Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Availabale Tapes

Nanao Sakaki - Wind For Mind
Maurizio Abate - Take care of your own beast
Eddie Woods & Hans Plomp - P78
Razen - Rim Saraband

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Nanao Sakaki

Nanao Sakaki
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.

Maurizio Abate

Maurizio Abate
Take Care Of Your Own Beast
Sloow Tapes – CS 40


Heavily processed thai pin recordings, taking medieval sensibility into deep psychedelic drones. 80 copies.

Matt Baldwin

Matt Baldwin
Golden Twins
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.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Toshiro Mimaki


















Toshiro Mimaki
Januari 22 2000
Sloowax 003
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.

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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

Razen

Razen
Rim Saraband
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.

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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)

Eddie Woods & Hans Plomp

Hans Plomp & Eddie Woods
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.

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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)

Hiiragi Fukuda

Hiiragi Fukuda
Seacide
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.

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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)

Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg
London Mantra
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

Von Himmel













Von Himmel
weltraumrückführungsübereinkommen
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.

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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)

Frankensteins Ballet

Frankensteins Ballet
Barca Beach
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.

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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)

C Joynes et son Ensemble

C Joynes et son Ensemble
Portland Arse
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.

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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)

Harold Norse


Harold Norse
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.

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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)

Monday, July 01, 2013

Rotifer Puls

Rotifer Puls
S/T
Sloow Tapes – CS 60


Rotifer Puls is a project by krautrock veteran Lothar Stahl, who in the late seventies was part of the politico-prog-rock/proto-punk band Checkpoint Charlie and has been playing with Embryo for the last few decades. This tape collects several live recordings featuring various free spirited musicians opening the horizons from jazzrock over weird krautrock rhythms to psychedelic world music vibes. Edition of 70 copies.

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Edition of 70 copies cassette from Krautrock veteran Lothar Stahl who was a member of the prog/thug unit Checkpoint Charlie and who has been playing with Embryo for the past few decades: this tape collects a bunch of live jams from various Stahl projects and it’s a blast, with keyboard heavy visions of gothic Canterbury through weird fourth world jags that come over like a stoned Tony Williams Emergency and lucid jazz/psych improvisations that have a batty communal appeal. (Volcanic Tongue)


New Jooklo Age

New Jooklo Age
August Two Thousand Ten
Sloow Tapes – CS 40


Extraterrestrial ululations by the Jooklo crew spat out from the depths of the vortex. Intense cosmic vibes that recall the atmospheric surreal zen psalms of Taj Mahal Travellers and take you down deep into the abysses of the mind. All covers are handpainted. Edition of 100 copies.

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Harry Hoogstraten


Harry Hoogstraten
Battling Siki
Sloow Tapes – CS 60


A collection of live recordings from the late seventies up to the mid-eighties by the Dutch beat poet Harry Hoogstraten. About his performances Ted Berrigan wrote ‘His readings are sometimes almost chanting, sometimes in machine-gun bursts of lines out of which he would often break into a quiet and lyrical passage.’ Hoogstraten writes in Dutch, English, German, Italian etc: working with breath and sound being the most important which gives his poetry a musical quality. On these recordings his readings are accompanied by various musicians: Nico De Gruiter (electronics and synths), cello (Helen-Ann Ross), guitar (Rhid Marks) and rousing yelps (Suze Hahn). Also included is ‘Sora Mi Nanah’, which first appeared on Baobab issue #1.
Harry Hoogstraten has been a key figure in the European underground poetry scene of the last few decades. He edited the literary magazines Mandala and Abracadabra, organised the One World Poetry festivals in Amsterdam and worked with Steve Lacy, James Koller and Franco Beltrametti. The readings on this tape are in Dutch and English. 100 copies.

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A collection of live recordings from the late 70s to the early 80s from the Dutch beat poet Harry Hoogstraten: Hoogstraten edited the literary magazines Mandala and Abracadabra, organised the One World Poetry festivals in Amsterdam and worked with Steve Lacy, James Koller and Franco Beltrametti. Here he reads and chants in English and Dutch accompanied by a brace of musicians: Nico De Gruiter on electronics, Helen-Ann Ross on cello, Rhid Marks on guitar and Suzie Hahn on freaked choruses. Hoogstraten has an oracular sing-song style and at points the music and speech has all the zonked Euro-communal appeal of the Walter Wegmuller and Sergius Golowin sides. Another sterling entry in Sloow Tapes’ fantastic trawling of the fringes of 20th century poetry and spoken word. (Volcanic Tongue)

Monday, April 08, 2013

Bird People



Bird People
Water Buffalo
Sloow Tapes – CS 40

Uli Rois’ Bird People celestial meditations on the recurring image of the water buffalo in eastern mythology. The animal plays an important role in the myths surrounding the Hindu god of Death Yama, Oya, the goddess of change, and Lao Tsu who left China over the Han Gu Pass on the back of a water buffalo. Abstract guitars and electronics drowning in tanpura drones. 70 copies.

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New tape from Uli Rois’ (Feathered Coyote Records et al) solo/communal psych/drone unit: here Rois uses guitar, electronics and tanpura to float a series of meditations on the recurring image of the water buffalo in eastern mythology, moving from the kind of hallucinatory American raga that is as ‘lunar’ as anything from the fists of Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn while giving the nod to Kraut monsters like Yatha Sidhra/Emtidi et al.

Valery Oisteanu



Valery Oisteanu
Perks in Purgatory
Sloow Tapes – CS 50

Valery Oisteanu is a Soviet-born Romanian/American poet, a former DJ and rock and roll-poet who traveled around Eastern Europe (Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia) in buses inspired by the likes of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. As his work grew more and more critical of the communist regime he managed to immigrate to New York in the early seventies. Valery has been called the lovechild of Wilhelm Reich and André Breton and his poetry is a wild stream-of-consciousness of extravagant dada, surrealist and beat images. On these recordings Oisteanu reads from his latest book ‘Perks in Purgatory’. Edition of 100 copies.

Latest instalment in Sloow Tapes’ necessary beat/spoken word cassette series: Valery Oisteanu is a Soviet-born Romanian/American poet who was also known as a DJ and a rock and roll outlaw who travelled across Eastern Europe in buses inspired by the Further>>> aesthetic of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. As his work grew more and more critical of the communist regime he moved to New York in the early seventies. Valery has been called “the lovechild of Wilhelm Reich and André Breton” and his poetry has a wild energy and an insistent musicality, with aspects of the kind of hysteric delivery of Alan Bishop married to bardic Ginsberg-isms and a feel for surrealist juxtaposition. Here he reads from his latest work, Perks In Purgatory. Edition of 100 copies.

Itasca



Itasca
Proto
Sloow Tapes – CS 40

Inspired acid folk visions by Kayla Cohen: solo guitar with lonesome vocals calling up the spirits of Nico or Judee Sill. Amazing songwriting spacing out in timeless metaphysical acoustics. 80 copies.

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Great new set of haunting acid folk from Kayla Cohen aka Itasca: we were all pretty much blown away by Kayla’s CD-R debut that we stocked at VT and this is another mesmerising set of acoustic guitar and vocal reveries, with great overdubbed backing vox and an atmosphere to compare to Linda Perhacs or These Trails. Her vocals are fantastic, a moody/high-flying hybrid of Judee Sill and Kendra Smith and her guitar work is just as dazzling, combing the kind of homeblown string work of the early Six Organs recordings with a flowing, arpeggiated style that is pure Stone Angel. Edition of 80 copies.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Metabolismus



Metabolismus
Brimborium
Sloow Tapes – CS 40


Acid-folk- jazz jams by the legendary Metabolismus, this tape has a deep sixties communal hippie vibe to it. Mostly acoustic instruments, with some electronics thrown in for a nice fried kraut feel. Features an extended version of The Fugs’ ‘Nothing’. 100 copies.

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Edition of 100 copies from this long-running mysterious communal folk/kraut unit: Metabolismus take on the kind of ethno-flux style of groups like Embryo and marry it to endless acoustic jams with oracular vocals and microtonal raga detail, somehow tying up NYC and Cologne w/a commitment to group mind dynamics that gives the nod to Crass and Siloah, The Fugs and Yatha Sidhra. Indeed, Brimborium features a suitably slum goddess rendering of The Fugs paean to nada, “Nothing”, alongside endless acoustic ritual and lumbering cultic rhythms. (Volcanic Tongue)

Metal Rouge














Metal Rouge
Thunder Woods
Sloow Tapes – CS 42


Thunderous riffs of devastating free-rock squall soaked up in extended intuitive solos of endless distortion. These jams drown in hazy echo’s of art rock, noise psychedelia and the darkest corners of acidic free jazz. 80 copies.

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Edition of 80 copies steel string blow-out from this monolithic psychedelic blues/drone group: Metal Rouge take off on the clanging desert hysteria of Joy Shapes-era Charalambides while channelling avant garage moves as diverse as Teenage Jesus, Pere Ubu and The Dead C, navigating zones of levitating feedback and singing amplifier damage with sliding tones, crunching minor chords and an assaultive style that would relocate the broken bottleneck blues of Blind Willie Johnson downwind of the Silence-era titans cut with beautifully excessive female vocals. Recommended, as is everything by this group. (Volcanic Tongue)

Roberto Valenza



Roberto Valenza
Impermanence is Beautiful
Sloow Tapes – CS 60


Roberto Valenza (1943 – 2010) was a poet of the crazy wisdom school, influenced by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of spontaneous realization poetry of Doha songs. He spent most of the seventies living on Swayambhu Hill in Katmandu, where he attended ceremonies and initiations and was part of the international poetry scene which also included Angus MacLise and Ira Cohen, who published two classic books by Valenza under his Bardo Matrix imprint. Upon returning to the States, Roberto went to Seattle where he co-founded Red Sky Poetry Theatre and collaborated with poet margareta waterman on several chapbooks and a full-length volume of poetry, drawings and photographs from his time in Katmandu. ‘Impermanence is Beautiful’ collects home recordings from 2002, plus contains a further five tracks recorded live in San Francisco in 1980 and excerpted (compliments of Eddie Woods) from a forthcoming live-performance album entitled “Ins & Outs at the Grand Piano.” In the liner notes Ralph La Charity writes about the recordings: “Our triple-threat magic man to the max, a Cosmic Giggle sort of wise guy artist/poet ever in motion who most feared standing pat, a whirlybird with glittery eyes all itchy with Else; he painted visions hilarious sacred and profane, his songs likewise rapt bawdy and Grand, & once he sat down on his flute, bent it, & that was that.” 100 copies.

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Another incredible underground poetry unearthing for what has become the premier source for spontaneous 20th century gnosis and post-Dreamweapon visions of is-ness: Impermanence Is Beautiful collects some profoundly affecting and haiku-sharp home-recorded readings by the ‘crazy wisdom’ practitioner, the late Roberto Valenza. Valenza was heavily involved in Tibetan Buddhist traditions and lived for a time in Kathmandu alongside Angus MacLise and Ira Cohen, where he attended rituals and initiations and had his poetry published via Cohen’s important Bardo Matrix imprint. On his return to the States he founded the Red Sky Poetry Theatre and published several chapbooks of poetry, visual art and memoir. As well as the beautiful sing-song poetics, spontaneous musings on the dharma and mind-bending jams, Impermanence... also includes five hypnotic tracks recorded live in San Francisco courtesy of fellow poet Eddie Woods, all excerpted from a forthcoming live performance album entitled Ins & Outs At The Grand Piano. Another amazing instalment in Sloow Tapes uncovering of the Dreamweapon Diaspora. Edition of 100 copies, highly recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)

Hartmut Geerken














Hartmut Geerken
burned beyond recognition/orgie mit mir selber
Sloow Tapes – CS 60


Archival recordings by Hartmut Geerken. German author, poet, composer, musician, film-maker, performer, actor, mycologist, archivist, stager of exhibitions, lumberjack and bumble-bee-keeper who published countless books of poetry and prose, edited the collected works of the exiled German philosopher Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona and worked with Amercan poet Robert Lax. As a musician he collaborated with John Tchicai, Sun Ra (he was the first to bring Sun Ra over to Egypt in 1971), Embryo, Michael Ranta, Art Ensemble Of Chicago etc etc.
In the seventies Hartmut lived in Afghanistan organizing the annual Indo-Afghan-European music weeks and broadcasting the first jazz program on Radio Afghanistan together with Wahab Madadi. The two soundpoetry pieces on this tape were recorded in 1979 while living in Kabul. 100 copies.

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Astounding archival uncovering of sound/poetry recordings from Hartmut Geerken, long-time Sun Ra confidante and collaborator with the Art Ensemble, Embryo, Michael Ranta et al in an edition of 100 copies: in the 1970s Geerken lived in Afghanistan, where he broadcast the first ever jazz program on Radio Afghanistan. These recordings are drawn from the same period, cut in Kabul in 1979, with Geerken reading prophetic poetry and memorials of the wandering poets of the counter culture over some raging post-Coltrane free jazz, incorporating visions of injustice and historical atrocity with all of the guerrilla smarts of Sunny Murray’s Sonny’s Time Now. A fantastic, unlikely unearthing, can’t believe this is its first release, highly recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)