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VARIOUS ARTISTS – “Bränn Ner Hela Skiten” LP

brannI really have to be in an expansive and large-hearted mood to be magnanimous about this sort of compilation. I guess right now I’m not. After seeing that Förlag För Fri Musik staples Leda and Enhet För Fri Musik would be on this edition-of-100 all-Swedes LP, along w/ many unknown fellow Nordic travelers, I plunked down the required “import fees” to get one of ‘em shipped across the ocean to me, only to find that it’s the sort of bunk jive comp I’ve spent most of my life attempting to avoid.

It’s effectively a collection of sound snippets: some noisy, some ethereal and folkish, some of a masterbatory clown with a horn honking away solo in a bedroom. No matter how “fractured” and “lo-fi” the recording, there’s really no effective way to piece together barrel scrapings this mindless and somehow posit that it’s a document of a scene that’s worthy of documentation. Divorced from the broader context of their own (excellent) recent LP, even the Enhet För Fri Musik tracks land with all the authority of a missed left hook. The proverbial silver lining is that there’ll probably be someone on Discogs willing to take this off my hands for what I paid for it. (editor’s note: there was!)

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SKIFTANDE ENHETER – “Mördande Rutin/Jag Har Fått Nog” 45

seAnother absolutely joyful stumble-punk 45 from these Swedes, delivered in a hurried yet minimal style that mimics the sound of a beer-sloshed 50-yard dash with both shoelaces tied together. There’s actually more musical competence & self-discipline present in ‘em this time, and the beeping, pump-organish keyboards definitely add a retro UK-DIY touch. Even the scribbled cover art and overall first-take vibe has the same doofus charm of The Screamin’ Mee-Mees’ Live From The Basement and Mike Rep & The Quotas’ Rocket To Nowhere. I can already feel my net worth creeping up merely by owning it.

Buy and listen to the record here.

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Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #122

No description necessary this time. It truly speaks for itself.

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Track listing:

CONSTANT MONGREL – Living in Excellence
JJ ULIUS – Tänder Ett Ljus
KNIGHTS BRIDGE – C.J. Smith
THE EASYBEATS – Sorry
RAW PRAWN – None Left
THE GERMS – No God
MAN TEE MANS – Man Tee Mans (Theme)
MAXINE FUNKE – Make That Dream
I JOG AND THE TRACKSUITS – Red Box
UNIT 4 – Hidden Faces
XMAS EVE – My House
DESPERATE BICYCLES – Handlebars
MIDNIGHT MINES – Radio Dub
CHROME – TV As Eyes
VELVET MONKEYS – Everything is Right
THE MASTER’S APPRENTICES – Undecided
TY SEGALL & WHITE FENCE – Please Don’t Leave This Town
DREAM SYNDICATE – That’s What You Always Say
APRIL MAGAZINE – Snow
SKYGREEN LEOPARDS – Julie-Ann, Patron of Thieves
ALMOND – Washcloth

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Wild World of Feeding Tube Records

feeding-tube-logo-textThere’s a sub-sub-underground label called Feeding Tube Records that many of you know about, and maybe have a record or three from. Yet while we were all busy waiting for buses, filing our nails and making dinner, they were popping out even more beautiful new vinyl records from some of the world’s weirdest weirdos, at a Roger Bannister-paced clip, no less.

Oh, you say you didn’t hear about that Donkey No No LP nor that edition-of-200 Buck Gooter thing when it came out? That’s almost entirely by design. The people whom were meant to notice, noticed. They may very well already live in Western Massachusetts freak country – along with label head Ted Lee and co-conspirator Byron Coley, who operate a Feeding Tube record store & art gallery called Rozz Tox – or maybe they’re just better with the internet-ordering trigger finger than the rest of us, and are regularly picking up these outer-limits transmissions based on the label’s reputation and its Coley-penned press kits alone.

Hey, I definitely don’t like everything on the label. You won’t either. I haven’t even heard half of it. It can’t be sampled on Spotify, it’s not up on Apple Music, and much of it’s not even on Bandcamp, either. It’s solely on limited-edition vinyl and sometimes even (gasp!) tapes. Those LPs seem to be coming with download codes most of the time now, which is as it should be. Sometimes their artists are so self-consciously daffy or mind-bendingly “free” that they’ve broken from the moorings of “music I can listen to” and entered the room-clearing world of “turn that shit off, please”.

Yet there are some phenomenal mind-erasers from 2013-onward that capture just how wonderfully Feeding Tube has captured some of the most experimental and socket-bursting creative artists like no multiple-genre label since ESP-Disk:

Don’t know these gems? Well, they’re the ones “popular” enough to have dented my own considerably more pedestrian tastes, and they’re damn good records. You think that shit’s out there? You oughta hear the Curse Purse and Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer records. Or some of the newer ones we’re going to talk about in this piece.

As mentioned, Feeding Tube is on a relentless mission to uncover the strangest and most outré slices of the underground, often mixing those sorts of releases in with experimental guitar folk, free jazz and sometimes even thundering garage punk stuff. I’ve got a bunch of the recent ones assembled around me, as well as a turntable upon which to spin them, so let me clue you in on the sonic mysteries I’ve unlocked in the course of exploring their many delights. Like I said, it won’t always be pretty, but if it wasn’t a little rough around the edges, it wouldn’t be on this label in the first place.

Bridge-of-Flowers-Live-Demos1Let’s start nice and easy with BRIDGE OF FLOWERS, who are ramshackle Western Massachusetts heirs to “I’m Set Free”-era Velvet Underground crossed w/ muffled PSF Records Japanese psych. Their debut album is a chiming collection of live tracks and demos, appropriately called Live / Demos. I’m really into it. It has this totally tossed-together feel, with tracks cut so that it appears that only 5/6ths of them were judged as “presentable”, with the strange, random deletion of any and all opening and closing seconds. Sometimes, as on “Dream (Vessel)”, it sounds like 45rpm music being played at 33rpm speed. Because it is demos and live stuff, Coley astutely says in the liner notes, “Should we expect greater things of this band as they go along? The smart money says yes”. Just as that first Dream Syndicate EP in 1982 quickly gave way to “The Days of Wine and Roses” within the year, so too perhaps shall Bridge of Flowers travel. No pressure.

bock-600-OMEED GOODARZI is another Feeding Tube local doing a real outerworld/nether limits mind-trip with his debut Zoltar Hid All The Locks / Minnows LP. Ben Chasny meets the Hampton Grease Band in the Sun City Girls’ caravan of scars? That’s what I think, anyway. It’s a song cycle built on ever-shifting sands, sometimes loner folk but more often a plodding dose of annoyance, served up on many plates. I can pluck out bits that I’d love to hear again, but that would mean wading through the stuff I didn’t. On the other hand, LOUISE BOCK has created a droning and expansive sleep/dream state on the often-horrifying Repetitives in Illocality, a soundtrack to her own psyche with electrified cello, lap harp, synthesizer and multi-tracked vocal fragments that chop and stutter at will. Her name’s not Louise Bock, either – it’s Taralie Peterson, and she’s also in a duo called Spires That in the Sunset Rose. Now you know! Really otherplanetary stuff that reassembles the brain waves if one listens closely enough. I actually had to cram mine back together just to write this paragraph.

doozer-600It really chaps my hide that I’d never heard nor heard of THE DOOZER before this year, the year they (he?) released their (his?) sixth album Figurines on Feeding Tube. The other five were on other labels, including Siltbreeze. It’s way up in my alley. Electrified English folk-n-strum, with enough cranial-loosening psych elements (baffling lyrics, astral guitar wandering etc.) to suggest a deep affinity and perhaps marination within the weird UK 90s underground of Ashtray Navigations and Vibracathedral Orchestra, with a dose of Alastair Galbraith to boot. Or maybe it really is just a fella who once read a really good article about Syd Barrett in Mojo. The songs are actual songs, with a few arty forks in the road, and all with a fairly pleasant and sometimes poppy disposition. I think I’ve listened to it more than just about anything else this year so far, and I think you should, too.

new-parents-600NEW PARENTS maybe don’t really belong with this bent crew, but hmm, lemme check the spine here on Transient Response – yep, says it right here: “Feeding Tube Records”. On one level it’s this sorta soft-serve, cosmically-inclined 1970s private press folk rock, perhaps created by a friendly group of Jesus people. Male and female vocals harmonize and trade off, and it wouldn’t be totally off the mark to compare them with Big Blood, being from the Northeast and all. On another level it’s like one of those alt-country/folk “No Depression”-ish nightclub acts I kept running into at the Tractor Tavern in the late 90s during my two-year run as a resident of Seattle, leavened with a little violin. Just like Amanda X on Siltbreeze or De De Troit on Mystic, it leaves one to puzzle out, “now how did this get here?”

WEEPING-BONG-600Sometimes when I worry about the crisis of delayed adulthood that grips modern society, I’ll come across a band that calls themselves something like the WEEPING BONG BAND, and my heart sinks even further. At least this band has Anthony Pasquerosa as a member – you may know him from his solo guitar work or from his crude blaster of a punk rock record as Burnt Envelope. The duo’s album, Weeping Bong Band, is instrumental, somewhat droning early morning sunrise music, with shimmering guitars and a general vision-summoning of waterfalls, rainbows and mist. In other words – it makes me wanna thrash on their noses and go “hippie”.

Sophie-Cooper-Delphine-Dora-600I’ve really enjoyed certain works by both Englishwoman SOPHIE COOPER and Frenchwoman DELPHINE DORA on their own, so it’d make sense that they’d be even better together, am I right? Get Sophie’s Our Aquarius and Delphine’s Eudaimon and you’ll see why one might posit such a thing. Yet on their new Divine Ekstasys the sum really is less than its parts, and I say that as a fan. Cavernous, mostly wordless incantations over ethereal and sometimes menacing drones or experimental abstractions. Cooper makes some lovely drones with Julian Bradley as part of her side project The Slowest Lift, but I just don’t feel that there was enough “pre-planning” or something before she and Ms. Dora let it fly in the studio. Maxine Funke said in the 5th issue of my fanzine, with regard to this duo, that “having their music on is like having angels in the house”. Why am I not hearing these angels??

mette-tashi-1400I’ll tell you what I do love, though. It’s this album by free-sax goddess METTE RASMUSSEN and guitarist TASHI DORJI – an album that they’ve seen fit to call Mette Rasmussen / Tashi Dorji. I hope these two play together in duos for the rest of their days – as long as Rasmussen can still be allowed to play with Chris Corsano sometimes on the side. What a cranked-up improvisational frenzy this thing is, particularly right out of the gate with “Cattail Horse”. I haven’t put in my ballot yet for “Free Jazz Pieces of the Year” yet but I already know this is going to win. These two really communicate and let fly together beautifully; Dorji’s electric wall of hum and static is often the perfect reaction to Rasmussen’s absolutely over-the-top saxophone wail, which rivals Virginia Genta and Herr Brötzmann himself for deepest ear-cavity cleansing. And guess what? It’s on Feeding Tube.

arnunknown-600Ever been at a party or home gathering, where all of a sudden that quiet guy in the corner has just busted out his acoustic guitar around 11pm, and then everyone’s forced to sit around in varying degrees of embarrassment and comfort, listening to him drone on with his “originals”? Now you can have this warm feeling in your own home with MAZOZMA’s Stark Joy album. It’s a guy named Mike Turner, and he’s recorded his own rustic, heavy-on-the-strings, acoustic songs of personal torment and love on his iPhone (it says here). All very languid and very first take, with not a one of them distinctive enough to listen to a second time. But I’ll definitely listen to ERIC ARN & MARGARET UNKNOWN’s frantic, two-guitar improvisation LP Paranza Corta again for sure. When these two really get going with their unusually-tuned, well mic’d acoustic interplay, it sounds like the perfect soundtrack to an ant colony documentary, sped up 100x. It’s pretty berserk. Last year I bought Eugene Chadbourne’s 1976 Volume One: Solo Acoustic Guitar, and this reminds me more than a little bit of that.

hated-music-1400Finally, there’s drum hero CHRIS CORSANO’s wild 2000 team-up with saxophonist PAUL FLAHERTY – who just turned 70 (!) – called The Hated Music. This was put out back then by Coley’s label Ecstatic Yod and is getting a reissue here eighteen years later. It’s a decent combination of long-drawn out wails from Flaherty and crazed rolling & filling from Corsano. While I found the longer tracks to be pretty turgid affairs, and the dying quail sounds Flaherty’s calling up on “Incident at Powder Ridge” to be flat-out grating, the duos hits back hard with an absolutely feral piece like “Rut One” – and now I totally get it. I have a disc with these two fellas + Mette Rasmussen that improves upon this infinitely by her presence, so I think I’m just going to go and listen to that one instead.

I render my conclusions thusly: this is probably the most varied and deeply underground label on the planet right now that still keeps a pinky finger hooked onto the pulse of what was once called “rock and roll”. Much of it is nothing of the sort, and that’s what makes Feeding Tube both so boggling and wonderful – if you don’t know the artists already, anything you pick up under the FT imprint is just as likely to be two guys farting into a paper sack as it is a Velvet Underground-inspired rock record as it is some mutant slice of freaked-out free jazz. Keep your ears open both for its pleasures and its dangers, and you’ll be approaching the wild world of Feeding Tube Records appropriately.

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Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #121

Fidelity-challenged, not-quite-rock music + the usual sick jams come together for another edition of Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio – our 121st edition, recorded in a cramped sunroom in San Francisco, CA in August 2018. Thrill to new material from THE COOLIES, MIDNIGHT MINES, APRIL MAGAZINE, TY SEGALL & WHITE FENCE, CHRISTOPHER ALAN DURHAM, MAXINE FUNKE, COLLATE, MARISA ANDERSON and more.

Then whet your proverbial whistle with exciting material from our extensive library; you’ll also hear Honey Radar, Skullflower, Lovely Midget, The Garbage and the Flowers (pictured), The Fall and a few others, too!

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Track listing:

CHRISTOPHER ALAN DURHAM – For Many Years
THE COOLIES – Saba
GAUZE & IVORY BAND – Billy Ran Away
APRIL MAGAZINE – Shirley Don’t
LOVELY MIDGET – Ghost Wall
GARBAGE AND THE FLOWERS – Private Garden
TY SEGALL & WHITE FENCE – A Nod
HONEY RADAR – A Ballerina in Focus
WIRE – Used To
MAXINE FUNKE – What You Wrote
DELPHINE DORA – The Sphere
MIDNIGHT MINES – Stations
SKULLFLOWER – Diamond Bullet
COLLATE – Occurrences
THE FALL – Room to Live
SACCHARINE TRUST – Hearts and Barbarians
MARISA ANDERSON – Slow Ascent

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Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #120

Packed with new releases from around the planet, it’s Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #120 – one hour and five minutes of sub-underground rock and related music from the last five decades.

Here’s what’s totally new this time around: PRIMO, LIME CRUSH, PREENING, NOTHING BAND, ITCHY BUGGER, SAUNA YOUTH, LITHICS, THE COOL GREENHOUSE, ALMOND, MAXINE FUNKE and BLOWDRYER.

Here’s what’s not: Flipper (pictured); Wire; Skygreen Leopards; Cheater Slicks; Scrotum Poles and a few others. All carefully hand-selected and curated to maximize the next sixty-five minutes of your life. Go to it!

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Track listing:

PRIMO – A City Stair
ALMOND – Ringo Big Starr / What If He’s Right
SAUNA YOUTH – Percentages
LITHICS – Photograph, You Of
RAYS – Subway
WIRE – Culture Vultures
ITCHY BUGGER – Baker Man
MAXINE FUNKE – Waving the Tea Rose
SKYGREEN LEOPARDS – Egyptian Circus (Gods of Bantams)
VASHTI BUNYAN – Glow Worms
SCROTUM POLES – Pick The Cat’s Eyes Out
THE OILIES – Boys at the Pool
PREENING – CPD
NOTHING BAND – Rank Betrayal
MOON – Meridian
NICE STRONG ARM – Life of the Party
FLIPPER – Ha Ha Ha
LIME CRUSH – Connective Tissue
BLOWDRYER – Self Satisfaction
CHEATER SLICKS – Feel Free (demo)
DOW JONES & THE INDUSTRIALS – Latent Psychosis
THE COOL GREENHOUSE – London

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Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #119

The summer slumber is over. DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO flickers back to life with a roaring hour-plus w/ new material from BLOWDRYER (pictured), MOSQUITOES, CHRISTOPHER ALLEN DURHAM, LEDA, COLLATE, TABLE SUGAR, LITHICS, GEE TEE, THE SHIFTERS, VITAL IDLES and more.

We’ve also carefully arranged selections from some of yesterday’s hitmakers such as Saccharine Trust, Kleenex, The Modds, Debris and others. Enjoy the solstice and play the hell of this stream while you have the chance.

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Track listing:

COLLATE – Who Cares About Tradition
BLOWDRYER – Photocopy
GEE TEE – Livin’ In The Future
BLUES LAWYER – Charity Case
KLEENEX – You
METABOLIST – Identify
LIIMANARINA – Turistit
THE SHIFTERS – Melbourne & Monash Youth League
RODENTS – Gravity
THE REDS, PINKS AND PURPLES – Best Sides
ROY MONTGOMERY – Something Else Again
VIOLENT CHANGE – Color of the Pines
CHRISTOPHER ALLEN DURHAM – Day and Age
LEDA – Japanese Key
SACCHARINE TRUST – The Cat Cracker
DEBRIS – Witness
LITHICS – Edible Door
TABLE SUGAR – D Log
VITAL IDLES – A Premise
THE NIGHTS AND DAYS – Lookin’
THE MODDS – Leave My House
MOSQUITOES – Stone