Darksmith - No Space

 
Awesome tape from 2009, published in a numbered edition of 43 copies by Middle James Co. 


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Coma Detox - Concussed and Asphyxiated


20-minute tape of crude and nasty power electronics from the Filth & Violence label, 2010.

Coma Detox - Concussed and Asphyxiated

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Kaoru Abe - 彗星 Partitas - Unfinished

White-hot and affectingly lyrical double album by Kaoru Abe, one of the greatest free-jazz saxophone players who ever lived. The overwhelming intensity of his solo scorch is the precursor to artists like Borbetomagus, Tamio Shiraishi, Thomas Ankersmit, Masayoshi Urabe, and basically anyone who ever decided to pick up a saxophone and blow the living hell out of it. In the jazz world, he's in a class with Albert Ayler, Masayuki Takayanagi, and Peter Brotzmann, though his influence extends beyond jazz. The ghost of Abe's passionate shriek can be heard in the work of outsiders such as Hijokaidan, Otomo Yoshihide, LetheKeiji Haino, and Antoine Chessex, to name only a few. Unfortunately, Abe's tumultuous life ended too early; he died of drug overdose in 1978 when he was just 29 years old. 

"Paritas" was recorded in 1973 and released after his death as a 2xLP in 1981. It's had a few 2xCD reissues over the years, all of which are currently out of print, scarce, and (as you might expect) pricey. I'm still not sure what about this is "unfinished". The liner notes are written in Japanese (a language which neither Mr. Inside nor I can read) and not much information is available online. If you can read Japanese and can help explain what about this is unfinished, please leave a comment here. 

Kaoru Abe - 彗星 Partitas - Unfinished disc 1
Kaoru Abe - 彗星 Partitas - Unfinished disc 2

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Kaoru Abe - Mort À Credit

This 2xLP (and later, 2xCD) is one of the few Kaoru Abe albums to have been published during his lifetime. It contains solo sax improvisation recorded in October 1975, with one track of solo bass clarinet, in what appears to be a change in his style. Toned down from the full-bore chaotic note-flurry of his previous albums, "Mort a Credit" contains looser and more spacious music in a mostly high register, with bizarre shifts in microphone placement (though Abe might simply be moving towards and away from the stationary mic). There are long chasms of heavy silence, punctuated by machine-gun squeak. While it isn't generally regarded as his best recording (for those, listen to any of the posthumous live albums released by PSF and collected in a box set by Youth Inc.), "Mort a Credit" definitely makes clear the path from Abe to contemporary players Masayoshi Urabe and Tamio Shiraishi.

Kaoru Abe - Mort À Credit disc 1
Kaoru Abe - Mort À Credit disc 2

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Turk Knifes Pope - Performance Crippling Data Restriction

That bunny sure has an old computer. Maybe he's surprised that it still works. Oh wait, this album is from 1998! No laptops back then, kiddos.

"Performance Crippling..." is an unknown masterpiece of sci-fi ambience by Destin LeBlanc, one of the artists who ran the Zenflesh label in San Fransciso. It deserves to be dusted off, turned up loud, and allowed to permeate the air and seep into your pores.

Turk Knifes Pope - Performance Crippling Data Restriction

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va - Amaduscias

Terrific time capsule compilation of underground experimental/ambient noise circa 1998, on a San Francisco label called Zenflesh. The label was run by Destin LeBlanc, who recorded as Turk Knifes Pope, and Jim Kaiser, who recorded improvised noise as Petit Mal. Both artists appear on this album, as does Randy Yau, The Bran (Another Plight of Medic's...) Pos, Instagon, some non-local artists like Flatline Construct, Noise/Girl, and Origami Replika, plus other artists who remain unknown to me and so are worth investigating for those of you who enjoy digging below the underground. 


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Schönheit Der Jugend & Kadef - Split


A split tape released by Kadef in 2002. Schönheit Der Jugend is Michael Barthel, who runs the excellent Recordings for the Summer label. 


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Kadef & Weibal-Barthel - Split


One side Kadef weirdness, the other a duo of improvised junk by Pille Wiebel with Recordings of the Summer label boss Michael "Dear Michael" Barthel. Cassette released by Kadef in 2006 in an edition of 30 copies. 


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Kadef - Träume & Schäume


A two-minute cassette, one minute on each side, of Kadef konfusion. Edition of 28 copies. It took me longer to write this blog post than it will take you to listen to it. 


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Kadef - Kalojan Besucht Dieter


I asked your friends what you wanted for Christmas, and they all told me the same thing: Kadef! So here you go. I hope you're surprised. This LP was released on Kommissar Hjuler's Der Schone-Hjuler-Memroial-Fond label in 2005. Only 30 copies were pressed, which probably more than covered actual demand. Kalojan Witanski, the mysterious artist behind Kadef, made a unique painting for each sleeve. 

Kadef - Kalojan Besucht Dieter

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Knullkraft‎ - Rännstensromantik




Single-sided C40 released on Narcolepsia in 2010 in an edition of 39. The label looks as though it has some stellar releases on the way so you may want to keep an eye on them!

Knullkraft is the work of Gustav Dawkins and Hannes Hellman (aka one half of Concrete Threat).

This is a lovely bit of harsh metal-junk noise with just enough subsumed plunderphonics to make this quite sinister ... the screamed vocals that come in make you think that things probably didn't turn out too well ...

I only know of three Knullkraft‎ releases. Unfortunately, this is the only one that I have ... that is a crying shame!

Rännstensromantik

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Titillating Erogenous Fixation / Macronympha‎ - Chemical Peepshow / Premium Product




Another Kevin Novak T.E.F. incarnation alongside Joseph Roemer and Rodger Stella.

This was released as a C60 on Inner Space in 1999 as an edition of 10! It was later self-released as a CDr in an edition of 50 in the same year.

Peepshow / Premium

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Mo*Te‎ - Stash




It's midnight where I live ... therefore christmas is over, only the hangovers remain. Let's move on!

Mo*Te‎ is the glorious work of Fumiyuki Nagura. Nuff = Said.

CDr released on Patrick O'Neil's Solipsism in 1998.

I can't find a decent cover scan so we'll go with the cat for now...

Stash

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The Residents - Santa Dog '92


The further adventures of Santa Dog, again presented to members of The Residents' UWEB fan club as a mini-album, but this time the title character is... um... some kind of horror-movie creature, I think? It's hard to tell what exactly happened from 1972 to 1992, but mutation was definitely involved. Merry Christmas... ?

The Residents - Santa Dog '92 

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The Residents - Santa Dog '88


Given away to the Residents' UWEB fan club in 1988, this EP collected four versions of the tune originally released in 1972 as the band's debut 7" single. 

The Residents - Santa Dog '88

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Santa Claus Comes. Oscar's X-Mas Carols 1985

Holiday-themed compilation tape with tracks by Bene Gessirit, Mark Lane, DDAA, Doxa Sinistra, and many home taper synth/wave weirdos who were never heard from again.

v/a - Santa Claus Comes. Oscar's X-Mas Carols 1985

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White Hospital‎ - We Wish You Are Merry X'mas




Jun Konagaya (later of Grim) and Tomo Kuwahara (later of Vasilisk) on a festive 7" on Jun's Eskimo Records in 1984. I posted their Holocaust 12" a while ago ... these two releases are all that White Hospital wrote unfortunately!

Given that Christmas is such a spiritually uplifting time ... I'd just like to take a moment to think of you all and hope that Santa drops something nice down your chimneys tonight!



We Wish You Are Merry X'mas

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The Fall - (We Wish You A) Protein Christmas




Double 7" from Manchester's finest conscripted troupe of musicians.

"Xmass fun-the best you never had! A protein christmass. Music,Gossip,Pictures all in one 4trak/D.U.D.!! -Nul points all round!!"

(We Wish You A) Protein Christmas

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William S. Burroughs / Kurt Cobain‎ - The "Priest" They Called Him




Single-sided 10" (with a nice etched B side) featuring Kurdt laying down a scree cover of Silent Night whilst William Burroughs narrates a Christmas tale of spontaneous Junky redemption. Perfect mood music for this lovely time of year!

Released on Tim/Kerr Records in 1993.

The "Priest" They Called Him

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The Christmas Album


A promotional CD released by Sony Japan, believe it or not, featuring Christmas tunes by such beloved songsmiths as Merzbow, Hair Stylistics, Melt-Banana, Bing Crosby, Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, and more. I lied about Bing Crosby.

v/a - The Christmas Album

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Emeralds & Tusco Terror - Christmas Tape 2006 / Christmas Tape 2007


A very Ohio Christmas! Released on Tusco's own Tusco/Embassy label in an edition of 100 copies. 

Emeralds & Tusco Terror - Christmas Tape 2006 


Another split tape to celebrate the holiday in beautiful Ohio, USA.

Emeralds & Tusco Terror - Christmas Tape 2007 

By the way, Tusco/Embassy has continued the tradition and released a new Christmas tape every year. Two are available right as I type these words! v/a "Christmas Compilation 2012" is a 100-minute cassette featuring tracks by Aaron Dilloway, Skin Graft, and many other excellent Buckeye State noise folks, and amazingly, last year's "Christmas Tape 2011", a 90-minute tape with tracks by Tusco Terror, Leslie Keffer and more is still for sale. Support great artists and go buy these tapes!

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Toshiya Tsunoda, Taku Sugimoto, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura - Santa


It's Christmas Eve, and so... commence the Christmas-themed blog posts! We shall begin with this one.

A live recording made at Aoyama Book Center HMV Shibuya on May 19, 2007. The artists make clear the fact that the title has nothing at all to do with St. Nick. The title has some other meaning, which I could read the text to find out, but I choose to ignore it. Mr. Inside and I have decorated our tree and goddammit it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 'round here, so... This is a Christmas album! I'll believe whatever I want to! HO HO HO!


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Jason Kahn‎ - Drums And Metals




Jason on his own Cut label from 1999. He's a damn fine percussionist (and electonics experimentor and visual artist) who has worked with the likes of Günter Müller, Kevin Drumm, Kim Cascone, John Hudak, Steve Roden, Toshimaru Nakamura and many more.

Here you get percussion. Drums. Metal. It's damn fine.

Recorded on 24 July 1999 at Studio Midi Pyrenees, Caudeval.

Drums And Metals

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Dogbox‎ - Untitled




Richard Chefslido and Nathan Dean-Arm on a C30 on Daniel Dlugosielski's sadly defunct Excite Bike ‎in 2009.

Dogbow

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Dog Day Afternoon - Untitled




Mike Collino (aka Dog Lady) and Miles Haney (aka Evenings) on a self-released C26 from 2010.

Dog Day

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Dogliveroil / Government Alpha‎ - Pop Stars Larking About




C48 featuring Dogliveroil (aka Stoke on Trent's Andy Jarvis, Joincey, Marky Loo Loo and Phil Todd) and Yasutoshi Yoshida's Government Alpha‎ (who has a recent bandcamp page with digitally remastered old material ... well worth a visit).

Released on Yasutoshi Yoshida's Xerxes label in 1998.

Pop Stars Larking About

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Eso Steel - Galleries 1-3


Brilliant album of paranoid slow-motion zero-action creeping dread from outer space by way of Auckland, New Zealand, a reissue of three lathe-cut 10" records. 

Eso Steel - Galleries 1-3

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Eso Steel - Snake Processions


Classic New Zealand drone album by Richard Francis/Eso Steel from 1999.

Eso Steel - Snake Processions

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Julian Bradley - Ditch Us in the Doorway

Also from 2003, this album appeared as a CDR in a 7"-sized silkscreened sleeve on the Belgian label Audiobot


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Julian Bradley/A Companion as Glamorous as Sleeping on Wheels - Miss Modern Venus


Tape loop drones etc by this former member of Vibracathedral Orchestra, released on Peter Wright's Apoplexy label in 2003. 




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Tokyo Eternal Folly - Tokyo Eternal Folly




Very early C70 tape from Kevin Novak, released on his T.E.F. label in 1998.

A literally stunning piece of noise!

[Surprisingly, this isn't actually a picture of the actual tape]

Tokyo Eternal Folly

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Tactical Eradication Function / Whorebutcher




Double C10 released in an edition of 50 on some label or other featuring Kevin Novak and Michael Saints' indelicately named Whorebutcher.

Tactical Eradication Function / Whorebutcher

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Tactical Eradication Function - Armature




Kevin Novak on a CDr released on Ryan Bloomer's Trauma Tone Recordings in 2002.

Armature

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T.E.F. & Concrete Violin‎ - Terrorist Violence Commited For Entertainment




Kevin Novak and Austin Caustic's Concrete Violin‎ project.

CDr jointly released in 2002 on Kevin's T.E.F. label and Houston based Axis Mundi.

Terrorist Violence Commited For Entertainment

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Transient Environmental Feedback - Symptomatic Harbinger




Kevin Novak on a CDr on Harshnoise from 2003.

Symptomatic Harbinger

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Janet Cardiff - Survey of Works Including Collaborations with George Bures Miller



Three sound walks by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff, taken from the CD that came inside her long OOP hardcover monograph published by P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 2002. The recordings are intended to be listened to on headphones... do it, and you will understand why! 


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Torturing Nurse‎ - Survive / Life




VERY limited single-sided 7" lathe strapped to a piece of wood co-released on Bubutz Records and Tenzenmen in 2012.

Consider these Torturing Nurse‎ posts as early christmess presents. Just in case you don't have enough ammunition to get rid of the staggeringly drunk uncle / grandmother / friend / partner at this festive time.

Remember, this is a time for families ... but, c'mon, there's always a time when enough is enough!

Survive / Life

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Torturing Nurse‎ - Sensory Stimulation Alliance




C60 released on the periodically active but excellent Aaltra Records in 2012 in an edition of 36 copies.

Sensory Stimulation Alliance

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Bruital Orgasme / Torturing Nurse - Untitled




Split C10 from Belgium's Bruital Orgasme and China's finest noise destroyers released on Young Girls Records in 2009.

"Sad & depressive noise played with a feedback full of tears & nightmares" followed by "Brutal electronic rythmic & vokills".

C'mon, you were sold the second you saw this....

Split

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Torturing Nurse‎ - Ultimatefucker++




CDr released in an edition of 30 on Dirgehead Distribution Company in 2008.

Guess how long this one is...

Ultimatefucker++

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Torturing Nurse - Nontacky




23.36 minutes of ace TN on a CDr released on Dennis Tyfus's Ultra Eczema in 2005.

Nontacky

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Din A Testbild - Abfall/Garbage

This is Din a Testbild's debut 7" from 1979, one of the holy grails of first-wave German industrial punk. They existed in the same Berlin art/noise scene that spewed forth such lunatics as Einstuerzende Neubauten, Sprung aus den Wolken, Malairia!, and Die Todlische Doris. This single is regarded by true heads as the band's best. It's certainly the messiest and most raw, though I also enjoy the (much friendlier) follow-up LP, "Program 1".  


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Din A Testbild - Program 1

The first 12" by Din a Testbild, produced by Klaus Schulze and released on Innovative Communications in 1980. Monotonous synthesizer tunes sans all the sharp edges that characterized their earlier work, but perfectly enjoyable if you pretend it's a different band. 


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Hélène Sage - Comme une Image


Sage's solo album from 1989, featuring members of Un Drame Musical Instantané.


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Neil Campbell - Except from the Never-Ending Bowed Metal Song


More ecstatic stasis from former A-Band and Vibracathedral Orchestra member Neil Campbell.

Neil Campbell - Except from the Never-Ending Bowed Metal Song

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Neil Campbell - The Hearing Force of the Humanverse


CDR from 2010, released by Fencing Flatworm.  

Neil Campbell - The Hearing Force of the Humanverse

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Neil Campbell - Boomerang Is Love


Joyous and soulful guitar-drone bliss by Neil Campbell, aka Astral Social Club. 

Neil Campbell - Boomerang Is Love

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John Wiese & Jesse Jackson - Hairy Ghosts


Two members of Sissy Spacek are hairy ghosts. First came out as a cassette in 2011, then reissued by Troniks as a limited-to-100-copies CDR.

John Wiese & Jesse Jackson - Hairy Ghosts

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