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Verto – Krig/Volubilis

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LP, Pôle, 1976

Delerious lysergic guitar-centred freakery from the mid-70s, sounding sometimes like a more prog-influenced Chrome. Lead man Jean-Pierre Grasset is backed on this by members of Potemkine, who veer closer to Magma/Zeuhl sounds on their own equally twisty trio of albums from 76-78 (another day, kids). One of only two Verto records (we’ll rip Reel 19.36 another day too – only so many hours etc etc), they could both do with a remastered reissue and far wider attention. Yes, we do say that frequently.

A1. Krig (4:51)
A2. Et Terre (3:31)
A3. Ether (1:08)
A4. Oka (3:59)
A5. Locomo (5:58)
B1. Strato (Incluant Volubilis) (18:29)
B2. TK 240 S 52 (5:38)

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Hanadensha – The Golden Age of Heavy Blood

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LP/CD, Alchemy, 1988

According to Discogs, Hanadensha means “flower car”, which is both a train carriage reserved for women only (well, we do hear stories about Japanese males) … and that delicate little lady garden than women (and those selfsame men) like to play with.

All we really know is that they were founded by Hira when he left the Boredoms, feature Yojiru from the Vooredoms, and later Masato Yokota from the almighty Corrupted, and in their ten year life made three albums and three EPs of wildly desirable super-amplified racket that got ever more psychedelic. And their debut come come all wrapped up with a motherfucking massive cow on the cover, like some demented acid-Kraut monstrosity on Ohr or Brain from 1972. It’s more “garage band” than that moo-face cover implies, as it turns out, with sections that you might even describe as “rock” amidst all the screaming and very loud guitars. The man T suggested, “File under: Mainliner’s support act” and that sums ’em up nicely.

The CD additionally features their two contributions to the delirious Alchemy compilation Young Person’s Guide To West Psychedelia. And yes, your memory isn’t deceiving you, they were on the first volume of that Japan Bashing series we posted.

1. Future Deadlock (3:37)
2. Bad Tube (6:04)
3. Hot Cake (5:32)
4. Blossom Body (5:47)
5. Blood Star (12:53)
6. Mary Mary Mary (9:49)
7. Headspinningdizzyblues (4:09) cd bonus
8. Heavensucker (9:06) cd bonus

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Glenn Branca – Symphony No.6: Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven (Live at the QEH, London 30.1.88)

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LP, Fierce, 1988

I (Stefan talking now) was at this concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, part of the South Bank arts complex in London, back in January 1988 for what I vaguely recall was the premier of Branca’s sixth symphony. So too, it seems, was someone with a half-decent tape recorder, for a short while later this excerpt from the show (the studio release on Blast First the year after has five movements; there are three tracks here) popped up on deeply scurrilous Welsh label, Fierce. Only “half-decent’ though, because the massive frequencies that Branca’s guitar orchestra summon up would prove far too much for even an expensive bootlegging microphone, and thus it is here.

Coincidentally, I was also at the Jesus & Mary Chain “riot” show at North London Poly, which Fierce also bootlegged, but we don’t have that one. I’d like to hear that sometime, see if I can pick out the howl I gave when a monitor flung off the stage by some enemy of art smashed me in the ankle. Always more treats to find, thank the gods…

A1. Part One (15:55)
B1. Part Two (6:05)
B2. Part Three (5:49)

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Various – Chemical Imbalance #2: Happiness is Dry Pants

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7″ EP, free with Chemical Imbalance issue #5, 1988

OK, so side two is nothing special. And on the flip, the Tengo’s Fleetwood Mac cover is not their best by several leagues. But side one, track two, well, that’s why this has us all gibbering. Shame they never developed this one further. IYAU a properly recorded version would have been most welcome on Songs About Fucking. YMMV.

A1. Yo la Tengo – Dreams (4:37)
A2. Big Black – Burning Indian Wife (2:30)
B1. Kilslug – Warlocks, Witches & Demons (4:26)
B2. Moving Targets – Squares & Circles (2:13)

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