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Artist: BAILEY, JAMES
Title: Dimensions
Format: LP
Label: Applied Science
Country: Canada
Price: $16.00
Sealed, original copies of this 1986 private Canadian electronic LP. "James Bailey is an improviser and electroacoustic musician, who has been working within the shadows of the Canadian underground for decades. Dimensions, privately released on his own Applied Science imprint in 1986, while sonically stunning, equally opens a schism with many of the standing narratives of history. It is an emblem and indication of a neglected context - the self-reliance, ambition, and DIY ethos, which electronics activated within the avant-garde. Where Punk has largely dominated our vision of the pathways away from the corporate hold on recorded music, there is another history, beginning far earlier, lasting far longer, and operating with more diversity, which begins with experimental and avant-garde musics engagement with magnetic tape and electronic process, following the Second World War. Bailey among the inheritors of this long arc - its movement away from larger studios, activated by advancing technology, which instigated a creative freedom, which our contemporary context still benefits.

Dimensions was recorded in Baileys home between 1978 and 1984. It features three remarkable improvised works for magnetic tape, utilizing a number of processes and sources. The clues to its depth begin with The Train To The Eighth Dimension, a work which, while drawing its sounds source from a Mini Moog synthesizer, is in fact is a deceptive work of nearly twenty-four minutes of tape delay. For Bailey, process is equal to, if not greater than, the nature of source. To create it, Bailey placed a set of open reel tape recorders side by side - the tape passing through the first to record and the second to play back, which then returned to the first. Built from white noise, modulated and filtered at a progressive rate, until it becomes a sine wave, after which the rate of modulation slowly decreases. The totality creates phasing of both the signal and beat, at variable rates - a marvel of Minimalism, as it has rarely been thought of, or heard. The second side features two equally remarkable, shorter works. 4HC is a discrete work for electric guitar made in 1982, employing a similar technique of tape delay and found on the previous side, complimented and offset by the longer and more ambitious From A Window· 1 a.m. Created in 1978, this work features two overdubbed sound sources - a field recording of several hundred crickets outside the artists bedroom, which prompted Bailey to improvise, and attempt to mimic them, by bowing a prepared electric guitar with a spring. The result is stunning world of shimmering rhythmic and tonal ambience, filled with an organic touch and warmth, the depth of which is rarely known in the world of electronics.

Approaching his lost debut, its wonder that James Bailey is not more well know. Dimensions is clearly a work of humble, but profound, importance. An album that everyone should have know and heard, but few in fact did - most copies remaining in its artists hands. We are thrilled to be able to off a limited number of this brilliant LP in its original pressing - an opportunity not to be missed. One of the great works of electronic DIY, brimming with warmth and creative brilliance. Stunning on every count. May its return amend the sins of time, offering Bailey all the attention he rightly deserves." - Soundohm.

"I suppose there are myriad ways of starting liner notes, but in the absence of imagination, this will have to do. I hope they do not come off as too pretentious or formal, but I feel the sounds deserve some credit for what and why they are. Two of the pieces were created using a tape delay technique in which two open reel tape recorders are placed side by side and the tape passed through the heads on the first to record and on the second to play back. The signal played back from the second deck is returned to the first for re-recording, resulting in an extended delay the duration of which is determined by the distance between heads. The signal will continue to loop like this until noise and signal loss cause it to decay beyond recognition. New signals may he added at any time, and will behave in the same manner. In this way, anything from a simple pattern to dense clusters may be built up. These two pieces provide good examples of this.

The other piece uses overdubbing whereby sounds are combined with others already existing on tape. This is how virtually all pop music is recorded today. These are not multi-million dollar high quality studio recordings. They were made at home using simple Tandberg tape decks and good, although not professional-type tape. There are many flaws which the discerning listener will distinguish. I feel, however, that the sounds possess their own merit and deserve to be heard. I can only present them to you. Your own opinions will be determined by personal taste. All of the pieces are improvised, with little or no preconceived idea of their final form." Tracklisting:

1. The Train to the Eighth Dimension (April, 1984) "This was created using a Mini-Moog synthesizer and tape delay. The right channel playback was returned to the left input and the left into the right. This results in the sound hopping or sweeping from side to side. It was built from white noise which was modulated and filtered. Both the modulation and filtering were slowly increased until the white noise became a sine wave signal after which the modulation was slowly decreased. As a result of the looping, phasing of both the signal and beat occurs at several points. Yes, the title was inspired by "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai"

2. From A Window· 1 a.m. (June, 1978) "One of my earliest attempts at a serious tape music composition. Many of the playing techniques were the result of experiments carried out shortly before recording. There are two basic sound sources for this piece. The first, and the one which inspired the overall structure, was a chorus of what must have been several hundred crickets outside my bedroom window one warm summer night. The rhythmic pattern they created prompted me to improvise, and attempt to mimic, along with them by bowing an electric guitar string with the spring from a ball point pen. Other sounds were created by "preparing" the guitar. That is, objects were placed under, between, and over the strings to alter the sound. The strings were then tapped with whatever mallett-like implement was at hand. The title should be obvious."

3. 4HC (July 11, 1982) "Recorded in the back garden the day Italy won the World Cup. I had attempted to make a tape delay recording of the many car horns which I was expecting to hear, but when this was less than successful due to my remoteness from the "scene of the action", I decided to plug in the electric guitar instead and doodle. This quaint and occasionally charming piece was one result. The title I would prefer to remain a mystery." - James Bailey. (August 1986)

Artist: CARETAKER, THE
Title: Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 3
Format: LP
Label: History Always Favours the Winner
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"The third of a six album cycle cataloguing The Caretakers fictional first person account of life with early onset dementia, presenting some of the last coherent memories before confusion fully rolls in and the grey mists fade away. In this crepuscular, autumnal phase, recollections phosphoresce, and wilt in advancing stages of entropic decay, steadily approaching a winter of no return. Continuing to mirror the progression of dementia, using nostalgia for ballroom as an allegory of the disease, The Caretakers musical flow in places becomes more disturbed, isolated, broken, and distant. Singular memories, and all their connotations, begin to atrophy and calcify, crumbling away with each rotation of the record -- sometimes in curt scene cuts, others in quietly breathtaking reverbed fizzles; like tea lights extinguished, never to flicker again. These are the last stages of awareness before you enter the post awareness stages, where those memories become completely detached from comprehension. On Stage 3, the haunted ballrooms repertoire becomes increasingly muddled, peeling off in recursive contrails from the gestures of "Back There Benjamin", to snag on the stylus in starkly reverberant knots on "Hidden Seas Buried Deep", or worn down to calloused nubs such as "To The Minimal Great Hidden", and "Sublime Beyond Loss", all leading up to some of the projects most uncanny detachments in "Libet Delay" and the coruscating brass shimmer of "Mournful Cameraderie", which beautifully suggest the mercurial nature of memory and its recollection. Artwork by Ivan Seal. Mastered and cut by Lupo." - History Always Favours The Winner.

Artist: CHADBOURNE, EUGENE
Title: The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Corbett Vs. Dempsey present The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session, a reissue of Eugene Chadbournes album, first released as a cassette on No Prestige Records in 1988. Dateline: Christmas Day, 1977, San Francisco. On an ailing quarter-track tape deck, in a marathon session, Eugene Chadbourne recorded a series of slide guitar solos playing compositions by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman, along with a few standards and originals. Although the recording quality was imperfect, the playing was absolute genius -- enough so that Chadbourne was eventually convinced, a decade later, to issue it as a cassette tape, which he sold at concerts. Long pre-dating the slash-and-burn-and-reinvent approach to jazz songbooks now familiar from groups like News From Lulu, Chadbourne leapt into each short track with giddy abandon, introducing the piece with a nerdy credit line, then ripping and tearing at it adoringly, his improvisations forcing a new view of the familiar melodies. Anyone familiar with Chadbournes wonderful duets with Frank Lowe on Dont Punk Out! (1979), waxed in the same period, has a general sense of his modus, but the complete commitment he gave to the project on The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session makes it a special and wholly unique item in the manic masters chronicles. On this special CD reissue, the tracks have been tenderly but respectfully restored, eliminating some of the most distracting audio flaws but leaving the inconceivable artistry intact. Four unreleased tracks have been added to the jam-packed program, as well as the original cover photo and Chadbournes unreadable track listing, which is carefully reproduced on the interior. Recorded December 25, 1977, in San Francisco." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: COIL
Title: Another Brown World / Baby Food (Marble Vinyl)
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $17.00
"Two rare tracks by Coil, never before released on vinyl and commissioned by Sub Rosa. These two pieces were commissioned by Sub Rosa for these two specific projects: Myths 4 - Sinople Twilight In Çatal Hüyük (1989) and Chaos In Expansion (1993). "Another Brown World" was written by John Balance and Peter Christopherson, produced and mixed by Coil, and recorded by Danny Hyde at Threshold House, London in the Summer of 1989. The vocals were recorded at the Animist Monastery situated at the Summit of Mount Popa in Pagan, Burma. "Baby Food" was written and performed by Coil: Danny Hyde (essentials) Peter Christopherson (fundamentals), and John Balance (vibrant rays of spiritual psychosis). This track is the first to utilize the recording process known as "Sidereal Sound", a continuation and advancement of the deep listening theories as demonstrated on the album Loves Secret Domain (1991). Recorded in a storm in London in the summer of 1993." - Sub Rosa.

Artist: DADAWAH
Title: Peace And Love
Format: LP
Label: Dug Out
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
Re-pressed. "Dark, hypnotic, tripping nyabinghi from 1974. Led by Jamaican Rastafarian singing hand-drummer Ras Michael over four extended excursions, the music is organic, sublime and expansive, grounation drums and bass-heavy (with no rhythm guitar; rather, Willie Lindo brilliantly improvising a kind of dazed blues). Lloyd Charmers and Federal Studios engineer George Raymond stayed up all night after the session to mix the recording, opening out the enraptured mood into echoing space, adding sparse, startling effects to the keyboards. At no cost to its deep spirituality, this is the closest reggae comes to psychedelia. Previously squandered in an incongruous 2-for-1 reissue, now lovingly returned to its original, singular glory at Abbey Road. Pressed on super-fly vinyl and housed in new standard-printed sleeves." -Dug Out.

Artist: DE LOTUSETERS
Title: Het Rode Ei
Format: Cass
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $8.00
"Trio of Joris De Rycke (Bokrijk), Eva Van Deuren (Orphan Fairytale) and Bart De Paepe (Ilta Hämärä) exploring ancient folkloric themes often linked to agricultural pace and the plant world on neither side of the space/time continuum. Sweet perfume scents echoing from the emerald woods of Stekene. Artwork by Joris De Rycke. Edition of 70 copies." - Sloow Tapes.

Artist: DIE ANGEL
Title: Entropien I
Format: LP
Label: Cosmo Rythmatic
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Ilpo Väisänen (Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) retitle themselves Die Angel for Entropien 1, their eighth LP of electro-acoustic music together, and the duos debut for Shapednoises Cosmo Rhythmic label. Accompanied by skilled improviser Oren Ambarchi on two tracks, Die Angel model a complex physicality through raw, elemental inputs, exploring a flux of reactive feedback processes and mutating, unstructured sonic states generated from crackling fusions of electronics, drums, electric guitar, and field recordings warped and riddled with FX. Taking its title from both the Finnish word and German plural for entropy -- in physics, the measure of thermodynamic disorder within a system -- Entropien 1 renders seven examples of their kinetic systems in elusive action, keening from arrhythmic mulch to sloshing Brownian motions and a brilliantly towering 15-minute exploration that tips into billowing, white hot feedback with scintillating effect. The amorphous results document and describe a freeness of energy travelling from body to machine and diffused across alternating acoustic environments. Each player works as controlled, external variables which act upon and interact with the different acoustic conditions to tempestuous impact, convulsing between squashed, recursive diffractions in "Roha", to the sublimated roil of jazz drums and electric guitar wail in "Terminen Kevät", before harnessing sloshing feedback chaos in the combustible, diaphanous two parts of "Entropia" -- both "North" and "South" -- which bring the LP to its logical, compelling conclusion. With the addition of Wold or KTL-like metal emulsification and lacquer-bubbling grain in "Kitka", and Ambarchis plasmic overdubbing in the burning plasmic plong of "Silvaticum", the overall impression is like auditive DMT, dissolving the senses and the ego -- simultaneously theirs and the listeners -- to better snag the listener in the musics metastable potential and aid our unanchored exploration in those dimensions. Entropien 1 is dedicated to Mika Vainio. RIYL: Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio, KTL. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy." - Cosmo Rythmatic.

Artist: DUNCAN, JOHN
Title: Klaar
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $24.00
"Black Truffle present the first ever vinyl reissue of legendary performance and sound artist John Duncans forgotten gem Klaar, originally released by Extreme in 1991 and partly created in collaboration with Andrew McKenzie (The Hafler Trio). Duncan is perhaps most well-known for his notorious early performances pieces, which explored violence, self-denial, and the establishment of extreme psychological and physical states in both artist and audience. Alongside these transgressive experiments, Duncan began to create audio works primarily using short wave radio. Where some of Duncans earlier recordings are composed of magnificently sculpted but abrasive walls of noise, Klaar, recorded while Duncan was living in Amsterdam, occupies a more meditative territory. Opening with "Delta", which layers long tones seemingly sourced from slowed down voices over a distant, watery field recording, the remainder of the first side is occupied with the epic title piece, which arranges shortwave radio abstraction, vocal experiments, and field recordings (street sounds, fireworks, monastic chants) into an episodic cinema for the ear. The second side is dominated by the long, brooding "The Immense Room", where layers of shortwave interference and field recordings are gradually built up into a pulsing, wavering bed of sound infused with a subtly disturbing sense of psychological unrest. This rises to the surface near the end of the piece as sexual moans and ominous rumbles crisscross the stereo image before being abruptly brought to a halt. A singular work of electroacoustic composition, Klaar is both compositionally sophisticated and infused with a sense of mystery and a vital reality often lacking in more academic experimental music; it sits proudly alongside contemporaneous recordings by Duncans friends and collaborators Jim ORourke and Christoph Heemann and is a must for anyone interested in their work. Cover image and John Duncan portrait by Traianos Pakioufakis. LP design by Stephen OMalley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin." - Black Truffle.

Artist: ELODIE
Title: Vieux Silence
Format: CD
Label: Ideologic Organ
Country: France
Price: $16.00
"Stephen OMalley on Elodie, the project of Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk, and their album Vieux Silence: "Having been entranced by both Andrew Chalks work with Mirror (and back to his solo works as Ferial Confine, plus multiple collaborations with David Jackman, The New Blockaders, Daisuke Suzuki, etc.), and Timo van Luijk (as Af Ursin, In Camera, La Poupée Vivante, and collaborations with Kris Vanderstraeten and others) for many years, I was naturally intrigued to hear about and hear their duo project Elodie. The project formed in 2010, and has spanned eleven beautiful albums already, to date. Vieux Silence for Ideologic Organ is their first release presented outside of their own record publishing nook, Faraway Press and La Scie Dorée. However this is not the first encounter between Ideologic Organ and Elodie, they performed at a night in London I curated in February 2012, alongside Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang. Elodies performance was among the most delicately engaging and savant I have witnessed... so very quiet, with snow falling in London outside Cafe Otos windows, the audience palpably entered a high intensity listening focus. The impression of this vivid memory is striking, considering how spare each of the individual elements present that night were. Vieux Silence, and Elodie in general, provoke a visual imagination in an instant, perhaps filtered through aged watercolor, tape grain, antique lenses, forgotten levels of listening, and observational patience. On this gorgeous album, Chalk and van Luijk also collaborate with piano, pedal steel, and clarinet (played by: Tom James Scott, Daniel Morris, and Jean-Noel Rebilly, respectively). Each detail carefully considered and coloring step-by-step, like an impressionist watercolor." Personnel: Tom James Scott - piano; Jean-Noël Rebilly - clarinet; Daniel Morris - guitar pedal steel. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering." - Ideologic Organ.

Artist: FORNO, CARLA DAL
Title: The Garden
Format: 12"
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"Four new, obliquely confessional dispatches from the edge zones of feeling. "You Shouldnt Have To Wait" is an confrontational companion piece, or response, to her own "Fast Moving Cars". Its a forceful, void-chasing drone-rock led by a "Venus In Furs" bassline. "Clusters" is a bright, electronic pop fantasy in the tradition of Stereolab or Saint Etienne. "Make Up Talk" is a tense, awkward unpicking of a dysfunctional relationship. With "The Garden" Dal Forno pays tribute to Einsturzende Neubauten. Emotionally eloquent, "The Garden" is also her most subtly psychedelic production to date." - Blackest Ever Black.

Artist: FORREST, BOB
Title: John Michell: A Memoir
Format: Book
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $14.00
"Short memoir about John Michell (1933-2003), the Merlin of the Age of Aquarius, by friend and occasional collaborator Bob Forrest. Michell wrote about diverse subjects such as flying saucers, ley-lines, British eccentrics and sacred geometry. His books include The View Over Atlantis, Dimension of Paradise and Megalithomania among others. Limited to 50 copies." - Sloow Tapes.

Artist: FREE JAZZ WORKSHOP
Title: Inter Frequences
Format: LP
Label: Souffle Continu
Country: France
Price: $25.00
"Souffle Continu Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Free Jazz Workshops Inter Fréquences, originally released in 1973. The Free Jazz Workshop came into being in 1967 but their first album, Inter Fréquences, only appeared in 1973. Unfortunately there is no recorded trace of the group including the first drummer Pierre Guyon before he was replaced by Christian Rollet in 1970. One of the slogans doing the rounds at the time sets the tone: "Aesthetic liberation is but a prelude to the liberation of humanity." The trajectory of the Free Jazz Workshop (which became the Workshop De Lyon in 1975 with the arrival of clarinetist-saxophonist Louis Sclavis) is emblematic of the emancipation of the mindset of certain French musicians during this period. It has been an exceptionally long-lived trajectory a "half-century" as the members say, during which the group -- in Christian Rollets own words -- went from being "an exploratory workshop who claimed to take no account of the musical certitudes of the majority" to becoming something of a classic institution. Right from this first album it is clear that the group would function as a collective with no designated leader. The legacy and influence of American free jazz can be heard throughout: Albert and Don Ayler, or Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry for the horns of Maurice Merle and Jean Mereu; Cecil Taylor for the pianist Patrick Vollat, absent from the group after the second album released in 1975 La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad (FFL 032LP); Gary Peacock and Barre Phillips for the bass; Sunny Murray or Milford Graves for the rhythmic agitation; but also the Art Ensemble Of Chicago for the collective aspect. This lyrical, incandescent album, alongside those released by François Tusques and the Cohelmec Ensemble at the same period, represents one of the high points of free jazz produced by French musicians. Licensed from Bisou. Reverse printing; 12-page booklet; Obi strip; Edition of 700." - Souffle Continu.

Artist: FROZEN CORN
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Idea
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Frozen Corn is the Western Mass trio of Anthony Pasquarosa, Chris Carlton, and Joshua Burkett. "In 1967, the Holy Modal Rounders were signed to ESP-Disk. One of Peter Stampfels first missions was to get the Rounders co-conspirator, Michael Hurley, signed as well. To this end, Hurley cut a solo demo and sent it down to NYC. One of the tunes featured Hurley on his signature mock trumpet, but ESPs Bernard Stollman was not impressed. Whats this guy trying to do, Stollman asked. Sing with his mouth closed? And why is everything so slow? Stampfel replied, Well, hes kind of like an amphetamine head in reverse. The ESP deal was off, but a certain creative template was invented -- The Twilight Zone -- and it is one that has been adopted by the Western Mass trio, Frozen Corn. The band is comprised of Joshua Burkett, Chris Carlton and Anthony Pasquarosa. Each of them has a sterling musical rep, and more recordings than you can easily name, but Frozen Corn is a special kind of project. Together, the three of them perform covers of proto-bluegrass tunes, most first recorded in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia in the late 1920s. This stuff was just called folk music back then (bluegrass wasnt an actual classification until the late 40s), but the tunes of guys like Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Clarence Ashley and Doc Boggs were the base on which the speed-damaged rave-ups of bluegrass were founded. Frozen Corn also cover a couple of trad songs, plus Summers Night, a song written in the Twilight Zone style by the late British banjo player, Clive Palmer (one of the founders of the Incredible String Band). Using two banjos and a guitar, Frozen Corn turn these hillbilly howls (remember the Rounders own version of Cuckoo) into slow-wound meditations on form and function. And their deep monotonic vocal riffs by either Chris or Tony (Josh stays mum) work almost like raga singing in terms of achieving The Zone. Its related to bluegrass and old timey music, but it comes from an alternate universe. A universe in which the transportational qualities of Frozen Corns sound cannot be overstated. Those wishing to visit The Zone can now easily grab an earful. Free your ass and do it." --Byron Coley Cover art direction and design by Tom Recchion. Features the worlds first ceramic graphics for an LP. Embossed cover, texturized sand paper finish; Printed by Stoughton Printers." - Idea.

Artist: GARCIA, MARGARIDA & MANUEL MOTA
Title: Earth Rundown
Format: Cass
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $8.00
"Slowly evolving daydreams of electric guitar shrouded in lo-fi reverb by Margarida Garcia and Manuel Mota. Dark, quiet and mysterious superimpositions floating and spiraling further and deeper in the distant hollow spaces of the void. Artwork by Margarida Garcia. Edition of 70 copies." - Sloow Tapes.

Artist: HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS
Title: Apakapa EP
Format: 12"
Label: The Trilogy Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Harmonious Thelonious looks to the Arab world for inspiration on this epic chugger for The Trilogy Tapes." - Resident Advisor.

Artist: HASSELL, JON
Title: Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two
Format: LP & CD
Label: Tak:Til/Glitterbeat
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"First reissue of Jon Hassells "Fourth World" masterpiece, originally released in 1981. Featuring contributions from Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), and Michael Brook (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan). Beautifully remastered, with a bonus track ("Ordinary Mind") and liner notes written by Hassell himself. "Fourth World is a viewpoint out of which evolves guidelines for finding balances between accumulated knowledge and the conditions created by new technologies" --Jon Hassell. From his time studying with Stockhausen in Cologne and a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Philip Glass to his mentorship with the Indian vocal master Pandit Pran Nath and collaborative excursions with Eno, the Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Björk, and Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell has pursued a continuous questioning of the dichotomies between North and South, sacred and sensual, primitive and futurist. These cross-pollinating influences and pan-cultural musical educations led Hassell to the gradual development of musical concepts and gestures that he grouped under the "Fourth World" umbrella theory. "I wanted the mental and geographical landscapes to be more indeterminate -- not Indonesia, not Africa, not this or that. . . . What would music be like if classic had not been defined as what happened in Central Europe two hundred years ago. What if the world knew Javanese music and Pygmy music and Aborigine music? What would classical music sound like then?" In the late 1970s in New York, Hassell began to produce a series of astonishing albums on which his trumpet explored both non-Western modalities and dramatic sound processing (deftly rendered by nascent digital effects like the AMS Harmonizer). Brian Eno, who was living New York at the time, was thrilled by Hassells 1978 debut album, Vernal Equinox, and sought out its creator. Together they produced the classic 1980 album Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (GB 019CD/LP), before Eno charged headlong into "Fourth World"-ish collaborations with a new partner, David Byrne, on Remain in Light (1980) and My Life in The Bush of Ghosts (1981). Hassell began to feel that they were at least borrowing concepts and sounds to which he had introduced them, and at worst, that a full-scale appropriation was taking place. As Hassell undertook the process of recording and finalizing Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two -- the follow-up to Possible Musics -- Brian Eno was again present, as both mixer and musician, but this time the back cover credits leave no room for interpretation or confusion: "All compositions by Jon Hassell. Produced by Jon Hassell."" - Tak:Til/Glitterbeat.

Artist: HOUSEWIVES/MASSICOT
Title: split
Format: 7"
Label: Harbinger Sound
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
New material from Geneva quartet Massicot and Londons Housewives.

Artist: KALLAL, ROSE
Title: Perseus
Format: 12"
Label: We Can Elude Control
Country: UK
Price: $14.00
"New York based artist and musician Rose Kallal presents her debut album Perseus. Taking its title from the Greek mythological constellation, the collection creates a hypnotic and evolving flow of sound layered with rhythmic tones and primordial texture. Developed in her Brooklyn studio using a modular system and effects, each track further takes its title from an individual star of mythological origin, with the material invoking an expansive and collapsing sense of space and time. Perseus continues alongside Kallals practice with 16mm film and sound, employing repeating patterns and motifs and creating a merger of antiquated and modern technologies." - We Can Elude Control.

Artist: KARKHANA
Title: Al Dar Al Hamra
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"Very fine tuned, almost Mediterranean, Middle Eastern mainly string orchestra. A supergroup with members of Dwarfs Of East Agouza, Konstrukt, "A" Trio, Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, etc. Umut Çağlar, Sam Shalabi, Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Toni Elieh, Maurice Louca, and Michael Zerang unleash a blend of fiery and free psychedelic forms and un-jazz, with various shades and traces of shaabi, tarab, sufi, and post everything -- timeless, rock-free, kraut-jazz. Recorded during a wet, cold and stormy November night in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2016. Cover art by Mazen Kerbaj. 140 gram vinyl; Limited edition of 500 (one-time pressing)." - Unrock.

Artist: KOHIER
Title: I / "The Begotten"
Format: Cass
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $8.00
"Kohier is Brecht Ameel (Razen) and Jürgen De Blonde (Köhn). Night time patrol tunes in which the brooding slowness of Bohren circa "Sunset Mission" meet with the otherworldly sensitivity of early Tomita. Edition of 70 copies." - Sloow Tapes.

Artist: KUBOTA, KAZUMA
Title: Utsori
Format: LP
Label: Amethyst Sunset
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"For ten years, Kazuma Kubota has been mastering his blend of harsh noise and ambient and Utsuroi is no exception. Originally released as a limited edition cassette in 2015 by Amethyst Sunset, Utsuroi has been remastered by Joe Panzner for optimum vinyl listening on this edition. From the opening murky industrial stomp of "Kizu", Kubotas layers a perfect mix of noise which leads to a perfectly crafted mix of ambient and cut up harsh noise on "Wasurenagusa". The second side of the record features a side-long shoegaze that displays why Kazuma Kubota is becoming a well-known name in the noise scene and will be remembered as one of the greats carrying the torch of the Japanese noise scene for many years to come. Recorded at Studio Bass On Top, Ikebukuro, Tokyo 2014. Edited and mixed at Bedroom 2014-2015. Includes download code; Edition of 250." - Amethyst Sunset.

Artist: LA BARBARA, JOAN
Title: Voice Is The Original Instrument
Format: LP
Label: Arc Light
Country: UK
Price: $30.00
“Voice Is The Original Instrument was the first record released by Joan La Barbara in 1976 on Wizard Records. This is the first time the original LP, with artwork, has been made available again. It has since become iconic as one of the initial examples of extended vocal techniques in experimental music. The human voice is the only instrument on the recordings. The works on Voice is the Original Instrument were some of Joans earliest compositions, researching the possibilities of the voice, in two rigorous études, "Circular Song" and "Voice Piece: One-Note Internal Resonance Investigation", and the more free-form "Vocal Extensions", which uses live electronic processing. "My reason for producing the LP was to get my music out to the world beyond NYC and the major cities in which I was playing concerts," she says. "At that time, Carla Bley and Michael Mantlerhad started JCOA/New Music Distribution Service which handled small independent labels, so there were quite a few artists in the NYC area who were producing their own albums and distributing them through that service." Just out of college and living in a Soho loft in New York, Joan began playing shows in New York with jazz and rock musicians, and with those in the new music scene. "I did commercials, which, strangely enough, led me to Steve Reich," she says. "A composer I was working with, Michael Sahl hired me to do some radio commercials and suggested me to Reich who was looking for singers who could imitate instruments, which was something I had been working on for some time and was part of my exploration of the voice. I worked with Reich on the development of "Drumming", imitating the marimba." - Arc Light Editions.

Artist: MASAMI, KAWAGUSHI/TOSHIMITSU AKIKO
Title: Enka Mood Collection
Format: 10"
Label: An Archives
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Split 10 inch LP ltd to 250, comes in a silkscreened gatefold jacket with obi (blue, pink, brick red) insert + postcards… Liner notes by Alan Cummings. 4th volume in the enka series, were happy to announce the release of this new one : a split with 2 longtime friends and music associates since the late 1990s.

Masami Kawaguchi has been an influential figure in the Japanese underground scene for 2 decades, playing with bands such Miminokoto, Broomdusters, Los Doroncos and more recently with his New Rock Syndicate. Hes also known as a major & regular Keiji Hainos collaborator in Aihiyo and more recently in Hardy Soul. Hes one of the greats of modern Japanese psychedelic rock and more recently he recorded the beautiful “The mad guitar sings” album on Black Petal which is a dark solo take on Masamis signature sound, balancing between late night-early morning comedown blues and black luminescent storm-song. On this release Masami covers 2 different songs, delivering a personal & bleak version of a great enka standard (if not the prototype of the enka song) and a fiery cover of a weird and rather unknown song.

Toshimitsu Akiko is better known under her maiden name of Terashima Akiko and she led a band called Doodles for more than 15 years. She and Kawaguchi Masami teamed up together for a short time as Homemade and after releasing a cassette, the first Doodles CDR was released on Masamis Purifiva imprint and later a CD on Alchemy records. Doodles played plodding, haunted psych-rock, with storms of guitar distortion hovering on the horizon, and sweet, sad vocals quivering deeply soul-ward. More recently she mostly plays music as a duo named Aminome that could be heard as a Doodles follow up with slightly rounded corners. On this release Akiko plays guitar, drums & accordion, covers these enka songs with her timeless & forlorn voice, picking up any human with a heart." - An Archives.

Artist: MAXIMUM JOY
Title: I Cant Stand It Here On Quiet Nights: Singles 1981-82
Format: Double 12"
Label: Silent Street
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"Silent Street is the new collaborative label from Chris Farrell (Idle Hands) and Kiran Sande (Blackest Ever Black). For their first release, they present a compilation of singles by one of their shared musical lodestars: Bristols extraordinary Maximum Joy. Formed in 1980, by 18 year-old vocalist Janine Rainforth alongside Tony Wrafter, a trumpeter/saxophonist previously affiliated with Glaxo Babies. Wrafters former accomplices, Charlie Llewellin (drums) and Dan Catsis (bass), completed the original line-up, alongside erstwhile Pop Group guitarist John Waddington. With a youthful confidence and energy that leaps out at you even now, they took their diverse influences -- punk, modern jazz, disco, dub, funk, soul, Afro-beat, and chansons -- and distilled them into some of the greatest, most intoxicating pop music ever made. Together they carved out a story which today stands as a sumptuous feast for anyone interested in the roots and evolution of "the Bristol sound". There are links, back and forth, with The Slits and Dennis Bovell, On-U Sound through to the Wild Bunch, Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, and Trickys "Aftermath". Thirty-five years on, its impossible not to be blown away by their combination of instrumental virtuosity and DIY pluck, and by their fearless application of disorientating dub FX. In terms of open-minded, progressive, and life-affirming music made in the post-punk era, little else comes close. This first ever official reissue of Maximum Joy material is centered around the trio of singles the band released on Y Records in 1981-1982. Their first, "Stretch", became an anthem on the New York club underground, a cult staple at Danceteria and on late-night radio. This compilation gives pride of place to their first B side, "Silent Street/Silent Dub": a languid tribute to long summer nights in St Pauls. Llewellins mesmerizing one-drop kit and Catsiss outrageously heavy bassline anchor the track, allowing Rainforths exquisite vocal and Wrafters trumpet to soar within the expressionistic dub mix. In both subject matter and execution, it is the definitive Bristol tune. "White And Green Place (Extraterrestrial Mix)", "In The Air", and wistful instrumental "Simmer Til Done" also feature; the non-Y bonus is the 12" version of "Do It Today", Maximum Joys contribution to the Fontana compilation Touchdown (1982). Sleeve notes by Janine Rainforth, Tony Wrafter, and Kevin Pearce." - Silent Street.

Artist: MIMINOKOTO
Title: KOENJI 07/02/2016
Format: Cass
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $8.00
"Latest from Miminokoto, the trio of Suzuki Junzo (20 Guilders), Koji Shimura (Acid Mothers Temple) and Nishimura Takuya (Che-SHIZU/Maher Shalal Hash Baz), catching the space-blues live in Tokyo. Re-imagining classic psychedelia and garage rock. Edition of 100 copies. ." - Sloow Tapes.

Artist: MOSLANG, NORBERT/ WENDY GONDELN
Title: Betty
Format: 7"
Label: Meeuw Muzak
Country: Belgium
Price: $7.50
Edition of 300. "Another visual-arty 7” to be quietly restrained by the bleached aesthetic design of a Meeuw Muzak sleeve, MM046 is a pair of recondite Bettys. The Betty on Side A is the creation of Wendy Gondeln, who is perhaps far better known as contemporary German artist Albert Oehlen. Then Norbert Möslang introduces Side Bs betti-corr, and although Möslang also works in the visual arts he is more widely recognised as a practitioner of “cracked everyday electronics” and a former member of Swiss electronic free improvisation group Voice Crack. Further cross- pollination is represented by Oehlens occasional earlier endeavours in the musical field, playing in bands including Red Krayola, running a label and providing artwork for sleeves. Betty announces herself with a distorted gabber kick drum and a cheerfully naive organ figure which mischievously functions as a decoy for an aggressive and unstable violin to provide the main narrative from here on in. Overall the piece would make quite a good soundtrack for a fight in a pub, having a kind of senseless, unpredictable tension, the comedy of spontaneous violence. A couple of other sounds wade in, either placatory or adding to the damage. Particularly appealing is a rubbery voice-synthesis type purred gurgle that seems to attempt to act as an owl-like voice of reason, ultimately found wanting. By contrast Möslang produces a rich textural sound world sourced, I think, from the same violin (Is she Betty?) but here granulated into icy splinters and flung into ceiling-less spaces with the poker-faced accelerated elegance of Buster Keaton. Taken overall MM046 feels combative, exploratory, playful." — Pete Um, Winter 2016.

"Wendy Gondeln offers up a lo-tech, slow, techno rhythm with a number of additions/interruptions, many of which are violin. Norbert Möslang has a highly edited piece of what could be a lot of violin sounds, very manic and Musique Concrète-ish. Who knows what this means in the Meeuw Universe, but have an evening with some drinks and play through your Meeuw 7"s. You wont be sorry." - Swill Radio.

Artist: NACE,BILL/CHARLES PLYMELL
Title: Apocalypse Rose
Format: LP
Label: Open Mouth
Country: USA
Price: $32.00
Heavy-weight letter pressed sleeve in an edition of 150 numbered copies. "Charley recites Apocalypse Rose on side A, side B is Bill Nace doing a piece of music inspired by the poem" - Open Mouth. "Auerhahn Press, a printing house identified with the mid-20th century San Francisco poetry scene, first published Apocalypse Rose in 1967. Its author, Charles Plymell, was involved in all manner of Bay Area cultural and chemical shenanigans, but hes still alive, and theres something about hearing the doings of a previous century related in an octogenarians cracked voice that gets you right there. An opening line about a jukebox and shout-outs to Chet Baker and Hank Williams thread music through the piece, so it makes sense that it would end up tethered to music, however tenuously. Bill Nace first recorded his contribution to this LP for a 3” CD stuck inside a pocketbook edition of Apocalypse Rose published by the French imprint Lenke Lente, and if youre budget-minded youll save yourself some change by tracking that edition down; with only 150 pressed, this is being treated more like an art object than a record and priced accordingly. But then you wont get to hear Plymells voice, nor will you hear the substantially difference between the LP and CD versions of Naces music. The music itself is identical, and it is simplicity itself, just a loop of a couple strums and a drumbeat which Nace gradually eqs into a quiet symphony of bass throbs and cricket chirps. The vinyl brings out the bass, transforming a message from the radio ether into a song from a distant swamp." - Bill Meyer.

Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma - Performed by The Gate 5 Ensemble
Format: LP
Label: New World
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
Performed by The Gate 5 Ensemble: Harry Partch (director), Danlee Mitchell, Harry Partch, Michael Ranta, Emil Richards, Wallace Snow, Stephen Tosh. Limited edition LP release (180 gram vinyl) with previously unpublished bonus tracks + free download card. "In late 1962 Harry Partch returned to California and began a project that would not only become the bones of a masterwork, Delusion of the Fury, but have a life of its own. In a too-small space within an abandoned Petaluma chick hatchery, Partch gathered the instruments he had designed and built -- new and old -- eager to once again expand the boundaries of his compositional fabric. He learned each individual part as he composed, establishing that it could be played. And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma (1963-64, rev. 1966) was born of his exploration and assembled with that minimum of players over a three-year period. In spite of rough conditions and meager resources Partchs dogged persistence, along with the efforts of his dedicated assistants, eventually succeeded in realizing the 34 verses of expanded duets. With this album we revisit an important work and turning-point, guided by the original Statement Partch wrote for the first commercial release of the piece. Previously only excerpted, it is a voicing of his beliefs that transcends one project to illuminate an entire purpose. We also reprise exquisite notes by the late Bob Gilmore, who distills and explains the story of Petals so clearly and eloquently. No one wants a dead reissue, so by digging into the archives, I am pleased to offer hidden gems. First, The Petals Sessions is an aural glance into the cramped quarters of the recording space, as composer and players labor to bring new notes to life, Harry himself giving direction. The montage ends with a test take by Danlee Mitchell and Michael Ranta that could have easily been a keeper! Finally, we present the original Verse 17. In 1964 Partch wrote two duets that used the Adapted Viola; by the time the piece was finished in 1967, he had excised them. The ending track -- never before released -- brings Harry back to life, playing and recording Adapted Viola for one of the last times. I was completely unaware of this recording until I examined the outtakes and it glows, fifty years on. That Petals ever came to be, like much of Partchs story, stands somewhere between determination and miracle." - Jon Szanto, The Harry Partch Foundation.

Artist: PEOPLE LIKE US/POREST
Title: Optimized!
Format: LP
Label: Discrepant
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Third volume in Discrepants irregular split series. This time, they pair two artists at the top of their "collagist" game: People Like Us and Porest. "The Parallel Broadcasts" presents Porests recordings from the covert sector of his archives. Culled from shortwave and FM broadcasts, these selections were intercepted via prepared radio -- finely tuned to receive what is known in certain circles as parallel broadcasting. Content explores the trauma of emerging global consciousness, acute cultural antipology and the urgent placement of democratic music today. Recorded on location in January and February, 2016. Featuring contributions from Paul Staufenbiel and Michael DarrAll, "All On A Beautiful Day" was recorded in Spring 2016 by People Like Us for "Optimized!", a week-long online a/v radio station programmed by Vicki Bennett, housed on WFMUs website which experimented with ideas of what radio might be in the world of high-speed internet broadcasting. The content included 26 new a/v artist works, including both this and Porests "Parallel Broadcasts", where people were invited to respond to the word "optimized". RIYL: Negativland, Girl Talk." - Discrepant.

Artist: PLANETARY PEACE
Title: Synthestis
Format: Double LP
Label: Love All Day
Country: USA
Price: $38.00
"This limited edition double LP features a silkscreened jacket, risograph printed insert and remastered audio by Jae-soo Yi of Sonority Mastering. Vinyl mastering by John Golden. Edition of 250.

Recorded in their living room on a Teac tape machine, Synthesis was entirely composed and performed on a mail order Serge synthesizer kit that Planetary Peace (the husband and wife duo of Will & Kalima Sawyer) had built themselves. Originally pressed in a minuscule edition that was mostly given away to friends and colleagues, this brilliant piece of work was almost entirely unknown until Sound Recorder/Record Collector Brett Becker chanced upon one of the only known copies in existence at the yard sale of a former New Age disc jockey in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2014. There’s a very palpable DIY-vibe that runs throughout the album, which gets filtered through a visionary lens where slightly off-kilter devotional folk songs expand into majestic synth excursions that reach for the outer edges of the cosmos. It’s a strange, beguiling collection of songs where two kindred spirits are operating simultaneously on a higher plane, unlike any other ostensibly “new age” album we can think of —especially in the the way that it so embodies such a sense of wonder. Now living in Ha’iku, Hawaii on the island of Maui, they operate an organic farm and have carried on their DIY roots by creating a solar powered studio they built themselves in which they continue to record to this day." - Love All Day.

“We recorded it ourselves in London, fall 1980, on a TEAC reel-to-reel tape deck, in our living room. We had arrived in London with all of our equipment, intent on making this recording before the arrival of our first child in Mar, ’81. Through grace or luck, we found a small cottage near Hampstead Heath (right in the heart of London) that was quiet enough in the evenings to do the work. Because we were (are) into harmonic tuning, rather than equal temperament, we had searched out an instrument that we could tune ourselves; there was an engineer, Serge Tcherepnin, in San Francisco who had developed a kit for an analog synthesizer which fit our specs. We spent a few months prior to leaving for London laboriously building it, soldering it together and learning how to play it. It required patch cords that manually routed the signals in various configurations, connecting oscillators, filters, etc. Now of course, this is all done digitally . . . We used a TEAC reel-to-reel tape deck, Shure mics and maybe some other stuff, like reverb, all of which we brought over with us. The funny part is that as we left S.F., our flight was delayed for several hours while they de-planed everyone in a remote area on the tarmac and looked through everyone’s luggage. They said there had been a bomb scare, and we figured out quite a bit later that it was our synthesizer that had likely triggered the alert. That was SO out of everyone’s context at that time, as this was before “terrorists” had been invented!" Once our daughter arrived, we more or less dropped it all; it is actually a minor miracle that you happened across one of the very rare cassettes that we got around to distributing!”" - Planetary Peace.

Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: Midnight / Raga Malkauns
Format: Double CD
Label: Just Dreams
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
2002 release. "New 2-CD commercial release from Just Dreams, Inc. Two full-CD recordings of Raga Malkauns by Pandit Pran Nath, accompanied by full texts of the vocal compositions presented in Devanagri script, phonetic English, word-by-word translation, and poetic interpretation by Sri Karunamayee, a longtime senior disciple of the Master." - Just Dreams. 2002 release on La Monte Young and Marian Zazeelas label. Disc one feaures Pran Nath, Terry Riley, Ann Riley and Simone Forti, recorded in SF, 1971. Disc two features Pran Nath, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and K. Paramjyoti, recorded in NYC, 1976. Very highly recommended!

Artist: RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Title: Ambient Black Magic
Format: Double LP + 10"
Label: Hospital Productions
Country: USA
Price: $33.00
"Following a still-ongoing series of reissues of the earliest, previously tape-only releases from Dominick Fernows Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, this long-in-the-making new album proper is an epic 80-minute set featuring additional production and "sound on sound processing" from Silent Servant, a remix from Substance, and mastering by Paul Corley. Its by far the most ambitious and far-reaching Rainforest dispatch, taking that artificial, tropical humidity as a starting point before heading deep into a kind of textured ambience that are reminiscent of everything from Talk Talks Laughing Stock (1991) to Carl Craigs "How The West Was Won" (1996), from Huerco S to classic Chain Reaction. Ambient Black Magic moves away from the extreme saturation of those early cassettes and the industrial environmentalism of his previous album Green Graves (2016) and is described by the label as "Fear Dub" -- which is essentially the perfect encapsulation of the deep sense of paranoia contained within. The opening "Jungle Is A Shapeshifter" is a gargantuan 35-minute head-melter thats split across the first two sides of the vinyl pressing. Co-produced with Silent Servant, its an absorbing piece of electronic music -- slowly unfurling via chorus pedal guitars that gradually degrade, while a fathoms-deep bass pulse and tape-delay gives the piece its shape. Its like an updated, tranquilized, fever-dream variant of the kind of ambient dub Vainqueur made his own back in the mid-90s. "Beyond The Yellow-Spotted Bamboo", another Silent Servant co-production, clocks in at a relatively modest 17 minutes and heads off into more open terrain, this time with submerged percussion providing some propulsion, while shards of colored synth pull you back into the swamp. Its another humid, breathtaking session -- bringing out the best in both Fernow and Silent Servant. "Praying Mantis Black Arts" is another masterclass in sub-bass construction, while "Chiles Crimson Tide" is the shortest track on the album, a kind of broken coda before Substance ends the set with a remix of "Beyond The Yellow-Spotted Bamboo", deploying a tribal reduction that references classic Chain Reaction from a producer who was part of it first-hand. Its a relatively upbeat conclusion to one of the most immersive listening experiences youll have in 2017; those of you looking for escape should dive in -- you wont want to re-engage with the world around you for a while. RIYL: Vainqueur, Huerco S, Talk Talk, Carl Craig." - Hospital Productions.

Artist: SAIZ, SUSO
Title: Rainworks
Format: CD
Label: Music From Memory
Country: Netherlands
Price: $17.00
"Following 2016s compilation of archival recordings by Suso Saiz titled Odisea (MFM 009CD/LP), Music From Memory mark their 20th release with an album of new works by the Spanish electronic music pioneer. Recorded in Madrid between January and February 2016, this is Suso Saizs first release of new music in nearly ten years. Titled Rainworks, this double LP release was originally part of a commission from a Canary Islands water company. The first ideas for the compositions developed from a documentary that Suso had seen suggesting the possibility of water molecules having their own memory. As Suso himself explains, he became fascinated with the possibility of an eternal being, changing its cyclical condition from solid to gaseous state, travelling through and between the Earth and the Sky, as a witness and keeper of the true history of Earth and Mankind. Suso, his son Emil Saiz, and pianist Raph Killhertz set out to explore this metaphysical process of cyclical movement through music in Rainworks. Developing from the original commissioned tracks into a much more elaborate project, the albums process became something of a mystical journey, drawing on aspects of minimalism and modernism. The music is also embedded in textured natural soundscapes and spoken word passages which were recorded and processed by Suso himself. Despite having the immediacy of an improvised piece, Rainworks was in entirely composed by Suso. Whilst on one hand it appears very much as an electronic album there are in fact many acoustic elements to the recording. A resonant piano (a grand piano re-amplified using its resonant box and harp to generate effects) as well as guitars (with simple effects) are played in Susos inimitable hypnotic way, slowly drawing the listener into a transportive state or lucid dream." - Music From Memory.

Artist: STILL
Title: I
Format: LP
Label: Pan
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"Shapeshifting through his vernacular worlds of sound and imagery, Milan artist and musician Still (Simone Trabucchi) defines his practice with a unique, nomadic approach. Previously known as Dracula Lewis, the moniker under which he developed his personal take on "folk" music, he has accumulated a number of releases on various seminal labels, alongside running Hundebiss Records. His Still moniker follows the unearthing of the histories that connect his hometown of Vernasca to Ethiopia and Jamaica, explored under his visual arts project Invernomuto as an in-depth fieldwork that became Negus -- a series of sculptures and installations, a book, and a documentary (screened at Unsound 2016). Negus revolves around a cleansing counter-ritual performed by Lee "Scratch" Perry in the Vernasca square where an effigy of Haile Selassie I was burned in 1936. The documentary then follows a trajectory connecting Italys overlooked colonial past, seen through personal history, to a reverberation of symbols in Ethiopia and Jamaica. Within Still, Trabucchi connects these research threads and furthers their sonic and linguistic aspects, developing a work in which "computerized riddims" sustain a shared gospel channeled through a polyphony of voices. Six Milan-based African-Italian vocalists and singers voice a complex, overarching past that is both communal and individual. Using the medium of language, the record is a multi-layered with meanings contemplating the historical weight of words. Both the city and the studio became workshops for the shaping of their complex network. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Artwork by Simone Trabucchi and Bill Kouligas." - Pan.

Artist: SUN RA
Title: Discipline 27-II
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Corbett Vs. Dempsey present a reissue of Sun Ra Discipline 27-II, originally released on El Saturn Records in 1973. Arguably the last great original-era Saturn LP to be reissued on CD, Discipline 27-II has long deserved to be more familiar to Sun Ra fans and layfolk alike. Recorded during the same sessions in 1972 at Chicagos Streeterville Studios that produced Ras most popular and best-known record, Space Is The Place (1973), its got much the same vibe, from the 24-minute four-part suite of the title track -- an important conducted piece that Ra performed frequently in these years -- to the opening cut, "Pan Afro", with John Gilmores sensational tenor work. Sporting a percussion-rich 18-piece Arkestra, the music can be thick, voluble, and dense or it can winnow down to a small group, as on the delightful track "Neptune", a vehicle for June Tysons singing and the site of the indelible Sun Ra space chant: "Have you heard the latest news from Neptune, Neptune, Neptune?" This marks the first time Discipline 27-II has been reissued on CD. It has been remastered from the original tapes, includes a never published period photo of Ra by Charles Shabacon, and ends with an explosive bonus track from the same session, showing quite a different side of the same ensemble. Personnel: Sun Ra - electronic keyboard space age instruments, Moog synthesizer, vocals; John Gilmore - tenor saxophone, percussion, vocals; Marshall Allen - alto saxophone, flute; Danny Davis - alto saxophone, flute; Pat Patrick - baritone saxophone, bass; Danny Thompson - baritone saxophone, flute; Eloe Omoe - bass clarinet, flute; Akh Tal Ebah - trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals; Lamont Kwamie McClamb - trumpet, percussion; Russell Branch - percussion, congas; Stanley Morgan - percussion, congas; with Alzo Wright, Harry Richards, Lex Humphries, Robert Underwood on drums and vocals by June Tyson, Cheryl Banks, Judith Holton, and Ruth Wright. Cover art by LeRoy Butler; cover design by Alton Abraham. Recorded by Ed Michel at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, October, 1972; LP produced by Alton Abraham for Infinity Inc." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: SUZUKIS, DAMO NETWORK FEATURING CHATEAU LAUT
Title: Ausland
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Damo Suzuki in performance with Château Laut. Recorded at Ausland, Berlin, 2010 by Stephan Laackman. Château Lauts Stefan Fähler writes: "I contacted Damo in 2009. He didnt reply immediately and at one point I just forgot about it... So, it was a huge surprise when he replied, exactly a year to the day later, explaining his emails calendar was weird and he had only just now received my mail. Quickly, we arranged all details for our concert-to-be. We first met a couple of months later, at the airport. We picked him up in the morning and were stoned just an hour later in our kitchen. The energy for the whole day was so peaceful and warm. On the way to soundcheck we saw barricades and police vans on the streets in readiness for 1 May -- a date famous in Berlin for rioting and protest. We joked about this "predictable riot", marked in calendars for all to see. The gig at Ausland proceeded organically. We shared many beautiful moments, both on and off stage. Damo was so much into the atmosphere and the crowd that, after our main set, we went on-stage a second time. Afterwards, we crashed at our place, downing a couple of whiskeys before going to sleep, happy. We kept in touch. He became something close to a spiritual mentor for me. He gave us contacts around the globe for travels and put me in touch with many nice people. He once said to me, one of the most important things in life is to travel. We were glad he stopped by our place on his journey." - The Tapeworm. Mastered for cassette format by Mark Van Hoen. Illustration by SavX. Edition of 150.

Artist: TERRY
Title: 8 Girls
Format: 7"
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $10.00
“Terrys second seven inch features three new songs that explore themes of patriarchy in politics, mass consumption versus lifestyle choices and the dating scene. "8 Girls" is a pop nugget that references female politicians including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, controversial leader of the One Nation party Pauline Hanson and senators Penny Wong and Jacqui Lambie. Divide Terry into four and you get Al Montfort, Amy Hill, Xanthe Waite, and Zephyr Pavey. Originally released by Aarght! Records. Transparent vinyl housed in a reverse board sleeve; Edition of 400.” - Upset The Rhythm.

Artist: TSA
Title: Home Of the Green Wave
Format: LP
Label: Natural Law
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"...recent private press out of Chicago by a shadowy figure who has been working anonymously for damn near two decades. His records trace the outline of a truth never fully revealed. Past releases include Terry Rojvi, Jim Collins Music Performed by the High Mass, Tommy Roundtree Jungle Blood and many others. Due to the artists bizarre distribution methods (packages with no return address, Goodwill dumps, etc), copies of previous titles have changed hands right off the bat for over $100... so dont hesitate. Vinyl record in black jacket with tiny paste-on"

"Yeah, I pretty much love everything the guy does unreservedly. Big hand in me starting Wooden Wand - for better or worse. Ha! I must confess I dont listen to any of this stuff a whole lot - it seeps in too readily, too much potential for osmosis. I tend to avoid repeated listens to any music I know I would subconsciously try to emulate. Like I said, there may not have ever been a "Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice" if I hadnt found those first two LPs. I loved everything about them (and still do). It inspired a lot of what I was doing early on - the aesthetic, the sound, as well as the avoidance of any sort of scene (that last part didnt work out too well). Heres to the artist for maintaining some true anonymity (speculative blog posts notwithstanding) in a world of ubiquitous everything! And his music has always been way better than Jandeks! ;) - JJ Toth (Wooden Wand).

"I was recently sent two records from an address in Chicago, in plain brown sleeves with the artists name stamped using a rubber stamp, one by Tommy Roundtree called "Jungle Blood" and the other by Arian Sample which appears to be untitled. There was no letter with the package and no return address. Both records are very haunting and moving, reminding me of Simon Finns "Pass the Distance" and a couple of other beautiful and obscure albums which usually get lazily classified as loner folk. I havent been able to find anything out about them at all from the internet or from record collectors. But thank you to whoever sent them. I was touched and intrigued." - David Tibet (Current 93).
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Artist: URBAIN AUTOPSY
Title: From Nowhere To Somewhere (Black Vinyl)
Format: Double LP
Label: Rotorelief
Country: France
Price: $42.00
Black vinyl version comes in an edition of 400 (numbered). "Evolution, exploration, references are more present. The imaginary real côtoit to blend into the kitchen of kitchen music. The power mixes with finesse. New sounds, new instruments, it is the beginning of sampling, the horizon widens ... Playing with sounds, melodies are tamed, emotions differ. Dark gaiety, bright tritesse, malaise, and emotions keep coming to better tie us." - Rotorelief.

Artist: URBAIN AUTOPSY
Title: From Nowhere To Somewhere (Clear Vinyl)
Format: Double LP
Label: Rotorelief
Country: France
Price: $55.00
Clear vinyl version. Edition of 100 (numbered). "Evolution, exploration, references are more present. The imaginary real côtoit to blend into the kitchen of kitchen music. The power mixes with finesse. New sounds, new instruments, it is the beginning of sampling, the horizon widens ... Playing with sounds, melodies are tamed, emotions differ. Dark gaiety, bright tritesse, malaise, and emotions keep coming to better tie us." - Rotorelief.

Artist: V/A
Title: A Can of Worms
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"A C120 mixtape featuring exclusive, previously unreleased tracks from 36 artists. Features Achim Mohné, Simon Fisher Turner, Laura Agnusdei, Howlround, Hanno Leichtmann, Cristian Vogel, Autodigest, Andrew Poppy, Othon, SGR^CAV, Tearsov, Saturn and the Sun, Château Laut, Derek Jarman, Richard Torry "Punks", Jasmin Blasco , Marta De Pascalis, Kumo, Parker, Stefan Goldmann, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, John Butcher, Henry Rodrick, Leslie Winer, Watkins/Peacock, Jay Glass Dubs, Mark Van Hoen, Philip Marshall, Le Forbici di Manitù, Christos Chondropoulos, Acid Fountain, Paul H Williams, Offerings For The Cannibal Gods, Leif Elggren, Nigel Wrench, Phil Julian, and Dale Cornish. Cassette only; limited edition of 150. Illustration by SavX." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: V/A
Title: Music From Memory: Compiled By Chee Shimizu
Format: Double CD
Label: Music From Memory
Country: Netherlands
Price: $20.00
"Japanese-released compilation of Music From Memorys finest moments according to compiler Chee Shimizu. Features a live recording of an exclusive Music From Memory DJ mix from Shimizu. Features: Suso Saiz, Joan Bibiloni, Workdub, Michal Turtle, Roberto Musci, Vito Ricci, Gigi Masin, and Gaussian Curve." - Music From Memory.

Artist: V/A
Title: Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992
Format: Double CD
Label: Music From Memory
Country: Netherlands
Price: $21.00
"Double CD release of the outstanding compilation, Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992. Contains three tracks not included on the double LP version (MFM 016LP). For their first multi-artist compilation, Music From Memory take a trip to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992 explores the outer reaches of Brazilian music, where indigenous rhythms mix with synthesizers and where MPB mingles with drum computers. As Brazil faced the last years of its military dictatorship and transition to democracy, a generation of forward-thinking musicians developed an alternative vision of Brazilian music and culture. They embraced traditionally shunned electronic production methods and infused their music with elements of ambient, jazz-fusion, and minimalism. At the same time they referenced the musical forms and spirituality of indigenous tribes from the Amazon. The music they produced was a complex and mesmerizing tapestry that vividly evoked Brazilian landscapes and simultaneously reached out to the world beyond its borders. Features: Piry Reis, Nando Carneiro, Cinema, João De Bruçó & R. H. Jackson, Os Mulheres Negras, Fernando Falcão, Anno Luz, Andréa Daltro, Bené Fonteles, Maria Rita, Carlinhos Santos, Bené Fonteles, Priscilla Ermel, Carioca, Marco Bosco, and Luhli E Lucina." - Music From Memory.

Artist: VANDERSTRAETEN, KRIS & FREDERIK LEROUX
Title: Live at The Audioplant
Format: Cass
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $8.00
"Abstract duo of two grand masters: Kris Vanderstaeten (percussion, objects) and Frederik Leroux (guitar). Both explore the endless possibilities of their instruments in terms of dynamics, texture and space. A surreal mix of instant composing, free improvisation and minimalism. Edition of 70 copies." - Sloow Tapes.

Artist: VAZZ
Title: Submerged Vessels And Other Stories
Format: LP + CD
Label: Stroom
Country: Belgium
Price: $35.00
"Post-punk pop meets ethereal wave. Vazz are one of Scotlands best kept secrets. Includes a bonus CD of piano works. Features a mix by Macula Lutea." - Stroom.

Artist: VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA
Title: Live at Total Inertia
Format: 10"
Label: Vanity Case
Country: UK
Price: $17.00
"Ten inch white vinyl LP only 33rpm. Recorded at Total Inertia festival, Wharf Chambers, Leeds, 24 09 2016. Music by: Julian Bradley, Neil Campbell, Adam Davenport, Michael Flower, John Godbert." - Total Inertia.

Artist: VON HAUSSWOLFF, C.M.
Title: Still Life - Requiem
Format: LP
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $28.00
"Conceptualized (2010-2013), composed and produced (2014-2017) by Carl Michael von Hausswolff in Palma (Majorca) and Stockholm. Still Life - Requiem is a musical piece consists only of sounds emitted and extracted from physical matter using emission spectroscopy as the sole basic technology. Acknowledgements to Linköping University (IFM), Sweden. Still Life - Requiem consists of one piece with the same title and is divided up into two to fit the LP format. The piece is, as the title suggests, a requiem and its contents are solely composed by sounds captured from a specific physical solid state material. The composer has used a technique called "emission spectroscopy" whereby the frequencies generated from the material was analyzed and transferred into, for humans, a listenable pitch (between 15 and 14000Hz). This captured organic sound material has been stretched, looped, equalized, and composed to produce the recording. A requiem is a piece of music dedicated to certain sole or several restless souls that wander our worlds looking for a place to call home. A requiem radiates calm, peace and perhaps comfort for tormented spiritual beings -- its a piece dedicated to promote and insert tranquility and transcendence. This requiem also provides the listener with a certain feeling of connection -- perhaps a connection with the unknown and with the energy field clusters and mental abilities of post-mortem life forms that would be the incorporeal essence of a living being. Carl Michael von Hausswolff (born 1956 in Linköping , Sweden) has a long history within the communities of contemporary music and visual art. His first records were released in early 80s while the most recent saw the light just a few years ago. In recent years, he has been collaborating with Leslie Winer -- (1) (MONO 005LP, 2015) -- and Hans-Joachim Roedelius -- Nordlicht (2017). He has also instigated and curated the collective sound-installation "freq_out" during 2003-2017, which includes artists such as Jana Winderen, JG Thirlwell, Finnbogi Petursson, Christine Ödlund, and others. Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. Mastered by Jason at Transition." - Touch.

Artist: WORKSHOP DE LYON
Title: La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad
Format: LP
Label: Souffle Continu
Country: France
Price: $25.00
"Souffle Continu Records present the first ever reissue of Workshop De Lyons La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad, originally released in 1975. In France, in the years 1960-1970, musicians pondered over how to transpose the political struggle of free jazz onto a completely different political terrain. One of the first to do so was pianist François Tusques (agitator, theorist and militant) who recorded 1965s Free Jazz (CACK 020LP), and then continued with Le Nouveau Jazz (1967), French equivalents to the American "New Thing". The word spread, and was picked up by the Free Jazz Workshop which became the Workshop De Lyon in 1975 with the arrival of clarinetist-saxophonist Louis Sclavis. Still a source of joy, this lyrically feverish second album maintains a narrative dimension however subtle the textures developed through the contrasting collective improvisations. With their ever-inventive melodicism, the Workshop De Lyon invented an imaginary folklore on this album which is unlike any other. It is a knowing mix of the avant-garde and the traditional, collective playing vying, with panache and complexity, with the inspired urgency of the soloists. Even without filmed images the theatricality and humor of the groups live performances, essential components of their identity can be felt during the long thematic suites which are both expressive and full of joy. What better way to honor their imaginary mentors, Albert Ayler or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! More, More! Licensed from Bisou. Reverse printing; 12-page booklet; Obi strip; Edition of 700." - Souffle Continu.

Artist: WORKSHOP DE LYON
Title: Tiens! Les Bourgeons Eclatent...
Format: LP
Label: Souffle Continu
Country: France
Price: $25.00
"Souffle Continu Records present the first ever reissue of Workshop De Lyons Tiens! Les Bourgeons Eclatent..., originally released in 1978. The collective methodology of the Workshop De Lyon led to the creation of the Association Searching for an Imaginary Folklore (ARFI) in 1977, their aims were very much a mission statement "encourage improvisation, spread diverse musical styles and provide means of expression to others with similar ideas, establish a folklore..." Their reference was the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (A.A.C.M.) created twelve years previously with the similar idea of providing material assistance to and defending the interests of creative musicians, in order to encourage the emergence of new music. The open-structured ARFI self-produced their music thanks to their own label, on which almost all of the albums of the Workshop De Lyon appeared, from Concert Lave (1980) onwards. Their third album, Tiens! Les Bougeons Éclatent... is a perfect example of how the group sounded when it was released in 1978, about a year after the studio recording. Pianist Patrick Vollat had left but was still very much a part of ARFI (in particular as part of the excellent La Marmite Infernale), so the Workshop De Lyon stabilized to a quartet of Louis Sclavis, Maurice Merle, Jean Bolcato, and Christian Rollet, and already had at the time an unparalleled repertoire. This never ceased to expand, through the meetings and personnel changes, while losing nothing of its generosity, nor showing any signs of aging. This proffers on the Workshop De Lyon a certain universal dignity which honors their original models, Albert Ayler or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago to name but two, transfiguring them into a new, exciting aesthetic approach bursting with openings and exchanges. Irresistible. Licensed from Bisou. Reverse printing; 12-page booklet; Obi strip; Edition of 500." - Souffle Continu.

Artist: ZAÏMPH
Title: Telephoto Eye
Format: Cass
Label: Yew
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
Self-released. Recorded April, 2017. With download card.

Artist: ZORN, JOHN /EUGENE CHADBOURNE
Title: 1977-1981
Format: LP + Book
Label: Song Cycle
Country: USA
Price: $42.00
"Song Cycle Records present a reissue of 1977-1981, a collection of rare free-jazz pieces performed by John Zorn and selected by the American guitarist and music critic Eugene Chadbourne originally released in 1998. Originally released to accompany the book release of Sonora: John Zorn (Materiali Sonori), the album is presented here for the first time in an exclusive release in limited edition on vinyl. This special issue includes the original book that features exclusive interviews, essays, and photos about the artists entire oeuvre up to 1988." - Song Cycle.

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