10/25/20: New Arrivals – Amphetamine Sulphate, Bacteria Field, Misanthropic Agenda, Smalltown Supersound

Amphetamine Sulphate
CHRISTOPHER ZEISCHEGG – “The Magician” Book
GABI LOSONCY – “Second Person” Chapbook
JOSH PETERSON – “Granite City Blues” Book
JOSH PETERSON – “Missing” Chapbook
SIMON MORRIS – “Consumer Guide” Special Edition Book

Bacteria Field
HERMANN KOPP – Electric CS
IUGULA-THOR – Sisters CS
PANICSVILLE – Electroacoustic Underground CS
WOMEN OF THE SS – Femme SS Fatale CS
WORTH – Gone Down CS

Misanthropic Agenda
ANDREA BORGHI – VHS LP
DAVE PHILLIPS & R.H.Y. YAU – Illusion is a Natural Condition CD
GERRITT WITTMER – I Believe LP
JOE COLLEY – Psychic Stress Soundtracks 2LP
JOHN DUNCAN & CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF – Our Telluric Conversation CD
LASSE MARHAUG & FRANCISCO MEIRINO – Flupentixol / Lamotrigine 7”
MARK VERNON – An Annotated Phonography of Chance LP
MERZBOW & JOHN WIESE – Multiplication CD
SCOTT ARFORD & RANDY H.Y. YAU & MICHAEL NINE – 7hz CD
SISSY SPACEK – Glass CD

Smalltown Supersound
JOE MCPHEE & LASSE MARHAUG – Harmonia Macrocosmica LP

self-released
PUBLICATION BAN / MOT CS
VARIOUS – Kolari II CD

Used Items
KOUFAR – Lebanon for Lebanse LP (NM / VG+)
KOUFAR – Man Makes Elaborate Plans and God Laughs… CS
KOUFAR – Middle Eastern Promises 2LP
KOUFAR – The Language of Christ CS
KOUFAR – When the Last One Leaves CS

Incoming: Audio Dissection, Chondritic Sound, Foul Prey, Fourth Dimension, Gilgongo, Input Error, Modern Decadence, No Rent, Ominous Recordings, Oxen, Total Black, Troniks, White Centipede Noise

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10/18/20: New Arrivals – Dotsmark, Lake Shark Harsh Noise, No Rent, Old Europa Cafe, Troniks, Urashima

Sent off a donation to the Shubenacadie Band Council to support Miꞌkmaw fishers in the wake of ongoing violence over Mi’kmaq fishing rights disputes. To quote and paraphrase: “In 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that the Mi’kmaq Nation has a right to fish for a moderate livelihood based on Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1760 and 1761.” But non-Mi’kmaw fishers are disputing this right and during the past week a van has been torched and “non-Mi’kmaw fishers [cut] power to the pound building, destroy[ed] the holding tank with paint thinner or chlorine and pour[ed] PVC rubber cement on lobsters.” […] “The RCMP attended the incidents but often appear to only stand by and watch.” […] “One video shows huge piles of lobsters being dumped on the ground as police in yellow reflector vests look on.” The aforementioned lobster pound was just destroyed in a massive fire yesterday morning. A lot more info and news stories can be found at the APTN. This all comes after last month’s death of Joyce Echaquan who “live-streamed mistreatment she was receiving from an unknown number of healthcare workers, who taunted her moments before she died in a hospital in Joliette, outside Montreal.” There is a Justice for Joyce fundraiser here. The burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement has helped to elevate the conversation around indigenous lives and livelihoods, showing once again that Canada is no stranger to historical and contemporary racism as is evidenced not only by the above, but also in the ongoing Wet’suwet’en conflict (for which recurring monthly donations are sent to the Unistʼotʼen Camp) and countless other conflicts and incidents. There will be ongoing donations to similar funds in the future – this is where some of your dirty noise money goes. Thanks for reading and enjoy the mania of the new arrivals below.

Dotsmark
CONTROLLED DEATH – Selected Evil Death Works 2018-2019 CD
HIJOKAIDAN x SISSY SPACEK – Entropic CD (Japanese Edition)
KAZUMA KUBOTA – A Sense of Loss CD
KAZUMA KUBOTA – January Thirty + Uneasiness CD
SISSY SPACEK – Expanding Antiverse CD+DVD
WORLD CD

No Rent
HOWARD STELZER – Invariably Falling Forward, Into the Thickets of Closure 3CD

Old Europa Cafe
ATRAX MORGUE – Atrax Morgue’s Morder Machine 3CD+DVD+CS
ATRAX MORGUE – Paranoia CD
ATRAX MORGUE – Pathophysiology CD
ATRAX MORGUE – Sickness Report / Slush of a Maniac 2CD
ATRAX MORGUE / CONTAGIOUS ORGASM – Forced Entry / N.C.W. CD
BLACK LEATHER JESUS – Torturous Chapter CD
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / TAINT – Sex Acts… CD
RICHARD RAMIREZ – Bleeding Headwound CD
THE RITA – Medora CD
THE RITA – Raymonda CD
THE RITA / KOMPRIPIOTR – Mestre CS
SMELL & QUIM – Meat / Pregnant Asian Special CD+CS
SPK – Leichenschrei CD
SPK – Live at the Crypt CD
TAINT – Savage Weapons CD

Troniks / Lake Shark Harsh Noise
OVMN – Throbbing Pulse CD

Urashima
AN INNOCENT YOUNG THROAT-CUTTER – Mrs. Wardh LP
ATRAX MORGUE – Exterminate LP
CLIMAX DENIAL – In the Absence of Self-Control LP
CONTROLLED DEATH – Symphony for the Black Murder CS Wooden Box
EDWIGE LP
THE GEROGERIGEGEGE – 不安な演奏 10CD Wooden Box
JASON CRUMER – Ottoman Black LP
MERZBOW – Remblandt Assemblage 2LP
T. MIKAWA – Radio Code CD
MURDER CORPORATION – Disturbance 2LP
PROGETTO MORTE LP
VOMIR – Black Box 6CD
WEREWOLF JERUSALEM – Black Chapel CD
VARIOUS – Black Glove Mania CD Wooden Box

Incoming: Amphetamine Sulphate, Audio Dissection, Bacteria Field, Chondritic Sound, Foul Prey, Fourth Dimension, Gilgongo, Misanthropic Agenda, Modern Decadence, Ominous Recordings, Oxen, Total Black, Troniks, White Centipede Noise

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10/11/20: New Arrivals – Alien8, Brownhill Mafia, Death Continues, Distort Discos, Grisaille, Kaos Kontrol, New Forces, Phage, Public Bath, Troniks

Copies of the KNURL – Initial Shock CD/DVD are headed to New Forces (USA), Self Abuse (USA), Skeleton Dust (USA), Tordon Ljud (UK), Total Black (EU), and White Centipede Noise (EU). Cheap Thrills has copies for Montreal locals. More distros sorted later and of course plenty of copies still available from the source.

New Arrivals

Alien8 Recordings
MERZBOW – Aqua Necromancer CD
MERZBOW – Door Open at 8 AM CD

Brownhill Mafia
HAARE / VU CS
VU CS

Death Continues
AUTOPSIA – In Vivo CD
AUTOPSIA – In Vivo II CD
SUTCLIFFE JUGEND – Relentless 4CD
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Certified Dead CD

Distort Discos
OZZUARIO – Existence Is Pain LP

Grisaille
JON MUELLER – A Presence Held CS
JULIUS MENARD – Dense Hiss CS
MODELBAU – A Thing About Machines CS
TED BYRNES – With and Without Drums CS

Kaos Kontrol
VARIOUS / THROAT – Bareback (Stripped & Remasked) 2CD

New Forces
A FAIL ASSOCIATION – Dedicated to Shot + Weapon CS
C.C.C.C. – Amplified Crystal II 2CD
CRAWL OF TIME – Moments of Pleasure. Years of Pain. CS
FORM HUNTER CS
K2 – Sexencyclopedia 5CD Box
STRIATIONS / UNSUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CONDITION / BREAKING THE WILL – Industrial Historical Document 3: Indian Country 3CS Box

Phage Tapes
ALLEGORY CHAPEL LTD – Nouvelle Sonique: Bricollage Musique CS
SLIT THROATS – Joshi Noise Worship 2CD
THE CHERRY POINT – Visiting Hours CD

Public Bath Press
KATO DAVID HOPKINS – “Rumors of Noizu: Hijokaidan and the Road to 2nd Damascus” Book

Troniks
THE RITA – Shark at Knife Pointe CD

Incoming: Audio Dissection, Bacteria Field, Chondritic Sound, Dotsmark, Foul Prey, Fourth Dimension, Lake Shark Harsh Noise, Modern Decadence, No Rent, Old Europa Cafe, Ominous Recordings, Oxen, Total Black, Troniks, Urashima, White Centipede Noise

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10/4/20: KNURL – Initial Shock 25th Anniversary CD/DVD Out Now + New Arrivals

KNURL – Initial Shock 25th Anniversary CD/DVD out now – 4 hours of material!

Short version

CD – Reissue of Knurl’s debut 1994 tape “Initial Shock” with 3 bonus tracks, all mastered for CD in 2020. Approximately 1 hour of material.

DVD – Footage from 9 shows circa 1995-1999 including the debut Knurl performance. A 1996 Quebec television interview completes the package. Approximately 3 hours of material.

Long version

Knurl sits among a very small handful of Canadian harsh noise acts to debut in the 90s and remain active to this day. Among the likes of Ryan Bloomer (Flatline Construct), Sam McKinlay (The Rita) and Pierre-Marc Tremblay (Âmes Sanglantes), Alan Bloor was the first. Coming off of playing in hardcore punk band Binge of Violence, Alan “found” noise by accident while doing performance art, but it had always been a source of interest for him: “While I was working in welding shops I used to love the sound of the grinders and the radial arm saw as it ripped through metal. […] I’ve always been influenced by the environments I’ve worked in. I’ve always loved the sounds of banging, scraping, grinding. […] I used to think it would be great to form a band that could play as loud and fast as a grinder grinding metal. That, of course, never materialized so I took matters into my own hands.”

Blasting his way onto the scene with the aptly-titled Initial Shock in 1994, Alan established contact with Joe Roemer and his infamous Mother Savage Noise Productions label early on. In 1995 Knurl appeared on MSNP’s seminal “Americanoise” compilation featuring many of the harsh noise heavyweights of the day. Knurl also appeared on the “United States of Terrorism” compilation via Richard Ramirez’s Deadline Recordings that same year. This track was originally found on a second, untitled edition of Initial Shock released by La Bande Magnétique in 1994 alongside two other tracks, and all three are are compiled here for an additional half-hour of material. These high-profile and genre-defining compilations helped expose Knurl to the greater harsh noise audience of the mid-90s, but it was with Initial Shock that Alan announced and immediately solidified his tenure in the pantheon of North American harsh noise. The textures and dynamism explored in the tape’s half-hour runtime feel, as Stefan said, ahead of their time. One can get lost in those churning rotor blades of abrasion again and again.

In addition to the hour’s worth of formidable audio, this release contains three hours of crucial live footage from 1995-1999. Most of the shows were captured by Alan’s wife, Dominique, who continues to film Knurl to this day. Complete sets were used where available with the exception of (3) which was truncated for length and visual clarity. Some clips have minor cuts when camera shut off while obtaining a better vantage point (for example). This is frequent in (7), but the show is still included for historical purposes. There are occasional tape flaws, the worst of which being a complete drop near the end of (1) and tracking issues throughout (10). Overall, these issues are inconsequential and, in fact, add character and patina to this trove of rare quality. The ever-increasing precision, focus, and occasional pandemonium make for a highly enjoyable viewing experience. Home-made metalworks and other objects of infamy can be seen making appearances: “I used to smash a toaster at almost every performance. I loved the sound of the wires and insulation breaking up as I ground two iron rods into it. By the end of the performance I would just beat the crap out of it. Just waylay on it as if I was chopping wood. Bits and pieces flying everywhere.” One show, unfortunately not included, “consisted of jamming a five-foot metal rod into a typewriter and eventually beating the shit out of it. I was so wrapped up in beating the piss out of this thing that I lost total track of time. After I got off stage, someone told me I played for just over a minute. Most of the early shows were pretty intense.”

The selected shows are all highlights in their own right, but the following notes can provide further context: (1) Debut performance. (5) Shared bill with Jojo Hiroshige and Junko (Hijokaidan) and Thurston Moore, hosted by the Nihilist Spasm Band. (6) Hosted by Joe Roemer. (8) Shared bill with MSBR, Government Alpha and TADM. (9) Shared bill with Merzbow. One can even see noise luminaries such as Patrick O’Neil (Skin Crime), and of course Ron Lessard himself, in attendance at the RRRecords gig (7).

Working on this project with Alan and going through all of the old footage has helped me to establish a greater sense of relevance and respect with regards to Knurl’s work in the 90s through to the present day. There has never been any compromise of vision. Never a want for any sort of recognition, though it is undoubtedly deserved. The sounds began for himself and they remain as such. With releases on noteworthy labels throughout the years such as Alien8, Audio Dissection, Banned Production, Deadline, New Forces, Oxen, Phage, Self Abuse, Skeleton Dust, Troniks / PACrec, Xerxes and his own Panta Rhei Recordings, among others, there is no shortage of Knurl material. He shows no signs of stopping any time soon and we are all the better for it. Even just on his own accord he still churns out material purely for pleasure’s sake. In the early days he was creating personal noise tapes to listen to on his Sony Walkman, now there is the beauty of the internet and online platforms through which others can continue to experience his wealth of sound and vision when not immersing themselves in the study of his physically-released works.

2019 and 2020 mark the 25th anniversaries of Knurl with Initial Shock being released on November 28, 1994 and the debut performance at L’Oblique Records in Montreal occurring on January 21, 1995. Both of which, I am happy to say, are included in herein. Thanks to Stefan Aune, Pentti Dassum, Sasha Pozzolo, Art Pratten, Joseph Roemer, Pierre-Marc Tremblay and Gary Worsley for their varying levels of assistance with this project. Of course this release would not be possible without the help, patience and archives of Alan Bloor. Thank you for the continuing sounds and enthusiasm, and for being a beacon of longevity.

The world of harsh, mechanized sound is nothing less than Alan’s passion. As my ears are numb after revisiting Initial Shock yet again for this write up I can only echo what others have said: Listen loud and listen often. Knurl is essential.

Release details

Standard edition of 225 CD+DVDs housed in standard jewel cases with double trays. Includes 4-panel double-sided gatefold booklet and insert.

Limited edition of 25 housed in custom sandpaper sleeves. Includes Knurl pin set. Only available from screamandwrithe.com on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Digital download includes all 10 tracks and PDF booklet. DVD content is not included with the download.

All pieces produced and composed by Alan Bloor in 1994. All pieces were recorded live and very loud to be played very loud. No computers or synthesizers were used on this recording.

Remastered by Pentti Dassum, February 2020.

Original artwork reproduced inside.

Additional liner notes from Joe Roemer (Macronympha/MSNP) and Stefan Aune (New Forces).

New Arrivals

Audio Dissection / related
KAZUMOTO ENDO – Live at Sendai Contemporary Museum 12”
KAZUMOTO ENDO / ENCEPHALOPHONIC – Quattro Pulsanti Bomba / 疾患電子工学”7”
KAZUMOTO ENDO & EMANUELE BONINI – Rumore da Ritorno Audio Metallico CD
KILLER BUG – Live in Taiwan 12” + DVDr
KNURL – Metasynogen CS
MO*TE – Taste Die Mad CD
MO*TE – Uncut 4CD Box
MO*TE / ENCEPHALOPHONIC – Broken Stone Glass / Spastic Emotions 7”
SKULLFLOWER – Fucked on a Pile of Corpses CD
TAINT – Indecent Liberties CD
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Americanoise 2CD

Chondritic Sound
CRAWL OF TIME – Operation Black Widow CD + Poster
ROBERT TURMAN – Beyond Painting CD
SHREDDED NERVE – Acts of Betrayal CD

Chondritic Sound / Troniks
DEAD BODY LOVE – Low-Fi Power Carnage CD

Helicopter / Troniks
AARON DILLOWAY / ROBERT TURMAN / JOHN WIESE – Electronic Extension CD
THE CHERRY POINT – Live Hell CD
JOHN WIESE – Magnetic Stencil 1 CD
JOHN WIESE – Magnetic Stencil 2 CD

No Rent
HOLY FAMILY – The God Dose CS
SUNK HEAVEN – Apex Plummet CS

Putojefe
FLAVIO BONOMETTI – Vortice Rosso CD
U.S. STEEL CELLO ENSEMBLE – Noise In the Library LP

The Rita / related
LINGUA IGNOTA / THE RITA – Commissioned LP
THE RITA – Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence CS
THE RITA – Magazine 2LP
THE RITA / MARION – Crystal Smith LP
TOTAL SLITTING OF THROATS CD

SSSM
CONTAGIOUS ORGASM – Self Replicating Factory CS
ODA TAKUMI – Water Sanctum CS

Trust Collective
GREATHUMOUR – Kneel As I Do CS
MALTREATMENT – Influencing The Outcome CS
WILLOWBROOK – Panarchism CS

Incoming: Bacteria Field, Chondritic Sound, Death Continues, Dotsmark, Foul Prey, Fourth Dimension, Grisaille, Kaos Kontrol, Modern Decadence, New Forces, No Rent, Oxen, Phage, Public Bath, Total Black, Troniks

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9/27/20: New Arrivals – Cloister, Cold Spring, Troniks

Cloister Recordings
CODE NEDA – The Inner Enemy CS
GOD IS WAR – Child of God CS
MALTREATMENT – A Searing Path to Enlightenment CS
SATORI – Angor Animi CS
TOLERANT – Advanced Exercises In Resource Denial CS
VOLUNTEER CORONER – Disease Colony CS

Cold Spring
CONTROLLED DEATH / RUDOLF EB.ER – Death Ceremonies LP
MOTHRA – Doom Engine LP

Troniks
16 BITCH PILE-UP – Bury Me Deep CD
UNSUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CONDITION – Seductive Distress CD

Incoming: Audio Dissection, Bacteria Field, Chondritic Sound, Death Continues, Dotsmark, Foul Prey, Fourth Dimension, Kaos Kontrol, Lake Shark Harsh Noise, Modern Decadence, No Rent, Putojefe, SSSM, Total Black, Troniks, Trust Collective

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9/20/20: New Arrivals – Breathing Problem, Fusty, Helicopter, Monorail Trespassing, Oxen, Phage, Pressortape, Troniks, Untitled

Vital Weekly reviewed B.P. “Zhiishiibi-Zhiibiing”, TED BYRNES “All Hands”, and VIOLENT SHOGUN “The Possibility of Life’s Destruction” here.

B.P. will be performing “Zhiishiibi-Zhiibiing” live for the Kindred program, presented by the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery as part of Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche festival on September 26th. Event description: “Zhiishiibi-Zhiibiing (pronounced “ve-sheep see-be”) which is the Ojibwe translation for ‘Duck River’ which today is known as Duck Bay Reservation. All recordings, and found sounds were taken Summer 2019 in Duck Bay, Manitoba. The album which will be performed in full and contains stories in sound. The listener will be visiting the wharf, whitefish vessels and neighbouring marshes. Hearing the tale of Father Darveau O.M.I. (seen as a windigo) mysteriously killed and found on shore. As well as joining local Metis hunters on the northwest shore of Lake Pittowinipik (Winnipegosis). The album was released by Quebec label Absurd Exposition, August 30th, 2020.” Facebook live-stream event link: https://fb.me/e/15AHph9Lz

“Tights Worship”, the short film about THE RITA produced by KIER-LA JANISSE, has been selected as one of the favourite pieces on Nicolas Winding Refn’s (director: Drive, The Neon Demon, etc.) byNWR website. Sam McKinlay (The Rita) created an original sound piece called “Spiked Heels and Black Nylons” (inspired by Whit Boyd’s 1967 film of the same name) and Mike McKinlay (documentary film maker and Sam’s brother) documented his artistic process in a 30 minute documentary, which is interspersed by insights into Sam’s various obsessions from sharks and gialli to Italian frogmen and the classical ballet. The documentary can be viewed at bynwr.com along with the “Spike Heels…” audio track.

Select titles from the recent batch are headed to SSSM in Japan.

As far as the distro update goes: it’s big one, as promised. Don’t get burned by the heat within!

Breathing Problem
ELEPHANT MAN BEHIND THE SUN – Collected Tracks LP
JASON CRUMER – Self-Titled 2LP
JASON CRUMER – Self-Titled CD
KHAR SULDE – The Black Banners of Cosmic War LP
METRORRHAGIA LP
OAKEN TOWER – Marching Thorns LP
PLEASURE FLUIDS – Show No Mercy LP

Fusty
CHAIN RITE – I Have To Do This CS
FRATAXIN / STRAIGHT PANIC CS
KADAVER & ASTRO – Anthems from the Slaughterhouse CS
LIFE EXPECTANCY PROTOCOL CS
OMORASHI – おもらし CS
TORTURE BATALLION – Head:Less CS
V! – Fading CS
VICTIM! – Ashes CS

Helicopter
SISSY SPACEK – Featureless Thermal Equilibrium CD
THE CHERRY POINT & JOHN WIESE – White Gold CD

Helicopter / Troniks
C.C.C.C. – Loud Sounds Dopa / Live In U.S.A. CD
C.C.C.C. – Phantasmagoria CD
INACAPITANTS – Operorue CD
THE CHERRY POINT – Live Hell CD

Monorail Trespassing
BLIND DATE – Judy Garland Pavilion CS
GRANT EVANS – Albatross CS
JACKSON-PRATT – Skullcutter Herringbone CS
LAPSE – Nothing Feels Right CS
SCALD HYMN – Balming Mechanism CS

Oxen
JACKSON-PRATT – Deep In The Night, I’m Lost In Love CD
PRIMITIVE ISOLATION TACTICS – We Are Flaming and on Fire CS

Oxen / Troniks
BLACK SAND DESERT – Painted Rope CD

Phage
AHLZDEVELOPER CD
AMK – Redacted 2CS
BACULUM – I Would Rather Feel Empty Than Full of False Hopes 2CD
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / POLLUTIVE STATIC 7”
HANZO HASASHI – Bomei CS
K2 – Abdominal Electricity CD
K2 – Soukanbokujou 6CS
K2 / RISARIPA / VIVIANKRIST – Autocrine CD
MACRONYMPHA – For Better or Worse 3CS
MANIA – Little Pieces of Violence CD
MANIA + HAL HUTCHINSON – Wreckage CD
MBD – Yearning for Reprieve CS
RICHARD RAMIREZ – Private Lowlife CS
RICHARD RAMIREZ / BLACK LEATHER JESUS – Scrapyard CD
SISSY SPACEK – Wreck CD
SPRING BREAK – Scared Little White Boys 2CS
STRIATIONS – Collection 2 CD
THE CHERRY POINT – Misery Guts CD
UNSUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CONDITION – Pleasure Seeking Pacifist CS
VARIOUS – Engines of Modern Dysfunction Vol. 1 7”

Pressortape
FBFFFBFBBBF – IIIIIII [Comachanics] CS
HANZO HASASHI – Tykoching vs. Gamera CS
PARASITE NURSE – Deprivation CS

Untitled
UNTITLED #2 (Knurl, Monorail Trespassing, Richard Ramirez, lots more)

Incoming: Audio Dissection, Bacteria Field, Chondritic Sound, Cloister, Cold Spring, Dotsmark, Foul Prey, Fourth Dimension, Modern Decadence, No Rent, SSSM, Total Black, Troniks

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9/13/20: New Arrivals – Distort//Delay, New Approach, No Rent, SSSM

Another moderate update this week. Expecting a lot of stuff to arrive next week, could be a big one…

Distort//Delay
DISTORT//DELAY #2
DISTORT//DELAY #3

New Approach
oooOooo – Onomatopeia Monolitica & Advento Refractário 2CS
TAETER with SEKTOR 304 – The Hermeneutics Of The Hunt Has Gone Full Circle CD

No Rent
COLD ELECTRIC FIRE – The Mule CS
DARKSMITH OF CALIFORNIA – Regret Everything CS + Poster

SSSM
BLESSED BLOOD VULVA & GUILTY C. – The Third Slaughter CD
LINEKRAFT – Death Still Persist CD

Incoming: Audio Dissection, Bacteria Field, Breathing Problem, Chondritic Sound, Cloister, Fourth Dimension, Fusty, Helicopter, Monorail Trespassing, New Approach, No Rent, Oxen, Phage, Total Black, Troniks

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9/6/20: New Arrivals – Aussaat, More Mars, Total Black

The new Absurd Exposition batch has been moving along nicely, thanks for all the orders so far. The KIER-LA JANISSE / THE RITA split sold out right away, but copies are available from the artists and select distros. The JUTE and MOT tapes are running dangerously low, but there is plenty of stock remaining on everything else. Noise Receptor has reviewed ANDREW NOLAN’s “Museum Etiquette” here and I’ve added a Reviews section to the site for posterity. The following stores and distros will have select copies of the new batch in stock: Anthems of the Undesirable (USA), Art Into Life (JPN), Cavity (CAN), Dead Gods (USA), Disclosures (USA), Iron Lung (USA), Outsider Art (UK), Self Abuse (USA), Skeleton Dust (USA), Total Black (EU), White Centipede Noise (EU) and there’s potential for NEdS (JPN) as well. Next up is the KNURL “Initial Shock” CD/DVD reissue in a couple weeks, then tapes for A FAIL ASSOCIATION, AXIOM, PHOCOMELUS and potentially others.

Aussaat
EDGE OF DECAY – Riistettyjen Antologia CD
ENTRE VIFS x L’ECLIPSE NUE – l’eclipse vive CD

More Mars
DAS SYNTHETISCHE MISCHGEWEBE – Zwischemenschen CS
JEPH JERMAN – Greyware CS

Total Black
HIMUKALT – Sex Worker II CS
INCAPACITANTS – Onomatopée Suicida LP
JUGENDWERKHOF – Erzperfidie CS

Incoming: Audio Dissection, Breathing Problem, Chondritic Sound, Fourth Dimension, Helicopter, Monorail Trespassing, New Approach, No Rent, SSSM, Total Black, Troniks

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8/30/20: 9 New Tapes on Absurd Exposition + New Arrivals

9 new tapes out now on Absurd Exposition, plus 2 (very) small represses of previous titles.

For digital versions please visit absurdexposition.bandcamp.com

Scroll down for new distro arrivals.

NEW TITLES

B.P. – Zhiishiibi-Zhiibiing CS

A placid study of shoreline life in Manitoba’s interior through noise, field recordings and tape loops.

The album title is in Ojibwe and is pronounced “ve-sheep see-be”, which translates to “Duck River”, where all the field recordings were taken at. The name today is Duck Bay Reservation, local folk call it Duck River.

Bret Parenteau (ARDOR, GASHKADIN) is a Winnipeg sound artist. Primarily performing under his B.P. moniker, he is head of the Makade Star and (now-defunct) Male Activity labels.

Edition of 78 pro-dubbed tapes. Includes download code.

TED BYRNES – All Hands CS

“There’s something life reaffirming about each Ted Byrnes release. The intensity of his playing is ejaculatory and joyful. His recordings are intimate, and every time I hear them I feel like I’ve been ushered into a private ritual by a masked attendant to see something in a molten, liminal space outside of daily experience. Purity has not yet been fully exorcised from modern life, and in Ted’s work, it feels like we can still have a brush with that elusive quality. Something flows directly from his heart into his work, and the flurry of rattles, pops, rolls and plinks in his sound feels like taking flight. There’s a momentum he builds over each painstaking, feverishly rendered track that’s entirely unto itself. On his new release “All Hands,” Byrnes is as vibrant and exploratory as ever. He absolutely jackhammers through cuts like “Gifts” and imbues opener “Adjacent Object” with little frills and touches that indicate the subtlety he explored on another excellent 2020 release, “Tactility.” He’s the kind of artist you can show practically anyone and leave them mouths agape. If you can split the difference between Penis Geyser and Rashied Ali, as Ted has, you’re clearly onto something – and if you’re not listening to Mr. Byrnes, I have no idea what you’re doing.” – Josh Landes (Limbs Bin)

Edition of 102 pro-dubbed tapes with 4×6 artwork housed in plastic bags. Includes download code.

GRIEFER – Communication Denial CS

A follow up to 2017’s “Egress Report”, and an appearance on Tesco’s “Projekt Neue Ordnung II” compilation, “Communication Denial” is perhaps Griefer’s most concise effort to date. Lyrics about surveillance culture, data mining, dark web endeavours and classic hacker exploits aimed at big tech are shouted over the signature looped barrages of clanging metal, sawing blades and resounding alarms that have come to define Griefer’s sound over the past 17 years. Instrumentals such as “Palantir” bring to mind rattling server rack mounts deep in cold storage, while the sonic revving-up of “787 Avionics Network” gives way to a manufacturing-line march to the beat of Boeing’s half truths and guises, markedly in order: “We will not provide any evidence / You will trust us implicitly.” “Communication Denial” is a welcomed timely return to Absurd Exposition amid elections tampering, foreign influences on social media, and general heightened digital paranoia. “A future of widespread distrust is upon us.”

Edition of 105 tapes pro-dubbed in real time with paper labels. The first 100 copies include download codes.

KIER-LA JANISSE / THE RITA – Introduction and Immersion CS

The interests and works of Kier-La Janisse and Sam McKinlay have consistently overlapped and intertwined throughout the past two decades, with a basic commonality being their mutual fondness for cult European cinema. Most recently, Janisse offered up a brief dossier on The Rita via director Nicolas Winding Refn’s byNWR website, a haven for the truly obscure. Her text was accompanied by a track from The Rita entitled “Spiked Heels and Black Nylons” and a documentary, “Tights Worship: The Processes of The Rita”, directed by Mike McKinlay (Sam’s brother). Now, with “Introduction and Immersion”, the two contribute long form studies of their deep interests. Janisse reads an excerpt, aptly titled ‘Spike Heels’, from “Women’s Rites”, written by French dominatrix Catherine Robbe-Grillet under her nom de plume Jeanne de Berg in 1985. McKinlay, as The Rita, offers up his newest form of deconstruction and obsession. The concentration of these pieces lend themselves to a sort of reaction/response approach, while the length of each allows for true “immersion” in the studies. The pairing is seamless.

Kier-La Janisse is, among many things, the author of “House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films” (Fab Press, 2012) and founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Her upcoming works include a documentary on the history of folk horror to be released by Severin Films.

Sam McKinlay needs no introduction around these parts. His work as The Rita over the past 24 years has been entrenched in the foundations of harsh noise. Previous releases on Absurd Exposition include “Sharks and the Female Form” (2019), “Montreal 2018”, and a split with Vancouver’s Worker in 2015.

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Edition of 100 pro-dubbed tapes with 4×6 artwork housed in plastic bags. Includes download code. C41.

JUTE – Simstim CS

The high frequencies chirp and the input engines sputter and settle, now idling for the duration of routine system checks. The air is dirty and barely breathable. Pressure valves hiss and release the smell of burning chrome. Suddenly a connection is made. Your eyes shut through no will of their own. A construct is forming. Mind and technologic space are conjoining, seeking an eternal escape from the sprawl, its smell and its decay. A ragged symbiosis between man and machine wrought with duct tape, dust and fraying wires.

“Canadianoise” for the acceleration age.

Edition of 52 pro-dubbed tapes.

MOT – Savage CS

A quick C14 of skipping discs, buzzing tones and humming frequencies soon savaged. At times bringing to mind the works of JOE COLLEY.

MOT is the project of collage artist Paul van Trigt from Victoria, BC.

Edition of 51 pro-dubbed tapes.

ANDREW NOLAN – Museum Etiquette CS

Andrew Nolan (INTENSIVE CARE, WOLFAGRAM) returns once again to Absurd Exposition, following “Background Music” (2018) and “We Know Now What a Modern Society Can Do with a Parking Lot” (2016). This latest effort, “Museum Etiquette”, continues the theme of urban anxiety explored through processed field recordings of various dialogues, intense encounters, overheard incidents, trains, rain and the general hustle and bustle of the city weaved into the fabric of a modulated noise soundscape. The A-side starts with metal bars clanging and suddenly you’re stuck in a cell (or in traffic, transit, or some greater definition), being slowly squeezed by the increasing pressure of the outside world as it drones, hums, and buzzes around you, with any exit appearing ever distant. The B-side brings to mind both classic industrial and early 80s electronic music scores with faint reminisces of Throbbing Gristle a la “After Cease to Exist” and John Carpenter shining through. All in all, “Museum Etiquette” is a sensible continuation of, and expansion upon, the works Nolan has previously put forth.

Edition of 126 pro-dubbed tapes with pad-printed labels. The first 100 copies include download codes.

PRIMITIVE ISOLATION TACTICS – Dirty Prophecies CS

Coaxed perception is assured by constructing a narrative out of abstraction, leading one to posit the statement rather than examine the question. Perception is tainted by presumption. Prophecy is dirtied by default.

In-house project. Recorded in a spontaneous half-hour session with minor edits.

“FULL TONAL EXPLORATION” – Ted Byrnes

Edition of 101 pro-dubbed tapes with 4×6 artwork housed in plastic bags. The same program repeats on both sides. Includes download code.

VIOLENT SHOGUN – The Possibility of Life’s Destruction CS

A burning descent into a purgatory of humanity’s mistakes played back ad infinitum. The enormous door slams in the depths of hell. Will we wake up from this continuing nightmare?

A savage trip through the nuclear inferno by way of harsh noise and tape loops from France’s Violent Shogun.

Edition of 76 pro-dubbed tapes. Includes download code.

REPRESS TITLES

ANDREW NOLAN – Background Music CS

THE RITA – Sharks and the Female Form CS

NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS

Amphetamine Sulphate
AUDREY SZASZ – “Invisibility: A Manifesto” Chapbook
CHRISTOPHER ZEISCHEGG – “The Magician” Book
NEW JUCHE – “The Devils” Book
NEW JUCHE – “Stupid Baby” Chapbook
SIMON MORRIS – “Watching the Wheels” Book
STEVE FINBOW – “The Mindshaft” Book

Fantasy 1
ASTRO – Anonymous Soundscapes CD-R
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / PHARMAKON / FUTURE BLONDES W/ JANE PAIN – Defile Texas 2.5.15 CD-R
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / SKULLFLOWER CD-R
BREATHING PROBLEM – Punishment 5.26.15 CD-R
T.E.F. – Retrospektiv1 25 CD-R
THE CURE / CONCRETE VIOLIN / SARAN MAN / SHREDDED NERVE – Defile Texas 2 CD-R
VARIOUS – “The Night After V.D. 1” – A Live Tribute To Mania/Taint CD-R
VOMIR / RICHARD RAMIREZ / ANGEL BODY IMPORT – Untitled Fuck Songs 1 CD-R
ZUSAMMENBRUCH – Anhedonia CD-R

Helen Scarsdale Agency
EKIN FIL – Coda LP
HAURAS – In These Coming Days CS

Orb Tapes
ORPHANS OF GOD / SUPPORT UNIT CS
PATRICK SHIROISHI & DYLAN FUJIOKA – Neba Neba CS
SHAME – I Don’t Like You CS

Outsider Art
DEAD WOOD – Moving Foundation CS
DEAD WOOD & KNIFEDOUTOFEXISTENCE – Live Collaborations CS
EMILE BOJESEN – Radio Transmissions From Distant Planets Vol. 1 CS
GLAIVES OF IRE – A Corpse, Anguilliform CS
KNIFEDOUTOFEXISTENCE – A Fragile Future CD
LUXURY MOLLUSC – Thrombosis Staiwell: Six Wounds In Search Of Triage CS
PALE WORLD & BLACKCLOUDSUMMER CS

White Centipede Noise
SEWER ELECTION – Blizzard Amplification 2CD

Incoming: Audio Dissection, Breathing Problem, Chondritic Sound, Fourth Dimension, More Mars, New Approach, No Rent, SSSM, Total Black

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8/23/20: New Arrivals – Digital Regress, Patient Records

Small update this week but there will be 9 new tapes from Absurd Exposition next week!

Digital Regress
CRAZY DOBERMAN – Hypnagogic Relapse and Other Penumbral Phenomena LP

Patient Records
BACILLUS / VOMIR – N100 CS

Incoming: Amphetamine Sulphate, Chondritic Sound, Fourth Dimension, Helen Scarsdale, More Mars, No Rent, Outsider Art, SSSM, Total Black, White Centipede Noise

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