Big Black - (Sound Of Impact.)




When I was a much younger badgerstump, my weekly ritual was to trawl down to Piccadilly Records (when it was in the grandiosely titled Piccadilly Plaza). Once you got past the toxic fog created by the revving bus engines, paradise awaited. Row upon row of the latest Homestead, Dischord, Touch And Go, SST, Taang, Shimmy Disc and more. This was at the time when the American underground labels finally got themselves European distribution deals and rabid scrotums like me didn't have to rely on crushingly expensive imports ... or worse ... not being able to hear the things you were reading about at all.

So, it's 1987. I'm reading the vastly superior Sounds music paper. Songs About Fucking is about to be released and Mr Albini is announcing their break-up "before they start sucking dick" and neglecting to mention that Santiago Durango going back to law school had something to with it (he ended up representing Cynthia Plastercaster and helping her to retrieve her bronze casts of rock star's penises ... and if that isn't Big Black through and through then I don't know what is).

So. I'm straight off to town to get me a copy of said Fucking ... and up on the wall behind the counter is (Sound Of Impact.). What the fuck is that I inquire of my mentor (never asked his name but he was an impeccable barometer ... Sex Mad by Nomeansno ... an approving nod for a fine choice ... Steel Construction by The Leather Nun? You've let me down and your family down, do better next time ... and let's face it he was right). This had never been in stock before and I wasn't going to risk not seeing it again. So I went home with this beast instead and returned for Songs the week after.

The title comes from the back sleeve that has 12 transcripts of flight box recordings where the airliners inevitably end with (Sound Of Impact.). Let's face it, if you are into Big Black then you at least have a rip of this already. Who knows, maybe you are the only one here that doesn't know it. This finishes off with a track called Bumbandit (great name for a track) but it's actually Rema Rema. How was I supposed to know?

Anyway, first edition, number 0648. You'll never see it for sale in my lifetime.

"Semi-official bootleg" LP on Not (the bootlegging arm of Blast First) in 1987. Discogs has this as a 1986 release, it isn't. It's 1987. How on earth do they get away with such subjective chronology?

Oh Manchester, so much to answer for ...

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Emil Beaulieau - Plan A: Destruction of Output

Beaulieau destroys Tochnit Aleph records! Released as a 7" single by Tochnit Aleph, which seems appropriate.

Emil Beaulieau - Plan A: Destruction of Output

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Emil Beaulieau - That Velvet Touch

Classic 7" single from The Greatest Living Noise Artist (or so he's claimed), Emil Beaulieau, aka RRRecords' own Ron Lessard destroying other people's records on his multi-armed turntable.

Emil Beaulieau - That Velvet Touch

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Onnyk, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Ken'ich Takeda - To Whom It May Concern - Dedicated To Kunio Nakamura (1944-1992)

Two 1985 quartets of sax legend Evan Parker, bassist Barry Guy, guitarist Onnyk (known for his work with Fifth Column, the cassette label and loose grouping of improvising noise artists that included Geso, Hide from Ultra-Bide, Jojo Hiroshige from Hijokaidan and more), and percussionist Ken'ich Takeda, followed by a Parker/Onnyk duo set from 1982. Recorded live to cassette by Onnyk and released as a CD in 1994, dedicated to the man who ran the Jazz & Now label and was a well-known critic and producer. 

Onnyk, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Ken'ich Takeda - To Whom It May Concern - Dedicated To Kunio Nakamura (1944-1992)

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Big Black - Rema Rema






I'm not going to pretend. Until I bought this in the early 90's (my memory can't do better than that) I'd never heard of Rema-Rema and it took me a while to find out ... don't forget peeps, it was nearly 30 years ago. This was originally a single-sided give away courtesy of Forced Exposure but the boot gives it a B Side.

And with most things in life, if it's good enough for Steve Albini then it's good enough for me!

Oh, and just to confirm my ignorance at the time. I bought the still astonishing "It'll End In Tears" by This Mortal Coil when it was released and still didn't realise ...



... because I don't have a wife to beat, I have Big Black

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Rema-Rema - Wheel In The Roses




Finally (for now?) this is a really good rip of the original 12".

4AD have also just released the Fond Reflections compilation that you really need ... the double CD version even has an extended version of Wheel as a huge bonus.

Speaking of bonuses ... here's Rema-Rema Live at Acklam Hall in London in April, 1979 and somewhere else in London in the same year.

Wheel In The Roses

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Rema-Rema - International Scale / Short Stories




More "where did that come from?" archive on this 7" courtesy of Inflammable Material in 2014.

International Scale / Short Stories

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Rema-Rema - Entry / Exit




This comes from the session on the 13th of November 1979 that gave birth to Side A of Wheel In The Roses ... that didn't appear for 37 years? Really? Why the hell did it take that long ... ?

There is also a great 24-bit flac rip over on Needle Time if you haven't grabbed it already.

12" released on Inflammable Material in 2015.

Entry / Exit

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Rema-Rema - What You Could Not Visualise




I was a massive fan of Renegade Soundwave before I knew about Rema-Rema so imagine my cherubic smiling face when out of seemingly nowhere this 12" turned up (no, I'm serious ... imagine it ... see feels better now doesn't it). A Renegade Soundmachine (Gary Asquith with Renault Schubert) remix of the eponymous track (the B side is the instrumental and I'm always a bit ho hum about such things). Anyway, it's feckin' great.

12" released on Le Coq Musique in 2015.

What You Could Not Visualise

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Rema-Rema - Wheel In The Roses




Rema-Rema are without doubt (in my eyes) the greatest short-lived outfit the world has ever seen. They consisted of Gary Asquith on guitar and vocals, Marco Pirroni on guitar, Mick Allen on bass and vocals, Mark Cox on keyboards and Dorothy Max Prior on drums. This is the only official release in their lifetime and what a brilliant thing it is. A half studio / half live 12" originally released on 4AD in 1980. Just as revolutionary greatness beckoned, they split up.

Marco joined Adam And The Ants (of all bands), Gary, Mick and Mark formed the short-lived Mass with Danny Briottet before Gary (and Danny) became two-thirds of Renegade Soundwave, while Mick and Mark became two-thirds of The Wolfgang Press. Dorothy formed El Trains (with Jay Strongman) and worked with Genesis P Orridge and recorded as a solo artist on Industrial Records before briefly joining Psychic TV on a full time basis and later joined The Monochrome Set.

This is the CD reissue on 4AD from 2003.

Wheel In The Roses

And...here's the best thing ever uploaded to Youtube: Dominique Vanheusden combining The Feedback Song and Rema-Rema with Sergei Parajanov's "Sayat Nova" (aka The Colour of Pomegranates) and Soul Train. And at the end, you even get a section where Mrs Inside busts some moves!

You literally can't just watch it once ...



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Gert Wilden & Orchestra - Schulmädchen Report




If you are not familiar with the work of James Last then you are very lucky. If you are, then think of Gert as a very sleazy Mr Last who composed soundtracks for a very dodgy theme within a certain brand of cinema that portrays adult women as "sexually adventurous" barely-pubescent girls. If you are able to blank out it's reason for existing, the music itself is cult schwing cheese.

Another Crippled Dick Hot Wax! ‎from 1996.

Schulmädchen Report

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Various - Shake Sauvage: French Soundtracks 1968-1973




In spite of the cover, in relative terms, this is quite sophisticated.

CD released on Crippled Dick Hot Wax! in 2000.

Shake Sauvage

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UK 403




I posted this briefly yesterday but then the issue appeared to have been resolved ... and now it's not again ...wtf?

It looks as though there is a server configuration issue with Zippy that is affecting UK viewers (well, as far as I can tell it is only us fine god-fearing folk). It's an issue with Zippy and nothing more sinister than that. The govt can't organise a piss-up in a brewery so no fears there then.

However ... cut and paste the URL on the 403 Forbidden page into this (just don't use London as the server) and you can carry on as normal until Zippy get the front of house sorted.







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Various - Beretta 70




"Roaring Themes From Thrilling Italian Police Films 1971-80". The only name that means much to me is Goblin who (seemingly ubiquitously) provided soundtracks for Dario Argento's finest work.

CD released on Crippled Dick Hot Wax! in 1998.

Beretta 70

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Various - Beat At Cinecittà: Volume 1




And here's another sensual homage ...

CD released on Crippled Dick Hot Wax! in 1996.

Volume 1

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Various - Beat At Cinecittà: Volume 2




"A sensual homage to the most raunchy, erotic film music from the vaults of Italian 60s & 70s cinema." Apparently.

CD released on Crippled Dick Hot Wax! in 1997.

Volume 2

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Various - Beat At Cinecittà: Volume 3




This label is one of my guilty secrets, although to be honest I don't feel at all guilty about it ... and I've just told you, so it's not a secret either. Ah well! Anyway, they do a fine line in releases that compile glimpses of soundtracks from 60s and 70s European beat, underground and exploitation cinema with a fine balance of excellence and cheesy excellence.

CD released on Crippled Dick Hot Wax! in 1999.

Volume 3

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The Psycheground Group - Psychedelic And Underground Music




This is the same people as before, but sleazier ... and therefore better!

Originally released in 1971, this is the CD reissue on AMS and Vinyl Magic from 2009.

Psycheground

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The Underground Set - The Underground Set




Mini-skirts and floaty hands at the ready boys and girls! These are the same people who were behind the more proggy Nuova Idea. They wanted to have a more psychedelic sound so changed there name for a couple of albums to avoid licensing complications. At their best, they actually pull of some great Hammond psych-a-gogo wah wah. At their lest than best, you've finally found a use for that spray cheese.

Originally released in 1970, this is the "unofficial" CD on Flawed Gems from 2012 that has the bonus of including a couple of the Radio Records 7"s from 1970.

The Underground Set

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Continental Fruit - Gently Carved Into Sound

This gorgeous music represents seven years of work by the Norwegian artist Jon Øyvind Lærum, pieces recorded between 1995 and 2002. It was first released as a CDR on the brilliant Humbug label, then was available as a download from Twilight Luggage, though that seems to be out of commission now. Which is a shame, because it is absolutely lovely and warm nocturnal drone music.

Continental Fruit - Gently Carved Into Sound

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Sandro Brugnolini - Overground




Again, this is all about the drums of Enzo Restuccia. It's a psychedelic Gerry Anderson loungecore classic.

Originally released in 1970, this is the AMS CD reissue from 2009 that has a couple of extra tracks.

Overground

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Nzetwork Down ‎– 1/1996/1997

1/1996/1997 is the only release by Miki Naohiko/Nzetwork Down and the only release on the Hasikamke label that I'm aware of. There is scant information printed within the package and nothing online that I've found so far. I present this CD to you with exactly as much background as I had when I first bought it. Total unknown, ultra-obscure Japanese weirdness.

Nzetwork Down ‎– 1/1996/1997

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The Feed-Back - The Feed-Back




And then ... you get this?

To cut a long story short, this is still Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza ... but Holy Shit!?

They turn into an absolute monster of an avant-psych funk machine. There is so much to love here. You all know Ennio Morricone from his soundtrack work, but the way he rips the arse out of his trumpet? I'd never before considered that a trumpet could be violated in such a way. But, the drums of Vincenzo Restuccia? Oh my word! Recorded up front and central and if you haven't heard this before (and you are not dead inside) then he will push all of your buttons.

Given the time of it's recording, socially, politically and culturally, you can place this into a broader context but this could only ever be Italian.

Originally released on vinyl in 1970, this is the remastered CD version courtesy of Schema from 2014.

The Feed-Back

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Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - Musica Su Schemi




This one has a completely different feel to the previous Gruppo posts ... positively subterranean. Avant-garde cave diving!

LP released on Cramps Records in 1976.

Musica Su Schemi

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Gruppo d'Improvvisazione - Nuova Consonanza




Quite beautiful ... nothing else to say.

Originally released on vinyl on Cinevox in 1975, this is the CD reissue on Bella Casa from 2007.

Nuova Consonanza

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Frog - 2

As you've no doubt guessed, this is the 2nd Frog album by Christian Renou. Released on LP in 2013 by Rotorelief.

Frog - 2

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Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza




Make a concrète jazz noise here.

LP released on General Music in 1973.

Nuova Consonanza

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Frog - Untitled


First of two albums from Christian Renou, better known as Brume, released under the Frog alias. This one came out in 2010 as a CD in a run of just under 150 copies on the excellent Russian label Waystyx, which was known for their elaborate and well-designed packaging.

Frog - Untitled

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Gruppe Nuova Consonanza - Improvisationen




Metal smacking free jazz concrète noise musique.

LP released on Deutsche Grammophon in 1969 and I don't think that it has been reissued since.

Improvisationen

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Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - Gruppo di Improvvisazione "Nuova Consonanza"




Formed by Italian composer Franco Evangelisti in 1964, Il Gruppo were an avant-garde free-improv group considered the first experimental composers collective and dedicated to the development of new music by improvisation, electronic noise and anti-musical systems whilst dismantling classical music structure.

This is the first outing, originally released on vinyl on RCA Italiana in 1966 and not reissued until 50 years later.

''Nuova Consonanza''

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Jack Smith - Les Evening Gowns Damnees - 56 Ludlow Street 1962-1964, Volume I




... so, obviously, this one is next. Jack Smith, Tony Conrad, Angus MacLise and John Cale are amongst the cast creating home-recorded art experiments.

CD jointly released on Table Of The Elements and Audio ArtKive in 1997.

56 Ludlow Street 1962-1964 Volume I

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Jack Smith - Silent Shadows On Cinemaroc Island - 56 Ludlow Street 1962-1964 Volume II




Again, this is courtesy of Tony Conrad's tape archives. Jack Smith was the film-maker/proto-performance artist who arguably gave birth to a whole generation of New York underground theatre, including Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Charles Ludlam and the Wooster Group. In the early '60s, Smith was at the height of his considerable powers, creating an alluring aesthetic out of second-hand Hollywood fantasies inspired by his lifelong muse, the Dominican-born actress Maria Montez, star of Cobra Woman and Ali Baba And The 40 Thieves.



CD jointly released on Table Of The Elements and Audio ArtKive in 1997.

56 Ludlow Street 1962-1964 Volume II

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Tasaday - L'Animale Profondo

More industrial ritual noise by the Italian band, released on LP in 1986.

Tasaday - L'Animale Profondo

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Angus MacLise / Tony Conrad / Jack Smith - Dreamweapon I




One person's dream is another person's nightmare.

There appears to be a fourth installment of the Dreamweapon but we've never seen it. Any help would be gratefully etc.

LP released on Boo-Hooray in 2011.

Dreamweapon I

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Tasaday - Implosione Tra le Pieghe Dell'Anima

Very early recordings by the Italian industrial band Tasaday, first released as a tape under the band's previous names Die Form (which, oops, was already taken by the French artist Phillipe Fichot) and Nulla Iperreale. Recordings made in 1983, released in 1984, then rereleased on CD under the Tasaday banner in 2010.

Tasaday - Implosione Tra le Pieghe Dell'Anima

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La Monte Young - Draw A Straight Line And Follow It




Given the nature of the release it is difficult to be certain but I think that this covers four decades of La Monte Young's ideas. Clearly, this is not just the man himself but who else is here is lost to me. There are ragas and drones but not the fever dreams of the Theatre Of Eternal Music. That is certainly not a criticism ... this contains some of the most beautiful music I have heard. Dive in and draw your own lines.

A seven CDr unofficial release courtesy of Japan's Otherside Recordings.

Apparently, there is a second volume but I've never seen it ... if some kind soul could help me out I'd appreciate it!

Drawer

Flow

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va - Rude Boxxx

Six cassette box set on Heath "Sick Llama" Moerland's Fag Tapes label, released in an edition of 30 copies in 2006. Included a reissue of the debut Fag Tapes release, Sick Llama "Thrown Down a Well", plus Connelly/Failing Lights "Time Layered" which first came out as a tape on Gods of Tundra in 2005. The rest of the set is otherwise unreleased Sick Llama, WM, Cygnus and Barf Thoth, which I believe are just Moerland under different monikers.

tape 1
tape 2
tape 3
tape 4
tape 5
tape 6


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Faust - Edinburgh 1997




Excellent live recording from the Flux New Music Festival in 1997.

CD released on Klangbad in 1997.

Edinburgh 1997

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Faust - The Land Of Ukko&Rauni




Clearly, between 1971 and 1973, Faust released some of the most essential music ever recorded and then they slipped from view. Normally, I am a huge fan of that kind of behaviour, say what you have to say and then go away before you spoil it. Then over ten years later they started to resurface and presented themselves as one of those most rare beasts: they were still brilliant and still had huge amounts to say. This is one such thing ... recorded live in Helsinki at Tavastia Club on the 20th of April, 2000.

Double CD released on Ektro Records in 2000.

The Land Of Ukko&Rauni

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Angus MacLise - Dreamweapon II




This is the other version and I would argue it blows the vinyl away. Other than the (fundamentally) same tracks that appear on the LP, this also includes a gloriously ramshackle collaboration with Tony Conrad. As though this is not ample, there is also the majority of the film soundtrack of Ira Cohen's "The Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda" by the Universal Mutant Repertory Company (who on this occasion are Angus MacLise, Henry Flynt, Jackson Mac Low, Loren Standlee, Raja Samyana, Tony Conrad and Ziska Baum).

CDr given away courtesy of Boo-Hooray in 2011.

Dreamweapon II

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Faust - London 1-3




The first side is the brilliant and only BBC session that you will surely know from the BBC Sessions + CD from 2001. Other than predating that release by five years, this also includes "Kisses For Pythagoras" which I don't think appears anywhere else.

LP released on RéR Recommended in 1996 in an edition of 300.

London 1-3

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Angus MacLise / Hetty MacLise - Dreamweapon II




This boasts extended versions of tracks that were on the CDr given away at the aforementioned exhibition. Welcome indeed, but is that the full story?

LP released on Boo-Hooray in 2011.

Dreamweapon II

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Faust - San Francisco 1994




Recorded live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco on May the 8th, 1994. This is Faust playing live with Keiji Haino. Yes, you read that correctly. If the apocalypse sounds this good, bring it on.

A self-released CDr for sale on the US tour in 2016 and there were only 48 of them.

San Francisco 1994

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Angus MacLise / Tony Conrad - Dreamweapon III




This is one of a series of previously unreleased collaborations lifted from Angus' tape archives released to accompany a Belgian exhibition celebrating his life and work more than 30 years after his death.

LP courtesy of Boo-Hooray in 2011.

Dreamweapon III

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Tony Conrad with Faust - Outside The Dream Syndicate - Alive




... and this is the escape recorded live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on February the 17th, 1995. Jim O'Rourke is here on guitar as well ... he gets everywhere don'tcha know.

CD released on Table Of The Elements in 2005.

It's Alive

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