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Gate - Amerika

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 07:03

Gate is the work of Michael Morley when he was taking time out from The Dead C. Although Gate goes down as a solo project, there were surely other people on at least some of the early releases. The further away you get, the hazier the details are ...

LP released on Majora in 1993.

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Michael Morley / Bruce Russell ‎- Radiation / Four Letters

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 06:23

Split 7" Lathe Cut released on Bruce's Corpus Hermeticum in 1995.

Radiation / Four Letters
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Michael Morley ‎- The Pavilion Of Fools

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 05:56

Dead C member using guitar and synthesizer to create rumbling basement noise, soaring soundscapes and alien B-Movie incidental music.

CD released on Gallerie Dessford Vogel in 1996.

The Pavilion Of Fools
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Omit - Internal

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 04:47

Thanks to somebody who offered this tape in the comments. I already have it but somehow managed to convince myself that I had posted it. Guess I just lost track ...

This is a C60 released by Clinton on his own Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 1990.

We were also pointed in the direction of a Live recording available on the Pseudoarcana bandcamp page that I was not aware of (and there's a link to youtube so you can watch as well).

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Omit - Transmogrification

Bleak Bliss - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:39

Clinton handmade his own electronics, converted the likes of old lawnmower motors, and recorded such things as door hinges and window latches in order to interpret his view of the world. As such, this is a perfectly titled piece.

This is a C60 released on Clinton's Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 1993.

We adore Clinton's work as you may be able to tell. However, this might be the final thing that we are able to introduce you to.

Implausibly these days, the Quad and Ionospheres sets that I posted a couple of years ago are still alive in case you missed them the first time around.

We have the Tracer and Interceptor double CDs that were released in 2005 and 2008 (respectively) on Helen Scarsdale Agency. They appear to still be for sale so we will not be posting those.


We have never heard the Deteriorations CDr released on Sysecular in 2003. This has driven us to despair for years. If you have this, please put us out of our misery!

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Dust/Omit‎ - Fore-casts

Bleak Bliss - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:18

Lovely little 7" released on the UK's Fisheye label way back in 1995.

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Dust/Omit‎ - Deformed

Bleak Bliss - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:11

Dust/Omit is Clinton Williams collaborating with the equally legendary Bruce Russell. Bruce is a member of The Dead C and records with Alastair Galbraith and Peter Stapleton as a A Handful Of Dust.

This CD was released on Bruce's Corpus Hermeticum label in 1996.

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The Mount Vernon Arts Lab / Clockwork / Omit - Split

Bleak Bliss - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:59

This is a three way split 7" featuring Drew Mulholland's Mount Vernon Arts Lab project, Clockwork (who were Hugo Lima, Carlos Lobo, Pedro Simões, João Santos and Pedro Monteiro ... their track was recorded by Rafael Toral as a nerdy aside) and (obviously) the wonderful Clinton Williams!

This was released by the London based Earworm label in 1997. From memory, this was part of a quarterly subscription series.

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Thirdorgan - Dedicated to Spectruman

Bleak Bliss - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 01:00
A brutal little tape of analog roar by the world's noisiest mailman, Akihiro Shimizu/Thirdorgan, released in 1998 on Philosophy Shop.

Thirdorgan - Dedicate to Spectruman
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Nihilist Spasm Band & Fossils - Split

Bleak Bliss - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 01:00
Split cassette of Ontario noise on Wintage Records and Tapes, featuring particularly psychedelic tornados by veterans Nihilist Spasm Band and the dependably unpredictable Fossils (of whom I am an enthusiastic/obsessive fangirl/collector). Both sides are as solid as anything either band has done. Numbered edition of 100 copies in a weird spray-painted cardboard box thing.

Nihilist Spasm Band & Fossils - Split

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Loren Chasse"Hedge Of Nerves"

The Static Fanatic - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 21:00

CD, Anomalous, 2002

"Made from the sound of 78 RPM surface noises, fire, 
surf, and wind in juniper and aspen branches." KILLER.

Download 72MB

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Pass No Past - EPs & Singles

Bleak Bliss - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 01:00
This two-disc set collects post-punk & industrial EPs and singles released by Tokyo's Pass Records in that magic interval between 1978 and 1980. Some of the artists included here went on to achieve some notoriety: Friction's lead singer, Reck (formerly of Stooges-esque punk band 3.3), moved to New York City just in time to join the final incarnation of Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. Members of Can backed Phew (who previously led the punk band Aunt Sally) on her first solo album, and she's had an interesting career that continues today. Totsuzen Danball made records with Fred Frith and Lol Coxhill, and I believe are still active. The rest, though, are gloriously obscure and equally worthy no-wave exponents. I enjoy the miserable disco grind of Tsunematsu Masatoshi ("grinning grinning grinning in your face!!"and the jittery DNA-ish blurt left behind by Gunjogacrayon. The lone 7" by Rough Trade-ish Boys Boys (reminds me of Bow Wow Wow or X-Ray Spex, sort of) is fun, too.

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Inspiration & Power 14 Free Jazz Festival 1

Bleak Bliss - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:06
Take that title seriously! An immensely powerful and inspiring blast of freedom from the summer of 1973 in Tokyo, "Inspiration & Power" documents a festival at which many of the heaviest of the era's/nation's heavy free jazz/improvisation monsters gathered to exhale some fire over two action-packed nights. Some of this music is relatively straight-ahead and definitely of its era, though it's as excellent as that sort of thing gets. A couple of tracks in particular, though, make this album required listening for pretty much anybody who has functioning ears and a soul.

There's music by New Herd Orchestra, a quintet led by trumpet player Itaru Oki, Now Music Ensemble, a duo of drummer Masahiko Togashi (who, amazingly, lost use of his legs after an accident but continued to develop his own style of playing) and pianist Masahiko Satoh (who has two albums on Julian Cope's Japrocksampler Top 50 list), Satoh again with Garandoh (a trio with bass & drums), and Yohsuke Yamashita Trio. The real standouts among an album full of standouts are a solo bass improvisation by the master, Motoharu Yoshizawa, and a scorching horror of remorseless post-Ayler/pre-Borbetomagus fury by Masayuki Takayangi's New Direction for the Arts that simply has to be heard to be believed. See if you aren't winded just by listening to their track (and if you like it, check out "La Grima" next). By the end of the decade, Takayanagi would record ear-bleeding duos with sax outcast Kaoru Abe, pull his guitar apart and set it on the table, and play a Tudor-esque jumble of circuits and cassette tapes. For his innovation, he was roundly ostracized by the Japanese jazz establishment, but not before his later work could galvanize the next generation.

"Inspiration & Power" first appeared as a 2xLP on Trio Records (Japan) in 1973, then experienced a few reissues on both vinyl and CD. This is the most recent 2xCD version, in a full-color gatefold sleeve with lots of liner notes in a language that neither Mr. Inside nor I can read.

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K-Group / Omit - Slow Movement

Bleak Bliss - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:47

7" released on Colorful Clouds For Acoustics in 1998.

Slow Movement
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Omit‎ - Interior Desolation

Bleak Bliss - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:43

CD released on Bruce Russell's Corpus Hermeticum in 1999.

Interior Desolation
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K-Group / Omit - Storage

Bleak Bliss - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:36

LP released on Fusetron in 2001.

K-Group is Paul Toohey who was also a member of Surface Of The Earth.

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Omit‎ - Zero: Towards The Growing Of The Grey To Black

Bleak Bliss - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:30

This is a double 7" lathe cut released on Clinton's Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 2001. There were only 50 copies of this, listen and love!

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