pau, in the south west of France, near the Pyrenees and the Spanish border, their very scarce and violent live appearances have been greeted with comparatively aggressive and emotionally charged reactions. C'est pourquoi il importe... is their debut LP as a nine piece (vocals, guitar, bass, trumpet, drums, 2 x synths, electronics). Edition of 190 copies."

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

Nashazphone NP-04

LP
£6.99


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

Burning Star Core
Papercuts Theatre

No Quarter NOQ-022

CD
£4.99


Occupying the opposite pole from BXC’s masterful Challenger LP, Papercuts Theatre is a massive collage that smears several years worth of live recordings from Spencer Yeh and co into four monolithic movements that explode time and space in favour of vertical ascensions of tone and some of the heaviest nod-out rock moves of their career. Inspired by classic sleight-of-hand live reviews like The Grateful Dead’s Grayfolded, Sonic Youth’s Sonic Death and Flying Saucer Attack’s In Search Of Spaces, Yeh assembles dense, laminal settings of drone violence, Faust-styled Industrial-brut and outer space strings with a focus on their more aggressive jams. Long passages of tussling strings and thrifty percussion are blown apart by bursts of free jazz energy and screaming violin tones. The Faust Tapes were always a major organisational touchstone for the BXC production style, but Papercuts Theatre pushes the organisational logic of their albums to new spontaneous/hallucinogenic ends. Features Trevor Tremaine, Robert Beatty, members of Lambsbread and more. 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.

Circuit Des Yeux
Fruition

Dull Knife Records No Cat

7"
£3.99


Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies from Haley Fohr’s excellent solo project, pressed on green vinyl in a glued pocket color sleeve with silkscreened vellum obi strip. Less overtly destroyed than her LP recordings, Frution collects two of her most beautiful songs. The A side has a high, regal acid folk feel too it with vocals that aren’t a million miles away from Celia Humphris of Irish acid folk group Trees swimming in a soft muzz of lo-fi hiss. The flip is more up-beat, with drum machines and strident vocals that cross Jandek’s Nancy with crude 1980s pop. Excellent.

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.

Colorguard & Ashley Paul
Secr's Lip/The Places

Male Bonding #1

Cassette
£1.99


Hand-numbered edition of only 50 copies split cassette: all female flip, with weirdo sound art/frail pop instants from Paul and prepared turntables, loops and junk hypnosis from Kryssi Battalene.

Coum Transmissions
Home Aged And The 18 Month Hope

Dais 051

LP
£10.99


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

Dan Melchior
Slow Down Tiger

Starlight Furniture Company *27

LP
£10.99


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

Dead Machines
Plays Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

Arbor #97

one-sided LP
£3.99


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

Dendoshi
Dendoshi 2

Planam Planam-ESM

LP
£13.99


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

Edgar Wappenhalter
On The Beach

Morctapes #56

LP
£2.99


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

Ellende
Heavy Metal Drones

Smeerlappen Smeerlap -1

10” + CD + Booklet
£8.99


Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies art edition set that features a 10” on clear vinyl, a CD and an accompanying art book/manifesto from this obscure Japanese/South African avant garde performance troupe. Reputedly starting off in 1976 through tape experiments at home, much of Ellende’s work is based on the writings of founder member Wim Bontjes, who passed away in 1995 and if the contents of the booklet are anything to go by they share a healthy obsession with sex, ritual and radical performance art. The music on the 10” is exactly as the title implies, a series of massively heavy drone works with obsessively repeating electronics and e-bow guitar shot through with all sorts of subliminal detail, ghost voices, snatches of conversation... aspects of Organum, Asmus Tietchens, Fripp & Eno and The Cosmic Couriers combine in a series of austere visions of sheet metal minimalism with a dark cultic/performance troupe edge. The CD furthers the whole Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser vibe with a monolithic slice of eternally-peaking kosmische that sounds like an orchestra of ascending E-Bows. One of the most mysteriously beguiling releases to wash up at VT in some time. Recommended. 

Ferial Confine
The Full Use Of Nothing

Siren 021

CD
£12.99


Necessary deluxe CD upgrade for one of the key founding documents of the UK underground: Ferial Confine was the early solo project of Andrew Chalk, who at the time had connections to fellow avant travellers like Ramleh/Broken Flag and The New Blockaders. The Full Use Of Nothing was originally released on cassette by Chalk in the mid-80s and later briefly issued on vinyl. It parallels the early TNB recordings in its use of all electro/acoustic soundings, primarily metal and even the sound of cupboard doors banging in Chalk’s parents’ house while long-term collaborator Darren Tate appears on bowed autoharp (indeed Tate also gave the album its title).
The sound is sensual, textural free noise but with none of the harshness associated with TN, Ramleh or Whitehouse at al. At points the crawling/bubbling tectonics border on a form of metallic eroticism, cushioned by the kind of distant soft drones that Andrew would later amplify and expand on in his solo work. There are sections of forlorn classical piano bisected with dizzying laminal drones that give the music an undeniable feeling of haunted nostalgia, making for some of the most striking – and strikingly melancholy – UK noise music of the age. Very hard to extrapolate from the ‘base’ materials and process involved in its creation to the grandeur and complexity of its final form but this new edition sounds better than ever, allowing you to dive deep into the complex contours of this radical set of DIY compositional beauty. Long a secret influence on the whole of the UK underground, parts of this recording were later plundered by The New Blockaders on 1995’s TNB Est Mort! Comes in a gorgeous hard card slipcase with Japanese obi strip. Highly recommended!

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. 

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.

Frederik Croene & Timo Van Luijk
Voile Au Vent

La Scie Doree Scie-709

LP
£13.99


Edition of 400 copies LP from this duo featuring Timo Van Luijk of Af Ursin and collaborator with Christoph Heemann, NNCK et al. Voile Au Vent presents a series of piano improvisations embedded in dark, symphonic instrumental settings. Some of the most purely malevolent sounds to be associated with Luijk, aspects of Voile Au Vent almost sound like Coil circa “Dark River” with looming electronics providing an eerie backdrop to the broken bones of a piano. Later tracks bring in cut-up sound sources, shadowy samples and smears of Andrew Chalk-style drone to give the feel of Gavin Bryars’ Sinking Of The Titanic re-scored for one of Joe Jones’ automatic orchestras. Recommended.

Gizmos
Live In Bloomington 1977-1978

Gulcher Gulch-430

2xCD
£13.99


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.

Gown
Wandering Glory

Ecstatic Yod FYPL-99

LP
£3.99


Edition of 500 copies from Andrew MacGregor’s solo project, with screenprinted sleeves done at VG Kids plus insert: “It has been said by a very wise man that a record is a document of a time and thus should only need to be justified as such. Wandering glory is a portrait of change of seasons, change of location and the movement of time. Recorded mostly on the 3rd floor while brothers visited, tours began, tours ended and bags were packed. Life is full of flaws and learning is as never-ending as time” - Gown

Green Flames
s/t

Assommer 007

LP
£14.99


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!

Half High
Shapeless Advice

Altered States Tapes AST-035

7”
£3.99


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

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. 

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. 

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
Battle Of The Orchids

The Great Pop Supplement GPS-040

LP
£8.99


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

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!

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.

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.

Kevin Aprill
Sunset On An Imaginary Beach Of Latent Energy

Del Val DV-11

LP
£29.99


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

Konx-Om-Pax
Optimo Tracks

Display Copy DSP-001

CD
£2.99


Edition of 200 hand-numbered copies self-released CD from Glasgow’s Konx-Om-Pax aka digital artist Tom Scholefield, best known in the VT universe for his artwork on Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rifts 2xCD. Optimo Tracks consists of work specially composed for an installation at the Optimo Espacio club night in March 2009. The tracks move from tortured and treated avant rock through sublime Coil/NWW style driftworks and mangled Industrial pile-up, the last of which gets a totally wonked No Fun Acid remix courtesy of Carlos Giffoni.

Kuupuu
Lumen Tahden

Time-Lag 044

CD
£8.99


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

Leslie Keffer
Feels Like Frenching

Ecstatic Peace E#105b

LP
£3.99


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

Max Eisenberg
A Dog Dick Afternoon

U-Sound Vol-31

Book + CD-R
£3.99


Wild collection of buggered electro ephemera, jolting torrents of hi-jacked current, squelchy, pimple-squirting beats, cut-up DJ Dog Dick licks, crude adolescent punk raps and a whole host of unidentifiable crunch making up another slab of what the fuck from Nautical Almanac collaborator and full-time enigma Max Eisenberg/DJ Dog Dick. This limited first edition comes bundled in a large book that features a ton of crude cartoons, sketches, photographs and assorted visual violence. Still one of the key weirdo documents to come out of the apex of modern 'noise'. Long OOP. 

Max Eisenberg
Internal Breeding

Oceans Of Missouri 002

CD-R/Zine
£2.99


Great bundle of eye/ear control from this murky underground soundist, bundling a superbly crude black and white comic zine and a disc of sound-actions that feature cartoon vocal chorales, the sound of the old man of the mountains slowly winching a bucket of jabbering ferrets up the side of a rusty Destroyer, orchestras of helium-ingesting insects sing hypnotic constellations of gasp and woof and that all important tape-squelch aura that every Chocolate Monk fan knows - and loves. All packaged inside a large envelope with cool art.

MV & EE
The Best It Ever Was

The Great Pop Supplement GPS-33

7”
£3.99


Limited to 500 copies single from MV & EE, with backing from a Bummer Road line-up featuring Asa Irons on bass, Doc Dunn on pedal steel and Samara Lubelski on violin. A-side is an excellent, weird up-tempo song; the flip is a wayward harmonica and guitar-led bud that has an atmosphere to match Peter Laughner’s “Cinderella Backstreet”. Highly recommended.

Nihilist Assault Group
Silent Movie

Hospital Productions HOS-142

LP + DVD
£6.99


Wild document of classic noise action from this alter ego of The New Blockaders featuring Richard Rupenus alongside Dominik Fernow (Prurient) and Ron Lessard aka Emil Beaulieu. Recorded live at the No Fun fest 2006, Silent Movie also comes with a silent DVD of the show that makes for pretty surreal viewing when viewed without the record spinning in the background. DVD also comes with a commentary by G.X. Jupiter-Larsen. Edition of 500 copies.

Nova Scotia/Eye
Split

Tipped Bowler Tapes No Cat

LP
£6.99


Inspired split LP that pairs two contemporary NZ outfits with tentacles that run deep into that country’s singular drone scene. Nova Scotia is the quartet of Richard Whyte, Rick Jensen, Guy Nicholls and Dean Brown and they play a form of hands-on eternal music that touches on the previous experiments in horizontal guitar tones and bowed electricity of Surface Of The Earth, Sandoz Lab Technicians, Thela, CM Ensemble, Flies Inside The Sun etc. Manipulated guitars and distant horns relocate the ritual aspect of Heathen Earth to the very edge of the world while aggressive free form drums ala Robbie Yeats/The Shaggs push the whole deal into a primitive free jazz zone where punk aggression and endlessly smeared tones combine in staggering vertical take-offs. Pretty amazing. On the flip the Eye quartet – featuring key NZ players Peter Stapleton, Peter Porteous, Jon Chapman and Nathan Thompson – perform a haunted electro-séance with arcs of sighing electricity cut-up with distant audience noise and obsessively minimal hovering melodies that build to claustrophobic architectures of feedback sounds and overheated amps until it feels as if the instruments are playing each other and the melodies are buckling under the strain. Beautiful grid-locked psychedelic drone from a bunch of masters of the form. Who knows what it is about New Zealand but the end of the world never sounded so magnetic. Edition of 250 copies on 150g vinyl with silkscreened sleeves by Alan Sherry. Highly recommended!

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.

Paul Panhuysen
Pendulum Change Ringing

Edition Telemark 314.03

LP
£16.99


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

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.

Roberto Opalio
Aurora Coelestis

Opax Records OPX-036

LP
£16.99


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

Samara Lubelski
Spectacular Of Passages

De Stijl IND-054

LP
£8.99


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

Sandoz Lab Technicians
Unhemmed As It Is Uneven

Trinder 07

7"
£3.99


Original 1996 EP from this great New Zealand improv/drone outfit. Long out of print.

Sean McCann
Music For Private Ensemble

Recital #5

LP
£14.99


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. 

Six Organs Of Admittance
Luminous Night

Drag City DC-409

CD
£3.99


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

Skin Graft
Dystrophy

Hanson HN-236

CD
£4.99


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

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. 

Son of Earth
Improvements

Amish Records AMI-031

LP
£8.99


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

Spectre Folk featuring Little 'Diamond' Dusty with Chill Will
Shakin' With The Alien

Arbitrary Signs No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


The last few Spectre Folk releases from Pete Nolan (Magik Markers) have pushed what began as a kinda scrabbly basement rock side project into the kind of sandblasted, desert rock environs of the first David Crosby album. Shakin’ With The Alien tramps further into that particular sun-blinded zone with a series of long modal electric guitar tracks that sound like a looser Sun City Girls while factoring in aspects of both Amon Duul and Giant Sand. Nolan’s joined by Little Dusty on synth and Chill Will on drums.

Steve Gunn/Ilyas Ahmed
Split

Immune No Cat

7”
£3.99


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

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

Alt Vinyl av002

8" Lathe
£2.99


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

Sunburned Hand of the Man
An Ant’s Death

Manhand MH-105

CD-R
£3.99


Self-released hand-numbered edition of 100 copies, with an audio collage of a 2008 Birmingham show, a blow-out from Mick Flower’s house, a London gig and a set from Greenfield, MA. Features a buncha heads: Moloney, Thomas, Schneiderman, Sarah O' Shea, Paul Labrecque, Mick Flower, Conrad Capistran, Phil Franklin, Taylor Richardson, and Adam Nodelman (Borbetomagus).

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Drifting Mist

Manhand MH-101

CD-R
£2.99


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

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Glak

Manhand MH-85

CD-R
£4.99


New self-released album in a hand-numbered run of only 100 copies and packaged in slimline DVD cases with insert. Consisting of recordings drawn from the Flower House in Leeds, Greenfield and various live actions featuring John Moloney, Mick Flower, Rob Thomas, Ron Schneiderman, Sarah O’Shea and Paul Labrecque. Ranges from hi-fi blues goofs and Beefheart breakdowns through cut-up and warped tapes, primitive proto-Industrial Hawkwind touch-downs and great mutant pop songs. Track titles embedded on the CD. A fully realised set from these heads. Limited numbers available.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Silence Of Colour

Manhand MN-99

CD-R
£2.99


”Sonic juxtaposition of Humboldt County Medical on Halloween 2008 Vs. Southern Vermont dank -July 2008 - run through the editing and art filter of Sunburned's newest member Sarah O' Shea - features Franklin, Moloney, O'shea, Thomas and Schneiderman” – MH. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

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.

Tashi Wada
Gradient

De Stijl IND-099

7”
£4.99


Excellent single from Tashi Wada, the son of legendary Japanese minimalist Yoshi Wada whose Off The Wall album remains one of the most singularly brain-erasing of contemporary drone sides: here Tashi and Marc Sabat use one of composer and instrument inventor Harry Partch’s adapted violas, producing a very slow glissando while moving between two fixed pitches set at different points along a wall. The result is that the pitch distance coincides with the spatial distance, generating drones that start to flutter and phase according to position, giving the sense of splitting the tonal atom while opening up the endless possibilities of single tone alchemy. A profoundly psychedelic side, ideally set-up for a 33rpm 7”. Recommended. 

Text Of Light
Un Pranzo Favoloso/A Fabulous Lunch

Finalmuzik FM-05

CD
£2.99


"We're proud to announce the new CD album of TEXT OF LIGHT: "Un Pranzo Favoloso" has been recorded on 26th May 2005 at Auditorium Concordia in Pordenone (Italy) during the "Schermo Sonoro - Cinemazero" festival. In this incredible concert Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, Tim Barnes and Ulrich Krieger played on Stan Brakhage experimental movies; the band explores the concept of soundtrack and creates something new out of it, a "sonic continuum" between music and the movies, in which Stan Brakhage's images become sounds. Amazing." - FM.

The A Band
American Evil

No Label No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Recording of the first post-reunion show by legendary UK underground big-band The A Band from 2007: this is a signal recording in many ways, with core A Band member Stewart Walden joined by his brother Martin of UK legends The Strolling Ones/Well Crucial et al. It also marks the debut of future A Band hardcore John Aziz, Karl Waugh and Simon Murphy as well as sending tentacles out to the contemporary UK underground via appearances in the line-up from Phil Todd of Ashtray Navigations and Phil Julian. Pretty much the fulcrum of the A Band catalogue to date and another great instalment in this slowly meandering UK Underground epic. Oh yeah: American Evil is an anagram of original founding member Vince Earimal.  

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.

Totally Nang!
#1

Totally Nang #1

Zine
£1.99


Great new ‘old school’ no-digital/cut n paste underground zine from Glasgow: written on a typewriter borrowed from Richard Youngs, Totally Nang features a great candid/revealing interview with Youngs himself as well as a conversation with Finland’s Tsembla and reviews/appreciations of Blood Stereo, Pengo, Nazorani, Public Image Limited and more. 

V-3
Live At Bernie’s ‘97

No Label No Cat

LP
£18.99


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

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

Cold Turkey Press 6802 944

LP
£34.99


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

Various Artists
Ongaku 80: Alternative Waves From Japan

Hiruko Records No Cat

LP
£14.99


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

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.

Various Artists
Sunday Matinee At The Frying Pan

American Tapes AM-855

one-sided LP
£8.99


Compilation featuring unreleased tracks from Connelly & The Machines, Body Morph, Hive Mind, Dog Lady and Drainolith: “So the other day, me and my lab buddy supreme Scott were knee f'in deep in trying to find out if a huge craggly motor was delta or wye three phase connected, and needless to say, was NOT having luck. It was a one of them RAW bologna built motors that has wire numbers, but its pointless cause its all on its own weirdo system. Whatever. So as usual, we shot the shit.
"What’s up this weekend man?"
"Not much, got a killer afternoon gig at the spot on Sunday...."
"What’s a gig?"
"Ah.... I’m having some of my weirdo friends over to make ah.... music...."
"You make music?"
"Sure"
"Would you ever play a 'gig' for the troops?"
"We should get black to that motor...I think I know the lead wires now..."
"Well, I can’t come over, I gotta fix my tires on my hunting jeep, but you know what would rule Olson?"
"What’s that?"
"If you would press that jammer on wax, mix all the tracks together into one inzane mess and sent it to Smith out west to press...."
"Man, you might be on to something"
"Make it one long one-sider with a lock groove, I mean shit...that’s how I remember gigs anyway.... and just use a flyer for the cover!!!"
"My man!!!"
So I took Scott's advice. Took the killer matinee jam, got out the scalpel, mixed everything together seamless inzane style, book ended it with an EVIL Hive Mind loop and boosh!!!! Pressed gig memory!!!! So it's just like a gig, except you don’t have KNOX MITCHELL's dad dropping you off or Collino spilling brews everywhere or your secret recipe INZANE CHILLI remains burning up in the bottoms of an empty crock pot. Oddly, not a peep of crew-audience noise to be found. Dog Lady played acoustic string scrape, Dan Body jammed reed universe from the uneven side (and then BLASTED Disclose and Firmeza 10 in the jamm room), Drainolith is my main man Alex K from Montreal and kept it uber real with amazing synth scramble, live from yep, THE BASEMENT. Greh said he did a cover of THE SHINING but I’ve never seen that mini-series. Dead Machines and Connelly jammed magical pixie flutes, infected metal scrape and vocals from an eerie afternoon lagoon. Like an endless gig, ...you gotta SIT THRU THE WHOLE THING...in one inzane memory blurr surpreme.... Record ends with an EVIL Hive Mind lock groover, endless...party. ... forever.... Was a blast, more of this style to come. And BYOB!!! There are three party stores right in the hood, duh!!! 2pm SHARP!!!> Edition of 100 in handmade recycled sleeves, numbered.” – John Olson.

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

Alt Vinyl AV-030

LP
£8.99


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

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.

Whip And The Body
s/t

Dais Records 002

7"
£1.99


Edition of 330 copies EP from this Brooklyn noise group who take their name from one of Mario Bava’s most hallucinatory films and combine Whitehouse-level of electronic ferocity and garbled word violence with a destructo-rock feel akin to Ramleh. On the same label that brought you the Genesis P-Orridge Early Worm LP.

Wolf Eyes
Black Wing Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

LP
£8.99


Limited edition Wolf Eyes Lp, in a run of 900 copies, made up of a single eerie, minimal track across both sides of the vinyl that mingles identifiable sound sources - glisses of guitar, slow blooms of bass - with luminous coronas of high, lonesome tone, rusty death factory rhythms and punk metal eroticism. Heavy early Throbbing Gristle vibe to this - somewhere between Live At The Rat and Live At Oundle School with a little of the psychological horror feel of River Slaughter. Slow moving, grimy and full of implied threat. Recommended.

Akke Phallus Duo
Terroir/Pissoir

Apollolaan Recordings APAN-048

CD-R
£3.99


Great new all-improvised junk ritual and ethno-blurt from the winning duo of Jon Marshall (Hunter Gracchus/La Drapeau  et al) and Ben Morris (Chora/Le Drapeau Noir et al). A little more over-loaded than any of the players’ previous outings, this has almost a Futura/Red Records ‘feel’, with the kind of odd percussive miniatures, contorted almost-jazz and convulsive vocalese that would situate it somewhere downwind of Jac Berrocal w/aspects of the more ferocious passages of Richard Youngs’ Festival or even Flower/Corsano factored in. There’s a tactile, hands-on quality to the jams that is well beyond the usual improv furniture-polishers and if the sound of swallowing your own tongue makes you a sound-poet then these guys are friggin Lettrists. A great set that mixes psych, bandstand rocking freedom and hands-on DIY ritual to maximal psychoactive effect. Edition of 100 copies. 

Angie
Turning

Easter Bilby EB-003

LP
£8.99


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

Beer Damage
Hobo On The Face Of Music

Our Mouth #26

LP
£6.99


Privately-released LP on the Mouthus imprint by the new duo of Brian Sullivan (Mouthus) and Pete Swanson (Yellow Swans et al): Beer Damage has some of the all-devouring bull-dozing ferocity of Mouthus proper but it’s all wrapped up in a grid-locked, endlessly accruing drone style that sounds like a particularly wheezy Alastair Galbraith power-bowing a series of barbed wire sculptures while Martin Rev triggers pugilistic beats in the background. Or imagine Cyborg-era Klaus Schulze re-visioning his music to take in broken hi-fi equipment, domestic appliances and warped backwards tape F/X in the Prick Decay basement. This is dense, hypnotic, primitively-rendered drone music with an obsessive tape-juddering aspect that is uniquely brain-mangling and that touches on a bunch of confusing totems, from the delicate/spectral miniatures of Go Hirano to the twonked loop work of Deux Filles and the Industrial gravity of Henry & Hazel Slaughter.  

Ben Reynolds
Music Is The Music Language

Ikuisuus IKU-001

CD
£1.99


Full-length CD from born-again Glaswegian Ben Reynolds combines a title that conflates the obvious with the obviously fucked, as well as a trampoline full of hand-percussion, twonks of steel string and whole choir of wraiths in what sounds like a broadcast from the still-smoking skull sockets of the late Angus MacLise. Comes in a full-colour four panel fold-out digipak.

Dry Rib
Whose Last Trickle

Messthetics #213

CD
£8.99


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

Free Kitten
Inherit

Ecstatic Peace E#22c

CD
£1.00


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

Golden Calves Money Band
Collection: Money Band + Century Band

Woodsist 056

2xLP
£14.99


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.

Horrors In The Museum
Live Josephine Seattle 5-28-10

American Tapes AM-980

one-sided LP
£6.99


Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies LP that documents a wild live show from Stan Reed consisting of all cover versions of Rudimentary Peni tracks: Stan Reed is possibly best known for his role in totemic underground actions by TNB satellites like Mixed Band Philanthropist and Nihilist Assault Group but here he is in full thug-punk mode, power choking his way across sludgey/maniacal Peni covers. Peni cut some of the doomiest anarcho punk ever squoze out of post-adolescent horror and protest and here Reed renders them in full on doom punk glory, with nod-out 4/4 drums, expiring bass and the kinda vocal grunt approach that would reconcile Von Lmo, Gibby from The Butthole Surfers and some sick screwed and chopped shit. A total one-off from American Tapes with the usual classy individual handmade sleeves by John Olson. Recommended. 

Kill Devil Hills
Ex-Kill Devil Hill

American Tapes AM-630

One-Sided 7" + CD-R
£4.99


Duo blat from Ben Hall of Graveyards et al and Heath Moreland of Sick Lama/Fag Tapes et al: "What the? Is it the Tom Potter/Coorz/Babcock blues rock band from Lansing circa 92? Gnaw......I was on tour with Juice (Fag Heath) and Bondo (Raven Matt) and on a late night drive one of them squirmy dudes put a KDH CD in the player, and I was like: "Yo holmes, what this?" "Kill Devil Hill" "Funny.........seriously though..whats busting?" "Dude....Kill Devil Hill" "C'mon man, quit messing, break me off" "Its Juice and Ben Hell's new group" "Why they gotta bust on my old jam" "What you mean player?" "That Bad Seeds Style band from Lansing...you know we had that 7" that dillo always grips copies and keeps taunting me with them" "Gnaw...i think it is just a cosmic coincidence" "Weird.......well I'm funna bust a 7" and have it be called "Ex Kill Devil Hill" "Whatever man....do your thing......stupid reason to do it.....but.....whatever...." So here it is, Sick Llama and Ben Hell...prob. the most Hi Fi thang Juice has ever been trapped in...but kool sounding Organum - styled screech & moan, Juice's clarinet sounds spot on. See if you can hear "the counterpoint.' CD includes remix by EX KDH member....was funna be called "Dedicated to Tom Potter-Playwright" but it would take a long time to explain it to him and kinda dumb at that. Part one of the "Trapped Title" with Juice. Hah. Edition of 200, color vinyl, color art, hit any speed, will take you there. No info, stark." - John Olson.

Man Slaughter
s/t

American Tapes AM-712

CD-R
£4.99


"Yes! First recordings of Superman Groop outta SF/Oakland with AJ aka RJ aka SIXES, Paul C. of XBXRX and ESP Layout, and Noel of Comets= Caveman inzanity power 600 BC sound= close your eyes and see AJ break a table infront of you!! Reeds/guitar/electronic bomb attack. Amazing assault. Dedicated to all shorties, everywhere apparently. Color cases, crazed artwork. Rules." - John Olson.

Matthew Nidek & Anthony Guerra
NB

The Seedy R

CD-R
£3.99


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

Mike Cooper
Live @ The Hint House New York City 2000

Qbico #91

LP
£10.99


Weird ‘field recording’ of what Cooper describes as “urban exotica”, recorded on his first ever trip to the USA live at The No-Neck Blues Band’s Hint House art space. Cooper is best known as an improvising guitarist working on the most abstract fringes of post-jazz thought, but recent years have seen him consolidate a vision that would incorporate electronics as well as various aspects of exotica. This set kinda combines them all, even though there are no guitar moments at all. This was the second set he played at the NNCK house, this time using only a sampler keyboard, a Yamaha sampling unit with pre-recorded samplers, a mini disc with some tropical ambience and a pitch shifter delay pedal. The recording flits between audio documentation of room sounds and activities, tropical jungle sounds and orchestras of bird calls and cyclical electronics in a way that is subtly dislocating. Recorded in 2000, limited vinyl pressing on black wax.

Mouthus
Follow This House

Important Records Imprec-121

CD
£2.99


Major new Mouthus album peaks at a whole new level of barbarous sludge with what sounds like a fleet of electric razors burying steel raptors in six feet of concrete while the Angus MacLise Orkestra play pre-Lapsarian Morse codes on a handbuilt steel drum containers and whole choirs of ghosts sing madrigals somewhere just over the horizon. There's a beautifully lapsed, primitive rock feel to much of the atmosphere - the way guitar lines appear like silvery hallucinations fading in and out of corporeal reality from track to track - that reminds me of the weird non-hierarchical instrumental mix of early NZ bombs like Trash, Dead C or Dadamah. Either way, this is another supremely devolved rock set from these crudest of cousins.

Our Love Will Destroy The World
Frigid Antichrist

Don’t Fuck With Magic No Cat

CD-R
£10.99


Massive two track blow-out from Campbell Kneale’s gravity-defying drone orchestra: this one is truly eviscerating, with choirs of mangled electrics and overloaded microtonal protests vibrating in the air, generating all sorts of phantom trajectories and hallucinatory classical/metal melodies. The second track sounds like Fushitsusha jamming Love Cry Want in the middle of an air raid and makes for one of the supreme reality-buckling jams of Kneale’s run. Very limited, on Kneale’s own private press imprint. Recommended. 

Outer Nothingness
Wail

Golem Tapes G-14

CD-R
£3.99


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

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.

Ramleh
Valediction

Second Layer Records SLR-004

CD
£2.99


New studio album from the Ramleh duo of Gary Mundy and Anthony Di Franco, this time out in their power electronics mode. More hi-fi and deliberately nuanced than their early Xeroxed style, Mundy’s delivery is at its most hysterical while the noise is almost technicolour in comparison. Also some great sludge bass noise/rock stylings courtesy of Di Franco. Full colour gatefold sleeve with insert.

S.S. Cretins
New England’s Newest Hitmakers

Sa SA-006

Cassette
£6.99


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. 

Sam Hamilton & Chris O'Connor
Tidal Dee's And Harboured Dum's

Pseudo Arcana No Cat

CD-R
£3.99


"The hyper-energetic Sam Hamilton is almost solely responsible for the currently booming Auckland experimental music scene, organising shows and festivals on what seems an almost daily basis. He is also no slouch in the performing arena himself, playing home made and/or deconstructed electronics and instruments to produce dense drones and evocative arpeggios... Chris O'Connor is for my money the most exciting and inspired drummer in New Zealand. A stalwart of the NZ improv and fire-music scenes he is also the only drummer I have ever witnessed pulling off a convincing drone performance- on drums! I could watch him play all night. 'Tidal Dee's and Harboured Dum's' is a soundtrack Hamilton and O'Connor created for the experimental feature film 'Anguish', by Tim Van Dammen. Featuring Hamilton on psyche guitar and electronics and O'Connor on drums it verges on Haino-esque territory as it takes one on a seat of the pants ride through the purplest realms of ecstatic rock." - PA

Sejayno
Sedainty

Heresee No Cat

LP
£4.99


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

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. 

Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper
Cantos de Lisboa

RVNG #11

LP
£16.99


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

Thee Free
Welcome to Liberty City

Free Noise FCD06

CD-R
£1.99


Limited edition of 50 copies. "The most inventive and progressive album so far from Thee Free. At times imaginative and always very free, even when soaked in (sporadic) heavy rhythms or walls of harsh noise. Mangled radio output and voice samples blend with abusive storms of coloured noise, drums, clarinet, flutes and heavy electric guitars make twisted and psychedelic appearances. Certain tracks show how the total (sometimes very gradual) deterioration of a 'tune' can amount to something just as, if not more, engaging. We are also offered hope from the words of a yogi in the midst of this warped sonic landscape during 'Juice Bug'... 'Coily' was recorded on the day of the announcement of Coil artist Johnn Balance's passing. The album title is in tribute to Mark Stewart and the Mafia's track 'Liberty City', appearing on 'Learning to Cope with Cowardice', a hugely significant album of the early eighties, musically and otherwise." - Free Noise.

Zaimph
Live Hasselt

Heavy Blossom

CD-R
£3.99


Limited edition of 100 copies documenting a live solo show from Marcia Bassett that took place 6/6/06 in Hasselt. 28 minutes of thick, frozen air, slow brain-bloating highs, and thunderous ecstasy peaks. One of the darkest/densest blats from Marcia to date and highly recommended. Comes in wraparound colour pro-printed sleeves.

Zaimph
Sexual Infinity

Hospital Productions HOS-162

CD
£3.99


New solo album (first ever 'real' CD release after a bunch of limited CD-Rs) from Marcia Bassett of Double Leopards/Hototogisu/GHQ et al, released on Domink Fernow of Prurient's label. A real departure from her last few releases, Sexual Infinity has a darker, almost documentary-style atmosphere, with the low malevolent hum of late night, neon-illuminated streets (a hint of William Bennett's Bradford Red Light District in some of the more nocturnal 'field' style passages) cut up with the roar of jet engines, seedy, auraless orbits of cracked drone-tone, lurching blown-out synth violence that could almost be a field-recording of the aftermath of a Suicide riot and the most evocatively placed globes of murky drone. All held together with almost Haino-esque stabs of epic repeat chord runs. Highly recommended.

Akira Sakata/Giovanni Di Domenico
Iruman

Mbari Musica Mbari-21

CD
£6.99


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

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.

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

Tusk No Cat

LP
£13.99


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

Philip Krumm
”Blue” Gene Tyranny Formations

Idea 2007

CD
£3.99


“Blue” Gene Tyranny is a fascinating margin walker who has roots deep in the avant garde and over the years has recorded a bunch of formally inventive sides that work through various spontaneous and compositional gambits while continuing to work on the other side of the tracks with jazz and rock musicians like Carla Bley and Iggy Pop. His association with the composer Philip Krumm goes back to the late 1950s/early 1960s when the pair organised an innovative series of new music performances in Texas including various Fluxus actions and happenings. Formations, a pianowork by Krumm, was originally realized by Tyranny for piano, organ and ring modulator in a live performance in 1968 and again later that year as a studio piece, but the version here re-works the concept for computer performance by using both originals as source material and combining them with evocative recordings of universal microwave background noise from the South Galactic Pole. The result is a truly alien slice of Kosmiche music with Industrial-scale klang matched with lumbering, iron-blue piano parts and the whirr of the galaxies. Fans of Max Neuhaus, Philip Corner, HNAS and Organum will find much to savour here. Comes in a glossy full-colour shrunken gatefold sleeve with a booklet.

Velvet Hour
s/t

Black Petal No Cat

3” CD-R
£3.99


Excellent set from this New Zealand duo that features Shannon who runs the Dungeon Taxis imprint and Tim Coster. Fresh from supporting Richard Youngs during his recent NZ tour, this four track EP finds them in a stoned/hushed late night Velvets mood, with barely strummed guitar and eerie vortices of banjo and assorted strange strings generating a slow-burning atmosphere with a zoned, ritual feel. Hypnotically stoned free folk that exists on the very edge of form. For fans of Go Hirano, Tori & Reiko Kudo, The Hunter Gracchus, Trees, Chants & Hollers... edition of 50 copies with hand-painted sleeves and stamped covers. 

Omei
When All Your Ghosts Are Tired

Misanthrope Studio/Ninth Circle Music MS-18/NC-021506

CD
£1.99


New album from the solo concern of Chris Goudreau of Sickness, combines somnambulant mine-fields of slow-spooling loops that slowly accrue bone-crushing menace through lurching brain-phased electronics and the sound of flesh-trauma. Second track is a blown-open barely-populated field recording featuring delays of scatter-shot percussion. Another great slice of slow, sick psychedelic minimalism ala Hive Mind, Panther Skull et al. “Omei expresses itself through the idea of ‘One thought for a thousand years’. The same memory played over and over until it drives you. The mind to the grindstone with nothing ahead but hours and hours of empty slow time.”

Byron Coley
Dating Tips For Touring Bands

Hot Cars Warp Records #16

LP
£10.99


First ever spoken word LP from music crit at large Byron Coley: Coley is best known for his writing in Forced Exposure and his world-defining/post-Meltzer gonzo review style, a style that reached its apotheosis in his pithy Wire singles column. Here he reads a series of poems on Side A, some you might have read before, some that are new, and that run the gamut of dick jokes, Beefheart worship, Jack Rose, porno, beer, Black Flag, modern American politics and a ton of viscera. Side B is dedicated to a reading from an up-coming novel entitled Dominoes all about curing skunked beer w/teenage knuckleheads. Silkscreened cover art by Savage Pencil, produced by Dan Ireton, released on Chris Corsano’s own Hot Cars Warp imprint. 

Es
Kesamaan Lapset

Fonal FR-64

LP
£8.99


Album from Fonal head Sami’s very personal minimalist drone project. His last few sides have been epic investigations of the mind-stilling potential of achingly teased repeat-tones, and Kesamaan Lapset feels a little more concise in comparison, not to say less deliberately monochrome, with shorter pieces that explode into multiple colours using bold keyboard patterns and gushing electronics. At the heart of the music tho, there is that almost religious sense of stillness, of a single sonic event extrapolated in multiple directions. There is great use of repeating piano and hovering drone, which at points is reminiscent of Richard Youngs but when it all collapses into comet tails of lucid toytown synth it could only be Finnish.

Espers
Espers II

Drag City DC-310

LP
£12.99


Vinyl edition from this Philadelphia based freak/folk unit featuring Greg Weeks, Meg Baird et al: "From the beginning, Espers has been a living, growing thing. II finds the group at sextet size, with greater powers and capabilities than before. Still, the original spirit of the band -- the American ideal of the democracy (that is in no way reflected in its current government) -- rules Espers in everything they do, gives them true freedoms to reach for the spiritual and the fun at once, and to make their music from it. The sound of Espers was achieved using a mad variety of instruments, from your standard, everyday Martin 6-string acoustics, Fender jazzbass and drumkit to more exotic implements such as doumbek, dholak and male & female larynx (which we assume are swung around in the air to produce a recorder-like sound). Espers at play tap into their shared spaces with joy and a sense of humor (and wonder, naturally). The musical outcome is a friendly new sensation -- as the record plays, it warms the room and dims the lights with dense yet agile atmospherics, allowing you, the listener to relax, despite and yet still in communion with the realities of our present day." - Drag City.

Kiila
Tuota Tuota

Fonal FR-65

LP
£8.99


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

Li Jianhong
Lovers With Cloisonne Bracelet

Tipped Bowler Tapes No Cat

LP
£12.99


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

Motor Ghost
A Gold Chain Round Her Breast

Dancing Wayang Records DWR001

LP
£8.99


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

Ralph White
Navasota River Devil Squirrel

Mystra Records 002

LP
£14.99


Totally fantastic slice of genuine American primitive genius: White was a member of the punk/bluegrass outfit Bad Livers and this amazing solo album was originally released as a CD-R in 2007 and now gets a hip limited vinyl pressing thanks to Joshua Burkett’s new imprint, Mystra, in an edition of 600 copies with crude, hand-glued cover art and insert. White’s most immediate formal model is obviously Dock Boggs, with that same kinda lonesome, hypnotic delivery, though the music is more ornate and drug-complex, combining beautiful matrices of live and overdubbed wooden 6 string banjo, violin, accordion and kalimba. The tracks combine traditional and originals, with recurring lines and mythic characters freely wandering from one to the other. White magnifies the drone that was always at the heart of the music of Dock Boggs and the early Stanley Brothers, situating it between source and spectrasound as beautifully as Matthew Valentine, Joshua, Dredd Foole or Willie Lane. His vocals have a particularly spell-binding quality to them, zoning out into smears of sound and picking their way around the words like birds on a corpse and the arrangements are gloriously detailed, webs of strange strings that vibrate in complex, primitively executed architectures. This is as fine a navigation of the original American mystery zone as I can recall, a great, oddball/loner slice of free folk that comes from deep within the tradition while still remaining convincingly other. Highly recommended.

Starving Weirdos
Harry Smith

Root Strata RS-16

one-sided LP
£6.99


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

Angus MacLise
New York Electronic 1965

Sub Rosa SRV-355

LP
£16.99


Stunning first time on vinyl that collects alla the major ‘electronic’ works previously released on Sub Rosa’s mandatory The Cloud Doctrine CD. This collects of all MacLise’s (legendary Velvet Underground drummer/key member of LaMonte Young’s Theatre Of Eternal Music/Bardo Matrix publisher alongside Ira Cohen/contemporary mage) ‘Tunnel Music’ workings that use electronics, tapes, collage and loops to generate massively psychedelic temporal wormholes that continue to invade the future via Dreamweapon technologies. Also on here we get a run of multi-speed ‘Trance’ works that feature John Cale and Tony Conrad power-sawing to oblivion beneath MacLise’s expanded treatments and alchemical use of body-gnostic F/X. This is a music that the underground still hasn’t fully caught up with and this vinyl release represents a key stage in the unfolding of one of the most potent corpuses of reverse working sonic ritual/magick of the 20th century and beyond. A lotta talk about ‘magickal’ music and its uses but New York Electronic 1965 represents the apex of one of the last great magickal adventures in a dull, dull world. A necessary purchase for any serious VT head, on silver wax, very highly recommended!

Asmus Tietchens
Teils Teils

Swill Radio 027

LP
£12.99


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

Ben Nash
The Seventh Goodbye

Blackest Rainbow Recordings No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

Ben Patterson
A Fluxus Elegy

Alga Marghen Plana-P 17VocSon061

LP
£12.99


Limited one-sided LP from this modern composer presents an elegy to Fluxus by encoding the names of various key players (including John Lennon. La Monte Young, Yoshi Wada, Yasunao Tone, Yoko Ono, Dick Higgins, Joe Jones, Philip Corner, Takehisa Kosugi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Henry Flynt, Joseph Beuys, Henning Christiansen et al) in the form of International Morse dots and dashes which were 'performed' on a keyboard with a voice-pattern setting going through a loop unit and a mixer and straight to cassette. Front cover reproduces the original score. Edition limited to 345 copies.

Black Sand Desert
Choking On Grave Soil

PACrec 119

CD
£2.99


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

Bruce Russell/Andreas Brandal
s/t

Smalltown Supersound STS-023

7"
£4.99


Edition of 300c copies split 7” from 1997 that pairs a brutal live psych oblivion from Russell of The Dead C with some blunt Norwegian avant damage from Andreas Brandal. Long OOP. 

C. Spencer Yeh
Songs 2002

What The…? Records What-006

one-sided LP
£8.99


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

Carl Simmons
Honeysuckle Tendrals

Sacred Bones Records SBR-3005

LP + 7”
£4.99


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

Chora
Slates

Sergent Massacre SM-03

LP
£10.99


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.

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

Wist Rec. Wistbook-011

3” CD-R + Book
£8.99


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

Christina Carter
Masque Femine

Root Strata RS-093

LP
£18.99


Beautiful vinyl upgrade for what still stands as Christina Carter’s (Scorces/Charalambides) greatest solo side, originally self-released as a CD-R in 2008: the original edition of Masque Femine was a VT Tip Of The Tongue, prompting this deluxe revisiting. Masque Femine represents one of the most radically beautiful and confusing releases from Christina Carter to date. The music is all based around Christina's interpretations of a clutch of old-time standards and ballads, none of which she had actually heard at the time of the recording. Working from simple lyric transcriptions, she moulds spontaneous melodies and intricate guitar stylings from the disarticulated raw material of 17 tracks like "Love Letters In The Sand", "Memories Of You", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "End Of A Love Affair", "Quiet Nights", "All Alone" etc in a way that is completely different but just as radical as Derek Bailey's Standards and Ballads recordings. The atmosphere is as up-close and intimate as her classic Many Breaths releases, with some tracks so phonetically deconstructed they consist of virtually nothing but strained, breathy syllables suspended above a huge void of throat. The more emotionally distressed readings come closest to Jandek's all-vocal trilogy, especially the claustrophobic diaristic environs of Put My Dream On This Planet, but elsewhere the closest parallel would be Patty Waters at her most formally advanced, space-whispering her way through jazz standards that combine soft, velvet settings and distressed vocal breakdowns. Her guitar playing is gorgeous and super-minimal, supporting her spontaneous channelling of song-forms with two-chord downs and spectral, minor-key substitutions. The combined context seems to be designed to raise questions over the nature of beauty (as something always essentially 'beyond' and therefore only fully 'knowable' via proxy), manufactured versus spontaneous female personas, the nature of the aura etc, all rendered with that amazing lightness of touch and genuine emotional weight that accompanies all of Christina's greatest work. Still sounds completely singular, a necessary vinyl upgrade, highest possible recommendation!

Datashock & Shivers
Vol. 1

Tape Tektoniks/Meudiademorte /

LP
£4.99


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

Dead Comet Alive
Universe For One

American Tapes AM-745

one-sided LP
£10.99


2008 American Tapes, numbered, limited to 100 copies. “Old AT group, first leap into the wax world. DCA is a long-standing ??? electronics? ?? and ???? home jamming loner sound unit and here's two pieces of other worldly echoing empty universe tone twisters to inhabit a table-for-one ear vacation to the lurking parts of your daily experience. Sounds like having a huge unknown gnawing entity chase you inside a huge unknown sound world, at any speed. Super weird, not Demoon Skirt weird but more...internal noize stylez. Numbered Edition of 100, crazy inzane sleeve paste on.” – John Olson.

Dennis Tyfus
0032 (0)3 2934834

Ultra Eczema #46

LP
£12.99


Another puzzling, unexpected release from Ultra Eczema, this album collects a bunch of phone calls (in Flemish) between label boss/disobedient artists Dennis Tyfus and a buncha disembodied somebodies, all cut-up with blats of analog electronics. Recorded between May 5th and July 29th 2007 as part of the group art exhibition, Virus and subsequently broadcast as part of Tyfus's own radio show on Radio Centraal. Somewhere between a more benign numbers station interception, a prank calls comp and a bizarre sound poetry compilation. Limited to 400 copies.

Dialing In
The Islamic Bomb

Music Fellowship MF-41

LP
£6.99


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

Drunjus
Thorn Shield

Earjerk EJK-001

LP
£6.99


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

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.

Hair Police
Totaled And Stranded

Hundebiss Records H003

one-sided LP
£4.99


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

Handicapper Horns
Sax In The City 1

American Tapes AM-735

one-sided LP
£10.99


“BLACK TO ATTACK!!! Old solo reed project now a fleshed out band with Thrasher Slowson and Sara O'keffe from ARA (whose LP on WHAT THE?? is a stone ruler of sweetnezz) on tenor and alto saxes, bass and regular clarinets and mangled electronics. Debut platter after a handful of gigs in the Natti, Lexington and No Fun 08. Drifting and subterranean noisez that attach on your brain and plant seeds of slow motion anti-body lurking sound creatures inside the shadowz of your skull. Warning: Cemented Freeze Zone. #'erd Edition of 100, paste on sleeves of inzane art.” – John Olson.

Henry Flynt
Back Porch Hillbilly Blues Volume 2

Locust L-14

LP
£12.99


Vinyl edition of this amazing collection of future/primitive string jams from minimalist/art activist Henry Flynt. A collection of sawing stomps, modal hillbilly jams, reverb soaked country dunts and chugging American primitive from one of the key underground thinkers of the modern age.

Hototogisu
Green

Heavy Blossom

CD
£2.99


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

Jackwacker
...Things From Inside Your Body

Black Velvet Fuckere No Cat

LP
£4.99


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

Jason Finkbeiner
Dedicated To Rochester Charles

American Tapes AM-540

one-sided LP
£6.99


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

Les Rallizes Denudes
Naked Diza Star

Bamboo BAM3CD7014

3xCD
£16.99


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

Magisch Theatre Productions
s/t

Ultra Eczema #119

LP
£12.99


Stunning archival unearthing of two very obscure cassettes released in 1983 by Sandy Nys aka Magisch Theatre Productions: Nys was one of the leading lights in Belgium’s zine/mail art/home recorded scene alongside Club Moral and Alain Neffe aka Insane Music and he now works under the name Hybryds. The A side restores the Untitled cassette in full while the flip is a soundtrack made for a painting exhibition by Peter Braet. This is a classic slice of creepy avant/intuitive invention, coming over like a cross between a home-taped Nurse With Wound session, a great Kraut/environmental/collage piece ala Zweistein and a weird LAFMS radio play complete with disconcerting laughter, ticker-tape drones, beautiful fantasias scored for tiny percussion sounds and minimal synth/vocals pieces that come over like a weirder European Suicide, all tied-up with a ton of classic Belgian a-musical psychosis. A great late-night spin, the record manages to sustain the dark atmospherics and psychotic tension for the whole of the running time and this is another necessary instalment in Ultra Eczema’s unearthing of Belgian’s Hidden Reverse. Edition of only 250 copies with a booklet with press clippings and contemporary interviews/notes and two fliers. Amazing cover shot from the appropriately titled Mad In Belgium fanzine. Recommended!

Makoto Kawabata
We Don’t Know Where We Came From

Important Records Imprec-205

LP
£10.99


Solo album from the Acid Mothers leader Makoto Kawabata in screenprinted sleeves, edition of 500 copies. This is a fantastic distillation of alla his various modes, from Inui-styled dreamtone psych through refracted Japanese folk and in-the-red distorto worship. Recorded live at Kaccho-Buu Matsuzaka in 2004, with Makoto switching between electric and acoustic guitars, it’s also his best solo side for an age and a timely reminder of his PSF pedigree, just in case you forgot. Recommended.

Marconi Notaro
No Sub Reino Dos Metazoarios

Time-Lag 032

LP
£21.99


First ever reissue of this excellent post-Satwa recording by the core South American psych trio of Lula Cortes, Marconi Notaro and Ramalho. Excellent combination of styles that ranges from tropicalia-styled spirit zippers, devotional guitar elegies ala Conny Veit, insanely crude garage/fuzz pounders and abstract field/sound pieces given glugs of syrupy reverb. If yr following the trails of Lula and co, this makes for another thrilling diversion. Lovingly reissued by Nemo on Time-Lag in a vinyl edition of 1000 copies in heavy weight, old style, laminated gatefold covers. Pressed on 180gm virgin vinyl. Original label art plus a huge full colour 4-page insert featuring fully translated original notes, rare photos and book covers, Marconi's last poem written the day before his death and extensive new notes & biography by Lula Cortes.

Mark Tucker
In The Sack

De Stijl IND-061

CD
£6.99


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.

Matta Llama
s/t

Mad Monk 005

LP
£10.99


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

MV & EE
Alt Hardcore Live

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


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

MV & EE
Blasted Wavelength (One For Vega And Boss)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


“Deep, dark-edged sounding duo set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder recorded back in November 2010. With so many sets released recently with various augmented line-ups I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoy these duo exchanges. Around this time there were a few acoustic duo shows with Woods but here we are treated to a sublime electric duo version. Opener “Cold Rain” has an extended four minute intro with slightly alternative opening chords and some lucid guitar playing before the familiar finger-picked chords emerge. There’s a nice echoey feel to the vocals which give the track a bit of haunted feel. Slightly different sounding version that is well worth checking out.  Next up is a really trashed version of “I Got Caves In There”. Previous versions with light finger-picked acoustic guitar are replaced by heavy strumming of the chords laden thick with overdrive. MV attacks the strumming guitar almost relentlessly, even when mouth harp is added, giving this quite a dark edge and maybe reminding me of Lou Reed or some loner biker psych record like Purling Hiss.  Again Erika’s vocals sound excellent in the mix laden with vocal FX. This is followed by the recorded live debut of “Crow Jane” originally from “Liberty Rose” (COM34). The picked melancholy guitar chords with the addition of Erika’s almost weeping slide guitar, the eerie sounding vocals combined with the traditional lyrics, give this a real haunting feel reminiscent of traditional dark folk ballads. This segues into a really different version of “Environments” which employs the raga banjo but the initial improvised lines have a real celtic or traditional folk melody to them reminding me of Davy Graham or even Robbie Basho. This then erupts into frantically strummed raga chords creating walls of pure sound. This segues into the set closer of “Huna Cosm” which was one of the highlights of the recent “Steal Yr Slice” tour. That version is played here but with the absence of Mick’s bassline the strummed guitars are replaced by gently picked delicate chords. The result being a sublime fragile version with a real late night loner psych feel to it; Erika’s weeping slide guitar drawing heavy on the soul.
Overall, a set which runs “Cold Rain”, “I Got Caves In There” and “Crow Jane” into “Environments” into “Huna Cosm”. A set which has a real dark or melancholic undercurrent to it –always great to hear how MV&EE can interpret and rework their material in radically different ways – a real keeper for sure. It’s blasted wavelength, it’s alternative frequencies. It’s highly recommended.” – Andrew Ross. 

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.

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. 

Noise Nomads
s/t

Ultra Eczema #81

LP
£10.99


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

Olympic Shit Man
Supercharge

Harbinger Sound Harbinger-065

2xLP
£12.99


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

Olympus
Bold Mould

Soft Abuse SAB-042

LP
£8.99


Love Cry Want play the works of Albert Ayler as transcribed by Tori Kudo or the Daily Dance LP rescored for idiot avant keyboards and drums, Bold Mould marks the debut of the Olympus duo, aka Stefan Neville of Pumice and Kraus (Futurians/Aesthetics). The sound is scarred with that hazy/out-of-focus NZ edge and runs from melancholy piano/fuzz instrumentals through an inspired reading of Pumice’s “Heavy Punter” from Quo and the aforementioned scrunchy keys/drums breakdowns that have a quality of fall-apart confusion that is extremely joyful. Indeed the album walks the line between exuberant punk-offs, NZ pop and dramatic, moody instrumentals that are even more sci-fi than Joe Meek in inspirational style. Edition of 500 copies with free download. 

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 Xounds
Teenagers From Mars

Mad Monk/Colour Sounds Recordings 006/027

LP
£3.99


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

PC Worship
NYC Stone Age

Shdwply Records No Cat

LP
£3.99


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

Pengo
Counterfeit Memories

Nashazphone NP-02

LP
£6.99


"Rochester's Pengo is John Schoen, R. Nuuja and Jason Finkbeiner. 2/3 of them have previously played with Arthur Doyle. Hailed as the world's most psychedelic band, they come back with "Counterfeit Memories" which could be their darkest statement so far. A departure from 1970's Ugandan extravaganza into possibly the synapses of its then leader. Limited to 500." - NP.

Pocahaunted
Chains

Teardrops TD-010

LP
£12.99


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

Pocahaunted
Make It Real

Not Not Fun NNF-188

LP
£8.99


Pocahaunted, committed to riding the groove all the way into the sun while marrying PiL-styled studio environs with primitive dub shapes and the freak-space of prime Fela Kuti. The vocals still swarm all over the tracks like day-glo clouds but the way they unravel a buncha repeat notes into the kind of progressive vistas that used to vibrate the Ya Ho Wha garage is uniquely potent. “After a six-month hiatus, a complete line-up overhaul, a trip to SXSW, a UK/EURO tour, and a full year-plus of only playing shows and writing songs and amassing totemic objects, finally Pocahaunted return to the recorded realm with their first album since 2008. Time flies when yr having not not fun and all that. Make It Real collects seven of the band’s 2009 live staples for a 40-minute-ish collage of basement body music, garage dub damage, outsider funkadelic sprawl, voodoo rhythm workouts, duo femme soul vocal dynamics, dripping gold sweat, and dream fulfillment. Recorded barefoot and shirtless and direct to tape at Green Machine Studio in summer ’09 by M. Geddes Gengras and featuring guest bamboo sax by jazzmaster Alex Gray (of Dreamcolour/Deep Magic) and mastered by James Plotkin. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with warped LA post-Parliament utopia artwork by vision wizard Spencer Longo. Edition of 500.” – NNF.

Poor School
The Holy Master

Ecstatic Peace e#105j

LP
£6.99


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

Prurient
s/t

Hanson

LP
£12.99


Incredible Prurient LP in a limited edition of 500 copies, one of the wildest refusals yet from Dominik Fernow and one that implies a whole host of potential new trajectories for exegetic noise. "Quite possibly the most intense release Hanson has unveiled yet. Truly brutal 2001 recordings from Dominick Fernow via the same sessions that spawned his track for the legendary At The End Of The Roap compilation. Cryptic lyrics shouted out in extreme pain over two sides of ear splitting feedback cutting crudely thru heavy pummeling static and hiss. For fans of the perverse noise & power electronics of Sutcliffe Jugend, Skin Crime, and Mangled C***. Includes 11"x 17" insert, and housed in a slick grey and black silkscreened cardstock jacket featuring the usual Hanson outer 'droll flaps.'" - Aaron Dilloway.

Rakhim
s/t

Qbico/Qbico #46/#46

one-sided LP
£8.99


One-sided marble vinyl LP from this duo offshoot of mantric Finnish psych/rock group Circle, featuring Jussi Lehtisalo on vocals and Janne Tuomi on percussion generating a whole basement full of black, ritualistic energy and vocal ecstasy.

Robedoor
Rancor Keeper

Seacave #001

LP
£12.99


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

Sanhedrin
Sukino Godaburyu Ichieichi

Trailights Records TRLT-0006

CD
£18.99


Unbelievable new Japan-only CD from Keiji Haino’s ferocious electro psych/metal/punk trio Sanhedrin: following on from 2008’s Sun Head Ring, Sukino Godaburyu Ichiechi is the third Sanhedrin album and sees Haino on guitar and vocals, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins/Musica Transonic et al) on drums and Mitsuru Nasuno on bass playing in an incredible monomaniacal six-limbed style that combines slashing single chord ascensions, the sound of holy choral and annihilating basement prog. Bassist Nasuno’s input is key, playing with a massively F/X damaged electric bass that functions as a lightning rod for some of Haino’s most perfectly poised guitar work, flitting between heavy powerchord accompaniment and spurts of epic six string excess before dropping into zones of pure reverb heaven as he sings softly to himself in the style of the most soul-scraping Fushitsusha recordings. There are also long sections of weirdo two note electro hypnosis, with Haino threading clean runs around it like coils of DNA while Yoshida plays in a slow nod-out style. But with Sanhedrin it’s hard to isolate individual instrumental contributions as the group mind is so strong they seem to move as a single monolithic juggernaut and this is easily the apex of their amazing free metal sound. Packaged in a slim DVD style case w/classy snaps. Very highly recommended!

Shallow Waters
Equal Eyes

Hospital Productions HOS-218

LP
£6.99


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

Skullflower
White Wolf

Cold Spring Records CSR-12S08

one-sided LP
£9.99


Edition of only 100 copies one-sided LP from UK underground legends Skullflower: only ‘officially’ available direct from the label,  White Wolf presents a torrential side-long epic from Matthew Bower and co that takes off where Fushitsusha circa Tokyo Flashback 3 left off, with buzzing armies of transparent guitar oblivions dissolving in endless vectors of fuzz to the point that they generate hallucinatory arcs of classical string elegies, sounding a symphonic threnody w/a distant euphoric metal backbone. Bower’s recent work has been particularly amazing and the combination of classical scale and full in-the-red guitar violence is exceptionally potent here. Limited supply, obviously, comes in a white sleeve with a hand-stamped obi strip. 

Slither
Invertebrate

Qbico #77

one-sided LP
£8.99


One-sided album from the duo of Chris Pottinger (Cotton Museum/Odd Clouds) and Heath Moreland (Sick Llama/Fag Tapes) on reeds and electronics. Totally murky free jazz done that flatlines the high vocal chatter of manhandled reeds with an almost Throbbing Gristle-style approach to primitively modulated brass hypnotics.

Sword Heaven
Live At Little Brothers

Cut Hands CH-012

CD-R
£1.99


"A moment to cherish: first ever Sword Heaven release on European soil. This Ohio based destructo unit took their Swans inspired, doomfucked sound to Little Brothers in the fall of 2006 to pulverize the spines of the unknowing. Several dudes went home with blunt riffs in their eyes, one lady was reported to have stolen one of the grooves and stabbed two bums outside of the venue with it. This album captures the show in full effect, two insane tracks raging with bloodsoaked intensity. Faceless Nameless has ten (!) people on stage firing away on their instruments, pure psyched out trash orgasm. Packed in polyvinyl sleeves with bizarre black and white photo, some came out musty green though. Completely fuckin' gross...100 copies... for now." - CH.

Synanthesia
s/t

Sunbeam SBRLP-5007

LP
£18.99


Vinyl edition of the sole LP by this excellent/weird progressive UK acid-folk group. Naming themselves after a track by Cannonball Adderley, Synanthesia use saxophones, acoustic guitars, hand-drums, vibes, oboe, flute and mandolin to conjure an Olde England populated by classical God forms that has a bunch of stylistic similarities to The Incredible String Band. There are some excellent flashes of psychedelic excess that really push the whole deal out - wah-wah guitar and dizzying multi-tracked flute - and the songwriting is pretty memorable throughout. The way they cut it all up with blats of saxophone and progressive arrangements make it a whole universe unto itself. Another excellent obscurity from the vaults of Albion.

Tar Pet
The Artist Revealed Is Taralie Dawn

Eclipse/Galactic Zoo Disk /

LP
£10.99


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

Tetuzi Akiyama
Pre-Existence

Bo'Weavil Recordings Weavil-15

LP
£9.99


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

The 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!

The Love Is So Fast
s/t

Siltbreeze SB-118

LP
£10.99


Totally fantastic album’s worth of crude avant garage modes from a now-extinct outfit from Mexico that featured members of the current Los Llamarada line-up. This is a great slice of idiot-avant primitivism that conjures the awkward ghost of early Tori Kudo projects like Guys ‘n’ Dolls et al with a stumble-punk style that gives the nod to the early Red Krayola records while staggering through massive single chord jams that barely make it through the gate on feral/free rhythms and a perfect lo-fi atmosphere. Seriously inspired crude underground rock at some kind of formless peak. Perfectly realised and highly recommended.

The No-Neck Blues Band
At 6am We Become The Police

Locust L-117

LP
£14.99


As much as I dig the recent NNCK material, my heart still lies in those earlier records, the A Tabu Two set, Hoichoi et al… later recordings have seen them get into a more drum circle/groove orientated form which is kinda hypnotic but doesn’t have the raggedy American Primitive feel of those initial blasts of total musical freedom. The arrival of At 6am We Become The Police, a recording put together as a soundtrack for the upcoming NNCK movie by Adam Egypt Mortimer, is enough to restore anyone’s faith. It’s the NNCK record I’ll be reaching for from now on when I need to convert a neophyte. Culled from tracks recorded but never used for Harmony Korine’s Gummo movie and featuring rehearsal snippets that include the first appearance of the enigmatic Michiko Takahashi , this album documents a period of change for the group after the closing of their 195 Chrystie Street studio in 1997. The sound is a lot more fractured, unequivocal and fully rooted in crude folk styles than their last few albums, with wild string drones, monolith drum outbursts, almost Magic Band-scale breakdowns and that weird wind-blowing-across-the-train-tracks-in-6am-America sound that haunts all of their early work. When NNCK first appeared it was almost impossible to figure them out. They simultaneously bolstered and blew up several decades of free musical thought, pushing a whole bunch of currents to their logical extreme and this is an exemplary document of that particular approach. Easily one of the best NNCK albums to date, you need this. Highly recommended.

Uton
Unexplained Objects

Dekorder 037

LP
£8.99


Majorly alien side from this great Euro cult birthed by Jani Hirvonen, with modulated vocals and pulsing synths announcing their touchdown in elsewhere. The weird War Of The Worlds vibe gives way to a tannoy system in space feel, with F/X damaged hieroglyphics slurping around their mouths while somewhere in another galaxy planets are eviscerated with single beams of tone. Easily the most ‘out’ side from Jani thus far. Edition of 500 copies. 

Voice Of The Seven Woods
s/t

Twisted Nerve TN-077

LP
£10.99


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

Willie Lane
Recliner Ragas

Humito HUM-1004

LP
£18.99


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

Wooden Wand And The Sky High Band
Second Attention

Kill Rock Stars KRS-456

LP
£10.99


Beautiful LP of zoned folk fantasias from Wooden Wand with an all-star backing band that includes Glenn Donaldson, Shayde Sartin, Clay Ruby, Steven J Taveniere and Satya Sai Kali Jehovah. Wand is at his most Dylan 65 here, albeit cut with enough candyfloss and kool-aid to bring to mind Zimmerman satellites like Donovan, Tom Rapp, Tyrannosaurus Rex and David Peel as well as a lollypop of Madcap-era Syd. Just great, great songs with empathetic settings and some inspired harp environments from one of the truly outstanding contemporary song-writers and one of the few to have a vision wide enough to encompass wildly divergent modes of modern avant/primitive ugh.. A real keeper.

Zaimph
Death Blooming Pleasure

No Fun No Cat

LP
£10.99


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

Zaimph
Evolucao

Dungeon Taxis #27

Cassette
£5.99


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

Zaimph
Imagine Yourself Here...

Yew 01

LP
£8.99


Massive album from Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards/GHQ/Hototogisu et al) aka Zaimph, the debut release for her new private press imprint Yew: Imagine Yourself Here... moves away from Bassett’s previous post-Taj Mahal Travellers-style outer-space drone and into a more rigorous, compositional zone that factors in aspects of occult geometries and psychogeography, mapping the night-time spaces of the city via two side-long pieces. The first side consists of a collage of many different recordings which came out of a period of working on a soundtrack to a film and that utilises ExiTrip, an obsolete transmitter for iPods. The feel is of a city under surveillance, paranoiac, with a nexus of ghost voices and virtual sonic environments conjured from straight out of the air. Strafing neon drones cut-through the fuzzy darkness while inchoate electronics jump-cut between time-lines. There are aspects of Peter Christopherson’s ambiguous tape work in Throbbing Gristle and Coil as well as Alan Lamb’s alchemical translations of faraway wires before the second half opens with Marcia breathing wordless angel vox over skittering electronics and various low-level percussive sounds while the crackle of pure current feeds into a high keyboard  mass and arcs of torrential fuzz, with the disembodied voices providing a psychotic, mind-loosening finale. It’s a stunning work, a complex and deeply atmospheric soundworld that has little parallel outside of perhaps the tape-work and hermetic nocturnal soundings of New Zealand’s Omit, especially Quad, the monster three CD set that Bruce Russell put out via Corpus Hermeticum. Over on the flip there’s the most profoundly alien of live one-take solo guitar pieces of Bassett’s career, arcing with all of the lunar majesty and outer space energies of Solstice/Musick To Play In The Dark-era Coil, with six strings processed until they sound like an orchestra of backwards harmoniums hymning the heavens. Imagine Yourself Here... represents a major evolution of sound for Zaimph and comes very highly recommended! 

Zashiki-Warashi
Mail Wars

Conduit Creations No Cat

LP
£6.99


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

Deviation Social
From End To Beginning Vol.1

Dais 012

LP
£12.99


Great compilation of stray tracks form this obscure North American Industrial group. Deviation Social formed in 1981 after Arshile Injeyan tuned into a radio station playing experimental music and first encountered Cabaret Voltaire, Non, Decayes, The Fall, the whole LAFMS cabal, The Residents and – most importantly – Throbbing Gristle. On a quest to uncover more oddball music, Arshile contacted Monte Cazazza through an article in Slash and he became an unofficial live member of the group. The group’s sound soon evolved to reflect influences like Harry Partch (in the use of odd acoustic percussive sounds and shapes), Suicide, Faust and SPK. From End To Beginning collects a bunch of tracks only available on compilations and it makes for a fascinating window onto the revolutionary years of Industrial music. Alla the signifiers are in place – a song about Manson, a guest appearance by the notorious Mary Dowd, a track called “New Right” – but the palette is so radical, with aspects of DIY tape composition, electro-acoustic improvisation, primitive synth -  it’s a reminder of just how wide-ranging and creatively accelerated the Industrial revolution was, eclipsing the pub-rock radicalism of punk and providing a blueprint that is still unravelling. Arshile’s vocals are particularly great, giving the music an apocalyptic Chrome/Non styled edge that at points (as on the fantastic “Multitado Humanus Tabesco”) almost sounds like a garage Whitehouse. The set is beautifully put together with a large booklet featuring new liners, fliers, texts and a piece on Deviation Social by Seymour Glass of Bananafish. One of the best collections of primitive Industrial experimentation yet uncovered. Highly recommended.

Hall Of Fame
Paradise Now

The Social Registry SR006

LP
£8.99


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

JD Emmanuel
Time Traveller

Aguirre Records Zorn-25

2xLP
£16.99


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

Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
L’Enfant Sauvage

Aguirre Records Zorn-21

LP
£10.99


Edition of 300 copies LP from this French solo female psych unit that provides working cover for Felicia Atkinson: Atkinson makes feral/spectral vocal/drone music inspired by her ‘night visions’ and L’Enfant Sauvage is a somnambulant reverie with wraiths of breath and eviscerated vocalese blooming in great tidal overtones as all sorts of drone spectra rise and fall in the background like huge phantom lungs. There’s some of the psychedelic/choral aspects of Grouper, the vertical ascension style of Double Leopards/Black Quarter/Hototogisu et al, even an odd kind of baroque/Industrial feel that is partways between Organum and Nijiumu, with the soaring vocal tones and sustained smears of hovering sound being slowly torn apart by tectonic noise and eternally peaking in-the-red tones. An intensely psychedelic trip across two side long levitations. One to watch for sure – recommended!

Orphan Fairytale
My Favourite Fairytale

Aguirre Records Zorn-10

2xLP
£14.99


Gorgeous double LP that compiles a bunch of off-the-radar releases from Eva Van Deuren aka Orphan Fairytale: My Favourite Fairytale sinks the gonzoid approach of earlier releases in favour of a more elegiac, stately, though still beautifully fucked series of tone hymns. Eva still makes use of toy instruments and primitive loops but there's a weight to the material that makes it feel even more personal. Gathering releases from Taped Sounds, Rampart, Blackest Rainbow and an obscure self-released CD-R, the set spans the years 2008-2011. The set runs from thin, glassy tones forming into detailed helix patterns in a way that evokes the more minimal Mirror sides as well as the sound sculptures of Harry Bertoia through lilting/falling keyboard patterns which in turn parts to reveal the kinda hallucinatory tonal percussive weave you might associate with Spencer Clark's work. The side-long “Neverending Waves” is exactly that, a mesmerising/haunting keyboard choral that laps at the gates of heaven like nothing this side of James Ferraro’s epic Marble Surf. Huge fans of Eva here at VT and this may just be the apex of her catalogue to date, personal, weird, gently seductive, if anyone ever re-makes the soundtrack to Valerie & Her Week Of Wonders let it be Eva, very highly recommended! 

Paul Flaherty
Aria Nativa

Family Vineyard FV-57

LP
£8.99


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

Shirley Collins
America Over The Water

SAF PBK

Paperback Book
£6.99


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

Sightings
Terribly Well

Dais 043

LP
£14.99


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. 

Spine Scavenger
Weighted Ghost

Cylindrical Habitat Modules #43

LP
£12.99


Deluxe vinyl reissue of what was originally a limited release on Hanson: Spine Scavenger is cover for the solo experiments of Aaron Dilloway, with malevolent looms of repeating synth giving birth to weird ectoplasmic melodies and a jelly-thick air of pure analogue menace. Weighted Ghost presents a series of minimal, rhythmic, violent drone and pulse work, with massively fat bass tones repeated to the point of infinity while great beams of criss-crossing sirens generate hallucinatory matrices of repeat-melody. Parallels for this kind of intense overloaded approach to minimalism are few but the set touches on aspects of Folke Rabe’s 1968 classic What??, the bodily invasive ‘third ear’ sounding of Maryanne Amacher and Coil’s Time Machines. Fully re-mastered for vinyl, the LP sounds amazing, and is pressed in an edition of 500 copies in beautiful silkscreened sleeves. Highly recommended!

The Outsiders
CQ: Mythology

Pseudonym VP99026

2xLP
£26.99


Massive public service issue of a pieced-together recreation of legendary Dutch garage band The Outsiders ‘big statement’, the sprawling, visionary CQ Sessions: CQ aka Seek You was The Outsiders’ third and final album, released in 1968. In many ways it parallels The Pretty Things’ excessive evolutionary vision for SF Sorrow, mainlining wild garage and R ‘n’ B stylings into a more expressively experimental zone where drone rock, free-form instrumentals, dosed acid folk dirges and two-chord proto-punk clangers bled into each other in a charged, heady imagining of the endlessly psychedelic potential of the basic garage rock blueprint. CQ: Mythology presents the session tapes as they happened, allowing you to listen in on an intensely creative and experimental brain-storm, with alternate versions, instrumental takes that go way beyond the blank and psychedelic sketches that match form destroying fuzz with moments of deliriously zonked folk, all fronted by Wally Tax’s amazing, expressive vocals and Ronald Splinter’s post-VU guitar stylings. File next to Trip Thru Hell, SF Sorrow, Faintly Blowing, White Light/White Heat et al in terms of revelatory psychedelic excess. Deluxe double LP pressed on 180g vinyl. Recommended!

Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet
Popeth

Glistening Examples No Cat

LP
£18.99


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

Alan Licht
YMCA

Family Vineyard FY-63

LP
£6.99


“YMCA is guitarist Alan Licht's first solo release since 2003's A New York Minute double CD (on XI), and his first solo vinyl outing since 1994's long out-of-print Sink the Aging Process (on Siltbreeze). Largely recorded at a 2004 concert at a Cambridge Massachusetts YMCA by Keith Fullerton Whitman, YMCA documents Licht's solo guitar set of the time -- a three-part structured improvisation that moves from mournful, layered sustained tones that sound more like a reed organ than a guitar, to a gently plucked middle section, to a final firestorm of loop processing that is a tour de force of "the changing same." Inspired by his friends Oren Ambarchi and Tetuzi Akiyama's then-current albums (Triste and Don't Forget To Boogie), Licht proposed YMCA to Idea Records to form a kind of trilogy with those releases. With Idea's subsequent demise, Family Vineyard has stepped in to bring this peak performance out as a special 500 edition vinyl release, exactly as the artist originally conceived it. Over the past two decades, Licht has worked with a veritable who's who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Rashied Ali, Derek Bailey) and electronica wizards (Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke) to turntable masters (DJ Spooky, Christian Marclay) and veteran Downtown New York composers (John Zorn, Rhys Chatham). Licht is also renown in the indie rock scene as a bandleader (Run On, Love Child) and supporting player to cult legends like Tom Verlaine, Arthur Lee, Arto Lindsay, and Jandek. He has released five albums of compositions for tape and solo guitar, and his sound and video installations have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. With Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, he founded Text of Light, an ongoing ensemble which performs freely improvised concerts alongside screenings of classic avant garde cinema.” – FV.