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Artist: ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS
Title: Caeduceus and Black Sal
Format: LP
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"The latest in Ashtray Navigations ongoing vinylization of our out-of-print CDR catalogue has this amped-up mindbender from 2007... yes, the one with the cute little doggies on the cover. Except now theyre on the label and the vinyl is pink. And there is no cover, just a PVC bag so it matches the Red Culture reissue. One side featuring a thick dinner of swirling tambouras, electric sitars and synths blasting out of tiny battery amp speakers wrapped in buzzing tinfoil (a description of the methodology here and not just the sound!). One side of clubfooted samba rhythms and twin guitar sustain overload which offers a key as to why Ashtray Navigations set at Thurstons ATP a few years ago was roundly condemned as "Santana" in certain circles. Ashtray at its heaviest and most monolithic, though those words are often apply, I guess. Pink vinyl LP. . . . limited to 250 copies" -Memoirs of an Aesthete

Artist: ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS
Title: Johnny Fuckoff Minotour (Easter Exit 2)
Format: CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"....and a new one from easter 2009. Believe it or not, these are the first 2009 Ashtray Navigations recordings to be released, so there. And this is quite definitely the last in the "painted clamshells" series of CDRs (this time they are mostly yellow, fact fans). Sort of a response to a review which described Ash Nav as "obviously Heldon-influenced"...news to me, but I decided to Go For It and prove the reviewer right. But imagine a bunch of early 70s frenchmen playing all of their psychedelic records, all of their Ocora records and all their prog/fusion at once whilst angry drum machines beamed in against their will from an alternate future blast out very mutated hip-hop beats. Apparently Mr. R.Pinhas was an attendee at a Paris Ash Nav gig and is said to have remarked "I thought they only had pop music in England these days". This release may prove him right also. This is also the first Ashtray release to be almost all digitally recorded....and youll be surprised how fucked up it sounds - gawd bless technology for giving us so many options. Our most fun-packed CDR for a while. Limited to 100 copies" -Memoirs Of An Aesthete

Artist: ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS
Title: Snakestrings/Hollywood Taught You To Kiss
Format: Double CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"double CDR! two tracks each exceeding 40 minutes. Snakestrings (i.e. disc 1) is a trip through strings and soundboxes, Phil Todd plays esraj, kemence, electric sitar and guitars until the electronic instruments rebel and propel the whole thing into psychedelic overdrive. Hollywood Taught You To Kiss (i.e. disc 2) is based around another Todd/Crowley/Legard trio excursion. Dedicated to Sun Ra and Andy Warhol respectively. Limited to 99 numbered copies." -Memoirs of an Aesthete

Artist: ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS
Title: Spray
Format: CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $10.00
"The cover of the latest CD-r from blog faves Ashtray Navigations (this time being Phil Todd solo) sports a noteworthy boast: aside from false starts with the percussion everything else therein is a first take. It is an interesting prospect. Despite being an accomplished improviser, Phils recorded output tends to be the result of much deliberation, overdubbing and editing. The guy puts the hours in and the result is a consistency unique amongst those similarly prolific. The slapdash should take note: no that wont do, be more like Phil instead. Anyway, in keeping with the vibe of the project I decided to review it in one take too. During a lunch break I found an unused basement teaching room in the university where I work, spread my kit across a table – food, pencil, three sheets of A4 paper, mp3 player – pushed the buds deep into my long-suffering ear canals, pressed play and wrote the following. Aside from some false starts on the punctuation, and some reconstruction following the disintegration of my sandwich and resultant beetroot stains, this is also a first take.

bubba omeiser: chimes, bells, calling the fairies to a gathering? A wedding? Getting heavier, maybe a mushroom vision of the forest, maybe the soundtrack to a 1970s documentary about jellyfish. Hang on – here come the space bongos (obviously this release does contain overdubs – presumably Phil means each element was recorded in one take. Some assembly was required)! Now there is an epic swishing hiss – reptiles in sunglasses are eating the wedding party! the awful backlash: ah, the guitar. A super-cool rhythmic shimmer underscores a sky-scraping psyche-rock wig-out. Phils ornithopter flaps lazily over the dunes (at this point I stared at the wall for a minute, lost in the solo. Nearby building work was making the floor vibrate nicely). This is Phil at his most free and, ironically, perhaps at his most accessible. I can imagine anyone whose tastes are guitar-led being won over by this to the shining path of AshNav, Fun ending as one of the hip lizards from earlier croaks along to the dying seconds. spray: Business! Initial bobbling sounds like an interlude in a modernist composition symbolising the rush of urban existence. Picture ballet dancers artfully avoiding each other as they hail cabs, meet their dates, go about a stylised version of city life. Im expecting this to resolve, to clarify but the layers continue to slide over each other, breathless. OK, now percussion is stapling it together and a low end is packing it away. Second movement, change of scene. Now the electrobibble seems like the chittering of nocturnal creatures, the wob-wob of the synth giving the impression of a tropical night that just wont cool. Act three sees the return our reptile friends. As the engine of their super-yacht idles in the background, ready to depart, they enjoy a quayside performance of Miles Davis style vibraphonic space jazz then, ha!, that is it. Blimey, for a 20 minute track that sure passed quickly." - Memoirs Of An Aesthete.
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Artist: ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS
Title: Whos Been Rocking My Dreamboat?
Format: CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"For the special surprise and delight of those poor neglected souls who think Ashtray was "better in ye olde days" (yeah, these people do seem to exist...give them a hapenny) we present a digital relaunch ing of this ramshackle vessel from 96. Two pieces for electronics from a cassette release on Italys Less Than Zero label. Also includes a violin and synth track revived from a split cassette (with Japans SUKORA) which Betley pooped out the same distant year. So you get 76 minutes worth, kids. Ashtray at its most minimal, akin to the sound you hear just before you fall asleep face down under a canal bridge (dont try this at home - the CDR is safer). And you can wake up to a whole sugarfresh morning with the new 3inch CDR listed below. Five English pounds also." - Memoirs Of The Aesthete.
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Artist: CHURINGA CANARIES
Title:
Format: CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"Christmas basement blowout with UK underground meta-stars PHIL TODD (ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS)! ... PHIL LEGARD (XENIS EMPUTAE TRAVELLING BAND)! ... TIRATH NIRMALA SINGH! (ex-JOHN CLYDE-EVANS)!... and... ALEX NEILSON (DIRECTING HAND, SCATTER, JANDEK, every other fucking band in the country)!! Vintage analogue muck noise meets free jazz in the Sunny Murray/Ayler tradition, recorded direct to cassette while the irons were hot. Limited to 100 copies on vinyl-look CDR with print gocco screenprints and very nice they look too. Dont miss this one as it wont be reissued." - Memoirs Of An Aesthete.

Artist: KOSAKAI, FUMIO
Title: Earth Calling
Format: LP
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $30.00
"Fumio Kosakai is best known as one half of Japanese Noise legends INCAPACITANTS and latterly HIJOKAIDAN. However, he has a long history in the Japanese psychedelic/electronic underground and we must also evoke lesser known projects such as TANGERINE DREAM SYNDICATE, GU-N, C.C.C.C., CLUB SKULL, BUSTMONSTERS etc etc. And then theres his elusive solo work. In 1987 and 1993, he self-released two very limited cassettes of sublime solo electronic minimalism, inspired by Terry Riley, Hawkwind and Taj Mahal Travellers. There were no more than 30 copies of each cassette sent out into the world. MEMOIRS OF AN AESTHETE have teamed up with CRATER LAKE RECORDS to reissue these cassettes as limited edition LPs. Heres the first one, from 1987, entitled "Earth Calling", straight from Mr. Kosakais original masters and sounding far better than the mp3 version which was doing the rounds a few years ago. A limited edition of 250 copies in a beautiful screenprint approximation of the original cover art expertly printed by Sir Michael Flower. And theres an official digital download version available for the turntaburly-deprived." Memoirs Of An Aesthete.

"This first cassette was produced based on the recording of a solo performance carried out at the free jazz venue "Good Man" in Ogikubo, Tokyo, which ran around about 1985 and 1986. The performance was done simultaneously using a self-made transmitter, mini-keyboard synthesizer, cassette tapes with environmental sounds recorded and a delay-like effect. For the two tunes on the A Side, some sounds were overdubbed later on at home. For the B side, the live performance was released as it was. The title of this cassette originates from the first tune on the live album "Space Ritual" by Hawkwind, from which I got a big impact. I interpreted these words as "Earth Calling" and aimed for such a sound universe. Especially the A side has more of this tendency, I suppose. On the B side, is my attempt to recreate the infinite repetition like "A Rainbow In Curved Air" by Terry Riley, which I admire. The performance was done using a small Yamaha synthesizer and digital delay. It appeared to have gone fairly well so I didnt add any other sounds. There was hardly any audience who came to the live performances at "Good Man" at that time. Normally it was less than five people and at worst case no-one turned up. Due to my lazyness and a lack of proper sales activity, there were actually less than 30 cassettes sold, I think. It is indeed a mystery that the music that rarely reached anyone ends up being listened in the corner of the world I have never imagined and then released again after more than 25 years. Thanks to Pete Cann and Phil Todd." - Fumio Kosakai (translated by Emi Ueno Neilson).

Artist: NACKT INSECTEN
Title: A Site Specific Piece of Avant-Garde Sound Art, Nothing To Be Worried About/Corridor Voyager (Quantum Odyssey II)
Format: 7"/CD
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"Mr. Ruaradidh Sanachen has been getting a name for himself recently with his one man kosmische metal space ritual project Nackt Insecten, releasing plenty of limited edition "stuff" on a whole bunch of labels. In February 2008, as part of Glasgows wonderful Instal festival, he was seen cradling a suitcase full of howling drone/noise aboard Glasgows tube trains, and what a show it was - check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V5nrb6NLlo for a glimpse of the fun. As Nackt Insectens relentless sounds meshed in perfectly with the locomotive rumblings, I thought to myself what a fine 7 inch single it would make. And sure enough, over a year later, here it is. An explanation made by a member of the "audience" to a worried fellow traveller provides the title. This package also contains a CD of new Nackt Insecten studio concoctions, a conceptual sequel to the recent LP on Blackest Rainbow Records. A real CD too, not a CDR! Cover art by Goldenlabs Fliss Horrocks and the inclusion of a genuine Glasgow tube train ticket completes this handsome package. Limited to 200 copies." -Memoirs Of An Aesthete

Artist: PUFF-PLAIN
Title: The Pyrognomic Glass
Format: 3" CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $9.00
"New astral mystique from Witchfynder Joincey (ex- WAGSTAFF, INCA EYEBALL, COITS, SCULPTRESS et al). Primitive psych-folk clonk and voices treated so heavily they sound like huge sheets of tinfoil cracking. "Research suggests that Puff is the current working nomenclature of Joincey, one of the most unfairly unheralded artists of the English Underground...the greatest visionary-outsider slabs since Jandek...Confusing." - Jon Dale (The Wire).

Artist: REYNOLDS, BEN
Title: Third Tongue Meditations
Format: 3" CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $9.00
"Final wheel on the psychedelic wagon for you. Three tracks of blissful muck. In case you?ve been hiding under the fridge for the last 12 months, Mr. R is a citizen of the Glasgow (nee Stoke On Trent) and has been a recording artist for Time-Lag, 267 Lattajjaa, Ikuisuss, First Person, Foxglove, Pseudoarcana and others and you can see his happy smiling blue face at http://www.benreynolds.tk"

Artist: XENIS EMPUTAE TRAVELLING BAND
Title: The Pyrognomic Glass
Format: CDR
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"There is another longhaired droning Yorkshire citizen named Phil. The Memoirs "search and co-opt" policy ensures that we have to take action. So: this. Mr. Phil Legard has the debonair aura of Marc Bolan-meets-Tony Visconti circa early 68, and his music is similarly patterned after the more disorientating artifacts from the original Age Of Aquarius. Desolate folk plunkings, Krishna-on-a-vacation flute and a real melancholic lost-in-the-forest ayr of mysterie makes this a July winner. One for retiring to your alchemists laboratory-in-the-woods with a few test-tubes full of absinthe to. Do something real decadent like that, anyway. Five English pounds." - Memoirs Of An Aesthete.

Artist: XENIS EMPUTAE TRAVELLING BAND
Title: The Pyrognomic Glass
Format: LP/Booklet
Label: Memoirs Of An Aesthete
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"The Xenis Emputae Travelling Band is Mr. Phil Legard of the halloweed borough of Yorkshire, England. He has been hard at work since 2001 making psychedelic folk-concrete inspired by the psychogeography and mythology of various secret regions of the British countryside. XETB has released plenty of CDRs and tapes over the years (all limited editions, long sold out etc etc) but, aside from one track on a Cold Spring Records CD, nothing at all in a "posh" format - something we at Memoirs thought we should do something about. We are, after all, classy folks and that. Mr. Legard is also a writer on various occult and esoteric matters, his most recent publication being a contribution to the new translation of "The Consecrated Little Book Of Black Venus" (Waning Moon Publications). He also has several other music projects, most notably The Neon Death Slittes and Pneumonic Consort. He is also, for his many sins, a frequent collaborator in Ashtray Navigations. "The Pyrognomic Glass" was originally released by us as a ltd. ed CDR back in 2005. By popular demand it is back, this time on vinyl, and including "Abital -  or Conferences with the Genii of Nocturnal and Diurnal Dew in vii Chapters", a beautifully-printed 28 page chapbook by Mr Legard, most profitable to students of Natural Philosophy." -Memoirs Of An Aesthete

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