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The Lysergics are a classic psychedelic 3-piece from London. Expect great tripped-out sounds for fans of Vibravoid and late '60s psychedelia! Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl.
Double 10-inch vinyl! October 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the legendary '60s band The Youngbloods (that split up in 1973). With the Banana project Youngbloods-member Lowell Levinger (with the help of such legends as Ry Cooder, Dave Grisman, Peter Stampfel and his old sparring partner Jesse Colin Young) respectfully recalls and re-imagines some of the classics from that long gone era to produce a wonderfully intimate set that should have fans of the original band all a-glow. The release includes a 12-page book, plus label artwork by the inimitable John Hurford. Limited to 500 units.
Agusa is a Swedish band, revealing influences from such diverse acts as Kebnekajse (Sweden), Amon Duul II (Germany) and Colosseum (UK), but at the same time presenting something unique. This amazing album contains authentic sounding '70s style progressive songs! The recordings feature members of Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting, Kama Loka and Hoofoot.
Alpha Omega is a Brisbane, Australia based trio that plays the kind of space rock that will make Hawkwind-fans drool. This is a limited editon of 200 hand-numbered copies on black vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve.
A CD by a cool Brazilian stoner band from Curitiba, on the road since 2005. These guys play their own compositions with lyrics in English, which combine hard rock, southern rock and strong symphonic vibes. For fans of The Doors, The Cult, and much inbetween.
Laurence Vanay is the pseudonym for Jacqueline Thibault, wife of producer and musician Laurent Thibault (Magma). This is an incredible LP of spacey avant-garde progressive chansons and the first ever release for these late-'70s recordings! The LP includes a six-panel colour insert with rare photos and Jacqueline's remarkable story. Limited to 500 copies, housed in a deluxe tip-on jacket.
A vinyl issue of the follow-up to Jacqueline Thibault's (Laurence Vanay) 1976 album 'Evening Colours'. 'Les Soleils De La Vie' (or 'The Suns Of Life') was recorded with the help of her perpetual musical accomplices Serge Derrien (guitar, flute, wordless vocals) and John Chevalier (a.k.a. Popov) on drums and percussion. In spite interstv from Decca Records this album remained unreleased at the time. Now these shimmering, mysterious, sometimes funky, deeply emotional examples of musical beguilement are available for the world. Limited to 500 copies, housed in deluxe tip-on jackets.
The delightful second album (1974) by this talented British folk lady. Fragile and dreamy vocals mingle with acoustic guitar on a captivating set comprising many well known traditional tunes.
A splendid 12CD+DVD boxset, featuring all the 12 albums that this legendary Polish band released between 1967 and 1989. You get a genrous 236(!) remastered tracks in total. All the albums come packaged in miniature LP-sleeves (laminated gatefold) and contain bonus tracks. There's an additional card sleeve with an alternate cover for the 'Szanujmy Wspomnienia' album, a 32-page coloured booklet with rare photos and a DVD with never before released music from the film 'Jak Powstali Skaldowie' (1969). Limited to 250 sets. A must have release for fans of high quality beat, pop, psych and prog from Eastern Europe!
On CD, this is the classic 1975 debut-album by the influential Irish folk rock duo, also know from the early line-up of Steeleye Span. Essential for genre fans!
Limited edition reissue in a laminated sleeve. A very rare French EP by garage-beat group THE FALCONS, originally released in 1967. You get four original tracks with fuzz guitars and organ. TRACKS: A1. Please Understand Me A2. Two Hearts Have Took The Lead B1. El Camel B2. Geneviève
GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL
The 'Compiled' 10-inch, containing six tracks, is released in celebration of 30 years of wild, ravin' beat mayhem. The songs are taken from a.o. various compilations issued between 1989 and 2010. The sleeve artwork by Johnny No (the No-Counts) and liner notes from Lenny Helsing (The Thanes) make this 10-inch a must-have for every neo-beat and garage enthusiast. SIDE A: 1. Chicago (1:59) 2. If You Don't Treat Me Right (2:09) 3. I Ain't Got You (2:32) SIDE B: 1. Buzz The Jerk (1:41) 2. Love At First Feel (3:01) 3. Bad News Travels Fast (2:46)
Following two albums of basement recordings, West Seattle's underground rockers The Fuzz visited a real studio to capture the songs for 'Best Kept Secret'. Featuring two guitars, bass and drums, the album sounds like something that's not halfway between the Dead Kennedys and the Rolling Stones, but might be a third of the way. Cool stuff!
The band's third full-length album, produced by Radio Birdman's Bob Younger. Inspired by the Victims and the Scientists as well as by AC/DC, Stooges and MC5, the Volcanics play their own brand of fuel injected rock'n'roll and are well known for their explosive live performances.
The second album by this young Austrian neo-rockabilly unit. A cool release for genre addicts!
Dangerous Rhythm formed in Mexico in 1978 and is among the country's first punk bands. Influenced by The Sex Pistols, Clash and Ramones, but also MC5 and New York Dolls, the band's s/t debut album was released in 1981. Here's a cool vinyl reissue of that legendary record.
Following one 7-inch and a few demos, this is the debut full-length by NYC's punk unit La Misma. This LP edition is presented in a heavy sleeve including an A2-sized poster an a 28-page booklet.
The dark folk/rock sound of the band's first two EP's has come to a perfect, extended formula with 'Like Breath Beneath A Veil'. Ten songs defined in martial stomps, semi-acoustic guitars drenched in reverberation and throbbing, vibrant bass lines. A fistful of murder ballads pregnant with tragedy and unavoidability. There's no fanfarelike hyperbole here, only a raw, solemn gait marching onward to god-knows-where.
The third volume in this highly acclaimed series, featuring 14 more junkshop finds for all you pub rock/power-pop/glam stompers! Features tracks from Blue Ash, Nick Lowe, Pink Fairies, The Troggs, and a whole bunch more! SIDE A: 01. Heart Of The City - Nick Lowe 02. Start Here - Jet 03. Cheque Book - Legend 04. Jekyll And Hyde - Might 'Em 05. Coast To Coast - Ducks Deluxe 06. So What If I Am - Paper Lace 07. Photo-Finish - Lee Lewis Reformer SIDE 2: 01. Crusin' (In The Lincoln) - Eddie & The Hot Rods 02. Strange Movies - The Troggs 03. River Of Love - Los Child 04. Between The Lines - Pink Fairies 05. Abracadabra - Blue Ash 06. Gimme Gimme Gimme Your Love - The Teens 07. Turn Me On - Matchmakers
Originally out in 1977, this is a progressive tinged softpop album by a quite obscure UK trio. The songs are characterized by pleasant melodies and tasteful arrangements, more or less comparable to Pilot. CD-reissue.
The first ever CD-reissue of the highly rated third album (1978) by singer-songwriter Paul Parrish.
Filled with a passion for everything evil, Reptile Master from Tromso/north Norway is on a mission to spread the gospel of doom. With strong roots in both tradional heavy metal, post-metal and sludge, they create a new sound composed of the outermost extremes found in aggression and sorrow.
'Obelisk' is the second full-length offering from Phoenix, Arizona's three-piece Goya, containing music in the vein of Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Sleep, etc. 'Obelisk' is a magnificently-assembled album, with the performances ranging from nailed-down to wild abandon in pleasing proportions, and containing strong riffs with a mean edge throughout.
Edition of 150 copies on 180 gram red vinyl, presented in a full-color gatefold sleeve with lyric insert. Amsterdam-based Argento Records' first title is 'Circle Of Molesters', the second LP from Trieste, Italy's corrosive sludge quartet GRIME. Their sound is rooted into rotten burial grounds and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche. And their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near you. Following the release of their independent debut EP in 2011 and their dominating 2013-released debut LP 'Deteriorate' (Forcefield Records/Mordgrimm), GRIME oozes forth with their most brutalizing display of gutter-born, diseased sludge metal yet with 'Circle Of Molesters'. Like a volcano rupturing megatons of rotting flesh, for nearly forty minutes the band's gnarly scourge will suck you into the darkest depths of suffocating death, yet all the while taking their petulant tonal attack to new heights, integrating more body-mangling dynamics than ever. Bringing this auditory destruction to life, the band enlisted the recording and mixing work of sound engineer Lorenzo Stecconi (Ufomammut, Amen Ra, Zu) and final mastering duties to Brad Boatright (Sleep, Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails) at Audiosiege, both factors helping shape every bit of the band's tonal wrath to thundering clarity.
What a combination! Killer DJ and killer dubwise! Originally released on Rockers in 1988.
Two roots and dub classics, originally released on Rockers in 1987.
This is a one time pressing of only 300 copies on transparent 10-inch vinyl with sublime artwork by THOMAS DOHMEN using a "frozen bronce" metallic colour cover print. After a long period of silence MOLJEBKA PVLSE is back with two compositions, performed with amplified objects, analogue synthesizers, guitars and field recordings from Europe, Africa and the USA. Two dense and emotional drone tracks that form an existential unity!
The fourth full-length from the experimental Australian musician, now living in Sweden, via London. Chantler made several hours of raw recordings of the pipe organ at London's St John-at-Hackney church. These were then subject to extended processing and combined with additional electronic parts. 'Still Light, Outside' is an extended suite in four parts that combines passages of stark minimalism centred at the bodily invasive extremes of the organ's register with striking explosions of colour. LP-edition.
Jutta Hipp was a cool jazz icon in post-war Germany who conquered the Frankfurt jazz festivals in the 1950s. Jazz impressario Leonard Feather brought her to the USA where she did sessions with Horace Silver, Zoot Sims and Mingus. This box provides a complete overview of her work, including Jutta's most relevant recordings and featuring a collection of paintings, drawings and cartoons as well as letters and poems. This LP-sized box set included six CD's, a DVD and a 208-page hardcover book with a biography in German and English, a recording index and discography plus hundreds of photos, paintings and sketches, record sleeves and labels. CD 1: 1953 From Hamburg to Baden-Baden - HANS KOLLER NEW JAZZ STARS CD 2: 1954 Frankfurt and Cologne - JUTTA HIPP AND HER GERMAN JAZZMEN CD 3: 1955 From Stockholm to Stuttgart - JUTTA HIPP / LARS GULLIN QUARTET + JUTTA HIPP QUINTET / SEXTET CD 4 + 5: 1956 New York, Newport & Final Recordings - JUTTA HIPP TRIO + JUTTA HIPP WITH ZOOT SIMS CD 6: 1945/1952 Historical Recordings From Leipzig to Munich - HANS KOLLER QUARTETT 1952 DISC 7: DVD HANS KOLLER NEW JAZZ STARS 1953 TV show 'Jazz Gestern und Heute'
The third album by the anti-synthpop outfit Rooie Waas (Seeing red). This international trio from Tirol, Helsinki and Amsterdam combine nifty beats, abstract electronics and dadaist sociocritic dutch lyrics into something that critics call artfull, non-conformist, minimal, unique, fluttering, humorous, crackling madness. Maybe you can call it 'very musical non-music'. In any case, it's raising eyebrows.
A combination of original lo-fi guitar material and traditionals from Mali, performed by renowned Timbouctou musician Abba Gargando and recorded on cellphones. The atmospheres range from hypnotic and electrified to sparse. Limited edition of 500 LP's with handmade covers.
An ethnographic documentation of a fictional Bamako where Abubakari II discovered America. These are musical recordings of future manding, bamako nu-wave, hip-hop visionaries and the sounds of an imagined geography. The LP includes a 60-page booklet of photographs. The release is a collaboration between photographer Maciek Pozoga and musicologist Christopher Kirkley, and a number of Bamakos artists, ethnologists, musicians and designers. The material is also used as a soundtrack for the exhibition 'Uchronia: The Unequivocal Interpretation Of Reality'.
Sonic gems and previously unreleased recordings from the '70s! This collection on DOUBLE-LP offers an insight into the musical adventures that were taking place in the major Senegalese cities during the '60s and '70s. The compilation reflects the unique fusions of funk, Mbalax, Cuban Son and Mandigue guitar sounds that transformed Dakar into West Africa's most vibrant city. The comprehensive 12-page booklet (biographies, pix, and more) is a precious document attesting to the decades of transformation that led to modern Senegalese music.
A CD-reissue of the second album by the stunning vocal soul group, originally issued by Elektra in 1972. This work contains many famous tracks, including covers of Bob Dylan's 'Oxford Town', CCR's 'Proud Mary' and Buffalo Springfield's 'Kind Woman'. A classic!
On vinyl, here is Jim Manzie's original score for the 1987 movie 'From A Whisper To A Scream', also known as 'The Offspring'. Melodically, Jim Manzie's score is reverent of its own forebears in kind, as it turns through moods as disparate as the droning dread of Hammer-esque organ fugues and the far-out tribal mysticism of some of Lucio Fulci's more exotic resurrections. Technically, however, Manzie relies on a simplified electronic palette and a spartan sense of orchestration. Reflecting the classic tones of bygone horror eras, the music brings along a dynamic sensibility akin' to the increasingly homemade minimal electronic music of the late 1980s.
...INVESTIGATES HALLOWEEN!' - This truly bizarre spoken word record was introduced after WNUF personality Frank Stewart and his guests disappeared during the infamous live broadcast of his WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL in October 1987. The initial vinyl album was compiled and produced by WNUF staff to help fund search efforts for all of the missing parties. While authorities have long since given up the search for Frank Stewart, Terror Vision Records is keeping hope alive with this exclusive release. If you have fond memories of Frank Stewart, WNUF TV-28, or even Halloween in general, we recommend you get your claws on this creepy record.
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