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:

www.discogs.com/seller/goldengonk

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

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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.

Sample:

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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.

Sample:

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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.

Sample:

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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)

Blurb

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

Sample:

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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.

Sample:

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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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