Shakuhachi Surprise - Space Streakings Sighted Over Mount Shasta

Shakuhachi Surprise: Space Streakings + Mount Shasta + Steve Albini production = carnage²

CD on Skin Graft from 1996.

Shakuhachi Surprise


He Was - He Was

I don't know anything about the people behind these wonderful industrial shamanic rituals and have less than no idea whether they recorded more. Surely they did, you can't be this good and then leave? I've done a bit of work on this rip and considering it's a 7" flexi disc from practically 40 years ago, I think this sounds amazing.

Kageroh Record. 1982.

who was he was?


Space Streakings - Sexual Aesthetic Salon After School


A 7" released on Skin Graft from 1993.

Aesthetic Salon


Space Streakings - Taco Beya

I can't see a producer on this but surely it's that man Albini again or at least he lent them Roland?

7" on Skin Graft in 1996.

Taco Beya


Inner City Unit - New Anatomy

We all know that only me and kingpossum are interested. That's enough for us. At the time I thought it was amazing and it was my favourite ICU release. I haven't listened to this for about thirty five years and to be honest it's still solid. Apart from the other waffle I've spouted, there are parts of ska orchestra, AOR drivel (Airplane anyone?), Eno's Roxy Music, The B-52s if they grew up in a London squat and had bongs for breakfast, and really fucking weirdly unacceptable theme tunes for the likes of Dynasty or Triangle revisioned by Frank Sidebottom as well as revisionist skronk Cramps. Thinking about it, this is absurdist genius and I love it.

LP released on Demi Monde in 1984.

New Anatomy


Space Streakings - 7-Toku

Captain Insect, Kame Bazooka, Karate Condor and Screaming Stomach in the production hands of Steve Albini. Winner!

CD released on Skin Graft in 1994.



Inner City Unit - Punkadelic

Best known for the post-Hawkwind sax of Nik Turner, Inner City Unit were "a devolving London five piece whose music is so far over the edge that it almost defies comprehension. Had the Bonzo Dog Band spent the `70s attending muddy rock festivals this might have been the outcome." You could also add The Rezillo's drinking milk and alcohol with the Bonzo's in a free festival field in the middle of nowhere in the early Eighties. My excuse was that I was stuck in with a crowd who thought Roy Harper was hardcore and there was nothing better on earth than a ten day Zappa guitar solo ... so this spacepunk was the only raft that floated. Dark times.

Originally a LP on Flicknife Records in 1982, this is the CD reissue on Anagram Records from 2007 with additional tracks.

Punkadelic Plus...


Space Streakings - Hatsu-Koi

Excuse me sir, is that your tongue in my cheek? Could you remove it, I'd like to sit down. Erm ... think The Locust and Inner City Unit meeting on a hyperactive jazzpunkfunk magic roundabout.

An excellent CD from 1993 courtesy of K.K.'s Nux Organization.



Christian Marclay - More Encores

Like the tin says.

Originally a 10" on No Mans Land in 1989, this is the CD version courtesy of ReR Megacorp nine years later.

it's just a jump to the left


Altered States - Mosaic

It regularly surprises me how long we have been pissing into the wind on here ... I posted this nearly seven years. One of our oldest friends commented at the time that "Suite "Circle" is the fuckin works!!". As always he was on point. Quite randomly, I played this about an hour ago and it still blows me away in exactly the same way it did the first time I heard it. So here it is again. If you are interested in such things, this time it's flac.

CD released on God Mountain in 1995.

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Abe Kaii - Abe Kaii

Abe Kaii were Jojo Hiroshige and Toshiji Mikawa in one of those many beautiful Japanese moments of do what ever you want. It's a free jazz, psychedelic space rock monolith of the highest order. The second track is live with added circuit boards.

Originally a cassette released on Pinakotheca in 1982. Mercifully, this was reissued on Alchemy Records (obviously) in 2017. There was a promo edition of this that came with a bonus CDr that contained another 25 minute live track. I don't have that ... but given that for well over two decades I thought it would be impossible to hear Abe Kaii in any form, right now I don't care.



Suyama Kumiko - Yume no ha ji ma ri

Suyama Kumiko is the only member of sh that I have been able to trace. This is strange fare indeed. There are parts that are really quite beautiful but then start to dement. Parts are a histrionic and baroque interpretation of Jun Togawa mixed with a Chindon'ya street orchestra where Ren & Stimpy control the beat. I'm pretty sure I really like this a lot but I'm still trying to understand why.

LP released on Zero Records in 1986.



sh - Fukaki mori kara

Part field recording noise assault and part haunted This Mortal Coil. Ridiculously good ... apparently the title translates as "from the deep forest". That makes total sense ... an imaginary precurser for the Bad Seed revelation.

7" released on Zero Records in 1984.



Chance Operation - Place Kick + 1984

Yoshiko Komiyama, Higo Hiroshi (founder of Gozira Records), Jun Inui (Gaseneta, The Stalin etc.). Legends.

Originally a LP on Telegraph Records from 1985 which was re-released on CD by Wax Records in 1990. This is a lossless rip of the CD reissue courtesy of P-Vine Records in 2011 that has a couple of extra unreleased tracks.

knock-knock at your front door


Acid Mothers Kaidan - Kill The King Of Noise

Another one that Discogs doesn't do justice to. The first part starts off with Rainbow's Kill The King which quickly goes what the fuck for about six minutes. Then you get Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive which quickly becomes utterly beautiful carnage ending up with Makoto Kawabata going full-on Pete Townsend and smashing up every guitar within sight. Luckily, he found another so that him and Jojo could encore some more I have no idea holy shit.

Atsushi Tsuyama, Fumio Kosakai, Hiroshi Higashi, Jojo Hiroshige, Junko, Makoto Kawabata, Koji Shimura and Mikawa Toshiji on a DVDr released on Alchemy Music Store in 2008.

in space ... everyone can hear Junko scream!


Chance Operation - Resolve

I was tidying up some Chance Operation vinyl rips and then remembered that I had this. Wonderfully articulate Japanese post-punk from this (core) three piece.

The discogs entry really doesn't do this justice. This is actually a two CD set. The first disc has (in order) the Chance Operation 12" from 1981, the Spare Beauty double 7" from 1982, the Demo. Seat flexi from 1980, the remaing four are live. The second disc is live but if I had to put money on it then I would say that the final track "Noise Rhapsody" is an unreleased studio recording.



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Various - Drastic Perversions

Very similar line-up which does mean you get another NWW track.

LP released on Inner-X-Musick in 1984. flac.

Drastic Perversions


Various - Perfected Perversions

Your usual suspects plus a welcome glimpse of Nurse With Wound.

A C54 on Inner-X-Musick from 1985.

Perfected Perversions


Encephalophonic - Psychopathological Entertainment

You ever had that feeling when you have tiny fascists stuck in the back of your throat and no matter how hard you retch the retards just kind of hang around like a fart in a lift. Yeah, me too! Here's a palate cleanser so we can all move on and concentrate on how great the world would be without them.

Jointly released on Audio Dissection, Freak Animal Records and Self Abuse Records in 2016.



Portray Heads - Elaborate Dummy

A synth extravaganza from this very short-lived Japanese outfit.

7" flexidisc on Kageroh Record in 1985. If this floats your boat then check out Bitter Lake Recordings who do a splendid job of unearthing and rereleasing Japanese obscura of the period.

pseudo-intellectual nazi punks fuck off


Various - 6 Years

I feel a bit guilty for leading the previous post with a picture of his mother (bitch, it's yo mama). I'll get over it in time.

I've got to admit that the entire John Zewizz schtick has never entertained me for long. I just found the persona tiresome. It had already been done but was portrayed as unique. It wasn't and isn't. It's just my opinion ... there is part of one of the interviews where someone (maybe him) says something like people don't like him because you are either with him or with Broken Flag. It's really not binary but there may be a point hiding in there somewhere. So, yeah the actual point. Jonathan Briley was in Sleep Chamber and yeah i've got some but never really bothered (actually) listening. Within the last month, Diophantine Discs realeased a seven disc retrospective of the work of Jonathan Briley ... it's really really good. It sent me back to this tape, which is also really good. Ivor Cutler said the true happiness is knowiing that you are a hypocrite. I'm truly happy in my skin.

A C60 released on Inner-X-Musick in 1986.

I kiss you, you're beautiful, I want you to walk


Just saying hello to my intellectually challanged keyboard warrior ...

Some real fuckwit (anonymous of course) left a comment in yesterday's post. Apparently the post was proof of several things: I hate white people; I'm gay; I'm Jewish; I'm part of thee global Jewish cabal that has existed for centuries to control the world's white working class; that's why people like me have been kicked out of a thousand countries; and that's why he wants to shoot me in the head. I haven't posted the comment because I wanted to give him (it's always a him) the benefit of the doubt. Who knows, maybe his nurse read the post out incorrectly?

Anyway, I think my proud little boy needs to just crack one off and relax a bit ... so I thought I would offer a little bit of inspiration.

So bye bye tiny friend ... looking forward to hearing from you tonight ... if you know what I mean ;)


Mark Stewart - As The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade

I suppose it's a snappier title than "When You Begin To Realise That Your Society Has Been Stratified By A Statistically Insignificant Economic, Ethnic And Religious Male Elite And You Are Not One Of Them And The Expectation Is That You Shut The Fuck Up, Stop Asking Questions And Work Until You Drop Dead Whilst Bearing In Mind That You Need To Have Children For The Greater Good So They Can Work Until They Die Whilst Soaking Up The Flood Water And Operating As An Alternative Food Source". Maybe Flux Of Pink Indians used that one.

Anyway. This has an On-U catalogue number but was never released there but on Mute instead. Anyway. Again. On here, you might suspect that our agitprop chanteuse has released a solo album. Whilst that would be a good thing, the mafiosa are Doug Wimbish, Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald and Adrian Sherwood. If that news draws a shrug of the shoulders then you have much learning to do.

Originally a LP from 1985, this is the CD version from 1988 that also includes the Hypnotized 12" released at the same time as the original.

the awareness of self-management


Rip Rig + Panic - God

More genius that sprung forth from the godhead of The Pop Group ... batshit crazy and utterly brilliant hallucinatory freejazzfunkery.

Originally a double 12" set from 1981, this is the CD reissue with bonus tracks courtesy of Cherry Red and Uh Huh Prods in 2013.

god helped us


Mark Stewart + Maffia - Learning To Cope With Cowardice

Dystopian Bristolian postpunkfunk that grew from the ashes of The Pop Group. If you haven't previously had the pleasure before combine The Pop Group with Steinski, Tackhead and the scent of revolution.

Originally a LP released on On-U Sound. Discogs says from 1983. This is a lossless rip of the CD reissue from 1991 on On-U that comes with two brilliant additional tracks. The back of this release says the original was from 1982. Hmmm, where would I put my money?

coping strategies


Lee Scratch Perry - Arkology

In 1997, I had an unlikely peek into one of the those soul death tedium emporiums on Market Street. It was a singular, and thus far unrepeated, moment of "fuck me, I'm glad I came in here". Unbeknownst to me, it had just come out and at £24.99 it was expensive at the time. Of course, it was utterly irresistable. This is one of my favourite things and how I'll remember Jamaica's Sun Ra best of all. As an artist but also as the producer within the Black Ark creating the deepest versions ever heard with a huge smile on his face. Oh yeah, and the line-up on here that Scratch worked with is literally extraordinary.

A lossless rip of the Trojan Records triple disc from 1997.

Dub Organiser

Dub Shepherd

Dub Adventurer

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Reel I

Reel II

Reel III


Lee "Scratch" Perry & Dub Syndicate - Time Boom X De Devil Dead

When I was a lot younger, every weekend I was in a record shop in Manchester called Yanks. A basement wonderland where you could find things released "over there" that had not made it to European distribution levels. Notably, there were two rows to the left when you came in that had loads of reggae and dub vinyl. Jamaican artists at the time were exploited massively and their work was reprinted at will by the West Coast diaspora who set up labels to release loads of things at low cost (as nothing went to the original artist, or label for that matter). That was the place that introduced me to so many artists, most notably the world of Augustus Pablo.

At that point, Rainford Hugh Perry was unknown to me. Then "Sounds" (the greatest music paper to have ever existed ... I had a massive archive of those stacked up and then it turned out that cats are not that interested in archives and see the world as various degrees of scratching post, seriously, who knew?) told me about the resurrection of Scratch following the hiatus after he burnt down his own LEGENDARY Black Ark studio.

It was an LP released on On-U Sound in 1987. I knew the label as I had started getting into Tackhead but fuck me I had no idea how deep the label and Mr Sherwood went! I remember everything about my first encounter with this record ... from getting up in the morning, making sure I had enough money on me, getting the bus into Manchester, buying it from Piccadilly Records (when it was in in the unironically named Piccadilly Plaza), the bus journey back and the needle dropping. Just one of those total life changers ...

I think that life should be a celebration of this music ...

This is the lossless rip of the 1994 CD reissue from 1994 that has some additional tracks.

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