White Stains - The Somewhat Lost Horizon

1991 album by Swedish industrial unit White Stains, released on CD by Anckarstrom (and later, Staalplaat) in their usual lovely textured-paper sleeve. The music, all recorded in 1989, was written to accompany the films of Stain Carl Abrahamsson.

White Stains - The Somewhat Lost Horizon 

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Mr. Velocity Hopkins - Mr. Velocity Hopkins




Ostensibly a Pete Larson vehicle, this has Aaron Dilloway, Andrew W.K. (The Beast People etc), Doug Haynes, Harold Richardson (who was in Negative Approach and Gravitar), Steve Kenney (of Demons, Isis & Werewolves, Hatred and bang on in his own right) and Weasel Walter hammering the living shit out of guitars and beating a drum kit to within an inch of its life. My kind of action!

CD released jointly on Insignificant ‎and Bulb Records in 1999.

Mr. Velocity Hopkins

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Per Svensson - Energy Loop/Element II

Noisy weirdness from Stockholm by a former member of White Stains, released on CD by Firework Edition Records in 1998. Svensson serenades the Swedish Royal Academy of Fine Arts on such classical instruments as theremin, electric grinder, electric welder, hammer on anvil, lightning conductor, sitar...

Per Svensson - Energy Loop/Element II

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Various - In Bulb-O-Phonic! "The Best Of BULB"




Amidst the chaos, you also get Incapacitants and Tatsuya Yoshida. All sounds live to me (recorded over time at the Bulb Clubhouse?). Anyway ...

CD released on Bulb Records in 1997.

Bulb-O-Phonic

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Ann Sidén - Mankind's Need of Comfort Is Without End

I don't want to spoil this one for you, so I won't describe it too much other than to tell you that I smile every time I listen to it. "Mankind's Need of Comfort..." is, according to Discogs, the composer's only published work. It came out as a CD on Leif Elggren's Firework Edition Records in 2004, and is perfect. Like Elggren's own work, this conceptual recording can be heard as hilariously single-minded and deceptively literal. And yet... 

Ann Sidén - Mankind's Need of Comfort Is Without End

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Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink - I Am A Gorilla




So, how many of you thought "well, Bulb Singles #1 is all fine and dandy but where's the other Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink seven inch?". Thought so. Well, here it is anyway.

Seven minute 7" released on Blackjack Records in 1994.

I Am A Gorilla

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Various - Bulb Singles #1




Another eight singles of psychotic noise rock / garage mentalism.

CD released on Bulb Records in 2003.

Bulb Singles #1

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va - Melt

This compilation has a strange history. It was first released in 1992 as a CD on the Work in Progress label. The demand was probably sated by its initial run, but in 1996 an American label called Fused Coil decided to reissue it. Confusingly, they changed the title to "Dissolve" and they gave it new cover art. Like I said, strange. The music more than makes up for the publication weirdness: killer tracks by The Gerogerigegege, Husk, Whiteslug, dROME, Another Headache, Fat Hacker, Zoviet France, Master/Slave Relationship, Hydra (aka Stefan Jaworzyn), Lee Renaldo, Earth Mother Fucker, Antonym and Merzbow. That's one hell of a lineup.

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Various - Bulb Singles #2




Bulb Records was set up by James Marlon Magas and Pete Larson to document the Michigan sub-underground freak scene ... and they did it quite spectacularly. Unsurprisingly, this is a collection of 7"s (apart from Wolf Eyes' Fortune Dove 12") with a load of bands you've probably never heard of with many containing the label owners in some capacity. Quality gear.

CD released on Bulb Records in 2003.

Bulb Singles #2

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Various - Dirt Beneath The Daydream




Rory Storm, Eye, Sandoz Lab Technicians, Crude, Omit, The Futurians, Witcyst, Bruce Russell and more ...

CD available to subscribers to The Wire to mark their 300th issue.

Dirt Beneath The Daydream

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va - Fuck Your Head With an Iron Fist

Vicious harsh CDR compiled by Pekka PT (aka Sick Seed and Gelsomina) and released in 2006 on his own Musically Incorrect label. Tracks by Bizarre Uproar, Squamata, World Downfall, Moke Grotten, A Machine Called Orgasm, Gelsomina, Funeral Mongoloids, Rulla, Watchdog, MK9 and more.

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CJA - Headache



As requested ... an hour of looped guitar clang.

CDr released on the very excellent Celebrate Psi Phenomenon in 2002.

Headache

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va - Undying

Pretty cool 1989 compilation LP from Freedom in a Vacuum, with tracks by Violence and the Sacred, Giancarlo Toniutti, Organum, Ultra, If Bwana & Dog As Master, Entre Vifs, Ellen Fullman, Empirical Sleeping Consort and Kaiser Nietzsche.

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CJA - Ponds




Let's face it, Clayton Noone's a fuckin legend! 15 tracks of home-recorded idiosyncratic misery that is both funny and uplifting just proves what was already known.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2007.

Ponds

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va - I Hate the Pop Group

A boot compilation LP released in 2000, featuring insanely rare tracks from the shit-fi post-punk-noise sub-sub-sub-underground. Since this came out, some bands' work has become easier to find and some has seen legitimate reissue. Tracks by The Door and the Window, Doof, Prats, The Janet and Johns, Men/Eject, AK Process, Danny and the Dressmakers, EG Oblique Graph (who would go on to record as Muslimgauze, and then to become dead), File Under Pop, Noh Mercy, Orchid Spangiafora, and probably other names you haven't heard of and I don't feel like typing.

va - I Hate the Pop Group

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Eye - Black Ice




Peter Porteous, Ryan Cockburn and Peter Stapleton (with Nathan Thompson of The Renderers, Sandoz Lab Technicians etc adding his guitar to a couple of tracks) making a deliriously frazzled psych-noise-racket.

Update: thanks to a lovely commenter, I've learnt that there is also an Eye Bandcamp page!

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

Black Ice

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va - Treat The Gods As If They Exist

An excellent 1996 compilation CD from Auf Abwegen, with tracks by Beequeen, Ultramarine, Asmus Tietchens, Chris & Cosey, ELpH va Coil, Stewart Home, Drome, O Yuki Conjugate, Schloss Tegal, RLW, Legion, Halcam, SKRANK!, and Barbed.

va - Treat The Gods As If They Exist

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Three Forks - Seven Layer Ape




If I didn't know better, I'd say Eugene Chadbourne turns up in the middle of Peru.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

Seven Layer Ape

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Three Forks - Firewood




James Currin, Donald McPherson and Tim Cornelius (of Sandoz Lab Technicians) disposing of structure.

3" CDr released on Peter Stapleton's great Metonymic in 2005.

Firewood

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David Tudor - Plays Cage & Tudor

Tudor plays Cage's "Solo for Piano" (recorded in 1982), then his own "Neural Synthesis No.2" (recorded in 1993). Released as a CD by Ear-Rational in 1993.

David Tudor - Plays Cage & Tudor

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Sinking Infinities - Thousand Year Reich




Apparently, James Currin (who also ran United Fairy Moons btw) described this as a tribute to the first generation minimalists such as Tony Conrad and LaMonte Young. These hovering but jagged drones are far from minimal but I can see what he meant. A great recording!

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

Thousand Year Reich

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David Tudor & John Cage - Rainforest II & Mureau - A Simultaneous Performance

Live electronics by Tudor, spoked and taped voice by Cage, recorded live for German radio in 1972 and released as a double CD by New World in 2000.

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Sinking Infinities - Forever Young




More Dunedin drone. Just for you.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

Forever Young

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Sinking Infinities - The Life Of Riley




Jon Chapman (showing why he was in Double Leopards) with James Currin (of Ray Off obviously) with two long-form tracks of cello, guitar and creaking electronic drones.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2006.

The Life Of Riley

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va - Tellus, The Audio Cassette Magazine #22: False Phonemes

As the title makes clear, this 1988 cassette is the 22nd issue of the Tellus audio "magazine", which started in 1983 and released compilations usually based around some theme. The theme for this tape was speech, and so you get manipulated talking by unknown newcomers like John Cage, but also heavy hitters such as Ron Kuivila, Larry Wendt, Remko Scha, Alice Shields, Paul Di Marinas, and others. Sadly, it also includes bullshit by that hack Paul Lansky, whose work (and his "idle chatter" in particular) is the epitome of insipid academic self-congraulatory bullshit. Skip over his track. The rest are fine.

va - Tellus, The Audio Cassette Magazine #22: False Phonemes

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Ray Off - Nothing Like A Ribbon Round A Parcel




This is flooded with strings with a different pace to the other two and the addition of the melodica is lovely. The laudanum soaked vocals of "And You Take" are spellbinding indeed ... a great release.

CDr released on Black Petal in 2006.

Nothing Like A Ribbon Round A Parcel

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Ray Off - Clean & Dry Area Before Application




This is the same line-up as the previous post except that it also has the excellent Rory Storm on gamelan.

Whilst you're here ... you probably already know that we are devotees of the delights of the New Zealand underground. Whilst this almost exclusively Dunedin based band aren't included, you need to go to the brilliant Dunedin Sound Tapes. All links are active but there have been no posts for a month. Let's hope it's a hiatus rather than the end!

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2006.

Clean & Dry Area Before Application

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Ray Off - I Am Not In The Racing Sky




Somebody reviewed these three live recordings thus: "Latest release from this New Zealand freak orchestra led by UFM label boss James Currin and here featuring Katrina Thomson on harp, Pamela Poppins on guitar, organ and voice and Jon Chapman (an original member of Double Leopards) on electronics. Brief parts of this have an ecstatic vocal element that sounds a bit like The Skaters or Ben Reynolds, especially [when] combined with the occasionally ferocious hair-trigger application of microphone feedback and electronics. Use of keyboards is nicely loaded, bringing to mind peak-era Popol Vuh/Tangerine Dream. But it's all framed within these weird avant/chamber folk/drone brackets that are as knotty and warped as your favourite Harvest side. It gets to the point that the rapid succession of electronics/strings/vox/guitar primitivism starts to make much of this recording resemble some kind of episodic travelogue or sound journal, much like the last UFM Ray Off disc, Ghost Wolf Of Thunder Mountain. As soon as you settle back and learn to just dig the scenery it all makes a lot more sense."

Yeah, pretty much, and you can pick up the Ghost Wolf recording here alongside the equally excellent My Favourite Plum 2:18 from 2009.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

I Am Not In The Racing Sky

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David Tudor - Neural Synthesis Nos. 6-9

Double-disc set of "neural synthesizer" insanity by David Tudor, released by Lovely Music in 1995. The sound of live brain cells being fried in butter.

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Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Wormed By Leonard




Originally released as a C90 in 1998 until it was reissued seven years later with additional unreleased tracks and some from compilation singles. Expect excellent tales of young boys walking their dog and such like ...

CD released on Thwart Productions in 1995.

Wormed By Leonard

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David Tudor - Three Works For Live Electronics

Blistering and utterly necessary album of homemade electronic howl by the one and only David Tudor, recorded between 1972 and 1982 and sounding as if it came from the future. Features Taj Mahal Traveller Takehisa Kosugi on two tracks. Released by Lovely Music as an LP in 1984, then reissued on CD with an extra track in 1996.

David Tudor - Three Works For Live Electronics

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The Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Tangle




Warped vigilance masquerading as music. Damn fine.

Originally this was an LP released on their own Thwart Productions in 1989. This is the CD released on Scratch Records in 1994.

Tangle

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va - Revue OU

From 1964 to 1974, Henri Chopin published the "Revue OU" magazine about sound poetry. Each magazine came with a record, which makes sense since sound poetry is best understood as a performed artform to be heard rather than simply read. In 2002, Alga Marghen released two different versions of this collection: a 4xCD version and a 6xLP version. The CDs came with a book that reproduces pages from the magazines, which the vinyl came with an LP of music not included on the CDs. This is the CD version. Includes Henri Chopin, Gil J. Wolman, Francois Dufresne, Sten Hanson, Bob Cobbing, Ake Hodell, William S. Burroughs, Bernard Heidesieck, Arthur Rimbaud, Raoul Hausmann, Brion Gyson and many more.

disc 1
disc 2
disc 3
disc 4

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Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - The Natural Finger






Back in the day, one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning was to check out the 7" imports box that sat on the counter of Yanks or Piccadilly Records. Buying things that you knew nothing about judging only by sleeve design and band names. This was one of those. I remember taking it home, playing it and thinking "ah well, nothing much going on here" (which was more about what else was in my bag that day). How wrong can a Badger be? This is glorious ... think of the opening of Blue Velvet where the cutesy family are out front and Pop is mowing the lawn and the camera closes in on the severed ear by the white picket fence. Yep, there's a whole heap of weird going on under the surface.

7" released on Ajax Records in 1990.

The Natural Finger

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François Dufrêne - Oeuvre Désintégrale

Big collection of delirious sound poetry by François Dufrêne recorded from 1958 through 1970 and originally issued as a three-cassette boxset by Belgian sound poetry publisher Guy Schraenen Editieur in 1976. In 2007, Alga Marghen reissued it as a 4xLP boxset. There is also a 3xCD boxset version from 2010, which might have slightly different content, but I'm not sure.

disc 1
disc 2
disc 3
disc 4

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Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 / Sun City Girls - Outhouse Of The Pryeeeeeeee / Wheat Delusion






... and as a footnote, here's two great bands covering two great Caroliner songs.

7" released on Nuf Sed in 1991.

Outhouse Of The Pryeeeeeeee / Wheat Delusion

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Various - Brutal Sound FX Compilation And Exhibition Of Strange Fact




"Edition of 200 hand-numbered copies, as compiled by Enterruption and Hans Grüsel, of the hitmakers and instant classics from the Brutal Sound FX "scene": a mob of loonies and lunatics gathered mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, all users of a particular internet posting bored (Brutal SFX). Enterruption is proud to present a collection of twenty-eight different groups gathered on ridiculous-length's cassettes (each side is like a complete LP, so think of this as 4xLP's that we kindly taped for you...)"

Diatric Puds & The Blobettes, 16 Bitch Pile-Up, Spider Compass Good Crime Band, Tarantism, Hans Grüsel's Krankenkabinet, Pod Blotz, Head Boggle, Commode Minstrels In Bullface and more and more and more ....

A pair of C94s released on the great Enterruption in 2007.

Exhibition Of Strange Fact

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Hans Grusel's Krankinkabinet - Ein Haunted Sommerplatz




Another missive from Mike, and the extraordinary Krankinkabinet is always welcome!

Self-released CDr from 2002.

Ein Haunted Sommerplatz

... and (in at least some of them) there was also an extra disc, a 70 minute live performance: "12 Galaxies 2525 Mission, SF CA Feb 15 Tuesday"

Das Boot

... and here's another 11 minute live blurt

Live at Outdoor Amphibian Theater, Eugene, OR 09.12.05

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Spider Compass Good Crime Band - Plaid Plasma 'N Pipes




This rare gem comes courtesy of Mike over at the excellent clarence duclo tapes 'n shit who also gave us the "Melancholy Petri-Muse, Si-Si-Si" CDr.

CDr released on Brutal Sound Effects ...

Plaid Plasma 'N Pipes

He then offered up some live Rubber O Cement ...

Live at Jazz House, Berkeley, CA 09.28.03

Live at Edinburg Castle, San Francisco, 11.10.03

Live at DIVA Center Eugene OR 08.18.07

Live at Ben Linder Room U of O, Eugene, OR 06.11.08

Live at Epic Space, Eugene OR 10.15.09

... and some live Caroliner:

Live at Fireside Bowl, Chicago 04.17.03

Live at Outdoor Amphibian Theater, Eugene, OR 09.12.05

Live at Max’s Vet Center, Eugene, OR 06.03.08

Legend!

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Blue Sabbath Black Cheer / Rubber O Cement - Extra Hate / Telescomohawkworld




The BSBC tracks are in a different order and the single Rubber track is now 10 separate tracks. Why are you asking me, I don't know!

CDr released on Brutal Sound Effects at some point. You'd assume that they were released contemporaneously on their own labels.

Fucked if I know. So don't ask.

Extra Hate / Telescomohawkworld

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Blue Sabbath Black Cheer / Rubber (O) Cement - Split




Ahh, the ultra-mighty BSBC! The core of Stan Reed and wm.Rage alongside former Climax Golden Twin Scott Colburn. The first track even has Grux on synth and Mason Jones on guitar. You're welcome.

The Rubber side is a single 24 minute track called "The Incredible Capitol Success Of Punk In The Hepatotoxicity Telescomohawkworld".

C48 released on the very excellent Gnarled Forest in 2009.

Blue Sabbath Black Cheer / Rubber (O) Cement

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