Al Cisneros - Lantern of the Soul [Sinai 03]

Brand new 7" on clear vinyl. Real drums this time and a keyboard theme that sounds like it's from a movie soundtrack about a dystopian future. In other words, this is about right now!

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Musk - Musk [1996LP]

MUSK is the new flesh. Or at least what's secreted from the glands located under the skin. Frontman Rob Fletcher is a the last guy in the world you'd think had pheromones—I mean, they might work on him, but his voice is definitely in the “let's get the fuck away from this guy” category, with his undeniable ability to growl, spit, shriek, and wretch as the band attacks. The drummer Brendan Leonard is a total can basher and the bass player John Laux is sublime. I mean, he's not even there at times, but he is like the whispers of forced air you heard when you were listening to Tical on wet that one time. Like, is that really there? It feels like it's been there forever. The weird thing about MUSK is that on top of all this maligned beauty—is that what you call something that sounds like the six movies John Saxon made in Italy that nobody except the biggest creeps in the world know about? A Beefheartian blues lurch juxtaposed against that lost eighties pigfuck clangor? Where was I? Oh yeah, Chris Owen, the guitar player, makes it bleed reverb everywhere, as if his amp had a heart to be stabbed, but it's just a cone about to rupture. His leads give off a sick, dusty twang, pained as if in their death throes—which is saying something because the guy looks like the dad from The Family Circus. Anyway, each dying twitch—every belligerent throb—was captured by engineer Chris Woodhouse (Oh Sees, Fuzz, Ty Segall, Intelligence). Whether working the muggy Southern Gothic angle or treading knee deep in NYC’s pungent sewers, all routes on MUSK lead to a cold, shuddering finality.

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Virginia Trance - Your Guru [VT-001]

Virginia Trance lays roots deep into the soil of the earth. That is to say, the songs on this debut record show Scott Ryan Davis grounded in a classic pop/folk rock mindset bringing to mind acts such as The Dream Syndicate, Flamin' Groovies, and Tom Petty. The sound is a soft departure from Scott's previous work at the helm of hazy art-rock project Images and a yearlong tenure with renowned mind rockers Psychic Ills. The astral gazing and third eye textures aren't completely lost and are left linger- ing throughout. The sound captured on this record is wholeheartedly its own, emitting an energy akin to reading Leaves of Grass.

The A-Side, Your Guru, has a sorta "Tuesday's Gone" / "Whiskey Woman" flavor. It is a moody, laid back affair, with guitars smooth and vibrant, bass thumping, and hypnotic vocals that are damn sincere. In the end the tune burns out with a dazed solo somewhat redolent of Neil Young. Turning to the flip side, Something In the Air, is more reminiscent of Scott's previous work with an intriguing interplay of guitars and bass that has a language all its own.

The music was recorded at the former Brooklyn DIY space Big Snow, mixed by Psychic Ills' Tres Warren, & mastered by underground veteran Matt 'MV' Valentine with care.

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Wooden Shjips - Wooden Shjips bundle [Wooden Shjips bundle]

Wooden Shjips - Wooden Shjips bundle [Wooden Shjips bundle]

All 3 Wooden Shjips albums on Holy Mountain—Wooden Shjips, Dos, Vol 1—plus Vol 2 on Sick Thirst for a slighty reduced rate. The vinyl bundle is only Wooden Shjips, Dos and Vol 1.

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Mammatus - Heady Mental [Spiritual PajamasLP]

Heady Mental is the perfect title for the new Mammatus album, for it rests heavily in the moldy caverns of heavy metal history, but doesn’t get too comfortable before revealing its true colors. This is music for flight, music for the sky, and music for the things that lie beyond. These men are searching for the source through sound. Repetitions of themes with variants spread over four separate songs that act as a whole. Heady Mental functions as a soundtrack to the Mammatus Brain: Heavy/Airy, Earth/Sky, Man/Creator, Complete and Grok’d.

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Pharaohs - Manhunter [IA007/1992]

Pharaohs (surprisingly not a surf band, considering their name and proximity to Los Angeles) cover a range of styles on their newest three-track 12-inch for Intercoastal Artists. Epic opener “Manhunter” sounds like the mutant grandchild of no-wave / “Naïve Funk” late-1970s / early-1980s New York City. Think 99 Records, Sleeping Bag or ZE, throw in some Madchester, then tiptoe past Gottsching’s E2-E4, and you’re close. If Arthur Russell (RIP) guested on this track, it wouldn’t be a surprise. The other two cuts are roughly new age, but with one distinction—the filth oozing off the sax on “Nature Lovers” is more shocking and sleazy than any Wolf Eyes track. Of course, shocking in the most serene way possible. That said, either could be a lost backing track to an early Roxy Music album. The only things missing are Bryan Ferry’s voice and Eno’s plummage. File this alongside R&S or Transmat releases, or even Blurt, Pigbag or A Certain Ratio records. More on the nose, listen to this while watching the elevator scene in Drive. Pharaohs feature Alejandro Cohen (co-founder of legendary SoCal radio station / multimedia scenemakers Dublab) and Sam Cooper alongside newest members Diego Herrera (a.k.a. Suzanne Kraft) and Casey Butler (Stellar Rahim). 2013 has already seen a flurry of Pharaohs activity: they garnered high praise for their recently released LP on 100% Silk and 12-inch on ESP, receiving nods from Pitchfork, The Fader, XLR8R, Ad Hoc, and the list continues. Manhunter is by far their furthest step forward. Seriously, these guys are the shit. “Straight acid melt that drips off the disco balls hanging from the smoggy firmament of LA’s crotch” —Impose Magazine “Bunkered between an arrangement of stackable synths, the Pharaohs squad jams workshop-style, an endearing, funky, spirited live-thrive” —100% Silk “Pharaohs plow an unwavering path through the past, taking a route through various strains of dance music that’s unapologetically nostalgist in outlook” —Pitchfork “Blissed-out house music created by robots in the future” —Reliver

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White Manna - Dune Worship [1994]

White Manna - Dune Worship [1994LP]

White Manna return for another chance to prove just how deep is their thrust. Dune Worship, the Arcata, California group’s sophomore album, follows in the vein of last year’s self-titled debut with another batch of primal, outward-bound jams that reek of eternity.

“Transformation” channels prime-time Hawkwind, evoking that sense of zooming headlong in endless flight with your every atom buzzing. Like the best space-rock songs, it intensifies and ascends ever higher as it goes. “X-Ray”’s staunch, towering riffs are as foreboding as the next report from the EPA. This is White Manna’s idea of a power ballad… until it accelerates in the last minute and leaves you blissfully charred. The speedy yet smooth “I’m Comin’ Home” should be the recurring theme for that impossible sequel to Easy Rider, while the 10-minute “Illusion Of Illusion” simmers with astral, meditative menace. It’s a massive, billowing specimen of rock that glows like the earth’s inner core. Their most cosmic track, “Illusion” might be White Manna’s peak. The epic finale, “Solar Returns,” is as majestic and momentous of a climax as you’d expect from these profound pros, whose singleness of purpose remains irrepressible and righteous.

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Residual Echoes - Middle Path [1995LP]

In the grand tradition of albums consisting of sidelong tracks, The Middle Path ranks among the best. How great is it? We’re talking on the level of the latest opus by Decimus (NNCK’s Pat Murano; it’s not out yet, but trust us), Tangerine Dream’s Zeit, and Ash Ra Tempel’s first LP.

Taking collage rock to college, band leader Adam Payne and drummer Matthew Clark have made their loftiest contribution yet to the out-rock canon. They let their freak flag fly high, but with a disciplined air.

“Bush Pij” starts with a bulbous, stunt-rock charge that evokes first-four-albums Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and the heaviest parts of Focus’ “Hocus Pocus.” After Residual Echoes work you into a lather, they downshift into a bong-breaking interlude featuring Payne’s nonchalant, deep-voiced plaint: “Why does it seem so hard?/…Sometimes people make a fool out of me.” Such woe gets swept away by nuanced headbanging passages full of torrid, florid guitar solos and the kind of explosive drumming that will make fans of Bill Ward and Keith Moon paradiddle all over themselves. Later an ominous tolling redolent of Sonic Youth’s “Halloween” conjures a beautifully haunting, desolate comedown. What a trip.

But this is mere warm-up for “A Marriage,” the pinnacle of Residual Echoes’ career and one of 2013’s most excellent and action-packed tracks. It begins like the greatest facsimile of “Hallogallo” you’ve ever heard (and you’ve heard many): motorik bliss boogie with flute gently fluctuating in the airstream and bolstered by burbling bass, gull-cry guitar, and nipple gongs. Around 6-and-a-half minutes in, things get incredibly anthemic in a Meat Puppets/Up On The Sun way. Bonus: The guitar solo at the 12-minute mark flares and curlicues like Wayne Rogers on the world’s best trucker speed. Near the end, a strangulated feedback concerto carries you bewilderedly to the runoff groove. The Middle Path turns out to be the righteous route.

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Food Pyramid - Ecstasy & Refreshment [IA006/1991]

Food Pyramid - Ecstasy & Refreshment [IA006/1991LP]

Food Pyramid’s new LP Ecstasy and Refreshment calls to mind Sky Records’ 1970s kraut-pop output filtered through 1990s DC futurism—Trans Am-esque motorik pop, Game Boy console sound effects and the current Mordant Music roster, particularly Echoplekz. Disembodied voices float in and out of the mix, reminiscent of Byrne / Eno’s ethnomusicology-inspired My Life in the Bush of Ghosts or The Residents’ Eskimo. There is a strange post-DC vibe here, much like if Dischord Records’ Black Eyes played ambient synth-jams instead of Wire-y punk.
The record also calls to mind Cloudland Canyon, perhaps not surprising since Kip Uhlhorn from that band mastered Ecstasy and Refreshment and is helping to release it to a wider audience. Jana Hunter from Lower Dens, Nona Invie from Dark Dark Dark, and Tony Janas and Otto Junker from Deep Earth lent their collaborative efforts as well.

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Henry Plotnick - Fields [1993LP]

Henry Plotnick - Fields [1993]

Initial contact with Fields may lead one to believe it’s the work of an A+ grad student at one of America’s finest music colleges. On discovering the album’s creator won’t be able to legally drink for another decade, one might wince at the thought of one’s own paltry 11-year-old feats—even if those armpit farts were pretty inspired. Meanwhile, Henry Plotnick sounds like he’s ready for the concert hall.
The structural and dynamic sophistication at play in Fields—the way melodic beauty gyres within rigorous academic / minimalist strictures, the manner in which perilous, mordant atmospheres are conjured—are astounding for any musician, age be damned. Seemingly under the spell of Terry Riley’s mesmerizing classic In C, Plotnick engineers ingenious strategies for mental liftoff. It’s as if he’s absorbed the principles and techniques of the 20th-century American minimalist-composer pantheon and injected them with a zeal for greater instrumental complexity and melodic flamboyancy. The two longest tracks on Fields take the listener highest, suggesting that Plotnick is more of a marathon-runner than a sprinter.
Just as those who observed LeBron James on the court as a high-school sophomore could predict his NBA superstardom, anyone who hears Fields will be stirred to imagine future concert-goers rendered agog by Plotnick’s phenomenal prowess. Get in on the ground floor of what promises to be a skyscraper of rarefied sonic inventiveness.

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Al Cisneros - Teresa of Avila [Sinai 02]

The follow up to "Dismas" has arrived. "Teresa of Avila" is a stark rhythm that might lead to more people with spikes to buy Von Moritz Trio albums.

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Hank IV - Depravity's Rainbow [1989-7]

Recorded in a lacerating hi-fidelity previously unheard on their other 7” singles, "Depravity’s Rainbow" is something of an alternate universe rock and roll pop hit vista for Hank IV. But these songs aren’t any sort of gauzy or hazy faux-California summer jams, this is some straight-up TV-MA-LSV shit and the screen’s inside your eyelids. "Depravity’s Rainbow," is a mid-tempo self-loather about moral relativism that grinds three different gears before finally achieving escape velocity for its pummeling climax. Feel free to shout along with the chorus and/or cry along to the verses the next time the crushing weight of your misspent life keeps you awake in the small hours. The flip, "Your Mind Is A Disco," sports a propulsive skiffle-bounce beat but lead vocalist Bob McDonald has worn concrete shoes to the dance. His mirrored ball of a brain spins, dazzles, and ultimately explodes inside his skull causing guitar feedback to leak from him ears as he screams the refrain over and over.

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M. Geddes Gengras - Test Leads [1990LP/IA005]

M. Geddes Gengras - Test Leads [1990LP/IA005LP]

Known for his recent collaborative record with Sun Araw and The Congos, not to mention as a member of Robedoor, Pocahaunted and a host of other bands, M. Geddes Gengras steps out on his own for a proper full-length, operating under his god-given name.

Here Gengras lets loose with two LP sides of sprawling synthscapes. Test Leads calls to mind Klaus Schulze’s Dune album or perhaps the Dune soundtrack scored by Toto and Brian Eno, but will also appeal to fans of Conrad Schnitzler and Manuel Gottsching, as well as Robert Hampson (Loop, Main), Bill Laswell, Roger Eno and Nurse With Wound. Thrown into the mix is some Sky Records / Wolfgang Riechmann-style (cold) poppiness.

In a contemporary setting, Gengras could share a bill with anyone from the modern indie / pop / weirdo / drone scenes and fit right in. His suites range from odd pinball-esque plinking to cold, dystopian soundscapes, touching on all points between; Test Leads would sound good alongside releases on Mordant Music, Touch Music or Innovative Communication. These tracks could easily score the original Tron, The Black Hole or just about any episode of Nova.

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Yoga - Skinwalker [10201967LP]

“Yoga takes the lo-fi practice-space recordings of the grimmest of the black metal outfits and combines it with the murky, muddy, noise-drenched blur of bands like Wold. But then takes it even further, rendering their sound so muted and lo-fidelity that even when they’re blasting furiously, it still sounds like a busted music box or an old black metal 78. And then there’s the fact that Yoga spends a good amount of their time not blasting blackly, but instead crafting synth-heavy Goblin-style film music, all throbbing bass and buzzing synths, creepy minor-key melodies and tons of haunting ambience. Those songs too are wreathed in a foggy, night-on-the-moors sort of murk, which ties those songs closely to the more blackened ones.
“The strange combination of grim and Goblin, the tripped-out fucked-up recording quality, the damaged arrangements, the looped hypnotic quality, turn Yoga into something totally out there, most likely way too abstract and psychedelic and deliriously lo-fi to appeal to folks looking for grim, buzzing blackness, but for the rest of you, if you can try to imagine some impossible mix of Philip Jeck, Wold, Goblin, the Skaters and some of the super weird EEE Records unblack bands, all produced by John Maus and Ariel Pink, then you will flip for this.” —Aquarius

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Young Prisms - Apartment Song EP [IA003]

The new songs on the Young Prisms 7" for Intercoastal Artists could have been exhumed from Creation Records chilly grave. The A Side, "Apartment Song (prequel)," sounds like an amalgam of Creation’s noisier output. Bobby Gillespie drumming with Slowdive guitar but with almost a High Rise-type feel. That is until the bass kicks in, borrowing something from Peter Hook circa, well, it doesn’t matter, it sounds like Peter Hook on bass. The B side, "Apartment Song (sequel)," sounds more contemporary. Contemporary in its devotion to the 1970s-from krautrock to Fripp & Eno’s 1970s ambient suites No Pussyfooting and Evening Star. It sounds like a nude version of My Bloody Valentine’s opus (my opinion) “Glider”. Good luck picking a favorite side on this little record.

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White Manna - White Manna [1988]

White Manna - White Manna [1988LP]

White Manna plays space rock using a scorched-earth policy. The Arcata, California, quartet may telegraph where they’re coming from and where they’re going to take you with their track titles, but knowing the itinerary doesn’t dampen the thrill of their excursion into stellar depths.

Opening track “Acid Head” is not false advertising. It begins with an amiable boogie-rock amble before tumescing into stentorian, Loop-like riffing. You know that you can count on White Manna enveloping your head in the Asheton brothers’ genius string thuggery and convulsing you with the primordial throb harnessed by the Stooges (and, later, Hawkwind), before sonic irony was invented.

For most of White Manna, the group focuses on mantric riffs that accelerate into speed-freak, headbanging frenzies. But on “Don’t Gun Us Down,” they throw a change-up, setting the science-fictional scene with billowing solar winds before shifting into a mantric cruiser over which a wah-wah guitar articulates a hedonist manifesto—something along the lines of “fire all of your guns at once and explode into space.”

White Manna don’t dazzle with eclecticism; instead, they’re monomaniacs with the irrepressible ability to soar out of the mundane and into the unknown via tried-and-true methods upgraded to modern 21st century specs.

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Aufgehoben - Fragments Of The Marble Plan [1986LP]

The follow-up to 2008’s Khora, Fragments Of The Marble Plan adds a slightly more electronic carapace to Aufgehoben’s cataclysmic noise-rock foundation. The prevailing sound here evokes the Mego label before it added “Editions” to its name and became enamored of American guitar mavericks, back when it purveyed cyclotronic, abstract electronic music that had the centrifugal force of an irrefutable PhD thesis.

Such is the overwhelming power of Aufgehoben on this, the British group’s sixth album, that even exposure to the MP3s of its songs makes one relieved to have health insurance. Music this apocalyptic has few peers, but some approximate touchstones might be the most radically “out” and knotty moments of Norwegian post-jazz ensemble Supersilent, This Heat after realizing that Brise-Glace didn’t pay them a penny in royalties, or Farmers Manual after extensive immersion in Mainliner’s back catalog. Fragments Of The Marble Plan is a terrifying force of nature, a Rube Goldberg machine run amok, the sound of civilization atomizing into controlled chaos. It’s so cold, it’s hellish. Although Aufgehoben feel your need for catharsis, they convince you that being ready to jump out of your skin is the new normal.

If Aufgehoben dealt in clichés (which they don’t), we would say that they take no prisoners on Fragments Of The Marble Plan. This music is war—with all of the fascinating horrors and grisly casualties inherent in that endeavor. Get a helmet.

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High Wolf - Atlas Nation [1983LP]

France’s High Wolf possesses a natural-born ability to zero in on the tones most conducive to inducing transcendental states. Prolific without wearing out his welcome, this guitarist and manipulator of effects boxes looses fervid streams of fever-dreamy drones that suffuse any room they enter with mystery. High Wolf’s tracks carry the uncanny sense of sounding as if they’ve been sluicing since the beginning of time, and that he had the graciousness to siphon them for teasingly brief absorption before they shimmer off to the vanishing point. This elite droneur is one of the few musicians who could title a release A Guide To Healing without it coming off as an ironic gesture or a laughable boast. (Cop that 7” and try not to get a spring in your chakras.)

Atlas Nation—recorded in 2010 after a long trip to India and Nepal—deepens High Wolf’s penetration into the mystic. He evokes an uneasy peace with a new breed of tribal psychedelia shorn of all hokey signifiers. “Fuji Descent” starts the album with what could be a languid, paradisiacal soundtrack to a scrapped Alejandro Jodorowsky film. “The Dawn of Man” is a stark, stoned processional burrowing into malarial climes where guitars squawk in ominous tongues and congas cave in chests and clear brush with a vengeance. “Raagni” magnifies and psychedelicizes Rapoon’s mantric, ritualistic hand-drum patter and tropical-forest drones while hinting at Don Cherry’s jazz-raga peregrinations. High Wolf claims that “Haiti” was “recorded in a couple of hours [on] the day of the big earthquake in Haiti, so it's the darkest/saddest HW track ever.” It’s a fittingly miasmic, climactic threnody.

Think of Atlas Nation as a surreal aural travelogue that takes a giant step beyond Jon Hassell’s Fourth World music—a humid milieu teeming with alien tonalities and oracular currents. It’s as welcome as a new, improved entheogen on the streets.

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Swiftumz - Don’t Trip [1985LP]

The problem with imaginary combinations is that many of them actually already exist. Don’t Trip sounds like a collaboration between Nick Nicely and Eric Hysteric, over which Tony Wilson and Alan McGee would get into a bidding war. Chris McVicker—a.k.a. Swiftumz, famous for penning the fastest selling Hunx & His Punx single—sambas through ’80s Factory singles, afternoon hits of MDMA on the beach, Ibizia before techno, Glaswegian nonchalance, Stolen Kisses and tripping at the Haçienda (the San Francisco one; Manchester’s closed down years ago). Seriously, it’s all present—but like any other great interpreter of Britain’s finest musical traditions, McVicker is just a guy from near Mac Dre’s hometown in Northern California who might laugh if one told him that “More Than Sleep” should be in a Sofia Coppola movie, because he was probably aiming higher than that. Like the best Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk commercial ever, Don’t Trip is your summer jam.

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Ilya Monosov - Sailor Man [1982LP]

Utterances into a dictophone from a backdoor man hiding in the closet as the husband arrives home. The tales plod along in whispers, accompanied by defined guitar interplay, punctuated piano and snappy drums. Nearly every accent of guitar seems present. Fragile flamenco plucks, fuzz-to-the-front fumblings onto smooth lyrics of a detective attempting to resolve his own crimes. Vocals and acoustic guitar were recorded by Greg Weeks. The arrangements, instrumentation and production were lovingly handled by Jonathan Wilson. Ilya Monosov is a member of Shining Path and Monosov/Swirnoff duo. While those musics were often meant to be visceral and joyous, Sailor Man presents whispers from one person to another, ruminative meditations on loss of places and people. Comes with download card.

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Future Shuttle - Water's Edge [1984LP/IA002]

Future Shuttle is a Greenpoint, NYC-based duo (sometimes trio) comprised of Jessa Farkas and Camilla Padgitt-Coles. Prior to the group’s early 2009 conception, the pair studied electronic music at Oberlin College alongside their friends in Blondes and Teengirl Fantasy. Blondes member Sam Haar also produced the Water’s Edge EP, the group’s first officially released recording. In Future Shuttle’s beautifully dense brew of psychedelic reprogramming, Tangerine Dream meets the KLF at the UFO Club, and their three-track debut layers distant chants, drones and throbbing, time-frozen strings on top of each other, swelling gradually to a pining, beautifully textured crescendo. As Visitation Rites put it recently: “Discover their mile-long pillow-scapes in higher resolution, revealing an attention to texture and dynamic variation that can only come from losing track of time inside the studio, trapped inside your own spell.” INCLUDES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COUPON FEATURING THREE ADDITIONAL TRACKS

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Starfuckers - Metallic Diseases [1981LP]

Metallic Diseases is the most intense blast of guitar squalling heat to never find its proper audience when originally released 20 years ago. Truly unhinged at times ("Cans"), sublimely dreamlike and understated at others ("Shake Off"), this debut album fuses the best lineage of droning, hard rocking sounds ("USA" makes a perfect amalgam of Suicide's "Rocket USA" and the Stooges' "1969"), with a gestalt that pushes it right over the cliff, as "Western Man" is the kind of prophetic call to arms that Spacemen 3 tried to communicate through "Revolution" (itself a rewrite of "Black To Comm").

The few who heard this LP when it was released flipped out, as it deserved to be lauded along with more immediate precursors like Union Carbide Productions and Les Thugs, that rare blend of punk/noise/psych/groove that they just never made enough of to go around. Indeed, the LP was almost impossible to find Stateside at the time, leaving the few die hards looking for a copy to put it on want lists in MRR. Now, Holy Mountain has made it easy for us, as we can simply step up to the altar and take a sip of this precious fluid while it is in season - one more time.

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Moon Duo - Silver Bells [2010X]

New holiday themed single from Moon Duo. Erik and Sanae add more lilt to the season than any combination of egg nog and booze ever will. On the B side the duo wrap a coat around the classic "Goat Head Soup" deep cut "Winter."

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Lords of Falconry - Lords of Falconry [2012]

Lords of Falconry - Lords of Falconry [2012LP]

Lords of Falconry are a rock group with a spectacular psychedelic edge. Songs blast green, inferno-like hard rock, funneling clouds and stripping away sludge, turning it into the waltz-like sound of mastodons stomping across the tundra. Classic heavy psych is alive in tracks that interweave soft voices and loud guitars that continuously pummel and enchant at every turn like a seven-headed cobra. C.S. Lewis had better watch his step!
If psychedelia is quixotically naive, then Lords of Falconry is its 21st-century doppelganger or spectral double wise to the ways of the fallen world. In an era of organized play dates and close parental supervision, there are already enough people ready to cooperate. Lords of Falconry offers what is missing--real rock music.
Formed in a quest to find the lost note, Lords of Falconry examines the intersection of a mystical crossroads between the fourth dimension and their own 3-D universe.

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La Otracina - Reality Has Got To Die [6307LP]

La Otracina - Reality Has Got To Die [6307]

ince 2003, La Otracina has been hell-bent on creating highly visionary music that melds sonic ideas from the outer reaches of heavy and weird. The Brooklyn group has released three full-length albums and twelve mini-albums, along with a slew of splits and compilation trackss on labels including Holy Mountain and band founder Adam Kriney's own Colour Sounds Recordings. They have completed eight US tours and one Italian tour, in addition to countless shows in their hometown. Their tireless work ethic and far-reaching musical abilities have earned them a devoted cult following in the underground psychedelic / heavy music world, and their live shows leave fans screaming and fist-pumping in ecstatic awe.
La Otracina's new double-album is the first to feature drummer Kriney as lead vocalist, which catapults the trio into their most cohesive and focused release to date. Reality Has Got to Die showcases the band's mind-blowing ability to evoke the timeless space-rock magic of Hawkwind, the prog-improv wizardry of King Crimson, the fuck-yeah of early Metallica, and the synthesizer mind-warp of Tangerine Dream, all fused in a Krautrock state of mind. This musical journey through deep and heavy sound worlds envokes images of the emerald beyond and the darkest future alien universe, while also staying rooted in the tradition of rock 'n' roll's ever-winding history. But don't confuse this for faux-New-Age blabber--this is street-wise and from the gut, straight from the minds of three men living their art, sacrificing everything and manifesting a boundless sphere of music, ideas, and imagery.
Reality Has Got to Die is a visionary work of sound and concept, steeped in experimentation and creativity, blazing forth with the power of a million minds exploding!

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Cloudland Canyon - Fin Eaves [0772811]

Cloudland Canyon - Fin Eaves [0772811LP]

Originally an all-things-not-Panthers outlet for guitarist Kip Ulhorn swapping musical ideas with Simon Wojan (now in King Khan and his Shrines), Cloudland Canyon spent several years interpreting the more structurally-challenged examples of Krautrock, '70s psych of the drone-discovering variety, spots of unnerving (in a good way) improv here and there, and the wonderful '90s bands that started out as head-scratchers and ended up as innovators (first-wave Siltbreeze and Kranky highlights). Fin Eaves, the band's third full-length overall, is the inaugural album from Cloudland Canyon Phase II. Joined once again by significant-other Kelly Ulhorn and a rotating cast of contributors, Kip has crafted a unique take on really, really goddamned loud and noisy. Most important--hinted at on 2008's Lie in Light--are big, unavoidable pop hooks clawing their way out of a pulsating, throbbing thickness of guitar, bass, who-knows-what-type-of-effects and understated but omnipresent drumming. Imagine a Flying Saucer Attack foundation supporting noise on par with the first two Iran albums, or maybe even Jesu, with flowing vocals providing the major pop-hook components. Cloudland Canyon's new creative level is not indebted to, but informed by the aforementioned band. Fin Eaves is an antidote for widespread devastation caused by Creative Bankruptcy and The Arrogance of Assumed Originality--two epidemics of devastating mediocrity that will cause our children to break their own ribs with convulsive laughter. This album will be slobbered over by both cobweb-crotched solitude-enthusiasts and beautiful people alike for years and years, necessitating a barrage of reissue box-sets that make that Stone Roses behemoth look like a cassingle. Here's your chance to get blown away the first time around.

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International Hello - International Hello [1980LP]

International Hello is the perfection of California psychedelic rock in all its ecstatic glory. Grady Runyan's guitar playing is as fantastic, spacey and heavy as ever, as is Scott Derr's always-pertinent bass throb. Drummer and singer Rubin Fiberglass is just perfect as a screaming maniac who can actually keep time while Doug Pearson's electronics consistently enhance the dominant power-trio rock that swirls in the sky like some kind of creation myth. In case you don't recognize the names, these guys were the prime movers and shakers behind the band Monoshock. Does it sound like them? Yeah but it's way back there, and this is about a new place they're going. And it's good. You'll see.

"[Monoshock were] three of the most clued-in musical minds I've ever met or observed, and they breathed in and coughed out a whole host of killer influences. Starting with the most obvious: Hawkwind, The Stooges, Can, Black Flag, Pere Ubu, Pink Fairies, Von Lmo, the MC5 and Chrome. Later in their flickeringly brief career they trended more toward heavy Japanese-style PSF psychedelia and outre space rock experimentation a la F/i, Vertical Slit and any number of barefoot Germans from the 1970s. I'm not sure where they'd have ended up had the band not petered out in 1995--it appears from the direction they were trending on... that it was into a heads-down, dark and deep spastic noise murk rather than back to the bull-rushing primitive fuzz-punk squeal of these earlier recordings."
--Jan Hinman, Agony Shorthand

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Crazy Dreams Band - War Dream [1978]

Crazy Dreams Band - War Dream [1978LP]

War Dream, the second album from Baltimore's Crazy Dreams Band, is saturated with heaviness, psychedelia, pomp and grit, and noticeably lacking any nostalgia hang-ups. This rock music is refractory and satisfyingly off; put on a slide, manipulated and projected on a screen, or felt through a chain-link fence. Lost love, genocide and forgotten histories collide with raw-dog vocal thundering, slippery bass frequencies, adventurous percussion and seductive guitar ripples. Opener "Feels So Good" is a swirling dirge that could be a half-figured-out version of "Carouselambra"; "Awkward for Everyone" showcases recent addition Jorge Martins of Lisbon duo Fish & Sheep playing what sounds like a deflating blow-up Les Paul copy that actually has strings--you've got to hear the killer solo! The side-long "Life Is the Knife" is like a secret ritual from an unreleased Billy Jack sequel where he went back to Vietnam and built a temple that bled the purest opium. Here, Jake Freeman's adventurous sub-frequencies and Nick Becker's saucy space wanderings shine on to break the dawn in half.

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Voice of the Seven Thunders - Voice of the Seven Thunders [1968]

Voice of the Seven Thunders - Voice of the Seven Thunders [1968LP]

Named after an 1870s tome of lectures on the Apocalypse, Rick Tomlinson's Voice of the Seven Thunders distills years of divergent musical exploration that followed his much-acclaimed Voice of the Seven Woods debut (Twisted Nerve, 2007). This time around, multi-instrumentalist and sound sculptor Tomlinson has assembled a full-fledged rock group. On their self-titled new release, infernal and primitive energies mingle with the bucolic reveries that won him previous acclaim.

"Open Lighted Doorway" begins the album with a glimmer of the pastoral sounds that mark Tomlinson's earlier recordings, soaked in reverb as if corrupted by time; the monolithic "Kommune" follows with rolling guitars and rhythmic layers of primal percussion. "The Burning Mountain" erupts like flames from an Anatolian mirage--a tide from the East. The purely acoustic "Dry Leaves" offers the listener a momentary respite before "Dalaelven" breaks the spell with its vertiginous howl. This blinding acid haze is broken only by the stripped-down vocal harmonies of the introspective closer "Disappearances."

Voice of the Seven Thunders is already drawing comparison to the heyday of '70s acid rock and the likes of Amon Düül II, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Japan's Flower Travellin' Band, early Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground's drone jams, the electronic kosmische of Cluster and the unhinged organic grooves of International Harvester. The album was recorded in just three days in the spring of 2009 at Andy Ramsey's Stereolab studio with engineer Jimmy Robertson, and features long-standing Tomlinson collaborator Chris Walmsley on drums and Rory Gibson on bass. Voice of the Seven Thunders will play select dates as a full band in 2010.

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Wooden Shjips - Vol. 2 [ST007]

Wooden Shjips - Vol. 2 [ST007LP]

Sick Thirst presents Vol. 2, the second compilation of hard-to-find Wooden Shjips tracks. Vol. 2 digs deep to collect the band's Sub Pop and Mexican Summer singles, two self-released European tour singles, and a track from Yeti magazine, for nearly 44 minutes of fuzzed-out psych jams.
Not just for completists, Vol. 2 contains the essential live standards "Loose Lips," "Death's Not Your Friend (Live)", and "I Hear the Vibrations (E-Z Version)," plus savage covers of Neil Young's "Vampire Blues" and Serge Gainsbourg's "Contact."

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Fred Bigot - mono/stereo [83268 / TUQ1003]

Fred Bigot's early "Panasonic meets rockabilly" sides have been compiled and sequenced in such a way that you can’t help but think that you’re listening to a 21th century version of KLF's "Chill Out" except the country and Elvis references have been deleted and changed to things you people wouldn't believe like the sounds of attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion and C-beams that glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. You know, shit like you’d read about in a Samuel Delany book or something.

Culled from two 12”s of murky minimalist proto Schaeffel beat plus outtakes these tracks exhibit the full spectrum of heaviness from T Rex-like rock groove head nod decadence to expanding the notion of stereo separation in such a way that that Memorex dude on the couch would turn into a puddle of flesh. In leather. How do you explain this stuff? You can't—it was from the future.

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どろんこ雲 / Doronco Gumo - Old Punks [738109LP]

Doronco is a bass player who is most well known for his stints in Les Rallizes Dénudés, Suishou no Fune and with Keiji Haino. Here he is joined by members of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, a Frenchman and an additional female vocalist who have made an album of sophisticated 70s style downer pop. The band uses vocals, bassoon and trumpet over a see-sawing battle of piano / guitar shrill balanced against warm rhythms that sound suspiciously close to how you want them to. Translated as "Mud Cloud," the name is actually poetic in a Zen beggar wandering monk kind of way. Their avant bar-rock style is not unlike Cinderella's Revenge recorded in the same studio as "Vintage Violence" with the conscious heartbreak of something like "Even Serpents Shine." A bright to bummer, and back to bright narrative flows throughout the album's nine songs. Resequenced to include an additional track not on the Japanese CD, "Old Punks" will nail down something for you that you didn't know needed to be nailed down. LP includes free download.

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Yoga - Megafauna [771947]

Yoga - Megafauna [771947LP]

Understand this: Yoga dispenses a sinister frailty of howling swellsin hissing static that combusts into crawling shock heaps, to the effectof Mayhem performing Twin Peaks incidentals in a prairie recordedby The KLF. A brief description casts them as black metal's answer to Throbbing Gristle. The texture-based rendering of their compositionssails them on a strange sea between song and sound effect as itbobs along the waves like a dead man s bottled message. Aspects ofGoblin rehearsals in dead hills is interrupted as Monster Zero carvesmountain sides with lightning breath. Oscillating leads pummel intochurning riffs as if Caledonia was performed in an echo chamber near Lodi, New Jersey. The extrinsic properties of this work may resultin disambiguation.

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Cloudland Canyon - Silver Tongued Sisyphus [111LP]

Recorded in Brooklyn, Germany, and Memphis, Silver Tongued Sisyphus followed Cloudland Canyon's well-received Requiems Der Natur 2002-2004. The album's secular calls to prayer with humming, looping, and loping ambient passages are interspersed with bursting rhythmic energy and agitated guitar lines.
Pulling influences from the foggy ether of generations past, the band stakes their claim to the shadows of the cult musical culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s German underground scene. Live shows sound like unauthorized soundtracks to netherworld versions of The Swimmer or Scorceror.
Originally released on vinyl in an edition of 96 copies on Germany's Meudiamorte label, Silver Tongued Sisyphus is now available once again.

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Ilya Monosov & the 21st Century Punks - New Music [56LP]

Like the best bit of bacon wrapped around the best cut of beef pinned with a handcut toothpick, these four sets of collage arrive pressed to vinyl-- eliminating the potential confusion about how many multiple media players have been running. Grunts and gurggles hump circuit-bent glitches in the way an inhuman claw might select a fannypack from the racks of Forever XXI. The fact is: only one hand is needed to clap on a drum machine.
DJ Ilya Monosov & the 21st Century Punks are too rhythmic to call noise, too chaotic to call music. This four-track 12-inch is nothing like Nurse With Wound while sounding like an American counterpart. Akin to Plunderphonics without obvious gags.

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Onna - Onna [7763 / TUQ1002]

Underground cartoonist Keizo Miyanishi left behind one of the greatest documents from the 1980s. Self-released on his own Cupid & Psyche label, the single contains two songs, "Cortigiana dal velo" and "Mune o tutunde," which pair guitars and bass over some of the most tripped-out drum programming of all time. This psychedelic masterpiece ranks alongside the first White Stains 7-inch as one of the all-time greatest from the era. There is an outtake from these sessions, "Haha nareba koso," which is just as amazing, and the three songs would fit in a Terminal Boredom discussion about acid punk classics from Crawling Chaos to Chrome.
In 2007, Onna reappeared and released a double-CDR with his partner, dancer Barae. A track appeared on PSF's Tokyo Flashback 6, and the label also released an album titled Katawa in 2008. In addition to the studio material from the 7-inch, this CD includes two outtakes from Katawa, a solo piece from an obscure cassette release, and four live tracks from 1983 featuring a young Michio Kurihara [White Heaven, Ghost, Boris] on second guitar. These are the first Kurihara recordings and come from a long-deleted double live Onna CD released in the early 1990s.

This CD is packaged in a mini-LP sleeve with a booklet reproducing flyers, photos and posters from the era.

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James Ferraro - Clear [106658LP]

"Clear" and "Discovery" were originally released as two companion CDRs by James Ferraro (of the whole Skaters / Lamborghini Crystal / 90120 / Splash / Nirvana axis) and comprise the August 1974 (Taj-Mahal Travellers) of his discography. Both albums contain absolutely beautiful whirling hall-of-knives-style synth drone that makes one want to reference Klaus Schulze or Bobby Beausoleil. "Clear" bursts with flam beats and a cluster of melodies muffled like a calliope wrapped in a soggy tarp, while Discovery is comparable to Daft Punk's album of the same name but played in reverse at 16 rpm through a boombox in a boiler room.
These two records contain the sounds of pulling out with tapping beats of fluid dropped on a soft convertible top (open), much like those fictitious Giorgio Moroder songs for the upcoming Olympics in Atlantis or a reworking of that award-winning song from "Revenge of the Nerds"--or is it "Wonderwall"--into a theme for a future ski jump at the Great Pyramids. Are you ready for the lizard people to compete? Now available as mastered vinyl LPs with a digital download.

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James Ferraro - Discovery [106659LP]

"Clear" and "Discovery" were originally released as two companion CDRs by James Ferraro (of the whole Skaters / Lamborghini Crystal / 90120 / Splash / Nirvana axis) and comprise the August 1974 (Taj-Mahal Travellers) of his discography. Both albums contain absolutely beautiful whirling hall-of-knives-style synth drone that makes one want to reference Klaus Schulze or Bobby Beausoleil. "Clear" bursts with flam beats and a cluster of melodies muffled like a calliope wrapped in a soggy tarp, while Discovery is comparable to Daft Punk's album of the same name but played in reverse at 16 rpm through a boombox in a boiler room.
These two records contain the sounds of pulling out with tapping beats of fluid dropped on a soft convertible top (open), much like those fictitious Giorgio Moroder songs for the upcoming Olympics in Atlantis or a reworking of that award-winning song from "Revenge of the Nerds"--or is it "Wonderwall"--into a theme for a future ski jump at the Great Pyramids. Are you ready for the lizard people to compete? Now available as mastered vinyl LPs with a digital download.

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Wooden Shjips - Dos [144233377]

Wooden Shjips - Dos [144233377LP]

How many music bloggers does it take to change a lightbulb? None, computer screens are backlit. Here we have a Wooden Shjips record the world saw coming-- not titled "II," "Sophomore," or "Second," but "Dos." The group maintains its strident pace like a silverfish rave in perfectly folded bedsheets, with more bounce per ounce as life goes jogging with bopping heads and digging heels. Five numbers whose style might fit as cozily at La Cave in 1968 as at Ibiza in 1988. Natural loops with just enough vocals take you where the khakis and the cut-offs play together.
"Dos" sounds off as the inauguration speech of a group accepting the minimalist psych bop crown that once adorned the likes of Neu! and Loop. If possible, their brand of whipping fuzz hooks have gotten groovier. "Motorbike" begins the program with an attack of bleeding organ and cicada chirps-- a wiley, wheel-spinning cloud-kicker indeed. "For So Long" introduces the hip-swayed, shoulder-dropping dance steps of the album. At this point, the guitar delivers a concise Fogerty / Karoli vibe of stiff and loose kraut blues. Closing side one is the stop-motion go-go anthem "Down by the Sea." Imagine yourself in the back of a cigarette boat with Alan Vega and Takashi Mizutani circling Easter Island. Smile as you melt under the glare of their mirrored sunglasses staring your own face back at you.

The needle drops on side two. Beyond the dawning of the age is "Aquarian Time," a dense number that demands more weed and less booger-sugar. A steady plink of keys blipping like bright satellites in dark space accents this track's blissed-out sludge. The hypnotic pop grace of "Fallin'," the soundtrack for the last log on the fire as Winter eternally breaks into Spring, will stick in your mind until the record is played again on speakers of any size.

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Onna - Onna [7763-7 / TUQ002-7]

Reissue of this 1983 psychedelic punk single from Japanese artist Keizo Miyanish. "Cortigiana dal velo" and "Mune o tsutsunde" pair acid guitar and bass over tripped out drum programming and loops to produce a psychedelic masterpiece that fits somewhere between the first White Stains seven-inch and Les Rallizes Dénudés oeuvre circa 1980.

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La Otracina - Blood Moon Riders [914LP]

Don't let the King Diamond-like logo fool you. Inverted progressive surf rock is liberated from psychedelic epithets. The slash fiction account of Dick Dale's meeting with Sonny Sharrock at Amon Düül II's rehearsal space to discuss the "post rock" epidemic. Unlike the ho-hum choose your own adventure tactics of so many instrumental soundtrack bands. La Otracina stick to rails of their own twisting corkscrews and spine snapping dives. This work does not lend itself to the apathy of back round music's standard fare. "Blood Moon Raiders" is it's own ride, with it's own ticket, and the doors are locked after take off.

Pinch some headphones to your dome and situate the rest of your form into a beanbag as you navigate the fibrous landscape of of a black light poster. The tracks flow from a subtle new age contingency to violent bouts with Laotian street gangs. Remember to pack a sack lunch and strap on a machete before mounting this electric buck-bot. Don't fret, the intention has always been to crack open your skull or drown you.

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Adam Payne - Organ [757]

Adam Payne - Organ [757LP]

Were you one of those kids that was distraught after discovering Black Flag was more influenced by ZZ Top and The Grateful Dead than The MC5 or Stooges. Well, you might wanna strap on a stronger carabiner before scaling these cliffs because you're more likely to discover pop gems than a stoned mystic. This album is an anthem of Southern California patriotism with all the thrills of dragging in Lodi to peyote munched soul wandering in Silver Lake. "Organ" is power pop perfection as the paisley underground is finally done right.

There's a big difference between playing every instrument and being a one man band. Suffice to say that Adam Payne is a one man band akin to Emitt Rhodes broadcast over Solid State Transmitters. Maybe Grant Hart has the better voice while Mould churned out better lyrics? What if the Kirkwood's could be melded into a creature that couldn't punch itself. Adam Payne, as one band, has made an LP that matches the chops and hooks of Captain Trundlow's Sky Company and the bits of the Only Ones that are consistently lifted by better known groups. The rumors that Adam was asked to produce the next Mudcrutch album have yet to be confirmed. "Organ" opens like "Up The Academy" but ends like "Zabriskie Point" in frustrated abandon that only leaves you wiser.

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Country Teasers - W.O.A.R. [782214016LP]

Split with Ezee-Tiger

Crime this needs writing. Perhaps record label typecasting has kept Country Teasers locked up in a red garage with a plump nocturnal critter for too long. Regardless, this group remains intangible to the cubicle chic and fashion oriented masses of the world. Do you remember how Butthole Surfers or the Shadow Ring dressed? All and all the group deliver another masterful side of rubber band tonality chugging along like a broke down carousel. Their brand of anglo stagger waltz dodges all epithets regarded as genres. Country Teasers' sound is defined by a pace set to a metronome submerged in a mysterious bottle of fluid with no label. An outfit that has never played anything such as "Lo-Fi", "Garage rock", "Anthem pop" or "Steam punk" present their tribute to tape-as-compositional-device from "I Am Sitting in a Room" and "Faust Tapes" through Nixon's Gap and out into the dark side of the Ampex. Their consistency is only matched by their honesty, and they're honestly telling you there is "no future". Repeatedly!
Anthony Ezee Tiger is this one-man band dude from Michigan. He also plays in Paik and the new version of the Hospitals, but his Butthole Surfers-esque solo shows convinced more than one guy that he's a for-real fucking powerhouse. On his side of this split, he takes one-man plod and somehow turns on the Health and Efficiency vibe without encouraging a bunch of vegans or non-smokers to give their opinions. And then it all of a sudden bangs down into a little pop song. Who wants ice cream?

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Eezy-Tiger - W.O.A. [782214016LP]

Split with Country Teasers

Anthony Ezee Tiger is this one-man band dude from Michigan. He also plays in Paik and the new version of the Hospitals, but his Butthole Surfers-esque solo shows convinced more than one guy that he's a for-real fucking powerhouse. On his side of this split, he takes one-man plod and somehow turns on the Health and Efficiency vibe without encouraging a bunch of vegans or non-smokers to give their opinions. And then it all of a sudden bangs down into a little pop song. Who wants ice cream?

"... a pandemonium of murky feedback, speaker-thrashing guitar and bass riffs, and slurred vocals. Ezee's blossoming walls of sound consume each other whole, belching out the byproducts through trash-bin electronics. And yet somehow it all comes together with catchy melodies that threaten to lodge dangerously long in your memory." --The Stranger

Crime this needs writing. Perhaps record label typecasting has kept Country Teasers locked up in a red garage with a plump nocturnal critter for too long. Regardless, this group remains intangible to the cubicle chic and fashion oriented masses of the world. Do you remember how Butthole Surfers or the Shadow Ring dressed? All and all the group deliver another masterful side of rubber band tonality chugging along like a broke down carousel. Their brand of anglo stagger waltz dodges all epithets regarded as genres. Country Teasers' sound is defined by a pace set to a metronome submerged in a mysterious bottle of fluid with no label. An outfit that has never played anything such as "Lo-Fi", "Garage rock", "Anthem pop" or "Steam punk" present their tribute to tape-as-compositional-device from "I Am Sitting in a Room" and "Faust Tapes" through Nixon's Gap and out into the dark side of the Ampex. Their consistency is only matched by their honesty, and they're honestly telling you there is "no future". Repeatedly!

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Crazy Dreams Band - Crazy Dreams Band [1977]

Crazy Dreams Band - Crazy Dreams Band [1977LP]

Grooves that confuse? Crazy Dreams Bands is an outfit that presents it's guitar free "thug pop" of dirge rather than drone with creeping crooning and brassless horn blasts. Like the best of Giallo films you'll be as turned on as you are terrified. As tender as Coco Rosie, as brutal as Magik Markers and as cool as Royal Trux "Radio/ Video" vibe. Imagine if Bruce Springsteen and Martin Rev collaborated on songs for Patti Smith or Catherine Ribeiro. Channeled inner voices are expelled as cave anthems into neon text in Linear A while bones poke through the skin atop a witch's brew of venomous sludge. This is the urban tribal music that survives whatever "end is nigh" theory you choose. They're jamming this music outside the thunder dome, beneath the planet of the apes and the day after tomorrow.

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Zomes - Zomes [192319209111]

Zomes - Zomes [192319209111LP]

A lot of people mention the "L" word when talking (or whispering) about Asa Osborne. It's not Lungfish we're talking about here (he was their guitar player), but rather "Levine," as in Keith Levine. It seems Mr. Osborne witnessed a fight with Keith Levine as one of the combatants. Levine subsequently lost a tooth and--this is the strange part--Osborne grabbed it and has used the tooth as a guitar pick ever since. I know—weird.
Zomes' self-titled album is full of beautiful Seesselberg-sized chunks of loop-like melodies that effervesce while Osborne brings them to life. There is a cinematic quality to the material here that recalls "library music," East German Indianerfilmen soundtracks, and even Blues Control at their most humid.

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Aufgehoben - Khora [196180]

"Khora" is the fifth full length album by Aufgehoben. Since the release of their previous album Messidor the group have relaxed some of the enforcement their axioms of anonymity by allowing their names to be known, photos taken and even playing a few well received live shows.While Messidor may have been mellower or "less rock" the progression through "Khora" leads on to believe that "full on rock" may be in the cards for this group who have seemingly removed the elbow patches from their jackets and have rolled up their sleeves for good.
The album begins with three short pieces which are sonic examples of texture meeting metal-like a djinn trapped in molten gold attempting to burst free from his cage but only able to express rage via an infinity of temporary sculpture ranging from the nightmares of the Mütter museum to futuristic expressions of nature not yet captured by a conscious eye. The final track is 28 minutes of pure glory that will surely become one of noise rock's classics. Massively blown out and beautifully recorded Jederfursich lays down twin mirrors side by side as a model of infinity is allowed to metamorphosize via sounds that recall the energy of existence the sands of time itself.

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Eden Express - Que Amors Que [7929]

Eden Express - Que Amors Que [7929LP]

Eden Express is a trio formed by Kip [Cloudland Canyon] and Kelly Ulhorn and John David Lovelace. It is a lush, tropical influenced album formed by a decadent love of drink, the non-erotic possibilities of equestrian ownership along with a finely tuned sense of the dark supernatural side of things. It's like castle rock with warm white sand beaches.
While most groups form to play together with recording an eventual if somewhat unnecessary goal, Eden Express was formed to record this album first and to become a band second. That they so wildly succeeded is a testament to the magic used and manipulated here. The witchy beauty of Eden Express recalls Pan y Regalis, Charlie and Esdor as well as early tropicalia albums. Pour yourself and a friend some cocktails, sit by the pool and try to become lucid as your bare tanned forearms grow beyond 17 feet long.

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The Shining Path - Chocolate Gasoline [241205LP]

Chocolate Gasoline is the new 12-inch from The Shining Path. While their eponymous album exists in the world of post-SST black-clad psychedelia and noise, the group decided that they had gone far enough in said direction and realigned themselves.

Chocolate Gasoline has a less harsh demeanor, a la Accelerator-era Royal Trux if the Stones-meter was set a little closer to "Under Cover of the Night" than "Dancin' with Mr. D," especially on the opener, "Lonely Hearts Killer." The remaining tracks stretch out via influences ranging from hard dub, early PiL, no wave, block-banging hip hop, and kraut-dance/industrial, if one could imagine a version of Viva more about bikinis than white overalls. Nonetheless, all of this can be played with real instruments and "rocked out" in a live setting, which is what the group intends to do.

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Wooden Shjips - Vol. 1 [21345589]

Wooden Shjips - Vol. 1 [21345589LP]

The Wooden Shjips' earliest material was released on vinyl, pressed in small quantities that were either free or hard to come by and are now hopelessly out of print. Who are we to keep you away from the rush of "Shrinking Moon for You"? Vol. 1 collects all the tracks from the free 10-inch, the Dance, California 7-inch, and the SOL 7-inch.

The band will be out playing live, in their own nimble way, this spring and summer, road-testing new material for their next record.

. "... [T]ight-wound repeato psych guitar raunch with spoony (maybe even imaginary) percussion, surprisingly Rev-like keys, and vocals buried under burning driftwood. It's a nice one." --Byron Coley, The Wire

"... Wooden Shjips seem to have their wagon hitched to a post psychedelic/punk damaged Krautrock environ that just not enough people are astute enough to homestead." --Tom Lax, Siltblog

"Like fellow locals Comets on Fire or English space rockers Hawkwind or Spaceman 3, Wooden Shjips' magic is created by a mix of pummeling hypnotic grooves and otherworldly guitar that sounds like Hendrix strung out in a methadone clinic." --Andy Tennille, HARP

"'Dance, California' locks onto a three-note, twangy, nuclear beach groove and hangs out there for the duration, guitar slashery (in the single-note sweepstakes for a good long while) shooting over the top like artillery fire. On the other side, an atmospheric, slow drone and steady pulse frame blistery lead and what's that, vocals? Oh, so nice, and sounding more like the new incarnation of F/i with each listen." --Doug Mosurak, Dusted

"... [T]he band have locked it in and sound like they are never gonna stop. A looped cyclical minimal fuzzrock jam that sounds almost like some crazy crossbreeding of the Doors and Spacemen 3, which should appeal to Circle, Salvatore, and Magyar Posse fans as much as all the druggy psychrock dronesters out there." --Aquarius Records

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The Julie Mittens - The Julie Mittens [LSOD2005]

The Julie Mittens are a Dutch power trio who specialize in extended improvisation at extreme volume. Inspired by John Coltrane's The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording and the knowledge that Fushitsusha has more to do with Thelonius Monk than Blue Cheer, guitarist Aart-Jan Schakenbos, bassist Michael van Dam, and drummer Leo Fabriek consistently wreak havoc with lavish, textural, speaker-blowing meltdown jams; they surge with psychedelic power and a stellar rhythm section on the four studio recordings here.
About the name-- it allegedly means something to the members of the group, but they won't say what. A Dutch thing? Just don't ask the guitar player to see his pick.

"... guitarist Aart-Jan Schakenbos, bassist Michael van Dam and drummer Leo Fabriek walk a harrowing path between amplifier anarchy and balanced interaction, never failing to make the two meet. Schakenbos provides the skyscraping as he warps and mutilates single notes with the centrifugal force of massive feedback. Van Dam either drops terrifying bass bombs that fill the vacuum Schakenbos leaves in his wake, drones ominously, or dialogues. Fabriek, however, harnesses the others' energy, as he resists the urge to flail away, and instead inserts a fill when it increases tension, thumps steadily when a groove is needed, or colors when space beckons." --Matthew Wuethrich, Dusted

"A kind of spiritual anarchy surfaces through the distorted bedlam, illuminating a full spectrum of frequencies which gives their most feverish moments the effect of coma-inducing psychical bliss landing somewhere between head banging and catatonia. These guys take it to edge and then push further out until there is literally no physical place left to go. Intense and just brilliant." --Todd Brooks, Foxy Digitalis

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Who's Your Favorite Son God - Out of Body Diva [120140]

"... one LP what got a lot've play while I was gone was the debut by Who's Your Favorite Son, God? and man, is it a keeper! See'em live down at SXSW was great, but the record fans the flames of hybridized (post) prog-swoggle and (proto) metal-mania like just about nobody else. What with this talk about brain transplants 'n' all, Who's Your Favorite Son, God? could almost be described as a union of Magma (mind) and MX-80 Sound (matter). I don't know about you, but I was jonesin' to hear somethin screamin' after Crowd Conrol (to no avail) and hey, if Christian Zander had kidnapped Rich Stim and Bruce Anderson, perhaps Attahk might've sounded as rad as this album. Who's Your Favorite Son, God? ably combine the dramatic and operatic pretense of Magma with the cool, aggressive delivery of MX-80 Sound and if you're thinkin' "that's somethin I gotta hear," you're right. My mom (remember her?) says they sound like Mahavishnu Orchestra should've if they were men (once you hear this you'll know what she means). Even the little Greek dude who delivers my beer opined "everything that Heavy The World isn't, Who's Your Favorite Son, God? is." And who am I to argue with a Greek? They invented civilization, buster! What have you ever done?"
--Roland Woodbe, Siltblog

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水晶の舟 / Suishou No Fune - Prayer for Chibi [2957]

水晶の舟 / Suishou No Fune - Prayer for Chibi [2957LP]

Suishou no Fune originated in Tokyo's fertile psychedelic scene. After landing a spot on PSF's Tokyo Flashback 5 and releasing Where the Spirits Are in 2006, the group ventured out from Japan and took every opportunity to play across the United States and Europe. During one of these trips in the spring of 2007, the group-- down to the crucial duo of Pirako and Kurenai-- went into a recording studio for a few days and laid down these massive new tracks.

Prayer for Chibi might be the ultimate Suishou no Fune album; with two disks and more than two hours of music, the group finally stretches out and lets their music flow like it never has before. Much about Suishou no Fune has had to do with volume, but this new set of duets adds forays into starker songwriting and a languid serenity that works to make one feel as if it were necessary to hold one's breath through the entire album.

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Birds of Maya - Vol. 1 [12288LP]

It's been said that Volume One is possibly the best rock release to come out of Philadelphia ever. While low on recording budget, attitude and pretension, Birds of Maya is high on stolen riffs and an energetic execution seldom seen outside of a Sunday ruling by Seamus McCaffery. Whether they are mangling riffs or stepping way out for fried boogie solos Birds of Maya oozes a dark chunky sludge with elements from all the colors of the classic rock rainbow. Do they really sound like "a GG Allin demo played through a megaphone?" It's a fair description and it's certainly colorful, but it leaves out an awful lot. They are loud and they are chaotic, but they have way more groove than GG Allin could have ever imagined.

Birds of Maya did what countless garage rock geeks try and fail at: dust off 1968 and bring it back to life without making it look like museum piece. Bringing on the best of 60s power trios like Hendrix and Cream, a whiff of Blue Cheer's bongwater, Black Sabbath's bass heavy paranoia, and Stooges bum-out, they were sloppy in all the right places. The jamming never got tired and held everyone's raptattention. -phawker.com

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Hexlove - Knew Abloom (Life's Hood) [70182]

Southern Illinois native Zac Nelson is a drummer, and knowing that you should also know that he is a madman. One of the few known photos of him looks like a cult leader or someone who might know a thing or two about eating diamonds. While he is a current member of Who's Your Favorite Son God and Prints, Hexlove is Nelson all by himself going nuts. Nelson's enthusiastic mania is not just in the realm of Keith Moon-ness but as a multi-instrumentalist who channels Dennis Wilson, Neil Michael Haggerty, and post-Vision Creation Newsun Boredoms, and combine it all and play it off like it was mixed by Tod Dockstader. No one is ever going to think you should listen to Knew Abloom on nitrous because it already sounds like it's on nitrous. Simply put, Hexlove is unlike anything and sounds exactly like right now should.

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Cloudland Canyon / Lichens - Exterminating Angel [051962]

Cloudland Canyon / Lichens - Exterminating Angel [051962LP]

This collaboration between the mellow, Memphis-meets-Germany duo of Kip Uhlhorn and Simon Wojan (a.k.a. Cloudland Canyon) and Chicago's great rock 'n' roll concierge and knower-of-mystics Mr. Robert Lowe (a.k.a. Lichens) was born on a trip to the West Coast of the United States a few years ago.

Exterminating Angel's single 30-minute track uses voice, guitar, samplers, and ARP synthesizer. You've heard of the unmade science fiction epic whose would-be director proposed using different big-name progressive bands to perform a soundtrack for specific planets used in the script; here then are the sounds accompanying a spacecraft that's a combination Death Star and Taco Bell from the 1970s filled with cement Mayan temples and pyramids populated by large, snappily dressed reptilian beings. Every so often a bell goes off to break the spell and presents convincing evidence of this record's special journey.

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Daniel Higgs - Metempsychotic Melodies [144]

Daniel Higgs - Metempsychotic Melodies [144LP]

Daniel Higgs returns with his second full length recording for Holy Mountain after last year's critically acclaimed Ancestral Songs and his contribution. "Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot," to Thrill Jockey's series of books collecting art and music. Metempsychotic Melodies continues to document Higgs' rise as a solo performer. Raw picked banjo drones dominate Metempsychic Melodies as the instrumental "Universal Salutation" fades into the waking dream soliloquy of observation "Love Abides." "Leontocephaline Rhapsody" is a long, waltzy drone with enough spooky atmosphere for one to think that it could have been recorded at Sunshine studios as there is a heavy Vogel vibe to the whole thing. Rumor has it engineer Tim Green told Higgs that he had to fade the track otherwise they were going to be arrested. Vocals return for the closing track "All Cherished Things" an epic about change, sound and transformation.

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Klangmutationen - Weiße Messe [61696LP]

Klangmutationen is composed of individuals who are quite possibly the only figures within Malaysiai's recent history of underground experimental/avant rock musicoif there even was one. The word "Klangmutationen" means "Sound Mutations" or "Sound Changes." Klangmutationen (excluding American Mr. G) hail from a small town on the west coast of Malaysia called Klang. Although no Teutonic connection has ever been found to exist between the German word and the origins of the town's name, it is nevertheless a happy coincidence for the group.
Sonically, Klangmutationen marries the heavier and primitive side of Krautrock with the relentless ferocity of avant-jazz-- in particular, the style expressed by early FMP releases and the Japanese variety as chiefly approached by the Takayanagi/Abe school. Other influential elements are the countless avant jazz/rock outfits who have surfaced throughout the decades-- particularly jazz ensembles with loud electric guitars: Last Exit, New Direction Unit, the Blue Humans (and the Arthur Doyle Quartet feat. Rudolph Grey), Music Revelation Ensemble, Tony Williams Lifetime, Moderne Nordeuropaische Dorfmusik, Blauer Hirsch, The Giancarlo Nicolai Trio, Ray Russel, Derek Baileyis Arcana, Sprawl, etc.

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Wooden Shjips - Wooden Shjips [011235813]

Wooden Shjips - Wooden Shjips [011235813LP]

Wooden Shjips, a quartet from San Francisco heavily influenced by the experimentalism of psychedelia, classical minimalism, and garage rock excess, started as an experiment in rhythmic primitivism and group improvisation. The current roster brings a more structured rock approach to its performances, utilizing a traditional lineup of drums (Omar Ahsanuddin), bass (Dusty Jermier), organ (Nash Whalen), guitar (Erik "Ripley" Johnson), and vocals.

The band released two acclaimed records in 2006, beginning early in the year with a self-released 10-inch, Shrinking Moon for You. The record quickly sold out, after capturing the attention of well-regarded tastemakers, such as Tom Lax and Byron Coley, who penned rave reviews on Siltblog, and in Wire magazine, respectively. A 7-inch followed on the Sick Thirst label, and received similar praise from music bloggers, as well as from veteran scribe David Fricke in Rolling Stone.

The band has two 2007 releases planned: this LP/CD for Holy Mountain and a 7-inch for Sub Pop. They recently played NoisePop 2007 with Roky Erickson, as well as a showcase at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX.

"Wooden Shjips are from San Francisco, but the concentrated ferocity of the freakouts on their two very-underground releases--a white-label ten-inch EP (the band gave away the first 300 copies) and a clear-vinyl single ("Dance, California")--arrives via the '70s Germanic-guitar lunacy of Guru Guru and the confrontational repetition of VU."
--David Fricke, Rolling Stone

"..tight-wound repeato psych guitar raunch with spoony (maybe even imaginary) percussion, surprisingly Rev-like keys, and vocals buried under burning driftwood."
--Tom Lax, Siltblog

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愛のために死す / Ainotamenishis - Live '418 [17LP]

Ainotamenishis is a loud, heavy guitar group from Tokyo who were birthed from one oviduct marked "Velvet Underground" and a massive salpinx marked "Gaseneta." Their high-energy rock 'n' roll action was first captured on an extremely limited CDR release, now released for the first time on vinyl.
Ainotamenishis's brand of controlled panic is sure to spike the tongues of all those who purport to talk about the rock. It is primal, punk, eerie, harsh, and utterly essential.

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Mammatus - The Coast Explodes [8516]

Mammatus - The Coast Explodes [8516LP]

Mammatus's second album The Coast Explodes straddles the line between psychedelia and hard rock while introducing more progressive aspects. The music is heavily influenced by both the power and complexity of the natural world and the ongoing battles of light and darkness.

"Excellent Swordfight" is a continuation of the same story told in the debut's "Dragon of the Deep." "Pierce the Darkness" explores being a light in a dark world. "The Changing Wind" is a pipe-led psychedelic folk tune that could have been sited by Ghost's Second Time Around and the shanga vibes of the forest in the Autumn. It unfurls into the title track which encapsulates the massive fury of the ocean.

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The same heavy, spastic psych as Acid Mothers Temple, Psychic Paramount, Comets on Fire and Green Milk from the Planet Orange.
--Dusted Magazine

While Mammatus hasn't been around for very long, they deliver on just about every level. Their self-titled debut draws heavily on the cornerstones of mind warping, heavy music--Hawkwind, Sleep, Floyd, Sabbath... It's both heavy, soothing, and altogether engrossing. Bottom line, if you want your head caved in and you want to feel really good about it, get this...
--StonerRock.com

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Wooden Shjips - SOL '07 [ST-002]

"The horns make it like Bull of the Woods" - Kaspar Szumlak

"More of what we love, a relentless, neverending blown out fuzzy groove, all warm whirring organ, fuzz guitar, and throbbing bass, the drums a super solid motorik framework, the vocals sort of sung / spoken, reverb and delay EVERYWHERE, the strangest addition is the haunting horns on the A side, that drift and moan ghost like over the fuzz jam below. One song spread out over two sides, by side 2, the band have locked it in and sound like they are never gonna stop." - Aquarius

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Zdrastvootie - III [ZDTRHMLP]

Zdrastvootie creates ornate musical soundcastles with of guitars, bass, drums, sax and Drew Adam's inimitable vocals. "III" is the spectacular new album from Portland's kings of angular progressive songcraft. The high point of the LP is the group's masterful take on the folk standard "Golden Ring Around the Susan Girl" which sounds like it was filtered through Sonny Sharrock's "Black Woman." The LP was pressed in an edition of 350 copies to be sold on the band's first tour of the United States and Canada. Silkscreened covers and a fully illustrated comic book insert complete the package.

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La Otracina - Tonal Ellipse of the One [181106]

La Otracina was formed in Brooklyn, NY, in the summer of 2003 by drummer Adam Kriney and guitarist Joshua Anzano (now of Tee Pee Records' Titan) to penetrate the deepest and most surreal realms of psychedelia, prog, and krautrock, with an emphasis on exploration. Taking heavy nods from psychedelic forefathers (Flower Travelin' Band, Guru Guru, King Crimson, Neu!, Yes, Agitation Free, Blue Cheer, Amon Duul, etc.), their music is also rooted in a deep understanding and appreciation of free-jazz/improvisation and the wizardry of minimalism-- not to mention the extreme sounds of the Japanese underground. La Otracina's brew of cosmic music is a ride across the galaxy, a slice of magical lemon wedges, a rainbow of crystallized comet dust.
La Otracina is Adam Kriney on drums, Ninni Morgia on electric guitar, and Jordon Schranz on electric bass.
KindaMusik listed La Otracina's Love Love Love 2 CD as one of the top 20 best psychedelic albums of the new millennium, along with releases by Six Organs of Admittance, Bardo Pond, Ghost, and Tower Recordings.

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The Shining Path - The Shining Path [301235LP]

The Shining Path is the "rock band" version of minimalist duo Ilya Monosov and Preston Swirnoff. Like This Heat or Metabolist, The Shining Path are a Can/Faust-loving group that also exhales expansive psychedelic guitar excess with hints of Greg Ginn and the High Rise discography while tripping balls to a violent, throbbing, not-always-sosteady, Suicide-like rhythm.
Lusciously packaged in an old school tip-on jacket, the package includes a CD version of the album because, seriously, it's what you'll want to listen to wielding a golf club with your upper body outside the sunroof of your car as you steer with your feet. The soundtrack to all that is good and true in this world.

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Blues Control - Blues Control [50320]

As you may or may not know, it can sometimes get pretty hairy being in a record store when some smelly denim clad-dude walks in asking for the blues. If you're lucky he's wearing a belt when you point him over to the records that are now relegated to an open spot on the floor. That's just one scenario because who doesn't love those other blues that are fondly recalled with names like Blues Addicts and Blues Creation. And let's not forget that other queen of the blues-Barbara from "Just Farr a Laugh."
Blues Control might just be the missing link between Van Halen and Henry Flynt. They are a duo. Lea Cho plays swank but grounded atmospheric keyboard parts [think Harold Budd] for guitar player and manipulator of assorted junk-on-table Russ Waterhouse to cut through, whittle and lay waste to. It's a hazy, spaced world that exists between fuzzed distortion, jabbering electronics, a lazy stay-in-bed psychedelic glaze, with rhythmic keyboards pulsating below it all a la a guy named Florian-and you can choose which one you want. Oh yeah, did I mention the humid bikini-vibe that permeates the entire album? So is there a blues angle to it? Yeah, but you've got to bury yourself in it or dig your way in. Come out stinking if you want.

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White/Lichens - White/Lichens [5645]

White/Lichens is the collaboration between Matt Clark and Jeremy Lemos' heavy guitar drone group White/Light and Robert Lowe's Lichens, who adds his voice, guitar and piano. While White/Light's name was inspired by the Velvets' feedback-drenched "White Light/White Heat," they also claim as influences Earth 2, Fripp and Eno, and the guitar solo on the title track from Maggot Brain.

The album's five tracks are named after demons from the Goetia, evoked and compelled into obedience by King Solomon, contained in a bronze vessel that was sealed with magic symbols. As a result, the music is alight with giant, pulsating fire storms of oceanic sound and shorter pieces that are the sonic equivalent to opening cans containing mechanical dreams. There is a magic to these sounds that surely goes back to that first electronic musician in Egypt over 2,000 years ago. The tools might be different but the spectacular results are the same.

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Lesbian - Power Hör [31772]

Yep, the band's name is Lesbian.
Why? Well, equally cool names like Black Sabbath, Venom and Pentagram were already taken. But also, the name Lesbian evokes pure, sexually charged freedom -- and that's what rock music is all about.
But enough about the name, let's talk about the Lesbian sound; it's heavy, melodic, dramatic and dynamic. The Seattle-based quartet's multifaceted debut album Power Hör on Holy Mountain (Om, Six Organs of Admittance) heralds the birth of The New Wave of American Psychedelic Metal. Each of the album's four tracks shifts moods, dynamics and styles. In any given song, Lesbian deftly lunges from black metal-style blast-beat-and-16th-note-guitar-lines into '70s styled stoner rock riffing and then leaps into lush melodic passages reminiscent of Godspeed You Black Emperor!. The band blends the best elements of many styles of metal: doom, thrash, black, progressive and, yes, even good old "heavy" metal.
Lesbian was formed on a whim in April 2004 by members of Pacific Northwest thunder-sludge bands Golgothan Sunrise, Asva and The Abodox for a one-off set at Seattle's Funhouse. The response was so overwhelming that guitarists Arran McInnis and Daniel La Rochelle, bassist/vocalist Dorando Hodous and drummer Benjamin Kennedy decided to continue on with Lesbian as their primary focus. The band's riffs are dissected and cut into vivid and imaginative parts that splinter and shift in shades of light and dark without coming across overly-technical and soulless. The cinematic quality of Power Hoer envelops a vast array of moods and ideas. It's entrancing and psychedelic while utterly pummeling at the same time.
In order to capture the dynamic force of its live sound, Lesbian enlisted the much-lauded ear of producer Randall Dunn (Sunn0))), Boris, Earth), to help the band achieve its musical vision. Power Hör was recorded and mixed at both the legendary Avast! and Dunn's own Aleph Studio. Stephen O'Malley (Sunn0)))) designed the stunning cover art for the band's debut, befitting its sonic density and complexity. Incorporated into the layout is a striking logo design by John Santos (High on Fire, Kylesa, A Life Once Lost), whose artwork will also grace the cover of an upcoming split LP with Seattle black metallers Book of Black Earth.
Lesbian will be touring extensively in support of the album and has already begun writing new mind-expanding material. But, for now, this is the Power Hör. Clock in and drop out.

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Cherrystones - Word [TUQ-1001]

Remember all those rock magazines with covers proclaiming that "rock is dead!"? Remember that girl at the party who told you that the guitar was "played out" and "too limited?" Thankfully there are people in this world like Mr. Cherrystones who patiently waited to rock a psychedelic block party from London to NYC with his new compilation Cherrystones Word.
Reflecting his punk rock roots, but coming out at a hip-hop angle with an astounding knowledge of music and a native intuition of how to tear shit up in clubs, Cherrystones is the sound of psychedelia-soundtracks-folk-rock-prog-noise-moog-and-library-records.
Cherrystones is also an excavator of exciting, seemingly unfamiliar genres. Many heavy sounds that are held in high regard now were first uncovered on his previous compilations Cherrystones Rocks (Lo Recordings) and Hidden Charms.
Cherrystones is a music lover first and foremost, who happens to be a beat-digger par excellence. His compilations have a beautiful flow like a radio transmission from planet dada. This personal-journey-by-DJ is genuinely disarming as he uncovers track after track that thrills through being dusted down for fresh consumption, from the Led Zeppelin-esque qualities of Dead Moon to the crazed, Dylan-like The Deviants. What could be more of an accidental tribute (as this was put together before his sad passing) to the late, great Arthur Lee than the Midnight Circus?
Comps are two-a-penny, but none are as solid or brimful of soul as this.

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Zodiacs - Gone [10300523]

Deep one-percenter scuzz damage from the Zodiacs, a group whose Zodiac Speedcreep [aka Clay Ruby], Ezekiel Blackouts III [aka Keith Wood] and Grim Jim Gypsy [aka James Toth] - are also involved in Hush Arbors, Sunburned Hand of the Man and Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice. Gone is full of l-o-n-g jams that bring to mind such wild ones as German Oak, Magic Muscle and foggy dreams of The Stooges moonlighting as a Hawkwind tribute band during the off season. Zodiacs burn a heavy trail to the days when outlaw biker clubs roasted and consumed whole horses in celebration of the wild life. Get your wings!

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Tivol - Early Teeeth [8271940]

While the "free folk" music boom from Finland has recently grabbed the ears of many of this planet's less ape-eared, Holy Mountain is more than pleased to extend a hand to the darker-- not to mention-more rocking-- side of this contemporaneous scene.

Tivol plays a throbbing, violent and aggressive strain of acid rock that has nothing to do with subtlety. Their already hypnotic material is further enhanced by screamed vocals that do not seem to emanate from this earth. Comprised of four tracks from two extremely limited edition CDRs released on the 267 Lattajjaaa and Time-Lag labels, Holy Mountain redelivers this material on vinyl with vastly improved sound quality and charming new artwork silkscreened by the talented hands and mind of the Free Porcupine Society's Robert Fisk.

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Aufgehoben - Messidor [121612]

Messidor is the fourth album from the UK's Aufgehoben, who record unformed improvised sounds and then, over a period of time, mix and mutate them into a not immediately identifiable form of raw instrumental rock noise. It is the discordant and hostile sound of mechanical beasts locked in a cage against their will via incredible levels of distortion, clattering percussion and a wide spectrum of overtones produced by scraped and scratched guitar strings. In time a sense of structure is revealed and the musicality of Messidor unfolds a la New Directions Unit, Throbbing Gristle, This Heat, and post-Nite Flights Scott Walker.

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Residual Echoes - California [401221LP]

After returning to their native state of California from a national tour, Residual Echoes went in to the studio immediately, for their most cohesive effort yet. California is comprised of four songs. "White Cloud" and "Julie Patchouli" could be called "pop songs," and they are rock and roll to the fullest, but they are ensconced in luscious, freak-out arrangements further enhanced by a select group of special guests. The second side of the LP is a suite dedicated to the state of California complete with references ranging from the construction of the railroads, the natural beauty of the land and the mating rituals of elephant seals. It ends with a distorted take on Los Angeles via UK-colored glasses with the title track which erupts into epic, pulsing, skronk-raunch riffs that cease to abate for the duration of the song's 10-minute length (all the while making references to summer, SST records, earthquakes and helicopters flying through the streets of Hollywood seeking out pillaging Slayer fans. Really. It's all there).

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Daniel Higgs - Ancestral Songs [108]

Daniel Higgs has an unparalleled presence in both body and voice. This, combined with hypnotic repetition, gives the material on Ancestral Songs both a loose discipline and an immense yet serpentine power. Ancestral Songs is comprised of apocalyptic tunes, a banjo raag, mellifluous birdsong, and the sci-fi-sounding duet of a searing Jew's harp and toy piano. "Are You of the Body?" brings out the electric tamboura tone and an accompanying acoustic guitar to melt the spine. A distorted motorik guitar riff propels Ancestral Songs to a close by focusing on the consistent tone and vibration that flows throughout the album.

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OM / Six Organs of Admittance - split 7" [331761]

Doomcrunchbuddhafuzzspree. That’s what Misha Mengleberg would've called Om's side of this 7-inch single. If you think that once the music hits the air and it can no longer be "contained," then your needle hasn't slid through this groove because it’s heavier than a flightless bird. Mr. Chasny doesn't remove anything from the scale either. His side, "Assyrian Blood," contains what seems to be subliminal fuzz/noise blips-- like bugs hitting your windshield except that you can hear them. Thankfully they coalesce into a stunning guitar solo that cuts through the chant and goes straight for the jugular.

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OM - Conference of the Birds [5QXF3]

OM - Conference of the Birds [5QXF3LP]

Comprised of two songs that build on OM's use of cyclical rhythm, riff, and vocal intonation, the duo's new album Conference of the Birds blends metal, chant, drone, dub, and psychedelia. The band's lyrics expound upon the structure of the universe, potentiality, and freedom from the physical body. Engineered by Billy Anderson and produced by the band, Conference of the Birds progresses beyond their debut, Variations on a Theme, with more fully realized songwriting and production.

"Believe me when I say you could found a religion based on this sort of music ... truly transporting." --Ninehertz UK

"This is one of the most immaculate, hypnotic and powerful albums I have heard for many many many years." --David Tibet, Current 93

"OM create metal music for the mind and soul." --Metal Hammer

"Cisneros' trademark mantras, the duo's vicetightness, and a fearsome litany of riff after frequently groovy riff, induce a trance-like euphoria." --Terrorizer

"Feels like a series of apocalyptic instructions delivered from some scorched future world." --Dream Magazine

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Mammatus - Mammatus [17974LP]

Mammatus are a new four piece rock band from Santa Cruz, California. The album consists of four long tracks, the longest, "Dragon of the Deep Part 2" clocks in at a staggering 25 minutes long. With an excess of fuzz and wah noise they manage to combine all the best bits of 70's psychedelic rock with the sonic attack of early Monster Magnet as they simultaneously enter the realm of heavy drone sludge rock. The sleeve of this album was crafted by Arik Roper who has also worked with likes of Sleep, Sunn O))), Comets on Fire and Arthur Magazine. Since forming at the beginning of 2005 Mammatus have been playing regularly in their native town of Santa Cruz and in venues in San Francisco which has gathered them lots of praise and interest. They are embarking on an intense nation wide tour with their friends Residual Echoes this summer.

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水晶の舟 / Suishou No Fune - Where the Spirits Are [261283]

Formed in 1999 as a duo of female guitarist Pirako Kurenai and male guitarist Kageo, Suishou no Fune have been making some of the most charmingly chaotic dream music coming out of Japan. Their sound contains subcutaneous elements of no-wave energy mixed with psychedelic rock a la early Fushitsusha or Kousokuya. Other songs approach balladry with oddly beautiful twinned vocals and distorted guitars. They have performed around Tokyo with a list of people who could succinctly be described as everybody and were even invited to play Scotland's Weekend festival in 2005.

"The group's sound runs from massively distended nod-outs that recall parts of the first Fushitsusha album through weird duo tracks that orbit a parallel universe where late-period John Fahey was the prime influence on Charalambides, infernal Dead C/Gate style guitar abuse and achingly beautiful comedown ballads. The twin vocalists are massively different in their approach, with Pirako singing in a high wayward style that's all throat and no lungs while Kageo works from the other end of the pipes with a ripped Father Yod/Jim Morrison/Keiji Haino polyglot. Simply one of the greatest out-of-nowhere groups to come out of the Tokyo underground in years and the undisputed stars of PSF's recent Tokyo Flashback 5 compilation." --Volcanic Tongue

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Residual Echoes - Phoenician Flu and Ancient Ocean [90156]

Residual Echoes - Phoenician Flu and Ancient Ocean [90156LP]

Phoenecian Flu And Ancient Ocean is another seething mish-mash of psychedelia, krautrock and free-noise-- the perfect follow-up to last year's highly regarded self-titled debut LP. Partially self-recorded and partially recorded in the studio, Phoenecian Flu And Ancient Ocean is full of absolutely staggering material. The endless riff-santiy of "Death Comes for the Archbishop" is followed by billowing smoke, then a fuzzy-wuzzy pop number that finally shoots itself when the smell of smoke turns out to be an amp that was on far too loud for far too long. That piece of reverbed noise insanity might've been all were it not for the depraved psychedelic dub and Monoshock tribute that follows. Odes to the acoustic guitar and former gods of the six-string close the album. What does it sound like? Everything and nothing, baby.

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Lichens - Psychic Nature of Being [70258LP]

Lichens is Rob Lowe's (90 Day Men) vehicle for performance and recording solo and with collaborators. Lichens is a transfixing experience that loops wordless vocals into curtains of ghostly drone which Lowe makes witchier with the addition of both acoustic and electric guitars, percussion and other effects.

Recorded live as a one-time improvisation without overdubs, the three tracks on The Psychic Nature of Being reveal and extend already mesmerizing Lichens live performances.

Holy Mountain's deluxe vinyl edition of The Psychic Nature of Being comes housed in a sturdy old-style tip-on jacket that features original artwork by Mr. Lowe not available on the CD version (to be released on Kranky in October '05). Catch it!

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Zdrastvootie - 2 [43109]

Zdrastvootie 2 is a perplexing album. It folds the far corners of some of the world's most out-there progressive rock with deep, deliberate singer-songwriter type vocals and lyrics. It is both a collection of confusing, dark and fragmented meditations and defiantly odd music, yet it is far more accessible and playful than one would expect. The recorded debut of Drew Adam's vocals is imposing and grand-- he sings like a crooner. Zdrastvootie 2 is still marked by the group's gifts as songwriters and players as the songs are disjointed and the arrangements abrasive. The material is achingly beautiful, and lovely melodies appear throughout the album. This new album will sound, to most, like no other music on Earth.

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Steven Wray Lobdell - Live at Club Donut [21203LP]

Steven Wray Lobdell's second full-length solo album for Holy Mountain was recorded live in December in a small Portland, Oregon, donut shop (actually on a loft above the toilet), and unleashes some of Lobdell's most over-the-top torrents of Echoplexed guitar frenzy. Elliptical, psychedelic rhythms merge with his trademark fat guitar tone to produce intense leads that demand comparison to an ocean on fire or planet-sized sunspots. Amazing stuff.

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Residual Echoes - Residual Echoes [11935]

The Residual Echoes were formed by Adam Payne after he moved to Santa Cruz and met the encouraging forces of Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance). They have blossomed into one of that city's finest groups. Their sound is a vibrant collage of everything that has ever happened in music, all deftly manipulated and manicured by Mr. Payne into some of the most farfreaking- out jams ever heard. Santa Cruz, California-- known for abandoned military bases where rumors persist of strange mind control experiments a la Montauk-- is an area that was at one time the "serial killer capitol of the world." I know, I missed that sign, too. Anyway, you've got these mountains full of getting- away-from-the-city-type cults and communes rife with pure magical evil and ritual sacrifices. Whoa, Maury Terry; hold on there, Preston Nichols-- what's this got do with a high-energy psychedelic rock band? Have you heard about these experimental drugs that afflict enemy soldiers with intense halitosis, or cause their hair fall out, or the one that makes everyone super-horny? This album is like a really small dose of that kind of drug. Go to one of their shows. The band gets crazy and the people who see them get even crazier.

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OM - Variations on a Theme [77525]

OM - Variations on a Theme [77525LP]

OM reunites one of the most powerful rhythm sections in rock music; Al Cisneros [bass, vocals] and Chris Hakius [drums] both ex-members of the legendary Sleep. "Variations on a Theme" is comprised of three long songs employing a series of rhythmic chants whose cadence-like textural drive conveys flight. The album's numerous lyrics serve as symbolist vehicles to a state outside the field of time and space.

"Variations on a Theme" is a series of vibrations and flow. The opening track, "On The Mountain at Dawn" is the thematic blueprint of the entire album; a transportive series of differentiated verse with sets of solid groove. "Kapila's Theme" furthers the motif while the closer "Annapurna" breaks the spell, where the final wash of sound reflects the infinite.

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Zdrastvootie - Zdrastvootie [72149LP]

A few years ago Santa Cruz avant-rock group Zdrastvootie decided to ditch their vocalist and concentrate on the unique interplay they had begun to achieve with two guitars and drums. Zdrastvootie are currently a very focused entity, with increasingly complex songs à la King Crimson, Hampton Grease Band or Doc at the Radar Station-era Magic Band. While they have recently added a bassist, and guitar-player Drew Adams has begun to sing, Zdrastvootie still orbits this zone and will continue to until you are very aware that they practice all the time.

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Six Organs of Admittance - For Octavio Paz [21852]

Since the release of Six Organs of Admittance's self-titled debut in 1998, Ben Chasny has played pure guitar within individual songs, but For Octavio Paz is his first full record to explore the guitar inside and out, solo and over-dubbed, steel and nylon string (in fact, For Octavio Paz is the first Six Organs album to feature the reverberations of a nylon string guitar). What really sets Chasny apart from the other modern Fahey worshipers is that Chasny's pantheon is willing to accept a wider array of other guitarists into the lexicon-- Peter Walker or Richard Youngs, for example-- not to mention the fact that he can stand the sound of a Stratocaster. This is the definitive guitar record from Six Organs of Admittance.

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Six Organs of Admittance - Compathía [82614]

While the "acoustic based project[ions]" of Six Organs of Admittance have been pigeonholed by some as a chance-operated celestial jam unit, the group has always been about songs, and nowhere is this more apparent than on their fourth full length album, an eight-song cycle that mixes the strengths of Ben Chasny's acoustic and electric guitar with his knack for placing this on top of disparate and subtle atmospheric backgrounds. The live favorite (and rare single) "Somewhere Between" has been redone and finalized in a fantastic new version featuring sitar by Comets on Fire's Ethan Miller. The delicate acoustic strum of the album is challenged at the end of the record on the epic "Only the Sun Knows," which features some extremely heavy "electric destruction guitar" from Mr. Miller before Chasny takes back control and lands the album on solid ground.

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Davis Redford Triad - Blue Cloud [8023]

Like a long cloud that casts a shadow for miles, the Davis Redford Triad are a heavy group. Over three years in the making, Blue Cloud is a stupendous new effort by guitarist / engineer Steven Wray Lobdell (Sufi Mind Game / Faust) and leader of one of the preeminent power trios working today (see Code Orange).

After the album's subtle opener takes you to the noisy scraped loops and menacing guitar of "Violent Stupid Friend" featuring The Baseball Astrologer with a "right on" rant, you are taken to the screaming backwards ecstasy of "Loop 03." The album continues with heavy, guitar-based psychedelic jams ("Temple of the Jaguar") that overload the senses and a spacey improvisational piece ("Mellowed for Over 80 Million Years") that both centers the album and folds time, while allowing the rest to flow from a bizarre pop song ("Bubble Wrap") to the title track, which is the sonic equivalent of a cloud taking a day to pass through your world.

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Six Organs of Admittance - Six Organs of Admittance [121964]

In 1998 Ben Chasny self-released an LP of his "acoustic based project[ions]" under the name Six Organs of Admittance. The resulting five-song LP is a masterpiece of diverse elements using acoustic and electric guitars, a detuned violin, organ, electronics and koto. The material covers a lot of ground: there's an acid folk duet, an epic, three-part space suite, and two short concrète-like pieces that entice hidden memories of having bees in your mouth. The final sting is the magnificent chaos of "Race from Visnu"-- a nine-minute raga in which the strings of the acoustic guitar are battled by Chasny who ruthlessly punishes them for their ability to make sound.

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Davis Redford Triad - Code Orange [52802]

Steven Wray Lobdell's guitar playing discovers colors and shapes at extreme volume levels. Astonished audiences have also found that Mr. Lobdell can call up each sound used in his myriad innovative recordings and exercises a control over them that is preternatural.

Code Orange is a live collage from the Davis Redford Triad's Spring 2002 tour. The band played a variety of material from both of their Holy Mountain albums plus rocked-out electric versions of material from Mr. Lobdell's sublime solo album, Automatic Writing by the Moon. In addition, there are three new songs, "Mellowed for Over 80 Million Years," "Loop 03," and the title track of their upcoming studio album Blue Cloud.

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Six Organs of Admittance - Dark Noontide [1240LP]

Dark Noontide is the third full length release from Six Organs of Admittance. While listeners were pleasantly surprised by Ben Chasny's out-of-nowhere acid-folk genius on earlier releases, Dark Noontide comes in a notch or two higher with another spectacular merging of dreamy, hypnotic, finger-picked melodies and psychedelia concrète, not to mention some very fine fuzz guitar.

Eight incredible tracks seamlessly blend powerful blues foot-stomp, backward interludes, strange strings feedback, dark, tabla-infused vibrations, and the amazing debut of Chasny's electric guitar as a lead instrument.Minds can only be blown by this album. Initiation is only a matter of time. This is the dream follow-up release that fans of Six Organs of Admittance have been waiting for.

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Six Organs of Admittance - Dust and Chimes [1165]

Holy Mountain is beside itself with the limited edition reissue of Dust & Chimes by Six Organs of Admittance, Ben Chasny's second amazing, underground folk-psych project from behind California's Redwood curtain. Heavy, acoustic guitar and mumbled vocalizations merge with out-there jamming in a style that has been compared to guys with LPs on Takoma, though Dust & Chimes is actually closer than anyone else is ever going to come to pantsing the first two Tyrannosaurus Rex albums.

The sun is tanging, people. Really. "After a brief, textural opening, Dust and Chimes rekindles the aplomb of 'Visnu' with a mortal vs. guitar death dance called 'Assyria'; it soon subsides into a calmer, introspective mood. The simple riffs are rooted in American folk, but suggestive of an Ottoman court. Six Organs stick with bare-bones song arrangements - most cuts are just dressed up with overdubbed chimes and bells, and three are direct-to-tape acoustic slices. The understated nature of the songs - often serving primarily as launch pads for extended acoustic extemporization - dictates that the album grows on the listener rather than convinces in a single play. The solos are delicate, subdued, as is the album as a whole. The structure to the songs may be too similar, but the mood is so pleasant that one barely notices, especially since the songs are broken up by other types of pieces." -Muckraker

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Steven Wray Lobdell - Automatic Writing By The Moon [777]

Recorded and slowly tweaked in late 1999, these melodic compositions for acoustic guitar and ring modulator are the first true solo recordings by Steve Lobdell (Baseball Astrologer collaborator, leader of both Davis Redford Triad and Sufi Mind Game not to mention sometime- guitar wrangling with Faust). Their whispery, fluffy-cloud dynamism will appeal to the desire for a little subtlety.

Automatic Writing by the Moon's 13 tracks are a mixture of massive overdubbing, wondrous cinematic composition, folksy improvisation and studio experimentation. The backwards feedback of "Astral Projection" is vibrantly illuminating, while the instrumental arrangement of Chilean folksinger Victor Jara's "The Departure" evokes a cosmic western scene. So, yes, this record is psychedelic - if it really must be dumbed down - but not in the burnt-tar hooliganism sense; despite healthy studio trickery, Mr. Lobdell still insists on playing the guitar with his fingers.

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Davis Redford Triad - Ewige Blumenkraft [16845]

The Davis Redford Triad is the solo vehicle for occasional Faust guitar-player Steven Wray Lobdell. His previous album, The Mystical Path of the Number Eighty Six was hailed as "a limber sonic attack that sounds like 1,000 chattering meth-soaked bats being chased through the caves of Sun Ra's Atlantis by a litter of ax-wielding Chihuahua vampire pups, who just need some lovin'." The unique, distortion-laden guitar-playing on this album has endeared Mr. Lobdell to many who revere him as an untouchable "liquid bitch." This is not just some guy with a guitar and a talent pedal.

Ewige Blumenkraft's six tracks, especially the epic, 18-minute alpha state of "Plum Village," make up an exciting, new psychedelic chapter in the little known tradition of Carnatic rock. Other entries might include Ustad Bismallah Khan, Clark-Hutchinson Band, Sun City Girls and U. Shirivas, among others. Somewhere in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse, behind the security of dependable guards, deep beneath the quick of a reclusive billionaire's fingernails, this record has been described as "indispensable." It is time to admit your plane can't fly. How about your carpet?

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Baseball Astrologer - Famine of the Soul [4934LP]

To the non-believer, "baseball astrologer" probably seems like an amusing oxymoron, but for the rest of us who understand a 5-6-3 doubleplay, astrology is to baseball what Romulus and Remus are to Rome; ground zero, baby! Baseball players would like you to think they're scientists, but really, they're nothing more than a bunch of superstitious ninnies. Stars need the stars. How else could you explain Wade Boggs' chicken jones, Dick Allen's 5th inning beer, Joe Pepitone's rug, or Mark McGwire hiring his pet duck as the Cardinal's batboy last year? Scientists? Yeah right, and my name's Robert Pollard. Somebody hand me a brewski.

But this record isn't about baseball per se, at least not about the game itself. If anything, it's about baseball of the soul. This isn't Denny McLain on the mighty hammond organ my friend, oh no, you're not going to get off that easy. It's Tycho Brahe channeled through Ken Nordine in possession of an armload of Sandy Koufax fastballs, reducing the meat of Murderer's Row (Gehring, Ruth and Lazzeri) to nothing more than limp, Van Nuys pop (Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds). It's the soundtrack to The Exorcist and a Vietnam flashback fornicating in the wild of Oscar Gamble's afro during a lightning storm. The Baseball Astrologer is Douglas Berman - painter, astrologer, raconteur, chai-maker and dedicated walker. His ominous take is accompanied by the guitar and sounds of Steven Wray Lobdell for an otherworldly post-game wrap-up where everything needs more orange, Neptune is in Capricorn, the casino of life is operating and where, even after death, we will have things to do. Darkness has no stare.

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Davis Redford Triad - Mystical Path of the Number Eighty Six [8655]

Holy Mountain released the first LP by Steven Wray Lobdell's Davis Redford Triad in the spring of 1997, following Lobdell's release from a mental institution and return to playing the guitar. The music just poured out of him. The heavy psychedelic guitar compositions on The Mystical Path-- think Takayanagi Masayuki backed by a Crazy Horse-like force attempting a "version" of Sun Ra's "The Invisible Shield" with organ, analog synth and various other electronics - managed to pull down maximum sky. Since that time, Lobdell has recorded two more albums for Holy Mountain and has produced two albums by Hochenkeit. After the purchase of a tapedeck similar to the one used for this recording, Mr. Lobdell located a few tracks presumed lost and became inspired to remix the entire album. This reissue restores the original sequence of the album and has new liner notes written by Lobdell. In addition, Holy Mountain is also pleased to announce an East Coast tour by the band to coincide with the reissue of this remarkable album.

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