Saturday, July 4, 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

1000schoen - Moune



1000schoen is the project of Helge Siehl, member of Maeror Tri. This is a great psych-drone album with slight kosmische influences, with the second, title track, being an absolute epic. 2010 cd on Nitkie.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda ‎– The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda



In the 1980s and 1990s Alice Coltrane recorded a number of private tapes playing Vedic devotional songs from the ashram she had founded in LA and this cd compiles some of these tracks. I can't say it's my cup of tea but historically it is very interesting. 2017 cd on Luaka Bop.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

Little Skull ‎– Ubique



At times unsettling drone, at times ecstatic folk accompanied by field recordings by New Zealander Dean Brown. 2016 lp on Planam.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

There's A Riot Going On

My warmest support goes to all those comrades rising up in American cities to confront state fascism and racial profiling. Having participated in anti-cop riots for years myself in the country I live in, I say that violent resistance is the only hope in a country without hope and that each rock thrown, each molotov cocktail exploding, each breath of hate against the pigs and the system that makes them is an act of love for the oppressed and the multi-cultural working class.





Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Virus ‎– Oblivion Clock remastered with bonus tracks



Released right after The Agent That Shapes The Desert, this is more of a mix of the noisier style of its predecessor and the more melancholic epic approach of The Black Flux, and includes a superb cover of The Walker Brothers' "Shutout." Originally released in 2012 this is the 2020 remastered reissue on Duplicate featuting two additional previously unreleased tracks.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Virus ‎– The Agent That Shapes The Desert 2Xcd remastered with bonus tracks



Drier sound and a more manic feel with more intense rhythms and influences of noise rock. Originally released in 2011 this is the double-cd remastered reissue on Duplicate Records containing a whole disc of preproduction demos.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Virus - The Black Flux remastered with bonus track



A masterpiece of lysergic psychedelic experimental metal by one of the most innovative musicians to ever come out of the Norwegian black metal scene, Carl-Michael Eide (Czral), also of Dodheimsgard, Aura Noir and the mighty Ved Buens Ende. When this got out I was working at a record shop and I listened to it throughout my shift, and it still remains my favorite one, over Carheart. By the way, the reformed Ved Buens Ende played my town just before the Covid lockdown, but I didn't go both due to health considerations and to my finishing work late in the evening. Have any of you seen any of the reunion gigs? This was released in 2008 and this is the 2020 remastered reissue on Duplicate Records including a previously unreleased bonus track.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Thuja - Hills



Originally released in 2002 as a cdr, this is the 2019 lp reissue on Rose Hobart.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Nackt Insecten ‎– Sick Animal Eyes



Loud and levitating noisy drone by this master who just decided to disappear. 2006 cdr on At War With False Noise in a case adorned with dead bees!

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

NYZ ‎– Old Trx [87-93]



For something slightly more upbeat, check out this amazing compilation of NYZ, the algorithm-based project of Aphex Twin collaborator Dave Burraston, here playing hardcore bleep techno and ambient dance music. R-E-C-O-M-M-E-N-D-E-D. 2020 lp on The Death Of Rave.

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Wolf Eyes / Faceneck ‎– Split 10"



2010 10" on Faceneck.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

İbrahim Gökçek passed away. İbrahim Gökçek lives. He will always be remembered



Unfortunately, İbrahim Gökçek passed away as his health had been irreversibly damaged due to his death fast. He is the third martyr of Grup Yorum in their struggle for artistic and political freedom after Helin Bölek and Mustafa Koçak. The struggle will continue to free all imprisoned Grup Yorum members on terrorism charges, among whom is Ibrahim's partner Sultan.

Helin, Mustafa and Ibrahim will always live in our minds and our hearts and they will be our shining path until the violent destruction of capitalism, imperialism and fascism, until the victory of communism.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Mary Jane Leach ‎– (F)lute Songs



Another amazing work of avant-garde classical drone from Mary Jane Leach, the bibliographer of Julius Eastman. All tracks are great but the most remarkable one is "Bruckstück," which was originally featured on her Celestial Fires, but whereas there it is performed by eight sopranos, here it is by flutes. 2018 lp on Modern Love.

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Sacrifice And Struggle: Victory for Grup Yorum





After 323 days of death fast, İbrahim Gökçek, bassist of the Turkish reolutionary political music group Grup Yorum ended his hunger strike. Grup Yorum had their musical instruments destroyed during a raid of the Turkish police into their cultural center in Istanbul and their members were imprisoned on charges of being linked to the banned DHKP-C, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, which has been conducting armed struggle against the Turkish state for many decades. Grup Yorum has always had a political stance and condemned and publicized the atrocities committed by the Turkish state and the condition of prison in Turkey.

In 2019, the members of Grup Yorum started a death fast demanding to be allowed to play music and play concerts, while still imprisoned. Singer Helin Bölek died on April 3 after 288 days at the age of 28, and the march during her funeral was suppressed. Mustafa Koçak died on April 24 after 297 at the age of 28, while imprisoned and tied on his bed.





Ibrahim's demand was the Grup Yorum be allowed to play live again, and if that demand was accepted he would stop his hunger strike. The acceptance of the demand and the end of the death fast is a political victory of the freedom struggle against of the oppression of people's and artist's rights. The fight continues to help Ibrahim stand back on his feet and to free all imprisoned Grup Yorum members.


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Demons - Untitled loop tape



Years ago the blog Corrupted Delights (which seems not to be functioning, sadly) as well as Bleak Bliss had posted a untitled tape made by Demons (Nate Young/Wolf Eyes-Steve Kenney) which featured an endless loop repeating itself with various short durations. The sound of that loop was the most sinister and contaminated evil synth noise that someone could have ever vomited on this planet, and for a long time I used to play it to fall asleep. I played it when I was doing my army service sleeping a few hours between my guard duty, and I repeated it for many hours in the morning while I was writing my MA thesis, only to end up in the afternoon lying on the carpet feeling that my brain had become completely fried by studying and listening to this.

So, I decided to buy it for archive purposes as well as play it on my new ghettoblaster that I have in the kitchen, but I was slightly disappointed. Instead of that evil synth, there was a cool - on the one hand - but completely different loop - on the other. What I hear is a bass loop rising and falling, alternating with a weak pulsing throb. Yes, it's cool, sounds a little bit like sounds from Dawn of the Dead or Cannibal Holocaust in devouring scenes but it's not the demonic puke emitted from the bowels of Marvel's Blackheart (do you remember the epic arcade game Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter?). Contacting the seller, he said that he thinks that there must probably be different versions, which makes sense that I tested it on different tape decks to see if there was a problem with the one. I'm thinking of trying to buy another copy so that I might be lucky, but I guess I won't do so.

Therefore, I decided to post both versions, mine and the one posted by Corrupted Delights, for you to compare and tell me what you think has happened here.

2006 tape on AA Records.

My bass loop version

The Corrupted Delights synth horror version

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

VA - Gregorian Chants (A Collection Of Chants And Liturgies From The Monasteries Of France)






Sometime ago I had referred to Gregorian chants tape I had bought in Manchester that was chewed up and a reader asked that I rip it as it was. So I took it out on Easter Sunday and it seemed to be playing properly but now that I split the tracks from track 12 onwards there is chewing up. Some of the chants are amazing though and very dark, so you can check it out. 1993 tape on Music Club.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Vampyres ‎– Embers Of Destruction tape



At Easter I always like to post something slightly related to religion and something its opposite. So, the opposite this year is another release of the sublime horror drone of Vampyres of Lee Stokoe and Martyn James Reid. You probably have understood how high I hold these two guys and their day projects (Culver and Depletion) so you know that you should expect top-notch modular synth drone terror. 2019 tape on Invisible City Records.

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