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.

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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.

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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.

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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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va - Treat The Gods As If They Exist

An excellent 1996 compilation CD from Auf Abwegen, with tracks by Beequeen, Ultramarine, Asmus Tietchens, Chris & Cosey, ELpH va Coil, Stewart Home, Drome, O Yuki Conjugate, Schloss Tegal, RLW, Legion, Halcam, SKRANK!, and Barbed.

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Three Forks - Seven Layer Ape




If I didn't know better, I'd say Eugene Chadbourne turns up in the middle of Peru.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

Seven Layer Ape

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Three Forks - Firewood




James Currin, Donald McPherson and Tim Cornelius (of Sandoz Lab Technicians) disposing of structure.

3" CDr released on Peter Stapleton's great Metonymic in 2005.

Firewood

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David Tudor - Plays Cage & Tudor

Tudor plays Cage's "Solo for Piano" (recorded in 1982), then his own "Neural Synthesis No.2" (recorded in 1993). Released as a CD by Ear-Rational in 1993.

David Tudor - Plays Cage & Tudor

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Sinking Infinities - Thousand Year Reich




Apparently, James Currin (who also ran United Fairy Moons btw) described this as a tribute to the first generation minimalists such as Tony Conrad and LaMonte Young. These hovering but jagged drones are far from minimal but I can see what he meant. A great recording!

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

Thousand Year Reich

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David Tudor & John Cage - Rainforest II & Mureau - A Simultaneous Performance

Live electronics by Tudor, spoked and taped voice by Cage, recorded live for German radio in 1972 and released as a double CD by New World in 2000.

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Sinking Infinities - Forever Young




More Dunedin drone. Just for you.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2005.

Forever Young

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Sinking Infinities - The Life Of Riley




Jon Chapman (showing why he was in Double Leopards) with James Currin (of Ray Off obviously) with two long-form tracks of cello, guitar and creaking electronic drones.

CDr released on United Fairy Moons in 2006.

The Life Of Riley

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