Anhrefn - Defaid, Skateboards A Wellies




Another band that sang in Welsh which was a bit convenient given that they are from Wales. Smart political punkers with an ear for a tune. Listening back thirty+ years later, there is the occasional track that has a bit of that Banshees' guitar shimmer that nails it in time for me. I just hope there a bunch of these young fuckers that I keep being told about still out there making proper council house music.

Either a 12" or a short LP released on the very excellent Workers Playtime in 1987.

Baahh!

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Can't - Prepares to Fail Again

... there she is, sticking her head inside a electric oven. Grim humor for these grim times. Can't was Jessica Rylan, and this was one of her earliest self-released CDs.


Can't - Prepares to Fail Again

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Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - 20 (Singles & EP's '94-'96)




... which led me naturally to this.

Gorky's were a band from Wales that predominantly sang in Welsh but occasionally threw in the odd line of English and were another favourite of The Saintly John Peel. Maybe less obviously "subversive" than Datblygu but I get a big load of Ivor Cutler and Vivian Stanshall in temperament and The Flaming Lips (in full-on "Mom, I Gave The Cat Some Acid" mode ... and yeah, that's Happy Flowers but you'll no doubt have no idea what I am talking about anyway so who cares) and the sly sophistication of The Divine Comedy / The Duckworth Lewis Method. I think that it is extremely enjoyable and needs to be heard by people who haven't heard it before ... if you've been here for a while you'll already know that I couldn't be arsed whether you like it or not but try it ... you never know! No refunds available however.

CD released on Castle Music and Sanctuary Records in 2003.

Cheeky Mynci

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Datblygu - The Peel Sessions 1987 - 1993




Many years ago, The Saintly John Peel raved about Datblygu every time they released something and that is where they introduced themselves to me. Quite randomly, I went back to listen to what I have and remembered just quite how brilliant they are. Classic dour and spirited UK post-punk. If you struggled to come to terms with the accents with The Fall and Sleaford Mods then it's worth saying that they are from Wales and sing in Welsh ... just dive in, it's proper good.

CD released on Ankst in 2008.

Peel Sessions

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va - Guitarrorists

Neat 1991 compilation of short instrumental solo guitar tunes, mainly by folks who play in noisy rock bands. Includes Nikki Sudden, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, J. Mascis, Wayne Rogers, Steve Albini (who has the best title for his track: "Nutty About Lemurs"), Neil Hagarty, Kim Gordon, Wayne Coyne, Kat Bjelland, Helios Creed, Sonic Boom, Dean Wareham, Paul Leary, Tom Hazelmeyer and lots more.

va - Guitarrorists

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Violent Onsen Geisha - Nation Of Rhythm Slaves




This is just classic bouncy and unhinged VOG ... I'm sure there is a bit of Consolidated in the first track, Japanese covers of Canned Heat interfered with, twisted easy-listening salaryman karaoke and other such senses of false security and then you hit the middle section. From there it's all "oh shit, here we go!". Just for good measure there are a range of other people contributing to the majesty such as Masami Akita, Kazuto Shimizu, Masuko Shinji and Naruyoshi Kikuchi.

This is a CD released in Japan on Rail Recordings in 1996.

There is somebody (anonymous of course) who keeps abusing me for posting things in flac. So by way of apology, here it is ...

... in flac.

Slave To The Rhythm

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va - Nothing Short of Total War

The CD version of a 1989 Blast First compilation, notable for containing a Sonic Youth song with the impressive title "Come and Smash Me Said the Boy With the Magic Penis and also a song by Sonic Youth alter ego Ciccone Youth and one by Lee Ranaldo solo. Also has exclusive scorchers by Butthole Surfers (from back when they were good), Big Stick, Dinosaur Jr., Arsenal, Ut, Big Black, Head of David and Rapeman. Just to be dicks, the label decided to release this CD as all one track, which is both intentionally annoying and kinda of funny.

va - Nothing Short of Total War

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Incapacitants - Ministry Of Foolishness




LLLord RRRon of LLLowell is a genius and largely responsible for giving me access to all corners of noise form all around the place (but especially Japan) for very cheap prices. A lot produced the reaction akin to "what the shit?" until I started to begin to understand the language. He's just lucky we are separated by the Atlantic Ocean because I'd hug him on a daily basis with or without permission.

This was my introduction to Fumio Kosakai and Toshiji Mikawa, so if that alone is not worthy of regular low-level molestation than I have no idea what is!

Same as yesterday, it's on Pure from 1995 and it's a big fat flac so is in two parts so combine and so on and so forth.

Foolishness

Silly Walks

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Milk Cult - Burn or Bury

Third album by Milk Cult, this time the weirdos land on a major label Virgin Records. Includes contributions from such beloved unit shifters as Mike Patton, Mark Davies (Thinking Fellers Union Local 282), Masaya Nakahara (aka Violent Onsen Geisha/Hair Stylistics), Matt Heckert (Survival Research Labs), Carla Bozulich (Ethyl Meatplow) and more.

Milk Cult - Burn or Bury

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Violent Onsen Geisha - The Midnight Gambler




It starts. It stops. There's part of a loungecore version of Foxy Lady. Some things get smashed up. That's just the first two or three minutes.

Flac rip of a CD released on RRRon's Pure imprint in 1996. It comes in just over 500MB so you'll have to extract both parts to the same folder etc.

Midnight

Gambler

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Milk Cult - Project M-13

Fourth and final album by Milk Cult, released on the band's own label in 2000.

Milk Cult - Project M-13

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Milk Cult - Bruse Lee Marvin Gaye




I don't know what is going on with the world these days! You coax the odd reptilian follower out from under the rocks and then they expect us to leave them to do the heavy lifting?

I blame stuff ... not quite thought of the appropriate thing, it might be education or blood temperature. Hmm, I've really not figured this bit out yet ...

"Album recorded by Steelpole Bathtub side project, Milk Cult, during their visit to Japan in February, 1994. Japanese collaborators include Hidekazu Miyahara (Surfers of Romantica), Yoshimura (Bloodthirsty Butchers), Masaya Nakahara (Violent Onsen Geisha), Suzuki (Korean Buddhist God), et al., in a recording of unrepeatable power."

A ridiculously slinky and cool CD released on ZK Records in 1994.

Let's Get It Off

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Milk Cult - Love God

Debut album by the more experimental and electronic side project of Steel Pole Bath Tub, first released as a tape in 1992, then reissued on CD in 1993 by Boner. Recorded as the soundtrack to a film of the same name.

Milk Cult - Love God

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Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy & Violent Onsen Geisha - Sod And Sodie Sock / Studio C




HHHMMM ... where to start? Well, there's Mike Kelley who was part of the brilliant post-Velvet shamblefest that was Destroy All Monsters. Then you get Paul McCarthy who is as revolutionary and revelatory an artist as you can imagine ... and then you get Masaya Nakahara.

Seriously, just make your own shit up!

Double CD released on Mike Kelley's Compound Annex Records in 1998.

Sod Studio

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Blood Stereo - I Was Tucked Up Eyeless Inside A Fish




For so long, Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance have stood as a beacon of hope above the UK shitscape ... and that is always a source of comfort to me.

CDr released on the conspicuously delicious Chocolate Monk in 2012

art for flux's sake

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Enos Slaughter - On The Shore Of Jupiter




Double Dubz left news in the last post and I've felt it hard. Marc Orleans was a key person within the Sunburned Hand Of The Man universe and he isn't here any more. I've spent the past couple of days just listening back to some of his work. As a Sunburned fanatic, I own most of their releases and more or less everything else Marc played on. If you are not too familiar then take the hint below and listen to some of his work with them ...

From the Sunburned facebook page: "Wild Animal [is] a great example of Marc Orleans's amazing guitar playing. This was meant to be an LP but nobody remembers what happened. Marc foamed at the mouth to play, he WAS music. Our bandcamp page has just been rearranged and the top 13 releases all have Marc on them and they'll all be free (as they were, except for 2 titles) to check out or download for the rest of time... There may be more with Marc on them up there but memory is dull at the moment. Please enjoy and remember Marc. He is loved by us all."

This has Marc on guitar alongside David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and a member of No-Neck Blues Band and Egypt Is The Magick # amongst others) and Carter Thornton (whose collaboration with Kiyoharu Kuwayama & Rina Kijima and a bit of his work with Zashiki-Warashi I posted a long time ago).

Long-form smokey psychedelic jams on a CDr released on Sound@One in 2005 and bought by me then.

On The Shore Of Jupiter

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Jojo Hiroshige - 生きている価値なしBox




If your reaction is "who's he?" then you are definitely here by mistake. Goodbye. This is a set of his (more or less) solo work from between 1997 and 2004 with the glorious additions of a remastering of a very rare 5th Column tape (5C-11 btw) and a 40+ minute live gig from 2012. Right, so yeah, a bunch of regretful ballads and reminiscences? What do you think? This is the man who has been the central pillar of Hijokaidan for 40 years ... he builds castles out of carnage and is a complete legend.

This was a ten disc release but this doesn't have the two DVDs that came with the set. Yeah, I know. You'll just have to make do with a flac rip of the eight CDs that were jointly released on Youth Inc. and Alchemy Records in 2013. As far as I can tell it is out of print and sits firmly in the scalper marketplace.

Jojo was a man

who leaned against a woman

but he knew it couldn't last.

Get Back Jojo!

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Violent Onsen Geisha - Shocking Early Works 83-85 vol. 1




The progression towards Hair Stylistics some twenty years later was inevitable.

A C46 released on My Fiance's Lifework Productions in the late 80's/early 90's.

Shocking Early Works

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Forced Orgasm - What About Us?




More dismantled sound for conspiracy theorists.

C30 released on NCFO in 1994.

What About Us?

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Various - Nightside Terror




Harsh Noise Wall can be polarising ... love it or hate it? I'm in both camps. It isn't usually something that I have on heavy rotation and it's not something I would play whilst somebody else was there. For me, it's a deeply personal thing and when it is the right time it is perfect! The extreme monolithic quality of the noise cancels out all of the external bullshit and leaves me with my own genuinely unadulterated thoughts. Trance music for weird fuckers that spend far too much of their own personal time thinking about such things if you will / won't. Chances are that the words Harsh, Noise and Wall will have already made your mind up for you so whatever.

This is a great set of Richard Ramirez related work where Last Rape, Non Ho Sonno, The Wheel, House Of The Black Death and Forced Orgasm get two discs each.

This is a ten CDr set released on the Deadline Recordings sub-label H Series HNW ‎in 2014 in an edition of thirteen.

Sweet Dreams

Are Made Of This

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