va - Blunt Music

One side has noise and punk by Billboard Combat (aka Andrew Smith/Eunuchs of Industry), Process, Out Cold and Amaranthus. The other is the side to hear: Rock 'n'Roll with Emil Beaulieau! Released on Stomach Ache, a sort-of joke label co-run by a bunch of people who all pretended to be a guy in Mexico called Charlie Ward.

va - Blunt Music

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Same bus, different driver?






Empty seats? Just saying.

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Lt Caramel - J'ai 10 Doigts




I used to frequently think "what the fuck is going on?". Then Lieutenant Caramel found me and I realised that there's no point worrying about it. Now, I couldn't give a shiny shit.

CD released on Sounds For Consciousness Rape in 1996.

J'ai 10 Doigts

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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!

En

Of

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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

Ruin

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