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Weekly Update: Exek, BB And The Blips, Dave Thomas And The Holy Soul, Portal

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Back into our weekly updates, all refreshed and primed for a new year! 

But First, What Have we Been Listening To? 
 
Bill Converse’s records on Dark Entries really helped us through the end of the silly season.This Texan mixes pre-”club” electronic music (Kraftwerk and companies motorik rhythms, 70s synth arpeggios) with the beginnings of Motor City Techno. Kind of meditative but also driving, excellent “getting shit done in the shop” music. Unseen Worlds is a record label specialising in “unheralded and revolutionary, yet accessible, avant garde music”. Initially we were drawn to their catalogue by their Carl Stone and Laurie Spiegel but this week have been playing Elodie Lauten’s The Death of Don Juan on repeat. Lauten was a part of the NYC downtown scene that fit somewhere between punk and classical, this album featuring performances by Arthur Russell and Peter Zummo, Alan Licht put it in his Minimal Top Ten. If any of that means anything to ya check it out! It’s a treat to hear Sewercide - Immortalized In Suffering 12” again, an crude record reminiscent of that period where Thrash was mutating into Death Metal. 
 
FEATURE ITEMS
 
  
 
  
 
Exek - Ahead Of Two Thoughts LP  The new album from Melbourne’s Exek has been release on Superior Viaduct imprint W25th. Excellent post-punk for fans of P.I.L (good era), This Heat, and Swell Maps.
 
 
Dave Thomas And The Holy Soul 7”  (Damn You Ra) Dave Thomas from Pere Ubu played some shows with Sydney’s own Holy Soul as his backing band a few years back. Side A is a crazy studio cover of Hawkwind’s Master Of the Universe with a 2010 live recording on the b-side called Man In The Dark.
 
 
Ty Segall - Freedoms Goblin LP  Yep he’s back. Double LP, 19 tracks and all. Features the hit single “Every 1’s A Winner”*, well it was a hit for Hot Chocolate in 1978. 
 
 
Matthew Hopkins - G.R/S.S (Aussen Raum)  The unstoppable Matthew Hopkins (formerly of Vincent Over The Sink, Half High and Naked On The Vague) returns with a new solo LP. On side one, field recordings made at various art galleries, museums and other institutional buildings. On side two, recordings made at Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) over several sessions throughout 2016. Of course through Matthew’s uniquely skewed perspective and editing/arranging process neither sound as expected! 
 
 
Solid Space - Space Museum LP  First ever official vinyl reissue of this album released in the U.K, 1982 by Dark Entries. Strange, minimal D.I.Y post-punk strongly influenced by the science fiction of the time.
 
 
BB And The Blips Tape Ripper debut tape from Sydney band featuring members of Housewives, Tim and The Boys, Good Throb, Nasho
 
 
 
From Perth based Punk/Metal label Televised Suicide we have:
 
Bikini Cops 7" Third release from Bikini Cops, 6 new tracks of 70's surf and KBD punk and the new demo tape from punks No Future
 
 
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The Rebel Cassette (Hidiotic) Solo project of Ben Waller from Country Teasers. Dry as sand, minimal post-punk. 
 
X-Pop - Alphabet Cerel Cassette (Chemical Imbalance) ethereal rhythmic chimes, drones, and soundwaves intertwined with lovely, distant vocals.
 
Raven "The Night Is Dark" CD (Art as Catharsis)    Raven is the solo project of Peter from Tangents. It’s a lovely mix of sweeping Dirty Three parts,The Necks with stabs of random noise bursts. Nice stuff. 
 
 
More New arrivals, including: 
 
LP PORTAL - Ion  fifth full-length album from Australian avant-garde death metal surrealists 
 
LP TERMINAL MIND Recordings   formed in 1978, one of the early first-wave punk acts in Austin,TX.
 
LP VANILLA POPPERS S/t  A ballsy punk record outta Cleveland. Driving upbeat charm of The Ramones backed with some vile grit 
 
2XLP TRISOMIE 21 Chapter Iv  post punk band formed in 1981 by two brothers from Abscon, in the North of France. Musically their mood is melancholic and one can hear traces of Joy Division, Durutti Column and The Cure. Since 1983 they’ve recorded 15 albums
 
LP TRISOMIE 21 Le Repos Des Enfants 
 
LP TRISOMIE 21 Passions Divisees 
 
LP TRISOMIE 21 Wait And Dance 
 
LP BB EYE Headcheese Heartthrob  
 
 
MAGAZINE MAXIMUMROCK’N’ROLL Issue # 417 - February MRR 
 
TAPE BURA BURA- The New Flesh  (Moontown)  Debut album from Colin Thompson (Ghastly Spats, God K). Driving EBM, newbeat, cold wave solo project. 
 
 
 
2017 FAVOURITES BACK IN STOCK
 
LP COWBOY, THE Album (2/3 Homostupids and 1/2 Pleasure Leftists. Great stuff!)
 
2XLP COWLEY, PATRICK Afternooners 
 
LP DILLOWAY, AARON The Gag File 
 
LP FEEDTIME Gas 
 
LP NANCE, DAVID Negative Boogie 
 
LP REBEL, THE Poems With Water Trilogy 
 
LP BLOODLOSS Bloodloss 
 
LP MILK MUSIC Mystic 100s 
 
 
Plus Restocks of: 
 
WIREHEADS - Lightning Ears
 
LEE GAMBLE - Mnestic Pressure 
 
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING. First three albums have all been re-issued! 
 
 
SAHEL SOUND is a label specialising in music from West Africa, particularly in the sahel region of Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. We’ve found some great stuff on this label, and there’s a nice mix of traditional sounds with contemporary twists. These releases feels a lot more fun and less exploitative than the flood of 70s African Rock reissues that were coming out in the dozens 7-10 years ago!  Mdou Moctar has become a real favourite, but it’s definitely worth checking out their whole catalogue. We have these releases in now: 
 
LP AFOUS D'AFOUS Tenere 
 
LP AZNA DE L'ADER Zabaya 
 
LP MOCTAR, MDOU Afelan 
 
LP MOCTAR, MDOU Sousoume Tamachek 
 
LP NOUAKCHOTT WEDDING S/t 
 
LP V/A Music From Saharan Cellphones 
 
 
Import Shipment Arrived, Including these gems:
 
2XLP APHEX TWIN I Care Because You Do 
 
LP APHEX TWIN Richard D. James Album 
 
LP BIKINI KILL Revolution Girl Style Now 
 
12" BIKINI KILL Yeah Yeah Yeah Ep 
 
LP BUTTHOLE SURFERS Brown Reason To Live 
 
LP CHILTON, ALEX Like Flies On Sherbert 
 
LP CINDY LEE Malenkost 
 
LP COLD SWEAT Blinded 
 
LP COLEMAN, ORNETTE To Whom Who Keeps A 
 
LP COLTRANE, ALICE Universal Consciousness 
 
LP COLTRANE, JOHN / ALICE Cosmic Music 
 
2XLP COWLEY, PATRICK Muscle Up 
 
LP DEAD C Max Harris 
 
LP ELLARD, TOM Eighties Cheesecake 
 
LP FUGAZI End Hits 
 
LP FUGAZI In On The Killtaker 
 
LP FUGAZI Instrument Soundtrack 
 
12" FUGAZI Margin Walker 
 
LP FUGAZI Red Medicine 
 
LP FUZZ S/t ITR 254 
 
LP GARBAGE & THE FLOWERS The Deep Niche 
 
LP GORAGUER, ALAIN La Planete Sauvage Ost 
 
LP HAACK, BRUCE Electric Lucifer 
 
LP HOT SNAKES Audit In Progress 
 
LP HOT SNAKES Automatic Midnight 
 
LP HOWARD, ROWLAND S. Pop Crimes 
 
LP HURLEY, MICHAEL Bad Mr. Mike 
 
LP HURLEY, MICHAEL Blue Hills 
 
LP HURLEY, MICHAEL Redbirds At Folk City 
 
2XLP JEFFERIES, PETER Electricity 
 
LP KIRCHIN, BASIL Worlds Within Worlds 
 
2XLP KLEENEX / LILIPUT First Songs 
 
LP KURT VILE Constant Hitmaker 
 
LP LEIMER, K. Imposed Order / Imposed 
 
10" LOW RED CENTER S/t 
 
LP MINGUS, CHARLES The Black Saint And The 
 
2XLP OH SEES Orc 
 
10" ORANSSI PAZUZU Kevät / Värimyrsky 
 
LP PARAMNESIA / ULTHA Ultha / Patamnesia 
 
LP POISON IDEA War All The Time 
 
LP PROLETARIAT, THE Soma Holiday 
 
LP REATARDS Grown Up Fucked Up 
 
2XLP REATARDS Teenage Hate / Fuck Elvis 
 
LP REP, MIKE AND THE QUOTAS Hellbender 1975 - 78 
 
LP REV, MARTIN S/t 
 
LP RUSSELL, ARTHUR Corn 
 
2XLP RUSSELL, ARTHUR Instrumentals 
 
CD RUSSELL, ARTHUR Let's Go Swimming 
 
2XLP RUSSELL, ARTHUR Love Is Overtaking Me 
 
2XLP RUSSELL, ARTHUR World Of Echo 
 
LP SONIC YOUTH Confusion Is Sex 
 
LP SONIC YOUTH Sister GOO 020 
 
LP SUBHUMANS Time Flies / Rats 
 
LP SUBHUMANS Worlds Apart 
 
LP THE FALL Dragnet 
 
LP TWINKEYZ Alpha Jerk 
 
LP V/A Agrim Agadez - Musique 
 
12" VIRGINIA Blue Pyramid 
 
LP DEATH For The Whole World To 
 
LP KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD