Aphasia

Speaking of Adam/Y. A. Gadahn, here’s the only other Aphasia release I’m aware of besides the E H I split. Someone had it up online re-titled “Music Of A Terrorist” a while back. A lot of it kind of just sounds like klutzy guitar or keyboard playing through a pile of distortion, but it’s definitely got its moments.

Delirium

Across

A pretty fresh cassette EP of power electronics. I got this in a trade and know nothing about it really other than that it’s pretty damn good. (Moist Tapes 2009.)

Vorare

Various Artists

Anti-vivisection/animal-testing compilation put together by some Canadian I don’t know anything about. Some of the preachiest stuff I’ve ever had in my collection. A time capsule from that time in the 1990s hen the punk scene decided music wasn’t for self-expression but rather for political causes. Side A has mostly a hardcore, d-beat, oi kind of vibe; side B goes more peace-punk with poppier and folkier sounds. Political Asylum are particularly good and get five normal-song-length songs, and they remind a bit of early Midnight Oil or late D.O.A. with some tasty guitar work. The last and best track is by Chumbawumba, yes that Chumbawumba. It’s actually right in line with what they were doing at the time. I remember when “Tubthumping” came out racking my brain to try to remember where I’d heard that band name before.

Still Angry?

Various Artists

Compilation put together in 1995 by the infamous Y.A. Gadahn a.k.a. Aphasia a.k.a. Azzam the American. An intriguing mix of noise, grind, metal, and industrial. If anyone out there has the first volume, I’d love to hear it.

Diversified Coalescence

The BassTurd

Legendary, ridiculously prolific Austin goofball songwriter/rapper/electronicist The BassTurd a.k.a. Danny Ugly got his start in Iowa City with a few homemade cassettes and basement shows. There is nowhere near 131 songs on this one from 1996; I think it’s more like around 60-ish. They are all weird as fuck. There’s a They Might Be Giants cover song too. Strap in and blast off for Planet Homo.

131 Songs

Bullet-Proof Vest

Something from E.F. Tapes, the birthplace of the legendary Cock ESP. A drums/guitar-or-bass duo doing some primitive noisy improvisation. Nicely crunchy lo-fi recording, lamest insert E.F. ever did. Saw these guys play an E.F. showcase at The Red Sea in Minneapolis probably not long after this came out along with Wrong and The Amputease. My girlfriend I dragged along hated the whole thing. It was awesome.

Barbara/Plus7

3.2

Good ol’ 1990s tape weirdness from the legendary Steveggs. On this tape pretty much what happens is the Pile Of Eggs/Egg Scab Radio mastermind and a buddy identified as “Dreadhead” dropped some acid and started recording. The result is some ambient and techno-ish goofing, a few metal guitar riffs, and over it all Steveggs rambles incoherently through a pitch shifter. Nothing earth-shattering but kind of a fun ride.

III Point II

My efforts at resurrecting old content continue.

I fixed download links at these posts:

If you take a look at the page numbers at the bottom you’ll notice they go clear up to 64 now. That’s because I finally got around to importing all the old posts from the old Wordpress incarnation of this site, dating way back to April 2010. YouTube and bandcamp embeds probably got killed off in the process but I’m not going to bother fixing all those. Images and files I put up for download should all still show up. Everything from the “audio archives” page, however, has just been tossed in with all the stuff at ragmanrecords.com. Other than that, if you see anything that looks broken or like some hacker script stuck it in there while this was still a Wordpress site, please let me know.

Uploaded some new stuff to the MUSICIAN Bandcamp last night, the biggest thing being the contents of the tape trade thing I did this year. I probably won’t be doing any more of those since I got rid of my Facebook account, though. There’s some pretty interesting collaborations and remixes on here and the early experiments in no-input multi-effects (Boss ME-30 specifically) which now, along with old Peavey Musician amps (hit me up if you’re selling one cheap, I’m considering expanding the two I have into a collection), forms the core of the MUSICIAN instrumentation.

I also threw up a couple recent compilation tracks. Noise heads should definitely seek out this “I’m An Adult” double-CDR on Busey Teeth CDR. Available from the Hair On My Food Tapes Storenvy page.