SPOTLIGHT 529

09/02/2016 14:37

Welcome to the Spot Light! Chill out with a new batch of eclectic psych, Belgian beat, legendary rock'n'roll, genre-less music from Japan, new wave, garage, Celtic black metal, ritualistic ambient, expansive post-rock and much more...

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

LOVE MACHINE (GERMANY) - CIRCLES (COL) (LP/TONZONEN)

Edition on 180 gram white vinyl, presented in a gatefold sleeve. The second album by this eclectic psych band from Germany combines influences that range from Kraut to '60s west-coast vibes, from Zappaesque weirdness to space rock, and from acid trippery to Afrodelia (including Fela Kuti and Mulatu Astatke). The lyrical themes revolve around a.o. gravity, time and the human soul. Limited to 250 copies.

SENDELICA - (BLACK) I'LL WALK WITH THE STARS FOR YOU (LP/VINCEBUS)

Limited to 250 copies. The 2016 studio album by UK psychedelic band Sendelica features guest appearances by Twink, Nik Turner, Virginia Tate, Geoff Chase, Roger Morgan, Vasily V. Bartov, Jack Jackson and Paul Williams. TRACKS: 01. Black Widow Man 02. Moscow Bunker Blues 03. Albatross 04. I Once Fed Peter Green's Pet Albatross 05. Dance Stars Dance

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MIYANISHI, KEIZO -& THE HUNDRED DEVILS- - JAPANESE ORIGINAL ROCK STYLE (2CD) (CD/PATAPHYSIQUE)

An album by manga artist and musician Miyanishi Keizo (of Onna) featuring his artwork, music and poems. His band The Hundred Devils consists of musicians such as Roiki (blues guitarist for Agata Morio), Kimura Atsuki (of Yukadan) and Louis Inage (bass player of Majutsu No Niwa, Yakochu and more). The genre-less music of Miyanishi is haunting and full of poetry. The world he creates could only be said to be psychedelic itself. The liner notes are by Endo Michiro (former frontman of punk band The Stalin, for which Miyanishi Keizo contributed artwork, like he also did for Les Rallizes Denudes).

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

ALTONA - ALTONA (LP/LONGHAIR)

For the first time reproduced on vinyl and with original cover art Altona's eponymous first album is a real gem. Founded by former Thrice Mice members singer and sax player Karl Heinz Blumenberg and guitarist Werner von Gosen Altona's first album could be traced as "Thrice Mice deluxe" with still marked ties to Blodwyn Pig. Their musical elaboration shows a much bigger potential and let the band come forward on a higher musical step. The concept of developing a piece of music within processes of group dynamics, which had been so successful with Thrice Mice, was continued. The Freeman Brothers ('A Crack In The Cosmic Egg') characterized the album as a hybrid of Birth Control and Creative Rock, occasionally hinting at Eiliff. The LP comes with and insert with the band story and photos. The music is remastered from the original mastertapes. A secret tip!

NIEMEN - LIVE IN OPOLE 1971 (LP/GREEN TREE)

A wonderful LP-release of live progrock recordings, originally dating from 1971. TRACKS: 1. Italiam, Italiam (Niemen/Norwid) (5:04) 2. Bema Pamieci Zalobny Rapsod (Niemen/Norwid) (16:55) 3. I've Been Loving You Too Long (Redding/Butler) (7:45) 4. Nie Jestes Moja (Niemen) (10:04) 5. Czlowiek Jam Niewdzieczny (Niemen) (17:51)

KLATTE, ULRICH -& MARCEL KOOPMAN- - THE VERTIGO SWIRL LABEL (2ND EDITION) (Bk/CPG BOOKS)

The updated and extensively expanded second edition offers 320 pages of essential Vertigo Swirl label record collecting data - covering label numbers, release dates and current mint values. There also is additional information about the musicians, producers, engineers, designers, track listings, etc. Every UK and German Vertigo Swirl record album is individually pictured, described and reviewed, in detail and with precision. This editon contains twice as many pages and 100 colour photos more than the previous edition. More than 400 colour pictures of every Vertigo Swirl label LP and 45 will give you an in-depth impression of this fascinating and intensively collected progressive rock label. The book comes with a firm hard-cover, fibre binding, and high-quality enamelled paper throughout. The book is written in English and is a MUST own for collectors of progressive music.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH

 

PENTHOUSE 5 - IT'S ALL MY OWN BIZARRE DREAM (+7") (LP/BREAK-A-WAY)

Hailing from the Dallas suburb Oak Cliff, The Penthouse 5 had its heyday in 1966-'67, when the band recorded a number of self-penned tunes and released two 45s. Several recordings from 1967 and other, more psychedelic influenced tracks remained unreleased, but demonstrate the musical versatility of the band. In 1966 the group underwent a substantial line-up change when three of the original band members, among them vocalist Rob Graham, left the group. He was replaced by Jon Williams, who had previously been with the By Fives and WordD. Alongside the Penthouse 5 recordings, the rare 7-inches of these closely linked bands are all collected for this release. Additionally an until now completely unknown 5-track '65 acetate rounds up this collection of rare and lost recordings by one of the greatest local '60s bands from the Lone Star State.

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VARIOUS - THE BELGIAN BEAT BLAST, VOL. 2 (LP/FRIETBIET)

'18 Cool Obscure Vinyl Rarities From Belgium's Golden Past!' After 15 years, here finally is another volume of 'The Belgian Beat Blast'! This second volume comes in an edition of 500 copies on splashing twin-colour vinyl, packaged in a deluxe full-colour cover with many pictures and a 2-sided info sheet. SIDE 1: 1. Ronny Roland & His Comets - Just Go Away 2. Darry Fradil & The Silver Stars - Tu Es Parti 3. The Closed - It's Lonely Out There 4. Les Isis - Hou!... J'ai Pris Sa Main 5. The Modes - What You Are 6. Ricky Gordon - St-Louis 7. Berry & The Maestro's - 20me Siecle 8. Bobby Ranger - I've Lost My Baby 9. The Sherlock Holmes - My Nightmare SIDE 2: 1. Polly's Lonely Boys Export Cie - No One But You 2. Jacques Albin & The Klan - C'est Du Velours 3. The Closed - My Little Girl From Kentucky 4. The Silver Strings - Till I Met A Girl Last Night 5. The Jumpies - I Was Wrong 6. Robert Et Les Etincelles - Dis-Moi 7. The Pebbles - Forever More 8. Richard & The Mad Things - Mad Things 9. The Lollypops - Stunt '68

VARIOUS - BEAT FROM BADSVILLE 3 (CD/STAG-O-LEE)

Brought up on the radio shows of legendary rock'n'roll DJs such as the moondogging Alan Freed, Mad Daddy and, later, the ghostly Ghoulardi, it was hardly surprising that The Cramps' Lux Interior and Poison Ivy began trawling the thrift stores for juvenile delinquent tunes, lip curling bad boy rock'n'roll, strange exotica, bizarre novelty 45s, dysfunctional doo wop, psychedelic weirdness and instrumentals made by madmen. This ultra-cool release includes some of their most notable finds.

 

GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

CHARITY CASE - HOW TO FALL (LP/TRASH WAX)

12 kaleidoscopic tracks recorded in 1988 by ex-Sting-Rays Alec, Mark and Joe plus singer She, which pull on influences from the '60s and '70s to create a trashy blend of psychedelic, new wave, garage rock. Featuring the original unreleased mix of their cult 1988 single 'Safe In The Mind' and the last ever song written by Alec for The Sting-Rays: 'Goodbye To All That'.

SMOGGERS - SHADOWS IN MY MIND (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

The amazing cover artwork already gives away what is inside: "Shadows In My Mind" is pure Garagepunk filled with a heavy fuzzguitar, a frantic organ and screeching vocals. The record provides eleven songs, all of which are self-composed except for one coverversion of the GRUESOMES' "Dementia 13". You have catchy punkrock-songs like "I Don't Want Your Lies", wild songs like "Es Por Ti" that sounds a lot like LAS ASPIRADORAS or WAU Y LOS ARRRGHS!!! and with "Happibilly Never After" they included a dark instrumental piece, whose spooky organ reminds one of THE FUZZTONES. The three Spanish boys and one girl have that spot-on wild, longhaired, bone-necklace-wearing garagepunk-look which matches their primitive 60s garagepunk-sound perfectly.

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SHOCKWAVES - NO WAY IN, NO WAY OUT (CD/TRASH WAX)

Originally recorded in 1987 for Mike Spenser (of Cannibals notoriety) by Dave Goodman (Sex Pistols producer) but never released! So Trash Wax released it after all these years. Why? Because it's brilliant garage trash, reminiscent of The Vibes and early Purple Things. And these guys were truly under-rated, eventually going onto greater and better things in bands such as The Shamen, Alabama 3, The Diaboliks, The Dustophonics and Orbital! Limited to 250 copies.

THOMPSON, ROY -& THE MELLOW KINGS- - 20 DAYS (CD/STAG-O-LEE)

Rockin' rhythm and blues from France!

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

ORPHAN SWORDS - LICENSE TO DESIRE (12"/DESIRE)

This hypnotic release is probably their most powerful so far, concentrating EBM, minimal techno gristle and industrial electronics.

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ULVER - PERDITION CITY (BLACK) (LP/JESTER/NEUROPA)

'Perdition City' (2000) continued Ulver's experimentation that began with 'Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven & Hell' (1998), containing elements of trip-hop, ambient, spoken word, jazz and electronica. Upon its release it was described as moody, atmospheric electronica, cinematic in scope and evoking a soundtrack for an imaginary film. This repress is limited to 900 copies on BLACK VINYL.

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METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

DOOMRAISER - LORDS OF MERCY (CD/BLOODROCK)

A DOUBLE-CD reissue of the 2006 album 'Lords Of Mercy', together with the band's first demo 'Heavy Drunken Doom'. One shouldn't expect too much originality from Italian band Doomraiser, but for those who simply love the genre, there's a lot to enjoy here.

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FUATH - I (CD/NEUROPA)

Fuath is a black metal project founded by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Andy Marshall, better known as the mastermind behind Celtic black metal act Saor. Unlike Saor, which finds Marshall focusing mostly on folky and epic black-metal, here the musician delves into a darker and more melancholic side of black metal, marrying fierce and harsh riffs, unrelenting double-kick drums and raspy screams with melancholic melodies and hypnotic, gloomy ambiences.

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IMPECCABLE - LIVE ON THE ROX (CD/ROCKADROME)

A CD-reissue of a powerful, privately released hard rock/metal album, recorded in 1979 by a loud band from Texas. As a bonus you get both tracks from the highly collectible 1978 debut-single, which was recorded under the Axxe moniker. Liner notes and rare pix are included.

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RORCAL - CREON (CD/DIVISION)

Punishing blast beats, heavy riffs and progressive structures are expressed through brilliant song writing. 'Creon' is the fourth full-length by this Swiss band.

 

NOISE ROCK/DRONE/SLUDGE

 

THOSE FOREIGN KIDS - OH, NOTHING (LP/GEERTRUIDA)

'Oh, Nothing', the follow-up to the band's dumbfounding debut 'Zero Gravity Somersault Craze', is likewise rooted in the inherently chaotic reality in which we live. These songs aren't spurred by anthropologist agendas or brooding kitchen-sink angst. Moreover, Those Foreign Kids would rather explore the possibilities of a parallel universe created by the Ryan Gosling/Macaulay Culkin T-shirt meme.

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AVANT GARDE/FREE JAZZ

 

CHIPPENDALE-GUSTAFSSON-PUPILLO - MELT (LP/TROST)

A special session recorded in 2014 by Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, Fire), Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) and Massimo Pupillo (Zu), the trio that later on evolved into a more steady band/project.

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INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

DIE FORM - DIE FORM ÷ HURT (BLACK) (LP/ROTORELIEF)

Reissued -on BLACK VINYL- in the series 'Collection Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France', this is an industrial album originally released on cassette in 1985. Limited to 300 copies.

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ENTRE VIFS - PREMIERE UNITE BRUITISTE (BLACK) (LP/ROTORELIEF)

Reissued -on BLACK VINYL- in the series 'Collection Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France', this is an industrial album originally released in the '80s. Limited to 300 copies.

NASTROND - CELEBRATION OF THE FOUR (CD/NEUROPA/ZAZEN SOUNDS)

This masterpiece of ritualistic dark ambient is available for the first time on pro-printed CD format. It was recorded in 1996, but never released by Nastrond's label Napalm Records. The material was later on remixed and made available in 2004 as a limited hand-made edition released through Nastrond Productions. To this day very few copies are in existance and they have been extremely rare to come by.

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NEOFOLK/DARK FOLK

 

MUSK OX - WOODFALL (2LP) (LP/NEUROPA)

Musk Ox is a Canadian neofolk project formed by Nathanaël Larochette, blending neofolk's lush acoustic textures with the expansiveness of post-rock, the intricacy of progressive rock, and the emotional weight of metal. A one hour, five part progressive chamber folk epic composed for classical guitar, cello and violin. Limited to 300 copies.

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SHOWS

 

13/02 - STONERFALL 2016 - The Machine + Herder + Toner Low + Death Alley + TANK86 + OHHMS (UK) + Bone Man (D) @ Victorie, Alkmaar | Event info

17/04 - Roky Erickson @ Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam | Event info

3/06 - Bongripper w/ Ghold @ Patronaat, Haarlem | Event info

 

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