The Shadow Ring - Put the Music in its Coffin

Second LP, utterly brilliant and still just a hint of the anti-musical insanity yet to come.

The Shadow Ring - Put the Music in its Coffin

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Meerk Puffy - Ashz/Arcs/Azes/Etc




More electronic chaos from the hands and mind of Matt Brinkman. Apparently, this is a companion piece to the Nung LP released two years earlier.

C80-ish released on Animal Disguise in 2005.

Ashz/Arcs/Azes/Etc

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The Shadow Ring - City Lights

Debut LP from 1993.


The Shadow Ring - City Lights

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Forcefield - Roggaboggas




There are 33 pseudonyms listed in the booklet so don't ask me. Whose hands are on the dials matters less given that it's genius throughout!

CD released on Load Records in 2003.

Roggaboggas

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Lightning Bolt / Forcefield - Split




You already know where you are with this ...

7" released on Load Records in 1997.

Lightning Bolt / Forcefield

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Forcefield - Assasins




If you think you've already got a handle on Forcefield, chances are you haven't at all. This has so many old school techno pulse/blows that in my house qualifies it as a beautiful ting!

CDr released on Thunderecorcdrs in 2001.

Assasins

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Forcefield - Condominium




If you really need me to contrive another word salad then let me know, always happy to oblige. Regardless, it's inauspiciously great. Just listen.

CDr released on Thunderecorcdrs in 2001.

Condominium

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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.

va - Melt

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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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