3 TOED SLOTH

... Against The Odds

(Unwucht - UN03) 2x7-inch $16.00

Six previously unreleased tracks of simian stomp, recorded live to half-inch tape in 1993. A planned seven-inch remained unrealized and the reels took a nap for seventeen years until Unwucht came to the rescue. Hand-photocopied gatefold sleeve, with a color postcard. Edition of 295.

BILL DIREEN

Die Bilder Schwimmen In Der See

(Unwucht) 12-inch $17.00 (Out-of-stock)

The third in Unwucht's four-part series that reissues Direen's early '80s seven-inches (this one originally released by Flying Nun in 1982) on twelve-inch vinyl, restored and remastered from different sources, and cut especially loud and deep. High-quality, screen-printed sleeve with reproduction of the original artwork, and additional printed material. Edition of 350.

BILL DIREEN

Soloman's Ball

(Unwucht - UN09) 12-inch $17.00 (Out-of-stock)

The second in Unwucht's four-part series that reissues Direen's early '80s seven-inches (this one originally a private pressing of 100 copies) on twelve-inch vinyl, restored and remastered from different sources, and cut especially loud and deep. Direen and Meek take it slow and easy, layering menace over solid foundations and extending The Bilders' range from the lyrical acoustic harmonies of America to the gothic psychopathy of Son of Cronos, from subtle dub experimentation of "Strange Nights" to the shimmering darkness of "Dead Heat." High-quality, screen-printed sleeve with reproduction of the original artwork, and additional printed material. Edition of 350.

BILL DIREEN

High Thirties Piano

(Unwucht) 12-inch $17.00 (Out-of-stock)

The final installment of Unwucht's four-part series that reissues Direen's early '80s seven-inches (this one originally a private pressing of 100 copies) on twelve-inch vinyl, restored and remastered from different sources, and cut especially loud and deep, and further restructured from an alternate mix containing the previously unreleased track "The Lamp"; an extended, five-and-a-half-minute version of "Kicks"; and two more unreleased songs from a private 1982 session. High-quality, screen-printed sleeve with reproduction of the original artwork, and additional printed material. Edition of 350.

BILL DIREEN

Six Impossible Things

(Unwucht - UN08) 12-inch $17.00 (Out-of-stock)

The first in Unwucht's four-part series that reissues Direen's early '80s seven-inches (this one originally a private pressing of 100 copies) on twelve-inch vinyl, restored and remastered from different sources, and cut especially loud and deep. High-quality, screen-printed sleeve with reproduction of the original artwork. Additional inserts with photos, drawings, and text from private archives. Edition of 350.

IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT

Pretty Totally

(Unwucht - UN02) LP $16.00

After recording their first record, Sounds of Nature (Trd W/D, 1999) as a duo, Impractical Cockpit became a trio, deeply intensified their dynamics, and moved to New Orleans. In full tripod mode, they cranked out infamous ninety-minute live sets, dragging the irregular out of the standard bass-drums-guitar lineup. Their wide open soul-suck sound mixes a retro-boozled howl with the ack ack attack of negative creeps such as Flipper. Their unique punch drunk logic ping-pongs its way through the echo tank and your flimsy human skull. Re-mastered in 2010, first time on vinyl. Packaged in jackets recycled from German thrift shops. Edition of 295.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Never See You Again - Augsburg 1982-85

(Unwucht - UN04) 2x7-inch $20.00

Minimal synth, postpunk, and psychotic beat from the early '80s by three bands featuring Joachim Stender of P.D., Kurzschluss, Permutative Distorsion, Skartrack and l'Aventure Imaginaire. Tracks by Schatten Unter Eis -- from early Casio experiments to Some Bizzare-style synth pop -- reveal rapid development of the band during their short time of existence. The legendary recording of Wahnvorstellung documents the band almost getting thrown off stage by a dumb rock audience. Flow My Tears The Policeman Said is garage rock in a Beauty Contest / Painless Dirties vein, remembered for Stender's mutation into a madman when they performed live. Edition of 110.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Krypton Ten (Christchurch 1981-1987)

(Unwucht - UN06) 2xLP $25.00 (Out-of-stock)

In the early '80s Onset Offset Records of Christchurch, New Zealand, released nine Krypton Hits compilations, most on small-run cassettes, one LP, a seven-inch, and a VHS videocassette, spotlighting brilliant local acts like The Riptoids, G.O.D., The Oxes, and Nick Slick, along with tons of otherwise unavailable material by well known artists like Bill Direen / The Bilders, Scorched Earth Policy and The Puddle, to name but a few. Unwucht's double-LP contains 28 Krypton selections and two archival tracks available for the first time: the full four-minute version of Bill Direen's High Thirties Piano; and a Devo-esque electro-punk track from 1981 by Drowning Is Easy (featuring M.S. Agro, later of the Terminals, on lead vocals). Includes two more early Bilders tracks (as The Cherry Smash and Ritual Sex), Scorched Earth Policy, The Puddle, Ritchie Venus & The Blue Beetles, The Gorillas (Steve McCabe's pre-Axemen high school band), We Too's Crushed Velvet Morning, a George Henderson solo opus from 1982 and tons more. Screen printed gatefold jacket, two pages of never-before-seen photos from the artists' private archives, two double-sided inserts of liner notes. Edition of 330.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

A Range of Greatdividing

(Unwucht - UN01) LP $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

Vinyl reissue of Greatdividing’s comp previously available in cassette and CDR editions. Two previously unreleased tracks from 3 Toed Sloth (with Tom Feedtime on drums), Shoptoprockers, Exiles From Clowntown, Rock Boycott, The Yellow Steed, and Deep Brain Thrombosis. “Primal, guitar scrawl,” yammers Arthur magazine, “With ... free-chug moves that prove Oz is still the sexiest dirtbarge 'neath the meridian.” Screen-printed, diecut jacket.

RITCHIE VENUS

Rocking To The Grave

(Unwucht - UN05) LP $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

Ritchie Venus's accomplishments going back to the mid-'60s include impersonating Elvis, making films, writing 500+ songs, releasing a seven-inch on Flying Nun in 1983, touring with The Troggs, and releasing numerous LPs, singles, cassettes and CDs on Christchurch's Onset Offset, the label he still runs with Campbell McLay. Unwucht's reissue of his 1998 cassette, recorded at home with a drum machine and cheap gear, shows off Venus's talent as a songwriter, musician, singer and arranger. This desperate glance backward at an aging rock singer's career is full of sorrow, failure, and humor (when the last of the audience is dead, he kills his band and rocks on forever). One particular highlight is "Listen, World," written in 1975, with Axemen's Steve McCabe on noise guitar and Patrick Faigan of Say Yes To Apes / Brother Love on drums. Screen printed jacket. Edition of 150.