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  • Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 1 Natural Wonder'

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    Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 1 Natural Wonder'

    £25.49

    Alvarius B. on ‘With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 1 Natural Wonder’: "Volume One of three new LPs I am releasing simultaneously called Natural Wonder, this is the more melodic, savvy one and you might like it.

    Maybe I'm lying and it's the innocent, straight record so maybe you should get Vol 3 (ABDT 059CLP) instead if you're in a darker mood. But that's not really true either. Or maybe it's one of those records that grows on you the more you continue playing it... like a cancer.

    The musicians who played on all three albums don't deserve to be involved in these kamikaze promotional descriptions so don't blame them for any of this. They played so well on these records, in fact they play much better than you do, and their performances deserve a 'Whammy,' which is the awards show where I'm in charge and the winners get to shoot members of the music industry academy dead in their seats. That's where it's all headed you know. . . .

    The modern world of record making has become so fucking dull and obedient that someone has to ram a poison dagger up your asses and since you're all under hypnosis, I promise you won't feel a thing. I could pay Dougie Jones to write this piece to match your intellect or hire a publicity company to promote it but who really gives a fuck? I'm still making records for myself and the rest of humanity doesn't speak my language anyway.

    By deciding to write my own album promos, I can perform some market research. For example, this album description text will undoubtedly be copy/pasted by most online retailers onto their respective sites because they don't write their own new album reviews or get too excited about music, they simply want to create the illusion that they're in business to sell records.

    So I could put something like: Fuck all website retailers that copy/paste this description onto their site because they are too fucking cheap, lazy or chicken shit to have an opinion to write individual album reviews -- and they probably wouldn't even notice while doing it.

    Anyway, back to my new album. These songs are pretty good, most likely way better than your songs, and I don't even have time to be a real songwriter, so what does that say about you? It says that you suck. And most of you do. But you should buy my new three album set because it's probably as good or better than any other LPs that will be released this year.

    But if you aren't ready to go all-in with confidence, then forget it. I don't want any mudskipper sub-species of the crayfish to buy my records. There are always a few speculators who'll pick up the extra copies you won't buy anyway."

    One-time pressing; Includes printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Natural Wonder
    2. Yellow Dog Prairie
    3. Open
    4. Their Words Disappear
    5. Zion the Rocket Ship
    6. Smokin' to Live
    7. The Fort
    8. Central California Nightmare
    9. The Valley
    10. Sentimentalitis
    11. The Reason
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  • Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 2 A Mark Twain August'

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    Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 2 A Mark Twain August'

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    Alvarius B. on ‘With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 2 A Mark Twain August’: "This is Volume Two of my new three LP set, and it's called A Mark Twain August.

    Now don't go asking me what the fuck that title means but I will say that it may be my favourite of the three. My 'fans', all 133 of them, are pretty smart. I used to think only 67 people mattered on earth, now it could be far less, but it's beginning to trouble me how I've actually accumulated 133 fans. So if you're not a moron, I don't mind if you buy this record.

    I made more copies than I have fans so I need to expand on the audience a bit but I don't want fucking idiots buying my albums. A brand new car loses value the moment you drive it home, but my records will always go up in value (like my Dodge Ram Van which tripled in value when I drove it off the lot) so this is also an investment opportunity.

    If you were to walk slowly on a hot bed of coals you may discover that Don McLean never actually drove his Chevy to the levy and that the singer-songwriter is dead, just like all the poets. What do contemporary poets and the entire Indonesian population have in common? Most of you cannot name even one of them.

    Homo Sapiens now love to complain and act as if they know how the world works by 'expressing' themselves on their social media networks -- that's become the new poetry. And I think there are only nine people writing songs today that I respect, I'd have to check to make sure. And the Thinking Fellars were a great band -- I could name a dozen more from the past 30 years that I'd call contemporaries, but that's about it. . . . And I almost forgot to mention that Mark Twain's old banjo appears on this record.

    Oh and this is better than that Wolf King of LA album by Papa John Phillips, for all those who got mesmerized by it 30 years after it came out. There's only three or four good tracks on that and A Mark Twain August has six great tracks on it, at least.

    One-time pressing; Includes printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Big Mystery
    2. Mark Twain August
    3. Dark in My Heart
    4. Obelisk
    5. Are You Sure?
    6. Locust Rain
    7. Fine Line
    8. Me & Me
    9. The Devil's Spine
    10. Some Kind of Difference
    11. Trains
    12. A New Humdinger
    13. If You're Gone
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  • Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 3 Heathen Folklore' Vinyl LP

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    Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 3 Heathen Folklore' Vinyl LP

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    Alvarius B. on ‘With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 3 Heathen Folklore’: "Serial killing was one of history's greatest art forms. Now it's becoming almost impossible to get a skull-drilling startup off the ground unless you murder for the corporations or governments where you have highly organized protection from any enforceable law but at the expense of sacrificing all the glory for the anonymity required to maintain employment. 

    So, unfortunately, the days of any zit topography random commoner being able to string together a few killings to hit the big time before being caught has almost come to an end. Sad.

    This record, the third and final volume of my new three-LP set called Heathen Folklore, could serve as somewhat of a manual of inspiration on how one could start such a career, as risky and unpopular as it is. It gets much more fucked-up than the previous two LPs, and sometimes I think it's the best one due to that aspect.

    I'd have to give it one more listen but I also think this is the LP with coded messages that could trigger an unsuspecting listener to start his/her career in extreme behavior. But killing isn't everything you know. There are many more ways to express yourself and reach the top of the charts these days.

    In fact, I saw Burt Bacharach three weeks ago gripping a huge fucking machete while chasing modern dance music architects off his champion ship and into deep water where they hopefully became shark bait.

    And to set the record straight, Jimi Hendrix did not fake his death and become Morgan Freeman nor was Hunter S. Thompson directing snuff films. But most of that other weird shit you hear about these days is probably true. And I'm working on a film called 'Being Alvarius B.' where all of you loser fucks crawl into my brain and see yourselves from my perspective and then commit collective suicide because you finally realize I was right all along. And I am. Can't wait to make more albums so I can write these album descriptions. Cocksuckers."

    One-time pressing; Includes printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits.

    Tracklisting:
    1. ILL
    2. Crackled Witch
    3. Icicle Pillar
    4. I'll Carry Your Dwarf
    5. Green Thumb
    6. GPS
    7. Cantaloupe Brain
    8. Mandolyne
    9. Suitcase Handler
    10. Take the Veil Down
    11. Wanted Man

    Release Date: 03/11/2017

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  • Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven' 2CD

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    Alvarius B 'With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven' 2CD

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    Alvarius B. on the two-CD version of ‘With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven’: "This is my brand new 35 song, two-CD set which is also being released via three single LPs.

    If you really want to know more about the music, search for the LP version descriptions online (I'm sure they were copy/pasted across many websites) where you'll discover a treasure of valuable assessments contained within.

    This two-CD edition is primarily being made available to facilitate 41 of my 133 'fans' who will be thrilled that it comes out on Compact Disc -- and at an affordable price in comparison to what buying all three LPs would cost. I think I pressed at least 172 copies of this two-CD so there is room for another 39 'fans' to climb aboard my champion ship. I keep hearing that many of the CDs you've acquired in the past don't work anymore. CDs are supposed to rot, scratch and die after a few years and have therefore become a flawed medium. Sounds more like a pragmatic description of humanity to me. But I have thousands of CDs. Some are commercially manufactured discs and the rest are CDRs and every single one of them works.

    Yep, I hired a bearded guy from New Hampshire to check them all and many are 10, 15, or 20 years old. But my mother always told me I was blessed. Or perhaps I have a magic CD player? But people used to say the same about cassettes and now tapes are the cat's fuckin meow. In fact, I know a record store owner who recently sold an entire car full of cassettes. So don't bring your CDs when you jump aboard Julijonas Urbonas' suicide roller coaster (which hopefully gets built soon in order to facilitate plenty of you imbeciles) -- leave them behind for others to enjoy.

    Getting back to my new album, go find my sampler on YouTube if you want to know what it sounds like. It's better than your new album, that's for sure. Maybe I'll have to do a cassette version of this record in the future so that I can write another one of these fuckin' promotional sheets."

    Two-CD version comes in a digipak and collects all 35 tracks on the three LP volumes; Includes a 24-page booklet with artwork and with all lyrics and credits.

    Tracklisting:
    CD1:
    1. Natural Wonder
    2. Yellow Dog Prairie
    3. Open
    4. Their Words Disappear
    5. Zion the Rocket Ship
    6. Smokin' to Live
    7. The Fort
    8. Central California Nightmare
    9. The Valley
    10. Sentimentalitis
    11. The Reason
    12. Big Mystery
    13. Mark Twain August
    14. Dark in My Heart
    15. Obelisk
    16. Are You Sure?
    17. Locust Rain

    CD2:
    1. Fine Line
    2. Me & Me
    3. The Devil's Spine
    4. Some Kind of Difference
    5. Trains
    6. A New Humdinger
    7. If You're Gone
    8. ILL
    9. Crackled Witch
    10. Icicle Pillar
    11. I'll Carry Your Dwarf
    12. Green Thumb
    13. GPS
    14. Cantaloupe Brain
    15. Mandolyne
    16. Suitcase Handler
    17. Take the Veil Down
    18. Wanted Man

    Release Date: 03/11/2017
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  • Hound Dog Taylor's Hand 'Hound Dog Taylor's Hand' - Cargo Records UK

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    Hound Dog Taylor's Hand 'Hound Dog Taylor's Hand'

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    Abduction Records present the first vinyl LP release of Hound Dog Taylor's Hand.

    The trio consists of Jeffery Taylor (Climax Golden Twins/AFCGT/Spider Trio) on electric guitar, Mark Ostrowski (Monktail/Wally Shoup Quartet) on drums and John Seman (Monktail/Ask The Ages) on contrabass.

    The music is a heavy dose of jazz, blues, and improvisation. Sharp and destructive yet cerebral and clever, these tracks finally expose one of Seattle's best-kept secret treasures to the world as the only way you could have heard them, before would have been at one of their extremely rare live shows in the Puget Sound area or from their locally produced cassette from a few years back. The second track on side one titled "Beatrice", features Climax Golden Twins and Beatrice Harrison. Edition of 500.

    "Hound Dog Taylor's Hand bring a highbrow brutalism and cranky chaos to jazz rock. [They] sound like Hound Dog Taylor's actual hand looks: scary and slightly off - Fans of Sonny Sharrock and Billy Cobham's Spectrum, take note." -- Dave Segal, The Stranger.

    "A new trio from Seattle, led by the guitar work of Jeffery Taylor of Climax Golden Twins. The material is blues based instrumental improvisation over a jazzoid rhythm section. Something like a cross between Taste and Rangda, I guess. With all traces of Sri Chinmoy wiped clean." -- Byron Coley, Wire Magazine.
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  • Robert Millis 'The Lonesome High' - Cargo Records UK

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    Robert Millis 'The Lonesome High'

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    Robert Millis 'The Lonesome High'

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    Robert Millis is known for many things - co-founder of Climax Golden Twins, Messenger Girl's Trio, and AFCGT; filmmaker and producer for the Sublime Frequencies label; co-producer of the Victrola Favorites book and cassette series. Now, thanks to The Lonesome High, he'll be known as a singer/songwriter.

    After listening to his stunning debut album, you'll be wondering where the fuck this side of Millis has been lurking all along. He's been performing some of these tracks live for the past few years crafting them to where they are now - tilted perspectives lodged somewhere between the grittier climate zones of the the Rain Dogs (1985) plateau and a more psychotic trailer park way out on the Death Of A Lady's Man (1977) peninsula. Millis really delivers the goods here. The songwriting has depth, stinging clarity and vaporizing ambiguity.

    The more upbeat tracks like "The Run Around", "Down In The Hold" and "Tricky" have an immediate classic familiarity - hear them once and you're hooked. But The Lonesome High becomes a monster statement thanks to "Marvelous Fool", "Charming Chisel", "Notes On A Scandal", and "Drowsy Sleeper". It's the stark cryptic beauty and detached awareness of these four ballads that define the heart and soul of this record.

    So if you're looking for a contemporary troubadour who can actually deliver a solid 40 minutes of listening pleasure (not an easy task these days), you'll find it right here in spades.

    Features percussion by Dave Abramson (Diminished Men/Master Musicians Of Bukkake), backing vocals by Alan Bishop (Alvarius B/Sun City Girls).

    Front cover art by Jesse Paul Miller; Includes a download card.

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  • The Invisible Hands 'The Invisible Hands' - Cargo Records UK

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    The Invisible Hands 'The Invisible Hands'

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    Debut album and new project from Alvarius B. (former Sun City Girl, Alan Bishop) - Recorded in Cairo, featuring musicians Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda, and Sam Shalabi - Alvarius B. sings 11 new tracks presented through his dark lens of songwriting - Drenched in lovely psychedelic folk arrangements and vocal choruses.

    The Invisible Hands is the English translation of the band's original Egyptian Arabic name: El Ayadi El Khafeyya. Taking almost two years to create amidst an unusual and challenging backdrop, this is the brand new project of Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls).

    Eleven highly-crafted new songs projected through his typically dark lens of songwriting and a band of brilliant musicians from Cairo, the premier, self-titled CD version of this album is the English language vocals edition (see below) delivered in AB's patented sinister style; drenched in lovely psychedelic folk arrangements and vocal choruses with a nod to what could have potentially been an album that surfaced decades ago but instead found its way into the future superimposed over historic and tumultuous times in the center of the Arab world.

    The group was established during the summer of 2011 and the album was recorded in Cairo in May of 2012. Band members include Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda (both former members of popular Egyptian group Eskenderella) with drummer Magued Nagati. On a handful of songs, several other players from the Cairo scene are featured including Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect/Land Of Kush) on oud and Mohamed Medhat on violin and viola.
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  • Various Artists 'Choubi Choubi! Vol.2 Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq' - Cargo Records UK

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    In 2005, Sublime Frequencies released Choubi Choubi: Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq, and in the ensuing years it has become one of the most beloved and venerable titles in their catalog.

    Now almost 10 years later, this highly-anticipated second volume is finally here. Compiler and producer Mark Gergis has once again put forth a revelatory and poignant collection of Iraq's national folk music. What has happened to Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion and eventual occupation? Endless death, destruction and chaos, the complete take-down of a functional and sovereign secular government (regardless of your opinion on that government), puppet installations, contrived sectarian divisions, the wholesale looting of culture, rampant opportunism, and apparently no lessons learned -- all at the Iraqi people's expense. Naturally, music has continued to be produced in Iraq -- however, since 2003, musicians and artists have been consistently targeted and attacked by extremists, who have also bombed music shops and forced the closing of venues and music halls.

    The musical style most prominently focused on in this volume is the infamous Iraqi choubi, (pronounced choe-bee), with its distinct driving rhythm that feature fiddles, double-reed instruments, bass, keyboards, and oud over its signature beat. Choubi is Iraq's version of the regionally popular dabke, another celebratory Levantine folkloric style of rhythm and line dance. What really defines the Iraqi choubi sound are the crisp, rapid-fire machine-gun style percussive rhythms set atop the main beat. To the uninitiated, they sound almost electronic. Sometimes they are, but more often this is the work of the khishba -- a unique hand-drum of nomadic origin (aka the zanbour -- Arabic for wasp), which appears across the board in many styles of Iraqi music today, with extensions of it also heard in Syrian and Kuwaiti music.

    Among other styles featured in this volume are Iraq's legendary brand of mawal -- an ornamental vocal improvisation that sets the tone of a song, regardless of the style, and the outstanding Iraqi hecha, with its lumbering and determined rhythm pulsing beneath sad, antagonized vocals -- as heard on tracks A4 and B2. The tracks on this collection were produced during the Saddam era -- between the 1980s and early-2000s. An important goal within the Iraqi Baathist agenda was to promote its brand of secularism, which saw the establishment of cultural centers, and a fostering of the arts.

    Music was more encouraged, albeit more institutionalized than ever -- particularly folkloric and heritage music such as choubi. In an Iraqi army comprised of seven divisions, Saddam referred to singers as the eighth. Still, unless a rare level of stardom has been achieved, being a singer or musician isn't usually encouraged or viewed as a respectable lifestyle in much of the Arab world.

    It's often those deemed social outsiders that tend to find their niche in music -- particularly the "party music" heard on this collection. Among them are the Rom Gypsy Iraqis (known as Kawliya in Arabic). A number of female singers wear masks and adopt pseudonyms to protect their identities, as some are runaways or prostitutes making ends meet in the seedy nightclub scene. Occasionally, they end up with successful recording careers.

    Side A:
    1. Sajida Obeid Hala Ya Nour Einy (Sweetheart, The Light Of My Eyes)
    2. Unknown Artist Ma Yefareqna El Zaman (Time Can't Come Between Us)
    3. Obeid Ensemble Instrumental Choubi Segment
    4. Akram Al Ramal Ya Makhtheen Al Welif (Oh, Those Who Take My Love)
    5. Salah Abdel Ghafour* Al Asmar (The Brunette)
    6. Iraqi Children's Song* Ya Zakariyya
    Side B:
    1. Unknown Artist Khil Wa Khalileh (A Man And A Woman)
    2. Adiba Azezine Ya Makhthat Al Welif (Oh, Those Who Take My Love)
    3. Habib Al Drouly A'shka (Girl In Love)
    4. Sajida Obeid Mesafrah (Traveler)
    Side C:
    1. Sajida Obeid Mawal Introduction
    2. Souha Abdel Amir Kolli Ala Al Makshouf (Be Honest With Me)
    3. Salah Abdel Ghafour* Oyouna Shamiyat (Her Beautiful Eyes)
    4. Kathim Al Saher Helwa Ya 'Em Oyoun Al Soud (Pretty, With Black Eyes)
    Side D:
    1. Salah Abdel Ghafour* Yil'ab Choubi (Play Choubi On My Wounds)
    2. Sobeha Thiab Ataba And Choubi
    3. Ahmad Al Indibat* Bye, Bye, Bye
    4. Khodeir Hady Watad (The Stake)
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