Saturday, 13 August 2022

Due Process - RRRadio 41-55 (1991) 2C60



I know Due Process from A Person's Guide to Healthy Listening, but that's it. Discogs, which admittedly you could probably look up all by yourself, describes them as featuring Thomas Dimuzio, Ron Lessard (the man behind RRRecords) and John Wiggins, Due Process knows how to crank it out. While they can create a terrific din, the music actually leans a bit in the ambient direction, with lower dynamics and muffled timbres, albeit with a raucous pandemonium of noise just beneath the surface. This tape captures what was apparently their final RRRadio broadcast, RRRadio having been aired once a month through agency of WZBC Boston College Radio and comprising spontaneous live transmission of sound collages with improvisational musical accompaniment. This one additionally features a shitload of presumably prerecorded contributions from Dave Prescott, Floating Concrete Octopus, Franz De Waard, HNAS, Korm Assemblage, PGR, Psychic Rally, Schimpfluch, Black Museum, The Jamie Shalar Band, Uvegraf, Violence + The Sacred, and Etant Donnes; although as you will hear, there didn't seem to be whole lot of point in further dividing the whole up into anything smaller than four sides of tape, so it's more or less a continuous piece. I'm sure it would be massively lazy to compare it to Nurse With Wound, but it's closer to Nurse With Wound than it is to Menudo, and scores highly on the what the fuck will happen next? spectrum.

Noise, musique concrete, weird twanging sounds, speech, tapes - what's not to love?

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Sunday, 7 August 2022

White Slug - Cage Paralysis (1992) C30

...and we're back at long last. My precious tape deck has been repaired to the highest possible standard for a very reasonable price by the wonderful guys and gals of the Sound Idea hi-fi repair shop of 2615 NW 36th St, San Antonio, TX 78228, although if you're not based in this corner of Texas I don't know how useful that address is likely to be. I guess you could give them a call on 210-433-0728 and ask. Also I've been very kindly supplied with a mammoth stack of sound files for all sorts of goodies from the private collection of Richard of Chainsaw Cassettes, many of which are new to me, so I'll be sharing those over the next few months, excepting one or two which I've noticed have since turned up on Bandcamp courtesy of the original artists; and there will probably be more from my own collection, most of which I've already shared here, but I have a few bits and pieces still to digitise.

Anyway, we kick off with White Slug, whom you may recall from the second Impulse cassette compilation. I just happened to notice this cassette for sale on Discogs so I bought it, and it was an obvious choice for testing out my tape deck when it came back from the repair shop. I still don't really know anything about this lot, aside from what I'm sure you're quite capable of finding out for yourself which is that they were Jason Whittaker and Richard Munn of which the latter seems to have been something to do with Bum Gravy, and Cage Paralysis was issued by the label which released Bum Gravy's Fat Digester 7", much to the endless amusement of whoever was writing the Melody Maker funny pages that year, presumably David Stubbs. Whilst Bum Gravy is indeed an hilarious name for a band, I'm still not sure how I feel about the ribbing dispensed in their general direction week after week, much of which seemed to amount to Ha! Ha! You'll never get anywhere.
Well, back to White Slug, it probably won't come as a massive surprise that this dates from 1992 given what else was around. It does that sensory overload thing you get from Godflesh, Swans and others and is accordingly heavy as fuck, yet with a touch of beatbox driven aural assault thrown in resulting in something like a massively more pissed off version of Hula. Side one of my copy came with one channel significantly louder than the other to the point of rendering it unlistenable on headphones, so I've tried to sort that out, although there was a limit to what I could do. It still sounds louder in one ear, but is better than it was, and yet actually sounded worse with the quieter channel brought up to the same volume as the other. Oh well. You shouldn't notice over speakers, and it sounds crushing regardless. Also, there seemed to be one less track on the tape than is listed on the cover, so I've had to take a guess as to what is what, and making an assumption of the first seguing into the second seemed to make the most sense at the time given that the second track is obviously Slavetrade. I don't know.


1 - Sidewinder / Silver or Lead
2 - Slavetrade
3 - SS Musick
4 - Nazilover
5 - Inferno
6 - Puppyfat
7 - Caterwaul
8 - Black Eucharist
9 - Don't Laugh

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Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Death Magazine 52 - Mermaid 1983

I found this picture of the venue on Google, apparently taken the day after the gig. Whitehouse weren't fucking about that night, let me tell you. I'm presently sorting out all the digitised music files on my PC so as to free up space for more material which will eventually be shared here (in case anyone was wondering). In the meantime, I found this. It was originally part of a catch up blog post (scans of fanzines, FLAC files etc.) because it's only about five minutes long, which I'd reverted to draft for the sake of keeping everything tidy. Here's what I wrote back in 2017:
This left me with nothing much to post, so as it's been a Death Magazine 52 kind of month - what with the Family Patrol Group material I posted a few weeks ago, and Mike Grant of the same commenting, and my getting hold of a copy of their excellent retrospective double album released by Harbinger a couple of years ago - I figured I may as well digitise my tape of the Death Magazine 52 performance from when they appeared on the same bill as Whitehouse and Family Patrol Group at the Mermaid in Birmingham back in 1983. I don't recall D.Mag 52 / SHC being particularly amazing that night, certainly not compared to Family Patrol Group, but it seemed like the tape should be of interest to someone. So I digitised it and immediately realised why they had seemed so underwhelming: they played for about six minutes and knocked it on the head, so it's really just a track rather than a live gig. The evening is described in more detail in the Family Patrol Group post, and I therefore gather that whichever two - or maybe it was three - of the Death Magazine 52 collective had turned up to play that night must have felt as though it had been a mistake and pulled their own plug or something. It's a shame really. There's a tantalising burst of rhythm about half way through the track (which I don't remember at all from the event itself), hinting at the kind of material I've heard more recently on the Harbinger album, but I guess it just wasn't happening for them. Anyway, if you're interested, this was Death Magazine 52 briefly live at the Mermaid, Birmingham on the 27th of August, 1983.

While we're here, you might want to take a look at this.

That's all for the moment, I'm afraid. I'll be back when I've sorted more of my shit out.


Monday, 29 June 2020

Six by the Sputniks (1986) 10"

I intended to share this one a while ago seeing as I'd digitised it and even edited out all of the pops and clicks, but Tim of the Sputniks never replied to my request asking whether it would be okay to give away his work for free. I actually don't think he would have had a problem but suspect he never saw the message, being an oldie like myself, but one less able to navigate all the convolutions of this new-fangled facebook shite - and I didn't want to ask again in case he had seen the message but had been too angry to formulate a response.

Who the hell am I talking about, you may ask. Well, he was my pal and he recently bought the farm, which is upsetting, and I already wrote about him at length here.

For someone who was so busy, musically speaking, it still seems weird that Tim should have left such a scant recorded presence - this 10", a few tracks on the Hangman compilations, and I expect there are still tapes of Johnny Gash and others in a box in someone's attic which will probably remain there, which is a real shame; so that's why I'm sharing this now that it's gone posthumous, in memorial to a guy who deserves to be remembered better than he probably will be. If you want a physical copy, there's still a couple on Discogs last time I looked.
Thanks a fucking bunch, 2020, you utter fucking cunt.
Rest in peace, Tim, old buddy.

1 - Rawhide
2 - Let's Talk About Living
3 - Besame Mucho
4 - Bumble Beat
5 - Danny
6 - A Swingin' Safari

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Friday, 8 May 2020

Envy - 1987 Demo (1987) C20

I'm quite excited about this one as I thought it was beyond hope, having already tried and failed to digitise the thing as I explained here. But, having recently discovered that the other player on my double cassette deck can just about cope with tapes which have otherwise succumbed to wow and flutter, here we are. It still sounds a little wobbly in places, but I'd say it's listenable, and at least it no longer sounds like Bourbonese Qualk outtakes. There's a programme called Capstan, I think, which one can download and use to eliminate wow and flutter, but I don't have it. If anyone wants to send me a couple of hundred dollars so I can buy the thing, that would be great.
Anyway, this was, on reflection, possibly my favourite line-up of this band (including the one which had me as a member) and these are fucking great songs, at least providing you like that sort of thing, which I did, or still do in the case of this tape. I've a feeling Paul was pulling towards being the Swans of Chatham (hence being named after one of the seven deadly sins, just like Greed) while Rajun and Prez were pulling in what was almost the opposite direction, which is why it worked so well, in my opinion. Someone should track down the master of this and stick it out as a 12" - fucking brilliant stuff.

1 - A Suicide
2 - Killing Man
3 - Prove Yourself
4 - Fear of the Dark
5 - Just For You

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Friday, 1 May 2020

SWANC - Mouldy Roll (1992) C90

Here's another one which fell off the back of the Pumf catalogue. Older boys and girls will recall Neil Campbell from ESP Kinetic and from er... being Neil Campbell, accounting for the NC of the acronym. The SW is Stewart Walden who was involved with Smell & Quim amongst other things. I looked him up on Discogs to see if he'd been a member of Bruce Hornsby & the Range or anyone else you will have heard of, and discovered that I actually know the guy on facebook under a different name and never realised; although to be fair this isn't even the first time this has happened. Come to think of it, the previous bloke turned out to have been in Smell & Quim too, which suggest there's a bit of a pattern there.
Anyway, apparently this was their third album. As you will hear, it belongs to the general pissing about with a tape recorder genre, in this case yielding a ton of short, occasionally tuneful blasts of absurdity, of which I feel Morons is, in particular, a masterpiece of its kind. As a whole, the thing reminds me of the Residents' Commercial Album, albeit vaguely. Mr. Walden has informed me that the live bonus tracks were actually Stan's idea - they appear in two selections at the end of each side on the cassette, but this sounded untidy to me so I've shuffled them all together to the end of the thing (tracks 40-52).

1 - A Song for Stan
2 - (song)
3 - Good Old Casio
4 - The Park
5 - Mankin' Mr. Big Tits
6 - Fankle
7 - The Ballad of Sticky Foster
8 - Teenage Lobotomy
9 - Waiting for Little Red Riding Hood
10 - Middle Eight
11 - Git
12 - Something of Love
13 - Middle Eight
14 - Rub Down Transfer Song
15 - How to Tell Kids About Pee-Wee
16 - When I Fell in Love
17 - Ten Stewart Walden Lookalikes
18 - Windmill in Old Amsterdam
19 - Me 163 Komet
20 - Hit the People Who Can't Hit Back
21 - Skateboard Song
22 - Caspar the Friendly Ghost
23 - Mouldy Roll
24 - Morons
25 - Twenty-Twenty
26 - Prophet of the Age of Hourous
27 - Screaming Trouble
28 - Backpack
29 - Fit a Little Song
30 - Locked Groove
31 - I'm Glad
32 - Dr. Hungry Casio
33 - Woman in Love
34 - Working Men's Feet
35 - Hatstand Man
36 - Turnip Tulip
37 - Windowsill
38 - Ogle Drive
39 - Don't Pass Me By
40 - SWANC
41 - Feelin' Groovy
42 - Sound of Silence
43 - Morons
44 - Mmmorning
45 - Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
46 - Lenty!
47 - Home on the Range
48 - Got It Together Again
49 - Caspar the Friendly Ghost
50 - Here's What to Do...
51 - Mom, I Gave the Cat Some Acid
52 - Motorbike Song

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Cyclic Amp - Concrete Island (1989) C90

Now that COVID-19 has been defeated and no-one has it and we're all back to normal, kissing strangers in public and openly touching the faces of restaurant staff as we sip our Dettol mixers because 'Murica has this lil' thing we like to call the Constitution, buddy, we're likewise back to normal service here at Ferric Archaeology Towers and thus picking back up where we left off with Cyclic Amp. This is the last tape I have, and as with A Certain Sacrifice, I'm not entirely sure how I got it, beyond that it almost certainly turned up on my shelves at the same time. It's actually a tape of their vinyl releases - two albums and an EP - but without the sound of anyone dropping a needle on a record (when the drum beat goes like this) and so, I assume, almost certainly some promotional thing direct from either Probe Plus or the band themselves.
So here you go. If you enjoyed the last two, you'll definitely appreciate this one. I know I listened to these tapes but it had been a while and all I could remember was that they were noisy with maybe a bit of a Killing Joke vibe; but the more I listen to this stuff, now that I've dug it out, the more it becomes clear that they very much had their own sound, and it's surprising that they aren't better remembered. Maybe Probe Plus sunk all the promo money into Half Man Half Biscuit or something.

1 - Dance
2 - Carrion
3 - Him
4 - Kill
5 - Caress
6 - Turkey Shop
7 - Dead Cop
8 - Slave
9 - Power
10 - Gun
11 - Human God
12 - Ugly Thoughts
13 - Christians
14 - Meat Slab / Holiest Image
15 - Concrete Island
16 - Slope
17 - The River
18 - Eat


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