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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Caroliner Singing Bull Of The 1800's Memorial Band - Our American Heritage, Volume One




"This LP also is an exception. Focusing like a target at an inch away we put together our best live music pieces which include between them small compositions and ideas that are to be music on LPs in the following years of Caroliner's existance." The rear of the sleeve also says "copyright and publishing 1983" ... ahh, the obfuscating world of Caroliner!

There is nothing to indicate the label so let's say it's a self-released LP from 1996.

Our American Heritage

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Caroliner - Toodoos




The source vinyl isn't the cleanest and even with a healthy dose of click removal it still crackles. Better than nothing I say ... but if you can contribute a cleaner rip, feel free!

LP released on BullsHit in 1999.

Toodoos

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Caroliner Rainbow Brain Tool Imbued With Rust And Mold - Wine Can't Do It, Wife Won't Do!




I posted this in 2011 and here it is again. I really can't tell you why it took me another seven years to get around to posting more Caroliner.

Double LP released on BullsHit ‎in 2003.

Wine Can't Do It

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Planet TR - Let the Cosmos Ring

Enough with the heavy darkness already! Planet TR is actually The Tower Recordings, who adopted this pseudonym for one album only. Sprawling, semi-improvised drone folk jams featuring some players who would become more well-known in later years: Samara Lubelski, Matt Valentine, Tim Barnes, PG Six and Helen Rush. Released as a CD by Spirit of Orr in 1997.

Planet TR - Let the Cosmos Ring

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Caroliner Rainbow Tongue On The Fingermill Of The Paste Demon / Eeyore Ass Guzzler - Split




I missed this when I was posting the sevens and twelves ... how remiss of me! If Eeyore Ass Guzzler isn't Caroliner I'll guzzle my ass ... or something more appetising just in case.

7" released on Eerie Materials in 1994.

Paste Demon / Ass Guzzler

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Hermann Kopp - Nekronology

Probably the music Hermann Kopp is best known for, this 2004 CD collects tracks from his soundtracks for revolting splatter-gore movies Nekromantik, Necromantik 2, and Der Todesking, all directed by Jorg Buttgereit.

Hermann Kopp - Nekronology

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Caroliner - An 1800s Affectuant In An Instrumental Revue




18 untitled tracks that just about match the timings that you will see on Discogs ... but the running order is different. Multiple releases on shuffle? For a band as wantonly capricious as Caroliner, nothing at all surprises me anymore.

CDr released on BullsHit in 2003

An 1800s Affectuant In An Instrumental Revue

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Hermann Kopp - Mondo Carnale (Best of 1981-1989)

One of three reissues of Hermann Kopp's 80s material released by Vinyl on Demand, Mondo Carnale collects some songs from "Pop" and others from tapes and early LPs.

Hermann Kopp - Mondo Carnale (Best of 1981-1989)

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Caroliner Rainbow Solid Handshake & Loose 2 Pins - Transcontinental Pinecone Collector




Loose 2 Pins or two loose screws?

LP released on BullsHit in 2005.

Transcontinental Pinecone Collector

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Hermann Kopp - Pop

Not sure I understand the title of this record. Hermann Kopp's name might be familiar to you for one of two reasons: He was a member of German synth-pop trio Keine Anung, whose self-released 1980 LP was recently reissued by Dark Entries... or else you might know him as the sicko who recorded the soundtrack for gross-out horror movie Nekromantik. Less known is Kopp's solo music, some of which is dungeons-and-dragons kitschy goth ambience and some is... whatever this is. Out of step with the German synth-wave and post-punk happening around him at the time and certainly not as "pop" as his previous band was, Kopp self-released "Pop" as an LP on his Passiv label in 1983. It's hard to say what exactly he was going for, which for me is part of its charm. Imagine Tunes of Two Cities-era Residents crossed with Brighter Death Now, maybe?

Hermann Kopp - Pop

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Caroliner Rainbow Hands Replaced By Oversized Rocks - Leg Goes, Mind Goes, Lungs Go




Broken banjo and the vocals of a Gacy clown ... and there's more.

7" released on Vertical Records in 1993.

Mind Goes

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Chris Cooper - Special Bonus Thing

Mister Pfeffer Nase sheds his Angst Hase for this 2003 3"CDr of prepared guitar that would make Keith Rowe spin in his grave, if only he was dead. Never hurts to plan ahead.

Chris Cooper - Special Bonus Thing

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Caroliner - Bead Trail To Jardunne




It's Caroliner with an actual 7" released on Nuf Said in 1993.

Bead Trail To Jardunne

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Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase - Glistening Inn

I hear you, telephone thing. The cover says it all on Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase's 2008 LP for Belgian home-for-art-weirdos Ultra Eczema. Trigger warning: Discogs says there's a bassoon on here.

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase - Glistening Inn

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Caroliner Rainbow Gumkuppers & Commode Minstrels In Bullface - Split




Commode Minstrels In Bullface are probably Caroliner on here given that apart from Trey Spruance (yeah, Faxed Head, Mr Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Asva etc) they were all their own special Rainbow. I'm assuming that this was intended to rotate at 33rpm given that I have a rip at 45 and that doesn't really work.

33rpm 7" released on P-Tapes in 1994.

Fixing & Mixing Cracked Skulls / Theme From The Destruction Of The Turd Man

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Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase - Beatings With Gimpy Flighted Wings Entrapped By Post-Fence Of Garish-Land

A big bizarro leap forward for Angst Hase's 1999 LP on Menlo Park. What it might sound like if you played all your Small Cruel Party records at the same time on a toy turntable while washing your dishes with a teddy bear and an immersion blender. 

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase - Beatings With Gimpy Flighted Wings Entrapped By Post-Fence Of Garish-Land

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Caroliner Rainbow Gems You Poop Out - Ardelli Horse Haven




"DECLARATION: This seven inch is not in its entirety a Caroliner record as much as a paid documentation of a Caroliner associate Musclenuts soloing on a paid recording financed by a Japanese guitarist who was killed shortly after the recording leaving the band with the bill for the pressing. To sell this turkey an elaborate cover was put together to enhance the triviality of the vinyl enclosed. Musclenuts was aced out of the 10th lp live recording solos because of space problems. This is a listenable recording regardless of its questionable guitar modern-heavy overtones. May Rogette plays bass from the band 'Missouri Diary' which is another 1800's devotion musical ensemble."

Enjoy the obfuscation whilst your gemming your poop out.

7" released on La Brea in 1997.

Ardelli Horse Haven

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Caroliner / Culturcide - Split






Just the plain old Caroliner this time. They compensate by recording their first track over the phone. The reverse is the excellent Culturcide recorded Live in Antwerp.

7" released on Birdman Records in 1998 (according to discogs). The caveat is that the archived Caroliner site says "date unknown" and the Birdman catologue numbers jump all over the show (apparently). My money is on 1995 as the actual date.

Carolinercide

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Caroliner Rainbow Stand Still Or Fight Beans And Sunstroke - Lower Intestinal Clocks & Gut




The come down prior to the party followed by the sound of sanity falling down a flight of stairs.

"Not an LP, a 50+ minute 7" in 12" form" released on BullsHit in 1998.

Lower Intestinal Clocks & Gut

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Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase - Myth Of The Golden Jackal And The Frog

Whatever the myth is, you certainly won't learn about it by listening to AHPN's 2nd 7", released by  Birdman (a relatively high-profile label that also produced albums by Boredoms, OOIOO, Billy Childish, Brother JT etc) in 1996.

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase - Myth Of The Golden Jackal And The Frog

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Caroliner Rainbow Snake Tailed Waxwalker / Woodpatty The Chicken Climber - Split




Oh Caroliner! The multi-headed Apothecary's shop of hallucinogenic insanity led by chief windowpane Grux. The band that literally nobody has requested that we post. They have no consistent approach and are so far out there on their own that definitions just lose their relevance. We love them, you might not. Shit happens, we'll recover.

One of the things with Caroliner etc is the lack of a coherent history. The releases tend to be in handmade packaging in small numbers that are then released in subsequent editions ... they often turn out to be significantly (if not completely) different versions. We're going to try (and valiantly fail) to clear the waters ... I've always assumed that Woodpatty The Chicken Climber is a Grux / Caroliner offshoot but I'm not 100% ... there goes the first hurdle then.

As far as I know, this was their final release: "A 28 Minute 7" In 12" Form" that is over an hour long in total and is effectively an LP.

Released on BullShit in 2006 (Discogs says 2007 ... I don't think it is).

Smoke Tour For Lunation / Effrointerian Healing Spools Of Sacrificed Modesty Through The Curious Science Of Magnetism As Presented By Woodpatty The Chicken Climber

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Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase ‎– El Sabor Rojo / The Spirt Of Rock

Debut 7" single of Bananafish-flavored bedroom noise by Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase ("angry rabbit pepper nose", taken from a line to a German nursery rhyme), aka Chris Cooper, who would go one to be a member of Caroliner, Deerhoof, The BSC, Commode Minstrels in Bullface, and the extraordinary Fat Worm of Error.

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase ‎– El Sabor Rojo / The Spirt Of Rock

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Various - String Of Artifacts




This is one of those compilations that makes you realise that you are not as weird as people told you and finally gives you something to aspire to!

From the majesty of Hans Grusel's Krankenkabinet, Caroliner Rainbow, Pod Blotz, Spider Compass Good Crime Band and a surely imaginary meeting between Smegma and Wild Man Fischer through to the relatively normal Wolf Eyes, At Jennie Richie, Fat Worm Of Error, Nautical Almanac, Stilluppsteypa and Sun City Girls.

Roll up, roll up ... it's all here!

Double CD jointly released on Fish Pies and Resipiscent in 2005.

String Of Artifacts

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Various - California




The Cherry Point, Moth Drakula, Yellow Swans, Amps For Christ, Oscillating Innards, Spastic Colon, Open City, John Wiese, Tralphaz, Xome, Damion Romero, Joe Colley, Rubber O Cement, GX Jupitter-Larsen, The Skaters, Solid Eye, R.H.Y. Yau, Gerritt, Control and SIXES.

Ten LP set jointly released on Troniks, Ground Fault Recordings and RRRecords in 2006.

California

Knows How To Party

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Various - c/psi/p




We bend the knee at the majesty of Campbell Kneale's work and clearly Celebrate Psi Phenomenon is one of the finest labels ever. Full. Stop. I dread to think how many combined years we have spent tracking down the physical releases (all of it time well spent). Even if you are not new to the man or the label, this is a cracking compilation.

From the "well known" Birchville Cat Motel, Witcyst, Seht, Pumice, Armpit, 1/3 Octave Band, Dr. Gretchen's Musical Weightlifting Program and Eso Steel to the more esoteric No Logic Noise Farm, Atari Super Predator, Hataitai Bowling Club, Small Blue Torch, Airport and Cowcatcher. It's all here ...

Triple CDr set released on Last Visible Dog in 2001.

Celebrate PSI Phenomenon

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Onna - Untitled


The final (as far as I know) Onna release was a compilation from 2009, put out by the American psych/noise label Holy Mountain. It collects that first 7" from 1983 again, a couple of out-takes from "Katawa", and some live tracks.

Onna - Untitled

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various - lowercase-sound 2002




These are only a few reasons why you should make your own mind up: Dale Lloyd, Matt Shoemaker, Yannick Dauby, Reynols, Jeph Jerman, Animist Orchestra, John Hudak, Radu Malfatti, Stephan Mathieu, Kim Cascone, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetsu Inoue and Francisco López. Also, there is a track called Civyiu Kkliu attributed to Ludmilla Faulk. hhhhmmm.

Sorry, did I say a few? There is so much more. Just relax and absorb.

Double CD released on Bremsstrahlung in 2002. The second in the series but it didn't come in a metal box. And yes, it came with an extra copy of both discs so you could share them with friends. The circle continues.

Lowercase-Sound 2002

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Onna - Katawa

The only studio album by Onna came out on the only label it could have come out on: PSF, which was also home to Fushitsusha, High Rise, Kousokuya, Kan Mikami, Che-Shizu... fitting company for Onna's dark, psychedelic strangeness.

Onna - Katawa

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toy.bizarre / Dale Lloyd - Untitled




Toy Bizarre is obviously Cédric Peyronnet. Luckily, Dale Lloyd is Dale Lloyd. Don't wait to be told. Listen. Make your own mind up.

Double CD released on Bremsstrahlung in 2006. This is the third in the metal box series.

toy.bizarre / Dale Lloyd

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Civyiu Kkliu - 111




"A sound utility. It is not to be "listened to" as music. It operates to bring about, in a space, effects comparable to light and heat.

this is a utility. it functions as do light and heat, ill-arbitrarily. this is to be turned on and thus differs from music which is to be played. this is not to be experienced nor followed, it is antithetical to: for sitting before, for facing, for listening to. increasing and decreasing the level of volume is not increasing and decreasing efficacy; standards will vary with and within temperaments. this utility has a duration and requires re-engagement according to need for persistency of conditions effected."

Yeah, me neither.

CDr released on Bake Records in 2001.

111

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Scott Smallwood, Sawako, Seth Cluett, Ben Owen And Civyiu Kkliu - Phonography Meeting 070823




Five sets of field recordings / sound art played consecutively and mixed together to create a 47 minute epic of its kind.

CD released on Winds Measure Recordings in 2011.

Phonography Meeting 070823

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Radu Malfatti & Ilya Monosov - Split

The fourth double-disc album in Bremsstrahlung's metal box series, this contains music by Radu Malfatti and Ilya Monosov. Edition of 250 copies, released in 2003.

disc 1
disc 2

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Civyiu Kkliu + Ilya Monosov - Cartolina Postale




I've got to admit that I also know nothing about who/what/why Civyiu Kkliu is or was (and only slightly more about Ilya). However, in a world that just won't SHUT THE FUCK UP, there is something that's quite seditionary about creating work that is so intentionally incidental. Or is it?

So, you can handle a half hour accordion solo. Are you hardcore enough to be patient?

CDr released on Winds Measure Recordings in 2008.

Cartolina Postale

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Toshiya Tsunoda & Civyiu Kkliu - Split

The short-lived label called Bremsstrahlung (named after a type of electromagnetic radiation, apparently) put out quiet electro-acoustic music, as was the (minimal) rage in the early 00's. Following two mission-statement compilations both titled "Lowercase Sound", Bremsstrahlung issued three split albums in metal tins. They were supposed to be the first three in a ten-part series, but I suppose the final seven were so minimal they didn't even come out. The first of these was a double CD containing short pieces by Toshiya Tsunoda (known for his field recordings as part of the WrK group of sound and installation artists) and someone called Civyiu Kkliu who is unknown to me. Limited edition of 250 copies.

disc 1
disc 2

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Onna - Barae

There's plenty strange about "Barae", a double-CDR released by the band themselves in 2007. Both this album and "Katawa" (an album of actual songs, released on the notably-empathetic-to-outsider-weirdos label PSF) came out at around the same time, more than two decades after their 1983 single.

"Barae" is entirely instrumental, but lest you assume that makes it easy to listen to, well... one disc begins with a thirty-minute accordion solo. Oh, that's right. You think you're hard because you listen to multi-disc Vomir box sets? You enjoy late-period Kaoru Abe's harmonica workouts? You're lying. I dare you to sit still for this accordion solo. It's HALF AN HOUR LONG. The challenging opener is followed by a dismal guitar and violin break and then more accordion... because, why the hell not? The other disc contains equally hopeless instrumental violin and guitar skeletons. This is utterly cheerless music. You won't enjoy any of it. Good luck.

disc 1
disc 2

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Fushitsusha - 光となづけよう




This is the first. Warped transcendence in action ... beyond excellent.

CD released on Heartfast in 2012.

Hikari to Nazukeyō

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