Sunday, December 2, 2007


self released x
IN STOCK NOW! The new and green and fabulous split cassette from Melbourne acts Free Choice (Jarrod Zlatic, one half Fabulous Diamonds) and Super Starkestra (Kieran Hagerty of Deaf! Deaf! and his great pal Esther)

Dont just take our word for it....


....both (sides) are totally Cactus in terms of whacked-out inventiveness and sheer, brilliant conceit.A-side, ‘Aztec Horse Hat’, by Free Choice (aka Jarrod Zlatic), is analogue-electronic, phrase-repetitive and seriously trance-enducing....Imagine Klause Schulze on a crank come down, or Cluster’s Zuckerzeit dubbed to two-track cassette.Super Star’s B-side,’Wandering Frond’, is less abstract but just as heavy on the spaced-out repetition. Esther Edquist lays droning trumpet and vocal mumblings on top Kieran Hegarty’s repeating guitar patterns, and in between there are all sorts of scratches, broken-junk and incidental noises....By Mark Gomes"

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Down by the Lake - INVERTED CRUX

Happy chappy Sean Bailey (aka Lakes and founder of the praised and touted Inverted Crux records) has just popped into the catalogue a few copies of his first self titled release on Chapter in both silkscreened vinyl and mass produced CD! Also a few of the LAST copies of the excellent MAGIC FOOD CD-R that was released earlier this year.

LAKES LP - $18

LAKES CD - $20


Lakes is the trading name of Melbourne punk freaknik Sean Bailey. This is his debut full length. It is a collection of briskly home-recorded distorted pop gems. The sound quality is wonderfully awful; it was recorded on a tape deck.
It has to be said that this is a pretty weird trip. Bailey’s songs seem to blurt out from deep within his psyche. Though he shares some common ground with noted homebodies Jandek and Ariel Pink, Bailey has really tapped into his own seam of lonely strung-out weirdness.
His modus operandi on most tracks seems pretty simple, he summons a pounding Phil Spector like beat from a musty old drum machine and overlays it with distorted organs and guitars. Most of the cuts feature Bailey’s vocals, which vary between unintelligible Ian Curtis spasms and straight up moaning. Track like ‘Xeros’ and ‘Cavern Song’ are genuinely spooky slabs of haunted house melancholy. The album’s poppiest moment is a cover of the Art Bears ‘Song Of Investment Capital Overseas’. Even on this track Bailey’s delivery is borderline psychopathic enough to ensure that it will pretty much never be played on the radio.
This is a uniquely thrilling record, but be warned, it is only for the brave. - cyclic defrost magazine

and the more recent and limited edition...

...The songs on ‘Magic Food’ are cloaked in a rich layered mess of percussive joy, broken guitars and keyboards. The songs find their way through the layers of mud, starching and scraping, expressing a darkness that is coupled with a subtle lightness, bringing forth a bombardment of tonal anxiety and hermit induced weirdness. The cd-r also features a cover version of Gareth Williams (This Heat) and Mary Currries ‘Generous Moon’. Hand made covers, limited to 50, act now! -

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New stock from DNT! Just in!

The fine folk at DNT have sent thru some juicy releases for your listening pleasure - LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE!!
Shepherds 7'' BUSH BABIES - IS SOLD OUT!

Gay Beast Disrobics LP $15


DNT 2nd Bday Caked Paradise Zine and Compilation CD! $12

A beautifully packaged compilation of some of the killer artists on DNT and a nifty lil' zine with a year in reviews, special artworks, stories and the like. Sweet!

"...This one tops it for certain. Drone cake batter by Warmth & Quilts. Psychedelic icing by Moonmilk. The socks that grandma always gives you by German. Stringed folk-balloons by The North Sea & Nomen Dubium. Pink the tail on the donkey by Plankton Wat. Melted ice cream by The Mighty Acts of God. Art by: Puff & Magic, Dean Sullivan, Zach McCraw of Night Wound fame, Matt Maceda, and Zach Fleming. Writing by DJ Rick (Art for Spastics), Eric Hesson (maan), Matt Maceda, and Jon Isaac plus reviews of the past years releases, by Z-Gun, Animal Psi, Britt Brown of Cassette Gods & more. Plus then it's like, flip to the back bro and pop in the disk (remember when 'disc' was spelled with a k? what changed that?). Anyway, full-color art for some of it, black ink-colored paper for the rest of it. In a 'dvd' case with birthday stencils and invisible cake. Hand numbered out of 150. Eat up!" -

Saturday, September 22, 2007


On our shelves at present:

Garbage and the Flowers/Entlang - Coronation cassette $7

First release on Sydney label Tuff Puffin, Coronation is a collection of early recordings by New Zealands very own Velvet Underground (well we think so anyways)- The Garbage and the Flowers. Having been in operation for over 13 years - Coronation includes tracks also recorded under the preceeding lineup of the band Entlang. The delicate and balanced delivery of this group testifies to their true genius. A beautiful release - highly recommended. TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT


Knitted Abyss - Self Titled CDR $7

First release on Sydney label Intense Nest as well as for psych folk trance duo Knitted Abyss - having formed only in the early months of 2007. Four successive jam tracks of sweltering acoustic fuzz and loops, melodian, percussion and punctuated by the lovely vocals of Lucy Phelan (also member of Naked on the Vague). temporarily sold out


All releases from Melbournes Sabbatical label are now $12 a piece! Yeow.

Naked on the Vague - Sad Sun - TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT

Naked On The Vague are thrillingly deep in a woods all their own on Sad Sun – a new EP on rising Melbourne label, Sabbatical Records. No one in the country makes claim to as spectrally macabre or chilly territory as this eerie Sydney duo right now, whose sound has moved from bracing synth punk (see DualPlover debut 7") to a full-blown Gothic expression of cosmic dread on this, only their second release. Atmosphere is all-important here; a subtle attitude of awed listening persists as if for the scratching of unknown, outside shapes at the universe's out most, darkest rim. - Mark Gomes, Threethousand

Maximum Awesome - Self Titled

Maximum Awesome began in 2004 as an expression of mutual understanding and friendship between Jarrod Zlatic and Michael Bray. Sporadic bursts of activity due to continental drifts. Recent jams and shows from February to August 2007 in Australia resulted in a bunch of new "subjective reconstructions (ie: "Techno", "Middle Eastern", "Heavy Kraut") and ultimately in our first album, recorded live for Sabbatical.

Absoluten Calfeutrail - Total Scum Materials

Total Scum Materials is the debut solo release from Northcote resident Mark Groves (Whitehorse, True Radical Miracle). Recorded during Semester 2 2006, synth-muck, spring reverb cracks and MS20 headaches characterize these demented Vangelis gunk bursts and Frostwave tantrums.-

Moffarfarrah - Little More

Mof Far Far Rah is Christopher LG Hill, member of numerous units (Bohemian Knights, Paeces, KkrissKkristofiston, Dumb Crystals) associated with Sean Bailey’s Inverted Crux label. Little More is Chris’ first full length as Mof Far Far Rah, following a series of self released CDRs (and several variations on his moniker)...

these 75 growing odds and ends reaches from fragments of necro-growl through Eye-shriek to reverb-drenched moans and onward. By number 75 growth reaches a whopping thirty seconds, but is then dwarfed by 51 minutes of a monolithic planet teeming with gorgeous commotion. -

Bone Sherriff - Moonee Ponds

Bone Sheriff is Robert Mayson (Grey Daturas, Whitehorse, EOH, It's Is, Maggoted) and Simon Taylor (Whitehorse, Malakat, EOH, Hommes). Three extended pieces comprise Moonee Ponds, recorded late night by Marcus Cook at Head Gap studios in Preston late 2006. Moonee Ponds follows Huh Again, a 2006 3”CDR on Mayson’s own Diagnosis… Don’t! label. Contrabass, mandolin, melodica, ride cymbal, Stones Green Ginger Wine, splash cymbal, Turkish wok, floor tom, keytar, lap steel, tone generator, Coopers Sparkling Ale, broken amplifier, contact microphones, ring modulator.

Aux Assembly - Even cowgirls get dementia

Five apparitions, five hazy hallucinations borne from considered gesture and calm contemplation. Even Cowgirls Get Dementia is the debut release from duo Aux Assembly - Elise Bishop (On, Badcopbadcop) and Dimitra (Archaic Forms). ...primarily a tranquil affair, the tempest associated with the previous output of these artists is given some opportunity for release, creeping up slowly in the ascending drone of ‘Accordion Madness’ and crashing down in the concluding feedback squalls of ‘Battlesub Galactica’. -

True Radical Miracle -
Roaches Parts 1 and 2

A companion piece to the 2006 full length album Cockroaches (Missing Link), two-track EP Roaches (SBB001) collects improvised material generated during the Cockroaches sessions with Neil Thomason and Brent Punshon at Sing Sing South in late 2005. This side of True Radical Miracle is rarely seen, and in fact has only been attempted publicly once in Brisbane as a part of a national tour surrounding the release of Cockroaches. The two numerically-titled pieces comprising the Roaches EP are devoid of vocal input from Mark Groves, opting instead here for simple effected oscillators, and drummer Evelyn Morris shifts to piano, exploiting various elements of the instrument. Leith Thomas allows his bass to rumble...Scott O’Hara revisits the diminutive guitar manipulations not heard since his early solo recordings and collaborations in Adelaide. -

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


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