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Brandon’s Staff Picks

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  • Henry Grimes Trio – The Call
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    What our staff has to say: “The near hidden Black General holding down the low end (bass) on countless essential Jazz recordings gets his ESP debut as a leader. Cult, […]

  • Discharge – Hear Nothing See Nothing… (White Vinyl)
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    What our staff has to say: “The definition of D-Beat – The D in DIS!!! The original punk destruction audio horror show. Maybe one of the most influential LPs of […]

  • Birth! – I Will
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    What our staff has to say: “Revisited this Midwest classic after hearing of Doug’s passing. An album ahead of its time – and even though it has been years since […]

  • The Howling (Collector’s Edition) – 4k UHD + Blu-Ray
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    What our staff has to say: “Robert Picardo (the doctor in Star Trek Voyager yo!) as a werewolf! Beyond essential. Terrifying zone but also with a sense of humor- killer […]

  • Ambienti Coassiali – Six Operators
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    What our staff has to say: “Divine explorations into FM synthesis – tonal bliss – The future meets the past. Electronic nostalgia meditation.” – Brandon Composed of [...]

  • AIR LQD ‎– Repeat Itself LP
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    What our staff has to say: “Top tier mutant techno!!! Left field as fuck! Cerebral. Danceable too but in that realllly gnarly shroom trip kinda way. As good inna dance […]

  • Joe Colley – Deformation Of Tone LP
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    What our staff has to say: “Painfully brilliant sound design. Frequency destroying, mind bending electronic mastery. Instantly added to the best of 2022 list.” – Brandon Label [...]

  • A Handful Of Dust – Dragging Her Wings of Rusty Knives: Selected Recordings 1994-2016
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    What our staff has to say: “Beyond destroyed real time improvisational slow motion decay New Zealand underground broken noise no-wave-ish brilliance. Completely perfect. Hail The Dead [...]

  • Nape – Ten Tonne Angel CS (2nd Edition)
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    What our staff has to say: “Top level techno. Raw, primitive, engaging angular sounds all under the umbrella of dance inducing psychedelia. A MUST HAVE OF 2021!!!” – Brandon [...]

  • Alien blu ray
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    What our staff has to say: “Greatest of all time.” – Brandon Experience the terror – from the beginning – with the first chilling chapter of the Alien saga, directed [...]

  • Brett Naucke – Seed
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    What our staff has to say: “Top tier electronic composition through layers of gorgeous and advanced synthesis. An exercise in deeply disciplined patching and listening.” – [...]

  • Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma – We Know Each Other Somehow
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    What our staff has to say: “Masterful explorations in psychedelic serenity from two legends in electronic and etho-ambient music. Swirling synths, looped horns, meditative vocal emanations [...]

  • Tim Hecker – Love Streams
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    What our staff has to say: “Beyond bummer decayed synths and achingly beautiful tones by the electronic based mastermind. Debut for 4AD. Essential loner zone sad sad jams.” – [...]

  • Pita – Get On
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    What our staff has to say: “Potentially and quite sadly the final full length masterpiece from the incredible sonic visionary behind Editions Mego etc. Mind bending modern electronics. [...]

  • Dalibor Cruz – Realizing Requisites LP
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    What our staff has to say: “Wildly eclectic, dark yet playful Chicago techno with flavors of deep cultural roots and explorations of heritage. A proper modern vision of what underground [...]

  • GX Jupitter-Larsen – Digging Through Time
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    What our staff has to say: “Incredible recollections of innumerable live actions of The Haters capturing the legendary experimental unit in wonderful photography as well as insanely [...]

  • The New Me – It’s 1999 LP
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    What our staff has to say: “Exceptionally unique Detroit proto-minimalist techno. Near industrial-like rhythms saturated in tape hiss and atmosphere. Equal parts danceable as it is [...]

  • Crazy Doberman – — / Haunted, Non / Haunted – 2nd pressing
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    The Doberman crew has been relentlessly touring the U.S. for years now, existing as a traveling band of frequent collaborators and changing lineups, consisting of often radically different [...]

  • Horoscope – 1 Play Morose CS
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    Rene J. Nunez Cabrera is a New York City-based artist and composer operating through various monikers: Begun in 2013, Horoscope is central to his orbit of output. “1 Play Morose” […]

  • Body/Head – Coming Apart
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    What our staff has to say: “Beyond bummer tranced out psyzone collab between Kim Gordon and Bill Nace. Equally as beautifully broken as it is free.” – Brandon Matador – [...]

  • Kakerlak – Less Than Shallow
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    A cacophony of blown-out corrosion and layered underground rust blasting into the blackened void at full volume and full force. Texture, speed, and movement collide for an essential CD reissue [...]

  • 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 […]

  • Manuel Göttsching ‎– E2-E4
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    2020 repress. 180-gram LP version with embossed chessboard artwork print and printed inner sleeve. In celebration of the 2016 35th anniversary of the December 12, 1981, recording of Manuel [...]

  • Ñaka Ñaka – Acid For Babies LP
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    Label Description: Psychic Liberation proudly presents Acid For Babies, the latest full-length from Mexico-based artist Ñaka Ñaka (AKA Jeronimo Jimenez). Acid For Babies is a glistening [...]

  • Kakerlak – Motel Dwelling
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    Motel Dwelling was originally released on Harsh Head Rituals as a 3xcassette. Now available as a 2xCD remastered by Grant Richardson.

  • Sterile Garden – End Of The Attic CD
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    End Of The Attic ‘Five separated tracks of detailed, sensory textures, and atmospheres, each a self-contained narrative. Like psychological profiles, each seems to end mid sentence, as if [...]

  • Moist 96 – S/T LP [Miami Party – Serious HEAT]
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    NYC by way of Miami, Moist 96 is a new project of Rene Nunez, mostly known through the years for his work under the name, Horoscope. Culled together from decaying […]

  • Dion Kerr Nonet – Reptile Ground CD-R
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    ‘Unbelievable modern jazz. Chock full of large and lush orchestration and instrumentation. Right in line with the spiritual jazz classics of the 60’s and 70’s, the brilliant [...]

  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Mosaic Of Trans
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    “West coast composer, artist, and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has chartered a pioneering career with multiple critically-acclaimed albums since 2015. Following the release of The Kid in [...]

Henry Grimes Trio, The Call

“The near hidden Black General holding down the low end (bass) on countless essential Jazz recordings gets his ESP debut as a leader. Cult, mandatory LP
showcasing a power trio emanating spiritual ascendance through freedom and form.”

Birth!, I Will

“Revisited this Midwest classic after hearing of Doug’s passing. An album ahead of its time – and even though it has been years since witnessing a live Birth gig, I can vividly remember him standing far and above many so called ‘digital hardcore’ artists past and present. Real nasty goth shit with a vehemently pissed edge and true heart wrapped in a call to arms self aware / intelligently self challenging stance. RIP”

Discharge, Hear Nothing See Nothing

“The definition of D-Beat – The D in DIS!!! The original punk destruction audio horror show. Maybe one of the most influential LPs of all time? Crucial can’t begin to describe. Total blow out. Hear Nothing…ever again!!!”

Fela Ransome—Kuti And The Africa ’70 With Ginger Baker ‎– Live!

“Top notch Afrobeat perfection with the best drummers to have ever lived. Energy off the charts. An essential, classic record that’s also a great starting point for the incredible black legacy that is Fela Kuti – Hail Tony Allen.”

Bad Brains, Bad Brains

“More than perfect hardcore punk LP – The realest deal. Hails Beyond Infernal!”

The Howling

“Robert Picardo (the doctor in Star Trek Voyager yo!) as a werewolf! Beyond essential. Terrifying zone but also with a sense of humor- killer soundtrack. Top top horror flick. Hails beyond internal!”

Barrington Levy, Poorman Style

“Must have beyond classic 79′ Levy – Unforgettable dancehall. Proper reality check. Heavier than life itself. Scientist on the boards – unbelievable frequency testing masterclass.”

Normal Brain, Lady Maid

“Beyond top notch weirdo electronic industrial madness but also none of those things. Kinda chill yet unsettling and beautifully intriguing.:

Dead Heat

“DEAD HEAT (Blu Ray) – Utterly insane peak 80’s action-horror-black comedy gnarliness. Re-animator meets Lethal Weapon meets Dead & Buried meets Frankenhooker- amazing. Hails!”

Ambienti Coassiali, Six Operators

“Divine explorations into FM synthesis – tonal bliss – The future meets the past. Electronic nostalgia meditation.”

Air LQD, Repeat Itself

“Top tier mutant techno!!! Left field as fuck! Cerebral. Danceable too but in that realllly gnarly shroom trip kinda way. As good inna dance as it is when staring blankly at the ceiling in your apartment questioning the reasoning and possibly infinite and futile realities of this fleeting mortal existence itself.”

Joe Colley, Deformation of Tone

“Painfully brilliant sound design. Frequency destroying, mind bending electronic mastery. Instantly added to the best of 2022 list.”

Club Skull, The Origins Of…

“HAIL AUBE!!! GREATEST MASTER OF MICRO-DRONE FOCUS TONES EVER. File the homie next to Pauline Oliveros – Here he is jamming with the mega-psychedelic maniacs from C.C.C.C. and beyond – Top tier sonic materials.”

A Handful of Dust, Dragging Her Wings of Rusty Knives: Selected Recordings 1994-2016

“Beyond destroyed real time improvisational slow motion decay New Zealand underground broken noise no-wave-ish brilliance. Completely perfect. Hail The Dead C!”

Baldi / Gerycz, Ignorants Stupidos

“Top level Midwest beyond free-free-jazz ! Most killer cover I’ve even seen on a cassette cuz fuck that guy. Was one of the most lame moments ever. Revenge is a dish best served FREE!!!”

XV, Fresh Lettuce

“Honestly, perhaps the best Michigan band at it right now, released on easily one of Michigan’s best imprints, ALL GONE TAPES. Live set of totally broken no-wave nothingness. Near free improv rock that feels almost industrial. For fans of The Dead C, DNA, Mars etc. and being psychedelically deranged.”

Cluster, Grosses Wasser

“Top notch Cluster – Proper, transcendent synth laced space dwelling komische musik!!! Acoustic instruments fuse with electronics and swirling soundscapes. Mandatory in any collection.”

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe / Ariel Kalma, We Know Each Other Somehow

“Masterful explorations in psychedelic serenity from two legends in electronic and etho-ambient music. Swirling synths, looped horns, meditative vocal emanations and more. A must have and a perfect primer to these two legends’ vast catalogs.”

VA, Deutsche Elektronische Musik (Experimental German Rock and Electronic Musik 1972-83) – Volume One

“Perhaps the best primer EVER into the world of Krautrock, Berlin School, Komische Musik and beyond. Lots of classics and rarities on here, plus an amazing write up of the history and evolution of the music found within. Exceptional grip for the newcomer or seasoned collector!”

MattxIbarra, Feeling of Despair

“Subterranean dwelling mutant techno gone horrifyingly and wonderfully wrong. Clip length style ideas and a tape style approaching closer to a sound collage mixtape in spots – Doze off drop out electronics crossed with late night speedball kick drums. Top!!!”

Cost, Fourth Utterance

“Bleak and brutal harsh noise blaster from this demented heathen from Portland USA. Sounds like 90’s Macro stuck in a bad trip – Weird samples abound from fried tapes coupled with the most lo-fi black gutter gunk electronics and junk metal (?) heard since the hay-day of that good good $hit. Top tier New Old Noise. Excellent.”

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Cognition / Observation

“The deepest of dubbed out modular synthesis and swirling psychedelic riddims. The mad genius behind the 2021 Candyman score as well as countless jaw dropping collaborations with Om, Ariel Kalma and many more. Essential modern electronics.”

Nape, Ten Tonne Angel

“Top level techno. Raw, primitive, engaging angular sounds all under the umbrella of dance inducing psychedelia. A MUST HAVE OF 2021!!!

Alien

“Greatest of all time.”

Dalibor Cruz, Realizing Requisites

“Wildly eclectic, dark yet playful Chicago techno with flavors of deep cultural roots and explorations of heritage. A proper modern vision of what underground dance music can and should be.”

Brett Naucke, Seed

“Top tier electronic composition through layers of gorgeous and advanced synthesis. An exercise in deeply disciplined patching and listening.

Cluster & Eno, Cluster & Eno

“Best Cluster. Best Eno. Beautifully frail and contemplative yet extremely intentional music. Piano, guitar, synth, ambient textures and micro rhythms all combine into  incredibly well placed, expertly paced and brilliantly crafted unforgettable sounds.”

GX Jupitter-Larsen, Digging Through Time

“Incredible recollections of innumerable live actions of The Haters capturing the legendary experimental unit in wonderful photography as well as insanely delightful blurbs on the techniques and concepts explored per gig. A truly essential experimental document.”

Tim Hecker, Love Streams

“Beyond bummer decayed synths and achingly beautiful tones by the electronic based mastermind. Debut for 4AD. Essential loner zone sad sad jams.”

The New Me, It’s 1999

“Exceptionally unique Detroit proto-minimalist techno. Near industrial-like rhythms saturated in tape hiss and atmosphere. Equal parts danceable as it is cerebral.”

Pita, Get On

“Potentially and quite sadly the final full length masterpiece from the incredible sonic visionary behind Editions Mego etc. Mind bending modern electronics. Peter Rehburg R.I.P.”

C.C.C.C., Cosmic Coincidence Control Center

“Debut release from the Japanese masters of psychedelic space dwelling harsh noise.”

Body/Head, Coming Apart

“Beyond bummer tranced out psyzone collab between Kim Gordon and Bill Nace. Equally as beautifully broken as it is free.”

 


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