Happy Halloween - To All the Leaders


The third and final Happy Halloween album, from 1985 just like the other two tapes.

Happy Halloween - To All the Leaders

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Happy Halloween - The Speed of Mind


Another c20 by Roel Meelkop from 1985, published under the Happy Halloween alias on Turntable Tapes.

Happy Halloween - The Speed of Mind

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Fossils - Untitled


Middle James Co, from Hamilton Ontario, started out as a clearly post-American Tapes/post-Fag Tapes cassette label. The covers were artfully sloppy, the tapes were spray painted, production quality was mainly of the recorded-onto-a-walkman-from-across-the-street variety, and the productivity was immense even though editions were extremely small. It took awhile for main MJC man David Payne to come into his own, and boy did he ever. Later/recent recordings done under his own name and especially those by his band Fossils are stunning. 

This untitled cassette is from 2006, and was "published" (if you could even call it that) in an edition of just 13 copies. It shows an early hint at the punk-David Tudor/Voice Crack homemade-electronic scrunch that would grow more refined in subsequent years, but it's still a quite good live-in-one-take dirt-bath. 


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Happy Halloween - Four Days in Monotony


Every day is Halloween. You knew that. But because the day after tomorrow is the actual Halloween, I thought I'd begin posting some music by Happy Halloween, who you may know better as the utterly brilliant Dutch artist/composer Roel Meelkop. This was one of Meelkop's first releases, a cassette issued on the Turntable Tapes label in 1985.

Happy Halloween - Four Days in Monotony

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Smell & Quim‎ - Powerfuck




This is an absoultely stunning CD from the S&Q crew. It is easily my favourite Smell & Quim release (and I love them a lot).

This was released in 2009 on L. White Records and is posted with the kind permission of the label owner. Thanks Peter!

Track 1 is called "Doddy's Cock" ... it's related directly to Ken Dodd (an example of the sheer torture that passed as culture in these shitty isles). At one point (?Michael Gillham) screams TWATifilareous (that walking corpse had a catchphrase when he had the diddymen and the tickling stick schtick of "Tatifilarious" ... it's all true ... it's how empires fade!) and then I realised it was quite seriously "Suck on Ken Dodd's cock" and once you know that it's impossible not to smile...

Track 2 is "Fuckseed" and it took me about a dozen listens to get past. I really struggled with it at first. It seemed like a disgusting whitehouse/sotos celebration of misogyny. It's not (or at least I see it as the opposite...the anthem of the arsehole!). Michael Gillham methodically ranting "his" hatred of a woman who has escaped "him" and then eventually I realised that it is the entirely internal dialogue of a pathetic and isolated shithole of a man...probably sat in his stained underpants and vest surrounded by empty Special Brew cans and cig dimps, recognising his powerlessness, dreaming of past "glories" and actually sitting in silence...

...after that you're in and it's all arse gravy!

Powerfuck

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A Conclusion of Unrestrained Philosophy


As far as I'm aware, the Livevil label from Inuyama, Japan, only ever published two things: this remarkable compilation CD was one of them. It includes a broad range of music from the late-80's underground, from the synth/industrial beats of Human Flesh, Tara Cross, Muslimgauze, Die Form, Sirius B, and the era's champion compilation-hogs Bene Gesserit to the more abstract Achim Wollscheid/SBOTHI, We Be Echo, P16.D4, This Very Moment, and The Haters.

The cover is notable, in that it is entirely black with plain white text, nothing more, and yet two people are credited with "cover design and concept". One is We Be Echo (perhaps he was the one who said "Let's make the cover all black"), the other is Livevil label boss Hirokazu Takagi (who probably said "I agree, and the text should be white"). The "unrestrained philosophy" of the title must have been "the path of least resistance". Still, one can't argue with the music, which is entirely wonderful.

By the way, Takagi was a member of the electronic/noise/improv band Billy?, but now, apparently, he makes bizarre iPhone ringtones.

A Conclusion of Unrestrained Philosophy

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Cock E.S.P. & Smell & Quim‎ - Super Noise Penis




Just to show that I sometimes pay attention to the comments ... there was a bit of a conversation about Smell & Quim's "Miss Piss" 7" in Mrs Inside's S&Q post.

I have that single in one of the many many boxes (christ alone knows which one!). Safe to say, I haven't ripped it yet otherwise, I would have posted it now.

As a pointless consolation prize, here is a 7" released on Spite in 1998 that I had got around to.

The Cock E.S.P. info on discogs is priceless and surprisingly unironic and I can't improve on it:

"Cock E.S.P. are a Minneapolis based circus trio. They are a true modern day noise freakshow regularly to be found on the highways and byways of America on constant tours to numb their pain. With over two hundred releases under their belts on various labels from around the globe they are respected by many and hated by most musicians and press. They are America's finest noise band and total cocks."

If you have a rip of Miss Piss...I'd love you to share it! It would save me from constantly forgetting that I have to get around to doing it!

Super Noise Penis

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GMS / The Cherry Point - Split c08




Split eight minute tape from Troniks in 2004.

GMS is Gabriel Mindel Saloman who was one half of Yellow Swans. The Cherry Point is Phil Blankenship.

Call me a big kid if you like but these tapes give me the kind of buzz I used to get when I was a child picking up the latest copy of Marvel's "Team Up" comics...

Yellow Swans meets The Cherry Point? Yeah baby!

Split c08

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GMS / The Cherry Point - Split c15




Split C15 tape from Troniks in 2004.

Split c15

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GMS / The Cherry Point - Split c30




Split C30 tape from Troniks in 2004.

Split c30

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Pete Swanson / The Cherry Point - Split c15




You're ahead of me already. Same label. Same year.

These tapes represent the magic that happens when Pete Swanson (the other half of Yellow Swans) meets Phil Blankenship!

Split c15

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Pete Swanson / The Cherry Point - Split c21




Yep! Troniks from 2004.

Split c21

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Pete Swanson / The Cherry Point - Split c30




Self-explanatory split c30 tape released on Phil Blankenship's stunning Troniks label in 2004.

Split c30

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Josh Lay - Serotonin Haze


Blackly cosmic drone/noise overlain with harsh feedback and unhinged vocal eruptions. 


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Josh Lay - Flesh Kingdom


2007 cassette from Kentucky's Josh Lay, originally appearing on the fantastic Phage Tapes label in an edition of 64 copies. Go visit Phage Tapes' website and buy anything! You can't go wrong. Those guys know quality... but they also know "limited editions", so get 'em while you can.

Josh Lay - Flesh Kingdom 

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The Haters - Rot


A classic early Haters tape, all crumbling static and prickly fuzz. Published by Harsh Reality Music in 1987. 


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Dead Body Love - Volcano God


One of my favorite Dead Body Love tapes, this one came out in 1997 in an edition of 50 copies on Spite Tapes



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Shallow Waters‎ - Equal Eyes




And, to complete the circle...here's the LP released in 2008.

Equal Eyes

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Shallow Waters - I


Radical left-wing power electronics from Providence, Rhode Island, USA, featuring Jeff Plummer (Immaculate: Grotesque) and vocalist Rob Hill. This is their first cassette, self-released by the band in 2006.  


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Shallow Waters - II


The radical politics of Noam Chomsky or Slavoj Zizek and the righteous left-wing rage of Crass or Ad Busters, as filtered through modern art-school-basement hardcore/power electronics. This is very punk noise, in the best way. Honestly, someone should take all five of these c10 tapes and make 'em into one nice LP with a gatefold sleeve of the collage art that's folded inside the little plastic cases. Ooh, and a fold-out poster too! Shallow Waters deserves treatment like that. But until that happens, my rip from a cassette stuck up on a blog will have to suffice. 


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Shallow Waters - III


The Providence duo's third self-released c10 cassette, from 2007. 


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Shallow Waters - IV


The fourth c10 by Shallow Waters, self-released by the band in 2008. 


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Shallow Waters - V


The last (?) Shallow Waters c10, from 2008. 


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Smell & Quim - Retract Your Balls

 

A c20 full of filth and low-velocity sonic mud, published in an oversized cardboard box that might be Banned Production's least elegant package. Nice sounds, though, especially if you like really ugly noise.

News flash: 

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Richard Ramirez - Spread 'Em


Cassette from 1998, published in an edition of 50 copies by Spite Tapes. 


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Dead Body Love - Emetic


Ugly static by Italian necrophiliac Gabriele Giulliani. This 1997 cassette came out in an edition of 150 copies on Labyrinth Recordings, one of the great late-90's American noise labels. 




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Seed Mouth - Titanic


Seed Mouth's only CD, self-published in 1996, and boy does it have an appropriate title. This is the sound of sinking into a frigid ocean with no hope of rescue, surrounded by massive ice-cold analog glaciers... brrrrrr...

Titanic 

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Seed Mouth - Happy Birthday Junko


How many Japanese noise cassettes can you name that are dedicated to a girl on her birthday, and which feature an adorable line drawing of the birthday girl surrounded by puppies and kittens on the front cover? I'll wait here while you count.  

This fourth Seed Mouth tape was self-released by the artist in 1995. Lots of bleary synth over a bed of confused radio static. 


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Seed Mouth - Gurgitation


In his brief time as an active noise musician, the late Hirohito Taneguchi (aka Seed Mouth) produced a small number of excellent, under-the-radar albums. This one is his third cassette, released in 1992 and issued (as most of his music would be) on his own Seed Records label. To lump Seed Mouth in with "Japanese noise" is unfair and inaccurate. His music was more of a melancholy, distant fog of indistinct radio chattering and clouds of poisonous synthesizer smoke. 

Gurgitation 

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Emil Beaulieau - Anti-Performance


Before he was America's Greatest Living Noise Artist, Emil Beaulieau was just Ron Lessard, owner of the legendary RRRecords shop in Lowell, MA. For this cassette on the RRRecords label (catalog #RRR-K7-12 for all you noise nerds), Emil takes a stack of RRR "anti-records" and plays them on his record player so that you don't have to ruin your own needle. The sound of melted, chopped up, and blank wax, distilled onto dusty old plastic tape for maximum RRR fidelity. 

According to the sleeve, this tape contains the anti-sounds of Billboard Combat "Metastasis", Due Process "Do Nothing" & "Do Damage", The Haters "Wind Licked Dirt" (probably the Sgt Pepper's of anti-records), Colorado Anti-Record, Kapotte Muziek "Heathen Muzak, Honeymoon Production (aka Freek Kinkelaar of Beequeen) "Manipulation Muzak", and AMK "Montage Flexi". I've ripped them as continuous side-long tracks.   


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Doomriders vs Boris - Long Hair And Tights




Last night, I pulled loads of vinyl from the shelves that I hadn't played for a while. Quite simply, this rocks the fuck out!

Double LP released on Daymare Recordings in 2007. All of this was recorded live which makes it even sweeter...

Long Hair And Tights

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Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock/Schimpfluch-Gruppe - Shitpflug


An immensely rare item, this Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock CDR was published in an edition of just seven copies by the Ignivomous label in 1997. Yes, you read correctly: 7 copies. The only way to get it was to write to the label and make an offer. If the offer was accepted, you got your CDR in the mail. And now, here it is for you. 


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Heathen Shame - Live in Chicago 2002


Another guitar/trumpet blur by Heathen Shame, this time recorded (duh) live in a town called Chicago in the year 2002 and made "available" in 2003. Like the previously posted album, this scorcher graced the world in an edition of 25 numbered copies. You were not one of the 25 people to buy this. The tears end today, my friend. Everything is going to be alright. 


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Heathen Shame - Anal Dropout

 

White-hot ecstatic free noise by the power trio of Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar (also of Twisted Village/Major Stars, burning up the guitars) and Greg Kelley (of Nmperign, on significantly amplified/amphetamine-dosed trumpet). This CDR was published in an edition of just 25 numbered copies. 


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Das Synthetische Mischgewebe - Was Ist Das, Die Realitat?


Final DSM post of the day, a cassette album published in 1990 by the German label Tonspur Tapes.

Was Ist Das, Die Realitat?

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Das Synthetische Mischgewebe - El Pez-Vidriera


1989 cassette album, published by the Freedom in a Vacuum label in Canada.

El Pez-Vidriera

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Das Synthetische Mischgewebe - Audience of the Soul Destroyers


The other DSM cassette from 1982, also published by Das Cassettencombinat, was Audience of the Soul Destroyers. For such an early work, it's clear that Hubner had a clear idea of what he was doing. Rough and jagged outsider industrial noise, this tape (and others posted here) may demonstrate audible empathy with early 80's Berlin contemporaries Freider Butzmann and Einsturzende Neubauten, but are also quite unique. Hubner's work would only grow richer and bolder with time, and he is still producing excellent work today. 



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Das Synthetische Mischgewebe - Works


Intricate, dense, thoughtful, and occasionally brutal industrial concrete noise by the composer and installation artist Guido Hubner, doing business as Das Synthetische Mischgewebe with a rotating cast of collaborators/enablers. This very early cassette was one of two that came out under the DSM flag in 1982. It was initially published by the legendary Berlin label Das Cassttencombinat, which was also home to such cheerful dilettantes as Sprung aus den Wolken and Die Todlische Doris






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Various‎ - My Back Is Against The Wall




Mammoth six CDr set put out on (the otherwise unknown to me) Slop Drug label in 2008.

You already know all about The Rita, Vomir and Last Rape. In case the others are new to you:

Griz+zlor has now ceased operations under this name but he will hopefully continue to release material. Thankfully, Paul dvr has uploaded a wealth of material on his bandcamp page. You should check it out! Gasmask is the work of Cody Ouimet who used to run Trench Knifed Tapes. Paranoid Time is the work of Patrick Yankee. Whilst he was very prolific between about 2005 and 2010, releases slowed down. However, 2013 saw a new tape on Enemata Productions (who have put their catalogue up on bandcamp for free streaming. With a bit of luck we can look forward to a bit more Paranoid Time in our lives.

1-2 Griz+zlor / The Rita

3-4 Gasmask / Paranoid Time

5-6 Vomir / Last Rape

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Unplugboy & Toshimaru Nakamura - Untitled


The bleak, stubbornly anti-human non-music that arose from Tokyo's Off Site scene has always baffled me. I've heard a ton of music, and lemme tell you... it takes a lot to baffle me. One of the scene's chief instigators/antagonists was (is?) Toshimaru Nakamura, who plays a mixing board feeding back onto itself. Some of his work resembles music. Other times, it's a thin wave of nearly-eventless piercing sine tones that feels no need to make itself easy to listen to. These live collaborations with cellist Daniel Weaver (aka Unplugboy) from their 2001 UK tour is one of Nakamura's more music-like productions. It came out as a set of two 3"CDs in an adorable little stapled pouch. 

Untitled 2x3"CD 

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Ami - .


This little business-card CDr from 2001 is significant for two reasons. First, it probably (correct me if I'm wrong) holds a record for having the most photographs of the artist in the smallest package. I count ten images of Ami's face. Well, I suppose it really is a business card! Second, it was the solo debut of vocalist Ami Yoshida, now known as part of the post-Off Site crew of Tokyo improvisers. 

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Zashiki-Warashi‎ - Floor Child




Carter Thornton's alias on a double CD released on Conduit Creations in 2003.

"All instruments played by Carter Thornton except for when they're not."

And, when they are not, you get Brooke Thornton, Carl Maguire, Chris Mannigan, David Shuford, Fudge Bridges, James Duncan, January Geisert, Jesse Wallace, Matt Heyner and Phil Murphy.

Bloat (Green Floor)

Goat (Blue Child)

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Enos Slaughter‎ - Enos Slaughter




Enos Slaughter‎ were a great freakfolk improv outfit and featured Carter Thornton (aka Zashiki-Warashi) David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and member of No-Neck Blues Band, The Suntanama and Egypt Is The Magick # amongst others) and Marc Orleans (member of Sunburned Hand Of The Man as well as The Helix who record alongside D. Charles Speer).

This CDr was released on Tequila Sunrise Records in 2003. It contains a track called Floor Child.

"all music recorded at night, outside, under a pink sky with fast clouds. special guest appearance by our good friend the wind on microphones."

Enos Slaughter

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Kuwayama-Kijima with Carter Thornton‎ - Shrine




Kiyoharu Kuwayama & Rina Kijima are joined by Carter Thornton‎ on this LP released on Carter's own Conduit Creations label in 2005. This is the limited edition of 50 that contained a bonus CDr.

Shrine

04.06.18

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Smersh - The Beat From 20,000 Fathoms


Smersh's 1986 LP on RRRecords.

The Beat From 20,000 Fathoms

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Smersh - The Greatest Story Ever Distorted


1988 EP on the Belgian label KK, featuring some of Smersh's catchiest tunes. 


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Smersh - The Part of the Animal That People Don't Like


1987 LP on Dead Man's Curve by the pride of New Jersey, the amazing Smersh!

The Part of the Animal That People Don't Like

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Aube - Singles 1995-1998


A 2xCDR set in a numbered edition of 101 copies, published on Aube's own G.R.O.S.S. label. The title says it all. These tracks originally appeared on Noise Tournament vol. 5 (a collaboration with K2), a split 3"CDR with LOSD, Across the Water (a collaboration with Small Cruel Party), Daseinsspanne (a collaboration with Telepherique), Autodecision (on Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers), Sacrament (on Meeuw Muzak), a split 7" with Grunt, Organized (a collaboration with RLW), Parametalist (on Clate), and split 7"s with Source Direct, TACO (on Syntactic), and Naoidil, as well as one unreleased track.

disc 1
disc 2 

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Aube - Vinyls 1995+1997


4xCDR set in a numbered edition of 101 copies, reissuing four Aube LPs from 1995 and 1997. These were all originally published by Praxis Dr. Bearmann, but this set was made by Aube himself and published on his own G.R.O.S.S. label. 

1 - Pulse Resonator 
2 - Throb in Manic Red
3 - Sigh in Depressive Blue
4 - Vas in Euthymic Violet 

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Brume - Hysterical


Another trip down the archive of French punk/concrete genius Brume, this one came out as a CDR in an edition of 250 copies on Transfixtional Entertainment (the label run by Anemone Tube) in Germany. The disc is subtitled "Finest Selection 1989-1997", which I guess sums up what you'll find here. 

Hysterical


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