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Alvin Lucier / I Am Sitting In A Room / Cassette / No Label / No catalogue #

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Only information on this tape, which is almost certainly a bootleg/unofficial release, is that it was produced in a run of 40 hand-numbered copies for an art show somewhere in Italy at some point in 2015. Replicated artwork from the original LP issue and housed in traditional cassette case with a smart outer slip-on card sleeve. The piece itself is a landmark work, of course, (and in need of a vinyl reissue). Conceived for voice and electromagnetic tape, Lucier reads a text into a microphone. Attempting to smooth out his stutter, he begins with the lines, “I am sitting in a room, the same one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice.” His voice was recorded, then played back into the room again and again, with each iteration muddling and distancing the artist's recorded speech and allowing specific sonic frequencies to dominate. The tones eventually overwhelm the text, leaving only the resonant frequencies of the room's specific sonic landscape. As the frequencies grow, reinforced with each iteration, the result is an "erasure of the human performer and the dominance of an environmental music".


Heart Museum / Klare Tage / Cassette / Bum Tapes / bt047

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Recorded in Berlin and Bristol, early 2012, using electric guitars, sleepdrone 6, pocket piano, microkorg, korg monotribe, voice, various effect-pedals, e-bow, zoom H1, a tube amp and the RC20 looper. HM is Artem Bezukladnikov, based in Berlin and active since 2008. Klare Tage is the last release under the Heart Museum moniker - an ode to Bristol, the old Bumtapes HQ, english tea, lazy afternoons, Ross Roberts’ record collection and the everloving memory of Joey Chainsaw. Excerpts of the b-side were used in the movie „Swimmers“ by Kristina Paustian, screening right now in selected international festivals. Screen-printed artwork and released in an edition of 30 copies on the Bum Tapes label.


Fluwelen Koord / Luxe Poesjes / 7" Vinyl / Ultra Eczema / Ultra Eczema 197

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One thing is for sure: those paintings are not going to make themselves! Shaking the hands of these four painting graduates is much easier since Fluwelen Koord came into being; these days, they’re as clean as my dad’s white car. They’ve buried their brushes and pencils ever since their debut CDR sold out (all 35 copies of it). In no time at all, with jackets firmly buttoned, they’ve forged ahead to dominate stages in Belgium and Holland with their combination of non-music, no wave art punk and plastic dandyism; arrogant Flemish poems couched in a racy Croatian accent. Limited to 200 copies, stamped artwork by Dennis Tyfus. Ultra Ezema.


Leif Elggren / Das Baank / Vinyl LP / Fragment Factory, Rekem Records / frag36, rekem09

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A New Era Of Economical Growth And Prosperity And Safety And Power. Rekem Records and Fragment Factory are proud to present a solo album from veteran Swedish artist Leif Elggren. Skirting both the area of pure sound, as well as that of symbolism, the record is a powerful statement on the limits of social and political absurdity and corruption in our present time. ‘Das Baank’ is notable for the absence of its creator’s voice, as the sound of Elggren’s characteristic spoken word is nowhere to be found. Instead the music traverses between carefully paced dramatic musical passages, and sections of pure and often confrontational noise. Opener ‘DasB1’ features a haunting chorus of ghostly voices submerged within a quasi-orchestral movement, whereas each track that follows mostly goes deeper into industrial-sounding territories that provide an antithesis as well as an exhilarating liberation from the shackles of established normality and complacency. Elggren here takes on the issues of repression, violence, fear and power; the tracks are generically named but each is notable for its clarity and lucidness, and their focus on individual sound-worlds sees a direct correlation to the importance their author sees in each singular being against the greater absurdities we face. Its deeply philosophical stance makes this album an imperative appeal for our times. Mastered by Henrik Rylander. ---------------------------------- Leif Elggren is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm. Active since the late 1970s, he is a writer, visual artist, stage performer and composer. He has many sound-works to his credit, both solo and with the Sons of God (with Kent Tankred), on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and Firework Edition Records (which he co-runs with Kent Tankred). His music usually presents carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and can range from quiet electronics to harsh noise. His wide-ranging and prolific body of art often involves dreams and subtle absurdities, social hierarchies turned upside-down, hidden actions and events taking on the quality of icons. Together with artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, he is a founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) where he enjoys the title of king.


Anton Bruhin / Vogelsang/Vogelsong/Vogelsung/Vögelsäng / 4 x CD / Alga Marghen / 18TES 096

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Alga Marghen presents the complete edition of Anton Bruhin's 1977 cycle Vogelsang / Vogelsong / Vogelsung / Vögelsäng. "If the idea of recording birds came from Bruhin's friend, the Swiss painter Hans Krüsi (this was a common practice for the art brut master, who layered recordings of the many birds sharing his living space into primitive multi-track sonic sculptures), Bruhin is able to use the same material to create a cacophonic and distorted world of unrecognizable nature, all in one low-fidelity stroke. In the 1960s, Anton Bruhin began organizing happenings and performances, creating sound works, designing and typesetting his own books (which he self-published with Hannes R. Bossert through April-Verlag), and drawing and writing poetry. Bruhin was a member of the first class to study at the F+F Schule für experimentelle Gestaltung in Zürich with Serge Stauffer, famous art teacher and specialist in Marcel Duchamp, where he came into contact with concrete poetry, Fluxus, and experimental music. Dieter Roth and André Thomkins are recognizable influences too. In the mid-1970s, Anton Bruhin was surely at the peak of his tape manipulation work. Always using poor techniques and equipment, he sculpted everyday-life sonic objects and turned them into very accomplished and yet totally experimental musical artifacts. The works presented here belong to this same period of expanded creativity, combining themes of excess and chaos with a pragmatic interest in simple structural schemata." Alga Marghen.


Guido Gamboa / Saturday's Notes / Vinyl LP / Pentiments / PEN001

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“"Saturday’s Notes" is the privately-pressed debut LP by Chicago-based artist Guido Gamboa. A "multi-faceted collection of sonic studies born from a day of studious and diaristic note-taking. The music flows in idiosyncratic segments taking on a form akin to an artist’s sketchbook, constantly crossing and challenging the line between the aesthetically curious and the personally candid. Various influences are apparent as the listener is weaved in and out of hollowed concrète construction zones, beds of frayed and tangled electroacoustics, irreverent noise chambers and catatonic lo-fi tape haunts. At times unsettlingly intense and at others laughably informal, Saturday’s Notes serves as both a rigorous fledgeling artistic statement and an exhaustively introspective “note to self.” Saturday’s Notes comes in a UV gloss sleeve with full color labels and download cards, in an edition of 200". Pentiments.


Club Sound Witches / [#3367.] / CD / Chemical Imbalance / CH.IMB.001

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"Four unpolished electronic tracks of amazingly demented/twisted/outsider/ k-hole-inducing "techno" noise. Throbbing Gristle meets The Residents (??)". Released on new Australian label Chemical Imbalance in CDr format. An edition of 25 hand-made copies, each in unique and elaborate DIY packaging. Club Sound Witches (CSW) is the duo of Nicola Morton (Bad Intentions el al) and Matt Earle (Breakdance The Dawn label el al), who moved to Sydney in 2015 after leading Brisbane's now-defunct Real Bad Music venue.


Matt Earle, Nicola Morton / Matt Earle And Nicola Morton / CD / Chemical Imbalance / CH.IMB.003

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Two new lengthy super lo-fi untitled tracks - Brilliant droney ambient noise soundscapes from prolific local DIY experimental team - Matthew Earle [from endless outsider projects/bands -Muura,xNoBBQx,Stasis Duo,Craft Bandits,SSS,Antipan,Love Chants,Bitter Defeat,etc.etc. & the brains behind Breakdance the Dawn tape/cdr label] and Nicola Morton [CSW,Bad Intentions,Wardenburger,etc. & Smoking Cones cdr label]. Edition of 25 uniquely housed CDRs. Chemical Imbalance.


FvRTvR / Following Shapes To The Edge Of A Drift / Vinyl LP / Discombobulate / BOB009

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White vinyl in a run of 250 copies with a sticker designed by Fritz Welch. Split open your skull and squirt a spritzer into the froggy mess! Eff-to-the-ArrTee-to-the-Arr are an exciting vibration, a mind-fondle and a floating forefinger pointing to WHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW! The muscular men here rattle them pots and pans, slap-the-cheek slurps and stick sharp elbows into a web of goof-off electronics. It’s all as pungent as double-strength nag champa oil y’hear? You’re not surprised to hear Fritz Welch all over this with his egg whisk and luxurious throat cavity. And you’d expect Guido Henneboehl’s home-made ‘special sauce’ stirred into the mix marbling sonics like peanut butter versus jelly. But what keeps you awake in the wee small hours is the deeply knitted message of freedom hidden in these intense black grooves. I said freedom yeah. Freedom and liberty! Discombobulate.


MV Carbon / The Sun Will Turn On You / Vinyl LP / Discombobulate / BOB008

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Red vinyl in a run of 250 copies with insert by MV Carbon MV Carbon slips greasy tunes between perished rubber mats and smears it on the parquet. This mixture of ultra-brilliant-synth-darkness and Rumplestiltskin slow-rap makes me think of Steel Pulse raised on home-dubbed noise tapes rather than heavy Handsworth pressure. Fluent and fluttering ‘whaps’ coil Uzumaki-style under sheets of neon-blue keyboard. It’s fair addictive! It’s fair intoxicating. Lightening shudders in freeze-frame, a zoetrope in sound. But the one constant is the voice...the voice and the song. For where would we be without the song eh? The human voice all tra-la-la adding an essential blood- warmth to your regular lute or sackbut etc. And it’s the song that gets you here on ‘The Sun Will Turn on You’. MV Carbon's simple song, half-remembered by any parent or nurse; familiar as mumps yet distant as those splendid ivory toothpicks.


Nicolas Rouzier, Philippe Ancelin / Tornarem Dançar / Vinyl LP / Standard In-Fi / Stdinfi11

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"Tornarem Dançar" by the Ancelin, Rouzier duo is a limited to 300 copies LP on Standard In-Fi, housed in silkscreened thick folder covers with stamped labels. The long awaited traditional monument is finaly available on record! Tornarem Dançar, recorded in 2004, stands alone among musicians as the best Auvergne/Limousin traditional album ever recorded in the last decades. We had originaly proposed to produce a second record of the duo and open our vinyl catalogue back in 2009, thus these new sessions have never been recorded and might never will. After many years of open discussion and patience, we are very proud to present an LP version of the only recording of the duo. Superb orginal takes by Marc Prévost, newly mastered for vinyl format by Frederic Alstadt and packaged by Ségolène Moteley for Standard In-Fi. This music is simply beautiful, a must have!! Standard In-Fi.


Lacroux, Sauvage & Sauvage / Deux Déserts / Vinyl LP / Standard In-Fi / stdin-fi13

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"Deux Deserts" by Lacroux, Sauvage & Sauvage is a limited to 300 copies LP, housed in silkscreened thick folder covers with stamped labels. Comes with Ricoh printed history of the project, green leaflet here. Co-produced with Ludovic Sauvage. Astounding electric guitar and lapsteel solo work by Guilhem Lacroux, the music diviner, if any. The thirty single minute-long tracks present on this motion picture soundtrack will take you far-out in this far-west slide show of sonic landscapes and nature scenes. Highly soulful and magic, these recordings are with no doubt the most exciting guitar work produced in a looooong time... Hot off the press! Standard In-Fi.


Icepick / Amaranth / Vinyl LP / Astral Spirits / No catalogue #

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Icepick is the new trio of Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (double bass) & Chris Corsano (drums). “Amaranth,” the group’s first studio recording, was tracked in a single day in Austin, TX by Ian Rundell (of Ghetto Ghouls), and finds the trio building upon their debut cassette, “Hexane” from 2014. Icepick sculpt pointed & succinct songs out of classic free jazz improvisations. Wooley, Haker-Flaten & Corsano are all at the top of their game here, sounding incredibly comfortable yet inspired in this trio setting. Many who found the debut release a promising start for this group will not be disappointed with the stronger fidelity and stronger connection between these three players. Astral Spirits.


Joe McPhee / Zurich / Vinyl LP / Astral Spirits / No catalogue #

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We are incredibly honored to present Joe McPhee’s “Zurich (1979)” LP…this LP features a previously unreleased 19 minute solo tenor sax recording from 1979. Astral Spirits Records was named after the song “Astral Spirits” on Joe McPhee’s classic “Trinity” LP so this is a true honor for us. This recording also is quite fitting as it was made directly to cassette tape back in 1979 and now is pressed onto vinyl for the first time ever! The vinyl master/laquer was cut in Austin, TX by Adam Smith (Columbus Discount Records/Necropolis/Unholy Two) on an old 1940’s lathe that was quite a beautiful thing to see & hear. The music speaks for itself in true McPhee fashion, from softly blown themes to roars of fortissimo and all places in between. A true joy to listen to McPhee from the late 70’s again. This is the first in a special series of “art edition” LP’s on AS. This one-sided LP features hand screen-printed covers & hand-stamped back covers, also includes a poster of a painting of Joe McPhee by Tim Kerr (Big Boys) specifically done for this release (see below). One time only pressing of 250 LPs. Astral Spirits.


Peter Brotzmann, Konstrukt / The Message: Live at Kargart / 2 x Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL089

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A meeting with the giant. In this live session recorded in 2014 the quartet's basic lineup reunites again with Peter Brotzmann, with whom they already teamed up recording the amazing studio album Dolunay (2008) and Eklisia Sunday (2011, also with Hüseyin Ertunç and Doğan Doğusel). As the title says, we are all invited to listen to the message hidden in these rhapsodic vibes, where the energy of an elephant stampede is channeled into a coherent structure made of percussions (and the drumming here is mind-blowing since the very beginning!), electric guitar, double bass and two whirling - but still clearly discernable - saxophones. Released on Holidays Records in a limited edition of 200 copies and pressed on black vinyl. Holidays Records.


Dennis Oppenheim / Theme For A Major Hit / 2 x Vinyl LP / Slowscan / slowscan vol. 32

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Expanded vinyl reissue of Dennis Oppenheim's "Theme For A Major Hit", a version of which was released in a micro-run private pressing in 1975. Reissued as a double-long-player by the wonderful Slowscan label in a gatefold sleeve. Released in an edition of 300 copies, with 100 copies reserved for museum Schunck in Heerlen in conjunction with the exhibition 'Visual Vinyl' November 2015 - March 2016. Soundtrack to an installation with motor driven marionette, wood, cloth, felt, tape player & external speakers. With Roger Welch on drums, Connie Beckley on electric organ, Bill Beckley and Christa Maiwald on guitar on vocals. Recorded at Angel Sound, New York in 1974. Slowscan.


Vom Grill / Pedante Poses / 7" Vinyl / Infinite Waves / IW45

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Another great 7" vinyl release from Vom Grill, the main solo project of Antwerp-based artist and Ultra Eczema label-head Dennis Tyfus. "Pedante Poses" serves-up two seriously fucked-up pieces of Vom Grill blubber. Released on the Copenhagen-based Infinite Waves label in a limited edition of just 50 copies. Already sold-out-at-source.


Mark Wynn / The Singles / Vinyl LP / Harbinger Sound / harbinger159

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After having the NME announce him as "one to watch for 2015" Mark Wynn promptly quit music. Harbinger Sound spent the summer coaxing him out from early retirement and the result is "The Singles" album. A compilation of 18 tracks culled from two years worth of limited self-released CDs. Wynn's scattershot avant-skank acoustic gobshitting blends despair, bleakness and humour. It then pulls apart any worthless comparisions to The Fall, Wreckless Eric, Patrik Fitzgerald, etc with his irreverent, awkward but smart lo-fi songs. After spending the autumn touring with the Sleaford Mods , Wynn is now back in the game as one to watch for 2016. This album features such classics as "Rip Off The Fall" and "She Fancies Me That One In Age Concern". The album contains a 20-page A4 booklet featuring text, flyers and artwork. An edition of 500 copies. Harbinger Sound.


Korea Undok Group / Quarto / Cassette / Korea Undok Group / No catalogue #

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Four songs of piano music, complimented by tape loops and synthesizers. Inspired by Pedro Costa’s letters from Fontainhas trilogy, the Canada-based Korea Undok Group finds its foundations in repetitive and ambivalent decay during a juvenile quest for purpose. Released on a c22 cassette on the artist's own Korea Undok Group label. Sold-out-at-source.


Sargasso Sea / Concourse / Cassette / Korea Undok Group / No catalogue #

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Two songs of minimal electronic music. Producer Sargasso Sea creates two static shots of popular business locales in Winnipeg, finding intrigue and mystique among shoulder pads and ties. Looking for beauty in capital fog". Released on cassette by the Canada-based Korea Undok Group label in a limited run of 41 copies. Sold-out-at-source.


Peter Brotzmann Group, The / Alarm / Vinyl LP / Cien Fuegos / CF014

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First vinyl reissue of Alarm by the Peter Brotzmann Group, originally released on FMP in 1983. Harry Miller: bass; Louis Moholo: drums; Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano; Peter Brötzmann: saxophone; Frank Wright: saxophone; Willem Breuker: saxophone; Toshinori Kondo: trumpet; Alan Tomlinson: trombone; Hannes Bauer: trombone. Recorded during the 164th NDR Jazzworkshop, November 12, 1981, at the Funkhaus Hamburg. Produced by Peter Brötzmann and Jost Gebers. Cover design by Peter Brötzmann.


Marianne Nowottny / Dark Souls Need Light / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records / FTR221

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"When Jersey teen Marianne Nowottny arrived on the scene in the late '90s, she had the looks of a typical NJ gum-snapper but possessed a voice that was way beyond what you'd expect to find hanging out in the parking lot of White Castle trying to bum cigarettes. Her vocals had the rich, smoky maturity of Marianne Faithfull's late-'70s work, hauled into an off-center bedroom pop universe that was almost impossible to decode. Her subsequent studio recordings have investigated magnificent nooks of post-naïf construction, but it was in live performance that she created some of her most staggering sonic edifices. We are very pleased to finally present two sides of her explosive and surprising avant-lounge meditations. The first side was recorded at the Knitting Factory in '99, with an improvisational trio composed of Mark Dagley (The Girls, Hi Sheriffs of Blue, etc.); Mark's visual arts pal, the late Steven Parrino (whose work with Jutta Koether in Electrophilia was unbelievably savage); and Scott Jarvis (Workdogs, Th' Cigaretz, ½ Japanese, etc.). The fully toasted coil of Marianne's keys and voice blends into the sound-sheets rustled up by her collusionists like an unholy meeting between one of Sun Ra's small ensembles and Robin Crutchfield's Dark Day. Messy, smudged, long-format song distention with amazing shifts in tonal center and a truly crazed heft. The flip, recorded with just Dagley in '02, is even more extreme. Built around a pummel that sounds like the L train blasting straight through Union Square station, Marianne channels broken Simone-tones and broadcasts them into the maw of chaos. Even in those instances when she chooses to use her her völk-voice the results are dastardly, with a feeling so deeply drugged it'll make yr head heavy. If you've never sampled the Nowottny sound, this is a pretty amazing place to start. Don't be afraid. She was just a kid" --Byron Coley, 2015. Limited edition of 300.


Coolies, The / Kaka / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records / FTR206

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"The Coolies have been blurting out random batches of high order avant garage spew since 1997. Sjionel Timu and Tina Pihema are the core of the band. Formed in the sprawl of South Auckland while they were still teens, the Coolies were ostensibly a 'punk' unit, but their sound was never doctrinaire. Through sheer weirdness and strength of vision, they created music that paralleled aspects of underground noise from the forests of Olympia Washington, the squats of West London, and the basements of Dunedin. Without resorting to formal revisionism, they've managed to take the basics of the early Rough Trade sound and smudge it with fingers dipped in the art-readymades of NZ's underground pop groups and their own fevered experimentalism. For a good chunk of the last decade, Stefan Neville (aka Pumice) was their drummer. This line-up cut a great LP, Master, for Chapter Music, and an even more dastardly EP, Punk Is Bread, for Epic Sweep. Now, we are delighted to present their third album, Kaka, gruntily produced by Neville. The tunes on Kaka (the title refers to either Maori slang for 'shit,' or the name of an indigenous NZ parrot, depending on how you ask) were recorded in a couple of long jam sessions, then teased and smooshed into 'shape' over the course of a year or so. The results are both propulsively fetching and utterly fried. We've been listening to this one incessantly. So will you." -Byron Coley, 2015. Limited edition of 400.


Girls, The / Punk-Dada Pulchritude / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records, Negative Glam / FTR220, NG#8

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Pretty much everybody you’d ever trust in such matters has, at one time or another, stated clearly that The Girls were the best band Boston ever produced. Their 1979 “Jeffrey I Hear You” single on Pere Ubu’s Hearthan label is one of the highpoints of American art-punk by any standards you can imagine. Everyone who ever saw them play live was floored by the sheer craziness of their approach. And their songs were strange, great and uniquely their own. Mark Dagley, Daved Hild, Robbin Amos and George Condo came together in dribs and drabs over the course of two years. Slowly growing in number as their material became more complex and zoned, they were a quartet by the time they packed it in at the end of the ’70s. But this album presents swabs of their earliest work. Some of it is just Mark and Daved. Then Robin joins. Then George. And you can hear and feel their palette expand and mutate. Some of the songs here are protean versions of subsequent classics. Others are the first evidence of experiments that came and went before they could even be played at gigs. And it’s all goddamn incredible. Just as Pere Ubu — a band that was The Girls’ most important booster — created entirely new sounds and approaches to their material in order to get the stuff across, so The Girls blasted through Boston’s late ’70s underground, with a fully weaponized art-punk approach that destroyed minds with regularity. Massive stuff. Enjoy. -Byron Coley, 2015


Teenage Jesus And The Jerks / Live 1977-1979 / Vinyl LP / Other People / OP035

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"Teenage Jesus and the Jerks began to formulate their visionary brand of aural catharsis sometime during the first half of 1977, amidst the sordid ruins of a then fully down-and-out Lower Manhattan. The mastermind behind this juggernaut of sonic libertinage was a barely pubescent but world-weary runaway who called herself Lydia Lunch. Influenced strongly by the Marquis de Sade and Henry Miller, Lunch shrewdly decided to graft the existential horror of her own writing onto harsh, atonal music after being exposed to the room-clearing live output of other contemporary rock-music deconstructionists like Suicide and Mars. With an agenda of conjuring nightmarish intensity in lieu of technical instrumental ability, Teenage Jesus instantly made the supposedly 'nihilistic' and 'raw' current wave of so-called Punk acts sound like slick, good-timey pop music by comparison. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks were The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, and Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, transliterated into a blatant mockery of the increasingly tired, basic rock-band format. Posthumously, there have been numerous reissues of the primary Teenage Jesus corpus, namely the first side of the Lydia Lunch double compilation album Hysterie (CD Presents, 1986), a very incomplete anthology titled Everything (Atavistic, 1995) and Shut Up and Bleed (Cherry Red/Atavistic, 2008), which also featured Beirut Slump tracks. These less-than-fastidious documents contained reverb-laden transcriptions of the studio cuts directly from vinyl copies, as well as random live tracks of mediocre fidelity. This particular collection about to be released on Other People is meticulously edited and mastered from rare bootlegs taped during the initial 1977-1979 period of the classic band, and only one title ('Crown of Thorns' from January 17, 1979) has been legitimately released to date, albeit in a completely different sound quality. Almost every known Teenage Jesus and the Jerks composition appears on this compendium and Ms. Lunch herself is quite satisfied that this just might be the final nail in the coffin... If it is the sound of deliberately organized and deployed agony you are seeking, your bath has been drawn and the razor awaits." --Weasel Walter, Brooklyn, NY, June 30, 2015.


Bill Nace, Charles Plymell / Apocalypse Rose / Art book plus CD / Lenka Lente / lkl-l13

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Published for the first time in 1966 in the City Lights Journal, this electric poem by Charles Plymell is presented here in a French edition established according to the translation of Jean-Marie Flémal. We also find in this book the original version of Apocalypse Rose and, on disk that accompanies it, the music that has inspired his reading Bill Nace. Writer, poet and editor, Charles Plymell was born in Kansas in 1935. Nicknamed The original hipster, he pioneered in San Francisco with the Beat Generation before leaving to tour the world. He now lives in Cherry Valley, where he hosts the editions of the same name. Musician, visual artist and publisher, Bill Nace did hear from his guitar Body / Head project he took with Kim Gordon since 2011. In Northampton, he heads the record label Open Mouth. Editions Lenka Lente.


Elklink / Farm Stories / Vinyl LP / Kye / kye36

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Kye is proud to announce the release of 'Farm Stories', the second archival collection from the extinct duo of Adris Hoyos and Graham Lambkin. Unlike the hermetic 'Rise of Elklink' LP, 'Farm Stories' features creative use of the great outdoors, recorded in 2002 at Green Chimneys rehabilitation center for children and animals, in Brewster, NY. We hear pigs, birds, thunder, cows, children, their parents, and planes. These recordings were then fed through a mixing board where Lambkin added Kurzweil K2500 synth, and Hoyos added electric guitar and FX. The results were made into a private run CDR that was given away at Christmas to friends. This 2015 edition of 'Farm Stories' has been restored from the original cassettes by Graham Lambkin and fully remastered by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs. 'Farm Stories' arrives in a full color high gloss sleeve at replicates the Elklink Christmas card of 2002 in an edition of 500 copies. Kye


Michael Morley / Moonrise / Vinyl LP / Kye / kye37

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Kye is proud to announce the release of 'Moonrise', the brand new solo LP by Michael Morley. After a 30-odd year history cutting electric music with the likes of Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos, The Dead C, and Gate, Morley opens a new chapture with 'Moonrise', being the first readily available document of the man in solo acoustic mode. "'Moonrise' was recorded as an experiment in my newly established recording studio to see what might happen if I played acoustic instruments only, with an ear to some early Spanish guitar music and the Persian oud. After 30 years of playing the acoustic guitar in private for no good reason, I decide to record the activity." (Michael Morley). 'Moonrise' arrives in a full color Morley designed matte stock sleeve, with complimentary inner bags, in an edition of 500 copies.


Alec Livaditis / Clear and Cloud / Vinyl LP / Kye / Kye40

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Kye is proud to announce the release of 'Clear and Cloud', the debut LP by Alec Livaditis. Recorded over the summer of 2015, 'Clear and Cloud' showcases Alec's unique vision for extended cello technique across two varying settings. Side A's 'Clear and Cloud' presents Livaditis (cello, objects) and Killick Hinds (Vo-96 guitar) live in an extraneous sound environment, where music and conversation seek to undermine each other in a morose and thrilling tussle, whereas Side B's 'Through The Open Window' finds Livaditis alongside John Kiran Fernandes (clarinets, violin) in a discrete collage of live/studio improvisations that test the elasticity of form and structure. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs, 'Clear and Cloud' arrives in a full color Lee Turner designed sleeve, in an edition of 400 copies. Kye.


Karies / Parole Grätig / 7" Vinyl / Harbinger Sound

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Very limited quantity remaining of the recent tour 7". "Parole Grätig" is an exclusive German tour single from Karies, featuring four tracks from the first Karies demo cassette. Released on Harbinger Sound and In A Car.


Consumer Electronics / Dollhouse Songs / Vinyl LP / Harbinger Sound / HARBINGER152

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Punk/electro/techno-noise trio Consumer Electronics return with a limited edition run album of all-new studio material, following on from last year's acclaimed "Estuary English" LP and this year's "Repetition Reinforcement" 12" on Diagonal. Housed in a sleeve featuring stunning cover artwork by Tokyo-based artist Trevor Brown, "Dollhouse Songs" further chronicles frontman Philip Best's trawl through the seedy thoroughfares of crumbling Tory Britain. "Learn Your Fucking Place" sneers Best in trademark-style, aping the austerity mongers of Britain's current right wing junta. Ably assisted on dark cracked electronics by Sarah Froelich and stunningly produced by noise/beat guru Russell Haswell, this latest instalment in CE's state-of-the-nation polemics is sure to be keenly anticipated. Featuring seven new studio tracks, 'History Of Sleepwalking', 'Knives Cut', 'Condition Of A Hole', 'Nothing Natural', 'The Push', 'Colour Climax' and 'Murder Your Masters' (the last track previously surfacing briefly as an ultra-rare gig only 7"), CE now features a twin vocal attack from the Best/Froelich husband-and-wife team, a furious tide of words spat out over a chaotic spew of mangled beats, bracing synths and state-of-the-art noise generation. This is their most personal and political album yet. "Dollhouse Songs" was mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy for maximum effect. The record also comes complete with an inner sleeve featuring all the lyrics.


Circuit Breaker / My Descent Into Capital / Vinyl LP / Harbinger Sound / harbingersound151

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"My Descent Into Capital" represents the most ambitious recording from this London-based duo to date. Even if they're taking influence from minimal synth, post-punk or early industrial sides, Circuit Breaker are unmistakably contemporary with their delivery. Forging together metallic drum machines, propulsive synth lines and stark guitar degradation into bold , simple and effective songs about down-trodden themes of isolation, discontentment and the true horror of work. This album transgresses any simple nostalgia for its musical forefathers and showcases a band with their eyes fixed firmly on the future. Any obvious reference points are contorted and stretched to the point where they are transformed into something new. After ten years of obscurity and a refusal to go away, and after two well-received records on Tombed Visions, this album is their first full-length album, and first for abstract-punk imprint Harbinger Sound. After many shows with supporting Harbinger Sound mainstays Sleaford Mods, the duo are about to embark on an extensive tour with new label mates Consumer Electronics early next year. The album was mastered by Barry Grint at Alchemy.


Vucca De Lu Puzzu / Cassette / Canti Magnetici / canto03

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Pieces composed with field recordings and radio frequencies captured in the cave Vucca de lu Puzzu at Capo di Leuca, Gagliano del Capo, south Italy, during the residence “Investigation on the extreme land” curated by Ramdom and GAP. Carlos Casas (Barcelona, 1974) is a Film and sound maker and visual artist, his work is a cross between documentary film, cinema, and contemporary visual and sound arts. Limited edition of 150


Andrea Penso / Ritorno All'Acqua / Cassette / Canti Magnetici / Canto 02

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"Ritorno All'Acqua" is a composition (based on rough field recordings and tape loops) about evolution, the baptism of Jesus, a mantra that changes the cells, about human beings who change deeply form and essence in their life time but also about a conscientious involution. Andrea Penso (Italy, 1985) is a sound maker, already active under different aliases (with some albums under Denovali records). “Ritorno All'Acqua” is his first official work under his real name. He is part of Black Moss / Canti Magnetici label team and run the micro-label Kirlian recordings by his own. credits released November 14, 2015 Limited edition of 100.


Deej Dhariwal / My Father My Sun / Cassette / Zamzamrec / zamzamrec039

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My Father, My Sun is the second solo album by Thought Forms’ singer / guitarist Deej Dhariwal. Simon Tucker reviews. Discord. Beauty. Violence. Redemption. The bruality of life. The GLORY of life. Ancient hymns sung to the heavens. Sheets of caustic iron slashing away at the senses. My Father, My Sun is where the historical meets the current. Floating around in its own space, refusing to be pinned down by geographical reference. Otherworldly some would say, but this would be a falsehood as this album is just a mirror of our fire and ice spinning ball that we call home. Ghosts are present throughout, making their first appearance on We Run where they stay slightly out of focus whilst making their presence felt. You can hear them but not understand them as the random hit-ride-crash of the drums disorientate you taking you into the desired state of confusion. Throughout this trip, a sense of static and of detuned signal is a constant, sending thoughts of what lies behind the white noise. A constant sensation of traveling brought to life with glorious chaos on Gate Prayer, where Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express has pulled into the station and loneliness pervades the soul as you stand in the middle of a constant stream of humanity whizzing by you, never once reaching out to connect. Chasing The Sun and Sea Wizard are where doom and richter scale thud force us, slowly marching to a future that is unsure. Throughout the former, Deej delivers a message from the mountain, a hymn, a prayer, a cry from above. Poetic in its atmosphere and textural nuance. Sea Wizard is a far more soothing affair as we are planted near the side of a lake, waves lapping at our feet and the wind howling around us in a way that is overbearing but somewhat cathartic. An emotional piece of instrumental music that will linger for an age in the mind of the listener. My Father, My Sun should be acclaimed for its bold nature and its thematic content that paints vivid images in the mind. A trip well worth taking. Louder Than War.


H, Hedoromeruhen / The Cat / La Vague / 7" Vinyl / Le Petit Mignon / LPM14

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"In 2011, Le Petit Mignon co-organised the festival "Angura - Experimental Music and Art from Japan" (Berlin). For this occasion, Daisuke Ichiba and Yasutoshi Yoshida were invited to show their artworks at Staalplaat store, where, while both artists live in the same area in Tokyo, they actually met personally for the first time. Yoshida, more well-known in the experimental electronic and noise scene for his musical output as Government Alpha than his outstanding collages, improvised a set during the exhibition opening. Blown away by his performance, Ichiba asked Yoshida to introduce him to electronic devices and instruments. Back in Tokyo, they started to hang out and play music together. The project Hedoromeruhen was then born. Ichiba, who's mostly active in the underground visual art scene and whose work has been published by the renowned French screen printing studio Le Dernier Cri, had also been playing and singing folk songs for a while. On "The Cat", he plays acoustic guitar while Yoshida adds electronic sounds, the whole immerging into some absorbing and slightly turbulent psychedelic avant-folk, led by Ichiba's poetic, grotesque and metaphorical lyrics. H is the head of British zamzamrec label and Le Petit Mignon was introduced to her musical cosmos during a great evening at L'Écurie, Geneva, as what we still consider as our non-official closing night after the 2012 edition of the mighty micro-publishing festival Le Monstre. Her set was absolutely stunning and La Vague presents the similar sonic ingredients that moved us so much that night. Drony peaceful yet volatile electronic sounds, cavernous lo-fi loops and enchanting bells echoing in a sea of shooting stars. This new edition is limited to 200 copies, white vinyl housed in a gorgeous two-sided multi panel fold-out art print, hand-stamped and numbered. Completely freaky and amazing artwork by Alkbazz, printed at Le Garage L." Mastered & cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork by Alkbazz, screen printed at Le Garage L., Forcalquier.


Suckdog / Super Suckdog Tape / Cassette / Hermitage Tapes / No catalogue #

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Great single-sided and three-track EP "Super Suckdog Tape" by Lisa Carver's Suckdog project. Three power-punk-rockers!!!! All three tracks are previously unreleased and published on Andrew Coltrane's Hermitage Tapes label.


Red Brut / Rebirth / Cassette / Cold Milk / No catalogue #

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Red Brut is the solo moniker of Ma Verbiesen, who also plays drums in primitive no-wave trio Sweat Tongue and handles the vocals and synth work in electronics duo JSCA. As Red Brut she creates live audio collages with pre-recorded, crudely edited tapes. Underneath the noise and hiss of degraded flea market cassettes, you may recognise the sounds of a Korg MS10, small keyboards, ethnic instruments and other (domestic) objects. Not so much structured chaos, but more chaotic structures. The end results are equally sinister as playful naive. Cold Milk.


ms. blueballs / Radioballs / Cassette / Cold Milk / No catalogue #

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Radioballs C30 cassette by ms. blueballs (Sweat Tongue). Curious debut solo cassette from miss BLUEBALLS. Sailing on the loops of the ‘radiobalise’ and amplifying the unnavigable crumbles that are cinematographically blinded. Second hands and ugly feet on the edge of her exotic RADIOBALLS, divides both sides of this bape with an erratic composition. Limited to 100 copies. In over-sized packaging and with DISCOUNTED SHIPPING on this item. Cold Milk.


No Balls / Crutches / Cassette / 8mm Records / 8mm 053

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Fantastic tape featuring six brand-new tracks of insanely debauched noise rock/noise/rock from Anders Bryngelsson (aka "Drajan" of Brainbombs, Regler et al). Another giant leap towards total destruction. Pro-duplicated tapes with on-shell printing and black/white j-card. Released on the 8mm Records label in a limited edition of 100 copies. 8mm.


Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides / Pike / Portent / Vinyl LP / Golden Lab Records / ROWF50

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Utterly stunning new album from the long-running (and just married) duo of Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols, better known to the world as Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides. They’ve moved so far, now, from their Japanese-esque psychedelicised beginnings back in the mid-‘00s where celebratory flute and drums cascaded into one another like competing tsunamis. Not that what they were doing back then wasn’t already brilliant – in fact, they heralded what felt, at the time, like it might be a whole new era of British drone (a movement that never really came to pass). It’s just that, since then, they’ve become such masters of their craft that it’s hard to feel anything but awe upon listening to Pike/Portent. For starters, they do less. In other words, they seem to be as obsessed nowadays with the space between sounds as they do with the sounds themselves. Resonance too. This record sounds like it was recorded in a cave by the ocean, it’s as simple as that. Secondly, whilst it’s still an exploration of the transitory potential of the relationship between the embellished trapezoid drum kit and the naked flute, it’s just more interrelated, more dynamic, more alive. Jones, in particular, seems to have found the perfect spaces in which to interject complementary and/or jarring sounds (clanking pebbles, pouring water, electronics, etc). It’s almost impossible to consider the result in terms of improvisational music – it’s just so considered, so accomplished, so communicative. This is as pure a demonstration as I’ve ever known of the axis at which populism tipples over into the realm of classicism. Prepare yourself. It’s going to change you. For real. Golden Lab.


Tarzana / Alien Wildlife Estate / Vinyl LP / Pacific City Sound Visions / PCSV-023

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Pacific City Sound Visions presents a new project by Finnish artist Jan Anderzen (KEMIALLISET YSTÄVÄT) and Spencer Clark of The Skaters and Monopoly Child Star Searchers. "Alien Wildlife Estate" is a kulmination of both artists recording Pacific City Studios and finnishing off the compositions in a "YOUR MY FAVORITE ALIEN penpal flare! The music is engaged as a Fruitopian vision of a rescattering of all elements within an International Airport to be presented as Audio exhibit! With songtitles like"DEEP OCEAN IBEX ARENA" and LI SHEN SU'S PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP REPERTOIRES" one can glare the "Up-To-The-Minute"synthetic textures as they coalesce with the impressionistic voices and sound effects of the Symbiotic relationship of thee Modern Airport with that of an Earth Alien ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN. Pacific City Sound Visions.


Arbre du Ténéré / La Pelle Del Fantasma / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL084

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L'Arbre du Ténéré, known in English as the Tree of Ténéré, was a solitary acacia that was once considered the most isolated tree on Earth, standing alone for over 400 kilometers. It was a landmark on caravan routes through the Ténéré region of the Sahara in Northeast Niger, until it was knocked down by a drunk truck driver in 1973. La pelle del fantasma is the debut full length ot the duo composed by Maurizio Abate and Giovanni Donadini (Ottaven, Fantamatres) building a dialogue between open improvisation and armonic structures, moving from ambient soundies to a texture of soft psychedelia, trying to create a musical portrait of this special tree and its history, from the lonely past to the shape of today, a metallic sculpture which replaced it. Limited to 150 copies on black vinyl. Holidays Records.


Robert Turman / Macro / Vinyl LP / La délirante / LDLP01

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Ultra-limited early Robert Turman archival release, Macro was originally going to be titled Roots, because it really goes back to what I was doing 40 years ago, just more modernized technique. I had always taken small snippets of tape and records, repeated them, slowed down, modified, and layered etc, Macro was all done on the computer. I'd been thinking about how in the old days, pop songs were always between two and three minutes long. Most of my music has always been longer extended pieces. I wanted to recreate the feel of noise in the pop song format, so I specifically created an album's worth of songs, all at exactly three minutes, a concept album I suppose. Micro samples were cut, copied, pasted, and totally whacked out. As with all of my music, I have always defied anyone to identify the samples." - Robert Turman Previously released on cassette by Fabrica, the separate tracks were crossfaded to make each side a continuous track. Here, the individual tracks are played as originally conceived. Robert Turman began making sound experiments in the early 70's employing reel-ro-reel tape, cassette decks, arp synth, drum sequencers, multiple string and percussion instruments, and whatever else he could scavenge. In the late 70's he co-founded NON (along with Boyd Rice), but left shortly after the release of Mode of Infection/Knife Ladder 7" to focus on composing and releasing his own music on limited-edition, and now extremely rare, cassette tapes.


City Medicine / Chen & Liu / Cassette / Acid Casualty Productions / ACP019

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"Following up their recent cassette on Mazurka Editions, City Medicine returns with 20 minutes of beautifully crafted tape music from Florida based artist Christopher Donaldson. "Chen & Liu" focuses on 2 compositions of patiently decayed recordings that seamlessly move from space to space in a narrative fashion, allowing the listen to tag along if they feel so inclined. No gimmicks or crowd pleasing sounds to be found here, just anecdotal concrete exploration at its best."


Mars / Mars Archives Volume One: China To Mars / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records, Negative Glam / FTR200, NG #6

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Following the success of the two live LPs bookending Mars’ trajectory through the skies of NYC, Mark Cunningham was convinced to return to his legendary box of cassettes. Even he was surprised to discover the band’s earliest shows (done under the name China) were there, amidst a tumble of other tapes. Thus, the idea was born for a trilogy of LPs tracing Mars’ development from their first audition gig at GBGB through the shows following their Lust/Unlust EP. China to Mars is the first volume, and really displays for the first time how much the band’s earliest music was a mutated variation on some of NYC’s extant juggernauts, in particular Television and the Patti Smith Group. While their sound was clearly their own, the textures and techniques they’re using to achieve them are far less alien than they’d become. Side one was recorded at China’s audition night at CBGB in Feb. ’77, and their follow-up show in June. It’s amazing how good it sounds. And the songs are almost all unheard (apart from “Cry,” which appeared on the Anomia tape box). Even “3E” is nearly recognizable from its released version recorded the following year. The second side is from Sept. ’77, once they had started calling themselves Mars. The shuddering blocks of sound for which they are known are beginning to coalesce, and Sumner’s dark vocals are pushed to the fore. The music is stunning. You can hear the band on the very cusp of transforming itself into the group that recorded those incredible early sides. Wow, can’t wait for the next two volumes. – Byron Coley, 2015


Sunburned Hand Of The Man / Mind Of A Brother / Vinyl LP / Manhand, Feeding Tube Records / FTR198, manhand001

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Amazing archival retrieval (with extra material on the download) of the first release by long-running human zoo known as Sunburned. Forged in the heat of Kristin Anderson’s Charlestown loft, the group more or less descended straight from the corpse of Shit Spangled Banner, although they did not assume the band name until 1997 (two years after the first protean jams had started). The material on the album was recorded in 1997 & ’98, often deep in the grip of acid flashes, and it really shows. Over the course of their nearly two-decade lifetime, Sunburned has been many things, but it’s easy to forget how spacily jazzoid and proggily psyched-out their initial gushes were. The music here is wildly explorative and crazily inventive, sharing a clear affinity with fellow travelers No Neck Blues Band. Indeed, the second edition of the CDR of this album was created to be sold on a 1999 tour which was No Neck, John Fahey and Sunburned. One can only shudder at the mere thought. Anyway, this may well be one of the best Sunburned albums. It has a bizarre sweetness I never noticed in the band back then, because they always seemed like thugs underneath everything else. But you can really sense it here. And Rob Thomas’ excellent liner notes attest to the benign flow of their early visions. How nice to hear where this weird trip started. -Byron Coley, 2015


Joshua Burkett / Gold Cosmos / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records / FTR196

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This is the third album recorded by Joshua Burkett. The first Owl Leaves Rustling was returned to life by Spirit of Orr. Its CDR follow-up, Life Less Lost, was recently retrieved by Golden Lab. Now it is time for Cold Cosmos to once again bask in the sun. Initially released in 2001, Gold Cosmos (a title I always thought sounded like a Robbie Basho bootleg) featured performances by people like Dredd Foole, Matt Valentine, Ben Chasny, Teri Morris. PG Six, Chris Corsano and Noah Wall, which was the world’s first real evidence that Burkett was not operating entirely in a vacuum. Prior to this Joshua’s work seemed quite hermetic, although those few who knew of his recorded legacy would tell you otherwise. The album still sounds amazing an revelatory today. The music proudly wears the fingerprints of a vast array of outsider artists from aroun the globe who created their own weird universes in the guise of “folk music” — from Dave Bixby to Dana Westover, Perry Leopold, Ed Askew (with whom he collaborated) and various other freaks. These impulses were run through deep knowledge of UK “acid folk” (ISB, COB, and onward) and you end of with a brilliant and unique alloy. Burkett never falls prey to checklist-thinking or doing the obvious. His creations are fully his own and they wail in the softest way imaginable. Prepare for a real trip. -Byron Coley, 2015.


My Cat Is An Alien / The Dance Of Oneirism / 2 x Vinyl LP / Backwards / BW19

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Backwards is very happy and proud to announce the new My Cat Is An Alien studio double album! In our opinion, maybe one of their best album to date! From the extended foreword insert by David Keenan: "What are we to make of My Cat Is An Alien, the duo of the brothers Roberto and Maurizio Opalio, titling this new extended sound work The Dance Of Oneirism? [...] None of the tracks have titles; instead we feel our way by number, by movement. Our co-ordinates are fixed, or more properly suggested, by the listing of instruments. Self-made double-bodied string instrument, handmade pocket harp, pedal effects, wordless vocalizations, modified analog drum machine, mini-keyboard, alientronics. But even here nothing is straightforward; everything is invented, shrunken, self-built, inchoate: alien-ated. The session was recorded – instantly composed – in MCIAA’s “Alien Zone”, situated in the Western Alps, and it sounds it. The central fact of MCIAA’s music has always been space but they have never sounded quite so far away, so removed. [...] The music is extremely sensual. The rhythms have a contrary cold/organic quality to them, the feel of the pulse as the breath is held, but soon even that dies down and we are left with an extended, timeless moment, the space between one breath and the next. Occasionally there is the sound of strings, strange steel resonances that populate the music like ghosts, the ghosts of Roscoe Holcomb’s high, lonesome sound, of Dock Boggs and the sanctified steel of Washington Phillips. Ash Ra Tempel met Timothy Leary in the Alps [...] The transmissions are fuzzy up here and at points it makes for a music of almost terrifying quiet. It is minimal, sure, but MCIAA are not so much interested in repetition as in eternal expansion. [...] The Dance Of Oneirism is a music of unknowing, a dance with a phantom, the letting go of a dream. It is MCIAA’s greatest long form work. It has tributaries that run deep into the past, ghost channels that facilitate two-way travel, even as its destination, in the words of the late Conrad Schnitzler, is determinedly future, future, future." - David Keenan. Limited to 300 copies and includes a photographic Art Book by Roberto Opalio. Silkscreened image by the artist on Side D.


Idea Fire Company / Lost At Sea / Vinyl LP / Recital / R13

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Recital is joyed to bring to you the new Idea Fire Company album, Lost at Sea. Lost At Sea imagines the Idea Fire Company as the bar band on a small cruise ship. There are approximately 40 passengers aboard. Around 2/3 of them are in the lounge for the nightly IFCO performance. Most of them seem more interested in drink than in music. The ship has become lost and seems to be endlessly circling. Well stocked with booze and food, etc., the ship continues on. IFCO, armed with only a piano and trumpet/ radio/ synth, provide the nightly entertainment. Lost At Sea is certainly the sister of the also piano-heavy The Music From The Impossible Salon, but Lost At Sea has an air of weary optimism replacing the bleak sadness of Impossible Salon. For almost 30 years IFCO has carved their own path, or dug their own hole, depending on your view, through the ever-changing world of underground music. Still violently committed to the Avant-Garde and to new forms of beauty. Still Romantic. Still idealistic. Despite the odds. In the old days, this sort of commitment was better appreciated. IFCO remains IFCO. As a number of people have said over the years, every IFCO record sounds different, but they all sound like IFCO. Edition of 400 LPs on black wax. Includes a 4″ x 6″ Postcard and a download coupon. Recital.

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