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WEEK STARTING 15 Dec

Genre pick of the week Cover of Total Availability And The Private World by Cavern Of Anti Matter.

Cavern Of Anti Matter

Total Availability And The Private World

This is the fourth release by Cavern of Anti Matter. Featuring Tim Gane of Stereolab, their album 'Blood Drums' came out on Grautag Records in 2013.

Artwork is by Julian House (designer/co-owner at Ghost Box Records)

Peripheral Conserve is a bedroom label run by the filmmaker, Peter Strickland since 1999.

The Action

In My Lonely Room

Alongside the Small Faces and the Who, London’s ACTION were undoubtedly Britain’s premier mod band during the mid 1960s, and their chain of five singles for Parlophone from October 1965 to June 1967 are venerated as one of the finest runs of 45s of the period (or indeed of any period really). Subsequent releases of the group’s material such as The Ultimate Action, Rolled Gold, Uptight And Outasight and CD repackages of the band’s EMI output, plus the Action’s period of reformation, have endeared the group to a huge swell of post 60s fans and the band command a level of respect and adulation rarely bestowed on many other groups of their era. Sadly with the aforementioned slew of records and CDs the well of archive Action material appeared to have run dry...until now that is!

The excellent book on the Action In The Lap Of The Mods, published in 2012, shed light on a previously rarely documented aspect of the Action’s recording career, specifically their audition for the Decca record company in May 1965. Indeed some copies of the book included a limited edition vinyl 45 extracted from an acetate recently discovered from that audition, which was a supreme version of the Temptations ‘Why You Wanna Make Me Blue’. That recording, taped six months before their EMI debut, makes a welcome re-appearance here and also emerges on CD for the first time. Unbelievably since the book came out another acetate from that Decca session has surfaced, one side of which features a wonderful interpretation of one of many people’s favourite Action tracks ‘In My Lonely Room’, which incredibly surpasses the later recording for Parlophone and has a real ‘live’ feel to it. Coupled with ‘In My Lonely Room’ was a fine rendition of the Impressions’ ‘You’ll Want Me back’, which finds the Action in a more mellow blue eyed soul groove and showcases perhaps the most Reggie King’s leap in vocal prowess in the comparative short space of time since the band’s recordings for Pye as the Boys barely six months previous.

Not that the Boys’ single for Pye was a slouch – far from it – and Top Sounds round off the EP with another previously undocumented recording. Committed to acetate during their time as the Boys was one of Reggie King’s earliest compositions, and ‘Fine Looking Girl’ exposes further the pre-emptive Action in rather good form indeed.

Restored to the best possible standard from the original acetates, the four selections on In My Lonely Room are a fascinating, important and invaluable document of the emergent Action during late 1964 and 1965, and Top Sounds are justifiably elated to place these portentous recordings together for the first time. With the blessing of Action drummer Roger Powell, help from In the Lap Of The Mods authoress Jane Shepherd and delivered in full vintage 60s style packaging courtesy of Bruce Brand, In My Lonely Room is sure to excite Action fans everywhere and in all probability – unfortunately – may well be the final release of ‘new’ vintage Action recordings. Your last chance to catch some new unbelievable ACTION!

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 10" Info: 10 inch EP with 4 page booklet.

Album Cover Frame

Black - 4 Pack

    A clear plastic fronted black wooden album frame. Just like a standard picture frame, with the sleeve held in place via metal clips on the back.

    Accomodates single record sleeves to the size of 31.5cm x 31.5cm (please note; does NOT hold gatefold sleeves).

    Perfect for all your favourite record sleeves.

    £12.99 for one frame, so buying 4 saves £8.


    Album Cover Frame

    White - 4 Pack

      A clear plastic fronted black wooden album frame. Just like a standard picture frame, with the sleeve held in place via metal clips on the back.

      Accomodates single record sleeves to the size of 31.5cm x 31.5cm (please note; does NOT hold gatefold sleeves).

      Perfect for all your favourite record sleeves.

      £12.99 for one frame, so buying 4 saves £8.

      Bon Jovi

      Live 2

        This is the second in a series of live Bon Jovi Picture Disc. "I'll Be There For You (Live in Lakeland)" and"Runaway (Live in Paris)" are both on vinyl for the first time.Track Listing "I'll Be There For You (Live in Lakeland)", "Lay Your Hands On Me (Live at Giants Stadium)", "Bad Medicine (Live at Wembley)", "Runaway (Live in Paris)"

        Bush

        Sixteen Stone - Copper Coloured Vinyl Edition

          Sixteen Stone is the debut album of British rock band Bush, released in 1994. Widely regarded as the band’s most popular album, it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and boasted numerous successful singles. “Comedown” and “Glycerine” remain two of the band’s biggest hits to date, each reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Both tracks also entered the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 30 and No. 28, respectively.

          Sixteen Stone received mostly positive feedback from music critics, calling their sound impressive, not unlike their Seattle Grunge counterparts. In later years Bush would distance themselves from the familiar Grunge sounds with experimental releases such as Deconstructed and The Science Of Things.

          In April 2014 Rolling Stone placed the album at No. 39 on its “1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year” list. A month later, Loudwire placed Sixteen Stone at number eight on its “10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 1994” list. In July 2014, Guitar World placed the album on its “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994” list.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: 20th anniversary edition with remastered audio. 180g audiophile vinyl pressing. first pressing of 1000 numbered copies on copper coloured vinyl. Gatefold sleeve + insert.

          Cool Ghouls

          A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye

          “San Francisco’s Doomed” ... or so they say. There are, however, four Cool Ghouls who will have none of that. Born and raised in Fog Nation’s strip-mall suburbs, these boys dreamed of the day when they would move to Shaky City. San Francisco was their destiny—the town their electric heroes Creedence, Thee Oh Sees, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Flamin’ Groovies, etc. call(ed) home. Thank the gods their dreams came true! Their loud guitars, acid riffs, party screams, and stacked-as-fuck three-part vocal harmonies are echoing down the alleys and shaking foundations.

          A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye is Cool Ghouls’ sophomore full-length album, and it rules. Recorded live to tape by San Francisco’s Sonny Smith (Sonny and the Sunsets) and mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring), this record elevates the band’s psychedelic garage jams to a whole new level. Empty Cellar Records is very stoked to present ten new, delectable Cool Ghouls songs brimming with infectious, creative energy. This record is an excellent complement to the never-ending nights of a never-ending summer. San Francisco is still doomed... it always has been and always will be. At least these Cool Ghouls are here to help it go down with just a little bit of true class.

          Electric Eels

          Die Electric Eels

            Cleveland’s electric eels (all lower case in homage to poet e.e. cummings) is America’s quintessential proto-punk band. Formed in 1972 by singer Dave E. McManus and guitarists John Morton and Brian McMahon, the group enlisted drummer Nick Knox (later of The Cramps) and producer Paul Marotta to record a flurry of catchy and genuinely fucked-up tunes. After only five legendary live performances - complete with Dave E. in black leather jacket covered in rat-traps and playing a gas-powered lawnmower on stage - the eels broke up in 1976 and posthumously released their classic single Agitated on Rough Trade in 1978, blazing a trail for high-art, low-concept rock.

            As Jon Savage writes in the liner notes, “There is something heroic about the eels’ isolation and uncompromising attitude: a fierceness that you can hear in these songs that still resonates in a different time and world.” This archival LP collects the eels’ best material from 1974-75. From the loud and snotty “Agitated” and its Bside “Cyclotron” (which Johan Kugelberg listed as #1 in his top 100 punk singles) to the anarchic anthem “Jaguar Ride” and the loose, bluesy sludge of “Anxiety,” the album exorcises the demonic power of the Stooges and Velvets and captures the mystique of these outsider artists inventing a new language. As the eels demand “Attendance Required” on their flyer for the infamous Special Extermination Music Night, listening is absolutely mandatory for this seminal band. Recommended for fans of Dead Boys, Simply Saucer and Pagans.

            Electric Eels

            Spin Age Blasters / Bunnies

            Following their legendary punk-as-ever Agitated single, electric eels released their second posthumous single, Spin Age Blasters / Bunnies, on Mustard Records in 1981. Recorded in 1975 and taking the band’s free-form jazz and art rock alliances to dizzying extreme, the twin-guitar swirl of “Spin Age Blasters” sounds like Trout Mask Replica on paint fumes, while “Bunnies” features Dave E.’s relaxing Bob-Ross-like vocals and frantic clarinet bursts à la Roscoe Mitchell.

            This first-time vinyl reissue includes original cover artwork by eels’ guitarist John Morton and is pressed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.

            Inspired by a number of conversations between director Yann Demange and music producer David Holmes, the majority of ’71’s score was created before the film was shot. Yann likes to shoot with music already written - an idea that resonates with the collaborative work of Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. With reference to Can's, David would describe the emotion, tone and atmosphere of the scene with the other band members before recording and then editing to picture after. He says “It frees your imagination to try and capture a world that only you can see and feel but in total relation to the directors overall vision. Living in Belfast for most of my life was also a big inspiration.” Musically influenced by John Carpenter’s ‘Assault From Precinct 13’ and ‘Escape From New York’, John Paul Jones’ ‘Four Minute Warning’ and Tony Conrad’s ‘The Pyre of Angus Was In Kathmandu’, the music pulses with the tension and potential terror of war-torn Belfast streets in 1971.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: Limited edition numbered vinyl with download card.

            Icky Boyfriends

            Live In San Francisco

            “You like anchovies? Morning breath? Dried blood? The sun-up residue after a night of hard drugs? Well, you’re gonna love Icky Boyfriends.

            “I painted houses for a couple years with an old-school San Francisco artist / musician dude who would let me run the boombox while we worked. This was right around the time I became obsessed with Icky Boyfriends. I would play the shit all day and wax about how I much I loved them. He piped up one day and asked what they were called again. ‘Icky Boyfriends,’ I said. ‘Oh yeah, I remember those guys…man, they could clear a room.’ “That’s the Ickys—an acquired taste for people who maybe have eyes that feel natural when trolling the gutter for nutrition. These are stories of strung-out super heroes singing the praises of the old school San Francisco freak scene. Hilarious at times, genius always and as scuzzy as anything you could ever hear. “Live in San Francisco was recorded masterfully by the Castle Face engineers team at the grand SF Eagle. There are many classic favorites here, as well as a couple new jams (I challenge anyone to tell the difference). We’ve kept it primal and simple as the Ickys always have. What a treat, now let’s eat!” - John Dwyer

            "The Invisible Hands is a transcontinental collaboration between Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) and four stellar young musicians from Cairo, Egypt: Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda (both formerly of the popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. On Teslam, The Invisible Hands expand the already panoramic range of their eponymous debut LP with a haunting set of melodic, impeccably crafted songs whose vintage psych/hard-rock edge conjures up early Alice Cooper almost as often as it recalls Sun City Girls and 20th-century icons like Ennio Morricone and Serge Gainsbourg. The band's exquisite sonic palette is deepened by Cairo-based guest musicians Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed 'Moe' Asem, and Sammy Sayed, as well as by longtime SCG compatriot Eyvind Kang. Recorded in Cairo between 2013 and 2014, Teslam represents a further evolution of Alvarius B.'s peerlessly idiosyncratic pop sensibility, which is just as volatile and unclassifiable as his more experimental work. His songwriting -- both on his own, and in partnership with Cherif El Masri -- is marked by a unity of purpose that has compressed countless musical and emotional incongruities into a handful of sharp-edged, pitch-black jewels. A brooding track composed by keyboardist Adham Zidan ('The Great Implosion') perfectly complements the record's uneasy mood. As usual, Alvarius B.'s lyrics comprise an apocalyptic pile-up of cruel metaphors at the intersection of culture, politics and international crime. But they take on new power and new implications as sung by El Masri and Hemeda, whose seductive voices are as inviting as a welcome mat at the gates of hell. Each song stands on its own while also fitting into a planet-sized jigsaw puzzle detailing dark associations and secret narratives that stretch back as far as the foundation of the world. Arguably Alvarius B.'s most accessible work to date, Teslam is a generously baited steel-jaw trap for the unwary listener. Like The Invisible Hands' 2013 debut, Teslam inevitably reflects the precarious political circumstances in which it was conceived and recorded. As such, it's a vivid document not just of an unlikely musical collaboration, but also of a critical moment of hope, defiance, rage and sorrow in one of the world's most venerable cities." - B. Kearney.

            The Kinks

            Kinda Kinks

              Classic Kinks catalogue on vinyl. The original albums on their finest format, with the original UK tracklistings.

              Originally released in 1965, The Kinks’ second album was made up of nine Ray Davies originals - one co-write with Dave Davies - and two covers.

              It went to Number Three in the UK chart and included their second UK Number One ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’.

              Davies’ lovelorn songs had yet to fully flower into elegies for disappearing lifestyles and values but his wistful melodicism can be heard in tunes such as ‘Something Better Beginning’, ‘Don’t Ever Change’ and ‘So Long’, which mingle nicely with the pop propulsion of ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’.

              140g vinyl.

              The Kinks

              Kinks

                Classic Kinks catalogue on vinyl. The original albums on their finest format, with the original UK tracklistings.

                Consisting largely of covers and revamped traditional songs, the Kinks’ self-titled album was released on 2 October 1964, reaching Number Three on the UK Charts.

                It features their massive UK Number One hit ‘You Really Got Me’, which got to No. 7 in the US and was Top 10 in Canada and Australia. Written by Ray Davies and widely acknowledged as the start of heavy rock, the track influenced everyone who followed, from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath and even The Beatles.

                Also features ‘Stop Your Sobbing’, which was taken into the Top 40 in 1979 by The Pretenders.

                From the original sleevenotes: “Ray, the leader of The Kinks is 20 and almost 6 feet tall. He composes, listens to what the others have to say about the compositions and then they record what he originally wrote! Vocalist, rhythm guitar and harmonica player, he has very definite ideas of his own about almost everything and enjoys the occasional sulk.”

                140g vinyl.

                The Kinks

                The Kink Kontroversy

                  Classic Kinks catalogue on vinyl. The original albums on their finest format, with the original UK tracklistings.

                  The third Kinks album, originally released in 1965, is a transitional work, with elements of both the earlier Kinks styles (heavily blues-influenced songs such as ‘Milk Cow Blues’ and variations on the band’s hits from 1964 - 65) and early indications of the future direction of Ray Davies’ songwriting styles (‘The World Keeps Going Round’ and ‘I’m On An Island’).

                  The album went to Number Nine in the UK Chart and includes the Top 10 hit ‘Till The End Of The Day’.

                  140g vinyl.

                  Still the favourite with many Motorpsycho fans, the iconic "Demon Box" was also their breakthrough album and is a testament to their most drastic period of transition, from being a relatively, but not entirely, straight rock band largely met with indifference, to becoming a band where "shit definitely falls in place", to quote Tommy Olsson´s liner notes. It´s also, notably, the only album in their vast catalog where Deathprod was a permanent member of the group. This re-issue follows those of "Timothy´s Monster" and "Blissard" and has been possible with the kind permission and co-operation of Voices Of Wonder.

                  Spread over five discs we get the following:
                  Disc 1 and 2: "Demon Box" as it appears on the double vinyl edition and as it was envisaged by the band at the time. But the label only wanted to release it as a single CD, meaning that a couple of tracks, much to the bands regret, had to be left out. So this is actually the first ever CD release of the full "Demon Box" album.
                  Disc 3: The two EPs that followed the album, plus "Home Of The Brave", a live recording previously available on a long deleted compilation.
                  Disc 4: Various outtakes, live recordings and other rarities, mostly unreleased until now.
                  Disc 5 (DVD): Something of a curio that will have the fans wetting their pants, for sure. A previously uncirculated, one-camera video documentation of the full gig at the Vera venue in Groningen, The Netherlands, September 19, 1993. Dark, shadowy, chaotic, loud, energetic and primitive, this is still the best audiovisual recording of a complete show from this period.

                  The original 2LP edition of "Demon Box" is being released at he same time. This has been out of print for many years, and now fetches unhealthy prices on the net.

                  Night Flights

                  Night Flights Vol. 1

                    Tripping the Light fantastic courtesy of Night Flights, a new San Franciscan take on the path taken by the likes of Schulze / Tangerine Dream / Cluster / Eno and other doyens of the space-synth-riff float.

                    Night Flights is a recording project of lo-fi, ambient, synth-driven, soundscapes. Consisting of members of the band Carlton Melton and Mastered by John McBain, Night Flights is a collection of sounds prepared 'for headphones only'. It is very much influenced in spirit by the 1980's late night television series 'Night Flights'. Rich Millman - synth and guitar; Andy Duvall - galaga-guitar on 'alpha jerk'. Recorded and mixed by Rich Millman, Mastered by John McBain at Taylor Street Studios. Art by Kaveh Soofi

                    Its not like this hasn’t been done before, but Agitated hasn’t released anything so chilled and spatial…and after the year we've had, this 40 minhutes from Night Fligths de-bugs the sytstem and sets our mind straight!

                    This is the ideal comedown record for the concerted psychedelicist. Freak on my flotation tank flag wavers. 500 only 12” vinyl, clear orange vinyl at that.

                    Eilon Paz

                    Dust & Grooves - Adventures In Record Collecting (2nd Edition)

                      (This edition has 20 more pages than the first edition) A stunning, 436-page photography-and-interview coffee-table book about the world’s most fascinating and accomplished vinyl collectors created by noted photographer Eilon Paz. “[Eilon Paz’s] lavishly illustrated coffee-table book contains portraits of some 130 ‘record diggers,’ as he sometimes calls them, who have often gravitated to genres as obscure as Turkish psychedelia, ‘Sesame Street’ albums, lounge acts, sexploitation and horror film soundtracks, ’60s girl groups from France and Japan, and even colored discs … visceral and joyous.” NY Times // Eilon Paz’s 436-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl connoisseurs and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with indepth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging. Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of world-renowned and lesser-known DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 fulllength interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, his book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, from die-hard record enthusiasts to fans of pop culture, sharp photography, and music history. Eilon Paz has shot for Israel’s top cultural publications and is a regular contributor for the US based food/travel magazine, Saveur, and his work appeared in worldwide publications such as Wax Poetics, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine, and the French music magazine Vibrations.

                      Psychic TV

                      Snakes

                        Angry Love Productions is proud to present Snakes, Psychic TV's first full-length LP since 2009's Alien Brain vs. The Skinwalkers. A psychedelic journey from start to finish, Snakes has a wide variety of material that musically touches on various parts of Psychic TV's 35-year history, yet feels extremely cohesive as an album. Singer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has and will continue to be a press darling for h/er reputation as a "cultural-engineer" and will be promoting the album full-tilt while Psychic TV as a band have and will continue to promote it on the road.

                        This LP will be a limited run of 1,000 copies bearing stunning five-colour artwork and will have the trademark "random recycled vinyl" colour process, meaning each copy of the vinyl will be completely unique in colour.

                        Secret Pyramid

                        Movements Of Night

                        Secret Pyramid is the solo project of Vancouver-based musician Amir Abbey, whose previous output includes The Silent March cassette (to be reissued on vinyl by Students of Decay in early 2014). Movements of Night finds Abbey further develop and refine the haunting, faraway sound-world that earned the aforementioned release well-due praise. “A Descent” opens the record; its title aptly portends the track’s dirge-like drones and throbbing cycles of low-end. Throughout Movements of Night, Abbey deftly navigates the properties of sleep and unconsciousness, charting a course that is equal parts harrowing and funereal, tranquil and sublime. Juxtaposing the everyday with the obscured, the half-there melodies and arcs of hazy guitar histrionics of “Closer” dissolve into “To Forget,” a track that posits a more familiar, tangible atmosphere in which radiant drones are tethered to a driving bassline, recalling perhaps a lost ’70s Popol Vuh Herzog soundtrack. “Escape” closes the album on a nostalgic note, akin to the feeling of waking from a wondrous dream which one knows one cannot revisit. With Movements of Night, Abbey casts his net into the abyss of the unconscious and returns with a potent paean to the dreamworld.

                        With previous sought-after single releases on Hole In The Sky and Modular, hotly regarded Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala finally deliver their debut long player, "Innerspeaker". The album delivers a heady swirling mix of 60s psych influences such as Love, Cream and a general West Coast stoner rock vibe, mixed in with contemporary acts like Animal Collective and Dungen, all underpinned with an infectious melodic and at times quite poppy groove. The guitars are fuzzy and the vocals washed to the back of the mix, giving an overall feeling of being lifted from a "Nuggets" outakes LP.


                        Modular is proud to announce that West Australia’s psych warriors Tame Impala will return with their new album 'Lonerism'.

                        Again recorded and produced almost entirely by Kevin Parker in studios, planes, hotels and homes around the world, and mixed by the trailblazing Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips / MGMT), 'Lonerism'’s sound is not so much Tame Impala's sound reinvented as completely redrafted and stretched way, way out. It’s a quantum leap forward for the band, the seeds of which were sown shortly after their debut album ‘Innerspeaker’ was mixed.

                        Featuring twelve new songs, 'Lonerism'’s most apparent advance is in its synthesizers - there’s swathes of them cutting melancosmic shapes across almost every track. There’s still the searing guitar lines, bouldering drums, free bass and of course Parker’s voice, but now there’s heavily mournful pads and sunshine lead lines from an army of analogue explorers in the mix. This is 60s / 70s psychedelic rock reborn and reinvented for 2012. A future classic!



                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Andy says: This lot always get name checked by people in other bands and now I can hear why: not only do they have The Tunes, they now have the sound: modern-day psychedelia, blending electronic squiggles, synths and all sorts of treated sounds, to maximum effect.

                        Ugly Things

                        #38 - Fall/Winter 2014

                          "For our cover story this issue, we have a massive, exclusive, detail-packed interview with Dave Davies of The Kinks by Richie Unterberger, who also got access to internal memos from Warners/Reprise (the Kinks’ US record company) that shed new light on the band’s story. Also on the cover… US ‘70s art punks The Screamers; we are featuring an extensive unpublished 1978 interview by Jon Savage, rare photos and more.

                          And there’s lots more: Texas garage-psych icons The Golden Dawn, cult hard rock trio Dust, Swedish beat innovator Hazze Hep, Dutch beat group The Lazy Bones, ‘70s punkers Elton Motello, Norway’s Borres Kork, Unsettled Society (of “17 Diamond Studded Cadillacs” infamy), Blue Cheer, Vanda-Young’s Marcus Hook Roll Band, the early years of Lester Bangs, Rhino 39, and mind-melting interviews with Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper), acid folkster Marc Brierley, and Johnny Strike of Crime. Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies shares his experiences of 1968, and we take a journey deep, deep into The Diamond Mine with legendary DJ Dave Diamond. And, as always, our comprehensive review sections covering all the latest reissues, in-depth, and rock‘n’roll-related books."

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Magazine Info: 176 pages / perfect bound / full-colour glossy cover.

                          The Who

                          Be Lucky

                            7” single, heavyweight vinyl with ‘etched’ b-side featuring ‘Who Hits 50’ logo.
                            All stock numbered.

                            Wings

                            Letting Go / You Gave Me The Answer

                              Vinyl re-pressing of classic mid 70s period Wings release.

                              Link Wray

                              Ace Of Spades

                                It will surely come as no surprise that Quentin Tarantino picked up on Link Wray’s ‘Rumble’ and ‘Ace of Spades’ for the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’. The brooding guitar man; born in North Carolina in 1929, as Fred Lincoln Wray Jnr, hails from pulp territory, the mythic Americana of rock n’ roll. Wray’s mother from whom he inherited his striking appearance was a Shawnee Indian, Pop was a street corner preacher and grandpa did some jail time. It’s hard to know where legend overlaps fact in the Wray mythology but the poverty of his early years was all too real. Talking of his contemporary, Elvis, over in Tupelo, Wray quipped ‘He grew up white man poor, I was growing up Shawnee poor.’

                                Over the course of his long life, Wray had four wives who begat him four sons and five daughters with names steeped in black leather lore, including Link Elvis Wray, Mona Kay Wray and Ramona Wray. One of Link’s key strengths was his pared down aesthetic s – from his playing, a culmination of reflex, strength and rhythm, to song titles such as ‘Radar’, ‘The Swag’ and the ‘The Outlaw’, which had the immediacy of signposts. It’s been said that Link invented the power chord but this righteous accolade doesn’t convey the distorted, stripped down excitement of his craft. As an 8 year old, young Link was taught the basics of guitar by an elderly black circus worker called Hambone. The circus used to pitch up across the street from the Wray family home. One can only wonder if the combination of Hambone’s brief tutelage somehow fused with the heady atmosphere of the circus, the screams, the thrills and the sudden dips into danger, creating a spark that Link was to carry for the rest of his life.

                                The flash point was ‘Rumble’, released in 1958. Link was never better than when he tapped into delinquent themes. It doesn’t matter whether this was innate or via creative osmosis, the result was the same; the stark distillation of rebellion. It got you in the hips and the soul. Despite being banned on several US radio stations for fear of stirring up youthful unrest and boosting gang membership, ‘Rumble’ went on to to be a million seller. However, Cadence Records, who had signed Link and his brothers, Vernon and Doug, a.k.a ‘The W/Ray Men’, chickened out of releasing any further rabble rousing tracks. When the label suggested that Link tone it down, The Wray’s took a stroll to Epic and continued a run of exhilarating instrumentals including ‘Rawhide’, ‘Comanche’ and ‘Slinky.’

                                Whilst having contracted tuberculosis when serving in the Korean war affected Wray’s vocals, his guitar playing mostly did the singing for him but he wasn’t always volatile, ‘Lillian’ and ‘Alone’ revealing the heart beneath the tough exterior. Fiercely independent, when the rock n’ roll boom burst, Wray fashioned a 3 track home studio from a chicken shack and largely extricated himself from the music business although he would continue to record and play, stating ‘Money don’t rule me, record companies don’t own me.’ Nothing owned Link Wray but he owned rock n roll. Though the era of monochrome had ended, Link cast a long shadow, drawing admiration from the likes of Neil Young, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend who noted of Wray ‘He is the king, if it hadn’t been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble’, I would never have picked up a guitar.’

                                Though often marginalised throughout his career, Wray was like the night, an unquantifiable influence on successive generations of guitarists who sought to scorch rather than soothe. In the late ‘90’s I caught him in London playing to a hazardously packed house. Wray, who had effortlessly surpassed the boundaries of age, conveyed the vicarious dexterity of his craft with a pagan assurance. It was a joyful event, the audience a breathless crush of leather and crinoline, as Link performed the majority of tracks that comprise this here platter. In November, 2005, Bob Dylan was just about to step out on stage at the Royal Hall Albert, when he learned that Link had struck his final chord. In tribute to the great man, Dylan commenced his set with ‘Rumble.’

                                Various Artists

                                A Distant Invitation: Street & Ceremonial Recordings From Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia And Thailand

                                  - Music, happenings, and modern psychedelic atmospherics from the streets of SE Asia.
                                  - Field recordings, radio segments, street musicians and gorgeous ambience.
                                  - Recorded by Jesse Paul Miller on location in Southeast Asia.
                                  - This limited LP edition comes in a full-color tip-on jacket with a two-sided insert.

                                  A hallucinogenic splatter-drift audio meltdown through the streets and back alleys of Southeast Asia recorded and assembled by Seattle-based multi-sword-wielding artist Jesse Paul Miller (Factums/Secret Records/Liver & Bacon/Big Tribal Balls).

                                  This limited edition LP includes street and folk music, situational ambience, radio excerpts, and psychedelic atmospheres from Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. "We heard them from a distance, bells in the back alleys of Surakarta ... Then, one day, two weeks later, we walked around a corner and there they were, a troupe of roving gamelan musicians and a monkey with a mask ...

                                  If one wanders the streets of Southeast Asia, they will undoubtedly hear a variety of fascinating sounds; those created by street musicians, sellers in markets, horns from temples and mosques, woven with insect songs, birds, dogs, motorcycles. Intended to engage and entertain a host of spirits and gods, festivals and processions are frequent in certain regions. They can be extremely vibrant and overwhelmingly powerful energy situations. In rituals, the use of random multiple layers or instrumental vibrations can be intended to confuse or scare off bad spirits, and this can be very disorienting for the living listener also. Street musicians combine older instruments with electrical delivery systems in the form of genius portable battery-operated-waist-pack mini-horns connected to keyboards, karaoke machines, and folk instruments -- sometimes with effects.

                                  These musicians sit roadside; in some places they hop on buses between stops. In markets and along roadsides, sellers manipulate their voices to advertise using delay effects. Food cart proprietors use an incredible array of sonic methods to attract customers. They tap on objects, use steam whistles; sing like birds, use bits of Western jingles (and much more). Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim broadcasts can be heard blasting through loudspeakers. With the addition of amplification, there is usually some form of distortion inherent to the speaker systems, often magically enhancing the voices, mixing in with the urban or rural soundtrack. The sonic tapestry of any space can reveal poetic insights. There is the perspective that all audio events in an environment, regardless of their form, can be heard musically. The vitality and depth of human expression, whether awe-inspiring or minute in all of its multitudinous manifestations, is for now, intact in Southeast Asia, and very much alive." - Jesse Paul Miller.

                                  Various Artists

                                  Guardians Of The Galaxy: Deluxe Vinyl Edition

                                    In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy's fate in the balance. Staring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, John C. Reilly as well as the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

                                    This deluxe double vinyl edition of the soundtrack to the James Gunn-directed 2014 film Guardians Of The Galaxy includes classic 1970's songs from the movie like Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream," 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love," and The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" plus the film's original score composed by Tyler Bates.

                                    Music plays a major role in Guardians of the Galaxy as the 1970's songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, "One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape [Awesome Mix #1] that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that's the only thing he has left of his mother and that's the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that."

                                    Various Artists

                                    Puff N Stuff - Mixed By Dom Thomas

                                    Roll up! Roll up! For his latest blended CD compilation Mr Thomas heads of down a wormhole and finds "50 minutes of drug related sonic paraphernalia". Which translates as 60s / 70s psych-pop, psych, weirdness and trippy interludes. A mind-expanding selection for Sunday afternoons. Schmokin'! Limited to 100 copies only!



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