Bis Aufs Messer Weekly News 02 August 2023

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Bis Aufs Messer Weekly News 02 August 2023

Hi, welcome to another newsletter for August. A couple cool new releases arrived like the STUCK - Freak Frequency LP, TRYM SØVDSNES, KLAUS WIESE - Maraccaba LP, V/A - XKatedral Anthology Series II (An Anthology Of Slowly Evolving Timbral Music) DLP, JON COLLIN & DEMDIKE STARE - Minerals LP, IAN ELMS - Good Night LP on Dark Entries, ROMAN NORFLEET AND THE BE PRESENT ART GROUP - Roman Norfleet and Be Present Art Group LP,


Also a couple restocks arrived like the SONNY SHAROCK LP, INDIAN SUMMER -  Giving Birth To Thunder LP, SUBURBAN HOMES LP, KHANATE - To Be Cruel DLP on white, ARVO PÄRT - Für Alina LP restock, UNWOUND - Leaves Turn Inside You DLP restock along with some other Unwound restocks


And we also added ( adding) a few more second hand LPs and 7“s to our discogs


Thank you as usual


Til then thank you for all your orders & support.


Robert & Norman






DATASHOCK - Geltungsbereich Universum LP (bureau b. - All the herbs have been smoked. Datashock deliver a new album: "Geltungsbereich Universum". Their second for Bureau B and the eighth in a career as an internationally active collective of musicians which has spanned two decades (so far). Space is the place, as the moonstruck sparrows sing from the rooftops, or is the Earth the most beautiful place in the universe? Some say yes, others no. Datashock say nothing at all.) 28.00


DECOLONIZE YOUR MIND SOCIETY - A Second Invitation To An Uninterrupted Katabatic Lens LP (A Second Invitation To An Uninterrupted Katabatic Lens is the second and certainly irrefutable invitation to the inimitable artistic world of Decolonize Your Mind Society an exceptional Hungarian band. Following the path on after their widely acclaimed debut Anabatic Prism, the geography and climate has somewhat changed: the playfulness and colorfulness of higher overtones central to Anabatic Prism fall apart and a massive gate instantly opens up to a down-to-earthiness nowhere else to be found. Is it an ancient human culture excavated in the soil or rather a fearless survival attempt in a possible near future? Whatever the answer is, as we walk through these immense and diverse landscapes invoked by the record’s stunning compositions featuring different “equal divisions of the octave” tunings and complex meters, one can be sure that this unknown planet seems real and tangible, fierce and muddy, corporeal and with an unattainable antigravitational urge to leave weightiness behind. Our ears are enchanted by the catchy melodies while they indelibly come back to us over and over again… We are simply hooked on them.) 27.00


IAN ELMS - Good Night LP (dark entries - Necessary reissue of Ian Elms’ sole side of wiry ’82 minimal wave and lo-fi Berlin skool kosmische, recalling John Bender’s DIY-spirited early templates and getting under the skin like From Nursery to Misery, yet with an isolationist eeriness of its own “Ian Elms’s cult isolationist synth masterpiece Good Night returns via Dark Entries. Originally released in 1982, Good Night blends Berlin school minimalism and BBC Radiophonic weirdness with the aesthetics of then-nascent DIY punk electronics throughout its fifteen short tracks. According to Elms, these pieces were composed in two broad but interrelated modes: pieces with voice and synthesizer, which are obliquely narrative, and instrumental synthesizer pieces that aspire to capture fleeting emotions. Ian met with producer David Hoser at Octopus Studios and they began constructing pieces using a Polymoog Keyboard 280a, sampled drum tracks, and Elms’s synthesizer.) 27.00


JON COLLIN & DEMDIKE STARE – Fragments Of Nothing LP (DDM - Edition of 500 copies / white vinyl. Teasing out vintage, arcane threads of connection between deep-South porchside styles and their native industrial blooz, Demdike sound at their most red-eyed and pensive in this strung out, liminal mode, spinning Jon Collin’s expressive guitar licks into acres of cranky, ghostly space to offer a starker and more blunted perspective on his dusky panoramic scenery. The duo draw on a deep well of inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Pennine landscape to invoke a steeply immersive style of folk-blues abstraction. Across two sides they rustle a ragged, whiskey soaked and blurred tapestry of ideas, variously recalling darker echoes Loren Mazzacane Connors and even Stephen O’Malley solo sides across the 45 minutes of their spirit-guiding trek. Pick your poison - mushies, peyote, banana skins, whatever’s to hand - and saddle up.) 35.00


JON COLLIN & DEMDIKE STARE - Minerals LP (DDM - Transparent Yellow Vinyl. Demdike Stare reunite with guitarist Jon Collin for a new album of concréte dreamweaving performed on tape, pedals and a homemade Swedish nyckelharpa - a type of keyed fiddle. More psychedelic than either of the trio's previous records, 'Minerals' drops the blues to dive headfirst into the smudged folk wellspring, touching on the pastoral ambience of Andrew Chalk via Loren Connors’ immersive drift and Tongue Depressor's subterranean drone expeditions. With the trio all hailing from the Pennine moorlands just above the manc sprawl, Jon Collin & Demdike Stare’s shared musical expression understandably reflects a parallax purview that follows leylines between lusher nooks of the inner city and windswept, barren landscapes. Never ones to play it straight, the Swedish Nyckelharpa - a sort of hybrid viola/hurdy gurdy - is deployed deep into a mix of oblique soundscaping, seeping into a swirl of field recordings, screwed spoken word and phosphorescent drones pinging with tape delay. Split into two distinct sides, the album opens with a scrape of wood and metal that introduces us to the nyckelharpa. Scratching its surface and strings, Collin reveals its peculiar tonality, while Demdike cut through its dissonant textures. Like ancient campfire rituals recorded to decaying 1/4" tape, the music on ‘Minerals’ feels as if it's in dialog with the past, shuttled into the present by abstract processes. By the side’s third act, resonant gongs billow around pitched wails that eventually collapse into silence. The second side is more spirited, opening with a thumbed kalimba cut through reverberant strings that recall Arthur Russell's iconic echo-drenched recordings. Through elaborate concréte techniques, Collin's ancient fiddle dissolves into a ferric gloop that’s slowly pulled apart like toffee, taking it to a place where you can no longer really tell what you’re listening to or how it was made. In fact, unlike pretty much everything we’ve heard from Demdike before, the material here feels mechanical rather than electronic, making for one of the most impactful, unusual releases in the vast sprawl of their catalogue thus far.) 35.00


JOAQUÍN ORELLANA - Sacratávica LP (Recently created Guatemalan label Identidata is extremely proud to present Sacratávica, the very first collected survey of Joaquín Orellana’s compositions. With a career spanning over 50 years of activity across contemporary art, performance, theater and sound art, Orellana is a highly singular figure in Guatamalan culture. Often considered to be the sole avant-garde composer in the country, his work has a deeply interdisciplinary quality. Most of his music was created using an orchestra of his self-built instruments, also known as Útiles Sonoros. Sitting at the border of sculpture, sound installation and musical instrument, these Útiles Sonoros, which he’s been building and developing since the late ‘60s, are at the center of his artistic activity.) 28.00


JOHN FRUSCIANTE - Inside Of Emptiness LP (From the 2004/2005 six album series. It features Josh Klinghoffer and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez as guest musicians. The album genre is based around rock, with synthesizers playing only a minor role throughout. Inside of Emptiness is surely inspired by the raw production values of Lust for Life or White Light/White Heat. Considerably guitar-oriented it rocks hard up until the last track (a gentle rocker), without much polish As with the other albums in this series, Frusciante is wearing his influences on his sleeve but following his own vision, and it's quite interesting to track an artist's virtually unfiltered output over the course of a year or so. Inside of Emptiness won't win any awards for originality, but Frusciante deserves credit for maintaining a high level of quality with such a prodigious output.) 35.00


JOHN FRUSCIANTE & JOSH KLINGHOFFER - A Sphere In The Heart Of Silence LP (2023 Vinyl Reissue. A Sphere In The Heart Of Silence is the fifth album in a series of six solo efforts that John Frusciante undertook from June 2004 to February 2005. It is an album of mostly electronica based material, and was a joint collaboration between John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer.) 35.00


JOHN FRUSCIANTE - Enclosure DLP (On April 8, 2014 Record Collection released ENCLOSURE, the 11th full-length album from John Frusciante. Following a series of releases that all explore similar electronic themes and diversions as e.g. PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone album and surrounding EPs Letur-Lefr and Outsides, saw Frusciante diving headfirst into disorienting, barely cogent electronic music and filling in any remaining space with outspaced stuff from Funkadelic-like guitar solos to cameo appearances by members of Wu-Tang Clan. Not easily understood as dance music, experimental music, or rock music, Enclosure considers, rejects, and reconsiders all of them on a second-to-second basis and stands as one of the more listenable of Frusciante's ever-obtuse solo albums. Enclosure was written, produced, performed and engineered by Frusciante in his Los Angeles-based recording studio.) 38.00


KLAUS WIESE - Maraccaba LP (German ambient musician.He was briefly a member of the krautrock band Popol Vuh in the early 1970s where he played on the albums Hosianna Mantra and Seligpreisung. Comes in jewel case with slipcase. *300 copies limited edition.* Member of the krautrock band Popol Vuh in the early 1970s – Voice, Zither, Tambura, Harmonium, Singing Bowls – Klaus Wiese (1942 – 2009) was a veteran e-musician, minimalist, and multi-instrumentalist. A master of the Tibetan singing bowl, he created an extensive series of album releases using them. Wiese also used the human voice, the zither, Persian stringed instruments, chimes, and other exotic instruments in his music. Wiese is considered by some as one of the great ambient or space music artists alongside Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Constance Demby, and Jonn Serrie. His musical style is much more appropriately compared to the organic soundscapes of drone and dark ambient music, such as Oöphoi, Alio Die, Mathias Grassow, and Tau Ceti.) 25.00


THE LOST DAYS - In The Store LP (After meeting at a memorial for a mutual friend, Tony Molina (Ovens) and Sarah Rose Janko (Dawn Riding) started spending nights into mornings playing guitar and singing their hearts out to an audience of empty wine bottles in the East Oakland warehouse where Sarah lived. Both fans of each other's respective musical projects, they bonded over a shared love of The Byrds and Bill Fox and leaned into their friendship as a much needed support in a time of dizzying grief. The days were marked in trips to Jackson’s Liquor store, the same spot Tony frequented while recording with his band Ovens a decade earlier, at a studio in the same neighborhood. The nights drifted by. The songs kept coming. They decided they wanted to record all they’d been pouring their hearts into and The Lost Days was born.) 28.00


ROMAN NORFLEET AND THE BE PRESENT ART GROUP - Roman Norfleet and Be Present Art Group LP (Mississippi - Premiere LP by Portland's finest practitioners of Great Black Music. A spiritual record for the ages. Roman Norfleet And Be Present Art Group play deeply felt sometimes earthy and sometimes cosmic music. A trio (sax, drums and organ) are augmented by additional percussion, soaring vocals and even a vocal appearance by a toddler. This record will take you where you need to go. Don't miss history in the making. Across six expansive tracks, Roman Norfleet and Be Present Art Group build from free-flowing ceremony through meditative groove-based prayer and into full-on gales of improvised music. “We build our own time,” Norfleet said, a collective act of liberation through sound. Raised in the Baptist church and trained in the Hindu/Vedic philosophy of Swamini Turiyasangitanada (Alice Coltrane), Portland multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Roman Norfleet travels a lineage of Great Black Music and the world’s spiritualities on his debut for Mississippi Records. The album emerged out of drum gatherings in Washington DC’s Malcolm X Park - a pocket of freedom built on collective improvisation and shared rhythm. In Portland, Norfleet gathered a collective of artists including Jacque Hammond and members of Brown Calculus to transmit the spirit of those DC sessions. A formative encounter with Pharoah Sanders furthered the young saxophonist’s journey via the spaceways, through Sun Ra and into the universe of contemporaries like Angel Bat Dawid. The album culminates in the beautiful “Turiya the Butterfly,” sung by 2-year-old Turiya Raiah. A daughter of band members Andre and Mia and named after the great Alice Coltrane, Turiya completes both the intergenerational circle and a spiritual classic in the present. Record comes with a glossy band photo and insert) 27.00


STUCK - Freak Frequency LP (born yesterday - Freak Frequency was a fitting title for the new material Greg Obis was planning for Stuck, the frenetic and twisted post-punk outfit he formed in 2018. Inspired by the doomy social economics of Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism, the bleak worldbuilding of horror games Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne, and the bombastic yet arty satire of Devo, Obis channelled his audio analogy into Freak Frequency, an album ringing out with explosive sounds and ideas. Stuck formed after Obis’ previous projects, Yeesh and Clearance, called it quits in short proximity. Obis is on guitar and vocals, which span from booming theatrics to ecstatic yelps. The project’s rhythm section is completed by shoegaze guitarist-turned-chugging bassist David Algrim and tightly wound drummer Tim Green—also a graphic designer, and the artist responsible for Stuck’s distinctively unified visual aesthetic. Original co-guitarist Donny Walsh contributed freely inventive lines for the first few years of the project, including on Freak Frequency; Ezra Saulnier of Red Tunic, the newest member of the band, now brings calculated contrapuntal riffs to match Obis’ parts.) 26.00


TRYM SØVDSNES - Trym Søvdsnes LP (smalltown supersound - Dubby acidic ravers reductions from Bergen-based newcomer Trym Søvdsnes, who arrives on Smalltown Supersound's Le Jazz Non series (with a killer rollcall of releases from Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske, Pauline Oliveros & Reynols, Lasse Marhaug, Arve Henriksen & Kjetil Husebø, Johanna Orellana and more so far), with four extended chunks of grubby analog club music - prime gear for Dozzy, Zenker Brothers or Rod Modell disciples. Søvdsnes is a relative newcomer to the scene, but he's been putting in work in and around Bergen for years, scoring a residency at the infamous Café Opera, where he snagged the attention of local house legend Bjørn Torske. Soon, the duo were DJing, producing and performing together, eventually running the monthly radio show Pigs in Space where they would go head-to-head for six hours at a time, plumbing the depths of their immense record collections. ) 30.00) 30.00


V/A - Eccentric Northern Soul LP (numero -LTD. SILVER COUNTERTOP VINYL - Northern soul floor fillers of the Eccentric variety. Compiling 17 handpicked gems from across the Numeroverse, this album keeps the faith for both newcomers and veterans alike. Soaring vocals, driving beats, and syrupy strings_ expect a blend of classic Motown-inspired sounds with a unique British flair that is sure to get your feet moving.) 28.00


V/A - XKatedral Anthology Series II (An Anthology Of Slowly Evolving Timbral Music) DLP (Orange Vinyl. XKatedral Anthology II is the second installment in a series of archival releases dedicated to presenting music by composers affiliated with XKatedral working within the realm of slowly evolving harmonic and timbral music. This double-vinyl set contains an array of pieces written from 2018 to 2020 by composers Kali Malone, Jessica Ekomane, Mats Erlandsson, Theodor Kentros, Wilma Hultén and Maria W Horn. This collection of pieces focuses on the use of synthetic sound and algorithmic composition languages as tools for precise work within the realm of spectral exploration. In addition to this, the electronic instrumentation in many of the pieces is augmented by acoustic instruments.) 43.00





BURNT - Big River TAPE (Big River -- an album of all new underground Burnt music! 74 minutes of psychedelic sounds and songs that will definitely blow some minds. BURNT music is a psychedelic and soulful blend of reggae, ska, punk and hip-hop sounds. Inspired by DIY artist subculture, this California based band has independently produced 10 albums of original music. Originally formed in 2003, BURNT continues to tour extensively on the west coast of the U.S. and Canada.) 8.00


GUSTAV KWARTS - Concrete Lake TAPE ("Concrete Lake" is the debut album by the multidisciplinary artist Gustav Kwarts. The title perfectly encapsulates the essence of his mineral drone music, soft like granite, where you can explore the idea that bathing in magma could be a pleasant experience. It resulted from Kwarts' initial experiments with a Korg synth, which he discovered at the place he was renting in Durankulak, a coastal village near the border of Bulgaria and Romania. True to his artistic dogma of embracing limitations, Kwarts' approach to music is raw and instinctive. He used a single stereo track, without a soundcard, mix or edit, relying solely on the mastering skills of Aurélien Prévost to refine this crude material. Amidst the surges of distortion and its inhospitable landscapes, Kwarts still allows burning melodies to emerge, creating a soothing chaos that portrays an ambivalent beauty. He told me that after trying the instruments for the first time, he became trapped for three or four days, day and night, nearly losing his job.) 8.00