Thursday, 03 September
**C60 BASF chrome super cassette** Dead limited tape compilation, old skool styles, with cuts from Beau Wanzer, and more introducing Amsterdam's Knekelhuis crew. Without needing to flatter the 'floor, all involved play it loose, abstract and messy for your entertainment, whether it's Beau Wanzer with his sluggish industrial swagger, 'Cellphone Calamity', and the pelting drums of 'Birthtribe', or Maekott with the Drexciyan fizz of 'Kyoto', or the industrial discord of Volition Immanent.
**Whacked-out and funked-up No wave released by Golden Teacher's Akashic Records. RIYL Prostitutes, Mars, $hit & $hine. C60 housed in card sleeve** "DICK 50 is a bridge between Germany and the United Kingdom. They learn whilst you watch. They champion the future through incentivised productivity, the true sound of democratic progress! A holistic cradle-to-cradle approach. 360 degree thinking from the lowest hanging fruit. No genre untouchable, no instrument too small, alone we are weak, but together... DICK 50 touched the globe, and this is what it sounds like. Side A consists of stud… Read more
Thursday, 27 August
The massed drone supergroup scale great heights and depths in their first communion for Drag City. Comprising the guimbri, gong, Arp 2600, Autoharp, drums and guitar of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, plus Bitchin Bajas' organ, bass clarinet, flute and synths, 'Automaginary' is a prime example of when many magick cooks make for an even more magickal broth, coaxing out the kind of potent, viscose drones that vibrate you and your surroundings 'til they dissolve and deliquesce like honey. Arcing and looping over the A-side with 'On No Fade', they p… Read more
**Home-duplicated C95 edition of 100 with insert by the artist** Sacred Tapes present one of their most necessary editions yet; a recording of arch experimentalist, Messiaen student and founding Fluxus member Philip Corner riffing on François Couperin's baroque tone poem for harpsichord, 'Les Barricades Mystérieuses', which was first performed in 1717. In this recording, made at the School voor Niuwe Dans Ontwikkeling, Amsterdam, on August 30th, 1995, Corner on piano is accompanied by tambourine and singing in a 95 minute improvisation focussed on the moo… Read more
"Since 2008 Dope Body have been refining and redefining their own kind of hard rock music, a sound that has many tributaries flowing into it but one that is definitely coming through a group that could only happen now. Dope Body are in a four-way conversation here, with drums, guitar, bass and vocals all pushing it around. Leaning into the future, mindlessly, just reacting, the jams of ‘Kunk’ are shimmering, alive with a simmering sizzle. Swirling jams that pound and float, cloud-like, associating segmentally like a naturally growing train of thought. ‘Kunk’ rolls forth with funk and flutter, ple… Read more
Thursday, 13 August
Julia Holter preps the scene for her new LP, 'Have You In My Wilderness' in this month's featured interview. You'll also find articles on jazz-punk renegades Blurt, Arnold Dreyblatt undertaking the invisible jukebox, and Global Ear in Lima. Also includes all the usual news, reviews, listings etc.
Thursday, 06 August
*Now available on tape!* First release on a new label from Max Tundra featuring his first productions to surface publicly for over 7 years, fronted by manufactured millennial pop starlets Daphne & Celeste.There’s little doubt among anyone familiar with Max Tundra’s oeuvre that his early 2000’s releases for Domino kinda pre-empted the whole PC Music thing by a decade or so, all hi-sheen bubblegum pop rendered through obsolete digital technology, hooky as hell and just a little bit unsettling to boot. Having laid low since the release of 2008’s 'Parallax Error Beheads You’ he now resurf… Read more
"Death Is Not The End reissue on cassette The Kossoy Sisters' classic Bowling Green LP, originally released on the Tradition label in 1956. Limited to 100 copies."
*Limited edition tape from Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander, aka Saturn & the Sun, to coincide with their excellent new LP also released on Bocian this week* "As core members of ritual rock band The Skull Defekts, they have toured the world during the past years and have released a hot line of records. As Saturn and the Sun, their common interest in harsh electronic music and deep drones is in the centre of attention. Nordwall runs the iDEAL Recordings label since 1998 and is also found collaborating with people like Mika Vainio, Mats Gustafsson and Ma… Read more
Thursday, 30 July
*Long-awaited documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the Modular Synthesizer...Feat: Trent Reznor, Gary Numan, Carl Craig, Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen / Language: English Subtitles: Spanish / Region: All Regions / Number of discs: 1 / Studio: First Run Features / Run Time: 96 minutes* I Dream of Wires is a new documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer.Exploring the synthesizer's history, the film reveals how innovators like Robert Moog helped build the… Read more
**Includes downloads dropped into your account on purchase of the tape** Just as you thought they'd run out of narcs, Cerberus Future Technologies catch a 3rd wind of 'Frequency Adjustments' to keep the party bent. Ringmaster, Ste Spandex parts the waves with the bugged out hypno-canter of 'Red Lights', opening a portal for his other aliases and collaborations to stream forth, from the Chicago bumpty bump of 'Sex (Untucked)' featuring Sarah Bates to the freeform synth and drums freak-out, 'OSC Mix' with Nova, plus stacks of grease from Montauk Boys, Kindred Dicks, Skanky Magic, and Licking Mirrors. A big tip to fans of Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Danielle Baldelli, drugs.
Thursday, 23 July
Yorkshire's psychedelic supremos, Ashtray Navigations are fused on this months cover and unpackage their 20 year oeuvre inside across interview and a primer. There's also a necessery commemoration to Ornette Coleman, R.I.P., plus features on the revival of Bristol's Flying Saucer Attack, plus a copy of the Wire Tapper 38 with tracks by Guapo, Simon H and Phil Minton, Ambrosia(@), and many more, plus all the usual news, reviews, listings etc.
"Death Is Not The End compile 10 of Washington Phillips' 18 known recordings, made between 1927 and 1929. These musical sermons feature Phillips' voice self-accompanied by a mystery instrument that been the subject of some debate - having been identified as a Dolceola, a Celestaphone, two Celestaphones tuned in octaves attached side-by-side, or a Phonoharp. Many consider it to be an instrument entirely home-made by Phillips himself. Either way, these recordings remain some of the most unique and understated gospel recordings from this period, and perhaps ever."
Thursday, 16 July
"Sliding up from the old heart of the Bay Area are a special new band. Hands up for the sweet and sour popsicles of Peacers. Carrying on like rock and roll never happened already, Peacers unpack a century’s worth of progress in fresh tunage. With time short, Peacers grab what scraps they can through the closing window and dance beneath the demeaned sky, with one flag waving free. Peacers’ debut is a dash through the gutted and the gutter, all of which is written home about with a gleeful cock of the skull and twinkle in eye, unmistakably out of the poison nib of Mike Donovan, whose hits with Sic… Read more
Thursday, 09 July
*Manuscript scores of Tabula Rasa and Cantus. Complete Study of Frates, Cantus and Tabula Rasa. Audio CD, text and photo's from the original 1984 album** CD with 208-page book. The original recording is accompanied by facsimiles of Pärt’s handwritten manuscripts for “Tabula rasa” and “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten” published for the first time, as well as study scores of the album’s four works, Arvo Pärt’s complete ECM discography with corresponding publishing details, and a new essay by Paul Griffiths.
Thursday, 25 June
"HD+ is a data DVD, documenting Uwe Schmidt's aka Atom TM's visual aesthetics for the first time. The conceptual engagement with and the critical yet diverting examination of pop music that's always delivered with a twinkle in the eye is a central topic of the musician's diverse creative work and certainly included in this visual presentation of it. Together with the second remix EP'Riding the Void' to be released this summer, "HD+" marks the provisional completion of Atom TM's "HD" cycle. Besides tracks from the "HD" album (r-n147), the video collection does as well contain tracks from other Atom ™ recor… Read more
Edition of 35. Pro dubbed on translucent purple Shells. Housed in double sized case. Inlay and linear note inserts printed on 300gsm recycled paper.
Edition of 35. Pro dubbed on Rustic Yellow Shells. Housed in double sized case. Inlay printed on 300gsm recycled paper.
Thursday, 18 June
The first full instalment of psychotomimetic disco-not-disco recordings by The Zest, hatched at the Heavenshulme base of Ste Spandex and Cerberus Future Technologies. "Featuring South Lancashire's most adept Etheric Noblemen... All compositions have been radionically tapped in real-time from the infinite sonic wisdom of the cosmos and dimensions beyond. Magnetically captured by the divine technological wonders of VHS and its equally majestic audio equivalent - the C90 Cassette Tape. For the listeners' full enjoyment, safety and peace of mind - full assurance is given that during the proce… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
Mark Fell appears on the cover this month and gives an extensive, in-depth interview with Dan Barrow. Inside, you'll also find a useful primer on the nebulous works of Keiji Haino, and Joshua Abrams undertakes the Invisible Jukebox. Global Ear is cocked to Shenzen, China, and you'll also find features on the firing Lisbon sound surrounding Príncipe Discs; Oren Amarchi collaborator, Crys Cole; and all the usual news, reviews, charts and listings.
Thursday, 04 June
*Collection of three documentaries about Haitian art, music and culture made over an 11-year period. Includes ‘A Pig’s Tale’ (52 min): A feature-length documentary linking Haitian pigs, Vodou and North American economic imperialism, commissioned for Channel 4. ‘Atis Rezistans: The Sculptors Of Grand Rue’ (32 min): Contemporary Haitian artists Celeur, Eugène, Claude and Guyodo all grew up in Port au Prince. Their work references their shared African and Haitian cultural heritage and a dystopian sci-fi view of the future. A multi-layered film, a p… Read more
Thursday, 28 May
Best Available Technology reveals another batch of blunted deconstructions with 'Excavated Tapes 1992 - 1999 (Vol.2)' via Astro:Dynamics. Following on from BNJMN's more recent deconstructions and outings for Left Blank and Styles Upon Styles, it sounds out ten cryptically crushed and frayed off-beats and ambient enigmas operating in their very own time-and-place quite unlike most else out there. They range from unstable equations such as the ghostly, fragmented 'Sncs9' thru to recursive lower case shoegaze styles in its longest piece, the five minute 'Si… Read more
Thursday, 21 May
*Hardcover, 160 pages,12 inches x 9.75 inches, 134 images reproduced in full colour* "Jim Linderman has arranged a storyboard of sorts that dramatizes the spirit, if not the chronology of rock and roll. Poetically, the photos evoke without naming, and have little to do with conventional iconography of the birth of rock and roll. Instead they document, and celebrate, the pure but indefinable essence of rock. Wherever there is an urge to make acoustic or electric music——whether helping at a rent party, busking in front of a crowd, or testifying in the name of Jesus——there’s an un… Read more
"The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrum-pop super hero and long-term spar Tender Prey – personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B. This long anticipated feature-length offering entitled Organ Calzone captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven “Sweet Baboo” Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of vir… Read more
Thursday, 14 May
Ilyas Ahmed really finds his voice in th captivating songs of 'I Am All Your Own', his first solo album since 'With Endless Fire' (2012). Rather than his usual instrumental arrangements, or the wordless poems of his Visitor duo-mate, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper, the Ahmed's dreamy, folk-tinged vocals are front and centre against wide, plush backdrops of his multi-tracked acoustic and electric strings blown out like some Fripp & Eno or Lawrence English composition. "Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassett… Read more
Thursday, 07 May
*Six Organs' Ben Chasny introduces a new approach to playing and composing music - The Hexadic System doesn’t require the use of a computer or an internet hookup. All that the interested player will need is a copy of ‘The Hexadic System’ book and a regular deck of playing cards* The struggle of habit is a problem in all walks of life, particularly creative work. We don’t always have an instinct to question the systems we are taught but consider the old adage about history being written by the winners. What does that imply about the processes with which we learn? Have alternate teaching… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
RosUS jazz saxophonist sports some dope sunglasses on the cover of this month's edition, and speaks to Howard Mandel inside. Chicago footwork pioneer RP Boo does the Invisible Jukebox, and you'll also find key features on Legowelt, Harry Bertoia, plus Global Ear in the U.A.E., plus all the usual news, reviews and listings.
Thursday, 09 April
"Although the title may be humorous, the first release from the trio of tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae, guitarist David Birchall and drummer Andrew Cheetham is no laughing matter; especially when it displays such a beguiling amount of telepathic interplay. ‘Erich Frohm Where’ sets the tone for the entire cassette, given a synopsis of what to expect on both sides. The simmer begins with Andreae’s burnt saxophones tones that shade and colour in indistinguishable fashion Birchall’s droning feedback squall as Cheetham flitters i… Read more
Thursday, 12 March
**Includes a 20-track Wire Tapper CD** In support of her debut on 4AD, Holly Herndon fronts the April 2015 Wire issue. Alsi includes features on Moondog, Lightening Bolt, Jlin, Model 500 and John Wiese. This issue includes The Wire Tapper 37 free CD with 20 tracks by Ricardo Donoso, Kevin Hufnagel, Manuel Zurria, Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere, among many others.
**Two-part 11 x 11" print and download plus interview cassette** "Brittle Love is a suite of songs scratched together from the teary depths of a computerised pop dream. From a few raggedy Technicolor melodies bloom luscious strings, xylophones, and drum machines. But something’s not quite right: you can almost hear the sticky-tape holding together the synthesisers, the vocals are forever slipping away from the beat. This is pin-point electronic music put together with Early Learning Centre scissors, a pot of PVA glue, and a page of Lonely Hearts classifieds ripped from a regional newspaper. J… Read more