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!

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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

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Various - Money Will Ruin Everything: The Second Edition




If money ruins everything, please can I be a bit more ruined? All donations gratefully received.

This is a great compilation featuring some of Norway's finest people.

No churches were harmed in the creation of this release.

Unfortunately.

Double CD compilation released on Rune Grammofon in 2008.

Money

Everything

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Various - Fjord Focus: A Norwegian Sampler








I usually wouldn't bother posting such things (especially given the dreadful pun) but it is rather good. People you already know and people you will know soon.

CD given away with issue 224 of The Wire in 2002.

Fjord Focus

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Illusion of Safety - Inside Agitator

This 1992 CD by a five-man Illusion of Safety (Dan Burke plus Chris Block & Thymme Jones of Cheer-Accident, Mitch Enderle/Dead Tech and Mark Klein) is rather more industrial (in the sense of heavy electronic beats and samples) than the other titles I've posted. Released by Complacency, which I think was Burke's own label.

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Various - Until Human Voices Wake Us And We Drown




Supersilent, Deathprod, Alog, Spunk, Jazzkammer, Maja Ratkje, Arne Nordheim and a host of compatriots delivering a stellar compilation.

A five 10" box-set to celebrate Rune Grammofon's 250th release in 2006.

Until Human Voices

Wake Us And We Drown

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Illusion of Safety - Rules of the Game

Dan Burke on his own for a 3"CD from 1994, released by the German label eM/Some Fine Legacy. The cover showcases Burke's awesome collage art.

Illusion of Safety - Rules of the Game

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Spunk - Das Wohltemperierte Spunk




"At one minute past eight in the evening of the twentieth of January, 2001, the Norwegian quartet SPUNK began playing a drone in the key of B, inaugurating a project that would weave into their musical lives for the foreseeable future. Eleven years, eleven months and eleven minutes later, the same foursome struck up a G, embarking on the final leg of a journey that had taken them through the twelve notes of the equal tempered scale – one tone per year. The twelve concerts took place at a variety of unusual locations around Oslo, including the immense, almost pitch-black interior of the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum, with its twenty-second reverberation time; the Nobel Institute; a cabin on a remote island in the Oslo fjord; in a tent on top of the slanting roof of the newly built Opera House; the Physics Department of Oslo University; a vibrant high street shopping mall called Oslo City; and a private domestic living room."

Supreme dedication to a wonderful idea courtesy of Hild Sofie Tafjord, Kristin Andersen, Lene Grenager and Maja S. K. Ratkje.

Six CD set released on Rune Grammofon in 2013 in a miserly edition of 500.

Spunk

Spunk

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Illusion of Safety - Probe

Another harrowing Burke/O'Rourke production, this one was a CD released by Staalplaat in 1992. It came in one of those packages that must have seemed like a great idea but actually it just thrashed the CD is meant to cover. A balsa wood box with a coin stuck in the center and a slit where the disc and liner notes would slip inside. It's not possible to remove the disc without scratching it all to hell. Looks nice on a shelf, though, and of course it's a hell of an album.

Illusion of Safety - Probe

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Biota / Mnemonists - Musique Actuelle 1990




"On 11 November 1990, Biota-Mnemonists performed a commissioned work in four movements live at Montréal Musiques Actuelles - New Music America. This was the first Mnemonists project since Gyromancy (1983). The performance integrated large-screen video imagery with the music. This recording represents the complete composition as commissioned. It was compiled from the live performance and the dry run immediately prior to the concert. All sounds were generated and processed from acoustical sources, with the exception of electric guitars and bass. No prerecorded samples/tapes, electronic synthesizers, nor sequencers were employed during the performance. Consistent with the intent to bring the studio process to a live setting, this recording was mixed by the group from stage."

CD released on Anomalous Records in 2004.

Musique Actuelle 1990

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Illusion of Safety - Water Seeks Its Own Level

Talk about an under-rated band! When I first met the husband, we bonded over a shared love of this album. In fact, we once listened to it at top volume, start to finish, in a dark room and it was TERRIFYING. You can keep your Cold Meat Industries haunted house bullshit... "Water Seeks Its Own Level" is the most frightening album I know. IoS is, as you all know, the project of Chicago's own Dan Burke with a rotating assortment of collaborators that have included members of Cheer-Accident, Dead Tech, and Brise-Glase. This 1994 album was composed by a duo of Burke and an up-and-coming youngster called Jim O'Rourke, who went on to make a couple of other records. Released as a CD by Silent.

Illusion of Safety - Water Seeks Its Own Level

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Biota - Cape Flyaway




More wonderful "I don't know and they won't tell me" obscurantism.

CD courtesy of ReR Megacorp in 2012.

Cape Flyaway

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