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Artist: ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE PINK LADIES BLUES
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $21.00
"WARNING: Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues is a different group than the well-known Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO and Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno. This new Japanese band was created in April 2005 by Magic Aum Gigi. His main works with the Melting Paraiso UFO can be found on the album Absolutely Freak-Out (2001), the compilation Do Whatever You Want, Dont Do Whatever You Dont Want !! (2002), and has released his own solo album MMMM - My Metal Machine Music (2004). Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues is an underground punk blues trio composed by two guitarists (Tsuchy, Magic Aum Gigi) with one drum (Mai Mai). Their first album: Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues featuring the Sun Love and the Heavy Metal Thunder is a deep raw trip and a wild transgression of mother nature filtered by the occult powers! This love potion is made by thunder guitars, power drums, plus various electronics and acoustic sounds, and vocals. If reviewers have often compared the sound of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO close to Amon Düül 2, so, Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues sounds close to Amon Düül 1. A surprising and an impressive first recording in this beginning of new century that you should hear to believe it!" -Fractal.

Artist: BULTEAU, MICHEL
Title: Rincures
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: FRANCE
Price: $16.00
"A brand new album by Michel Bulteau (Mahogany Brain leader, French underground 70s) + Jean François Pauvros on guitar and Ernie Brooks on bass." Bulteau dead-pans various texts over a richly detailed, post-Sonic Youth field of ambient guitar wash from Pauvros. A very impressive update on the lost French underground spirit, strange and dark, filmic. Its been a couple decades since Mahoganny Brains Smooth Sick Lights, but this is a most acceptable follow up." - Fractal

Artist: CIRCLE X
Title: Live In Dijon 79
Format: 10"
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Circle X new release! An unreleased live by this legendary cult no-wave NY band after the group disbanded in 1995. In around fifteen years existence since their formation in 1978, the history of Circle X can be divided in 2 parts and for each, with few but always powerful releases: the late 70s / early 80s with 2 singles + 1 vinyl LP, and for the second one: 4 singles, 1 CD and 1 mini CD for the early until mid-90s. Today, its a great delight to see the first official Circle X live album. And what a document! The Circle X historical concert at the University of Dijon, the first gig in France at their debut in 1979 when the group was established in that city. The performance of the band that night was short but truly outstanding. A very, very, high tension.... No need to say more!!! The players were: Dave Letendre on drum, Rik Letendre on guitar, Tony Pinotti on vocal and Bruce Witsiepe on guitar. The present 10" vinyl edition also includes 3 unreleased bonus tracks with the first studio version of Beyond Standard (1979) and 2 other studio tracks from the last period (1994), plus insert with liner notes by Rik Letendre and some rare photos. The sound quality isnt perfect but good enough for make this object acceptable and valid. In fact, you have here, 30 years later, the real first Circle X record like it had to be released at that time!! Well, call it like you want.. but its already and obviously a fantastic and an essential release." -Fractal
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Artist: DDAA
Title: Action and Japanese Demonstration
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $27.00
"There were bands like Can in Germany, Nurse With Wound in UK, The Residents in USA, and there were Deficit Des Annees Anterieures in France. Formed in 1979 by 3 artists from the Beaux-Arts of Caen: Jean-Luc André, Sylvie Martineau-Fée, Jean-Philippe Fée; DDAA was one of the leaders of the independent, experimental, industrial 80s French scene with their highly artistic, peculiar and thoughtful vision, which is brilliantly illustrated by their own label Illusion Production (more than 40 references published). This undoubtedly makes DDAA one of the most outstanding bands of the French underground over the last thirty years! Behind this radical and utopian group are three self-taught musicians of high creativity with a surprising and rich discography, around thirty titles released under all formats: vinyl LP, singles, 10", tapes, CDs and many compilations (some deleted titles are still very collectable today). From a post-punk/avant-garde/surrealistic music made by improvisations and collages, DDAA created an odd and captivating world, somehow naive but truly emotional. Eternal travellers from the imaginary (into space and time), after they ventured in Africa (1980), in the Maracayace land (2000), in the Russia of the Tsars from the 19th century (Les Ambulants 1984) or even with the French poets from the 16th century (Ronsard 1988), DDAA went to Japan with Action and Japanese Demonstration in 1982. And they will be well inspired by the land of the rising sun, so its no surprise to see them, the next year, on the Paris-Tokyo compilation and also in the Pascal Comelade album Detail Monochrome (1984) on the track Pluie Japonaise. First full-length vinyl album (Illusion Production -- IP010) and a cornerstone in their history, Action and Japanese Demonstration is considered by many fans as one of the best DDAA works to date. A fascinating album! Ten actions and poetic demonstrations like Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), refined and entrancing atmospheres, drawn and played by the 3 dadaïsts with synths, vocals, chorus, crazy guitars, percussions, rhythms box, flutes and noises and Bernard C and Marcel Kanche on sax. For a long time unavailable, this album is finally reissued on CD for the first time with 2 unreleased tracks from the same recording session plus 20 minutes bonus Musique et Bruits du Bas Pa-Tât, a collection of 7 rare tracks from 1985 originally released on tape for the very limited Jean-Luc Andrés comic strip titled Mutants du Kwantung. This is a dark ethnic report which brings you in the primitive southern China before Jesus Christ. This CD reissue is an exact reproduction of the vinyl LP, and is packaged like the original in an heavy card sleeve hand fold plus a 16 page color booklet with all inserts, texts and unreleased pictures (DDAA live in 1979!). Remixed and remastered from the master tapes, this gem is now available again after more than 25 years. Action and Japanese Demonstration is a pure delight, a kind of improbable meeting between the famous artist Joseph Beuys and the master of the ceremony Sen No Rikyu. Splendid!" - Fractal.
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Artist: DIZA STAR
Title: Blues Reason To Live
Format: 7"
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $11.00
"Three tracks, including a High Rise cover. Dedicated to Howlin Wolf." - Fractal. "Our Legs Are Our Car, Our Legs Are Our Freedom We Are Living In The Ice Age The Disa-Ster World Is By Definition Vertical, Dizzy Sound An Exciting Up And Down Where Nothing Is Sure, Anytime Two Left Hand Guitarists, The Good And The Bad Player Dig Up Three Unreleased Tracks From Our Archive Our Electric Free Blues Music We Knew Well That It Should Be Released Properly The Blues Reason To Live Love Your Devil Side And Your Enemy" - Diza Star.

Artist: ILITCH
Title: Hors Temps/Out of Time
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: FRANCE
Price: $19.00
"Thierry Muller -- Ilitchs head -- is the multi-instrumentalist dark experimental French composer who started his musical career with the band Arcane as an underground electronics improvisations outfit around the years 1974. Albums Periodkmintrouble 1978 & 10 suicides 1980 were Ilitch first two works followed by the Ruth pop synth project Polaroid roman photo in 1985. All three are now reissued on CD with many unreleased bonus material by Fractal Records. Well received by many critics today, Ilitch took a solid place in the French underground scene from that area and was a serious source of influence on several groups/artists such as The Legendary Pink Dots for instance. After 24 years, the third and brand new Ilitch album is now released, titled ironically Hors Temps / Out of time and was composed during the last five years. More than a gap, its a generation of sounds in between... and Thierry Muller is at the rendez-vous : a full album in 9 electropopsonics excursions through the time with a pleiade of colored sounds (vocals, guitar, vocals, drums, percussions, farfisa, rhythmic programms, treated piano etc...). >From the mellow pop to the angry waves, Hors Temps / Out of time is a blink at the early hours and a poetic reflexion and vision on life. With the participation of the great musician poet Philippe Doray. Subtle pop power for adult entertainment. Rendez-vous Hors Temps." - Fractal

Artist: ILITCH
Title: Periodikmindtrouble
Format: Double CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $20.00
"Periodikmindtrouble is Ilitchs (a.k.a Thierry Muller) first album, released on Oxygène Rec. in 1978. This reissue present for the first time the complete works of Periodkmindtrouble such as it had been conceived and should be released at that time: as a double LP. So, here it is as a double CD (including a 12 pages color booklet) with the following musical works : the album Periodikmindtrouble in its entirety, plus the complete recordings of Innerfilmsequence, plus the unreleased track Ballades urbaines, plus some archives from 1974 as bonus tracks (total time : 146 minutes). Thierry Muller is a French guitarist, who has made three LPs : Periodikmindtrouble (1978), 10 Suicides (1980), Polaroïd/Roman/Photo (1985). The music is electronic, experimental, harsh, repetitive, personal and can be compare with Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Cluster, Conrad Schnitzler, Kraftwerk, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Heldon, Lard Free. Unfortunately unrecognized in France (even not mention in the booklet introduction of the 3CD Box set French compilation 30 Years Of Musical Insurrection In France 1968-1998 ...!), Ilitch did not fall in the ear of a deaf person, because it is not by accident if Thierry Muller appears on the famous list by Steven Stapleton/Nurse With Wound on Chance meeting... (1979)!" - Fractal
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Artist: KNEAD
Title: This Melting Happiness - I Want You To Realize That It Is Another Trap
Format: LP
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $30.00
"Knead is Keiji Haino + Ruins. This second album -- Live in Tokyo 2001 -- is the very first recording of the band. Limited edition, 220gr. vinyl." - Fractal

Artist: MAGIC AUM GIGI
Title: Starring Keiko
Format: LP
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $27.00
"Magic Aum Gigi 2nd solo album after his first raga-metal-drone opus My Metal Machine Music released in 2004 on SSW label. Started since 3 years, this new project due to be released on CD by a Japanese label has finally saw a terminal issue on vinyl produced by Fractal. Starring Keiko with its pastiche cover from Ash Ra Tempel 5th album is a deep cosmic Chant dAmour concept album turned around an ensemble of 4 tracks for 4 instruments: a piece for Jews harp, a piece for voice, a piece for synthesizer and a piece for guitar. Space music, highly repetitive. Limited numbered vinyl edition of 200 copies." -Fractal.

Artist: MAHOGANY BRAIN
Title: Some Cocktail Suggestions
Format: LP
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $26.00
"Brand new and third album by the 70s French underground free-rock cult band Mahogany Brain. Some Cocktail Suggestions (March 2005) is the logical and inevitable prolongation of the first two albums, With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger) (December 1970 - released in 1971) and Smooth Sick Lights (June 1972 - released in 1977), all in all the third shutter of a trilogy and which could be entitled: Mahogany Brain or how to play Russian roulette in the artificial paradises. Thirty-five years for an unexplainable trilogy. However, if one symbolically looks at the first album on Futura as the injection of drugs (the true original record cover was a photograph showing an arm with a syringe and following the stop to publish the famous stereotype for reason of censure of the time, the group chose an entirely black cover as a mourning). The second on Pôle (with the title wink in Sister Ray) would be rather the action as if the track headlight suggests which opens the album Green Winter of Revolvers which is the soundtrack of the crazy short film of Michel Bulteau Main Line. Mahogany Brain always developed a music radical, unforeseeable, hard, voluntarily unfinished, and with this album, they continue the adventure even further: decomposition of the music, recomposition of the juxtaposed voices, artistic blur, collages, mad guitars, all very amalgamated in a magma broken rocknroll. Mahogany Brain was created during the summer 1970, and was composed by two central personalities, the alter ego Michel Bulteau (leader and founder of the group) and Patrick Geoffrois (the man without whom Mahogany Brain could never have existed). Writer, film maker, Bulteau also carried out five albums in solo (whose Rinçures on Fractal in 1999) hes the last of the electric poets and his meeting with Geoffrois was also electric - Bulteau created a rock band but it is Geoffrois which created the dynamics of the group. Geoffrois was a sharp sectional view, and he recall a little the revolted and destroying spirit of a certain Peter Laughner (Rocket From The Tombs), he will join later the group of James Chance & the Contortions in New York at the end of the 70s or he will sow the discord besides! Two complementary strong energies and spontaneousness, the process was engaged. Mahogany Brain is an atypical group in the Parisian underground, they play with their tripes and as with their veins, it is an experience out of the limit, not-conventional, with only one concert in all their history, and probably the most subversive formation as there was to see in France! Some Cocktail Suggestions is incontestably matter dangerous? To taste with great whiskeys." - Fractal. Great record!

Artist: MAINLINER
Title: Psychedelic Polyhedron
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $19.00
"First CD reissue of the long time deleted Mainliners second album featuring the legendary heavy psychedelic trio : Asahito Nanjo (bass, vocal), Makoto Kawabata (guitar), Tatsuya Yoshida (drums). Warning : including an unreleased 10 minutes ultra killer track as bonus. An absolute must for all fans of this unique Japanese Underground scene from the late 90s." - Fractal.
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Artist: MUSIQUE CONCRET
Title: Bringing Up Baby
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $18.00
"Reissue of a rare UK album from 1981. Musique Concret were an obscure London duo composed by Jim Friedman & Michael Mullen with a short lived musical history : their sole album Bringing up Baby was originally released on Steven Stapletons label United Dairies and there is also one short track on a compilation. This is a great experimental power electronics works with the use of many delay and echo, tape recorder manipulations, collages, rhythms box, noise, and others studio trickery, naturally close to Nurse With Wound first period, Faust or others German 70s innovative bands. Completely forgotten nowadays, Bringing up Baby is really much more than just an interesting curiosity, its a true highly original recordings from the early 80s. A lost jewel." - Fractal

Artist: NANJO GROUP MUSICA, ASAHITO
Title: Comtemporary Kagura-Metaphysics
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: FRANCE
Price: $19.00
"A work of contemporary music performed in the rock idiom by Japanese underground rock legend, Asahito Nanjo. Nanjo is active in a wide variety of rock groups, but Group Musica exits in order to pursue a more universal musical vibration. Group Musica is an ensemble that pursues the free use of every type of Western and Eastern musical instrument, is propelled by the vibrations of very subtle rhythms, and that has internalized the methodology of minimalism. The concept behind this album is transform Kagura, an ancient form of Japanese music and dance that was performed for the gods, and is to convert the ideas of Secret teachings and ancient Chinese methods of divination (the I-Ching) into a metaphysics of musical vibrations. The concept of Kagura allows Group Musica to create a unique work that is an experimental symphonic composition, which nonetheless has many rich improvisatory elements. In this unique work, the symbolic/philosophical nature of ancient esotericism is incorporated as improvisation, while the I-Ching is related to avant-garde symphonics. These are then fused into a total concept. Many different musicians from various genres participate in Group Musica, but their contributions are filtered through Nanjos musical sense and thus altered, fused and structured. It is for this reason that remain anonymous -- Group Musica exists as a total entity. Recorded in 1993 & 1994, this album is a colossal long studio works which has necessitated more than 400 overdubbings. An extraordinary adventure in sounds and the most astonishing musical project by High Rises leader." - Fractal

Artist: OHKAMI NO JIKAN
Title: Mort Nuit
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $17.00
"Ohkami No Jikan is a Japanese psychedelic group led by Asahito Nanjo (vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards, composer, producer). Nanjo is the leader of many other groups, including High Rise, Musica Transonic and Toho Sara. Apart from Nanjo, the line-up is not fixed but varies according to the concept that the group is following at any particular time. Members of many Japanese underground groups, including Fushitsusha, Les Rallizes D/nud/s, Toho Sara and Holy Angel have participated in Ohkami No Jikan, pursuing different musical approaches. Depending upon the members and concept the sound of this unique group varies dramatically, the one constant is the vibration created by Nanjo. As a psychedelic group that explores all music, from heavy, dark sounds to jazz, contemporary and experimental, Ohkami No Jikan occupies an important position in the Japanese underground scene. After only three tracks available on compilation (Tokyo Flashback 2 PSF, Japan:new psychedelic underground Manifatture Criminali & Live from the devils triangle, Vol.2 KFJC-FM), Mort Nuit is their first album. They concentrate on the heaviness of minimal music : a dark group textures that psychedelicise the gap between the silence of medieval music and the dynamism of 20th century composition." - Fractal.
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Artist: PARMEGIANI, BERNARD
Title: Chants Magnétiques
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $20.00
"Here is a masterpiece of electronic music! French musician Bernard Parmegiani has composed Chants Magnetiques in 1974, one of the most sought-after Parmegiani albums - a monster rarity which is almost impossible to find. This obscure album was composed around the same time as De Natura Sonorum during the mid-70s, a particularly important and effervescent era for Bernard Parmegiani. Indeed, as if one can say that De Natura Sonorum is one of the best of Parmegianis serious works in terms of technics-sound-harmonic-tone, then there is no doubt that Chants Magnétiques is his chef-doeuvre on his dark side, the Parmegianis hidden face that few people know nowadays. A collection of 10 united tracks under the title album name Chants Magnétiques/Magnetic Fields - titled before Jean Michel Jarres album - and musically, in summary, more experimental, more organic, more spacey album in comparison to his famous INA-GRM works. This reissue on CD for the first time will rejoice all music lovers from Edgard Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tod Dockstader to Musica Elettronica Viva, Nurse With Wound, Organum, Conrad Schnitzler. Official remastered edition from the original master tapes with the original cover sleeve." - Fractal.
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Artist: PARMEGIANI, BERNARD
Title: Jazzex
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $19.00
"This album is a collection of early works from the late 60s by the French electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani. Born in Paris (1927) and rich of a catalogue des oeuvres of more than 60 pieces, including classics such as Violistries 1965, La Roue Ferris 1971, Pour en finir avec le pouvoir dOrphée 1971/72, De Natura Sonorum 1974/75, the 4 pieces presented in this edition is a perfect exemple for discovering the unusual territories and the eclectism language of the composer : JazzEx for electronic tape and Jazz Quartet (Jean-Louis Chautemps : saxophone, Bernard Vitet : trompet, Charles Saudrais : drums, Gilbert Rovère : bass) create at the Festival de Royan in 1966. Pop Eclectic 1969, is an electro-acoustic divertimento composed for the Peter Foldés movie. Du pop à lâne 1969, is a collage plunderphonics work. And Et après 1973, is an electronic tango featuring Michel Portal on bandoneon. The present version is unreleased and was recorded live at the Festival Manca in 1996. Liner notes by Jean-Louis Chautemps." - Fractal.
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Artist: RUTH
Title: Polaroid/Roman/Photo
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $16.00
"Remastered CD reissue of the third album of Thierry Müller (aka Ilitch) released in 1985 under the name of Ruth, with a 16 pages booklet (which includes the original vinyl booklet), plus three bonus tracks: two versions of Polaroïd/roman/photo from 1982 & 1984 and a remix track by LOrchestra Inachevé (aka Patrick Müller and Laurent Saïet). Ruth is a 10 musicians collective, led by Thierry Müller: Marc Duconseille (saxophones flutes), Gérard Nouvel (trumpet), Pascal Morrow: violin, Parice Gillaumat: drums, Frédéric Lapierre: words vocals chorus, Frédéric Cambon: vocals, Christine Snabre et Mika Tessarech: chorus, Philippe Doray: words, Thierry Müller: guitar synthetizers organ sequencer vocals words. Polaroïd/roman/photo is a relax mood erotic-melodic-synthe-80s pop, very musical and structured album, with fine arrangements, closed to Kraftwerk early 80s period. Also, includes a clever cover of She brings the rain by Can." - Fractal
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Artist: SEIKAZOKU
Title: Out Takes 1966 - 1978
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $16.00
"Blatantly mis-monikered outing (recorded in 1996) by this new supergrouping of Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins/Musica Transonic/Koenjihyakkei), Makoto Kawabata (Toho Sara/Mainliner/Musica Transonic) and Atsushi Tsuyama (Omoide Hatoba). A welcome re-entry to the field of +12 dB analogue overload (lacking on certain recent new-japan sessions) and improv-psych-stumble featuring at least 20 different instruments in varied settings. Some unexpected passages of Moog-flash and power drumming counter sedate sections of Toho-Sara-ish eastern sun-god-altar virgin-sacrifice. A grand jostle to existing fans of this somewhat daunting scene of Japanese heavy-fumble, and a novel entry for the uninitiated." --Hrvatski. "Seikazoku is playing improvisation between progressive, psychedelic rock and modern, traditional music. Featuring 16 tracks, with drums, bass, guitar Hammond organ, Rhodes, Moog, piano, percussions, oboe, kazoo, bouzouki, sarangi, violin, hyoutan syamisen and voices. Full of ideas, effects and energy: a real new sound from Japan."
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Artist: V/A
Title: Amaterasu
Format: Double CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $33.00
"First volume of the Fractal Twin project (volume two is forthcoming). Amaterasu is a new themed concept Japanese compilation featuring : Mineko Itakura (Angel & Heavy Sirup), Kengo Iuchi, Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), Kousokuya, Jun Kuriyama (ex Ox), Miminokoto, Naoaki Miyamoto, Chie Mukai, Seiji Nagai (ex Taj Mahal Travellers), Overhang Party, Space Machine, Mitsuru Tabata (Zeni Geva, Leningrad Blues Machine), Totsuzen Danball, Atsushi Tsuyama (Acid Mothers Temple, Omoide Hatoba), Masayoshi Urabe. Liner notes by Alan Cummings. 15 unreleased long tracks." - Fractal.

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