Monday, March 17, 2014

Permanent Records Update 3.17.14

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LP - Sacred Product - Sacred Product - Import - $18.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

New music from Australian band Sacred Product - the project of ex-Satanic Rocker, Lynton Denovan! After mourning the loss of the Satanic Rockers last year following the release of their mind-bending, fuck-all masterpiece "Fu-Kung" we thought this day would never come! The 'Heinous Anus' record label released this one, so take a seat by the back door, and feel the heat from the Anus:

'Vinyl debut for Sacred Product. Lynton from Satanic Rockers. Known live as Encounter Group. LP features 5 tracks from 2013 Alberts Basement Cassette plus 3 new."

Eight tracks in all, (five previously released on a hyper-limited cassette) that muck about in the 'Tussin-drenched swill of tha 'Rockers as well as fellow Aussies Mad Nanna, Wonderfuls and Kitchen's Floor (and Flipper too! DUH). The mood here is dark (of course), caked in the scuzz and muck that could only come from down under, writhing and twisting in a nihilistic dirge of guitars sweltering in the oppressive sun. We miss the 'Rockers, but we'll hold this product sacred. If you dig being down, then this is the record for you. RECOMMENDED, but ACT FAST. These won't last long!

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LP - Axemen - Derry Legend - Reissue - $23.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

The recently minted Luxury Products label (the saints responsible for the 39 Clocks "Pain It Dark LP reissue) are BACK AGAIN with a reissue of the 1989 second album "Derry Legend" from New Zealand's AXEMEN! Sit back and feel the Luxury:

"A long overdue reissue of the AXEMEN’s cracked pop classic and Flying Nun rarity. "An album simmering with background chaos worthy of prime-era Buttholes or Royal Trux. The real surprise is how Derry Legend clears room for pop chops, making it possible to see the Axemen's relation to bands like the Clean and the Gordons. A wonderful testament to the power and limits of form-bloat. Ahoy!”—Byron Coley. Remastered from the original tapes. Packaged with two newprint poster inserts."

OH BABY - originally issued on Flying Nun in '89, this is one weird record! "Cracked" is a perfect way to describe "Derry Legend", as the Axemen careen back and forth from shambolic, jangle-pop to obtuse pop kookiness (there's even a satirical, half-hearted attempt at hip-hop - wtf??) These guys are nuts and we love it! If you dig the stranger whiffs of Kiwi-pop, or other "damaged" songwriters like Julian Cope, Nikki Sudden, or Robyn Hitchcock, then rest assured, this is in your wheelhouse! Originals are scarce in the wild, so don't miss yer shot at copping this disc! RECOMMENDED yall!

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12in - Crash Course In Science - Signals From Pier Thirteen - Reissue - $15.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Dark Entries strikes gold again, this time resuscitating the cult fave "Signals From Pier Thirteen" by Philly's warped post punkers Crash Course In Science.  Dig the back story -

"CRASH COURSE IN SCIENCE are a post punk band that formed in 1979 in Philadelphia.  The band members, DALE FELICIELLO, MALLORY YAGO and MICHAEL ZODOROZNY, met while attending art school.  They began to experiment with crude electronics and off-beat writing. CCIS avoids conventional instrumentation by using toy instruments and kitchen appliances to augment the distorted guitar, drums and synthesized beats. Their first single, “Cakes in the Home” was released in 1979 and their 4-song 12" EP Signals From Pier Thirteen in 1981. Pier 13 was an abandoned coal-loading pier along the Delaware River near where CCIS rehearsed. The band went there often and was inspired by the huge silent machinery, shapes, shadows, ghosts and debris. The songs 'Cardboard Lamb' and 'Flying Turns' quickly became club favorites during the early ‘80s. This EP's raw, percussive sound influenced both techno and industrial music in later years. CCIS feel a strong connection to Throbbing Gristle, although they consider themselves as working in a parallel universe rather than being influenced by them. All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl is housed in the original jacket featuring stark black and white photos of Pier 13. Each LP includes a double sided 11x11 insert with lyrics, photos of the band and the atmospheric pier. Crash Course in Science go above and beyond what is considered 'New Wave' in attitude and sound."

Yes, we definitely agree!!!  Comprised of three art students who decided to construct a band out of synthesizers and toy instruments instead of the guitar/bass/drums format of most post punk rockers, Crash Course In Science from the get-go was out to create something totally new.   Taking Eno, Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire, krautrock and no wave as jumping off points, "Signals From Pier Thirteen" is a grimy slab of noisey synth-bent post punk bangers unlike little you've heard before.   Think Gary Numan backed by Throbbing Gristle instead of the Tubeway Army, or DAF jamming with Savage Republic and/or Controlled Bleeding.   Warped samples cascade, feedback mutates into a motorik rhythm, drumbeats urgently throb and off kilter melodies keep you wanting more.  Experimental electro fans, minimal synth junkies, industrial / noise record collectors and anyone into obscuro post punk need to jump at the chance to finally grab this ep at an affordable price.  Cuz Crash Course In Science is SUPREMELY RECOMMENDED!!!!!  Make yer next dance party even weirder!!!!

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LP - Jakob Skott - Amor Fati - Import - $22.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We nabbed a stack of this awesome psychedelic adventure brought to you by the always-solid El Paraiso Records.  Read on for the full details directly from the label:

"Causa Sui drummer Jakob Sk√łtt returns with his second full-length under his own name. Taking the leap from his debut Doppler's (EPR 011LP) introvert kosmische synthesizer dronescapes, diving into a full-blown mad scientist one-band mode, Jakob straps on a wide array of heavy percussive modes to fuel his vivid utopia of analog synths and drums. It's one man's vision, as crazed and intoxicated as it is soothing and compelling, borrowing as many clues from Afro-beat, Latin grooves and new age ambience as it does from the booming legacy of Krautrock. The proceedings are distanced from both coolness and kitsch, and a refreshing break from any standards. "Mantis in Lace" kicks off the record with a thick, repetitive bass synth riff, on top of two drum kits battling to spontaneously combust. On top of that, a heavy percussive layer of echo-addled synthesizers is working out a path of its own: an opening statement constantly collapsing on itself. "Synthemesc" takes a calmer, yet insisting percussive mode of full bodied Moog-tone carrying the track into a John Carpenter-ish landing. "Araucaria Fire" straps on congas for a more exotic journey into an organ-riddled percussive climax, recollecting Trans Am and Tony Williams Lifetime. Side B lends itself to a more subtle start, with two tracks of electroorgasmic psychedelic bliss, leading the way into the heart of the title-track -- a heavy slice of funk as dense as any 4-piece band could have cooked it up. "Earth of No Horizon" lands the spaceship safely with echoes of Terry Riley or Vangelis. Amor Fati is unique blend of improvisation, as well as carefully structured climaxes and shifts."

After dropping several amazing releases by Causa Sui, Papir, Psicomagia and Jonas Munk to name but a few, El Paraiso Records brings us this killer new record by Causa Sui drummer Jakob Skott "Amor Fati."  The fact that these sounds are the work of just one human being is flat out mind blowing.  Multiple layers of highly skilled and varied drumming and rhythm work skitter and groove over top of many layers of bubbling, gurgling, shimmering, glistening synthesizers; a total bugged out free for all.  Skott takes the keyboard and drum template of Silver Apples and infuses with some Afro Beat and Latin rhythms, peppers in some jazzy interplay and some Terry Riley-isms (as mentioned above) with hints of Cave to create a thrilling psychedelic ride of Kosmische supremacy!  SUUUUUUUUUUUUUPER RECOMMENDED!

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LP - Sons Of Huns - Banishment Ritual - Coke Bottle Colored Vinyl - 2xLP - $25.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We scored a batch of this ripper from Easy Rider Records, get the full story behind this one directly from the label:

"In a city like Portland, Oregon, where there are quite literally hundreds of people playing heavy music - and playing it well, at that - it takes a bold, tightly-honed punch to the crowd's ears in order to stand out. Formed in the winter of 2009 and armed with a full stack of Orange cabs, a lifetime of experience and enough classical training to out-riff any band that dares stand in their SG-wielding path, Sons of Huns have consistently blown crowds away. Peter Hughes (guitar), Shoki Tanabe (bass) and Ryan Northrop (drums) have headlined shows in anywhere from tiny bars to the main stages of Portland's biggest music festivals, and had the honor of opening for the likes of Red Fang, Andrew W.K., and Danava. Limited to just 500 copies, Cobraside has coke bottle clear blue-green vinyl exclusively just for Black Friday 2013!"

We nabbed the limited edition Coke Bottle Colored Vinyl of "Banishment Ritual" hold to your hats hombres, this one is straight up shredder!  A fitting soundtrack for both a ride in a spaceship if that spaceship was a muscle car hurtling through the cosmos.  High energy fist pumping rock 'n' roll rage that slithers into bluesy breakdowns and stoner rock majesty with heaping helpings of talented musical chops.  The rhythm section absolutely owns these grooves and there is some seriously delicious fret work by the guitar.  This shit'll have you tearing your shirt sleeves off in no time.  Sons Of Huns unleash a head banging hair farmer hesh-tastic ripper from the Pacific Northwest.  Deliriously Recommended.

Be sure to catch 'em in May 2014 as they are doing a US tour with the legendary Saint Vitus!

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LP - Albino Python - The Doomed And The Damned - $19.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Phoenix, AZ's Albino Python bring 6 heaping cuts of down tuned desert doom blues on "The Doomed And The Damned" out now on Easy Rider Records.  Fronted with feral female vocals, Albino Python keep things slow and low and extra dark with their brand of Sabbath-y sludge and with haunting track titles like Through Dead Black Eyes, To Hell We Ride and Stone Grey Skies this cult of riff merchants ain't here to make friends.  "The Doomed And The Damned" has guttural stone-y pitch-black grooves for days so turn down the lights and crank this sucker all the way up!  Totally Recommended.

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LP - Hoax - Hoax - $16.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

This self-titled debut is 11 cuts of nasty nihilistic hardcore from Western Massachusetts punks Hoax.  Hoax throw nasty jabs of sordid high-energy rage dealing with topics such as politics, hopelessness, fear, death, and anger et al. Berserker guitar skree, paranoic destructo rhythms and guttural growls and yelps make for a furious and dangerous listening experience fer sure.  It features a noisey industrial intro track by Pharmakon and is self released.  Punk as fuck and Recommended.

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LP - Robert Turman - Way Down (Import - clear vinyl - Ltd to 400) - $21.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen
AVAILABLE AGAIN!

Fans of proto-industrial / darkwave / minimal synth take note!  Another obscure cassette tape has been unearthed and preserved to vinyl, over 20 years after it's initial release.   Burka For Everybody Records' re-reissued it this time and they describe "Way Down" quite eloquently here:

"Originally released as a small run cassette in 1987, only to fall into tape label obscurity, Robert Turman’s industrial genre-bending masterpiece album “Way Down” finally has been excavated for a proper vinyl reissue after 23 years in the shadows.  This album solidifies Turman as a cut above the rest with respect to his talent and his natural ear for experimental composition.  Turman first came onto the industrial scene in the late 70’s as the ominous “other half” of legendary noise outfit NON, alongside Boyd Rice, together releasing the now classic first NON single, Mode of Infection / Knife Ladder 7 in 1977.  After parting ways, Turman went on a excursion of self-released cassettes to which he fused every possible influence at his disposal, culling together past habits of experimental know-how and going forward into uncharted terrain. After his previous experimental efforts included on his Flux release in 1981, and even later in the prolific Chapter Eleven boxset, Turman turned the tables with the creation of Way Down, using synthesizer arrangements & drum machines along side guitar solos, piano chords, tape loops and primitive sampling to create a whole new concoction of dance-like minimal synth blended together his industrial darkwave noise he was mostly known for.  After almost vanishing from the music scene, Turman resurfaced in 2005, teaming up with seminal noise musician Aaron Dilloway to not only reissue previous recordings, but to record and perform once again with new releases out on Hanson & Medusa.  This vinyl reissue of Way Dawn serves as the blueprint of what Turman sought to render as a very accessible minimal synth/industrial album, yet keeping it just obtuse enough to make it one of the most brilliant and engaging albums to be ushered into the canon of 80’s experimental culture."

We are way down with "Way Down".  We recommend getting down to it, way down.
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7in - Fuzz/CCR Headcleaner - LAMC Vol. 10 - $7.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

We grabbed a fat stack of the latest installment of the LAMC series and it is a stone ripper!  Get the background behind this series directly from the label responsible, Famous Class:

"We are launching the LAMC split 7” series in loving memory Ariel Panero, our dear friend and a partner in Famous Class.
The series gets its name from the epic Less Artists More Condos concerts that Ariel threw, showcasing amazing bands in some strange and unique venues. Ariel’s driving force was a desire to get the bands he believed in the recognition he felt they deserved. This series simply tries to honor that idea.
For each LAMC split 7” we ask one of our favorite bands to provide us with an unreleased track for the A-side. We then asked them to pick their favorite emerging artist to provide a track for the B-side. Ariel’s LAMC shows introduced New Yorkers to bands they might not have otherwise discovered – we hope that this series will do the same. We’ll also make the tracks available on the FAMOUS CLASS bandcamp page with 100% of the digital proceeds going to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music."

Look out brothers and sisters!  The A side sets the scene with the mighty FUZZ giving us rip roaring rendition of Kinks classic "Till The End Of The Day".  Yeah you read that right!  Flip this disc and find yet another totally exclusive rager from SF's CCR Headcleaner entitled "Free The Freeks", it's a caveman stomper of an anthem if we've ever heard one!  Both tracks are total scorchers and ludicrously Recommended.

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7in - Ty Segall/Chad And The Meatbodies - LAMC Vol. 7 - $7.99 - BUYbuy - LISTEN listen

Ty Segall never seems to have a shortage of material - this time we're treated to a brand new, unreleased tune from the man himself, paired with a new song from emerging San Fran group Chad and the Meatbodies, released in Famous Class Records' LAMC series - we'll let Famous Class fill you in on what this whole deal is:

"We are launching the LAMC split 7” series in loving memory Ariel Panero, our dear friend and a partner in Famous Class.
The series gets its name from the epic Less Artists More Condos concerts that Ariel threw, showcasing amazing bands in some strange and unique venues. Ariel’s driving force was a desire to get the bands he believed in the recognition he felt they deserved. This series simply tries to honor that idea.
For each LAMC split 7” we ask one of our favorite bands to provide us with an unreleased track for the A-side. We then asked them to pick their favorite emerging artist to provide a track for the B-side. Ariel’s LAMC shows introduced New Yorkers to bands they might not have otherwise discovered – we hope that this series will do the same. We’ll also make the tracks available on the FAMOUS CLASS bandcamp page with 100% of the digital proceeds going to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music."

Ty throws us a curve-ball with "Music For A Film 1", an instrumental jam that grooves high on a krautrock-y, bongo-laced groove and sounds different than anything he's done prior - a real hip, Sixties noir sounding cut. SUPER great - we almost expected to hear Damo Suzuki's lysergic wail over the top! Chad and the Meatbodies deliver "Mountain", a driving pop tune slathered in grit, with a killer sugar-coated, twin-guitar attack that's coming from somewhere between the apocalyptic scree of "Slaughterhouse" and the pop hum of Pangea's "Living Dummy". A killer split that pairs a couple of interesting West Coast musical foils. RECOMMENDED - but act fast, this one's not liable to stick around for long!