Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry LP

Updated 12/3/2014: Now in-stock and available from 20buckspinshop.com.

A brand new album from Blut Aus Nord is not necessarily a rare event. The man (and his band?) have been putting out top-tier, icy black metal consistently and prolifically. A new entry in the Memoria Vetusta series, though? Well, that’s nothing to blog about lightly. You must blog. That. Very. Seriously. According to the pre-order page, this is released today: debemur-morti.com. No copies on North American shores yet, but you can rest assured that it will be well distributed. Available for pre-order in the States from blood-music.com.

Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III Saturnian Poetry LP

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Wizard Rifle – Here In The Deadlights LP

As a newly minted 3-piece, Wizard Rifle rips through four intense tracks of buzzing riffage and psychosis on their new LP ‘Here In The Deadlights’ and yeah—it sounds pretty much like what the title would suggest. Equal parts syrupy sludge, celestial shimmering and frantic blasts are mixed up in this psychedelic assault that switch gears on you as soon as you settle into a groove, leaving one dizzy and spinning in the best way. Ideal listening when driving a vintage muscle car into extrasolar space.

Head over to Seventh Rule to check out all purchasing options (including a juicy deep purple version limited to 100 copies for mailorder)

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Grasshopper – Dark Sabbath: Symbols Of Evil LP

Most times when you think ‘trumpet’, you think Miles Davis or some kind of jazz. What may not come to mind is Grasshopper. Jesse DeRosa and Josh Millrod (both are members of the Hex Breaker Quintet) employ brass, EVI’s, synths and other various electronics to lay down some evil reveille as a blood sun rises at the dawn of battle. Ominous movements give way to crackling terror and mayhem that leaves nothing alive in its wake. Highly recommended.

Available directly from Hausu Mountain in an edition of 300

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Tape Tuesday: No Kings

Three new ones this week from LA based No Kings. You got your warped and hazy collage work from R. Lee Dockery & Smokey Emery, your high seas drones from William Cody Watson (feat. John Kolodij of High Aura’d) and your world weary field recordings from Sigbrand, all wrapped in excellent risograph artwork true to the No Kings style guide. These guys never disappoint, so get on it.

Each tape is available in an edition of 100, and there is a 3-tape special to boot.

 

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Tape Tuesday: A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sketch For Winter I:  New Christmas Classics 

Geographic North is dropping ‘Sketches For Winter’, a new sonic series exploring winter vibes (from December to March) through magnetic goodness. First up, we got tunes from A Sunny Day In Glasgow that breathe a poppy new life into the holiday season. Up next, we’ll be seeing releases from Mark Nelson (Pan American), Matt Lambert (All The Saints) and Deerhunter’s Moses Archuleta—so pour your favorite drink, don your ugliest sweater and blow right on through Thanksgiving directly to Christmas.

‘New Christmas Classics’ is available to pre-order in an edition of 300 directly from the label.
 

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Casual Strangers – S/T LP

Imagine you are stranded somewhere, on an island perhaps, or maybe in the desert. The sun (or maybe drugs) has baked your brain and the mirages begin to seem more life-like than ever. The self titled LP by Austin’s Causal Strangers pretty much sums up this scenario, but without the physical and mental degradation usual involved in said scenario. Enjoy the swirling guitars, hovering synths and spoken word guidance from the comfort of your headphones. Dial in, don the included 3D glasses (for maximum cover art enjoyment) and drift off.

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Domains – Sinister Ceremonies LP

Righteous death metal from Spain – no swirling, no murkiness, no cavern-core posturing – just death metal. This is one of our favorite LPs in this genre to come out in 2014 and you can currently pick it up at theajnaoffensive.com or shop-hellsheadbangers.com.

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Tape Tuesday: Cassauna

If you are a collector of fine experimental audio, you are mostly likely familiar with Important Records. What you may not be aware of is their cassette division Cassauna. In the past couple of months they have released some of their best tapes yet, from Thomas Barriere and Alberto Boccardi. The former offers up some ethnically inspired guitar work, recorded in real time with no overdubs on a double neck, while the latter lays out some hypnotically orchestrated pieces that were recorded all over the places over a period of 8 months. Pick up these quality dubs before they are gone

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Tape Tuesday: Notice Recordings

Notice Recordings is an Oregon/Louisiana based tape label that curates some of the best exploratory sound around with almost museum-like precision. If you are looking for compositions that require deep listening and thought, look no further than these new tapes from Ben Owen, Haptic, Chik White and Jack Harris & Samuel Rodgers. These minimalist works range from subtle variation to dense drone to folk stylings to sounds sourced from urban environments and, embedded in each, is a sense of direct purpose and firm statement.

Each tapes is available in an edition of 100, two of which include letterpress art and all include illustration by Evan Lindorff-Ellery. You really gotta hold Notice releases in your hands to appreciate them fully—and we highly recommended you do so.

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Loscil – Sea Island 2xLP

The new album from Loscil is not only available to purchase at kranky.net, its also streaming at the link below (from Tycho’s blog!). A whole 2xLP full of sub-aquatic dub and glacial ambient, and being committed to wax by one of the most astute labels around.

Stream Sea Island here.

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