Perennial Divide - Burn Down

12" EP released by Sweatbox in 1986.

Perennial Divide - Burn Down

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Kane Pour - Cat On A Paisley Shawl




Ecclesiastical accompaniment for church services in the year 3000.

C32 released on Housecraft Recordings in 2009.

Cat On A Paisley Shawl

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Kane Pour - Wand In The Beak Of The Yellow Bird




Kane Pour with interstellar incense sticks set to stun.

C20 released on Housecraft Recordings in 2009.

Wand In The Beak Of The Yellow Bird

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Perennial Divide - Purge

Pretty damn awesome debut LP by a sorely underrated band from Swindon, the same English city that was home to XTC. Perennial Divide (look that up) had some sonic sympathy with other post-punk/industrial bands from the mid-80s, like The Box, Hula, the Pop Group and Clock DVA; aggressive dub cut-ups and desperate yelping vocals over a bed of noise. Released on Sweatbox in 1986. It was reissued on CD in 2007 in a far inferior version that had the vocals removed. The singer, John Corrigan, would later make a goofy record under the name Meat Beat Manifesto, which became so successful that it eclipsed his other band and continues to this day.

Perennial Divide - Purge

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Tricorn and Queue - Tapestry Head Ban




Loping clatter and lifting drones on this C40 released on Housecraft Recordings in 2008.

Tapestry Head Ban

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Tricorn and Queue - Ragged Bright Degrees




Jeff Astin and Kane Pour producing meditative structures overlaid with found sound and tape hiss.

C18 released on Housecraft Recordings in 2019.

Ragged Bright Degrees

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Seziki Tetrasheaf - Furnishings Of Former Lives




And now you're infirmly established ...

Double tape set released on Rotifer Cassettes in 2010.

Furnishings Of Former Lives

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Seziki Tetrasheaf - Confluence Of All Conglomorations




It's that man Jeff Astin again, this time alongside David Toro (who, I think, also ran Rotifer Cassettes). It's all wonderfully warped hallucinogenic nightmare / film / everyday living music.

C68 released on Housecraft Recordings in 2010.

Confluence Of All Conglomorations

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Terror Against Terror - Psychological Warfare Technology Systems

Lustmord and Lagowski get together in 1992 to make... a Wax Trax!-style industrial disco album? Yeah, this happened. Movie samples, police sirens, un-funky drumbox beats interminably going thud-thud-thud-thud. It's not quite a debacle on a "Machine Age Voodoo" scale, but it's not objectively good either. I find it hard to believe that the same people who made "Paradise Disowned" listened back to this and thought, "Yeah sure, this is an album that ought to come out." Perhaps they saw their peers raking in the goth-club dancefloor bucks and couldn't resist taking a slice of pie for themselves. Hope they spent the royalty dough on a real nice dinner. Maybe you'll be entertained.

Terror Against Terror - Psychological Warfare Technology Systems

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Hairmaiden Of The Totem Robe - Fallen Totem




Warped loops and kung fu cut-up.

3" CDr released on Housecraft Recordings in 2008.

Fallen Totem

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va - A Selection Of Drones Past (Singles 1993-2000)

The title pretty much tells you what to expect. Tracks from German 7" label Drone Records' output between the years of 1993 and 2000. Music from Francisco Lopez, Kallabris, Alio Die, Aube, Toy Bizarre, Maeror Tri, Reynols, Tarkatak, Spear, Vir, Droneament, Yen Pox, Delphium, Inade, Vance Orchestra, Osso Exotico, Die Feinen Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim, Dual, Klood. Released by Tumult Records in 2006

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Hairmaiden Of The Totem Robe - Boomerang From The Eastern Room Of Rebirth




Endlessly engaging work the covers all ground from the prosaic to the profound: rattling around in your shed or uncovering the inner secrets of the cosmos? Or both? Probably neither.

C40 released on Housecraft Recordings in 2008.

Boomerang From The Eastern Room Of Rebirth

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Hairmaiden Of The Totem Robe - Breaking The Head




A relatively (and tragically) short collaboration between Jeff Astin and the person who was Royallen. Fundamentally, these are home-made sounds that are warped into the unaccepted truth that the Mayan civilisation was abducted by altruistic aliens.

Double tape set released on Housecraft Recordings ‎in 2009.

Breaking The Head

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Do Tell - Sewn To The Current




This may have found it's way into a New Age (gag) category but it's much too sophisticated for that. The interspersed early 4AD inspired bass and guitar lines plus a few left turns saves it from being bracketed alongside Josh Burke.

Double tape set released on Housecraft Recordings ‎in 2008.

Sewn To The Current

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Digital Natives - Three Shits To The Wind




Jeff Astin's unhinged Digital Natives. Like gatecrashing a series of parties, realising that they are all happening in reverse and not being able to find your way out.

Three C60s released on Housecraft Recordings in 2014 in an edition of 50.

Three

Shits

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Stephen Mallinder - Pow Wow Plus

Incredible album of skeletal robot dub from 1982 by Cabaret Voltaire's Stephen Mallinder, reissued on CD with contemporaneous extra tracks by a short-lived sub-label of Mute called The Grey Area. If "Red Mecca" and "The Voice of America" are your fave CV era, this album will check all the right boxes.

Stephen Mallinder - Pow Wow Plus

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va - Arcana Cœlestia (Nexus One - An International Musical Explorer)

A fitting compilation album for winter afternoons, full of dour, vaguely "world-music"-scented ambience for chilly yoga studios. Terry Burrows, Controlled Bleeding, Asmus Tietchens, O Yuki Conjugate, Robert Rich, Jeff Grienke, Twice a Man, Peter Frohmader, Peter Bryngelsson. Released by Multimood in 1989 and very much a showcase for the sort of thing that label tended to put out.

va - Arcana Cœlestia (Nexus One - An International Musical Explorer)

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Xiphiidae - Sewn Within A Circle




More godhead organic electronics ...

Double C60 released on his own Housecraft Recordings in 2009.

Sewn Within A Circle

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Xiphiidae - Crystal Marvelous Fruit




It's that man Jeff Astin again with more exemplary electronic psychedelia.

A pair of C60s released on the extraordinary Excite Bike in 2009 in a huge edition of 100.

Crystal Marvelous Fruit

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Various - Good Wheel Tea Carpentry




Do yourself a favour. Turn your phone off. Send the other humans away on a pointless errand. If somebody interrupts your listening then you might just hate them forever. Don't take the chance.

Royallen, Cyquoia, Tricorn and Queue, Tuluum Shimmering, Do Tell, 1994, Peat Raamur and Xiphiidae.

Quadruple C30 box courtesy of the utterly gorgeous Housecraft Recordings in 2010.

Good Wheel Tea Carpentry

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S.T.A.B. Electronics / Chloroform Rapist / Unclean / Concrete Mascara - Art Of Deviance




This does what it says on the tin.

Double C60(ish) released on Corrosive Art Records in 2012.

Art Of Deviance

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va - Harmony Of The Spheres

Huge and just about perfect compilation of psychedelic drone and space rock, first released as a box set of 3 LPs and later thankfully reissued as a more affordable double CD by Drunken Fish. Songs by Bardo Pond (one of my favorite things they've recorded, a loping mantra of fuzz and green smoke), Flying Saucer Attack at the height of their powers, an extended Berlin-School-informed zonk by Jessamine, typically lovely washed-out solo guitar reveries by Roy Montgomery (of The Pin Group) and Loren MazzaCane Connors (who probably influenced everyone on this album), and a big finish from the incomparable Charalambides. Loud guitars, stoned bliss.

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Concrete Mascara - Excess Takes Its Toll




Impressively atmospheric and effective American shouty noise. I believe that da yoot describe this as powered electronics. It might just catch on you know.

C50 released on Wohrt Records in 2012.

Excess Takes Its Toll

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Weak Sisters - My Girl




Quality. Quality. Quality.

C20 released on Heavy Psych in 2009.

My Girl

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Weak Sisters - Dream Region




Fire-breathing noise from the bloke who was also (it appears) Other Peoples Children.

CDr released on the magnificent Turgid Animal in 2007.

Dream Region

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Smegma Squad / Filthy Turd - Split




I don't know much about Smegma Squad other than it's "Torso & Rotula in "Anal is for Manual Studios." This recording was made while they were using a lot of alcohol, cigars, tranquilizers and T.H.C.". The flip is Darren doing what he does best ... Turding around quite splendidly.

C60 released on No Lyrics Records in 2006.

Smegma Squad / Filthy Turd

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Kylie Minoise / Filthy Turd - Untitled




Four live arse-kickings courtesy of Lea Cummings followed by Darren Wyngarde "Riding Wild Women Through An Acre Of Piss" for half an hour.

CDr released on Voltagestress*r ‎in 2006.

Kylie Minoise / Filthy Turd

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Coptic Nausea / Failing Lights / Three Legged Race - Choke On Your Elders




Trevor Tremaine ( who was in the likes of Hair Police, Burning Star Core and a load of great outfits), Mike Connelly and Robert Beatty sharing six sides of analogue plastic.

Great triple tape set released on Rampart Tapes in 2008. Is this really over ten years old? Wow, aren't the Policemen looking young these days? You know when I was a lad, people had standards ... used to be able to leave your back door wide open ...

Choke On Your Elders

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Various - Tapeworms Eat Bookworms




D Yellow Swans, Wives and The Cherry Point, Robedoor and Impregnable will mislead you into thinking this is a straight ahead release. The label will tell you this is some warped shit.

Double C60 released on Not Not Fun Records in 2004.

Tapeworms Eat Bookworms

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Various - All This Has Happened Before And It Will All Happen Again




Wolf. Eyes. Aaron. Dilloway. Hive. Mind. Emeralds. Recorded. Live. No. Brainer.

Double C30 released on AA Records in 2009.

It Will All Happen Again

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Agencement - Agencement




The second LP ...

LP released on Pico in 1989.

Agencement

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Agencement - Boxe Consonantique




Processed strings, tape and electronics from the brilliant Hideaki Shimada.

CD released on Pico in 2001.

Boxe Consonantique

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Masonna - Exploring Self-Corrosive Noise With Coquette




Again in 2018, Urashima dropped another wooden box full of reissued tapes!

For understandable reasons, these proved extremely popular and received a four CD reissue shortly afterwards.

This is a 16bit flac rip of that set and you will need to reassemble the four parts.

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... and here is a 320 rip of the tape set.

Exploring

Croquettes

Ultimately. Happy New Year.

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Maurizio Bianchi - REMS/MECAT




Let's face it, the artist and the label need no introduction.

This is a collection of tapes that were originally self-released between 1980 and 1983. They have been reissued before but this may well be the crowning glory. This is the seven tape reissue courtesy of Urashima in 2017. It came in a lavish wooden box / sliding lid set and I'll readily admit that this kind of packaging rings my bells immediately but, crucially, these reissues (remasters?) sound so much better than any other reissue that I've heard ... and I've heard most and maybe all of them.

The clarity and the depth of the flac rip is a real eye opener and a joy to behold and I'd recommend it.

Regel

Menses

S.F.A.G. 81

Mectpyo Bakterium

Endometrio

Carcinosi

The Plain Truth

The 320 mp3 is good too but just doesn't reach the same dizzying parameters. This in in two parts so you'll have to extract them to the same folder (don't know how / don't ask / find out).

Takes yer picks.

REMS

MECAT

Penultimately, Happy New Year!

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