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Artist: ABATE, MAURIZIO
Title: Live At Elasitco
Format: 12"
Label: Holidays
Country: Italy
Price: $24.00
"Another wonderful live session by the multi-instrumentalist Maurizio Abate, captured by Ulrich Rois (Bird People) in 2014 during his exhibition at the old location of the art association eLaSTiCo -- in the center of Bologna -- then mixed and edited by Maurizio himself. To be considered a twin release of the Live From The Border EP published in 2012, this single-sided release features a twenty-minute track that builds a ritual and meditative soundscape with the processed sound of a hurdy-gurdy and a harmonica. Edition of 150." - Holidays.

Artist: ABRONIA
Title: Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands
Format: LP
Label: Water Wing
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Debut LP by Portland Oregon sextet! One can find evidence of a pretty broad array of musical touchstones on Abronias Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands: Morricone Spaghetti Western soundtracks, spiritual free jazz, Tuareg guitar bands of the Sahara, drone metal, 70s Krautrock, Ethiopiques, Glenn Branca, outlaw country, various tribal music, 60s psychedelia, and maybe even a little 80s goth. Recorded onto 2" tape by Jason Powers (Grails, Moon Duo etc.) at the venerable Type Foundry Recording Studio, this album is a document of the first five completed compositions by the six piece. Replacing your standard drum set with an early 70s 30" marching drum, which proves to be a proper centerpiece for the guitars, lap steel and saxophone to create mesmerizing and sometimes cacophonous soundscapes. Everyone gathered around the drum and played together, with minimal overdubbing. Its a snapshot of a band coming right out of the gate with a powerful, realized vision, that in actuality was a long time coming for this group of veteran players." - Water Wing.

Artist: AFOUS DAFOUS
Title: Tenere
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Six piece Tuareg rock outfit from Southern Algeria. Hands down the most famous Tuareg band listened to across the diaspora, though unknown in the West. An independent album, recorded and produced in-country without the mediation of the world music industry. Classic rock aesthetic, soulful ballads and polished up-tempo driving electric guitar rhythms, with a myriad of global influences from pitch bending North African synth, reverb-drenched dub, and even Indian Tabla! One of the most complex studio albums from any Tuareg guitar band to date. Plays best in a Land Cruiser, blasting across the open desert. Limited edition, old school 3-color offset sleeves." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: ANNIE ANXIETY
Title: Soul Posession
Format: LP
Label: Dais
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Many influential characters graced the stage of Maxs Kansas City within the creative zeitgeist of New York City during the late 1970s, but one local native named Annie Bandez thrust herself into the downtown scene with her punk ensemble Annie and the Asexuals, establishing her nom de plume Annie Anxiety (later known as “Little Annie”) and colliding head-on with the social norms of contemporary punk culture entangling the city at that time.

After a couple years of disintegrated pursuits in New York, Annie relocated to England, finding herself at the doorstep of the famed anarchro-commune Dial House headed by activist Penny Rimbaud. It was here that Annie Anxiety established herself as a singular artist and voice with her debut 1981 single “Barbed Wire Halo” on seminal Crass Records and forging a creative alliance with Crass members Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine. As the landscape of punk in the United Kingdom was shifting towards a more diverse, multicultural focal point, artists such as Annie Anxiety found themselves exploring musical signatures in styles such as dub reggae and rocksteady. In the summer of 1983, Annie began work at Southern Studios on what would be her first full length endeavor which encompassed all of her creative assets at that time. Employing the expertise of legendary dub producer Adrian Sherwood to realize this vision, Annie pulled together members of Crass, Flux of Pink Indians, Family Fodder, African Head Charge, London Underground and Art Interface to record her groundbreaking dub industrial masterpiece. Upon its initial release by the unofficial Crass off-shoot label Corpus Christi in 1984, Soul Possession started the avalanche of activity that would include dozens of releases and collaborations with Nurse With Wound, Coil, Current 93, Swans and Marc Almond.

Dais Records proudly reissues “Soul Possession” on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years in a limited edition pressing featuring the original artwork by Eve Libertine..." - Dais.
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Artist: ANT TRIP CEREMONY
Title: 24 Hours
Format: LP
Label: Merlins Nose
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Merlins Nose Records present a reissue of Ant Trip Ceremonys 24 Hours, originally released in 1968. Some albums exist with the knowledge that the band is about to break up, and with that in mind, the members attempt to capture at least a tiny bit of the magic they once created at rehearsals and concerts. These kinds of albums are way more personal, like a picture book of memories, than albums made for the commercial market. 24 Hours by Ant Trip Ceremony is one of those albums, recorded by a bunch of high school students soon to part ways after their exams. It is nearly impossible to get a hold of an original since it was pressed in an edition of 300. Fans of late 1960s jammy, psychedelic rock and dreamy folk tunes will go crazy for this collection of songs. Among them youll find cover versions of Eric Andersen, a well-known singer/songwriter of the day, Allen Toussaint, a famous songwriter, producer, and soul musician, Billy Roberts, who wrote the ultimate rock classic "Hey Joe", as well as a couple of contributions of people close to the band, next to a handful of originals. The band had a quite unique expression while their overall style fitted well into their era. Some more or less intense but never really heavy rock songs, some mellow tunes that make your spirit drift away into gardens of delight painted in surrealistic colors. Fans of Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, The Charlatans, and other similar heroes and legends of the late 60s west coast scene will dig this primitive version of the super stars. The songs here are all incredible and definitely made to last a lifetime. A lost crown jewel of 60s music." - Merlins Nose.

Artist: APPEL, KAREL
Title: Musique Barbare
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
2017 limited repress; LP version. Gatefold sleeve. "First reissue of Karel Appels masterpiece Musique Barbare. In 1963, Dutch abstract expressionist painter Karel Appel (1921-2006), who cofounded the avant-garde Cobra movement in 1948, booked time in the Instituut voor Sonologie in the Netherlands to compose music for a documentary that cinematographer Jan Vrijman was making on Appels work. Musique Barbare was born. Originally released by Philips, this masterpiece of musique concrète is a real jewel for any record collector. Made in collaboration with Insituut member Frits Weiland, Musique Barbare is a fantastic mix of electric organ fumblings, full-on riots of distorted kettle drum, and assorted percussion-room filigrees, assembled into an extremely edit-heavy suite with significant tape-speed manipulation. Karel Appel was a forceful and fascinating personality, and Musique Barbare bears his unique stamp as much as any of his other artistic creations. A more remarkable gramophone record has not been produced in many a year. Includes exclusive photos by Ed van der Elsken and texts by Jan Vrijman, all printed on luxurious photographic paper.” - Sub Rosa.

Artist: ARITOMO
Title: El Ale De Mi Hmunculo
Format: LP
Label: Hakanairo
Country: Japan
Price: $32.00
"This is my 6th LP except a failed work LP. I did not take a break after I issued the last LP in 2014. In 2015 I released the second VA LP "Esperanza De OTO 2". The artists who are included the LP are based Chile and Bolivia and Japan, USA. Their music is each rock and electronic music, etc. So I continue to be affected by also a lot of kinds of music other than folk music. Also Mamitori Ulithis empress yonaguni san released a live LP by bruit direct disques in France 2015. Of course I played 12-string guitar on that LP. It is a rock that does not resemble other music...! And in 2015, I released Anton Senchi s LP too. He used to be a folk musician a long time ago. But he continues to make great music with different style. I understand that sense. My music is still like folk music, in this LP. But I am already aiming for music that does not resemble other music. It may be the different experimental music than experimental music which already became stylistic beauty. But I do not want to focus on experiments alone. In the lyrics of the LP I do my best of my imagination. And that lyrics let me make handmade sleeves. I spent more than a years time for recording. I am glad if you like my music that avoided compromise." - Aritomo.

"Twelve-String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Shaker, Acoustic Guitar, Quenacho, Bongos, Chimes, Snare, Guiro, Tambourine. Special shape gatefold sleeve. Includes three lyric inserts with an envelope."

Artist: BELLOW
Title: Strand
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Italian electro-acoustic composers Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti reconvene their unique Bellows collaborative project for their new album Strand on Shelter Press. Continuously drawing a hypnotic maze with albums on Boomkat Editions (BKEDIT 012LP, 2015), Entracte, and Ielasis cult Senufo label, Bellows offers their first album on Shelter Press with Strand. Clocking right under 40 minutes, Strand is direct and disorienting. With eight tactile but distant untitled tracks, the album convokes a complex sound palette between acousmatic sound and fractal beats. Recorded in Milano at their very own Standard recording studio, Strand marks a shift in Bellows previous recording process, bringing more music gear on the table: tapes, modular synthesizers, effects, and samples. Captured live over the course of four days of improvised sessions, the album floats between ghostly melodies, musique concrète, and analog electronics. Echoing with the artwork by Amsterdam-based artist Louis Reith, whose collages made of found black-and-white images are disrupted by bold geometric constructions, the album is disorienting and fascinating, seated right in between the challenging world of electro-acoustic and a more welcoming beat-oriented territory. Strand is a fascinating body of work, growing over time and revealing more of its complexity at every listen. Artwork by Louis Reith. Reverse board-printed inners and jacket; Design by Bartolomé Sanson. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi; Cut at Dubplates & Mastering." - Shelter Press.

Artist: BHAAVITAAH BHUUTASTHAH
Title: Rückkopplung I
Format: Cass
Label: Robert & Leopold
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"The current nom de guerre of Dutch sound artist Raymond Dijkstra, Bhaavitaah Bhuutasthah, lends direction to Dijkstras studio of the same title and frames reference to the cross-confusion of linguistics in modern society. For the past 30 years, Dijkstras output has been varied yet consistent, compiling dozens of self-released albums in which he takes away the focus from the ideas behind completed musical forms, and redirects these thoughts into the hand-made process of its creation. Utilizing his designated space, Dijkstra composed his recent efforts using his newly embraced medium of electronic synthesis, fusing this with his abstract system of sound reproduction using degenerated tape, natural acoustic phenomena and random percussive patterns. Thematically, “Rückkopplung” attributes this idea of feedback loops within language. The idea of how certain languages lose sight of their original roots and after centuries of words being spoken into themselves, words become foreign recreations of their original place. As a whole, the inspiration behind Rückkopplung situates itself within the coincidentally bizarre true story in which Dijkstra experienced, as told by Dijkstra himself:

“I was selling a table harmonium. One day, I got a message from a young man who wanted to buy it. His grandmother had recently died and he wanted to play the harmonium on her funeral two days later. I sent him my address and the following day I met him at my home. He acted somewhat confused because he had just, in front of my doorstep, received a somewhat unsettling message from his mother about his grandmother...and my house. Since the man had told his mother he would buy an instrument at my address (an old 1924 art deco house which had seen better times due to poor (no) maintenance), she wrote him a message informing him that his grandmother had lived right there, in exactly the same house for over 20 years. They were the previous tenants just before I came to live there. He told me the name of his grandmother was Faber. I knew then that the story was correct. I remember having received mail from the previous tenants the first year in my new house. The name was Faber. And I knew an old man had died there. That was about 25 years ago. The young man and I were both speechless. We realized the strangeness of the whole situation. The young man was somehow led to my house. The same house where his grandmother had lived an important time in her life. And where her husband had died, the year before I came there. We talked about his grandmother and I told him something about the house. He would later send me a photo of his grandparents and his mother and father, sitting in my current living room. A strange timeprint of something which had happened a few decades ago, in my house. The next day he would play the harmonium on the funeral of his grandmother. The same harmonium he had bought at the house where his grandmother had lived.” Edition of 65." - Robert & Leopold.

Artist: BLOD
Title: Leendet Fran Helvetet
Format: LP
Label: Forlag For Fri Musik
Country: Sweden
Price: $25.00
"New studio recording with Blod. LP limited to 100 copies all with different handmade covers and inserts. All instruments by Gustaf Dicksson (Enhet För Fri Musik)." - Förlag För Fri Musik.

Artist: BON NO KUBO
Title: Bon No Kubo
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"Formed in 2007. An improvising trio consisting of guitar, contrabass and percussion. The group aims at the sublime, whispered in a uniquely Japanese sensibility." - PSF. Previously featured on Tokyo Flashback Vol. 7.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Borbetomagus: A Pollock Of Sound
Format: DVD
Label: Taping Policies
Country: Belgium
Price: $20.00
"Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound is the first feature-length documentary about the legendary improv/noise group Borbetomagus. Filmmaker Jef Mertens brings a raw, urgent, and unpolished vision focusing on a band that has spent almost four decades defining and redefining not just their music, but the boundaries of music itself. Band members Don Dietrich, Donald Miller, and Jim Sauter tell their story with the help of artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers that include noted critic Byron Coley, drummer Chris Corsano, guitarist Thurston Moore, groundbreaking Japanese noise unit Hijokaidan, and Switzerlands masters of cracked electronics, Voice Crack. Includes never-before-seen archival footage, amazing photographic finds, and previously unreleased recordings." - Taping Policies.

Artist: BROTZMANN, PETER/UUSKYLA, PEETER
Title: Holy Drinker
Format: 7"
Label: Omlott
Country: Sweden
Price: $13.00
"Limited to 150 handmade covers. Contains two tracks from the LP "A Crack To Beauty" - Omlott.

Artist: BUTCHER, JOHN
Title: Resonant Spaces
Format: LP
Label: Blume
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Blume present the first vinyl issue of John Butchers Resonant Spaces, originally released on CD in 2008. More than a half century into its development, free improvisation remains nearly impossible to define. Of course there are concrete definitions, canons, and well-trod paths -- familiar idioms, structures, relationships, textures, and tones, but by its very nature -- something free, when practiced with faith, it is elusive, constantly shifting, and reforming in the hands of those who call the art form their own. Of the improvisers emerging from the remarkable European contexts over the last four decades, few demand the respect, or have plumbed the depths of the English saxophonist John Butcher. An entirely singular voice, since appearing on the scene during the late 1970s and early 80s, Butcher has continuously defied and shattered standing presumptions of his form. Exemplifying this, there may be no better example than a series of solo performances recorded on a lonely tour of remote areas of Scotland with Akio Susuki during 2006. Entitled Resonant Spaces, the album stands as one of his most ambitious, radical, and revelatory bodies of work. Across the 80s and 90s, he performed with the lions share of Britains leading lights: Derek Bailey, Phil Minton, John Russell, Phil Durrant, Steve Beresford, and countless others. It was during this period that he began to develop the trajectories for which he is often most recognized: solo performances, capitalizing on resonance, overtone, and space. Resonant Spaces is the fruit born of decades of work; a rare product of artistry, seeming to have simply appeared -- an organic disembodied form. Astounding on nearly every count -- miles from the social unrest from which this idiom was born -- an uncharted meditative realm -- a towering body of creativity and tone. Recorded in the wilds of Scotland against Neolithic standing stones, within an emptied oil storage tank, and caves, like all free improvisations, Resonant Spaces is a conversation, but one unlike others before. Where musicians working in ensembles and groups, shift, adapt, and respond to those with whom they share the stage, Butchers conversation is with the unexpected responses of a given space and the returned transmogrified body of his creative self. A shimmering world of resonance, ambience, structure, and craft. Comes in full-color cover with printed inner sleeve housing a Nagaoka anti-static record sleeve; Includes original insert that functions as Obi; Blue-colored vinyl; Edition of 250." - Blume.

Artist: CAKEKITCHEN, THE
Title: Time Flowing Backwards
Format: LP
Label: Dais
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Originally released in 1991 on Homestead Records, Time Flowing Backwards, the debut album by New Zealand art rock outfit The Cakekitchen, coupling the entire self-titled EP material released by Flying Nun Records in 1989 along with 6 new songs recorded for the album. Mastered at Abbey Road by Steve Rooke (who would later remaster The Beatles catalog), this debut full length would go on to solidify and promote the growing underground New Zealand rock scene and spawn a generation of devoted followers of Jefferies exceedingly graceful, atmospheric, and poetic songs, led by Jefferies unmistakable commanding baritone voice.

A diverse and inspiring album, “Time Flowing Backwards” has been out of print and difficult to obtain since its original vinyl pressing in 1991. Dais Records is proud to reissue on vinyl in limited edition “Time Flowing Backwords” along with the The CakeKitchens sophomore LP (released the same year) “World of Sand”, in remastered editions of 500 copies making these albums available once again to old fans while introducing these classics to new listeners. Multi-instrumentalist Graeme Jefferies is the given name of the fabled underground counterculture icon hailing from New Zealand, and his mainstay project, The Cakekitchen, has its roots firmly grounded in the pages of 1980s New Zealand garage storybook which featured countless innovative artists, all of which huddled under the umbrella of labels such as Flying Nun Records, Propeller, and Pagan Records. After performing in the revered gothic punk act, Nocturnal Projections, and after the collapse of his previous Flying Nun group, This Kind of Punishment, The Cakekitchen emerged as an amalgamation of gloomy and introspective post-punk and indie, with a stronger focus on structured studio songwriting and thoughtful compositional approach - producing some of the most expressive and unique music to come out of New Zealand during the early 90s.

Underground indie/post-punk for fans of The Chills, Flying Saucer Attack, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Clean, The Verlaines, Nick Drake, Felt, Sonic Youth, JPS Experience, Tall Dwarves, etc..." - Dais.

Artist: CAKEKITCHEN, THE
Title: World Of Sand
Format: LP
Label: Dais
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Multi-instrumentalist Graeme Jefferies is the given name of the fabled underground counterculture icon hailing from New Zealand, and his mainstay project, The Cakekitchen, has its roots firmly grounded in the pages of 1980s New Zealand garage storybook which featured countless innovative artists, all of which huddled under the umbrella of labels such as Flying Nun Records, Propeller, or Pagan Records. After performing in the revered gothic punk act, Nocturnal Projections, and after the collapse of his previous Flying Nun group, This Kind of Punishment, The Cakekitchen emerged as an amalgamation of gloomy and introspective post-punk and indie, with a stronger focus on structured studio songwriting and thoughtful compositional approach - producing some of the most expressive and unique music to come out of New Zealand during the early 90s.

Originally released in 1991 on Homestead Records, “World of Sand” is the second full length album by The Cakekitchen, highlighting the first live line-up of the band featuring the drumming of Robert Key (Expendables / Lanky), and Rachael King (3Ds) on bass. This formation existed for roughly two and a half years and these compositions were considered by many to be the height of the groups creative potential, with musical comparisons to the early material by This Kind of Punishment…pounding piano, maddening viola, numerous tape splices and oddball musical passages – along with several pieces recorded at home on a four track, lending a lo-fi, dark, and intimate feel to the album. Led by Jeffereies distinct baritone voice, the album is layered, complex, and darkly beautiful.

Long sought after by collectors and fans alike, “World of Sand” has been out of print and difficult to obtain since its original pressing in 1991. Dais Records is honored to reissue on vinyl in limited edition “World of Sand” along with the The CakeKitchens first LP (released the same year) “Time Flowing Backwards”, in remastered editions of 500 copies making these albums available once again to old fans while introducing these classics to new listeners.
Underground indie/post-punk for fans of The Chills, Flying Saucer Attack, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Clean, The Verlaines, Nick Drake, Felt, Sonic Youth, JPS Experience, Tall Dwarves, etc..." - Dais.

Artist: CHEEK, CHRIS/P.C. FENCOTT/LAWRENCE UPTON
Title: JGJGJGJGJGJGJGJG
Format: LP
Label: Slowscan
Country: Netherlands
Price: $30.00
Edition of 200 copies. Another volume of scarce sound poetry material originally issued on the British Balsam Flex label (1977-80). "...The energy which can be created and released by two or three poets working on common ground rather than with their personal material can be as great a force as that often experienced through jazz improvisation... We feel that it is not only we who will benefit for whilst this is an important experiment, it is not one for its own sake having the immediate appeal, energy and potency of street theatre, rock bands, jazz buzz, ritual chants. Urgent perhaps.. Each performance develops from and heads towards the next." - artists liner notes, London 1976.

Artist: CHERRY, DON
Title: Music, Wisdom, Love 1969
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
Repressed. "Reaching a near-mythical status amongst fans of free jazzs most worldly intrepid explorer, these seldom heard Paris soundtrack sessions known as Music, Wisdom, Love have evaded collectors grasps and confused historians for exactly 50 years. Instigated in Paris in 1967 and filmed during Don Cherrys downtime on a visit to the Chat qui Pêche nightclub in March 1967, where he played with Karl Berger, Henri Texier, and Jacques Thollot, the bulk of this cinematic portrait was filmed on the streets of Paris under the direction of creative all-rounders Jean-Noël Delamarre and Nathalie Perrey, who, as their careers bloomed, would become pivotal figures in underground French cinema - straddling La Nouvelle Vague, adult entertainment, and cinema fantastique in what can only be described as speedball cinema. As the supportive creative family that primarily played home to French vampire/horrortica director Jean Rollin, both Nathalie and Jean-Noël, his brother Jean-Philippe Delamarre and a small team of other fans of oblique media would be responsible for a vibrant micro-culture that awkwardly flourished on the outskirts on the Parisian new wave - combining comic book culture, Lettrism, sexual liberation, psychedelic rock, graphic design, and, with this record as prime example, free jazz and avant-garde music. What previously might have been regarded as an unlikely coupling, with the benefit of half a century of archival hindsight, this release documents the essential cosmic collision of two fantastic planets. Available here for the first time ever and licensed from producer and director Jean-Noël Delamarre himself." - Cacophonic.

Artist: CHOPIN, HENRI
Title: OH Audiopoems
Format: Double LP
Label: Slowscan
Country: Netherlands
Price: $45.00
Second pressing of 300. "Originally issued in 1978 on cassette by Balsam Flex. "Balsam Flex was a cassette label run by the artist Erik Vonna-Michell in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and evidence of a relatively overlooked moment when a number of London-based British poets were producing work that was influenced by performance art, conceptual art, sound art, text-sound composition, Fluxus, and situationism. One of their most impressive release is Oh: Audiopoems, by the legendary Henri Chopin, a collection of his work from 1958 to 1979. Henri Chopin was a key figure of the French avant-garde during the second half of the 20th century. Towards the end of the second world war, Henri Chopin, who has died aged 85, escaped from a forced labour camp in Olomouc, in what is now the Czech Republic, after it had been bombed. He then spent time with the advancing Red Army, until, recaptured by the Germans, he and inmates of concentration and extermination camps were sent west on a Nazi "death march".

In the 1950s Henri created sound poetry, capturing breaths and cries made by his voice and body. He was, said his friend William Burroughs, an "inner space explorer", but the Frenchman remained a solitary figure, outside any artistic grouping, almost the only exponent of his art, and almost certainly the only poet to record sounds and movements by swallowing a microphone.

Known primarily as a concrete and sound poet, he created a large body of pioneering recordings using early tape recorders, studio technologies and the sounds of the manipulated human voice. His emphasis on sound is a reminder that language stems as much from oral traditions as from classic literature, of the relationship of balance between order and chaos."

Artist: CLEARY, COREY, JONATHAN GEAN, PETER FRIEL, MATTEA LANDRY, ERIC SCHMID
Title: House Music
Format: LP
Label: FQW
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"A capella covers featuring: "Black Water", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Hall of the Mountain King", "Land of Confusion", "Phylyps Trak"" - FQW. Hand drawn sleeves in an edition of 200.

Artist: COBBING, BOB, PETER FINCH, FRANCOIS DUFRENE, HELMER BODIL, LAWRENCE UPTON
Title: untitled
Format: LP
Label: Slowscan
Country: Netherlands
Price: $30.00
Compiles scarce sound poetry material originally issued on the British Balsam Flex label (1977-80) and originally published as 3 separate cassettes. Edition of 250 copies.

Artist: COLTRANE, JOHN/ALICE COLTRANE
Title: Cosmic Music
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"John Coltrane transformed the inner architecture of jazz, throughout the mid-1950s and 1960s and long after his premature death at age 40 in 1967. No other American musician could be said to be at the spiritual center of the 60s musical universe as Trane influenced Albert Ayler, La Monte Young, Jimi Hendrix and everybody in between. Cosmic Music, originally self-released by Alice Coltrane in 1968 and later issued by Impulse!, features two tracks (Manifestation and Rev. King) by John Coltranes legendary final quintet that were recorded in San Francisco on February 2nd, 1966 and two more (Lord Help Me To Be and The Sun) from Alice Coltranes very first session as a bandleader, recorded six months after her husbands passing. Manifestation opens with the group already in mid-flight: Tranes fierce tenor leads the way with Pharoah Sanders blistering sax and Alices powerful chords hearing his call. On Rev. King, Trane introduces a lyrical theme and then the composition erupts into fiery incantations, while Jimmy Garrisons bass throbs alongside the propulsive, gravity-defying drumming of Rashied Ali. Foreshadowing her majestic debut, A Monastic Trio, Lord Help Me To Be brings Alices celestial piano playing and inspired improvisations to the foreground with Sanders, Garrison and drummer Ben Riley rumbling in tow. The Sun, a meditative ballad with subtle urgency, perfectly closes the albums contemplative circle. As John Coltrane recites on the final track, May there be peace and love and perfection throughout all creation." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: CRUCIFER
Title: Premiere Heur
Format: LP
Label: Cameleon
Country: France
Price: $23.00
"For the first time edited to 300 copies, the album "Première Heure" recorded in 1973 by the former members of RHYTHM CHECKERS. Rock/prog French high performance.

The early 70s marks the return of the mythical garage rock formation of the sixties RHYTHM CHECKERS. At the time, two of the bands original band members Roland Bauer and drummer Danny Gentner played in the URBAN TONON jazz band with ex-LOVES and BLACK & WHITE Jimmy Bock (keyboards) /flute). Roland, Danny and Jimmy decide to reform the RHYTHM CHECKERS with another former member of LOVES, Michaël Czeninga (solo guitar). The air of time is progressive rock in French, the group adapts and under the name of CHECKERS, they record a single, "Its a dream" / "Ouanita" (Schneider 22-133) and participate in the Festival Pop de Strasbourg on 27 May 1972 with AMON DÜÜL and ANGE. To earn a living, the RHYTHM CHECKERS orientate towards a style between pop and variety animating balls. But these talented musicians have other projects, under the initiative of Jimmy who made the conservatory until the age of 16 and who is encouraged by the success of groups like ANGE. They embark on an ambitious project, under the name of Crucifer, to create a symphonic rock work entitled "Première Heure" based on classical music." - Cameleon.

Artist: DARKSMITH
Title: Time To Die
Format: Cass
Label: Mom Costume
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
Latest self release from DARKSMITH (Hanson, Vitrine, Hermitage, Kye, etc..).

Artist: DE OLIVEIRA, JOCY
Title: Estorias Para Voz, Instrumentos Acusticos e Eletronicos
Format: LP
Label: Blume
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Blume present the first vinyl reissue of Jocy De Oliveiras legendary debut Estorias Para Voz, Instrumentos Acusticos e Eletronicos, reissued for the first times since its original release in 1981. Defined by a body of singular music spanning seven decades, within the histories and continuing legacies of avant-garde practice, she is without equivalent. Her debut album Estórias Para Voz, Instrumentos Acústicos e Eletrônicos resonates through a shimmering body of organized sound, unveiling truths lingering in the shadows, the sins suffered by the Latin American avant-garde, with the actualities of its astounding heights. Oliveira began her career as a concert pianist. She left Brazil at young age to study in America and Europe, before being recruited by major orchestras across both continents, working under Stravinsky, and having pieces written for her and premiering of works by Berio, Xenakis, Santoro, Cage, and Manuel Enriquez. During the early 1960s, Oliveira shifted her efforts toward composition. She embarked on a process of folding organized sounds across nearly every context it could inhabit, blurring the lines between performance and composition, and incorporating diverse media well beyond the world of sound. In 1961, within a collaborative theater work written with Luciano Berio, Berio Apague Meu Spot Light, she instigated the first performance of electronic music staged in Brazil. Released in 1981, during the last years of her countrys military dictatorship, Estórias Para Voz, Instrumentos Acústicos e Eletrônicos was met by controversy before quickly sinking from view, heard by almost no one beyond Brazils borders. Among the most astounding realizations of electroacoustic process ever recorded, it is a series of sonic stories for voice, and acoustic and electronic instruments: prepared piano, violin, percussion, synthesizers, electric celesta, etc. The albums singularity, culture, humanity, and introspection cannot be displaced; like its composer, Estórias Para Voz, Instrumentos Acústicos e Eletrônicos is Brazilian. Its draws on a diverse range of the countrys music and percussion traditions, as well as Indian raga structures, and Japanese Shōmyō singing, inspired in part by the sounds of immigrant communities within São Paulo, the city where Oliveira grew up. A landmark classic from the 70s Brazilian electronic music scene. To quote Keith Fullerton Whitman, this is the "lost Tropicalia/psych/free-vocal/ring-modulator freakout/jam hybrid that youve only dreamt about!" Comes in a full-color cover with a printed inner sleeve housing a Nagaoka anti-static record sleeve; Includes original insert that functions as Obi; Red-colored vinyl." - Blume.
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Artist: DEAD BODY LOVE/ATRAX MORGUE
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Urashima
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"It feels like Ive been writing about Dead Body Love for as long as I have been recording harsh noise. What else can be said? I cant express enough how much of an influence Italian harsh noise has had on my own personal works, but It also lets me and several peers investigate the techniques and styles of the 1990s harsh noise and the atmosphere that was created expressed from different regions of the world. The more I listen and revisit the material of 90s Japanese harsh noise, the 80s UK power electronics, and the celebrated rougher tendencies of 90s Americanoise, the Italian material and different projects flare up that dictate a powerful Coles Notes of harsh noise and how it can be deconstructed and eventually materialized into vivisected lines and layers of crumbling, throbbing, cracking and creaking sound. I always trail back to Mauthausen Orchestra and its insurmountable importance to abrasive sound and its developments, especially in sub sect harsh noise genres of the 2010s... Then you take the obsessions and the lines of moving sound and have them expressed by something like the fanatical Atrax Morgue. Fearsome concentration and jarring meditation on lines of warbling and predatory analog synth work portray something invariably real about the obsession acted out from the Italian project Atrax Morgue. A different display of penetrative and studied sound seethes from Atrax Morgue as now the listener and fan of Italian industrial and harsh noise is confronted with another genre defining sound that pits throbbing and rough synth against haunting and manic vocalizations, disturbing the listener with its undeniable dedicated concentration. The resulting split tape with material from Dead Body Love and Atrax Morgue isnt as black and white as one might think. Dead Body Love makes use of dark and rough early industrial-like lines and meld into the eventual crushing forces that he is known for. In the vein of Atrax Morgue, samples are also manipulated and drawn out for the listener reminding us of his more delay heavy work. Atrax Morgues material works with DBLs material almost seamlessly via further haunting and throbbing dark material, slowly churning and deconstructing into his own distinct sound of heavily concentrated focus and mania for singular sounds and how they can repeat, move and create total atmosphere." - Sam McKinlay.

Artist: DILLOWAY, AARON
Title: The Gag File (Blue Vinyl)
Format: LP
Label: Dais
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
Edition of 400 on blue vinyl. "Hundreds of releases and countless live performances littered the path that lead to 2012s Modern Jester, artist Aaron Dilloways last major artistic statement as a solo artist and one his most well received documents since leaving Wolf Eyes, the prolific noise troupe that Dilloway co-founded in the late 90s with musician Nate Young. Within these pieces, we find a surreal treasure hunt that helps guide us through Dilloways obsessions, neurosis and influences while also developing a splintered maturity of someone with great complexity stumbling through a well thought out, yet totally unplanned “long game” of an artistic career. Since then, Dilloway has been busy collaborating with the likes of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Jason Lescalleet, releasing various short form sketches and running his retail outpost, Hanson Records, while slowly working on his next major album, The Gag File.

Introducing itself with the cover image of a posed dummy ready for his yearbook portraiture, The Gag File pick up right where Modern Jester left off; its identity is directly tied to an absurdly uncomfortable head shot that stays permanently fixed in the listeners mind whenever the album is summoned. The opening track, “Ghost”, sets the heartbeat for the record. A rogue pulse that becomes lost in a disjointed, trapdoor loop but becomes even more unorthodox as Dilloway introduces himself through parable of jumbled, confused vocals and phrasing. Past this point, nothing in this record is typical or expected. Sudden, crude cuts from one piece to another and psychotic jumps in fidelity make one rethink the ideas of confusion and desperation as something more abstract rather than visceral. “Karaoke with Cal” and “Its Not Alright” have an intoxicated sense of depression, taking in the worlds problems and regurgitating them back in hopes of finding some enjoyment. That enjoyment seems to be found in the non-music aspect of side Bs long form party field recording, that loops in on itself making sure you never really know when the party begins or ends, regardless of one partygoers claim.

Nods to Dilloways recent live performances have been unusually captured as the song “Inhuman Form Reflected” doubles as a sound portrait of the artists internal struggle with hysteria, but suddenly breaks away from a recorded song into an accidental segue way of someone on the edge. Most hallmarks of Dilloways signature are seemingly here but not firmly imprinted into the recording. Instead, Dilloway used his methods of vocal manipulation and frenzied reference to tell a completely foreign narrative, one that subjects himself to naked uncertainty, audible anxiety and discourse." - Dais.

Artist: DSR LINES
Title: Spoel
Format: Double LP
Label: Black Sweat
Country: Italy
Price: $39.00
"Black Sweat Records present a vinyl issue of DSR Lines Spoel, which appeared only on cassette in 2014. This new double LP edition features three unreleased tracks. David Edrens organic minimal electronics are never majestic or magniloquent (like Schulze or Froese), and never neurotic or aggressive for that matter. It is a soft music, delineating echoes of sacred geometry in the emotional balance between oscillations, frequency modulations, and rhythmic pulsations. Diamonds, mineral combinations, emerald luminescence, hydrogen cascades, and stratospheric colors, like on Jupiter and Saturn... a dance of asteroids and meteorites in orbit, and satellites of silent harmonies. But Spoel is not just a departure to the unknown space. Its more of an attempt to create a miniature description of another macrobiotic life of "unfolding planets," which is first interior, then exterior. A refined touch with an array of analog instruments creates small sketches of cellular symphony, like in an anatomical trip of hidden micro-bodies, listening to blood streams, vibrational motions of Prana, muscle strings, or air passages. The general tone has little in common with the "oriental void", but there is an evident desire for quiet as a prelude to the Satori. All this makes Spoel a great micro-tonal investigation work and connects Edren with great visionaries such as Micheal Hoenig, JD Emmanuel, or Tontos Expanding Head Band." - Black Sweat.

Artist: EDWIGE
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Urashima
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"The intrinsic fandom tendency toward Eurotrash actress Edwige Fenech has possibly been one of the most encompassing examples of "obsession" translating into layers of pummeling abrasive sound, especially in the building block heyday of the heavier OVMN and Incapacitants inspired style of international contemporary, early 00s, harsh noise artists. Edwige Fenech - just the name sends the educated into a whirlwind of her cinematic stylizations, objectification, and glorious portrayal and generator of mandates for various Eurotrash genres: The inconceivable layered work with Rosalba Neri in The Seducers (1969); The awe inspiring bobbed haircut and mannerisms of Gently Before She Dies (1972); The sex worker apparel and curly blonde wig from Taxi Girl (1977); The slicked and pinned back hair and nylon worship of Dr. Jekyl Likes Them Hot (1979); The crew cut haircut and bare feet glimpses from Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975); The 70s wavy, curly hair and the stockings during the sultry couch scenes from Lover Boy (1975); The courtesan role intense leg worship and playful mannerisms of Giovannona Long Thigh (1973); The sun-tanning and fetish exercise programs of Vices In The Family (1975) acting alongside Susan Scott; The medieval maiden and mistress aesthetic of Ubalda All Naked And Warm (1972). Not unlike the pornography and the extreme lifestyle fascination of the 90s Americanoise, the interests continued to be deconstructed and melded into harsh noise as the conscious and studious harsh noise artists of the 00s continued to study the European cult film and its objectified actresses and fetish driven aspects. The experience is cumulative the more you watch, collect, and study the various genres that Edwige Fenech was featured in and that inspired the cumulative and layered aspects of the harsh noise project Edwige with the original line-up of Keith (Mania), Sam McKinlay (The Rita), and Dan Johansson (Sewer Election), and later Nolan Throop (Kakerlak) filling in for Keith on a 2008 American tour. Between the sets on the 2008 tour from The Rita, Sewer Election, Kakerlak, and Dog Holocaust, the 90s rough American style, harsh noise worship was palpable. Its only natural that a tape was generated as exemplary from the tour days of 2008. Comes on 140 gram vinyl; Comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard sleeve; Includes a black and white poster; Edition of 199 (hand-numbered)." - Urashima.

Artist: FALL, THE
Title: Perverted By Language
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"The Fall returned to Rough Trade in 1983 to release a pair of singles (The Man Whose Head Expanded and Kicker Conspiracy) and Perverted By Language, their sixth proper studio album. Perverted By Language hints at the bands shift towards a distinctly pop approach, one that they would perfect via their Beggars Banquet output that immediately followed. Yet again, the force and panic of their initial Rough Trade recordings remains the foundation for much of the album. A transitional recording in the absolute best sense, Perverted By Language is The Fall both as they were and as they would become. The emergence of Brix Smith is often cited as the impetus for The Falls move toward outward pop, and she first makes her first appearance with the band on Perverted By Language. Nowhere is her presence felt more than on Hotel Blöedel, where she handles lead vocal duties alongside Mark E. Smith whose mangled violin accompaniment roots the songs cold romanticism in his unmistakable brand of strange. Garden provides a new take on The Falls stretched-out tendencies -- using ringing, clean guitars to build a nearly 10-minute epic more subtly than ever before. The opener, Eat Yself Fitter, is wholly classic Fall: a playfully circular bass line drives the albums strongest vocal spout, complete with emphatic breaks where Mark E. Smith issues the songs spiteful decree with equal parts glee and scorn. Superior Viaducts edition is the first time that Perverted By Language has been available on vinyl domestically." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: FINCH, PETER
Title: Dances Interdites
Format: LP
Label: Slowscan
Country: Netherlands
Price: $30.00
"Dances Interdites reissues a number of Peter Finch sound text and processed voice works from the late 1970s and 1980s. The Dances Interdites set of ambient cassette recordings were originally issued by Balsam Flex in 1982 as a follow up to 1980s Big Band Dance Music. They use the limitions of the domestic technology available at the time as a compositional discipline. The Italian Job pieces, made with Bob Cobbing and John Whiting in 1985, move on to use full professional studio techniques of voice manipulation. Blodeuwedd recorded while standing on the roadside near Cardiffs last remaining arc furnace on Seawall Road, takes the process further." - Slowscan. Featuring Peter Finch: voice, percussion, jews harp. Bob Cobbing: voice, percussion and John Whiting: electronics. Edition of 200.

Artist: FOX, TERRY
Title: 552 Steps Through 11 Pairs Of Strings
Format: Double LP
Label: Edition Telemark
Country: Germany
Price: $42.00
"When Terry Fox went from San Francisco to Europe in 1972, he discovered the great pavement labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. It consists of 11 concentric rings with 552 steps and 34 turns leading to the center. The discovery of the labyrinth became a revelation to him: He saw it as a metaphor for his own life, the numbers of rings and turns corresponding to cycles of health and sickness he had undergone. Thus, he decided to base all of his works until 1978 on the labyrinth. These include two major sound works, one of which -- The Labyrinth Scored For The Purrs Of 11 Cats -- was later released on cassette (1989) and LP (2009), while the other has remained unreleased so far. 552 Steps Through 11 Pairs Of Strings was a performance made in Foxs loft in San Francisco on August 14, 1976, starting at 10pm and lasting four-and-a-half hours. He stretched 11 pairs of piano wires of 11 different thicknesses across the floor and attached them to turnbuckles at each end, which he then hooked to eye-screws in the wooden floor. Each of the piano wire pairs were passed over a wooden bridge at both ends. over a wooden bridge at both ends. He played this instrument with a soft mallet in one hand and a score in the other. The score was a 34-foot string tied with 552 knots. Each knot represented a step in the labyrinth with the 34 turns indicated by either a piece of wire in a knot (a move to the next longer pair of wires) or a rubber band around a knot (a move to the next shorter pair). The audience was in the dark loft of the floor below. Alan Scarritt describes the performance in the liner notes: "We were all mesmerized by the beauty of the piece and lost in its grace. Around midnight a light rain began to fall outside the windows completing the pieces perfection. He played for another two hours or so. It also happened to be my birthday. It was the best birthday I ever had." This double LP includes four selections from the performance. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with a reproduction of the score, a photograph and a drawing of the instrument, and the invitation card to the performance; Texts by Terry Fox and Alan Scarritt; Edition of 300." - Edition Telemark.

Artist: GARSON, MORT
Title: Mother Earths Plantasia
Format: LP
Label: The Great Thunder
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
Repressed. "The Great Thunder present a reissue of Mort Garsons Mother Earths Plantasia, originally released in 1976. Garson is well known as one of the pioneers of electronic music in the late 60s and some may have heard of his contributions to quite a few pop hits back in the day when he wrote and conducted orchestral arrangements for a few popular artists. During the second half of the 1960s, Mort Garson and his sidekicks Paul Beaver and Jacques Wilson among others, discovered the newly invented synthesizer courtesy of Robert Moog and made it an integral part of the future pop music even before Wendy Carlos released Switched On Bach in 1968. Plantasia was recorded and released a few years past Garsons monumental works: The Zodiacs Cosmic Sounds (1967), The Wozard Of Izs An Electronic Odyssey (1968), and Lucifers Black Mass (1971). Plantasia, originally released in 1976, has been labeled "warm earth music for plants . . . and the people who love them." So you as the listener can imagine that this is a rather bright affair, far from the dark and seething atmosphere of the earlier electronic pieces. A shining diversity of stylistic devices used as the foundation for dreamy and colorful compositions, which works like a soundtrack for a non-existent movie. The warm, yet haunting Moog melodies can still create a rather sinister vibe in their most playful and surreal moments, similar to what you would expect from a mid-seventies horror flicks from Italy. It is a feeling that, despite everything seeming peaceful and relaxed on the surface, something utterly dire is about to rise up. These are certainly just a few passages and when Mort Garson and his mates move on from lush orchestral soul arrangements to something white men always consider to be tribal music of the North American natives, you will drift with them from one scene of your inner mind movie to the next. At this point in the seventies, the technical requirements had already been a bit better with new inventions such as electronic percussion which gets used here and there, conjuring memories of records by German electronic pioneers from the same era, such as Cluster, Kraftwerk, and Tangerine Dream. And despite the twinkle-toed harmonies and big arrangements, which point at the big band music and orchestral pop Garson originated from, the whole work is futuristic and intriguing." - The Great Thunder.

Artist: GLASS PATH, THE
Title: Floating Heads in Rhapsody
Format: Cass
Label: Imminent Frequencies
Country: USA
Price: $7.50
"Since 2011, Detroits Matt Conzett (The New Me / Irrational Tentent) has been exploring the boundaries of tape music under the guise of his solo project The Glass Path. “Floating Heads” consists of two side-long compositions of degraded tape loops, synth, and recordings of a custom-built Dream Machine." - Imminent Frequencies.

Artist: GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA
Title: Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969
Format: 5LP BOX/DVD
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $124.00
Standard LP version. Includes five LPs, DVD, and book; Edition of 500. "The year 2007 saw one of the most remarkable findings in the long treasure-hunting history of Die Schachtel: the complete set of recordings of the early manifestation (1967-1969) of one of the most legendary improv group of all time, the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Rescued by the private archives of Walter Branchi, one of the original founding members -- alongside Franco Evangelisti, Ennio Morricone, Ivan Vandor, Roland Kayn, Egisto Macchi, Mario Bertoncini, and John Heineman -- the tapes were then restored in their entirety. Only a part of them were published in a CD-only boxset in an edition of 500, titled Azioni 1967-1969, which also featured a DVD with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher during the rehearsal and concert that the group held on March 19th and 20th, 1967, at the Galleria darte Moderna in Rome. Spanning from free-jazz to total abstract noise to wild electronic sounds, their music was -- and remains -- one of the most dynamic, original, and uncompromising expression of a period defined by intense experimentation and musical bravery, anticipating experiments to come in years following. Or, to put it simple, "They were utterly unique," as per the words that John Zorn, who expressively wrote for this edition. To mark the ten-year anniversary of its original release, Die Schachtel present Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969, the complete cycle of improvisations -- which includes thirteen additional, never before published pieces -- taken from the original tapes. Remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Available in three versions. All versions include a 64-page, sewn-bound, LP-size book in English and Italian, complete with essays, memories shared by the group, a new article by Valentina Bertolani exploring in detail the techniques of the group, a chronology, a collection of original reviews by Maurizio Farina, and a set of unpublished black-and-white photos of the group playing in Venices Teatro Della Fenice in 1968, taken from the archives of the Venice Biennale. All versions also include a DVD (PAL 5.1 audio - region free) with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher." - Die Schachtel.

Artist: GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA
Title: Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969
Format: 4CD/DVD BOX
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $69.00
"The year 2007 saw one of the most remarkable findings in the long treasure-hunting history of Die Schachtel: the complete set of recordings of the early manifestation (1967-1969) of one of the most legendary improv group of all time, the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Rescued by the private archives of Walter Branchi, one of the original founding members -- alongside Franco Evangelisti, Ennio Morricone, Ivan Vandor, Roland Kayn, Egisto Macchi, Mario Bertoncini, and John Heineman -- the tapes were then restored in their entirety. Only a part of them were published in a CD-only boxset in an edition of 500, titled Azioni 1967-1969, which also featured a DVD with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher during the rehearsal and concert that the group held on March 19th and 20th, 1967, at the Galleria darte Moderna in Rome. Spanning from free-jazz to total abstract noise to wild electronic sounds, their music was -- and remains -- one of the most dynamic, original, and uncompromising expression of a period defined by intense experimentation and musical bravery, anticipating experiments to come in years following. Or, to put it simple, "They were utterly unique," as per the words that John Zorn, who expressively wrote for this edition. To mark the ten-year anniversary of its original release, Die Schachtel present Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969, the complete cycle of improvisations -- which includes thirteen additional, never before published pieces -- taken from the original tapes. Remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Available in three versions. All versions include a 64-page, sewn-bound, LP-size book in English and Italian, complete with essays, memories shared by the group, a new article by Valentina Bertolani exploring in detail the techniques of the group, a chronology, a collection of original reviews by Maurizio Farina, and a set of unpublished black-and-white photos of the group playing in Venices Teatro Della Fenice in 1968, taken from the archives of the Venice Biennale. All versions also include a DVD (PAL 5.1 audio - region free) with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher. CD version includes four CDs, DVD, and book -- edition of 300." - Die Schachtel.

Artist: GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA
Title: Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969 (Deluxe Box Set)
Format: 5LP BOX/4CD/DVD
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $199.00
"Deluxe box set version. Includes five LPs, four CDs, DVD, a large poster, and book; Comes in a handmade wooden boxset with rubber and felt motif; One-time pressing of 100. The year 2007 saw one of the most remarkable findings in the long treasure-hunting history of Die Schachtel: the complete set of recordings of the early manifestation (1967-1969) of one of the most legendary improv group of all time, the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Rescued by the private archives of Walter Branchi, one of the original founding members -- alongside Franco Evangelisti, Ennio Morricone, Ivan Vandor, Roland Kayn, Egisto Macchi, Mario Bertoncini, and John Heineman -- the tapes were then restored in their entirety. Only a part of them were published in a CD-only boxset in an edition of 500, titled Azioni 1967-1969, which also featured a DVD with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher during the rehearsal and concert that the group held on March 19th and 20th, 1967, at the Galleria darte Moderna in Rome. Spanning from free-jazz to total abstract noise to wild electronic sounds, their music was -- and remains -- one of the most dynamic, original, and uncompromising expression of a period defined by intense experimentation and musical bravery, anticipating experiments to come in years following. Or, to put it simple, "They were utterly unique," as per the words that John Zorn, who expressively wrote for this edition. To mark the ten-year anniversary of its original release, Die Schachtel present Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969, the complete cycle of improvisations -- which includes thirteen additional, never before published pieces -- taken from the original tapes. Remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Available in three versions. All versions include a 64-page, sewn-bound, LP-size book in English and Italian, complete with essays, memories shared by the group, a new article by Valentina Bertolani exploring in detail the techniques of the group, a chronology, a collection of original reviews by Maurizio Farina, and a set of unpublished black-and-white photos of the group playing in Venices Teatro Della Fenice in 1968, taken from the archives of the Venice Biennale. All versions also include a DVD (PAL 5.1 audio - region free) with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher." - Die Schachtel.

Artist: H. TICAL
Title: Impact: Synthesized Sound And Music
Format: LP
Label: Intervallo
Country: Italy
Price: $27.00
"Intervallo present a reissue of H. Ticals, aka Armando Sciascia, Impact: Synthesized Sound And Music, originally released in 1971. From the very first second, Impact: Synthesized Sound And Music is a difficult, icy release, embracing many cornerstones of what would become known as industrial music. These 16 sonic experiments are totally devoted to VCS3 synthesizers, which are the main architects of whirling escapes, white noise, and sonic landscapes in the mood of early Warp releases. Impact: Synthesized Sound And Music was originally released via Armando Sciascias Vedette label in 1971, under the alias H. Tical. Its a really peculiar library music album, filled with incredibly contemporary sounds and atmospheres. Unlike Distortions by Blue Phantom (1971), whose super groovy and almost hard-prog tracks are all credited to H. Tical, this is a totally different sonic planet - and its difficult to figure out what kind of images could be paired with such an extreme experiment, which is a one-of-a-kind effort in Sciascias more traditional career as a composer. Moreover, the musical delirium is enhanced by the usual beauty of the titles, such as "Colluvium", "Metastasis", "Trigonos", "Intercosmic", "Rubidio", or "Laser", mixing Latin and English. This is a wonderful, alienating album made of "static" music, totally estranged from the idea of movement. A true desert island album, or better said, an abandoned planet album. Edition of 400." - Intervallo.

Artist: HANNANEH, MORTEZA
Title: Tchashm-e-Del
Format: LP
Label: Collapsing Market
Country: France
Price: $21.00
"The Paris-based Collapsing Market label unveil a gem of found art with Tschashm-e-Del: a radio play recorded in Iran sometime during the 60s by Morteza Hannaneh, co-founder of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra with Parvis Mahmoud, and the grandfather of Collapsing Market co-owner Cyrus Goberville, who discovered the recording on a tape at his home. Without definitive records to go from, Tschashm-e-Del was presumably recorded in the 60s (certainly pre-revolution) and quite possibly broadcast on Radio Tehran. Now restored from the original reels, it reveals a gorgeous and important suite of music set to a Ghazal -- an ancient Arabic ode, or poetic expression of the pain and beauty of love, loss or separation -- written by Hatef Esfehani, who was a famous Iranian poet of the 18th century. The ghazal deals with the founding principles of Sufism and monotheism through a love story between Hatef and a Christian girl, with Morteza Hannanehs musical arrangement matching the specific rhyming structure of its ancient classical form, itself rooted in tradition stretching back to at least the 10th century, whilst also incorporating string elements of western orchestration relating to Hannanehs background in composing for cinema. Its the kind of music you might expect to turn up on a Folkways or Dead-Cert release. Its presented with artwork made by Thomas Jeppe, a noted artist familiar with Persian culture; the sleeve image depicts the Ashura procession. Edition of 500." - Collapsing Market.

Artist: HARNESS
Title: Sleight of Hand
Format: Cass
Label: Imminent Frequencies
Country: USA
Price: $7.50
"Harness is the self-described “noise concrète” duo of Shane Church (Hostage Pageant / Still Image) and Luke Tandy (Being / Skeleton Dust Recordings). “Sleight of Hand” presents five sparse movements of atmospheric electroacoustic music with an emphasis on restraint and aural tension." - Imminent Frequencies.

Artist: HOYOUX, JEAN
Title: Planetes
Format: Double LP
Label: Cortizona
Country: Belgium
Price: $49.00
Originally released in 1981 in edition of 99 copies. This is the 2017 repress on 140 grm vinyl in gatefold sleeve and already out of print.

"First time reissue on vinyl of this much sought after release by Jean Hoyoux on the brand new label Cortizona. Jean Hoyoux remains a mysterious figure. He was Belgian psychologist, astrologer, and musician who released two albums during the early 80s, and seems to have died shortly after. Little information is available, beyond the fact that he was dedicated to the study of the healing properties of music - the guiding theme of the album we have before us. Healing Music has a well documented history. The idea at its root - the quest for arrangements of sounds and structures, which might better the well being of the listener, is one of the primary themes of the New Age movement - beginning during the late 1960s, stretched across the 70s, and flowered during the early 80s. It left an immense catalog of efforts in electronics, synthesis, field recording, ambience, and previously unexplored arrangements of instrumentation in its wake. Long cast as self-indulgent tangents of the hippie movement, Healing Music and the larger body of New Age, have been among of the great benefactors of the cultural reappraisals taking place in our own time. Free from the stigmas of their day, we can see them for what they were - logical successors of musical Minimalism, and extensions of efforts begun at studios like Groupe de Recherches Musicales and The San Fransisco Tape Music Centre.

Planètes previously gained broader recognition as a member of the Creel Pones iconic series of avant-garde electronic masterpieces. This offers a clue into the albums singularity. Though firmly entrenched in the ideas of New Age, it largely steps free of that movements sonic signifiers - so much so, that when heard without context and as a whole, connections are hard fought. It is its own alternate reality. One so strange and incongruous that it forces questions about the true motives of the psychologist at its helm. The album is an immersion within seven sonic worlds. A series of synthesizer experiments - at movements explicitly avant-garde, at others forging equally strong connections to the German movement of Kosmische. Shifting from one to the next, its marked by ambience, drone, total abstraction, quirky meandering melody, and flirtations with rhythm. Despite the ease of available reference, any connection to larger cultural movements feels accidental - the result of overlapping technology, rather than shared conceit. Its a strange artifact of a musical outsider, looking beyond the sounds themselves. Absolutely essential for any fan of ambient, experimental, or avant-garde music, and especially those of New Age and synthesizer based Krautrock. Available on vinyl for the first time since its original issue, an album which is at once an exploration of a singular and visionary mind, and equally a document of a lost moment which forms history anew.

If our era has taught us anything - one defined as much by the repositioning of legacies of the past, as it is by contemporary efforts, it is that there are in infinite number of versions of history. Some remain primary, others fade - replaced by previously forgotten artifacts emerging from the fog of time. Over the course of the last decade, the reissue, particularly those of lost gems, has become a cultural phenomena - increasingly playing a role in the contemporary musical landscape. They have helped sculpt better understandings of past creative movements, and pointed us toward singular visionaries who were neglected my their own time. Jean Hoyouxs Planètes operates on both planes. 

This 1982 Belgian Kosmisch stunner was originally issued by Crets or Centre de Recherche et dEtudes. The seven extended pieces form a course of sound therapy similar in tone to Angel Radas hand played explorations in rubato-rooted forms. The largely tonal pieces – recorded using string and choir synthesizers, vocoders, drum machines, etc. along with a heavy battery of phasing and time-based effects-lands somewhere between a library music-styled mood excursion and a genuinely transformative mind melter that ranks as one of the more obscure entrants into the...obscure electronic music canon." - Keith Fullerton Whitman.

Artist: ITSUMI, YUJI
Title: Photography Meets Music
Format: VHS Video
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
2002 release. "Video version of the Yuji Itsumi book. Itsumi Yuji (photography); Ohkuchi Junichiro (piano); Imai Kazou (Live electroacoustic); Urabe Masayoshi (alto sax). Color; 80 minutes." - PSF.

Artist: JAY GLASS DUBS
Title: Dislocated Folklore
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"Dimitris Papadatos (b.1981, USA) is a composer, musician, and sound artist based in Athens, Greece. His experimentation in various territories of sound began in 2002 and since then, he has indulged in sonic areas that vary from pop music to music-concrete, post-grime, and dub. At the moment, he actively runs three projects: U, The Hydra, and Jay Glass Dubs. Jay Glass Dubs is an exercise of style focusing on a counter-factual historical approach of dub music, stripped down to its basic drum/bass/vox/effects form. His work has been presented in various institutions and festivals from the Transmediale, the Athens Biennale, the Onassis Cultural Centre and Fasma Festival, to the Athens/Epidaure Festival, Cynetart Festival and the Greek National Theatre, while he has composed scores for award winning short films and pioneering theatrical performances. He has performed in venues and spaces such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, mo.ë in Vienna, Bios in Athens, Echo Buecher in Berlin, Salon Des Amateurs in Dusseldorf, Detail Gallery in Paris, and Goldsmiths University in London. His music has been featured in various radio shows including Trevor Jacksons show on NTS Radio, Sam Segals show on WFMU, Tristan Baths "Spools Out" show on UKs Resonance FM and the "Tabs Out" podcast. Dislocated Folklore, recorded especially for The Tapeworm, consists of two 30-minute long tracks that incorporate mainly stretched-out 003" sample recordings of 90s Ragga 12" single intros combined with recordings of a Quran recitation from a Turkish TV channel and Jay Glass Dubs signature hybrid hardware/software set-up. The title refers to (and therefore is an intended pun of) the misinterpretation of "otherism", "orientalism", "exoticism", etc. - phrases often used over the past 100 years to describe a tendency of metropolitan musicologists to intellectualize forms of expression that have a very strong relation to roots, religion, and ethics." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: KARKHANA
Title: Nafas/Nefes
Format: 7"
Label: Omlott
Country: Sweden
Price: $8.00
Limited to 300 copies. "Combining some of the most innovative players from each of three cities (Beirut – Cairo – Istanbul), Karkhana met in Beirut for the first time in February 2014 with the very ambitious aim to bring together elements from the three major experimental music scenes of the area. The bands music strives to create a unique musical blend combining free jazz and psychedelic with various shades of ethnic and traditional music, traces of shaabi, tarab… Building on the multi-instrumental capacities of its members, the group tries to create an atmosphere full of surprises for both the listeners and the performers themselves, developing what could possibly be called a “Free Middle-Eastern Music”." - Omlott.

Artist: LANGHORNE, BRUCE
Title: Hired Hand OST
Format: LP
Label: Scissor Tail Editions
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
2017 repress. "Classic 1971 Peter Fonda film soundtrack from Dylan side-man & folk scene impresario. Beautifully melancholy score performed with guitars, tonal effects, fiddle, banjo, sitar, and more that evokes high plains drifting, lonesome cowpokes. Its The West seen as Purgatory, its characters endlessly moving on, but Langhorne conjures beauty from the pain." -- The Wire. Edition of 500.

"BRUCE LANGHORNE, one of the most in-demand session guitarists of the 60s, is probably best known for playing on several of Bob Dylans best records, including Bringing It All Back Home and Blonde on Blonde. He actually played with just about everybody in the late 60s folk-rock universe-Fred Neil, Joan Baez, Tom Rush, John Sebastian, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Odetta, Richie Havens and others. Langhorne performed live with Dylan at Newport, produced records for Ramblin Jack Elliott and was the real-life inspiration for "Mr. Tamborine Man." His crowning achievement however may be the soundtrack he composed for Peter Fondas directorial debut, The Hired Hand. Surprisingly, for such a seasoned veteran of the booming folk scene, this was Langhornes first solo record. Recorded in the garage of his Laurel Canyon home in 1969 using an Echoplex and a two-track Revox tape machine, the album features an assortment of period instruments from the old west-fiddle, dulcimer, recorder, banjo, upright piano, harmonica and Langhornes National steel string guitar. The spacey, hypnotizing score was a perfect match for Fondas atmospheric western and along with Vilmos Zigmonds stunning cinematography and some top-notch performances from Warren Oates, Verna Bloom and poet Michael McClure, heavily contributed to the films underground success. The movie was part of Universals "semi-independent series in which the studio, hoping to score the next Easy Rider, turned five young filmmakers loose equipped with small budgets and complete artistic control. Sadly, The Hired Hand didnt go over so well with mainstream audiences (although American Graffiti, another Universal "semi-independent" feature, certainly did). Nevertheless, both the film and Langhornes score have lived on as cult classics. " - Scissor Tail Editions.

Artist: LATENT HOUR, THE
Title: Arcata Nocture
Format: Cass
Label: Imminent Frequencies
Country: USA
Price: $7.50
"This debut release from The Latent Hour documents three minimal soundscapes constructed out of sustained tones and manipulated field recordings. At times both serene and ominous, “Arcata Nocturne” evokes the stillness of night while alluding to the impending luminosity of dawn." - Imminent Frequencies.

Artist: LE SON DE LOS
Title: Grass Pillow
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $21.00
"First album from mysterious free-floating acoustic improvisation trio Le Son De Los who had a stunning track on the Tokyo Flashback 7 compilation. The group have apparently been together for several years, exploring performance in a variety of outdoor spaces. They consist of Yuko Hasegawa, Shizuo Uchida (Hasegawa-Shizuo, Kito Mizukumi Rouber), and Masahiro Deguchi (Gendai Sokkyo). Hasegawa and Uchida previously played together in Onna-Kodomo - one of the great, lost late-night Tokyo drone improv groups of the nineties. Theres a similar sense of subtly shaded space and poised atmosphere here, as Hasegawa threads wordless threnodies around the breathy lines of flute, and the strangely accented spaces created by Uchidas bass. Simultaneously fragile, melancholically beautiful and unsettling. File with your Taj Mahal Travellers, Nijiumu and Toho Sara records. Five tracks, 48 minutes. Gatefold papersleeve with obi." -Alan Cummings

Artist: MARGARET FREEMAN
Title: Afrikaners Street
Format: LP
Label: Cameleon
Country: France
Price: $23.00
"For the first time in vinyl, the rest of URBAIN AUTOPSY in duet, 1989, Only available in cassette, this live direct on soundboard presents this group unique in France, noise and indus perfectly mastered. A cover of Cabaret Voltaire and more... LP 12 tracks, 300 copies.

MARGARET FREEMAN is a male duo born after the separation of URBAIN AUTOPSY. Created in 1989 by Overload System (Pascal Jeannet) to the sampler and Chris.P. (Christophe Mielle) on vocals, it was to develop a radical and innovative musical project. They will be joined by Fiflo (Ex Ausweis keyboard) on bass then by Peewee (Ex Flitox drummer) who will replace Chris.P. singing. Margaret Freeman influenced by Suicide, The Young Gods, or Ministry for Swans, Nurse With Wound, Coil, Butthole Surfers, Shock Headed Peters, The Residents and many other music groups or sources. To quote that some lay the foundations of a minimalist electronic rock, powerful and enervated.

Dark and nihilistic texts, mechanical music and structured around an energetic rhythm, MARGARET FREEMAN will be part of an underground and industrial musical current made of a few appearances on international compilations and tapes recorded "at home". This album is a live performance at the Etablissements Phonographiques de lEst, a Parisian venue of the experimental stage where Déficit des Années Antérieurs, Jean-Louis Costes, Psychodrama, Moral Club and Entre Vifs played.

Original cassette which was used for the vinyl edition on Chameleon, 4th reference of the label Tears Compilations of José Vinci who was the third member of URBAIN AUTOPSY. 50 copies only. Recorded by Jacques Perdereau, producer and technician of Radio Libertaire." - Cameleon.

Artist: MERZBOW
Title: Lowest Music.2
Format: LP
Label: Urashima
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Urashima present the first vinyl version of Merzbows Lowest Music.2, originally recorded and released on cassette in 1982. Merzbow stands as the most important artist in noise music and is the moniker of Masami Akita, born in Tokyo in 1979. Inspired by dadaism and surrealism, Akita took the name for his project from German artist Kurt Schwitterss pre-war architectural assemblage "The Cathedral of Erotic Misery" or "Merzbau". Just as Schwitters attacked the entrenched artistic traditions of his time with his revolutionary avant-garde collages, so too would Akita challenge the contemporary concept of what is called music. Merzbow would draw further influence from the futurist movement. Not only would he embrace the futuristss love of technology and the machine civilization, he would push their fondness for noise to the very boundaries of the extreme. Working in his home, he quickly gained notoriety as a purveyor of a musical genre composed solely of pure, unadulterated noise. Consequently, in 1980 Masami founded the first noise label, Lowest Music and Arts. In this early period he released Lowest Music.2 on cassette using a 4 track reel tape recorder with different loops, recorded by a Mono-aural hand tape recorder. In 1990, Australian legendary label Extreme reissued a new version of the cassette, remixed by Masami Akita by itself and included it in an amazing 50 CD boxset titled Merzbox (2000). No changes of pitch were made in the mastering process. Pressed on 140 gram black vinyl with a black label and a black inner sleeve. Comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on a black cardboard sleeve. Includes insert with original tape replica cover. Edition of 200." - Urashima.

Artist: MOGARD, ABUL/MAURIZIO BIANCHI
Title: Nervous Hydra / All This Has Passed Forever
Format: LP
Label: Ecstatic
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Ecstatics stunning split release between Maurizio Bianchi, godfather of the Italian industrial noise scene, and Abul Mogard, the much loved and hyperstitious synthesist, conjures a spellbinding testament to the transcendent and transportive energies of electronic music. Although appearing to starkly contrast on the surface, both artists work patently shares a lust for the suggestive abstraction of raw current and its pareidolia-like capacity to generate rich and uncanny emotional responses from the end user. On the A-side, Maurizio Bianchi serves the obfuscated, coruscating atmosphere of "Nervous Hydra"; a 17-minute piece of sunken, desiccated harmonic structures and warped greyscale tones rinsed with ET radio signals and distant percussion that recall the sound of embers landing on tinfoil or snow. It evokes the experience of being caught in a quietly raging whiteout with only a dying fire for company, or equally a sense of subaquatic, amniotic serenity prior to being evacuated into a much colder world. Listeners can trust that the Italian artists first new work in several years is faithful to his ever-uncompromising oeuvre, but theres also a tantalizingly elusive sense of redemption buried deep in there which marks it out from the rest of his canon and close to the work of his antecedents such as Kevin Drumm and Jim Haynes. In that pieces tempestuous wake, Abul Mogard brings a sense of soothing, glacial calm with "All This Has Passed Forever" on the B-side. For 16 blissed minutes, Mogard spells out a nostalgic fantasy in creamy strokes of Farfisa organ and Serge modular synthesizer recorded at EMS studios, Stockholm, and later combined with field recordings to elicit a wistfully widescreen paean to his days on the workshop floor accompanied by the harmonious drones and cacophony of heavy machinery. No matter the pieces provenance, though; its simply a sublime example of Abul Mogards gift for illusive, suspenseful ambient music which has seen his previous releases sky-rocket in second hand value since their earliest, sold-out editions. Over 30 minutes of ostensibly contrasting yet subtly, similarly spirited pieces that speak to the mystery and enigma of electronic musics tortured, searching and romantic soul in equal measure. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering; Edition of 500." - Ecstatic.

Artist: NAUMAN, BRUCE
Title: Soundtrack From First Violin Film
Format: LP
Label: Blume
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Blume present a reissue of Bruce Naumans Soundtrack From First Violin Film, originally released in 1969. Since the mid-1960s, Nauman has laid the groundwork -- in thought, context, practice, and materiality -- for nearly every fine-artist that has followed in his wake. Even those who do not directly draw on the ground he gained, must contended with a world in his image. Initially issued by Tanglewood Press in 1969 -- a component of the art multiples edition 7 Objects/69 (also including David Bradshaw, Eva Hesse, Stephen Kaltenbach, Alan Saret, Richard Serra, and Keith Sonnier) -- Soundtrack From First Violin Film is a crucial element in Naumans diverse the canon of contributions; It bridges the emerging practices of performance, video, and sound. Blumes release -- along with the Die Schachtels 2016 reissue (DSART 013LP) -- marks the first time this seminal work has been available to a broader audience, making it a historic event. Soundtrack From First Violin Film, while resembling music, is one of the earliest gestures of sound art as it has come to be understood. It falls within Naumans larger body of solitary actions and performances. In 1968, the artist moved briefly to New York, occupying Jasper Johnss then vacant studio in the Hamptons, beginning to build the body of work for his first solo show at Leo Castelli Gallery, documenting them in what became the very first works of video art. Within the larger body of effort, emerged a series of works featuring him playing the violin. It is from this world, that the LP Soundtrack From First Violin Film, with its disembodied sounds, grew. Naumans violin works, as they exist in the world, are only distant cousins of performance and compositions. They are objects, doubling the signifiers of music and the body back upon themselves. Rather seeking entirely new and liberated sonic realms, they employ conceptual practice, instrument, and rhythm to strike direct confrontation. They could be understood as a conceptual inversion of recordings by John Cage or of musique concrète. Rather than seeking to utilize non-instrumental sources to create music, Nauman used instrumental sounds and references to make something which is not music at all, highlighting the dimensional possibilities of meaning, and the elasticity of language. Comes in full-color cover with printed inner sleeve housing a Nagaoka anti-static record sleeve; Includes an original insert that functions as Obi; Yellow-colored vinyl; Edition of 300." - Blume.

Artist: NEON
Title: Neon/Nazi Schatzi
Format: 7"
Label: Water Wing
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"Lost Swiss punk treasure! Two song 7" EP by all female foursome Neon. The band featured Astrid Spirig (vocals), Dagmar Heinrich (guitar), Loredana Zandonella (bass), and Gitta Gsell (drums). Astrid was the third singer of LiLiPUT and sang on both LiLiPUT full length LPs. Neon practiced for 6 months and wrote 6 songs. They played their first gig on Nov 1st 1978 at the Club Hey in Zurich. In December of that year, a live performance on Swiss television took place for a program about women in show business. The band wasnt happy with the experience and disbanded a few months later only performing a handful of gigs. Fast forward to 2016, Dagmar finds an old cassette at her home with the recordings of the two songs Neon and Nazi Schatzi. These were produced for the ill-fated television appearance and are the only recorded Neon songs in existence. Covers and inserts printed by Stumptown Printers." - Water Wing.

Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Dread Live
Format: LP
Label: Ideal
Country: Sweden
Price: $25.00
2017 limited repress. "Stephen OMalley deploys the second in a trio of documents of his improvisational prowess following his crushing Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs, which was brought forward in tribute to the November 2015 Paris attacks and released in December 2015. The minimalist electric guitar mantra Dread Live was performed at Studio Helmbreker in Haarlem, Netherlands, on September 6, 2013, and recorded by Mathijs Ton, with technical support by the great Tos Nieuwenhuizen, using a hypercardioid ribbon mic with immaculate 70s valve amp backline. The set was programmed as part of the opening of the Dread -- Fear in the age of technological acceleration exhibition at De Hallen Haarlem, curated by Juha vant Zelfde. It renders 40 minutes of Sunn O)))s OMalley at his most depressive and heavy and is something akin to a slow-motion baptism by waves of tarry, blackened harmonic distortion, holding the listener under its sinking pressure. How low can you go? OMalley knows. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Edition of 700 hand-numbered copies.” - Ideal.

Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: End Ground
Format: LP
Label: Ideal
Country: Sweden
Price: $25.00
2017 limited repress. “End Ground forms the 3rd and final installment in a series of records documenting the solo prowess of Sunn 0)))s Stephen OMalley released on Swedens iDEAL Recordings. It was performed on electric guitar thru Sunn model T amps, and captured on zoom H4 at Centre Cultural Suisse, Bad Bonn Carte Blanche, Paris, France, on October 18th, 2013. In solo mode, stripped of his usual accomplices and collaborators, OMalley is no less than an elemental force. His durational meditations absorb and consume with steady-handed wave after wave of charred, sustained, and sub-harmonized chords casting the mesmerizing minimalist practice of La Monte Young into the physicality of Black Sabbaths original, heavy metal die. The A-side/first half of this 45 minute performance features OMalley tentatively coaxing out languorous riffs which turn the air around him to a pensive, vibrating mush. As the 2nd half dawns he begins to deliver more crushing blows, drawing out and subsiding the chords with a patented, gut-wrenching and vivifying power that transcends rock, avant-garde, minimalism -- all of that -- to awaken dormant senses not usually experienced with other musics or concise temporality. As with many of the most affective heavy drone recordings by Sunn 0))), among others, a modicum of patience is required in order to attain the right state for reception, but once your mind and body are malleable, the impact is deliciously visceral, primal and whelming. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Individually hand-numbered edition of 700 copies.” - Ideal.

Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs
Format: Double LP
Label: Ideal
Country: Sweden
Price: $29.00
"Stephen OMalley on Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs upon its initial release in December 2015: "On 8 January 2015, the day following the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris (the city I have called home for the last eight years), I started a week-long tour of Norway. During this jaunt I faced the toxic reality daily of the horrible blossoming events intermittently via television. . . . The Trondheim concert on 9 January (depicted here) happened on a particularly intense day in this timeline... and was personally a true example of the purging power of immersion in music. Through a web of emotions resolving distance, disintegration, the intense power of the moment and the brutal fundamentalist, cultural and psychological aspects behind. . . Like most of us I have also sometimes fallen for the constant baiting toward anger, outrage, paranoia and fear in the daily life, often but not always misdirected, but it is not debilitating by any means. Its clear that as an experimental guitar player I have absolutely no political power (or even ability to articulate in those forms) but its important to take the opportunity to say fuck you in these situations. To the fascist and fundamentalist movements. To the absurding of the worst sides of monotheistic belief systems. And not only the perpetrators behind these events but also on other sides including the reactive and opportunistic. Those with most to gain are the underlying authoritarians in our own societies who have opportunities to implement and increase their control even further for their gains. The security changes we face in fact may also result in yet further increase in the loss of liberty and freedom. The reactions aimed toward increased separation of cultures, xenophobia, nationalism, and especially racism are highly regrettable. I hope these recordings offer a small sense of solace in the time, even for the few hundred who hear them. . . . For the concert on this record we had a massive backline with beautiful vintage Hiwatt amplifiers, and two PAs (including a Funktion One) in the small venue Blæst, the night hosted by Nymusikk. . . . This record is actually the third part of a trilogy of live solo guitar records we intended to be released on iDEAL during spring 2016." Mastered and cut by Matt Colton; Edition of 700 (hand-numbered)." - Ideal.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Arpeggiated Bosendorfer + Falsetto Voice
Format: LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"In 1974, Ileana Sonnabend commissioned Charlemagne Palestine to create a limited edition, double LP in conjunction with a performance to celebrate the opening of her new Soho gallery at 420 West Broadway. Charlemagne made several recording attempts, first at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where they had a Bösendorfer Imperial Piano in their theater. He recorded "Bösendorfer + Voice", "Voice Piece" as well as some Bösendorfer tests, with Mayo Thompson as producer and Kurt Munkacsi as sound engineer. These ecstatic Swarthmore recordings, recorded late at night in the big empty theater space, represented the original elements on which Charlemagne Palestine later created the piano pieces for Four Manifestations on Six Elements (ALGAMARS 004LP, MAGNE 008LP). For more than 40 years since these recordings were made, Palestine never went back to listen to them, but recently on re-listening to these Swarthmore recordings with Alga Marghen, he found several blissful, arpeggiated piano and falsetto voice studies which he feels now deserve to be heard. Included in the Alga Marghen VocSon series, this LP of two previously unreleased 1974 recordings finally see the light of day. Edition of 405." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PANHUYSEN, PAUL
Title: Twenty-Three Carillon Sudokus (Number Made Visible - Number Made Audible)
Format: LP
Label: Edition Telemark
Country: Germany
Price: $29.00
"Carillon Sudokus is the sonic counterpart to Oog & Oor (Eye & Ear), the last work that Dutch sound and visual artist Paul Panhuysen (1934-2015) realized. Oog & Oor was a design made with his daughter Sappho Panhuysen for a temporary installation in the lighted column of the Rietveld bus shelter next to the town hall of Eindhoven. It is a further development from Eight Double Sudokus, a series of large-scale prints exhibited at Museum De Pont in Tilburg in 2012. Both designs were created using sudoku puzzles and comprise various shapes of different colors whose structure was derived from the number sequences present in individual sudokus. Panhuysen used number systems such as magic squares, the Fibonacci series and the golden ratio in much of his art because he felt that instead of limiting his artistic freedom, such systems allowed him to make new discoveries and realize works that transcended his own imagination. René van Peer describes the composition in the liner notes: "A system is evidently at work behind the order of colours and shapes in these prints. On the other hand it is far from obvious what the underlying order actually is. Coloured bands and arcs converge in a rhythmic play of lines. Some originate from the same point, joining to form a right angle or part of a circle. Others touch only at the point or remain loose ends in a wave of motion. The orderliness of the structure and the erratic behaviour of the straight and curved lines strive for predominance in the series." These principles can also be applied to pitch and musical phrases. For Eight Double Sudokus, Panhuysen composed eight pieces for piano that were heard during the exhibition. For Oog & Oor, he envisioned music for the carillon, a bell tower on the roof of the Eindhoven town hall. The original idea was to generate 365 sudoku-based pieces, one for each day of the year that the installation was to be shown. In the end, around 50 pieces were realized in collaboration with town carillonneur Rosemarie Seuntiëns. Side A of this LP contains 11 pieces played live by Seuntiëns on the ceremonial ending of Oog & Oor on August 28, 2015. Side B features 12 pieces played mechanically by the carillon. Comes in full-color gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve; Liner notes by René van Peer; Edition of 300." - Edition Telemark.

Artist: PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES
Title: Pike/Portent
Format: LP
Label: Golden Lab
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
"Utterly stunning album from the long-running (and just-married) duo of Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols, better known to the world as Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides. Theyve moved so far, now, from their Japanese-esque psychedelicised beginnings back in the mid-00s where celebratory flute and drums cascaded into one another like competing tsunamis. Not that what they were doing back then wasnt already brilliant -- in fact, they heralded what felt, at the time, like it might be a whole new era of British drone (a movement that never really came to pass). Its just that, since then, theyve become such masters of their craft that its hard to feel anything but awe upon listening to Pike/Portent. For starters, they do less. In other words, they seem to be as obsessed nowadays with the space between sounds as they do with the sounds themselves. Resonance too. This record sounds like it was recorded in a cave by the ocean, its as simple as that. Secondly, while its still an exploration of the transitory potential of the relationship between the embellished trapezoid drum kit and the naked flute, its just more interrelated, more dynamic, more alive. Jones, in particular, seems to have found the perfect spaces in which to interject complementary and/or jarring sounds (clanking pebbles, pouring water, electronics, etc.). Its almost impossible to consider the result in terms of improvisational music -- its just so considered, so accomplished, so communicative. 140-gram vinyl. Limited edition of 250." - Golden Lab.

Artist: PAYNE, MAGGI
Title: Crystal
Format: LP
Label: Aguirre
Country: Belgium
Price: $28.00
"Aguirre Records present a reissue of Maggi Paynes challenging electronic album Crystal, originally released in 1986. Maggi Payne is an American composer, flutist, video artist, and co-director of the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College where she teaches recording engineering, composition, and electronic music. Her work involves electroacoustic, instrumental, and vocal works along with works involving visuals, including dancers outfitted with electroluminescent wire and videos she creates using images ranging from nature to the abstract. She has composed music for dance, theatre, and video. Crystal was first released in 1986 on the Lovely Music label. Home to experimental musicians such as Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Pauline Oliveros, and Alvin Lucier. On Crystal, flute, spoken voice, sonifications, and synthesizers are processed to create dense and massive structures. Maggi Paynes musical imagination is vivid: she is interested in the surreal, the inward, the micro, and the accumulation of physical and psychological tension. Periods of silence gently evolve into flowing drones of complex resonances. Oozing drones evolve into dense and powerful peaks of short duration. The compositions and sounds on Crystal have incredible depth, a profound logic and, though not "pretty", an irresistible beauty. 180 gram vinyl; Remastered and cut at 45rpm by Rashad Becker; Gatefold sleeve with liner notes by the artist; Artwork by Atelier Brenda." - Aguirre.

Maggi Payne on Crystal: "I create immersive environments, inviting listeners/participants to enter the sound and be carried with it, experiencing it from the inside out in intimate detail. The sounds are almost tactile, visible, tangible. A narrative of the imagination exists, allowing each person experiencing the work to thread their own paths through their minds imagination and their bodys physical engagement. Each sound slowly unfolds, revealing intricacies and complexity. Each grows and evolves like crystals forming under the microscope. . . . I visualize the sound as originating from, for instance, a point source below where one is standing, then it swirls outward and upward in an ever-expanding spiral until it disappears high over the listeners head, morphing as it travels. Spatialization is not imposed when mixing, but is instead created in the original recording by increasing the amplitude of the sound on one track then decreasing its amplitude as the identical frequency is matched on the next track while it is increasing its amplitude, dovetailing the tracks across the space. Using extensive multi-tracking, the spatialization is retained, architecting and sculpting the aural space so that multiple perspectives and trajectories coexist."

Artist: PERFORMING FERRET BAND
Title: Performing Ferret Band
Format: LP
Label: Beat Generation
Country: Spain
Price: $22.00
"Alehop! and Beat Generation present a reissue of Performing Ferret Bands self-titled album, originally released in 1981. Hailing from Maidstone (Kent), Performing Ferret Band got together in 1978 and with their amateur take on music, they wrote a small but great chapter of the emergence born out of punk, when the proliferation of small labels and self-releases invaded the record shops and created a scene which developed one of the golden and most creative periods of music, despite the participants technical limitations. Later based in Manchester and inspired by comedians such as Monty Python and musicians like Captain Beefheart, The Velvet Underground, or The Fall, the Ferrets developed a personal style very close to Television Personalities, Swell Maps, or The Desperate Bicycles, all bands of questionable virtuosity. That didnt stop the Ferrets from releasing two cassettes, a 7", and an LP during their short life until 1982. Their only LP, originally released in 1981 on the bands own Pig Production label as a 300-copies pressing, is reissued here in a limited edition. Its a compendium of absurdity, genius, humor, and that naive spirit which makes humanity more believable. Includes an insert with the bands story, photos, and memorabilia; Edition of 500." - Beat Generation.

Artist: REICH, STEVE & ENSEMBLE MODERN & SYNERGY VOCALS
Title: Music For 18 Musicians: Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan, May 21st, 2008
Format: LP
Label: Victory
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"A stunning version of Steve Reichs masterpiece of musical minimalism Music For 18 Musicians (1974-1976), performed live at Tokyo Opera House in 2008 by Ensemble Modern and Synergy Vocals, featuring the composer as guest performer. In the 1960s, with Terry Riley and Philip Glass, Reich gave pulse back to experimental music. He discovered the tape-based techniques of looping and phasing, using recordings of fragments of speech, and then molecules of musical material.

" (...) When Steve Reich released Music For 18 Musicians (ECM, 1978), it was a consolidation and major leap forward in the pulse-based music that the minimalist progenitor had been exploring on earlier compositions including Four Organs (1969), a piece that relied on nothing more than a six-note chord, yet was a near flat-out sonic assault. 18 Musicians was an altogether more complex and sophisticated work, with a broader textural palette based largely on tuned percussion -- piano, vibraphone, marimba and xylophone -- but also working with maracas, voice, strings, and clarinets to create a sweeping, hour-plus long suite that was hypnotic, melodic, and eminently accessible. With the mathematical precision by which its eleven sections and wrapping Pulses develop, its a demanding suite to play (...)" - John Kelman, All About Jazz, 2008.

Artist: RITA, THE
Title: The Lilac Fairy
Format: Double LP
Label: Urashima
Country: Italy
Price: $35.00
"... From ephemera, from tulle and satin, The Rita has assembled a fantasy woman; a ballerina, a fairy, a sex worker - violently she is animated into existence as a sonic monolith dense and menacing as Richard Serras looming steel. With the double LP set The Lilac Fairy, The Rita reach an apex of fixation on the dancers body... The Lilac Fairy records the ritualized construction of a garment, The Lilac Fairy is a costume, a tutu empty of body altogether... The sanctity of ballet as elite aristocratic high art has always been a thinly-veiled facade for blatant eroticism, where women are interchangeable pieces of scenery arranged in colonnades for the pleasure of the male gaze. The Lilac Fairy herself was originally choreographed by Imperial Master Marius Petipa for his unskilled but beautiful daughter Marie as a mime part, but has been modified over the past century to become one of the most taxing characters in the female dancers repertoire... The Lilac Fairy is a ricochet between fabrication and obliteration, degradation and ritualized exaltation... Only within the noise does she ascend, within the inimitable walls of The Rita that choke every frequency, devour all and drown all, shatter every object. Everything is reduced to geometry, a cello attempts to accompany and is pulverized. Within the abstraction of harsh noise, The Rita simultaneously brings to life and annihilates the total fetish object, and in this performance of gestures she is elevated to the realm of non-objectivity, the Black Square of Malevich, Vessel and Void - pure. Listeners would be wise to note that Sam McKinlay has transcended the trope of the romanticized cult of genius surrounding solitary harsh noise, and The Rita is now half-woman, with the integral presence of Arlie Doyle as both the embodiment of the objectified form/performative feminine and collaborator in the sonic deconstruction of her own body. Additionally, The Lilac Fairy utilizes the contributions of several skilled craftspeople and musicians, with the tutu constructed by Katherine Hotmer and fittings to Doyles body performed by Rachel Hayward, Luke Tandys assiduous recording of the process of construction, and cello accompaniment by Leila Bordeuil. The sound that has made McKinlay a modern master of harsh noise remains intact, but the expansive critical and collaborative scope of The Lilac Fairy makes it a hallmark in the oeuvre of The Rita." - Kristin Hayter.

Artist: SACCHARINE TRUST
Title: The Great One Is Dead
Format: Double LP
Label: Water Under The Bridge
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
Gatefold sleeve. "Its hard to believe that sixteen years have passed since this discs release. Its also hard to believe that so little ink, physical or digital, has been spilled to assess its qualities -- of which there are tons. To start with the obvious: there can be no Saccharine Trust without the dark insights of Jack Brewers lyrics and their nervous, halting delivery. The Great One Is Dead is filled to the brim with both. Brewers writing often seems to focus on the pain of real world relationships, real world failings, and street level real world life in general. His lyrics have always been far from Utopian in scope. It is within their poetic treatment that these stark realities are often given a kind of grace. Listen to Water on the Dance Floor or The Sadness of Apollo or Untitled No. 2 (I Gave Another Dimension the Slip) for prime examples of his lyrical prowess in these matters. Disaster Amnesiac has often been enthralled by Brewers lyrical pictures of urban California life. The way old fishermen are described in Birthing the Ancestors, and the ubiquitous liquor store of Nerudas Wave, and the tweaker friend of Reggies Plateau. These, among others, have often reminded me of similar scenes in my haunts within the Golden State. Praise must also be given to Brewer for his unique, expressive and highly personal vocal style. When you hear Jack Brewer, you know its Jack Brewer. Score one for individuality in the face of boring (industry) standards! On The Great One, Brewer uses varied mic and recording effects to alter the sound of his vocals to great effect, too. Speaking of sound, one would be pressed to find as creative a guitar player as Jacks long-time cohort in Saccharine Trust, Joe Baiza. That is not to say that Baizas technical prowess is lacking -- it is not. Joes guitar playing has been in continuous development for thirty-plus years now, as anyone who has followed Saccharine Trust and Universal Congress Of can attest to. From the early, skewed punk rock chord sounds of early S.T. to his later jazz-inflected capital L lead playing of both bands, Baiza has grown as a writer and player, all the while retaining the rawness and edge (hey, its the blues, once again!) so necessary for effective, impacting, physical oomph that makes for great rock guitar. Joe adds many purely noise/sound effects to his more linear guitar parts on The Great One. These industrial (in the machine/scrap metal sense, not in the NIN/Skinny Puppy spooky dance sense), paired with his dexterous runs, lead and color the tunes. His guitar tone is fuzzy and echo-y, adding to the raw, claustrophobic feel of the overall sound of the disc. Great, disturbing cover illustration from Joe, to boot." - Water Under The Bridge.

Artist: SAKAMOTO, SHINTARO
Title: Love If Possible
Format: LP
Label: Mesh-Key
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
Third solo album by former member of Japanese psych band Yura Yura Teikoku. Comes with full-color inserts with translations of all the lyrics, and digital download cards.

"In the late 1950s and early 60s–the space age that spawned The Jetsons and brought hi-fi stereos into countless suburban living rooms–Americans were infatuated with the thought of experiencing far-off and unknowable cultures from the safety of their homes. Think of João and Astrud Gilberto, Les Baxter, Miles Daviss Sketches of Spain, Juan García Esquivel, Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass: It was a great time for musicians who satisfied this urge for the exotic, regardless of whether they were offering a genuine article or the ersatz version.
By deliberately amplifying the foreign strangeness that composers built into easy-listening exotica and that dilettantish listeners imposed on bossa nova and Latin jazz, the Japanese musician Shintaro Sakamoto seems to ask, What if this alien music were made by actual aliens? Following two decades as frontman of the beloved psych-rock outfit Yura Yura Teikoku, Sakamoto has spent the last five years making tight and rhythmic pop that just barely passes the Turing test, immaculately arranged and recorded on a small orchestra of guitars, keyboards, woodwinds, drums, and hand percussion. His sound also evokes Steely Dan, Stereolab, and Eureka-era Jim ORourke–auteurs of slyly sophisticated, sometimes difficult music that just happens to sound great in the background over cocktails.
Sakamoto fully established his uncanny aesthetic universe on his 2011 solo debut How to Live With a Phantom, which has become something of a cult classic for American record collectors and Nipponophiles. (For English-speaking listeners, the fact that Sakamoto sings in Japanese makes the line between his musics intentional distance and our own otherizing occasionally difficult to define.) On 2014s Lets Dance Raw, he refined the formula, mostly via layers of steel guitar that sounded like the shag-carpeted tiki bar approximation of Hawaiian slack-key playing.
Love If Possible continues to subtly expand his sound, with more forceful rhythms and the addition of marimba and Mellotron to the mix. In its ghostly way, Sakamotos music has always suggested the idea of dancing, but “Like an Animal” and “Disco Is” are among the first songs in his catalog that might induce actual bodily movement on the floor. “Tournament of Macho Men” grafts his sensibility onto the sort of meandering, pastoral ballad that was once the exclusive domain of curly-headed Englishe guyse who spelle everythinge like thise, complete with Mellotron flute.
Sometimes, the songs seem to stretch out forever in all directions with no peaks or valleys, like an infinite marble tabletop, bringing to mind James Browns edict for the way his band should sound: “Hard. Flat. Flat.” When drummer Yuta Suganuma hits his toms or any cymbals other than the hi-hat, it qualifies as a major event in the life of these songs. He gets through the entire five-and-a-half-minute title track, which opens the album, with just kick, snare, and shaker.

In November, rather than releasing a traditional single to announce the upcoming American release of Love If Possible, Sakamoto shared a cover of “Disco Is” performed by an electronic musician named Syunsuke Ono, who is otherwise best known for his vocoder interpretations of Sly & The Family Stone. Onos version of “Disco Is” is sparse and sweetly mechanical, as if Rosie the Robot Maid had turned herself into a one-woman funk band for the entertainment of the Jetson family. It doesnt sound exactly like Sakamotos own recordings, but youd be forgiven for thinking you were hearing a snippet of his new album. Doing away with his human human voice entirely in favor of an androids syrupy drawl would seem like a logical next step for Sakamotos music, and its tempting to wonder what Love If Possible would sound like if hed further indulged his more experimental tendencies.
The albums most immediate song is “Purging the Demons,” on which Sakamoto sings call-and-response with three backup vocalists and a pitch-shifted version of his own voice that sounds not entirely unlike Onos vocoder. The lyrics reference the Japanese folk myth of Momotaro, a boy who takes a dog, monkey, and pheasant with him on a journey from his home town to battle the monsters who live on a far-off island. (In Sakamotos version, Momotaro travels not in the giant peach of the original, but a “used car.”) As it ends, “Purging the Demons” fills with background chatter and hollers that might as well have been ripped from some forgotten funk 45, putting Sakamotos robot crooning smack in the middle of an honest-to-god party. At that moment, Love If Possibles alienness momentarily sprints past its pleasant wallpaper quality, and you can imagine a baffled soiree guest finally putting down his drink and wondering aloud, What in the world is this music?" - Spin.

Artist: SCHUMACHER, BEN AND ERIC SCHMID
Title: Vienna Acid
Format: 7"
Label: FQW
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Ben and Eric mock each and their careers other over a crap techno song" - FQW. Edition of 100 in full color sleeves.

Artist: SETTLE, TOM & FRIENDS
Title: Old Wakes/Old Rags
Format: Triple LP
Label: Golden Lab
Country: UK
Price: $65.00
"Triple LP gatefold edition. Includes bonus disc (140g vinyl). Limited to 100 copies. Tom Settle & Friends present Old Wakes on Golden Lab Records. Tom Settle has played in the wonderful Serfs with Jon Collin on and off for over ten years, as well as Beach Fuzz, Former Bullies, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura and Dinner Party. Hes not only one of Manchesters finest guitar players but, Golden Lab thinks he is one of the most intuitive and evocative in the world today. Old Wakes features guests including Jon Collin, Nick Mitchell (Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura), Edwin Stevens (Irma Vep) and more. The album is a stunning example of his creative prowess, with a host of original compositions and improvisations as well as a handful of lesser known covers and traditionals. Its far and away the most accomplished psychedelic folk record to have been made in Britain in the last 40 years as far as Golden Lab Records is concerned. Sitar, guitar, drums, bells, penny whistles, recorders and more gorgeously rough vocal harmonies than you can shake a stick at." - Golden Lab.

Artist: SIGHTINGS
Title: Amusers and Puzzlers
Format: LP
Label: Dais
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"After the release of their well-received ninth studio album, Terribly Well, and their successful month long European tour in 2013, Sightings did the unexpected and quietly disbanded without notice or explanation. More than 15 years in the trenches and making a mess throughout New York City, the band made more of a polarizing impact to formalized underground music that most of their peers. Sightings would have been a national treasure if the whole country was laid to waste in Armageddon.

During the sessions that birthed Terribly Well, a complimentary album was recorded in tandem which, while not intended to be their final statement, produced the jaded epilogue from the mouth of experimental rocks most lasting monolith. Amusers and Puzzlers is the schizophrenic culmination of their brand of damaged rock. Isolated noise patterns shifted from Mark Morgans unorthodox guitar patterns sewn up from his nervous, scattered vocal phrasing. Richard Hoffmans stampede-like momentum on bass slammed against Jon Lockies drum triggers made the past couple decades crash into itself. Limited to 500 copies with cover art/design by Bill Nace (Body/Head) and comes with a MP3 download card." - Dais.

Artist: SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE
Title: Transmissions
Format: 4 LP Box
Label: Dischi Fantom
Country: Italy
Price: $80.00
"A four-record anthology of Soundwalk Collective. Hertzian frequencies, radio interceptions, fragments of voices, singing sands, shortwave transmissions, archival recordings, vanished worlds, chaotic harmonies, daunting moments of confusion, an audible entropy, elation, and an endless search for beauty into chaos. The box set gathers four previously unreleased studio compositions by the New York and Berlin-based group of artists-musicians: Ulysses Syndrome, Medea, Empty Quarter, and Bessarabia, and a booklet including "Black-Winged Night", an essay by musician and writer David Toop, and a conversation between Soundwalk Collective and Dischi Fantom founder, Massimo Torrigiani. The four compositions -- mastered by Stefan Betke -- are the result of extensive journeys and field recordings in the Mediterranean basin, the Black Sea, the Rub al Khali Desert, and the region around Odessa, once known as Bessarabia. An international genre-bending group of artists-musicians with studios in New York City and Berlin, the three members of Soundwalk Collective (Stephan Crasneanscki, Simone Merli, and Kamran Sadeghi) bound in Manhattan to produce concept albums, sound installations, and live performances, often in collaboration with other artists, musicians, and writers. Selected tracks from Transmissions are being broadcast internationally as part of Every Time A Ear Di Soun, the radio program of documenta14, curated by Adam Szymiczyk. The program includes a headphone installation in the Press and Information Centre in Kassel, designed by Aristide Antonas, and in the ASFA Library in Athens. An excerpt from the included essay by David Toop: "I hear this displacement of refrains. I am not fixed within signs but adrift within signals. Like a bat or a dolphin, I hear scanned frequencies otherwise inaudible to my human limitations and these voices and tones captured from the aether seem to me to
be our equivalent of those voices of gods who spoke words that flew; music asserts its regional and cultural affiliations and yet at the same time it drifts unmoored
in the ocean of sound." Graphic design by Fabrizio Radaelli; Photography by Stephan Crasneanscki; Printed and assembled in Italy by Grafiche Antiga. Record pressing: Optimal Media, Germany; Mastering by Stefan Betke at ~Scape Mastering, Berlin; 160 gram vinyl; Edition of 300." - Dischi Fantom.

Artist: SPAHN RANCH
Title: Back To The Wood
Format: LP
Label: Dais
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Somewhere in the dusky afterglow of the 80s Detroit underground, Brad Horowitz and Odell Nails stumble into the live show of local post-punk outfit Grief Factory, fronted by the enigmatic singer Bob Sterner. Unbeknownst to these three players, this encounter would lay the groundwork for the formation of one of Detroits most preeminent musical secrets, Spahn Ranch.

Blending the moody goth minimalism of their art-punk predecessors with the unique lo-fi drone intuition that had forsaken most hardcore punk audiences, Spahn Ranch became a staple curiosity in Detroit, opening for one of Jesus & Mary Chains first North American shows, and always searching for their place within the 80s underground circuit. In 1986, the bands singular album output entitled “Thickly Settled” was released on Insight Records run by kindred spirit Eric Cope...the front man of seminal 80s post-punk outfit Glorious Din and publisher of the likeminded fanzine Wiring Dept. After the albums initial release, Spahn Ranch would take on bassist Hobey Echlin and perform alongside countless luminaries such as Killing Joke, Swans and Psychic TV.

Once the decade came to a dramatic close, Spahn Ranchs brief touring stints would wind down to a halt and their ranks dispersed into the various avenues of adult life, taking with it the memories and experiences of its reserved members. Sadly, the year 2008 brought with it the passing of singer Bob Sterner, leaving the legacy of Spahn Ranch to its surviving cast. 30 years after the creation of “Thickly Settled,” Dais Records releases this recent compendium of the bands work, which celebrates their impact and reinterprets their output for a current audience. “Back to the Wood” is a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings, cassette rarities and select tracks from the long out of print “Thickly Settled” LP, all remastered and supervised by Odell Nails and Brad Horowitz with exclusive liner notes from now rock music journalist Hobey Echlin, along with rare photos and other ephemera, released digitally and in a limited edition of 100 copies on yellow vinyl and 400 standard black vinyl." - Dais.

Artist: SQUADRA OMEGA
Title: Nervoso
Format: LP
Label: Holidays
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"Squadra Omega teams up again revealing itself in the shape of a trio composed of -- exactly as for the session which gave birth to Il Serpente Nel Cielo (2015) -- OmegaFrank (drums), OmegaG8 (bass, electronics), and OmegaMatt (guitar, organ, sax, electronics). An improvised session recorded live by Matt Bordin at Outside Inside Studio, where the Squadra goes nervously free -- constantly suspended and harmonically non resolved -- following a trail of skilled atonal jazz rock guitar tunes leading to moments of dazed electronics. Definitely not an easy-listening album, wonderfully rendered. For fans of early ECM records. Masterful cut made by Daniel Krieger at SST in Frankfurt. Edition of 250." - Holidays.

Artist: STEVENS, MICK
Title: Sweet Dreams
Format: LP
Label: Branco Label
Country: Japan
Price: $40.00
Edition of 150 copies in hand painted/stamped sleeves with full color magazine sized insert. "Unreleased materials of Mick Stevens. Mick recorded these materials in 1972 to 1978. Hand-made cover by color spray and stamp. The cover design is quoted from an original copy of See The Morning LP. Included a booklet that lists liner notes by Andrew Stevens and lyrics of only 8 songs." "..a versatile and genius person who continues to continue to release its independent production record by demonstrating its focusing power by overdubbing multiple recordings with ping-pong recording by restricted 2-tape tape deck... " (Branco label website via Google Translate)

Artist: SUN RA/MERZBOW
Title: Strange City
Format: LP
Label: Cold Spring
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
2017 repress. 180 gram vinyl. Includes download code. "Cold Spring Records present Strange City (CSR 228CD & CSR 229LP) featuring completely different music on each format. Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the Sun Ra estate, Cold Springs Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the Sun Ra archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita (Merzbow). The tracks incorporate the jazz power of Sun Ra, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist Merzbow.” - Cold Spring.

Artist: TELAIO MAGNETICO
Title: Live 75
Format: LP
Label: Black Sweat
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"Black Sweat Records present an expanded reissue of Telaio Magneticos Live 75, including unreleased tracks from the super groups only tour in 1975. Telaio Magnetico was composed of Franco Battiato, Lino Capra Vaccina, Juri Camisasca, Mino Di Martino, Roberto Mazza, and Terra Di Benedetto. In the mid 70s, the Italian underground scene seemed to mature an existential priority of yearning toward a new psychological universe, with a firm idea to colonize an uncharted space of a necessary and infinite path of spiritual redemption. In this context, the short experience of Telaio Magnetico was born from the confluence of the Battiatos experimental efforts, in works such as Sulle Corde Di Aries (1973), Clic (1974), and M.elle "Le Gladiator" (1975), and the Albergo Intergalattico Spaziales new esoteric electronics. A mosaic of metamorphic sounds and frequencies of unfamiliar constellations, the music of Telaio is an imaginary trimurti of "energy-cosmos-mind". Synths and Lowrey organs draw sidereal labyrinths and landscapes, scanned to infinity by a harmonic percussions arsenal. Whispering and radical improved vocals are lost as delusional fugues in centrifugal vortices and, at the same time, seem to offer a compendium of religious chants which evoke Tibetan choruses, Indian pujas or the Gregorian tradition. Reemerging sometimes as Sufi cadences and relaxations, or pastoral-tribal elements on which the chamber carpet of oboe blows like Arabs, Egyptians, or Moroccans pifferos. That traced is not only a galactic river, but also a Mediterranean circumnavigation: a unique creative moment that, in addition to the references with the German kosmische music and British space-rock, seems to be perfumed by the influence of Gurdjieffian mystic and even had roots in the minimalist drones of Terry Riley and La Monte Young, also drawing parallels to the contemporary research of authors such as Alvin Curran and the following explorations of Futuro Antico." - Black Sweat.

Artist: UNIVERS ZERO
Title: Heresie
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"Sub Rosa present a reissue of Univers Zeros second album Heresie, originally released in 1979. 2010 remixed version (Cuneiform Records). A classic of chamber rock music, featuring heavy use of dissonance and dark, brooding, and extremely complex melodies. Comes on limited edition orange and gold vinyl; Includes insert; 380 gram sleeve.

"This music on this LP might have little to do with rock, and might also be a massive downer, but the quality of the writing and playing is extremely high. Michel Berckmans solo work on oboe and bassoon work is magnificent, and Patrick Hanappiers string playing (violin and viola) also demonstrates the precision of a trained classical musician, along with demonic avant-garde scraping and howling on Jack The Ripper. Best of all, Univers Zero never cheapens the effect of the music with any of the stock cartoon licks which are associated with the gothic genre today. Group members sound deadly serious about what theyre doing, which might call their sanity into question, but which makes for an incredibly powerful listening experience. In fact, Heresie is a stunning one-of-a-kind item that has never been duplicated by anyone -- including Univers Zero." - William Tilland, AllMusic.

Artist: V/A
Title: Early Traditional Instruments In Asia
Format: LP
Label: Shiok!
Country: Singapore
Price: $26.00
"From the metal chimes of the gamelan, to the Burmese harp, passing through the Chinese Hu Chin, a traditional and ancient chordophone-bowed lute, Early Traditional Instruments In Asia is a sheer historical document that represents some of the most ancient instruments known to mankind. 45rpm audiophile vinyl; Limited edition of 300." - Shiok!

Artist: V/A
Title: Nasi Hostia: Experimental Studio Bratislava Series 3
Format: LP + CD
Label: 4MG
Country: Slovakia
Price: $27.00
"This series of electro acoustic music and musique concrète was started in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Experimental Studio Bratislava, Exs. Series 1 (4MG 007LP, 2015) introduced its listeners to Iná Hudba and other music from the first generation of Slovak avant-garde composers recorded in the Exs, mostly with self-built electronic equipment behind the Iron Curtain. Series 2 (4MG 009LP, 2016) provided a platform for Nova Generacia, the new generation of Slovak composers using Western equipment -- now integrated in the "five year plan" to purchase in the West... -- and influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, and Pietro Grossi, among others. Series 3, titled Nasi Hostia, casts the recordings of visiting composers at the Exs, like György Ligeti, Lothar Voigtländer, Liviu Dandara, etc. The backbone to these unusual, landmark recordings were the highly esteemed Annual International Seminars on New Music in Smolenice, Slovakia. The first seminar, held in 1968, was and attended by Karlheinz Stockhausen -- playing his "Hymnen" for the first time abroad -- for the Slovak composers an ear-opener and a learning process on how "to make" this kind of "music"... In the following years new music personalities, like Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Lutoslawski, Gorecki, Sofia Gubajdulina, etc. attended the Smolenice Seminars. Unfortunately the partial opening of the Iron Curtain and the general cultural upsurge of the 1960s were frozen by tanks in 1968. Neo-Stalinistic "normalization" of the early 1970s violently pushed this -- and not only this -- creative branch beyond the borders of permitted cultural activities. This album offers the world premiere of: "Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes" by György Ligeti, performed and recorded in Smolenice Seminars, 1968 -- approved by the composer! Of particular interest is a student of Stockhausen and Ligeti: Romanian Liviu Dandara, with his outstanding electro acoustic composition "Affectus Memoria" that shows his artistic development after his studies in Darmstadt. The famous East German composer Lothar Voigtländer is presented here with his never released "Meditation Sur Le Temps", the almost forgotten Czech composer has here his "comeback" with the extraordinary "Speleofonie" -- just to name a few East European composers to discover from the analog past of the 70s. The seven recordings all date from 1968-1982, and also features compositions by: Milan Slavický, Georg Katzer, Lothar Voigtlaender, Zoltán Pongrácz, and Alois Piňos. Includes CD with each track presented at full-length; Edition of 500 (numbered)." - 4MG.

Artist: V/A
Title: The Spirit Of Indonesia
Format: LP
Label: Shiok!
Country: Singapore
Price: $26.00
"The Spirit Of Indonesia is a newly curated collection of traditional tunes from various regions and ethnic groups of the South East Asian archipelago. These historic live recordings are as "first-take" as it gets, conveying the true soul and spirit of this wonderful region, through discrete pieces coming from very different heritages. 45rpm audiophile vinyl; Limited edition of 300." - Shiok!

Artist: VA
Title: La Natura E LUomo
Format: LP
Label: Intervallo
Country: Italy
Price: $27.00
"Intervallo present a reissue of La Natura E LUomo, originally released in 1973. Intervallos third reissue in the incredible series of nature-themed libraries originally released in the first half of the 70s by Cardium, Chic, Nereide, Musical, Rhombus, Spring, and Weekend labels. Real hardcore collector items which gave birth to a small cult during the last four decades. La Natura E LUomo, (Italian for "nature and mankind"), first came out in 1973; despite being part of the same series as Biologia Marina (1973) and Ittiologia (1973) (part of Intervallos reissue series), it is actually a different affair, in which the avant-garde urge partly leaves room for sweeter, acoustic atmospheres. But there are also amazing examples of ambient experimentations such as "Protozoi" or "Venus", both featured in two versions. The main characters of this release are pretty much the same ones we met in the other volumes: Alessandro Alessandroni, Franco Tamponi, and Amedeo Tommasi. La Natura E LUomo also introduces two new names: Marco Di Marco, author of the tracks with a more definite easy listening mood, is a pianist and a jazz composer from Bologna, while the alias Kema hides Alessandronis wife, the amazingly talented Giulia De Muittis, who was an equally formidable force. She and her husband are responsible for the most enticing tracks of the album: "Bassa Marea", "Pescatori", and "Venus". Edition of 400." - Intervallo.

Artist: VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE
Title: The Boston Tea Party January 10th 1969
Format: Double LP
Label: Spyglass
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
Repressed. "180 gram vinyl; Gatefold sleeve. The Velvet Underground, live at The Boston Tea Party on January 10th, 1969. Doug Yule joined the VU in October 1968, and had become an important contributor to the band by early 1969. This superb live set was taped on January 10th at the Boston Tea Party, which Lou Reed once described as his favorite place to play, and finds the quartet tearing through a series of extended and reworked versions of their classics, with fiery guitar interplay throughout - an essential document of a great band at their most vital. The entire set is presented here, remastered, with background notes and images." - Spyglass.

Artist: VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE
Title: The Boston Tea Party July 11th 1969
Format: Double LP
Label: Spyglass
Country: UK
Price: $33.00
Repressed. "180 gram vinyl; Gatefold sleeve. The Velvet Underground, live at The Boston Tea Party on July 11th, 1969. The Boston Tea Party was the leading underground rock club, and something of a home from home for the Velvet Underground. Lou Reed even described it as his favorite place to play in the late 60s. This superb live set was taped there on Friday, July 11th, and finds the quartet performing numerous tracks from their recently released third album (1969), as well as epic renditions of "Run Run Run" and "Sister Ray" - an essential document of a great band at their peak. The entire set is presented here, remastered, with background notes and images." - Spyglass.

Artist: VOIGT/465
Title: Slights Still Unspoken (1978-1979)
Format: CD
Label: Mental Experience
Country: Spain
Price: $18.00
"Mental Experience present an expanded reissue of Voigt/465s 1979 album Slights Spoken, titled Slights Still Unspoken (1978-1979). Formed in Sydney in 1976, Voigt/465 was a truly unique band from the exciting days of the Australian post-punk scene. Heavily influenced by such luminaries as the Velvets, Stooges, Syd Barrett, Pere Ubu, Can, Faust, Henry Cow, Slapp Happy, and Enos Roxy Music, they created an abrasive sound in which krautrock, DIY, avant-garage, post-punk, psych, art-rock, and free improv-noise combined to form a sound unlike any other. In 1978, they released one of the first DIY 45s from Australia, State/A Secret West, which showed their "pop-psych" side and was played by John Peel in the UK. The following year, their bass player Lindsay OMeara decided to leave the band and join Crime & The City Solution in Melbourne. Before parting ways, Voigt/465 decided to record one last album as a testament. Slights Spoken saw the light in 1979 and its without doubt one of the most fascinating albums from the post-punk/DIY era. The entire album is featured here, including the two tracks from their first 45. Includes download coupon which features three live tracks from 78-79, including killer covers of Faust, Can, and Roxy Music. RIYL: Can, Faust, Pere Ubu, Roxy Music, Family Fodder, The Homosexuals, Slapp Happy, This Heat, Pop Group, Primitive Calculators. Remastered sound; Insert with rare photos and liner notes by band member Phil Turnbull." - Mental Experience.

Artist: WIMEANACAS CAMBODIAN BAND
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Little Axe
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Holica and Sovann Yoeun were both working musicians in their native Cambodia when they fled the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Settling in Portland, Oregon they formed Wimeanacas Band which translates to Castle In The Sky. This is their second album, originally released on cassette in 1987. An amazing album of Cambodian celebration music, Wimeanacas played weddings, new year parties and community events during their 10 year existence. For this record, the band recorded all original numbers and had grown to a 10 piece ensemble." - Little Axe.

Artist: WITCH
Title: In The Past
Format: LP
Label: Now-Again
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"2017 repress. In The Past, their second album, is the perfect follow-up for anyone exposed to the Witch band through their landmark Introduction." -Now-Again.

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