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  • John McCowen – Models of Duration
    John McCowen – Models of Duration
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    The latest from the uncompromising John McCowen is a split release between Dinzu Artefacts and Astral Spirits. Models of Duration follows the same trajectory as McCowen’s other amazing solo [...]

  • Aki Onda – Transmissions From The Radio Midnight
    Aki Onda – Transmissions From The Radio Midnight
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    This project, entitled Transmissions From The Radio Midnight, started around 2006, when I acquired a Sony TCM F59 — an AM/FM radio and cassette recorder combined in a slim, handheld […]

  • Heiki – Valley Beyond
    Heiki – Valley Beyond
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    “Valley Beyond” is the Suction Records label debut by Heiki, aka Toronto-based, Canadian electronic music veteran, Heiki Sillaste. Heiki first made his mark with Digital Poodle, a cult EBM [...]

  • Straight Panic – Stemming The Rose
    Straight Panic – Stemming The Rose
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    While the statement “you are prolific” is factually accurate, it lacks the nuance necessary to describe the nature of the unfurling body of work. This is synthesis; evolution and devourment. […]

  • Merzbow – Paradoxa Paradoxa
    Merzbow – Paradoxa Paradoxa
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    This is the complete recording of the first live performance by Merzbow Special Thanks to Honbo Chang Ba, Fools Mate Magazine, Modern Music Original Live Recording by Masahiro Kurose Mixed […]

  • Merzbow – Material Action For 2 Microphones
    Merzbow – Material Action For 2 Microphones
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    Masami Akita-Condenser Microphone,Tapes, Junks, Turntable, Scratched Noise, Percussion, Radio etc. Kiyoshi Mizutani-Condenser Microphone, Synthesizer, Percussion etc. All Music Mixed by Masami [...]

  • Gnawed – Torchsmoke & Rope
    Gnawed – Torchsmoke & Rope
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    Following the path forged on 2020’s landmark album Subterranean Rites (Malignant/Cloister), Grant Richardson returns from the depths of his literal and conceptual explorations of civilization’s [...]

  • What Lies Beneath #5 Zine + CD-R
    What Lies Beneath #5 Zine + CD-R
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    Interviews with/writings on Troth, Warm Currency, Ritual Heaps & Minimum Table Stacks.   What Lies Beneath, 2024

  • The Trendees ‎– Barmaid
    The Trendees ‎– Barmaid
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    The Trendees uberoscure 2017 cassette for Albert’s Basement has somehow found its way to a 7″ release some seven years later, replete with an extra third track in tow. If […]

  • Lord Spikeheart – The Adept
    Lord Spikeheart – The Adept
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    The Adept is Lord Spikeheart’s first full-length album. A ferocious debut that ups the intensity and physicality of his previous releases and promises to bring a telluric big bang in […]

  • Matsumoto / Shiroishi / Watanabe – Yellow
    Matsumoto / Shiroishi / Watanabe – Yellow
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    Yellow brings together acclaimed LA-based musicians Kozue Matsumoto, Patrick Shiroishi, and Shoshi Watanabe. With total expressive command of their instruments, the trio unfurls a brilliant and [...]

  • Group Material – Intimations
    Group Material – Intimations
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    Intimations marks the first official release of Group Material, the sound work of Eric Sanchez and Avalon Kalin. Released as a limited edition cassette on Slug Spitter. Dreamlike, “Intimations” [...]

  • Plight – Plastic Sun
    Plight – Plastic Sun
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    Brooklyn-based four piece Plight has spent the last five years making a name for themselves in New York City. Releasing their Catharsis demo in 2017, the group has been cultivating their own […]

  • Max Nordile – Hanging By A Fan Over Wet Cement
    Max Nordile – Hanging By A Fan Over Wet Cement
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    Hanging by a Fan Over Wet Cement is the music of listening after listening, when water runs relative to the sound of your own footsteps, and you lean over the […]

  • Cartoon – Nyuck Nyuck Boing!
    Cartoon – Nyuck Nyuck Boing!
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    Human Headstone Presents… “Nyuck Nyuck Boing!”, the debut full-length from Philadelphia’s CARTOON. Listener discretion advised : Weight-defying escapades, technicolor transmutations, a swirling [...]

  • Joy Guidry – Amen
    Joy Guidry – Amen
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    AMEN is the 3rd release by bassoonist / composer / producer Joy Guidry. Representing a major step up in her ability to fully realize and embody a sound and concept, […]

  • A Record Could Be Your Whole World: Vinyl Records as the Total Artwork Of The Late 20th Century
    A Record Could Be Your Whole World: Vinyl Records as the Total Artwork Of The Late 20th Century
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    This is a book about records considered ‘in themselves’. It is not about musicians, or music, or design, or music history — though all those things are considered at various […]

  • Imminent Death – Radiant Ignition
    Imminent Death – Radiant Ignition
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  • INTRAVIS Compilation
    INTRAVIS Compilation
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    A compilation featuring Nota Grave, Vampiros Kosmos, Universal Cell Unlock, Zach Rowden, Energy Gradient, Tval, Shredded Nerve, Mortido, Prosperity, and Cienfuegos.

  • Spiteful Womb – Traumacore
    Spiteful Womb – Traumacore
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    C20, Edition of 50

  • Julia Kristeva – Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
    Julia Kristeva – Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
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    In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva offers an extensive and profound consideration of the nature of abjection. Drawing on Freud and Lacan, she analyzes the nature of attitudes toward repulsive [...]

  • Greer Lankton: Sketchbook, September 1977
    Greer Lankton: Sketchbook, September 1977
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    Sketchbook, September 1977 is an early journal by Greer Lankton written during her time as an art student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It offers key […]

  • Hermann Burger – Tractatus Logico-Suicidalis: On Killing Oneself
    Hermann Burger – Tractatus Logico-Suicidalis: On Killing Oneself
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    In the tunnel-village of Göschenen, a man named Hermann Burger has vanished without a trace from his hotel room, suspected of suicide. What is found in his room is not […]

  • Martin Wong: Footprints, Poems, and Leaves
    Martin Wong: Footprints, Poems, and Leaves
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    A rich and engaging facsimile of the artist’s first visual poetry book, self-published in 1968 The paintings of Chinese American artist Martin Wong (1946-99) are celebrated for their [...]

  • Marcel Schwob – Spicilege
    Marcel Schwob – Spicilege
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    Exquisitely crafted essays on medieval criminal slang, ancient Greek prostitution, laughter, anarchy and more from the endlessly influential Marcel Schwob “All over the world,” wrote [...]

  • Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington
    Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington
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    An illustrated biography of the pioneering British artist and writer, tracing her life and work through the many places around the world where she lived The British-born artist and writer […]

  • Lucy Sante – Maybe the People Would Be the Times
    Lucy Sante – Maybe the People Would Be the Times
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    In her second collection (after Kill All Your Darlings, 2007), Lucy Sante pays homage to Patti Smith, Rene Ricard, and Georges Simenon; traces the history of tabloids; surveys the landscape […]

  • Marguerite Young – Miss Macintosh, My Darling
    Marguerite Young – Miss Macintosh, My Darling
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    This novel is one of the most ambitious and remarkable literary achievements of our time. It is a picaresque, psychological novel—a novel of the road, a journey or voyage of […]

  • Gabrielle Wittkop – Exemplary Departures
    Gabrielle Wittkop – Exemplary Departures
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    Exemplary Departures consists of five exquisitely wrought novellas depicting five “exemplary” deaths in various exotic locations around the globe: a gentleman spy disappears with his [...]

  • Remedios Varo – On Homo Rodans and Other Writings
    Remedios Varo – On Homo Rodans and Other Writings
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    With the 2018 publication of Letters, Dreams, and Other Writings, Wakefield Press introduced the writings of Surrealist painter Remedios Varo into English for the first time. These texts, never [...]

  • Ray Johnson – The Paper Snake
    Ray Johnson – The Paper Snake
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    A sumptuous facsimile of a vertiginous artist’s book from the founder of the mail-art movement Long out of print and unavailable to wider audiences, The Paper Snake is an essential […]

  • Propaganda and the Holy Writ of the Process Church of the Final Judgment: Process Sex Issue-Fear Issue-Death Issue
    Propaganda and the Holy Writ of the Process Church of the Final Judgment: Process Sex Issue-Fear Issue-Death Issue
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    The rare and collectible Process Church magazines are back in print. Do you dare find out who rules you? The Process Church of the Final Judgement inspired fear and devotion […]

  • Amy Sillman: Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings
    Amy Sillman: Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings
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    This new edition of Faux Pas, the acclaimed collection of writings by Amy Sillman, comes as an expanded edition, with the addition of new essays, including recent texts on Paul […]

  • Kate Zambreno – To Write As If Already Dead
    Kate Zambreno – To Write As If Already Dead
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    To Write As If Already Dead circles around Kate Zambreno’s failed attempts to write a study of Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life. In this […]

  • Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984
    Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984
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    In this revealing history, author, historian, and musician Ian Glasper explores in minute detail the influential and esoteric UK anarcho-punk scene of the early 1980s. Where some of the colorful [...]

  • Charlie Fox – This Young Monster
    Charlie Fox – This Young Monster
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    This Young Monster is a hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things. What does it mean to […]

  • Jamie Stewart – Anything That Moves
    Jamie Stewart – Anything That Moves
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    From being caught having their first orgasm by their mom’s best friend to being stalked and propositioned by a fundamentalist pastor; from soliciting spanking dates over the Internet to scoring [...]

  • Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism
    Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism
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    The now-classic exploration of the role of women and the feminine in Buddhist Tantra The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for […]

  • Wojciech Tochman – Roosters Crow, Dogs Cry
    Wojciech Tochman – Roosters Crow, Dogs Cry
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    Equipped with the sensitivity known from his earlier reportages, in Roosters Crow, Dogs Whine, Wojciech Tochman addresses people with mental illnesses in Cambodia who are imprisoned in kennels, [...]

  • Expanded Cinema: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
    Expanded Cinema: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
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    Fiftieth anniversary reissue of the founding media studies book that helped establish media art as a cultural category. First published in 1970, Gene Youngblood’s influential Expanded Cinema was [...]

  • Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews
    Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews
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    The life and work of Maryanne Amacher are as vast as they are little known. In this volume, Amy Cimini and Bill Dietz offer a heterodox and idiosyncratic selection of […]

  • Erik Davis – Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica
    Erik Davis – Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica
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    In these wide-ranging essays, Erik Davis explores the codes — spiritual, cultural, and embodied — that people use to escape the limitations of their lives and enrich their experience of […]

  • Raul Ruiz – Poetics of Cinema
    Raul Ruiz – Poetics of Cinema
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    Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz is the author of some 100 feature-length films, along with numerous plays and multi-media installations. In Poetics of Cinema, Ruiz takes a fresh approach to the […]

  • Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954-2010
    Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954-2010
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    Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, John Lennon & Yoko Ono ― Jonas Mekas was well acquainted with a great many New York artists. Born in Lithuania, he came to Brooklyn via […]

  • Jimmy Desana: Salvation
    Jimmy Desana: Salvation
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    Salvation is a previously-unpublished artist book by Jimmy DeSana that he conceptualized shortly before his death in 1990. The publication contains 44 of the artist’s late photographic [...]

  • Emmett Williams – Sweethearts
    Emmett Williams – Sweethearts
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    A founding member of Fluxus and the concrete poetry movement, Emmett Williams (1925-2007) made several performances and poems that stand today as defining gems of those genres. Among them is […]

  • Rene Daumal – Pataphysical Essays
    Rene Daumal – Pataphysical Essays
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    Essays reflecting on the science of imaginary solutions, from an influential figure in pataphysical thought Pataphysics: the science of imaginary solutions, of laws governing exceptions and of [...]

  • Stefan Aune – Indian Wars Everywhere: Colonial Violence and the Shadow Doctrines of Empire
    Stefan Aune – Indian Wars Everywhere: Colonial Violence and the Shadow Doctrines of Empire
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    References to the Indian Wars, those conflicts that accompanied US continental expansion, suffuse American military history. From Black Hawk helicopters to the exclamation “Geronimo” used by [...]

  • Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
    Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
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    A landmark work that demystifies the rich tradition of Indian art, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization analyzes key motifs found in legend, myth, and folklore taken directly […]

  • Arkady & Boris Strugatsky – Hard To Be A God
    Arkady & Boris Strugatsky – Hard To Be A God
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    Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are widely known as the greatest Russian writers of science fiction, and their 1964 novel Hard to Be a God is considered one of the greatest […]

  • Jose Donoso – The Obscene Bird Of Night
    Jose Donoso – The Obscene Bird Of Night
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    Deep in a maze of musty, forgotten hallways, Mudito rummages through piles of old newspapers. The mute caretaker of a crumbling former abbey, he is hounded by a coven of […]

  • Daniel Oberhaus – Extraterrestrial Languages
    Daniel Oberhaus – Extraterrestrial Languages
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    If we send a message into space, will extraterrestrial beings receive it? Will they understand? The endlessly fascinating question of whether we are alone in the universe has always been […]

  • Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist
    Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist
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    John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 […]

  • Carmelo Bene – Our Lady of the Turks
    Carmelo Bene – Our Lady of the Turks
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    Carmelo Bene (1937–2002) was a notorious Italian actor, writer, and director who inaugurated his theater in 1959 with Camus’ Caligula then exploded onto the artistic scene with his outré Christ [...]

  • Joy Williams – The Changeling
    Joy Williams – The Changeling
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    With a new introduction by Karen Russell, the 40th anniversary edition of The Changeling is a visionary fairy tale and a work of mythic genius by one of our best […]

  • Fernando Pessoa – Philosophical Essays
    Fernando Pessoa – Philosophical Essays
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    Fernando Pessoa claimed to be inhabited by “thousands of philosophies,” all of which he intended to develop in his unfinished project of English-language Philosophical Essays. The resulting [...]

  • Pharmako/Gnosis, Revised and Updated: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path
    Pharmako/Gnosis, Revised and Updated: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path
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    Delving deep into the world of psychoactive plants, including ayahuasca, Pharmako/Gnosis serves as a comprehensive and standalone guide. Celebrated by readers as a modern classic, this is a [...]

  • Russell Hoban – Ridley Walker (expanded edition)
    Russell Hoban – Ridley Walker (expanded edition)
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    Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through. Set in a remote future in a […]

  • Heather Lewis – Notice
    Heather Lewis – Notice
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    A classic queer text of trauma, written by one of the most talented novelists of her generation. The reason it’s never just once is the same reason money’s only a […]

  • England’s Hidden Reverse, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground
    England’s Hidden Reverse, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground
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    An expanded edition of the classic exploration of the English esoteric musical underground—with the first biography of Coil, Current 93, and Nurse With Wound. This newly expanded edition of [...]