Bring Me The Head of Lasse Marhaug
(Peer Pressure Zombie) LP $14.00
Two side-long noise-scapes that’ll curl your toes while massaging your mind.
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.
Devil Wolf Men
(Pica Disk - PICA010) 7-inch $10.00 (Out-of-stock)
A tapestry of location recordings and studio collaborations made during Ambarchi and Marhaug's tour of China in 2005.
(Pica Disk - PICA032) LP $22.50
Intense energy, progressive and sustained, made with guitar (Otomo), turntable and electronics (Marhaug), and drums (Nilssen-Love). Edition of 500
For Ake Hodell
(Quasi Pop - QPOPREC01) split 7-inch $9.00 (Out-of-stock)
Marhaug’s “So-so Green Tea With Buddha” deals with musique concrete and noisy cut-ups techniques, Gustafsson’s “Jag Vill Lyda Order” with his extended sax and electronics in harsh, bulldozer style.
(Pica Disk - PICA040) LP $16.50
The already dense and visceral expression of acoustic improvisers Håvard Skaset on guitar, percussionist Jacob Felix Heule, and Guro Skumsnes Moe on contrabass gets transforms by Marhaug into a maelstrom of layered sheets of scraping noise, rising and collapsing simultaneously. Edition of 200.
Human Inferno / Lasse Marhaug
(Sonmoi) split LP $12.00
Marhaug has all kinds of sounds working for him in a very unfriendly way; a piano, humans, a chair, somebody’s wife, junk found in the street, a reactor of some sort marked #23. Human Inferno, a resident, sings of the strange emotions connected to his brother's death. The intensity is overwhelming. Colored vinyl in a printed polyvinyl bag.
It's Not The End Of The World
(Quasi Pop - QPOPCD043) CD $13.50
Methods and traditions of serious electronic avant garde integrated into the aesthetics of loud and bloody harsh noise music. Dynamic and inventive, full of lo-fi electronic sweeps, distortion and feedback.
Kiss of Acid
(Monotype - MONO033) CD $12.75
Wastell’s misfortune-prone project started with a gigantic tam tam, recorded in 2004 by Graham Halliwell; Marhaug applied his electronics, computer, and compositional structure to the recording in 2005. A mere five years later, here is the forty-minute result -- dark, haunting atmospheric. Cardboard gatefold jacket with twelve-page book.
Music for Gardening
(Pica Disk - PICA009) CD $17.00
The fourth entry in Ratkje and Marhaug's "Music For…" collaborative series. After Shopping (2002), Loving (2004) and Faking (2005) comes Gardening, inspired by Ratkje's new life in the countryside. Seven tracks meant to inspire spending time on one’s hand and knees, fidgeting with dirt, taking care of plants.
On The Silver Globe
(Sofa - SOFALP553) LP $16.50
A stereo version of the eight-channel piece commissioned for a Trondheim art biennale, distilled into less than 30 minutes. Myhr and Marhaug’s five-part suite — recorded using analogue and modular synths, oscillators, electronics, acoustic objects, and guitar — drops the listener directly into the flow of a grittily occluded drone mixed with looping spirals of static crackle and machine thrum. It then spreads outward to enfold soft, throaty swelling noises and ethereal melodicism, before morphing from a loose, gravelly scrape and skitter into quease-inducing electronic stridulation, and guitar-based sci-fi electronica, scrunchy microsound scumble and amplified infinity roar. It finally flows into bassnote pulse, and as everything else dies away, that pulse resolves into something like the clunk of a pickup cartridge, bumping and scraping runout groove.
(KBA - KBA001) LP $22.50
Delicious crunch flitting back and forth between the Norwegian noise supremo’s crashes and bangs and the saxophonist’s unorthodox techniques.
(Premier Sang - 007) LP $20.00
Osaka Fortune is the first studio record by the quartet of two drummers and two noisicians (one each from Norway and Japan). Hiroshige and Marhaug bring the screech, the former via three-and-half decades as guitarist and leader of infamous Hijokaidan, the latter having established himself as one of the most prolific and travel-ready Scandinavians of the past twenty years. Nilssen-Love has pounded for The Thing and Atomic, and collaborated with Peter Brötzmann, Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark, while Pika has cracked it for Afrirampo and Acid Mother's Temple. Finally, a chain with no weak links. 350-gram vinyl. Edition of 400
(Pica Disk) 4xCD $27.00
Almost five hours in length, the 47 tracks here were selected from Marhaug’s cassette releases in the 1990s on labels like Mother Savage Noise Productions, TWR, Slaughter Productions, Freak Animal, Xerxes, Pain Art and others; they range from cut-up voice and turntable thrashing to harsh wall-of-sound power noise and scum sounds. Packaged in a handsome custom-made solid box with a 24-page booklet of photos, cover reproductions and liner-notes by Tommy Carlsson (Abisko, Segerhuva) and Tore H. Bøe (Origami Republika, The Nordic Miracle). Limited edition of 500 copies.
The Love Robots
(Pica Disk - PICA031) LP $22.50 (Out-of-stock)
Housing, parasites and hammering textures made with guitar (O’Rourke), electronics (Marhaug ), and drums (Nilssen-Love). Edition of 500.
(Spring Press - SP15) LP $13.50
This collaboration by two heavyweights draws on the languages of musique concrète, dub, blues, power electronics, free noise and early Italian avant-garde. “Some of the harmonica work is particularly mangled,” notes Volcanic Tongue, “Squeezed through the kind of thunderous tumult of contemporary Whitehouse with protesting tones that sound like Dylan ’66 given a streamroller for a makeover… The bottom end is particularly thick and sticky, more trunk slamming than junk glamming, while a track like ‘Pyjamarama’ recalls the primitive electro-acoustic aktions of Akita-and-Null-era Merzbow.” Edition of 500.