A HANDFUL OF DUST

The Eightness of Adam Qadmon

(Ikuisuus) LP $21.00

Vinyl reissue of this 1994 Corpus Hermeticum cassette, a recording which Jon Dale says draws him in “for its utterly unique, acroamatic sensibility…. [C]ollective and solo eviscerations from the heart of sound itself.” Made when Bruce Russell and Alastair Galbraith were still formulating the “idea of A Handful Of Dust … through experimental practice. Some of it worked better than other bits, but it all made sense as a collage of sound, pointing in the direction of freedom.” Edition of 200

GNARLOS / BRUCE RUSSELL

Ruined Again

(l’Esprit de l’Escalier - LELE04) split LP $20.00

Two tape pieces by The Dead C / A Handful of Dust gentleman on one side, using excerpts from texts on urbanism, recorded instrumental interludes, and electronics. On the flip, the side-long track by one of the mutants from Bren't Lewiis Ensemble combines fragments of keyboard drone, spastic violin, field recordings by Silvia Kastel and Joan Of Art, turntables, and diabolically uncooperative reel-to-reel tape. Insert includes companion texts “No: Your City” — Formulary For A New Christchurch” and “The Organ Courier And The Chinese Billionaire.” Cover art by Kate McRae. Edition of 200.

NOEL MEEK / BRUCE RUSSELL

Say No To Hate

(Ikuisuus) LP $21.00

Guitar, violin and electronics recorded in a wood workshop located in Christchurch, scene of New Zealand’s worst right-wing terror atrocity. This harsh noise masterwork is an affirmation of life and collaborative solidarity, one of the signature characteristics of the fully international scene from which it springs. Mixed and mastered by Lasse Marhaug. Edition of 200

KAREN CONSTANCE

Nothing To See, Hear

(Chocolate Monk - choc.474) CDR $6.00

Using the same set up, Little Sister presents a companion release to the Dylan Nyoukis disc of the same name, recorded inside Wino Lodge. Further dollops of loop damage which aim to disorient and frazzle in the nicest possible way. Numbered edition of 50

VARIOUS ARTISTS

I Am With The Band Of Gurps

(Chocolate Monk - choc.472) CDR $6.00

Recordings of Band Of Gurps (a one-off quintet of Sharon Gal, Dylan Nyoukis, June Whitchurch, Yoni Silver and Ali Roberston) performing at Cafe Oto on 28th July 2018 as part of the Chocolate Monk 25th anniversary two-day event were passed onto Cody Brant, Ju Suk Reat Meate, Karen Constance, Hannah Ellul, Rust Ruus, Kenny Carstairs, Posset, and Seymour Glass, who each proceeded to remix and rework and do over. All the huffing, puffing and wheezing weirdness you could hope for. Maybe more. Definitely not less. Edition of 75

LABAS KRABAS

Krabas Musique de Ultrá

(Chocolate Monk - choc.475) CDR $6.00

Odie ji Ghast and Thomas Tyler use dictaphones, voice, guitar, mountain dulcimer, bells, electronics, tapes, miscellaneous objects and baby to tear a sizeable chunk out of your clue hole. “Pre-language hoffs and quacks spin out of control,” chimes in our friend Joe Posset. “Instruments (whatever they are) become worried with hectic rubbings and coated in a sort of headache-y varnish…. There’s a canny intertwining going on somehow. Voices whittle like electric kettles, rubber birds sing to high heaven while the neighbors clank about looking for the good frying pan. Occasional electronics mean a finger is jammed deeper into your sense-lobe and the grey matter stirred like a cocktail. Behold! Mitten-enrobed hands rustle various stringed contraptions. Later I dream of Django, Paris in the 1930’s with pelican-throated hoofers warbling to the wee small hours.” Edition of 60

FLESHTONE AURA

Infinity Keystroke

(Chocolate Monk - choc.473) CDR $6.00

Andrew No C Zukerman busts out a fine, demented piece of tympanic membrane tickling. Recorded in 2014 and 2015 using tapes, turntable, sampler, modular and Buchla synthesizers, he slow-bakes the burble to a perfect blend of heady, psychedelic, paranoid, and warped, with a dose of abstract musicality for good measure. Edition of 60

PRICK DECAY / WITCYST

Custic Witch Conflictory And In The Pols

(Chocolate Monk - choc.471) CDR $6.00

Take a moment to force yourself to forget that this junk-fi epic by Dora Doll, Mykl Veet, and Dylan Nyoukis was created during a time when, and on a globe where, air, food, and water weren’t classified as luxury poisons and it was easy to win an argument about whether fascism was bad or not. It’s not gonna hurt anyone to wonder at the gurgle of a cassette tape trying to move forward underneath the weight of someone sitting on the deck, at the flat-topped frequency range, at distortion eclipsed by its ever-present understudy overmodulation, at fist-filled mouths mimicking the slow death of a water-logged shack by the railroad tracks where teenagers huff glue. But these are 25-year-old recordings, no escaping that, and this recently unearthed, unreleased snail-mail collaboration made in 1996 snorfles on the very edges of the shadow cast by the influence of charred psychedelic hypermetropia. Crud fidelity bedroom recordings made straight to cassette. The Blackburn-Whangarei Freundschaft. Oh, the beauty and the damage. Obsolete tools like guitars and piano writhe and grind inside tubes of acidic digestion, decimated on arrival, congenitally defective, esprit-deprived. Very few existential howls from the abyss, plenty of shattered squeals from a mic too close to an amp in the carport. Jacked flutter vistas. Muffled turntable surrender. Wires that shouldn’t be touching. A big ol’ blur of electronic mud-scrape. No one forgets their first. Edition of 75

VICIOUS FENCE

Primitives b/w Humanoid Front

(Total Life Society - TLS012) 7-inch $8.00 (Out-of-stock)

COMING SOON. Tom Watson (Red Krayola) on guitar; Matthew Wascovich (Scarcity Of Tanks) on vocals; Jerry Trebotic (Mike Watt And The Secondmen) on drums; Pete Mazich (Mike Watt And The Secondmen) on organ; John Talley-Jones (The Urinals) on bass; Mark Arm (Mudhoney) on guitar.

SCARCITY OF TANKS

Dissing The Reduction

(Total Life Society - TLS013) CD $14.00 (Out-of-stock)

COMING SOON. Jonny Bell (Crystal Antlers) - bass, engineer, guitar, keyboards, saxophone; Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls) - guitar; Dennis Callaci (Refrigerator) - guitar; Nels Cline (Wilco) - guitar; Don Depew (Flaming Telepaths) - guitar; Jimbo Easter (Druid Perfume) - artwork; Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices) - guitar; Don Godwin (Impractical Cockpit) - bass; John Talley-Jones (Urinals) - bass; Ulrich Krieger (Text Of Light) - saxophone; Raul Morales (Mike Watt And The Missingmen) - drums, percussion; Caleb Mulkerin (Big Blood) - bass, guitar; Nate Scheible - drums; Matthew Wascovich - vocals, percussion; Tom Watson (The Red Krayola) - guitar; Mike Watt (Minutemen) - bass; and Norman Westberg (Swans) - guitar.