Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Dead Machines
Live At Tzompantli

Eclipse

LP
£11.99


Amazing Dead Machines LP that topped even the John Wiese collaboration as the most spun DMs plate to date at VT HQ – and that’s a lot of playing. The duo of John and Tovah Olson are burning up years here, with a riotous audience that constantly sound like they’re gonna descend on the stage like a breaking wave. Lots of saxophone from Olson, with a particularly wired electronics/F/X/reeds section that sounds like a Black Artist Group jam with Cosey Fanni Tutti. Other more claustrophobic movements cross thumping body-in-a-suitcase rhythms with almost Nord levels of atonal fog and some unequivocal punk rock dynamism. Cool sleeve art from Olson too. If you only buy one DMs rec, this is the one for your shelf. “The A-side was recorded at the first No Fun Festival in March 2004 (Brooklyn) and features a little comedy to start with and then things get heavy. The second side is the very first VG Kids/Wolf Den Ypsi Street Level throwdown. The band's set was performed live on a 6-color shirt screen press with a seven speaker set up on the press heads, which when spun slightly made for a dead-universe dying electronic creeping blast sound. NATE brought a fog machine that blasted out the room and into the parking lot of the VG complex. Near the end of the recording you can hear people chuckling over the absurdity of it all.” Long OOP, highly recommended. 

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.

Birth Refusal
Lost In The Cove

Troniks No Cat

one-sided LP
£13.99


Edition of 118 copies, only otherwise available from the band or direct from the label. More documentary-style horror, electro-sloth and mutant field recordings from the minimal duo of John Olson and Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes et al. Long OOP. 

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
Black Paintings Vol.3

Lost Treasures Of The Underworld No Cat

one-sided LP
£10.99


Numbered edition of 300 copies one-sided LP featuring Graveyards in duo mode, with John Olson (Wolf Eyes) on saxophone and electronics and Ben Hall on drums. Comes with an etched B-side and a full colour mini poster, both featuring art by Olson. Very minimal shadowplay style with the slightest butterflies of bowed confusion cutting swathes through still, black silence before building to a primal, echo-heavy climax that sounds like a pair of mammoths dropped deep into a canyon. 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
£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.

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.

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. 

Traum
Built For Nothing

Arbor #54

LP
£10.99


First full length vinyl outing for this aggressively nuanced free playing power duo featuring Zach Davis of Lambsbread on electric guitar and Ben Hall of Graveyards on drums. The strategies employed here – totally clean electric guitar with the attack amped all the way up and skittering, knitting needle style snare detonation – marks out the turf covered as being somewhere circa the whole Joseph Holbrooke/Ascension school of pummel and play and there’s a ton of brains to the way these guys skirt even the vaguest of lick-potential with silence, wowing harmonics and cracks of vibrating skin. Edition of 300 copies in screened chipboard sleeves, long sold out at source. Recommended.

Dietrich Eichmann & Jeff Arnal
s/t

Editions Brokenresearch BR-017

LP
£14.99


Ben and Hans of Graveyards/Melee/Traum et al have as fine a set of ears as anyone who has ever claimed improvised jazz as their area of expertise and the various non in-house projects that they choose to champion and release via Brokenresearch betray the kind of sophisticated feel for improvised sound as reified thought that many a 'fan' of jazz and associated modern, high energy forms could learn a thing or two from regarding the many subtle - and not so subtle - ways to extract a fucking tooth. This latest deluxe limited edition LP on their own label (run of only 200 copies in pro-printed sleeves) is another beautiful object lesson in just how well-listened and non-cliched their appreciation continues to be. Eichmann is a German pianist, composer, conceptualist, interpreter of modernists like Nono and Feldman and student of Alex Von Schlippenbach. Over the years he has produced a bunch of large scale ballets and performance pieces, most notably the Prayer To The Unknown Gods Of The People Without Rights, scored for ensemble and improvising soloist and first performed by Peter Brotzmann and the Wuppertal Chamber Orchestra. During the past five years or so he has reconnected with the stream of modern improvisatory modes, often in the company of American percussionist Jeff Arnal. This new recording, Live At The Phenomorphonic Festival sees the duo knee-deep in pedalling power stomps, obsessing over a mere clutch of notes that they work to emphasise in splintered, obsessive rhythms. The effect is closer to the work of Charlemagne Palestine than Cecil Taylor, although there's little of Palestine's continual expansion of ideas or lightness of touch; instead each note feels like its being hammered to the floor and the persistence with which they're sounded again and again is almost autistic. Arnal falls in behind Eichmann with pounding single shots and scattered tonal sunbursts that briefly illuminate the hulking dungeons of tone that Eichmann thuds from the instrument. Indeed, there's very little of the sound of the piano's keys, with Eichmann spending most of his time wading through the guts of the piano with heavy boots and sandpaper. This is the most impressive and conceptually far-reaching sounding of post-Cecil piano I've heard in the past whenever; a major statement from a profoundly singular stylist. So sign me up.

The New Monuments
s/t

Important Records No Cat

LP
£14.99


Debut album for the horse-killing free music trio of Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus), C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Ben Hall (Graveyards). Great to hear Ben in this kinda context, playing in a rolling propulsive style that is the closest I’ve heard him come to the whole post-Milford school of exploded time.  Dietrich’s sax – naturally – dominates the sound, with a warp of Hendrixoid F/X contorting the tongue logic until it sounds like he’s licking a cement mixer. Yeh’s strings give the group an intense vertical lift and at points it sounds like he’s sawing the whole group straight off of the ground. A great record in the tradition of Babi Music, Demo Moe, The Celestrial Communication Orchestra and Borbetomagus. All exclusive material, none of which was on the American Tapes CD-R releases.  

Trauma
99 Minutes Of Forever

Nyali Recordings #3

CD-R
£7.99


New release on the Glasgow-based label run by Kevin McCarvel and Stuart Crutchfield of Smoke Jaguar. A great set of massively cranked textural improvisations from the duo of Ben Hall (Graveyards/Bill Dixon/Joe Morris et al) and guitarist/inventor Chris Riggs, confusing process and form across a series of tracks that move in tectonic percussive waves. Hand-numbered edition of 79 copies in art paper sleeves with paste-on covers.