Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Exiles From Clowntown are a trio of three childhood friends spread across three states, only convening on rare occasions to make some noise. Exiles play a thoroughly unique kind of slop-rock that can be compared to Dead C and their ilk (think Xpressway records, Peter Jeffries, NEW ZEALAND). They’ve released three 7”s and have an LP slated for imminent release on US label Soft Abuse. Andrew played in 90’s rock group 3-Toed Sloth with Tom from feedtime, if that means anything to you. This will be their first show in Melbourne.
Joining them on this night will be duo Safeway Café (feat. Jarrod Zlatic of Fabulous Diamonds and Andrew Brochi of Repeairs), disjointed rock three-piece Encounter Group and, to close the night, the dismembered techno of Justin Fuller (member of Zond, Lakes, Tax, etc.) January 11th Grace Darling Hotel 114 Smith St Collingwood 9pm / 8 bucks
Monday, December 9, 2013
AST039 - VON EINEM - "RETURNED TO THE RIVER" C28
Von Einem is the current solo guise of Mark Groves (formerly Absoluten Calfeutrail, one half of Dead Boomers). On "Returned To The River", stuttering harsh samples and beats are laced with Groves' dulcet tones detailing gritty details of the South Australian murders which give the project its name. In parts more beat-oriented than the first VE release and with less vocal presence, this tape presents a logical continuation of the project's grim agenda.
AST040 - HOUR HOUSE - "STROKE" C29
Hour House, formerly Motion (Sic), rose from the ashes of Orinokoflo. HH is comprised of Sam Kenna and Mark Leacy, who both served time in Castings and Painted Jesus Brown together, as well as having numerous other groups to their credit. "Stroke" is a masterwork in soundtracking eerie atmospheres. Music for a sophisticated haunted house perhaps. Woozy synths and field recordings stripped of context are used to create discomfort. The B-side is mostly comprised of an Orinokoflo jam that went awry, hence sees HH as a three-piece. One of the best Altered States releases yet.
AST041 - LA COUNTY MORGUE - "IT WAS BECOME OVER" C30
LA County Morgue is hands down one of the most interesting projects currently active in Newcastle. This is the second release for LACM, the solo apparition of Jarrod Skene, who also runs the excellent Mazurka Editions label on which his debut was released earlier this year. Skene described "It Was Become Over" as "less musical" than the first, I guess that figures. What you receive is total immersion in murk. The A-side is reels of vocals disfigured beyond recognition. The flip is a minimal dosage of feedback and pops. Essential.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
AST035: HALF HIGH – SHAPELESS ADVICE 7”
Half High is a Sydney duo made of up of Lucy Phelan (Lucy Cliché, Knitted Abyss) and Matthew Hopkins (Four Door, Hochman & Hopkins), both previously of Naked On The Vague. This 7”, the first on Altered States, features two tracks of the same uneasy ambience presented by the group on their debut cassette (now on vinyl care of R.I.P. Society) released earlier in the year. The A-side is predominantly synth and tapes at work. The B-side is vastly more industrial. Maltreated vocals float over a distorted thud. 150 copies on black vinyl. $10 + post.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Friday 8th of November
James Rushford & Joe Talia
The following day The Mermaids and a slew of other excellent artists who've released stuff on Altered States in the past play the Breakdance The Dawn showcase at 107 Projects in Redfern. Should be a ripper weekend.
Sunset Flips (Crabby Bogman + Cock Safari) cassette. Listen here. Available from Grog Pappy or from me soon.
Crabby Bogman / Cock Safari split CS. 60 minutes of fun-filled looped musique concrete and synth confusion! Listen to excerpts here. This and releases from Altered States and Mazurka available from Distort.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
AST036 – TEEN AX – “FORBIDDEN LOVE” C19
Sydney duo Teen Ax, made up of Sam Chiplin (Housewives) and Toney McKey (the almighty Pleasure Bros), have been making a cacophonous noise for the last few years now with releases on Mazurka Editions and their own Street Muscle imprint. In contrast to their usual balls-out wall of guitar noise style scree, this is a much creepier affair. Guitars are the primary source in this drooling tangle, but silence figures just as heavily. Sounds pretty close to some of the sounds issued by Breakdance The Dawn over the last millennia.
AST037 – ORINOKOFLO – “WHITE ETHNIC” C54
An uncovered gem recorded straight to tape before Orinokoflo played their last show in Newcastle late last year. Woozy synth textures, beats and dense atmospherics feature, kinda sounding like a lost Radiophonic experiment in parts. Same recording on both sides.
AST038 - VDO – “FISH TANK FULL OF COINS” c60
One part Mouving (Joshua Petherick) and other part Moffarfarrah, et al (Christopher LG Hill), VDO specialise in etching dense webs of manipulated tape sampling. Plundered synth bleeps, new age muzak and tape screeches form a miasma of (un)easy listening. Mmm, fishy.