Fennesz – Venice 2xLP

Holy digital decay! Have we really not written this one up yet? The phenomenal album Venice from Fennesz has finally, and rather recently, received an expanded vinyl pressing on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. And it sounds freaking fantastic. Slow-motion run, don’t walk, to your closest record store and pick up a copy. And if the closest record store happens to be experimedia.net or touchshop.org, well then – you’ll just have to tell your postman to get his skates on.

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Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry LP

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.

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Vladislav Delay – Visa 2xLP

Much is being made of the fact that Visa marks the first “all ambient” album from Vladislav Delay in a decade or so, and we won’t downplay the significance of that. The whole thing plays out with incredible sonic detail and anxiety-inducing restraint – the sounds of a machine slowly drawing breath and trying to boot up – but ultimately lapsing back into stasis and dreaming of electric sheep. Pick up Visa from experimedia.net or boomkat.com.

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Mysticum – Planet Satan LP

Mysticum have finally delivered the long-awaited Planet Satan album. And it rips. A dark carnival of psychedelic black metal propelled forward by mechanized, breakneck rhythms. You can pick this up from burningshed.comshop-hellsheadbangers.com or 20buckspinshop.com.

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Ttotals – Let Everything Come Through + Test Pressing Giveaway!

In recent years there has been a definite increase in two-piece rock units. While there are those who haven’t quite figured out how to spread it around, there are others who effectively fill in all the sonic gaps left behind by a lack of instrumentality. The Nashville based ‘outer blues’ duo Ttotals belong to this latter grouping, and with ‘Let Everything Come Through’ they cement this fact. At first listen, yes, there is the driving force of drums and guitars…but theres also the understated positioning of drones, electronics and lush vocal work throughout that tie it all together. In many ways this record is a throwback to the psychedelia of the 60’s and 70’s, but with a rad modern twist. And check this: we’ve partnered up with the excellent Twin Lakes Records to giveaway a test pressing of the album to one of our lucky readers. So get on that, then head here to grab a copy of the LP.

To enter the giveaway, just comment on this post. A winner will be picked at random on Friday morning. Please only enter once, we will be checking for double-ups. If your comment doesn’t show up right away, be patient, it is probably awaiting moderation. Cheers and good luck. Contest Closed! We’ll be in touch with the winner soon

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Kindling – Spike & Wave 7″

7”s just don’t get enough love these days! Not everyone has time for a long player. Maybe they need a jolt of something before something needs to come out of the oven, or before the significant other who hates their musical tastes/volume addiction comes home. Whatever the case may be, there is always room for an EP and fans of blown out Jazzmasters, hushed vocals, shoes and reverb-a-plenty should take note: Kindling’s “Spike & Wave” is a 4 song burner for those in need of a short burst of swirling, fuzzy dream pop.

Something you don’t see often these days: a 7” record of the colored variety for $5! How is this still available? The limited edition of 300 is available right from the band

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Sculpture – Video Plot Cassette Giveaway

Tuesday has come and gone, but we have some exciting tape related news that we can’t wait until next week to share. You may or may not be familiar with Software’s Mixware series, a recurring run of “mixtape” material culled from their roster of artists. We are now on #2 in the series, and this one features the A/V duo called Sculpture, who recently released a full-length for the label. You can read up on more details over at softwarelabel.net as well as pick up a tape – which is limited to a meager edition of 50 (so don’t hesitate). We’ve partnered up with the label to giveaway one cassette to a reader, so you really have no excuse not to leave a comment below and cross your fingers.

To enter the giveaway, just comment on this post. A winner will be picked at random on Tuesday morning. Please only enter once, we will be checking for double-ups. If your comment doesn’t show up right away, be patient, it is probably awaiting moderation. Closed up! Thanks for all of the entries.

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Melvins – Bride Of Crankenstein 10″ + Night Goat 7″

Hold on to your butts. Buzzo and Dale have assembled yet another incarnation of the band (this time with two members of the Butthole Surfers) and proceed to rip through a whole new set of thick syrupy goodness, in typical absurdist Melvins fashion of course. You get everything from songs about crank to vocoded vocals and all the weirdness in between.

And, well, thats all good and fine, except that it looks like their new full length “Hold It In” won’t be available on vinyl for a bit. That being said… the album is too long to fit on an LP, so, naturally Amphetamine Reptile created this extension “Bride of Crankenstein” 10″ on this crazy grey/red/splatter color vinyl that features the title track + 2 songs, including the album’s epic 12 minute closer. As if this wasn’t enough, there is also a new fangled “Night Goat” 7″ available which is also apparently pressed on red vinyl on one side and white on the other. Hell if we know how that works.

With all things AmRep, these will disappear with the quickness. So, set your watches kids for 6pm CT/US, which is when these bad boys go on sale tonight. The mailorder versions of the 10″ & 7″ are limited to 400 and 300 copies respectively. Looks like a package deal is available too.

 

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Robert Curgenven – They Tore the Earth and, Like a Scar, It Swallowed Them LP

Curgenven, who is no stranger to insanely long titles, has carved out a spot for himself in the realm of experimental composition that is fueled by tension and stasis. Hot on the heels of ‘SIRÈNE’ (released earlier this past summer) ‘They Tore the Earth and, Like a Scar, It Swallowed Them’ is a collection of 10 years worth of field recordings, made in over 30 remote locations across Australia, accompanied by pipe organ, guitar feedback, dubplates and LFOs. The two sides of this record skate between tranquility and terror in a masterfully cinematic way that is equally entrancing and terrifying. All around you there is desolation. Fires burn low. Heat rises from the dusty earth and smoke twists through the air, warping the landscape. All manner of things are reduced to wreckage and too much time will pass before what truly happened here comes to light.

Pressed as a limited run on (appropriately) red vinyl, the LP is available via Robert’s own Recorded Fields Editions as well as Forced Exposure in the US. This is a must have.

In addition to the physical release, an in-depth suggested reading & viewing list is being compiled on the artist’s site relating to geopolitics, colonialism, imperialism and other socio-political topics that informed the creation of this recording. It can be tough reading, but it’s really the crux of the release and worth the time.

 

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Mamiffer – Statu Nascendi LP

Mamiffer (husband and wife duo Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner) have emerged from fog filled lands to present ‘Statu Nascendi’. This record is stripped down in comparison to the group’s previous efforts and is to act as a conduit from the last full length to the next. The 4 movements found on this release find ethereal vocals, brooding keys and sometimes fuzzed out/sometimes icy guitars rolling out like mist from the woods, leaving everything gray. A perfect record for the upcoming winter season.

An edition of 500 is available to pre-order from Sige on both clear/gold haze and black vinyl with fantastic accompanying artwork by Faith herself.
 

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