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Alex’s Staff Picks

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  • Kanye West – Donda
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    What our staff has to say: “Donda is the nexus of Kanye’s genius and mania. Praising god, remembering his mother and grieving the breakup of his family. It is easy […]

  • Jean Ritchie – Music Of
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    What our staff has to say: “I love Kentucky.” – Alex Cassette mixtape of a vast array of Jean Ritchie’s career. From Alan Lomax to mid 70s. Jean Ritchie was […]

  • Velvet Underground & Nico – S/T
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    What our staff has to say: “The greatest rock band from the United States. I adore the sound of calamity.” – Alex Verve – V6/5008 60s Stereo Pressing, no torso […]

  • Greyhound – I Felt The Sun
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    What our staff has to say: “heartfelt hazy michigan experimental music. spoken words and beautiful loops” – Alex Hazy sad loops, rudimentary for supreme taste mixing and [...]

  • Loren Connors – 9th Avenue
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    What our staff has to say: “Room next door practice amp blues. Total control and fearlessly personal riffing – TRUE BLUES.” – Alex For me, this is the blues. Utterly […]

  • Altar Of Flies – Återblick
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    What our staff has to say: “Incredible 3 LP of Mattias Gustafsson’s 2020-2021 sessions. Some of my favorite experimental music of recent years, a triple LP is so fitting. Compiling [...]

  • ADULT. – Becoming Undone
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    What our staff has to say: “Absolute rager from ADULT. Remnant of Kas-Product & TG at the minimal moments. EBM for “trve” industrial heads. I can’t stop listening to [...]

  • Fruit LoOops – Last Chance At The Pharmacy CS
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    What our staff has to say: “I am ecstatic that FL would allow us to do their new tape. For fans of frantic energy noise rock ala Load Records.” – […]

  • Kemetrix – Here And Now LP
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    Fried in the red Detroit electronics: KEMETRIX – Here & Now LP is in the shop. A blend of industrial techno, acid bangers, jilted deep house & fourth world experiments. […]

  • Cat Power – You Are Free
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    What our staff has to say: “A definitive record for me. I purchased it the day it came out in 2003 on CD and have been listening to it regularly […]

  • Wendy Eisenberg – Its Shape Is Your Touch
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    What our staff has to say: “A narrative journey of avant garde blues guitar. I am a huge fan of solo guitar music, and this is top tier.” – Alex […]

  • Monokultur – Ormens Väg LP
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    What our staff has to say: “A top 10 of mine from 2021. Incredible subdued electronic pop music.” – Alex “2021 starts as 2020 ends, the good as well as […]

  • Zero Magazine – Volume One (Japanese HC Photo book)
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    What our staff has to say: “Insane document of Japanese 80s punk & hardcore. Unreal spreads of punks & skins and grind freaks. Flyers & photos that will make you […]

  • Rune Lindblad – Death Of The Moon And Other Early Works
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    What our staff has to say: “Rune Linblad’s ‘Death of the Moon & Other Early Works’ compiles recordings from the 1950s of Lindblad’s experimental works. An [...]

  • taupe set xl – shadow of venus
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    What our staff has to say: “There is always a teetering feeling I have with ambient music. I’m on the verge of standing in place as the piece moves past […]

  • RRR-1000 (20 Artists-50 Lock Grooves Each)
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    What our staff has to say: “A feat in itself, RRR-1000 is a legendary must own release for anyone interested in the lineage of noise. 20 artists, each providing 50 […]

  • Alex Cunningham – As Slow as the Stream
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    What our staff has to say: “Incredible solo violin full length from Alex Cunningham. 30+ minutes for fans of Leroy Jenkins or Henry Flynt. Released on my CD label ARKEEN.” […]

  • Jojo Hiroshige – Triple Echo
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    What our staff has to say: “Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan’s great exploration into minimalist feedback structures. Jojo’s guitar playing is lassoing a tone for durations most [...]

  • JD Swift – CD
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    What our staff has to say: “A mysterious release from PL from ‘JD Swift’ elusive hissed out industrial techno & ambient.” – Alex In June 2021, an unmarked [...]

  • Neutral – Live Pa Autodidaktik LP
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    What our staff has to say: “Neutral live tape – now reissued on wax via Happiest Place. Disturbing “true industrial” sound. No flexing – akin to throbbing gristle or buried […]

  • MattxIbarra (H2L Reissue)
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    Matt Ibarra presents “Seventeen” a double LP working through 6 compositions. Soothing minimalist ambient akin to Loscil or Windy & Carl.

  • Daniel Bachman – Axacan
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    Daniel Bachman has never shied away from bold musical statements, those that follow his exacting vision for what can be seen as “guitar music”. The bold and engrossing [...]

  • Karima Walker – Waking The Dreaming Body
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    Tucson artist Karima Walker has long nurtured a duality within her work as a musician, developing her own sonic language as a sound designer in tandem with her craft as […]

  • Anna Hogberg Attack – Lena
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    A primal force of something… real. I have listened back and forth to the new album of Anna Högberg`s “Attack” numerous times now and it hit me like a split […]

  • Shredded Nerve – Blind World
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    More tense atmospheres, ringing loops and absolute obfuscation from the deft hands of Justin Lakes, aka Shredded Nerve. Stumbling through a broken landscape in total darkness, the clang of [...]

  • Chlorine – Time Sleeps Again CS
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    Hailing from Louisville, KY, Chlorine is the incredibly addicting output of Joey Magnum and Jake Terry. These two have been on fire the last couple years with non-stop output from […]

  • Enhet För Fri Musik ‎– Ömhet & Skilsmässa LP
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    New Enhet För Fri Musk album, recorded in Gothenburg and Malmö 2020 by Hugo Randulv, Sofie Herner, Gustaf Dicksson, Matthias Andersson and Dan Johansson. A concept album on relationships, family [...]

  • Low Life – Catholic Guilt 7″
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    Label Description: New 7” from Sydney’s Low Life featuring two previously unreleased tracks which tie up loose ends from the band’s first wave period. ‘Catholic Guilt’ was originally leftover [...]

  • Alan Vega – Mutator
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    Alan Vega’s name is synonymous with unfettered, tireless creativity. Beginning in the late 1950s, when he was a fine art student at Brooklyn College, through his years playing in Suicide, […]

  • Eliane Radigue – Jetsun Mila
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    Originally released on Lovely Music in 1987. Jetsun Mila is inspired by the life of Milarepa, a great yogi and poet of Tibet who lived in the 11th century. The […]

  • Apaixonar – Bravelove CS
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    ‘Modular synthesis from Brandon Hill (Starved Relations, Cloud Rat, Plagues etc.) exploring themes of a Black / Portuguese heritage, adoption, and the sonic and emotional unknown. Debut [...]

  • Doug Carn – Spirit Of The New Land
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    Of all the artists who recorded for the Black Jazz label, keyboardist and composer Doug Carn was the most prolific, releasing four albums for the imprint. 1972’s Spirit of the […]

  • Lapse – Nothing Feels Right
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    Blown out and massed patterns of red-line scrape and abrasion; cyclical and blaring, a thunderstorm of gutter-nihilism emanates from the streets and sewers of NYC. 40 continuous minutes of rugged [...]

  • David Stoughton ‎– Transformer [1968]
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    EKS-74034 Elektra 1968 Incredible 1968 Media Condition – VG+ [One long mark that does not affect play.] Sleeve Condition – VG [Lots of writing on jacket, drill hole in upper […]

  • Marsh Chapel – Child Of YHWH
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    New Torn Light release that we have been more than excited to work on with Drew & the crew. Torn Light has a huge place in our heart for records […]

  • Aube-Spindrift
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    AMAZING REISSUE (another one!?) Originally released in 1992… Utilizing only the sound of water – the first release on legendary G.R.O.S.S.  imprint… A listen that will engulf [...]

Loren Connors, 9th Avenue

“Room next door practice amp blues. Total control and fearlessly personal riffing – TRUE BLUES.”

Kanye West, Donda

“Donda is the nexus of Kanye’s genius and mania. Praising god, remembering his mother and grieving the breakup of his family. It is easy to dismiss and cut down someone in the now, but his albums will be remembered forever and different reasons and music evolves over time and you notice he was there first. ‘Moon’ is one of my favorite tracks in years. Beautiful production all around. So hyped to have these in the shop.”

Jean Ritchie, Music Of

“I love Kentucky.”

Jojo Hiroshige, Triple Echo

“Jojo Hiroshige of Hijokaidan’s great exploration into minimalist feedback structures. Jojo’s guitar playing is lassoing a tone for durations most wouldn’t dare. He is a maniac cowboy on his Triple Echo series. I recommend all discs from the series. Jojo forever. A guitar god that we undeserving of.”

The Velvet Underground & Nico – S/T

“The greatest rock band from the United States. I adore the sound of calamity.”

Greyhound, I Felt the Sun

“heartfelt hazy michigan experimental music. spoken words and beautiful loops”

Vampyric Seasons, History of the Vampire

“Vampyric Industrial Power Electronics. Buzzing synths, burning holes in your ear drums. Faint howls and whispers. Psychedelic PE, morose and evil.”

Flanger Magazine, After The Bend

“Excellent mix of folk, free jazz that will make you dig hard for library records the rest of your life.”

Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden

“Fuck it. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden. 1999, my homie comes over with ZERO – MISLED YOUTH. First part is Adrian Lopez, and PROWLER comes in. Sick. The soundtrack to that video changed my life forever, and this song in particular reminds me of Lopez ripping. God bless Zero & Toy Machine videos. – (Adrian Lopez’s part in Misled Youth)”

Jon Mueller, The Future is Unlimited Always

“Jon Mueller is a continually inspiring artist to me. Incredible packaging on this pro-CD on Virtues (Alex Kmet) that includes a short story by Jon.”

Spoils, Find Later

“Forlorn slacker indie rock. Reminds me of Snail Mail & the more locked in Jicks/Pavement jams. Great lyrics too. I love this band.”

Stiv Bators, Disconnected

“Stiv forever. ‘I can’t waste my time… make up your mind’”

Sonic Youth, In/Out/In

“Unsurfaced guitar scrapes, mellow jams and the familiar vibe of 2000s Sonic Youth. This rules.:

ADULT., Becoming Undone

“Absolute rager from ADULT. Remnant of Kas-Product & TG at the minimal moments. EBM for “trve” industrial heads. I can’t stop listening to it.”

Altar of Flies, Återblick

“Incredible 3 LP of Mattias Gustafsson’s 2020-2021 sessions. Some of my favorite experimental music of recent years, a triple LP is so fitting. Compiling two earlier tapes on Hasten & Korset with the final piece of the puzzle… ‘Inblick, Överblick, Återblick.'”

Kemetrix, Here and Now

“Fried in the red Detroit electronics: KEMETRIX – Here & Now LP is in the shop. A blend of industrial techno, acid bangers, jilted deep house & fourth world experiments. The range is wide and what you should expect from 100 Limousines. Underground midwest american heat. No coast needed.”

Fruit LoOops, Last Chance at the Pharmacy

“I am ecstatic that FL would allow us to do their new tape. For fans of frantic energy noise rock ala Load Records.”

Brian Jonestown Massacre, Give It Back!

“NOT IF YOU WERE THE LAST DANDY ON EARTH”

Cat Power, You Are Free

“A definitive record for me. I purchased it the day it came out in 2003 on CD and have been listening to it regularly ever since. The first six lines of the song ‘Names’ have stuck with me for almost 20 years. ‘His name was Perry. He had a learning difficulty. His father was a very mean man. His father burned his skin. His father send him to his death. He was ten years old.’

Wendy Eisenberg, Its Shape Is Your Touch

“A narrative journey of avant garde blues guitar. I am a huge fan of solo guitar music, and this is top tier.”

Monokultur, Ormens Väg

“A top 10 of mine from 2021. Incredible subdued electronic pop music.”

Jandek, Ready for the House

“Originally released under the band name The Units in 1978, Ready for the House is the beginning of Jandek’s confusing and distorted legacy. Excellent avant lo fi blues.”

Guided By Voices, Sunfish Holy Breakfast

“I love Bob Pollard. He’s a regular in the shop and I’ve started to hear more and more influences in his music and he shops in the store. “If We Wait” is peak GBV. It’s incredible to have an OG of this on our site. If it’s too egregious a sticker price for the original, reissues are available through us most of the time!”

Sachi Kobayashi, Imaginary Trip

“Dream like electronic music from Japan. Another huge release from Enmossed x Psychic Liberation. We somehow still have a couple copies! Long sold out from both labels…”

Zero Magazine Volume One (Japanese HC Photo Book)

“Insane document of Japanese 80s punk & hardcore. Unreal spreads of punks & skins and grind freaks. Flyers & photos that will make you blow up your computer and go out into the real world.”

Harmonia & Eno ’76, Tracks and Traces

“A kraut/ambient must have. Abstract library prog to blissful ambient. A perfect ‘not sure what to listen to’ LP. I return to it all the time.”

Ramones, End of the Century

“The Ronettes cover of Baby I Love You is worth its weight in gold.”

Emperor, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk

“I am not a huge Emperor fan, as they are lower on the totem for me in the Norwegian ranks… but Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk & In The Nightside Eclipse are both incredible full lengths [all earlier EPs must also be listened to immediately]. The horns and strings may deter many but I am here for it. Not as pulverizing as Nightside Eclipse, and more into the epic symphonic realm, Anthems is still a must listen.”

Rune Linblad, Death of the Moon and Other Early Works

“Rune Linblad’s ‘Death of the Moon & Other Early Works’ compiles recordings from the 1950s of Lindblad’s experimental works. An excellent addition to anyone collecting the more obscured titles of musique concrete and minimalist noise.

Xiu Xiu, Fabulous Muscles

“A top five for me in 2004/2005. Revisiting this one doesn’t feel alien to me. It’s a great ‘avant-pop’ record, and shunned for Jamie’s character. Embrace the drama and interesting production choices/recording style.”

Sean McCann, Ten Impression for Piano & Strings

“I am a huge Sean McCann/Recital fan. I use a lot of his free will as inspiration in my creative endeavors and here at the shop running our labels. One of the greatest composers living today. I highly recommend this one and all Sean McCann you come across.”

taupe set xl, shadow of venus

“There is always a teetering feeling I have with ambient music. I’m on the verge of standing in place as the piece moves past me, or I am dragged in to be swathed by sound. Taupe Set XL ‘Shadow of Venus’ is a beautiful listen with intent, and it’s the latter. I would recommend it for fans of the Kranky catalog and earlier Noir Age ambient releases.”

RRR-1000

“A feat in itself, RRR-1000 is a legendary must own release for anyone interested in the lineage of noise. 20 artists, each providing 50 1.8 second locked groove loops. A bizarre idea that is overwhelming and nearly impossible without deep respect. Good luck.”

JD Swift CD

“A mysterious release from PL from ‘JD Swift’ elusive hissed out industrial techno & ambient.”

Alex Cunningham, As Slow As the Stream

“Incredible solo violin full length from Alex Cunningham. 30+ minutes for fans of Leroy Jenkins or Henry Flynt. Released on my CD label ARKEEN.”

Equipment Pointed Ankh, Without Human Permission

“One of my favorite bands making music in the world today. All star cast of Kentucky HEADS – members of Flanger Magazine (Torn Light), Tropical Trash (LOAD) & Shutaro Noguchi (Feeding Tube) – EPA make party records for aliens.”

Neutral, Live pa Autodidaktik

“Neutral live tape – now reissued on wax via Happiest Place. Disturbing “true industrial” sound. No flexing – akin to throbbing gristle or buried early 80s tape culture hits. Incredible record.”

Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci, Phase Eclipse

“Drone & avant garde sax killer Lea Bertucci duo with Amirtha Kidambi, front woman of Elder Ones & vocalist of Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl. Incredible swirling avant garde madness from two of the greatest minds in experimental & underground music.”

Possessor

“Dehumanization via high tech assassination & the perpetual struggle of work/life balance.”


  October 8, 2021  |  Staff Picks