30 April, 2012

Equidem Verba

John Hassell, Harold Budd, Gavin Bryars - Myths 3, La Nouvelle Sérénité (1987)

This is a reissue of the third volume in this early Sub Rosa compilation series, originally released in 1987. Features long tracks from Jon Hassell (duo with J.A. Deane, from 1985), never released since; Harold Budd (duo with Eugen Bowen, from 1983) in the mood of "The Serpent in Quicksilver" (with a splendid steel guitar); Gavin Bryars (duo with Andrew Thomson, from 1987); an unpublished sketch for two pianos called "Sketch For Sub Rosa" (later published on ECM with a chamber ensemble); and an excerpt from Les Archives Sonores Sub Rosa, a short film without image.

28 April, 2012


Sol Invictus - Lex Talionis (1993)

Neofolk weirdness from Tony Wakeford (CrisisDeath In JuneAbove the Ruins). Whether it's leftist post punk or pagan chants for an esoteric sun serpent, Wakeford always finds a way to remain controversial. Maybe it has something to do with his white power inclinations, but it's probably just toxoplasmosis from all the cats he keeps around.

26 April, 2012

Eat Kosher Salamis

Warum Joe - Dans Le Blizzard (1981)

So I heard you like French synthpunk.

25 April, 2012

The Temple Of Sarastro

Fripp & Eno - Evening Star (1975)

Music for late night moral theory study sessions.

23 April, 2012

The Big Merge

Martha and the Muffins - This Is The Ice Age (1981)

Thinking of Canada and new wave music in the same sentence used to conjure nightmares of Men Without Hats until I discovered this album. I'll be honest, Toronto based M + M and their 1980 single "Echo Beach" didn't win me over. But I couldn't resist a goofily named band whose album art looked like it was designed by Peter Saville for Brian Eno's Obscure Records. I wasn't too far off though. M + M was the first band to be on DinDisc, a subsidiary of Virgin that had Saville design most of its sleeves.
But enough namedropping, what does this album actually sound like? Well, this was Daniel Lanois' first venture in production. Lanois would go on to collaborate and produce many records with Eno. Does that have anything to do with how Eno-esque this record sounds? I'm not sure, but there are definitely guitar loops and piano interludes that sound like Fripp and Budd, respectively. The substantial parts of the album are quite cold as the album title would suggest. Martha Johnson's stark vocal style is a grower, but the melancholic guitar hooks with occasional saxophone funk are captivating enough to give you time to adjust. 

19 April, 2012

Courageous Cat And Minute Mouse

Samhain - November-Coming-Fire (1986)

I'm in Hell.

18 April, 2012

Pages From A Notebook

Psychic TV - Pagan Day (1984)

As many of you have expressed, PTV is really hit or miss. Their prolific back catalogue is comprised mostly of live albums or conceptual albums with the clear cut "studio albums" ranging few and far between. To make matters more complicated, the band's gone through an array of phases ranging from their unique brand of psychedelic industrial to 90s acid house, and it seems that they're now dabbling with Hawkwind worship. Even worse, there's the elitist problem I encounter of avoiding the string of bad Cleopatra reissues that were taken from PTV bootlegs. But I suppose that going through all that trouble makes finding gems like these that much more rewarding. 
A Pagan Day was originally released as an extremely limited picture disc on December 23, 1984. Only 999 copies were pressed and it could only be purchased between 11AM and 12PM from select distributors on its day of release. Why is any of this relevant? I guess it's just to create a mythology behind the album. Anyway, of the three PTV albums I've posted this one is the most minimal and accessible. The project was a bare bones fleshing out of songs involving only Genesis P-Orridge, Alex Ferguson, and a 4 track tape recorder.

On a related note, Los Angeles plays host to this film this week:

Actually it's only playing at the Nu Art theater in Santa Monica until tomorrow night.

16 April, 2012

No Curse Is Better Left Unsaid

Death In June - Rose Clouds Of Holocaust (1995)

Isabella Thorpe

Rule Of Thirds - Demo (2012)

I'm fed up with the inverted cross toting, flavor of the month groups who are fronted by monotone female singers, and Australia is too. Rule Of Thirds is the newest addition to the land of Oz's strong resurgence of epilepsy aggravating deathrock. We can waste time discussing the origin of their name, or you can download this Rowland S. Howard screech meets Poison Ivy swagger aural equivalent to getting felt up by a musty pack of chlamydia infected Koalas in the middle of the sweltering Strzelecki desert.

13 April, 2012

What She Deserves

Eyehategod - Take As Needed For Pain (1993)

This album was made for those days when all you want to do is spray your pubic hairs with Aqua Net and light them on fire and have an HIV+ tranny piss on you in an effort to extinguish the flames but the tranny actually turns out to be your sister so you get caught up in the gender and incest binary and ad infinitum

12 April, 2012

Architect of the Great Providential Plan

Various Artists - The Minimal Wave Tape Tapes Volume 2

"This is the second volume of The Minimal Wave Tapes series, a collection of rare electronic music compiled from bands around the world, Most of the songs were recorded in the 1980s and originally released on limited edition cassettes or vinyl by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them. Now they've been remastered from their analog source tapes, brought to you by Veronica Vasicka and Peanut Butter Wolf."

10 April, 2012

Lady Godiva

Merchandise - Children of Desire (2012)

Brand spanking new LP from these Florida based consumers. This sophomore effort tones down the noise and turns up the melody. The result is decipherable vocal post-punk backed by spurts of synthpop, shoegaze, and whatever other buzz genre you can think of. Catch them at McWorld tonight.

09 April, 2012

Lux Initiatrix Terrae

Huata - Atavist Of Mann (2012)

I guess this serves as the marker for the end of the Sabbath worship era, and the commencement of a generation of bands whose main influence is Electric Wizard. Huata is a witch hunting stoner doom group from the plains of Celtic Brittany aka France. Atavist Of Mann is the band's debut: a combination of 70s occult horror film haze and Come My Fanatics... hum in an attempt to quell the hunger that Black Masses failed to satiate. The Hammond organ is a nice touch, but I wish the drums weren't so clean. Overall a recommended listen for anyone looking to get immersed in Satanic rituals and mystical mushroom eating.

07 April, 2012

Karma Lingpa

Demdike Stare - Liberation Through Hearing (2010)

03 April, 2012

CAD 0008

His Name Is Alive - Livonia (1990)

"We live, we have our ups and downs. We hope. We wait for something. We hope, we lose hope, we move closer to death. Finally, we die and are born again. But we remember nothing. And everything begins again, from scratch. Not literally the same way, just a wee, wee bit different. But it's still so hopeless... and we don't know why."

02 April, 2012

Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione

Skullflower/White Medal Split (2010)

Are people over black metal yet? I hope so because I've decided to post a bunch of BM/noise splits. Here's one track each by Matthew Bowers' Skullflower and George Proctor's black metal project White Medal. Skullflower deliver "Great Hunter", a viscous droney/doomy track enveloped in a wall of roaring feedback. White Medal's "On't Borough" is a grimy, lo-fi BM affair with a tormented hardcore feel.

Tropical Itch

Martin Denny - Quiet Village (1959)

Things have slowed down here at the Eden manor, which means the return of our weekly exotica parties. Here's the man who gave the genre its name: Martin Denny was a classically trained piano player with a knack for open air tropical atmospheres and ethnic instruments.