Something Like Elvis - Shape




If you've been here for a while then you will know exactly where my guitar sensibilities lie ... and it would appear you also get some free tabla and accordian. Seriously, nothing to not adore.

CD courtesy of Post_Post from 1999.

Solidarność

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World's End Girlfriend - Farewell Kingdom




Sublime ...

A jointly CD released on Midi Creative and Noble in 2001.

Farewell Kingdom

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World's End Girlfriend - Ending Story




On superficial surveillance many years ago, I knew exactly what to expect ... post-REM emo, what's the point? I still do that inverse snobbery bollocks but generally I've learnt not to admit it in public. Oh, erm forget I said that. So yeah, as always, my first instincts were completely correct ... this is genius. Katsuhiko Maeda starting off with classically sculptured electronica building to Massive Attack phatness and reverse engineered aphexpusher. So, for good measure, now you are comfortable he throws in one neck snapping turn after another. Wonderful.

CD courtesy of F.R.D Record in 2000.

told you so

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Bwannoy - A Minóy/If, Bwana Collaboration

 

Don't let the generic title fool you. This cassette is a classic of American bedroom murk by two giants, released in 1990 by a Florida label called Antebellum. It is wonderful. Minóy (RIP) was a prolific home taper whose mostly self-released tapes are being remastered and reissued now and are all worth exploring. If, Bwana is the solo project of Al Margolis, who ran the Sound of Pig tape label in the 80s/90s and who currently runs the more academic (but still vital) Pogus Productions


Bwannoy - A Minóy/If, Bwana Collaboration

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Something Like Elvis - Cigarette Smoke Phantom





Fucking hell, it's hot over here ...

So, here's a Polish band that should be sitting on thrones in front of their own golden statues. For all I know, that is what they are doing right now. Wonderfully articulate post-rock post-whatever with an adorable Stereolab / Belle & Sebastian vibe going on. Honestly, it's not heatstroke ... it's wonderful!

CD released on Post_Post in 2002.

I was a candidate for club 18-30, but I've been through all that shit before.

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va - Insane 80s [EV01>EV10]

13 songs taken from the first vinyl releases from Belgian label EE Tapes: 5 from compilations, plus one song from 2013. Music by Berntholer, Human Dance, Human Flesh, MAL, Bene Gessirit, The Misz, Pseudo Code, Absent Music, Kloot Per W, Opera Multi Steel, Subject, Nostalgie Eternelle. Released as a CD by EE Tapes in 2014.

va - Insane 80s [EV01>EV10]

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Various - The Universe Is The Messiah




David Prescott, Croiners, Jeph Jerman, Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, Los Paranos, a bit of Wigglepig, S·Core and more.

Field recordings as the source material to make unnatural art.

C90 released on the heroic Epitapes in 1988.

The Universe Is The Messiah

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Christian Marclay / Günter Müller - Live Improvisations




Recordings taken from performances at three festivals between 1992 and 1993 and reassembled for this release.

CD released on For 4 Ears in 1994.

Live Improvisations

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tac - Lapse of Silence

 

The final tac release (not counting a collaboration with Kapotte Muziek and All Fours that was recorded in the early 90s but released later) makes sense considering the path he'd chosen. Nearly silent recordings of events that don't produce sound: shadows moving, grass growing, the sun shining. Packaged in an elaborate sculpture of all-white materials that you had to break to get the CDR out. There wasn't much more he could have done after this, so he (seems to have) stopped.  Self-released edition of 50 from 2003.

tac - Lapse of Silence

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Front Line Assembly - Compilation Tracks

 

In the 1980s, before they became stars of the Wax Trax!/Third Mind industrial rock scene, Canadian electro duo Front Line Assembly contributed lots of tracks to obscure experimental cassette compilations. During this era, they were basically a "Crackdown"-era Cabaret Voltaire tribute band. I've collected most of those tracks for you here. I think the only tracks missing are from the two "Dossiers" compilations and on from a comp called "KR1ME". 

FLA - Comp

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Various - Kosmoloko




You know, I used to think "Haus Arafna ... are they all that?". Then I didn't think about it much for a long time. I've been listening a lot lately and it turns out that the answer is "Yes, what the fuck were doing leaving it this long?". So, having formally apologised to my own thoughts ... you think post-punk / post-industrial Kraftwerk mixed with a sophisticated Sutcliffe Jügend. Then it's all on you and my thoughts bear no responsibility for what happens next. The other stuff on here is great too btw ...

Cracking comp courtesy of Galakthorrö in 2004.

Kosmoloko

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tac - Sound Reckoning

 

Self-released CDr from 1999 in a fantastic sleeve made from painted cloth and other materials. 

tac - Sound Reckoning

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buy proper books you "modern" bastards ...









Digital books? What the fuck is all that about? What you need is something big and physical that's going to break your nose when you're reading in bed and you fall asleep with it raised above your face. Now they are scars worth having! So kids, compare that with trying to burn your Kindle Fire's and collapsing under the irony.

Anyway, this is a "big-up" (as, I am advised, grandads still routinely say) to Richard "Richo" Johnson. All of his musical work is brilliant and worth tracking down but he is the founder of Splintered who we have featured heavily here over the years and frankly are one of the best bands you will ever hear. Apart from the Grim Humour fanzine, he also turned Fourth Dimension Records into what it became: a first stop for the appreciators of some of the finest artists on the planet as well as the finest purveyors of fine lunacy.

He probably does good sculptures but he really does do very very good book. I should know. I bought all three of the ones currently available on pre-order (at some god-forsaken part of the covid wall of shite) and have had them in my sweaty hands for ages. They are really really good. There is Volume 2 of Grim Humour in the pipeline that I will definitely be snapping up on preorder ... but i'm really looking forward to the Mark Perry / Alternative TV book! Anyway, Richo shows you them below so virtually get of your virtual arses and snap them up whilst they are still around.

Before I move on, he says people have complained about the postage. I definitely would not want that idea to put you off! Maybe the entitled arsewipes expected him to carry them to their front doors. Shipping is what it is. I got them from Poland to sunny Manchester, shipped individually when they were released. They arrived perfectly packaged and in perfect condition. I can't even remember what the shipping cost was so it couldn't have been that bad!



Oh, and ...

Whilst I am on the subject of real books, it would remiss of me not to mention the lovely and occasionally grumpy Frans de Waard who has been involved in a big old chunk of the finest music Northern Europe has had to offer over the past thrity or so years and ran Korm Plastics. He also does good book ... I don't know why I haven't bought the first two yet but I already have the other three ...

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tac - Objects

 

Incredible self-released tape from 1997. Tom Cox/tac starts each track by telling you exactly what he's about to use to make a sound, then he makes it. All sounds made from everyday objects: aluminum foil, poster board, rock on a truck bumper and so on. 


tac - Objects

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tac - Micro-Sonic

 

Self-released CDR from 1999 in an edition of 50 copies, in a beautiful handmade package. "Micro-Sonic" is the start of Tom Cox/tac's minimal phase. His recordings became much more sparse and quiet. For fans of Ronnie Sundin, Richard Chartier or Ben Owen.


tac - Micro-Sonic

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Various - Day Of Sound




Tom's contribution is 21 seconds long but it's rude not to: "Sound designer and composer Jason Reinier presents the first Day of Sound CD released, recorded from midnight to midnight on a single day. His graceful mix is delightful ordinary yet surprising, featuring casual everyday voices like birds, neighborhoods, and sleet on the window, as well as human creativity with sound, including a wave organ and a tunnelsinger. Open your ears to our sounding world!"

CD on Earth Ear from 2003.

nerd factor ∞

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Jeph Jerman & Tom Cox - If/When




As you would expect, Mrs Inside's wish is my obligation: ""if/when" includes a 4 track CD-R in a hand-made cardstock sleeve or box with a mushroom spore print on it. this is housed inside a wooden box with hand-printed graphic along with various bits of found detritus. this will be available in a limited edition of 37 only."

CDr released on AARC in 2009.

when/now

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Tom Cox - Stint

 

One of only three things (including a collab with Jeph Jerman and a track on a compilation, neither heard by me) by tac under his own full name. This is a 3" CDr from 2003 released on Jason Talbot's Kissy Records label in an edition of 100 copies.


Tom Cox - Stint

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Various ‎– Kosmoloko 2




Haus Arafna, Hermann Kopp, Herz Jühning, Subliminal (Albert Fisch) and November Növelet ("Mr and Mrs Arafna").

A fine collection of post-industrial dungeon reverberation courtesy of Galakthorrö in 2012.

Kosmoloko

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Wayne Butane - Backwash: The Best Of Wayne Butane 1993 - 2003




"This is a "Greatest Hits" containing bits and pieces from his previous cassette releases: Lawsuits Aplenty, Seduckted, Postauricular Flap, Purloined Chimp Hair, Eat Shit And Bark At The Moon, Pay Before Pumping, Meat Cannon and the 7" vinyl release Dead Monkey Arcade. Note: all these pieces are edited together in one long track. It was released as a CD-R and was available through his Flaming Canine web site."

CDr released on Flaming Canine in 2003 to the surprise of nobody.

Backlash

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tac -"if it fits....."

 

1998 cassette released by the legendary Spite label in an edition of 50 copies. As discussed at length on this episode of the Noisextra podcast!


tac -"if it fits....."

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Wayne Butane - Sedukted!




There are many reasons to be alive but one of the main existential obstacles to overcome is "now what the fuck am I gonna do with all this time I have before I die?"

There are really not that many humans that reach the conclusion "I'll fuck things up for my own entertainment and see how it pans out".

Clearly, Mr Butane is one of those beautifully antisocial bastards that inadvertently guarenteed his place within the one true sub-sub-underground "blessed be their anonymity" pantheon. I love him. He would hate that. Perfect. We've all achieved very little so today has been a very good day!

C54 released on his own Flaming Canine in 1993.

Sefukted!

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tac - Out of Context

 

One of the very best albums to come out on RRR's Pure series of budget-priced, minimal-art CDs. tac is Tom A. Cox from Tennessee, who was (apparently) only active in the 1990's and early 00's.

tac - Out of Context

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m/s - Perturbation Field and the Equilibrium

 

Debut CD by Minoru Sato (m/s), a member of the WrK conceptual sound art group. The most prominent member of WrK was Toshiya Tsunoda, but Sato's recordings are just as singular. This album, a recording of sounds generated from fluorescent lamps, came out in 1995 on WrK's in-house label. 

m/s - Perturbation Field and the Equilibrium

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Wayne Butane - Purloined Chimp Hair




The reclusive Wayne Butane is either the craziest person out there, or the most sane. I suspect he's both.

Epic plunderphonic sound collages on a C54 released on his own Flaming Canine in 1995.

wax a hirsute ape here

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The Evolution Control Committee - The Whipped Cream Mixes




Have you ever lay awake at night and wondered what a collaboration between Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass and Public Enemy would sound like. Of course you fucking haven't, why would you? You only take the good medication ... and maybe that's where you were going wrong all along.

7" released on Eerie Materials in 1996.

by the time i get to pause a rebel

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Taco - タコ Box Vol.1 甘ちゃん




I posted this a few years ago and decided to renew the links ... so pulled the post forward so it's more visible. I'm pretty sure that the first time it was 320, this time it is flac if that's something you are arsed about.

I used to think that Taco never really existed and began to think that they were imagined somewhere in order to torment me with the never to be realised potential that the myth might actually be true.

The increasingly magnificent Super Fuji Discs released this four CD masterpiece in 2012. Apparently there is a Volume 2 as well ... but I can barely manage English never mind navigate their website ... maybe one day I will hear that truth as well ...

And this is pertinent information lifted from elsewhere:

"Taco" means "octopus”, "kite" and even "bunion" in Japanese. Bald men or men with shaven heads, and red-faced, staggering drunks are also referred to as "taco". It’s a word that appears in a lot of slang and sayings. "Taco" is also the name of the 80s music and performance collective whose performances were like nothing before or since.

The Japanese band Taco, formed at the beginning of the 80s, is a loose group/collective of varying members that belongs to the post-punk alternative music movement. The network of members was all friends and acquaintances of Harumi Yamazaki, ex-member of Gaseneta and Taco’s central member. Taco can be described as a band of guerillas who, over the years, continued to connect, collect, interrupt, and scatter while sending out, into the world, music and sounds that can best be described as transient. Taco also performed without Harumi and so it is as though the band is an anonymous group of mercenaries.

Taco’s first album was released in 1983 and had a huge impact on Japan’s underworld music scene as an anomalous and collaborative album involving various participating artists (the stars of Japan’s underground music scene!) and Harumi, who provided the lyrics. Although each track represents a reverberating conglomeration of sounds created by this transient local network, common to all the tracks is Harumi’s expressive lyrics. This has the effect of transforming all the tracks into a single powerful force which in turn spawns an 'incident' which spreads like a giant ripple. However, because of another incident in which the records were recalled due to the scandal caused by some of the lyrics, only a limited number of people actually own a copy of the album.

The following is a description of Taco by one of its members following one of its live performances:

"Taco’s like a project where the indeterminate participants fan each other’s heightened emotions of wanting to wreak personal revenge and retribution. It’s an ecosystem of tangible and intangible mouldy slime which accumulate in order for emotions to be acted out, both indoors in the studio, or outdoors on stage. That’s why the avenger can often end up being the victim."

The Alternative Counter Organization

mega option

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Yeast Culture - Shit On A Shingle

 

As is obvious by holding, or even just looking at, any of Yeast Culture's albums, they take a very long time to produce. The sound is remarkable and unique, but the art and packaging seems so labor-intensive, it's no wonder the group has not released very much. But when they do, it's always worth the wait. This triple-cassette set was recorded in 1991 and released in 2013. The tapes come in two cedar shingles, everything screen-printed. The tapes themselves, the tape cases, the art book inside, all of it so complex that it's no wonder there was a decade+ gap between realizing the sound and making it available to the public. Here are sounds n' scans to tide you over until you hunt down a physical copy of your own. The husband and I have our YC art-objects on proud display in our home.  

Yeast Culture - Shit On A Shingle

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Yeast Culture, All Fours, Achim Wollscheid - Red Light Remixes


"Concrete assembly from live & field recordings made in Atlanta, Georgia at the Red Light Cafe for Suitcase Recordings' Paper and Plastic CD release event on Saturday, May 23, 1998. Field recordings were made around the Red Light Cafe and other Atlanta locations. Edited, produced and mixed July 2010 in Oregon. Both sides of the tape are the same." Released in 2010 as a cassette by Yeast Culture's own Incubator and Petri Supply labels (I'm not sure if those are different labels, or just two names for the same imprint) with YC's usual remarkable silk-screen art.

Yeast Culture, All Fours, Achim Wollschied - Red Light Remixes

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Taco - タコ Box Vol.2 8No.




I typed some words about Taco a while ago when i posted the first box. This is the second box.

A four disc set on Super Fuji Discs in 2015.

Vol.2 8No.

mega option

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Yeast Culture - IYS Field Tapes

 

This elaborately packaged set of six cassette tapes contains the source sounds used for Yeast Culture's classic 1989 LP "IYS". As with all things Yeast Culture, the set was adorned with astoundingly complex silk-screen art that has to be seen and held to be believed. The package was screen-printed, as were each tape, the tape cases, and two books of text and art enclosed inside. The box itself was wrapped in an actual tree branch from (I presume) the Oregon woods where these sounds were foraged. But since only 30 copies of "IYS Field Tapes" were made, maybe you didn't get a copy of your own. 


part 1

part 2

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Wigglepig - Meat Market Icons




G.Roscoe Johnson whose home-grown sampler / electronics surfaced on quite a few of those international mail-art compilations of the mid-late Eighties but there seem to have been only two full releases as Wigglepig.

A self-released C90 from 1986.

Meat Market Icons

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z.e.l.l.e. - Rjctd::nw

 

Second & final album by a short-lived Italian duo comprised of Maurizio Martusciello (metaXu, Dogon) and writer Nicola Catalano. Ultra-minimal digital clicks and pops released as a CD on the Japanese label Cubicfrabric in 2003.

z.e.l.l.e. - Rjctd::nw

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Electro Static Cat - Dysteleology




To be honest, I've never known much of anything about who the people behind the Cat and the Consort are. Or, why they did this nor where they went afterwards. I'm just grateful to be alive at a time when I can hear their work. Maybe they just concentrated on rescuing cats ... I hope so ...

LP released on Freedom In A Vacuum in 1988.

Lethologica

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Electro Static Cat - Lethologica




Prior to Empirical Sleeping Consort, there was Electro Static Cat ...

7" released on the brilliant Freedom In A Vacuum label in 1988.

Lethologica

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Nicola Frangione - Mail Music Project

 

Rare LP from 1983 by performance artist, sound poet and writer Nicola Frangione. The record is made up of 47 very short collaborative tracks that all run together. The collaborators are folks from the fine art world as well as the industrial mail-art underground. Some are names you'll recognize: Masami Akita, P16.D4, Gerald Jupitter-Larsen, Naif Orchestra, Lief Brush, SWSW Thrght, Rod Summers, Maurizio Bianchi, Vittore Baroni. The rest are more obscure (at least to me). 

Nicola Frangione - Mail Music Project

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Empirical Sleeping Consort - Aegri Somnia Vana




A stunning piece of demonic industrialism that seeps into every pour of your skin. Discogs has this as having four tracks on Side A ... the fourth track ends in a locked groove and if you just move the needle slightly you get a fifth hidden track, obviously it's included here.

LP released on Impressure in 1990 in an edition of only 100.

Aegri Somnia Vana

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Empirical Sleeping Consort - The Layers Of Awakening




A "manufacturing fuck-up" meant that this was mastered as a single track rather than the intended thirteen. Serendipity strikes, it works wonderfully.

CD released on Kronotop in 1994.

The Layers Of Awakening

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Empirical Sleeping Consort - I've Got Tears In My Ears From Lying On My Back Catatoning Over You, Dear




This is Fido Samworthy and Carra Geenan (who were the short-lived and wonderfully named) Electro Static Cat who are joined here by Sylvia Fischer. There are eight tracks but it plays as a single mix of wonderful wtf explain it for yourself. It's really a damn fine piece of music ...

CD released on Dragnet Records in 1993.

Tears In My Ears

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sc.all - Live at Silk City

 

Delicate, minimal noise by Scott Allison released as a limited CDR in 2004. This is, as far as I'm aware, his only release other than a collaborative CD with Ben Owen on Winds Measure/Senufo Editions. If you like the Winds Measure aesthetic, this is for you. 

sc.all - Live at Silk City

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Macronympha - Beehive / Gargoyle Mechanique Laboratory




... and as an unnatural antidote, here's one of Rodger's later MSNP tapes that regularly turned up back in the day (as the old people say) along with Mr Olson's latest gifts to the world on the finest message board (was it HN_AM? as this old person says). Y'know, one day I'll remember my real name. Anyway, this is a reflection of happier times when Macronympha were still Joe and Rodger.

Live recordings from 1992 and released as a C90 on Mother Savage Noise Productions in 2012.

creative destruction

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DJ Yo-Yo Dieting - Dormant Mirrors / Drum




More mind-dissolving melted beats and loops ... lovely.

C90ish released on Cherried-Out Merch in 2008.

i need warp speed in three minutes or we’re all dead

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DJ Yo-Yo Dieting - Blest Witches Flexing




In my time, I developed a fondness for "enhancing" my consumption of live music with various pharmaceutical and / or "natural" products. That is all now tagged as "life experience" and I've decided that I have more metaphysical concerns which also equates to: "I'm too fucking old for that shit these days". So, erm, yeah. What I on about? OK, back in the room. This is Pat Maher's take on slow motion, warped hip hop beats ... there is a part of me that wishes I had heard this in the context of a search for a quieter space of the club. What is left of me is just grateful that I remember some things occasionally.

A CD released on Permanent Marks, LLC in 2009.

flex my witch up

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Negro / Crank Sturgeon - Split




The first half is Chris Freeman (who I think started Fusetron) with a person whose parents could only afford one name. It's quite entertaining DIY junk guitar feedback contact mic scree. Obviously, the pure genius lies with the B side ... an early missive from the gloriously sane helmeted saviour of the planet: Matt Anderson.

A C60 that was an early release on Fusetron in 1994.

smack my crank up

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va - Vatra/Brand

 

Obscure compilation of obscure industrial whatnot released by Staalplaat as a CD in 1997. Features music by Ron Sluik (who you might know from his "Back to Burnsley" 7" on Minimal Wave), Kurpershoek, Ivan Faktor, NURR, Kees de Groot, subREAL and a long track that's not credited to anyone.


va - Vatra/Brand

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Macronympha - The Right Is Always Wrong




It's Joe and Leo again.

An edition of 50 CDrs released on Haunted Exp Labs Records in 2016.

be strong. stay wrong

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Surgical Mental Klinik - The Unconscious World

 

2003 CDR released by Self Abuse sub-label Solipsism. Harsh noise by Shunichi Imako, who has a few other albums yet unheard by me and has since re-branded as one-man black metal project Satanic Mental Klinik, also unheard by me. 


Surgical Mental Klinik - The Unconscious World

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K2 / NRYY - No More N.P.P.




A split tape from Kimihide Kusafuka and the prolific Norihito Kodama. The K2 tracks are for sale on his Bandcamp, a copy of the actual tape is available on the Phage discogs seller page for five yankee dollars nine years after it was released ... I'm assuming not for long. So kind of breaking our own rules but (on this occasion) you down with N.P.P.?

C60 released on the immaculate Phage Tapes in 2012.

yeah you know me

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