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Monday, 14 April

MARCUS SCHMICKLER & JULIAN ROHRHUBER - Politiken der Frequenz, Editions Mego
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MARCUS SCHMICKLER & JULIAN ROHRHUBER

Politiken der Frequenz

Editions Mego

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Cat. Number: EMEGO191

Now this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world… Read more
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Monday, 07 April

BILL ORCUTT - Solo Acoustic (Vol. 10), Vin Du Select Qualitite
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BILL ORCUTT

Solo Acoustic (Vol. 10)

Vin Du Select Qualitite

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Cat. Number: VDSQ10

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Monday, 31 March

HECKER - Articulação, Editions Mego
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HECKER

Articulação

Editions Mego

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Cat. Number: EMEGO180

Florian Hecker's latest major work for Editions Mego investigates the serrated schism of nature and culture through a further focus on the unique timbral properties of the voice and our perceptions of language. "Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge . In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style. Hinge* features the legenda… Read more
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HECKER - Articulação, Editions Mego

Monday, 03 March

KK NULL - Extropy, Nux Organization

KK NULL

Extropy

Nux Organization

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Cat. Number: NUX0X010

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Monday, 24 February

NICOLAS BERNIER - frequencies (a / fragments), Line
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frequencies (a / fragments)

Line

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Cat. Number: LINE064

"Canadian artist Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriter, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories an… Read more
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FRANCISCO LOPEZ - Presque Tout (Quiet Pieces:1993-2013), Line
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Presque Tout (Quiet Pieces:1993-2013)

Line

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Cat. Number: LINE065

"Francisco López is an artist who has continued to challenge listeners with the fringes of acoustic perception over his long career. 'Presque Tout' is a collection of works spanning 20 years of sonic activity. This 7 hour long edition presents some of the artist's most tantalizingly subtle pieces. Culled from many obscure and out-of-print editions, most of these compositions have been unavailable commercially for years. Presque Tout also contains the stunning new 3 hour work "Untitled #313." This data DVD edition contains 7 hours of audio files (uncompressed … Read more
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FRANCISCO LOPEZ - Presque Tout (Quiet Pieces:1993-2013), Line
RASPBERRY BULBS - Deformed Worship, BLACKEST EVER BLACK

RASPBERRY BULBS

Deformed Worship

BLACKEST EVER BLACK

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Cat. Number: BLACKEST018

*Rippin' hardcore punk with gothic tendencies (just don't call it black metal), fresh outta NYC on BEB.* "Since debut LP Nature Tries Again (Hospital Productions, 2011) RB has grown from the solo project of M. del Rio (HWCT from Bone Awl) into a five-piece of extraordinary force and focus. The first studio version of Deformed Worship was scrapped, and its songs re-recorded by the band on cassette 8-track in November 2012, before being mixed and mastered by Kris Lapke. Raspberry Bulbs defies the constraints of classification but is often mistakenly labelled as a black metal band. It is not a black metal band."
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RASPBERRY BULBS - Deformed Worship, BLACKEST EVER BLACK

Monday, 17 February

RUSSELL HASWELL - 37 Minute Work Out, DIAGONAL
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37 Minute Work Out

DIAGONAL

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Cat. Number: DIAG007

Russell Haswell puts a donk on it for Diagonal in a compelling, combustible and personalised '37 Minute Workout' of fractured noise and techno deconstructions. Working under a title nodding to both the album's physicality and riffing on Paul Morley's idea that the perfect album length is 37 minutes long, it's a typically uncompromising session cocking a contrary view of the dancefloor. Rhythmically, it's by far the most "structured" album in Haswell's solo catalogue, consolidating the freeform, improvised approach and brutalist, visceral timbres of previous releases with an app… Read more
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RAFAEL TORAL - Cyclorama Lift 3, Tomlab

RAFAEL TORAL

Cyclorama Lift 3

Tomlab

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Cat. Number: TOM007CD

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Monday, 10 February

ALAN LICHT - YMCA, Family Vineyard

ALAN LICHT

YMCA

Family Vineyard

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Cat. Number: FV63LP

"YMCA is guitarist Alan Licht's first solo release since 2003's A New York Minute double CD (on XI), and his first solo vinyl outing since 1994's long out-of-print Sink the Aging Process (on Siltbreeze). Largely recorded at a 2004 concert at a Cambridge Massachusetts YMCA by Keith Fullerton Whitman, YMCA documents Licht's solo guitar set of the time -- a three-part structured improvisation that moves from mournful, layered sustained tones that sound more like a reed organ than a guitar, to a gently plucked middle section, to a final firestorm of loop processing that is a tour de force of "the cha… Read more
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Monday, 03 February

HUMAN SKAB - Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags, Family Vineyard

HUMAN SKAB

Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags

Family Vineyard

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Cat. Number: FV27CD

This has to be one of the strangest records you'll ever hear. It's a reissue of cassette recordings from the mid-eighties by a 10-year-old mohawk-adorned kid from Elma, Washington, who went by the name of the Human Skab. Playing buckets, spoons, pots, pans, toy guns, gardening tools and even the microphone that came with the toy version of Snake Mountain (as in Skeletor's lair), the young Skab (aka Travis Roberts) laid down wildly discordant improvisations about the joy of smashing neighbours' windows and the horror of radiation poisoning. These recordings came to the a… Read more
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HUMAN SKAB - Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags, Family Vineyard

Monday, 27 January

ATTILA FARAVELLI & NICOLA MARTINI - Attila Faravelli & Nicola Martini, Presto!?
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ATTILA FARAVELLI & NICOLA MARTINI

Attila Faravelli & Nicola Martini

Presto!?

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Cat. Number: P!?019

Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label follows Florian Hecker's '2/8 Bregman 4/8 Deutsch 7/8 Hecker 1/8 Höller' with the deeply textured sound art of Attila Faravelli and Nicola Martini. Their debut and eponymous collaboration - edited by Giuseppe Ielasi - documents many years of investigative practice working with non-standard materials - stones, chemical acids, vibrating objects, modified electronics - and innovative recording methods, utilising strange spaces and advanced processing tools such as Max/MSP to achieve a certifiably aesthetic. Over its 17 pa… Read more
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ATTILA FARAVELLI & NICOLA MARTINI - Attila Faravelli & Nicola Martini, Presto!?
MARCUS SCHMICKLER - Bari Workshop, Presto!?
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Bari Workshop

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Cat. Number: P!?017

Disorienting and discombobulated computer music (de)composition from one of the foremost operators in his field. Two sides of ornately unfolding fractals clocking in at just over 18 minutes each and acting like brain floss for keener ears. "BW hosted a group of medieval miniature manuscript painters who were amongst the experts in the recording of the history of science and who circulated knowledge around the world and across cultures. Greek texts on Euclidean geometry were translated into Arabic, and medieval Arabic manuscripts on optics and geometry migrated to Western Europe, w… Read more
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Monday, 06 January

DARIN GRAY & L. MAZZACANE CONNORS - This Past Spring, Family Vineyard

DARIN GRAY & L. MAZZACANE CONNORS

This Past Spring

Family Vineyard

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Cat. Number: FV06

The bass and guitar duo first declared their relationship with 1999's ‘The Lost Mariner’. Since then they have continued to develop their spindle of intwined sound and counter-melodies. While Darin Gray's tenure in the Dazzling Killmen, You Fantastic!, and Brise-Glace (and ongoing performances with, among others, Misha Feigin, Alan Licht, Ikue Mori, Bobby Conn Band and Jim O'Rourke, etc.) Darin and Loren performed at the Monroe County Library in Bloomington, Indiana in March 2000. A standing-room-only crowd remained hushed throughout and recording engineer Daniel B… Read more
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DARIN GRAY & L. MAZZACANE CONNORS - This Past Spring, Family Vineyard

Monday, 09 December

KAWABATA MAKOTO - Basement Echo, Important Records

KAWABATA MAKOTO

Basement Echo

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC196DI

The Acid Mothers temple leader Kawabata Makoto teams up with fellow Japanese psych explorer Michishita Shinsuke of LSD March for this ear-melting guitar duel. It's an all-improvised affair with no overdubs, just fifty-five minutes divided into five tracks worth of dishevelled harmony, strips of feedback and a smart, restrained deployment of effects. Through whole sections of this record one guitar takes on 'melodic' duties, ponderously meandering through phrases while the other instrument summons up a wall of noise. There are other occasions where anything so ordinary as a 'note' is… Read more
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KAWABATA MAKOTO - Basement Echo, Important Records

Monday, 25 November

KK NULL - Vulcanoid 1, Nux Organization

KK NULL

Vulcanoid 1

Nux Organization

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Cat. Number: NUX0X007

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KK NULL - Vulcanoid 2, Nux Organization

KK NULL

Vulcanoid 2

Nux Organization

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Cat. Number: NUX0X008

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KK NULL - Eternal Implosion, Nux Organization

KK NULL

Eternal Implosion

Nux Organization

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Cat. Number: NUX0X009

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KOTRA - Renaissance, Kvitnu

KOTRA

Renaissance

Kvitnu

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Cat. Number: KVITNU 13

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MATTER - Biorhexistasy, Kvitnu

MATTER

Biorhexistasy

Kvitnu

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Cat. Number: KVITNU 29

Crushing, doomy power electronics from Bologna, Italy's Fabrizio Matrone aka Matter, via Ukraine's Kvitnu label. Clearly influenced to some extent by Pan Sonic - who recently delivered live LP 'Oksastus' on Kvitnu - Matter's 'Biorhexistasy' can be taken as sonic metaphor for geological change and mutation. Nine compositions follow this theme closely, resulting in slow, heaving and amorphous shapes hingeing on brutalist rhythms and unstable noise.
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Monday, 11 November

MERZBOW - Kujakubato: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 7, Important Records

MERZBOW

Kujakubato: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 7

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC257DI

We're already at volume seven in Masami Akita's thirteen-part ornithological tribute, and true to form, this one will have you twitching (thanks) with excitement over Merzbow's twin assault of full-blooded electronic punishment and raging percussion. The two book-ending tracks probably rank as the most successful entries on this disc, the first, 'Wind Of Pain' sounding a like a wood-chipping machine devouring itself, while the bass contours and neck-snapping hip hop onslaught of 'Bird Droppings On Your Head' closes the album with one of Akita's most successful marriages… Read more
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MERZBOW - Kujakubato: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 7, Important Records
MERZBOW - Uzura: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 5, Important Records

MERZBOW

Uzura: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 5

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC252DI

We're already up to the 5th release in Masami Akita's thirteen-disc ornithological series, and like the very first installment, this one owes as much to Merzbow the drummer as it does Merzbow the godfather of noise. Billed (if you'll excuse the pun) as a "requiem for the 259,000 quails culled at a farm in Toyashi", Uzura is a monumentally furious and powerful piece of music, divided into three parts and totaling just under an hour's worth of material. Once again, Merzbow's found himself in blisteringly good form, achieving the kind of finely balanced perfection most noise a… Read more
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MERZBOW - Uzura: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 5, Important Records
MERZBOW - Yurikamome: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 3, Important Records

MERZBOW

Yurikamome: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 3

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC236DI

As inexhaustibly productive as Masami Akita is, I for one never fail to get at least mildly excited by the prospect of yet another album from the arch-noise-sculptor, and this latest enterprise - his 13 Japanese Birds project - finds Merzbow invigorated by the presence of drumming. Even if you're not wholeheartedly sold on the idea of jarringly 'normal' sounding percussion being cast into Akita's vicious miasma of feedback and oscillations, it undoubtedly adds a thrashy, energetic impulse, even if occasionally it struggles to be heard amongst the volcanic sound designs … Read more
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MERZBOW - Yurikamome: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 3, Important Records
MERZBOW - Minazo (Vol. 1), Important Records

MERZBOW

Minazo (Vol. 1)

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC097DI

Not a man known for his sugary melodies, Merzbow does appear to have a softer side than his bleached sonics would have us believe - with this new album a tribute to Minazo, a male elephant seal who lived out his life at Tokyo's aquarium. A genuine obsession of Masami Akita (aka Merzbow), the album comes with photos and an essay from Akita, as well as some lovely illustrations of Minazo at the enclosure. Displaying a polemical anger at the way in which Minazo was treated ("Many of the aquariums in Japan have become mere amusement establishments"), the music which Merzbow has summoned up in … Read more
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MERZBOW - Minazo (Vol. 1), Important Records
MERZBOW - Merzbuta, Important Records

MERZBOW

Merzbuta

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC070DI

Claiming that a Merzbow recording constitutes his most accessible release yet is very much a relative statement; a fact hammered home (quite literally) by the cochlea shredding static rhythm that opens 'Merzbuta'. Meaning pig in Japanese, the '-buta' suffix becomes more clear on the inside cover where Merzbow (aka Masami Akati) comes over all Noam Chomsky (a label mate no less) with his call for "Animal domination, kill people not piggies!". Backed up by a Chapman Brothers-esque illustration of said domination, it's clear that Merzbow hasn't mellowed penny one in the epic supremacy of his peers.… Read more
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MERZBOW - Merzbuta, Important Records
MERZBOW - Merzbeat, Important Records

MERZBOW

Merzbeat

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC004DI

Merzbeat stands in stark contrast to all releases in Merzbow's post-analog, digital laptop-era. Containing over 50 minutes of brand new aggressive, psychedelic, organic, analog beat oriented Merzbow compositions, Merzbeat will be quite a treat for Merzbow fans who have been disappointed with modern Merzbow records. Drummed rhythms, a punk spirit and a return to analog Merzbow. KID 606 called it 'one of the greatest things Merzbow has ever done.' The first pressing also has a hidden remix of Amlux by Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto.
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MERZBOW - Suzume: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 1, Important Records

MERZBOW

Suzume: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 1

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC230DI

Opening up Merzbow's new 13-disc series of monthly releases themed around Japanese birds, Suzume gets underway with even more of a bang than the usual Merzbow fare, combining those familiar, expertly wrought noise emissions with wild, flailing drums. The first track, 'Red Bird Of Summer Part 1' lasts some twenty minutes, dishing out aural punishment at every conceivable frequency. After a while it becomes apparent that for better or worse, the drumming somehow detracts from the intensity of the complex and agile distorted signals - there's something about the (possibly ele… Read more
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MERZBOW - Suzume: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 1, Important Records
MERZBOW - Shirasagi: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 11, Important Records

MERZBOW

Shirasagi: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 11

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC275DI

Named after the egret, this eleventh installment in Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds series arrives with some pretty confrontational track titles - see 'Once The Human Meat Is Done, Cut It Up And Mix With The Vegetable Curry' for details. Inaugural track 'Transormed Into Food' serves as a good catch-up piece for the kind of territory that's been covered in this series so far. Complex squalls of noise shoot out from Merzbow's electronics, while heavy rock-inspired drums drill out something approaching a concise rhythmic order. The second track is rendered rather more severe… Read more
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MERZBOW - Shirasagi: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 11, Important Records
MERZBOW - Tsubame: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 12, Important Records

MERZBOW

Tsubame: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 12

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC284DI

It's the penultimate volume of Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds series, and at least two of these three longform compositions stand amongst the most impressive and frenzied offerings to date. Despite the ferocity of its onslaught, 'Destroy The Cages' is somehow uplifting: across seventeen minutes of squealing distortion and chirruping, highly detailed distortion textures Masami Akita evokes the sound of thousands of birds all storming towards you at a terrifying rate. This track is so flooded with sound it seems to actually smooth itself out somehow, and consequently it lacks… Read more
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MERZBOW - Tsubame: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 12, Important Records
MERZBOW - Kokuchou: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 8, Important Records

MERZBOW

Kokuchou: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 8

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC261DI

The 8th volume in Merzbow's 13 Birds Series, Kokuchov opens with an unprecedentedly gentle spill of technicolour noise: 'Mesmerism' is more like a hypnotic My Bloody Valentine outtake than the more customary ear-grazing routine we're used to from Masami Akita - it's actually rather pretty, although the extreme stereo channel panning results in some fairly severe disorientation over headphones. 'Black Swan' is far more gruelling, and preserves that harsh mix of sprawling virtuoso noise articulations, and thrashy, metal-inspired drumming that's come to be the hallmark of re… Read more
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MERZBOW - Kokuchou: 13 Japanese Birds Pt. 8, Important Records