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Bis Aufs Messer January news

Messagepar ADAGIO830 » 11 Jan 2019, 13:06

happy new year. welcome to our first newsletter for January. We hope you all got some rest and had a pleasant start in the new year.

We got lots of new stuff from like Total Punk, new stuff from Neck Chop, Angeschissen re issue, new CAVE, Dark Entries new and old titles, new Infinite Void LP, new stuff from Fallen Empire and Sentinent Ruin plus some restocks, new Johnny Jewel LP, New Feeding Tube stuff, Marked Men, Surfbort LP, tons of restock (jessica pratt, cheap nasties, amenra, saetia, birds in row, Thou etc etc), lots of shirts … so head over and get yourself something nice :)

Thank you
 Robert & Norman


BABY'S BLOOD - Baby's Blood 7“ (neck chop - Finland is really trying to cram this whole 'most stable country on Earth' notion down the rest of our goddamn throats. BABY's BLOOD, through sheer force and ugliness, aims to lower Finland’s standing with a cache of speed-addled wreckers—4 hate-centric odes that target the lynchpins of modern existence: fashion, sex, law, punk, life itself. This most pungent of fruits comes courtesy of DREW OWEN (SICK THOUGHTS) and some of his Finnish compatriots, collecting only the most depraved musings from their temporary terror program. That’s right: combustible and completely shattered punk, shootin’ from the hip, dead on arrival. OK, Finland —EPPU NORMAALI, snow, cabbage rolls, HURRIGANES, we get it already! Wash that all bullshit from your mouth with a gulp of Baby’s Blood. Recommended if you hate absolutely everything!”) 8.00

BRUTAL BIRTHDAY - s/t 7“ (tzotal punk - Following a split 7" with Tropical Trash, BRUTAL BIRTHDAY is back with their first solo outing. Worse than turning 21 on 9/11 or sharing a birthday with Jesus, Italy's BB give is three tracks sewer scraping nastiness that put your worst birthday memories to shame. Shitadelic noise punk that is vile, scuzzy, and 100% TOTAL PUNK! Edition of 500 copies.) 8.00

CLOSET CHRIST - You're In My World Now 7“ (lumpy - Dirty Feral HC from DC informed by chaotic '80s HC greats like Void, Neos, and Sodom’s ADK omnibus tracks. An amazing six songs in five minutes, all played by one chapped millennial (who went on to do the Hologram EP on LVEUM if you’re a members of type of wank). Definitely barking up the same tree as Nosferatu—young men trapped in the 21st century playing crazy hardcore that could as well be from the ‚80s.) 8.00

DEATH BELLS - Echoes 7“ (funeral party - Echoes b/w Move Through Me follows the band's 2017 full-length, Standing At The Edge of The World, an impressively developed debut that combined elements of searing post-punk and catchy dream pop for a modern take on a classic sound. Now with Echoes b/w Move Through Me the band further explore the dichotomy of their music; the soaring hooks of "Echoes" reach new melodic heights, while "Move Through Me" provides rhythmic stomp and a pulsating post-punk bass line.) 9.00

EKE BUBA - s/t 7“ (lumpy - It’s a goer. Snarling speed fed hardcore from Zagreb, Croatia tapped into Gang Greens early raw energy—on and off recording (sniff sniff). An exercise in timeless pure punk to smash and to sneer and to hate and to die to. Cherish alongside your School Jerks and Culo EPs. LR certified gasm.) 8.00

HEAVY METAL - Too OZ 4 I.T. 7“ (total punt - HEAVY METAL once proclaimed themselves too sick for Total Punk. Well we must have upped our sick quotient because they handed us this 4 track 7" EP! Following three of the most essential punk albums of the last few years, they are back with this brand new EP and a clear indicator that they have yet to hit cruising altitude. From the Adderal freakout needle jumper 'Underground Agent' to the club thumpin punk bumper 'Schweinebastard' this record is an absolute scorcher. The only thing I love more than heavy metal is HEAVY METAL! Chaotic, spastic, and 100% TOTAL PUNK! Edition of 500 copies.) 8.00

KLS - Powerviolence 7“ (krims - “The audio equivalent of smoking bath salts at a Chuck E. Cheese”. In other words KLS from Benicarló, Spain do noise or as the title suggests powerviolence.) 5.00

NATURAL MAN & THE FLAMIN' HOT BAND - s/t 7“ (neck chop - “One cannot stretch a balloon into a nail OR morph a turkey into a television. By that logic, one can’t adequately tie a bow around MR. IAN TEEPLE's oeuvre, be it as guitar bubbler in WARM BODIES or as the outer realm conduit NATURAL MAN, a guise heard here on wax for the first time. Aided by the all-directions FLAMIN' HOT BAND, Natural Man’s orchestral yet abnormal spazz recalls the most acidic and jaunty oddities of 80s American punk and DIY, a truly outside sound that’s positively thwacking at the gates, demanding entry.) 8.00

Q - 2nd EP 7“ (lumpy - St. Louis, Missouri’s crown jewel of HC finally squeezes out a follow up record. Since their 2015 EP they have all finished high school but their appetite for destruction still has not been satiated. Crushing hardcore alternating between the DBeat and the breakdown with plenty of that modern day half step riffing (a la Glue, Gag, etc). What will they break next ?) 8.00


49TH PARALLEL - 49th Parallel LP (lion - In the spring of 1969, 49TH PARALLEL had a hit in with ‘Twilight Woman’, a lovely song that sounds like a poppier version of what bands like Tomorrow were doing in England. That success led to the release of 49th Parallel’s only album. All hyperbole aside, it is easily one of the top Canadian rock albums of the psychedelic era. The album is strong throughout—from the pulsating psychedelia of ‘Lazerander Filchy’ and the ultra-strange  ‘(The) Magician’, the shimmering beauty of 'Twilight Woman', to the quintessential slashing guitars punk edginess of ‘Now That I'm a Man’ and ‘(Come On Little Child &) Talk To Me’. DAN LOWE’s Lowe's blazing fuzz guitar work stands out on ‘Missouri’ and also when matched by organist Jack Velker's brilliant work on ‘Eye To Eye’, ‘Talk To Me’ and ‘(The) People’.) 27.00

ANGESCHISSEN - Angeschissen DLP (major label - Angeschissen war eine Hamburger Punkband, die von 1984 bis 1988 existierte. Sie zählt neben Slime zu den einflussreichen und stilbildenden Bands des Hamburger Punkrock in den 1980er-Jahren. Repress of the original self entitled LP from 1988 with additional bonus tracks from the "Angst macht keinen Lärm" 7" as well as demo and live tracks.) 25.00

BELZEBONG - Light The Dankness LP (emetic - The latest offering from riff-heavy Polish bong-masters BELZEBONG. Light The Dankness and enjoy the ride. Let the smoking begin! Recorded at Nebula Studio, mixed and mastered by CHRIS FIELDING at Skyhammer Studio. Guest solo on "The Bong...” by PIOTR DOBRY of WEEDPECKER.) 26.00

BLACK EARTH - A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth LP (sentinent - The debut full length LP from Spanish ritual black ambience/terror electronics sorcerers BLACK EARTH, originally released in 2015 on tape by Graceless Recordings, now this monstrous behemoth of sublime ritualistic aural cacophony finally assumes its ultimate form on black vinyl. On a A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth, Black Earth unravel over forty minutes of shapeshifting, ghastly, and colossal sound sculpting, constructing before the listener an hallucinatory and blood freezing chasm of slithering drones, spectral orchestrations and wretched electronics that ravage the senses. Weaving black metal, drone, dark ambient, harsh noise, and ritual atmospherics, With A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth, Black Earth have crossed thresholds unknown in ritual ambient invocations, laying the foundations for a new realm of sensorial sonic abuse and instantly proving themselves as being one of the most visionary and striking entities in modern dark metal and ritual ambience electronics.) 20.00

BRUCE RUSSELL & NOEL MEEK - Classical Music LP (feeding tube - "You know that old phrase, 'Teach a penguin to cuss, and you'll never have to buy another comedy record' I'm sure you do. But what about its codicil? 'Teach a guitarist to play synth, and you'll never have to buy a new age record?' If you know that one, you might well be put off by the fact this album features one of New Zealand's most wickedly post-tongue guitar players fiddling about with oscillators and analog synths (in concert with a guy who does this stuff all the time). But you need not fear. The only New Age being brunted about here is the same one Fahey disemboweled back in '97. An ornery cuss, it has lived in the cracks some-damn-place, only re-emerging now that it has been called forth by BRUCE RUSSELL and NOEL MEEK. Much of the sound on Classical Music (how Fahey would have loved everything about this record!) makes me think of Chris Marker's classic film, La Jetée (1962). As you certainly recall, the central motif in that film is the main quay at Aéroport de Paris-Orly, where visitors gather to watch the jets land and take off (just as I did at New York's Idlewild Airport when I was a kid). Step up for blast of Classical Music-style reality today. You'll be oh-so-glad you did."—Byron Coley, 2018. Edition of 250.) 25.00

THE BRUCES - Thieves In The Wick - Songs Of Simon Joyner LP (grapfruit - Alex McManus, veteran guitarist for Lambchop and Vic Chesnutt released a series of scarce singer-songwriter indie rock albums under the name The Bruces in the 90’s and early 2000’s before taking an extended hiatus from music to migrate to Canada and raise a family. Known primarily for his song, “I Woke Up With This Song In My Head This Morning,” which was covered by Bright Eyes on their Lua EP in 2004, his albums on Sing, Eunuchs! and Misra are gorgeous testaments to wholly personal pop songwriting which undoubtedly influenced the younger Conor Oberst as well as other songwriters lucky enough to stumble upon his difficult to find albums. McManus’ first new album in fourteen years is an infectious collection of cover songs by close friend and fellow underground songwriter, Simon Joyner, lovingly reinterpreted and rearranged to sound like would-be hits in another universe. You may recognize the titles on Thieves in the Wick as old Joyner songs but they sound entirely new in the hands of the unmistakable, unsinkable Bruces. Limited edition vinyl-only pressing of 300 in screen-printed jackets. Split release from : Grapefruit, Unread, Kerchow, Jackson Street Booksellers.  For fans of: Lambchop, Simon Joyner, Vic Chesnutt, Neutral Milk Hotel) 18.00

CAVE - Allways LP (drag city - Tremors rhythmically shaking your place—the air’s gone electric! You’ve seen this kind of weather before… you weren’t expecting it today. This is the beginning of Allways. CAVE are kind of beyond time, though. You might feel like it’s been awhile since you’ve seen or heard them, but when you see or hear them again, that moment will feel like Allways. During the making of the last album, Threace, Cave was in the process of becoming a quintet. They toured the world afterwards, playing on four continents and eighteen countries—as close to everywhere as they could get. Then they took a minute. They recorded it over time, in Chile and then Chicago. You can hear all of this, the energy of liveness, the reps, and consolidating expanded possibilities within their new alignment, the time away, the distance, and the freshness of returning to recorded sounds, everywhere on All ways. Cave digs driving down into a pulse and staying there for as much of FOREVER as they can. In the past, much has been made of Cave's use of particular compelling tropes, but man, their inspiration comes from everywhere—Miles, psych, beats, exotica, library music, rock, punk, the Germans, the New York guys too, minimalists, the Dead, music from India, everywhere! This is a bunch of guys playing rock-based music in a way that pushes them forward from everything they’ve experienced. When we listen to the new Cave, we’re hearing guitars, lots of ’em, bubbling under, scratching, fanning, locking in and taking off, soaring on acid-washed wings, with keys that pump, burr and whoosh in and out of the rhy thms. Fuck man, we’re even hearing vocals! We hear space, groove and rock, flying together. This is CAVE, Allways.) 23.00

CHANDRA - Transportation EPs DLP (telephone - Chandra Oppenheim was just twelve years old when her debut EP “Transportation”, was released in 1981. Encouraged by her father, artist Dennis Oppenheim, she was writing music by the age of nine. In the late 1970s, members of the New York band Model Citizens (later becoming The Dance) were looking to start another group and approached Chandra’s father. Rehearsals began when Chandra was just ten. By the age of 12, Chandra was well-known in the New York underground art and no-wave scenes. Chandra decided to focus on school after the “Transportation” EP was released, but continued to work on music in her spare time. This lead to another multitrack studio session in 1982, producing four more songs for a second EP that would go unreleased until 2008. Another demo session happened in 1983 producing two unreleased tracks. Chandra "Transportation EPs" features the 1981 “Transportation” EP as it was originally released as a 45 rpm 12”, the 1982 EP, and two previously unreleased demo tracks from 1983.) 35.00

CHEAP NASTIES - Cheap Nasties LP (hoza c- "We’ve reached our 200th release here at HoZac, and we couldn’t be more excited for this archival LP, a real dream come true for us devoted fans of 70s Australian Punk. THE CHEAP NASTIES emerged from Perth, Australia in late 1976, 'the most isolated city in the world,' with only a vague notion of the actualized punk format, from what founding member KIM SALMON had read in copies of NME magazine, and purity of heart. Combined with high school friends NEIL FERNANDES, DAN DARE, MARK BETTS and ROBBIE PORITT, the band emerged and for a few months, took hold of the punk market in Perth and shook it for all it’s life. Luckily their sole 1977 demo has survived, and we’ve got it here for you, finally in the LP format, the way God intended, for the first time anywhere. Ten songs of blistering teenage slime, screaming guitars screech in & out of the chorus, drums bash relentlessly, and that special Australian something you can’t ever put your finger on. It’s trashy, raw, and brutal punk slop at it’s finest, fitting in perfectly with the noisy aesthetic of the legendary Australian bands such as News, Babeez, Leftovers, Victims, and Psycho-Surgeons on the Murder Punk compilation series, and less like the early SCiENTISTS or MANIKINS, both of which sprung from the ashes of the Cheap Nasties.) 20.00

THE C.I.A. - s/t LP (in the red - “This record is an encapsulation. The omnipresent fear and anger. Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? And what is really going on? Consternation…today…There is difficulty, frustration, strain and a large snake. You can feel the pressure of it breathing on the streets, in media, and in your lunch. This s/t, by The C.I.A., is an urgent musical notice. I feel it immediately. The pointed vocal cadence and lyrics of Denée Segall is a sharp scythe, and the actual time is…now.  “I feel the same distress call and disposition from Crass records like Penis Envy or DIRT. In fact, if you took that, mixed in “Black Silk Stocking” by Chrisma and a touch of early Nic Endo (Atari Teenage Riot) and even Dinah Cancer (45 Grave) Autopsy era, you can get a feeling. And, similarly to those mentioned, Denée is putting a time stamp on this time. The spirit and her viability is strong in many a corner, and in many a heart. The alarm is ringing.)18.00

COLD CAVE - Full Cold Moon LP (deathwish - back in stock - Cold Cave is the creative rebirth of acclaimed musician and writer Wesley Eisold. Cutting his teeth in underground bands American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) and Some Girls, Eisold's body of work has truly effected a generation of listeners. Through constant cross-pollination Eisold has gained mass appeal, influencing underground and popular culture with his ever evolving artistic vision.) 18.00

CULT LEADER - A Patient Man LP (deathwish - Cult Leader is a chaotic band from Salt Lake City, Utah. “A Patient Man” was recorded and engineered by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, Nails, High On Fire). From the first hits of opener “I Am Healed” Cult Leader take listeners on a sonic rollercoaster ride. Much of the album follows this blueprint. Songs like “Curse of Satisfaction”, “Craft of Mourning”, and “Share My Pain” are driven by a weave work of unorthodox metallic riffing and fueled by hyper-aggressive percussion. While the tech- nical proficiency is impressive, it’s in their use of dynamics where they truly shine. The album contains four beautifully brooding epics; “To: Achlys”, “A World of Joy”, title track “A Patient Man”, and “The Broken Right Hand of God”. Each one of them carries a maturation and sense of melody that few “extreme” bands have within their arsenal. Proving that aggressive music still has much to offer the world in terms of originality, creativity, and emotion.) 20.00

DAN MELCHIOR - Bard Fawg LP (ltd appeal - DAN MELCHIOR returns with a one-sided 12". The blank side of the record is silk screened with an image of one of Dan's drawings. Edition of 234 copies.) 17.00

DET EVIGA LEENDET - Lenience LP (fallen empire - The debut album from Swedish Black Metal group DET EVIGA LEENDET. “This is, in many ways, the most impressive black metal album that I have listened to in 2018. You see, I expected greatness from Imperial Triumphant, Funeral Mist, Panopticon and a few others, and though they all certainly delivered, I was absolutely floored by Lenience. This is partly because it is Det eviga leendet’s debut album, and because it is the work of absolutely possessed individuals who are beyond fully committed to their artistic vision of swirling, hypnotic black metal. Imagine the soaring, epic melodies of Windir with less folk influence combined with the cosmic black metal atmosphere of Spectral Lore’s mid-era works, and you might have an idea of what to expect, though this album is very much its own beast.”—Ippocalyptica) 23.00

DIE FORM - Some Experiences With Shock LP (dark entries - Die Form is a French post-industrial and electronic band formed in 1977 as the primary project of electronic musician and multimedia artist Philippe Fichot. He began by recording a number of experimental cassette releases in the late 1970s and formed the Bain Total label to release these early cassettes, as well as various side projects such as Krylon Hertz, Camera Obscura, Eva-Johanna Reichstag, Hurt and Fine Automatic. The name 'Die Form' means '(the) form/shape' in German and is a play on the English homonym 'deformed' and on the French homonym 'difforme' (deformed).  With ‘Some Experiences with Shock’, originally issued in 1984, Die Form return to sadistic pleasures. The album is a rare example of medical music, horribly sordid moreover, adding a more extreme dimension to their work. The first side, “Survival & Determination”, contains 7 tracks recorded in studio with analog equipment are the direct realization of previous works. Each copy comes is housed in a replica of the original jacket designed by Philipe Fichot and includes a long post card insert with liner notes.) 20.00

DRAMA - Loneliness DLP (dark entries - Drama were the Canadian duo of Eric Simpson (Vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar) and Don Stagg (Keyboards). Formed in in Mississauga, Ontario in 1978, the pair had previously played together in progressive psych bands Majik and VIIth Temple. Almost every Saturday, Eric and Don would record one song on a TEAC 4 track tape recorder after a couple of takes with very little over dubbing. The pair were influenced by what was playing on the radio during the recording sessions. Everyone else at that time was in a rock or pop band yet Drama were making electronic music. The pair released their debut LP ‘Loneliness’ on Psycho Records in 1979. There were 500 albums made and about 200 ended up in the garbage as band members shuffled from apartment to apartment. This was followed by a 4-track 7” later that year featuring live drums and additional guitar. Seance Centre says it best, “On Loneliness, the pair traded in their velvet and chord charts for thin ties and a cheap drum-machine. The LP still carries a whiff of patchouli, but the sound stings of solder and electricity, and inhabits a nascent zone somewhere between krautrock and new-wave. The vocal cuts are all clustered on the A-side, starting with an ode to the inefficiency of the Toronto Transit Commission - some things never change! The dystopian sci-fi themes are par for the League, and highlights are the love ballad “Anna King” and the charming “Feable”. The instrumentals on the B-side feel decidedly more Teutonic, and have a certain CBC charm that sounds like JP Decerf recording for Parry Music. It even opens with a slinky stoned Pink Panther.” For this first time vinyl reissue we’ve expanded to a double LP with a bonus album of the 4 songs from Old Hollywood 7” and 9 previously unreleased tracks and demo versions. All songs are remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl comes housed in a jacket with original photo by Don Stagg taken from his apartment rooftop overlooking Toronto of a young teenager sniffing glue and includes an insert with photos and liner notes by Drama.) 20.00

FOR PETE'S SAKE - North Atlantic LP (reac - With the release of their 5 song 12” EP, For Pete’s Sake is back at it – full force, and with pure intensity! This release marks a new chapter for four guys with ties all the way back to Europe’s premier Straight Edge Hardcore band Sportswear in the 90s, and further. Three decades of Hardcore, plain and simple. With the name-baring singer, Peter Amdam, no longer here, vocals have been split between Espen and Arne. The EP is a combination of material written whilst the band was a 5-piece, and newer songs. Recorded in two sessions in Gothenburg, Sweden, last year. This record is a homage to the deep furrows carved out by the North Atlantic ocean along our shores. And the sunsets that fade into the colour blue. It deals with the loss of our loved ones - in remembrance and mourning. It is also a celebration of hope, endurance, intent, urgency, and an alarm for the state of our world today.) 16.00

FORWARD - Future Troops LP (540 - 540 Records and Todo Destruido are proud to present the latest call to arms from Japanese punk legends FORWARD. Featuring ten new tracks on a single disc, the release is the band’s first LP in six years and only their fourth in a storied twenty-two year career of state-of-the-art, nitro-fueled Japanese hardcore. Established in 1996 from the ashes of the much revered DEATH SIDE, vocalist ISHIYA and bassist YOU formed Forward, along with members of INSANE YOUTH and more. Building upon the teachings of UK metal-punk legends Discharge, Forward’s unique “intelligent savage” approach to hardcore was and is decidedly their own, nodding at the work of Poison Idea, Anti-Cimex and others while forging an ironclad path strictly through word of mouth, DIY gigs and underground channels. Future Troops is a taut and explosive collection of tracks that spin yarns of police brutality, calls for peace, rumors of war, injustice, the effects of the Tokyo Olympics and more in a compact and tense 25 minutes of vitriol. You’ve never heard anything as furious as “A.C.A.B.,” you won’t be able to unclench your fist after “Tokyo Orympic,” “Hatered Union” or “Piece of Peace,” and the world won’t soon forget Future Troops. Limited to 500 copies only.) 20.00

GERANIUM - Fear Is The Enemy LP (contraszt - GERANIÜM from Strasbourg/Besancon (France) celebrate their 10th year anniversary this autumn and take this opportunity to bring us their second full length album called “fear is the enemy”. Even though there had been some lineup changes, they stick to their unique style: A dark blend of Crust, 90s Screamo and Black Metal. With giving the songs room to develop, they create a soundscape of anger and despair. You could name ALPINIST, FINGERPRINT or MADAME GERMAN as musical influences, but I guess if you’re more or less into dark and blackened Hardcore you’ve heard about this band from France anyway. The Record comes in a huge three foldout screenprinted Cover.) 13.00

GRAVE FLOWERS BONGO BAND - Flower Pot LP (permanent - "Hey man, could you use a little serenity? GRAVE FLOWERS BONGO BAND thinks we could all use a little and they’re here to give it to us. In order to enjoy this record, you don’t have to get dressed. In fact, it’s probably better that you don’t. And you definitely don’t need to leave the house. This record is best experienced in the comforts of your own home, just as long as your home is as peaceful as it should be. If it’s not, Flower Pot should be enjoyed naturally. The organic vibes the Bongo Band project are just as soothing as they are psychedelic. There’s a lot going on here, but the record also feels very simplistic, like a more modern take on Ted Lucas, Sam Gopal, or Tyrannosaurus Rex. The journey is largely acoustic and serene, but the electric and slightly more chaotic moments compliment the rest of the instrumentation like honey on granola. Flower Pot is the perfect soundtrack for your next sacrificial effigy burning, but it’s also a record that you can make out to. It’ll ease you into the day or take you away after a long night. A perfect prescription for whatever ails you. I’m sure it’ll blow your mind, regardless of your mental state. Side note: It’d be a goddamn shame if the Bongo Band doesn’t turn into a cult, or at least develop a cult following." Edition of 150 copies packaged in hand-assembled, paste-on jackets.) 25.00

HILDEGARD VON BINGE DRINKING - Infinity LP (ichi -Imagine Zombi meets Jean-Michel Jarre. Würzburg goes outer space or the return of the nuns. Eight tracks, all ending in locked grooves. One side plays on 33, the other one on 45. Cover design by Samantha Muljat.) 20.00

INFINITE VOID - Endless Waves LP (contrastz - INFINITE VOID's final, posthumous recordings has been reanimated and clawed its way from the grave to consume our brains with its brilliants. Formed in 2010 from past and present members of The Diamond Sea, Deep Heat and Circuits, INFINITE VOID from Melbourne / Australia played a gritty and melodic tangle of dark, edgy punk, Australian garage and 90's indie rock driven by brilliant guitar interplay and infectious girl/ guy vocals. Recorded and mixed by Steven Smith at Goatsound Studios on Wurundjeri Land over 2 days in March 2017. Mastered by Steven Smith in March 2018. Cover art by Lou Ellen Cormick. The album is a must for fans of Wipers, For Against, Sleater Kinney, Sonic Youth and alike.) 13.00

INTENSE MOLECULAR ACTIVITY - I.M.A. LP (dark entries - IMA (Intense Molecular Activity) is the duo of Don Hunerberg (synthesizers) and Andy Blinx (drums and percussion). Based in New York City and active between 1979 and 1982. Don, a studio Sound / music engineer and musician, Andy an electronic clothing designer, drummer and sound reinforcement engineer at downtown clubs like Max's Kansas City, Mudd Club and CBGB. In between doing sessions at Radio City Music Hall Studios for groups such as Ramones, Richard Hell, Sonic Youth, Liquid Liquid, John Zorn, Glenn Branca and many others, IMA took advantage of off hours to create their own music. As far as influences go, Don's background was in electronic music and Andy's in prog rock. To produce the songs, Don used his own method of creating patterns from 2-track tape loops and then edited them together on to a 24-track recorder adding more tracks of overdubs, In a very similar way that sequencers are used today.  By 1980 the duo honed their own unique sound and version of Post Punk and No-Wave with the tools of the trade of the early 80s. Situated above the proscenium of the Radio City Music Hall stage, the studio was outfitted with a variety of orchestral instruments (timpani, bells, xylophone, etc). They self-released a 4-song EP titled “IMA” on an 8” flexi-disc which was distributed by Ed Bahlman of 99 Records. The music bridges the wild psychedelic-rock of the 60s, the synth-punk of the late-70s and the elaborate constructions of progressive-rock. There are nods to the freak-outs of Chrome and the super neurosis of Suicide, but IMA takes a more clinical approach which also takes notice of Hawkwind and Pink Floyd's interstellar overdrive. We’ve added 4 bonus tracks recorded during the same studio sessions and included them here for the first time on vinyl. DJ Hell lifted elements of IMA's song "Blurb" virtually intact and uncredited for his electroclash club hit "Keep On Waiting" 20 years later. All songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The record is housed in an exact replica of the original jacket featuring a spray painted IMA tag a top a red dashed “Do Not Enter” sign. Each copy includes a double-sided postcard with notes. This Album Is dedicated to the memory of Andy (Blinx) George.) 20.00

JON EDIFICE - s/t LP (funeral party - Anonymous and obscure outfit Jon Edifice offers up a deceivingly effortless and vaguely hopeful collection of striving post-punk hymns for a latent generation. This is the sound of comfortable encounters; it rolls across the eardrums and simply makes sense. There is no challenge here, what you hear is exactly what you get, it’s like showing up at the same job you have worked for the past 10 years or falling into bed at the end of the day. The problem is, once you get too accustomed to something change can be hiding just around the corner; ready to slap you across your smug face. Don’t take anything for granted, it might not be there for you in the morning. Jon Edifice is the soundtrack to taking the tried and true and making it vibrant and entertaining once again. - Sam Vince/Down And Out Zine) 20.00

JOHNNY JEWEL - Vapor DLP (italians do it - Beyond the decay of ruins hums the subtle sound of Vapor, a suite of dystopian instrumentals by Italians Do It Better visionary Johnny Jewel. His trademark analog synthesizers have never sounded more crystalline, their landscape never more evocatively barren. Chiming bells slowly twirl like the rusted music box of a child’s nightmare, a pitch-black bleak that is utterly frightful—Jewel channels the beauty & horror of a world that long ago abandoned its own destiny. This is a fever dream flashback. The kind that strikes you in the blur of night & refuses to weaken its grip until the sheets are drenched in sweat. This soundtrack is as elegant as it is violent, conjured in the deepest blacks & most vivid reds. These 21 celestial tracks clock in at just over an hour. Warping wind from a spiraling pinwheel…The sound of dust in the Garden of Hera, walking the tightrope between Life & Hades. The thin line that divides the Heavens from the Earth. Breathe Deep.) 31.00

KRUKH - Absurdity! LP (fallen empire - “Shadowed, hypnotic, subaltern view of reality. Things look different from your knees, in the gutter, without hope; abuse coming from all around and inside. Yet above even us outcasts the stars shine coldly, limning hell with shimmering silver.”—Dave Aftandilian) 23.00

LACE - Human Condition LP (funeral party - Crawling out of the darkness in early 2016, Houston's Lace grabbed several lifetimes of depression, displacement, and outsider feelings, and stuffed them into one-minute blasts of brutal, lo-fidelity hardcore. Months after forming, their six song demo "My Mask Is Off" caught the attention of press and punks worldwide with its unrelenting power and unhinged non-production. The recordings were bleak, desperate and dripping with an almost starving urgency and that dark energy carried over into the band's gratingly loud live shows. Still very much outside any scene or subculture, even in their own town, the band played rarely, toured minimally, and opened for like-minded acts like Total Abuse, Dropdead, Protomartyr, and Elysia Crampton when they rolled through Texas.) 20.00

LENA HESSELS - Billow LP (terp - Born in December 2000 in the Witte Villa in Wormer (NL), Lena Hessles grew up in the midst of music. Her father Terrie is The Ex’s guitarist, her mother Emma played violin and they both run the adventurous Terp label. Musicians like Han Bennink, Sonic Youth, Konono No.1, Getatchew Mekuria and many more stayed in the house regularly. She visited Ethiopia starting when she was three and many times after for many music projects. When Lena finished high school this summer, she was very determined to make her own record straight away. She "locked" herself up in the top room where she started a little studio. After three weeks writing, practicing, recording and recording again, she was finished. Billow is ready! LP LIMITED TO 500 COPIES AND COMES WITH POSTER!   “Please tell Lena I listened to her CD and the informal, personal approach reminded me of some of my favorite people, like Scout Niblett, Cat Power and Azita Yousseffi. There’s something nice about hearing somebody making up their own kind of music without playing the mix-and-match game from other people’s music, and I hope she continues. I also tend to like records recorded at home. There’s a lovely album that came out a few years ago by Molly Drake, who was Nick Drake’s mother, just her singing at the piano, recorded at home very simply. It was never released in her lifetime, probably very few people heard it, but it’s extremely nice for the same reason.” - Steve Albini, 10/2018) 18.00

LUNAR MANTRA - Genesis LP (fallen empire - Forged under fire and water, LUNAR MANTRA is a visionary guide and aural journal of the arcane steps we take, undergoing metamorphosis of divine evolution. The Art fortified by praxis leads us with Her withered hand in divine inspiration, channeling evocations of the Threshold, and darkest thought-forms of man. A Nightside odyssey through the formless void. Genesis is the initial emanation on the unfoldment of this journey.) 23.00

THE MARKED MEN - On The Other Side LP (dirtnap - On The Other Side collects all non-album tracks released by The Marked Men, originally released in the period between 2003 and 2010 on labels such as Dirtnap, Swami, No Idea, Shit Sandwich, and Mortville, plus two never-before-heard unreleased tracks from deep in the vault. It’s hard to believe that it’s been close to fifteen years since Dirtnap first released a Marked Men record. Since then, the label has done close to twenty releases by the band member’s various bands (Marked Men, Radioactivity, High Tension Wires, Potential Johns, Mind Spiders). Counting the releases Mark Ryan and / or Jeff Burke have had a hand in recording, that number goes even higher. It’s a relationship that continues to this day; if there is / has been a “flagship band” for the label, Marked Men and their various offshoots are it. Although they continue to play a handful of shows each year, the band hasn’t released any new material since 2009 (the last album came out in 2008), and they have no plans to do so, so this compilation is as close to a new album as one is going to get. The band’s affinity for fast, choppy power chords and manic energy is in evidence here, as the band stretches its legs throughout these solid closing credits and shows why they were one of the leaders of a sound that has never gone (or will go) out of style.) 18.00

MAXINE FUNKE - Silk LP (feeding tube - "Silk is the fantastic third LP by MAXINE FUNKE, a New Zealand musician whose first recordings were with the legendary $100 BAND (Funke, Alastair Galbraith, and Mike Dooley!), whose music was drifting experimental dust of a very high order. Maxine's first two solo albums, Lace (2008) and Felt (2012) (originally released as CDR on Galbraith's Next Best Way and a lathe on Epic Sweep, respectively), were reissued by Time-Lag to great acclaim in 2016, securing her place in the upper echelons of contemporary folk inventors. With the release of Silk, Ms. Funke manages to create an album that merges both of these style threads. Many of the tracks are cast in an intimate mood congruent with artists like Sibylle Baier, Barbara Manning, Myriam Gendron, Joanne Robertson, and other women who have pulled sweetly dark sounds from pockets of deep emotion, abetted largely by acoustic guitar. On a few other tracks, electronic instrumentals hearken back to her work with transceivers in the $100 Band days. The balance between these posts is delicately intoxicating. A readymade classic from start to finish, Silk travels a brilliant series of spaceways with grace and assurance. We should all be so lucky." —Byron Coley, 2018. Edition of 400.) 25.00

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION - Book Of Kings DLP (20 buck spin - In 2018 Mournful Congregation dropped their first album in more than six years, The Incubus Of Karma. The widely acclaimed album was heralded as yet another landmark for the extreme / funeral doom genre, adding perhaps the brightest jewel to the band’s crown. The band travelled to both the US and Europe once again to administer last rites to the faithful.  Back in 2011 the band released another monument to melancholy, the stunningly grandiose The Book Of Kings. Landing in Decibel’s Top 40 albums that year, the album was the pinnacle of their progressively-minded dirge to that point and includes what may be the most epic track in a catalog that defines the word, the thirty-plus minute title track that weaves a tale of regality through the life, death, crowning and dethronement of nameless kings. Having begun the year with Mournful Congregation, 20 Buck Spin now sees fit to bookend the 2018 campaign with this gorgeous vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings—a gatefold 2xLP featuring the original artwork and accented with metallic bronze print and a beautiful full-sized 12 page booklet.) 35.00

NED COLLETTE - Old Chestnut DLP (feeding tube - "We were introduced to the music of NED COLLETTE by guitarist Julia Reidy, another Melbourne ex-pat currently based in Europe. Julia's word is good as gravy around here, so we checked out Ned's new work and were blown clean out of our socks. Old Chestnut is a haunting prog-folk song cycle for the ages. Ned's approach to voice and guitar resemble various models at various times. You'll hear smatterings of Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Pip Proud in lyrics and phrasing, but these are always just spices, added to the beautifully melancholic vistas Ned arrays before our ears. On the epic track, 'June,' there is a piano part by CHRIS ABRAHAMS o THE NECKS) so perfect in its conception it stops time. Working with longtime drum partner, JOE TALIA, and a few other guests, Collette has made a goddamn whale of an album. The songs are brilliant, the arrangements have an addictively sparse genius, and the production is so full and delicate it reminds us of folks like Jim O'Rourke, Van Dyke Parks and Roger Waters. We are strangely unfamiliar with the bulk of Ned's previous recordings, but it doesn't really feel like it matters that much. With an album as strong as Old Chestnut, his history restarts here."—Byron Coley. Edition of 300.) 30.00

NEO NEOS - Kill Someone You Hate LP (neck chop - “Across numerous micro-projects, the home-recorded mania of Minnesota’s Msr. CONNIE VOLTAIRE centers on punk smeared with smarty-pants petulance and uncontrollable 'problem child' id. As NEO NEOS Voltaire’s most prolific and formidable alter ego, the line between clenched detractor and doe-eyed convert get blurrier with each new dispatch. The kind of sensory-overload gunk that Voltaire specializes in is obviously maddening, but it can be gripping as well. Could a Neo Neos album offer up any substantive answers? In a devilish con, much of NN’s glory stems from its bizzaro-brilliant critique of the freak scene, recasting today’s ‘tweener punk/wave/HC as truly haphazard noise, a messy no-fi babel employing near-edgelord levels of antagonism and bedlam. Terms like 'blown out' or 'cacophonous' or even 'muttonheaded' barely begin cover Voltaire’s strike, yet raving hooks are discernible amid the chaos. The whole trick-bag is inverted as well, with rhythm and bass throb being more prevalent than any requisite guitar screwing. Hell, the album opens with a galling instrumental that somehow serves as a nose-thumbing dissection of modern-day punk tropes, a theme carried throughout the program, always guided by Voltaire’s spasms and helium yowl. Neck Chop is pleased to publish Neo Neos’ newest news as part of our year-end operations. Jucy Lucy not included.”) 18.00

NIGHT SINS - Dancing Chrome LP (funeral party The long-awaited third LP from Kyle Kimball (Nothing, Salvation, Death of Lovers). Nine new tracks of gloomy post-punk. The contemporary classic darkwave band NIGHT SINS, haling from Philadelphia, have finally released their third LP and first on Funeral Party Records, Dancing Chrome. This is their first album release since 2013’s To London Or The Lake. Crisp synths, deep vocals, and a gloomy post-punk intensity rarely matched. Interlude tracks have evolved to a noisier, slightly more industrial sound. A very exciting listen.) 20.00

ORANG ORANG - s/t LP (contrasz - ORANG ORANG, consisting of members of the best bands that Göttingen/Bielefeld/Kassel have to offer, play a noisy weird & chaotic interpretation of hardcore / punk in the vein of early Ceremony or Trash Talk. What seperates them from the mentioned is the incredible voice of the singer, that's bursting of coolness and adds a good portion of manic pop to the music. ) 12.00

PAST - Sama LP (contrastz 2nd album of Warsaw based coldwave / post-punk band PAST! Influenced by sound of 80′ coldwave / punk music, this new record is darker and colder than their outstanding debut album with more lyrical references to depressive cruel reality. Coldwave appeal, in the same vein as Siekiera, at times reminding of X-Mal Deutschland. Perfect fusion of energy, melancholy and touching melodies – so specific and integral elements of this amazing band!) 13.00

PROCESS BLUE - Process Blue LP (dark entries - Process Blue was formed in the fall of 1981, at Antioch College near Dayton, Ohio. The group essentially consists of Chel White (tapes, keyboards, percussion) and Dan Gediman (keyboards, vocals, bass). Additional members contributed at various points to both recorded works and live performance. Process Blue's original interest was in electronic music and the interfacing of electronic sounds with acoustic instruments, non-musical instruments, and tape-manipulated sounds. The group's primary objective has been to strive for creative experimentation within the format of contemporary pop music.  We are proud to release a 12-song LP featuring music recorded between 1981 and 1982. 7 of the tracks were originally self released on a cassette album in 1982. The only song in this batch to ever appear on vinyl is “Control Panel” released on a French LP compilation called “Folie Distinguee Alternative Funk.” The songs range from experimental dance music to quieter, more melodically-oriented pieces. They used an array of synthesizers used were Moog Sonic-Six, Casiotone MT-30, Korg MS10, Roland SH 101, Casio VL Tone. Analog instruments included electric guitar and bass, and drums. Guest musicians included Gil Belton (melodic rototoms percussion and synthesizer bird sounds) on Industrial Park, Eric Zimmerman (Korg synthesizer) on Up to $100 and Subterrania, Patricia Yarborough (vocals) on Pink Razor and Air, Mike Pummel (engineer) on Control Panel, and John Flansburgh (of They Might Be Giants) engineer on Up to $100. All songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. Each LP is housed in a jacket designed by Maycec featuring original drawings by Chel White and include a double-sided insert with photos and lyrics.) 20.00

ROHT - Iðnsamfélagið Og Framtíð Þess LP (iron lung -Iðnsamfélagið Og Framtíð Þess which roughly translates to "Industry and its Future", is taking the oddity and isolationism of hardcore punk and industrial noise and smashing them even further together than they did on previous releases. This is the sound of a band perfecting its approach to the world. And we can't get enough. At first listen it is what seems to be a simple formula of bass, noise, drums and vocals but as you continue to listen, delicate layers of depression, life, anger, creativity, emergence and deconstruction begin to unfold until you find yourself trapped in a dystopian clamor void of hellish nothingness. Industry and its future indeed. 350 copies on black vinyl housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket with printed inner sleeve and download card included.) 20.00
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SAETIA - Collected DLP (secret seven - back in stock - Saetia disbanded after only three years (1997-2000), but in that short amount of time they created music that would live on to become the forefront of the genre. In their short time, Saetia released a demo cassette, two 7"s and one LP with pressings of very small numbers. This collection will finally make available the entire discography for vinyl lovers. 2xLP inclues digital download.) 28.00

S.B.F. - Same Beat Forever LP (neck chop - S.B.F. are a twitching Los Angeles duo made up of CRUZ SOMERS (recognizable via singles under his own name as well as SOCIALITES) and RAY SCHMIDT (RACE CAR), two insular and prolific punks with penchants for punky home-recorded noize. After joining forces in 2016, S.B.F. immediately launched their stun offensive via singles on Drunken Sailor and Goodbye Boozy, surfing praise from the jump. Their recognizable racket—tough punk with electronic twists and stabs—sounds a tad harsher than most of their counterparts, with one member supplying a hook while the other drags it across concrete. With smart and jarring sleights of hand, S.B.F.’s approach combats the very notion that synthetic instrumentation commands electro and/or synth punk classifications. Though their sound is rightfully centered on programmed drumbeats, it’s the dual-guitar punk acrobatics that the duo seems infinitely more concerned with, with guitars alternating between buzz and bludgeon in menacing fashion. This tilt in formula makes S.B.F.’s sound panicked, darkly cinematic and very punk/ Techno toys be damned. This one’s for all the late-nite droolers out there—those that wake the neighbors on weeknights and never ever apologize for it.) 18.00

SCIENTIST - In The Kingdom Of Dub LP (superior viaduct - Hopeton Brown, better known as Scientist, has been a pioneering figure in the world of dub for 40 years. His early love of electronics proved fruitful when (still a teenager) he was hired at King Tubby’s studio in Kingston. Brown quickly ascended the ranks and became heir to Tubby’s throne, producing imaginative and technically impressive mixes that solidified his forward-looking nickname. Originally released in 1981, In The Kingdom Of Dub remains one of the best early LPs in Scientist’s long career. Produced by Roy Cousins at Channel One and featuring Sly & Robbie along with members of The Revolutionaries, The Aggrovators and The Soul Syndicate, the album offers a wide range of arresting rhythms, bold effect drops and exquisitely melodic bass. From “18 Drumalie Avenue Dub” (a reference to King Tubby’s address) to “Burning Sun Dub,” Scientist lays down a veritable roadmap of dub —filled with disintegrating echoes of satiny organ and textural guitar—firmly cementing his place as one of the true innovators in Jamaican popular music.) 20.00

SCOTT HIRSCH - Lost Time Behind The Moon LP (scissor - Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist / producer Scott Hirsch has recorded a follow up to his critically acclaimed 2016 record, Blue Rider Songs. On Lost Time Behind The Moon, Hirsch chronicles confronting ghosts of the past, acknowledging that darkness rides alongside the light, and avoiding the pitfalls of regret. The record was recorded and produced by Hirsch with the help of Mike Coykendall (M Ward), and features musical guests William Tyler, Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), Orpheo McCord (Edward Sharpe), Jimmy Calire (America) and Jesse Siebenberg (Lukas Nelson, Supertramp).  Scott Hirsch’s name is one you’ll find lurking in the liner notes of many admired recordings from the late 1990s to the present. As a founding member of Hiss Golden Messenger, he was integral to the band’s first five records, lending his sonic imprint on their productions, as well as shaping the sound of the live outfit, having toured heavily through the formative years of the band. Much of this work is reflected on the forthcoming Merge Records box set entitled Devotion: Songs About Rivers And Spirits And Children. Along the way he produced and played on records by Kim Krans’ Family Band, as well as recording a Grammy-nominated record by the legendary folksinger Alice Gerrard. Having stepped off the demanding tour schedule of Hiss in 2016, new pathways opened up for Hirsch to fully engage in the craft of songwriting. On this second record, his production tones and songwriting talents are in full bloom.   “I think of Lost Time Behind the Moon as Scott’s masterpiece, because everything I know about him is in these songs, the groove and the wonder.” —MC Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger)) 20.00

SKAPHE - Untitled LP (fallen empire - Born as a new project from A.P. (ALEX POOLE of CHAOS MOON, ESOTERICA), SKÁPHE released an acclaimed, eponymous debut full-length of experimental black metal via Fallen Empire Records in 2014. Untitled features the extended track "VII" “’VII’ is no less than 22 minutes of pure, swirling black metal madness. Essentially picking right up where the previous album left off, here we're treated to an extremely hypnotic and satisfying brand of psychedelically-infused black metal. Not quite the spacey, bouncy variety of bands like Oranssi Pazuzu or Angst Skvadron, but more the "wobbly," chaotic brand explored by those like Arizmenda or Wormlust. Even so, despite the similarity to the latter two, Skáphe remain a tricky, unique monster, one that can easily stand on its own two feet and legitimately say ‘this is our sound’.”—Metal Storm) 20.00

SPELL - The Full Moon Sessions (Expanded Edition) LP (dark omen - The Vancouver-based power trio Spell have wasted little time proving themselves the new masters of the metaphysical. Their first record for Bad Omen For None And All sent shockwaves across the metal underground with its mystical and malevolent brand of metallic witchcraft, in which seventies-styled atmosphere and eighties-damaged drama undertook a dark marriage with satisfyingly timeless results. Yet this was the second chapter in this band’s life proper, and the first—the band’s debut and their rawest, hungriest statement of intent—has gone unreleased in its intended form. Until now, that is. Comprising ten wild and electrifying ditties informed equally by savage finesse and gung-ho intensity, Full Moon Sessions—which was originally released as a six song mini-album in 2014—chronicles an era where these three devotees of the transformative power of heavy amplification (comprising Cam Mesmer on vocals / bass guitar, guitarist Graham McVie, and drummer Lester Spectre) had recently evolved from their earlier incarnation as the thrasher Stryker, henceforth allowing their dreams and passion to run rampant in abundance, which summarily resulted in a document with irresistible anthemic bravura to match its jagged attack. “These songs are born from our youthful struggle to survive, to make ends meet, and to find our place in the world,” reveals Mesmer, “We created this album on almost no budget while working full-time minimum wage jobs and scraping by. It was a labour of love and inspired by hardship—countless late night rehearsals after evening work shifts, followed by early morning shifts on a few hours of sleep. We poured everything we had into these songs, and we’re very proud to see this album finally released in it’s full form, all these years later.”) 24.00

SUNWATCHERS & EUGENE CHADBOURNE - 3 Characters DLP (amish - SUNWATCHERS teamed up with EUGENE CHADBOURNE for two days of recording in October 2016 which resulted in 3 Characters. These sessions were dedicated exclusively to the music of the MINUTEMEN, DOUG SAHM and HENRY FLYNT. Having never played together before, all the songs were completed in one or two takes and the recordings reflect an urgency and immediacy that audiences have to come to expect from these musicians. The three characters invoked on these recordings offer models for our current political and societal struggles. Creating a music that is both personal and political, artistic and activist, these three figures were/are soulful and practical examples of the artist-as-laborer, addressing a call for social justice and musical spontaneity. Chadbourne and Sunwatchers have taken up this struggle, touring and recording, writing and collaborating, throughout their respective careers. Pushing this ethos out into the field and on this recording, 3 Characters is a reverential labor of love, where musical labor becomes a form of both love and resistance. MIKE WATT joins the conversation with spoken interpretations of lyrics, poetry, speeches and assorted agit-prop.) 28.00

SURFBORT - Friendship Music LP (SURFBORT is a Brooklyn-based punk band that has been active since 2015. Current members are DANI MILLER on vocals, ALEX KILGORE and DAVID R. HEAD JR. on guitars, and SEAN POWELL on drums. This is Fat Possum's first release partnering with Julian Casablancas' (Strokes) Cult Records. "...thrashy and feverish with a healthy dose of sarcasm."— Monster Children) 25.00

THOU - The House Primordial LP (raw sugar On my knees, I offer you that which flies in me. My face to earth, I shout your glory to the heavens. In so surrendering do I conquer. In so yielding do I seize. The first in a series of EPs leading up to the Magus "full length.“) 18.00

THOU - Rhea Sylvia LP (deathwish - back in stock -  Thou is a forward-thinking metal/punk band from Baton Rouge, LA. "Rhea Sylvia" is the first of three EPs the band plans to release in 2018. It is a six-song monster that sees Thou exploring melodious territory with more confidence than ever before.) 18.00

TILE - Come On Home, Stranger LP (ltd appeal - Since 2006, TILE has inundated the diverse Lehigh Valley, PA DIY underground scene with their dynamic blend of angular noise rock, revved-up hardcore punk, and grinding sludge/doom riffage through a plethora of EPs, singles, split releases, and their 2013-released debut LP, You Had A Friend In Pennsylvania. In the Winter of 2017, TILE returned to Shards Recording Studio in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with owner and engineer MATT MOLCHANY who engineered and mastered the upcoming follow-up LP, Come on Home, Stranger. The dense and varied album packs twelve tracks into forty-two minutes, filling every second of the LP to the edges with their gnarled, varied style. The record is completed with photography by TIM WYNARCZUK of a shoot arranged by the band, in the theme of their prior releases.) 17.00

WILLIE LANE - Known Quantity LP (feeding tube - "Newly remastered reissue of WILLIE LANE's 2009 solo guitar LP, Known Quantity, originally released on his own Cord Art label. Over the last few years, this album has been requested at the store more often than just about any other, but it sold out not long after it was issued and has risen in price consistently since that time. Listening to Known Quantity, it's not hard to understand why it has such a strong rep. Lane came out the Hampshire College scene that aligned itself with the Apostasy Records crowd (Krefting, Shaw, Rosenblum, etc.). His first known recordings were actually with some of the noisier experimental units associated with this cabal. Willie was based in Philadelphia for a long time after college, where he fell in with Jack Rose and the whole Fishtown scene of the early Oughts. Moving back to the Valley, Willie also began working with Matt Valentine's tribe, and his first solo album,Recliner Ragas, was issued as a C.O.M. CDR in 2006 before getting vinylized by the Humito label in 2012. And keen listeners out there will detect a certain 'Spectrasound' feel to some of the electric passages here. The music on Known Quantity is a buttery mix of electric and acoustic string aktion. SAMARA LUBELSKI plays bass on one track, but it's all solo apart from that. And it's a wonderland of textures and sound shapes. Some of the pieces are almost straight ahead (somewhat more in tunes with the work Willie does when he plays live), but others are as wobbly and jagged as a drunk peacock. It's an amazing record, and rewards multiple listens with constantly unfolding details. MAX MILGRAM (from Watery Love) did the new cover art (based on the original LP's photographic frontispiece) and the mastering by CARL SAFF is mighty nice. Enjoy..."—Byron Coley, 2018. Edition of 500.) 25.00

V/A - To Catch A Ghost: Field Recordings from Madagascar LP (sublime frequencies - This is Sublime Frequencies' second volume of transcendent musical field recordings from central and southern Madagascar, produced by CHARLES BROOKS. Like the grand beauty and wonder of its flora and fauna, Madagascar's music is completely unique. Whether the tempos are fast with polyrhythmic precision or slow in the form of a Kabosy ballad, once one gets familiar with its sound, it can never be mistaken again. Charles Brooks has been traveling to Madagascar and living with these spectacular artists for many years and has managed to document countless examples of their work, and regardless of how formal or informal a recording is made, the results always turn out magical. Performers include: Kavoria Lappella, Soa Vinelo Soando, Vonarivo M'Bola, Gilbert Peramena dit Bera, Zara Jean Paul, Randriana Solo, Mahalid Destin,M'Beamdala, Prosper Razafimamdimby, Melina Soulala, Dabaro and Ranasoa Velonjoha. Limited edition LP with two-sided insert featuring images of the artist and highly detailed notes of the recording sessions.) 27.00


CAP'N JAZZ - Burritos, Inspiration Point, ... TAPE (Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards in the Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana Peels We've Slipped On and Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over is Cap'n Jazz's first and only full-length album, originally released in 1995 on Man With Gun Records. Undoubtedly one of the most influential albums ever to be released (if not of all time, then definitely of 1995), Burritos... has spawned more bands than words in its title. Often shortened to just Shmap’n Shmazz, the record was released when the members — Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor Villarreal, Sam Zurick, and Davey von Bohlen — were mere teenagers, with future bands such as American Football, The Promise Ring, Joan of Arc, Owls, Owen and more but a twinkle in the eye of their collective discographies.) 9.00

LEXICON - 5 Tracks Demo TAPE (iron lung - Nearly inhuman levels of rage and power from Seattle's newest noise punk outfit featuring Madam KJ on (first time ever!) vocal shredding duty. Ferocious styles to say the least. LEXICON stalks like a newly liberated beast and pummels your senses to dust. Proper shit. 100 pro-dubbed cassettes housed in a custom J-card with extra insert. Recorded by Jose Mora. Mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth. Art by Devin McKernan.) 8.00

LUNGERN - Demo TAPE (krims krama - Post-punk project founded by Oresti, Matthias and Heinzel in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat / Spain.) 5.00


CHROMATICS - Camera CD (italians do it - “I Want To Be With You…But Sometimes Life Becomes Too Real…I Want To See The Things In My Heart I Know I Feel.” The opening track is a love song written from the perspective of the camera, asking to be held up to see the world through the eyes of its user. CHROMATICS’ dense electronics are anchored by the intimacy of RUTH RADELET's vocals. Framed by negative space, this is pop music from the blurry hours. She softly sings, “I write a song in my head, pretend that I’m lying in your arms.” The music is minimal and bare, layered with sparse percussion. The Camera EP features unreleased material, including a haunting take on Dear Tommy’s title track and the midnight mood of “Flashback To Forever.” Deluxe CD version features 25 minutes of unreleased material, featuring long time David Lynch collaborator, DEAN HURLEY's reimagined “Blue Girl” fit for the Silver Screen… The synthesizer heavy club take on “Magazine” stripped of it's guitars from Fien Troch's HOME soundtrack..The midnight vamp of “The Taste Of Blood” & the nightmarish “House Of Dolls” will throttle your pulse.) 10.00

T-shirts / Long Sleeves

ALL PIGS MUST DIE - Cleaver T-SHIRT (deathwish - Black Tultex shirt with white front print. in S/M/L) 20.00

COLD CAVE - Oceans With No End LONGSLEEVE (deathwish - Black Tultex longsleeve with white print. in S/M/L/XL) 26.00

SAETIA - Form Letter T-SHIRT (secret seven - Black Tultex shirt with white front and back print. in S / M / L / XL)


MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL - #428 | January 2019 MAG (MRR forges in to the new year with features on SIAL, BITE MARKS, CHIMERA, Cascade Record Pressing, the Black and Brown Punk Fest, SCAVENGER OF DEARTH, LIZ SUBURBIA, a Belgian scene report, and the return of This Is Austin, Not That Great. All that and the usual columns, news items, action-packed photos and reviews.) 5.00
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hi. welcome to our 2nd newsletter for January 2019. Lots of great stuff arrived like two new 10“ from OKRAINA records (Roy Montgomery, Alasdair Roberts … ), then the great CHARLES MINGUS - Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden 5LP-BOX, restock of the amazing CATERINA BARBIERI - Patterns Of Consciousness DLP, THOU - magus DLP restock, LOW restocks, STEVE GUNN - The Unseen In Between LP, DEERHUNTER - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? LP on 4AD, STEVEN STAPLETON AND DAVID TIBET - The Threats Of Memories DLP, VIDRO - Allt Brinner LP, URSULA K. LE GUIN & TODD BARTON - Music And Poetry Of The Kesh LP restock, JOE MCPHEE - Nation Time LP, DISFEAR - A Brutal Sight Of War LP, EARTHEATER - IRISIRI LP and much more

We also start shipping the MONPLAISIR - the agreement LP next week. you can stream the whole record now here ... -agreement

We also started booking a short GRAF ORLOCK european tour from July 17th til July 27th

get in touch if u can help with a show

and in coincidence with the tour GRAF ORLOCK & SPORT will play Berlin on July 27th

Thank you
 Robert & Norman


ALASDAIR ROBERTS & NEIL MCDERMOTT & TARTINE DE CLOUS - Au Cube 2x10“ (okraina - There is a sense of mirth rising within me as I riddle these notes down. I'm here at the Cube Cinema in Bristol with John Stevens from Qu Junktions in the garden talking music, while Rhodri Karim whizzes through setting up gear for Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones. They are in situ for three days for another playthecube. All the while I lounge back and time-travel back to Dec '17, picturing the times we all shared with the musicians you hear in these recordings. To slow things down a wee touch is such a powerful gesture, it feels. Ali and Jamie Lindsay (from the Cube) where so gentle in setting up the framework for Tartine de Clous and Neil to join in and and spend five epic days and nights with us. Showing old and new films, talking, singing tight together around a table and then en masse with the Bristol Sacred Harp group, everything weaved around the Microplexian complex. The ad hoc series playthecube is inspired by olden-day folks stopping by settlements to sing, jest and make love for a hazy period, as well as urban fairytale jazz residencies and the desire to jig up the connections that frizzle between The Cube's curious volunteer workforce, visiting artists and our audiences when you have a little more time on your hands. Over the two nights, Tartine de Clous, Alasdair Roberts and Neil McDermott entertained plenty. The computer capturing the music at the back of the auditorium and the exquisitely placed hanging mics, like flowers at a fête, all added to the recording angel ritual. On the first evening every breath, every track and each chair inch mattered; they shuffled things round and, on the second evening, the suite of song swept the crowd and the musicians together into a fine fettle. To have this album and to hear these songs is to taste the stews we ate, the stories we swapped, the technology we manipulated and the people we touched. The cubic circles rippled and we all loosed a little, and the way I figure it, you can hear it. Chiz Williams, Bristol, England (3rd May 2018)) 18.00

ROY MONTGOMERY - Last Year's Man / After Vermeer 10“ (okraina - Roy Montgomery playing Last Year's Man by Leonard Cohen (12 min) and collaborate with Jessica Moss on the B-Side. “My first deep exposure to LEONARD COHEN was the "Bird on a Wire" documentary by Tony Palmer, which was, against the odds, broadcast on public television in New Zealand around 1974 or 1975. At age 15 or 16 I thought it was too dark. A few years later, in the late '70s, I wanted things darker. The first Cohen LP was very clever but a little too "up." The second was too public and political for me. Songs of Love and Hate seemed more honest, more about personal failure. I liked it, although Cohen tended to disown it, especially “Dress Rehearsal Rag” and “Last Year's Man”, neither of which he performed live later on. I like “Last Year's Man” for the same reason I like Nick Drake's “Poor Boy”. It wallows and parodies at the same time. I came across the Suzuki OMNICHORD OM-27 because it was mentioned in relation to another Canadian, Joni Mitchell. It looked like a mystery box of potentially very good or very bad sounds, like a Bontempi chord organ customized for space travel in a Stanley Kubrick film. Irresistible... I was fortunate to meet JESSICA MOSS because of the 12 hour Drone event at Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht in November 2017. I thought it would be cool to jam with some of the other people scheduled to play their own pieces so I asked the organisers, Bob Helleur and Jacob Hagelaars, to sound out the other droners a few weeks before the festival. Jessica replied, I sent a sample piece, and we talked, more than rehearsed, a day before the performance. We did our piece live and then some months later I sent her a recorded piece to which she added her magical playing.” -
Roy Montgomery) 16.00


BODY/HEAD - The Switch LP (4ad - Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and guitarist Bill Nace (X.O.4,Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange), release their second studio album, ‘The Switch’. ) 21.00

CATERINA BARBIERI - Patterns Of Consciousness DLP (important - Patterns Of Consciousness is the powerful second full length from analog synth composer Caterina Barbieri. Highly recommended to fans of Alessandro Cortini and Eleh; Barbieri can be seen/heard/felt live at major electronic music events across Europe and beyond. Gorgeous high resolution analog textures and algorithmic melodies unfold under Barbieri's careful control, exploring the basic nature of sound and consciousness. These pieces are minimal in arrangement but maximal in presence asserting Barbieri as a unique voice in contemporary electronic music composition. "Patterns Of Consciousness finds Caterina Barbieri at her best, elegantly moving between melodically pleasant yet twisted sequences and comforting, reassuring sonic spaces. Every piece, while given a singular identity, is part of the bigger picture: a work of art that will push you, pull you, and then eventually leave you with your back against the wall once you get to the last track. " Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails) Pushing the limits of her monophonic instrument, Barbieri seeks out counterpoint from a single oscillator through the exclusive use of additive synthesis, fast progressions, extreme melodic jumps and intricate delay lines. Note against note, gate against gate, she develops an illusory counterpoint style influenced by her passion for baroque lute music, where fast arpeggios are employed to get effects of sustained chords and overcome the limits of fast decay timbres. But the highly formulaic and germinative style of these pieces is also influenced by Indian classical music's vision of sound as an agent of change and recreation: sound causing processes rather than objects, verbs rather than nouns. Patterns are understood as the cells of an organism or the units of a language: a limited set of signs that can be recombined to always generate new possibilities.) 34.00

CHARLES MINGUS - Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden 5LP-BOX (BBE - “I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time.” Charles Mingus. The radical discovery by Amir Abdullah of 5 two-track master tapes in the care of Hermine Brooks ­– widow of innovative Detroit drummer Roy Brooks – of the Charles Mingus Quintet recorded live in Detroit at Strata Concert Gallery is cause for some serious celebration. These electrifying recordings took place during Mingus’ week-long residency in February 1973. They were broadcast live by drummer/producer and broadcaster Robert “Bud” Spangler for WDET FM – a public radio station dedicated to jazz – from Kenny and Barbara Cox’s multi-purpose home for Strata Records at 46 Selden. Entrance to the gig was $5 dollars in advance and $6 on the door. By the early Seventies Mingus’ militant musings, volatile character and hugely innovative musical offerings had already earned him global notoriety. He’d played with the Bird, Dizzy, Max Roach, Duke Ellington and had released universally acclaimed albums as a leader like ‘Blues & Roots’, Oh Yeah’ and ‘Black Saint & The Sinner Lady’. This gig – one of a Jazz In Detroit series that also included Keith Jarrett, Tribe and Herbie Hancock – took place a few months after the release of Mingus’ “third stream” masterpiece ‘Let My Children Hear Music’. The music on these tapes is blazing. According to the late Roy Brooks, the band – which included himself and fellow Detroit trumpeter Joe Gardner – had not long returned from playing two tours in Europe. Fresh to the quintet was stellar pianist Don Pullen and listening to these recordings Pullen’s church-driven power, blues sensibility and harmonic sophistication perfectly complements the bassist’s own vision. On tenor saxophone we have the soulful and innovative John Stubblefield. Like Pullen he was a recent recruit. Unfortunately, the saxophonist’s time with Mingus lasted a mere 5 months: “I got in a fight with Mingus and I shouldn’t have done that. After that, I couldn’t get arrested in New York.” Ironically, when Sue Mingus formed the Mingus Big Band in 1992, to perpetuate her husband’s legacy, Stubblefield emerged as a talismanic presence in the ensemble until he passed in 2005. Thanks to BBE, 180 Proof Records and Strata Records we can now tune in to WDET-FM and transport ourselves back to Detroit ’73, and get a taste of the furious energy and compositional sophistication of a unique and modern master at work in the most intimate of settings.) 68.00

DEERHUNTER - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? LP (4AD - How do you describe an album out of time, concerned with the disappearance of culture, of humanity, of nature, of logic and emotion? Why make this album in an era when attention spans have been reduced to next to nothing, and the tactile grains of making music have been further reduced to algorithms and projected playlist placement. Why wake up in the morning? Why hasn’t everything already disappeared? Deerhunter’s eighth LP forgets the questions and makes up unrelated answers. It gets up, walks around, it records itself in several strategic geographic points across North America. It comes home, restructures itself and goes back to bed to avoid the bad news. From the opening harpsichord and piano figures of ‘Death in Midsummer’, it is impossible to tell where the record came from. Is ‘No One’s Sleeping’ an outtake of an aborted Kinks recording session in 1977 Berlin with Eno producing? No. That is nostalgia. If there is one thing Deerhunter are making clear it is that they have exhausted themselves with that toxic concept. What they spend their time doing instead is reinventing their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth. The result is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in their roughly 15-year career.  Deerhunter have made a science fiction album about the present. Is it needed right now? Is it relevant? Perhaps only to a small audience. DADA was a reaction to the horrors of war. Punk was a reaction to the slow and vacant 70’s. Hip Hop was a liberated musical culture that challenged the notions presented wholesale about the African-American experience. What is popular music today a reaction to?) 25.00

DISFEAR - A Brutal Sight Of War LP (There is no need for any introduction with a band like DISFEAR! With a DIS in the name is very clear what these dudes are about: on "A Brutal Sight Of War" they deliver nine tracks of Discharge-ish d-beat crust hardcore with harsh toxic vocals, discore riffs and fast tempos.) 13.00

DYSNEA BOYS - I Scare Me LP (the black lodge - A brand new offering from Berlin’s Dysnea Boys is something to celebrate. Thirteen off-kilter numbers that have me thinking of San Francisco and in particular the early Thrasher Skate Rock compilations. It is no surprise since vocalist Jason Honea once fronted Bay Area legends Social Unrest. This album really takes me back to my earliest dalliances into punk. I can absolutely hear this blasting out of a boom box on the deck of a ramp or edge of our secret section of concrete ditch. It warms my heart. The songs have a churning groove to them that you don’t hear all that often in punk and hardcore these days. This German/American/Canadian/Scottish punk rock coalition really do something that needs to be heard to be believed. (Razorcake)) 13.00

EARTHEATER - IRISIRI LP (pan - Eartheater (aka Queens based artist Alexandra Drewchin) distills foley-filled digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. A body of viscerally emotive live performance stands alongside her recorded output, realized by her fearless physical investment and gut-wrenching vocal sincerity. ) 23.00

ELIANE RADIGUE - Geelriandre / Arthesis LP (importanzt - Geelriandre/Arthesis is named for the pieces that fill its two sides. Geelriandre, realized on an ARP 2500 synthesizer in 1972, featuring Gérard Fremy on prepared piano, for whom the piece was originally composed. Arthesis, realized using the University of Iowa's Moog in 1973, comprises the full duration of side B. Eliane Radigue has received much deserved praise for her transcendent composiitions for tape, synthesizers and acoustic instruments. Her work is deep, slowly changing and timelessly resonant with timbre so dense you can listen through the sound to find infinity. Accute physicality, overtones and psychoacoustic activity fills your space, follows you, grounds you, pulls you in or lets you go. It's all here/hear.) 26.00

JOE MCPHEE - Nation Time LP (superior - "It's been nearly five decades since Joe McPhee assembled a group of musicians to perform the weekend concerts that would become Nation Time, his debut LP. It was December 1970, thirty-one-year-old McPhee was inspired by Amiri Baraka's poem 'It's Nation Time,' and the students at Vassar College didn't know what hit them. 'What time is it?' shouted the bandleader. 'C'mon, you can do better than that. What time is it?!’ "The music on Nation Time came out of the fertile, but little-known creative jazz scene in Poughkeepsie, New York, McPhee's home base. Two bands were deployed, one with a funky free foundation featuring guitar and organ, the other consisting of a more standard jazz formation with two drummers and the brilliant Mike Kull at the piano. Across the concert and the next afternoon's audience-less recording session, the band was ignited by McPhee's passion and his gorgeous post-Coltrane / post-Pharoah tenor. On 'Shakey Jake,' they hit a James Brown groove filtered through Archie Shepp, while the sidelong title track is as searching and poignant today as it was during its heyday. "Originally released in 1971 on CjR, an imprint started expressly to document McPhee's music, Nation Time has a sense of urgency and inspiration. Additional material from those December days would later appear on Black Magic Man, Hat Hut's first release. In fact, the first four records on this seminal Swiss label all featured McPhee. "Nation Time was largely unknown a quarter century or so later, when it was first issued on CD through Atavistic's Unheard Music Series. On Corbett vs. Dempsey, we reissued the album along with all known tapes leading up to and around it as a deluxe box set, but the standalone LP has long remained incredibly rare. Now is the time for a new generation of freaks to lose their shit when settling into the cushy beat of 'Shakey Jake' and answer McPhee's call with the only appropriate response: It's NATION TIME." – John Corbett) 25.00

MONPLAISIR - The Agreement LP (adagio830 - What's going on in Lyon? Is there something in the water? So many unbelievable great bands are from that little city in France. After a great demo LP from 2017 comes finally the highly-anticipated debut from Monplaisir. Playful Indie / Noiserock in the vein of Unwound, Sonic Youth, … Featuring members of Sport ❤) 13.00

NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS - Spiritflesh LP (mannequin - Led by Nigel Ayers and Caroline K, the band was one of the first to use tape cutting, avant-garde art, and underground video works to create a stage experience that was being cultivated by like-minded artists like Throbbing Gristle, SPK and Cabaret Voltaire. Originally self released in 1988 on Earthly Delights, Spiritflesh’ is a masterpiece and a major reference for the early drone/dark ambient minds. By the time the album came out, Nocturnal Emissions had already produced several albums of electronic music which varied from noisy to funky. Displaying his usual perversity, Nigel chose to ditch electronic dance music immediately before the acid house revolution and produce a series of utterly compelling atmospheric albums which are often referred to these days as being “ambient industrial”. "Spiritflesh" was the first offering by the new shape of Nocturnal Emissions. The record “came out of a long, hard thinking, a personal examination of my own motives for working within music.” Nigel Ayers played church harmonium, chime and music box on the record, and used samples of chimpanzees, cattle, and African and European wild birds. While generally ambient, the music is not like Brian Eno’s work; it is atmospheric, but impossible to relegate to the background. “There’s always a dangerous intrusion of the real world into our music,” Ayers said. “We’re looking into the relationship between people and the environment, the kind of feedback which happens between people and locations. Underneath it all, this planet has got its own message.”) 19.00

PANOPTICON - ...on the Subject of Mortality LP (nordvis - The album has been painstakingly completely reworked, re-amped, cleaned up and remixed by Spenser Morris as well as re mastered by Colin Marston to sound the way the album was originally intended. Atomic Rooster, with the help of William Blake made the point of letting you know that Death Walks Behind You – a key lesson in all of our lives. We are a blip on Earth’s vast radar and we are all destined to return to the soils. Austin Lunn explores the concept of our mortality on this stunning early Panopticon opus, given a fitting reissue. Louisville, Kentucky may seem an unlikely wellspring for black metal, but not only has it given us Panopticon, but there is also the indubitable fact that said band are one of the most inventive addition to the black metal canon in (relatively) recent years. Six slices of pained beauty, led by trademark flair-filled guitar lines combine to create Lunn’s singular soliloquy to the deep, dark abyss that awaits us all. It is time, therefore, to rewind and re-tread our aural steps through these six songs and scream along with our guide “there is no God, there is no God, THERE IS NO GOD!”) 27.00

PAULINE OLIVEROS - Reverberations I DLP (important - In 2012 Important Records released a historic 12 CD box set compiling much of Pauline Oliveros' early and unreleased electronic work. Reverberations 1 is the first release in an ongoing series dedicated to releasing the entire 12 CD box set on vinyl. Organized chronologically by studio (here: Pauline Oliveros Home Electronic Music Studio, 1961 & San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1964-1966), the complete Reverberations not only documents Pauline's earliest electronic music but it also functions as an early history of electronic music itself. Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian was an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she explored found, forging new ground for herself and others. Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation she has created a body of work with such breadth of vision that it profoundly effects those who experience it and it eludes many who try to write about it. In partnership with the Pauline Oliveros Trust, Imprec will be releasing essential titles from Pauline Oliveros' catalog on vinyl including the complete Reverberations box set, Tara's Room, Sounding/Way (with Guy Klucevsek) and many more. "On some level, music, sound consciousness and religion are all one, and she would seem to be very close to that level." John Rockwell "Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening, I now know what harmony is. It's about the pleasure of making music." John Cage) 34.00

PIG//CONTROL - Vor Den Mauern LP (sabotage - The final slab: Like the 7″ predecessor “Trauma” recorded and mixed at 16 Ohm Studio in Glasgow, “Vor den Mauern” compiles PIG//CONTROL’s latter days’ output of wall-crushing, noise-drenched, teeth-clenching hardcore punk. Lyrics circling the bleak realities of Fortress Europe, exclusion tactics, and life in the post-everything age drive the 6 songs, ranging from all-out high speed mania to psych-sided heavy stomp.) 13.00

RIC KAESTNER - Music For Massage II DLP (Ric Kaestner’s impossible-to-find, esoteric ambient gem surfaces on vinyl for first time, taken from one of only 2 known copies of the original tape. Happy endings for all collectors of obscure new age and under-the-radar ambient music! RIYL: Dominique Lawalrée, Brian Eno, JD Emmanuel… “Recorded and released in 1987, the original cassette bore a minimalist plum tree design on the cover and music soothing to match. There are only 2 confirmed copies of the original cassette, one of them was used in the restoration and revival of this classic new age album. Five years after the New Age cult-classic album Music For Massage hit the shelves, it’s sequel was silently released. Never intended for consumer sale, Music For Massage II was only known to a select few masseuses and tape collectors. The very definition of esoteric. Musically, it’s both an homage to how far the genre had come in those five years and served as a predictor of what was to come. Comprising elements of Folk, Drone, Ambient, Ethereal, Minimal, Modern Classical, the recording is quintessential of all things New Age. These are sounds meant to induce healing, therapy, and relaxation. Hand crafted by Ric Kaestner and inspired in part by an encounter with one of the fathers of modern music, John Cage, for actual massage or for casual listening, it holds its own almost four decades later.”) 36.00

SPIRAL JOY BAND - Summoning LP (mie - Spiral Joy Band spun from the orbit of drone-improv pioneers Pelt in 2004 - initially as an incubator for that group’s burgeoning acoustic experiments, but eventually drifting into a thrum all their own. Their variable lineup is based around Mikel Dimmick, Patrick Best, and Troy Schafer, and their rough-hewn drones utilize a staggering variety of exotic gongs and instruments, both electric and acoustic. On Summoning, Spiral Joy Band enlists vocalist Dani Schafer. From the very first track “Lateral Waters, Languid Domes,” Summoning leaps away from the contemplative, avant-hillbilly ripples of SJB’s previous releases, and plunges directly into deep interstellar currents, tillered by an electric guitar that one could (almost) describe as “Heldon-like.” With the exception of the chaotic interlude of “Starlings in Deerwood” (which recalls the most explosive moments of electric-era Pelt), Summoning is built upon Dimmick’s monolithic harmonium and Dani Schafer’s full-throated vocals, which envelope and tie off the acid embroidery of Troy and Pat’s guitar, violin, and electronics. With Pelt seemingly unplugging their power strips for good, the wild electric howl and kosmische ragas of Summoning exuberantly herald humanity’s inevitable plunge into the heart of the sun. - Tom Carter, 2018) 20.00

STERILE MIND - Lift The Mask LP (diy - Long in the works and ready for consumption. STERILE MIND from Oakland, California is back with a 9 song LP of some sick new jams. A jams a jam, man. You'll pay for the whole seat but you'll only use the edge.) 12.00

STEVE GUNN - The Unseen In Between LP (matador - For over a decade, Steve Gunn has been one of American music’s most pivotal figures -- conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced).  Gunn is known for telling other people's stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, The Unseen In Between, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the way -- the work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded Unseen forces a reassessment of Gunn’s standing in the pantheon of the era’s great songwriters. Getting to The Unseen In Between itself was not easy for Gunn. In the summer of 2016, Gunn released Eyes On The Lines, his winning and elliptical debut for Matador. It should have been a triumphant moment, but exactly two weeks later, Gunn’s father and namesake died following a two-year struggle with cancer. During his sickness, he and his son had connected as never before, listening to one another’s experiences and understanding one another’s perspectives; they became not father and son but real friends. This experience yielded the emotional centerpiece of the album. “Stonehurst Cowboy” is a duet for Gunn’s raw acoustic guitar and spare basslines by Bob Dylan's musical director Tony Garnier, whose featured throughout the album.  The song distills the lessons Gunn learned from his father and it is a solemn but tender remembrance, a tribute to his father’s reputation as a tough, wise, and witty guy from far west Philadelphia. A sense of musical renewal and emotional complexity fits the new songs perfectly; “Luciano” seems to be about the chemistry between a bodega owner and his cat, an unspoken romance of gentle obedience and quiet gestures. But Gunn peers below the relationship’s surface and wonders about the owner's lonely future once the cat is gone, a devastating meditation wrapped in soft strings. And then there’s “Vagabond,” Gunn’s graceful attempt to humanize a rich cast of characters whose lives have gone astray, wanderers who live outside of society’s modern safety net, who pursue “a crooked dream” in spite of what the world expects. Supported by the perfect harmonies of Meg Baird, Gunn finds something lovely in the unloved. Inspired by contemporary artist Walter De Maria’s Dia Art Foundation-affiliated installation of 400 stainless steel poles atop the high desert of New Mexico, “Lightning Field” considers what we get out of art when it doesn’t work, when lightning does not light up the night for visitors. In a final contrast, “Morning is Mended” is an acoustic beauty so resplendent it ranks alongside Sandy Denny or Jackson C. Frank. Buoyed by a melody that sparkles like sunlight on still water, Gunn acknowledges the hardships around him, the feeling of being a “nothing sky,” and then moves forward into the world, walking tall into the fresh morning.  The song is an apt encapsulation of The Unseen In Between, a gorgeously empathetic record that attempts to recognize the worries of the world and offer some timely assurance.  It is a revelatory and redemptive set, offering the balm of understanding at a time when that seems in very short supply.) 25.00

STEVEN STAPLETON AND DAVID TIBET - The Threats Of Memories DLP (dirter - Leaders of England’s hidden reverse, Stapleton and Tibet, compile four visionary highlights of their collaborations between 1991-1998, including a previously unreleased outtake of their ‘Musical Pumpkin Cottage’ album First available at their NWW and Current 93 concert in London, late 2018, ‘The Threats of Memories’ unfolds across the minds-eye with all the lysergic quality that one may hope for. Ancient acolytes and wide-eyed ambient lambs alike will be enchanted by the unfathomable spatial dimensions and lurking intimacy on offer, all newly remastered and rendered on vinyl to thee most exacting standards, bringing anyone in earshot within touching distance of the duo’s original vision.  In the A-side ‘The Sadness of Things’ (1991) we can feel the spectral touch of Colin Potter applied to slow, curling strings, shivering hi-hat and stereo-strafing apparitions, bookended by haunting vox from Joolie Wood and Ruby Wallis at the front and David Tibet in the rear. ‘The Dead Side of The Moon’ features many more hands on deck to explore a proper sort of mountainside kosmiche revelation alongside ‘Bubblehead’, which maintains a motorik trajectory into more possessed, end-of-trip tremors that also leads down the Craig Leon-esque wormhole of ‘DreamBreath’, a previously unreleased ace of heavy breathing loops and chromatic chronics laced with Stapleton recalling a lysergic daytrip.) 32.00

VIDRO - Allt Brinner LP (kink - VIDRO is a new project-band from Stockholm-Portland-Belo Horizonte. They feature members from KURT I KUVÖS, DIAGNOSIS? BASTARD, BAD NERVE to name a few. After releasing a great demo-tape in 2017 - here is their 1st proper release on vinyl. Eleven songs that blur the lines of pissed hardcore and mid-tempo punk with female vocals and swedish lyrics. All of them personal, political and uniquely unapologetic.) 13.00


PHILL NIBLOCK - Music For Cello CD (important! - Phill Niblock's Music For Cello collects three pieces from the 70's and early 80's, performed by cellist David Gibson. This CD includes a 16 page unpublished interview with Phill Niblock. Since the late sixties Phill Niblock has been composing long-form acoustic drones with a focus on the rhythms and overtones that rise from closely tuned instruments. His highly original and influential music is an exploration of timbre, microtonality, stability, duration and psychoacoustic phenomenon. "3 to 7 - 196 is very direct, aggressive, and gritty. The overtone patterns that are produced by the proximal pitches become more prominent with louder volume. So please, play this piece very loud. This was the first piece of mine in which the musician was precisely tuned, in which I chose exact pitches in hertz. We used a sine wave oscillator and frequency counter for the tuning. Descent Plus has four cello tones descending one octave over twenty-two minutes, from 300 hertz to 150 hertz. David Gibson played these tones without lifting his bow from the strings, constantly retuning. I made four different scores, manually changing an oscillator to which he was tuning, for each track's recording. For the revision, we added six more tracks, with David playing long tones which were not descending. The second part of the recording was made nearly twenty years later. Summing II (one of four parts) is mellow and sonorous. David plays two strings simultaneously, one of which is retuned for each successive recording of that pair of tones. This is a mix of an eight track tape. It's better played loud also." - Phill Niblock from liner notes) 16.00
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Messagepar ADAGIO830 » 25 Jan 2019, 15:47

hey. welcome to another newsletter for January filled with lots of records like AUTUMN - Synthesize LP restock, the 48 CHAIRS - 70% Paranoid LP re issue, the new BLACK TO COMM - Seven Horses For Seven Kings DLP & SARAH LOUISE - deeper woods LP on Thrill Jockey, ELLEN FULLMAN & OKKYUNG LEE - the air around her LP, DYM restocks, GAS- Zauberberg 3xLP, POHGOH - Secret Club LP, a bunch of restocks on THOU, the new MONPLAISIR LP, ZOLA JESUS - Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes) LP and moreee.

We also start shipping the MONPLAISIR - the agreement LP next week. you can stream the whole record now here ... -agreement

We also started booking a short GRAF ORLOCK european tour from July 17th til July 27th

get in touch if u can help with a show

and in coincidence with the tour GRAF ORLOCK & SPORT will play Berlin on July 27th

Thank you
 Robert & Norman


48 CHAIRS - 70% Paranoid LP (cache cache - Documenting the unlikely coupling of British free jazz bastion Lol Coxhill and the saucy synth pop don’t-wannabes known as Gerry And The Holograms this rare incognito full-length album bridges the micro-niches of electronic jazz and punk jazz from a band formed in 1979 at an axis where DIY and new wave hadn’t quite collided! With sprinklings of post-punk female vocals worthy of PragVEC and Suburban Lawns, featuring angular art rock paeans to voodoo dolls and closed- circuit TV, this privately pressed LP comes directly from the man who gave Martin Hannett some of his best ideas and wrote the “Blue”print for Manchester’s new musical order. Imagine if Talking Heads became Mark E Smith’s backing band for a week before being sacked for wearing a Frank Zappa t-shirt while Eric Dolphy forgot to take his headphones off... If that sounds up your street, then you should be paying double. A genuine lost moment from the post-punk era with progressive pop credentials from the university of Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias before everyone got a job at the local Factory. Why are you the only person who doesn’t know about this? As one of the few fully formed feature-length album projects of the immediate independent post-punk era, the 1981 album 70% Paranoid by 48 Chairs is still often referred to as one of Manchester’s best-kept secrets by many of the anti- genre’s most switched-on collectors and critics. Combining the talents of the squat-pop synthesists who brought you Gerry And The Holograms with the free jazz Brit-skronk of Lol Coxhill and gelled together with vocals by female punk one- timer Fran Kershner, this seldom travelled, hand-assembled LP was both deeply underground and wildly overambitious, earning it an inverted status as a genuine “unknown pleasure”. Politely waiting in queue for delayed accolades to this day, 70% Paranoid was born out of a direct reaction to the short-lived journalistic cranny known as “new-music” which bridged the pigeonholes of punk-rock and new-wave allowing a small wide-eyed flock to escape the coup in the process. Evading the final nails in the coffin of prog and jazz rock and dreading the reverse reverb of the New Romantic onslaught, a certain breed of overqualified underdogs, with small plates and huge Zappatites took the Manc-y manifesto of do-it-yourself and decided to do-it-your-own-way instead, with a secret hope that the book shelf was gonna collapse either way.) 21.00

AFSKY - s/t LP (vendetta - ltd to 300 copies. Vinyl Re issue of the self released CD. solbrud sideproject, atmopsheric black metal from denmark) 14.00

AUTUMN - Synthesize LP (minimal wave .- BACK IN PRINT ON NEW GREEN VINYL!!! “The twenty-seventh release on Minimal Wave is AUTUMN’s Synthesize LP, selections from the band’s best material. Autumn was the legendary project of PETER BONNE and GEERT COPPENS, two Belgian teenagers who started experimenting with the potentials of analog synthesizers during the late ‘70s and formed a band together soon after in 1980, quickly becoming one of the most truly visionary groups to emerge from the synth scene in Europe. The album is titled after their Synthesize single which was recorded along with its b-side ‘The Third Autumn’ in 1981 in a professional 24 track studio in only 7 hours. Both songs became modest summer hits in Belgian dance clubs in 1982, and the release been highly sought after ever since. This album features ‘Synthesize’ and ‘The Third Autumn,’ along with other cassette only favorites like ‘I Say You Hello,’ ‘Not Afraid To Die,’ and ‘Night In June’ (featured on Angular’s Cold Wave & Minimal Electronics compilation in 2010). Considering how young Autumn were when they recorded these songs, the production is very impressive. These multi-layered synthpop gems are catchy, danceable and definitely ahead of their time. ‘I Say You Hello’ has been described as an ‘amazing’ piece of synth music with “insanely catchy vocals, an incredible bass line and some mind-melting analog patterns”.) 25.00

BLACK TO COMM - Seven Horses For Seven Kings DLP (thrill jockey - Black To Comm is the solo project of German sound artist Marc Richter. Through his output both as an artist and through his eclectic Dekorder label, Richter has established himself as a singular voice of new music. Operating at the fringes of drone and ambient genres, his music is darkly magical and deeply atmospheric, underpinned by a signature surrealism. A relentless sonic explorer, Richter approaches the studio as his instrument, using sampling, analogue production and digital manipulation to offer an almost infinite choice of tones and textures. Audio fragments are liberated from their original context and sculpted into surprising new shapes, creating work that transcends time or genre. Seven Horses For Seven Kings sees Richter reaching out again into the limitless field of sound, summoning forth his darkest and most visceral work to date. Seven Horses For Seven Kings was completed during a particularly prolific period for Richter. Working on a broad range of commissions since his last album - from writing for film and theatre works to composing for art installations, apps and sleep music - generated a flurry of new ideas and influences. Site-specific residencies in particular let Richter shift his focus from melody and song architecture to more abstract sound art. Extensive touring would equally come to inform a key shift in Richter’s music, simulating the raw, unpredictable energy of live performances on record. Rather than ironing out mistakes in samples or his own playing, he exploits or even forces such imperfections. While rhythm has been largely absent from previous Black To Comm releases, here the music seems totally bound to it, from the fractured techno breaks of ”Fly on You”, to the pounding war drums of “Rameses II” and pulsing Mellotron sounds of “Angel Investor”. The album’s breath-taking pace drives Richter’s music to new levels of intensity. Richter’s creative practice is informed as much by careful, attentive listening as it is studio experimentation. Pieces often begin life as a single sound that catches his ear, be it a record from his extensive collection, or something in the natural environment. Samples and instrumentation are sometimes presented authentically, a deliberate reference to an era, place or player, and at other times are twisted beyond recognition. Samples from contemporary artists like Nils Frahm are bent and compounded with fragments of early recorded music and medieval song. Richter blurs the lines between organic instrumentation and digital production to the extent that the two become inseparable. Being able to separate sound from context gives Richter complete command of the emotional impact of his music, imbuing pieces with meaning or stripping it back as he sees fit. While Richter questions whether instrumental music needs to have deeper meaning beyond its sonic qualities, he accepts that the wider world inevitably bleeds into his art.  Reflecting the violence and unreality of modern life, Seven Horses For Seven Kings is unashamedly dark, undeniably angry. But rather than be consumed by such emotions, Richter employs them as ecstatic release. Through his mastery of sound, he achieves transcendence through noise, beauty through intensity.) 24.00

BUZZCOCKS - Love Bites LP (domino - Buzzcocks’ seminal second album, lovingly restored and re-mastered from its original ¼ tapes for the first time since its September 1978 release. Newly curated booklet featuring an essay from cultural commentator Jon Savage & previously unseen images. Double-sided insert replicated from the original 1978 LP. Packaged in its original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeve.) 23.00

BUZZCOCKS - Another Music In A Different Kitchen LP (domino - Buzzcocks’ seminal first album, lovingly restored and re-mastered from its original ¼ tapes for the first time since its March 1978 release. Newly curated booklet featuring an essay from cultural commentator Jon Savage & previously unseen images. Packaged in its original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeve.) 23.00

DYM - ray's front teeth LP (barley regal - back in stock - The sophomore EP from London post-hardcore trio Dym. Hypnotic, winding guitars with hissing tape loops, bringing to mind to likes of June of 44, Slint, Polvo and US Maple.) 12.00

ELLEN FULLMAN & OKKYUNG LEE - the air around her LP (This record documents music made by two women - one American and one Korean - who have both made a profound impact within experimental music. Ellen Fullman’s Long String Instrument has been a long-term life-work of incredible ambition and dedication. The results are immediate, exciting and inspirational. Okkyung Lee has completed rewritten the possibilities for the cello in solo and group improvisation whilst maintaining a steadfast defiance to the many attempts to contain her work within pre-defined genres. The Air Around Her was recorded on 20 February 2016 during the First Edition Festival for Other Music in Stockholm, Sweden at Kronobageriet - the former bakery to Swedish Royalty that dates back to the 17th Century and is now the site of the city’s Performing Arts Museum. The Edition Festival was given access to the space while renovations took place and Fullman allowed the requisite time to install and tune her long string instrument along the full 26 metre length of the room. Music by Ellen Fullman and Okkyung Lee. Recorded during the First Edition Festival for Other Music, Stockholm on 20th February 2016. Concert producer: John Chantler. Recording Engineer: Maria W Horn. Mixed by Ellen Fullman and Thomas Dimuzio. Mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Calyx, Berlin. Artwork by Bill Nace.) 22.00

GAS- Zauberberg 3xLP (kompakt - ZAUBERBERG – Wolfgang Voigt’s most ffundamental (and foreboding) release under his alias GAS and perhaps of all in his untold discography – finally stands alone once again and is released in the way its original splendour. Originally released in 1997 on the iconic Frankfurt imprint Mille Plateaux, and then reissued in 2016 as a part of GAS “BOX”, ZAUBERBERG is now released on his own label KOMPAKT on 180 gram vinyl in its original. Though this narcotic symphony is not the first release under the GAS moniker, ZAUBERBERG is the first to disclose the true nature of Wolfgang Voigt’s unified sound and ideology as GAS. Layers of ominous intensity supported by muffled kick drums as classical music loops incessantly swirl with no direction, ZAUBERBERG is the definitive GAS album and a perfect starting point for those not familiar with his music.) 28.00

HORRID RED - gold of days LP (Being released solely on cassette by Brave Mysteries in 2015 “Gold of Days” marks another step forward in the longtime collabration between Edmund Xavier (San Francisco) and Bunker Wolf (Aachen / Germany). On their approximately 10th release “Gold of Days” Horrid Red departe further from their at times shambolic recording tradition of Der Teenage Panzerkorps. Horrid Red still display The Fall, The Cure or Joy Division as an influence and still deliver some of their trademark songs with Bunker Wolf’s ferocious shoutings, even citing Deutschpunk legends Canal Terror at one point. But on “Gold of Days” Bunker Wolf also turns into a more delicate medieval troubadour or sings in an almost baroque duet with a bass, telling over the course of an album a poetic story of Love and Loss, of Desperation and Loneliness, all brought into the right mood by the versatile instrumentation of Edmund Xavier with additions by Fresh & Onlys former bass player Shayde Sartin. The cassette has been reworked for vinyl by Edmund Xavier and mastered by Clay Ruby. The vinyl edition contains the bonus track “I will crawl”.) 15.00

JACK COSTANZO - Mr. Bongo Has Brass LP (so far out - "After popularizing the bongo drum in a jazz setting with Stan Kenton's orchestra of the late '40s, as well as a stint in Nat King Cole's group, 'Mr. Bongo,' Jack Costanzo, set out on his own, releasing his debut solo record in 1956 on the Zephyr label. As the title implies, the Chicago born bongo master is joined by a large orchestra that includes a boatload of trumpets in a Latin jazz/exotica setting. Cinematic in scope, some might call this 'crime' jazz, with a distinct Latin flavor. Whatever you call it, be prepared to dance. Mr. Bongo Has Brass is lovingly reissued here on 180 gram LP by the fine folks at So Far Out.“) 16.00

JEFRE CANTU LEDESMA - In Summer LP (Originally released on cassette in the summer of 2016 on the Geographic North label, In Summer marks a turn for Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Here we see him fully embrace the past, equipped with LinnDrum, chorus drenched guitar and rhythmic bass lines. At moments, In Summer feels like lost demos of Durutti Column jamming with The Cocteau Twins. But not to worry, Jefre still delivers doses of what we know him for - interspersed field recordings, tape manipulations, and free modular experiments to keep us on our toes. Kevin Lozano from Pitchfork described In Summer as “some of the most emotionally evocative noise music of the year" and we couldn't agree more. This marks the first LP release for In Summer, as well as the first LP for Psychic Troubles Tapes with a limited run of 500 and full color sleeves donning the photography of Jonathan Sielaff (Golden Retriever).) 25.00

MONPLAISIR - The Agreement LP (adagio830 - What's going on in Lyon? Is there something in the water? So many unbelievable great bands are from that little city in France. After a great demo LP from 2017 comes finally the highly-anticipated debut from Monplaisir. Playful Indie / Noiserock in the vein of Unwound, Sonic Youth, … Featuring members of Sport ❤) 13.00

MONO - Nowhere Now Here DLP (pelagic - The conflict and correlation between dark and light is a universal theme with a historically rich history. Musically, perhaps no band in the 21st Century has mined that relationship more consistently or effectively than Japan’s MONO. Across 10 albums in 20 years, MONO have convincingly reflected the quietest and most chaotic parts of life through their music. Their ever-expanding instrumental palette – which began in earnest in 1999 with the traditional guitar-bass-drums rock band setup – has evolved to include as many as 30 orchestral instruments. Now, on Nowhere Now Here, the band add electronics to their repertoire – perhaps inspired by guitarist/composer Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto’s recent collaboration with John McEntire, the beguiling Behind the Shadow Drops. Nowhere Now Here also sees MONO’s first-ever lineup change, adding new drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla (The Phantom Family Halo) to the core trio of Goto, Tamaki, and Yoda. Tamaki also makes her vocal debut here, singing into the shadows of vintage Nico on the poetically hazy “Breathe.” The unlikely career of MONO has taken them to virtually every corner of the planet, several times over. Those corners have all left indelible marks on their music, as it drills deeper towards the sound of feeling not quite human and all too human – often at the same time.) 26.00

OBSCURA - Cosmogenesis LP (silver) (relapce - Prepare to be amazed by technical metal masters OBSCURA (ex-NECROPHAGIST, PESTILENCE) and their Relapse debut Cosmogenesis. Cosmogenesis is a front-to-back stroke of brilliance that seamlessly fuses modern metals extremity, the upper levels of technical virtuosity, and the symphonic grace of progressive music into a flawless album experience. The band more than justifies their impressive pedigree with what will be one of 2009's best metal albums and a timeless classic in the making.) 25.00

OBSCURA - Retribution LP (white) (relapse - Their debut Retribution is a beastly album blending the savagery of New York death metal with the fleet-fingered fretting of forerunners Death and Gorguts. Now repackaged, remastered, and featuring 3 bonus tracks, Retribution documents the first steps in the journey of one of metals most crucial new bands.) 25.00

OBSCURA - Omnivum DLP (yellow) (relapse -OBSCURA’s highly-anticipated new album Omnivium sees the critically-acclaimed quartet cementing their place amongst the all-time metal-elite. Omnivium finds the band pushing the progressive edges of the genre’s sounds to new heights while delivering the technical metal that has become their calling card. The band gracefully blends brutality and beauty with complex, commanding songs played at stunningly virtuosic levels. Tracks such as album opener “Septuagint”, “Vortex Omnivium”, “Euclidean Elements” and “Celestial Spheres” are expressive and elaborate, and exude class and the confidence of a band at the peak of their abilities. Ominivum very clearly raises the bar for extreme, technical metal and is OBSCURA’s finest moment to date.) 30.00

OLYMPIANS - Reasons To Be Tearful LP (barley regal - The debut album from self-described 'Office Pop' quartet Olympians, out via Barely Regal Records (UK) and Neat is Murder (IT). While Olympians have been pretty modest about the record - guitarist Dan stating that 'in the same way a hockey team has a newsletter, this is sort of a byproduct of us having a band practice every Tuesday', but it's absolutely their best work yet. Refining the formula they'd trialled on previous release 'Adventure Gun' (intricate pop underpinned by subtle electronic soundscapes), here they muse over the course of ten tracks about the sheer pointlessness of modern existence.) 13.00

OPPENHEIMER ANALYSIS - New Mexico 1982 DLP (minimal wave - Minimal Wave presents a newly remastered deluxe double album of archival material by pioneering 80s minimal electronic duo Oppenheimer Analysis. Oppenheimer Analysis formed in London, England in 1982 by Andy Oppenheimer and Martin Lloyd. Their first meeting though was at the 1979 World Science Fiction Convention in Brighton. They quickly became good friends, sharing an interest in the work of David Bowie, electronic music and early synthesizer bands such as the Human League and Soft Cell. They also shared a love of old science fiction movies, 1950s graphics and comic book imagery and a fascination with post-World War II propaganda, the politics and aesthetics of the Cold War, and the social impact of the atomic bomb. Over the next few years Andy and Martin frequented the growing club scene, including Studio 21 on Oxford Street, and became involved in the developing Futurist and New Romantic style sub-cultures. During this period Martin recorded as Analysis, both alone and with David Rome of Drinking Electricity. They released their first single, “Surface Tension/Connections” on David’s Survival label in 1981. In 1982, Oppenheimer Analysis began writing and recording together at Feedback Studio in Battersea, and performed several times at The Bell, Islington, the 1983 World David Bowie Convention in Hammersmith, the Starzone Birthday Party at Camden Palace, the 1984 European Science Fiction Convention in Brighton and other live venues. Their first demo tape and twelve song “New Mexico” cassette were sold at gigs and by mail-order, and were reviewed in Melody Maker, Sounds and Soundmaker. For the years to follow, Oppenheimer Analysis became recognized among electro-music aficionados as a pioneering duo who influenced countless other bands during the club and home-recording era of the early 1980s and beyond. Their cassettes became massively collectible. In 2005 they re-formed with the release of a self-titled four song 12” EP of selections from the New Mexico cassette, including “Cold War” and “The Devil’s Dancers”. This marked the first release on Minimal Wave. Now in 2015, we’re happy to present the entire New Mexico collection, newly remastered and cut to vinyl for the first time ever, to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. This first edition of 1000 copies is pressed on deluxe ‘nuclear’ style black and white 160 gram vinyl, housed in a glossy gatefold silver and black printed sleeve, featuring all the song lyrics on the inside of the sleeve. This quintessential reissue has been produced in loving memory of Martin Lloyd.) 32.00

PASCOW - Jade LP (rookie - Am 25.01.2019 erscheint mit „Jade“ das neue Album von Pascow und mit dieser Platte verabschiedet sich die Band von Codierung und “kryptischer Scheiße” (Zitat Pascow). Keine Pascow Platte zuvor war inhaltlich so greifbar, fokussiert und auf den Punkt. Hier verlässt die Band ein Genre, das sie in den letzten Jahren selbst mitgeprägt hatte. Und so passieren fünf Jahre nach ihrem letzten Longplayer „Diene der Party“ auf „Jade“ Dinge, die wohl genau diese Zeit gebraucht haben. Das Album wurde in drei Wochen Studiozeit zusammen mit Kurt Ebelhäuser produziert und die Haltung und Energie der Band hört man der Platte in jedem Moment an. Pascow haben ihren eigenen Sound weiter ausgearbeitet und bei Tracks wie „Silberblick und Scherenhände“ (übrigens auch die erste Single), „Unter Geiern“, „Treck der Toten“ oder „Sturm, der durch Erlen zieht“ ist nach wenigen Riffs eindeutig klar, wen wir hören. Und dann gibt es da die Überraschungen, die Songs, in denen man die pure Spielfreude und den eigensinnigen Humor der Band spürt („Die Backenzähne des Teufels“) oder in persönliche Gefilde mitgenommen wird, die Pascow in dieser Form noch nicht preisgegeben haben, wie in „Schmutzigrot“ oder „Wunderkind“. Pascow haben ein Album aufgenommen, das in der Szene des deutschsprachigen Punkrocks mindestens Erstaunen und vielleicht sogar Unglauben auslösen wird.) 18.00

POHGOH - Secret Club LP (barely regal - A band with a rich history in the 90s DIY scene, Pohgoh's initial existence was, like too many bands of that era, productive but short-lived. Part of a network of bands that included peers like Rainer Maria, Jejune and Dahlia Seed, the band appeared on Deep Elm's infamous Emo Diaries compilation series (the first ever comp, in fact), released a split with Braid, and their own full-length record, In Memory of Bab, before calling it quits in 1997. And that looked to be it, until a recent reunion show ignited a desire to write and perform music together again. 21 years on from the release of their first record, the band made their way to Baltimore, MD's Magpie Cage Recording Studio to record their sophomore full-length with engineer/producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). The result is Secret Club, a collection of songs that deal with life as a band after almost 20 years apart and Susie's 15+ year battle with Multiple Sclerosis, all set to a backdrop of crunchy Superchunk-y guitars and a driving rhythm section.) 16.00

SARAH LOUISE - deeper woods LP (thrill jockey - On Deeper Woods, the verdant forest that surrounds Sarah Louise’s North Carolina home can be felt with each note. Louise’s poetic depictions of nature both lyrical and musical are animated and reverent. Lauded for her work as an accomplished 12-string solo guitarist, Deeper Woods is the first album to prominently feature her voice. Louise enriches her warm singular vocal sound with a lush variety of instruments as well as layers of harmonies that together create a tapestry of texture. Steeped in Appalachian folk traditions, Louise’s influences are much broader with shades of psychedelia and experimentalism, pushing her beyond genre constraints. Incorporating both traditional and modern methods of composition, Deeper Woods is a reflection on the struggle between peaceful isolation and the need for community. Sarah Louise’s Deeper Woods is as vivid in its beauty as it is transcendent. Louise, an avid naturalist and forager, draws from the guidance that the natural world provides. Whereas portrayals of women in nature are often demeaning and powerless, a folk waif, Louise uses songs such as “Pipevine Swallowtails” to reframe them more powerfully. By reframing traditional music styles and lyricism with a feminist stance, Deeper Woods blends the spiritual with the cerebral. Sarah Louise is actively blending natural themes with explorations of complex emotions. The Appalachian valley is the setting for her stories of independence, solitude, and awe. “Bowman’s Root” and “Fire Pink And Milkweed” take their names from plants that grow on the edges of meadows, reflecting the album’s central theme of liminality. These liminal spaces and complicated emotions are made ever clearer by Louise’s nuanced performances and arrangements, with subtle melodic flares and delicate, sometimes dramatic, shifts in atmosphere. The compositions of Deeper Woods are Louise’s most ambitious to date. Initially taking shape as a capella pieces, she began superimposing her vocal melodies over solo guitar pieces, meticulously reforming phrases until they fit. Although the album features moments of densely layered harmony, Louise kept guests on the album limited to only few close friends, instead opting to teach herself how to play instruments such as recorder and piano. “The Field That Touches My House and Yours” eschews the use of guitar entirely, replacing Louise’s signature intricate picking patterns with warm keyboards and synthesizers. The hazy waves of distortion on “When Winter Turns” is propelled by drummer and frequent collaborator Thom Nguyen accompanied by the nimble bass of Jason Meagher (Black Dirt Studios).) 22.00

SHARON VAN ETTEN - Remind Me Tomorrow LP (jagjaguwar - Sharon Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow comes four years after Are We There, and reckons with the life that gets lived when you put off the small and inevitable maintenance in favor of something more present. Throughout Remind Me Tomorrow, Sharon Van Etten veers towards the driving, dark glimmer moods that have illuminated the edges of her music and pursues them full force. With curling low vocals and brave intimacy, Remind Me Tomorrow is an ambitious album that provokes our most sensitive impulses: reckless affections, spirited nurturing, and tender courage. "I wrote this record while going to school, pregnant, after taking the OA audition,” says Van Etten. "I met Katherine Dieckmann while I was in school and writing for her film.   She’s a true New Yorker who has lived in her rent controlled west village apartment for over 30 years. Her husband lives across the hall.  They raised two kids this way. When I expressed concern about raising a child as an artist in New York City, she said ‘you're going to be fine.  Your kids are going to be fucking fine. If you have the right partner, you’ll figure it out together.'” Van Etten goes on, “I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair and I feel like a mess, but I'm here.  Doing it.  This record is about pursuing your passions."  The reality is Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time: in scraps of hours wedged between myriad endeavors — Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, and brought her music onstage in David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks. Off-screen, she wrote her first score for Katherine Dieckmann’s movie Strange Weather and the closing title song for Tig Notaro’s show Tig.  She goes on, “The album title makes me giggle.  It occurred to me one night when I, on auto-pilot, clicked 'remind me tomorrow' on the update window that pops up all the time on my computer. I hadn't updated in months!  And it's the simplest of tasks!”  The songs on Remind Me Tomorrow have been transported from Van Etten’s original demos through John Congleton’s arrangement. Congleton helped flip the signature Sharon Van Etten ratio, making the album more energetic-upbeat than minimal-meditative. “I was feeling overwhelmed.  I couldn't let go of my recordings - I needed to step back and work with a producer.” She continues, “I tracked two songs as a trial run with John [Jupiter 4 and Memorial Day].  I gave him Suicide, Portishead, and Nick Cave's Skeleton Tree as references and he got excited.  I knew we had to work together.  It gave me the perspective I needed. It’s going to be challenging for people in a good way." The songs are as resonating as ever, the themes are still an honest and subtle approach to love and longing, but Congleton has plucked out new idiosyncrasies from Van Etten’s sound. For Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten put down the guitar. When she was writing the score for Strange Weather her reference was Ry Cooder, so she was playing her guitar constantly and getting either bored or getting writer's block. At the time, she was sharing a studio space with someone who had a synthesizer and an organ, and she wrote on piano at home, so she naturally gravitated to keys when not working on the score - to clear her mind.  Remind Me Tomorrow shows this magnetism towards new instruments: piano keys that churn, deep drones, distinctive sharp drums. It was “reverb universe” she says of the writing. There are intense synths, a propulsive organ, a distorted harmonium.  The demo version of “Comeback Kid” was originally a piano ballad, but driven by Van Etten’s assertion that she “didn’t want it to be pretty”, it evolved into a menacing anthem. Cavernous drones pull the freight for “Memorial Day,” which fleshes out an introvert in warrior mode. The spangled “Seventeen” began as a Lucinda Williams-esque dirge but wound up more of a nod to Bruce Springsteen, exploring gentrification and generational patience. Van Etten shows the chain reaction, of moving to a city bright-eyed and hearing the elders complain about the city changing, and then being around long enough to know what they were talking about. She wrote the song semi-inter-generationally with Kate Davis, who sang on a demo version when the song was in its infancy. ) 20.00

SNEAKS - Highway Hypnosis LP (merge - Just as she takes up space in the male-dominated Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area punk scene, Sneaks aka Eva Moolchan takes up space among the patriarchy. Highway Hypnosis plays on hip-hop, post-punk, and invented words to fill a gap between the feminist underground and genre-specific singles charts. Through it, Moolchan joins the resistance forged by queer black feminists who create, explore, empower, conquer, and play bass. Flashes of Robyn, Britney Spears, Jock Jams, Nirvana, recess hour on the blacktop, M.I.A., Lil Mama, a hacky sack circle, Aaliyah, and your first Warped Tour experience somehow all make sense inside the mind attached to ears experiencing Highway Hypnosis.) 20.00

TOTAL VICTORY - The Pyramid Of Privilege LP (specifix - Sharp guitars, sharp vocals, sharp songs. Everything about Total Victory is sharp. Wire, Gang Of Four, Alternative TV are their forebears, not just in sound, but in style and attitude. Here, the words are as barbed as the hooks. This is a band demanding answers in a world of platitudes. Their debut album finally on vinyl, originally released on CD in 2011.) 16.00

ZOLA JESUS - Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes) LP (sacred bones - This EP by Zola Jesus sees Nika Roza Danilova revisiting a pair of songs from her 2017 album, Okovi, alongside prolific composer and musician Johnny Jewel. In a nod to the maxi singles of the 1980s, the album features multiple remixed versions of the two songs, "Ash to Bone" and "Wiseblood." The track "Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remix)" is featured in the soundtrack to the film Beautiful Boy, directed by Felix Van Groeningen and starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell.) 17.00

V/A - Beach Blvd LP (radiation - An influential sampler LP, Beach Blvd helped to usher in the hardcore punk movement in suburban Southern California, aided by DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who gave the record its first airplay on his weekly radio show. Conceived by the controversial Robbie "Posh Boy" Fields, the album gathered three bands with quite different musical styles: the Crowd from Huntington Beach, Rik L Rik from West Covina, and the Simpletones from Rosemead. The record title advertised the music's suburban origins: California State Route 39, known as Beach Boulevard in Orange County, ran inland from the Crowd's hometown to Rik L Rik’s.) 15.00


WIRE - #420 | Feburary 2019 MAG (Inside this issue: Joe McPhee: The tireless reed player’s multi-decade career serves as a road map of the international avant garde, encompassing performance, recording and cross-genre collaborations. By Daniel Spicer Michael Snow: With upcoming exhibitions in Lisbon and London, the Canadian audiovisual polymath cuts a striking figure in the past and present of experimental art while keeping a keen eye on the future. By Julian Cowley Tuareg Guitar: A user’s guide to the rugged North and West African strain of desert blues, as popularised by Tinariwen, Bombino, Mdou Moctar, and more. By Francis Gooding Achim Zepezauer: The sky’s the limit for Dortmund’s fruit machinist-composer. By Robert Barry Orgue Agnès: The French-Belgian trio purvey fermented funk. By Clive Bell Stuart Chalmers: Yorkshire’s tape scavenger heads for the cave. By Tristan Bath Ain Bailey: The London based DJ and artist makes music communal again. By Frances Morgan Global Ear: Colombia: Champeta is a catalyst for big time sensuality in the coastal port of Cartagena. By Patrick McMahon Invisible Jukebox: Steve Gunn: Will the US guitarist come unstrung at The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Tony Rettman) 8.00
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