SPOTLIGHT 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 part 1/2

27/07/2020 17:56

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

GROUP 1850 - DREAM OF THE FUTURE/1.000 YEARS BEFORE (7"/PSEUDONYM)

Two tracks recorded in 1970 with the same line-up as on 'Polyandri'. Limited to 200 copies on green vinyl.

VILLEJUIF UNDERGOUND - GHOST OF THE WATER/LES HUITRES A CANALE EP (7"/BORN BAD)

Le Villejuif Underground is back with a 7" single. 'Ghost Of The Water' sounds like a sci-fi space/opera Lee Hazlewood western, along with the ballad 'Les Huitres A Cancale'.

DEATH WHEELERS - DIVINE FILTH (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

From beyond the gutter, The Death Wheelers bring you their second album, the soundtrack to the fictional bikesploitation flick that never was: 'Divine Filth'. Drawing inspiration from instrumental rock, proto-metal, punk and funk, the band embalms the listener in their sonic world of decay, groove and debauchery. Surfing the line between Motörhead, The Cramps and Dick Dale, the Canadian quartet uncompromisingly blends rawness and power in their riff fueled compositions. Recorded entirely in 48 hours in a live setting just like in the good old days, this second opus is a testament to what the band stands for: a no BS attitude spiked with a heavy layer of crass.

DESERT COLOSSUS - EYES AND TONGUES (2LP) (LP/SELF RELEASE)

From the lowlands of Holland hails Desert Colossus. A four piece high energy fuzzy heavy stoner rock band that will blow you off your socks. For lovers of Fu Manchu, Red Fang and Truckfighters. Limited to 300 copies.

FUGU - AS FOUND (+CD) (LP/LE POP CLUB)

Deluxe edition reissue! Comes on white vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Includes printed inner sleeve, insert with interviews, photos and Mehdi Zannad's artwork. Also includes 27-track CD: complete album plus 15 bonus tracks - demos and rarities. Fans of psychedelic folk as well as orchestrated pop a la '60s legends The Left Banke will find plenty to enjoy here.

IVAN THE TOLERABLE & HIS ELASTIC BAND - OUT OF SEASON (LP/STOLEN BODY)

For 'Out Of Season', his first full band project since 'Rations', Oli Heffernan wanted to create something that was 'somewhere between Faust and Sun Ra, but still sound like Ivan The Tolerable'. He asked regular collaborator Karen Schoemer to provide lyrics and he asked former Minutemen member Mike Watt for a guest apprearance. Heffernan recorded most of it himself at home, with contributions from Mees Siderius (King Champion Sounds, drums) and Elsa Van Der Linden (sax). 'Out Of Season' covers a lot of ground, from cleansing skronk to jittery post punk to unsettling soundscapes. Comes on limited coloured vinyl.

JAGER, THOMAS V. - A SOLITARY PLAN (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

Thomas V. Jäger is best known as the vocalist/guitarist in Monolord, the hottest, most crushing melodic doom band in the world. So, releasing an intimate, deeply and boldly personal album of acoustic and synth based songs hot on the heels of the band's most successful and powerful album to date, 'No Comfort' might seem like a risky move. And yet, that's not even the most daring and inspiring thing about 'A Solitary Plan'. Rather, this 7-song album is a cathartic depiction of very real and heart-wrenching situations as a means of musical therapy for the artist and, hopefully, for the listener as well.

MUGSTAR & DAMO SUZUKI - INVISIBLE WIND FACTORY (LP/THE WEIRD BEARD)

Recorded for posterity on the 28th April at 2018's Wrong Festival in Liverpool, this "dynamic & memorable set" is "essential listening for any fans of Mugstar, Damo or indeed of high quality and inventive improvised or psychedelic rock" (FC, Terrascope Online). Limited to 500 copies.

VINYL SUICIDE - STRAY ASTEROIDS (LP/SELF RELEASE)

Vinyl Suicide are based in Athens, Greece. They create music and words that compile the soundtrack of the reality they prefer to live in. Ethereal dreampop. Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl.

ELECTRIC ORANGE - ENCODED (CD/STUDIO FLEISCH)

The 2020 album from this German band contains six post-krautrock tracks recorded in Studio Fleisch in 2019-2020.

LOVE SCULPTURE - ANOTHER HELPING (CD/VOGON)

Love Sculpture was Dave Edmunds, David William Edwards and John David. When they recorded 'Sabre Dance' for John Peel, who was so impressed that he played it twice in one programme, on 6th October 1968, it became an unexpected hit. At the time the band had only recorded it as a session track, but, as producer Bernie Andrews recalled (in Ken Garner, The Peel Sessions, p.57), after Peel had enthused over it, the piece was re-recorded and rush-released by Parlophone Records and reached number five in the singles chart, eight weeks after being first heard on Top Gear. Love Sculpture recorded three sessions, made up mainly of blues and rock'n'roll cover versions, for Peel, two in 1968 and one in 1969, but were unable to repeat the success of their only hit, despite attempting another rock version of a classical piece, Georges Bizet's 'Farandole', in their final session. This album contains all but one of the songs they recorded for John Peel. After they split up, leader Dave Edmunds continued to perform in a rock'n'roll influenced style, had a successful career in the 1970s both as a solo artist and with his group Rockpile, and picked up airplay on Peel's shows. TRACKS: 01. Brand New Woman 02. River To Another Day 03. Do I Still Figure In Your Life 04. The Stumble 05. Sweet Little Rock & Roller 06. Wang Dang Doodle 07. The Promised Land 08. Sabre Dance 1968 09. Don't Answer The Door 10. Frandole 11. Great Balls Of Fire 12. Evening 13. The Inner Light 14. Sabre Dance 1969

PLEASE - CIRCUS DAYS (CD/ACME/LION)

'A COLLECTION OF DEMOS & STUDIO RECORDINGS 1967-1969' - Issued on CD is the third collection of previously unreleased recordings from Peter Dunton's late 1960s psychedelic cult-band, Please. Drummer-vocalist Peter Dunton was also involved in highlyv regarded British underground psych units s.a. The Flies, Bulldog Breed, Neon Pearl, T2 and Gun.

ADDICT AMEBA - PANAMOR (LP/BLACK SWEAT)

More than simply being a band, Addict Ameba is a wide Italian collective that makes brotherhood the weapon to live music together crossing all cultural boundaries. The driving force lies in the heterogeneous background of its members and the relative familiarity with different folkloric areas. The original and ambitious arrangements make the result a delicious soup! In this first work, their personal Afro-Latin-beat reveals a sincere meeting between African and Central American traditions... for this reason they are against the drift of continents! The collective is connected to Al Doum and the Faryds, sharing some of their members, the same music label and the Guscio Studio where the album has been cooked thanks to the wisdom of the great master pirate. You can travel halfway between the Atlantic continents, where a gritty guitar deploys a solid knowledge of the stronger Latin-rock - you know the "Santana of Piola" is on board! - but it absorbs funky and Tuareg riffs too, as well as brilliant psych deviations. Heavy horns abound with solutions and influences, blowing arias of Ethio-jazz or Cuban-salsa crossings, such as calypso and Caribbean progressions. However, it's the rhythmic sailors section that supports all the dynamics of the sound with impeccable qualities of polyrhythm, sending seas of bodies into ecstasy; maybe they learn this rowing on a boat? Panamor represents "a profound union between living beings and objects in an increasingly divided World". Such pirates of love!

CATAPILLA - CHANGES (UK) (LP/TRADING PLACES)

Jazz-infused prog-rock act Catapilla began in London in 1970, with saxophonists Robert Calvert and Hugh Eaglestone, bassist Dave Taylor (of pop act Edison Lighthouse), drummer Malcolm Frith, guitarist Graham Wilson and expressive clarinet player, Thierry Rheinhardt; vocalist Jo Meek was quickly replaced by her sister, Anna, whose gutsy gasps gave the band its noteworthy difference, along with the woodwinds and brass. Former Millionaires' bassist Cliff Cooper brought the group to the attention of Black Sabbath's manager, Patrick Meehan, who got them a contract with Vertigo; like their self-titled debut, second LP Changes has four freaky tracks, but here the band is completely reborn, with bassist Carl Wassard, drummer Brian Hanson and keyboardist Ralph Rolinson backing Rheinhardt and Meek. Throughout, Rheinhardt's searing sax blows a musical foil to Meek's mercurial vocal moods, drifting between atmospheric interludes and brooding bursts on 'Reflections,' while 'Charing Cross' gets its point across by subjecting Meek's fragmented vocals to heavy delay. A super esoteric and ultra-rare relic from the stranger end of prog. Comes in die-cut sleeve with flap.

HIFIKLUB/MATT CAMERON/DAFFODIL/REUBEN LEWIS - RUPTURE (BLACK) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

'Rupture', Hifiklub's 2020 album was recorded during quarantine with French producer Daffodil, experimental jazz trumpet player Reuben Lewis and Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron.

KIKAGAKU MOYO - MAMMATUS CLOUDS (LP/GURUGURU BRAIN)

Repress on Kikagaku Moyo's own label Guruguru Brain. This highly sought after EP was originally released in a limited run of 100 cassettes in early 2014 and on vinyl also in 2014 on Captcha and Cardinal Fuzz. Each song builds on a direct, yet otherworldly folk/psych vibe, evolving into a joyous, haunting, far-out and totally colorful tribal sound.

 

LAS HISTORIAS - LAS HISTORIAS (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Debut album by Córdoba, Argentina's young power trio Las Historias. On this heavy psych doom masterpiece the band points out their different influences, from the funeral riffs of Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard, to the guitars of Jimi Hendrix and the psychedelia of '60s rock. This album will drag you into a world of different sensations, it's not just music, it's an experience!

SHAKER'S - IN THE STUDIO AGAIN (LP/GUERSSEN)

Following the split of Uruguay's top beat and psych band Los Shakers, ex-members Roberto "Pelin" Capobianco and Carlos "Caio" Vila continued with a five-piece called The Innocents. In 1971 that group released a lovely album, full of catchy, English sung tunes, built with delightful vocal harmonies, superb arrangements, Beatlesque baroque-pop vibes and, at times, with nods to proto power pop. However, instead of using the band's real name, the LP was issued - in Brazil and Argentina - under the Shaker's moniker, for obvious (commercial) reasons. Now that LP, entitled 'In The Studio Again', sees its first ever vinyl reissue, including reproduced artwork from the Brazilian edition, a heavy sleeve with obi, a 4-panel insert and the additional track 'See The Light', which originally only appeared on the Argentinian release. Wonderful!

TEAR GAS - PIGGY GO GETTER (LP/TRADING PLACES)

Glaswegian boogie rockers Tear Gas grew out of a band called Mustard, featuring former Poets vocalist Andy Mulvey and future Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis, with guitarist Zal Cleminson, bassist Chris Glen and keyboardist Eddie Campbell; Mulvey was replaced by David Batchelor and Lavis by Wullie Munro, who had played in Mandrake Root with Ritchie Blackmore. Debut album 'Piggy Go Getter', released on Paramount's Famous subsidiary, was a blend of hard boogie rock with psychedelic prog-rock leanings, the spaced-out hippie aspects heard most plainly on tracks like 'Night Girl' and 'Nothing Can Change Your Mind,' a direct contrast to the blues underpinning of 'Lost Awakening' and 'Witches Come Today.' The album made little impact on release, leading to further line-up changes and an eventual shift to the core members taking their places in The Incredible Alex Harvey Band, with Batchelor taking on the role of producer and arranger; he would also work with Nazareth, Skidz, Dr Feelgood and many others, including Oasis in later years, while Cleminson joined Nazareth and later played with Elkie Brooks and Midge Ure.

VIBRAVOID - DELIRIUM DER SINNE (LP/STONED KARMA)

Originally released in 2014 as an Italian vinyl only under the name of 'Delirio Dei Sensi'. This is a German edition including bonus tracks, new mix and remastered sound! One of the best contemporary psychedelic and krautrock albums!

VIBRAVOID - THE DECOMPOSITION OF NOISE (LP/STONED KARMA)

Single LP version. After 30 years, Düsseldorf cult-legend Vibravoid show no signs of wear but are in top form. After a series of highly acclaimed and successful albums, Vibravoid deliver a true masterpiece with 'The Decomposition Of Noise'. Vibravoid impressively succeeds in reinventing themselves on every album and still remaining true to their unique sound, which is deeply rooted in psychedelic rock of the 1960s. 'The Decomposition Of Noise' captivates with epic melodies, creative ideas and infectious grooves beyond the mainstream and trends. If there is still real psychedelic rock like in the 1960s, it is most likely IT HAPPENED TOMORROW, Vibravoid do not use clichés but manage to convey this special feeling authentically.

WARLUNG - IMMORTAL PORTAL (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Repress of their sophomore album. 'Immortal Portal' expands into a more prog-classic rock territory. With more harmonies and changing song structures, Warlus wanted to show that they could be heavy and catchy at the same time. This album proved that they could expand our sound into other genres, creating their signature style.

WARLUNG - OPTICAL DELUSIONS (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

On Warlung's 2020 album 'Optical Delusions', they found a middle ground between the classic horror theme of the first album and the rock'n'roll aspect of the second. They continued to experiment with song structures and changing tempos to keep the music dynamic and interesting. This album explores everything we have done before while guiding us into something new.

WARLUNG - SLEEPWALKER (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Reissue of Warlung's first album, first time on vinyl. For 'Sleepwalker', the band wanted to come up with an original take on the stoner/doom genre. The use of heavy riffs and melodic harmonies conveys a unique listening experience that feels both new and familiar.

BOCARACA - CAHUITA/TALVEZ MANANA (7"/DISCODELIC)

Incredible Afro-Latin rooted psychedelic rock and soul sounds from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica! This 7-inch comprises historic studio material that was recorded during 1973 and 1974 in San José. It's a priceless and important document, a window to what was happening with music in the largely abandoned and forgotten province of Limon, where a musical revolution was cooking in the early '70s, and where Bocaraca was the hottest name.

HEAVY TRIP - HEAVY TRIP (LP/SELF RELEASE)

Vancouver's Heavy Trip's debut album features some stone epic long-form jams. A prime slice of instrumental acid rock, performed by an obviously talented band. Limited copies available so be fast! Comes on black and white splatter vinyl. SIDE 1: 1. Hand of Shroom (7:32) 2. Lunar Throne (7:05) SIDE 2: 1. Mind Leaf (8:04) 2. Treespinner (13:55)

PILGRIM - (BLACK) ...FROM THE EARTH TO THE SKY AND BACK (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

The perfect soundtrack for a mind travel or a real journey on a hot hot summertime day. Acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, banjo and pedal steel mixed with mellow vocals that let you dream away. This is the band's sophomore album and is composed of 14 songs. The first part of the album is inspired by a classic country attitude mixed with a spaghetti western sound. The rest of the album presents different moments, while conjuring up atmospheres reminiscent of Santana, The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Spirit, Captain Beyond and recent Motorpsycho, we can simply file the genere under: acoustic, melodic, psychedelic folk.

PILGRIM - (BLACK) WALKING INTO THE FOREST (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Repress of debut album with cover restyling and 2 bonus tracks. Gabriele Fiori, already frontman of Rome-based outfits Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie and a key figure in Europe's heavy underground as the head of the Heavy Psych Sounds label and booking agency, was not exactly lacking for things to do. And yet, a couple years back, The Pilgrim started to nebulously take shape as an idea for a solo-project, something different than the hard-driving psychedelia and garage heavy rock for which he'd already been so revered. It wasn't until Jan. 2018 that he really got to putting songs together, but the end result on 'Walking Into The Forest' is a space-folk release with a personality unto itself. Songs like opener 'Peace Of Mind' evoke some of Fiori's more rocking side, while 'Sunset In The Desert' feels like an ode to the acoustic album Kyuss never made, and side B, which starts with the Hawkwind cover 'Brainstorm' and ends with the moody strum of 'Suite #2', originally from Void Generator's 2004 debut EP when Fiori was in the band, hones a cosmic drift and textures that nonetheless remain accessible and organic thanks to their acoustic foundation. "The main point in common with Black Rainbows is the diversity of the songs," Fiori explains. "You have mind-dreams like 'Dragonfly' or 'Sailor,' or the more folk rock 'Peace Of Mind,' passing through space with 'The Time You Wait' and the melodic-melancholic 'When I Call Your Name.' In completing the arrangements, Fiori turned to Black Rainbows drummer Filippo Ragazzoni, and as he says, "Songs came out so spontaneously and easy. I always played acoustic guitar and wanted to push further on this path. The songwriting, rehearsing and recording approach was so different from usual Rainbows or Boogie style, both to me and Filippo for drums, because all the instruments needed to be played smoothly, softly."

PUGWASH - THE GOOD THE BAD THE PUGLY (LP/SUGARBUSH)

A fabulous collection of outtakes, demos and alternative versions of much-loved songs by Ireland's finest band. This is very limited and will be sure to sell out fast.

STEFANS, KRISTJANA -& SVAVAR KNUTUR- - FADMLOG (LP/NORDIC NOTES)

Kristjana Stefansdottir has been one of the leading artists on the Icelandic jazz scene for years. In 1996 she released her first album which featured Emiliana Torrini and Pall Oskar. Influenced by songwriters such as Nick Drake, Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Svavar Knutur developed his own style and thus draws his musical journey from misery to salvation. Their album 'Fadmlog' contains an intimate mix of acoustic guitar, ukulele, piano and vocals and have been recorded without overdubs.

STEFANS, KRISTJANA -& SVAVAR KNUTUR- - GLAEDUR (LP/NORDIC NOTES)

The reissue of 'Glaedur' is released together with their 2020 album 'Fadmlog'.

AURAL HALLUCINATIONS - ALUCINACOES AUDITIVAS (LP/AURAL HALLUCINATIONS)

Aural Hallucinations was born in December 2019. Matt Couto had recently parted ways with Elder and approached Dr Space about making some music together. Each member exchanged 5 tracks and recorded additional instruments on the top. Dr Space mixed it and there you go! The music is quite variable and psychedelic from almost pure electronic music to psychedelic folk or rock. Luis Antero provided them with field recordings, which were mixed in on certain tracks to give extra ambience and aural experiences. Limited to 150 handnumbered copies, each with a unique cover. All covers painted by Dr Space.

CRACKED MACHINE - GATES OF KERAS (BLUE) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Originally formed in Wiltshire in 2015 by guitarist Bill Denton, Cracked Machine is a quartet of experienced musicians brought together in a quest for aural mayhem. Featuring hook-laden guitars their third album showcases a lean, mean, and ultimately, heavy sounding machine. Comes on blue vinyl.

FELT (USA) - FELT (LP/ANAZITISI)

Repressed on 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL (in a run of 300 copies, including a large 4-page insert) is the only official reissue of the highly rated 1971 LP from US psychedelic cult band Felt. Based in Huntsville, Alabama, this unique group wrote songs that were characterized by druggy atmospheres, weird time changes and bluesy, jazzy and progressive tendencies.

GAUPA - FEBERDROM (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Swedish female fronted act Gaupa continue exploring new ground with their unique blend of doom, psychedelia and folk. Hot on the tail of their highly revered self-titled debut, their new full length album 'Feberdrom' will not disappointed fans old and new. Eight killer new songs containing forceful tempos, as well as epic soundscapes coloured with pitch-black melancholy. Comes on blue vinyl.

HAIR OF THE DOG - IT'S JUST A RIDE (WHITE) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Scottish heavy-rock trio Hair Of The Dog return with 'It's Just A Ride', their fourth studio album on Kozmik Artifactz. The record is a return to the band's DIY roots, having produced, mixed and mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator) and created the artwork and music video for the title track by themselves. 'It's Just A Ride' positions the magnifying glass firmly over the current state of our world and existence; commenting both on human nature, as well as the overall human condition. Comes on white vinyl.

OULU SPACE JAM COLLECTIVE - HARVEST SAGE (2LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

In 2017, the Finnish Oulu Space Jam collective took part in the annual Oulu Art Nights and presented a two-hour outdoor concert at the Lyötynpuisto park in Oulu. At this event, musicians, actors, dancers, writers and artists take over public spaces and parks and offer unique experiences for everyone. The double album 'Harvest Sage' was created on the basis of these recordings. It contains four long improvised space jams, each spanning a full side length and takes in space rock, krautrock, oriental and snippets of spoken word which all come together to make something special: Oriental Oulu Kraut. Another high quality space rock jewel, mastered by Eroc at his ranch. Limited to 222 copieson black vinyl.

POSEIDOTICA - INTRAMUNDO (LP/KOZMIK/AQUATALAN)

'Intramundo', the debut album from Poseidotica, is released on vinyl for the first time. Originally released in 2005, they offer nine psychedelic jams that take on not only dreamy stoner style, but also progressive metal, jazz and tango, all with a distinctly Latin sound. It's a good mix of the mellow spacey and the driving heavy. Comes on splattered vinyl.

SOLITAR - 1989 (LP/ADANSONIA)

Solitär is the solo outlet for multi-instrumentalist Mikael Tuominen, known from the Swedish psychedelic bands Kungens Män, Fanatism, Automatism and Eye Make The Horizon, and '1989' is the debut album under this moniker. It grew out of Mikael's urge to see what it was like to hold all the strings and compose and perform his own album. This experiment, taking into account his penchant for musicians like Tom Waits, Stina Nordenstam, Portishead, The Cure and certain film scores, resulted in 10 songs, which all have a melancholic atmosphere and a lot of ambience. The result is a quite eclectic album with influences from pop, rock and psychedelic that has to be discovered. Well, a summary of this experiment couldn't get pointed out better than by the artist himself: "... the strange thing is that the sum of the parts always surprise you, no matter how much in control you think you are!" Limited to 222 copies on black vinyl.

SPACESLUG - (BLUE/PURPLE) REIGN OF THE ORION (2LP) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

One of Europe's strongest progressive heavy psych bands with a special vinyl release of 2019's 'Reign Of The Orion'. Comes on blue and purple vinyl. The second LP is 'Mountains & Reminiscence' from 2017.

SPACESLUG - (PURPLE) REIGN OF THE ORION (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

One of Europe's strongest progressive heavy psych bands with a special vinyl release of 2019's 'Reign Of The Orion'. Comes on purple vinyl.

STONEGAZER - (GREEN) THE END OF OUR WORLD (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

StoneGazer is not just a band from Tampere, Finland. It's also a tight-knit group of like-minded individuals who are not afraid to take shots at the status quo. Formed by longtime members of the small but active music scene in Tampere they bring together an eclectic mix of different styles from stoner rock to southern rock, blues and metal. Comes on transparent green vinyl.

TAROTPLANE - THE FEEDBACK SUTRAS (LP/VG+ RECORDS)

Third album from rising psych guitarist! Tarotplane, aka Baltimore's PJ Dorsey, makes newschool kosmische music done in an old-school '70s way... fuzz, filters, and tape. You'll hear elements of greats like Ash Ra Temple, Heldon, Besombes/Rizet, and Robert Fripp within The Feedback Sutras, but with some modern touches. Over two sidelong pieces, Dorsey revels in seemingly endless, oscillating harmonics and gliding alien synthetics to soundtrack musical daydreaming for curious minds. Not a revival record, but hopefully one that pairs nicely with old friends on the shelf. "You might hear a deep space emptiness in these lingering textures, even the fond, failed nostalgia that drifting machinery might feel for lost home planets." ~Dusted. "Any fans of space rock, prog, and psych-folk oughta find a foothold in here." ~Raven Sings The Blues. "Although Dorsey gives all reason to link his work to the '70s, his music stands on its own feet and contains some beautifully deep, resonating passages." ~Vital Weekly. Limited to 200 copies.

WHISKEY & KNIVES - (BLACK) VOL. 4: LIVE FROM DE NILE (LP/H42)

Drummer Alfredo Hernandez has been in so many ground breaking music projects over the years. His contribution to the desert rock scene is great and he is most always in several projects at one time. Alfredo may be best known for his work with first Kyuss and then the band born from its ashes, Queens Of The Stone Age. After a couple of decades playing not just stoner rock, but punk rock, his other passion, with Family Butcher, which featured John Summers on vocals and Jon Arnold on guitar along with Kevin Smith on bass, Alfredo and Jon Arnold have pushed forward with a new punk inspired project, Whiskey & Knives. These LA badasses have a rep for crankin' the pit into overdrive. With a sound that blends the best parts of Fu Manchu and Suicidal Tendencies, their live show is a must for any respectable punk. For 'Vol. 4' Reeder and Herndez played together for the first time since the Kyuss years.

WIGHT - SPANK THE WORLD (PINK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Connected by a common theme of humanity on its self-centered path to demise before finally being put out of their misery by an intergalactic council who have had enough. Wight presents a daring journey through the worlds of rock, funk, jazz and world music. 'Spank The World' is a fusion album in the most true sense of the word. Comes on pink vinyl.

DR SPACE - SCORPOODLEDOO (CD/SPACE ROCK)

The music contained on this CD was mainly recorded during the quarantine in March and April 2020. Dr Space recorded many pieces of diverse music, more simple, not as layered, focusing on a specific sound and emotion for each track. Some of it is just damn strange but there is a sense to it. Limited to 100 handnumbered copies in digisleeve.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

BUCANNAN - BUCANNAN (7"/FAMILY SPREE)

The sound of Bucannan is an ultra-vitamin cocktail with guitar infused with abundant reverb, wild drums and a hypnotic bass. Its formula contains everything for the soundtrack of a vertiginous action movie. Influenced by Dick Dale, Link Wray, The Cramps, The Trashmen, The Gories, The Straitjackets and Lost Acapulco.

MODS (UK) - ONE OF THE BOYS/GOOD TIMES (PD) (7"/DETOUR)

A limited picture disc edition from a 7" by The Mods from London. Two tracks which see the light after more than four decades. Limited to 300 copies.

STRINGS AFLAME - THE STRINGS AFLAME (7"/SURF COOKIE)

The Strings Aflame are from the State of Mexico, Mexico. The name was taken as a tribute to an album by Juan Garcia Esquivel, the Mexican composer and musician and a big influence for this project, as well as the sounds of the '50s and '60s surf music.

LOS ATASCADOS - DESTINO VEDETTE (10") (10"/SURF COOKIE)

Surf band from Mexico City. This is their 10" release.

COCKTAILS - CATASTROPHIC ENTERTAINMENT (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

The album 'Catastrophic Entertainment' from the San Francisco power pop band Cocktails is full of fuzzed-out melodies, catchy choruses, sticky guitar riffs, and pop rock heaters. Produced and mixed by the band, 'Catastrophic Entertainment' relies heavily on what Cocktails does best: bluntly bashing out well-crafted pop songs.

GARBAGE BAGS - HUNTING FOR THE WILD (LP/TRASH WAX)

The latest rawk'n'roll sensation! Belgium based The Garbage Bags have been ripping it up across Europe and the UK with their savage sound to much acclaim recently (until lockdown that is). Featuring veteran bass player Jens (50ft Combo, The Grave Bros etc), Nico and Gilles (both formerly Adios Pantalones) and Deveny on drums. And now Trash Wax is releasing their first LP, and believe me you won't be disappointed. They are on red hot form.

HALIBUTS - HANGIN' FOURTEEN (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

Starting in the early '80s, South Bay Los Angeles' Halibuts played instro surf music when it was not hip. This is a collection of all their top songs from their albums (three of them have beem remixed) and it comes on a limited collectable vinyl pressing.

HOMBRE LOBO INTERNACIONAL - NO BRAIN ROCK & ROLL (LP/FAMILY SPREE)

'No Brain Rock and Roll' is the title of this album by Hombre Lobo Internacional. This full length contains fifteen wild and primitive rock 'n' roll songs. Featuring guest appearances by Omi Gonzales (Sweet Poo Smell) and Steve Withers (The Fits).

LOS ASS-DRAGGERS - STINKIN' ALIVE (LP/FAMILY SPREE)

Los Ass-Draggers began their early career as Smellie Fingers, releasing through American and Australian labels. From their last album, 'Fuma' in 2012, Los Ass-Draggers return after eight years with 'Stinkin' Alive'; 20 tracks of overwhelming punk.

THEE BRAINDROPS - I NEED ACTION (LP/FAMILY SPREE)

A garage bomb by Thee Braindrops, with punk rock guitars spitting fuzz and some psychedelic passages. Influences by Thee Headcoats, Link Wray and even some Billy Childish.

WAVE CHARGERS - WAVE CHARGERS (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

Parisian quartet The Wave Chargers make their fans dance to their instrumental surf music. Self self-titled debut album contains twelve tracks, ranging from sophisticated music to the most frenzied surf.

CATSITH - CATSITH (CD/SURF COOKIE)

Driven by mystic vibes Catsith are an instrumental black surf/dark twist/rock'n'roll quartet formed in 2018 in Moscow, Russia. The band features musicians coming from street punk Black Kassidy and doom metal gang Dazed Presidents. Inspired by the sixties sounds of surf music, imbued with the energy of rockabilly, punk rock, russian folk, horror and psychedelic.

CENTELLAS - ESPECIMEN SURF (CD/SURF COOKIE)

Mexcian all-female surf band.

SURFTERRANEOS - TRANSMISSION A VENUS (CD/SURF COOKIE)

Surf space band from Mexico.

 

INTVELD, JAMES -& THE HONKY TONK PALOMINO'S- - NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (7"/SLEAZY)

Two tracks from the American rockabilly musician and actor. 'Never Gonna Let You Go' combined with 'To Be As One'.

NEATBEATS - SNAKEY BABY (7"/SLEAZY)

7" release from this Japanese garage band, still alive and rockin' since 1996. 'Snakey Baby' comes along with 'I'm Going Down The Line'.

LOS SHAKERS - LA CONFERENCIA SECRETA DEL TOTO'S BAR (LP/GUERSSEN)

Originally released in 1968, the fourth and final album by Uruguay's number 1 beat legends Los Shakers returns to vinyl, complete with remastered sound, a heavy cardboard sleeve with obi and a four-pannel colour insert with liner notes (in English and Spanish) and rare photos! For this psychedelic masterpiece the group was clearly inspired by The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's...' LP, but not without incorporating elements of both rock and jazz, plus the use of exotic instruments into the sound. For collectors of psychedelia this is an essential title!

LOS SHAKERS - LOS SHAKERS/BREAK IT ALL (2LP) (LP/GUERSSEN)

Two classic album by Uruguay's number one '60s beat legends Los Shakers get reissued as a DOUBLE-LP set, including remastered sound, a gatefold cover with obi, an insert with liner notes and photos and a reproduction of the mega-rare promotional 'Noti-Shakers' newspaper! This release comprises the band's classic 1965 debut-album and 'Break It All' from 1966! With exciting tempos, chord progressions and adventurous rhythms boiled in a magic, infectious sound, these guys truly were one of the very best South-American exponents of the British invasion influenced horde!

LOS SHAKERS - SHAKERS FOR YOU (LP/GUERSSEN)

Originally released in 1966, the second album by Uruguay's number 1 beat legends Los Shakers returns to vinyl, complete with remastered mono sound, a heavy cardboard sleeve with obi and a four-pannel colour insert with liner notes (in English and Spanish) and rare photos! For this album the group was clearly inspired by The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' and 'Revolver' era, but not without adding original ingredients including some bossa nova where suitable!

ABDOMEN - RASH EP (12"/GEERTRUIDA)

If you thought they were angry on their previous album then wait till you hear 'Rash'. The title single opens with a Metz-style grungecore riff and doesn't slow down until the final note, while throughout the song singer Peter van Beets rants about 'lack of knowledge' and being 'in pursuit of nothing'. Don't be surprised if you want to destroy something after hearing the song.

AR-KAICS - AR-KIVES, VOL. 1 (EUR) (LP/BACHELOR)

Released on vinyl, featuring remastered audio, is a collection of rare tracks from the Virginia-based '60s-inspired garage-punks! 500 copies on black vinyl housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve (Bachelor version only) with extensive liner notes, plus a printed inner sleeve. These songs were originally released on singles on Speakertree, Goodbye Boozy, Market Street, Wick, Hidden Volume, Steady Sounds, Norton and Windian Records.

VARIOUS - BUZZSAW JOINT CUT 7: JAMES AND MISTY (LP/STAG-O-LEE)

For lucky cut number seven we buzz over to Osaka, Japan to sample the collections of a pair of record obsessed lovebirds. In 2016 acclaimed Canadian DJ Misty met Night Beat Records store owner and tip-top tune selector James and now they're inseparable. Alongside digging obscure vinyl out of deep crates worldwide for their store and weekly radiocore.org show 'Night Beat Radio', they spin dance-crazed booty shakers together at the wild monthly 'The!! Beat' party. Dare you not to dance to these twisted selections! SIDE 1: 1. The Opals - Hop, Skip & Jump 2. The Dells - Q-Bop 3. Billz Martyn & His Corvairs - Sweeny's Twist 4. The Sevilles - Don't You Know I Care 5. The Cymbals - Shout Mama Linda 6. The Penguins - Universal Twist 7. The Clovers - The Bootie Green 8. The Royal Dukes - Fat Man Twist SIDE 2: 1. Googie Rene - Look At Your Girl 2. Curtis Byrd & The Jo Rag Singers - Pretty Woman 3. Cal Valentine & The Texas Rockers - The Boogie Twist 4. Uncredited Artist - Twist Off 5. Les Cooper & His Soul Rockers - Twistin' 6. Uncredited Artist - Twistin' At The Prom 7. Dee Clark - Dance On Little Girl 8. Johnny Winter - Voodoo Twist

FISHER, SONNY - PINK AND BLACK (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

Therman 'Sonny' Fisher was a rock 'n roll musician, inspired by the likes of Hank Williams. Sonny's first band started to play country music in the Houston region. Sonny's musical direction was cemented when he saw Elvis perform in Houston in November 1954. Then he formed the Rocking Boys, but after recording some 7" releases, Sonny got disillusioned and decided to found a record label and publishing company, which were not a success. Eventually he left the music business in 1965 but when Ace Records was formed in 1979, the label released Sonny's Starday sides as an inaugural 10". Sonny's music had a short-lived revival, before Sonny went into anonymity and he eventually passed away in 2005.

LITTLE RICHARD - HERE'S LITTLE RICHARD (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

 

LITTLE RICHARD - VOLUME 2 (LP/ALTERNATIVE FOX)

 

WEST SAMOA SURFER LEAGUE - SURF NOIR EP (CD/SURF COOKIE)

2019 EP from West Samoa Surfer League. Four tracks from this German trio.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

DAZE - I WANNA BE A STAR/AT THE SEASIDE (7"/REMINDER)

Holy grail UK powerpop/DIY single, originally released in 1979. Both sides are uptempo, brilliantly written songs with a rough and spontaneous quality to the recording.

LAZY - ROCK N' ROLLER/AM I DREAMING (7"/REMINDER)

Short lived DC area powerpop/party band. Their lone single, originally released in 1980, is now impossibly rare and highly sought after. Both sides absolutely killer.

DAVE & LEE - SINGLE COLLECTION (LP/REMINDER)

The complete recordings of David Burnett and Lee Cuttelle, an Australian songwriting duo responsible for some of the best and most sought after punk and powerpop singles of the era (Beaut, British Jets, Branded). High quality gatefold LP with lots of never before seen photos and extensive liners.

TRALALA - DAS MADCHEN MIT DIE ROTEN HAAREN (7"/BACHELOR ARCHIVE)

Reissue of 1982 single by this Austrian punk/new wave band from the scene of Viele Bunte Autos, Astaron, Angie etc. B/w 'Pubertät Vergeht'. Contains an insert with lyrics and photos. Limited to 500 copies.

TOY DIVISION - CUTE (+7") (LP/VINYL ON DEMAND)

Melbourne based Toy Division (Dick Sallows with help from friends Phillip McKellar (Informatics) and Martin Fripp (sound engineer)) with their fantastic electronic album 'Cute' from 1983. The 'Cute' LP includes a bonus 7-inch sampler with 4 more tracks previously released on other Temporary Art Tapes between 1981 and 1983.

KACIMI - GYROPHARE (LP/LE POP CLUB)

On 'Gyrophare', Kacimi comes up with an intimate collection of pop songs. This record is a soft and melancholic sonic web woven on the velvet-like fabric of delicate and minimalist arrangements.

MEN I TRUST - FOREVER LIVE SESSIONS (LP/RETURN TO ANALOG)

Live album by Québec City's own Men I Trust. Expertly crafted electronic jewels ranging from ethereal trip-hop to funk infused upbeat dance and incredibly dreamy vocals.

TAPEWORMS - FUNTASTIC (LP/HOWLIN' BANANA)

Tapeworms was formed in Lille by Margot Magnieres and two brothers, Theo and Elliot Poyer. After having released a couple of home-recorded EPs, they were established as one of the most exciting newcomers in the French shoegaze scene. The title of the album, 'Funtastic', symbolizes their search for new horizons. The album turns noisy pop songs into electronic music, and brings rock songs into experimental playgrounds, slowing down the pace when needed with catchy synth-pop lullabies. For fans of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and Boo Radleys.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

BUDWEISERS - LORDS OF BUDTOWN (SPAIN) (LP/FAMILY SPREE)

Asturian trio The Budweisers releases an album that's entirely based on North American three-chord punk-rock and power-pop. 'Lords Of Budtown' contains original songs with contributions from the Feedbacks. Influences include Screaching Weasel, Riverdales, Llillingtons, The Queers and '60s girl groups.

XENOFOBIA - MUERTE EN AMERICA (7"/RADIATION)

Xenofobia is by far the most iconic of the Mexican hardcore bands that emerged during the late 1980s, their base in the nation's capital city placing them in a hotbed of the local scene (though there were also acts in places with greater proximity to the US border, such as Tijuana and the Yucatan peninsula). Their impossibly rare debut 7-inch EP 'Muerte En America' was released in minute quantities by the group in 1987 as a self-released seven-inch with a graphic picture sleeve, featured bassist/songwriter Hnos David Varela and his brother Jorge (AKA "El Igor") on drums, with guitarist Raul "El Perro" and lead singer Miguel El Charro, the production shared between Hnos Varela and Eleazar Betancourt (who would later work with Mexican rock band Liran' Roll, AKA The Blues Boys). Chaotic political hardcore at its rawest peak, reissued for the first time since 1987 in a mere 500 copies, from the unstoppable archival punk machine at Radiation Reissues. SIDE 1: 1. Muerte En America 2. Juventud Acabada SIDE 2: 1. Vive La Realidad 2. Xenofobia Tema

VARUKERS - VINTAGE VARUKERS (BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

'RARE AND UNRELEASED 1980-1985'- Retrospective on these UK82-sound prime movers, spanning their early days and containing their 1980 demo tape, their hard to find 1984 'No Hope For A Future' 7" originally out on the German Pogar Records label, tracks from the 'We Don't Want Your Fucking War' and 'We Don't Need Nuclear Force' compilation, outtakes from their first 'Bloodsuckers' LP's recording session, and four live tracks from an incendiary live set at the Working Man's Club in Besham, July 28th 1986. A plethora of rare tracks covering their 1980-1985 period, presented here on a limited edition vinyl together with unpublished early photos kindly provided by the band and complete with a 60x60 cm poster! SIDE 1: 1. Punk Ain't Dead 2. Government's To Blame 3. Varuker 4. No Education 5. No Hope Of A Future 6. Never Again 7. Soldier Boy (Live) 8. One Struggle One Fight (Live) SIDE 2: 1. Good Time Girls 2. Dance Until You're Dead 3. United We Stand 4. Stop The Killing 5. Blood Money 6. Seek And Destroy 7. We Have The Right 8. Stop The Killing (Live) 9. One Struggle One Fight (Live)

 

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