va - Woman Taken In Adultery

A terrific compilation with a dumb title and cheapo package, but don't let that deter you. Avant-rock noise and drones by some top-notch artists: Flies Inside the Sun and Lovely Midget from New Zealand, Noxagt from Norway, Loren Connors from the US, Random Reflections from Belgium, and Metatrella about whom I know nothing. A co-release by Carbon Records and Glasvocht from 2002.

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Lt Caramel - La Méthode Du Discours




It's been a while since I took a stroll in the world of Philippe Blanchard. Don't know why I was wasting my time elsewhere. This would have made Sten Hanson smile in admiration.

3" CDr released on the entertainingly named Éditions Suicide Commercial in 1995.

La Méthode Du Discours

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va - A Blind Man's Gallery of Mirrors (Freedom in a Vacuum Music Gallery Recordings Vol. 1)

There's some gold on this 1996 compilation from Freedom In a Vacuum, but there's also some forgettable "industrial" bullshit. The gold makes it worthwhile, though. Tracks by Sigillum S, Edward Ka-Spel, IAM Umbrella (who were so under-rated), Randy Grief, Violence and the Sacred, Plecid (who I'd like to hear more by someday), Illusion of Safety, Distraction Factory... and also Dive (yuck), Parade (ooof) and Mind Skelp-chur (gag!) which is one of the most bone-headed band names ever.

va - A Blind Man's Gallery of Mirrors (Freedom in a Vacuum Music Gallery Recordings Vol. 1)

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Various - Gears=Sexone




Other than Doc Wör Mirran (one of them did all of the art for the series btw), Die Rache and Kopfschmerztablette, few (if any) seem to trouble the human consciousness any more. I'm not saying that's a bad thing.

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sexone

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Various - Gears=Sextwo




The highlight is Merzbow de/re-constructing The Mothers Of Invention's "Trouble Every Day". No point saying anything else, you're already downloading it.

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sextwo

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Various - Gears=Sexthree




Die Rache, Minoy, Big City Orchestra, Esruk, Daniel Johnston, De Fabriek and so on ...

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sexthree

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Various - Gears=Sexfour




Siegmar Fricke, Solanaceae Tau, M.Nomized, Harald Sack Ziegler, Die Rache, The Grey Wolves and so forth ...

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sexfour

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Various - Gears=Sexfive




The (undeniably great) Haters, Doc Wör Mirran, Solanaceae Tau, Bestattungsinstitute, Nostalgie Eternelle and some other people.

C56 released on Empty Records in 1990.

Sexfive

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va - Optional Ingredients From a Vile Recipe

1994 7" comp on Trackshun Industries with short tracks by Noggin, Pork Queen, Good Horsey, Bugskull, Paste and Roughage.

va - Optional Ingredients From a Vile Recipe 

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Various - Gears=Sexsix




M.Nomized, Solanaceae Tau, Die Rache, Chris Phinney's Mental Anguish, John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors Of America, Brent Lewis Ensemble, Siegmar Fricke's Bestattungsinstitute and the unknown Atrocity Exhibit.

C62 released on Empty Records in 1990.

Sexsix

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va - Nature is Perverse

Sonic documentation of the three-day "Nature Is Perverse" festival, which took place in Stockholm in 1998, released by Fylkingen as a double CD in 2000. The set includes music by Dror Fieler, Kapotte Muziek, Voice Crack, Zbigniew Karkowski, Small Cruel Party, Mikael Stavostrand, Farmers Manual, Kent Tankred, Leif Elggren, Goem, Mats Lindstrom, Tetsuo Furudate, Soren Runolf, Thomas Liljenberg and Freundschaft.

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Various - Gears=Sexseven




Big City Orchestra, Minoy, Kopfschmerztablette, Kapotte Muziek, De Fabriek et cetera et cetera.

C66 released on Empty Records in 1990.

Sexseven

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Illusion of Safety - More Violence and Geography

One of IoS' early albums, first reissued on LP in 1988, then reissued as a cassette in the mid-90s and finally remastered and expanded in 2002 for this definitive edition on the German label Die Stadt.

Illusion of Safety - More Violence and Geography

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Various - Gears=Sexeight




Ah, those historical halcyon days where artists had their postal addresses on their releases so you could write a letter (look it up kids) and wait for a month and more to see whether they actually gave a shit or not and Germany was so good that they named it twice: East and West (look it up kids).

Feast your sex=ears on Illusion Of Safety, Kopfschmerztablette, Minoy, Der Pliz, De Fabriek, Doc Wör Mirran, K.O.P. and more ...

C60 released on Empty Records in 1990.

Sexeight

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Illusion of Safety - Fifteen & Finite Material Context

Two 1990 cassettes, reissued on a single CD in 1993. "Finite Material Context" does not appear in its entirety, sadly.

Illusion of Safety - Fifteen & Finite Material Context

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Various - En/Of 001-030




En/Of were a sub-label of the excellent Bottrop-Boy that pushed out mostly (?) vinyl in editions of 100. The catalogue of people who were released on the label is astonishing. This is a triple CD set documenting artists from the first thirty of their releases and was released as part of a museum exhibition catalogue. Aspiration never undersold!

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Various - Money Will Ruin Everything




Sundays were made for things like this. Just listen. Have an even better day.

A double CD released on Rune Grammofon in 2003.

Money

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Various - Money Will Ruin Everything: The Second Edition




If money ruins everything, please can I be a bit more ruined? All donations gratefully received.

This is a great compilation featuring some of Norway's finest people.

No churches were harmed in the creation of this release.

Unfortunately.

Double CD compilation released on Rune Grammofon in 2008.

Money

Everything

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Various - Fjord Focus: A Norwegian Sampler








I usually wouldn't bother posting such things (especially given the dreadful pun) but it is rather good. People you already know and people you will know soon.

CD given away with issue 224 of The Wire in 2002.

Fjord Focus

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Illusion of Safety - Inside Agitator

This 1992 CD by a five-man Illusion of Safety (Dan Burke plus Chris Block & Thymme Jones of Cheer-Accident, Mitch Enderle/Dead Tech and Mark Klein) is rather more industrial (in the sense of heavy electronic beats and samples) than the other titles I've posted. Released by Complacency, which I think was Burke's own label.

Illusion of Safety - Inside Agitator

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