Eliane Radigue - ℥ = a = b = a + b


One of the crowning releases of Joe Colley's Povertech label, a 2000 reissue of brilliant minimalist Eliane Radigue's 2x7" from 1969, originally self-published in a tiny edition of just 250 copies and then rereleased by Povertech in a slightly more available run of 400 copies. Currently long out of print.

(Incidentally, my husband peered over my shoulder as I typed this and asked "Honey, why are you writing about kebabs?")

Eliane Radigue - ℥ = a = b = a + b

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Gelsomina & Nkondi - Sunsetboulevard

A classic through-the-post international noise collaboration, released in 2006 as a CDR on Nkondi's Dollfullofrivets label. I have no idea why he doesn't put spaces in between words. Maybehiskeyboardisbroken.

Gelsomina & Nkondi - Sunsetboulevard

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Spider Compass Good Crime Band - Organ Winding Sheet Music




More category defeating genius / lunacy ...

CDr released on Pecan Crazy Records in 2004.

Organ Winding Sheet Music

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Spider Compass Good Crime Band - Vultures Serenade With Human Organs




Well, obviously they do. Demented synth electronics with a bit of stolen sound (they're the bits that are in tune btw) from that man Grux.

CDr released on Brutal Sound Effects in 2005.

Vultures Serenade With Human Organs

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Faxed Head - Chiropractic




Fifth Head (aka James Goode who was also in The Double U), Jigsaw Puzzle Head (aka Brandan Kearney of Caroliner, Archipelago Brewing Company and World Of Pooh etc), LaBrea Tar Pits Head (aka Phil Franklin Of Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Franklin's Mint and Secret Chiefs 3 etc), McPatrick Head (aka Gregg Turkington) and Neck Head (aka Trey Spruance).

And, now imagine if Slipknot styled out their masks with crap they had just found and Ministry took hallucinogens instead of their usual cup of tea and the fucking lot of them had a sense of humour (or at least irony). Then throw in Michael Gerald's Killdozer vocals. Yep, it's nonsense. But great nonsense. Just wish I'd have got to see them live.

CD released on Web Of Mimicry in 2001.

Chiropractic

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Commode Minstrels In Bullface - Fantastic Picnic




The main Bullface Carolner vibe was created by Grux, Chris Cooper and Jess Goddard but I reckon it's early enough to include Trey Spruance (of Faxed Head, Mr Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3 and Asva). Who knows? I don't.

LP released on Insignificant in 1996.

Fantastic Picnic

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Evil Moisture / Commode Minstrels In Bullface - Tribute To Hershell Gordon Lewis




Andy Bolus's excellent Evil Moisture backed by Grux et al's what the fuck is going on Bullface.

7" released on Birdman Records in 2001 with each one packaged inside an edition of the Hellraiser comic.

Tribute To Hershell Gordon Lewis

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Caroliner Rainbow Open Wound Chorale - Rise Of The Common Woodpile




So on their mirrored old website, this is described as an LP but has the cover of the CD complete with the "packaged in manilla envelope with graphics and paint added". I have a theory that the copyright dates noted on the site are the real dates of the originals and then history kind of warped (because I'm not sure they thought this was gonna last long) and what you get on discogs on the earlier releases are the reissue dates. I'll never be able to prove it and to be honest there's probably only me that cares.

Anyway, the twelfth and final track on the vinyl (Victory Arm Fence) ends with a locked groove. On here, "Victory" is split into three tracks before the locked groove kicks in for another four tracks (sounds shit but it's quite hypnotic). When you lay out the titles of the six "bonus" tracks it reads: "Hey, The Twelve Songs Are Spread Over 18 Tracks Without Much Consideration For Archiving As Mp3's".

Thank heaven for the lunatics, am I right?

Rise Of The Common Woodpile

Finally ... the Caroliner vaults are empty apart from these live recordings.

As always ... if you are sitting on anything else, please share!

Live at Alvin's, Detroit, MI, 1991.08.11

Live at Loft Party at 190 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA, 1993.07.17

Live at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 10.29.93

Live in San Francisco, CA, 2002.08.06

Live at Les Voutes, Paris, March 13th, 2005

Live at Wooden Octopus Skull Festival, 2005.09.10

Live at Max’s Vet Center Eugene OR 6.3.08

Live at The 5lowershop, San Francisco 14. December (? year)

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Caroliner Rainbow Open Wound Chorale - Rise Of The Common Woodpile

Caroliner's 3rd full album, generally considered to be their best by people who have never listened to music before. Relatively well-recorded (!) alien bluegrass country noise stomp by the band that claims that all of their "music" is channeled from the mind of a bull who lived in 1800s America. Go ahead and read that sentence again if you think it'll help. I'll assume that their sophomore record on San Francisco's legendary punk/hardcore label Subterranean failed to make anyone rich or famous, because this one was self-released by the band again. Can't fault Subterranean, though. Who in their right mind would invest hard-earned dollars in nonsense as wildly unacceptable as this? Only the band, who obviously don't have one right mind among any of their dayglo-enrobed ranks, would think that releasing this album on both LP and CD is a good idea. Thank heaven for the lunatics, am I right?

Caroliner Rainbow Open Wound Chorale ‎– Rise Of The Common Woodpile

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Caroliner Rainbow Susans And Bruisins - The Cooking Stove Beast




And this contains "Ann Terry's Fearful House Problem" (and I don't recognise the track from anywhere else) so I'm assuming it was a digital reissue to correct the omission. It's not the reissue listed on discogs.

The Cooking Stove Beast

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Caroliner Rainbow Susans And Bruisins - The Cooking Stove Beast




On the lyric sheets that came with the album, there were lyrics for "Ann Terry's Fearful House Problem" but it didn't appear ... ?

LP apparently released on Nuf Sed in 1992.

The Cooking Stove Beast

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Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins - I'm Armed With Quarts Of Blood

Sure you are. In any case, I'm not going to tell you that you aren't.

Caroliner's second LP, this time released by adventurous SF punk label Subterranean (who also foisted such singular ugliness as Flipper, Factrix and Z'ev upon an indifferent world). If you like the Residents, Butthole Surfers, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 and Appalachian "American Primitive" bluegrass holler, none of that will make it any more likely that you'll derive anything resembling pleasure from this. The record begins with some locked grooves, none of which are transcribed here. Life is tough. Surface noise, channel drop-outs and vinyl pops were left in, though, because this is broken music recorded onto used tissue paper and pressed with no regard for (or expectation of) anyone ever listening to it. Pretend that it's intentional. For all I know, it is. Only the singing bull knows for sure.

Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins ‎– I'm Armed With Quarts Of Blood

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Caroliner Rainbow Fingers Of The Underground And Their Breakable Bones - The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall




I think that this is the CDr version. However, having spent several weeks in the Carolinerverse, I'm not sure whether I'm capable of rational thought anymore. This comes with four extra untitled tracks that I don't recognise from anywhere else. The final 13 minute track (? session) is utterly utterly mental. "No shit", I hear you sigh. Amidst the bongo fury, mouth trumpet (aka fart noises), screaming, vocals that make Gibby sound like a finely tuned and classically trained singer and guitars that make the early Pussy Galore sound like the Rolling Stones ... it also rocks the fuck out ... in a way that only the Rainbow can!

The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall

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Caroliner Rainbow Fingers Of The Underground And Their Breakable Bones - The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall




Complete with locked groove at the end of Side B ... LP released on Nuf Sed in 1992.

The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall

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Caroliner Rainbow Hernia Milk Queen - Rear End Hernia Puppet Show

Caroliner (the band name changes on each record to something beginning "Caroliner Rainbow..." and then appends non-sequiturs) has historically revolved around a San Francisco trash collector called Grux and a rotating cast of dayglo enablers that has included Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger), Dame Darcy, members of Deerhoof, Loachfillet, Fat Worm of Error, World of Pooh, Faxed Head, Rubber-o-Cement, and who knows who or what else. This is their debut LP, released in 1985. It infamously came in a used pizza box stuffed with photocopied art and actual garbage. No two copies were alike and no other band is like Caroliner.

A note about the sound quality: there isn't any. This music was recorded poorly, pressed cheaply, and ripped as well as one could hope for under the circumstances. Accept the no-fi nastiness as an inseparable quality of the gestalt. If you think this sounds like trash (and it does), know that a later Caroliner album ("Rings on the Awkward Shadow") was supposedly first recorded onto wax cylinder and then pressed to bargain-quality vinyl, and that album sounds markedly worse.

Caroliner Rainbow Hernia Milk Queen ‎– Rear End Hernia Puppet Show

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Caroliner Rainbow Wire Thin Sheep Legs Baking Exhibit - Strike Them Hard, Drag Them To Church




The best Caroliner title? To be honest by now, you're either into it or not.

LP released on Nuf Sed in 1992.

Strike Them Hard Drag Them To Church

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Caroliner Rainbow Grace Blocks Used In The Placement Of The Personality - Rings On The Awkward Shadow Sides 3 & 4




I bought this years ago ... at least 12 years ago but it might have been a lot longer than that. There is no information on the sleeve and the disc is blank. There are seven tracks and it doesn't match anything much from the vinyl in terms of track times. It's not sides three and four. Feel free to speculate, I've spent so much time in the Carolinerverse that I've booked myself into rehab.

CDr released on Dolor Del Estamago ... no idea when.

Rings On The Awkward Shadow Sides 3 & 4

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Caroliner Rainbow Grace Blocks Used In The Placement Of The Personality - Rings On The Awkward Shadow




In the world of Caroliner vinyl everybody seems to guess where the splits happen. I don't believe Discogs much anymore ... on there, the title track is 6:36 ... mine rocks up at 13 minutes even if the last 30 seconds are a locked groove (and it's the final track so where did everything else go?). I'm too far into the Grux-hole to care much.

Double LP released on BullsHit apparently in 1994.

Rings On The Awkward Shadow

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Caroliner Rainbow Scrambled Egg Taken For A Wife - Banknotes, Dreams & Signatures




This really is a wild ride. Awe inspiringly fucked up genius!

LP jointly released on Nuf Sed ‎and BullsHit in 1994.

Banknotes, Dreams & Signatures

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Caroliner Rainbow Customary Relaxation Of The Shale - Sell Heal Holler




Impossibly brilliant and totally cracked and warped.

LP released on BullsHit in 1995.

Sell Heal Holler

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