Form & Void

Yet another dual C-90 compilation from Ram Horn Records. There’s a suggestion of some kind of theme but I can’t work it out; killer lineup in any case.

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A Pairing In Disorder

Keeping with the theme of dual C-90 compilations, this gem from 2010 completely escaped my notice for several years until I stumbled on it quite by accident and was surprised at how many artists on it I knew IRL. 60 tracks of mostly noisy experimental stuff from all over the place.

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Austin Noise 2015

Evidently Austin had a hell of a noise scene going in 2015, enough to fill out a 62-artist 2xC-90 compilation. Wouldn’t consider myself intimately familiar with this fact given that I’ve managed to do very little traveling in my life but I’ve been in touch with several of these artists online and a few of them had been up to play shows in my area in the years just before. I have a few other compilations from this series on CD but haven’t found a digital version of this one anywhere yet so I made one and put it on my dumb website and now here we are. There’s great variety among these tracks, including in dynamics though I’m not sure how much of that part is intentional, which is to say, the volume level varies a lot from one track to another (a common issue with compilations) but I decided to mostly leave that alone rather than try to normalize much.

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Wrong: Secular Humanist Revival

More early Wrong - I think this may even be their first tape. You can’t go WRONG, hahaha.

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Wrong: Don't Get The WRONG Idea

I’ve definitely posted at least one item from this mid-‘90s Minneapolis free-form atonal noise-rock power trio involving Emil Hagstrom of Cock ESP before. I think what distinguishes this early Wrong material is that they would actually allow themselves to get into a groove on occasion.

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Another bootleg acquired at the Cedar Falls Co-Op Records back in the day, a pretty stellar collection of material from two or three Sonic Youth gigs. From some of Thurston’s lyrical ad-libs I get the impression that he and Kim were going through some shit. Still great stuff, most of the songs being from EVOL and Sister.

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Self-released cassette from 2001. Honestly at this point I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be snapping up every Skin Of Earth thing you can find.

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I don’t know what Mala is but this self-released cassette recorded live in 2003 is certainly worthwhile for anyone looking to dig into the works of this magnificent group.

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Sadly, with the passing of drummer Rob Ogg last year, Skin Of Earth is probably over. Rob was one of those people that you just sort of assume to be immortal, so it was a shock to the Des Moines music community for sure (not that there is no more Rob Ogg music to be released, though: check out this recent posthumous release where he’s on bass and lead vocals). What we’ve got here is a self-released cassette of a live recording of Skin Of Earth performing on the short-lived outdoor stage out back of Vaudeville Mews in July of 2013, quite possibly the only recording of the band with a bassist (Andy Smeltzer of Traffic Death). I was at this show and it was a mystical experience, the sound of these riffs echoing off the neighboring parking ramp was like nothing else I’ve ever experienced, truly a high point not only for the band but for this city as far as I’m concerned.

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Roadside Picnic: The Idiot/Siren

The hits from Factotum keep coming. Roadside Picnic, project of Justin Wiggan, is always up to something interesting in the realm of noise and sound collage and this tape is no exception. Both sides progress in ebbing-and-flowing waves of sound that seem to be pointing to something deeper than what they sound like on the surface. A good tape to lose yourself and float in.

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