Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Tetuzi Akiyama & Greg Malcolm
Brombron 12: Six Strings

Korm Plastics KP 3027

CD
£9.99


“Korm Plastics is proud to present the eleventh release in the Brombron series. Originally a co-production between Staalplaat and Extrapool, it is now hosted by co-curator Frans de Waard. In the year 2000 Frans de Waard and Extrapool started the Brombron project. Two or more musicians become artists in residence in Extrapool, an arts initiative in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, with a fully equipped sound recording studio. These artists can work in a certain amount of time on a collaborative project; a project they always wished to do, but didn't have the time or the equipment to realize. For this twetvth installment all the machines were switched off, microphones installed and duets for two acoustic guitars were recorded by Tetuzi Akiyama and Greg Malcolm. Improvising along the way, along set theme's as well as new ones, they have come up with the most unlikely release in the Brombron series thus far. Greg Malcolm has been around for ages performing unusual music in variety of contexts and combinations. His current obsession is solo simultaneously played multiple guitar performances. Tetuzi Akiyama plays the guitar with primitive and practical implications, by adding a desire of his own to the instrument's characteristic nature in minimal and straight method. He delicately and sometimes boldly controls the volume of the sound from micro to macro level, and tries to quantize his physical system.” Korm Plastics

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.  

Angus MacLise
New York Electronic 1965

Sub Rosa SRV-355

LP
£16.99


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

Borbetomagus
a Go Go

Agaric 1997

CD
£10.99


Brand new album from one of the all-time great rock/noise/jazz/Industrial units. The trio of Jim Sauter (reeds), Don Dietrich (reeds) and Donald Miller (prepared electric guitar) have long plowed a solitary path parallel to contemporary developments in avant-thought, joining the dots between the electric ecstasy of Jimi Hendrix, the ferocious lung-power of Black Ark-era Arthur Doyle and the guitar-smashing aspect of Masami Akita's Merzbow. Much more than simply 'noise' music, the trio ground their attack in intense physical interaction, locking the bells of their horns together, contorting their bodies and altering their voices via reeds attached to rubber hoses or metal tools attached to guitar strings. The music fully delivers on everything you ever believed rock music promised: oblivions of exploding overtones, lightning-strike riffs, deliverance from the tyranny of pansy-ass structure, enthroning energy over form... and this is another massively potent installment, recorded live in France in 1998 with the trio erecting huge walls of smoke and steel that forsake any notion of dialogue whatsoever in favour of a particularly pure form of simultaneity. Highly recommended.

Borbetomagus
Barbed Wire Maggots

Agaric 1983

CD
£10.99


Totally fucking aces-up reissue of this all-time-classic high-energy/Industrial-strength trio blow-out from three heads that have done more to blow apart pre-conceived notions of time and space than Stephen fucking Hawkins. Recorded live on May 7th, 1982 at In-Roads in New York, this one features our heroes Jim Sauter, Don Dietrich and Donald Miller raising the skies with a stream of tortuously bent brass, post-Rowe/Hendrix metal and ecstatic formal logic. If you’re looking for a way in to Borbeto’s singularly fucked soundworld then this is your ticket. Comes with new liner notes by Mr Byron Coley. If you only buy one CD this decade…

Borbetomagus
Live In Allentown

Agaric 1996

CD
£10.99


Finally, a swank reissue of one of the most legendary obscurities in the whole Borbetomagus back catalogue, the Live In Allentown cassette. Recorded at the 3rd Annual Halloween Extravaganza on October 29th, 1986 this one features the Borbetomagus quartet line-up with saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller further bolstered by bassist Adam Nodelman. In addition to bundling all of the material from the original Lowlife cassette, this edition also features the previously unissued second set that sees the group further expanded to a quintet with Scott Legath joining them on electronics. The first set is still one of the most ragged, explosive post-Brotzmann/Hendrix/Akita slabs of freely improvised violence ever cut by live humans. It starts off with some savage caveman dunts, with the saxophonists dropping chords like lead weights while Miller and Nodelman cut dead feeback slabs and monolithic fuzz tone rants from their upended guitars. But it's when they all cohere into that amazing heaven-scraping high end mind-erasing style that the whole deal feels like four men power-levitating themselves through the roof. The second set has a more dazed, Industrial quality to it, with a backdrop wash of electronics, doctored tapes (even some shots of wonked opera in there) and stray rock riffs generating the kind of dramatic black forcefield that's perfectly suited for Sauter, Dietrich and Miller to volley machine gun retorts straight back at it. Impossibly great; every time I hear a new Borbetomagus side, I find it almost impossible to put up with anything less. Comes with extensive liners by Phil Freeman. Highest possible recommendation.

Borbetomagus
Sauter, Dietrich, Miller

Agaric 1982

CD
£10.99


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

Borbetomagus
Sauter, Dietrich, Miller, Doherty

Agaric 1980

CD
£10.99


Expanded reissue of the debut Borbetomagus album from 1980 with the trio of Sauter, Dietrich and Miller further bolstered by Brian Doherty on electronics. These early recordings have a beautifully corrosive classical avant garde/Industrial edge that is as bluntly beguiling as low-grade splatter. Also features a winning shot of Donald Miller's legendary mullet on the back as well as the previously unreleased "Last Concordat" - bonus!

Borbetomagus
Songs Our Mother Taught Us

Agaric 1995

CD
£10.99


Songs Our Mother Taught Us is the latest Borbetomagus album, a tour document that bundles two particularly infernal performances from a series of European shows that took place back in the spring of 1999. “Aftershock” is taken from a performance at The 13th Note, Glasgow, April 18, 1999, while “Songs Our Mother Taught Us” and “After Aftershock” are both drawn from a performance at The Spitz in London on April 21st, 1999. Here the group are operating deep within the zone where pure energy spontaneously gives birth to form, where F/X damaged saxophones, bells locked together, blur into the sound of table-top guitar and timbral distinctions melt in the white heat of fevered trio exchange. Miller chokes convulsive, malformed riffs from his six horizontal strings while Dietrich matches Sauter’s volcanic tongue action with metallic reports from way up in the most phantom register. Killer.

Borbetomagus
Trente Belles Annees

Agaric 1998

CD
£10.99


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

Borbetomagus
Zurich

Agaric 1984

CD
£10.99


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

Gendai Sokkyo
s/t

PSF PSFD-171

CD
£13.99


Debut release for this new Japanese underground ensemble that combine austere avant classical arcs of viola, piano, flute, guitar and percussion with sudden darts of improvised chamber jazz, Maher Shalal Hash Baz-esque idiot avant and deep psychedelic string work. “Another piece of ineffable mystery from the deepest bowels of the Tokyo underground. Led by flautist and guitarist Masahiro Deguchi, Gendai Sokkyo (the name means Contemporary Improvisation) are a group with no discernable history, who seem to have sprung from nothing to fully formed life. As the name suggests, the group showcase an improvisatory fusion of methodology and sound palette, drawing upon free jazz/free improvisation, avant rock moves and the textures of contemporary classical. An explosion of weird dynamics, suggestive in its inclusiveness and entirely psychedelic in its approach.” – PSF.

Hisato Higuchi
Butterfly Horse Street

Family Vineyard FV-53

CD
£9.99


Beautiful album from Japanese avant guitarist/vocalist Hisato Higuchi that blows away the silent silver cobwebs of note-stasis that defined his first two albums with the kind of extremely overdriven six string wrassling that would shadow alla Phil Todd's best pro-Sharrock/Hendrix moves while smearing scurries of single notes into ragged chord shapes that serves to prop up some of the most heavenly and forlorn vocalese this side of the fucking Beach Boys. The 'songs' here consist of nothing more than extended seconds of heart-stopping breath supported by the kind of melancholy mid-air guitar suspensions that Loren Mazzacane Connors pretty much invented and the way they are bookended by sudden bursts of pure scrawl is emotionally jarring to say the least. Highly recommended.

Incapacitants
Mon, Ma? Mon!!!

Triangle TR-50

CD
£8.99


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

Mad Nanna
In Glasgow/At Volcanic Tongue

Golden Lab Records ROWF-39

LP
£14.99


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. 

Matthew Shaw
Gorsedd

Equilibre Fragile Records EF-004

Cassette
£8.99


Beautiful new edition of only 40 copies cassette from occult UK soundist Matthew Shaw: using acoustic bowed and plucked guitar, vocals, moog prodigy and korg kaossilator, Gorsedd spans two heady visionings of area sonorities, “Primrose Hill” and “Bryn Gwyn”, with bird calls and slow sunrises of gorgeous rainbow-toned drone evoking a feel of a floral albion Taj Mahal Travellers while celestial electronics spin like sad satellites in the background. Another beautiful set from Matthew. 

Moniek Darge & Graham Lambkin
Indian Soundies

Penultimate Press PP-10

CD
£10.99


Edition of 400 copies fold-out digipack that documents composer Moniek Darge and Graham Lambkin’s Indian ‘soundscape’ work: using field recordings from India of street sound, religious ceremonies, pop and devotional music, conversations, weather etc both Darge and Lambkin (Shadow Ring et al) create deep, dense fields that you can really spend some time in. Avoiding cliché and opting for more ‘daring’ assemblages of found sound, the tracks don’t so much feel like environments as they do separate deep field movements, with the sound of rain giving way to distant conversational exchanges, the sound of the elements battering against microphone shields giving way to moments of pure signal overload and with sudden interjections of animal sound, the human voice and insect rhythms. 

My Cat Is An Alien & Cedric Stevens
Abstract Expressionism For The Ears

Opax Records OPX-037

3xLP
£28.99


Massive return for the Opalio brothers aka My Cat Is An Alien in the company of Belgian electronic composer Cedric Stevens in an edition of 300 copies: recorded in Brussels last February during a MCIAA residency, Abstract Expressionism... covers an ear-boggling amount of ground. Stevens worked under the name Acid Kirk and has recently collaborated with Fennesz and here the trio use vocals, alientronics, pedal F/X, piano, self-made instruments, real-time loops, electric guitar, analogue synth and mini moog to generate subtly blooming tone fields that build to the kind of beautifully vibrating monoliths that would reconcile the percussive American fantasias of Harry Partch and Moondog with the gravity devouring industrial force of Kluster. Repeating tones give the set the feel of a heady modern minimalist working but with a klanging Neubauten edge, with ringing tones and voids of blistering feedback suspended over deep pools of pitch black electricity. Long, multi-movement tracks allow for full tonal immersion. Set the controls for the heart of the sun! Highly recommended. 

Nord
NG Tapes

PCP Records PCPR-03

LP
£18.99


Major deluxe art-edition reissue w/numbered obi strip  of one of the most legendary/rare sides from this key Japanese underground group. Nord were active from 1981 to 1985 and are best known for the amazing self-titled Industrial/psychedelic LP they released on the massively collectable Pinakotheka label, the same imprint that were responsible for Keiji Haino’s debut LP Watashi Dake. Their sound takes in a bunch of classic klang – the austere minimalism of Conrad Schnitzler and Cluster, the murky, organic psych of Maurizio Bianchi, 20th century avant garde modes, Suicide, the Kenneth Anger soundtracks, Throbbing Gristle, the Broken Flag axis et al – while transmuting them all via that classic form-gobbling Japanese style. 1984’s NG Tapes was only available in a limited edition to people who bought Nord’s classic 1984 LP, LSD, and it features two massive sides of extended, repeating keyboard narcosis, heavenly wraiths of post-Industrial noise and pulsing, F/X saturated minimalist structures. There’s an extremely malevolent air to the proceedings, heightened by the relentlessly cold keyboard tones but it’s all illuminated with rainbows of microtone-dizzy electronics that build to slow, euphoric peaks that are hypnotic in their gravity. Think Keiji Haino plays the keyboard music of Maurizio Bianchi and you’re halfway there. Either way, this has long been one of the most desirable of Japanese underground obscurities and this stunning new art edition restores the original packaging, complete with beautiful wraparound Japanese obi strip. Truly, one of the totemic releases of the Japanese underground restored to vinyl. Highly recommended!

Ora Clementi
Cover You Will Softer Me

Penultimate Press PP-11

LP
£15.99


Beautiful new duo album from central Australian underground players, the sound artist and improviser Crys Cole and composer James Rushford in an edition of 400 copies: Cole has collaborated with Keith Rowe and Oren Ambarchi while Rushford cut the fantastic Manhunter LP with Joe Talia. Using farfisa, contact mics, percussion, ocarinas, piano, junk, viola and recordings of Rushford’s pet chickens (?!), the duo spent two years assembling this beautiful long-form work that is thick with a strange melancholy nostalgia. Odd dub-damaged/time and space inflected percussive rhythms set the overall feeling of distance and memorial, with odd, spectral spoken word confusion over dancing, graceful melodies and accumulations of fuzzy tape sound that come over like a stoned and sad Basil Kirchin. This is the sound of the very ghost of memory, of time lost and found via mediumistic tape work alongside aspects of Euro soundtrack work and sound sculptors like Harry Bertoia, Harry Partch et al. A truly bewitching side, highly recommended. 

Roberto Opalio
Aurora Coelestis

Opax Records OPX-036

Art Edition 2xLP
£49.99


Beautifully presented private press art edition 2xLP set LP from Roberto Opalio of Italian avantists My Cat Is An Alien in a hand-numbered/signed edition of only 50 copies: Aurora Coelestis is Roberto’s first non lathe cut/CD-R solo LP and it is an absolute monster. Sounding quite unlike anything he has done before, it consists of two extended tracks. The first is a beautiful slice of ghostly holy music made using nothing but glockenspiel fed through his patented ‘alientronics’. The glockenspiel playing is spectral and minimal, little puffs of cosmo tone that dance in angelic shapes somewhere just over the event horizon and as they are drawn through the cracked electronic gulf of Roberto’s F/X they are effectively shredded by dunts of huge metal teeth, with the kind of cracked cosmo violence of a Michel Waisvisz or a heavy metal Terry Riley working all-night flights from interplanetary radiation and reality-warping industrial steel. Alternately meditative and mind-breakingly harsh, this is a major statement of modern minimalism. The second piece, “Hic et Nunc”, applies the same cracked alientronics to vocals, with tunnels of disembodied angel vox flexing deep bass tones and hovering register leaps to the point of pure body ecstasy. A major release, beautifully packaged with a full-colour fold out insert, original mounted photograph, heavy duty vinyl, a download coupon, beautifully printed liners from Byron Coley (“like a golden shower delivered by Harry Partch”) and an extra “twin vinyl” LP featuring a proper original acrylic painting by Roberto on side A, this one comes very highly recommended!

Roberto Opalio
Aurora Coelestis

Opax Records OPX-036

LP
£18.99


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

Simon Wickham-Smith
A Seventh Persimmon

Tape Drift Records TD-12

CD-R
£6.99


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

Various Artists
Nichi-Yobi no Uta

Alchemy/Uplink ULR-020/ULR-020

CD
£15.99


Irresistible compilation CD from the reactivated Alchemy Records, an all-female psych set curated by Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan. Features fragile, breathless song stylings from a bunch of upcoming femmes including Akiko Hodaka (formerly of Maher Shalal Hash Baz), Mai Mishio of Uzumibi, Hirachin of Oninko! and Totsuzen Danboru, Shiho of Ten-No.5 and Yuka Fujita of the excellent Chozu. “Produced by Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan (The King Of Noise), the godfather of Japanese noise music and the owner of Alchemy Records. He realized the strength, fragileness, delicateness and other elements that only women could have are the keyword for this decade. This album contains 11 tunes from emerging female musicians that Hiroshige picked out from the Japanese underground music scene.” – Alchemy. 

Wooden Wand
Ogre 99: Live In Fort Collins

Was Ist Das? WAS-5

Cassette
£8.99


Magical/dazed live in a living room recording of James Toth aka Wooden Wand: Ogre 99 presents a classic stripped down/Basement Tapes-style re-think of some of Toth’s greatest big band compositions, with six solo, straight from the void broadcasts and three trio jams. As much as I love the big band jams there has always been something particularly special about Toth’s solo blats and the high, distant sound of this recordings sits perfectly. One new song and eight re-thinks: “Spitting At The Cameras”, “LA Manna”, “Dear Joan”, “Tiny Confessions”, “Winter In Kentucky”, “Passin’ Thru”, “Eagle Claw”, “Days This Long” and “Mother Midnight”. Some great between song gassing too – highly recommended!

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!

Angie
Turning

Easter Bilby EB-003

LP
£17.99


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

Brainbombs
Disposal Of A Dead Body

Skrammel 016

2xLP
£19.99


Stunning new double LP set from Sweden’s kings of crude that compiles the cream of previously unreleased tracks recorded between the years 2009 and 2011: this is a truly ferocious set, with amazing dunder head two chord thunder married to automatic sleazy/psycho vocals, w/wild, spuzzy lyrics about talking corpses complaining about their disposal, ruling in hell, leather boys, darkness, clowns and general bad vibes. Think Bon-era AC/DC, Sabotage-era Sabbath, Spacemen 3, Hawkwind, Monoshock et al played w/boxing gloves and bricks. Still no one remotely like them, ferocious, crude, psychotic, highly recommended!

Bremen
Second Launch

Blackest Ever Black BLACKEST-003

2xLP
£18.99


Killer new double LP of hermetic Kraut-inspired prog/crank from two members of thug-metal minimalists Brainbombs: long, dunting organ/guitar/bass tracks that summon the kind of cold war basement mesmerism of a German Oak or an Archaia while boasting the kind of flashing/third eye blinding production style of the goddamn Marble Index. Indeed, imagine Spacemen 3 circa Sound Of Confusion given a Cale/Eno makeover in Berlin circa Low/The Passenger played by sociopathic teenage metallers strung out on boo and you have pretty much a fantasy VT spin. The keyboards are just the right side of the Swiss mountains while the moody piano-led tracks take “Janitor Of Lunacy” to the edge of Neu’75 w/creeping atmospherics and a Bonehead/psych aspect that is extremely invigorating. A stunning out-of-time set of zoned basement Kraut from a pair of heads that know everything there is to know about monochord confusion. Comes with a download. Recommended.

Bruce Russell
21st Century Field Hollers And Prison Songs

Rococo Records RCC-0023

LP
£12.99


Limited edition LP from Bruce Russell of The Dead C/A Handful Of Dust et al in a run of 300 copies with black on white screened glue pocket covers: “This album has been made entirely from samples taken from the Midnight Crossroads Tape Recorder Blues album, with I made for A Bruit Secret. Like that album, it is a tribute to the spirit of the blues, viewed through a prism of 21st century cultural criticism. It evokes an earlier ear when the relationship between a performer and a song rose out of a community, not a property relation. In appropriating my own material I have short-circuited the prevailing ethos of piracy and bricolage and returned in a sense to my self. Despite being made in New Zealand and using some recordings from The Rhineland, the two places that are really central to this album are the Mississippi Delta and the island of Jamaica.” – Bruce Russell.

C. Spencer Yeh
Songs 2002

What The…? Records What-006

one-sided LP
£10.99


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

Carmen Maki
Blues Creation

Phoenix Records ASHLP-3053

LP
£13.99


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

Crime
Murder By Guitar

Superior Viaduct SV-050

LP
£19.99


Necessary compilation of alla the raggedy extant sonics from this amazing post-glam/proto-punk avant scorch unit: Crime came outta SF w/their amazing 1976 single, “Hot Wire My Heart”, playing taut, barbed punk jags with a free-flowing logic that was as crude as it was out, anticipating the kinda rhythmic breakdowns of the Tokyo Minor punk scene while channelling glam swagger and pure amphetamine violence into classic rock/roll forms. Probably best known through Sonic Youth’s great cover of their single on Sister, there’s a whole lot more damage on here, with amazing tracks like “Murder By Guitar” and “San Francisco’s Doomed” and the title track that take the insane Bowie mix of Raw Power and leer all over it with extended moments of six string wail bleeding over every track. Packing all their legendary singles as well as nine unreleased studio tracks recorded 1976-80, this set is the goddamn motherlode. Think The Dolls played by sharp west coast scum dressed as S&M policemen w/snot to spare and a dedication to guitar-as-guitar that staggers into realms of  pure cranking electricity and you’re almost there. Only US punk group to match the insane energy and leery appeal of The Electric Eels? “Piss On Your Dog”, anyone? Even the names are perfect: Hank Rank, Johnny Strike, Frank Fix, Ron The Ripper... what more do you need? Totally classic, comes with a download, highly recommended!

Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi
Sonja Henies vei 31

Planam C.O.C.A.Planam

LP
£18.99


Edition of only 150 copies LP from the duo of Oren Ambarchi and Crys Cole: a very intimate, diaristic working, Sonja Henies vei 31 was recorded during a week-long sojurn in Norway and is centered around a duo performance embedded in field recordings, unknown sound, Industrial debris, faraway voices and assorted covert/domestic acts. Aspects of Christoph Heemann’s work, the kind of hallucinatory tape work of Astor/Matt Krefting/Graham Lambkin/Dan Melchior et al and the massively dilated workings of the Ichiyanagi/Kosugi/Ranta trio. Otherworldly tape alchemy generates a feel of composition in time while the atmosphere flits between remembrance, memorial and nostalgia for the future. A very intimate and personal working, very limited supply, very highly recommended!

DMDN
Agonistes 1 & 2

Supreme Tool Supplies STS-9

LP
£16.99


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

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!

Francis Dhomont
Birthdays

Beniffer Editions/Bennifer/Beniffer #130/#130/#130

One-Sided Picture Disc LP
£16.99


Stunning and stunningly presented picture disc that bundles recent work (2007-2010) from the French composer Francis Dhomont, his first appearance on vinyl since his 1982 LP on INA-GRM Sous Le Regard D’un Soleil Noir: Birthdays presents a series of radical, scalpel-sharp workings dedicated to fellow-thinkers like Bernard Parmegiani, Oscar Wiggli and Annette Vande Gorne. Dhomont uses haunting vocal manipulations and rigorously edited concrete sound to generate dense noise works and skittering drones, with wormhole electronics sunk deep in constantly shifting tonal environments. “Denature Parme sons” utilises the first sound of the first movement of Parmegiani’s 1975 work De Natura Sonorum, blurring it into a series of heavenly metallic resonances. “Le Flux De Sons” touches on similarly eviscerated sound-sources but with sudden bursts of digital violence that could almost be Coil. The 8 track tape piece “Forte-piano” expands these contrasts with anxious electronic activity cut-up with moments of serene deep-sea drone and flat-lined tone while “Quelques Eclats” combines inverted and smeared vocal fragments with an hallucinatory depth-of-scene and an uncanny atmosphere that again, inexplicably, touches on aspects of late period Coil. This is a revelatory set, a rare outing for this major composer, packaged with a one-sided LP screen printed on the flip and stored inside a plastic slipcase with additional commentary from the composer. Highly recommended!

Ian Middleton
Well Of Sorrows

Skire SKR-02

LP
£15.99


Beautiful new LP by hermetic Scottish soundist Ian Middleton: Middleton’s first album since 2009, Well Of Sorrows focuses on the sound of his MS10 analogue synthesizer, minting new realms of lonely with tone poems to solitary standing wavers and beautiful, lucid drone conceptions that sing like distant satellites. The sound is focussed on hypnotic dilations of time and space, with sine drones and long, reflective tones working smears of melancholy drift into high, lonesome constructs that feel as deep as mirrors. Middleton exists in a singular zone, combining blank autobiographical detail with long, slow pans into the empty depths of the a.m. in a way that should please fans of Omit, K-Group, early Richard Youngs, Andrew Chalk and David Jackman. Comes beautifully packaged with a printed inner sleeve and offset printed outer sleeve designed by Andrew Chalk, Tom James Scott and Ian Middleton. Highly recommended.

Ilyas Ahmed
With Endless Fire

Immune 020

LP
£17.99


There’s always been a weird sort of distant kinship between Ilyas Ahmed and Jandek, not necessarily something stylistic, but something hermetic, something indefinably lonesome. On the opening track of this stunning album Ahmed cements the deal with a forlorn setting of wordless vocalese that transmits exactly the same feel of enlightenment in – or despite of – oblivion as Jandek’s “Om” while being nestled in the kind of rural psychedelia of Flying Saucer Attack’s first LP.
All of Ahmed’s records feel like travelogues, journals, and as such they are all very different while remaining essentially the same – the same focus on blending dosed Americana with modal styles, the same blasted atmosphere - even as the guitar playing in particular has grown in confidence and so been able to support more emotional weight. It’s a nomadic music, in that Ahmed functions as a lightning rod for a buncha disparate sides – think Crazy Horse via Skip Spence via Tommy Roundtree – while drawing them all into his prodigious gravity. In much the same way his music has a retrospective appeal, as if he is soundtracking moments or mental scenarios that have already been lived through, memorials for certain moods and moments. That’s another quality that he shares with Jandek. In common with this his music is often inchoate, out of focus, once removed from linear concerns of song. Indeed, perhaps only Joshua’s Gold Cosmos has the revelatory power of With Endless Fire, despite never really settling on anything that could explicitly be termed ‘singer-songwriter’. Rather, With Endless Fire works in terms of sustained moods, with more in common with, say, Roy Harper’s Stormcock or Skip Spence’s Oar than anything to do with straightforward songsmanship. But the cumulative effect is hypnotic, with singing drones and an almost Gary Yoder (Oxford Circle/Kak/Blue Cheer) inflected fuzztone over endlessly deep string drones and the kind of sanctified acoustic guitar of the best of the late 60s UK folk privates propelled by head-nodding, boo-huffing hand percussion. This is the sound of nowhere, right now, tied up with all of the shadows that might suggest. A magical album, edition of 1000 copies with heavy Stoughton tip-on gatefold sleeves and a download. Highly recommended!

Julius Hemphill & Peter Kowald
Live At Kassiopeia

NoBusiness Records NBLP-41/42

2xLP
£24.99


Massively potent set from two world-beating sound-as-thought proponents, both of whom the world lost far too early. Saxophonist Julius Hemphill was a co-founder of St Louis’ Black Artists’ Group – BAG – and his early recordings, Dogon A.D., Coon Bid’ness et al remain singular and defiantly idiosyncratic explorations of the potential of the saxophone. Kowald is, of course, one of the great European free bassists so this beautifully produced and previously unreleased archival set, recorded in Peter Brotzmann’s home town of Wuppertal in 1987, is nothing short of a goddamn treat. The set is split into three sections, with solo spots from Hemphill and Kowald and a final duo session. Kowald’s solo work is always spell-binding and as a showcase for the dazzling array of techniques and approaches he brings to his instrument it’s a treat. Hemphill always sounds great solo, with a feel for phantom architecture that means all of his improvisations feel implicitly directed. The duo sets are the real meat though, with Hemphill’s high, blues-inflected voice given an umbilical to earth tones and smears of drone through Kowald’s deep, propulsive bass work. Edition of 500 copies. Recommended. 

Kidd Jordan/Alvin Fielder/Peter Kowald
Live In New Orleans

NoBusiness Records NBLP-71/72

2xLP
£26.99


Stunning double LP in an edition of only 300 copies that pairs major trio and duo outings from these masters of modern free improvised tongue: Edward ‘Kidd’ Jordan on saxophone, Alvin Fielder on drums and, on the New Orleans set, the late Peter Kowald on bass. This is a particularly great sounding set, with Jordan playing in the kind of clear, questing style of the late David S. Ware, shepherding melodic fragments into great tempestuous torrents of pure soul power. Fielder is a great drummer and here he’s fleet but with a sense of blunt that knows when to drop the all-out bomb. Great to hear anything new from the late Kowald and here his presence gives the music a hypnotic beauty as he works in drones and pulses more than anything else, nudging the whole deal into endlessly alternate visions of now. The live set was recorded in New Orleans in 2002. Highly recommended. 

Kim Doo Soo
The Evening River

Blackest Rainbow Recordings BRR-215

2xLP
£19.99


Deluxe double LP gatefold edition of this beautiful, fragile acid-folk album that originally came out on PSF: studio album from Korean folk spirit Kim Doo Soo. Soo's previous LP/CD on PSF broke a lot of hearts and his subsequent inclusion on Damon & Naomi's International Sad Hits helped to raise his profile while contextualising him alongside PSF stalwarts like Kazuki Tomokawa and Kan Mikami. Soo's guitar playing has something of Nick Drake's easy flowing style and his vocals are extremely fragile, a wraithlike voice somewhere between Tim Hardin, Pip Proud and Ed Askew. He channels timeless melodies - echoes of traditional folk and loner psych styles, Leonard Cohen-esque downer ballads - into ornate arrangements that bolster the acoustic guitar and vocals with Dylan-esque harmonica, cello, keyboards, bass and horn. Edition of 500 copies on 140g vinyl. 

 

Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre Du Quebec
1973

TNZR 051

LP
£16.99


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

 

Les Rallizes Denudes
Electric Pure Land

No Label No Cat

2xLP
£26.99


Staggering ultra-limited out-of-nowhere double LP set of primo acid-drenched psych from the most legendary Japanese underground group of all time, the late Les Rallizes Denudes: reputedly sourced from the collection of an ‘insider’ Japanese underground musician and coming from the same source as the all-time epic France Demo Tapes LP, Electric Pure Land represents the second phase in this Dick’s Picks style on-going vinyl presentation of the hands-down greatest live moments of Mizutani’s mystery-cloaked outfit. Housed in a beautiful heavy gatefold sleeve with nada in terms of information but two enigmatic graphics-only inserts and pictures of a total eclipse of the sun, Electric Pure Land is in fact drawn from live 1974 material and comes pressed across three sides of moodily transparent vinyl.
The set begins with a blank A side (!) then into a wild sidelong flamethrower take on “The Last One” that marries the kind of 80s Minor scene thud of groups like Kousokuya to the sound of pure amplifier worship, with cro-magnon nod-out bass and endlessly flanged/phased/devolved lead guitar coming over like “I Heard Her Call My Name” broadcast from the other side of the mirror. When Rallizes generate this kind of insane, form-destroying/higher minded six string euphoria it feels like they are the only group on the planet, taking the sound of the guitar as a conduit for electricity to its ultimate post-psych/noise ends.
And that’s not all, over on the second LP we get a slew of classic Rallizes ballads and freaks, with Mizutani so caught up in endless soloing that there are moments when everyone stops playing and he just takes off on his own, riffing endlessly w/low slung mirror shades stylings and beams of pure white light, bulldozing “Enter The Mirror”, “Flames Of Ice” and  “Angel Of Guidance”.  If you ever wondered what all the fuss was about with Rallizes then this is the monster to nail to your turntable, endless black blues played with an end of the world ferocity that is uniquely keyed.
File next to France Demo Tapes, Sweet Sister Ray, Call In Question, Clear To Higher Time, Stained Angel Morning, Pathetique and Monkey Pockie Boo in the section of your collection given over to drooling six string excess. Simply cannot recommend this mind-blowing side enough, has to be heard to be believed and certainly one of the most beautifully packaged Rallizes LPs to date, with the gatefold opening backwards, ala a Japanese book and with the ‘back’ cover featuring phonetic Japanese interpretations of English translations of the songs. Can’t even begin to comb through my entire Rallizes archive to make spot comparisons, but don’t think this insane material has made it out in any other format before, so dig in. Another future monster, highest possible recommendation!

Majutsu No Niwa
Sylvania 7027 Live

8MM 049

LP
£18.99


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

Mark Durgan
Ploughing Furrows Into Rotten Burrows

Pan 3

LP
£16.99


Beautifully assembled set of Industrial psychedelia from Durgan aka Putrefier on Bill Kouligas’s (Family Battlesnake) suave vinyl-only imprint: ”Made up of junk sounds, be they acoustic or electronic, 'Ploughing Furrows into Rotten Burrows' is informed by a caustic patience and steady pacing. With a concentrated approach, Mark Durgan makes the space, and even silences between sounds, an integral part of his constructions. He builds up tracks from the beginning with loops, samples or acoustic sounds, then the sound becomes quite automated due to the influence of the feedback generated from the electronic devices. For the past twenty years, Mark Durgan, known under the Putrefier moniker and his label Birthbiter (1986), is one of the few genuinely curious anomalies operating today. Disassociated with a lot of noise, he is more of a true outsider of this scene, somewhat akin to the older sound poets. Although their realm of art is very different to that of his, comparisons can be made. The lack of concrete documentation, both written and recorded, could be construed as an attempt at mystery, but the reality is that it all comes down to a total ambivalence about having a public persona Despite that this is his first official work under his own name, it still bears similarity to the Putrefier concept. From the influences of Power Electronics and especially early nineties Japanese noise ('Cog Dominance' cassette, 1987 on Broken Flag), his music has developed into different areas of the avant garde spectrum, such as musique concrete, improvisation and electroacoustic music, demonstrated in one of his latest works done with The New Blockaders. Being able to appreciate other forms of experimentation, he takes noise to a different level. The Lp is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker in a limited edition of 330 hand-numbered copies, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press jacket which itself is housed in a two-tone silk screened pvc sleeve with interweaving geometric designs.” – Pan.

Maurizio Bianchi
S.F.A.G. 81

Recursion STRANA 001

LP
£16.99


Repro vinyl edition of this legendary side from Maurizio Bianchi, still one of the central Industrial/experimental records to come out of the revolutionary underground tumult of the late-70s/early-80s. Originally issued in 1981 on Sterile Records, Symphony For A Genocide was then re-issued as a completely re-worked piece by Broken Flag entitled S.F.A.G. 81 in January 1983. Excerpted on Vinyl On Demand’s amazing Broken Flag set, this edition represents its first full reissue on vinyl. S.F.A.G. 81 is a harrowing wake for liberal/humanist notions of humanity in the shadow of the Holocaust, with black tunnels of martial, mechanised analog drone, wailing alarm codes, primitive drum machines and conveyor belt rhythms marching inexorably into the heart of darkness. There’s a bleak, orchestral feel to the way that Bianchi totally rubbers the original recording, using a primitive delay unit to further refract and echo the spectral sonics while touching on the kind of talismanic freak zones of Heather Leigh circa Jailhouse Rock. Alongside the TG 24 Hour box, the early Broken Flag catalogue, a buncha the Italian power electronic sides, Nurse With Wound's Chance Meeting and Whitehouse's Dedicated To Peter Kurten, S.F.A.G. 81 remains one of the truly epoch-defining recordings and it still sounds every bit as disturbing and interrogating as it did the first time you ever encountered it. Remastered and fully authorised, beautifully packaged with thick tip-on sleeves and artwork by longtime Bianchi collaborator Siegmar Fricke. One time pressing of 500 copies. Very highly 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! 

Mike Rep And Friends
Darby Creek Drifter

540 Records

LP
£16.99


Brand new LP from legendary Midwest underground hero Mike Rep: Rep, alongside buddies like Jim Shepard, Tommy Jay, Ron House, Don Howland and Nudge Squidfish, pretty much invented American basement rock/roll DIY via his work with The Quotas and True Believers and his New Age and Old Age/No Age imprints and he was one of the first to fully take rock/roll at its word, coming out of fandom to release some of the most purely focussed avant garage of any age. Darby Creek Drifter presents a series of beautiful new recordings from Rep that range across Velvet Underground covers (a tear-choking version of “Pale Blue Eyes”) through the kinda blasted folk/country of Tommy Jay’s classic Tall Tales Of Trauma. With a cast of many, many friends Rep transmutes Lou Reed-style drug ballads, stoned Michael Hurley-esque slow-mo folk, beautiful paeans to last stands before oblivion and the kinda intuitive grasp of rock/roll form that could easily be a Peter Laughner or Perrett. Another great one from Rep and a necessary addition to the Columbus, Ohio shelf. Very highly recommended. 

Paul Dunmall/Chris Corsano
Identical Sunsets

ESP Disk 4058

LP
£18.99


Raging free jazz duo blat from saxophonist Paul Dunmall (here doubling on border pipes) and drummer Chris Corsano, marking Corsano’s first –fated! - appearance on ESP Disk. Following in the tradition of ESP’s first classic free jazz run, Identical Sunsets is an ass-blasting high energy side. The title track is a particular monster, with Dunmall’s ululating border pipes conjuring the ghost of Albert Ayler’s bagpipes with psychedelic overtones and raw folk passion. Corsano is, of course, amazing. One of the first releases from the revived ESP Disk that feels worthy of the label. Highly recommended. 

Ragtime Frank
I’m A Rocketship For My Lord

Little Big Chief Records LBCR-013

LP
£16.99


Stunning new avant blues rip up from the Oz underground duo of Ragtime Frank on vocals and guitar and Leighton Craig (Primitive Motion et al) on drums: was hearing comparisons to the Ascension duo of Stefan Jaworzyn and Tony Irving’s classic Five Titles recording and it’s true that the combination of convulsive/collapsing hypno guitar, fully in the red deadtone feedback production overload and scything drums comes over like a blunt post-Bailey boogie session cut by UK thugs but imagine that cut with a one-chord Sister Ray style hillbilly hump that was mainlining the ghost of Reverend B way the fuck past even the reducto distorto hunch of a Tetuzi Akiyama. Ragtime Frank lurches and hee-haws all the way over the top like he’s doing the goddamn crusher over post-Billy Childish no-chord ugh. Craig keeps the whole thing lurching drunk from start to finish, coming over like Abner Jay’s dysfunctional sons jonesing for a reformed Red Transistor. Fuck what The Cramps taught us, it’s time to re-learn the goddamn songbook. Insane and very highly recommended!

Regler
s/t

8MM 059

LP
£16.99


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

Tetuzi Akiyama/Che Chen
Cold Soup

Incunabulum INC-015

LP
£21.99


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

The Lowest Form
Negative Ecstasy

Iron Lung Records LUNGS-049

LP
£15.99


Fantastic debut full-length collection of thug-punk ecstasy from this London-based group that features Luke Younger (Alter/Helm et al), Michael Kasparis (Night School Records et al) and Paco Mus (La Vida Es Un Mus): Negative Ecstasy explodes outta the goddamn gate with a sound that is equal points Nanjo Asahito circa 1993, Dischord/SST-style freak and breakneck post-d-beat/hardcore mainline. The quartet jam on wall-destroying descending chord breaks like no one this side of Cleveland’s Pagans, marrying garage scorch to amphetamine rigour while puking heavy lung all over the excess. Gotta be a blast to see this live but this heavy duty vinyl outing makes for one of the most exhilarating rock-as-rock statements of the fucking year. Love it. 

The Outsiders
CQ: Mythology

Pseudonym VP99026

2xLP
£27.99


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

Wooden Wand & The Briarwood Virgins
Briarwood

Mad Monk No Cat

LP
£16.99


Glorious new privately released album from Wooden Wand with a virtual goddamn big band line-up that features guitar, pedal steel, plenty of organ, drums and slide. Wand has really hit his stride recently after a wobbly period around the Ryko LP and this might just be his most fully-accomplished and all-out gorgeous recording yet. The band have that constant, unfolding/revelatory style of The Hawks/The Band circa ’66 or Dylan’s studio band on Blonde On Blonde, allowing Toth to really roll with the phrasing and his songwriting here has a similar visionary/infinite aspect as classic late-60s Dylan, pushing past simple verse/chorus arrangements in favour of a constant unfolding. His lyrics are still some of the smartest/funniest/rawest of anyone of his generation and the degree of underground smarts and hard-won knowledge he brings to the table – he served time under Matthew Valentine fer gawd’s sake – means even the straightest of pounders are surreptitiously bent. The backing band are fantastic:  powerful, euphoric, hard rocking and the combination of off-the-cuff backing vocals, ripping guitar solos and epic beams of organ makes this the most rewarding singer-songwriter record of the year. In a righteous universe Wand would be the dude on the front cover of Mojo but in a world where dweebs like David Gray are touted as the heir apparent to Bob Dylan, well, I’ll continue to file him alongside Arthur Doyle, NNCK and The Bummer Road and feel damn good about it. Edition of 500 copies, ‘official’ version reputedly due on Fire Records sometime in the future. On coloured vinyl. Can’t recommend this enough. 

Yek Koo
Desolation Peak

Emerald Cocoon EC-011

LP
£14.99


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

Anton Heyboer
Rules Of The Universe

Kye #25

2xLP
£23.99


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

Amazing double LP that fully documents the span of Dutch visual artist Anton Heyboer’s audio works for the first time: Heyboer’s reputation as a visionary visual primitivist, print maker, holy fool and life-long bohemian is secure but his challenging soundworks remain a fringe part of his oeuvre, thanks in no small part to EMI’s trashing of their run of his sole 1976 LP She And She As One. Still, the Heyboer Foundation released a trickle of CDs and CD-Rs throughout the 1990s culminating in this, a beautifully presented and fully authorised double LP set compiled by Graham Lambkin (The Shadow Ring et al) that bundles the cream of the CDs with previously unreleased material. This is raw, personal, extremely intimate song and sound art, with an atmosphere that is directly comparable to Jandek’s singular Put My Dream On This Planet recording, with a similar automatic/dark personal reverie feel as Heyboer sings to himself about life and death and vision direct to tape while accompanying himself on radically non-tuned guitar, lonesome harmonica and harmonium. Imagine an art brut recording of an outdoor Hermann Nitsch/Jandek live jam with nothing but the sound of the wind in their ears and the occasional stray dog for accompaniment, channelling the level of cosmic heartbreak that would marry Gavin Bryars’ Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet with a wild Jack Smith-signs-Bob Desper appeal. Amazing crude minimal guitar dunt, post-Abe/Dylan harmonica vistas, heavenly chord organ blues, this is just an amazing, super-personal document of the sound of a human being speaking in tongues in the face of the goddamn void. Simply stunning, comes with a full-colour poster, highest possible recommendation!

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!

Good Area
French Antarctica

Kye #24

LP
£16.99


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


Beautifully perplexing debut album from this Philadelphia-based duo on Graham Lambkin’s Kye imprint: Lambkin compares Good Area’s endlessly wayward guitar/beatbox/cornet/room sound jams to “bastions of shoe-box cassette culture” and NWW-listers like The Decayes and Semool as well as Vanity recording artists like Nishimura Alimoti and they certainly orbit the more cracked ‘beyond technique’ modes of the sub-underground. French Antarctica consist of one constantly mutating jam across two sides of wax that combines the kind of fractured atonal guitar and room sound riffing of one of Derek Bailey’s letter-cassettes with heroic non-musicianly chops that are somewhere between Royal Trux circa “Strawberry Soda Pop” and Slugfuckers. The mangled cornet is resolutely ‘post’ Cosey Fanni Tutti while the crude beatbox-isms give it a weird sci-fi appeal that is true teen scientist. As the piece unfolds the guitar gets into some wilting six string barbarism before its interrupted by an advert or a public information broadcast or some kind of television overspill before the microphone pulls back and the sound of the room comes flooding in. Suddenly you’re perched on the end of a bed, in a small room in nowhere USA crying straight to tape in the dark. Nothing remotely like it, with an equally confounding sleeve and insert, feels entirely appropriate that it would have some kind of historical link with The Shadow Ring. One of the premier left-field releases of the year – highly recommended!

Graham Lambkin
Abersayne/Attersaye

Kye #706

7”
£8.99


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


First ever solo 7” from Graham Lambkin of The Shadow Ring: the warped application of guitar, tapes and vocals make for an amazing psych/folk bomb that somehow channels the same kind of hermetic backwoods appeal of the more cryptic Joshua Burkett sides while matching the kind of intimate diaristic appeal of those weird Jack Kerouac straight to tape songs from Reads On The Road before the whole deal phases out into waves of endlessly lapping Ethiopiques-style hypnotism and minimalist tape/textural confusion.  Flip is even weirder, pushing out into the kind of homemade Death Blues of a Jandek or Pip Proud as refracted through an old victrola talking machine and broadcast backwards via a heavily encrypted numbers station. Totally amazing, could go a full LP of this style, and very highly recommended! Already sold out at source. 

Michael Flower and Neil Campbell
Wharf Cat

Golden Lab Records RWOF-40

CD + 7” + Art Book
£16.99


Massive new album/single/art book from the heavy-meta UK underground duo of Michael Flower and Neil Campbell of drone legends Vibracathedral Orchestra in a hand-numbered edition of only 250 copies: the set is housed in a beautiful heavyweight 20 page screen printed book of ‘live drawings’ to the music by Manchester illustrator Lucy Jones. The music is amazing, dropping from torrential storms of barbed wire post-Velvets drone violence into amorphous ascensions and triumphal slow-motion synth blats as Campbell welds the Astral Social Club-approach to automating ecstasies to Flower’s metal ragas. This is the apex of the VU bootlegs sound advanced to an actual working strategy, taking off on the gridlocked levitating style of “Sweet Sister Ray” before re-formatting  fourth world ritual music as a conduit for Northern white boy punk via blistered fingers and the kind of technicolour string osmosis of a phantom Michio Kurihara/Manuel Gottsching duo. Indeed, the title would seem to imply the kinda DIY bedroom-isms brought to the point of almost Dead-scale revelation that the sonics propose, with the feel of the warp and woof of rock form slowly, teasingly, being rendered apart. A timely blat of post-MacLise amplifier worship from two of the hardest omming psychonauts to come out of the UK DIY psych/noise underground. A true labour of love, very highly recommended!

Moniek Darge
Crete Soundies

Kye 06

CD
£8.99


Atmospheric new collection of field recordings, installations and area sonorities from Moniek Darge, all captured on the island of Crete and released by Graham Lambkin: "Kye is pleased to announce the release of Crete Soundies, the major new work by Moniek Darge, and the follow-up to last years Soundies (1980-2001) CD. Crete Soundies presents three new pieces -- Magnesia (2006), Anemos (2007) and East Crete (2008-2009). These works were born from two years of Levka Ori sound research, and an additional year in east Crete in collaboration with fellow sound artist Francoise Vanhecke. Moniek Darge was born in Bruges, 1952 and studied music theory and violin at the Music Conservatory of Bruges, painting at the Ghent Royal Academy of Fine Arts; Art History, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. She is active as composer, violinist, performer and audio artist and has built light and soundsculptures, installations, musical instruments and for many years has been constructing a series of alternative music boxes, with which she also performs. Darge has specialised in both soundscapes and live-art performances in which visual and musical aspects are combined and in interactional improvisation on violin. Since 1970 she has performed around the world and has been active on stage, first with the Logos Ensemble, then with Logos Duo (together with Godfired-Willem Raes), and more recently with the M&M robot ensemble. She also founded Logos Women, a small group specialised in intermedia improvisations performing their own compositions for various instruments, voices and music boxes. Crete Soundies comes housed in 6-panel digipak, in an edition of 500, and is released with the support of the Flemish Government." - KYE.

Astor
Inland

Kye #26

LP
£17.99


Edition of 400 copies LP from Mark Harwood and Maja Larsson aka Astor: using tapes, bells, gongs, piano, autoharp, TV, organ and dry ice pellets, Inland takes inspiration from Gerard Murnane’s 1988 novel of the same name, creating an ever-shifting paranoiac landscape that trades instrumental detail for inchoate visionings of atmosphere and place. This is DIY concrete music in the tradition of the early United Dairies label or thinkers like Christoph Heemann and Timo Van Luijk, moving from malevolent granular drones and huffing textural chorales before jump-cutting to low-level orchestral fireworks and the kind of aural confusion that could almost pass for a hi-fi/hi-brow Sick Llama. Excellent. 

Good Area
Cubic Zirconia/Bad Karlshafen

Kye #707

7”
£8.99


Edition of 300 copies 7” from this amazing Philadelphia-based avant/WTF duo: building on their debut Kye LP and recent cassettes, Cubic Zirconia crosses domestic field recordings, intimations of bedroom space and an approach to form/fidelity and collapsing universe dynamics that could almost be The Decayes. Amidst the sound of DIY trash rituals and classic clanging guitars ala Slugfuckers/Shadow Ring there is some twisted brass that sounds like someone swallowing a Donald Ayler solo while six strings re-think Rudolph Grey’s roadblock axe style. But the whole thing is squoze through the kind of blunt/blurry fidelity that makes it seem almost hermetically loaded. Still, nothing remotely like these two, ultimately, and this is another premier side of outward bound sound. Very highly recommended. 

Graham Lambkin
Came To Call Mine

Penultimate Press No Cat

Art Book
£18.99


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

Graham Lambkin
FFFour KMSU

Free Form Freakout No Cat

Art Print + Download
£0.00


Free with all orders over £40


Beautiful limited edition full-colour art print by Graham Lambkin of The Shadow Ring et al, hand-printed by the Niagara Press run by Clint Simonson of De Stijl Records. Originally available as part of a pledge drive for Minnesota’s KMSU put together by David Peron of Free Form Freakout, all customers who spend over £40 at VT get a copy as a free gift together with a download code for twenty exclusive tracks from everyone who participated in the pledge drive including Henry & Hazel Slaughter, Sean McCann, Decimus, Rambutan, Justin Meyers, Parashi, Derek Rogers and more!

The Shadow Ring
Remains Unchanged

Kye #21

2xLP
£19.99


Last copies of the massively anticipated double LP retrospective from this legendary UK underground group featuring Graham Lambkin, Darren Harris and Tim Goss: Remains Unchanged presents all completely unreleased material from the two - almost mutually unrecognisable - phases of this group’s unlikely non-career. Originally hailing from Folkestone, their early records – City Lights, Put The Music In Its Coffin – are unique in the history of UK DIY in the way that they combined obsessive diaristic monotony and resolutely no-chops instrumentalism w/a particularly English brand of surrealism in order to create a totally compulsive and uniquely expressive soundworld. Vocalist Darren Harris could read the goddamn phone book and he would make it sound oddly gripping and slightly unnerving and the first two sides of this collection present some great Harris moments, mining out-takes from the City Lights, Put The Music In Its Coffin, Some Of Us 7”, Wax Work Echoes and Hold Onto I.D. sessions recorded 1993-1996. The music sounds startlingly original, with acoustic guitars played percussively, bowing and squeaking melodies and those vocals providing some of the most unlikely reportage from the fringes of nowhere England outside of The Fall. The second LP focuses more on the band’s later less-vocally obsessed electronic incarnation, where the loneliness and surreal/inane domesticity that they pushed to the fore in the early records gives way to a more overtly lonely and alienated soundworld, with grey washes of synth and deconstructed song-forms that go well beyond the long blank, moving from the bedsit setting of the early records out to the bleak coast of England, where the water and the waves fade into the same dismal hues of England in the rain and for a little while at least Folkestone became the DIY equivalent of Warszawa. This set works as both the perfect introduction to their hermetic soundworld and as the ultimate bookending collection for anyone who has ever enjoyed a deep personal relationship to this amazing group over the years. Like Harry Pussy and The Dead C, The Shadow Ring created their own universe through restriction, necessity and intuitive inspiration and although they sound nothing like the aforementioned bands their legacy is every bit as important. Still one of the most inexplicably great groups to come out of the modern underground, nothing else sounds remotely like them. The set comes with a great gatefold sleeve featuring classic snaps of our heroes sitting round in depressing living rooms or in suburban back gardens, drinking cheap beer and looking downtrodden. Also comes with a great, huge full-colour poster of the group ‘in action’ in the bedsit of your dreams. We’ll be framing ours. Highest possible recommendation! Sold out at source.

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 Velvet Underground
The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes

Tummy Tapes No Cat

LP
£21.99


Unbelievable new ultra-limited LP from the label that brought us the Alice Coltrane Divine Songs LP with classy paste-on sleeves: this is a vinyl edition of what has become the most whispered about of the legendary Velvet Underground recordings, namely a residency at The Boston Tea Party in March of 1969 when a fan recorded the band through a microphone that was set up directly in front of Lou Reed’s guitar(!). The results are devastating and make for the final proof that Lou Reed single-handedly invented underground music. The rest of the band are effectively eclipsed by Reed’s incredible post-ostrich/post-Ayler feedback worshipping ascensions and alla that boo-ha about whether Reed really was influenced by free jazz can be put to rest here as he pulls the kind of wailing hallucinatory shapes from the guitar that it would take the goddamn Blue Humans to decode a couple of decades later. The version of “Foggy Notion” (which is actually drawn from an equally insane recordings made at the Boston Tea Party in ’68) becomes a dense matrix of wounded notes and overloaded raga electric as Reed takes almost Rallizes/Sharrock scale electric iconoclasm into new realms of post-Diddley hunch, an approach that he extends into a blistering endless jam assault on the most barbarous take of “I Can’t Stand It” ever beamed into the brains of live teenagers. Even a previously quiet hymnal like “Jesus” comes over like a heavy metal Loren Connors here, with Reed welding feedback and fuzz onto every tactile note. On the flip its two monsters, “Beginning To See The Light” and “Run Run Run” (from another Boston Tea Party show in July of 1969) which features Reed’s ‘mind splitting’ white light style extended to lengths of hypnotic, narcotic violence. Pretty much the greatest guitar side from the greatest rock guitarist of all time. This is the kinda monolith that casts a shadow over your entire record collection and makes you realise that by 1969 The Velvet Underground had pretty much laid down the blueprint for every rock possibility that would manifest in the next goddamn how many decades. Wrap it in sandpaper and let it destroy the rest of your collection. Can’t believe this has made it to vinyl, limited supply, obviously, but this gets VT’s all-time highest possible recommendation! 

Toukaseibunshi
Meta-Inorganicmatter/Meta-Newlon

PSF PSFD-182

CD
£14.99


Volume 2 in PSF’s new series documenting obscure cassette-only releases from the formative period of the contemporary Japanese underground following releases by Iro and Schistosoma Japonica. Toukaseibunshi (which translates as Permeable Molecule) were the mysterious solo performance of Hironari Iwata, an underground activist who ran a bunch of cult magazines as well as the tape label Angakok and also performed under the name Haiginsha. Toukaseibunshi are more focused towards the improvised drone monoliths of groups like MEV, AMM, Organum and Morphogenesis, with detailed, dilated tone work that combines an elemental feel for wave-forms with flashes of heavy electronic flux and crude electro-acoustic process. Deep, psychedelic drone work with that ineffable Japanese ‘edge’. Recommended.

Dredd Foole/Steve Baczkowski/Chris Corsano/Bill Nace/Paul Flaherty
Wrong Number

Open Mouth OM-38

LP
£21.99


Staggering edition of only 250 copies album from this incredible world-beating free music line-up, privately released on Bill Nace’s (Body/Head et al) own Open Mouth imprint: Dredd on vocals, Baczkowski and Flaherty on reeds, Nace on electric guitar and Corsano on drums makes for the kinda re-think of high energy instants that would somehow reconcile Ayler’s New York Eye & Ear Control session with the ecstatic flesh/metal communion of Starsailor era Tim Buckley. Dredd sounds particularly amazing on this, broadcasting from profound zones of instant epiglottal satori and getting into automatic body noise with Baczkowski’s baritone sax hovering up the bottom end while Flaherty makes for hallucinatory stabs at the phantom register ala Shiraishi/Abe/Urabe et al and Nace dunts the whole deal into the face of Corsano’s harvesting polyrhythms. Haven’t heard such an amazing blast of pure free spirit in a goddamn age and this one sends you right back to the source w/some of the freest thinking humans ever to gargle alphabets. Peerless high energy fully-spiritualised free music of the highest calibre, beautifully presented and very highly recommended!!

Officer!
Dead Unique

Blackest Ever Black BLACKESTLP-006

2xLP
£17.99


Startling discovery of a previously unreleased album (!) recorded by Officer! (aka English art rock weirdo Mick Hobbs) in 1995: Hobbs has a fascinating history, playing with The Work and related groups such as The Lowest Note, The Lo Yo Yo and The Momes. After becoming close with This Heat he worked with players like Zeena Parkins and Flaming Tunes at their Cold Storage facility in Brixton while cutting a series of peerlessly weird albums under the Officer! name like Ossification, Cough and Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes. Dead Unique comes straight out of that same milieu, with a combination of minimal, repeating structures that are blown apart by brass, deformed beats, weird, awkward arrangements and cut through with the feel of a completely skewed avant pop record, touching on the kinda fractured song forms of Art Bears while connecting, at an obtuse angle, to the whole Robert Wyatt/Richard Youngs school of eccentric English experimentation. There are long sections of elegiac drone that are mirror-like in their hypnotic polish and as they give way to dry English monologues and moments of sing-song heartbreak it’s like the lush hi-fi dreampop record that The Shadow Ring never made. Recommended. 

Akira Sakata/Giovanni Di Domenico
Iruman

Mbari Musica Mbari-21

CD
£11.99


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

Ben Hall’s She Shells String Trio
Negatively Complicating A Procedure That Is Already Flawed

8MM 060

LP
£16.99


Edition of only 150 copies LP with handmade covers that documents a killing free trio led by percussionist Ben Hall (Graveyards/Bill Dixon et al) and featuring violinists C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Mike Khoury: this is a massively psychedelic side, with two void-gobbling violins that flutter in and out of corporeal reality with alla the grace of the heady string side of Albert Ayler’s Greenwich Village masterpiece while touching on aspects of Keiji Haino’s hurdy gurdy work, Ornette’s power-sawing and some truly alien, speaking in tongues power droning. Hall has a lightness of touch and a knitting needle speed here that gives the nod to Rashied Ali’s navigation of Interstellar Space but truly this is a profoundly alien music and a radical new trio line-up. Very highly recommended!

Bon no Kubo
s/t

PSF PSFD-193

CD
£14.99


Debut PSF album from this improvising trio based in Tokyo. Bon no Kubo appeared on the Tokyo Flashback 7 compilation and released their first album, 1st, in 2008. A trio of guitar, contrabass and percussion, the group take inspiration from the Incus label and Company Week ethos while extending it into specifically Japanese modes that “aim at the sublime”. Some of the playing is fairly aggressively nuanced and the interaction is unequivocal but there’s also a sense of space, of distance, that gives the music a baroque grace, even as Naoto Yamagishi disembowels the cello and Masahiko Ota darts across the guitar. Shrunken LP style sleeves with obi and insert.

Dave Phillips
Homo Animalis

Schimpfluch Associates SHA-01

2xCD
£15.99


Massive double CD set that surveys Schimpfluch player Dave Phillips erotic/visceral/emotional humanimal workings: this is the first release on the new independent Schimpfluch Associates imprint and it clocks in at a massive 159 minutes across 10 tracks. Composed between 2007-2011, Homo Animalis collects expanded and re-worked pieces that originally appeared on limited edition cassettes released in Russia, Poland and the USA. Phillips takes the extreme body-sounding approach of Rudolf Eb.er and Joke Lanz and dissects it using intense, surgical studio techniques. Tracks range from painfully pulled apart high wire drone works bisected by lung-rending bellows, weird low-level field recordings, invasive biological renderings and slash and burn tape work that have all of the erotic violence of classic Neubauten flesh/metal rituals and long, deeply immersive soundworks that give the nod to everything from HNAS through Pauline Oliveros’s early tape works. Tactile, fleshy yet profoundly alien, this is a major collection from a major thinker.

Dominik Steiger
Als Kind

Tochnit Aleph TA-124

DVD
£15.99


Edition of 100 copies of a beautifully surreal short experimental film made by Oswald Wiener in Vienna in 1965, one of the founding members of the Wiener Gruppe: the film features musician/artists/bohemian/musician Dominik Steiger dressed as a child and walking the streets of Vienna much to the bemusement and amazement of the local adults while gradually attracting a group of wild, jubilant children to him ala The Pied Piper, and he plays games with them, leads them down streets, rides on the back of a stuffed bear on wheels, the results coming over as a very beautiful, spontaneous and oddly nostalgic action, all beautifully shot and edited by hand with sharp cuts and bursts of over exposure. 

Fumio Kosakai
Earth Calling

Memoirs Of A Crater Lake MCL-LP-1

LP
£18.99


Edition of only 250 copies reissue of a massively rare cassette from Fumio Kosakai, Japanese noise legend and member of Incapacitants/Hijokaidan: originally released in a tiny run in 1987 (Kosakai believes he sold no more than 30 copies) it documents two early live jams when Kosakai was under the spell of Hawkwind and Terry Riley. The A side features two tracks recorded at the free jazz venue Good Man  in Tokyo using self-made transmitter, mini keyboard synth, cassettes with environmental sounds and delay F/X, with added overdubs recorded layer. This is classic minimalist/black nightmare sound electronics, with tectonic drones threaded through with meltdown UFO sonorities, pained/modulated vocals and that grimy Nord/Pinakotheka ‘feel’. Closer to some of the more austere post-Schnitzler Kraut jams than ‘noise’ per se and it’s all the more mind-blottingly gorgeous for it. The flip is even better, an endless sidelong meditation on the all-night flight style of Terry Riley using a small Yamaha synth and digital delay. The effect is mesmerising, with Kosakai riffing on rippling keyboard patterns that flutter in and out of nada, subtly phasing for maximal brain-tripping appeal. This is a major historical outing, a mainline into the heavy avant/psych atmosphere and radical DIY experiments of the first wave of Japanese noise, beautifully presented with sleeves screened by Mick Flower and an insert with Japanese and English liners from Kosakai. Released by Phil Todd of Ashtray Navigations on his own label, mastered from the original tapes, one more volume of archival Kosakai promised. Very highly recommended!

Hilda Dianda/Nelly Moretto/Luis Maria Serra
Musica Electroacustica

Creel Pone Creelp-dianda

CD-R
£8.99


New release in this great series, dedicated to charting "unheralded classics of electronic music: 1947 to 1983". Every release comes beautifully packaged in perfect shrunken replica sleeves with an embossed sticker with each title pressed in a limited edition of 100 copies. The series puts back in print a number of record collector fantasies alongside a ton of unlikely idiosyncratic one-offs, and taken together it makes for one of the most ambitious and consistently dazzling series-runs of the entire CD-R revolution. If you've finally worked your way through the legendary Nurse With Wound list, this makes for a whole new stratum of unknown tongue. "A reproduction of this dynamic 1970 lp, originally co-released by the (deep breath) "municipalidad de la ciudad de buenos aires", the "secretaria de culturia" and the "ls 1 radio municipal de la ciudad de buenos aires" in a tiny internally-distributed edition, consisting of four extended pieces by argentinian composers hilda dianda, nelly moretto, and luis mar°a serra from the tail-end of the 1950s through the end of the 1960s... The underlying theme that binds these 4 pieces is most certainly their use of space - especially notable in hilda dianda's opening piece "a-7" - a lone cello plucks out an atonal array of notes with only the occasional eruption of tape-sound to keep them company... on her "dos estudios en oposici¢n" the tape-sounds are left to themselves in a shining display of restraint coming across like a lost luigi nono tape piece (albeit considerably more subdued)... On the "flip", nelly moretto introduces her "composici¢n 9b", a creepy blend of spoken word/sound-poetry with filtered noise and extensive tape processing, occasionally piling up into a giant jumble of disembodied voices; a spectral choir... finally, luis mar°a serra's "invocation" works a few dissonant plucked guitar notes & string-scrapes into a powerfull morass of shifting pings and grinding metal; a notable guitar/electronic forebear... Prior to the arrival of this sublime creel pone i'd never heard of any of these composers - once again a grand eye/ear-opening measure c/o mr. p.c. c.p..." - Creel Pone.

JfK
La Bas: 1987-1992

Fourth Dimension Records FD2LP87

2xLP
£18.99


New vinyl collection of stray tracks and unreleased jams from this great UK underground group with a side that restores the full session featuring Matthew Bower (Skullflower at al) on guitar that was recorded at JTI on 29/1/90, two nights before Skullflower recorded the Xaman album at the same studio: JfK was the brainchild of Anthony Di Franco of Ramleh, Skullflower, Ax et al and they played a bizarre mutant form of thug-psych that took drum machines and monstrous acid bass and devoured them with shots of pure electricity. Think The Cramps, Chrome and The Buttholes given a furious post-Broken Flag dressing down. La Bas gathers a buncha choice shots into the void, including their great Temple Of Set/Sexodus 7” that came out on Fourth Dimension in 1992 alongside eight otherwise unavailable recordings and the tracks with Bower on guitar – including a previously unreleased alternate take of “Sexodus 90” – see him at his most iconoclastically testifying. Also comes with two more bonus tracks unique to the vinyl. A key piece of the puzzle from the depths of the UK underground. Recommended!

Konrad Sprenger
Miniaturen

Choose Records Choose-15(14)

LP
£15.99


Beautiful series of short thematically linked miniature compositions from this sound-thinker with connections to long-string minimalist Ellen Fullman: Sprenger was responsible for much of the musical settings on his and Fullman’s amazing Ort album and here he digs deep into his quizzical use of archaic instruments, ranging through guitar, piano and wood blocks through bird organ and a bizarre violin-piano invention known as a Phonoliszt. At points the short tracks have all of the otherworldly whimsy and melancholy of a Return Visit To Rock Mass or even Go Hirano’s recordings but with more of a baroque, European air. Slight, complex melodies unravel with alla the knotty sophistication of a Mayo Thompson, with movements built on unravelling alternately simple and ornate gestures. Timeless, quizzical, simple and complex, this is a beautiful set of instrumental song and subtly brain-rearranging composition. Recommended. 

Kuupuu
Sisar

Em Records EM-1112

LP
£17.99


LP on Japan’s Em Records for Finnish folk spirit Kuupuu: Kuupuu is working cover for the solo thoughts of Jonna Karanka, a beautiful cog in Finland's free folk underground. Jonna also records as Kukkiva Poliisi and is a member of the all-girl acid-folk ensemble Hertta Lussu Assa alongside Merja Kokonen (aka Islaja) and Laura Naukkarinen (aka Lau Nau). Her solo recordings combining a wild avant garde aesthetic with a love of lo-fi fug, beautiful, tranced folk forms and perilous doses of pure glee. Sisar – which means Sister – sees her combine child-like, ultra-naive nursery rhyme vocals and melodies with corridors of starlit percussion, sawing purple swathes of string, impenetrable forest rituals, beautiful song forms and some staggering psychedelic tongue action. There’s a new focus on electronics that was becoming evident in the soft pulse of her last Time-Lag LP, Lumen Tahden, and it sits really well here, giving Sisar the eerie electric-occult feel of Ruth White or even Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Illuminations. Recommended. 

LSD-March
Big Jar Solo Sets

Archive DVD-2

DVD
£12.99


DVD set that compiles three solo sets - one each from LSD frontman Shinsuke Michishita, ex-Fushitsusha/Kousokuya drummer Ikuro Takahashi and ex-Broomdusters/Miminokoto frontman Masami Kawaguchi - recorded live at the Big Jar bookstore in Philadelphia in Autumn of 2006. All filmed in black and white and real close up, Michishita's set combines velvet balladry with explosions of wasted acid guitar while Takahashi presents one of his oscillator performances where he strings a series of alarms along a microphone stand and generates a constantly shifting assaultive field of surging overtones. Kawaguchi's set is the best of the bunch, with his amazing, languorous vocal style gobbling up classic Japanese acid folk chords and luminous lead guitar scorch. The release comes packaged in a half fold heavy stock cover with a pressing size of 550 copies with design and silkscreen work by Jason Killinger from Birds of Maya.

Max Eisenberg
A Dog Dick Afternoon

U-Sound Vol-31

Book + CD-R
£12.99


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

Paul Panhuysen
Pendulum Change Ringing

Edition Telemark 314.03

LP
£18.99


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

Robert Ashley & Walter Marchetti
October 25, 2001 Merkin Concert Hall NYC

Choose Records Choose-011

2xLP
£28.99


Massive double LP set documenting this signal concert event from 2001: Robert Ashley – composer of Private Parts, Automatic Writing and more – invited his long term friend and collaborator Walter Marchetti to collaborate across as series of performances for this one-off event and the results are suitably dazzling. Marchetti contributes three works - Nei Mari Del Sud. Musica In Secca, De Musicorum Infelicitate Una Variazione Dolente and Musica Per Un Bicchiere Non Molto Grande (actually an early ZAJ piece, performed here by Ashley) – while Ashley presents a vocal piece performed by Thomas Buckner, Yes, But Is It Edible? and Practical Anarchism. While Practical Anarchism, a homage to Marchetti, was previously published as a text by Alga Marghen in the Antibarbarus CD, this is its first ever recorded version, a solo vocal piece by Ashley himself. Yes, But Is It Edible? evokes the ghosts of Ashley’s Once group, with references to players like Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier and Terry Riley while flitting between rock/roll iconography, showtunes, country music, mariachi bands and more. Marchetti’s Nei Mari Del Sud...  presents a 25 minute excerpt of a deranged tape piece alongside a wild, ear-splittingly barbarous take on De Musicorum Infelicitate... Beautifully packaged in a gatefold sleeve, this is a major document, recommended.

Sacred Product
s/t

Heinous Anus Records ASS-003

LP
£21.99


Fully expanded and upgraded deluxe vinyl edition of what was originally a cassette on Michael from Mad Nanna’s Australian underground imprint Alberts Basement: Sacred Product is the solo project of Lynton Denovan of Satanic Rockers and Encounter Group and Michael describes Sacred Product as being somewhere between the two, cutting Denovan’s interest in crude songcraft with a crude metal spine and endless three chord fuzz paeans to shitty hamburgers, Russian tsars and a bucketload of regrets. At points they sound almost like a more primitive (!!??) Afflicted Man, with nod-out rhythms and some totally lumbering/growling fuzz/bass riffs cut with classic oiky vocals that give the nod to the whole Swell Maps/Steve Treatment saga. Aspects of mutant sci-fi basement-isms ala Chrome further devolve the sound as they kick off into full-drone Spacemen 3 jamming on The Shadow Ring and that gives way to the most damaged take on death metal this side of Matthew Bower’s contemporary Skullflower workings. If you’re into blasted three chord basement psych w/a desolate suburban edge and a feel for doomy, echoing bedsits then this record could be your new flatmate. More classic jams from the edge of the world, comes with a download, highly recommended!

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!

The Kitchen Cynics
Ragmats

Les Enfants Du Paradiddle ENF-80

CD-R
£6.99


Major self-released side from Alan Davidson’s legendary long-running DIY Scottish psych project, The Kitchen Cynics: stripped down and made up of a mixture of radical re-settings of traditional folk material, “skeletal versions” of originals and some improvisations, Ragmats is a shot straight from the source. Dilated, hypnotic readings of material like “Alison Gross”, “Annan Water” (w/nods to Nic Jones), “The Cruel Mither”, wide-ranging psych jams, desolate readings of future blues... recommended.

Tonal Shrine
Live 1999

Silver Current Records #05

CD-R
£10.99


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

Various Artists
Bosporus Bridges: A Wide Selection Of Turkish Jazz & Funk

Twimo Records No Cat

LP
£16.99


Classy looking underground comp of some of the best and most psychedelic of the heroic era of Turkish psych/funk/jazz and weirdo: taking off with classic tracks from the always-amazing Erkin Koray, Bosporus Bridges compiles killer rarities from Emin Findikoglu, Mustafa Ozkent Ve Orkestrasi, Erkut Tackin, Fikret Kizilok, Aksu Orkestrasi, Ferdi Ozbegen, Erol Pekcan, Okay Temiz, Erol Pekcan Orkestrasi and Durul Gence 10. Limited supply!

Vibracathedral Orchestra
s/t

U-Sound Vol 13

CD-R
£9.99


Great collection of cloud-gobbling live improvisations from the line-up of Adam Davenport, Bridget Hayden, Julian Bradley, Mick Flower and Neil Campbell recorded in Leeds and Manchester 2002. Packaged in the usual U-Sound wraparound sleeve style. Recommended. Long OOP. 

Wolf Vostell
Concert Fluxus: Sara-Jevo

Tochnit Aleph #25508

LP
£18.99


Amazing edition of 450 copies LP that documents Vostell’s notorious Fluxus Concert that took place in Spain in 1994: Vostell was a sculptor, painter, happenings artist and noise musician and together with Nam June Paik and George Maciunas he organised the Festum Fluxorum festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, generally agreed to be the birthplace of Fluxus. This is a major collection of historically potent noise, action and free form ritual, with Vostell using electronics, tapes and ‘actions’, Nancy Bellow on soprano vocals and Mercedes Guardado on ximbomba. It’s a torrential performance, with high operatic vocals and pulsing tapes/electronics ala Faust/Are You Experienced?. Imagine a more ‘orchestral’ No-Neck Blues Band with violent, smashing percussion  and the kinda high vox of Pierrot Lunaire’s amazing Gudrun LP complete with a non-stop phasing/juddering in and out of reality electro-field and you are somewhere close to the appeal of this high energy amalgam of Kraut energy, free form freak and high operatic noise. Absolutely amazing and very highly recommended!

Woorden
s/t

No Label No Cat

LP
£21.99


Massively unlikely out-of-nowhere exact repro reissue of this insane underground LP, still the most amazing slice of OTT freak to come out of the Netherlands in the late 1960s: a project masterminded by four far-out poets – Simon Vinkenoog, Bob Lens, Hans Wesseling and Nona – Woorden’s closest companion might be Walter Wegmuller and the Cosmic Courier’s majestic Tarot set, with diversions into concrete tape work, solo harmonica jams, heavy psych, freak jazz, acid folk and total musical non that touch on aspects of Patrick Conrad, Allan Kaprow, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Popol Vuh and an unholy Chie Mukai/Masayoshi Urabe junk/reeds/drone ritual. Long one of the rarest and whispered about underground Euro masterpieces, Woorden sees the poets chant, flip, sing in heavy F/X reverb heavens and work oracular magic ala Starmaiden herself while the music (courtesy of heads who also played on Group 1850’s legendary Agemo’s Trip To Mother Earth) moves from radical free jazz through laminal voice constructs that confuse automating surrealism and screwed tape/sound works based around “universal orgasms” and the kind of percussion/vocal freak that is somewhere upwind of Junko and Yoko Ono. The harmonica and drums jams come over like a Cromagnon Kaoru Abe w/almost Sergius Golowin levels of eye-lolling universal worship. Hard to think of an album that is so completely Nurse With Wound list than this amazing long-lost classic and this handy, though ultra limited, reissue saves you selling your car to get a hold of a copy. Profoundly out, massively damaged, classic 60s-utopian art/theatre/noise/psych from a buncha heads with an umbilical to another galaxy altogether. Very highly recommended!

Wovoka
Paiste De

Holy Room Records 003

CD-R
£9.99


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

Docteur Lamort
Brain Drain Vol. 1

Standard In-Fi Std In-Fi-07

LP
£23.99


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