va - Vanité

Before there was Klanggalerie, there was Syntactic, an Austrian label that specialized in extremely limited (but generally high quality) 7" vinyl releases. Most are valuable collectors' items today, such as the records by Organum, CCCC, Main, Muslimgauze, Merzbow, and so on. This little record was produced in 1996 in that most inconvenient format, the compilation 7". That means very short songs by a lot of people, in this case shorter songs by more people than you might want on such a short little record: Thirdorgan, Sons of Silence, Fennesz, Christoph Kurzmann, Werner Mobius, Legion, Aube, King Lear's Convulsions (who?), Aube, The Haters, Scanner, and Makoto Takashima. Edition of just 100 copies. Pay a fortune to ruthless collector mercinaries, or just listen to it here.

va - Vanité

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C. Spencer Yeh - Violin Voice Live, Norway Landmark Bergen Jan. 12th 2010




Another set of live improvisations ...

CDr released on DroneDisco in 2010.

Bergen

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C. Spencer Yeh - Violin Voice Live, Norway Dokkhuset Trondheim Jan. 13th 2010




A set of live improvisations ...

CDr released on DroneDisco in 2010.

Trondheim

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John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - Live In Nottingham




Schimpfluch-noise recorded at Arts Org Gallery, Nottingham, England on May the 4th, 2007.

LP released on What The...? Records in 2007.

Live In Nottingham

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John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - Compound




Sublime 7" released on Von in 2009.

Compound

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va - Breaking The Plastic Hymen, Vinyl Virgins & Lo-Fi Whores

Happy Friday! Here is an excellent collection of strange noise, low-fidelity songlike things and other beauties, released as two double-7" sets )and later as a box with all four 7"s in it) by Fisheye Records in 1997. I think it was supposed to be a compilation by people who hadn't yet had anything out on vinyl, but the concept may have been out of date by the time the records came out. Not that it matters. Music by The Shadow Ring, Wingtip Sloat, Rake, Hood, Prick Decay, Glands of External Secretion, Tea Culture, Noggin, The Negative Kite, Richard Youngs, Simon Wickham-Smith, and other names that I'm too tired to type right now. If any of the names I just listed caused a twinge of excitement in your brainstem, then you already know this was made for you. Enjoy your weekend.

va - Breaking The Plastic Hymen, Vinyl Virgins & Lo-Fi Whores

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John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - Tiny Red Tables / Big American Hole






It was only when preparing these Yeh posts that I realised that he had put some of his work up for streaming on UBU. So I'll leave the description to the man himself:

"Originally released on Helicopter as a 25+ minute long mono 7" single in an edition of 150. John Wiese and I were both a part of this "Free Noise UK" tour at the time which included a variety of "free jazz" and "noise" musicians. Both John and I had these matching handheld tape recorders, and so at any/all times, we'd collect various field recordings, soundchecks, vocal utterances, just total garbage, and every evening these pieces would find their way into the performances as source material. This 7" is a recording of Wiese playing back the accumulated recordings on the original handheld recorders. Titles were provided by saxophonist Evan Parker, one of the players in the "Free Noise UK" ensemble."

7" released on Helicopter in 2007.

Tiny Red Tables / Big American Hole

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John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - The Void




Genius take on Destroy 2's gabbagrindnoise. You'll see what I mean.

Double C10 recorded live on Halloween night, 2007 in Lexington, KY at the Void skateshop and released on DroneDisco in 2009.

The Void

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Controlled Bleeding & Uncommunity - Across the Stagnant Pond

This cassette features one half by Controlled Bleeding (remember to go pre-order their 10 CD boxset & book!) and one half by Uncommunity, whose main instigator Tim Gane would go on to play in bands you might have heard of called McCarthy and Stereolab. Released by Broken Flag in 1986.

Controlled Bleeding & Uncommunity - Across the Stagnant Pond

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Pete Nolan / C. Spencer Yeh - Nolan / Yeh Duo




This time Yeh is joined by Pete Nolan (of the brilliant Magik Markers and a host of other delights). Three sides are literally homemade (hear those pots and pans rattle kids) whilst the final side is recorded live in Manhattan.

Double C30 set released on Yeh's DroneDisco in 2005.

Nolan / Yeh Duo

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Controlled Bleeding & Dive - Night Shadows

A split CD featuring a roughly equal amount of music both Controlled Bleeding and Belgian artist Dive, former singer with Absolute Body Control and The Klinik whose cringingly terrible lyrics have always prevented me from fully embracing his machine noise. Here's a sample (not taken from this album):
I'm caught in the web of your lies
Strangled by the look of his eyes
The eyes of someone who cries
The eyes of someone who dies 
Jesus fucking christ. Did an adult really write those words down, take time to sing them into a microphone with musical accompaniment, then reproduce the resulting song and several more like it on an album without feeling something like crippling shame? Which record label heard these lyrics and thought, "Yeah, that's pretty good. Let's invest our money into producing a thousand copies of this album. People will enjoy this." Someone must have bought that album, encouraging poor Dirk Ivens (Mister Dive) to drool out more lyrics of this quality on more albums full of similarly pitiable wank. Why did one of Dirk's friends not sit him down and try to convince him to maybe make instrumental music instead? Who would spend any amount of money on this pathetic first-draft-of-a-sad-diary-entry-from-elementary-school garbage?

Sadly, I did. I'm not proud to admit it, but it is true. But only because the great Controlled Bleeding took up half of this compact disc. It was released by the Portuguese label Fast Forward (who also put out a compilation CD that I like very much, and might post here someday) in 1996. 

Controlled Bleeding & Dive - Night Shadows

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Jessica Rylan / C. Spencer Yeh - Rylan / Yeh 2xC30




I really really love this. As stunning as you would expect from these two wonderful people!

Double tape set released on DroneDisco in 2006.

Rylan / Yeh 2xC30

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Controlled Bleeding & Benjamin Lew - Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre #1

Another split LP with Controlled Bleeding (go pre-order their 10 CD BOXSET & BOOK right now!) on one side and Belgian (?) composer Benjamin Lew on the other. CB's half of the record was recorded in 1984 by Paul Lemos and Joe Papa (no Chris Moriarty on this one), Lew's half in 1988. The LP came out on Sub Rosa's short-lived Les Nouvelles Musiques de Chambre sub-label in 1988.

Controlled Bleeding & Benjamin Lew - Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre #1

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Yeh Yellow Swans - Yeh Yellow Swans




Cosmic psychedelic noise drone.

3" CDr released on Collective Jyrk in 2005.

Yeh Yellow Swans

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Controlled Bleeding & Maybe Mental - Halved

Controlled Bleeding is one of my favorite bands. I've loved them since I was young, and I love them still today, just as much as ever. Never beholden to any genre, they have recorded harsh noise (some of the best anyone's ever made and I'll send my husband to fight anyone who doesn't agree), somber chamber music, industrial disco, doom metal, free jazz, electronic dub, dark drone, ethereal ambience, progressive rock, and whatever else they feel like doing at any time. Main bleeder Paul Lemos' distinctive guitar tone is one of the only giveaways that any of these records are created by the same band. That's why I'm thrilled to learn about this upcoming 10 CD & BOOK SET on Artoffact Records! You read that correctly: 10 CDs and an LP-sized bound book. No, of course I am NOT going to share that, because you should support the band and label by BUYING it.

Because I'm so excited about this box set, I'm going to post a few albums that are definitely not reissued on this box or anywhere else, starting with a 1986 split LP on Arizona-based label Placebo, with Arizona's own Maybe Mental on the other side. Or perhaps it's Maybe Mental on the first side, Controlled Bleeding on the flip. Hard to say for sure. I suppose it doesn't matter, as long as you listen to it and then go support the band by buying their in-print music. Do it now!

Controlled Bleeding & Maybe Mental - Halved

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Clams - Marino's Dream




C. Spencer Yeh, James Ferraro, Kathy O'Dell, Shane Mackenzie and Zac Davis. Burning Skater Bread anyone? Yeah, fair enough ...

CDr released on Maim & Disfigure in 2006.

Marino's Dream

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Mental Prism - Farm Sessions Vol. 1




Kathy O'Dell and Shane Mackenzie with John Elliott and Mark McGuire. In a fairly real sense, Lambsbread meets Emeralds.

Initially self-released in an edition of 10 in 2007, this is the C30 reissued on Wagon in 2009.

Farm Sessions Vol. 1

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Axolotl / C. Spencer Yeh / Lambsbread / The Skaters - Live At Spooky Action Palace




A self-explanatory collection of recordings.

CDr released on Maim & Disfigure (I think it's from 2006).

Live At Spooky Action Palace

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Various - Delwar Showdown




As far as I am aware, there was only one other singular Yeh / Olson release and that was the "Live At Kathy's B-Day" single sided LP on Rococo Records.

The Kathy in question is Lambsbread's Kathy O'Dell. This is a recording made at her birthday shindig that includes the Yeh / Olson collaboration, Mark Morgan, Death Knell, Aaron Dilloway and a few tracks that basically feature everybody in the room.

CDr released on American Tapes in 2006.

It's AM465 btw ...

Delwar Showdown

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Yeh & Olson - The Lower Ones




Warning! Genii at work!

CDr released on American Tapes in 2004.

It's AM353 btw ...

The Lower Ones

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