SPOTLIGHT 475

20/11/2014 14:04

Welcome to the Spot Light! Treat your ears to a new dose of psych-pop, space rock, garage rock'nroll, folk rock, punk, stoner metal and drones.....

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

LUCID DREAM - UNCHAINED/MOONSTRUCK (PD) (7"/GREAT POP SUPPLEMENT)

'Unchained' sounds like some gorgeous stop-start '60s psych-pop collision. Lucid Dream combines Spacemen 3-like vibes with traces of Spector, Beach Boys and sunshine pop. The audio is only half the appeal, since the disc itself is a trippy, eye fuckin', multi coloured picture disc 45 delivered in a transparent acetate sheet "sleeve" with a backing card.

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ANNOT RHUL - LEVIATHAN (LP/BLACK WIDOW)

ANNOT RHUL is the studio project of Sigurd Tonna. Whenever inspiration comes to him, he records demos on his laptop, gets friend to play things he cannot (fx drums) and creates the rest from there with input from friends. The music is inspired by much music, dating from the '60s to nowadays. ANNOT RHUL likes music that serves as vessels to transport the listener to other places, in inner and outer space. Limited edition on white vinyl, including a poster and booklet.

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CIRCLE - GUILLOTINE (2LP) (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Limited vinyl version. After a dozen or so albums, this probably is Circle's tribute to entropy. Their characteristic clockwork mechanisms wind down into uncharacteristic disorder. A good portion of the album finds them venturing into a hazy, oft-noisy primitive psych direction, equally serving up repetitive rock pulsations and noodly fusion. Creating a mellow caveman hippy jam of all sorts, followed by an example of twangy acoustic psych and throwing in krautrock beat, maniacal noise drone and some part, more spastical and chaotic than you would expect. As the '70s vibe is palpable the obscure music analogy is like Captain Beyond meets Neu! Stoner prog kraut. Evoking the image of a pack of drunken Trolls stumbling around a fire, casting spells and having an acoustic hootenanny. Oscilating between compelling mischief and divine inspiration.

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NEMRUD - JOURNEY OF THE SHAMAN (LP/RAINBOW45)

Edition on 180-gram black vinyl, presented in a gatefold sleeve. The debut album by Istanbul's psych/prog unit Nemrud, first issued on CD in 2010, now on vinyl! This masterpiece was recorded on analogue equipment and will appeal to fans of a.o. Eloy, Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, Baris Manco, etc. This is an exciting mixture of space rock, prog and psychedelia with a distinct Turkish flavour.

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OWL - THE OWL (LP/LUMMOX)

Limited edition repress of 300 copies of the self titled full-length from San Fransisco's Sabbath-enthusiasts The Owl, originally released in 2012. The album reveals a tremendous ability to write the big riff, which seems to pour out of them like spotlight and beer induced sweat, paying homage to hard rock of all eras, especially the '70s without suppressing their own individual personality as a band.

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THELIGHTSHINES - (GREEN) NOW THE SANDMAN SINGS (LP/GREAT POP SUPPLEMENT)

New edition of 250 copies on GREEN vinyl with a silk-screened sleeve. The debut full-length from London-based THELIGHTSHINES is a fabulous set of hazey, sun drenched psychedelia, heavy on Eastern vibes, yet with one foot in the US west coast. There are nods to the likes of Popol Vuh on some of the quieter passages, but also to the feedback heavy wash and assault of early Spacemen 3.

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VIOLET WOODS - VIOLET WOODS (LP/GREAT POP SUPPLEMENT)

Following the quick fire sell out of their 45 'Raw Love' (also featured here and still every inch the killer mod groove/dancer of the set) Violent Woods return with a sparkling collection of tunes that range from the 12-string jangle of classic Postcard and the choicer cuts from the Sarah vaults, through dusty East Coast soft psych Americana, to the retro synth vibes of Stereolab and Broadcast. The set affectionately re-creates the sonic template of the mid to late sixties (tips of the hat to the Zombies and Love are strewn effortlessly across the material). Think groovy rhythms, harmoniums and bristling guitar lines, but then toned down, spaced out and re-imagined into a slow-burning, sleepy haze. This 9-track LP seeks to reconcile and expand the two sides of the group's psyche-pop equations. A lovely, consistently strong collection wrapped up in tasty GPS sleeving, pressed on white vinyl and limited to just 300 copies.

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NASONI RECORDS - FROM FARM TO SPACE: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO... (Bk/NASONI DOCUMENT)

...NASONI RECORDS 1996-2011'. - This book documents the releases of German vinyl oriented label Nasoni, covering a fifteen years timespan. From their very first record Zendik Farm Orgaztra LP/CD 'Dance Of The Cozmic Warriorz' in 1996 you will be guided in chronological order through all subsequent releases up to the Weltraum (Space) LP+CD 'Sounds.. Of.. The.. Underground' in 2011. Discover the fabulous Nasoni Records. Read, see, listen and enjoy! 500 colour pages in a hardcover book. Most of the text is in English (only a few German reviews and comments). Compiled and edited by Rainer Präger. Includes a 7-inch single with two exclusive tracks by Wo Fat (USA) and The Re-Stoned (Russia).

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GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

FRUIT TONES - SOME STRANGE VOODOO (7"/STOLEN BODY)

Fruit Tones is a rock'n'roll cult formed in Manchester 2012 featuring members of local groups Peace Signs, The Bell Peppers and Kult Country. They play a fruity blend of wild and thunderous garage punk, given a sweetly shambolic pop touch. Their songs are brief, to the point and every one is a potential hit single. TRACKS: 1. No Flies On Me 2. Boozy Goddess 3. Red Thunder 4. Voodoo Room

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POW WOWS - BROKEN CURSES (BLACK) (LP/GET HIP)

Edition on black vinyl, including a download card. The long-awaited second album by garage-rock heavyweights Pow Wows is here at last! 'Broken Curses' delivers 10 songs chock full of addictive hooks, hot-wired fuzz guitars and pounding rhythms that hearken back to the underworld of '60s garage and '70s punk while remaining undeniably fresh and modern. As Pow Wows rip through 50 years of Rock & Roll rant and rave, they also paint a brooding and undoubtedly intense picture of the world today. These are tales of dystopia with a backbeat. Party rock for end times! SIDE A 1. Fire Song 2. Rebel Stomp 3. Car Cemetery 4. I Can See But You Don't Know 5. You Haven't Got Me Yet SIDE B 1. Surfin' Dirge 2. Going Dark 3. Hidden Future 4. Traces 5. Lost Sunset

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GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

MOD FUN - I AM WITH YOU /HAPPY FEELING (7"/PENNYTOWN SOUND)

The 30th anniversary pressing of Mod Fun's 1984 debut release 'I Am With You' b/w 'Happy Feeling'. First unleashed in May 1984 as a self financed effort by three mod teenagers from Northern New Jersey, 'I Am With You' was launched on New Records with a pressing of 1.000 copies. Pennytown Sound brings you 'I Am With You' and its flipside 'Happy Feeling' direct from the original analog master tapes, baked at 130 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 hours to restore both tracks to their original pristine raw, garage-punk sound.

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YOUNG SINCLAIRS - CHANGE YOUR MIND/ONCE OR TWICE (7"/13 O'CLOCK)

This top-notch two-sider finds the Roanoke, Virginia-based group in peak form as they display their signature sound: a mixture of jangly folk rock diffused through a prism of paisley pop, and accentuated at times by garage, powerpop and mod moves. The key equation to their sound is thoroughly demonstrated on the A-Side of this single, a jangly Byrdsian folk rock song with spot-on vocal harmonies, steeped heavily in the pot of Rain Parade-style paisley underground pop. On the flipside, the group adds thick dollops of powerpop to this mixture, rounding out what rest assured is a single to stay in constant rotation on turntables everywhere!

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RAJAYTTAJAT - ROCK'N'ROLL PAINAJAINEN (LP/FULL CONTACT)

The fifth album by Finland's most unpredictable boogie garage/rock act. LP-version.

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PUNK/HC

 

JOHNNY & THE SELF ABUSERS - SAINTS AND SINNERS (7"/PARAMECIUM)

Johnny & The Self Abusers were a pre-Simple Minds group, founded in Glasgow in March 1977. 'Saints & Sinners' was the first song written by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill. It was named so because The Saints And Sinners was the venue where their second ever gig took place. They were the second Glaswegian punk band to play live, only beaten by the three-piece The Jolt, by two nights. The single was released by Chiswick in November 1977. The band wanted to change its name for the release because they were unhappy with it, but Chiswick refused. Unfortunately, on the day the record was released the band split! A short life and a great record are the entire legacy of Johnny & The Self Abusers.

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WASPS - TEENAGE TREATS (7"/PARAMECIUM)

The Wasps were a quartet from Walthamstow, UK, formed in February 1976. Originally they were made up of Steve Wollaston on bass, John Rich on drums, Del May on guitar and Jesse Lynn-Dean on vocals. Del May soon quitted the band (he thought that punk would get nowhere, was he right?) and was replaced by Gary Wellman, who at the same time engineered the 'Teenage Treats' single. Previously to the release of the single in November 1977, they were one of the first punk bands to tour nationally. After a gig in Shrewsbury they were labelled as "depraved" by the local council, figure out why... It was the time when punk made the newspapers and evoked lots of anger among 'decent citizens'. 'Teenage Treats' got a lot of air-play from John Peel who said it was one of his all time favourite Punk songs, In case you need to describe what a "One Chord Wonder" is, just play 'Teenage Treats'!

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METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

HAZZARD'S CURE - THE UGLY (12"/LUMMOX)

3 tracks 12" EP, total playing time: 16.30 minutes. Hazzard's Cure play a wizardly hodgepodge of bearded stoner metal, gritty sludge, and blackened thrash with some truly ripping guitars. PRESS QUOTES: "...The Ugly is primarily concerned with the task of hacking faces to ribbons, but there are a couple moments where the band allows their softer, prettier side to emerge - like a tiny glimpse of a rainbow in a spill of dirty oil." -Last Rites. "They have a lot going for them, and have found a unique way to blend black metal, crust punk, doom, sludge, and stoner metal all into one weird and sinister concoction." (8/10) -Doomantia.

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VENIN - VENIN (LP/CAMELEON)

VENIN is a French heavy metal band that released a unique and highly sought after 4-track LP in 1986. That s/t work now at last sees a reissue in an edition of 300 copies. Original copies of this cult metal title will cost you a small fortune, so you'd better get this friendly priced reissue and spend the money you save on f.i. soap and toothpaste.

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 

TZII - SAND HAERT RAGE (12"/TREUE UM TREUE)

TZII has been making music for almost two decades, and yet 'SAnd HAert RAge' is a first in the artist's career in several ways: amidst a long discography of CDs and tapes, it is his first solo appearance on vinyl; and more importantly perhaps, it is the first time that he chooses to tackle one of the most fundamental experiences of his life, his Saharian childhood. TZII spent his early years, until adolescence in fact, in Africa, confronted to a multitude of intense, deeply life-altering experiences, from Beninese Voodoo rituals to the endless landscapes of the Sahara desert. An extreme environment, provoking extreme and very divergent emotions, which find their musical expressions in the changing ambiances of the record's four tracks. From mystery to simple beauty, from melancholy to pure joy, this is an intimate but exalting record, where meditative and festive moods rub shoulders in the most natural way. Oriental chill-wave for both the dance-floor and your inner eye.

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MODERN WITCH - BABYLON (LP/TREUE UM TREUE)

'Babylon' is the twin-LP to 2013's 'Hollywood', the second and last part of the Modern Witch retrospective on TuT/RuR. The story of Modern Witch began in 2007 in Denver, Colorado, when graphic artist Mario Zoots, singer Kristy Fenton and house veteran Kamran Khan started recording experimental music together on an old VHS camera. In the space of a few years, a couple of very limited tape and CD/R releases on labels such as Disaro and Clan Destine Records, and a series of spooky performances both in Europe and on the American continent, the trio has become a true underground reference for creepy, ritualistic dance music, in the muddy waters between witchhouse and minimal synth. Drunk on '80s cold wave, bathed in suburbian occult decadence and haunted by dead celebrities, 'Hollywood' and 'Babylon' are a feast of thaumaturgic synth lines, nonchalant but captivating mpc 1000 - sequences, drugged-out spoken words and ghostly voices. American angst or minimal doom electronics at their best!

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NEOFOLK/DARK FOLK

 

LOVAC - THE FISH & THE FIST (10") (10"/SOLEILMOON)

With this 10 inch EP, Swedish band Lovac return to explore desolate places far beyond the familiar and comfortable. This album follows their 2010 debut CD 'Apes Of A Cold God' with a new goth-tronic sound lifted aloft by Anders Carlsson's baritone and Erica Li's pure alto voices, and carried further with the inventive compositions and mixing of Andreas Catjar and Martin Krall. It's the perfect sound for interior travels. Lovac is part of a larger movement of modern European pop music that draws inspiration from traditional folk music and reimagines it in a fertile and inspired clash with the contemporary minimalist industrial and electronic scene. Death In June's Douglas P, whose songs Lovac covered in 2008 as Down In June calls it "Totenpop". Analogue synthesizers are layered over electric guitars and voice, supplemented by a variety of acoustic images, including military drums and Persian classical music instrument, the santoor. Limited edition of 250 copies.

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FOLK/ACID FOLK

 

PEFKIN - INNER CIRCLE OUTER CIRCLE (LP/MORC)

Gayle Brogan, a key figure in the experimental music scene since the mid nineties, first gained recognition as one half of the remarkable duo Electroscope, mixing psychedelic pop, lo'fi, drones and folk. As the woman behind Boa Melody Bar she became a well known distributor of underground music as well. Since Electroscope went on hiatus in 2000, Gayle picked up the name Pefkin, and continued on the same path, though the music shifted a bit more towards free-form folk and longer drone pieces. This resulted in a string of well-received releases on labels s.a. Pseudoarcana, Foxglove and Ruralfaune. This 2014 album is pressed on high-quality vinyl in a limited edition of 100 copies and is packaged in an open sleeve with download coupon.

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EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

RAASKALBOMFUKKERZ - VLUCHT WITTE RAVEN (10") (10"/TOZTIZOK ZOUNDZ)

A 2014 release on 10-inch vinyl. The RaaskalBOMfukkerZ (which translates into "gibberish bomb-fuckers") is a two-person battalion operating from the squatted freeports of the Netherlands, mainly Amsterdam. In 2004 they started their guerrilla battle for both more artistic and political balls and sheer insanity in Dutch hip-hop and far beyond. This resulted in notorious costumed live-shows, where experimental beats caused by uninsured illegal operations of Dr. Snoodaard are combined with unhygienic sample gear and boards. Upon this the Formulator (f.k.a. the Silent Partner) erupts combinations of (un-)conscious lyrix, stomachetwisting (sound-)poetic eruptions and unrecognizable human beat boxing-sessions. A bewildering hit at countless festivals, clubs and squats. They believe intellectual property is theft and every soul is free to upload, download or remix their stuff.

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VACCINA, LINO CAPRA - ANTICO ADAGIO (LP/DIE SCHACHTEL)

Following an artistic journey and an experimental stint with Aktuala and other brilliant fellow musicians (like Franco Battiato, above all), Lino Capra Vaccina, near the end of the '70s, recorded 'Antico Adagio'. It was an amazing album, anticipating countless future experiments in the field of new age and world music, and also in avant-garde and electronic music. Apart from a few violin parts and the extraordinary vocal lines (sung by Vaccina himself and Juri Camisasca), 'Antico Adagio' is an album fully built on percussion. But, at the same time, its the furthest thing from the typical idea of percussion. You won't find a single trace of African or primitive beats. Instead, this is a collection of rather long, subtle and thoughtful compositions, crafted with vibraphones, marimbas and gong. Together they create a work which will remain unique - both in Lino Capra Vaccina's discography as well as in a more general sense.

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SHOWS

 

Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)

21/11 Speedfest, Eindhoven

HorisontSpiders and Vidunder (Crusher)

21/11 - W2, Den Bosch 

Sleaford Mods (Harbinger Sound)

21/11 Doornroosje, Nijmegen

22/11 Melkweg, Amsterdam

Le Guess Who? Festival

20/11-23/11 Utrecht

 

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