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Laddio Bolocko

Laddio Bolocko 97-99

    The following story might be bullshit (drug use and memory enhancements): years ago I was sitting at home staring into the middle distance and the phone on the wall rang (that should denote how long ago this was). On the other end was the booker from The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, who had never called me before. She was excited about the show they had that night and was calling people to invite them. Apparently the night before a band called Laddio Bolocko had played and were so mesmerizing, so strong that they had offered them the next night, which was open. I was intrigued as no band had ever warranted this invite previously to my knowledge. This was new and exciting territory.“I had my ass and ears handed to me that evening. Scorching, pummeling, deep waters ran over me as I stood, beer in hand, mouth open. My memory may be embellishing but I remember a sax as big as me, drums that were physically hanging on by a thread, and twin electric strings that reeled sinister sprites over my head in outwardly circular patterns. Aggressive, far out fractals burned in my brain. I had never seen anything like this band, and never have again.“That’s why it’s so shocking to wait around all these years for someone to pick up the thread and re-release these three perfect recordings on LP for the first time…and still be waiting. So, I’m happy to announce, Castle Face is here with a 3xLP remedy. We’ve been working with all the original members of Laddio Bolocko and sifting through to put together this concise LP box set of what is arguably their strongest home studio recorded material. Included here (for the first time on wax) are Strange Warmings Of Laddio Bolocko, In Real Time and As If By Remote.“Includes former members of Dazzling Killmen, Panicsville, the Psychic Paramount, and Mars Volta. For fans of Can, This Heat, The Residents, improvisation (really they are hard to compare, they are so singular in sound).” —John Dwyer

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: The thoroughly bonkers Laddio Bolocko hit Castle Face records for a collection that you know is going to be of the highest quality possible, and is, believe me, HEAVY. It's like if JOMF could only use fuzz pedals and distortion.

    Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno

    Pink Lady Lemonade - You’re From Outer Space - 2022 Reissue

      First time on vinyl. Originally released as a CD only album on Riot Season back in 2008 and out of print ever since. Fourteen years later it's finally getting the double vinyl release it fully deserves.

      Now expanded, and with new artwork 'Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space' really could be Acid Mothers Temple’s first 'summer album'.

      Here, Acid Mothers Temple's most representative song 'Pink Lady Lemonade' is dismantled and reconstructed as a blissful ecstatic psychedelic trip where chaos and silence intersect.

      These were the first Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno studio recordings since the addition of Pikachu, drummer and vocalist with Osaka grenade-girl duo Afrirampo. The popular AMT standard "Pink Lady Lemonade" showcases a 21st century acid rock update on the 60s San Francisco psychedelic sound.

      This one doesn't reach in the red status often - it’s a more out-there trippy ride. But when it does finally soar, Kawabata's guitar has never sounded more alive.

      "Pink Lady Lemonade, You're soooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!"

      Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno :Pikacyu : drums, voice, cosmic shaman Tabata Mitsuru : bass, voice, malatab Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, dancin'king Shimura Koji : drums, latino cool Kawabata Makoto : guitar, voice, electronics, speed guru Audrey Ginestet : voice, cosmos.


      TRACK LISTING

      A. Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space Part. 1/1 (17:11)
      B. Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space Part. 1/2 / Mirage Of Lady Lemonade (16:49)
      C. Message From Outer Space (18:50)
      D. Take Me To The Universe / Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space Part.2 (20:12)

      Bones Shake

      Sermons

        Bones Shake are a scuzzy, fuzz enthused garage rock trio formed in Manchester in 2011. They play everything to the extreme; violent bottle-neck blues riffs, drums kicked, pounded and exploited and squeals of reverb drenched vocals which when combined, will help save your soul. With a relentless energy, they’ve never taken their foot of the gas. Through tirelessly playing across the UK and Europe, they have attracted a cult following that sees them fill out venues wherever they go; including a sold-out performance at the infamous Raut Oak festival. They have released 4 EPs and 3 LPs to date which has seen them go from strength to strength. Their last EP Privilege was released via Belgian label Never Trust Hippies and new album 'Bleed' is out on 8th July 2022.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Privilege
        2. Cracked Lips
        3. King Dick
        4. Fryin' Line
        5. Bucket O' Blood
        6. Girl
        7. Cops
        8. Kicks

        Boogie

        In Freak Town - 2022 Reissue

          Unissued recordings by this very loud power trio from San Francisco, modeled after Cream, Blue Cheer or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Including their fantastic studio demo from 1968 plus raw & wild live tracks from 1969.

          Boogie (or The Boogie) was probably the first hard-blues / proto-metal group that emerged from the San Francisco scene. Comrades of Moby Grape (who even let Boogie use their rehearsal space) and the Sons Of Champlin. Hard cardboard sleeve. Insert with rare photos and detailed liner notes by San Fran rock historian Bruno Ceriotti. Download card with the full album plus three bonus tracks.

          Doris

          Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby - 2022 Reissue

            A Swedish funk / psych / jazz rarity, it attracted little attention upon its initial release and seemed doomed to obscurity, but thanks to crate-digging DJs and a Mr Bongo 1996 reissue, it has since seen a new lease of life as a highly prized cult classic amongst record collectors. The album presents a unique blend of pop, jazz, funk and soul, containing more than a hint of Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin and the like. Backed by her husband Lukas Lindholm on bass Doris was able to lay down some seriously funky bass lines on tracks like 'Don't' and 'Beatmaker'.

            On 'You Never Come Closer', an experimental track that was way ahead of its time, Janne Carlsson unleashes a fearsome sound on drums helped by Bernot Egerladh on organ. 'You Never Come Closer' was sampled on 'Closer' by infuential hip-hop producer Madlib for Quasimoto. This has led to Doris' work becoming increasingly popular amongst underground hip-hop fans. 'Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby' is more than just a curiosity, it's an overlooked gem, showcasing a singer with a distinctive voice, great range and charm.

            TRACK LISTING

            Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby
            I Wish I Knew
            Grey Rain Of Sweden
            Waiting At The Station
            Don't
            Daisies
            You Never Come Closer
            Whispering Pine
            I'm Pushing You Out
            Won't You Take Me To The
            Theater
            Beatmaker
            Bath

            Peter Gabriel

            Birdy - Music From The Film - 2022 Reissue

              The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, on 1x heavyweight black LP, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound.

              Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis. The album is true to the original LP design, but all images are newly re-scanned.

              The album comes with a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit or 16bit)

              Recorded in 1984, and originally released in March 1985, Birdy marks the first occasion that Peter worked with French-Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois who went onto co-produce both Peter’s So and US albums. The soundtrack to the Alan Parker movie of the same name – the tale of a Vietnam vet who harbours Icarus-like ambitions to fly – it finds Peter flexing his creative muscles free of any commercial pressures and has a number of tracks build out of elements of existing tracks from Peter’s third and fourth solo albums.


              TRACK LISTING

              SIDE A
              A1 At Night
              A2 Floating Dogs
              A3 Quiet And Alone
              A4 Close Up (from Family Snapshot)
              A5 Slow Water
              A6 Dressing The Wound
              SIDE B
              B1 Birdy's Flight (from Not One Of Us)
              B2 Slow Marimbas
              B3 The Heat (from The Rhythm Of The Heat)
              B4 Sketchpad With Trumpet And Voice
              B5 Under Lock And Key (from Wallflower)
              B6 Powerhouse At The Foot Of The Mountain (from San Jacinto)

              Peter Gabriel

              Passion - Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ - 2022 Reissue

                The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, across 2x heavyweight black vinyl LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound.

                Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis. The album is true to the original LP design with a wide-spine jacket and printed inner sleeves, but now utilises colour photographs from The Last Temptation of Christ film. All images are newly re-scanned.

                The album comes with a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit or 16bit).

                Passion – Music for The Last Temptation of Christ was released a year after Martin Scorsese’s controversy-laden film first hit the big screen in 1988. Passion tends to be regarded as a work in its own right rather than just being a movie soundtrack. It features additional music to that which was included in the film; this extra material was the result of Peter continuing to record and to resolve “unfinished ideas”. Built on a foundation of Middle Eastern and North African rhythms and melodies, Passion is unsurprisingly Peter’s most spiritual work, no more so than when the alternately ascending voices of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour and Peter himself interweave on the title track. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N’Dour are far from the only notable guests; the cross-continental gathering of musicians also includes Senegalese griot Baaba Maal, jazz drummer Bill Cobham and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell among many others.


                TRACK LISTING

                LP 1
                A1 The Feeling Begins
                A2 Gethsemane
                A3 Of These, Hope
                A4 Lazarus Raised
                A5 Of These, Hope - Reprise
                A6 In Doubt
                A7 A Different Drum
                B1 Zaar
                B2 Troubled
                B3 Open
                B4 Before Night Falls
                B5 With This Love

                LP 2
                C1 Sandstorm
                C2 Stigmata
                C3 Passion
                C4 With This Love – Choir
                D1 Wall Of Breath
                D2 The Promise Of Shadows
                D3 Disturbed
                D4 It Is Accomplished
                D5 Bread And Wine

                Godflesh

                Streetcleaner - 2022 Reissue

                  Drawing from post-punk and industrial acts like; Swans, Big Black, Killing Joke and Throbbing Gristle as much as the more metallic and punk influences that informed guitarist/ vocalist Justin Broadrick's previous band Napalm Death, the pounding, drum-machine powered sonic assault of 'Streetcleaner' sounded like nothing else at the time, breaking down people's perceptions of what a metal band could sound like. You can still feel the album's broad influence everywhere from the dense atmospheres of post-metal to the abrasive beats of modern industrial and techno outfits, but despite its many imitators, there's still nothing else that quite captures the feelings of paranoia, anxiety and urban decay that 'Streetcleaner' so deftly articulates.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Like Rats 
                  2. Christbait Rising 
                  3. Pulp 
                  4. Dream Long Dead 
                  5. Head Dirt 
                  6. Devastator 
                  7. Mighty Trust Krusher 
                  8. Life Is Easy 
                  9. Streetcleaner

                  Grupo Geyser

                  Singles 1970-1973

                    One of the hidden treasures from Venezuela, Grupo Geyser were pioneers in fusing psychedelic rock with Latin & Afro Cuban rhythms. Here's their first ever vinyl retrospective, including their four singles originally released between 1970-73.

                    Kill Your Boyfriend

                    Killadelica

                      Kill Your Boyfriend are a two-piece psych tinged, post-punk outfit formed in 2011 in Venice, Italy. They are Matteo Scarpa on guitar and vocals, and Antonio Angeli on drums. In Killadelica, the focus of the songs shifts from the person being killed, to the killer. It is the band's first album that features female names as track titles, which are taken from real female serial killers. The band explain that “the tracks are inspired by their stories and attempts to unravel the feelings that led them to make such extreme gestures, their motivations and emotions - revenge, hatred, search for power, lust, avarice.” They further explain that “the themes explored point to an unfortunate fact, that most of these forces ae still present in modern society.”

                      The album’s story starts with ‘Anula’, a slow building track that explodes into cacophony with an ethereal vocal that remains long after it’s gone. ‘Jean’ and ‘Natasha’ offer a frenetic pace that captivates from the opening beat, with an instant desire to move along, in whatever fashion, exuding from the depths along with the hints of something dark and dangerous. ‘Nancy’ wastes no time in asserting its influence with the lyrics “Fear fear fear fear fear” and then the duo of ‘Agave’ and ‘Belle’ work in unison to add a little theatre; with extended background drone rising to new heights in the haunting synth melody that could repeat forever. ‘Marie’ and ‘Elizabeth’ offer a distinct industrial vibe, with the latter being the perfect lead single choice, attracting attention across the globe. Together they are powerful, creating something that can’t quite be named, just below the surface. You know it’s there, but you can’t quite place it. The intrigue is intense. This is only compounded by ‘Eve’ which ramps the tempo up to the max, leaving you breathless and wondering what happened. ‘Aileen’’s countenance is more subtle in its execution before the concluding ‘Kathy’ knows how to mark its presence, ensuring that the stories relayed here, are not easily forgotten.

                      There are no two tracks alike, just as is the case with the people whose stories are being told. There is no doubt that Killadelica is dark, and yet whilst exploring a topic that most would consider macabre, Killadelica's sound explodes into kaleidoscopic and luminous reflections of light, creating a weighty juxtaposition that makes the album a must listen to for anyone of a psychedelic, post-punk or even industrial persuasion.

                      FFO: The Soft Moon, Suicide, Sonic Youth

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1 Anula
                      A2 Jean
                      A3 Natasha
                      A4 Nancy
                      A5 Agave
                      A6 Belle
                      B1 Marie
                      B2 Elizabeth
                      B3 Eve
                      B4 Aileen
                      B5 Kathy

                      Tess Parks

                      And Those Who Were Seen Dancing

                        Toronto-born, London-based artist Tess Parks will return with her long-awaited new album ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing’ on May 20th 2022 via Fuzz Club Records. Following years of international touring and a lengthy list of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe in recent years (most recently the duo’s self-titled 2018 LP), the new album will be Parks’ first full-length solo offering since her much-loved debut album, ‘Blood Hot’, was released back in 2013 on Alan McGee’s 359 Music label.

                        “In my mind, this album is like hopscotch”, Parks says: “These songs were pieced together over time in London, Toronto and Los Angeles with friends and family between August 2019 and March 2021. So many other versions of these songs exist. The recording and final completion of this album took over two years and wow - the lesson I have learned the most is that words are spells. If I didn’t know it before, I know it now for sure. I only want to put good out into the universe.” A growing disillusionment with the state of the world paired with an injury that stopped Parks from being able to play guitar and piano for months meant the album was nearly shelved.

                        “I really felt discouraged to complete this album”, she recalls: “I stopped listening to music for honestly about a year altogether and turned to painting instead. I really had to convince myself again that it’s important to just share whatever good we can - having faith in ourselves to know that our lights can shine on and on through other people and for other people. The thought of anyone not sharing their art or being shy of anything they create seems like a real tragedy to me. Even if it’s not perfect, you’re capturing a moment.” Recorded over a two year period but with songs, lyrics and ideas dating back over a decade in some form, ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing’ is an album full of such moments, people and places.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: The brilliant Tess Parks brings another selection of woozy psychedelic ballads, imbued with a glimmer of 1970's folk and Americana but without a doubt a sound all of her own. Lysergic, heady and hypnotic audio bliss.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. WOW
                        2. Suzy & Sally's Eternal Return
                        3. Happy Birthday Forever
                        4. We Are The Music Makers And We Are The Dreamers Of Dreams
                        5. Brexit At Tiffany's
                        6. Old Life
                        7. Do You Pray?
                        8. Good Morning Glory
                        9. I See Angels
                        10. Saint Michael

                        Project Gemini

                        The Children Of Scorpio

                          A cinematic musical journey that plays out like a long-lost soundtrack (think cult B-movies of the 60s and 70s); 'The Children of Scorpio' was formed from Paul's love of a myriad of genres; from European library music, acid folk, psych-funk, vintage soundtracks and the contemporary breaks scene. The album draws on iconic classics such as the masterful cinematic funk of Lalo Schifrin's 'Dirty Harry', Ennio Morricone's 'Vergogna Schifosi' and Luis Bacalov's 'The Summertime Killer', to name but a few.

                          You can also hear the folk sounds of Mark Fry's iconic 'Dreaming With Alice', the Britsh folk-jazz of The Pentangle and the David Axelrod-produced 'Release Of An Oath' by The Electric Prunes, woven into the cultural tapestry of this gem. The influence of these vintage productions of the 60s and 70s is evident; however, it could be argued that there's also echoes of the funkier psychedelic moments of bands such as The Stones Roses and The Charlatans, alongside contemporaries such as The Heliocentrics and Little Barrie, thus giving the album a broader crossover potential beyond the world of crate digging and vintage soundtracks. We are delighted to be releasing this slowly- brewed timeless classic that manages to achieve that rare feat of keeping one foot firmly in the past whilst still sounding totally contemporary.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. The Children Of Scorpio
                          2. The Road Through The Hills
                          3. Path Through The Forest
                          4. Searching For June (Interlude)
                          5. June
                          6. Scorpio's Waltz
                          7. The Invitation (interlude)
                          8. The Ritual '70
                          9. Scorpio's Garden
                          10. The Turning
                          11. Plan Your Escape
                          12. The Deserted Compound (interlude)
                          13. Buried In The Woods
                          14. Closing Theme

                          Webbed Wing

                          What's So F***Ing Funny

                            Following a decorated career with Philly rock group Superheaven, singer and guitarist Taylor Madison meanders into newly-refined songwriter territory with the inception of Webbed Wing in 2018. Joined by Jake Clarke (drums) and Mike Paulshock (bass), the band fully realizes their innate genre-blending musicality.

                            Webbed Wing’s somewhat simplistic approach to songwriting explores what it means to birth a sad song without fully killing a mood, paired with a soundscape laden with nostalgia and a tasteful pop-rock resurgence. Taking notes from the likes of The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub, Webbed Wing encapsulates everything lyrically gripping about indie and everything vibrant about modern pop. While also expertly intertwining the heaviness of metal and the earnesty of country, the band blends all these different aspects of their craft into something highly palatable and new.

                            Between early Webbed Wing releases, like 2019’s Bike Ride Across the Moon (Disposition Collective) and forthcoming recordings on 2021’s What’s So Fucking Funny? with Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip (Code Orange, The Menzingers, Mannequin Pussy, Circa Survive) via Memory Music Label (Bartees Strange, Anthony Green), there’s an obvious level up in production, honing in on Webbed Wing’s natural maturity as both an artist and a creative. 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A
                            1. Years
                            2. Jesus’s Age
                            3. Make A Dime
                            4. Dream Come True
                            5. For Real
                            6. Need You Around

                            Side B
                            1. Old Times
                            2. Same Thing To Me
                            3. Taylor’s Theme
                            4. Saturdays
                            5. All I Could Ever Want
                            6. Shed A Tear 

                            Wicked Lady

                            The Axeman Cometh - 2022 Reissue

                              If you are looking for raw, psychedelic hard-rock, look no further! We present the complete recordings (1968-1972) from Wicked Lady, the legendary UK underground power trio leaded by ace guitarist Martin Weaver, later a member of Dark on their "Round the Edges" album.

                              Here's the first volume of the Wicked Lady collection; a double vinyl of "The Axeman Cometh". The new edition features gatefold cover with liner notes by doomy psychedelic guitar God Martin Weaver in person, who tells the real (and bizarre!) story behind Wicked Lady. The stuff of legend, this is a real fest of fuzz, wah-wah and heavy riffs that will blow the mind of any hard-psych collector.


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