Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Artwork Update #1

Remember-member-member what a Womble-womble-womble you are...

A month or so back I returned from England with another suitcase full of old tapes of lawnmowers, washing machines, and kids farting into microphones, the fruits of which have begun to appear here on this blog as freely downloadabubble sound files; but in addition to the suitcase of old tapes, I also had a stack of artwork I had believed lost. Some of this artwork constituted tape covers and related material pertaining to releases I've already posted here, but posted without the scans which should have accompanied them, obviously. Anyway, I've tarted all this stuff up, and added it to the pertinent downloads so that anyone downloading any of that stuff from this point forwards will at least have the full set or sets. However, in the unlikely event that any of you have already downloaded any of this material, here's a handy download of just the newly scanned stuff so as to save you hunting back through all those previous posts for whatever you missed.

Okay, so here's what you have: 

1) A cover I made for the Anschluss cassette even though I never actually got around to making copies or selling the thing.
2) Prize-winningly shite covers for a stack of old Do Easy cassettes, including the two C15s I released (if you're looking at the list and wondering what they were), the tracks from which appear on Purifier.
3) Like Fall Apart, the Dada X tape never got released either, but I found these notes which would have been used had Carl or myself ever got around to designing a cover, so at least now I know who actually appeared on the fucking thing.
4) An important essay I wrote explaining the philosophy of 621 Monosodium 621.
5) A page of Asepisis artwork which Jez did for the track Terminal Beach, which would have been on the Moraals compilation but for us falling out.
6) A limited edition booklet of We Be Echo artwork by Kevin Thorne which came with the first version of Ceza Evi, taking the form of thirteen loose A4 pages in a plastic wallet.

The names of the individual files are indicated by italics in the list below.


Anschluss - Fall Apart (1992) C60 ANS01 (cover)
Do Easy - The Metal Tape (1982) C60 DE01d
(cover)
Do Easy - The Second Metal Tape (1982) C60 DE02 (cover)
Do Easy - The Fourth Metal Tape (1982) C90 DE04 (cover)
Do Easy - The Fourteenth Metal Tape (1983) C60 DE14a (cover)
Do Easy - Five Track Compact Cassette (1984) C15 DE17 (cover)
Do Easy - Exquisite Torment (1984) C15 DE20 (cover)
Do Easy - The 35th Release (1985) C60 DE21 (cover)
Dada X (1992) C90  Eph1992-0715-01 / Eph1992-0715-02 (notes)
621 Monosodium 621 - Torn from the Earth... (1992) C15+ Eph1993-0319-00 (essay)
various - Moraals (1985) 2C90 Moraals28 (unused Asepisis artwork)
We Be Echo - Ceza Evi (1983) C60 WBE Ceza Evi (thirteen page booklet)


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Khmer Rouge - Year Zero Disco (1981) C46


I asked Mex if it would be okay to slap this one up here as a freebie (along with a couple of other Dead Hedgehog releases) and not only did he say yes, but he very kindly sent me his own digitised file of the tape, meaning 1) I didn't have to do nuffink, and 2) being closer to the source, the quality may be marginally better than it would have been taken from my copy.

Anyway, I don't really know much about Khmer Rouge beyond what can be gleaned from the artwork, all scanned and included with the download. The late Robert Dellar apparently plays some keyboard on this one, for what it may be worth, and of course Mex was involved and should require no introduction, but in the event of your having missed all the memos, please refer to this website and don't be afraid to buy an ice cream while you're there. One of the things I always appreciated about Dead Hedgehog Enterprises was their obvious love of disco in an era and culture in which it had become more or less a dirty word. There were plenty of tapes with the circled A of anarchy doing the rounds, but only Dead Hedgehog slapped DISCO! on the cover of their tapes in that font you otherwise only ever saw used on the signs of newsagents.

Year Zero Disco is punky and low-fi by the standards of your regular disco artist, but it rewards repeat listening, and begins to sound like something in the general direction of Public Image Limited, LCD Soundsystem, Shriekback and those guys, once you're accustomed to it.

The tape came in a plastic sleeve of the kind you would buy so as to protect the cover of a 7" single, so the artwork - two sheets of A4, were folded over so as to fit into the package. This annoyed the hell out of me at the time, so I made my own cover from photocopies of the original so as to fit a cassette in a jewel case neatly filed away under K, between my tapes of David James and Killing Joke as nature intended. I've also included a scan of my reconfigured cover in with the download just in case anyone gives a shit.


Tracks:
1 - Boogie 'Til You Drop
2 - Come Dance With Me
3 - Love Like Dynamite
4 - Take Me (Across the Floor Tonight)
5 - Tuesday Relay
6 - Disco Suicide


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Monday, 12 June 2017

Clench - In the Garden (1984) C46


I'm afraid I don't have much of a clue about this one, and even the year of its appearance is guesswork based on where the catalogue number should appear amongst other Black Dwarf releases listed on Discogs, which this one isn't, for some reason. Black Dwarf was the label run by Tim Gane of the Unkommuniti (and yes - Stereolab blah blah blah), so I have a vague hunch this may have been a couple of other Unkommuniti peeps branching out so as to experience the novelty of recording an entire cassette without H.P. Lovecraft references; but it's a hunch, so I'm not sure. It could be Jonathan King for all I know. I vaguely recall being sent this copy by some Clench person, asking if I would consider releasing it on Do Easy, which confused me because it sort of looked like it was already available through Black Dwarf what with the cover and everything. Maybe that was just some provisional thing and it never received formal release, hence the absence from Discogs. Maybe they just wanted it to appear on a few labels. Anyway, I thought the tape was great but Do Easy had more or less bitten the dust by that point, as I recall. There's a chance I still have the letter from the guy somewhere in one of the six lever arch box files in which I have kept all of my antique correspondence from Cosey Fanni Tutti, Neil Campbell, the Grey Wolves, and other famous people, but it could take a couple of days to find even if I still have the thing, so - well, y'know...

In the Garden stands out as one of the stranger, more interesting weirdy cassettes I've heard over the years - drum machines deployed as sonic effects rather than for the sake of rhythm in the traditional sense, and those weird, dark titles - more like lines of poetry than a list of tracks. Maybe if Michael Gira had been hanging around with Portion Control rather than New York art gallery wankers...


Tracks:
1 - Child - Man, a Summer's Day
2 - One Result of Courage
3 - He Was Pushed
4 - Don't Touch... Mine!
5 - Grab Me
6 - Insanity Begins (at Home)
7 - Kata'ib
8 - Why Choose Her, That Poor Little Girl?
9 - Lenny
10 - Instinctuality
11 - Indoctrination Starts Young
12 - Only an Attack Can Do These Things


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Monday, 5 June 2017

v/a - Ars Magna et Ultima (1983) C60


Here we go - the Black Dwarf label compilation Ultimate Arse Magnets by popular request. Black Dwarf, as you probably know, was the H.P. Lovecraft-fixated home of the Unkommuniti and therefore the work of Tim Gane, more recently and better known for McCarthy and Stereolab. A few of those featured here should be familiar to you if you've been following this blog, and shouldn't need much of an introduction, but just for the sake of argument: Trilogy were here just last week, and still known as the Complete Trilogy when this tape went out. These tracks were taken from Tapestry, although Our Patience Will End / Clean Recording is actually a single track made from the two originals edited together, presumably by Tim; the Cause for Concern piece seems to be yet another offering culled from that same afternoon when Larry got to play with a ring modulator around his mate's house; I know nothing about Ashenden except that I really wish I'd got hold of the bloke's tape back then - I have a couple of the fanzines he produced and he was clearly an interesting guy; Opera for Infantry eventually became the Grey Wolves; Smear Campaign - tellingly named after the Nocturnal Emissions hit single - eventually became Godflesh, or at least one of them did; and Mass of Black were a Bolton based punk band who released a few things through Bluurg Tapes as run by Dick of the Subhumans. As for the Kallous Boys, Last Breath, VVH, Spinebender and Assailer, they all seem so closely associated with Black Dwarf as to make me wonder whether they might not simply be Unkommuniti solo-projects, given how the Unkommuniti were more than just Tim, from what I gather.

I had to take a slightly different approach to editing the digitised file of this tape, given Tim's propensity for punctuating the track listing with bits of what sounds like Edgar Allen Poe, not to mention his tendency to segue certain tracks into one another leaving it ambiguous as to where Smear Campaign end and Crusade begins, for one example. I've inserted my standard two second gaps where appropriate, but otherwise tried to preserve the flow of the cassette, as was. I've rendered Larry Peterson's amazing contribution in proper mono, as opposed to stereo but only playing in one channel - as appears on the original tape for no good reason I can think of aside from that something probably got unplugged by accident and Tim was too busy reading At the Mountains of Madness to notice. Also included in this download are a couple of Black Dwarf catalogues from the time, plus some sort of manifesto.

More Black Dwarf chortles next week, readers...


Tracks:
1 - Yogge Sothotha
2 - Kallous Boys - Tranquilise
3 - Trilogy - Our Patience Will End / Clean Recording
4 - The Cause for Concern - Hey Juden
5 - Unkommuniti - Pit
6 - Last Breath - Down in the Drains
7 - VVH - Blackfire
8 - Spinebender - Step on Your Backbone
9 - Assailer - I Did It Mi-go
10 - Trilogy - The Dark Night
11 - Ashenden - Jesus Ipsation
12 - The Cause for Concern - Last Doomsday Reprisal
13 - Opera for Infantry - Self-Discipline Not Self-Oppression
14 - Smear Campaign - Processor
15 - Unkommuniti - Crusade
16 - Mass of Black - I Feel


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