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Glands Of External Secretion - Convicted Felon Adjusted For Inflation cassette £6
Coherent States

"A surreal collage of songs, sounds, Barbara's vocals, voice samples, loops, out-of-context rhythms, field recordings, electronics, cut-up manipulated noises, a cover of The Shaggs’ “Why Do I Feel?”, and anything else which is not considered music, even if it is, and does not need actual instruments to be played, even if they are used. The duo’s twisted orgy of sound borders on audacious, which the phrase “extremely psychedelic” fails to completely encapsulate."

 

Lawrence Crane - Craniostomy Vol. One CDr £6
BuFMS

The founder of Tape Op magazine and Vomit Launch recorded and self-released numerous cassette-only albums throughout the ’80s, mostly passed around to friends and fellow noise-makers, consigned at local record shops, and traded with like-minded travelers through the mail. One reviewer wrote, “The echoing sounds, pulsating tones, and other space age noise creations melodically swim through the compositions, occasionally colliding in dissonant tones that pout over the rhythm, sometimes created by a fuzzy bass or Schroederesque toy piano rambling.” Six previously unreleased tracks plus thirteen selections from a half dozen self-released cassettes, with Steve Valin of Ziplok on three tracks, and Matt Mumper on the full version of “Beor’s Theme.” Cover art by Karen Constance. Edition of 100

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The Viper - Art For Pain’s Sake CDr £6
BuFMS

While enduring his high school years (1976-1980) in Livermore, California, where the jocks were known to lift up a person without warning and deposit him in a public garbage can, Richard Streeter channeled his blossoming passion for the work of Jefferson Airplane, Timothy Leary, musique concrète, comix and all things counterculture into boombox recordings with his sister and a cross-section of the local freakdom. Sometimes the batteries were due for a refresher and the results ended up fuzzy and all heliumed out. Sometimes mom and her snack tray made a cameo in the middle of the session. Whether jamming on violin in a group or scrambling his playing with reel-to-reel experiments, banging on coffee cans or trying to conquer unrequited love Charlie Brown-style, importing a little bit of Haight Street to the flavorless suburbs or navigating good ol’ fashioned angst, The Viper never loses sight of the value of his own innate lyricism. Art For Pain’s Sake has plenty of humor but it is never insincere. As anyone who has heard his track “Cookies Shaped Like Kites” on Induced Musical Spasticity or the Blood Lewiis recording of his graphic score “Conversation With Bicycle Horn” can affirm, Streeter remains committed to craftsmanship, whether exploring his fatuous side or just sketching in the margins for no particular reason. Edition of 100

 

Scarcity of Tanks - Ringleader Lies CD £8
Total Life Society

As any scholar of transcontinental avant-garage knows, when the city once called The Mistake On The Lake exports weirdo discord, it is unassailably top-shelf. Scarcity Of Tanks shift manager Matthew Wascovich and his crew certainly have the 216 brew pumping through their veins, but Ringleader Lies also resides in a space without a place — a scene without a hometown. This firm rejection of rock’s compliant and predictable snuggling with its own sense of self delivers hard-won darkness and exile. Virtuosity on the album lays within its economy. The ship is tight, the route, self-determined yet bereft of congratulatory sentiment, a crucial by-pass of the armies of mediocre dunderheads forever inner-tubing down rivers of flaming shit. This incarnation of SOT excels at nuanced heaviness, Pedro-esque flirtation with the infinite abyss within, and the classic Stooges / Suicide / Torch Of The Mystics slow burn, where grooves hammer sickening hypnosis into fragments. Each track delivers delicious tension in both form and feel; Wascovich’s sturdy visions of rust-belt dystopia are barked and crooned like some -opathic character in an unpublished Warren Zevon short story crawling across bent and grime-slickened cement in an amaretto-colored delirium. His insistent, calcium-charged voice is optimized when flanked by riff and texture. Guitars disorient from an assortment of vantage points, one layer groaning with stone-eyed purpose, another layer riddled with piercing, calisthenic ack ack, another writhing like a magnetic jump rope locked in a Faraday cage as part of some arcane beta-AI protocol. Beautifully recorded by Paul Hamann at the legendary Suma Recording Studio, the material transcends the classic moves upon which it is based, and without which it couldn’t exist. Long live disappearing. Scarcity Of Tanks is Dave Cintron - guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboard, backing vocals; Nels Cline - guitar; Noah Depew - guitar; Doug Gillard - bass, guitar, acoustic guitar; Gnarlos - guitar, violin, keyboard, electronics; Paul Hamann - bass, engineer; Andrew Klimeyk - guitar; Pete Mazich - organ; John Petkovic - guitar, piano, backing vocals; Scott Pickering - drums, electronics, percussion, vibraphone, xylophone; Lee Ranaldo - guitar; Rich Raponi - guitar, bass; Sebastian Wagner - bass, electronics, synth; Matthew Wascovich - vocals; Tom Watson - guitar; Mike Watt - bass; Norman Westberg - guitar, 12-string guitar.

 

Various Artists - Blanc Et Rouge 3xCD £15
Bôłt

So-called “absent” works, evidence of their creators’ critical approach and lack of consent to political pressure under which they had to function. These compositions to various degrees allude to then-current events but also point to the broader historical and humanistic context. Four by Eugeniusz Rudnik: Lesson II; Elegy to the Victims of War; Epitaph of Stones; Guillotine DG; plus The Pole Reports from Space (an excerpt from a radio play with music by Rudnik). Krzysztof Penderecki’s Death Brigade; fragment of the 1962 Radio Moscow program W mirie nowych zwukow. 20th Anniversary of the Polish Workers Party by Józef Patkowski, Rudnik, and Krzysztof Szlifirski. Two by Elzbieta Sikora: Rhapsody for the Death of the Republic; Janek Wisniewski-December-Poland. Bohdan Mazurek’s Epitaph on the Death of Jan Palach (2nd version). Maria Pokrzywinska’s Reglamentoso. Two by Krzysztof Knittel: Dorikos; Glückspavillon for Cathy. Thirty-two-page booklet.

 

Arvo Zylo - Sequencer Works Volume Two Cassette £6
No Part Of It

Tracks from between 2000 and 2003, both released in limited quantities and previously unreleased. Recorded entirely with a Yamaha Rm1x sequencer in a closet or crawlspace.

 

Lauren de Sa Naylor - Congregation Booklet £3
self published

New publication of dream writings from 2013

 

Rinus Van Alebeek - Plays Luc Ferrari Cycles Des Souvenirs CD £7
Bôlt

Dutch maverick conceptualist Rinus van Alebeek interprets the music of the well-known French-Italian tape music composer. As van Alebeek says, he doesn’t make music, and is in fact a writer who abandoned traditional literature and its confines, in favor of “writing” with the cassette recorder. “It is an example of his unique sonic approach to documentary reportage,” supposes our friend at The Sound Projector, “A compelling suite ... which layers together several half-familiar domestic and everyday sounds, along with half-whispered narrating voices, suspending everything in a fluid and open-ended mix…. [C]learly … not ‘composed’ in any normal sense of the word … it unfolds [naturally] and you have no clear idea where it is going, or what to expect next.” The third release in Bôłt’s Populista series of radical reinterpretations of historical music, curated by Michał Libera.

 

Courtis / Uton Flokka - Flokka Kur CD £7
Musik Atlach

Collaborative “Shamanic music in urban context” and “sounds for non-Euclidean geometry landscapes,” which start with the noisy, mystical drones of the Finnish Uton and continues with the Argentinean Courtis’s manipulations and extra noise. Thematically linked by flowers, mixed with Spanish and Finnish language.

 

Ché-SHIZU - Hi No Tamaki CD £12
Jigen production

Mukai Chie, Tori Kudo, Nishimura Takuya and Takahashi Tsukasa combine folk, psych, and free improv in simplicity-embracing compositions. Led by the melodies of Mukai’s voice and erhu, the results are lyrical, compelling, and unconventional avant-elegance.

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Amolvacy - A La Lu La LP £10
Ultramarine

Aaron Moore (Volcano the Bear), Dave Nuss (No-Neck Blues Band) and Sheila 16 (Laboratory Theater Group) create compositions from improvisations centered around strong elemental percussion, radical theatrical vocals, and classical acoustic instruments. Recurring themes are the pain of relationships, the affirmation of the feminine in myth, the hero’s journey, and continuous need to flame the passions of the heart. “A La Lu La” specifically addresses the gap of language in facilitating accurate communication, a gap that only music at its most primal can fill. The back of the album features text by Portuguese authors Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino, who in 1855 created the English phrasebook “English As She is Spoke,” even though they didn’t know any English. A La Lu La mirrors the linguistic train wreck that ensues with the play of language, sound, and unintentional humor. Clear vinyl, die-cut jacket.

 

Astatine / Ogrob - Oeil Céleste 10" £8
Doubtful Sounds

Six tracks that mix the noise experimentation of Stéphane Récrosio with Sébastien Borgo’s field recordings and short waves in Sydney and Tasmania. Digital precision, lo-fi fog, junk sounds, clean noise, kitchen utensils. Cover is hand-stamped on heavy cardboard. Includes postcard. Clear vinyl. Edition of 200.

 

Balinese Beast - Soft Offerings 7" £5
self released

Three tracks of frenetic cut-up rhythm coming from treated feedback and overdriven saxophones, recorded live at Olga’s Laundry in Athens, Greece. Includes two inserts. Edition of 287.

 

Fusiller / Balinese Beast - Les Géométries Souterraines split LP £10
Tranzprocesz

Fusiller's side: France. Electronic passion. Electronic romance. Lowered fist. Balinese Beast's side: Greece. Electric wires. Cartoon saxophone. Feedback loops. Dead mix table. Secret rhythms

 

Matthais Boss / Raymond Dijkstra - Ins Kahle Zimmer Sinken Blaue Firne 7" £6
Ultramarine

Fantastic “chamber” recording from these two masters of the screeching acoustic metal-on-metal -- Amsterdam-based artist Dijkstra (whose extremely personal work, redolent of opium, crusty wallpaper and taxidermy, involves accordion, unknown electronics, and voice) and Swiss violinist extraordinaire Boss. Violin, organ, fork and spoon are the credited instruments here, blowing ice cold gusts into your listening parlor, like twisted classical music from a distant century. Silkscreen jacket. Edition of 100.

 

Foi Pour Pusillanime - Foi Pour Pusillanime 7" £6
Ogrob

Six micro-compositions by Caroline Ehretique (Ondes Martenot, voice, piano, analog synth, electronics, and whip) and Ogrob (analog synth, wind, chiropteran echolocation, railway signal, screams, electronics), oscillating between musique brut, musique concrete and captured nightmares. Hand-made sleeve, linocut on both sides. Edition of 300.

 

Hoor-Paar-Kraat - A Doorbell Of Earbows For Brefix LP £10
Goat Eater

Grainy loop tracks, vocal tracks (which may or may not also be from tape), and surrealist music which isn't miles away from early Nurse With Wound. Richard Vergez (Drowning the Virgin Silence, Gray Girls, Mothersky), Duane Hosein (A Jealousy Issue, Hand Carved Gentleman, ex-Poison the Well). Brandon Samdahl (Mr Entertainment and the Pookie Smackers) and Anthony Mangicapra bathe the entire thing in foggy reverb and mysterious scratching and shifting, which pulls it all together. It makes sense only as a dream transcribed onto recording equipment. The A side contains material previously released on The Huntington Chapters three-inch CDR (Small-Doses) and the B side is all previously unreleased recordings from the same sessions. Mastered by James Plotkin.

 

K2 / .Es - Blackhole CD £8
Musik Atlach

On this unique and unexpected collaboration by the mad doctor Kimihide Kusafuka and the piano-and-sax duo Takayuki Hashimoto and Sara, mineral-like noise coalescences around improv pulsations. Chimeras and human machinery, organic and inorganic matter fuse, and sudden strange creatures made of space probes and skin induce panic with their harsh, dystopic sound.

 

Silvia Kastel - 39 single sided LP £8
Phase

The first volume in Phase! Records’ Bedroom Solitary series is a numb-feel exploration of isolation and singularity through space and darkness. Neuter beats, crawling vibratos, synesthetic repetitions and robotic ambiances form a two-piece electronic work, a hymn to the loneliness of the artistic existence. The title track features synthetic chatter on Dylan Thomas’s “Poem 39,” while “Subtract, ”flirts with disorientation through distortion and low sparse kicks. Edition of 99

 

Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate - Cat Vs Frog LP £10
Palindrone

Exceptional wailing and burning garage psych-rock grounded in heart-breaking, melancholic intensity are guitar monster Kawaguchi’s trademarks; bassist Akira Kikuchi and drummer Nao Shibata (Hijokaidan, Doodles) are primo enablers. Forty minutes of instantly hummable, head-nodding, toe-tapping riffs and melodies, and unavoidable white-light-white-heat guitar solos by this trio of vets from PSF’s Tokyo Flashback vol. 6. White vinyl. Edition of 500. Imported from New Zealand. Cover art by Sandra Schmidt.

 

My Cat Is An Alien / Jean-Marc Montera - Union Of The Supreme Light LP £10
Starlight Furniture Co.

Joining Maurizio and Roberto Opalio on their fourth album for Starlight Furniture Co., legendary French-Corsican guitarist and co-founder of Groupe de Recherche et d’Improvisation Musicales brings his noisy lyricism to three long tracks of oddly sensual and animalistic space howl. As their past collaborations attest, My Cat Is An Alien’s self-sustaining biosphere is an environment where the surreal dreamscapes of mavericks and eccentrics flourish. On this live recording, Jean-Marc Montera’s home-made guitar table, objects, and electronics forge metallic ribbons that twitch between the distant clangs of gigantic spores, while Maurizio (on home-made double-bodied string instrument and effects) and Roberto (on alientronics, effects, and modified electronic devices) set worms adrift in a zero-gravity aviary stocked with narcotized satsuma fowl. Roberto adds disorientation to the trio’s fog-blurred horizon with wordless vocalizations that could pass for billowing laments hooted by mutant sea mammals with enoki mushrooms growing on their larynxes.

 “Since the late 1990s My Cat Is An Alien have successfully renewed a commitment to psychedelia as a revealing factor of the soul," says French critic and writer Philippe Robert. "Brothers Roberto and Maurizio Opalio’s interest in John Cage’s thought and in free improvisation is hardly a secret; hence the attraction toward architectures based on the concept of instantaneous composition, created from extended practices. In March 2015, serendipity brought together My Cat Is An Alien and guitarist Jean-Marc Montera in Marseille, for a concert where complicity manifested itself immediately, thanks to simpatico affinities (Montera in France is a pioneer of non-idiomatic improvisation) and encounters. The trio set out for the beyond, in search of the Harmony of the Spheres, as they have, again and again.”

 

Karen Constance & Jackie Stewart - split cassette £5
Giant Tank

Great split tape from Blood Stereo and Smegma main players. Contains all the wonk you would expect: turntable manipulation, tripped out crackle, tape loop wuzz, cut-up head scratch etc, all heavily focussed on your noggin.

Edition of 50

 

Dylan Nyoukis - Night Chat for Clavin cassette £5
Recordings for the Summer

A tape piece dedicated to the late, great Hans Clavin.  Conrete Poetry recited back via 2 walkmans, 2 tape players for the blind and the Universa Assmann 640.

Edition of 30

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Colour Out Of Space - T-shirt £10

Show the world you got some heavy listening ears with some fine threads.  Mint green on black, or mustard yellow on navy blue. Small, medium or Large  Gildan shirts. Please specify.

 

 

Colour Out Of Space - 4 badge set £3
4 Colour Out Of Space 1" badges in clippy bag.

 

Blood Stereo and Hair & Treasure - split LP £13
Discrepant  

"So successful is this split-LP at hoovering up every last atom of vitamin B12 from the listening parlor, it really oughta come with vouchers for a cobalt patch. Not that eerily smooth and slightly red tongues are totally lacking in merit — rule thirty-four and all that — but there are occasions when a person needs to stand up without fear of keeling over.

Karen Constance and Dylan Nyoukis’s “Six Soddened Scenes” effortlessly ushers believers through their funhouse hexagon like a couple of one-armed juggler docents. A plastic bottle rattles inside a lettuce spinner, maybe, and it’s more refreshing than a tumbler full of iced bees (docile when served chilled, but they wake up in your mouth); machinery grinds during upper respiratory trials in a sitting room, not to be outdone by the beauteous overdriven shred of Ali MacKinnon’s amplified foghorn blarf; scratchy Brillo remnants and snippets of Bollywood soundtrack hover above scenes of escape pods about to sink during the systematic decay of the mothership hull, each rivet popping one at a time. Murky woont, fractured lost-life howls, and tiny screechlets define the slow-mo suffocation of an audience of easily spooked walruses who can create a stampede of fat with the slightest provocation (you do not wanna get in front of that, seriously); monologues worthy of Jodorowsky make their presence known among passages of ivory tickling, typically judgmental chickens, and equine asthma demonstrations. The mockery of swooping ducks requires a heads-up, what with their air-bending wing extensions that emit gnarly death cries appropriate to WWI myths, digital feedback, bass amps, and the heavy condensation of anxiety into hard, hairy, sweaty balls. Lady Clackarella and her magnetic sisters pick at the metal washers under their skin and leave trails of ooze everywhere they go. One section, seemingly designed to resemble evacuation from the digestive system of a sentient cabbage, should convince some listeners that they are, in fact, Crohn’s Disease with shoes. Looped and cut-up piano slip through the haze of a recital hall filled with addicts vaping carolina reapers.

On the flip, Hair And Treasure’s stingers throughout “Juno Lake Loop(s)” remain sharp enough to deface one’s concept of space. Vestibular heat radiates from the mirrored walls of Alex Jones and Gonçalo F. Cardoso’s wobbling honeycomb — indeed, the contrast and activity of their montage rivals a newborn infant’s takeaway from baby’s first episode of Spongebob. Colored vinegar fountains immortalize the sacred gurgle; death snorts commemorate distant string ploink; an organ dirge is jauntified and reimagined as a drained-pond shanty; the flutter of rubber swimfin on facemask and the crackle of cattails getting snapped off provide the necessary dinner theater overture. Gag-and-raspberry cut-ups are peppered with Mirounga ululations; contestants joust blind-folded; volunteers regret having agreed to high-speed bandage removal; pizzicato ploink bouquets flourish like the bursting blood vessels in a drunkard’s last remaining bits of uncorrupted cartilage. Top-shelf grunts provide deep satisfaction; the appetite for deep-fried breaded chainlink fence is whetted by the scraping of the barrel; virtuoso paddle boing elicits titters and giggles easier than two nudists scooping cloudy oil out of a vat; the reed-abusive whine of oblique wind / brass / licorice protocols mimics advanced inhalation strategies for newly mono-nostrilled scotoplanes. The league of refrigerator-trapped amphibians assemble (heralded by encoded somnambulant chirps and sci-fi bleep bloop passed along via networks of malfunctioning baby monitors), and drift isolated in a gelatin cube where accordion–harmonica woont bends and refracts in delicate intersections of tropical weather anomalies; imploding treefrogs remain calm during their noble self-sacrifice for the greater good; the anal growls of a twenty-one-duck salute morph into pronunciation guides for… something (it’s encrypted, so who knows). The sound of Zugly keyboards rippling through corrugated tunnels indicates closing time at the Nystagmus deficiency theme park.

Whether you’re struggling with a touch of anhedonia or just feeling dumbfounded and angry, these two collages will knock the desire back into you. The blissful wooze of aneurysms proliferates inside crystal balls until they pop, scattering into stammer-inducing arrangements where you can’t tell what’s facing up and what facing down. If nothing else, Discrepant’s release of this pair of masterpieces of maniacally telescoped Scheherazadian novellas proves that freak-scrambled history is one worth living for." - Seymour Glass

 

 

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Occupy Infantry CDr £6
Butte County Free Music Society

In abundance here are excerpts from a March 2016 appearance in the Creative Music Guild’s Outset Series at Turn Turn Turn in Portland, Oregon -- plastic egg stomps and solitary hockey ape by Gnarlos; ecto-synchronous screech from cassette players left under chairs and tables, pre-recorded by Babuna Virus, Lindy Lettuce, and The Viper; and Lucian Tielens in DJ Bruce Haack mode with his gigantic all-in-one toy console. Highlights from No Spray 205 sessions include a marvelous solo by Tielens on popcorn box, bent Memorial Day ragas with mammoth curls, and a cut-up of a clutzy failure’s stammering death spirals sourced from a found self-help cassette. But it’s the 26-minute storage closet recording “Erika’s Last Day” that is the centerpiece of the album. From Tom Timpson on the credit card machines to newest ensemble member Count Darkula raking a window to nowhere and working cardboard tubes like Paul Lynde dry heaving into a didgeridoo, the only other source for such extended anxiety and astonished dread would be a psychic battle between a levitating junior high school shop class and a home-ec class rolling around the kitchen blind-folded. One part guerilla confinement test, one part circular firing squad, the no-instruments track boasts the wince-inducing weeent of metal clothes hangers getting dragged across a metal dowel, old doors opening and closing, the hoarse scrape of porcelain mugs and bowls grinding on a nail sticking out of the wall, the brittle clink of jars and vases rotating against one another, and the insane helium whine of sticks making frantic scribbling gestures on cardboard boxes. Slats on doors of wooden cabinets and plastic hangers are clacked; boxes of nails and screws are shaken; cans of paint, vacuum cleaner tube, metal rods and anything else that could be held onto are dropped on the floor and kicked back and forth. So, yeah, it’s a very percussive odyssey, in the same sense that a hornet’s nest thwacked moments ago with a tennis racket could also be considered percussive. Using enhanced cross- pollination techniques such as running the water in the sink and molesting components of half-built mannequins, the group passes an important milestone in their self-imposed primal grunt therapy.

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Cavoli Riscaldati CDr £6
Butte County Free Music Society

The first of two warm-up prequels to the group’s upcoming reimagining of Live at Pompeii, “Squat And Elevate The Perforated Cylinder” sweeps swatches of ring modulator grit across expansive Herbertian wastelands like second-hand, moose-befouled flying carpets. Lucian Tielens and Gnarlos attack the fetid void by cacking together spritz mosaics sourced from an interstellar vinegar bath. The newest member of the group, Count Darkula draws on previous experiences within the cold hard swamp and fires off volleys of epic woont, diseased mastication struggles, and mechanical flutters. Picking up on the intrusion of turd-nourished car alarms (because Bren’t Lewiis always records with the windows open), The City Councilman counter-attacks with fractured yelps from bio-chimerical slaughterhouses and a black yoga move known as “upward oozing glue gun.” Fragments of his electric guitar fwa-garnk seep into the obstacle course from all corners, deflecting mushy roars as they deep-throat throbbing and discordant echo. The second one “Plummeting Blobs Of Unguent” is slightly more low key but every bit the exercise in weightless, animalistic flailing. Pre-recorded reel-to-reel tape yoink passes through layers and layers of distressed transmissions. The edges of unidentified blocks of congealed fluids crackle and crumble. Fur-choked warbles pulsate from the intestines of a lunatic grizzly sickened by the irresistible sweetness of blood berries and lead paint. The distant screeches of metallic fruitflies gnawing the mold off the sides of a dumpster become the sickening threat-assessment howls of cats with telephone abdomens. Bracketing the twin epics are: a sullen invocation by gargoyles forced to navigate insectoid percussion, the luminescent yawp of Babuna Virus, belligerent gurgitations, and acid reassurances; and Limphoma’s impromptu, heckle-based “My Down Booties Were Eaten By Pat’s Dog,” recorded live opening for The Tenses, ending the album in a mangle of stomped-upon slurry.

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - F.A. Henderson’s Casino Sordide CDr £6
Butte County Free Music Society

Recorded in Portland, Oregon, under the influence of King Tubby, The Frogs, and shared fantasies about a 30th Century interpretation of Grey Gardens, the foundational spwahaohao of Casino Sordide could easily pass as the soundtrack for a demented, Justice-Schanfarber-hosted straight-to-public-access travelogue. The ingredients manifest includes: jumbush; damaged sitar; shamisen-type thing; kalimba seemingly custom-made for Richard Keel; suitcase zipper; messed-up log with big lead bolts, wire, and sounding gourd attached (like a Gambian ko that could double as a cudgel for a midget Viking); metal lid from tea canister; ScratchBox; air mattress pump; acoustic guitar; toy ukulele; flutish wind-instrument made of wood; Velcro; big exercise ball; bells; lychee-shaped keychain; metal ruler; plastic lid from a bottle of hot flash pills; homemade zither; cat toy; aloe vera gel; mild dyspepsia; and wood scraped with pushpins. These quiet, understated recordings are considerably gilded by overdubs of loops, tape manipulation, found noises, remote individual performances by farflung members of the group. Two mid-’80s tracks previously released on their debut cassette Make It Stop, along with new collage pieces, cast this album as the red-headed stepchild of Pork Queen’s Strang geeking the sort of quasi-shaman visions present on Buffy Saint-Marie’s Illuminations, covertly harassed by parasitic sociopaths, temple desecrators, and a language-impaired tribe locked in a basement long after the tornado has passed.

 

Brendan Walls - Outpost LP £15
Dom Bartwuchs

A dream-like motion from distant drones of vaguely defined shape toward totally disembodied sound, by this Australian musician who has worked with Oren Ambarchi in the Menstruation Sisters, Greg Turkington, Mirror, Daisuke Suzuki and others.

 

Lasse Marhaug - Bring Me The Head of Lasse Marhaug LP £10
Peer Pressure Zombie

Two side-long noise-scapes that’ll curl your toes while massaging your mind.

 

Rats With WIngs - Aide-Memoire Double LP £18
Heard Worse

“Aide-memoire is the first vinyl album release from Rats With Wings, the noise project for William Lemnell of Sydney, Australia. Compiling tracks previously scattered across the globe via CD-R format, it’s a great introduction to his jack-knife approach to modern noise. It’s also perfectly presented, as self-released fetish objects of collector desire often are. Lemnell has fixed a scratched and worn CD to the front cover, data side up. It looks like the very format itself has grown mould, backsliding into disrepair through natural weathering. The cover works as metaphor for Lemnell’s compositional process. He’s obsessed with the frayed edges of noise stretched to breaking point, whether via analogue or digital means. The sidelong opening cut is scratchy and crabby, almost diffident, with harsh digital distortion and noise-gating building an uncertain architecture from hard disk detritus. Elsewhere, Lemnell unleashes great bee-swarms of unruly noise that melt into birdsong just before they reach saturation point, while church organ drones sing from beneath percolating buzzes and clicks. The final side is a traditional noise blowout, cutting from manipulated spoken word samples to sandpaper-grit walls of sound. What pushes Lemnell far beyond cookie-cutter noise machinations, though, is the deftness of his touch. This is perfectly exemplified by the second side, a stunning work for elevated drones, with buzzing guitars ringing out an insect symphony while bubbling electronics glaze the desktop. As with much of Aide-memoire, the development and deployment is leisurely – it feels as if it could, and should, go on forever.” – Jon Dale

 

Billy Bao - Urban Disease LP £15
Pan

It has been said that Billy Bao doesn't believe in hypnagogia because he always sleeps with one eye open, and when he dreams, all he sees is AIDS deniers, German shepherds, and soldiers disguised as UN peacekeepers. Before Mattin and anarchism ruined his life, Billy was a bit of a troubadour who accompanied himself on acoustic guitar and warbled wild songs of protest in his native Nigerian patois. This new album, his third on vinyl, is a transitional one dating from late 2006. The gaztetxes of Bilbao hadn't yet burrowed into his marrow, Mattin was still plotting his moves for acting as Merle to Billy's G.G., and the herpes sores in the mouth of global capitalism revealed no visible symptoms. What began as a relaxing session in which Billy conducted a pickup band of itinerant improvisers through a song-by-song cover of Amon Düül's Psychedelic Underground got fucked up by Taku Unami. Likewise, Margarida Garcia lends astounding skill and highly personal idiom on the electric double-bass (in her hands an instrument with the tension of string on wood and the disruptive potential of a crackle box); Barry Weisblat, meanwhile, teases out a century of drone from a Cornell lunchbox of filament and circuitry; the sainted Tim Barnes plays drums and percussion with a saintly touch; Mattin, thumb and forefinger compulsively pinching (or stroking) his Hitler mustache after every take, funnels Billy's malaise through laptop, percussion, and folk instrumentation; and a women's choir eerily fills out the atmosphere with wordless vocals and incantations. The result is a fragmentary, extremely loud hippie jam session punctuated by stretches of uneasy silence and scrape. Cover artwork by Henry Flynt.

 

Justin Meyers - Resonating Upon Harmonic Ground LP £15
Second Sleep

Beautiful musique concrete and analog synth that explores the interaction between field recordings and simple sine waves. In Meyers's balanced suite, individual elements lose their origins in favor of composition. Edition of 150.

 

Loop Circuit - Sound on Sound LP £10
Starlight Furniture Company

Originally released by Japan’s G.R.O.S.S. label as a cassette in a limited edition of 88 copies in late 1994, Loop Circuit’s Sound on Sound joins Akifumi Nakajima (also known as prolific noise artist Aube) with Dub Murashita together in an all-electronic self-hypnosis seminar. The duo limits their source materials to purely electronic sounds, loops and effects, creating a mesmerizing, constantly shifting mosaic. Slight creasing on the top right corner of the cover.

 

Spykes - Citizens Dream of a City LP £13
Sergent Massacre

To plagiarize Volcanic Tongue, this solo effort by John Olson (Wolf Eyes) encompasses abstruse sonic strategies (almost Sick Llama-esque in their inscrutability) and avant garde miniatures consisting of electrified balls of steel wire, stuck-groove drone epics, and primitive hobbyist hi-fi experiments. Olson wads up 20th century sound art practice (as documented by Alga Marghen, Revue Ou, et al.) with the home-burned aesthetic of the Chocolate Monk / Fag Tapes / American Tapes axis. Artwork by Jonas Delaborde.

 

Daniel Menche & Anla Courtis - Yagua Ovy LP £10
Mie Music

Based around the Argentinean mythology of the Werewolf, or “the blue dog” that lives on the “land without evil” of Mbya-Guarani, the first collaboration by Menche and Courtis whips up primal and natural noise. Menche draws out the sound and resonances found lying in snow and rocks while Courtis bewitches pizza sauce cans and his guitar, creating this mind flaying homage to the mythical wolf.

 

Michael Morley, My Cat Is An Alien, Ramona Ponzini & Lee Ranaldo - Live @ Sensational Fix LP £13
Starlight Furniture Co.

As part of the 2008 exhibition Sensational Fix, with a focus on Sonic Youth’s multi-disciplinary activities since 1981, My Cat Is An Alien performed live with long-time collaborator Ramona Ponzini, Michael Morley of Dead C, and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Side B features solo pieces by each of the five members of this extemporaneous ensemble. Stills from the live footage shot by curator Roland Groenenboom appear on the colour insert.

 

France Sauvage - Couper Les Tchou-Tchou LP £13
Bimbo Tower

Improvisation tinged with humor and humility, a rare approach. From the strangely nerdy harpsichord to the spirit of serenity and clusters of small noises and explosions, from the male vocals competing without meaning, trying to scream higher and higher, to the supervisor berating students for smoking, Couper les tchou-tchou delivers new ideas and much-needed rawness to a frequently fixed and ossified genre.

 

Napalm Jazz - Le Viandier de Taillevent LP £10
Galerie Pache

Debut album recorded in part during a 2006 European tour and in Quebec. Philemon, A_dontigny, and Erick Orion are joined by Erikm, Arnaud Rivière, and Erik Minkinnen whose wax footprints are noted for their delicacy, subtlety, and unorthodox approaches to improv. Edition of 181.

 

Part Wild Horses Main On Both Sides - Poisson LP £12
Mie Music

“Informed by ecstatic jazz, but Poisson's roots are in pragmatic sonic experimentalism,” notes Bruce Russell, “You can almost smell the witch trials in this,” while Foxy Digitalis marvels at Part Wild Horses’ “whirling eastern tones, primal playing and dusty, dismal grain…. [A] sludging mess, but coherent and beautiful all the same,” and Volcanic Tongue can’t escape Poisson’s claustrophobia: “Creaking percussion and dooms of gong tone conjure … ghost galleon in distress … while mutated vocals, voids of breath and Jones’s fantastic flute playing carve halos in the air.” Includes “Seven Season Of Weeping,” a bonus track not included on the original cassette (Rayon 2009). 180g vinyl. Edition of 500

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Harvester of Eyes CDr £6
BUFMS  

"A year in the making and largely informed by the Ensemble’s roots and experiences in the level of DIY broadcasting that SCTV once lovingly parodied, this 56-track bucket of stovies is Bren’t Lewiis’s most thorough homage yet to vox populi media: call-in AM radio, YouTube, public access TV, infomercial fails, obsolete instructionals, and amateur self-help cassettes that offer guidance of dubious utility. You get several meanings in the blink of an eye (to paraphrase Olivia Tremor Control) in this 69-minute rationality-flouting obstacle course. Assertions and their opposites contain veracity and patent untruth. Cyclical repetition meets the deliberately deployed and the gloriously arbitrary. Electric guitars and toy instruments and maniacal grunts careen across layers of grinding reel-to-reel noise and compromised cellphone transmissions. Looped fweeps and saturated hornk keep time throughout stretches of impromptu stress tests, insect percussion, anonymous background rumbles and rustles, pizza cutter schwing, and the crackle of scratchy old thrift store records. Sing-song chirps from skewed pop and cult memories meet hacked and damaged recordings of insufficient improv and anthropomorphized household objects. With two inserts. Edition of 100"

 

Alice Kemp - Impregnator of Death Mouth 7" £6
Harbinger Sound 

The first solo vinyl release by this South England multimedia artist who has been active in the field of radical sound and performance art for 20+ years. Twelve-page full-color booklet. Edition of 150. Listen to a two-minute edit of side one: https://soundcloud.com/germseed/alice-kemp-harbinger112-1

 

This Is Yvonne Lovejoy - Voice Studies 08 cassette £6
My Dance The Skull

"Veronica Lovejoy spent most of 2004 on a residency inside Black Rose’s private gallery. The unpublicized installation, entitled Gestation, combined kinetic sculpture with performance art, and pushed the limits of movement and sound for this emerging artist. The conclusion, witnessed by a small handful of friends, family and medical professionals, concerned some with its mishandling of anaesthesia, near-traumatic contortion, and bodily fluids. Following a three-day stay in the hospital, where doctors monitored Lovejoy’s jaundice, discharge was granted and work on the next piece began almost immediately. Described as “anti-playerly” and “within an undefined nether-space between voice and brass,” This Is Yvonne Lovejoy’s “Admit It” could be seen as related to the extended techniques and subtle decibel range of Franz Hautzinger, Axel Dörner, and nmperign. Veronica Lovejoy refuses to comment on influences. c20."

 

Rudolf Eb.er - Brainnectar  2xCD £10
Schimpfluch Associates

"Eb.er's most developed program to date, combining psychodynamic environments built from specific nature sounds and extreme acoustics, often including ecstatic elements on instruments of shamanic origin. Binaural beats as well as isochronic tones stimulate a direct neural reaction to this unique and unheard audio art. The title of this 128-minute work derives from tantric techniques that raisie psycho-physical energy, or inner fire, from the perineum up to the top of the brain, from where it drips (as nectar). This consciousness-expanding heating and dripping during creation and/or reception of Brainnectar is given priority over any musical aesthetics. The grand lady of japanese extreme music -- screamvocalist Junko Hiroshige of Hijokaidan -- participates on several tracks. "

 

CS Yeh - Transitions  CD £7
De Stijl

"Having rattled the hinges with last year’s “In the Blink of an Eye” seven-inch, C S Yeh flings open the door and steps inside. The startling songs on Transitions flit between sculpted guitar riffs and measured, just-shy-of-lush synth-pop with wry lyrics delivered in guileless tones. Ardent fans will have little trouble understanding the move away from handsomely carved drones or speckled and serrated noise; Transitions is simply a different form ‬of Yeh’s unmediated expression, of a spirit with Slapp Happy, but which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Magnetic Fields record."

 

L. Stinkbug - The Allure Of Roadside Curios  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

Formed in 1997 by guitarist G.E. Stinson with bassist Steuart Liebig and guitarist Nels Cline, L.Stinkbug consciously chose to complete their line-up with a drummer who could groove -- percussionist Scott Amendola. Both Stinson and Cline prepare their guitars with an assortment of springs, toys, paint brushes, an electric drink stirrer, enough clips to make a beautician queasy, an egg whisk (that’s right, an egg whisk) and numerous other custom-made objects, and run them through a variety of effects, harmonizers and looping devices; same goes for Liebig -- chopsticks between the strings, looping devices, extended technique, the works.

 

The Dead C - The Damned  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

Nasty rock screech that sacrifices not an ounce of the grace and finesse required of tamers of gigantic, wild sandworms. The Dead C’s improvised noise rock verges on disintegration with a trademark hazy disorientation, invariably evoking hypnotic and heavy moods. But The Dead C are no bummer. They have always sought liberation from shallow and easy rock conventions; amid the murk of cardboard box guitars, underwater vocals, and ramshackle drumming, a new consciousness emerges. The recognizable, sullen strumming, mumbling and lyrical ennui of Michael Morley, anchored by percussionist Robbie Yeats and punctuated by Bruce Russell’s atonal bursts coalesce in a solid front that mocks the efforts of schmaltz-peddling hacks.

 

Dustbreeders & Junko - Mommy Close The Door  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

Recorded live in France in late 2002 by Japanese vocalist Junko Hiroshige — whose murderous wail hypercubes Patty Waters, Yoko Ono, and the titular victim in Olivia de Havilland’s 1972 crime flick The Screaming Woman — in collaboration with Yves Botz, Thierry Delles, Michel Henritzi, who extend the trad power trio into a Marclay mash with brutal rock’n’roll energies. Extremely nasty, unholy screaming that’d peel paint mixed with maniacs destroying the history of popular western music one record at a time.

 

The Glands Of External Secretion - Northern Exposure Will be Right Back  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

A surreal scrapbook collage of songs, sounds, and manipulated noise by singer–songwriter Barbara Manning and founder of Bananafish magazine S. Glass. With many excerpts from Glass’s early ’80s radio show, and guest appearances by members of Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, CCCC, Masonna, The Dead C., U.S. Saucer, The Double U, Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble, and many of Manning’s bands.

 

Mr Hageman - Twin Smooth SNouts  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

Oddly distorted guitars, mangled erhu, manipulated violas, unrecognizable African percussion, bouncy Hagemanizer™, bizarre noises, and found nonsense looped, stretched, chopped, sped up, and warped by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 guitarist.

 

Lee Ranaldo - Amarillo Ramp (for Robert Smithson)  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

Sonic Youth’s left-minded and soft-spoken lead guitarist wields a big stick with a solo outing of the highest sonic magnitude. The title track is a 34-minute live recording from 1994 with after-the-fact wave-shaping and spectral improvement by Rafael Toral, followed by an instrumental “Anagrama” type frolic with Steve Shelley and Thurston Moore. Plus, a couple of soundtrack excerpts and a John Lennon cover featuring the late Epic Soundtracks.

 

Lee Ranaldo - Broken Circle/Spiral Hill  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

Five early ’90s tracks by one of the original lords of howling, including a Sebadoh cover. With cover art by Michael Morley (of The Dead C. and Gate), this is the flailing ultimate in rubberized, flatline wawaaarph.

 

Text Of Light - Text Of Light  CD £8
Starlight Furniture Co.

Text of Light was formed in 1999 to perform improvised music during screenings of films by Stan Brakhage and other American avant-garde filmmakers from the 1950s and ’60s. These should not be considered soundtracks for Brakhage’s works, which are intended to be screened silently. Rather, the group uses the films as an element to stimulate improvisation, like an additional player, juxtaposing film and music in a real-time performance mixed-media collage. On this CD the group, in various combinations, includes: Lee Ranaldo and Alan Licht on guitars and devices; Christian Marclay and DJ Olive on turntables; William Hooker on drums and percussion, and Ulrich Krieger of Zeitkratzer on sax and electronics.

 

Zip Code Rapists - Sing & Play The Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today  CD £10
Eabla

From their supposed beginnings as a Doors cover band from Texas, to their shameful years of bloated excess, to their acrimonious breakup and inevitable decade-later reunion, this CD details the hope and anger, the trauma and triumph, of this quintessentially American folk-punk combo. In addition to their astonishing 1992 debut LP Sing and Play the Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today, this CD compiles the overlong 7-inch The Man Can’t Bust Our Music (1993) and the inexcusably short 12-inch 94124 (1995), all of which have been lovingly remastered for today’s more discerning listener. This deluxe package also includes previously unheard outtakes and compilation tracks, four songs from an incendiary 1993 show at CBGB, and a touching tribute to Seals and Crofts from a 2006 reunion show. Includes 16-page booklet with liner notes by Will York, and a rub-on ZCR tattoo, which can be worn for a day, or cherished for a lifetime.

GONE
 

Joe E - Love Got In My Way  CD £10
Eabla

The first release by the reissue-only label Eabla Records fetches an offbeat masterpiece back from the grave in search of the audience it was denied 33 years ago. Construction worker and stock car racer by day, polyester-clad musical powerhouse by night, Joe E. Neubauer risked everything to create Love Got In My Way, originally released in 1975 on an enigmatic, ill-fated vanity label from South Florida. A profusely illustrated 16-page booklet tells the shocking story of the $20,000 gamble that gave birth to this lounge-pop Pet Sounds for the middle-aged melancholic. Joe E.’s brooding music sounds more sensational than ever, having been lovingly remastered from the original tapes that Neubauer himself pulled out of his label’s dumpster in 1976.

 

Henry Flynt - New American Ethnic Music Vol.4: Ascent To The Sun  CD £10
Recorded

The final release in the NAEM series (but not the last Henry Flynt on Recorded) is a brilliant, sparkling hillbilly raga in the family of “You Are My Everlovin’ ” but with a unique double violin approach and a mind-bending structure all its own. The piece covers incredible ground in terms of specificity of mood and sentiment, and is deeply listenable and experimental at once. It is a new creation by Flynt circa 2004, engineered by Tim Barnes.

 

Dion McGregor - The Further Somniloquies of...  CD £10
Torpor Vigil

The third album by the world’s greatest sleeptalker (following Dion McGregor Dreams Again [Tzadik 1999] and The Dream World of Dion McGregor [Decca 1964]) is just as hilarious, bizarre, poignant, macabre and charming as its predecessors. Recorded in the ’60s by McGregor’s songwriting partner and roommate Michael Barr. Twenty-four tracks, almost eighty minutes.

 

Dion McGregor - Dreaming Like Mad with...  CD £10
Torpor Vigil

Fifteen previously unreleased somniloquies by the world’s most famous dream-talker — over an hour of enthralling and hilarious adventures from slumberland’s master orator, recorded by Michael Barr with the windows open and the atmospheric noises of Manhattan’s First Avenue traffic in the background. Just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the initial release on Decca of the first batch of musings, stories, rants and screams of a man fast asleep.

 

Points Of Friction - Afterlife DNA Finger-Painting  CD £9
Melon Expander

When Points of Friction formed in January of 1981, they had no formal musical training (or even knowledge of freely improvised music) and relied on their voices and whatever else was at hand -- wire mesh, sheet plastic, an old guitar, etc. Gradually the group acquired electric instruments, toy keyboards, multi-track tape recorders, and pedal effects, and moved toward a more processed sound, informed by groups such as Faust, Cluster, Nurse with Wound, Dome, This Heat, Can, AMM, Fripp and Eno, and Negitivland. After a 20-year hiatus Joseph Hammer, Damian Bisciglia (Agog), Tim Alexander, and Kenny Ryman reformed with Mitchell Brown and dropped this, their third official release.

 

The Shaggs - Philosophy Of The World  CD £8
Self Released

"In 1968, three sisters from Fremont, New Hampshire strapped on their instruments and declared themselves The Shaggs. At that moment begun a peculiar tale that would last far beyond the group's five-year run. Dot, Betty and Helen (and occasionally Rachel, the fourth sister) played in the group on the insistence of their father, Austin Wiggin Jr., who was convinced they were going to be big. Years earlier, Austin's mother gave him a palm reading, predicting that her son would marry a strawberry blonde woman, that he would have two sons after his mother died, and that his daughters would form a popular music outfit. The first two became reality, so Austin was certain the third would follow suit. With pure confidence and his mother's bold prediction, Austin decided that his daughters would forgo attending the local high school in favor of home schooling interspersed with a strict regiment of instrumental and vocal practice, along with jumping jacks and sit-ups. Soon after The Shaggs would enter Fleetwood Recording studios in Revere, Massachusetts to record their sole album, Philosophy Of The World, a collection of garage rock tunes that balanced charm and discordance in equal measure. Austin would spend most of his savings not only on the session but also on the manufacturing costs to press up 1,000 copies of the album (900 of which mysteriously vanished upon completion). Throughout Philosophy Of The World simple truths are revealed through the pen of sister Dot, the songwriter of the band. The rich people want what the poor people got, just as the poor people want what the rich people got. Your parents love you. There is happiness in nearness and sadness in the farness."

 

Elizabeth Clare Prophet - Sounds Of American Doomsday Cults  CD £10
Faithways International

A document of the spellbinding chants, call-and-response decrees, hypnotic invocations and prayers performed against the demon rock’n’roll by the ultra-conservative New Age Church Universal and Triumphant, led by charismatic, gun-hoarding nutjob Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Humorous for its damnation of seemingly harmless rock stars like Billy Joel (which explains why Negativland and other culture-jammers would sample it), this mesmerizing, all-vocal performance should fascinate listeners interested in La Monte Young’s drones and that kind of party music. Guru Ma, RIP, 10/17/09

 

Seht & Stelzer - Exactly What You Lost  CD £8
Intransitive Recordings

"Seht is one of the post-Corpus Hermeticum bands whose peers are Birchville Cat Motel, Peter Wright, A.M., and folks like that. Stephen Clover and Boston artist Howard Stelzer first swapped recordings from their respective locales -- cars going by, planes overhead, birds in the bushes, just humdrum suburban stuff. Next, the recording of the NZ birds were played in Boston’s trees and re-recorded as the local birds sang along with the foreign tweets. Likewise, tapes of Boston cars going by were mixed with NZ cars going by. After it was all processed, scrambled and reassembled, it wound up having a certain melancholy feel. A cassette-blurp mess straightens out steadily until it’s just a flat line and the tap tap tap of a dying tape deck motor. A party record, basically."

 

Muennich/Esposito/Jupitter-Larsen - The Wraiths of Flying A  CD £8
Fragment Factory

"Original field recordings/EVPs captured by Michael Esposito at American Film Studios, Santa Barbara, CA (PAW case file: PAW109), additional sounds recorded by Michael Muennich at Fragment Factory, Hamburg during 2011/2012, edited and processed by Michael Esposito, Michael Muennich and GX Jupitter-Larsen, Chicago / Hamburg / Los Angeles. Comes with 4-page b/w booklet in a standard jewel case. Edition of 300 copies. "

 

Various Artitsts - 30/4  CD £8
Fragment Factory

Fourth anniversary comp with twelve exclusive, unreleased tracks by former, present and future artists and friends of the label: Joachim Montessuis, AMK, Aaron Dilloway, Philip Marshall, Krube, Michael Barthel, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Michael Muennich, Giuseppe Ielasi, Leif Elggren, Michael & Basil Esposito. Seventy-seven minutes. Double-sided insert and hand-assembled cover. Edition of 300.

 

Roro Perrot - Exécution des Hautes Oeuvres  CD £7
Premier Sang

Sixty-eight tracks in twenty-two minutes -- a plausible incarnation of some sort of harsh folk, like a French rogue and degenerate cousin of Bill Orcutt, or a Loren Mazzacane Connors on Temesta. The new project from Romain Perrot, aka Vomir, obsessive head-bagged Harsh Noise Wall icon. Edition of 500.

 

Gary Smith, Silvia Kastel & Ninni Morgia - Brand  LP £12
Ultramarine

Heavyweight improviser, stereo guitar pioneer, and Aufgehoben guitarist Gary Smith has you covered in the multiple layering, complex grainy textures, dense counterpoint, influences of birdsong department. Fused with this is the guitar of free improv innovator Ninni Morgia, which floats between minimal movements of primordial electronics, pre-war slide blues and Hendrix-esque feedback. La Barbara and Torchia protégé Silvia Kastel’s moaning, screaming and howling alternates with her delayed, bubbling, glitchy or round bass synth. It’s a dense sound for three people -- not just visceral and intense, but articulate and defined, and in some instances very delicate. It’s got the deep taste of fearlessness of tempo, pulse, more conventional musical devices, or pushing to unpredictable extremes. Includes free download card.

 

Six Heads - Cardboard Oracle  LP £12
Wintage

Surreal collage and engaging avant creep-core from a Toronto sextet led by William A. Davison (who has worked with Stephen Stapleton and Gastric Female Reflex). Found sound field-recordings, cut-ups, circuit-bent electronics, and homemade instruments are the tools of these sci-fi induced, satanic backwoods Ozark jams housed inside two-color sleeves screen-printed by GFR's Andrew Zukerman on old LP jackets and spray-painted by Disguises' Kevin Crump on cardboard flats. Hand-stamped labels. Numbered edition of 300.

 

Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Baer & Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel - Two Couples  LP £12
Ultramarine

A fusion of musique concrete, avant-garde, tropical psychedelia, moaning, screaming, free jazz and lots of raw synths recorded by German NO!artists / performers in collaboration with Italian musicians Ninni Morgia (guitar) and Silvia Kastel (synth and voice). Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer are known for their provocative and extreme neo-dada. Ninni Morgia moves in NYC’s improv and free jazz circles, has been heard in psychedelic rock outfit La Otracina, and started the noise rock band White Tornado. Silvia Kastel has studied sound engineering, electronic music, and singing (with Lee Torchia and Joan La Barbara). All four killed it on a UK tour, where they played and recorded at historical sound poetry venue The Morden Tower in Newcastle. Edition of 300. "Tropical... screaming... sounds good. I totally need an eleventh record from these nuts." --Darksmith.

 

Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Baer & Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel - Live in Edinburgh  LP £12
Ricerca Sonora

The two-part “Jericho” uses a backing tape group-prerecorded in a big theater-like room, a version of the lyrics spoken live onstage, and Mama Bär’s video projections of the four standing against a wall. Hjuler manipulates tape, Mama Bär and Kastel sing the lyrics, Morgia bends, buffs and brushes guitar, and Kastel’s synthesizer growls from within the monster’s belly. Tension, discomfort, love, pain, theater, music, art -- four people immolating themselves for the cause. Silkscreened sleeve. Edition of 200

 

C Spencer Yeh - Solo Violin 1-10  LP £12
Tone Filth

Minimal and tense recordings from 2004 by the man behind Burning Star Core. Made up of ten unprocessed live-to-tape violin experiments edited from original sources previously issued as limited edition CDRs on Yeh’s Drone Disco imprint, the sounds on this record range from tense scrapes to minimal textural drones. Silkscreened jacket. Edition of 400.

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - The Armless Marvel CDr £5
BUFMS  

"This supplementary hit of the dark, bad acid that birthed Bren’t Lewiis’s Hard Molt (via elagabalusian section, according to the doula) wallows in a comparably jagged dead-end of monolithic schmutz. Skull-bending free improv waterlogged by tape manipulation, body-snatched sound collage, and gaseous disorientation; off-center guitar wobble impaled on spikes of fuzz; relatively meditative spaz-outs, household objects, tape noise, waves of fweemp; apocalyptic, maniacally saturated and self-engorged Echoplex; lascivious caliph vocals, the moist fwapping of a bicyle-powered chicken-plucking machine, field recordings, and disturbing phlegm loops; murky, impaired fidelity. More inscrutable than a murder at an old-fashioned smorgasbord. Includes industrial expressionist collage insert. Edition of 100"

 

The Conduits - Descending Order CDr £6
Chair Chair  

"Minimalist industrial from this process-obsessed duo who are so committed to understatement and simplicity, it seems almost spiteful. Loops of noise, synthetic screech, dumpster field recordings, and a general feeling of disembodiment make up the twelve tracks on their only non-cassette release aside from the CDR reissue of Repetition Is The Sincerest Form Of Repetition (BUFMS 2011)."

 

Allan Kaprow - How To Make A Happening CD £10
Primary Information  

"Allan Kaprow lays out eleven rules on how, and how not, to participate in the art movement he began in the late 1950s and which became known for its unpredictability, open scores, and constantly-evolving form. On Primary Information’s CD — reissued with the cooperation of the Estate of Allan Kaprow and the Getty Research Institute — he speaks plainly into a microphone, delivering private cut-to-the-chase style instruction on Happenings that is both informative and contradictory, both a practical and theoretical how-to with frequent dead-pan humor. He also reads the program and notes of three Happenings (“Soap,” “Calling,” and “Raining”), which serve as loose instruction, as they involve improvisation and forces beyond human control, such as acts of nature and other environmental forces. This spoken word recording, which reflects and informs on a movement that fifty years ago jump-started a seminal shift in postwar contemporary art and performance, was made without the advantage of hindsight and naturally lacks sentimentality and a sense of its relevance within this history. In fact, Kaprow shrugs off its place in the arts. As he declares in rule number one: “Forget all the standard art forms — don’t paint pictures, don’t make poetry, don’t build architecture, don’t arrange dances, don’t write plays, don’t compose music, don’t make movies, and above all don’t think you’ll get a happening by putting all these together.” Hand-silkscreened jewelcase that replicates the laminated 1968 edition by Alison Knowles and Something Else Press while preserving Mass Art’s original artwork from the 1966 edition. Listen to an excerpt here: https://soundcloud.com/primaryinformation/allan "

 

Glands of External Secretion & Prick Decay - Who's Who in Hospitalization CD £9
Starlight Furniture Co.  

Together in one noisological bed (so to speak), Barbara Manning, S. Glass, and Dylan and Lisa Nyoukis donate an hour of full-on collapsing noise and tape loops of junk. Sweet, sweet bounty. With Doug Pierson on electronics. Produced by Tom Smith.

 

Various Artists - Patience & Delicay Fanzine £5
Input Error Press  

36 page A5 full colour zine

"First all colour zine featuring some of our favourite artists. Amazing quality works from these multi discipline artists on high quality, thick glossy pages for maximum eye saturation! Featuring Karen Constance, DANGER, Dan Dlugosielski, Randy Grskovic, Monica René Rochester, Rob Thurtle"

 

 

 

Dylan Nyoukis & Final Seed - Split Cassette £5
Tutore Burlato  

"Final Seed is the solo project of Jameson Sweiger of the group Maths Balance Volumes. This split is his 6th cassette tape release since 2010 and was recorded in Mankato, Minnesota, USA. Using tape, ukulele, voice & synthesizer, Final Seed explores the dark realms of consciousness once thoughts are rendered meaningless."


"Dylan's Encephalon Cracks volumes 1-3 were a set of very limited cassettes that each came with a screen printed poster.This piece is a remix of all 6 sides of those volumes, taking bits and pieces and mixing them together, cuting them up, processing them. Organ, voice, tapes, electronics, violin, a school band all make an appearance."

 

ALL OUT
 

Blood Lewiis - Pentecostal Gymnast Trapped in Lime Jello  CDr £6
BUFMS  

This is some Big Gurn, Ethel: a warm and twitching box of meat long-awaited (by someone somewhere, maybe) as a requisite for the passage of Blood Stereo and Bren’t Lewiis to the next stage in their mud-worshiping pupation. The bulk of the album consists of fried and munched decimations of recordings from live events in sunny Caledonia-Upon-Entrail, miscellaneous unincorporated villages throughout the backwoods of Lower Scotland’s Britain Minor region, and a handful of West Coast pear orchards in what is now known as California. Spookily hovering objects gently clang against one another in arenas of witchy ambience. Lo-fi reproductions of crushing rumbles hiss through passages of spastic regurgitation. Voices and mouth-hole-sourced noise-type audio jiggle and whither between swirling montages of home-made fweent, bent found sound, loops, and tape-manipulated jiggery-pokery. The gorp-meisters also disrobe for “Conversation With Bicycle Horn,” a graphic score composed in the early 1980s by Richard Sterling Streeter, who hails the first-ever recording of his work thus: “Exactly as annoying and monotonous as intended.”

ALL OUT
 

Glands of External Secretion - Absent-Minded Control Freak CDr £6
BUFMS  

"Forty-one minutes of deformed gurgles; electro-chemical spasms; Nyoukis-inspired gibber smacked by cut-up electronic damage; field recordings both exotic and mundane, mechanical and untamed; scratchy, bottom-of-the-barrel turntablism; and muy picante appropriated garble."

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Hard Molt CDr £6
BUFMS  

"On the duskiest and murkiest album so far by this group of noise hillbillies, looped excerpts from studio improvisations form the congealed muck where chunky ashes of cacophonous live recordings embed and dissolve like wilted arugula paste. The album’s opening and closing tracks tear off their own feathers and hurl themselves down an embankment, choreographed by Tom Timpson’s eBay-worthy 45s on the turntable. Corrupted technique is on fine display here — a cross between Aufgehoben with lobotomies, a tourist hotel band attempting to cover The Starfuckers, and the Christian folk trio Jandek once played accordion with during his days in the military. Defeated-sounding whine’n’wheeze is the order of the day, as are Nyoukis/Constance-influenced collisions of the preordained and the spontaneously erupting, in which cut-up, looped noises and purposeful soliloquies compete with one another and sickeningly abstracted content. Lucian Tielens, wielding guitar and antique potato masher, wreaks King Guillotine-like depuration upon the unclean. Among the dark guitar extrapolations, dense processing, no-instruments montages, field recordings, live performances, and zero tolerance for finesse, warmth, or stylishness, highlights include “Baked Alaska,’’ the score for immobilist filmmaker Melvin John Addington’s Vast Expanse Of Rock And Snow, performed live by Tielens and Gnarlos at Colour Out Of Space in 2011, using nothing but toys and objects purchased at 99p shops in Brighton, England; and a centrally located duet by Tielens on Fisher-Price turntable and Silvia Kastel on electronics and voice, burbling like a mudpit underneath a crimson haze with more grace than typically dared by BuFMS mutants. With three inserts, including flyer reproductions and an industrial expressionist collage. Edition of 100"

 

Gnarlos/Bruce Russell - Ruined Again LP £13
l’Esprit de l’Escalier  

"Two tape pieces by The Dead C / Handful of Dust gentleman on one side, using excerpts from texts on urbanism, recorded instrumental interludes, and electronics. On the flip the side-long track by one of the mutants from Bren't Lewiis Ensemble combines fragments of keyboard drone, spastic violin, field recordings by Silvia Kastel and Joan Of Art, turntables, and diabolically uncooperative reel-to-reel tape. Insert includes companion texts “No: Your City” — Formulary For A New Christchurch” and “The Organ Courier And The Chinese Billionaire.” Cover art by Kate McRae. Edition of 200."

 

Glands Of External Secretion - Reverse Athism Double LP £18
BUFMS  

CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECE!!

"Barbara Manning and S. Glass lead a small army of guest readers and musicians through barely musical versions of tunes, texts, and tracts. Barely faithful cover versions (XTC, Gods Gift, Hank Williams, The Osmonds, Edgar Winter, The Birthday Party, New Creation), with varying degrees of overhaul, mangling and looseness of interpretation, emerge like seared remnants of a torched London happening from 1966. Texts by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Dan Ashwander, Wayne Bent, John F. Kennedy, Flannery O’Connor, Hugo Ball, Rayva Liliana, and Hippocrates traverse the spectrum of belief, resulting in a migraine coexistence of skepticism, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Scientology, paranoid schizophrenia, doomsdays cults, Hinduism, evangelism, Catholicism, witchcraft and wizardry, guardian angels, Armageddon, rapture, post-apocalypse, Illuminati, satanism, existential despair, purgatory, creationism and intelligent design, Darwinism, conspiracy and hoax, the Tarot, human sacrifice, Sikhs, ascension, royalty, cargo cults, divine right, fatalism, Western medicine, oaths, incantation, cosmic retribution, excommunication, alien abduction, the occult, pagans, infidels, heathens, mind control, prophecy, remote prayer, and, naturally, atheism. Guest speakers include Lucian Tielens (Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble), Bruce Russell (The Dead C.), Patricia Rowland (Vomit Launch), Jett Hotcomb (The Talented Hairdos) Thurston Graham (Resistance Works), Scott Simmons (Eat Skull), Dave Gulbis (Celine Dion) Andrew Murphy (Celine Dion, Forked, Smooch), Titch Turner (The Vaticans), Emiko Saito (Obsessive-Compulsive Cat), Cristain Ceia (Romania), Matt Mumper (Beor The Friendly Thing, The Helper), Toni Smith (HappyLucky Design), and Rainbow Cartwheel (This Is Yvonne Lovejoy). Guest musicians include Flavor Station (Ukuzuna) on ukuleles and vocals, Alastair Galbraith (A Handful of Dust) on violin, Doug Pearson (International Hello) on electronics, Black Rose (This Is Yvonne Lovejoy) on keyboards, and Earl Kuck (Tedium House) on small motors. With 24 x 36 poster."

 

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - The Thirteenth Century German Poet (And Who Can Forget Him) CDr £6
BUFMS  

ANOTHER fantastic document of fine ear wonk from the world of BUFMS.

"Rampant gaping immensity and pathologically polychromatic hoot from the BuFMS wing of Saint WTF’s Asylum. Micro-episodic tape pieces (with a head-spinning variety of appropriated voices, noises, electronics, music and sound effects) merge with field recordings, cut-ups, loops, improv, live performances, and a range of cover versions that includes a Korean plastic surgery infomercial, bona fide poetry, a book review, a YouTube waif, and Van Morrison. The group delivers pastoral yet alien meander à la The Way Out by The Books, spots of electro-creep worthy of Ruth White’s Flowers Of Evil, entertainment at a LAFMS barbecue, and a variety show extrapolated from the A.M. radios in the background of Firesign Theatre’s Everything You Know Is Wrong. A dazzling and peculiar assemblage. Edition of 50."

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble, Silvia Kastel & Ninni Morgia - Found On Road Dead CDr £6
BUFMS  

A single track, just over sixty minutes long — the companion piece to the quartet's LP Fix It Again, Tony, using the same material from the same session, completely different mix and edit. Covers are hand-cut from discarded rejects rescued at a print shop. Insert has small metallic medallion glued to it. Edition of 50.

 

Gary Kail - A Soundtrack For Nightmares CDr £6
New Underground  

Solo electronic experiments by the man behind the legendary “consummate weirdo tape noise / guitar thunder” album Zurich 1916 (Iridescence 1984). Admired by our friends at Volcanic Tongue for its “cold, dark appeal that feels close to Steven Stapleton’s vision for early Nurse With Wound but with less of the sonic surrealism and a more claustrophobic, drone-based atmosphere,” the “deliberately unnerving” A Soundtrack For Nightmares moves “from deep wells of suspended sound a là early-AMM into distant tectonic scrapings and doomy single note guitar bombs a là Pete Swanson, all drenched in haunting fog-horn calls and shortwave flutter a là the Conet Project recordings.” All-black jewel case with insert and silver-stickered front.

 

Serious Problmz - Nervous Youth CDr £6
BUFMS  

"Convening on a weekly basis for the better part of two years in the mid-1980s at Sidney Africa's Place Of Dwell, Serious Problmz navigated the type of unhinged landscape that'd make Diane Arbus blush -- musical and poetic territories littered with paranoia, dread, desolation, emotional and psychological predation, spookily anthropomorphic farm animals, and objects of inexplicable provenance. they never released anything during their time, and performed only a dozen or so bona fide live shows and at as many parties. Instead, they devoted their focus to semi-private recording sessions which were intensive, improvisational, and open to observers and participants regardless of musical skill.
The featured guest on half the tracks is Cole Marquis (28th Day, The Downsiders, The Snowmen, The Marques), whose guitar playing merges his recognizable elongated twang and loosened psychedelic drawl with Serious Problmz's industrial rurf (aka very damaged rural surf.). The results are astonishing, frankly."

 

Maria Estevez - Esther's Brother Is Missing CDr £6
BUFMS  

"Soundtrack to an obscure film based on an even more obscure short story by CF Calderwood (which is included with the disk). "Esther's Brother Missing" was made into a super-8 film by Maria Estevez, who also composed and performed the soundtrack, an equally barren, low-contrast, and spooky construct made of primitive field recordings, raw tape loops, machines, gadgets, objects, a variety of keyboards and string instruments, thrift store records, and guest vocals by The Bren't Lewiis Ensemble, Barbara manning abnd Grizzle (an Akita). The results sflirt with eraserhead filtered through Smithsonian Folkways, halfway between Dungeon Taxi's excavation of John Pilcher and Martin McKelvin's A Bun dance CD, Galarie pache's LP by the obscure Mr Labrador, and the backwoods subterranea of Darksmith of California."

GONE

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Gloria CDr £6
BUFMS  

"What The Red Dragonfly calls “the well-mapped out, but slightly unmeasured, off-kilter nature” of Bren’t Lewiis’s (ahem) music welcomes overmodulation, sound saturation, tape hiss, tape decay, tape damage, room noise, and many an audio defect aided and abetted by AM radio, cell phones, police scanners, weather-damaged microphones and speakers, and anything else that could impinge signal fidelity. Massive tape collages dejectedly shuffle through hopelessness and despair. Percussion-only pieces seem to be aiming for regal, yet achieve debasement. Slowed-down, amplified voices reinforce the feeling of beaten exhaustion. Tempos come from objects getting dragged clumsily across the floor and field recordings of children, machines, and workers. The same mound of objects, electric gizmos and detritus from Rapture Piles is here (as well as some of the same tape loops and answering machine microcassettes), along with new recordings of throat-clutchingly spastic electric guitar noise, claustrophobic violin, plainly declaimed words, reel-to-reel tape, and more decrepit toys. Scandalously repetitious, enthralled by the arbitrary, and peculiarly deadpan, Bren’t Lewiis does all three in a minute and a half and makes it seem like a month. Comes with a reproduction of one of the original 24 tickets to the never-performed theater piece. Edition of 50."

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble - Rapture Piles CDr £5
BUFMS  

"Another transmission from the pataphysical intersection of surrealist cabaret, show-tune bombast, enhanced dementia, and vintage Caedmon Records, recorded live in San Francisco, October 2012. No instruments were used in the rendering of the ensemble's emerald-colored darkness, jagged with alien corrosion and haze that befouls the synapses, just mounds of thrift store objects and yard-sale treasures. Highlights include a quintet for lettuce spinners, and covers of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Klaatu, Magazine, and A.M. Baggs. Freeform weirdness from beginning to end. Edition of 50."

Currently the pot is empty.

 

Junko & Michel Henritzi - Fear Of Music/Berlin, With Love 7" £6
L'Esprit de L'Escalier  

"The stamina-defying screamer of Japanese noise and longtime vocalist for Hijo Kaidan joins wrecker of civilization and one-third of The Dustbreeders for two sides of very pleasant unpleasantness. Henritzi’s improvised guitar-playing is the real surprise here, with its curiously cinema-conscious restraint, hovering around the perplexing intersection of an imaginary Giallo scored by Morricone and the calm brunch entertainment at a grim eastern European café. Quite a deviation from the “glorious, unholy racket” of his vinyl-noise trio. Junko, meanwhile, colors the foreground with her trademark bird-getting-strangled-by-a-dentist-on-a-chalkboard vocals (say whatever you want, comedian, she’s heard it all before) but here shrieks with almost zero adornment, to the point where she achieves an unusual variation on repetitive minimalism. The sublime tension between the two players forms a rarely heard, abject desperation that seems impossible to satisfy. Edition of 100."

 

Vomit Launch - Shocking Early Works Vol.1 7" £6
BUFMS  

"Three raw living room and live recordings from 1985, documenting the first three months of the group’s existence, imbued with decadence and vitriol. Repetitive profanity, spartan adornment, outward-looking disgust and contempt take centerstage on “Swelling Admiration,” a tune with less dance groove than a riderless bike getting hit by a car. Honest, a skipping Suicide album sounds like “Bohemian Rhapsody” in comparison. The oblivion-embracing ode to defeatism “The Only Way Is Down” conveys, with flourishes such as impatient sighs, blasé moans and flickering drum machine, distaste for the ubiquitous, neon-colored optimism of mid-’80s fratboy / sorority girl airheads. Overdriven and sloppy in places, its pulse is insistent yet dire. Flipper’s signature tune “Sex Bomb” is stripped of all its properties, pretty much, thanks in no small part to the hand-held condenser mic recording; most of what remains is the noise of the audience in the room and the only thing potent enough to slice though it — singer Patricia Rowland’s psychotic screaming. Deep-end bonkers. Includes vintage liner notes by Lindy Lettuce."

ALL OUT

 

L'Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Était Due À L'Autopsie - Le Souffle de L’Avorton LP £10
Komma Null  

“Most people are unfamiliar with the works of 17th century composer Jean-Philippe Borbollono. This may be because at birth, as the extensive historical notes with the release reveal, “His mother dies of an amniotic embolism and the little Jean-Philippe, a puny newborn, is declared physically dead and, straight away, his body goes missing.” Yet Borbollono communicates from the other side, “dictating his pieces through the medium of dreams” to Couperin, Ravel, Debussy, Messiaen, Pierre I-lenry, Jean-Michel Jarre and The Gypsy Kings. Such is the absurd and delicious concept behind the latest instalment from L’Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Etait Due A L’Autopsie, a group which includes Anla Courtis. The music varies from disjointed prepared piano to microphone-shredding barrages of overblown recorders or whistles in the “Effects Physiques” section to overlapping percussion pieces and ghostly voiced string droning for the “Effects Psychiques” and was, it is claimed, recorded in a coal mine in Wattignies, France on 31 November 1994 – a day that does not exist.” - Wire

 

Nels Cline & My Cat Is An Alien - The Ocean Above Your Heads LP £12
Starlight Furniture Company  

"This first-time collaboration by Italy’s premier transcenders of time and space and guitarist extra­ordinaire from Wilco, Scarnella, Nels Cline Singers, and L. Stinkbug throbs like an Argento soundtrack for an astral perv lair, recalling vintage cassette gorp from the golden age of Industrial, when field recordings of howling dogs were repurposed as documents of institutional degradation and mind control. The Opalio brothers improvise an instant composition with the first-time playback of Cline's prerecorded space noise, bold cosmic disruptions, and nattering squibs from decommissioned satellites. No overdubs, no second takes, no leftovers. Dusted with loops from a lunar cathedral where palsied zombies dragging pots and pans skid across the soap-slathered narthex, The Ocean Above Your Heads splays the hemispheres better than Subotnik goin’ off his meds."

 

Serious Problmz - 369 1/2 CDr £6
BUFMS  

"This obscure ’80s quintet never released anything in their day, and performed live only a couple dozen times. The excerpts from their semi-private recording sessions preserved here (with minimal effort on a boombox) are pensive, quasi–industrial meditations peppered with dire and distorted melodies of immaculate brevity and the musings of disoriented hicks. The unhinged landscapes navigated by Serious Problmz would make Diane Arbus blush -- musical and poetic territories littered with paranoia, dread, desolation, emotional and psychological predation, spookily anthropomorphic farm animals, and objects of inexplicable provenance. As players, guitarist Lucian Tielens, Thor Heglund on Mattel Synsonics drum machine, Felix Mace on vocals, lyrics, homemade noise-makers, and assorted objects, guitarist Mark Evans, and Dave, the inevitable bass-player whose last name no one remembers, achieve a comfortable familiarity with one another, without sacrificing the ramshackle spontaneity essential to their brand of very damaged rural surf (aka rurf). Guests The Whitefronts’ Phil Smoot and Tim Smyth of Bren’t Lewiis help push the primitive jams in new directions with elements such as running water, the clack of a manual typewriter, a telephone ringing, random clangs of a metal canister, and the sinister grinds of an electronic corn-and-callous remover. Edition of 50."

 

Felix Mace - Boundary Situation CDr £5
BUFMS  

"The debut solo album by the former frontman of Serious Problmz front-loads dense tangles of diminutive noise squiggles and mechanical jitters, with elusive roars always corroding the fringes. It progresses through corridors and courtyards of increasing sparseness and disconnected unreality, and concludes in the peculiar triumphant glow of Man Against Nature. Voices with standard-issue clinical neutrality (as well as one or two that are unnervingly chummy) reciting assigned texts, institutionally formal instructions, and answers to FAQs zigzag between birds chirping, owls hooting, panting, a children’s playground, jet engines, railroads, and other sound effects. Mace’s labyrinths of looping and filtering, woozy guitar noise backdrops, appropriations of folky acoustic guitar, R’n’B instrumentals, and fragments of sharp piano playing are elaborate, yet navigable and uncluttered. This fairly vast, steadily churning chemo–narrative constructed with electronics, loops, signal processing, ambient textures, eccentric voices is a masterful hybrid of electronics and musique concrete, inspired by good ol’ fashioned existential dread brought upon by a cancer diagnosis and treatment, overcome by dexterous manipulation of its own alienating elements. Includes printed insert and a section of medical gauze. Edition of 50."

 

Idler Arms - Kubelik Unbugged CDr £6
BUFMS  

"Forty-six minutes of slightly off-kilter, instrumental soundtracks for non-existent, noir-ish movies, edited from three hours of improvisational boombox tapes recorded in the late '80s by Larry Crane (Vomit Launch, TapeOp), Mark Evans (Fat Chick From Wilson Phillips, Uh-Moncst), and Lucian Tielens (Bren't Lewiis Ensemble, Serious Problmz). Kubelik Unbugged collects straight excerpts with no additional processing beyond modest crossfades; the trio’s spontaneously rendered squalls form a surprisingly coherent patchwork a la Obscured By Clouds, filtered through the atmospherics of 3R4 and retrofitted for a Doug Roberts-directed episode of The Twilight Zone. Edition of 50."

 

Bren't Lewiis Ensemble, Silvia Kastel & Ninni Morgia - Fix It Again, Tony LP £12
BUFMS  

"This first-time collaboration by avatars of the new generation of European improv and blue-haired spazimodo mutants is something of a gloriously awkward thwack marathon of crumbled guitar noise, otherworldly howls, and stuff falling down stairs. The spontaneous recordings, performed in a single 90-minute session, are cut-up, multi-tracked, looped, and reassembled into thirty-two pieces that are more scrambled than the unrealized fears of an acute entomophobe, and, according to Morgia, “sometimes sound like Twin Infinitives chewed by Polyphemus.” Cover art by the amazing Todd Emmert. Edition of 175."

 

Non-Plastique - number 11 Fanzine £4
 

Issue 11 of Non-Plastique is wholly dedicated to the two Amercian underground film makers, The Kuchar Brothers!!
Interviews with Mike Kuchar, George Kuchar, Donna Kerness, Jennifer M. Kroot plus articles, reviews and more!
Just about everything you need to know about the past, present and future of these two underground heroes!

cover art by Ms Constance.

 

Silvia Kastel, Ninni Morgia & Gary Smith - Brand II LP £12
l’Esprit de l’Escalier  

"Free improv by two guitarists renowned for their extended technique work and consistently inventive experimentation, and female electronics vocalist who explores the outer reaches of the voice. Seven rustling matches of self-containment, as if imprisoned inside a Styrofoam-insulated sleeping bag. Electro-chitters and micro-fweent form semi-transparent mosaics on top of the high-res screech of glass tchochtkes melting from the inside out, nth generation birdsong bending in on itself along an event horizon, color-blocked abstractions of mechanical squirrels playing a kalimba, and wolf fetuses horking into a trumpet. With master percussionist sound sculptor Marcello Magliocchi. Includes insert. Edition of 175"

 

Glands Of External Secretion/My Cat Is An Alien - From The Earth To The Spheres vol.5 CD £9
Very Friendly  

"Fierce blonde Barbara Manning and Bananafish founder Seymour Glass are joined by Nels Cline on lap steel for “Icebox,” a slow ascent from isolation through frozen tape manipulation, icy drones, and subtle infernal groans from the obscure side of the moon. The unearthly fragmented vocals of the Italian Opalio brothers create the heavy, emotional textures of the interstellar “After the Meteor Shower,” with howling guitars and electronics, the distant echo of a drum, and a whispered chant emerging from the concrete surface of the planet." - Tedium House

 

Aaron Dilloway - Chain Shot cd £8
Hanson  

"DIGIPAK CD reissue of Dilloways CHAIN SHOT LP which was originally released on LP by THRONE HEAP. Contains a 28 minute bonus track.
"Machinery rumbles, scrapes, & battling, wrestling loop-de-loops of bulldozers. Dillo races across the frozen tundra on a snowmobile which flips over, trapping you underneath. At night, the ice-pirates come." - Angela Sawyer

 

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