Bis Aufs Messer weekly news 01 / August 2021

Bis Aufs Messer weekly news 01 / August 2021


hi. Welcome to another newsletter - sorry if we send them out on a not regular base which had to do with vacation and some family things. Lots of new stuff arrived and is on its way like:


RZA -  Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai OST LP, YOSHI WADA - The Appointed Cloud LP, DEATH VALLEY GIRLS - Street Venom LP, DONALD MILLER - Transgression!!! LP, lots of new and old COUNT YOUR LUCKY STARS releases (Parting, THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK etc. ) YOUTH ATTACK, MATSULI Records restocks, DEAD MOON restocks along with lots of new MISSISSIPPI titles, new KARIMA WALKER, THE MICROPHONES - Foghorn Tape LP and more MOUNT EERIE RESTOCKS, LITTLE WINGS - Discover Worlds Of Wonder LP re issue, lots of FEEL IT restocks, PAN AFRIKAN PEOPLES ARKESTRA - Live At Century City Playhouse 9/9/79 3xLP and much more


Also the FLETCHER TUCKER unlit trail TAPE version arrived and turned out beautiful.


Thank you for your support in those difficult times


We are also back on the store MONDAY TIL SATURDAY from 11°° - 19°°


Norman & Robert





GRINNING DEATH'S HEAD - Cataclysm 7" (white) (youth attack - The blackness of the universe is encapsulated within one's skull which finds expression in the horror we call living. Unceasing as daily tribulations are, by virtue of our continued existence we encourage them all the same. Life thus is a prolonged justification of a ceaseless downgrade, like a distant star flickering ever softer until lost in the black hole of infinity. Content only with the conviction of our grievances, our true purpose—death—arrives all too easily, until finally, successful in our duty, we reach our denouement.  Following up on the Blood War LP, GRINNING DEATH'S HEAD returns with two relentless assaults, driving their sound deeper into cryptic realms with a razor sharp focus that will skewer your soul.) 18.00


MANGLED STATE - Pain Incarnate FLEXI 7" (red) (youth attack. -Now that we are in the End Times, "normal" means living in constant fear and enduring nightmares forever. One may feel the instinct to flee, but safety is nowhere to be found. What has grabbed us will not let go. Look away all you want, but eventually you will face the situation: we are in a new Dark Age. Others take comfort in the fact that none of this comes as any surprise. MANGLED STATE provides us with a vision of unflinching realism to remind us all that exists is pain, because pain is all. Houses reduced to rubble, decay, disease...welcome to your new life; yet these trivialities are merely incidental to the human condition. You will tolerate more than you ever thought possible, but it requires understanding that life will never again be as easy as it is right now. It is to say that in exchange for present comforts we gain future strength, but to do so is to pass through its flames. What will you endure?) 13.00


VEIl II - Negative Space 7" (green) (youth attack - One can glean some indication of VEIL II's intensity from the fact that it is a collaboration between Matthew Adis and James Trejo, both of whom can only produce music that expresses their total and complete contempt for the world. Yes, the makers of menacing hardcore classics like SALVATION'S "Mortality Interactions" and CADAVER DOG'S "Dying Breed" finally found themselves in the same bedroom studio and, upon pressing record on the 4 track, the magic instantly occurred. The results speak for themselves. The music, though possessed of overwhelming ability, is delivered in a straightforward manner as if to clarify, 'yes, you all suck—everything sucks.' Their audacity is shocking, and it has the effect of giving the music both a pleasant disgust and a cathartic rage, which is then pleasingly subverted in the final song when the music abruptly switches to ripping off your face in a different but equally satisfying denouement. What's more, there is a science fiction element to VEIL II that leaves one with a depressing feeling of what's to come. It is as if Negative Space abandons one to endlessly wander through a smoky, post-apocalyptic urban setting under an icily-colored lighting scheme and expecting to make it out alive. If you feel your world is about to end, at least be listening VEIL II when it does.) 18.00





EMPIRE! EMPIRE! (I WAS A LONELY ESTATE) - When The Sea Became A Giant 10“ (cels - Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) was an emo band from town of Fenton, Michigan. Formed in 2006 as a solo project of Keith Latinen, joined by Cathy Latinen and other members. Disbanded in 2016. The first release from Empire! Empire!, originally self-released on CD in 2006 and now available for the first time ever on a 10" vinyl. All 5 songs have been remixed and remastered from the original files and sound better than ever before. See where the magic began! Also includes a rare and until now unreleased bonus track recorded at the same time as When the Sea Became a Giant.) 20.00


PARTING - Unmake Me 10“ (CYLS - The debut release from the 'emo revivalist' supergroup consisting of Keith Latinen (Empire! Empire!), Ben Hendricks (Annabel), Gooey Fame (ex-Dowsing, Annabel), and John Guynn (Hawk & Son). 7 tracks that bring the best of all their former bands into a new package.) 22.00





THE BEATERS - Harari LP (matsuli - The Beaters – Harari was released in 1975. After changing their name, Harari went into the studio late in 1976 to record their follow-up, Rufaro / Happiness. In 1976 they were voted South Africa’s top instrumental group and were in high demand at concert venues across the country. Comprising former schoolmates guitarist and singer Selby Ntuli, bassist Alec Khaoli, lead guitarist Monty Ndimande and drummer Sipho Mabuse, the group had come a long way from playing American-styled instrumental soul in the late sixties to delivering two Afro-rock masterpieces. Before these two albums the Beaters had been disciples of ‘Soweto Soul’ – an explosion of township bands drawing on American soul and inspired by the assertive image of Stax and Motown’s Black artists. The Beaters supported Percy Sledge on his 1970 South African tour (and later Timmy Thomas, Brook Benton and Wilson Pickett). But their watershed moment was their three month tour of Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) where they were inspired by the strengthening independence struggle and musicians such as Thomas Mapfumo who were turning to African influences. On their return, the neat Nehru jackets that had been the band’s earliest stage wear were replaced by dashikis and Afros. ) 27.00


BHEKI MSELEKU - Celebration DLP (matsuli - Celebration’s release trumpeted the emerging dawn of South Africa’s epochal changes. Sainted and blessed, Bheki Mseleku appeared as the herald of a new era, a prophet of rebirth and reconnection. This is a work signalling transition and change, and a sign of a South African music that was properly reconnected with global currents – a music that could journey far beyond the stifling combination of exile and oppression in which it had been bound. Recognising Bheki as a kindred spirit to her late husband, Alice gave him the saxophone mouthpiece that John Coltrane had used during the recording of A Love Supreme. Coltrane was a permanent touchstone for the pianist, one of the few who Bheki felt had the same esoteric and spiritual focus as himself: ‘the only musicians I know of who were deeply into this were Coltrane, and Pharoah and Sun Ra’, he told an interviewer in 1992. ) 33.00


BUSI MHLONGO - Urban Zulu LP (Matsuli - Urban Zulu changed South Africa’s music forever, rewiring Zulu migrant roots music for the 21st Century. Busi Mhlongo’s powerful voice and challenging lyrics soar over driving bass lines and virtuoso guitars of an all-star South African maskanda line-up, backed by a multi-national cast including Lokua Kanza, Brice Wassy, Jacques Djeyim and Will Mowatt. With this album Busi Mhlongo subverted and then claimed Maskanda music’s previously patriarchal space, voicing a new social blues narrative. Her songs cut to the essence of simple joys, unrequited love, abuse in the name of love, and month-end blues.  Topping charts in Europe and South Africa, Urban Zulu struck critical and commercial success."We Baba Omncane" reached a global audience as the sound track for an Adidas campaign, and the re-mix became a smash hit for Black Coffee.) 26.00


DAGAR GYIL ENSEMBLE OF LAWRA - Dagara - Gyil Music of Ghana's Upper West Region LP (sublime - Field recordings of Lobi traditional xylophone (gyil) music recorded by Hisham Mayet on location in Ghana's Upper West Region, West Africa in 2019. Featuring Aaron Bebe Sukura, considered one of the gyil's master musicians from this area. Long form trance music with acoustic instruments sounding like several minimalist orchestras getting to maximalist sonic peaks. The gyil music of the Dagara is a complex multi-dimensional symphony of notes, bringing to life an animist expression that reveals a cultural dialogue between the spirits, the deceased, musicians, dancers, and audience alike. The intensity of this recording reaches a level of complexity that rivals techno music. It is in essence an acoustic techno music, utilizing organic instruments made of wood, leather and gourds filled with spider egg sacs for resonance and played by master musicians creating a sonic wanderlust of mesmerizing sound.) 24.00


DEATH VALLEY GIRLS - Street Venom LP (suicide squeeze - With a name like Death Valley, one would assume early cartographers were actively deterring people from its boundaries. It’s now recognized as an ecosystem with its own unique beauty and wonder, though it’s not without its element of danger. That landscape is a fitting reference for LA’s blazing rock troupe Death Valley Girls, whose particular blend of garage punk, proto-metal, and communal music drapes an air of occult mystery and white-hot energy over an underlying celebration of life and vitality. Their 2020 album Under the Spell of Joy was the clearest distillation of the band’s ongoing mission—creating a sound that was both riotous and transcendental, brimming with positivity even as it navigated dark melodies and rowdy riffs. That said, Death Valley Girls felt fully realized the moment they appeared on the scene and never lost track of their initial daredevil energy. Their debut album, 2014’s Street Venom, was given only a modest roll-out consisting of a small run of cassettes, but the songs were so infectious that they continue to be staples in the band’s live set. For the first time, Street Venom is receiving its proper due with a Deluxe Edition courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records.) 24.00


DONALD MILLER - Transgression!!! LP (vdsq - On Transgression!!!, Donald Miller, guitar icon known for destroying worlds in the great Borbetomagus, takes the listener on an unexpected journey through the 12-string acoustic guitar. Utilizing his occult kinetic picking style, Miller reveals undiscovered universes with nothing but a slide and a spell to guide us. Playing a blues that bristles against structure while transmitting ineffable mastery, Transgression!!! is a modern guitar album like no other. Recorded in his current city, New Orleans, the album is the first to feature Miller playing in a more traditional style than either his group work or prior solo releases. For an artist known for exploring fantastic depths of the deepest abstractions, Transgression!!! is a mystifying journey toward structure that glows with the musician’s signature intent.) 25.00


EMPIRE! EMPIRE! (I WAS A LONELY ESTATE) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten LP (CYLS - Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)'s highly-anticipated new album "You Will Eventually Be Forgotten" may have taken half a decade to get here, but it was absolutely worth the wait. The Michigan band's constant touring and a litany of splits and EPs (twelve splits and four EPs) have tightened their sound and honed their chops, and it shows. "You Will Eventually Be Forgotten" is what the band does best: intimate vocals, melodic guitar work and vivid storytelling to the point where you feel like you are living each song. For fans of Death Cab For Cutie, Kimmy Eat World and Mineral. Vinyl version includes digital download.) 22.00


DOUG HAMMOND - Folks LP (manufacture - "Released in 1980, Hammond's third album is described by jazz critic Francis Davis (Village Voice, Atlantic Monthly) in Downbeat Magazine as 'something of an omnibus -- there's a little bit of everything here, the best of it excellent.' Expect bright original compositions filled with dancing rhythm duets, sonorous cello, modal vocalese & more. Recorded with bassist Cecil McBee, vocalists Angela Bofil and Bessie Carter, saxophonists Steve Coleman and Byard Lancaster and cellist Muneer Abdul Fataah, Hammond is an unassuming leader, acting as an imaginative drummer who allows the soloists to shine time and time again. Now considered a rare, classic spiritual jazz session of the era.“) 25.00


THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK - Ways Of Hearing LP (CYLS - The debut release from Philadelphia's The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. 10 songs that make use of every instrument in their repertoire- strings, keys, drums, guitars, and bells. Dual vocals pepper throughout, playing off each other and weaving through the music to create a beautiful tapestry. Imagine Death Cab meets TWIABP.) 23.00


HARARI - Rufaro Happiness LP (matsuli - Long out-of-print album marking the watershed of Harari’s evolution from Soweto soul (as The Beaters) to the afro-centric rock and funk that brought them fame and changed South Africa’s musical landscape forever. The Beaters – Harari was released in 1975. After changing their name, Harari went into the studio late in 1976 to record their follow-up, Rufaro / Happiness. In 1976 they were voted South Africa’s top instrumental group and were in high demand at concert venues across the country. Comprising former schoolmates guitarist and singer Selby Ntuli, bassist Alec Khaoli, lead guitarist Monty Ndimande and drummer Sipho Mabuse, the group had come a long way from playing American-styled instrumental soul in the late sixties to delivering two Afro-rock masterpieces. ) 27.00


THE IBRAHIM KHALIL SHIHAB QUINTET - Spring LP (matsuli - South Africa’s lost jazz history contains many an overlooked classic. But even within that hidden tradition, there are few albums that suffered such an unlucky fate as Spring, the monumental 1968 debut album by pianist Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, formerly Chris Schilder. Though Shihab was only twenty-two when Spring was recorded, he was already a lynchpin of the Cape Town scene, and the album was to be his first major statement as leader and composer. It is a magnum opus gilded by the presence of the upcoming saxophonist Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi, who was soon to find huge acclaim with the hit album Yakhal’ Inkomo. ) 26.00


JOE MCPHEE / JEN CLARE PAULSON / BRIAN LABYCZ - The Mystery J LP (corbett - As well as being a return to public programming, this live event is also a record launch for The Mystery J, Corbett Vs. Dempsey's new vinyl LP which features improvised music by Joe McPhee, violist Jen Clare Paulson, and Brian Labycz on electronics. Recorded in 2014 at Okka Fest 6 in Milwaukee, it contains some of the most bristling trumpet work ever heard from McPhee's lips, in a super-responsive, sometimes uncommonly quiet musical context. Another side of the master improviser -- subtle dialogue with two younger maestros. Taking its title from the rum-running yacht on which McPhee's father sailed from Nassau to Miami, The Mystery J is CvsD's inaugural long-playing vinyl. Pressed in Chicago at Smashed Plastic and featuring a design with artwork by one of the original Chicago imagists, Richard Wetzel. You will be morose when you have missed your chance to spin it on your own home table, so as McPhee says don't postpone joy! Edition of 500.) 25.00


KARIMA WALKER - Waking the Dreaming Body LP (orindal - Tucson, Arizona interdisciplinary artist Karima Walker walks a line between two worlds. Aside from her long resume of collaborative work with artists in the diverse fields of dance, sculpture, film, photography and creative non-fiction, Walker has long nurtured a duality within her work as a musician, developing her own sonic language as a sound designer in tandem with her craft as a singer/songwriter. The polarity within Walker’s music has never been so articulately explored, or graced with as much intention, as on her new album, Waking the Dreaming Body. ) 23.00


LEOPARDO - Malcantone LP (feel it - "Somewhere in the elastic universe of speculative ontology a troupe of well-mannered Euros saw the June 1st, 1974 concert in London, took this sole germ back to the serene Swiss Alps (birthplace of LSD) and fecundated it with honesty - like some lifelong lysergic therapy session - until they emerged saturated with colors no one knows the name of, dripping of colors that sound like motions known solely to them. And now they've invited the rest of the world to hear. Upon first listen I was reminded of how exciting those Jeffrey Novak solo albums were - delicate pop music accessible to us, uh... malcontents. Providing the mids between Eno's highs and Ayers' lows, it's a stunning display of both art and artisanship, and like a kid who aces his test without studying, it seamlessly incorporates the crisp aural aesthetic of Chrome and layered nonchalance of Velvet Underground without stepping into the gated communities of those bands' wannabees. Echoes of Morton, Cale, Barrett... a madcap laughing, white heat from warm jets in the eyeball of hell... And yet, it sounds only like Leopardo. Make sure you listen to it seven times in a row like I did." -Brandon Gaffney) 22.00


LITTLE WINGS - Discover Worlds Of Wonder LP (Formed on the west coast of California, Kyle Field's group Little Wings has seen endless revisions in lineup, approach and endeavor since 1998. Lauded by acts such as Feist, Real Estate and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy for being an important pillar, Little Wings low key presence has stood the test of time by embracing the timelessness of the human spirit and the struggle to maintain balance and certainty in an uncertain world. The catalogue continues to grow and ripen, and these songs are foundational in the blueprint of this ongoing institution.) 24.00


MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA - Genes and Spirits DLP (matsuli - Genre busting South African jazz and kwaito meets Cuba (Chucho Valdez), Brazil (Flora Purim), Cameroon (Brice Wassy) and drum 'n' bass (Bristol). Originally released in 2000. First time on vinyl, remastered sound, new liner notes, exclusive track, gatefold with printed inners.) 40.00


THE MICROPHONES - Foghorn Tape LP (pw evrum - Following his successful resurrection of The Microphones with a single, album-length piece of music, Phil Elverum announces a ‘Metal Machine Music’-style album under that alias. Billed as a “blank ocean” of “100% background noise”, ‘Foghorn Tape’ consists of a constant drone of pitch-altered bass.) 24.00


MILITARIE GUN - All Roads Lead To The Gun LP (alternatives label - Los Angeles, CA, punks Militarie Gun return for the first part of a two-part EP series, following up their 2020 7" debut with songs even more catchy and abrasive than before, pulling sounds from a wide array of influences from Born Against to Fugazi to Guided By Voices, and more. Feat. Ian of Regional Justice Center and Nick from Drug Church) 21.00


NATIK AWAYEZ - Manbarani LP (sublime frequencies - Unique contemporary Arabic folk music sounding unfrozen & released from another time, Natik Awayez has created a pure, expressive sound breaking free like a bundle of torn, faded oracles spreading far and wide across the empty spaces. Rhythmic percussive arrangements by Khaled Yassine are the foundation for oud, violin, buzuq, and Awayez’ lush voice, which floats atop the instrumentation like a series of prayers baking deep inside the ovens of sadness and despair, only to manifest as inspiration for the soul’s navigation towards redemption. These songs have been swirling inside the mind of Natik Awayez for a while now, collecting nuance and harmonizing with the buzzing of wasps, as he explains: “Iraq is the source and Yemen the soul. As for Cairo, it has offered me snippets of time and a small abode, a handful of its most beautiful musicians and a lot of love. And so, Manbarani came to be.”) 24.00


NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY WITH EVAN PARKER - Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) 2xLP (US PRESS) (eremite - Rich in musical associations yet utterly singular in its voice, joyous with an inner tranquility, the music of Natural Information Society is unlike any other being made today. Their sixth album in eleven years for eremite records, descension (Out of Our Constrictions) is the first to be recorded live, featuring a set from London’s Cafe OTO with veteran English free-improv great Evan Parker, & the first to feature just one extended composition. The 75-minute performance, inspired by the galvanizing presence of Parker, is a sustained bacchanalia of collective ecstasy. You could call it their party album. This was the second time Parker played with NIS. Joshua Abrams: “Both times we played compositions with Evan in mind. I don’t tell Evan anything. He’s a free agent.” ) 46.00


OKAY TEMIZ / JOHNNY DYANI - Witchdoctor's Son LP (matsuli - Here comes another forgotten gem of the South African jazz diaspora – the 1976 Istanbul session featuring Johnny Dyani and Okay Temiz fusing deep roots and new routes, integrating folklore and rhythm within an experimental, avant-garde vision of love and life. Remastered by Frank Merrit at the Carvery, Witchdoctor’s Son include new liner notes by Francis Gooding and previously unpublished photographs by Hank O’Neal. Available for the first time since Yonca Records originally released only 1000 copies in Turkey, this album has remained an elusive and sought after landmark in South African exile Johnny Dyani’s discography.) 25.00


PACIFIC EXPRESS - Black Fire LP (matsuli - This album is hard evidence of that 1976 musical moment in which Pacific Express forged an entirely new South African sound and musical identity out of what was ‘Cape Town Jazz’, Latin, R&B, soul, pop and fusion. From the political heat of 1976 come the militant, upbeat and irresistible funk tracks Black Fire and Brother - where singer Zayn Adam calls out for hope and optimism in spite of present difficulties. The pace moves down a gear for heart-felt ballads and Latin-tinged jazz instrumentals. Group leader Chris Schilder, after his deep jazz beginnings with Winston Mankunku Ngozi and the cream of Cape Town’s jazz crop had already spent some time with seminal black fusion group The Drive in the early seventies. Black Fire lays down a fusion of jazz funk and soul that was later picked up on and developed by Spirits Rejoice and others. ) 26.00


PAN AFRIKAN PEOPLES ARKESTRA - Live At Century City Playhouse 9/9/79 3xLP (Amazing 3LP set. The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra on fire in 1979 in a complete two-hour concert. Super intimate and raw -- like sitting in the front row of this small club 41 years ago. Cut directly from original master tapes with no digital process whatsoever. Gatefold tip-on sleeve, and a replica of the original concert flyer, featuring archival photographs and a beautiful essay by Mark Weber.“) 90.00


RZA -  Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai OST LP (36 chambers - "Ghost Dog - Original Motion Picture Score, produced by The RZA! This masterpiece was previously only given a limited Japanese release, and is the first film score produced by The RZA and features appearances by Wu Tang Clan.“) 28.00


SPREAD JOY - s/t LP (feel it - There are times when you discover a debut release, give it a few honest plays, and simply look forward to what's next. Then again, there's the rare occasion when an album flat out smacks you in the face with sheer brilliance, demanding repeat listens. Such is the case with the self titled debut from Spread Joy. The Chicago group, consisting of some familiar faces from Negative Scanner and Human Beat, were due to play their first show in March 2020. While that moment has been postponed indefinitely, Spread Joy have quietly crafted a future classic.) 20.00


SUNNY MURRAY'S UNTOUCHABLE FACTOR - Apple Cores LP (Featuring Frank Foster (soprano sax), Oliver Lake (alto sax), Jimmy Vass (alto sax), Youseff Yancy (trumpet, flugelhorn, theremin, various electro-acoustical sound manipulating devices), Don Pullen (piano), Monnette Sudler (guitar), Cecil McBee (bass), Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax), Arthur Blythe (alto sax), Fred Hopkins (bass), Abdul Zahir Batin (flutes, whistles, percussion) and Sonny Brown (drums). Exact repro, originally released in 1978.) 21.00


THE TOMS - The 1979 Sessions LP (feel it - "For many years, Tommy Marolda has been a versatile member of the American music industry: a multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, composer, Grammy-nominated songwriter...the list goes on. But record nerds like me know Tommy because of a single weekend in 1979. He was scheduled to record demos with the Smithereens in his New Jersey home studio, but their last-minute cancelation gave Tommy a small window to record something of his own. After three days of hitting the record button and dashing back to his instruments, Tommy had more than 30 slabs of pop perfection on tape, 12 of which became his seminal power pop LP 'The Toms'. Other tracks from that weekend session have trickled out via reissues of 'The Toms' over the years, but little did anyone know Tommy recorded enough material to fill up three long players! Presented here are the last of the 1979 Toms sessions. Savor them like the rare commodities that they are." Scott Carlson, Tomologist) 20.00


V/A - Alan Lomax's American Patchwork DLP (mississippi - A stunning 2xLP collection of music documented during Alan Lomax’s final American field recording sessions from 1978 to 1983. A completely overlooked and underrepresented period in American folk and blues history, this album includes legendary performances by RL Burnside, Napoleon Strickland, Boyd Rivers, Tommy Jarrell, and many more, newly remastered and released on vinyl for the first time! From 1978 to 1983, Alan Lomax and a video-crew travelled through the American South and Southwest, documenting its traditional music — miners, moonshiners, and Primitive Baptists in Kentucky; flat-footers, string bands, and Piedmont blues in North Carolina; Cajun cowboys, fiddlers, and zydeco stompers in French-speaking Louisiana; and fife-and-drum ensembles, gospel quartets, former railroad track-liners, levee-camp muleskinners, and players on the pre-war blues circuit in Mississippi. ) 32.00


V/A - Mien (Yao) - Cannon Singing in China, Vietnam, Laos LP (sublime - Other-worldly Canon singing from MIEN (YAO) hill tribes in China, Vietnam, and Laos. Raw, ethereal, and cosmic – for fans of Bulgarian choir and Javanese Court Gamelan & Sundanese styles of vocal ascension. Although their name comes from a pejorative Chinese expression that means “dog” or “savage" – stemming from a legend that they were founded by a dog who saved the life of the daughter of a Chinese emperor and thus was rewarded with her hand in marriage – the largest branch of the YAO minority call themselves MIEN, which means simply “people". They number 4 million and are spread over the southern Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi, Yunnan and also migrated to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand over the last centuries. Part of the Miao-Yao (Hmong Mien) group of the Sino-Tibetan ethnolinguistic family, they have many subgroups, usually defined according to colors of their traditional clothes.) 24.00


V/A - Wallahi Le Zein!! - Wezin, Jakwar And Guitar Boogie From The Islamic Republic Of Mauritania LP (Mississippi - Originally released as a double CD in 2010, Wallahi Le Zein! has persisted as a cult classic, a collection of a rarely heard and utterly unique underground music scene, raw and unfiltered. The LP is intended as an immersive entry into this music: gnarled and virtuosic electric guitars weave hypnotically throughout melismatic sung poetry and exclamations, pulsing hand drums, party chatter, buzzing rigged desert sound systems, and all manner of the ambient sounds of Nouakchott wedded to oversaturated cassette in all its swirling, breathing, psychedelic glory. Operating entirely outside of any local recording industry, these songs were collected from bootleg tape stalls, wedding souveniers, and networks of musicians, expertly curated, researched and produced by Matthew Lavoie. ) 23.00


YOSHI WADA - The Appointed Cloud LP (salter - Saltern present the first-time vinyl edition of Yoshi Wada's The Appointed Cloud (1987), a work which Wada has often said is his favorite of his own. Staged at the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science, The Appointed Cloud was Wada's first large-scale, interactive installation and featured a custom pipe organ, among other homemade instruments, controlled by a computer with a customized interface and software designed by engineer David Rayna, known for his work with La Monte Young. This recording captures the opening performance for which Wada brought together four musicians on bagpipes (Wada, Bob Dombrowski, and Wayne Hankin) and percussion (Michael Pugliese) to perform with the installation, operated by David Rayna. Remastered from the original master tape by Stephan Mathieu, and cut to vinyl via Direct Metal Mastering by Hans-Jörg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics. Pressed at RTI and printed at Stoughton. Includes a digital download of the album. Edition of 600.) 26.00





DAN WRIGGINS - Mr. Chill TAPE (orindal - Dan Wriggins is a Philadelphia-based songwriter, musician, and poet. He grew up in the town of Yarmouth, Maine, and on Islesford, a small island community near Bar Harbor. In high school, he started playing piano and guitar, and met bandmates Michael Cormier and Peter Gill. He worked on lobster fishing boats before moving to Philadelphia and starting the alt-country band Friendship in 2015, with whom he has toured the US and Canada extensively. He lives and sometimes tours with his dog, Roy. ) 10.00


SUKUMAR PRASAD - Pioneer of Carnatic Electric Guitar TAPE (Sukumar Prasad was originally trained as a mridangam artist, but began to adapt Carnatic compositions to electric guitar in the late 1970s. He saw virtually no support from the Indian classical community at the time, who deemed it unacceptable to render classical music on this instrument. This was before the time of U. Srinivas, and no precedent existed for incorporating electric instruments into Carnatic music. He was honored by the Madras Music Academy for his efforts in 1981 and conducted two tours in his time as an active musician, one in the USA in 1988, and one in Australia in 1989. His only release, a cassette issued in 1985, is long out of print.) 14.00