Shaking Box Music

Pigeon Breeders – ‘Concrescence’ C34 $7
3Concrescence is the fourth album by Edmonton-based experimental trio Pigeon Breeders. While previous releases have been formed through the editing of one or two nights’ worth of improvisations, Concrescence is the first to compile various material over a two year period, capturing the band playing in a variety of spaces. The resulting sonic gallery is the trio’s most challenging to date, and the most accurate in its presentation of the group’s scope: introspective ambient, tense and spastic electroacoustic interplay, scrappy free jazz, apocalyptic free-form drone rock, and beyond: complete and blissful abandon into sound. Pick yr poison, light some incense, turn off the lights. Edition of 80.

Ashley Soft – ‘Leave’ C22 $6
2For all intents & purposes, Leave is Ashley Soft’s debut. Not long after recording last year’s Take Heart Give Heart EP at hotel2tango in Montreal, Clarke Macleod returned to Calgary and started jamming with drummer/noisenik Andrew Hume (of free-rock titans Burro, Pale Lobo, and others). The duo wrote a bunch of new songs, and introduced avant-guitarist Devin Friesen (Bitter Fictions) in the fall. This trio recorded six volatile new songs direct to tape over the winter, with the production assistance of Chris Dadge (of Lab Coast & Bug Incision records). Feedback destruction you could hum to: Hume’s machine-gun drumming matches Macleod’s splintering guitar patterns, and Friesen contains it all with sounds meltingly dissonant (“Groceries”) and densely atmospheric (“Red Sea”). Edition of 80.

D.F. w K.B.D. & J.G. – ‘A Chance Happening’ C42 $6
1New tape compositions by D.F. (Bitter Fictions), made using cassette recordings of an unplanned trio performance of Kyle Bobby Dunn (piano), James Goddard (aka Skin Tone; saxophone), and Devin Friesen (guitar). In D.F.’s words: “It was my last night in town after a summer’s sojourn in Montreal. James helped me set up a Bitter Fictions show at Brasserie Beaubien, but everybody missed it. Kyle was the only person not working or scheduled to perform who showed up that night. There was a piano in the bar. I’d asked Kyle if he’d like to play it during my set, and he sat down for the last couple of pieces. Afterwards, the three of us decided to play together. I had the sense to put my TCM150 portable tape recorder on the bar’s pool table, forming a triangle between the piano and the speakers. The recordings turned out grainy and distant, yet appealingly rich with room sounds and instruments smeared.” Edition of 70.

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Invisible City Records

Xtematic/:dARM – ‘Deus Generator’ C60 £4.5
Split release of two Industrial artists; Xtemetaic of Osijek, Croatia and :dARM of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzgovina. Two sides of industrial drone. Electronic abrasions forming the soundtrack to a decaying industrial landscape. Available as a hand dubbed C60 cassette with black and white single sided artwork. Limited to 50 copies worldwide.

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ISSUE Project Room

Yarn/Wire and Pete Swanson – ‘Eliminated Artist’ LP
Known for his uncompromising tape and synthesizer work, Pete Swanson has pushed the limits of electronic music since the early 2000s. Since stepping down as half of formative underground duo Yellow Swans, he has subverted the genres of noise and electronic dance music as a solo artist. For Eliminated Artist, the third LP release from ISSUE Project Room’s Distributed Objects imprint, Swanson ventures into new territories with two works at the intersection of electronic and acoustic sound, created in collaboration with New York instrumental quartet Yarn/Wire. Combining electronics, tape loops, and modular synthesizer with Yarn/Wire’s unique ensemble of two pianists and two percussionists, both works were recorded live at ISSUE Project Room, initiated as part of the ensemble’s 2011 residency at the Brooklyn venue and presenting organization. For the title track, Eliminated Artist (2012), Swanson recorded improvised rehearsals by Yarn/Wire, from which he crafted an exacting, repeatable framework for live performance. A combination of live signal and rehearsal recordings were then constructed by Swanson into a live electronic mix, ranging from tranquil chromatic textures to unhinged distortion. Corrections (2014) emerged from a series of recorded fragments Swanson made using “the Putney”, an early EMS VCS3 modular synthesizer, at Rotterdam’s WORM studios in 2013. Over two days of rehearsal, Yarn/Wire and Swanson developed acoustic arrangements to integrate with the earlier recordings. Clattering, intricate rhythms combine with soaring synthesizer pitches and heavy percussive beats; the result is atmospheric, physical and precise. Yarn/Wire: Ning Yu, Laura Barger: piano; Russell Greenberg, Ian Antonio: percussion. Pete Swanson: EMS VCS3, Electronics and Tape. Corrections recorded live at ISSUE Project Room 5/1/2014, EMS VCS3 for Corrections recorded at WORM Studios, Rotterdam 12/2013. Eliminated Artist recorded Live at ISSUE Project Room 3/22/2012. Mastered by Rashad Becker. Limited edition of 500 on 150g LP.

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Spring Break Tapes

Peter Kris — ‘Rim Of The World’
There is a massive region in Southern California, just east of Los Angeles, that’s known as the Inland Empire. Comprised of two of the biggest counties in the nation, Riverside and San Bernardino, the 27,000 mile spread is a dramatic mix of wealth-driven development and hopeless decline. Prospering communities, such as Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga, border economic failures like the City of San Bernardino. And beyond these suburban dwellings exists an entire landscape of dying cities that are fast becoming ghost towns. As the cost of living in Los Angeles continues to rise, a number of former Angelinos are seeking refuge in the lower income areas within the Inland Empire, specifically San Bernardino County. The population in this area has surpassed 2 million. As that number continues to grow, job opportunities dwindle. City budgets have been cut, public services have been limited and most residents struggle to make a living. The only things not in decline are crime rates and the population of homeless and the discarded mentally ill. Peter Kris has lived in this region most of his life. He’s dedicated himself to exploring the vast landscape in an effort to photograph and document what’s left of the forgotten and crumbling infrastructure before it vanishes. Rim Of the World is a sonic and visual documentation of this decline and disintegration. The release includes an 8 song cassette and a zine that documents modern ruins as photographed by Peter Kris. Each cassette will feature an original, one-of-a-kind instant film photograph cover. These photos were selected from a batch of one hundred shot over the course of a day in and around San Bernardino. Peter Kris is the founding member of German Army. THIS TAPE IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW TO HELP COVER PRODUCTION COSTS. ORDERS WILL SHIP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. This cassette is a limited edition release. Only 100 copies will be available.

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Arachnidiscs

M. Mucci – ‘Secret Midnights’ C70 $7
M-MucciGuelph, Ontario-based master guitarist M. Mucci has graciously agreed to let us reissue two of his out-of-print cassette albums on one C70 volume. Both The Secret is Knowing When to Close Your Eyes and Midnights are featured here in their entirely, the former with previously unreleased bonus material included. Mucci is one of the most exciting instrumental guitarists working today and we’re deeply honoured to be able to make these titles available in a physical format once again. In the vein of Loren Mazzacane Connors, Sir Richard Bishop, Jack Rose and the like.

Lost Trail/Door – ‘Split Tapes Series Vol. 12‘ C60 $7
LostTrailLOST TRAIL is the ambient/dronegaze/experimental noise project of husband-and-wife duo Zachary Corsa and Denny Wilkerson Corsa. Based in the mysterious small city of Burlington, NC, The Corsas utilize lo-fi and obsolete recording technology in their music, aiming to capture a sense of atmosphere and landscape in both man-made and wild environments. Working primarily with second-hand analog equipment, their work is a vivid patchwork collage of damaged cassette loops, field recordings, primitive percussion, layers of ethereal guitar drones, wailing feedback and static, and skeletal traces of antique piano and organ. The themes of Lost Trail’s work often include a sense of the otherworldly or supernatural, strong ties to nature, human calamity, and a fascination with the concept of passionate belief systems. The songs themselves are raw, broken, minimalist, imperfect, emotionally resounding and chaotically unpredictable, all composed in the spirit of reckless, heedless improvisation. DOR is a more mysterious affair. Zachary of Lost Trail, who brought them to our attention, had this insight: They’re two dudes (John Rutherford, Jacob Worden) from Charlotte, NC, our biggest city, about 90 minutes south of where Denny and I live and that’s about all I know about ’em! They’re mysterious. And, really, does anyone need to know more about them than that?

Partli Cloudi – ‘Watermelon Cauliflower‘ C30 $7
PartliCloudiMild-mannered librarian by day, by late-afternoon Vancouver Island’s Stephen Wolf turns into the mild-mannered bedroom recordist named Partli Cloudi. “”Watermelon Cauliflower is a delightfully rotten treat. An odd pleasure come to haunt your weirdest nightmares.” Delving deep into his library branch’s audio-book collection, Wolf weaves detailed audio tapestries, adding his own acoustic flourishes and electronic embellishments to a secret world of woozy found-sound.

Hazy Montagne Mystique/Ylangylang – ‘Studies In Trance (Split Tapes Series Vol. 11)’ C30 $7
Hazy-YlangylangHazy Montagne Mystique and Ylangylang two Montreal artists who excel in druggy, electronic trance music — but not that type of trance. The pair are long-time students of trance-inducing tones as evidenced by their collaborative project A Sacred Cloud (whose album ENSOLEILLÉ, 1972, we had the pleasure of releasing in 2013). Those familiar with A Sacred Cloud (and their label Jeunesse Cosmique) will already know that when they say “Trance” they’re talking “Transcendental” and not the late-90’s house music craze associated with the island of Ibiza. Trance as in drone. Trance as in cosmic youth and cosmic spaces.

Semen Priest – ‘ Third Testament‘ C50 $7
jp0 template rectoverso with 0625 bleed-stripped“A grinning, skeletonized and sunglass-eyed Right Said Fred strutting through strobe lit hell-waste, lava sloshing to the groovy thrust.” THIRD TESTAMENT is, fittingly, the third album by Canadian post-punk/electronic art project SEMEN PRIEST. Evolving from the “industrial vapor wave” of their debut, the duo’s previous tape, Disco Horribilis, dallied with EBM tones. On their latest outing Epididymis Rex and Zsa Zsa La Borg dilly with a harder-edged sound inspired by classic ’80s and ’90s Wax Trax! records bands. An excellent foray into a dark underbelly of Canadian electronic music

TRANZMIT – ‘Neue Übertragungen von einer Totenwelt’ C60 $7
Totenwelt_Jcard-FrontToronto-based TRANZMIT creates audio bricolage from live transistor radio sampling / looping and various electronics. Other sound sources include internet videos and thrift store cassette tapes. Neue Übertragungen von einer Totenwelt features soundbites from Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, John Lennon and feminist spoken word artist Anna Binkovitz along with a myriad of anonymous radio waves.

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Hacktivism Records

Ando Laj – ‘Diagonal Rotation’ CD
Ando Laj CD APSIAndo Laj has been a staple in the Hacktivism sound since the beginning; in our continuation of firsts with Ando, we are proud to release our first CD “Diagonal Rotation”. This release is a culmination of everything that Ando has worked with on his prior releases. From the early almost chillwave works to the super accessible “Miriam Transmission” that we released earlier this year. You can really hear how Ando has grown as an artist. On the first single, “Pyra Fora”, Ando shifts through several different styles of electronica with an almost Krautrock-like structure. As a whole Diagonal Rotation is more of a dense and flowing beast than its predecessors, akin to electronic ambient greats like Global Communication’s “76:14″. Let yourself glide through 80+ minutes of beautiful electronica.

ƸC†OPL∆SM – ‘Worthless Plastic’ cassingle
VHS Single #2 APSIThe second VHS single in our series features IDM/Glitch Producer ƸC†OPL∆SM’s “Worthless Plastic”. Comes as a C10 cassette stylized as a re-recordable VHS cassette from the 80s and 90s. Nostalgic of your childhood fantasies. Previously self-released digitally and sold out on Mini-CD, this collection of future beats and glossy synthesis soundtracks the volatile dance scene of our post-apocalyptic future days. Undoubtedly this release will be the hit single of 2083 so it’s best you get your hands on one today! All singles come with gloss print-out of liner notes and Hacktivism business card.

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Teflon Beast

ALIZTER JAMES – ‘BERNing Down the House Vol.1′
coverTB’s latest is a new collection of music from electronic musician/composer Alizter James titled BERNing Down the House Vol.1. The set is inspired by the current presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. James’ music doubles as a method of fundraising, as we will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Sanders campaign. James would like to help spread the word about the candidate he believes in as of now. The 12-track album is a pay what you want download.

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Fuck Mtn.

STRAIGHT PANIC – ‘Life During Wartime’ $5
LDWFive new tracks of filthy power electronics from the front line / behind the wall / within the occupation, and complete audio documentation of LIVE AKTION at MADAME OV THEE ARTS, MPLS. Pro-dubbed, pad-printed crimson ink on black cassettes with pro-printed, 2-sided insert in norelco jewel case, shrinkwrapped. FMLR-020, edition of 50.

FAMILY PLANNING s/t $5
FPSlowly growing fetal tracks, mainly composed from tape-loops and field recordings. Cut-up, destroyed, aborted. Pro-dubbed, pad-printed silver ink on aquamarine cassettes with pro-printed, 2-sided insert in norelco jewel case, shrinkwrapped. FMLR-017, edition of 50.

METH PREDATOR – ‘Bootleg’ $5
MPThe only studio recording ever finished in Meth Predator’s brief existence, plus three live recordings. Crushing, no-holds-barred, total noise fury from this on-again/off-again Minneapolis noise quartet. Black cassette with b/w paper labels, b/w insert in norelco jewel case. FMLR-BL0, edition 0f 50.

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Obsolete Units

Nick Forté – ‘Overdoes It’
nickwebsiteComing along almost concurrently with his recent Primordial Forms LP, Nick Forté’s Overdoes It is another bewildering and potent solo shot from this underground mainstay. Forté previously appeared on Obsolete Units years back with his drone/noise ensemble Hells Hills, and much like his intrinsic talent for tackling numerous forms of music (he was an original member of legendary hardcore ensemble Rorschach and currently plays in acclaimed black metal/punk project Raspberry Bulbs), Overdoes It operates by its own uncommon logic. A scrupulously crafted series of vignettes recalling luminaries such as Pierre Henry, Steven Stapleton, and Christina Kubisch, Forté’s command of his intermingling synth, tape, and voice (to name a few) sources is astonishingly faultless. An unshakable and mindful masterpiece. Edition of 100.

Anla Courtis – ‘El Raspiarero’
anlawebsiteOne of the most prolific and multifarious musicians within the avant underground, Argentinian artist Anla Courtis has constructed an uncompromising and uninhibited body of work since the early 90’s, whether through his involvement in the legendary outsider-rock outfit Reynols to his impressive array of solo missives. El Raspiarero finds Courtis deep into the nether-reaches of hazy, hissing analog fidelity, presenting two long-form pieces ambiguously generated from remnants of warbling tape, mangled guitar, and other as-yet-unidentified instruments of dissonance. It’s an unrepentantly delirious presentation, the queasy yet confident sensory treatments generating action most acute. El Raspiarero maintains Courtis’s place as an endlessly captivating presence in experimental sound. Edition of 100.

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PAN

M.E.S.H. — ‘Piteous Gate’ LP/CD
Alongside fellow members of Berlin’s Janus collective, recently behind nights at Berghain and Corsica Studios, M.E.S.H. is known for his futurist approach to club dynamics and production. On Piteous Gate, tightly gridded and sculpted sound juts up against loose-wristed improvisation, automated processes, and collage. Standard club synco- pation is twisted by sliding tempos, cut and paste time signatures, and indeterminate pacing. Its sound design and compositions are ornate, even courtly, with neo-feudal moods offset by the recurrence of hydraulic hiss and flanger. A synthetic fuel injector revs opener ‘Piteous Gate’ to life. Drawing from action-scifi film trailers and the sound design of festival trance, its hardcore synthlines shatter into ‘Optimate’—stately, spatial, and whiplash-luxurious, with meandering cybernetic drumming. ‘Thorium’ sends a slow-motion camera through a melting test reactor: all burnt VSTs and synthetic theorbo and loose drums. ‘The Black Pill’ smears high-end renaissance sample libraries through arcs of static. In ‘Epithet,’ temple sewer atmospheres are ruptured by ‘Scythians’-style cut-up drums. ‘Jester’s Visage’ indulges a minute-long baroque guitar improv, and territorial youths air their beef in ‘Kritikal & X.’ Closing out the album, ‘Methy Imbiß’ is a machinic rhythm track, and ‘Azov Seepage’ mingles birdlike granular noises with rusted steel clanging. The album was recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP and CD.

ACRE & FILTER DREAD — ‘Interference’ 12″
Interference is the first joint release from PAN and Visionist’s Lost Codes, which is re-baptized here as PAN sublabel Codes. Two of Visionist’s key discoveries, Mancunian hybridist Acre and Cambridge’s transplant Filter Dread both cut their teeth on UK soundsystem culture and have appeared on vital outlets like Tectonic and Ramp. The pair’s EP updates 8-bit grime, warehouse rave, and dark bass with hyper-modern sound design and bastard club rhythms. Rather than rely on mimicry, they contort familiar aesthetics, giving rise to the baroque, processional gloom of “Drumz 34″ to “Flash Speed”‘s bassbin elasticity and the modem drones of “Trashed” (for the steppers). The EP is mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, and features artwork by PWR Studio & Bill Kouligas with additional art by Max Shannon.

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