Manchester Mourns ....




Today my friends, Manchester mourns. We mourn the loss of one of the finest comedians that this City has ever seen. That really is a statement when you consider the hilarity that Trafford Borough has given to the conurbation and, indeed, the world. At this difficult time, my only consolation is that there will be another joker coming along soon!

R.I.P. Maureen.

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Sick Hour - Untitled

Two-thirds of Hair Police (or, if you prefer, Three-Legged Race + Attempt) bloop on synthesizers for awhile. Released in 2006 as a cassette on Animal Disguise.

Sick Hour - Untitled

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BusRatch - 時計日記




The B-Side here has 99 locked grooves and nobody is brave enough to rip that. So, as a consolation, here's both tracks on the first side ripped in 33 and 45rpm ... and why not. You could always go and buy an admirably priced copy from our father who art in Lowell, RRRon be thy name for the looped groove odyssey ... or just to hear the inherent quality of the vinyl recording.

LP released on RRRecords in 2010.

Tokei Nikki

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va - F.I.R.E

Compilation of obscure Icelandic experimental strangeness from 1993.

va - F.I.R.E

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Hijyokaidan, BusRatch - Split Series #01




By this time, BusRatch are the duo of Katsura Mouri and Takahiro Yamamoto. It always blows my mind that it is possible to have Fumio Kosakai and Toshiji Mikawa (aka Incapacitants ... obviously) within the ranks of Hijokaidan. Surely such a holy alliance would signal the end of the universe. Maybe it has and this is what the end of days sounds like. I hope it does ...

CD released on Monotype in 2003.

Split Series #01

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BusRatch & Otomo Yoshihide - Time Magic City




Katsura Mouri, Yamamoto Takahiro and Otomo Yoshihide all on turntables in a collaboration satisfyingly known as BusTomo.

Deckwreckin' head wrecking noise genius!

Originally recorded in 2003 but not finalised and released until this CD on PARA disc in 2006.

Time Magic City

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Thomas Brinkmann - Studio 1 Variationen

Aggressively minimal, nearly eventless techno (I guess?) that I don't think you could dance to if you tried. Nearly nothing changes across any of these songs. This music is like cilantro: either you'll love it or you'll be thoroughly repulsed. You'll be captivated by the austere repetition or else every minute will fill you with rage. The husband hates this album passionately. I can understand why, but it sounds pretty good to me right now. 

Thomas Brinkmann - Studio 1 Variationen

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Keiji Haino, Mitsuru Nasuno, Tatsuya Yoshida + Bus Ratch - Live At Cafe Independants Friday 23.January.2004




You know everyone here and you know it makes sense.

CD released on Cafe Independants in 2004.

Live At Cafe Independants

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Olivia Block / Seth Nehil / BusRatch - Untitled




Makio Tokiwa is missing from the previous quartet and the addition of the two American artists gives this more of a Swiss feel. Maybe they are equidistant.

CDr released on PARA disc in 2001.

Olivia Block / Seth Nehil / BusRatch

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Akira Yamamichi - Pulse Beats

Tinnitus-inducing, ear-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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