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Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 12/20/21

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New music is due from Eleh, Mette Rasmussen and Pak Yan Lau, and Fine Place, while old music is due from I-Roy, Masonna, and Fennesz.

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17 NORTH PARADE
VP 4201LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: VP 4201LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ISAACS, GREGORY Mr. Isaacs LP
2019 reissue. Originally released in 1977. "Among the most important full-length album works from one of reggae's greatest singers, Mr. Isaacs shows the great Gregory Isaacs in the prime of his career in 1976. Better known for his love songs, Isaacs was equally adept at cultural themes. The tracks 'Set The Captives Free' and 'Slave Master' are among the most popular in his catalog, the latter immortalized on film in the movie Rockers. The track 'Storm' became an early dancehall favorite, its rhythm track reimagined no fewer than 75 times over the last 40 years. Isaacs' love of rocksteady shines in his cover of the Silvertones' 'Smile,' and his soulful side comes through on a cover of The Temptations' 'Get Ready.' The breadth of material on Mr. Isaacs is the hallmark of a reggae classic."
4 MEN WITH BEARDS
4M 230LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: 4M 230LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WIFFEN, DAVID David Wiffen LP
2021 restock. "Canadian singer/song writer David Wiffen's 1971 self-titled album, originally released on Fantasy Records, is now being reissued by 4 Men With Beards. The album is a showcase for David's rich baritone voice and his world weary, laid back songs. Standout tracks include the classic 'Driving Wheel' covered by Tom Rush, The Byrds, The Jayhawks, Roger McGuinn and The Cowboy Junkies among many others, plus the openly confessional 'More Often Than Not' and 'I've Got A Ticket'. A underground folk/chamber pop classic reissued on 180 gram vinyl."
4M 232LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: 4M 232LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NEIL, FRED Sessions LP
2021 restock. "Released in 1967, Sessions is the follow-up to Fred Neil's classic self-titled solo album. Although the long, meandering, raga influenced songs on Sessions are a bit perplexing at first, the album's rewards increase with each subsequent listening session. Neil's vocal performances are astounding and the album as a whole is a meditative experience. An under-rated LP from one of American folk's finest voices." On 180 gram vinyl.
4M 244LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: 4M 244LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PICKETT, WILSON Hey Jude LP
2021 restock. "Hey Jude is the classic 1969 release by Wilson Pickett cut with the Muscle Shoals session crew while Duane Allman added his intense, bluesy guitar to the mix. This album of hard southern soul features Pickett in top form with his powerful vocals featured on soul tunes such as 'A Man and a Half' and 'Toe Hold' alongside choice rock covers including the title track and 'Born to Be Wild.' Reissued on 180-gram vinyl with tip-on jacket by 4 Men With Beards."
4M 531LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: 4M 531LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MONOCHROME SET, THE Love Zombies LP
2021 restock. "Love Zombies is the second long player from English post-punk group, The Monochrome Set. It was the band's second full length album in less than a year's time, released originally in 1980. Featuring a slightly less jarring, more accessible sound than the debut, the group described the album in the original liner notes as 'an unashamed look at their weird lives.....their wild loves...in a jazz-haunted, desire-tormented world.' Another post-punk classic." On 180 gram vinyl.
4M 805LP
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: 4M 805LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MAYFIELD, PERCY My Jug And I LP
2021 restock. "This 1966 record is the first of 2 albums Percy Mayfield recorded for Ray Charles' Tangerine label. A masterful songwriter who's touching blues ballad 'Please Send Me Someone To Love' was a number one R&B hit in 1950, Mayfield was Ray Charles's favorite author during the '60s handing him such gems as 'Hit The Road Jack' and 'At The Club' and so was signed to the Genius' label. A true master at expressing the innermost feelings, tangled with vulnerability and sensibility: 'Life Is Suicide' and 'River's Invitation' are two perfect examples that, along with the wonderful title track, are both included in this timeless classic." On 180 gram records.
ADARCE RECORDS (SPAIN)
ADC 009LP
PRICE: $31.50
CAT #: ADC 009LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Instrumental Gems Vol. 3: Spanish Bossa Nova 1972/1977 LP
The third installment of Adarce Records Instrumental Gems compilations is out, focused on discovering treasures of instrumental music recorded in Spain during the '60s and '70s. Those were years when a significant number of orchestras and dance ensembles proliferated in Spain, most of which barely managed to press their songs on vinyl, but if you look deeper into the catalog of small labels of the time or self-released singles, you find pieces of undoubted quality. Many did not have a commercial course since the orchestras used them basically on a promotional level to get concerts or generate copyright, and it is for this reason that they are so hard to find for collectors of the genre. Most authors opted for pasodoble, swing, groove and Spanish soul, being bossa nova a genre less used in their compositions. The purpose of this compilation is to highlight a hidden treasure among those wonderful EPs, instrumental jewels that drink from the simplicity of bossa, to flirt with hotter rhythms close to Latin jazz, an explosive mix hidden in the 14 cuts of the LP. Features Ramón Gil, Orquesta Mario Sellés, Dany Roy And His Band, Nick Wilson, Conjunto Nueva Onda, Rafael Martínez, Lorca-Saboya, Orquesta Tamba 8, Red-Key, Unidades, Conjunto: Olivino, Elipse, Play Boys, and Antonio Barco.
ADC 010LP
PRICE: $31.50
CAT #: ADC 010LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ROS, PACO Clasicos Con Ritmo LP
Adarce Records presents the reissue of Clásicos Con Ritmo by Paco Ros. Originally released in 1978 on Discos Maller, still sounds as special and out of time as when it was released; a strange album that has become one of the most sought-after jewels -- and most hard to find -- for lovers of Spanish groove. Clásicos Con Ritmo offers a mix of sounds that range from a kind of analog pre-Balearic to something similar to library music, passing through a slow cadence groove based on sinuous layers of Hammond organ, Fender pianos, vibraphones and xylophones. During the 11 songs on the album, Paco Ros revisits his life trajectory through memories: his Valencian childhood in Godella, his professional beginnings in Madrid and his musical adventures as a backing band, his return to Valencia -- where he would form Los 4 Ros, then simply the Ros -- to finally take refuge in his Mallorcan retreat, cradled between party rooms, hotel discotheques and endless sunrises, moved as always by his infinite love for music.
AKENATON (EGYPT)
AKENAT 002LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: AKENAT 002LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Cambodian Nuggets LP
2021 repress. Before the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, unleashing a horrifying genocide, Cambodia had one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes in Asia. With a mixture of traditional Khmer music and a myriad of western genres (from French and Latin music, to rock-and-roll, rhythm-and-blues, surf, psychedelia, soul, and many more) the few pre 75 Cambodian recordings that survived -- most of them were destroyed -- are enough to make anyone with a taste for good music shocked by the amazing quality of the sounds created during those golden years. Gathered on Cambodian Nuggets are some of the most talented and unique musicians from that amazing era with an explosive collection of tracks sure to blow the mind of the listener. A celebration of some of the best music ever made. Features Ros Serey Sothea, Yol Aularong, Pan Ron, Tet Somnang & Meas Samon, Houy Meas & Dara Chom Chan, Choun Malai, Sinn Sisamouth, Liev Tuk, Thra Kha Band, Yol Aularong & Liev Tuk, Eng Nary, and Baksey Cham Krong + Mol Kamach. Edition of 500.
AKENAT 003LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: AKENAT 003LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Singapore Nuggets. The Ladies LP
Limited restock. During the '60s and early '70s, Singapore had one of most vibrant and interesting music scenes in Asia and even the world, and this compilation presents undeniable proof of it. Focusing exclusively on the female presence on the scene (be it as solo singers, backed by other bands or as band leaders), Singapore Nuggets. The Ladies presents such and amazing collection of songs many will be shocked by the sheer genius of this ladies. Ranging from naive pop to fuzzed-out garage (and more!) all within the confines of Pop Yeh-Yeh, the fresh, colorful, local sound of '60s Singapore, in which western influences and Chinese, Arabic, and Indian sounds were mixed by locals to create a wonderfully idiosyncratic style. A must! Features Chew Yan And The Stylers, Lim Ling & Silvertones, Grace Lee And The Stylers, Violet Tang & Saints, Rita Chao & Quests, Sakura, Naomi & The Boys, Linda Yong And The Silvertones, Patrina with Maurice Patton & Melodians, Liu Hui Yun, Evey Lyn & The Siglap Five, Teresa Khoo & Her Five Notes, Doris Ang & The Sandboys, and Shang Guan Su Shen.
ALGA MARGHEN (ITALY)
NMN 165LP
PRICE: $38.50
CAT #: NMN 165LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
CALVO, MANUEL El Artilugio LP
Alga Marghen presents the uncompromising El Artilugio, a previously unreleased sonic assault presented in 1968 under the auspices of Walter Marchetti's Zaj in Madrid. Manuel Calvo was a forerunner and a protagonist of geometric abstract painting in Spain between the '50s and the '60s. His personal poetic research was close to that of other artists developing the principles of an analytical art in opposition to the main currents of informal art and lyrical abstraction. Experiences that projected Calvo in a more international dimension, especially through the short but significant collaboration with Galerie Denise René in Paris, a leading European art gallery in that period and catalyst for artists producing geometric abstraction, kinetic art and optical art. The end of the collaboration with Denis René, as well as a short stay in Brazil at the beginning of the military dictatorship, led Calvo on one hand to a critical vision of the established art system and its dynamics, and on the other hand to the radicalization of his libertarian ideas and the upturning of his artistic strategies. Back in Spain, in 1966 and 1967 he decided to become independent from the art system by opening a studio in Calle Alcantara in Madrid and transform it into a taller-exposición, or a laboratory where he could held a permanent exhibition of his works. A space open to public with no temporal limits aiming to reverse the functional paradigm of a standard exhibition space. Calvo was attracted by the idea of using light and movement as materials for his work, a principle originated from kinetic art which he discovered while in Paris some years earlier, and at the same time he wanted to criticize the mechanistic, repetitive and predictable process of cause and effect as the only factor activating people's perception in front of these kinetic artworks. With these premises Calvo created for this space El Artilugio, a participatory permanent installation where the effects of light variations were randomly activated through simple buttons by a no-longer passive audience. This way the installation not only became an open structure with unlimited possibilities of random variations, but through the use of a reel-to-reel recording machine and a pre-recorded magnetic tape it also introduced a sound element, activated during the process, something that represented an absolutely new element within that cultural specific context. The idea came after finding an old electric engine at the Rastro, the ancient flea market in Madrid. A young Catalan anarchist who worked as electrician and who was passing by the taller-exposición in Calle Alcantara managed to repair it and make it work. Once the engine had been started through a process similar to the one used for the lights, Calvo recorded its parasitic noises which he would then reproduce through the reel-to-reel machine during the participatory installation. To this first sonic component of the tape he associated, by contrast, a second part with the recording of an Austrian soprano singer reading out phonems, alliterations of single words, tongue twisters and texts in different languages, repeated in an obsessive way in a style similar to sound poetry. The tape ends with a coda of parasitic noises from the engine, still manipulated with push-buttons, fading out in a glissando. Gatefold sleeve; includes LP-size, eight-page booklet with exclusive photos from the installation as well as a text by Gabriele Bonomo; edition of 250.
BLACK SWEAT RECORDS (ITALY)
BS 058LP
PRICE: $26.50
CAT #: BS 058LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
CHERRY, DON Om Shanti Om LP
2021 repress; LP version. An amazing document of the life experiment that was the Organic Music Society. This super quality audio, recorded by RAI (the Italian public broadcasting company) in 1976 for television, documents a quartet concert focused on vocals compositions and improvisations. Here, Don Cherry and his family-community's musical belief emerges in its simplicity, with the desire to merge the knowledge and stimuli gained during numerous travels across the World in a single sound experience. Don's pocket-trumpet is melted with the beats of the great Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, the Italian guitar of Gian Piero Pramaggiore, and the tanpura drone of Moki. A pure hippie aesthetic, like in an intimate ceremony, filters a magical encounter between Eastern and Western civilizations, offering different suggestions of sound mysticism: natural acoustics in which individual instruments and voices are part of a wider pan-tribal consciousness. A desert Western landscape marries Asian and Latin atmospheres. Indigenous contributions with berimbau explorations find fossil sounds of rattles and clap-hands invocations. Influences of Indian mantra singing are combined with eternal African voices or with folkish-Latin guitar rhythms, while flute and drums evoke distant dances. In the Organic Music everything becomes an act of devotion and love, an ecstatic dwell in the dimension of a sacred free-rejoice.
BS 068LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: BS 068LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
LANERI, ROBERTO South Of No Border LP
LP version. Roberto Laneri's works always convey a clear artistic certainty: a total composer with an eclectic cultural background. In this latest adventure it seems to propose a kind of weird and curious exotica music; his Mediterranean ragas release glows and shadows, but the music plays more the plateaus of the Maghreb than the Indus Valley. Like a sorcerer piper, the sax shapes alchemy and hypnotic phrasing become: vague dances of camels, ecstatic progressions of an aboriginal vortex or a mystic Arabesque tropicalisms. He doesn't neglect his training as a jazz clarinetist, with gentle and smooth orchestral veins that are decidedly retrò and old-style; remembering the dreamlike compositions of Nino Rota for Fellini's movies. There is no lack of esoteric voices from distant islands, Amazonian soundscapes, or rocking Brazilian moods. Laneri filters hidden traces of different traditions, creating unknown geographical syntheses without borders, furious extrapolations of compositional elements and famous themes misrepresentations. A visionary gaze, but also a good dose of ironic pleasure and fairytale humor. Not surprisingly, the original cover art of Noura Tafeche does nothing but suggest the idea of a tasty psychedelic fruit-salad.
BORN BAD RECORDS (FRANCE)
BORNBAD 082LP
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: BORNBAD 082LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NARDINI/EDDIE WARNER/ROGER ROGER, NINO Alexis Le-Tan & Jess Presents Studio Ganaro: Space Oddities (1972-1982) LP
2021 restock; LP version. Includes printed inner sleeve and download code. During the '60s and '70s, three distinguished old gentlemen who had built their careers playing "made in France" exotic jazz -- Roger Roger (1911-1995), Nino Nardini (1912-1994), and Eddie Warner (1917-1982) -- met every evening in the Ganaro recording studio, playing like kids with their new toys: souped-up keyboards that looked more like prototypes of spaceships to explore the Milky Way. Flying high on whimsical and joyful inspiration, the improbable trio used their strange instruments to sketch out the beginnings of something that, at that time, resembled the future of music; this set collects their productions from 1972-1982. With their library productions, Roger and Nardini made a clean break with rigid French traditions, via compositions featuring unexpected instruments like the harpsichord, marimba, and Ondioline, and, later the first analog synthesizers, oscillators, and other electronic keyboards. Nardini got deeply into musique concrète in the early '60s, as put forward by Pierre Schaeffer (who had just founded the Groupe de Recherches Musicales or GRM), popularized by Pierre Henry, and twisted by the whimsical Jean-Jacques Perrey. Roger and Nardini's Ganaro studio in Jouy-en-Josas, southwest of Paris, became the scene of magical nightly sessions of experimentation, in the company of their friend Eddie Warner. The acquisition of a Moog synthesizer brought these pioneers of electronic music to a new level. Roger Roger manufactured his own punch cards to invent new sounds. Then, in 1969, under the pseudonym of Cecil Leuter, he published the albums Pop Electronique and TVMusic 101 (with Nardini), two truly avant-garde "100% electronic" discs that anticipate the hegemony of machines in pop music, from space disco in the late '70s to the electro funk of the early '80s. The duo composed more than 40 albums (including the incredible Informatic 2000 (1982)) for specialized labels including Chappell Music, Southern Library of Recorded Music, Neuilly, L'Illustration Musicale (Eddie and Hannelore Warner's label, which published, notably, The Strange World of Bernard Fèvre in 1977), Mondiophone, Hachette, Musax, and Crea Sound Ltd. A veritable Atlantis of electronic music, rediscovered at the turn of the 21st century by electronic artists like Barry 7 of Add N to (X) with his Connectors series and Luke Vibert with his Nuggets compilations. Jess and Alexis Le Tan contributed a bit as well, digging up a few gems from "Ganaro's Nights," tracks composed with joy and humility by a merry trio of 60-somethings for whom making music was always a source of amusement and wonder.
BORNBAD 105LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: BORNBAD 105LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Chebran Volume 2: French Boogie 1979-1982 2LP
2021 restock; Double LP version. Includes insert. Born Bad Records present the second volume Chebran, a series focusing on French boogie. The French in the '80s were not faint-hearted: as some threw themselves heart and soul into music or business, others wouldn't mind going bottomless to get themselves noticed. While Bernard Tapie soon realized his own fortune was rather to be found in business, many music-loving dreamers already imagined themselves in the sun, in an enchanting world made of funky rhythms and synthesizers. While the French National Front was growing in the shadow of François Mitterrand, these guys mixed New York-style funk with electronic, Eastern, or African sounds. With their genre-crossing arrangements and often chanted lyrics, they brought honor to the "SOS Racisme" generation, unconsciously outlining the nascent French contemporary urban culture. The French, while admiring Grace Jones' "savage beauty" in Jean-Paul Goude's advertisements, were enjoying their freshly-gained fifth week of paid vacation, tanning on the beaches of Maghreb. Following The Clash's example, punks and rockers converted to reggae, and the new independent radios opened up their programming to "world music". At the other end of the pyramid, the successive waves of immigration enriched France in a much better way. With the rise of "Youth and Culture Centers", the practice of musical instruments became affordable for those of humble background, allowing for new bands to appear. Caught between the spirit of Gallic bawdiness and their own community hopes, the musicians from this singular scene probably didn't succeed in life the way Bernard Tapie meant it. But their explorations left no room for doubt: by facilitating the rise of a new hybrid culture about to give birth, among others, to French hip-hop, those little-known artists indeed were off on an adventure, quite simply. Since the '60s, numerous venues destined for the North-African community had appeared all over France. In those bars and nightclubs, Eastern 45s were broadcast as well as local productions combining Raï, Frenchy funk, or proto-hip-hop. Thanks to the cassette tape medium, new songs kept circulating between Paris, Lille, Strasbourg, Marseilles, and many other urban areas -- mainly among the working class. The artists appearing on these compilations progressively shaped a new style, blending sounds from their original cultures and from their adopted country. Features Phil Barney, JM Black, Ettika, Sammy Massamba, Shams Dinn, Alfio Scandurra, Philippe Chany, Nordine Staiffi, Brigitte Et Michot, Alec Mansion, Marie Jose Fa, Hamidou, Ganawa, Creole Star, Manu, Ethnie, and Joel Ferrati.
BORNBAD 128LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: BORNBAD 128LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
STAR FEMININE BAND Star Feminine Band LP
2021 restock; LP version. Includes six-page booklet and download code. Without warning, a group of young girls from a remote region of Benin is shaking up the world of garage rock with breathtaking freshness, ingenuity and energy, playing spot-on, loud and clear. A musician named André Baleguemon decided to form an exclusively female band rooted in the concerns of its time. He puts the spotlight on the guitar, drums, and keyboard, instruments he has admired since his childhood, symbols of modernity in this remote region. Originally from Tchaourou, a vast commune located in central eastern Benin, André Balaguemon developed a passion for music at a very young age. During the 1990s, he joined the Sam 11 Orchestra in Parakou, in the northeastern part of the country. In 1999, he spent some time in Cotonou before settling in the northwest, in order to reconnect with his roots and musical passions. On July 25th, 2016, with the support of the city of Natitingou, André launched a press release on Nanto FM offering to help train girls in music for free. Since the independence era, having your own instruments has always been the prerequisite of any self-respected African orchestra. The girls have already performed dozens of concerts in the region, forging and expanding an already solid repertoire, while attracting an ever-increasing local audience. In addition to musical progress, he has been personally involved with each family, showing them the importance of his project, both musically and humanly and in particular the fact that each girl must remain in school and not be forced into marriage. There are very few female bands in the history of popular African music. If the Amazones de Guinée, la Famille Bassavé, and les Colombes de la Révolution in Burkina, the Soeurs Comoë in Ivory Coast or the Lijadu Sisters in Nigeria notably come to mind, Star Feminine Band has no equivalent in Benin. The originality, carefree attitude, freedom, and above all the talent of these young girls is undeniable. At the end of 2018, their encounter with the young French sound engineer Jérémie Verdier accelerated the course of things. On a mission in the region, he called on his Spanish friends Juan Toran and Juan Serra who showed up with their recording equipment in order to record the band's first songs in the annex of the local museum. Random encounters and fate led Jean-Baptiste Guillot to hear the tapes.
BORNBAD 139LP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: BORNBAD 139LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA WIZZZ! French Psychorama 1966-1974 Volume 4 LP
2021 restock. LP version. Includes six-page booklet (liner notes English/French). Includes download code. The Wizzz! saga continues with a fresh selection of '60s and '70s rarities gathered from the unchartered nooks of the French-pop galaxy. Al Awni Bouarane, better known as Abdelwahab Doukkali, was one of the greatest figures of Middle-Eastern music. "Je Suis Jaloux", sung in French, was released on the label Philips in 1967. "Tom" -- a crepuscular mid-tempo with a touch of soul produced for Barclay in 1968 -- is François Bernheim's first solo release. Michel Handson signs this B-side with a touch of hip-hop in 1973 for the label Butterfly. This track from the Swede Matty Kemer's only single, a tribute to freedom and aviation, was recorded for the label Disque d'Or. Gilles Janeyrand's track was recorded in 1969 at the Studio des Dames. Albert-Henri Rykaert aka Alain Ricar was a comedian, singer, and songwriter, performing in cabarets or for the theatre, in Paris and in Belgium, then on RTB (Belgian TV). Paul Dupret captivates with the debonair B-side of the one and only single he released for the label Vogue in 1970. Richard Hertel's first single as a singer on the label Liberty, "Patatras Hola", also sees him play the drums and organ. Perfect groove, amused lyrics, and atonal gimmick. From a mainly folk corpus emerges Michel Didier's flashy cover of "Rainbow Chaser" by the English band Nirvana, here renamed "Comme un arc-en-ciel", is soaked in trippy effects by Jean-Claude Vannier. "Vedette international" is the work of the mysterious Liberatore. Alain Serco signs a frantic homage to his best friend Kiki, the B-side of his sole single, released on South Records at the beginning of the '70s. Gérard Gray, sensitive to rare or exotic instruments, search for a "different" sound and put together demos tinkering with a Revox tape deck and a variety of objects. "Le Grand Méchant Loup" by François Faray revisits Charles Perrault's tale of sexual liberation, yielding an ambitious glam-rock track. Patrice Lamy is a romantic singer from Lausanne. "Laisse-moi médire que je t'aime" is the B-side of his third record. The Tunisian crooner K.R. Nagati's "Sidi Bou" pays tribute to a summer romance and the town of Sidi Bou Saïd, perched on the cliffs overlooking Carthage and Gulf of Tunis. Les Missiles are a group of four buddies from the city of Oran (Algeria). The band's sound veers towards garage, or even pre-psychedelic music, filled with sound effects.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 038LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: BB 038LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CLUSTER Curiosum LP
2021 restock. LP version with color inner sleeve and liner notes by Asmus Tietchens. Originally released on Sky Records in 1981, Bureau B reissues Cluster's Curiosum -- the sixth duo collaboration between Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Curiosum was to mark a departure to pastures new. Little did they know that this would be their last release for the next nine years. Curiosum was launched into an atmosphere of musical turbulence. Electronic sounds had become commonplace in pop music and the voice of Cluster could barely be heard through the noise of a new generation of music. Curiosum is a decidedly tranquil, almost melancholy album -- quiet being the operative word, as Cluster slipped out of the limelight. It was recorded in rudimentary fashion in Austria, now home to Roedelius. This is Cluster music at its most serene, a sense of profound humility running through the seven tracks of the LP. It says a lot about the state of mind of the two musicians, allied to the fact that this was the first time they chose to mix outside of Conny Plank's studio where, in the past, the finishing touches had been applied. Roedelius and Moebius laid their cards on the table for all to see, offering up Curiosum as an honest, unadorned selection of tracks, free of artifice and preconception. The album represented a return to the virtues of their early work (when Cluster was written with a "K"), random and spontaneous. Curiosum is nothing if not a curiosity, wholly resistant to the cacophonous zeitgeist of the early '80s, stripped down and keenly focused on perfect shapes. This is Cluster's swan-song to the past.
BB 158LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: BB 158LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GROSSKOPF, HARALD Synthesist LP
2021 restock; LP version. "Harald Grosskopf was in his early twenties when LSD 'blew [his] reality away,' as he recalls. Born in Hildesheim in 1949, he had previously drummed in fairly conventional rock bands, most recently for Wallenstein. Their label-boss Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser was fond of facilitating jam sessions for musicians on his Ohr und Pilz label, often supplying his 'cosmic couriers' with LSD (unbeknown to them, on occasion). In one such session, the drug inspired something of an epiphany in Grosskopf: 'There I was playing the drums when, in the midst of my euphoria, I realized that I had been imitating other drummers. Suddenly a voice spoke to me: stop trying to sound like Billy Cobham or Ginger Baker. From that moment on I felt liberated, free to drum without having to shine in a particular role.' Having discovered his own musical identity, Harald Grosskopf understood that a standard rock combo was not the ideal conduit through which to express it. Grosskopf: 'I was completely in thrall to electronic music and the total freedom that it offered. This was the music I wanted to create. I knew it would be a success, the energy levels were so high.' Grosskopf consequently left Wallenstein. 'I fell into a hole at first, wondering what I was going to do. So I sold my prized drum kit and used the money to buy a guitar, amp and echo device.' A few days later, the doorbell rang. It was Manuel Göttsching, on his way back to Berlin from a tour of France. They knew each other from Berlin's electronic scene and recording sessions for the likes of Ash Ra Tempel. Göttsching invited Grosskopf to sign up for his new project Ashra and the rest is history: Ashra (Grosskopf, Gottsching, Lutz Ulbrich alias Luul) released a series of successful albums in the years that followed. It was not until the summer of 1979, however, that he finally felt ready to release a solo album. Synthesist comprises eight instrumentals, recorded largely by Grosskopf on his own. His melodies, carried along by synthesizers and drums, were reminiscent of works by Berlin electronic friends such as Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, as well as those 'cosmic' sessions of the early 1970s -- yet each melody retains a unique timbre. Synthesist is thus regarded as a classic by electronic music enthusiasts all over the world, evoking a thrilling musical era of the past with equal capacity to excite today." --Christoph Dallach
BURNING SOUNDS (UK)
BSR 941R-LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: BSR 941R-LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CAMPBELL, AL No More Running (Red Vinyl) LP
"1979 album from Al Campbell pressed on red vinyl. Produced by Phil Pratt and featuring Sly & Robbie, Tommy McCook, Vin Gordon and more."
BSR 948R-LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: BSR 948R-LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CAMPBELL, AL Rainy Days (Red Vinyl) LP
"1978 album from Al Campbell pressed on red vinyl."
CASSAUNA
SAUNA 069CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: SAUNA 069CS
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
THUMMLER, BRIAN Ghost Birds Cassette
Brian Thummler's Ghost Birds combines piano improvisations and noise to create a uniquely compelling musical duality. These seven pieces, selected by John Brien, are inspired by a lifetime of experience, art and poetry as well as Cage, Merzbow, Satie, Sun Ra. Ghost Birds takes flight with experimental simplicity. The interaction of noise and piano, a synergy that also pushes and pulls, creates profound musical dimensions available to the attentive listener. Ghost Birds was recorded in a studio and on an enclosed porch where an old, noisy out of tune upright grand piano lives. Traffic sounds seep in and plant themselves in the recording while the human soul empties into the piano. Who is Brian Thummler? To quote the poet Lu Yu, he is "the old man who does as he pleases." Handmade, letterpressed O card slip sleeve.
COLUMBIA
CS 9106HLP
PRICE: $21.50
CAT #: CS 9106HLP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DAVIS, MILES My Funny Valentine - Miles Davis In Concert LP
2021 restock. 180 gram reissue of this 1964 concert. "These five lengthy tracks (specifically, 'All of You,' 'Stella by Starlight,' 'All Blues,' 'I Thought About You,' and the title cut) put the emphasis on the lyricism of Davis, along with some strong statements from tenor saxophonist George Coleman and freer moments from the young rhythm section of pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams." --AllMusic
CS 9217HLP
PRICE: $21.50
CAT #: CS 9217HLP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HOUSE, SON Father Of Folk Blues (180 Gram Vinyl) LP
2021 restock; 180 gram reissue of the first album of Delta blues legend Son House on the Columbia label, originally released in 1965. Canned Heat founding member Al Wilson appears. Includes the 9+ minute closing track "Levee Camp Moan."
DIE SCHACHTEL (ITALY)
DS 042-1LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: DS 042-1LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALTER EGO + MATMOS Pranam - A(Round) Giacinto Scelsi LP
Diving into the archives of Alter Ego -? the experimental ensemble of Manuel Zurria, Paolo Ravaglia, Aldo Campagnari, Francesco Dillon, Oscar Pizzo, Fulvia Ricevuto, and Eugenio Vatta -? Die Schachtel present Pranam ? A(Round) Giacinto Scelsi, a never before released body of recordings interpreting the works of the legendary Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, made with Matmos (Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel) in 2005. Resting at the outer reaches of avant?garde chamber and electronic music -? moving at a glacial pace of tightly wound energy -? Pranam's two sides radically rethink the terms electroacoustic music in ways that still feel radically ahead of their time, more than 15 years after they were first laid to tape. A modular chamber ensemble with a pointedly antiacademic approach to music, over the course of its activities -? running roughly between 1990 and 2010 -? Alter Ego developed a devoted following among some of the most forward thinking voices in experimental music, all the while collaborating widely with artists spanning a vast range of practices and disciplines, including Robin Rimbaud, Philip Jeck, Pan Sonic, Gavin Bryars, Andrew Hooker, William Basinski, David Moss, Alvin Curran, Terry Riley, and near countless number of others. Alter Ego's diverse activities can be understood as interventions with the disposition toward formality within contemporary chamber music, often pairing themselves with artists working well beyond their own context as a means to develop highly original interpretations of a specific composer's work. In 2005, this process led them to invite Matmos to collaborate on a series of interpretations of works by the legendary Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. Realized in collaboration with The Fondazione Isabella Scelsi, which holds Giacinto Scelsi's archives, and performed at the Festival Roma Europa and the Festival Aeterforum during May of 2005, the album's four works ?- "Estratti dal Quartetto per archi n.3" (1963), "Ko?Lho" (1966), "Riti: I Funerali di Carlo Magno A.D. 814" (1976), "Aitsi" (1974) -? shift the boundaries of 20th Century chamber music toward markedly new and contemporary terms, incorporating everything from the sounds of the Revox tape machine that Scelsi used to record his own improvisations and processed electronics, to the plastic trumpets used by fans during football matches. From intertwining, shifting lone?tones that render startling resonances and dissonances, to passages guided by a vast pallet of electronics and flurries of acoustic sounds, joined as a single ensemble, across the two sides of Pranam, Alter Ego and Matmos infuse these four works by Scelsi with humor and playfulness, while retaining all the urgency and rigor with which they were initially composed. Edition of 350.
DS 042-2LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: DS 042-2LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ALTER EGO + PAN SONIC Microwaves LP
Diving into the archives of Alter Ego -? the Italian experimental ensemble of Manuel Zurria, Paolo Ravaglia, Aldo Campagnari, Francesco Dillon, Oscar Pizzo, and Eugenio Vatta -? Die Schachtel present Microwaves, a never before released body of recordings of works composed by Atli Ingólfsson, Giovanni Verrando, Yan Maresz, and Riccardo Nova, made with Pan Sonic (Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen) in 2005. Resting at the outer reaches of avant?garde chamber and electronic music, the LP's blistering structures, tones, and textures ?- plowing forward with frenetic energy ?- remain radical and ahead of their time, more than 15 years after they were first laid to tape. A modular chamber ensemble with a pointedly antiacademic approach to music, over the course of its activities -? running roughly between 1990 and 2010 -? Alter Ego developed a devoted following among some of the most forward-thinking voices in experimental music. Alter Ego's diverse activities can be understood as interventions with the disposition toward formality within contemporary chamber music, often pairing themselves with artists working well beyond their own context as a means to develop highly original interpretations of a specific composer's work. In 2004, this process led them to instigate a collaboration Pan Sonic, the Finnish duo of Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen, pioneers of a remarkably distinct form of rhythmic, experimental electronic music, and regarded by many as one of the most visionary and irreverent projects working in the field during the '90s and 2000s. Initially conceived with Fausto Romitelli in 2004 before being sidelined by the composer's untimely passing the following year, Microwaves acts, in part, a remembrance in sound, featuring four works by some of his closest friends, the composers Atli Ingólfsson, Giovanni Verrando, Yan Maresz, and Riccardo Nova. Each composition, Ingólfsson's "Snap", Verrando's "Harmonic Domains #3", Maresz's "Link", and Nova's "Thirteen13x8@Terror Generating Deity", have roots in a pallet of samples and fragments drawn by each composer from existing works by Pan Sonic. Upon completion, these compositions then entered into a collaborative process between Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen (Pan Sonic) and Alter Ego (Manuel Zurria, Paolo Ravaglia, Aldo Campagnari, Francesco Dillon, Oscar Pizzo, and Eugenio Vatta), and were performed collectively by both groups during an extensive tour that year. Distinct and free?standing, while operating as a seamless whole, the four works encountered across the album's two sides ?- built from the sounds of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, electronics, and further treatments -? present an engrossing intersection between electronic and acoustic sound that diverges from most standing conceptions of electroacoustic music. Edition of 350.
DIGIKILLER
DKR 217EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: DKR 217EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CREOLE Fishers of Man/Walls of Jericho 12"
"Previously unreleased. The definition of deep roots, here are a pair of almost never before heard tracks from the mythical Creole. Recorded at the same late '70s session as the legendary 'Beware', this is the kind of music that DKR exists to forward. The A-side 'Fishers of Man' is an extended mix, while the B-side 'Walls of Jericho' is a vocal cut followed by a synth added version retrieved from dubplate. The vocal cuts are the band's personal rough mixes, which thankfully survived to now be heard. These tracks were meant for an LP that never materialized, but the full story of Creole will soon be told."
DKR 223EP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: DKR 223EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CHINAFRICA Declaration of Rights/Bababoom 12"
"A-side previously unreleased. Chinafrica was one of the most unique groups in reggae history, started in the early '80s by Wayne Chin after the disbanding of his first group, the mighty Creole. The full story of Creole and Chinafrica will soon be told, watch this site. But to kick it off here is a killer double sider. The A-side is a previously unreleased extended cut, the band's personal rough mix and the only surviving recording, of their wicked version of one of the best roots tunes of all time, 'Declaration of Rights.' The B-side is one we have long considered a great underrated piece of late '80s digital, an '87 style cut to the Jamaican classic 'Bababoom.' This was originally and scarcely released only in Jamaica, on a 45 on Sonic Sounds' in-house Thunderbolt imprint. Always on the cutting edge, Wayne Chin was an early adopter of digital reggae, and had a full MIDI studio setup in New York in the late '80s."
EL PALMAS MUSIC (SPAIN)
ELPALMAS 012LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: ELPALMAS 012LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
JAGUAR Madremonte LP
Jaguar mine the sounds of the Colombian Caribbean and global dance sub cultures on a debut album that veers between psychedelic salsa, taut cumbia-disco and zouk party jams. Rave culture never hit Colombia in the '90s -- an internal civil war and a music industry fixated on blandness and payola made sure of that -- but if it had then Jaguar would have been one of its leading lights. On their debut album this Colombian duo excavate the sound of their country's dancefloors, uniting the classy, brassy sounds of cumbia, porro and salsa with the earthier DIY vibrations coming from Afro-Colombian street parties on the coast, melodies and guitar lines learnt from imported African vinyl filtered through drum machines and hand-painted picó sound systems with the bass so high it threatens to knock you over. The twosome mark out their stall on album opener "Bailalo Tu También" (You Dance It, Too), urging all to come and dance on a tune that references champeta (the #1 sound of Afro-Colombian block parties), zouk and calypso, as well as doffing a cap to disco and Brit funk. The cumbia card comes out on "Contra La Corriente" (Against The Tide) with its subtle influences of global bass and minimal post-disco. "Ten Presente" (Keep In Mind) represents another side step, a salsa orchestra stripped down to just vocals, percussion, killer horn section and raspy charango. "Guadalupe" offers a message of hope that one day the inequality, poverty and neglect that is everyday life for many people in Colombia will be diminished by getting behind the same cause. Driven by an '80s-inspired zouk beat, they dream of there one day being a united people with the strength to fight back against the authorities. This dichotomy of emotions crops up again on "Siguele El Paso" (Keep Up), a pure Caribbean groove that is impossibly infectious with lyrics that speak of keeping those hips moving but can't help but mention reality, the protagonist of the song dodging bullets and nefarious forces while still keeping their rhythm on the dance floor. It's a perfect encapsulation of Jaguar's modus operandi, this is music to make you dance, but it remains grounded, in Colombian and Caribbean musical idioms as well as the hard times that many Colombians are living through.
ELPALMAS 015LP
PRICE: $34.00
CAT #: ELPALMAS 015LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
FRANK Y SUS INQUIETOS Frank y Sus Inquietos LP
Venezuelan aggressive guaguanco originally released in 1967 and reissued for the very first time. Frank y Sus Inquietos is a little-commented Venezuelan treasure in our time, an amazing, almost unknown jewel of Venezuelan hard salsa, treasured with zeal by music lovers of all times. This group is evidence of the musical communion of the young Caracas of the late '60s with the sounds of the Caribbean in their nascent marriage with urban aggressiveness. As a result of these meetings of "friends who played instruments" such as congas, bongos, piano, timbales and their fiery discharges on the top floor of Block 3 of La Silsa, a building located in this humble and highly populated Caracas popular area, the repertoire of songs by the homonym Frank y Sus Inquietos (1969), with an exquisite imagination and brimming with vitality, authentic vocals and choirs, overwhelming percussion, strong bass and fierce piano conducted by Frank González.
GOOFIN'
GOO 017CS
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: GOO 017CS
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SONIC YOUTH Daydream Nation Cassette
Cassette version. "Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth's sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely considered to be their watershed moment, the album catapulted them into the mainstream and proved that indie bands could enjoy wide commercial success without compromising their artistic vision. More recently, Daydream Nation has been recognized as a classic of its time: Pitchfork ranked it #1 on their '100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s'; Spin listed it at #13 on their '125 Best Albums of 1985-2010'; Rolling Stone put it at #45 on their '100 Best Albums of the Eighties' list and #328 on their '500 Greatest Albums of All Time.' It was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in 2006. 2007 saw the release of an expanded four-disc vinyl box set, but now the album is back in its original form after years of being out of print and highly sought after. As a special 21st century bonus, the vinyl now includes a digital download card -- radical adults rejoice!"
GOT KINDA LOST RECORDS (SPAIN)
GKL 010CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: GKL 010CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MAGI Win or Lose CD
Got Kinda Lost Records present the first-time authorized reissue of Magi's Win or Lose, originally released in 1976. A killer slice of privately-pressed Midwestern hard rock. Featuring Tom Stevens (of Long Ryders fame) on bass. Reissue of Rust Belt hard rockers Magi's (pronounced ?m?-?j?) 1976 privately-pressed, hard rock nugget, Win or Lose, originally issued on the infamous Uncle Dirty's Sound Machine label. Win or Lose carries similar glimmers to other vulgar, pre-PC, mid-American rock whose stock-in-trade boy-meets-girl early rock n' roll topics could easily be pulled from the Rock 101 playbook, but Magi was more than mired in muscle and machismo. Magi displayed the general insouciance, hormones, and discontent of their age, but also a concerned and wounded heart underneath the veneer, much less common to the field. While essentially a meat-and-potatoes hard rock record, the album flies closer to the early '70s beginnings of the genre (with nuance and psychedelic hangover in tow), when the definition was less rigidly and generically defined, and is additionally expertly sequenced across its eight strong tracks, improved by a masterful mix and remaster by T. Dallas Reed, utilizing a reel-to-reel from the original recording sessions. In-depth and informative liner notes by Jeremy Cargill (Got Kinda Lost, NTS Radio) and an introduction penned by the late Patrick "The Lama" Lundborg (The Acid Archives. As the uncredited seeker who penned the original rear sleeve text expressed... "Energy is apparent, the subtleties are there, listen, there's no question how they feel! Feel it with them! Feel the Magi!" "... quite contemporary in style for its 1976 release year. Regional and local bands tend to lag behind dominating music trends by a few years, but Magi's sound seems entirely in line with then popular acts like Aerosmith, early KISS, and maybe Ted Nugent" --Patrick "The Lama" Lundborg (The Acid Archives).
GKL 010LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: GKL 010LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MAGI Win or Lose LP
LP version. Includes download card. Got Kinda Lost Records present the first-time authorized reissue of Magi's Win or Lose, originally released in 1976. A killer slice of privately-pressed Midwestern hard rock. Featuring Tom Stevens (of Long Ryders fame) on bass. Reissue of Rust Belt hard rockers Magi's (pronounced ?m?-?j?) 1976 privately-pressed, hard rock nugget, Win or Lose, originally issued on the infamous Uncle Dirty's Sound Machine label. Win or Lose carries similar glimmers to other vulgar, pre-PC, mid-American rock whose stock-in-trade boy-meets-girl early rock n' roll topics could easily be pulled from the Rock 101 playbook, but Magi was more than mired in muscle and machismo. Magi displayed the general insouciance, hormones, and discontent of their age, but also a concerned and wounded heart underneath the veneer, much less common to the field. While essentially a meat-and-potatoes hard rock record, the album flies closer to the early '70s beginnings of the genre (with nuance and psychedelic hangover in tow), when the definition was less rigidly and generically defined, and is additionally expertly sequenced across its eight strong tracks, improved by a masterful mix and remaster by T. Dallas Reed, utilizing a reel-to-reel from the original recording sessions. In-depth and informative liner notes by Jeremy Cargill (Got Kinda Lost, NTS Radio) and an introduction penned by the late Patrick "The Lama" Lundborg (The Acid Archives. As the uncredited seeker who penned the original rear sleeve text expressed... "Energy is apparent, the subtleties are there, listen, there's no question how they feel! Feel it with them! Feel the Magi!" "... quite contemporary in style for its 1976 release year. Regional and local bands tend to lag behind dominating music trends by a few years, but Magi's sound seems entirely in line with then popular acts like Aerosmith, early KISS, and maybe Ted Nugent" --Patrick "The Lama" Lundborg (The Acid Archives).
GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN)
GUESS 038CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: GUESS 038CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MANCO, BARIS 2023 CD
2021 repress. From 1975, this is Baris Manço's masterpiece -- a stunning, cosmic, psychedelic, groovy conceptual album with fantastic electronics and a strong Turkish folk flavor, as usual. This is the first official, proper CD reissue, and it comes with a booklet with liner notes and photos.
GUESS 048LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: GUESS 048LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
FAPARDOKLY Fapardokly LP
2021 restock. Reissue of Farpardokly's self-titled release, originally released in 1967. Fapardokly is probably regarded as the most important release in Merrell Fankhauser's long career, and an absolute collector's item. The band recorded about 30 tracks in a small studio in Palmdale, California, from 1965 to 1967, when the owner of the studio decided to release an album with some of these tracks. With such different recording dates, you find here different sounds -- organized '60s pop, jangly folk-rock, psychedelia -- a truly fantastic album that finally gets, for the first time, a legit vinyl reissue and with the original artwork. Comes with an insert featuring photo from Merrell's personal archive, and liner notes by him as well.
GUESS 157LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: GUESS 157LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
TAPIMAN Tapiman LP
2021 repress. Guerssen Records present a reissue of Tapiman's self-titled release, originally released in 1971. First reissued on vinyl by Guerssen in 2003 and long out of print, here's a new, deluxe edition of this Spanish monster rarity. Legendary psychedelic hard-rock album from 1971 with prog and blues influences by this extremely underground hard-rocking power trio from Barcelona. Line-up features Max Sunyer on killer guitar (later in Iceberg), and Tapi on drums (just after leaving pioneering psych band Maquina). Newly remastered sound; Hard cardboard sleeve and obi; Includes reproduction of the original promo poster and four-page insert with an interview with Max Sunyer plus many unseen photos. RIYL: Black Sabbath, Cream, Mountain, Thin Lizzy, Amboy Dukes.
GUESS 183LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: GUESS 183LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HAYMARKET SQUARE Magic Lantern LP
Originally from Chicago, Haymarket Square released in 1968 one of the rarest vinyl artifacts from the US underground psychedelic scene: the Magic Lantern album. Originally conceived as the soundtrack to a psychedelic lightshow art installation, the album offers crude, dark, psychedelic rock featuring trippy fuzzed-out/wah guitars, male-female vocals and long tracks. Newly remastered sound, insert with liner notes, repro of the ultra-rare Baron & Bailey Lightshow poster. New repress in hard cardboard sleeve; OBI; resealable outer sleeve."Magic Lantern is as fine a display of American psychedelia as late-60s albums by It's a Beautiful Day and Jefferson Airplane. This will appeal to fans of the fuzzed-out guitar antics of Cream and Blue Cheer." --Dean McFarlane (AllMusic)
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
HPS 115CD
PRICE: $16.50
CAT #: HPS 115CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ACID MAMMOTH Under Acid Hoof CD
One year after its release in 2020, Heavy Psych Sounds release Under Acid Hoof on CD, featuring two bonus tracks, "Far Harad" and a live version of "White Hag". "Far Harad" is an instrumental track that was recorded at the same time as Under Acid Hoof. Like the title suggests, imagine a horde of raging giant Mumakil marching towards you with evil intentions. It was initially meant as an extension of the song "Jack the Riffer", but was later decided to be split and stand on its own as a track. It's heavy and it's fuzzy, incorporating all the elements that made Under Acid Hoof sound great. "White Hag" was recorded live right after the first Covid lockdown at a live stream gig the band did at Temple Athens. The song is the opening of our 2017 self-titled debut full-length album and the first Acid Mammoth song ever written.
HOLIDAYS RECORDS (ITALY)
HOL 127LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: HOL 127LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
RASSMUSSEN AND PAK YAN LAU, METTE Traditional Noise LP
A collaboration between two up and coming stars of experimental music -- Mette Rasmussen and Pak Yan Lau -- offering glimpses of probable futures of improvisation. Recorded in Antwerp during late 2017, Traditional Noise features Rasmussen on alto sax, preparations, objects, voice, and Lau on toy pianos, synth, sampler, modified wok, typatune, and electronics, locked in an evolving, conversant sound expanse that pointedly avoids the explicitly musical as the two artists bristle against each other, delivering textural and tonal interventions defined by careful restrain and space. Edition of 300.Mette Rasmussen is a Danish saxophone player based in Trondheim, Norway, who first gained attention as a member of Trio Riot, before increasingly branching out as solo artist, working with the likes of Alan Silva, Chris Corsano, Fire! Orchestra, Tashi Dorji, and Ken Vandermark. Drawing from a wide range of influences, from free jazz to textural sound work, Rasmussen's practice delves into the exploration of the natural rawness of her instrument and its capacity for expression, with and without preparations.Based in Brussels, Pak Yan Lau is a sound artist, improviser, musician, and composer. Over the last decade, she has developed her own singular sonic universe blending acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic approaches and working both as a vocalist, as well as with prepared pianos, toy pianos, synths, electronics and various sound objects across a number of solo efforts, in addition to live and recorded collaborations with Chris Corsano, Akira Sakata, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Rie Nakajima, and Darin Gray.
HOL 132LP
PRICE: $29.50
CAT #: HOL 132LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SAKATA AND GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO, AKIRA And Life Also Same LP + 7"
A mind-blowing collaborative artefact from the long-standing, prolific partnership between the seminal Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata and the Italian pianist and composer Giovanni Di Domenico. While most of Di Domenico's recent releases have veered toward the electronic and electroacoustic realm, And Life Also Same -- stretching across a full LP and a 7" -- refreshingly encounters him returning to his roots as an absolutely brilliant pianist. Recorded in May of 2018 at Studio 107, Radio France, both players are in top form, firing out complex arrangements and clusters of tonal interventions that collide in a stunning display of conversant artistry, ranging from restrained passages within which Sakata delivers beautiful primal vocalizations backed by the patterns of Di Domenico's notes, to full on hard blow free jazz fire. Music can be studied on the road. And life also same. Edition of 300.Born in 1945 and trained as a marine biologist, for decades Akira Sakata has stood at the forefront of Japanese jazz and improvisation, first emerging during the early '70s as a member of the Yamashita Yosuke Trio, before venturing out as a solo performer, recording widely and collaborating with a vast number of distinguished players from the global scene.Giovanni Di Domenico, currently based in Brussels, over the last two decades has emerged as a definitive voice, bridging improvised music and advanced forms of electroacoustic music, producing a discography of critically heralded solo efforts, and intimate collaborations with Jim O'Rourke, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Arve Henriksen, Alexandra Grimal, Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, and others. His collaboration with Sakata began during the 2010s and has since produced nine releases with numerous configurations and line-ups.
HOL 135LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: HOL 135LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
CAIRO FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE Music for Angela Davis LP
During Holiday Records' long friendship and incredibly prolific collaboration with Hartmut Geerken -- who sadly left this planet on October 21, 2021 -- he never ceased to surprise. He lived many lives, traveling the world as an employee of the Goethe Institute, playing with other incredible musicians, and being smart enough to record most of the concerts he did. His archive is in fact full of treasures, and any conversation with him could lead to the rediscovery of unheard master tapes preserving true music gold. It was during the one of these conversations we had at his house - while searching for pictures to be used for the 50th anniversary reissue of Heliopolis (HOL 124LP) -- that he pulled the original score of Music for Angela Davis No. 2 out of a folder, saying with a smile: "Let's see... I should have the complete recording of this one"!Recorded at Nile Hall, Cairo, on December 4, 1971, Music for Angela Davis is a 24-minute composition that encounters two full ensembles -- respectively conducted by Geerken himself and Hubertus Von Puttkamer -- playing simultaneously without listening to each other, rising and falling within a brilliant and structurally complex expression of call and (non) response. Collective improvisation in its most heightened and sophisticated form.As described by Geerken in the liner notes: "One of my attempts with the Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble was my time-related, but timeless composition Music for Angela Davis. I divided the ensemble into two groups of roughly the same size, each with a conductor, and both groups played simultaneously, according to the different hand signals of the conductors, without one group reacting to or considering the other. The only two-tone sequences consisted of the music-able notes of the name Angela Davis, i. e. a-g-e-a and d-a s. The composition was an attempt to get together in society through the medium of improvisation and a protest against the racial measurements of the American governments." Unreleased archival recording; single-sided LP; edition of 500.
IMPORTANT RECORDS
IMPREC 404CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: IMPREC 404CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ELEH Polarizer 1 Cassette
Eleh's Polarizer is a two-part series focused on the instant, simultaneous reality of the analog world. This work is both a reference to analog sound and an analogy for the vivid nature of reality. Polarizer I and II (IMPREC 428CS) can be played/mixed simultaneously.
IMPREC 428CS
PRICE: $11.50
CAT #: IMPREC 428CS
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ELEH Polarizer 2 Cassette
Eleh's Polarizer is a two-part series focused on the instant, simultaneous reality of the analog world. This work is both a reference to analog sound and an analogy for the vivid nature of reality. Polarizer I (IMPREC 404CS) and II can be played/mixed simultaneously.
IMPREC 513CS
PRICE: $9.50
CAT #: IMPREC 513CS
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
LAMBDA SOND Waglands 1921 Cassette
A quiet, intense and deeply personal new collection from Lambda Sond. Waglands 1921 exists in a vacuum somewhere between Pauline Oliveros, spiritual jazz, analog drone, and heavy new age. Unlike the first two Lambda Sond cassettes on the Cassauna label, (2011's Chronological Compression and 2014's Chronological Compression II) this work is characterized by unrepeated melodies, unforgettably understated harmonies, timeless drones and feelings made musical. This poetic music contains vignettes of emotion, memory and melancholy that are as uplifting, hopeful and grounding as a deep breath. Waglands 1921 exists at the verge of inspiration where hesitation is withheld and truths are articulated once but felt forever. Waglands 1921 is Lambda Sond's first recording for Important Records.
JAH LIFE
JL 038EP
PRICE: $9.00
CAT #: JL 038EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
TONY TUFF Broad Back 7"
"Previously unreleased. First pair of tunes kicking off a barrage of previously unreleased tunes from Jah Life, many coming thru 2022. Michael Prophet and Tony Tuff both voiced this killer late '80s digital rhythm, hitting firmly in the style we love the most."
JL 039EP
PRICE: $9.00
CAT #: JL 039EP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MICHAEL PROPHET In My Heart 7"
"Previously unreleased. First pair of tunes kicking off a barrage of previously unreleased tunes from Jah Life, many coming thru 2022. Michael Prophet and Tony Tuff both voiced this killer late '80s digital rhythm, hitting firmly in the style we love the most."
LA HUIT PRODUCTIONS (FRANCE)
MVD 7882DVD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: MVD 7882DVD
FILE UNDER: Misc
HURTADO, ERIC & MARC Jajouka: Something Good Comes To You 2DVD
"Jajouka, a small village in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco. For over 2,000 years, magic fertility rites have been performed there, the rites of Pan, akin to the Roman Lupercales, along with unique music played by a brotherhood of musicians called The Master Musicians of Jajouka. When Brion Gysin, inventor of the Dreamachine, discovered the village in the 50s, he described them as heirs of the great 12th-century Persian poet, Farid Al-Din Attar, au- thor of the initiatory poem 'The Conference of the Birds,' a key work in the Sufi spiritual tradition. An entire fringe group of artists, musicians and writers, in the wake of Paul Bowles and Brion Gysin, were drawn to Jajouka: Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones who recorded their first album; Ornette Coleman, founder of free jazz; William S. Burroughs; LSD guru Timothy Leary; and more recently musicians such as Genesis P-Orridge or Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Eric and Marc Hurtado, founders of the group Etant Donnés, set out to film these Pan devotees, musicians who use their music for miraculous healing rituals held at the tomb of the village saint, Sidi Ahmed Sheikh. The film is polarized by the attraction between Bou Jeloud (the Father of Skins/Pan) and Aïsha Kandisha, woman-demoness, goddess of the night and springs. He is gold, she is silver... A child runs like the wind, chased and whipped by Bou Jeloud's olive switches... Aïsha hears and stands vigil... She waits for Bou Jeloud near nocturnal rivers... She is dangerous, he is the Father of Fear. A film of violent poetry that treads the line between documentary and fiction (but legends can be fiction?), whose action is rooted in the trance of the ritual and its musical madness, to be reflected in a child's tear, a flame, an eternal women's chant addressed to men and the heaven."
MAD ABOUT RECORDS (PORTUGAL)
MAR 041Y-LP
PRICE: $35.50
CAT #: MAR 041Y-LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ACOSTA, LEO Acosta (Yellow Vinyl) LP
Yellow vinyl version. Mad About Records present a first-time reissue of Leo Acosta's Acosta, originally released in 1970. Legendary Mexican psych Latin jazz funk. Leobardo Acosta Quintanar was born in Huetamo, Michoacán in 1925. He was a notable drummer, composer, arranger, and orchestrator. In 1970, he recorded a last LP for Capitol with a small combo formed with some of his closest peers. The sound engineer for these sessions, Rogiero Silva, recalls that it happened in the night time. Leo was always very demanding in his studio hours with all of his musicians and that he did not tolerate mistakes or setbacks, but he was fully relaxed and enjoying this one very much. For this last LP, entitled Acosta but known as El Leon, all the compositions are originals, unlike his previous albums where the labels required him to record at least six songs that were hits on the popularity charts. Deluxe hard-cardboard sleeve; OBI; includes two-page info sheet with Leo Acosta story in English and Spanish by Carlos Tropicaza.
MAR 042LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: MAR 042LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SYNDICATE Conveyance LP
Mad About Records present a reissue of Syndicate's Conveyance, originally released in 1977. A Latin/funk/soul holy grail. In Summer 1977, Syndicate band from Las Cruces, New Mexico, recorded and released the album Conveyance. It is the only recording the band ever released. Super rare Latin funk album from New Mexico with a killer cover of Curtis Mayfield and the Sisters Love masterpiece "Give Me Your Love".
MAR 050LP
PRICE: $31.50
CAT #: MAR 050LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MBAMBISA, TETE Tete's Big Sound LP
Mad About Records present a reissue of Tete Mbambisa's Tete's Big Sound, originally released in 1976. South African jazz holy grail. Tete Mbambisa has performed and recorded with many of the giants of South African Jazz (Bazil "Manenberg" Coetzee, Johnny Dyani, Dick Khoza, Duku Makasi, Gideon Nxumalo, Dudu Pukwana, etc...), and is one of the very few South African jazz musicians that can claim to have played with the three jazz generations of the last fifty years. His work as a pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger is a landmark on South African jazz history. After a recording hiatus, Mbambisa returned in 1974 with an octet album, Tete's Big Sound released on a newly formed label, As Shams (or "The Sun"), established by South African record store owner and independent producer Rashid Vally. Tete's Big Sound included tracks like "Unity" and the "Black Heroes Lamentation", now considered a classic in the South African jazz underground. The sound that Mbambisa carved in this period was wholly acoustic, and is a style that now is often loosely labelled spiritual jazz, a sound that alludes to deep African textures and rhythms balanced with clear nods to American hard bop and modal jazz, sometimes edging toward free improvisation in echoes of John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. 180 gram vinyl; deluxe hard-cardboard sleeve with OBI and resealable outer sleeve.
MAGGOT BRAIN
MAGGOT 007
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: MAGGOT 007
FILE UNDER: Misc
MAGGOT BRAIN Maggot Brain #7 (Dec/Jan/Feb 2022) MAG
"The front cover: is a gorgeous 1981 backstage photo of Lou Reed, subject of a phenomenal feature by former NY Rocker contributor Lisa Jane Persky. Inside you will also find: Grateful Dead - Kurt Vile tries to explain them to none other than Tom Scharpling; A special new piece about the making of the Velvet Underground's Loaded; Myriam Gendron - Track by track guide to her highly anticipated second album; Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Reprint of the best feature we ever read about him, by Erik Davis. Kinke Kooi - Recent works on paper; Michael Hurley - Talks to old friend Tara Jane O'neil on Hurley's first studio album in years; Doug Henning - The magician's radical roots in Canada's thriving 1970s prog/glam scene; Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Why she rules so hard, but there's no need to call her the 'godmother of rock 'n' roll' again, thanks; Gretchen Gonzales Davidson - The mystery and mastery of Detroit's drone warrior, by Destroy All Monsters' Cary Loren; The Goats - The 1990s' most forgotten hip-hop collective; Dean Wareham - A multi-page comic strip by Marly Beyer, on drinking coffee with Dean and Britta and why his new solo record is so excellent; Phew - Japanese experimental artist gets the Andy Beta treatment; 'Orchestre Tout Pouissant Marcel Duchamp' by the great Sara Jaffe; Plus also work on/ by: Lucy Sante, Chuck Nanny, Eliza Childress, Dwight Pavlovic; Dave Buick; Adrian Matejka; Brian Chippendale; Beautywork; Claire Cronin; John Colpits; Michael Evans; Nick Rosendale; Pastor Tl Barrett."
MUSIC ON VINYL (NETHERLANDS)
MOV 2694LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: MOV 2694LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
DREAD, MIKEY African Anthem (The Mikey Dread Show Dubwise) LP
"Mikey Dread started out as an engineer with the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation when some of the most innovative reggae was being recorded in Jamaica. He convinced his bosses to give him his own radio program called Dread At The Controls and the rest is history. You can hear his radio announcements and shout outs before most tracks of his first record African Anthem Dubwise. It is one of the finest '80s era reggae records as it features many styles."
MOV 2848LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: MOV 2848LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VELVETT FOGG Velvett Fogg LP
"Velvett Fogg are a psychedelic rock band hailing from Birmingham, England. Active during the late 1960's, Velvett Fogg were one of the many new bands from the Birmingham underground scene trying to take pop and rock music to a higher level of creativity. They were given a record deal by Pye Records, through which they released their first and only studio album, the self-titled Velvett Fogg. 180 gram black audiophile vinyl."
MUSICA MAQUINA (SPAIN)
MUSICA 001LP
PRICE: $41.00
CAT #: MUSICA 001LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
IDEE DU FEMELLE Sequences LP
The Musica Maquina label kick-starts with the first ever vinyl pressing of Sequences, one of those tapes that Toni Parera recorded in his garage more than three decades ago. At the time, circumstances conspired against him, and Sequences remained unknown to almost everyone. Precarious resources, certain bygone idiosyncrasies of the music industry, the political, cultural, and social constraints of a country that was just leaving behind a dictatorship, and the hardships of a Barcelona that in those years had little resemblance to the city that enchanted the world following the 1992 Olympics constituted a context that made it very difficult for a project like Idee Du Femelle to succeed. At the same time, those adversities made Sequences a unique album. In one sense, Sequences, and by extension Idee Du Femelle, are paradigmatic products of the Spanish experimental underground of the eighties. One of the many projects born amid a small yet flourishing scene that, despite its artistic value, was unable to transcend its subterranean roots and went unrecognized by many. In another sense, the particularities of Sequences make it a complete anomaly. Too delicate to be industrial, too gloomy to be pop, too abstract for the new age crowd and too melodic for academic minimalism, the defining sound of Sequences didn't dovetail with any of the currents that dominated the landscape of Spanish electronic music at the time. In this respect, the album introduces a new, neglected player to that scene. An artist whose vision had more in common with what later would come to be known as ambient techno than with his peers from the industrial avant-garde. All of this makes of Sequences a sort of missing link. And, as such, a puzzling discovery.
NIGHT SCHOOL (UK)
LSSN 081LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: LSSN 081LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FINE PLACE This New Heaven LP
"Fine Place is a new duo comprising Frankie Rose (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls) and Matthew Hord (Running, Pop. 1280, Brandy). Based in Brooklyn, NYC, together they've crafted a crystalline full-length of nocturnal, electronic pop music that charts a way out the post-global, cyberpunk dystopian environment it was crafted in. Their debut album This New Heaven drenches minimalist song structures in post-industrial washes of six-string delay and gothic post-punk synths. Presiding over it is the most evocative, emotive vocal performance Frankie Rose has committed to tape to date. Following Hord's relocation from Chicago, the pair wanted to explore new avenues apart from their respective bands or solo projects. 'The sound we were going for was an attempt to capture the dystopian feel of New York during a period of desertion by the wealthy. It was produced in a time-frame saturated in both uncertainty and serenity, and the soundscapes we created felt fitting and almost organic as a response to our surroundings. The title also reflects this in an arguably literal, maybe even satirical way.' Sonically, Fine Place references the pioneering mid-to-late '80s pioneers of icy melodrama The Cure and Cocteau Twins, while reflecting both the individuals'; music trajectories thus far. Modular synthesis triggers rhythm boxes and fluttery arps chirp around clanging 808-patterning as Rose's reverb-laden vocal layering envelops the remaining headroom. The result is massive; a towering, shadowy music that embraces darkness while offering Rose's bright vocal as chinks of light in the cracks; the production filling the head space of the beholder with preternatural imagery and emotional resonances that are real but not quite defined."
NOW-AGAIN
NA 5200LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: NA 5200LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
WITCH Introduction (Private Press Version) LP
Limited 2021 repress. "Archival reissue of the private-press, first issue of the album that launched Zamrock movement in 1972. Completely different recordings of the songs from the better-known Zambia Music Parlour album. Originally pressed in a run of just a few hundred copies and sold by the band at their live shows, this is the first ever reissue of this garage-rock masterpiece."
NA 5201LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: NA 5201LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
NGOZI FAMILY 45,000 Volts LP
Limited 2021 repress. "Hold on! Ngozi Family! We are a Zambian band, with a heavy sound! Archival reissue of Paul Ngozi's hard-edged, proto-punk, mid-1970s Zamrock masterwork. Featuring Chrissy Zebby Tembo. First official reissue."
NA 5202LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: NA 5202LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
BANDA, RICKY Niwanji Walwa Amwishyo LP
Limited repress. "Archival reissue of a dark, moody, introspective album by the mysterious Ricky Banda, a compatriot and bandmate of Rikki Ililonga and Dr. Footswitch. A welcome addition to the Zamrock canon, and a wonderful discovery for fans of WITCH and Amanaz."
OUT-SIDER (SPAIN)
OSR 060LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: OSR 060LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HEAT EXCHANGE Reminiscence LP
2021 restock; LP version. Formed in Toronto, Canada, in the late '60s, Heat Exchange are known for their three fantastic 45s for the Yorkville label - released in the early '70s - on which they mixed hard rock with psychedelic, heavy progressive and funk-rock sounds. So, it's a major surprise that in 1972, the band recorded more stuff with the intention of releasing an album. But in the end, the album deal fell through and only four of those tracks were released as part of their 45s. Soon after, the band disbanded. Luckily, the band members have kept a copy of the master tape all these years. So, presented here for the first time ever are the complete Heat Exchange studio recordings, including their three 45s plus the previously unreleased recordings they recorded in 1972 for their never-released LP. Fabulous UK-sounding, heavy progressive, and psychedelic hard rock with top-level musicianship, well-constructed songs, powerful vocals, sax, flute, wah-wah, organ, and a solid rhythm section. RIYL: King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Samurai (UK), Web's I Spider (1970), Human Beast, Deep Purple. Remastered sound; Insert with detailed liner notes and photos, including an introduction by Rich Sheppard (After The Sabbath).
OSR 085LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: OSR 085LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GOLIATH Goliath LP
First album by US hard-rock band Goliath (of Hot Rock & Thunder fame), recorded in 1970 but never released at the time. First vinyl edition. Goliath was formed in 1969 when the Sons of Sound, Kicks, and the XL's dissolved. They were: Steve Peters (drums), Bill Peters (bass), Paul "Doug" (the Golden Throat) Mason (Hammond B3 Organ), George "Charlie" Egy, (lead vocals), and George Phelps (guitar). In 1970 they entered Allen-Martin Studios in Louisville, KY and registered what should have been their first album. The tapes remained unreleased until the Gear Fab label recovered them and did a CD edition in 2009. This is classic hard-rock with psych and prog touches, prominent Hammond organ, hard guitar, melodic vocals. Master tape sound and insert with liner notes and photos. RIYL: Deep Purple, Allman Brothers, CSN&Y.
OSR 087LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: OSR 087LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
STONE HARBOUR Emerges (2021 Repress) LP
2021 repress in hard cardboard sleeve; OBI; resealable outer sleeve. Out-Sider present a reissue of Stone Harbour's Emerges, originally released in 1974. The absolute king of lo-fi basement psychedelia, originally released as a private pressing in 1974 by this duo from Ohio. From dreamy melancholic tracks to insane fuzzed-out heavy psych ones. Remastered sound; insert with photos and liner notes by band member Ric Ballas; digital download coupon."... It's 1974, you're young and have a head full of Hawkwind and Roky and the Elevators, old brutalist blues in the Hound Dog Taylor/Fred McDowell backwoods whisky-fucked mode, freak folk and LSD; you're stuck in Hicksville, USA -- that's Youngstown, Ohio to you lot; the music scene sucks; glam's dead or dying slowly; punk a good year or so from even starting to get itself born. Town's too damn small to even muster up a band in. It's just and your buddy and that's it, man. So you grows your hair and wear satin, wander wide-eyed and tripping across small town railway tracks and hang loose at the weekend in your basement. You gather a bunch if cheapo instruments on the never-never and you start cutting low-fi bedroom demos... Stone Harbour were Ric Ballas (electric, acoustic and slide guitars; organ; piano; synthesizers; bass guitar, percussion, voice) and Dave McCarty (lead vocals, drums, and percussion), and out of nowhere and nothing, at entirely the wrong time, they cut an LP that will blow your head clean off. This is a trip into the true dark heart of psychedelia . . . Dave McCarty's vocals emerge from some subterranean cave and the keyboards flicker, flicker, flash across the periphery of the song; 'Rock & Roll Puzzle' is dark, twisted fried garage punk blues brutality in the same mold as 'White Faces' or 'Cold Night For Alligators', pre-empting The Gories and Pussy Galore by a good ten years!! . . . Songs fade in and out; finger-picking blurs into screaming squelching synths; guitars melt in the mid-summer heat. 'Grains Of Sand' frazzles like The Stooges through a fucked-up amp and filtered through a transistor radio with the valves burning out. 'Thanitos' is the freak-out ending of 'Julia's Dream' lost in suburban downtown US of A with the taillights cutting on the freeway... whilst 'Summer Magic Is Gone' is the most haunted, haunting song I've heard in many a long strange moon . . . Best record I've heard all year." --Hugh Dellar (Shindig!)
PHARAWAY SOUNDS (SPAIN)
PHS 008CD
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: PHS 008CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
KORAY, ERKIN Arap Saci 2CD
2021 repress. Master of the fuzz saz, Turkey's answer to Eric Clapton brings his burly axe attacks to the snaky folk melodies of Anatolia. Long-proven to cause just the brain-rot you're looking for, here's a Koray collection of tracks taken from singles and LPs for your acid-drenched pleasure. The guitar slinger who was once stabbed for wearing his hair too long around the streets of Istanbul interweaves melodies as old as the ruins of Ephesus with the riffs of Black Sabbath and his own souped-up ba?lama. Find out why they call him Erkin Baba. Originally released in 1976. Includes a booklet containing extensive liner notes.
PHS 045LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: PHS 045LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ERSEN Dunden Bugune LP
2021 restock. Pharaway Sounds present a reissue of Ersen's debut album Dünden Bugüne, originally released in 1977. Ersen is one of Anatolian rock's most sheerly talented vocalists. Ersen spent time in Mo?ollar, 3 Hür-El, and Cem Karaca's Karda?lar before cementing his reputation as the front man of Dada?lar. His voice can range from one that has a soft edge (where he swallows his notes a bit, like a muezzin would), to growling belt-outs that could have fronted any '80s metal act. Ersen and his ever-changing backup band wore Slade haircuts and loud jackets with rainbow pants or silver platform shoes, and they grew their moustaches just as long as the Beatle-bangs of their western counterparts. Synth-wizz, funk breaks, and fuzzed-out prog riffage back one of Anatolian rock's best vocalists -- Turkish psych-rock with some amazing funk drums and fuzzed-out guitars. Comes in gatefold sleeve with original artwork; Includes insert with liner notes by Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records); Remastered sound.
PHS 068LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: PHS 068LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SELDA Selda LP
Limited 2021 repress. Pharaway Sounds present a reissue of the first album by Selda Bagcan, originally released in 1976. A collection of well-known poems and folk-songs, recorded in cooperation with the most progressive Turkish musicians/arrangers of the '70s: Mogollar, Dadaslar, Zafer Dilek, and Arif Sag. Combining traditional instrumentation from Anatolia with Western psychedelic grooves: fuzz-wah guitars, electric saz, funk drums and above all, Selda's passionate vocals. Original artwork in gatefold sleeve. Includes insert with detailed liner notes by Kornelia Binicewicz (Ladies on Records). Newly remastered sound.
PINK FLAG (UK)
PF 011LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: PF 011LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WIRE Pink Flag LP
2021 repress; LP version. "Wire's first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which Wire's reputation is based. Moreover, they are the recordings that minted the post-punk form. This was adopted by other bands, but Wire were there first. It has been a number of years since these albums were readily available. The aim with these new vinyl and CD releases is to approximate the original statements as closely as possible, but with remastered audio. The vinyl releases have the same covers and inners as the originals (minus the Harvest logo). The digipack CDs have identical track listings to their vinyl counterparts. These versions should be considered Wire's classic 1970s albums, pure and undiluted. Usually contextualized against a backdrop of two years of the growing cultural importance of punk rock--Wire's debut Pink Flag, released in December 1977 on EMI's progressive label Harvest was in fact was something 'other.' To the keen cultural commentator, the timing and label of its release will register two essential facts about it. Firstly, too late (a year after the Pistol's debut release) to be part of UK punk's first flush and secondly that the band were signaling something beyond punk by their choice of label. Further investigation would reveal twenty-one tracks, some of them clocking in at well under a minute and covering a range of tempi well beyond the buzzsaw rockabilly that had become, even by the second half of 1977, punk's staple."
PF 013LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: PF 013LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WIRE 154 LP
2021 restock; LP version. "1979's 154 represented the final tableau in Wire's Harvest released '70s triptych and was the first Wire album to be released to a universal set of five star reviews from the British rock weeklies, thus it represented the point when the British 'pop culture establishment' publicly recognized Wire's primacy. '154 makes 95 percent of the competition look feeble' wrote Nick Kent in the NME, 'Wire are achieving a lot of things other--and more recognized--names have been striving for' wrote Chris Westwood in Record Mirror (a paper that had slagged off Pink Flag). 'The album is a musical tour de force' wrote Jon Savage in Melody Maker. Many said it was the album that Bowie and Eno had failed to make with Lodger (as hinted in the RM review), it was on John Lennon's playlist. Without a doubt, even if record sales did not bear it out, Wire had 'arrived.'"
PLANAM (ITALY)
PLANAM 048LP
PRICE: $46.50
CAT #: PLANAM 048LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
FERRARI, LUC Et Apres 2LP
PLANAM presents ...et après a suite created by Ensemble Laborintus highlighting their collaboration with Luc Ferrari and well underlining the creative heights reached by the composer during the last years of his career. Laborintus, so named in homage to Luciano Berio, was an ensemble born in 1993 and dissolved in 2014, formed by Hélène Breschand (harp), César Carcopino (percussions), Sylvain Kassap (clarinets), Franck Masquelier (flutes) and Anaïs Moreau (cello). The main vocation of the ensemble was to give voice to the music of today by working in close collaboration with living and active composers, confronting current technologies, as well as practicing improvisation and musical theater. Laborintus developed a special relationship with composers, with Luc Ferrari in particular. Each creation was the occasion for an in-depth encounter. For Laborintus, the music of Luc Ferrari was always a bearer of joy, a carnal joy -- a joy of sound, and a joy of playing. There is a balance between the concrete character of the sounds that builds a poetic topology, and the virtuosity of the score, which allows a pleasurable physical involvement in the heart of sound. Bristling with stunning dances of acoustic and electronic sound, ...et après -- collecting a full two LPs worth of material -- presents the final unreleased work that Ensemble Laborintus created in collaboration with Ferrari, including "Bonjour, comment ça va?", two realizations of "Tautologos III" featuring the voice of Brunhild Ferrari and a new version of Ferrari's work "À la recherche du rythme perdu", created under the supervision of Brunhild Ferrari for harp and percussion; as well as an homage to the composer, composed by Sylvain Kassap titled "Arezzo" and Hélène Breschand "L", for flute, clarinet, cello, harp, percussion and fixed sounds. Both "Arezzo" and "L" were composed using sound archives by Luc Ferrari. This double LP also includes as a "bonus" the realization of Ferrari's "À la recherche du rythme perdu", recorded live by Hélène Breschand and eRikm in 2019. The selection of tracks and the title of the album ...et après were chosen in the spirit of a continuation with the legacy of Luc Ferrari: a balance between heritage, transmission, and continuity, transformation over time. Like Russian dolls that fit together Luc encouraged encounters and bonds are still forged today, through his music. Privately produced by Laborintus and issued by PLANAM. Gatefold sleeve; edition of 500.
POTOMAK (GERMANY)
POTOMAK 904431
PRICE: $36.50
CAT #: POTOMAK 904431
FILE UNDER: ROCK
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN Alles Wieder Offen 2LP
2021 restock. Working outside normal record business market mechanisms, Einstürzende Neubauten recorded this album over some 200 days in their own studio funded by their world-wide network of subscribing supporters via www.neubauten.org. Possibly informed by the title of 2000's Silence Is Sexy, the word on the international music scene was that Einstürzende Neubauten had become calmer, quieter even. Alles Wieder Offen blows this assumption out of the water; it is an urgent and compelling album in every aspect. The instruments do not exhaust themselves by a consumptive struggle against each other as they might have on prior recordings, but instead create an unprecedented fusion of Einstürzende Neubauten-typical instruments with conventional ones. Alexander Hacke's bass has never sounded warmer, Jochen Arbeit's guitar more graceful, the metal of Rudolf Moser and the percussion of N.U. Unruh more unsettling and diverse, or Blixa Bargeld's voice more mercurial yet forceful. It's the little details that first draw the attention: Jochen Arbeit's whizzing guitar on "Unvollständigkeit," seeming to anticipate the outburst that follows: a rain of light, falling aluminum sticks; the way Alexander Hacke electronically deconstructs Rudolph Moser's rounded, flowing rhythm on "Weilweilweil"; the deft combination of uplifting organ and the almost tender feedback that rends the sky open on "Nagorny Karabach." This album also is very conscious of the band's history. On a lyrical level, "Unvollständigkeit" is a sister piece to both "DNS/Wasserturm" (1983) as well as "Redukt" (of Silence Is Sexy, 2000); "Nagorny Karabach" refers to "Armenia" (1983), which is the sun of the EN-cosmos; "Von Wegen" quotes both their first single and a line from the song "Sehnsucht" from Kollaps (1981). Moreover, musically "Von Wegen" mirrors the structure of "Zerstörte Zelle" (1987). "Susej" is based around a rhythm guitar figure that Bargeld recorded in a flooded cellar of the Hafenklangstudio in Hamburg in the early '80s. Many layers have deposited themselves around the group's original nucleus. At the same time, the energy and the sheer willpower of the early days is still powerfully evident here. Perhaps the most emotionally-affecting and intellectually-stimulating album of Einstürzende Neubauten's career. Gatefold with full color printed inner sleeves.
ROIR
RUSLP 8245LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: RUSLP 8245LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BRANCA, GLENN Symphony No. 1 (Tonal Plexus) 2LP
2021 restock. "Recorded across two nights in 1981 at New York's legendary Performing Garage and originally released in 1983 on cassette, Symphony No. 1 has been remastered for vinyl and reissued for the first time as a heavyweight 180 gram 2LP set in a deluxe gatefold jacket. The limited edition pressing features additional liner notes written by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) alongside the original notes by Jon Pareles (The New York Times) and now includes photos by Paula Court (New York Noise). The ensemble of performers on this recording are: Glenn Branca, Craig Bromberg, Dave Buk, Ann DeMarinis, Barbara Ess, Robert Harrison, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, David Rosenbloom, Richard Edson, Ned Sublette, Wharton Tiers, Gail Vachon, Fritz Van Orden, Stephen Wischerth and Margot Zvaleko."
RUSLP 8249LP
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: RUSLP 8249LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
TELEVISION The Blow-Up 2LP
2021 restock. "Double disc! 1978 live performance from Tom Verlaine's personal collection. Originally released on cassette in 1982. Over 85 minutes and digitally remastered. Extended versions of 'Little Johnny Jewel' & 'Marquee Moon.' Green & blue vinyl LPs." Gatefold sleeve.
SOMMOR RECORDS (SPAIN)
SOMM 072LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: SOMM 072LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BARCELONA TRACTION Barcelona Traction LP
Sommor Records present the first vinyl reissue of Barcelona Traction's self-titled release, originally released in 1975. Top notch jazz-rock-fusion with funk and Latin touches from Catalonia. Original artwork in gatefold sleeve and insert with liner notes by Àlex Gómez-Font and photos."After recording in 1972 the cult album We Are Digging The Beatles with ex-Màquina! sax player Peter Rohr, innovative pianist Lucky Guri decided to form his own band, having jazz as a starting point but taking it to a more electric, eclectic sound with multiple influences. And thus, in 1973, he created the New Jazz Trio, which would become the embryo for Barcelona Traction. Lucky was accompanied by top double bass player Jordi Clua (ex-Dos + Un) and drummer Francis Rabassa (a veteran of the Barcelona '60s beat scene). The New Jazz Trio was the house band at the legendary La Cova del Drac jazz club, where they played every day, even acting as the backing band for international artists that came mainly through the USA-Paris jazz connection. Performing live on a daily basis gave the trio great skills and the confidence to create a more personal sound through improvisation. But the turning point came when they decided to go electric. Lucky Guri moved to electric piano and even introduced the mini-Moog to their sound. Jordi Clua never left the double bass, but started to use an electric bass as well. Add the modern, daring beat of Francis Rabassa and they started delivering a totally electric jazz-rock sound . . .After changing their name to Barcelona Traction, they caught the attention of popular Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat, who arranged for them to sign for his label, Òliba-Edigsa. The resulting LP contains five instrumental tracks. Three are written by Lucky Guri, the other two are fabulous covers of Rubens Serrano's 'Sudamérica' and James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain', here translated to Catalan as 'Foc i pluja'. On Francesc Bellmunt's film about the famous Canet Rock festival, the band appears playing 'Sudamérica'. Thanks to this footage we can see how powerful the trio was on stage. Barcelona Traction marked an era, and their eponymous debut LP is here to prove it. Modern, fresh music that gets the attention of the listener. Unlike other bands like Música Urbana, more based in sophistication and more technical developments, Barcelona Traction is a combo that stands out due to the apparent simplicity and high energy of their sound, with the quality of being able to appeal and be listened in any situation, taking it beyond strict, pigeonholed mind sets." --Álex Gómez-Font
SONG CYCLE RECORDS (UK)
SONG 170212LP
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: SONG 170212LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FENNESZ 17.02.12 2LP
Limited restocked, last copies, reduced pricing. Gatefold double LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Christian Fennesz is an Austrian electronic musician active since the late '90s and influenced by artists like Fripp and Eno and guitar-synth pioneer, Chuck Hammer. Fennesz uses guitar and laptops to created "multilayered compositions that blend melody and conventional musical instruments with harsh, irregular glitch-influenced sounds and washes of white noise." Over the years, Fennesz has played and collaborated with a number of artists, including Mike Patton, Jim O'Rourke, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Keith Rowe, Peter Rehberg, Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), and David Sylvian. In 2012 Fennesz also wrote the original soundtrack to the independent Austrian film, Aun, directed by Edgar Honetschläger, and based on the writings of Claude Levi-Strauss. On this double LP Fennesz can be heard performing in front of a live audience at the beautiful Marino Marini Museum (located in a medieval church) in Florence, Italy in February of 2012, backed by the images of the 1927 silent film by German filmmaker Walter Ruttmann Berlin called Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Symphony of a Great City).
SOUNDWAY (UK)
SNDW 130LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: SNDW 130LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MAUSKOVIC DANCE BAND, THE The Mauskovic Dance Band LP
2021 restock. Soundway Records present the eponymous debut LP from in-demand Amsterdam five piece, The Mauskovic Dance Band -- fusing no-wave dance punk, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and space disco in a "controlled explosion" (The Quietus). Entirely self-produced, the band has reiterated their favorite elements of the '70s and '80s legacy of the Afro-Latin psychedelic music of Colombia and Peru, interpreting it through the context of modern-day Amsterdam. The output is a lo-fi no wave groove all its own -- rooted in a deep love of champeta, Palenque, psychedelic cumbia, chichi, classic Afrobeat, and picó soundsystem culture. Since the release of their Down In The Basement EP EP on Soundway Records in early 2018 (SNDW 12029EP), the band have found themselves on a hectic European touring schedule -- not to mention being involved in other side projects. Following stints with Turkish psychedelic folk rock group Altin Gün, and touring with the re-formed '70s Zamrock outfit W.I.T.C.H., Nic Mauskovic also teamed up with Dutch neo-psychedelic artist Jacco Gardner to form the "cinematic Balearic disco" duo of Bruxas (released by Dutch institution Dekmantel) -- and together, they mixed The Mauskovic Dance Band debut album in Lisbon. Lead single "Space Drum Machine" encapsulates the band's prototypical brand of busy rhythmic patterns interwoven with insistent synth stabs and vibrant disco toms, layered with an elastic guitar riff drawing inspiration from Kenyan kikuyu and benga styles. High-pitched vocals describe being on a flight together and inciting each other to press a button of unknown consequence with "push it, push it" -- and push it they do, at breakneck pace. And of course, the undeniable influence of Amsterdam's hotbed of underground dance producers shines through as it does on all tracks - with the vintage psychedelic swirl of synthesizer, lo-fi drum machines, and tape recording. RIYL: Jacco Gardner, Bruxas, Nu Guinea, Voilaaa, Sofrito, Meridian Brothers, EUT, Altin Gün.
SNDW 133LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: SNDW 133LP
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LORD ECHO Curiosities 2LP
2021 restock. Soundway Records completes the Lord Echo album collection, finally reissuing the second album in the trilogy from the in-demand New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer. Originally released in 2013, Curiosities is available here as a DJ-friendly double-LP for the first time. The entirely self-produced album blends jazz with disco-tinged neo-soul, reggae, and classic Afro-beat in effortless manner -- and joins the dots between the more downtempo first album from 2011 Melodies (SNDW 091LP, 2017) and the disco, electronic, club-ready of his third album Harmonies (SNDW 090CD/X-LP, 2017). The album also features a dub-funk cover of Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has A Master Plan", with vocals from Lisa Tomlins. Also features Leila Adu and Mara TK. RIYL: Julien Dyne, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Black Seeds, Electric Wire Hustle.
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
SF 119LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: SF 119LP
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HAMDI, BALIGH Modal Instrumental Pop of 1970s Egypt 2LP
Double LP version. Tip-on gatefold jacket. Sublime Frequencies finally unleashes its essential compilation from 1970s Egypt, produced and compiled by Hisham Mayet. Modal instrumental tracks from Baligh Hamdi -- one of the most important Arabic composers of the 20th Century (writing for legends Umm Kalthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Warda, and many others). Features his legendary group the Diamond Orchestra with Omar Khorshid on guitar, Magdi al-Husseini on organ, Samir Sourour on saxophone, and Faruq Salama on accordion. All of these musicians were discovered and recruited by Hamdi to interpret his vision of a modernized, hybrid Arabic music. Under Hamdi's direction, this orchestra charted a new melodic direction and created a new musical language. This compilation is culled from a specific era of Hamdi's long career, a decade where he fully realized an international music which incorporated beat driven Eastern-tinged jazz, theremin draped orchestral noir, tracks that feature searing guitar solos from none other than Omar Khorshid, and a selection of buzzing, sitar driven, Indo-Arabic tracks establishing a meeting of mid-east and eastern psychedelic exotica, and a vision that created some of the hippest music coming out of the Middle East from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Includes extensive liner notes by Hisham Mayet with rare photographs.
TRADING PLACES (UK)
TDP 54050LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: TDP 54050LP
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MIGHTY BABY Mighty Baby LP
2021 repress. Trading Places present a reissue of Mighty Baby's self-titled album, originally released in 1969. The obscure British prog band Mighty Baby evolved from an earlier group called The Action, a London Mod act that signed to Parlophone after building a strong live reputation, with guitarist Alan King, bassist Mike Evans and drummer Roger Powell, later expanded to include former Savoy Brown guitarist Martin Stone and keyboardist/sax player, Ian Whiteman. Moving heavily into experimental psychedelia in 1969, they cut this incredible debut album for the Head label, which is rightly hailed as one of the greatest psychedelic records of all time. With jazz, blues and improvisational references abounding, tracks like "Egyptian Tomb" and "House Without Windows", the latter with its dramatic stereo drum panning, demonstrate why this disc is such a lost classic. 180 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve. Licensed by Cherry Red.
URASHIMA (ITALY)
UMA 077LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: UMA 077LP
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ATRAX MORGUE Sickness Report LP
Sickness Report was released in 1996 in CD format for Release Entertainment, a sub-label of Relapse were made by Marco Corb, post-industrial sound soaked in death. The A side of the record closes with "Brain Penetration", aseptic and sharp as a razor blade, which bangs you straight in the stomach. The second side of the vinyl continues to drag your mind into the perverse ecosystem created by the author, until you get to exhaustion with "Slow Agony Of A Dying Organism", where the sound of a distorted synth seems to sigh the last gasps: mind stir the suggestion of the powerful, death-diluted stuff that is put into your hands. Stunning and immersive from start to finish, Sickness Report, is pure gold and a highpoint of Atrax Morgue career; it sounds as prescient today as it did at the mid of the '90s. An absolute must that can't be missed. Carefully remastered for the vinyl edition by Andrea Marutti. Edition of 199; virgin black vinyl; A3 size poster.
UMA 078LP
PRICE: $47.50
CAT #: UMA 078LP
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ATRAX MORGUE Close To A Corpse 2LP/2CD
Originally released in 2003. On February 24, 2001 Marco Corbelli take part in the performance "Autopsia dell'opera d'arte vivente come vivisezione del corpo di dio" in the Viareggio art gallery, Studio D'Arte Memoria Indelebile. Together with three other artists he stages an autopsy on a shapeless body, which represents the living work of art. Corbelli actively participates in the pseudo autopsy, as well as sounding the live event. The recording of the sound performance will be released two years later on Slaughter Productions in an extremely limited box set titled Close To A Corpse consisting of three CDr. The first two CDr contain the complete live recording in the Tuscan art gallery. They are improvised synthesizer recordings, an infected and purulent soundtrack, which actually transports you to the mortuary of a corpse and you can smell its stench pervading your senses. The pauses between one burst of sounds and the other are just the introduction to the next nightmare. The third CDr contains ten wonderful unreleased tracks recorded in the studio in September 2002, apart from Basic Procedure Autopsy (recorded and released in 1995), without the use of vocals or other effects: just the faithful "Sequential Circuits Six-Trak". Both the live tracks and those recorded in the studio represent the artist's sonic maturity and stand out from the rest of his discography for their eccentricity and the ability to make exceptional use of analog synthesizers, pulsating tones and enveloping frequencies by mixing a shocking atmosphere of hellish manifestation, where cruelty and compulsive disorders are more evident and interesting, showing Corbelli deeper work, pushing himself further into the experience of his concrete "noise" vision. Comes in a double vinyl for studio tracks and double CD for live tracks, fully remastered by Andrea Marutti. Edition of 199.
UMA 149LP
PRICE: $38.50
CAT #: UMA 149LP
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MERZBOW Green Wheels 2LP
Originally released in 1995. Merzbow stands as the most important artist in noise music. Inspired by dadaism and surrealism, Japanese artist Masami Akitatook the name for his project from German artist Kurt Schwitters's pre-war architectural assemblage The Cathedral of Erotic Misery or Merzbau. Working in his home, he quickly gained notoriety as a purveyor of a musical genre composed solely of pure, unadulterated noise. Green Wheels is Merzbow in its most straightforward, most genuine, most uncontrolled and refined form. Originally released by the legendary US label Self Abuse Records in 1995 on CD and 5-inch vinyl record, both housed in a foil-lined cardboard box with the abstract and impressive art work created by the artist himself, which has become another of the fetishist objects of Merzbow and now incredibly hard to find. Like all of his work since the early nineties, Green Wheels is an uncompromising cascade of brutal noise. In this album you find nothing of the minimalism of his early '80s, completely overwhelmed by synthesizers and handmade objects that become his unconventional weapons to create bursts of noise. The three tracks of the CD which are neatly reissued on the first three sides of the vinyl, radiate the listener from the rackets of a rain of nails on metal plates, the synthetic crashing of bombing, industrial percussion and the metal (green) wheels that roll and scrape. The last side of the record contains the two very short 5-inch tracks that hurt you with thousands of jabs in just a matter of minutes. Then closes with two unreleased tracks from the same fantastic mid-1990s period which can undoubtedly be considered two wonderful discoveries for their intensity and beauty; musical pieces that blend perfectly and complete the reissue on this double vinyl. When you get to the end of the fourth side, you will feel purified, once the granite landslide subsides. It is like mental liposuction, eradicating all anguishes and hesitations. Everything was perfectly recorded and mixed in March-May 1995 at ZSF Produkt Studio, Masami Akita's home studio from the late '80s to late '90s; the outcome it's warm and bright as the bare steel of Shinjuko skyscrapers under the (rising) sun of hot Japanese summers. Of all the incredible artists to have emerged from Japan's thriving noise scene, it is hard to call to mind a figure as iconic, visionary, or influential as the composer and performer Masami Akita. Edition of 299.
UMA 151LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: UMA 151LP
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MASONNA Like A Vagina LP
Originally released in 1988. Cascades of electronic noise, in a very peculiar way. Masonna transforms his voice into noise, feeding the microphone back through a process of extreme distortion. His shouts become clipped bursts of overloaded sound, doubled and extended by a delay that displace the sounds into stuttered blasts of static. Like A Vagina is one of Maso's first recordings and was released on cassette on his home label Coquette in 1988. The original cassette is graphically provocative and contains a long track on each side. Although quite immature as recordings, you are faced with a real discovery, what will become an exceptional blast of vigor and revelation from Japan. Masonna surpassed all extremes with a full frequency violence that was as fast as it was psychedelic. Explosive few seconds of visceral feedback, fast and beautiful and focuses an electrically overcharged universe then awesome screaming create a complete audio assault. A revelation and terrific listen from start to finish, not to mention a crucial addition to the canon of Japanese noise music and its shadowy history that radically challenges and expands the terms of movement's definitions. An absolutely amazing accomplishment for which Urashima deserve a great deal of credit, offering long overdue attention to a never before available body of work composed by one of Japanese noise's most important figures. An absolute must for seasoned noise music fans and devotes of obscure side of Japan electronic music. Edition of 299.
UMA 152LP
PRICE: $38.50
CAT #: UMA 152LP
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C.C.C.C. Cosmic Coincidence Control Center LP/7"
Urashima present a reissue of C.C.C.C.'s Cosmic Coincidence Control Center, originally released in 1992. The 1990s were a fascinating moment for music and new idioms of experimental music began to bubble in the underground. While often belonging to highly localized scenes and thus overlooked by a broad listenership in the moment, many of these gestures have proven to be profoundly important and influential and have left an indelible mark on the musical landscapes that have followed in their wake. Particularly notable among others C.C.C.C.'s first album, Cosmic Coincidence Control Center, that sprang from Japanese noise scene, during what can be considered the "golden age of noise". The Japanese noise act C.C.C.C. was formed in 1989 by Hiroshi Hasegawa and Japanese bondage film star Mayuko Hino and was active until 1998. On their first work, recorded at Telecom Studio in Higashi-Nakano, Tokyo on 1991 and released by Hasegawa's own label Endorphine Factory in CD format on 1992, there are four members; each playing a different instrument, to create their own unique sound. Hiroshi Hasegawa and Fumio Kosakai on electronics and synths, Ryuichi Nagakubo on bass and Mayuko Hino on vocals and metal percussion working together make for a diverse project that goes a way beyond the standard "electronic roar" that most noise artists rely on. The result is a startlingly visionary body of sound that stretches across this vinyl reissue, gathering intricate, noise ambiances and captured sonic fragments, deftly manipulated and infiltrated by electronic pulses and various other interventions, toward an immersive and cohesive sonic environment, that drowns the ear in sheets of detail. Bordering on an ecstatic sonic assault of the highest order, the work's movements range from incredible arrangements of electronic noise and tonality to a stunning effort of synth, all constructed with an incredible sense of immediacy and physicality, making the album easily one of the most noteworthy and incredible recordings from C.C.C.C. An absolute gem from the vaults of '90s noise music: bristles with energy, physicality, and immediacy, representing a highwater mark from one of the most important noise collectives of the last 30 years. With Hidenobu Kaneda's pictures from the photo session used for the original CD artwork and Akifumi Nakajima's original notes on layout, Urashima create the perfect replica of the original artwork for the vinyl version; Includes exclusive inserts and posters.
UMA 153LP
PRICE: $38.50
CAT #: UMA 153LP
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MASONNA Hate 2LP
Urashima present the first vinyl reissue of Masonna's Hate, originally released in 1995. Mademoiselle Anne Sanglante Ou Notre Nymphomanie Auréolé, the double-barreled name for Masonna, of course, is one of most prolific, adventurous, and respected noise artists, making dozens of releases on his own legendary and astonishing label Coquette, presenting them in very limited editions, sometime totally confidential (one sole copy), and reflecting his predilection for '60s psychedelic music revisited in its own very peculiar way. He transforms his voice into noise, feeding the microphone back through a process of extreme distortion. His shouts become clipped bursts of overloaded sound, doubled and extended by a delay that displace the sounds into stuttered blasts of static. From noise lines, to minimal, warbling expanses, to the ambiences and schizoid thinking effects, it's a journey into a versatile mind who we clearly never heard enough from. Released by Coquette on cassette in 1995 in just 15 copies with handmade covers, composed of different materials and inserted in transparent envelopes, the album Hate features one of Masonna's most exciting and extraordinary work. By deploying stripped down microphone-and-scream foundations, Masonna's ingenious sonic palette and his unerring sense of rage are cast in thrilling, clear-eyed relief. The use of pedals and effects overwhelms the vocalizations that are practically not heard and creates an irresistible tension, layering a dazzling array of rich sonic colors, hard fragments, and unsettling timbres over the sort of taut psychedelic feedback used in kosmische musik and the echo of Tangerine Dream's masterpiece Zeit ring out in the grooves of the double vinyl reissue. The polarities are pronounced and brilliantly assembled, injecting even the most rough brushwork with an inescapable air of suspense; it's a real gem, deftly balancing harsh noise and otherworldly effects. A towering holy grail of Japan noise music. Among the most ferocious and rare cassette from the artist discography, finally entering the light of day on vinyl analog support. Gatefold cover; edition of 299.
V.U.A.S. (POLAND)
SE 4617X-LP
PRICE: $27.00
CAT #: SE 4617X-LP
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VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE The Velvet Underground ("The Closet Mix") LP
Limited restock. "The album was produced by the band themselves, and issued in two different stereo mixes. The more widely distributed mix is the one done by MGM/Verve staff engineer Val Valentin. The other mix was done by Lou Reed, boosting his vocals and guitar solos, while reducing the level of other instruments. This version was dubbed the 'Closet Mix' by Sterling Morrison, because it sounded to him as if it had been recorded in a closet. The most dramatic difference is that the two versions use entirely different performances of 'Some Kinda Love', both taken from the same recording sessions."
VP RECORDS
VPGSRL 7004LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: VPGSRL 7004LP
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PHILLIPS, NOEL Youth Man Vibrations LP
2013 reissue. Originally released in 1981. "First re-pressing of rare Noel Phillips recordings. Noel Phillips would go on to greater success as Echo Minott. These early roots recordings are his most in-demand cuts with collectors. Classic 1981 Prince Jammy production. Features performances by Sly & Robbie, Skully, Sticky, Ansel Winston, and more. Remastered for this exclusive pressing."
VPRL 1009LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: VPRL 1009LP
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YELLOWMAN Duppy Or Gunman LP
2010 reissue. Originally released in 1982. "Relatively journeyman effort from Yellowman, who even steps down enough to cover Pluto Shervington's 'Duppy or Gunman.'" --AllMusic Tracks include: "Lost Mi Love", "Mr. Chin", "Two To Six Super Mix", "Morning Ride", "...Did A Hurt Me", "Natty Sat Upon The Rock", "How You Keep A Dance", "Jamaica A Little Miami", "Duppy Or Gunman", and "Yellowman Getting Married".
VPRL 1385LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: VPRL 1385LP
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CONGOS, THE Congo Ashanti LP
1994 reissue. Originally released in 1979. Follow-up to Heart of the Congos (1977). Tracks include: "Days Chasing Days", "Jackpot", "Hail The World Of Jah", "Education Of Brainwashing", "Youth Man", "Yoyo", "Nana", and "Thief Is In The Vineyard"
VPRL 4199LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: VPRL 4199LP
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I-ROY The Observer Book of I-Roy LP
2012 release. From the back sleeve: "The awesome run of hit singles that the late, great I Roy voiced for Niney The Observer during 1976 and 1977 are collected together here on LP for the very first time. Versioning a serious selection of roots reggae classics, including 'Here I Come', 'Wolf & Leopards', 'Satta Amassa Ganna' and 'Weeping', The Observer Book Of I-Roy showcases I-Roy's lyrical lexicography for Niney in fine style. This is foundation deejay music at its very, very best. Let there be version!"
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