Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Spraycan In Space

Manhand MH-102

CD-R
£2.99


”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
Blasted Wavelength (One For Vega And Boss)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


“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
£4.99


“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
£4.99


“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
£4.99


“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.

Willie Lane
Recliner Ragas

Humito HUM-1004

LP
£16.99


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
Pay Yer Rates

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


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
Slaymaker: Blimey Core (Planet Caravan Enthusiasts)

Heroine No Cat

CD-R
£4.99


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
£4.99


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
£4.99


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
£4.99


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
£4.99


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
£4.99


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.