Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins - I'm Armed With Quarts Of Blood

Sure you are. In any case, I'm not going to tell you that you aren't.

Caroliner's second LP, this time released by adventurous SF punk label Subterranean (who also foisted such singular ugliness as Flipper, Factrix and Z'ev upon an indifferent world). If you like the Residents, Butthole Surfers, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 and Appalachian "American Primitive" bluegrass holler, none of that will make it any more likely that you'll derive anything resembling pleasure from this. The record begins with some locked grooves, none of which are transcribed here. Life is tough. Surface noise, channel drop-outs and vinyl pops were left in, though, because this is broken music recorded onto used tissue paper and pressed with no regard for (or expectation of) anyone ever listening to it. Pretend that it's intentional. For all I know, it is. Only the singing bull knows for sure.

Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins ‎– I'm Armed With Quarts Of Blood

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Caroliner Rainbow Fingers Of The Underground And Their Breakable Bones - The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall




I think that this is the CDr version. However, having spent several weeks in the Carolinerverse, I'm not sure whether I'm capable of rational thought anymore. This comes with four extra untitled tracks that I don't recognise from anywhere else. The final 13 minute track (? session) is utterly utterly mental. "No shit", I hear you sigh. Amidst the bongo fury, mouth trumpet (aka fart noises), screaming, vocals that make Gibby sound like a finely tuned and classically trained singer and guitars that make the early Pussy Galore sound like the Rolling Stones ... it also rocks the fuck out ... in a way that only the Rainbow can!

The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall

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Caroliner Rainbow Fingers Of The Underground And Their Breakable Bones - The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall




Complete with locked groove at the end of Side B ... LP released on Nuf Sed in 1992.

The Sabre Waving Saracen Wall

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Caroliner Rainbow Hernia Milk Queen - Rear End Hernia Puppet Show

Caroliner (the band name changes on each record to something beginning "Caroliner Rainbow..." and then appends non-sequiturs) has historically revolved around a San Francisco trash collector called Grux and a rotating cast of dayglo enablers that has included Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger), Dame Darcy, members of Deerhoof, Loachfillet, Fat Worm of Error, World of Pooh, Faxed Head, Rubber-o-Cement, and who knows who or what else. This is their debut LP, released in 1985. It infamously came in a used pizza box stuffed with photocopied art and actual garbage. No two copies were alike and no other band is like Caroliner.

A note about the sound quality: there isn't any. This music was recorded poorly, pressed cheaply, and ripped as well as one could hope for under the circumstances. Accept the no-fi nastiness as an inseparable quality of the gestalt. If you think this sounds like trash (and it does), know that a later Caroliner album ("Rings on the Awkward Shadow") was supposedly first recorded onto wax cylinder and then pressed to bargain-quality vinyl, and that album sounds markedly worse.

Caroliner Rainbow Hernia Milk Queen ‎– Rear End Hernia Puppet Show

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Caroliner Rainbow Wire Thin Sheep Legs Baking Exhibit - Strike Them Hard, Drag Them To Church




The best Caroliner title? To be honest by now, you're either into it or not.

LP released on Nuf Sed in 1992.

Strike Them Hard Drag Them To Church

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Caroliner Rainbow Grace Blocks Used In The Placement Of The Personality - Rings On The Awkward Shadow Sides 3 & 4




I bought this years ago ... at least 12 years ago but it might have been a lot longer than that. There is no information on the sleeve and the disc is blank. There are seven tracks and it doesn't match anything much from the vinyl in terms of track times. It's not sides three and four. Feel free to speculate, I've spent so much time in the Carolinerverse that I've booked myself into rehab.

CDr released on Dolor Del Estamago ... no idea when.

Rings On The Awkward Shadow Sides 3 & 4

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Caroliner Rainbow Grace Blocks Used In The Placement Of The Personality - Rings On The Awkward Shadow




In the world of Caroliner vinyl everybody seems to guess where the splits happen. I don't believe Discogs much anymore ... on there, the title track is 6:36 ... mine rocks up at 13 minutes even if the last 30 seconds are a locked groove (and it's the final track so where did everything else go?). I'm too far into the Grux-hole to care much.

Double LP released on BullsHit apparently in 1994.

Rings On The Awkward Shadow

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Caroliner Rainbow Scrambled Egg Taken For A Wife - Banknotes, Dreams & Signatures




This really is a wild ride. Awe inspiringly fucked up genius!

LP jointly released on Nuf Sed ‎and BullsHit in 1994.

Banknotes, Dreams & Signatures

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Caroliner Rainbow Customary Relaxation Of The Shale - Sell Heal Holler




Impossibly brilliant and totally cracked and warped.

LP released on BullsHit in 1995.

Sell Heal Holler

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Caroliner Singing Bull Of The 1800's Memorial Band - Our American Heritage, Volume One




"This LP also is an exception. Focusing like a target at an inch away we put together our best live music pieces which include between them small compositions and ideas that are to be music on LPs in the following years of Caroliner's existance." The rear of the sleeve also says "copyright and publishing 1983" ... ahh, the obfuscating world of Caroliner!

There is nothing to indicate the label so let's say it's a self-released LP from 1996.

Our American Heritage

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Caroliner - Toodoos




The source vinyl isn't the cleanest and even with a healthy dose of click removal it still crackles. Better than nothing I say ... but if you can contribute a cleaner rip, feel free!

LP released on BullsHit in 1999.

Toodoos

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Caroliner Rainbow Brain Tool Imbued With Rust And Mold - Wine Can't Do It, Wife Won't Do!




I posted this in 2011 and here it is again. I really can't tell you why it took me another seven years to get around to posting more Caroliner.

Double LP released on BullsHit ‎in 2003.

Wine Can't Do It

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Planet TR - Let the Cosmos Ring

Enough with the heavy darkness already! Planet TR is actually The Tower Recordings, who adopted this pseudonym for one album only. Sprawling, semi-improvised drone folk jams featuring some players who would become more well-known in later years: Samara Lubelski, Matt Valentine, Tim Barnes, PG Six and Helen Rush. Released as a CD by Spirit of Orr in 1997.

Planet TR - Let the Cosmos Ring

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Caroliner Rainbow Tongue On The Fingermill Of The Paste Demon / Eeyore Ass Guzzler - Split




I missed this when I was posting the sevens and twelves ... how remiss of me! If Eeyore Ass Guzzler isn't Caroliner I'll guzzle my ass ... or something more appetising just in case.

7" released on Eerie Materials in 1994.

Paste Demon / Ass Guzzler

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Hermann Kopp - Nekronology

Probably the music Hermann Kopp is best known for, this 2004 CD collects tracks from his soundtracks for revolting splatter-gore movies Nekromantik, Necromantik 2, and Der Todesking, all directed by Jorg Buttgereit.

Hermann Kopp - Nekronology

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Caroliner - An 1800s Affectuant In An Instrumental Revue




18 untitled tracks that just about match the timings that you will see on Discogs ... but the running order is different. Multiple releases on shuffle? For a band as wantonly capricious as Caroliner, nothing at all surprises me anymore.

CDr released on BullsHit in 2003

An 1800s Affectuant In An Instrumental Revue

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Hermann Kopp - Mondo Carnale (Best of 1981-1989)

One of three reissues of Hermann Kopp's 80s material released by Vinyl on Demand, Mondo Carnale collects some songs from "Pop" and others from tapes and early LPs.

Hermann Kopp - Mondo Carnale (Best of 1981-1989)

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Caroliner Rainbow Solid Handshake & Loose 2 Pins - Transcontinental Pinecone Collector




Loose 2 Pins or two loose screws?

LP released on BullsHit in 2005.

Transcontinental Pinecone Collector

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Hermann Kopp - Pop

Not sure I understand the title of this record. Hermann Kopp's name might be familiar to you for one of two reasons: He was a member of German synth-pop trio Keine Anung, whose self-released 1980 LP was recently reissued by Dark Entries... or else you might know him as the sicko who recorded the soundtrack for gross-out horror movie Nekromantik. Less known is Kopp's solo music, some of which is dungeons-and-dragons kitschy goth ambience and some is... whatever this is. Out of step with the German synth-wave and post-punk happening around him at the time and certainly not as "pop" as his previous band was, Kopp self-released "Pop" as an LP on his Passiv label in 1983. It's hard to say what exactly he was going for, which for me is part of its charm. Imagine Tunes of Two Cities-era Residents crossed with Brighter Death Now, maybe?

Hermann Kopp - Pop

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Caroliner Rainbow Hands Replaced By Oversized Rocks - Leg Goes, Mind Goes, Lungs Go




Broken banjo and the vocals of a Gacy clown ... and there's more.

7" released on Vertical Records in 1993.

Mind Goes

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