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The Peruvian psych-keepers are back with a heavy stoner album called 'Odd Stories'. Recorded and produced in Lima by Javier Kou, Sebastian Sanchez-Botta and Chino Burga from La Ira de Dios, this album gives a new unabashedly facet where nights have no whispers anymore, where trips are loaded with madness, fear and green breezes. Give up your souls and get carried away by a night of pure madness.
Strictly limited to 300 copies on coloured vinyl. Lord Montague is a loud, obnoxious three piece from the frozen city of Minneapolis. This is not your average doom or stoner band. These guys are crazy. Literally. Lord Montague's self titled debut album is 50 minutes of ball kicking, bluesy rock.
Maailma are Laura Naukkarinen (alias well known free-folk musician Lau Nau), Matti Bye (film composer and silent film performer) and Kristian Holmgren (producer, musician and silent film performer). Maailma return with their second full-length 'Speculum'. Apart from augmenting their sound with instruments like the Hammond organ, the harpsichord and the celesta, for the follow-up to 2008's 'Noitalauluja', Maailma have been collaborating with a small orchestra of string and woodwind players. Monumental and microscopic at turns, rarely has music moved so effortlessly between folk music, psychedelia, electronics, and classical orchestra. Also appearing is percussionist Henrik Olsson, playing drums, marimba and homemade electronic percussion. Additionally, the album features guest appearances from Helena Espvall, Antti Tolvi, and Mattias Olsson.
'Happy Halloween!' is the grand finale in the series of early, barely released Green Pajamas material. The original 8-song 'Happy Halloween!' cassette was released on October 20, 1984, a mere four months after the release of 'Summer Of Lust'. A stunning total of ten cassettes were made for the entire world (or West Seattle, depending on your viewpoint). Those eight songs are featured here as the current tracks 4-11 in their original order. This release includes 13 more -mostly unreleased- PJs songs, recorded in an 8-month period between 'Summer Of Lust' and their first single, 'Kim The Waitress'. Only a few tracks, like 'Thinking Only Of You', saw very limited releases on the occasional comp here and there and have been highly sought after commodities among the Pajamas collectors.
'Bite The Hand' is the second album of "pre-apocalyptic psychedelic pop" from Three Minute Tease, the UK band comprised of eternal Californian cult-hero Anton Barbeau and former Soft Boys- and Egyptians-members Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor. The album's title, in all Spinal Tap glory, is a playful reference to Barbeau's career-long inability to "kiss the right parts of the right people at the right time." The recordings took place in London, Berlin, Brighton, Sacramento and Swindon with guest contributions from Nick Saloman of The Bevis Frond, and Vince Di Fiore from Cake. As a live band, TMT have been compared to the Teardrop Explodes, Dinosaur Jr. and the Replacements, meaning fuzzy guitars and spiky, shambolic fun. In the studio however it's a much tighter affair.
HEROINNE presents old school stoner rock in the veins of Kyuss, Graveyard, Black Sabbath, Thulsa Doom and Mamont. Super heavy unbelieveable dirty stoner/psychedelic and doom grooves. A real '70s feeling, but with much more distortion and heaviness. HEROINNE is a Norwegian phenomenon!
To commemorate the lives of original Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick and vocalist Gary Pickford-Hopkins, both recently deceased, here's a very rare and previously unheard live set recorded in March 1973 at The Townhouse, Wellington by Glenn's post Tull outfit, the widely respected Wild Turkey. The CD features eight songs including the rarely heard 'If You See Kay' alongside favourites s.a. 'Butterfly', 'Good Old Days' and 'Tomorrow's Friend', plus a storming two-part finale of 'Traffic Island Jam' followed by a blistering version of 'Johnny B. Goode' for an encore. A fitting tribute to one of the best bands of the early '70s!
DiE released a corker of a 7-inch in 2013 with their debut EP, and it seems they're on something of a winning streak with EP number 2, 'Vexed'. This UK band plays hc that has a faint, blue collar streak to it that recalls denim, black boots and shaved heads, but drowns all that nonsense out with massive, stompy riffs, noisy guitar solos and ferocious vocals. Paying homage to classic and contemporary UKHC bands is one thing, but ramping it up to dizzying, blistering levels the way that DiE do on 'Vexed' shows that these lads have some serious chops when it comes to writing and playing straight-to-the-point hc, with a sound heavy rooted in both Bristol and Boston circa 1983.
Two fantastic tracks from the Japanese industrial pioneers, featuring members of White Hospital and Vasilisk. Limited to 243 copies on clear vinyl.
Edition on black vinyl. The B-side is a version of Rory Gallagher's 'Shadow Play'. Who would have thought a year ago that Robert Pehrsson's first Humbucker album has the potential to become such a big hit? The Swedish guitarist has in the past played in such diverse bands as Thunder Express, Death Breath, Runemagick, Slingblade as well as Dagger and Imperial State Electric. However, his biggest success so far has been the first self-titled solo album with his own band Humbucker.
Edition on black vinyl plus an insert. Trial are a metal sensation from Sweden. They originally formed in 2007, had a slow start, but only when singer Linus Johansson joined in 2010, they seriously started to make headway.
This album delivers cold, misanthropic and desolate mid-tempo Nordic-influenced black metal, along with melancholic dark ambient tracks. Crunchy distorted guitar minimalism, primal thrashing beats, and an overall raw necro-ish execution are well-supported by howling tortured grim vocals that recall the old Burzum era. the LP includes nine tracks (six slices of black metal, an acoustic one and two dark ambient compositions) and clocks in at over 50 minutes. Limited edition of 300 copies pressed on solid white vinyl, presented in a heavy sleeve. Includes a 12"x12" double-sided insert and a download coupon.
GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL
Limited edition 7-inch (45rpm), released specially for the exposition 'DEUS EX MACHINA'. This one contains three unreleased tracks by CHEVEU, VIOLENCE CONJUGALE and PIERRE & BASTIEN.
Strictly limited to only 100 handnumbered copies, this is a nice picture disc 12-inch. Featuring nice artwork, it should be filed under garage punk.
'X-mas: 30 Years In The Making' features the surprisingly popular 'No Lou This Xmas', inspired by the late, great Lou Reed. Written and released one week before Christmas 2013, it was this final brick Dyer needed for this album, recorded sporadically since 1983. Tom Dyer is a Seattle guy with an inconsistent musical predilection, the King of Stylistic Variation. On this album that eclectic appraoch is present in full force. There's a choral number, a rocking Lou Reed tribute, a guitar instrumental, a torch song, a little swing sextet, folky-protest, ska, a sea chanty, some bad country, many guitar solos and of course, the Beach Boys. While much of this is a one man affair, Dyer shows taste and decorum in picking a nice selection of minor Pacific NW music deities to round out the effort, with Gary Minkler from Red Dress, Jeff Kelly of the Green Pajamas and others. Somehow, despite seeming like an unholy mess on paper, it hangs together into a pleasing, (mostly) non-secular holiday adventure.
'Mema Verma' is the final step of a study about an Indian shruti box, G (low) tuned, mostly used without emitting any note (as in the first two tracks) sampling and processing the breaths, whistles and noise produced by the reeds. The third track is the only one in which the shruti is played in a more standard way. Its sound was recorded through a set of very old mid-range speakers and later sampled and processed. 'Mema Verma' is split into three tracks but the whole project is sort of a metamorphosis of the same idea, where the sound is, step by step/track by track, more rarified, losing that concrete feeling in the beginning and turning into a drone in the last track.
This sixth full-length from TAPE begs to be listened to on headphones, for its quiet splendor, its swelling tones, and the microscopic details scuttling across the floor of the mix. Vinyl edition.
First ever release of this classic 1987 soundtrack. On black vinyl and "blood in the water" vinyl (randomly inserted), packaged in a deluxe old school gatefold tip-on gatefold jacket. Includes extensive liner notes and original artwork by Jon McCallum. Strange Disc Records is proud to announce this debut release, the soundtrack to 'Surf Nazis Must Die'. The film itself was released in 1987 by Troma Entertainment, but the soundtrack has never seen the light of day until now. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where a neo nazi group, the Surf Nazis, have taken control of the beaches and terrorize anyone who steps foot in their territory. Jon McCallum's score suits the post-apocalyptic setting with heavy synth - fans of Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter's scores will be at home on this record.
The O.S.T. from the ultimate melt movie, 'Street Trash'. Composed by Rick Ulfik, the soundtrack has previously been unreleased since its creation in 1987. For fans of lo-fi synthesizer based soundtracks. Cover artwork and design created by Philadelphia based graphic designer Haunt Love.
EXOTICA/INCR. STR. MUSIC
A crazy compilation of music from all over the world! This comp features a worldwide mixture of tunes taken from painfully obscure crud-a-phonic dance craze platters from the '50s and '60s. Expect a brilliant and bonkers concoction of exotica and international nonsense novelties. If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out yer 'Las Vegas Grind' and 'Jungle Exotica' records, then this is for YOU! This platter will liven up any party! These are ultra-rare gems extracted from 45s and 78s records released in the '50s and early '60s by obscure record labels. A unique mix of genres perfect for a successful exotic party: Syrian rock, Polynesian jerk, Chinese cha-cha twist, Puerto Rican wobble cha, Cuban jungle mambo, Mexican cannibal rhythms...
David Sait from Canada plays instrumental solo improvisation on the electric guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument.
Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast)
10/10 Desert Fest, Antwerpen (BE)
13/10 Doornroosje, Nijmegen
Kadavar (Nuclear Blast)
10/10 Desertfest, Antwerpen (BE)
25/10 Into The Void, Leeuwarden
21/11 Speedfest, Eindhoven
31/10 - Antwerp, Trix (BE)
01/11 - JC Elektra, Sliedrecht
19/11 - Decadence, Gent (BE)
21/11 - W2, Den Bosch
Sleaford Mods (Harbinger Sound)
15/11 De Kreun, Kortrijk (BE)
21/11 Doornroosje, Nijmegen
22/11 Melkweg, Amsterdam
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