Forcefield - 8 Arm Joby Joby




Eight arms. Four people, Geddit?

Mat Brinkman, Ara Peterson, Jim Drain (who has appeared in Nautical Almanac) and Leif Goldberg. Admittedly, this doesn't make things much clearer. Anyway, quality Rhode Island electronic fuckery that really pays off with headphones.

CDr released on Thunderecorcdrs in 2000.

8 Arm Joby Joby

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Forcefield - Lord Of The Rings Modulator




The identities behind Forcefield are deliberately obscured and generally attributed to Meerk Puffy (aka Matt Brinkman and one half of Mindflayer) and Patootie Lobe (pardon?). On the earlier releases they are almost certainly a four piece. Whoever is actually here use a 'Frodo' Bode model 6402 dual ring-modulator to create alien radio interference, manic gameboys on bouncy castles or a cross between molten lava and quicksand. The juxtapositions only makes sense to me when I'm listening to it, other than that I wonder what the fuck I'm on about. A sentiment you would be familiar with if you've been here for a while ... anyhow ...

Originally released as a CDr on their own Thunderecorcdrs in 2002, this is the CD version re-released on Bulb Records in 2003.

Lord Of The Rings Modulator

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Ordinary Machinery - Accumulate & Acclimate

Fantastic album by Scott Reber, who you might also know as Work/Death or as a member of Ten Thousand Things. Released in 2009 as a tape on his Three Songs of Lenin label.

Ordinary Machinery - Accumulate & Acclimate

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Mr. Velocity Hopkins - Untitled




Comparatively longer form instrument torture.

C10 released on Aaron Dilloway's Hanson Records in 1997.

Untitled

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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.

va - Fuck Your Head With an Iron Fist

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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.

va - Undying

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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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