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Artist: ABATE, MAURIZIO
Title: Standing Waters
Format: LP
Label: Black Sweat
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"With Standing Waters Maurizio Abate recovers the discourse started with Loneliness Desire And Revenge (BS 027LP, 2016) but with a different narrative sensitivity. The symbolic air that you breathe suggests a personal and universal experience in which thoughts and perceptions remain as enveloped in an eternal cosmic wheel. Its a condition that flows sincerely into an emphatic introspection and identification between the stasis of an inner soul and the flowing vitality of stagnant aquatic landscapes. In this direction the music of Abate always condenses multiple ranges of different emotional spectra evoked by profound naturalistic references. The airy openings of the strings, the distant whispers of the harmonica, cascades of phrasings calmer or more torrential can lead into the magnificent climax of nostalgia. The string arrangement for violin and cello by Lucia Gasti introduces in a dimension of idyll, in elegiac passages of touching poetry almost of chamber music but at the same time wet by the pastoral and bucolic moods of autumn landscapes; they are paintings imbued with different flavors and colors that recall the light and the candor of the Venetian tones or the moving paintings full of meaning. In the darkest and saddest moments, the open chords are like suspensions of unresolved questions and torments, but the cathartic finale with a free and minimalist piano prelude to possible future glares, almost alludes to the idea that even where theres stasis the sun can still shine the hope for the new on the clearing of the pond. There remains the feeling with that stylistic "freedom of expression", dear to the visionaries Fahey and Basho, but there is also a clear interpretation of the expressive possibility of the lead guitar, absolutely lyrical and contemporary for refinement of the crystalline sound, which places this work in parallel with the basic acoustic tests of others great like Jim ORourke, Jack Rose, or James Blackshaw." - Black Sweat.

Artist: BARDO POND/PCW SYNDICATE
Title: Live Amen
Format: Cass
Label: Galactic Tape Archive
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
Bardo Pond live at Kung Fu Necktie 11/17/17 and Plastic Crimewave Syndicate live in Columbus, OH at Cafe Bourbon St. 11/19/17.

Artist: CAMISASCA, JURI
Title: Evoluzione Interiore
Format: Double LP
Label: Black Sweat
Country: Italy
Price: $39.00
"Four long and vaporous unreleased tracks that document the Juri Camisascas first mystical afflatus, bringing to light the moments of "collective meditation" of some events in 1978, including the recordings drawn from the exhibition "Levoluzione interiore dellUomo", which took place at the Villa Reale in Monza. After his participation in the Telaio Magnetico project in 1975, and in parallel to his contribution in works like Franco Battiatos Juke Box (1978) and Lino Capra Vaccinas Antico Adagio (1978), and in Raul Lovisoni and Francesco Messinas Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo (1979), a more general syntony of Camisasca for different aspects of Eastern philosophies seemed to conceive his first personal form of music as a "celestial ocean" in which to break the eternal divine love. The mantra nature of deep drones of a natural reverberated harmonium literally introduce you to another level of consciousness; harmonic chants of dhrupad inspiration expanding the ethereal voice in the transcendental plot of all, while Roberto Mazzas oboe intervenes to paint this perfect osmotic sound echoing motifs of ancient medieval saltarello. For Camisasca, "the vibration of sound is something primordial which contains the mystery of creation"; and in this sense "the musician is a medium through which the Nature is expressed". This makes Evoluzione Interiore an intense minimalist work where singing generates a universal and archetypical spiral of purity and candor that suggests the Pandit Pran Naths lesson as well as dialogues in concept with the mutability flux of seminal works as Terry Rileys Persian Surgery Dervishes (1972), Peter Michael Hamels The Voice of Silence (1973) and Nada (1977), or with research on the overtones as that of Roberto Laneris Prima Materia. Includes liner notes with archival photos." - Black Sweat.

Artist: CAMISASCA, JURI
Title: Evoluzione Interiore
Format: CD
Label: Black Sweat
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"Four long and vaporous unreleased tracks that document the Juri Camisascas first mystical afflatus, bringing to light the moments of "collective meditation" of some events in 1978, including the recordings drawn from the exhibition "Levoluzione interiore dellUomo", which took place at the Villa Reale in Monza. After his participation in the Telaio Magnetico project in 1975, and in parallel to his contribution in works like Franco Battiatos Juke Box (1978) and Lino Capra Vaccinas Antico Adagio (1978), and in Raul Lovisoni and Francesco Messinas Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo (1979), a more general syntony of Camisasca for different aspects of Eastern philosophies seemed to conceive his first personal form of music as a "celestial ocean" in which to break the eternal divine love. The mantra nature of deep drones of a natural reverberated harmonium literally introduce you to another level of consciousness; harmonic chants of dhrupad inspiration expanding the ethereal voice in the transcendental plot of all, while Roberto Mazzas oboe intervenes to paint this perfect osmotic sound echoing motifs of ancient medieval saltarello. For Camisasca, "the vibration of sound is something primordial which contains the mystery of creation"; and in this sense "the musician is a medium through which the Nature is expressed". This makes Evoluzione Interiore an intense minimalist work where singing generates a universal and archetypical spiral of purity and candor that suggests the Pandit Pran Naths lesson as well as dialogues in concept with the mutability flux of seminal works as Terry Rileys Persian Surgery Dervishes (1972), Peter Michael Hamels The Voice of Silence (1973) and Nada (1977), or with research on the overtones as that of Roberto Laneris Prima Materia. Includes liner notes with archival photos." - Black Sweat.

Artist: CARETAKER, THE
Title: Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4
Format: Double LP
Label: History Always Favours the Winners
Country: UK
Price: $35.00
"The Caretaker slips beyond recognition in the first "post awareness" stage of Everywhere At The End Of Time. The ability to recall singular memories gives way to confusions and horror. Its the beginning of an eventual process where all memories begin to become more fluid through entanglements, repetition, and rupture. Though the metaphoric device of worn-down ballroom 78s and Jack Nicholsons descent into madness in The Shining (1980), The Caretaker connotes the transitory cognitive breakdown of moderate into severe late stage dementia. Memories of the good times are recollected in glitching pyknoleptic flashes as the music struggles to follow consistent lines of thought, instead fluctuating between a fractured mosaic of ideas and elusive emotive gestures, but still occasionally able to gather coherent thoughts. In aesthetic, the sieve-like mind state of Stage 4 vacillates a serene sort of psychedelia with utterly paranoid and petrifying mental subsidence. Smudged traces of sublimated musical hall memories give way to shocking tracts of atonality and discord with runaway rhythmic logic, perpetually tumbling farther into states of mind perhaps best compared with K-Hole-like dimensions or the babble of after-hours psychonautic journeys. The concision of previous stages is here replaced with wandering, side-long tracts. Three of those are titled "Post Awareness Confusions" and correspondingly explore and reflect agitated, irritable mindsets as they navigate an ephemeral, confusing complexity of structures. The other piece is called "Temporary Bliss State" and starkly contrasts the other parts in a coherently lush traverse of ambient crackle and glittering melody... Artwork by Ivan Seal. Mastered and cut by Lupo. Double-LP comes in gatefold sleeve." - History Always Favours The Winners.

Artist: DARKSMITH
Title: Collapse
Format: CDR
Label: Mom Costume
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"A single twenty-two-and-a-half minute track by the master of externalizing the inner maelstrom. Edition of 30."

Artist: DAVACHI, SARAH
Title: Let Night Come On Bells End The Day
Format: LP + CD
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Recital present the newest record by Canadian composer Sarah Davachi. Currently working on her PhD in Musicology at UCLA, her trajectory has been unorthodox. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, which, if youve never been there, doesnt really scream "avant-garde" (Calgary is the rodeo capital of the world). It is important and interesting that she chose to study esoteric music; as Sarah could have easily been a cowgirl or a concert pianist had her ingrained love of synthesis and sonic phenomenology not taken the wheel. There are few people that have the diligence and resolve to take their time with music... especially in a live context. Recital label head Sean McCann: "The first time I saw Sarah perform, I presumptuously told her that her music reminded me of my favorite Mirror albums (the exceptional project of Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann). Sarah was not familiar with Mirror, so the compliment was initially lost on her. Years back I was in the same situation when a review compared my music to Andrew Chalk, who was unknown to me at the time. So I felt a kinship in our magnetic drift towards unspoken and clustered beauty." Let Night Come On Bells End The Day follows the release of her "sound-wheel" LP All My Circles Run, which examines the isolation of different instruments. Let Night Come On, recorded mainly with a Mellotron and electronic organ, feels like a return to the nest. Burrowed in the studio, Davachi was the only performer on this album. She both splays her compositional architecture and re-contextualizes the essence of her early output. She chiseled careful and shadowed hymns; anchors of emotion. Two pillars of this album are "Mordents", which may hints of her love for progressive rock music -- and "Buhrstone", comparable to a somber funeral march of piano and flutes. These two examine punctuations of early music, gently plucking melodies and movements. The three other compositions are tonal works, blowing slow jets of lapping harmonics. Includes three 9"x9"photo-prints by Davachi; Includes CD; First edition of 600." - Recital.

"I find it hard to separate At Hand from filmmaker Paul Clipson, who made a melancholic film for this piece of Sarahs. A fitting title for Sarah and Pauls relationship -- frequently working in orbit of each other, meticulous and tactile. I cherish this track as a memory of Paul." - Sean McCann.

Artist: DER PLAN/SCHLAMMPEITZIGER
Title: S/T
Format: 12"
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $11.00
"Side A features previously unreleased material from Der Plan, recorded and mixed during the sessions for the album Unkapitulierbar (BB 266CD/LP, 2017). Side B features previously unreleased material from Schlammpeitziger, recorded and mixed during the sessions for the album Damenbartblick auf Pregnant Hill (BB 276CD/LP, 2018)." - Bureau B.

Artist: DEUTER
Title: Princess Of Dawn / Soundtrack
Format: LP
Label: Black Sweat
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"Private press library recordings of the early 70s. Together with Florian Fricke and Peter Michael Hamel, Deuter is certainly mainly responsible for the fruitful encounters between European sensibility and Eastern aesthetics in the German music of the 1970s. Soundtrack was originally produced by Kuckuck in 1973 not for an official and public release, but as a "library" recording to be used for films, TV, and radio. As a library recording. it respects the canonical and typological structure of the genre with 26 short sonic fragments, sequences imagined and conceived like fulminating illuminations. Theres still a solid electronic vocation that, however, has put aside the most disruptive effluvia of D (1971) of pure "kraut" ancestry. In fact, the album is more like an ideal passing bridge between some ritual instances of the previous Aum (1972) and the following successful phase of Deuter during the period when he stays in the Bhagwan Shree Rajneeshs ashram in Poona realizing, in parallel to a renewed inner life, masterpieces like Celebration (1976), Haleakala (1978), Ecstasy (1979), and Silence Is The Answer (1981). Musically speaking, Soundtrack presents itself as a heterogeneous work with nocturnal, cinematic, galactic and atmospheric-environmental implications. Electronics remains the predominant factor but can vary from mantra drones of more ceremonial and meditative "space-relax" tones of some tracks ("Triad", "Deep Sea", "Gothic Velvet", or "Evening") to the most amused formulations of pulsating analog synths that in the hands of Deuter become "toy-equipment" to modulate and explore ("Desert Rock", "Synth Effect", "Flea Dance", or "Laser"). There is no lack of acoustic moments more ethnically inspired with Arabian and Indian ("Reed", "Arabia") or devotionally solar themes ("Tom Bombaddils Dance"), evoking an air of diffuse peace then completely conquered in the beloved India." - Black Sweat.

Artist: DORA & SOPHIE COOPER, DELPHINE
Title: Divine Ekstasys
Format: LP
Label: Feeding Tube
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"First vinyl evidence of the dizzying, ongoing collaboration between Frances Delphine Dora and West Yorkshires Sophie Cooper. Delphines piano, organ, vocals and extended improvisation techniques have been documented in various places, and always serve up oceanic slabs of pure aural mystery. Comparisons have been made to Charlemagne Palestine, Marian Zazeela and other experimentalists, although Ms. Dora has long maintained her compositions are structurally rooted in folk music. Suffice to say the results are usually otherworldly and stunning. Coopers guitar, electronics, vocals and trombone have caused similar reactions (I am especially fond of her recent Globokar-like bone-investigations). And the pairs collusions (of which there have been several) are always eagerly anticipated. The main themes of the two sides of the LP are Invisible Gesture and Sublime Gesture. The Invisible seems to involve more entwined vocals and a certain space-oid twinkle to the keys. There are also occasional flare-ups that recall Third Ear Bands music for Macbeth or some unknown collaboration between Comus and Paul Rutherford. The Sublime adds heavier drone action to the process, as well as insertion of noise and classical events to interact with the ghost vocals. It is a truly delirious spin. Edition of 300." - Byron Coley.

Artist: DRUNK ELK
Title: Senecas Last Breath
Format: 7
Label: Quemada
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"The vinyl debut from these residents of Hobart, Tasmania (also known as the Australia of Australia), who channel earnestness, naivety and lyrical inspiration from the weirdest loner folk. Theyre obsessed with Joy Division, and because of an inescapable Xpressway filter, sound less Manchester and more like a Jefferies brother Peter and Graeme would rather people not find out about, and so have forced him to live in the attic deprived of voice lessons, friends and food. So you gotcher heavily melodic ode to the Roman stoic philosopher on one side, and your quieter, more seductive affair on the flip, a pledge of devotion to another mans wife. Why not?" - Quemada.

Artist: EILBACHER, MAX
Title: A Crude Explanation of Russells Paradox
Format: Cassette
Label: Purely Physical Teeny Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
"London label Purely Physical Teeny Tapes presents its fourth offering. A follow-up from his release A System That Slips (2018), on Nick Kleins Primitive Languages, A Crude Explanation Of Russells Paradox sees Max Eilbacher continue his system-based, sound generation practice, delivering 11 piano, tone, and snare-based arrangements. Eilbacher performs solo and also with Matmos, as well as in bands including Horse Lords and SEF III. Max explains: "These recordings originated with a system created on my computer that played abstract samples of a piano. I discovered the system worked better using only a select few of the many piano sounds I had recorded and intended to use. I found it also worked well with no piano at all. Instead, I employed white noise, a solid tone, and wavefolders. Randomly generated patterns control the sequencing, routings and various sound parameters in the system. I created rules for my system based off of my crude understanding of Bertrand Russells Paradox theory that then modulates those patterns" Pro-dubbed, smoky clear cassettes featuring double-sided, hand silk-screened covers designed by Ren Schofield (Container). Edition of 100." - Purely Physical Teeny Tapes.

Artist: ESMARK/BROCKMANN // BARGMANN
Title: S/T
Format: 12"
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $11.00
"Side A features previously unreleased material from Esmark, recorded and mixed during the sessions for the albums Mara I (BB 272CD/LP, 2017) and Mara II (BB 273CD/LP, 2017). Side B features previously unreleased material from Brockmann // Bargmann, produced during the sessions for the album Licht (BB 269CD/LP, 2017)." - Bureau B.

Artist: FORTI, SIMONE
Title: Hippie Gospel Songs
Format: 10"
Label: Box Editions
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Postmodern artist, dancer, choreographer, and writer Simone Forti originally wrote the Hippie Gospel Songs in 1969/70, around the time of the Woodstock Festival. She explains: "before coming to California where I started working and performing with Charlemagne Palestine and studying Tai Chi at the California Institute of the Arts, I had spent a year in Woodstock, New York, stoned in the woods. Now with Charlemagne at the piano I ran in circles and figure eights." The seven songs on the record were recorded in 2012 during Fortis exhibition Sounding at The Box, Los Angeles. This Box Editions release on 10" blue vinyl features an etching of Fortis Illuminations Drawing (1972) on side B and is accompanied by a 16-page color book with images of the original sheet music scored by artist, musician, and Fortis long-time collaborator Charlemagne Palestine. Includes download code." - Box Editions.

Artist: GOLDEN TEACHER
Title: G.D.D.B.
Format: LP
Label: House Rules
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Golden Teacher was born in early 2012, when members Ollie, Laurie, Rich, Sam, Cassie, and Charlie gathered at Glasgows legendary Green Door Studios and packed seven cassettes with raw, rhythmic improvisations. These instrumental sessions, dubbed Green Door Disco Band(or G.D.D.B.), were a covert prologue to the bands infectious and hallucinatory dance music. Originally issued via cassette on Golden Teachers own Akashic Records, this vinyl edition compiles G.D.D.B.s most commanding moments for an explosive re-introduction to the bands emergent boogie. Golden Teachers method was simple: Pack the studio with instruments, position a tape recorder on the floor, and rip. Whenever the vibe was right someone would hit record. The members swapped instruments at random, mutating across primal electro-disco and swirling, psychedelic house. Jerry-rigged rhythms breach the delectable fry of tape hiss. Melodies dissolve into throbbing ambience as percussion lurches in and out of focus. The band achieves a contagious blend of hazy atmospherics and crystalline frequencies that suffuses each groove with club-level delirium. G.D.D.B. captures Golden Teachers kinetic genesis, transposing the dynamics of their freest and most elastic live performances onto plastic. As an exclusive bonus, the album is offered with or without a companion cassette, compiled by the band from two live performances on February 2nd, 2013. Side A is Golden Teacher in classic dance floor motion; Side B documents a baffling reinterpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven via abstract electronics. House Rules is the vinyl label run by Goaty Tapes." - House Rules.

Artist: GROSSER, ANDREAS
Title: Venite Visum
Format: Double LP
Label: Running Back
Country: Germany
Price: $28.00
"Gatefold sleeve. Running Back welcomes Andreas Grosser for the start of the labels non-dancefloor series Running Back Incantations. Think Tornado Wallaces Lonely Planet (RB 009CD/LP, 2017) or Suzanne Krafts Missum (RB 046LP, 2014) who both would have been good and early contenders for a series like this, and you are half way there. Andres Grosser though, was "there" and that way before. Probably best-known for his 1987 collaboration Babel with Klaus Schulze (1987), Grosser is a bit of a dark horse in the universe whose big bang was krautrock and that went on to be called cosmic, space music or simply new age. A native East-Berliner, Grosser crossed the Wall in 1981 and next to studying piano, his day job was to advise, sell, maintain, and invent electronic music instruments. Naturally, Grosser had a good connection to and support from local Berlin musicians and groups, while working at night in his own studio and in those of others. Fast forward 37 years and Andreas is now one the worlds leading microphone technicians specializing in German and Austrian vintage types. Venite Visum is an anthology of recordings made between 1976 and 1980. Released in 1981 on UKs York House Recordings as a cassette-only release, it features some of the most out-there, hypnotic, and still state-of-the art space music known to man. For the first time transferred onto vinyl and compact disc, it was perhaps best described by one reviewer at the time as; "powerfully relentless, repetitive themes which are constantly embellished and subjected to variations in tone colour and instrumentations. The music surges, coming in waves that approach and recede, but with each surge the waves seem to be higher up the shore." Now carefully transferred from an archived tape, remastered, and compiled here, it features the previously unreleased and no less mesmerizing "The Quantum Jump". Come and visit the hidden and almost forgotten." - Running Back.

Artist: GROSSER, ANDREAS
Title: Venite Visum
Format: CD
Label: Running Back
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"Running Back welcomes Andreas Grosser for the start of the labels non-dancefloor series Running Back Incantations. Think Tornado Wallaces Lonely Planet (RB 009CD/LP, 2017) or Suzanne Krafts Missum (RB 046LP, 2014) who both would have been good and early contenders for a series like this, and you are half way there. Andres Grosser though, was "there" and that way before. Probably best-known for his 1987 collaboration Babel with Klaus Schulze (1987), Grosser is a bit of a dark horse in the universe whose big bang was krautrock and that went on to be called cosmic, space music or simply new age. A native East-Berliner, Grosser crossed the Wall in 1981 and next to studying piano, his day job was to advise, sell, maintain, and invent electronic music instruments. Naturally, Grosser had a good connection to and support from local Berlin musicians and groups, while working at night in his own studio and in those of others. Fast forward 37 years and Andreas is now one the worlds leading microphone technicians specializing in German and Austrian vintage types. Venite Visum is an anthology of recordings made between 1976 and 1980. Released in 1981 on UKs York House Recordings as a cassette-only release, it features some of the most out-there, hypnotic, and still state-of-the art space music known to man. For the first time transferred onto vinyl and compact disc, it was perhaps best described by one reviewer at the time as; "powerfully relentless, repetitive themes which are constantly embellished and subjected to variations in tone colour and instrumentations. The music surges, coming in waves that approach and recede, but with each surge the waves seem to be higher up the shore." Now carefully transferred from an archived tape, remastered, and compiled here, it features the previously unreleased and no less mesmerizing "The Quantum Jump". Come and visit the hidden and almost forgotten." - Running Back.

Artist: HELDON
Title: Live In Metz 77
Format: LP
Label: Bam Balam
Country: France
Price: $21.00
"Richard Pinhas, the founder of 70s legends Heldon, is one of Frances best known experimental musicians and is a key figure in development of rock music fusing with electronic music. In 1977 Heldon played three unreleased tracks during this tour -- these titles have never been recorded since. Bam Balam Records thought that these three tracks were lost forever, but luckily they were found recently. The sound is rough, but its a rare document. Live In Metz 77 was produced by French guitarist and producer Richard Pinhas. All tracks side A are unreleased versions and have never been edited before. Color vinyl; Edition of 1000." - Bam Balam.

Artist: INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
Title: Remains
Format: 5 LP Box Set
Label: Silence
Country: Sweden
Price: $148.00
"Silence present a five-LP box set featuring International Harvester titled Remains. The box contains their debut album from 1968 Sov Gott Rose-Marie and Hemåt from 1969, along with three full bonus albums with live material dating from 1967-1969. It also includes a poster, lots of pictures, and a long interview with member Thomas Tidholm made by Mats Eriksson Dunér. 180 gram black vinyl; Edition of 1000.

International Harvester emanated from Pärson Sound and later became Träd, Gräs och Stenar ("Trees, Grass and Stones"). Member Thomas Tidholm on the recordings: "We talked about making the music stop and stand perfectly still. And that did happen sometimes. We never let go of the drone. We hardly made any key changes and never changed chords." Thomas Tidholm and Anders Lind, the engineer for the early albums, have listened to two cases full of live recordings from 1967 to 1969. After editing them, Anders has restored and mastered the live material from the old cassette tapes and for the two original albums -- original analog master tapes have been used. Digitally transferred at 96 khz/24 bits and gently remastered by Anders Lind." - Silence.
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Artist: KEN, SUGAI
Title: Tele-n-Tech-Da
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Japanese artist Sugai Ken presents a kaleidoscopic radio play inspired by the traditional Japanese art of Mingei. In Sugai Kens own words: "In recent years I have been researching old Japanese culture and customs in order to deepen my musical production. I am still excited to find that there are many untouched roots yet to be discovered which only motivates me to pursuit my research further. As I dig deeper, Im always struck with the general idea that everything has its own ground, otherwise known as rigid ideas and concepts. Indeed, it is important to have a clear ground to explore things from. Especially as our times are overloaded with too much information, things which are spoon fed to us will always be short lived, so for me it becomes a case of those rigid ideas becoming less flexible. One of the many benefits of computer music is being able to separate it from history/traditions and allowing you to simply enjoy mixing sounds and concepts, regardless of its original meaning. By being free from having to make sense we can make creation much more enjoyable. When I made this album I put my priority in freedom, rather than being stuck with those rigid ideas and concepts. This way I could really enjoy and get deep into the mixology of it all. Like my other works, Japanese is always a fundamental motif and I envision it like an imaginary radio drama by adding spontaneous dialogs throughout. I will be happy if listeners pay attention to these (and other) details and enjoy listening to my work." Artwork by Evan Crankshaw. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker. Edition of 500." - Discrepant.

Artist: LASER PACE
Title: Granfalloon
Format: LP
Label: Feeding Tube
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Reissue of the only prog LP Takoma Records ever released -- the 1974 slab by L.A.s Laser Pace. The albums title, Granfalloon, is a term created by the late Kurt Vonnegut to describe a bunch of people who pretend to be an affinity group without having any actual affinity for each other. Were uncertain if that is supposed to refer to factions inside Laser Pace, but no matter. The album is probably the strangest pieces of wax dripped by Takoma (apart from Charlie Nothing, natch) and seems wildly out of synch with the labels presumed focus. But is a goddamn monster of odd charm, no two ways about it. The core of the band was Doug Decker (aka D. Distorto) and "Chris Christensen" from Opus 1 (the only garage band to ever cut a single -- "Back Seat 38 Dodge" -- about the work of assemblage artist, Ed Keinholz) and Maureen OConnor of the Shes (who recorded a single for International Artists). The Takoma connection came about via Dougs day job as a recording engineer. He worked for Wally Heider for a while, and then engineered Faheys Of Rivers & Religions LP (2003). Fahey asked him to do some more work for the label and he ended up working on a bunch of projects. During this time, Laser Pace slowly accrued, with a focus on using electronics doo-dads (from wah-wahs to Buchlas) in as many ways as possible. With various other players, they recorded Granfalloon on spec and shopped it around. Eventually they played it for Fahey, who reportedly said, "It sounds like someone running through an electronic jungle." He was also blasted by Maureens voice, so it came out on Takoma. Granfalloon never really found its audience (Takoma weirdos being a very special brand of weirdo) but over the years, people would hear its strange prog-rock blends and invariably wonder what the hell had happened. Thankfully, Western Mass crate-digging hodad, Scott Seward, decided to get to the bottom of things, and he did. And now here is this insanely scorched artifact, available on vinyl once again, with full explanatory notes appended. Doesnt mean you wont be scratching your head, but now youll have an idea of why youre scratching. Edition of 500." - Feeding Tube.

Artist: MANSON, CHARLES
Title: Sings
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"ESP-Disk present a reissue of Charles Mansons Sings, originally released as Lie: The Love and Terror Cult in 1970. Charles Manson visited New York City in the early 60s with his guitar and his songs in a vain search for recognition. Later, he had better luck in Beverly Hills, where famous musicians let him use their studio to produce this album. He has vocal backup from the women of the "family". During a stay in a San Francisco prison, he met a fellow inmate and gave him the album to release. While Manson was being tried and convicted of participation in his notorious murder spree, the government attempted to discredit the hippie movement by citing him as an example, hoping to stem the rising tide of anger among the population over the war in Vietnam. This album has achieved cult status among connoisseurs of 60s folk-rock. Personnel: Charles Manson - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, tympani; Bobby Beausoleil - electric guitar; Paul Watkins - French horn; Catherine Shore - violin; Dianne Lake - recorder; Steve Grogan - electric bass; Mary Brunner - flute, vocals on "People Say Im No Good"; Nancy Pittman - vocals on "Arkansas"; Sandra Good, Catherine Share, Lynette Fromme, Nancy Pittman and Cho-Cho - backup vocals. Presented here on red vinyl." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: MEKONS
Title: Never Been In A Riot
Format: 7"
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"No band captures the DIY punk ethos better than The Mekons. As one critic wrote of the group, Those who couldnt play tried to learn and those who could tried to forget. Their debut EP first appeared on Fast Product in 1978, featuring the collectives original six-piece lineup and delivering three startlingly original songs -- Never Been In A Riot, 32 Weeks and Heart And Soul -- that never appeared on any of their albums. Like fellow Leeds misfits Gang of Four and Delta 5, The Mekons form a rowdy and illuminating piece of the UK post-punk puzzle, fusing everyday political concerns with a no-holds-barred approach to performance. This first-time vinyl reissue and first-time domestic release comes with the original sleeve design. Limited edition clear vinyl." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: MEKONS
Title: Where Were You?
Format: 7"
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"No band captures the DIY punk ethos better than The Mekons. As one critic wrote of the group, Those who couldnt play tried to learn and those who could tried to forget. The Mekons second 7-inch stands as a lasting monument to the punk era. Where Were You, an anthem with chiming guitars, military-style drums and snotty lyrics, may be one of the most epic songs written with just two chords. The angular spasms and up-front bass thump of Ill Have To Dance Then (On My Own) would become tenets for many of the post-punk bands that followed. Fast Products slogan upon the singles initial 1978 release: The Mekons new awareness of sound. A double A-side, indeed. This first-time vinyl reissue and first-time domestic release comes with the original sleeve design. Limited edition translucent yellow vinyl." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: MERZBOW
Title: Noisembryo
Format: Double LP
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $40.00
"Hospital Productions present a vinyl reissue of Merzbows Noisembryo, originally released on CD by The Releasing Eskimo in 1994. Noisembryo is a holy grail, not only of Merzbows obsessive discography, but of the entire 90s noise movement. Youve heard the stories surrounding the infamy of this release, but beyond that stands the depth and wild energy that Noisembryo encapsulates over two decades later. High-speed loops, roving automotive bass, and cacophonic drum machines gel together with the surprising inclusion of a sound rarely heard within Merzbows many years... Masami Akitas own voice. Akitas surrealism of the past stands prominently relevant to this day. Includes the bonus track "Travelling" from the equally as infamous Noise Forest compilation (1992), appearing here for the first time on vinyl. Edited and remastered for vinyl by Masami Akita. Includes insert featuring unseen classic paintings and collages of Masami from the original Noisembryo sessions. Deluxe foil-stamp gatefold sleeve." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: MOEBIUS STORY LEIDECKER/ANDREAS SPECHTL
Title: Moebius Story Leidecker/Andreas Spechtl
Format: 12"
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $11.00
"Side A features previously unreleased material from Moebius Story Leidecker, recorded and mixed during the sessions for the album Familiar (BB 224CD/LP, 2017). Side B features previously unreleased material from Andreas Spechtl, recorded and mixed during the sessions for the album Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It (BB 278CD/LP, 2017)." - Bureau B.

Artist: MOUVEMENTS
Title: S/T
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
"Mental Experience present the first ever reissue of Mouvements, originally released in 1973. An impossible to find artifact from the Swiss underground avant-garde scene of Geneva, originally released as a private boxset limited to 150 copies in 1973, only sold at art galleries. A unique, instrumental mix of free-jazz, classical, psych-rock, folk, improv, kraut, funk, and musique-concrete with tape effects. In the late 60s, musician/guitar player Christian Oestreicher, "a savage in the era of twist and free jazz", met artist and painter Richard Reimann, famous for his optical art, at the Aurora art gallery in Geneva. Fueled by the artistic creativity from this underground scene, where jazz and rock musicians rubbed shoulders with artists, poets, and painters, Christian ideated the Mouvements project, enrolling his friend Richard to create the artwork. Christian was a trained guitar player with diverse influences: Ornette Coleman, Chuck Berry, Zappa, Soft Machine. He envisioned Mouvements as a concept album and he asked some of his musician friends from the jazz/rock scene to join in for the recordings: among them, Jean-François Boillat (of Boillat-Thérace), Blaise Català, Jerry Chardonnens. The album sessions took place at an occupied mansion during 1972, using three Revox machines. The musicians played standing in a circle and there was lot of room for improvisation. Tape effects and a small portable synth were also used. The result was released in 1973 as a hand-numbered, deluxe boxset limited to 150 copies, including a series of Richard Reimanns lithographies and inserts. For this, the first ever reissue, Mental Experience have created a new, more affordable edition with new artwork, including an insert with liner notes and previously unreleased photos. Highly recommended if youre into avant-garde psychedelia, free-jazz, free-rock, psych-funk, kraut. Think Staff Carpenborg, Zappa, Soft Machine, Bo Hansson, The Feed-Back, Mahogany Brain, Semool, Pierre Schaeffer, the BYG and Futura labels. Master tape sound; Includes insert with liner notes and rare photos; Includes digital download code which includes previously unreleased bonus tracks, including: "Largo Pour Trompettes", "Mouvement Pour Guitare B1", "Mouvement Pour Guitare B2", and "Hard-Rock Ouverture (Take 2)". CD comes in standard jewelcase; includes five previously unreleased bonus tracks taken from the album sessions, including the 17-minute long improv monster "My Guitar Is Driving Me Mad" -- bonus tracks also included in the digital download code." - Mental Experience.

Artist: NORTON, DORIS
Title: Norton Computer For Peace
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
"35th anniversary edition. Mannequin Records present a reissue of Doris Nortons Norton Computer For Peace, or Nortoncomputerforpeace, originally released on Durium Records in 1983. This is a part of a trilogy of reissues from the avant-garde Italian-born producer, released alongside Personal Computer (MNQ 120LP, 1984) and Artificial Intelligence (1985). Apples first music "endorsement" and Roland affiliate, Doris Norton is one of the most important women pioneer in the use of synths and in the early electro/computer music. Norton is the wife of Antonio Bartoccetti, progressive rock guitarist, and mother of the musician and techno producer Rexanthony. As a teenager, she was drawn to medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, not to mention quantum physics, differential equations, organic chemistry, the experimentalism of John Cage, and animated movie soundtracks. Her love for modules and circuits found expression through the waves of an old harmonium, the frequencies of a MiniMoog, a Roland System 100M, a Roland System 700, and the ARP 2500/2600. In 1980, Norton began her solo career by recording at Fontana Studio 7, the Milan studio of the composer and musician Tito Fontana, resulting in the electronic opera Under Ground. Norton became more prolific, continuing her adventures in experimental electronics and computer music with Parapsycho (1981), Raptus (1981), Nortoncomputerforpeace (1983), Personal Computer (1984) -- whose album cover prominently features Apples colored logo -- and Artificial Intelligence (1985). Third studio album, Nortoncomputerforpeace involved Doris Norton, Antonius Rex, and Rudy Luksch (hardware engineer). "Dont Shoot At Animals" was used as original soundtrack for the RAI TV program Rumore Di Fondo directed by Umberto Marino." - Mannequin.

Artist: NORTON, DORIS
Title: Personal Computer
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
"34th anniversary edition, originally release in 1984 by Durium Records. Mannequin Records present a reissue of Personal Computer from the avant-garde Italian-born producer Doris Norton, release in a trilogy with Norton Computer For Peace (1983) and Artificial Intelligence (1985). Apples first music "endorsement" and Roland affiliate, Doris Norton is one of the most important women pioneer in the use of synths and in the early electro/computer music. Norton is the wife of Antonio Bartoccetti, progressive rock guitarist, and mother of the musician and techno producer Rexanthony. As a teenager, she was drawn to medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, not to mention quantum physics, differential equations, organic chemistry, the experimentalism of John Cage, and animated movie soundtracks. Her love for modules and circuits found expression through the waves of an old harmonium, the frequencies of a MiniMoog, a Roland System 100M, a Roland System 700, and the ARP 2500/2600. In 1980, Norton began her solo career by recording at Fontana Studio 7, the Milan studio of the composer and musician Tito Fontana, resulting in the electronic opera Under Ground. Norton became more prolific, continuing her adventures in experimental electronics and computer music with Parapsycho (1981), Raptus (1981), Nortoncomputerforpeace (1983), Personal Computer (1984) -- whose album cover prominently features Apples colored logo -- and Artificial Intelligence (1985). While the beat-oriented style of Nortons music aligns her with such fellow global-travelers as Yellow Magic Orchestra and Kraftwerk, her championing of the personal computer as a tool for self-sufficient musical creativity also connects her to more artsy musicians such as Pietro Grossi, Laurie Spiegel, and The League of Automatic Music Composers. Nortons predilection for the bright, glossy timbres of early digital instruments also recalls Hubert Bognermayr and Harald Zuschraders bizarre 1982 one-off Erdenklang. Later, her talent and expertise attracted the attention of IBM, who in 1986 named her as an official consultant. Already the reigning queen of the Italian electronic scene, she recorded two CDs for IBM: Automatic Feeling (1986) and The Double Side Of The Science (1990). Influenced by her son, the musician and producer Rexanthony, Norton brought her fascination with the early days of techno into the 1990s, when she released three volumes of Techno Shock on Italian trance/hardcore label Sound Of The Bomb. While her music remains largely out-of-print and inaccessible, Nortons early records have recently begun to receive the inevitable rediscovery treatment." - Mannequin.

Artist: OPEN MIND, THE
Title: S/T
Format: LP + 7"
Label: Sunbeam
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
"Sunbeam Records present a reissue of The Open Minds sole release, originally released in 1969. One of the most legendary and collectible of all British psychedelic albums. Includes 7" in picture sleeve with four bonus tracks; Includes large-format booklet with comprehensive notes and rare photos; Includes A3 poster; 180 gram vinyl; Edition of 1500." - Sunbeam.

"Essential listening for anyone interested in the heavier end of psychedelia." - The Tapestry Of Delights.

"Some of the heaviest music of the 60s, and an unquestionable high point of UK psychedelia." - Mojo.

"As a defining point of the UK psychedelic/progressive rock crossover, the Open Minds sole album is the perfect specimen." - All Music.

Artist: PAUL, ASHLEY
Title: Lost In Shadows
Format: LP
Label: Slip
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Singular avant-garde voice Ashley Paul commits a bewitching debut to Slip with Lost In Shadows; a tender yet discordant suite inspired by her new role as mother to a young child. Few would call Ashleys music "easy", but it is also heavily rewarding in its own, uncompromising way and now finds its audience on the acclaimed Slip imprint amid a roster of boundary-morphing composers including Chaines, Mica Levi & Oliver Coates, Yeah You, and Laurie Tompkins. Recorded over three weeks at FUGA in Zaragoza, Spain and premiered at Counterflows 2017, on Lost In Shadows the multi-instrumentalist plays guitar, sax, clarinet, voice, and percussion. In a mark of distance traveled since her last album, however, she draws on recent collaborations and work with pre-eminent composers such as Rashad Becker, Lucy Railton, and Rhys Chatham to also delegate roles to a new ensemble of players on tuba, baritone sax, cello and percussion, who serve to render the dynamics of her music with stronger attention to bass rhythms and intricate, iridescent dissonance. The expanded personnel lend new flesh to Ashleys work, hinging around her tremulous vocals and bringing her ideas to life in 11 parts that hold to a perceptive knife edge between lullaby-like and restlessly tooth-achy: mixing the off-key filigree of her vocals at asymmetric tonal angles to the instrumentals -- a solution of jazz, chamber music, modern composition, and folk craft expressing a complexity of ideas that may well have fallen apart if handled by composers unable to hold their nerve quite as well as Ashley. As with all her works, a sense of intuitive, instinctive alchemy is at the core of Lost In Shadows, as Ashleys jarring tonal juxtapositions and her own elusive vocals act out a metaphor for the challenge of nurturing new relationships in testing circumstances, an experience she describes as "many hours spent awake at night in a dream like state of half consciousness, darkness and solitude; an overwhelming feeling of loneliness and exhaustion made light by a profound new love." Ultimately, the results are cranky as much as delirious, uncannily relaying a state of mind and sensations which will only ever be felt by some of its potential listeners yet offers myriad possibilities for interpretation to all. Artwork by Gayle Paul." - Slip.

Artist: PETERS, MARK
Title: Innerland
Format: LP
Label: Sonic Cathedral
Country: UK
Price: $31.00
"Blue vinyl. Innerland is the first ever solo album by Engineers co-founder/songwriter and Ulrich Schnauss collaborator, Mark Peters. It was originally released as a low-key limited-edition cassette late in 2017, but it sold out immediately through word of mouth and the backing of BBC Radio 6 Musics Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe, Uncut magazine, and Caught By The River. It has now been re-landscaped into a larger-scale, eight-track album. A collection of instrumentals, with nods to Brian Eno, Talk Talk, Richard Thompson, Vini Reilly, and Felts Maurice Deebank, Innerland highlights Marks incredible musicianship, positioning his guitar rather than his voice as the focal point of the music. It also finds him reconnecting with his youth and rediscovering a sense of place, following a move back home to northwest England in late 2016, with all the songs named after local places and landmarks." - Sonic Cathedral.

Artist: PLUTO
Title: Untitled
Format: Cass
Label: Goaty Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"Plutos music has the quality of a planetary emission. Signals emerge from a pall of tape hiss like alien frequencies warped by interference. Percussive vibrations orbit tones so remote they blur at the edges. It is as if Plutos melodies exist beyond some horizon—they are only partially available to us, distorted by thick ether. Untitled belongs to a sonic idiom specific to Queensland, Australia—one set in motion by Breakdance the Dawn and refined by Essential Minerals. Pluto is a part of both circles, pioneering an ur-music where tonality reaches a minimum threshold. On Untitled, he infuses this mode with a raw melancholy, tempering it into something oddly affecting." - Goaty.

Artist: POLONIUS
Title: Antique Marvel
Format: Cass
Label: Goaty Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"Polonius — icon of holistic nether-music, mysterious one-man anti-band — assembles a far-reaching sonic universe on Antique Marvel. His songs are dense, immersive habitats: rhythms and pitches flutter and repeat like animal calls; ambience shifts like primordial mist. The album evolves as a series of phonic environments that feel at once ancient and techno-futuristic. Pre-lingual chants cradle the glint of space-age electronics, occult intonations are lit with the cheap light of a karaoke machine. Polonius commands a menagerie of tape loops and audio-bites that congeal as melodic ecosystems and disperse into tonal miasma. Antique Marvel assembles selections from the elusive Antique Fantasia suite, some of which already circulates quietly through freakier channels of the global subterranean; other parts remain as-yet unreleased. Consider this tape a speculative survey — a future anthology that recollects the not-yet-heard. These are the conjurers most spellbinding articulations, sequenced across space-time." - Goaty.

Artist: RAVEN AND JOAN MILLS, MICHAEL
Title: Death And The Lady
Format: LP
Label: Sunbeam
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"Sunbeam Records present a reissue of Michael Raven and Joan Millss Death And The Lady, originally released in 1974. One of the rarest of all 70s British folk albums, this darkly beautiful record has never been available on vinyl since the first pressing of just 250 copies was pressed in 1972. Its presented here together with a booklet telling the story behind the album, with rare photos. Digitally remastered. Includes large-format four-page booklet with comprehensive notes and rare photos; 180 gram vinyl; Edition of 1500." - Sunbeam.

"Although clearly rooted in trad, the free-spirited 70s inspired them to explore and experiment, which here takes the form of a stunning combination of rural folk ballads, Ravens extraordinary classical-flavoured guitar-picking, and Mills yearning yet precise vocals." - Patrick Lundborg, Galactic Ramble.

Artist: REGLER
Title: Regel #9 (Blues)
Format: LP
Label: At War With False Noise
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Subtitled: Blues For Western Civilization (For Audience And Tape). Regel #9 (Blues) is the latest release from the power duo Regler. On their previous two records on At War With False Noise, Regler have tackled harsh noise and heavy metal. Regler doing the blues? What the fuck is that gonna sound like? Well, it doesnt sound like Howlin Wolf, thats for sure. But then, Anders Bryngelsson and Mattin are less about representing a sound and more about getting to the bottom of a genre, usually by taking it apart, or getting to the fulcrum of the style... or in this case, aggressively smashing the shit out of it until it surrenders. On one long track over two sides of an LP, Regler havent produced a deconstruction of the blues, but rather a horrid bastardization of the blues: playing an open riff and caveman drum beat over and over... and over... and over... and over again, post-produced with samples representing the multitude of fucked-up things going on in the world in 2017. Its nearly an hour of unrelentingly bleak vibes. Is that not what the blues, in essence, is all about? The blues is -- at root -- reality, and this is whats shown bare here. Is it more horrible to hear a seemingly endless, turgid cacophony of guitar and drums with little variation or finesse, or to hear the death, pain, and suffering that is casually present at six oclock every night with your egg and chips? Well, this record unsubtly asks that question. The sound of the record is massive, and has been mastered beautifully to vinyl. Utterly heavy and taking no prisoners, its like the first track on From Enslavement To Obliteration by Napalm Death (1988) just kept going for the whole album. This isnt for the casual listener, but if youre a casual listener, of anything, you either a.) wont be reading about a new Regler record, and b.) wont be on this website. Unjoy! Edition of 120." - At War With False Noise.

Artist: ROACH, STEVE
Title: Dreamtime Return
Format: Double LP
Label: Telephone Explosion
Country: Canada
Price: $33.00
"Steve Roachs 1988 double-disc is back in production for the first time in 30 years. Dreamtime Return was inspired by multiple visits to the Australian Outback. The concept behind Dreamtime has secured the album as one of the pivotal works in ambient music today. The tales told over two LPs touch on the earths origins, and the role humans have to play in it. Inspired by the stories of Australias first people, Steve Roach used a combination of synthesizers and ancient Aboriginal instruments to create the albums signature sound, most notably the dumbek & the didgeridoo. Dreamtime Return travels through unexpected pathways with slow moving textures, as tones scatter into brilliant arrays and evolve into a mystic long-distance journey. Remastered from the original tapes, Dreamtime Return will be released as a deluxe gatefold double LP." - Telephone Explosion.

Artist: RUSSIAN TSARLAG
Title: Gel Stations Past
Format: LP
Label: House Rules
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Gel Stations Past brings together tracks from three shadowy self-released cassettes by Russian Tsarlag: Decrepit Gas Station, Living in the Past, and Dipped in Gel. Dubbed in minimal quantities and cloistered for private worship, much of Russian Tsarlags recent output remains hard to find. Each of these albums dispersed instantly among friends and fanatics and receded into legend. This record consolidates the great pieces of crooner dejection that typify Tsarlags recent music. These are his saddest and slowest-burning songs, drawn in dour guitar, sweeping keyboard, and sedated vocals that teeter well below mid-tempo. Many share a somber two-chord schema that slips in perfect doses of dissonance and distortion. The results are at once refined and totally ragged, seductive, woozy, and smeared in Tsarlags shapely four-track atmospherics." - House Rules (Sub-label of Goaty Tapes).

Artist: SHIHO
Title: The Body Is A Message Of The Universe
Format: LP
Label: Subliminal Sounds
Country: Sweden
Price: $27.00
"A special, limited edition reissue of a rare and unusually dreamy electronic ambient new age album. Originally created and released in a small edition in Japan back in 1987 by the mysterious magician/musician Shiho. The Body Is A Message Of The Universe features floating shimmering synthesizer textures. Its unique and extraordinarily serene with shifting tone colors and spatial textures, bringing the listener to a special magic place. Theres also a haunting edge to parts of the album sounding like what could originally have influenced David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti when they composed the soundtrack to the original Twin Peaks series. Beautiful and captivating. Shiho, who loves to make improvisational music, began studying classic piano at the age of five. She says she gets inspiration from the celestial realms but she never considers melody.

Shiho draws a musical picture: "Creativity is the unfolding of the unknown realms within the self. Through our chosen ways of expression, each of us is daily creating a unique universe, a unique environment. The universe created by each and every being in endless repetition are messages of the universe. The breath of this music, expressed from my present environment, flowing through a myriad of places as environmental music is my expression of The Body Is A Message Of The Universe."

Part of the album also saw a limited US CD release in the late 1980s which is hard to come by today. Although Shiho Yabuki continued her career in Japan, both as a musician and magician and became a pioneer of healing music in Asia, for most western listeners it was like Shiho was one of those mysterious artists who puts out an album and then is never heard from again. This is unfortunate, and something Subliminal Sounds hope to rectify. This release also features a couple of special tracks originally composed and recorded by Shiho in the late 1980s for the Japanese Kanebo Beauty Research Laboratory. In later years Shiho moved to Kumano city in the Mie prefecture to build the music hall Tennyoza from which there is a magnificent view overlooking the ocean. After the September 11 attack, she performed the memorial New York Prayerful Concert at several locations in New York. She also toured with the concert To Touch One Million Hearts at over five-hundred locations in Japan and abroad including France, England, and Korea. Comes on pink vinyl." - Subliminal Sounds.

Artist: SHOTS & JERO ROUTE 66
Title: Live from Devils Den
Format: CD
Label: Pauf Recordings Ltd.
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"Recorded in the middle of the woods on a cold January day with a couple of field recorders, amplifiers, tape machines, and a work computer the resulting sound is a mixture of feedback, bells, pure data synthesis, a rake on a frozen pond, bird chirps, airplanes, wind-up toys on dead winter leaves, a gallon of water hanging from a tree dripping into a tub, among other things.." - Pauf. SHOTS, featuring Daniel Dimaggio of HOME BLITZ, have had previous releases on Bánh Mì Verlag and KYE.

Artist: STAMOU, TASOS
Title: Musique Con Crete
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Starting with an artist residency Tasos Stamou visited the Greek island over the course of three summers, collecting field recordings, performing with local musicians, producing electronic compositions and gathering old records and tapes of traditional music of the region. The project resulted in the assembling of a unique sound collage which reflects his personal experience as a music visitor to this part of the Mediterranean. Tasos Stamou is an electroacoustic music composer, performer, alternative music technologist, and tutor. During a decade of sound performances and recordings Tasos Stamou developed a unique style of live electroacoustic composition. Long and continuous pieces are created live using a "portable electroacoustic music studio". His gear consists of acoustic (prepared strings, reeds, objects) and electronic instruments (handmade electronics, modular synthesizer systems soft synths). Based on sustained tonal textures and free improvised instrumental solos, his live compositions create a particular and unique atmosphere of ritual noise. Artwork by Tasos Stamou. Mastered by Rashad Becker. Edition of 300." - Discrepant.

Artist: TEMPLE
Title: S/T
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
"Continuing with their reissue campaign of the Toby Robinsons Pyramid label catalog, Mental Experience now present Temples self-titled release. Probably the most "rock" sounding of all the Pyramid titles, Temple were an ad-hoc outfit born out of several late-night sessions at Dierks Studios (where Toby was working at that time), involving local friends of Toby and other musicians from adjoining studios, among them Zeus B. Held (Birth Control). Temple played a kind of heavy, dark psychedelic krautrock with ahead of its time proto-Goth vibe. Loud guitars, Hammond, Mini-Moog, Mellotron, distorted and echoing vocals, effects... RIYL: Amon Düül II, Hawkwind, Birth Control, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel, Emtidi... 24-bit remaster from the original tapes; Insert with liner notes by Alan Freeman (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg); Includes download coupon." - Mental Experience.

Artist: TRAAG
Title: Weekend Vacation 2
Format: Cass
Label: Goaty Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"Detroit nark boys Traag can twist a cheap mixer and some tape loops into electro hallucinations. Weekend Vacation 2 slithers between lo-fi dancefloor gyrations: Drum patterns lurch at mid-tempo, cut with bonehead samples and bass signals so crusty they fizzle like Moon Mist Faygo. A subtle boogie runs throughout, lending even the wasted tracks an addictive playability. Traag marshals a freakshow of mutant hooks—part techno, part disco, part cockroach—to savage effect." - Goaty.

Artist: TYNDALL
Title: Durch Die Zeiten
Format: LP
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
"Bureau B present a reissue of Tyndalls Durch Die Zeiten, originally released in 1983. Having successfully released three albums, the Berlin-based electronic duo Tyndall fell out so badly with one another in 1983 that they ended up splitting the fourth album in two, taking a side each. Jürgen Krehans half showcases his customarily nimble synth-pop, as well as several pieces influenced by classical music. Rudi Langer launches into celestial revelry on the other side, underpinned here and there by a driving beat. Nevertheless: both sides sound unmistakably like Tyndall. On Durch Die Zeiten Jürgen Krehan used a music computer for the first time, aided by a mysterious musician by the name of Yin Yang from Tokyo, according to the original credits, who apparently contributed computer programs and two tracks entitled "Barock" and "Klassik". Yin Yang may well be a pseudonym Krehan used, also surfacing on the rare and highly-prized cassette Flusswelt released on David Elliotts YHR Tapes label in 1983. As anticipated by the last tracks of the previous album, 1982s Reflexionen (BB 288CD/LP), the pieces here are structurally clearer, more developed, moving in a more classical direction, away from synth-pop. Rudolf Langer opens the B side with a track called "Kambrium". This geological era was ushered in by the "Cambrian explosion". He paints this "big bang" of animal life in almost religious, idyllic, fanciful tones, with roaring sounds and futuristic pitch sweeps. The next track, "Silur", references the Silurian period, characterized by massive tectonic activity which precipitated biological crises. Next up, the jovially marching "Karbon" may be Langers vision of the indefatigable cycle of luxuriant vegetation as it sought to survive in the carbon deposits of this age. The LP finishes with a track dedicated to the Permian period. In retrospect, a certain conceptual rigor can be attributed to Tyndalls releases. A common thread runs through each album, allowing the tracks to unfold in sequence. On the one hand, the album borrows from classical notions, on the other, Langers playfully impressionistic works. Durch Die Zeiten was the last record released by the Tyndall duo. Both musicians continued to make music, just not with each other. Rudolf Langer teamed up with Peter Preuß to found LAPRE. Jürgen Krehan released a number of new age albums as Nik Tyndall. This reissue marks the first CD issue of Durch Die Zeiten." - Bureau B.

Artist: TYNDALL
Title: Reflexionen
Format: LP
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
"Bureau B present a reissue of Tyndalls third album, Reflexionen, originally released in 1982. The third Tyndall album is less experimental than the electronic duos previous work from 1981 Traumland (BB 287CD/LP). The songs, featuring vocoder vocals, are more clearly structured into verses and choruses, the arrangements more considered. Stylistically, Reflexionen is a mix of synth-pop and electronic krautrock, at times not a million miles away from the early works of Andreas Dorau. More so than on their preceding instrumental albums, Tyndalls Reflexionen held a mirror to the band members personal situation and the prevalent mood of the period during which they made the record. First of all, the two musicians (Rudolf Langer, Jürgen Krehan) had relocated to West Berlin, an exclave in the GDR. Due to the fact that German military was forbidden by the Allied Powers in West Berlin, neither Krehan nor Langer had to do national service or its alternative, community service. Meanwhile, 1982 was the year when German-speaking pop and rock found its way into the charts alongside old-fashioned Schlager songs. Punk and new wave had done the groundwork a few years earlier, but the music of bands like Fehlfarben, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, or the Doraus Und Die Marinas were now ready to enter the mainstream under the banner of Neue Deutsche Welle. Music with German lyrics was flavor of the season. On a lot of tracks Jürgen Krehan sings in German on Reflexionen as well (using a vocoder). Reflexionen is a less experimental album than its predecessor Traumland. Due in no small measure to the vocoder vocals with verses and choruses, the tracks feel more clearly structured, the arrangements more considered. Bass octave, simple, breezy, dreamy harpsichord melody sprinkles, cheerful, carefree, sometimes enigmatic lyrics. The album closes with a series of eminently listenable instrumentals, which hint at the next stage of musical evolution which would ultimately reach its conclusion on the fourth and final Tyndall album." - Bureau B.

Artist: V/A
Title: Singapore A-Go-Go
Format: Double LP
Label: Sublime Frequencies
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
"Sublime Frequencies works its way down to the tip of the Malaysian peninsula with this superb collection of Singaporean 60s beat, pop, and "off-beat cha-cha" classics from original vinyl 45s. These 22 supercharged beat-a-go-go tracks defy a common held belief that the Chinese couldnt rock, groove, or swing back in the 1960s. The vocals are sung in the dialects of Mandarin and Hokkien and they soar with catchy hooks atop groovy, clever beats. Theres plenty of electric guitar, organ, and crazy percussion rocking and twisting behind it all, at times reaching quite a mad and freaky state of affairs. The records finale "Happy Lunar New Year" sung by Linda Yong may be the weirdest New Year greeting ever recorded. Every single cut is a winner and it never lets up from start to finish. Although most of the lyrics focus on love, innocence, and festive atmospherics, theres an epic vibe to the music that rivals other extremely well-recorded and unique pop styles emanating from the surrounding Southeast Asian scenes during the late 1960s. Seminal bands of the period like The Stylers and The Silvertones are well represented here, backing up a wide array of popular vocalists with Charlie Electric Guitar Bands Sound of Japan, credited here as Charlie And The Boys, ripping it up on four brilliant instrumental tracks. Also features: Grace Lee, Chew Yan, Lim Ling, Lena Lim, Dong Rong, Mei Feng With Tony And The Polar Bear Five, John Teo, Chen Jie And The Golden Melody, and Lim Chay. Limited edition; Comes in full-color gatefold jacket with photos of the original 45 sleeves and extended liner notes from compiler William Gibson." - Sublime Frequencies.

Artist: V/A
Title: The Other Side Of Italy: The Beginning of The Post-Punk and Art-Rock Era
Format: 4 LP Box Set
Label: Spittle
Country: Italy
Price: $67.00
"Collected here in a deluxe boxed-set for Record Store Day 2018 is four of the finest Spittle compilations of 1980s Italian post-punk, art-rock, and synth-wave. Milano New Wave: 1980-83 Redux, Samples Only, iV3SCR (The Great Complotto 2), and Body Section feature some of the heavy hitters of the era including Die Form, Frigidaire Tango, Rinf, and more as well as more obscure artists who may have only appeared ever on these comps.

Milano New Wave: 1980-83 Redux: Twelve tracks that recount the salient steps of the brief but intense career of four Milanese bands from the post-punk of Other Side, to the oblique funk of State Of Art, to the Kraftwerk influences of La Maison, to the electro pop-wave of Jeunesse dIvoire. "Boris Karloff" features Kubrix and 2+2=5 playing with La Maison, forming the group known as Entourage LAsino. These four bands illustrate the mood of an underground scene that burned out rapidly, mostly due to the indifference of the media and recording industry during those years.

Samples Only: First ever reissue of a sought-after Italian compilation highlighting all the potential of the northeastern Italian post-punk scene, originally released in 1981. Starring Ruins, European Stage, Kitsch Putsch, Art Déco, and R.A.R.A., Samples Only is your kind of compilation if youre aware of the development of the new romantic and synth wave scene.

iV3SCR (The Great Complotto 2): The second chapter in the Great Complotto manifesto from Pordenone (birthplace of Italian punk). Originally issued in 1983, though most of its songs were recorded in 1981, Italian Records second compilation of Italian punk is even more attractive than its first (The Great Complotto - Pordenone). What glues together all the contributors (Sexy Angels, Gigolo Look, Cancer (credited on the cover as 0010110000010011), and Mess) is their innovative and creative use of electronics. Includes CD which includes Andy Warhol Banana Technicolor, Fhedolts, Mind Invaders, and Sexy Angels; Includes five bonus track.

Body Section: Originally released in 1983 on Electric Eye just as the "new Italian rock" movement was beginning to gain momentum, this compilation reflects the impact of a "post-Joy Division" British new wave on the genre. Divided into two sections, the softer "blue section" and the more electric "red section". Features Modo, Monuments, Jeunesse dIvoire, Frigidaire Tango, Kirlian Camera, Litfiba, Diaframma, Vox Rei, Die Form, and Rinf." - Spittle.

Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Endless Futures
Format: LP
Label: Glass Redux
Country: UK
Price: $31.00
"Glass Redux release Endless Futures by Richard Youngs. White 180 gram vinyl; Limited edition of 500. Richard Youngs on the record: "Drum machine, bass guitar, electric guitar, voice. Four sounds on four tracks of tape, mixed to computer with minimal embellishment. This LP, released especially for Record Store Day 2018, is something like how I wished I had sounded when I was 12. But, I hadnt the technology, some of it didnt even exist. Nor the ability, I was still learning. Nor the voice, it was yet to break. Endless Futures is a record of two halves, yet of a piece. The sprawling title track that occupies the entirety of the first side contrasts with the short, sharp shocks of songs that comprise the second side. Both are re-imagined punk rock. But, this isnt music of the past. Re-purposing the music of my early adolescence takes me to a new musical zone, one in which the niceties of ornament are discarded in favour of directness. It isnt about being pretty, it is about saying something. With improvised lyrics, the message is of the moment. And, if all points in time are equally real, this eternal present of looking back is our Endless Future." - Glass Redux.

"Imagine Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal of prolific and puritanical English musician-mystics, including The Falls Mark E Smith, Van der Graaf Generators Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and The Clangers composer Vernon Elliot, and still his nature will elude you" - Stewart Lee, Sunday Times.

"iconic figure of the modern UK underground" - The Quietus.

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