va - As Yet Untitled

I love this compilation! Even though they released it before thinking of a title. All killer, no filler: AMK, Architects Office, The Haters, PBK, Tom Dimuzio, Illusion of Safety, Arcane Device, Hands To, Static Effect, Randy Grief, and more. Released in 1991 as a CD by Realization Recordings.

va - As Yet Untitled

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Merzbow - Lowest Music & Arts 1980 - 1983




A massive pile of utterly necessary remastered tapes that were originally released on Masami Akita's "Lowest Music & Arts" label. You get a special Bleak Bliss prize if you can guess when they were released! There is some crossover with the Merzbox but these are the full tapes. Not that one is better than the other, they are different. I'd assume that most of you have this already ... this is for the ones that didn't.

Ten LPs and a 7" released on the inestimably important Vinyl-on-demand in 2012.

Lowest

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Richard Lainhart - Ten Thousand Shades Of Blue

Beautiful electro-acoustic drone music recorded between 1975 and 1989. It's all great, but the big hit is "Two Mirrors Face One Another", the 40-minute mammoth of audio codeine made from bowed Japanese temple bells on the first disc. Fans of Eliane Radigue, John Grzinich, Murmer., and Jim Haynes take note! Released in 2001 by Experimental Media Foundation

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Merzbow - Kibbutz




Some people don't even know that Masami Akita and Kiyoshi Mizutani only had guitars, drums, keyboards and the most rudimentary effects to pursue the Merzbow mission.

Once a tape that was originally released on ADN in 1983 and then an LP released on Urashima in 2012.

Kibbutz

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G*Park - 15

Recorded live in Berlin in 2009, released in 2010 as a 100-copy CDR by Rumpsti Pumpsti Edition (aka Tochnit Aleph's record shop and gallery) in 2010.

G*Park - 15

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Merzbow - Collection 009




Remastered reissue of the 1981 tape released as an LP on Urashima in 2013.

Whilst we are here: over the past few months, スローダウンRECORDS have released a whole raft of Merzbow covering new material and a host of 1979-83 ish reissues (most of which we hadn't heard before). We have all of them and they are all great. Even though they are still available from the label and there are effective distribution networks (Soleilmoon, for instance), there are some Japanese speculators listing these for sale at many multiples of the release price. You have been both informed and warned. Get them at the real price whilst you can.

Collection 009

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Merzbow - Collection 007




Self-released C44 from 1981 that is different to the one presented on the Lowest Music & Arts box-set.

Collection 007

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Merzbow - Antimonument




Originally a picture disc LP released on ZSF Produkt in 1986. Five years later, it was remastered and re-released with a bonus track. This is another that's now considered to be unofficial as the label kind of forgot to pay anybody. The packaging for these is really quite good ... maybe that's where all of the money went. However, there were only supposed to be 225 released but I suspect there were a lot more. I can't remember which box mine is stashed in (and I'm too lazy to go and find it) so can't confirm my edition number. 000872 is shown on discogs. Given I'm firmly in "allegedly" territory, let's move on ...

CD released on Art Directe in 1991.

Antimonument

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SCUM - Steel Cum EP




In spite of a small number of these getting a Japanese release, it's officially an unofficial release given that Vertical Records remixed material from the original Steel Cum tape without permission. It's still good tho'.

7" released on Vertical Records and ZSF Produkt in 1992.

Steel Cum

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Allan Bryant - Spaceball (Powrfl Nu Electric Gtarz N Nu Sounz)


Early 1990s self-released CD of guitar noise by genuine oddball Allan Bryant, who was a member of the great oddball ensemble Musica Electronica Viva along with heavy weirdos Richard Teitelbaum, George Lewis, Alvin Curran, Fred Rzewski, and more. Bryant's most glaring peculiarity is his singular method of spelling. See, he believes that rules of spelling are too rigid and take too much time to earn, so he spells everything in a few characters as possible... he thinks this makes communication more direct. Note that on the over of this, his first solo album, he helpfully lets you know (via parenthesis) that "Aln" is how he will spell his name from now on. He dsnt bthr abrevtng t wrd "electric" fr sum rzn. Hu noz y? Nt me. 

Allan Bryant - Spaceball (Powrfl Nu Electric Gtarz N Nu Sounz)

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Recycled Body Programm / Vidna Obmana / S.C.U.M. - Statue Series




Classy set of tapes that has Bart Hanselaar's Recycled Body Programm, Dirk Serries' Vidna Obmana (just in case you don't know, Dirk morphed into the excellent Fear Falls Burning) and S.C.U.M. (Masami Akita and Kiyoshi Mizutani).

The third tape is the great "The Scan Has Undergone Several Minor Revisions" that was released in Japan on Masami's ZSF Produkt label in the same year. I doubt that many in "the west" would have got to heard this otherwise. The fourth tape is a compilation (that has most of the Steel CUM tape) with some great collaborations and reworkings from the European chaps.

Four C60 set released on Seiten Sprung Aufnahmen in 1989.

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Merzbow - Merzbuddha Variations




This pushes the beats to the back of the room and lets the crawling escalation take the main stage. I reckon my name still isn't on the list. Bastards!

C32 released on Duenn in 2012.

Merzbuddha Variations

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Merzbow - Merzbuddha




The kind of menacing beat driven techno-noise that plays in my favourite imaginary discotheque. Knowing my luck, they wouldn't let me in.

CD released on Important Records in 2005.

Merzbuddha

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Merzbow - 1633




Simply gorgeous example of Masami Akita's early 2K work.

LP released on En/Of in 2004 in a tiny edition of 100 copies.

Nothing else to say really.

1633

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Wolf Eyes & Merzbow - Live Frying




A collaboration made in heaven! The first track is from a gig at Kings in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2013. The second track is certainly studio and might be Mr Olson playing with source material.

CDr released on American Tapes in 2014.

Live Frying

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nEGAPADRÉS.3.3. - Untitled

Yet another strangely unpronounceable alter ego of a;GRUMH..., this one turned out to be the longest lasting. Similar to Theee Rebearth CorporationnEGAPADRÉS.3.3. was the Belgian duo's outlet for abstract noise, but with less silliness. The LP came out on Circle Records in 1987, but they've revived it for albums as recent as 2011, making it outlast even their "main" band.

nEGAPADRÉS.3.3 - Untitled

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 1




... and then there is this to complete a brilliant quartet.

Clock Warden Vol. 1

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Theee Rebearth Corporation - Verses

A one-time-only noise/ambient alter ego of Belgian industrial band à;GRUMH..., this LP came out in 1988 on their own Circle Records label.

Theee Rebearth Corporation - Verses

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 2




Psychedelic shamanism for the noise generation.

2016 tour gear.

Clock Warden Vol. 2

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à;GRUMH... - Rebearth

Phillippe Genion & Jacques Muerrens were a Belgian industrial band whose work was usually pretty goofy. They were fairly active in the early 1980s cassette-culture scene, with lots of short-lived pseudonyms on compilation tapes before they settled on the unpronounceable à;GRUMH.... for their main project. I enjoy à;GRUMH...'s albums of synth-pop tunes, but they're all marked by a refusal to take themselves too seriously. This record from 1986, though, is different. Noisy and dark with groaning and chanting, it sounds almost as if they tried to make a Psychic TV album. Maybe it's also all a joke? But maybe not. Hard to tell.

à;GRUMH... - Rebearth

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 3




Jazz sax space electronics with slurred Vega vocals ...

Another great self-released CDr for sale on tour in 2016.

Clock Warden Vol. 3

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Polar Praxis - Fireworks

The second Polar Praxis LP came out a year after the first one, with a confusingly similar title.

Polar Praxis - Fireworks

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 4




Sinister guitar orchestras on this tour CDr from 2016

Clock Warden Vol. 4

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Polar Praxis - Music For Fireworks

Following several cassettes in 1983 and 1984 (yet unheard by me) and compilation tracks, Phillippe Genion's 1986 LP as Polar Praxis came out on Scarface Records in Belgium. Sounds like he'd been listening to a lot of "Phaedra".

Polar Praxis - Music For Fireworks

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Wolf Eyes - Strange Days




CDr that was for sale in the the Audio Social Dissent tour in 2016 and subsequently backed up by Strange Days II.

Strange Days

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Wolf Eyes - Live At Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto




Excellent live recording that manages to remind me of early Psychic TV sex magick disco.

Promo CDr put out by Sub Pop to warn the little hipsters what they were in for if they bought the Human Animal LP.

Live At Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

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Steel CUM - Steel CUM




Otherwise known as S.C.U.M. or the Society for Cutting Up Merzbow (and many other variations). Kiyoshi Mizutani and Masami Akita slicing and dicing their own materiel for your personal delectation.

C60 released on their own ZSF Produkt in 1990.

Steel CUM

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Merzbow - 9888a




Funny you should mention these Merzbow people Mrs. Inside ... this was recorded in 1988, so maybe (just maybe) they are related in some way? Someone on discogs is trying to sell this for one hundred and five English pounds. Guess it must be popular ... no idea why, it just sounds like a load of old noise to me!

C44 released on 905 Tapes in 2010.

9888a

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Merzbow/SCUM - AXX/Spooning

Portuguese cassette from 1992, featuring strange noise by (I think?) a Japanese band called Merzbow/SCUM. As far as I'm aware, this is the only release they ever made, which is too bad because it's pretty good! If only Merzbow made even one more cassette, who knows what the group might have been capable of.

Merzbow/SCUM - AXX/Spooning

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Sightings - CD 1




More bouncy self-released noisy tour mersch ....

CD 1

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Sightings - CD 2




This sounds a hell of a lot clearer which is (perhaps) ironic given that it has a much heavier electronics influence and was a self-released CDr that was only for sale at gigs. I'm fairly sure it's 2004.

CD 2

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Sightings - Michigan Haters




The excellent trio of Jon Lockie, Mark Morgan and Richard Hoffman. In the earlier days, they were a quite literal noise rock outfit with a liberal use of electronics to accentuate the roaring organised chaos. This a fine (but muddily recorded) example of their wares ...

CD released on Psych-O-Path Records in 2002.

Michigan Haters

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Wolf Eyes - Live At The Bulb Clubhouse




2001 recording released on Bulb Records in 2004.

These are the only two Clubhouse discs I have ... if anyone can help out with any of the others, that would be very great indeed!

Live At The Bulb Clubhouse

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Sightings - Live At The Bulb Clubhouse 7/25/00




Unfortunately brief recording of the great Sightings.

CDr released on Bulb Records in 2000.

Live At The Bulb Clubhouse

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Various - Showtunes Of The Condemned




You could just read the cover I suppose ...

CD released on Hospital Productions in 2004.

Showtunes Of The Condemned

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Various - Old Tyme Lemonade




Meerk Puffy, Patootie Lobe, Mindflayer, Lightning Bolt, White Mice, Noise Nomads, Kites, Prurient and more ...

CD reissued on Hospital Productions in 2004.

Old Tyme Lemonade

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The Shadow Ring - I'm Some Songs

No you are not. If Lindus was the end of music, I'm Some Songs is what's left afterwards. Perverse and ugly, and truly the end of the band as members went their separate ways. Graham Lambkin's stellar and inscrutable first solo LP continued in this vein. If this sort of stubborn non-music excites you, I can also recommend listening to Gabi Losoncy's albums, some of which came out on Lambkin's Kye label. 

The Shadow Ring - I'm Some Songs

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Various - Two Ducks On A Truck




Meerk Puffy, Mindflayer, Prurient & Pedestrian Deposit, Black Leather Jesus, Birchville Cat Motel, Diagram: A and more ...

Double CDr released on Hospital Productions in 2001.

Two Ducks On A Truck

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The Shadow Ring - Lindus

If you wondered, "Where could The Shadow Ring possibly go after The Lighthouse?", the answer is that they embraced utter nihilism. This sounds like the last album anybody could make. The end of music. Joyless and horrible. Naturally, I love it and I expect you to feel the same way. Released as an LP by Swill Radio in 2001.

The Shadow Ring - Lindus

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Various - Rare Youth




Familiar names like Kites, Black Pus, Pedestrian Deposit, Work/Death and sprinklings of gems like What Cheer? Brigade's "Disco Bhangra". Nothing not to love here!

Double CD released on Rare Youth in 2006.

Rare Youth

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The Shadow Ring - The Lighthouse

HERE IT IS. The absolute pinnacle of Shadow Ring anti-music what-the-fuckery, The Lighthouse was released in 1999 as a double LP on Scott Foust/Idea Fire Company's majestic Swill Radio label. This is the album that, for me, encapsulates all that is great about the band. The seemingly offhand quality of the music is a cover for an intricate story that reveals itself through background sounds, accidental-seeming dialogue, elements that subtly (and not-so-subtly) repeat themselves and echo at different times over the course of the record with Firesign-Theater-level attention to ridiculous detail, and of course the ending that circles back to the beginning. A monster of an album. This one takes time to digest, so please don't form an opinion right away. Listen to it a few times, put it away, come back to it periodically, let it soak in.

The Shadow Ring - The Lighthouse

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Various - Repopulation Program Providence RI




A brief return to Providence, here's a collection of artists from the area ... Les Savy Fav, Lightning Bolt, Forcefield, Arab On Radar etc and etcetera.

CD compilation reissued on Load Records in 2000.

Repopulation Program

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Mr. Quintron - The First Two Records




So, this is the first two Quintron records ... except it's not.

Apparently, in spite of the cover, "it's actually an incomplete combination of tracks from those albums mixed in with compilation tracks, alternate versions, and other rarities. Neither Quintron nor label owner Peter Larson know the actual tracklist". I have both of the releases purported to be included here ... it's not those (which makes this better in my eyes). To confuse matters more, the Bulb site says that the second (The Amazing Spellcaster) is actually their third release.

Mere details my friends ... genius awaits!

CD released on Bulb Records in 1996.

The First Two Records

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Quintron - Satan Is Dead




Quintron arrived courtesy of the warped minds of Robert Rolston and Miss Pussycat (who might not be Panacea Theriac who apart from drumming also put on puppet theatre shows at gigs whilst Robert hammered away at people's sanity). Genius bizarro rock mixed with fairground music and Bontempi loungecore.

CD released on Bulb Records in 1998.

Satan Is Dead

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The Many Moods Of Marlon Magas - Melt Your Gold (Into The Shape Of A Girl)




Aaron Dilloway, Matt Krizowsky (Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink and Monkey Power Trio), Nándor Névai (To Live And Shave In L.A. etc), Chad Organ (of The Flying Luttenbachers), Jeff Warmouth (who was in Couch), Don Allen, Weasel Walter and (the other founder of Bulb) James Marlon Magas.

A big bunch of great people making seven minutes of noise rock meets marching band chaos.

7" released on Scratch Records in 1997.

Melt Your Gold

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Terrifying Sickos - Chipping Talc Off Priscilla's Calm Demeanor...




Pete Larson can speak for himself on this one:

"What is important is that this album, recorded in 1986 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is one of the most important records of the 20th century. Before there was BULB, Hanson, Blackjack, Spockmorgue or anything else there was a tiny cassette label called Primordial Sid's which put out some of the most necessary music in the world. The Terrifying Sickos was the big standout. I had a cassette copy which I had stolen from my friend Jeff and I listened to it over and over again. The brain damaged sounds of Joel Black singing "The Bread Assed Man" through an oscillating fan was enough to set the course for the rest of my life. This record is timeless, a product of an unrecognized genius that slays present day noise and "weirdo" music in it's sheer honesty and sincerity. In a time when the underground is filled with bozos trying to imitate one another and "the CDR of the week" syndrome, the Terrifying Sickos stand alone, having only put out this one record in his entire existence. Recorded almost entirely alone in the confines of his room, he was armed with little more than an oscillating fan, a Casio, the outside window and a radio shack tape deck. What lacks in resources is made up for in the depth of the tunes, which are just weird beyond belief. From "No Bozos" to "Pemmican" to "the Bread Assed Man", the Terrifying Sickos are truly an amazing, bizarre and wonderfully honest legacy. When I started BULB, I swore that one day I would put this out and finally the opportunity has presented itself. Primordial Sid's and the Terrifying Sickos were what was responsible for BULB Records. I am very glad to be able to finally share this with the world."

Originally a 1986 tape release, this is the LP reissue from Bulb Records in 2003.

Priscilla's Calm Demeanor

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The Shadow Ring - Mouth On Mouse

A 7" single released around the same time as Hold Onto ID, released by an obscure Norwegian label called MykeDroner.

The Shadow Ring - Mouth On Mouse 

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The Pterodactys - Reborn




It was supposed to be "The Pterodactyls" but what's an L between friends? Pete Larson, Aaron Dilloway, Mrs. Velocity Hopkins, Andrew W.K. and Steve Kenney fucking around with faux hard (garage) rock. Fun times if you like the taste of somebody else's tongue in your cheek.

CD released on Bulb Records in 1996.

Reborn

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The Shadow Ring - Hold Onto ID

You've got to watch the water. Release on CD by Siltbreeze in 1997.

The Shadow Ring - Hold Onto ID

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Duotron - The Complete Book Of Duotron Illustrated




An at the time "not before time" compilation of three full-length vinyl releases.

Think Trumans Water in a God Is My Co-Pilot blender (or vice versa) with four tabs of Eugene Chadbourne's bad acid fretwork thrown in to complete the party.

Yep, it's that good.

CD released on Scratch Records in 1998.

The Complete Book Of Duotron Illustrated

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