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Artist: "A" TRIO + ALAN BISHOP
Title: Burj al Imam
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
“140-gram LP in gatefold sleeve with a special drawing by Mazen Kerbaj. Mastered for vinyl by Harris Newman. Edition of 500. Entirely recorded at Tunefork Studios on the outskirts of Beirut, Burj al Imams five tracks include three largely improvised numbers, a loose reworking of Sun City Girls track "The Imam," and a cover of traditional Americana song "Gently Johnny" (a highlight of Alan Bishops live Alvarius B. shows). True to their habits, the Lebanese trio of trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, and bassist Raed Yassin create acoustic improvised drones that range from insistent, chiming resonances with emergency alarm bells to low, thrumming hums. Avoiding conventional technique, "A" Trio generates rattling, metallic vibrations and a mechanistic backdrop out of which the instruments true voices arise. With Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, The Dwarfs of East Agouza) and his guitar and enigmatic voice in the mix, alternating between gentle crooning and the sounds of a howling dervish, this recording reaches an exceptional depth with strange sounds boiling down to a dark, heavy spiritual syrup. Psychedelic, industrial free jazz. Previously released on CD by the Beirut-based Annihaya label in 2015 (END 010CD).” - Unrock.

Artist: ALVARIUS B.
Title: Chin Spirits (Durga)
Format: 10"
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Unrocks Saraswati series continues with a trip into the spiritual wonderland of Alvarius B. aka Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Invisible Hands). Deep down, heavy, Sun-City-Girls-flavored Dada deluxe. Crackling midgets, purist psychedelia. A cocoon of seven colorful, shiny monoliths of essential nonsense, each dirty pearl standing by itself. Limited edition one-time pressing." - Unrock.

Artist: BISHOP, SIR RICHARD
Title: Road to Siam
Format: 10"
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
“Road to Siam shows Richard Bishop on a musical trip from the Iberian Peninsula all along through North Africa and the Orient to the Far East. "Mekong" is an improvisation on 6-string guitar based on the particular sounds of a traditional three-stringed instrument known as a phin, which originated in Laos. "Mekong," which was recorded in Phitsanulok, Thailand in December 2013, is a typical Richard Bishop track, elegantly liquid and hypnotic and Bishops first new track in years. The B-side of the 20-minute long vinyl-only 10" features "Alhambra Drag," "Sand Shuffle" & "Coronados Broom," which are highlights taken from digital-only available albums. Limited edition pressing of 500 copies.” - Unrock.

Artist: BISHOP, SIR RICHARD
Title: The Unrock Tapes
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"After having released records on labels such as Locust, Drag City and John Faheys Revenant, Richard Bishops.... The Unrock Tapes... contains eight complete tracks, six of which are highlights taken from earlier tour CDrs that were released on micro-editions years ago. They have never been available on vinyl. Two completely new and unreleased songs make this album even more special. Bishops guitar playing skills contain a variety of influences. They could arouse the absurd impression that his work has something to do with what one would call world music. But his playing gets its fire and fascination from being irreverent in Bishops unique way. The spirit of his former outfit Sun City Girls is still floating through the album, even if it is not the musical intention, however it gives an impression of an underlying ever increasing and developing personal signature. On the one hand, Bishop uses influences respectfully (Omar Khorshid) and on the other hand his style is typically disrespectful. His guitar playing is delicate and hybrid; because of his subtle skills Bishop is able to express himself in a wide range of styles without losing authenticity. That his Ragas fray out and end up in distortion and his Flamenco sounds Arabic, is also part of his game. Bishop is a Grand-seigneur of the modern American Underground and a big part of its substance and integrity. He is a magician with his guitar; still a winking prankster. Variable and never too predictable. That is also what makes him special. Unrock in its purest form. Released in a limited pressing of 500 copies in 140g clear, virgin vinyl." -Unrock.

Artist: BISHOP, SIR RICHARD & AVA MENDOZA
Title: Ivory Tower (Hanuman)
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
“The third installment in Unrocks string-related Saraswati Series features Grandseigneur Richard Bishop performing with his rough charm and maximum elegance, along with one of the hottest kick-ass avant-guitar players around, the now-Brooklyn-based Ava Mendoza. Besides her work in Unnatural Ways, she improvises constantly on NYs avant-stages along with Elliott Sharp, Jim Black, William Winant, Paul Flaherty, Tim Dahl, and others. Rumor has it that she was even in Caroliner. Recorded in full at Ivory Tower (Unrock Headquarters), the Sir opens up stepping deep into music history (as we know it), messing carefully around with the mysterious track that the New York Times focused on in their 2014 review of one of his live performances. An electric version of "Safe House," a bone-dry 2015 update on "Abyss," an eruptive outbreak from "Multiple Hallucination" into "Black Eyed Blue," and a mild and mellow reflection ("Ivory Tower"). Miss Mendoza is wild at heart and gives you the boot with what shes best at: thunderous, eruptive, twisted improvisations and perfect songs. Shadowtrapping.” - Unrock.

Artist: BISHOP, SIR RICHARD/BILL ORCUTT
Title: Road Stories (Kali)
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"The first installment in Unrocks new string wringer Saraswati Series presents two of todays most extraordinary guitar maniacs captured on location. While Bill Orcutt, "Re-inventor of the Blues," falls from abstraction into acoustic hardcore serenade on his wooden 4-string guitar, the Kali-inspired Sir Richard Bishop improvises elegantly and calmly through a feverish 17-minute variation of "Zurvan." Limited edition of 700 numbered copies. 180 gram vinyl, ncludes a solid cardboard info sheet." - Unrock.

Artist: BROTHERS UNCONNECTED
Title: Unrock the House
Format: Double LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $39.00
"Unrock the House, by Alan and Richard Bishop aka Brothers Unconnected, is a truly remarkable document and album. Its a desirable object for eyes and ears that stands completely for itself, and it is the history and legacy of the leading and legendary performance unit Sun City Girls, who served the contemporary underground/avant-scene over a period of 25 years with inspiration and influence. It is in fact a grandiose homage to Sun City Girls and their late drummer Charles Gocher. The uncut live performance from Suedbahnhof in Krefeld, Germany 2011 is recorded in brilliant quality and contains tracks from Sun City Girls and the complete spoken-word interludes which makes it a delicate performance and captures the magic of the moment in full. "Rookoobay," "Soi Cowboy," "Horse Cock Phepner," "Dreamland," and "Shining Path" are part of the set as well as "Black Orchid" from Sun City Girls final album Funeral Mariachi. Unrock the House is housed in a gatefold sleeve and contains one black and one white vinyl album. The entire performance is more then 80 minutes long. It is a limited edition one-time vinyl pressing." - Unrock.

Artist: HAYVANLAR ALEMI
Title: Twisted Souvenirs
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"Hayvanlar Alemi, led by Ozum Itez (guitar) and Isik Sarihan (percussion), are a group of contemporary musicians from the underground scene of the Turkish capital, Ankara. Their genres are extraordinary psychedelic, surf, and instrumental rock, flavored with an exotic twist. They released some domestic CDs in Turkey before their international debut came out on Alan Bishops and Hisham Mayets Sublime Frequencies label in 2009. Guarana Superpower (SF 062CD/LP) sold out in only a few weeks. Twisted Souvenirs documents their fast-paced development into an elegant, highly complex, genuinely performed mélange of the most exotic possible influences. They position themselves close to their roots but open up at the same time to influences from the East and West and beyond. Reminiscent of Sun City Girls Torch of the Mystics phase, influences from Cambodian retro-rock and electrified Thai Mor-Lam are as deeply anchored in their sound-carpet as the glittering guitars from the Sahara. Hybrid music galore. "Karecikler Dolmadan," once the intro to their recent live sets, becomes the centerpiece to this album. "Yekermo Sew," a careful new interpretation of the Mulatu Astakte classic, and "Geneva Incident" are highlights amongst an album where each and every song is unique and recognizable. With a steady hand, Hayvanlar Alemi put pieces together from global sounds to make this album a perfect entity. Limited edition pressing of 750 copies." - Unrock.

Artist: KANG, EYVIND/TASHI DORJI
Title: Mother Of All Saints (Puppet On A String)
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"The second twin in Unrocks sub-series of actively anti-western music is an ultra-heavyweight. In the worlds of contemporary global avant-art, composition and improvisation, it reaches new heights. Eyvind Kang (from "Ghost Ghat Tresspass/Sussmeier" Sun City Girls 330,003 Crossdressers From Beyond The Rig Veda among many other collaborations) employs a rarely-heard viola technique. Some may call it plucking art. The viola is played not with a bow, but plucked with the fingers of the right hand, resulting in a completely distinct sound. Eyvind Kang is a master and has reinvented this special technique. Two solo viola tracks (one a cover of an Albert Ayler piece) with melodies of outstanding beauty and fragility develop into perfection. Two additional tracks also feature Indonesian cello player Krusnedi Sukarwanto from Surakarta, and Ghanaian percussionist Yah Amponsah, performing koncrong style. Tashi Dorji, an exceptional guitar playing soul from Bhutan, came through the lower Rhine area and stopped for a recording at Ivory Tower. A soulful afternoon and evening resulted in a relaxed, playful recording showing the skills and talents of Tashi in full. Like its sister release, Sam Shalabi/Alan Bishop & Sam Shalabis Mother Of All Sinners (UNROCK 007LP, 2016), Mother Of All Saints will be released as a one-time limited run pressing on 140 gram vinyl. Comes in an extra heavy deluxe cover with a solid printed inlay." - Unrock.

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: RANGDA
Title: Live In Krefeld
Format: 10"
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $24.00
"Limited edition of 400 copies. Rangda is an underground supergroup consisting of Chris Corsano (Björk), Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance) and Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls). Complex, exotic, instrumental rock with an exotic taste. Rangda came to Krefeld in the Lower Rhine area twice (2010 & 2012) and the golden nuggets of each performance are now available on a limited edition 10". The eight-minute epic "Silver Nile," the centerpiece from their album Formerly Extinct, is accompanied by a bone-dry version of "Night Porter." "Serrated Edges," an exploding wall of noise, comes close to heavy free-jazz at times. Richard Bishop: guitars, Ben Chasny: guitars, Chris Corsano: drums." - Unrock.

Artist: SHALABI, SAM & ALAN BISHOP
Title: Mother Of All Sinners (Puppet On A String)
Format: LP
Label: Unrock
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"Unrocks Saraswati Series is mostly string orientated, zigzagging between the lines where underground and high-art performance overlap. Out jumps the first part of their actively anti-Western sub-series: Mother Of All Sinners, a part of the "Puppet on a String" twin albums. Osama Shalabi, a born Egyptian (best known for his work with Shalabi Effect & Land Of Kush), is an expert playing the oud. Hes a traveler between the Eastern and Western worlds and long-time contributor to the Montreal scene. Sam - who spent the last few years home in Cairo - breathes his own sense of space and time through the epic "Tamara", an 18 minute long melodic, delightful improvisation. The other story, "Faith Of Our Fathers", starts in Agouza, Cairo, where Sam Shalabi and Alan Bishop spent some time jamming. Theyd run free, lose form, find intensity, and wound up creating a contemporary version of oriental psychedelic free form. A mind-blowing, wild, never mellow Cairo night, now documented here. Its getting intense: A north-African sand storm. Mother Of All Sinners will be released as a one-time limited run pressing on 140 gram vinyl. It has an extra heavy deluxe cover and a solid printed inlay." - Unrock.

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