SPOTLIGHT 604

01/09/2017 14:52

 

SPOTLIGHT 604

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SHORT, SHELLEY - PACIFIC CITY (LP/MISSISSIPPI MODERN)

The 2017 album from one of Portland's favourite singer-songwriters contains very spare arrangements in very pretty songs. Though Shelley has been on the scene for a long while, this clearly is her finest record to date. Limited to 500 copies, this is a co-release with Flippin' Yeah Records in Australia.

WE THE PEOPLE (FL) - (BLACK) ST. JOHN'S SHOP EP (7"/CAMELEON)

Reissued on 7-inch, this is an excellent 4-track EP (French edition) by Florida's melodic garage legends We The People, originally issued in 1966. The track 'In The Past', which rates as one of the ultimate '60s garage-psych recordings, is also famous in the version of the Chocolate Watch Band. Edition of 300 copies on BLACK VINYL with remastered sound. SIDE 1: 1. St. John's Shop 2. In The Past SIDE 2: 1. Decleration of Independence 2. Lovin' Son Of A Gun

WE THE PEOPLE (FL) - (BLACK) YOU BURN ME UP AND DOWN EP (7"/CAMELEON)

Reissued on 7-inch, this is an excellent 4-track EP (French edition) by Florida's melodic garage legends We The People, originally issued in 1966. This run, with remastered sound, is limited to 300 copies on BLACK VINYL. SIDE 1: 1. You Burn Me Up And Down 2. He Doesn't Go About It Right SIDE 2: 1. Mirror Of Your Mind 2. The Color Of Love

ROTOMAGUS - EROS/MADAME WANDA/FIGHTING COCK/SKY TURNS RED (7"/CAMELEON)

This awesome 7-inch EP combines two singles by this cult psych-act from France. 'Eros' b/w 'Madame Wanda' was originally released in 1970, while 'Fightin' Cock' b/w 'Sky Turns Red' dates back to '71.

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SEX OPERA BAND - ANITA (LP/GOLDEN PAVILION MUSIC)

Originally available only in sex shops in the Netherlands, this is one of the rarest psychedelic LPs ever to be recorded in Europe. Side A starts with fast-paced free-jazz-rock with intense drumming and Anita's growing involvement (first giggling, then moaning and finally screaming in all sorts of terrifying ways). Most instruments gradually drop leaving only fierce drumming in the background, leading up to a guy repeating the words "num-num-num" inter-twinned with joyful screaming, somewhat reminiscent of Can's 'Tago Mago'. This then moves on to another psychedelic jam that culminates with more screaming and crazy cosmic stuff that sounds like out of Jodorowsky's 'The Holy Mountain'. Side 2 is another deadly blast of krautrock delight, similar to Brainticket's 'Cottonwoodhill' again with an absolute crazy vibe, addictive guitar riffs, Pink Floyd-sounding organ atmospheres and several crescendos of insane horror screaming backed by raw organ and drumming. Highly recommended to fans of Can, Agitation Free, Brainticket, Magma, J.A. Caesar, Ceremony "People", Vampyros Lesbos, Staff Carpenborg & The Electric Corona and Hairy Chapter. Limited to 380 copies on black vinyl.

STALK-FORREST GROUP - THE STALK-FORREST GROUP (LP/BLANK)

Recorded for Elektra in 1968, this was meant to be the debut-album by THE STALK-FORREST GROUP. Though a promotional single (featuring the session's tracks 'What Is Quicksand' and 'Arthur Comics') was pressed and sent exclusively to radio stations, the LP-release never happened at the time. One year later the band would re-emerge as the BLUE OYSTER CULT. fans of that legendary band will go nuts with this vinyl edition of the Stalk-Forrest Group's 1968 Elektra recordings. TRACKS: 01. What Is Quicksand? 02. Im On The Lamb 03. Gil Blanco County 04. Donovans Monkey 05. Ragamuffin Dumplin 06. Curse Of The Hidden Mirrors 07. Arthur Comics 08. A Fact About Sneakers 09. St Cecilia

VAN SPYK & FRIEND - THE ACETATE (+CD) (LP/TRAMP (UK))

Presented here is UK-based Tramp Records' official release of the original 1971 recording of the psych-folk acetate album by Your Friend Spyk, formerly known as 'Going Nowhere'. This 2017 edition however is released as 'The Acetate' by Van Spyk & Friend. Rob Van Spyk and Terry Friend were also known as Stonefield Tramp, an act that released its only album ('Dreaming Again...') under that moniker in 1974. This run is limited to only 250 copies, so order fast!

BLEU FOREST - ICHIBAN - LIVE AT JIMMIE'S (CD/GEARFAB)

The very first recordings by The Bleu Forest happened after they played a show at the Hey You Coffeehouse in Ventura, CA. Jimmie Haskell decided to have them come to Hollywood and record on the spot in his place. His intention was to capture how the band sounded live, and this is what you get in 'Ichiban': two mics, the band, a recording machine, no retakes, spontaneity and raw energy, a time-capsule direct from Jimmie's place in August, 1967. TRACKS: 01. Bitter Street 02. Story Of A Sort 03. When I'm Alone 04. One I Love 05. I Need Sunshine 06. You Said You're Leaving 07. Looking In (Introspection Song) 08. For You 09. A Woodland Spring 10. At Times 11. Colored Rings

MAX VON SYDOW - INSECTO/CARDBOARD POPE (7"/HÖGA NORD)

The music of Max Von Sydow, who hails from Sweden, is unruly and still thoughtful in its approach to incorporate a wide range of musical traditions. This is showcased by these two tracks, which share a sound and arrangements that are influenced by psychedelic music from seven continents. On the A-side the melodies soar higher and higher over acid drenched guitars and far-out drumming. The thin and aggressive 'Insecto' sounds as jerky and unpredictable as its title implies.

MISSILES - OBSOLETE SONS/FUNERAL HOME (7"/FETISH)

Missiles (featuring members of Antichrist and Vampire) sounds like a mixture of Ginger Baker-era Hawkwind and Motörhead, though with less hard liquor and more speed. Or maybe we're dealing with the bastard child of The Butthole Surfers and The Rolling Stones here?!

MARIETTA - LA PASSAGERE (LP/BORN BAD)

Sophomore album by Marietta, the project of Guillaume Marietta following his time with The Feeling Of Love. Lysergic, melancholic songs, with folk, pop and psychedelic tones.

VESPERO - AZMARI (LP/GOLDEN PAVILION MUSIC)

An exploding mixture of afro-beat and space-kraut that paves the way to new uncharted territory. For fans of Fela Kuti, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Gong and the Ozric Tentacles. 'Azmari: Abyssanian Liventure' is a live album from the Vespero 'Liventure' series. This vinyl edition includes 3 extra tracks not available anywhere else.

PALM, HENRIK - MANY DAYS (LP/FETISH)

The solo debut-album by Henrik Palm of In Solitude, Pig Eyes, Södra Sverige et al. This is dark and gloomy stuff, influenced by the likes of Swans, Killing Joke and Crass. There are guest appearances from Sara Taylor (of Youth Code) and Anna Norberg.

BABES IN TOYLAND - SPANKING MACHINE (LP/BLANK)

A vinyl-reissue of the first album by Babes In Toyland, originally released in 1990 and produced by the now legendary Jack Endino. 'Spanking Machine' was the record that kicked down many doors for the band. TRACKS: 01. Swamp Pussy 02. He's My Thing 03. Vomit Heart 04. Never 05. Boto(w)rap 06. Dogg 07. Pain In My Heart 08. Lashes 09. You're Right 10. Dust Cake Boy 11. Fork Down Throat

IG WITZELSUCHT - (BLACK) SOMETIMES PUNS ARE A SIGN... (LP/MEGAPHONE/KNOCK 'EM DEAD)

...OF A DAMAGED BRAIN' - A crystalline jewel of pop-rock deluxe pleasure, featuring Dominic Robertson (Ego Phizmiz) and Lukas Simonis (Stepmother). Edition on BLACK VINYL.

DURY, IAN -& THE BLOCKHEADS- - LIVE AT THE OLD WALDORF, SAN FRANCISCO 1978 (CD/VOGON)

Formed in 1977 to back Ian Dury while promoting his album 'New Boots And Panties', Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as The Blockheads. The live material on this CD was recorded at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco, on the second night of the band's 1978 US tour.

DÉBILS - DÉBILS (LP/SWISSPUNK/STATIC AGE)

The Débils from the Swiss town of Bienne was the country's only second generation punk band (with Spontan that is) that put out an LP in the early '80s. The band's style was resolute, autodidactic, nonconformist, and apolitical. The band's approach contrasted strongly with the intellectual punk from Geneva, or the "real and hard" Zuri-punx. This reissue comes in a heavy tip-on gatefold sleeve. The 4-panel insert contains flyers, pictures, lyrics and historical fact! With graphic design by Paco Mus, this edition is limited to 488 copies.

MUSLIMGAUZE - MULLAH SAID (2LP) (LP/STAALPLAAT)

These five lengthy tracks are based on hypnotic and somewhat menacing grooves: a repetitive dub bass beat, waves of Middle Eastern strings and voices and layers of building hand percussion. All of the tracks are similar and even share elements. Mid-East tension is accurately captured through the use of the region's instrumentation (especially percussion), sinister electronics, samples of men chanting and women crying, sounds culled from the horrors of war, and occasional angry distortion that will transport the listener to the belly of the beast. 'Mullah Said' was originally released in 1998.

KANKER KOMMANDO - LOW TECH 1982-88 (LP/KNOTWILG/HARBINGER SOUND)

Compiling both released and previously unreleased material from the eighties, Kanker Kommando's 'Low Tech 1982-1988' is a revelatory retrospective, shining a light on one of Belgium's best kept secrets. Forming in 1980 as a punk group, influenced by English post-punkers Swell Maps, Kanker Kommando quickly evolved, and by 1982 they were fully invested in making experimental music on primitive electronics. Their music was free of traditional boundaries, and reflected the grimness of their times, which resulted in a deteriorating, roughly-hewn sound. For fans of Pan Sonic, Mego, Throbbing Gristle, SPK, John Cage, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Vinyl On Demand or Broken Flag.

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES - TWISTED (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

House Of Broken Promises is an Indio, CA-based desert-stoner rock/metal band consisting of guitarist Arthur Seay (Unida, ApeSh!t), bassist/vocalist Joe Mora (HDR, Street Drugs DTLA, The Adicts) and drummer Mike Cancino (Unida, Lynch Mob). Formed from the ashes of Unida (which also featured John Garcia of Kyuss fame), the band delivers an impressive work of classic hardrock, stoner and metal. The album consists of two previously unreleased killer songs (covering Black Sabbath and Billy Squire), plus a bunch of outtakes and live cuts for a total running time of some 30 minutes. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

REBUIG - MORT I FUTUR (LP/NOOIRAX)

An album of alternative sludge/experimental metal, delivered by Rebuig, a band from Catalunya, Spain.

JENNY DON'T & THE SPURS - CALL OF THE ROAD (LP/MISSISSIPPI MODERN)

The 2017 album from Portland's venerable country band. The Spurs is a gut bucket unit playing music in the tradition of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, The Range Rats, and rock bands like X and Dead Moon at their rootsiest. The line-up comprises members of some of Portland's favourite rock bands, including Pierced Arrows, The Wipers and Don't. Presented in a gatefold jacket and including a digital download, this is a co-release with Doomtown Sounds.

SUAREZ, ESTHER - LA BOLOGNESINA (LP/LITTLE AXE)

Esther Suarez, also known as La Ocrasina De Oro, is a popular Peruvian Huayno singer. 'La Bolognesina' is one of her earlier albums, featuring reverbed vocals over Andean harps supplemented with light percussion and handclaps. The album was recorded in 1981, with the title referring to her roots near the snow-capped Andean mountains of the Bolognesi province in the Ancash region of Peru. This is a truly beautiful record.

HECQ - CHANSONS DE GESTE (LP/HYMEN)

On vinyl, this is a captivating assemblage of mesmeric ambient works in which the natural hissing from ancient tape recordings interpolate with orchestral classical textures and electronic manipulations.

HARRIS, JOHNNY - MOVEMENTS (LP/BLANK)

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London and originally released in 1972, Johnny Harris' album 'Movements' now sees its first ever vinyl-reissue. The first three tracks were taken from the David Hemmings movie 'Fragment Of Fear'. Since original copies are nearly impossible to trace down, this is a most welcome edition. TRACKS: 01. Fragment Of Fear 02. Reprise 03. Stepping Stones 04. Something 05. Give Peace A Chance 06. Footprints On The Moon 07. Light My Fire 08. Wichita Lineman 09. Paint It Black

 

DE ANGELIS, GUIDO & MAURIZIO - MILANO TREMA: LA POLIZIA VUOLE GIUSTIZIA O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

Guido and Maurizio de Angelis' groovy, melancholic score to 1973's 'Milano Trema: La Polizia Vuole Guistizia' a.k.a. 'The Violent Professionals' perfectly sets the tone for the metropolitan violence presented on the screen. Featuring lots of flutes, clavinet, frenzied percussions, deep basslines and experimental effects, the music has a dramatic atmosphere, which preludes the acid-prog and gloomy music that they created for 'Il Grande Racket' just three years later.

UMILIANI, PIERO - STUDIO UMILIANI (2LP+CD) (LP/FOUR FLIES)

'RARE AND UNRELEASED TRACKS FROM THE SOUND WORK SHOP ARCHIVES 1967-1983' - the first archival compilation of Piero Umiliani's work for the Rome-based Four Flies label. Blending exotica, psychedelic jazz-funk and proto-trip hop, this selection presents a cross-cutting portrait of Umiliani's activities during the golden years of his Sound Work Shop, the studio-laboratory where he played, created and experimented with total freedom from 1967 to 1983. Limited edition of 500 DOUBLE-LP's.

MOCTAR, MDOU - SOUSOUME TAMACHEK (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Music for desert picnics! Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar delves into his more sensitive side with a minimal studio recording of dreamy ballads. Thumping calabash, droning guitars and vocal overdubs evoke an imagined desert soundscape. All instruments and vocals are performed by Mdou, which results in a very personal work. Emotive and introspective, the album explores themes of religion, spirituality and matters of the heart.

MUKABI, GEORGE - FURAHA WENYE GITA (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

An almost mythical giant of the African guitar, whose reinvention of the acoustic fingerstyle quickly spread from western Kenya throughout East Africa, before his tragic death in 1963. Spellbinding guitar lines, sweet harmony vocals, every melody an instant classic, and a life story steeped in legend - it's all here. This 12-song LP comes in a deluxe spot-colour jacket, with a 12-page full colour booklet featuring an oral history by Mukabi's family and peers, and lyrics in English and Swahili. This is a co-release with Raw Music International and Olvido Records.

VARIOUS - USIENDE UKALALE ("DON'T SLEEP") (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

'OMUTIBO FROM RURAL KENYA' - A compilation of uniquely Kenyan acoustic guitar songs, recorded in the homes and yards of Luhya musicians. In 2016, Cyrus Moussavi set out to learn the origins of Omutibo, a playing style invented by George Mukabi and adapted by his neighbors in a region that proved to be truly fertile for guitarists. These are the songs and stories of a golden era Kenya on the brink of independence, beautifully resurrected by the songwriters themselves over 50 years later. The LP comes in a deluxe metallic spot-colour jacket, with an 8-page full colour booklet featuring interviews, photographs, and lyrics in English and Luhya. This LP is co-released with Raw Music International and Olvido Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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