Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Embryonnck
s/t

Staubgold #67

CD
£6.99


Long-time coming collaboration between The No-Neck Blues Band and original ethno/jazz Kraut caravan Embryo. Embryo made some great recs in the early 70s, including the super-heavy Bremen 1971 and members of Embryo played alongside Conrad Schnitzler et al at the Zodiak Free Arts Lab and as members of the free-improvising think tank Eruption. Their commitment to guerrilla folk/art actions, their whole get-in-the-van ethos and their multi-disciplinary approach to improvisation makes em ready bed-fellows with NNCK and anyone who has seen that amazing Embryo Eurasian tour documentary will already be fully aware of the parallels. This big band set is heavy on the percussive side, with miniature hand/glock/throat rituals giving way to moments of sublime melodic clarity that have a touch of eastern European klezmer music to em (especially reminiscent of that beautiful Khevrisa set on Folkways) along with a little Marion Brown/Gunter Hampel. Elsewhere there's an almost Sun City Girls level of mutant lip along with touches of contemporary psych units like Dungen although that particularly lop-sided percussive swandive that they invariably tumble into and Michiko's great vocal interjections mean that the whole deal is unmistakably NNCK. NNCK have always done a great job of drawing attention to the crucial breakthrough role played by various non-canonical freaks working well below the radar and this is another swell public service event. And it sounds great. Comes with a booklet with tons of great pics and liners. Highly recommended.

Coach Fingers
With Friends + Family

Locust L-83

LP
£8.99


"Coach Fingers is serious about having fun and with the debut long player No Flies on Frank, no one is spared from the plentiful good vibes Frank has to offer. Packed with more hooks than a ship crowded with one armed pirates, No Flies on Frank is a meaty affair of giddy but bearded late '60s/early '70s outlaw boogie rock & roll prominently featuring three members of the New York free noise whatsit collective The No Neck Blues Band -- Coach Jason Meagher, Dave Nuss & Dave Shuford -- along with Meagher's brother Sean on keys and -- future guitar god worshippers take note -- the Coach's secret weapon, master shredder George Devoe. So come on, friends, it's time to join the Fingers friends & family in the Beaujolais Revolution; take a sip from a glass full of Ronnie Lane's boozy rock, the charming laissez-faire balladry of Kevin Ayers (circa Joy of a Toy & Whatevershebringswesing) & a whole lot of crazy fun." - Locust. 180g vinyl.

Tom Thayer
Tom Thayer

Cardboard Mirror No Cat

LP
£13.99


"Tom Thayer is a NY visual artist who creates paintings, drawings, sculpture, music, puppetry, film and theatrical experiments. These works are often loosely strung, frail objects depicting dilapidated, fantastical scenes of abstract human and animal figures. This is his first record of music, self-titled LP, edition of 550, released on his own Cardboard Mirror label. From the artist, "This record contains a broken, mildewed darkride of songs and beats held together by adhesive tape and string." We saw his gig and there were bird puppets playing records with their beaks, speeding up/slowing down, pecking the vinyl. This recording-remember the Plonsky record, or the recordings of Jean Dubuffet? Profound minimal electronic manipulation in real time by his own hand, mixed with crude sampling, creates a stunning first offering. Check his art at www.tomthayer.net." - Sound At One/NNCK.

D. Charles Speer & The Helix
After Hours

Black Dirt Records BD-3

LP
£16.99


Deluxe vinyl edition of the album from this No-Neck Blues Band satellite, piloted to the ends of the desert by Mr Dave Shuford and released on Jason Meagher of NNCK’s swank new imprint. The feel of the territory is still pretty much dominated by the kind of men-with-no-name country downs previously trafficked by strangers like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Young, Leonard Cohen and Michael Hurley but the settings are a goddamn treat, combining the kind of laconic drug-bruised energy of The Stones circa Exile On Main Street with some endless, hypnotic steel shapes and the kind of cracked vocalese that would bridge hillbilly phrasing with hiccupping avant garde style. Haven’t heard a record that so convincingly crosses folk forms with a deep understanding of the joys of pure sound-as-sound since, uh, the first US Saucer album? Terry’s Rovji? Recommended.

D. Charles Speer & The Helix
In Madagascar

Sound @ One #104

7"
£23.99


New single from Dave Shuford of The No-Neck Blues Band’s country/song-based group project, featuring Marc Orleans from Sunburned Hand Of The Man and Jason Meagher of NNCK. This one feels closer to an urban NY take on the music of The Flying Burrito Brothers, filtered through Lou Reed’s drug-swagger style circa Sally Can’t Dance and with a nod to Peter Laughner and Mott The Hoople. One of their best yet.

David Nuss
Performance 2: Wood On Wood

Dornbracht Culture Projects No Cat

DVD
£8.99


Multi-region DVD that features a live set from Dave Nuss of The No-Neck Blues Band, Angelblood et al playing wildstyle drums to the point of collapse live in the former Postfuhramt building, Berlin Mitte, encircled by a moving close-up camera. "In Performance 2, Dave Nuss tests his own physical limits, as in his drum solo he consciously passes the point at which the mind controls the body. Trance-like ecstasy is his aim." - DCP.

D. Charles Speer
Some Forgotten Country

Sound @ One S@1-77

LP
£10.99


Debut album from Dave Shuford of the No-Neck Blues Band's new project, where he combines weird Southern banjo/guitar stylings that draws from a parallel folk tradition that has a pair of working boots planted firmly in a continuum occupied by The Dillards, Michael Hurley and Koerner, Ray and Glover and another in orbit around lonesome satellites like Comus and US Saucer. Indeed, there is something of Brian Hageman in Shuford's weird ass delivery, the way he combines straight ahead mountain hollers with idiosyncratic bullfrog phrasing, though Shuford has a much tighter grip on syncopated pre-war modes while his partners play electric slide guitar as mutant as anything birthed in the volcanoes of Mu by Antenna Jimmy Semens. But a song like "Bound To Ride" is just an absolute joy, up there with Hurley circa "Portland Water" or the more off-the-cuff moments of Dylan's Basement Tapes (particularly Dylan's back-and-forth take on "All American Boy") and as if to toss you a subtle red herring, Shuford even drops in a flash of the kinda hick falsetto that will send you right back to the first time you ever heard Nashville Skyline. It feels almost occult, but I guess the title effectively gives the game away. So pick 'em as a comer, dog hummer.

The Christian Family Underground
For The Depth Of Your Union...

Woodsist 008

LP
£10.99


Excellent collaboration LP from Denmark's VU-obsessives Family Underground and Mr David Nuss of The No-Neck Blues Band et al. "Summer 06 Family Underground (DK) recorded with Dave Nuss of NNCK at Black Dirt Studios in the woods of upstate NY. The yield was as characteristically unhinged as one might expect: sweeping electronic sounds backed with wood and bone percussion spirit-conjure. However also harvested was some new and especially tasty crop: sung and spoken song, electric guitar/conga 'rock' and an odd ghostly sheen coating the entire proceeding. Nuss comments on the session: 'I remember when we were recording, momentarily leaving the studio and going out into the night and feeling it thicken like a partition separating us from this intense state of clear consciousness we had in the recording, which was like... humankind's natural state. And then thinking about Jesper from FU, an adopted Vietnamese living in DK, and how much he resembles Michael Jackson, and realizing that across continents no man can be divided from himself. We had to make this music to provide for us some fantasy of fulfilment that would carry us through the weekend like rejuvenated suns born again climbing to heaven, after being washed in the deepest bluest sea....' Jacket by designer Susan Cianciolo and screened inserts by Stellar, NL." - Woodsist.

Coach Fingers
Molly Moonbeam/Johnny Thunder

Sound @ One #95

7"
£3.99


New single from this No-Neck Blues Band offshoot featuring Jason Meagher, Dave Shuford and Dave Nuss. A-side is whole new side of country scuzz while the flip is a cover of The Kinks' "Johnny Thunder" from We Are The Village Green Preservation Society.

Amolvacy
Ho-Ho-Kus

Black Velvet Fuckere No Cat

LP
£8.99


“At least pray God to give me patience in my suffering.' So concludes 'Lover Go From Hence,' a tale of tumultuous romantic upheaval on the new Amolvacy record Ho-Ho-Kus. Here we have hearts wrenched from guts and firmly planted in the dirt; but also sprouting new romance, seduction, and... the church? And the French? Francois Rabelais wrote Garantua And Pantagruel -- a major influence on this album -- in the early 16th c. to caricature the faux morality of his time. Amolvacy offer Ho-Ho-Kus in the same cantankerous spirit, but this time perhaps to parody their own morality. Love, marriage, sex, affairs, betrayal, and loneliness are all exposed in naked vulnerability and placed on the chopping block for emotional dissection. Lead vocalist Sheila Donovan (ex-Tall Boys) is a longstanding member of the Laboratory Theatre Company in NYC, and her partners are Aaron Moore of Volcano the Bear and Dave Nuss of the No-Neck Blues Band. Together they are the Amolvacy family. All things were shared in the making of this record, nothing hidden, no secrets left untold." Pressed on clear vinyl, in a die-cut sleeve.

Dendoshi
Dendoshi 2

Planam Planam-ESM

LP
£18.99


Deluxe limited edition LP with gold sleeves and multiple inserts released on a new sub-division of the great Italian avant garde label Alga Marghen from a one-off group that features Dave Nuss and Keith Connolly of The No-Neck Blues Band alongside Timo Van Luyk (In Camera/Af Ursin) and Raymond Dijkstra (Asra). Reputedly inspired by the work of Japanese film-maker Kyoshi Kurosowa and the theories of Franz Mesmer this is a spare, hypnotic set that combines a lot of low-level string and percussion work with a weird electronic/synth tonal centre making it a little bit more ‘explicable’ than much NNCK product while lending the tracks the feel of extended elegiac codas. Beautiful, delicate improvised music by four modern masters of the language, though reports suggest that this will be the first and last document of this brief collaboration. Edition of only 300 copies.

Tamio Shiraishi & Mico
Live Duo

PSF PSFD-177

CD
£13.99


New live duo CD that pairs saxophonist Tamio Shiraishi, one-time member of Fushitsusha, with the mysterious saxophonist/pianist/vocalist Mico from The No-Neck Blues Band. Shiraishi has a phenomenal facility with phantom upper-register squeals, developing a whole vocabulary from lonesome feedback highs ala Kaoru Abe or Masayoshi Urabe and Mico brings a wild ritual edge to the deal, exploding into jabbers of unknown tongue and ripping darts of breath from her saxophone. The disc compiles live performances from across the world recorded between 2001 and 2007. Comes in a glossy hard card gatefold sleeve.

D. Charles Speer & The Helix
Distillation

Three Lobed No Cat

LP + CD
£18.99


Deluxe 180g vinyl in heavy Stoughton gatefold sleeves from this offshoot from the No-Neck mothership led by David Shuford and featuring Marc Orleans (Sunburned Hand Of The Man), Hans Chew (Jack Rose et al) and Rob Gregory (The Suntanama). Distillation is an even deeper countrified pass through classic Americana given the kind of psychedelic nudie suit edge of The Byrds circa Sweetheart/Notorious or the first Flying Burrito Brothers album. Shuford’s vocals have an uncommon weigh that gives the songs a Biblical/basement tapes feel while the arrangements are weirdly sophisticated in a way that rewards repeated deep listening. Edition of 891 copies, bundled with a bonus CD that features a live set from the group and an MP3 download coupon.

Decimus
2

Planam UOSSE

LP
£21.99


Third instalment in this thrilling on-going series from Pat Murano of The No-Neck Blues Band/K-Salvatore/Malkuth with each LP associated with an astrological attribution taken from Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395). 2 feels like an extension of the ancient/future ritual appeal of 1, with swathes of electronics moving in mysterious whorls that flatline into dense beams of light before phantom melodies that are somewhere between arcs of classic al strings and devotional kosmische start to rise to the surface. Imagine a heady gothic ritual ala Hermann Nitsch or The Cosmic Couriers but with a deranged High Mass appeal and a cracked post-Whitehouse/Buchenwald atmosphere. Edition of 250 copies in silkscreened sleeves. Massively heavy and highly recommended: can’t get enough of these Decimus sides.

Key Of Shame
s/t

Planam KOS

2xLP
£29.99


Stunning double LP from the duo of Pat Murano (The No-Neck Blues Band/Decimus et al) and Mark Morgan (Sightings). This is wild a-formal low level Industrial/electronic minimalism that has all of the toxic appeal of Relay For Death with sidelong works that evolve from sputtering electronics and pugilistic drum machines into towering alien structures that touch on aspects as diverse as early Whitehouse, Faust and Conrad Schnitzler soundtracking a Hermann Nitsch aktion. Given full sides of vinyl to spread out on, the duo build the tension by the subtle addition of all sorts of subliminal laminal detail until the whole thing is suspended on screaming metal drones, arcs of flamethrower melody and scrambled alien vocal broadcasts that sound like modulated EVP. This makes a great companion to the recent run of killer Decimus sides and it’s a classic slice of austere death drone from a pair of heads with an instinctive feel for the blackest of psychedelics. Edition of 270 copies. A massive set: highly recommended. 

Decimus
3

Kelippah 003

LP
£14.99


New edition of 300 copies private press LP from Pat Murano of The No-Neck Blues Band, part of a series of 12 LPs visioned as reflections on the zodiacal attributions of Decimus Magnus Ausonious. 3 presents a set of scalding cracked electronics and automating ghost tones that’s somewhere between Conrad Schnitzler and some of the more ritualistic early-80s Industrial experiments. The rhythmic feel is really odd, with thin sheets of high feedback tone shuffling like sandpaper over thundercracks of doomy percussion and fuzz while a celestial almost Sonny Blount-style keyboard solo pilots the whole thing through your third eye. Amazing bleak psychedelia in the classic cold//austere European tradition but cut w/enough wig to make it a trip. Hand-painted sleeves. Recommended. 

Eye Contact
War Rug

KMB Jazz KMB-006

CD
£8.99


Album from this fantastic free jazz action trio featuring Matt Heyner (NNCK et al) on bass stunts, Matt Lavelle on trumpet and Ryan Sawyer on drums. Moves through great, pounding drums/trumpet face-offs that sound like a more martial take on Cherry and Blackwell's Mu to three-way time fluxing and wildly abstract silence/motion. Highly recommended.

The No-Neck Blues Band
CINo51

Kelippah KEL-008

LP
£15.99


Much-anticipated follow-up to the earlier Ytiu LP, once more released on Pat Murano of NNCK/Decimus’s private Kelippah imprint, this time in an edition of 500 copies. CINo51 takes up where Ytiu left-off with a triumphal explosion of cymbals that leads into another section of “Daisy Chain For Richard Wright” where the mutant swamp/jazz jam gets into a kind of serpentine groove dominated by a heavy organ sound that could almost be Xhol Caravan dragged through a wormhole w/Terry Riley time-lag treatments before the whole thing starts to move vertically w/aspects of Popol Vuh’s Affenstunde giving way to a magisterial organ/percussion piece that comes over like the Hermann Nitsch orchestra plays Arzachel’s Garden Of Earthly Delights. The atmosphere is heady and devotional, with a dark, dramatic/gothic aspect that is profoundly effective. This gives way to the stunning second side which starts out with a minimal piece of tonefloat – “Prelude” – that sounds like a zonked out-take from Skip Spence’s Oar with the alien percussion sound from the original Sun Sessions recording of “Blue Moon” – style the most lunar of early rock/roll performances – married to wraiths of feedback tones and dark constellations of variously bowed non-identifiable instrumentation building to the amazing “The Danube” a piece of brain-stormingly devolved garage rocker complete with twin fuzz guitar euphorics and that classic Shaggs-meet-Siloah Nuss-style rhythm. No one has done more to join the dots between primitive Americana, outer space improvisation and avant garde art than NNCK and this is a flawlessly executed work that sustains a defiantly arch atmosphere across both sides while nodding like your favourite rock behemoth throughout. Pretty much everything you could want from a NNCK record in here and that final triumphal fuzz blow-out is one of the signature moments of their entire back catalogue. All copies come with individually hand-painted w/iodine sleeves. Highly recommended!

K-Salvatore
Dead Central

Sangoplasmo Records Sango-023

Cassette
£6.99


Edition of 100 copies cassette from this NNCK off-shoot featuring Pat Murano (Decimus et al) and Jason Meagher (Coach Fingers et al): very minimal in construction, Dead Central touches on the more abstruse NNCK strategies, seeming to orbit around tiny guitar harmonics and electricity like an alien autopsy, as fizzing tones illuminate the backdrop and circular drones turn the air purple. The feel of some kind of alien investigation is heightened by the occasional ghost voice or shortwave broadcast fed straight out of the air, with snatches of disembodied wordage coming over like a half-forgotten memory or a deep fever dream. Extremely psychedelic and disturbingly mesmeric, this is a black lysergic nightmare w/Euro horror to spare. 

Decimus/Hobo Sonn
Split

Kelippah 012

LP
£16.99


Inspired split LP that sees Pat Murano of The No-Neck Blues Band aka Decimus hook up with Brighton’s Ian Murphy aka Hobo Sonn in an edition of 300 copies with silkscreened sleeves: the Decimus side trades aggressively nuanced feedback tones and grinding nod-out  machine rhythms for the kind of distressed foggy atmosphere of early Whitehouse sides like Buchenwald or Maurizio Bianchi before giving way to a high fluctuating tone that almost works as a hallucinatory hymnal coda. Hobo Sonn’s run of vinyl LPs have been uniformly great and this is another eerie investigation into phantom place, with snippets of field recordings and found sound incorporated into a run of monolithic and arcane sonic environments in a way that would reconcile the radical collage style of Faust with the studio hermeticism of Nurse With Wound. Recommended. 

Safiyya
s/t

Kelippah 011

LP
£17.99


Edition of 300 copies debut from the new duo of Pat Murano (NNCK/Decimus et al) and Brad Rose (The North Sea): Safiyya has a dark soundtrack aspect, with cultic percussion, squiggles of electricity and high ghost tones that come over as somewhere between Amon Duul and Family Underground. Indeed, the Kraut quotient is particularly high, with that same feel for weirdo percussive ritual over sudden UFO touchdowns and moments of pastoral reflection that was birthed in the Swiss mountains by Leary, Ash Ra et al but all rendered with a post-Nurse With Wound surreal studio logic. 

The No-Neck Blues Band
Gitanjali

Ri Be Xibalba OQ’Ebal-004

10"
£15.99


Stunning new studio session from one of the key underground groups of the past few decades in an edition of 314 copies: recorded in 2006 at The Chummery in Seattle, home to Sun City Girls, Abduction, Sea Donkeys and Sublime Frequencies, NNCK made full use of the Sun City Girls’ instrumental armoury, including an upright piano and Alan Bishop’s gamelan. The recording is immaculate, with a slow, dosed, hazy quality that makes for one of NNCK’s most supremely beautiful settings. There’s a heady/distant Javanese gamelan feel to the slowly circling percussion and off-kilter melodicism and a great far eastern folk jag that could almost be Chie Mukai’s legendary acid folk group, Che-SHIZU at an early free-flying apex. Something unhurried about this, something particularly heavenly in its construct, that makes it one of the most consistently rewarding spins of NNCK’s two decade career. Beautifully packaged too with 110 g vinyl and 350gsm covers with gold metallic printing. A precursor to the upcoming Gitanjali + The Nascent Stigma 2xLP set. Very highly recommended!

Les Conversions
Snowwhite

Holidays Records HOL-059

LP
£16.99


Edition of 200 copies LP from this NNCK satellite that features Jason Meagher, Pat Murano and Dave Shuford: recorded at Black Dirt Studios in 2012, Snowwhite touches on the kind of massively dilated small instrument excess of K-Salvatore, zoning in on very small percussive sounds and twonks and drones, using tapes to twist tongues into new vectors of no-sense and generating weirdly moving polyrhythmic trance forms from an advanced form of sonic sleight of hand. Some of the tracks almost touch on the kind of occult ethno flux moves of the Don Cherry/Ed Blackwell Holy Mountain soundtrack but throw in some low-level/late-night Nurse With Wound list-isms and the experiments in home-bent circuitry of early Storm Bugs and you have the perfect nightmare soundtrack. 

The No-Neck Blues Band
Furamingo Josei

Holidays Records HOL-066

LP
£16.99


Edition of 300 copies archival release for New York’s No-Neck Blues Band: these jams date from the mid-2000s, circa Qvaris, and briefly saw the light via Mutant Sounds. This is a major NNCK discovery, the group has a wide, expansive feel here and the playing is unified and super-directed, starting off with this beautiful almost exotica-styled lament that feels like some of the most nostalgic and melancholy music of longing ever birthed by the mothership. It spins out into something a little more recognisable, with a stunted almost-kraut groove destroyed by wah wah guitar, dunts of Czukay-style bass and the kind of otherworldly electronics of a Catherine Riberio + Alpes. The A side kind of resolves itself into a spectacularly busted take on live Sun Ra circa the early 70s  if they all hadda stuck to the keyboards/strange strings angle. On the flip things get even more deranged, with the amphetamine punk feel of a La Dusseldorf giving way to German Oak basement-isms and a final section of weirdo lip work and small percussive levitations. A classic NNCK side, one of their most spectacularly rocking and outside, highly recommended.

Stellar Om Source
Trilogy Select

Olde English Spelling Bee OESB-57

LP
£12.99


LP from Stellar Om Source aka Christelle Gualdi, compiling and re-mastering selected tracks from what was originally a limited 3xCD-R set that we stocked at VT way back in the day. The renewed attention she’s been getting recently isn’t surprising: unlike many of the her ‘new age synth’ contemporaries, Gualdi has some advanced technique, playing rippling, almost Alice Coltarne-esque arpeggios of pure liquid tone set in deep cosmo-settings that have an ecstatic future jazz feel while tapping into the H-Pop style of timbres and modes salvaged from 1980s synth soundtracks and 1970s keyboard ritual. Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never makes a guest appearance on “Rites Of Fusion”. Full colour cover art by Gualdi and a free download. Recommended.