Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Sunburned Hand Of The Man

Manhand MH-90


Five track album from the Sunburned line-up of Moloney, Bohill, MJK, Thomas and Franklin, recorded live at the Sunburned loft in 2005. Classic SBHOTM outer space percussion, electronics, Xhol-style rhythms and caveman visions. Edition of 100 copies with full colour sleeves in plastic cases.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
The Dry Triangle

Manhand MH-92


Edition of only 50 copies archival trawl through some very early, pre-Mind Of A Brother jams from an extended Sunburned Hand Of The Man line-up: “Songs from around the indoor campfire. A very early line-up - the borders books crew / liquid andrew days. Donnelley, Cousin Rich, Chad, Moloney, Thomas & who knows. These tapes are so fun for me to go through because I don't remember a shred of it happening but these are very formative pieces which led to the mind of a brother crew - circa 1997, this one has a starsailor tribe vibe.” – John Moloney.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Drifting Mist

Manhand MH-101


”September 2007 tour - 4 piece Cleveland department - Moloney, Nodelman (Borbetomagus et al), O'shea and Richardson on this synth-heavy live drift. Edit and art by Sunburned's Sarah.” – MH. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Silence Of Colour

Manhand MN-99


”Sonic juxtaposition of Humboldt County Medical on Halloween 2008 Vs. Southern Vermont dank -July 2008 - run through the editing and art filter of Sunburned's newest member Sarah O' Shea - features Franklin, Moloney, O'shea, Thomas and Schneiderman” – MH. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Spraycan In Space

Manhand MH-102


”76th (and final) instalment in the Sunburned 2008 live series brings us to the new Mystery Train featuring special guests Matthew ‘MV’ Valentine on shred and Matt Krefting (Son Of Earth et al) on speeches. Christmas music for Eddie Quasar. Edit and layout by Sarah.” – MH. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

Franklin's Mint
Time Bends Light

Sunburned Records No Cat


New limited self-released solo album from Phil Franklin, Sunburned Hand Of The Man’s wildcard stand-up man, art visionary and song and dance man. The follow-up to the excellent Gold CD, this one stretches further into the kind of saw-dust gargling American country-honk forms of players like Steve Young, Country Honk-era Stones, Flying Burrito Brothers, Skip Spence and The Grateful Dead circa Working Man’s Dead. Franklin is a beautiful songwriter with a very personal take on classic song writing and private press sonics and this is an excellent collision of both that takes his vision well outside of the Sunburned cultus and into the stream of classic American songforms. Comes packaged in a wooden box with paste-on artwork. Edition of 100.

Cave Bears

Horribble And Useless

Yod Tapes #19



Demented angular synth with helium-vox and cartoon cut-ups from this group from Turners Fall, MA, much championed by Sunburned Hand Of The Man. 

The Aether Myth'd
The Eight

Spirit Of Orr SO-65


New collection of material from this east coast acid/freak unit featuring Paul Labrecque and Ron Schneiderman of Sunburned Hand Of The Man alongside a bunch of mystery 'guests'. All assembled from recordings that span 2004 through to 2007 mostly made at their Blueberry Studio space in Brattleboro, VT. This is heavy guitar psych dilated to the point of narcolepsy, with lazy cartwheeling lead guitar ala Jerry Garcia working static acid assemblages of endlessly rotating notes while a second guitar dunts a bunch of notes into amorphous shapes somewhere in the distance. Primitive basement psych that should appeal to any Twisted Village aficionados pining for a new apex of high. This is a tour-only disc in a run of 200 hand-assembled copies.

Matt Krefting
I Couldn't Love You More

Ecstatic Peace E#91D


Solo album from Matt Krefting, a member of Duck, Idea Fire Company, Face/Ass, Son Of Earth, The Believers et al. All cover versions, with tracks by Richard Thompson, Jerry Garcia, Rick Danko and more cut with the help of J. Masics and members of Sunburned Hand Of The Man and The Believers. "My "career" in music is about to enter its 13th year. Lucky 13! I've performed in at least 15 groups (probably more on the order of 20 if you count guest spots) over the years, the most prominent being the long-running "quiet music" combo Son of Earth and the short-lived-but-much hyped Believers. Historically more of an experimental man, the Believers project showcased my always right-below-the-surface interest and passion for all things rock, and so, a couple of years after the demise of that group, I was approached by Ecstatic Peace, who asked me to produce a solo record. For the better part of a year I conceptualized, recruited, and eventually came up with I Couldn't Love You More. An early attempt to marry electronics, field recordings, and song was scrapped in favor of the personal and perhaps obvious choice of producing a covers record. It was the perfect idea, the realization of a dream. Years of singing in the shower and on long car trips had given way to the stuff of fantasy. Why stick to what you know when you can reach for what you've always desired? I asked friends to help with the realization. John Moloney, Phil Franklin, Ron Schneiderman, and Rob Thomas (all of Sunburned Hand of the Man), I've known for years. Same with J Mascis. Old friends John Shaw (who I've done more music with than anyone) and Lynn Myers provide some vocals here and there, as does my wife, Jamie Jo Oltmans. The Wild Card here is John Townsend. Andrew Kesin of Ecstatic Peace introduced me to him, and he was a jack-of-all-trades. He plays on most of the tracks, sometimes exclusively, and co-produced. I chose songs from all over the map, from Rick Danko to John Martyn to the great Bill Fay. Not exactly lightweights, and quite intimidating when their full historical weight is taken into account. However, I attacked each piece with the intensity of one who truly loves these songs. I didn't concern myself with being overly arty or inventive in my interpretations (there are no truly radical re-workings of anything here), instead allowing my own emotional investment in the material to guide me and inform the other players. These are songs of love and longing. The themes are eternal. It's an honor to have had the chance to play them. Enjoy the music." - Matt Krefting, December 2008


Sunburned Hand of the Man
An Ant’s Death

Manhand MH-105


Self-released hand-numbered edition of 100 copies, with an audio collage of a 2008 Birmingham show, a blow-out from Mick Flower’s house, a London gig and a set from Greenfield, MA. Features a buncha heads: Moloney, Thomas, Schneiderman, Sarah O' Shea, Paul Labrecque, Mick Flower, Conrad Capistran, Phil Franklin, Taylor Richardson, and Adam Nodelman (Borbetomagus).

D. Charles Speer & The Helix

Three Lobed No Cat


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.

Kohoutek & Soil Sing Through Me
New Milk

Wabana No Cat


New instalment of Wabana's limited to 200 CD-R series is a big band collaborative shot from these two North American psych/drug units, with Kohoutek go up against a Soil Sing Through Me line-up that features Paul Labrecque and Ron Schneiderman of Sunburned Hand Of The Man. Some of the backwoods garage style of the attack has a nice Crazy Horse/Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wha meets ballroom Kosmiche feel, with plenty of serpentine string action and upper atmosphere analogue tweaking. There's even some shots of Miles 70s electro/brass confusion, albeit transmuted in a similar style to Sunburned Hand's acid funk. All laid down with a great recorded-through-a-cheap-stereo feel.

Head Of Wantastiquet

Unsound Recordings UNR-013


Edition of 120 copies CD-R documenting a live performance from Paul Labrecque (Sunburned Hand Of The Man/Trees Chants And Hollers/The Other Method et al). Labrecque’s string work makes reference to the lonesome sound of Sandy Bull and John Fahey while connecting with the experiments in contemporary American Primitive drone of Paul Metzger and Matthew Valentine. Quietly psychedelic and spellbindingly intimate. In full colour gatefold card sleeve. 

The Other Method
No Bridges No Walls

Wooden Finger 02


Second release from the label that brought us the phenomenally popular Trees, Chants & Hollers from Valerie Webb and Paul Labrecque. The Other Method is that duo’s electric/horns group and No Bridges No Walls gathers recordings that date from the same time as their previous release, One Eye Love Is and also features Michael Kay from Sunburned Hand Of The Man. This is electronics, horns, vocals and drums bent with the same kind of elastic ferocity as yr favourite brass-devouring free jazz duo. Also touches on some nice zones of chattering delay that summon up visions of small constellations melting into slow blobs of tone somewhere in the throat of Marshall Allen midway through Phil Niblock’s Sun Ra film The Magic Sun as well as some subtle, almost modal trance pieces that will please fans of Trees, Chants…Limited to only 150 copies.

Egg, Eggs
The Cleansing Power Of Fruit

Feeding Tube Records FTR-073


Wild side of freaked psych rock, psychotic almost-sound poetry, brokedown drones, Basil Kirchin-style tape manipulation and wayward Ubu-styled avant garage from a big band led by David Russell on vocals and electronics and featuring John Moloney of Sunburned Hand Of The Man on drums, electronics and guitar and a bunch of North East heads including guest appearances by Matthew Valentine and Conrad Capistran. Can’t quite get my head around it, is this like a free-folk Gary Wilson with a penchant for homemade psychedelic concrete? A puzzlingly beautiful release, edition of 500 copies.

Eleven Twenty-Nine
In The Sunlight

Drawing Room Records DR-00002


All proceeds from the sale of this release will go to Tom Carter. Read more about the appeal here: http://www.volcanictongue.com/tomcarterappeal

Excellent new jukebox 7” from the duo of Tom Carter (Charalambides) and Marc Orleans (Sunburned Hand Of The Man), here joined by Betsy Nichols (Michael Hurley) on vocals and Michael Evans on drums for a full-band sound: very different in tone and attack from their Northern Spy LP, this is fantastic set of vaguely country-tinged hunch and European psychedelic volk. The a side is a gorgeous composition by Tom with his and Betsy’s vocals intertwining with alla the beauty of Gila’s classic Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee before Tom makes with a wild psychedelic fuzz solo. Orleans’ track on the flip has a fantastic sepia-toned early SF feel that’s somewhere between the original Charlatans, the International Submarine Band and early Dead. Totally great. More please!

Eleven Twenty-Nine
A Tithe To Hell

Drawing Room Records No Cat


Massively heavy Satanic downer psych vibes on this 2014 album from Tom Carter (Charalambides) and Marc Orleans (Sunburned Hand Of The Man) now an avant/country/rock trio bolstered by Michael Evans on drums: if you’ve caught any of the recent solo blats from Tom Carter since his return to health and playing live then you’ll know that that these days his guitar is fully set to shred and this is a stunning document of two string-thinkers working with maximal freedom and organic rhythms. Tracks marries Orleans great fingerpicking style – which comes from a similar place to Glenn Jones – to Tom’s wild west coast style. Later tracks explode the blueprint even further, marring a 90s underground feel for squeal with an immolating post-Sonny Sharrock aesthetic and a ton of thud and electricity.


Qbico/Qbico #46/#46

one-sided LP

One-sided marble vinyl LP from this duo offshoot of mantric Finnish psych/rock group Circle, featuring Jussi Lehtisalo on vocals and Janne Tuomi on percussion generating a whole basement full of black, ritualistic energy and vocal ecstasy.