Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Various Scrawl
Pine Meoquanee: An Anthology Of Poetry

Digitalis 2005

Bk
£8.99


Nice anthology of pomes from some modern days heads/musicians, the highlight of which is Christina Carter’s wonderful “Center Of Exits”. Also features work by Michael Anderson, Michelle Angelini, James Barrett, James Blackshaw, Julie Cook, Michael Donnelly (Brothers Of The Occult Sisterhood et al), Sid Fallon, Spencer Grady, Denton Harris, Denton Harris, Robert Horton, Paganini Jones, Eden Hemming Rose, Brad Rose, Mainon Alexandra Schwartz, Indigo Tempesta, Kade L. Twist and Keith Wood (Hush Arbors). Hand-numbered edition of 120 copies. Each book hand-bound with cloth tape and a hard cover with a design by Keith Wood.

Various Artists
The Honeymoon Music Compilation

Honeymoon Music HMM-005

CD
£9.99


Brand new compilation from out of the Espers’ communal space in Fishtown, Philadelphia (an old VT stomping ground) on a new label run by Mr Norm Fetter dedicated to documenting local mutant strains and associated international orbits. Features exclusive tracks by Fursaxa (“March Hare”), Chris Bozzone, Eric Carbonara (who recorded Taurpis Tula’s Sparrows), Sharron Kraus, Trollslända (the duo of Meg Baird and Helena Espvall of Espers), Niagara Falls (featuring Fetter himself), Glasgow’s Phosphene, Stainless Japan, Peace Feather, The Watery Graves Of Portland, Sharks With Wings, Thom Zephyr Roach, The Doctor And Philip and Noah Raymond Levey. Comes in a beautifully screened hard card gatefold sleeve with insert.

Various Artists
Simply Good Taste: The Sounds Of Slippy Town

Gulcher 413

CD
£6.99


Thumping label sampler from this suave imprint run by Eddie Flowers, brought to you courtesy of their sister/brother label, Gulcher. A bunch of otherwise unavailable tracks – including a first take of The Gizmos’ “Hey Beat Mon” with MX-80’s Rich Stim on the horn and a destroyed version of The Yardbirds’ “Shapes Of Things” by the semi-mythical O.Rex (featuring Solomon and Jay Gruberger, Kenne Highland and Eddie Flowers), some solo thought from Joe Tunis aka Joe + N – as well as a clutch of tracks from alla the various limited CD-Rs Flowers has burned over the years, from whacked UK bedroom zoners like Neil Campbell, Stewart Walden, Phil Todd and Ian Middleton through Crawlspace, Not A Sonata, Blackthorne Stick, OvO, Big Whiskey, Allun, Lebedung, Joshua Jugband 5 and The Screamin’ Mee-Mees & Hot Scott Fischer. A whole fistful of fucked up fun and a great way in for Gulcher/Slippytown neophytes.

Various Artists
Music From The Lost Provinces

Old Hat CD-1001

CD
£13.99


Subtitled “Old-Time Stringbands from Ashe County, North Carolina & Vicinity, 1927-1931”, Music From The Lost Provinces is another glorious trawl through the never-ending spirit-pot of early 20th century American esotera from one of its premier exponents, Old Hat. This one focuses on string band, git-fiddle, guitar and vocal performances, mostly white, that were recorded in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the mountainous ‘lost provinces’ of Ashe County. Fans of high lonesome sound will find plenty to haunt them here, with bleak/beautiful sides from players like Frank Blevins & His Tar Heel Rattlers, The Hill Billies, Smyth County Ramblers, Grayson & Whitter, Carolina Night Hawks et al. Another great booklet with an assortment of snaps that have to be seen to be believed. Too much, highly recommended.

Various Artists
Time And Relative Dimensions In Space

Rebis 005

CD
£8.99


Compilation of a bunch of next generation heads out to trash flimsy concepts of time and space with a series of otherwise unavailable long-forms works. Includes exclusive tracks from Taurpis Tula (“Lonely Woman”), My Cat Is An Alien (“Alien Substratum 1.0/1.2”), The Skaters (“Fleeing Pavilions For Celestial Clouds”), Number None (“The Pole I’m Furthest From”) and Jim Haynes (“A Sense Of Levitation’). From new Chicago label Rebis. Recommended.

Various Artists/Simon Wickham-Smith (curator)
DIY Canons

Pogus 21036-2

2xCD
£14.99


Fantastic series of DIY canons based on concepts first elucidated by modern composer Larry Polansky in his Four Voice Canons series. Wickham-Smith (Tibetanist/ex-monk/juggler/Richard Youngs collaborator) describes Polansky's Four Voice Canon #13 as “a kind of open source meta canon score”. Polansky distributed this score to various composers and made it available at talks and on the web and a number of composers took up his tools and created their own canons using a wild assortment of source material. For this beautiful double CD set Wickham-Smith has gathered a selection of the most beautifully whacked interpretations, with players like Philip Corner, Kyoko Kobayashi, Mike Winter, Steven M Miller, Drew Krause and Wickham-Smith himself. Source/voice material includes phones, ringtones, flutes, clarinet, Barbie phone, cats…

“The pieces on this CD are all based on the ideas in Larry Polansky's four voice canons, a series of pieces he began in 1975. These canons are usually “mensuration canons”, which means that the tempi of successive voices is proportional to their start times, so that the voices end together. They also use simple ideas of moving through a list of permutations, and applying the elements of those permutations to various musical parameters. A set of Polansky's canons was produced on Cold Blue Records as four voice canons (CB0011).” - from Wickham-Smith's notes. A great weird/avant/psychedelic/sound art series, with a booklet including notes from all of the contributors. Recommended.

Various Artists
Playword

Onomatopee No Cat

7"
£5.99


"Take two electronic musicians, two noise guitarists and two poems, put them in some rooms and what do you get? A compilation called Playword. Machinefabriek, Jan Van Den Dobbelsteen, Erwin Van Looveren and Freiband all received texts from Freek Lomme, and were basically allowed to do whatever they wanted with them. The results are cool, and the four pieces comprise a nicely congruent whole. Van Looveren's noisy-ass track is perhaps my fave, but they're all interesting. Freiband grate amp-cheese around the edges of the words'shadow, Machinefabriek runs the words through a chainsaw sequencer, and Dobbelsteen surrounds them with a bushy load of acoustic guitar scrapings." - Byron Coley.

Various Artists
Alchemism: Alchemy Records 20th Anniversary Twin Best Collection

Alchemy/Imperial TECI-1073/

CD
£23.99


Totally sick: celebrating Alchemy Records' 20th anniversary - and Japanese noise/rock legends Hijokaidan's 25th - major label bozos Imperial have stepped into the gulf with a series of definitive birthday sets. Alchemism is a massive two-disc overview of the activities of this consistently dazzling underground label complete with a fold-out sleeve that has colour cover shots of all the action, especially noteable for the lovingly executed Modern Lovers and Ash Ra take-offs from Ultra Bide and Christine 23 Onna. All tracks previously released except for exclusives from Tongue favourites Oshiri-PenPenz and Doodles. Also includes: Jojo Hiroshige, Ultra Bide, SS, Inu, Hoburakin, Idiot O'Clock, Sekiri, The Genbaku Onanies, The Continental Kids, Danse Macabre, Sob Kaidan, Genbaku Kaidan, Subvert Blaze, Sperma, Hanadensha, Garadama, Angel'In Heavy Syrup, Auschwitz, Tatsuya Kitajima, Tsumetai Iki No Mama, Miki Sawaguchi, Masonna, Merzbow, Incapacitants, Solmania, Hijokaidan, Seiichi Yamamoto, Omoide Hatoba, Totsuzen Dan-Ball, Christine 23 Onna and Chouzu. Highly recommended, naturally.

Various Artists
I Don’t Think The Dirt Belongs To The Grass: A Carbon Records Compilation

Carbon CR-99

3xCD
£16.99


Massive, genre-defining 3xCD set packaged in a DVD case with full-colour artwork and full colour card stock insert housed in a natural-colour cotton bag with single-colour ink stamp art/logo and featuring exclusive tracks from a gob-stopping selection of underground players orbiting the Carbon universe. Limited to 500 copies. Tracks from: Aaron Rosenblum, Andy Gilmore, Anla Courtis, Antony Milton, Asthmatic, Autumn In Halifax, Blood and Bone Orchestra, Blood Stereo, Carlos Giffoni, Carpentry, Caustic Solution, Chad Oliveiri, Chris Reeg, Cock ESP, Coffee, Craig Colorusso, Crawlspace, Crush The Junta, The Davenport Family, Dead Machines, Entente Cordiale, Foot and Mouth Disease, G55, Gastric Female Reflex, Heathen Prayers, Hilkka, Hinkley, Howard Stelzer, Irene Moon, Joe+N, John Charlton, Justice Yeldman, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Lunt, Mike Shiflet, Nancy Garcia, Neil Campbell, Pengo, Phroq, Pumice, Rainbeaux, Sindre Bjerga, Sindre Bjerga/Jan-M Iversen, Sq, Taiwan Deth, Taurpis Tula, The Body, The North Sea, Thurston Moore and Tinnitustimulus. Highly recommended.

Various Artists
Xmas Snertz: Have A Very Gulcher Christmas

Gulcher 420

CD
£8.99


If I know Christmas – and I think I do – it’s gonna be here soon as fuck, so better bone up on the presbos front while you can. Gulcher – god bless em – have only gone and made it easy on alla us with a one-size-kills-all compilation of seasonally themed stupidity that’ll have the entire family guzzling Drano without the help of any Perry Como videos. Result! Features Angel Corpus Christi, The Automatics, Mach Bell & His Elves (good job he ain’t travelling with fairies), Crawlspace, Phil Hendricks/The Stiffs (they’re from the UK!), Kenne Highland & His Vatican Sex Kittens, Phil Hundley, The Korps, Monsterpop, MX-80, Ted Niemiec, Pansy Divison, Stalingrad Symphony, Rich Stim, The Walking Ruins and X-Ray Tango.

Various Artists
White Bicycles – Making Music In The 1960s

Fledgling Fled-3061

CD
£10.99


Released to coincide with the publication of Witchseason producer/label mastermind Joe Boyd, White Bicycles makes for a great, functional overview of the arc of his trails across various 1960s psych, folk, jazz and rock forms. Totally listenable from start to finish, the programming is maximalist and features great tracks from Eric Clapton & Powerhouse, The Pink Floyd, The Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, The Purple Gang, Soft Machine, Shirley Collins, Fairport Convention, Johnny Handle, Fotheringay (w/Sandy Denny), Mike Heron, Vashti Bunyan, John & Beverley Martyn, Nico, Geoff & Maria Muldaur, Dave Swarbick, Martin Carthy & Diz Disley, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath, Dudu Pukwana & Spear and The New Nadir. Comes with a great full-colour booklet with comprehensive notes, pics, sleeve repros and more.

Various Artists
Revue Ou: Sound Poetry An Anthology

Alga Marghen 15Vocson045

6xLP Box Set
£99.99


Still the motherlode: Alga Marghen’s beautifully presented Revue Ou box set remains the greatest collection of sound poetry recordings currently available, bundling key tracks from all the main players. Revue Ou was Henri Chopin’s audio-journal and documented the massive leaps in Ur-tongue and text-sound experiments made by a diverse group of 20th century pioneers, including major pieces by Brion Gysin, Bob Cobbing, Chopin himself, Bernard Heidsieck, Sten Hanson, Arthur Rimbaud, Francois Dufrene, Paul De Vree, High Davies, William Burroughs, Ake Hodell, Ladislav Novak, Raul Hausmann, Gil Wolman and more. This staggering deluxe set came in an edition of only 300 copies. The first five LPs are picture discs that replicate the original Revue Ou recordings from 1964-74 while the final sixth disc is black vinyl and contains bonus material. A totally vital starting point for anyone investigating this highly-influential period of avant thought and long OOP and unavailable in this form. Highest possible recommendation!

Various Artists
Love, Peace & Poetry: Chilean Psychedelic Music

QDK Media 049

CD
£13.99


Excellent overview and the ideal way ‘in’ to the beautiful comedown sounds of classic Chilean psychedelic music. Packaged in the usual great cheesecake sleeves, this one bundles tracks from all of the main players from this fascinating late-60s/early-70s scene: the God-like Blops, Kissing Spell, Los Jaivas, Sacros, Aguaturbia, Los Mac’s, Embrujo, Los Beat 4, Tumulto, Escombros, El Congreso and Congregacion. Highly recommended.

Various Artists
In The Pines: Tar Heel Folk Songs & Fiddle Tunes

Old Hat CD-1006

CD
£13.99


Great new comp of folk and fiddle based blasters from North Carolina 1926-1936 from a label that consistently delivers the cream of unknown American Primitive. This is another ass-flattening postcard from a gone world that features a ton of tough to find, rarely compiled material that runs through murder ballads, gospel hymns, mountain blues and railroad songs, the bulk of which have never been available on CD before. Features tracks by “Dock” Walsh, The Red Fox Chasers, Carolina Buddies, Carolina Ramblers String Band, Dixon Brothers & Mutt Evans, North Carolina Cooper Boys, Ben Jarrell, Cranford & Thompson, The Highlanders, Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright, Proximity String Quartet, Blankenship Family, The Grady Family, Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles, Cauley Family, Clarence Greene, Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers, Whitter-Hendley-Small, Grayson & Whitter, Mainer’s Mountaineers, E.R. Nance Family with Clarence Dooley, Frank Jenkins’ Pilot Mountaineers and Carolina Tar Heels.

Various Artists
Attic Recordings

Attic Cassettes No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


First ever CD-R release on Marc Pilley’s Attic imprint, with his choice of the best tracks from the label’s first year of cassette releases. Features The Upskirts, Black Sparrow Dress, The Zees, Tarra, Telegraph Meltz, Dustbowl, Zach Kerouac, Speakeasy, The Sermon, Saw and Holly Hollis.

Poetry Out Loud
Number Nine

Out Loud Productions #9

LP
£14.99


Just got our hands on a still-sealed/unplayed crate full of these legendary, long out-of-print sides privately pressed by Peter and Patricia Harleman and Klyd and Linda Watkins 1969-1977 in order to document their wild experiments with vocal form. Across the space of these beautiful looking LPs, the two couples navigate the same kind of formless, disembodied zone that defined Jandek's unaccompanied vocal trilogy while touching on poles as temporally and spatially diverse as the associative poetry of Matthew Valentine, Jack Kerouac and Charles Olson, the wowing use of heavy delay/reverb associated with contemporary heads like The Skaters and Excepter, the slum-prose of The Fugs, Patti Smith and Lisa Suckdog and the sound poetry experiments of Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck, Bob Cobbing, Brion Gysin and others associated with the legendary Revue Ou. That this was going on in almost complete seclusion somewhere in American throughout the 70s is nothing short of mind-boggling.

Recently there's been a comparative upsurge in interest in the work of the Watkins and the Harlemans, with rumours of reissues and box sets, but the LPs (all of which were originally pressed in runs of 1000, except Volume 1, of which only 500 were made) remain almost-impossible to source. It was back in 2000 that their influence first began to percolate into the underground, with Christina Carter of Charalambides uncovering a copy of Number Four in Austin's Sound Exchange. After having her ears blown she shared her find with Heather Leigh Murray who made contact with Klyd Watkins, who by that time was living in Nashville. After establishing common aesthetic ground the pair agreed to work together, leading to a brain-storming Charalambides show that took place in Nashville in 2001 featuring the trio of Tom Carter, Christina Carter and Heather Leigh Murray performing with Klyd Watkins on "Listen The Night" a Poetry Out Loud piece originally recorded back in 1971 for the Number Five LP.

The initial seeds for the Poetry Out Loud project were sown back in 1963, when Peter Harleman, then based in St. Louis, arrived in Nashville in a trip to visit his mother. Calling into Zibart's bookstore in search of paperbacks by Leroi Jones he got talking to the clerk, who happened to be Klyd Watkins. Klyd was excited to make contact with another soul that shared his passion for contemporary small-press poetry and immediately invited Peter back to his apartment to meet his wife Linda. Over the next few years the poets continued their friendship via the mail, swapping new works, journals and criticism and in 1965 Peter met and married another young poet, Patricia "Bebe" McGary. In 1965 the Watkins were living in rural Indiana, where Klyd taught high school English, while the Harlemans were based in St. Louis. During a visit to St Louis, Klyd and Peter had a conceptual bust-up over the relative merits and creative applicability of poet Charles Olson's concept of projective verse (something that Klyd, like many thinkers of the time, was immersed in) and Marshall McLuhan's concept of medium=message, an insight championed by Peter. Klyd recalled the conversation in a recent history of Poetry Out Loud: "Walking the streets of Saint Louis they had a heated argument, with Klyd championing Olson's formula for using the typewriter to capture the breath of impassioned speech as the most exciting mode of creating poetry, while Peter pointed out that another machine, the tape recorder, captured the human tongue far more directly. The harder Klyd argued for keeping poetry on the page, the more excited he became about being wrong. By the time the Watkins drove back to Indiana an alliance was formed to make poetry out loud."

The first Poetry Out Loud album was the result of four years of experimentation, with the couples working slowly towards abandoning text altogether in favour of the gush of pure intuitively-sourced sound. Recording sessions combining simultaneous musical and poetic improvisation birthed what they came to describe as "The Nashville Sound," a laminal assemblage of spoken word and song. The technology also advanced, with the players moving from a $30 deck to a $150 home recorder while working on the first LP and they briefly welcomed another couple into the fold, Toby and Ginny Tate. By 1970, the Watkins had moved to Kentucky and the Kentucky landscape was to have a huge influence on the rest of the POL series. But with the Harlemans now living in Kansas and the Tates in Atlanta, recording session were few and far between.

By the time of Number Two, the Harlemans were heavily involved in the exploration of American Indian poetry, immediately apparent on tracks like "I Am The Crow." From Number Two to Number Five the Watkins and the Harlemans contributed roughly half of every issue each, while welcoming occasional guests like Tony Cowan or legendary French sound-poet Bernard Heidsieck and his wife Francois Janicot (Number Three, Number Four, Number Five, Number Seven and Number Eight), a relationship that helped them maintain an umbilical connection to some kind of formal tradition. By the time of Volume Five the performers had once more upgraded their equipment and had also begun to record tracks "live" at various venues with a string of cuts taken from performances in bars, coffee houses, colleges and rock venues. By this point POL had a few hundred subscribers who bought the LP through the mail and they were even reviewed in Rolling Stone.

In 1972 the Watkins visited the Harlemans in New Jersey, providing an opportunity for the extended quartet recordings that make up much of Number Six. The Watkins had never seen the ocean before, an experience that inspired Number Six's massive "Ocean." Number Seven would be the last volume to feature all four performers vibrating together, with the Harlemans producing Number Eight and Nine alone and Number Ten being recorded in St. Louis in 1976-77 with Klyd working with the Harlemans as a trio. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful end to a remarkable adventure initiated by a group of artists who took the revolutionary edicts of radical 1960s poetry straight to their hearts. "These days we hear now and then of new fans who have continued to find Poetry Out Loud through the used record bins," Klyd reports. "Thirty years later, the world has not entirely forgotten Poetry Out Loud, just as it never entirely heard of it in the first place."

 

1975. Another solo set from the Harlemans. Notes by Robert Palmer (Rolling Stone/Downbeat et al): “With this ninth volume of their “magazine” of oral poetry, the Harlemans penetrate more deeply into the resonances of speaking, chanting, and singing voices, and into themselves. Connections with the “ritual of the irrational,” the cultivation of states of disassociation or trance. were present in their earlier work, but here, in the sound pieces “Trance,” “Fear For My Body,” and “I Give My Body To The Drum,” they are explicit. Using the narrow melodic range, chant-like insistence, drum and metallophone accompaniment, and out-of-body flight images so central to shamanist tradition, the Harlemans confront a “new” use of oral poetry which is, of course, an old use also. The recitation of written texts of written texts – the “modern” way – has been superseded by the creation of poetry in sound and, in these new compositions, by the deliberate use of some of the effects tape makes possible with the idea of affecting the listener quite directly. All poetry, all art in fact, aims at a similar ordering of “thought, feeling, and apparent sensory impressions” (in the words of William S. Burroughs), but certain music, dance and other art attempts to actually trigger and control various psychological experiences. The ritual of the Central Asian shaman is an example. It is the shaman's task to pass into a trance state and report back to his community of the spirit world. In order to achieve his altered state of consciousness he resorts primarily to various organized sounds. He chant/sings, using a restricted melodic range in a repetitive pattern, a process which helps create a trance state because of the nature of hearing. The basilar membrane, a structure in the inner ear where soundwave vibrations are translated into neural impulses, is pitch sensitive and pitch discriminatory. That is, various areas of the membrane respond to various specific pitches by sending electrical “charges” along specific nerve pathways to the brain. When these areas of the membrane are “massaged” regularly and in sequence, as in strictly modal music or in much chant, the repetition sets up a hypnotic pattern of impulses. The shaman accompanies his voice with a drum and some sort of metal instrument, both of which produce the kind of sound physicists refer to as “steep fronted,” that is a “noise” sound with tightly packed overtones. In addition, drum sounds have an extremely rapid decay time. Such sounds, with their welter of enharmonic pitches, stimulate most of the surface of the basilar membrane, thus ensuring the transmission of as many simultaneous neural impulses as possible to as much of the brain as possible. And the neurons are able to rest between firings because of the rapid decay time of the sounds, thus insuring continuing peak effects for the sound and allowing changed or other sung material to periodically resume its own hypnotic pattern. In other words, the shaman's basic equipment – voice, drum, rattle – is actually a sophisticated tool for self-induced hypnosis, or trance. This self-programmed, inner-directed cultivation of dissociation, which is at the heart of magico-religious traditions the world over, is contrasted on the present recording with involuntary disassociation from each other and from the wellsprings of their own thought and actions. The first kind, practiced as a rite, puts one in touch with worlds within. The second, accepted by many as the price of living, is the source of much unhappiness and pain. Thus the narrator in “Take A Sip Of Me” casts herself in the extreme role of a disembodied cup of coffee in order to reach out to another person: “I won't burn you,” she is forced to add to her invitation. Thus the quintessential evocation of mortal fear, “Fear For My Body,” which in its more morbid manifestations bespeaks a dissociation bordering on the pathological. “I Forgot Your Name” is a somewhat lighter treatment of disassociation; as a vision of the widening gulf between the sexes it is a little reminiscent of a Rolling Stones put-down song, with echoes of Elvis in the delivery. The musical comparisons are apt ones, because with this album the Harlemans move closer to music, just as music is moving closer to the inflections of the voice. In “Curing,” which Peter proposed as an antidote to the malady of separation, Patricia's opening whines sound like an electronic synthesizer, until one recalls that the synthesizer was originally designed to give computers a “voice” and is thus an imitation of the Real Thing. And while “Trance” has the proscribed melodic vocabulary of the chant, “I Give My Body To The Drum” makes use of that most musical of devices, the well-timed modulation. But this use of music, and again it is a very old one, has to do with the creation of magical effects for the purpose of achieving magical results. In his The Wellsprings of Music Curt Sachs wrote that “Everything that sounds, be it in the cruder form of frightening noise or the organised patterns of music, bears the brunt of mankind's eternal strife against the hostile forces that threaten his life and welfare; and, just as well, nothing better than sound can summon the powers of luck and prosperity . . . Even language stresses unity of singing and magics as the Latin word incantation, ‘magic formula,' derived from cantare, and the English charm, from carmen. Whenever singing is an act of ecstasy and depersonalization, it moves away from ordinary human expression. The voice is often remote from being as ‘natural' as we believe our own execution to be. It is coloured by pulsating, yodelling, ventriloquizing, or bleating. One screams, yells, squeaks, mumbles, and nasals.” Sachs sentences on the origins of music are strikingly descriptive of what the Harlemans are up to They've been pioneering in this area of speech / music / magic with each successive album, and with # 9 they've done it again.”

Imaginational Anthem
Imaginational Anthem 2

Tompkins Square TSQ-1424

CD
£8.99


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


Follow-up to the first volume of this on-going series that joins the dots between an earlier generation of American Primitive guitarists and contemporary intuitive sound-as-thought players. Once again Jack Rose is featured (with an absolutely gorgeous 6 string re-think of "Cross The North Fork 2") but every other player puts in a first-time appearance on this volume. The inclusion of Christina Carter is a particularly inspired move and one that speaks of the liberated range of the series in general and her track is a beauty, a stubby acoustic guitar miniature. Nice cover snap too. Other tracks include a particularly mesmeric recording from UK guitarist James Blackshaw and contributions from Peter Lang, Jesse Sparhawk, Michael Chapman, Sean Smith, Fred Gerlach, Billy Faier, Sharron Kraus, Robbie Basho and...uh...Jose Gonzalez. Another rich, far-sighted assortment from this great label.

Various Artists
Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten

Enfant Terrible Enfant-11

LP + 7"
£18.99


Excellent compilation of contemporary dissident European electronic/synth/Industrial/new wave sounds from this synth-focussed label. The follow-up to their epochal Electronic Renaissance LP, this one bundles a bunch of current Euro-heads with a serious jones for the early Industrial sounds of DAF/Absolute Body Control/S.P.K./Throbbing Gristle/Kraftwerk along with touches of Suicide, Public Image Limited, Minimal Man et al. There isn’t a duff track on the album but some of the highlights include Agent Side Grinder’s evocative/magickal “There Is A Sound That Always Goes Out” that mirrors Coil’s work circa “The New Backwards”/later-TG, the amazing Vincent K’s “White Sheet Glory” that crosses Billy Synth-style keyboards with an amphetamine motorik appeal and throat-shredding vocals that make it sound like the most manic La Dusseldorf track of your life and the midnight stylings of Adolf Filter’s beautiful Harmonia/DAF/Kraftwerk-esque “Inner Walls” cut up with the kinda fractured loner vocal that could almost be Peter Jeffries. Other artists featured include Dolina, Nosztalgia Direktiva, Codes, Le Triangle De L’Androgyne, the fantastically named Pierre Normal and Yseult Descieux. A great way in to the current underground Euro synth scene – which seems to have the same relation to its source material as the 80s garage explosion had to Nuggets et al – and an excellent companion piece to Poutre Apparent’s historical survey of the French new wave scene. The set comes in a handsome gatefold sleeve with a bonus 7” and is highly recommended.

Various Artists
A Tribute To Jojo Hiroshige

Alchemy ARCD-167

CD
£14.99


Brand new tribute set of cover versions and punk extrapolations based around the phenomenal body of work birthed by Mr Jojo Hiroshige aka Alchemy label boss and Hijokaidan mainman. Features a totally disobedient Beefheart-style rave-up from the Oshiri PenPenz, microphone-gobbling action from Masonna (first new recording in years), great psych/pop stylings from Doodles, monstrously deformed guitar/noise from Solmania, GaramonKakinoki +AOL and a whole bunch of other punk Kansai Industrialists. Think of it as a particularly focussed Night Gallery instalment. Highly recommended.

Various Artists
Lead Into Gold

Rebis 008

2xCD
£10.99


Follow-up to the great Time And Relative Dimensions In Space compilation with a two CD set once again dedicated to long-form drone works. Exclusive tracks from Birds Of Delay, Bruce Russell, Son Of Earth, The Opera Glove Sinks In The Sea, White/Light, Keenan Lawler, Bird Show/Lichens, Of…Ohv, The Zoo Wheel and The Gray Field Recordings.

Various Artists
Super Street 24

Fag Tapes FT-229

Cassette
£6.99


Three-way split of extended live sets for this volume of Heath Moerland’s (Sick Llama) compilation series, with jams from New Pledegemaster, Steve Kenney (Demons) and Slither all drawn from their recent tour. Hand-numbered edition of 50 copies.

Various Artists
Underwater Peoples Winter Review 2010

Underwater Peoples Records UPC-002

CD
£6.99


Fantastic compilation of all unreleased tracks from this great NJ label. Exclusive jams from Julian Lynch, Pill Wonder, Ducktails, Fluffy Lumbers, Big Troubles, Andrew Cedermark, Frat Dad , Dana Jewell, Air Waves, Family Portrait, Alex Bleeker, Mountain Man, Real Estate, Rainbow Bridge and Liam the Younger.

Various Artists
Sunday Matinee At The Frying Pan

American Tapes AM-855

one-sided LP
£11.99


Compilation featuring unreleased tracks from Connelly & The Machines, Body Morph, Hive Mind, Dog Lady and Drainolith: “So the other day, me and my lab buddy supreme Scott were knee f'in deep in trying to find out if a huge craggly motor was delta or wye three phase connected, and needless to say, was NOT having luck. It was a one of them RAW bologna built motors that has wire numbers, but its pointless cause its all on its own weirdo system. Whatever. So as usual, we shot the shit.
"What’s up this weekend man?"
"Not much, got a killer afternoon gig at the spot on Sunday...."
"What’s a gig?"
"Ah.... I’m having some of my weirdo friends over to make ah.... music...."
"You make music?"
"Sure"
"Would you ever play a 'gig' for the troops?"
"We should get black to that motor...I think I know the lead wires now..."
"Well, I can’t come over, I gotta fix my tires on my hunting jeep, but you know what would rule Olson?"
"What’s that?"
"If you would press that jammer on wax, mix all the tracks together into one inzane mess and sent it to Smith out west to press...."
"Man, you might be on to something"
"Make it one long one-sider with a lock groove, I mean shit...that’s how I remember gigs anyway.... and just use a flyer for the cover!!!"
"My man!!!"
So I took Scott's advice. Took the killer matinee jam, got out the scalpel, mixed everything together seamless inzane style, book ended it with an EVIL Hive Mind loop and boosh!!!! Pressed gig memory!!!! So it's just like a gig, except you don’t have KNOX MITCHELL's dad dropping you off or Collino spilling brews everywhere or your secret recipe INZANE CHILLI remains burning up in the bottoms of an empty crock pot. Oddly, not a peep of crew-audience noise to be found. Dog Lady played acoustic string scrape, Dan Body jammed reed universe from the uneven side (and then BLASTED Disclose and Firmeza 10 in the jamm room), Drainolith is my main man Alex K from Montreal and kept it uber real with amazing synth scramble, live from yep, THE BASEMENT. Greh said he did a cover of THE SHINING but I’ve never seen that mini-series. Dead Machines and Connelly jammed magical pixie flutes, infected metal scrape and vocals from an eerie afternoon lagoon. Like an endless gig, ...you gotta SIT THRU THE WHOLE THING...in one inzane memory blurr surpreme.... Record ends with an EVIL Hive Mind lock groover, endless...party. ... forever.... Was a blast, more of this style to come. And BYOB!!! There are three party stores right in the hood, duh!!! 2pm SHARP!!!> Edition of 100 in handmade recycled sleeves, numbered.” – John Olson.

Various Artists
Nichi-Yobi no Uta

Alchemy/Uplink ULR-020/ULR-020

CD
£15.99


Irresistible new compilation CD from the reactivated Alchemy Records, an all-female psych set curated by Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan. Features fragile, breathless song stylings from a bunch of upcoming femmes including Akiko Hodaka (formerly of Maher Shalal Hash Baz), Mai Mishio of Uzumibi, Hirachin of Oninko! and Totsuzen Danboru, Shiho of Ten-No.5 and Yuka Fujita of the excellent Chozu. “Produced by Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan (The King Of Noise), the godfather of Japanese noise music and the owner of Alchemy Records. He realized the strength, fragileness, delicateness and other elements that only women could have are the keyword for this decade. This album contains 11 tunes from emerging female musicians that Hiroshige picked out from the Japanese underground music scene.” – Alchemy. 

Various Artists
Menagerie 2

Blackest Rainbow Recordings No Cat

LP
£13.99


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

 

Edition of 500 copies compilation LP with exclusive tracks from Akron/Family, Joanne Robertson & Matthew Ashworth, Wand, Natural Snow Buildings, Married In Berdichev, Moon Duo, The See See and Seadog. Comes with a full colour zine featuring artwork by Jake Blanchard, Pete Fowler, Andrew Rae, Will Sweeney, Sarah King, Olange Gularte, James Trimmer/Mirt and Mat Pringle.

Various Artists
Bloodstains Across Sweden

Bloodstains 04

LP
£14.99


Still one of the wildest of the legendary Bloodstains comps, with a round-up of classic disobedient wastoid DIY from Sweden, inclduing classic sides like Kriminella Gitarrer's "Sylvias Unge", Rude Kids' amazing "Raggare Is A Bunch Of Motherfuckers", Watabout, Bugs, Glo, Usch, Brulbajz, Mizz Nobody, Butter Utter, Vicious Visions, Liket Lever, Blodarna...

Various Artists
Ongaku 80: Alternative Waves From Japan

Hiruko Records No Cat

LP
£21.99


Fabulous follow-up to the same label’s Ongaku 70, this set takes in a buncha obscurities from the Japanese underground of the 1980s, all of which would contribute to the momentum that gave birth to the scene’s explosion in the 1990s. Alongside stuff that some heads might know - Phew of Aunt Sally’s “Urahara” from 1980, schizophrenic Pinakotheca recordings artists Tako, the mutant techno of Riuichi Sakamoto’s “Riot In Lagos” – there’s a ton of alien tongue, ranging from EP-4’s thudding tape-damaged Industrial punk through Lizard’s acid-damaged prog-pop, Portray Heads’ transplanted Trans-Europe Express, Gunjogacrayon’s usurping of James Chance & The Contortions and prefiguring of The Boredoms, the amazingly titled Daisuck & Prostitute’s blunt punk/funk, Shinobu’s psychedelic cold wave and Pta’s epic unclassifiable Josef K-play-Can-play-“Rapture” 1982 8 minute masterpiece “Woo-Guy After Dark”. Another phenomenal set that is sure to blindside anyone who considers themselves an expert on this endlessly inventive scene. On pink/white splattered vinyl. Recommended!

Various Artists
Vanity: Finest Selection 1978-81

Save Music Before Loose It Save-1

LP
£23.99


Necessary compilation of one of the most revered and whispered-about Japanese underground labels, Vanity Records. Vanity were briefly active in the late 70s and early 80s. Run by Agi Yuzuru, who also edited Rock Magazine, the label released 10 LPs, 3 singles, a double compilation, a bunch of cassettes and even a few flexi discs that came free with issues of the zine. Vanity offers a uniquely twisted vantage point on a creatively accelerated period, translating what was happening in the punk and No Wave scene in New York as well as the UK and European Industrial explosion via the Japanese aesthetic of Further. One of their most highly regarded releases was Tolerance’s 1981 LP Divin, a long-term VT touchstone, a group that combined minimal Industrial electronics with primitive techno and the sound of the Japanese grid for the perfect nocturnal soundtrack. They’re represented here with the classic TG whipcrack sound of “Sacrifice”. Groups like Sympathy Nervous have a classic cracked middle-European new wave/synth deadpan quality but with drum machine and keys that come over like a home-recorded “Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne”. Dada’s amazing 1978 recording “Yuuen Inraku Gaki” combines wailing Far Out-meets-Fripp lead guitar over martial percussion and choirs of Popol Vuh-styled synth, directly connecting the new wave with earlier psych experiments. This one is up there with that phenomenal Onna 7” that came out on Holy Mountain: Julian Cope definitely needs to pick up on these guys. Mad Tea Party have a great stumpy idiot-avant appeal that anyone who digs Gasaneta/Guys N Dolls circuit will pretty much swoon. Phew’s punk group Aunt Sally are represented with a self-titled track from 1979. Also features wild tracks from RNA Organism, BGM, Arbeit, Morio Agata, Normal Brain, Perfect Mother and Kiiro Radical. A secret history of yet another side of one of the most fertile experimental music scenes in the world. On white/pink spattered vinyl. Highly recommended. 

Various Artists
Orgelvark: A Solid Collection Of Swedish Synth Music

Minimal Wave MV-033

2xLP
£28.99


Aces-up compilation of idiotically great and previously unheralded minimal synth, proto-Industrial and experimental bedroom electronics from the glory years of the Swedish underground in the early 1980s. Originally released on cassette by Tor Sigvardson of 18:e Oktober on his Neukoln label, this presents a re-mastered version complete with five previously unreleased tracks that were excluded from the original due to time limitations. Most of these groups were solitary operatives working out of small villages dotted across the country and communicating via tape trading networks and as such much of it has the feel of primitive electronic folk music, with classic angsty adolescent posturing filtered through dark, post-Industrial atmospherics, monotone robot vocals, whipcrack electro-percussion and repetitive rhythmic keyboards. Influences like Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk and the second Suicide album share shelf space with contemporary synth pop moves but something about the isolated circumstances of its creation makes the music seem oddly lonely, like tone-dialling across lost shortwave stations late at night and stumbling across loner adolescents man-handling cheap electronics and power-breathing into hissy microphones while dreaming of an automated future where they get the girl, all their problems are solved and memories of their dull country upbringing are blown to shreds. Styles vary from beautifully ‘emotive’ new wave shakers through weepy/melodramatic teenage Euro-pop (“Respect me for my strange ideas!”), creepy/psychotic mood pieces, austere Eastern Bloc/Warzawa-styled instrumentalism and some fabulously minimal tone threat, all rendered in a totally endearing hands-on/DIY style. Features tracks from Glenn Winter, Santiago de Gil, Ferdinand Rhtm, Arvid Tuba, Artificial Control, The Heart Of Darkness, Caique, Corteche, Spilluffe, 18:e Oktober, Moulin Rouge, Peter Tengvall, Engurdetz, Art Division, Patchwork, Ausgang Verboten and Overlords. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with in-depth liners on 160g vinyl and in a hand-numbered edition of 999 copies. Almost too much – highly recommended. 

Various Artists
Killed By Epitaph: Dutch Punk Rock '77-'82

No Label No Cat

2xLP
£29.99


Ass-blasting double LP compilation of wild Dutch punk, still some of the crudest ever spat to wax. Amazing tracks from Ivy Green (“I’m Sure We’re Gonna Make It”), Helmettes, Panic (“Requiem For Martin Heidegger”), Flyin’ Spiderz, Speedtwins, Paul Tornado, Suzannes, Tits, Mollesters, Filth, God’s Heart Attack, Mecano Ltd, Subway, Mort Subite, The Brommers, Shith, Coitus Int. Vopo’s, The Ex, Nixe, Rondos, Nitwitz, Trockener Kecks and Frites Modern. Excellent sleeve notes too.

Various Artists
Tokyo Flashback 8

PSF PSFD-200

CD
£14.99


Hard to believe that this is the 200th release for the consistently greatest contemporary underground label in the world but what better way to celebrate than a new instalment of their legendary Tokyo Flashback series that documents the state of Tokyo’s psychedelic underground circa now. A few artists will be familiar to the VT hardcore - ex-Overhang Party mainman Rinji Fukuoka’s Majutsu No Niwa’s classic take on garage psych, Reizen’s amazing flat-lined guitar tectonics – but the bulk of the material makes an even deeper past through subterranean Tokyo. The ass-flatteningly great Soldier Garage explode into life with the kind of cacophonic guitar noise of early-Fushitsusha before floating all the way out on Suishou No Fune-styled acid balladry while Mamushi stagger all over blues and Neil Young-styled collapsing universe dynamics with alla the staggering high-wire drama of prime Kousokuya. Oser walk the line between Borbetomagus/Demo Moe-styled freakout and lurid Incapacitants-inspired noise mash-ups and Metaphoric use two treated electric guitars to generate the kind of eternal music of the Fripp/Eno collaborations. Demons describe Kaoru Abe, Rotten Telepathies and High Rise as being “like a Led Zeppelin to us” and come over like Oshiri Penpenz play Mark Fry. Netanoyoi play blown-out punk with an aggressive angularity and an almost Org-like naivety while the righteously-named Heavy Metal Glue feature members of White Heaven, Marble Sheep and Church Of Misery and play supremely crude psychedelic rock with thudding riffing and Kraut hypnotics applied to doomy 70s metal bombast and gasoline-huffing blues. The whole set comes with a booklet featuring pics and liners and it makes for one of the best instalments of this vital compilation series in an age. Highly recommended!

Various Artists
In Support Of Tom Carter

Was Ist Das?/Hibernate Recordings No Cat

CD-R
£9.99


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


Limited benefit CD-R arranged by the Hebden Bridge squad in less than 24 hours after Charalambides were forced to cancel their show there due to Tom Carter’s sudden illness, all proceeds going directly to Tom: tracks from Ashtray Navigations, Neil Campbell, Spider Stacey, Dylan Nyoukis, Bridget Hayden, Astral Social Club, Rick Tomlinson, Konntinent, High Aura’d, Listening Mirror, Will Bolton, Isnaj Dui, Kyle Bobby Dunn, The Failed NASA Experiment and Caught In The Wake Forever. 

Various Artists
The Rubble Collection Volumes 1 To 5

Pilot Records RUBLPBOX1

5xLP Box Set
£49.99


Staggering box set that gathers the first five volumes of the epoch-defining Rubble collection, originally issued by Bam Caruso in the 1980s that best articulated the freakbeat/psych sound of the UK underground in the mid-to-the-late 60s: Rubble was the UK’s answer to Pebbles and while they were pre-dated by comps like Chocolate Soup For Diabetics, they pretty much set the standard for the presentation of obscure F/X saturated pop psych, amplifier crunching freakbeat and dopey tea-sipping and budgie-baiting lysergic fop. I’ve long been of the opinion that the influence of The Beatles has been one of the most baneful in rock/pop history but it’s possible to make the argument that the influence their more experimental pop sides had – specifically Rubber Soul and Revolver, w/a nod to Sgt Peppers and the early Pink Floyd – on the UK underground was not without merit. Rubble consists, basically, of groups trying to ape, cash-in or exceed The Beatles’ most dosed sides and in their determination to go beyond “Tomorrow Never Knows” these groups were responsible for some of the most inspired, moving, beautifully stupe pop/rock music of that or any age. I guess it’s more Beatles’ concepts of ‘songcraft’ that tend to function as their inheritance rather than their more ‘experimental’ tendencies, and it could be argued that the British psych explosion is the sole legacy of their more advanced explorations of the potential for F/X augmented rock/pop settings to massage your brain as dramatically as any psychoactive substance.
Regardless, there were so many amazing sides released in the second half of the 1960s in the UK that it more than matches the parallel garage explosion in the USA. This massively heavyweight box set bundles the first five volumes of Rubble  - The Psychedelic Snarl, Popsike Pipedreams, Nightmares In Wonderland, The 49 Minute Technicolour Dream and The Electric Crayon Set – all with reproductions of their original sleeves and with a full-size booklet with detailed notes, ephemera and rare photos. The track listing is dazzling, a virtual who’s-who of Floral Albion, with sides from Kaleidoscope, Wimple Winch, The Misunderstood, The Pretty Things, Tomorrow, The Koobas, Jason Crest, The Attack, The Flies, The Open Mind, Caleb and many, many more. Listened to in one sitting, the early Rubble sides sum up the utopian pop project of UK psych, a distant neverland that both exaggerates and parodies Englishness and that in many ways feels like the first pop stirrings of England’s eternal hidden reverse. I feel like I have somehow internalised all of this music so completely that my own biography is somehow tied up in it, even as I missed out on it first time around. But really, this is the motherlode, one of the greatest repositories of psychedelic excess, all in the one place. Highest possible recommendation!

Various Artists
Pipe And Drum Music Of Bolivia

Pseudo Arcana PA-131

Lathe-Cut LP
£21.99


Edition of only 50 copies hand-cut lathe with insert and download documenting some insane pipe and drum music recorded live in the field by Anthony Milton: incredible degree of out of body hyperventilating going on here, with crude pipe stylings huffing all the way to unconsciousness while drums batter our ritual tattoos and wild get-down stylings. A side was recorded at a 36 hour non-stop street fiesta in the village of Sorata in the High Andes while the flip was at an overnight bacchal in a bamboo hut in the village of San Miguel del Bala in the Amazon basin. Line this one up to next to an Albert Ayler boot and your favourite Vibracathedral Orchestra CD-R for maximal brain rearrangement. 

Various Artists
Rocket Infinity: The Global Rise Of Rocking Music, 1942-62

Mississippi Records MRP-035

10”
£10.99


Unlikely round-up of pre-rock/roll 78s from the other side of the world that anticipate or osmose contemporary rocking moves while mutating them well beyond the remit: this is a highly addictive collection of high energy world music that runs the gamut of re-orientalised country orientalisms, jump jazz, samisen boogie woogie, early Egyptian and Indian rock n roll, organ-stomping cumbia and hillbilly boogie. Beautifully presented too, in a cool tip-on sleeve with the kind of graphics you might wanna frame. Love this. Recommended. 

Various Artists
Traces Two

Recollection GRM REGRM-008

LP
£18.99


Second instalment of this fascinating series that collects ‘stray’ short tracks from the GRM Vaults: this one concentrates on early pre-1976 works from four composers who went on to blaze singular trails. Denis Smalley is probably best known for his amazing 1979 recording The Pulses Of Time and he is represented here by 1974’s “Pentes” a beautiful piece of widescreen drone based around the sound of the Northumbrian Pipes. Dominique Guiot’s 1974 recording “L’oiseau de Paradis” presents a series of dramatic soundscapes scored as if they were a screenplay, Pierre Boeswillwald’s 1971 “Nuisances” is an eerie noise/drone work that uses ‘pollutants’ or ‘nuisances’ while Rodolfo Caesar’s “Les Deux Saisons” from 1975-76 is an improvisation using glass organ and a frequency modulation device. 

Various Artists
Ongaku 90

Hiruko Records HLP-04

LP
£23.99


Third volume in this on-going series that documents various stages of evolution of the Japanese underground: following the 70s and 80s the 90s set is the real gravy and represents the decade that was the most creatively accelerated in terms of underground activity. Cream of the crop here is an amazing studio recording from the classic trio Fushitsusha line-up, “Magic V”, with Haino on electric guitar and vocals, Yasushi Ozawa on electric bass and Jun Kosugi on drums recorded during the sessions for their 1993 album for John Zorn’s Avant label, Allegorical Misunderstanding. Haino’s vocal are particularly potent, moving from a high lamenting style to aggressive epiglottal action while the group work the kind of complex rock rhythm equations that would come to define their current incarnation. But that’s not all. There’s a classic “Moungod” live ritual from Masaki Batoh’s Ghost, from their classic self-titled 1997 debut, “Moungod Te Deum” and Hoppy Kamiyama’s legendary God Mountain label is represented by Demi Semi Quaver’s “A*merika”. We also get a great goof of a track from ‘noise’ legends The Gerogerigegege and tracks from Phew, composer/trumpeter Jun Miyake, Ryuichi Sakamoto, E*trance, weirdo J-pop from Takako Minekawa and of course no 90s overview would be complete without a track from legendary guitarist/songwriter and Org recording artist Idiot O’Clock. A great and wide-ranging overview of the creative tumult of underground music in Japan in the 1990s. Recommended.

Various Artists
Le Couperet

Harbinger Sound Harbinger-105

LP
£14.99


Very limited reissue of this legendary Broken Flag compilation originally released on cassette in 1983: this reissue was originally intended to coincide with the Never Say When Broken Flag event that took place in London in May of 2012 but it’s only now seeing the light of day. This is one of the most radical and profoundly a-musical documents of Broken Flag’s uniquely primitive and ferociously raw DIY aesthetic. It features exclusive tracks from Ramleh, The New Blockaders, Sir Ashleigh Grove, Vortex Campaign, Citipati and Depilate Corps. The Sir Ashleigh Grove track (a New Blockaders ‘satellite’) is particularly astounding, a long two/three note track of scouring minimalist debris and fucked-up martial beatbox that sounds like buckled metal played by Sun Ra. The New Blockaders track is a beautiful example of their ferocious early DIY electro-acoustic style with that shed at the bottom of the garden appeal that makes the early recordings so unique while working in the same area as Ferial Confine. The Ramleh track is a totally hysterical and barely comprehensible live ‘power electronics’ assault while Depilate Corps turn in an eerie feedback choral that’s heady with implied threat. A phenomenal set, one of the best early Industrial/noise compilations and a solid spin from start to finish, highly recommended! 

Various Artists
Bonehead Crunchers Volume 4

Belter Records Beltlp-04

LP
£23.99


Much-anticipated fourth volume of this mind-numbingly amazing collection of “fuzzed-up boot-stomping continental low-life heaviness 1969-1975” in an edition of only 300 copies: this one is focussed on European levels of caveman ugh, pre-metal, pluke-popping glam and proto-punk brain donation with a choice run of ridiculously OTT hysterics. Silence are to Led Zeppelin what Blue Cheer were to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, favouring volume over technique across two amazing power-grunting sides. Germany’s Propeller sing the praises of an “Apache Woman” while Belgium’s Angie make for one of the most confusing wimpy power ballads in the form of “Streetlight Fight”. Mothers Of Track drop the classic “Motorcycle Rock” while Good Time Joe turn up the Stones/Dolls swagger with “Slipstream”. Also killer tracks from no counts like Mushroom, Corporation, After Shave (!), Blackbirds 2000, Tiger, Tykes, Maternal Joy and the mind-blowing closing track from Germany’s Cindy & Bert that immortalises the Hound Of The Baskervilles to the tune of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. Too fucking much! Another amazing, life-affirming volume from one of the most insanely enjoyable of modern underground compilations. Immediately sold out at source, highly recommended!

Various Artists
Turn Me Loose: Outsiders Of ‘Old Time’ Music

Tompkins Square No Cat

LP
£15.99


Jaw-dropping collection of ‘outsider’ old time rural jams curated by Frank Fairfield: painstakingly re-mastered from original 78s this is an ass-whooping collection of alien and otherworldly fiddling, singing and haunting with a focus on Anglo-American down-home music. The focus on this particular point of transmission in the hands of outsiders who were receiving it in a bunch of different tongues means that you can hear the way that original English folk styles were warped by the very landscape they were transported to, opening out into endless speedy drones and high eerie string works, fusing the melancholy and celebratory aspects of English folk into a uniquely driving hybrid that feels like its lighting out, in faith and fear, into the promised scale of America itself. The music is epic and personal, mythic and hands-on crude and with an atmosphere that feels like a goddamn time machine. Amazing rarely heard tracks from Bob Skiles Four Old Timers, Willard Hodgin, Fred Shriver, Mustard and Gravy, Tweedy Brothers, Happy Hayseeds, Lemuel Turner, John Batzell, Homer Davenport, Lewis Brothers, Ernest Rogers, McLaughlin’s Old Time Melody Makers, Alphus McFadyen and South Georgia Highballers. Highly recommended.

Various Artists
Turn Me Loose: Outsiders Of ‘Old Time’ Music

Tompkins Square No Cat

CD
£13.99


Jaw-dropping collection of ‘outsider’ old time rural jams curated by Frank Fairfield: painstakingly re-mastered from original 78s this is an ass-whooping collection of alien and otherworldly fiddling, singing and haunting with a focus on Anglo-American down-home music. The focus on this particular point of transmission in the hands of outsiders who were receiving it in a bunch of different tongues means that you can hear the way that original English folk styles were warped by the very landscape they were transported to, opening out into endless speedy drones and high eerie string works, fusing the melancholy and celebratory aspects of English folk into a uniquely driving hybrid that feels like its lighting out, in faith and fear, into the promised scale of America itself. The music is epic and personal, mythic and hands-on crude and with an atmosphere that feels like a goddamn time machine. Amazing rarely heard tracks from Bob Skiles Four Old Timers, Willard Hodgin, Fred Shriver, Mustard and Gravy, Tweedy Brothers, Happy Hayseeds, Lemuel Turner, John Batzell, Homer Davenport, Lewis Brothers, Ernest Rogers, McLaughlin’s Old Time Melody Makers, Alphus McFadyen and South Georgia Highballers. Highly recommended.

Various Artists
Let me Play This For You: Rare Cajun Recordings 1929-1930

Tompkins Square No Cat

CD
£14.99


Latest instalment in Tompkins Square’s great Long Gone series focuses on some of the rarest and most forlorn music from South-West Louisiana: plenty of power crying and lonesome string shuffles here, with a raft of 78s that have never been compiled or even heard outside of a band of believers. A bunch of magisterial musical stylists, including all of Percy Babineaux & Bixy Guidry’s 1929 recordings and most of Angelas Le Jeune’s 1929-1930 recordings with Denus McGee & Ernest Fruge alongside the newly ‘discovered’ 78 of Blind Uncle Gaspard & Delma Lachney. Loving the last few Tompkins compilations and this is another solid sender. 

Various Artists
Bonehead Crunchers Volume 5: Crazy Like A Fox

Belter Records Beltlp-05

LP
£23.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Fifth and final volume of this ridiculously entertaining series, this time with “13 slices of slimy colonial grillfat and mindless Aussie boogie excursions” in an edition of only 300 copies: this is the long-time coming Australian volume of nada brain cell cock-rocking thug, proto-metal and junked-out glam and it just might be the stoopidest instalment yet, which makes sense as in many ways Australia is the spiritual home of Bonehead. Highlights include Toxic’s ultra-fucked proto-punk “First Time” with production that comes over like The Prats mixing Raw Power, Head’s street-fighting/street-sleeping anthem “Hobo”, The Ash Band’s failed fag end masterpiece “Let’s Go”, Fat Daddy’s “Fat Funky Rock ‘N’ Roll”, which does exactly what it says on the tin, King Harvest’s sledgehammer assault on “Jumping Jack Flash”, Geeza’s amazing Bon Scott sleaze celebration “Sydney City Ladies” and more from Twister, Francis Butler’s Sixty-Niners, Chook (!?), Sparkle, U Turn, Bullet and Macarthur. A suitably outrageous swansong for this sainted series. Edition of only 300 copies, already sold out at source, highly recommended!

Various Artists
Modern Duets

Goaty Tapes #62

Flexi Disc + Book
£7.99


Beautifully presented flexi disc with a screen-printed book: Modern Duets hooks up a buncha contemporary underground units with the sculpture of their choice and the instructions to jam on it. Exclusive tracks from Control Unit, the duo of Silvia Kastel and Ninni Morgia, inspired by Jean-Pierre Dantan’s Victor Hugo in plaster, 1832, Berlin’s Sea Urchin riff on Amadeo Modigliani’s La Saggezza in stone from 1909, Half High, from Sydney Australia, a psych/Industrial off-shoot from Naked On The Vague jam to Elie Nadelman’s Head With Bowler Hat in plaster, 1915, Beijing’s Soviet Pop choose Constantin Brancusi’s Untitled plaster work from 1910 while Australia’s Primitive Motion contribute a stunning slice of hallucinatory dream pop drama inspired by Jean Arp’s Bird Man in wood, 1920. Packaged with a sewn-in flexi and a spare back-up disc. Comes with a free download. Great set, highly recommended. 

Various Artists
Paink: French Punk Rock Anthems 1975-1982

Born Bad Records BB-055

LP
£21.99


Wild, aces-up collection of primo French ‘paink’ from the glory years of 75-82: continental punk is notable for its total excess, its taking punk way the hell at its word and its breaking out and freaking with it and as such it’s a lot more a-formally spuzzy than its often tepid UK counterpart. If you still have your doubts then live through this: Gasoline’s “Killer Man” exists somewhere downwind of a Bonehead Black Flag while Guilty Razors “I Don’t Wanna Be Rich” is pure low-slung snot and tinny amphetamine appeal. Dogs’ “Nineteen” has a classy Detroit swagger to it while the genius Soggy don’t need more than two chords while they’re “Waiting For The War”. Strychnine’s “Ex BX” is a breakneck account of total Euro wasterism complete with the kinda ‘squeal’ that would keep John Fothergill happy. No duffers here, with more killers by Les Nouveaux Riches, Electrochoc, Sexe a Pile, Marie France, Ruth Elyeri, Les Olivensteins, Coronados, Warm Gun and Gloires Locales. Recommended!

Various Artists
Knurr & Spell: Being Psychedelic Sounds From Yorkshire

Memoirs of an Aesthete No Cat

CD
£9.99


Four-way split CD co-released with Smokers Gifts and Absurd by Phil Todd of Ashtray Navigations, with an eye on the contemporary DIY psychedelic underground in Yorkshire: mind-phasing guitar/sequencer jams that would dissolve Heldon in Folke Rabe’s What from Shemboid, crude DIY electronics and eviscerated synth pop glossolalia from Phil Todd’s Moral Holiday, cro-magnon synth/fuzz grunt from Foldhead aka ex-Smell & Quim member and Astral Social Club collaborator Paul Walsh and Joe Meek jams solo oscillator visions from Mel of Ashtray Navigations et al in her Ocelocelot guise. Looks like the north of England remain ground zero for blunt electro threat. Edition of 200 copies in circular die-cut covers. 

Various Artists
Yesterday, Perhaps: Songs Of The Kitchen Cynics

Les Enfants Du Paradiddle ENF-100

LP + CD
£16.99


Fantastic compilation celebrating over a quarter century of legendary one-man Scottish psych-folk/DIY project The Kitchen Cynics: Yesterday, Perhaps sees a host of contemporary heads playing tribute to the song-writing genius of Alan Davidson and the line-up is pretty dazzling. Josephine Foster turns in a striking, high-wire reading off “Winter In Her Bones” while Tom Rapp’s (of ESP-Disk recording artists Pearls Before Swine) apocalyptic reading of “Richard In Bedlam” is a mind-blower. Alasdair Roberts takes “The Horseman’s Word” as a full on ritual psych blaster while Kathleen Baird’s “Lichen” is pure heartbreak. P.G. Six takes “The Heroine, Jane Whyte”, Sharron Kraus sings “When Father Hanged The Children”, Jeffrey Alexander sings “Restless Morning” and there are also tracks from Major Matt Mason USA, Adam Leonard, Adrian Crowley and Rory McIntyre. The set comes with a bonus CD that replicates the album in full but that also includes all the original Kitchen Cynics versions alongside them. A fantastic celebration of one of the last bastions of home-grown DIY psych in Scotland, highly recommended. 

Various Artists
Sixties Japanese Garage-Psych Sampler

Bamboo BAMCD7012

CD
£9.99


Necessary reissue of this massive ground zero compilation covering the best of the Japanese ‘group sounds’ 1960s garage band explosion: this is a killer glimpse of the speed at which the Japanese underground evolved, with tracks from key first generation groups that featured players that went on to join the ranks of the likes of Flower Travellin’ Band, Speed, Glue & Shinki, Les Rallizes Denudes and Foodbrain. Killer tracks by The Golden Cups, The Dynamites, Outcast, The Carnabeats, The Tempters, The Beavers (Japan’s Zombies!), The Bunnys, The Mops’ classic “I’m Just A Mop”, The Spiders, D’Swooners, Zoo Nee Voo, Fingers, Outcast and The Bunnys. Comes with a large booklet with liners and snaps. Recommended!

Various Artists
Monster A Go-Go: Vol 1

Bamboo BAMCD7013

CD
£9.99


CD debut for this killer series of pre-psych/prog garage band excess from the Japanese underground 1966-69: delirious selection here, with OTT tracks from legendary groups like The Beavers, The Carnabeats, The Spiders, The Voltage, The Mops, D’Swooners, The Bunnys, The Golden Cups and The Savage. Recommended. All tracks exclusive to this volume. 

Various Artists
Slitherama: Vol 3

Bamboo BAMCD7016

CD
£9.99


CD debut for this killer series of pre-psych/prog garage band excess from the Japanese underground 1966-69: delirious selection here, with OTT tracks from legendary groups like The Spiders, The Voltage, The Mops, The Golden Cups, The Sharp Five, The Sharp Hawks and The Jaguars. All tracks exclusive to this volume. Recommended.

Various Artists
Big Lizard Stomp: Vol 2

Bamboo BAMCD7015

CD
£9.99


CD debut for this killer series of pre-psych/prog garage band excess from the Japanese underground 1966-69: delirious selection here, with OTT tracks from legendary groups like The Beavers, The Carnabeats, The Spiders, The Mops, D’Swooners, The Golden Cups and The Jaguars. All tracks exclusive to this volume. Recommended.

Various Artists
Wayfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles

Numero Group Numero-048

2xLP
£28.99


Astounding collection of unknown teenage post-Zeppelin/Sabbath occult metal from 1970s USA: this is such a great package, with classy teenage Dungeons & Dragons style graffiti on lined notebook paper for artwork and specially re-visioned metal school-room style ‘logos’ drawn by Robert Soden: if you dug Medusa’s amazing First Step Beyond LP out of Chicago in the 1970s then this shit is the next level, with OTT doom metal epics married to classic fighting fantasy, sword and sorcery lyrics as well as dedications to Lucifer, lakes of fire, pagan hostilities and necromancy. The level of Bonehead RPG-isms is almost overwhelming as bands like Air, Wrath, Stonehenge, Triton Warrior, Junction, Stone Axe, Wizard, Stoned Mace, Arrogance, Sonaura, Dark Star, Inside, Space Rock (!), Medusa, Gorgon Medusa and Hellstorm conduct proto-punk séances in the name of the dungeon master. If you’re a fan of thud and you like it all wrapped up with a teenage metal warrior ethos w/doofy nods to the occult then you’re in the right place. This is the sound of the true teenage wasteland. Beautifully packaged with heavy vinyl, chunky gatefold sleeve and a massive booklet with great liners and pics, very highly recommended.