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my friend Eric is posts NWW list type stuff at

recent ups:

Haniwa All-Stars Live, 1983
Sub Niggurath live cassette, 1985
George Jinda, 1976
TG tape, 1976
Wolfgang Dauner stuff, 1967-1970

check it out!

Dominique, Thursday, 1 March 2007 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

so many typos

Dominique, Thursday, 1 March 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

thanks you for us set up

David R., Thursday, 1 March 2007 19:04 (twelve years ago) link

pros: lots of obscure music

cons: lots of bad tags, sharing CDs that are still in print

dan selzer, Thursday, 1 March 2007 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

thx been wanting to hear that shub niggurath

Edward III, Thursday, 1 March 2007 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

I was wondering when a blog was going to get around to the Haniwa All Stars. Cat is out of the bag. I'd plug the studio s/t before the live album though.

There's so much on this blog this is almost a needed thread just so people can casually review what they've been getting. I've mainly been pulling down the psych & 70's electronics over the obscure early 80's technopop.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 1 March 2007 21:02 (twelve years ago) link

the obscure 80s "minimal synth" stuff, despite being blogged as "lost gems", are mostly pretty bad. Maybe I'm just really picky with that stuff though.

dan selzer, Thursday, 1 March 2007 21:45 (twelve years ago) link

with 5-20 new posts a day we all need to start being picky, I'm all for people using this thread to post first impressions of what everyone's been grabbing

Milton Parker, Thursday, 1 March 2007 21:48 (twelve years ago) link

i dont know about any of this stuff. if anyone comes across something super awesome pls post and let i know.

chaki, Thursday, 1 March 2007 21:53 (twelve years ago) link

I don't have words to do justice to the shub niggurath... it's creepy and awesome, not live by the way...

Edward III, Thursday, 1 March 2007 22:03 (twelve years ago) link

sorry - I have 2 1985 SH cassette dubs, one of which is live -- so this must be the other one! But yeah SH = the awesome.

Dan - the guy who is doing all this posting came into about $10K of German new wave stuff a few years ago -- he got it in exchange for (as I recall) some recording work he'd done for this German dude who literally flew in from Germany to give it to him. I remember many nights listening to hours and hours of that stuff at his place, almost all of which I can't recall the names/titles/etc -- needless to say, not all of it is good. If he does this blog for a while, I'm sure good stuff will make it there.

Dominique, Thursday, 1 March 2007 22:25 (twelve years ago) link

I've been avoiding the prog and NWW stuff because there's too much and I figure I'd like so little of it, though I'm sure the stuff I would like would blow me away.

The one thing that's REALLY destroyed me that I'd never heard or heard of was AD Conspiracy. Also the Anne Steel album, who I'd just been turned onto by another blog posting 1 track a week before he posted the whole CD.

dan selzer, Thursday, 1 March 2007 22:37 (twelve years ago) link

dan, there's plenty to like

JW, Friday, 2 March 2007 00:15 (twelve years ago) link

I've downloaded a lot of his post-punk comps. As you'd expect they're hit and miss. The ones I've liked are East; Norwich, A Fine City; and The Pulse of New York. The New York comp has some great no-wave funkiness on it. I'm surprised that Soul Jazz hasn't already stripped mined it for No Wave Vol. 4. The Antarctic comp would be unreservedly recommended except it has some mis-labeled tracks on it which is a damn shame since there's some good stuff on there.

Of the single artist releases I've fallen in love with Factrix and the Kosugi. Factrix piss all over Throbbing Gristle in my opinion. Kosugi was in the Taj Mahal Travellers so you know it's drone bliss goodness. I'll have to check out that AD Conspiracy.

leavethecapital, Friday, 2 March 2007 01:04 (twelve years ago) link

For the past couple of weeks I've been digging the Patrick Vian record I downloaded from there. It's got a kind of library music, Sky Records, Heldon sort of thing going on.

Oh and The Feed-Back is killer. It's Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuovo Consonanza in a funky vein. Less like the album they did on Cramps and more like the Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura soundtrack or something.

walterkranz, Friday, 2 March 2007 02:18 (twelve years ago) link

I've downloaded a lot of his post-punk comps.

where? are they self curated? searched for a while but can't find links (HI DERE 23 POSTS A DAY). i think i visited his blog a few weeks ago to hear that Toshi Ichiyanagi. how does he find time to digitize all this stuff?

sanskrit, Friday, 2 March 2007 02:29 (twelve years ago) link

of course i find one right after i post that

sanskrit, Friday, 2 March 2007 02:30 (twelve years ago) link

no, that's a minimal synth comp

sanskrit, Friday, 2 March 2007 02:31 (twelve years ago) link

Here you go:

They're not his own comps, but stuff that came out late 70s early 80s or thereabouts.

leavethecapital, Friday, 2 March 2007 03:05 (twelve years ago) link

oh grt thanks. i already got that Antarctica comp at this ARCive sale.

love this guy, but these rapidshare NWW list in 30 days blogs tend to self-immolate David Koresh style real quick.

sanskrit, Friday, 2 March 2007 03:27 (twelve years ago) link

I also didn't realize how good that first The The/Matthew Johnson record was.

I'm sure a lot of the psyche stuff is great, but everything in moderation. I can't sit around all day downloading music like some of you.

I've got Antarctica, that thing was one of those super easy to find NYC comp. Funny, I'm going to the Kitchen tomorrow night.

I also have the Norwhich comp, got it at the last WFMU record fair. I'm a big Higsons and especially Farmer's Boys fan. One of the few, it seems at times.

dan selzer, Friday, 2 March 2007 04:40 (twelve years ago) link

what's The The sound like? a friend's email address is matthewjohnsonisgod@....

jaxon, Friday, 2 March 2007 05:51 (twelve years ago) link

he changes over time...and I don't know that much. That first release that was posted, that was released as Matthew Johnson, then The The, is a mix of 4-track moody tape loops compared to My Life in the Bush of Ghosts kind of sound with a sort of Robert Rental/Thomas Leer type DIY new wave thing. The next album, Soul Mining was something of a college radio thing, with This is The Day, currently being used in some ad I can't remember, glossier and better songwriting, Leer helps out. Pretty poppy. Then with MindBomb and Infected I'm not sure, though I remember them getting a lot of 120 Minutes airplay. Kind of funky, like industrial pop or something. Next thing I noticed he was bald and doing a hank williams song on top of the Chrysler building.

dan selzer, Friday, 2 March 2007 16:19 (twelve years ago) link

keeping up with this guy = new external hard drive

i don't know who half these dudes are.

gbx, Friday, 2 March 2007 16:20 (twelve years ago) link

I'm still tripping off the shub niggurath. like a mix of king crimson's red, miles davis' dark magus, and the residents, but definitely its own thing.

Edward III, Friday, 2 March 2007 16:55 (twelve years ago) link

my faves:

Takehisa Kosugi

the fucking amazing amos & sara cassette recently posted.

the "obscure DIY singles" series, it's tag horror but you can figure it out while looking at the web page.

Noyes Brothers 2LP and the Object records comp

John Bender

Second Layer

sleeve, Friday, 2 March 2007 16:58 (twelve years ago) link

I went ahead and grabbed everything and have just been listening to it all as I can. Why not?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 March 2007 17:02 (twelve years ago) link

That Shub Niggerath is wrecking my mind in a good way. I also grabbed the first Clock DVA cassette that came out on Industrial. It's more free-from than Thirst. Can there be such a thing as a post-punk jam band? I like it.

leavethecapital, Friday, 2 March 2007 23:10 (twelve years ago) link

Pretty rad to hear live drums on that NEW TG tape. Reminds mere there's still a few unrereleased Industrial Records Tapes...

sexyDancer, Friday, 2 March 2007 23:13 (twelve years ago) link

Edward -- have you heard SH's Les Morts Vont Vite? It's their better recorded LP from 1986, some of the same tunes as on the cassette, one of my fave records of the 80s.

Dominique, Friday, 2 March 2007 23:57 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, I've been rocking those back-to-back. the demo is a little rougher + toothier so it gets the cookie, but they're both incredible.

Edward III, Saturday, 3 March 2007 00:38 (twelve years ago) link

what's the title translate as? the dead are alive? it's been a long time since high school french.

Edward III, Saturday, 3 March 2007 00:54 (twelve years ago) link

The The = pop equivalent of Foetus, similar vocal inflections/subject matter/hard beats, and although the instrumentation is generally more of the acoustic guitar/synth variety there's a LOT of sonic dickery, tape loops, etc going pn. More than anything, he's got some absolutely stunning tunes. I'd recommend 'Infected', 'Dusk', and above all his 2001 comeback (and WHAT a comeback) 'NakedSelf' to anyone. Although melodic, his songs are just as growly, dark, and melancholy as Tom Waits', except instead of burlesque character study we get political diatribe.

unfished business, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:56 (twelve years ago) link


sanskrit, Saturday, 3 March 2007 05:25 (twelve years ago) link

that first Clock DVA tape, White Souls in Black Suits, has been out on an italian label during the 80s/90s on both vinyl and CD (I have the vinyl).

dan selzer, Saturday, 3 March 2007 17:15 (twelve years ago) link

Would modernist noisers like [Removed Illegal Link]?

Tim Ellison, Sunday, 4 March 2007 20:02 (twelve years ago) link

Would modernist freakout psychedelic new wave prog noisers like the great early '80s Italian group Confusional Quartet?

Tim Ellison, Sunday, 4 March 2007 20:05 (twelve years ago) link


don king
crazy hearts
hi sherrifs of blue
sue hanel

there was a NY band circa 1979 called THE THE, toured w/John Cale that summer, I saw the show in A2 w/Destroy All Eardrums can't really remember much except Cale was totally insane & great at that time.

m coleman, Sunday, 4 March 2007 21:06 (twelve years ago) link

why does the second half of William Sheller - Introit sound so familiar??

fies, Thursday, 8 March 2007 00:51 (twelve years ago) link

great blog btw ^_^

fies, Thursday, 8 March 2007 00:51 (twelve years ago) link

I'm not the hugest the The fan, but that Hank Williams covers record is great.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 8 March 2007 05:46 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...
March / April for me, what are you guys getting

art bears live 79, henry cow live 78
Toru Takemitsu - Eclipse (concrete w/ eastern instruments, spare)
first five Catherine Ribiero albums
Ellen Fullman - Long String Instrument 1985 LP
GAM w/ Schickert
Ralph Lundsten - Fadervar, 1972 - (concrete w/ heavy shades of mid-70's Cluster -- this one was a total surprise)
I.D. Company (w/ Dagmar Krause, 1971)

Things they posted that I'd shout out:
Bayle - Erosphere (the CD version - in the top 5 of my favorite pieces of electronic music ever)
Oscar Sala - Rezonanzen
Robert Ruttman & Steel Cello Ensemble - Bitter Suites
Michael Waisvisz - Crackle
Franco Leprino - Integrati... Disintegrati
Polly Bradfield - Solo Violin Improvisations

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 19:53 (twelve years ago) link

listening to Luna Park Ensemble now, listened to Frank Fromy this morning

Dominique, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 20:02 (twelve years ago) link

the Luna Park Ensemble is good, especially the first track, which was the same one on the 'Welcome to Dreamland' compilation Frith put together in the 80's that got me curious about them -- but I think that first track is my favorite

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Ralph Lundsten really quite good. Fadervar & the 3 LPs post are completely out Cluster / Schnitzler electronic psyche, with one or two confusing moments of James Last 70's orchestral pop for squares. Living a little near Wakhevich, only the electronic freakouts are more sustained and weirder, and the 'song' bits are much less freaky. Almost everything past 78 seems really tame & commercial which is probably why I'm only finding out about these earlier space records now

Milton Parker, Friday, 27 April 2007 18:31 (twelve years ago) link

ralph lundsten is indeed smarto neato. I urge everyone to download simon steensland's "the zombie hunter" it's like if ruins were vikings it is the vertiginously huge ultra-zeuhl! (oh they have such a terrible habit of posting up things just after i spent 10 years and some pennies tracking the bastards down on cd!)
hajime XXXXX (japanese name can't remember it) is smart too - herky jerky synth / sampler cubist-pop

bob snoom, Saturday, 28 April 2007 18:41 (twelve years ago) link

, Saturday, 28 April 2007 18:50 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

a must for rapoon/zf fans!

, Monday, 21 May 2007 12:20 (twelve years ago) link

the whale songs are corny though.

, Monday, 21 May 2007 12:24 (twelve years ago) link

where was the lundsten love when i started my lundsten thread?

Ralph Lundsten S/D

scott seward, Monday, 21 May 2007 14:00 (twelve years ago) link

lots of can bootlegs recently. good shit.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 30 December 2007 12:44 (twelve years ago) link

Love this blog for posting the AshRa Private Tapes.

Capitaine Jay Vee, Sunday, 30 December 2007 22:02 (twelve years ago) link

I just DL'd all of January and February. So far, I like:

Alesia Cosmos - Aeroproducts LP
Arbete & Fritid
Art Ensemble Of Chicago/Brigitte Fontaine (amazing record)
Asmus Tietchens - In Die Nacht
Aunt Sally
Cage/Tudor - Indeterminacy (never heard this clasic before)

Did not like:

Alvaro (not weird at all)
Ame Son (prog/jazz wank)
Beau (pedestrian folk)

I haven't even made it past the "C" section yet!

sleeve, Sunday, 30 December 2007 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

Have lost track of this blog - whats been gd recently?

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 15 March 2008 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

i've been in and off checking it out. hey lookie, there's a rita lee record...

msp, Saturday, 15 March 2008 21:37 (eleven years ago) link

The three Hanadensha EPs are excellent. In a recent post.

sleeve, Saturday, 15 March 2008 21:54 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

Drahomira Song Orchestra album is so fucking good.

wilter, Saturday, 26 July 2008 06:47 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

Revive this shit.Best blog everrrr.Anyone listen to that Warning album?Any suggestions?

NewBeefLover, Thursday, 16 October 2008 22:54 (eleven years ago) link

warning album's awesome. cod-disco-death-metal-goth-80s shit. zenith effluvium is ok late 70s basement jams. more psych/hippie than debris or whatever they reference. unfortunately the rest of my M-S mp3s are on my old PC and i haven't been able to get them to the new one yet so that's about all i remember right now.

REIGN IN FUDGE (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 17 October 2008 07:22 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah,the Warning record rules.I put it on for people and tell them it's the new Animal Collective record that just leaked.They go-"What?Get the fuck outta here"!

NewBeefLover, Friday, 17 October 2008 15:12 (eleven years ago) link

there's a thing on this blog in this month's issue of the wire. it's kind of patronizing?

walter (wilter), Tuesday, 28 October 2008 23:09 (eleven years ago) link

anyone checked out the recent flood of electronic cassettes from the early 80s?

like burning a swan (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 11 November 2008 15:52 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

A Rolf Harris on acid meets Panda Bear in Hawaii kind of stylee:

stroker ace, Thursday, 18 December 2008 10:45 (eleven years ago) link

been wanting to hear that, thx

anyone who knows that record -- how come only 4 tracks on the rip? are there no breaks between some of the songs?

dmr, Thursday, 18 December 2008 15:25 (eleven years ago) link

great great record. i have the vinyl. but it's 10 songs. dunno why ripper did that

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Thursday, 18 December 2008 17:09 (eleven years ago) link

not sure, i hot the akarma reissue, i'll check at home.

i wouldn't compare it to panda bear as much as i would arthur russell.

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 18 December 2008 19:16 (eleven years ago) link

or tim buckley slowed down to -15

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Thursday, 18 December 2008 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

been playing this one a bit:

Milton Parker, Thursday, 18 December 2008 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

which reminds me of the abstract parts of Francisco's 'Cosmic Beam Experience' / Joe Jones 'Solar Music' / Harry Bertoia / & my favorites Peter Warren And Matt Samolis 'Bowed Metal Music'

Milton Parker, Thursday, 18 December 2008 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

that Om one is super hot. i was expecting bertoia, it's actually about as different as you can get. and still be brushing metal.

both bobby brown and francisco suffer from hippieitis. maybe it's more weirdo beachcomberitis.

Manclusion (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 19 December 2008 04:06 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

This F/i tape rules, just d/l'd it today.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 18:18 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

OK this is probably a stupid if not offensive question but can someone list the poppier and/or more rhythmically repulsive (can I get a "funkier?") items on Mutant Sounds?

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 17:25 (ten years ago) link


Alex in SF, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 17:33 (ten years ago) link

i think he's channeling arsenio hall

jaxon, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 18:02 (ten years ago) link

The avant-garde is so easily offended.

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 20:20 (ten years ago) link


Alex in SF, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 20:29 (ten years ago) link


Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 20:34 (ten years ago) link

"why has this not been reissued? Probably because this world is too busy promoting modern bullshit and modern bullshit artist. The coolest shit in the past, present, and future will always come from the underground."

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 20:40 (ten years ago) link

Thanx sexyDancer!

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 20:45 (ten years ago) link

don't know about "poppier" but they at least have drum machines

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 21:01 (ten years ago) link

For poppier the Henri Texier albums that have been posted recently definitely fit the bill.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 21:04 (ten years ago) link

Don't know about the repulsive beat front though.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 21:04 (ten years ago) link

this has got to be the poppiest record ever posted on mutant sounds

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 22:29 (ten years ago) link

and it's fucking amazing fyi

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 22:29 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

if you like cluster ii and/or m goettsching, the quad live set is 4 u.

, Sunday, 18 October 2009 09:43 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Very good in a scuzzy downtempo depressed kind of way:

Zuleika, Thursday, 15 September 2011 20:21 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

ye olde filesharing blog era coming to a close it seems

"There's been a reason for the extra long span of time since my last posts went up: I've needed time to weigh my options and determine if this shebang is still worth keeping afloat."

dmr, Monday, 4 March 2013 02:54 (six years ago) link

R.I.P. Mutant Sounds. Definitely a force for good in getting great unheard music to the ears it deserves.

There have to have been at large number of reissues spawned by M.S., no?

Soundslike, Saturday, 9 March 2013 17:55 (six years ago) link

New posts will continue on the roughly bi-monthly schedule that they've been arriving at for some time

it's not the end of the world, he's still going to continue posting new stuff! he's just saying he's no longer going to spend all of his spare time re-upping past files that are casualties in his neverending battle with rapidshare.

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Saturday, 9 March 2013 18:07 (six years ago) link

nope. RIP.

dmr, Saturday, 9 March 2013 18:09 (six years ago) link

oh. RIP.


( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Saturday, 9 March 2013 18:16 (six years ago) link

such an incredible blog

flopson, Saturday, 9 March 2013 18:19 (six years ago) link

now begins true black market mp3 era

ps I will trade 2 white women for the shub niggurath demo

unprepared guitar (Edward III), Saturday, 9 March 2013 18:23 (six years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 March 2013 01:40 (six years ago) link


Fetchboy, Monday, 11 March 2013 01:46 (six years ago) link

Interesting move. I hope it works.

emil.y, Monday, 11 March 2013 15:48 (six years ago) link

i feel for the "sharing community". i will say a prayer and hope for the best!

scott seward, Monday, 11 March 2013 19:25 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Mutant Sounds archive on RYM- Mutant Sounds is new to me so this looks like a real treasure trove:

Neil S, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 10:27 (one year ago) link

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