Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Burning Star Core
Mes Soldats Stupides '96-'05 Vol 1: Amelia

No-Fi Neu-002

10
£4.99


First volume in a proposed on-going series of vinyl reissues that restore hard-to-find BXC material. This one reissues some beautifully modulated electronic sound mutations originally released by Spencer himself on his own Drone Disco label as fig.64. Comes with glossy full-colour insert with art by Robert Beatty of Hair Police.

Burning Star Core
Body Blues

Hospital Productions HOS-182

7"
£6.99


Two sides of heavily phased vocal/noise confusion and elegiac electronic drug-trance from C. Spencer Yeh’s Burning Star Core.

Justin Lieberman & C. Spencer Yeh
Object Lessons

What The…? Records 008

Picture Disc LP
£6.99


Collaboration between Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core and artist Justin Lieberman, that Yeh describes as combining their love of “sound poetry, psychedelic rock, Japanese scum noise and Japanese psychedelic rock.” There’s also a more conceptual/absurdist cultural critique running through many of these tracks, using samples of voices, advertising inanities and surrealist interventions in a way that - at points - comes across as a more psychedelic Residents. The whole deal is beautifully packaged with the picture disc wrapped in a full-colour gatefold sleeve. Edition of 250 copies.

C. Spencer Yeh
Songs 2002

What The…? Records What-006

one-sided LP
£8.99


Unlikey compilation of early song-based pieces by C. Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core et al in an edition of only 135 copies on his own private imprint. Guitar and vocals from 2001 that seem to bridge the whole Twisted Village/Northwest USA basement songwriter vibe with the contemporary Brooklyn DIY style. Pretty surreal, played this to a few people and no one could believe it was Spencer.

C. Spencer Yeh
Nothin' But A Heartache

Gods of Tundra No Cat

LP
£8.99


Limited edition of 300 LPs, all long sold-out, matching one side of absolutely nuts alien/electronically deformed sound poetry and one side of lolling violin freakout from Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core that's so beautifully damaged that at parts it resembles fast-forwarding through the Basil Kirchin back catalogue while a band of Eskimo's run through Enochian calls over faulty CB Radios. One of Yeh's most uncategorisable flutters through furiously extended/microscopically obsessive atonal beauty. All LPs come with individually hand-sprayed sleeves. Recommended.

Hototogisu + Burning Star Core
s/t

Yik Yak 014

LP
£12.99


Beautiful looking edition of 500 copies that gathers re-worked, re-edited versions of material that previously snuck out on CD-Rs from Drone Disco and Heavy Blossom: "Hototogisu - the duo of UK experimentalist Matthew Bower (Skullflower/Sunroof et al) and New York-based-guitarist Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards/Zaimph/GHQ) - are all about impact, about taking the physical aspect of sound and hallucinating it to the point of abstraction, so much so that for all of the complexity of their music it often sounds like it's standing still, simply hanging in the air and vibrating without anything approaching a 'plot' to bring it to a point. By contrast, Burning Star Core, the trio of drummer Trevor Tremaine, Robert Beatty on electronics (both of whom also play in Hair Police alongside Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes) and C.Spencer Yeh on violin and electronics, are more overtly propulsive, usurping 'classic' rock form via electronics and drums but still focused on momentum, on the jam as a form of structural gravity, on the unfolding of action via development over time. This all-improvised studio meeting is the perfect reconciliation of both tendencies, of Hototogisu’s obsessive layering of strata after strata of violently conceived noise and of Burning Star Core’s epic, post-Kraut thunder-punk style. Bower has long been on record about his opposition to anything approaching 'dialogue' in improvised music, favouring a senses-devouring simultaneity over anything that might pass for actual exchange, so it's no surprise that there is little on this new record that sounds even close to conventionally improvised music. Instead, it feels more focused towards the zone where energy begins to spontaneously birth form, where the monomaniacal pursuit of the nowhere zone bears fruit in the shape of a music that transcends its constituent parts while being totally based around – and rooted in - the individual response to the moment. BXC play it ginchy and garage-pop right from the start, simultaneously inverting and amplifying Bower and Bassett's vertical constructs with drums that sound like they might have been lifted straight from the most flower-power parts of the Silver Apples' back catalogue and bass patterns that are as tactile and rock-anchored as Can's Holger Czukay. To hear Hototogisu's music given this kind of injection of dynamic energy makes them seem more obviously sourced in 'classic' rock music than you might otherwise have guessed, with a dense, implosive sound that feels like a hyper-distilled take on all of rock's most outlaw aspects, the feedback that makes you feel like you could explode in a ball of electricity, the anti-gravity effect of heavy fuzz, the seductive, alien tongues. It's certainly the most 'garage band' side that either of the groups have cut to date, albeit in the form of a Gnostic, post-acid re-think where the vibration is more important than the outer forms, where energized enthusiasm makes for a more fundamental guiding principle than verse/chorus/verse and where the only direction left is out. Which is another way of saying it feels genuinely bad-ass. In an era where even the best groups seem polite, pro, participatory, democratic, this is music that is disregarding in its overwhelming power, exhilarating in it irresponsible spontaneity. And in an underground scene where self-conscious notions of avant-garde and 'free improvisation' have long displaced any concept of an intuitive rocks off-style, well, it feels like a re-connection to the source. So file this one closer to Kill City or Sticky Fingers than Persian Surgery Dervishes or The Black Album and feel the gravity of your whole record collection shift." – David Keenan.

John Wiese/C. Spencer Yeh
Live In Nottingham


LP
£12.99


New limited edition LP on Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core’s ‘bootleg’ label, What The…? Records that documents a live set from the duo of Yeh and John Wiese recorded live in Nottingham in 2007. Wiese’s surgical approach to extreme electronics is in full effect here, but there’s something in the way he sculpts Yeh’s extreme vocal poetics and scuttering violin that makes the whole piece seem conceived as a single composition, moving from punk primitive DIY violence into more sublimely irradiated noise vectors. Edition of 330.

Burning Star Core
West Coast Spring 2004

What The…? Records What-001

LP
£10.99


Beautifully assembled private press LP from Spencer Yeh with cool double-sided paste-on sleeve in an edition of 300 copies with insert. Bundles a bunch of raging sets previously released as part of the West Coast Spring 2004 cassette box on Drone Disco. C. Spencer Yeh on violin and voice and Robert Beatty on acoustic appraiser and electronics, with performances from Seattle and San Francisco. Something about the raw recording quality on these tapes is even more dynamic and tactile than their world-beating ‘official’ releases, with the very fibre of Yeh’s bow giving birth to all sorts of aggressive detail and overtonal colour. Parts of this sound like Faust & Tony Conrad’s Outside The Dream Syndicate re-scored for claustrophobic basements with Beatty live-intuiting some beautiful electronic re-thinks of the psychedelic possibilities inherent in swarms of repeating laminal forms.

Burning Star Core
Inside The Shadow

Hospital Productions HOS-212

CD
£10.99


CD reissue of what was originally a limited tour-only album from Spencer Yeh’s post-metal drone unit, bundling three massive huffs of dramatically piloted violin and sidereal electric forms that reconcile the kind of post-Kosugi trance dramas of his violin work with peaks of slow-burning Kosmiche crunch. Tony Herrington had a great piece in The Wire on BXC where he fingered Manuel Göttsching/Ash Ra’s more devotional/electro work as a precursor of this kind of monumentally damaged time/space sorcery and if that kind of comparison had your brain fluttering then plug it in here: Inside The Shadow is an even deeper pass through the kind of cranium-calming violence that illuminated much of Let’s Play Wild Like Wildcats Do and is one of Spencer’s most personally illuminating works. Recommended.

The New Monuments
s/t

Important Records No Cat

LP
£10.99


Debut album for the horse-killing free music trio of Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus), C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Ben Hall (Graveyards). Great to hear Ben in this kinda context, playing in a rolling propulsive style that is the closest I’ve heard him come to the whole post-Milford school of exploded time.  Dietrich’s sax – naturally – dominates the sound, with a warp of Hendrixoid F/X contorting the tongue logic until it sounds like he’s licking a cement mixer. Yeh’s strings give the group an intense vertical lift and at points it sounds like he’s sawing the whole group straight off of the ground. A great record in the tradition of Babi Music, Demo Moe, The Celestrial Communication Orchestra and Borbetomagus. All exclusive material, none of which was on the American Tapes CD-R releases.  

Burning Star Core
Papercuts Theatre

No Quarter NOQ-022

CD
£4.99


Occupying the opposite pole from BXC’s masterful Challenger LP, Papercuts Theatre is a massive collage that smears several years worth of live recordings from Spencer Yeh and co into four monolithic movements that explode time and space in favour of vertical ascensions of tone and some of the heaviest nod-out rock moves of their career. Inspired by classic sleight-of-hand live reviews like The Grateful Dead’s Grayfolded, Sonic Youth’s Sonic Death and Flying Saucer Attack’s In Search Of Spaces, Yeh assembles dense, laminal settings of drone violence, Faust-styled Industrial-brut and outer space strings with a focus on their more aggressive jams. Long passages of tussling strings and thrifty percussion are blown apart by bursts of free jazz energy and screaming violin tones. The Faust Tapes were always a major organisational touchstone for the BXC production style, but Papercuts Theatre pushes the organisational logic of their albums to new spontaneous/hallucinogenic ends. Features Trevor Tremaine, Robert Beatty, members of Lambsbread and more. Recommended.

C. Spencer Yeh
In The Blink Of An Eye

De Stijl No Cat

7”
£3.99


Set of songs from Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core, following on from his song project LP Songs 2002 with a feel for post new wave swagger that marries early Gang Of Four to a basement psych production. “C S Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan, repped Cincinnati for many many years and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Musically, Yeh is monolithically active both as a solo artist and improviser as well as with Burning Star Core. He has made seemingly hundreds of recordings, and we've yet to find one rotten egg in the basket. Yeh has collaborated with an insanely varied list of people. If we were to actually drop these names, you'd be impressed / confused. But you have NOT heard the result of him writing songs, and for whatever reason the realization that he can do it and do it well is a shocker. So, aside from a 2002 EP documented by WHAT THE ...?, this is yr first glimpse into the brightness of this aspect of his ever evolving talents.” – CS. 

Zashiki-Warashi
Mail Wars

Conduit Creations No Cat

LP
£6.99


Limited edition of 550 LPs from Carter Thornton compiling a few years worth of mail collaborations with players like Burning Star Core, Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw, OLD), Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards, Zaimph), David Shuford (NNCK, Enos Slaughter), Pigeons, Kuwayama Kiyoharu, Marshall Avett (Zandosis), Greg Wildes (Gas Tank Orchestra), Carl Smith / Derek Phelps, Darwin Smith, Smith Harrison and Dr. Mijin Kim. Buncha styles devoured and regurgitated, from scattershot drone explosions and spare percussive strategies through laminal flashes of rainbow electronics. Plus it’s all compiled and programmed in a way that is totally maximalist, giving it the feel of some weird Euro art/rock obscurity in the orbit of Futura/Red et al. Excellent.

C. Spencer Yeh
1975

Intransitive Recordings INT-037

CD
£4.99


Billed as C. Spencer Yeh’s ‘first true solo album’, 1975 is an investigation of static drone works that forsakes the kinda barbarous dynamic violence of Burning Star Core for a series of luminous/ghostly tonal settings that coil like smoke around your skull w/deep fields of searchlight tone and jabbering cut-up detail. Buncha different sound sources flagged in the self-explanatory titles – “Two Guitars”, “Voice”, “Drone”, “Shrinkwrap from a Solo Saxophone CD (skit)” – with the music moving from tactile almost Philip Corner-esque miniatures through endlessly glissing xpressways of soft feedback that mirror the stately, surreal arc of Nurse With Wound’s Soliloquy For Lilith. One of Yeh’s most immersive and form-gobbling works, play this back to back with BXC’s Challenger for a lesson in the dynamic possibilities of killing time dead. Recommended. 

John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh
Live In Nottingham

What The…? Records WHAT-004

LP
£9.99


Edition of 330 copies LP that documents this hard-thinking avant duo live in Nottingham in 2007, fast, scrabbly pot shots at post-20th century sound-think and bulldozing drone/freak. 

John Wiese
Tumbler

No Fun No Cat

LP
£12.99


"Total Head Crush Destruction from Mr Wiese (also of Sissy Spacek and LHD, works with Sunn 0)), etc,etc), if your head was made out of a boulder the sounds here enclosed are still designed to leave behind nothing but blood stain dust. Side A is the eternal acid rain that we all fear slowly melting your skin away and reminding of your insignificant humanity, Side B is a metallic behemoth continously punching you from all directions leaving you with just enough unbroken bones so that you can breath. Another No Fun Classic. Limited to 300 no re-press ever." - No Fun.

Pain Jerk & John Wiese
Terrazzo

Harbinger Sound Harbinger-055

CD
£3.99


Classic ultra-fucked electrified noise barrage that seems to reflect more on the early-90s pornographic Merzbow sound et al than anything currently beating its head against a rock. Just chaos blurts of white noise catharsis cut up with quizzical gloops down the plughole where you feel like a cartoon roadrunner, still peddling in mid-air while rainbows explode into shards of glass and crystal. A fantastic blast of old school noise from these old school boize: John Wiese and Kohei Gomi aka Pain Jerk. Recorded by mail October 2005.

Various Artists
BTHO


Cassette
£6.99


New cassette comp on Ecstatic Peace compiled by John Wiese and dedicated to the more subterranean rumblings coming out of the current west coast scene. Features tracks by The Cherry Point, Sissy Spacek, Allen Pyle, Tom Grimley, Obstacle Course, Damion Romero, John Wiese, Seven Depressions and GX Jupitter-Larsen.

LHD
Young And Ruthless

Blossoming Noise BN003

CD
£6.99


CDEP that rescues the debut album from Phil Blankenship (The Cherry Point) and John Wiese (Sissy Spacek/Bastard Noise/Dead Machines et al) from virtual oblivion. Intense machine noise coated in a blear of fog, tongue-slicing application of machine feedback and dynamic headbutts of glorious skull-blasting grudge. Edition of 1000 copies.

Metalux & John Wiese
s/t

Load 082

CD
£10.99


Great hook-up between US noise wunderkind John Wiese and viciously devolved electro duo Metalux. Churning, petrol-swilling rhythms, splats of hand-crafted analog splooch and eerie somnambulant doll vocals that are as spooked as any EVP transmission. Great one-legged sucker punch rhythms ala Wolf Eyes and a scrunchy neon atmosphere throughout.

Waves
13

Helicopter #45

One-Side 12"
£10.99


Limited one-sided EP from this intense, minimal electronics project of John Olson of Wolf Eyes, this time around featuring a guest appearance from John Wiese. One-side of ultra-invasive high sinetone minimalism that works extended lightning from solitary pulses all the way to the horizon. Limited supply!

Merzbow & John Wiese
Free Piano/Hypersomnia

Helicopter/Misanthropic Agenda H-37/MAR-011

7" Picture Disc
£8.99


Limited hand-numbered picture disc single with two collaborative tracks from John Wiese and Masami Akita aka Merzbow. Edition of 500 copies.

Hive Mind & John Wiese
Trick Satanism

Chondritic Sound CH-138

10"
£6.99


“555 copies - heavy sessions from a spook ed space collab recorded in at TERROR HOUSE in late Summer 2004 used as source sounds reprocessed by wiese to merge this mutant. heavy-duty staring contest. pro-printed full color cover art by john olson (american tapes/wolf eyes/dead machines/etc). it's exactly what you think it is...” – CS.

Sissy Spacek
Devils Cone And Palm

Helicopter H-57

one-sided LP
£19.99


Edition of 100 copies self-released LP from prolific US noise artist John Wiese’s Sissy Spacek persona. A single 22 minute track, Devils Cone features Jesse Jackson on guitar, Corydon Ronnau on vocals and Wiese on everything else and the trio blast their way though vicious stop/start corridors of noise, crowd song, feedback and beautifully crunchy electronics with a dynamic that is truly re-arranging. Wiese is still one of the genuine auteurs of noise. Won’t be around for long.

Bruce Russell & John Wiese
Fronts

Helicopter H-40

7"
£3.99


More evacuated noise tectonics from the dream-team hook-up of US noise wunderkind John Wiese and NZ sound-thinker and Dead C member Bruce Russell. Limited to 300 copies.

Ryan Jewell/C. Spencer Yeh/Wasteland Jazz Unit
Ohio Ghostly Soil

Dreamsheep Records DS-004

CD
£8.99


Explosive, speaker shredding free noise/jazz density that is as obliterating as primo Airway, Japanese monsters like Mainliner/Musica Transonic etc… Wasteland Jazz Unit features John Rich on amplified clarinet and Jon Lorenz on amplified alto sax and here they are joined Ryan Jewell (Pink Reason/Psychedelic Horseshit associate) on drums and electronics and Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core on bass and electronics. Edition of 200 copies.

Kemialliset Ystavat
Ullakkopalo

Fonal FR-69

LP
£15.99


Great new album from Jan Anderzen’s Chemical Friends, three years in the making, with a freeform freakout style that could almost be The Familiar Ugly on The Red Krayola’s Parable Of Arable Land. There’s also a newfound ‘song’ quality to many of the tracks, with snatches of melody and hints of vocal arcs that float like Popol Vuh choirs above the flashing electronics, hand-drums and toytown tropicalia. Aspects of Astral Social Club and Monopoly Child Star Searchers combine in weird childlike hymns that could almost pass for a Japanese Ya Ho Wha soundtracking a Hawaiian beach monster movie. Nostalgic, funny, uniquely compelling, with guest appearances from a bunch of key underground players including C. Spencer Yeh, Neil Campbell, Hitoshi Kojo, Pekko Kappi and Niko-Matti Ahti.

Kemialliset Ystavat
Ullakkopalo

Fonal FR-69

CD
£3.99


Great new album from Jan Anderzen’s Chemical Friends, three years in the making, with a freeform freakout style that could almost be The Familiar Ugly on The Red Krayola’s Parable Of Arable Land. There’s also a newfound ‘song’ quality to many of the tracks, with snatches of melody and hints of vocal arcs that float like Popol Vuh choirs above the flashing electronics, hand-drums and toytown tropicalia. Aspects of Astral Social Club and Monopoly Child Star Searchers combine in weird childlike hymns that could almost pass for a Japanese Ya Ho Wha soundtracking a Hawaiian beach monster movie. Nostalgic, funny, uniquely compelling, with guest appearances from a bunch of key underground players including C. Spencer Yeh, Neil Campbell, Hitoshi Kojo, Pekko Kappi and Niko-Matti Ahti.

Ben Hall’s She Shells String Trio
Negatively Complicating A Procedure That Is Already Flawed

8MM 060

LP
£12.99


Edition of only 150 copies LP with handmade covers that documents a killing free trio led by percussionist Ben Hall (Graveyards/Bill Dixon et al) and featuring violinists C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Mike Khoury: this is a massively psychedelic side, with two void-gobbling violins that flutter in and out of corporeal reality with alla the grace of the heady string side of Albert Ayler’s Greenwich Village masterpiece while touching on aspects of Keiji Haino’s hurdy gurdy work, Ornette’s power-sawing and some truly alien, speaking in tongues power droning. Hall has a lightness of touch and a knitting needle speed here that gives the nod to Rashied Ali’s navigation of Interstellar Space but truly this is a profoundly alien music and a radical new trio line-up. Very highly recommended!