Tom Verlaine 1949-2023

... and now we lose Tom.

pick it up there, put it over there. great job


Various - A Farewell To Arms

I was listening to this yesterday and reminded myself how good it is ... Lip Cream, Outo, Gastunk, Gauze, Ghoul and The Execute.

LP released on Selfish Records in 1986.



Various - 1974 Hobo's Concerts VII "虹の橋をわたる"

So, eventually it happens ... the final edition in the 1974 Bellwood Records series that I keep forgetting to complete. Quite possibly featuring Galaxy Express, Ryoichi Kuniyoshi, Hitoshi Komuro and Kenji Endo

CD reissue courtesy of Super Fuji Discs in 2007.

weird scenes inside the gold mine


Gabi Losoncy - 2015

A gorgeous collection of field recording / manipulated sound as art / what do I know any way, spread across four CDrs.

A self-released (edition of 50) collection from 2016.

one-six, party over, oops, out of time


Various - Music Made With Balloon And/Or Needle

I hate the concept of donate buttons in a blogging context, but the donation of organs is a different thing. Of course, once the sacrifice is made, it's likely that I will instantly forget.

I posted this about seven years ago and spurted a few words. It remains a ridiculous and ridiculously good collection of ideas.

Still a double CD from Balloon & Needle in 2014.

offally good


Gabrielle Losoncy - Judged For Buying Insulin

Given this was released on Sam's label, you would probably not predict "pattern and texture building using scraping percussive technique on a plastic object with pure physicality and endurance".

Expect a journey that fits snugly into the Ftarri / Balloon & Needle universe ... and that's a good thing.

Single-sided C60 released on Lake Shark Harsh Noise in 2022.

she is your superior officer. you will address her correctly at all times.


Taint - Sex Sick

High quality dirtbag noise.

CD released on The Ajna Offensive in 2007.



Various - Salvage Job

The adorable Simon Wilson has done all of the heavy lifting in a Discogs review:

"If its broken, don't fix it. Further recordings made during the mess of the past year which you may hear as a shining pathway out of the shit, or a "Back to the egg!" warning cry. Pour yrself a drink, put on those headphones and let the gamble commence.

Featuring tracks from Hobo Sonn, Muyassar Kurdi & Ka Baird, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, A.S, Raymond Cummings, Hardworking Families, Stone Cornelius, Dora Doll, Duncan Harrison, LDSN, Angela Sawyer & Ethan Marsh, Glands Of External Secretion, Tania Caroline Chen, Mark Groves, Staubitz & Waterhouse, Kraus, Kate Armitage, Constance/Nyoukis and RRS. Artwork from Mr Bill Nace."

A CDr released on Chocolate Monk in 2021.



Harappian Night Recordings - The Glorious Gongs of Hainuwele

The aforementioned Sayed Kamran Ali "recorded in the centre of the Kadamba Forest, green and red, with a crescent moon as a diadem".

A CD released on Bo'Weavil Recordings in 2009.

you've got the blues in your shoes and your stockings


Taint - Whoredom

Never been a fan of the Sotos end of transgression but, yeah whatever, who cares what I think? This is one of Keith's finest works ... a 55 minute track that lets you just settle into the mire. A classic example of what the finest American noise has to offer the world.

CD released on Praxis Dr. Bearmann in 1996.

thy will be done


The Hunter Gracchus - Companions Of The Porch

This is the psychedelic folk offerings from Fiona and Jon alongside Syed Kamran Ali (aka Harappian Night Recordings, who floated within the Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides collective).

On this recording, you also get the total bonus of Charlie Collins and John Jasnoch who are stone cold long-standing legends wihin the (UK ... what is it good for? fuck all mate, say it again HUH good god y'all) improv savant camp.

CDr released on Golden Lab Records in 2009.

folky porchini


Papal Bull - In Ceres A Pig With Human Hands And Feet Was Born

Joe Murray (aka Posset) and Jon Marshall (who co-founded the Singing Knives label with Fiona Kennedy when they were both in The Hunter Gracchus). An unsurprisingly brilliant sten hansontastic extravaganza awaits.

CDr released on Chocolate Monk in 2013.

drunk on the pope's bull


Madness - Used For Support One

The song remains the same other than this being AM822 btw.

baggy blouses


Madness - Used For Support Two

Another blank and you missed it pseudonym used by Mr Olson.

A C10 released on American Tapes in an edition of 30 in 2009.

It's AM825 btw.

welcome to the house of AM


How People Speak - I Was Tempted To Tell Him That I Had No Idea What I Really Wanted But Decided To Keep It To Myself

A lovely person sent me a big chunk of live Wolf / AM stuff just because he felt like it. Choices like that warm a frozen brain. Just saying ... but that kind of thing keeps a person going.

A C54 released in a massive edition of fifty on American Tapes in 2009.

It's AM829 btw.

talk about the moon floating in the sky


Usurper - Fishing For Tripe

!Rejected by THREE labels since 2011, this album finally reaches you dear potential listener thanks to yr pals in the gutter here at CM."

"In 2011 when the Brothers Usurper assembled these recordings we envisioned them as our most wholesome effort to date. A real charming affair featuring two men, a wife, a pregnant partner and the Duff family plughole. So why would it be the one dose of Usurper bumf which various avant-hands got burned by and was deemed too hot to hump or handle? Maybe it'll do right by you, seeing as you're such a family-oriented advertisement for wholesome hetero-nuptials, but... i dunno, Dylan... maybe it's cursed?" - Ali Robertson

"Each usurper recording makes me think of a great day I’ve had with my friend Ali. The great day got better this day when it also included Louise (the love of my life), Collette (the love of Ali’s life) and my unborn son Linus (the lover of life). The recording features my favourite usurper moment to this point. It was recorded in my kitchen. Louise was doing her upholstery next door, and she was hammering on a chair. As she hammered the sink started to glug. Ali had been wandering with the microphone and got it right near the plughole. Louise and the plug jammed blindly together, not knowing the other was singing the same song. It was just one of those moments, you know, Jaques Tati’s paint pot in the sea. I told Ali recently that this was my favourite usurper moment. He looked at me and said “your favourite usurper moment has neither of us playing on it!”" - Malcy Duff

Me grandad used to eat tripe in vinegar (the stomach lining of ruminants but cows and sheep was the bag in North Manchester). Sat in his armchair in front of the telly, he'd take his teeth out, put them on the arm of the chair and chomp and slurp his way through it. Fucking disgusting! He doesn't do it anymore, he's dead.

CDr released on Chocolate Monk in 2013.

another way of talking complete crap


Tape Salad - Each Banana Is Unique

A bold claim but I haven't checked all of them yet. I'll let you know once I can verify or otherwise ... the truth is out there somewhere! Anyway, what the fuck was Anders Arentoft thinking of and can I have some?

Another massive missive from el choco monko on this CDr from 2006.

yes we have no salad


Various - From The Lips Of Lepers

John Wiese, Luke Younger, Aaron Dilloway, The Skaters, Julian Bradley, Neil Campbell, Ashtray Navigations and more. A 17 year old quality highpoint!

CDr courtesy of the exemplary Chocolate Monk in 2006.

... and the mouths of babes


Various - Emigration Disco Classics: The Album

... and now your hips are newly lubricated, how about this sneaky disco / trip house / big beat gem? Quality compilation and whilst you might recognise people like Yukihiro Fukutomi and Salon Kitty (that included Tomoyuki Tanaka who was also part of Fantastic Plastic Machine), really it's mostly about the Hair Stylistics track!

CD released in Japan on Consipio Records in 1998.

down and up and down and up and down and up and down and up


Various - Tabu! Volume 1

"Sex! Action! Bongos! Exotic Music To Strip By!"

Fill your boots with an album full of rockabilly bossanova fuzz jungle twang!

An LP of dubious legality released on Paris Hollywood Records at some point.


... but steady on old chap, nothing's changed bar the date.