SPOTLIGHT 5

06/02/2023 12:54

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

AMBASSADOR HAZY - GLACIAL ERRATICS (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube Records are delighted to make available for you the debut release by Ambassador Hazy - 'Glacial Erratics' - previously pressed as a private press edition of 100 records back in 2020. Ambassador Hazy is a solo recording project by Sterling DeWeese who was previously in a slew of obscure bands including Heavy Hands, Dirty Rainbow, Terrapin Gun, Madison Electric and Black Fantastic. 'Glacial Erratics' is really a comeback record as Sterling had totally stopped playing for 7 or 8 years after he got married and started a family and the business of life took over - but the calling was always there and as his youngest began to grow - the time became available for Sterling to answer the call. First though he needed to get his ½" reel to reel 8 track back in working order and set up a studio space and fit it out with gear. It required the small matter of converting part of the basement into a studio, building the walls, and adding enough soundproofing to hopefully keep the neighbors and his wife happy - but such a thing was not going to stop Sterling. Soon he was playing again with some local musicians and recording some of those performances live to tape but the hassle of getting everyone together at the same time was hard so in the downtime Sterling began focusing on recording on his own. Thus the name 'Glacial Erratics' was born, as it was all a bit of a hodge podge (i.e. erratic) and ended up being done over several years (i.e. glacial). Once there was enough material finished, between band tracks and solo tracks Sterling compiled them. The resulting album is a kaleidoscope of contagious hooks and artfully crafted songs, laid to tape and brought to life in brilliant colour. 'Black Smoke Rising' is a blur of fuzz guitar and stuttering snare hits as Sterling tells us 'I believe in the future - don't take it away' and over 14 tracks you are treated to artfully crafted acid pop gems that are riddled with potholes and weird left turns, with hooks that seem to bubble out of nowhere before receding into themselves. The lo-fi aesthetic works perfectly, with the songs benefiting from the warm fuzz tones of the instruments and vocals recorded onto that now fully functioning ½" tape machine. Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl.

AMBASSADOR HAZY - THE DOOR BETWEEN (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Following 2022's much loved and long sold out 'The Traveler' Ambassador Hazy is back with 'The Door Between' (the title taken from an old detective novel) which is a perfect metaphor for album's explorations into consciousness and perception, seeing the connectedness between all things while also embracing one's solitude and separation from others. Themes that were amplified as the record was recorded alone in a basement during a pandemic. With some new mics and toys featuring on this recording, Sterling experiments a bit more with recording techniques and different sounds which bring about a more overtly psychedelic sound than on 'The Traveler' and with a few songs being more explicitly drug related (and or induced). 'The Door Between' is about being an outsider, or at least that feeling of being outside of things and the ways one might find connection be that through drugs, music, love. So while 'Orange Halos' starts the proceedings the overtly upbeat and infectious melodies we have come to know and love from Ambassador Hazy - by the time you reach 'Going Down' you are dropped into Martin Rev/Suicide synth/drum machine head trip. So join Ambassador Hazy - maybe crack open a beer, smoke a joint, take a tab or just sit in your favourite chair - drop the needle on 'The Door Between' and let it transport you to that other place. 300 copies on black vinyl.

EXKURSIONS - THE EXKURSIONS (BLACK) (LP/TWISTED FLOWERS)

Late '60s Chicago psych blues rock band pioneering the Christian rock movement. Their sole album was released in 1971. Heavy guitar wah-wah fuzz riffs, a must have for fans of early Cream or Jimi Hendrix. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl. First time reissue on vinyl.

GIANT BRAIN - GRADE A GRAY DAY (ORANGE) (LP/SMALL STONE)

In 2019, guitarist Phil Dürr returned to the great Mothership up in the sky. He was well-known for working in hard-touring bands as Big Chief and Five Horse Johnson. Coming out four years after Phillip's passing, 'Grade A Gray Day' is Giant Brain's last musical will and testament, serving as both a tribute to their departed bandmate and the final chapter in a collaboration that reaches back to the 1990s, when the band members laid the groundwork for the Detroit rock renaissance of the following century. Comes on orange crush coloured vinyl. Limited to 200 copies.

JENS - BE AS GOOD TO OTHERS AS THEY ARE NOT TO YOU (LP/HIGH ON THE PYG TRACK)

'Be As Good To Others As They Are Not To You' starts as a mystery. A piece of tangible vinyl with often transient and evanescent content; sound appearing and fading such that you can lose certainty as to whether it emanates from the record or from out in the street. The music measured and atmospheric; a rural psychedelia on the cusp between folk and country; gnomic lyrics, meditating on loss as a stage in the cycle of nature, with a strong impression of a patient, unforced gestation. The sleeve has a stark beauty; the front being a fine piece of John Hurford frontier art, akin to that of Jeff Horsey's 'Rattlesnakes And Heartstrings.' There is no legend and nothing on the spine either. The back shows two rustic, bearded gentlemen with small guitar, a pump organ, and an ancient zither; there are song titles but they're barely decipherable. This pair are Jens Unossun and Arne Jonasson. Jens is a founder member of The Spacious Mind, a notable Swedish ensemble who, for nigh on three decades, have been releasing memorable psychedelic music. They famously accompanied Tom Rapp, of Pearls Before Swine, at his Terrastock appearance in London in 1999. Jonasson is a regular collaborator with Jens on such side-trips as The Holy River Family Band. They're the sole performers on six of the eight tracks here; Jens singing and playing keyboards, Arne on various stringed instruments, and both adding percussion. The other two - 'Sweet Home Blues (Redneck Dumbfuck Blues)' and 'Green Was The Day (Bottom Of The Well)' - see them joined by the Head Country Hoedowners - Snosun and Aarnson Jones, Black Owl, and Dave Hell - and the presence of these acclaimed purveyors of outlaw mutation boogie signal changes in mood. The Jones Brothers also serve as producers and arrangers.

RUSTIC HINGE & THE PROVINCIAL SWIMMERS - TEA ON THE LAWN FOR THREE (2LP) (LP/HIGH ON THE PYG TRACK)

Rustic Hinge & The Provincial Swimmers were a short-lived experimental music venture in the summer of 1970, based in Ilsington Farmhouse, near Puddletown, Dorset (later to be known as Jabberwocky Studios) that evolved out of the ashes of Arthur Brown's Puddletown Express. "The West Country can be a strange and mad place. It surely was in those wild counter-cultural days as the '60s slid into the '70s. Arriving in Bristol in late 1971 for what proved a five-year stretch I crossed paths - in cider pubs, occult bookshops, venues, and record shops - with all manner of characters touched and changed by their doings during those times. Similar doings likely rubbed off and left their mark on me. This extraordinary artefact hails from that milieu, fleshes out a tale that's been retold a few times in various under-the-radar settings, and given three of the central protagonists are now dead perhaps now tells the definitive story. It rescues lost music and presents it as it was originally meant to be, before temporary silliness and pique took hold, making good on renewed but shelved intentions. It's music weird, crazy, and magnificent, possessed of truly creative, psychedelic madness. To frame it as an English 'Trout Mask Replica' is on the money, though along with the Magic Captain, Bartok and Stockhausen will be pleased to hear they are cited as influences, and there's elements of post-war radio comedy too." ~Bucketfull Of Brains

TWITCH - DARK YEARS (LP/SUPREME ECHO)

'Dark Years', dating from 1974, is an essential artifact unearthed from the Canadian underground, complete with burning crosses, smoking cauldrons and mouthfuls of blood, predating black metal by well over a decade. It's a melding of epic doom, gutter glam, and shocking Satanic proto-punk from the damp Vancouver wastelands. Second press of 500 copies on random coloured vinyl. Remastered from the original analogue masters, the LP includes an expanded booklet with insane fully restored photographs and two stickers.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

HERON, ROB -& THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA- - SHE HYPNOTIZED ME/BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER (7"/SLEAZY)

'She Hypnotised Me' was the first single from Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra's fifth studio album, 'The Party's Over', released in 2022. Now it comes on a 7". The B-side 'Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner' is a James Brown style funk track.

PORTUGUESE PEDRO TRIO - CRAZY 'BOUT MY BEER/GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY (7"/SLEAZY)

Two tracks from Portuguese Pedro Trio, the group by Pedro Serra, radio DJ, musician and composer.

PORTUGUESE PEDRO TRIO - I GOT THE WORLD BY THE TAIL/MY RAINBOW HAS TURNED (7"/SLEAZY)

'... INTO WHITE, BLACK AND GREY'. Another two tracks by Pedro Serra, with a honky tonk touch.

TELEVISIONARIES - LORRAINE (7"/SLEAZY)

Televisionaries is a quartet and their latest EP 'Lorraine' shows the band heading straight into power pop territory with Mersey beat and pub rock influences.

RAINWATER, MARVIN - TOUGH TOP CAT (10") (10"/SLEAZY)

Marvin Rainwater was one of those artists who moved between country and rock'n'roll. And his style was perfectly adaptable to both genres without any problem. This album compiles some of his greatest hits in both styles, reflecting how versatile Marvin could be. Including the two tracks he recorded in the early '60s with Link Wray & his Wraymen, 'Boo Hoo' and 'Tough Top Cat'.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

HOWARD, JOHN - CUT THE WIRE (LP/THINK LIKE A KEY)

2019 album and the 16th by British singer-songwriter John Howard, 'Cut The Wire,' gets it's vinyl debut as part of Think Like A Key Music's singer-songwriter series. The album, originally released on Spain's You Are The Cosmos label, was written and recorded by Howard at his Una Casita studio in Murcia after working on his first autobiography, 'Incidents Crowded With Life.' It was a creative process whose influence can be clearly heard on these new compositions. John plays and sings everything on the album, which starts distinctively with an acoustic folksy 'So Here I Go' that acts as a prelude to the more familiar piano balladry and clever songcraft that are John Howard hallmarks since the 1975 debut album 'Kid In A Big World' on CBS Records. This edition features a fresh new remaster by Prof. Stoned, bringing more life to an already consistently high-quality album and important release in Howard's catalogue.

ASHCROFT, FRAN - A TOUR OF BRITISH DUCK PONDS (CD/THINK LIKE A KEY)

TLAK Goes DIY series presents 'A Tour Of British Duck Ponds' by Fran Ashcroft, best known as the record producer with a skill for using the minimum number of microphones and tracks to get the best sound. In this return to artistry, his solo album was recorded completely at home where he played every instrument himself. The very eccentric British tour is characterized by his "less is more" approach across its ten songs, driven for the most part by quirky, keyboard based tunes that will remain in your head long after you've heard them and whose subject matter may be ironically offensive.

BORDELLO, BRIAN - SONGS FOR CILLA TO SING (CD/THINK LIKE A KEY)

TLAK Goes DIY series presents 'Songs For Cilla To Sing,' a long lost tape recently discovered and recovered loaded with home demos recorded by cult-British songwriter and "king of lo-fi" according to Goldmine mag, Brian Bordello (of The Bordellos). These were all songs meant for Cilla Black's ears to hear and, hopefully, sing. The singer had retired by the time it finally reached her, but some songs duly appeared on other groups releases. Finally, collectors of underground music can marvel at what might have been by listening to the original tape, remastered and preserved for posterity on this disc.

PERCIVAL, HAWK - NIGHT MOODS (CD/THINK LIKE A KEY)

TLAK Goes DIY series presents 'Night Moods' by Los Angeles singer songstress Hawk Percival. It's an intriguing and highly melodic debut album with twelve short and exceptionally catchy progressive pop tunes that will leave you wanting more. Using piano, synthesizer, and guitar as her main instruments, the tracks reflect her love for '60s British Invasion rock, baroque pop, yacht rock, and prog rock. They are inspired by love, heartbreak, intense emotions and nature.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

POISON IDEA - PICK YOUR KING (LP/JACKPOT)

Repress on white vinyl! Not only the greatest Poison Idea record, but the greatest PUNK album of all time! Formed in Portland, OR in 1980, Poison Idea's 1983 debut record features 13 songs in 13 minutes. Poison Idea were one of the first hardcore bands to inspire artists across multiple genre lines. TRACKS: 01. Think Twice 02. It's An Action 03. This Thing Called Progress 04. In My Headache 05. Underage 06. Self Abuse 07. Cult Band 08. Last One 09. Pure Hate 10. Castration 11. Reggae (I Hate) 12. Give It Up 13. Think Fast

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

GANGSTGANG - FUNERAL ALBUM (LP/JELODANTI)

Gängstgäng is Pascal Lopinat at the drums and visual artist Augustin Rebetez at the voice. Dirty, noisy, punk, this energic duo from the Swiss countryside oscillates between sad pagan prayers, solid humour and ultra-operational degenerated beats with incisive French texts or forgotten languages.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

DOPELORD - MAGICK RITES (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

Dopelord is a stoner/doom band from Poland founded in late 2010 in Lublin. They released their debut album 'Magick Rites' in 2012. Smoking, rehearsing and touring. Their main inspirations are old movies, '70s music and magical herbs. They tune low and play slow! This 2023 edition comes with new cover artwork and includes the song 'Unihorn,' for the first time on vinyl!

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

VARIOUS - RIVER OF REVENGE, VOL. 1 (CD/DEATH IS NOT THE END)

'BRAZILIAN COUNTRY MUSIC 1929-1961' - Death Is Not The End present the first volume in a survey of a form of Brazilian country music known as música caipira ("hillbilly music") - a stripped-back forerunner to música sertaneja, the Brazilian equivalent to US country and western which in it's contemporary form has come to dominate the domestic music industry in recent decades. This collection covers some of the earliest recordings made by the pioneering folklorist Cornélio Pires at the end of the 1920s, through to records all the way to the beginning of the '60s.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

HEINOLA, ALEKSI -QUARTET- - ALEKSI HEINOLA QUARTET (2LP) (LP/JAZZAGGRESSION)

The Aleksi Heinola Quartet presents a new take on vintage hard-bop with their 2023 record, featuring original compositions and reinterpretations of works by iconic jazz greats. Impeccable musicianship, groovy swing, and a distinct sense of style are on display, with Gábor Bolla on tenor sax, Jukkis Uotila on piano, and Daniel Franck on double bass. This quartet date is not to be missed!

LAHTEENMAKI, VILLE -TRIO- - VILLE LAHTEENMAKI TRIO (LP/ULTRAÄÄNI)

Limited to 300 numbered copies with silk custom pressed sleeve. Ville Lähteenmäki Trio is a fresh jazz band formed in Trondheim 2022, featuring young Finnish and Norwegian musicians. Influenced by American jazz legends of the '60s and '70s, they blend energetic playing, bold melodies, and intense improvisations in the Dolphy-Murray-Mahall lineage.

NAISSOO, TONU - SHAPES AND COLOURS (LP/JAZZAGGRESSION)

Funky synthesized jazz with mood and feeling from the Estonian composer and keyboard veteran Tonu Naissoo, backed up by Finnish players including Aleksi Heinola on drums, Temu Åkerblom on bass and Markus Holkko on reeds and flute. This is the first album in Jazzaggression's 'New Library Series,' recorded and produced at Jazzaggression's own PELTO studio!

DRY THRUST - THE LESS YOU SLEEP (CD/TROST)

Austrian based collaborators of free jazz, improvisation and sound experiments releasing the long awaited debut album of Dry Thrust - the project by the trio of German pianist and composer Georg Graewe, Martin Siewert (Radian, Trapist, Also) and Dieter Kern (DEK Trio, Bulbul, Fuckhead). Graewe, has since been leading a variety of ensembles since the early '80s - ranging from trio to chamber orchestra formats - which have involved some of the leading instrumentalists in contemporary music. His compositions include works for full orchestras as well as scores for films, theatre, and radio drama and have been performed and broadcasted around the world. Dry Thrust is one of the very rare occasions Graewe plays organ instead of piano.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - SAMPLADELIA 2022 (LP/VINILOS ENLACE FUNK)

Vinilos Enlace Funk presents the second installment of the 'Sampladelia' series! After the resounding success of the previous volume, Enlace Funk magazine selects sounds from funk, soul and R&B made in Spain 2022 and which are published for the first time in vinyl format. SIDE 1: 1. Oscar Martos feat. Skiny B. - Puro Maní 2. Hip Horns Brass Collective feat. R.A.E. - The Dream 3. Subelojavi feat. DaBeat - Perdido En Tí 4. Escandaloso Xposito & Gravy - Bailar 5. Telmo Fernandez & The Latin Soul Beat - El Maldecido SIDE 2: 1. Marco Fonktana - Ni Se Compra Ni Se Vende 2022 con Aiala 2. Primera Mirada - Bailando Sola 3. Astrid Canales feat. Juan Arance - Nada Nuevo 4. Jvera feat. Juno - Sun Comes Up 5. Billie Sings Soul - Love Me Or Leave Me

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

DEATH IS NOT THE END - PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE 1: LONDON RAVE ADVERTS 1991-1996 V. (CD/DEATH IS NOT THE END)

The next chapter in the series of compilations of UK pirate radio advertisements, with this volume focusing on the audio equivalent of the early '90s rave flyer: MCs breathlessly hyping a club night or upcoming rave, listing the line-up of deejays and MCs, boasting about hi-tech attractions like lasers and projections, mentioning prices and nearest landmarks to the venue. These kind of announcements are pure nostalgic flashbacks nowadays, amusing and thrilling through their blend of period charm, endearing amateurism, and contagiously manic excitement about rave music's forward-surge into an unknown future.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

NINA DE LA PUEBLA - I'M ALWAYS CRYING (CD/DEATH IS NOT THE END)

A collection selection of the earliest recordings from blind flamenco singer Dolores Jiménez Alcántara, better known as Niña de la Puebla, made between 1932 and 1949.

 

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