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Jon’s Staff Picks

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  • V/A – Silberland – Vol. 1: The Psychedelic Side Of Kosmische Musik
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    What our staff has to say: “Brand new comp from Germany’s premiere Krautrock reissue label, Bureau B, featuring a who’s who of synth wielding Krautrock legends from the [...]

  • The Residents – WARNING: UNiNC.: Live And Experimental Recordings 1971-1972 (RSD)
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    What our staff has to say: “Record Store Day release from The Residents with some ultra rarities from their vaults, including their 1971 show (their first show ever!) at the […]

  • Vashti Bunyan – Another Diamond Day
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    What our staff has to say: “Easy contender for best folk record. Never gets old.” – Jon Long overdue reissue and first-time available on CD as a domestic pressing, Vashti […]

  • Ndikho Xaba and the Natives – S/T
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    What our staff has to say: “South African pianist / percussionist with a crew of San Francisco & Chicago players, including Plunky Nkabinde and Lon Moshe from Oneness Of Juju. […]

  • Wendell Harrison – Evening With The Devil
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    What our staff has to say: “Now-Again has taken it upon themselves in spreading the word about one of Detroit’s greatest jazz labels, Tribe Records, with their reissues of the […]

  • Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers – Modern Lovers 88 (35th Anniversary, Blue VInyl) (RSD)
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    What our staff has to say: “Late night Cali dance party jams from Jonathan Richman with his final Modern Lovers incarnation.” – Jon “A very good album, shocked this [...]

  • Gary Wilson – You Think You Really Know Me?
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    What our staff has to say: “Best weirdo home recorded LP out there, right up there with R. Stevie Moore. Equally influenced by Dion and The Belmonts and John Cage […]

  • Fred Lane – From The One That Cut You
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    What our staff has to say: “The kind of record you cringe at from the start, but by the end you can’t help but play it several more times. Kinda […]

  • V/A – Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List Volume Two (Germany)
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    What our staff has to say: “The 2nd volume of Finders Keepers’s NWW list compilations, this time focusing on Germany, with a plethora of lesser-known Krautrock, far out fusion, deep [...]

  • V/A – Towards A Total Poetry
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    What our staff has to say: “The kind of record that will put a smile on your face and make ya chuckle, cause sometimes that’s just what you need. Sound […]

  • Pale Cocoon – Mayu
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    What our staff has to say: “Japanese minimal post punk(?) classic, originally released on cassette in 1984, now issued on 2xLP by Incidental Music. Shimmery guitar, minimal drum machine, [...]

  • Mahogany Brain – With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger)
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    What our staff has to say: “Kinda like a drugged-out combination of Jandek and The Godz, but from France, with more free jazz influence. Very unhinged. Rules!” – Jon Souffle [...]

  • Arthur Russell – Instrumentals
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    What our staff has to say: “Arthur Russell’s mid 70’s composition period with a cast of New York staples. Good vibes.” – Jon 2022 repress. “Remastered double LP with 12 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Violent Onsen Geisha – Shock! Shock! Shock! LP (Urashima Reissue)
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    What our staff has to say: “The project of Masaya Nakahara, Violent Onsen Geisha, started with this release right here, in 1989.  Since then, Nakahar has become a staple of […]

  • Pip Proud – A Bird In the Engine
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    What our staff has to say: “Kind of like a cross between Jandek and Syd Barrett, but an Australian poet, or like Van Morrison’s unreleased contractual obligation record (look up […]

  • Camizole & Lard Free – S/T
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    What our staff has to say: “Previously unreleased recordings from two legends of the 1970’s French underground prog scene.  Camizole and Lard Free joined forces in 1978 to do some [...]

  • Intersystems – S/T
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    What our staff has to say: “Fantastic boxset that collects all 3 LP’s from Canada’s Intersystems, includes a lovely 132-page book.  For anyone interested in Canada’s [...]

  • VA – Heures Sans Soleil
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    What our staff has to say: “Inspired by classic post punk compilations like From Brussels With Love and The Fruit Of the Original Sin (both on Les Disques Du Crepuscule), […]

  • Michael Snow – Musics For Piano, Whistling, Microphone And Tape Recorder
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    What our staff has to say: “Michael Snow may be more recognized as an artist/filmaker, but has crossover into recorded media (music) as well, starting with his involvement with free […]

  • Nigel Ayers – Electronic Resistance
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    What our staff has to say: “A fantastically displayed retrospective of work by Nigel Ayers, including his ‘mail art, collages, assemblages, flyers, slides, video stills, ephemera, [...]

  • Mark Perry ‎– Snappy Turns
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    What our staff has to say: “First ever vinyl reissue of Mark Perry’s (of Alternative TV fame) 1980 album, ‘Snappy Turns.’ A classic of the UK DIY scene. If you […]

  • Areski & Brigitte Fontaine ‎– Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme
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    Saravah – SH 10041 French pressing, gatefold sleeve, reissue Media Condition – VG+ Sleeve Condition – VG+ very light marks of discoloration

  • Scott Walker – Tilt
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    “It’s been 25 years since Scott Walker released his dark masterpiece Tilt (8 May 1995). The album was met with positive reviews despite or maybe because of its arcane, unpleasant, […]

  • The Deviants – #3
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    The Deviants were the closest thing the ’60s British rock scene had to The Mothers of Invention, with a Stooges-like fondness for fuzz guitar freakouts thrown in. And playing the […]

  • Peter Jeffries – Last Ticket Home
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    Peter Jefferies, a living legend of New Zealand underground music, from his seminal bands Nocturnal Projections and This Kind Of Punishment, to his collaborative efforts in bands such as Plagal [...]

  • Sun Ra – Astro Black
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    One of a handful of albums Sun Ra released on the legendary Impulse! label in the early ’70s, Astro Black provides a comprehensive picture of where the Arkestra was around […]

  • Family Fodder – Savoir Faire
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    First time on vinyl. Limited transparent pale blue vinyl. A ‘best of’ collection of their series of eccentric post-punk singles and albums between 1979 and 1982. Described as [...]

  • Silver Apples – Contact (blue vinyl)
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    2020 repress, on blue vinyl. “The 1969 follow up to Silver Apple’s debut found the duo digging into the far reaches of their songwriting psyches for a darker and more […]

  • John Wiese – Magnetic Stencil 1
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    This is the first installment in a series of albums produced by John Wiese using an expanded ensemble of recorded sound contributions with AARON DILLOWAY JAMES FELLA HAIR STYLISTICS AARON […]

  • Terumasa Hino – Journey To Air (2020 Japanese Remaster)
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    My staff pick last month was Masayuki Takayanagi’s New Direction Unit’s Axis/Another Revolvable Thing Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 and this month I’m continuing with another wild [...]

  • Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit – Axis/Another Revolvable Thing 2 (2020 Blank Forms Reissue)
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    Blank Forms is really doing “God’s work” here, first unleashing their stellar reissue of Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit’s April Is the Cruelest Month for the first [...]

  • Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit – Axis/Another Revolvable Thing 1 (2020 Blank Forms Reissue)
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    Blank Forms is really doing “God’s work” here, first unleashing their stellar reissue of Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit’s April Is the Cruelest Month for the first [...]

V/A, Silberland Vol 1: The Psychedelic Side of Komische Musik

“Brand new comp from Germany’s premiere Krautrock reissue label, Bureau B, featuring a who’s who of synth wielding Krautrock legends from the 70’s up to the mid 80’s. Throw it on and zone out!”

The Residents, WARNING: UNiNC.: Live And Experimental Recordings 1971-1972

“Record Store Day release from The Residents with some ultra rarities from their vaults, including their 1971 show (their first show ever!) at the Boarding House in San Francisco, an unknown live recording from 1972, and some recently unearthed demos from 1972. An exciting look at what their live performances (and demos) were like prior to their debut LP, Meet The Residents.”

Vashti Bunyan, Another Diamond Day

“Easy contender for best folk record. Never gets old.”

Ndikho Xaba and the Natives – S/T

“South African pianist / percussionist with a crew of San Francisco & Chicago players, including Plunky Nkabinde and Lon Moshe from Oneness Of Juju. For fans of spiritual jazz”

Wendell Harrison, Evening with the Devil

“Now-Again has taken it upon themselves in spreading the word about one of Detroit’s greatest jazz labels, Tribe Records, with their reissues of the work of Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond, David Durrah, and Harold McKinney. Wendell Harrison’s Evening With The Devil is my favorite of the bunch.”

Seikatsu Kojyo Iinkai, S/T

“Two wild ones from Aguirre out now, Masayuki Takayanaki’s monster 1971 live set “La Grima”, and this ferocious 1975 meeting of Kautoki Umezu, Yorikuki Harada, and the US crew of William Parker, Ahmed Abdullah, and Rashid Sinan. Both for fans of free jazz that doesn’t let up.”

Daniel Johnston, Hi, How Are You?

“A real game changer in lo-fi, home recorded cassette culture, though not fully recognized for many years later. About as iconic as a t-shirt as Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. Nothing else like 80’s era DJ cassettes.”

Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers, Modern Lovers 88

“Late night Cali dance party jams from Jonathan Richman with his final Modern Lovers incarnation.”

Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit, Eclipse

“Black Editions coming through with the Takayanagi reissues. Grip this classic along with the 3xLP boxset of Station ’70; Call In Question / Live Independence.”

Fred Lane, From The One That Cut You

“The kind of record you cringe at from the start, but by the end you can’t help but play it several more times. Kinda like if you threw Dr. Demento’s musical taste in a blender and threw in some Peter Brotzmann style skronkin’ in for good measure. A classic record for the true weirdos out there!”

Gary Wilson, You Think You Really Know Me?

“Best weirdo home recorded LP out there, right up there with R. Stevie Moore. Equally influenced by Dion and The Belmonts and John Cage but filtered through lounge jazz funk grooves. A one-of-a-kind LP.”

Prima Materia, La Coda Della Tigre

“Italian vocal minimalism somewhere between La Monte Young’s Theatre Of Eternal Music and Tuvan throatsinging, originally release on Alvin Curran, Roberto Laneri, and Giacinto Scelsi’s label Ananda.”

The Raincoats, S/T

“40th Anniversary release of the ultimate Rough Trade LP. Shambly femme post-punk at its best!”

VA, Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List Volume Two (Germany)

“The 2nd volume of Finders Keepers’s NWW list compilations, this time focusing on Germany, with a plethora of lesser-known Krautrock, far out fusion, deep prog cuts, and everything in between, with a healthy dose of experimentation. Features Association P.C., Exmagma, Anima Sound, Brainticket, Gomrrha, Wolfgang Dauner, and many more”

VA, Towards a Total Poetry

“The kind of record that will put a smile on your face and make ya chuckle, cause sometimes that’s just what you need. Sound poetry isn’t for everyone, but if it’s for you, then this comes highly recommended. Distorted baby noises, dudes yelling poetry at you, machine gun mouth sounds, bizarre radioplays, it’s all here. taken from live performances recorded in LA in 1980 of French and Italian poets Paul Vangelisti, F. Tiziano, Julien Blaine, and Adriano Spatola.”

Pale Cocoon, Mayu

“Japanese minimal post punk(?) classic, originally released on cassette in 1984, now issued on 2xLP by Incidental Music. Shimmery guitar, minimal drum machine, and songs that wander into ambient soundscapes. Check out the tracks ‘Mizutamari’ and ‘FLALORM’, you want this.”

Arthur Russell, Instrumentals

“Arthur Russell’s mid 70’s composition period with a cast of New York staples. Good vibes.”

Mahogany Brain, With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger)

“Kinda like a drugged-out combination of Jandek and The Godz, but from France, with more free jazz influence. Very unhinged. Rules!”

Merzbow, Hybrid Noisebloom

“Absolute classic of Merzbow’s 90’s period.  Have worn out this disc and got the OG promo poster hanging in my office, so you know I’m grabbing this one.”

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

“Killer collection of recordings from the duo of Bruce Russell (Dead C) and Alastair Galbraith, recorded between 1994 and 2016.  Heavy on a rotation of guitar, organ, & violin jamming from New Zealand’s best.”

Masonna, Frequency LSD

“Been a number of Masonna vinyl reissues in the past few years via Urashima, which have been great, but nothing is more exciting than an LP reissue of Frequency L.S.D.  Nothing beats Masonna in the midst of manic vocal loop madness!”

Violent Onsen Geisha, Shock! Shock! Shock!

“The project of Masaya Nakahara, Violent Onsen Geisha, started with this release right here, in 1989.  Since then, Nakahar has become a staple of the Japanese noise scene with Violent Onsen Geisha, as well as his later, extremely active project Hair Stylistics.  Highly recommended if you want your Japanese noise just a little weirder.”

Holy Mountain

“Absolutely essential viewing. Doesn’t get any better than Holy Mountain. Never seen it? Buy it now, you won’t regret it.”

Camizole & Lard Free, S/T

“Previously unreleased recordings from two legends of the 1970’s French underground prog scene. Camizole and Lard Free joined forces in 1978 to do some collaborative recording, and the outcome is as wild as you would hope for.  For fans of Faust, Henry Cow, or anything on the Nurse With Wound list.”

Pip Proud, A Bird in the Engine

“Kind of like a cross between Jandek and Syd Barrett, but an Australian poet, or like Van Morrison’s unreleased contractual obligation record (look up ‘Ring Worm’), but good.  Released in 1969, and now available from Superior Viaduct.”

Intersystems, S/T

“Fantastic boxset that collects all 3 LP’s from Canada’s Intersystems, includes a lovely 132-page book.  For anyone interested in Canada’s experimental music scene (or the world’s experimental music scene for that matter) in the 1960’s, this is top notch.”

VA, Heures Sans Soleil

“Inspired by classic post punk compilations like From Brussels With Love and The Fruit Of the Original Sin (both on Les Disques Du Crepuscule), Edinburgh label LTM put out similarly amazing compilation in 1985.  This compilation features such greats as Minny Pops, Section 25, Crispy Ambulance, Tuxedomoon, Eric Random & His Bedlamites, Dislocation Dance, and The Anti Group.”

Michael Snow, Musics for Piano, Whistling Microphone and Tape Recorder

“Michael Snow may be more recognized as an artist/filmaker, but has crossover into recorded media (music) as well, starting with his involvement with free improvisation, in groups like The Artists’ Jazz Band and CCMC (Canadian Creative Music Collective), and then with his own solo LP Musics For Piano, Whistling, Microphone and Tape Recorder, which came out in 1975 on Philip Glass’s Chatham Square Productions.   This record takes his experience in free improvisation and pushes it further into an experimental terrain, utilizing a tape recorder and a microphone to explore new ideas.”

VA, Revolutions Per Minute (The Art Record)

“Originally released in 1982 and now available from Song Cycle Records, Revolutions Per Minute (The Art Record) showcases 3 to 5 minute sound pieces from 24 different artists, all of which were represented at the time by the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Co. in New York.  Artists featured include Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Jud Fine, R. Buckminster Fuller, Terry Fox, Les Levine, William Burroughs, Hannah Wilke, Eleanor Antin, and many more.

Marion Brown, Le Temps Fou

“Fantastic soundtrack from Marion Brown and crew of Barre Phillips, Gunter Hampel, Steve McCall, Ambrose Jackson, and Alain Corneau.  One of the the hardest Marion Brown records to find, fetching a whopping $500+, this is a much-needed reissue to fill the gap in your collection.”

Velvet Underground, Boston Tea Party 7/11/1969

“In preparation for the new Todd Haynes VU documentary (out today, duh) why not jam a 2xLP boot of one of the greatest bands of all time.  Here we have a nice recording of VU’s July 11th, 1969 gig at The Boston Tea Party, fresh off the release of their quintessential ‘3rd’ LP.  Outside of classics ‘Waiting For the Man’, ‘Run Run Run’, ‘Sister Ray’ and ‘White Light White Heat’ the band fills their setlist with numerous songs from said record, bringing some of the classic ‘slow jams’ that make the record so great, ‘Candy Says’, ‘Jesus’, ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ and ‘I’m Set Free’, as well as the rocker ‘I’m Beginning To See the Light.’  If that’s not enough, ‘Sister Ray’ segues right into the best/worst (depending on who you ask) VU song ‘Murder Mystery.’  No Cale, but you still can’t go wrong with live VU!  Pick it up!”

Nigel Ayers, Electronic Resistance

“A fantastically displayed retrospective of work by Nigel Ayers, including his ‘mail art, collages, assemblages, flyers, slides, video stills, ephemera, record and tape covers.’ A must have for any Nocturnal Emissions / Nigel Ayers fan, or any fan of industrial and / or noise music history, for that matter. Get it before it sells out!”

Equipment Pointed Ankh, Without Human Permission

“Record descriptions don’t always make me curious, but with this one, ‘think ZNR meeting Pram at the skatepark to roast one with Gastr Del Sol’ 100% does. Containing three members of Tropical Trash (had an amazing LP on Load, right before it went defunkt, in 2015), Chris Bush (of Caboldadies, Flanger Magazine, & Flower Man), and Shutaro Noguchi (who had a wonderful LP on Feeding Tube a few years back), Equipment Pointed Ankh’s Without Human Permission is a highly unique LP that will leave you saying, if ZNR isn’t a deep enough reference for you, ‘what does this sound like?’ Pick it up and find out!”

Don Cherry, Music, Wisdom, Love 1969

“Don Cherry’s Music, Wisdom, Love 1969 is the soundtrack to the Jean-Noël Delamarre film Don Cherry – Music, Wisdom, Love.  It contains two different edits of the soundtrack, and features Don Cherry with pianist, Karl Berger, as well as an unknown poet (wrongly credited as Anthony Braxton.)  More minimal than most of Don Cherry’s records, but just as engaging, Music, Wisdom, Love 1969 features trumpet, piano, flutes, some light percussion, and even a wonked out synth intro.  If you don’t buy this LP, in the least, go watch the film over at UbuWeb.”

Mark Perry, Snappy Turns

“First ever vinyl reissue of Mark Perry’s (of Alternative TV fame) 1980 album, ‘Snappy Turns.’ A classic of the UK DIY scene. If you like your punk shambly and a bit experimental, this one’s for you!”

Mark Fry, Dreaming with Alice

“Total classic of the acid folk underground, finally reissued direct from the original master tapes.  Recorded in 1972, when he was only 19, this has become one of the most sought after and rarest LP’s of the acid folk genre.  Get it before it sells out and disappears again!”

John Wiese, Magnetic Stencil 3

“Been loving these ‘Magnetic Stencil’ installments from John Wiese.  I’m all for interesting collaborative work in the world of noise, and Wiese never disappoints in that department, this time including sonic inputs from C. Spencer Yeh, Dennis Tyfus, Howard Stelzer, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, John Collins McCormick, James Fella, Mitchell Brown, Nathan Howdeshell, Tim Kinsella, and Katie Vonderheide.”

Badings / Raiijmakers, Electronic Music

“Classic of the Dutch crew of early electronic music, dating back to 1960.”


  October 8, 2021  |  Staff Picks