A discography and overview of Sweden’s late 70s/early 80s HEARTWORK RECORDS. Originally in Siltbreeze fanzine, later picked up in Brain Transplant #1 in 1997.
39 CLOCKS review from “Bernie”, aka Tom Lax, in Siltbreeze fanzine #4, appx. 1988.
Tom Lax on JANDEK in Siltbreeze fanzine #4, approximately 1988.
XPRESSWAY ad from Siltbreeze magazine #6 around 1990 or so. Tom Lax
from Siltbreeze was probably Xpressway’s biggest US-based champion; I’d
certainly never heard of the label before he started yakking about them
and running cool ads like this one.
TOMMY JAY is one of those legendary American rock underground heroes that we probably need to interview one of these days.
He typically takes a back seat to his pal and longtime collaborator Mike Rep, whom he’s recorded with in True Believers, Mike Rep & The Quotas and other fantastic Columbus combos – but not here. He’s front and center on “Bug Men”, which came out in 2010 on Siltbreeze’s “Skull Without Borders” comp, and which I think was recorded some time in the 1980s. Someone correct me on that if you would?
Definitely recommend this article on the “Phantom Billstickers” blog that explores how Tom Lax came to be the world’s premier archivist of New Zealand’s underground sound. His Siltbreeze Records, which has been putting out weird art, punk, noise and trash from NZ (and points elsewhere) for over 25 years, is in the throes of a pretty deep New Zealand excavation programme right about now.
Fantastic Ubu-esque death-rattle noise pogrom performed by New Zealand’s SHOES THIS HIGH in 1981.
It’s now available on a limited-edition LP called “Straight To Hell” on the estimable Siltbreeze Records, and you can order it up here.
ABOVE GROUND, a short-lived 1983 trippy Velvets/Modern Lovers-style freeform project from Bill Direen, Maryrose Crook and others. I just heard the posthumous Siltbreeze release this past week for the first time.
It may not be for everyone but I’m pretty sure it’s for me.
Ad for New Zealand’s insular psych/folk/noise label XPRESSWAY, scanned out of Siltbreeze fanzine #8, appx. 1989.
A treatise and call to action on the band V-3, published in Siltbreeze fanzine #6 around 1990.