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Artist: A BAND
Title: April Twelfth Nineteen Ninety-Two
Format: CDR
Label: Music Mundane
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"Vintage 70+ minutes 15 piece A Band session, recorded straight to 2-track cassette in 1992. Performers include A-stalwarts like Sticky Foster, Stewart Walden, Neil Campbell, Jim Plaistow and Vince Earimal alongside some less familiar names. The session opened w/ a driving rock piece in tutti, then devolved into a series of solo, then duo, then trio, quartet, etc pieces, w/ performers and their respective instruments drawn out of a hat. Then to close, a 35 minute concert-style piece called "Just past not-too-boring" where performers started playing one at a time, entering the recording room a minute each apart (order was again decided by pulling names out of a hat), and then once everyone was in there, departing in the order they entered (no idea how we organised this, but listening to the tape it seems to have worked). During this last piece, Will Irvine was obviously bored by playing music, so decided hed try to undress and grope as many people as possible, as a kind of disruptive element. Sounds like the beginnings of a comedy gay sex orgy on the tape, w/ Sticky commentating in his own inimitable style." -N. Campbell/ Music Mundane.

Artist: CAMPBELL, NEIL
Title: Sol Powr
Format: CD
Label: Music Mundane
Country: UK
Price: $14.50
"A timely reissue of an LP that originally saw the light of day on vinyl, courtesy of the esteemed Finnish label Lal Lal Lal, some time toward the start of this millennium. Well, the 300 copies soon disappeared, Campbell and Lal Lal Lal moved on to further releases and everyone was happy. That is, all apart from those who missed out and had to trawl ebay and rare record lists if they wanted to hear what amounted to only the second Neil Campbell solo record, after 1997s "These premises are no longer bugged". Campbell is of course familiar from his recordings with Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunroof!, Richard Youngs, The A Band and many more over the past two decades. His current project, Astral Social Club, goes from strength to strength, prompting Dusted magazine to call it "the purest expression of his art of the ecstatic on record". In many ways, "SOL POWR" is the logical precursor to Astral Social Club, with its heavy focus on keyboard-driven electronic pulse flotation - when it was originally released Julian Cope remarked that it "sounds as though Martin Rev had teamed up with Moebius and Roedelius, during their CLUSTER 2 period". This reissue, the first release on Campbells own Music Mundane label, supplements the original vinyl LP with three additional tracks from the same period. Two of them were originally released on a miniscule-edition 7" lathe-cut by Stavangers Gold Soundz Records, while the third was commissioned for download on Brian Lavelles online TechNOH label. They fit right in with the LPs original seven tracks, forming fifty of the most glorious minutes in Campbells not-inconsiderable discography. Edition of 500 in hard DVD style case."

Artist: CUCUMBER SANDWICH
Title: s/t
Format: CDR
Label: Music Mundane
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"Recorded in 1992 by Stewart Walden, stalwart of the A Band and frequent collaborator with Neil Campbell, and originally just dubbed for friends. Rescued from the vaults by Neil Campbell, who has long held it as one of his favourite recordings, and reissued on his new Music Mundane imprint. Around the time of this recording, Stewart was also cutting the baffling "Durian Durian" LP for Forced Exposure with Campbell, Richard Youngs and Simon Wickham-Smith, and although the approach here is more single-minded than on "Durian Durian", theres a similar level of alien invention going on. All sounds come from a multi-tracked modified cheap casio keyboard that kicks out such a range of ever-changing, seamlessly flowing gargantuan tone-spew youd be forgiven for thinking Walden was working with some new twenty-first century stochastic software program. The original cassette was a full C90, which is accelerated by the wonders of a Neil Campbell split-stereo mix to 46 minutes of pure bilateral brainiac stimulant." -Music Mundane.

Artist: EARLY HOMINIDS
Title: Metatarsal
Format: CDR
Label: Music Mundane
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
"First issue by new electronic punk duo of Paul "Nonnen" Walsh (original other half of Smell & Quim) and Neil Campbell (currently Astral Social Club, but has also done time in the notorious S&Q band). Live to 2-track jams that temper heavy analogue throb and fingers-in-sockets yowl with fleeting moments of hyper-merangue sweetness and light. 10 tracks, 32 minutes." - Music Mundane.

Artist: ESP KINETIC
Title: Fleck-Nor
Format: CDR
Label: Music Mundane
Country: UK
Price: $12.50
"ESP Kinetic existed from 1982-1986, in alternating states of heavy obscurity and mild infamy in their native Northamptonshire. The core of the band was Neil Campbell and Andrew Watson, with the multi-talented MS Turner giving them some extra musical and conceptual backbone for their final year or so. Other local freaks, transvestites and exhibitionists came and went, most notably the giant David Bowie impersonator Dougie Smyth, who lent the whole thing a certain debauched glamour. Our influences were probably glaringly obvious - PiL, The Fall, Virgin Prunes, TG, the Velvets etc - but always tempered by remedial musical ability and general smalltown weirdness. Tapes were recorded, bemused local audiences periodically baited, and the group tapped into the worldwide mail network that sufficed to link like-minded souls in the days before email. In 1985, some of the tapes somehow found their way to a Finnish tape label we had never heard of, and have never heard from since. They asked for a tape to release, so we cut them a wildly divergent mix from our archive and some fresh works in progress, sent it off complete with artwork and the whole thing seemed to disappear into space. Did it ever get any circulation in the frozen north? Did it get lost in the post? Nobody knows. Luckily we made a handful of copies before sending the master off, so now, 23 years later, we can finally give this some kind of proper release. The 13 tracks spread over 57 minutes holler loud and clear through multiple forms of lo-fidelity, covering a stylistic range of approaches that was meat and potatoes then, but seems pretty invigorating and fresh in this millenium of ever-narrowing generic restriction. Teenage trauma shriek, rhythmic pound, tape and electronics experiments, percussive burnout, unintelligible performance poetry, broken electro-pop and all manner of obscurist tactics permeate this collection, uninhibited by any notions of good taste or any fear of ridiculousness. For better or worse, this is the sound of growing up weird in a small town in the Midlands in Thatcherite Britain." - Music Mundane

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