-'Live At Happy Sept 1 2007'. |
The Stumps... Antony Milton on guitar and vocals, Stephen (seht) Clover on
bass and James
Kirk (Black Boned Angel/Sandoz Lab Techs) on drums. And for this outing they
are joined by
Ben Spiers (Glory Fckn Sun etc) on 2nd guitar.
People had been asking if there were any releases out that sounded more like
our live shows.
This was a valid question because up to this point all the releases have been
the drones and ambient fumblings that are perhaps natural to a relaxed studio
setting with a
well stocked beer fridge. But live The Stumps are another band entirely, far
far more noise, far more rock...
So here in its entirity is a Stumps show from 2007. Complete with fuck ups and
vocals. A big fuckin psychedelic roar of a show that was recorded onto Ben
CDR NZ$18 post inclusive.
Sold Out. Bandcamp soon
||Birdcatcher. -'The Sky Tied Down'. |
Originally released back in 2008 there has been enough email traffic
requesting copies that
I have decided to do a new edition of this release.
'The Sky Tied Down' finds the duo of Bill Wood (1/3 Octave Band) and Antony
Dawn etc) settled down for a long session of epic dark and heavy
heavily processed lapsteel guitars and banjo Birdcatcher embark on a glacially
expedition to the slow beating heart of the dark eyed uber-drone.
The textural complexity of these drones retain the evidence of their
but are transformed into something that is perhaps closer to dark electronic
than might be expected from these instruments; the timbre of the banjo and
reminiscent of doom metal than any sort of free folk.
Recorded in a single session direct to magnetic tape the overall sound is
grainy, dense and
loud. 90 minutes spent in the company of Birdcatcher is virtually guaranteed
monochrome visions and weird ecstacies...
Packaged in a 16pg art-book of images that seek to dispel any anthropomorphic
ornithology. Birds are by definition inhumane; alien.
2xCDR packaged in 16pg book. NZ$22 post inclusive.
Bandcamp download HERE
SUN. -'Vision Scorched'.|
Reissue in new packaging!
Formed in 2003 as a conduit for intense ritualistic sonic exploration Glory
Fckn Sun is the
ecstatic psyche-noise trio of Antony Milton (guitar/electronics), Ben Spiers
(guitar/violin/electronic) and improv percussionist Simon O'Rorke
'Vision Scorched' collects together one studio track and two live pieces.
through long form rumbling distorted deep space explorations (complete with
the odd blackhole), intense yet ethereal harsh noise to close with a droning
raga-esque paean to the great cosmic inevitable of the collapse of the sun,
And of light
Glory Fckn Sun have been described as having a sound that is like a cross
Inside the Sun and Keiji Haino.
The 1st edition of this release sold out in a matter of weeks and gained rave
2nd edition is also limited. There are 250 copies.
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.
STATISTICS.- 'Lucky Town Gone'.|
On the follow up to last years debut "Static" LP ((Kr-aa-k)3) The
have set about laying waste to the New Zealand suburban dream with this album,
a much darker
and heavier affair than their debut. Led by a bald suit clad psychopath named
(rumoured to be the alter-ego of NZ improv/fire music impressario Jeff
Henderson) who chants
and howls and grunts throughout their doom laden droning rock mantra the
I have been able to come up with is some sort of hybrid of The Birthday Party,
If the debut LP were to be regarded as the Mission Statement of Bad Statistics
Report in the Sky, "Lucky Town Gone" is not the Business Highlights
chapter to be
expected next, but a sideways lurch straight to Appendix 17: Corrupted
Recorded onto degraded old cassette tape, "Lucky Town Gone" is a
mean-spirited practice room jams that sees the core four-piece of BAD
embracing the stoner doom drone rock that already defined large parts of
The seven tracks of "Lucky Town Gone" are again spearheaded by the
sense-eluding vocal emissions of Thebis Mutante. Critical response to
contributions on "Static" was deeply divided, and the new album is
further polarise opinions. Mutante is backed by Mark Williams (Marineville,
Cookie Brooklyn) on guitar, Justin Barr (Raskolnikovs, Users, Wrongdoings,
Orchestra) on bass, and Johannes Contag (Jay Clarkson, Cloudboy, Sleepytime)
on drums and
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.
Wings.- 'Ash Field' CD. (PseudoArcana/Black Petal)|
Paper Wings is the electric guitar duo of Australian Anthony Guerra and New
Recorded in a small room on a winters day in Sydney in 2005 Paper Wings
drifts through beautiful bowed drones, tender melodic excursions and harsher
adventures. Four pieces that find these two guitarists at the top of their
(Paper Wings previously appeared on the Last Visible Dog compilation 'Crows of
(Volume 1)' with the track "Horse Lattitudes'.Reviews said:
".. The real reason to pick this [compilation] up, though, is to hear
"Horse Lattitudes", an extended twin guitar dirge layered with
wailing vocals. Beginning slowly and chaotically, it unfolds into a colossal
mesh of The
Velvet Underground at their most primal and Earth at 16rpm. Just when it
threatens to peak,
the duo fall back into another bout of feedback induced guitar meltdown,
amplified note out of their instruments until the bones of the piece have been
Edwin Pouncey, The Wire
"A masterclass in free improv that is even better at ear-splitting
Simon Lewis, Terrascope.
CD in hand painted Japanese artpaper sleeve. CD NZ$16 post inclusive.
'Dead Bees ((the((quiet)earth))suite)'.|
Campbell Kneale once explained that to describe Wellingtons Seht as drone
music is much the
same as describing Antarctica as white. Where as many of us utilise the drone
ingredient, a point of departure, Stephen Clover's Seht project distils drones
something very like a fine liquor.
'One Moment', the 35 minute first track on 'Dead Bees' is Clovers somnambulant
masterpiece. A famous insomniacs grand fantasy of sleep. Setting sail with the
of submerged bells one sinks deeper as lush rich tones gradually merge into a
dreamscape waves. Deeper still and one finds oneself glowing in a deep warm
that shimmers and sways until time somehow folds in upon itself and loses all
ones consciousness shifts into angel gear for the lonnnng coast out.
But Clover is also agent provocateur- a wry and acerbic wit. To say that there
to follow is an understatement!
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.
'Eye Electric Organ, Brain Electric Nerve'.|
Deep in the swirling depths of the ocean a terrible yet wondrous beast stirs
slow but sure
amidst great forests of sea algae. Taking on the form of a pair of conjoined
sailors it sets forth upon the currents determined to loose its apocalyptic
vision upon the
earth via droning sea shanty and great humming hymn.
Sunken is the duo of sunken sailors Stefan Neville (Pumice) and Antony Milton
Dawn/A.M etc). Using a range of organs, sonar gear, live tapeloops, vocals and
amount of submarine reverb they create a glorious droning pop noise. 'Eye
Brain Electric Nerve' follows on from their acclaimed self titled debut (also
PseudoArcana) and various compilation appearances.
You can read reviews and hear a sample from the album here .
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.
-'Cows In Lye'. |
Dialing In is the ecstatic roaring psychedelic drone project of Seattle based
Reita Piecuch. Utilising the natural acoustics of a series of reverberant
spaces she weaves
together super saturated soundscapes by recording in one environment, playing
another, and then re-recording this recording playing back in yet another
On 'Cows in Lye' the original sound sources range from loops of field
recordings from a trip
to India, piano, and the shifting drones of a "Shruti Box"
One track also features a long stream of consciousness vocal performance from
After a trek with recording gear through the caves, cathedrals and bunkers of
ingredients are transformed into huge and sublimely distorted quasi-melodic
album lifts off with an ecstatic roar and the intensity doesn't let up until
one is released
exultant in the green flash of a setting sun...
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.
Brisbane avant-blues practitioners The Lost Domain have
of the Australian underground for nearly 20 years. Formed around the core duo
David MacKinnon and organist/vocalist Simon Ellaby they have released a
inspiring but all too rare trickle of cdr's and have only recently begun to
attention that they deserve (via the "Sailor Home From the Sea" CD
Face/Digitalis 2004 (who incidentally promise a follow up "White Man at
later this year)), and some choice compilation slots and magazine interviews).
One of the most intense and engaging live bands I have ever seen their sound
like a gritty cross between the spacious psychedelic ambient improv noise of
Sandoz Lab Technicians, and the weirder swampier blues-stomp of Captain
'Palace' presents a remarkably restrained series of subtle movements and moods
recorded over a few weekends in the ballroom of 'The Pink Palace', an old and
abandoned hall in Brisbane. This is The Lost Domain in full band mode with a
line up that
includes Leighton Craig, Eugene Carchesio and Rick Neville. Organs and
guitars call to each other through the reverberant emptiness. There are dream
like peaks and
lulls as the dynamic slowly intensifies into a deep deep blues howl before the
once more drifts away into the ether. CD NZ$18 post inclusive.
MILTON. -'The End of This Short Road'.|
Released on the Deserted Village
Ireland I thought that I would list this here as well. I send these without
the jewelcase to
save you postage.
"This is release number 27 on Deserted Village and it's another CD this
time. Many of
you will know Antony Milton as the New Zealander behind the mighty
PseudoArcana label. This
album was recorded 6 years ago on 4-track and differs from Miltons many other
It's a collection of short songs with insistent violin orbiting stark acoustic
There's more to it than that but we won't spoil the surprise. Antony himself
tells us that
the music he releases under his own name is the most direct and
unadorned". Read liner
I have now sold out of CDs for this release but can
burn CDRs to go
with the original covers I have remaining.
CDR with pro-printed CD covers .NZ$15 post inclusive (without jewel case).
Dawn. -'Outer Dark'. (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon CD)|
Thought this was sold out but I just found another small box. Moody midnight
blues. The follow up album to 'Whisky Mute Down' this album has been released
Psi Phenomenon who have this to say:
"Filthy, ragged, drone-damage from Antony Milton, the mastermind behind
credible Pseudoarcana label, and recently crowned third member of Black Boned
and smoldering fuzz turn over and over on itself at ever more terrifying pace
everything within its gravitational grasp begins to smell of burning plastic.
shamanic, and dare-I-suggest BLUESY (think Fushitsusha not Gary Moore!) yet
set within a
down-on-the-farm, Antipodean, post-Xpressway context. The future of drone. The
rock. The future of goddamn everything!" CD. NZ$16 post inclusive.
WRIGHT. 'Yellow Horizon'.|
New Zealand guitarist and sound-artist Peter Wrights back catalogue stretches
like 30 releases over the last dozen years. 'Yellow Horizons' is the most
recent of these
and follows on from 2004's 'Distant Bombs' (Last Visible Dog), and 'Desolation
Violence' (Digitalis). This CD finds him relocated to dirty old London town
from where he
has written a series of love-drones to the wild South Island of his
Wrights guitar craft opens vistas that are as contemplative as they are
engaging. Periods of preperatory silence awaken into long slow shifting
'folk' patterns build to an almost psychotropic intensity before being
subsumed once more
within the drone... These scenes are as varied as the South Island itself.
glaciers as well as sunburnt plains.
LAST COPIES CD. NZ$18 post inclucive.
I found a small box of these when I was packing up my storeroom and it has
never been listed
here before. This release was an edition of 120 from my US/European tour of
2006 and is
actually some of the most 'refined' of the A.M drone recordings. I fully
intended to either
find a home for it on another label or reissue it myself at some point but
all about it as new projects came up.
It is perhaps more 'electro' than some of the other A.M stuff. I was using
small cheap mp3
players as recording loopers at the time and mixing this with guitar tones and
Its a nice record. The last track is more of a noise-rocker..
CDR. NZ$18 post inclusive.
Sunken is the duo of Stefan (Pumice) Neville and Antony Milton. Their debut
longplayer drones built from the interplay between 2 reed organs (and various
tapeloops, intercom, contact mics). The end result is an ecstatically
strangely luminous hour of music...
CDR. NZ$18 post inclusive.
Bandcamp download $5.HERE
Stumps.- 'If I Gave You Some Concrete Slippers Would You Wear Them When You
Jump Off The
Atmospheric reverb rock swell and sprawl. Deep space exploration from James
(percussion), Stephen Clover(bass), and Antony Milton (guitar). Recorded
Wellingtons biggest garage.
3" CDR. SOLD OUT- bandcamp edition soon.
of Windows -'Canvas'.|
A new project from Antony Milton, Paintings of Windows attempts to light a
cosy campfire in
the midst of the digital tundra. Field recordings, some capturing spare use of
instruments, are manipulated and shaped using basic software to produce a
and warm electronica. The source tapes for 'Canvas' were recorded in a tent at
during midnight showers and summer dawns.
3" CDR. bandcamp download version HERE
'Northwest Frontier Province'.|
Always on the lookout for new controversies the P.A. catalogue veers off into
appropriation! Of all the field recordings collected during a year in
'Southern Asia' these
are the ones I (Antony Milton) have returned to most. Recorded in Pakistan in
tracks document the sound of (mutiple simultaneous) calls to prayer echoing
back from the
sheer mountain walls surrounding the town of Gilgit. Incidental sounds abound,
not least of
all the vagaries arising from blank tapes bought for 30 rupees from a street
vendor, but I'm
sure most of you will agree that such phenomena often add to the overall aural
rather than detract. (Subtitled 'how I came to love Islam').
3" CDR NZ$15 post inclusive.
Previously released on US cassette label Ladygarden this gets a reissue
Probably my own favourite Stumps release so far Exigence gathers together
live recordings and weird droney studio pieces to make a devils potion of a
Think coffee infused with mescalin. Dayglo vista viewed through a tunnel of
The Stumps are Stephen Clover (seht) on bass and synth, James Kirk (Sandoz Lab
Boned Angel) on Drums, and Antony Milton on guitar and electronics.
With wonderful art by Yunico Uchiyama.
CDR NZ$18 post inclusive.
Reissue of the 2002 album originally released on Peter Wrights Apoplexy
one of the best A.M albums to date!
CDR NZ$18 post inclusive.
-'Blood Tantra' (20 Buck Spin 2cd)|
Double CD reissue of 2 out of prints cdrs from Antony Miltons Mrtyu project.
drones and uber-metal darkness. Exploring the dark side of his psyche these
represent some of the noisiest and most intensely violent of Miltons
2CD NZ$20 post inclusive.
Jack- 'The Feral Blood of Swagger Jack -A Compendium.'. (Last Visible Dog
Veering between abstract 'folk-noise', hillbilly thrash and some of the most
and poignant pop songs of his career,'Feral Blood' brings together the best
Swagger Jacks various solo cdrs on Wire Bridge.
Join him as he wends his lonely way around the backroads and 'rest-areas'
where one can usually camp a few days for free) of New Zealand. He's old
enough, and wise
enough, to know better (its the 21st century after all) but he just doesn't
seem to be able
to give up his great romantic dream of freedom from the trial of modernity,
nor lose his
passion for recording his rattley folksongs onto an old car battery powered
Sometimes ecstatic, sometimes meditative, but always, well, 'textured' and
acoustic rattle-'n-roll; happy, sad, poignant; and downright nasty if you rub
him up the
(Swagger Jack is an alter-ego of Antony Milton).
CD NZ$15 post inclusive. (No jewel case)
Milton.- 'Sirens'. (Last Visible Dog CD) |
I have copies of this compilation of 2 earlier cassette releases (from
Chris Moon says:
An essential CD for those into the outsider NZ 'pop' scene--you know, the one
the likes of This Kind of Punishment, Pin Group, Victor Dimisich
Band/Terminals, Wreck Small
Speakers on Expensive Stereos...in fact, if you know the Xpressway sound (that
Russell ran back in the day) you should know what to expect here. That SHOULD
most of you as: Really fucking great. Buy now. Add to cart. Etc. But not
like I do. Milton's music comes just half a decade too late to be part of the
Xpressway sound, but it is totally there. In my world this is what pop music
CD NZ$15 post inclusive. (no jewel case).
||Clay Man in
the Well.- 'House of Dust and Wood and Light'. (Foxglove CDR). |
Heavy earth-bound human ritual that works soil-caked drones, the fibre of
strings and ropes,
little shrugs of guitar-based melodies and a cavern full of static into
assemblages that are reminiscent of Virgin-era Faust, Siloah and Ghost at
washed-out. (David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue).
When i first heard the name, 'clay man in the well,' i got images in my head
archaelogical digs and ancient civilizations. PseudoArcana chief Antony Milton
brings us a
brand new album of dirt-infused jams, uncovered after years of digging. With
scores of music
boxes and simple drones, milton's affected whispers treat these hymns with
preserving them for a million years. This is timeless. This is music for the
cdr NZ$18 post inclusive.
Milton. -'Summit is Fragile'. Lathe cut LP.|
"In the early Spring of 2007 I managed to escape the city for a week in
Arthurs Pass in
the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. I took with me a banjo,
an ebow and
some effects pedals; a loop station pedal and cassette walkman with which to
The plains were foggy on the drive up toward the mountains but it was sunny in
reaches as we arrived at the small cabin we had rented. That evening it snowed
actually saw very little sun for the rest of our time there. This didn't stop
mossy valleys or clambering up small mountains but did make the time spent by
the fire in
the evenings all the more appealing.
'Summit is Fragile' is a collection of tone poems, field recordings,
ecstatic drone pieces and gestural constructions stitched together with short
composed over this period. A rendering of the feelings of a place in time that
more an impossible dream than a reality. I consider it one of my very best
This is an ultra limited edition of 40 copies only that comes packaged
screen printed by Jim Currin.
Lathe cut LP. SOLD OUT. Download version HERE
||MY CAT IS
AN ALIEN. -"8inch triangular lathe cut record".|
I have long been in awe of the superior control of musical cosmonauts Roberto
Opalio. The grace and simplicity of their touch.
I feel that it is a privilege to able to introduce this new work, 2 short
sides etched into
a triangle of acetate that illustrate the potentially eternal depth of the
This record is far less electr(on)ic than some of their pieces. Driven largely
bell like guitar and a sparse haunting ethereal wordless vocal it sounds like
a prayer sung
in a chamber deep within some dark crystalline moon.
A limited numbered edition of 80 triangle records in specially designed