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Academy Morticians - What Happened? (£6:50) (CDLP)
Dufus: Neuborns (£7:50) (CDLP)
Tracks include: neuborns / a having party / barely holding / ploo & brof / silly baboon / turdburger / be aware / revolut!on / cervix matrix / lautreuc-a / climb / hapi bdae seth / you wernt reddy
The missing album recorded in 2001 before 1:3:1 and unreleased until now is finally here New York Antifolk at its best..............Dufus: Neuborns speaks to an audience of believers who get pushed down, the people who are trying as hard as they can to make the world thrive in a way better. It was recorded in 2000-2001 at Emandee in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is released at last through Birmingham based Iron Man Records...you can never have enough confusion...Lyrical content derives from a modern day caveman junk collector’s perspective on deliniation from concensus reality. Dufus presents a deep and transcendent mixture of confrontational songwriting, whip-smart lyricism and massive beats interspersed with avant-punknoise and groundbreaking improvisation; they are helping to define the curve for an awakening generation of artful musicians. Their edgy but positive sound vibration has earned them an expanding and loyal following throughout the Northeast and parts of Europe.
G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S: Cursed with Being (£7.50) (CDLP)
This is the first official release for the oddball Midlands based iconoclasts who were formed by notorious indie maverick Peter Byrchmore - a man whose varied career to date has been responsible for ten or so indie chart hits and a brace or so of proper grown up chart moments. Best known for being in eternal Peel faves The Nightingales. Peter’s guitar and vocalising is supported by Maria Harvey, (another ex ‘gale), who plays the keyboards and also sings beautifully, Abi Bruton and her shiny trombone, Rick Shaw ,(honest) Sax God, John McQueen and his big bass guitars and Andy Nicklin who plays the drum kit. In gauntlets. The basic G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S tenet is to do with stamping out wet music in a way that transcends any stylistic elitism. They see no point aligning with any sub genre or half arsed movements because everyone is seen as a prospective G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S fan. Tired of a relentless diet of gutless, opinion free musical posturing, G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S make a gleefully opinionated , energetic, hook laden racket and are content to offer their intriguing views couched in dry, black wit rather than ram received opinions down throats. G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S have absolutely no intention of preaching to the converted. So there. ‘Cursed with being…’ was recorded in a week at the Magic Garden Studios and was produced by Gavin Monaghan who has worked with all manner of characters, (like Mercury Rev, Gold Blade and Terris). “Bit of a closet genius to be honest” said Peter of his producer, and who are we to disagree?
I.O.D. : Mundane Existence : (£5:00) (CDLP)
Last Under the Sun - Windfall (£6:00) (CDLP)
An interesting one this, as Last Under The Sun attempt to straddle a fence somewhere between emo and hardcore. Something which must be uncomfortable, but when it works, it makes for a very interesting ride. Unlike a lot of bands from those camps, they remember that writing a good song is the all important factor, and there's plenty of hummable melodies contained here, with "This Business" being the undoubted highlight. The easiest link to make is to a pop oriented Fugazi, which makes more sense than you'd think. They've a fair bit of pedigree having worked their way through former members of Stepback, Eastfield, Eggraid, The Hot Tortoise, Pigfish and Damn Dirty Apes, before settling on their current 3 piece lineup. There is a lot to recommend this release, and with fresh recordings in the bag and a growing reputation for their live work, they could be ones to watch, especially with a bass player named after a Hawkwind song!
Last Under the Sun - All Empires Crumble (£2:50) (CDEP)
Terrorizer Magazine - Issue 132 June 2005 LAST UNDER THE SUN - 'All Empires Crumble' This Brummie trio have apparently been working closely with the Stirchley Stop The War group since their inception in 2001, so it seems only fitting that their new CDEP be a focused, uncompromising attack on callous warmongers everywhere. Musically they sound like a tight-as-arseholes reincarnation of the English Dogs when they had Stu Pid fronting them; this is classic anarcho punk, in that the importance of the message being delivered utterly eclipses the medium that delivers it. Peace out!-Ian Glasper
Less?: "..and I'll see you never work again." taunted Florence (£7:00) (CDLP)
P.A.I.N with Howard Marks : Let Me Grow More Weed (£5:00) (CD single plus VHS promo video)
Anarcho dub ska punk band P.A.I.N team up with the man himself. This is the record that spawned a campaign................Howard Marks and the Propaganga and Information Network (P.A.I.N.) recorded a song called "Let me grow more weed." The record aims to introduce the legalisation of Cannabis into a more common arena for discussion and is targetting the unconverted, the people who would not normally take an interest in the cause. Howard and the band are throwing down the gauntlet to Tony Blair and his Government. They believe Cannabis should be legalised and will not stand aside ever.
"I have tried every way I can think of to accelerate the day of Cannabis legalisation, thereby ceasing the torture of Cannabis smokers. I've flooded the country with the good herb, I've stood for Parliament, and I've skinned up in police stations. None of it has worked. I needed help. I got it from P.A.I.N., the best guys in the world" - Howard Marks
P.A.I.N.: "Oh My God! We're Doing It...." (£7:50) (CDLP)
P.A.I.N. : "O.U.C.H." - Our Universe Commences Here (£7:50) (CDLP or Limited Edition GATEFOLD VINYL)
Check the book section for copies of Pete Loveday's "Saga of Russell" comic booksThe long awaited second album from P.A.I.N, sees the South London conspiracy offer the world a radioactive audio file crammed full of Nuclear Dub, Genetically modified Ska, and BSE laced Punk rock. The album features the work of amongst others, John Dillinger, who is currently one of the most prolific writers operating in the UK underground scene. The theme is about the prison system, its use against the defenceless and laws that cannot be defended. The band have found allies in both expected and unexpected places, such as the well documented liason with Howard Marks and the welcome support of Kate Bush. Always outspoken, P.A.I.N see their music as a vehicle of political expression; “There is much more to 'Our Universe' than the prohibition of Cannabis, you only have to look at the poetic irony of simultaneous fuel protests and widespread environmental catastrophe. Everyone will talk of the necessity for radical change, yet still, nothing changes. Are we all just consumers for the profit of the IMF? Do our lives really amount to a column of figures? Just who has the power now? Surprisingly, it’s still all of us.
The Protest Movement has become global in response, and we now have a genuine opportunity to fight back at the real enemy; no longer the copper, or politician, but the evil bastards who claim with a straight face that they own 90% of the worlds resources. We are all born on this planet and every single human being alive has an equal right to life, air, water, and food. They tell us that this is being naive and unrealistic. We tell them that we will never rest until our demands are met, they had better sleep lightly”. (P.A.I.N)
Pigfish - The Reverend James (£6:50) (CDLP)
Sensa Yuma - Up Yours! (£7:50) (CDLP)
Sixteen angry energized ranting old school violent slices of in-your-face thrashing thrailing fist-waving bomb-throwing hardcore punk rock. Lefter than left Conflict/Discharge anarcho confrontation. Sixteen slices of Banned From The Roxy style rants and raves. Seems the boys aren’t that happy with the police, the justice system, the government, what they’re up to over there, life, love, reality – ah yes, good wholesome stuff done just right – go grab some, play it loud, solve all your problems and live happy ever after – wreckomended (just don’t pull the sticker off the front before tea time).
Sist - Talking Points, Not Tragedies (£6.00) (CDEP)
Sist (now re-named The Fall, The Rise for future releases) burst into hot post-hardcoring-rocking action which, roughly translated, means: "We've got a set of diminished chords, objective lyrics and a few stop starts and we're not afraid to use them!" Unleashing off kilter axe-work, growling basslines and thrashing drums juxtaposed with swinging and swooning subsections, this Brummie quartet maintain more roughs and smooths than the bar population of the Queen Vic. There's the eruption of opener "Television Led" which hot-foots it faster than a pickpocket in a police station. Drums are treated to a bit of slap and tickle as the telling "Hindsight is a wonderful Thing" spins out in a fury of dizzy guitars and drunken vocal recollections , while "Chinese Whispers" sounds just a little too typical. A confident debut.
Anal Beard - We, the dreg, 1997-2001 Variety Gala (£7:50) (CDLP)
Anal Beard - Din Noir (£7:50) (CDLP)
After The Last Sky / Inert - The Essence Of Our Art Is Hatred / The 3:00 AM Conspiracies (£5.00) (CDLP)
Ben Haschish - All Over the City (£5:00) (6 Track CDEP)
Bluurg Records - 33 Track CD Compilation Album. (£2:50) (CDr)
Bluurg Records - EPS 82-88 (£2:50) (CDr)
Citizen Fish: Active Ingredients (£7:00) (CDLP)
Citizen Fish: Life Time (£7:00) (CDLP)
Citizen Fish: Free Souls in a trapped Environment (£7:00) (CDLP)
Citizen Fish: Wider than a postcard (£7:00) (CDLP)
Citizen Fish: Flinch (£7:00) (CDLP)
Citizen Fish: Millenia Madness (£7:00) (CDLP)
Citizen Fish: Thirst (£7:00) (CDLP)
Culture Shock - Onwards & Upwards (£5.00) (CDr)
Damn Dirty Apes - Start Again (£5:00) (CDr)
Damn Dirty Apes - The Wonder of woe / Green man / Egg Eating Rats (£3:00) (CDEP)
Dufus: Ball of Design (£7:50) (CDLP)
Dufus presents a deep and transcendent mixture of confrontational songwriting, whip-smart lyricism and massive beats interspersed with avant-punknoise and groundbreaking improvisation; they are helping to define the curve for an awakening generation of artful rock musicians. Their edgy but positive sound vibration has earned them an expanding and loyal following throughout the Northeast and parts of Europe. Born in 1996 as an open collective for creative musicians, the band has forged excursions into multimedia, rock-opera, junkyard fashion and even orchestral works landing in a hard pocket of 5 solid members. Dufus has toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Japan, and has shared the stage with The Black Dice, Moldy Peaches, Ween, The Frogs, Animal Collective, Adam Green, Jeffrey Lewis, Cornershop, Regina Spektor, Low, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs to name a few.
Dufus:1:3:1 (£7:50) (CDLP)
dufus is a NY-based outfit with experimental song structures and semi-improvisational live performance. dufus runs the gamut of musical ideals, blending different forms in often unexpected and pleasantly surprising ways while all the time maintaining an uplifting experience for the listener's benefit.
Having taken various forms over the years, dufus currently consists of Seth Faergolzia, lead singer and acoustic guitar; Rick Snell, electric guitar; G Lucas Crane, science & analog arts; Mark Ospovat, bass; and Strictly Beats, drums. In earlier days, dufus was built on a constantly changing roster of musicians numbering up to 30 performers in single shows.
1:3:1 distributed by ROIR records USA(and Iron Man records in the UK) which boasts such artists as Bad Brains, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Bill Laswell, the Skatelites, and The Legendary Pink Dots is picking up steam, having received quite a number of favorable reviews in the mainstream and alternative press.
Ink19: "Like tasting fruit off the vine after a lifetime of grape soda."
The Village Voice: "An encyclopedia of so-called outsider music condensed into a Downton pagan mystery meeting."
The Onion: "For those who like Frank Zappa but wish he had been weirder, Dufus plays frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with rock stabs...Past opening stints for Ween should sound a signal, but even Dean and Gene Ween must have scratched their heads a time or two."
All Music Guide: "A more folkish cross of sound-collage era Frank Zappa...and the frantic ravings of Captain Beefheart, [Dufus] could potentially change a listener's life."
Jambands.com: "[Dufus] may be somewhat short on poetic resources compared to The Fugs and compositional knowhow compared to Zappa (as if it's fair to hold them up to those lofty standards), but they bring the late-60s spirit embodied by both of those artists into the present without nostalgia."
Impose: "Kind of like a hippy version of Bungle, but still evil."
Organ (UK): "They're making this wonderful, wonderful noise, pure songmaking without the clichés...We need romantic, real-world dreamers like this. We need Dufus."
NME: "Phenomenal live."
If you like Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart you need this record. Dufus review from the new Logo Magazine:Dufus "1:3:1" Released: 26 May 2003New York City’s Dufus, a 60 strong collective, pride themselves on constructing irregular shaped nuggets of non-pop music. From a base of densely layered faux hip hop scatting along on looping lines of rowdy choir rhetoric, ‘1:3:1’ is an elasticised length of sheer unadulterated chaos. One minute they recall The Dead Kennedys had they been brought up on a diet of free jazz, the next they trace a finger lightly around the enforced vocal depths of Faith No More’s Mike Patton, offering up a sphere of diversity that is boundary-free in its very conception. If you pride yourself as the possessor of musical horizons that are as wide as Marlboro country you’ll enjoy this immensely, but if like most of us your horizons are as broad as a dingy back alley it’ll irritate you like you just wouldn’t believe. Matt Brown
There are times, increasingly frequent when my ears tire of the latest flavour, of Sara Cox's band of the week, of bands adding a touch of paint to a tired old formula. Then along comes something entirely out of a parallel universe, one where everything is new, one where music is a special celebration of community and vision. One:three:one is that sort of record, one that lives in my head, erasing the horrors of the daily rockbiz output. Dufus are associates of The Moldy peaches and they live in the ghetto of Antifolk. I feared pretension with wierdly spelled lyric sheets and album covers like P-Funk gone further out. That said, this is a disc that drives forward hard then swings like the pendulum on a grandfather clock before stepping ever up a groove with each new track, like the trance mix of your dreams. It feels like a room full of people who know where they are now but search and improvise themselves to a new place they could never approach alone. A chorus, orchestral instruments, and ever-present guiding voice, authentically miked and real sounds. Smells of sex, friendship, discovery, happiness, love, hope and anger. A real record by real people.
dufus was made in hope, burning hope toward the death of monotony; destruction of the bondage restricting the limbs of humanity from genuine freedom. the sounds have been described as experimental, confusing, lopsided, clumsy, and newly original/refreshing to the dulled ear.
dufus is a musician/artist collective based on a core group and rotating guest performer roster. within the core exist 5 members (guitars, sampler, bass, drums, male
Each performance takes on a life of its own keeping its form nonetheless because the core group remains stable. there is a good deal of improvisation but also well orchestrated planned ideas and great songs of newness.
FUN WEARING UNDERWEAR (seth's musical theater experiment) Fun Wearing Underwear is an abstrakt projekt in deleriousness and tom quackery where there's awooden seed planted to a peach flavored pickle and a whole bunch of people acting real stupid just cuz it's fun to do.
Eastfield: “RoverBrain” (£6:00) (CDLP)
Eastfield: “Keep it Spikey” (£6:00) (CDLP)
Eastfield: Keep it Spikey : (£5.00) (CDLP)
Four Letter Word: Zero Visibility (experiments with truth) (£7:00) (CDLP)
Four Letter Word: A Nasty Piece of Work (£7:00) (CDLP)
Greenland Whalefishers - Streets of Salvation (£7:50) (CDLP)
Harpies: “Lie Down” (£2:00) (2 Track CD Single)
Harpies: “Deep” (£2:00) (2 Track CD Single)
The Hot Tortoise: 4 track ep (£3:00) (CDr)
Inner Terrestrials - X (£7.50) (12" Vinyl LP)
Inner Terrestrials - X (£7.50) (CDLP)
Inner Terrestrials : iT! (£7:50) (CDLP)
Instigators: “Dine Upon the Dead” (£7:50) (CDLP)
Noise For Deaf IV : Noise Offering Interest in Support Education For Deaf (£5:00) (CDLP)
P.A.I.N - DUB SKA PUNK (£5.00) (CDEP)
Pigfish - Creosote the Baby (£7.00) (CDLP)
Punishment Park - Party (£6:50) (CDLP)
Punk Shit: Volume 1 (£5:00) (CDLP)
Punk Shit - Volume II (£7:50) (CDLP)
Quankmeyer faergoalzia : Pip (£7:50) (CDLP)
Seth got an early start as a peformer. At 15, he joined his first band, playing bass for local Syracuse punk rockers, Dark Circle. Then at 16, he began playing bass for a "weird" metal band, Nocturnal Fear. From 17-18, he performed in an alternative rock band, Goat.
In 1993, Seth and Brent "Strictly Beats" Cole, a high school friend, formed Cleaveland Funk Tribe, an acoustic band composed of guitar, trombone, cello, clarinet and drums which performed a sort of "oddly shaped" music. In 1995, the band released their first recording, Stompalomp and had their first public performance at CBGB's. Shortly after recording their second, unreleased album, Seth went on to pursue his talents as a solo artist.
Seth put out his first two LPs, Welcome to the Family and We Are All Related, under the name Rufus, and soon after, in 1996, gave birth to Dufus, debuting with their seminal work, Our First Born, a full-length release featuring a bizarre orchestration of toy piano, banjo, bass, acoustic guitar and four vocalists. In 1997, Seth partnered with Graham Dion to collaborate on Ee-Lai-Font, Dufus' second release. The following year, Dufus released Th!s Revolution, which the respected underground 'zine Ink19 likened to "tasting the fruit off the vine after a lifetime of grape soda." The band began playing out heavily, at venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Wetlands, Sidwalk Café, Arlene's Grocery and other spots around NYC. In that time, Seth also released his solo album, Brand Purpose Syndrome, on which he was joined by John Ludington, of The Barefoot Gravediggers, whom Seth considers his greatest musical influence.
In 1998, Seth embarked on an exploration of musical theatre, combining his unusual music with equally strange performance art into the rock opera Fun Wearing Underwear, which staged nearly two-dozen performances at Surf Reality on New York's Lower East Side, as well as Dumba, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, and Sidewalk Café. Recordings of this material later appeared on the live album Funderwear.
During the second month of Fun Wearing Underwear's performance, Seth began creating his Celibacy Pants, which in 2000, were featured alongside pieces by Jean Michel Basquiat in a showing at the now defunct DNA Gallery in SoHo. Since that time, Seth has created a variety of fashions he calls UGL Brand "Clothestumes," some of which are available in Seth's online shop.
In 2000, Seth released Quankmeyer Faergoalzia Pip, which was vehemntly denied radio play yet found its way into the hearts of Departure Records, which included the single "Disassemblement of Reality" on their punk compilation Words Will Never Be Actions.
In 2001, Dufus returned to the studio and recorded the unreleased yet widely-circulated Neuborns. This was followed by 1:3:1 in 2002, which was picked up by ROIR Records and is slated for release September 30th.
Something of a theologian-idiot-guru, Seth is also the creator of "The Complete and Absolute Disassemblement of Reality," a spiritual doctrine favoring the individual's transcendence of the status quo consensual hallucination.
Seth currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he is working on Dufus' next release, Ball of Design. His newest solo album, Don't Call Me Hippie, is due in November. Dufus can regularly be seen at locations such as the Mercury Lounge and the Knitting Factory and Seth can often be found playing antifolk nights at the Sidewalk Café.
In his own words—
The Steam Pig - Potshots (£7:50) (CDLP)
Subhumans - Live In Bristol 2001 (£5.00) (CDLP)
Subhumans - Live In A Dive (£7:50) (CDLP)
Subhumans: “The Day the Country Died” (£7:50) (CDLP)
Subhumans: EP-LP (£7:50) (18 Track CD EP Compilation)
Subhumans: From the Cradle to the Grave (£7:50) (CDLP)
Subhumans: Rats (£7:50) (CDLP)
Subhumans: Worlds Apart (£7:50) (CDLP)
Swellbellys: The Caged ep (£4:00) (CDEP)
Swellbellys: How far would you go? (£4:00) (CDEP)
Swellbellys: I gotta tick (£4:00) (CDEP)
Tarantism: The Cutting Edge of the Fluff Zone (£10.00) (8 Track CDLP)
This is Antifolk - New York Antifolk 2002 sampler from Olive Juice Music. (£8:00) (CDLP)
Screaming from the Capital - 12 Track Compilation Album (£9:00) (CDLP)
Prewar Yardsale: Lowdown (£8:00) (CDLP)
Menace: Live in Bermondsey (£10:00) (CDLP)
Anal Beard / Bus Station Loonies: split 7" (£2:00) (7"EP)
Anal Beard / Blue Minkies : Split 7" (£2:00) (7"EP)
Ben Calvert - The State Of Travel (£2.00) (7" EP)
Four Letter Word: Do you feel lucky punk? (£2:00) (7"EP)
Fuck Hate Propaganda / Sick Terror (£2.00) (7" Split EP)
Fuck Hate Propaganda / H8 Target (£2.00) (7" Split EP)
Fuck Hate Propaganda - (£2.00) (7" EP)
P.A.I.N: Grow More Weed (£2:00) (7" single)
Swellbellys: Self Destruct (£2:00) (7"EP)
Jeff Lewis with Rachel Lipson: Graveyard 7" (£3:00)
Citizen Fish - Gaffer Tape (£8:00) (VHS Video)
Subhumans: Live at the Birmingham Foundry 9 AUG 1998 (£8:00) (VHS Video)
Independent rock / acoustic / experimental
Michael Canning - 21st Century Water (£10:00) (CDLP)
Dogfood - Remasters 1989-1992 (£8:00) (CDLP)
Mocca: Mr HoHo (£10:00) (CDLP)
the last sucker / modern man / rope so fine / country momma / white / happy to / space is tears / time to close / hand to hold / bright
Mu-Kau - Loose Threads (£3:50) (CDEP)
Parachute - On Gods Shoulders limited edition 7" (£4:00)
Parachute - Pocket Jukebox (£5:00) (CDEP)
Parachute - Moving Still (£5:00) (CDEP)
Pete Loveday - Russell: The Saga of a Peaceful Man (book 1) (£7:50) (96 page A4 size comic book)
From the artist responsible for the sleeve of the new P.A.I.N album O.U.C.H., Pete Loveday's comic books are second to none, His artwork is incredible and his comic books are a must. Russell is Riddled with self doubt, racked with Paranoia and hounded by circumstances beyond his control, our hapless hippie hero sets of in search of sex, drugs and spiritual enlightenment. The results are often hilarious, always absorbing. Played out against the backdrop of modern-day Britain, Pete Loveday's closeley observed graphic saga uncovers a bizarre and often dangerous assortment of misfits, freaks and phonies existing on the fringes of society.
Pete Loveday - Russell: The Saga of a Peaceful Man (book 2) (£7:50) (96 page A4 comic book)
Determined to sort out his life once and for all, our haunted hippie hero embarks on a bizarre programme of self discovery and self-improvement.
Pete Loveday - Russell's: Big Strip Stupormarket (book 3) (£7:50) (96 page A4 size Comic book)
Here in on voluptuous volume Pete Loveday's hard pressed hippie hero discovers his ancestry in a flashback to Biblical times, explores the outer reaches of a drug fuelled consciousness, undergoes an odd experience at a rock festival and stumbles across an environmental doomsday scenario on a demolition site.
Alan Zimbabwe - Cactus Farming at the ends of the Earth. (£3:00)
Pete Loveday posters (£3:50) (Full Colour)
Pete Loveday postcards (50 pence each)
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