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Posted by othiym23 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 07:52:23 GMT

As promised, here’s the list of what-all I’ve added to my collection since the last time I posted one of these omnibus roundups. As always, the sources are various: Amoeba, Boomkat, the Amazon MP3 store, Mutant Sounds, Dualtrack, The Thing on the Doorstep, No Longer Forgotten Music, The Soundhead, Phoenix Hairpins, and What Fucked You. Some of them are duplicates from the last list big list I posted because I purchased copies of things I had downloaded to check out (like the excellent Au Revoir Simone album).

Some of you may notice that despite my fevered excoriation of Death in June (or, you know, ambivalent musings thereon), there’s a hearty selection of their music here. I decided I needed to hear more of their stuff for myself, and I have to say, extended exposure to their music reinforces my conviction that they’re purposefully playing games with their listeners in a way I find unconscionable, even if some of the (earlier) songs scratch a very specific, Joy Division-esque itch deep in my head. This is something Jessica Hopper deals with obliquely, in the context of indie hipsters becoming fans of black metal bands with questionable beliefs (another thing I’ve had to wrestle with repeatedly over the years).

UPDATE: The conversation continues over Jessica’s way, just as ambivalent and inconclusive as the one that goes on in my head.

Anyway, here’s the list.

  1. ABC Mutes: Studio Stuff
  2. Ab Ovo: Empreintes
  3. Architects Office: 1987: Live
  4. Architects Office: 9th Year Gala Performance
  5. Area: Arbeit Macht Frei
  6. Art & Technique: Diabolus In Mecanica
  7. Au Revoir Simone: The Bird of Music
  8. Ballet Mécanique: The Icecold Waters of Egocentric Calculation
  9. Sir Richard Bishop: While My Guitar Violently Bleeds
  10. ビジリバ: ビジリバ
  11. Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath [box set remaster]
  12. Black Sabbath: Paranoid [box set remaster]
  13. Black Sabbath: Master of Reality [box set remaster]
  14. Black Sabbath: Vol 4 [box set remaster]
  15. Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath [box set remaster]
  16. Black Sabbath: Sabotage [box set remaster]
  17. Black Sabbath: Technical Ecstasy [box set remaster]
  18. Black Sabbath: Never Say Die! [box set remaster]
  19. Blue Mathue: Perfect Pictures
  20. Bogart & S·Core: Pilgrim
  21. Boys Noize: Oi Oi Oi
  22. The Breeders: Mountain Battles
  23. Monte Cazazza: The Worst of Monte Cazazza
  24. CEDS: Xandosis
  25. CINdYTALK: Camouflage Heart
  26. CINdYTALK: In This World
  27. CINdYTALK: Secrets and Falling
  28. CINdYTALK: The Wind is Strong
  29. CINdYTALK: Transgender Warrior
  30. CINdYTALK: Wappinschaw
  31. Cardboard Village: Sea Change
  32. Coil: The New Backwards
  33. Combo FH: Véci
  34. Commando M Pigg: s/t
  35. Confetti: Retrospective
  36. Crawling Chaos: The Gas Chair
  37. Crawling With Tarts: Operas
  38. Crevice: Crevice 1
  39. Crevice: Think of Pleasant Things
  40. Curlew: s/t
  41. De Fabriek & Telepherique: PWZ
  42. Death in June: The Guilty Have No Past
  43. Death in June: Burial
  44. Death in June: Nada!
  45. Death in June: The World That Summer
  46. Death in June: Brown Book
  47. Death in June: 93 Dead Sunwheels
  48. Death in June: The Wall of Sacrifice
  49. Death in June: The Cathedral of Tears
  50. Death in June: Oh How We Laughed
  51. Death in June: The Corn Years
  52. Devo: Recombo DNA
  53. Disrupt: Jah Bit Invasion
  54. Dom: Fackeln Im Sturm
  55. Frank Domert: Kiefermusik
  56. Dorothy: I Confess
  57. Drahomira Song Orchestra: The Return of 120 Magicians
  58. Iancu Dumitrescu / David Prescott: split
  59. Alec Empire: The Golden Foretaste of Heaven
  60. Enduser: Form Without Function
  61. Eva-Tone: She’s-A-Wild
  62. Flipper: Love Canal / Ha Ha Ha
  63. The Flying Lizards: s/t
  64. The Flying Lizards: Fourth Wall
  65. The Flying Lizards: Top Ten
  66. Folkdove: s/t
  67. Francisco: Cosmic Beam Experience
  68. Frequency.m: Fm043
  69. Genghis Tron: Board Up the House
  70. Gorilla Aktiv: Umsonst Ohne Risiko
  71. The Hafler Trio: Ignotum Per Ignotus
  72. Hajsch: Nagual (für Silvio Manuel)
  73. Hands To / Eric Lunde: split
  74. Kevin Harrison: Inscrutably Obvious
  75. Hula: Black Pop Workout
  76. Hula: Cut From Inside
  77. Hula: Fever Car
  78. Hula: Murmur
  79. Hula: Freeze Out
  80. Hula: Get the Habit
  81. Hula: Black Wall Blue
  82. Hula: Poison
  83. Hula: Cut Me Loose
  84. Hula: VC1
  85. Indoor Life: s/t
  86. Linton Kwesi Johnson: A Cappella Live
  87. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Bass Culture
  88. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Dread Beat an’ Blood
  89. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Making History
  90. Kiss the Blade: The Party’s Begun
  91. Kiss the Blade: Young Soldier
  92. Hassisen Kone: Harsoinen Teräs
  93. Korean Buddhist God: Magnum You
  94. Korpses Katatonik: Sensitive Liberated Autistiks
  95. Joachim Kuhn: Cinemascope
  96. Der Künftige Musikan: Veitstanz
  97. LAShTAL: Thoum Aesh Neith
  98. Laddio Bolocko: Strange Warnings of Laddio Bolocko
  99. Laddio Bolocko: The Life & Times of Laddio Bolocko
  100. Leviathan: Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
  101. Liquid Visions: Endless Plasmatic Childhood
  102. Eric Lunde: V215
  103. Eric Lunde: Witness to Disaster
  104. M83: Saturdays = Youth
  105. Magma: Trilogie Theusz Hamtaahk Live
  106. The Master Musicians of Joujouka: recorded live in France
  107. Merzbow & John Hudak: The Time Stream
  108. Merzbow: Batzoutai With Material Gadgets
  109. Merzbow: Lowest Music 2
  110. Mesh: Claustrophobia
  111. Meshuggah: obZen
  112. Jeff Mills: Gamma Player, Volume 1: The Universe by Night
  113. Misson of Burma: Signals, Calls, and Marches [2008 Matador reissue]
  114. Mnemonists: Gyromancy
  115. Mnemonists: Roto-Limbs
  116. Mnemonists: Some Attributes of a Living System
  117. Monos: Everyday Soundtracks
  118. Monos: Generators
  119. Monos: Window
  120. Monoton: Monotonprodukt 02
  121. Monoton: Monotonprodukt 07
  122. Mr. Partridge: Take Away / The Lure of Salvage
  123. Nailsleeper: Marching Dynamics
  124. Neung Phak: Neung Phak (Mono Pause)
  125. Kaiser Nietzsche: Non Plus Ultra
  126. Hermann Nitsch: Klaviersonate für Arnulf Rainer
  127. Gary Numan & Tubeway Army: Replicas Redux
  128. Nurse With Wound: Steel Dream March of the Metal Men
  129. OAD: Daytona
  130. The Ocean: Precambrian
  131. Ora: After Rainfall
  132. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Dazzle Ships [2008 Telegraph remaster]
  133. Jürgen Paape: Nord Nord-West
  134. PBK: Shadows of Prophecy / In His Throes
  135. Pearls Before Swine: The Complete ESP-Disk’ Recordings
  136. Bob Pegg: Ancient Maps
  137. Bob Pegg & Nick Strutt: The Ship Builder
  138. Pekka Streng & Tasavalla Presidentti: Magneettimiehen Kuolema
  139. PFN: Akasa / Für Cleo
  140. Phallus Dei: Pontifex Maximus
  141. Poison the Well: Versions
  142. Portion Control: Simulate Sensual
  143. Prag Vec: No Cowboys
  144. Princess Tinymeat: Herstory: 1984-1986
  145. Qua: Forgetabout
  146. Qua: Painting Monsters on Clouds
  147. The Raincoats: s/t
  148. Jay Reatard: Blood Visions
  149. Reyvision: The Sound Cage
  150. Chas Rose: Child of the Universe
  151. Jack Rose: Dr. Ragtime & Pals / Jack Rose
  152. Rosetta: Wake / Lift
  153. S·Core: A Great Lump
  154. S·Core: A Jest of Nature
  155. S·Core: Dross
  156. S·Core: Dysphonia
  157. S·Core: Finger Mark
  158. S·Core: Morbid Moppets
  159. S·Core: Shedder
  160. S·Core: Tarnish
  161. S·Core: Undersong
  162. Rolf Schulz: Tambora
  163. Adrian Sherwood: Becoming a Cliché / Dub Cliché
  164. Sigillum S: Abstraction
  165. Sigillum S: Dispersion: Sliced Carrions & Pixel Handcuffs
  166. Sigillum S: Es Database Chronology
  167. Sigillum S: Mutilated Terrorism
  168. Sigillum S: Terror-Auto Obstetrics
  169. Soap-Jo Henshi: s/t
  170. Social Climbers: s/t
  171. Somatic Responses: Augmented Lines
  172. Somatic Responses: Circumflex
  173. Somatic Responses: Pounded Mass
  174. Somatic Responses: Touching the Void
  175. La Sonorite Jaun: Heliae
  176. La Sonorite Jaune & The Haters: The Interstellar Destroyed Music Mail Project
  177. SPK: Dekompositiones
  178. SPK: Live 7 June 1987 Theaterfabrik Manege, München
  179. SPK: Oceania: In Performance 1987
  180. Stars & Stips: Nevergreens
  181. Suburban Lawns: Baby
  182. Suburban Lawns: Gidget Goes to Hell
  183. Supersister: Present From Nancy
  184. Supersister: Spiral Staircase
  185. Teddy & the Frat Girls: Audio Suicide
  186. Test Dept. / Brith Gof: Gododdin
  187. Steve Thomsen: Retrospective II
  188. Steve Thomsen: Retrospective III
  189. Throbbing Gristle: Discipline
  190. Throbbing Gristle: Mission of Dead Souls: The Last Live Performance of TG
  191. Throbbing Gristle: Subhuman
  192. Throbbing Gristle: The First Annual Report
  193. Throbbing Gristle: Throbbing Gristle Live: Volume 1 (1976-1978)
  194. Throbbing Gristle: Throbbing Gristle Live: Volume 2 (1977-1978)
  195. Throbbing Gristle: Throbbing Gristle Live: Volume 3 (1978-1979)
  196. Throbbing Gristle: Throbbing Gristle Live: Volume 4 (1979-1980)
  197. Torche: Torche [2005 original version]
  198. Torche: Torche [2007 re-recorded version]
  199. Torche: Meanderthal
  200. The Vaselines: The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History
  201. Vazz: Your Lungs and Your Tongue
  202. Vendino Pact: s/t
  203. Virgin Prunes: A New Form of Beauty
  204. Virgin Prunes: Over the Rainbow
  205. Virgin Prunes: …If I Die, I Die
  206. Voigt/465: One Faint Deluded Smile
  207. Vox Populi!: Half Dead Ganja Music
  208. Warning: s/t
  209. Trevor Wishart: Journey Into Space
  210. Trevor Wishart: Red Bird / Anticredos
  211. Xanopticon: Liminal Space
  212. Yeast Culture: IYS
  213. Yeast Culture: Rena Leica: The Exposition of Nothing
  214. Yelle: Pop Up
  215. Zanov: Green Ray
  216. Zanov: In Course of Time
  217. Zanov: Moebius
  218. v/a: Alchemy
  219. v/a: Angelica 91
  220. v/a: Angelica 92
  221. v/a: Anthology 1: Come Organisation Archives 1979-1981
  222. v/a: Bogata, Luca & Richman: The Devil’s Trill
  223. v/a: Dry Lungs
  224. v/a: Dry Lungs II
  225. v/a: Dry Lungs V
  226. v/a: Freedom in a Vacuum
  227. v/a: Fridge Freezer
  228. v/a: Hands 2/3
  229. v/a: La Mort Heureuse
  230. v/a: Mutant Sounds Whacked-Out Singles: Volume 7
  231. v/a: No Big Business
  232. v/a: No Big Business 2
  233. v/a: PS1 Volume: Bed of Sound
  234. v/a: Project One
  235. v/a: Trumpett Sounds

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Posted by othiym23 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 09:38:11 GMT

The problem with drinking from a firehose is that sometimes you asplode. This just happened to me, and I’m trying to deal with it by sharing my total insanity with you, the semi-random passersby on the internet.

As I’ve mentioned several times, I recently discovered the awe-inspiring zombie amusement park that is Blogspot’s coterie of MP3 blogs. I’d never really paid them much attention before, because most of my exposure to MP3 blogs had been through dodgy Eastern European metal blogs that were dedicated to scene rips of upcoming releases, and I’m really not all that into pissing all over the people who make my favorite music, which is basically what these blogs are all about (somebody has to pay for music, somehow, if it’s going to continue to be made).

However, Mutant Sounds and its brethren opened my eyes to the vast amount of music that exists in a twilit state with respect to copyright; thanks to the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act™, most of the recordings shared via these blogs won’t be public domain until the end of this century – if ever – yet the vast majority of this material can be had neither via love, money, nor diligent browsing of GEMM. Most of the artists involved really don’t seem to care, as the bloggers are all pretty careful to avoid posting material that is readily available, and in some cases the creators send the blog owners better-quality recordings of their own material to replace inferior rips.

It didn’t help that one of the first of these blogs I discovered, dualtrack, has posted nearly every record I deeply coveted between 1989 and 1992. I sometimes forget that I got my start as a major music nerd through RE/Search’s Industrial Culture Handbook, but when I was learning about this stuff, I was also your average broke college kid and therefore could only read about these records in The Ooze’s monthly new-releases newsletter, saving up for stuff I really, really wanted, like :zoviet*france: reissues on CD or the occasional bizarre overindulgence. Now that I’m all grown up, most of those records, CDs and cassettes are beyond gone, appearing only in Amoeba’s used bins or on eBay (sometimes for plainly hurtful prices). It was with delight bordering on awe that I discovered that almost all of these records I’d been searching for for many, many years were freely available, generally with high-quality scans of the included artwork.

So, armed with a not entirely flimsy rationalization, a sense of burning need, and a month’s Premium subscription to Rapidshare, I went completely bonkers. Most of the stuff on this list came from either dualtrack, The Thing on the Doorstep, No Longer Forgotten Music, Rusted Noise, Mutant Sounds, Phoenix Hairpins, Boomkat, Amoeba and Other Music Digital. (NOTE TO RECORD LABEL FOLK: My copy of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black is on a shiny aluminized plastic platter purchased new from Amoeba Records, with the latest lame cover art you have chosen for it. The original cover art was much nicer. Thank you for your attention.) A lot of it I even bought, as I took this opportunity to fill in long-standing gaps in my collection. As you can see, it would take me a very long time to even summarize what’s here, so I’m going to leave that to other postings. Suffice it to say that just about every weird kind of music you can imagine, and some you probably can’t (the Masstishaddhu record, in particular, defies description to anyone who hasn’t already heard it).

It’s going to take me weeks to listen to all this stuff, much less comprehend it. There’s a lot of amazing, weird and profound music in here.

  1. ABGS: Werkbeschallung: Live
  2. Abwärts: Amok Koma
  3. Gunter Adler: Minute Music
  4. Gunter Adler: Polysyntetica
  5. Gunter Adler: The Silver Book
  6. Ain Soph: Kshatriya
  7. Alpha Omega: Electronic Mind Project
  8. Au Revoir Simone: The Bird of Music
  9. Autonomic Computing: Mutantextures
  10. Henry Badowski: Life is a Grand
  11. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part 1: 4th World War
  12. Biochemical Dread: Bush Doctrine
  13. Biota: Rackabones / Vagabones
  14. Bipol: Ritual
  15. Black Sun Ensemble: Black Sun Ensemble
  16. Blacworld: Subduing Demons (In South Yorkshire)
  17. Burning Witch: Crippled Lucifer
  18. Monte Cazazza: To Mom on Mother’s Day / Candy Man
  19. C-Schulz: 7. Party Disco
  20. C-Schulz: 10. Hose Horn
  21. Chrome: Alien Soundtracks
  22. Chrome: Half Machine Lip Moves
  23. Chrome: 3rd from the Sun
  24. Chrystal Belle Scrodd: The Inevitable Chrystal Belle Scrodd Record
  25. Coil / Zos Kia: Transparent
  26. Cold Sun: Dark Shadows
  27. Cosey Fanni Tutti: Time to Tell
  28. Cranioclast: A Con Cristal
  29. Cranioclast: Koitlaransk / Ration Skalk
  30. Crash Worship: This
  31. Crawling Chaos: Sex Machine / Berlin
  32. Helios Creed: X-Rated Fairy Tales / Superior Catholic Finger
  33. Crispy Ambulance: From the Cradle to the Grave
  34. Crispy Ambulance: Live on a Hot August Night
  35. Crispy Ambulance: Sexus
  36. Crispy Ambulance: The Plateau Phase
  37. Crispy Ambulance: Unsightly and Serene
  38. Crispy Ambulance: Live at the ICA
  39. Current 93 & HÖH: Crowleymass
  40. Current 93 / Nurse With Wound: Mi-Mort
  41. Daft Punk: Alive 2007
  42. Danava: UnonoU
  43. Danielle Dax: Pop-Eyes
  44. Danielle Dax: Jesus Egg That Wept
  45. Danielle Dax: Inky Bloaters
  46. Danielle Dax: The Janice Long Session
  47. Danielle Dax: Comatose Non Reaction: The Thwarted Pop Career
  48. Amy Denio: No Bones
  49. Dead Meadow: Old Growth
  50. Dethklok: The Dethalbum
  51. Die Form / Asmus Tietchens: Face to Face, Volume 1
  52. Die Form: Duality
  53. DF Sadist School: Les Cent Vingt Journées de Sodome
  54. Doxa Sinistra: Via del Latte
  55. Drowning Craze: Trance / I Love the Fjords
  56. Frankie Dymon, Jr.: Let It Out
  57. Earth: The Bee Made Honey In The Lions Skull
  58. Einstürzende Neubauten: Kollaps
  59. Einstürzende Neubauten: Zeichnungen des Patienten OT
  60. Elohim: A L’Aube Du Verseau
  61. Erste Weibliche Fleischergesellin Nach 1945: Ferien Auf Dem Lande
  62. Étant Donnés: Aurore
  63. Étant Donnés: L’eclipse
  64. Étant Donnés: Re-Up
  65. Etat Brut: Mutations et Protheses
  66. Exterminator: Anna Blume
  67. Factrix: Empire of Passion
  68. Factrix: Scheintot
  69. Fanzine: 1980
  70. Fanzine: 1981
  71. Fanzine: 1982
  72. File Under Pop: Heathrow
  73. Brigitte Fontaine & Areski: L’incendie
  74. Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago: Comme à la Radio
  75. Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle: Telinehmende Beobachtung
  76. The Fugs: First Album
  77. The Fugs: Second Album
  78. BC Gilbert & G Lewis: Ends With the Sea
  79. The Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury: Songs from “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
  80. Bruce Haack: Electric Lucifer: Book 2
  81. Bruce Haack: The Electric Lucifer
  82. Hanadensha: Acoustic Mothership
  83. Hanadensha: Astral Pigmy Wave
  84. Hanadensha: Doobie Shining Love
  85. Hip Hop Pantsula: YBA 2 NW
  86. Lars Hollmer: Fran Natt Idag
  87. Lars Hollmer: Vill Du Höra Mer
  88. Lars Hollmer: XII Sibirska Cyklar
  89. Hoola Bandoola Band: Fri Information
  90. Hoola Bandoola Band: Garanterate Individuell
  91. Hoola Bandoola Band: På Väg
  92. Hoola Bandoola Band: Vem Kan Man Lita På?
  93. The Horrorist: Attack Decay
  94. The Human League: Being Boiled
  95. The Human League: The Dignity of Labour
  96. Hunting Lodge: Tribal Warning Shot
  97. In the Woods…: Three by Seven on a Pilgrimage
  98. Islaja: Meritie
  99. Kallabris: Considération sur / sous lé café
  100. Richard H Kirk: Darkness at Noon
  101. Richard H Kirk: Disposable Half-Truths
  102. Kotazo: Papy Mbavu / Papa Komanda
  103. Korpiklaani: Korven Kuningas
  104. Korpiklaani: Spirit of the Forest
  105. Korpiklaani: Voice of Wilderness
  106. Lava: Tears Are Goin’ Home
  107. Thomas Leer & Robert Rental: The Bridge
  108. Lemon Kittens: Spoonfed and Writhing
  109. Lemon Kittens: The Big Dentist
  110. Lemon Kittens: We Buy a Hammer for Daddy
  111. Lesbian: Power Hor
  112. Liquid Sound Company: Exploring the Psychedelic
  113. Machinic Indices: Untitled Kompositions
  114. Malombra: Malombra
  115. Masstishaddhu: Shekinah
  116. Men/Eject: Men/Eject
  117. Metabolist: Drömm
  118. Metabolist: Hansten Klork
  119. Metabolist: Identify
  120. The Metronomes: Regular Guys
  121. Mimir: Mimir
  122. Mimir: Mimyriad
  123. Mnemonists: Biota
  124. Mnemonists: Horde
  125. Moctan: Suspect
  126. Morphogenesis: Prochronisms
  127. Mysticum: In the Streams of Inferno
  128. nEGAPADRÉS.3.3: nEGAPADRÉS.3.3
  129. Joanna Newsom: Walnut Whales
  130. Joanna Newsom: Yarn and Glue
  131. Nocturnal Emissions: Spiritflesh
  132. Non: Mode of Infection / Knife Ladder
  133. Nurse With Wound / Spasm: Creakiness / Firemoon
  134. Nurse With Wound / Termite Queen: Nurse With Wound / Termite Queen
  135. Nurse With Wound / Organum: A Missing Sense / Rasa
  136. Nurse With Wound: A Sucked Orange
  137. Nurse With Wound: Brained by Falling Masonry
  138. Nurse With Wound: Crocodile Krazy Glue
  139. Nurse With Wound: The Musty Odour of Pierced Rectums
  140. Opal: Early Recordings 2
  141. Orchestra Terrestrial: Here and Elsewhere
  142. Organum: Horii
  143. Organum: Ikon
  144. Organum: Sphyx
  145. Organum: Tower of Silence
  146. Michael O’Shea: Michael O’Shea
  147. La Otracina: Fauna & Animated Floral Arrangements
  148. P16.D4: Distruct
  149. P16.D4: Kühe in 1/2 Trauer
  150. Penumbra: Skandinavien
  151. Permutative Distorsion: Brückenkopf im Niemandsland
  152. Pitch Black Afro: Split Endz
  153. Eddie Prévost / Organum: Flayed / Crux
  154. Problemist: 9 Times Sanity
  155. Project 197: IP001
  156. Pseudo Code: Europa
  157. Psychic TV: Allegory & Self
  158. Psychic TV: Dreams Less Sweet
  159. Psychic TV: Force Thee Hand ov Chance / Blinded Eye in Thee Pyramid
  160. Psychic TV: Mouth of the Night
  161. Psychic TV: NY Scum
  162. Punch Inc.: Fightclub
  163. The Raveonettes: Lust Lust Lust
  164. Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
  165. Steve Reich: Tehellim & The Desert Music
  166. Steve Reich: Triple Quartet
  167. Steve Reich: You Are (Variations) / Cello Counterpoint
  168. Robert Rental: On Location / Double Heart
  169. The Residents: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  170. The Residents: Commercial Single
  171. Graeme Revell: The Insect Musicians
  172. The Revolving Paint Dream: Flowers in the Sky: The Enigma of the Revolving Paint Dream
  173. Boyd Rice and Friends: Music, Martinis & Misanthropy
  174. Salon Music: La Paloma Show
  175. Sandoz: In Dub: Chapter Two / Extra Time (Under the Stones)
  176. Shock Headed Peters: I, Bloodbrother Be
  177. Shock Headed Peters: The Kissing of Gods
  178. Sielwolf: IV
  179. Sielwolf: Nachtstrom
  180. Sielwolf: V - Remixes
  181. Sigillum S: 23|20
  182. Sigillum S: Bardo Thos-Grol
  183. Sigillum S: Studs and Divinity
  184. Sixth Comm: Grey Years
  185. Smegma: 33 1/3
  186. SPK: Slogun / Meccano
  187. SPK: Live At Garibaldi’s, 1979
  188. SPK: Information Overload Unit
  189. SPK: Auto Da Fe
  190. SPK: Leichenschrei
  191. SPK: Angst Pop: Live
  192. SPK: From Science to Ritual
  193. SPK: Human Post Mortem (Despair OST)
  194. SPK: Live at Pandora’s Music Box
  195. SPK: Live at the Crypt
  196. SPK: No More
  197. SPK: Off the Deep End
  198. SPK: See-Saw / Chamber Musik
  199. SPK: The Last Attempt at Paradise: Live in Lawrence, Kansas
  200. SPK: Wars of Islam: Live in Rome
  201. SPK: Machine Age Voodoo
  202. SPK: Metal Dance / Will to Power
  203. SPK: In Flagrante Delicto
  204. SPK: Zamia Lehmanni
  205. SPK: Gold & Poison
  206. SPK: Compilation Tracks (2nd version)
  207. Snakefinger: Manual of Errors
  208. Snakefinger: Chewing Hides the Sound
  209. Snakefinger: Greener Posters
  210. Sol Invictus: Lex Talionis
  211. Somatic Responses: Digital Darkness
  212. Spektr: Mescalyne
  213. Sun Ra: HelioCentric Worlds, Volumes 1 & 2
  214. Sweet Exorcist: Spirit Guide to Low Tech
  215. Symphonique Elegance: Act One
  216. Syrup Girls vs Sick Girls: Shotgun Wedding, Volume 8
  217. Teenage Jesus & The Jerks: Orphans / Less of Me
  218. Thick Pigeon: Thick Pigeon
  219. Throbbing Gristle: AR-TT-010
  220. Throbbing Gristle: United
  221. Throbbing Gristle: DOA: The Third and Final Report
  222. Throbbing Gristle: Adrenaline
  223. Throbbing Gristle: 20 Jazz Funk Greats
  224. Throbbing Gristle: Nothing Short of a Total War
  225. Throbbing Gristle: Rafters
  226. Throbbing Gristle: CD1
  227. Tools You Can Trust: Again Again Again
  228. Tools You Can Trust: Say It Low
  229. Tools You Can Trust: Sharpen the Tools
  230. Trop Tard: Ils etaient 9 dans L’obscurite
  231. Tuxedomoon: Dark Companion / 59 To 1 Remix
  232. Tuxedomoon: Desire / No Tears
  233. Tuxedomoon: What Use? / Crash
  234. Tuxedomoon: Joe Boy The Electric Ghost / Pinheads on the Move
  235. Tuxedomoon: Une Nuit au Fond de la Frayére / Egypt
  236. Tuxedomoon: Scream with a View
  237. Tuxedomoon: Half-Mute / Scream With a View
  238. Tuxedomoon: Ship of Fools
  239. Tuxedomoon: The Ghost Sonata
  240. Týr: Ragnarok
  241. Ultravox: Slow Motion
  242. Vas Deferens Organization: Zyzzybaloubah
  243. Verhören: Death is Safe
  244. Vidna Obmana: Noise / Drone Anthology 1984-1989
  245. Virgin Prunes: Heresie
  246. Von Zamla: No Make Up!
  247. Vox Populi! / HNAS: Face to Face, Volume 2
  248. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
  249. Xasthur: A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors
  250. Damien Youth: Festival of Death
  251. Damien Youth: Fluttering Briar
  252. Damien Youth: The Man Who Invented God
  253. Z’ev: Elemental Music
  254. Z’ev: Salts of Heavy Metals
  255. Stefan Weisser: Poextensions
  256. Zahgurim: Moral Rearmament
  257. Zero Kama: The Secret Eye of L.A.Y.L.A.H.
  258. Zos Kia Meets Sugardog: That’s Heavy Baby
  259. v/a: 2005 Hands
  260. v/a: 4 in 1
  261. v/a: Ach Hanover
  262. v/a: Angst in My Pants
  263. Alban Berg / Anton Webern / Arnold Schoenberg / James Levine / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Orchestral Pieces
  264. v/a: Can You Hear Me? Music from The Deaf Club
  265. v/a: Colorado
  266. v/a: Dada > Antidada > Merz
  267. v/a: Devastate to Liberate
  268. v/a: Dokument: Ten Highlights in the History Of Popular Music, 1982-1983
  269. v/a: Earthly Delights
  270. v/a: The Elephant Table Album
  271. v/a: Er Ist Tief Und Dein Wasser Ist Dunkel
  272. v/a: Feature Mist
  273. v/a: Fluxus Anthology
  274. v/a: Für Ilse Koch
  275. v/a: A Gnomean Haigonaimean: A Compilation of Fantasies Intoxication Concepts
  276. v/a: Gut Level One
  277. v/a: Hare / Hunter / Field
  278. v/a: Harmony of the Spheres
  279. v/a: Hate’s Our Belief
  280. v/a: Iberico
  281. v/a: Internationalism
  282. v/a: The Last Supper
  283. v/a: Machines
  284. v/a: Masse Mensch
  285. v/a: Palatine: The Factory Story
  286. v/a: Passage du Trou Marin
  287. v/a: Perpetual State of Oracular Dream
  288. v/a: Riposte
  289. v/a: A Selection
  290. v/a: Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus
  291. v/a: The Virus Has Been Spread: A D-Trash Records Tribute To Atari Teenage Riot

another day, another dollar: part 3 (of ∞)

Posted by othiym23 Sat, 09 Feb 2008 23:36:00 GMT

For another dose of record-label schadenfreude, check out this rant (check here if it’s been taken down – Victory’s lawyers have been chasing it all over the internet) by former Victory Records vice president Ramsey Dean. It’s an entertaining but unwieldy mishmash of legally actionable character assassination, insider’s memoir, hilariously hyperbolic tone, pompous word choices, and completely irrelevant Apocalypse Now quotations. I would quote some of the best bits, but I don’t want to get stupid (and lawyers) all over my blog.

If you have the patience to wade through Dean’s sludgy prose, his grandiloquent claims that Victory’s travails are in some way comparable to Joseph Conrad’s dark nights of the soul are pretty funny. Tony Brummel is no Colonel Kurtz. I think there are probably hundreds of dudes (and of course they’re all dudes) in the business who are functionally indistinguishable from Brummel; huge egos, bigotry and self-delusion are practically the defining traits of label heads. It may even be that the industry would grind to a halt without people like Brummel: Hawthorne Heights have very little to show for their time with Victory, but their CDs ended up in the hands of way more kids than the band’s quality merited.

Being nice doesn’t always help: Touch & Go Records, famous for being a humane label, with their “handshake contracts” and band-friendly accounting (as well as releasing most of Steve Albini’s records), ended up getting sued by the Butthole Surfers (who ought to have known better – they won the lawsuit but lost the war, in that a lot of people, like me, ended up convinced that they were egomaniacal dicks with a vastly overinflated sense of their worth in the wake of the lawsuit).

I have no opinion on the truth of Dean’s claims, except to say that bands should probably stop signing contracts with Victory (Thursday actually came back after leaving for Island) and fans of hardcore and emo should stop buying their records (which is tricky, because sometimes they do release some truly transcendental albums, like Refused’s Shape of Punk to Come – probably the best punk record of the last 10 years – not to mention records by Darkest Hour, Earth Crisis, Between the Buried and Me, and Integrity). On the whole, I’d just take the whole thing as a case study of how epically messed up the industry really is, from a not entirely reliable insider’s perspective, with more than a few grim laughs thrown in.

hah

Posted by othiym23 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 19:46:21 GMT

Oh, you guys:

Qtrax—the free, ad-supported, “legal” P2P service that launched at MIDEM today—apparently isn’t as ready for prime time as it claims. The company claimed it had licensing agreements with all four major record labels, when in fact it has none.

and

The inconsistencies with its music licensing status is just one of several missteps that may make Qtrax one of most bungled service launches in the history of digital music. The company’s press release and pre-briefings with reporters all pointed to the “live” launch of the Qtrax service. But on Monday the site shows it is only a beta launch, something the company didn’t mention in its press build-up.

also:

Allan Klepfisz, Qtrax’s CEO, says the service will go ahead and launch with the four majors’ catalogs. When asked if he is worried about a lawsuit, Klepfisz replied, “The answer is nobody has threatened us with a thing.”

Meanwhile, back in reality (this article also discusses last.fm’s new service):

Despite a stable of early ad clients signed on for the untested site, Mr. Kent still was uncertain about what the market’s ad model would look like. “I don’t think any music sites can make money on impressions alone,” he said. “You’ve got to get out there to make the advertisers notice you. You have to stand for something and be a brand. Ad money is going to follow a brand over a long period of time.”

lookit those shining eyes

Posted by othiym23 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 01:59:27 GMT

Part of the appeal of listening to surreal music is that it often brings along with it surreal art:

cover for HNAS's Melchior

cover to Hirsche Nicht auf Sofa’s Melchior snarfed from Brainwashed’s HNAS discography. You can get the 2002 reissue of Melchior from Mutant Sounds, or from a record store with a really good selection of used CDs in its experimental music section, like Amoeba. Also, [here](http://www.fakejazz.com/articles/coolerthanyou/hnas.shtml). Read that article and [this one](http://www.fakejazz.com/articles/coolerthanyou/hnas2.shtml) to get more of an idea what HNAS were all about.

yay hooray for Mutant Sounds

Posted by othiym23 Sat, 26 Jan 2008 03:19:29 GMT

I take an unseemly amount of pride in the breadth of my eclecticism, as well as my fondness for an inordinate amount of crap that nobody else has heard of. At the same time, I recognize that as music weirdoes go I’m actually pretty middle of the road. For example, I have nothing on the crew behind Mutant Sounds, a group MP3 blog. Of the MP3 blogs I read, they’re the ones I think are least likely to ever run into trouble with the law, because of the total obscurity of the music they post. Every so often they’ll post something I’ve heard of (a Brad Laner (Medicine, Electric Company, Savage Republic) project, the utterly fabulous Haruomi Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra) & Tadanori Yokoo record I’m listening to right now, the ill-starred final releases from Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa, a Wobbly 3” I could have bought at Aquarius if I’d been on the ball), but for the most part these are releases copied from old private pressings, out-of-print CDs from tiny indies in random corners of the globe, and more than occasionally from cassettes, which were the lingua franca of the international music underground before CD-Rs took over.

The posters are driven by a genuine love of the music they post, and while there’s no way I can keep up with the endless flood of their posts, the quality of the stuff I do recognize or have downloaded is exceptionally high. It can be a little intimidating to be confronted with so much completely unfamiliar stuff, but they’re conscientious about providing enough context to help you figure out if it’s your kind of thing or not, and just blindly downloading is likely to get you something good more often than not. Check them out. They’re not out to rip anyone off and they have amazing taste.