Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Agents Of Misfortune
s/t

No Label No Cat

one-sided LP
£16.99


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


Staggering out of nowhere LP with classy paste-on sleeves in a hand-numbered edition of 300 copies that documents a live blat from this legendary short-lived proto-metal/thug/avant psych group led by Cliff Burton, the soon to be Metallica bassist who played on Ride The Lightning/Master Of Puppets et al before being killed in a bus crash in 1986. Never before released, this is the legendary Hayward Area Recreation Department’s 1981 Battle Of The Bands appearance, where Burton led this crude power trio into areas of avant/psych excess that the label describes as “Haino ’78 jamming live in a gym hall”. It truly has to be heard to be believed, starting out with precision nod-out riffs and batteries of machine gun drums before the bass and guitar just melt in a-formal F/X damaged heaven, tearing through form and fidelity with alla the six string excess of Heather Leigh’s Me-Ba (which parts of it sound uncannily like), Masayuki Takayanagi’s Call In Question or, yeah, Fushitsusha at their most ludicrously power trio. Seriously, this is one of the ear-popping revelations of the years, a side of guitar playing so wild it comes over like Billy TK’s intro to The Human Instinct’s Stoned Guitar extrapolated at length by a bunch teenage metal nuts on serious acid. Just walls of spirit-carved feedback joys and the celebratory sound of electricity maxing out into pure synaesthetic euphorics.  Been playing this one non-stop, back-to-back at VT all this week and it is a goddamn revelation. File next to Lulu as the only two Metallica satellites that ever mattered. Beyond metal, beyond psych, totally drooling electric guitar excess. Very highly recommended but won’t be around long!

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! 

Cassis Cornuta
Krampen Voor Beginners

Ultra Eczema No Cat

LP
£21.99


Tiny private edition of only 100 copies LP from Belgium’s legendary Cassis Cornuta: this is a great new collection of cracked electronics and oddball art action with sonics that run the gamut of rewired avant cassette manipulation, feedback crackles, cut-up percussive electro, totally abstruse radio noise, broken instruments, hallucinatory exotica... the sound is somewhere between the Scientific American appeal of the early LAFMS sides, the pause button pleasures of Decaer Pinga/Blood Stereo and that classic oddball/real people appeal of the Belgian fringe. Tiny run, make it fast, limited supply obviously!

Christina Carter
Texas Modern Exorcism

Many Breaths Press No Cat

Art Edition CD-R
£12.99


Beautiful art edition private press CD-R from Christina Carter in a hand-painted/signed and hand-numbered edition of only 119 copies: the set opens with the electrifying blues hymnal “Painting”, with Christina playing slow, forlorn Ayler-ised laments on harmonica over spare, resonant electric guitar. It sounds like the goddamn sun coming up. “Dance” combines over-dubbed vocals that have all the classical junk grace of Judee Sill with the feel of duetting ghosts over very minimal minor key guitar and a feel of heavy remembrance. “Film” moves into more expressive guitar work, with a fuzzy Loren Connors/Hells Kitchen Park appeal that ‘speaks’ every bit as eloquently as Christina’s distant vocal sighs, while “Poetry” gets even deeper into lovelorn knots of Venusian balladry and psychedelic bird song over a vocal that sounds like the kind of dream reverie of the These Trails album. “Music” is a kind of Patty Waters/Murder Mystery-style accumulation of contradictory vocal currents over wayward guitar dissonance while the closing 12 minute track is almost harrowing in its desolation, with Christina haunting a track of protesting, eviscerated blues with a vocal performance of elemental power. This is a very dark work, an emotionally highwire performance and one that demands an almost uncomfortable level of intimate engagement from the listener. A true modern exorcism and quite possibly the heaviest side of hermetic blues ever bled from her hands. Very highly recommended!

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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. 

Max Ochs
Imaginational Anthem/Oncones

Near Mint NM53167-01

7"
£5.99


Beautifully presented 7” single from the label that brought us the Imaginational Anthem compilation. Max Ochs was Phil Ochs brother and back in 1969 he cut a bunch of sides for Joe Bussard’s legendary Fonotone label that are amongst the finest manifestations of primitive American power put to tape. This single gathers two previously unreleased tracks from those sessions, “Imaginational Anthem” and “Oncones” complete with repro labels. Recommended.

Melodic Art-Tet
s/t

NoBusiness Records NBLP-62/63

2xLP
£27.99


Another incredible archival free jazz unearthing from NoBusiness, this time with a previously unheard recording from WKCR in New York in 1974 from a group that features Charles Brackeen on saxophone and flute, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, William Parker on bass, Roger Blank on drums and Tony Waters on percussion. Blank and Brackeen put the group together in the early 70s with a vision “to embrace communication among the good angels of humanity” that they derived from the music of Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Ed Blackwell and the Sound Scientists Of Dixieland. Blank had drummed for Sun Ra in the 1960s and appeared on Pharaoh Sanders’ classic Tauhid recording on Impulse while Brackeen had just cut the classic Rhythm X for Strata-East. Ronnie Boykins of the Sun Ra Arkestra was the original bassist but he was replaced by William Parker in 1974 in time for this historic recording. It has to be said, Brackeen has never sounded better than he does here, with a raw outlaw tone and an amazing feel for alchemical folk figures and roaring marching band tunes that is the match of Albert Ayler. Abdullah is the perfect foil and together they play the kind of raggedy folk-spirituals that lit up underground classics like Norman Howard & Joe Phillips’ Burn, Baby, Burn. Abdullah talks of Brackeen’s music as being really free and having a heady sense of ritual and he remembers first meeting Brackeen when he was dressed in a Zorro cape and a long conical black hat. What a cat. And with a group of this calibre – Parker is on hypnotic form here, sawing and droning like Kali – and a recording this perfectly realised, the effect is irresistible. File alongside Evan Parker’s Vaincu.Va! 1978 LP as free jazz reissue of the year. Comes with great liner notes, classic gig poster/flier reproductions and period snaps. Edition of only 400 copies gatefold LP. Can’t recommend this amazing side enough! 

Mirrors
Shirley/She Smiled Wild

Violet Times 104

7"
£7.99


Essential ’75 proto-punk art raunch from the seminal Cleveland group, Mirrors, eventually released on Ubu’s Hearthan label in ’77. Mirrors featured Jamie Klimek, Paul Marotta, Jim Crook, Michael Weldon and Jim Jones and were contemporaries of The Electric Eels, Rocket From The Tombs, Peter Laughner et al. This is the quintessential Cleveland single, two of their most winning tracks that combine post-Velvets rock, art pop moves, DIY fidelity and a mysterious lost in the garage atmosphere. Cool jukebox single with repro sleeves. A classic. 

Muura
Untitled

Alberts Basement No Cat

7”
£9.99


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. 

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

Dirty Knobby No Cat

7"
£6.99


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

Poli Styrene Jass Band
Drano In Your Veins/Circus Highlights

Violet Times 103

7"
£7.99


More mandatory Cleveland avant garage from ’75. Poli Styrene Jass Band aka The Styrenes formed in the wake of the dissolution of Mirrors. The group made their live debut in ’75, at the last performance of The Electric Eels and Mirrors. This killer ’75 single marries Syd-era Pink Floyd with fabulously crude DIY styles, a more ‘progressive’/art pop feel than their contemporaries and, of course, some primo Velvets damage. A classic 70s under-the-counter-culture artefact. Hand-stamped sleeves with a jukebox 7. A killer. 

Prurient
Memory Repeating

AA Records No Cat

7" Lathe
£16.99


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

Sprot
Summer Of Sprot

Wormwood Grasshopper Records WG-04

7”
£8.99


Limited edition 7” with individually hand-collaged sleeves from Australia’s Sprot: another massively-charged headrush from the duo of Matt Earle (Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx/Muura et al) and Adam Park (Girls Girls Girls etc). Primitive Tokyo Flashback-isms go up against Spacemen/Ubu style monochord dirges and caveman rhythms while somewhere off mic someone cuts through a speaker cabinet with a chainsaw. Bloody minded drone rock minimalism with zero for brains. Very highly recommended!

Steve Gunn/Ilyas Ahmed
Split

Immune No Cat

7”
£6.99


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. 

The Coolies
Punk Is Bread

Epic Sweep Records ES-035

7” EP
£10.99


Excellent six-track EP from this Auckland, New Zealand underground destructo psych/fuzzy DIY girl/boy unit that features Stefan Neville of Pumice et al in an edition of only 100 copies: The Coolies move from amazing, almost Suckdog-esque hysterical pre-teen disobedience with spontaneous vocals, Shaggs playroom rhythms and random keyboard bleeps before dropping into hazy Shop Assistants-play fuzz pop from the edge of the world. An instrumental track like “Punk Is Bread” is completely deformed, sounding like an afterimage of a bootleg Crime cassette assaulted by Robbie Yeats and the Corpus Hermeticum Orchestra. Then we get a simple, two chord pop songs like “Mothers In Mantis” that combines alla the above. Touching on alla the bases that we have come to love from NZ, this is a classic shot of out-of-time avant garage pop and free noise that makes for an ultra-exhilarating listen. Plays at 33, very highly recommended!

Thought Broadcast
Up-Maker

Phaserprone PPR-21

7”
£9.99


Killer set of new wave/minimal synth/avant garage splendour from Ravi Binning’s Thought Broadcast with a sound that is somewhere between Japanese electro minimalism, early Throbbing Gristle, Suicide/NY No Wave and an amalgam of night-time USA atmospherics, repeat keyboard threat and solitary beatbox psych. Profoundly bent post-punk confusion w/a classy ‘private’ feel. OOP. Recommended. 

Various Artists
NoFi Rainbow Vol. 1

End Of The Alphabet Records EAR 001

CD-R
£10.99


Incredible new very limited proto-Tokyo Flashback scale compilation that attempts to take the temperature of the New Zealand underground circa now, complete with original artwork by Campbell Kneale: this one subverts and bolsters the NZ destructo rock/home-bled concrete tape work tradition, marrying tracks from heavyweights like Bruce Russell and Peter Wright, Campbell Kneale’s Our Love Will Destroy The World and Antony Milton alongside major new voices that range from obliterated almost Omit-scale homemade electronics, evacuate beats and splintered vocals through roaring drone and end of the world soundings courtesy of killer new breed voices like Mischancerie, ETRC aka Shannon Reed, i.ryoko, Oona Verse and Noel Meek. Highly recommended.  

Traum
Built For Nothing

Arbor #54

LP
£10.99


First full length vinyl outing for this aggressively nuanced free playing power duo featuring Zach Davis of Lambsbread on electric guitar and Ben Hall of Graveyards on drums. The strategies employed here – totally clean electric guitar with the attack amped all the way up and skittering, knitting needle style snare detonation – marks out the turf covered as being somewhere circa the whole Joseph Holbrooke/Ascension school of pummel and play and there’s a ton of brains to the way these guys skirt even the vaguest of lick-potential with silence, wowing harmonics and cracks of vibrating skin. Edition of 300 copies in screened chipboard sleeves, long sold out at source. Recommended.

AR Faust
Pinhead In Fantasia

Pacific City Sound Visions No Cat

DVD
£9.99


All-region DVD movie to accompany the Fourth World Magazine LP of the same name: an hallucinatory fever-dream from the Monopoly Child Star Searchers/Spencer Clark cultus, a straight dream download and Pacific City’s first movie release. Features alternate music to the LP. Recommended!

HR Giger's Studiolo
s/t

Pacific City Sound Visions No Cat

2xCassette
£12.99


New privately released three hour (!) double cassette (four albums that are 43 minutes in length) in a micro-edition of only 95 copies from Spencer Clark of Fourth World Magazine/Monopoly Child Star Searchers/Skaters et al: following on from Fourth World Magazine’s recent black mirror working Pinhead In Fantasia, this one goes deep into the fantasy sex magick and new body workings of HR Giger while reanimating the cenobites of the LP as underworld psychopomps. Titles like “Giger’s Balinese Green Vaults”, “Giger’s Venusian Chestburster”, “A Nymph’s Posture In Azure” and “CD’s Peacock Acqua Regia” point to the kind of hallucinatory sound work at play here, with some of Spencer’s most aggressively formulated drone violence outside of The Skaters going up against, dark, murky, half-lit keyboard fantasias, down-tuned backwards vocal curses that sound like DJ Screw’s vision of Atlantis as the city of syrup, and sudden zagging jump-cuts that flash in and out of parallel realities. The feeling that something is going on just beneath the surface is palpable and in a way this new working is closest to Coil at their most macabre, with a feel for sidereal portraiture that is baffling and disturbing. One of the darkest trawls through basement desire and alternately-visioned worlds of Spencer’s catalogue to date, absolutely dazzling, highly recommended!

Ignatz & De Stervende Honden
Teenage Boys

Ultra Eczema UE-169

LP
£19.99


Edition of 300 copies from Bram Devens aka Belgium’s Ignatz, here with a new full band sound: no one can channel middle European blues like Ignatz and here his music takes on a wild electro-boogie appeal that is somewhere between Henry Flynt, Tetuzi Akiyama circa Don’t Forget To Boogie, Hooker N Heat and Les Rallizes Denudes play “Spoonful”. The guitar is phenomenal, with clipped repeat-o phrases doing the ostrich all over the floor while he sings in a gone, dead man style that sounds like it is beamed straight from Harry Smith’s Anthology Of Folk Music. Think the European Basement Tapes played by a band that know how to hunch. Classic avant garage blues, comes in a printed sleeve with great Tyfus artwork, an insert and a sticker. Highly recommended. 

Miaux
Dive

Ultra Eczema UE-170

LP
£19.99


Edition of 300 copies full-length LP from Antwerp’s Miaux aka Mia Prce: imagine the more languid/timeless keyboard works on Neu ’75 cut with the melancholy air of remembrance and sad reverie of a Baby Dee and as Dennis Tyfus says “buy a box of tissues!”. Throw in some broody keyboard works that walk the line between Bowie’s Warzawa/PiL’s “Radio 4” and the whole Tietchens/Schnitzler school of austere European landscapes and you have a massively powerful and emotionally devastating set. Comes w/the usual amazing UE sleeve art and insert.

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

A Silent Place ASP-31

Pic Disc LP
£14.99


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

Painting Petals On Planet Ghost
Oounabara

Opax OPX-024A

Lathe LP + DVD
£29.99


1-sided 12" lathe + DVD-R hand-cut by Peter King in New Zealand and pressed in a hand-numbered edition of only 50 copies, with an original gold-ink drawing by Ramona Ponzini on the flip and a silent short film by Roberto Opalio on the DVD, inspired by the music and art, playable together or separately. "This 15 minutes song is the key-work follow up to their acclaimed debut album on Time-Lag Records. Here Roberto and Maurizio Opalio, aka My Cat Is An Alien, act in the darkness of the outer space, while Ramona Ponzini lights up the autumnal air with her enchanting voice, along with her Japanese percussions and wind chimes; by reitering one only Japanese word (whose meaning is 'Ocean'), she creates a universe of pure magic. Radical minimalism, folk, psychedelia are the main terms that rule this mysterious chant and intimate prayer; but what you'll find here is extremely far from any unuseful relation with what you already know, representing 'Oounabara' a totally still unknown dimension of what the music of today should be: a window on Tomorrow.” – Opax.

Pitreleh
s/t

Important Records IMPREC-384

LP
£19.99


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

Rodger Stella
Resin Drones

Ultra Eczema UE-144

LP
£19.99


Wild solo ‘guitar’ side from Rodger Stella of hick noise legends Macronympha in an edition of only 200 copies: scored for acoustic guitar (or as the blurb describes it, “a piece of wood with six strings on it”) and leaking short wave radio, this is warped backwards blues, with a feel of backwoods Duelling Banjos/Deliverance style rural dislocation. Using manipulated tape and cut-up logic, Stella creates hypnotic loops of minimalist string tones, coming over like the lost home tape work of Henry Flynt or John Fahey’s secret concrete deconstruction of Bukka White, as tones speed into the distance like cross country trains and almost Harry Partch-style ghost melodies shuttle past. Play back-to-back with NNCK’s A Tabu Two for a true education in the sound of ‘American Primitive’. Highly recommended!

Sick Llama
Surrounded By Gold And Dead

Premier Sang 009

LP
£19.99


Second ever full-length LP from Heath Moreland’s legendary Sick Llama: a series of inexplicable jams that marry almost United Dairies style sound-logic with a post-Siltbreeze/Xpressway approach to fidelity and a ton of LAFMS-style goof, coming over like Airway's Live At Lace re-scored for the roar of hotwired domestic appliances and wordless charges of vocal abuse, all of which is slowly submerged in a flux of damaged tape. Throw in some beautifully crude moan, crank and wooze that sounds somewhere between The Godz, a water-damaged tape of Velvets jam that only MacLise and Conrad bothered showing up for and the sound of radio-hobbyists with their antennas pointed straight to Venus and you got the perfect sampler of this cracked everyday electro-hobbysist. Recommended. 

Smack Music 7/Embla Quickbeam
Split

Tadpole Records No Cat

LP
£16.99


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. 

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.

Birth Refusal
Lost In The Cove

Troniks No Cat

one-sided LP
£13.99


Edition of 118 copies, only otherwise available from the band or direct from the label. More documentary-style horror, electro-sloth and mutant field recordings from the minimal duo of John Olson and Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes et al. Long OOP. 

Circuit Refusal
s/t

American Tapes AM-650

one-sided LP
£14.99


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

Dead Machines
Live At Tzompantli

Eclipse

LP
£11.99


Amazing Dead Machines LP that topped even the John Wiese collaboration as the most spun DMs plate to date at VT HQ – and that’s a lot of playing. The duo of John and Tovah Olson are burning up years here, with a riotous audience that constantly sound like they’re gonna descend on the stage like a breaking wave. Lots of saxophone from Olson, with a particularly wired electronics/F/X/reeds section that sounds like a Black Artist Group jam with Cosey Fanni Tutti. Other more claustrophobic movements cross thumping body-in-a-suitcase rhythms with almost Nord levels of atonal fog and some unequivocal punk rock dynamism. Cool sleeve art from Olson too. If you only buy one DMs rec, this is the one for your shelf. “The A-side was recorded at the first No Fun Festival in March 2004 (Brooklyn) and features a little comedy to start with and then things get heavy. The second side is the very first VG Kids/Wolf Den Ypsi Street Level throwdown. The band's set was performed live on a 6-color shirt screen press with a seven speaker set up on the press heads, which when spun slightly made for a dead-universe dying electronic creeping blast sound. NATE brought a fog machine that blasted out the room and into the parking lot of the VG complex. Near the end of the recording you can hear people chuckling over the absurdity of it all.” Long OOP, highly recommended. 

Dead Machines
London Dungeon

Tovinator Records 4

one-sided LP
£10.99


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

Enema Syringe
Bögens Massage Institut

Ultra Eczema #34

LP
£19.99


Collection of kindergarten-primitive basement noise, jarring single-note brut, cut-up walkie-talkie compositions, doofy beats and goof-offs on Euro-Industrial DIY oppression from the late Enema Syringe, formed in 1985 by Kai Parviainen and Mats Lundberg. Somewhere between Pianosaurus, German New Wave doom and early TG with a sound based around toy casio synths, rhythm boxes, vocals, tape deck, drummachine and cheap microphones. All tracks rare and unreleased, fully remastered. Cool artwork by Tyfus, complete with liners/discography by Parviainen. Edition of 400 copies. OOP. 

Mark Tucker
In The Sack

Tetrapod Stools 64009

LP
£24.99


Original copies of the 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. Rare and highly recommended!

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

Audiomer 001

LP
£17.99


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

A Handful Of Dust
Topology Of A Phantom City

Ba Da Bing Records Bing-1000

Cassette
£8.99


Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies exact replica reissue of one of the signal moments in the Bruce Russell(The Dead C et al)/Alastair Galbraith back catalogue and one of the hands-down greatest NZ free/noise documents of the post-Xpressway age: originally released as a cassette on Russell’s private Corpus Hermeticum imprint in 1997, Topology Of A Phantom City sees A Handful Of Dust swollen to full-blown trio format, with Russell on electric guitar, Galbraith on violin and guitar and Peter Stapleton (Pin Group/Dadamah/Eye/Flies Inside The Sun et al) on percussion, synth and shortwave radio. The shortwave gives the music a distant, alien quality and Russell’s guitar is particularly insane here, playing epileptic machine gun staccato dirges and sudden dooms of detuned bass violence that serve to locate the music somewhere downwind of Donald Miller, Derek Bailey and Bill Orcutt while sounding quite unlike any of them. Indeed, Topology... is one of the prime arguments for just how specific and radically disconnected the NZ underground’s approach to free music was, coming out of garage pop and annexing a no-technique DIY zone of pure electric satori that saw the guitar finally embracing the kinda amplified chaos that rock music had always promised or more properly teased at. Indeed, the kinda heavy metal, non progressive string pile-up that takes place here is nothing short of jaw-dropping, auraless in its unalloyed brutality while somehow generating the kinda group language that makes for true ‘mindless’ interaction. This is the sound of three hyper-advanced non-technical musicians playing in an omni-directional eruptive style that is more truly ‘post-Ascension’ than virtually anyone with a reed in their mouth. The Last Year At Marienbad artwork only adds to the feeling of strange, previously uninhabited geometries. Another contender for cassette reissue of the year, simply phenomenal, comes with a download, highest possible recommendation!

Egyptian Sports Network
Interstitial Luxor

Pacific City Sound Visions/New Images #20/#19

LP
£14.99


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


Brand new private press LP from the duo of Spencer Clark (Monopoly Child/Skaters/Black Joker et al) and Matt Mondanile (Ducktails et al) with a guest appearance from Mark McGuire (Emeralds): this is a stunning record and a high point in both players’ catalogues, approaching the kind of ecstasy sound that would marry the sensual body-gnosis and memory vague stylings of Dan Lopatin’s echo jams with the kind of celestial tone-world poetry of the Sun Ra Arkestra at its most plugged in and wiggy. The jams are massively infectious, with Spencer’s hallucinatory tropicalia phasing into the kind of motorik highs that would reconcile “I Feel Love” with Faust’s “Krautrock” while Mondanile sighs over the top in synthesized vocoder bliss. Indeed, ESN feel like a technicolour riposte to late-period Throbbing Gristle, with a wild DIY/Industrial style morphing into trance inducing tropicalia and boombox rhythms while losing none of their interrogative hands-on appeal. Still, the mood is celebratory and high energy throughout, with irresistible rhythms piloted by aching/lucid keyboard melodies that are as nostalgic for the future as they are for all the past that’s yet to come. Indeed, it feels like the triumphal resolution to definitive sides like the Skaters LP on the California box set or like a great yea-saying coda to Ferraro’s Marble Surf, a form of ascendant celebratory trance that borrows sci-fi and magickal imagery with a sound that truly travels the spaceways. Plays at 45rpm for maximum body feel. This is the weirdo feel-good record of the year, very highly recommended!

Fossils
TV Magic H2O

Beartown Records BTR-010

Cassette
£6.99


More crude concrete from this reassuringly fucked solo project of Mr David Payne of Offensive Orange/Sick Feedbag et al. Moves from scrunching balloon electrics and scurrying shots of electro-acoustic stun through the kind of kindergarten avant garde glue and tape feel of a classic early Choc Monk side. 

Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2
Pinhead In Fantasia

Pacific City Sound Visions #24

LP + Magazine
£16.99


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

Itasca
Unmoored By The Wind

New Images NI-27

LP
£14.99


Great new set of haunting acid folk from Kayla Cohen aka Itasca: we were all pretty much blown away by Kayla’s early CD-Rs and cassettes that we stocked at VT and this is another mesmerising set of acoustic guitar and vocal reveries cut w/muzzy flute and an atmosphere to compare to Linda Perhacs, early Joni Mitchell/Ladies Of The Canyon or These Trails. Her vocals are fantastic, a moody/high-flying hybrid of Judee Sill and Kendra Smith and her guitar work is just as dazzling, combing the kind of homeblown string work of the early Six Organs recordings with a flowing, arpeggiated, doomy/fated style that is pure Stone Angel w/even a touch of The Doors in its liminal LA wild spaces feel. Totally out of time, devastatingly non-contemporary in its appeal. On Matt Mondanile’s private imprint, love this, highly recommended.

My Cat Is An Alien
Alien Blood

Opax Records OPX-030A

Art Edition LP
£18.99


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

My Cat Is An Alien
Fragments Suspended In Time

Opax Records Opax OPX-32A

Art Edition LP
£18.99


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

Ora Iso
Bathcat

Ba Da Bing Records Bing-101

LP
£14.99


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

Peter Rehberg
Works For GV 2004-2008

Editions Mego 092

CD
£10.99


Necessary collection of sound works produced by Peter Rehberg aka Pita for Gisele Vienne productions 2004-2008: this one features macabre electronic environments create for the proiductions I Apologise (2004), Une Belle Enfant Blonde (2005) and Jerk (2008) and feature texts by Dennis Cooper. Some of Pita’s most surreal and automating soundworks here, running from thunderous proto-Industrial tectonics through still sound pools and pulsing electro-threat. Excellent. 

Spectre Flux
s/t

Black Velvet Fuckere

C45 Cassette
£7.99


Album of intense electronic spaceways gush from Mr Pete Nolan (GHQ/Magik Markers/Virgin Eye Blood Brothers/Vanishing Voice), one of his wildest/noisiest to date. A massive sleet of shortwave mindbeams and brain-bombing lo-fi threat ala early Throbbing Gristle. Edition of 100, each wrapped in one of a kind art work rendered by Sproston Alexander Abplanalp, age 4.

Maurizio Bianchi
Oirt/Emo-Dne

Mirror Tapes MT-009

Cassette
£6.99


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

Ashtray Navigations
Dirt Mummies And Bloody Amps

Freenoise FLP-01

LP
£14.99


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.

Carlos Giffoni/The Rita
Two On A Match

No Fun NFP-38

2xLP
£12.99


“The ongoing study and execution of harsh noise by driven artists constantly reinstates the medium via different techniques, concepts, and different artist amalgamations for a collaborative work. For myself, working with the different 'warbling' and generative moving lines of modular synth from Carlos Giffoni offered me a chance to investigate many different 'spaces' of tone and line manipulation. The examination and crossing of the different LINES slowly become their own parallel entity as the adjoined and wavy synth lines are further dirtied, cut repeatedly, and joined with the knife of 'gated' and cutting HN pedal work. To further manipulate and display the different lines and HN stylizations, Giffoni had the opportunity to heavily edit the textural work of The Rita to exude the constantly moving and jutting sense of Giffoni's own pulsing and driving synth decay via the dirtied analog source material of The Rita. Modular synth and pedal work have been long standing tools in the world of harsh noise, but not often are they crossed over with such investigative and crackling tendencies – a virtual criss-crossing of the different technical lines.” - Sam McKinlay/The Rita. Limited to 300 copies.

David Nuss
Performance 2: Wood On Wood

Dornbracht Culture Projects No Cat

DVD
£8.99


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

East Link
s/t

Creep Dreams No Cat

Cassette
£6.99


Debut cassette for this Australian three-guitar garage psych group: East Link feature members of Total Control, UV Race, Repairs, Lakes, Straightjacket Nation, Interzone and Teargas and come over like Lou Reed’s Primitives play The Afflicted Man with monolithic repeat-chord riffs and explosions of sudden string wrassling that would marry Link Wray with Brainbombs. The vocals fall just on the right side of self-loathing oik while the band hammer zen-style single chord idiocy from 18 singing strings. Think UK DIY via post-Industrial Velvets with a spike of Oi and press repeat. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies, recommended.

Embryonnck
s/t

Staubgold #67

CD
£6.99


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

Ghedalia Tazartes
Check Point Charlie

Holidays Records HOL-054

2xLP
£24.99


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

Hans Grusel's Krankenkabinet
Another Miserable Day

Ultra Eczema #38

LP
£14.99


"San Francisco's most German electronic creeper HANS GRöSEL does it again, after seeing their amazing performance at NO FUN this year I couldn't wait to do a record with these weirdo's! Amazing layered synth madness!! using a mountain of instruments I never heard of, these two long compositions give you the worst melancholic Sunday afternoon feeling, "the party is over", all you're left with is a horrific hangover that will never leave you, thinking of the carnival the night before this is another miserable day indeed, you'll have to wear the hottest costume again, your head is made of wood and nothing makes sense anymore. This is beautiful analog electronic composer/concräte madness with an old piano trumpet sauce, everytime you'll find new sounds!!! Also, be sure to find them live somewhere, the only band that can actually play music while wearing huge wooden houses on their heads. The cover for this record is the second in a series of 5 LPs with 6 panel fold out covers by snotyfus! This one has a huge green wooden house raster on the outside and a full colour village krank on the inside!" - Dennis Tyfus. OOP. 

Hartmut Geerken
At The Face

Holidays Records HOL-053

LP
£19.99


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

K-Salvatore
Tsar Ova Elk

Kelippah 010

LP
£16.99


Been a long time since we heard from K-Salvatore, an offshoot of The No-Neck Blues Band that features Pat Murano (Decimus/Key Of Shame et al) and Jason Meagher (Coach Fingers/Black Dirt Studios) so this fantastic new studio album, recorded at Black Dirt, is a welcome reminder of their alchemical prowess: released in a run of only 300 copies on Murano’s own Kelippah label, Tsar Ova Elk presents a confusing minimalist soundworld that touches on aspects of The New Blockaders and The Godz  - lots of creaking, scraping and moaning – while generating a heady keyboard/electronics/wah-wah basement jam vibe that trades Dead C-circa “Driver UFO”-style atmospherics for the kind of lost-in-space feel that would combine the free-floating esoterics of classic Taj Mahal Travellers with what sounds like a Haunted House sound F/X LP. Indeed, if Kosugi and co had been more attuned to the sound of twisted metal and droning electro-chorales and if they were more into jamming in abandoned factories and claustrophobic grain silos than beaches and mountaintops, this might be the kind of rusty free music soundtrack they would’ve scored for concrete monoliths and poor strong factories. Either way this is exemplary cultic Industrial drone that should appeal to fans of communal Japanese tonefloat (Taj Mahal Travellers/East Bionic Symphonia/Group Ongaku/Marginal Consort) as well as fans of Xpressway, Broken Flag, Ferial Confine et al. Highly recommended!

Merry Airbrakes
s/t

Shadoks

LP
£29.99


180 g limited, numbered edition repro of 450 copies with engraved colour artwork of this beautifully baked 1973 side recorded by a bunch of disaffected Vietnam vets. Cool, bluesy Edgar Broughton/Captain Beefheart styled grunt, with some tracks – like the great “Quang Tri City” - featuring nothing but bass drum, vocals, harp and maracas. Other parts of the disc touch on a kind of Buffalo Springfield/Creedence-styled country hump that comes totally soaked in the fine, fine air of the time. Recommended.

The No-Neck Blues Band
CINo51

Kelippah KEL-008

LP
£15.99


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

The No-Neck Blues Band
Furamingo Josei

Holidays Records HOL-066

LP
£16.99


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

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. 

Loren Connors/Vapour Theories
Split

Carbon Records CR-216

LP
£18.99


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

The Terminals
Singles And Sundries

Ba Da Bing Records BING104

LP
£16.99


Stunning collection of alla the various key singles from this central New Zealand underground group avant rock/folk/garage group and Xpressway recording artists with connections to seminal outfits like Victor Dimisich Band, Pin Group, Renderers et al: The Terminals featured both Brian Crook and Peter Stapleton and they mainlined classic post-Velvets motorik rock with song styles that drew on aspects of early-Pere Ubu, Syd-era Floyd and Joy Divison, all rendered with that patented basement-on-the-edge-of-the-world feel of alla the best NZ trash. The Terminals gave birth to so many amazing groups in their wake, Flies Inside The Sun, The Renderers, Rain, and they were one of the first garage rock groups to fully internalize free music modes while still working with songs and exploded rock structures. Locating their aesthetic somewhere downwind of the early Pere Ubu/Rocket From The Tombs and Homestead-era Dredd Foole & The Din, this necessary collection tracks the group’s evolution across the 1990s and includes mp3 download code. Very highly recommended!

Chalaque
Switching Center

Golden Lab Records ROWF-44

LP
£16.99


Blazing edition of only 100 copies ultra-crude basement scuzz summit from Nick Mitchell’s amazing UK power trio w/silkscreened sleeves: joined by Dylan Hughes on bass and Pascal Nichols (Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides) on drums, Mitchell leads the group through the kind of dissolving steel string heavens that would render a Siltbreeze-scale destructo re-think on the kind of primal ecstasies of Sonny Sharrock circa Black Women or even an unholy Groundhogs take on the opening moments of “All Tomorrow’s Parties” modelled on Harry Pussy’s demolition of Kraftwerk’s “Showroom Dummies”. Two sidelong tracks – “I’ve Got The Control Room At The Teatro Della Pergola” and “I’ve Got The Father Of The Modern Synthesizer” – both recorded direct to Mitchell’s phone (!) make it sound like they have the father of the modern synthesizer kidnapped and secreted in a windowless room while they set out to single-handedly destroy the concept of the non-guitar-based future of rock and roll. Some great smears of wah wah here and Mitchell’s tone has an even bluesier feel – even a touch of country honk - thanks to the no-count fidelity, at points spilling over into the drooling sheets of sound feel of a John Coltrane>John McLaughlin while Nichols gains a little of Denis Charles’s loose, pugilistic style. Hughes derails and redirects the music at will with sudden bass nudges and key changes that reflect on Motorhead as much as Fushitsusha, which almost makes this the insane Motorhead/Peter Brotzmann free music face-off that Bill Laswell attempted but failed to orchestrate back in the day. No one is doing more for the future of the guitar as sonic reducer in the UK than Nick Mitchell and this is another thrilling finger in the eye to tabletop ‘performance’. Make your move – very highly recommended!

Jon Collin
Burnt Monday

Golden Lab Records ROWF-41

LP
£14.99


Limited live LP from UK avant guitarist Jon Collin in an edition of only 250 copies on 140g vinyl: recorded live in Albany, NY, on tour with Yek Koo, Chalaque and Zaimph:  Collin somehow welds the tactile aspect of Derek Bailey’s approach circa Aida with a form of Northern Blues that weirdly connects to North Japanese traditions, with an almost shamisen-style feel married to the kinda hovering string vortices more commonly associated with Tom Carter’s work in Charalambides. There are a few nods to Fahey too, especially the kind of melancholy dissonance of Days Have Gone By, but overall this is a pretty singular solo guitar record with an uncommon emotional intensity. 

Robert Scott
The Professor and the Team

Selection Records SR-007

Cassette
£8.99


Incredible collection of lo-fi home recordings cut in Dunedin in 1988 from Robert Scott of The Bats/Clean et al: 1988 was the year of The Bats’ The Law Of All Things and these recordings just slightly predate the first Clean LP, Vehicle. The Professor and the Team compiles a buncha zoned dreampop bled straight to tape w/classic proto-Xpressway fidelity, running the gamut of classic acoustic basement folk through brokedown motorik psych and heartbreaking edge-of-the-world DIY euphoria. Necessary, obviously!

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.

Aran Ruth
The Dark Lord

Tarot Tapes 001

Cassette
£8.99


Edition of 100 copies 2009 cassette from Aran Ruth: another beautiful set of home-conjured lo-fi acid folk majesty and occult acoustic drone time. Hand-drawn/hand-lettered sleeves. 

Arthur Russell
Tower Of Meaning

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Massive, unlikely reissue in an edition of only 100 copies of Arthur Russell’s first release from 1983: with originals going for well into the 100s, this is a necessary edition of one of Russell’s most enigmatically beautiful works. Julius Eastman conducts “an almost medievally pure music in which tone combinations of two or three notes tuned to modal/raga scales are played by various instrumental groups”. The feel is elegiac, minimal, spectacularly moving, with aspects of Louis Moholo’s big band works married to triumphal arcs of precise, single note horn phrases, coming over like the church of the holy spirit plays fanfares for the end of time, moving from clusters of glorious dissonance to pure angel song. Uniquely affecting, a major set of 20th century minimalist genius, but will not be around for long. So make your move. Hands-down one of the cassette issues of the year and another monster uncovering via Sanity Muffin. Very highly recommended!

Colorguard & Ashley Paul
Secr's Lip/The Places

Male Bonding #1

Cassette
£8.99


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.

Handicapper Horns
Sax In The City 1

American Tapes AM-735

one-sided LP
£12.99


“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.

Heavy Winged
Alive In My Mouth

Three Lobed TLR-060

LP
£10.99


Hand-numbered edition of 647 copies, with three tracks of extended psychedelic narcosis that drool all over speaker stacks and endlessly accruing fuzz satori. 

Joe McPhee
Everything Happens For A Reason

Roaratorio ROAR-09

LP
£19.99


Ever since his early privately-pressed sides took the 60s new thing out into newly electrified realms, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has been one of the most rigorous thinkers to work through the implications of total musical freedom. McPhee’s solo sides were always where he flew closest to the sun and Everything Happens For A Reason is the latest instalment in a series that includes stellar unaccompanied sides like 1977’s Tenor and 1996’s As Serious As Your Life. Everything For A Reason was recorded live on November 7th, 2003 in Wels, Austria, during the Mats Gustafsson-curated Festival Music Unlimited with McPhee moving between pocket trumpet, soprano and alto saxophone. Here, his vocabulary runs from semi-audible tones and little warps of brass through languid bouts of free association and moments of lung-glowing power. The opening “Mythos” is dedicated to trumpeter Bill Dixon and it maps the contours of his musical personality with the kind of wild tonal curveballs that imply the presence of so much phantom architecture. Everything For A Reason also features a beautiful re-think of Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday”, as well as tracks dedicated to Steve Lacy, Sidney Bechet, Joe Giardullo, Raymond Boni, Daunik Lazro and McPhee’s father. If the last few solo Peter Brötzmann sides planted seeds deep in your heart, chances are that you’ll find plenty to connect with here. Comes on beautiful heavy duty vinyl with a printed art-paper sleeve and notes from McPhee himself. Limited hand-numbered edition of only 482 copies. Highly recommended.

Mats Gustafsson
Mat G Plays Duke E

Qbico Epsilon

One-Sided Art Edition LP
£29.99


One-sided art edition LP in a run of 99 copies, because of the handmade nature the corners are slightly dented. This one presents a bunch of disparate – and often barely recognisable - approaches to the work of Duke Ellington by powerhouse saxophonist Mats Gustafsson that range from soft, melodic re-thinks that squeeze spectral nuance from elastic melodic fragments through overloaded electronic assaults, the sound of syncopated valves and all-our grunt/thunder aggression. Gustafsson plays tenor sax and live electronics.

My Cat Is An Alien
Folclore Alieno

Opax 018

CD-R
£9.99


My Cat Is An Alien album that rolls back the usual primitive sci-fi glitz in favour of a more earthy, hand woven style with both brothers on acoustic guitar and Roberto doubling on vocals and cymbal. Also includes a solo Roberto track. The use of pregnant space and the way that they balance full-articulated single notes with a melt of muzzy tones sounds a little like Tetuzi Akyiama’s more liminal form but the addition of a metronomic pulse gives it a nice Reichian repeato dynamic. And this time we ain’t taking orgones. Hand-numbered edition of 150 copies in individually painted wraparound card sleeves.

My Cat is an Alien
Plutonian Flames

Opax 16/17

2XCD-R
£10.99


This beautifully packaged double disk set is the latest and wildest offering from Turin’s favourite intrepid intergalactic journeymen, Roberto and Maurizio Opalio. Siamese washes of gloriously obliterated organ feedback are woven and disfigured by shards of acrid guitar and laser beam. Stacks of static are erected and left to shiver while the pair dance the cosmos ecstatic with sick, tribal cymbal and bass drum runs and the sound of Martian Morse code machines trying to find their way back home.
Roberto’s electric ‘astral’ guitar playing is particularly impressive over the two CDs. He conjures similar stuck/liquid string contortions as Keiji Haino (circa Affection) while Maurizio ploughs through the meteor shower with club footed drum pan-ic. Ambiguous whooshes and wails hover over ever-dissolving tones, summoned from circuit-bent kids toys and the innards of discarded electronic gadgetry to invoke the cold chaos of space. With “no over dubs and no out takes”, this feels like the most sonically affecting MCIAA set to date. Includes hand painted sleeves by Roberto, limited to only 120 copies. Recommended. – Alex.

Pauline Anna Strom
Trans Millenia Consort

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Another major coup from Sanity Muffin, with an edition of 100 copies reissue of this amazing San Francisco weirdo synth private from 1982: a major rarity, the genesis of Trans Millenia Consort is just as off the map. Strom was suffering from obesity and the on-set of blindness and decided to try to work through her experience using meditative modular synth stylings and electronic treatments. The results are amazing, combining a raw, cracked, vulnerable real people vibe with water sounds, distant eerie keyboards that could almost be a haunted Monopoly Child and that classic Corwood-jams-Zeit appeal of Edmond De Deyster/JD Emmanuel et al. Sad, beautiful, strangely moving, another major excavation by Sanity Muffin, great liners too, very highly recommended!

Roberto Opalio
Whispers Of The Last Light

Opax OPX-020V

DVD-R
£9.99


Beautiful short film by Roberto Opalio that casts a warped eye deep into the void of the sky with the lens occasionally obscured by various out-of-phase techniques. Heavy analogue electronic soundtrack from Roberto too. In individually-decorated art paper sleeves with insert, hand-numbered edition of 100.

Spider Trio
Rendezvous

Assophon 002

LP
£12.99


Another limited to 400 copies LP on this new US label with connections to the whole Sublime Frequencies/Sun Cit Girls axis. Spider Trio is Wally Shoup’s new avant rock/free jazz group, featuring Soup himself on saxophone, Dave Abramson on drums and Jeffery Taylor on guitar. Shoup is on fire-breathing form throughout, scorching the omni-directional time signatures and bursts of single note violence with rasping smears of breath and almost Peter Brotzmann-like furies. There is some good, responsive dynamite throughout but it sounds best when the guitar and drums get down on their hands and knees and just generate this low, vibrating rumble while Shoup nose-dives into them again and again.

Spykes/MSBR/Government Alpha
Tano Forever

American Tapes AM-525

one-sided LP
£14.99


Tribute to the late Koji Tano of Japanese noise monsters MSBR: an insane mash-up between John Olson of Wolf Eyes’ solo project, MSBR and Japanese psych/power unit Government Alpha. Builds from flashing UFO tones and pyramids of circuit shred to a bucket of flashing reeds and heavy sloth-jams that sound like black nightmare-era Hawkwind running Orange amps via nothing but juiced-up ley-lines and primitive third-eye energy. Wild, heavy, pro-rock lurch immaculately man-handled. Koji RIP. Hand-numbered edition of 200 copies in sprayed/doodled salvaged sleeves with stuck-on B-side art. 

Steve Baczkowski
Tone Arm

Cae-Sur-A 002

Cassette
£8.99


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. 

The Dead C/Rangda
Dead C Vs Rangda

Ba Da Bing Records BING-081

LP
£17.99


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

William Basinski
Nocturnes

2062 1201

CD
£13.99


Major set from composer William Basinski that re-investigates the emotionally devastating potential of his ‘disintegration loops’: two pieces here, the first of which is a stunning 40 minute dissolve based around an early prepared piano and tape composition from his San Francisco period circa 1979-1980. The piano sounds like its being played in the ruins of Atlantis, with watery tones literally dissolving on the tape to create a profoundly beautiful atmosphere of memorial and reminiscence. The second piece is more contemporary but feels like the perfect companion to the opener, an achingly beautiful piece for tape loop and delay from 2009 that appears in an excerpted form in Robert Wilson’s new opera, The Life And Death Of Marina Abramovic. Highly recommended. 

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase
Glistening Inn

Ultra Eczema #53

LP
£14.99


“Very very excited to announce the first LP in 10 years by Massachusetts based Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase!! Pretty much nine years it took to make this album, I cannot say I know a lot of people that have the patience to work on one thing that long, maybe I am mistaking hyper neurotic action with patience here though. Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase is the moniker of Chris Cooper, a multi instrumentalist, cat and moustache toucher, neologist and member/guitarist or ex member/guitarist of bands such as Deerhoof, a duo with Bill Nace called Buddies (though Nace would love to see that name changed), Turbwasn, Fat Worm Of Error, Barn Owl, Caroliner etc etc…probably this is one of the most intense and most ‘filled’ records Ultra Eczema released so far, a precise collage of beautiful sound made with more instruments then a parrot could handle, such as Plastic guitar, bass, clarinet, banjo, optigon/organ,egg slicer, ratchets, broken toys, fan motors, whirliegigs, glasses, tape loops..etc. Poor rabbits quickly hide when they see the red head with the twitching eye play his tunes with more then 34 hands at the same time, this could be the soundtrack for some seriously fucked up road circus, dead rabbits crawl out of a lazy elephants hat while a sad tapeloop of a rotting harmonium plays your uncle vomit's fave cough syrup tap dance blur, oozing for some romantic noise crackles, the nostalgia of the banana fish days puts him down in his cough again weeping like a black cat on an attic in new jersey! Angst Hase has previously released 1 LP, 2 7"s, some comp tracks, and a recycled tape for RRR. Reminiscent to some Caroliner, Kemialliset Ystavat, Hans Grusels Krankenkabinet, etc. Full colour cover art/collage and full colour insert by Dennis Tyfus. Limited to 500 copies.” – UE.

Dead Comet Alive
Universe For One

American Tapes AM-745

one-sided LP
£12.99


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.

Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne
Razor Blue

Tulpa Productions TP-019

LP
£14.99


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

Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne/Richard Downs
Primal Burn

Tulpa Productions TP-016

LP
£14.99


In the wake of the late 60s/early 70s free jazz diaspora, where any notion of musical freedom bit the dust along with any notion of FUN writ large (as Richard Meltzer was astutely stupe enough to point out in Autumn Rhythm) adherents of post fire music disciplines became as rare as girlfriends at power electronics festivals. New England saxophonist Paul Flaherty kept a solitary flame throughout most of the 80s and 90s, with his work with percussionist Randall Colbourne providing a phantom umbilical from the original post-Coltrane/ESP-Disk energies on through the late 90s NY jazz revival and into the 21st century's formally diffuse free music explosion. All of the original vinyl albums he released during the 80s and 90s are now extremely tough to find but anyone who is looking for the missing link between the source and the future will find all of em beautifully revitalising spirit-shots at liberating space-time from modern assembly-line logic. This set is a sax/bass/drums implosion recorded live in the studio in 1990. Highly recommended. Factory sealed.

Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano/Paul Flaherty
Blank Check

Tyyfus 6

LP
£14.99


Brain-scalding trio jams from two of the hottest outlaw horns ever to stink up whole chains of USA boozers, Mr Flaherty and Mr Shoup. Between the two of them they account for much of the accelerated post-Rock reed thought of the past few decades, combining the kind of fully adrenalised attack that could almost pass for hardcore with beautiful, blues-charged free jazz blurt. The sound of the twin horns just hacking through the air while drummer Chris Corsano literally kills time behind them demonstrates such an incredible conception of sound-in-space fully tied up with the reality of the body that it feels like some kind of spiritual-physical peak in a back catalogue that between the three of them is packed full of wild summits. But this one is something else. Highly recommended.

Our Love Will Destroy The World
Jet Plane Joy

Reckno REC-009

Cassette
£8.99


Killer cassette from Campbell Kneale’s (Birchville Cat Motel et al) ecstatic psych/noise project: haven’t heard from Campbell for a while and Jet Plane Joy feels like a step beyond, pulling back on the overloaded electronics in favour of hi-jacking straightahead rock riffs and amphetamine punk energy in the service of psychedelic oblivion. It kicks off with a weirdo pirate radio/Broken Flag/Conet Project setting for shortwave hysteria but when the actual riffs kick in it feels closer to La Dusseldorf’s vision of endless German ring-roads than an occult noise sounding. Might be Campbell’s most glam side to date, loving it...

Aoki Tomoyuki & Mochizuki Harutaka
s/t

No Label No Cat

CD
£16.99


Privately pressed Japan-only numbered edition of only 200 copies from this mind-blowing new psychedelic Tokyo underground duo: guitarist/vocalist Aoki Tomoyuki is front-man for the hands-down best post-Flashback Tokyo psych unit Up-Tight, while one-time Volcanic Tongue recording artists Harutaka plays saxophone and sings in an emotionally desolate, high-wire style that connects the phantom reed work of a Kaoru Abe or a Masayoshi Urabe with a fraught take on the bleak folk-blues of a Shuji Inaba or a Kan Mikami. This beautifully packaged self-released album marks their debut as a duo and it makes for a thrilling ride. Cutting wild almost Takayanagi/Abe style improvisations with some startling songs, Tomoyuki mainlines his trademark post-Velvets OTT fuzz guitar style into thick beams of endless feedback worship, with the sound of mangled electricity exploding dark, desolate ballads that Harutaka tears apart with an up-close, un-dosed saxophone sound that moves from confrontational implosions to sweet, delicate melodic playing and upper register tone violence. Both Tomoyuki and Harutaka handle the song writing credits as well as vocals, combining the kind of minor chord melancholy of classic PSF-blasted enka with moments of pure tonal eruption, with what sounds like The Legendaly Guitar Amp Tapes put to the service of primo Japanese drug ballads. And when the two fall into the extended improvisations that bookend the folk/punk songs it feels like the next advance in the evolution of one of the most creatively accelerated underground scenes in the world. Fans of La Musica, PSF, the early Takayanagi/Abe duos and the whole Flashback folk/psych/acid sound need to plug this monster in. Very highly recommended!!

Half High
Shapeless Advice

Altered States Tapes AST-035

7”
£8.99


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. 

Matthew Shaw
Silences Of The Night

Sonic Oyster Records SOV-004

7” EP
£7.99


Edition of only 250 copies four track EP that bundles songs by Matthew Shaw for the first time under his own name: this is a striking set that combines acoustic guitar, deep, deep listening fields and Shaw’s poetic vocal reveries that take in the kind of microdot visions of sacred map-points and daffy floral Albion-isms of a Mark Fry while connecting with the psychedelic English folk sounds of a Current 93 or Michael Cashmore as well as the loner guitar of a Six Organs Of Admittance. Lush, drone-infused acoustic psych, angelically scored. 

Zaimph
Evolucao

Dungeon Taxis #27

Cassette
£7.99


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.

Ensemble Economique
No GPS

Sangoplasmo Records Sango-019

Cassette
£6.99


Jams from Brian Pyle of Starving Weirdos magical solo project: No GPS consist of a radically re-worked live improvisation with Pyle joined by Spencer Doran, Ryan Carlisle and Max Brottman. The weird interzone between first and fourth world sonorities is still present, as is the widescreen delivery, but here there’s a little more cultic confusion, with massed vocal owl-calls and heady modal string drones accompanied by the sounds of legions of hands and feet headed for the Ganges. At times the vocal chants sound like the stoned and screwed ghosts of Father Yod and Jim Morrison offering divine communion and when the heady nod-out rhythms kick in it’s Amon Duul channelled via interstellar shortwave. One of the darkest cultic mindfucks from this amazing project to date. Recommended!

Eric Thielemans
EARR Plays A Snare Is A Bell

Sub Rosa SRV-339

LP
£14.99


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

Fadensonnen
Badlands

One Hand Records 002

LP
£21.99


Staggering psychedelic guitar excess in a gorgeous private press edition of only 150 hand-numbered copies from the same people who brought us last year’s ass-flattening Dark Sunny Land LP: Fadensonnen – aka the Vermont-based duo of ‘PD’ and ‘RD’ on guitars, drums, ‘machete harmonic’, ‘feral wah’ and ‘echo disaster leads’ – take the raggedy black psychedelic blueprint of IIIRD Gatekeeper-era Skullflower and the UK experiments in American guitar blitz of Ascension, JfK et al and marry it to an all-in-the-red, soloing-all-the-time wipeout style that would build eternal plateaus of ecstasy sound ala Rallizes Denudes circa France Demo Tapes. The pair trill on grandstanding lead guitar histrionics before deforming the whole thing with nightmarish bottom-end bass dunts that could almost be Yasushi Ozawa and moments of pure, clear glissing space that push amplifier worship to the point of The Savage Resurrection play Hell Is Now Love. The insert pic featuring Lou Reed flipping the bird is just so much gravy and makes this a mandatory purchase for serious VT heads. Seriously; this is the best guitar-as-guitar side of the year that doesn’t have some kind of relationship to Nick Mitchell or Heather Leigh, just wild six string excess at a newly deformed and bloody-minded apex of high. The packaging is stunning too, with a fold around b&w sleeve that comes with a thick hard card insert w/paste on photo and credits and a stickered bag. US guitar album of the year? Just ridiculously good, but at 150 copies you better make it quick! Very highly recommended. 

Flower Man/Rene Hell
Split

Agents Of Chaos 7026

Cassette
£5.99


Limited split cassette from Flower Man aka Chris Bush of Caboladies and Rene Hell. The Flower Man side features some cracked electronics, with glitch-riddled rhythms and bubbling synth intimating otherworldly melodies via a disorientating series of aural cut-ups and a bunch of hypnotic, almost Maryanne Amacher-scale third ear soundings. The Hell side is more symphonic and dramatic, with hissing drum machines and eerie soundtrack style keyboards giving way to simple Cluster-style melodies. 

Fossils
s/t

Fag Tapes FT-051

C60 Cassette
£6.99


Debut full-length on Fag Tapes from this Offensive Orange offshoot that combine cut-up live recordings of variously tortured/claustrophobic landscapes sent into orbit via tannoy vocals, electronic drilling, coronas of analog treatment, drums, balloon tones and long static-silenced dooms. Sorta like applying the Omit style of doctored field recordings as revenant psychological space to a bunch of LAFMS/TNB worshipping derelicts with Dictaphones and a bunch of sticky fingers. One of the weirdest environments to make it onto Fag Tapes to date. Edition of 50 copies. Recommended.

Jaap Blonk
Voice Studies

My Dance The Skull VS-07

Cassette
£5.99


Latest instalment in MDTS’ on-going series of solo vocal experiments on cassette comes from Dutch avant gardist and sound poet Jaap Blonk. Blonk has little to do with the whole Euro improv vocalising of Phil Minton et al and more to do with post-Dada continental art practice. Here he combines weird mournful/possessed vocal testifying with great serrated walls of howling body drone that has as much to do with Sudden Infant as it does Henri Chopin. 

Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
Those Vermillion Sands

NNA Tapes NNA-061

Cassette
£8.99


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

John Truscinski
Ash Tree

Open Mouth No Cat

Cassette
£4.99


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

Rambutan
Pyramid For The Blind

Tape Drift Records TD-68

Cassette
£8.99


Killer cassette from Rambutan aka Eric Hardiman of Century Plants/Burnt Hills et al: archival jams here, made to be played loud, the whole deal starts off with the kind of murky dislocated drone actions of an Aube or a Maurizio Bianchi, generating a smoking miasma of eviscerated tone. Think Symphony For A Genocide/Regel et al. The flip takes the guitars and electricity to the point of flatline, with what sounds like a dream Michael Morley/Flies Inside The Sun supergroup. Another killer from Hardiman. 

Sick Feedbag
Action Mono 3

Fag Tapes FT-073

Cassette
£5.99


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

Sick Llama
Team Brain Damage 2

Fag Tapes FT-087

Cassette
£5.99


Latest solo mutation from Heath Moreland, totally warped laminal Llama pile-up: "taking it to the next level in the cracked skull ward. Sick Llama remixed by Sick Llama? Well sort of...embalm yer weEed and blaze it up to this one! colour sleeves, edition 90." - Heath.

The Cases
s/t

Fag Tapes FT-070

Cassette
£5.99


Fourth Cases release from Fag Tapes is another formal bodyswerve altogether, with inexplicable almost Fluxus-style sound events, handclaps, mutant horns and percussion rendered in raw, bleeding-tape style. Kinda like a Godz that didn't wanna have fuck all to do with The Beatles, just like you always dreamed it. Edition of roughly 50 hand-numbered copies.

Timothy Leary
The Radicalization Of Timothy Leary

Counter Culture Chronicles #4

Cassette
£8.99


Stunning archival uncovering of recordings associated with Timothy Leary: Counter Culture Chronicles were the label that brought on the Angus MacLise deluge with their early vinyl collection of stray tracks and now the label has reactivated with this recording as well as a cassette of unreleased Jack Kerouac songs, poems and readings. The Radicalization Of Timothy Leary documents Leary’s continuous brushes with the law and his subsequent embracing of guerrilla tactics via some revelatory contemporary recordings. First off we get an interview with Leary at Millbrook in ’66 where he expands on his psychedelic/religious philosophy. Then we get a fascinating response from Ram Das to the revolutionary letter Leary sent from his exile in Algeria after his escape from prison in 1970. On the flip there is an alternately chilling and vaguely hilarious recording of a communiqué to the underground press from Eldridge Cleaver in 1971 where he explain that he has had to hold Leary and his partner hostage as he suspects they have something wrong with their heads (!?). Finally there is a fascinating interview with Leary, a Flashbacks interview from 1983. A major uncovering by CCC, with more reputedly on the way. Immediately sold out at source, edition of only 100 copies, very highly recommended!

Various Artists
Super Street 20

Fag Tapes FT-152

Cassette
£6.99


Sub-titled ‘Stage Fright’, the all-live volume of this on-going compilation series features exclusive tracks from Wolf Eyes, Commune (Raven Strain, Evenings), Sick Llama, Hardline Elephants, Sun Ra Arkestra and Walter Carson. Limited edition of 50 numbered copies.

Various Artists
Super Street 25

Fag Tapes FT-240

Cassette
£5.99


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

Various Artists
Super Street 7: How To Make Brains

Fag Tapes FT-052

C60 Cassette
£4.99


The Fag Tapes cultus staggers mindlessly on with a classy Roger Corman-style exploito compilation of supremely degraded live filth from a bucket full of contemporary actionists: Luasa Raelon (stars of that great Hive Mind collab), Odd Clouds, Taliban, Fe-Mail and the always killing Charlie Draheim. Comes with a blob of goo on the inside fer a change, so yr collection has a better chance of staying intact. Highly recommended as ever. Edition of 77 copies.