Bonjour my friends.
This Blog was written to the sounds of Scion. The killer mix CD on Chain Reaction. A twisted gurning pump of machines, its a brilliant CD.
OK – still processing the monster collection as I’m sure you can imagine. Lots of the rarer and more sought after House & Techno went out at the weekend. This included lots of Relief Records titles, Rare Detroit, Aphex Twin, UK Techno, Dance Mania, Transmat, Tonnes of minimal, Warp Records etc. Don’t fret if you missed out, as there is still loads more to go out. Nice to see so many people getting really excited.
One of our regular sellers brought in a really killer pile of super early Happy Hardcore 12”s. These records are the sound of when Happy Hardcore was just starting I guess. As Hardcore as Tango & Ratty, but maybe with more pianos. Sounds much closer to artists like Tango than it does to what happened (Bonkers, Hixxy etc – no disrespect to that sound I personally love that sound too!). Some of the monsters in there were DJ Slam “Looking To The Light” (a real favourite of mine, its just perfect), Frantic & Impulse Vol 1 (just so banging), Mystic & Fire “True Love” (like the most perfect Trance record gone Hardcore – it doesn’t get much better than this), Sunshine Productions “Take Me To The Top” (them pianos in the middle – blow me down!)…and many more. There were also a few nice Drum n Bass 12”s including “Release The Bells” by Sounds Of Life – which is a surefire club dismantler.
This really nice guy who used to sell us tonnes of super rare and obscure Heavy Metal LPs came back in this week but this time it was all CDs. I guess the CDs are what he was buying after his Manilla Road, Exciter, Pagan Altar faze so the pile is all early Death Metal, and some Black and Power Metal. Some pretty obscure albums. Lots of bands that sound like Dissection which is alright by me.
Decent Soul & Rare Groove can be hard to find in London. The demand is very high. As soon as we have a rare Soul LP if it is priced right it goes out the door in about 5 minutes. We bought a small but perfect Soul & Rare Groove collection just the other day – all originals, mostly US. Marvin Gaye, The 3 Pieces, Leon Ware, Curtis Mayfield, Terry Callier, Lou Courtney, The Voices Of East Harlem, The Impressions etc.
Just now we had a nice and friendly couple bring in some 90s Alt sounds. This included about 10 Smashing Pumpkins LPs. I will always remember seeing Today on MTV and it basically blowing my mind. Siamese Dream is a really mental album, and tonnes of their other records still sound great (at least have a few killer tunes on them anyway). 45s, 12”s, LPs, Box Set.
Loads more Reggae in this week. The Reggae selection is now pretty deep. 4 boxes of 45s (and the rarer titles on the wall), and 3 cubes of LPs and 12”s. From Roots to Lovers to Rocksteady to UK Steppers. Ox just bought in about 30/40 Jamaican Reggae 45s. Loads of Big Youth titles. There was also a nice copy of Water Pistol by Tony Brutus but it just sold.
Going back to my Roots – this nice lady popped in today with about 40 Old School Hardcore and Emo 45s. But fret not – these were not crap 2000+ Emo titles. Im talking proper 90s falling on the floor, More Than Music Festival, Heartattack Fanzine Hardcore. Loads of killer titles from Bob Tilton (the lads!), Current, Julia, Crossed Out, Rorschach, Assuck, Campaign, Spitboy, Born Against, Crimpshrine, The Crownhate Ruin, Don Caballero, Baby Harp Seal, Tribute, Frail, Driftwood, Neanderthal, Hellnation etc.
There were also a few killer Metal LPs that just came in – Metallica, Nuclear Assault, Slayer etc. Bang the head that does not bang! Speaking of Metal. We just redid loads of the sections so now the metal/Experimental/Industrial is a lot easier to browse. Come and have a butchers.
Lots on the 45 front! A full set of ‘Finders Kreepers’ Horror soundtrack 45s. Including the unforgettable song from ‘Night Of The Hunter’.
Plenty more collections this week – a particularly interesting one tomorrow – lets see how it works out!!
We have a new Brainiac Five video for you to watch:
Reckless Records gig night!
Scott & his son have started a Skate company; please check it out:
We have some new Reckless Records T Shirts and Totes; below is a picture of a male model wearing one of the new ones:
This weeks Top Ten is from Thogdin Ripley of Hexus Press!!!
Thogdin is an absolute legend and I’m really happy he sent us this Top Ten. Its a good one, enjoy!
1) Ken Nordine – A Good Year For Spiders
Look… there’s a spider. Nordine puts the listener wonderfully close to ‘spidering’ themselves, via a queasy mix of cookiness and black humour. This could of course be swapped out for Vincent Price’s ‘How To Cook A Small Boy’ etc as examples of a kind of horror that’s made all the better, and horrific, for the kitsch.
2) David Murray – Ballad For a Decomposed Beauty
Squeaking like a Sphynx cat in a roomful of balloons, the then-21 year old Murray treads a sophisticated line between the sombre and an otherworldly bop in this free jazzer from his live LP.
3) Intersystems – Lately
Early LP from Canadian performance poet Blake Parker and Syrinx’s John Mills-Cokell, ‘Lately’ grinds a sub-Burroughs gear against a cold-tin city without a heart in which the narrator spits a dispassionate disgust at life — “Lately there has been a new spring come upon me but I was not altogether prepared.”
4) Mike Ratledge – Riddles of the Sphinx Sequence 3
“Capitol — Delay — and body… The rhythm of the sentences was not quite right… She’d been drawing acrobats, trajectories of the body in displays of skinned balance”
For a film that’s all about looking, the soundtrack does very well all on its own. The Soft Machine’s Michael “Mike” Ratledge noodles like the sea going out beneath the psychosexual feminist prose poem from Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s film. Layers of meaning, reminiscences and conjecture shift over each other like plates of ice, parts of a larger puzzle that prove elusive and obtuse.
5) Gerard Manset – 2870
Smacky, sludgey, plodding, yet oddly soulful sci-fi magic from the outsider chanteur. Manset delivers the big, Mobius-drawn two fingers to this world’s tragedy on this deep-fried abstract epic, sounding something like Bryan Ferry with mercury poisoning doling out pronouncements from a future bible over the constant drone of a bandsaw. The perfect soundtrack to the entirety of Decadence Comics output.
6) Arthur Brown and Craig Leon – Morning Was Cold
Craig Leon’s had the grand rediscovery treatment already due to the last few years’ reissues, but his perhaps unlikely coupling with The God of Hellfire is yet due its moment in the sun. ‘Morning Was Cold’ describes — in a sparse clarity that would make Raymond Carver choke on his editor — a death on the street, simultaneously invoking the wondrous and the ominous.
7) Syrinx – Ibistyx
John Mills-Cockell again, who for some reason is ringing my bell at the moment. Syrinx’s orchestrated sax / Moog blend is a true plastic burbling thing-unto-itself. Both their LPs and the (still! why?) unreleased score to David Cronenberg’s ‘Secret Weapons’ reward listening.
8) Names and Faces – The Killer
God only knows what’s really going on here, but despite — and in fact because of — the confusion the implications are monstrous. The puritanical soft-psych vocal phrasing only adds to the unexpected brutality of the whole thing, which folds a Vaseline-lensed nostalgic flashback of the singer’s youth into the trauma of living through a school massacre, presented like the obituary of a friend. A firm favourite. (The b-side, in which “hushed by the fading footsteps, Tarantula sleeps upon the shivering bitch of a new earth” — to a solid beat — is also extraordinary.)
9) Arachnoid – La Chamadere
Killer, furiously angry and angular late French prog, featuring a child chorus calling down the fall of universe, and a hard-to-refuse invitation smash things, in general.
10) Malcolm Arnold and Buxton Orr – Suddenly Last Summer
Never released on record, the soundtrack to the film of Tennessee William’s monstrously boiling Gothic melodrama (what else?!) plays like the missing link between the NWW list and Stan Kenton. Arnold apparently found the asylum aspects of the story so disturbing that he withdrew from the project, leaving Orr (composer for such greats as Devil Doll, Fiend Without a Face, and Doctor Blood’s Coffin) to finish it. The music at the end of the film — over *that* scene—sets a cold fire of terror in the midday sun, to a startling orchestral-and-tin-clattering war chant. *That* scene’s not on youtube, but here’s the main title theme, which does half the job just as well.
Thogdin’s the co-editor of Hexus Press, who’ve just published a new book from Gary J Shipley:
Thogdin even made us a youtube playlist for us, thanks man!!