La Gueule Du Loup
(Fragment Factory - FRAG41) CD $12.75
This high-voltage electronic collaboration is a brutal jump in an ocean of noise steel. Modular synthesizers sing cruelly in the duo’s exploratory and abrasive free improv. La Gueule Du Loup arises rough from the manipulated modules and is propelled immediately into the atmosphere where it becomes virtual plasma. Elements, sounds, tones, micro-tones, and rhythms cohere in order and chaos. Edition of 300
Fill My Body With Flowers And Rice
(Fragment Factory - FRAG39) LP $22.00
Alice Kemp’s cryptic yet coherent body of work includes drawing, painting, objects, sound, audio composition, performance, and beyond. Her first full-length vinyl release, with two collaborations with Rudolf Eb.er of Schimpfluch and Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, provides a stirring and intimate look at her unique world of obscure, tense and delicate sounds. White vinyl. Edition of 300
Mermaid Tarot Deck
(Dame Darcy) Deck Of Cards $30.00
Seventy-eight cards based on the classic Rider deck, illustrated with a mermaid / nautical theme. In a drawstring bag to protect and purify the energy of the cards between use.
(Spring Press - SP15) LP $13.50
This collaboration by two heavyweights draws on the languages of musique concrète, dub, blues, power electronics, free noise and early Italian avant-garde. “Some of the harmonica work is particularly mangled,” notes Volcanic Tongue, “Squeezed through the kind of thunderous tumult of contemporary Whitehouse with protesting tones that sound like Dylan ’66 given a streamroller for a makeover… The bottom end is particularly thick and sticky, more trunk slamming than junk glamming, while a track like ‘Pyjamarama’ recalls the primitive electro-acoustic aktions of Akita-and-Null-era Merzbow.” Edition of 500.
Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
(Thin Wrist - TW-J) LP $19.00
Wooden Bag (Other Music 2015) was all forward momentum, stomping and shaking, but Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock explores percussionist Rick Brown’s long-standing interest in odd and “compound” meters, enhanced by guitarist Che Chen’s modal investigations and melodic / harmonic tendencies. Reinforcements include Cheryl Kingan of The Scene Is Now on baritone and alto saxes; Andrew Lafkas of Todd Capp’s Mystery Train on contrabass; Karen Waltuch of Zeke & Karen on viola; Rolyn Hu of True Primes on trumpet; and Carey Balch of Knoxville’s Give Thanks on floor tom. TEDIUM HOUSE BEST OF 2016.
Oceans / Quarters
(Spring Press - SP30) 10-inch (lathe cut) $27.00
Cold sweats, claustrophobia, and the inevitable swirling comedown the morning after Saturday Night Fever. Numbered edition of 70.
Les Anges Du Péché
(Dysmusie - DYSLP1) LP $20.00
Side-long electric guitar duets, one by Moore and Montera recorded in New York 1997, one by Ranaldo and Montera recorded in Marseille 2010. Gatefold jacket, insert, 180g vinyl.
(Bocian) LP $21.00
Amplified, pulsating sounds of cracked everyday-electronics by former member of Voice Crack, pioneers in the field of sound installation techniques usage in live improvised music. Rhythm is a primal foundation of fuzz_galopp’s texture, based solely on mechanical objects, and its density and powerful dynamics are thrillingly vivid. Recorded live at Espace Multimedia Gatner, Bourgogne, 2010.
Union Of The Supreme Light
(Starlight Furniture Company - *28) LP $20.00
Joining Maurizio and Roberto Opalio on their fourth album for Starlight Furniture Co., legendary French-Corsican guitarist and co-founder of Groupe de Recherche et d’Improvisation Musicales brings his noisy lyricism to three long tracks of oddly sensual and animalistic space howl. As their many past collaborations attest, My Cat Is An Alien’s self-sustaining biosphere is an environment where the surreal dreamscapes of mavericks and eccentrics can flourish. Jean-Marc Montera’s home-made guitar table, various objects, and electronics forge metallic ribbons that twitch between the impossibly distant clangs of gigantic spores, while Maurizio (on home-made double-bodied string instrument and pedal effects) and Roberto (on alientronics, pedal eﬀects, and modiﬁed electronic devices) set worms adrift in a zero-gravity aviary stocked with narcotized satsuma fowl. Roberto adds more disorientation to the trio’s fog-blurred horizon lines with wordless vocalizations that could pass for billowing laments hooted by mutant sea mammals with enoki mushrooms growing on their larynxes. Includes download card. Edition of 350.
Essential Anatomies [Volume 2]
(Elevator Bath - eeaoa042) Cassette $7.50
The duo's second volume expands upon the ideas and techniques of the first, with surprising, nuanced improvisations via samplers and turntables. Rippie and Sheffield sculpt commercial recordings via plunderphonics and electronic sound art into abstract beauty, folding nebulous sound into impressions of musicality. Includes download card. C48. Edition of 100
Convicted Felon Adjusted For Inflation
(Coherent States - CS18) 2xCassette $15.00 (Out-of-stock)
(Coherent States - CS18) Cassette $8.00
A surreal collage of songs, sounds, Barbara Manning’s vocals, voice samples, loops, out-of-context rhythms, field recordings, electronics, cut-up manipulated noises, a cover of The Shaggs’ “Why Do I Feel?”, and anything else which is not considered music, even if it is, and does not need actual instruments to be played, even if they are used. The duo’s twisted orgy of sound borders on audacious, which the phrase “extremely psychedelic” fails to completely encapsulate. C37
Double-cassette edition comes with extra inserts and fragments. Bonus cassette is likewise snapped in half and unplayable.
(Oxen - OXEN034) Cassette $4.50
A confident unleashing of forceful, dissonant, soaring tracks, expertly crafted and structured to sublime and dynamic crescendos of equal parts cut-up, harsh noise and extended harsh noise technique. Peak assault intuition. C10. Edition of 50.
Essential Anatomies [Volume 1]
(Elevator Bath - eeaoa041) Cassette $7.50
Working exclusively with samples, the duo sculpts commercial recordings via plunderphonics and electronic sound art into abstract beauty, folding nebulous sound into impressions of musicality. Includes download card. C48. Edition of 100
Live In Japan
(Oxen - OXEN033) LP (one-sided) $9.50
Adrenaline assault sets recorded May 2016 at Ochiai Soup in Tokyo and at the historic holy land of noise, Namba Bears in Osaka alongside Masonna and Solmania. Some of the best in present-day cut-up / harsh noise, gliding through exploding tensions with the full-force of discordant, noise-squall grenade incursions, trampling ears and minds with a focused and visceral, frenetic fury. Edition of 100
Alvarius B vs Abdel Baqy Byro in Cairo
(Nashazphone - NP020) LP $20.00 (Out-of-stock)
Seemingly tossed-off spontaneity is the intoxicant with which Alvarius B vs Abdel Baqy Byro in Cairo is heavily laced. This 39-minute lenticular collage recalls Tangier-era Burroughs in its concealment of structure behind a veneer of arbitrary free association, with Alvarius B. delivering his take on contemporary behavioral dementia in a style that veers from the nocturnal yammer of legendary somniloquist Dion McGregor to salty neo-Yossarian ravings to the casual vitriol of a misanthrope who knows he’s entertaining. It’s the kind of trip a modern-day Slothrup might take after smoking polyester shrubbery and over-indulging in candiru sushi served by an erotic topiary gardener in exile for masturbating on the wall outside a 19th Century French orphanage — overseen by The Sinister Extemporizer himself, Alan Bishop. It was recorded live all over Cairo (in cars, trains, apartments, garages, cafes, bars, on rooftops, on the street) with a backline that includes little else beyond an acoustic guitar and a radio. Field recordings, glitchy wheeze underpinnings, and snippets of space murble garnish the album, but site-specific stuffing is what gives this kataif its particular flavor: a rapped tribute to the murdered members of a hardcore soccer fanclub; a pas de deux for laptop keyboard and BBC’s coverage of Gaza bombings; public demonstrations against the Muslim-Brotherhood-authored Constitution; Monte Carlo Arabic Service’s mention of the 70th anniversary of El Alamein battle. Bishop’s quilt of screenshots depicts a consciousness informed by an increasingly universal presumption that everything public should be interactive, if only to act as a vessel for contempt. An urbane cannibal fills the twilight bazaar with bacterial karaoke and falsetto bleating slicker than a goat’s uterus before disappearing into the crowd at Snotty’s Chill-Out Pentagram. Turn a corner and it’s an improv duet for acoustic guitar and the pachyderm grind of dirty delivery trucks. All around is mysteriously auto-tuned, proto-mahragan R’n’B crooning right out of a Saharan cellphone rave. A blue-blood places a call to an amplified insect tantrum, and is eavesdropped upon by a seductress loop. Delusional arms suppliers mansplain, as is their wont, and a beautifully dismissive monologue reduces music writers to literary dumbwaiters. The Invisible Hands take a moment to get in touch with their inner Sex Pistol. Prerecorded announcements are abused, quite comedically — the implication being that the only qualifications needed to engage in public discourse (telegenics and a piehole) are grossly insufficient. Alan Bishop stands before you not to praise anything (especially not the pathetic aesthetic championed by pork brosnans and Illuminati blood-drinkers stumbling from one end of their bleachy little swamp to the other, where mediocre meets bland and no amount of chlamydia-flavored tofutti with ground up glass in it will protect them from the constant tularemia rain), but to bury it, deep on the shoreline of Dunning-Kruger, a parting gift from The Sibling Unmoored as he withdraws in disgust. Maybe he’ll return after Ramadan, if only to crack open what’s left of their skulls like crème brulée, harvest the enlarged amygdala, and render tiny portraits of Pepe The Frog onto their lacerated morgellons. Maybe not.
Without Tears: Noise In Theory & Practice
(Throne Heap - TH-OS-3) LP $21.00
Elden M. combines and arranges eclectic sounds, noise frequencies, and electronic music. Sources include manipulated cassettes, a scratched record, distorted feedback originating from amplified junk metal, vocals, pedal and rack effects, synths, drum patterns, and excerpts from a recent live performance. Two inserts. Edition of 400
Superman Dam Fool
(Blak Skul - BSR003) LP $14.50
From 2012 through 2014, The Manateees (with an extra “e” to avoid confusion with some forgettable English DJ group) released single after single on Pelican Pow Wow, Goner, Tic Tac Totally, Jackshack, Ken Rock, and Total Punk. Not a one couldn’t wipe the floor with you; nothing personal, you’re just weak and can’t keep up with inspired raw lunacy. Accept it and move on. The repertoire vocalist-guitarist and Memphis lifer Abe White had built-up over the years — in The Oscars, The Guacos, Everyday Faces, Lover!, and True Sons of Thunder — was recorded with Keith on bass and Charms on drums (same Charms of NOTS fame). Blak Skul’s compilation collects almost all these Memphis-as-fuck singles, and substitutes an alternate version here and there. Edition of 550.
Destroyed On Every Level
(Sploosh - SPLOOSH07) LP $18.00
“Saxnoise like I have never heard before,” according to Mats Gustafsson. “The energy and flow is amazing. This record is fuckin’ evil.” It sounds like children crying, a lonely yet comically energetic balloon orgy, and obese ducks getting electrocuted. Joe Moffett says, “This album is fire. The intensity and complex of sounds is mind-boggling.” Produced by Lasse Marhaug. Edition of 250