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Full With Noise: Theory and Japanese Noise Music
by Paul Hegarty.......... "Full with Noise,..." is about noise music, specifically the version that has come to be called Japanese Noise -- itself composed of many different strands. The first half deals with the question of noise. What is it, whose is it, and how can we think about it. Also, how does noise inflect our thinking, rather than being an object; at what point does noise lose its noiseness and become meaning, music, signification? Or -- is there even a point where noise can subsist? Mostly, the text below takes the view that noise is a function of not-noise, itself a function of not being noise. Noise is no more original than music or meaning, and yet its position is to indicate the banished, overcome primordiality, and cannot lose this 'meaning'. Noise, then, is neither the outside of language nor music, nor is it simply categorisable, at some point or other, as belonging exclusively to the world of meaning, understanding, truth and knowledge. Read More ...
Dirty HC Punk explosion - Bristol scene Rise up + Disorder 9 free CDs
From The Cortinas to Lunatic Fringe and Disorder, Bristol had a huge Punk scene that has influenced, affected and stimulated a vast range of artists that operate in the city. Many of these artists produce music that wouldn’t necessarily suggest a Punk heritage but scratch beneath the surface of a lot of the major players in the Bristol milieu and you will find a fondness for the times of `spikey barnets’, limited musical ability, a `F*** You’ attitude and disrespect for the music industry and its poseur hierarchy. Read More ...
Dinosaur Jr.
Beyond + 17 albums free download
A straight shot west out of Boston on I-90 will carry you, in two hours or less, to Western Massachusetts, where the country still looks like it did twenty or even 40 years ago: college towns, I-91 tracing the same lazy ladder from Springfield up through Holyoke and Northampton, Amherst and Deerfield. Out there it's taken for granted that the houses will be drafty, the winters uniformly long, and that, on any given trip to the local supermarket, one might spot Thurston or Lou or Kim or J, on-and-off locals for more than twenty years. {audio}http://www.archive.org/download/DinosaurJrDrawings/07Drawerings_64kb.mp3{/audio} ... Drawerings Read More ...
Leon Theremin /1896-1993/ - the great forefather of Rock N' Roll /big noise master/
In 1919, in the midst of the Russian Civil War, Theremin invented the musical instrument that bears his name. The theremin is an electronic device that resonates sound when its operator waves his hands near its two antennas. It was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. He invented the theremin (also called the thereminvox) in 1919, when his country was in the midst of the Russian Civil War. After a lengthy tour of Europe, during which he demonstrated his invention to full audiences, Theremin found his way to the United States. He performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928. He patented his invention in 1929 (U.S. Patent 1,661,058 ) and subsequently granted commercial production rights to RCA. In 1938 Theremin was kidnapped in the New York apartment he shared with his American wife (the black ballet dancer, Iavana Williams) by the NKVD (forerunners of the KGB). He was transported back to Russia, and accused of propagating anti-Soviet propaganda by Stalin. Read More ...
Animal Collective
Album: Fall Be Kind + 9 albums free download
By way of decrying a society that left its citizens unbearably restrained, Edith Wharton describes how in New York in the 1870s, women would order dresses from their Paris dressmakers and then leave them in tissue paper at least two years before wearing them in public; the thought of showing them "in advance of the fashion" was unforgivably vulgar. Social life has changed, but cultural life seems just as restricted now – even Animal Collective are held back by trends that seem a couple of years old (and that they helped to invent). When I think back on 2009, I’ll first remember how our impoverished aesthetic generation repeatedly scraped the resin from the cultural trash barrel. Every second person is wearing neon leggings, and the ones who aren’t rock a ‘70s aesthetic, with high-waisted jeans and moccasins. Christmas sweaters are getting impossible to find at the thrift store. Ska revival. Garage rock revival. It never ends. Read More ...
Guapo
Elixirs
For just over 10 years, London's Guapo has been working in the world of avant and progressive rock. The band's past is a bit hard to track with its numerous lineup changes and guest musicians. The most recent change in roster was the resignation of Matthew Thompson, the founding member of Guapo, which occurred just before the release of 2005's Black Oni. The departure of Thompson has left Guapo with percussionist David Smith and multi-instrumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan. Though O'Sullivan is by no means a founding member of the band, but he was essential in honing the sound on Guapo's last two LPs: Five Suns and Black Oni. These two albums have been pivotal in building Guapo's following of fans, so it's hard not to credit O'Sullivan as an asset to the band.... {audio}http://www.neurotrecordings.com/artists/guapo/audio/Guapo-The%20Selenotrope.mp3 {/audio} ... The Selenotrope Read More ...
The Swans - THIS IS NOT A REUNION - Message From Gira + free discography download (20 CDs)
Michael Gira's re-activated Swans will be undertaking their first U.S. performances in 13 years, celebrating the Fall release of the first new Swans album since Soundtracks For The Blind (1997). The album was recorded by Jason LeFarge at Seizure's Palace in Brooklyn and is currently be remixed by Gira with Bryce Goggin (Antony & The Johnsons, Akron/Family) at Trout Recordings. Read More ...
New Zealand Psychedelic Noise scene + 6 free CDs
For a small country New Zealand has long been pumping out some impressive music. Way back in the 1960s it was crazed long-haired punkers messed up on all sorts of stuff - musical (the Pretty Things, Love, the 13th Floor Elevators, the Troggs and who-knows-what-else) and I guess otherwise. Some of the best of these bands (at least, the ones that recorded) can be heard on Wild Things vol 1 and 2, compiled by NZ music historian John Baker, the first of which came out on Flying Nun, the second probably on Baker's own Zero Records, also the home to No. 8 Wire: Psychedelia Without Drugs. Read More ...

Odd

Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet
The biggest threat to the open internet is not Chinese government hackers or greedy anti-net-neutrality ISPs, it’s Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence. McConnell’s not dangerous because he knows anything about SQL injection hacks, but because he knows about social engineering. He’s the nice-seeming guy who’s willing and able to use fear-mongering to manipulate the federal bureaucracy for his own ends, while coming off like a straight shooter to those who are not in the know. When he was head of the country’s national intelligence, he scared President Bush with visions of e-doom, prompting the president to sign a comprehensive secret order that unleashed tens of billions of dollars into the military’s black budget so they could start making firewalls and building malware into military equipment. Read More ...
The Peyote Way Church of God - believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life
The Peyote Way Church of God is a non-sectarian, multicultural, experiential, Peyotist organization located in southeastern Arizona, in the remote Aravaipa wilderness. It is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Native American Church, or any other religious organizations, though we do accept people from all faiths. Church membership is open to all races. We encourage individuals to create their own rituals as they become acquainted with the great mystery. We believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote, when taken according to our sacramental procedure and combined with a holistic lifestyle (see Word of Wisdom), can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life. Peyote is currently listed as a controlled substance and its religious use is protected by Federal law only for Native American members of the Native American Church. Read More ...
All world secret underground bases build for space travelers
The following material comes from people who know the Dulce (underground) base exists. They are people who worked in the labs; abductees taken to the base; people who assisted in the construction; intelligence personal (NSA,CIA,FBI ... ect.) and UFO / inner-earth researchers. This information is meant for those who are seriously interested in the dulce base. for your own protection be advised to “use caution” while investigating this complex.Does a strange world exist beneath our feet? Strange legends have persisted for centuries about the mysterious cavern world and the equally strange beings who inhabit it.  More UFOlogists have considered the possibility that UFOs may be emanating from subterranean bases, that UFO aliens have constructed these bases to carry out various missions involving Earth or humans. Read More ...
Dreamachine - stroboscopic flicker device enter you to a hypnagogic state - try it right here in your browser
The dreamachine (or dream machine) is a stroboscopic  flicker device that produces visual stimuli. Artist Brion Gysin and William Burroughs's "systems adviser" Ian Sommerville created the dreamachine after reading William Grey Walter's book, The Living Brain. In its original form, a dreamachine is made from a cylinder with slits cut in the sides. The cylinder is placed on a record turntable and rotated at 78 or 45 revolutions per minute. A light bulb is suspended in the center of the cylinder and the rotation speed allows the light to come out from the holes at a constant frequency of between 8 and 13 pulses per second. This frequency range corresponds to alpha waves, electrical oscillations  normally present in the human brain while relaxing. Read More ...
Japan’s Annual Penis Festival – Celebrates Fertility
KOMAKI, Japan — It's springtime in Japan and that means one thing. Actually, two things. Penis festivals and vagina festivals. It may sound like a sophomoric gag. But these are folk rites going back at least 1,500 years, into Japan's agricultural past. They're held to ensure a good harvest and promote baby-making. Maybe they should hold more such festivals. Japan has one of the world's lowest birthrates (1.37 children per woman), which experts blame on stagnant incomes and changing gender relations. Read More ...
Rarest Fishes in the World
Aquatic Lifeforms You Never Caught While Fishing:
Black-lip Rattail ............ These sorts of rattails feed in the muddy seafloor by gliding along head down and tail up, powered by gentle undulations of a long fin under the tail. The triangular head has sensory cells underneath that help detect animals buried in the mud or sand. The common name comes from the black edges around the mouth. Read More ...
Island of Ghosts: Hashima Island - Japan’s rotting metropolis
Hashima, an island located in Nagasaki Bay, is better known as Warship Island (Gunkanshima). The island was inhabited until the end of the 19th century, when it was discovered that the ground below it held tons of coal. The island soon became a center of a major mining complex owned by Mitsubishi Corporation. As the complex expanded, rock brought out of the shafts was used to artificially expand the island. Seawalls created in this expansion turned Hashima into the monstrous looking Gunkanshima; its artificial appearance makes it looks more like a battleship than an island. Read More ...
Japan Monster mummies - the preserved remains of demons, mermaids, kappa, tengu, raijū, and human monks
These fairly freaky historical remains can be found lurking in dark corners of Buddhist temples and museums across Japan. Known as monster mummies, they are, in fact, the preserved remains of demons, mermaids, kappa, tengu and raijū. Or should I say things that people thought were demons, mermaids, kappa, tengu and raijū. They are not pretty, but they are really fascinating. Read More ...

Recent

The Marijuana Conspiracy - The Real Reason Hemp is Illegal
MARIJUANA is DANGEROUS. Pot is NOT harmful to the human body or mind. Marijuana does NOT pose a threat to the general public. Marijuana is very much a danger to the oil companies, alcohol, tobacco industries and a large number of chemical corporations. Various big businesses, with plenty of dollars and influence, have suppressed the truth from the people. The truth is if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial products, it would create an industrial atomic bomb! Entrepreneurs have not been educated on the product potential of pot. The super rich have conspired to spread misinformation about an extremely versatile plant that, if used properly, would ruin their companies. Read More ...
Freegan - strategies for sustainable living beyond capitalism
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed. After years of trying to boycott products from unethical corporations responsible for human rights violations, environmental destruction, and animal abuse, many of us found that no matter what we bought we ended up supporting something deplorable. We came to realize that the problem isn’t just a few bad corporations but the entire system itself. Read More ...
The woman power era is coming - The End of Men!?
Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences Read More ...
Libya Truth Tour
Cynthia McKinney ..... Thanks to all who have come out and participated in the Truth Tour.  I have almost come to its end.  Last night in Detroit, several of the women were moved to tears as I explained the situation in Libya right now as I know it to be. Every venue has had every seat occupied or was filled to capacity with standing room only.  Detroit's young singer and band, Sister Ziyah and Black Rain were phenomenal and their music set the tone for the event:  first song, Kickstart the Revolution; second song, Good Morning, America; third song, Today, I'm a Better Me. Read More ...
Victorian England popular&legal drugs (hashish, opium, absinthe and Chloral)
Victorian England, spanning roughly the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), is characterized in popular understanding as a time of personal and family values. The codification of the notion of values developed into specific and detailed ideas about social and cultural propriety and restraint. The very term "Victorian" has come to be used in our own time by cultural conservatives who look to the reign of Victoria as a touchstone for their own desires about social order. Prudishness, excessive formality, and repression, it is popularly assumed, characterized Victorian culture. Read More ...
Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent
Not so long ago experts predicted the imminent collapse of religion in modern western culture. Religion – often synonymous in these discussions with superstition, magic, and delusion – would at last give way to the autonomy of human reason and the power of the experimental method of natural investigation. But something happened on the way to religion’s funeral. People kept on believing. Recent neuroscientific and evolutionary research has suggested that either many of the hallmarks of religion are, or are byproducts of, adaptations that helped our earliest ancestors survive. Read More ...
Punk explosion against cenzorship in Indonesia + film -punk in love indonesia
It's after midnight in Jakarta and, below a highway overpass, a party is just getting started. Students and the unemployed are listening to well-worn cassette tapes, swigging from bottles filled with a cocktail of beer and local wine and loitering in front of Movement Records — a punk-music shop that has become a nexus for local youths. It is also home to Onie, one of Jakarta's self-proclaimed original street punks, who both works and sleeps on the premises. "It is very quiet at night," Onie says. "The shops are closed, so society is O.K. with us being here. My friends can come at night and argue, laugh and fight for as long as they want." Read More ...
Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple
A temple complex in Turkey that predates even the pyramids is rewriting the story of human evolution. They call it potbelly hill, after the soft, round contour of this final lookout in southeastern Turkey. To the north are forested mountains. East of the hill lies the biblical plain of Harran, and to the south is the Syrian border, visible 20 miles away, pointing toward the ancient lands of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent, the region that gave rise to human civilization. And under our feet, according to archeologist Klaus Schmidt, are the stones that mark the spot—the exact spot—where humans began that ascent. Read More ...

Science

The World's First Commercial Brain-Computer Interface + history of BCI
A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a direct neural interface or a brain–machine interface, is a direct communication pathway between a brain and an external device. BCIs are often aimed at assisting, augmenting or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions. Research on BCIs began in the 1970s at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) under a grant from the National Science Foundation, followed by a contract from DARPA. The papers published after this research also mark the first appearance of the expression brain–computer interface in scientific literature. Read More ...
Meet ALICE - new CERNs giant detector
The giant ALICE detector is already underway at CERN, and researchers are scrambling to add an electromagnetic calorimeter to capture jet-quenching, the newest way to look inside the quark-gluon plasma — the hot, dense state of matter that filled the earliest universe, which the Large Hadron Collider will soon recreate by slamming lead nuclei into one another.  CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is known mainly as the accelerator that will soon begin searching for the Higgs particle, and other new physics, in proton collisions at unprecedented energies — up to 14 TeV (14 trillion electron volts) at the center of mass — and with unprecedented beam intensities. But the same machine will also collide massive nuclei, specifically lead ions, to energies never achieved before in the laboratory. Read More ...
Vadim Chernobrov & Russian secrets experiments with time machines
A disturbing story in the March, 2005. 1 issue of Pravda suggests that the U. S. Government is working on the discovery of a mysterious point over the South Pole that may be a passageway backward in time. According to the article, some American and British scientists working in Antarctica on January 27, 1995, noticed a spinning gray fog in the sky over the pole. U. S. physicist Mariann McLein said at first they believed it to be some kind of sandstorm. But after a while they noticed that the fog did not change its form and did not move so they decided to investigate. Read More ...
The Secrets of Coral Castle and pyramids EXPLAINED by Leedskalnin's Magnetic Current theory
Coral Castle doesn't look much like a castle, but that hasn't discouraged generations of tourists from wanting to see it. That's because it was built by one man, Ed Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant who single-handedly and mysteriously excavated, carved, and erected over 2.2 million pounds of coral rock to build this place, even though he stood only five feet tall and weighed a mere 100 pounds. Ed was as secretive as he was misguided. He never told anyone how he carved and set into place the walls, gates, monoliths, and moon crescents that make up much of his Castle. Some of these blocks weigh as much as 30 tons. Ed often worked at night, by lantern light, so that no one could see him. He used only tools that he fashioned himself from wrecks in an auto junkyard. Read More ...
Microbial communities in fluid inclusions and long-term survival in halite + The 11th Hour - documentary
Fluid inclusions in modern and ancient buried halite from Death Valley and Saline Valley, California, USA, contain an ecosystem of “salt-loving” (halophilic) prokaryotes and eukaryotes, some of which are alive. Prokaryotes may survive inside fluid inclusions for tens of thousands of years using carbon and other metabolites supplied by the trapped microbial community, most notably the single-celled alga Dunaliella, an important primary producer in hypersaline systems. Deeper understanding of the long-term survival of prokaryotes in fluid inclusions will complement studies that further explore microbial life on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, where materials that potentially harbor microorganisms are millions and even billions of years old. Read More ...
How Norbert Wiener Invents Cybernetics + his book " God and Golem, Inc.........."
Norbert Wiener invented the field of cybernetics, inspiring a generation of scientists to think of computer technology as a means to extend human capabilities. Norbert Wiener was born on November 26, 1894, and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University at the age of 18 for a thesis on mathematical logic ( see below "The Logic of Boolean Algebra").  After working as a journalist, university teacher, engineer, and writer, Wiener he was hired by MIT in 1919, coincidentally the same year as Vannevar Bush. In 1933, Wiener won the Bôcher Prize for his brilliant work on Tauberian theorems and generalized harmonic analysis. Read More ...
The T2K Experiment - From Tokai To Kamioka - Where is the anti-matter?
From the beginning of 2010, the T2K experiment will fire a beam of muon-neutrinos from Tokai on Japan's east coast, 300km accross the country to a detector at Kamioka. It hopes to investigate the phenomenon of "neutrino oscillations" by looking for "muon neutrinos" oscillating into "electron neutrinos".  A million pound detector has been built at the University of Warwick as part of a vital experiment to investigate fundamental particles - neutrinos. Read More ...
Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military leadership
The internal workings of the US military had little significance to the overall state of the nation, except during wars – until the post-WWII era.   With the military dominating our foreign policy and being one of the most trusted institution, the character of our senior generals may become a major factor shaping our future.  Hence the importance of this chapter by GI Wilson from The Pentagon Labyrinth: Ten Short Essays to Help You Through It, edited by Winslow T. Wheeler and published by the Center for Defense Information and the World Security Institute.  You can see a summary and download a free copy of this important book at the Project for Government Oversight (POGO). Read More ...

Space

UFO's of Nazi Germany
Viktor Schauberger & UFO's of Nazi Germany
It was nearly the end of WWII. At that same time, scientist Viktor Schauberger worked on a secret project. Johannes Kepler, whose ideas Schauberger followed, had knowledge of the secret teachings of Pythagoras that had been adopted and kept secret. It was the knowledge of Implosion (in this case the utilization of the potential of the inner worlds in the outer world). Hitler knew - as did the Thule and Vril people - that the divine principle was always constructive. A technology however that is based on explosion and therefore is destructive runs against the divine principle. Thus they wanted to create a technology based on Implosion. Read More ...
It Takes a Giant Cosmos to Create Life and Mind + new Supernova Discovered to be the 'Creation-Machines' of the Cosmos
Excerpt from 'The Intelligent Universe', James Gardner ................... There is a time machine clearly visible right outside your front door. It’s easy to see—in fact, it’s impossible to overlook—although its awesome powers are generally ignored by all but a discerning few.  The unearthly beauty, the ineffable grandeur, and the ingenuity of construction of this time machine are humbling to every human being who makes an effort to probe into the enigma of its origin and the mystery of its ultimate destiny. The time machine of which I speak is emphatically not of human origin. Indeed, a few venturesome scientists are beginning to entertain a truly incredible possibility: that this device is an artifact bequeathed to us by a supremely evolved intelligence that existed long, long ago and far, far away. All knowledgeable observers agree that the scope of its stupendous powers and the sheer delicacy of its miniscule moving parts seem nothing short of miraculous. Read More ...
The Size Of Our World or How Insignificant the Earth Really Is in the Universe
Compared to you and me, the Earth is really big. But compared to Jupiter and the Sun, the Earth is pretty tiny. There are many ways we can measure the size of the Earth. Let's look at how big the Earth is, and then compare it to other objects in the Solar System. The diameter of the Earth is 12,742 km. In other words, if you dug a hole down into the Earth, passed through the center of the Earth, and came out the other side, you would have dug a hole 12,742 km deep (on average). That's about 4 times longer than the diameter of the Moon. Read More ...
Strange Images from Space - Photos&videos of the Bizarre in Our Universe
Some weird and unusual objects are floating around in the cosmos. Space is always serving up something new, unusual, and unexpected. Here are images and explanations of obejcts that have amazed and delighted astronomers. Read More ...
Project Icarus: Gas Mining on Uranus
Project Icarus is a 21st century theoretical study of a mission to another star. Icarus aims to build on the work of the celebrated Daedalus project. Between the period 1973-1978 members of the BIS undertook a theoretical study of a flyby mission to Barnard's star 5.9 light years away. This was Project Daedalus and remains one of the most complete studies of an interstellar probe to date. The 54,000 ton two-stage vehicle was powered by inertial confinement fusion using electron beams to compress the D/He3 fusion capsules to ignition. It would obtain an eventual cruise velocity of 36,000km/s or 12% of light speed from over 700kN of thrust, burning at a specific impulse of 1 million seconds, reaching its destination in approximately 50 years. Read More ...
Astronomers had found evidence of something that occurred before the (conventional) Big Bang
Our cosmos was "bruised" in collisions with other universes. Now astronomers have found the first evidence of these impacts in the cosmic microwave background. There's something exciting afoot in the world of cosmology. Last month, Roger Penrose at the University of Oxford and Vahe Gurzadyan at Yerevan State University in Armenia announced that they had found patterns of concentric circles in the cosmic microwave background, the echo of the Big Bang. Read More ...
Mysterious Radio Waves from Unknown Object in M82 Galaxy
There is something strange is lurking in the galactic neighborhood. An unknown object in galaxy M82 12 million light-years away has started sending out radio waves, and the emission does not look like anything seen anywhere in the universe before except perhaps by Ford Prefect. M82 is starburst galaxy five times as bright as the Milky Way and one hundred times as bright as our galaxy's center. "We don't know what it is," says co-discoverer Tom Muxlow of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics near Macclesfield, UK. But its apparent sideways velocity is four times the speed of light. This "superluminal" motion occurs usually in high-speed jets of material bursting out by black holes. Read More ...
Nibiru - great arrival of Planet X  + Timeline of 2012. cataclysm
“A secret document prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is claiming that President Medvedev confirmed in his extended meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in February 2011 that the new planet named Tyche (pronounced ty-kee) by NASA will be appearing in the Earth’s night sky by 2012. Though the existence of this planet had long been known to the ancients, it has only been in the past year that Western scientists have begun informing their citizens about this unprecedented event soon to occur, but who are, also, still failing to tell how catastrophic its appearance will be. Tyche was the name coined for this ancient celestial body by the two astrophysicists proposing it for “planet” status, Daniel Whitmire and John Matese from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Read More ...

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For a small country New Zealand has long been pumping out some impressive music. Way back in the 1960s it was crazed long-haired punkers messed up on all sorts of stuff - musical (the Pretty Things, Love, the 13th Floor Elevators, the Troggs and who-knows-what-else) and I guess otherwise. Some of the best of these bands (at least, the ones that recorded) can be heard on Wild Things vol 1 and 2, compiled by NZ music historian John Baker, the first of which came out on Flying Nun, the second probably on Baker's own Zero Records, also the home to No. 8 Wire: Psychedelia Without Drugs.

These compilations are way up there with the best of the Nuggets, Pebbles, Back from the Grave et al collections and are a pretty good outline of the New Zealand scene of years gone by.

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Wild Things vol 1
Wild Things vol 2


The late 60s/early 70s supposedly weren't too bad, either; with the psych/hard rock bands Space Farm or Living Force (if you're into this kind of stuff), Jessie Harper and Human Instinct and, I guess more importantly, Billy T.K., a member of Human Instinct for a few years and later Powerhouse.
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All these groups have incredibly rare originals floating around; if you're willing to enter the bizarre world of the psych collector be prepared to kiss your cash goodbye. Luckily (?) a couple of reissue labels Kissing Spell and Little Wing took it upon themselves to re-release some of these recordings a few years back. Which are probably no longer available, but who knows.
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The most important is supposedly the Human Instinct - Featuring Billy T.K 3LP box set released by Little Wing from Germany. Bringing some sanity to proceedings is the Human Instinct homepage listing currently-available recordings and news for those interested. I've yet to hear any of this other than Jessie Harper's LP on Kissing Spell...this particular era of hard/psych rock doesn't really appeal to me so much, though the Harper album definitely does it's "thing". I guess one day.

What I like, however is the Vermonster "tribute" to Human Instinct, Instinctively Inhuman (Vermonster is/was a Twisted Village in-house "supergroup" from back in the early days of this label indulging the heavier psych tendencies of those involved. Their debut, Spirit of Yma, is ear-blowing rock of mega proportions. Instinctively Inhuman record number two, is also "bent". The third album The Holy Sounds of American Pipe is a little less focussed but still has it's moments. There were some tracks on singles and compilations too. Except for LP #3 which may still be available the other releases were pain-in-the-arse limited pressings - 500 copies, long since gone, etc.) This carried it's NZ links to extreme proportions featuring Bruce Russell (Dead C/Handful of Dust/Corpus Hermeticum/Xpressway) as "guest" guitarist. If you get a chance to hear it, do.
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Something that may be a little easier to lay your hands on is Stranded in Paradise by John Dix. A very wide-ranging history of New Zealand rock music from the mid-1950s up to the late 80s, this is where you should be looking to find out about the above bands. I have no idea if this is still in publication, but it probably can't be too hard to find.

Jump to the mid-1970s and punk rock was having it's effect on New Zealand just as the rest of the world. One person particularly affected was Chris Knox who along with Mick Dawson, Mike Dooley and Alex Bathgate formed the Enemy. Not only one of the first punk bands in NZ, they were apparently the first NZ punk band to play their own material...and influenced or encouraged lots of others to form bands. Read all about it in Forced Exposure #18 which contains a huge in-depth interview with Knox pretty much touching on everything you need to know about NZ music up to the beginning of the 1990s. Essential reading.
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The Enemy never left any offical recordings (although there was some primitive, wild film footage and you may find some MP3s floating around), and they eventually mutated into Toy Love who were in their time probably one of the most important NZ bands. Toy Love did leave some recordings, a bunch of singles and most notably the Toy Love album.
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Toy Love lasted a few years, Knox and Alec Bathgate going on to form Tall Dwarfs while bassist Paul Kean ended up in the Bats along with Robert Scott from the Clean. Tall Dwarfs have released a whole bunch of EPs and albums of unparalled beauty, mostly on Flying Nun...
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Nowadays most of the Tall Dwarfs releases should still be available; this includes the two anthology CDs on F.Nun, Hello Cruel World and The Short & Sick of it which collect all their early recordings: Three Songs, Louis Like His Daily Dip, Canned Music, Slugbuckethairybreathmonster, from 1981-1984, on Hello Cruel World; That's The Short & Long Of It and Throw a Sickie, 1985/86, on the second collection. This may well be the best the Tall Dwarfs will ever "get" especially the first four EPs as documented on ...Cruel World.
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Lovely fractured songs inhabiting a world defined but not restricted by Barrett-Era Pink Floyd, Beatles psychedelia Incredible String Band, T. Rex, P. rock, etc etc, mixed up with the unique musical vision of Bathgate and Knox filtered through a lo-fi experimental sensibility and demonstrating just what can be achieved with a four-track recorder and a bunch of instruments like guitars, organ, clavinet, mellotron, percussion, tape loops. They have managed to successfully carry this on for over a decade now, with sporadic releases plus the occasional Knox solo outing to fill the gaps. These solo things tend to see his more experimental side get a good airing (not that it doesn't turn up on the Dwarfs releases) but still follow a similar path to the "band" releases. Knox-wise things to look out for include obviously his first solo album Songs for Cleaning Guppies from 82 or 83 (if you can find it) while amongst the later-era releases 1995s Songs of You and Me stands out. Although Polyfoto Duck-shaped Pain & Gum is OK. I guess you should just listen to all of 'em; Seizure, Croaker, etc and make up your own mind or something. Though one warning, Yes!, features for some unfathomable reason a horrid 1980s new wave drum sound, but once you get used to this it sounds OK. Tall Dwarfs-wise the later releases have their moments...
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Stumpy is actually a collaborative release; the group elicited tape loops from listeners and utilised them in the album. And yeah, it all sort of fits together and makes sense, but doesn't really go very far. The 3 EPS triple 10" package from 1994 is way more satisfying. Fifty Flavours of Glue has some nice pop ditties and a few interesting bits. I hope Bathgate and Knox have a few more good ideas in them, but I guess if not they still managed to make some of NZ's most memorable music.

Probably the most important band to record on F. Nun was the Clean. David and Hamish Kilgour and Robert Scott (there were different line-ups, all based around the Kilgour brothers. In terms of records, this is the "important" line-up) not only recorded some of the best music to have came out of NZ but also defined an entire sound and helped create a world-wide interest in music from this particular neck of the woods. In fact, Flying Nun was basically formed for the Clean, according to some reports. Although the honour of first release on the label belongs to the Pin Group. But who cares, right? The Clean, with their five original F.Nun releases (the Tally Ho! and Getting Older singles and the Boodle, Boodle, Boodle, Great Sounds... and posthumous Live Dead Clean EPs) pumped out a timeless psych-pop-folk amalgam. The enthusiasm and energy of their music plus the sheer...I dunno, oneness, of their playing draws you into their music every time. Listen if you haven't already.
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Like all good things the Clean quickly fell apart. Robert Scott went on to the pastoral pop of the Bats (a load of releases on F. Nun) while the Kilgour Brothers moved onto the Great Unwashed, kind of a low-key version of the Clean. Not as focussed as the latter, the Great Unwashed seemed more of a home recording project. Their one album Clean Out Of Our Minds is a collection of 4-track home doodles, but still has a shit-load of classic moments. Like the Clean, the Great Unwashed were probably a band better experienced live, although they reached a high with their seven inch single pack, two singles enclosed in a paint-splattered vinyl cover which played havoc with the enclosed records and is now long-gone (although the songs were reissued on an EP and more recently the F. Nun Great Unwashed CD retrospective), this saw Peter Gutteridge rejoining the fold (he'd been in the Clean at one time) and yet another bunch of classic songs molded in a much more stripped down format. Sparse rock and roll, including one of the all-time great Kilgour and Gutteridge songs Born In The Wrong Time, 2 minutes of melodic bliss. Love that droning guitar!
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Mention should be made here of Snapper, formed mid-80s by Peter Gutteridge and including Christine Voice, Dominic Stones (ex-Bird Nest Roys, in their time an excellent pop band from Auckland) and Alan Haig (ex-Chills). Developing out of a home taping period Gutteridge passed through, Snapper were a howling full-throated version of the music documented on his Pure Xpressway cassette release. The group released an self-titled EP plus two full-length releases Shotgun Blossom and A.D.M. Distorted keyboard throb, reverb and rhythm defined the Snapper sound, they were a monster live, something at least approximated on the EP and Shotgun Blossom.
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Back to the Clean. They reformed for whatever reasons and released three new albums plus some singles. Vehicle, the first of their "new" releases stands as the best. Unfortunately the other two, Modern Rock and Unknown Country just sound a little dull and formulaic, lacking any of the sparkling highlights of earlier releases. Shouldn't complain, though; they are still strong pop albums from an "important" band. David Kilgour has continued on with a few solo releases, most notably the Here Come the Cars album, perfectly-realised pop songs. This is the kind of album a lot of other bands of the 80's/90's would have loved to make but just didn't have it in them to...1999 and 2000 saw brief Clean reunions with live shows in Christchurch and Dunedin, but whether anything else will come of this is unknown for now.

Something a lot of bands never had was whatever "it" was that made the Gordons so good. In existence in Christchurch for a little while in the early 80s this group only released three recordings: the Future Shock EP, a self-titled LP and their second LP titled II. I can't remember what labels all these came out on; I know the 2nd LP was on Flying Nun. Future Shock was reissued here, and later turned up on a F. Nun CD reissue along with the first LP but the 2nd album is long, long gone. The Gordons were all about volume and noise; they were before my time but legendary in Christchurch for the sheer volume and power of their performances at places like the Gladstone (a real dive of a pub where once in a while some of the best musical events of the last 20 years took place.) And I know I've been throwing around way too many adjectives and hyperbole but bear with me here and consider "under-heralded masterpiece of pure shredded guitar blather" or "monster noise/psych splurge that'll fry your brain" or "extreme rug-cutting riffage overload" or something along those lines re: the first Gordons LP. This is really very excellent and you really should hear it. Apparently still available as the above-mentioned CD and yes, Future Shock is as gushingly good as the rest.
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It was kind of surprising when Alister Parker (he played guitar and did vocals in the Gordons) suddenly re-emerged in the late '80's with Hamish Kilgour, Ross Humphries (from the Pin Group) and Glenda Bills as Bailter Space (originally Nelsh Bailter Space). This line-up played live a few times and released one EP Nelsh Bailter Space on Flying Nun, all of which seemed pretty important at the time, and looking back, probably was. The line-up changed; Humphries and Bills left after the first EP, Kilgour a little later (up to the first album) until suddenly we were back with the Gordons again; Parker joined by John Halvorsen (who had been playing with the dark/industrial Skeptics in Wellington) and Brent McLachlan. Bailter Space have been around as this line-up for a while now, released a bunch of albums, etc. The first few, Tanker and Thermos were OK in a 90s new wave-style but really I can't be bothered with them any more and I'm sure you have better things to do, too.
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The Pin Group was mentioned somewhere up above - Roy Montgomery, Ross Humphries and Peter Stapleton were together for a bit more than a year, only ever released three records (2 7"s and the ...goes to town ep) and rarely played live (never out of Christchurch?) Yet the late 90s saw them receiving all kinds of attention culminating in the Retrospective release on Siltbreeze. So what's the big deal? Well, wait until you hear Retrospective and you may begin to understand. But earlier than this the deserved attention relates back to the early 1990s when Peter Stapleton persuaded Montgomery to join him, Kim Pieters and Janine Stagg in a band called Dadamah. They made some recordings which Bruce Russell took with him on a trip to the US hoping to find someone who'd release them, and lo and behold, they had a couple of singles and an LP out on Majora. And this stuff was...different. Velvets-style strum'n'clatter destroyed by freaked electronics and very "out" vocals, Dadamah sounded as if they were beaming direct to your frontal lobes from some distant reality. The album and 7-inches are gone now, but luckily for you Kranky re-issued the whole bundle as a CD compilation.
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As well as reviving interest in The Pin Group and their dark, low-key Velvets-via-Joy Division influenced songs, Dadamah re-started Roy Montgomery's musical career. In a pretty big way, too. He's released albums and singles on all sorts of labels and been the subject of lots of interviews and articles. And I guess you can kind of understand the fuss when you hear his recordings, especially Fantasia on a Theme by Sandy Bull, his contribution to Drunken Fish's Harmony of the Spheres box-set. Montgomery's side-long guitar piece wraps around you like a warm, narcotic fog into which you'll want to immerse yourself again and again. Temple IV on Kranky isn't too slack, either. Shorter songs this time, but still more of his rich, melodic and incredibly atmospheric playing. Scenes from the South Island features evocative images of the New Zealand mainland, a release many regard as Montgomery's best. Personally I find the dark ringing tones of And Now the Rain Sounds Like Life Is Falling Down Through It to be particularly satisfying with "In Our Own Time" one of the best vocal performances I've heard from the man. 324 E.13th St. #7 is a compilation of various singles/random tracks from different sources, necessary if you don't have the original items but a bit patchy as it lacks the coherency and consistency tying his longer releases together. The Allegory of Hearing released in 2000 by Drunken Fish (as with the previous-mentioned three) contains more excursions into reverb-drenched guitar/organ/e-bow harmonics. It's a sound instantly familiar yet Montgomery's expansive melodic sense keeps it fresh.

One other project Montgomery was involved in is Dissolve, a group based around him and fellow New Zealander Chris Heaphy. Dissolve put out two albums on Kranky, That That Is...Is (Not) and Third Album for the Sun. The first of these is duo recordings, not quite your "typical" Montgomery release because it's not Montgomery, it's Dissolve (sorry!) two guitars, kind of dark, imaginary soundtracks, etc etc. I like it and I think you might too. Third Album... is different.
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Other people contribute here, at times: The Bats' Kaye Woodward plays guitar and sings on a few tracks (the Bats were Robert Scott (Clean, etc), Paul Kean (Toy Love, etc), Kaye Woodward and Malcolm Grant, they released a lot of records on Flying Nun, toured a lot and were generally a very very pleasant experience. I guess they finished up a while ago now), John Chrisstoffels (Terminals and a whole lot of other ChCh scuzz bands) contributes cello while Arnie Van Bussel (the owner/operator of Nightshift Studios in Christchurch, recording site for a lot of hot poop the likes of we'll probably never hear again) plays bass. It's a more song-based release than other Montgomery recordings, owing maybe to the collaborative nature and there's a sort of non-linear reference to certain 80s groups but obviously moving forward from there. Both Dissolve albums are good but again, they are more than just Montgomery. A third Heaphy/Montgomery collaboration is available, True on Kranky. The Dissolve name has been dropped here and it's half solo Montgomery, half Heaphy/Montgomery but the music (originally scored for a live theatre project) is as image-laden and emotionally-charged as anything from Dissolve.

Various periods throughout the 90s saw Montgomery slumming it with a few other interesting bands both in the US and UK. He recorded an album with American drug-rockers Bardo Pond, the name was changed to Hash Jar Tempo for the proceedings and the end result, Well Oiled with its murky guitar extrapolations definitely suggests a very smokey session.
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The players met up again in 1998 and recorded a second album Under Glass. Listening here you're funneled through some very loose guitar drone/howl, it's quite transfixing. The second collaboration was with Flying Saucer Attack in the UK. Montgomerey played live with them one night and one song made it onto the Goodbye EP (on VHF.) A meeting of great rural pyschedelia, and you'd never realise it had happened. Guess we should have been there...

Jumping back in time here; at about the same time as the Pin Group (beginning of the 80s) Peter Stapleton was playing in another band, the Vacuum, along with Stephen Cogle, Bill Direen and Alan Meek. According to some reports seeing the Vacuum play was like seeing the Velvets live in Christchurch and from what little recorded evidence exists (a couple of songs on Split Seconds, the third in Flying Nun's excellent Bill Direen re-issue series. Direen has long been a part of the NZ music "scene" but is generally ignored/underappreciated(?) by just about everyone. Right this wrong and listen to the first three of the CD re-issue series!) I wish I'd been old enough/known enough to be there.

Vacuum fell apart, as seemed to be the way back then, transmuting into the Victor Dimisich Band. Cogle, Stapleton, Meek and newcomer Tony O'Grady made the music this time, continuing with that Christchurch sound and that style. The Victor Dimisich Band...here's a criminally under-heralded group. They released one long-gone EP on F. Nun which I'm sure no one has ever heard, let alone seen (you should try and hear it.) Bruce Russell documented some of their archival recordings (live and studio) on his Xpressway label with the Mekong Delta Blues cassette; again, it's gone now. But there's another addition to the continuing re-discovery of Christchurch with the release of My Name is K on Stapleton's Medication label. This is a reissue of the F. Nun EP and a number of tracks from the Xpressway cassette. Plus there's some different stuff here too, and it's all as important to hear as the Pin Group.

For the F. Nun EP the Victor Dimisich Band had one extra member, Mary Heney. A while later she and Stapleton and Brian Crook (later in the Terminals and the Renderers, see below) turned up as part of Scorched Earth Policy. Also involved here were Mick Elborado (again in the Terminals) Andre Dawson and Andrea Cocks. They were scary, musically and otherwise, perhaps the best "punk" group to ever come out of ChCh. Raw and intense and wonderful. Two EPs came out on Flying Nun-Dust to Dust and Going Through a Hole in the Back of Your Head-later reissued on the Xpressway cassette Foaming Out along with a bunch of live recordings.
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Not suprisingly they approximate a rougher version of the Terminals even down to a few of the songs (the Xpressway release has yet another version of the epochal "Mekong Delta Blues," though perhaps not one of the best.) The F. Nun and Xpressway releases are no more but they have been compiled on the Medication release Keep Away From the Wires.

It was more than good news when, in the late 80s, Cogle and Stapleton and some others appeared out of seemingly oblivion to form the Terminals. Since the early days of their Flying Nun releases this band have developed from playing "gothic garage" into a howling, intense beast. Quite possibly NZ's best rock band, and to see them live on a good night is a revelation. Held together by Stapleton and bassist John Christoffel's thick, dense rhythms, Brian Crook (also in the Renderers) draws beautiful noise from his guitar. Meanwhile Cogle strums away seemingly detached and filling the spaces with his unique voice. On top of all this Mick Elborado lays down the kind of gorgeous keyboard-splurge rarely heard since the days of Eno-era Roxy Music or early Pere Ubu singles.
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Fortunately the Terminals recorded their progress. There were two F. Nun releases, an EP and LP reissued as the Cul-de-Sac CD compilation (now deleted?) which caught the band in more of a 60s garage style than the darker sounds of later releases. These were two studio albums Touch and Little Things, the latter a terrifyingly wonderous product. Plus one live CD on Stapleton's Medication inprint. That and a bunch of very good singles, including Psycho Lives/Witchdoctor; to these simple ears one of the best rock singles of the past decade.
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You should listen to the Terminals. You can read more about them in an interview with Stapleton. And know that in 2007 they released Last Days of the Sun, their first new studio album in about twelve years, and it's simply fantastic. Cogle's in strong vocal form, Stapleton and Crook have delivered another set of darkly-themed lyrics, and the band have come up with some of their most densely melodic music yet. Out on Last Visible Dog, who said "Close in spirit to Touch and Little Things, but with some maturity and perspective added. Shades of Velvet Underground and Wire, but as always, the Terminals remain their own band." A group of middle-aged men from Christchurch produce the best rock album in ages. Excellent.
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Download albums.......


The Terminals - Disconnect EP (1988)




The Terminals - Uncoffined (1990)




Tall Dwarfs - 'Throw A Sickie' EP (1986)



Tall Dwarfs - Slug buckey



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