Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Spraycan In Space

Manhand MH-102

CD-R
£9.99


”76th (and final) instalment in the Sunburned 2008 live series brings us to the new Mystery Train featuring special guests Matthew ‘MV’ Valentine on shred and Matt Krefting (Son Of Earth et al) on speeches. Christmas music for Eddie Quasar. Edit and layout by Sarah.” – MH. Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

MV & EE
Liberty Rose

Child Of Microtones COM-34

CD-R
£14.99


Self-released COM in a numbered run of only 99 copies packaged with full colour sleeves and inserts from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder. Long OOP. A collection of massively dosed studio recordings, Liberty Rose opens with beams of elegiac solo guitar before dropping into a classic slow-burning jag with puffs of echo/delay damaged vocals melting into hallucinatory afterimages while Erika slides quicksilver runs all the way down your spine. “Crow Jane Environs” has a deep desert feel that could almost be Mu if it wasn’t for Erika’s oracular vocals and MV’s post-Takayanagi soloing. The stark, stripped down version of “Death Is My Friend” features a stunning/chilling vocal performance from Erika and Doc Dunn joins the duo for the last two tracks, with “Out In Space” as dazed and lonely as anything on Skip Spence’s Oar and “Streams” featuring clouds of lucid unison vocals that you could disappear inside. I guess at this stage Child Of Microtones has the same relationship to the Ecstatic Peace releases that Richard Youngs’ No Fans imprint has to his releases on Jagjaguwar, functioning as a repository for some of the most psychedelic, experimental and personal music to escape from the personal stash. And this is a major instalment. Dedicated to Dr Ragtime. Highly recommended.

MV & EE with Mick Flower
Hit The North

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


“Fantastic set by Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder from the recent UK tour in February 2010 recorded at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.  On this one the duo are joined by local resident Mick Flower on bass for the whole set and the Doozer provides blues harp on a couple of tracks.  Whilst this is the same line-up and a similar set as those played in Manchester and Coventry a few days later (captured on recent Heroine releases "(Bad) Blood on the Doozer's Guitar" and "Electric Wharf (Conventrian)") this is well worth checking out as it has quite a different sound: more agressive, bit faster and really good mix on the sonics.  Firstly, this 'bootleg' comes from two composite mixes to get it right and it shows with a much clearer recording than some of the other Heroine releases.  The set opens with "Cold Rain" which sounds sublime this time around; Mick's bass is less distorted, you can hear those melodic bass runs properly this time, and this is clearest I have heard Erika's firebird mandolin and lap steel outside of a spectrasound recording.  About four minutes in MV drops a beautiful solo with single melting notes ringing out, great version.  Next up is "Get Right Church" which is the only performance from the set which does not have such a hard edge.  Instead it is a much more authentic blues rendition which reminds me of the electric blues recordings from Chess Studios circa 1950s.  The Doozer's blues harp is simple 3-note riffs but with effective note bending in the style of Junior Wells or Little Watler, and MV's clean, single note solos sound like Hubert Sumlin.  Midway through MV produces some delicate clean wah-wah reminiscent of Hendrix's "Up from the Skies" before bursting into a fuller onslaught for the song's close.  If the versions of this song from the No Floor Tour were blues rock at their finest, then this version is simply electric blues at its finest.  Dedicated to Jo Ann Kelly who I'm sure would have approved.  "Summer Magic" returns to the more frazzled playing on this set with the opening chords being laden in wah-wah and hammered out relentlessly throughout.  Really like the version of "Environments" on this set of shows with the sitar-sounding meanderings going into waves of raga induced chord-like crescendos which whip up a frenzy.  Sounds a bit like a live take on "Jook Enthusiast", the opening track from the latest COM release "Bollywoe". Finally, a few seconds of fuzz signals the descent from "Environments" into one of the heavier versions of "Canned Happiness" I have heard, even without drums.  Not much canned boogie, only a full-on feedback onslaught just to prove they can melt guitars better than Courtis / Moore, yeah right! Only question remains, did Mick Flower's house feature in the top ten middens? Great sonics.  Highly recommended.” – Andrew Ross

MV & EE
Blasted Wavelength (One For Vega And Boss)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


“Deep, dark-edged sounding duo set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder recorded back in November 2010. With so many sets released recently with various augmented line-ups I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoy these duo exchanges. Around this time there were a few acoustic duo shows with Woods but here we are treated to a sublime electric duo version. Opener “Cold Rain” has an extended four minute intro with slightly alternative opening chords and some lucid guitar playing before the familiar finger-picked chords emerge. There’s a nice echoey feel to the vocals which give the track a bit of haunted feel. Slightly different sounding version that is well worth checking out.  Next up is a really trashed version of “I Got Caves In There”. Previous versions with light finger-picked acoustic guitar are replaced by heavy strumming of the chords laden thick with overdrive. MV attacks the strumming guitar almost relentlessly, even when mouth harp is added, giving this quite a dark edge and maybe reminding me of Lou Reed or some loner biker psych record like Purling Hiss.  Again Erika’s vocals sound excellent in the mix laden with vocal FX. This is followed by the recorded live debut of “Crow Jane” originally from “Liberty Rose” (COM34). The picked melancholy guitar chords with the addition of Erika’s almost weeping slide guitar, the eerie sounding vocals combined with the traditional lyrics, give this a real haunting feel reminiscent of traditional dark folk ballads. This segues into a really different version of “Environments” which employs the raga banjo but the initial improvised lines have a real celtic or traditional folk melody to them reminding me of Davy Graham or even Robbie Basho. This then erupts into frantically strummed raga chords creating walls of pure sound. This segues into the set closer of “Huna Cosm” which was one of the highlights of the recent “Steal Yr Slice” tour. That version is played here but with the absence of Mick’s bassline the strummed guitars are replaced by gently picked delicate chords. The result being a sublime fragile version with a real late night loner psych feel to it; Erika’s weeping slide guitar drawing heavy on the soul.
Overall, a set which runs “Cold Rain”, “I Got Caves In There” and “Crow Jane” into “Environments” into “Huna Cosm”. A set which has a real dark or melancholic undercurrent to it –always great to hear how MV&EE can interpret and rework their material in radically different ways – a real keeper for sure. It’s blasted wavelength, it’s alternative frequencies. It’s highly recommended.” – Andrew Ross. 

MV & EE
Alt Hardcore Live

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


“Alternative version of what was originally the Home Comfort LP on Woodsist. Initially this version was only available direct at the shows on the “April Flower” tour. The idea was that this would be the same tracks and running order as the original live compilation Home Comfort LP but with the selected versions chosen from completely different sources. Although all the alternative versions have previously been available as part of their respective shows this compilation has been carefully pieced together with great packaging replicating the original. All versions feature the core line-up of Matthew Valentine, Erika Elder and Mick Flower. Listening to these tracks again out of their original shows or next to tracks from other shows put these into a completely new context and thus a completely different experience for the listener. It’s fascinating to hear another set of three versions of environments sitting alongside each other and comparing the radically different interpretations on different performances. The version from “Hot Breezer” (which was previously un-credited) is a transcendental raga pinned by a high-sounding tabla with eastern blues infused lucid meanderings.  This sounds radically different from the wild version played at the Shambala festival (Hit The Midway (Laser Prosody)) which featured the full deployment of environ drums and space FX.  Another highlight of this compilation is the version of “Get Right Church” from Econoline Natives.  This was initially only available as a super-limited Heroine release and also on last year’s “No Floor Tour” cassette box set on Blackest Rainbow. If you did not manage to secure a copy of either of these then this is reason alone you should check this out as it remains my hands-down favourite version of the track. The compilation has been carefully put together with all tracks being phased together despite coming from different live sources. On the original Home Comfort the versions of “Environments” were edited before being phased together but the full alternative versions are made available here. The cover has also been carefully restored. The original Home Comfort LP was also available in a very limited edition on Woodsist offshoot label Hello Sunshine (HS-001). Compared to the original cover sleeve this was a black and white paste on photocopy. It is this rarer version that has been replicated for the Alt Hardcore cover right down to the detail of the record label address on the back. The compilation also comes with a fold-out printed sheet of all the performances, alternative source and players replicating the sheet of the original. Printed and packaged in a plastic slipcase in the usual Heroine style.  Overall, a worthwhile compilation that works in its own right. It’s alternative home comfort, it’s alternative hardcore.” – Andrew Ross.

MV & EE
Gene Pool

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


“Delightful archival release from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder from the Village Tavern, Mount Pleasant from back in January 2009.  Part of the 20 plus date tour from January 2009 to support the then new Drone Trailer album tentatively titled the Drone Trails tour. Not surprisingly the sets from this tour draw heavily from that album’s material with at least four or five songs included in the setlist. This tour has been fairly well represented so far by previous releases Space, Bill Lee Versus Powerman Or King Tubby’s Homestead, Expo 1 and a personal favourite, the live on air radio show of Mutron Lovers. These sets are all particularly memorable for me as they demonstrate the sonic dynamics of both sounds of the duo format; and this set is no exception. From the stripped, raw, almost primitive sounding numbers of two guitars and vocals next to the numbers where they really push the ‘possibilities’ of the duo format to its extreme with some really exploratory sounds, like two sonic alchemists, trying to recreate the psychedelic sounds of tracks like “Huna Cosm” and “Weatherhead Hollow”. In fact these sets are notable, with the exception of some trio performances with Willie Lane later in the year, as the only recorded live performances of the psychedelic opus that is “Weatherhead Hollow” – a major cause for celebration round these parts. If that wasn’t enough this is a strange recording with, at times, a bit of background noise that seems to add to the occasion including a game of pool. You can even hear the clinking of the balls giving this its Gene Pool title. That said, this is an incredibly clear sounding recording with the vocals really high in the mix and Erika’s pedal steel never sounding better.
The set opens with “The Hungry Stones” played as a delicately finger-picked country folk blues.  The dual vocals sound particularly beautiful on this one mixed with some heart rendering pedal steel guitar and some fat bends on the blues harp; a real treat. Next up is one of the set’s highlights with a sublime version of “Huna Cosm” which can best be described as fragmented deconstructed psychedelic space blues. This is played super slow, like the original studio version, almost collapsing at times and loosely held together by single gently plucked chords laced in space FX. Erika’s pedal steel at times sounds like some kind of electronic oscillator. At 1m phased space vocals appear with echo FX to add to the occasion. Also a great guitar solo on this around 3m with looped backward guitar sounds and delay FX. Compared to recent live versions that sound like some kind of Mississippi swamp blues this is more PK Dick than Howlin’ Wolf. This segues into a real primitive sounding version of Drone Trailer opener “Anyway”, stripped here of its full Golden Road treatment compared to the studio version.  An acoustic driven country rocker with Erika delivering a vocal reminiscent of that one from “Death Is My Friend” (from Liberty Rose - COM34) or even “Freight Train” (from Lunar Blues – COM16).  There are a couple of great frazzled garage fuzz sounding guitar solos from MV at 2m12s and again at 3m50s. Next up is “Cold Rain” with the ‘gene pool’ in full effect adding some strange percussion over the delicately finger-picked chords at the start. There is a really lucid psychedelic solo at 2m53s on this one with backward guitar which is a real treat. The set closes with the other major highlight which is the psychedelic opus known as “Weatherhead Hollow”. Following the dark sounding opening verses at 3m22s, stabs of whiplashing wah-wah guitar appear interspersed with lucid meanderings. This develops into a really loose jam. Towards the end about 8m or so the song breaks into a passage almost solely built around feedback with some really explorative sounds. This is not unlike some of the moments from the guitar triptych from Herbcraft’s recent Ashram To The Stars LP.  At about 11m or so this descends further into strange space guitar, pulsating feedback and the sound of roaring rocket engines. Forget phasers, set sonics to stun. Overall, a set which runs: “The Hungry Stones”, “Huna Cosm”, “Anyway”, “Crowd Control Rap”, “Cold Rain”, “Uranian Ray Request” and “Weatherhead Hollow”. Great mix of dynamics on this one from a great run of shows.  Personal highlights include the real explorative sounds and jams pushing the duo format on numbers like “Huna Cosm” and “Weatherhead Hollow”. It’s deeeep and it’s highly recommended.” – Andrew Ross. 

MV & EE with Muscox
All Good Habs

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


“Totally killer set from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder joined by Canadian Mike ‘Muscox’ Smith. Really recent set recorded at Casa del Popolo, Montreal, QC from April 2011 from a run of three random shows following the April Flower Tour. Been really admiring the bass playing of Muscox lately ever since hearing those bass runs from the archival Double Double Raw set which were pure Jack Casady. Combined with his recent contributions to the Country Stash LP and his acoustic bass playing on “Ease My Eyes” from MV’s solo LP which was so pure and organic I was almost salivating for this one to arrive. And the resounding conclusion is that it is does not disappoint on any level.
Opener “Cold Rain” is simply sublime with the most beautiful interplay between MV’s guitar and Muscox’s bass that is pure Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh. If “Dark Star”-era Dead is your kinda thing then you have got to check this out. The extended four minute intro with the art of weaving between guitar, bass and slide (even incorporating the use of some harmonics) gets me every time. Following the verse this splits into a super psychedelic lucid jam in the middle. So many live versions of “Cold Rain” exist but each time they seem to find a slightly different arrangement that never disappoints – a great version that’s a real keeper for sure. Next up is “Tea Devil” which borrows the Country Stash arrangement but interesting to hear it played slightly differently without Mick Flower. It is mixed up a bit here with more of a start-stop version between stanzas with Erika at times almost whispering the vocals. There is some great guitar with one of those Takashi Mizutani sounding solos at 5m55s as well as those high-end chords mixed with some backward guitar. At about eight minutes or so the song breaks into a fairly lucid jam; there is a great new extended bass lead passageway at the end that is laced with some pretty psychedelic guitar that finally segues into “Crash Palace of Records”. With the exception of “Tea Devil” this is the first live recording of the new material from “Country Stash”.  With Muscox having already applied his trade to the original studio version this is a sweet sounding live version with a great backward guitar solo. If it couldn’t get any better there is a re-worked version of “Environments” which sounds dramatically different to some of the recent live arrangements. It opens with some lucid meanderings on the banjo, but slightly less like the strong eastern raga versions of late, with a slight celtic edge sounding somewhere between Davy Graham and Paul Metzger. This is combined with some space FX sounding slide guitar and subtle walls of intermittent feedback that sound like pulsating orbs. This breaks into some slowly plucked melodic chords which are looped before returning to the banjo. The banjo passages sound much more carefully considered with as much respect for space as flurries of notes, repeating certain passages as if chanced upon. There is also some kosmische flute added courtesy of Muscox which seals the deal, coming over like a cross between Traffic and some meditation jam. At about 7m more frantically strummed raga passages appear accompanied by jazz-like runs on the flute. The addition of percussion at 10 minutes then gives way to the introduction of Muscox’s bass and some beautiful high-end melodies. The frantically strummed walls of raga chords and feedback appear at 11 minutes with MV then swapping banjo for guitar.  The song closes with some light sounding tabla drums, a real organic bass groove and some further wild atonal electric guitar! - this version is really that good. This segues into a real transcendental version of “Drone Trailer” with some delightfully melodic solo expressions from MV mixed with Erika’s pedal steel as part of the song’s extended intro. This is a beautifully restrained version with some heart-breaking harp and Muscox pinning it down throughout. The set closes with the road anthem of “Feelin’ Fine”.
Overall, a set which runs: “Cold Rain”, “Tea Devil” into “Crash Palace Of Records”, “Musk Atom Heart Shout Out”, “Environments” into “Drone Trailer”, and finally “Feelin’ Fine”. This is a great set with personal highlights including the guitar weaving on “Cold Rain”, the lucid jam at the end of “Tea Devil” and a radically different sounding version of “Environments” which works a number of new ideas and themes. For me there’s always something new in each Heroine release but this one feels a bit special. It’s highly recommended.” – Andrew Ross.

MV & EE
Space Homestead

Woodsist 060

LP
£14.99


Stunning new LP from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder with a revolving cast of guest players that includes Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra/Flower-Corsano et al), Doc Dunn, Coot Moon, Asa Irons, Jeremy Earl (Woods), John Moloney (Sunburned), Rafi Bookstaber (Aswara et al), Willie Lane and J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr). Space Homestead feels like the ultimate pulling-together of a buncha conceptual threads that have run through recent MV sides, with a mix of atmospheres and production styles that best showcase the range and depth of the duo’s vision. There are haunting feedback/choralse scored for twin lap steels that mix Kraut drones with the pointillist kosmische of Scorces, acoustic barn-burners with vocals that are as narcoleptic and F/X dosed as anything on Spacemen 3’s Perfect Prescription, harmonica/jug band stomps and hollers and a buncha massively extended jams that trade rhythmic confusion for the feel of laminal environments that confuse live jams with brain-boggling studio/tape creations. Indeed, some of the heaviest tracks – “Sweet Sure Gone”, “Porchlight>Leaves” – are credited as being recorded across several studios and several time periods, giving the set a parallel Anthem Of The Sun feel, with a sidereal production style that blends hallucinatory studio spectra with bandstand rocking live jams. Best of all, MV gets plenty of solo space and by this point the arc of his trails lead all the way to a re-formulation of fuzz that owes as much to Sonny Sharrock, Ray Russell and Masayuki Takayanagi as it does to Crazy Horse and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Space Homestead feels like the apex of the MV trip to date and is very highly recommended!

Willie Lane
Recliner Ragas

Humito HUM-1004

LP
£18.99


Stunningly rendered deluxe vinyl upgrade for what was originally Willie Lane’s debut 2006 solo album released as a limited CD-R on MV&EE’s Child Of Microtones imprint: Willie Lane’s guitar stylings orbit a similar blues cosmos to Matt Valentine, with string concepts that draw as much from Loren Mazzacane, Pat Kilroy and Conny Veit as they do from late Fahey. Lane is a record hound of considerable renown and has osmosed a whole raft of backwards alphabets in his time, meaning that the arc of his various instrumental compositions is never as straightforward as your average folk-toking guitar slinger. The atmosphere here is as spectral as a your favourite worn through 78, albeit tarred with a muzz of deep-space gloop, and the way he navigates cold, bleak space with nothing but thin breaths of silver makes for a pretty unique throatful of gum. Totally great. Features a guest appearance from Erika Elder on cumbus and flute. Produced by Matt Valentine in MV Spectrasound and with classy liner notes from MV too. Highly recommended!

MV & EE
Custard Tone

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Fantastic live recording from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder’s recent 2012 UK tour: massively extended form here, with stretch-out versions of album tracks that confuse notions of time and space with all of the cold, dark majesty of Sandy Bull-plays-Taj Mahal Travellers. A version of “Workingman’s Smile” that is pure desert/country/soul, an epic take on “Shit’s Creek”, a massive “Too Far To See>Too Far Jam>Tea Devil” and, especially, an internally explosive finale “Environments>Feelin’ Fine”. Recorded in Bristol 9/23/12. Highly recommended!

MV & EE
Leave It On

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


A very special duo set with an inspired, one-off track listing from a particularly euphoric and open-ended show at Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY 10/20/11: this is an absolute blast and a real fan pay-off with a great Dylan ’65/early Airplane reading of “Flow My Ray” giving way to a mind-boggling jam that runs through “I Got Caves In There” into “Space Caves” and into Dylan’s “Simple Twist Of Fate” which in turn gives way to an amazing version of “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie”. From there we get a dynamic “Feedback” into a particularly dosed “Environments” into “Tea Jam”. This one has hardly been off the table and is classic ‘good feelin’’ set from this always inspired duo. Highly recommended!

MV & EE
Pay Yer Rates

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Massively-heavy duo set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder: recorded 10/26/09 at The Elevens, Northampton, MA in dazzling Spectrasound this one has a raggedy avant country edge with acoustic zoners that explode into fuzz and some super-downer acoustic improvisations that have a hillbilly Incus edge illuminated by very intimate vocals and some of their most hushed space environments. Great set list that runs from “Home Comfort” into a stunning “Jacked Up>Jacked Jam>Mine All Troubled Blues>In The Mines Jam>Feelin’ Jam>Environments>Feelin’ Fine” motherlode jam. Highly recommended! 

MV & EE with Smokehound
Pilot Wash (Herod The Great)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Amazing deep-space pristine live recording from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder with Smokehound on drums: this was recorded at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit, MI on 8/6/12 and it’s a spectacular stone. The sound quality is simply fantastic, super clear but with enough smoke to smudge the sonics. Some of the environments are massively dislocated, with looped space drums and the kinda elemental atmospherics of Angus MacLise-plays-Takehisa Kosugi. The slide guitars are particularly lucid and the way MV and EE’s vocals twine around each other is fairly exhilarating. Fantastic set list too, with inspired raps and definitive rips through core material like “Workingman’s Smile”, “Shit’s Creek”, an amazing “Too Far To See>Too Far Jam>Common Ground” jam and a final “Wandering Nomad>Environments>Feelin’ Fine.” Highly recommended! 

MV & EE
Slaymaker: Blimey Core (Planet Caravan Enthusiasts)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Beautiful live duo set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder on their own Heroine imprint: recorded with the full Home Comfort Sound System at the Custard Factory, Birmingham on 19/9/12, this is a massively psychedelic blat, with MV surfing waves of tactile fuzz and ripping endless post-Takayanagi/Kaneko shapes from out of the air before moving into full-on dosed country hunch. Maximalist track listing runs through “Workingman’s Smile”, “Shit’s Creek”, “Too Far To See > Jam > Cold Rain”, “Environments > Space Drums > Feelin’ Fine”. Recommended. 

MV & EE
Like Jet Ski On Sherbert: Cloudland Comeback

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Hands-down skullfuck classic live set from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder on their own Heroine imprint: beautifully recorded live at Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN on 28/10/12 this set sees the duo at their furthest out and at their most beautifully poised. Incredible extended elegiac versions of  “Workingman’s Smile”, “Shit’s Creek”, “Turbine”, “Too Far To See > Jam” and a mind-blowing hi-fi “Environments > Feelin’ Fine” that has to be heard to be believed, with the duo floating all the way out on beams of almost Japanese drone clouds. A monster, highly recommended. 

MV & EE
You Bring The Piece?

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Full-bore Home Comfort Sound System live jag from the duo of Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder: recorded at the Crypt De L’Eglise Notre-Dame La Croix on 13/9/12 the sound is pure caves-in-there with a heavy cultic feel and a dark, slowly expansive atmosphere cut with almost Maggot Brain-level mind destruction and peaking Industrial strength drones that give way to zoned raga/modal fade-outs. Track listing runs; “Workingman’s Smile”, “Too Far To See > Jam > Turbine”, “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie”, “Anyway”, “Environments > Space Drums > Feelin’ Fine”, “Get Right Church”. Recommended. 

MV & EE w/Rafi
Fried Peninsular (Low Country Cabbage)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Trio set blow-out from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder w/Rafi Bookstaber of Aswara/Death Chants et al: recorded live at Tin Roof, Charleston, SC. on 25/10/12 this is a massively extended jam set, with tracks sighing into each other before building to amazing Angus MacLise-plays-the-songs-of-Henry-Flynt F/X. Opens with “Tea Devil” and “Shit’s Creek” before dissolving into an overwhelming endless=endless jams that runs through “Leaves > Jam > Fire On The Mountain > Environments > Feelin’ Fine”. A monster, recommended. 

MV & EE w/Rafi
Snowballs (Cojones I.O.U.)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Major trio line-up live jag from Matthew Valentine, Erika Elder and Rafi Bookstaber of Aswara/Death Chants et al: recorded in the taper’s pit by Cory Rayborn of Three Lobed Recordings at Glenwood Coffee & Books, Greensboro, NC. 23/10/12 this is a dazzling non-stop single jam that starts off w/swampy psychedelic blues and ends up flying straight into the face of the sun with a massive free-flowing set that runs “Tea Devil > Space Jam > Shit’s Creek . Fire On The Mountain > Environments > Feelin’ Fine. Recommended!

MV & EE with Smokehound
Soaked

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£6.99


Amazing trio psych-out set from Matthew Valentine, Erika Elder and Smokehound on drums recorded live at the Electric Eclectics Festival in Meaford, On. Canada on 3/8/12. Some quality raps on this and great audience goofs cut with a tight, small band sound and great sonics. Extended versions of “Workingman’s Smile”, “Shit’s Creek” and “Common Ground” into a final expansive “Wandering Nomad > Environments” that has a euphoric Twisted Village crude pop/psych crunch. Recommended. 

MV & EE
Home Comfort Sound System: UK/Europe 2012

Child Of Microtones COM-40

9xCD-R Box Set
£69.99


Massive/deluxe 9xCD-R set in an edition of only 99 copies: Home Comfort Sound System is a stunning document of the major shows they played across the UK and Europe in 2012 when they travelled with their own hand built PA sound system and analog visual environment. This is the full live Spectrasound experience for the first time ever and the results are dazzling, with massively extended shows that range from far-out navigations of the apex of the country-punk duo incarnation through almost orchestral psychedelic trio settings with Mick Flower of Flower-Corsano/Vibracathedral Orchestra et al on electric bass. Single and double disc full shows from Madrid, Manchester, Gerlesborg, Amsterdam, Campsea Ashe and Leeds. The set comes packaged in handmade fold out art packaging with every disc with its own sleeve and a beautiful 20 page book filled with interviews, photos, track notes etc. A massive labour of love and a stunning instalment in the on-going COM saga, still one of the key private/artist run imprints of the modern age. Highest possible recommendation!