Judith Malina - We Are All Holy
John Chick - Hippie Histories
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Friday, April 17, 2015
Blood Clot In The Brain
Sloow Tapes – CS 45
More magical psychedelic jamming coming from the toverstaf of Bart De Paepe (Sylvester Anfang II, Innercity, Amanita Vulva). The Moe Tucker-style primitive drums, guitars and harmonium are still there in this attempt at classic rock. Recorded during the hazy days when he suffered several blood clots. Cover by Anne Collet. Edition of 80 copies.
Sloow Tapes – CS 80
Recordings made by John Chick in Bali in 2009. Chick was one of the original members of the Bardo Matrix crew (along with Dana Young, Gregg Sharits and Craig Love) which was a psychedelic lightshow in Boulder, Colorado at first. In the early seventies he moved to Kathmandu where he started the Spirit Catcher bookstore, which sold booklets of poetry and traditional rice prints from temple rubbings. It was under this imprint Ira Cohen and Angus MacLise published their works. He also ran the first nightclub in Nepal. Later on he got busted for heroin and spent 6 years in prison in Bangkok. On these recordings he tells tales about encountering Janis Joplin, Wavy Gravy and the Magic Bus, Jim Morrison of The Doors and the Rose Mushroom Nightclub. Cover collage by Dana Young. Edition of 100 copies.
We Are All Holy
Sloow Tapes – CS 60
A rare, historical recording by Judith Malina, who started The Living Theatre together with Julian Beck back in 1947. Their plays were free from commercial considerations and limiting conventions, they taught how to be free from the state, to oppose the war in every form. One of their most famous pieces was Paradise Now, a psychedelic masterpiece play based on the Kabbala and the I Ching. This tape documents Malina’s poetry. In the words of Ira Cohen: “These are poems of a war-horse, who eschews every form of war except the battle of the soul to do better or someone who never doubted clouds would break, who never dreamed that wrong would triumph. Accompanied by Julian Beck, her presiding eagle-angel of anarchism… even in death he lights her way, still the muezzin sings, calling our hearts to prayer and to action, always to action. These are poems of the Star Tribe, and as the lady says, “Come swiftly, o sweet reconciliation!” These are poems of light and darkness and I cannot help but be reminded, “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness comprehendeth it not.” These lines in the Bible have never been far from my thoughts from the first time I read them, and now Judith takes me to that place in myself which restores the hope that the darkness will and does indeed comprehend it, that we in our own struggle to know and to do, will also be comprehended.” Recorded by Brad Burgess and Louise Landes Levi. Cover by Christopher Felver. Edition of 100 copies.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Louise Landes Levi
From The Ming Oracle
LP - Sloowax 004
Recording by Louise Landes Levi on traditional bowed harp or sarangi and Hilary Jeffery (who also plays with Catherine Christer Hennix) on trombone drone. Levi studied sarangi under the guidance of Annapurna Devi and Ali Akbar Khan.
Levi & Jeffery interpret the perennial tradition of Indian raga - informed by the deep dream of the 20th century & the visionary ensembles of the mid century: The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company (Daniel Moore) & The Theatre of Eternal Music (La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela). Also an accomplished poet, the LP comes with a booklet with a selection of poems from ‘Tower 2/TARA or dc-x’, which was originally printed for the funeral rites of Simon Vinkenoog. Edition of 300 copies.
With seemingly only a couple of tapes (released years ago) to her name ever available in the aural medium (however, these older releases are available digitally); poet and experimental musician Louise Landes Levi now has this thoroughly excellent piece of vinyl to add to her discography. As if the record wasn't amazing enough, you, the wily punter, also receive a wee textured pamphlet of poetry enclosed inside; this whole brilliantly conceived package released over there, then exported over here by the ever-vigilant Belgian stable Sloow.
Alongside her friend: C. Hennix protege Hilary Jeffery, on tromb(dr)one, together they have created two epic, absorbing pieces, one a re-interpretation of Pandit Ram Narayan's 'Jogiya', which is based rather simply, yet effectively, around a stealthy and ominous sounding (undisturbed) bed of eternal low-down trombone (I must learn that circular breathing technique) with her beautifully played bowed harp weaving sleepily and evocatively alongside the omnipresent drone. I keep involuntarily closing my eyes to enhance the profound sensation. One such feeling I wish never to cease.
The other side of this esoteric chunk of wax, 'Bhairavi' is kicking out much the same "impro-vibe", the rustic and melancholic-sounding harp possibly even more tonally adventurous and edgy but overall the juxtaposition of the two instruments creates something incredibly powerful that I struggle to interpret into words as I keep on drifting off somewhere special. Both are utterly sublime pieces of music, - naturally transcendental and tremendously absorbing. There are a mere 300 of this, It's the only record I'm buying this week and I strongly advise you to do the same. (Norman Records)
Back In No Time
Reissue of a tape originally released in the Staaltape Documentatie Serie. Brion Gysin (1916-1986) dabbled with surrealism in the 1930s, lived in the Interzone of Tangier in the 1950’s, traveled the Algerian Sahara and was resident in the Beat Hotel in Paris. He introduced William Burroughs to the cut-up method and invented the Dream Machine, a hypnotic light device with the power to induce hallucinations. This tape is an interview conducted by Harry Hoogstraten in the early 1980s. In 1950s Tangier Gysin ran a mythical restaurant called The Thousand And One Nights where he presented the trance and exorcism sounds of the Master Musicians Of Joujouka. Later on he introduced Brian Jones and the Rolling Stones to the Pipes of Pan. The second tape is a live registration by the Master Musicians of Joujouka, recorded live in France. Edition of 100 copies.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sloow Tapes – CS 40
From the deep woods of Maine comes this zoned acid folk combo spinning around the core duo of Daniel Beckman and Amy Moon and featuring members of Big Blood, Ancestral Died, Caethua among others. Stoned rural vibes extracted to their essence, essential oil for the mind and body. Edition of 100 copies.
True To Blue
Sloow Tapes – CS 50
Psychedelic blues jams by Finnish legend Keijo & co. Lost Mississippi vibes from the mysterious Finish woods. Guess there’s still some dwarfs high on reindeer piss hiding somewhere in here. Edition of 80 copies.
you coul(d) hear the snow dripping and falling into the deers mouth
Sloow Tapes – CS 30
Underground filmmaker, publisher and poet Piero Heliczer (1937-1993) was one of the seminal figures in the New York magical scene of the sixties which also included Angus Maclise, Ira Cohen, Jack Smith, The Velvet Underground etc. His poetry is rich with images of visionary inner landscape journeys with traces of medievalism, surrealism, British 17th century metaphysical poets, the beats etc. Most of his books were self-published on his own the dead language press which he founded in the late fifties. This is the only reading of Piero Heliczer we managed to track down. Edition of 100 copies.
Sloow Tapes – CS 40
Big fuzzwah jams by Sylvester Anfang II and Innercity member. Endless guitarsolo’s, primitive drums and space harmonium. Keep on keeping on. Edition of 70 copies.
Bloody love this tape from my old pal Bart De Paepe aka Bart Sloow. It's been a couple months or so since it dropped, but def. ain't a cold release -- if you hurry over to Sloow Tapes you could snag one o'the remaining copies. Man, I've loooved that label, since Forever. Next up from Bart, a tape of blood clot themed jams for the Fort Evil Fruit label.
Bart played all the parts (sorry, accidental rhymin') - guitar, harmonium, drums -- apart from some accordion action by Anne Collet, it's all him, direct-multidubbed onto the legendary Sylvester Anfang four-track tape-recorder. And I don't know what those guys use for head-cleaners, but it's definitely rubbed off onto each tape that's passed thru that mythic, hard-workin' machine from the Funeral Folk days onwards - call it Flemish toverstof magic-dust or what you like, but this tape has it in spades: that fine, fine fuzzjam stoner eaaase, sloo(w) minimal Mo Tucker style garage-beat drums, endless multi-tracked gtr-solo roil... this ain't blow-out music; everything's hazy, smeared in purple mystic huff n puff, black-light magic-carpet felt-tip mandala mazezone -- if all flows onwards from jam to jam, but there's nothing generic about it either; zone out, then zone back in - each track has its own spicy pentatonic-y flavour and a special place in the endless 4D spacetime wall of wah-wah...
"Can you dig it?" (Kid Shirt)
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Wind For Mind
Sloow Tapes – CS 60
Nanao Sakaki (1923-2008) was one of the important counterculture poets/activists in Japan from the fifties onward. He has been described as “a walking collective call of the wild man, commune cofounder, scholar of languages and aboriginal culture and tribal traditions, troubadour to hang out with, lover of 'shrooms and the herbs, movement maker, The Tribes, homeless (except for the cabin in Shizuoka), green guru guy, activist, translator of haiku, mantra sutra rapper using the 5/7/5 syllabic meter...." After serving in the army during WWII, Nanao developed a deep distrust for Japanese militarism and dropped out of society, living under bridges and wandering around the country. He gathered a group of like minded young people around him, who called themselves the ‘Bum Academy’ and whose philosophy had much in common with the hippie movement. His poetry concerns a love of nature, a distrust of industrial culture and technological optimism and environmental issues. Like Basho meets Thoreau. This tape collects two readings from the nineties and an interview with James McCarthy. 100 copies.
Sloow Tapes – CS 60
Echoguitars floating into reverse spinning wormholes, slowly evolving endless variating looped melodies and riffs in swirling hypnotic delayed consciousness. The B side is a meditative harmonium piece recorded on the beach. 100 copies.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Januari 22 2000
LP + 7”
Duo recordings by the late Toshiro Mimaki (percussion) and Kiyohiro Takada (bass and electronics). Both were part of the legendary Les Rallizes Dénudés and the abstract electronics, hypnotic percussion and two-note bass riffs remind one of their earlier band, though the overall atmosphere is far more abstract and echoes weird dark vibes in the depths of space. The lp comes with a bonus 7” documenting the only known recordings by Oz Band, the duo’s band prior to Les Rallizes Denudés. Two jams recorded in 1974 with a fantastic basement guitar psych feel that recall Baby Grandmothers et al. Silkscreened covers. 300 copies.
Massively unlikely re-uniting of the late percussionist Toshiro Mimaki and Kiyohiro Takada (bass and electronics), both original members of Japanese underground psych legends Les Rallizes Denudes in an edition of 300 copies: the gravy here is the inclusion of a bonus 7” that features two tracks from the duo’s pre-Rallizes group, Oz Band, recorded in 1974 in classic basement psych fidelity, with the group jamming on guitar, bass and drums in a way that would somehow reconcile native idiot avant techniques with the kind of wailing/blissfully extended post-ballroom jams of Baby Grandmothers, International Harvester et al. What an unearthing! The LP itself presents more recent duo recordings with a totally zonked atmosphere, bass, percussion and electronics giving it the feel of a particularly blazed Kraut jam, w/aspects of Nurse With Wound circa Soresucker, NNCK/Atman and Charlie Nothing with sudden blurs of hazy F/X over classic naked-in-the-woods style hand percussion that somehow reconciles visionary dope bliss ala Siloah with massively deconstructed Guru Guru style punk rhythmics. A major side from Sloowax and a necessary addition to any serious Japanese underground shelf. Highly recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sloow Tapes – CS 40
Esoteric improvisations deeply rooted in medieval, world and folk music. This Brussels duo plays an impressive variety of traditional instruments (santur, bombus, bouzouki, psalterium, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy etc) in transcendental dimensions. Has Bryan Lewis Saunders reciting on one track. 80 copies.
Excellent set of early music jams from this Brussels-based duo in an edition of 80 copies: using santur, bombus, bouzouki, psalterium, bagpipes and hurdy gurdy Razen channel the kind of ancient>future atmosphere of ritualists like Third Ear Band by way of contemporary psychedelic heads like Toho Sara and Ghost, building grand droning orchestras, flashing ragas and sad madrigals from sawing strings and cranky, microtone-thick dervishes. The cassette is programmed really well too, with long pieces cut up with sudden blats and snippets in a way that mirrors the fragmentary logic of The Faust Tapes or even Vibracathedral Orchestra. This is fantastic, highly recommended. (Volcanic Tongue)
Poëzie Als Wapen
Sloow Tapes - CS60
In September 1978, Amsterdam hosted a major international literary gathering at three of the city's hippest venues for an entire week, bringing together some 40 shamanic and visionary poets from Europe, North America, and Asia. Known as P78, it was the first of the late Benn Posset's several One World Poetry festivals and numerous other events. Later that year the poets Hans Plomp and Eddie Woods compiled and presented a one-hour program featuring recorded highlights from that momentous happening that was aired on Dutch national radio. It includes on-scene recitations by the likes of Brion Gysin, Patti Smith, Michael Brownstein, Lewis MacAdams, Harry Hoogstraten, Simon Vinkenoog, Ira Cohen, Mignon van Ingen, Magic Mike Taylor, the rock & roller Herman Brood, and many others. Both the program and the festival might best be summed up in Eddie Woods' words: "A world/of imprisoned minds/needs anarchy now." Bilingual edition of 100 copies.
Stunning archival release of a radio broadcast presented by Hans Plomp and Eddie Woods featuring highlights recorded at P78, a legendary literary and arts gathering that took place in Amsterdam in 1978: this is a major time capsule as Plomp and Woods collage and present a series of jaw-dropping actions, with live recordings from Brion Gysin, Patti Smith, Michael Brownstein, Lewis MacAdams, Harry Hoogstraten, Simon Vinkenoog, Allen Ginsberg, Ira Cohen, Mignon van Ingen, Magic Mike Taylor, Herman Brood and many others. A phenomenal document, edition of only 100 copies, very highly recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)
Sloow Tapes – CS 50
Hiiragi Fukuda nails it again. ‘Seacide’ starts off with some trippy and fucked-up synth mayhem and ends up with long spaced-out guitar soloing on top of endless drumloop boogie. 100 copies.
Edition of 100 copies from Hiiragi Fukuda of Japanese underground group Doronco Gumo: this is another blat from way beyond the long blank from Fukuda, starting out in a great cyborg/street walking cheetah feel, with odd night-time Heldon-style sci-fi creep using drum machine and synth before breaking out into some wildly extended six string fuzz worship, with Fukuda ripping it up over a rhythm machine with alla the otherworldly elan of the amazing Onna 7”. Great late night apocalyptic Japanese psych, highly recommended. (Volcanic Tongue)
Hiiragi Fukuda is a Tokyo-based guitarist who has made a trickle of excellent cassette and 7” releases over the past few years most of which have flown undeservedly under the radar. Having played with Doronco Gumo and other members of Les Razilles Dénudés fame, Fukuda’s pedigree links him to the best currents of Japanese psychedelic music, and hints of those Japanese psychedelic masters come out in Fukuda’s jamming. His latest release a cassette, Seacide, from Sloow Tapes has already made a big impression on me. Seacide is Fukuda’s furthest foray into synthesizer music. Though synthesizer, vocals and other instruments have been part of his sound, his guitar playing had always been front and center. The first side of Seacide, however, is dominated by extended synth improvisation over simple drum machine percussion. The elements are simple: unspecified Yamaha monophonic synth, Roland Rhythm Box, and a Boss DD-6 delay pedal. It makes for fuzzy, heady stuff that meanders meditative in a one-toke-too-many kind of way. It feels in line with international strains of synth-based psychedelia that have seen consistent release in recent years out of labels like Night People, early Not Not Fun and yes Sloow Tapes among many others. The flip side of the tape has Fukuda’s Stratocaster come much more prominently into the mix, and that is where Seacide comes together. Fukuda hs enough style to know how to jam out on the synths, but he clearly knows his guitar much better, and he makes it sing. The guitar “really ties the room together,” so to speak, the only problem being, it leaves the first half of the cassette wanting in more guitar on multiple listens. Still, this is all around solid stuff. You can find all of Hiiragi Fukuda’s music digitally on his bandcamp page, and Seacide is out on cassette now on Sloow Tapes. (Drugs to do music to)
Sloow Tapes – CS 45
Solo recordings of Allen Ginsberg playing a small hand-pumped harmonium from India and singing mantras and songs to the cosmos. These recordings were made in the early seventies by the American poet and bibliographer George Dowden. From the vaults of Gerard Bellaart’s Cold Turkey Press (who also made the cover). 100 copies.
Stunning archival unearthing of solo recordings from Allen Ginsberg made in London in the 1970s from the vaults of the Cold Turkey Press: recorded by the great British poet and mystic George Dowden (who we could also do with some recordings from – anything out there?) London Mantra consists of songs, Buddhist chants and mantras (including some that Ginsberg explains were taught to him by the legendary Trogyam Trungpa Rinpoche) while he plays his small Indian hand-pumped harmonium. The results are beautiful, minimal holy music, with Ginsberg omming into the void over ascending drone patterns and with a cool audio verite appeal with lots of interesting asides and chatter. Another massive coup from Sloow Tapes, very highly recommended. (Volcanic Tongue)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Sloowax – 002
Third vinyl release by the mysterious Von Himmel commune. Some of these guys go back a long way into Sloow’s history and their classic ‘Space Communion’ tape from way back received the vinyl treatment by Humito. ‘weltraumrückführungsübereinkommen’ has more of those awesome serious zoned and mind melting fractals spider webbed into shining diamond stars mirroring inner and outer space. There’s the obvious nods to the kraut gods but Von Himmel seem to exist in their private spacetime continuum of abstract floating synths, delayed percussion, drugged guitarwah and ethereal flutes. Moonmilk alchemy! Art by Bart Sloow, silkscreened by Jelle Crama. Edition of 250 copies.
Third vinyl release by big VT faves the mysterious Von Himmel commune in an edition of only 250 copies: Von Himmel play psychedelic Krautrock at a stoned/zoned peak, combining hand percussion and cultic drone with alla the edge of the world headspace of early Popol Vuh, Dom, Kalacakra et al. The atmosphere is so doped that some of the jams could’ve been recovered from the floor of Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser’s cutting room, with great bass/drone/drums jams that stagger like Tori Kudo’s Guys N Dolls trying to take on the more ‘naive’ aspects of Walter Wegmuller’s Tarot. Indeed, the grooves have a minimal/stripped down appeal that is truly mind-altering, Omming on single chord progressions for long minutes before sinking into pools of synth wash and acid guitar as deep as Ash Ra Tempel’s Schwingungen, whose cover the original cassette parodied. Seriously, this is one of the great contemporary Kosmische/weirdo sides, blowing away virtually alla the Klaus Schulze/Sky Records worshipping duds that have appeared over the last few years and reconnecting the tradition with drug-damaged psychedelic basement rock. Very highly recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)
Right. I was doing SOOOO well until I reached this. Immediately I loved it, the sleeve, the music...EVERYTHING. Now I have to BUY another record when I’VE TOO MANY ALREADY! I hate this job, it will be the death of me.
Von Himmel have made some albums and CDrs for little labels such as Donkey Disc and Humito. This is their first vinyl for Belgium’s Sloow tapes. I know little about them aside from the fact they’re a duo with seemingly daft names. The music they make is druggy, cosmic kraut-folk with astral drone and tribal elements replete with countless wild, experimental weird-outs, embellishments and seriously organic grooves!
From beginning to end, ‘weltraumrückführungsübereinkommen’ is so utterly alive with possibilities, otherworldly vibes and mad ideas. I’m currently feeling rather spangled whilst listening to side two of this wonderful record. There’s currently a really fucked-up meandering dub bassline, tumbling floor-percussion and some gorgeous flute action. Loads of mad shit panning from ear to ear too.
I am totally OFF MY FACE from listening to a record! Who needs drugs man? It’s a hippy record is this but nae a wet, drippy one. Too insane and beautiful for that! It’s exactly the kind of happy-smiley-spangled I get when I have a major session pigging out on Faust and genuine free-rock visionaries like Sand or early Popol Vuh. All the great Germans basically.
There’s not a great deal left to say about this tediously monikered recording other than you should just stick it in your cart right now. It’s my pick of the week, the sleeve art is all screened and is just cool as anything. What you waiting for suckers?? (Norman Records)
LP number three from these local psychedelic cosmonauts, and like the two previous ones (both of which we made Records Of The Week), the nearly unpronounceable weltraumruckfuhrungsubereinkommen, finds VH delving ever deeper into the cosmic ether, but unlike those past outings, this new one is way less raw, more polished and focused, the recording too, at least in places, much more high fidelity, the sound lush and layered and expansive, the closest they've come to capturing a majestic ur-drone / psychedelic raga bliss out. Still hugely beholden to their krautrock forebears, VH deliver an ever shifting soundworld of dense tangled drumming, flurries of murky rhythmic drift, wreathed in clouds of high end shimmer, which blossoms into straight up psych-kraut drift, all fluttery flutes and loose percussion, not to mention billowing clouds of sitar like buzz, while elsewhere, loping motorik rhythms, drift in and out of dense washes of electronic squiggles, distant melodies, blurred chordal shimmer and soft-noise ambience, all woven into a heady, hypnotic sprawl, anchored by slo-mo caveman drumming, not to mention occasional blasts of kosmische trip out, wedded to mysterious percussion, and woozy spaced out FX, not to mention swaths of keening guitardrone melody, scraped strings, buried tabla like rhythms, everything wreathed in alien electronics, and soft swirls of divine druggy ambience. As always, gorgeous, fantastically tripped out stuff. (Aquarius Records)
Sloow Tapes – CS 60
Live recordings from Barcelona, summer 2009. Frankensteins Ballet features Mik Quantius (Embryo) speaking-in-tongues and Thomas Hopf on drums. Other members have played with Damo Suzuki, Michael Karoli, Michael Rother etc. Some serious damaged krautrock jams happening on this one, not to mention the weird dub space some of this is floating into. Edition of 70 copies.
Live recordings from Barcelona, summer 2009 from this weirdo cult/kraut group featuring Mik Quantius (Embryo/NNCK et al) and Thomas Hopf on drums. Quantius sings in channeled automatic tongues w/spontaneous glossolalia while the band play massively dubbed-out Inner Space-style cultic ritual, with bombloads of bass boo and a weirdo real people/German basement vibe. Think Dom, Archaia et al. Edition of only 70 copies. (Volcanic Tongue)
Sloow Tapes – CS 40
A true man of the world guitarist C Joynes travelled extensively through Pakistan, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Eritrea. Not surprisingly his playing is influenced by African music, especially on these recordings with the Ensemble which add a bunch of exotic instruments to his English folkmelodies for maximum alien ritual effect. Edition of 70 copies.
Edition of only 70 copies cassette album from English volk guitarist C Joynes: a great ensemble set that matches Joynes’ orbits of the Davy Graham/Nic Jones school with amazing modal ‘world’ re-thinks, using percussive twonks, raga stylings and blats of dissonance to further dislocate his English Primitive vision. (Volcanic Tongue)
Take a Chance In The Void: Harold Norse at the Beat Hotel
Sloow Tapes – CS 60
Historical recordings made by Harold Norse when he was living with William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Gregory Corso at the notorious Beat Hotel in Paris during the early sixties. By the time Norse arrived in Paris he had traveled extensively in Morocco and Europe and his poetry was already championed by people like W. H. Auden, William Carlos Williams and Tennessee Williams.
Together with Sinclair Beiles, Burroughs and Gysin, Norse was one of the first to apply the cut-up method. He made the technique totally his own creating a hallucinogenic, irrational world of bizarre characters. His surreal stories were collected in ‘Beat Hotel’ and is one of the important novels of cut-up fiction. At some point Harold bought a tape recorder and recorded himself reading his delirious cut-ups and his translations of satirical, erotic and obscene sonnets by the 19th century Roman poet G.G. Belli. Also included are a few soundexperiments and ‘field recordings’. An essential document of a true visionary! Edition of 100 copies.
Massively potent historical recordings made by Harold Norse when he was living with William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Gregory Corso at the notorious Beat Hotel in Paris during the early 1960s: no one can lay down the love poem or stare so beautifully, so unflinchingly, into personal voids like Norse and his innovative approach to the Burroughs/Gysin cut-up technique is just as reality-shattering. This amazing cassette gathers a series of homemade cassette cut-up experiments with field recordings, sound experiments and his readings of one of his greatest collections and a great personal favourite, his ‘translations’ of satirical, erotic and obscene verse by the 19th century Italian poet G.G. Belli. Nothing short of essential, edition of 100 copies, very highly recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)