Concrete Threat + Vomir - Monolithic Blasphemies




Christian Fagerström, Hannes Hellman and Romain Perrot on an LP released on Urashima in 2013 (which I am pretty sure is a re-treatment of the tape that came out on At War With False Noise in 2008).

It used to seem that this blogging lark was a complete waste of time. Spending all of the huge amounts of our lives throwing things that we love into the world in order to be met with silence or casual indifference at best? It's the people who leave the comments or email us that actually keeps our motivation up there. No offense to anybody else but Caligari is the dog's bollocks! He has been listening and giving us his opinion for years and years. To be honest, it's been so long that I think "wonder what he is gonna make of this?" when I am preparing posts. Eventually, we will convert him to the glory of "abstract noise" ... this is primarily aimed at Caligari but feel free to enjoy this as well.

Monolithic Blasphemies

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Yeast Culture ‎- IYS




This LP was originally released on Petri Supply in 2000 and was re-released in 2009. That one is the rip that I used to have. And then the outrageously great Art Into Life ‎managed to make and break my heart within a year! This is the 2012 release.

And in preparing the post, the pain returned. Petri Supply combined with Art Into Life to release IYS: Field Tapes which is this LP with another six tapes in spectacular packaging. The numbers of those releases were really small. Myself and Mrs Inside only found out well after they disappeared onto people's shelves. Both of us would have raced to buy it with the boast of who got there first. Oh, the pain!

Anyway, this is the sound of what is left on the Earth when we have completely fucked it up and left the remnants to radioactive cockroaches...

IYS

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Yeast Culture ‎- Rena Leicia - The Exposition Of Nothing




This was originally released on Petri Supply in 1988 as a 10" and 7" combo in an edition of 114. The material on the 7" was created using collages of music from 114 old 10" 78rpm records. One of the anonymised 78s was then released alongside the single. Some twelve years later, nine copies of the 7" were found and released. This is one of those.

The Exposition Of Nothing

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Yamamoto Seiichi & Acid Mothers Temple ‎- Giga Psychedelia




As I leave my humble dwelling to go and see the mighty AMT, here's a live recording from the "AMT Festival Vol.10" on the 10th of December 2011 in Tokuzo (Nagoya). Released on the Acid Mothers Temple label in 2013.

"The third showdown between Yamamoto Seiichi and Acid Mothers Temple! Marvel at the psychedelic, metaphysical demolishing of the AMT repertory! This is it, your one-way ticket to the Galactic Railroad! No return possible!!"

Yeah Baby!

Giga Psychedelia

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Yeast Culture - Untitled

The remarkable first Yeast Culture tape, released in 1988 on Petri Supply. Mysterious low-fidelity rumbling and industrial clank from the Pacific Northwest, paired with poetry, unique paintings and obsessive collage art. Fans of The Hafler Trio, Small Cruel Party, and Hands To will love this.

Yeast Culture - Untitled

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YC - Stick Men

Usual YC (aka Yeast Culture) suspects Mark Schomberg and Allen Russell wrangle the tapes and moan into microphones, joined by Key Ransone/Small Cruel Party and other Pacific Northwest sound and visual artists. The resulting tape sounds so mysteriously devoid of human hands that it may well be an untouched field recording of a forest on another planet. Recorded in 1990, released 10 years later on the band's Petri Supply/Incubator labels.

YC - Stick Men

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Various‎ - Constructive Music 1990




Compilation released on Ichiro Tsuji's (aka Dissecting Table) UPD Organization in 1990.

This features Dissecting Table, Asmus Tietchens, Kenji Kamei's Deliberate Composition, Étant Donnés, Ruins, PGR (who in this incarnation are Kim Cascone and Ken Reyvision) and Howling Of Himalaya.

Howling Of Himalaya is the tribal synth of Jun Konagaya and it is the only work that he made under that name that I am aware of.

Constructive Music 1990

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Grim‎ - Love Song




Beautifully packaged LP jointly released on Art Into Life and Jun's Eskimo Records in 2013. "The singularly strange storytelling power of Jun Konagaya's unit GRIM had been largely overlooked until Haang Niap Records' "Folk Songs For An Obscure Race" compilation of the group's early 80s material. Konagaya restarted the group in 2009 and these are their first new recordings".

A special mention goes to Austria's Steinklang Industries who have released Psycho Sun ... which also purports to have the the first new work by GRIM for 27 years! They also have Jun Konagaya's Organ that was "released" on Eskimo Records and distributed via Steinklang and BRAND NEW copies of 1985's Amaterasu 7" with the booklet (and surely these must have come directly from Jun). If that isn't enough, they have some gorgeous GRIM t-shirts ...

They have also remastered and re-released all of the work of Vasilisk including some exquisitely made wooden LP box sets! And Vasilisk t-shirts. What more could you possibly want?

Love Song

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Grim - Vital 1983-86




This is another tape released on Lust Vessel this year. This is a combination of studio and live material from a long time ago featuring Jun Konagaya and Yukio Nagoshi.

Thanks to the Bleak Bliss regular who heard our desperate pleas and sent us the Lust Vessel tapes. Needless to say, we love you!

Vital 1983-86

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Grim ‎- Divine Music For Sleeping + Field 1987




C60 released and immediately sold out on Lust Vessel this year.

This brings together two releases from Jun Konagaya's Eskimo Records in 1987.

Divine Music For Sleeping features Jun Konagaya with Yukio Nagoshi and Shinichi Kuraoka and Mr K F (Partial).

Now here is a conspiracy theory that I have convinced myself is absolutely true. As you will no doubt be aware, Jun Konagaya recorded with Tomo Kuwahara as White Hospital. When they stopped recording under that name, Tomo Kuwahara started up as Vasilisk with Yukio Nagoshi and Shinichi Kuraoka. As I have suggested before, the White Hospital dissolution must have been amicable ... Jun released Vasilisk on his Eskimo label. Surely, the mysterious Mr K F (Partial) is Tomo Kuwahara? If that is the case, then ...

Between the sides of Divine is the Field 1987 recording which is Jun Konagaya with Yukio Nagoshi.

Even if I am deluding myself, this is a magnificent journey into a tribal hellhole that I want to go to when I die! Thank you Lust Vessel!

Divine Music For Sleeping + Field 1987

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Grim ‎- Folk Songs For An Obscure Race




This is a CD released on Haang Niap Records in 2009. It is subtitled "complete discography". Whilst that is obviously not the case it gives me things I hadn't heard before this came out.

I don't know who appears on which track but the credits are: "Gratitude and thanks to: Tomosada Kuwabara, Yukio Nagoshi, Aya Takahashi, Shinichi Kuraoka, Alan Cummings, Takeshi Yoshida, Sachie Amagawa, Ayumi & Ruan". Alan clearly won't be appearing here in a musical sense but he is a god in my eyes! Without his dedication, people like me would have no idea about our kind of Japanese music. I'd kiss him if I could (maybe even tongues).

Folk Songs For An Obscure Race

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Wolf Eyes ‎- Posession Tissues



These are four CDrs that came packaged as a fully fledged vinyl box set. It was released on American Tapes in 2002 in an edition of 20. The release date is stamped on as Mar 05 2002. These are four live sets and I'm kind of assuming that the tour was mid-late 2001. After all, you've got to give John time to get home and press and print and release ...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: There is no such thing as too much Wolf Eyes!

It's AM238 btw.

one two

three four

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Wolf Eyes ‎- Undertakers Part One




At this point, Wolf Eyes were Aaron Dilloway, John Olson and Nate Young. This should be the case for all of the Undertakers tapes. As far as I know, it wasn't until 2005 when Mike Connelly replaced Aaron Dilloway. C30 released on Since 1972 in 2003.

Undertakers Part One

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Wolf Eyes ‎- Undertakers Pt.2




C20 released on James Toth and Tovah Olson's Polyamory label in 2003.

Undertakers Pt.2

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Wolf Eyes ‎- Undertakers Pt 3




C30 released on Mike Connelly's Gods Of Tundra in 2004.

Undertakers Pt 3

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Wolf Eyes - Early Vol. 1

The strange crew of restless Michigan punks who made up the Hanson Records and American Tapes "scene" was always cavalier with band names. John Olson has used at least two dozen aliases for albums made by him alone. Universal Indians, Basket Case, Nautical Almanac, and Waves had loose and inconsistent memberships. And who were Beast People? Does it matter?

Wolf Eyes, the highest profile name to emerge from this midwestern cauldron of drugs and skateboards, is not the band today that it was when it began, and it's been several different bands in between. On this cassette, released by Hanson in 2001, Wolf Eyes was the solo alias of Nathan Young, presenting one long track of distractedly low-level electro-doodles mixed with what seems to be a steady layer of howling dogs. Or, I suppose, wolves. This was the first ever recording attributed to Wolf Eyes, and is quite far from everything they would go on to do in the subsequent 15 years: the synth no-wave of their Bulb album, the slow thud of "Burned Mind", scorched free jazz/improv skronk, no-fidelity noise, and the near-rock of their most recent incarnation. Side two sees Aaron Dilloway "remix" Young's original track, blurring the animal howls and bringing the already tensionless hum dangerously close to comatose.

Wolf Eyes - Early Vol. 1

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Latrine Psychology Gx - Weighted Ghost Z

Huh? John Olson has released a shit-ton of strange music, but I'm not sure what to say about this tape.  It's one of 27 tapes released under the name Latrine Psychology Gx, all of them in teensy editions. This one was an edition of 11 copies. But do more than 11 people really need to hear it? I'm not sure if they do. Of all the music Olson has released, this tape least resembles music.

Side one contains some barely-there synth doodles that scratch around in the dirt as if they're watching TV at the same time (nothing interesting, maybe something useless like The Food Network) and periodically taking naps. Side B is even less musical than that. A saxophone bleats a few impotent bleats, then gives up. Maybe it had errands to take care of. A synth was left running by accident. Someone thinks they've turned it off, but they're mistaken. It's still on. Long minutes pass by with just a hiss there to mark the time, and those minutes are no more or less interesting than those containing intentional sound. But now that I type those words, I realize how troublesome "intentional" is. What was intended with "Weighted Ghost Z"? Why is most of Side B only coming out of one channel? I have no idea what this tape is for, but instead of listening to it, you could go for a nice walk around your neighborhood. Say hello to someone you haven't seen in awhile. Call your mom. She misses you.

Latrine Psychology Gx - Weighted Ghost Z

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Solvent People - The Spiritual Notebook 1

Heavy synth and tape workout by John Olson (Spykes, Wolf Eyes, many others), released in an edition of just 6 copies in 2006. As far as I'm aware, there was never a part 2, leaving all the spiritual questions posed by this music frustratingly unresolved.

Solvent People - The Spiritual Notebook 1

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Solvent People - Songs From the Afternoon

A short tape of overdriven synth and saxophone by John Olson, released on Tone Filth in 2005.

Solvent People - Songs From the Afternoon

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Spykes - The Signal Man

From John Olson's favored solo alias, Spykes, comes a double tape set from 2010, released by American Tapes an edition of 18 copies, packed in a little box altered with unique collage art and a poster.

tape 1
tape 2

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