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Foetus – Flux

Jim goes Noise Rock Noir on this track from his 1996 EP ‘VOID’.

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Cop Shoot Cop – Room 429

The New York outfit with their scuzzy ballad from 1993’s ‘Ask Questions Later’.

Renaldo & the Loaf – J.P.W.B.C

Short slice of beauty from the Portsmouth duo’s 3rd album, 1983’s ‘Arabic Yodelling’.

Pram – The City Surveyor

Pram are one of those essentially English Post Rock acts that evoke the feelings of the cardigan-coated terror that came hand in hand with UK Folk-Horror (be it in a country or urban setting); think Sapphire & Steel, The Stone Tapes, The Wicker Man, Doomwatch, et al. They effortlessly conjure these feelings (sometimes with some serious loungecore stylings thrown in for good measure) in every piece of music they’ve released, and this eerie, minimal number form their 2007 album ‘The Moving Frontier’ is no different.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – When Big Joan Sets Up (Live in Detroit 15/01/1971)

This was pretty soon after the Captain and his band emerged form the house on Ensenada drive in the woodland hills, after spending 8 months cooped up (and in the case of the band members, imprisoned) rehearsing and recording the seminal ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album. As one can see in this performance, Don Van Vliet looks pretty well fed, whilst the rest of them look scrawny, wild eyed and manic. One can only imagine what it was like in that house, where the atmosphere must have been akin to living within an intense cult; but the stunning results are undeniable when one listens to the ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album, or to this gig where the band blast out tangles, intricate, hyped-up Avant-Rock of the highest order.

King Tubby – The Champion Version

“I am king of the arena; I man rule the arena.”

Jimi Tenor – Paint The Stars

This track is from Tenor’s ‘Out Of Nowhere’ (2000) album; which brings to mind ‘Parade’ by Prince, among other things.‘Paint The Stars’ was described as a sonic representation of an eye kiss when the album was released, and I cannot come up with a better description than that.

Beautiful orchestral, psychedelic soul; done in the style of a ballad. Swoon.

Wha Ha Ha – Akatere

What starts off all sludgy noise and moody sax soon bursts into jolly, Avant-Pop. This Japanese band were heralded by Recommended records, but this was from their 1981 album ‘Getahaitekonakucha’ on the ‘Better Days’ label.

The Mothers of Invention – Brown Shoes Don’t Make It

What starts off as pretty straight boogie quickly descends into Zappa’s snide, musical terrorism that encompass everything from parody to genuine freak musique. The changes are rapid and you’re never in one place for very long. This is off of the band’s 2nd album, 1967’s ‘Absolutely Free’.

The Martian – Particle Shower

Detroit Techno maestro “Mad” Mike Banks goes full on Housey space Phunq with this dancefloor bomb from 1997.

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