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Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Alvarius B
Format: CD
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"CD reissue of the first Alvarius B record. Thirty-two instrumental acoustic guitar excursions into a realm of weird lo-fi rustic beauty that sketch retro-portraits of several folk guitar styles, some which may never have existed before. From abrasive to delicate, these lucid antique paintings with acoustic guitar employ Appalachian polyrhythms, dark melodies, flamenco thrash, alien tunings, pseudo eastern drones, cinematic backroad twang, and other hybrid ideas not easily described. This record is a folk drifter classic and is now available again for the first time in a decade. Originally released as 1000 copies (vinyl only) in 1994 on Abduction. Recorded from 1981-1989 by Alvarius B (aka Alan Bishop/Sun City Girls) onto various portable cassette decks and includes the original 28 tracks from the LP plus four unreleased bonus tracks." - Abduction.

Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Baroque Primitiva
Format: CD/Book
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"A much-needed CD issue of an LP, released this last February in microquantities. The dastardly minds behind this project, a first spurt from the reactivated Poon Village label, have collaborated on the new package as well. And it is a deluxe eye-swim through various forms of feminine beauty, its 32-page booklet displaying images that look as though they were found in a smoky catacomb carved into the hills of Charlestown. By my count, Baroque Primitiva is the sixth album by Alvarius B. and is, like its predecessors, a deep dive through mysterious waters. The 11 tracks here were recorded at various sessions over the course of several years and range from Humor Police (a track imagining what Syd Barrett might have sounded like had he been a devotee of Rembetika) to a trippily Beatles-damaged version of You Only Live Twice (the sole surviving shard of the aborted Alvarius B. Plays The Bond Songbook project). Baroque Primitiva is the first long-format telegram from Alvarius B. since he lost his mothership (the Sun City Girls, with whom he employed his slave name, Alan Bishop) and it also feels like his most consistently non-acerbic -- perhaps even most beauty-oriented -- work. The songs often have a meditative pace, filled with gorgeous lo-fi blends of vocals, guitar, bass and keys. Eyvind Kang guests on several tracks, but the bulk of the material was broadcast direct from the naked soul of Alvarius B., which turns out to be a warmer, sweeter place than you might imagine. And while this CD will be available for a tad longer than the 30 seconds the LP lasted, a set as thoroughly gorgeous as this will not linger. Take a deep breath of its magic and go for it. Why deny yourself such bountiful pleasures?" -Byron Coley

Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset
Format: LP
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Its been seven years since we heard the last Alvarius B record ( Alan Bishop /Sun City Girls ), and Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset is the third released thus far. This is a collection of songs seemingly based on actual, but unnamed shady characters of the global underworld past and present, according to the brief statement on the insert. Regardless of intent, this is cryptic folk music of the highest order, with several tracks employing folk/rock/psych orchestrations featuring the talents of Eyvind Kang ,Tim Young ,Richard Bishop ,Andrew McGinnis and Randall Dunn . Twisted Americana folklore breeds with baroque Italian cinematic pop, dark ballads, and vagrant story lines. Eleven unique and varied tracks and the most "produced" Alvarius B record to date. This is a limited edition one-time pressing of 1000 vinyl LPs with lyric sheet insert."
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Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Blood Operatives Of The Barium Sunset
Format: CD
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Originally released in 2005 as a limited edition vinyl LP -- the first Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop/Sun City Girls) full-length release in 7 years. Blood Operatives Of The Barium Sunset is a collection of songs seemingly based on actual, but unnamed, shady characters of the global underworld past and present, according to the brief statement on the insert. Regardless of intent, this is cryptic folk music of the highest order, with several tracks employing folk/rock/psych orchestrations featuring the talents of Eyvind Kang, Tim Young, Richard Bishop, Andrew McGinnis and Randall Dunn. Hailed as a masterpiece by a fair number of the few whove actually heard it, Blood Operatives... sounds as fresh, challenging, and separated from everything else today, as it did six years ago upon initial release. Twisted Americana folklore breeding with baroque Italian cinematic pop, dark ballads, and vagrant story lines, these 11 unique tracks compile the most "produced" Alvarius B. record to date. CD tri-fold digipak comes with a booklet of song lyrics." - Abduction.

Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Fuck You and the Horse You Rode In On
Format: LP
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"The album title pretty much says it all. A brain-splattered document of pre-Sun City Girls weirdness by Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop) from 1981-1983, consisting of raw, live and unfiltered home recordings on acoustic and electric guitar with effects, vocals, flute, harmonica, and other miscellaneous odd instruments. Extremely limited one-time pressing of 400 LP copies." -Abduction.

Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: s/t
Format: Double CD
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Originally released in 1998 as a limited edition vinyl 2LP -- the second Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop/Sun City Girls) full-length release. Perhaps the most deranged collection of original folk songs ever cut to wax. Dark, twisted & apocalyptic with razor twang acoustic guitar & vocal delivery, this epic lo-fi cassette deconstruction/demolition of everything "folk-singer-songwriter" slipped under the radar to a few lucky souls who grabbed the original pressing of this when it showed up 14 years ago. Here is your chance to get it again as a 2CD reissue. The tri-fold digipak includes six bonus tracks, a booklet with lyrics to all 45 songs, and liner notes by Trey Spruance." - Abduction. "I think its fair to say that in AB we have the most inspiring and wholesome, cussing, violent and truthful musical interpenetrator of the psychic Realities that has probably ever graced this fair and fucked land." - Trey Spruance.

Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: s/t
Format: Double LP
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
"Originally released in 1998 as a limited edition vinyl 2LP -- the second Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop/Sun City Girls) full-length release. Perhaps the most deranged collection of original folk songs ever cut to wax. Dark, twisted & apocalyptic with razor twang acoustic guitar & vocal delivery, this epic lo-fi cassette deconstruction/demolition of everything "folk-singer-songwriter" slipped under the radar to a few lucky souls who grabbed the original pressing of this when it showed up 14 years ago. Here is your chance to get it again housed in the exact 2LP gatefold jacket as the original with lyrics to all 39 tracks printed inside, strictly limited to 400 copies." - Abduction. "I think its fair to say that in AB we have the most inspiring and wholesome, cussing, violent and truthful musical interpenetrator of the psychic Realities that has probably ever graced this fair and fucked land." - Trey Spruance.
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Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: What One Man Can Do with an Acoustic Guitar, Surely Another Can Do with His Hands Around the Neck of God
Format: LP
Label: Abduction
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"The album title pretty much says it all. Yes we know thats the same thing we said about last years Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop) archival release Fuck You and the Horse You Rode In On LP, but while What One Man Can Do... has a similar approach in attitude, it comes a decade later as solo acoustic guitar instrumentals recorded during the 1990s. Perhaps, if its contextualization you are seeking, you could consider this a continuation of the first Alvarius B. album (ABDT 004CD -- acoustic guitar instrumentals recorded during the 1980s). Or, you could simply imagine that these are songs about strangling people like you with a low E steel guitar string. This (recorded straight to cassette) acoustic guitar sound has more of a resemblance to a performance on power tools than it does to strumming or picking a Martin flat top. So if youve been leisurely waking up on Sunday mornings to sit down, have a cup of tea in your non-smoking kitchen breakfast-nook, staring out into the garden while listening to your old Fahey records, step aside and let someone else own this piece of wax -- someone who may take the body of an old fucked-up guitar and start pounding people like you into the pavement with it. Extremely limited one-time pressing of 400 LP copies." - Abduction.
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Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Burmese Military Mandolin
Format: 7"
Label: Chocolate Monk
Country: UK
Price: $6.00
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Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset
Format: Cass
Label: Plus Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
""Its been seven years since we heard the last Alvarius B record ( Alan Bishop /Sun City Girls ), and Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset is the third released thus far. This is a collection of songs seemingly based on actual, but unnamed shady characters of the global underworld past and present, according to the brief statement on the insert. Regardless of intent, this is cryptic folk music of the highest order, with several tracks employing folk/rock/psych orchestrations featuring the talents of Eyvind Kang ,Tim Young ,Richard Bishop ,Andrew McGinnis and Randall Dunn . Twisted Americana folklore breeds with baroque Italian cinematic pop, dark ballads, and vagrant story lines. Eleven unique and varied tracks and the most "produced" Alvarius B record to date." - Abduction. Cassette reissue of 2005 LP.
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Artist: ALVARIUS B
Title: Baroque Primitiva
Format: LP
Label: Poon Village
Country: USA
Price: $32.00
"By my count, Baroque Primitiva is the sixth album cut by Alvarius B. and is, like its predecessors, a deep swim through mysterious waters. The 11 tracks here were recorded at various sessions over the course of several years and range from "Humor Police" (a track that imagines what Syd Barrett might have sounded like had he been a devotee of rembetika) to a trippily Beatles-damaged version of "You Only Live Twice" (the sole surviving shard of the aborted Alvarius B. Plays The Bond Songbook project). Baroque Primitiva is the first long-format telegram from Alvarius B. since he lost his mothership (the Sun City Girls, with whom he employed his slave name, Alan Bishop) and it also feels like his most consistently non-acerbic -- perhaps even most beauty-oriented -- work. The songs often have a meditative pace and are filled with gorgeous lo-fi blends of vocals, guitar, bass and keys. Eyvind Kang guests on several tracks, but the bulk of the material was broadcast direct from the naked soul of Alvarius B., which turns out to be a warmer, sweeter place than you might imagine. The record also marks the return of the equally-legendary Poon Village label, whose 1993 Sun City Girls LP, Live At C.O.N. Artists, is a rare and lovely piece of that bands sonic puzzle. Poon Villages productions are always extraordinary in visual terms, and Baroque Primitiva is no exception. The covers meditative human mandala is a brilliant ocular ode to shifting visions of feminine pulchritude, and is worthy of the best framing job you can afford." -Byron Coley "Screenprinted jackets feature a double gate, hand-cut spines, and metallic photo print featuring 16 naked girls. Heavy 180 gram black vinyl pressed in the Rust Belt. Limited edition - 300 copies available for sale for the whole world." -Poon Village
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