Taskmaster - Kriemhild Anal Saxon




So ... unfamiliar with Taskmaster?

C30 also released on Harsh Head Rituals but a year earlier in 2006.

thank the lord it's not actually Saxon

Read more...

Wall Riders - Documents 1, 2




Well, actually, I'm having a lovely day ... thanks for asking!

I got up this morning (insert chicago blues bass line) and a certain "Roman J" (no asterisks needed btw) had left a comment in the Cremation Lily post. Being a nosy bastard, I quickly found out that it's the person that ran the Atavistic Transformations and Compulsion Rites labels. He's also the brilliant Plague Mother as well as being (at least partially) responsible for inflicting other aural atrocities on the public. He even manages to scrape enough time together to run the Harsh Truths Podcast. Turns out Mrs Inside knew about it but I didn't ... I've dived in and it's very good. Oh yeah, he's got a blog as well where amongst many treasures, he's posted The Rita's "Toe Cleavage" set that I have been looking for since what feels like forever. According to wikipedia he spends his remaining spare time helping fluffy kittens cross busy roads.

Until this morning, I had forgotten that I had this tape and was triggered because Roman has posted Document 3. I had put this into the very large Richard Ramirez side-projects sub-folders where it had lay unplayed for a long time.

However, I have been educated: "Wall Riders is an absurdly underrated project that involved contributors such as The Rita, Taskmaster, Richard Ramirez, and others - although the actual lineups for each recording are purposefully obscured as the goal of the project per Sam was "deconstructing the audio and any idea of personality behind projects."

The New Blockaders for a new and more imaginative generation if you will (or won't). Now, has anybody got Document IV?

C40 released on Harsh Head Rituals in 2007.

wall rider motorcycle hero

Read more...

Derek & the Ruins - Tohjinbo

 

Second album by the power trio of Derek Bailey with prog/punk duo The Ruins. Released by Paratactile in 1998.

Derek & the Ruins - Tohjinbo

Read more...

David Payne - Feedback 53




Middle James Company is/was one of the greatest ever tape labels. Period. I am so lucky to have been around and buying MJC over a decade ago. This isn't one that I own, it was gifted by a friend. Thirty brilliant minutes that only saw the light of day in an edition of 13 in 2009.

sometimes genius is hiding in plain sight

Read more...

Cremation Lily - It's OK To Say No




Controlled high end to the point where it feeds back, sampled drums and shouty business from the brilliant "Zen Zsigo".

Be Supportive.

Just Say No!

Read more...

Derek & the Ruins - Saisoro

 

First album by the legendary Derek Bailey on guitar and the Ruins' Masuda Ryuchi and Tatsuya Yoshida on bass and drums, a combination that seems inevitable and thankfully lives up to expectations. Released in 1995 on Tzadik.

Derek & the Ruins - Saisoro

Read more...

The Maytals - Never Grow Old




I assume that Trojan history left Funky Kingston out of the equation. If that's the case then this is the missing release of the previous box set. This is very early and you clearly get the Ska chops, there's Rocksteady, a hint of their Gospel roots and a bit of 50's R&B / doo-wop. Toots and the people that sailed with him coined the word and (arguably) created the style of Reggae. This is a key stepping stone in the evolution of Jamaican music.

Originally released as an LP on Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One in 1964, this is the Heartbeat Records CD reissue from 1997 that has four bonus tracks.

they never will

Read more...

Toots & The Maytals - Roots Reggae: The Classic Jamaican Albums




"The box set includes six of the seven Jamaican albums the group (as "The Maytals" and "Toots & The Maytals) released before signing with Island Records in 1975." Except that it doesn't. Pre-1976, neither of the two versions of Funky Kingston are here and there is one other key omission.

A box set I bought 15 years ago.

The Classic Jamaican Albums

Read more...

Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston




I choose not see much of my family. I seem to have escaped before the gene pool dried up and it seems pointless to bother. However, in a weak moment on Friday I got drunk with my brother (when will I ever learn) and at a certain point of the night I was playing this whilst he tried to impress me with his phone accessed conspiracy theories that Covid doesn't exist, BLM and Extinction Rebellion are terrorists (he is black btw ... just saying ... false consciousness in action) and all kinds of other bullshit. I woke up the next morning to find out that Toots had contracted Covid and ended up in an Intensive Care Unit where he died. I would rather it was my brother so that the global IQ could increase by a small percentile so that we all had a better chance.

This is basically a reworked compilation of a prior compilation ... Mango not Dragon. It's from 1975.

Funky Kingston

Read more...

Tear Ceremony - Film Decay

 

Lovely drone by Texan artist Todd Gautreau, who also records as Tapes and Topographies, Sonogram and Crushed Stars. Released as a CD on his own Simulacra label in 1998.

Tear Ceremony - Film Decay

Read more...

Suburbia Melting - Street After Street

 

Another CDR from 2008, this time released by Scarbox. The Italian label only existed for a couple of years, but they put out some good noise by Seed Mouth, Astro, Kylie Minoise, Bloody Letter, Fecalove, Kenji Siratori, Mutant Ape and others. 

Suburbia Melting - Street After Street

Read more...

Suburbia Melting - Self Defense

 


2008 CDR by Andrew Quitter (who also records as Regosphere, among other aliases), released on a German label called Soundo Maso Records in an edition of 78 copies. 



 

Read more...

Seed Mouth - 99 Pieces

 

Double disc album by Seed Mouth/Hirohito Taneguchi, released by Scarbox in 2008.


Seed Mouth - 99 Pieces

Read more...

Saint Francis & the Christmas Donkey - How Saint Francis Tamed the Very Fierce Wolf of Gubbio

 

Much better than the silly title might suggest, this is the only available album (as far as I can tell) by psych/drone/noise artist Ben Collins, released as a CDR on Thor's Rubber Hammer in 2007. The label existed for five years and was run by American public radio personality Lars Gotrich

Saint Francis & the Christmas Donkey - How Saint Francis Tamed the Very Fierce Wolf of Gubbio

Read more...

Macronympha - Macronympha Vol. 1 - American Chaos




It's an appropriately prescient title for these end of days times. However. This marks the start (or end) of the most impressive collections of "American Noise" that I can currently conjure to mind. Classic 90s Macronympha that you probably haven't heard before unless you have the tapes or your first name is Joe and you used to work very closely with a bloke called Rodger (or vice versa ... see, nothing gets past me). When the second wave hits, do yourself a favour and play all 18 tapes back to back ... never mind drinking bleach or shoving fluorescent tubes up your fundament, this will sort it right out.

Another set of six C46s released on Mother Savage Noise Productions in 2015.

Fuck

Trumps

Read more...

va - Дичь Авангарда - A Cross-Cultural Compilation Vol. 1

 

Excellent Russian compilation CD released in 2002 by Insofar Vapor Bulk, featuring (as you might have guessed from the title) noise from Russia and elsewhere, sometimes in collaboration. Features The Haters, Roughage, Erinys, Streicher, De Fabriek, Cotton Ferrox, Nocturnal Emissions, Cisfinitum, Nomusic, Kallibris, Kapotte Muziek, Ultra Milkmaids, Leif Ellgren, Alexei Borisov and more. The album's design was very strange, and challenging to store on a shelf without damaging it. It came in a digipack, but the front cover was deliberately cut at an angle, as if it was attempting to fly away from the spine and tray. I don't think there was ever a volume 2. 

va - Дичь Авангарда - A Cross-Cultural Compilation Vol. 1

Read more...

Fossils - Four Cassette Box




Funnily enough, this is four cassettes. In a box. Another tape set that I posted nine years ago and have recently done some work on to improve the sound to the casual indifference of all.

Eight live recordings from 2008 released on Middle James Company in the same year.

Repeating History

Read more...

Dead Traveller - Plays the Ghost

 

Strange album of ghostly field recordings made in Greece at the end of a weekend carnival. Dead Traveller is Nicholas Malevitsis, who ran the Absurd, Harsh Dept, Noise-Below and A Question of Re-Entry labels. This CDR was released by Kururuku Records in 2008. 

Dead Traveller - Plays the Ghost

Read more...

Fossils - Black In Black BoxXx




I've been listening to a lot of Middle James Co. / Hermitage Tapes style loveliness recently and my mind lurched back to this post from over nine years ago. It's a collection of tapes released on MJC in 2007 in an edition of 11. I've gone back and made some tweaks to the original rip and it sounds so much better than before so if you got it then, get this instead. Casual observers of the blog ... walk away now.

Anyway, in anticipation of me reposting this in 2020, DP dropped the following descriptions into the comments just to save me the mental effort:

"middle james co. is proud to present...4 x cassette box set

mjc140-143 fossils "black in black boxXx" nonstop onslaught from this Hamilton collective can you dig it?

mjc140 c90 ~ home spun jams ghetto style to tape at mjc hq summer/fall 2007 ~

core trio of Payne, Johnson & Buchan shoot to thrill= tapes destroyed guitar crunching metal horn ripping decay~train garage garbage can vibes~ hiss and swirl of fire tornado

mjc141 c90 fossils family; mixed-up bag of cuts and bruisers ~ various incarnations from the dogs boneyard.~.

recorded to tape in various locations in Hamilton...\\duo to four-piece always wtf---fossils3 welcome Steve Smith (Thousand Year Frog), Johnny Scarr (Mantile),Darcy Atkinson (Autoerotic Asphyxiation) and/or Josh St. Denis(Ghostfood) ~~~ jungle junk & zoo drool~ storm of rambling roadside puzzles feedback flutes and fruits steeping time guts of trilobites casting stoned lost at sea lost in noise pollution swallowing wandering.

mjc142 slomo weirdoh back to black recycled tape. DJ Payne-cake remixx~

heavy icing drips can't hide what's inside~ undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined underwaterwalking friends symbolize certain darkness rolls in rolls by blueroommachines and electricity a streets rain covered grey sky drainage with insects

mjc143 c20 ~ total akktion zombie--

takin out the trash complete mess mash crust breakthrus remix of mjc114 "zombie black" tape in Fag Tapes Action Mono style // seperate cuts in either speaker - listen simultaneously or seperate. 3 tapes in 1 ! dirty worms can crawl"


History

Repeating

Read more...

Macronympha - Macronympha Vol. 2 - Amplified Pittsburgh




It's those men again ...

Another set of six C46s courtesy of Mother Savage Noise Productions in 2015.

Amplified

Pittsburgh

Read more...