Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Sonic Youth su Tim Barnes
Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui

SYR Records #6

CD
£10.99


Long-awaited sixth volume in Sonic Youth's privately-pressed series documenting their furthest orbits of the map. Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui consists of a live recording from a benefit show held at New York's Anthology Film Archives on April 12 2003 where the quintet line-up was bolstered by the addition of percussionist Tim Barnes (Tower Recordings et al). The performance is one of their most fully-dilated navigations of zoned free improvisation, with extended breaths of silence cut up with explosive string action and clusters of magnetic silhouette. Last track is one of the most ferociously locomotive slow-burners of their entire career, with an almost Charalambides level of heavy gravity cut up with tortuous peaks of Evol-style grime while Shelley and Barnes harvest huge snowballs of rhythm. Best SYR outing to date and highly recommended.

The Bark Haze
Total Joke Era

Important Records Imprec-127

CD
£1.99


Debut CD from this new guitar duo featuring Thurston Moore and Andrew from Gown. Tracks slowly spool from small sounds generated by the furthest reaches of the instrument - the crackle of jack sockets, strings clipped against pick-ups - through to the kind of slowly modulating chord barbs that launched a bunch of Sonic Youth songs circa Daydream Nation. Cover art by Bill Nace of Vampire Belt et al.

The Bark Haze
LP

Important Records Imprec-128

LP
£10.99


Limited edition of 1000 LP, already sold out at source, from the new duo of Thurston Moore and Andrew from Gown. Featuring completely different material from the Total Joke Era CD, this sees them joined by Pete Nolan (Magik Markers/Vanishing Voice/Spectre Folk et al) on drums on Side B. Three heavy guitar madrigals scored for feedback and crunch.

Mats Gustafsson & Thurston Moore
Vi Ar Alla Guds Slavar

Otoroku ROKU-07

LP
£16.99


Killer live set from Thurston and Mats in an edition of 1000 copies: recorded live at London’s Cafe Oto, Vi Ar Alla... takes of where Thurston’s signal recording with Don Dietrich and Jim Sauter, Barefoot In The Head, left off, with Mats using reeds and electronics to demolish Thurston’s wild, bass heavy divebombs. Indeed, the pair get into some major gravity-defying/gridlocked drone work, with the sound of overloaded amplifiers and air raid tones giving way to long passages of lyrical feedback and levitating horns. On 180g vinyl.