24 AUGUST 2014
Aritomo: Hallucinating With Alice
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Hey everyone – welcome to the first VT update in our new mailorder-only incarnation! We have been genuinely blown away by the many messages of support, emails, photographs and recollections of visits to our now-closed VT shop space. You got us all choked up! Seriously, due to the sheer amount of correspondence we have received we don’t have a hope of being able to reply to everyone individually but suffice to say that if you wrote to us we read and it and it really meant a lot. A big thank you to everyone that cares! But please remember that we are still in a period of transition so bear with us as there may be delays as we move into our new ultra-streamlined mail order only incarnation. If you’ve placed an order or emailed with an enquiry you’ll hear back from us very shortly but please order away and help us during this period of transition!
But onwards and upwards – and what a way to celebrate a new era but with the new Japan-only CD from Keiji Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo, Hard on Full Design Records. It does exactly what it says, with a guitar/drums record that feels like a duo Fushitsusha album and that ranks as one of the truly spectacular Keiji Haino CDs to date. It gets our highest possible recommendation! Also blown away by the new private press self-released LP from Japanese folk spirit Aritomo, La Flor De Mi Tulpa on Hakanairo Records, which is also highly recommended. Great LP from Soft Power, If You Come Around on All Day Breakfast Enterprises, that features members of OZ underground killers like Greg Boring, Sky Needle et al. Great set of Turkish psych/raga/surf/ethno rock from Sublime Frequencies favourites Hayvanlar Alemi, Twisted Souvenirs LP on Unrock. Two major psych reissue LPs from Ugly Pop, Bent Wind’s Canadian string mangler Sussex (up there w/Dark, Blue Cheer et al) and Iceland’s Thor’s Hammer’s amazing If You Knew: Icelandic Punk And Beat ’65-’67. Unlikely LP reissue of all-time classic cultic/weirdo 8-track album from Yahowha 13 & Sky Saxon, Fire Water Air Presents Golden Sunrise on Swordfish. Dark Matter LP, new group led by Stephen Cogle of Vacuum/The Victor Dimisich Band et al, on Siltbreeze. CD reissue of The Gun Club’s classic Fire Of Love album on Superior Viaduct as well as an LP/CD reissue of The Flesh Eater’s A Minute To Pray A Second To Die. Bridget Hayden (Vibracathedral Orchestra) cassette, Just Ideas/The Night’s Veins on Singing Knives.
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Releases on Golden Lab Records from Chalaque and Michael Flower and Neil Campbell. Mark Feehan and others LPs on Siltbreeze (check the site for the full list) and the last copies of Trash Monkeys (pre-Harry Pussy). 75 Dollar Bill cassette. Ludo Mich/Syed Kamran Ali/Pascal Nichols CD Singing Knives.
TIP OF THE TONGUE
Keiji Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo
Full Design Records FDR-1026
21 AUGUST 2014
Volcanic Tongue has made the decision to close its physical shop, which is officially shut as of today. For the vast majority of our customers this will not change your experience with us whatsoever, other than receiving your orders even quicker as we return full circle to our roots and once again become an underground music mailorder exclusively.
A lot has gone into this decision and it makes sense to us that after ten years running the shop that we’d want to make a significant change and the time is now. In the past two years we sadly lost two major figures that were an integral part of the day-to-day running of Volcanic Tongue: David’s father, Tom Keenan (who built both of our shops entirely by hand) and Volcanic Tongue’s most long-term customer, friend and employee, Shaun Falconer. After their deaths running the physical space didn’t make sense any longer, it’s simply not the same without them. Also, the two principle owners of Volcanic Tongue, David Keenan and Heather Leigh, are very busy with their own creative work outside of the shop which means energies are divided and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to run both a mailorder and physical shop as efficiently as possible. Logistically, not having the shop will mean an extremely significant reduction in overheads so we can carry a lot more stock from the smaller labels we love who have lost out due to our physical shop expenses/demands and we can make sure the labels and artists we support are paid in a timely fashion.
We’re so grateful to all of our loyal customers in Glasgow, the UK and the travelers from all over the world who have made pilgrimages to the shop over the past ten years. We’ve met so many remarkable people from all walks of life; the shop was truly a lightning rod for the extraordinary. There were so many unforgettable in-stores at both locations but I think we can all agree that the magical nights in The Hidden Lane will be remembered for a long time to come and featured some of the best gigs of the last few years. We’re thrilled that Golden Lab Records will soon be releasing Mad Nanna’s live set from Volcanic Tongue on LP, a fitting memento of what the VT shop experience was all about.
Please bear with us during this short transition period, there could be minor delays processing and sending orders and responding to correspondence but we’ll be fully on track very shortly. Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding all of our shop stock to our on-line inventory, including one-offs, used and very rare items.
Could all customers who currently have reserves please get it touch to clear them as soon as possible. Locals, please email us to arrange collecting your reserves as well.
A massive thank you to all of our amazing customers and all of the artists and labels we work with. We’re feeling super positive about this change and are really excited about entering a new phase in our lives and with Volcanic Tongue.
Check out the Volcanic Tongue Shop photo galleries we’ve started on
for memories of the store, we’ll be adding more soon and if you have photographs of the shop please email them to us so we can share yours as well.
17 AUGUST 2014
Sweet Kelly: Ketamine At Kinko's
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Hey everyone – got a major LP reissue of an early 80s lost Wisconsin art punk classic from Hollywood Autopsy, a must for fans of 70s USA wasteland and weirdo avant pop moves, on Little Big Chief Records. Also got an equally amazing slice of destructo avant garage and primal blues hunch from Ragtime Frank, I’m A Rocketship For My Lord, on the same label. Massive previously unreleased 1987 duo jams from free music titans Peter Brotzmann & Sonny Sharrock, Whatthefuckdoyouwant? on Trost as well as a great new LP from the trio of Akira Sakata/Johan Berthling/Paal Nilssen-Love, Arashi. New 7” of songs from Matthew Shaw, Silences Of The Night, on Sonic Oyster Records. Unbelievable find of original copies straight from the Nicodemus archive of the legendary Sweet Kelly LP aka Fed Through The Garbage Disposal By Spaceman And Jake on Zedikiah Records!!! Get em while you can! Talweg Untitled cassette on Anarcho Freaks Production. Wizard Ashdod cassette.
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Last copies of the Talweg LP. Marc Barreca LP. Matthew Shaw CD.
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Little Big Chief Records LBCR-012