Weekly Update: Haram, Penultimate Press, Slender, Lumpy And The Dumpers

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Welcome to 2018! Thanks for all your support over the last year and Christmas period. A short update this week, a couple of import boxes and some local releases. Over the next few weeks we’ll be compiling our Best Of 2017 (unlike everyone else spitting them out Dec 1 we like to take our time and truly reflect) and our Best Sellers of 2017.  It’s always a fun thing to get down to. 
What have we been listening to?
I knew nothing of the Landlords before we got in the re-issue of their second album “Fitzgerald’s Paris”. They were from Virginia (!) in the mid 80’s and did raging, alienated punk really well. Would suit fans of Flipper, No Trend, Venom P. Stinger or Saccharine Trust Members would eventually go on to be Homestead Records premier comedy-rock group Happy Flowers. Alex Chilton was the guitarist and singer of the mighty Big Star, but his 1979 album “Like Flies On Sherbert” (recently re-issued) recalls nothing of that era, which I figure people find a bit annoying. Instead he seems to have got really stoned and antagonistic and made a rock n’ roll record which is a) great b) very weird. Rakta are a Brazilian all girl post-punk band from Sao Paulo, and their latest 7” on UK label La Vidas Es Un Mas is in. I’ve loved all their stuff, and this is no exception. Tribal drumming, wild pulsating psych. Top stuff. I feel Jay-Z is highly underrated (not in a monetary sense obviously) and I enjoyed listening to the Black Album a lot this week. Jay-Z and Van Halen (David Lee-Roth era) are our very rich but unappreciated artists of the week. As we’ve been consistently flogging JLIN’s Black Origami in-store we’ve realised the 150bpm plus tempo of Footwork is perfect for sorting through our unsorted 2ndhand stock. DJ Rashad - Afterlife 2xLP, DJ Tre - The Underdogg 12” and Traxman - Tekvision LP are out “new year, new store” motivation music!!!
Big sounds on a little format, we’re talking about TAPES!
From Vacant Valley records we’ve got two new releases:
Telekenet - Self titled  New project from Peter Bramley from Penguins. 
Yeongrak - Mouth Scraper 
From Hidiotic Tapes we’ve got the debut release from Sleepless Nights. A bonafide country duo from former New Zealand residents Amy Hill (Terry, Constant Mongrel) and Harriet Stewart (Miss Destiny).
Last but not least in the tape department is Nasho! If you’ve caught them live you’ll know they rule and feature ex or current members of Dispossessed, BB & The Blips, Royal Headache and Good Throb. This tape doesn’t disappoint!! Riff city, a hard yet ~groovy~ rhythm section, fierce vocals echoing from the abyss. Punk lives!!!
Buttercup Records delivered us Buick KBT, who played a cool brand of Arty swamp and Skronky stomp and were a staple of classic venues of the day such as the Seaview Ballroom & the Duke of Edinburgh etc.. Playing alongside VENOM P. STINGER, X, THE MOODISTS
Punk action from the La Vida Es Un Mus Discos 
Haram - When You Have Won You Have Lost LP.  After one Demo and one 7" on Toxic State, Haram from Nuke York release their debut album. Taking their name from the Arabic word for ‘forbidden’, Haram play simple hardcore with lyrics sung entirely in Arabic. The sound is agitated and slightly deranged which hints at both Japanese hardcore and classic 80's European hardcore
Lumpy And The Dumpers - Those Pickled Fuckers LP  Over seven tracks of gritty discomfort punk, bulging with bodyhorror blues and puerile manic imprecations, Lumpy and the Dumpers revel and writhe in the effluvia of life and the rude pangs and oozings of flesh.  
Rakta - Oculto Pelos Seres 7”  Brazil’s RAKTA's signature brand of punk fueled, goth tinged, seemingly structureless yet extremely taut soundscapes should be familiar to you and if it isn't then this is a great place to start!
Slender - Walled Garden 7”  Debut 6 Track EP from NYC’s Slender after two Demos in 2014 and 2015.  Post punk, like a quirkier Joy Division or Total Control meets Devo. 
Psico Galera - Senza Via De Fuga 7”  Crazy stuff. Channeling the attempts that bands like BITOUSHA and early KURO made at aping Motorhead into their own vain image, PSICO GALERA add a twist, using the frenetic speed of the Italian language almost as an instrument, not entirely unlike the unintentionally Italian futurist tempos of WRETCHED.
Patsy - La Women MLP  Have a song called Nazi’s Are So Plain, which is probably the most truthful lyric i’ve heard in a while. Female fronted, kinda angular punk. Features members of the excellent Mystic Inane. Pretty sweet if you like stuff Eddy Current, Uranium Club etc.
Insurgency – Miltant Death Cult EP Insurgency will tear you limb-from-limb. Channeling shades of black thrash via the pioneering proto-death yells of Slayer & Possessed alongside the almost-grinding sickness of Repulsion, these UK bangers harness the wild destructive energy of early ‘80s Swedish hardcorepunk royalty Anti-Cimex
And we’ve re-stocked the following… 
Barcelona -  Un Último Ultrasonido Nació Y Murió En Barcelona MLP 
Good Throb – Fuck Off LP 
Arms Race – New Wave Of british Hardcore LP 
Disclose – Yesterday’s Fairytale LP 
Disclose – Tragedy LP 
Los Crudos – Discography Double LP
Framtid – Defeat Of Civilization LP 
From Penultimate Press:
A big shipment of new releases and back stock from our favourite purveyors of the weird, avant and “other” end of the music spectrum. 
Timo van Luijk and Mark Harwood - Vang Circular LP  Vang Circular is the first outing from Timo van Luijk (La Scie Dorée / Af Ursin, Elodie) and Mark Harwood (Penultimate Press / Astor). Employing vibes, mellotron, natural reader, an iron ant, synth, metal pipes, slide guitar and a double bass these audacious souls conjure a wonky musical vision that gently peels away the familiar.
Astor - Astor Cassette  The fourth Astor offering presents itself as a limited cassette, intended to fill the vacuum prior to the next full length LP expected to hatch in the year of 2018. A self titled diary-esque offering, this collects recordings made in the UK and Europe throughout 2017 – from a toilet on a train in France to a piece played on Henning Christiansen’s piano on the island of Møn in Denmark 
Henning Christiansen – Op.166 Rødhætte / Ruinmusik 7”
Henning Christiansen – Op.192 Umwälzung 2 x CD 
More unearthed archival material from the Danish experimental composter and active member of the Fluxus movement. Rødhætte (1985) is a rendition of Little Red Riding Hood featuring Ursula Reuter Christiansen as narrator. All the hallmarks of Henning’s unique approach to music/sound appear as the tale goes deeper into the depths of animalistic frenzy. Ruinmusic (1984) inhabits the last breath off the piano housed within the former Marienborg Manor, an estate once on the Danish island of Møn. Prior to the destruction of the estate Henning Christiansen played a final haunting melody before the instrument was dumped down in the dirt.
Ksiezyc - Ksiezyc LP (silver vinyl re-issue) A head scratching one this, even for the folks at Penultimate Press! Originally released in 1996 and now in its third or fourth pressing. Ksiezyc (Moon) are a Polish outfit that sounds like little else that I’ve heard but if I had to do an A-meets-B it’s be Nico’s Desertshore meets hypnotic cafe-prog sound of ZNR. Or a strange mix of 20th Century Classical and a strand of folk music unbeknown to me. 
Joe McPhee and Bryan Eubanks - My Undocumented Alien Clarinet LP  
My Undocumented Alien Clarinet is a beguiling document of a performance held at Alternative Books, Kingston, NY, Sunday, August 6, 2006 under the auspices of the Pauline Oliveros Foundation’s New Vanguard Series. My Undocumented Alien Clarinet captures a unique intimate improvisation exploring the outer reaches of the form. Joe McPhee, (b.1939 USA) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. He has collaborated with Pauline Oliveros, Graham Lambkin, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Raymond Boni among many others. With a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections and reach for music’s outer limits. Bryan Eubanks (b. 1977, USA) is a musician composing electronic and acoustic works for small ensembles, solo instruments, and custom generative software; improvising in collaboration; and working with acoustic holography, a stereophonic recording and diffusion technique.
Also in stock from Penultimate Press…. 
Arek Gulbenkoglu - Three days afterwards LP 
Pancrace 2LP
Áine O’Dwyer – Gegenschein LP
Áine O’Dwyer – Locusts LP
Henning Christiansen – Opus 67 STRATEGYGETARTS A Symphony, Hommage á Richard Demarco LP
Korea Undok Group – Korea Undok Group LP
Derek Baron – Crooked Dances LP
Matthew.P.Hopkins – Blue-Lit Half Breath LP
Henning Christiansen – OP.50: Requiem of Art (Aus “Celtic”) Fluxorum Romanum II’ LP
Astor – Lina in Nida LP
Coming soon:
Living Eyes LP
Amyl And The Sniffers