Lt Caramel - La Méthode Du Discours




It's been a while since I took a stroll in the world of Philippe Blanchard. Don't know why I was wasting my time elsewhere. This would have made Sten Hanson smile in admiration.

3" CDr released on the entertainingly named Éditions Suicide Commercial in 1995.

La Méthode Du Discours

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va - A Blind Man's Gallery of Mirrors (Freedom in a Vacuum Music Gallery Recordings Vol. 1)

There's some gold on this 1996 compilation from Freedom In a Vacuum, but there's also some forgettable "industrial" bullshit. The gold makes it worthwhile, though. Tracks by Sigillum S, Edward Ka-Spel, IAM Umbrella (who were so under-rated), Randy Grief, Violence and the Sacred, Plecid (who I'd like to hear more by someday), Illusion of Safety, Distraction Factory... and also Dive (yuck), Parade (ooof) and Mind Skelp-chur (gag!) which is one of the most bone-headed band names ever.

va - A Blind Man's Gallery of Mirrors (Freedom in a Vacuum Music Gallery Recordings Vol. 1)

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Various - Gears=Sexone




Other than Doc Wör Mirran (one of them did all of the art for the series btw), Die Rache and Kopfschmerztablette, few (if any) seem to trouble the human consciousness any more. I'm not saying that's a bad thing.

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sexone

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Various - Gears=Sextwo




The highlight is Merzbow de/re-constructing The Mothers Of Invention's "Trouble Every Day". No point saying anything else, you're already downloading it.

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sextwo

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Various - Gears=Sexthree




Die Rache, Minoy, Big City Orchestra, Esruk, Daniel Johnston, De Fabriek and so on ...

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sexthree

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Various - Gears=Sexfour




Siegmar Fricke, Solanaceae Tau, M.Nomized, Harald Sack Ziegler, Die Rache, The Grey Wolves and so forth ...

C60 released on Empty Records in 1988.

Sexfour

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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.

disc 1
disc 2

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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!

En

Of

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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

Ruin

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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.

Illusion of Safety - Inside Agitator

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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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Dowser - Telecoma

Dowser are a very strange and intriguing band, but they're difficult to describe. Depending on which album you hear, they could be a noise band, an avant-rock band, an ambient synth band, or something else. The group is Hiroyuki Nagashima and Masateru Terai with graphic designer Takashi Miyagawa. "Telecoma" (which features Seiichi Yamamoto and Yoshimi of Boredoms on a few tracks) was the album of theirs that got the widest release. It came out in 1997 on quasi-major label Creativeman at around the same time that that label put out CDs by Pain Jerk and CCCC. Perhaps the experience wasn't a great one for Dowser, because after this, the group went silent for a number of years. Their next album didn't appear until 2001, on Overhang Party's Pataphysique label. After that, Hair Stylistics' Boid did an album for them. Recently, after a couple of self-released CDRs, they've taken to Bandcamp with a flood of 20 albums! I'm steadily listening to as many of these as I'm able to.

Dowser - Telecoma

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Merzbow & Xerosx - Aerovivanda #1

Recorded in November 1983, released as a tape in 1984 by both Merzbow's ZSF label and a Dutch label called Red Rat. Xerosx was Yuzuru Syogase, aka Tattoo Junk. Discogs says that they recorded four collaborative albums together, but I only have this one.

Merzbow & Xerosx - Aerovivanda #1

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Biota - Almost Never




Introductory words. Words intended to imply knowledge and insight.

Informative words.

...don't come easy to me...

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Biota - Tumble




If Louisiana was in the desert and you wandered into a random town where everybody dressed the same and nobody looked at you ... this would pass as traditional music. Until you realised that it was all played by a twelve-armed David Lynch with a giant eyeball as a head (wearing a top hat at a jaunty angle obviously!).

CD released on ReR Megacorp in 1989. It's in flac, get over it.

Tumble

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Biota - Awry




This is one of the things that would have happened if William Seward Burroughs II applied his literary style to music just as he was peaking and dismissing Paul Simon in person.

10" released on Bad Alchemy in 1988.

You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative

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Biota - Bellowing Room / Tinct




How to mess with a broken mind.

Sweet Baby Jesus. Hold on tight but let your family and friends know that you might not be coming back.

These were an LP and 12" released Recommended Records in 1987 and 1988 respectively. This is the CD that brings the two together courtesy of ReR Megacorp in 1990.

Bellowing Tinct

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Merzbow Null - Das

Live trios from 1984, Merzbow + Null + a different third member on each side. Released as a tape by both Masami's ZSF label and Null's Nux Organization label.

Merzbow Null - Das

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Biota - Rackabones




The sound that your mind makes when you are asleep.

Double LP released on their own Dys label in 1985.

Rackabones

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Merzbow, Null, Produktion - Untitled

A very early performance by Merzbow, Null, and Australian industrial band Produktion from two Tokyo concerts in 1984, released as a tape by Produktion's eponymous label in 1988. At this time, Merzbow & Null were prolific collaborators, but their sound was more free-rock clank than the primal scree they'd become known for in later years. Great stuff. 

Merzbow, Null, Produktion - Untitled

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Merzbow - Flare Gun

Stellar slab of prime Merzgunk from 1994, released as an LP by the short-lived Ten Bob Swerver label.

Merzbow - Flare Gun

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Biota - Biota




Not long ago, Mrs Inside described how Mnemonist Orchestra split into the largely visual arm of Mnemonists and the aural arm of Biota. It's about time we concentrated on the latter. This (wider) collective of subversive boundary pushers created as they felt and fit nowhere else apart from within the Mnemonist/Biota dynamic. They neither sit nor stand still so descriptions fall apart as the next track starts. However, just to get you started, the first (and title) track sounds like the music inside the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. There you go. Apparently, "the spatial processing employed in these recordings is optimally reproduced by loudspeakers positioned 1 meter or more from the walls of the listening room". Now try it on decent headphones!

LP released on Dys ‎in 1982.

Biota

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Various - Audiotion - Sonic Tribute To Takashi Miike




KK Null, Shinjuku Thief, Jazkamer (John Hegre and Lasse Marhaug, and this time with Maja S. K. Ratkje on vocals), Henrik Nordvargr Björkk, Contagious Orgasm and Hecate (aka Rachael Kozak) amongst others all doffing their caps in the direction of the great man.

Double CD released on Vital in 2007.

kiri kiri kiri

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Circus Mort - Circus Mort

I'm not sure why this 1981 12" single (and only commercially available recording) by pre-Swans group Circus Mort hasn't yet made its way onto the bonus tracks of some deluxe Swans reissue set. Michael Gira, Jonathan Kane and Dan Braun were all in this band, which sounds not unlike that first self-titled Swans EP. If you can't get enough of classic no wave/art rock like Mars, DNA, Rema Rema or the Del-Byzanteens, this will make you very happy.

Circus Mort - Circus Mort

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Karera Musication - Koroshiya Ichi Original Soundtrack




In 2001, I watched Audition. It blew my head clean off. The slow psychological crawl towards the inevitable horror left me breathless and scared shitless. As a child of the video nasties, I was certainly not immune ... but Audition? Unlike anything. This film opened my eyes to the world of Asian horror cinema and I've never looked back (other than in moments of paranoia thinking that I'd watched a cursed video tape a week earlier).

From that moment on, Takashi Miike became an endless fascination. Recently, he made his 100th film ... the excellent Blade Of The Immortal. In such a vast canon, not everything is great but then he will come out with such culture bending films as Audition, Visitor Q and The Happiness of the Katakuris ... and Ichi the Killer. It's psychotic sadomasochistic violence is astonishing and beautiful but how on earth do you soundtrack it? Well, lets give it to Hira, Kazuya Nishimura, Seiichi Yamamoto and Yoshimi of Boredoms. Yep, that'll do it!



CD released on Cinema Monsoon in 2001.

Koroshiya Ichi

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Chu Ishikawa - Ductile (Shinya Tsukamoto's Film Music)




A collection of soundtrack work from some of Tsukamoto's films: there are three from the Tetsuo films plus work from Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet and Sôseiji (aka Gemini). For kicks, there are another three tracks from Tetsuo I and II that don't appear on the released soundtracks ... two new and a different version of Megatron.

CD released in Japan on Volcano in 2000.

Ductile

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Chu Ishikawa - A Snake Of June (Original Soundtrack)




The plot of the film would make me sound like I'm into Jess Franco films and other such exploitative crap. If you know what that means then you have seen the film. It's dark, sadism at a distance is deeply unsettling with water (be it the rain or the shower) circumscribing the tension whilst being framed by beautiful blue/white cinematography. A fine addition to the canon of one of my favourite directors, Shinya Tsukamoto. As always, Chu Ishikawa nails the soundtrack. You may not be interested but so what?



A Snake Of June

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Chu Ishikawa - Tetsuo Complete Box




Triple CD of Chu Ishikawa's industrial noise soundtracks for Shinya Tsukamoto's ground-breaking series of body horror classics.







Tetsuo Complete Box

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