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Fans of The Cramps, whether casual or die-hard, would really benefit from listening to this release, which puts a piece of beloved audio out into general circulation. Radio Cramps: The Purple Knif Show is derived from a radio show that yr man Lux Interior had in 1984, and it features loads of the cool obscuro tracks he played along with parts of his commentary! Double LP reissue on the Munster label.
John’s Children were a ‘60s art rock combo from Leatherhead. Simon Napier-Bell, who managed countless acts from The Yardbirds to Japan to Wham! Suggested that the band try out a folk singer he had on his books called Marc Feld. Marc Feld changed his name to Marc Bolan, wrote and performed Desdemona with John’s Children and had the song banned by the BBC. This is where Bolan learned his swagger. This four-track 7” is comprised of of Marc Bolan compositions, led by the the diluted version of the controversial Desdemona.
Reissue of a 1999 collaboration between the French post-industrial experimentalists and Swans’ frontman. The album sets Gira’s spoken and sung recital of a text by Austrian poet Georg Trakl amid profoundly bleak atmospheres. Mark Cunningham of No Wave greats Mars contributes trumpet. For best results, have a good grasp of the German tongue, though the emotional impact comes across either way.
Jowe Head is a fellow whose work is threaded through many years of the UK’s underground: he was in Television Personalities, Swell Maps, Househunters and various other entities, and Cabinet Of Curios compiles highlights from throughout his busy weird-pop career, with released and unreleased tracks from 1981 to 2014! Double LP on Munster.
Alex Chilton was the ultimate musical troll. Having made chart friendly white boy soul with The Box Tops and wonderful trebly guitar pop with Big Star, he then set about on a solo career that attempted to annoy each and everyone of his fans. This new collection is taken from the sessions that yielded his album 'Bach's Bottom' and 'The Singer Not the Song' EP and sees Chilton performing with wild and unhinged abandon.
Marc Hurtado & Alan Vega
Sniper is a 2010 collaboration between Etant Donnes man Marc Hurtado and the legendary Alan Vega, crooner-in-chief of Suicide. And Lydia Lunch even adds vocals on one of the track. The results are not far off an updated Suicide, with Hurtado’s electro grooves underpinning the mighty Vega voice. This limited reissue on 2 LPs adds an exclusive bonus track! On Munster.
- Vinyl Double LP (MR362)
- Limited edition
Swell Maps were one of post-punk's noisiest and most irreverent start-ups, oblivious to song structures and exercising pop music quite accidentally. What's weirder than a weird Swell Maps song, though? Try their blueprints: Archive Recordings Volume 1: Wastrels And Whippersnappers is the band in home studio mode, throwing off demos and estranged cuts. Twice removed pop music is what it is.
Etant Donnes are the Hurtardo brothers Eric and Marc, but their 1999 record Re-Up features some other notable personnel too. That would be Alan Vega of Suicide, Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, and Lydia Lunch too! That means that the eerie electronic backdrops are generously decorated with the finest avant-vocals, with strange and atmospheric results. Double LP reissue on Munster.
Legendary no wave noise-scream queen Lydia Lunch collaborated once more with the eclectic Mark Hurtado for this 2LP set of wild sounds. My Lover The Killer is a doomed tale of violence and murder, delivered with a sexy dramatic flavour by Ms Lunch. Worryingly, it is apparently based on a true story… Limited edition of 450 double LPs on Munster.
- Vinyl Double LP (MR361)
- Limited edition
Alex Chilton (Big Star), Alan Vega (Suicide) and Ben Vaughn (er, mostly solo) made only one album together, 1994’s Cubist Blues. The record is a dark, intense set of improvisations, and Candyman / Lover of Love pulls out one of the finest tracks and pairs it with a 1996 live performance. An atmospheric trip of a single, on Munster.
The Japanese Girl (hailing from Portugal) are a shoegaze-inflected band, pulling their sound out of drum machines, low-slung guitars and a Moon Duo-reminiscent old organ. Sonic-Shaped Life is their debut full-length, a throbbing set of catchy melodies buried behind pleasingly hazy-dark production. On Munster.
Mythic Detroit band Destroy All Monsters veered from droney experimental performance and multimedia art inspired by Sun Ra, the Velvet Underground and monster movies in their early days, through to the noisy rock'n'roll incarnation of their latter period when Stooge Ron Asheton and MC5 bassist Michael Davis joined the fold. This 2CD trawls the archives to uncover the truth about both eras of this elusive collective's two-decade career, including unreleased material.
Foreshadowing the birth of post punk, British seventies DIY punk Steve Treatment bonded with experimental DIY rock outfit Swell Maps who featured on Treatment’s first single release which is included on ‘All Dressed For Tomorrow’ alongside his other two singles from 1978/79 as well as a tasty selection of unreleased recordings and musical treats from 1977/79.
Some furious words from Spaniards Eskorbuto. Los Demenciales Chicos Acelerados is the 1987 banger getting a repress. This record is total anarchy, with the fellas ready to create a ruckus and oppose the powers that be - a la 'Rock Opera'. Full of straight up punk wailing, pneumatic drums, throbbing bass lines and righteous guitar solos, this is an unstoppable force. Out on vinyl double LP from Munster.
Crime were part of the San Francisco punk scene of the late 70s. This box set comprises their entire recorded output including four 7” singles featuring previously unreleased tracks from 1977-79. Their song, Hot wire My Heart was covered by Sonic Youth on their Sister LP.
The box set includes seven 7” singles and a twenty page booklet featuring an in-depth interview with the band.
This is a case of an enigma wrapped up in a riddle - unknown is not the band, unknown means just that - it is not known who either song is by. All that is known is that there are versions of I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy by The What Four and The Happy Cats and that this version was recorded in New York. The only information known about Watch Out is that it’s a belting track!
Available on 7” vinyl.
Spanish party rock makes up the runtime on 'Algo Salvaje Vol. 1', finally making the country's brand of spry garage rock official and accessible. 'Algo Salvaje' is a glimpse into the guitar tones and jangle pop of a country that has long been cultivating and developing its own scene and style.
No Me Quejo Estrella is a collection of songs personally selected by Jonathan Richman. It was intended as a gift to his fans in Spain, and generally outside the USA, to compile songs that are mainstays of his live shows but difficult to find in their recorded form.
No Me Quejo Estrella is available on vinyl LP and CD.
- Vinyl LP (MR332)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy
- Vinyl LP (MR280)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy