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Tag Archives: Avant-Garde

The Residents – My Second Wife

It’s the anonymous eyeball wearing one’s again, this time with an eerie little number from their top 40 hits album ‘The Commercial Album’ (1980)


The Residents – Flight of the Bumble Roach

Garbled vocals abound as the anonymous Louisiana Pop combo perform a ritual to summon up the infamous Bumble Roach. The track is wayward and haphazard, with the familiar weirdo chants discordant horns. One from the ‘Babyfingers’ EP (1979); which was the discarded 3rd side of their abandoned 3-sided LP ‘Tourniquet of Roses’. The other 2 sides were, of course, utilised for the ‘Fingerprince’ LP (1976). Recorded in 76, released in 79.

irr. app. (ext.) – Significant Memory In The Grip Of Declension

Matt Waldron’s post-NWW* head movie’s delight and unsettle at every turn. This is from his 1998 album ‘An Uncertain Animal, Ruptured; Tissue Expanding In Conversation’.

  • for those who aren’t aware, Waldron is now a part of the NWW collective, and has been for some time.

Organum – Crawl

Cold, metallic sounds from the netherworld; from Organum’s 1987 EP ‘Ikon’.

The Body Lovers/The Body Haters – 10:00 (Track 3)

Swans Michael Gira with some brooding, ominous marching music for armies of terrifying beings. Or, alternatively, a Jazz number for nihilists in a club at the dead end of town. The whole Body Lovers album from 1998 is full soundtracks from the other side.

George Crumb – Night of the Electric Insects

Dunno if you were planning on sleeping tonight, but here’s a section of Crumb’s 1971 work “Black Angels”, executed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by Leonard Slatkin. This is the version that made it onto the Exorcist soundtrack.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Absence

Strangely beautiful oddball music from Portsmouth’s finest. This is from their debut album (or debut 0.1 seeing as this was from the vinyl Ralph release that differed from their self-released cassette) that was a stunning piece of work with incredible tape loops and use of the home studio (which was a far more impressive feat in the late 70’s compared to these days). This track has eerie sax and clanking percussion bolstering a song about business trips and caraway cake.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Cast Iron Smile

Rare R&tL track that appeared on a 1984 compilation titled ‘The History of Jazz’. The compilation was released just after  the ‘Arabic Yodelling’ album, although the style of this track is far wilder than that album, and brings to mind their earlier work.

The Body Lovers – Track 9

A track that sits on the fence between creepy and melancholic, switching to one or the other at various points. This was Michael Gira’s side project from Swans, and possibly grew out of the aforementioned bands ‘Soundtracks For The Blind’ sessions. The Body Lovers produced a single album, which was 1998’s ‘Number One Of Three’.

Negativland – Yellow Black and Rectangular

The insanity of repetition used perfectly from the US outfit on their classic 1987 album ‘Escape From Noise’.

Laurence Johns

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UK Post-Rock, Laptop Electronica, '90s Rap


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Processes & Experiments /// Radio show on NTS /// Short-run tape label

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Art | Music | Workshops

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sound and art resource for irr. app. (ext.) and related projects


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