Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Jason Finkbeiner
Dedicated To Rochester Charles

American Tapes AM-540

one-sided LP
£10.99


Limited edition new solo album from Jason Finkbeiner of Rochester avant-garage monsters Pengo on John Olson's American Tapes imprint with paste-on B-side art, corrugated card sleeve and insert featuring a repro of a letter to Aaron Dilloway (Wolf Eyes) from Rochester Charles detailing various formative drum influences, including Al Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Jim Fox of The James Gang, Mitch Mitchell from The Experience, Motorhead's Filthy Phil Taylor, fucking Phil Ehart from Kansas, et al. Sounds are based around sick, oscillating tape work that sounds like an elastic band and wah-wah pedal running a turntable that's playing a slowly melting copy of Yatha Sidhra's A Meditation Mass re-recorded by Chie Mukai and Matthew Valentine, the way you always wanted to hear it 'done'.

Wolf Eyes
Black Wing Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

LP
£12.99


Limited edition Wolf Eyes Lp, in a run of 900 copies, made up of a single eerie, minimal track across both sides of the vinyl that mingles identifiable sound sources - glisses of guitar, slow blooms of bass - with luminous coronas of high, lonesome tone, rusty death factory rhythms and punk metal eroticism. Heavy early Throbbing Gristle vibe to this - somewhere between Live At The Rat and Live At Oundle School with a little of the psychological horror feel of River Slaughter. Slow moving, grimy and full of implied threat. Recommended.

Wolf Eyes
Black Wings Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

CD
£10.99


New CD edition of this Wolf Eyes Lp made up of a single eerie, minimal track that mingles identifiable sound sources - glisses of guitar, slow blooms of bass - with luminous coronas of high, lonesome tone, rusty death factory rhythms and punk metal eroticism. Heavy early Throbbing Gristle vibe to this - somewhere between Live At The Rat and Live At Oundle School with a little of the psychological horror feel of River Slaughter. Slow moving, grimy and full of implied threat. Recommended.

Circuit Refusal
s/t

American Tapes AM-650

one-sided LP
£14.99


Edition of 200 copies, one-sided LP with art by John Olson of Wolf Eyes et al. Mystery collaboration featuring John Olson of Wolf Eyes and Mike Connelly of Hair Police at el. A blast of overtone-thick technicolour noise that sounds like a more malevolent Matthew Bower/Hototogisu-style torrent saturated with slow solar rays and high, almost Whitehouse-style sicktones. A classic, heavy UK Industrial/noise feel to this one that is endlessly satisfying. OOP. Highly recommended.

Graveyards
Formless Music From A Coming Age

American Tapes AM-670

one-sided LP
£14.99


"New platter from the Grave Crew. Strange period this one....... Further duo recordings at the Hell Hall studio private style, but with BHell playing barely nearly no drums but jamming soprano sax, tapes, bass, and metal. Weird recordings unique to the Grave Cannon. Fully intended to be played at any speed. Title taken from the recent downer Cormac McCarthy book "The Road"- gripped from a sequence in the post apocalyptic destroyed hell-world pages where a father makes his son a wooden flute & the kid squeezes out a couple sounds and then pitches it into an ash/snow mound on a long, empty road/of which the father thinks to himself "doesn't matter anyway, its just formless music from a coming age that will never happen." Whoa man-intense! Black Vinyl, edition of 100 on the nose with paste on covers." - John Olson. Highly recommended.

The Jasons
Live On Fryday The 13th

Tovinator Records #7

one-sided LP
£12.99


"Another PE PAUL/GSPOT specialty. This is Tovah Olson= synth, tapes, can/Haunted Dan (Haunted Castle, Uneven Universe) = electronics / & PE PAUL on ?????? Screams, strangeness, raw house party Michigan ambiance. Recorded in the dark over the summer on Friday the 13th. Tovah got busted cause she wore a Freddy K shirt with a Jason mask...what a clash! Hear the air frizzle & fry with buzzing electronics while Paul screams and gags for some reason or another. One-sided black vinyl LP with handpainted art by the TOVINATER herself. Edition of 90." - John Olson.

Warning Sign
Live At Copymax Jason's Birthday

American Tapes AM-660

one-sided LP
£12.99


"All right...this is going to take a while to explain..Hang in there with a mug: While still in union at the cove, me and the Conn Artist would always hit up the local Office Max (re: Copymax) and scam copies, grip supplies - usual underground lurker shit. So after months of doing this, a Max worker finally talks to us and is into noize= dudes is Jason, sayz all his coworkers are freaked out of me and Connelly cause we copy weird shit, wore shorts and look like Heroin addicts (????)... So we hit it off with Jason, hang with his crew and let the good times roll......Enter PE PAUL, AKA Mr. Nutzo AKA New Pledgmaster AKA dude most likely to get naked at a crew gig with no ladies present. You might also know him as the wacko who was kicked outta the last No Fun during the Smegma set for being shirtless, on acid, and crazy. When Paul was getting escorted out, Weise turns to Dilloway and says.. "Man...what a loose nut....causing a ruckus......you know him?" "Yeah I do, He's Paul from Boston. Me and Olson have a band with him called Warning Sign" So fast forward a month or so, middle of summer/ Ann Arbor= crazy PE PAUL sublets a huge crib christens it the GSPOT. Turns out to be the summer spot for all gigs underground and nutz. A gig twice a week, ruling times, massive final show literally hours before Paul has to vacate. Rumors spread of destroying the spot and burning it down...comes pretty close. Turns out when the renters come back to reclaim the house Paul is passed out on mounds of broken glass and bottles on a some Iggy trip shit and the parents threaten his life....ruff scene. Warning Sign/which never end up being with Dilloway/becomes a house band at the GSpot....duo with reeds, drums, and ?????? Every gig was pretty strange, you never knew what PE PAUL was funna do. The mug apparently studied music in Boston but none has seen proof of it. ..... So aanyhow...black to Copymax Jason...his birthday is coming up and his lady at the time Alicia (re: Alicia Warning) wants to have a birthday show at they house before their lease runs out. The only band that signs up is Warning Sign. No Wolves come cause we are leaving the next morning for Barcelona, no crew members show up. Weird gig/scene. Only lurkers and some weird dudes on BMX bikes that "kinda know Dilloway AKA that weird dude at Disks & Tapes" are around. Turns out there is no place to jam......except a basement that hasn't been opened "in forever." Me and Paul crack the door, peer inside, nothing but low ceilings, cobwebs, dampness, and a mound of something that died a slow horrible death months ago. Totally gross. So we set up and its the middle of summer and like 110 Degrees in the basement. Fully Nasty. Turns out Alicia is a flute goddess and wants to jam along/sweet....so we start playing..... and within minutes every Nutzo in the basement is playing a horn, jammin, freaking out, yelling...weird shit/brain jolting/numbing gig. Woke up the next morning and sent the tape to the plant =Pressed here on wax for eternity is the results of the gig. Super strange ultra crude echo chamber basement jazz cubism. Edition of 113 on black wax with paste on covers. Copymax Jason Postscript: After moving out, Jason and Alicia broke up, all them + "Copymax Chris" (re: Brian, who never worked at Officemax or Copymax) who also played on the above WS record, and nearly everyone on the record moved into the short lived "Pleasuredome" in Ypsi that did two gigs, one with Corsano, Traum, Laundry Room Squelchers/both busted hard by Copz and shut down permanately......." - John Olson.

Various Artists
Super Street 20

Fag Tapes FT-152

Cassette
£6.99


Sub-titled ‘Stage Fright’, the all-live volume of this on-going compilation series features exclusive tracks from Wolf Eyes, Commune (Raven Strain, Evenings), Sick Llama, Hardline Elephants, Sun Ra Arkestra and Walter Carson. Limited edition of 50 numbered copies.

Wolf Eyes/Sickness
There Is A Part Of Me That You Will Never Know

Hospital Productions HOS-209

LP
£12.99


New collaboration LP from the trio of John Olson, Nate Young and Mike Connelly with Chris Goudreau aka Sickness. Goudreau takes original Wolf Eyes material and sculpts it into a massive, constantly shifting pulse-based piece that feels like an inspired plunderphonic take on the organic, evolving logic of their live shows. It starts off with a classic section of minimal, grinding electronics, given an otherworldly gliss of F/X by Goudreau that makes it dazzle like a primitive Heemann/Chalk creation before building into torrents of sheet metal melodies and squelching rhythms, with parallel sounds given enough electronic treatments to lend them a very hallucinatory, instantly dissolving feel. Indeed, it's one of Wolf Eyes most psychedelic sides, if your definition of psychedelia takes in Throbbing Gristle and CCCC as well as electricity and LSD. Recommended.

Miscarriage
s/t

Chondritic Sound/American Tapes CH-150/

one-sided LP
£14.99


Limited Chondritic Sound reissue - limited to 100 copies - of this pulverising side, with red vinyl and nice paste-on sleeve art: Michigan militia meltdown - brain-gutted sludge/doom noise moves from a quartet of the most pulverising North American punks: John Olson, Mike Connelly and Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes and Greh Holger of Hive Mind. Sound is dominated by the kind of thick bottom end nod-out doof that feels a bit like the more squelchy electro/noise jams from Mouthus while over the top microphone feedback, fuzz, wildly modulated electronics and intense repeat-o rips compete with viciously deformed screams and lung-busting assaults on formal rock logic. Totally unbelievable. Highly recommended.

Dead Machines
Plays Kwaidan

Ideal Recordings Ideal-049

7"
£5.99


Limited to 600 copies 7" from the duo of John and Tovah Olson (Wolf Eyes et al) is one of their most straight-forwardly gorgeous approximations of the nowhere zone to date. Black and white sleeves with full colour inserts.

Bad Party
Coming Out Slowly

Animal Disguise ADR-085

LP
£8.99


Debut album from this Detroit synth-punk duo with some kinda historical connection to Wolf Eyes. Featuring K. Michael and Nate S., the group build from a base that would take the malevolent electro-threat of early Suicide and ply it with amphetamine-charged Cramps riffs, the kind of drum machine batteries most associated with Big Black and a claustrophobic, assaultive style that is somewhere between early Industrial rock and contemporary minimal synth stylings, with murky, convulsive songs that are somehow uniquely Detroit but that have tendons that stretch alla the way to both coasts, taking-in aspects of CBGBs-era NY scum and peroxide LA glam punk. A beauty.

Dead Comet Alive
Universe For One

American Tapes AM-745

one-sided LP
£12.99


2008 American Tapes, numbered, limited to 100 copies. “Old AT group, first leap into the wax world. DCA is a long-standing ??? electronics? ?? and ???? home jamming loner sound unit and here's two pieces of other worldly echoing empty universe tone twisters to inhabit a table-for-one ear vacation to the lurking parts of your daily experience. Sounds like having a huge unknown gnawing entity chase you inside a huge unknown sound world, at any speed. Super weird, not Demoon Skirt weird but more...internal noize stylez. Numbered Edition of 100, crazy inzane sleeve paste on.” – John Olson.

Dead Machines
Plays Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

Arbor #97

one-sided LP
£11.99


New edition of 450 copies one-sided LP with a gorgeous full-colour sleeve by John Olson (Wolf Eyes). Here the duo of John and Tovah Olson move deeper into the kind of liminal, broke back electronics zone that defined their great run of collaborations with John Wiese, with creeped-out midnight soundtracks populated by shadowy nocturnal forms, firefly drones and a murky, drug-addled atmosphere. This feels like the beginning of a whole new phase for Dead Machines and it makes for a subtle but powerful trip.

Graveyards
Relocated Cooling Towers

American Tapes AM-860

one-sided LP
£14.99


Massively extended long form string/drone/Industrial jams from Midwest free jazz outfit Graveyards that push beyond the whole screwed spectral/orchestral arc of their recent work into new zones of lonesome tone : “What is up with the mail these days? Sometimes you get the weirdest things. Are "Dog Missing" flyers illegal now? Seems like it, cause just the other Tuesday I lurched out to check the daily box to see if my new copies of DIRGE or EVIL MINDED shown up yet, and there was this lone LP resting there. Had a post it note stuck to it that read:
"PLEASE HELP: OUR CREATURE THING HAS VANISHED. WE SUSPECT THE WORST. WE CANNOT GIVE DETAILS ON THE THINGS/ANIMAL OR HAVE ANY PICTURES< BUT WE DO HAVE RECORDINGS OF IT IN "ACTION". PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS RECORD (at any speed) AND CALL 237 - 4568 IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON OUR MISSING CREATURE. AND RETURN MY STAMPS- THANKS- YR NEIGHBORHOOD LOOSE ANIMAL CULTURE CENTER"
Shaking my head, thinking how I just got a killer local platter to add to the animal sounds/droll Yankee/ chooltch industry recordings sections and put the record on.
Well, it seems like they are never gonna find this thing cause it SOUNDS like a super shy version of that horrible creature in the twilight zone flick that tries to scare the passengers and eat the plane. But this "Thing" hangs out in empty hangers and lightly scrapes its torn and rotten fingernails across HUGE rusty industrial size fans at 3am in a creaking wet unlit corner. Who would want this in their house? Sounds from this animal are rare, seems like this LP has like three light rustlings and the THING is gonzo, moved on...just like a ghost trace of it... good luck to them.
After jamming the "MISSING CREATURE" lp on every speed my numark can handle, I IM chatted fellow animal sound lp vet DILLOWAY and told him about the new local style missing thing section, and he said energetically:
"Dude, you should quick like go around the neighborhood and grip all those lps and put em out, don’t get busted say it's...I dunno... GRAVEYARDS or something... "
FUCK!!! Killer idea. So here it is - all the LPs from District 176 Howard St./Frandor with NO INFO and a crude handmade painted sleeve like from the hairy mitts of the said MISSING ANIMAL itself. If you find this THING.... shit, record it and do a FOLLOW UP. And leave it in yr NEIGHBORS mailbox. UUUGGHHHHHHHH. Title taken from a super tuff blueprint question from my Blueprint Reading 112 class last fall. Edition of 100. Inzane handpainted recycled covers, each one uber-unique. MISSING!!! THING!!! RECORDED!!!” – John Olson. Recommended.

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.

Twig Harper
s/t

Hanson HN-237

CD
£9.99


Edition of 500 copies solo album from Twig Harper of Nautical Almanac in the mode of his classic Intuitive American Esoteric series. This is a massively psychedelic/continually unfolding series of tape works that move from moments of single string acoustic blues guitar through chattering voices, glitches, weird snatches of audio verite, what could almost be Industrial re-thinks of Suicide’s “Ghost Rider”, piano demolition ala Philip Corner… in many ways it makes me think of the place that John Fahey might have ended up if he had pushed through with the more extended experiments in concrete ragas that he was involved with near the end of his life, formulating  a particularly personal and future-visioned take on American Primitive that came from the sounds of his surroundings and the landscape itself and the way they operated within his own personal mythology. Few people can make tape work sound so musically expressive and, yeah, intuitively America as Harper and this is a real treat. “First proper CD release from Nautical Almanac’s Twig Harper. Twig was a big part in Hanson Records getting off the ground back in the mid-90's, so I'm very excited to release his debut solo glass mastered CD! Hot off the barefoot of his collaboration release with Daniel Higgs on Thrill Jockey... Twig Harper continues in the alternate universe tradition of his three volume Intuitive American Esoteric LP series, with 43 minutes psychedelic tape manipulations and droning synthesizer… electronic and organic sound mixed to brain warping perfection. Bell's, homemade electronics, synth, piano, strings, junk, horns and voice treated with tape for "full-on" musique concrete/sound poetry/electronic trance inducing confusion. Recommended for fans of Albert Hoffmann, Smegma, Pierre Henry, The Butthole Surfers, Maria Sabina, Dylan Nyoukis, Tobe Hooper, Criswell, Tod Dockstader, Sirhan Sirhan, The 13th Floor Elevators, Aliens, Humans, Jokes, and OBE's. 500 copies packaged in black poly jewelcases.” – Aaron Dilloway. 

Olson & Yeh
Live

Rococo Records RCC-0012

one-sided LP
£14.99


Second release in Rococo's "Me Gusta Me Gusta" series of subscription-only one-sided LPs presents as killer set of aural pugilism from Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core and John Olson of Wolf Eyes/Graveyards et al. Hand-numbered edition of 200 copies. Moves from gunky, Dead Machines-style punk electronic wrassle through epic synth/goth peaks that sound like early Tangerine Dream re-scored for Nico performance by Brian Eno, John Cale and Yasunao Tone. Wild.

Asthma
Live Before 99

AA Records 021408

CD-R
£6.99


Live recording of a pre-Basketcase group called Mr Asthma from sometime before 1999, re-worked and edited by Nate Young of Wolf Eyes in 2008. Their sound was more Industrial and junk yard than many of their contemporaries, applying blast furnace walls of feedback and F/X to the clank of metal on metal, hulking rhythms, bowed strings, loops and TG-styled head-hunting horns, all applied with a classic American Tapes-style feel for dislocated drone thunder.

Hatred
Pitted Water

AA Records 030908

CD-R
£7.99


New album from this solo synth/electronics project of Nate Young of Wolf Eyes. Two tracks, one an eerie duo performance from Young and Max Eisenberg recorded live in Detroit 2008, the second a trio set featuring Young, Eisenberg and Twig Harper of Nautical Almanac.

Moon Pool & Dead Band
Gossypol

AA Records No Cat

CD-R
£7.99


New jams from the duo of Nate Young (Stare Case/Wolf Eyes et al) and David Shettler. They call it ‘new British blues’ but the sound draws more on early Heldon’s combination of propulsive electro/rock dynamics and dark/kosmische synth damage. The drum machines have a lightness of touch that situates them in a parallel universe to Wolf Eyes’ pummelling beats, w/a trippy, psychedelic edge while the keys skirt infinite repeat patterns and nagging two/three note melodies before dissolving in chattering clouds of delay. Aspects of Nurse With Wound and Nord combine to knock the set sideways into an exploratory/surreal Industrial tributary. 

Spine Scavenger
Weighted Ghost

Cylindrical Habitat Modules #43

LP
£12.99


Deluxe vinyl reissue of what was originally a limited release on Hanson: Spine Scavenger is cover for the solo experiments of Aaron Dilloway, with malevolent looms of repeating synth giving birth to weird ectoplasmic melodies and a jelly-thick air of pure analogue menace. Weighted Ghost presents a series of minimal, rhythmic, violent drone and pulse work, with massively fat bass tones repeated to the point of infinity while great beams of criss-crossing sirens generate hallucinatory matrices of repeat-melody. Parallels for this kind of intense overloaded approach to minimalism are few but the set touches on aspects of Folke Rabe’s 1968 classic What??, the bodily invasive ‘third ear’ sounding of Maryanne Amacher and Coil’s Time Machines. Fully re-mastered for vinyl, the LP sounds amazing, and is pressed in an edition of 500 copies in beautiful silkscreened sleeves. Highly recommended!

Spykes
My Twin The Worm

American Tapes AM-959

Cassette
£8.99


New edition of 40 copies solo work from John Olson of Wolf Eyes: totally fucked-up electronics that sound like they are being slowly churned inside out go up against re-wired keyboards, noise box and an hallucinatory compositional logic that would reconcile musique concrete strategies with the bedroom DIY appeal of the Snatch Tapes cabal. 

Henry and Hazel Slaughter
Motto Is Non Animals

American Tapes AM-970

Cassette
£8.99


Edition of 40 copies solo jams from John Olson’s (Wolf Eyes) solo ‘mutant techno’ project: more experiments in the psychedelic potential of endlessly mutated drum machine torrents, with fists of bottom end bass and cheap keyboard tectonics submerged in repeat stabs of static debris. Endlessly hypnotic and garage band crude. 

Twig Harper
New Lost Knowns

Planam No Cat

LP
£21.99


Edition of 200 copies solo LP from Twig Harper of Nautical Almanac/Wolf Eyes et al: been a while since we heard from Twig, who has been rebuilding Tarantula Hill and focussed on experiments with contemporary psychedelics, but it’s great to have him back on vinyl. New Lost Knowns is an extended work for electronics and electro-acoustic confusion. There’s a little of Nate Young’s Regression moves in here, with dark, pugilistic keyboard work and monolithic almost Schnitzler style steel-clad drones. Some of the phased electronics have a crude TG/Suicide edge but that’s married to blustery low-end tectonics and the kind of mind-phasing tonal flux of solo Takehisa Kosugi. On coloured vinyl, recommended. 

Sticky Foster & Neil Campbell
live at RRRecords / long distance moan

Alt Vinyl av002

8" Lathe
£6.99


Duo punk magic from these two UK underground stalwarts central to the whole Vibracathedral Orchestra/A-Band axis. Uncut 8" lathe in an edition of 150 hand-numbered copies, part of Alt Vinyl's new lathe-only series. Featuring John Olson (Wolf Eyes) as MC on side 1.