Saturday, June 30, 2007


Sonically almost the archetypal Cherry Red band, over the course of this LP, Glaxo Babies wide-ranging post punk admixture manages to take in everything from mutant funk, nebulous atmospheric jams, sax squawk-driven post punk improv, dub technique, and itchy-scratchy Gang Of Four angularity and fuses it all in a way thats beautifully un-obvious.

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Following my post of their "Zap The Universe" LP around 10 days back, here's the debut EP by this roguish band of Beefheart-ian weirdniks. These arch roundelays through post-punk contortion are perhaps a wee bit less compacted and dizzying in their execution on this initial salvo, though even during their nascent stages, these Canadian mutants still sound more like flamingos in a fruit fight than most of their similarly inclined brethren.

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Following my post of their "The End (Gradient Of Texture)" EP a few days back, here's another cavalcade of lopsided but delicate as a doily maneuvers from these Japanese masters of whimsy gone wonky.

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Released on Christoph Heemann's Dom imprint, this is a massive and stellar assortment of surreal expositions from a roster of avant garde talent that, taken together, make this compilation something of a state of the union for this scene circa the early 90's. For me, things reach their peak under the stewardship of some of the more well known parties here, with stellar turns from Nurse With Wound, Christoph Heemann (in solo form as well as within HNAS and Damenbart), Vox Populi! and C-Schulz in particular standing out. This lengthy double CD set has been divided into four parts.

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Another day, another Neue Deutsche Welle tape. Well...not so fast. This one, something of a minimal synth wonder, deserves your undivided attention. Bunsenbrenner N.9 hold an odd middle ground between the madly colorful percolations and permutations of the pro-doinkiness camp and the anxious sturm und drang mongering of the more down-in-the-mouth wing of this scene, this miscegenation winningly subverting expectations at every turn.

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Friday, June 29, 2007


Continuing posting tape compilation releases from Broken Flag label ,here is another compilation from 1985.

A1 Le Syndicat Tongue Of Shit (3:29)
A2 Denier Du Culte Les Hangeurs D'Etoiles (3:27)
A3 Toll Out 2 (5:36)
A4 Le Syndicat The Wall (4:18)
A5 Gian Paolo Guerini Again (6:54)
B1 Le Syndicat Zirkel Children (3:41)
B2 Grey Wolves, The Programmed To Kill (5:48)
B3 AMK & Abstract Belief Part One (5:59)
B4 Le Syndicat Black Blood (3:49)
B5 Pacific 231 & John Duncan N/A (4:13)
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Achim Reichel-(Machines and Friends) Nachtmusik WDR 1973,Bootleg LP,1973+(with the Machines) AR3,LP,1973+Erholung,LP,1974,Germany

I think there's no need for an introduction for Achim Reichel.Here we have a bootleg recording of 1973 concerts with excellent improvisation tracks from his works with the Machines mostly,never released officially with anykind of pic sleeve.Also AR 3 with the machines and Erholung LPs from 1973 and 1974 respectively.
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Pascal Languirand-De Harmonia Universalia,LP,1980,Canada

Following my previous post of Pascal Languirand first LP , Minos, a few months back ,here's his 2nd one. A milestone in electronic music!

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Laurent Pernice-Details,LP,1988,France

French musician Laurent Pernice (former member of French band Nox) embraced the sampler and electronics and crafted the ethnic/industrial collage of Releases Details (Permis de Construire, 1988) and Sortie Vers la Ville (Permis de Construire, 1994), both further eroded by his jarring vocals. In between, he also released a more conventional work, Axident (Permis de Construire, 1992). The experiment continued with Sept Autres Creatures (Odd Size, 1996), Yppah (Moloko+, 2001), Infrajazz (2003) , Drosophiles & Doryphores (2004).

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Claudo Peloquin -L'Ouverture Du Paradis ,LP,1979,Canada

An electronic/progressive masterpeice by the Canadia singer Claudo Peloquin,known from his LP with Sauvageau from 1972 ,Laissez-nous vous embrasser où vous avez mal.An excellent very emotional LP reminding me a bit of Igor Wakhévitch and a bit of Iceland era Richard Pinhas. The only disavantage is it's very litle duration.

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V/A:Trial By Ordeal,tape,1983,UK

Inspired by the massive posts of thunderperfectmind fellow blogger ,in Direct Waves blog,of Broken Flag label recordings ,i will post some tapes here too,starting from this early and very important compilation.
02. RAMLEH: Emaciator [1982]
03. THIS BODY I MUTILATE: Carnal Direction
06. THEE UN-KOMMUNITI: Live 30-11-83
01. ASSAILER: Annihalation
03. LXSS: U.I.K. [pt.1]
04. THE NEW BLOCKADERS: Live 12-10-1983
05. THEE UN-KOMMUNITI: Spurt White / Cut Black

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V/A:Three Times A Day,2x45 tape,1982,

"A magnificent double tape package featuring some of the finest music that's about at the moment. From all over the globe the hits just keep on coming and the variation of styles makes it an intriguing insight into the different directions being pursued in different countries.
Excellent contributions from the manic Pension Stammheim NDW, the danceable side of Colin Potter, Belgium's finest: Cortex, our very own Portion Control and America's Shame. Exposure are just a few of the delights on the first tape, and that's leaving out a magnificent opus from DDAA.
Tape two continues the mutant dance mould with Beats Per Minute, the haunting Hunting Lodge, Sluik and stormers from Cor Dur and the Merciless Ponies.
This is one of the finest compilations of immediate, accessible, unknown music since 'Rising From The Red Sand', Buy, buy, buy."
Sounds 17/12/83
Side A:01. Pension Stammheim - Ndw Rap.
02. Colin Potter - Yoursmine.
03. Cortex - Cortex X.
04. M.B - Aktivität (excerpt).
05. Sueño Sueño Nën.
Side B:01. Portion Control - Collapsed.
02. Oppression Breeds Violence - D Day.
03. D.D.A.A. - Yroto.
04. Shame, Exposure - Untitled.
Side C:01. Beats Per Minute - Fetish Abuse.
02. Hunting Lodge - Excerpt from PS02 II.
03. Utilisation Du Vieux Port - Accès Inachevès.
04. Sluik - Helen Is Dead 8-10-82.
05. Pseudo Code - Drunk.
Side D:01. Merciless Ponies - Flying Pests PT 1&2.
02. Cor Dur - Stranded 2 Steps From Heaven.
03. Beats Per Minute - Unchested.
04. André De Konig - Party Talk.
05. Vovokai - De Teleurstelling.
06. Hunting Lodge - Astral Bell.
07. Bene Gesserit - Hymne Au Ver.
Excellent minimal synth compilation tape from 1982
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Filarmónica Fraude - Epopeia,LP,1969,Portugal

This album, a true pearl of portuguese music, is something surprizing. For it proposes an inovative sound, even if it follows the first recordings of Quarteto 1111, giving us a bronze armour sonority. An orchestral sound, epic, progressive, medieval, folk, pop, R&B, a cappela... in the end, a whole richness to discover. 1969 is the year, already after the "fall" of the chair by Salazar, but before still his death. It's a audacious picture of the country's political situation and tradition. Stories of the prince who goes to fight in the war, be demmand of the king, leaving behind him, his young girl, like in middle ages did. That is, distant and glorious situations (like the regime proppeled) to denounce the (then) present times. Influences? It's not not easy to see where they come from, but there's some Beatles in it. For example, in "Só Marinheiros e Escravos", with those maginificent violins, remind very "Eleanor Rigby". Or the begining of "Digo Dai", it seems to be the most known song of the album (even my mother remembers it), that suggests me "Piggies". The instrumentation and the arrangements are great. Just great to feature among the Portuguese popular historical music best albums (like some people consider). Violinis, cellos, harpsicords, organ, choirs, various percussions, harp... Yes, this was a non-common group. Like it would be proved later, if any had doubts, in Banda do Casaco.
Well you might find this too "soft" for Mutant Sounds,BUT ,listen closely....excellent compositions reminding Beach Boys's Pet Sounds or Beatles Revolver,combined with a meditteranean feeling and blended with acid folkish tunes.A magickal LP.
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Heiner Goebbels/Alfred 23 Harth- Der Durchdrungene Mesnch / Indianer fûr Morgen,LP,1981,Germany

Now seriously this one is A HELL of a record!First time i heard it remained speechless for 40 minutes(the time that record lasts).Magnificent combination of jazzy / experimental tunes combined with plingity -plong electronics Residents styleand all blended by the art/NDW sounds of Germany at the time of this release.Imagine Residents jamming with Sun Ra while Frieder Butzmann and Pascal Comelade are furiously joining them!
A classic!
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Hector Zazou-Parade Sauvage pour Arthur Rimbaud ,MCD,1991,France

A long deleted rare Mini CD by the great Hector Zazou collaborating with David Sylvian here.Excellent atmospheric compositions based on poems of Arthur Rimbaud.Reminding the Belgian TUXEDOMOON period but still blended with the great talent of these 2 legends.Ambient electronics combined with ethnic hints creating an almost dreamy relaxed feeling ,sometimes a bit dark and scary but yet marvellous.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


An impossibly obscure album of highly advanced cosmic rock of levitational proportions by a complete mystery band. Yup...this one's a monster, and yet there is an almost complete absence of information to be found anywhere about this jawdropper, both on the web and on the sleeve itself. So too, even the collector I go this from hadn't the slightest idea of this group's provenance, so anyone out there with a clue, please do tell. As for the music, these set of ears, the waterily trance-inducing and repetitively cascading sonics contained herein owes something to both Quebecois acidheads Dionne/Bregent and to Harumi Hosono's godhead collaboration with Tadinori Yokoo on Cochin' Moon. For those so inclined, this is a lysergic brainbomb waiting to happen...enjoy!

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The delicate but deformed soundworld proffered by this woefully overlooked unit is a virtual object lesson in how to conjure profound madness from only the daintiest, twee-est ingredients, a tack they share with contemporaries like After Dinner, Luna Park Ensemble and Pungo, though Katra Turana's specific composite takes this warped aesthetic template to even deeper heights of bird-like frailty, only to mindfuck you with a structural rug-pull from under your feet just as you're beginning to question your sanity for listening to such mincing la-di-da-ness. Beautiful sickness from a lost continent of demure Japanese dementia.

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A two-thirds's excellent EP of itchy Downtown NY-style skronk 'n' jitter that fuses it's scabrous Massacre-ism's to a Material-like white boy funk chassis, something that works a charm as long as said Massacre-ism's occupy the foreground. Should be a shoo-in for anyone thats been digging my posts of stuff like Fat and Gunjogacrayon lately...

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One of the first releases on the estimable German electronica imprint Stora turns out to be anything but electronica. Instead, The German unit Hammafest do a bang-up job of circumventing any sort of cursory parsing. I can detect hints here of
the Nurse With Wound of "Thunder Perfect Mind" and at other times, they promulgate a bongo driven weirdity that presages the doings of Asa Chang & Junray, but as with all the best work, it's fundamental character evades every attempt to pin it down. Brilliant stuff.

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There are some true blue stunners tucked away within this R.I.O. compendium, something of a 1988 state of the union for
Recommended Records' German outpost Recommended/No Man's Land, though you might be deceived at first, as they've mysteriously frontloaded some of the lesser work here. For me, the astonishing German unit Uludag (once very accurately described as sounding like "the world's first Chinese R.I.O. band") turn in this compilation's capper, though Biota, Zoviet France (not R.I.O., but somehow they got sucked into Recommended's orbit 'round about this time), Skeleton Crew, Proof Of Utah, Bittova/Fajt and Half Japanese turn in contributions that are not to be sneezed at. This lengthy CD has been divided into two parts.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

No posts by Mutantsounds today:(

Due to very high temperatures in my area today(above 40 degrees) i will not be able to make any new posts today.....Sorry 'bout that....more posts by mutantsounds tomorrow.

Gaznevada - Gaznevada(Harpo's Music),tape,1979,Italy(+Nevadagaz,7")

Gaznevada adventure started at the end of the seventies when Billy Blade (vocal and sax), Bat Matic (drums), Andy Nevada (vocal and synth), Chainsaw Sally (bass) and Robert Squibb (guitar) decided it was time to give to their social / sonic hysteria a form. March, 1977. After the university riots some of them, start to live together in a flat in Bologna with other artists and friends. The aggregation place is an occupied house in Bologna where they lodge artists, musicians, designers, cartoonists and directors. At this time the name of the band is "Centro D'Urlo Metropolitano". With this band they write "Mamma dammi la Benza" the first and one track of "Centro D'Urlo Metropolitano" co-produced and distributed by the University Student Movement of Bologna in september 1977.
November, 1977. After a trip in London they decides to change name of the band into Gaznevada from the Raymond Chandler novel "Nevada gas". At this moment the official Gaznevada members are: Alessandro Raffini (aka Billy Blade), Ciro Pagano (aka Robert Squibb), Marco Dondini (aka Bat Matic), Giorgio Lavagna (aka Andy Nevada). There are also Giampiero Huber (aka Johnny Tramonta) and Gianluca Galliani (aka Nico Gamma), but they leave the band after a few months, in 1978.
1978. Gaznevada play Ramones covers live at Punkreas Club. The show was a great success and was replied for three days. From this moment they start to play live a lot of gigs in alternative and underground clubs. They record their first tape "Gaznevada". The tape contains a new release of "Mamma dammi la benza", songs like "Criminale", "Telepornovisione" and the first release of "Nevadagaz". In this year they realize the video of "Telepornovisione" directed by Renato De Maria and Giampiero Huber.
1979. Marco Bongiovanni (aka Chainsaw Sally) joins Gaznevada as bass player. The band now is completed. After the Bologna Rock Contests they signe a contract with the indie label "Italian records", they work with this company until 1984 and realizes the first single "Nevadagaz" b/w "Blue TV Set" in the summer 1979. The sound is influenced by Contortions, Ramones, Velvet Underground, Talking heads and Brian Eno. From here to 1983 they start to play live in clubs and rock contests. In this period Gaznevada becomes a cult band with a lot of fans.
1980. Its ready the first Gaznevada album "Sick soundtrack" for many people a reference point of italian new wave of this period. The album contains Oil tubes, Japanese Girls, Going Underground and more. In this year they play the song "Uffà Uffà" in the omonymous album of Edoardo Bennato and feature in the video of the song. They also feature in a small part of "Si salvi chi vuole" a Roberto Faenza movie with Claudia Cardinale
1981. Gaznevada publish an ep: "Dressed To Kill" inspired to the omonymous Brian de Palma movie. It sounds really electronic and dark. For the exit of the new Ep they play live at Electra 1, a rock contest with D.N.A., Lounge Lizards, Chrome, Magazzini Criminali, Peter Gordon and Bauhaus.
1982. Andy Nevada leaves Gaznevada. He says that the sound of the band is going to be too commercial for him and he starts to play with a new project: the Stupid Set. In this year Gaznevada write the new single "Ragazzi dello Spazio" b/w "Dolly" and the 12 inch "(Black Dressed) White Wild Boys".They feature like actors in the indie musical movie "Il Pirata" and write a song for the soundtrack. At the end of the year they are ready to write "I.C.Love Affair" the song that changes the sound direction of the band.
1983. "Psicopatico Party", the third Gaznevada album is out in record stores. The album contains "I.C.Love Affair" that will soon becomea club classic. From the album they realized a video of the song "Shock Antistatico". After this album Bat Matic leaves Gaznevada and a new drummer join the band: Gianni Cuoghi (from the Confusional Quartet).From this moment they feature in many important musical tv shows like Festivalbar, Disco per lestate, Domenica in, Superclassifica Show and many more. "Psicopatico Party" contains also "Agente Speciale" the song that inspired the next Gaznevada single "Special Agent Man". This track will be remixed in 2005 re-edit by Morgan Geist and available in the collection album "Confuzed Disco" of Mantra Vibes, label of Expanded Music group.
1984. Comes out a new Gaznevada single: "Ticket to Los Angeles" it will be last for the Italian records label.
1985. Gaznevada sign a new contract with Emi Music and write a new album: Back to the jungle. "Living in the jungle" is the new single and also new video taken from this new album. The single goes on top of the charts and the video, directed by Renzo Martinelli, gains a special prize for realization and effects. From the same album the track "Mary is a Clerk" remixed by a french dj team becomes a success in France.
1986. Gaznevada feature in the film "Dolce Assenza" directed by Claudio Sestieri, and "Railway Station Boy", one song of "Back to the jungle" album, its chosen for the movie soundtrack. The single "Sex Sister" is published and for the first time Gaznevada become artistic producer. The mixing of the track was made in Munich at Paradise Studio, the famous studio where Giorgio Moroder has composed and mixed its songs.
1987. In this year Billy Blade leaves and then Gianni Cuoghi leaves the band. At this point Marco Bongiovanni and Ciro Pagano are searching for a new singer. After a lot of test with mor singers they choose Nicola Guiducci from the club "Killer Plastic". Gaznevada now sign a new record contract with the CBS record company for a new Gaznevada album this time produced by Guido Elmi, artistic producer of Vasco Rossi, Steve Roger's Band, Alberto Fortis and more.
1988. "Strange Life", fourth and last Gaznevada album is published. From this album are extracted the singles and the video "Thrill of the Night" and the songs "Sometimes" and "Jimmy Boy". At this point Ciro Pagano and Marco Bongiovanni decide to freeze Gaznevada to start their personal career: Marco Bongiovanni aka Markino, DJH feat. Stefy, Kaliya and Ciro Pagano aka Do it, Masoko solo, Datura.
2002. After 14 years a new Gaznevada single is published by Emi record company: Dance No Dance. The song is produced by Datura and sounds really eighties and new wave.
2006. Special Agent Man, Oil Tubes and I.C. Love Affair are remixed by Morgan Geist, Kiki and Munk for "Confuzed Disco" a new compilation retrospective of italian eighties sound.
Excellent Italian punkish post punk with much use of electronics and experimental hints.Contains their 1st 7" and a live recording as bonus.
Not to be missed...

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Feeling B -Hea Hoa Hea Hoa Hea Hoa Hea ,LP,1989,DDR

Here we got everything:punk,synth punk,psych,folk,industrial,jazzy tunes,even marching songs.All those combined excellent with a very impressive result by this Rammstein related band.Sometimes reminding me the excellent Pogues,Flogging Molly folk-punk energy in a more teutonic way combined with use of electronics and jazzy hints here and there.Highly recommended.

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Faust'o- Out Now,LP,1982,Italy

Great and much underrated Italian musician.Electronic improvisations with one eye staring at free jazz tradion and the other in the European a-la Tuxedomoon electronic tradition.This is his most experimental work and his best imho.

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Essendon Airport-Palimpsest,LP,1982,Australia

Essendon Airport was an Australian post-punk group from 1978-83 who explored experimental minimalist, electronic and funk music. They reformed in 2003.
Based in Melbourne, Essendon Airport began as an instrumental duo in 1978 with Robert Goodge on guitar and David Chesworth on Wurlitzer electric piano along with a home made drum machine bought from the Trading Post. Both members lived in or near the suburb of Essendon and took the name of Essendon Airport which since 1971 was no longer an international terminal (replaced by Melbourne Airport).
They later became a four piece adding drums - Paul Fletcher, and saxophone - Ian Cox, and finally a five piece with bass player Barbara Hogarth in 1982. The group disbanded in 1983. Each of these three line-ups produced quite different music. Essendon Airport performed around Melbourne's newly emerging post-punk inner-city venues such as The Crystal Ballroom, various galleries such as the George Paton and the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre (CHCMC), a venue for experimental music, performance and film during this time.Duo 1978-79The duo released the EP Sonic Investigations of the Trivial and the single Talking To Cleopatra with Anne Cessna both on Innocent Records.
Their EP was described at the time by Essendon Airport as .... songs which combine many of the most facile and insipid kinds of music in a redeemingly dignified manner.... creating new trivia out of old. All this takes place along with a kind of pedantic fetishism for small-repetition games - the music travels in circles, spirals and solid blocks of sameness and difference. This manifestation of Essendon Airport is perhaps less well known than the later ones but played some memorable performances around Melbourne including the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre and supports in front of bemused punters waiting for Midnight Oil and Jimmy and the Boys.
Quartet 1980-81Embellished with the arrhythmic drumming of Paul Fletcher and the often sweet, often brittle saxophone of Ian Cox. The four-piece performed a range of material from extreme minimalism to plundering the hidden resonances of the popular song. Examples can be heard on the album Palimpsest (Innocent Records). The group also made recordings for Fast Forward Magazine and a disc give-away for the Art Network Magazine.
Quintet 1982-83With the addition of bassist Barbara Hogarth the group developed material with an art/funk feel and performed many headliners at the Jump Club, Crystal Ballroom and toured to Sydney. Strangely the quintet did not release a recording. However there are tapes of Live-to-Air performances on 3RRR FM including their final performance at the Crystal Ballroom.
After the dissolution of Essendon Airport, Chesworth continued performing as a soloist and with a new group entitled Whaddya Want? He later formed the instrumental group the David Chesworth Ensemble. Goodge, Cox and Hogarth formed the nucleus of the successful pop-funk band I'm Talking which featured Kate Ceberano as lead vocalist.
Reformation 2003-In 2003 a compilation CD was released on Chapter Music entitled Sonic Investigations of The Trivial, comprising live and studio recordings of the duo from 1978-1980. Following this release Essendon Airport have given occasional performances in their original duo guise. They perform their original music having painstakingly transferred the drum machine sounds from old tapes on to computer and have also added some new pieces. Graham Lee (ex-The Triffids) has been accompanying them on pedal-steel guitar. In 2005 the trio commenced recording for a new CD release .
David Chesworth - keyboard, vocals (1978-1983, 2003- )
Robert Goodge - guitar (1978-1983, 2003- )
Ian Cox - saxophone (1980-1983)
Paul Fletcher - drums (1980-1983)
Barbara Hogarth - bass (1982-1983)
Graham Lee - pedal steel guitar (2005- )
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Cultural Noise- Aphorisms Insane,LP,1980,Austria

Not much known about this Austrian group,except the release of this great LP.In early TD vein electronic floating cosmic music ,sometimes scary.

Don't miss this!

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I expect many will be jazzed to see this classic krautrock compendium finally made available again, after it's disappearance elsewhere in the music share blogosphere a while back. At this late date, It'd be hard to find anything particularly novel to add to the mountain of verbiage already expended on the marvels of Gottsching and Ash Ra Tempel. Suffice it to say that anyone
into the whole mythos really shouldn't be without this essential piece of the puzzle a moment longer, containing as it does some three solid hours of otherwise unavailable live Ash Ra Tempel material alone. Beyond that salient fact though lies one other detail, namely that the 20 odd minute Gottsching's solo track "Lotus" on disc 5 is for me easily one of the loftiest peaks in his entire recorded canon.


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What follows is the fourth installment in my ongoing series of postings of singles from the vdoandsound archives.

This offshoot project of the excellent post-V-Effect New York outfit Fish And Roses features Sue Garner working off the angular art rockin' side of her sound and is all the better for it, none of the homespun folksiness of her solo work being at all evident here.

This Florida unit's droning improvs (predating the whole freak folk juggernaut by several years) on this single, sound like The Theater Of Eternal Music on horse tranquilizers accompanying the stoned mumblings emerging from the inside of Frank Zappa's piano.

Very effective liquidly churning, low-key nocturnal soundscaping from this Nashville trio.

Not quite so low-key on this earlier outing, the Blazen/Sharp duo's dense soup of surreal electronic manipulations possessing something of an Electro-Static Cat vibe on this one.

The A side of this minimal synth mega-collectable (though that descriptor is mostly due to the presence of a drum machine on the first side) is a crisp bit of stripped art rock with a street smart lippy delivery at the fore, the B-side hitting a certain Here Come The Warm Jets stride thats even most appealing.

Not sure whether this or the above came first (info on the web is near nil), but energy levels are much more jacked on this one, vocal swagger still to the fore, though this time with the synths set on blare. Intense and excellent.

Suave and distinctly Arthur Russell-like funk and disco inflected art pop whose lushness seems weirdly out of context for a "brown rice" UK DIY imprint like Fried Egg. Good shit.

Frantic Neue Deutsche Welle psychosis from master of the game Frieder Butzmann, here in collaboration with a gal named Sanja, thats full of sped up pianos, gibbering vocals and claustrophobic electronics.

Though this is Butzmann's single in name it actually amounts to a collaboration with Malaria, as both Gudrun Gut and Bettina Koster are present here to help Herr Butzmann disembowel these two Christmas chestnuts (the other to get the treatment is Silent Night, which "Goes Disco" according to the title, but sounds more like it goes sub-mental). A sick little counterpoint to my forthcoming post of The Hybrid Kids (ne Morgan Fisher) LP "Claws" which also finds novel ways to defile the spirit of christmas, albeit from a infinitely more well oiled and zany tack.

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