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Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat LP
Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat
(Kranky)
LP
$15


What could be better than a reissue of GROUPER's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill? How about an entire album of unreleased material recorded at the same time that is equal in quality?
Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up The Hill LP
Grouper
Dragging A Dead Deer Up The Hill
(Kranky)
LP
$15


REISSUED!!! The third full-length release for Portland, Oregon-based LIZ HARRIS. Harris might have achieved a significant fan base thanks to the whispering, near-ambient vocal crusades of her debut album Way Their Crept and its follow-up Wide, but those with a careful ear would have heard slightly more trapped beneath her fuzzy chain of effects. Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill marks a departure of sorts for Liz, which sees her turn down the fuzz boxes which caged (and to some degree defined) her sound and allows her voice to ring out above everything else. It is an album steeped in the world of dream-pop and far from shying away from the reference, Liz has instead grabbed on with both hands, creating an album's worth of perfect, left-field pop songs. Using delicate song structures which are at once both familiar and somehow alien, her vocals cry out hauntingly over stripped-down guitar lines and looped environmental recordings. These are the future soundtracks to love, despair and ultimately, hope.
ANLA COURTIS & MAKOTO KAWABATA
Live At Namba Bears
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP
$22


Acid Mothers leader and Reynols legend meet once again for a wild psych out explosion! Kawabata and Courtis previously worked together on 2006's Kokura for Riot Season, here they return for a raging trip of psychedelic noise rock recorded in February 2011, in Osaka, Japan. Both Kawabata and Courtis are playing guitar, but with Anla bringing tapes and vocals to the mix and Makoto bow and effects. Namba Lightbeam, the first of two 20 minute pieces, opens with a eastern sounding drone sound, much like some of Kawabata's solo work, it steadily builds into a torrent of slashing guitar riffs, eventually returning to a more minimal sound even with a more signature Acid Mothers guitar sound from Makoto at one point with zoned vocal drones from Anla. This continues onto side B with Inaudible Bears, with a distorted echoey haze of effects and riffs, layered over one another. This side continues to fluctuate between minimal riffs and blasts of noisier guitar destruction.
Limited to 300 copies pressed on 180 gram heavyweight virgin vinyl, packaged in a very fitting insane sleeve featuring absolutely wild artwork, includes download coupon for the album as FLAC, MP3, WAV, or pretty much any other format you could desire.
Ben Nash - The Mineral Victim LP
Ben Nash
The Mineral Victim
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP
$22


After a period of silence, Ben Nash returned earlier this year with Oh Lordy Me (My Heart Is Wandering Again) for Blackest Rainbow, a record which saw him drop his guitar and create an entire LP using an iPad with the Tenori-on app. Perhaps an unexpected turn, but then this year has been a pretty interesting one for Ben, returning to playing live after a long hiatus, surprising people by playing live in Sheffield and London for separate sets with Mehdi and Solange from Natural Snow Buildings as a trio, and following that he has continued to record new material for a forthcoming new project with the french duo. The Mineral Victim, seems in many ways like a return to the more organic sound of Ben's previous work, it's not got the psych folk guitar sound of his debut The Seventh Goodbye LP, but it retains the more psychedelic drone aspects that some of the tracks had on that record. In many ways it pulls in aspects of all of Ben's work, from his early more cosmic drone experiments and psychedelic excursions, to his recent collaborations with Ameziane and Gularte, which will hopefully see the light of day next year...
Vinyl edition of only 250 copies pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl with sleeve by Rob Lye of Chora. Includes download coupon for the album as FLAC, MP3, WAV, or pretty much any other format you could desire.
Nikhil Banerjee & Ali Akbar Khan
Signature Series Vol 4
(AMMP)
CD
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Exquisite jugalbandi (duet) between two of the greatest Indian Classical musicians of the 20th century performing 2 beautiful ragas: Rag Manj Khammaj and Rag Misra Mand. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Grouper - Sleep (Fragment) LP
Grouper
Sleep (Fragment)
(Filip)
LP
$17


SLEEP (Fragment) is a new 12” record by Grouper, published by Fillip in an edition of 800 on 180 gsm white vinyl. This Canadian release is based on sound installations performed several times by Grouper in Berkeley and Vancouver.
1-sided LP in heavy duty PVC sleeve.
Grouper - Cover The Windows And The Walls LP
Grouper
Cover The Windows And The Walls
(Yellow Electric)
LP
$17


BACK IN PRINT!!! Third repress of GROUPER's third solo full length. Self-release on Yellow Electric (though printed as RS47/GR-003.) This record was originally pressed in 2007 on Root Strata.
Roy Montgomery
Music From The Film Hey Badfinger
(Yellow Electric)
LP
$17


Twenty-three short and moody narratives, reminiscent of Carlos Paredes. Solo guitar music and loops from recordings he rediscovered/revisited several years ago. We've talked about how he feels they can't be altered, need to exist as they were in that time, in a skeleton form, a collection of fragments. A galaxy, or a sketch book; they belong all together.
AVAILABLE DEC. 3rd.
K Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas
S/T (blue 1976)
(Continental)
LP
$17


Hot on the heels of the reissue of K. FRIMPONG & HIS CUBANO FIESTA's coveted 1977 album, Continental Records is proud to announce the release of the group's seminal self-titled LP originally released in Ghana in 1976 but never reissued in its original form until now. The leadoff track is the electrifying "Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'Awu," the song that made K. Frimpong a star in Ghana. Frimpong's backing band, as on the 1977 LP, is the Ghanaian group VIS A VIS, who also cut great records under their own name. Used copies of this LP can fetch over $400 on Ebay. It is without doubt one of the most sought after records in the global craze over West African music today. This reissue has been handled with the utmost respect—every detail has been given strict attention and care. The remastered LP has never sounded more direct, vibrant and timeless. Each LP comes with a free HQ MP3 download of the entire album and is packaged in a resealable dust bag.
Reissue of the 1st of Frimpong's self-titled albums.
Ceramic Hello - Absence of a Canary LP
Ceramic Hello
Absence of a Canary
(Suction)
LP
$19


A reissue CERAMIC HELLO's seminal 1981 LP, The Absence of a Canary. A long-time cult favourite among fans of obscure '80s synthpop, this LP remains highly sought-after by minimal synth vinyl collectors. The LP has been painstakingly remastered, transferred from perhaps the last sealed copy of this LP in existence. Long-time followers of Suction Records will remember that we had originally planned to reissue this LP in 2002. Ten years + one sold-out reissue on Germany's Vinyl-On-Demand later, and we are very excited to make this Canadian minimal synth classic available again. Ceramic Hello was formed in 1980 by BRETT WICKENS, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Having just left future-Canadian-pop-sensations THE SPOONS, Wickens teamed up with ROGER HUMPHREYS, recording just one 7" single, followed quickly by The Absence Of A Canary, in 1981. The music was inspired by the contemporary synthpop sounds coming out of the UK (OMD, John Foxx, Gary Numan, et al), but the production was decidedly more lo-fi, and combined with Humphreys' neo-classical contributions, the result was a unique electronic pop sound. Selling 1000 copies of Ceramic Hello in 1980 was no easy task, but appreciation for the record grew steadily over the next 25 years, with copies of the original LP eventually selling for as much as US$350 on Ebay. Even Vinyl-On-Demand's 2006 reissue has long since sold out, and now commands nearly as much money as the original LP. Although this Suction Records release won't be the first official reissue of the LP, it is the first time it will be reissued in its original single-LP format, with the original artwork. It is also the first time that the LP will be reissued in CD / digital download format. Both vinyl and CD editions will also come with a fold-out poster, containing various Ceramic Hello press clippings—interviews, reviews, and college radio chartings—culled from Wickens' personal archives.
Comes with a fold-out poster, containing various Ceramic Hello press clippings—interviews, reviews, and college radio chartings—culled from Wickens' personal archives.
Black Sun Roof - Feral LP
Black Sun Roof
Feral
(VHF)
LP
$15


Feral marks the return of Matthew Bower's Sunroof! (in the guise of Black Sun Roof), for their first recording in five years. Quiet since 2007's blistering Panzer Division Lou Reed, the group delivers a more introspective set here, reaching back to the fuzzy, spacey sounds of releases like the epic double-CD Bliss. Among the drifting sonic washes, there's the crude, Dead C-like riffing of "Lions + Peonies" and the lock-grooved tremolo of "Son of the Blue Wolf" (referencing previous triumphs like Cloudz). Bower says: "I have a problem with the term 'psychedelia' [and its] negative associations of a 'hippie' falseness. Nevertheless, my arte is, I know, deeply psychedelic in a true sense, a kind of synaesthesisia, a scrambling, an overload that seeks Samadhi in its primal gush, that will reconnect one with the all, or rather, a 'black psychedelia,' substituting the elective current, for 'all'...." In addition to the all-new tracks on the LP, the package also includes a bonus CD featuring a Bower-curated overview of his work. Many of the tracks on the 75-min Zebra Blood CD are from scarce or out-of-print recordings, including "Austrian Shade" from an impossible-to-find Total seven-inch. Also included is the epic and exclusive new track "Spirit Animal Danzig."
Includes a bonus CD featuring a Bower-curated overview of his work.
M. Geddes Gengras
Test Leads
(Holy Mountain)
LP
$12


Known for his recent collaborative record with Sun Araw and The Congos, not to mention as a member of Robedoor, Pocahaunted and a host of other bands, M. Geddes Gengras steps out on his own for a proper full-length, operating under his god-given name.Here Gengras lets loose with two LP sides of sprawling synthscapes. Test Leads calls to mind Klaus Schulze's Dune album or perhaps the Dune soundtrack scored by Toto and Brian Eno, but will also appeal to fans of Conrad Schnitzler and Manuel Gottsching, as well as Robert Hampson (Loop, Main), Bill Laswell, Roger Eno and Nurse With Wound. Thrown into the mix is some Sky Records / Wolfgang Riechmann-style (cold) poppiness.In a contemporary setting, Gengras could share a bill with anyone from the modern indie / pop / weirdo / drone scenes and fit right in. His suites range from odd pinball-esque plinking to cold, dystopian soundscapes, touching on all points between; Test Leads would sound good alongside releases on Mordant Music, Touch Music or Innovative Communication. These tracks could easily score the original Tron, The Black Hole or just about any episode of Nova.
All copies have a 1 inch bent corner and are priced accordingly.
APHEX TWIN - Richard D. James Album LP
APHEX TWIN
Richard D. James Album
(1972)
LP
$16


In a career full of brilliant, groundbreaking music, the Richard D. James Album remains Aphex Twin's drill 'n' bass masterpiece. It was James's fourth and most widely popular full-length to date upon its original 1996 release, and reinvented the artist as a commanding influence on like-minded groups such as Radiohead who were tiring of the guitar / bass / drums format. Moving even further away from his ambient and acid house beginnings, the album matches James's trademark fragile, slow-moving melodies with harsh, quick breakbeats. When it was released, fellow electronic artists such as Orbital and Underworld had just begun to filter moderate amounts of drum 'n' bass in their work, but the Richard D. James Album was more extreme than virtually all jungle at the time. Autobiographical in nature, it employs electronic sounds, pulsating rhythms and non-musical samples to convey the author's feelings on childhood innocence, evidenced in tracks like "To Cure a Weakling Child," "Boy/Girl Song" and "Cornish Acid" (a nod to his Cornish background and upbringing). Chicago Sun-Times critic Jim DeRogatis said of the album: "James has turned inward for inspiration, painting aural pictures of real and imagined scenes from his West Country childhood." Stylistically, the Richard D. James Album is in the mode of "elektronische music" and relies only on sounds generated electronically, while continuing James's implementation of "musique concrete" ideas by manipulating human voices, physical instruments and environmental sounds via sampling, distortion and looping. The album continues to gain high marks from music critics, ranking 40th on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s and 55th on NME's Top 100 Albums of All Time. A peculiar and personal work, the Richard D. James Album is a modern classic which offers the same thrill on the first listen as the hundredth.
APHEX TWIN - ... I Care Because You Do 2xLP
APHEX TWIN
... I Care Because You Do
(1972)
2xLP
$24


Released in April of 1995, ...I Care Because You Do is the third studio album Richard D. James recorded under the Aphex Twin moniker and marks the end of his initial analog era. It's also the crowning achievement in the Aphex Twin canon. Veering from his previous acid house, ambient and general techno undertakings, James builds compositions out of lengthy and intricate drum machine loops, elaborately layered analog synths and intermittent string pieces. The final product comes off like a Replicant dance-party. Never one to take his art too seriously, James infuses ...I Care Because You Do with in-jokes and innuendos. "Ventolin," named after an asthma medicine, is one of the harshest tracks on the album and features a high-pitch frequency that mimics symptoms of tinnitus; "Alberto Balsalm" is named for a British line of hair care products; "Come On You Slags" samples dialog from a pornographic film. Additionally, several of the song titles are anagrams: Aphex Twin is reworked as "Wax the Nip", The Aphex Twin morphs into "The Waxen Pith," "Wet Tip Hen Ax," and "Next Heap With," and Richard David James becomes "Acrid Avid Jam Shred." ...I Care Because You Do's equal infatuation with hip-hop rhythms and melodic counterpoint provides an effective bridge between his pioneering early releases and the cunning explorations of his later work. As much as the front cover self-portrait captures a snapshot of the artist's own image, the music inside provides a glimpse of an artist on the cusp of an invigorating new period of sound experimentation, but still producing his unique blend of melancholy and aggression at an elite level. Generally seen as one of the quintessential IDM releases of all time (and once named by Q Magazine as one of the top 20 loudest albums of all time), the album finds a middle ground between Phillip Glass and the Wu-Tang Clan. Fans of either will not be disappointed.
Rale - I Sit By The Window And Watch Walls And Ceiling  CD
Rale
I Sit By The Window And Watch Walls And Ceiling
(Monorail Trespassing)
CD
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A new Rale artifact is always welcome and this CD ranks among the most compelling of the Rale discography released thus far. With 7 pieces spanning over 51 minutes, the slow swells and use of silence that marks previous Rale efforts can also be found here but with quicker transitions and some clearly audible field recording elements, this album is perhaps a bit more dynamic than his last major release (the LP on iSounderScore). Rale, AKA William Hutson, has always been masterful with aural texture and this CD adds a nice grimy atmosphere over much of it. Great great release, highly recommended!!

Perhaps William Hutson's best achievement yet, an impeccable follow up to his excellent 'Some Kissed Charms …' LP for the Isounderscore label last year. Long form, expert-level sound collage, composed with the format in mind from improvisations recorded between 2007 - 2011 as a continuous piece in seven parts. Weaving together the aesthetics of minimalism, academia, and subterranean noise study with electro-acoustics and elements of dark soundtrack style synth work, the end result is rich and modern musique concrete with a heavy literary influence overhead. Essential.
Edition of 500 copies.
Sound Samples:
Rale-Track02.mp3
Kyle Bobby Dunn
Bring Me The Head Of
(Low Point)
2xCD
Dunn, Kyle Bobby - Bring Me The Head Of 2xCD


Bring Me The Head Of is an album containing some of the most brutally honest and complex moments of Dunn's young career to date. Drawing upon a love for emotional detailing and cinematically charged grandeur, these suites offer an apex in romantic, haunting and lonely bliss. Recorded over several years at Bunce Cake, Brooklyn and remote parts of Canada the works mainly reveal themselves in quietly unfolding loops and waves of strings and electric guitar. To compare is difficult, however, Dunn constructs atmospherics which at times most closely resemble Andrei Tarkovsky's darkly autonomous films and the sheer grit and humanism found in the works of Sam Peckinpah (especially in 'Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia', a personal favorite of the composer). Very different worlds all seeming to fit inside one massive, cohesive and overwhelmingly emotional whole, one that clings to the heart strings of the listener like smoke and honey. This double disc album much like 2010's, A Young Person's Guide To, expands and contracts with large flowing pieces and shorter but just as powerful vignettes. An album which creates landscapes that will become impossible to forget and something you will want to travel with for years to come.
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd
After Night Falls / Before The Day Breaks
(Darla)
2LP
$22


Darla is proud to offer a pair of companion piece CDs by two Masters, Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd. After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks are not ambient. Both are instrumental, absolutely beautiful and as emotionally charged as any previous work from either artist. The pair of albums complement one another, each track with its twin on the companion piece, the two conceived as experiments in the dualities of music and emotion. As with all classic recordings from the Masters the listener desires repeated listening to absorb their full sonic implications. This is soulful music that allows one to find that place within where peace and perspective are achieved. It moves effortlessly to erase the chatter of modern life and inspire meditation on things important. It may help the listener better see their way forward. Robin's trademark guitar sound and Harold's signature piano sound first came together when Harold collaborated with Cocteau Twins on The Moon and the Melodies LP (4AD), 1986. The record was as strikingly beautiful as it was popular. In fact, it was the romantic recording of the decade. Every young person in the 80s made love to it. Here again Guthrie and Budd's signature sounds are absolutely made for each other; in heaven. Actually, it was Budd's long-time collaborator Brian Eno who brought Harold and Robin together. Budd's first record was 1978's Pavilion of Dreams, produced by Brian Eno. That recording helped earn Budd the unwanted title "the Godfather of Ambient Music". Budd and Eno succeeded that record in 1980 with the follow-up to Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports -- Ambient 2: Plateaux of the Mirror, and collaborated again to release The Pearl in 1984. The three Budd/Eno records are cornerstones in the canon of ambient music. Budd went on to collaborate with John Foxx (the founder of Ultravox), Japan's David Sylvian, Public Image bassist Jah Wobble, Be Bop Deluxe guitarist Bill Nelson, XTC's Andy Partridge, and of course Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie. As Guitarist/Producer of seminal band Cocteau Twins, producer of absolute classic masterpieces from Chapterhouse, Lush, A.R. Kane, and Felt, Robin's influence on pop music is legendary. He wasn't part of the Shoegaze scene. He is the genre's father. His production and collaboration credits are long. After The Moon and the Melodies Robin worked with Harold on his 1988 album The White Arcades. He recently wrote his first score and soundtrack with Harold Budd for Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin. In addition to releasing Continental (Darla), Everlasting (Darla), and Waiting for Dawn (Rocket Girl) in 2006, Robin has recently played on and mixed tracks for Manual, Mahogany, Alsace Lorraine and Ulrich Schnauss. Robin lives in France with his wife and child. Harold lives in New Mexico with his wife and child.
Two albums in one package for the first time. Limited edition of 500 black vinyl 2xLP in gatefold jacket with download coupon.
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd
Bordeaux
(Darla)
2LP
$20


Darla Records is proud to offer Bordeaux, a new album by Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd; unquestionably the two masters of sonic beauty, minimalism and modern ambient. We feel there is nothing better than an artist with a sound so completely original and unique unto himself that it is instantly recognizable. This gift is widely acknowledged to be one bestowed on both Mr. Guthrie and Mr. Budd. What's even more significant, however, is how the signature style of each combine to create a complimentary union so rare and sublime. Since meeting in 1986 when they recorded The Moon And The Melodies they have joined occasionally for albums, soundtracks and live performances. Each has forged a very independent music career and become firmly established in his own right. Mr. Budd’s 1984 album The Pearl, a collaboration with Brian Eno, remains an ambient minimalist milestone that set the scene for a whole generation of copyists. Likewise Mr. Guthrie’s guitar and production work, from his roots in Cocteau Twins, has broken entirely new ground and has had a significant impact on alternative music for over 30 years. With the twin albums After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks released in 2006, Mr. Guthrie and Mr. Budd received acclaim without parallel. However, Bordeaux, recorded in the hazy Summer of 2010 in a studio near Bordeaux, France, has a further degree of elegance, poise and sheer breathtaking romance, which shows these two fine gentlemen at their best. Evident, as one would expect, is a maturity, intensity and depth of character, magnificently understated, which no others in the field can even come close to matching. Its dense richness makes Bordeaux a striking work of ambient impressionism. Quite clearly, Mr. Budd and Mr. Guthrie have created one of the most atmospheric and captivating instrumental performances of our time.
Limited edition of 500. Includes download code.
Harold Budd
In The Mist
(Darla)
2LP
$20


Harold Budd is a one of a kind modern neo-classical artist creating high-callibre and complex music with unique and subtle tension and abstraction, and simultaneous almost-pastoral but as-often otherworldly mood. Within the first three notes of a Budd composition, with trademark fresh-as-improvisation sound, whether deep dark or bright light, the listener is transcended to an enlightened state within the balance of empty space, sometimes wistful nostalgia, frequent idealism and always persistent love and beauty. In The Mist is the artist purely distilled. It is the music of Harold Budd at its most raw, emotive and minimalist. In addition, Harold is writing for string quartet. In The Mist is comprised of three distinct movements. Tracks 1-5, The Whispers, are minimalist, tonal, sometimes tone-bending piano compositions. Tracks 6-8, The Gun Fighters, are more dramatic piano compositions with sparse electronic effects and percussive elements. Tracks 9-13, Shadows, are new Harold Budd string quartets, which add an additional component of interest - minimal, abstract, moody compositions. All Music Guide calls Harold "an American ambient/neo-classical composer". He is absolutely the World's number one minimalist, ambient, modern classical composer. That said, he abhors the word ambient. "Ambient: Everytime I read this word I cringe: I've been kidnapped by something I neither know of nor care about; it's better by 1000 times than "New Age" from 2 decades ago, but still..." Although his work is often called ambient, minimal and classical, these labels do no justice to the quiet beauty and uniqueness of the work. "First impressions. VERY empty. A sad edge to a lot of the pieces. Nice choice of synthetic sounds.... Damn that's an empty landscape. De Chirico must be shitting himself." --Andy Partridge "Tone bending: Interesting. Mike and I spent a lot of time getting a particular feel or sound I thought should be there. It all began with the 4tets on the first day's recording. I love string music but I hate the sceeching sound of string 4tets, thus we got to work after lunch. Took the highs out, softerned some attacks... very slight chorus reverb... then I asked for a harmonizer set at 101: no harmonizer, so: on Mike's program we simulated that, or close to it, and that was it. In fact, except for the first piece, we used it for the entire mix (not every piece "harmonized", however, -- piece-by-piece adjustments, alterations...)." --Harold Budd
Limited edition of 500. Includes download code.
Kevin Costner Suicide Pact - Standstill LP
Kevin Costner Suicide Pact
Standstill
(Morning Pony)
LP
$12
Killer quartet out of Denver, CO - Garrincha played a show with them in Denver and they blew minds, mine included. Trippy zone-out sounds accompanied by equally heshed video images. Standstill is their awesome debut record & unfortunately a little under the radar. Check out the video by Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness of Time Travel)!

The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact - After the Trade from Motion Sickness of Time Travel on Vimeo.

Black To Comm - Earth LP
Black To Comm
Earth
(De Stijl)
LP
$15
So, this is a soundtrack, for the most part, and Marc Richter was on some major painkiller regime while rehabilitating. The album sounds as though Richter is suspended, as inhumanly possible, just above the horizon. As a soundtrack, Black to Comm's new album is imaginative and contextual, but as a statement in textural crafting of experiential sound, it is sinuously fragmented. The most jarring yet effectual aspect to the album is vocals. The vocals are front and center (courtesy of Vindicatrix); they move in quaint antagonism to the subtly shifting foundation beneath. What lies beneath is a concrete formlessness; the dense palette of sound is like the Guy Maddin film, The Saddest Music in the World, conscious of its ability to make you glaze over with nostalgic escapism, a temporal space within and removed from a contested reality, yet some irrational lucidity forces you to interact with what is on the surface. A haziness of juxtaposition, pragmatic and negotiable, makes the new Black to Comm a welcome addition to the De Stijl catalogue. EARTH, as its creator intended, is an intoxicating listen: lie down, keep one foot planted on the floor, and close the blinds. - LS

It's always unfortunate to have to blow heavy painkillers on actual physical pain, but Earth was built on a foundation of broken bone; most of this, the seventh BLACK TO COMM album, was composed under the influence. And like the 2009 silent flick of the same name by Singapore filmmaker HO TZU NYEN, for which this album is the soundtrack, it's about slowness and decay, states of unconsciousness, sleeping and waking up, dying and being reborn. MARC RICHTER translates the film's post-apocalyptic collage (based on paintings by Caravaggio, Delacroix, Rembrandt, and Gericault) by employing similar collage-based sampling techniques using loops made from vintage vinyl and shellac records, combined with startling vocal work by DAVID AIRD (VINDICATRIX), RENATE NIKOLAUS' array of instruments and noise devices, singing saws played by CHRISTOPHER KLINE, and RUTGER ZUYDERVEIT on singing bowls. Evocative of a mindset similar to Gifts-era Loren Connors and Scott Walker's Tilt.
LP includes free download card.

Black To Comm "Water" Ho Tzu Nyen from De Stijl Records on Vimeo.

panabrite - sub aquatic meditation LP
panabrite
sub aquatic meditation
(Aguirre)
LP
$20
Norm Chambers' Panabrite project is movin' on up, graduating from tapes to vinyl and taking the music up another notch or 2 higher as well. Had the pleasure of enjoying the cosmic Panabrite sounds live and enjoyed the Digitalis tapes but Panabrite opens his vinyl account with a humdinger of a record. Panabrite's always been a bit catchy but somehow Sub Aquatic Meditation seems both deeper but yet more immediate than previous efforts with a good mix between melodic pieces like Whirlpool followed by deep space soundscapes like Fissures. Bravo.

Sonic natural wonders created by Norman Chambers. Panabrite is the solo project of Seattle-based Norman Chambers, utilizing analog synthesis, vintage drum machines, various effects and occasional guitar. Inspired by science fiction, new age music, soundtracks and library production music, nature/science documentaries, and vintage electronic sounds. His first lp release Sub Aquatic Meditation is an exciting record replete with underwater tunes. The outer space & the deep blue sea collide into two sides of spellbinding adventures reminiscent to the early work of Oneohtrix Point Never, Jürgen Müller and Dolphins Into The Future. Panabrite works in the hazy, analog-synth-laden zone between kosmische drift and new age waft. He launches beatless symphonies of fibrillating, smeared whorls and drones that make you feel like the star of a weird nature documentary or a sci-fi blockbuster from 1977. Chambers excels at evoking both the intimate and the epic with his scrupulously wrought arpeggios and ostinatos. Norm also runs the fantastic Lunar Atrium blog and has previously released tapes, cd-rs on Digitalis, Hobo Cult Records, Cylindrical Habitat Modules and Gift Tapes.
Mastered by Norman Chambers. Artwork by Norman Chambers. Pressed on 180gr. vinyl, limited edition of 300 copies.

from the mouth of the sun - woven tide LP
from the mouth of the sun
woven tide
(Experimedia)
LP
$13
From the Mouth of the Sun has made an album that is cinematic and enveloping without pastiche; Woven Tide oscillates from somber to melancholic, with a silver lining always just within reach. Maybe at times the compositions seem a little too perfect, but then again, it is that lofty allure that keeps the listener's attention; this is where the album does not disappoint. From one grand shimmering excursion to the next, the duo of Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist tend to transform melodic structure into free-floating edifice, with meditative choral washes given form through elegantly weighted passages. The inclusion of human voice lilting in the dense atmospherics is suggestive of where we have been, where we are now, and where, if ever, we are going. Easy to say this is for fans of Stars of the Lid, Tim Hecker, and Johan Johansson, but with all of Experimedia's releases, Woven Tides occupies a singular space, crafting language we are only beginning to understand. - LS

Woven Tide is the debut album by From The Mouth of The Sun, the new collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist, aka Jasper TX, and Aaron Martin. "Out of the charred embers of dusk Woven Tide emerges with an incandescent glow. Each glimmer cast by the sustained notes of ebony keys, the taut strings of the cello, and the rampant buzz of guitar lights our way, gives us hope, brings us into the dawn of a new day. As From The Mouth of the Sun, the duo act as our torchbearers, scrawling messages along the walls of an elongated cave, toiling through the decayed remnants of fetid matter to create eight illuminating pieces. The listener, who has wiled away the hours, will find a door; Woven Tide will be the light out of the darkness." - Michael Vitrano / Desire Path Recordings
Cover artwork & layout by Chris Koelle. Mastered by Taylor Deupree.

From The Mouth of The Sun - Woven Tide (album preview) by experimedia
celer - evaporate and wonder LP
celer
evaporate and wonder
(Experimedia)
LP
$13
It's unfortunate that Celer garners so much attention given the circumstances but such is life. Dani Long continues to live on in a way through her music as Chubby Wolf and as half of Celer with husband Will Long. Slow, sumptuous drifting drones that very much match the title ... the pieces here develop much as water evaporates, at its own pace and at the edges of awareness. Those familiar with the pair's music will find the Celer aesthetic intact here & while the story behind the music undeniably infuses a sense of melancholy, the music also stands on its own outside the tragic backstory. Only 300 copies so don't sleep on it.

Since 2005, Celer, the duo of the late Danielle Marie Baquet and William Thomas Long, have released a wealth of ambient material and established themselves as one of the preeminent and best loved outfits in the genre. For the uninitiated, Celer's aesthetic is glacial, beautiful and devotional. It is utterly devoid of hard edges and culled from a wealth of exotic and traditional instrumentation. The pair's inimitable sound is the result of careful attention to processing and a keen, quasi-cinematic ear for arrangement and juxtaposition. The source material for the recordings on Evaporate and Wonder was limited to improvised synthesizers and field recordings, but the end results are predictably grand and mysterious, suitable indeed for the promises of the album's title. Comprised of two sidelong pieces, this record is a perfect entry point into the pair's wonderful oeuvre or, if you're like me, a more than welcome audio pictogram that lets us as listeners continue the journey.
Limited to 300 copies.

Celer - Bedded In Shallow Blades (Excerpt)* by experimedia
Marcia & Samara Lubelski Bassett
S/T
(Kye)
LP
$14
2 long-time stalwarts of the underground avant scene join up for a lovely joint dropped on the must-hear KYE label. Lubelski's long been associated with the New England psych scene and Bassett is a veritable first lady of modern day noise due to her work in Double Leopards, Hototogisu and Zaimph. Here we find Lubelski and Bassett in a more meditative mood than their CVs might suggest … the relatively subdued, languid pieces develop at their leisure with oscillating tone drones lay down the base for the pair to layer something resembling psychedelic desert guitar over the top. With the various effects at work, it's hard at times to distinguish between Lubelski's violin and Bassett's guitar but both are attuned to the vibe and each other.

Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon is the debut LP by the duo of Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski. Both musicians have played crucial roles in the development of underground sound over the last 20 years, tinting the broad waters of abstract folk, chromatic noise and longform drone, and cementing themselves as cornerstone artists in the process. Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon is the perfect synthesis of Bassett and Lubelski's individual crafts - two sidelong forays into deep black string meditation that hang in the air like ghosts on Ludlow Street.
Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon was recorded/mixed by Barry Weisblat in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY, and arrives in a high gloss monochrome sleeve, in an edition of 500 copies.

ashley paul
slow boat
(Orange Milk)
LP
$13
Ashley Paul is one half of Aster with husband Eli Keszler but their solo projects diverge widely. Slow Boat may be Paul's closest approach thus far to straight songwriting, though definitely more in the Jandek vein. The music here is sparse and stark -- minimal dissonant guitar/piano lines, restrained horns and clattering percussion serve as high-contrast backdrop for Ashley's vocals, a combination that reminds me of the lovely Suzanne Langille/Loren Mazzacane collaboration from oh so long ago.

Slow Boat pulls out every last sound in the organic world and puts it into a context of sheer beauty and conceptual interest simultaneously. It is masterfully original and well thought out with superb musicianship and puts hope into the polarized world of conceptual vs. analytic.
This is a limited pressing of 300. Featuring Eli Keszler on percussion.
Sound Samples:
ashleypaul-SlowBoatA2.mp3
Bob Ostertag - Motormouth CDr
Bob Ostertag
Motormouth
(KDVS Recordings)
CDr
Bob Ostertag - Motormouth CDr
Bob Ostertag may technically be an academic at this point as he heads up the TechniCultural Studies program at UC Davis but Ostertag's activities both in and out of music have always been grounded much more in the streets than the ivory tower, whether we're talking about his past collaborations with downtown NYC stalwarts like John Zorn or his political experiences in South America. The cheeky cover art for Motormouth belies Ostertag's lack of pretension and the sounds contained within avoid that trap of sounding academic, even during the album's coldest points. At other times, Ostertag grooves with the best of the current crop of electronic musicians.

Modern avant-garde composer Bob Ostertag's vision of analog modular synthesizer music. Beautifully constructed soundscapes via the Buchla 200e.
Motormouth by Bob Ostertag
Insect Factory - Melodies From A Dead Radio LP
Insect Factory
Melodies From A Dead Radio
(Fabrica)
LP
$15
Fabrica's first vinyl release is yet another reminder of just how much amazing music is being produced out there right now. The word soundscapes is often bandied about these days but Insect Factory deals with true soundscapes -- nice drifting pieces versatile enough to zone out to with your thoughts or to focus on with tiny details like windchimes, horns and quiet climaxes leading into sustained blissful resolve. Very nice.

Debut full length LP by the Silver Spring, MD-based solo-guitar drone/ambient project of Jeff Barsky. Haunting and hypnotic treated-guitar generated sounds.
Edition of 300 on 140 gram black vinyl. This is a split release with Insect Fields.
Mattress - Low Blows LP
Mattress
Low Blows
(MaltDuck)
LP
$12


Review from Still Single: Legitimate minimal synth gets recorded, and the tapes are left to melt in a hot car like a Snickers. That’s the figurative M.O. of Rex Marshall, as Mattress – genuine weirdness, besmirched by these times of shitty lo-fi crap, but coming out as its own thing. Marshall employs that sort of vocal blandishment like Jon Glaser on TV’s “Delocated,” which informs the martial, clampdown synthesizer in long, arduous strokes, and plays more like one in a long line of isolationist innovators, from the Xex people to John Bender and Neil Hamburger. There’s a little bit of sleaziness to the whole thing, like it could slip into some seedy, non-existent cocktail lounge or the middle of a Ween record, that really helps you notice that Marshall has written real songs and is not just dicking around with spontaneous, uninspired notions. Favorites are “Gone to Waste,” a hipgrinder out of DEVO Corporate Headquarters, and “Roll Roll Roll,” which sounds like a Cars record baked into one of those record bowls from, like, Readymade magazine, and gets satisfyingly crunchy at the end. Bottom line is that the songs are great, and the delivery funny and weird, but with confidence. Put down the Digital Leather records and step to the real. -- Doug Mosurock

Listen to a sample track.
500 copies, clear vinyl.
Mattress - Eldorado LP
Mattress
Eldorado
(MaltDuck)
LP
$12


Eldorado is an incredibly minimal, raw, and sometimes frantic record, yet it some how creates a sense that hope can prevail even in the dire post-apocalyptic vision formed by its beats. This is definitely synth done raw – which is often times synth at its finest. Rex’s vocal styling is what makes this record incredibly unique though. The crony vocals, reminiscent of a gin guzzling lounge singer, reveal his true Vegas roots. He’s one of those people who dare to sing - with most excellent results.

Listen to a sample on Soundcloud.
Pressed on red vinyl – 330 in print
They Themselves Or They
Ribbons & Bows...Angel Dust & Magick Wands
(MaltDuck)
7"
They Themselves Or They 7"


Featuring SALLY STROBELIGHT! Review from Siltblog: Lastly (& bestly), I wanna let yous all know about the 2nd release on the already esteemed Malt Duck label. Entitled Them, Themselves or They, this is a crucial swab of cracked weirdo experimentalism with stunning rich undertones that is as tranfixing & eerily bewildering-in real time-as DDAA, The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast, Ludus or Kosmonautentraum was back in halcyon yore. Made up of former members of Eat The People, Sally Strobelight + others I have never heard of (either), I am very curious & anxious for someone to get the ball rollin on releasin MORE Them, Themselves or They as well as delvin into the vaults to get these other Sac-Town whackers works into the ears 'n arms of us appreciaters. Thankfully this too comes w/a a bonus cdr so I'll have somethin soothin to listen to later while that lamb rolls around on the spit. Shit, this thing has got me so giddy w/delight that I'm gonna have to call it one of my favorite 7"ers of the year thus far.
Edition of 300.
Alak - Groups tape
Alak
Groups
(KDVS Recordings)
tape
Alak - Groups tape


ALAK is the moniker for Placerville, CA based artist and musician Jocelyn Jade Noir. Largely inspired by the environment in which she grew up, Jocelyn writes songs in a surreal but accessible way about dream imagery, the inadvertent loss of physical and spiritual control and the mysteries of all things natural. GRØUPS is the amalgamation of all of this in one experimental folk-influenced pop cassette. Beat-driven electronics decompose into melancholy acoustic guitar and reconstruct back into poppy jams questioning how this could only be ALAK's first official full length release.
Sound Samples:
Alak-03myloveisthebest.mp3
Alak07ButterflyKnife.mp3
JEREMY BIBLE & JASON HENRY
Vryashn
(Infraction)
LP
$13


A vinyl-only release of a fantastic underwater dark ambient piano piece by a local duo of musicians -- Jeremy Bible (he of Experimedia) and Jason Henry. WIRE (UK) review: "Two lengthy, sonorous tracks with looming, viscous currents offset by a seductive parade of pattering detail. Fluttering piano notes pierce shifting planes of texture, catspaws of white noise skip across the swell, and Echoplexed flurries float, like distant birdsong, back and forth across the threshold of audibility. Vryashn reveals a perfect balance between fluidity and architecture before disappearing into a haze of chiming bells."
This vinyl remaster (by 12k's Taylor Deupree) is limited to 500 copies. 180g vinyl, printed on a reverse board gatefold sleeve with an OBI. Comes with an exclusive download code featuring an expanded version of 'Vryashn.'
Sound Samples:
BibleHenry-VryashinExcerpt.mp3
Garrincha & The Stolen Elk - We Were Wyoming tape
Garrincha & The Stolen Elk
We Were Wyoming
(Stunned)
tape
G+SE - We Were Wyoming c20


Following up their recent 905 Tapes burner, Garrincha & The Stolen Elk's members Davy Bui (Weird Forest Records) and Matt Kretzmann uncork a bottle of straight up rock & roll. It's pretty damn refreshing having a band like this around, ready to rip through four tremendous songs in twenty minutes and still managing to cover all the right bases along the way. G+SE's chops are unarguably tight and not a second is wasted as fun house blurt and a wicked sax (!!) spice up the group's own totally original brand of rock madness. It'll be hard putting the cork back on this one for a long, long while.
Limited edition of 111 pro-dubbed & imprinted c20 tapes w/ double-sided color jcard.

Sample available at the G+SE website.
Concert Silence - 09.22.07 2LP
Concert Silence
09.22.07
(Infraction)
2LP
$20


The sound of piano, both pure and processed, has become almost a sub-genre of its own within ambient electronica. There's a Satie-authored lineage stretching from Budd/Eno through to Sakamoto's collabs with Alva Noto and Fennesz, with signs to other off-beat sites. Buckingham's background in visual art makes his contribution to Concert Silence somewhat enigmatic. He had previously co-opted Cooper for the audio of an online ambient audio-visual collaboration in the 'Window Exchange' project; Cooper's signature is clearly recognizable, for all that the pianism of his earlier Eluvium work are tweaked and tampered with here. Six discrete movements, an affair of edgy ambience, with lilting lulling passages ceding to digital depredations. Some parts subtly infiltrated, others strewn with the detritus of error-smithery. "Part Two," for example, sounds as if it's slowly spontaneously combusting in the player, gradually growing into a larger conflagration, culminating in a veritable firework display of pops, crackles and wayward woozy pitch shifts, eating itself in echo and fuzz, before returning to the opening lull of barely audible soft-pedaled piano purism. Overall the Cooper-Buckingham pairing puts a distinctive slant on the compositional tradition mentioned above, finding a beguiling blend of the worlds of piano concerto and that of digital signal processing, with its random reversals, glitch flurries, and drone. Yet, for all its peculiarities of pitch and microsonic mist, strong melodic lines serve as binding, stiched together, lending poise to noise. – Alan Lockett
Limited to 500 copies with thick Stoughton tip-on style gatefold sleeve, full color inner sleeves, 180 gram vinyls, and an OBI strip. D side features a vinyl etching.
Sound Samples:
ConcertSilence-092207-a2UntitledII.mp3
ConcertSilence-092207-b2UntitledV.mp3
Drafted By Minotaurs - Aversion Therapy LP
Drafted By Minotaurs
Aversion Therapy
(Infraction)
LP
$14


Drafted by Minotaurs mainstays are guitarist Ryan Wilson and Ian Fulcher, who contributes trumpet and glockenspiel. Meanwhile members of a floating cast chip in with added textures from cello and violin. Opener Blueprints for Sunbuilding" spools out a hail of plucked and bowed strings, webs of sound solidifying then melting into steely flow, stall set out somewhere around cultivated Constellation post-rockeries, a mood and sound that may feel familiar to those acquainted with the new backwoods chamberisms and neo-folk drone of UK cottage industrialites such as Richard Skelton (aka A Broken Consort/Clouwbeck) and Seasons (Pre-din). "Sault Locks" proposes cyclical patterns of stringed things that seem to hover shyly apart, before swarming to swell and billow over the listener - not so much a Storm of Drones as a squall of tones. "Skin the Night and Fog," a more veiled sister of the previous pluckings and bowings, plays out a psych-infused dream sequence. These three tracks forming Side A work with their own distinct harmonic and textural patterns, while seeming like movements of something overarching. Miasmic minor chord tidal flow abounds, the music's motion determined by languorous bow-strokes, its textures by warm-prickly needles of guitar pizzicatos. Side B's single extended track, "Sunday's Morning Ghost," is wrought from similar materials, but aspires to more transcendant levels, led by the celestial harmonics of Fulcher's treated trumpet. It takes on atavistic echoes redolent of some distant Miles Davis or Jon Hassell blowback, as if viewing In a Silent Way through a post-Kosmische kaleidoscope, or channeled through Eno/Budd cathedrals to meet today's psych-drone and ambient trajectories. Overall, Aversion Therapy thrives on such productive tensions between genres and eras, as it does between live and recorded, spontaneous and pre-structured, making for engaging, at times thrillingly psychotropic, listening." - alan lockett
Limited edition of 489 copies with old-style Stoughton tip-on gatefold jackets, OBI strip, 180 gram pressing.
Sound Samples:
DraftedByMinotaurs-AversionTherapy-A1BlueprintsForSunbuilding.mp3
DraftedByMinotaurs-AversionTherapy-B1SundaysMorningGhost.mp3
Buk Buk Bigups - big big fuckups tape
Buk Buk Bigups
big big fuckups
(none)
tape
Choose shipping location:


Aaron Zeff follows up his Weird Forest debut with 10 brand new songs dubbed fresh to cassette. Zeff fills out the tape with some live set staples and a bunch of new jams that show just how developed the Buk Buk sound has become since the "Hot Mess" 12" dropped a year ago and this tape is recommended to anyone who dug that 12". There may be some bias here but that's what the sound samples are for so check it out!
100 pro-dubbed tapes.
Sound Samples:
BukBukBigUps-BigBigFuckups-03GroupeZeffe.mp3
BukBukBigUps-BigBigFuckups-04LilBigupsTheme.mp3
BukBukBigUps-BigBigFuckups-07Panting.mp3
Mucky The Ducky / Hexlove
Split
(Arecord)
7"
$8


Mucky the Ducky is a collective of several Californian sound artists. Here they make quite a stirring racket that begins like a tornado and ends like a calm sky. The drumming is a particular standout; its frantic pace really gets the mood going and then just as easily falls away. This side is fairly abstract, employing some loose structure, but relying on the mood of the piece to guide the musicians. Hexlove is the work of Zac Nelson. His side starts off with a brief segment of abstract electronics before breaking into a bizarre vocally driven piece that really sticks out as a bold statement. I admire him for utilizing melodic vocals so directly in a song built out of synch synth beats and squiggles. The final segment of his work is a long melodic drone piece filled with an understated mood of calm, a nice way to end the split. These two bands are able to do a lot with the time given to them. Each one complements the other and I'm intrigued enough to put the needle back on the record again and again. The release is made even better by the great hand-screened packaging. It feels great to hold and you can tell a lot of care went into it. Well done. 10/10 -- Foxy Digitalis
Limited to 300 encased in one of a kind hand screened covers by Weird Forest alum, Zac Nelson.
Sound Samples:
A1MuckyTheDucky.mp3
B2Hexlove.mp3

SOLD OUT Releases

A Winged Victory For the Sullen - S/T LP
A Winged Victory For the Sullen
S/T
(Kranky)
LP
$12.50

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A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN is the first installment of the new collaboration between STARS OF THE LID member ADAM WILTZIE and composer DUSTIN O'HALLORAN. The duo agreed to leave their normal home studio comfort zone and develop the recordings with the help of large acoustic spaces, and to hunt down a selection of 9ft grand pianos that had the ability to deliver extreme sonic low end. Other traditional instrumentation was used including string quartet, French horn, and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies. The recordings began in one late night session in the famed Grunewald Church in west Berlin on a 1950s imperial Boesendorfer piano and strings were added in the historic East Berlin DDR radio studios along the River Spree. One last final session in a private studio deep in the norther cusp of Italy on a handmade Fazioli piano, and the final mixes took place in a 17th century villa near Ferrara, Italy, with the assistance of FRANCESCO DONADELLO. All songs were processed completely analogue straight to magnetic tape. Their secret to harvesting new melodic structures from the thin air of existence was for the duo to push themselves to live dangerously, realizing that clear thinking at the wrong moment could stifle the compositions. The final result is seven landscapes of harmonic replicating ingemination. In "Requiem for the Static King Part 1" (created in memory of the untimely passing of Mark Linkous) they have taken the age old idea of a string quartet and then shot it out a cannon to reveal exquisite new levels of mellow bliss. Of the 13 minute track "Symphony Pathetique," Wiltzie says "after almost 20 years of struggling to create interesting ambient drone music, I feel like I have finally figured out what I am doing." Notable guest musicians include Icelandic cellist HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR and violinist PETER BRODERICK. A Winged Victory for the Sullen is not a side project. This is the future of the late night record you have always dreamed of.
Alkibar Gignor - La Paix LP
Alkibar Gignor
La Paix
(Mississippi)
LP
$12

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Rock n' roll LP from Mali! First ever US release of music from one of Malis' most beloved underground garage rock bands. Lo-fi crunchy rock riff workouts sit side by side with beautiful acoustic performances. A truly unique LP - some elements of American classic rock, some African soul music & even a somewhat punk vibe all fuse to create a sound not often heard in the Western hemisphere. Recorded by Chris Kirkley. Comes with a foldout poster & press sheet. A co-release with Sahel Sounds.
Sound Samples:
AlkibarGignor–LaPaixA1Adounia.mp3
AlkibarGignor–LaPaixB4Zeinabou.mp3
Ambarchi/Haino/O'Rourke - Imikuzushi 2LP
Ambarchi/Haino/O'Rourke
Imikuzushi
(Black Truffle)
2LP
$25

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Limited gatefold double LP version with printed innersleeves. "The yearly summit of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi continues with Imikuzushi, which finds the group extending the power-trio strategies of 2011's highly-praised In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject (BT 005LP) and bringing to them a newly-sustained intensity. For this performance, Haino limits himself to electric guitar and vocals, forming complex networks of slashing rhythm work, noise squall and chromatic shredding, moving at times to near-silent passages of howled vocals and isolated, hanging guitar strums. The tendency towards driving free-rock which surfaced on moments of the trio's last release is cemented here, with O'Rourke's fuzzed-out, non-linear bass riffing moving the music into almost garage-rock areas, combining with Ambarchi's drums to form a bedrock of hypnotic, metronomic pounding which transforms itself effortlessly into passages of flowing free-time. Like all of Haino's best work, the trio transcends any 'rock' genre exercise to enter a non-idiomatic zone of ritual intensity, creating a music formed purely out of instrumental and group-mind possibility. Presented as four unedited excerpts salvaged from an epic show that lasted well over three hours, the sometimes raw nature of the recording only adds to its directness and harshly emotive quality." --Francis Plagne, Melbourne, November, 2011.
Design by Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))) with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and stunning images by Tokyo-based photographer and sound artist Shunichiro Okada.
Sound Samples:
AmbarchiHainoORourke--Imikuzushi03.mp3
Amps For Christ - Circuits 2LP
Amps For Christ
Circuits
(Water Wing)
2LP
$16

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Circuits was originally released in 1999 on the Vermiform label. It was well received, even charting on CMJ. This reissue puts Circuits on vinyl for the first time as a deluxe double LP with a gatefold cover and a full bonus side of unreleased material . Circuits includes AFC collaborator Tara Tavi (ex-Blue Silk Sutures, Bastard Noise, Savage Republic, currently of Auto Da Fe) who plays yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer) and sings. Former Man Is The Bastard drummer Joel Connell plays tablas andpercussion. Remastered for vinyl by Tim Stollenwerk (Mississippi Records, Sublime Frequencies, Fat Possum). Co-released by Turned Word RecordsThe four song bonus side begins with "Empire", a song recorded for a compilation that was supposed to be released by L.A. venue, The Smell. Barnes and Tavi are joined by then AFC member Erika Anderson (EMA, Gowns).The comp never saw the light of day, but Empire now has. "Yamasuka" adds fellow former MITB member, Aaron Kenyon on bass to this release and rounding off the bonus side are folk standards Knight On The Road and Bonny Greenwoodside. The latter recorded live at the Claremont Forum in 2001. Amps For Christ use unique instrumentation in an eclectic approach to play"folkcore", coined & defined by founder Henry Barnes. Mr. Barnes modifies Hammond organs to a fixed scale that defines AFC's sound. He builds his own electric bouzoukis, sitars, guitars, violins, metronomes, oscillators and noise machines. Prior to AFC, Mr. Barnes was a founder of Man Is The Bastard and Bastard Noise. AFC has at least 15 releases in their prolific catalog on labels such as Kill Rock Stars, Shrimper, Vermiform, RRR and Woodsist.
Brian Butler & Kenneth Anger
Technicolor Skull
(Ajna Offensive)
1-sided LP
$14

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Technicolor Skull is an experiment in light and sound, exploring the psychic impact of a magick ritual in the context of an improvised performance. With Brian Butler on guitar and electronic instruments, and Kenneth Anger on theremin, their collaboration is a performance contained inside a ritual of unknown origin, tapping into occult stories that extend musical language into initiation. Hidden messages escape through gesture and light, manifesting as a one-time-only event. Technicolor Skull performed their first West Coast appearance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles on November 19, 2011, as part of the opening reception for Kenneth Anger: ICONS. This exhibition will showcase the films, books, and artwork of one of the most original and enigmatic filmmakers of post-war American cinema. This coincided with the release of Technicolor Skull's self-titled recorded debut
Sound Samples:
technicolor-skull.mp3
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II 3LP
Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works Volume II
(1972)
3LP
$30

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Aphex Twin's 1994 masterpiece Selected Ambient Works Volume II includes barely anything resembling a beat or any sign of typical song structure, yet the album continues to garner adulation generally reserved for holy music. Fans have been testifying on its behalf for nearly two decades, as if it were capable of curing ills or healing the soul. Its synthetic construction belies the intuitive, human, melancholic and uplifting nature of the music. Some have speculated the album was intended by Aphex Twin's Richard D. James as a farce, as if its uber-minimalism was a joke played on an electronic community that relied so heavily on the beat; an expectation-defying statement from ambient-house's young hero. The album induces varied responses and often from the same person. A listener may go from being incredulous to drenched in tears within the span of a single track. Music critic Frank Owen described the music as "veering between an eerie beauty and an almost nightmarish desolation." James himself described it as "like standing in a power station on acid." The album's raw emotional power is built upon the influences of Brian Eno, Erik Satie, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and The Orb. Each of its tracks has an elegiac and desolate feel far removed from the tooth-rattling, drill-'n'-bass or abstract electronica for which James was originally known. The soft, nimble flow leaves one in a tranquilized state. Throughout the album, James resists the temptation to layer the sound with beats or samples. Instead, he relies on swathes of sound and harmonics and almost-implied pulses. When the music does incorporate subtle industrial sounds, rhythmic drums or muted samples, it is only to affect a menacing feel in the textures. Remarkably, for an album that is often perceived as difficult, Selected Ambient Works Volume II is quite accessible. Featured in films, commercials and video games, the music continues to offer an entry point for listeners new to the ambient genre while remaining a classic touted by connoisseurs.
BBC Radio Workshop - The Seasons LP
BBC Radio Workshop
The Seasons
(Trunk)
LP
$19

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LP version. At long last the rarest and most peculiar of all Radiophonic Workshop albums is available. Originally issued in 1969, The Seasons has become almost mythical over the last few years. With its mix of unexpected electronics, percussion, tape manipulation and austere poetry, it sounds like no other. The Seasons has also become a major influence on bands such as Broadcast and a key reference in the development of Ghost Box and the whole "hauntology" soundscape. It is seen and heard very much now as an important and lost classic. And after over one year of detective work and rights investigation (which is a lot in this modern world of instant communication), this impressive, strange and wholly unique album is seeing the light of day once again. Originally made as part of the BBC's Drama Workshop broadcasts, this album was meant for educational purposes. Coming in the later period of what is commonly known and remembered as "Music and Movement" or "Movement and Mime Classes," the album was issued briefly as a teaching aid for the modern thinking 1960s classroom. The idea was to play the album and get the school children to dance, improvise, think and create to the sounds and words. The music was originated by one of the early pioneering Radiophonic musicians, David Cain. Very little of his music has ever been made available (except on the classic BBC "pink" album) but to some followers of early British electronics, he is the forgotten master. And for this release he has been interviewed by Julian House (The Focus Group) with a fascinating Q&A, which will appear in the new sleevenotes. As for the poet Ronald Duncan, he is now deceased, but had an interesting and inspired life. A born pacifist, he famously wrote the libretto for Britten's opera The Rape Of Lucretia, wrote the script for Girl On A Motorcycle, and started the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. His poetry was published by Faber And Faber by T.S. Eliot, who became a friend. Duncan's 16 featured poems were specially written in 1969 just for this project. The album sold in tiny quantities when it came out and was quickly deleted by the BBC. Even the BBC Archive doesn't have a copy. In fact the album's scarcity has only added to its mythical status. A handful of originals started appearing in bargain bins throughout the mid-1990s, and as interest in British electronics and the Radiophonic Workshop started to grow, the album's reputation began to gain a little momentum. The album rarely surfaces, but Jonny Trunk and fellow collector Martin Green found three copies at back in about 1998, one of which was passed on to Jarvis Cocker. This limited edition LP comes with the original 1969 BBC sleeve and an insert of all the poetry. Also worth noting is that this album has been remastered from the original Radiophonic Workshop tapes.
Brast Burn - Debon LP
Brast Burn
Debon
(Phoenix)
LP
$21

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Phoenix Records reissues on LP Brast Burn's Debon -- a classic of Japanese Kraut obscurity originally released in 1975 on Voice Records. Brast Burn are often linked with Karuna Khayal, with many aficionados concluding that they were actually the same band. Whether this is true or not remains an unsolved mystery, but one thing is for sure: Brast Burn's one and only recorded outing left an indelible stamp on those who were to follow. Nurse With Wound's Steve Stapleton thought highly of Debon and included it on his "legendary list" that appeared on the sleeve of his band's 1979 debut album. Featuring orchestrated fuzz guitar, echo-drenched percussion, reverbed bass, zithers, assorted taped sounds and vocals that are simply inspired, Debon is an album that's a must for headphones and for devotees of the likes of Faust and Can. A rare musical experience and a vital addition to any record collection. Features the original LP artwork.
C Spencer Yeh - 1975 CD
C Spencer Yeh
1975
(Intransitive)
CD

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Debut solo album of unsettling electro-acoustic miniatures and tightly-coiled, crackling electronic ambience, more vertical than horizontal, a step away from C. SPENCER YEH’s familiar violin-and-vocal improv, the rock/noise BURNING STAR CORE, and recent forays into pop music. This is sensual abstract music with a light touch, a confident minimalism that reveals unsettling depth, sharp corners, and playful malevolence with repeat listens.
Sound Samples:
CSYeh-1975-sample1.mp3
CSYeh-1975-sample2.mp3
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS - The Lost Entrance Of The Just LP
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS
The Lost Entrance Of The Just
(Handmade Birds)
LP
$20

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The Lost Entrance Of The Just follows the 2011 modern classic Eleven Fingers, and finds the band continuing their exploration of textures that are at once muffled and cathartic. Layers of sound conditioned in a womb-like reinvention of texture that is truly unlike anything else currently available from any other artists, anywhere. This one is sure to sell out as fast as the Eleven Fingers LP.
Robert Horton & Neil Campbell
Trojandropper
(Zum)
LP
$15

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Neil Campbell is an experimental musician known for his Astral Social Club solo project and for being a member of Vibracathedral Orchestra and a long time player in the UK noise underground. Robert Horton got his start in the San Francisco punk-noise act The Appliances and the eclectic Plateau Ensemble. After a musical hiatus he returned in the oughts collaborating often with Tom Carter, Loren Chasse, and members of Yellow Swans, as well as releasing solo material under his own name and the moniker of egghatcher. Although Campbell and Horton have never met in person, they met virtually on the Jeweled Antler mailing list. Both musicians are ridiculously prolific and prone to collaboration. They got to talking disco, probably as an antidote to all the folk and 'how to record' bug chatter. Campbell says, "Robert TOLD me in an email 'one day we'll make a disco record together'... who was I to argue?" As far as the end result being disco, Horton notes "we failed at that." "It was a good idea," writes Campbell, "but you're also correct to draw attention to the missing of original target, which I really like - nothing better than the happy accident." Horton continues, "collaborations are about being surprised and this one did that often. Just when I thought I knew where it was going it went somewhere else. We still have it in our future plans to make a dance record. '70s retro disco with a serious virus inside that causes it to bleed drones." Guest musicians on the album include Dan Plonsey and Hal Hughes (Horton's Plateau Ensemble bandmate). The title references the infamous Trojandropper virus that infected Horton's computer, eliminating many hours of work and files. The resulting album that had to be pieced back together is something that mixes organic, almost crystalline drones with off kilter beat patterns and lopsided techno. "Trojandropper" is beatific, odd, and an anomaly to even its creators, like all projects that take on a life of their own.
Neil Campbell and Robert Horton - Cut-Free Taste Death by geochen
Caretaker - Patience (After Sebald) LP
Caretaker
Patience (After Sebald)
(HAFTW)
LP
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James Leyland Kirby returns in 2012 with his long-in-the-making soundtrack to Grant Gee's film about W.G. Sebald. Patience (After Sebald) is a multi-layered film essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss by the acclaimed documentary film-maker Grant Gee. It is an exploration of the work and influence of German writer W.G. Sebald (1944-2001), told via a long walk through coastal East Anglia tracking his most famous book The Rings Of Saturn (1995). The book mixes history, travelogue, memoir, meditation, fiction and images to explore the personal, public and often overlooked histories of Suffolk. In 2009, Grant approached The Caretaker to work on a soundtrack for this work and he sourced out-of-copyright Franz Schubert works from 1927 including the famous work "Winterreise." The soundtrack has been pieced together using snippets and fragments of this source material. The album artwork features another specially-commissioned painting by Ivan Seal.
Mastered and cut at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering. Limited edition of 700 copies.
Sound Samples:
Caretaker-PatienceAfterSebald03.mp3
Caretaker-PatienceAfterSebald04.mp3
Clang Quartet - Joyful Noise tape
Clang Quartet
Joyful Noise
(Hanson)
tape

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Electronic noise and percussion from one of the most intense performers in the states, Scotty Irving. The dude and I definitely have some different beliefs, but that doesn't stop my mind from being blown every time I see him. He is a true believer in what he does and you can tell by his very intense and passionate performances. He also utilizes some awesome homemade props and elaborate costumes that really take the gigs OVER THE TOP... He's one of a kind. Both sides recorded during live gigs. Side A from the Voice Of The Valley noise rally 2009, Side B from the International Noise Conference, Brooklyn, 2010.
Sound Samples:
ClangQuartet-JoyfulSideAExcerpt.mp3
Cut Hands - Afro Noise Vol 1 LP
Cut Hands
Afro Noise Vol 1
(Dirtier Promotions)
LP
$25

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A bludgeoning mix of machine and vaudou/Central African percussion plus other acoustic instruments combine to create one of the most physically intense musical experiences ever. Since 2007's Whitehouse album Racket, and after his original Afro Noise mix became one of the most downloaded experimental mixes ever made, William Bennett's remarkable Cut Hands album has seen four long years of meticulously obsessive studio work in the making, notably deploying his special collection of Congolese and Ghanaian percussion instruments. All songs written and produced by William Bennett; mastering and remastering by Denis Blackham.
Limited edition vinyl pressing with bonus tracks.
Sound Samples:
CutHands-AfroNoiseIA3-RainWashes.mp3
CutHands-AfroNoiseIB2-4Crosses.mp3
Cut Hands - Afro Noise Vol 2 LP
Cut Hands
Afro Noise Vol 2
(Dirtier Promotions)
LP
$25

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A bludgeoning mix of machine and vaudou/Central African percussion plus other acoustic instruments combine to create one of the most physically intense musical experiences ever. Since 2007's Whitehouse album Racket, and after his original Afro Noise mix became one of the most downloaded experimental mixes ever made, William Bennett's remarkable Cut Hands album has seen four long years of meticulously obsessive studio work in the making, notably deploying his special collection of Congolese and Ghanaian percussion instruments. All songs written and produced by William Bennett; mastering and remastering by Denis Blackham.
Limited edition vinyl pressing with bonus tracks.
Sound Samples:
CutHands-AfroNoiseIIA2-Impassion.mp3
CutHands-AfroNoiseIIB3-Backlash.mp3
Demdike Stare / Hype Williams
Meet Shangaan Electro
(Honest Jon's)
12"
$12

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Essential installment in the Shangaan remix series, with futuristic pop duo Hype Williams turning out a mesmerizing tribute, lagging somewhere ages behind the party people, achingly soulful and lost. If you have to ask what the Demdike Stare side is like, then you don't deserve it.
Demdike Stare - Elemental 2CD
Demdike Stare
Elemental
(Modern Love)
2CD

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It's been almost a year since Demdike Stare finished their Tryptych of releases, and in the intervening months, Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty have been busy touring and gradually piecing together sounds for this new series: Elemental. After four limited edition vinyl installments, Elemental is now released as a 2CD album, including different versions of tracks that have appeared on the vinyl editions, plus extensive additional material -- making for a two-hour trip through dark, post-industrial terrain.
Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, the packaging features specially-commissioned artwork by Andy Votel and comes as an oversized gatefold/6-page digifile.
Demdike Stare
Elemental Part 3: Rose
(Modern Love)
12"
$18

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Part three in this 4-part set. This 12" slots into the Elemental quad-gatefold which came with parts 1 & 2 (LOVE 073_074LP). The 2CD album Elemental features a different tracklisting with alternate versions of some of these vinyl tracks plus extra content.
Mastered and cut by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering, pressed on colored vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies for the world. Featuring specially-commissioned artwork by Andy Votel.
Demdike Stare
Elemental Part 4: Iris
(Modern Love)
12"
$18

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Part four in this 4-part set. This 12" slots into the Elemental quad-gatefold which came with parts 1 & 2 (LOVE 073_074LP). The 2CD album Elemental features a different tracklisting with alternate versions of some of these vinyl tracks plus extra content.
Mastered and cut by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering, pressed on colored vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies for the world. Featuring specially-commissioned artwork by Andy Votel.
Demdike Stare
Elemental Parts 1 & 2
(Modern Love)
2x12"
$47.50

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Ever since Demdike Stare finished their Tryptych (LOVE 067CD) of releases, Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty have been busy touring and gradually piecing together sounds for this new series: Elemental. Made up of four parts: Chrysanthe, Violetta, Rose and Iris, parts One and Two are now available and come housed inside a lavish quad-gatefold book style cover that will hold all four parts when the series is complete in early 2012. The material itself features some of the most dense, eerie and evocative pieces ever recorded by Demdike, leavened by an almost industrial sense of rhythmic structure and atmosphere-building that creates a jet-black aesthetic only intermittently illuminated by shards of light. A double CD version of Elemental will be available in early 2012, although most of the tracks will appear as alternate versions on each format. That means that the majority of the tracks on this vinyl edition will not be available anywhere else in their present form.
Mastered and cut at Dubplates + Mastering (including some hidden locked grooves), the packaging features specially commissioned artwork by Andy Votel. Parts 1 & 2 are available together now and come housed inside a deluxe quadruple gatefold book-style outer that will house all four parts. Each part is pressed up on different coloured vinyl - limited to 1000 copies only
Sound Samples:
DemdikeStare-B1Kommunion.mp3
East of the Wall - The Apologist 2LP
East of the Wall
The Apologist
(Antithetic)
2LP
$17

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A progressive jazzy metal masterpiece. The talent of these 5 musicians knows no end.
Sound Samples:
EastOfTheWall-ApologistA.mp3
Ensemble Economique
Crossing The Pass, By Torchlight
(Dekorder)
LP
$17

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It's an exquisite feeling, to taste the truth, to let it wrap you completely, to feel it's ecstatic warmth, to let it ripple through you, to let you feel life with every breath, as if day and night are colliding, and sparks exploding, and the sky turning deep red, and night falls like a blanket, and the wind is a soft whisper, and the dune grass are like blades, piercing blackness.

Ensemble Economique is Brian Pyle of Starving Weirdos and RV Painting. His solo project (hence the slightly ironic moniker) has previously released a CD on Digitalis in 2008 and two recent LP's on Amish and Not Not Fun Records. His music is highly narrative and cinematic mixing synth loops and electronic rhythms with epic organic structures. Crossing The Pass, By Torchlight is the culmination of Pyle's previous works presenting his most refined album so far.
Sound Samples:
EnsembleEconomique-CrossingThePassByTorchlight-02VanishingPoint.mp3
EnsembleEconomique-CrossingThePassByTorchlight-06SomewhereAnywhere.mp3
Expo 70 - Beguiled Entropy LP
Expo 70
Beguiled Entropy
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP
$22

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Expo '70 has garnered a great deal of notoriety over the last few years in certain circles in which the moniker is usually mentioned to describe types of cross-genres. After completing a couple US tours and a handful of limited releases and re-releases in 2010, a short hiatus was in order. During this time last year Justin Wright, sole operator of the project, recorded tracks for an upcoming release. Wright entered a basement studio and improvised over two nights layered recordings for the first time in several months. A track from this session was released earlier this year as the title track for Sound of Cobra's "Hovering Resonance" one-sided limited LP. That song did not take up the full record and Wright returned to the studio with his current 3 piece line-up to record "Moon Raga", a more eastern-sounding influenced exploration. The edition of 200 hand silk screen covers which disappeared extremely fast. The remainder of the solo session is collected here as one full album entitled "Beguiled Entropy", which explores more fidelity in sounds and texture than "Hovering Resonance". Soft synthesizer creeps along to explorations dominated by drifting melodic guitar leads, quickly shifting in textural atmospheres. As "Beguiled Entropy" is flipped to side B, the narratives drop and a more driving synth line bridges a rising pulse that takes the steering wheel in to a more cosmic psychedelic territory, adding analog drum machines leading the listener deeper into a trance-like state. This release co-insides with Expo '70's first European tour this September.
Mastered by James Plotkin. Pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl with a download code in an edition of 500 copies.
Sound Samples:
Expo70-Beguiled-b1.mp3
FENN O'BERG - In Hell 2LP
FENN O'BERG
In Hell
(Editions Mego)
2LP
$26

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Superb collection of Fenn O'Berg jams from their 2010 Japan tour, in which they forged further west for some wild sets in Beppu and Omuta. While maintaining the sophistication of the In Stereo sessions and tour, these recordings hark back to some classic 20th century Fenn O'Berg fare, complete with the odd cheeky samples. Fenn O'Berg are: Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg. Assembled by Jim O'Rourke at Steamroom Tokyo, 2011. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, 2012. Photograph by Shunichiro Okada.
FLOWER/CORSANO/HEJNOWSKI - The Count Visits LP
FLOWER/CORSANO/HEJNOWSKI
The Count Visits
(Hot Cars Warp)
LP
$18

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"Recorded at Brooklyn's Issue Project Room, this live burble features Flower on Japan Banjo, Corsano on tubs and Heyner (or Bobby McGee or Count 'fucking' Chocula or whatever he's calling himself here) doubling on bass (three tracks) and tubs (one track). Corsano's in his ferocious carpet bomb mode, laying down a thick lumpy rug of imaginary bubble wrap for the others to prance upon, and prance they do. Flower's doing a kind of China Pig upward spiraling wail on his axe, and Heyner (I mean Popeye or is it Count Floyd?) is bowing the shit out of his bass like some kinda arco dervish from the center of the earth. But it's not all outward splange, here. No sir. There are other passages in the improv set that would make Matt Valentine put down his mug of butter beer, looks you right in the eye and say, 'Dude, that is smokin'.' What Matt would probably mean is that it sounds at times like these guys have been smoking cheeb and playing the kind of beautiful notes that reportedly fill the heads of those who indulge. And frankly, I'm not sure if these three are users or not, but if they are, you'll want some of what they're using. 'Cause it sounds fucking tasty. Is it possible Corsano has been wearing a baldie-cap all these years and that he's actually a secret hippie? Not sure, but Flower has never been shy about his locks, nor has Heyner (or Emett Otter or whoever). So maybe Corsano's been packing 'inner hair' all this time. Well, bully for him, I say. If this is what hippies sounds like, I declare peace with their whole tribe." --Byron Coley
Franco Falsini
Cold Nose
(Spectrum Spools)
LP
$19

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Franco Falsini is an Italian musician and producer perhaps best known for his work with his space/prog-rock group Sensations' Fix, who released seminal albums in the 1970s. His music was primarily crafted with impressive guitar technique (proven to be way ahead of his time), various synthesizers, and unorthodox recording methods to churn out beautiful experimental psychedelic sounds. Cold Nose was his debut solo outing, originally released on Polydor in 1975 as a soundtrack to a film that has never been widely released and has only been seen by very few people. Falsini applied many experimental methods to his recording process, including a mechanism borrowed from the Bio-Electronic Meditation Society, which would monitor his brain activity in the studio. Only when his brain would produce Alpha/Theta waves would he begin to write and commit his music to tape. Composed in three suites of spiraling and kaleidoscopic proto-ambient psychedelic rock, Falsini had created a masterpiece that today stands as one of the all-time treasures of the Italian progressive music scene of the 1970s. Throughout the recording, we are treated to gentle washes of EMS and Minimoog synthesizers laced with floating guitar line melodies that break out into sky-high guitar leads. Cold Nose is a rare and gorgeous organic creation, glowing with colorful pulses and morphing algorithms. Spectrum Spools is pleased to present the first pressing of the album in over 30 years, remastered by Falsini to his specifications from the original tapes and cut to vinyl at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin. Original record jacket scans by Devon Dagworthy.
Sound Samples:
Falsini-ColdNoiseSideA.mp3
Fourth World Magazine (Spencer Clark of Skaters) - The Spectacle of Light Abductions LP+book
Fourth World Magazine (Spencer Clark of Skaters)
The Spectacle of Light Abductions
(Pacific City Sound Visions)
LP+book
$16.50

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After many years as half of the highly influential SKATERS with James Ferraro, 2 solo albums on Olde English Spelling Bee (BLACK JOKER and MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS) and countless tapes and CDs, SPENCER CLARK has taken it to the next level. Layers of cosmic and alien sounds inhabit their own world and act as metaphors you can access subconsciously or explicitly. Clearer and more lucid than previous releases of his, this is a singular record of inner space exploration that operates completely outside the retro kraut-new age-synth trend so prevalent right now. Being more hi-fi than his past recordings, Spencer says 'I have made an Alien Space Fusion Music that is an Aural Symbol for the pre-birth outer space-self's new Arrival.' In this new zone, Spencer channels a more personal and spacious side of his vision, combining the rhythmic side of Monopoly Child with the abstractions of his VODKA SOAP project. 12 full-color pages of art, text and photos in the full size LP format. This marks the first LP release on Clark's Pacific City Sound Visions label. It stands as his biggest statement yet and will surprise and please. A beautiful record. Now it's yours to explore.
General Strike - Danger in Paradise LP
General Strike
Danger in Paradise
(Staubgold)
LP
$16

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General Strike's legendary album from 1984, for the first time available on vinyl and as a download. Fully remastered by David Cunningham. These recordings were originally released on cassette by Touch in 1984 with the exception of "Parts Of My Body," released on a single by Canal Records in 1979. Performed by: Steve Beresford (bass, piano, Farfisa organ, Prophet 5, trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium, percussion, glockenspiel, voice, toy piano, melodica, noises, rhythm tracks, drumkit), David Toop (guitar, prepared guitar, bass, percussion, flute, alto flute, glockenspiel, voice, tapes, noises, rhythm tracks), David Cunningham (tape treatments) with guests: Lol Coxhill, Dawn Roberts and Maartje Ten Hoorn. "The atmosphere which General Strike conjures together suits an old-fashioned, Cold War-ish scenario of technology. Their 'Interplanetary Music' is the space-pop of George Pal and The Day The Earth Stood Still, of computers built like Blackpool Tower in order to struggle through simple trigonometry, of The Jetsons and I.G.Y. They go no further than Expo '67, the world's last gasp of optimism. And although there are dark and disquieting moods set in this mosaic which their listeners have pieced together, it is made with a humor which is true to the spirit of adventure which those references apply. The sanitation merchants who make up most of the world's record-makers today would forbid our ears from hearing these strangely electric keyboards, earthworked textures, bizarre chatterings of percussion, and voices that seem like puzzled robots. Cataloguing the sound in that way makes it all seem a bit of a joke, but it isn't: laughter is encouraged, but it's serious music, made with a great deal more serious spirit than the great and disheartening mountain of music which today implores you to hear and not listen." --Richard Cook
Sound Samples:
GeneralStrike-DangerInParadiseA2.mp3
GeneralStrike-DangerInParadiseA6.mp3
Mats Gustafsson / Paal Nilssen-Love / Mesele Asmamaw
Baro 101
(Terp)
CD

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The Ex have been going to Ethiopia for quite a while, making connections with many adventurous musicians on many adventurous projects. The evening before the latest project was about to leave Addis, Mesele Asmamaw, Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gufstafsson wanted to record. After a week full of sensational cooperation and excitement, they had something to say. In room 101 of the Baro Hotel, some microphones were set up and an hour later it was ready. 'Unheard music.' A krar, a baritone-sax and drums. Free improvising. Recorded Februari 27, 2010, in room 101 of the Baro Hotel, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.
Sound Samples:
MatsGustafssonPaalNilssenLoveMeseleAsmamaw-Baro101-A.mp3
MatsGustafssonPaalNilssenLoveMeseleAsmamaw-Baro101-B.mp3
HEAD BOGGLE  - Headboggle LP
HEAD BOGGLE
Headboggle
(Spectrum Spools)
LP
$19

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Spectrum Spools are beyond excited to present you with the highly-anticipated vinyl debut of the Head Boggle project. The world has been waiting for this day to come, and finally a full-length long player has arrived. Recorded at his apartment studio, Headboggle is the manifestation of Derek Gedalecia's acoustic/electronic research utilizing the "kitchen sink" in every sense of the idiom: Moogs, harmonica, banjo, harpsichord, Irish harp, EMS Synthi, violin, drums, clavinet, Serge Modular, field recordings and more! What makes Headboggle so special is the careful arrangement of sound, with painstaking attention to composition and sound direction. Disorienting magic is a key trait of the Head Boggle sound, one which captivates and commands repeated inspection. Like any great, focused album effort, there is a narrative arc -- from the introductory "Flourescent Star" with its dizzying, fractured crackle and bizarre piano float to the tension-packed, information-overloaded squabble and squawks of the "Dream Diary" and "Europa Astrobiology Lander" tracks. Head Boggle is a dedicated and devotional effort -- one with precision and prodigious vision. Equal parts François Bayle and Tod Dockstader in the best possible way, it's still hard to pin such a multifaceted talent to any kind of descriptor. Derek has been honing his sound for years with loads of releases on almost every essential tape and CD-R label out there. Here we have his finest set of compositions yet in hi-fidelity, tight and tediously packed, forming his most concise release to date. The Head Boggle debut has raised the bar for classical electronic composition with the greats, a feat of rare occurrence.
"Big Box of Evil" by Head Boggle by Spectrum Spools
Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson
The Electronic Music Record For Children
(Mississippi)
LP
$13.50

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Recorded in 1969—early electronic music pioneer BRUCE HAACK and child educator MS. NELSON go bravely and deeply into psychedelic music compositions designed to open the minds & hearts of the young. Truly far out electronic music that evokes a space age alternate universe. Bruce & Ms. Nelson are joined by pianist PRAXIETELLIS PANDIT and their relaxed sounding friend CHRIS to bring you songs about everything from ancient folk tales to outerspace to what the world sounds like when you listen with your inner self. Real great stuff, not for the faint of heart. Avante garde music by and for the people.
Old school tip on cover.
Sound Samples:
Haack-ElectronicA4Listen.mp3
Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson
The Way Out Record For Children
(Mississippi)
LP
$13.50

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Recorded in 1968—a true psychedelic masterpiece for the kids. MS. NELSON (a child educator) and BRUCE HAACK (an early electronic music pioneer) designed this record to open the minds & hearts of children to deeper levels of insight & culture. Not condesending in the least and with a childlike sense of wonder, Bruce and Ms. Nelson lay into some heavy songs about everything from Robots to Indian Mysticism to Motorcycle riding fantasies. It's all in here. The music is all generated by Bruces' homemade electronic instruments which churn out proto hip hop beats and straight up avante garde moments left and right. The kids in Ms. Nelsons community chime in with their voices here & there and the record ends with a haunting existential twist that'll leave you screamin' for more. A great record for children and adults of all ages.
Old school tip on cover.
Sound Samples:
Haack-WayA2MotorcycleRide.mp3
Heatsick - Intersex LP
Heatsick
Intersex
(PAN)
LP
$25

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Intersex is the debut LP by Steven Warwick aka Heatsick. The title references the work of German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, looking at how music and sexuality can operate in flux on a constantly sliding scale. Executed on just a Casio keyboard and manipulated loops via guitar pedals, Intersex deliberately evokes "ersatz" notions of electronic dance music and early electronics in the line of Roberto Cacciapaglia's Ann Steel record, the work of Warner Jepson and the kaleidoscopic sound of Ron Hardy, pushing dance/body music through a saturated psychedelic lens. Steven Warwick is a Berlin-based performer, also known for his work in the electronic duo, Birds Of Delay. His approach is one of carefully thought-out loops which are then sent into varying interactions and play. Active in the club, art and music scenes, Warwick's work is one existing in a luminal space, meditating both at once in real time and the "just past."
The LP is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, in a limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140 gram vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Steven Warwick, Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.

Heatsick 'Ice Cream On Concrete' (PAN 19) by •PAN•
Kenneth Higney
Attic Demonstrations
(One Kind Favor)
LP
$20

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Often considered the Holy Grail of 'real people' records, Kenneth Higney's Attic Demonstration was never actually intended to be an official release. It was recorded in New York City by Higney and his accompanist Gordon Gaines (R.I.P.) as a vehicle with which to sell Higney's songs to other artists and was only pressed to vinyl in 1976 when he grew tired of duplicating cassette tapes. Apparently the Jandekian dissonance of the 'A. Demo.' sound was an unintended by-product of the one take demo sessions. Be that as it may, Attic Demonstration is a strange sonic world all of its own. It is neither too weird to be unappealing to 'regular' music listeners nor is it one of those discoveries that leaves you wondering what all the hype was about. Acoustic guitar ballads of nearly atonal desolation mix readily with rock 'n' roll numbers featuring hiccuping drums and alien sounding electric guitar. Higney's vocals are by turns sneering and mournful as he sings about lost love and the desire for fame all filtered through his uniquely bent worldview. Although a few ads were placed for the record in The Village Voice and The Aquarian, the fame that Higney sought eluded him (a semi-positive review in Trouser Press notwithstanding). That is, until the album was discovered and distributed by record dealer Paul Major. Attic Demonstration has been featured in the Acid Archives and copies of the original LP have soared in price over the years, but you no longer have to pay $100, $200 or even $300 to obtain a copy of this monumental album on vinyl. One Kind Favor and Kenneth Higney have teamed up to bring you an official reissue of Attic Demonstration remastered, with all the original artwork and with liner notes by the artist.
Sound Samples:
Higney-03RockStar.mp3
Higney-04CantLoveThatWomen.mp3
Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp
Early Astral
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP
$22

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Chris Forsyth has recently been touring around Europe with his Paranoid Cat Band in support of their excellent LP on Family Vineyard as well as playing with Meg Baird on her recent record and a continuing member of the Peeesseye. Koen Holtkamp plays as part of Thrill Jockey's Mountains, as well as releasing solo material on aformentioned Thrill Jockey and Type. On Early Astral Forsyth and Holtkamp team up, playing guitar and synthesizer and modular electronics respectively. The record consists to two tracks, each with a great kraut guitar groove, but frequently rocking into a blissed out epic psychedelic smog of wailing riffs and bubbling electronics.
Limited to 500 copies.
Sound Samples:
holtkamp-forsythA1.mp3
Human Teenager - Animal Husbandry LP
Human Teenager
Animal Husbandry
(Spectrum Spools)
LP
$19

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Animal Husbandry is the result of absolute, genuine obsession: a devotional masterwork with song craft, exquisite production and aesthetics regarding the ultra-damaged times we live in, all in perfect harmony. Burrowed away in private studio sessions over the course of a year, Human Teenager have emerged with a profound and colorful masterpiece. Like Chrome before them, the effects of a carbon copy community of lemming rock groups were avoided and ignored, and the vision of creating a pure, singular work was achieved. Rarely does an album with complex structure and abstract tendencies sound as organically catchy as this. The duo spawn a brand-new sound that ranges somewhere between Ilitch's 10 Suicides to the work of The Cleaners From Venus. To be clear, however, it would be impossible to plaster genre descriptors onto an album with such enormous scope. Terms like "synth-pop," "rock and roll," "punk," et cetera, can all be applied on a surface level, but at the end of the day, it's none of and all of these things at the same time, more or less. Few projects are able to create and exist in a personal universe that hits the nail right on the head the way Animal Husbandry does. From "Fourth Reich," the album's opening cut, it's very apparent that Human Teenager has created an album that you will not be able to stop listening to with its wildly-morphing vocals, strafing synthesizer arrangements, and prismatic guitar detail. Police, The New World Order, YouTube, New York; it's all a drag, and Human Teenager captures the horrors of everyday life in "the future" and holds them hostage. Spectrum Spools is very pleased to present you with an instant classic.
Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering, Winter, 2011.
Sound Samples:
HumanTeenager-AnimalHusbandryB1.mp3
HumanTeenager-AnimalHusbandryB2.mp3
Inner Tube (Mark McGuire & Spencer Clark) - S/T LP
Inner Tube (Mark McGuire & Spencer Clark)
S/T
(Fourth World)
LP
$16

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Mark McGuire and Charles Berlitz present INNER TUBE: On the lip of the wake these classy bro's have served up hot and toasties roasters for the ears and eyes: its the debut of Inner Tube, the project that took two heads, a lotsa boogers, and some extreme staring at the SEX WAX logo! Arriving just in time for the Aussie Summer and devoted to sick beaches like Mermaids and Swami's or Sunset Cliffs and Bondi, these two rolled taco munch crunchers studied the deepest references and private home movie eclipses to surf up 8 landscapes of hot licks both keys and strings alike! G3 wont even be allowed to jump up in line at Hodad's, Inner Tube is TOP TOASTERS!!!!! Comes with tons of stories from both Mark and Charles plus a surprise giant fold out poster of the two stoned in front of their favorite movies! Hey! There Goes my Hot-Pocket!!!!!!! Order this record before you get slayed by Bodhisafa's Choad! Inner Tube is about the inner emotional reverie of a world where life has been seen through the tube of a wave. It's a new band from Mark McGuire of Emeralds and Spencer Clark of The Skaters and Monopoly Child Star Searchers. Spencer has this to say about the experience: The bliss and ecstatic power of Australian beach music has kept me in this positive mental attitude that I wanted to communicate to everyone around me. Mark and I began to be in touch, and started to really connect in our exotic fascination with Australia and its surf culture. We decided to record an album together with impressions from these private movies and their tunes. Mark travelled numerous times to Pacific City Studios so that we could make this album together(and eventually moved here). At one point, a woman visiting Hotel California who I hadn't met before, mentioned she thought it was strange that I played so much Australian music. I told her about my fascination with Storm Riders, the sickest Australian movie of all time. She immediately told me that her Uncle had a big part in the movie. The guy's name is Rabbit Bartholomew. He is a magical person in this Storm Riders movie and has been an inspirational to surfers everywhere. He wrote this letter to Mark and I: Hey Spencer, Great to get ya letter. Christel gave me a bit of insight. Really cool how you guys were talking about Storm Riders and our family connection, that's meant to be bra. For sure, send me a demo, I'll give ya some feedback. That's really cool about inner tube and the beloved zone, that's it mate, right on the money. Best, Rab We then realized that we were to travel to the Gold Coast in Australia to record Inner Tube Part Deux, and play a Surf Festival put on by Rabbit Bartholomew's sister. The story just keeps on going, so Mark and I are really stoked to have you guys check this out with us...
Isengrind - Night of Raining Fire  LP
Isengrind
Night of Raining Fire
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP
$22

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Solange Gularte (Natural Snow Buildings) returns for her second solo LP for Blackest Rainbow. A dreamy psychedelic haze of shimmering drones, minimal string plucking with barely-there vocals, Gularte's sound is somewhat more far out in comparison to say Twinsistermoon or Natural Snow Buildings. Night Of Raining Fire showcases this with tracks like the almost medieval sounding Still Voyager, or the outsider folk sound of Nadirs of the Sun. The record comes packaged in a stunning full colour sleeve covered in Gularte's strange surreal illustrators. Limited to 500 copies.
Limited to 500 copies.
Sound Samples:
Isengrind-NightA1.mp3
J.A. Caesar - Kokkyou Junreika LP
J.A. Caesar
Kokkyou Junreika
(Phoenix)
LP
$21

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Gatefold LP version. Tokyo playwright, director and artist J.A. Caesar sprang to prominence in the early '70s largely through his work with Shuji Terayama's Tenjo Sajiki Theatre, specializing in vaguely sinister music reminiscent of a Hammer House Of Horrors soundtrack. 1973's Kokkyou Junreika release, often considered Caesar's finest work, was culled from the 5 hours of music written for the original play, distilled down to an album's worth of ageless chants, Buddhist mantras, heavenly invocations and fuzztone guitar vamps supported by Caesar's droning electric organ and the eerie female vocals of Yoko Ran, Keiko Shinko and Seigo Showa. An album that sits comfortably alongside early Ash Ra Tempel, Cosmic Jokers and Atem-period Tangerine Dream. Those that like their music with a healthy dose of gloom, look no further.
Housed in a gatefold sleeve.
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier - L'enfant Sauvage LP
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
L'enfant Sauvage
(Aguirre)
LP
$20

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Felicia Atkinson is having a very productive 2011. She has released tapes and cd's under her own name and the moniker Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier. Currently based in Brussels, Felicia is a French musician, artist & writer who is making an increasing impact in experimental music circles as of late. Her music pieces and drawings are often improvised and inspired by her travels and her night visions. Fans of Grouper, Motion Sickness of Time Travel, and other forestdroners should definitely check her out. The sleeve, an aquarel painting made by Felicia, is a rough impression of the savage child and adds to the music's magic.
Limited to 300 copies
Sound Samples:
JeSuisLePetitChevalier-A1NoTalisman.mp3
Jerusalem & The Starbaskets - DOST LP
Jerusalem & The Starbaskets
DOST
(DeStijl)
LP
$14

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Jeremy Freeze is a Memphis born songwriter who has spent the last few years in Columbia, Missouri playing and recording with Kim Sherman as Jerusalem and the Starbaskets. Before yr preconceived notions of Missouri make things cloudy, consider the Black Artist Group, Screamin' Mee Mees, Drunks with Guns, Gene Clark and a whole lot of other shit that you don't know about get in the way. Lest there be other confusion, my friend Oliver, this 65 year old dude from Kashmir, told me _DOST_ means "brother man". So basically, _DOST_ is "friend" but a more familiar way of the word. Just so happens that it's the phonetic same as "dosed". One crystalline thing herein is the Jams. Freeze has reached that point where he's saying more by saying less and that's a level that many songwriters never reach. After a few yrs of playing gigs with Times New Viking, Wooden Wand and a short list of more or less limited releases, _DOST_ is the bands first readily available release and we're going to do our best to get it everywhere.
Kayo Dot - Stained Glass LP
Kayo Dot
Stained Glass
(Antithetic)
LP
$12

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Kayo Dot's Stained Glass. 20 minutes of beautiful, synth heavy avant experimentalism. Includes a vinyl exclusive "de-mix" on the B side, lyrics insert and 11x17 poster. Features the return of original Kayo Dot lyricist Jason Byron, as well as a guest appearance by electric guitar genius Trey Spruance (Secret Chiefs 3, Mr. Bungle).
Sound Samples:
KayoDot-StainedA.mp3
Eli Kezler
Cold Pins
(PAN)
LP
$25

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Over two years in the making, Cold Pin is the new full-length record by Eli Keszler. Both a composition and stand-alone installation, 14 strings ranging in length from 25 to 3 feet are strung across a 15x40 curved wall, with motors attacking the strings, connected by microcontrollers, pick-ups and RCA cables. Recorded in Boston's historic Cyclorama, a massive dome built to house the Cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg painting in 1884. The B-side features, in addition, a "dry" version of the installation with motor attacks on metal squares rather than strings, creating dense percussive clusters. Cold Pin works within the frame work of left-to-right time and vertical structure. The installation acts as the architecture of the music, surrounding and immersing the live instruments into incredible density and sharp, angular mass shapes, and functions alone as the performers stop. Rather than an individual sound, the sustained horns, strings, drums and metallic attacks function as a singular unit, and continue, too, when they stop alongside the installation. Cold Pin features Eli Keszler (drums, crotales installation and guitar), Geoff Mullen (guitar), Ashley Paul (clarinet, guitar, greenbox), Greg Kelley (trumpet), Reuben Son (bassoon) and Benjamin Nelson (cello). Eli Keszler is a composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. In performance, he often plays drums, bowed crotales and guitar in conjunction with his installations. In his ensemble compositions, he uses extended strings, motors, crotales, horns and mechanical devices to create his sound, balancing intense harmonic formations with acoustic sustain, fast, jarring rhythm, mechanical propulsion, dense textures and detailed visual presentations. He has most recently won the Mata composers competition for the 2012 season. Eli Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Anthony Coleman and Ran Blake.
Limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140 gram vinyl housed in a silk screened PVC sleeve. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering.

Eli Keszler 'Cold Pin I' (PAN 21) by •PAN•
Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Intimate Rituals Of CDr
Kyle Bobby Dunn
The Intimate Rituals Of
(Intransitive)
CDr

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Dark, brooding feedback drone that envelops a room and shakes it until the walls crack. By turns placid and malevolent, Kyle Bobby Dunn's latest album seems to teeter at the edge of an explosion, barely able to contain its unstable electric power. Intimate Rituals was assembled from the resonance of pipes in Dunn's Brooklyn basement studio, as well as from overheard noise filtered through walls and floors (particularly at No Fun Festival 2009, with rumbling residue rescued from the bar beneath the stage where noise bands were blasting), and from a mixing desk feeding back on itself. Warning: you may want to listen to this on headphones while drifting off to sleep... but trust me, don't do it.
Limited edition CDr of 100 copies in gorgeous, full color three-panel sleeve.
Sound Samples:
kbdunn-intimate01.mp3
kbdunn-intimate02.mp3
MAIN ATTRAKIONZ - 808s & Dark Grapes II 2LP
MAIN ATTRAKIONZ
808s & Dark Grapes II
(Type)
2LP
$24

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The internet can be blamed for many things, and while the current consensus seems to be that it is single-handedly responsible for the destruction of the music scene, it's impossible to deny the influence it has had on contemporary rap music. Previously held hostage by industry moneymen, file sharing and social networking has democratized the genre and allowed people to hear what's really going on in the minds of young producers and rappers. Main Attrakionz are one such cottage industry made up of rapper/producer Squadda Bambino and rapper MondreM.A.N., and in only a couple of years, the Oakland-based duo have amassed an enviable cache of heavy-hitting records. Surprisingly, none of these highly-regarded mixtapes have yet made it to the physical realm, so it is Type's pleasure to issue the band's defining 808s & Dark Grapes II on wax for the first time. 808s... shows Mondre and Squadda in exemplary form, spitting home truths and fractured hood memories over untouchable productions from their unmatched arsenal of collaborators. Clams Casino hardly needs an introduction at this point, but he is joined by Japanophile SF duo Friendzone, Marlee B, Keyboard Kid and many more to create a veritable roadmap of the current scene. The sound might have been awkwardly labeled "cloud rap," and sure, it sounds pretty dreamy, but there's more to Main Attrakionz than just a subgenre. This is fathoms-deep, genre-bending rap music found outside of the traditional boundaries, and its protagonists are two of the most compelling voices in the scene. Listen hard, and listen good, this won't be the last time you hear from Main Attrakionz.
Limited edition double-vinyl pressing, cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin.

Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes 2 by _type
MERZBOW & MARHAUG - Mer Mar LP
MERZBOW & MARHAUG
Mer Mar
(Editions Mego)
LP
$19

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Japanese noise artist Masami Akita aka Merzbow and Scandinavian noise artist Lasse Marhaug have been working together since the mid-'90s. The first release on Marhaug's (now-deleted) label Jazzassin Records in 1995 was the First Rock split single. In 2001, Merzbow and Jazzkammer (Marhaug's project with John Hegre) released a live album. Later, Akita and Marhaug executed several live collaborations, but often with other artists such as Hair Stylistics and Jim O'Rourke. In 2010, they finally got together to record as a duo. Recorded at GOK Sound Studios in Tokyo, the results can now be heard as Mer Mar. Made using a combination of scrap metal screeching, analog synths and enough effects pedals to make you overweight with most airline companies, Mer Mar is a tour de force for both of these noise veterans, hinting at some classic '80s Merzbow jams such as Material Action.
Recorded at Studio GOK Sound, Tokyo, April 7, 2010 by Hamamoto Yohei. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Cover design by Lasse Marhaug.

Dan Melchior
Excerpts (& Half Speeds)
(Kye)
LP
$14

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Dan Melchior is known by many as a long-standing footsoldier of garage rock. Throughout his 15 years of service Dan has gained a reputation as being one of the few in his field willing to test the flexibility of an otherwise stagnant genre. Last year's brilliant Assemblage Blues LP (Siltbreeze) showed Dan scratching at the bars of his cage, restricted by the very domain he dominates. Excerpts (& Half-Speeds) is Dan Melchior's hammer in the mirror. A courageous act of self-vandalism, reducing his own sonic signature to a series of fractured sketches, riffs, and run-throughs, glued together to create something akin to Another Green World for the Fuck Off generation.
Excerpts (& Half-Speeds) arrives in a full color high gloss Melchior-designed sleeve, with insert, in an edition of 450 copies. ALL ORDERS WILL INCLUDE A FREE PROMO COPY OF MELCHIOR'S "THANK YOU VERY MUCH" 2LP RELEASE (non-US orders will have to pay extra shipping if you want the free album).
Sound Samples:
Melchior-ExcerptsA8.mp3
Melchior-ExcerptsB6.mp3
Mirrorring - Foreign Body LP
Mirrorring
Foreign Body
(Kranky)
LP
$14

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Mirrorring is Jesy Fortino, who has recorded under the Tiny Vipers moniker, and Liz Harris, better known as Grouper. The recordings on this album came about through a songwriting session in Portland, Oregon. The resulting sounds are contemplative, reflective, and introspective, creating a feeling as much as a song, a mood as much as a tune. One could try to assess what part of the album each artist was responsible for, but that would prevent one from seeing the proverbial forest for the trees. Foreign Body was recorded and produced in 2011.
LP version. Includes an insert with Liz Harris' detail-obsessed illustrations. Remember that dream you had about finding a Grouper record nobody else knew about? This is the record.
NHK'KOYXEN - Dance Classics Vol. I LP
NHK'KOYXEN
Dance Classics Vol. I
(PAN)
LP
$25

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Born in Osaka, Kouhei Matsunaga is a musician and an illustrator. He started drawing during childhood under the influence of his grandfather. He grew up listening to hardcore techno and hip-hop, studied architecture and has been mainly making music since 1992. Under many different aliases (NHK, NHKyx, Internet Magic, Koyxen) he has released numerous albums on labels such as Skam Records, Wordsound, Raster-Noton and his first-ever album Upside Down on Mille Plateaux in 1998. He has also collaborated with artists like Merzbow, Jungle Brothers' Sensational, Autechre's Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consorium's High Priest, Rudolf Eb.er, Puppetmastaz crew, Asmus Tietchens, Ralf "RLW" Wehowsky and so on. His own label Flying Swimming was founded in 2002 with the main purpose of publishing and curating experimental contemporary music and art events. Dance Classics Vol. I documents his more dance-oriented material, as seen from his sets with Sensational and also his other minimal techno project, NHK. Not feeling tied down to one genre, Matsunaga nestles in the PAN roster, but that isn't to say that his is any kind of ordinary dance music. As witnessed from his recent collaborations with Conrad Schnitzler, the album focuses more on bass/base electronics, music for the dancefloor and/or altered state reflection. Having composed pieces for WDR based on Henry Chopin, Kouhei is equally at ease jamming with Sensational, while simultaneously executing an obsessively numerical sequence of dance pieces that border on Hanne Darboven-like compulsivity.
Limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140 gram vinyl in a poly-lined inner sleeve, packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering.

NHK'Koyxe? '638+' (PAN 24) by •PAN•
Ben Nash
Oh Lordy Me! (My Heart Is Wandering Again)
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP
$22

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It's been quite some time since a full length solo Ben Nash release, and it's finally here, and so,what different from his more psychedelic folk drones he showcased way back on 'The Seventh Goodbye'. Probably best left for Ben to explain this one for you... "I recorded this new full-length record during downtime from playing with Chora and after a long break from recording any solo music. Having become somewhat disillusioned with the process of overdubbing conventional "physical" instruments repeatedly in my solo work I have spent a lot of time experimenting with different ways of inputting, manipulating and arranging sound electronically, both in a variety of computer based environments and also using an Apple iPad. This release is the first in a series that will document these experiments. All sounds on the album stem from and are sequenced within Yamaha's TNR-I app with some minimal mix processing in Logic" - Ben Nash, Camberwell Green, September 2011.
Edition of 250 copies pressed on heavy weight black virgin vinyl.
Sound Samples:
Nash-LordyA1.mp3
Necros Christos - Doom Of The Occult 2LP
Necros Christos
Doom Of The Occult
(Ajna Offensive)
2LP
$17

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Entering its 10th year of existence, the entity known as Necros Christos unleashes its second full length album entitled Doom of the Occult. Features nine new tracks such as Necromantique Nun, The Pharaonic Dead and Descending into the Kingly Tomba alongside numerous acoustic interludes for which the band is infamously known for since its creation in 2001. Expect nothing but one of the most dark, occult and disturbing Death/Doom Metal records of all time.
5 color gatefold, b/w poster, 12 pp. booklet.
Sound Samples:
NecrosChristos-A2.mp3
NecrosChristos-A4.mp3
Jim O'Rourke
Old News #7
(Old News)
2LP
$26

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More archival works from Jim O'Rourke see the light of day on Old News #7. Side one and two were recorded circa '96-'97 at the Steamroom, Chicago. Side three was recorded live in Nagoya at Tokuzo, April 2011. Thanks to Carlos Giffoni. Side four recorded during '93-'94 and originally released on These Records. Thanks to Andrew & Howard Jacques. "Welcome To The Django" is a 2-sided mid-'90s excursion of O'Rouke's first experiments with a Serge Modular System. "Natural Born Killers" is a recent live jam recorded in Nagoya. "Tacere Fas" is legendary early '90s piece, finally available again, originally appearing on the compilation Unentitled, released by These Records in 1994.
Available only in this format.
Orphan Fairytale - Comets Come Alive LP
Orphan Fairytale
Comets Come Alive
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP
$22

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Orphan Fairytale emerged mid 2000s from the Belgian underground which seems to be a consistently solid ground for fantastic music emerging. This brand new LP from Eva Van Deuren's Orphan Fairytale project follows on from her fantastic 'Ladybird Labyrinth' LP on Ultra Eczema as well as releases on Rampart, Foxglove, Release The Bats and many other great labels. 'Comets Come Alive' is a beautiful dreamy album of keyboard, layered with various unknown objects, toys and other non-instruments creating a sea of sound that is so stunning it's hard to put into words. The sounds Eva creates have a childlike nursery rhyme like quality which is what makes her music so charming, it's simplistic, but there's not much else out there that sounds like what Eva does, she blends the minimalistic with the psychedelic.
'Comets Come Alive' is pressed on 180gram virgin vinyl including a download code.
Sound Samples:
OrphanFairytale-A2.mp3
PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT  - Kithless LP
PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT
Kithless
(Arbor)
LP
$15

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New release from this criminally-underrated project: Kithless is the first vinyl release from Pedestrian Deposit to feature member Shannon A. Kennedy (cello). "Pedestrian Deposit (Jonathan Borges and Shannon A. Kennedy) possesses a certain, restrained relationship to texture. Sources both electric and acoustic operate on a logic of hybridity becoming compositional elements organized through their activation of a shared acoustic space. This functions in multiple directions: in some instances, the cello is captured and converted to a subtle electronic variation, expanding the range of the tone through this capture, at other times it acts as a sort of mimicry, tools of one sort operating on the language of the other -- the cello played like a burst of noise, or electronic presence informed by the technique natural to the bow. The compositional practice developed by the duo is strict, bearing the marks of tension informed by the rigor of live performance. The pieces on Kithless are documents of this practice; Drift Gently Down the Frigid Tides of Sleep was recorded live at 'Activating the Medium XIII:ICE' in San Francisco on April 17, 2010. The performance extends the use of hybrid and musique concrete forms by engaging with the physical limits of the body through voluntary hypothermia, transforming the performers state and relationship to compositional tools. Under a Veil of Living Light, a staple from the 2009 East Coast tour, is a drifting of the hybrid forms expressed above, weaving in and out of each other; traces of texture, combined and re-combined.
In an edition of 500 copies.
Porter Ricks - Biokinetics 2LP
Porter Ricks
Biokinetics
(Type)
2LP
$23

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2012 limited repress, blue vinyl. Techno isn't a genre that has birthed many classic albums, and the dub techno subgenre even less so, but one indisputable classic is Porter Ricks' debut Biokinetics. Originally issued on the legendary Basic Channel sub-label Chain Reaction in 1996 following a trio of 12"s, Biokinetics was the first of the label's album releases, and still stands as its crowning achievement. The duo was made up of dark ambient pioneer Thomas Köner and sound engineer Andy Mellwig, and between them they re-framed the techno sound, imbuing the spacious ambience pioneered by label bosses Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald with a frosty, isolated experimental bent, and combining it with the sort of haunted minimalism of early Plastikman. What separated Biokinetics from other albums at the time was its unwavering narrative -- the exact sound has been interpreted countless times since, but the immersive qualities of this singular record have rarely been touched. Maybe it is down to the silvery underwater concept that ties each track together -- the bubbling pads, sub-aquatic basses and muffled kick drums. But as with any great album, it's hard to exactly put your finger on what makes it a classic. Simply put, Biokinetics is one of the most important records in the genre, and it is Type's pleasure to make it available to the world once again. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
Pandit Prannath
Morning & Evening Ragas
(CSR)
LP
$15

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Absolutely beautiful performances by one of the greatest Indian classical vocalists of all time. A very limited edition with silkscreened covers. If your not moved by this one, then I don't know what'll do it.
Sound Samples:
PanditPranNath-A1RagaTodi.mp3
PanditPranNath-B1RagaDarbari.mp3
Raglani - Husk 2LP
Raglani
Husk
(Arbor)
2LP
$25

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Husk, a career-spanning double-LP retrospective marking RAGLANI's "early period" (2004-2009), is both the artist's "best-of" collection, as well as a document of a personal orientation within the canon of electronic music. As a devoted student of E.M. history and synthesis techniques, JOSEPH RAGLANI has spent the past decade in his St. Louis studio consuming and refiguring. While highly-informed, these tracks avoid simple derivation, the traces of influence are not easily decipherable; the common descriptors fall away. The sonic legacies orbiting the INA GRM axis cross paths with pop sensibilities more akin to the sensuous pulse of New Order. Raglani mines the expressiveness of this fertile boundary space. The compositions on Husk are dense featuring a palette of analog and digital electronic instruments as well as guitar, voice, pedal steel, organ, melodica. Disparate elements find a way to resonate to maximum emotive effect. The sonic energies are not bound to their sources, but are rather utilized for their ability to express. One fourth of the material is available here for the first time; the remainder from private-press and small run releases has been remixed by Raglani and re-mastered by GREG DAVIS for presentation in this collection. Husk is Raglani's second mass-market release following his 2008 CD Of Sirens Born released on Kranky Records. Artwork by ROBERT BEATTY (Three Legged Race / Hair Police / Resonant Hole).
In an edition of 500 copies with printed inner-sleeves.
Rangers - Pan Am Stories 2LP
Rangers
Pan Am Stories
(Not Not Fun)
2LP
$24

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"After clocking up huge plaudits from Fact Magazine, The Wire, SImon Reynolds and Altered Zones for their 'Suburban Tours' release, RANGERS arrives on Not Not Fun with his 2nd album proper, Pan Am Stories. The mind-child of one JOE KNIGHT, Rangers deal in especially evocative soft-psych charms which share a clear love of '80s MOR culture with James Ferraro and Ducktails. It's reflective of the music most Americans (we'd imagine) have absorbed by some kind of as-yet-unidentified radiopathic osmosis; the soul-absorption of thousands of criss-crossing radio transmissions beaming 24 hour soft rock and cable stations emitting unending re-runs of mood-manipulating TV theme music and vibes. But most crucially Joe's music has filtered only those most warbly, hooky parts and sifted out the cloying earnestness of so much coffee table Americana, yet retained its sun-smacked and soulful intentions. And it's the sly, wry glaze of electronics and occasional overblown noise which gets warped in transmission that does it for us, an empathic hypnagogic affect which translates to European tastes very well. If there's anything to distinguish this album from the last, there's perhaps a more blown-out grunginess, not in terms of fidelity, which is actually higher here, but just a burnt twilight tone which feels moodier and more autumnal than say the last Ducktails, and like a pop refined version of Ferraro's immense Last American Hero."—Boomkat
Sound Samples:
Rangers-01Zombies.mp3
Rangers-09KhyberPass.mp3
SLANT AZYMUTH - Slant Azymuth LP
SLANT AZYMUTH
Slant Azymuth
(Pre-Cert Ent.)
LP
$20

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Slant Azymuth expand on the concepts shared on 2011's virtually unobtainable series of releases on Andy Votel and Demdike Stare's Pre-Cert Home Entertainment label. Slant Azymuth is more than likely a joint venture between label heads Demdike and Votel, once again exploring fake-loric nonlanguage/electric codes and forbidden information to create an archive of sonic and poetic commentary (evidence) concerning corruption in pre-war local industry, perverted belief systems and scientific invention. Part music concrète, part folklore, part-pulp-fictitious, part Neorealism -- this indulgent patchwork of mechanical folk/pop and non-music combines essential influences of electric Smithsonian releases, sound poetry, Zdeněk Liska, Ilhan Mimaroglu, basic Carnatic music, Lettrism, Pierre Henry, Oramics in Ardwick, Massiera, Lloyd M. Williams, Stella Crenshaw, Bruno Nicolai, Suzanne Ciani, Eastern European fiction, AgitProp, L.S. Lowry, J.G. Frazer, Gurdjieff, Kommune pop groups and futen theater.
Limited to 700 copies. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
SND/NHK
Split
(PAN)
12"
$17

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Split 12" between two of the artists at the forefront of the experimental dance scene, SND and NHK. Aside from sharing three-letter names, the two acts also nicely compliment each other via skewed electronics which come out of mutual dance and minimal electronic sensibilities. SND offer a cut of jacking minimal loops, flows of repetition that unfold before your eyes (and ears), while NHK is suitably equal part bass-squelch with rudimentary snare Motorik via pirate radio broadcast. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Limited edition pressed on 140 gram white vinyl which itself is housed in a silkscreened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas. SND was formed in Sheffield, UK, in 1998 by Mark Fell and Mat Steel. Three critically-acclaimed albums for Mille Plateaux alongside the continuing series on their own label put SND at the forefront of new digital minimalism, pioneering a sound that always influenced but also resisted the so-called "clicks and cuts" movement that built up around them. NHK was formed in 2006 in Osaka, Japan by Kouhei Matsunaga and Toshio Munehiro. Mainly as a side project of prolific producer Kouhei Matsunaga (who works under many different aliases such as NHK'Koyxen, NHKyx, Internet Magic and Koyxen), they started making experimental dub techno with a more raw and harsh edge to it.
Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Limited edition pressed on 140 gram white vinyl which itself is housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.

NHK 'Fu2' (PAN 26) by •PAN•

SND '10/16' excerpt (PAN 26) by •PAN•
Sound Ceremony - S/T LP
Sound Ceremony
S/T
(One Kind Favor)
LP
$18

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We bring to your attention, an invitation to the bizarre.' So goes the final song on Canadian born guitarist and songwriter Ron Warren Ganderton's 1979 LP with his group Sound Ceremony. Ganderton self-released three LPs with the band while living in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and '80s. First came Guitar Star (1973), then Sound Ceremony (1979) and finally Precious As England (1981). Despite some modest distribution and frequent gigs, the band never seemed to really take off and Ganderton eventually returned to his native Vancouver (where he still resides), leaving hundreds of unsold records in the attic of his house. While these copies seem to have been lost to the ravages of time, One Kind Favor will now reissue the second Sound Ceremony LP. All of the group's efforts are undeniably unique, but their middle record is the true brain-damaged winner of the bunch. The record surely fits somewhere into the UK punk explosion of the day, but it's also looks back to the mid-sixties rock that Ron cut his teeth on and ahead to some sort of maniac future form of entertainment that perhaps has not been invented yet. Ganderton's mildly 'out of it' stream of consciousness lyrics show a clear lack of self-censorship and that's really one of the albums strongest assets. He has created this character of himself as a huge rock star and a sex symbol, and who are we to deny his claims? The band chugs along amiably as Ganderton covers such terrain as his beating heart (it's made of rock), his distaste for education (he'd prefer to teach a lesson in bed) and his electric brain (which happens to be insane). If you've never heard a singer do a count-off all the way up to seventeen, then now is your big chance! Features what is perhaps the greatest anti-cigarette song of all time.
Sound Samples:
SoundCeremony-05Sorry.mp3
SoundCeremony-09TobaccoMan.mp3
Starving Weirdos - Land Lines LP
Starving Weirdos
Land Lines
(Amish)
LP
$19

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Amish is pleased to officially announce a new release from Humboldt County's finest contemporary experimental unit, Starving Weirdos. A couple of years in the making, Land Lines documents a vital step in the evolution and refinement of Starving Weirdos' freeform improvisational practices, as well as its infamous and highly disciplined studio practices. Land Lines chronicles Starving Weirdos' most focused and structured release to date, with pieces that import a distinctly European flavor into the sound of what, until now, has been a uniquely Northern Californian form of sonic experimentation.
Sound Samples:
StarvingWeirdos-LandlinesA2.mp3
StarvingWeirdos-LandlinesB2.mp3
Stone Coal White - S/T LP
Stone Coal White
S/T
(Cali-Tex)
LP
$17

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Only the 10th record from DJ SHADOW's long running Cali-Tex imprint, STONE COAL WHITE fits the label's bill of unearthing the most wasted and primitive funk records ever recorded to a T. Some will recognize "You Know" from the black-psych mix bible Chains & Black Exhaust, but as the group's two 45s exist in single digit quantities, only a handful have heard the rest of this Ho Chi Min City-damaged oeuvre. Their two 45s have been bolstered with four previously unissued tracks, found in the basement of a now-condemned motorcycle gang hideout in Dayton, Ohio.
Sound Samples:
StoneCoalWhite-A1YouKnow.mp3
StoneCoalWhite-A3HellBelow.mp3
StoneCoalWhite-B4Free.mp3
Andy Stott
Luxury Problems
(Modern Love)
2LP
$26

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Following on from a pair of extended players released in 2011 (Passed Me By/We Stay Together) Andy Stott returns to Modern Love with Luxury Problems, an eight-track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. Five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of Alison Skidmore, Andy's one-time piano teacher whom he hadn't seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. There was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened -- but after almost a year of studio work, the result is really quite unlike anything you'll have heard from him before. "Numb" opens the album with Alison's voice; layered and looped, but essentially left bare and exposed, tumbling into a dense shuffle, sort of somewhere between Theo Parrish and Sade, but more fucked. "Lost and Found" follows and deploys a growling rave bass line and a disturbed vocal, the beat assembling itself around a squashed Linndrum like a submerged Prince/Cameo production, haunted and impenetrable, but full of funk. "Sleepless" started life as an African drum edit that sooner or later succumbed to Stott's intense rhythmic shifts. It's a sound that's been imitated countless times since the release of Passed Me By, here re-tooled and re-built for its next evolutionary phase. "Hatch the Plan" ends the first half of the album with some heavily treated location recordings and a low-end grind that probably doesn't quite prepare you for the vocal arrangements that follow -- it's just a beautifully inverted pop song. The second half opens with "Expecting," the most recognizably "Stott" moment on the album: a wrecked, deliriously knocked-out 4/4 shuffle deployed at half-speed; those heavy kick drums sucking in everything around them. "Luxury Problems" offers up the album's most quietly euphoric moment; conventional arrangements and drum loops are disrupted by sharp disco bursts that mess with what you know: it's straight and beautiful and unbalanced and damaged, somehow all at once. "Up the Box" fucks with the narrative and goes somewhere else entirely, an extended intro that seems to build continuously for 3 minutes before breaking off into a slowed-down amen edit, creating a kind of narcotic jungle variant that fragments everything and ends just at the point you think it's going to go off, before "Leaving" finishes the album with an almost unbearably-beautiful arrangement of voice and synth and a final key-change that takes you from joyful to forlorn in an instant. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Air Studios.
1st pressing.
Andy Stott
Passed Me By
(Modern Love)
2x12"
$20

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2012 repress. Produced slowly and meticulously, these seven tracks by Manchester's Andy Stott take influence from an array of seemingly incoherent noises, from the indefinable and unforgettable mind-tricks of Arthur Russell to the slow house of Kassem Mosse, from the alternate VHS realities of James Ferraro and Jamal Moss to the LinnDrum classics of the vintage Prince era. These seven tracks create their own pace and agenda, largely shying away from the dancefloor in favor of something more complex and hard to define. Following on from the tribal malfunctions of opening intro "Signature," "New Ground" heads into a chasm of layered loops, creating a decimated and re-wired funk template colored in with frayed percussion and dislodged vocal samples. "North To South" starts off from similar ground but adds a shuffling vibe at a deceptively intoxicated 110 bpm. "Intermittent" is something altogether different, taking perfectly formed boogie templates and screwing with them until nothing quite fits, brittle elements floating in and out of time yet somehow keeping it together, before "Dark Details" delivers the most dancefloor compatible six-minute stretch of the set, all clanging stabs and dense percussion, somewhere between Shackleton and Bam Bam. "Execution" and "Passed Me By" end things off on a slowed-down tip, the former deploying an anaesthetized and padded 4/4 template sunk deeper into the abyss by deformed, time-stretched vocals, the latter ending off proceedings with a more delicate palette, letting go of all that pent-up emotion with nothing but that rumbling low-end and some strings for company. Mastered and cut at Dubpates & Mastering, Berlin.
Sound Samples:
Stott-PassedMeBy-03NorthToSouth.mp3
Stott-PassedMeBy-05DarkDetails.mp3
Andy Stott
We Stay Together
(Modern Love)
2x12"
$20

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2012 repress. Recorded in the immediate aftermath of his last EP Passed Me By, this new double pack from Andy Stott features six new productions that are more desolate and exposed than anything on its predecessor. The opening "Submission" tumbles into being with layers of washed-out digital revolutions, creating an artificial landscape that's quite at odds with the analog machinations that follow -- yet somehow rendering the alienated feel of this material perfectly. "Posers" nudges its way into being abruptly and embeds another squashed funk variant that's all low-lit neon and growling textures, awkwardly shuffling into a more robust 4/4 template suffused with sparkling percussion and disembodied vocals. "Bad Wires" is the centerpiece of the EP, a relentless percussive clusterfuck that belies its slow tempo with a fearless, rhythmic attitude. It's as immersive and narcotic as anything ever produced by Stott -- peeling away one layer after another with each repeated listen. "We Stay Together" (Part One) was the first track written for the EP and offers a more spacious narrative and a more sparkling, hazy palette -- culminating in a beautifully frayed central hook that's somehow in keeping with the VHS aesthetic of both Jamal Moss and Ferris Bueller. "Cherry Eye" tumbles deep into a darkened hole before EP closer "Cracked" turns up, fuelled by an odd mixture of adrenalin and sorrow to send you on your way, buzzing and forlorn. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
Sound Samples:
Stott-WeStayTogether-02Posers.mp3
Stott-WeStayTogether-05CherryEye.mp3
Pete Swanson
Man With Potential
(Type)
LP+CD
$20

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Limited vinyl edition -- comes with a bonus 50-minute album on CD called Man With Garbage. Much has been made of the re-emergence of beats in experimental music, but if you listened carefully enough to Pete Swanson's output to this point, you'll realize those rhythms have been present for a long time. The New York-based artist might still be best known for being a member of now-defunct noise duo Yellow Swans, but he's made plenty of solo music since then, even if it has been quite difficult to obtain. Straddling a line between free guitar noise ("I Don't Rock At All") and singed electronics ("Challenger"), Man With Potential shows that Swanson is unafraid to dive headfirst into the dank, pulsing soundscapes that helped birth his old band. Where Yellow Swans used pulses to underpin their cascading white noise, Swanson here puts the chattering 140 bpm percussion at center stage, not least on the album's opening track, charmingly titled "Misery Beat." Setting the stage for the music to follow, we are thrown headfirst into chattering, synthesized squeals and dense kick drums before being smacked around the head with the kind of slippery noise lead we've not heard since Going Places. This is Birmingham techno filtered through the mists of the Pacific Northwest, and it's all the better for it. Elsewhere, "Remote View" explores a more downtempo sound; coming across like post-apocalyptic house music as heard from a club bathroom. With Man With Potential, Pete Swanson has crafted his most defining statement to date; a blistering collection of contemporary club music with a deafening noise twist. It might not be easy listening, but who said life had to be easy?
Cut by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
Sound Samples:
Swanson_01.mp3
Swanson_02.mp3
Swanson_03.mp3
GHEDALIA TAZARTES
Repas Froid
(PAN)
LP
$25

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An extraordinary combination of culled found and taped fragments juxtaposed against drums, field recordings and mystery noises, sound loops, birdsong, keyboards and emanations of Ghédalia Tazartès' own throaty drones and voice propelled by hypnotic, ritualistic rhythms balanced on a razor-sharp edge. This is the complete work of Repas Froid; previously released on CD in 2009 as brief tracks of source material and a palette of various sounds. It includes archival and as of yet previously-unreleased recordings from the late 1970s and early 1980s, strung together to form two long compositions. A French musician of Turkish parentage, Ghédalia Tazartès is an uncompromising character who defies categorization. Born in 1947 in Paris, he is one of France's most idiosyncratic talents. He has spent over 30 years within musical practice and experimentation, letting his musical work wander from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. Manipulating magnetic tape recorders into a rough collage and loose ethno-instrumental mulch, he paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker. He traces vague landscapes where the mitre of the white clown, the plumes of the sorcerer, the helmet of a cop and Parisian anhydride collide into polyphonic ceremonies.
The LP is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, in a limited edition repress of 350 copies, pressed on 140 gram vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis and Bill Kouligas.
Sound Samples:
tazartes-repasSideAsample.mp3
ROBERT TURMAN
Flux
(Spectrum Spools)
2LP
$26

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Flux is the 1981 debut solo outing of Robert Turman, an American multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde composer. Until recently, Turman was perhaps best known for his contributions to the ballistic NON project with Boyd Rice, as well as other obscured U.S. industrial acts such as Z.O. Voider. In the summer of 1981, Turman decided he would take a drastic turn from the noisy/electronic/industrial work of his compatriots, and began work on what is now the classic Flux cassette. Flux was originally self-released in extremely limited numbers. Weary of the noisescapes of old, he set out to create long-form minimalism utilizing kalimba, piano, "Mini-Pops Jr." drum machine, and tape loops to create a complex bed of interweaving micro-stasis. The results of these new experiments were as beautiful as they were perplexing. A curious, dusty fidelity carries these classic tracks across four sides of vinyl, including all of the original Flux content. These compositions glow with a sprawling, slow-motion haze that's light years ahead of its time. Flux reveals wide spectrums of sound from melancholic kalimba and percussion patterns to slowed-down, syrupy exotica. Turman had complex ideas in his mind, yet only the simple technologies of the day were at hand. Hear the click of the stopping and starting Tascam 3340 open-reel tape machine as one hand presses the "record" and "play" buttons and the other plays piano phrases. While there are similarities in style to classical minimalism, Turman's sound and vision is his own and is exclusive to his limited discography.
Released in a limited edition 2xLP set. Lovingly remastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering from the original C-60 cassette master. Original cassette artwork and scans provided by Aaron Dilloway.
Ursula Bogner - Sonne = Blackbox LP
Ursula Bogner
Sonne = Blackbox
(Faitiche)
LP
$18

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Subtitled: Voice And Tape Music. The world first learned of unknown housewife/mother/pharmacist/electronic experimentalist Ursula Bogner's work in 2008. Since then, her identity has been surrounded by rumors, her graphic work has been exhibited (CEACC, Strasbourg, France, 2011 and elsewhere) and her compositional instructions have been performed (by Mo Loschelder, Andrew Pekler, Kassian Troyer, Jan Jelinek, among others).
V/A  - (Ethiopian) Wedding Songs LP
V/A
(Ethiopian) Wedding Songs
(Domino Sounds)
LP
$12

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Originally released on Philips Ethiopia in 1973, this seemingly impossible to find LP is available once again to the lucky humans of the world. With a mix of modern and traditional instruments these fourteen songs go through the progression of an Ethiopian Amhara wedding sung in Amharic. With the trio of singers, Lemma G. Hiwot, Zenebech Tesfaye, and Selamawit G. Selassie, alternating turns at the microphone, and sharing call and response duties, a relentless frenzy of hand clapping incites dancing and smiles. The consumption of tedj (honeywine) and the swirling love of a wedding was captured in the studio with euphoric energy to take away to play over and over again when the festivities are over. With hand screened covers and an insert of wedding photos accompanying the liner notes, this is the next best thing to an invitation to the real thing. A co-release with Mitmitta Musika of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.
V/A (Kompakt) - Pop Ambient 2012 LP+CD
V/A (Kompakt)
Pop Ambient 2012
(Kompakt)
LP+CD
$18

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LP version, with CD of the entire album. Pop Ambient 2012 begins in an unusually new but nevertheless somehow familiar fashion. Mohn with "Manifesto" is the opening act. A manifest of slowness. A slowness that Jörg Burger and Wolfgang Voigt have taken up as a new mission. Mohn is their new ambient-grunge-downbeat project, scheduled to depart on its official musical journey to Middle Earth early 2012. What follows is equally surprising: the old Kompakt swashbuckler Superpitcher is taking part for the very first time. His piece "Jackson" is borne by a slightly uncanny, spherical voice floating above a jazzy pop accord coolness and faintly '70s sequencer aesthetics. It is followed by a familiar face from past times who is making an anonymous return on Kompakt under his new pseudonym Morek. "Pan" is a textbook example of a classical piece of pop ambient music. Timeless elegance. Magazine, the "Krauty" electronic guerrilla from Cologne-Deutz, has tailored the piece "The Visitors Bureau" we all know from Magazine 4 into a measure-made ambient frock. Then comes Jörg "Triola" Burger with a solo appearance. His multi-faceted, intricately-woven Arabian Nights-style sounds, with effectively placed harmonic shifts reminiscent of Pink Floyd in the best of their phases, indicate why the piece "Richmodis" was named after an old Cologne saga. Enter the Pope of Ambient: Wolfgang Voigt masterfully continues his impressive creative ambient frenzy in "Rückverzauberung 5," not by stagnating on the usual planes but by further developing his new concept into a novel direction of abstract jazz. Bvdub is taking part for the third time, leaving nothing to be desired with his sensitive musical signature. Likewise, Marsen Jules constantly refines his bizarre, flickering sound constructions and even adds percussion drums that are atypical for ambient. Simon Scott is a newcomer to Pop Ambient but certainly no unknown face. The Englishman already impressed the scene a while ago on the Miasmah label. His contribution "For Martha" is a particularly good piece of classical pop ambient music. A relaxing final appearance is provided by a good friend of the house: Axel "The Field" Willner alias Loops Of Your Heart charms us with a light-footed, pleasantly-filled guitar loop tempting us to press the Start button at the end.
Sound Samples:
PopAmbient2012-Superpitcher02.mp3
PopAmbient2012-Magazine04.mp3
PopAmbient2012-05Triola.mp3
V/A (Mississippi Rec)
Time Will Make A Change
(Mississippi)
LP+7"
$13

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Heavy compilation of hard to find Gospel 7"s. A meditation on mortality & the meaning of life. Side A features some fairly lo-fi but intense & emotional performances. Side B gets even more lo-fi, but also a bit more rocking. Mostly guitar based ensembles & solo performers with the occasional sparse organ & drums. Artists include Mira Jean Clark, Rev. R Henderson, the Whirlwinds, Ike Gordon, Bishop McDaniels & many more. Comes with a bonus 7" featuring the amazing Ethel Proffit on guitar & vocals performing "Death is not the end" & "Life is a battle"! One of our best compilations ever & not for the faint of heart. Old school "tip on" cover.
Sound Samples:
TimeWillMakeAChange-A1.mp3
TimeWillMakeAChange-A5.mp3
V/A (Mississippi Rec) - What Remains Of Eden LP
V/A (Mississippi Rec)
What Remains Of Eden
(Mississippi)
LP
$12

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Compilation of Anatolian & Levantine 78's recorded between 1928 & 1952. From the region now Turkey, Syria, Lebanon & Egypt. Beautiful classical solo improvisations, folk songs & ensemble rockers - all never reissued before on LP. Compiled by Ian Nagoski. Extensive liner notes featuring a meditation on the supposed site of the Garden of Eden, details on the artists & photos. A co-release with Canary records.
Sound Samples:
WhatRemainsOfEden-A1.mp3
WhatRemainsOfEden-A7.mp3
V/A  - Bed of Pain LP
V/A
Bed of Pain
(Mississippi)
LP
$13

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Excellent compilation of Greek Rembetika/Folk/Mortika music. Dark & beautiful 78's about love, crime, death, drugs & so on. All songs never reissued on LP before. Extensive liner notes by Ian Nagoski with great photos. A co-release with Canary records. Old school "tip on" cover. A real winner.
V/A  - Remolino De Oro -Coastal Cumbias from Colombia's Discos Fuentes 1961-73 LP
V/A
Remolino De Oro -Coastal Cumbias from Colombia's Discos Fuentes 1961-73
(Domino Sounds)
LP
$12

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A follow up to "A Orillas del Magdalena", twelve more cumbias from Colombia's most prolific label. Hailing, by all accounts, from the Northern coast of Colombia, Cumbia is the offspring of the musical melding of three cultures—the Indigenous, Spanish and African. Shaped by bright cymbals, an insistent bass line, eclectic percussion and brilliant accordion playing, these Discos Fuentes recordings remain raw, loose and unpolished. From dance floor hit to nostalgic ode—they come straight from the heart.
Housed in a tip-on jacket.
V/A  - The Secret Museum of Mankind (Vol II) 2LP
V/A
The Secret Museum of Mankind (Vol II)
(Outernational)
2LP
$20

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Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48. This series of archival 78 transfers was originally released in 1995 on CD only. Now for the first time on vinyl, a deluxe gatefold presentation and limited edition pressing. Reissue produced by Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies) in conjunction with Yazoo Records. Compiled here are many of the greatest performances of world and ethnic music ever recorded. This volume represents a trip around the world, stopping at each port to sample one of that country's finest recordings of its indigenous music. Each of these recordings was captured at a period during the golden age of recording when traditional styles were at their peak of power and emotion. Included inside are extensive notes and beautiful period photographs that work together with the music to communicate an exciting sense of discovery. Early 20th century recordings from Bulgaria, Puerto Rico, India, Mozambique, Ukraine, Trinidad, Kazakhstan, Ceylon, Tibet and elsewhere, compiled by archivist Pat Conte.
V/A  - The Secret Museum of Mankind (Vol III) 2LP
V/A
The Secret Museum of Mankind (Vol III)
(Outernational)
2LP
$20

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Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48. Outernational Records is pleased to announce the third volume of this legendary series is now available on the vinyl format. This series of archival 78 transfers was originally released in 1995 on CD only. Now for the first time on vinyl, a deluxe gatefold presentation and limited edition pressing. Reissue produced by Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies) in conjunction with Yazoo Records. Compiled here are many of the greatest performances of world and ethnic music ever recorded. This volume represents a trip around the world, stopping at each port to sample one of that country's finest recordings of its indigenous music. Each of these recordings was captured at a period during the golden age of recording when traditional styles were at their peak of power and emotion. Included inside are extensive notes and beautiful period photographs that work together with the music to communicate an exciting sense of discovery. Early 20th century recordings from Poland, Spain, China, Angola, Turkey, Mongolia, Russia, the Congo, and elsewhere, compiled by archivist Pat Conte.
V/A  - The Secret Museum of Mankind: Central Asia 2LP
V/A
The Secret Museum of Mankind: Central Asia
(Outernational)
2LP
$20

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Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48. Outernational Records is pleased to announce the fourth volume of this legendary series, now available on vinyl. This series of archival 78 transfers was originally released in 1995 on CD only. This volume from Central Asia has to be one of the most revelatory volumes yet presented. Concentrating on a singular geographic region, this volume unearths some of the rarest recorded artifacts of music from the Central Asian countries of Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Caucasus region, Tadjikistan, Azerbaijan and others. Of all the recent excavation projects inspired by our voracious musical culture, none is more fascinating than Pat Conte's Secret Museum series for Yazoo. Until now, a Western listener's familiarity with ethnic music from the distant past has depended on unsexy field recordings of relatively recent vintage, produced in a spirit of near-scientific inquiry by anthropologically-minded musicologists. When the commercial record business really began to expand in the late '20s however, just about every national style of music was sought out and captured for a growing marketplace. This was true "world music," dressed in its Sunday best perhaps as performed by ambitious locals, but still more vital than the academic, folklorist approach that followed. Just as Harry Smith compiled early commercial blues and country records for his monumentally influential Anthology Of American Folk Music, so Conte has gathered even rarer 78s from all over the globe. Thanks to excellent remastering, we can hear vividly how an ensemble sounded in India or Japan more than a half-century ago or a klezmer orchestra right before the Nazis destroyed that bit of local culture. It's like owning your own time machine. Gorgeous gatefold Stoughton tip-on sleeves with newly-discovered vintage color photos not available on the original CD issue. This is a limited edition one-time pressing of 1,000 copies.
V/A - Menagerie Vol 3 LP+booklet
V/A
Menagerie Vol 3
(Blackest Rainbow)
LP+booklet
$22

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Jake Blanchard's third volume of Menagerie finally shows up just over a year after #2... The concept this time is slightly different, not only do the artists create imagery based on the musicians music, but this time the musicians also create a track based on an image created by the artist. Two exclusive new tracks from each of these artists: Ben Nash, Isengrind, C Joynes and Twinsistermoon. And exclusive new artwork by Jim Stoten, Simon Fowler, Adrianne Neil and Jake Blanchard. The sleeve is a collaboration between Jake and Jim and it is incredible!
The LP is pressed on heavyweight black virgin vinyl, packaged with a A5 12 page litho printed full colour booklet. Limited to 500 copies.
Sound Samples:
Menagerie3-NashA1.mp3
Menagerie3-CJoynesA4.mp3
V/A - Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol 1 LP
V/A
Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol 1
(Sahel Sounds)
LP
$13.50

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A compilation of the most popular music circulating the Sahara desert on the unofficial network of cellphones -- where mp3s are stored, played, and traded in very literal peer to peer bluetooth transfers. The contemporary West African sound from the new school of DIY production with little or no commercial release outside of their locales, from spaced out Tuareg Autotune, Ivorian Club Jams, Mauritanian Synth, and Malian Hip Hop electro. Collected from memory cards by and released on cassette, the vinyl comes after a years plus of tracking down the composers.
Sound Samples:
Saharan-A4Negib.mp3
Saharan-A5Papito.mp3
VATICAN SHADOW - Kneel Before Religious Icons LP
VATICAN SHADOW
Kneel Before Religious Icons
(Type)
LP
$19

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Dominick Fernow might be best known for his industrial incantations under the Prurient moniker, but in recent months his attention has shifted towards a different outlet. Fernow's interest in electronic music (from the clamorous grind of Muslimgauze to the recently defunct Sandwell District imprint) has been well documented, and it comes to a frothy head with his Vatican Shadow project. Revolving around themes gleaned from Iraq war propaganda and yellowing stacks of newspaper clippings, the tracks on "Kneel Before Religious Icons" are a perfect representation of Fernow's modus operandi. Behind a wall of tape hiss, drum machine rhythms beat out memories of early Ministry and AFX while sickly FM synthesizer pads crawl and heave into the abyss. Like much of Fernow's output prior to this, the emphasis is on society's darker crevices, but Vatican Shadow is steeped in an alarming mystery and sulfuric smoke that is sure to surprise recent converts.
BEN VIDA
Esstends-Esstends-Esstends
(PAN)
LP
$25

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In collaboration with Keith Fullerton Whitman and Greg Davis, Ben Vida explores cross-control voltage-integrated improvisation and real-time automatic group composition. Ben has worked with artists Hisham Bharoocha (duo as Soft Circle), Siebren Versteeg, Doug Aitken, Nadia Hironaka and Mathew Suib. He has played in ensembles led by Tony Conrad, Rhys Chatham, and Werner Dafeldecker. As an improviser, he has performed with Milo Fine, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chad Taylor, Kevin Drumm, Yamatsuka Eye and C. Spencer Yeh, among many others. Esstends-Esstends-Esstends is a collection of spatial compositions in which audio focal points shift between external and internal emanation sources. The intent with this work is to escape the stereo image and create an activated listening space of expanded spatialization. Using just intoned pitch combinations to produce difference tones and harmonic distortions, sound materials are created that emanate from both the playback speakers and inner ear of the listener. By engaging the listener's sense of aural perception and sound localization in relationship to compositional structure, these pieces act to reframe the listening experience and encourage an engagement with, not only the form and aesthetic of the music, but the sonic space a recorded piece of music projects. Higher amplitude will help to reveal.
Limited edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140 gram vinyl. Housed in a poly-lined inner sleeve, packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.

Ben Vida 'Qweek Plus Enner (outro too)' (PAN 23) by •PAN•
DUSTIN WONG
Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
(Thrill Jockey)
LP
$18

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Second solo album from Dustin Wong. his solo work has been taking listeners on a trip through an intricately colorful wonderland that he creates with only his guitar and a bank of effects pedals. Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads is a departure from Dustin's previous methods as it is more closely a distillation of his live show into recorded form. The pieces are so intricate and detailed that we've asked Dustin to explain his process and he happily obliges us: 'I see all these pedals as a kind of textile factory. The sheets and colors are determined then the patterns are laid on top, one layer after another until it becomes a fabric mille feuille. Once that cake looks done it gets replicated again through another delay pedal. I can keep building these sounds on top each other and decide whether I want to take half of the cakes slices or not, if i do, I can gaze at the symmetrical void of what I have taken.'

Dustin Wong - Pink Diamond from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Water Borders - Harbored Mantras LP
Water Borders
Harbored Mantras
(Tri Angle)
LP
$18

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Tri Angle presents the debut album by San Franciscan duo Water Borders. Primarily inspired by their lifelong passion for '80s industrial legends Coil and the kind of underground UK dance productions often heard on Rinse FM, Harbored Mantras is a dense and dizzying soundworld; a dank, tribal and often disorientating dance record which, as the two piece state, was intended to be "a coalescence of digital and analog sounds and textures." As well as looking to Coil and the UK dance scene for inspiration, Harbored Mantras also incorporates a vast array of Water Border's influences, including Gamelan rhythms, proto-techno, Scott Walker, African drum patterns, dub, Popul Vuh and Glasser, who actually designed the artwork for the album. Harbored Mantras sounds like nothing else you'll hear all year.
Sound Samples:
WaterBorders-TRIANGLE009LP_01_01.mp3
WaterBorders-TRIANGLE009LP_01_08.mp3
Keith Fullterton Whitman
Generators
(Editions Mego)
LP
$20

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Over the course of a year, Keith Fullerton Whitman performed a piece of live electronic music a few dozen times entitled "Generator." The debut was given in San Francisco at Root Strata's On Land festival at Cafe Du Nord on September 19th, 2009 -- over the months that followed, stagings took place in venues ranging from flooded basements to festival stages in Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Easthampton, Iowa City, Jamaica Plain, Northampton, Raleigh, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Somerville and Washington D.C. This LP covers the final two performances of the piece over two consecutive evenings; the opening solo set from the final night of the High Zero festival in Baltimore at the Theater Project, September 26th, 2010, then the performance during the "For Eliane" night of the Propensity Of Sound festival dedicated to Eliane Radigue's work at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, September 27th, 2010. These recordings show the piece in two different iterations, taking two different trajectories entirely. They're considered the definitive versions of the piece. Composed for, and realized with a scalable selection of digital and analog modular synthesis equipment, "Generator" was an attempt to wrest a viable performance-based music out of what had until then been a solitary set of sound-design tools. The piece grew out of a frustration with the limitlessness of computer-based real-time synthesis and algorithmic/generative systems vs. their utter failure as performance solutions. It hinges heavily on the ideology of the "Playthroughs" system (in that the subtle tuning inconsistencies of a physical instrument -- the electric guitar -- could be amplified and multiplied) through the use of multiple layerings of different topologies of oscillator, yielding an unstable array of modal canons that drift in and out of "tune," causing all manner of inter-voice beating and assorted psycho-acoustic effects.
Artwork by Graham Lambkin.
Xela - The Sublime LP
Xela
The Sublime
(Dekorder)
LP
$17

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This third and final part of a trilogy (along with the previously released 'The Illuminated' and 'The Divine'), 'The Sublime takes John Twells' sound into the sickly afterlife, and dives into our misplaced perceptions of heaven and hell. While its predecessor was made up of voices and bells, 'The Sublime' is an exercise in synthesis; with Twells' arsenal of analogue equipment pushed into overdrive, wheezing and heaving over the two extended pieces. These compositions could be labeled as 'ambient', but 'The Sublime' is ambience laced with a creeping torment and itching hedonism that is as impossible to ignore as it is dangerously inviting. Swooping synthetic pads and crunching textures don't ever distract from the fact that you are soaking up music that has been carefully considered to drag your mind into an dampened opium-laced torture chamber. Think early Aphex Twin or Kevin Drumm at his most restrained and you'll be half way there.
Sound Samples:
Xela-01LustParadise.mp3
Young and In The Way - V. Eternal Depression LP
Young and In The Way
V. Eternal Depression
(Antithetic)
LP
$12

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Young and in the Way return with their heaviest and most experimental album yet. This album is devastating. The guitar tone is downright ruthless. The vocals are scathing and brutal. From the opening solemn piano, to the sound of a distant train that brings the album to a close, you will be absolutely pummeled by everything in between. The band has pushed themselves harder than ever before, both as musicians and as song writers, and it is clearly evident here.
Includes 2 sided insert. Limited edition of 250.
Sound Samples:
YoungInTheWay-B.mp3
Richard Youngs
Core To The Brave
(Root Strata)
LP
$16

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With scores of releases both solo & in collaboration that stretch back for more than 20 years, Richard Youngs perhaps needs the least amount of introduction of any of the artists Root Strata has worked with. We're extremely excited to help Richard add another singular entry into his discography. 'Core To The Brave' hits with a shock and never lets up. Composed of what appears to be blown out bass & spastic drum rhythms, these tracks cascade into shimmering loops of distortion, their weight reaching a critical mass that often feels likes it's on the verge of ecstatic collapse. Everything is elevated further in & up by that one and only voice, floating over top like a lush wind come down from the mountains.
human flesh - second-hand emotions and half-forgotten feelings LP
human flesh
second-hand emotions and half-forgotten feelings
(Onderstroom)
LP
$20

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Human Flesh is a long lived project of Alain Neffe. The tracks presented here are all unreleased songs recorded in the mid 80s. With a wide range of unconventional instruments Neffe & his compadres create their own dark & twisted world. WIth a lot of improvisation & cracked up minimal synth going on this makes up a great album. Besides synths & rythm boxes we hear zither, bells, strings, tarang, ocarina, Yugoslavian voice, reel to reel tape scratch & more.
Sound Samples:
HumanFlesh-SecondHandB2.mp3
HumanFlesh-SecondHandB4.mp3
jbjh (jeremy bible & jason henry) - spc CD
jbjh (jeremy bible & jason henry)
spc
(Tokyo Droning)
CD

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Sound artists Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry collaborate to fuse elements of musique concrete, acoustic, and electronic music. By means of conceptual, experimental, and algorithmic recording and processing techniques the duo seek to expose a synergetic relationship between real world found sounds, acoustic instrumentation, and electronic sound design. The duo's creative amalgamation of these elements have created a moody and growing body of sound works including albums and installations. So finally, to bring an end to the first series on Tokyo Droning, are my old mate Jeremy Bible and his old mate Jason Henry. There is so much I could say but it would speal off in all sorts of directions. OK, so first up Jeremy runs the awesome Experimedia label and store which he set up with Jason ages ago, but then many of you would know that already. So how about a few things you might not expect? Jason's Halfadder moniker is some of the most fun electronica I have ever heard and 'Robots Will Love Religion' is still a household favourite, which is quite rare for me. Jeremy's solo release 'I Am Very Uncomfortable Most Of The Time' is a record that changed how I listen to music to a degree. The record is endlessly inventive, beautiful, dark, sad with lovely shades of light, crossing genres without even a hint of awkwardness in the process. Since then, jbjh have moved on to release on such exceptional labels as Infraction, Gruenrekorder, Abgurd, Mystery Sea and Resting Bell to name a few. Their work is often done live so that they can feed of each other in a direct and open way. spc is an exceptional work focusing on beautiful high frequencies, white noise squalls and deep bass tones. The amazing thing about spc (as with all their recent work), is their inate ability to create an environment with the most minimal of sounds, a world which you enter and hear and see things in such a unique way. This encompassing quality is so rare in most works, and is even rarer when talking about rhythmic white and pink noise, distortion elements and the like, which envelope you like a rich blanket of sound. I know it might sound dark, and most times when such techniques and sources are used you would be right, but I dare you to enter the seemingly dark world of spc, and come out invigorated. It is one heck of a journey. Please note that each release is different with number and unique prints and slides.
CD limited to 250.

jbjh (jeremy bible & jason henry) - spc (album preview) by experimedia
maudlin of the Well - Part the Second 2LP
maudlin of the Well
Part the Second
(Antithetic)
2LP
$17

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The fan funded progressive/experimental masterpiece by maudlin of the Well. Songs that were originally written as early as 1997 have been fully realized here, over a decade later. A testament to what truly original music can be.
Double LP, includes 2 sided insert
Sound Samples:
maudlinOfTheWell-Asample.mp3

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