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Forced Exposure's catalogue is a peculiar place. I'm not sure how to describe what they sell (less mainstream than Wire magazine?) and I am entirely unfamiliar with a disturbing number of the releases they feature. I'd have a very hard time even guessing what sells most there...

So, I thought it might be a good idea to ask you all for 10 essential purchases that Forced Exposure currently has for sale. Please describe and explain your choices.

http://www.forcedexposure.com/catindices.html

BTW, I have no affiliation with the store. And I'd be happy to start this same type of thread with other places where this idea makes sense (maybe dusty groove? darla?) I don't think it really works with Other Music or Aquarius cuz there you'll simply end up with a top 10 of the moment list... ya know?

Matt Sab (Matt Sab), Thursday, 10 June 2004 12:39 (seventeen years ago) link

You're talking about their online store and not just limiting it to the label's own releases right? That's a lot of stuff then!

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 12:42 (seventeen years ago) link

the Laughner 7"
Barefoot in the Head
the Crystallized Movements LP
the Love Child plays Moondog 7"
the Roger Miller LP
New Angloid Sounds

that's all I know, and they're good.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 12:49 (seventeen years ago) link

I do mean the whole online store, not their own label...

Matt Sab (Matt Sab), Thursday, 10 June 2004 12:58 (seventeen years ago) link

well, you know they write descriptions for every release, so why not just read those?

they are one of the only US stores I know carrying the junior boys album, so buy that.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Uh, what kind of music do you like, there's so fucking much there.

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:03 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: MINDFLAYER
Title: It's Always 1999
Label: LOAD RECORDS
Format: CD
Price: $12.00
Catalog #: LOAD 059CD

"Robo generated psychic booty pulse coupled with metro scrambled drumstick action. Battle station personnel on this disc includes Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt and Meerk Puffy of Forcefield. The duo have oscillators working overtime in the psychic war deck and gabba friendly drums. The sounds on this record are the hustle and bustle of bass-bin boom on the space throughways of the Milky Way circa 3167 A.D. Slowed beats with the force of tree roots hitting supertanker hulls. Vast radio dish networks with squelch and pulse tremors using solar systems as tweeters and white dwarfs as shredded woofers. Your head is caving in, your eyes are melting. Time is space and colors are sound. All is brown, hail the ramparts, to the battle stations."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:03 (seventeen years ago) link

I need to get that.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Just for one second I was excitedly boggled at the idea that Forced Exposure had released some strange and obscure LP by Roger "King Of The Road" Miller.

I am sure that those people who live in the world where this other Roger Miller is known are bored to tears with dim cases like me cracking jokes about this.

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:05 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: BOREDOMS
Title: Rebore Vol. 1 (Compiled and DJ Mixed by UNKLE)
Label: WARNER BROS (JAPAN)
Format: CD
Price: $34.00
Catalog #: WPC6 10098
"In what appears to be a match made in heaven (hell?), the Boredoms have enlisted Mo' Wax's UNKLE (James Lavelle and Richard File) to assemble this 'Dysfunctional Monster Jam', a lengthy (by Warner Japan standards) 46:01 non-stop DJ mix of various records from the Eye and Co.'s catalog, and it's a killer. This is trance music in the Paleolithic sense of the word, with occasional breakbeats and scratching (courtesy of the Nextmen); more of a reminder that the Boredoms still have a lot more in common with Amon Duul than Amon Tobin. Considering the fact that the Boredoms have been leaning more towards a non-stop approach both live and on record, always relying on a core musical vision that would be termed percussive, this works on a number of levels. Phasing, the stray bird or two, plenty of vertiginous edits, flutes, the heavy guitar on occasion, and Eye's vocals that resemble the chattering of the DMT Elves that sit at an infinite number of typewriters and control the universe. Oh, and the Deputy Dawg Rorschach test on the mini-CD poster by Naohiro Ukawa and Ausgang is quite a stunner in it's own right. Unique is as unique does." -- Billy Kiely

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:05 (seventeen years ago) link

hstencil, yea, but I have one of the originals not one of these gay ass remasters to make it listenable

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:06 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: JANDEK
Title: Interstellar Discussion
Label: CORWOOD INDUSTRIES
Format: CD
Price: $7.00
Catalog #: COR 0747
Reissue of the 9th Jandek album, originally released on LP in 1984.

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:07 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: HAINO & YOSHIDA TATSUYA, KEIJI
Title: Until Water Grasps Flame
Label: NOISE ASIA (HONG KONG)
Format: CD
Price: $15.00
Catalog #: NAIM 12CD
"Keiji Haino and Tatsuya Yoshida, two pillars of the Japanese noise rock scene (the guitarist with Fushitsusha and countless other projects, the drummer mainly with the influential prog-core duo Ruins) recorded this session in April 2000. For the most part a jam with bits of pre-composed materials. They obviously had a lot of fun as they moved through pastiches & unusual settings. Witness the free-jazz improv 'A Voiceprint That Longs to Display Evidence That It is Over' where the guitarist sounds surprisingly close to Eugene Chadbourne or the peyote-rock vapors of 'Those Points of Difference' in which Yoshida's typical voice soars from behind the drums in a Magma-like incantation. The basic setting of drums and electric guitar is often adapted to include more exotic members of the string family (sarode, gyumbari, gothan and esraj) and electronic drums, the obvious anachronical qualities of each side clashing dangerously in some cases. The 12-minute 'At the Instant When One Thinks to Oneself 'No Way'' throws away pre-conceived structures and odd instruments in favor of a sulfuric, full-throttle improv bash."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:08 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: WOLF EYES/SMEGMA
Title: No Face Lives
Label: DESTIJL
Format: LP
Price: $13.00
Catalog #: DESTIJL 035
"Smegma man, fucking Smegma. They started the whole damn thing. Sure there was Lee Rocky & some soundeffects 78s that set the crew in motion but screw it.. you wouldn't be blasting The Beast or any Weird Handdrawn LP with rotten ears if it wasn't for this truly motley crew. In high school my sweet momma would give me ten bones a week for lunch, come Monday by noon that shit was blown at the local rec shop. When I only had a couple of raggedy bux left from gripping Zorlac stickers, the only option was the dollar bin at the store. It was there that John Bender, Haystacks Balboa, Nik Reicnek, & Peter Catham LPs blew open my teen mind to the netherworlds. Among the giants was this homemade wreckord by Ju Suk Reet Meat. Looked amazing.. had no idea. Threw it on for nearly every day since. Mutant loops, improv from alien swamp prom & deviant horrible ideas. Changed my life. Just what a young mind needed to replace the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Found out later it was from the Smegma camp, a strange unknown mystery troupe from Portland. No photos ever... just a numbling clip on a RRR comp video Lessard gave me & Dilloway, a tunnel view into the spiritual mecca that would the Smegma klan. Before the first Wolf jaunt out west we dropped them a postcard saying it would be good to meet. Soon it mangled into a recording session. We would be so honored. The day came. The Smegma house, totally pink, queued us in to rainy green Portland. We knocked. A femme voice said through the door, 'use the bell'. Nate pushed it and out came a gargled electronic siren. The door opened, Rock 'n Roll Jackie, 5 foot tall, grinning & long beautiful grey hair. We all fell in love. Soon after we meet Ju Suk & one by one slowly met all the Smegmas in one of the strangest nights ever. Burned Mind, Meltzer, Stan, Amazon Bambi, others. All weird as hell, checking us as much as us checking them. Yep, this is who we wanted to be with the rest of our lives... the Michigan crew had never been so inspired & moved but by this unholy blending of mutant minds... So we jammed. It was fucking amazing. Here are the results. Every year we are going to see them & hang like the best friend weirdo family. A total pilgrimage. Nate & I once got so blasted from Portland cloud that we projected that Smegma has always existed, ever since the beginning of time. Someone will always carry it on... might be this dude in Ypsi who has no face. Really. No nose, barely a mouth, always has a broken arm or something.. smells like shit. Dude is totally in Smegma. Fucking life rules. -- John Olson.

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Sidenote --- do they really write all those writeups or are they publicity excerpts (or both)?

Matt Sab (Matt Sab), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:10 (seventeen years ago) link

either/or

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:11 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: WOLF EYES
Title: Slicer
Label: HANSON RECORDS
Format: CD
Price: $13.00
Catalog #: HN 101 CD
"Wolf Eyes roots are from a much hidden and very ugly world called the cassette noise underground. Here we have a proper CD issue of the most accomplished of their many cassette releases, Slicer. Unlike the heavy brutal beat vibe of last years Dread album, Slicer is a more minimal, tone heavy, and even slower recording. Deep electronic and horne generated tones stretch and separate overtop of 'glitchy' electronics, ultra crude tape manipulations, and ear-piercing scraping glass. The most 'in the zone' and stoned recording the boys have made yet."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:12 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: OOIOO
Title: Feather Float
Label: BIRDMAN RECORDS
Format: CD
Price: $14.00
Catalog #: BMR 031
"Pronounced 'oh-oh-eye-oh-oh,' OOIOO follow up their debut album on Kill Rock Stars with the magnificent Feather Float. Yoshimi of Boredoms/Free Kitten on guitar and vocals, Kyoko on guitar and vocals, Maki on bass, and Yoshiko on drums recognize no one musical style but manage to touch on nearly all of them. New wave, no wave, pop, punk, electronic, trance -- it swirls organically in every direction. Like the Boredoms, there is a prevalent primal groove reccuring throughout, yet it is so melodic in parts as to be almost accessible (for a Boredoms-related project, that is)."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:12 (seventeen years ago) link

jon you are so predictable

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:13 (seventeen years ago) link

try and surprise us sometime?

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:13 (seventeen years ago) link

OMG CUTTY, FORGIVE ME FOR PUTTING UP THE RECORDS I KNOW AND LIKE

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Artist: ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO
Title: Fanfare For The Warriors
Label: 4 MEN WITH BEARDS
Format: LP
Price: $15.00
Catalog #: 4M 109
"The second of 2 landmark albums originally released on the Atlantic label by the finest avant-garde jazz ensemble of the '70s. This mind-blowing studio session concluded AEC's first and most significant period. Contains new, detailed liner notes by MC5 manager John Sinclair and rare photos from the band's archives. Audiophile remastering from the original master tapes. 180 gram HQ vinyl. Original artwork. Gatefold sleeve."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:14 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: NICO
Title: Desertshore
Label: 4 MEN WITH BEARDS
Format: LP
Price: $15.00
Catalog #: 4M 113
"This 1970 Reprise Records album finds Nico reunited with her Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale as producer, main instrumentalist and harmony vocalist. Co-produced by Joe Boyd (legendary producer of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Incredible String Band), Desertshore contains 8 songs of deep haunting beauty featuring Nico's dark voice and harmonium and is one of her very best solo albums (also used as soundtrack for the 1971 Philippe Garrel's experimental French film La Cicatrice Interieure). This reissue has new exclusive liner notes by Dawson Prater and Dean Roberts. Audiophile remastering from the original master tapes. 180 gram HQ vinyl. Original artwork. Gatefold sleeve."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:16 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: REICH, STEVE
Title: Music For 18 Musicians
Label: HUNGAROTON
Format: CD
Price: $16.00
Catalog #: HUNG 32208
Peformed by Amadinda Percussion Group and Musicians, recorded live in Budapest, 1990. "For the most part I have no interest in 'live' recordings. My ensemble has made many of them over the years for various European Radio stations and I never listen to them. (Perhaps I should.) Whenever my ensemble records we have always recorded in a multi-track studio. However, once in a great while, a fine recording is made of a miraculous concert -- and this is what we have on this CD. Studio enhancements are replaced by a magic performance. The performance is so astoundingly good and played with such amazing energy, that one is simply swept along." -- Steve Reich. July2003.

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:17 (seventeen years ago) link

ok now you surprised me

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:17 (seventeen years ago) link

re: nico

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Anyway, those are my picks, there's probably stuff I wanna get on there that I don't know well like Derek Bailey, but all those I put up are great.

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:18 (seventeen years ago) link

Why wouldn't I like Nico? The instrumentation on that album is great. I was just listening to Xiu Xiu's Fag Patrol which has a track that sounds like that.

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:20 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: VENOM
Title: Black Metal
Label: EARMARK (ITALY)
Format: LP
Price: $18.00
Catalog #: EAR 41009
"Venom's 1982 release was not only the album that gave the Black Metal genre its name, but also the band's break-through release and magnum opus. Like their first full-length LP, Welcome To Hell, Venom's Satanist lyrics and relentless speed broke new ground in a constantly evolving genre. One of the major influences on thrash pioneers Metallica and Slayer, etc."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Also, doesn't LOAD write such good descriptions? That Mindflayer one is genius.

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Re: the descriptions - I always assumed the ones in quotes were verbatim lifts from promo press stuff, and everything not in quotes was legitimate FE-type talkie talk. I wish the FE staff wrote more of their own descriptions.

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:29 (seventeen years ago) link

that Steve Reich you picked is the BAD one jonny...you need the one on ECM
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ddb (ddb), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:29 (seventeen years ago) link

oh, shit yea ddb

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:37 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: REYNOLS
Title: Whistling Kettle Quartet
Label: SEDIMENTAL
Format: LP
Price: $13.00
Catalog #: SED 024 LP
"A singularly brilliant work for baritone, tenor, contralto & soprano whistling kettles from this unpredictable Argentinian collective Reynols seems to be more active than ever. Responsible for a bunch of highly conceptual projects such as the '10.000-chicken Symphony', 'BlanTapes', 'Fire Music', 'Reynols Plays the Eiffel Tower', etc. this sound-art piece redefines a traditional format in classical music, 'the quartet', in order to expand its boundaries and possibilities. Through the three movements of this composition (Andante Mogal, Moderato uno Surido Fermo and Allegro Repuliom Lanidelo), the sound of the four whistling kettles create deep textures, ranging from minimal static drones to complex pitch counterpoints. If the String Quartet has, for centuries, been a must for composers, what can we expect from the coming XXI century quartets? Maybe this release starts eying in key an answer."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:38 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: DNA
Title: DNA on DNA
Label: NO MORE RECORDS
Format: CD
Price: $14.50
Catalog #: NO 12CD
"New York's seminal No Wave band, DNA, makes it's highly anticipated American CD debut with this definitive collection of studio and live recordings. Surviving two line ups over a brief four years; this highly influential, strikingly original and extremely under recorded band left a huge void in it's wake. Formed in 1978, Brazilian raised singer/guitarist Arto Lindsay hastily assembled an international trio of non-musicians. Robin Crutchfield played keyboard and Japanese-born Ikue Mori played drums. DNA played their first gig within weeks and recorded their first 7" shortly afterwards. The ear of Brian Eno was quickly caught, recording them for the infamous No New York compilation alongside James Chance, Mars, and Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. Before No New York was released, Robin left the band after a total tenure of nine months. Bassist Tim Wright had just left Pere Ubu, relocated to NY and quickly joined DNA. With a new face, a new instrument and a new sound, DNA recorded their classic nine minute EP A Taste Of DNA. DNA toured the States and Europe bringing their explosive live show to a wider audience. DNA only released 12 songs during it's lifetime, and another 3 shortly afterwards on a European compilation. Their impact was far and wide reaching. Many musicians have sited DNA as a main influence including Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and the band Blonde Redhead, who appropriated their name from a DNA song title. This CD compiles all of the studio and many choice live recordings. Of particular interest are the original lineup's 'early versions' of 'Detached,' '5:30' and 'Low' (which is closely related to 'A New Low.') The unreleased studio tracks 'Grapefruit,' 'Police Chase' and 'Young Teenagers Talk Sex' are heard here for the first time as well as live versions of the unreleased songs 'Nearing' and 'Surrender.' Exclusive liner notes from Byron Coley, Jason Gross and Glenn O'Brien pack the 16 page booklet alongside many unseen photos and flyers."

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:40 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: COFFEE
Title: Pissing Contest
Label: QBICO (ITALY)
Format: LP
Price: $22.00
Catalog #: QBICO 17
One side recorded 1996, the other in 1988. Edition of 350 copies, splatter/color vinyl. "Side A. imagine to hear five 'Babi' rockets played together in Echo Tunnel Park, pretty strange and for sure heavy stuff ! Future free jazz !? Side B: dramatic electronic music with some cosmic synth/trumpet interludes....".

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Shit, does FE not carry Popul Vuh stuff anymore...cause I was gonna big up POPUL VUH!!

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Superpitcher - Heroin 7"
Supersilent - 1-6
Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht
Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen
AFX - Analaogue Bubblebath 3

stephen morris (stephen morris), Thursday, 10 June 2004 13:53 (seventeen years ago) link


BUNNY BRAINS
Title:
Sin Gulls (Goring St. Eddy): 1998-1998
Label:
MENLO PARK
Format:
CD
Price:
$12.00
Catalog #:
MPK 7013 CD

"The 'brains' formed in late 1988 deep in Danbury, CT; some college kids, some art freaks, people who felt
that time should not be passed, but slaughtered with the primitive sweet sounds of the depraved. The Brains
were never a noise band, or an art band, or particularly high brow; you could probably argue that they were
never a band at all. Over the course of ten years or so the Bunnies recorded a fairly impressive output, a great many albums,
singles and comp tracks. Their singles are by far some of their best work, and are collected here for you to finally get your hands
all over."

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link

the Love Child plays Moondog 7"

I wouldn't want to get into whether this is good or bad, but I

dlp9001, Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:34 (seventeen years ago) link

the Love Child plays Moondog 7"

[previous message sent by my cat]

I wouldn't want to get into whether this is good or bad, but that's a kind of an irresponsible recommendation.

Realistically, it's a couple of Vassar College students with big dreams covering some none-too-accesible music in lo-fi. If that's your thing, then by all means go to town.

dlp9001, Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:36 (seventeen years ago) link

dude of all people I would probably hold going to Vassar against them more than you, but still I like it. Alan Licht is nice.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:38 (seventeen years ago) link

He is nice, nothing against him. And nothing against anyone who likes that single, but it's not something I'd send a curious stranger running out to buy without more explanation.

dlp9001, Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:42 (seventeen years ago) link

"Don't
Let It Bring You Down"/"Haze Is Free" 7" (Forced Exposure) 1990

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:47 (seventeen years ago) link

whoops:

Barbara Manning - "Don't Let It Bring You Down"/"Haze Is Free" 7" (Forced Exposure) 1990

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:48 (seventeen years ago) link

I'd like to hear that, as well as more Babs stuff.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Dude, that LOVECHILD 7" is the band's BEST! I love it!

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:53 (seventeen years ago) link

someone should also do this for Eclipse!

ryan (ryan), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Stence, there's a Barbara Manning compilation of that FE single & other singles from Innerstate Records that might be up yr alley. Also, _Lately I Keep Scissors_ is U&K - it's currently available (as of 199something) on the _One Perfect Green Blanket_ CD from Heyday Records (OOP, of course).

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 10 June 2004 15:59 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: TO LIVE AND SHAVE IN L.A.
Title: The Wigmaker
Label: MENLO PARK
Format: 2CD
Price: $16.00
Catalog #: MPK 7020 CD
"For five years people have been asking about, talking about, and wanting to frolic in The Wigmaker; incredibly complex, and (already) steeped in musical folklore, there is no doubt you have never heard anything like this before. For five years each track was intensely labored over, mixed, splintered, and tweaked to perfection. This is unique; Tom Smith, T.L.&.S.I.L.A. founder, has an incredible array of musical knowledge, using recording and mastering techniques that span every kind of music imaginable, he took ideas from whatever flew into his ears during his years, and found a way to apply those sounds to his art form; understand that this is not noise or experimental, or avant-anything, this is the inspired journey of one man's mind, uncompromised, and to the gut.. .these songs have melody, dense structure, incredible character, and a fuji sized gamut of dynamics. This isn't post anything, this is a new beginning, this is against the grain, this is 'pre'."

come on!!!!

brock (brock), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:09 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: PRINCESS NICOTINE
Title: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma) Vol. 1
Label: SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
Format: CD
Price: $14.00
Catalog #: SF 006CD
"How do they do it? Are they smarter? Are they better? How can it be ignored or denied? How is it possible that one of the most unique, perfectly composed and performed, intense and awe-inspiring musical legacies the world has ever known is looming north of the equator physically tucked-between world cultural giants India, China, and Thailand, without more than a whisper from ethnomusicologists or those who define themselves as 'purveyors of world music'? Not only are the roots of this music unique, but so are the results after incorporating outside instrumentation from modern colonial and (unavoidable) international influence. What the Burmese have done with a piano is so precise in its adaptation to existing form and melody that one would think they invented it. Burmese music has a very distinct sound and whatever instrument is assimilated into its core only seems to magnify its original intent without depending upon outside ideas as they relate to each component of it. This collection will immediately bring you up to speed to what you have been missing all along. I'll leave the over-analyzation to those who undoubtedly will suffocate the world music community with praise for this music in the future because the time is NOW to dig it and to put the REAL music of Myanmar on the map ONCE and for ALL. This is the first TRUE compilation of this phenomenal scene from Yangon to Mandalay and beyond. Here are some of the greatest names from the past 50 years of Burmese musical history from the original recordings featuring Mar Mar Aye, Bo Sein, and the incomparable Tonte Theintan. Listen, and be amazed."

brock (brock), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:10 (seventeen years ago) link

I heartily endorse this:


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Artist: NITSCH, HERMANN
Title: Musik der 80.Aktion
Label: HERMANN NITSCH ARCHIEV (AUSTRIA)
Format: 20 CDR BOX
Price: $1025.00
Catalog #: AKTION 50CD
Another incredibly art-document package that surpasses all expecations. Much more efficient hand-constructed boxing than the previous 51 CDR set. Very limited availability. "20 CDr with compete documentation in black hand-made boxset (each signed and numbered by Hermann Nitsch). Edition limited to 50 numbered copies including an original relict by Hermann Nitsch. The hand-made boxset includes 20 CDrs professionally mastered by Alga Marghen, under the supervision of Hermann Nitsch, starting from the original recordings made at Prinzendorf Castle during the 3 days of the 80th Aktion (27-30 July 1984). The 4 colour photo on the front cover of each CD, as well as the score excerpts reproduced in the inner sleeve, were specially conceived in order to fit the recordings of each different CD. If the edition of the music of the 100th Aktion (immediately sold out) documented the accomplishment of Nitsch's oeuvre, the 80th Aktion surely represent the peak as far as intensity, power and brutality are concerned.

The complete documentation of the music of the 80th Aktion includes a signed and numbered book with the integral reproduction of the score (black and white, 544 pages, size cm.21x14); a second signed and numbered book with full colour photos of the same action (colour, 200 pages, size cm.23,5x17,5); a 4 pages text on the musik of the 80th Aktion written by Hermann Nitsch in 1984; the original 1984 full colour poster, signed and numbered (size cm. 84x58).

Also included is an original relict from the 80th Aktion (size cm. 23x17), signed and numbered."

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:10 (seventeen years ago) link

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Artist: FORREST, JASON
Title: The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash
Label: SONIG (GERMANY)
Format: CD
Price: $15.00
Catalog #: SONIG 036CD
"Jason Forrest, an artist formerly known as Donna Summer, is a celebrity among electronic artists; featured by magazines all around the world, he is one one of the most brilliant Plunderphonic artists who has ever walked the Earth. He samples, deconstructs and reconstructs himself into a rage while driving audiences to the verge of madness. Forrest obviously knows his disco and his prog rock; he's a maniac who controls his machines with dreamlike competence. His knowledge of repertoires and styles seems boundless. He mixes the most trashy with the most beautiful and the most rocking elements of the disco-decade into lavish sets, which, believe it or not, are perfectly danceable. Samples sound as if they had been broken three times and patched up four. Big band-like brass sections! Wild guitar solos! And, of course, always disco, Disco, DISCO! All this is combined in such a euphoric mix."

brock (brock), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Nitsch is over-rated.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Everytime I see one of those Spin profiles, I think the same thing.

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Jason Forest suxxxxxx

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Led by a bearded, cow-splitting, Vienna-conquering male superhero, the Aktionists are one of the most exciting art terrorism groups of the past ten years. And guess what? They’re actually getting kind of popular! Here’s the story of how three quirky Teutonic curmudgeons made it to the big time--no compromises, no sellouts, no regrets.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:22 (seventeen years ago) link

jason forrest is a beautiful man.

brock (brock), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Most of the write-ups are just from the press releases. In the good old days of the magazine they'd have these scathing reviews in the mag, but would distribute the same releases with the press release. It seems like there's less FE write-ups then there used to be...does Hrvatski still work there? I know he has his own distro, which I'd recommend:

http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/info.php

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:41 (seventeen years ago) link

no, he stopped working there a while back.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 16:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I've ordered from there just this week:

Pharoah Sanders - Izipho Zam
James Blood Ulmer- Tales of Captain Black
Larry Coryell- Offering, Spaces & Restful Mind

earlnash, Thursday, 10 June 2004 17:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Izapho Zam is great...Prince of Peace is the jam

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 10 June 2004 17:16 (seventeen years ago) link

It is one of Pharoah's early records I didn't have, there is a bunch of kudos about it on a couple of free jazz threads. I am psyched to hear it.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 June 2004 18:30 (seventeen years ago) link

I ordered International Harvester's Sov-Gott Rose Marie album from there, and depending on how much I enjoy that, I'll buy their earlier incarnation (Parson Sound) and their Hemat album under the name Harvester.

The Lizzy Mercier Descloux albums are highly recommended if you want well-produced Afro-Caribbean-French mambo/funk/synth-pop with a saucy lady who sounds like a French Clare Grogan of Altered Images.

My only other purchase from there was 23 Skidoo's Seven Songs, which is music of the highest order and any intelligent being who wants to endure true paranoia (particularly when induced through your headphones at night) would be well-advised to buy it.

Ian Beverly (Eastern Mantra), Thursday, 10 June 2004 20:46 (seventeen years ago) link

PARSON SOUND rules, you cannot go wrong.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 10 June 2004 20:48 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.forcedexposure.com/product_images/ARC000.JPEG
Artist: ERIC B & RAKIM/BROTHAMSTATES
Title: Get Down
Label: ARCOLA (UK)
Format: 12"
Price: $9.00
Catalog #: ARC 000</td></tr>

"This is the opening salvo in a long battle for the dancefloor,
launched by the generals of battlecamp Warp. Having long held an iron
grip over all things electronica they're now launching special
dancefloor operations under the name 'Arcola', a name soon to be feared and respected by all purveyors of mediocrity. To stamp the word Arcola
across the country's clubbing cognoscenti's cute curves they've
unleashed some old dogs of war, but taught them new tricks. On the A
side of this Trojan horse of a 12" booty bumping beats with all the
squelch of the Somme provide the backdrop to the devastating delivery
of Rakim as he places faith in the fact that he knows you've got soul.
Turn over with care and what's in sight? Could it be that diminutive
purple warrior Prince packing sticks of disco dynamite? He's uptown and
everything's alright. This record is super limited to prevent it
falling into the wrong hands. Make sure it's part of your weaponry."

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 10 June 2004 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Shit, does FE not carry Popul Vuh stuff anymore...cause I was gonna big up POPUL VUH!!

I assume you mean Popol Vuh. They just got a ton of reissues in a few weeks ago: http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/popol.vuh.html

Vic Funk, Thursday, 10 June 2004 21:03 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.forcedexposure.com/product_images/FYP16CD.JPEG

Artist: FLAHERTY/CORSANO, CHRIS, PAUL
Title: The Hated Music
Label: ECSTATIC YOD
Format: CD
Price: $12.00
Catalog #: FYP 16 CD
"Paul Flaherty and his saxophones are a subterranean legend in the kingdoms of the north. Since the "In the Midst of Chaos" LP was recorded, back in the mid '70s, Paul has been a persistent roar in the distance ?- pervading the aura of the region's improvisational underground, whilst eschewing its spotlights. His playing and spontaneous compositions have always been a trip and a half, but he seems to have risen to a whole new level on The Hated Music, combing purity of spirit w/ ferocity of lyricism in a whole new way. Chris Corsano is one of the most immensely talented drummers to have emerged from the recent past. Those who have witnessed the giganticism of his formal leaps in the jaws of post-avant-garde power surging, have been left slack w/ the wonder & hilarity of it all. On The Hated Music he offers all listeners evidence of the potency and imagination of his air-fucking vision. The Hated Music, packed as it is, in the lovely artwork of freedom-loving artist, Gary Panter, throws down the gauntlet to all other players, all other thinkers, all other worlds. If you are listening w/ all yr holes open, it may well gobble yr soul. Alright!" -- Byron Coley

Ian c=====8 (orion), Thursday, 10 June 2004 21:10 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.forcedexposure.com/product_images/RRR555.JPEG

Artist: VA
Title: New England
Label: RRR
Format: 5LP
Price: $42.00
Catalog #: RRR 555
"Various 5LP box, 10 artists each getting 1 full side: Brutum Fulmen, Sickness, Can't, Skin Crime, Immaculate Grotesque, Prurient, Matt Brinkman, Human Is Filth, Diagram-A, Karlheinz. Basically the 10 best noise bands from New England (that I know of) the box is ltd 500 copies, each hand-decorated by one of the artists."

Ian c=====8 (orion), Thursday, 10 June 2004 21:11 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.forcedexposure.com/product_images/3LOBED012.JPEG

Artist: BARDO POND/TOM CARTER
Title:
Label: 3LOBED
Format: CD
Price: $13.50
Catalog #: 3LOBED 012
"Early 2003 saw Tom Carter performing a string of shows on the east cost, including a stop in Philadelphia at the Tritone where he joined Bardo Pond on stage and play a quiet, subdued set. While this group of the musicians had known each other for a while, they had never formally collaborated before on the stage or in the studio. On April 23 all of the players convened at the Pond's Lemur House studio in an effort to prepare for the show. Those preparations were done with the tape running and the results stunned everyone involved -- while there were expectations that things would work out nicely, the resulting free-flowing and complex improvisations were beyond anyone's imagination. Carter's signature guitar styling acted as the perfect accompaniment to the Bardo Pond sound, together with their performances creating a fully-formed collection of songs."

Ian c=====8 (orion), Thursday, 10 June 2004 21:16 (seventeen years ago) link

Artist: KITES/PRURIENT
Title: Load Split Series #4
Label: LOAD RECORDS
Format: LP
Price: $10.00
Catalog #: LOAD 062LP
"Another jammed-elevator mismatch between two of Providence, RI's hottest pedal jackers and circuit board melters. Kites has a record on Load already and this side of the split evokes a crunchy square toned melodic flair with organic almost organ-fueled Disneyland melodies. These are the rockers. Prurient is another Providence-based sound artist doing low toned rumble jammed up against cassette culture screech. Live shows are a blur of power and volume. Yes the cream of the noise crop. This record is a bit more subdued in all out attack and more drenched in total murk-o-phonic atmosphere. Percussive chug and downer vibes."

SORRY NO PICTURE GUYS! another fine example of benload writing awesome descriptions. haha.

Ian c=====8 (orion), Thursday, 10 June 2004 23:26 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.forcedexposure.com/labels/acute.records.html

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 11 June 2004 00:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Brilliant...nice to know someone else has listened to Parson Sound! I'll take your word for it!

Ian Beverly (Eastern Mantra), Friday, 11 June 2004 12:23 (seventeen years ago) link

seven months pass...
Does anyone have a phone number for Forced Exposure? Am having problems getting an email response from them and would like to use that more traditional line of communication

angus-macdonald (Audiophonics), Friday, 28 January 2005 15:51 (sixteen years ago) link

according to anywho: 781-321-0763

john'n'chicago, Friday, 28 January 2005 16:31 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Quick Forced Exposure question: On their website, they list 219 Medford Street, Malden, MA as their address. Is this just some big warehouse where they store all the CDs they eventually ship to people who buy stuff from their website, or is this location actually a record store I can go in, browse, and buy stuff from?

Reading his posts is like watching The Ring (kshighway), Saturday, 22 August 2009 16:14 (eleven years ago) link

Google streetview makes it look more like a warehouse district.

Shakim O'Collier (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 22 August 2009 23:29 (eleven years ago) link

I hope that in the intervening 7 hours you just decided to try and go there and find out for yourself.

Shakim O'Collier (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 22 August 2009 23:30 (eleven years ago) link

"Helloooo? Anybody in here? Is this a CD store?"

Shakim O'Collier (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 22 August 2009 23:31 (eleven years ago) link

five years pass...

this looks good! http://www.forcedexposure.com/Labels/BULL.TONGUE.REVIEW.html
A Quarterly Journal of Post-Rock Cultural Pluralism. In this issue: Todd Abramson, Steve Albini, Alan Bishop, Bree, Rej T. Broth, Joe Carducci, Lisa Carver, Benoit Chaput, Sharon Cheslow, Byron Coley, Karen Constance, Nigel Cross, Chris D, Irene Dogmatic, Lili Dwight, Ray Farrell, Andrea Feldman, Tom Givan Tom Greenwood, Mats Gustafsson, Angela Jaeger, Elaine Kahn, Ira Kaplan, Maria Kozic, Matt Krefting, Ted Lee, Donna Lethal, Owen Maercks, Marc Masters, Hisham Mayet, Richard Meltzer, Thurston Moore, Dylan Nyoukis, Gary Panter, Tony Rettman, Bruce Russell, Suzy Rust, Andy Schwartz, Brian Turner, Naomi Yang Ω. 50 pages, black & white 8.5" x 11".

tylerw, Thursday, 1 January 2015 19:25 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Random question for anyone that regularly orders from Forced Exposure - I placed my first order with them about three weeks ago and realized I hadn't seen an update, logged in and saw that my order is "on hold" due to "not sufficient quantity". I know I selected the option to have everything shipped at once, so I don't mind waiting, but I'm confused since when I search for both the items I ordered on the site, even today, it lists them both as being in stock. Is this common?

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:23 (one month ago) link

"low stock level" seems to mean not in stock for them? items listed that way aren't eligible when they have sales. could be what's hanging it up, they're trying to source those records.

you will get shipping notification when your order ships, and they'll reach out (after awhile) if they can't source something.

bulb after bulb, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:28 (one month ago) link

Thanks, yeah, one of the two does say "low stock level", that must be it. I'll wait and see what happens.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:31 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

So a further month on and I still haven't heard a single word from them about my order. It's a killer catalog but I gotta say that this is not impressing me for my first time ordering from them direct. I've had other shops with sourcing issues, which is totally fine and happens sometimes, but I usually get at least an email letting me know what's up.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

I know there have been issues lately with sourcing records, I had kind of a similar issue earlier this yr though I eventually got my records. Have you sent them an email? Sometimes it takes a bit for a response but I've never had a problem sorting things out with them over email.

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

I'm going to send them an email today to check in. Obviously I don't mind waiting (given that's it's been more than six weeks) and I get that things are screwy right now, was just hoping I'd have an update from them. Thanks for the nudge though.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:56 (two weeks ago) link

Also the last six months is the only time I've ever experienced any sort of delay or long waits when ordering from FE in probably 20-ish yrs

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

That's good to know. I've always heard good things, just hadn't ordered until now for whatever reason.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

fwiw i have also been ordering from them intermittently for over 20 years and never had a problem. they don't tend to send status updates until shipping but they do respond to email. i also find "low stock level" a confusing category and i suspect it means out of stock at FE but possibly available to order.

bryan, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 16:06 (two weeks ago) link


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