Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Carlos Giffoni
Welcome Home

Important Records IMPREC-064

CD
£10.99


Great retrospective of Giffoni’s (Monotract/No Fun et al) recent thought – 2002-2005 – recorded straight to hard drive and scored for a fist of fucked electro-murk and buzzsaw digital gliss. Somewhere between Merzbow circa Noisembryo and Decaer Ping circa yesterday. Features guest appearances from Peter Rehberg and Dino Felipe. Full-colour hard card gatefold sleeve with art by Maya Miller of Double Leopards/Religious Knives.

Carlos Giffoni
I Am Real

No Fun 02

LP
£12.99


Beautifully crude LP from the spark behind New York’s already-legendary No Fun Fest and collaborator with players like Dylan Nyoukis and Thurston Moore. Wild electronic churn cut with a glue of ginchy almost-melody that gives the whole thing the repetitive psychoactive edge of the faultiest minimalism. An all-night flight spent licking batteries and huffing lighter fluid. Second release on the newly-minted No Fun label, packaged primitive-punk style. Edition of 300, no re-press ever.

Carlos Giffoni & Lasse Marhaug
Lesbian Brunch

Archive #29

CD
£10.99


Limited edition of 500 copies of a duo studio session between Monotract/No Fun electro-yob Carlos Giffoni and Lasse Marhaug of Jazzkammer/Nash Kontrol et al. Fuzzy, intensely-compacted blocks of noise give way to pounding Industrial electro rhythms and fireflies of cracked electrics in a way that is satisfyingly stupe. Packaged in the usual classy fold-out full-colour Archive art sleeves.

Cline/Giffoni/Licht/Ranaldo
Nothing Makes Any Sense

No Fun NFP-28

CD
£8.99


“A constantly shifting and engaging long-form piece of developed drone, foreboding melody, and harsh grit, Nothing Makes Any Sense finds Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Nels Cline (Nels Cline Singers, Wilco), and Alan Licht pushing their guitars into a cacophonous state that bears much influence from the post-jazz fields they've all cut their teeth in, but also bearing down a forceful brutality that has sometimes eluded their past material. While Carlos Giffoni uses his analog Synth mastery to adequately contend and mesh seamlessly with the trio of strings, letting his analog noise pulsate and pierce with its own sense of contained stampede.” – NF.

Carlos Giffoni
Zamuro

Important Records Imprec-191

LP
£12.99


”Limited edition of 300 copies in a heavy stock screen printed jacket. A Zamuro is a dark South American vulture of great size. Zamuro is also a solo composition piece for portable synth and analog filter. Side A on this LP is a live realization of this piece recorded at the Compound in San Francisco in 2006 (Mastered by Lasse Marhaug). Carlos composed and performed this piece live on several tours in the US/Europe/Japan all trough out 2006 and 2007, if you saw him live in those two years this is the piece he performed. This was the most complete version of it that made it to tape. Side B is a studio piece recorded live on a much larger modular synth, based around the same theme, but with structural and tonal variations not in the original composition. .This is pure psychedelic electronic music. Cover illustration by Megan Ellis. Screen printed at Monoroid.” – IR.

Carlos Giffoni
The Absence Of Essence

Arbor #99

2x7”
£11.99


“Carlos Giffoni’s heavy synthesizer work recalls the crushing, massiveness of early industrial music. Completely consuming the air around it with heavy vibrations and total deprivation. These four tracks rip holes through the sonic barriers, loud and powerful but with entrancing subtleties and discreet builds. The nature of the 7” format does not harm Giffoni’s work which normally exists in extended lengths; instead very succinct and unwavering compositions result: creating four vignettes of grey industrial zones. As the person responsible for No Fun Productions and the No Fun Fest, this Brooklyn transplants presence in the current progression of the genre is undeniable. In an edition of 400 2x7”(one on white vinyl and one on black) sets in gatefold sleeves with art by Maya Miller of Heavy Tapes/Religious Knives.” – Arbor.

Prurient & Carlos Giffoni
Heavy Rain Returns

Ideal Recordings Ideal-030

CD
£8.99


New collaboration between Carlos Giffoni and Dominik Fernow. Starts off in an intense, minimal-beats Suicide style before Dominik erupts with classic Beelzebub throat contortions and Giffoni lays out blankets of loud chattering insect invasion over what has got to be the ginchiest rhythmic base ever eviscerated by Prurient. Levels of fuzz are beautifully eruptive and the second track gets even further into the whole "we're all Frankies/we're all lying in hell" feel.

Merzbow + Carlos Giffoni
Synth Destruction

Important Records

CD
£8.99


Outrageously heavy live collaboration between Masami Akita's Merzbow project and Carlos Giffoni of Monotract/No Fun et al. Recorded live during Giffoni's Synth Destruction tour of Japan in September 2006, the set is all-analog, with huge pile-ups of singing circuitry bleeding into expressways of non-stop gush.

Carlos Giffoni
Severance

Hospital Productions HOS-253

CD
£10.99


"After developing his calling card on Adult Life and the eternal releases Carlos Giffoni defines his signature with compositional electronic music. Melding the analog drone colliding tonality of the past expressions and introducing minimalist sequencer details a pure electronic landscape is cultivated that nurtures the formation a man makes in stepping from the mysteries of youth into adulthood." - HP.

No Fun Acid
This Is No Fun Acid 3

No Label No Cat

CD
£10.99


Limited tour-only CD from Carlos Giffoni’s new solo project dedicated to primitive techno and acid house. Two minimal tracks that combine Industrial drones with squiggles, beats and synthesized wormholes.

Konx-Om-Pax
Optimo Tracks

Display Copy DSP-001

CD
£6.99


Edition of 200 hand-numbered copies self-released CD from Glasgow’s Konx-Om-Pax aka digital artist Tom Scholefield, best known in the VT universe for his artwork on Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rifts 2xCD. Optimo Tracks consists of work specially composed for an installation at the Optimo Espacio club night in March 2009. The tracks move from tortured and treated avant rock through sublime Coil/NWW style driftworks and mangled Industrial pile-up, the last of which gets a totally wonked No Fun Acid remix courtesy of Carlos Giffoni.

Merzbow & John Wiese
Free Piano/Hypersomnia

Helicopter/Misanthropic Agenda H-37/MAR-011

7" Picture Disc
£8.99


Limited hand-numbered picture disc single with two collaborative tracks from John Wiese and Masami Akita aka Merzbow. Edition of 500 copies.

Merzbow/Sutcliffe Jugend/Satori
Split

Cold Spring Records CSR-102

CD
£7.99


New three-way split between a bunch of premier-league post-Industrial noise outfits, with a monolithic 14 minute track from Masami Akita’s Merzbow paired with “Pigmother” from Sutcliffe Jugend and “Paralysis (Hypnopompic Mix)” from Satori. Released on the occasion of the Merzbow, Sutcliffe Jügend and Satori gig at ULU, London, 19th April 2008. Edition of 1000 copies.

Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts
Kibbutz

Urashima No Cat

LP
£18.99


Major limited edition white vinyl reissue (hand-numbered edition of only 199 copies) of what was originally an ultra-limited 1983 ADN cassette that came packaged in a bloodied hanky: anyone who came up on the later Merzbow sides may be a little surprised at the improvisatory electro-acoustic nature of some of the amazing early jams, mostly cut in the company of Kazuyuki K Null or Akita’s high school buddy Kiyoshi Mizutani. Kibbutz is one of the hands-down highlights of Merzbow’s early crude psychedelic Industrial style, with the duo of Akita and Mizutani playing guitar, drums, effects and keyboards. At points the levels of string violence exceed your fantasy of a free-metal Cale/Conrad/MacLise summit with cluster-fucked bulldozing keyboard work and constantly fluxing drone, at others it feels like an iron-clad Sun Ra Arkestra travelling the spaceways. The drums/guitar work is truly punk primitive, with the atom-smashing style of The Dead C, Harry Pussy or The Blue Humans complete with cro-magnon rhythms, sudden dive-bombings solos and a liberated post-free jazz mindset.  If you’ve never checked in on the early Merzbow acid/industrial rock sound then Kibbutz presents it at an absolute peak, still one of the wildest and most formally fucked rock/noise of any era. So great to see this massive set on vinyl, highly recommended! 

Merzbow
Collection 009

Urashima UMA-052

LP
£14.99


Fantastic archival trove from Masami Akita’s Merzbow, restoring heady/ritualistic electro-acoustic works from 1981 in an edition of only 199 copies: this sounds nothing like the walls of electronic noise that constitute ‘classic’ Merzbow sides like Noisembryo and is drawn from re-processed live sessions from Akita and early duo partner Kiyoshi Mizutani that were originally presented as part of the legendary 10 cassette set, Merzbow – Collection. The effect is much subtler and more hallucinogenic than later works, with sound sources drawn from recorded tapes, audio feedback, percussion, metal and other acoustic instruments. Indeed the first side has a haunted basil Kirchin/early Nurse With Wound feel with a distant, forlorn piano dosed with high feedback tones and skittering tape edits including eerie snatches of opera song before bleeding into what could almost be a recording of Ornette’s Town Hall gig as recorded through six feet of concrete. There’s a hazy appeal to the recording that somehow softens the electro/acoustic barbarity and at points the improvised sounds are closer to something like, say, a Japanese take on the Music Improvisation Company than Violent Onsen Geisha. I still maintain that the early Merzbow acoustic duo sides are some of the most exciting and inventive of Akita’s career and this is a massively persuasive side, a potent combination of noise, free improvisation, electro-acoustic composition and industrial surrealism that at the time had little parallel outside of possibly Nurse With Wound. The set comes pressed on 140g vinyl in a black silver silkscreen sleeve on luxury 160g paper. Highly recommended.