Year Zero Records bring you another archive release from the darkest annals of DIY Punk land.
This charming primal scream dirge comes from north-east Englands DIY Legends, The Bots; who terrorized the politically correct back- alleys of Consett during the blackest days of Thatcherism. Forget such mundane rubbish as song structure, lyrics and musicianship! What we have here is a cathartic channeling of ones inner bigot,vomited forth onto a malfunctioning ferric oxide tape. Rather like a sonic version of the head twisting scene in he Exorcist,but, with that oh-so illusive sense of lowest common denominator humour.
Outsider Punk of the highest un-quality, recommended listening for all right-on lefties and metrosexuals everywhere. Almost makes Keine Namen , The Barron Balls,or The Prats sound like the Eagles!
I'll leave you now with a short sample of the beautiful poetry from these charming improvised lyrics; obviously channeled from the dead souls of Bryon,Keats and Shelley.........."Suck me off you cunt, I'm Gay!"
Bots drummer Eric Doob talks us through the technical aspects of the recording:
"On 'I'm gay' the Bots are Eddie Dibbs/vocals, Dirk Smedley/guitar and Eric Doob/drums. This was recorded in Eric Doob's (MY) front room on 23/1/83, the night before my first date ever. I got my end away. On 'Shit Dixon' it's Eddie Dibbs/guitar, vocals and Eric Doob/drums. Guitar was a Bontempi kids guitar with 3 strings."
1 "I'm Gay"
2 "Shit Dixon"
DOWNLOAD this gay ditty HERE!
Found voices mix with garbage truck percussion, and wallow in a jaccuzzi full of electronic chocolate milkshake. A sweet treat for those bored with their inner ears.Indulge those neglected senses with the sample video and mp3 below,then download it for christmasss.
Also recommended is the earlier Blind Man Walking release, "Late Diner" , go check it out.
No.Now.No from Phillip Allison on Vimeo.
10 Kilos of distant
20 kilos of precipice
30 kilos of abuse
40 kilos of no now (see video)
50 kilos of louse
60 kilos of ice
70 kilos of fruitfly
80 kilos of glass box
90 kilos of tears (click here for mp3 sample track)
DOWNLOAD 117,000 Kilo bytes of Masss HERE!
Ever wondered what was on the rest of the tape found in the movie version of Len Deighton's "The IPCRESS File", starring Michael Caine? Well wonder no more, as Meat Kiosk painstakingly recreate/reimagine the full recording, presented here as "The IPCRESS Symphony"....
Think of an underwater version of Fripp and Eno meets Cluster and an iPad2, then you're getting close. Meat Kiosk are an International ( Franco-Anglo-Australian) collaborative project, performed over the Interweb.
Jonny Zchivago: Treated electric guitar, "prepared" iPod
wharf99: iOS gizmos, "unprepared" loops, Sphero
Track Listing:(click here for previews/download at bottom of page)
Part One : "The Assimilation Process (16:17)
Part Two : "The Colour of Dreams" (20:56)
Part Three : "Resistance Through Pain" (20:40)
DOWNLOAD 320k HERE!
Also available at BANDCAMP
Imagine the bastard offspring of Half Japanese, The Shaggs, and The Prats, and you'd be half way there. True Year Zero music.
Recorded in Fleet, UK, in the summer of 1978, originally released Suprerbun Tapes as a limited edition of about 10. This has kindly been licenced to Year Zero Records from Stupid Rabbit Tapes. Home of the mighty DIY Punk combo,Controls.
I'll leave you in the hands of Keine Namen guitarist and vocalist, Tim Naylor, to explain himself further:
"KN were Dave Mallins drums and me on guitar and voice with occasional member Nevil Ede contributing to these tracks.
None of us could play a note as will become immediately obvious. I brought a guitar mainly to pose around Fleet with, because just being a punk had lost its gosh-wow factor and I thought ramping it up to 'being in a punk band' was the next step. Dave decided to buy a drum kit and lo a band was born. I wrote some lyrics and we spent the summer of 78 thrashing away in the garage of Dave's house as his parents were away in Ireland for three weeks. A party was held at the house most evenings and eventually we graduated to playing a 'gig' at one of these parties.After Dave's parents returned (some kind of Catholic road trip) Dave's kit was wet when we went into the garage to rehearse... I was accused of gobbing on it. .. it was actually his mum spraying it with Holy water! Late in the summer we decided to record the handful of songs we had (all bar one about the sisters Dave and I had been dating - the other one being about the same girl we both dated!). We chucked in an instrumental 'cover' of Buzzcocks Sixteen and a loose interpretation of PIL's 'Theme'. Nevil - who also could not play guitar - came and 'helped'. A final track 'White Cars' was recorded by me solo back at my mums flat.I (Tim) designed the cover and packaged the tape up as 'Superbun Tapes No1' (Superbun was cartoon strip I drew when I was 14) and ran off some copies. Ten copies were handed out to the band and hangers on."
1. Can I Have A Light (Part 1)
2. Hawaiian Stomp
3. Hawaiian Stomp Twice
4. (Shut Up) David
5. Can I Have a Light (Again)!
6. We Want To Be Loved
8. White Cars
DOWNLOAD this 1978 living room HERE!
Philip Johnson - "HEARTACHE’S WORST ASSISTANTS VERSUS THE GENIUS WITH THE SECRET OF MAKING GOLD INTO DYNAMITE!" (Year zero Records YEAR017) 2012
A Classic Philip Johnson melange of spoken narrative, found sound, noise, tape manipulation, and unhinged songs.
Side A (20:49)
Side B (26:02)
Print out the original artwork and make your own cassette!
Check out earlier Philip Johnson releases HERE! and HERE ,oh, and HERE too!
DOWNLOAD Heartache's Worst Assistants HERE!
They sound rather like the motherless sons of The Residents and an Oompah band. Obscure Inspired Insanity at its most obscure and inspired.
Especially fine are the cover versions of rock and pop standards, which firmly put those upstarts in their place, and then piss on their smoking entrails.
Henk Madrotter explains the Prutsers Raison d`etre....."we used any kind of instrument we could get our hands on, kids toys and sometimes a commodore 64, mostly recorded with a mic to a cassette recorder with the "ping pong" method and later with a 4 track cassette recorder.... we did weird covers and we also did covers as cheesy as possible and lots of our own songs in all kinds of styles depending our mood and who ever was there for recording, but mostly it was me, jan, patrick and robo."
He continues on the tenuous subject of influences!!!!....."most of us came out of the old Rotterdam punk scene and we were heavy influenced by bands like snakefinger, einsturzende neubauten, this heat, throbbing gristle, the whole neue welle you name it. We made music on any instrument we could get our hands on and the cassettes that we made, we never sold them but plenty of people were copying them."
3 Love in the old Fashioned Way
4 Tijdens de Ramadan Geen Alcohol
5 My Generation
6 Ik Dank U Allen
7 Wir Gehan Kaputt
9 De Chinese Thee
10 Een Goed Ontwikkelde Baby
11 De Tekst is Nog Niet
12 Eens Gaan wij Verrot
13 Helter Skelter
15 Ochtend Humeur
17 Hopelessly Devoted To You
18 Ben Ik Het Monster Uit Jouw Drome.
DOWNLOAD Volume One HERE!
The debut recording from Noise Improv Free Rock unit Üwan (pronounced ooo-wuh-on) is definitely an uncompromising beast. Ranging from paint stripping noise to subtle atonal aural exploration.
Recorded live in the Year Zero studio, It features Year Zero Stable mates Phil (Blind Man Walking) on Tenor Sax (drums track 1) and Nick (Thee Mark Chapman Experience) on Electric Guitar.
Not for the faint hearted!
Think, Ash Ra Temple meets Fushitsusha, via The Acid Mothers with John Zorn, and you're getting close.
1/ An Introduction to Üwan (4:41)
2/ Devolved (20:42)
3/ Uuh (15:55) (click for mp3 sample)
4/ Evolved (8:07)
5/ Evol Magick (11:36)
DOWNLOAD Üwan HERE!
The Barron Balls?......Never heard of 'em?....Of course you haven't, that's N.Senada's much celebrated "Theory of Obscurity" in action. Already formed as schoolboys in Leicester,UK, 1978; The 'Balls' were inspired into obscurity by the concept of The Residents album "Not Available"; although I severely doubt that the Residents had actually forgotten about recording that album,as stipulated under the rules of Senada's "Theory".
This is not the case with The Barron Balls' "Not An Anthology" collection, which all involved had almost total amnesia about. Therfore under the rules of the mysterious N. Senada, it is now qualified for release,which it now is,thanks to Year Zero Records.
The Barron Balls,named after The Baron Knights, began life as a sort of mini Great Rock'n'Roll swindle in 1978, where merchandise was produced to promote a band that didn't exist.Many badges and stuff were sold promoting the 'band' as 'The Kings Of Cock Rock'; after a headline spotted in Sounds about The Raincoats, Kleenex and The Slits,(although I don't think any member of the aforementioned combo's had a single cock owner amongst them at the time). Being teenage boys, they decided not to go with the original intension of the phrase,that is anti-sexist female emancipation with a feminist agenda (very 'Right-on');but instead take the purile opposite direction,which is more in line with the actual 'Rock' philosophy of the male dominated world of the sixties and early seventies, a parody of 'Free-Love' as you will.
Many sexually offensive parodies of Hit songs were prepared, using found objects as percussive instruments.(Using their environment years before Einsturzende Neubauten eh?)
A performance was arranged in the school, charging 10p admission. Decorated in various plastic shopping bags from well-known supermarket chains to disguise identies, Vas Deferens, VD Scabs Round The Mouth, David Van Hellmann, and C.W., performed atrocious versions of hits by The Jam,The Members,and Kate Bush, before the 'gig' was raided by the authorities after 15 minutes, and forcibly disbanded...........result!
This was the height of their fame, now to make a cassette and forget.This time with original material, acompanied by a super-8 movie.
This slowly evolved over the ensuing years, producing a musical style that was a cross between The Residents and Danny and the Dressmakers, their two biggest influences. Nonsensical Science Fiction and exopolitics replaced the 'Cock Rock', resulting in a chaotic fusion of proto white rap'n'roll ,concluding in sometimes hilarious consequences, all recorded in glorious lo-fi.This is NOT rock music!
But, like fellow schoolboy legends, The Prats, the loss of innocence with the onset of adulthood, lead to a maturing of the sound,and the later recordings showed an unwelcome sophistication. Actual songs played with a creeping competance on real instruments materialised from the chaos; it was time to stop,and forget.
Leicester can now boast another DIY cassette culture legend, alongside The Midnight Circus.
The Barron Balls were:
David Van Hellmann
V D Scabs 'Round The Mouth
All recording re-mastered from the original cassette recordings.
Thie 'Song?' "Stoke!" featured in their sci-fi movie called "Diamonds To Be". Check out the video's below:
1. You Can't Hang Yourself In Space.
2 The Mass Abode
3. Gimmie a Bald 'Ead
4. Retro Blues
5. (I Thank) The Transfer
7. Senility Counteracts experience.
9. Deny The Denim
10. Out Of The Closet
11. Divide (or) Fall
DOWNLOAD Not An Anthology HERE!
Blind Man Walking's first long player is a challenging mix of smoggy atmospheres, glitchy electronics, and post modern free jazz saxophony.
Kinda like listening to a combination of The Solar Myth Arkestra jamming with Cluster and Eno through three miles of steel piping leading from a stage in a Late Diner at 4:17 am.
Check out a non album video below:
Imposition from Vimeo.
1. The Late Diner
2. Feels Like Metro
5. Remembering The Snake
6. Like a Weed
7. Just a Soul
8. Felt like Metro
9. Use / Overuse (Mp3 sample)
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Here we bring you the long awaited debut album from your own handheld electronic buddies, Wharf99. Combining the twin technologies of the cassette mixtape with the very latest iPhone app's, Wharf99 proves that miniturisation is an expansive medium. Retro-futurism is here!
Lush analogue warmth clashes with digital functionality to produce a work that should satisfy even the harshest luddite, all mixed together into a seamless mass, in praise of the cassette. a medium that best presents the artist's work as it was intended; no skipping tracks allowed, just a journey into an electronic wormhole that welds past and future together to make....entertainment??
Other wharf99 music is currently available from:
SIDE A (30:56)
01. Theme From “New Persuaders” (Opening Titles)
04. Isolation Tank*
05. Theme From “New Persuaders” (Commercial Break)*
06. 36 Years (Sound Quality Radio Edit)*
07. Woozy Train
08. ShapeSynth Improv #2
09. SoundPrism #1
11. Sinusoid #1*
SIDE B (30:20)
01. Sinusoid #2*
03. NodeBeat #1*
06. Glossopdale (Revisited)
07. Thursday Oct 6
08. Theme From “New Persuaders” (Trailer)*
09. Low Noon (Edit) (wharf99 & Dubcycle)*
10. ShapeSynth Improv #1
11. NodeBeat #2
12. Theme From “New Persuaders” (End Credits)
*Track or version unique to this mixtape edition
At Last the iPhone is put some positive use! Here is the Xmas Single by Wharf99 , a rather funky taster for the Forthcoming album, "The Shape of Synths To Come". More analogue warmth, and electronic bubble baths, with these imaginary cult TV themes from a forgotten future.
1/ "Theme From The New Persauders (Pilot Version)" (MP3)
2/ "Grand Theme (Demo)" (MP3)
(Click titles to download or preview)
This year has seen a flurry of activity by wharf99, culminating in the release of
the “Pulse E.P”: http://wharf99.bandcamp.com/album/pulse-ep
This 4-track E.P (plus a 5th bonus “hidden” track with the full download)
features remixes and edits of the track “Pulse” to be included on the album,
“The Shapes Of Synths To Come”, scheduled for an early 2012 release in
conjunction with Year Zero Records. The E.P. also includes an exclusive B-side,
“Dark Wave (Dubcycle Drum Mix)” which was long-listed for the recent
Beep Filtered competition on SoundCloud.
Earlier in the year, ABC Radio National’s “Sound Quality”
(http://www.abc.net.au/rn/soundquality) featured the single, “36 Years”, which
represented something of a shift in style by this independent artist who has
previously dabbled in ambient, soundtrack, indie and electronic sounds and
Based in Melbourne, wharf99 has been assembling self-produced home
recordings for the past few years, taking advantage of the benefits of DAW
software and the deluge of mobile phone apps that make it so much more
convenient to be a DIY musician. Like the forthcoming album, the “Pulse EP”
features music created, recorded and processed in various iPhone apps, such
as NLog MIDI Synth, ShapeSynth, Argon, Nano Studio, Funkbox, Hokusai,
Other wharf99 music is currently available from:
http://soundcloud.com/wharf99 (works in progress)
DOWNLOAD A TAste Of Synths To Come HERE! (temporarily unavailable)
Two exclusive tracks from Wharf99 for Year Zero Records first single. And its a goodie, lush warm analogue noodling, timeless electronica for leaking flotation tanks. On the correct side of ambient, to avoid the hideous comparison with New Age. Hope to have a complete album on here soon.Meanwhile here's a superb taster.
Wharf99 back catalogue available here:
DOWNLOAD (temporarily unavailable)
Probably Flipart's most extreme and adventurous release to date.It's another maelstrom of distorted abstract saxophony, that once endured can reaffirm ones Raison d'etre.
I Always Thought 6,7,10
No It's 13,13,12,11
I Thought Of 3
Song For R
Too Much ,Too Many
Put The Kettle On
DOWNLOAD HERE! (temporarily unavailable)
Its the new ep from Scouts Of Uzbekistan, more of the usual avant garage rock from your very own fun lovin' muslims.
Don't think for a second this music is NOT very dangerous. I've seen the effects on test people in labs. Part of my eyes doesn't work so good any more now because of seeing that. Daleks came and shouted at us, grown ups in animal suits slobbered and yodelled for our delight on weekends. The Huntley and Palmer fruit lozenge bonging noise from the cold place, near the beginning, is a sneaking hunt trumpet tantivvy to the rugose cones that that nice Mr Howard warned us of. No one twigs. Not once. And so they gain stronger in strength everyday sitting out in the jungle while you get softer waiting for your orders. If you had ever listen to Pink & Perky, the way I know some do, and then learned everything you could about the creeping cat black magic that Les Gray used to make his tiger feet so neat, then you'll have some idea what magnitude of proportion we are actually dealing with. You gruffing doshers.
Click on the highlighted tracks for samples.
1/ We are ONE (7:28)
2/ Rednecks ARE Real (3:33)
3/ The Hangmans Reel (2:21)
4/ Obey (7:25)
New ep from Thee Mark Chapman Experience, including a funked up version of "Black Oceans of Loneliness" from the "Housewives" album(see below). And two new tracks; "Amihsorih", a fuzzed up sonic reproduction of a nuclear atrocity,- and the title track, an lp length musique concrete experiment......best idea is to click on the track below for a sample,that should explain everything!
Artwork by Australian artist Peter Maloney.
For Peter Maloney's website click here.
Click on the highlighted tracks for samples.(the sample for track 3 is a short 2 minute edit)
1 - Black Oceans (Redux) (6:56)
2 - Amihsorih (5:59)
3 - Appalling Film Star on Holiday. (36:50)
4 - The Sound of Shopping (6:20)
Flipart is the psuedonym for artist Philip M. Allison, and this cd is a complimetary product to his artwerk,which inevitably can be heard as soundtracks to his videos or as accompanying musick for his art installations
ATAXIA is a melange of Saxophone,Clarinet and the Glitch. A computer age nu post jazz masterpiece. Flipart has that rare ability to create musick that helps the listener achieve that rare goal of aurally understanding the moment when you see what is really on the end of your fork. Life is brutal, but this record helps you remember that there aint no god. I love it
Video for "Monica's Eyes":
Monica's Eyes from Phillip Allison on Vimeo.
(Click on Highlighted titles to hear sample tracks)
1. Isolated (5:04)
2. It Hit Me. (4:40)
3. Nitrophile. (6:39)
4. Monica's Eyes. (14:02)
5. No,Its Not. (12:41)
6. Pretty Fucked. (5:21)
7. Terminal. (11:46)
8. Love is a Swordfish Nosed Thing. (1:41)
DOWNLOAD the whole thing in 320k mp3 format HERE!
Thee Aethyr are N.Allison(instrument) and Justine Reynolds (voice)
Daaark ambient electronic dreamscapes, with a smattering of bells and singing bowls. Thee Aethyr is the ambient arm of Thee Mark Chapman Experience, displaying a more hypnotic and mystical quality therein;like a scrambled underwater radio broadcast from the ancient edges of the observable universe,- thats twelve billion light years to the under informed out there. Highly recommended download for those wracked by anxiety, or just too stressed to cope with anything abrasive.All this without being wishy washy or "new age" (yuk!). Ambient for people with a foot in reality.
Think Cluster,Kluster,Popol Vuh and Eno, as points of reference.
(Click on the Highlighted titles below for sample tunes)
1. A Martyr's Prayer. (6:05)
2. I.G.Farben (6:38)
3. An Exorcism (8:12)
4. Event Horizon (6:56)
5. Thee Last Days (10:02)
6. Waiting For Last Year (6:54)
7. Thee Stockholm Syndrome (5:58)
8. We Are Not Here (9:38)
9. We Can Remember It For You. (6:42)
10. Thee Eternal. (8:34)
click to download
Experimental Post Ambient Quasi-Industrial Noise Rock.......just made that up, but it applies as an adequate genre for the music of Thee Mark Chapman Experience. The name is not an attempt to glorify murder, but a symbolic reference to the end of an old musical order, so calm ye down Beatles Saddo's everywhere (Although we are all Yoko Ono fans here).
The album starts with "Absolute Zero" , where the listener is plunged headfirst into ear splitting seering noise, be not afraid for the whole album is NOT like this."Exit Via Entrance" is a doom laiden peon to life, a dull distant thud as a countdown to an inevitable demise.The situationist sounding "Ne Travaillez Jamais!", is an improvised post jazz collaboration with Phil of Flipart,who contributes drums and clarinet."We Will Fight" samples Reverend Jim Jones's final call to arms speech against a teutonic funk backing.......I'm not gonna go through every track, but i think you get the general idea,its varied and experimental,and can get extreme listening, especially "Red Shift/Blue Shift", which sounds like a thousand guitar drone galactic rollercoaster, ascending and then descending in a light speed simulator.
Download and enjoy, if enjoy is the right word.
Cover art by Australian Artist Peter Maloney.
For Peter Maloney's Website click here!
(Click on Highlighted titles below for Sample Tunes)
1. Absolute Zero (4:33)
2. Exit Via Entrance (7:10)
3. Ne Travaillez Jamais! (3:43) #
4. We Will Fight (3:40)
5. Everything We Know is a Lie! (6:56)
6. Black Oceans Of Loneliness. (11:41)
7. Red Shift/Blue Shift (12:57)
8. Radiation (6:22)
9. Bad Karma (5:45)
10.Unhallowed Ground (6:58)
11.The Culling is Coming (6:33)
12.Porn For The Blind. (7:20)
All songs by Thee Mark Chapman Experience except # by (P.Allison/N.Allison)
click for download
Flipart = Sax, Clarinet, and computer Glitch wizardry.
With some tracks verging on the dark ambient, this is one of Phil's more accessable albums, but it is still earie and sinister, improvised and uber experimental....as always. Courthey Pine this is NOT!
Another minimal Post Jazz classick!
Video for "Insoluble/Incendiary" below:
Insoluble/Incendiary from Phillip Allison on Vimeo.
(Click on the highlighted titles for sample track)
1. Bells & Trains & Lights & Viscera (15:04)
2. Things Going (6:14)
3. Insoluble Incendiary (6:23)
4. Intra (12:22)
Free 320kb DOWNLOAD HERE!
Bizarre dark Drum'n'Bass stylings with a splash of Black Humour here from Nick Allison of Thee Aethyr, from back in the days of 1997. Still sounds remarkably fresh, maybe because it isn't yer bogg standard Drum'n'Bass format. Fused with Electronica,with a dash of Exotica,found sounds,noise samples, crossed with a drop of only the best in Elevator Muzak. Nick doesn't like to "Ghetto-ise" himself, hence the name Thee Outside.You could even dance to this if you were so inclined and on drugs.Probably the most commercial record on Year Zero!
Think Luke Vibert, Aphex Twin , Squarepusher and U-Ziq as musical references.
Try it out for FREE!(unless you wanna donate some cash?)
(Click on the highlighted Titles below for sample tunes)
1. Testcard (3:24)
2. Sectioned (4:58)
3. Empty Mind (5:48)
4. Intruder (5:33)
5. Instructions From God (6:33)
6. Its After The End Of The World (8:55)
7. The Grey Room (The Deaf Disco) (3:11)
8. Towers Open Fire! (14:36)
9. This is Your Saviour Calling (7:28)
10.In the Beginning (5:28)
12.A Short Song About Death (9:54)
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