Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Carlos Giffoni
Welcome Home

Important Records IMPREC-064

CD
£10.99


Great retrospective of Giffoni’s (Monotract/No Fun et al) recent thought – 2002-2005 – recorded straight to hard drive and scored for a fist of fucked electro-murk and buzzsaw digital gliss. Somewhere between Merzbow circa Noisembryo and Decaer Ping circa yesterday. Features guest appearances from Peter Rehberg and Dino Felipe. Full-colour hard card gatefold sleeve with art by Maya Miller of Double Leopards/Religious Knives.

Carlos Giffoni
I Am Real

No Fun 02

LP
£8.99


Beautifully crude LP from the spark behind New York’s already-legendary No Fun Fest and collaborator with players like Dylan Nyoukis and Thurston Moore. Wild electronic churn cut with a glue of ginchy almost-melody that gives the whole thing the repetitive psychoactive edge of the faultiest minimalism. An all-night flight spent licking batteries and huffing lighter fluid. Second release on the newly-minted No Fun label, packaged primitive-punk style. Edition of 300, no re-press ever.

Carlos Giffoni & Lasse Marhaug
Lesbian Brunch

Archive #29

CD
£10.99


Limited edition of 500 copies of a duo studio session between Monotract/No Fun electro-yob Carlos Giffoni and Lasse Marhaug of Jazzkammer/Nash Kontrol et al. Fuzzy, intensely-compacted blocks of noise give way to pounding Industrial electro rhythms and fireflies of cracked electrics in a way that is satisfyingly stupe. Packaged in the usual classy fold-out full-colour Archive art sleeves.

Cline/Giffoni/Licht/Ranaldo
Nothing Makes Any Sense

No Fun NFP-28

CD
£8.99


“A constantly shifting and engaging long-form piece of developed drone, foreboding melody, and harsh grit, Nothing Makes Any Sense finds Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Nels Cline (Nels Cline Singers, Wilco), and Alan Licht pushing their guitars into a cacophonous state that bears much influence from the post-jazz fields they've all cut their teeth in, but also bearing down a forceful brutality that has sometimes eluded their past material. While Carlos Giffoni uses his analog Synth mastery to adequately contend and mesh seamlessly with the trio of strings, letting his analog noise pulsate and pierce with its own sense of contained stampede.” – NF.

Carlos Giffoni
Zamuro

Important Records Imprec-191

LP
£8.99


”Limited edition of 300 copies in a heavy stock screen printed jacket. A Zamuro is a dark South American vulture of great size. Zamuro is also a solo composition piece for portable synth and analog filter. Side A on this LP is a live realization of this piece recorded at the Compound in San Francisco in 2006 (Mastered by Lasse Marhaug). Carlos composed and performed this piece live on several tours in the US/Europe/Japan all trough out 2006 and 2007, if you saw him live in those two years this is the piece he performed. This was the most complete version of it that made it to tape. Side B is a studio piece recorded live on a much larger modular synth, based around the same theme, but with structural and tonal variations not in the original composition. .This is pure psychedelic electronic music. Cover illustration by Megan Ellis. Screen printed at Monoroid.” – IR.

Carlos Giffoni
The Absence Of Essence

Arbor #99

2x7”
£11.99


“Carlos Giffoni’s heavy synthesizer work recalls the crushing, massiveness of early industrial music. Completely consuming the air around it with heavy vibrations and total deprivation. These four tracks rip holes through the sonic barriers, loud and powerful but with entrancing subtleties and discreet builds. The nature of the 7” format does not harm Giffoni’s work which normally exists in extended lengths; instead very succinct and unwavering compositions result: creating four vignettes of grey industrial zones. As the person responsible for No Fun Productions and the No Fun Fest, this Brooklyn transplants presence in the current progression of the genre is undeniable. In an edition of 400 2x7”(one on white vinyl and one on black) sets in gatefold sleeves with art by Maya Miller of Heavy Tapes/Religious Knives.” – Arbor.

Prurient & Carlos Giffoni
Heavy Rain Returns

Ideal Recordings Ideal-030

CD
£8.99


New collaboration between Carlos Giffoni and Dominik Fernow. Starts off in an intense, minimal-beats Suicide style before Dominik erupts with classic Beelzebub throat contortions and Giffoni lays out blankets of loud chattering insect invasion over what has got to be the ginchiest rhythmic base ever eviscerated by Prurient. Levels of fuzz are beautifully eruptive and the second track gets even further into the whole "we're all Frankies/we're all lying in hell" feel.

Merzbow + Carlos Giffoni
Synth Destruction

Important Records

CD
£8.99


Outrageously heavy live collaboration between Masami Akita's Merzbow project and Carlos Giffoni of Monotract/No Fun et al. Recorded live during Giffoni's Synth Destruction tour of Japan in September 2006, the set is all-analog, with huge pile-ups of singing circuitry bleeding into expressways of non-stop gush.

Carlos Giffoni
Severance

Hospital Productions HOS-253

CD
£10.99


"After developing his calling card on Adult Life and the eternal releases Carlos Giffoni defines his signature with compositional electronic music. Melding the analog drone colliding tonality of the past expressions and introducing minimalist sequencer details a pure electronic landscape is cultivated that nurtures the formation a man makes in stepping from the mysteries of youth into adulthood." - HP.

No Fun Acid
This Is No Fun Acid 3

No Label No Cat

CD
£10.99


Limited tour-only CD from Carlos Giffoni’s new solo project dedicated to primitive techno and acid house. Two minimal tracks that combine Industrial drones with squiggles, beats and synthesized wormholes.

Konx-Om-Pax
Optimo Tracks

Display Copy DSP-001

CD
£6.99


Edition of 200 hand-numbered copies self-released CD from Glasgow’s Konx-Om-Pax aka digital artist Tom Scholefield, best known in the VT universe for his artwork on Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rifts 2xCD. Optimo Tracks consists of work specially composed for an installation at the Optimo Espacio club night in March 2009. The tracks move from tortured and treated avant rock through sublime Coil/NWW style driftworks and mangled Industrial pile-up, the last of which gets a totally wonked No Fun Acid remix courtesy of Carlos Giffoni.

Prurient
Memory Repeating

AA Records No Cat

7" Lathe
£16.99


Limited edition hand-cut lathe on Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Alivia Zivich's own label with a single blast of intense power-blues-noise from Dominik Fernow aka Prurient on a painted black lathe in a printed kraft paper sleeve bag.

Prurient/Mindflayer
Split

Important Records Imprec-123

7"
£5.99


Limited to 500 copies split single with double-sided screen printed jackets and coloured vinyl. Bundles early ultra-primitive material from both groups that makes for an endlessly flippable slab of wax.

Prurient
Arrowhead

Editions Mego 091

CD
£11.99


“New York based Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) has been an active instigator of the Power Electronics and Noise genres for well over a decade, with 100+ releases issued so far, usually limited and over all known formats. Its with great pleasure that Editions Mego present this new set of Prurient compositions. Comprising of 3 ear splitting tracks of high end quality feedback, disturbed vocals and twisted percussion. While previewing this work for release on a flight from Milan to Vienna it came to the attention of the listener that an irritated passenger 2 rows in front complained of high pitched whistling in the air conditioning. Such is the power of Arrowhead.” – EM.

Various Arsonists
Showtunes Of The Condemned

Hospital Productions HOS-93

CD
£5.99


Compilation put together by Dominik Fernow of Prurient and featuring a buncha tracks by Kites, Sinking Body, Pleasurehorse, Smashed Femur Dance Party, Work/Death and Meerk Puffy.

Prurient/Kevin Drumm
All Are Guests In The House Of The Lord

Hospital Productions HOS-201

CD
£9.99


CD edition of the very limited cassette collaboration between these two modern masters of extreme electronic architecture. But it’s not the 100 mile head-fuck that the combination of these two names might suggest, with long passages of electronics and hand-drums that almost touch on the endlessly still waters of Popol Vuh circa Affenstunde all cut up with portentous narration and glissing drones. Later tracks combine almost Neu Wave-styled Industrial ritual with peaking Penderecki-esque tone annihilation and the sound of heavy machinery dreaming itself.

Nihilist Assault Group
Silent Movie

Hospital Productions HOS-142

LP + DVD
£10.99


Wild document of classic noise action from this alter ego of The New Blockaders featuring Richard Rupenus alongside Dominik Fernow (Prurient) and Ron Lessard aka Emil Beaulieu. Recorded live at the No Fun fest 2006, Silent Movie also comes with a silent DVD of the show that makes for pretty surreal viewing when viewed without the record spinning in the background. DVD also comes with a commentary by G.X. Jupiter-Larsen. Edition of 500 copies.

Prurient
The History Of Aids

Hospital Productions HOS-79

LP
£13.99


Vinyl edition of this classic Prurient side recorded in 2000 and originally released by Armageddon. Still some of Fernow’s most bleakly beautiful work, with the friction between the lyrics (which are based around the love poetry of the Persian Sufi mystic Rumi: Coil used his words to similarly disarming effect on Horse Rotovator) and the massively fucked-up nature of the sonics (contorted vocals, fuzz like boulders, fluxing low end thunder) making for a disturbingly personal vision of body horror, disease and redemption. Every Prurient release feels like a working-through of various Fernow fears/obsessions and The History Of AIDS is the process at its most transparent and skeletal. By turns frightening, upsetting and desperately moving; either way, this is a singular release.

Cold Cave/Prurient
Stars Explode

Hospital Productions HOS-266

12” EP
£13.99


Limited vinyl edition of the Cold Cave/Prurient collaborative UK tour cassette that came out in an edition of 100 copies in 2009 with the addition of a brand new track. Very different in tone from what either group has done before, Stars Explode presents a series of very beautifully slow-moving drone compositions that have all of the ancient tectonic power of Nijiumu’s Era Of Sad Wings. Heavenly choirs of synth vibrate on the very edge of the horizon while arcs of symphonic underwater keyboards bubble to the surface. The beats break through on the third track, a jack-hammer Suicide-style instrumental before breaking into a final track that combines epic/euphoric drone melodies with macabre F/X-contorted vocals. Aspects of Coil, Klaus Schulze, Walter Wegmuller.... but truly its own thing. A major step outside. Highly recommended.