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Weirdo Weekly #419

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Tomorrow night here at the shop, Con Tex & J Adam will be rockin acoustic guitars and their large lives starting at 8p. Do drop by.

 

Hiya, everybody.
Thursday the 29th, my monthlyish show with Gilmore Tamny moves to the Lilypad in Inman for January, because it's too godforfriggin'‬ cold to walk to deep Somerville. A variety of music and comedy experiments, and other unknowns. 1353 Cambridge Street 7pm, and you'll see Aimee Rose Ranger, Rob Noyes, Cotton Candy, Katie McCarthy, Matt Miller, & Hayley Thompson King.

Next Sunday, Feb 1st, I'll be playing as part of Raw Meet at Deep Thoughts. 138B South Street in Jamaica Plain for Cave Bears, Gordon Marshall, Mtnshrk, A Campbell Payne, Andrea Pensado, & much more.

Weirdo now has a discogs page, which is something that the shop hasn't done before. You can check it out online, and you can also see the titles in the physical shop: discogs.com/seller/weirdorecords/profile
Title- Label Price
Ash Ra Tempel Join Inn cd

Ash Ra Tempel Join Inn cd

cd 2012/1973 new Klaus Schulze rejoins the band after a spell with a solo career, and impressively it's his drums rather than his famed EMS synthi that make this one the krautrockinest of all their records. Manuel Gottsching really bites hard with his guitar licks, & also brings along his girlfriend Rosi, who turns up on the floatier b side to do some sexy talking.
MG Art $16.00



Bachs Out of the Bachs cd

Bachs Out of the Bachs cd

cd 2007/1968 new High school kids from the suburbs of Chicago who deliver trembling & jingling downer ballads & the occasional swirling vortex of psych guitar. The band recorded the lp themselves in a studio which had never hosted a rock band before, hence some unusual mixing and a thick chiffon wrapping of echo.
Gear Fab $12.50



Borbetomagus The Rape of Atlanta lp

Borbetomagus The Rape of Atlanta lp

lp 2011/2004 new Clearly the same label that issued Magic Markers 'NxCxHxCx' and Sun City Girls 'Montreal Pop', here's a fantastic boot of a blistering show in Georgia. Don Dietrich & Jim Sauter put their bells together, and Donald Miller drives right over them with his prepared guitar. Far too loud for any recording equipment manufactured by normal humans, listening to the Great Worm on this particular eve is what I imagine it sounds like when someone is squeezing the last little bit out of a toothpaste tube, and you're the toothpaste. Comes with an excerpt from a 2006 interview by Dan Warburton.
- $16.50



Brigth Engelberts lp

Brigth Engelberts lp

lp 2011/1978 new Afrofunk recorded in Lagos & led by a Cameroon electric bass player who fetchingly has himself turned way up in the mix. Bewilderingly galactic zaps & vrooms on the keyboards, and though there are both super tight & molasses slow cuts, the groove is positively narcotic. Love it when Brigth intros the band (in English, btw), his deep speaking voice & all that short-echo makes him sound like he's doing a Dracula impression.
Hot Casa $18.00

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Charlotte Moorman Tv Cello Von Nam June Paik 2lp

Charlotte Moorman Tv Cello Von Nam June Paik 2lp

2lp 2006/1971 new Fluxus collaboration between Nam June Paik & gorgeous Charlotte Moorman. Impressively dirty & uncellolike glorps and crackles abound in these conceptual pieces that debuted at the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. Moorman was arrested for playing shirtless, wearing Paik's TV-bra, posing as a chocolate bunny, etc. This version of 'TV Cello' is spread out over the 2 lps & not included on the Moorman 4 cd box. Edition of 200.
Alga Marghen $40.00



Chico Magnetic Band lp

Chico Magnetic Band lp

lp 2009/1970-72 new French band with a demented Tunisian guy fronting them & doing a pretty over the top fake Hendrix impression on vocals. Searing wah, phased EVERYTHING, a teensy bit of Beefheart (probably gained by way of Arthur Brown, for whom the band opened a couple of times), & odd drum solos thrown in. Produced by Jean Pierre Massiera. Chico was an outta control performer who played with a helmet full of exploding fireworks, threw chickens at the audience, took a bath on stage, & seems to have ingested piles of pills at some point or other. Great label, and they've got 6 bonus tracks & perfectly mangled English in the notes here as usual.
No Smoke $20.00

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Cilibrinas do Eden lp

Cilibrinas do Eden lp

lp 2008/1972-73 new A Rita Lee side project which includes a couple of Os Mutantes outtakes/live performances. Freaky theremin effects, Mutantes-style vocal harmonies that are nearly Bee Gees-esque, rippling Brazilian beats, fuzz, lots of pretty acoustic guitars & cymbal wash too. And that's before it gets weird. As things move along, you get more of the above, but sprinkled with genuinely odd 70s rock moves inspired by Olivia Newton John, John Lennon solo records, Queen, etc. As with all things Rita Lee, it's a bit of a head scratcher, but worth repeated listening.
Philips $20.00

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Die Todliche Doris Gehorlose Musik dvd

Die Todliche Doris Gehorlose Musik dvd

dvd 2006/1998/1981 new Wolfgang Muller's arty schizoid funtime band Die Todliche Doris was Berlin's answer to Throbbing Gristle. A little less industrial sounding, yet they somehow managed to be even weirder. Doris went far, far, far out of their way to screw with people's perceptions of what music/performance should be: getting non-musicians to perform in their stead, issuing instructions that albums should be played simultaneously, lipsynching on purpose, releasing tiny editions of nearly unusable objects, and generally getting the sound of unhinged people running amok and yelling a lot. This supposed reissue of their 1st lp is typically ludicrous. Instead of a straight copy of the original recording, you get a dvd of two black-tighted soccermom ladies performing a sign-language-inspired dance that's based on the lp's sounds (which are indeed heard in the background). The dvd is stiffly fascinating- pretty much what I imagine it would be like to live inside the head of an NPR program director. There's also an interview with Muller (in German with English subtitles) where he explains how this allows the reissue to be a record for deaf people, & a thick hardbound book with pics.
Edition Krothenhayn $56.00



Die Todliche Doris Welten Worlds Ohontsa'shon lp

Die Todliche Doris Welten Worlds Ohontsa'shon lp

lp 2005/1984 new Doris are asked to provide the music for a Berlin fashion show. They find 24 broken & defective tape recorders and record onto them, and then set them up playing around the room. And then they call up the city employment office & have them hire an easy listening band to play during the chaos. The Gerry Belz Show Band turns up, and turns out to be pleasantly amused by the idea, and so waltzes, sheep noises, and the whir of cassette speeds all roll around together while the models walk.
Vinyl on Demand $19.00



Downliners Sect Insecticides lp

Downliners Sect Insecticides lp

lp 2002/1963-68 new B-sides and demos from the rawest and strangest beat band anywhere. You can't stop the Sect from spreading their dirty R&B gospel, not even with horror novelties or skiffle tunes.
Munster $23.00



Elizabeth Cotten When I'm Gone/Vol. 3 lp

Elizabeth Cotten When I'm Gone/Vol. 3 lp

lp 2009/1979 new Elizabeth Cotten was a divorced lady working in a department store, when she returned a lost little girl to her mother. Ruth Crawford Seeger, a modernist composer turned folklorist, happened to be the mom, & hired Cotten on the spot to clean her house. After hanging out with the Seeger family for a while, Cotten tried her hand at reviving the guitar playing she'd done as a little girl (and having no teacher, learned to play upsidedown), and the family duly made reel recordings of her efforts. 'Freight Train' written when she was 11 in 1906, is the best known of her deftly embroidered songs.
Folkways $17.50



Factorymen Shitman lp

Factorymen Shitman lp

lp 2009 new Now that some time's gone under, this has turned out to be my fave release of all the Homostupids & related stuffs, so it's back around. Bass/vox fella from Homos aka Cleveland fuckup lets fly with synths & foolishness. Some songs break down so badly they approach Screamin Mee Mees absurdity, except that goofy keyboards & fake drums keep cropping up at inopportune times. Other moments approach the soundtrack to 'Driller Killer', & still others just seem like tard-level drunken rambling. There's even a sample of some lounge hairpiece crooning 'Both Sides Now' that goes on for way too long. Definitely an all-of-the-above record.
Richie $13.00



Fire Engines Hungry Beat cd

Fire Engines Hungry Beat cd

cd 2007/1980 new Taut & tense Scotland band that gets lumped in with Gang of Four & post-punk stuff, but is loads better. Instead of just yelling political/pretentious lyrics, these blokes (like the Fall or the Contortions) show their deep seated anger by stretching burning tight ropes of sound. And those usually annoying angular guitar lines are here flayed to the breaking point. 'Get Up & Use Me' in particular is as good as any destroyed funk can get. Their 12 inch, plus singles.
Acute $13.00



Franz Auffray/Sam Choueka Original Popcorn lp

Franz Auffray/Sam Choueka Original Popcorn lp

lp 2010/1969 new Auffray was a French DJ at a lava lamp dance club in the late 60s. He was employed by Barclay to start a sublabel that could issue a bunch of prog records- something to compete with all those Virgin imports from the UK. The Egg label went on to do just that. It was mostly managed by a guy who put out a cosmic Star Wars theme album (Fabrizio Cuitad), & released Christian Vander, Asmus Tietchens, Roedelius, Conrad Schnitzler, etc. But the first record on the label was Auffray's goofy near-disco project with his pal Sam. Now highly valued by beat diggers for it's oddly phased & bare drum tracks. Brain-bonking repetition of the same song in 7 versions (which of course makes the whole thing effortlessly danceable), and a totally great throwaway attitude that recalls the Pony, Jerk, Mashed Potato & other such frugs.
Vadim $18.00



Getachew Degefu/Lemma Gebre Hiwot Wedding Songs lp

Getachew Degefu/Lemma Gebre Hiwot Wedding Songs lp

lp 2012/1973 new Much thanks to the Domino shop in New Orleans for this little beauty. Traditional music from Amhara wedding ceremonies in Ethiopia, which have specific songs for each part of a ritual that lasts several days. Degefu was commissioned specifically by a couple of djs in Addis Abeba to arrange wedding songs for piano, & both he & singer Hiwot worked at a local theater & ran bands around town. Percussion & female backup singers are supple & throughout, but a few tunes are super intense minor-key sidewinders. Others are a bit more celebratory. Originally a reel to reel.
Domino Sound $12.00



Henk Badings More Electronic Music 2cd

Henk Badings More Electronic Music 2cd

2cd 2009/1958-60 new Badings was slightly older than the rest of the little crowd of electronic music composers in the Netherlands. He'd started out as a geologist, and when he wrote his first piece, there was no studio appropriate for constructing electronic music- and with oscillators the size of televisions, tape editing decks the size of lazy-boy chairs (each plop of reverb had to be painstakingly manufactured), and oddities like the opitcal siren, you really needed a dedicated room or two and some helpers to execute a large score. Badings lucked his way into a particularly successful ballet accompaniment, was commissioned to do more work, and had to enlist the help of a research lab studying acoustics. By the late 60s, the Netherlands had an embarrassment of riches, with no less than 11 studios around, but it was Badings' compositions that spawned the first of them at Eindhoven.
Basta $24.50



Human Instinct Stoned Guitar lp

Human Instinct Stoned Guitar lp

2lp 2008/1970 new New Zealand's Billy TK was a Maori musician with an incredibly fucked-up looking haircut that was a cross between a Rod Stewart & an Afro. The Human Instinct had already had one shot at the UK market which bombed. When they came home to lick wounds, they took one look at Billy & decided to have another go. They formed a Hendrix-style trio with Billy on guitar and bought the huge-est amps London had as soon as they got off the boat. New Zealand loves 'em still & the totally blasted 'Black Sally' is an essential heavy freakout from their 2nd & best album. And no, that's not the same Dennis Wilson- this one went on to be in Kahvas Jute. Ridiculous thud & fuzz slinging. 4 bonus tracks.
Sunbeam $30.00



Jacques LeJeune Blanche Neige cdr

Jacques LeJeune Blanche Neige cdr

cdr 2006/1988/1975 new LeJeune is one of the highlights of 70s INA GRM musique concrete, not as famous yet musically the equal of Parmegiani or Bayle. Here's his retelling of the fairytale Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, as a bunch of short cut ups. Why LeJeune thought dwarves should be flying, or have noses made out of toothpaste tube caps, remains unknown. Bird sounds, solo instruments, small ensembles. One edition was released as a public service to schools & institutions!
Creel Pone $9.00



La Nueva Banda de Santisteban Sabor a Fresa lp

La Nueva Banda de Santisteban Sabor a Fresa lp

lp 2009/1971 new With a smidge of Herb Alpert, a little taste of Ward Swingle, a healthy love of Brazilian music, and no lack of one for money, Alfonso Santisteban whipped up a bossa/copacabana culture cross in Madrid. He began as a session musician & wrote/arranged flamenco pop tunes (where he'd throw in quotes from the theme for 'Hawaii 5-0'), & graduated to film & tv soundtracks. Irrepressible & bouncy femme vocals, sleazy trumpets, & a wonderful bit of Euro go go all around.
Vampisoul $21.00



Leo Coomans Basement Recordings lp

Leo Coomans Basement Recordings lp

lp 2009/1978-82 new 70s Antwerp saxophonist who played with Fred Van Hove. Deeply diseased dronings & mechanical quakings as Leo forces things to vibrate that probably shouldn't. He hooks a vacuum cleaner up to a harmonica, dunks his head into a tub & sings, plays his asthma inhaler like a Tuvan's neck, squirrels around with some Evan Parker overtones, more.
Ultra Eczema $25.00

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Liliput/Kleenex 2cd

Liliput/Kleenex 2cd

2cd 2001/1978-83 new Early rough trade femmes get the DIY jump up and down jitters, plus some wonderful schizoid shrieking of the type that only young girls are capable. Following roughly in the footsteps of Raincoats & Essential Logic, but Swiss. Band was named Kleenex early on, until lawsuits arrived. Later tracks edge slowly toward an angular Gang of Four-type sound, add sax, and so on. Plenty of the rough stuff here though & it's not to be missed.
Kill Rock Stars $15.00



Luiz Eca Y La Familia Sagrada La Nueva Onda Del Brasil lp

Luiz Eca Y La Familia Sagrada La Nueva Onda Del Brasil lp

lp 2007/1978/1970 new Absolutely fantasmic bossa hippie explosion. A waterfall of Sergio Mendez/Hellers vocals, big honkin' mariachi brass, tightly driven bossa acoustic guitars, and funkadelic murk. It's all mixed together & squirts in your face just like a grapefruit. Recorded in Mexico in '70 but went unreleased until '78, when it probably sounded like a drugged-up airline commercial more than anything else. They were the house band for a hotel chain, and the record was issued as a souvenir for the hotel gift shop.
Vampisoul $16.00



Matsuo Ohno I Saw the Outer Limits lp

Matsuo Ohno I Saw the Outer Limits lp

lp 2011/1978 new A professional sound effects maker who spent much of his childhood escaping to the planetarium or hiking in the mountains to look at faraway things, Ohno used tape loops, an EMS Synthi & a few Roland 100s to make this windy & crinkling spacescape. Ohno constantly fiddled with the record's phasing (meaning that identical material might run at slightly different speeds in the left channel than in the right one) in order to get a more present, trippy experience. He also spent the years right before this album was recorded making self-financed & rarely-screened documentaries about the mentally disabled. A deeper & much darker companion to the friendly bloopage of his famed 'Astro Boy' soundtrack from 15 years earlier.
EM $23.00

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Narki Brillians Narki Goes Into Orbo lp

Narki Brillians Narki Goes Into Orbo lp

lp 2010/1981 new Before space can be the place, you do have to know why space in the first place. L Voag (Jim Whelton), bass player of the Homosexuals, under one of his many pseudonyms. As always his stuff is back-asswards & inside out. Freakishly fragmentary guitar lines, echoed out vocal sneers, prog moves obliterated by interruptions. Silly pokes in a zillion plastic directions, but ultimately rather seriously looking for holes in the assumptions/obsessions of the cold war.
War Extension $20.00



Nervous Norvus Stone Age Woo cd

Nervous Norvus Stone Age Woo cd

cd 2004/1953-66 new Sweet, shy Jimmy Drake, who drove a truck for a living & had a side buisness as a song poem/demo performer, was brain-scorched by the radio show of an ex-trombonist named Red Blanchard. Blanchard's show aired out of San Fran & featured a beatnik-inspired brand of goof humor, jive patter, novelty spins, & so on. Like many independent DJs around the country (Mad Mike, Dewey Phillips, the Mad Daddy, even poor old Jerry Blavat), Blanchard had a loyal following & worked the shit out of all his ads, until his lingo was so boggling to Drake that songs were soon written with Red's personal taste in mind & mailed in to the station. The eventual result was Drake's hit 'Transfusion', one of the grand pitstops along the novelty hall of wonders. Unfortunately, Drake's shyness didn't allow him to take up the Ed Sullivan show on an appearance offer, and that was the end of his fame. Tapes that were rumored to exist for years were finally issued here, with wonderful liner notes by local historian of note Phil Milstein. Besides a wallop of vulnerable charm & perfectly imperfect performing ability, Drake also pops my button for being a lover of one of the better instruments built by men, the baritone ukulele.
Norton $16.50



Nino Ferrer Enregistrement Public cd

Nino Ferrer Enregistrement Public cd

cd 2008/1966 new Consummate Euro sleaze & cheese maestro who wore unbelievably skinny suits & split his time & singles between Italy & France. Ferrer grew up fairly wealthy, studied architecture in Paris, and was about ten years older than most of the pop stars of the mid 60s. He first broke through to the charts after one of his songs was covered by the Italian vixen Mina. With a triple whammy of blase/sarcastic lyrics, a playboy persona which he continually professed not to like, & a sincere (if exquisitely unsoulful) impersonation of James Brown, Nino easily stole the heart of every little bambolina on the continent. Mine too.
Polygram $15.00



Oliver Augst/Rudiger Carl Oben cd

Oliver Augst/Rudiger Carl Oben cd

cd 2011/2002-11 new About ten years ago, Rudiger Carl & Oliver Augst put out an FMP record ('Blank', with Christoph Korn) which is one of my top faves on the label, even if it's an extrememly late entry. I've been waiting for them to make something as screwed up as that ever since, and I think they're getting pretty darned close here. Carl's been an improvisor since the late 60s, gave up tenor sax for accordion in the 70s, and currently seems to play some sort of digital sampler. Augst also plays electronics, and they've made music to go underneath the goofy poems of a German cabaret theater comedian (Matthias Beltz) who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2002. Jet-stream fritzes of juicy electronics that change tempo & texture every 20 seconds, scuttling every which way under a man with a thick German accent making nursery-level rhyme speech in a few different languages.
Mille Plateaux $16.00



Os Tartaros lp

Os Tartaros lp

lp 2012/1964-67 new Complete singles of this sweet, innocent Portuguese beat band from Oporto. They began as a swingin' instro combo, but added Beatlesy vocals long about '65, & fought in band battles as one of the few with all original songs in their local language. Drums are trebly, covered in echo, mixed just a dash too high, which makes all those Shadows guitar moves seem even more appealing than usual.
Groovie $28.00



Parasites of the Western World lp

Parasites of the Western World lp

lp 2010/1978 new Two nowhere guys from Portland, who are pictured holding their instruments but wearing gloves. They cross heavy guitar fuzzbombs, a few classic rock moves, some errant synths & a shitload of flange in several totally inappropriate places. Some slow, cold 'n' gloomy freakouts that aren't far from Chrome (although I would guess that they got there accidentally, by listening to Rush instead). Mostly instrumental, but the lyrics are stellar when they're around: "I bought a Ouija board so I could walk through heaven/I took it with me on my way to hell/I bought a guitar so I could talk to Lennon/And practice playing if I fell." "Accesssories" is definitely the monster hit, and worth getting the whole thing just to hear.
De Stijl $16.50



Pietro Grossi Computer Music 2cdr + 3 inch

Pietro Grossi Computer Music 2cdr + 3 inch

2cdr + 3 inch 2006/1967-71 new Grossi started out playing switched-on-Bach & Paganini pieces on an IBM. He got obsessed with tweaking his own stuff using computer effects, and ended up making original music that sounds just like the buzzsaw and dental drill textures we know & love today. The bonus 3 inch is from a 1967 7 inch that was given away to General Electric employees in Italy for Christmas.
Creel Pone $12.00



Quarteto 1111 cd

Quarteto 1111 cd

cd 2005/1967-71 new Portuguese band that sounded so frilly & English they made it onto the all-UK radio station. Tender sun-breaks-through-the-clouds Beatles/Bee Gees harmonies with lots of shimmery organ, harpsichord, & a minor key edge that will remind you of Peruvian psych heavyweights like Laghonia. Main man Jose Cid wrote the songs about the battle of Alcazarquivir & King Sebastian (that's some medieval Portuguese history for you, pal), & then he quickly became a bombastic mellotron-prog dude & went on to win Eurovision with an Abba clone band in the late 70s.
World Psychedelia $16.00



Rabbits & Carrots Soul Latino cd

Rabbits & Carrots Soul Latino cd

cd 2007/1969-71 new Hip-huggin soul & Sergio Mendez lounge from Mexico. Couple of interspersed chicken noises & later tracks have wonderfully sloppy vocals in Spanish that make this a good dj companion to everything from Tito Puente to Mitch Ryder. Covers of Jorge Ben, Rufus Thomas, Kool & the Gang, James Brown, Eric Burdon (you ain't heard nuthin til you've heard 'Spill the Wine' in Spanish, bub). The leader of the band played bongos with Perez Prado & Esquivel. The band was named Rabbits & Carrots because (get this) Salvatore Rabito's last name reminded label Musart's art director of how much he liked the Disney version of 'Brer Rabbit'.
Vampisoul $16.00



Rail Band lp

Rail Band lp

lp 2011/1973 new The Rail Band was an explicit attempt to make a music that was Malian instead of merely Afrocuban. Named because they were the house band at the hotel on one end of the train tracks between Mali & Senegal, they combined balafon & kora with funk bass & spidery, ticking electric guitar. Most of the area's most famous musicians ended up passing through the band's ranks. Albino singer Salif Keita's wailing out-of-nowhere scream is indelible, but he left the band for Les Ambassadeurs right after this 2nd album.
Superfly $28.00



Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya Dark Sunrise 2cd

Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya Dark Sunrise 2cd

2cd 2010/1973-76 new Those of you who've checked out Amanaz, Witch, & Chrissy Zebby Tembo are probably wondering what on earth was up in Zambia in the early 70s? Where'd all that fuzz come from, & how come everyone sings in English? This fat set helps put things in context. Ililonga was one of the stars of the scene, made some of the earliest multitrack recordings in the country, and his records incorporate a huge range of influences, from Fela to traditional folk to Congolese Rumba. And yes, there's also a healthy dose of wicked guitar with crybaby wah & liberally mixed, impolitely recorded fuzz. Ilionga moved away from Zambia in 1980 (to London & then Denmark). In the long interview in the notes, he relates stories about getting high on the beach with girls & cheap wine, listening to Donald Byrd, highlighting the easy urbanity of Zambia at the time of independence (now mostly ground away due to copper deflation, political corruption, the aids pandemic).
Now Again $20.50



Robert Ashley String Quartet Describing the Notions cd

Robert Ashley String Quartet Describing the Notions cd

cd 1999/1972-3 new The wonderful (and to my mind, essential) motorcycle race field recordings which make Ashley's 'Wolfman' such a killer, make a return appearance here. On the somber but scratchy string quartet, Blue Gene Tyranny controlls a delay system that feeds the staccato plucks of the string players back at them.
Alga Marghen $18.50



Sun Ra Intergalactic Research 2cd

Sun Ra Intergalactic Research 2cd

cd 2007/1971-2 new More lost tapes of previously unheard Sun Ra concerts from the early 70s. Half of this one is in Berkeley & the other half is unknown (although since all the reels were discovered together, my money's that they're all from Berkeley). Anyhow, the important part is that there's a huge John Gilmore solo here, as well as Ra wacking out on moog. June Tyson, Marshall Allen, Danny Davis, Kwami Hadi, Ronnie Boykins & more.
Transparency $15.00



Takehisa Kosugi/Matsuo Ono Roots of Electronic Sound cdr

Takehisa Kosugi/Matsuo Ono Roots of Electronic Sound cdr

cdr 2005/1975/1963-6 new Kosugi is of course from Fluxus & the Taj Mahal Travellers. These tape cut ups first came out in 1975, but the recordings were made in the mid-60s. Many cuts ended up being used as sound effects in Atom/Astro Boy cartoons in Japan. Transmitters & tape reel echo that give you maximum blooping warpage.
Creel Pone $9.00



Teiji Ito Music for Maya 2cd

Teiji Ito Music for Maya 2cd

2cd 2007/1952-61 new Maya was a Ukranian immigrant who'd gone to college as a socialist & already had a husband, a 16mm camera & an interest in Haitian dance she'd picked up from working as a secretary for choregrapher Katherine Dunham. But in '52 she met 17 year old Teiji Ito outside a dime store & immediately picked him up. He became her houseboy & eventually married her, until her sudden death from an amphetamine-related brain hemmorage 9 years later. Ito's scores feature homey recordings of him playing on a wide variety of ethnic instruments, never more than 2 or 3 at once. They have a very 50's sense of space & really recall Moondog more than anything else- and they make for a perfectly smokey, fluttering accompaniment to Deren's graciously still films.
Tzadik $20.00

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The Further Somniloquier of Dion McGregor cd

The Further Somniloquier of Dion McGregor cd

cd 2004/1964 new Dion was an obsessed movie buff along the lines of Jack Smith & a struggling song lyricist who lived in NYC at the height of its 50s/60s frivolity. He often crashed on friends' couches, and they all immediately noticed the wild & surreal stories that streamed out of his mouth every night while he slept. Dion soon struck a deal with his songwriting partner to record the dreams (they were originally hoping to get good lyric ideas) in exchange for a more permanent place to stay. Backed by the pert taxicabs & street noises coming from an open window, Dion was captured in full flight & the results ended up on a novelty record in the mid-60s. This release is one of two that collects the many (and often even stranger) outtakes from the lp which couldn't be issued at the time because they were too pornographic in nature. Incredible warped logic & raving sexual frenzy were apparently a mere pinprick below the surface of Eisenhower's America.
Torpor Vigil $13.00



Tredici Bacci Thirteen Kisses lp

Tredici Bacci Thirteen Kisses lp

lp 2015/2013 new If you're not obsessively listening to Ennio Morricone approximately as often as you brush your teeth, then your mind is dirtier than any Italian softcore. So here's a nice way to spash some modern mint on it. Boston's one & only and totally jawdropping 14-person Morricone cover band (that also writes songs of their own in his style), led by Simon from Guerilla Toss & mostly made up of New England Conservatory students. Delicately arranged, all acoustic live recordings, which they also do in front of people's faces at bars & houses around town (a feat all by itself). Crisp melodica, velour vocals, & scintillating sax, in notched lockstep with surf percussion effects, fuzz guitar, and a whole string section. Slide your fingers into velvet gloves just like a lizard into a woman's skin.
NNA $10.00



Various Beatlemaniacs cd

Various Beatlemaniacs cd

cd 2006/1963-69 new Nothing I love better than seeing the Beatles skewered like a shish-kabob. Whether it's blatant ripoffs, songs about cultural waste products, satire, or plain old opportunism, the world of Beatles novelties offers a window into the human heart that you'll get nowhere else. One of the major jawdroppers of this genre is included here; Dick Lord's "Ringo". Oh you tube, where oh where is the student film/porn video to go with this song? Most of these were made before Beatlelore was entirely set in stone, and the liners make sure you understand every wrinkle of the fad that allowed people to write lyrics this twisted.
Ace $17.00



Various Boogaloo Pow Wow 2lp

Various Boogaloo Pow Wow 2lp

2lp 2008/196x new Latin soul poised between the snappy big band brass of the mambo & the dirty salsa percussion of Fania in the 70s. The summery dancefloor rhythms of Havana don't just hit New York, they eat it up whole, incorporating everything from Nat King Cole to doo wop to the Brill Building.
Honest Jon's $19.00



Various Folk & Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 1 cd

Various Folk & Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 1 cd

cd 2003/196x-7x new The English-speaking seafaring tradition maintains that all sailors who cross the equator during a nautical voyage must undergo rites of passage and elaborate rituals initiating them into 'The Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep'. These rituals date back to the Middle Ages, though the current ceremonies are most likely derived from Viking traditions. Those who have never 'crossed the line' are derisively referred to as 'pollywogs' or simply 'slimy wogs'. Upon completion of the initiation ceremony, the wogs are then known as 'trusty Shellbacks'. If the crossing of the equator is done at the 180th meridian (Russia/New Zealand), the title of 'Golden Shellback' is conferred, recognizing the simultaneous entry into the realm of the Golden Dragon. If the crossing occurs at the Prime Meridian (Spain/Mali/Ghana), the sailor is considered to be an 'Emerald Shellback'. Most honored are those who cross the equator at Sumatra, while nominally on land, they are conferred the extraordinary title of 'Pimp Rubiah', in recognition of entry into steamy realm of the Minangkabau: one full of gypsy tiger farfisas, rooster megaphone skits and jungle gong dangdut. Compiled by Alan Bishop from travels in 1989.
Sublime Frequencies $13.00



Various Thai Dai lp

Various Thai Dai lp

lp 2011/197x new Where other collections of Thai music are surfy or disco or lilting, this one pulls out the 3 thousand pound heavy rock elephants at every turn, and man, is it ever a skull-cracker. Fantastic swipes at Sabbath, Morricone & Chicago, but further listening only deepens appreciation for the unique instrumentation/arrangements. Chris Menist & Maft Sai run the ZudRangMa label, & these days they thave their own shop in Bangkok. Everyone's favorite Iron Man, Sroeng Santi, finally makes his appearance on a US-available release. Santi used to burn his leather jacket onstage while singing about high gasoline prices. Plearn Promdan (you might remember him from 'The Sound of Siam') is known for incorporating skits into his songs, and oh, his vocal drag here is to die for. Not quite proper luk thung or luk krung, but anomalies that were deliberately excessive & never liable to be popular.
Finders Keepers $20.00

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Writing on the Wall The Power of the Picts 2cd

Writing on the Wall The Power of the Picts 2cd

2cd 2007/1969-72 new Leaden, questionable organ-driven hard rock with huge balls, tons of beer-gut, and no brains. The impressively misguided 'Aries' is a longtime fave- I have been known to let out with 'God, I think I'm gonna blow my mind' from the lyrics during casual conversation to the quizzical reaction of all around me. The louts in the band had a longstanding gig at the Middle Earth club in the UK, and as prog tendencies set in, they began pretending to be cavemen and warlocks as part of their act! Disc 2 is a previously unreleased record from '72 that's just as dumb.
Ork $16.00



Y Pants cd

Y Pants cd

cd 1998/1980-2 new Genius femme inept DIY with serious no wave resume. Barbara Ess was a member of Branca's The Static, & is now known primarily as a photographer. She also teaches at Bard College in upstate NY. Toy instruments, quaalude vibes. Originally released on 99 records. Produced by Glenn Branca & Wharton Tiers respectively. The band's complete output is here.
Periodic Document $11.50



Young Marble Giants Live at the Hurrah cd

Young Marble Giants Live at the Hurrah cd

cd 2004/1980 new All the way from Wales they came to NYC, with their sad, understated, elegant, & skeletal no-fi pop songs. Every other punk band in the world played as fast & loud as possible. The meeting was enough to send arranger Phillip Moxham off to groom horses & Allison Stratton to become a chiropractor.
Cherry Red $14.50



Zdenek Liska Mala Morska Vila lp

Zdenek Liska Mala Morska Vila lp

lp 2011/1976 new Imagine what you'd see and hear if, instead of being in obsessed with Rome & the circus, Fellini & Rota had loved the sea. Czech new wave directors, set designers, composers & actors didn't really just disappear when the Prague Spring ended in August of 68. Those who decided to continue trying to work in their field found far less trouble with government censors when making children's fantasy films. And so several years later, you suddenly get this oddly fragile, watery dream. Ostensibly an interpretation of 'The Little Mermaid', the film could just as easily be a metaphor the filmmakers themselves, trapped behind a wall of political waves from happy-go-lucky western princes. Some of the same folks from 'Daisies' & 'Valerie & Her Week of Wonders' were involved. Composer Liska is well known for his Jan Svankmajer soundtracks, and employs electronic sound effects, live birds, tons of reverb-drenched voices, as well as lurching orchestral waltzes.
Finders Keepers $18.00




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