Clyma Est Mort / Tentative Power
(Ba Da Bing - BING066) 2xLP $20.00
Considered The Dead C’s “Ed Sullivan moment” (except it wasn’t performed live on network TV), Clyma Est Mort was recorded in a practice room in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1992 with Tom Lax of Siltbreeze as the sole member of the audience. Audience noises from a Renderers show were dubbed later. The second platter, Tentative Power, a collects non-album tracks "Hell Is Now Love," "Bone," "Mighty," "Power," "Peace," "Radiation," "Power (Fallujah version)." CD also included.
Dead C. vs Rangda
(Ba Da Bing - BING081) LP $14.00
Four tracks recorded in 1989 by Bruce Russell, Michael Morley, and Robbie Yeats during the Eusa Kills sessions in 1989, backed with two tracks recorded in 2010 by Ben Chasny, Rick Bishop, and Chris Corsano at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana.
DR503 + Sun Stabbed
(Ba Da Bing - BING060) 2xLP $20.00 (Out-of-stock)
When it was first released (Flying Nun 1989), DR503 sounded like nothing that came before -- a furious pastiche of unrelenting drones, noise and menace that staked a fork in the road, dividing the New Zealand Pop Sound from its black sheep brother, New Zealand Noise. Still vicious after all these years. The Sun Stabbed EP includes bonus tracks not on the original seven-inch (Xpressway 1988), making this the first release of those sessions in their entirety.
Eusa Kills + Helen Said This
(Ba Da Bing - BING061) 2xLP $20.00 (Out-of-stock)
The Dead C's second album (Flying Nun 1989) with a 45 RPM reissue of their 1990 Siltbreeze 12-inch. Eusa Kills adds ominous aggression to the abstract sounds being created at the time by Dustdevils, This Kind of Punishment, and Dadamah. Sneering vocals drift over improvised melodies and unstructured rock songs. Truly intense and unparalleled.
(Ba Da Bing - BING053) 2xLP $17.00
Another uncompromising realization of the surreal and undefined expressed via fine rock improv, genius drone and barbarous clashing sounds. From the first track, “The AMM of Punk Rock” through to the last, “Garage,” The Dead C's intensity is unyielding, their inventiveness jaw-dropping.
Harsh 70s Reality
(Siltbreeze - SB1112) 2xLP $16.00 (Out-of-stock)
Originally released in April 1992, Harsh 70s Reality conspired with Twin Infinitives and Lake to slaughter rock music in its sleep with a tremendous grinding thud. Described by one freelance poet as "a garbage truck backing over the abyss," this reissue is remastered with no editing, compression, equalization or normalization. Gatefold jacket, free download card. Edition of 1000.
Operation of the Sonne
(Siltbreeze - SB30) LP $30.00 (Out-of-stock)
Suites of corrosive feedback and swaying slow-motion rhythm. Beginning with a collage of overdriven synth improvisation and pulsating sine waves, concluding with the interlocked guitars of Messrs Russell and Morley wavering feedback tendrils that float over Mr. Yeats’s rhythm network. Originally released in 1993.
(Ba Da Bing - BING070) CD $12.00
(Ba Da Bing - BING070) LP $14.00
Four unforgiving instrumentals. Thick and thundering electric drones compound and retreat like a Pacific Ocean of noise. LP includes free MP3 download card. TEDIUM HOUSE BEST 0F 2010
Relax Fallujah - Hell Has Come
(Ba Da Bing - BING049) 7-inch $5.00
Side A is brutal, never-released version of "Power" from the band's archives. The B-Side reissues "Bad Politics" (their most famous song if the fact that it's been covered by Yo La Tengo and The Rogers Sisters, among others, is any indication). Limited to 1000 copies, released to coincide with Vain, Erudite and Stupid: Selected Works 1987-2005 2xCD.
(Ba Da Bing - BING059) LP $14.00
The elegance of howling guitar noise meets the tenets of alienation in society with unrelenting force -- a focused soundtrack to accompany Knut Hamsun novels, Samuel Beckett plays, and Ingmar Bergman films. Michael Morley's monotonic vocal moan anchors the inherent isolation of our modern world, earnest and lost. Oceanic feedback, catastrophic drumming, and a return to the cripple rock blasts of their early material.
(Starlight Furniture Company) CD $5.00
SPECIAL SALE PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME, to coincide with Trapdoor Fucking Exit, a series of performances taking place inside Helga Fassonaki’s Installation Touching Them Touching Me – A Love Song for the Dead C, at Human Resources Gallery April 20 – 22 in Los Angeles. (more info here: http://helgafassonaki.net/) Nasty rock screech that sacrifices not an ounce of the grace and finesse required of tamers of gigantic, wild sandworms. The Dead C’s improvised noise rock verges on disintegration with a trademark hazy disorientation, invariably evoking hypnotic and heavy moods. But The Dead C are no bummer. They have always sought liberation from shallow and easy rock conventions; amid the murk of cardboard box guitars, underwater vocals, and ramshackle drumming, a new consciousness emerges. The recognizable, sullen strumming, mumbling and lyrical ennui of Michael Morley, anchored by percussionist Robbie Yeats and punctuated by Bruce Russell’s atonal bursts coalesce in a solid front that mocks the efforts of schmaltz-peddling hacks.
The Dead Sea Perform Max Harris
(Ba Da Bing - BING067) LP $12.00
The first recordings The Dead C ever made, back in January 1987. Each side displays a different and uniquely raw version of "Max Harris" -- reinterpreted both times by a group who can truly say they have never played the same song in any form the same way twice. Slicing tension that drives right through your bones, on vinyl for the first time. Includes free MP3 download card.
(Ba Da Bing - BING114) 2xCD $12.00
(Ba Da Bing - BING114) 2xLP $20.00 (Out-of-stock)
Trouble springs from a glorious realm where churning discontent is deadened by pounding drone. “Extrusions of static and microaggressive twitches of dissonance, courtesy of the guitars of Russell and Morley, dot a minefield rife with Yeats’ percussive skitter,” notes Pitchfork, “Halfway through [the] twenty-minute sprawl [of ‘One’], the song splits open just wide enough to hear Morley’s ghost-moaned vocals, a sound halfway between a mumble and a hymn…. Though Trouble is nimble and fluid, the Dead C draw mainly on the gravity of their years. There’s a mournful air to ‘Two’ after the opening drumbeat crawls to a momentary halt. The guitars helix around a sour melody, curling in the empty space where something used to be. Here, the album’s utilitarian non-titles make sense, as if to avoid conferring any context or intent…. [T[he ten-minute middle of [‘Three’] lapses into unhinged, human-like cries of confusion, weariness, surrender, and ultimately rage. It’s an uncanny-valley effect that captures a primordial eeriness, ancient and unsettling.” TEDIUM HOUSE BEST OF 2016