330,003 Crossdressers From Beyond The Rig Veda
(Get Back - GET718) 3xLP $55.00 (Out-of-stock)
(Abduction - ABDT008) Used 2xCD $40.00 (Out-of-stock)
The second vinyl reissue of their double-CD (Abduction 1996), partly an ethno-surrealist take on places and forms known (Indonesian gamelan, Bollywood soundtracks, Polynesian folk, surf stylistics, and sci-fi thematics) and partly a stupefying surreal ethnography of places yet to be discovered. Clear highlight is "Ghost Ghat Tresspass / Sussmeier," recorded live at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco with Eyvind Kang on violin, but two tracks from the Torch Of The Mystics sessions and a couple remixes of tracks previously available only on 78rpm 10-inch (Perfect 1994) are nothing to snuff the incense over either.
Apna Desh / Rooko Bay
(Perfect) Used 10-inch $150.00
Different mixes of two ethno-surrealist tracks from 330,003 Crossdressers (Abduction 1996). Plays at 78rpm.
(Enterruption) LP (one-sided) $65.00 (Out-of-stock)
"The Venerable Song (The Meaning Which Is No Longer Known)" from Bright Surroundings Dark Beginnings LP (Majora, 1993) backwards. Includes all the inserts from original release in 2007. White vinyl. Edition of 320.
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 2: The Dreamy Draw
(Abduction - ABDT013 ) Used CD $18.00 (Out-of-stock)
Ominous, dark, sour, and immediately engaging, where the lo-fi improv is in narrow focus, bell-driven, cohesive and dreamy. Shambling graveyard theme music for piano, Indonesian percussion, a slow harmonium line that purrs like a resting tiger. Javier Gallegos guests on the title track, a 21-minute free workout on gamelan that begins with intoxicated, near-random bashing and gradually works up to a demonic-possession trance state. Recorded live at GBU, Seattle in 1998.
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 3: Superculto
(Abduction - ABDT014) CD $28.00
Totally unmusical music recorded live at GBU, Seattle in 1997. “It's like a refrigerated tosser, crushed fingers, full of hemline theory,” says Marty Perez, “Every angle is covered, explicitly.” Shoulder-biter Mark Prindle says “sharp ... satire…, nice … bit of nice banjo interplay…, great drumpile of rhythms. [T]witchy psychotic … floppy.”
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 4: A Bullet Through The Last Temple
(Abduction - ABDT015) CD $20.00
Forty-plus minutes of improv madness from December 1997, driven by Charlie Gocher’s drums and Rick Bishop’s piano, with guests David Carter (trumpet) and Teri Nelson Zagar (upright bass). Subdued yet still active Eastern explorations with a strange modal feel earn comparison to Alice Coltrane, while “In the Bosom of Uncle,” with its oddball mumbled vocals and percussion, could be a more dada Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 5: Severed Finger With A Wedding Ring
(Abduction - ABDT016 ) CD $28.00
Recorded live in Seattle 2000, where it’s gotta gotta rock, so here’s an organ-driven jam that Les Scurry recommends listening to “while driving a hearse with Angus Scrimm.” And there’s another jam, broken and spastic. The trio also captures an evil rite’r two, schizophrenia comes together, noise explodes, coherence slithers in for a nightcap. The Happy Occasion dynamic at its finest.
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 6: Sumatran Electric Chair
(Abduction - ABDT018) CD $28.00 (Out-of-stock)
“My Friend RAIN” in beautiful trad Burma style opens the album, with the rest mixing short electric and acoustic procedures, studio effects, mixed found-sound, pavement rattle and actual wah-wah excursions.
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 7: Libyan Dream
(Abduction - ABDT019) CD $28.00 (Out-of-stock)
Libyan Dream begins with a burst of brutal guitar and drum as the SCGs cover “Journey to the Center of the Mind” for a second time. Busted trash-squeal guitar; sprawling and demented instrumentals; frenetic, land-of-sand fuzzballs; an update of “The Vinegar Stroke”; Middle-Eastern hillbilly chants; and stunning sequences that range from completely falling apart to near-telepathy. The title track references styles from across the globe, from flamenco to rock to raga. “Sangkala Suite” is flat out gorgeous, the kind that makes fat men sit down.
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 8: The Handsome Stranger
(Abduction - ABDT020 ) Used CD $18.00
Gocher-centric hilarity in the form of a surrealist mini-opera involving JFK, Abraham Lincoln (can’t have one without the other), John Wilkes Booth, sodomy, and the mother of all dream vacations spots, hell. Puzzling, profane and therefore deeply satisfying, with supporting hoot ranging from saloon-style piano and swingin’ faux-lounge jazz daddy-o to maudlin easy-listening and rickety, uneasy drone ambiance.
Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vols 11 & 12: Radio One & Two
(Abduction) 2xCD $20.00 (Out-of-stock)
Overseas shortwave and field recordings, Uncle Jim rants, skronky improv madness, pretty instrumental interludes, re-engineered soundtrack themes and bizarre mixes. Recorded in 2002 on WFMU.
Dante’s Disneyland Inferno
(Abduction - ABDT007 ) Used 2xCD $40.00
The inevitable “sprawling masterpiece” in which Divine Comedian Charlie Gocher takes his rightful spot on the dais alongside Burroughs and Firesign Theatre. All the major mood musics appear: bongo bohemia, C & W, lounge swing, ooga booga rock, children’s melodies and the other 112 as well.
Flute And Mask
(Abduction - ABDT024) CD $24.00
Mostly acoustic instrumentation -- strings, percussion, gamelan, and other unidentifiable sources. With “Where's My Fuckin’ Jesus?” and “Dukun Olympic Theater” (epic theater pieces with percussion and voice, faux-monk chanting), “I Saw a Cigarette Breathing So I Smoked It” (Gamelan), “Lord Brown of Due South” (low tribal drums, bowed string instrument, chanting and shaken percussion), “Balcony Sampoerna” (arcane texts, mesmerizing chants), “Lord White of the North” (percussion, growling, bowed string instruments). Edition of 500
Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog / Def In Italy
(Eclipse - ECL033) 2xLP $25.00 (Out-of-stock)
Released in 2004, this is the third in Eclipse's ten-volume Cloaven Cassette reissue series. Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog is the same sequencing as the cassette, minus "Entrail-Littered Savannah" (see Box of Chameleons for an edited version). Recordings are from 1983-1985. Def In Italy comprises live recordings from a 1984 US tour and features many songs not on the original cassette.
Present Uncle Jim, True Tales Of Homeland Security
(Empirical - EMP001) 7-inch $10.00
“Uncle Jim was a fast-talking, jive-ass, wheeler-dealer pot-smoking weirdo,” observes Mark Prindle, “But … he now sounds like a tired old drunk who has seen too much (and committed too many moral crimes) to view anybody else in the world with anything but complete disdain. He knows you can’t compete with him on any level, and he can’t stand to look at you. He speaks of the devil and hacking up Asians with a machete. He spits out rhymes as clever and unique as those of any rap artist, and he does so over cool smoky club jazz — brush drums, jazzy guitar noodling, cocktail lounge piano and trumpet.” Black vinyl from 2003. Guys.
Valentines From Matahari
(Majora) LP $50.00
One of their most inspired releases in the classic three-piece rock band mode. All angular and off-kilter, their eighth album finds them as their shattering psyche-hellic, Eastern-influenced, extraterrestrial best. Forcefully played, hard pushed and intricately telepathized musical advance scouting.