Dolphins Into the Future - Ke Mirning Pu'uwai

Imagine a Windham Hill new age album, full of tasteful synth wash and nature sounds. Now imagine that same album played on a 30th generation cassette tape that's been left baking in the sun for several months. That's sort of what this tape is like. Belgian artist Lieven Martens' Dolphins Into the Future has some sonic affinity with the blown-out basement-psychedelia of The Skaters and their solo/pseudonymous orbital projects (particularly Monopoly Child Star Seekers), early Oneohtrix Point Never, and the more placid exponents of the New Zealand sub-sub-undergound. The new age flirtation is borderline-distasteful, as if Martens is channeling Vangelis via Hive Mind, but somehow it works. Those bird chirps and whale songs (??) are vastly more enjoyable to listen to when slathered in ugly hiss. Released by Cetacean Nation Cassettes in 2011.

Dolphins Into the Future - Ke Mirning Pu'uwai


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Masayuki Takayanagi - Archive 1




This is Masayuki Takayanagi's free-form New Direction Unit performing live between 1977 and 1978.

Akira Iijima and Masayuki Takayanagi share the improvised guitar work, Nobuyoshi Ino is on bass, Kenji Seyama and Hiroshi Yamazaki are behind the kit at various points, Yoshiaki Fujikawa is on reeds on the first four sets with Kenji Mori on the fifth. Legends every one of them!

Released on Jinya Disc in 1990, the first 100 came with a DVD ... but you can't have everything ...

Another Situation First Concert - 1977.9.4 At Purcinera, Shibuya

Regular Concert No.35 - 1977.6.2 At Jean Jean, Shibuya

Regular Concert No.36 - 1977.8.4 At Jean Jean, Shibuya

Regular Concert No.39 - 1978.2.10 At Jean Jean, Shibuya

Regular Concert No.43 - 1978.10.6 At Jean Jean, Shibuya

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Nicole Chambers - Reciprocity

Second album by IDES boss, guitar-and-tape-mangler Nicole Chambers, issued in 2006. As with all of her solo noise, this tape is essential and deserves as many sets of attentive ears on it as possible. Sink into this one. Put it on repeat and let it fog up your living room.

Nicole Chambers - Reciprocity 

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Nicole Chambers - NC

I don't know much about this one, except that I love it and more ears (like yours!) need to let these sounds seep inside. I have no idea how Chambers made this stuff, even though she clearly writes on the insert that tape recorder, boom box, and guitars were involved. The music sounds as if it was dropped in from another dimension. It's muted fidelity adds to the overall air of distant, brutally compelling fog. Chambers spent some time in the ranks of power-electronics instigators Bloodyminded, whose irritatingly trite, desperately-grasping-for-transgressive act borders on parody. She went on to run IDES, one of the most dependably fascinating cassette labels of the late 00's, but the strongest releases in the IDES catalog are her own. Released in 2005 in an edition of just 22 copies.

Nicole Chambers - NC 


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Glass Bath - Grey Gardens

Frozen menace by the duo of Andy Ortmann (Panicsville, Nihilist Recordings) and IDES label mastermind Nicole Chambers. Issued as a tape on IDES in 2006.

Glass Bath - Grey Gardens

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Climax Denial - Sexuality is a Curse

No one can make sex seem so damned depressing like Climax Denial's Alex Kmet. This was the 2nd cassette on the remarkably well-curated IDES label in 2006. Pretty much anything IDES saw fit to release is worth your time.

Climax Denial - Sexuality is a Curse

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Vomir - L'Homme Saturé




LP jointly released on At War With False Noise ‎and Turgid Animal in 2010. You know where you are heading here ...

L'Homme Saturé

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Vomir / Cannibal Ritual - Untitled




Well, I was going to post the Persistence In Mourning / Vomir split tape to lead into this. At the last minute, I realised that it is on the Ominous Silence Records bandcamp page. Never mind, you can go there instead.

Here's a single sided C90 released on Cannibal Ritual's Black Grave Tapes in 2008. Cannibal Ritual goes by the name of Ruggero Lenzi. That in itself makes me smile as it's an obvious nod to Italian schlock-mondo film directors Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi.

The other bloke is Vomir ... oh, and did I mention that it is HNW?

Vomir / Cannibal Ritual

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va - Clones of Suicide

Extremely odd "tribute" to New York City's pioneering synth duo Suicide by the crew of Japanese weirdos who inhabited that barely-describable sideways-electronics "scene" that circled the Zero Gravity and Far East Experimental Sounds/Sonic Plate labels in the late 1990s. These aren't really cover songs; they are more like declarative blurts of appreciative (dis)respect that somehow reference Suicide's impact on the artists' own production/aesthetic. Some are sparse tunes with repeating organ bars definitely informed by Martin Rev. Others turn the echo up on some Elvisy vocals a la Alan Vega. None of it is easily explainable.

The disc features music by Dub Sonic (aka the late, Sun Ra-obsessed Takehiro Nakazato), Take Rodruiguez (Nakazato's inexplicably Latino alias for techno-bossa-nova), techno/dub/nonsense band Nasca Car, Manshow, super-heavy bass emperor Kucknacke, Scorpion is Snake is Spider (which sounds likes a Hanatarash alias, but is actually Kucknacke), Kazunao Nagata (the undisputed champion of synthesized what-the-fug, aka the man behind techno/pop label Transonic and the braincell-shattering Zero Gravity label), G13 (aka ambient drifter Enitokwa), Woodman (whose "A Barbarian in Asia" album can and must be found elsewhere on this blog... get to it!), Bathroom Monkeys (aka Woodman again), and... the coup de ??? of the entire album, a duo of Kucknacke with the legendary, acidic folk singer/songwriter Kan Mikami! No, I did not make this album up. It is a real thing, really pressed on a CD and sent to Earth by Sonic Plate in 1999.

va - Clones of Suicide 

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Persistence in Mourning - The Undead Shall Rise




"First full-length album from Andy Lippoldt AKA Persistence In Mourning, after a couple of EPs and a split 7" with funeral doom legends Worship. The Undead Shall Rise is a concept album on a zombie attack, following our protagonist on fleeing the zombie hordes on the A side (which ends with him being bitten), and deals with his transformation into an undead on the B side. It's a hokey concept, but does it work? YES IT DOES! There's a real soundtrack feel to the record, with funeral doom dirges interspersed with noisey, unsettling moments and fractured spoken word. Reminiscent of doom legends Thergothon on the more "conventional" pieces, but in my opinion the stuff he's doing on this record is a million miles ahead of anyone in the genre right now. It's a very downbeat record and captures the spirit of utter hopelessness and despair (what I can only assume the "zombie" concept is allegory for) perfectly. Features a host of guest musicians (including Ganzmord, M. Warjomaa from Aarni and B.Baphomet from By The Horns) who serve to each stamp their own unique talents onto the music."

LP released on At War With False Noise in 2009. Whilst your at it, check out their Bandcamp as well.

The Undead Shall Rise

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Persistence In Mourning / Koufar - Untitled




The piercing throb of Mackenzie Chami's power electronics alongside Andrew Lippoldt's charming slow motion abyss rock. C44 released on Phage Tapes in 2009.

Persistence In Mourning / Koufar

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Koufar - The Death Of Myself




Mackenzie Chami on a C20 released on the excellent New Forces in 2010.

The Death Of Myself

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Male Compliments - Male Compliments




This C34 is a one-off Mackenzie Chami power electronics project released on Crimes Against Skin in 2010 in an edition of 35.

Male Compliments

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Bachir Gemayel - Severed Heads Form A Circle Around Mt. Lebanon




At first, the static rolls along before targeting the wall. Mackenzie Chami on a C94 released on HarshFuckedForLife Records in 2009 in an edition of only 15 copies.

Severed Heads Form A Circle Around Mt. Lebanon

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Cracked Dome / Bachir Gemayel - Untitled




C20 released on Phage Tapes in 2008 in an edition of 44.

Cracked Dome / Bachir Gemayel

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Cracked Dome - Mutilated Horizons




This covers so much noise territory that I won't say any more than it was released on the mighty Turgid Animal in 2006.

Mutilated Horizons

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Torturing Nurse / Cracked Dome - Untitled




This was posted here five and a half years ago ... it's about time it got another hearing!

You all know Shanghai's Torturing Nurse of course. Even by their standards, this is chaos. Guitar shredding noise destruction. It's wonderful and quite frankly mental and I love them! Cracked Dome is "Gene Symptoms" and he chops up the first offering to the point of destruction before turning towards a long brood.

CDr released on Barfing Dagger Re-Recordings in 2006.

Torturing Nurse / Cracked Dome

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Vibracathedral Orchestra - REC-REH 13




Vibracathedral Orchestra have had a lot of line-up fluctuations. Sometimes, you never knew what you were going to get. Once they supported Sunburned Hand Of The Man over here and it turned out to be Mick Flower on his own ... and then he joined Sunburned for the rest of the night. Complaining? Are you crazy? Wonderful night and I got to marvel at the rubber horse-headed Gnod dance troupe.

Whilst the ranks have included Matthew Bower and Chris Corsano, nothing compares to the early works. Two, maybe three, years ago, I had a brief exchange with Neil Campbell and asked about the prospect of the original Vibracathedral getting back together. He said maybe there was a chance of some live gigs over in Leeds. It was difficult for me to get across to the Brudenell Social Club on a regular basis ... so I didn't ... can't tell you how much I regret that.

Anyway, that's a very long-winded way of saying "here it is". Adam Davenport, John Godbert, Julian Bradley, Michael Flower and Neil Campbell recorded in late 2013 and self-released in early 2014 in an edition of only 50 copies.

Only Bridget Hayden is missing from these recordings but I am not a beggar that likes to choose ...

REC-REH 13

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Jarvis / Joincey / Todd - Stopped Clock For Early Retirement




The inaugural offering was this CDr released on Phil's Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers in 1996.

Stopped Clock For Early Retirement

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Jarvis / Joincey / Todd‎ - This Horse Already Rotten




The second outing for the threesome. CDr released on Slippy Town in 2000.

This Horse Already Rotten

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