Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Sonic Youth su Tim Barnes
Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui

SYR Records #6


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


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

Important Records Imprec-128


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.

Free Kitten

Ecstatic Peace E#22c


New set of basement-brut jams and dreamtime pop/rock moves from this trio that features Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, Julia Cafritz (Pussy Galore/STP et al) and Yoshimi (Boredoms) alongside guest drums and guitar from J. Mascis.

Yoko Ono/Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore

Chimera Music CHIM010


Inspired trio jams from the Sonic Youth frontline w/Yoko on vocals: this set is not what you might at first expect and it’s all the better for it. I had kinda imagined a free-form blow-out with Yoko power-screaming over the top ala Junko w/Hijokaidan but there’s a lot more subtlety, atmosphere and feeling to the recording. Kim and Thurston play in a very minimal, textural style, recalling early SY circa Evol or even Bad Moon Rising while Yoko works soft hypnotic poetics over the top. And her vocals are uniquely powerful, balance the blurring of comprehension and the breakdown of language with startling moments of personal confession, nowhere more so than on the stunning “I Never Told You, Did I?” a track that is as unnerving as her take on marriage and responsibility and the impossibilities associated with both on Fly’s “Mrs. Lennon”. A singular entry in all three players’ catalogues and highly recommended.

Mats Gustafsson & Thurston Moore
Vi Ar Alla Guds Slavar

Otoroku ROKU-07


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.