Xome - Itch


The 4th release on Snip-Snip Records, a label run by David Reed (aka Luasa Raelon, Envenomist, Imvixor), which appeared as a CDR in 2002. Xome, as everyone reading this should know, is the harsh noise project of Sacramento California's Bob Scott, who lived and recorded in Japan for many years.

Xome - Itch

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Bastard Noise - Our Earth's Blood: Japan Tour 2015




Two collaborations with Toshiji Mikawa and Yoshida Yasutoshi's Government Alpha.

I am not worthy. You are not worthy. We're all not worthy.

What’s been killed? The atmosphere!

C66 released on Skull Records in 2015.

Night 1

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Astro - Gas




Hiroshi Hasegawa recorded live at The Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood that's in Victoria which is in Australia. It sounds more as though it's been overheard next door rather than pulled from the soundboard but it's still great.

CDr released on Altered States Tapes in an edition of 50 in 2011.

Gas

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Bastard Noise - Our Earth's Blood: Japan Tour 2015 Night 2




In 2015, Eric Wood played what certainly go down as two epic nights in Tokyo. This tape catalogues Bastard Noise's collaborations with Facialmess and Hiroshi Hasegawa. Timisoara was also on the bill that night ... c'mon, I don't just throw this stuff together y'know.

C84 released on Survivalist in 2017.

Night 2

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Timisoara - Cells Of Heaven




Samba rhythms sometimes sped up to techno thresholds and smothered with warped atmospheric noise scree. I hadn't heard this until quite recently and it blew me away. Definitely my favourite of her releases that I have heard so far.

CDr released on the mighty Denshi Zatsuon in 2004.

Cells Of Heaven

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Sloth & Dot[.] + Timisoara - Split






The sound and vision of doomed sludge.

Sweet Bottom / Detonator Of Torture-I

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TADM / Timisoara - I Am Not Dying In A Nightmare




Two "solo" pieces from each with a couple of collaborations. Quality.

CDr and 3" CDr set released on Cipher Productions in 2007.

Oh yes, you are!

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Facialmess / Timisoara - Split




More of the similar with Kenny Sanderson's harsh knob destruction coupled with Keiko Morita's harsh crawl. She wasn't prolific but she was very creative.

C46 released on Xerxes in 1999.

Facialmess / Timisoara

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Embudagonn 108 - Requiem

Another great tape on Vitrine, this one by Nobu Kasahara's main noise project, Embudagonn 108. I haven't yet heard anything else by Kasahara, but he appears to be very prolific.

Embudagonn 108 - Requiem

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69 Passion + Facialmess - Split




More old school harsh ... apparently, 69 Passion is the work of a Canadian called Jayson Campbell that I have no knowledge of and it was released on a label that I have no knowledge of. Apart from that, the entire thing is very good.

C32 released on Shithammer Tapes in 1997.

69 Passion + Facialmess

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Facialmess + Armenia - Poxcontorsionista




Old school harsh noise face slappery courtesy of Kenny Sanderson and Leonardo Sabatto.

C58 released on Bizarre Audio Arts in 1997.

Poxcontorsionista

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010001111000 - lmof

2015 cassette by a mysterious Japanese (?) artist called 010001111000 (no actual name is listed on any of the tapes), minimal non-music released on the remarkable Vitrine label.


010001111000 - lmof 

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Facialmess - Dub Made Flesh




Several short choppy pieces that became more typical of his later work with a couple of longer tracks including the excellent "Lost Sleep".

CDr released on Obscurica in 2006.

Dub Made Flesh

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Facialmess - The Madcap Barely Smiles




Any similarities to Syd Barrett are purely non-existent.

C46 released on Spite in 1997.

The Madcap Barely Smiles

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Nihilist Spasm Band - Every Monday Night

An answer to the age-old question, "How often do the Nihilist Spasm Band perform?" Released as a CD by Alchemy in 1999.

Nihilist Spasm Band - Every Monday Night

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Facialmess - His And Hers




I reckon it's pretty much up there with his best work ... a little gem.

3" CDr released on Pitchphase in 2010.

His And Hers

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Facialmess - In The Facialmess




Here's Kenny!

C20 on Troniks from 2004.

In Your Face

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Nihilist Spasm Band - Volume Two

First released by Toronto's Music Gallery Editions in 1979, reissued on CD by Alchemy in 1996. Essential!

Nihilist Spasm Band - Volume Two

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Nihilist Spasm Band - No Record

It's hard to believe that this album, Nihilist Spasm Band's debut, was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in 1968. It sounds just as magnificent in 2019 as is did decades ago. This was a major influence on Japanese noise legends Hijokaidan, whose main antagonist Jojo Hiroshige reissued it as a CD on his Alchemy label in 1996.

Nihilist Spasm Band - No Record

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Nihilist Spasm Band - What About Me

CLASSIC RECORD ALERT! I don't have the time or patience to recount the history of London, Ontario's heroes, so look them up if you aren't already familiar. These classy gents have been performing every Monday night since the late 1960s, playing an exponent of free improvisation that influenced scads of "noise" artists in the ensuing decades. Hijokaidan's Jojo Hiroshige eventually reissued their early recordings on his Alchemy label as well as subsequent albums such as this one from 1992, which happens to be my favorite thing they've recorded. Aggressive and dense with a great sense of humor, "What About Me" is an ideal intro for new fans.

Nihilist Spasm Band - What About Me

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Facialmess & Guilty Connector - Nothing Left Inside




One half is Kenny Sanderson who left this festering stinking and sinking little island to move to Japan to become a glitch-core harsh noise head the ball. Kenny, Kenny, Kenny ... where did it all go wrong? And, you get Kohei The Fast Connector messing with your head as well.

CDr released on Kalifornia Love Addiction in 2002.

Nothing Left Inside

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Grim Talkers - Grimy City




Kohei Nakagawa and the sampler, visual artist and improviser blahmuzik aka BrothersGRIM (?). A found-sound industrial-lounge-core noise-anticipation fest that interests me a lot. Unfortunately, this is all that I have by them.

CD released on Gravity Swarm Recordings ‎– UT-40, Live.pro in 2013.

Grimy City

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Sudden Infant - Sidewalk Social Scientist (1989-1999)

Ten years, 17 short blurts of loopy noise from Joke Lanz' Sudden Infant project. Released on wax by Tochnit Aleph in 2000 as the first volume in their "Punk Series".

Sudden Infant - Sidewalk Social Scientist (1989-1999)

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Guilty Connector - Different Water




And now a word from our usual sponser ...

CDr released on Utsu Tapes in 2000.

Different Water

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Fear Konstruktor & Defektro - Split

Split cassette from the mighty Phage Tapes. One side by Japanese industrial trio Defektro and one side of noise electronics by Russian artist Fear Konstruktor. Released as a cassette in a run of 100 copies.

Fear Konstruktor & Defektro - Split

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Electro Hippies - The Peaceville Recordings




Nifty compilation that brings together the "The Only Good Punk... Is A Dead One“ and "Live" LPs and the tracks from a couple of Peaceville compilations. It brought the curtain down on the Hippies but it's a great way to bow out.

CD released on Peaceville in 1989.

The Peaceville Recordings

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Electro Hippies - Play Fast Or Die




Sometimes spending a day getting drunk seems like a good idea. If only I could, in those moments, project myself forward 24 hours to view the resulting shambles. Ugh. Anyway, Electro Hippies were a fucking great bunch of anarchogrinders from the North-West of England that burned brightly and briefly during the mid to late eighties.

12" released on Necrosis Records in 1989.

Play Fast Or Die

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Lawnmower Deth - Ooh Crikey It's...




Yep. ABV increasing. Happiness quotient experiencing unprecedented rise in fortunes.

CD released on Earache in 1990.

Ooh Crikey, it's Sheepdip

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Lawnmower Deth - Return Of The Fabulous Metal Bozo Clowns




So.

Work has been really shit. In an unremittingly shit way. I've just woken up from a 10 shift in the past 11 days stretch. I could carry on with what's been going on but then decided that rooting through the shelves and getting really drunk and playing what the fuck I felt like at ultra volume would cheer me right up. Guess what? It worked.

Channeling Bad Taste ... here's deth by rotating blades. Think deliberately shit cock out metal with deliberately great grind that channels Crass and Cardiacs.

CD released on Earache in 1990.

Bozo Clowns

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Sewage & Sewer Election - From Lilla Paris To Björngatan In Full Moon

Sewer Election gets one long blast and Sewage has 13 short nasty outbursts on this split CDR. Both halves are solid. Released by L. White Records in 2003 in a limited edition of 200 copies.

Sewage & Sewer Election - From Lilla Paris To Björngatan In Full Moon

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Guilty Connector - Devil's Grip / The Skull's Grief




Culinary kitchen clatter that is more in the style of manipulated field recording ... that is, until it gets utterly obliterated by righteous harsh noise.

A 16 minute CD released on Human Flower Records in 2004.

Devil's Grip / The Skull's Grief

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Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg - Der Kleine Fritz In Klopstockland

Strange 2004 LP by the strange alter ego of Uli Rehberg, who may or may not be a member of Werkbund and Mechthild Von Leusch, released on his own Walter Ulbricht Schalfolien label. I've got nothing to help you with this one.

Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg - Der Kleine Fritz In Klopstockland

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Guilty Connector - Conspiracy Of The Mankind / Cosmic Conspiracy




This is a splendidly mental idea! The label was the home of leftfield techno of the likes of µ-Ziq, Luke Vibert and Venetian Snares ... and then they release this by Kohei Nakagawa? It gives the sense of belonging but then he cuts everything up, puts it all in the "wrong" order, hammers his pots and pans, sautés in results in warm noise and presents the finished results on a bed of fried circuits. Christ knows what the label devotees thought of it. I've been prepping this series of posts for a month or so and I keep being drawn back to listen to this daily. I really like it.

7" released on Planet Mu in 2003.

Conspiracy Of The Mankind / Cosmic Conspiracy

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Otani Yasuhiro & Aoki Tatsu - Dial

Yasuhiro Otani started as a jazz guitarist, but switched to digital music and noise in the late 1990s and currently works at IRCAM in Paris. He has a very good solo album that you ought to hear, though collaboration seems to be something he returns to. Otani has made albums with Jeff Parker (of Tortoise & Isotope 217), Otomo Yoshihide, Xavier Charles, Uchihashi Kazuhisa (of Ground Zero Altered States) and this one with jazz bassist Aoki Tatsu.

Otani Yasuhiro & Aoki Tatsu - Dial

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Guilty Connector - ''Brutality Of The Gloomy Days'' The Live Album [蛮行ライヴ]




Warning! All circuits were harmed in the recording of this release.

Recorded live in Belgium and Germany in 2001 and jointly released as a CDr on Off Black and Utsu Tapes in 2002.

Brutality Of The Gloomy Days

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Brendan Walls - Outposts

Australian composer Brendan Walls might be best known as a member of confrontational noise-rock group Menstruation Sisters (along with Oren Ambarchi) and gentle ambient quartet Marsfield (with Andrew Chalk, Vikki Jackman and Robin Barnes), but he also recorded a small number of solo albums that are all worth your time. This one, probably his most obscure, came out in 2006 as a 300-copies LP on Christoph Heemann's Dom Bartwuchs label.

Brendan Walls - Outposts

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Richard Ramirez + Government Alpha - Sol Suave




This time Mr R is in Tokyo ...

"Collaboration recorded in Tokyo, Japan (Dec. 14, 2003) at Xerxes Studio."

CDr released on Yoshida Yasutoshi's Xerxes label in 2005.

Sol Suave

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Guilty Connector - Symptom Of The Universe




Not so much cover versions as complete annihilations.

3" CDr released on Sewer Records in 2002.

Symptom Of The Universe

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Astro + Richard Ramirez - Traffic




Source material provided by Hiroshi Hasegawa and mixed by Richard Ramirez to transform it into an expansive and ferocious little beast.

CDr released on Deadline Recordings in 2006.

Traffic

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Guilty Connector / Mortalized - Guilty Connector / Mortalized




Not sure why Jaz Coleman's on the cover. Do you know he's actually known as Jeremy to his mother? Yeah, I know.

C10 released on HMW Distribution in 2001.

Guilty Connector / Mortalized

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Mortalized & The Guilty Connector - Concerto For Harsh Noise Grind #1




Kicks your doors in, raids the fridge and leaves. Very fucking excellent.

3"CD released on Bloodbath Records in 2006.

Concerto For Harsh Noise Grind #1

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Merzbow + Richard Ramirez - The Science Of Dissecting Society




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A 200 edition LP released on Praxis Dr. Bearmann in 1994.

The Science Of Dissecting Society

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Various - Japanoise Of Death




Masami Akita, Kohei Gomi, Fumiyuki Nagura and Shohei Iwasaki aren't here ... but nearly everybody else is. Magnificent.

This is the metal box double CD reissue that contains both volumes courtesy of Steinklang Industries in 2008.

Japanoise Of Death

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Necro Thirdorgan Trial - Don't Communication Over the Mobile Network

A strange exhortation, but one that's easy enough to obey. I shall not communication over the mobile network! And same goes for you. The name Necro Thirdorgan Trial seems to be one that Akihiro Shimizu/Thirdorgan used for only this one album, though someone called SU is also given writing credit. If you know who that is, please tell us, but not communication over the electronic wifi network. Just send a telegram or something, I guess. Or an owl. I don't know.

Recorded in 2000 and released a year later as a CDR on Shimzu's Alienation label, which was really something while it was around. Alienation issued a pretty wide range of digital noise and other diverse stuff, including a series of terrific compilation CDRs and some albums by ultra-obscure artists.

Necro Thirdorgan Trial - Don't Communication Over the Mobile Network

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Various - Tension State Of Collapsing




In the mid 90's there were a couple of tapes compiled by Richard Ramirez and put out on Chaotic Noise Productions in very limited numbers. They showcased the burgeoning harsh noise scene in Houston and Texas in general. So the tapes turned into unachievable iconic milestones and you just had to assume that they were great. But then the perpetual resurrection machine that is Mikko Aspa gave them new life (I'm pretty sure it was all agreed with Mr. R over a lovely cup of Earl Grey ... because that's how things roll in harsh noise circles) and for that we should all be grateful!

Double CD courtesy of Industrial Recollections in 2009.

Tension State Of Collapsing

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Laura Maes - Czela

As a format, the business card CDR is one of my very favorites. For starters, biz-card CDRs are adorable. And also, you don't get very much time on them (five minutes?), so it's like one side of a 7" record that you never have to flip over. Belgian artist Laura Maes never recorded very much; just a couple of business-card CDRs (both for MSBR Records), a collaborative track with eco-industrial band Militia on one side of a 7", one track (as Strona Starza) on a compilation, a collaborative album on Cling-Film Records with someone I've never heard of, a few tracks under her own name that appeared on compilations... and that's it! This biz-card CDR came out in 2002. It's taken you longer to read this paragraph than it will to listen to the music.

Laura Maes - Czela

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Black Leather Jesus / MSBR - Sonic Destruction




A stellar old-school Black Leather Jesus line-up featuring Richard Ramirez, David Gilden, Herman Lin, Josh Gaudet, Rick Bailey and Ryan Hunt ... and the small matter of Molten Salt Breeder Reactor on the reverse.

It was only in the prep for this post that I realised that Mr R has very recently reissued this as a tape of only 25 copies that has the entire LP on one side followed by everything being reworked by the man himself on the reverse. He has one for sale. In a past life, I would have already bought it but my country is going down the shitter so I'm hunkering down. If you buy that tape on the basis of this ... send me a rip so I can use it as a soundtrack for the pending civil war?

LP released on Deadline Recordings in 1995.

Sonic Destruction

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MSBR & Richard Ramirez - Sonic Aggression


Trans-continental collaborative racket from Richard Ramirez and the master, Koji Tano/MSBR. First released on tape in 1994 by both MSBR Records and Ramirez' Deadline Recordings. Reissued as a CDR in 2002 on Denshi Zatsuon.

MSBR & Richard Ramirez - Sonic Aggression

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C.C.C.C. - Black Light / Black Heat




The original trio are joined by Ryuichi Nagakubo on bass for this live recording from the Shinjuku Theater Poo (if you've got something to say, share it with the class) in Tokyo on the 25th of January, 1992.

CD released on Collapsar Records in 2009.

Black Light / Black Heat

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