(DroneDisco - fig.95) CD $13.50 (Out-of-stock)
Previous full-length documents by the cooperative of composer/improvisers John Wiese (Sissy Spacek) and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) have been culled from live performance situations, and one could cite Cincinnati as the duo's first studio album. Recorded face-to-face in late 2007 at Ashworth Tap Room in Cincinnati OH, it reveals unexpected developments and strategies of this ongoing partnership. Familiar machineries were primed, but an increasingly alien attitude was fed through and processed into churning and bewildering shapes. The results of these sessions were cataloged and surgically isolated into specimens by Yeh; a little editing employed to carve the forms somewhat presentable, but no "studio trickery" to mask the organic nature. A monumentally intimate body touched by indeterminate intuition, instant composition, and interior logic.
(Von Archives - VON002) 7-inch $10.00 (Out-of-stock)
A threshold of sound composed from the electrocacoustic improvisations of Yeh and the chirurgical, abrasive noise patches of Wiese. A majestic experiment by two unclassifiable masters of the new improv. Edition of 300.
Country and Western
(Helicopter - H59) CD $12.00 (Out-of-stock)
No samples from the film Payday, but probably worth a listen anyhow. Edition of 300.
(Pan - PAN9) LP $27.00 (Out-of-stock)
Pan’s vinyl edition of the CD (Second Layer 2010) contains all the final mixes and edits of the sessions by the British free jazz phenomenon and L.A.’s no-nonsense electronic and tape noise artist. The duo’s real-time, evolving improvisations are intended for maximum volume and have been mastered accordingly. C-Section finds density in scarcity -- deep, glacial muck bubbles emerge beneath Parker's inhuman circular breathing, only to plunge into an incessant clatter of industrial landscape. Edition of 330, 140g black-and-white LP jacket in a two-tone silkscreened PVC sleeve with interweaving geometric designs. Artwork by Kathryn Politis and Bill Kouligas.
Deviate From Balance
(Hesse Press) paperback book $25.00 (Out-of-stock)
Very dignified document covering recent work -- sound installation, video, collage, photography, typography, and graphic sound scores, with an essay by Bruce Russell. 64pp, full color.
(Ultra Eczema - UE57) LP $28.00 (Out-of-stock)
This record is painfully harsh at times and even more painfully sensitive others, less a wall of nuttery and buckets full of zist and garbage thrown at your head, more an aural test of the limits of teasing your insides and flappy ears. This collection of cut-ups from Wiese's 2007 European tour uses guitar, drums, voice, tape, and the secret weapon, miscellany. The perfect soundtrack for cutting toenails out with a knife. Silkscreened, fold-open cover design by Dennis Tyfus. Numbered edition of 300 copies.
(Teenage Teardrop - TD037) CD $10.50
(Teenage Teardrop - TD037) LP $15.00
Two side-long tracks of dynamically diffused smashing, shattering and crashing sounds, mixed in stereo from Wiese's four-channel Los Angeles installation. Cover photographs by Cali Thornhill deWitt. Clear vinyl with insert. Edition of 330.
Live At Colour Out Of Space 2009
(Chocolate Monk - choc.233) CDR $9.00
Split release recorded live in Brighton 2009. Solid Eye’s gloved maestro of live tape manipulation conjures up amazing, smoked-out loop wobble. If you cut the guy, he would bleed Ferric Oxide. Constance and Wiese twist knobs and deliver spectral head scratch of marble-losing proportions. A sweet ear pickle all round.
Live In Nottingham
(What The ... - WHAT004) LP $25.00
Live collaboration by Wiese (to be played by Sasha Cohen in the upcoming film Noise Movie) and Yeh, in front of their best gear with loudspeakers and a room full of wanting Brits. Rude blast noises, deep-brain droning, twisting tape press record, vocals that are just torn-apart and strung up in electronic torture chambers. Recorded direct from the board for maximum clarity, detail and quality. Limited edition of 330 with insert and red silkscreened covers.
(Troniks - TRO299) CD $10.50
A minimal and mesmerizing piece of real-time tape music exploring stark and brutal elements for absolute immersion. Mirror is simultaneously the extended soundtrack for a new video work by Wiese and a reissue of the long sold-out Tumbler LP (No Fun Productions 2006), remastered for playback intensity and with all new visuals.
Mixed Metaphor b/w Into a Bad Way
(Phage - PT110) 7-inch $9.00 (Out-of-stock)
Brutal, fast-moving, cut-up harsh noise, recorded and mixed in 2007, using Wiese and Merzbow material as source.
(Helicopter - H63) 7-inch + cassette $22.50 (Out-of-stock)
Two sessions, one recorded by mail in 2004, and one recorded at a studio in Shinjuku, 2009, alternating between sharp, cut-up collage, fleeting junk sounds, hard electronics, noise, and vocals. Boxset with many inserts from Masaya Nakahara (formerly Violent Onsen Geisha).
New York / Atlanta
(Helicopter - H49) CD $10.65 (Out-of-stock)
Two of the best sets from a 2007 tour by this developing audio partnership. On these direct-from-the-soundboard recordings, steel string binds knobs, vocal cries machine code, fuzz and foil avalanche, fireworks and drought. Epic movements in their entirety, with minimal editing and post-meddling.
Oblique No Strategy
(Helicopter - H 78) CD $10.50 (Out-of-stock)
Hard to believe these two screech-zillas have never collaborated before now — the closest they ever got are Mikawa’s button-down liner notes for Wiese’s Teenage Hallucination CD — but a full fifteen years after first meeting, the pair bled electronics into one another in Tokyo at Ochiai Soup in 2015, leaving us with immersive and astounding energy. Mixed and mastered by Wiese during a residency at the studio of Ina/GRM in Paris, 2016.
(Helicopter - H60) 7-inch $12.75 (Out-of-stock)
Collaboration exclusively using the sounds of tearing paper. Edition of 150.
Teenage Hallucination: 1992-1999
(Troniks) CD $9.00
From pure analog bedroom havoc to intense cut-up harsh noise blasts, Wiese steadily developed his highly personal and specific style of extreme music while trying to survive the St. Louis experience. Fifty-two tracks, including the best material from Catwoman 7-inch, split LP with The Haters, split 5-inch with Panicsville, collaborative tracks with GX Jupitter-Larsen and Corydon Ronnau of Sissy Spacek, and unreleased and unheard tracks of isolated Midwest basement obscurity.
(Harbinger Sound) CD $11.25 (Out-of-stock)
Collaboration between Los Angeles noise giant and Tokyo noise legend.
Tiny Red Tables b/w Big American Hole
(Helicopter - H48) 7-inch $7.50 (Out-of-stock)
Handheld tape recordings of source material and stage clips that Wiese (Sissy Spacek, Bastard Noise) and Yeh (Burning Star Core) used during the Free Noise tour sets -- the first unofficial Free Noise document, in fact. Very low-fi, but sounds great. An astounding twenty-six minutes total, no joke. Edition of 150.
(Nihilist - NIHIL63) LP $22.50 (Out-of-stock) (Out-of-print)
Mania-inducing, heavy waves of suffocating bass frequencies with ripping and tearing, hissing and speaker destroying hellstorm. Recorded in Chicago in 2005. Cover art by Alex Decarli.
(A Dear Girl Called Wendy - WENDY12) 7-inch $8.00
Two titans of noise, one stunning prologue to their series of collaborations, seven minutes of analog synthesizers, electronics, and noise dating from 2005. Fast, violent, harsh. Edition of 200.