featured: Donald Miller, Blaise Siwula, Matt Hannafin “11​-​23​-​03​/​16​:​26 (Sixteen Minute Boo​-​Yah Cataclysm)”

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ABC No Rio was a performance space and community center in New York City’s Lower East Side. The place was known as a gathering place for left-wing activists and as a center for hardcore punk. It felt dangerous in there, as if the building might topple down while kids jumped around and bands screeched. Indeed, its performance activities went on hold when the building was torn down in 2016. It’s probably a luxury apartment building now. My fondest ABC memory: one of my very favorite bands, Borbetomagus, played their last NY show before guitarist/maniac Donald Miller moved to New Orleans. It was wild! Such an intimate space with a real punk vibe and an audience of mostly family and friends. They were astounding, as they always are and always continue to be. For an encore, tenor sax hero Blaise Siwula (who booked a series of “improv” music events there) sat in and made Borbeto a quartet.

This recording preserves for posterity a trio performance by Siwula, Miller, and percussionist Matt Hannafin at ABC No Rio on November 23rd, 2003 and hoo boy is it a scorcher. Fans who struggle to discern individual contributions from within the Borbetomagus audio-hurricane will enjoy being able to hear every squiggle and clang of Miller‘s guitar. Siwula is a much more conventional (though still excellent) “improv” sax player than either Jim Sauter or Don Deitrich, and Hannafin produces more textures than beats. No idea if this was a regular performing group for awhile, or just a one-off, but I’m glad that this gem is now easily accessible for those who weren’t able to soak in the dank ABC No Rio air in person.

Donald Miller, Blaise Siwula, Matt Hannafin “11​-​23​-​03​/​16​:​26 (Sixteen Minute Boo​-​Yah Cataclysm)”

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featured: Nuit et Brouillard

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a0672828089_10There are many applications that Bandcamp is useful for, but one of my favorites is the preservation of older, obscure music that was published in moribund formats. Active since 1990, the French label Nuit et Brouillard has taken advantage of digital distribution by reissuing older cassettes at their Bandcamp page, and I must extend my gratitude to them for doing so. The label put out some classic tapes by Brume (a long-time favorite artist), Maeror Tri, Big City Orchestra, Fatal Impact and more… but when I think of Nuit et Brouillard, I think of their fine compilations, which really embody the international cassette network of the era and have mostly degraded while biding time in the collections of old goths and trainspotting noise geezers like me. Good on Nuit for dusting ’em off. Two volumes of “Autoplastie” feature industrial gloom by some known artists (Brume, Vox Populi!, DeletedLa Nomenklatur, Pacific 231) and many others who left little trace of their existence (Regard Extreme, Cent ans de Solitude). Other comps are similarly curated with a mix of new (in 1991) artists and those with a following. One quibble: the comps combine several songs into a single track. Wish they’d separated them out. Ah, but a few minutes’ work in an audio editor isn’t too bad a trade-off to be able to hear this stuff in high quality again and support the label while doing so.

 

Nuit et Brouillard 

Noisy Europe & Russia (Artists)

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Airless Project

Alleypisser

Argot

Áshpa

Autopsia

Barrikad

Batchas

Ilia Belorukov

Biosphere

Bizarre Uproar

Bjerga/Iverson

Body Sculptures

Tore Honoré Bøe

Grzegorz Bojanek

Boli Group

Borghesia

Andreas Brandal

Bº Tong

Arturas Bumšteinas

John Chantler

Club Moral

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Conradsound

Cosmic Cycler

Creation Through Destruction

Cris X 

Croatian Amor

CTM

CXXVII

Damien Dubrovnik

Dead Body Collection

Del

Deutsch Nepal

Diseño Corbusier

Dolphins Into the Future

Petter Flaten Eilertsen

E42.A8

Erik Enocksson

Esplendor Geometrico

EVOL

Exoteric Continent/Exotic Content

Fear Falls Burning

Fleshpress

Foresteppe

Gangalai & Gourabai

Gintas K

Grunt

Häkki

How to Disappear Completely

Ildjarn

Internazionale

Jan-M Iversen

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Kemialliset Ystävät

Khalil

Kikiriki

KYO

Lace Bows

The Landwash of Eternal Tranquility

Joke Lanz & Rudolf Eb.er

Liquid G.

Francisco López

LXMP

Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte

Lasse Marhaug

Mecha/Orga

Francisco Meirino / Phroq

Misha Mishajashvili

Mytrip

Nazi UFO Commander

BJ Nilsen / Hazard

Nokalypse

Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk 

Norin

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Victor Nubla / Macromassa

Nundata

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øjeRum

Otomo Hava

O Yuki Conjugate + The Sons Of Silence

Dave Phillips

Phurpa

Robert Piotrowicz

Placenta Lyposuction

Lena Platonos

Claus Poulsen

Raven

Reutoff

Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck / Rudolf Eb.er

Jan Ryhalsky

Sala

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Schaltkreis Wassermann

Grisha Shakhnes

Sequences

Dirk Serries’ Microphonics 

Short Hair Ideals

Sogra

Edward Sol

Sraunus

Stellardrone

Sult

Sun Devoured Earth

Sunhiilow

Supersilent

Råd Kjetil Senza Testa 

Toyfel

Sten Ove Toft

Unovidual

Urbsounds / Urbanfailure

Ursula’s Cartridges

Uton

Vanessa Amara

Vanity Productions

Varg

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Vidna Obmana 

Vlubä

Vomito Negro

Von Magnet

Marc Wannabe

Jana Winderen

YAO 91404 D

Yen Towers

Noisy Asia

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845 Audio

Acid Mothers Temple

Acid Mothers Temple SWR

Advaita Records

ΔKTR

Airplane Label

Michiru Aoyama

Araki Kenta

Aube

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Basic Function

Birdfriend

Black Smoker Records

Boredoms

Boris

Carre

CDR

Ché-SHIZU

Chilodisc

China Free Improvisation / Li Jianhong

Cho-Sokkyo (Super Improvisation)

CMFLG

Commune Disc

Competor

Computer Soup & Jan Jalinek

Contagious Orgasm

Yannick Dauby

Delhi Swim Club

Dewfall Records

Digital Daylight Distribution

Dotsmark

Duenn

Elma

EM Records

Encadre

Even Stilte

Evening Chants

Famicom Fountains

Foodman

Yasuhito Fujimani

Fuyusoubi

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Goh Lee Kwang

Government Alpha

Graves and Orchestra Pits

Gravity Swarm

Group A

Guruguru Brain

Hair Stylistics

Haco

Hakobune

Hanzo Hasashi

Marihiko Hara

Marihiko Hara & Polar M

Hibari Music

Hisato Higuchi

Hitobashiri-ni

Home Normal Records

Hz-Records

Takagi Hirozaku

Hotel Parallax

Eiko Ishibashi

Eiko Ishibashi Trio

Infinity Frequencies

Kazuya Ishigami

Yuzo Iwata

Jah Excretion

K2

Kafka’s Ibiki

Kalerne Editions

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Kandala Records

Keiji Haino

Kikagaku Moyo

Koboku Senjû

Koenji Hyakkei

Hitoshi Kojo / Octopia

Kazumichi Komatsu

Korekyojinn

Himei Koukotsu

Ryosuke Kiyasu

Raphael Leray

李晴/liq

Edwin Lo

Maaaa

Magaibutsu

Maher Shalal Hash Baz

Majutsu no Niwa

Marginal Consort

Minami Deutsch

Mokumedori

Musik Atlach

Muzan Editions

Nature Bliss / Spekk

Takefumi Naoshima

Neus-318

New Masterpiece

Nimrod

Nisennenmondai

N’nugullahrafa Productions

Not In Catalog

Leo Okogawa/Protocell
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Onmyodo Cassette

Ono Ryoko

Yui Onodera

OOIOO

Yasuhiro Otani

Phew

Plunk’s Plan Recordings

Rantau Ranjau

Rhucle

Risaripa

Rovo & System 7

Ruins

Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock / Rudolf Eb.er

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Satanicpornocultshop

Sawako

Sax Ruins

Scattered Purgatory

Seikomart

Seij minus aÇ

Senri Records

Shimettainu

Shinkiro / Kotodama

Shotahirama

Sound of Romances

SSSM

Sub Jam

Subvalent Records

Sugai Ken

Taku Sugimoto

Syrphe

Ikuro Takahashi

Yuma Takeshita

The Tea Rockers Quintet

Tenseless Music

Terminal Explosion

Test Tone Music

Thirdorgan

Timișoara

Tiny Tiny Press

Tokyo Droning

Tokyo Flashback

Ujikaji Records

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Woodman

Wood Tape Archives

Yan Jun

Youko Heidy / Internet Records

Ytamo/Kusabuemiwo

Yuen Chee Wai

Yximalloo

Zen Lu 

Zoomin’ Night

featured: Big City Orchestra

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Big City Orchestra (aka Beck Bird Ostrichea, Bif Cift Ofchxestfa, Pig Shitty Orgestraw, and so on) is an impossibly prolific and marvelously omnivorous band from San Francisco who have been producing whatever-the-heck sort of music/noise they’ve felt like making since the late 1970s and have yet to slow down. Why should they? One of the archetypal “cassette network” bands with an ever-changing line-up, BCO have made more than 230 albums and appeared on probably just as many compilations. Thankfully, the Orchestra’s conductors have taken to Bandcamp to make a massive chunk of their catalog available to all… and most of the albums can be downloaded for just two bucks. Hooray! But where to begin with so many titles to choose from? My advice: start anywhere. You might get a wall of ugly noise, or ominous industrial drones, or densely layered collage… who knows? You can’t really go wrong and at such a low price it’s not much of a financial risk. Just pick an album (or a few) and dive in.

Big City Orchestra

featured: Michael Morley/Gate

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As every child knows, The Dead C. has done more to turn rock n’roll inside out than any other group in the Southern hemisphere. Their staggering, falling-apart-as-you-listen aesthetic remains unique (maybe because no one else could duplicate it, even if they tried to). Guitarist/singer Michael Morley remains very active as a solo artist as well, releasing tapes and LPs under his own name and under the flag of Gate. Where previous decades might have seen him keep most of his experiments and sketchbook-type ideas to himself and perhaps let some of it trickle out on lathe-cut singles and cassette tapes, Morley has recently taken to Bandcamp with a flurry of archival, collaborative (most notably with the filth-encrusted downer smear of The Fuck Chairs), and new music. He’s even released six albums of just bowed acoustic guitar… some containing five hours or more of sound! Sure, it seems as if Morley left some e-bows on the strings, then left the room to prepare himself some breakfast and take a nap, suddenly remembered that he left the recorder running, came back to hit ‘stop’ and immediately uploaded the result to Bandcamp… but so what? I’m into it. Oh, and there’s also a blues album.

Michael Morley/Gate

 

featured: Richard Youngs “No Fans Compendium”

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If you’re anything like me (and I assume that, if you are reading this, you probably are), then you’ve been a Richard Youngs fan since the dawn of recorded media. Which is ironic, because the self-depricating name of Youngs’ own vanity publishing empire is No Fans Records. He’s made an awful lot of music for all of his no fans since the label began back in 1990, covering a head-spinningly diverse range of sounds from guitar improvisation to abstract noise to lovely songs. It’s an intimidating catalog for the new fan! Luckily, the excellent VHF label (which has released many a slab by Richard over the years, both solo and with frequent collaborator Simon Wickham-Smith) has compiled this “No Fans Compendium” sampler to ease in the noobs. Unluckily, the sampler is 7 CDs long. Yep, seven. I guess a career as prolific and multi-faceted as Youngs’ couldn’t be summarized in a briefer manner without leaving some aspect uncovered. But luckily again, the entire collection is available at VHF’s Bandcamp page for just $20!

Richard Youngs “No Fans Compendium” 7xCD boxset (VHF, US)