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Artist: Z GUN
Title: Issue 2
Format: Mag
Label: Z Gun
Country: USA
Price: $5.00
"Making good on the threat of the debut issue comes the long-awaited return of Z Gun magazine. Issue No. 2 features the inscrutable Sightings from NY-fucking-C, who reveal something close to "all" in their interview with Scott Soriano; an equally fret-worthy encounter with OZs sonic confounders the Fabulous Diamonds; the return of Monty Buckles who strides manfully down the back-alley-Memory Lane of the legendary Mike Doskocil of 80s heavyweights Drunks With Guns; an interview with the UKs long-running Ceramic Hobs (the best experimental band youve mayhap never heard of?); a fulsome chatski with the heavy-duty minimal-synth champeens over at Enfant Terrible; one Rich Kroneiss of Terminal Boredom fame taking on the Harvey Dent-level legacy of the Amphetamine Reptile label; a huge passel of agonized-over record reviews that will serve to either empty out your wallet or keep it nice n fat, and an engaging assortment of garrulous graphics and shorter articles that will hopefully please the eye and quicken the pulse. 56 pages." -Z Gun
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Artist: Z GUN
Title: No. 3
Format: Mag
Label: Z Gun
Country: USA
Price: $4.50
"We are proud to present the third issue of Z Gun magazine. Once again, the Z Gun staff has assembled stuff on some of the most exciting sounds of the past and present, with a focus on good writing and in-depth interviews and articles. Issue number three contains an oral history of the great Australian band Feedtime, done by Monty Buckles; Dan Melchior chats with Scott Soriano about favorite records of yore; Mattin -- the mind behind Billy Bao and various music pranks & assaults -- is probed by Acapulco Rodriguez; Ryan Wells does a comprehensive run-through of the music that came from the riot grrl movement; DIY meisters Home Blitz gets some Q&A, as does the excellent young record label Die Stasi. Plus theres a survey of great ethnic vinyl, record collecting comics and 20+ pages of reviews. Wrap it up in cover art by Don Marquez AKA Donnie Jupiter of the Twinkeyz. All in black & white on newsprint and edited by Scott Soriano & Ryan Wells. 55 pages." -Z Gun

Artist: SYOGO-NARI
Title: Black Blues
Format: CD
Label: Zakuro
Country: Japan
Price: $16.00
"the 2nd CD produced by Kawabata Makoto from Acid Mothers Temple including translation card (translated by Alan Cummings) 300 press limited!" - Zakuro. From 2001.
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Artist: SYOGO-NARI
Title: Born From The Water
Format: CD
Label: Zakuro
Country: Japan
Price: $14.00
�??Syogonari is the Japanese psychedelic and/or acid folk band formed by Ishida Yasuyuki, who sings, plays an acoustic guitar and writes all the songs of the band, and Miki Kaori, who plays a piano, in a summer of 1996.  They started gigging after two musicians, Kito Akira (sax, flute) and Maru-ichi (drums) joined the band. The music is always mystical, nostalgic and mysterious, and their lyrics are often phantasmal and philosophical.  Their acoustic sound seems to draw on traditional Japanese folk music influence to some extent, so that some people might feel the similar mould as Jacks, Yoshio Hayakawa and Kan Mikami. On some occasions their numbers sound like those of Tim Buckley, Tom Rapp (Pearls before Swine), Randy Burns, etc. Syogonari released their 1st CD containing dark, gloomy, noisy guitars of Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple, Musica Transonic) last December.�?�
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Artist: V/A
Title: Mutant Disco Volume 1
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
“The Mutant Disco compilation, originally released in 2003 as a 2CD release, has now been separated at birth into two separate volumes (002A, 002B) of power-packed, explosive post-wave, post-punk, post-disco disco music. From 1978 to 1983 in New York City, a rare breed of label exploded in vibrant neon-color to forever change the perception of and push the limits to the definition of disco. The dancehall that was home to Zes Mutant Disco revolution was ready to burst over the top with a perverse blend of over-the-top musical spectacular to complement the grainier, more underground pop. Mutant Disco acknowledged that disco was as absurdly adventurous and radical as anything emerging from rock orthodoxy. Disco alchemists like Arthur Russell and Larry Levan, labels like West End and Prelude subtly "discolated" the norm in as spectacular a way as The Pop Group and A Certain Ratio, Rough Trade and Factory. Zes original Mutant Disco compilation came after the labels first few years of quiet artistic defiance, steadily releasing records from the U.S. and French underground resistance. The artists housed on this compilation became absolute Ze staples: Was (Not Was), Material & Nona Hendryx, Cristina, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Aural Exciters, James White & the Blacks, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Garçons, Don Armandos 2nd Av. Rhumba B. and Gichi Dan.” - Ze.

Artist: V/A
Title: Mutant Disco Volume 3: Garage Sale
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
“In 1981, when ZE Records first published the vinyl LP Mutant Disco there were only 6tracks on it. In 2003, when I decided to relaunch the label that Michael Zilkha and myself founded in New York in 1978, I transformed this mini album into a double CD with 25 tracks. It was as if Mutant Disco had become a style of its own in which musicians from different cultures and nationalities could find common ground. Between 1978 and 1983 in New York City, music from a wide range of styles developed based on a common denominator -- you could dance to it. The title of "garage” comes from "Paradise Garage, " the now mythical club at 84 King Street, which was one of the focal points for New York gay and disco culture for 10 years (1977-1987). The turntables were under the magic touch of Larry Levan, one of the pioneers of NY Dance Music that some began calling garage, while his childhood friend Frankie Knuckles did pretty much the same in Chicago where certain people began to call his style House music. Larry Levan also promoted open and eclectic musical sources and many DJs today have drawn inspiration from this. The Sound System at Paradise Garage developed by Larry and Richard Long was reputed to be the best in NY. Many producers would test their mixes on the dance floor at the Garage. Many of the remixes at ZE, especially those by August Darnell were first played at the Garage before being produced. Larry remixed for August and Kid Creole & The Coconuts: "Something Wrong in Paradise," which certainly has its place in this third volume of Mutant Disco. In addition to this remix, Garage Sale includes several jewels from the ZE Records back catalogue: the long play version of the sublime "Dream Baby Dream" by Suicide; a remix of Alan Vegas "Outlaw" by August Darnell; "Techno-Freaks" by Junie Morrison, founding member of Funkadelic who brought out an excellent album, "Evacuate Your Seats," on ZE in 1983; a mix by Don Was of "Whats a Girl to Do" by Cristina. Don was also involved in the production of "Dance or Die" by Sweet Pea Atkinson from his solo album Dont Walk Away (ZE Records 1982). Also present are "Man Vs The Empire Brain Building" from the second album by Was (Not Was) for ZE in 1982, "Born to Laugh at Tornadoes" and "Read My Lips," another production by the Was (not) brothers under the pseudonym of "A Thousand Points Of Night." There is also the underground classic "Hes The Groove" by Snuky Tate, released on ZE in 1979 as a single and 12" single, plus the classic "No Time to Stop Believing in Love", by Daisy Chain, in the international version. There are two excellent tracks from Ron Rogers, a very active member of the ZE dream team in the early 80s. Ron also took part in the sessions with Aural Exciters, Bob Blanks After Hours Party Band, with "Maladie dAmour." As Kevin Pearce wrote in the liner notes to Mutant Disco Volume 1 & 2: "Yes, the urge to let our imagination run riot, and the need to dance to twisted sounds remains. The Mutant Disco, the haunted dancehall will never close down.” - Ze.

Artist: V/A
Title: N.Y. No Wave
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
2004 release. Featuring James White & the Blacks, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, Mars, Rosa Yemen, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, The Contortions, Arto/Neo, James Chance & Pill Factory. Deluxe fold out digipak with 16 page booklet of liner notes/photos. "In the late seventies the No Wave bands created their own apocalyptic soundtrack of New York, self critical, riddled with arrogant doubts, these «brats» were their own worst enemies as well as their own best friends. Self-destructing and parodic chaos was the name of the game, playing the wrong note at the right time. No Wave music explored the original amateurism and anarchy of punk rock but took it further into a cubist brain game, rejecting the formulaic rhythms of rock and roll and the verse/chorus organization. Loose experiment, freaky amalgam of free-jazzer, Sun Ra, Ayler, Captain Beefheart, Velvet Underground, old root of black music. A perfect Psycho World Music. This compilation is a wild echo chamber of artiness and primitivism pushed to the extremes,deliberately unpretty and atonal with garage bands equipments. Alhough they barely receive credit, Suicide (singer Alan Vega and keyboardist Martin Rev) is the source point for virtually every synth pop duo that glutted the pop market place (especially in England) in the early 80s. Without the trailblazing Rev and Vega, there would have been no Soft Cell, Erasure, Bronski Beat, Yaz, Depeche Mode, you name em. Lydia Lunch from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks is a satanic Betty Boop, schyzo-Lolita whining and screaming boredom, sarcasm, romance and perversity, a dark sex kitten, porcelain skin poetess. The band is raw flesh, two string guitar, snare drum crashing and James Chance on sax, scary as a snake charmer dude on mescaline. Teenage Jesus is a pure object of blasphem, sex misery, surgical anger and aural terror. Rosa Yemen was a strange minimalistic combo creating soundtracks for guerilla movies that never existed using samples of Antonin Artaud screaming speeches or the hoarse agony of an African man digging soil. Mars stands as a cosmic marriage of surrealistic poetry and Becketts void, wonderfully bizarre and disturbing, slow motion, jerhythmsthms, raw jaw power. Arto - Neto is a comet tail project of Arto Lindsay and Seth Tillett. James Siegfried, aka James Chance and the Contortions, aka James White wanted to be the most sensational and controversial act in NY.The group overall concept was simply funk minus pop harmony. The songs followed most dance-music conventions steady bass lines and drumbeats, soul derived syncopation, but totally out of control. The band played on frustration, tension, on making people angry and it worked. Pill Factory was another experimental project combining, James Chance, Arto Lindsay, Bradley Field and Georges Scott around Grutzy Elvis, the film featuring Anya Philips by underground guru Diego Cortes." - Ze.

Artist: WHITE, JAMES & THE BLACKS
Title: Off White
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
2004 release. “Definite reissue of this No Wave classic, originally issued in 1979. Previous reissues of the Contortions and James White albums on Infinite Zero have been deleted for the better part of a decade. These are all officially sanctioned by the originating label, Ze Records; packaged in fold out digipaks, with deluxe 20 page booklets. The 21st century has produced a new generation of young contenders of all kinds, who have, within months, spread a new string of names across the planet such as The Rapture, Playgroup, LCD Sound system, Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radio 4 and the likes, just to name a few. Once again the heat was initiated in NYC, even though its Lower East Side epicenter “cleaned up” by Giuliani and Bloomberg, has moved a few blocks east and across the river to Brooklyn and Williamsburg. It might be wise to remind the younger ones among us that the origins of this new musical cycle is for the most part rooted in the No Wave movement of which James Siegfried aka James White, aka James Chance is undoubtedly one of its most prominent figures. New York City was hands down the artistic telluric center of the second half of the 20th century, especially from the 70s, on. Rising from the ashes of the Velvet Underground, a slew of local bands redefined the aesthetics of rocknroll which the merchants of the temple hastened to rename under various designations, such as punk, new wave, no wave, jazz-funk or even disco and disco-punk without forgetting to mention the original Electro designation pioneered by the band Suicide. One of the indispensable and emblematic figures of the mid-70s is of course James Chance.” - Ze.

Artist: NICODEMUS
Title: Spacechild Squall
Format: LP
Label: Zedikiah
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Recent repressing of one of the earliest Nicodemus LPs, first issued in 1977. Using leftover heavy board covers from the original pressing with a new vinyl, this is semi-indistinguishable from the original. Recorded live at Dungeon Hall, this is the desolation-folk side of Nicodemus, exemplified." - Zedikiah.
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Artist: NICODEMUS
Title: What For?
Format: CD
Label: Zedikiah
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"1995 reissue of what was theoretically the 6th album by Detroits Nicodemus, originally from 1980. The immortal Barry Hennslers overview of this eccentric legend inMotorbooty, has elevated this man to a whole new level of consumability. Hes "To Stoned to Get High."

Artist: NICODEMUS & MATCHEZ
Title: Toxic Crunch
Format: Cass
Label: Zedikiah
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
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Artist: FOLKAL POINT
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Zeitgeist
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
“Based in Bristol, England, this teenage quartet made one of the most sought-after folk albums of all time. Originally released in 1972, it combines folk standards with contemporary material by Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and others, all set to precise guitar arrangements and the gorgeous, wistful vocals of Cherie Musialik. With original copies changing hands for several thousand dollars, it makes a welcome return to CD here.” - Zeitgeist.

Artist: ZEITKRATZER/KEIJI HAINO
Title: Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
Format: CD
Label: Zeitkratzer
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"On his second release with Zeitkratzer, Keiji Haino concentrates solely on his voice. No electronics are used except for amplification. Nevertheless, this live recording is even more radical than the first one. Radical is the concentration on the very limited but frenetic musical material, worked out in detail, which is rarely heard in the noise context -- enabling Keiji Haino to sit on it, fly over, to merge or just to oppose. Zeitkratzers amplified instruments, played with extended techniques as developed by the group and its outstanding musicians over more than a decade and Hainos incredible richness in voice timbres and noises complement each other perfectly. Its one of the closest and most natural cooperations Zeitkratzer ever had. Wild and beautiful. Shouting, scratching, screaming, piping, chattering, crying, rumbling, oscillating, roaring, clashing, juttering, tinkling, singing, ... and at the end, its hilarious, powerful music, pure noise and pure melody. As the Chicago Reader noted: "The supernova finally occurs!" and The Wire agreed: "A real highlight, with Zeitkratzer enfolding Keiji Haino in its grasp like some tentacular kraken of the deep. Haino effectively becomes another member of the group." Rock-a-Rolla cheered: "Forceful and utterly compelling!" Nothing left to say than: listen! Zeitkratzer is directed by Reinhold Friedl: Frank Gratkowski (clarinets); Hild Sofie Tafjord (French horn); Hilary Jeffery (trombone); Reinhold Friedl (piano); Marc Weiser (acoustic noises); Maurice de Martin (percussion); Burkhard Schlothauer (violin); Anton Lukoszevieze (violoncello); + Keiji Haino (voice); Recorded live at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Ruhrtriennale. Recorded & mixed by Martin Wurmnest . Mastered by Rashad Becker." - Zeitkratzer.

Artist: KUBIN, FELIX
Title: Zemsta Plutona
Format: Double LP
Label: ZickZack
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"Felix Kubin, the nuclear powered horseman of apocalyptic dance music, is back. The manic producer and agitator brings forth a new solo album. Zemsta Plutona strikes through our living room like lightning, leaving scorch marks and enlightened souls. His inciting machinations have multiplied over the past years and there seems to be no end in sight. A master of absurd self-staging, his work blurs the boundaries between sci-fi pop, conceptual chamber music, radio play, theatre and film. He prefers futuristic costumes and experimental haircuts, cultivating a fashion style somewhere between Kim Jong-il and Captain Kirk. But most of all Kubin is a brilliant composer and an errant arranger. The opening track, "Lightning Strikes" sets the path: The rhythm from a distorted human beatbox, enervating synth lines and an operatic chorus result in a Kubin hit par excellence. "Atomium Vertigo" opens the door to a magnetic groove to which Nicolas Ekla (Lem, Les Brochettes) murmurs foggy French negations. "Nachts im Park" (At Night in the Park), on the other hand, sounds like a soundtrack to a modernEdgar Wallace thriller: retro-futuristic computer music, the opposite of easy listening, but flirting with it. Whichever piece attracts you on this timeless album -- the snappy "Flies Without Memory" or the ghostly "Restez en Ligne" -- Kubin forever sounds like himself and always sounds new. An example of something new here is the inclusion of amplified acoustic instruments like drums, trumpet, trombone or laundry rack. In "Piscine Résonnez!" synth-sequences and fanfare sounds wander around while angry French girls yell something about manta rays in the swimming pool. Kubin dedicates himself to the great theme of feeling controlled remotely in "Der Kaiser ist Gestorben" (The Kaiser is Dead). Here, our life is steered by an invisible hand; a commemoration on existentialism and the topos of urban alienation. Mixed by Tobias Levin, this double LP version of Zemsta Plutona contains two vinyl-only bonus tracks and is Kubins first release for German label ZickZack." - ZickZack.

Artist: ITA-ROH
Title: Previous Sound Sheet of First Album Sale
Format: 7"
Label: ZIKS-Product
Country: Japan
Price: $6.00
1989 release. Textured cover. Promo-only release freely distributed at a concert in Shinjuku, Tokyo, September 16th, 1989. Some of the members of the band were also involved in Yura Yura Teikoku.

Artist: ZODIACS, THE
Title: Gone
Format: CDR
Label: Zodiacs, The
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"..inspired scuzz from Zodiac Speedcreep aka Clay Ruby (Davenport Family), Ezekiel Blackouts III aka Keith Wood (Hush Arbors, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Six Organs of Admittance, Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice), and Grim Jim Gypsy aka James Toth (Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice). Total in-the-red psych blowouts, recorded entirely live, and with secret special guests listed only as �??The Others of Invention.�?� The second of two simultaneously released discs (�??Come�?� is the first)."

Artist: BAKLAVAA
Title: Spiral Cramp
Format: LP
Label: Zoid
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"One of the best things happening in Baltimore punk right now... Baklavaa makes vicious and slightly strange, kinda mathy hardcore leaning back to the Baltimore/Washington D.C. regions post-hardcore golden era." - Baltimore City Paper. "Baltimores favorite weird post-punk band just put out a new LP. Its really cool, and if you liked their other stuff which I posted earlier you will love this new album... It kind of sounds like tripping. Sortof like a mescaline trip, because its too intense for acid and too abrasive for mushrooms." - Chug Life. Edition of 100 copies in silkscreened jackets.

Artist: SAINTE ANTHONYS FYRE
Title: Sainte Anthonys Fyre
Format: LP
Label: Zonk!
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"This legendary private press is rated as one of the ultimate local basement hard rock blowouts by many connoisseurs. Released as early as 1970, the end result has some similarities to MC5s hallowed Kick out the Jams." --Acid Archives.

Artist: DIRTY BEACHES
Title: Badlands
Format: LP
Label: Zoo Music
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Dirty Beaches is the sound of waves against a picturesque and putrid shore, the silent rumble of a Chevy as it speeds by in slow motion. Sparse but condensed, relentlessly edging forward: this is music for locomotive travel, for racing your weary motorcycle through neon archways and into dusky tunnels. The man behind Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai; solo performer, sound-smith, and trans-Pacific nomad. Born in Taiwan, Hungtai has made Toronto, Honolulu, Montreal, and Vancouver his homes. Like Bo Diddley or minimalist synth provocateurs Suicide, Dirty Beaches compositions are not so much stripped down as refined to their essence. Drum loops entrance, Hungtais croon enchants, and the yearning melodies draped overtop belie as much a sense of haunting mystery as they do romanticism and wry humor." - Joshua Frank / Music Is Amazing.

Artist: FLIGHT
Title: Lead Riders
Format: 12
Label: Zoo Music
Country: US
Price: $15.00
"Zoo Music presents the limited edition The Lead Riders EP 12-inch vinyl from Mississippi-based blown out punks FLIGHT. The Lead Riders features six full-throttled exclusive unreleased tracks coated in noise and layered distortion. "An explosive blast of jagged guitars and distorted Woos that nicely balances hooks and production"-Pitchfork. Pressed in a limited edition of 500 vinyl records." - Zoo Music.
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Artist: READING RAINBOW
Title: Restless
Format: 7"
Label: Zoo Music
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"READING RAINBOW, aka the Philadelphia duo of ROB GARCIA and SARAH EVERTON, have a new 7-inch out now on one Zoo Music, the San Diego label run by DUM DUM GIRLS DEE DEE and BRANDON from the CROCODILES. The A-Sides the revved-up Restless, which finds Reading Rainbow sounding more like an echoing noise-pop choir than a twosome. They do a cover of the Velvet Undergrounds Stephanie Says on side B. For now, get hooked on this."-Stereogum. Limited to 500 copies." - Zoo Music.

Artist: WOVEN BONES
Title: Minus Touch
Format: 12"
Label: Zoo Music
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"WOVEN BONES ANDREW BURR says, "All of us in the band have spent way too much time with The Velvet Underground, ... (more) Link Wray, and other loud/primitive forms of rock and roll...The simple drum beats behind our songs are definitely inspired by the drumming of Mo Tucker and the primitive beats behind bands like The Shangr-Las and even Neu. I personally have been eternally infected by the music of the above mentioned bands and others like The Troggs, Simply Saucer, Spacemen 3, Les Rallizes Denudes, The Adverts, The Ramones, The Damned, The Gun Club, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Vaselines. I know subconsciously those things are always heavy influences on my song writing." Pressed on white vinyl." - Zoo Music.

Artist: WHIPSMEN
Title: Sounds of Discipline
Format: LP
Label: Zorro
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
Reissue of the 1965 LP. Edition of 100. Paste-on sleeves.

Original description:

"WHIPSMEN, What did it take?

Well we took a leather strap, two riding crops, a cat whip, two lengths of heavy rubber hose, a buggy whip, and a torture rack. We put them in a dungeon alive with swingers. From there came the sounds of pain and pleasure. So here it is: You will have fun with it."

Artist: CAMPBELL, NEIL & HORTON, ROBERT
Title: Trojanhopper
Format: LP
Label: Zum Audio
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Two individuals with long histories in improvised and experimental music come together through, and despite, modern technology-NEIL CAMPBELL (ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB, VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA) and ROBERT HORTON (THE APPLIANCES, PLATEAU ENSEMBLE, EGGHATCHER).  Although Campbell and Horton have never met in person, they met virtually on the Jeweled Antler mailing list. Both musicians are ridiculously prolific and prone to collaboration. They got to talking disco, probably as an antidote to all the folk and how to record bug chatter. Campbell says, "Robert TOLD me in an email one day well make a disco record together... who was I to argue?" As far as the end result being disco, Horton notes "we failed at that." "It was a good idea," writes Campbell, "but youre also correct to draw attention to the missing of original target, which I really like - nothing better than the happy accident." Horton continues, "collaborations are about being surprised and this one did that often. Just when I thought I knew where it was going it went somewhere else. We still have it in our future plans to make a dance record. 70s retro disco with a serious virus inside that causes it to bleed drones." The resulting album that had to be pieced back together is something that mixes organic, almost crystalline drones with off kilter beat patterns and lopsided techno. Trojandropper is beatific, odd, and an anomaly to even its creators, like all projects that take on a life of their own." - Zum Audio

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