Bis Aufs Messer April News 04 / 2022

Bis Aufs Messer April News 04 / 2022

Hi, here is another newsletter for April and as RSD is approaching we celebrate every day as a record store day - since music should be around us every day :) A bunch of cool stuff arrived (also lots of cool 2nd hand jazz, blues etc could added to the bins)


We got restock of a couple Bolt Thrower Titles, ENTOMBED - Left Hand Path LP,  a couple THE EX re issues / restocks, the new GLEN E. FRIEDMAN - What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman  BOOK,  FONTAINES D.C. - Skinty Fia LP,  ANADOL - Uzun Havalar LP (!!!), LUNGFISH - Rainbows from Atoms LP  repress on Orange Vinyl, BIKINI KILL - reject all american LP on colored vinyl, OKKYUNG LEE / JEROME NOETINGER / NADIA RATSIMANDRESY - Two Duos LP, EARTHEATER - Phoenix: La Petite Mort Édition LP, DIETER ZOBEL - MEZ 31'00 (Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1989) LP, AMENRA / CAVE IN / MARISSA NADLER - Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III LP and more …


We also added a second screening of the PUNK THE CAPITAL movie on Friday April 29th at TILSITER LICHTSPIELE - also incl. the Q&A with Jeff Nelson & Bert Queiroz (of Rain, Youth Brigade etc) 


The first one on 28.04.2022 is SOLD OUT


But we still have tickets for 




You can get them either at Bis aufs Messer in the store or via



Til then thank you for all your orders & support.



Robert & Norman






AMENRA / CAVE IN / MARISSA NADLER - Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III LP (My Proud Mountain is thrilled to announce Songs of Townes Van Zandt III, continuing the tradition of well-known artists in the heavy music and dark genres covering the songs of Townes Van Zandt. The LP features nine new and unique covers by Amenra, Cave In, and Marissa Nadler. Opener “Quicksilver Dreams of Maria” paints Nadler as a pastoral daydream of mournful siren vocals, embodying the lovelorn and lustful side of Van Zandt some listeners tend to overlook. “I wanted to shine a light on some of Townes Van Zandt’s lesser known, but equally excellent songs from his vast body of work,” says Nadler. “His deeply romantic lyrical tendencies are intricately displayed on the three songs that I chose, as well as the pervasive loneliness and deep-seated sadness, always waiting right outside the door.”) 25.00


ANADOL - Uzun Havalar LP (Anadol is a psychedelic synth folk project by Gözen Atila, a Turkish sound artist and photographer based in Berlin. Her third album Uzun Havalar is based on collective improvisations of middle eastern folk songs called „uzun hava“. They turn out as rich, atmospheric synth ballads. A diverse roster of improvising musicians creates their fascinating complexity. Anadol recorded them during extensive sessions in Istanbul. You can hear drummers laughing and playing guitars, composers howling, announcements in French and screams in no language, record collectors playing oscillators, and trumpets through spacious echoes.  Anadol represents Gözen Atila’s liberation from a rather academic approach to electronic composition which she pursued during her music technology studies in Istanbul. She calls her education the „darkness of serious music“ where she first tried to belong, then to break free with the help of lo-fi synth pop. As a producer of radio plays and an expert field recording artist she has developed a distinct sense of timing, editing and sound design. Her Anadol project walks in the footsteps of lone synth experimentalists like Bruce Haack and The Space Lady with their childlike curiosity for electronic sounds, pushing the boundaries of minimal equipment. On Uzun Havalar she translates her experimental background into these floating folk ballads. The album was originally released on tape via Kinship in 2018.  ) 25.00


BIKINI KILL - reject all american LP (BIKINI KILL's final studio album originally released in 1996 on Kill Rock Stars. With three years since their last album, Pussy Whipped, and only a few 7-inch singles in the meantime, Bikini Kill had loads of time to become a band that stands on its own merits. Reject All American, their 1996 sophomore release, reveals a refined punk band with increased clarity, verified competence, and expanded range. While the band's heart still lies in the sneering brat punk of the Sex Pistols or X-Ray Spex--heard here on thrilling two-minute slices of attitude like "Capri Pants" and "Statement of Vindication"--the band also gives a go at airy alt rock (bassist Kathi Wilcox's jangly "False Start"), classic new wave pop (the title track's Go-Go's chorus), and even drops a trumpet and xylophone into the mix. Still, it's Kathleen Hanna's words and vocals that have matured most and remain the band's primary strength. It's enough to make you proud: Just look at how our little grrrl has grown. --Roni Sarig) 22.00


BLACK MARBLE - I Must Be Living Twice LP (pink vinyl) (sacred bones - “I’ve always loved the cover song aspect of live performance. Most musicians are fans first and covers are a way for bands to show this. They can add an improvisational tone to an otherwise rehearsed feeling set, and give a sense that songs are owned not only by the people who write them but by the fans that know them and the other musicians that take influence from them. About three years ago we started playing cover songs on stage, and a couple of unforseen things started happening. First off, people would ask me - not knowing it was a cover - when the new songs they heard were coming out on an upcoming Black Marble LP. Sadly, I’d have to tell them that a) I didn’t write the song, and b) me playing this new material was not evidence of the impending new release they were hoping for. The other thing that would sometimes happen is people would come up to me who already knew the songs I was playing. These people were stoked to hear an old favorite worked into our set, but again they would often wonder if they could ever hear them outside of the live setting. ) 23.00


BOLT THROWER - mercenary LP (earache - incl. poster, 180 gr. vinyl - Bolt Thrower were a British death metal band from Coventry, England. They formed in 1986 as "Bolthrower" and changed to the commonly known spelling after their first official practise rehearsal demo in December. In September 14th 2016, a year after the death of Martin "Kiddie" Kearns, the band disbanded.  Bolt Thrower takes its name from a weapon in the popular tabletop strategy game Warhammer Fantasy Battle. The lyrics and artwork of their second and third albums were based on Warhammer Fantasy Battle and its futuristic companion Warhammer 40,000, with much of the art actually being provided by the game's publisher, Games Workshop.) 23.00


BOLT THROWER - warmaster LP (earache - Originally released in 1990, ‘Warmaster’ cemented Bolt Thrower’s reputation for delivering incredibly heavy war-obsessed Death Metal, propelling the band to the top of the genre alongside contemporaries such as Napalm Death, Morbid Angel and Entombed.) 25.00


CARAMBOLAGE - Bon Voyage LP (bureau b - The Bon Voyage recordings sound far more mature than the band’s earlier music, whilst losing some of the playful insouciance that ran through the first two albums. Strains of ska and chanson complement the latter-day NDW (German new wave) flavoured power pop. After four successful years of extensive touring, new perspectives presented themselves to Carambolage. Having outgrown the somewhat languid Scherben scene and label life at David Volksmund Produktion, the trio upped sticks and headed for Berlin, curious to see what the big city had to offer, namely a close-up view of the pop business. Manne Praeker, former Spliff bass player and Nina Hagen’s producer, offered to produce their third record, anticipating a shot at success with a major label. Bon Voyage was recorded in 1984 in Praeker’s Mad-Mix studio in Berlin with various guest musicians. Even the pop mag Bravo took note, featuring the punkish North Frisians in a home story. Alas, any aspirations of becoming stars quickly dissipated during the recording process as aesthetic differences came to the fore. In one corner, Britta and Angie were determined to follow the DIY principles of the two preceding albums. In the opposite corner, Manne Praeker and Elfie felt compelled to introduce a stronger element of professionalism and Praeker increasingly weighed into the creative process. »You might say our story practically came to an end with a collision**, just to match our name,« Britta Neander recalled in an interview with Tine Plesch. We’re happy to report that the girls renewed their friendship after a while. ) 25.00


DIETER ZOBEL - MEZ 31'00 (Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1989) LP (bureau b - Dieter Zobel aka Didier Leboz: serial tinkler, inventor, freestyle freak Tension. Performance. Resistance - our Zonic Spezial documenting underground cassette culture in the latter years of the GDR caused quite a stir when it first appeared in 2006. A collaborative effort with the legendary ZickZack label and Verbrecher publishing house, “Spannung. Leistung. Widerstand. Magnetbanduntergrund DDR 1979-1990” (to give the work its full title) caused many listeners, especially those in the West, to prick up their ears in astonishment when they played the book’s accompanying CDs. This odd potpourri of swirling post-punk manifestations was compiled with solid interpretive authority by Bert Papenfuß, Bo Kondren, Bernd Jestram, and Ronald Lippok. They did, however, erroneously attribute one piece to Jörg Thomasius and Dieter Zobel’s Ostkraut  band Das Freie Orchester instead of the “Musik aus dem Regen” tape on their own Kröten Kassetten imprint.) 25.00


EARTHEATER - Phoenix: La Petite Mort Édition LP (PAN - Last year, Eartheater released her latest album, Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin, via PAN. Eartheater is now sharing a fully reworked version of the album, Phoenix: La Petite Mort Édition. Originally conceived as a “sleep” mix for CRACK Magazine, Eartheater re-sculpted her entire album Phoenix into a seamless ambient edit. “This is Phoenix crushing, undressing, and compressing like carbon particles under the weight of boulders folded into silky soil, and decomposing. She is folding over and over and over and over like the rolls of young gummy stone. This is one REM cycle. I suggest listening to Phoenix: La Petite Mort Édition while asleep after climax. You are wet ash smudged across a pillow case.” - Eartheater) 25.00


ENTOMBED - Left Hand Path LP (earache - Left Hand Path is the debut studio album by Swedish death metal band Entombed, released on 4 June 1990 by Earache Records.) 23.00


THE EX - Blueprints For A Blackout DLP re issue (ex records - Re-release of the double LP with original artwork. 24-page LP-size magazine. Original release date: 1984. "It's caustic. A real burner. (...) While still retaining an all important relevant edge to their musical comment , they've introduced elements of tunesmithing, attack, decay and composition that places them head and shoulders above their contemporaries." "Well-known venom, but the music becomes more experimental (i.e. slower, richer, more stirring, fed by yet rather remarkable set of instruments) with every new release." Recorded at Joke's Koeienverhuurbedrijf, Schellingwoude, Netherlands. Produced by Dolf Planteijdt + Jon Langford. THE EX: Terrie (guitar), G.W. Sok (vocals), Luc (bass), Yoke (bass), Sabien (drums), plus doublebass, organ, violin, oil-barrels, accordion, beercrates, piano. Guest musicians - Kees (oboe, flute, saxes), Jon Langford (marimba, rhythmbox, guitar), Dolf Planteijdt (guitar, drums), Vazant (sax), Marcel (marimba, drums), Adrie (drums), Bas (bass, double-bass), Ferrie (trumpet).) 25.00


THE EX - Pokkeherrie LP (Ex records -Re-release of the POKKEHERRIE LP! including original A2- poster and LP-size booklet. Original release date: 1985. "The Ex, with `Pokkeherrie' have produced a masterful killer weapon of raw power that rattles up the spine into numbed pink brain cells and fills the vacuum with social issue." "They've done it again. While they maintain melody, dissonance, moodiness, and a hard edge, they continue to grow and encompass many styles. Their integrity is rock hard and dependable." "Subtleties, intricacies, complexities, repetitions, basic noise." Recorded in 1985 at Emma's Koeienverhuurbedrijf, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Produced by Dolf Planteijdt. THE EX: Terrie (guitar), G.W. Sok (vocals), Luc (bass), Katrin (drums).) 20.00


FONTAINES D.C. - Skinty Fia LP (partisan - "2020’s A Hero’s Death saw Fontaines D.C. land a #2 album in the UK, receive nominations at the GRAMMYs, BRITs and Ivor Novello Awards, and sell out London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. Now the band return with their third record in as many years: Skinty Fia. Used colloquially as an expletive, the title roughly translates from the Irish language into English as “the damnation of the deer”; the spelling crassly anglicized, and its meaning diluted through generations. Part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph - the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatized culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.“) 26.00


JOAN JORDI OLIVER - Enlaire LP (total silence - Enlaire is the debut album of Joan Jordi Oliver. After several years of constant experimentation and devotion to new music, mainly focused on the electronic manipulation of the sound of his saxophone, Enlaire constitutes an important shift in his artistic production. The visceral gestures and a clearly performative and improvisational approach present in his previous works are here substituted by an evolving landscape of carefully crafted abstract electronic sounds, where any sense of a possible musical agent vanishes in favor of a different notion of sound as space, sometimes peaceful and welcoming, other times threatening and asphyxiating. A persistent fascination with the sonic complexity and emotional potential of noise permeates most of the production of the album, as the synthesized sounds are heavily processed, cut, multiplied and multilayered, while several iterations of distortion and a battery of digital effects completely disfigure the identity of the original sounds, to the point where their transfigured voices merge in a dense, ambiguous and always morphing sonic texture. However, these destructive manipulations are contrasted by the lyrical nature of the musical motives, always fragmented, never fully developed, but constantly present through the blurriness of the music, almost as an insinuation of beauty and fragility hidden in the fog of noise. ) 21.00


JÖRG THOMASIUS - Acht Gesänge der schwarzen Hunde (Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1980-1990) LP (bureau b - Jörg Thomasius: Die elektrische Tomate / the electric tomato Tension. Performance. Resistance - our Zonic Spezial documenting underground cassette culture in the latter years of the GDR caused quite a stir when it first appeared in 2006. A collaborative effort with the legendary ZickZack label and Verbrecher publishing house, “Spannung. Leistung. Widerstand. Magnetbanduntergrund DDR 1979-1990” (to give the work its full title) caused many listeners, especially those in the West, to prick up their ears in astonishment when they played the book’s accompanying CDs. This odd potpourri of swirling post-punk manifestations was compiled with solid interpretive authority by Bert Papenfuß, Bo Kondren, Bernd Jestram, and Ronald Lippok. They did, however, erroneously attribute one piece to Jörg Thomasius and Dieter Zobel’s Ostkraut band Das Freie Orchester instead of the “Musik aus dem Regen” tape on their own Kröten Kassetten imprint.) 25.00


KATE BOLLINGER - look at it in the light LP (ghostly international  - Kate Bollinger's songs tend to linger well beyond their run times, filling the negative space of ordinary days with charming melodies and smart phrasings. She writes them at home in Richmond, Virginia, letting her subconscious lead, an open-ended process she likens to dreaming. From a chord progression appears a line, maybe a syllable will start to stick, enough to pursue, but she says sometimes the words don't feel likeher own, more like shapes that form in the mind's sky. Bollinger's musical universe is relaxed, tender, and unassuming; within lives a timeless sensibility, a songwriter's knack for noticing the little things and their counterpoints. Darkness and light, pain and pleasure, reality and escape. Her new EP, Look at it in the Light, her first project on Ghostly International, is collaborative; she shoots music videos with her friends and colors each of her folk-pop songs with musicians in her community. The title Look at it in the Light is a reference to the aspects of Bollinger's life that she knows need examining. For one, there's her persistent resistance to change _ she chooses to ignore it on the title track ("I try not to notice / I deny my fate"), as wiry strums sync with crisp drums. She surrenders to comfort on "Who Am I But Someone," a light and softly psychedelic number. "Yards / Gardens" finds Bollinger in full swing, skipping verses of uncertainty above a bright and nimble bassline and kick. Guitar riffs unravel across the bridge, trailing her lines like ellipses. The string-backed "Lady in the Darkest Hour" is the set's most luxuriant statement, recorded during a session at Matthew E. White's Spacebomb Studios with in-house arranger Trey Pollard (Natalie Prass, Helado Negro). Here her lines ring bittersweet yet reassuring, uplifted by swells of golden-hued instrumentation. From the hushed abstractions of "I Found Out" to the biting suspicions of closer "Connecting Dots," Kate Bollinger uses every inch of this dazzling EP to find her footing amidst the ever-present sways of life) 24.00


THE KVB - Unity LP (invada - Underground coldwave duo The KVB are back with their most potent and immediate record yet. Produced and mixed by Andy Savours (Black Country New Road, My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors) ‘Unity’ represents an exciting development in the band’s sonic journey.) 27.00


LUNGFISH - Rainbows from Atoms LP  (dischord - Lungfish's second full-length LP, released in 1993. The LP version of this record comes with a complimentary MP3 download code.) 20.00


OKKYUNG LEE / JEROME NOETINGER / NADIA RATSIMANDRESY - Two Duos LP (oto - “Two Duos” is pressed from cellist Okkyung Lee’s most recent OTO Residency; the first side a duo with Jérôme Noetinger on Revox B77 and the second with Nadia Ratsimandresy on Ondes Martenot. Cut together, the two meetings seem to raise three cellos in the search for expressive voice: the cello, it’s magnetic reproduction, and the dual controls of the machine invented to expand on its musical qualities. On the A side Noetinger’s opening tape hiss establishes a current; an electrical partner who gives Lee room to slide across and stretch out. Progressively the cello is returned, duplicated and manipulated with increased velocity and distortion. Noetinger draws out the full extent of Lee’s extended technique; rewinding strands of Lee's horse hair and transmuting her percussive attacks into shuddering echos, before letting his own concrete interjections spin the duo's sonic tussle into an almost romantic daydream. On side B the ondes (invented by French cellist and wartime radio operator Maurice Eugene Louis Martenot and so loved by Bernard Parmegiani, Varese and Messiaen) seems shaken from classical tradition and those long, drawn out horrorscapes it has come to be associated with. In a duel with Lee, Ratsimandresy grasps the ondes’ extraordinary capacity for dexterity, nuance and speed, hounding Lee’s cello in a bid to drive her instrument out of the past and into the future. Two fantastic pairings and a testament to the freshness with which Lee and her collaborators continue to work with their instruments.) 30.00


SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM - s/t LP (tapete - When a band names itself after one of the best songs of one of the best bands of all time, namely "Sophisticated Boom Boom" by the Shangri-Las, that's quite a statement. Or rather a promise. And Sophisticated Boom Boom keep this promise on their singular self-titled album from 1982 originally released on Off Course Records, the label run by Swiss new wave royalty Grauzone and Stefan Eicher.  Sophisticated Boom Boom transported the Brill Building/Red Bird/Girl Group sound from the Sixties into the New Wave year of 1982. These 14 original compositions did not not lack in punk esprit and the band fell gloriously out of time in the jagged, slightly gloomy early Eighties. Their sound was probably too cheerful, too bubblegum and too life-affirming, and that's probably why they stopped after just one album. After the end of Sophisticated Boom Boom, the no less great C86/Power Pop band Chin Chin emerged from the ashes and released a compilation on Stephen Pastel's 53rd & 3rdLabel) 25.00


SPIRITUALIZED - Everything Was Beautiful LP (Bella union - Spiritualized will release "Everything Was Beautiful". It is the ninth studio album from Spiritualized and it comes 30 years after the debut album. This is the follow up to 2018's "And Nothing Hurt". Jason Pierce performs 16 different instruments across the album. It is recorded at 11 different studios and includes more than 30 musicians across the album.) 26.00


TENTACULO - Cansados De Esperar LP (diy . "Andalucia, Spain is home for TENTACULO and this is their debut album. 8 tracks of melodic guitar-driven punk-rock goes post-punk rock and pretty damn well executed! Ion the top pile of my favorite new punk rock records in this depressing times because there's more than crust punk in my world.“) 13.00


TOWNES VAN ZANDT - Somebody Had To Write It LP (A must-have time capsule of Townes Van Zandt acoustic performances showcasing his brilliant songwriting. A reissued collection available on vinyl for the first time. Includes classic Townes Van Zandt songs, "If I Needed You," "Pancho & Lefty," "Waiting Round To Die," and "I'll Be Here in The Morning" (duetted with Barb Donovan). From the liner notes by Harold Eggers Jr: "These recordings are as close to the bones of Townes as you can get. They give the listener a unique and detailed insight into and overview of his songwriting, music and life like no other. Townes often made light of the darkness and lived more in the shadows. This album and Townes spoken words (bonus tracks) are significant because Townes personally selected each track and in his own words revealed the private person and singer/songwriter/artist that he was. These recordings and spoken words were very important to Townes for the world to hear his music and life story as he lived it, told by the man himself.“) 24.00


V/A - Hyperituals Vol. 1 - Soul Note DLP (hyperjazz - Woke rhythms and high-spirited grooves from the vaults of two seminal Italian jazz labels, between the 70s and 80s. Intensely curated by Khalab.  Hyperituals is part of the new research path undertaken by Hyperjazz Records. Entirely curated by Khalab - Raffaele Costantino, HJ’s founder and head of A&R - Hyperituals is a philological investigation that delves deeply into the musical influences and cultural roots of the young Italian label. The theme that runs through Hyperituals is the exploration of the possibilities of sound, rhythm, remix, and endless sampling. Inspiring listening, interpretation, and insight. Is it an exercise in crate-digging that explores the past of some of the most important yet sometimes forgotten record labels and aims to bring to light music that is contemporary both in its sound and its message. ) 42.00





HULDA HUIMA - Best Of ... TAPE (Hulda Huima is a Helsinki-based singer-songwriter. This tape is a compilation of her previous work of lo-fi and noisy folk songs.) 6.00


IGNITION BLOCK M - s/t TAPE (4 new tracks by Tokyo’s favourite angular post-punk band.) 6.00


MUSTAT KALSARIT - Yö TAPE (A letter to the future fans of Mustat Kalsarit from Juuso Paaso: You folks in distant regions might not know anything about our weird little band from Finland that has their new album out on tape in the US. The language is incomprehensible, the music is quite rough around the edges, and it doesn’t really fit in an easy format. We play DIY rock music and have been going on for quite a long time, during which we have put out one early tape, two 7”’s, and finally an LP - ”Juhlat” (”A party”) - three years ago (or is it four already?). So we work quite slowly. Also, people in the band have changed over the years. I have been the only constant member since I write the songs. I’m not a rock’n’roll dude. The first 10 years I spent in groups, we played intensely free music and I was a bit embarrassed by the few songs I had secretly written. But when I started playing rock music around 2009, we often played the first song I had ever written, ”Maailma” (”World”). It’s a song I wrote in my bedroom when I was 19 years old and living in a rotten house in central Amsterdam, trying to take in the wildness of the world. It was a story about a one-sided love affair that got some fans when we finally recorded it on our first EP in 2011. At that time, we were only learning to play this simple music - maybe that’s why it sounds so honest and nice.) 6.00





GLEN E. FRIEDMAN - What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman  BOOK (Akashic - HARDCOVER - Book - A stunning collection of the most iconic photographs ever made of Black Flag, along with never-before-seen photos and a foreword by Chuck Dukowski. 256 jam-packed pages, over 300 photographs, and over 70% of the photos have never been seen. What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman is an incredible compilation of all of Friedman’s most iconic and recognizable images (from 1980 to 1983), of this seminal American punk band, as well as over one hundred never-before-seen photos made during those phenomenal peak years in the group’s history. The book includes a foreword by Chuck Dukowski, a cofounder and bass player of Black Flag. Friedman’s own introduction to the book takes readers through his journey with the group, from the very first time he heard their music, to his perspectives on the music of the era, to the how, why, and what Black Flag was doing at the time. His words provide additional context to the imagery, explaining what drove him to create his art alongside the band. From the streets around Black Flag’s single-room home base/office, rehearsing for their first album, handing out flyers, wheat-pasting posters, driving for hours to a show and returning the same night, house parties, clubs, to the big stage and the beach, Glen E. Friedman was there with his heart, soul, and most importantly his camera. In What I See, he shares with us and inspires us with these images that were made over an incredibly volatile four-year time span.) 45.00


WIRE - #459 I May 2022 MAG (Inside this issue: Reynols: For three decades the Argentinian psych travellers have surfed a cosmic sea of collaboration and communication. By Emily Pothast. Reynols on disc: A short guide to some of the outfit’s most notable releases. By Kurt Gottschalk Valentina Magaletti: From improv to dreampop to gamelan, the prolific London based drummer keeps her options open. By Ilia Rogatchevski Ivo Perelman: The tireless Brazilian saxophonist harnesses the unrepeatable beauty of the moment across a broad collaborative career. By Phil Freeman Invisible Jukebox: King Jammy: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection send the pioneering Jamaican producer retreating under his sleng teng? Tested by Jordan Chung and much more) 8.00