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Artist: ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB/TOMUTONTTU
Title: Wet Wheel/Hot Wheel
Format: LP
Label: Tipped Bowler
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Two of Europes finest collide on a 12" 45 RPM platter loosely inspired by the club single. On Wet Wheel/Hot Wheel, Neil Campbell of Astral Social Club succumbs to the heartbeat throb of house but tops the bass with a frenetic squall of darting alien melodies. On cursory listen, the elements congeal into honest-to-god body music, but the track is riddled with stutters and gaps that the flooded synapses fill with aural afterimages. On the reverse, Jan Anderzen of Tomutonttu buries the dance influence, retaining only the genres neon shimmer and linear logic. Syvat Svyät overflows with cuckoo loops that briefly cohere into musical shapes before casting off, replaced by an ecstatic march of manic squiggles. One must focus to follow the train of musical thought, but Anderzens humor and intuition reward the effort. Issued in an edition of 300 hand-stamped, 150-gram lavender LPs in matte sleeves screened with consummate skills by Alan Sherry of Siwa." -Tipped Bowler

Artist: GLORY FCKN SUN
Title: Spectra
Format: LP
Label: Tipped Bowler
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The sky done clouded over after Glory Fckn Suns debut album, yielding this brooding and corrosive follow-up. The New Zealand sorta-super group of Antony Milton , Ben Spiers, and Simon ORorke concoct a slow-burning behemoth of metallic shivers and distortion churn, dark enough to invoke the dread name Haino. Spectra is an unsettling mind-meld: Spiers desolate soundscapes bleed into Miltons heavy drones, which are complemented perfectly by ORorkes restless percussion. Group improvisation is the natural language of these three; even listing their solo and collaborative albums over the past decade would take way more effort than I can muster. Suffice to say this is a stellar and unique record to add to their massive discographies. In an edition of 300 red 160 gm. vinyl records, housed in silk-screened, heavy-gauge recycled stock jackets." - Tipped Bowler
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Artist: JIANHONG, LI
Title: Lovers With Cloissone Bracelet
Format: LP
Label: Tipped Bowler
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Hangzhous Li Jianhong has been performing alone and in the duo D!O!D!O!D! for several years, but he only caught Western ears last year with the monumental San Sheng Shi, released by Philadelphias Archive CD.  Oceanic and desolate, Lovers with Cloisonné Bracelet cements Li as a distinctive voice in modern noise. The two halves of this record are an ideal introduction to Lis music: ⿿Lovers in Misery⿝ offers a restrained, electric swell; ⿿Time in the Mirror⿝ wallows in Hototogisu-an guitar hell.  Without sacrificing pacing for density, Li has crafted an album that decimates the retrograde psychedelic guitar landscape and trivializes the petty violence of much harsh noise.    Edition of 350 180 gm. LPs in heavy-stock linen-paper sleeves hand-screened, -cut, and ⿿glued by Reuben Little of 43rd Parallel Press." -Tipped Bowler

Artist: MRTYU
Title: Ornate Shroud
Format: LP
Label: Tipped Bowler
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Hopefully Mrtyu requires little introduction, because the project evades easy description.  An odd compound of Vedic imagery, metal misanthropy, and violin agony, this music moves away from any particular fan base in pursuit of its distant, darkened idols.   Ornate Shroud is Mrtyus most potent spawn to date.  Hewing closer to song form than previous releases, the album conceals Antony Miltons violent guitar and violin work behind Mrtyus characteristic murk. Its pieces transition from jagged riffs to eerie ambient scrapes through wooly feedback, approaching the uncanny.   Although the year is yet young, 2009 will likely not produce a bleaker aggraga record.   Edition of 350 180 gm. LPs in heavy-stock linen-paper sleeves hand-screened, -cut, and ⿿glued by Reuben Little of 43rd Parallel Press.  Available from Tipped Bowler in the US and Faunasabbatha in France." -Tipped Bowler

Artist: NOVA SCOTIA/EYE
Title: Split
Format: LP
Label: Tipped Bowler
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Tipped Bowler returns to the fertile soil of New Zealand to cull two choice improvisations. On the A-side, Wellingtons Nova Scotia delivers A Million Corpses of Dead Bees, an eighteen minute free-rock burner. Growing from violin sine-squeak and distant shortwave, the piece gains momentum with its patient drumming and resolves into a saxophone swarm shot through with synthetic scrabble. On the reverse, Dunedins Eye comes off colder and more aggressive. High Road throttles the listener with Schnitzler-ian electronics, militant percussion, and guitar strangulation before collapsing into coda of cymbal taps and glassy string-work. Rigorous yet unbound, these pieces shine a light on a musical community few of us can witness firsthand. Issued in an edition of 250 150-gram black LPs in elegant black-and-white matte sleeves screened with consummate skill by Alan Sherry of Siwa." -Tipped Bowler

Artist: PUMICE
Title: Quo
Format: LP
Label: Tipped Bowler
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"180 gm. vinyl version of Stefan Neville latest opus. Covers are two-color silkscreens by VG Kids on heavy-gauge recycled stock. Edition of 300. Heres what Soft Abuse had to say about Quo: As the title self-effacingly implies, Quo proffers a triumphant, primo slice of past Pumiceisms: uncertain progressions, anomalous structure, inimitable guitar buzz, sublime melancholy, and distorted vocals (crooned, spoken & moaned). Quo once more finds Pumice cruising the convergence of pop, folk and noise strains with bona fide inner mystique. Sputtering sub-underground skiffle aims for outer zones, diamond cuts of nervous guitar with pesky hooks that sting and tickle tread rough hewn punk turf, pop tangents charm with echoes of Kilgour or Knox, and woozy synth blurts & drones thread the patchwork patterns with Hulk-like grace. With Quo, Nevilles palette has shifted to include traces of useless hardcore, doo wop, and modern loner/lunar blues. Stefan Neville, shamblin on unhinged like a modern day Hasil Adkins, has been making music as Pumice now for most of his life. Through a steadily spewed stream of unique DIY thud & ooze, mostly created on his insular own, Neville has burrowed an incomparable place in the post-everything New Zealand landscape, all the while making music thats his." - Tipped Bowler
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