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


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

To order direct, please contact me at the following address with details of the titles you would like to purchase:



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.




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.




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


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)


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.




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.




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.



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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