Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Dead Machines
Dead End At Olson Street

Ypsilanti Records/Ypsilanti Records /

LP
£4.99


Limited to 500 copies on white vinyl, Dead End At Olson Street is one of the most beautifully disorientating passes through aleatoric improvised form from this duo to date. Combination of dazed circuit-bending, a melt of horns, loops of ferocious magnetism and a beautiful basement-in-orbit atmosphere makes it a heavy repeat-spin. Comes in a beautiful full-colour collage sleeve too.

Wolf Eyes
The Driller/Psychogeist

Sub Pop SP-721

12"
£3.99


Wolf Eyes single, a primer for their Sub Pop album, Human Animal. More overtly tonal aspect to the jams here, with complex, hallucinatory arrangements of machine thud, horns, machine-braided feedback spirals and Nate's infernal vocal stylings that cross the thug-dynamism of Burned Mind with a deeper, more psychedelic, sound-field. B-side is exclusive to this release. Artwork by Olson, mixed by Aaron Dilloway. Fantastic.

Reminguez
Stupid With Brains

Chocolate Monk Choc-153

CD-R
£1.99


Solo tape/electronics/turntable/percussion avant-aggression in the classic basement-scorching back-against-the-wall Midwest style of Jim Shepard et al from Bryan Ramirez of Universal Indians (alongside Wolf Eyes John Olson), Plants and Ex-Cocaine.

Birth Refusal/Cassis Cornuta
s/t

Ultra Eczema #39

one-sided LP
£6.99


Dream-team hook-up between legendary Belgian avant/industrial/savant-goof Cassis Cornuta - still one of the most singular synthists/conceptualists to come out of the post Nurse bag - and John Olson and Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes. Housed in a massively ill fold-out six panel cover with art by Dennis Tyfus and pressed in a one-sided LP with an etching on the B-side, the sonics match the sound of slowly rending circuit boards, cold beams of Euro glare and what sounds like the first drawled chord of "Iron Man" with fluttering electronics that hover in the air with all of the malevolent anti-gravity of leather wings. Sounds great, recommended.

Tovah Olson & Aaron Dilloway
T & A Recorded Live In Detroit

Tovinator Records #3

One-Sided 7"
£2.99


"Aaron Dilloway & Tovah Olson caught live on tape at Detroit's Noise Camp in the Fall of 06. Crazed bone reeds, frozen cheap keys, general scraping rawness. Sounds strange at any speed. Recorded by Mike Connelly. Pressed on multicolored vinyl, no two are the same. Strange sleeve, hand-numbered edition of 200" - John Olson

Wolf Eyes
Black Wing Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

LP
£8.99


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 Wing Over The Sand

Kning Disk/Ideal Recordings 017/046

CD
£2.99


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.

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
£6.99


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.

Bad Party
Coming Out Slowly

Animal Disguise ADR-085

LP
£2.99


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.

Graveyards
Night In A Graveyard Part 2

Rococo Records RCC-0018

one-sided LP
£8.99


New release in Rococo's "Me Gusta Me Gusta" series of subscription-only one-sided LPs presents the second instalment of Night In A Graveyard from the Graveyards trio of John Olson (Wolf Eyes) on reeds, Hans Buetow on cello and Ben Hall on drums. Beautifully articulate post-fire music moves that cut huge swathes through tense, thick air. Another beauty, hand-numbered edition of only 200 copies with full-colour paste-on sleeves and pressed on white vinyl. Already sold-out at source.

Wolf Eyes/Grey Daturas
The Black Plague

Conspiracy Records Core-043

LP
£10.99


Beautiful, limited vinyl edition of a split album originally released by Heathen Skulls to commemorate the Wolf Eyes/Grey Daturas Australian tour. Wolf Eyes present the five-part "Post Civilization Muzak" an excellent series of fully-destroyed fuzz/drum barrages that feels like the apex of their post-Burned Mind nailed-to-the-sky form while Daturas are on more elegiac, bliss-fixated form, with thin smears of fuzz guitar stretched to horizon-spanning epics. Edition of only 270 copies and already sold-out at source, so better be quick.

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.

Uneven Universe
Clump Humans

Arbor 71

Cassette
£2.99


“From the iciest mounts of Michigan’ most frozen brains come massive sounds of sax/electronics duo Uneven Universe. Dan (from Haunted Castle) and Holly (who are both in Cardboard sax with John Olson) wreck havoc on the basement, turning it into an epic snow storm of tape loops and electronics. Through the totally solid murk saxophones, harp, and bells toll, slicing their way into your eardrums in the most hypnotic way. Prepare to get zoned and frozed. In a numbered edition of 100 tapes with full color collage art and printed labels.” – A. Sold out at source.

Dead Comet Alive
Universe For One

American Tapes AM-745

one-sided LP
£6.99


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
£1.99


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.

Hair Police & Pengo
Virus Thoughts

Gods of Tundra One-Sided LP

LP
£5.99


Limited edition LP on Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes' label that presents an inspired meeting between two US units - Hair Police and Pengo - who on close inspection would seem to share a whole lotta conceptual turf. Both groups play ostensibly rock-based avant garde noise pummel, propped up with various home-assembled circuitry and a commitment to kinda studied Non of prime No Wave units like Mars, Red Transistor and associated crunch currents (metal, garage, 20th century composition, LAFMS etc). The results make for one of the most barbaric and furiously collapsing rock gasps of the year. Comes with colour paste-on sleeves with a one-sided LP featuring original hand-assembled art stuck to the flip.

The Farwood Duo
Strangled Pairs : Volume Two

American Tapes AM-691

CD-R
£3.99


“Second in this collab CD series. This time paired with Plants/OG American Tapes/NAACP guitar master/weirdo Jeff Dunn who sent in a tape of solo guitar that gets a thick reworking by Coorz Liberty. Three strange tracks with guitars, j-tar, and alto sax. Band started in 1991????!!!! Handpainted cover in DVD case.” – John Olson.

Pool Water
Live At Warm And Covering

American Tapes AM-831

CD-R
£4.99


“As debuted above is the new power trio of Connelly, Ol' Zone One, and Massive Mike Collino. Recorded snug in the shadowed corner of the sacred Cove, three twisting and grossly vacant narratives to the torrid ambient static between your ears! Violin, cardboard percussion, flute, tapes: a smorgasbord of wicked ingredients/ instruments to force your day into a magic-fueled vessel!! Captured in high inzane-fidelty with the new portable Inzane Zone Traveling Four Trick (IZTF). Good vibes inside means seriously jam business within the Jason/Freddy adorned walls of the Conn Artist's COMFORT ZONE. We would met up at the cove, bust some "launcher" recs., drink, get loose and head to the studio for SERIOUS concentration into the void. Hours later Collino would bounce and me and the Conner would play chess in total silence until the wee hours. Goodtimes.com. Beyond stokered on this new troupe, more lurking sounds down the pipeline, below the streets, creeping/movin inward!!! The lone Michigan unit with two Mikes in it? No whoops, The Underwear Heads had THREE "zany" Mikes involved, sorry. Color Covers, numbered edition of 60.” – John Olson.

Various Artists
Sunday Matinee At The Frying Pan

American Tapes AM-855

one-sided LP
£6.99


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.

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.

Spine Scavenger
Weighted Ghost

Cylindrical Habitat Modules #43

LP
£8.99


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!

Twig Harper
New Lost Knowns

Planam No Cat

LP
£8.99


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
£1.99


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.

Plants
12/15/93

Killertree Records

CD-R
£3.99


Issue of some insane basement jams from a wild free/rock/splurge trio that featured John Olson of Wolf Eyes (drums, sax, guitar), Jeff Dunn (guitar) and Bryan Ramirez (keyboards and tapes), recorded live at 6am at 1610 Kalamazoo St in Lansing, MI,12/15/93. Sound is modal in the most punk, gravity-destroying sense with wave after wave of overlapping guts, lungs, guitar and drums working hardcore paeans to the lure of plastic bongs and oblivia. Totally fantastic basement USA-style lubrication, like a more pro-ecstasy take on the Blue Humans's spine-jarring psych/free jazz collision. Highly recommended.