Fleeting Youth

FYR007: Champ s/t CS
FYR007Red-tinted cassette tape with full-color 3-panel j-card. In the same vein as Cali counterparts Wavves, San Diego-based foursome CHAMP play a punchy form of garage rock that’s rooted in punk and 90s alternative. On their debut self-titled album, the quartet build a distinct sound fusing moody punk with experimental effects, noisy guitars, and ear worm melodies. This stellar unveiling also proves CHAMP to be one of the most exciting bands on the rise unafraid to represent dejected youth and the darker side of sunny California.

FYR008: Dirty River s/t CS
FYR008Smoky tiny cassette with gold ink and full-color 3-panel j-card with lo-fi photography from the band. Hailing from Rhinebeck, New York, Dirty River is rock trio that deliver debauched experiences and fantasies deadpan over serpentine open D rhythms. Their alternative take on lo-fi/rock/blues develops thick and murky like jungle fog, giving weight to lead singer Forrest Hackenbrock’s stark, blasé breath. His tales of numbness, despair, and depravity are matched with wanton guitar fuzz and naked downbeats that feel uncomfortable yet alluring to the ears, like dirty secrets.

FYR009: Clouder – ‘Sister Raygun’ CS
FYR009Dark blue cassette cassette tape with full-color 3-panel j-card featuring a vivid painting-turned-cover by Chad Turner. 2014 sees Clouder reemerging with their sophomore album, Sister Raygun, after an 8 month hiatus full of personal trials and tribulations for some members that almost led to the band’s demise. The emotional turmoil and intensity weathered during this break can be felt throughout 10 explosive tracks, as themes of anxiety, paranoia, debauchery, loneliness, reverie, and psychedelic esotericism inflame equally overwrought rhythms. The frazzled sense of urgency on this album reflects not only the cathartic themes, but the excitement and chaos of coming back together as a band after a long period of uncertainty. The beginnings of the album were fleshed out by Clouder’s rhythm section (Max, Jim, Steve, and Matt) in their Brooklyn practice space and then sent off to lead singer Eric Gilstrap who was living in North Carolina. After months of immersing themselves in writing and recording rough demos back and forth, Clouder rekindled in producer Jeff Berner’s (Psychic TV, Heliotropes, Dead Stars) Brooklyn studio and left it ablaze with Sister Raygun in hand.

FYR011: Habits – ‘Unselves in Arrival’ CS
FYR011Pro-dubbed cassette tape with full-color 3-panel j-card full of Habits’ signature trippy digi art. Habits is the synthesizer/sample based musical vision of Los Angeles based songsmith and cat owner, Dustin Krapes. Driving rhythms and a psychedelic collage of otherworldly synths provide the sonic backdrop to Dustin’s lofty metaphysical themed lyrics, typically delivered in a nonchalant speak-sing style of crooning. Habits’ revolving cast of collaborators currently includes professional wrestling hall of famer Dithy Ramb on drums and vegan taxidermy expert Gabriel Armenta on bass.

FYR012: Rasputin’s Secret Police – ‘Comfortable’ CS
FYR012Green tinted cassette tape with full-color 3-panel j-card. Comfortable is considered RSP’s magnum opus. It’s the answer to the question of “What album do I start with if I’m going to listen to RSP.” Despite it being their most DIY release, it’s their most focused and accessible. Recorded on a Tascam 8-track digital recorder above a fishing and hunting retailer in Drexel Hill, PA, the album captures RSP’s raw intensity as Ayres’ fervid, semi-disturbed croons ride his equally ardent guitar scrapes while Phillips’ impassioned drumming forces sweat beads to roll off your own head. The lo-fi, DIY quality of the recordings were left untouched, but it adds something extra to the sound they found during these sessions.

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Sonic Meditations

SM055 KÖHN - ‘Moon Rabbit’ CS
SM055CS.inddThis tape consists of edits, four different live shows that I played in 2012. ‘Impoverization’ and ‘Too little people in a too little room’ were recorded in Ghent, the city I live in. ‘The Jorgmund Pipe’ was recorded in Brussels, Belgium, on an evening I shared the stage (or rather the floor of the house, since it was a house concert) with the wonderful ‘Embryo’. The title is taken from the novel ‘The Gone-Away World’ by Nick Harkaway, it’s the name of the pipe that encircles the post-apocalyptic world and that sprays FOX in order to create a ‘livable zone’. I recommend reading it. ‘Slaapstaat’ was recorded in Heerlen, Netherlands on an evening I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Pimmon. It was ten years ago we met for the first time, though it didn’t feel like that.” – Jürgen De Blonde Limited to 100 Cassettes + download.

SM056 AARON MARTIN – ‘Chapel Floor’ CS
SM056CS.inddA collection of 2 live radio performances. “Instruments are like money: when you use, something inside you is purchased. And like money, music resounds for a long time as aftermath. However unlike money, music is priceless, and that’s apothesis of Aaron Martin’s creations wholly. On “Chapel Floor”, “Piece 5″, Martin meanders in an opening reverie of satisfying loop, a hotspot for connectivity with the listener who just lets his or her mind wander. “Autism”, consequently, vies for attention with a special gift, the harmonica-esque ransom a bill poster for the positive aspects of cello.” – Fluid Radio Limited to 100 Cassettes + download.

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Dais

DAIS062 Cold Showers – ’06.20.13 Part Time Punks V.2′
Los Angeles art rock ensemble Cold Showers came back to their hometown institution, Part Time Punks, with a perfected new session featuring the reworked take of one of their debut cuts, Violent Cries, followed by 3 brand new works that the band has been trying out live over the past year as a preview into the shape & form of their upcoming sophomore album. Limited to 150 copies. $8, shipping now, order here: CLICK!

DAIS050 Chris Brokaw – ‘Now, Forager (Original Soundtrack)’ $16
Chris Brokaw’s resume over the past 25 years reads like a “who’s who” of indie rock alumni. Starting as the founding member of Codeine and followed up by fronting rock mainstay Come, Brokaw has established himself as a renaissance man of songwriting. Collaborating with Liz Phair, John McEntire (Tortoise), Rhys Chatham, Evan Dando, Glenn Jones, Thurston Moore and even a brief stint with GG Allin, it is sometimes easier to list who Chris Brokaw hasn’t played with rather than everyone who has crossed his path. After his time with Come, Brokaw lent his talents to bands such as Pullman, Consonant and The New Year…constantly evolving and changing his pace and rhythm. Nowadays, Brokaw stays booked by a constant tour schedule and his duties with Dirtmusic alongside Hugo Race (of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds fame). When the dust settles in the off-season, Brokaw finds himself a more mature career path as a composer of film scores and soundtracks. Previous works for lauded independent art-house films such as I Was Born, But… and Road made Brokaw’s instrumentals a familiar tone amongst the independent film community. After a slew of solo releases from labels such as 12XU, Atavistic, Brokaw’s own Capitan Records and his highly praised acoustic outing on Vin Du Select Qualitite, Brokaw sat down with the award winning film Now, Forager to score it’s lucid narrative outlining the story of two lovers joined in the unusual scenario of mushroom foraging which pushes their unstable relationship to its limits. Limited edition of 500 vinyl copies featuring previously unreleased songs and bonus tracks not found in the film.

DAIS032 Thee Majesty – ‘Live at the Pezner 1999′ LP
For the past 20 years, the elusive collaboration between Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle / Psychic TV / COUM Transmissions) and Bryin Dall (Hirsute Pursuit / A Murder of Angels) has taken on various members and formations over the years, always keeping a steady focus on it’s balancing act of ambient sound and cryptic verse. Considered by most to be P-Orridge’s “sound poetry” accompanied by Bryin Dall’s unusual instrumentation backdrops, recordings of this project has been selectively sparse with only a handful of rare performances to create evidence for its existence. This unique live document captures Thee Majesty at its most flexible, changing up tone and structure at a moments notice and harmonizing the abstract poetry of P-Orridge’s obtuse wordplay and apocalyptic banter and Dall’s meditative and complex drones. Recorded live in 1999 at the famed Pezner Theater in Villeurbanne, France. Featuring a guest appearance by legendary instrumentalist Mark Cunningham of No-Wave pioneers Mars and John avanti. Limited to 300 vinyl copies with reminiscent liners by Bryin Dall.

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Aposiopèse

THOMAS TILLY – ‘SCRIPT GEOMETRY’ 2LP
Script_geometryIn March 2013, I traveled to the Nouragues scientific research station in French Guiana. Situated in the heart of a tropical rainforest, this station welcomes international scientific research progams dealing with tropical forests and their biodiversity. For the 30 days and nights of my stay, i listened to and captured the sound environment with an emphasis on animal communications : those wich are perceptible to the huan ear, but also the inaudible spectrum. The result is a collection of compositions and phonography characteristic of the zone. No electronic treatement has been added to these recordings other than a low cut filter and a light EQ mix. Script Geometry was conducted as an artist-in-residency programme at the Confort Moderne, Jazz à Potiers, the Lieu Multiple and the Nouragues Station in French Guiana between february and June 2013. A series of concerts, conférences, broadcasts and a creative workshop took place in accompaniment to the project — — Approaching the forest as if were a city, a construct, an ensemble of strata and vertical heights where signals answer, contrast and ignore each other.Variations occur, fullness and emptiness are created according to the weather and the peak and off-preak hours. This density that language can’t define presents a challenge for the ear, and from this density surfaces, frm time to time, certain analogies to a modern sound environment. Cultural leads fraw our experience of these natural acoustic phenomenin towards the domain of technology : “it sounds like… it’s like…” The timbres ? The sound structures ? There exists something in a tropical forest that sounds like and plays within the realms of electronics, music and electronics noise ; something characteristic of an era long before the birth of biotopes that form this forest and create this sound. Script geometry comes from this idea and the desire to work with density, in an attempt to extract forms that characterize these analogies. Taking these sounds out of their context and rearranging them as we would patch cables on a synthesizer ; weaving these strata and vertica heights into a different pattern by using the signals from the forest as if they were synthetic sounds : dissecting this spectrum and looking for something that can only be revealed through listening, this is the essence of the project —

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Upside Down Recordings

NASTRO – ‘Terzo Mondo’ LP 14€
cover terzo mondo web 100TERZO MONDO is the third album from NASTRO. NASTRO are Manuel Cascone and Francesco Petricca. Manuel Cascone and Francesco Petricca have played percussions, kalimba, synthesizers, sequencers, flute and something else. TERZO MONDO (Third World for the ones unfamiliar with italian) was recorded in roughly five months, after researches and several attempts to give a follow up to 300mq (UDR08 – 2012), a mix of fractions of sound recorded, chopped, chewed, sampled and put in fermentation. The solution in the end went for the abandoning of the multitrack recordings for a sound that is dry, dehydrated, just MONO, ten live sessions captured on an ideal support coherent with the title of the album they have delivered. What comes out is border music; sitting comfortably by the window of our browser we can see banana pickers crowding the streets of the Pontine Marshes riding their bicycles, voodoo sessions at the sound of a modular synthesizer, and at the same time caress the ears with the squelching frequencies of the iPhone speaker, cos this is our third eye-ear. Imagine if “Faust Tapes” era Faust were a duo produced by James Ferraro to get an idea of what it might sound like. Mastered by Andrea Merlini (mastering engineer for Heroin in Tahiti, TheAwayTeam etc.) LP Vinyl / 200 copies with immediate download at purchase

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Important Records

GEZAN – ‘It Was Once Said To Be A Song’ CD
It Was Once Said To Be A Song is the debut album from Japan’s Gezan. Gezan have become popular in their home country for their high speed noise, punk, hardcore and psych-rock music. In Japan, Gezan have been embraced by the previous generation of underground rock. The band was recommended to Imprec by Kawabata Makoto of the Acid Mothers Temple who said that Gezan was his favorite live band in Japan.

GUNN + GANGLOFF – ‘Melodies For A Savage Fix’ CD
Steve Gunn and Mike Gangloff (Pelt) combine six-and 12-string guitars with gongs, tanpura, singing bowls, shruti box, and banjo fora gorgeous collection of improvised compositions.

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Cruel Nature Records

Roadside Picnic meets Dominique Ciancio – ‘Sword Fighting Jazz’ C20 £5 
roadside picnicA 2 hour canoe trip across the Tinn Sea led to a vacant scout beach settlement and the discovery of a huge metal disc, which was strung up 7 feet high. The disc’s sonic terrain was explored with stones and wood in relation to a jazz approach to construction of several pieces; ranging from interpretations of jazz standards, traditional Norwegian classics to micro improv tones, Recorded live with no overdubs as it happened by Justin Wiggan and Dominique Ciancio.
This is jazz broken
This is broken jazz
This is the new tradition
This is now history
This is sword fighting jazz
Recorded live at Sendvik, Atro, Telemark, Norway August 2013. Limited to 30 copies, recorded on a mint green tape with full-colour inlay.

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Sound of Cobra

LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE – ‘Sette’ LP
piramide“The bloody pyramid” – is a seven musician ensemble from Torino, Italy. The sound of the band is built on two guitars, two basses, one clarinet, one synth, several effects, drums and percussions. There’s a rich history in psychedelic music, and we all know it. The best trip is always the one yet to be embarked upon. And each trip is different from the one before. You can’t jump into the same lysergic river twice. Don’t even try. Instead, prepare to be washed away by the sonic waves of „Sette“ – a sunbaked stoner trip for both the funky freshman and the psychedelic veteran. The latter may find traces of Santana’s „Caravanserai“ or Embryo’s „Reise“ when listening – as well as some strong Spiritual Jazz vibes, resembling the Phill Musra Group and the likes. It’s all there and much more. Limited Edition of 600 copies in 180gr.

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GODrecs

Slobodan Kajkut – ‘The Art of Living Dies…’
god23116cf7Lack of musical material, minimalism but not for it’s purposes, patterns shifting in themselves… The Art of Living Dies… The piece is performed by Michael Moser, a cult figure in Austrian new music, whose work includes significant collaborations with bands like Polwechsel and Zeitkratzer and artist such as Bernhard Lang, Peter Ablinger, Fennesz, David Sylvian (Manafon)… Very slow, extremely static, the piece drives into one direction, without specific target but also without tendency to be contemplative. As with some previous pieces (check out GOD 13) its goal is the pure sense of nothingness…

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PAN

BASS CLEF – ‘Raven Yr Own Worl’ 12″/DL
panact_bassclefsi03Ralph Cumbers’ debut Bass Clef 12″ for PAN sees the modular maestro stalking the ‘floor with typical, technical suss and cheeky UK humour. The ‘Raven Yr Own Worl’ EP is the latest and most sharply focussed in a golden streak of releases which have seen the London-based producer tour some of the bastions of British electronica, from Punch Drunk to Alter and Public Information, not to mention his own, cultishly adored Magic + Dreams label.Thru the prism of his favoured BugBrand Modular system – handmade by Bristol’s Tom Bugs – the four tracks of his ‘Raven Yr Own Worl’ EP patch a lattice of reference ports between Radiophonic experimentation, bedroom electronica, classic dub production techniques, and the not-so-distant spirits of halcyon UK rave music. His ‘Self-Perpetuating Fun Loop’ is razor-sharp acid funk in the tradition of Luke Vibert and the Rephlex hordes, and ‘Fluorescent City Shining City’ a deftly playful piece of acid dub strut recalling early Two Lone Swordsmen. His bleep techno tribute ‘Euphoric Nihilism’ is possibly the most intricate and evocative number, also flashing glimpses of ‘ardcore whistles and EBM in its tightly coiled matrix, whilst ‘Adventures Unventured, Tenderness Untendered’ is a blissed steppers’ kiss off meeting digi-dub and misty-eyed IDM at the warehouse. The effortless fluidity and charm of these tracks belies the skill, personality and intuitively dextrous approach of Bass Clef and his affinity with the machine. They’re timeless pieces of UK electronica carrying the weight of heritage forward. Bass Clef is due to tour in his Some Truths alias with Tom Bug, promising uniquely alien electronic soundscapes with each performance. The 12″ is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M. It is pressed on 140g white vinyl which itself is housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.

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