Muslimgauze - Untitled




This starts off as if it's going to be one of those unfortunate industrial dance affairs that were typical of the mid-1990s. However, have no fear, it's Manchester's own Bryn Jones delivering another excellent pro-Palestinian hallucination engine.

7" released on Syntactic in 1996.

Untitled

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Nocturnal Emissions - Zeneca / Monsanto




There's a cold wind blowing through the mind of Nigel Ayers ...

7" released on Syntactic in 2000.

Zeneca / Monsanto

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The Hafler Trio - Infidelity To Reason




Revelatory space organ drone that wouldn't sound out of place on 2001: A Space Odyssey

7" and Floppy Disk special edition released on Syntactic in 1996 that came in an edition of 11.

Infidelity To Reason

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Taj Mahal Travellers - Sound Picnic At Kuwanichika

Considering how often Taj Mahal Travellers performed in the early/mid 1970s when they were constantly on tour through Europe and Japan, it's surprising how few official recordings were issued. During the band's existence, they only produced three albums and one tour movie. One might assume that scores more recordings exist, but are languishing in university and gallery archives. This unofficial document, a double CD set to accommodate TMT's typically long performances, is one of the few gray-area live documents to trickle out into the public. It's distilled from a five-hour-long 1977 performance in Tokyo, and it's a good one. Bandleader Takehisa Kosugi, who would go on to write music for Merce Cunningham's dance company and perform with David Tudor and John Cage in New York, leads his ur-drone troupe through seriously somnolent mystical/ritual-adjacent murk.

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va - Genya Concert Live Document 1971.8.14-16

I wrote a little bit about this festival when I re-upped Keiji Haino's "Soul's True Love" boxset the other day, but here it is again:

In August of 1971, with Japanese authorities beginning to crack down on drugs and student protests, some people decided to organize a music festival near where an airport was about to expand. The expansion would disrupt the lives of the farmers who lived and worked nearby, so the event was intended as a show of support for the farmers and protest against the airport expansion. The organizers cleverly held the event during a Shinto holiday, and invited locals to come perform traditional holiday dances at the concert. Very inclusive, right? Featured performers came from the free jazz, folk rock and psychedelic hard rock scenes; bands like Blues Creation, Brain Police, Dew, Masayuki Takayanagi's New Direction Unit... and, notoriously, teenage Keiji Haino's no wave/free-improv band Lost Aaraaf. Despite the looming shadow of police presence, the Festival went off without a hitch. That is, until the final set of the night, wherein Haino took the stage and told the crowd of hippies, farmers, Communists and students that he wanted to kill them all. Then his neanderthal jazz combo made a supremely ugly racket. It didn't end well for anyone. That set is given a short excerpt here, which is frankly all that anyone needs, though it appears in full on "Soul's True Love".

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For more like this, you may also want to check out the "Inspiration & Power 14 Free Jazz Festival" 2CD, recorded in Tokyo in 1973. It features a scorching Takayanagi set that anyone who reads this blog really ought to hear.


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Massive Stereo Sellout - By Now

Perhaps one of the strangest, most atypical releases in Flying Nun's otherwise friendly catalog of New Zealand pop and rock bands, "By Now", a vinyl EP from 1988, is also the sole release of electronic duo Massive Stereo Sellout. Not the Dunedin Sound.

Massive Stereo Sellout - By Now

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John Watermann - Warmth Is The Fifth Room

Many of the late Australian composer John Watermann's recordings are available for free download, but not this one. "Warmth..." is Watermann's first LP, self-released on his Nightshift Records imprint in 1988 and long out of print, it's one of his more industrial-influenced collections.

John Watermann - Warmth Is The Fifth Room

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tac - Next

Maybe you haven't heard of tac, the name used by Tom A. Cox of Tennessee for his music since 1984. If you haven't, then let's change that. Cox self-released cassettes (and then CDRs) in very small editions, adorned with clearly labor-intensive silkscreen art and sculptural materials. His music was forbiddingly alien in nature and opaque in substance. Some of it is a tactile noise rush of mysterious origin, harsh and difficult and uncompromising. Later on, tac reversed gears and created albums of nearly-inaudible scrapes and bodiless whoosh.

This massive retrospective box of six 100-minute cassettes collects material from the first ten years of tac's work. Some of it is previously released (not that very many people heard it the first time round), and much of it is not. Collaborations with like-minded artists Small Cruel Party and factor X take up one cassette. If you're a fan of Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, G*Park, Hands To, Yeast Culture or John Hudak, these six-hundred minutes of fascinating audio ought to keep you enthralled for a long while.

Released in 1997 by Suitcase with a baroque package as demanding as the sound within: painted tapes, silk-screen mesh box, silk-screened booklet.

tape 1 GAM/SEV
tape 2 SIL/STI
tape 3 MAX/AWK
tape 4 CUT/ABS
tape 5 FAC/SMA
tape 6 ODD/LST
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va - Guitarrorists

1991 compilation CD of short solo guitar pieces by 26 psych/indie rock people, including members of Babes in Toyland, Beme Seed, Halo of Flies, Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips, Dinosaur Jr., Crystalized Movements, Butthole Surfers, Chrome, Galaxie 500, Ultra Vivid Scene, Bongwater, Royal Trux, Swell Maps and more... capped off by the wonderfully-titled "Nutty About Lemurs" by some guy called Steve Albini.

va - Guitarrorists

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Champions!




It's party time in Badgerstump Towers ... and to take the League at the swamp is all the sweeter!





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SAT Stoicizmo - Mah 2

A mammoth 2xLP of factory-fetishizing impersonal industrial white-out, recorded in 1985 and released in 1997, a decade after the band broke up.

SAT Stoicizmo - Mah 2

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Organum - Volume One




Compilation bringing together the Tower Of Silence 12", Rasa from the titular split LP with Nurse With Wound and Side A of In Extremis.

CD released on Robot Records in 1998.

Volume One

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New Blockaders with Ferial Confine - The Final Recordings



See what I did there?

LP released on Dom Bartwuchs in 1990.

The Final Recordings

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SAT Stoicizmo - Jačati Tijelo Sportom

Desolate machine-pounding skree from a Croatian band who recorded just a few things in the mid-1980s, released none of it while they were active, split in 1987, saw just two posthumous albums released into the world in the 1990s and were never heard from again. The small trace this trio left behind, though, is the Platonic ideal of grim Eastern European industrial pummel. If black and white images of factories in shadow get your pulse racing, this is for you. "Jačati Tijelo Sportom" was recorded in 1987, first released on vinyl in 1991, then again on CDr in 2009.

SAT Stoicizmo - Jačati Tijelo Sportom

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Organum - Volume Two




Compilation that includes "Valley Of Worms" from the In Extremis LP (which is an uncredited collaboration with The New Blockaders), an alternate version of "Horii" plus a previously unreleased track from 1989.

CD released on Robot Records in 2002.

Volume Two

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Organum - Horii




The title track is an uncredited collaboration with Andrew Chalk who during this time was recording as Ferial Confine. The B Side only comes in at 1:14 but still articulates more than most are able to manage.

12" released on L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords in 1986.

Horii

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Organum - Hibakusha




Positively elegiac compared to grinding shovels in sheds ... more Tibetan mountainsides than garden outbuildings.

Single-sided 7" released on Syntactic in 1994.

Hibakusha

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Organum & The Haters - Shovels




All back to David's garden shed to examine his extraordinary shovels!

Single-sided 7" released on David Jackman's Aeroplane in 1996.

Shovels

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GX Jupitter-Larsen / David Jackman - Dissolving Metal Zeros




"Originated as a performance piece wherein ‘zero’ house numerals were filed, scraped and otherwise ‘dissolved’. Other sounds, derived from circular movements of metal objects, were later added to the mix. Mixing and artwork by David Jackman. Original performance, in David Jackman’s garden shed, was recorded on a 1970’s mono cassette deck. All sounds were later transferred to 8-track for mix-down."

7" released on Banned Production in 1994.

Dissolving Metal Zeros

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S.T.A.B. Electronics - Instrument For Operating On Mutant Women




Keith Finnan started his S.T.A.B. Electronics project as a testimonial to the work of Marco Corbelli. Even if the vocals remind me of Michael Gillham on Smell & Quim's "Powerfuck", I find it quite relaxing. All things are, of course, utterly relative.

LP released on Urashima in 2014.

Mutant Women

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