Akira Yamamichi - Pulse Beats

Tinnitus-inducing sear-piercing sine wave beeps, released as a 3"CD on Fire Inc in 2001.

Akira Yamamichi - Pulse Beats

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BusRatch vs. Computer Soup - Untitled




Katsura Mouri, Makio Tokiwa, Masamitsu Kawai and Takahiro Yamamoto versus Kei Ikeda, Osamu Okubo, Shusaku Hariya and Satoru Hori. Everybody wins!

CDr released on PARA disc in 2000.

BusRatch vs. Computer Soup

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Bus Ratch - Memorium

The folks behind PARA Disc and Parallax Records release their first pressed CD, but this time Bus Ratch is a duo with no noticeable difference in density. Scratching records and surface noise fireballs. Released in 2002.

Bus Ratch - Memorium

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Various - Pick A Winner




Neon Hunk, Lightning Bolt, Wolf Eyes, White Mice, Matt Brinkman, Forcefield, Pink And Brown and more ...

Crazed CD / DVD collection on Load Records in 2004. I've misplaced / lost my rip of the DVD. I'm annoyed.

Pick A Winner

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Akira Toyonaga - Cold and Clean and No People

Another CDR on PARA Disc, this is the only solo album by guitarist Akira Toyonaga. His other album is a duo with Charles Hayward of This Heat. Released in 2001.

Akira Toyonaga - Cold and Clean and No People

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My Name Is Rar Rar - "Lost" Album




"My Name Is RAR-RAR was a spastic Chicago no-wave band that emerged in late 2000, formed by guitarist Chuck Falzone and bassist Jonathan Hischke. Both had served time in The Flying Luttenbachers and they brought that dissonance and speed to My Name is Rar-Rar, where Falzone's odd guitar timbre snaked between Hischke's ridiculous synth-bass lines and collided with the playful tribal thump of Chrissy Rossettie.

When original singer Camilla Ha left the band, Greg Peters took over on vocals, bringing his trademark bark from his previous band Xerobot. His whoops, coughs and delusional ramblings transformed the band into a speeding circus caravan that misses a turn and tumbles over a cliff, time and time again. Peters' on-stage antics were always something to behold as he flailed about, cupping the mic to his mouth and gripping the side of his leg. The band released a split 7" with Neon Hunk, a comp track on White Denim Records and a mini-EP on an obscure Italian label. They recorded their first record in 2003 but broke up before mixing it."

This is that unmixed and unreleased record ... it has finally seen the light of day in a completely different version courtesy of Skin Graft Records.

Lost and Found

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Neon Hunk / My Name Is Rar Rar - Split




Chipmonk chiptune rock goddery backed with warped angular juvenilia. Winner.

7" jointly released on Liquid Death Records and Hello Pussy Records in 2002.

Neon Hunk / My Name Is Rar Rar

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Neon Hunk - Abra Cadaver




Genius little piece of vinyl that comes off like a helium fuelled Boredoms at 10x speed.

7" jointly released on Liquid Death Records and Hello Pussy Records in 2001.

Abra Cadaver

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Curtain of Cards - Blank Exhibition

No information on this one. "Blank Exhibition" is the only album by Shuichi Ohori, aka Curtain of Cards. He contributed tracks to a few compilations in the early 00's, but then the trail of documentary evidence goes cold. Released by PARA Disc as a CDR in 2001.

Curtain of Cards - Blank Exhibition

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Bus Ratch - Untitled

If you like the sound of needles being dragged across records, have I got the album for you! The debut release on PARA Disc, a label that grew out of the Kyoto record shop Parallax Records, is a twitching mass of turntable abuse. There were four members of the group in 2000, when they recorded this self-titled (or untitled?) CDR, all of them simultaneously wrecking wax in a post-Otomo/Marclay/Tetreault sort of way.

Bus Ratch - Untitled

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Neon Hunk - Secrets Of The Hunk V:3




More primitive sounding electronic/drum blurt on this self-released CDr from 2002.

Secrets Of The Hunk V:3

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Neon Hunk - Smarmymob




You can also add bands like White Mice, Lightning Bolt, Forcefield and all of that Providence crew. Very excellent.

CD released on Load Records in 2003.

Smarmymob

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Neon Hunk - Neyan Honkies

Neon Hunk were a truly strange noise-rock band, somewhat in the mould of Wolf Eyes, Taiwan Deth, Hair Police or Fat Worm of Error. Messy and abrasive electronics and drums, intentionally difficult psychedelic assault. Neon Hunk were not particularly prolific while they were around, so this tape is one of the few extant documents of what they did. Released on Nautical Almanac's Heresee label in 2002.

Neon Hunk - Neyan Honkies

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Noggin / Eric Boros / Crank Sturgeon and Id M Theft Able - Untitled




Three untitled Noggin improvs, 19 minutes of live Eric Boros diced and spliced from a Japanese tour ... and ... drum-roll please ... Matt Anderson and Skot Able! Some crazy fucker (aka genius) let them loose in a studio to broadcast live on the radio. Hurrah! It's utterly brilliant and the image of some meth-head / truck driver / soccer mom accidentally tuning in just makes it even better.

If you ever thought Crank Sturgeon, Kommissar Hjuler, Rudolf Eb.er, Id M Theft Able, Joke and dp were isolated lunatics then stand corrected. Hand your children over, the revolution started years ago and the war was won whilst you were sleeping. Resistance is so yesterday. Accept your destiny ...

... and then jump all over this and this.

CD released on Manufracture in 2006.

HELLO ... it's Crank Sturgeon and Id M Theft Able. Yeah, in the same room. Yeah, live. Oh, for fuck's sake just get on with it.

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What do i get ...?




Crap day at work yesterday. Had me tea and went to bed early to read me book (an oral history of Swans, I recommend it). Fell asleep at some point and then woke up. Put the radio on and Pete Shelley's dead. Chances are that you're not from Manchester and probably weren't in the middle of the idea wars. Whatever. So what.

The absolute spearhead of Northern DIY (me mate has already doffed his cap). From song to band to label and still remained a really nice bloke. The closest I got was probably at Maxwell Hall at Salford University in ?1987ish when The Fall were headlining. John Cooper Clarke opened and then Pete got up on his jack with an acoustic guitar and sang the "greatest hits" in the greatest and most self-deprecating way you could imagine. Simply one of the most perceptive and incisive songwriters of my generation and Manchester is emptier without him.

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Nautical Kites - Herculoids

Nautical Almanac + Kites = Nautical Kites. But I'll bet you already figured that out, smartypants.

Nautical Kites - Herculoids

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Eric Ostrowski - Magnificent Forest




Well, half a Noggin is better than none. Now how far do you think you can push improvised violin noise? Let's find out ...

CD released on End Sound in 2007. It came with a ten track dvd but that rip appears to have gone walkabout. Sorry about that.

Magnificent Forest

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Nautical Almanac - Nnnnnautical Aaaalmanac

Aggressive chaotic nonsense by a bunch of Baltimore nutzos. Two live sets from 2002, released as a tape that same year on the band's Heresee label.

Nautical Almanac - Nnnnnautical Aaaalmanac

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Noggin Big Band - Down The Klahanie




"NOGGIN was usually Michael and Eric. The BIG BAND was a recording project that Michael put together: 11 people improvising with spontaneous arranging and conducting by Michael. Aaron recorded what happened at Yo-Yo Studios in Olimpia-WA, and, along with Adam and Eric, did the mixing. This part of the project was completed in 1996-7. It is now being formally released in 2008."

Apparently, a "no label" release from 2008.

Down The Klahanie

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Noggin - Noggin




Two tracks broadcast (and recorded obviously) on New York's WKCR in July '95.

7" released on Ignivomous in 1995.

Noggin

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