Yama Akago - Wheel Of Fortune

Yukiko Ohishi aka half of Hana Kodama with a recording engineered by Fumio Kosakai aka the other half. There are some moving images on toob recorded live at Flying Teapot ... ah, you're with me now. This recording is spacecake rather than fruit cake and I like it a lot. It was very much the retrospective end of the road and the only thing I have ... so, over to you lot!

CD released Sottomondo Edizioni in 2008.

get it on


Golden Serenades, Cornucopia, E° - Live in La Plata


Norwegian noise monsters Golden Serenades (the duo of John Hegre of Jazzkammer, Noxagt and Der Brief with producer Jørgen Træen/Sir Dupermann) live in Puerto Rico with Cornucopia and Leandro Barbzabal/E° with a big collaboration team-up at the end. Released as a limited-edition CDR on Jorge Castro's Sonora label in 2007.


Boredoms – Super Go!!!!! → Shine In ◯ Shine On


My favorite Boredoms is not one of their albums, but this Japan-only CD single, released to coincide with their "Super Ae" album. The main track is 17.5 hallucinatory minutes of thundering percussion ecstasy with repetitive bass and chanting voices smeared with insane dub effects. Imagine Gibby Haynes fronting Stereolab and maybe that'll get you partially there. 

super kraut


Facialmess / Hana Kodama - Split

The always excellent Kenny Sanderson with two tracks that includes using Public Image Ltd's "Religion 1" as inspiration / demoralisation. The B-Side is a one-off collaboration between Fumio Kosakai and Yukiko Ohishi who deliver a sixteen minute example of ethereal in action.

LP released on Cipher Productions in 2006.

Facialmess / Hana Kodama


Happiness Forever - HUH!?

So, I was listening to this offering by the lovely William Rage (aka Nervous Corps, member of Blue Sabbath Black Cheer and occasionally Nihilist Assault Group etc). Superficially, a procession of cut-up noise ... then I thought "hang on a minute, I know what that is" and that sent me down an unintended rabbit hole.

So, here's the double C10 set from his own !MONDO ANTHEM! in 2019 that came in an edition of ten.


Archetypal drum and bass courtesy of DJ Zinc that includes samples from "How High" by Method Man & Redman and Wu Tang's "7th Chamber" as well as the Cutty Ranks bed.

12" released on Frontline Records in 1995.

Dope Skillz - 6 Million Ways / Yo' Son

Prior to that there is this joyous bit of hardcore / jungle ...

12" released on RAM Records in 1993.

Uncle 22 & Navigator - 6 Million Ways To Die - Choose One (DJ Hype & Uncle 22 Remixes)

... and this classic slice of dancehall is where it started.

A 12" released on Roof International in 1992.

A Who Seh Me Dun

Two versions later appeared on this album that is more in the ragga / thug stylee which, I suppose, has it's own charm.

That's Me Dun


Boredoms - Super æ


By 1998, Warner was only releasing Boredoms records in Japan but licensed them to smaller independent labels overseas. "Super Ae" marked a big shift for the band. They went from super-angular noise rock to psychedelic trance-inducing music with multiple drummers. This one had some versions in extravagant packaging, though North America got a mere excellent art design that fit into a regular jewel box. From this point on, there was no predicting what a Boredoms album might sound like. 

super huh??


Boredoms - Chocolate Synthsizer


The 1994 follow-up to "Pop Tatari" is marginally more normal-sounding. Heavier songs that stay in one place for a bit longer. Some consider this to be their best album. Out of print, not currently streaming anywhere.

noise ramones?


Boredoms - Pop Tatari

When Nirvana's "Nevermind" blew up in 1991, major labels started frantically throwing money at all sorts of underground weirdo bands hoping that they'd be ahead of the curve next time and discover another big hit. At Warner Bros, some smarties thought they'd hitch their money wagon to Boredoms, an indescribable group from Osaka. It's actually not as strange as you might think. Members of the band had been (and continue to be!) very active in Japanese rock scenes, managing venues and playing all sorts of music: hard rock, hip-hop, psychedelic rock, acoustic singer/songwriter guitar music, free improvisation, techno rock, dance music, hardcore, jazz, ambient, indie rock, metal and harsh noise... as the family tree shows, they've been in bands as diverse as Zeni Geva, OOIOO, Omoide Hatoba, The Hanatarash, Children Coup d'Etat, ANP, Audio Sports, Mannish Tone and on and on and on. They also had an amazing, hyper-energetic stage presence and a striking visual sense. And so, with the backing of a major record label, "Pop Tatari" appeared in mall record shops across the world. The band would tour extensively on big stages and would even appear in an ad for clothing store The Gap. I'm not sure how financially successful this was, but it's one hell of a record. The opening salvo of sine tones scares away the weak, then it's a mash of stop/start rhythms, disconnected hard rock riffs, guitar noise, screaming and bizarre funk workouts. "Pop Tatari" doesn't sound like anything else but Boredoms. It seems to be out of print now and isn't streaming anywhere that I could find, so I'm sharing it with you now. 


Scab Minded - Kutenero Old Memory

How about this lovely thing then? A brief collaboration between Mr Facialmess and Mr Guilty Connector. It was on a shortlived Japanese tape label that put out a few releases limited to around twenty copies each and then disappeared. I'm assuming that it was run by Kohei Nakagawa as they all seem to have a GxCx connection somewhere.

A C10 released on Neon Audio Tapes in 2015.

old scabs


Encounter Group - Lost Anchor

American Tapes as an investment opportunity? Annoying isn't it!

C84 released on American Tapes in 2009. It's AM758 btw.

missing presumed


Lost Anchor - A Process Group

Don't touch that dial.

CDr released on American Tapes in 2008. It's AM797 btw.

group think


Minor Strain Season - At The Peak

another dimension, another dimension
another dimension, another dimension
another dimension, another dimension
another dimension, another dimension
another dimension, another dimension
another dimension, another dimension

CDr released on American Tapes in 2007. It's AM684 btw.

twin speaks


Abcess - Abcess

Remarkable John Olson offering that channels Master Musicians of Bukkake and feeds them into a noise shredder.

CDr released on American Tapes in 2005. It's AM505 btw.

pussy galore


Hair Stylistics - Uselessness Of 40 Years




Hair Stylistics - The Spiritual Inspirations

out of words.



Hair Stylistics - Punkrock Rape Scandal

Self-released CDr from 2010.



Hair Stylistics - The Dangerous Barbarian

Here we go again ...

CDr. 2010.

red sonja


Graveyards / Pink Chunk - Untitled

You already know these peeps ...

C58 released on American Tapes in 2008. It's AM761 btw.

blowin' chunks


Zombi & Dead Brain - Animal Emergenacy

Let's face it, if you don't like Hair Stylistics or American Tapes then you're not having the greatest time here at the moment.

Never mind. No one cares.

This a collaboration between Mike Connelly and John Olson and it is so so good!

A C42 released on American Tapes in 2002. It's AM COLLAB 24 btw.

zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go


Zero Days United - A Front As Well As Any Other

Another Olson one-off project. It's a lovely piece of "I wonder what will happen if I do this and press that?". You also get the ghost of a Native American shaman haunting the skronk. Obviously.

C38 relaesed on American Tapes in 2009. It's AM835 btw.

zero the hero


The Pink Chunk Jazz Band - Alone And Uneffected

Well, excite my american bike!

C36 released on American Tapes in 2008. It's with AM708 btw.

alone again tonight my dear


Hair Stylistics - EP

This lies at the "noisier" end of his spectrum ... as though that means anything at all.

Yeah ... it's that year again.



Hair Stylistics - Transparent Grave

F.R. David.

Self-released CDr from 2010.

i spit on your translucence


The Frying Membrane Boyz - Waiting For The Minded

A on-off Olson project that takes you through the looking glass and leaves you there.

CDr on American Tapes from 2005. It's AM381 btw.

inzane in the membrane


Wolf Eyes - Centralized Choirs B

You know what? "Pernicious" is a completely misunderstood word and it should be understood as a healing superpower utilised beneficently to further human evolution. From that perspective, Wolf Eyes are already here leaping tall buildings in a single bound (admittedly with varying degrees of success). We should all go outside right now and build statues in their honour, firm in the knowledge that in a couple of centuries, those self-samed symbols of idolatry will be torn down as our tape-ripping ancestors will consider them too mainstream. Brothers and Sisters, hear me know and go forth and create the future!

A self-released C60 from 2019 in an edition of 19 ... one less than Centralized Choirs A. Take heed, the signs are everywhere!

bark at the moon


Hair Stylistics - The Rape Commander

Describing defies logic.

A self-released CDr from 2010.



Hair Stylistics - The Rape Dojo


Self-released CDr from 2010.



Wolf Eyes - Centralized Choirs A

Twisted crunk ahoy!

A self-released C52 from 2019 in an edition of 20.



Dead Comet Alive - Still Alive

I used to wonder what it would sound like if I literally fried my synapses. Luckily for me, you know who decided to get there first ...

Two C60s and a CDr released on American Tapes in 2007.

There were only twenty of these puppies ... it's AM637 btw.

roll away the stone

don't bother


Dwelling Unit - Load For A Dwelling

You'll never guess what ...

C34 from American Tapes in 2019. 30 of them ... it's AM 812 btw.



Attachment Parenting - Flower Ravine

Triple tape torture from Mr Olson in the trademark hand painted repurposed box.

For specificity, a C66 and two C92s. Released on American Tapes in 2010. The cover says eight copies. Discogs says 10. blah. It's AM 886 btw.




John R. Spykes - Electronics & Pipes Vol. Three

I'm assuming that there were at least a Volume One and Two but if they exist I haven't seen them (yet).

A self-released C82 from 2019 in an edition of 14.

the pipes of spykes