FIVE NEW CASSETTES OUT NOW – Skulls That Have Sex (new release), MMV (new album), Low Trauma Musik (new album), J.G.D. Azzopardi (new album) and The Golden Gonk (reissue) + Other News!!

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Tapes can be purchased through Discogs or directly through this site. To order through Discogs, please go here:

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Skulls That Have Sex – “Strings to Strangle” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar175) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Untitled (8:04)
A2) Strings to Strangle (2:38)
A3) Untitled (3:32)
B1) Untitled (4:47)
B2) Untitled (2:54)
B3) Axe to Grind (4:18)
B4) Untitled (2:49)

“Temptation resisted…to a point…”

“Strings to Strangle”- one utterly exquisite improv chopped into user-friendly chunks…rusty 12-string fumblings, wounded ghost vox, out-of-nowhere minimal Kraut bass and painful peaks of wah-noise, served up on a bed of ever-churning junk percussion, anyone?!

Black C30 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and hand-made tape labels, plus an insert.

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MMV – “My Brain Will Take Me Over and Murder Me” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar176) – £4.00 (not including shipping)

A1) Too Melodic (2:53)
A2) We’re Gonna Trip Across…the Fuckin’ Middle East (9:18)
A3) Semi-On Mysteries (3:09)
A4) Tasteless Sludge (2:36)
A5) So Extreme (2:32)
A6) Carnal Canal Capers (2:28)
B1) Ridiculous (3:06)
B2) Blue Gull (4:18)
B3) Holy Anne Briggs (7:42)
B4) At the Intersection #3 (3:05)
B5) Sketching (1:03)
B6) Torment, Telegraphs and Tiny Tim (3:21)

A few more pieces that make up the ’05 puzzle…missives from cold living rooms and libraries…moments of madness and eternal indecision…various shades of “summer fun”…the true last gasp of the ‘Golden Age’ *and more*, all in a little under 50 minutes!!

Red C50 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Low Trauma Musik – “Low Trauma Musik” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar177) – £4.00 (not including shipping)

A1) Pussy Liquor (9:03)
A2) Swamp Ass / Feedback (9:43)
B) Low Trauma Musik (18:59)

A second album of satisfyingly scummy trash jammin’/loop grindin’ from this power trio of US warehouse-dwellers.

“It’s already broken…so let’s break it a bit more…”

Grey C40 cassette in a clear case, plus an insert.

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J.G.D. Azzopardi – “Snag List” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar178) – £4.00 (not including shipping)

A1) The Hidden Sponge Cake (9:18)
A2) N.Y. Cock (18:43)
B1) Somewhere Off the A20 (10:08)
B2) My Washing Blew Away II (8:12)
B3) An Index of Blackpool’s Most Nondescript Cul-de-Sacs (10:38)

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Purple C60 cassette in a clear case, plus an insert.

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The Golden Gonk – “Towards…” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar068) – £4.00 (not including shipping)

A1) Circumzenithal Arc Over Todmorden (11:17)
A2) It Was a Strange Place (10:42)
B1) Crewe Station, 1990 (20:03)
B2) Alone at Magpie Mine (2:55)

“Towards…” started life circa-late 2008 as a clutch of track titles sloshing about in my addled brain, not to mention a vague sense re: how each piece should sound…before long, a plan was hatched to make the album a reality- in spiffing TAPE form, no less, but- to cut a rather tedious and uneventful story short- I failed spectacularly to make this happen…UNTIL NOW…yeah, I mean- the 2012 FREE GONK download served its purpose, but let’s face it- you secretly *wanted* this tape version all along!! No?? Just me, then…

Brown C50 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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* GOLDEN GONK CASSETTE REISSUE OUT NOW ON TUSCAN PEACH TAPES!! *

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The Golden Gonk – “Sand Behind the Curtains″ (Tuscan Peach Tapes, TPT009)

YET ANOTHER goshdarned tangible reissue of a FREE GONK download from yesteryear, this time brought to you by the fine folks at Tuscan Peach Tapes. Here’s what I said about the album on its original release…

“Sand Behind the Curtains” is a musical retelling of two mornings…the distinct stages of two very strange journeys- the kind we all have from time to time…the kind where hitherto undiscovered places give you the feeling they’ve been with you forever, yet familiar places you pass through seem alien…the kind where everything you see, everything you say, everything you do, everything you lack seems to be loaded with some sort of ‘significance’…the kind that awaken old, forgotten ghosts…the kind that bring new ghosts into your life to haunt you in years to come…

All the psychedelic minimalist cosmic pagan synth drone folk cut-up distorted ambient drifting swirling improv field recording freak out sounds on this album were captured/collaged/crossfaded/curdled/cremated by The Golden Gonk in late 2012.

This release and other Tuscan Peach Tapes titles are available in my shop:

http://www.discogs.com/seller/goldengonk

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So, that’s it for not only another year, but another *decade*…man alive- what *is* happening?! The 2010s started and ended in utter shite, but I suppose most of the in-between stuff was pretty decent…yeah- that sounds like a fair assessment!! Thanks, as ever, to everyone who has supported the label over the past few years- it really does mean a lot.

2019 was a pretty quiet one on the release front, but I’ve got plenty of cool stuff lined up for 2020, including a slew of reissues, not to mention some super split cassette aktion, featuring an array of stellar underground talent…watch this space!!  

R.I.P. Simon Morris and Neil Innes

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NEW RELEASES OUT NOW – MMV (free album download) + The Golden Gonk (reissue and compilation appearances)!!

* MMV – FREE DOWNLOADABLE ALBUM OUT NOW!! *

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MMV – “Eating Bread on Company Time” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar174)

1) Aktion (2:49)
2) I Want to Be a Gargoyle (3:28)
3) Ructions #2 (1:38)
4) The Third Bite of the Cherry (3:35)
5) Folk Spree (3:16)
6) Lost Lust (3:15)
Angels, Devils, Strippers & Drifters:
7) Any Excuse (3:16)
8) The Era of an Angel (9:47)
9) I Never Did Catch Your Name (2:46)
10) Trash Meditation (9:26)
11) The Chaperone (3:08)
12) The Fulcrum (3:09)
13) Off the Boil (1:53)
14) Too Much Cake (3:09)
15) Illicit Taping (3:05)
16) Silence of a She-Devil (3:08)
17) Larking (0:58)
18) The Walled City Wept (3:15)
19) Ring of Ravens (3:29)
20) Preston Bye Ta Ta (Really) (4:18)
21) Milk-Gathering (5:03)
22) Dwindling Energies (3:15)

Download the zip file here (contains both the music and full artwork):

https://www.mediafire.com/file/xn5n2by323xed2a/MMV_-_Eating_Bread_on_Company_Time.zip/file

Size – 112.40 MB

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* OTHER NEW STUFF OUT NOW – 2 x COMPILATIONS & A REISSUE…ALL GONK-RELATED!! *

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Various Artists – “Godspunk Volume Twenty” (Pumf Records and Tapes, PUMF 791)

The new volume of the wondrous “Godspunk” series features 2 exclusive pieces by yours truly- “A Wolf Giving Birth to Fifteen Blue Feathered Marbles” and “Bog-Eyed Friar”, both credited to Blue Eyes of the Broken Gonk– plus a boatload more cool stuff from 9 other projects!! Many thanks to pStan Batcow for curating and releasing this!!

More info re: the full tracklisting/how to buy etc. can be found by clicking on the following links:

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Godspunk-Volume-Twenty/release/13990447

http://www.batcow.co.uk/pumf/godspunk.htm

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Various Artists – “Soap Scum & Sock Fluff” (Dubbing More Fucking Rubbish Tapes, DMFR028)

Released at the end of July and already sold out at source, here we have another stellar gathering of experimental oddbods, this time from the ever-dependable DMFR Tapes!! The Golden Gonk features, with a piece entitled “Leaving the Laboratory II”- none other than a sequel to last year’s “Godspunk” contribution!!

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The Golden Gonk – “Flickering Greens, Leaking Blues & Exploding Blacks – Live Summer 2008” (Dubbing More Fucking Rubbish Tapes, DMFR030)

Many moons back, in November 2011 to be precise, I put out this scuzzy, fuzzy little collection of live ‘happenings’ (recorded EVEN MORE moons back, in the strange summer of 2008) as an MP3 album…the response was magnificent- AT LEAST 2 people downloaded it and EVEN FEWER got in touch to say what they thought of it!! Like this wasn’t enough to deal with, then came the requests for a physical release- all ZERO of them!! Buckling in the face of such overwhelming demand, I turned to Squirrel from DMFR to make this a reality…this humble black C45 is the end result…

Visit my shop, as I may just have these wares for sale:

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After what feels like an eternity of utterly frenzied activity, things have (mercifully!!) slowed down considerably here at Shack HQ (what can I say, I’m gettin’ old now)…no need to cry, though- rest assured that new music IS still being made and there ARE a few more bits and bats scheduled for release before we bid adieu to 2019…stay calm and keep hittin’ F5…all will be revealed…eventually!!

 

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FIVE NEW CASSETTES OUT NOW – Kröten Schwanz & The Golden Gonk / The Urinating Goblin & Skulls That Have Sex (split), Eagle Downer (debut release), The Golden Gonk (compilation and reissue) and Fornicating Fog (compilation) + Other News!!

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Kröten Schwanz & The Golden Gonk / The Urinating Goblin & Skulls That Have Sex – “Acid Folk for Life!” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar169) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

Kröten Schwanz & The Golden Gonk:

A) Beer Garden With a Bad View (18:19)

The Urinating Goblin & Skulls That Have Sex:

B) Acid Folk ’til Death! (17:43)

Heavyweight tag team jam-a-thon, full of magic, mystery and delight…

Aqua C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Eagle Downer – “Hallucinatin’ Bikers” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar170) – £2.50 (not including shipping)

A) Hallucinatin’ Eagles (9:41)
B) Biker Downer (9:08)

Two sides o’ lonesome, queasy throbbin’ and wah-in’ from this self-contained psych blues unit…

Yellow C20 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Fornicating Fog – “Boglights in the Fog” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar171) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Ehebrecherisch Nebel (10:13)
A2) Der Feuchte Traum (17:42)
B1) The Unwelcome Spirit (5:39)
B2) Black Ice, Cabbage Roses & Bark Alchemy Somewhere Up Near This Winter’s Moon (20:33)

Two cuts apiece from the first and last FF CD-Rs, focussing on deep Kraut exploration, bone-chilling dark droneage and ghostly autumnal improv…

Green C60 cassette in a clear case, plus an insert.

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The Golden Gonk – “Three EPs From 2008” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar172) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

“A Lucid Monastery”:

A1) G! (2:03)
A2) Windhead (2:28)
A3) Drowsy Drowsy (6:41)
A4) Aardvark Trampoline (Flesh Bonanza) (2:33)

Outtake:

A5) Untitled (1:56)

“It Soon Will Be…As I’ve Dreamt It”:

A6) It Soon Will Be… (19:28)
B1) …As I’ve Dreamt It (5:56)

“Below Deck”:

B2) A Lungfull of Beach (14:17)
B3) Touching Noses With a Shark in the Mirror (15:12)

Three long gone ‘uns from ’08 gathered for your convenience and bolstered by a contemporaneous previously unreleased outtake…gadzooks…this material was recorded and mixed in Blackpool and Preston (Lancashire) between 2002 and 2008…

Blue C75 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus inserts.

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The Golden Gonk – “Frog Hue Mulch Meets Bloody Sky” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar038) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Drunk With the Master on the Smoke of a Stream (10:39)
A2) Snarling Faun With Pagan Bones (14:34)
B1) We All Do Wicked Things (15:14)
B2) On a Stormy Fucking Night (10:29)

Improvised folk/noise/ambient/psychedelic wanderings, recorded in a fit of who-knows-what in gloomy December 2008…the first piece is eternally dedicated to the memory of Davy Graham…10 years gone…dang…

Red C60 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork, plus an insert.

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* NEW COMPILATION CD FEATURING THE GOLDEN GONK OUT NOW ON PUMF RECORDS AND TAPES *

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Various Artists – “Godspunk Volume Nineteen” (Pumf Records and Tapes, PUMF 770)

1) Digital Sickness – Howl in the Typewriter
2) Game of Thrones – Unit
3) Stealing the Pennies From a Dead Man’s Eyes – Dr. Awkward
4) Satanic Mass – Flux of Yellow Daisies
5) Always There – Nil by Nose
6) Who Won the War – Unit
7) Black Cat – Howl in the Typewriter
8) Everyone Leaves You in the End – Shy Rights Movement
9) 2000 in 10 followed by King Piranha – Aware
10) Share the Same Thoughts – Unit
11) Leaving the Laboratory – The Golden Gonk
12) In Whose Nostrils Was the Breath of Life? – Howl in the Typewriter
13) This May Be a Tad Uncomfortable – Dr. Awkward
14) Gaudeamus Igitur – Unit
15) Hanging Like an Elf – The Large Veiny Members
16) Insecticide Track 1 – Flux of Yellow Daisies
17) Endlessly Blue – Shy Rights Movement
18) The Loch and the Glen – Unit
19) The Glory of the Sun – Howl in the Typewriter
20) Wake Me – Nil by Nose
21) Puttin ‘Em Back – Dr. Awkward
22) Soul Patrol – Unit
23) A Mill1oooooon – Howl in the Typewriter

The excellent “Godspunk” CD series was established in 2003 by Pumf Records man pStan Batcow and has now reached its nineteenth volume!! As you can see, there’s an exclusive Golden Gonk track on here, alongside untold amounts of aural wonderment from underground luminaries Howl in the Typewriter, Unit, Dr. Awkward, Flux of Yellow Daisies, Nil by Nose, Shy Rights Movement, Aware and The Large Veiny Members!!

For more info/to pick up a copy, please visit one of these links:

www.discogs.com/seller/goldengonk

http://www.batcow.co.uk/pumf/godspunk.htm

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* NEW J.G.D. AZZOPARDI ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD / STREAMING FROM MOON MYST MUSIC *

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J.G.D. Azzopardi – “Phone Sex for Ducks” (Moon Myst Music, no cat. no.)

1) Singing Cataclysm / Untitled (13:53)
2) Phone Sex for Ducks (8:47)
3) Dying Candles (10:18)
4) Cemetery Improv / Sarah’s Grave (9:42)

“Phone Sex for Ducks” was recorded and mixed in summer/autumn 2018 at the behest of Daniel Dlugosielski and is now available for download/streaming from Moon Myst Music’s Bandcamp site:

https://moonmystmusic.bandcamp.com/album/phone-sex-for-ducks

Cassette version to follow at some point in 2019!!

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So that’s it for yet another year- as ever, thanks to all the artists involved in the stuff released by Shack in the Barley Productions in 2018 and to all the people who supported the label by buying its wares!!

See you in 2019!!

 

 

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FIVE NEW CASSETTES OUT NOW – Jamie Azzopardi / Pigeons From Christ (split), Dodo Resurrection II (new album), The Golden Gonk (new album and reissue) and Sky Sacrifice (new double album)!!

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Tapes can be purchased through Discogs or directly through this site. To order through Discogs, please go here:

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Jamie Azzopardi / Pigeons From Christ – “Split” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar164) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

Jamie Azzopardi:

A1) Seagull I (1:15)
A2) Seagull II (5:06)
A3) Seagull III (1:16)
A4) Seagull IV (2:29)
A5) Seagull V (1:41)
A6) Seagull VI (3:58)

Pigeons From Christ:

B1) Untitled (3:34)
B2) Untitled (3:57)
B3) Untitled (4:21)
B4) Untitled (3:34)
B5) Untitled (3:38)

Here’s a nice split of gently psychedelic plinkity plinking/ding ding dinging and intimate acoustic/electric improv-a-doodling. Sonic bedfellows of utmost compatibility!! Veritably cockle-warming!!

Orange C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Dodo Resurrection II – “Dodo Resurrection II” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar165) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) This Is the Grail (7:38)
A2) This Is the Lance (10:03)
B1) Here Is the Incense (5:31)
B2) Here Is the Dance (13:08) 

This is no hoax!! Four psych prog burners from beyond…occult-a-rama in excelsis!! Listen and believe…

“In memory of Jonathan Keiran…and Nostradamus”

Purple C40 cassette in a clear case, plus an insert.

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The Golden Gonk – “Trim As a Whippet and Twice As Strokeable” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar166) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Anaesthetic With An Aesthetic (9:15)
A2) Erototropic Sunflash (6:38)
A3) Bull On a Beach Ball I (5:23)
B1) Bull On a Beach Ball II (5:30)
B2) Moss Off a Toad’s Bollocks (6:47)
B3) An Aesthetic Without Anaesthetic (9:29)

I started this one simmering on the sonic stove in what, late 2011, then sorta left it to dry out and generally go a bit mouldy for a bit, while all manner of other audial dishes were cooked up and served in its stead…but, after a bit of a reheat and a sprinkling of magical herbs, I think I’ve finally got it tasting pretty scrumptious for Shack’s autumn 2018 menu…a warning, though- I might’ve left a few bones in the mix, so don’t break yer teeth…

Red C50 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork, plus an insert.

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Sky Sacrifice! – “Charged Corpuscles Reflowing” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar167/168) – £4.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Raspberry Ice Cream Dream (5:08)
A2) Grim Candy Floss (9:03)
A3) Lovely Jasmine Elevations (9:38)
A4) Parrots, Doves and a Smelly Monkey (5:24)
B1) Sad Derelict Spaceship (14:09)
B2) Live! And Humid… (6:53)
B3) Tea and Buns (8:37)
C1) Pastel Fountain Twinklings (22:28)
C2) Fast-Forward Doom (5:51)
D1) Fast-Forward Doom II (18:33)
D2) Last Balloon Ride Over Toytown (10:45)

The second gigantic expulsion of gooey noise ooze in less than a year from Sky Sacrifice, which now handsomely sports an exclamation mark after its name (for pretty obvious reasons)…but, sure enough, even the ‘necromancer’ must ‘die’ too some day…kinda ironic, really!! The tanks are bloody well empty, guv…

R.I.P. Sky Sacrifice (2014 – 2018)

Two C60 cassettes (the first pink, the second black) in a chunky double case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus inserts.

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The Golden Gonk – “A Temple in an Apple” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar034) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Murky, Lofty Abandoned Lobby (10:30)
A2) In the Meadow (2:31)
A3) Dark Peak (9:28)
B1) Hot Germany (16:47)
B2) Sip & Trip (6:15)

Another ye olde crusty CD-R title rescued from the OOP abyss and given a tasty cassette reissue for its 10th birthday!! So- what we got?! A thick wad o’ 2006-08 folk-psychin’, cult-dronin’, flange-rockin’ frippery, which was simultaneously MANGLED and MOLLYCODDLED to a backdrop of lonesome late summer apeshittery/forbidden fruitery…

No spiders were harmed in the making of this album!!

Green transparent C50 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape label, plus an insert.

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Still loads more to come from Shack in the Barley Productions in 2018, so keep your eyes peeled…

Until then, happy listening and thanks for the support!!

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FOUR NEW CASSETTES OUT NOW – Body Morph / Demon Wind / Culver / Stinking Bishop (four-way split), Acrid Skull / The Golden Gonk (split / collaboration), 14 Graves of Interest (new album) and more!!

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Body Morph / Demon Wind / Culver / Stinking Bishop – Split (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar160) – £4.00 (not including shipping)

Body Morph:

A1) Junk Panic (18:01)

Demon Wind:

A2) Surfing the Evil Slipstream (9:54)
A3) Eggs Full of Maggots (4:38)
A4) A Fetid Gust of Demon Wind (8:47)

Culver:

B1) Laura Was Never Found (23:38)

Stinking Bishop:

B2) Sleeping On Beast Fur (1:57)
B3) Der Hexentöter von Blackpool (19:35)

After a deceptively subdued intro, Body Morph gets this latest slab of four-way fun kick-started by violently cranking things up to 11, dragging you on a stop-start hellride through neighbour-bothering tape hum, crunchy / scummy electronics and the kind of red raw horn abuse that never fails to get ol’ Adolphe spinnin’ like a freakin’ wind turbine in a hurricane…Demon Wind (aka Steve out of Unlikely Dreamfellows) keeps things skanky for the remainder of the side, offering up a trio of minimal noisewerks that flash and flicker from sexy slime green to deep fart brown…over on the B-side, Culver legend Lee Stokoe emits thick, dark grey plumes of sonic crematorium smoke from your speakers for 23 full minutes, choking out your listening space, staining your wallpaper and suffocating all small furry creatures in the vicinity in the process, before Stinking Bishop bring the C92 curtain crashing down with a thick wad of their signature IQ-of-a-banana, knuckle-dragging barbarian free sludge jamming…now come on- with their ties to the whole Executed Flesh/Werwolf Ale Brewery cult, would you expect anything less?!

Brown C92 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus inserts.

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The Golden Gonk – “A Thick Ridge of Low Pressure” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar161) – £3.00 (not including shipping)

A) Stuck in a Sump (13:42)
B1) Grey Sky Hoedown (Cliffs Delirium) (7:08)
B2) Ride the Yellow Goat (7:47)

Low and alone, but free to heal…wallowing and wading, detoxing with every drip…plunking on the cold past, wriggling with the worms…burning holes in the traffic, praying for direction…

Orange C30 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Acrid Skull & The Golden Gonk – “Tortured Axes” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar162) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

Acrid Skull:

A1) Leaking Batteries (Excerpt) (10:04)

The Golden Gonk:

A2) Untitled (Excerpt) (9:43)

Acrid Skull & The Golden Gonk:

B) Tortured Axes (17:54)

Ahh, the ‘Tortured Axes’ fest…it’s hard to believe that this veritable seaside KNEES-UP (which doubled as a release party for the first- and regrettably the only- issue of FREQUENCY BSE ‘zine) was ten full years ago now, but them’s the breaks I s’pose…not to worry, though- with the release of this here tape, the heinous passing of time is rendered near NULL and VOID…yes indeed- thanks to the archaeological vault diggin’ efforts of Acrid Skull main-brain Clifford, YOU the listener can re-create the fest’s particular gloomy, drawn-curtain living room ambience in your *own* gloomy, drawn-curtain living room WHENEVER YOU WISH, just by spinning the stellar recorded-live-on-the-day Skull and Gonk material on the A-side!! Let me tell you- I’ve tried it and it’s UNCANNY!! Anyway- like that wasn’t exciting enough on its own, all’s ye gotta do is flip over to the B to hear a damned DUET between these very same timewarping twangdoodlers…yes, it’s official folks- at the start of this year whilst we were emailing back and forth about the release of the live stuff, I managed to tempt Cliff out of retirement long enough to record a loving ‘decade-on’ tribute to the very gig at which we first met (aww!!) to bring things full circle…and yeah- it might’ve just been the effects of the particularly potent decaf tea I consumed that afternoon, but I could’ve sworn he said he maybe wanted to record some *more* junk in the near future…well, consider my breath well and truly held!!

Black C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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14 Graves of Interest – “Unseeable Atrocities” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar163) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A) Slash of a Samurai (18:53)
B) Homunculus in Glass (16:42)

I stood by the train tracks and heard it calling…on a dull, clouded morning I felt it forming…I wandered the dust path, scratted for clues…I sat in the saloon, but it just didn’t feel right…somewhat disheartened, I hung on in there…nothing made sense, but since when was that a problem??

Green C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Thanks to everyone involved with this clutch of releases and to all past, present and future supporters of Shack in the Barley Productions!!

Plenty more to come this year- keep your eyes peeled for further announcements!!

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FIVE NEW CASSETTES OUT NOW – Toucan Lifecycle reissue, MMV / MMIV split, Poverty Metal single, The Golden Gonk double reissue and more!!

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Toucan Lifecycle – s/t (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar156) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) 11:03 (11:03)
A2) 8:46 (8:46)
B1) 10:09 (10:09)
B2) 9:28 (9:28)

Crucial cassette reissue of the beyond-private debut CD-R from Katie Richie’s Toucan Lifecycle project, which was patiently pieced together between 2011 and 2012 in a quiet, muddy, hilly region of Northern England. With this in mind, it’s all the more remarkable then that you could quite easily soundtrack your next juiced-up/tripped-out tropical beach holiday with this tape- those sun-scorched fuzz organ figures, that bustlin’ critter loopage, the gorgeous cool breeze synth…failing that, I’m sure it’d sound just as good playing during your next stroll to the shop to buy crisps and a scratchcard…just sayin’…

Blue C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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The Swiss Loaf Bakers vs The Golden Gonk – “Filthy Tape Soup 2001-2002” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar157) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Skyscraping / Gong of Love (18:01)
A2) Autumn of Discontent (And Dial-Up) (10:38)
A3) Such Profound Self-Indulgence (16:09)
B1) Talking Trout in the Rockery (10:05)
B2) A Saturday in Camulodunum (14:57)
B3) The Golden Age Began Ropily (19:02)

I never did pull my weight in that smoke-shrouded shell, that hollowed out hovel…elsewhere and ‘out there’, no time for his ‘strange chords’ or those suspect floppy disks…an ear to the amp, the other in the wilderness…still, a preferable misery to those months in the pigsty or those tears on the ivories…roll on spring and that fresh lick o’ blue paint, roll on summer and the heat haze levitations…come the autumn I puffed with dragons, splintered in the sawmill…come the winter I skulked in the crannies, heart heavy and somewhat slightly broken…

Brown C90 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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MMV / MMIV – “Camping by Canals” / “August Smoke” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar158) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

MMV:

A1) Cold Highland Echo (3:59)
A2) Man Has Lute (0:45)
A3) Glass Frogs and Pigeon Bullets (2:57)
A4) Guru Tavern (3:18)
A5) Isola di San Michele (2:39)
A6) Don’t Look Now (3:05)
A7) Sadness of Cars (3:08)

MMIV:

B1) Sunken Axe (2:45)
B2) I Didn’t Get Knifed (3:06)
B3) Guru Crossing (3:04)
B4) It’s 1850 and I’m a Chimney Sweep (3:09)
B5) Gobshite (2:53)
B6) Graveyard Drinker (4:06)

I saw red, for sure…in anticipation more than anything- I mean, we nearly lived it! Lost and late for bed, following the rabbit- pizza long since settled, greetings lost to smoke and blather…I stayed behind, “gave something of myself”, then dined sadly- no room in their restaurant…differing woes in more nascent times- I wanted in on something else, pitched my tent and held my nerve…plotted ‘neath the jet stream…pondered in the greasy spoon…tempted by treasures on all sides…held it close, but never got the goods…

Orange C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Poverty Metal – “Miserable Hunger of Occult Crows” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar159) – £2.50 (not including shipping)

A) A Crow of My Dungeon (4:33)
B) Moaning Into Some Occult Gloom (4:32)

Sorry for pushing the release date for this single back by a few weeks…shit, I *had* to- the pre-order interest *alone* would’ve catapulted this to the Xmas #1 spot, for damned sure…I relayed this info to the guys in Poverty Metal, who- quivering and weeping- told me they’re JUST NOT READY for that kind of success and all the crap that comes with it…the stadium gigs in front of braying, faceless mobs…the humiliation of being gunged on Saturday morning kids’ TV…the blinding flashbulbs of the paparazzi…not to mention the decades spent cosying up alongside Wham!, Slade and Wizzard on those infernal NOW! Xmas comps…so- with all this in mind- they demanded I delay the release and burn most of the pressing (still smoking away nicely…sorry, neighbours)…sales of the remaining (extremely tiny) handful of copies will probably still earn PM a top 5 chart placing, a gold disc and a coupla Smash Hits covers, but not much we can do about that…

Transparent purple C10 cassette in a clear front/black back case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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The Golden Gonk – “Skeletons Waltz on the Dirty Pier” / “I Don’t Show in Mirrors” (Shack in the Barley Productions, no cat. no.) – £4.50 (not including shipping)

“Skeletons Waltz on the Dirty Pier”:

A1) Seven (7:17)
A2) Nine (9:09)
A3) Four (4:04)
B) Twenty Four (24:24)

“I Don’t Show in Mirrors”:

C1) Spontaneous Appreciation of the Tendency to… (7:07)
C2) Seagulls Sing Sweetly in Summer (17:17)
D1) Straight to Heaven (17:17)
D2) …Split Along Definite Planes So as to Yield Smooth Surfaces (7:07)

Another double reissue set to round out this final batch of the year- “Skeletons Waltz…” is the sound of the young Gonk set loose in the tool shed (and not for the last time!), following a particularly potent (over)dose of “Changez les Blockeurs” (or was it “Black Vase”?!), while “I Don’t Show in Mirrors” is made up of tracks dreamed up near a fountain during the ‘summer of self-sabotage’, then recorded in the midst of another blasted evacuation…dear me- you can’t half pick ‘em…

1 x yellow C50 cassette and 1 x black C50 cassette in a clear double case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Thanks, as always, to all the wonderful artists who contributed music to be released through Shack in the Barley Productions during 2017 and to everyone who supported the label by buying and/or downloading things- it means a lot.

Lots planned for 2018…more to follow…

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NEW RELEASES OUT NOW – Charles Barabé / Howl of the Lacerated / Andrew Paine / Toucan Lifecycle (four-way split cassette), Sky Sacrifice (double cassette), The Golden Gonk (new and comp cassettes), Green Shattered Dream (free download) and more!!

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Charles Barabé / Howl of the Lacerated / Andrew Paine / Toucan Lifecycle – Split (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar148) – £4.00 (not including shipping)

Charles Barabé:

A1) Dialogue I (5:15)
A2) Dialogue II (5:08)
A3) Dialogue III (4:18)
A4) Dialogue IV (2:36)
A5) Dialogue V (4:34)

Howl of the Lacerated:

A6) Cry of the Decapitated (9:05)
A7) Wail of the Dismembered (9:42)

Andrew Paine:

B1) Fictional Worlds Are So Much Better (18:59)

Toucan Lifecycle:

B2) 10:43 (10:43)
B3) 9:17 (9:17)

Four-ways…you wait a year for one to come along, then by the next batch another has popped up OUTTA NOWHERE!!

Québec’s fantastic electric wizard Charles Barabé opens the show with a suite of glacial microtonal drones, sinister glitches, deserted school classroom piano tinklings AND MORE, before my own project Howl of the Lacerated brings the tone WAY down with a couple o’ scummed out paeans to atrocities committed whilst donning an unconvincing Sasquatch costume…on the flip we get a ginormous pearl of raw loopage, super-FX’d acid guitar and mutant RY9 rhythms from Sonic Oyster boss Andrew Paine, after which Katie Richie (of Unlikely Dreamfellows) brings things full circle with some glorious light and shade minimalism from her Toucan Lifecycle trip…

Yellow/red C90 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus inserts.

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Sky Sacrifice – “Pollinated Air Levitations” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar149/150) – £4.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Blood Llama (7:35)
A2) Blue Flaming Face of a Feline (13:12)
A3) Heavenly Mansions (8:29)
B1) Barn of the Naked Dead (23:47)
B2) Slider Between Worlds II (4:27)
C1) Pirates of the Pineal Gland (9:03)
C2) Tapioca & Acid (8:19)
C3) Besombes & Bower in a Blender (9:25)
D1) New Age Werewolf Colony (4:08)
D2) Sacrificed to the Sky (21:53)

OK, I was late to the party- forever tardy, hovering in humidity…head in the clouds, but an eye on the prize…the funeral flowers were still fresh back then and the rocks fell thick and fast, awaiting times of glory…some corpses need exhuming, y’know…some have more to scream…

Two C60 cassettes (the first pink, the second blue) in a chunky double case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus inserts.

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The Golden Gonk – “The Best of the Self-Releases” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar151) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Psychic Despondency (3:38)
A2) I Wish to Hold You Outside of My Dreams (Excerpt) (10:08)
A3) The Swish of a Ponytail (1998) (5:09)
A4) Hot Nights With a Hard Banana (Excerpt) (9:47)
A5) Tangerine Perfume (9:37)
B1) Hot Lunch (10:35)
B2) Muriel (Excerpt) (5:09)
B3) Strawberry Solstice (3:43)
B4) Pony of the Barley (4:58)
B5) Slivers of Time (With You in the Background) (12:28)

The ‘self-releases’ ostensibly sprouted from a crude electric seed, planted hastily in wax, one way-back winter afternoon, which brought forth a bumper crop of untold proportions!! This tape gathers together some of the tastiest treats harvested from that hidden hillside, shorn of all the soggy, rotten, rodent-nibbled bits!!

Violet C80 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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My Gonk Hates My Heroin – Untitled (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar152) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A) Close Down & Coagulate (17:51)
B) Apparitions of the Italian Hills (16:37)

A fully raw session from a forgotten date…I silenced the clinking empties and closed the fucking door…dug up the disappointment and dumped it in the living room…those creatures like to shadow me- spectres of old Saturdays…sparks from an electrical resurrection…lank hair and DARK clothes…

Gold C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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The Gonk in Heat – “Flesh for Emmanuelle…Blood for Caligula” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar153) – £3.00 (not including shipping)

A) Flesh for Emmanuelle (14:47)
B) Blood for Caligula (13:18)

Riffing, ripping, droning and scraping…sucking on those cycles for something to savour…wading in that decadence and playing dress-up with the detritus…exploiting aesthetics, no matter how grimy…

Red C30 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Three French Roosters – “Sober Doberman Enjoys a Cemetery Sandwich – Year of the Rooster Edition” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar071) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Three French Roosters (13:37)
A2) The Hymn Sheet (20:30)
B1) (A Shot At) Unity (9:41)
B2) The Pie Was Still Clucking as I Placed It in the Oven (4:50)
B3) Subtle Skull (20:17)

Yes, here it is again- the free MP3 smash of 2012 (15 downloads and counting!!) in a super exciting “in exchange for cash” tape cassette version!! Fully sanctioned by all the surviving members of this confrontational and obscene guerrilla folk noise unit, who notoriously laid waste to multiple impromptu ‘venues’ across a certain UK university campus in the early ’00s, this “Year of the Rooster Edition” comes complete with precisely ZERO extra material (at no extra cost!!)- how kind!! So, boys and girls- make sure you pick up a copy today and make EVERY year a “Year of the Rooster”!!

Yellow C75 cassette in a clear front/red back case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.

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Green Shattered Dream – “Dovestones (The Demos)” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar155)

1) Snake Healing Tree of Heaven (2:19)
2) Pristine Christine (1:42)
3) Puff Adder (1:32)
4) Cook a Pig With Your Heart (2:19)
5) Jewel in a Hedge (1:19)
6) Burning Barrels of Barley Wine (2:24)
7) Creepy Beech (2:46)
8) Breast Black Mirror (2:18)
9) Apparitional Hieroglyphics (2:04)
10) Cobweb City and Comet Garden (2:13)
11) Lion Fed to Something Mystic (1:42)
12) Seven Levitations (2:51)
13) Winos on the Church Steps (2:58)

Ah…the green shattered dream…something to do with circuses and Alex Harvey, if I remember it right…all these songs were written circa late winter/early spring 2008, quite often in the dead of night, in-between frenzied last second bidding wars with ‘voiceofmuck’ on eBay (yeah- remember those?! I never won…no one did!!)…they’re full of the usual stuff- nostalgic ruminations…animals…weather girls (*always* weather girls)…the plan was to record ’em properly, but- whoops- there was no room at the inn on the 8-track back then, so they got no further than a warbly C90 (previously home to The Jam and Badfinger, apparently!!) and have remained unheard by humanoid ears since then…now all that changes, friends…

Download the zip file here (contains both the music and full artwork):

https://www.mediafire.com/file/7so7bwfvhjcc2w7/Green%20Shattered%20Dream%20-%20Dovestones%20%28The%20Demos%29.zip

Size –  39.62 MB

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As ever, thanks to everyone involved in this latest stellar batch and thanks to everyone who supports Shack in the Barley Productions by buying and/or downloading the releases!!

Still a bit more to come within 2017…more news soon…

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