SPOTLIGHT 14/18

06/04/2018 14:56

 SPOTLIGHT  14/18 

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

INDEX - ORIGINALS, VOL. 1 (1967-68) (LP/LION PRODUCTION)

All of the original compositions from the band's two self-released holy grails of psychedelia (the 'Black Album' and the 'Red Album', from 1967-68) combined into one collection-all newly transferred from the original tapes! Most of you have no doubt heard of records that have been touted as "mind blowing", "fuzz monsters", or "lost/undiscovered classics". The raves rarely turn out to be justified. That's certainly not the case with the music of Index - if anything, the raves underplay the essence of the band's music, which is seething with cavernous reverb, snaky guitar lines, and downer lyrics. It is fantastically minimalist, starkly atmospheric, and sprinkled with ferocious guitar work. The music of Index has been lauded by (and bootlegged by) music heads for decades, and with good reason: it is unexpected, atmospheric, and "home-made" in the best of all possible ways. The band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud pushy rhythms. And in there amongst the echoing canyons of sound you'll find some snotty post-punk attitude wrapped up in all that trippy velvet fuzz. It's a wonderful bleak sound, droning and murky and introspective-the atonal side of late 1960s rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk and indie rock... you know, artists like Joy Division or the Fall or Felt to name three out of a thousand. Includes a 4-panel color insert, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with rare photos.

JERICHO - JERICHO (LP/BLACK GOLD)

Israeli RSD 2018 release, order fast!! Only available here outside Israel. Israel's rock stars number one, Jericho were previously known both as Churchill's and Jericho Jones, recording excellent albums under these names in the late '60s and early '70s. In 1972 and now as Jericho alone, they released this last album with five songs of pure progressive heavy rock with some psych overtones. This album stands tall in the gallery of '70s underground heavy rock with incendiary guitar work and a powerful vocal delivery. Sure to please fans of Dust, May Blitz, Fuzzy Duck, Sir Lord Baltimore, Toad, Dark etc.

THANATOPSIS - GOLDEN VOICE (BLACK) (LP/ALONA'S DREAM)

Unreleased pop-psych masterpiece from Morton, Illinois' Thanatopsis. This album was recorded ca. 1968 at Golden Voice Recording by Jerry Milam and unheard until 2018. Thanatopsis treats us to everything from baroque pop to psychedelic teenbeat garage. This release contains the first and only official reissue of the songs from their sought-after Golden Voice 45 as well as 10 other cuts, ranging from Mothers Of Invention inspired wackiness to sincere late '60s teen pop. Thantaopsis pushed the limits of the freshly built four-track studio with new sounds and experimentation.

VARIOUS - PSYCHEDELIC POP ISRAEL, VOL. 2 (LP/BLACK GOLD)

'RARE AND OBSCURE SINGLES FROM THE HOLYLAND' - More info soon.

HERE LIES MAN - (BLACK) YOU WILL KNOW NOTHING (LP/RIDING EASY)

'You Will Know Nothing's 11 tracks expand upon the band's exploration of heavy riff-based rock and psych within the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave. Sonically, on 'You Will Know Nothing' the dynamic range is thicker, crisper and more powerful. It glistens as much as it blasts. The songs are even catchier, more anthemic, and the production reflects that of a band truly come into its own. Lyrically, it's an equally more conceptualized effort that reflects upon states of being and consciousness - a driving force that carries throughout the words and moods of all of the band's releases, interconnected to their trancelike music. Here Lies Man have honed their sound and their focus, and soon, you will truly know Nothing.

SIRKUS - THE NOISE OF TIME (LP/NASONI)

Following on from the band's self-released debut-album 'Dream Factory', this 2018 collection contains an exciting cocktail of psych, kraut and Western African influences, resulting in a rolling, yet fragile sound.

STAR SPONGE VISION - CROWLEY AND ME (LP/MEGA DODO)

Jon Povey and Twink, both late of The Pretty Things, have formed a band called Star Sponge Vision, and recorded a concept album about the English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer Aleister Crowley. Yes, that Aleister Crowley, the Great Beast! Limited to 300 copies only.

ARMCHAIR MIGRAINE JOURNEY - BLOOD COUPLING MAGNET (CD/BETA-LACTAM RIN)

'Blood Coupling Magnet' lays on thick atmosphere before coalescing into a dark psych-rock jam backed by distortion-drenched drums. In the fashion of the best and most "out there" prog, it effortlessly skirts the line between noise and melody; just when you think things are turning into a morass of self-indulgent feedback, the guitar pulls back just enough to get your head nodding again to the moody Krautrock-inspired rhythm... shifts even more drastically, traveling further out into the sonic and philosophical void.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

SEX-PIR - THE SEX-PIR (BLACK) (LP/B-OTHERSIDE)

The Sex-Pir was a Greek band that existed before the Sun Of Greece band. They were active mainly in Germany between 1966-1969, and released 2 singles and recorded an, until now unreleased, full album. This reel tape with the 9 previously unreleased tracks plus the 4 tracks from the singles is now released for the first time. The songs are pure modern '60s music, a mix of surf rock, shake, garage and psych. Limited to 150 handnumbered copies on black vinyl. Includes a 2 page insert with full biography in Greek and English language.

STEMS - AT FIRST SIGHT VIOLETS ARE BLUE (LP/CITADEL)

To coincide with The Stem's 30th anniversary tour celebrating the release of their 1987 debut album 'At First Sight Violets Are Blue', Sydney based Citadel Records reissued the long deleted title as a limited to 500 copies vinyl version.

VARIOUS - SHAKE-O-RAMA, VOL. 2 (+CD) (LP/JUKEBOX MUSIC F)

Impatience peaked, the music-loving hordes could no longer wait. While the 'Beach' 'n' 'Strip' compilations had been followed up, the inaugural 'Shake-O-Rama' remained sadly single. But today the sun shines again, with these 16 songs of pure unadulterated pleasure for dancefloor boogie bugs and groove-a-gogo grandees! SIDE 1: 1. Freddie Houston - I Gotta Move 2. Screamin' Jay Hawkwins - Little Demon 3. Margaret Whiting - Pretty-Eyed Baby 4. Barbara & Brenda - Let's Get Together 5. The Portraits - We're Gonna Party 6. Jimmy Breedlove - Don't Let It Happen 7. Dinah Washington - Soulville 8. Arthur Alexander - Pretty Girls Everywhere SIDE 2: 1. The Parkettes - El Matador 2. Jackie Wilson & Linda Hopkins - Say I Do 3. Danny White - The Twitch 4. Billy Brown - Next 5. Vince Everett - Livin' High 6. The Dalmatians - Rock'n Time 7. Erma Franklin - Don't Wait Too Long 8. Johnny & The Debonaires - The Jay Hawk

SPOTNICKS - COMPLETE PRESIDENT TAPES, VOL. 1: 1962-1964 (2CD) (CD/MAGIC)

This DOUBLE-DISC contains all the recordings that the Swedish space-surf heroes made for President Records during the years 1962-1964. There are 68 TRACKS in total!

SPOTNICKS - COMPLETE PRESIDENT TAPES, VOL. 2: 1964-1967 (CD/MAGIC)

This CD contains all the recordings that the Swedish space-surf heroes made for President Records during the years 1964-1967. There are 31 TRACKS in total!

MESSER CHUPS - COCKTAIL DRACULINA, VOL. 2 (LP/TRASH WAX)

Album number 21 for those very talented Russians led by Oleg Fomchenkov and Co, also the last album to feature the bombshell that was Zombierella. All of the featured tracks have been remixed and remastered by Oleg himself for this release and all appear on vinyl for the first time. 12 tracks of not your usual surf/rockabilly crossover. Check out the warped 'Brand New Cadillac' riffs or their take on the Johnny Fortune instro classic 'Dragster'. They take from electronica and sampling to drag their '50s and '60s influences into the present, distilling a very heady concoction indeed. As with all Messer Chups releases, this one is limited to 500 copies and will sell out very quickly.

PUNK/HARDCORE

CRISIS - ALIENATION/BRÜCKWOOD HOSPITAL (7"/EXTREMOCIDENTE)

Reissue of the third single by Crisis, originally from 1981. The band (featuring future members of Death In June) started out in late '70s UK with the rise of the punk movement. They were at the forefront of the political take on punk. Their songs were about the state of the country, the government and anti-nazism. Limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl. Contains a postcard and insert.

CRISIS - NO TOWN HALL (7"/EXTREMOCIDENTE)

Reissue of the first single by Crisis, originally from 1978. The band (featuring future members of Death In June) started out in late '70s UK with the rise of the punk movement. They were at the forefront of the political take on punk. Their songs were about the state of the country, the government and anti-nazism. Limited to 500 copies on yellow vinyl. Contains a postcard.

CRISIS - UK '79/WHITE YOUTH (7"/EXTREMOCIDENTE)

Reissue of the second single by Crisis, originally from 1979. The band (featuring future members of Death In June) started out in late '70s UK with the rise of the punk movement. They were at the forefront of the political take on punk. Their songs were about the state of the country, the government and anti-nazism. Limited to 500 copies on red vinyl. Contains a postcard.

GAGS - GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (LP/HATE)

'1978+80: 18 NEVER RELEASED PUNK GESÄNGE' - The Gags (ex-Mittageisen, the band who released the first Milano punk 7", the now hyper-rare 'Hardcore/Transylvania1760') were the best kept secret of late'70s/early '80s Milano punk scene. After the widely acclaimed 'Criss Cross' LP (HATE29, out in 2004, sold out and totally out of print since then) here we got the TOTALLY UNRELEASED 'Götterdämmerung' LP, including 18 tracks from the Gags' archives recorded between fall 1979 and summer 1980 (sources: demos and rehearsal tapes). These songs reflect the group's imagery in full, revealing why the Gags are highly considered by early punk aficionados in Italy and abroad.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

SOTE - PERSIAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC, VOL. 2 (LP/SUB ROSA)

 

DEMONOLOGISTS - ACID UNTIL I ROT (CD/4IB)

13 tracks of pure evil sounding industrial churn of grim and hatred. Akin to what your worst nightmares are made of, nightmarish visions of nefarious delirium manifest through the extreme electronic soundscapes and eerie chants to low frequency growls of hatred. This darkened industrial noise release absorbs you into a sonic environment of relentless nihilistic mayhem that destroys the human soul. Limited to 250 copies.

HINO, MAYUKO - LUNISOLAR (CD/COLD SPRING)

'Lunisolar' is the second solo album from the "Queen Of Japanese Noise" Mayuko Hino. 'Faintainhead' unleashes swathes of densely layered noise, undulating in intensity and ferociousness. Although claustrophobic throughout, there are moments of gentle metallic percussion, punctuating the raging vibrations beneath. 'Astral Travelling' offers no such relief, featuring unrelenting, piercing electronics throughout until the final few minutes of psychedelic comedown. In addition to self-made instruments, Hino plays noise with her six-theremin oscillators (in bright pink) - the one and only in the world, specially made by Ryo Araishi (a.k.a. Ichion). Prolific as a live performer, Hino is most well-known for forming C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center) in 1990, together with Hiroshi Hasegawa, Fumio Kosakai and Ryuichi Nagakubo. In its early phase, the band grabbed attention by combining noise music with Hino's sadomasochism performance using bondage ropes and dripping candle wax. She has since been a member of Mne-Mic, DFH-M3, and Transparentz.

MACRONYMPHA - INFINITE PERVERSION (CD/4IB)

This release is definitive in putting you through the true threshold test of mental tolerance by crushing you with pure multi-layers of harsh analog-tronics. Submit your senses and sanity to extreme provocation. Macronympha has been creating sonic violence since 1990 at the hands of Joseph Roemer and Rodger Stella with the occasional assistance from Tim Oliveira and Dominick Fernow.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

AURORA BOREALIS - APOKALUPSIS (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS)

 

CHANID - LUCIFER (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS)

 

CLARET ASH - THE GREAT ADJUDICATION (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS)

 

FOREST OF GREY - CRYPSIS (CD/BEVERINA/CASUS)

 

UNIVERSAL HIPPIES - EVOLUTION OF KARMA (CD/GROOVEYARD)

Phenomenal second studio disc by this outstanding instrumental heavy guitar rock band from Greece featuring the brilliant, prolific, axe-master skills and musical vision of Stavros Papadopoulos. Includes 10 tracks of mega-awesome, dynamic, blues-based, sonic guitar rock music that defies gravity and lands with world-class excellence.

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

EL CHINO Y LA DIFERENCIA - MAMBOLAND (LP/ABANICO)

The unique sound of the orchestra El Chino y La Diferencia is clean, crispy, tight, disciplined and modern, lead by Mr. Gabriel Delgado. The members of his orchestra are the best Latin musicians living in Italy, as you will learn from the prologue to their solos in 'Chupito Jam' or 'Gabriel Blues'. Mr. Rodolfo Guerra, Peruvian bassist and musical director took care of all the arrangements of this amazing album. Just listen to one of his bass solos in 'Guapo Na'. Also features New York singer Frankie Figueroa and Tito Puente Jr. as special guests.

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

HARRIS, DAVE -& THE POWERHOUSE FIVE- - DINNER MUSIC FOR A PACK OF HUNGRY CANNIBALS (LP/SONITRON)

A reissue of a great exotica LP, recorded in 1958 and originally appearing in 1961. Dave Harris' only release as a band leader was a magnificent tribute to Raymond Scott, the legendary forerunner of space-age sound 

 

 

 

 

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