... And The German Pillow Menu
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.278) Split cassette $8.00
The first in a two-volume split tape gonk-off between The Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble and Blood Stereo (to be followed, glob help us, by a Karen Constance / Lucian Tielens cassette) is a prologue to a full-blown Blood Lewiis collaboration. Glass spins short yarns using bottle cap, hairbrush, tapes, turntable, violin and voice, with guest clarinet by My Little Panda, while Nyoukis calls upon the forces of gravity and fermentation for his side-long trip to the bottom of a bottle via tapes, voice, piano, drums, trumpet, violin, reel-to-reel, Library Of Congress C1 tape player and objects. C20. Edition of 40.
An Unripe Preoccupation With Nonagenarian Moroseness
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.305) CDR $7.00
Recordings from their duo show at the Train Of Thought Emporium in the wilds of Worthing, with additional cuts, splices new sonic burps and wheeze. Almost half an hour of ferric tomfoolery that gently slips in and out of focus. Magnets at the ready. Edition of 50
(Singing Knives - SK016) LP $25.00
Originally a CDR inside early editions of the Inside Wino Lodge LP (No Fun 2009), Carrion Hut is infused with prickly, invasive gurgles and rumblings. Let’s turn over the snort-by-snort to Daniel Baker of The Quietus: “‘The Frosted Growth’ is an exercise in muddy barbarism; Nyoukis’s non-verbal snarls, multitracked into a paranoid ooze that revels in its own ugliness … [and] gleeful incantation[s] ... recall the genuinely unsettling soundtrack work of Blood Stereo collaborator and Fluxus-inspired multidisciplinary artist Ludo Mich…. [V]ocal manipulations and rackety anti-percussive creaks … [and] a brutally realist approach to psychedelia through ritual” are “best captured on 'Late Night Vocal Gravy', a side-long experiment in the rendering of hallucination through sound in which Nyoukis patiently channels psychological dysfunction through bodily suffering and blurts it out into his tape deck…. 'Strange New Ache' ... is a Kafkaesque whirligig…. Like an animalistic satire of a society that has gorged itself silly on everything from junk food to credit ratings, there is vulgarity in abundance on Carrion Hut, but that isn't even half the story.” Screened jackets. Edition of 500.
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.328) Cassette $8.00 (Out-of-stock)
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.328) CDR $7.00 (Out-of-stock)
Dilloway turns tapes of Nyoukis singing, playing violin, pogo stick and other junk into four tracks of heavy loop madness. Saltier than a mumified German sailor. Edition of 50
Dylan Nyoukis / Fleshtone Aura
(Beniffer Editions) split LP $17.25
One side is a throwback of sorts for fans of the crude, Fluxus-certified tape collage of early Nyoukis. Here he combines the spontaneity and natural course of direction of his bellyaches with straight-no-chaser editing. On the flip, Gastric Female Reflex founder and visual artist Andrew Zukerman side-steps his ironic didactic collage and dives into traditional tape music techniques, modified electronics, and Ciat-Lonbarde interfaces. Pierre Henry without the inheritance. Screen-printed three-color jacket. Marbled vinyl. Edition of 300
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.330) Cassette $8.00
A wet and windy night at the end of January saw the first teaming up of Bench and Nyoukis, opening for the Bohman Brothers at Brighton’s Sallis Benney Theatre. Focused tape improvisations and electric whack! transpired, but if you think that was good enough for these worm-lovers, you can go eat aluminum foil, pal. The following month the two hacked up the crisp desk recording from that night. Shaped it into whole new world of wonk, they did. Nyoukis’s frantic cut-up, backed with Bench in full-on bonkers mode. Edition of 50.
Live In Athens
(Phase! - PHR95) LP (one-sided) $20.00 (Out-of-stock)
This physical and vital set of vocal pirouettes and juxtapositions will send you flying. Free improv sound poetry using nothing but voice (“the original instrument,” as Joan La Barbara would say). An all acoustic performance, totally devoid of electronics, and yet at times resembling electronic music. Screen-printed covers. Edition of 300.
My Disgusting Heart
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.353) CDR $6.00
A live set of horrible noise recorded at Café Oto in 2014, a slurry of guitar, voice and other oozed junk, with prodigious post-application of tape loop lunacy and other audio tricks. Cover art by Karen Constance. Numbered edition of 80
Repeat After Me Mud, Mud Mud
(Rain Ridge) paperback book $10.00 (Out-of-stock)
Collected drawings by the saucy overlord of the Chocolate Monk empire.
Scunnered At Breakfast
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.299) CDR $7.00
All the hot audio gorlins of an imaginary wintertime breakfast, cooked up with nowt but accordion, tapes and voice. Guest orators include Hitomi Arimoto, Marco Cazzella, Seymour Glass, Paul Kirk, Ludo Mich, Angela Sawyer, Norman Shaw and Erkki Sinnemaki. With four text inserts. Edition of 50.
Sugar: The Other White Meat
(Catsup Plate - CPR17) LP $45.00
Side A features each in solo mode: quasi-ethnic and wordless vocals, background television, and Django-esque guitar runs from Alvarius B; sanshin-playing from Nyoukis, morphing into subtle tape manipulation and musique concrete. The B-Side is a side-long collaborative track of broken electronics, field recordings near a Gas 'n' Sip, shortwave radio, actual songs, ambient cafeteria noise, thunderstorms, and drunken answering machine messages from Harmony Korine. Silkscreened jacket and inserts. Edition of 500.
The Acrylic Window
(Discombobulate) LP $25.00
Four measured tracks, all washing up a new kind of psychedelic moss, fresh thin tendrils, easy to snap, but determined to grow among loose grey matter late on into the next day, and the next and the next. Dry coughs and outta-whack piano chords play into Boy Scout bike repairs. Hot air leaks from a perished rubber hose. With knuckles like hazelnuts, these sounds shine like delicately laid cobblestones, laid end-to-end with neither fuss nor haste. Late night thumps, “boof, baff,” and a lousy Soft Machine organ solo talks a Brighton raver down from gritted jaw of oblivion. Ideas are put through the wringer in stereo effect. The domestic bric-a-brac builds up: a motorcycle revving, the dry crunch of gravel underfoot, a jumble sale of sweaty woolens, singing out through pinched throat to make un-sense of the phrase “iss, sum bear-lae-um.” An unexpected kitchen sink gamelan makes for a discombobulating listen. Tension is introduced via leathery lunged accordion but there’s no crass crescendo. Fading out like a flu virus... Euro voices abound in tangled syntax. Verbs, sounds, and nouns renamed. The downs come in re-directed by taut tape loops making the ecstatic, grooving on the surface of a micron-thin bubble. Another take on the stretched ritual. A parrot squawks underwater struggling for fresh O2. Furious eraser scurrying action is met with the stony silence of a fourteen-year-old girl while apples crunch between strong white teeth. Our old friends, words, are worried and fretted in a dark experiment; turned over looking for new seams and valves to shuck and pried open like ripe clams until mucus-y muscle slips free and falls to the flagstones below. A living séance. Acrylic Wisdom from the Old Ones, the thin Venn diagram slice between frantic scuttling and sweet Miskatonic stoned. Colored vinyl. Edition of 250. TEDIUM HOUSE BEST OF 2013
The Flood Wants Silence Of Tongue
(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.290) CDR $7.00 (Out-of-stock)
COMING SOON. Tape mulch cassette mess recorded inside Wino Lodge one Thursday afternoon in April. Edition of 26.
The Throat Is Pregnant / Zangstondes
(Ultra Eczema - UE58) split LP $28.00
This record is all about flipping the coin of persistence and patience. Dylan Nyoukis is back on his grind, and what a tooth-crushing experience it is, old school vocal perversion for which the Chocolate Monk president is known: a retarded brew of high- and low-pitched vocal scruff, muffled sonic slime, lungs full of asbestos dust, and a preference for visuals that piss on the high-brow, borne of total no-fi cassette trouble and underage kids chewing on dusted tapeloops. Dennis Tyfus drools on the microphone and allows bodily juices to make contact with translation delays, empty Kleenex boxes and the power that controls the earth's core. Constant knob-tweaking, contact mic'd cheese balls, and endless layers of mutilated throat sounds jump across the circuitboard like mechanical ants. There's a lot of weird information to absorb here. In addition to vicious ragtime gobot action, a gentle, furrier choir meditation zone will trance your brain muscles over the rainbow. Highly influenced by aboriginal ways of life and the meditative nature of throat singing, the Homo Sapiens Ultra Eczema president spits out a true projection of his tormented soul. Packaged in a classic fold-out silkscreen jacket in a limited edition of 250 copies.
(Mom Costume - 015) split CDR $6.00 (Out-of-stock)
Two pieces each to unearth. Darksmith Of California keeps the hiss and confusion to a maximum on “Jumbo On The Floor” and “Jumbo Up The Stairs” while Nyoukis Of West Lothian digs deep with walkman compositions “Midge Down The Hole” and “Midge In The Gutter.” Edition of 60.
Voice Studies 01
(My Dance The Skull - VS01) Cassette $9.50 (Out-of-stock)
"The Tree Is Tabled," recorded live at Nefertiti Jazz Club, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2010, reworked at home, February 2011. "Music For Trainables" recorded 2002 at home with Karen Constance, Patrick Wells, Cecile Gilbert, Caroline Lewis, Jussi Brightmore and Paul Wilson. Reworked at home, February 2011. C20.