va - Wanna Buy A Bridge? (A Rough Trade Compilation of Singles)

 

Another absolute classic compilation, this 1981 LP of Rough Trade post-punk singles needs to be in everyone's collection if it isn't there already. Spizz Energi, Stiff Little Fingers, Kleenex, Slits, Robert Wyatt, Delta 5, TV Personalities, Scritti Politti, Cabaret Voltaire, Young Marble Giants, Raincoats, Essential Logic, Swell Maps. 

va - Wanna Buy A Bridge? (A Rough Trade Compilation of Singles)

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Gender Sabotage - Mr. Trump As Filth Pig




So you know the off-shore concentration camp where people were kept illegally and tortured with "Enter Sandman" on a 24/7 basis to destroy their will?

Irresective of that, I have to admit that anything played by that vanity shitbox should be illegal anyway ... but, finally, here's the payback!

The world doesn't have too long left and we can't rely on nearly more than half of the people in a couple of places in (frankly) the middle of nowhere who can be arsed to vote in the first place determine all of our futures. Apparently it's a mature and sophisticated democracy ... etc etc ... but c'mon WTF, enough is enough!

So here's the plan ... if you are in the proximity of the White House or Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson or anybody who thinks that a global pandemic is a conspiracy ... then play this into their faces at maximum volume. Constantly. Then do it again. Soon everything will become slightly less shit than it is now and we can search thesauruses for heart-warming equivalents for "aspiration" and "hope". Then we can settle back and accept that there is no hope and aspiration is a capitalist illusion.

Of course, this is the work of Richard Ramirez. He is clearly well ahead of the work of the FBI and published the live action photos quite some time ago. This is an eight CDr boxset that he released on his own Room 2A label in 2014 and it came in an edition of 10. Richard still has one for sale and I asked him and he said I could post mine. That's because he is "just" a really nice human being.

Anyway ...

and the psychopath cried “pee pee pee!”

all the way to jail

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Pika × 勝井祐二 × 大友良英 - Sun・Ra・New




Higashi Mineko, Yuji Katsui and Otomo Yoshihide. Yeah, three legends. No introduction needed and all of that. Utterly magnificent and describing it further is live action oxymoronism. You'll hear what I mean.

CD released on Telegraph Records in 2016.

Sun・Ra・New

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va - Noise Kills Punk Dead

 


Strange compilation CD of short stupid noise scum tracks by unknown nobodies like Fallopian Tube Steaks w/ Beer, Urban Jungle Series, Dienstag, All Mouth No Trousers... and a few somebodies: MSBR, Government Alpha, The Brutum Fulmen, ST-37, Antimatter, Evolution Control Committee, Magmax. Released by a short-lived label called Opulence! in 1999. 


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va - Garbage Sandwich


Absolute classic 1992 double cassette compilation from Beast 666 Tapes (later 777 Was 666) with cover art by Trevor Brown and tracks by Masonna, Incapacitants, Hijokaidan, Jojo Hiroshige, Masomania (that's Masonna + Solmania if you're too dim to have worked that out on your own), Grey Wolves, Smog (yes, Bill Callahan!), Con-Dom, Smegma, John Murphy, Schloss Tegal and lots of Yamatsuka Eye one-offs with funny names. 

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Joe Jones - Xylophone

 

Recording from 1976, released as a CD by ? Records in 2003. 


Joe Jones - Xylophone

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Oni - Sunwave Heart




This is a wonderful release from Takemasa Mayūmi. I almost don't want to post it because it feels like a private conversation that I am letting you listen to. Imagine Kristin Hersh's finest moments ... yes it really is that good and maybe better.

There is a CDr from a couple of years earlier that I want to hear before I die but ah well, never mind.

CD released on ハヤシライスレコード in 2010.

Sunwave Heart

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Pikacyu★Makoto - Live In San Francisco




A match that makes complete sense ...

A self-released CDr from 2011 that briefly decorated a few mersh tables.

Live In San Francisco

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Joe Jones - Solar Music

 


Recording from 1983 by the Fluxus giant Joe Jones, released as a CD by ? Records in 2000 and long OOP.

Joe Jones - Solar Music

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Acid Mothers Afrirampo - We Are Acid Mothers Afrirampo




The core Mothers of Kawabata Makoto, Higashi Hiroshi and Tsuyama Atsushi alongside Higashi Mineko and Takemasa Mayūmi. It seems rude not to ...

An interstellar CD released on Acid Mothers Temple in 2005.

Acid Mothers Afrirampo

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The Azusa Plane - America Is Dreaming Of Universal String Theory

 

This is the Azusa Plane album that gets the most play around here. It's a double CD of bleak, minimal guitar feedback and wavering tones. Not a lot happens, but it takes a long time to (not) do it. Released by Colorful Clouds for Acoustics in 1998. Fans of Xpressway non-fidelity not-rock, take notice!

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The Azusa Plane - Result Dies With The Worker

 


Azusa's live album is brutish & energetic rock-like noise, recorded on stage in Philadelphia, Washington DC, London, Baltimore, and Providence. Released as a CD by Colorful Clouds for Acoustics in 1999. 

The Azusa Plane - Result Dies With The Worker

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Asshole Blues Players - Teenage Power Mother Fucker Kick It !!!




Speaking of the f word ... overdriven fuzzed up garage rockers who occasionally get too melodic but largely stay on the right side of indecency.

CD EP released on タナカ•ヒロシ in 1998.

Kick Out The Marmalade Melon Farmers

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Afrirampo - We Are Uchu No Ko




I was planning a series of posts in a completely different direction ... and whilst doing so I was listening to this again (for the first time in quite a while) and I'd semi-forgotten how much fun this is.

Sorry for using the f word in these straitened times.

Double CD released on Supponpon Record and Disk Union in 2010.

It's not MP3. If that's an issue for you then let me know and I'll give you the email address of somebody who gives a shit.

No

Ko

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The Azusa Plane - Tycho Magnetic Anomaly and the Full Consciousness of Hidden Harmony

 

The story of Jason DiEmilio is a tragedy. As The Azusa Plane, he recorded a handful of wonderful albums of guitar drone, noise and blistering free-rock. He also recorded several vinyl EPs and split singles with people like Lab Rat, Grimble Grumble, Ariel M, Fuxa, Loren MazzaCane Connors and more. His concerts were famously high-volume, as his live album "Result Dies With the Worker" makes plain. Then in 2000, he became stricken with hyperacusis, a condition that makes all sounds, even quiet ones, unbearably loud. The effect was that he was in excruciating agony that never abated. Through his years of visiting neurologists and other doctors who specialized in hearing, he learned that there was no known cause or cure for hyperacusis. In fact, most doctors couldn't find anything wrong with DiEmilio. He got rid of all of his gear, moved into a small apartment in New York by himself, and in 2006 at the age of 36, he committed suicide as a direct result of not be deal with the never-ending pain. 

Luckily for us listeners, we can appreciate the excellent music he left behind. This is his first full CD album, released by Camera Obscura in 1997. For fans of Flying Saucer Attack, Charalambidies, RST, Sunroof!, Stars of the Lid, Roy Montgomery and stuff in the vein.  

The Azusa Plane - Tycho Magnetic Anomaly and the Full Consciousness of Hidden Harmony 

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Off Mask 00 ‎– Sonic Cold Crazy Reaction / Extra Old Wave




I could have posted this a few days ago but I got a bit fascinated and have been listening to it on repeat in between bouts of tedious wage slavery. Anyway, this was originally an LP and a 12" released in 1986 and 1987 respectively. They were a truly astonishing collection of name your multiple sub-genres of punk imagination.

There are some releases after this that bear the same "band" name but share absolutely no relation to this ... more in the electro / tech club vein ... perfectly fine in it's way but it is not this!

A double CD reissue courtesy of Youth Inc. in 2013.

only joking ... masks on at all times

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Foetus Under Glass - Spite Your Face

 

Another early single from 1981, more normal-ish and of-its-time than the singular magnificence he'd compose decades later (culminating with "Hide", easily his greatest album). But it's fun in a Gadgets sort of way. If he'd decided to make more music like this, Foetus would be merely an interesting footnote in post-punk history, rather than forging his own genre and making listeners follow him down dingy corridors of his own design. 

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You've Got Foetus On Your Breath - Wash It All Off

 

Debut 7" from 1981, certainly not as good as what Foetus would do in the decades after this, but it's a fun little tune (with irritating B-side) of historical interest. 

You've Got Foetus On Your Breath - Wash It All Off

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Evil Moisture - Gak




There are alledgedly 34 tracks on this chunk of vinyl. If this was my rip I would have sat there for months trying to split the tracks. Luckily for me, somebody else chose to drive themselves insane before settling on three chunks per side before screaming "Nurse, where's my medication?" just before he/she went full on Scanners.

Now wipe that tear from your eye ... he/she took one for the team. As it should be. So ... erm ... yeah.

I've been a lover of moist evil for ages but I'm currently obsessed and have been listening to very little else. The main driver for this is buying the physical edition of the nine disc collection of live what the fuck from yer man. Personnaly, I recommend you do the same because it is genuinely brilliant.

On a seperate note ... go to the comments in the recent post of the Supercharge tape. A lovely person has dropped a very time limited link to the fourth side of the Harbinger double LP version of the tape that is (as far as I am aware) exclusive to that release. Maybe we'll get the full vinyl version to post? But maybe not so act fast!

LP released on the suggestively named Quick Latin Handful in 1997.

Ack Ack Ack

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Garage Monsters - Safari to Mumbooba!

 

Second and final release by this Foetus/The Pizz collaboration, released as a 10" in 1992.

Garage Monsters - Safari to Mumbooba!

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Narita Munehiro - Ether: Solo Electric Guitar Works




If you know him then this is self-explanatory. If you don't, then fire-retardent helmets on and strap in.

CD released on the great aRCHIVE in 2006.

Gang Of One

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Evil Moisture / Olympic Shit Man - Carnal Hostess Halitosis / Live Run In Storialpolis Greece




So ... it's a split (probably) but who knows who is on what track and where it is recorded and what was done to it after? Who cares?

CDr released on Dolor Del Estamago at some point in the past.

beware of Greeks bearing hostesses

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Garage Monsters - Powerhouse!

 

Single-sided 7" from 1990 by a short-lived project by JG Thirlwell (Foetus) with visual artists The Pizz and Buttstain. One side music, other side etching. The song is, as you probably guessed, a cover of the Raymond Scott classic. It also appeared on a Steroid Maximus album, but I'm not sure whether it's the same version or if it was rerecorded.

Garage Monsters - Powerhouse!

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Munehiro Narita - Psyche De Loid




Welcome to the weirdest karaoke bar in the world! Well, the weirdest I know about anyway. So you get the rhythm track from some classic 60's landmarks and then the legendary guitar shredder of Psychedelic Speed Freaks, Kyōaku no Intention and High Rise lays down the bass track and then lets rip on the old six string and pedals.

And the vocals ... Vocaloid (ボーカロイド, Bōkaroido), a singing voice synthesizer software product. Clearly there is some way to go ... it can't quite deal with "Kick Out The Jams Motherfucker!" and I swear I need to gatecrash a stoner's party and slip on the cover of Astronomy Domine so I can sit back and watch the brainmelt. It's atrocious and magnificent in equal measure and, as far as I am concerned, that makes it a masterpiece.

CD released on U-Rythmix Records in 2014.

Psyche De Loid

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va - Patchouli and Echoes

Completely bonkers compilation released by those stalwarts against sanity Chocolate Monk and 777 Was 666 as a double CDr in 2004. Includes music by The Tower Recordings, Musica Transonic, Don Bolles, Sun City Girls, Paekong Mae, Universal Indians, Ashtray Navigations, Beast People, Space Machine, Mini-Systems, Climax Golden Twins and so many more that I'm not going to bother typing them all out. Grab this, open your blowhole wide and fill your third lung with this filthy cosmic dust. 

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Olympic Shit Man - Supercharge




The jointly excellent Andy Bolus (Evil Moisture etc, c'mon now pay attention) and Mark Durgan (aka Putrefier, Birthbiter and an occasional member of Nihilist Assault Group).

I posted this tape ages ago and have always found it a bell end of hope that even dickheads like me can compete. The reality is obviously different and it is the hope that kills ... slowly. Any whatever, Harbinger reissued this as a double LP in 2011 and guess what? I wasn't paying attention. The first three sides are this tape but Side D ia a pair of ten minute live performances that I have never heard ... so, erm, yeah ... you can finish the sentence off yourself.

C64 released on Mother Savage Noise Productions in 1995.

Supernaut

As a non-consolation prize here's a live recording that I don't think has been released: Live at Bar Sate, Brixton London 1991

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Derek Bailey & Shoji Hano - Fish

 


Live drums/guitar sesh from 2000, released as a CD by PSF the following year.

Derek Bailey & Shoji Hano - Fish

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va - Sonance Quarry

 

Compilation of Chicago improv from 1997, featuring Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ben Vida, Matt Weston, Liz Payne, Josh Abrams and Kevin Drumm.

va - Sonance Quarry

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va - Love Not Devotion

 

Three-way split of post-punk/pop and dub/funk nonsense by Instant Automatons, Hamburger All-Stars and Blue Midnight. The latter two bands featured Mark Perry (Alternative TV) and Grant Showbiz among its ranks. I'll assume you already know Instant Automatons, because why wouldn't you. Released as an LP by Deleted Records & Fuck Off Records in 1982, reissued on CDR by Waterden in 2004. 

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Government Alpha / Evil Moisture - Split




A contender for the most decorous seven inches of all time.

Yes you've all gone cock vajazzle ... disgusting, every time I try to raise the tone you let me down.

A delicious pink seven inches courtesy of Le Petit Mignon in 2000.

See, you've done it again ... you don't deserve me ...

i'm in the mood for moist, simply because i'm leaky ... and honey when i'm leaky ...

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The C&B - 1991 Pre-Shadow Ring Recordings

 

Darren Harris and Graham Lambkin's pre-Shadow Ring band, four songs recorded in 1991 and released in 2010 as a 7" on Siltbreeze. There was, apparently, a cassette released under this band name as well, though it remains unheard by me. 

The C&B - 1991 Pre-Shadow Ring Recordings

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Discom - Smuglo




Luckily for the human race, RDJ has a lot to answer for ... and all is well in the world.

CD on Deco from 2000.

rhubarb smugglers

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Discom - Automoto




Discom was Erik Minkkinen and Lionel Fernandez. The latter was also in Sister Iodine and half of a melevolently damp bubble party that ended in tears. So, what's all this about then? A psychonaut's partial memory of a life presumably well lived, that's what.

CD released on Deco in 2003.

here in my car i feel nothing at all

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Intertecsupabrainbeatzroomboyz - 69 Luftgitarren






Andy Bolus and Erik Minkkinen (Sister Iodine, Discom, etc) with a short CD of mad shit as I believe da yoot refer to it.

Released on Nneon in 2004.

69 Luftballons

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John Oswald - Plexure

 

Plunderphonics might be the John Oswald album you know, but Plexure is far-and-away his masterpiece. It may be just 20 minutes long, but this densely-packed information-heavy collage of mainstream pop requires several listens before you truly hear what Oswald has done. Live with this one for awhile. It's worth putting in some work to get at the gold.  

John Oswald - Plexure

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Evil Moisture - Bone Mics Give You More! Vol.1




"4 x C30 in vinyl box, first edition limited to 25 copies. First in a series of unreleased and remastered (as in repaired and often re-spliced) material taken from the very glued up reel to reel master tapes from old Evil Moisture releases which were edited with razor blade and splicing tape (or Halloween parcel tape in some cases). Often the tapes were bought second hand and had for example Dire Straits or Shirley Bassey on 2 tracks, and these tracks are remastered keeping the sound from all 4 channels, so sometimes you'll hear Bob Marley backwards chopped up in time with a bunch of tiny edits..."

Imagine Itchy and Scratchy versus Ren and Stimpy in an intracranial tag-team death match.

Courtesy of his own Royal Sperm and More Death And Horror ‎imprints in 2018.

well, stew my pork!

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Dead Body Collection‎ - Stockings Bloody Stockings




So what is the fascination that some noise heads have with stockings and nylon in general?

Hang on a minute, I've just thought of something ...

CDr released on Scorze Records in 2010 in an edition of 18.

no more tomorrow ... life is killing you

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Xylex - Electronic Glue Gun






It's that man Andy Bolus again. This time he's slicing and dicing electro, cartoons, big beat and schizophrenia and delivering them on a gorgeous ten minutes of vinyl. You thought that Evil Moisture & Hair Stylistics was a weird combination? Sick minds think alike my friend.

There's a party goin' on right here on this 7" released on Doomation in 2002

we gonna celebrate and have a good time

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Dead Body Collection‎ - Dead Body Parts




So ... how do you fancy seven and a half hours of Harsh Noise Wall to brighten your weekend? Oh, that's a shame.

DBC is the work of Aleksandryuki Nenawasetsu who also records as Kosmodrom, Creation Through Destruction and Order Of The Violence and also ran the personally much missed Victimology Rec. label.

Five C90 tape set released on HarshFuckedForLife Records in 2011 in a combined edition of 30.

NOTHING.

LABEL IS DEAD.

FUCK YOU.

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Derek Bailey - Notes - Solo Guitar Improvisations

Some geezer making it up as he goes along. Released as an LP in 1985 by Incus.
 

Derek Bailey - Notes - Solo Guitar Improvisations

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Kakerlak - Motel Dwelling




You should definitely be aware of this man's work ... if not, then starting off with one of his best creations is a stroke of luck. Well done. Even though there was a massive edition of 75, this is as rare as a politician's genuinely felt humility.

Two C30s and a C40 released in one of those nice vinyl VHS style snapcase arrangements.

Released on Dan Johansson's legendary Harsh Head Rituals in 2006.

It's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes

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Cindytalk - Camouflage Heart

 

This is the CD reissue of Cindytalk's intense debut LP from 1984.

Cindytalk - Camouflage Heart

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Smrznik - Gletscher Kassette 60




One perspective of the artwork is that it is the closely observed bark of a tree. I see it as the large scale excoriation destructively created by a glacier over a period of geological time. Luckily, this is brilliant Balkan harsh noise courtesy of Neven Misaljević so you probably won't give a shit about what I think about the cover.

A tape that is inconveniently 62 minutes long and released on Zvukovina in 2010. There were ten copies of this for sale.

ice ice baby

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Evil Moisture - Tongue-Phones Earstick Tri-Ax Chakka Khan




You're on your own with this one ... it's brilliant and entirely WTF!

CDr released on Ignivomous in 1997 in an edition of seven copies.

let me rock you, that's all I wanna do

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Evil Moisture - Ghost Meat




So finally something vaguely familiar then ... a moist Pain Jerk perhaps? I'm going to have to wash my hands now after typing that. Then just when you think you know where you are, you flip it over and it fucks with your brain stem. So finally something vaguely familiar then ...

Excellent 7" released Smittekilde Records in 2007.

it's still murder btw

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Evil Moisture - Hostess Double Breasted Windpipe






Again, this is the brilliant Andy Bolus. A man who stretches even my hyperbole to breaking point but frankly it's never stopped me before so here we go: William Seward Burroughs II decides to become a noise artist, opens up the best/shittest/best techno club ever then moves in with Rudolf Eb.er and they live happily ever after. Indeed, the hills are alive with the sound of moisture! Now that wasn't so bad was it.

A seven inch released on Stomach Ache Records in 1993.

for those about to hostess ... no, that doesn't work ...

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Evil Moisture / Cock E.S.P. - Monsters Of Cock




There are 381 individually named blurts on less than six minutes of vinyl ... did I split the sides? Erm ... no.

5" vinyl apparently released on at least a dozen great labels in the year 2000.

for those about to cock ... we salute you

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