3RENSA fb04 Slowdown Remix CD. Scheduled for March 2018 Fb01-03 already released) Hyper Music 1 Vol.1 Slowdown CD. Scheduled for April 2018 23 November 1979 (B) Slowdown CD. Scheduled for April 2018 Cuts Up, Cuts Out RareNoise with Pándi, Gustafsson, and Thurston Moore Noisembryo Hospital 2×LP reissue Merzbow/Null - Produktion Menstrualrecordings 2×CD reissue Scissors for Cutting Merzbow Menstrualrecordings 3×LP reissue
Post by andypandy380 on Feb 22, 2018 13:17:24 GMT -5
ooh, hadn't noticed those other two Slowdown Albums. Definitely cool to hear some more of this old archival stuff, I'm not entirely sure if they remain completely unreleased, or if they've appeared somewhere before. There's a Hyper Music Vol.2 in the lowest music and arts box set. November 1979 must surely be one of the very first things put to tape under the Merzbow name. If that's the case I'd be very interested in hearing it. I've not heard any of the remix albums so far, other than a short clip which was surprisingly good actually, those Slowdown releases aren't the easiest to get hold of.
23 November 1979 is the bonus CD in Duo limited edition box set. Cool reissue. I do like the Hyper Music Vol. 2 in the Lowest Music And Arts box set. I look forward to this one as it seems to be unreleased yet.
Nowadays, as im working as a sound enginner, and there are some many heavy snowings, im happy I use noise to fight with the weather, so a silence can be a good friend at 5am when the family sleeps, and dont creep me to death cause i use headphones.... so now Im relaxing for Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Papua Land: Where Spirits Still Rule (Prurient's Dominick ambient noise project)
Post by andypandy380 on Feb 28, 2018 15:18:51 GMT -5
Slowdown have updated their website with more details about those two archive releases. It seems that these are the first two in a series of six albums they intend to release, all material recorded 79-81. There are also a couple of audio samples for each album (you guys may already be one step ahead of me with this) they sound absolutely mad, especially hyper music which has a buzzy synth "wob wob wob wob" which sounds like some early power electronics until an uncharacteristically prog rock sounding organ part and a continuous beat comes in. November 1979 is the other half of the original C90 tape (only side A was included as the bonus disc on DUO)
Post by andypandy380 on Mar 3, 2018 13:10:23 GMT -5
Even more early recordings are seeing the light of day. Menstrual recordings are continuing their Merzbow reissues with 'Fuckexercise #2'. From what i can gather, this one had no official release but was just shared among friends via cassette trading. Arguably much of the early merzbow catalogue didn't have an 'official' release as they were part of that mail art movement. i wonder how many more of these cassettes were personally distributed by akita that have not been recognised years later. I've speculated before that 'blues maggots' was a similar thing.
I'll order it soon, along with one of the Produktion CDs released by the same label at the same time. Based on the samples from the Produktion CDs, I have my doubts, but I have a soft spot for early 80s obscure acts, so I'll try my luck with one of these CDs (would do the same with the new Murder Corporation CD, but my budget is tight).
Post by andypandy380 on Mar 24, 2018 12:39:53 GMT -5
Even more archival releases have appeared courtesy of Slowdown Records. POR#1&2, Volumes 1 and 2. Recorded in 1980, but (i think) previously unreleased. Official release date is in May, but it seems all four of those upcoming albums are already available from Soleilmoon. I have every finger crossed that more distributors pick up on this stuff, having something like Cold Spring on board would be ideal.
I got a copy of Fuckexercize#2 from Menstrual. It's a long old album, more than an hour in length, very lo-fi featuring A LOT of percussive sounds, buzzing and guitar noise. Parts of it are bizarre and cartoonish, some of it comes across as sort of modern classical piece or musique concrete. Sounds change abruptly mid track. I'm running out of ways to talk about Merzbow, for the most part a lot of these early recordings sound like everything thrown into one cooking pot... interesting to hear nonetheless. Are any of you folks familiar with Jandek? For some reason I'm getting that sort of a vibe from this one, but even i'm doubting myself when I say that, I think it's the hacking at guitar strings thing.
Post by andypandy380 on Apr 11, 2018 11:13:18 GMT -5
Seems that the ever busy Slowdown records are set to release the complete 3RENSA thing as a 6CD box set, that could be rather nice. A new post I just noticed on instagram also points towards the possibility of a remaster and vinyl reissue of Switching Rhetorics - the Merzbow/Shora split album. Shora do quite a worthwhile grindcore/insane shouty racket if that's your thing.
Post by davebowman on Apr 11, 2018 21:29:15 GMT -5
Re-releasing 'Switching Rhetorics' again seems a slightly strange choice. They already re-issued the entirity of Merzbow's half of the album on 'Another Merzbow Records' set, so it's not exactly hard to find.
Post by andypandy380 on Apr 15, 2018 3:05:58 GMT -5
Does anyone know more about Fuckexercise#2? I was going to add it on to the 2018 albums on wikipedia thinking it was a new release of an unreleased recording, but discogs has it listed as a reissue of the original Fuckexercise tape - which i suspect could be true.
Post by andypandy380 on Apr 15, 2018 16:02:38 GMT -5
Yeah, it would seem so. Maybe I had the wrong end of the stick thinking it was an unreleased sequel of sorts... (hence the #2) I don't really understand the '#2' since it's a straight up reissue. I did always wonder what Fuckexercise sounded like considering it's the first album listed on wiki... so now I know!
With all the archival tapes being released, here's hoping that more of 80s material will be coming out. I think it would be a great idea to issue all the "Life Performances" with NORD, maybe as a boxset. (I think there was 5 of them?). There is also "Secrets with Merzbow", which I speculate would sound similar to Merzbow's performances with KK NULL as Tibeta Ubik and releases like KIBBUTZ, which featured more or less deconstructed Rock music. Lastly, there are two releases that are a part of "Alternation for rock structures" - DADAVIDA and LIVE DRUM ENSEMBLE. Being a fan of 80s Merzbow, these two recordings are a kind of Holy Grail.
Post by andypandy380 on Apr 16, 2018 14:26:45 GMT -5
I'm almost certain this is just the beginning of a larger run of archival releases. I read somewhere that Slowdown intend to do a series of six, so there's at least two more to come from them. I'd love there to be a Merzbow/Null box set, all nicely printed up and packaged like Duo or Merzbient, that's very much on my wish list. I think it could be an exciting time for new material too, 2017 took some pretty big risks and had a lot of interesting sonic twists and turns, we haven't had an announcement of a 'new' album so far this year (although there's still been like ten Merzbow albums to speak of so who am I to complain)
From an interview done in February 2018 that I'll post in the interview section:
"A new work that hasn’t been released yet is a Split Double CD with Poland’s Opening Orchestra called “Merzopo” which contains pieces recorded in the autumn of 2016. Other plans for 2018 include reissuing some older works and releases of reworked archive pieces. The latter is going to be released by Slowdown Records, a Japanese record label and it will include 12 CDs with works dating from 1979 till 1985. Collaboration-wise, I have recently worked with Arcane Device and HEXA and those records will be released one of these days. There is also going to be a new Cut album, in collaboration with Balázs Pándi, Mats Gustafsson and Thurston Moore."
noisefroind: I have two tapes from this series..
Jul 29, 2014 8:22:30 GMT -5
noisefroind: 1990-09-07 bulkhead, santa cruz and
Jul 29, 2014 8:22:58 GMT -5
hanatartrash: merzbow more like merzcow because of how morbidly obese he is jajajajjajaajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajaja
Jan 16, 2017 22:27:57 GMT -5