Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

C. Spencer Yeh
Nothin' But A Heartache

Gods of Tundra No Cat

LP
£6.99


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.

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

No-Fi Neu-002

10
£1.99


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
£3.99


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
£4.99


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.

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
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
£6.99


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.  

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
£3.99


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
£2.99


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
£8.99


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. 

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.

The Dead C/Rangda
Dead C Vs Rangda

Ba Da Bing Records BING-081

LP
£17.99


Massive two-header that presents unreleased archival recordings from legendary NZ underground group The Dead C paired with new tracks from the trio of guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance) and drummer Chris Corsano: the Dead C side is a particular revelation, with the discovery of previously unreleased tracks that were under consideration for inclusion on their masterful 1992 album for Flying Nun, Eusa Kills. On the flip Rangda make with some dazzling power trio moves, re-thinking rock dynamics with drooling polyrhythms and overdosed modal guitar histrionics that take off on Sonny Sharrock circa Monkey-Pockie-Boo. 

The Dead C
Harsh 70s Reality

Siltbreeze SB-11/12

2xLP
£32.99


Original copies of one of the central documents of the 1990s underground, The Dead C’s seminal, sprawling masterpiece Harsh 70s Reality from 1992. Nothing else comes close. Rare and OOP, very highly recommended!

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.

The Skull Defekts
Infekted

Meudiademorte MDDM-17

C40 Cassette
£1.99


Blast of densely-assembled technicolour electronics from this European avant/orchestra, with Henrik Rylander (ex Union Carbide Productions) and Joachim Nordwall (Alvars Orkester) joined by Lasse Marhaug. Edition of 100 with screenprinted fold-over covers.

Lasse Marhaug/Andreas Meland
Brakhage

Melektronikk Melk-012

CD
£1.99


Split CD featuring two live recordings of material originally performed to accompany the great silent films of Stan Brakhage. Meland's piece is a very melancholy drift through shifting light tones, reflections of dreams and slow-motion ghosts. Marhaug's piece combines what sounds like submarine codes slowly-exploding into heavy gravities of undersea before choirs of ghost voices gradually cohere into baroque shortwave sweeps. Recommended.

Carlos Giffoni & Lasse Marhaug
Lesbian Brunch

Archive #29

CD
£3.99


Limited edition of 500 copies of a duo studio session between Monotract/No Fun electro-yob Carlos Giffoni and Lasse Marhaug of Jazzkammer/Nash Kontrol et al. Fuzzy, intensely-compacted blocks of noise give way to pounding Industrial electro rhythms and fireflies of cracked electrics in a way that is satisfyingly stupe. Packaged in the usual classy fold-out full-colour Archive art sleeves.

Jazzkammer/Opec
Split

Reverse No Cat

LP
£1.99


Limited edition split LP on Christian of Sarah's Charity's label, limited to 323 copies with silkscreen printing. Jazzkammer side features huge arcing shadows carved from turntable buzz. Opec side is ludicrously invasive, with shredding turntables working the same kind of deliriously obliterating levels of frequency disruption as Maryanne Amacher, Merzbow et al.

Sissy Spacek
Devils Cone And Palm

Helicopter H-57

one-sided LP
£12.99


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.

Agathocles/Sissy Spacek
Split

Ultra Eczema #77

7”
£1.99


“About 15 years too late! Finally out. This is the first 7" in a yearlong monthly series of limited 7"s that will really be all over the place. Anything goes: from the acid of Pierre Elitair to the mincecore of Agathocles or a prank by Frieder Butzmann! This first one could actually be an LP! As usual with noisecore, grind or mince, this one has more tracks on it than 5 LPs together! 10 songs by each band, Agathocles drills holes in your skull and pours in a cocktail of ass-grinding diarrhea recorded on a rehearsal right before their Mexican tour! This is no fancy pants studio recordings but the raw tapedeck deal, muffled grunts and painful fastness. On the flip side Sissy Spacek (aka John Wiese) takes it away with some Gerogerigegege styled noisecore shaving off your nose and eyelashes, feels like the recording is actually sitting in a giant amp!!!!! A brutal slap of preparé right there! Comes in a fold open cover design by Debby Tyfus with lyrics etc. Limited to 300 copies.” – DT.