Bis Aufs Messer Weekly news 02/2022

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Bis Aufs Messer Weekly news 02/2022

Hi, welcome to another newsletter for January. A bunch of new records arrived like the new BORIS LP, BOY HARSHER - The Runner (Original Soundtrack) LP, MAYA SHENFELD - In Free Fall LP, the new JEFF PARKER LP, restock of the RYO FUKUI - scenery LP, MICHAEL HURLEY - The Time of the Foxgloves LP, ROYAL HEADACHE - same LP, a bunch of THROBBING GRISTLE restocks, the new WIRE - #456 | FEBRUARY 2022 MAG, CIVIC - Future Forecast LP, PALLBEARER - Forgotten Days DLP, HIROSHI SUZUKI restock, GRAUZONE restock and much more .. 


We also started taking pre orders for the upcoming SHIFTERS - open vault DLP on Adagio830 which will be released the first week of February


A bunch of new stuff is also on its way like MILITARIE GUN restock, Mount Eerie restocks etc… 


And we also started taking pre orders for the upcoming SWEAT LP on Vitriol records. SWEAT feat. Peeps of Graf Orlock, Dangers etc … a catchy in your face punk record you all need!


Til then thank you for all your orders & support.


Robert & Norman





BORIS - w LP (sacred bones - ‘W’ is the twenty-seventh album by Japanese experimental band Boris. The album is the follow-up and partner of 2020’s ‘No’. Together they make ‘Now’, a pair of albums that respond to each other. The sounds on ‘W’ range from heavy noise to more delicate sounds, making for an exciting and dynamic listen.) 28.00


BOY HARSHER - The Runner (Original Soundtrack) LP (nude club - For their fifth Boy Harsher album, Augustus Muller and Jae Matthews present their original soundtrack to a short film they’ve directed titled ‘The Runner’. A meta audio-visual package with the film concerning the duo’s creative process, their dark synthetic pop is blown up to cinematic proportions, and features guest vocals from Boan’s Mariana Saldaña and Lucy’s Cooper B. Handy.) 21.00


CIVIC - Future Forecast LP (ATO - An origin story since time immemorial, this DIY, garage-rock five piece came together in 2018 through the traps of the Melbourne music scene. Bonding over a shared love of tightly coiled riffs and a collective musical ethos, Civic made a name for themselves through the intensity of their live shows, which would become local folklore. On Future Forecast, Civic pay homage to the classics, but pivot on them with avant-charged edge. It’s raw, searing guitars; pummeling rhythms; driving bass; and vocals that lock into and synergize with their wall of sound. All of this is balanced by the raucous and restrained weaving of melodies and textures, and vocal variation which broadens their sound past any one genre label. There’s the horn-fueled drive of album opener Radiant Eye, the power pop laden hook of As Seen On Tv’, the emotively atmospheric and vocally subdued Sunday Best, all culminating with closer Come To Know, before ending in a tightly wounds play of feedback and groove.) 24.00


ELENA SETIEN - Unfamiliar Minds LP (thrill jockey - Basque artist Elena Setién shapes the ethereal into immediate on the stunningly pristine songs of Unfamiliar Minds. Her command of melody and resolute voice are complemented by lush arrangements that surround the listener in a world of intimate beauty. Setién is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, collaborator and improviser, having worked with artists like Mary Lattimore and Steve Gunn as well as composing for film and television. On Unfamiliar Minds, Setién reflects on isolation, confusion and harnesses uncertainty with optimism on ten ghostly wonders that capture ineffable feelings in radiant detail.  After completing her Basque language album Mirande in collaboration with composer Xabier Erikizia (released on Forbidden Colors in October of 2020), Setién began composing Unfamiliar Minds during the height of lockdown, starting with songs she had begun in pre-pandemic times. As days turned to months Setién grew disconnected from the incomplete pieces made in a different reality. The paralyzing tension of those disorienting early months eventually gave way to new inspiration. Romantic poetry by Emily Dickinson served as a refuge and a springboard for Setién to ground herself in writing new songs in English. She drew inspiration from conversations with composers Gyan and Terry Riley as well as her collaboration with Xabier Erkizia for the Basque television series Altsasu. Erkizia and Setién extended their remote collaborations beyond the series as the two began focusing on their own reconfigured sense of mood and perspective after a year of so much pain and drastic change. ) 23.00


JAKE XERXES FUSSELL - Good and Green Again LP (paradise of - For their fifth Boy Harsher album, Augustus Muller and Jae Matthews present their original soundtrack to a short film they’ve directed titled ‘The Runner’. A meta audio-visual package with the film concerning the duo’s creative process, their dark synthetic pop is blown up to cinematic proportions, and features guest vocals from Boan’s Mariana Saldaña and Lucy’s Cooper B. Handy.) 25.00


JANA HORN - Optimism LP (no quarter - No Quarter presents the debut studio album from Texan artist Jana Horn. Honing her style over many years in live performances, ‘Optimism’ is a carefully considered opening statement of subtle lyrics set to steady folk-rock, poised somewhere between dusty Americana and the Anglicisms of an artist like Laura Marling.) 25.00


KENJI KAWAI - Patlabor 2 The Movie (Original Soundtrack)LP (wrwtfw - From the master Kenji Kawai, composer of soundtracks such as Ghost in the Shell, Avalon, Ring, Ip Man, Seven Swords and too many to list. Complete soundtrack to Mamoru Oshii's 1993 superb political thriller science-fiction mecha anime film PATLABOR 2. Outstanding emotion-filled ambient soundscape and percussion mastery, with hints of minimalism and modern classical. One of Kenji Kawai's most experimental...and best! First time ever on vinyl. With liner notes by Masaaki Hara. Includes digital download.) 28.00


MAYA SHENFELD - In Free Fall LP (thrill jockey -  Berlin composer Maya Shenfeld’s music is as powerfully evocative as it is strikingly intimate. Through a mastery of sound sculpting and visionary approach to composition Shenfeld has established herself as one of the most vital voices in Berlin’s New Music scene. Her work exists in liminal spaces, collapsing the boundaries between electronic synthesis and organic sound as it draws equally from classical tradition and underground experimentalism. Each aspect of her output, from site-specific sound installations to works for new music ensembles and even playing guitar in punk bands, combines an astute technical prowess with an authentic, tangible expression of soul. Shenfeld’s debut solo record In Free Fall merges the grand vision of orchestral music with the granularity and intimacy of deep listening, exploring a tension between immaculately structured compositional architecture and the sheer joy of noise, grain and feedback. ) 23.00


MICHAEL HURLEY - The Time of the Foxgloves LP (no quarter - Michael Hurley's first new studio record in 12 years features eleven songs recorded in Astoria, Oregon during the brief time of year when the foxgloves bloom. Hurley had been workshopping the set at home for the past few years. Friends and collaborators came into town and contributed from afar. The songs are lifted by violin, organ, upright bass, banjo, percussion - but at the center, of course, is the enigmatic Snock, whose songs have grown only more unique and recognizable 57 years after his debut album (First Songs -  Folkways, 1964). It could only be Snock. Heartbreaking, heartfelt, easy and carefree. The glorious opener “Are You Here For The Festival” – punctuated by a pair of violins – came to him while working in the garden. “Little Blue River” floats by on a cloud. The haunting “Jacob’s Ladder” sounds beamed in from another era. Or dimension. Foxgloves is as comforting and wonderful as any Hurley record that has come before it.) 25.00


PALLBEARER - Forgotten Days DLP (nuclear blast - New masterpiece by US Doom Metal Band PALLBEARER. "Forgotten Days" is the 4th album by the band.) 30.00


REIKO & TORI KUDO - Tangerine LP (a colorful storm - A Colourful Storm presents Tangerine, a collection of songs by Reiko and Tori Kudo. Recorded at Village Hototoguiss, Japan, during autumn, winter and spring 2011 and 2012, the makeup of Tangerine is the culmination of over thirty years of experimentation, improvisation and intimacy between Reiko Kudo and Tori Kudo. Beginning their collaborative musical activities in the late 1970s and documenting their movements as Noise, it would be an earlier Les Rallizes Dénudés gig that would prove influential in shaping the duo’s lifelong impulse for collaboration and free play - it was, after all, where they first met. Over the course of a decade, they became associated with Hideo Ikeezumi’s seminal PSF (Psychedelic Speed Freaks) scene, Tori playing with the likes of Ché-SHIZU and Fushitsusha and self-releasing cassettes before forming the first incarnation of Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Tori’s storied musical ensemble of an ever-rotating cast of contributors, would perhaps find difficulty with Tori if called his own. First surfacing in 1985 on a Shinichi Satoh-released cassette compilation, the group would spend the next thirty years playing live and recording, their sound finding solace with labels as far-reaching as Geographic and K. Tori would welcome local amateur and professional musicians, neighbourhood children, friends and passersby on stage, while in the studio, the likes of Ikuro Takahashi (LSD March) and Takashi Ueno (Tenniscoats) have joined him and Reiko on seminal sides such as Return Visit To Rock Mass and Blues Du Jour.  A deeply human, deeply romantic recording, Tangerine shines as a touchstone of contemporary Japanese folk minimalism and is significantly the last recorded appearance of Reiko and Tori Kudo as a duo. Reiko's voice, plaintive yet playful, quietly commands centre stage and resonates perfectly with Tori's crystalline instrumentation: bass guitar, euphonium, violin and piano evoking echoes of Enka blues. Glacial soliloquies ’The Deep Valley of Shadow’ and ‘When Seeing the Setting Sun Alone’ bare isolation and restlessness before evolving into profoundly welcoming works. A dedication to playwright and former collaborator Jacob Wren, ‘The Swallow II’ struts confidently while ‘Homeless’, delicately adorned and desirous, addresses themes of universal vulnerability: “Will you give me bread when I’m hungry? / Please stay by me like my mother”. A beautiful accompaniment to the intoxicating swirl of ’We May Be’, recorded live by John Chantler at a Cafe Oto concert in 2009. Originally released on CD by Hyotan in 2013, Tangerine is presented for the first time on vinyl by A Colourful Storm with an exclusive alternate digital version of ‘Homeless’. It stands as the final documented interplay of this enchanting, invigorating duo. ) 23.00


ROYAL HEADACHE - same LP (what’s your rupture - back in stock - Royal Headache comes up as another band lauded by punk and pop lover alike for their straight-to-the-point rock’n’roll sunk in the mire of low fidelity. Praised for being some kind of reaction to the apparent snobbery of the NOTVs and Circle Pits of Sydney’s uber-cool, super-small underground music scene, the four-piece of punk and hardcore misfits span the likes of Straight Arrows, Nintendo Police and Bedwettin’ Bad Boys. As the legend goes, they set up camp “wherever” and performed their shambolic sets, along with blown-out amps and exploding energy. It wasn’t long before indie-hip conveyor-belt Pitchfork sniffed them out to add to their loaded roster of same-sounding coolsies and featured reel-to-reel recording, ‘Eloise’, in 2009. The rest of us bought into the hype and called them the Next Big Thing, just behind Jet and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. You might argue that putting the early millennial one-album wonders in the same sentence as ECSR is a bad call but, in characterising Royal Headache’s long-awaited self-titled debut LP (boasting the aesthetic of the latter with the longevity of the former) it makes a bit of sense.) 26.00


THROBBING GRISTLE - A Souvenir Of Camber Sands DLP (mute - Turner Prize-nominated artists Jake and Dinos Chapman were asked to curate the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Camber Sands in 2004. If you were curating a festival and you heard that industrial experimentalists Throbbing Gristle had reformed, why wouldn’t you invite them to play? A Souvenir Of Camber Sands is a recording of their show from the festival.) 28.00


V/A - Shaolin soul (episode 2) DLP + CD (because music - Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the countless classic tunes that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions. Volume 2 features cuts from Al Green, Ann Peebles and Syl Johnson, among plenty others.) 26.00


VATICAN SHADOW - Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era LP (20 buck spin - For a decade now, Vatican Shadow, one of the many guises of Dominick Fernow, has blurred the lines of rhythmic industrial, ambient and soundscapes to weave throbbing frontline REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED and anxiety disorder. One of the most prolific underground artists of the 21st century, living his art down to minute detail, Fernow’s penchant for seamlessly spanning underground sub-cultures finds Vatican Shadow now aligned with 20 Buck Spin for the first time. ) 26.00


WILLIE HUTCH - season for love LP (be with - Willie Hutch signed to Motown in the ‘70s. After the legendary Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Motown was all about Willie Hutch. His nine album run for Berry Gordy’s label included two classic blaxploitation soundtracks: Foxy Brown and The Mack. However, before he signed to Motown he recorded two important albums for RCA. Season For Love was his second album released in 1970. Although Highly sought after now, It was overlooked at the time, probably overshadowed by the southern fried gritty power of his debut. Here the sound, led by strings, is warmer and more mellow. It even led Hutch to compare himself to Otis Redding.) 26.00


WITCH VOMIT - Abhorrent Rapture LP (20 buck spin - A new level of barbaric mastery was achieved on ‘Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave’ Witch Vomit’s second full length from 2019. It was now undeniable that the band was not merely another “OSDM” (stale terminology) band when they’d evolved a maximal and rarely achieved synthesis of European and American Death Metal styles into a flawless melange of horrific gore soaked splendor. Though bands tend to simmer down as they evolve, Witch Vomit reverse this tendency getting only more extreme with each release. This momentum continues on the band’s latest, ‘Abhorrent Rapture’. Like 2017’s ‘Poisoned Blood’, ‘Abhorrent Rapture’ showcases Witch Vomit in the more immediate and intense MLP format. 4 tracks in roughly 18 minutes of pure savagery but always with that eerie mood, creeping melodic sense and grisly intimidation essential to proper Death Metal. ) 25.00




WIRE - #456 | FEBRUARY 2022 MAG (Inside this issue: On the cover: Mdou Moctar: The Nigerien kings of the almighty riff talk touring, rock, suffering and the invaluable discipline of the wedding circuit. By Clive Bell. Mazen Kerbaj: The Lebanese musician, artist and film maker establishes global relationships via an idiosyncratic musical language. By Mariam Rezaei Éliane Radigue: A user’s guide to the swelling discography of the French composer. By Julian Cowley Invisible Jukebox: Jeff Parker × Ben LaMar Gay: The Chicago master musicians put each other to the test with a mystery record selection. Unlimited Editions: Dub Store Unofficial Channels: Original Jungle Samples, Hedvig Mollestad: The Norwegian guitarist reaps the whirlwind. By Mike Barnes Duma: Metal meets gabber for the Kenyan doom duo. By Miloš Hroch Robbie Lee: New York improvisor reimagines the saxophone. By Andy Hamilton Matthew J Rolin & Jen Powers: The Ohio guitarist and hammered dulcimer player keep the underground thriving. By Bill Meyer and much more) 8.00