Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

a' qui avec Gabriel
Itsukushimi no Ame no Naka de

Musik Atlach MA-007

CD
£4.99


New release on Sachiko’s (Kousokuya/Overhang Party et al) label from this female psychedelic Japanese underground accordionist. Gabriel has previously collaborated with Keiji Haino and he appeared on three tracks on her 2001 Utsuho album for Tzadik. Her style is somewhere between Palestine/Riley-styled overtone heavy repeat-o minimalism, authentic gipsy/folk styles and melancholy Japanese psychedelia. Itsukushimi combines rolling folk laments with investigations of the furthest reaches of the instrument, working high puffs of tone into long-seconds of silence ala Masayohsi Urabe one minute, huffing like Dolly Collins the next: “She crosses the border between pop field and avant-garde flexibly. Her silent improvised sound is beautiful and nostalgic like folklore, in her exotica with tenderness, are hidden fortitude and energy.” – MA. 

Astromero
Live In San Francisco

No Fun #41

LP
£6.99


“Astromero is the psychedelic synth / noise project of Japanese pioneer Hiroshi Hasegawa (Astro,CCCC), and LA's Damion Romero (Speculum Fight). Side A is a live show in San Francisco, a total scorcher with an immense level of energy where shifting walls of synthetic sound produced by Hasegawa are complemented by the signature rumbling low end frequencies coming from Damion's custom electronics. Side B is a new studio track, full of brain melting tones and showing the more compositional side of this sick ongoing collaboration. Limited to 350.” – NF.

Attar Cups
Untitled

Blackest Rainbow Recordings No Cat

LP
£4.99


Hand-numbered edition of 299 copies with colour paste-on sleeves from this communal Maine-based free folk unit that features Nemo Bidstrup of Time-Lag/Drona Parva, Sparrow Wildchild of MV’s The Bummer Road and three members of Visitations. Long acoustic jams that share headspace with Tower Recordings or even a more folk/less Fall reverent Shadow Ring, with minimal, repeating acoustic jags that fall just the right side of lonesome to re-kindle memories of My Company Is Misery-era US Saucer.

Ben Reynolds
More Tongue Meditations

Memoirs of an Aesthete #015

3" CD-R
£3.99


Another installment of higher-minded avant/bliss ecstasy from this UK cosmonaut, a regular collaborator with Phil Todd/Ashtray Navigations.

Caboladies
s/t

DNT Records DNT-063

LP
£6.99


Fantastic collection of stray tracks from the Caboladies trio – Chris Bush, Eric Lanham and Ben Zoeller - that mops up the best of the material contributed to various cassettes and CD-Rs over the past few years. Features “Psychic Birthmark” from the 2007 CD-R of the same name on Smooth Tapes, “Aquarium Railroad” from the 2008 Students Of Decay Earth Canal CD-R, “Caught In Cradle Flypaper” from Arbor’s 2008 cassette, Waterslide Mines, “Giddy Atonement” from 2008’s Burning Portal Bathtubs” cassette on Smooth Tapes and “Body Tides” from 2007’s Body Tides CD-R on Mountaain. All tracks remastered by Pete Swanson. Some fantastic minimalist electronics here that have a crude DIY edge that touches on aspects of primitive UK circuit benders like Storm Bugs et al while factoring in psychedelic restatements of reductive 20th century avant classicism and some fully punked kosmische synth. Edition of 500 copies with double sided poster. 

Eleh
Homage

Taiga #25

3xLP Box Set
£49.99


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

Deluxe box set that bundles three ‘wave form homages’ from contemporary minimalists Eleh: originally released between 2008-2012 Homage To The Square Wave, Homage To The Sine Wave and Homage To The Pointed Wave Forms represent the apex of eternal music stylings, with pure wave tones cut to vinyl that are capable of extreme subliminal power. Here all three sets are restored to massively heavy and pristinely mastered 200g vinyl and the sonics are fairly incredible, indeed playing these discs back-to-back on a good turntable is the closest I’ve personally come to that mythic scenario of Blue Cheer killing a dog with the sound of their PA. It’s not that the tones are massively loud or aggressive but they are truly invasive, moving from synapse-splitting phantom high end to bowel-churning bass sonorities, sounds that are intensely physical and yet seem to have little palpable aural ‘existence’. Closest comparison might be Maryanne Amacher’s third ear soundings, LaMonte’s Dream House Music, the metal minimalism of Blue Cheer, Sunn O))) and Melvins taken to an hallucinatory extreme but truly this music is an ‘experience’ like no other. Packaged in a beautiful heavy satin-coated slipcase with spot varnish printing, each LP comes in an individual silkscreened jacket. Hand-numbered edition of 800 copies, instantly sold out at source, very highly recommended, make your move!

GHQ/Ex-Cocaine
Split

Not Not Fun NNF-072

7"
£1.99


Limited edition split 7", part of Not Not Fun's Bored Fortress singles club. One side of glorious honey-thick drone sorcery from Marcia Bassett, Pete Nolan and Steve Gunn as GHQ, over on the flip Bryan Ramirez's Ex-Cocaine play some primitive percussion psych ritual.

Hototogisu
Robed In Verdigris

Nashazphone NP-03

LP
£10.99


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

Kohoutek & Soil Sing Through Me
New Milk

Wabana No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


New instalment of Wabana's limited to 200 CD-R series is a big band collaborative shot from these two North American psych/drug units, with Kohoutek go up against a Soil Sing Through Me line-up that features Paul Labrecque and Ron Schneiderman of Sunburned Hand Of The Man. Some of the backwoods garage style of the attack has a nice Crazy Horse/Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wha meets ballroom Kosmiche feel, with plenty of serpentine string action and upper atmosphere analogue tweaking. There's even some shots of Miles 70s electro/brass confusion, albeit transmuted in a similar style to Sunburned Hand's acid funk. All laid down with a great recorded-through-a-cheap-stereo feel.

Konx-Om-Pax
Optimo Tracks

Display Copy DSP-001

CD
£1.99


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

No Fun Acid
This Is No Fun Acid 3

No Label No Cat

CD
£1.99


Limited tour-only CD from Carlos Giffoni’s new solo project dedicated to primitive techno and acid house. Two minimal tracks that combine Industrial drones with squiggles, beats and synthesized wormholes.

Ocelocelot
The Sredni Vastar EP

Smoker's Gifts #2

CD-R
£2.99


Conveyor belt of drugged noise scree and home-creased personal revelation from Mel Delaney of Ashtray Navigations and the Mel Delaney/Bridget Hayden duo. That great low-grade DIY imperative feel with a whole lot of disorientating tone signal. Hand-numbered edition of 30 in heavy painted/printed wrap around paper sleeves.

Pitreleh
s/t

Important Records IMPREC-384

LP
£12.99


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

Samara Lubelski
Spectacular Of Passages

De Stijl IND-054

LP
£6.99


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

Silvester Anfang
Levend Ov De Brandstapel

Skulls Of Heaven No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


"Silvester Anfang are Belgium's premier house-band of the post-apocalyptic hellfire club known as Funeral Folk. This particular installment in their ongoing macabre musico-theatre finds Silvester Anfang tripping over the bloated corpse of Acid Rock. Conjuring the zombie spirits of Jimi Hendrix, Phil Lynott, Pigpen and John Bonham, Silvester Anfang transform into a supergroup acid hex, pumping out murky clouds murky cloud of fuzz-wah and terribly damaged atmosphere. In some ways this is the most heavy and sickening manifestation of SA yet.. Bitter and short, simple and sick, is this the new means to an end for our favorite Funeral Folks?" - SOH.

Smack Music 7/Embla Quickbeam
Split

Tadpole Records No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

Steeleye Span
Hark! The Village Wait

Castle CMRCD-1251

CD
£3.99


Reissue of the 1970 debut album by Steeleye Span, the only album recorded by the expanded big band/supergroup line-up that featured Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Ashley Hutchings and Gay and Terry Woods. One of the central recordings on the folk/rock canon, this one features masterful arrangements of traditional song including "The Blacksmith", "All Things Are Quite Silent", "The Dark Eyed Sailor", with an especial highlight being the elegiac, constantly peaking version of "The Hills Of Greenmore". Recommended.

Stiiiffs
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-144

CD-R
£1.99


Another great set of Industrial strength sludge rock and liberated fire music from these Australian wildcards: take a one-note playing heavy metal bassist, a wall of free percussion, the kind of tongue-swallowing vocals of early Butthole Surfers and the cultic confusion of early SPK and let it blurt. Totally great.

Trevor Watts
World Sonic

Hi 4 Head Records HFH-004

CD
£4.99


The UK Hi 4 Head label has been doing a great job of filling in the gaps in the career of UK saxophonist Trevor Watts, best known for his work with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Amalgam et al. Their reissues of alla the material from the legendary Stevens/Watts/Guy trio in the late 70s has been a real public service and this one makes for some extra gravy with a set of recent solo alto saxophone improvisations that mix modal, middle eastern smoke with circular hymnals and space-surfing melodies that at points recall some of Joe McPhee's recent work.

Trevor Watts & Jamie Harris
Live In Sao Paulo, Brasil

Hi 4 Head Records HFH-005

CD
£4.99


Another new set from the Hi 4 Head stable, dedicated to filling in the gaps in the back catalogue of saxophonist Trevor Watts of Spontaneous Music Ensemble/Amalgam/Steven-Watts-Guy fame. This one is a live recording from Brasil in 2005 that sees Watts hooked-up with percussionist/vocalist Jamie Harris.

Voice Of The Seven Woods
The Journey

Kning Disk KD-048

10"
£8.99


Official vinyl upgrade for what was originally a self-released 6 track EP from Rick Tomlinson, recorded February 2007. Hypnotic six-string pastoral psych with touches of Glenn Jones's work with Cul de Sac as well as shadows of Ben Chasny and UK spectres like Bert Jansch and John Renbourne.

Waves
13

Helicopter #45

One-Side 12"
£8.99


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

Wolf Eyes
Black Wing Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

CD
£2.99


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

Bruce Russell & John Wiese
Fronts

Helicopter H-40

7"
£3.99


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

Eat Skull/Ganglians
split

Dulc-i-Tone No Cat

7”
£1.99


Limited split 7” with two out-takes from Eat Skull’s Sick To Death sessions paired with the debut recordings from long-term Hospitals/Eat Skull touring buddies Ganglians.

Graham Lambkin
Came To Call Mine

Penultimate Press No Cat

Art Book
£16.99


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

Graham Lambkin
FFFour KMSU

Free Form Freakout No Cat

Art Print + Download
£0.00


Free with all LP orders, just ask!


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!

Kabemimi
Requiem

Kabemimi 001

CD
£8.99


Been a while since we heard from these wall-of-amplifiers Japanese psych monsters. This new CD – their first non CD-R release – is actually their fifth to date and it marks a definite change in attack. The title Requiem fits the mood of the sonics perfectly. It starts off with the sound of a distant opera singer coming through shortwave feedback like Keith Rowe’s playing on It Had Been An Ordinary Enough Day... and the tracks build scrambles of odd sound around this central ghostly edifice. Indeed, early on in the disc the arrangements almost have the cracked organisational logic of a Graham Lambkin production, with room sound and odd metronomic detail. Slowly the group begin to generate that patented low-level feedback attack, at first gathering round the female vocals like smoke before erupting in thundercracks, painstakingly controlled feedback paeans and industrial-scale amplifier violence. The whole recording has a feel of violent weltschmerz, at points touching on Keiji Haino and Jim O’Rourke’s amazing contribution to Faust’s Rien. Beautifully haunting, epically sad, this a classic weirdo Japanese side from one of the most enigmatic groups to come out of the Tokyo underground. Highly recommended. 

Max Ochs
Imaginational Anthem/Oncones

Near Mint NM53167-01

7"
£1.99


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

The Dead C
Harsh 70s Reality

Siltbreeze SB-11/12

2xLP
£39.99


Original copies of one of the central documents of the 1990s underground, The Dead C’s seminal, sprawling masterpiece Harsh 70s Reality from 1992. Nothing else comes close. Rare and OOP, very highly recommended!

The Outsiders
CQ: Mythology

Pseudonym VP99026

2xLP
£16.99


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!

Warden Burger
Live At Real Bad Music

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-137

CD-R
£1.99


Massively primitive post-Dream Syndicate aggro noise improvisations from this Brisbane (?) group who use strings, keyboards, drums, guitar and vocals to generate grimy Industrial trance monoliths cut-up w/mocking vocals that are somewhere between Graham Lambkin and Basil Kirchin. The drums come straight out of the Walter De Maria/Henry Flynt school of I Don’t Wanna while the strings balance C. Spencer Yeh-styled violence with the hallucinatory high-end of Tony Conrad, John Cale and Takehisa Kosugi. Throw in some MEV styled keyboard miniatures and the sound of throats guzzling solid air and you have a claustrophobic black nightmare take on eternal music that trades Pandit Pran Nath for Mark E. Smith while nailing itself to the floor. Pretty spectacular. 

Acolytes
Known Nonsense

Savoury Days No Cat

7”
£2.99


Great new solo DIY tape/loop/almost songs from the label that brought us the excellent Still Going In Offices compilation. Acolytes is cover for a solo London experimentalists w/connections to The Pheromoans who combines weird obsessively home-baked miniatures ala Alan Bohman’s Bunhill Row recordings with a post-UK psych edge that would marry murky early-Floyd isms with moves that are somewhere between Swell Maps circa Train Out Of It, Gus Coma and The Music Improvisation Company. Pretty great, edition of 275 copies. 

Anne Heller
Fountain Of Annilhilation

Crunchy Food No Cat

LP
£14.99


“This is a very harrowing, very out record. The title track covers all of side one, and it is a heaving, heavily-effected monolith of sound, which as the needle draws closer to the inherent black hole of the record, seems to pulverize all the sounds and grooves and then shoot them back out at you as tiny sonic shrapnel. Side two is broken up into more readily digestible pieces, an d showcases Ms. Hellers ability to coax sounds out of clarinet, guitar, theremin, keyboard, castanets, and tapes, all to varying degrees of effect. A track like Vestigial Digit features some low-in-the-mix guitar laid under a wigged and sinister keyboard quiver. Phosphene Damage on a Primal Wave harkens back to the tapestry of side one. The tape insects of the last piece let you down and show you the door back out to the silence.” - Luna Kafe.

Chie Mukai
Solo Improvisations

SIWA SCD-003

CD
£3.99


Re-mastered reissue of Chie Mukai's second solo album, originally released in 2000 in an edition of 300 copies that immediately sold out on issue. This new edition comes in a gorgeous silkscreened gatefold sleeve with obi strip. Three tracks recorded live at Kid Ailack Art Hall in Tokyo with vocals, er-hu, kengali, rings and cymbals. The music is slow, spacious folk-trance with the knotty droning sonorities of the er-hu sounding like the folk music of a phantom planet. A very melancholy set that feels like a more tactile, primitive take on the endless tides of Takehisa Kosugi's legendary Catch Wave.

Coconuts
s/t

No Quarter NOQ-023

LP
£3.99


Fantastic debut album from a bunch of relocated Australians (ex-members of Bird Blobs) now resident in New York. Coconuts play epic, extended psychedelic rock with all of the decadent firepower of Les Rallizes Denudes, with slow, lumbering rhythms ala Savage Republic haunted by doomy distant vocals and explosive lead guitar. There are aspects of the obsessive minimalism of Moon Duo/Loop/Spacemen 3 et al but it’s all cut up with a dark/apocalyptic air that is so fantastically downer that it works to swallow all of the light until there’s nothing left but the sibilant afterimage of Skip Spence floating in a void of crude drums and reverb-inflamed guitar. Comes with an MP3 download. Highly recommended for fans of decadent modern psych.

D. Charles Speer & The Helix
Distillation

Three Lobed No Cat

LP + CD
£6.99


Deluxe 180g vinyl in heavy Stoughton gatefold sleeves from this offshoot from the No-Neck mothership led by David Shuford and featuring Marc Orleans (Sunburned Hand Of The Man), Hans Chew (Jack Rose et al) and Rob Gregory (The Suntanama). Distillation is an even deeper countrified pass through classic Americana given the kind of psychedelic nudie suit edge of The Byrds circa Sweetheart/Notorious or the first Flying Burrito Brothers album. Shuford’s vocals have an uncommon weigh that gives the songs a Biblical/basement tapes feel while the arrangements are weirdly sophisticated in a way that rewards repeated deep listening. Edition of 891 copies, bundled with a bonus CD that features a live set from the group and an MP3 download coupon.

Matt 'MV' Valentine
Space Chanteys

Fringes Recordings FRINGES-10

LP
£14.99


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

Pink Luminous Invocation
s/t

Sagittarius A-Star No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

The Pheromoans
Darby, Joan & Fosters

Clan Destine Records CDR-LP-006

LP
£3.99


Contemporary London DIY group who expand on the atmosphere of suburban ennui and cracked English surrealism practiced by The Shadow Ring, Well Crucial, The Strolling Ones, The Homosexuals et al. The Pheromoans expand on the basic post-punk appeal of bedroom recordings with an approach to songcraft that would enliven it with all sorts of accidental, brokedown detail accompanied by odd social commentary and an obsession with the underbelly of consensus English ‘culture’. Some of the songwriting here wouldn’t be out of place on one of the early Flying Nun sides, particularly w/aspects of Axemen, but there’s a more deconstructive side to the group that infects the garage band blueprint and that makes for an excellent addition to the shelf somewhere between Walden, Lambkin, Treacy and Ball. Plays at 45. 

Various Artists/Simon Wickham-Smith (curator)
DIY Canons

Pogus 21036-2

2xCD
£6.99


Fantastic series of DIY canons based on concepts first elucidated by modern composer Larry Polansky in his Four Voice Canons series. Wickham-Smith (Tibetanist/ex-monk/juggler/Richard Youngs collaborator) describes Polansky's Four Voice Canon #13 as “a kind of open source meta canon score”. Polansky distributed this score to various composers and made it available at talks and on the web and a number of composers took up his tools and created their own canons using a wild assortment of source material. For this beautiful double CD set Wickham-Smith has gathered a selection of the most beautifully whacked interpretations, with players like Philip Corner, Kyoko Kobayashi, Mike Winter, Steven M Miller, Drew Krause and Wickham-Smith himself. Source/voice material includes phones, ringtones, flutes, clarinet, Barbie phone, cats…

“The pieces on this CD are all based on the ideas in Larry Polansky's four voice canons, a series of pieces he began in 1975. These canons are usually “mensuration canons”, which means that the tempi of successive voices is proportional to their start times, so that the voices end together. They also use simple ideas of moving through a list of permutations, and applying the elements of those permutations to various musical parameters. A set of Polansky's canons was produced on Cold Blue Records as four voice canons (CB0011).” - from Wickham-Smith's notes. A great weird/avant/psychedelic/sound art series, with a booklet including notes from all of the contributors. Recommended.

Walking Ruins
Fall Of The House Of Ruin

Gulcher 408

CD
£1.99


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

Yek Koo
Desolation Peak

Emerald Cocoon EC-011

LP
£3.99


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!

16 Bitch Pile-Up
Untitled

AA Records No Cat

7" Lathe
£6.99


Limited edition hand-cut lathe on Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Alivia Zivich's own label from this female power orchestra that generate slow whirlpools of brain-juicing electronics. Buncha machetes on the lathe provides appropriate eyeball accompaniment.

Apostasy Peace Squad
s/t

Apostasy Recordings AP-011

CD-R
£1.99


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

Aster
s/t

Rel Records REL-016

one-sided LP
£4.99


First in a series of live documents from Rel Records with the duo of Eli Keszler and Ashley Paul recorded live at Great Scott in Boston in May 2009. Released in a hand-numbered run of 135 copies and packaged with the usual stunning attention to detail we’ve come to expect from Eli/Rel, the set sees the duo apply drums, cymbals, alto saxophone, guitar, ‘green box’, banjo and bow to a series of instant settings that exist somewhere between The Revolutionary Ensemble, Iancu Dumitrescu and Einsturzende Neubauten. The compositions are complex, string and percussion heavy, generating bisecting lines of breath and collapsing rhythms that have a stately grandeur and an industrial weight while confusing sound art and avant composition with raw free jazz. Still the most thrilling inheritors of the whole underground/outside ESP-Disk aesthetic currently active. 

Birds Of Delay/Dreamcatcher
Split

Not Not Fun NNF-073

7"
£1.99


New instalment in Not Not Fun's limited edition Bored Fortress singles club pairs UK destructo duo Birds Of Delay with the alien electronics of Dreamcatcher, featuring Blake Hargreaves of Cousins Of Reggae.

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble
Three Christs Of Ypsilanti

Siltbreeze SB-131

LP
£4.99


Thrilling document of the more radically deconstructive side of the Butte County Free Music Society (whose Induced Musical Spasticity box set is a mandatory purchase), with a bunch of sound actions drawn from 1984-1986. Brent Lewis Ensemble come across like a darker, more occult Glands Of External Secretion, combining the goof-off Scientific American appeal of the early LAFMS broadcasts with outer space shortwave and electro-acoustic group actions that would conjure the ghosts of Taj Mahal Travellers and The Skaters. Another fantastic trawl through an alternate 1980s: “As part of the 25th anniversary of the Butte County Free Music Society, "Three Christs Of Ypsilanti" follows "Induced Musical Spasticity" 4xLP (BUFMS, 2009) and roughly coincides with "The Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble’s At the North Pole, Easter Day, 1982" (upcoming on What The...?) and, if the master tapes rescue succeeds, the soundtrack to "Esther’s Brother Is Missing by Maria Estevez". Recording and performing primarily in the mid- to late 1980s, with sporadic efforts in the early 1990s, this barely organized enclave based in rural Northern California ingests and disgorges outsider free music à la Smegma and other bent LAFMS trippers, the UK’s A Band, 5 Starcle Men, and the sort of visionaries currently promoted by labels such as Chocolate Monk, Destijl, and Ultra Eczema. Members of the Brent Lewis Ensemble later migrated to Vomit Launch, Glands of External Secretion, The Idiot, Needles, Serious Prblmz, and Bananafish magazine. Each side of "Three Christs Of Ypsilanti" is dominated by tracks whose lengths meander into double digits. On Side A, “Take It Out and Kill It” is a murky glance at mortification via caninicide, with its ancillary fleas, cockroaches, and especially worms. This is the only large group recording on the album, and as such whirls around in conflicting directions in a manner that one backwater critic long ago described as “schizophrenic muzak.” A completely different version of this track was previously released on the Maggie Is a Dot cassette in 1984. On Side B, “Dark Surprise,” a 1986 recording from the crossroads of DIY autism and darkened psychedelia, is previously unreleased (the first playback of the master tape didn’t happen until 2008). In contrast to the group’s usual embrace of any and all kitchen sinks at hand, the recording was made solely with electric guitars, voice, and prerecorded audio frottage. Book-ending both sides are shorter tracks (average length: two minutes); these four excerpts from an after-hours, no-audience guerilla action were recorded in a multistory, split-level university student union, using hurled cafeteria cutlery, defective boomboxes and answering machines blaring prerecorded tape, the public piano, and a variety of unidentified flailing objects. All were previously released on the "Mary Jane" cassette in 1983. '[As] secretive as a posse’ve Masons bidding in a goat auction … a weird, befuddlin storm comin’ outta the night … tryin’ to charm you into the muddy arms of the undertow' — Roland Woodbe, Siltblog

Damion Romero
Untitled

AA Records

7" Lathe
£6.99


Beautiful, mind-bogglingly limited hand-cut 7” lathe of intense tonal warp from Romero courtesy of Nate Young of Wolf Eyes' ultra-collectable AA Records. Very limited numbers available. Highly recommended.

Dan Melchior & Russell Walker
Walker/Melchior

Kill Shaman KSR-59

7"
£2.99


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

Desperate Bicycles
Grief Is Very Private

No Label No Cat

7”
£1.99


Fan club edition of the final single from UK DIY legends Desperate Bicycles, topping off one of the greatest 7” runs of all time: unlike the original, this new edition comes with a printed sleeve and the sound is even weirder if anything, with an odd fat synth sound and a more complex angularity to the music. A very elusive side, beautifully restored – very limited numbers, highly recommended!

Desperate Bicycles
Smokescreen/Occupied Territory

No Label No Cat

7”
£1.99


Exact repro fan club edition of this legendary DIY side from mythic UK underground group Desperate Bicycles: recorded in 1977 in a single three hour session, Smokescreen/Occupied Territory was cut by the group as an object lesson in how easy it was to make and record your own music, effectively opening the floodgates for the wave of post-punk DIY non-musicians that followed. It still sounds amazing, blunt guitars, ultra-crude outta tune keyboard, great songwriting, those classic English oik vocals, sharp politico/English doldrums lyrics... this one has it all, still one of the most iconoclastic UK underground sides. Very limited numbers, highly recommended.

Desperate Bicycles
The Medium Was Tedium/Peel Sessions

No Label No Cat

7”
£1.99


Expanded fan club reissue of this classic 7” from the greatest DIY/no-count group of all time, the UK’s Desperate Bicycles: originally issued in 1977 with the same two tracks on both sides of the vinyl (it was cheaper to press that way), this upgraded edition replaces the overlap with their classic Peel Session tracks. “The Medium Was Tedium” remains the DB’s manifesto, with its rallying chorus of “It was easy, it was cheap, go and do it!” it is one of the most inspirational examples of liberated independent prole art to come out of post-punk UK and demands a spot on the shelf of every underground/DIY music fan. Very limited numbers, highly recommended!

Diskad
The Answers

DF 001

7”
£1.99


Numbered edition of only 100 copies privately pressed single from this solo project of Drajan of Swedish scum/minimalists Brainbombs. Torrential solo electronic noise/euphoric destructo-rock in the feedback-mauled tradition of Skullflower/Ramleh et al complete with surreal drum-stick count-ins that run smack into walls of sick-phased sonic scree. Pretty fantastic and obviously super-desirable.

Drunjus
Thorn Shield

Earjerk EJK-001

LP
£3.99


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

Eli Keszler
Livingston

Rare Youth RY-010

LP
£4.99


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

Evil Moisture
s/t

AA Records

7" Lathe
£12.99


Totally vile artwork on this new ultra-limited handcut lathe courtesy of Nate Young of Wolf Eyes' AA records from European actionist Andy Bolus. Sound is suitably disgusting noise mong with blasts of automaton crud and a particularly queasy aspect that's all his own

Ex-Cocaine
s/t

AA Records

7" Lathe
£12.99


Hand-cut mirror lathe on Nate Young of Wolf Eyes' own AA Records, ass-blasting psychedelic rock in a supremely wasted basement style from Bryan Ramirez ex-Universal Indians/Plants et al.

Felix Mace
Boundary Situation

BUFMS BuFMS-51

CD-R
£2.99


Edition of 50 copies solo work from Felix Mace, once of mid-80s BUFMS satellites Serious Problmz: made while Mace was undergoing the early phase of chemotherapy, Boundary Situation presents a series of obsessive ‘chemo-narratives’ using electronics, loops, signal processing, ambient textures and eccentric voices to navigate his newly industrialised synapses, combining jacked rock riffs, hypnotic vocal reveries, the ghost of MRI machines and environmental sound to stunning compositional effect, w/crude OPN-isms married to dread-infused concrete experiments (ala In Menstrual Night, which may be the closest comparison) that feel oddly euphoric, constantly peaking towards the kind of zone that would reconcile the worlds of radio play, bedroom electronics and advanced psycho/biological therapy as a form of self-working. Highly personal, weirdly disturbing, oddly beautiful, another great one-off from BUFMS. Comes with an insert and free BUFMS-stamped gauze pad. Recommended.

Gays In The Military
People Is Beautiful

Gulcher

CD
£1.99


Forget the dumb-ass name, Gays In The Military play some of the finest, amphetamine-pickled avant garage threat this side of Pere Ubu and The Butthole Surfers. Satisfyingly non-PC gloop along the lines of “Firepigs: A Tribute To America’s Heroes”, “Beverley Hills Cock Part Two” and a thumping cover version of The Butthole Surfers’ “Human Cannonball”. Fine-as-nuts cover art by Mr Peter Bagge to boot.

Gizmos
Raw First Takes 1977

Slippy Town SLIPTO-026

CD-R
£1.99


Exactly what it says on the box: punk-primitive run-throughs of classic early Gizmos material by a great line-up of wise-asses including Rich Coffee, Dave Sulak, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec, Davey Medlock, Rich Stim (MX-80/Chinaboise), Jim DeVries, Don Jaskulske and Ken Highland. Recorded in 1977, this is some spirited DIY liberation in the dumb-punk tradition of The Angry Samoans, Dictators, Ramones, Electric Eels et al. Includes two hilariously stupe live tracks recorded at a drunken teenage party in the Sulak family basement in April of 1976. File this one next to yr Harry Smith Anthologies in order to complete yr American folk-spirit library. Limited edition of 177 copies released on Eddie Flowers of The Gizmos/Crawlspace’s label. We are the exclusive UK source for all Slippy Town product.

Good Area
Cubic Zirconia/Bad Karlshafen

Kye #707

7”
£2.99


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.

Hollywood Squaretet
Tet-Offensive

Gulcher GULCH-603

CD
£1.99


Wild trio free jazz moves from a group that includes a slew of players from alla the wrong sides of the tracks, including bassist/saxophonist Todd Homer one-time member of legendary wiseass pro-teen punks The Angry Samoans (best loved for their Rodney Bingenheimer ‘tribute’ “Get Off The Air You Fucking Square”). Something about the abstract groove-based momentum and roaring reed work here reminds most of Brötzmann’s Die Like A Dog trio work but there’s a whole lot of beat/punk flash to this unit that seems more situated in Cleveland-style avant-garage scorch, especially when drummer Larry Copcar (ex-Bougalieu!) starts into his hard-boiled monologues, where he sounds like Brian Hudson during his volatile tenure with The Styrenes. Recommended.

Kark
The Hermit

HP Cycle No Cat

LP
£2.99


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

Kissing Spell
Los Pajaros

Essex #1001

LP
£21.99


Limited to 500 copies and long out of print reissue of this classic of South American psych, 1970’s Los Parajos. Higher minded blissful dream-pop, hazy psych and an incredible atmosphere. Rare and recommended. 

Klangmutationen
Schwarzhagel

Utech URCD-019

CD
£9.99


Latest release from this Malaysian death/jazz mutant. This one features some sepcacularly weird downtuned electric guitar flux that could almost have come out of the whole Scorces/Heather Leigh axis of improvised pointillist metal, all rendered with a weird Industrial vibe which is kinda somewhere between Masayuki Takayanagi, Hans Reichel and Cosey Fanni Tutti.

LSD March
Suddenly, Like Flames

White Elephant Records WER-001

LP
£49.99


Original copies of this ultra rare 2002 LP from Japo psych gods LSD March, late reissued as Suddenly, Like Flames. This is the original white vinyl edition with insert and with the red sleeves, of which there were only 95 copies available as part of the edition of 200 run. Still an absolute monster, rare and OOP, very highly recommended. 

Mats Gustafsson
Bengt

Utech URLP-072

LP + CD
£10.99


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

Moon Duo
Catch As Catch Can

Agitated Records IMSO-001

7"
£2.99


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

Moon Pool & Dead Band
Gossypol

AA Records No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


New jams from the duo of Nate Young (Stare Case/Wolf Eyes et al) and David Shettler. They call it ‘new British blues’ but the sound draws more on early Heldon’s combination of propulsive electro/rock dynamics and dark/kosmische synth damage. The drum machines have a lightness of touch that situates them in a parallel universe to Wolf Eyes’ pummelling beats, w/a trippy, psychedelic edge while the keys skirt infinite repeat patterns and nagging two/three note melodies before dissolving in chattering clouds of delay. Aspects of Nurse With Wound and Nord combine to knock the set sideways into an exploratory/surreal Industrial tributary. 

Mouthus
Bigger Throws

Our Mouth

CD-R
£1.99


Three track from this New York free/rock/noise unit who work with Double Leopards as part of the White Rock cabal. This one is on their own label and matches sick high-end guitar destruction with No Wave muscle, repeato oil-drum/cardboard box percussion and some totally bombed fidelity. A few bones noisier than the EP record, think Cro-Magnon tackling Interstellar Space. Now drool. Yr a winner! Edition of 200.

Nanjo Asahito
Greed

Sparkling Spare Wheel SSW-813

LP
£21.99


Very rare private press LP recorded in 1993 at the apex of the new Japanese psychedelic underground and featuring Nanjo Asahito of High Rise/Musica Transonic etc alongside Makoto Kawabata on guitar, Hisashi Yasuda on bass and Nobuko Emi on drums with full-on trance/pssych communal guitar oblivions. Hand-numbered edition of 250 copies, classy pate-on sleeves, long OOP and very rare, highly recommended. 

No Balls
Problems That Will Solve Themselves

DF 003

7”
£2.99


Numbered run of 306 copies four-track EP from this Brainbombs offshoot featuring Drajan. Destination-oblivion style monochord riffs and a massively grimy production style takes dunderheaded post-Stooges heavy metal minimalism to new zones of non. Pretty fantastic. 

Pink Reason
Shit In The Garden

Siltbreeze SB-106

LP
£4.99


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

Pink Reason
Winona

Woodsist 014

7
£1.99


EP from Pink Reason, a three tracker that dovetails nicely with the ragged arc of the Siltbreeze LP, with massively downer ballads ala Jim Shepard/V-3 spiked with the kinda basement garage gnosis previously associated with the whole Twisted Village/Luxurious Bags axis. A good one. Second edition, 500 copies on red vinyl.

Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham-Smith
Ceaucescu

Forced Exposure FE-029

LP
£21.99


Original copies of this all-time home recorded bedroom psych masterpiece from Richard and Simon, still one of the greatest moments in either of their back catalogues. From 1992, simply can’t recommend this enough! Long OOP and rare.

Robert Haigh
Cold Pieces 1985-1989

Vinyl On Demand VOD132.11/12

2xLP
£18.99


Great new collection of Robert Haigh’s (Sema/Nurse With Wound/Omni Trio) work that culls a buncha choice early releases, including the Laylah releases Juliet Of The Spirits and Music From The Ante Chamber (1985/86), the classic album released on Nurse With Wound’s United Dairies imprint, Valentine Out Of Season (1987), the Le Rey release Waltz In Plain C (1989) and lost sessions from 1985/86.

Serious Problmz
369 ½

BUFMS BuFMS-50

CD-R
£1.99


Excellent archival document of this previously undocumented mid-80s USA avant/garage/experimental ensemble in an edition of only 50 copies: Serious Problmz met-up on a weekly basis to record and jam throughout the mid-80s with players such as Lucian Tielens (Idler Arms/Bren’t Lewiis/Glands Of External Secretion et al), Thor Heglund, Felix Mace and Mark Evans taking part. Using traditional and DIY instrumentation – guitars, drum machine, bass, noise makers, typewriters, telephones, electronic machinery – the group offer a mid-80s nightmare basement riposte to the environmental improvisations of Japan’s Group Ongaku, with black, deep drones bisected with usurped documentations of domestic activity and crude non-musical blurt in a way that takes the whole improvising ensemble set-up into zones of American hobbyist excess ala the key LAFMS satellites. Still, there’s an austerity to the work that marks it out as something else other than the more cartoon/manic electro-acoustic post-LAFSM/pre-Chocolate Monk ethos, with an almost classical feel for crud tones and subtle monochord nowheres, almost as if Biota or the Mnemonists hadda been dosed with the early Destroy All Monsters tapes, moving from collage-based DIY psychedelia into inarticulate basement rock with a teen goth edge. But this is fantastic, another shot straight from the mystery zone thanks to BUFMS. Recommended. 

Sick Llama
Untitled

AA Records

7" Lathe
£12.99


Totally disgusting and unbelievably crude mong/punk noise jams from Fag Tapes tycoon Heath Moerland's always wretchedly inspiring Sick Llama project. Genuinely gross picture lathe cut from Nate Young's AA Records label, hideously limited and quite possibly the 'ultimate' Sick Lama item with some suitable piss-stained-mattress-abandoned-in-a-forest type artwork. You asked for it.

Silvia Kastel/Ninni Morgia/Bren’t Lewiis
Fix It Again, Tony

BUFMS #45

LP
£6.99


Great, trans-continental collaboration between Euro avantists and Control Unit tag-team Silvia Kastel and Ninni Morgia and legendary musical savants Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble, here represented by Gnarols and Lucian Tielens: recorded ‘face-to-face’ in April 2012, this is a fairly wild ride, with Morgia’s electric guitar reinvented as a particularly brutal sonic reducer that works more like a ‘simple’ channel for electricity than anything tonal. Kastel’s electronics have alla the ticker-tape/nightmare appeal of Tolerance w/a heady hobbyist vibe that has an cracked LAFMS telethon feel. Gnarlos and Tielens bring guitar, voice, objects and tapes to the mix and they combine a kind Smegma-style usurpation of traditional small instruments ‘mores’ with a fully zonked Saturn records vibe, you know those weird Sun Ra fade-outs where all that’s left is the sound of some kind of strange string that sounds like a radiator being bowed in a vacuum? Well, there’s plenty of that here, giving it the feel of a Music Improvisation Company in space or a toy-town Arkestra calling planet earth. More claustrophobic and brain-searingly electronic than the mass Lewiis actions but with a nagging/eerie late night appeal that will score points with followers of Yeast Culture, Small Cruel Party et al. And don’t try to maintain that ain’t you. 

Son Of Earth-Flesh On Bone Trio/Double Leopards
s/t

Apostasy Recordings AP-08

LP
£29.99


Legendary 2002 split private press LP with a side from Son Of Earth (Matt Krefting et al) and one of the great drone ensembles of the modern era, Double Leopards. Hand-screened covers, edition of 300 copies, long OOP. 

Steve Gunn/Ilyas Ahmed
Split

Immune No Cat

7”
£2.99


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

Tashi Wada
Gradient

De Stijl IND-099

7”
£3.99


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

The 13th Floor Elevators
Live Evolution Lost

Charly 08477

6xLP Box Set
£31.99


Amazing archival uncovering of one of the most ferociously fucked falling apart on acid live masterpieces from the greatest psych group of all time. Recorded live in 1967 this amazing set kind of has to be heard to be believed. Beautifully packaged too with a big booklet, a poster and individual sleeves. Massive!

The Sediment Club
EP

Softspot Music SFT-002

7”
£1.99


Killer new NY No Wave assault from a buncha 17/18 year old kids with roots deep in the post-No New York void. Produced and mastered by Ivan Julian of the Voidoids, the father of singer/guitarist Austin (his mother is Cynthia Sley of the Bush Tetras) this is an exuberant take on the garage klang of Ubu/Contortions et al from a group who also feature covers of Rocket From The Tombs and The Residents in their live sets. Totally great. Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies. 

The Teleporters
Invite You To Come On A Pompous Journey

Goaty Tapes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


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

Zaimph
Live Hasselt

Heavy Blossom

CD-R
£1.99


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

Whitehouse
Right To Kill

Come Organisation WDV-881033

LP
£49.99


Original copies of the notorious Euro/grey area edition of this amazing 1984 LP from Whitehouse, black vinyl, Peter Kurten sleeve, rare. Never officially reissued.

Whitehouse
Total Sex

Come Organisation WDC-881005

LP
£39.99


Original copies of the notorious Euro/grey area edition of this classic LP from Whitehouse, black vinyl, Peter Kurten sleeve, rare. 

Gerhard Ruhm
Verlautbarungen

Tochnit Aleph TA-107

CD
£8.99


Remarkable reading of solo text pieces by this legendary Austrian sound poet, writer and artist: recorded in 2011, Ruhm reads a selection of his major works, many of which rely on the incorporation of found or documentary texts otherwise spliced with moments of sleight of mouth. Ruhm has a sonorous, very musical voice, indeed he often breaks out in spontaneous song and odd folk fragments, seemingly hypnotised by the odd, lilting cadence of his own reports and the weird melancholy atmosphere that at points feels almost Sebald-ian. Indeed, he talks of a painterly approach to poetry and sound and the way he incorporates certain vocal textures and accruing rhythmic devices across time is uniquely captivating, moving from text based works through to spontaneous body soundings. A radical set of sound poetry that combines high concepts with a personal immediacy and an inexplicable musicality. Comes with a booklet with liners from Ruhm. 

J D Emmanuel
Wizards

North Star Productions NSP-2003

LP
£49.99


Original copies of this legendary Corwood-jamming-Zeit private press new age masterpiece from 1982 that VT first broke back in the day and that has lead to countless reissues and a resurgence in Emmanuel’s career. But nothing beats the otherworldly beauty of this private press LP. Long OOP and rare.

Makoto Kawabata's Mainliner
Revelation Space

Riot Season Reposelp-036

LP
£8.99


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

Mark Tucker
In The Sack

De Stijl IND-061

CD
£4.99


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

Maurizio Bianchi
Industrial Tape

Feathered Coyote Records FCR-22

Cassette
£4.99


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

The Cherry Blossoms
Live In Amsterdam

Hairy Spider Legs No Cat

LP
£10.99


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


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

The Screamin’ Mee-Mees
Comedy Hour

Rerun Records #017

CD-R
£2.99


Archival uncovering of primo home-recorded jams, skits and goof-offs from Bruce Cole’s legendary basement squad: The Screamin’ Mee Mees are best known for their searing early American DIY EP Live In A Basement released in 1977 but this is an even earlier pass through underground sound, with material recorded 1969/70. The first half of the set features Cole and John Ashline goofing off by performing a bunch of radio skits and pretend TV shows and movies based around themes like Frankenstein and Robot Man interspersed with weirdo organ jams that come over like Ivor Cutler plays The Cosmic Couriers via Roky Erickson. The second half of the set sees the Mee Mees in song mode, cutting the kinda raggedy jams and destructo anthems that Half Japanese hadn’t even thought up yet. The whole atmosphere is so great, transporting you to a late 60s/early 70s suburban teenage wasteland with a heady/goofy anything-can-happen vibe. A great addition to the Bruce Cole shelf. 

United Supreme Council
Oastem! Vibe Orchestra

Eclipse

LP
£6.99


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

Various Artists
Simply Good Taste: The Sounds Of Slippy Town

Gulcher 413

CD
£1.99


Thumping label sampler from this suave imprint run by Eddie Flowers, brought to you courtesy of their sister/brother label, Gulcher. A bunch of otherwise unavailable tracks – including a first take of The Gizmos’ “Hey Beat Mon” with MX-80’s Rich Stim on the horn and a destroyed version of The Yardbirds’ “Shapes Of Things” by the semi-mythical O.Rex (featuring Solomon and Jay Gruberger, Kenne Highland and Eddie Flowers), some solo thought from Joe Tunis aka Joe + N – as well as a clutch of tracks from alla the various limited CD-Rs Flowers has burned over the years, from whacked UK bedroom zoners like Neil Campbell, Stewart Walden, Phil Todd and Ian Middleton through Crawlspace, Not A Sonata, Blackthorne Stick, OvO, Big Whiskey, Allun, Lebedung, Joshua Jugband 5 and The Screamin’ Mee-Mees & Hot Scott Fischer. A whole fistful of fucked up fun and a great way in for Gulcher/Slippytown neophytes.

With Lumps
Lumps For Lovin’

Never Come Ashore NCACD-1

CD
£1.99


New self-released duo jams with percussion and electronics from Fritz Welch (Ki/Pee In My Face With Surgery/Peeesseye) and guitar from Neil Davidson: less frenetic than Welch’s prior form, this is a series of stately, focussed minimal sound works, with the sound of amplifiers singing endlessly to themselves over soft skins and sudden breakout almost NNCK-style rhythmic confusion. Indeed, there are nods to the improvised form of AMM and Organum, but spiked with the kinda raw face-off refusenik style of Doug Synder and Bob Thompson’s Daily Dance jams. Indeed, Davidson’s guitar is virtually unrecognisable as an instrument at points, coming across more as a conduit for pure electricity, while Welch wrestles live wires and plays lonely metal marches. Great stuff from these two. 

XNoBBQX
Skewer

Golden Lab Records ROWF-11

10”
£4.99


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

Blessure Grave
In The First Place

Holidays Records HOL-025

7"
£1.99


Excellent new single from this doomy garage-pop duo with aspects of the moodiest of the Flying Nun roster filtered through a UK Shadow Ring/Postcard/Factory aesthetic and a fug of F/X. B-side features a cover of The Cramps “Human Fly” that sounds closer to the Scientists than Lux and co. Edition of 600 copies. 

Zodiac Mountain
Live In America, Summer 2006

23 Productions No Cat

CD-R
£3.99


Wild new set of biker boogie blues from two wired guitars manned by Clay Ruby (Davenport) and Wooden Wand that comes off sounding like Hooker and Heat huffing on gasoline and PCP. Yow. Includes guest appearances from Nate Nelson of Mouthus, Robert Beatty of Hair Police and Maya Miller of Double Leopards/Religious Knives.

Warmer Milks
Let Your Friends In

Release The Bats RTB-33

CD
£1.99


“The current line up of Warmer Milks is probably not what it was yesterday or what it is today. Hell, there is talk of it changing up for next month. Blame this on schizophrenia or an urge to not run in circles but it's how things have always been for the loose group. Founder Michael Turner started Warmer Milks in 2003 and has refused to go backwards regardless of outside (or in house) opinions since its inception. Warmer Milks have toured by themselves throughout the United States as well with the likes of Six Organs of Admittance, Bonnie Prince Billy, Arbouretum, Howlin' Rain and others. The band did an extensive tour throughout Europe winter of 2007 and will be back on said continent Summer 2008. Let Your Friends In is another chapter in the more brash, aggressive side of Warmer Milks catalog. Leaning more towards skate punk and black metal, the group touched on intensities left behind from nerd critically acclaimed Radish On Light (Troubleman Unlimited 2006) but with a more street rock cum vomitorium feel. The flipside to the first track is a spook gang romper, drumless yet still punching the walls with a force no other rock can manage. The "Let Your Friends In" sessions went down in Shelbyville, Kentuckee at Rove Studios home to engineer Paul Oldham (Speed To Roam, Bonnie Prince Billy Band, ex-Broadcast Choir and Royal Trux) where various members present during the "Soft Walks" sessions (coming March 2008, Animal Disguise) took time to record this scorcher. Featuring usual WM attendees Michael Turner and Greg Backus the two lengthy cuts on "Let Your Friends In" also boasts the addition of Shawn David McMillen (Austin, TX solo artist, Iron Kite member and former member of Ash Castles) on guitar and Paul O. on dead wah guitar. Where the group has flirted with heavy rock in the past, it is easy to say that group now owns heavy rock.” – RTB.

Ben Nash
The Seventh Goodbye

Blackest Rainbow Recordings No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

Three Legged Race
Living Order/Mourning Order

Tone Filth TF-51

LP
£10.99


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

Vazz
Chronoillogical: Glasgow Recordings 1982-1987

Forced Nostalgia No Cat

CD
£3.99


Cool compilation of track from this 1980s independent group from Glasgow w/a weird sound that is somewhere between the Postcard feel, psychedelic electro pop and the art moves of The Associates et al: this is a trip, a real time machine, with the early tracks recorded at The Hellfire Club in Glasgow in 1982 and engineered by David Henderson evoking an alternate teenage Glasgow w/magical/dreamy far-off melodies over drum machines and keyboards and obscure female vocals. Fans of the recent Altres reissue on Dark Entries might dig the combination of crudely rendered though massively ambitious sophisto-pop w/electro touches and a sense of drama that is pure art school teen. Some of the later tracks might get a little too polished for some tastes but there’s something totally beguiling about the vibe here that it’s impossible not too swoon, even when you’re asking yourself why. 

Naked On The Vague
Chitty Chat

Sacred Bones Records SBR-020

7”
£1.99


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

Vanishing Voice
Stone Tablet

Important Records Imprec-122

CD
£1.99


Beautiful drug-woozy ensemble psych that builds from the slightest hints of tape-loop sci-fi chamber huzz into the most celestially charged space blues to come out of the ranks of the Vanishing Voice to date. Endlessly gorgeous music box melodies get trapped in wows of wonked taped while satellites chatter like small children lost in tall, tall grass and zonks of percussion build lush hymnals from sidereal harmonic/rhythmic constructs. When the whole group start to slowly march towards the speakers with chugs of single chords and those flighty, padding drums you could well be crossing the drawbridge into Schloss Norvenich during the first live actions that would birth Can's Monster Movie and Heidi Dahl's immaculately conceived vocalisations are every bit the match for Malcolm Mooney's bringing-down-the-sun style. If yr at all into the endless garage hypnotism of the '66 Velvets and the way that the various German/Euro communes turned that music from an up-tight urban spike into a wide-open form of communal narcosis then this is surely your poison. Highly recommended.

Alex Von Schlippenbach
The Living Music

Cien Fuegos CF-007

LP
£18.99


The Globe Unity Orchestra’s vast, murky sound might have effectively amplified the revolutionary tumult of the times but it was attributable as much to extra-musical variables – like miniscule budgets, limited availability of equipment and the fact that no one had yet worked out how to properly capture this music on tape – as it was to a deliberate musical aesthetic. Either way, it actively defines all of the best recordings of the era, from Brötzmann’s epochal 1968 album, Machine Gun and Manfred Schoof’s great European Echoes (1969), through to the collected radio performances bundled on Globe Unity 67/70 and Schlippenbach’s own 1969 recording, The Living Music. A ferocious septet performance recorded the same day as Brötzmann’s legendary Nipples album in 1969, Schlippenbach named The Living Music – and the ensemble that played at FMP’s first Total Music Meeting in November 1970 – after Julian Beck and Judith Malina’s Living Theatre. A key European side, The Living Music features the world-beating line-up of Schlippenbach on piano and percussion, an incredible performance from Peter Brötzmann on tenor and baritone saxophone, Michel Pilz on bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, Manfred Schoof on cornet and flugelhorn, Paul Rutherford on trombone, J.B. Niebergall on bass and bass trombone and Han Bennink on drums and percussion. A great marriage of Schlippenbach’s orchestral compositional vision and break-out firebrand performances from the new European punks, The Living Music remains a key European free jazz side, restored to heavy 180g vinyl. Highly recommended. 

Ducktails
Hamilton Road

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-706

7”
£1.99


Three-song teaser for the new Ducktails album, with demos and home-recorded versions of album tracks. Nice countrified folk feel cut with a breezy International Pop Underground aesthetic and a version of “Art Vandelay” that has been a recent Real Estate live staple. 

Hasegawa-Shizuo
Lift

Utech URCD-029

CD
£10.99


Major album from this Japanese deep-drone duo that share members with Kito Mizukumi Rouber. Lift is a very minimal performance that seems, once again, to have been recorded outdoors. The piece opens with a series of punctuating clicks before the sound of the environment – wind across the mouth of the microphone, the acoustics of the place – amplifies the feel of a specific acoustic space. Then strafing angel vox tones and what sounds like heavily treated string drones start to push against the initial parameters, creating a claustrophobic form of drone that combines the minute mechanics of its creation with transcendent instrumental settings. Blurring the lines between a site-specific investigation of area sonorities and a ritual working, Lift is another shot out of leftfield from these two.

Kunlun
1 + 2

Winged Sun Records WSR-16

CD-R
£1.99


Minimal ‘acid drone techno’ from another High Wolf offshoot, this time channelling the zoned electro-punk stylings of the whole Tolerance/Vanity circle. Very spare beats and thin smears of electronics generate a nightmare Industrial environment complete with a late-night/under surveillance atmosphere and odd monochrome loops that could almost be a Graham Lambkin/Astral Social Club collaboration. Combines both Kunlun cassettes on one handy disc. 

Messenger Girls Trio
s/t

Uzu Audio 003

LP
£10.99


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

Scraps
Secret Paradise

Disembraining DM-701

7”
£1.99


Edition of 250 copies 7” on Joel Stern of Australian weirdos Sky Needle’s new private imprint: great side of femme-fronted DIY keyboard psych from Brisbane’s Laura Hill aka Scraps whose recent LP on Bedroom Suck turned a bunch of heads. Hill sings w/the kinda keen appeal that’ll have you pulling out Barbara Manning’s classic Lately I Keep Scissors LP and the early Azalia Snail sides while the arc of her trails runs through Silicon Teen-style ginchy synth, psychedelic 60s Euro pop and the kinda garage euphorics of your favourite Flying Nun. 

Stag
Get Used To It

Disembraining DM-702

7”
£1.99


Edition of 250 copies 7” on Joel Stern of Australian weirdos Sky Needle’s new private imprint: all-female avant garage pop from Brisbane featuring members of Kitchen’s Floor, Greg Boring and Sky Needle who cross hysterical looped/massed vocals with the kinda crudely rendered rock appeal of Kleenex, The Slits, Titmachine et al. Stag had a great release on Breakdance The Dawn and this single ups their game even further with four tracks of amphetamine female that are as strident in their urge to get-it-across yet as inexplicably affecting as the best of The Raincoats.

Tonal Shrine
Live 1999

Silver Current Records #05

CD-R
£4.99


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.

Travelling Bell
Scatter Ways

Secret Eye Ab-Oc-15

CD
£1.99


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

Tronics
Love Backed By Force

What’s Your Rupture? ?0112

LP
£8.99


From the fantastic cover shot that could almost be a Shadow Ring out-take through weirdo instrumentals named “Charles Manson” and a title like Love Backed By Force, Tronics’ 1981 LP remains a classic of UK DIY even as it bridges Rough Trade-style scrabble punk, early Industrial and shambolic psychedelic pop. Tronics are probably best known for the amazing “Shark Fucks” 7” that turned up on an early volume of Messthetics but they also released a bunch of cassette and vinyl back in the day and Love Backed By Force may be the most varied curveball of their career. Songs are put together w/the most basic of architectures, with scrabbly fuzz guitar and brokedown drums accompanied by naggingly weird vocal refrains about watching TV in bed. A track like “My Baby’s In A Coma” comes over like The Scrotum Poles play “Blitzkreig Bop” while “Min Dama” could almost be a home-recorded out-take from Mark Fry’s dosed UK acid/folk classic Dreaming With Alice. Love Backed By Force is a testament to the breadth of imagination that went into the best of the UK DIY sides and another necessary reissue from one of the most creatively–accelerated periods of the UK underground. Comes with a full booklet featuring a reprinted Tronics interview and a download card. Recommended. 

TV-Resistori
Serkut Rakastaa Paremmin

Fonal FR-44

LP
£3.99


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

Various Artists
The Honeymoon Music Compilation

Honeymoon Music HMM-005

CD
£1.99


Brand new compilation from out of the Espers’ communal space in Fishtown, Philadelphia (an old VT stomping ground) on a new label run by Mr Norm Fetter dedicated to documenting local mutant strains and associated international orbits. Features exclusive tracks by Fursaxa (“March Hare”), Chris Bozzone, Eric Carbonara (who recorded Taurpis Tula’s Sparrows), Sharron Kraus, Trollslända (the duo of Meg Baird and Helena Espvall of Espers), Niagara Falls (featuring Fetter himself), Glasgow’s Phosphene, Stainless Japan, Peace Feather, The Watery Graves Of Portland, Sharks With Wings, Thom Zephyr Roach, The Doctor And Philip and Noah Raymond Levey. Comes in a beautifully screened hard card gatefold sleeve with insert.

Walter Carson
Recalcitrants

Gods of Tundra GOT-010101

LP
£4.99


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

Alvarius B
s/t

Abduction ABDT-011

2xLP
£28.99


Original copies of this scabrous 1997 double LP set from Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls aka Alvarius B. 

My Cat Is An Alien
Fragments Suspended In Time

Opax Records Opax OPX-32A

Art Edition LP
£10.99


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

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

Opax Records OPX-037

3xLP
£18.99


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. 

Sick Hour
s/t

Animal Disguise ADR-017

C30 Cassette
£2.99


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

Skullflower/Limepit
Split

Posh Isolation No Cat

LP
£6.99


Split LP of 333 copies with two tracks from Matthew Bower’s Skullflower – one long, inchoate feedback ritual and a shorter martial drums/guitar tattoo – paired with new material from Limepit, a black noise/vocal/drone group with connections to Heavy Blossom recording artists Sarah’s Charity.  Silkscreened covers with insert.

Slither
Invertebrate

Qbico #77

one-sided LP
£6.99


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

Tenor Rising Drums Expanding
Third World War

Sound @ One #44

Pic Disc LP
£8.99


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

These Wonderful Evils
Little Church

Sparrows & Wires SPW-06

LP
£10.99


Private press edition of only 205 copies ‘live’ album from Zak Boerger’s These Wonderful Evils. Here Zak runs the voodoo down with a series of endless acoustic/fuzz raga jams, taking off from zoned Davy Graham/Sandy Bull-styled acoustic sorcery and pushing out into the kinda heavy-meta realms of Sound Of Confusion-era Spacemen 3 and even Double Heads styled Rallizes. Something in the way Zak blends folk forms with high energy improvisations and amp-humping sweat makes me think of Trans-Love Energies and if you’re able to join the dots from The Stooges/MC5  through John Fahey and John Coltrane then this is the kinda ecstatic string-think that has your name all over it. Cool paste-on wraparound sleeves with insert, on coloured wax – recommended!

These Wonderful Evils
Regine Flory

Sparrows & Wires SPW-01

CD
£2.99


Beautiful CD that appears to mainly be the work of one man based out of Minneapolis, Mr Zak Boerger. Recorded in Chicago in 2007, the sound orbits the early NZ drug-huzz circuit, with a Peter Jefferies/Alastair Galbraith feel given further damage by electric/acoustic guitars that combine the ragged attack of prime Twisted Village with the pastoral violence of Flying Saucer Attack. A thick atmosphere that combines a heady 90s underground feel with a sense of geographic isolation all adds up to a tasty private.

Ya Ho Wha 13
The Feather Of Wisdom

Phoenix No Cat

LP
£8.99


Limited edition LP from Father Yod’s legendary psychedelic messengers, their first album in 33 years, on a new subsidiary of The No-Neck Blues Band’s Sound at One label dedicated to releasing music “specifically oriented towards the elevation of consciousness”. The recordings comes from a Ya Ho Wha reunion gig that took place in San Francisco in November 2007 and it feels every bit as ‘out’ and ominously cultic as the unit’s ‘classic’ recordings. The whole set has a heavy ritual air with improvised blats of guitar and drums bracketing some clanking percussive string drones and an atmosphere that feels as dopey and devotional as Penetration or Yod Ship. Hand silk-screened edition of 500 copies with a full colour fold-out poster insert designed by Arik Moonhawk Roper.

Yahowha 13
Live At The Velvet Lounge

Sagittarius A-Star #35

LP
£10.99


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

Astral Social Club
Snaefell

Trensmat Records TR-021

7”
£3.99


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

Bananafish
#17

Tedium House No Cat

Magazine + CD
£6.99


Original copies of this legendary gonzo underground zine: this issue comes with features on Jazzkammer, Towne Dandies, Paul Dutton, Lara Allen, Astro, Jason McLean, Hetty MacLise interviewed by Tim Barnes and Carla Bozulich. Monster review section and the CD comes with tracks from Paul Dutton, Universal Mutant Rpertory Company, Fake Party!, The Town Dandies, Jazzkammer, Astro, Ragtime Germs, Paul Dutton/Jaap Blonk/Koichi Makigami/Phil Minton/David Moss, All-Star Schnauzer Band and video from Lara Allen and The Towne Dandies. 

Burning Star Core
West Coast Spring 2004

What The…? Records What-001

LP
£10.99


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

C. Spencer Yeh
In The Blink Of An Eye

De Stijl No Cat

7”
£3.99


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

C. Spencer Yeh
Nothin' But A Heartache

Gods of Tundra No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

Gary Smith/Silvia Kastel/Ninni Morgia
Brand II

L'Esprit De L'Escalier Lele-03

LP
£6.99


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

Harappian Night Recordings/Kommissar Hjuler
Split

Shamanic Trance #3

LP
£6.99


Numbered edition of 300 copies split LP: Harappian Night Recordings contribute some mutant psych/jazz/fourth world rock that somehow confuses 70s Miles with primitive folk ritual and the aesthetics of the free-from freakout as practiced by The Familiar Ugly, NNCK et al. On the flip Hjuler’s idiosyncratic reading of Hugo Ball’s Karawane poem highlights common cause with the Dada concept of ‘meaningless’ sound using vocals, F/X and junk percussion in a series of songs about nada. Excellent. Paste-on sleeves with insert on coloured vinyl. 

Kommissar Hjuler und Frau
Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm

Feeding Tube Records FTR-043

LP
£8.99


Kommissar Hjuler and his Frau, Mama Baer, have single-handedly reinvented sound poetry with a wild performative style that confuses arguments, vocal hysteria, power politics, goof-offs, Zappa covers and generally disobedient art while minting a style of vocal performance that is totally unique. Been looking forward to this particular release for some time, described by the duo as a series of folk tales from the Brothers Grimm re-worked in a way that is “not suitable for children”! But really, I gotta say, this might just be the best thing they have ever recorded, eclipsing even their amazing Ultra Eczema album. Their approach ranges across a bunch of styles. There’s the wild argumentative attack w/Mama weeping and singing while Kommissar shouts and howls in the background, the minimal almost Rev/Vega or even Meredith Monk approach with tense vocal atmospherics over a minimal, repetitive pulse, hypnotic sequences of breath and broken guitars and even some wild post-Junko eviscerations of lung power. In some ways it’s their most ‘musical’ release to date but it’s also completely fucked, especially when Mama Baer starts singing children’s nursery rhymes and blowing folk primitive melodies to shreds with alla the atomic power of the late Donald Ayler. Seriously, an amazing side by two of the freest spirits in the underground. Great sleeve art too, hand-numbered edition of only 200 copies. Another candidate for record of the year! Highly recommended. 

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

Ricerca Sonora RS-4

LP
£6.99


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

Mouthus
Follow This House

Important Records Imprec-121

CD
£2.99


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

Paul Flaherty
Aria Nativa

Family Vineyard FV-57

LP
£4.99


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

Pekka Airaksinen
One Point Music

No Label No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

Scott Foust
The Four Accomplishments

Pineapple Tapes 008

DVD-R
£1.99


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

The Conduits
Repetition Is The Sincerest Form Of Repetition

BUFMS #37

CD-R
£1.99


Edition of 50 copies reissue of a very obscure cassette reputedly recorded and released in the early-1980s by a pair of agricultural students named Chancre and Canker. Inspired by Non’s massively potent locked-groove epic Pagan Muzak they began experimenting with tape loops, reel-to-reel players, scratchy sound effects records and answering machine tapes. The results are pretty bent, with a hands-on repeato vibe that is straight out of the Aaron Dilloway songbook over jungle and machine sounds that would reconcile the exotic settings of Monopoly Child Star Searchers with the hallucinatory environs of Basil Kirchin. Throw in some classic LAFMS/BUFMS-style hobbyist electro and a post-Freak approach to aleatoric psychedelic brutalism and I’m more than sold. Comes with free dried spaghetti!

The New Monuments
s/t

Important Records No Cat

LP
£8.99


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

The Parasites Of The Western World
Politico

Criminal Records Para-666

7”
£4.99


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

Tovahaunted
s/t

Tovinator No Cat

one-sided LP
£6.99


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

Idea Fire Company
Rags To Riches

Pineapple Tapes 005

DVD-R
£1.99


Special DVD from the quartet of Scott Faust, Karla Borecky, Jessi Leigh Swenson (Duck/Believers et al) and Meara O'Reilly (Feathers) to coincide with IFCO's recent European dates. Footage from two live dates, with the group line-up behind their equipment like a better looking Kraftwerk. Includes blistering versions of tracks from the recent Stranded album and a bonus preview of Foust's magnum opus, his long-time coming full-length film, Here's To Love.

Real Enemy
Life With The Enemy

Mind Cure Records MC-101

LP
£4.99


Another great 80s hardcore/out demo tape upgraded to vinyl by Mind Cure: pre-Half Life moves from 1983with a puke-popping attack and a snotty DIY you-thought-wrong appeal. Excellent.

Savage Amused
Mind Cure 1985

Mind Cure Records MC-102

LP
£4.99


Great reissue of a demo tape from a confoundingly great mid-80s Pittsburgh hardcore/what the fuck unit featuring a pre-Agnostic Front Alan Peters. Midwest hardcore energy meets wild Fripp-on-uppers solos and a bulldozing rhythm section. Sounds great, edition of 1000 copies.

The Bats
Demo 5:26:84

Mind Cure Records MC-104

12" EP
£4.99


Not the NZ/Flying Nun group, this is another great 80s weirdo demo upgrade from Mind Cure, this time from a Pittsburgh group in the mid-80s with a classic rock/roll into hardcore appeal, great songs and almost Boston Real Kids/Classic Ruins appeal. This is particularly great, loving this label right now

Wand
Hard Knox

Ecstatic Peace E#100K

CD
£3.99


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

Manuel Mota
Sings

Headlights CDH-11

CD
£10.99


Mota is an improvising guitarist from Lisbon who works emotive improvised magic from six strings with only the ghost of a Derek Bailey influence. Sings is a self-released album featuring nine solo guitar pieces – no singing – that have an up-close, intimate personality, tying up sighing melodies and cross-wired harmonics with gentle tweaks of string and the occasional blue note. Some of the more lunar playing here seems to pick up where Loren Mazzacane left off on his ‘big band’ record, Come Night, but Mota is even more involuted than Loren, his playing style almost a drawing-in as much as a teasing-out. Still, each piece feels like a full investigation of the guitar, fuelled by an inquisitive, exploratory logic that is just as open to straightahead tonal and melodic statement as it is to tying the whole thing up in a ball of twonk. Excellent.

Mick Stevens
Before There Was…

Shadoks 054

2xCD
£4.99


Reissue of the third and fourth albums The River and The Englishman (1977/79) from this fringe English folk/psych/prog player, with connections to Richard and Linda Thompson, June Tabor et al. Anyone who digs Pete Fine’s North Star will go for the bursts of iconoclastic electric lead guitar here, married to a bunch of glazed folk/prog songs that seem to orbit a barely-articulated tradition of outsider English songwriters like Julian Cope, Roy Harper and Nic Jones. Other parts sound like a slightly more sophisticated Arthur Lee and Love. Comes with four bonus tracks and an interview with Stevens.

My Cat Is An Alien
Different Shades Of Blue

A Silent Place

LP
£4.99


Beautiful vinyl upgrade (re-mastered and re-edited) for what was originally a CD-R on Tom Greenwood's U-Sound imprint and that sees MCIAA at their most La Monte-fixated. Standard LP comes with a full colour insert and colour postcard while the special edition is limited to 131 copies and comes on blue vinyl with the postcard and a bonus 7” single that features the original finale of the complete work.

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

Starlight Furniture Co. *26

LP
£8.99


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

(VxPxC)
Dead Right There

Sky-Fi Transmission #2

C90 Cassette
£1.99


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

Cadaver In Drag/Hive Mind/Charlie Draheim/Moth Drakula
s/t

Chondritic Sound CH-168

CD-R
£1.99


Limited to 200 copies tour-only album that bundles one track from each unit and one brain-busting all-hands collaboration. Cadaver put in another muscular Sabs/Kousokuya-reverent guitar/drums dirge, Hive Mind's track sounds like distant cement mixers tuned to generate malevolent microtonal insect songs, Draheim's track - "Forever Fucked 2" - has a much more tactile electro-acoustic hands on feel that's kind of reminiscent of the brand of homemade noise satori that dominated the first New Blockaders LP and Moth Drakula put in the most torrentially thick sheets of noise/electricity-swallowing vocal performance of the set. The collaboration works great with Cadaver providing the nod-out rhythmic background and the rest providing swelling shots of heaven. Painted CD-R in digipak with paste-on sleeve.

Cam Deas
Quadtych

Present Time Exercises PTECD-1

CD
£4.99


Self-released CD edition that features Cam’s complete Quadtych, also issued in episodic vinyl form: Deas’s playing here moves from an aggressively aformal attack on dead string harmonics that touches on aspects of Derek Bailey circa Aida and Steffen Basho-Junghans – even a few blunt Guitar Roberts-isms – before dissolving into a fractious Blind Willie zone where he chases down fragments of bottleneck melodies and stabbing single-note thrusts straight down the throat of the void interjected with lush/odd sweeps of strings that are almost Partch-ian in construction. His command of sustained silence and sudden tone violence would situate this major outing somewhere between the aforementioned string-thinkers and the high-wire improvised actions of the Masayoshi Urabe/Chie Mukai axis, making this a major UK guitar statement. Easily Deas’s most ‘out’ and ambitious side to date.

Foldhead
Drugs Paint Alcohol

Music Mundane No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


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

Mokinox
I'm Your Chair

Chocolate Monk #117

CD-R
£1.99


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

Poor School/Wiggwaum
Split

Killertree Records No Cat

LP + CD-R
£3.99


Edition of 300 LPs w/bonus CD-R of extra metal, pairing two killing thug-psych-jazz units from outta nowhere USA. Poor School is a trio led by Bryan Ramirez ex of Universal Indians that features him on guitar, Nathan Hoyme on reeds and John Niekrasz on drums. Their side long piece starts out in a kinda hyper-focussed Neil Young/Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere style, with Hoyme loading the lead guitar with a coupla lungs of steel before the trio explode into full-on sucker punch Sonny Sharrock/Black Woman style, screaming and wailing through peak after peak after fucking peak. On the flip, the SF-based Wiggwaum duo of Douglas Katelus on Rhodes and Randylee Sutherland on drums play Industrial strength improvised crank, with a Doc Marten in the Sun Ra back catalogue and a buncha fingers that stretch all the way from LA to Japan. LP comes in screened sleeves with an insert.

Purling Hiss
Hissteria

Richie Records RR-27

LP
£6.99


Album from this offshoot of Birds Of Maya featuring Mike Polizze that sounds like Endless Boogie plays Iggy Pop and James Williamson’s Kill City. The levels of fuzz are as idiotic as you could’ve hoped for and the music is nada-braincell repeat rock ala Rallizes/Afflicted Man given a super-sleazy Iggy-style makeover thanks to mumbling amp-humping vocals and an air of amphetamine desperation that is supremely seductive. Plenty of wild wastoid soling is the icing on the crack. Recommended. Comes with a free download. 

Sick Llama
Alien Facial 3

Heavy Tapes

Cassette
£1.99


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

Smegma/Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer
Split

Psych.KG HGA-2

LP
£10.99


Inspired split LP that pairs feral European art soundists Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer with the avant garage surrealism of LAFMS stalwarts Smegma. Numbered edition of 177 copies with colour paste-on sleeves. The Smegma side bundles an eerie track from 1975 with two pieces from 2008/2009 that use loops, electronics and waves of extended muzzy tone to confuse time lines completely. The Kommissar side is less about outlaw sound poetry and more plugged into their destructo rock style as documented by the sides that came out via Alga Marghen last year, with simple two/three note melodies and crunching fuzz submerging one of Mama Baer’s hypnotic nursery rhymes.

Tabata Mitsuru
We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun

Ruby Red RR-11

CD
£2.99


New solo CD from Tabata, ex of Tokyo volume fetishists Loud Machine 5000 and Zeni Geva (alongside KK Null). His solo work has more to do with minimal tonal constructs of repeat-sound ticker-taping your brain into liminal consciousness with backwards tapes, eastern string tones, analog electronics and flashing percussive loops ala hi-fi Vodka Soap.

Traum/Bark Haze
Monolith: Jupiter

Music Fellowship MF-39

One-Sided Pic Disc LP + CD
£4.99


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

Venison Whirled
Going Now Here Fast

Sister Skull SSK-10

Cassette
£1.99


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

Warmer Milks
Radish On Light

Troubleman TMU-177

CD
£0.99


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

Workbench
Volume 7

Heavy Conversation #19

CD-R
£4.99


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

Akke Phallus Duo
Terroir/Pissoir

Apollolaan Recordings APAN-048

CD-R
£1.99


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

D. Charles Speer
Some Forgotten Country

Sound @ One S@1-77

LP
£3.99


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

Dolphins Into The Future
Ke Mirning Pu’uwai

Cetacean Nation Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£6.99


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

Evenings
Day Terrors

Fag Tapes FT-061

Cassette
£1.99


Hypnotic hand-cranked feedback spirals explode into mud-slinging reports and the crunch of huge boulders of fuzz in classic phase/stun high energy-low fidelity style. Hand-numbered edition circa 77 copies in colour sleeves. "Fresh kalamazoo michigan fucking host / paradice shit. undermining parasitic maggots instead of wires synthetic horror.  but above ground is worse." Heath Moerland.

Factums
Alien Native

Siltbreeze SB87LP

LP
£6.99


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

Freiband
All In A Day’s Work

Pineapple Tapes 007

C90 Cassette
£2.99


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

Gizmos
The Midwest Can Be Allright: 1981 NYC Demos

Gulcher Gulcher-501

CD EP
£3.99


Beautiful collection of cool rock ‘n’ roll demos in the utopian teenage tradition of The Real Kids, Trashmen, Bobby Fuller, Dale Hawkins, Jan & Dean, Modern Lovers and The Ramones from the late Dale Lawrence/Billy Nightshade incarnation of this phenomenal group. Makes you nostalgic for the small-town Midwestern teenage you never even had.

Kandahar
Spel

Taped Sounds No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


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

Maniacs Dream
s/t

Lal Lal Lal #13

Cassette
£3.99


Great cassette album from this Avarus/Anaksimandros-related group who use blooping toytown Ra-synths, primal drumming, toys and mammoth electric guitar jams to march tribes of ecstatics miles across previously-unexplored terrain. Aspects of Faust, Träd Gras Och Stenar and the fuggin Silicon Teens!

Monotract
Red Tape (1999)

Lets Go To The Beach

CD-R
£1.99


Great reissue of a Monotract tape from that originally came out on White Tapes in 1999. This one is in an edition of 100 in sprayed red jewel cases wrapped in wire and string. This is the early guitars/drums/vox incarnation of Monotract and they sound fucking great, a more heavily compressed Blue Humans spitting fuzz and sparks all over early Industrial tributes oscillating electro-whunk and classic outer-space oddball moves that could almost be Japanese. Recommended.

Neon Tempal
s/t

Rayon Records 002

CD-R
£1.99


"Pascal Nichols(Stuckometer/Whole Voyald/CooperJonesNichols) solo project incorporating and coordinating drums, shruti box, voice, bow, recorder, glockenspiel, credit card. 42 minutes, edition of 50 copies."

Owl Klub
s/t

Feed & Seed No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


Debut release by a new backporch hillbilly psych/drone group that features Daniel Presnell (Astral Blessing/Hildegard), P. Mulchay (Hildegard) and Ed Yazijin (Dredd Foole & The Din/Cul de Sac et al). The instrumental armoury includes guitar, fiddle, organ and drums and the music spans droning folk dirges that reference Pentangle, Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention and punk primitive jams that reconcile psychedelic power trio blats with cracked avant-Kraut weight and some Velvets-style amphetamine heat. Comes in a fold over oversize screened card sleeve with insert.

Scott Foust
The Hero Retreats From The World And Fulfillment

Pineapple Tapes 009

DVD-R
£1.99


"Brand new DVD of my brand new solo show premiered in March 2007 at The Gladtree Festival. Since there seems to be some confusion and bewilderment regarding my other solo performance, The Four Accomplishments, I thought I would explain The Hero... in an attempt to clarify the processes involved. The Four Accomplishments was somewhat concerned with a live presentation of Cinema Discrepant. (The First Accomplishment, Lecture Tour, has no live sound whatsoever. This theme is continued throughout The Four Accomplishments although the sound poetry and weeping are 'live'.) The Hero... does not concern itself with this element at all except in the obvious use of the bird backing tape for my lecture that was delivered well after dark. I wanted The Hero... to rely less on theatrical devices and more on my outstanding personality and performance skills. After the short dance introduction to set the mood, the backing tape for The Hero... itself is just a somewhat oscillating synth drone that cuts out every few minutes and intensifies at the finish. Everything else is live voice and radio. The radio reception at The Tavern (The Tavern! You can't drink or smoke in there. Why not call it The Hospital?) was poor, so the radio is mostly hiss or shortwave sounds. I had specific areas for each segment of The Hero... that I wanted to investigate. Since I am one of the best radio players in the world, the poor reception was no real hindrance. Let the viewer decide. The only thing that concerns me is results." - Scott Foust.

Sejayno
Sedainty

Heresee No Cat

LP
£3.99


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

Six Organs Of Admittance
Luminous Night

Drag City DC-409

CD
£2.99


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

Soft Power
If You Come Around

All Day Breakfast Enterprises No Cat

LP
£9.99


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

The Aether Myth'd
The Eight

Spirit Of Orr SO-65

CD-R
£2.99


New collection of material from this east coast acid/freak unit featuring Paul Labrecque and Ron Schneiderman of Sunburned Hand Of The Man alongside a bunch of mystery 'guests'. All assembled from recordings that span 2004 through to 2007 mostly made at their Blueberry Studio space in Brattleboro, VT. This is heavy guitar psych dilated to the point of narcolepsy, with lazy cartwheeling lead guitar ala Jerry Garcia working static acid assemblages of endlessly rotating notes while a second guitar dunts a bunch of notes into amorphous shapes somewhere in the distance. Primitive basement psych that should appeal to any Twisted Village aficionados pining for a new apex of high. This is a tour-only disc in a run of 200 hand-assembled copies.

The Bad Trips
Open

Rocketship Records RS-0204

LP
£3.99


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

The Sermon
Down At The Banks

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


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

Up-Tight/Mama Baer
Split

Der Schone Hjuler Memorial Fond DVR-HGA-9

LP
£12.99


Hand-numbered edition of only 177 copies split LP between Tokyo psych monsters Up-Tight and German actionist Mama Baer: long time since we heard from Up-Tight and this is a major addition to their catalogue, a side-long suite that marries almost Berlin-era Lou Reed piano with epic arcs of feedback, fuzz and triumphal acid rock. “Etude In Black” passes through four movements that trade decadent cocktail jazz-isms for full-on ferocious Rallizes style flamethrower rock and presents the Up-Tight sound in widescreen. Mama Baer – of Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Baer fame – presents a similarly studied work, forsaking the vocal hysteria for a side of inchoate and haunted electronics, heady breath work and unidentifiable sound manipulation, with a feel for avant garde composition that trumps her contemporaries while still sounding completely singular. Something about this makes me think of Karen Constance’s more long-form works, with a feel that is as tactile as it is spectral. Paste-on sleeves, highly recommended. 

Various Artists
A Tribute To Jojo Hiroshige

Alchemy ARCD-167

CD
£4.99


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

Various Artists
Attic Recordings

Attic Cassettes No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


First ever CD-R release on Marc Pilley’s Attic imprint, with his choice of the best tracks from the label’s first year of cassette releases. Features The Upskirts, Black Sparrow Dress, The Zees, Tarra, Telegraph Meltz, Dustbowl, Zach Kerouac, Speakeasy, The Sermon, Saw and Holly Hollis.

Various Artists
Lead Into Gold

Rebis 008

2xCD
£2.99


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

Warmer Milks
Radish On Light

Troubleman TMU-177

LP
£1.99


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

Whysp
s/t

Yik Yak 002

LP
£4.99


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

Wooden Wand
James And The Quiet

Ecstatic Peace B0008880-02

CD
£1.99


From alla the pre-release noise surrounding this new album from Wooden Wand you might've been led to think that was gonna be some massive misstep into the tepid waters of airbrushed mainstream oblivion for Mr James Toth. But then that's the problem with press releases; send em out to a bunch of jobbing journos and they'll swallow the program without even tasting the meat. And if any of those duds had bothered actually listening to the rec they'd have figured out that alla that 'big-time' production hoo-haa was just another red herring. Fact is James And The Quiet sounds a lot like the last few Wooden Wand albums and feels more like a further refining of the less improvisatory road that he has been heading along since The Vanishing Voice pretty much set out on their own. Which means it's a fucking doozy. Sure it has a slightly more 'produced' feel, but all that really means is that James's voice has more space to hypnotise and the arrangements seem to sit a little neater around all the kinda serpentine shapes that his quixotic song-writing logic has always seemed to demand. In fact, if anything, this album feels even more stripped back than previous entries, with James and Jessica's vocals working malevolent harmonic smoke rings around blasted country ballads with the kind of supernatural grace that will almost have you reaching for Chris D's Divine Horseman side in order to compare notes. Anyone who has caught him live recently or kept up with the archival From The Road series will recognise a bunch of the songs here but honestly, they never sounded better. So, it's another record from James, and another fucking great one. Simple as that. So can the fucking press release. Recommended.

AFCGT
s/t

Uzu Audio No Cat

LP
£4.99


Edition of 550 copies on white vinyl that reissue the first totally obscure CD-R (only 75 made) from this form-mangling group that blends members of The A-Frames and Climax Golden Twins. Less fixated on the angular punk aggression of The A-Frames and more focussed on the kind of twilight third world rock brut that would reconcile the modal string-sting of Sun City Girls with harvesting waves of fuzz and junk, the closest parallel is still classic-era Mouthus but there’s a more overtly dazzling range of techniques on display, from ethno-fused psych instrumentals that could almost be Billy TK plays the best of the Majora catalogue through post-Noise takes on extreme DIY refusal. Whole deal is packaged with the usual Uzu Audio eye, in a tip-on style gatefold sleeve with black-on-black silkscreen detail.

Andrew Coltrane & David Payne
High Voltage

Middle James Company No Cat

LP
£6.99


Crude Xerox style paste-on LP with nada in the way of info pairing two of the most interesting satellites from the whole Michigan/American Tapes/Fag Tapes cabal, Andrew Coltrane and David Payne. Each side has a pretty specific vibration. The A is dominated by the classic syrupy Fag Tapes psych approach, with strings loaded in a slow-motion glue of cheap F/X and cassette processing while the flip has a more primitive DIY/rock appeal, with aspects of the LAFMS approach to the jam as well as a crude non-musicianly aspect that is kinda the punkinest side that these two guys have yet flashed in public. Edition of 150 copies, playable at any speed.

Angel Pavement
Maybe Tomorrow

Tenth Planet TP-057

LP
£10.99


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

Angie
Turning

Easter Bilby EB-003

LP
£2.99


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. 

Axolotl/Yellow Swans/Gerritt
s/t

Root Strata RS-25

LP
£10.99


“Originally released in 2005 as a limited edition CD-R on Yellow Swans' JYRK label, this three-way collab now gets a proper run on wax. Recorded in Oakland at the Huffin House before the Swans made the retreat back to Portland. Despite the weight of these players when they rock alone, this jam really never gets into full on white out territory. Instead, it's loaded to the brim with wavy neon distortion and soothing low end that occasional drops out into huge washes of emptiness. The opening passage of GMS guitar flecks sympathizing with Karl's string wash is alone worth the price of admission. Red vinyl with lime green splatter.” – RS. Cover art by Liz Harris (Grouper)

Black Sparrow Dress
s/t

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


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

Cuticle
Merciful Swound

100% Silk Silk-003

12”
£2.99


Great 12” EP on Amanda Brown’s swank 100% Silk imprint from a trio that features Daren Ho (Driphouse), Jeff Witscher (Rene Hell) and Brendan O’Keefe (Nimby). Some almost subliminally effective techno primitivism goes up against lurid synth futures, psychedelic beats, Kraut dynamics and “alien auto-tune and deep-dance data”.

David Nuss
Performance 2: Wood On Wood

Dornbracht Culture Projects No Cat

DVD
£2.99


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

Decimus/Hobo Sonn
Split

Kelippah 012

LP
£12.99


Inspired split LP that sees Pat Murano of The No-Neck Blues Band aka Decimus hook up with Brighton’s Ian Murphy aka Hobo Sonn in an edition of 300 copies with silkscreened sleeves: the Decimus side trades aggressively nuanced feedback tones and grinding nod-out  machine rhythms for the kind of distressed foggy atmosphere of early Whitehouse sides like Buchenwald or Maurizio Bianchi before giving way to a high fluctuating tone that almost works as a hallucinatory hymnal coda. Hobo Sonn’s run of vinyl LPs have been uniformly great and this is another eerie investigation into phantom place, with snippets of field recordings and found sound incorporated into a run of monolithic and arcane sonic environments in a way that would reconcile the radical collage style of Faust with the studio hermeticism of Nurse With Wound. Recommended. 

e24k
Live

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-200

CD-R
£1.99


“Heart attack music” from the solo project of Nicola Morton of Australian underground cells Bad Intentions and Club Sound Witches: using re-jacked electronics, formless noise and sludgy bedroom bass, Nicola performs a crude DIY séance where mutated almost-vocals are narrating some kind of weird cosmo text which is being simultaneously deformed by bombards of insane shortwave and tape destruct, coming over like EVP recordings of a small child being held captive by minds from other realities until the whole deal explodes into the kind of crude beatbox pop that push the techno of Club Sound Witches into the kind of occult stylings of a P.A.R.A w/a more disobedient Silicon Teens>Instant Automatons style. Yeah!

El-G & Duncan
s/t

Rural Faune No Cat

CD-R
£2.99


Edition of 64 copies. New work from these excellent European baroque/psych surrealists with guest appearances from Duncan Pinhas, Phil Todd of Ashtray Navigations and Steve Warwick of Birds Of Delay.

Failing Lights
Dawn Undefeated

Dekorder 063

LP
£8.99


2012 solo album from Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes, Birth Refusal et al’s solo project: Connelly has been on a comparative roll recently, with recent Gods Of Tundra releases seeing him push out into a more focussed and low-key exploration of post-Noise basement hypnotics. Dawn Undefeated continues the trend with a series of minimal works for synthesizer and guitar possessed of an almost classical arc and grace. Connelly has definitely been listening to a lot of Hermann Nitsch’s organ and harmonium drone works of late, as there’s a similarly degraded cosmic/devotional edge to his playing here alongside aspects of Conrad Schnitzler’s more gothic work, as on Gelb, for instance. Some of the brokedown piano work. has the dusty bedroom feel of early Richard Youngs but its bracketed throughout by distant thundercracks of electronics and grainy nightmare tones that touch on American slasher movie themes as much as pastoral English minimalism. Either way, this is another giant step for Connelly and a major solo work. 

Glamorous Pat "as" Sisprum Vish
Flaming Jackass Abyss

Cherried Out Merch No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


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

Gunslingers
Massacre-Rock Deviant Inquisitors

Riot Season REPOSELP-037

one-sided LP
£8.99


Amazing one-sided ass-blaster from this underground French psych/power trio in an edition of 500 copies on white vinyl: the third release from this shady outfit after No More Invention and Manifest Zero is a true six string monster, with  the kind monomaniacal application of wah, spuzz and endless tangles of fuzz begging comparison to early High Rise as guitarist ‘GR’ makes like Munehiro Narita over “prophetic beats” and “thunderbasss”. GR’s vocals come over like a squeaky grunt-speak amalgam of Tampax and Endless Boogie, making with indecipherable gnomic rock/roll interventions while the group marry Split-era Groundhog-isms and endless Afflicted Man-style keepin’ on. Pretty amazing. Recommended for fans of the early PSF sound, Birds Of Maya, Sunflare, George Brigman, Morning After et al.

Hobo Sonn
Wary The Mind

Amen Absen 003

LP + 3” CD-R
£6.99


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

John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh
Live In Nottingham

What The…? Records WHAT-004

LP
£8.99


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

Manfred Schoof
European Echoes

Cien Fuegos CF-008

LP
£16.99


Anyone looking to isolate the exact moment that the German free music scene was born would do well to track the fall-out from the explosive interaction between the Cologne-based musicians centred around Schlippenbach and trumpeter and composer Manfred Schoof and  the ‘Wuppertalers’, Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald and Swedish drummer Sven Åke Johansson. The Schoof group had started out playing be-bop in the early-60s but under the influence of the New Thing then taking off in the States they began to integrate the type of elastic structures that encouraged improvisation without the use of chords or traditional changes, an approach they had first been introduced to while working with bandleader and European free music catalyst Gunter Hampel. An ear-peeling encounter with Brötzmann’s beautifully unequivocal free jazz trio in the mid-60s was all that it took to loose the mental shackles completely. European Echoes tracks the fall-out, a signal album in so many ways, being the first release on FMP as well as the first major summit between the ‘Wuppertalers’, the more established Schlippenbach and Schoof and the new UK school via Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and Paul Rutherford. Throw Enrico Rava, Hugh Steinmetz, Gred Dudek, Fred Van Hove, Irene Schweizer, Arjen Gorter, Buschi Niebergall, Han Bennink and Pierre Favre into the mix and you have one of the most tempestuous meetings of post-Ascension free-thinking human beings. A phenomenal, volatile side, finally restored to heavy-duty 180g vinyl. Highly recommended.

Mermaids Video
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-180

CD-R
£1.99


Massively fucked multi-artist entry from Matt Earle’s killer Australian underground imprint Breakdance The Dawn: cut-up commercials, non-identifiable sound ritual, blats of grainy white noise, wild free improvisation, brokedown electronic dunt, post-Adris drum tattoos, field recordings of extreme musical disobedience, classic idiot avant rock, this one reputedly features ‘contributions’ from Hackety Hackety Chunks Chunks, Djmg, Tistrialal Blinds, Goofy, Unique Oil Free Air, Club Sound Witches and Mermaids. Makes Altamont sound like goddamn T In The Park. 

Moongang
s/t

Steve Gunn

CD-R
£3.99


Great solo drone project from Steve Gunn of GHQ that works huge rolls of overtone thick soup into swarms of insect architectures that hover in the air with all of the black hole menace of Keiji Haino's hurdy-gurdy sides, Organum's more flesh-harvesting work or Pelt's hillbilly theatre of eternal music. Limited run in plastic cases with colour artwork. Recommended.

MV & EE
Gene Pool

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


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

MV & EE with Muscox
All Good Habs

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


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

My Cat Is An Alien
Different Shades Of Blue

A Silent Place

special edition LP + 7"
£8.99


Beautiful vinyl upgrade (re-mastered and re-edited) for what was originally a CD-R on Tom Greenwood's U-Sound imprint and that sees MCIAA at their most LaMonte-fixated. Standard LP comes with a full colour insert and colour postcard while the special edition is limited to 131 copies and comes on blue vinyl with the postcard and a bonus 7” single that features the original finale of the complete work.

My Cat Is An Alien
Folclore Alieno

Opax 018

CD-R
£1.99


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

My Cat Is An Alien
Greetings From The Great Void

Eclipse No Cat

2xLP
£6.99


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

My Cat Is An Alien
Listen Before Black Falls

Root Strata 11

LP
£2.99


Nicely presented hand-numbered/hand-titled edition of 300 copies from Root Strata documenting an evocative, low-level thousand-yard-stare recorded at the Space Room by the Opalio brothers 2005. Some of their most minimal work to date. Recommended.

My Cat Is An Alien
There is a Flame_____Sometimes

Rococo Records RCC-0005

LP
£4.99


The last few MCIAA LPs have seen the Opalio brothers take some giant fuckin leaps, pushing the music well beyond the gravity of the early LPs/CDs and out into an even more personally blasted universe. This beautifully packaged LP comes in a limited hand-numbered edition of 500 copies and documents some of their most minimal and vehement electronic compositions. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the slow pad of drum skins, parts of this could almost pass for a pared-down post-Whitehouse investigation of eviscerated power electronics. A beautiful late-night spin. Recommended.

oMMM
Parallel Lines Converge

Alien Jams No Cat

LP
£10.99


Debut release in an edition of 300 copies from this label run by Chloe Frieda of the Alien Jams radio show, dedicated to past>future electronic experimentation: oMMM is the brainchild of Edmund Davie and uses primitive electronics, four-track cassette recorder, tape work, synth and drum machine to generate the kind of lonely lunar satellites that combine the feel of early Asmus Tietchens with classic, spooked bedroom radiophonia and an eerie occult/galactic atmosphere that is somewhere between The Conet Project and Joe Meek’s I Hear A New World. Tracks read like NASA interceptions of punk primitive alien technologies tone-dialling 20th century receptors with squiggles of shortwave, early Industrial wasp soundings, brain-blotting loops and clunky hermetic drones underlining the whole scientific bedroom hobbyist appeal. Unmusical and mind-bendingly crude, this makes for the perfect combination of eccentric analogue experimentation and cold, austere Kluster/Conrad Schnitzler style dead dark space. A great debut, highly recommended.

Roberto Opalio
Voice With No Guitar/Guitar With No Voice

Opax TP-01

Cassette
£0.99


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

Roberto Opalio
Whispers Of The Last Light

Opax OPX-020V

DVD-R
£1.99


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

Spectre Folk
s/t

Arbitrary Signs

CD-R
£4.99


Last copies of this self-released CD-R from Mr Peter Nolan of Magick Markers/Virgin Eye/GHQ/Wooden Wand et al that sees him bridging voids of analog fug with epic, barely-there acid guitar that sounds somewhere between Jandek circa Someone In The Snow and the massive walls of dope erected in the name of Phil Todd over the past few years. Also features a great bunch of songs, including a cover of Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark’s heartbreaking “You Showed Me” that sounds so beautifully abandoned it could almost be a long-lost slice of blasted South American psych. Also includes “Been Here And Gone”, “The Pointed Horn”, “Drowning” and “Bindi Clip”. Some of Nolan’s most beautifully realised and deeply melancholic solo thought to date, this one has that private press lost-in-space feel that always ‘does it’ and comes highly recommended.

Stellar Om Source
Trilogy Select

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-57

LP
£4.99


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

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

Woodsist 008

LP
£4.99


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

The Mayfair Set
Young One

Captured Tracks CT-021

LP
£3.99


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

Tomutonto
Triplapuisto

Imvated

One-side C60 Cassette
£2.99


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

Truant
The Truant Accord

Memoirs of an Aesthete No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


Edition of 100 copies on Phil Todd’s own label for this archival recording, a trio set from 2001 featuring Phil alongside ‘Cloughie’ (of, uh, “prog legends” Rancid Poultry) and Robert Hayler (of the Fencing Flatworm label etc). Some nice drone moves here, all cut up with Phil’s endless acid guitar/raga styles, giving the set a kind of Northern England “Swastika Girls” feel, and that’s a feel I can really ‘feel’, know what I mean? 

Twins
The Other Side Of

Ruralfaune SYNTH-013

LP
£1.99


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

Zach Kerouac
Charge

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


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

Zach Kerouac
Freedom Of Screech

Attic Cassettes No Cat

Cassette
£1.99


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

Arrington De Dionyso
The True Folk Sounds Of Arrington de Dionyso

Pine Cone Alley No Cat

CD-R
£1.99


New self-released solo album from de Dionyso that showcases the full spectrum of his lung and lip strategies, featuring rough-hewn free jams on voice, bass clarinet, contralto clarinet, copper kettle, plastic straw, aluminium foil, piano and tape recorder. In the usual fold-around paper sleeves.

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble
Rapture Piles

BUFMS #48

CD-R
£1.99


Edition of 50 copies live recording from this cranky dada/no art/no instrument free form ensemble w/connections to the BUFMS/Bananafish crew: lunges from weird automatic Shadow Ring/Nurse With Wound style tape/vocal constructs through what purports to be a quintet for lettuce spinners, showtunes reduced to epiglottal grunt fests, ‘cover versions’ of Canadian prog monsters Klaatu and Magazine and a feel for the kind of truly ‘post-rock’ moves that would marry the American hobbyist style of the LAFMS with wild abstractions from the free improvising communal model of groups like Group Ongaku, East Bionic Symphonia, Marginal Consort et al but with a profound, autistic, non-instrumental focus. A darker shot from Bren’t here, with an eerie, dislocated atmosphere and a great feel for the sound of the American night mare.

Fricara Pacchu
Space Puppet

Lal Lal Lal #29

Cassette
£1.99


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

Hair Police
Totaled And Stranded

Hundebiss Records H003

one-sided LP
£3.99


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

Muura
Untitled

Wormwood Grasshopper Records WG-07

LP
£18.99


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

Praxinoscope
s/t

A Silent Place ASP-08

Pic Disc LP
£1.99


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

Regler
s/t

8MM 059

LP
£6.99


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!

Son of Earth
Improvements

Amish Records AMI-031

LP
£4.99


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

The Pink Noise
Birdland

Sacred Bones Records SBR-029

LP
£3.99


Less Chrome-fixated and more attuned to crude DIY rock kicks, Birdland represents a further devolution of The Pink Noise’s apocalypse USA sound, combing KBD-styled thug punk moves with no-fidelity tape jams and collapsing universe aesthetics. “This is the deluxe remastered LP edition of the previously cassette only release on Beniffer Editions. It is their third official full length, described as “a totally peaced out collection of destructo boombox symphonies.” Sounds about right to us.” – SBR.