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Max Nordile 'Building a Better Void' LP (GGGR-108)
*Max Nordile (Preening, Violence Creeps, Uzi Rash, et al.) tosses Gilgongo 30 minutes of trudging, free-form sprawl that draws unassuming and collateral reference points (in the labels mind) to a highly regarded catalog of outsiders that spans decades (Jandek, Little Howlin Wolf, Nihilist Spasm Band). Its an honor to challenge any listener, with Building a Better Void. LP available NOW (see: Gilgongo Records online shop, Discogs, eBay)
Max Nordile has a patented collage method. In this day, I almost hate to say its perhaps a distinctly American sound, like squawks from the rubber room. Although, this is sharply not a conversation between "Mattie" and "Hattie" concerning the "Wooly Bully" and the desirability of developing dancing skills (with no attempt made to synthesize these divergent topics). What youre listening to is a tangled mass, a phone call from a scribbled area code, herking and jerking its way off the map. Its catchy, its bent. After it said so much to me, I returned to the record, and then again and again. Thanks so much, I said to it, like it is said in the divine hand of Diligent Pores. And once more Im gripped into powerful clang at the intersection of joy, mystery & abrasion. It is mercurial; an icy slip wherein the listener is absolutely unable to get the balance or footing to stand upright for all of thirty minutes. Building a Better Void is a jittering slob but a true testimonial to the San Pablo blocks of trauma-cracked sidewalks of Ishmael Reeds Blues City: Oakland, brawling and husky. I feel as though I came to inside this album, awakened from a black out mid-party but whose? The details are lost to me now. I struggle to move but not to escape, like bearing witness to the stupid drunk deft hand of William Egglestons video phantasmagoria, Stranded in Canton, or hamming on quads round the joyous, unhinged roller rink that is The Shaggs. I want to call Nordile a junkyard James Cameron of aural thrillers, epic in scope, but hes a poltergeist in the back seat, whispering spookies, in a vehicle we call Rolling Thunder Revue No. II. New fires to replace the bad ones. Freed punk. Friendly spirits. Forest Juziak
SOFT SHOULDER 'Not The New One' LP (GGGR-117)
Not The New One delivers a dose of Soft Shoulder which is similar to 2017s Song and Intermissions LP: sharp bursts which reference no wave, free improvisation, abstract electronics and riot grrrl from various configurations of the group: this time around with members of Oaklands NO BABIES, Montreals FILTHY GRIN, GAY KISS from Phoenix, Berlins PAUL ARAMBULA (Chandails, Vegetable), etc. Sandwiched between a new 7 and LP from early 2020, and a forthcoming 7 and LP in early 2021, Not The New One ties up loose ends from the second half of the 2010s. Recorded sporadically between 2015 2019 in various warehouses, practice spaces and bedrooms in the Phoenix area. LP available now: (see: Gilgongo Records online shop, Discogs, eBay) Digital: Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Two new releases available NOW (see: Gilgongo Records online shop, Discogs, eBay)
SISSY SPACEK & SMEGMA 'Ballast' LP - gatefold (GGGR-110)
Description: Ace Farren Ford, Dennis Duck, and Ju Suk Reet Meate (three original members) are joined by Rock N Roll Jackie (35 years in the band), John Wiese (approximately 10 years), and a cast of others form the current third phase Smegma. The personnel of this album consists of this line-up plus Charlie Mumma, a member of Sissy Spacek since 2008.
The source material of Ballast was recorded at home and on the Los Angeles radio station Dublab, but what we hear is not exactly Smegma and Sissy Spacek performing together as a live group. Wieses production of the recording is a kind of un-doing of the live group playing, forging it into a new collage of sound. The title of the album, Ballast, refers to a weight on a ship which improves its stability, but it is also a term for an electrical component that regulates electricity so as to not destroy the other components. Its double meaning fits between the cover art and the collage process which is constantly partitioning and interrupting the elements of sound. Takuya Sakaguchi, from the liner notes
SISSY SPACEK 'Prismatic Parameter' 2CD (GGGR-111)
Description: Uncompromising large ensemble studio recordings from Los Angeles, 2016: John Wiese, Charlie Mumma, Bill Nace (Vampire Belt, Body/Head), Martin Escalante, Ted Byrnes, and elders of the Los Angeles Free Music Society: Ace Farren Ford (Smegma), Joe Potts and Rick Potts (Airway, Le Forte Four). Recorded at Seahorse Sound by Samur Khouja.
Also available (from the Gilgongo Records online shop) in the following bundles (see the "variants" for either item):
'Ballast' LP & 'Prismatic Parameter' 2CD - $30
'Ballast' LP & 'Prismatic Parameter' 2CD & 'Freaked With Jet' LP - $42
'Ballast' LP & 'Freaked With Jet' LP - $32
Everything is up and running like normal: New releases on the way from Sissy Spacek, Smegma, Max Nordile, Soft Shoulder (with many more to follow / in the works now - including several series of lathe cuts). Tons of new distributed items coming in and flying out of the mail-order, take a look! - Gilgongo Records on Discogs. The label recently moved to Phoenix-proper (after being based in neighboring Tempe for 15 years). The PO Box in Tempe will remain active and is the primary point of contact. In fact, it has it's own Instagram here in 2020: PO Box 7455 on Instagram.
JAMES FELLA + STEVE JANSEN + STEVE ZIMMERMAN "Full Names, Alphabetical Order (Title)" LP (Alien Summer / That's Cool)
Squealing reeds, fold-over electronics, amplified packaging tape and primitive percussion from the crowded aisles of Revolver Records (from: co-founder Steve Zimmerman, prolific writer and roamer Steve Jansen and Gilgongo Records' James Fella). Outer Bounds of Sound was a recurring Sunday night affair: in a blue moon, you might catch a few artists or groups playing songs ...but for the most part it was a unpredictable cast of Who's Who and who is that?, playing their own bizarre take on free jazz, dragging in rewired televisions repurposed as drone devices, ancient modular units or home-grown program-based playback systems. Gibberish descriptions for gibberish, but often times very honest performances from people you may have never seen before and may also never see again. Available from the Gilgongo Records online shop.
JADE HELM "Days Gone" 7" (GGGR-106)
A follow-up to their debut 7", "Human Condition", which was released in late 2017 - also on Gilgongo. Two songs from the same sessions, this record picks up where the previous one left off, so here's what was shared the first time around: Jackie Cruz has been recording, booking and playing shows throughout the Phoenix area, doing DJ nights and touring for over a decade. but this 7 release for one of her current groups, Jade Helm, marks her criminally delayed first appearance on any vinyl format. Her song writing often gives nods to the influences of her youth, as apparent or transparent as they may or may not be, and on Human Condition, the music is allowed to expand and sprawl with more post-punk and even pop sensibilities while still allowing Jackies raw writing form (punk, 90s indie and riot grrrl) to shine through. In these early recordings, initially constructed in a solo context, Jackie is joined by Matt Dobbins on bass (Rumspringer, Detached Objects), Alex Aguilar on guitar (his first time playing in a group, naturally accentuating these melodies), and Danny Levie on drums (who also assisted with the recording and runs Phoenix venue, The Lunchbox). Available from the Gilgongo Records online shop.
*03/24/20: Razorcake reviews Jade Helm's 'Days Gone' 7"
*03/08/20: The Answer Is In The Beat reviews Jade Helm's 'Days Gone' 7"
*03/03/20: Maximum Rocknroll reviews Jade Helm's 'Days Gone' 7"
***Please note that while this record is now technically available, Gilgongo will continue to donate money from all label copies to Jacke Cruz (Jade Helm), who is currently wrapping up her initial fight against cancer. So far Gilgongo has donated about $750. There's a few way to do this: you can donate using a "friends/family" payment through PayPal: ...you can also just buy the record from the Gilgongo shop like normal - though there's a little bit of money lost in fees when you do it that way. In any case, batches were being sent over to her GoFundMe periodically as money came in - now it will just go directly to her. Thank you to people who have been kind and generous enough to donate significantly more than anyone would ask a stranger to. She appreciates the support so much and it is helping her through an unimaginably difficult time considering this is happening alongside Covid-19.
PAUL ARAMBULA "Submarine, Walk Thru This World With Me" 7" & CD
Although he has lived in Berlin for most of the past decade, Paul Arambula has always been close-by on the localized level of Gilgongo Records. Living in Arizona, it would have been impossible to not find Paul: From his legendary if you caught them as the opener for your bands Phoenix tour date group The Chandails (who had a raw pop sound that could draw comparisons to both The Clean and Velvet Underground, to eclectic post-punk trios Vegetable (who had a 7 on the label clear back in 2010) and Mall, as permanent satellite member of the band Soft Shoulder. Pauls solo output has ranged from primitive guitar to noise-assault poetry, and this release finds him in a variety of contexts over the course of a 7 and CD.
The 7 features two versions of the song Submarine, the proper of which finds influence in both guitar and glam as well as Half Japanese, and the less proper rendition, a 19 second sketch track from many years ago: recorded for a short-song project when he was (soon to be) 19 years old. The CD features the first edition of what is intended to function as a radio show.... A sprawling, hour-long collage of Robert Wyatt style keyboard-songs, field recordings and spoken word which function as a journal of observation and reinterpretation. Available from the Gilgongo Records online shop.
*03/26/20: Razorcake reviews Paul Arambula's 'Submarine, Walk Thru This World with Me' 7" & CD
Gilgongo Records Mailorder: The Gilgongo mailorder is up and running, the best place to browse everything is on DISCOGS. Orders still ship twice per week.
Here's what is on the way (to be released in May):
Paul Arambula "Submarine, Walk Thru This World With Me" 7" & CD
Jade Helm "Days Gone" 7"
James Fella / Steve Jansen / Steve Zimmerman "Full Names, Alphabetical Order (Title)" LP (on Gilgongo sub-label, Alien Summer).
SANDY EWEN "You Win" LP (GGGR-099)
While its relatively easy to refer to Sandy Ewens use of guitar as unconventional or abstract, the true nature of her work is much more exploratory in nature. Without relying on the use of effects or looping, the instrument itself functions as a canvas for Ewens ever-evolving arsenal of objects and ever-expanding techniques. Ewen has collaborated and performed with everyone from Henry Kaiser to Roscoe Mitchell, from Jaap Blonk to Lydia Lunch, from Keith Rowe to Tamio Shiraishi, from Damon Smith to Id M Theft Able, from To Carter to Weasel Walter, the list feels endless. Ewens drive to create and perform is rivaled by few, and a healthy body of releases documents much of her work in both solo and group settings. However, You Win, represents her first solo appearance on the full length, vinyl format. Availavle from the Gilgongo Records online shop.
Ewen has created a series of videos that coincide with this LP: http://www.sandyewen.com/you-win/
*08/18/20: Evan Miller on Sandy Ewens You Win LP on WYSOs Spring 2020 Favorites
*07/08/20: Dusted on Sandy Ewens You Win LP via their Mid-year Exchange
*07/01/20: Yellow Green Red reviews Sandy Ewens You Win LP
*06/29/20: Tone Glow on Sandy Ewens You Win LP
*04/24/20: Chicago Reader reviews Sandy Ewen's 'You Win' LP.
*03/20/20: The Free Jazz Collective reviews Sandy Ewens You Win LP
*02/21/20: Avant Music News - AMN reviews Sandy Ewen's "You Win" LP, to be released by Gilgongo in April 2020.
SOFT SHOULDER "Contextual Depreciation" LP (GGGR-104)
Two months after the recent Aerosol Can Stand 7, James Fellas long-running group Soft Shoulder returns with 10 tracks recorded throughout 2018-2019 at various live performances, at their practice space and in some cases, fragments of both settings collaged together at home. While not providing definitive versions of any new songs, Contextual Depreciation appears as a mile marker for the groups approach in the late 2010s: jagged post punk, slow-churning junk-kraut from the Sonoran desert. Available from Gilgongo Records and on Bandcamp.
SOFT SHOULDER "Aerosol Can Stand" 7" (GGGR-107)
Aerosol Can Stand finds JAMES FELLA's long running post-punk / no-wave / junk-kraut group in a rare moment of pop sensibility (subject to objection and critique). Recorded spur-of-the-moment during practice, these two songs are a snapshot of Soft Shoulder as a trio (with JOSH RODRIGUEZ (Mallevs, Sleep Money, etc) and Moone Records CALEB DAILEY) in late 2019.
However, the same variety of haphazard approaches and bedroom-style recording methods which Fella is accustomed to using when processing songs alone were utilized here with the full band. Everything captured on the second take: microphones taped to broken pieces of drum kit hardware and whatever else was sitting around on the floor, overblown overdubs done with a faulty reverb unit, synth later dropped in as an afterthought directly before a maniacal full-volume mix-down in the same rehearsal space later that week. Comparisons aside and credit due as collateral: RIYL The Fall, The Homosexuals, etc. Edition of 600 (includes download and every copy comes with a unique print made using components from the artwork). Available from Gilgongo Records and on Bandcamp.
*05/19/20: Cvlt Nation on Soft Shoulders Aerosol Can Stand 7"
*03/25/20: Razorcake reviews Soft Shoulders Aerosol Can Stand 7? (twice)!
*03/02/20: Maximum Rocknroll reviews Soft Shoulders Aerosol Can Stand 7"
*01/28/20: Phoenix New Times on Soft Shoulders Thin Red Straw from the Aerosol Can Stand 7"
TERMINAL 11 "'Slowly Advancing Minidisc Exorcism" LP *single-sided stereo HQ lathe (GGGR-105)
"Slowly Advancing Minidisc Exorcism was originally released in digital format by Sibilants in 2018 and is now released as a 25 edition stereo lathe by Gilgongo. The cover is the original artwork for the digital release and inside youll find the lathe, a variant print of the cover specific to your copy, and a print showing all 25 variant covers.
Having an emotional attachment to the sounds sourced in my music has been a consistent theme since I started experimenting in 1999. These samples act as bookmarks for points in my life, good and bad, that are meaningful to me. During my youth I recorded these moments on minidisc from 2001-2006, without any solid plan for what I would make with them. This resulted in 50 mostly unlabeled minidiscs. When Sibilants asked me to produce a piece of music for them last year, I decided it was time to sort through them and use whatever sessions sparked the most memory for me. Contained within this music is a trip to the casino with friends, a zither my Aunt Lois gave me that she originally found in a dumpster, various sounds sourced from old jobs, a grandfather clock, chopped cilantro, cicadas, wind chimes, my Aunt Rita whipping breakfast eggs, several drum sets, many of the breaths taken while continuing to do all of this, and the mechanics of the recorder itself that interrupt most of these sessions, due to the microphone being attached incorrectly. The whole process of creating this was therapeutic for me, and I hope you enjoy listening to this slice of my life." - Michael Castaneda (Terminal 11) 2019
LANA DEL RABIES "Gave Up" 7" lathe (GGGR-103) *second edition
Available again in an edition of 40 for LDR's October 2019 European dates. Original description: A limited edition tour souvenir from August 2019 dates with 3teeth and Author & Punisher - available now! Previously released on the digital-only "Such Belongs The Kingdom" release, "Gave Up" is an homage,a recreation - an artist cultivating the fabric of early influence without being afraid to let it burn. Lana del Rabies has been performing and releasing material for several years and is currently working on the next full length - a follow up to 2018's "Shadow World", which was released as a cassette on Deathbomb Arc.
3 new LPS available to order now - in the Gilgongo Records Storenvy Shop!
TASHI DORJI & JOHN DIETERICH "Midden" LP (GGGR-102) *co-released with Moone Records.
"While the hypothetical range of what the listener might expect from a record of free-improvised guitar playing is understandably gigantic, its not very often that what is heard so easily navigates across such a vast terrain. In their most often observed environments (Dorjis relentlessly frequent solo and collaborative releases, Dieterich in the untamable and uniquely enchanting Deerhoof), both artists regularly redefine both themselves and what guitar playing may or may not be.
On Midden, there is communication and expression that transcends the notion that two people can simply cross paths and play guitar together. Plenty of people do this, but few intersect so naturally and comfortably in this abstract of a context. While captured in the live setting, Midden is not the result of weeks of touring, fine tuning ideas and patterns. Instead, the LP is merely a document which archives the final of three chance meetings, in which two people engage in a natural dialog that at times is jagged and jarring while at others is mesmerizing and beautiful. Unpredictable yet completely organic, such a language is a joy to hear." *available to wholesale from Revolver / Midheaven, Fantastique, The Business and direct.
*11/01/19: Yellow Green Red: YGR reviews Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich's 'Midden' LP
*10/01/19: Auxiliary Out - Auxiliary Out reviews Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich's 'Midden' LP.
*09/24/19: It's Psychedelic Baby - IPB talks with John Dieterich (of Deerhoof) about 'Midden'.
*09/19/19: I Heart Noise - I Heart Noise reviews Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich's 'Midden'.
*08/30/19: The Big Takeover - Full Album Premier of Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich's Midden.
*08/06/19: Tiny Mix Tapes - John Dieterich & Tashi Dorji share excerpt from upcoming collaboration LP.
*07/27/19: I Heart Noise - Listen: an exceprt from Midden by Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich (Gilgongo & Moone Records - September 2019).
WAXY TOMB "Imminent Fold" LP w/ art booklet (GGGR-096)
LP includes a 25 page full-color art booklet. Amorphous and perplexing, Jules Litman-Clepers work as Waxy Tomb can incidentally incite a notion of chaos or randomness in the foreground while expressing a series of distilled dialogs that are best understood while digesting the project as a whole. On a surface level, Imminent Fold may seem like a playful exhibition of alien commentary guided by colliding textures and electronic anomalies. This material, in conjunction with her visuals, functions as a field report on the intrusion of industrial and urban landscapes and digital processes on the fabric weaved by natural structure.
Jules Litman-Cleper is a Bay Area native and has been offering multi-media performances and releasing work under the Waxy Tomb guise since 2011. Imminent Fold is the first appearance on the LP format and is a 40 minute dive into this petri dish, with a high-quality book of imagery created as an equally important visual accompaniment to the record.
RIYL: the place that is slightly further out than the most left field releases from the early years of Rough Trade, Subterranean or Mute, while finding sporadic comradery with the likes of Laurie Anderson, Metalux and Inflatable Boy Clams. *available to wholesale from Revolver / Midheaven, Fantastique and direct.
*11/15/19: Decaycast - Decaycast reviews Waxy Tomb's 'Imminent Fold' LP
*09/29/19: Auxiliary Out - Auxiliary Out reviews Waxy Tomb's 'Imminent Fold' LP
*09/01/19: Yellow Green Red - YGR reviews Waxy Tomb's 'Imminent Fold' LP
*08/29/19: DownBeat Magazine - DownBeat reviews Waxy Tomb's "Imminent Fold" LP.
*08/27/19: It's Psychedelic Baby - Vinyl of the Day: Waxy Tomb's "Imminent Fold" LP on Gilgongo.
*07/27/19: Live Eye TV - Waxy Tomb to Release "Imminent Fold" LP via Gilgongo Records.
JOHN COLLINS MCCORMICK "Ad for Nails" LP (GGGR-098)
The work of John Collins McCormick straddles sculpture and music by using sound as material to highlight the ability of sound to change scale through visual and sonic rhythms and textures. What is heard is generated by small objects, percussion and electronics - interactions occurring in the realm of art and noise: a McCormick performance may consist of repurposed motors, clutter jostling on exposed speakers or something familiar from your office rolling across floor in an unfamiliar way.
Ad For Nails functions as a sort of audio diary, finding these types of sounds woven between field recordings, captured conversation and old-fashioned drum kit. McCormicks LP offers a peak into his sonic world and how these pieces of it may be heard (including the types of moments in which we instinctively feel there may be nothing to hear at all). *available to wholesale from Revolver / Midheaven, Fantastique and direct.
*03/08/20: The Answer Is In The Beat reviews John Collins McCormicks Ad For Nails LP
*10/01/19: Yellow Green Red - YGR reviews John Collins McCormick's "Ad for Nails" LP.
*09/04/19: It's Psychedlic Baby - Vinyl of the Day: John Collins McCormick's "Ad for Nails" LP
*08/29/19: Auxiliary Out - Auxiliary Out Reviews John Collins McCormick's "Ad for Nails" LP.
LANA DEL RABIES "Gave Up" 7" lathe (GGGR-103)
A limited edition tour souvenir from August 2019 dates with 3teeth and Author & Punisher - available now! Previously released on the digital-only "Such Belongs The Kingdom" release, "Gave Up" is an homage,a recreation - an artist cultivating the fabric of early influence without being afraid to let it burn. Lana del Rabies has been performing and releasing material for several years and is currently working on the next full length - a follow up to 2018's "Shadow World", which was released as a cassette on Deathbomb Arc.
Coming soon (9/1/19) on Gilgongo:
John Collins McCormick "Ad for Nails" LP
Waxy Tomb "Imminent Fold" LP w/ art booklet
Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich "Midden" LP (co-released with Moone Records)
JOHN WIESE "Seven of Wands" 2xLP (GGGR-100)
Gilgongo Records presents the highly anticipated debut vinyl edition of John Wieses acclaimed album, Seven of Wands. Uniquely beautiful, immersive, and transportive, it utilizes strategies and techniques of musique concre`te and electroacoustic music, while emphasizing the mixing desk as a true instrument. This new 2×LP set contains a full side of previously unreleased material from the archivesmaking it essential for aficionados and a perfect introduction to Wieses solo work. Previously available as an import CD from PAN. ORDER HERE! *Available in package deals with other John Wiese and Sissy Spacek records which have been released by Gilgongo over the years. *available to wholesale from Revolver / Midheaven, Fantastique and direct.
*05/22/19: Tiny Mix Tapes - John Wiese and Gilgongo Records to reissue Seven of Wands on expanded 2xLP Summer 2019.
*08/31/19: Avant Music News - AMN reviews: John Wiese Seven of Wands 2xLP expanded reissue
SISSY SPACEK "Freaked With Jet" LP (GGGR-097)
Previously released on CD by Gilgongo in 2011, now available as an LP. 75 tracks, edition of 100. ORDER HERE! *available to wholesale from Fantastique.
SISSY SPACEK "Freaked With Jet" LP/DVD (GGGR-097)
Previously released on CD by Gilgongo in 2011, now available as an LP. Special edition includes a DVD featuring two live performances from this era. 75 tracks, edition of 50. ORDER HERE!
Coming up quickly, a reisue of John Wiese "Seven of Wands" 2xLP: It will be the release's first time on vinyl. Previously available as an import on PAN, Side D is previously unreleased.
TINY MIX TAPES: "John Wiese and Gilgongo Records to reissue Seven Of Wands on expanded 2xLP".
IS IN UNSAMBLE "Is the Belly / In the Belly" LP (GGGR-094)
Available Friday 2/8/19! "Is the Belly / In the Belly" LP Ju Suk Reet Meate & Oblivia (Smegma, The Tenses), Brenna Murphy & Birch Cooper (MSHR), Chiara Giovando (Harrius), Johannes Lund & Tobias Kirstein are the IS IN UNSAMBLE.
Is the Belly / In the Belly: an old fashioned jam session with a deep but distant, natural room sound. Fluttering alto sax and calm, staccato trumpet slowly find their way: spelunking towards a center in which the organ / voice / homemade synth / radio / percussion blend and find their way back to the nervous outer world. They converge with strange but riveting vocals, slide guitar and record skipsmingled with the sounds of dinosaurs canoodling. Song forms rise and fall back against the river-like surface tension: a roaring tale is told, then slowly fades away to nothingness. The jacket art is a collaboration between Ju Suks squiggly line drawings and lines / angles / photocopy artifacts and lettering from James Fella. Recorded September 2015 at Smegmas Studio in Portland. ORDER HERE!
Gilgongo Records in 2019:
James Fella "Printed Matter Issue #2 // January 2019" print collection + CD (available to pre-order).
Is In Unsamble - "Is the Belly / In the Belly" LP (mem. Smegma, MSHR) - available in February.
New LPs from Waxy Tomb, Sandy Ewen, John Collins McCormick, John Wiese, Sissy Spacek and more TBA.
The second in a series of videos from "Continuous Hole", the recent LP on Gilgongo from Drew Daniel & John Wiese has premiered on The Quietus. Created by M.C. Schmidt (who alongside Drew are the duo known as Matmos), the video is largely focused on photographs of October Revolution Island in the Russian Arctic / Severnaya Zemlya region. Pick up the LP here!
Three new LPs available now / available to purchase: here.
SISSY SPACEK - "Blear" LP (GGGR-095)
Widening their scope from recent grindcore on Nuclear War Now! Productions, Sissy Spacek's BLEAR LP explores a much more dynamic and spacious approach to sound--an entropic vortex of full-room tear-up texture. Duo lineup of Charlie Mumma and John Wiese, released in an edition of 300. The group's 8th release on Gilgongo Records. ORDER HERE!
FILTHY GRIN - "Saturn In The Mirror" LP (GGGR-086)
Gerald Biggs developed Filthy Grin as a living sound journal to document explorations in the sonification of sculpture and body movement. Currently located in Montreal, over the past decade he has self-released a series of cassettes, performed as a member of Pigeon Religion, collaborated with various artists (J.S. Aurelius, James Fella, etc.) as a sound engineer, in live performances, and through sound design. "Saturn In The Mirror" collects two long appreciated pieces from many, many years ago, compiled as an LP to be shared with all. LP design and concept by JS Aurelius. Collage by Gerald Biggs. Download code includes an excerpt / edit of "Saturn In The Mirror", which was featured on THE WIRE TAPPER 47 (included with The Wire's August 2018 issue (#414). ORDER HERE!
JAMES FELLA & STEVE JANSEN - "Condensed Rupture" (GGGR-46 / UH 003)
April 2010: Repurposed cassette sputters on a reel to reel machine, atonal saxophone ricochets off concrete, plastic drums made for children, tone generator and feedback. Outside of the record store, a fire pit is constructed so that Pigeon Religion can burn copies of their recent 7" in honor of Record Store Day. Inside, James Fella and Steve Jansen have their "instruments" strewn throughout the middle of the room and offer a less-conventional in-store performance than ones which would be seen in most other shops throughout that day. A short, hyper-edit, packaged in individualized / mixed-media jackets in an edition of 100 (50 by each artist). The back covers are a paste-on designed by James Fella but each copy is a multi-lay print with minor variations. ORDER HERE!
An excerpt from the Sissy Spacek's upcoming LP on Gilgongo, "Blear" - available 8/19/18!
An excerpt from "Saturn In The Mirror", a new LP from Filthy Grin - available mid-August on Gilgongo!
Also on the way this August: Sissy Spacek "Blear" LP (along side their new LP on Nuclear War Now!) and James Fella & Steve Jansen "Continuous Hole" LP.
Hear an excerpt from the upcoming FILTHY GRIN LP, "Saturn In The Mirror", on Gilgongo - on The Wire Tapper 47 CD which comes with the August 2018 issue #414 of The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music alongside The Space Lady, Actress & London Contemporary Orchestra, KOKOKO!, hifiklub & Lee Ranaldo w/ Ikue Mori and many more. "Saturn In The Mirror" will be available this August. The Wire Tapper 47: https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/the-wire-tapper/the-wire-tapper-47
The first in a series of videos from "Continuous Hole", a new LP from Drew Daniel & John Wiese has premiered on Tiny Mix Tapes.
Additionally, the LP is available, "proper": NOW! - pre-orders placed prior today have been shipped! Order: HERE!
*Pre-order available now, HERE - available 5/1/18:
DREW DANIEL & JOHN WIESE - "Continuous Hole" LP (GGGR-091)
Gilgongo Records is pleased to announce Continuous Hole, a collaborative album by Drew Daniel and John Wiese. The fruit of over ten years of home recordings in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Baltimore, Continuous Hole melds improvisation and musique concrète composition into a uniquely sweaty document of labor-intensive rhythm. A finger puzzle of reconciled opposites: lockstep structure and constant flux. Many of the tracks reflect the unique blending of the disparate backgrounds of its creators: on Abhorred Shears, Sleek Disorder and Cosmic Joke the relentlessly variable source material is relegated to precisely timed gated forms and patterns. Without using any sampling or MIDI sequencing, the rhythmic cuts evoke the tempo/BPM of footwork, juke or gabber, but they are constructed entirely from volcanic, gnarled abstraction, and eschew typical genre elements.
Progress Bar goes from frantic cuts to weightless slo-mo freefall and back to frenzy. Moving from mayhem to menace, Surprise concludes the album with ominous flutters of a pedal steel guitar and the sound of a dogs toenails scraping a stone floor. In the final milliseconds of the song, the dog leaps for the listeners throat. Raw yet precise, its a dynamic conclusion to an album of strong contrasts from two American artists discovering common ground in the joy of frenzied cutting. A prolific recording artist and visual artist with an extensive discography under his own name, and with grindcore stalwarts Sissy Spacek, John Wiese is currently based in Cleveland. One half of the electronic band Matmos and all of The Soft Pink Truth, Drew Daniel is based in Baltimore.
The album was mastered by Thomas Dimuzio. The cover photograph was shot by John Wiese in Drew Daniels office on the campus of Johns Hopkins University where Daniel is a Shakespeare professor. Videos for album tracks are slated from John Wiese, Max Eilbacher, Robert Beatty, Luke Fischbeck, and M.C. Schmidt. Summer concerts in support of the album are currently being planned. ORDER HERE!
Two new releases available to order now (both will be shipping in mid-November):
JADE HELM - "Human Condition" 7" (GGGR-092)
Jackie Cruz has been recording, booking and playing shows throughout the Phoenix area, doing DJ nights and touring for over a decade. but this 7 release for one of her current groups, Jade Helm, marks her criminally delayed first appearance on any vinyl format. Her song writing often gives nods to the influences of her youth, as apparent or transparent as they may or may not be, and on Human Condition, the music is allowed to expand and sprawl with more post-punk and even pop sensibilities while still allowing Jackies raw writing form (punk, 90s indie and riot grrrl) to shine through. In these early recordings, initially constructed in a solo context, Jackie is joined by Matt Dobbins on bass (Rumspringer, Detached Objects), Alex Aguilar on guitar (his first time playing in a group, naturally accentuating these melodies), and Danny Levie on drums (who also assisted with the recording and runs Phoenix venue, The Lunchbox). Order: HERE. Listen: HERE.
DETACHED OBJECTS - "Dirt Birth" 12" (GGGR-088)
Originally released on cassette for a May 2016 West Coast tour, Dirt Birth was recorded to tape at the groups practice space in Tempe, AZ and captures Detached Objects at a raw and explosive period of time: a mix of intricate guitar-heavy garage, potentially loose pop-punk and legitimately reckless grunge.
While the status of the band is currently up in the air, and may be for the indefinite future, Dirt Birth is a document of dragging oneself forward through a difficult moment and seeing what would happen next, and it reappears now in the form of a short-run, hand-assembled 12. Related groups: Rumspringer, Soft Shoulder, Parkway Wretch, Robot Repair. Order: HERE. Listen: HERE.
Available to order now, a new LP from John Wiese. The official release date is 9/20/17, the same date he begings a US tour supporting Zola Jesus: dates here.
JOHN WIESE - "Escaped Language" LP (GGGR-093)
Recorded during Ina/GRM's 2016 Présences Électronique Festival in Paris, John Wiese's Escaped Language is a concise and calculated piece which slowly evolved in various settings over a number of years. While 2015's Deviate From Balance double-LP was expansive and chronicled performances and works employing many other musicians, here, Wiese dissects and reassembles portions of his vocabulary alone. Simultaneously dense and sparse, delicate and abrasive, free and tactical, the resulting recording stands as a substantial document of his approach to sound, twenty-five years into his prolific tenure.
Available for purchase from the Gilgongo-label-only online shop or Discogs (where the full Gilgongo mail-order / distro now resides)
Stores: available from Revolver USA and Forced Exposure.
The three new LPs (listed below) are now available to order, individually or as a set for $30ppd (USA only): HERE.
SOFT SHOULDER - "Songs and Intermissions" LP
OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN - "INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY" LP / iTunes (GGGR-064) *3rd edition.
SOFT SHOULDER - "Repeat #4 aka Desert Plants and Scooter in Carport" LP
Stores: all three are available from Revolver USA.
Three new LPs available late July on GILGONGO RECORDS:
SOFT SHOULDER - "Songs and Intermissions" LP / iTunes(GGGR-090)
Disjointed no-wave, monotonous post-punk, a couple of songs that come as close to pop as possible and a handful of intermissions throughout: the new LP from Soft Shoulder collects tracks from 2009-2015. While the group is now on its 19th line-up, most recordings have historically been James Fella, solo. This continues to be the case here (with most tracking done at Gilgongo Records HQ and defunct Phoenix warehouse, Sound Kontrol), but there are collaborations with many regular members of the live group(s) and also a track which builds on a Silver Apples recording created by Simeon in 1998 while adding synth to a percussion session from 1968. Edition of 550, includes download and a double sided 11x17 photocopy collage insert with track information and fliers. Also available to stream or purchase from Bandcamp.
OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN - "INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY" LP / iTunes (GGGR-064) *3rd edition.
Finally available again with new cover art and now packaged in a proper, high-gloss, jacket! ***original description: "RAW, GLITTERING, PSYCHEDELIC ... OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN, is a NON-BINARY, POST-BRO one person music/dance declaration of war on the accepted and the expected. The OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN LP won't be seen in any record stores. They won't know where to put it. There isn't any card, section, genre, that can contain it. The grooves barely fit on the album even this is a record unlike any other. In an era when groups are formalistic recitations of previous groups, loathe to show any personality, innovation, or opinion for fear of jeopardizing a future career in sales or politics OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN is a vital bolt from the blue, a radical arrival which signals something outside of noise, punk, disco, pop Appearing fully formed, without a note or groove out of place, the O N-J record is a total statement; something brand new, a strike against complacency, a challenge thrown at the content-less stagnation of modern indie, garage, and whatever other tiresome genre exercises are being paraded around at the corporate festivals. Combining two cassette only releases by O N-J, (INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT & VULNERABILITY), O N-J's debut vinyl album captures the intensity of the same live performance that's transfixing audiences coast to coast. OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN is ANNA NASTY (CHAIN & THE GANG, VEGETABLE) on keyboards, voice, saxophone joined on the LP by MISHA POLESHCHUK (NO BABIES) on saxophone for this chunk of pure Casio crystal." - Ian Svenonius.
SOFT SHOULDER - "Repeat #4 aka Desert Plants and Scooter in Carport" LP/ iTunes (Alien Summer)
40 minutes of junk-kraut offered as two side-long tracks from Arizonas Soft Shoulder. Warbled Practice catches the group as a trio: working on the basic structure of a new song in a Tempe warehouse, recorded direct to malfunctioning cassette deck. Large Group in Close Quarters was recorded live December 2016: a one-time 8-piece line-up playing a scattered tape-noise, reed-squeal, triple-bass rendition of the same song (which had already arrived at home as a single sided test press) featuring members of Warm Climate, Sleep Money, Sunn Trio, Humiliation, Chandails and Waytansea Point. Also available to stream or purchase from Bandcamp.
TANNER GARZA - "For Groucho Marx" 7" lathe (GGGR-089)
Tanner Garza is from TX and has quietly unleashed a massive amount of material over the past 5 years (both as a member of Black Leather Jesus, but also on his own and on releases with Waves Crashing Piano Chords, AMK, Jay Howard, Andrew Coltrane and many more). Here, Tanner offers two short tape collages, one more serene and the other somewhat haunting despite still remaining somewhat calm and ambient. Hear "Grouch Bag" and see a video for "Three Days After".
JAMES FELLA - "Inactive Parts" LP+digital / "Inactive Parts and Portion" CD / iTunes (Weird Machine)
Available 02/01/17. About: "Inactive Parts" was a December 2014 installation at The Trunk Space in Phoenix, AZ consisting of paintings, screen printed xerox pieces, lathe cut 7" records and two sets of two single-sided acetate LPs which used for a sound installation that could also function has "instruments" for a live performance. Two performances occurred: 12/05/14 (the opening reception, duration: 4 hours), 12/20/14 (for the Gilgongo Records 10 year anniversary event with Sissy Spacek, Stephen Steinbrink, Cherie Cherie and Maniac Cop (Mallevs), duration: approx. 30 minutes). The majority of "Inactive Parts" consists of quiet, acoustic sound being played back at significantly amplified volumes (with some portions of tape collage using material from various tape recordings circa 2005-2008).
"Inactive Parts" as a title is a reference to the standard time in which metal plates for pressing records are discarded if the customer does not repress or make arrangements for the plates to be shipped. The irony in this standard is that at the time of the finalized edit of this release, the typical turn time for an LP was more than 6 months from start to finish. As a person who's primary role in "music" is releasing records, this conflict in fine print and reality was mildly amusing, though it created an environment which had become problematic to the point that many peers who run labels were calling it quits. Inactive Parts originally appeared as New Material, an hour long piece which aired on Ricardo Wangs Whats This Called? on KPSU in Portland, OR in August 2014. The content of that program, the acetate version and this final edition are all slightly different from one another. Digital version of LP edition on Bandcamp.
"Strong Output Near Saturation: James Fella: Solo Recordings", is a very in-depth review and collection of thoughts from John Collins McCormick regarding 4 long-format solo releases: Expanding Gap, See Tall Palm, Weak Left Input and Slots (etc) which were released on Gilgongo and Gilgongo sub-labels.
MIA LOUCKS - "Sister Honey Demos" LP (GGGR-084)
Bedroom music as a genre is perhaps questionable, and yet when first hearing the cassette that these songs were originally released on, this was the thought that I was fixated on. Mias music can be easily referred to as pretty or a little angsty, or simple and sweet, or a little early Cat Power or Liz Phair but there is a rudimentary nature embedded in these songs that, for me, transcends any given era and makes them feel all the more legitimate. Its the contrast of harmony with the grittiness of lo-fi that strikes a chord and drew me in. All the more compelling to me was the fact that she was truly a bedroom musician. Mia was not sending e-mails to labels trying to get someone to put a record out for her; she wasnt even playing shows or sharing her music publicly. She had given some recordings to a childhood friend of her sister, and they were moved by them as such that they and their husband released the cassette on their label, Related Records. Releasing records for artists and groups is interesting because the judgement to do so can be clouded by many external factors (many of which are completely understandable and usually somehow relate to finances). of course: its not feasible to press records of every single small thing that you come across and enjoy, but every now and then, Gilgongo has allowed me to try and share truly obscure material, even on the macro level of sub-culture or independent music, releases that mattered to me enough to go through the motions of making them physical and available to the outside world as best as I can. Mias LP is a perfect example of why I enjoy releasing records - James Fella, November 2016
Wholesale: Revolver USA, direct.
OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN - (Injury Train and I'm Never Getting Off It & Vulnerability) LP (GGGR-064) *second press / re-release
Available again in a very limited edition of 100 copies with a fresh lacquer cut and new art - this edition is available for direct ordering only (third press which will not be limited, available in early 2017). ***original description: "RAW, GLITTERING, PSYCHEDELIC ... OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN, is a NON-BINARY, POST-BRO one person music/dance declaration of war on the accepted and the expected. The OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN LP won't be seen in any record stores. They won't know where to put it. There isn't any card, section, genre, that can contain it. The grooves barely fit on the album even this is a record unlike any other. In an era when groups are formalistic recitations of previous groups, loathe to show any personality, innovation, or opinion for fear of jeopardizing a future career in sales or politics OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN is a vital bolt from the blue, a radical arrival which signals something outside of noise, punk, disco, pop Appearing fully formed, without a note or groove out of place, the O N-J record is a total statement; something brand new, a strike against complacency, a challenge thrown at the content-less stagnation of modern indie, garage, and whatever other tiresome genre exercises are being paraded around at the corporate festivals.Combining two cassette only releases by O N-J, (INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT & VULNERABILITY), O N-J's debut vinyl album captures the intensity of the same live performance that's transfixing audiences coast to coast. OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN is ANNA NASTY (CHAIN & THE GANG, VEGETABLE) on keyboards, voice, saxophone joined on the LP by MISHA POLESHCHUK (NO BABIES) on saxophone for this chunk of pure Casio crystal." - Ian Svenonius.
SILVER SHADOWS - s/t LP (GGGR-071) *second press
The debut 12" from SILVER SHADOWS has been repressed! This time around the covers are silver ink on black, in an edition of 225. ***original description: Heavy, wavering shoegaze / post-punk group from the Bay Area who recently appeared on the "San Francisco is Doomed" compilation. This is a reissue of their 5 song EP recorded by Brian Tester and mastered by Steve Oriolo in March 2014. A hauntingly beautiful sort of record. RIYL: Cocteau Twins, The Telescopes, The Cranberries. HEAR: https://silvershadows1.bandcamp.com
Wholesale: Revolver USA, direct.
GILGONGO RECORDS ON-LINE SHOP / DISTRO / MAIL-ORDER ETC WILL BE CLOSED FROM 5/01/16 - 05/17/16. However, it will be out on tour with DETACHED OBJECTS, up and down the west coast. See us here: DETACHED OBJECTS: West Coast 5/5-5/15.
AH FUCK / RUSH AWESOME - split cassette.
Brothers Willie and Daryl Gussin deliver material which arrives from polar opposite ends of the spectrum. While Willie (Rush Awesome) offers a more reserved and spacious / ambient piece (think Fripp by way of Rafeal Toral in his more minimal moments), Daryl's (Ah Fuck) side is a reckless session that covers as much left-field ground as possible over the course of 10 minutes (from found-sound collage to Dead C / self-destructive guitar work to disjointed Jandek-eque / truly free-form singer song-dismantler). Co-released by Gilgongo and both artists. Hear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdF6IJerDxU&t=8s
Three recent full length CDs from James Fella on various Gilgongo sub-labels. All three are also available digitally on Bandcamp.
JAMES FELLA - "Expanding Gap" CD (Weird Machine)
About: Edited in late 2015, "Expanding Gap" is an extremely dense sound collage utilizing roughly 4 hours of material originally hosted on the blog "Giveaway Pile" (2010-2012), which featured daily writing or recordings by artist James Fella. Some of this material was released as a boxset which included a lathe-cut LP and two 90 minute cassette tapes (also entitled "Giveaway Pile"). Here, this work has been reduced and layered to a degree that in theory should be overwhelming, but it instead flows and breathes somewhat freely. Stream the entire release: YOUTUBE.
JAMES FELLA - "See Tall Palm" CD (Deliberate Indifference)
About: Recorded in October 2015, "See Tall Palm" was intended to be material which would be ideal for sleeping to when listened to at a lower volume, while also being a more unnerving and abrasive listen when projected at a higher volume. Listened to quietly, "See Tall Palm" is a slow moving, swirling low-end drone that seems somewhat sedate. In actuality, and more apparent when shared in a forceful manner, "See Tall Palm" is a constantly changing, pulsing, textured sort of release whose shifting and overlapping details cascade from side to side as time goes on. Stream the entire release: YOUTUBE.
JAMES FELLA - "Trellis" CD (Alien Summer)
About: Also recorded in October 2015, "Trellis" is unintentionally the antithesis of "See Tall Palm". Instead of overblown electronics and an arguably impenetrable flow, "Trellis" is reserved and often sparse, comprised entirely of acoustic sound: non-amplified electric guitar, cymbals and the physical sound of contact with recording devices to their surfaces when not restrained and limited to close proximity. Devoid of any narrative, the listener is free to regard (or disregard) whatever the response may be to changes in the environment. While in "See Tall Palm" this is gradual, in "Trellis" it is more eventual: the guitar offers momentary fluctuation from a softer almost Shruti box style Indian drone to a very much self-limited and self-destructive attempt at becoming something more fierce before returning to its initial state (again and again). It can be difficult to try and sort out what any recorded work is trying to tell you, and truth be told it may be not be saying at all. Perhaps the artist just needed to get something out of their system, and it was just entirely too late to be audible enough to make contact with the outside world.
SOFT SHOULDER - "Collection Volume One" CD (GGGR-087)
Call it "no wave", "post-punk", whatever you prefer... Soft Shoulder have recently hit the 10 year mark and (as more eloquently put in a recent review on THE QUIETUS), the band will not be going anywhere anytime soon. A consistently inconsistent group that will be present for a moment and then gone a day or two later, whatever the reason may be, yet with somewhat regular output (especially over these past few years). "Collection Volume One" compiles the recent "No Draw" LP with material from seven 7" records and a couple of cassettes, 32 songs on 18 tracks in just about 80 minutes. Also available digitally on iTunes / Amazon / etc. Stream through the entire release, here: YOUTUBE.
Wholesale: Revolver USA, CTD, direct.
PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT - "Eleventh Hour" LP (GGGR-081)
Originally released as a tour cassette on Monorail Trespassing, Eleventh Hour features two side-long tracks that serve as excellent examples of the diverse sounds Pedestrian Deposit use to construct their work. There are moments of somber melody, near silence, electro-acoustic assembly, drone and harsh noise. The material is dynamic and extreme, at time in regards to restraint and at others in terms of volume and catharsis. Previous releases on Hospital, Hanson and A Dear Girl Called Wendy. Edition of 300 in screened jackets.
Wholesale: Forced Exposure, Revolver USA, CTD, direct.
SOFT SHOULDER - "No Draw" LP (GGGR-080)
2016 marks 10 years of Arizonas Soft Shoulder. In that time they have released a plethora of 7s and sporadic cassettes, CDrs and lathe cut recordings on labels such as Isolated Now Waves, Not Not Fun and Gilgongo. With a line-up that frequently changes, and many recordings which are just James Fella on all instruments, the band changes trajectory in a very spastic nature, but usually remains on the no-wave / post-punk axis. The A-side of No Draw is Soft Shoulder at its most accessible, while the B-side, Repeat #3 is very minimal and monotonous (a largely improvised stomp with Ricky and Sean of Oaklands No Babies). Trace ingredients (less than 1%): Mars, Frumpies, U.S. Maple, A Frames, etc.
Wholesale: Revolver USA, CTD, direct.
SMEGMA & WINTERS IN OSAKA - "Sonic Transgressions" LP (GGGR-083)
Collaboration between the legendary Smegma and Chicago's Winters in Osaka. Edition of only 250 copies: full color jackets, heavy vinyl and with download included. Split release with End Tyme (UK), Witch Sermon, Nefarious Activities, Plaques and Blunt Force.
Wholesale: Revolver USA
SHEARING PINX - "Poison Hands" LP (GGGR-072)
On vinyl for the first time, the 2006 debut full length from Vancouvers SHEARING PINX, Poison Hands, was originally released as a 2x3" CDr on Not Not Fun and CD on Gilgongo. This collection of songs still sounds fresh, with aspects of Unwound, Huggy Bear, Sleetmute Nightmute and Sonic Youth the material is abrasive and challenging but at the same time, not really all that rough on the ears (if youve trained them well enough).
Wholesale: Revolver USA, CTD, direct.
BUTTER KNIFES / SOFT SHOULDER - split 7" (GGGR-078)
Butter Knifes is one of several projects from the mind of 13 year old Harrison Hufman, who for the past couple of years has been playing shows around the Phoenix area and releasing a steady stream of oddball bedroom music ranging from Daniel Johnston influenced songs to no wave / atonal outbursts (as heard on this record). Writing and recording his material independently, the Butter Knifes tracks were the result of experimenting with a broken electric guitar and quite literally a couple of butter knives. On the flip side, Soft Shoulder covers Fathers Day, another Phoenix band who for 11 years have released thrash/punk under the guise / various line-ups of fake "dad" characters and happen to also be a Harrison-favorite. The song originally appeared on a compilation consisting of nothing but bands covering the same Fathers Day song. While the original was 30 seconds or so, Soft Shoulder dragged it out for over 5 minutes (confronting absurdity with annoyance and reckless repetition). Edition of 300 on white vinyl.
Hear one of the Butter Knifes songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqp0DXzdYQo
JOHN WIESE - "Deviate From Balance" CD (GGGR-077)
John Wieses long awaited Deviate From Balance is the artists first album since 2011s Seven Of Wands (PAN). Recorded throughout Europe/UK, Australia, and the US, the album includes scored ensemble pieces including over 20 musicians on each, recorded in Melbourne and Portland, as well as audio documentation of installation pieces Wind Changed Direction, a four-channel sound piece presented in the garden of the Getty Center (curated by Liars), and Battery Instruments, an eight-channel piece presented at HSP in New Zealand, now heard for the first time. Also included are various collaborations and recordings from live performances.
At over 80 minutes, Deviate From Balance has been packaged as a 2×LP and CD both with tip-on gatefold jackets. Musicians appearing include Joseph Hammer, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker, C Spencer Yeh, Joe Preston, Smegma and countless more. The material is extremely diverse and services as a comprehensive and detailed document of this prolific individuals work over the past several years.
Wholesale: Revolver USA, Forced Exposure, direct.
JAMES FELLA + FILTHY GRIN 7" (GGGR-073)
The empty room, like the rest of the house, had a concrete floor. Littered with miscellaneous pieces of wood, random bicycle parts and unidentified metal objects, the room itself was essentially the instrument of choice. Cables ran under the door and through the air conditioning vents. Of all of the times that I had recorded various things with Gerald Biggs at YOBS, this was by far the most unorganized, but ultimately the most organic and cathartic. Looking back on this now, I see direct parallels to the arrangement of what he captured that evening to the visual work he has been assembling since moving away from Arizona. He is an architect of circumstance and surrounding who is, intentionally or otherwise, reacting and communicating. It was, perhaps, a very strange time for both of us, manifesting in what would look like some kind of insane ritual to the outside world, and Im extremely grateful that this small little record exists as a document of it. James Fella 5/1/15
Wholesale: Revolver USA, CTD, direct.
Also available now, three new 7"s from Soft Shoulder. Hear all three: https://softshoulder.bandcamp.com:
"Stair" (Weird Machine). "This is a mess of a record... each song tumbles into the next, tossing around mid-paced art-punk / no wave / post-punk punctuated by basic cavernous drumming and skronky hardly tuned guitars. They even through in a saxophone and make that shit work. There are traces of Dog Faced Hermans, Caroliner and Sun City Girls, but they keep it short and urgent throughout. Great Record" - Maximum Rocknroll.
"Fabric" (Alien Summer). Originally released on a cassette compilation from Phoenix label Tagobella, Yellow Green Red says Fabric is "chugging along like Black Time or Tyvek trying out for a Troubleman Unlimited contract", with the flip-side sounding like "a paper-thin A Frames". Add a dose of early Chromatics or Monorchid for good measure, with hints of tape collage and free jazz simmering in the mix. Active to various degrees and in different capacities since 2006, this is one of three new Soft Shoulder 7"s in 2015, with an LP on Gilgongo to follow.
"Von Guts" (Deliberate Indifference). The A-side of "Von Guts" was originally released in July 2011 as a C-5 cassette on Effeminate by Anna Nasty (Olivia Neutron-John, Chain & the Gang). Raw and junky no-wave punk with lyrics borrowed from the late Kurt Vonnegut, with the flip-side featuring radical remixes of the entire release. Damaged music on both sides. Tiny Mix-Tapes: "When SS mash that Von Guts-proper riff into the ground like fish brains its like a pendant going back and forth in front of your eyes, hypnotizing you, leaving you ready to perform whatever task Fella asks of you. Dont drink that Kool-Aid, friend."
Wholesale: Revolver USA, CTD, direct
DETACHED OBJECTS - s/t LP (GGGR-074)
Debut recordings from this guitar heavy Arizona group. Featuring members of RUMSPRINGER, AVON LADIES, SOFT SHOULDER and GAY KISS, Detached Objects play a loud style of punk that is both melodic and scathing, simple and complex, with nods to bands such as Wipers and Drive Like Jehu.
SILVER SHADOWS - s/t LP (GGGR-071)
Heavy, wavering shoegaze / post-punk group from the Bay Area who recently appeared on the "San Francisco is Doomed" compilation. This is a reissue of their 5 song EP recorded by Brian Tester and mastered by Steve Oriolo in March 2014. A hauntingly beautiful sort of record. RIYL: Cocteau Twins, The Telescopes, The Cranberries. Screened printed covers, color paste-on for the back, edition of just 220 copies. HEAR: https://silvershadows1.bandcamp.com
Wholesale: Revolver USA, CTD, Ebullition, direct.
JOHN WIESE - "Deviate From Balance" 2xLP (GGGR-077)
John Wieses long awaited Deviate From Balance is the artists first album since 2011s Seven Of Wands (PAN). Recorded throughout Europe/UK, Australia, and the US, the album includes scored ensemble pieces including over 20 musicians on each, recorded in Melbourne and Portland, as well as audio documentation of installation pieces Wind Changed Direction, a four-channel sound piece presented in the garden of the Getty Center (curated by Liars), and Battery Instruments, an eight-channel piece presented at HSP in New Zealand, now heard for the first time. Also included are various collaborations and recordings from live performances. At over 80 minutes, Deviate From Balance has been packaged as a 2×LP with tip-on gatefold jackets. Musicians appearing include Joseph Hammer, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker, C Spencer Yeh, Joe Preston, Smegma and countless more. The material is extremely diverse and services as a comprehensive and detailed document of this prolific individuals work over the past several years.
This release coincides with an artist monograph of the same title, published by Hesse Press in Los Angeles, featuring a number of pieces represented on the double-album. John Wiese will be touring in Europe and US FebruaryMay 2015.
See a video for a track from the record / a collage from when the audio was recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ45_pziF1I
GILGONGO RADIO - GILGONGO RECORDS
by James Fella / Gilgongo Records on Mixcloud
Happy New Year! Here is a recap and sampling of most of what was released on Gilgongo Records in 2014, with a few selections from upcoming / early 2015 records as well. Some are played straight through, some are just excerpts, some are layered on top of others, etc. I don't usually timestamp the mixes because of how much actual mixing there is, but for the sake of making it a bit more easier than normal to figure out what something was - I'm trying it out for this one.
2014 was a really abnormal year for the label, with a lot of releases from bands here in Arizona (where I have been living since 1999), and as well in regards to quantity. There is already an unhealthy back-log of new things coming out in 2015, and it will surely be a continuation of Gilgongo's left-of-center (most the time) and painfully inconsistent, stream-of-consciousness genre jumping. Hold on!
December 2014 marks 10 years for Gilgongo Records. To celebrate, we're having a show at The Trunkspace in Phoenix, AZ - feautring artists from the state of have releases on the label (Stephen Steinbrink, Mallevs, Cherie Cherie and James Fella). Sissy Spacek will also be coming out from LA to play this event. The Facebook page for this is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/688897894542828/
The Phoenix New Times was kind enough to write a very nice piece about the label in regards to our 10 year anniversary as well. See it here: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2014/12/gilgongo_james_fella_tempe.php
Thank you so much to all of those who have supported Gilgongo over the years. We're not going anywhere and 2015 is already looking to be just as hectic and busy as 2014 has been.
James Fella - "Inactive Parts": Lathe cut records, junk / incidental art, copy work and audio installation at The Trunk Space // December 2014. Opening reception, LP release for "Weak Left Input" and performance (6pm - 9pm): Friday, December 5th, 2014. Available for looking at and / or purchase: 20 lathe cut 7"s records / paintings, limited edition and standard edition of the "Weak Left Input" LP, one-off cassettes, "Inactive Parts" 2xLP (limited lacquer edition of 2), and a variety pf printed / painted materials.
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1545186035694661/
CHERIE CHERIE - "Share" LP (GGGR-075)
The Arizona desert heat melts the more heavy moments of Mazzy Star down into a warm bath of 60s psych and folk, shoegaze in a pure and accidental form. The folks from Cherie Cherie have been staples of Phoenix music for years (Rum Tenor, Tierra Del Fuego, Monophonic Hillside) and have collaborated (Lonna Kelley) with Howe Gelb and Giant Sand, and the songs on here are beautifully raw, fresh and timeless. Modestly released by the band themselves in a hand-made edition of just 100, this record disappeared in a matter of months. Now back in an edition of 300, fully packaged and ready to be indulged. RIYL: Velvet Underground, Jesus and Mary Chain, Low. See a video for one of the songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQIPoWjQUjI
JAMES FELLA - "Weak Left Input" LP (GGGR-070) - $12
Meandering / overlapping electronics, guitar and tape noise. Over an hour of material ranging from regurgitated drone to shimmering ambiance recorded directly to tape. Recorded and released on cassette in 2009, and as a CD in early 2014. RIYL: Total, early Growing or Emeralds, Dead C, etc. Edition of 200, heavy black vinyl and screen-printed covers. Streaming: https://jamesfella.bandcamp.com/album/james-fella-weak-left-input-lp-gilgongo-records-2014
We are sold out of the Olivia Neutron-John LPs, but you may have luck ordering a copy directly from Revolver USA: http://www.midheaven.com
UP NEXT ON GILGONGO:
JAMES FELLA - "Weak Left Input" LP - early November (reissue of a tape from 2009).
CHERIE CHEIRE - "Share" LP - early November (reissue of a 2013 self-released LP: 60's psych as channeled by Mazzy Star).
JAMES FELLA + FILTHY GRIN - 7" - late November / early December
ALSO / AFTER:
SILVER SHADOWS - debut LP (beautiful new San Francisco band, a reissue of their debut tape).
SHEARING PINX - "Poison Hands" LP (their debut from 2006, finally on vinyl).
DETACHED OBJECTS - debut LP (brand new AZ band, members of Rumspringer, Avon Ladies, Gay Kiss and Soft Shoulder).
AND THESE "NON-GILGONGO" RELEASES (which were delayed - issues at the plant):
SOFT SHOULDER - "Von Guts" (Deliberate Indifference)
SOFT SHOULDER - "Fabric" (Alien Summer)
SOFT SHOULDER - "Stairs" (Weird Machine)
OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN - (Injury Train and I'm Never Getting Off It & Vulnerability) LP (GGGR-064)
"RAW, GLITTERING, PSYCHEDELIC ... OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN, is a NON-BINARY, POST-BRO one person music/dance declaration of war on the accepted and the expected. The OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN LP won't be seen in any record stores. They won't know where to put it. There isn't any card, section, genre, that can contain it. The grooves barely fit on the album even this is a record unlike any other. In an era when groups are formalistic recitations of previous groups, loathe to show any personality, innovation, or opinion for fear of jeopardizing a future career in sales or politics OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN is a vital bolt from the blue, a radical arrival which signals something outside of noise, punk, disco, pop Appearing fully formed, without a note or groove out of place, the O N-J record is a total statement; something brand new, a strike against complacency, a challenge thrown at the content-less stagnation of modern indie, garage, and whatever other tiresome genre exercises are being paraded around at the corporate festivals.Combining two cassette only releases by O N-J, (INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT & VULNERABILITY), O N-J's debut vinyl album captures the intensity of the same live performance that's transfixing audiences coast to coast. OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN is ANNA NASTY (CHAIN & THE GANG, VEGETABLE) on keyboards, voice, saxophone joined on the LP by MISHA POLESHCHUK (NO BABIES) on saxophone for this chunk of pure Casio crystal." - Ian Svenonius. Edition of 200.
PIGEON RELIGION - "Warm Insides" 7" (GGGR-068)
The final recorded output from Arizonas Pigeon Religion. Two tracks that let relentless lethargy shine in that No Trend and Flipper kind of way, smoothed over with disjointed sound collage, clocking in at just over 11 minutes. Originally released as a cassette in a criminally short run of 60 copies, Warm Insides was recorded at YOBS in Tempe, AZ by Gerald Biggs. Since then, members have moved on to from the ASCETIC HOUSE collective, industrial/ritual cult unit MARSHSTEPPER and have joined the recently revamped DESTRUCTION UNIT.
J.S. AURELIUS - "A Little Song for the Maimed" 7" lathe (GGGR-076)
Edition of 23 (w/ 5 over-run). Recorded on the road, 2013. Arranged at home - July 2014, edited again for this release August 2014. Hear the original: https://acousmaticindustries.bandcamp.com/track/a-little-song-for-the-maimed
JAMES FELLA + CHRISTIAN MICHAEL FILARDO - "Avocado Goth" 7" lathe (on Gilgongo subsidiary Alien Summer)
Edition of 22: James Fella: guitar, mixer - recorded December 2011 @ Gilgongo HQ - Tempe, AZ. Christian Michael Filardo: modular synth - recorded summer 2014 by Angelo Harmsworth @ New Mexico Institute for the Recording Arts. Edited by James Fella, August 2014.Hear: https://jamesfella.bandcamp.com/album/james-fella-and-christian-michael-filardo-avocado-goth-7-lathe-alien-summer-2014
JAMES FELLA - "Crowded Aisle" 10" lathe (on Gilgongo subsidiary Weird Machine)
Recorded by James Fella on 3/21/2011 at Revolver Records (Phoenix, AZ). Steve Zimmerman played drums. This performance was part of an on-going series called Outer Bounds of Sounds. The event occurred every Sunday and was essentially an open-invite to area artists who were looking for a space to tray out experimental work. Lathe cut 10", edition of 25. The front covers are hand-painted, each one is unique. Comes with free download of an audio rip of the lathe and the original recording as well. Hear: https://jamesfella.bandcamp.com/album/james-fella-crowded-aisle-10-lathe-weird-machine-2014
See a video of the covers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWUVooNtxmU
VIAL OF SOUND - "God's Oscillator" 12" (GGGR-069).
Vinyl version of the 2nd Vial of Sound release. Recorded / produced by Future Days (David Scott Stone and Matt Thornley), mastered by Bob Weston.From AMDISCS (who have coordinated the digital release): Vial of Sound are back with more of their signature immaculately constructed and gorgeously gleaming cosmic disco, now for AMDISCS: Futures Reserves Label. Made on period analogue synthesisers fresh from the seventies and eighties, Gods Oscillator is as lovingly detailed in evoking New York and Italian dancefloors of the era as it is outrageously funky. Diamonds synth hooks and disco-ball planets glide smoothly past with electric charisma, while mournful vocoder melodies soar beatifically overhead. Its music for Lamborghinis and rocketships, tearing up the Saturnian riviera at twilight. Seems God is a DJ in white satin and rhinestones.
Hear a track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S56RKw4TXo
MALLEVS - s/t LP - standard edition (GGGR-066).
6 tracks of dreary and beautiful female fronted industrial / post-punk / synth music (think early New Order by way of Pain Teens or Throbbing Gristle). LP version of a cassette previously released on Ascetic House. See a video for the track "Psychic Lines": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_7V5ppvojg
***All pre-orders for this record have been shipped as of 6/5/14 (pre-orders included an editional lathe cut 7" - see below).
NO BABIES - - "Yo No Soy Como Tu" 7" (GGGR-058).
5 songs of spastic no-wave punk that is delivered like an amalgamation of The Ex, Dog Faced Hermans, Sleetmute Nightmute and God Is My Co-Pilot. This is a split release with UPSET THE RHYTHM. If you are in Europe, please order from them! Hear a track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdZQ39VwEb8
MALLEVS - s/t LP update:
The records are here, lathes in another couple of weeks. The pre-orders should shipt (and the normal version (LP only)) should be ready to go by the end of the month.
UP NEXT ON GILGONGO:
OLIVIA NEUTRON JOHN - LP (July)
PIGEON RELIGION - "Warm Insides" 7"
VIAL OF SOUND - "God's Oscillator" LP
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW (UNTIL 4/1/14 - includes an extra lathe 7")
MALLEVS - s/t LP
Six tracks of dreary and beautiful female fronted industrial / post-punk / synth music (think early New Order by way of Pain Teens or Throbbing Gristle). LP version of a cassette previously released on Ascetic House. Pre-order comes with 7" lathe that is limited to those that choose to pre-order, only. LP is planned to be ready in mid-to late April. Pre-orders close 4/1/14.
Check out a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_7V5ppvojg
Direct link to pre-order: HERE.
The NO BABIES 7" has been delayed because of pressing errors at the plant (twice now). The record should be complete in the next week to two weeks.
UP NEXT ON GILGONGO (in addition to the above):
OLIVIA NEUTRON JOHN - LP (expected to be ready in May)
PIGEON RELIGION - "Warm Insides" 7"
SHEARING PINX / SOFT SHOULDER - split 5" lathe (GGGR-006).
Two unreleased songs, one from each band, both from 2006 - filling the void that has always been GGGR-006 (we're at about 70 releases now) - which was originally intended to be a split 7" between Soft Shoulder (featuring this song), Knit Witch and Night Wounds. The Shearing Pinx track is from the same session as their debut full length, " Poison Hands" .Lathe cut 5", edition of 50.
UP NEXT ON GILGONGO:
NO BABIES - "Yo No Soy Como Tu" 7"
MALLEVS - LP
MALLEVS - 7" lathe (available as pre-order with LP)
OLIVIA NEUTRON JOHN - LP
SHEARING PINX / SOFT SHOULDER - split 5" lathe
PIGEON RELIGION - "Warm Insides" 7"
JAMES FELLA - "Giveaway Pile" LP lathe + 2xC90 + zine (GGGR-067).
Over 3 hours of material compiled from a now defunct blog which consisted of daily writing or recording enteries. Edition of 24. See a video (with an audio rip of the LP): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k98GtH2QIgQ or hear the entire release: http://www.mixcloud.com/gilgongorecords/james-fella-giveaway-pile-lp-lathe-2xc90-gilgongo-records-2014/
QUICKSAILS - "Love of Lollipops" 7" lathe (GGGR-062)
Serene, atmospherics sound work from Ben Billington of Tiger Hatchery (who had a split with Wasteland Jazz Unit on Gilgongo and a new LP on ESP) and current percussion supplier in Circuit Des Yeux. Edition of 16.
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SISSY SPACEK Incomprehensible Dehumanization 7 (GGGR-060)
New duo recordings from Wiese / Mumma. Relentless grindcore. Edition of 300. Hear a sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLY6APO79m0
BROMP TREB - "Fluul Glossolalia" 7" lathe (GGGR-061)
Fantastic mechanical roaming courtesy of Neil Young Cloaca from Fat Worm of Error. Edition of 17. Hear the entire record: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij8-MEBntKo
JAMES FELLA - "Weak Left Input" CD (GGGR-063)
CD resissue of a cassette back from 2009. Over an hour of improvised material (overblown guitar, malfunctioning electronics and tape noise) recorded direct to tape. Hear the entire release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5Wpg7yy-dw
2014 will see a massive amount of releases, but the order is a bit up in the air. Next up: NO BABIES Yo No Soy Como Tu 7 (actually would have been done by now, but was delayed due to a plant error).
All orders for the Dealing and Olivia Neutron-John lathes have shipped (thanks)!
DEALING - "Troubled Mind" 7" lathe (GGGR-057)
OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN - "(death/tango)" 7" lathe (GGGR-059)
UP NEXT ON GILGONGO:
SISSY SPACEK Incomprehensible Dehumanization 7
NO BABIES Yo No Soy Como Tu 7
DEALING 7 lathe (please get in touch now if interested)
OLIVIA NEUTRON-JOHN 7 lathe (these were available as a pre-order only)
We recently received a large quantity of product from a distributor in the UK. As a result, the following records have been long out of print, but are now available again:
33. FRENCH QUARTER - "It's Not Just Kissing" LP
32. SISSY SPACEK - "Fortune" 7"
31. JAMES FELLA / TIMELOAD FOWL - split LP
30. PIGEON RELIGION - "Dead Boss" 7"
29. TRADEWINDS - untitled 6 song 7"
28. WOUNDED LION - "Creatures in the Cave" 7"
24. GAY BEAST - s/t 7"
21. FOOT VILLAGE - "Friendship Nation" LP
19. MARRIED IN BERDICHEV - 7"
14. GANG WIZARD - "The Atlas of Cancer" LP
12. SOFT SHOULDER - "Hit Single" 7"
10. BABY GECKO / SOFT SHOULDER - split 7"
SOFT SHOULDER People Problems 7 (GGGR-035) repress.
Out of print since 2011, we made an additional 200 copies.
COLORGUARD Host 7 lathe (GGGR-056)
One-sided 7 lathe cut. Excellent, beautiful sound art / clatter from Kryssi Battalene. Extremely limited, order now. Hear the entire record here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWwmgxWfMeE
SOFT SHOULDER Repeat #2 7 lathe (GGGR-055)
One-sided 7 lathe cut. On this record Soft Shoulder is James Fella only. Active since 2005, the group has seen many different line-ups and has released a sporadic series of records on Gilgongo, Not Not Fun, Isolated Now Waves, etc. Rather than offering short and jagged pieces of overblown no-wave, Repeat #2 is a long, monotonous 7 minute mess. In a way, there are elements of dub and krautrock, but realistically its just raw and stripped down repetitive punk. Hear the entire thing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwGKmLfQ1gk
BASEBALL CAP Laptop Musician 7 lathe (GGGR-053)
Baseball Cap is a moniker of Christian Filardo who runs the label Holy Page. With this project, he is creating sound work that is roaming and textured using a tableful of pedals and often times no source sound other than an incomplete connection on the initial 1/4 cable. I personally find his output to be amongst the most organic of many peers. It is simple in its approach, but if you read between the lines of sputtering signals and tangled tones, there is plenty to walk away from on here. Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INunBFR1raE
ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO Abraxasaxophonic Smooth Jazz Vagina LP (GGGR-047)
Arrington de Dionyo (Old Time Relijun and Malaikat Dan Singa) offers a solid 20 minutes of abrasive and bizarre free form saxophone work over the distorted reception of a smooth jazz radio station. Confusing yet strangely honest feeling. The first half of the flip side features several short pieces recorded in the same era (some sounding like fragments of Old Time Relijun pieces, some more in-line with Arrington's solo work), with the second half pulled from his masterpiece, "Slow Dancin' Under the Moon Tonight", about which he said: "...was recorded sometime in 2010 using "Songsmith" software. It is one of the most unlistenable and abrasively grating albums ever made by Arrington de Dionyso". Enjoy! Hear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH-hOug9fFU
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(D)(B)(H) Masterpieces of Objective Reporting LP (GGGR-054)
A full length LP featuring two side long cuts by this ever-changing ensemble. Pressed in an edition of 210 copies on thick vinyl. Cover art by John McCormick spray painted & screen printed onto recycled jackets, some brown and others white. Recorded in a 19th century log cabin in Southern Indiana, these recordings as a quartet showcase the group in their most patient and cohesive display to date... Eavesdropped upon as soft talkers finish each others sentences, a silhouette of sound passes through the room. Spittle and scrapes coalesce into a single vessel of subtlety as thin fingers course along your scalp. Slowly dragged - into and through an alien terrain in a dream state of heightened awareness. Small motors, distant whirling tones and a vibrating necklace; under the influence of being under the water. File under: lowercase, non-idiomatic improv, deep listening. Hear Side A: https://soundcloud.com/justincliffordrhody/d-b-h-masterpieces-of-objective-reporting-pt-1
SOFT SHOULDER / ORANGE COAX / NO BABIES / BUSY LIGHTS - 4 way split 7 (GGGR-052)
Long overdue four way split 7" from Arizona's SOFT SHOULDER, Denton, TX's ORANGE COAX and from CA, BUSY LIGHTS and NO BABIES - four groups of individuals who have been navigating the same circuits of over-blown art-tinged punk for years. Soft Shoulder has resurfaced in countless forms since 2005, on this recording featuring guest vocals from VEGETABLE's Anna Nasty. Orange Coax is a drums / sax / vocal trio that offer a chaotic but controlled take on X-Ray Spex sans electricity. Busy Lights recall an early 200's DC sound and No Babies continue on from the rampage of their LP on UPSET THE RHYTHM with a short spastic no-wave assault. Edition of 500 on clear, green, blue and black vinyl. Hear a strange mashed up commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIIEO7I_VE