Shoji Hano & Munehiro Narita - Kyoaku No Intention

This one is confusing. Jazz/rock drummer Shoji Hano and High Rise guitar shredder Munehiro Narita have played together as a free-rock-jazz duo called Kyoaku No Intention since the 1990s. They have several (probably grey area) cassettes on the La Musica label under the name. But for their debut live-in-the-studio 2001 CD on the mighty PSF label, the album is called "Kyoaku No Intention" and its credited to the artists' names. What does it mean? Nothing? Something? Does it matter?

Shoji Hano & Munehiro Narita - Kyoaku No Intention


Bastro - Diablo Guapo

A year later, Roland was replaced by an actual drummer ... John McEntire who frankly is a proper legend. He left My Dad Is Dead to join Bastro ffs ... I'm really hoping to pull all of these threads together at the end. Anyway, John (being a human and all that, with arms and legs and other moveable parts) adds a massive propulsive force and a subtle counterpoint to the release ... that has never seen the light of day since. To save you some time, I certainly don't count the half-arsed Drag City CD from 2005 that combined this with the Sing release ... it didn't have all of the tracks included ... apart from kerching, what is the point in that? Yeah, no point at all ... "fun fact" again ... on 'Flesh-Colored House', William Bennett (has no dick) plays the drill (although I think that might be an in-joke, it sounds like guitar string being abused). Just fact ... the drummer on the final track "Shoot Me A Deer" is Britt Walford who was in Squirrel Bait and later Slint. Nobody is credited on the 7" I posted so it seems fair to assume that he was the drummer on that single. There is some marvelous trumpet abuse on Guapo ... no idea if it's the same horn abusers as on the previous example.

Released on Homestead Records in 1989. I bought the LP ... and then the CD ... this is the CD.

Genius. Simple.


Trumans Water - Spasm Smash XXXOXOX Ox & Ass

I'm not expecting this to work for anybody else but ... the opening track "Aroma Of Gina Arnold" starts off as though Sonic Youth played Pacific Coast Highway and Xpressway to Yr Skull at the same time and that was a normal thing to do ... and then it launches into a different universe if it wasn't there already. I know loads of things and I'm right more than 100% of the time (obviously) so that means I'm pretty sure it was the Spasm Smash tour that I saw them at the Boardwalk in Manchester. I would be astonished if there were more than 30 of us there. Apart from the joy of dancing to Rations whilst being really fucked up (if you understand my nancy reagan) my favourite flashback was when Ely Moyal split a drum stick half way down (I don't even know how you do that) and he threw it into the non-existent crowd. This absolute fucking hero got there before me and bent it just enough to wear it like antennae and danced for the rest of the gig with the clear intent of dislocating every joint in his body.

They are one of the high points of Western civilisation.

I am not worthy of Trumans Water and neither are you.

A double LP released on Elemental Records in 1993 with a CD version two years later. Naturally I bought both of them at the time.

C'mon get in the car, we're gonna kill the California girls.


Bastro - Rode Hard And Put Up Wet

David Grubbs (guitar) and Clark Johnson (bass) left the melodic hardcore of Squirrel Bait, programmed a drum Machine and really went for it. There are inevitable comparisons to Big Black but this was an entirely different troubled beast. A "fun fact" is that on 'Counterrev: Bhutan' the Bhutanese horn is played (badly) by David Sims (who was also in Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard and Rapeman) and Don Moist (yep, the way hap Steve Albini ... who also handled the recording for this release).

Mini-LP released on Homestead Records in 1988 and criminally never to see the light of day again.

Rode Hard And Put Up Wet


Bastro - Shoot Me A Deer

Bastro should have been the biggest band on the planet. Luckily for them, they walked away from recording Goo and keeping us all waiting for another 12 years before releasing anything reminiscent of the majesty. Joke's aside, they are immense. The B-side was never released anywhere else as far as I know, and was co-written by Mark Robinson (who was in the magnificent Unrest and ran the equally great Teenbeat label ... both of which could not be further away from Bastro).

7" released on Homestead Records in 1989 as a precursor to the second LP.

Shoot Me


Cows - Chow

There is so much music that was lost when the (then) newly expanded American distribution networks got swamped by charlatans, A&R arseholes and corporate whores who dumped people into a legal netherworld where bands no longer owned their own music and it could never be re-released. There are so many out there whose masterpieces never got past the initial vinyl release and Cows were one of those. Until recently. I was going to post the Cows albums that had effectively disappeared but then realised that Amphetamine Reptile have made them available as $5 CDs over the past couple of years. So, here's the first five 7"s instead.

7" released on Treehouse Records in 1988.



Cows - Slap Back

7" released on Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1990.

Slap Back


Cows - Plowed

This was released as a 7" on Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1992. This is the extended CD ep that includes the spectacularly unhinged "I Love You" ... not that there is much evidence of hinges on the other three tracks.



Cows - Woman Inside

Excellent bovine noise-rock with the B-side being a cover of "Theme From Midnight Cowboy" with a hovering guitar covering the harmonica part.

7" released on Insipid Vinyl in 1992.

Woman Inside


Cows - Cow Island

The B-side is a less manicured cover of the 1960 Slim Gailliard song. I want the Cows version playing as they push my carcass into the flames. A fitting way to end!

7" released on Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1994.

Cow Island


Life really is still worth living!

bad things can kiss my arse


Rezniček - Stube

Weird industrial ambience by a German artist called Günter Reznicek, released as a CD by Odd Size Records in 1996. The label was affiliated with a Paris record shop of the same name and released a small number of very interesting and obscure albums. I'll post some of them here.

Rezniček - Stube


More Fiends - Yo Asphalt Head

I bought this 30 years ago on the strength of one of those tiny reviews in Sounds on page 40 something (where all of the weird shit got about 100 words). Whatever I read was good enough for me. I can't tell you what that was because I used to have a stack of Sounds at least 4ft tall. Then suddenly felines decided that I was advanced enough for them to consider me an appropriate human servant. At that point I had no concept of a scratching post. Push and The Kitten Helmet soon taught me what was involved and destroyed the lot. I'm kind of glad about that now because I would have gone back and quoted it in full. Thanks therapist, that was useful.

So what the fuck is going on here? Everything and nothing basically. A collection of people from Philly making weird shit under various pseudonyms (the drummer was in Brutal Truth after this but that is all I know). It won't change your life but it might cheer you up for a short while and then remind you that valley girls are meant to be avoided at all costs.

Provided to me by Anaconda Records in 1990.

metal chair?!


Bomb - Lucy In The Sky With Desi

Firstly, if you get the Lucille Ball reference then congratulations for still being alive.

As distribution networks began to strengthen In Europe during the late '80s, you started to get things like this... American freakrock bands with a few releases in the US given conveniently curated compilations for the European market. Bomb were a great band from San Francisco who were around between 87 and 90. There was an album in 1992 but this coincided with the time that the corporates realised that there might be money to be made in "shit the weird kids listened to" and started hoovering bands up looking for cows to milk. By this time, Bomb were done and angel-dusted ... a great ride whilst it lasted. Plenty more from them if this tickles your trout ...

I bought the LP released on Tupelo Recording Company in 1990. This is the CD from the same year that has five extra tracks.

the girl that i miss is just me in a dress. sometimes i wish that i had a trans-sister


Pol - Transomuba

Short-lived but really enjoyable ambient dub post-rock trio featuring C-Schulz and Marcus Schmickler with one other guy who hasn't done much else. If you liked the Schmickler pop album from yesterday, you'll like this too. Released on CD by Odd Size Records in 1994.

Pol - Transomuba


God Bullies - Join Satan's Army

I while ago when I was posting some Princess Dragon-Mom / Time Stereo stuff and there was a The Dragon-God project that I assumed was a PDM offshoot. Somebody dropped a comment a couple of days ago clarifying that it was members of PDM and fellow Michigan noise-rock outcasts God Bullies (which once said makes perfect sense ... I've still not heard them though!). At first hearing you will think that I have lost my mind posting such "traditional rawk geetar" ... but then you look at the left hand of Satan on the cover and the cornball but twisted lyrics and the nonsense but perfect backwards sections wishing for a Judas Priest trial ... not convinced?

OK. Let's try again. It includes a cover of Link Wray's Preacher Man (with added televangelist give me your money bullshit), Which Way You Goin' Billy? by The Poppy Family (which featured Terry Jacks ... yeah, the Seasons In The Sun bloke) and turn it into the torch song of a frustrated paedophile stalker. However, the best is third ... a cover of Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing? Fucking genius!

I've been thinking of posting loads of 30+ year old weird rock shit that I have that nobody that I ever knew appreciated in any way. I started to wonder how that would go down but then I remembered that this is Bleak Bliss and we never really gave a shit in the first place.

Double 7" released on Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1990.

your country doesn't need you


Cosmonauts Hail Satan - Crazy Subjugated Astronauts

This appeared briefly last night before I realised that it was the wrong file for this tape. So if you grabbed it yesterday, delete and replace. Satan knows there's enough misinformation out there without me adding to it ... sorry about that.

... and now the end is near! Or is it? First off I don't have the Cosmic Invocation #1 single but this compilation tape also offers the suggestion that there might be even more out there. The inner cover of the tape makes explicit reference to the contents of the tape coming from the Apollo 666 tape and from the "Satan, Yuri and You" tape. A tape? I only know it as a two track 7". The truth might be in the track "Serious Business" that otherwise only appears on the Cape Cannibal compilation and is credited to the "Yuri" tape. So there must be (at least) a "Yuri" tape right? There was also a longer version of this that has four additional tracks by Shaman Brain (yep, no idea but Phil Todd has put his name next to it on Discogs and that makes it true).

So, what the fuck is going on? Is there more Cosmonaut activity out there that we really need to know about?

Whilst you're here, I've also re-upped Cape Cannibal Skull Island Apocalypse, the Hellraiser 7" and the Grunt split.

C60 released on Joukkomurha Tapes in 1993.

i'm crazy for trying, i'm crazy for loving satan


Marcus Schmickler - Onea Gako

A quite early album by Schmickler, containing some of the poppiest music he's done. You can hear his debt to bands like Can here. It's on heavy rotation at our house. Released on CD by Odd Size Records in 1994.

Marcus Schmickler - Onea Gako


Kontakta - Untitled

Only extant document of a six-member supergroup from Koln, Germany, comprised on Marcus Schmickler, Frank Dommert (who ran the Sonig label), Georg Odijk (who ran the A-Musik label), C-Schulz (whose wonderful & mysterious music is the definition of "under rated"), Inde du Nord (aka Hans-Jürgen Schunk who also recorded as PFN and Hajsch, whose albums you really ought to go hear now), and Monika Westphal (a frequent collaborator of C-Schulz and Schunk). Released as a CD by Odd Size Records in 1994.

Kontakta - Untitled


Cosmonauts Hail Satan - Mortuary Sorcery

Disconcerting synth squelch leads into a carnival of chaos (that inexplicably reminds me of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre) and then all of them and all of the instruments ever made fall down several flights of stairs. Perfect!

7" released on Suggestion Records in 1996.

Mortuary Sorcery


Cosmonauts Hail Satan - Bizarre And Tortuous Rituals Of The Primitive World

The reason why holidays are a bad idea followed by Mike Hammertime

7" released on Secret Devil Records in 1995.

you can't touch it


Cosmonauts Hail Satan - A Beautiful Girl Like You / Mystery Mountain

Stripping the flesh from god in a carnival of lunatics.

7" released on Death By Blowjob in 1995.

i have no further comment your honour


Cosmonauts Hail Satan - Apollo 666

Darren Wyngarde. Fucking Legend. If this doesn't tickle all of the tassels on your butthole then I seriously can't help you anymore.

A self-released c42 from 1992.

Houston, we have a problem


Dogliveroil - Presents Postcard Of An English Shithouse

More glorious English filth courtesy of our troupe of heroes: (the confirmed national treasures that are) Phil Todd, Andy Jarvis, Marky Loo Loo and Joincey. The latter pair also ran the exquisitely titled Face Like A Smacked Arse label that Joincey has partly resurrected as a retrospective resource for inhumanity.

CDr released on Tochnit Aleph in 1999.

Total Shithouse


Goodiepal - EMEGO 211

More slight of hand by the Goodiepal! A couple of appropriate questions that might spring to mind are: is this 14 LP album even on Editions Mego at all? and does it actually contain 14 LPs? The answers are: it's hard to tell and kind of. In his spoken intro, Goodiepal explicitly says that the album is on Editions Mego... but despite the title, which is just a Mego catalog number, this set does not appear on the label's discography. Any fan knows that Goodiepal enjoys obfuscation. When he was asked directly whether or not EMEGO 211 was actually on the Mego label, he responded something like "You should probably ask Peter Rehberg". Which isn't an answer.

EMEGO 211 was originally released for free online in 2016 via Wikipedia, of all places. As you may have noticed, Wikipedia tends not to release vinyl records. Goodiepal says that anyone is allowed to put this music out on record as long as they send him and his mother a copy. The files from Wikipedia were labeled as LPs 1 through 14, with LPs 3 and 4 missing because (as he says in his intro) he wanted Mego boss Peter Rehberg to upload those somewhere else. Were those missing sides the "Morendo Morendo" triple LP that Mego did release? That wouldn't make sense, because only two LPs are missing from EMEGO 211, not three. Did Rehberg upload those missing sides... and if so, where?

EMEGO 211 has been removed from Wikipedia (when? why? I don't know!), so I've done a lot of detective work to figure out what all this stuff is (please let me know in the comments whether I got anything wrong, I'm sure that I did), re-tagged everything and am now offering it to you here. Trainspotters and OCD record collector types, proceed at your own risk. Even though the set was released as file, you'll notice vinyl surface noise throughout the set, no doubt added afterwards to make this sound like a record rip.

I've been able to figure out with at least 51% certainty that a few of these albums were actually released on small-edition vinyl LPs with the same catalog number, though none of those seem to be on Mego. Other albums with the EMEGO 211 catalog number seem to have been released separately but they do not appear in this set and don't seem to be on Editions Mego. Other sides might be exclusive to this set, but maybe they aren't. What you get here is lots of talking with abstract ambience (LP 1 "Tilbage Til Havet"), DJ sets (LP 2), live performances (LP 13, "Red Man K's Bedrifter, Live Chapel Hill 2002"... which, interestingly, was released by Mego in 2013 as a 3-sided LP. The catalog number for that one is EMEGO 179. Discogs notes that no digital version of this album exists, and yet here it is), opera (LP 6 "Vintern & vers"), two 20-minute takes on his song "My Robotic Skills Have Failed" by the Spanish group Evol (LP 8), strange lo-fi syntheiszer music (LP 10, "Sun Jammer Baba Jogan") film soundtracks (LP 9) and lots more indescribable nonsense. The 14th LP appears to be a reissue of Goodiepal's very first demo cassette from 1991, which was also reissued as a standalone LP by Alku. Is it really the same music? The track times don't match, so let's go with "maybe".

disc 1 Tilbage Til Havet
disc 2 Søsterhøj Mysteriet & Hessdalen
disc 5
disc 6
disc 7 Slet Dig Selv & Helt Opløst Mand
disc 8 Den Med Sif
disc 9
disc 10
disc 11
disc 12
disc 13 Red Man K's Bedrifter - Goodiepal Live, Chapel Hill 2002
disc 14 Havet


Dogliveroil - The Black Art Of Dogliveroil

From Thee Dark Satanic Potteries Of Stoke our intrepid heroes create a shitload of noise ... they were eventually granted refugee status in Leeds proving that even the smallest of improvements is still an improvement in a literally relative way.

CDr released on Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers in 1998 (I think).

Black Arts


Goodiepal - Collected Works

Goodiepal (the most commonly used moniker of Danish artist Kristian Vester) is rather difficult to describe. He is a genuine eccentric who might accurately be called a genius. Radical programmer, philosopher/theorist, performance artist, composer, techno producer, political/environmental activist, teacher, inventor, and many other things simultaneously, the improbably fast-talking Goodiepal is better experienced than described. For example:

... Vester's discography is a vast and tangled mess of alternate versions, unofficially remixed corporate jungles, pseudonymous dance music and nigh-impenetrable hacker art. It's also, as you are about to discover for yourself, a lot of fun. He gives some of his music away online, but then takes it back and sometimes re-titles it, changes parts of it, releases pieces in different versions under different titles or releases new music with the title of something previously published. He also builds wind-up mechanical birds that have to be seen to be believed, and even then you might not believe it. His music is sometimes tangentially similar to (and has some conceptual empathy with) folks like DAT Politics, V/Vm and Evol, but sometimes it's not similar to anything else at all. He's truly in his own world. There's more information here, but keep in mind that Vester has been known to make up aspects of his history just to entertain himself. So who knows what about him or his work is true. The intentional confusion and overload is part of the joy of Goodiepal aka Mainpal Inv. aka Gæoudjiparl. Just embrace it.

"Collected Works" first appeared in 2006 as a set of four CDRs released by Vuzkid, a label that was associated with V/Vm. Then it was released online as digital files until Vuzkid went away. And so, here is "Collected Works" one more time. It contains the Narc Beacon album (sometimes called Nag Nag Bacon for reasons only the Goodiepal knows), which was released in 2001 and then reissued a few times by Fonal, Ski-pp, Escho. It's his most accessible album by far, though many of the tracks seem to be unauthorized remixes of jingles for corporations he might have been doing work for at an advertising agency. Vester claims that this is his only actual album, but I'm not sure what he means by that. Disc 2 contains Rare Tracks, ostensibly containing songs from compilations and limited-edition vinyl but there's some misinformation going on. Some of the tracks are not the ones listed in the credits and others might not be Goodiepal at all. Disc 3 is Mort aux Vauches session for Dutch radio with a couple of tracks released on a 5" record, but then (if you try to make sense of his discography at Discogs) he's released so many records with the Mort aux Vauches title, I can't pretend to understand what each one means or how (or if) they relate to the original. The final disc contains some films of Goodiepal in action (you must watch those) plus images and text that may or may not make any sense to you. My suggestion is to soak it all in, do some research about the parts that you find interesting, watch the documentary about him embedded above, and get comfortable with the idea that no matter how much you think you get it, Vetser is messing with you somehow.

disc 1
disc 2
disc 3
disc 4


Various - WNF: Tag Team Noise Rumble Spectacular

Now where could you possibly find Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham-Smith sharing the same earspace as Smell & Quim. Erm, yes... how did you guess? Well done.

It's one of those split channel compilations where in one ear you get Macronympha and in the other Schimpfluch-Gruppe, Dogliveroil vs. Incapacitants, Strict vs. The Haters, Expose Your Eyes vs. Prick Decay and stuff like that. It's not likely to change your life but then again what does you metanarrative denying postmodern bastard?

LP released on Stinky Horse Fuck in 1996.

watch us wreck the mike ... psych!


Crawl Unit - Transhistory - Works 95-99

An album of pieces from compilations and 7" singles, released as a CDR by a Polish label called Ignis in 2000. Please consider donating to Joe to help him offset expenses from having to close his bookshop, Issues, due to the corona virus.

Crawl Unit - Transhistory - Works 95-99


Various - White Trash Motherfuckers

Another nifty little compilation featuring Ascension (which included former Skullflower, Stefan Jaworzyn, Beautiful Penis (why, thank you), Cosmonauts Hail Satan, Derv (a side project of Tony Irving who was in Ascension and Descension), The MikePostMortem (yeah, me neither) and the rather good noise-rockout punishment of Splintered whose extensive membership would never have gotten past social distancing requirements.

The artwork for the release is (obviously) by Savage Pencil and given we have been impressing upon you the importance of actual printed material, my pre-order of the SavX Special Edition came last week. Do yourself a favour and go and buy a book!

CD released on Stefan's Shock label in 1993.

White Trash Motherfuckers



Earlier, I mentioned that we were trying to find alternate ways for people to support Noella and Joe. Obviously nothing will make up for the emotional impact of having to close Issues but even small amounts of cash will help absorb some of the financial impact for them and the people that worked there (not to mention their suppliers).

Apparently, American type people can use an app called Venmo and use your mobile to send money their way [ their Venmo is @issuesshop ], being a non-American type person I'm not familiar with it but you might be. You can also send money via Paypal [ ] but be sure to mark it as a gift and then Paypal don't take a cut and all of your donation will go directly to them.

Also, Misanthropic Agenda have recently reissued Psychic Stress Soundtracks as a Double LP ... distribution in Europe is being handled here so will lessen the shipping costs. I have the original CD released on Antifrost ‎in 2005 and frankly, it's a beautiful piece of work.

As Mrs Inside rightly said recently, if you have ever considered the need to donate money to us then please don't. We don't want your money. We use our own resources doing this because we want to and we enjoy it. Instead, give it to Noella and Joe or think of an artist that you admire and go and buy something directly from them.

We obviously know that the world is ready for the final flush and money is really tight but genuinely any amount will help ... and, don't forget, with every dollar bill you're also sending a little bit of love and respect as well.


Crawl Unit - Vs. Silence

Oppressive drone by the incomparable Joe Colley/Crawl Unit, first self-released on tape by Joe's Pvertech label in 1993, later reissued on CD by Manifold in 1996. Please consider donating to Joe to help him offset expenses from having to close his bookshop, Issues, due to the corona virus.

Crawl Unit - Vs. Silence


Various - Defaecatio 1

More home-taper bedroom electronics that is just a shitload of fun.

Legend has it that Yamatsuka Eye listened to the first No Unauthorized track and thought "fuck me, I can really make a go of this music malarkey" (for entirely legal reasons, I feel the need to say that I might have just made that up ... maybe). There are people here that you will know like De Fabriek, Big City Orchestra and M.Nomized and some that you have probably heard of such as Tam Quam Tabula Rasa, Mental Anguish and Viktimized Karcass but if you knew about Black Flowers then you beat me ... great track. It's very symbolic of the late 80's but in this case that is a very good thing. A classic tape if you ask me ... oh, sorry, I thought you did.

C90 released on Biotope Art Organization in 1989.



Crawl Unit - Stop Listening

Yet another classic spin, this one released as a CD on Ground Fault in 2000. Please consider donating to Joe to help him offset expenses from having to close his bookshop, Issues, due to the corona virus.

Crawl Unit - Stop Listening


Various - Cruel Claw & Hungry Throat

Apart from Nostalgie Eternelle (who contribute a fairly generic track) if you have heard of anybody on this tape then chances are you are one of them. Totally great sub-sub-underground visions of glory that never came ... an interesting footnote is Incubus (rubbish name) who would change their name to Lewd (which I approve of in general and are also really good) and include Jacques Van Bussel and Peter Duimelinks who frankly are fairly great people in terms of the music they have gone on to create. I say fairly as I don't know how much on a scale of 1-100 they rate cats. They may be genuinely great but without that key piece of knowledge ...

C60 released on Biotope Art Organization in 1991.



Joe Colley - Desperate Attempts At Beauty

Are you sick and tired of getting things for free without doing anything that would reasonably constitute effort on your part?

Well you have come to the right place: give a little bit back!

poignant: adjective; evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.


Crawl Unit - Proprietary Acoustics (Live)

Another classic album from Joe Colley/Crawl Unit, this one released as a CD on RRRecords' Pure series in 1996. Please consider donating to Joe to help him offset expenses from having to close his bookshop, Issues, due to the corona virus.

Crawl Unit - Proprietary Acoustics (Live)


Joe Colley - 8 Phased Loops

To chase the beautiful dream of providing a safe space for books and magazines in this age of digital obselecense is truly admirable. To make that a success only for it to fall because of Covid is all the more heartbreaking. We are trying to find out how people can send smaller amounts because everything is going to help ... we'll obviously let you know.

In the meantime, if the availability of printed media isn't important to you (then what is up with you?), here is a reminder of why you should care and give something back: a gorgeous flac rip of a double 7" set released on Stichting Mixer in 2003.

8 Phased Loops


Crawl Unit - Everyone Gets What They Deserve

I wish the title were true. Sadly, Joe Colley (aka Crawl Unit) got something he did not deserve. Joe and his partner Noella ran a newspaper, magazine and book shop in Oakland, California called Issues since 2007. The shop was doing well enough to move to a larger space and became an integral part of the Oakland community. And then the corona virus happened. With the loss of income, Issues had to close its doors. This is from the shop's website:

At the beginning of 2020 we were settled into our new location and on sound footing for the future. Then COVID-19 hit. Sales started to slow down and we were mandated to close as of March 17th. We didn't want to leave our employees in a bad situation, so we sold gift certificates online to pay them for four weeks. Then the Shelter In Place was extended and we were forced to send back any returnable magazines that we could to partially cover vendor bills. We then resorted to selling what merchandise we had left online, and once again, our community was there for us, ordering product and taking a shot at new publications in order to support us. We were able to survive day-by-day because of the generosity of others.
Now, we find ourselves in a heartbreaking position. After being closed for two months and losing all of the revenue that would have mostly been used to restock the store, we are out of funds. We do not have the capital to reorder magazines and start anew. We have spent the past two months applying for every loan and grant that we could possibly find, and so far, we have received zero funding from any sources. Our small business has been left behind.
We are absolutely devastated to announce to you that ISSUES will not be reopening. We simply cannot weather this storm. After thirteen years in Oakland, our time here has come to an end. We are filled with grief that we could not make this work and continue to serve you, our community, that we love so dearly. We are beyond sad.

You can still buy "gift cards", which of course are no longer able to be redeemed, but your purchase would be considered a donation to Joe and Noella, which they undoubtedly need right now. And just in case you need to be reminded of what's so great about Joe Colley, I'll be posting some of his rare albums here for a few days, all with a link to donate money to help him out during this awful time. "Everyone Gets What They Deserve" came out as a CD in 1999 on the CIP label.

Crawl Unit - Everyone Gets What They Deserve


Various - Cruel Claw & Hungry Throat 2

First up ... just to warn you ... the track by Roman Ha (yeah quite) is shite. Complete shite ... one of those "nobody knows" who must be a "friend" of the person releasing the tape. Now that I have cast my worthy aspersions we can move on. This is a really great tape: Aktive Stagnation; Ruins; Ixa-Wud; Cosmonauts Hail Satan (which is such a great name but is also Mr Filthy Turd) and Liz Gizzad. Yeah, who the fuck are they ... well one of the noisy fuckers is an early entrance by the gorgeous lanky streak of piss Mick Flower (trust me it's a term of endearment over here ... it's the kind of thing that a lack of prospects engenders) who you may have heard was in Vibracathedral Orchestra. Not so much here, but he turns guitars into fluids ... as captivating a guitarist as I've seen live and that covers a lot of ground ... a kind of inverse / anti-matter Sir Richard Bishop.

C60 released on Biotope Art Organization in 1991. Probably.



Naplam Death - Scum

Yeah, of course I was going to post this next. The Saintly John Peel (for we are not worthy) saved me from the stupidity of the people around me and allowed me a glimpse of light ... but then one night I'm lay on my bed and he says I'm here at some venue in Ipswich to see this unsigned band (sorry can't do the accent and I'm paraphrasing). That band were Extreme Noise Terror and he broadcast the entire gig live to the nation. My drug addled memory is that ENT preceded this but not in terms of official releases. I had traveled a journey through metal (even NWOBHM ffs looking for something meaningful, didn't find it ... lots of nice hairdos though) into punk into anarcho-punk into Birthday Party / Swans / Live Skull / Sonic Youth / Butthole Surfers. I obviously thought that I was far too educated for this shit. However, if you have been around here for a while then you will already be fully aware that I know loads of things about nothing (or is it the other way around?). Some tosser probably made a fortune calling this grindcore ... it's not. It's evolution in action.

Over here, this was originally a vinyl only release in 1987. It was another seven years before Earache reissued it on CD in Blighty. This is the latter edition.



The Greatest Story Ever Told!

Say Hi to mom and dad ...


Kylie Minoise - You Suffer

"Kovorox Sound marks the 20 year anniversary of Napalm Death's Scum debut with a cover version/remix/re-working of the classic track "You Suffer"."

For 60 minutes and 41 seconds. As cleansing as a syringe full of bleach.

Unsurprisingly released on his own Kovorox Sound in 2007.

You Will Suffer


Various - Devastating Templaric Sounds

Tribal tomb raiding a-go-go from the likes of Brume, Maeror Tri, Delta-Sleep-Inducing Peptide and Tam Quam Tabula Rasa.

Worthy of special mention are the contributions of the thankfully unknown Centrale Combo whose space synthy fake new age arse is so spectacularly incongruous that it could snap the neck of a fully grown human with a very thick neck. Just warning you. The rest of it is very good.

C90 released on Biotope Art Organization in 1991.



Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk

Florian Schneider was one of the architects of 21st Century music. He died today. 50 years after this was made.

Thank You


Junko and Kylie Minoise - Nature

Junko alongside Lea Cummings is just about as full-on noise epilation as you will get. That's a good thing.

CD released on the always excellent Dirter Promotions ‎in 2013.



Various - Devastating Templaric Sounds 2

Aktive Stagnation, Crash Worship ADRV, Tomografia Assiale Computerizzata, Stefano Biasin, Nux Vomica and a whole host of admirable outsider what?

Thirty years ago, I was mourning the living death of the Butthole Surfers so missed this at the time but it was some far out shit daddy-o and would now nestle into a little old-school alcove if allowed. Let's drag it screaming and kicking into the light of the new viral midnight!

C90 released on Biotope Art Organization probably in 1991.

Sounds 2


Wolfgang Müller - Mit Wittgenstein In Krisuvik

Deadpan art joke or serious anthropological study of the songs of Icelandic dwarves and elves? Did I just answer my own question?

Wolfgang Müller - Mit Wittgenstein In Krisuvik