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KEIJO- 'What Is Going In The Country'.
New LP of avant-blues shamanism from Finland's Keijo Virtanen.
Based in Jyvaskyl Keijo has been active in the improvised experimental scene for decades- he is now in his 60s- but was only really discovered by the outside world following the release of a self titled CDR in 2003. Specialising at this time in drone music created with a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments with accompanying throat singing he surprised many people by embracing- in a very idiosyncratic fashion- a primal blues styling in the later part of that decade. (A book of his blues lyrics was recently published).
Singing predominantly in English he has a one of a kind phrasing and timbre to his voice. The songs are immediate and raw, accompanied by layered electric guitars, harmonica and frequently abstract percussion...
'What Is Going In The Country' takes something of a dayglo sidestep back into the psychedelic dronescapes of his earlier work. There are blues songs aplenty but also extended periods where his muse runs off into the forest and the music fractures as light through crystal and becomes very abstract indeed. Here is a sample video:



Limited numbered edition of 80 Lathe Cut LPs with colour insert and download post inclusive.

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FANZ- 'Zen Bones'.
Debut razzamataz from Wellington based psychedelic shaman freaks FANZ. 3 vocalists cum pedal-noise manipulators, South Korean performance artist Samin Son, ex-All Seeing Hand vocalist Noel Meek and Mischanceries Fergus Nelson Moores kick up an ecstatic squalling racket whilst percussionist Antony Milton gets all martial on drum kit and synth.
With weird hallucinatory chanting interludes amongst the spacey bleeps and the roar of broken amps the end result is something like a cross between The Skaters and The Futurians.

'Zen Bones' was recorded during a couple of sessions in April and May 2014. Edited, mixed and mastered by Antony Milton. Here is a sample video:



CDR in full colour gatefold sleeve post inclusive.

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CLAYPIPE- 'A Daylight Blessing' (MIE LP)
Released by London based label MIE, heres what they had to say:
MIE are delighted to be releasing 'A Daylight Blessing', the 7th record by Claypipe, the New Zealand noise/drone/pop duo of Antony Milton and Clayton Noone. The record is released in a run of 300 LPs, available on vinyl and digitally. The record has been mastered by James Plotkin and comes in silkscreen sleeve made out of recycled card.

"Clayton and I finally met in person back in 2001 when he came up to play a festival in Wellington and stayed at my house. We had been trading records for a year or so. It was inevitable that we would wind up recording together. I set up my 4 track on the lounge floor that afternoon and we recorded the 'Crescent' LP (PseudoArcana). We live 100s of miles apart and so our get togethers have been rare but when we are together we usually record. 'A Daylight Blessing' will be our 7th release.

We're an improvising project, sometimes noisy, sometimes droney but somehow playing in Claypipe draws a blissed out sunny pop sensibility from both our natures, something neither of us are particularly well known for in our other bands and projects. Its possible this is a direct response to nature itself- the Claypipe methodology frequently involves taking battery powered and acoustic instruments outside- to a grassy hillside, stream edge, or in the case of this record the sandhills by the beach down the road from Claytons place in Dunedin. There's a hippy utopianism present here that I think perhaps catches us both a little off guard. But it works and I know for myself that I'm reluctant to interrogate it too closely for fear of casting too much light on a fragile magic.

'A Daylight Blessing' was recorded over a few days in October 2010 whilst preparing for a gig supporting Richard Youngs. It was mixed and edited over the next few months in Christchurch where it gave welcome and happy distraction from the earthquakes and their aftershocks." - Antony Milton. January 3 2014.
Here is a short promo video :



Heavy vinyl LP in silkscreened recycled card cover.

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1/3 Octave Band- 'Ultramarine'
AHOY! Big news: We are super pleased to announce a new release from Bill Woods sublime 1/3 Octave Band project. Its been a while since we've heard from them and I'd assumed that Bill was too distracted by playing in Birdcatcher and the half dozen other outfits hes been spotted in around Wellington. But no- it turns out that Bill, and his occasional collaborator Jules Desmond, have been busy in some secret basement studio burning the midnight oil to produce what is perhaps the bands masterpiece to date.
The only word that I think does justice to Ultramarine is 'stately', although in its more ecstatic heights its gets kind of close to qualifying for 'grandeur' as well.. Really - Ultramarine is the sound of 2 blokes with electric guitars and a shitload of awesome pedals sitting down and constructing the modern equivilent of a Bach symphony or something.
There are field recordings and strangely homely electronic bleeps but its the sublime slow burning layers of guitar that pin you to your chair and leave you feeling somehow heightened. I can't recommend this album highly enough.
Here is a short video for one of the tracks:



Available as a super limited lathe cut LP or as a cheaper CDR (that is slightly longer play time) or in a combination of both. All options come with a download card.
Second pressing available now.

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Download version HERE And if you're particularly enthusiastic there are some shirts available HERE.




 

A.M- 'Dragonfly'
We have a limited number of the A.M album 'Dragonfly' available. Released by Irish label Trensmat- heres what they had to say:
From a distance, a dragonfly is a hypnotically beautiful and graceful creature but if one unexpectedly flew right into one's face, no doubt one would emit an unholy and undignified squeal. The listener's reaction to Dragonfly, the 2nd Trensmat long-player from NZ's primo human musical bubble machine Antony Milton, may well take a reverse path. From a distance there is terror and unholy squalling noise but, on closer inspection, there is beauty, grace, and, ok, some unholy squalling noise.
In opener Fake Union Of Uplifted Charlatans at least two whacked-out distorted solos trade licks (ably assisted upwards by distant spacey bleeps) while an elephantine and gloopy treated bassline trundles on, carrying its cosmic cargo with no little bemusement. The upbeat title track is built from the same stuff, though with a nervier, insectoid feel.
The following pair, Glassworld and Helioscope, bring you back to earth with a soft and successively woozy landing onto a fuzzy undergrowth of reverbed chords and throbs. But there is much to fear among the lush micro-greenery, as the predatory beasties of Eightoeight will attest - a hungry blind mass of globular bass larvae and mercilessly cutting high-end analogue pincers.
The incredible 13-minute closer True Believers blows what's left of the cobwebs off, both with an intensified blast of the preceding sonic firepower and a simultaneous warm mellow wave of goodness, given some structure by a scant muffled kick and a recurring snippet of soft descending keys before being eaten alive by a cacophonous industrial coda. The track's title has the suffix "(Live)" - though we do not know when, where, or for whom it was performed - but luckily we can all go back to that place and time via the modern wonder of the phonograph.
Hold on to your elongated abdomens for another thrilling bug-eyed flight of fancy around AM's audio garden!
Here is a compilation video skimming through the tracks:



Limited edition blue vinyl LP post included

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L$D Fundraiser- 'S/T'
Wolfskull member Dene Barnes has been making a big splash in the Dunedin free noise/guitar drone scene for the last year or so releasing a flurry of cassettes and cdrs and lathecuts on labels such as Heavy Space and Root Don Lonie for Cash.
This self titled 8" EP features three 4track compositions of tapey burble and skronk constructed from the sullen moans of grumpy guitar amps, weird bowed metal, home made electronics, and other -weirder- 'found sounds'.. Its all presented very 'dry' and is reminiscent to these old ears of the transfiguring glory days of 80's/90's tape labels.


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BIRDCATCHER- 'Prey'
Birdcatcher is the doom-noise-country drone duo of Bill Wood (1/3 Octave Band) and Antony Milton (A.M/ Mrtyu/ The Nether Dawn). Prey was recorded live to magnetic tape New Years Eve MMXIII/MMXIV and segues from doomy drone to noisy fist fights to strange ambient percussive rituals across its 30 minute duration. Sometimes blistering, sometimes blissful and pretty.
This is a super limited cassette release -17 copies only as that is the number of C30s we were able to secure. (Note that the bulk of the price is the postage on a single tape from NZ... Now $13!) Farewell to a strange dark year and greetings to another.
C30 cassette plus download. SOLD OUT.
CDR version available now.

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Birdcatcher Tshirts available HERE.




 

ANTONY MILTON- 'Southerly Front'. (Heavy Space Records 7")
Released on Clayton Noones Heavy Space Records 'Southerly Front' features 2 acoustic guitar improvisations recorded as a ferocious storm blows into town. The recordings were done on 3 different devices simultaneously, a high quality digital recorder, a moderate quality video camera and a truely terrible lo-fi mp3 player that was taped to the body of the guitar itself. I mixed and layered these 3 recordings over the next couple of hours.
Transparent record in transparent Heavy Space sleeve..
Here is one of the videos:



Available from Heavy Space Records or from me.
7" plus download. Post inclusive.

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PAINTINGS OF WINDOWS- 'Pororari River Mouth'.
Ostensibly an electroacoustic project Antony Milton's Paintings of Windows has always been explicitly about place, manipulating recordings of particular spaces - occasionally with instruments being played in the background but just as frequently using 'pure' field recordings- and manipulating these in order to draw out the remembered subjective emotional essence of those locations.
Whilst this essential modus operandi is retained 'Pororari River Mouth' represents a radical departure in terms of sonics and is far more explicitly musical than previous PoW releases. There has always been a meditative ethereal psychedelic character to PoW pieces but on this record one finds oneself in danger of drooling into their beard.
The location this time is Punakaiki, a small settlement on the wild West Coast of the South Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand, a place where crystalline limestone rivers drop from the mountains through rainforest to a ferocious rocky ocean. Milton spent a week here in April 2013 recording improvised chants and instrumental passages using battery operated synthesiser and sampler, these recordings were typically made at dusk as this seemed the time when the inspiration of the land/sea-scapes were at their most intense. The rush and whisper of ocean waves is perhaps the most dominant of voices here.
The record came with a 30 minute DVD featuring a film Milton made to go along with the music. Check samples here:







Limited edition lathe cut LP(and Peter Kings done a particularly good job on these ones) + DVD + Digital Download.
3rd and final pressing available now.

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THE NETHER DAWN- 'A Warm Dark Glow'.
Recorded back in 2009 'A Warm Dark Glow' is finally available. Caught up in the unfortunate demise of 2 separate record labels Takashi Masubuchi's Yogoh Records has stepped up and released what I (Antony Milton) personally think is perhaps the best ever Nether Dawn record.
A large part of this album was recorded during a session with composer and improvising violinist Chris Prosser in an abandoned underground military bunker in the hills of Wellington. These recordings form the shape of the record and everything else is hung from this improvised framework. I'm not sure if it was due to having Chris on-board but overall the resulting sound is perhaps as close to modern classical music as it is to the typical 'midnight drone blues' of previous Nether Dawn releases. Slow burning movements lull one into a lush reverie before the sparks start to fly and the feedback kicks in.
I made a video to help promote the CD that you can see here:



There is an extensive interview I did in relation to this record HERE.
CD in digipak cover. Post inclusive.

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DIALING IN- 'The Salt That Awaken Her'.
The latest release from Seattle's Reita Piecuch is a limited edition 8" lathe cut and DVD.
Dialing In specialises in super saturated dark psychedelic drones crafted from field recordings, voice and protesting electronics. Instruments are pushed way out into the lush fiery regions of 'the red', the result not so much 'noise' as fuzzy blissed out near death experience. Piecuch's aesthetic vision skates precariously close to the edge.
We'd long been impressed by the striking cover art Reita has produced for her previous releases (an LP on Music Fellowship and an earlier CD on PseudoArcana (see further down the list) and so were very excited when she started posting videos on her DialingInSounds youtube channel early in 2013. We were even more excited when Reita agreed to let us collate some of these for a DVD to accompany this record.
Her video work melds perfectly with her music, finding beauty at the very edge upon which the world itself decays, where consciousness disintegrates into a flicker of remembered images.
There is something Zen like in her celebration of this darkest of nexus points on the cycle of life and awareness.
Here is a promo video for the release:



And a video from the DVD itself:



8" record + DVD in oversize double folio package. Comes with download of all audio (record and dvd).
Limited to 65 copies only..

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Dialing In Tshirt available HERE.




 

THE FUTURIANS- 'Power/Reactor'.
Celebrating a decade of weirdo space punk high jinx New Zealands most exciting band buzz in to drop off a special delivery.
Power/Reactor is named for the awesome new tracks on this lathe cut 45rpm 7". The recording quality is surprisingly hi-fi (for a band thats always revelled in the glories of distortion and bootleg warp) and the songs themselves transcend the garage to set up in some sort of high electro space station.
The record itself is housed in a 16 page full colour book of artworks and collages by the band. Lodged inside the front cover is an additonal hour long DVD compiling music videos and live footage from 2003- 2013. The package comes with a download code for all audio on the record and the DVD.
Here is a promo video for the release:



Lathe Cut 7", DVD, Book and Download. SOLD OUT
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MAGNETIC LIPS-'Breakages in Writing/Nest' 7".
Spooky slo-mo hi-fi electroacoustic dreamings by UK ensemble Magnetic Lips. Group features Justin Wiggan (Dreams of Tall Buildings/Lipton Files), Lisa Lavery, Richard Whitelaw, Dion J Lay and Mike Armine.
Heres what Justin had to say:
"Magnetic Lips have never been in the same room together at the same time . They are Trapped coyotes in different cages communicating by passing notes to rival keepers.
The notes were passed for 4 years , what you hold is the first and second note . Keep it safe ."
More info here: http://magneticlips.tumblr.com/
Here is a short promo vid:



Lathe Cut 7".Limited Edition of 25 copies only. Includes download card.

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OMIT. -'Live Medussa 13 October 2012'
New Zealand underground home-made electronics and ambient music icon Clinton Williams has been crafting sublimely bleak dark soundscapes from the small town of Blenheim in the South Island since the 1980's.
Notoriously hermetic his first live shows didn't happen until the early 000's. He has never performed outside of New Zealand.
In October we were very privileged to have Omit to play in Wellington when he supported Heather Leigh (Murray) as part a concert organised by Altmusic NZ. He arrived- as is his style- with all his gear in an old backpack and broken suitcase. Omit has very kindly allowed PseudoArcana to upload the entire 50min performance to our bandcamp page. He has said he is interested in doing this as an experiment to see if anyone is actually interested in downloading his music and if they are then he will likely start his own bandcamp page so please show your interest! I know there are lots of Omit rarities we ourselves would like to attain this way...
Here is a video from the show:



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CJA-'Stand Heavy'.
A slew, a veritable avalanche of new and old material masquerading as an EP from Clayton Noone (Wolfskull/Futurians/Armpit/Claypipe/Root Don Lonie for Cash label ETC). This set includes a 10" lathe cut record, a 7" lathe cut record, a cdr of additional new and old material, AND a 16 page comic book...
The 10" of brand new material finds CJA in a contemplative mood, the songs are raw but quiet, stripped back but emotive. Clayton tells me that they were recorded during rare quiet moments he managed to secure for himself in the years following the birth of his daughter (who very kindly provides artwork for the cdr).
Perhaps best known for his murky distorted noise guitar this album is a completely different thing. CJA has an amazing and affecting voice, I think I can safely say they are the most beautiful pieces he has ever done, simple distant guitar and sometimes whispered, sometimes soaring vocals, but all imbued with that special CJA fidelity.
Here is a video CJA made for the opening track:



The material on the 7" and the cdr includes further songs in this vein as well as some squallier rockier pieces recorded live in various divey venues around NZ over the last decade. It contains something of a 'best of' of his song works, both solo and with various band line ups. The earliest material in the set dates from 1991, a tape collage of live noise and found sound. Listening back to these tracks I find myself amazed that CJA has so successfully managed to evade the limelight, his songs are strong and when he rocks he does it more convincingly than just about anyone I know.
10" lathe cut record, 7" lathe cut record, CDR and comic book. Set includes a download card for all the audio. Edition of 50.
SOLD OUT HERE.
Try Volcanic Tongue and Infinite Limits in the UK.
Eclipse Records in the US.
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A.M-'Black Night Burning' (Trensmat LP)
Completely sold out everywhere now I only have the download available. This is a pounding psychedelic swirling beast of a record- perhaps the most exciting (in a jumping up and down kind of way) record that has happened under the A.M moniker..
Heres what the label said:
"This is truly a 666-string assault however, and, over the course of 39 minutes, Mr. Milton's knackered speakers do the best they can, swinging blindly at the air while wheezing and coughing out the sonic sputum with the defiantly heroic vim of a de-fibrillated ex-heavyweight champ in his last few tragic seconds before the final K.O. But there's only one winner in this fight, and that is you, dear listener. The uber-grunge is all-enveloping; you are trapped in a dark alley, wedged in by metal dumpsters violently ablaze and stuffed full of discarded amps howling a chorus of feedback which peaks at the climax of track 'Dom. Bliss'. And bliss it is.
Something is bravely keeping check on the audio blast furnace - it could be a drum machine, it could be your exasperated neighbour beating on the floor above with a broom - it's hard to say. Regardless of where the rhythms are coming from one thing's for sure - apart from the sub-2min interlude of 'Spacer' there's a repulsive propulsive groove carrying the whole album along with a steady uptempo pulse. Head-nodding and fist-pumping would not be entirely inappropriate and, depending on what volume you can crank this to, possibly unavoidable.
True to it's title, it's dark and it's hot. Tune in - turn on - burn out!"
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MRTYU!-'Witchfucker' (Aurora Borealis LP/Casette)
In amongst the usual dark weirdo violent guitars and rocking black metal doomy angst Mrtyu dip their emaciated toes into the fermented fizzy depths of synth pulse and dark ambient. Its 'different'..- perhaps even verging on ))))pop(((( at times! Makes for an awesome record though. This manifestation of the Mrtyu family found its genesis in the following video with remix pop wanker 'Wisht':



And heres a more recent totally unrelated Mrtyu vid while we're at it:



I have 15 copies of this on vinyl, 10 on cassette. In terms of shipping if you are outside of Australasia it will probably be cheaper to get these from the label or a distributor, but get in fast- its super limited (155 LPs only).
Cassettes only now NZ$10 Get in touch for shipping costs.
Mrtyu T-shirts available HERE.





 

THE STUMPS. -'Brave New World' DVD.
The Stumps are back! Super heavy ecstatic psychedelic noise rock from Stephen Clover (seht), James Kirk and Antony Milton.
After a 2 year hiatus The Stumps returned to the studio to prepare for a run of shows including the Lines of Flight Festival in September 2012 for which they were asked to provide a film. Discovering that Stephen Clover had an extensive collection of Russian and Polish science fiction films Antony Milton decided to piece together something by re-videoing these- and old 1980s arcade games- and this is the result. 40mins of new music - amongst the best they've ever recorded alongside an exploding pulsating drifting shimmering colour flashing drone of a film.
Here is a short promo :




DVD with soundtrack download. NZ$18 post inclusive.


Audio only download available HERE




A.M- 'Rag Red Reverie'.
The precursor to the new A.M LP 'Black Night Burning' on Trensmat (some of which is actually constructed from outakes from this CD).
Full on over-the-top psychedelic noise guitar assault from Antony Miltons A.M project. With beats!
Eschewing the last vestiges of embarrassment at several years 'lost' to rave culture in the 1990s A.M channels the furious ecstasies of phasing tones and pounding beats through electric guitar lined red hot into an ancient tape recorder to produce a riff driven avant-party album... With its endless driving riffs and noise incursions ascending to ever higher levels of intensity the sudden free falls into sudden deep ambient bliss are like the first glimpses of dawn on a mountain top on acid..
All single take recordings. No overdubs.
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.

Sound samples and download version HERE




 

ANTONY MILTON. -'AM4HL'
Document of Antony Milton's trip to Dunedin to support Heather Leigh. The music was recorded on 16th October 2012 during practices and line checks for Heather Leigh support in Dunedin on the 18th.
The performance itself involved building a precarious sculpture out of contact miked rocks and sticks. When the rocks themselves collapsed the plan was to shift gear into a guitar and voice thing based on the lingering echo of the building of the sculpture, an abstract rhythm track...
These recordings mainly feature this final component of the idea.
For the event itself I made 16 cdrs with covers made out of corrugated cardboard onto which I drew designs and sketches during my trip to Dunedin. Half of these sold at the show and the remainder can be found for sale here. I also made a video about the process:



Limited edition of 16 hand drawn CDR covers. SOLD OUT- but you can still view covers HERE.

Audio samples and $4 DOWNLOAD version available HERE



 

PIPE AND DRUM MUSIC FROM BOLIVIA. LP
Pretty much as it says. Recorded by Antony Milton in 2009 Side A is from a 36 hour non-stop street fiesta in the village of Sorata in the High Andes, Side B was recorded at an overnight bacchal in a bamboo hut at the village of San Miguel del Bala in the Amazon basin. Aside from the use of pipes and drums the contrast in musical styles is as extreme as the difference in terrain and climate. The level of intoxication was comparable... Hyperventilating amateur musicians battle it out against each other and the vagaries of malfunctioning public address systems. Everybody dances.
Here is a short promo video:




Limited edition 50 lathe cut copies with liner notes and a download card with extra tracks.
SOLD OUT.
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BIRDCATCHER- 'Trees'.
This double C60 is the latest straight to tape single session outing for Birdcatcher, the lapsteel and banjo duo of Antony Milton and Bill Wood. On this release Birdcatcher take a dive into the underworld virtually eschewing the olde country resonances of their instruments to craft long pieces more akin to oppressive dark ambient kult musik than Appalachian freckles.
The mood heightens some over the course of the 4 sides to encompass even a melancholy melodic beauty at times but overall the mood remains dark and the sounds woozy.
Here is a perhaps not entirely representative video from a recent Birdcatcher live set...



Double cassette SOLD OUT
Swish new double CDR gatefold version:

Trees CDR set
Download version available HERE
Also keep an eye/ear out for the 'A Cloak For Fading Eyes' LP on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia soon...



 

KEIJO- Paint All Blue.
In recent times 60 year old Finnish outsider artist Keijo has moved away from the droning electronics and throat singing that first entranced the freak music scene and let his love of the blues come to the fore. To the untrained ear the resulting records will still no doubt sound very psychedelic and avant garde, guitar and vocals are right up front but the structures and backing instrumentation remains highly abstract.
It is Keijos voice that most captivates on these recent recordings, singing predominantly in a broken and improvised form of English he tells stories of light and dark with an honesty that hooks one through the heart. His vocal delivery is highly idiosyncratic, nobody sounds quite like him.
The easiest comparisons to Keijo for the uninitiated would be to point to Daniel Johnston and Jandek, but Keijo is as different from them as they are from each other. He is one of a kind.
Paint All Blue is an embaressment of riches, 95 minutes of music over spread over 3 different formats. This limited release of 50 copies features a 10 inch lathecut record packaged with a separate 50min CDR and a download card for a digital version of the 10" with an additional 22 mins of material.
SOLD OUT.
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w1Sht- 'Play'.
Debut long-player from Wellington based media brat w1Sht. The first ever 'electronic dance music' album on Pseudoarcana 'Play' is a selection of woozy remixes of 80s pop hits and bright and snappy original electronica. Why PseudoArcana? Well, because he has remixed an A.M as well as a Mrtyu track and I think the record is psychedelic and noisy and WEIRD enough to fit in well here. Its fun and has us jiggling in our chairs and tapping our toes. That can't be a bad thing right?
But perhaps the best way to get a handle on w1Sht is to check out his youtube channel, or to 'try before you buy' on his bandcamp page.
CDR NZ$18 post inclusive

Bandcamp download $3.50.HERE




 

HAMMEMIT-'The Ghastliere Morrowe' 8" EP
Hammemit is the ritualistic ambient alter-ego of English Black-Noise icon Emit. Turning away from the harsh abstract violence of that latter project Hammemit is a retreat deep into the shadow realm of olde religion and esoteric contemplation.
On 'The Ghastliere Morrowe' we get two 8 minute sides -cut into square plastic- that create a stark cold cavernous space whilst simultaneously wrapping one in a dark warm cloak like some protection against the dark.
Here is a short promo video:




Limited edition of 50 square 8" lathe cut copies. Comes with download card.
SOLD OUT. Download HERE




 

CLAY MAN IN THE WELL. -'Kupes Sail'.
An earlier Clay Man in the Well album put out on Peasent Magik that finally arrived after being lost by the US postal service for several months. Kupes Sail was recorded at Cape Pallisar on the Wairarapa Coast at the bottom of the North Island during 2 seperate holidays in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Theres quite a few songs on this one, but needless to say drones and general psychedelic excess are also features..
Label blurb:
"Latest edition to Antony Milton's immense discography. This was apparently recorded in two weekends on the coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It sounds more like Antony found some tapes buried somewhere in the rainforest of South America during a bicycle trip, licked some frogs, and jammed overtop of the primitive field recordings of Native Rituals contained within."
C60 Cassette. NZ$17 post inclusive.







 

SUPERBUGGER- 'Aku'.
Superbugger is the extreme volume dirty psychedelic 'noisyland' ROCK duo of Antony Milton and James Kirk, who are hereby proud to announce the release and availability of the first Superbugger long-player 'Aku'. Released by the Heart and Crossbone label and named for the amp featured on the cover Aku was recorded back in 2010 and is a rocker of epic proportions. Ridiculously distorted guitars pummel and squeal against pounding drums and broken vocals. The needle is in the red throughout -and the goal is always to soar 'beyond' via sheer psychedelic intensity- but there’s more than one mood simmering beneath the surface (noise) of this beast. 4 long tracks shift and evolve, surge and lull on a bed of 'wild snake charming' wah (thanks David Keenan) and feedback; a couple of short 'pop' songs race along and screech to a halt. The whole album was recorded in a single afternoon but it must have been one of the most productive afternoons of both of our lives.
Play it loud!



CD. SOLD OUT. Copies available from Heart and Crossbone label. Free download of the track 'Bus Girl' and album download version US$5 HERE




 

A Bad Suburb- 'A Walk Into Town'.
The South Island of New Zealand, and Dunedin in particular, has a legendary reputation for breeding weedy geeky woolly jersey wearing home recording outsider artists. The 1980's and 90's were a particularly golden era in NZ's underground art history, universities were graduating vast swathes of intellectual misfits into a generous welfare system that encouraged a creative lifestyle and paid well enough that it was no hardship to afford liquor or pot or other mind expanding substances. 4 track sales flourished, the Dead C and Surface of the Earth should have made the top 50.
A Bad Suburb represent a forgotten chapter in this history. Formed in Dunedin by Mark Williams (Marineville/Cookie Brooklyn/The Real Life Tragedies) and Mark Lightbourne in 1996 A Bad Suburb eschewed live performance in favour of hunkering down in their grotty flat with a beer and/or a smoke, guitars and broken amplifiers, out of tune piano's, jerry rigged drums and a tape recorder. With the benefit of hindsight it would be fair to say that this seems not the most original idea in the world, but how were the 'Marks' to know that Armpit were doing the very same thing around the corner or that my own band 'Street' were doing the same thing up the road?
But its not obscurity that makes 'A Walk Into Town' a special record, its the fact that it truely stands its ground and transcends its murky genesis and the tropes of the 4 track underground to shine as a beautiful piece of art. Many of the sounds will be familiar to everybody reading this- moaning guitar feedback, melancholy single finger piano lines, clumsy krautrock drumming- but it all somehow surprises, it all somehow seems new. It doesn't so much remind one of the surreal aesthetic wonder of 'getting' those obscure Xpressway records for the first time as make one feel that they've discovered a whole new thing.
'A Walk Into Town' was recorded between 1996 and 1998. This is the first time it has ever been released and PseudoArcana is proud to be the conduit.
Here is a video Cookie Brooklyn has made to accompany this release:


Extensive liner notes by Cookie Brooklyn.
Lathecut LP with download card. 2nd edition Sold OUT.
Download available from http://abadsuburb.bandcamp.com/



 

SUPERBUGGER- 'Kitty Fear'.
Recorded in November of 2011 'Kitty Fear' is a 27min EP treading a poppier path than 'Aku'. The extreme volume and total disregard for norms of fidelity remain but there is a higher quotient of song structure - and indeed vocals- on the 8 mainly short tracks of this release. All terms are relative though- think 'pop songs' seeking to transcend the mass of the sun via the glowing intensity of a quart of cactus juice.
30 of these come with a 5" lathecut record featuring a 2min track on each side.
We made a video for one of the, umm, less poppy tracks:



Limited edition of 30 copies CDR + 5inch lathe cut record SOLD OUT
Download version US$4 HERE



 

SUPERBUGGER- 'Honey Run'.
Released as one side of a split C60 (Wolfskull on the flip) on Root Don Lonie for Cash (who may still have copies) 'Honey Run' is the sister release to 'Kitty Fear' and has a mix of live recordings from 2010 and 'studio' recordings from December 2011. The live recordings are perhaps the most fucked up fidelity of any Superbugger yet but add to the charm of the record via their sheer crunched MMMMMMPPPHHHH! The rest of the tracks are ultra fooked rock and pop songs like this one:



I have no cassette copies left but you can find a download version for US$4 HERE





 

GMC/Antony Milton.- 'Splito'
Split label, split 7" of South American origin with one side by Argentinean pyschedelic noise guy GMC and the flip a song recorded by Antony Milton whilst in Bolivia.
GMC's side is all weird melodies and drones- Pumice guitar meeting several small furry animals playing with a pict, avant jazz horns and shmanic rattles.
Antony Milton presents a beautiful melancholy folksong played with genuine heartfelt sincerity on a crappy toy guitar. It lifts off at the end.
Here is a promo vid (with a short snippet of a live version of Antony's song videoed in Buenos Aires):

Limited edition of 30 x 7" lathe cut records with download code. SOLD OUT. Download HERE





 

Purple Pilgrims.- s/t 8"
Super-fuzzy psychedelic outsider dream pop from the ex-Christchurch now Hong Kong based sister duo of Clementine and Valentine Nixon.
I first experienced Purple Pilgrims live in a small Lyttelton club, sweet keening ethereal folk songs that made me want to cry run through a line of op-shop guitar effects and into a single tiny guitar amp that put up a brave warbling fight and never gave up its ghost. I was struck by their complete lack of artiface and served a welcome reminder that the simplest and most heartfelt of musics can move one to the depth of ones soul. It was a goose bump performance.
The same wide eyed simple magic is at work on these recordings, songs of light swirl tantilisingly from beneath an echoing vale of hiss and feedback and rumble as the small amp again retains its ghost.
Purple Pilgrims also work in the visual arts producing zines that are to drawing and collage what their tape recorder day dreams are to sound. (See their blog purplepilgrims.blogspot.com for examples)
The final recordings for this release were masterered by Brian Crook of The Renderers. Purple Pilgrims have produced this video to celebrate their debut release.

Limited edition of 50 x 8" lathe cut records with cut out sleeves and hand sewn 12 page zine.
SOLD OUT! Bandcamp download $3.50.HERE




 

Antony Milton & Anla Courtis.- 'Bronze Age Subway'
Recorded at Anla's apartment in Buenos Aires in December 2009 'Bronze Age Subway' is a mystic dreamy trip submerged in a warm bath of tape hiss. Listening to this sort of music makes your thoughts run sideways. Presented very much as it happened in the room with minimal editing it is full of surprises, chugging guitars and droning melodic organs work against each other to be finally married in some bright blaze of mystic glory; tin can violin and pounding drums attain odd tidal epiphanies.
Released as a sweet vinyl LP by Ikiusuus and Gold Soundz I have limited copies available.
Sold out. -copies available from Ikiusuus and Gold Soundz.



 

HI-ASOBI.- '3 Films'.
The very first DVD release for PseudoArcana features a selection of films Antony Milton created to accompany 3 tracks by his Christchurch based trio with David Khan and Peter Wright (for previous releases please see Peters 'Distant Bombs' label).
Using raw footage sourced from a youtube search for "historical New Zealand super 8 film" Milton has crafted together 51 minutes of super saturated day dreams and psychedelic visual hauntology to match the intense droning grandeur of Hi- Asobi's sonics. Ecstatic pirouetting aeroplanes dance above a landscape wherein can be discovered macarbe festivals and strange deities. Slowly shifting film stock colour fields morph into intense direct film geometric abstractions.

Below is a sample video compiling together segments from the different pieces on the DVD:



Packaged in a special silver card gatefold sleeve the DVD comes with an audio-only digital download card.
SOLD OUT. Bandcamp audio only download version HERE




 

CLAY MAN IN THE WELL. -'Brand New Palisade'.
Super blurry psychedelic drones and trip-bop swirl recorded in a deep wave of carpet whorl in February 2011 by Antony Milton in his Clay Man in the Well guise.
These are red-line direct to tape recordings created using banjo, sampler, synth and electronics during practices for a gig with Metal Rouge.
Immersive pseudo-eternal drone ragas crack apart to reveal weird pop broken songs and sweet bubbling melodies.
C46 Cassette. NZ$18 post inclusive.


CDR. NZ$18 post inclusive.

Sound samples and bandcamp download version HERE



 

Antony Milton- 'Pucullpa to Iquitos Riverboat Pop Manglings' (Dokuro Records)
Very excited to finally have some copies of this available- maybe my WEIRDEST EVER record... Many thanks to Dokuro Records!:
"This album was recorded upon the 'Gilmer IV', a cargo ship that carries stores and passengers along the Pucullpa and Amazon Rivers between the jungle cities of Pucullpa and Iquitos in Peru.
The basic methodology was to play over the top of a random selection of Peruvian pop songs (recorded off the radio in advance ) building up layers- including vocals- before finally deleting the original radio track.
There were a couple of interesting anomalies to this pattern, for eg one day the captain of Gilmer IV called into my cabin, a small old indigenous Amazonian guy in flip flops shorts and singlet (no gold braid here!). He was intrigued by my miniature electric guitar (I had bought this in a market in the highlands). He had never played guitar before but was keen to give it a go and did an epic noise solo for 20 minutes or so, laughing his head off. Unfortunately it only occurred to me to record this in the last minute or so. Another track was recorded with one of the other passengers onboard, a 'businessman' who was on his way to Iquitos. We became drinking buddies of a sort and he was really intrigued by what I was up to. One day he recorded me onto his cellphone and played that back to me and we came up with a piece that includes that and also him doing percussion (of a sort). This is the most ambient track on the disk..
That night he told me that he 'used to' work for Perus special police hunting down and 'disappearing' members of the Shining Path. He seemed quite distressed by his memories but it also occurred to me that as there was a violently oppressed insurgency of sorts currently happening down in this very region through which we were traveling that perhaps this was his real reason for being on the boat on his way to Iquitos. It was a very strange feeling to realize that I had recorded one of my favourite pieces with a member of a right wing death squad."
The artwork for the booklet is a selection of photo from a series of murals at the Iquitos zoo. These relate various local myths about the jungle, the river, and the spirits and demons that live there.
3"CDR in 10pg Full Colour booklet. NZ$18 post inclusive.





 

The Real Life Tragedies- 'Southern Loop'.
PseudoArcana first cassette release in 8 years - a deluxe double box set- is the debut from The Real Life Tragedies. Based around the core grouping of Antony Milton and Mark Williams (of Bad Statistics and Marineville etc) The Real Life Tragedies have a floating membership of various Wellington based music icons. These include Greg Cairns (King Loser, Sferic Experiment, The Renderers,The Verlaines etc), Jeremy Coubrough (Mandrake, Signer, Orchestra of Spheres) and Simon O'Rorke (Glory Fckn Sun). The music ranges from droning psyche to cosmic blues to motorik krautrock grooves. In fact the whole concept for the band and its output is largely based on a nostalgia for 80s mixtapes from various members collections. Overall the feel is relatively upbeat, almost 'pop' in fact, but with enough persistent psychedelic weirdness to draw in those who have perhaps withdrawn from the world to the depths of the mossy cave of the deep underground..
The 2 tapes in the box are ostensibly separate albums.. Tape One, entitled 'Passages', is essentially a drone record inspired by the very warehouse in which the recording sessions took place. Some years ago Greg Cairns, in a fit of perhaps over-excited folly, bid on and won an online auction for approx 100 electronic organs. Unable to find happy homes for all of these the remainder are now stored in this warehouse. The 2 sides of 'Passages' document improvisations (guitar/percussion/keyboards..) that interact with the sound of the taped-down key drones of as many of these organs as could be turned on without blowing the buildings power.
Tape Two, 'Winter Lamp', is much more varied. Side A starts off with an ecstatic rocking single chord freakout and finishes with a shimmering beautiful ensemble piece that reaches for the stars. Side B starts off traversing similar if slightly more psychedelic terrain before veering into a solid chunking no-wave funk piece before the set is closed with a hugely overdriven track that starts out sounding like Flies Inside the Sun but undergoes an explosive metamorphosing to become some sort of extreme-noise antipodean Endless Boogie..
We wish we were releasing this as a triple vinyl LP but PseudoArcana is in New Zealand and such things are simply too expensive to do from here.. And so instead we pulled out the stops to produce the very best cassette packaging that we could devise...
2 x C60 cassette packaged in special padded art-box with full colour art throughout.
Special Edition SOLD OUT. Download for $5 HERE




 

PAINTINGS OF WINDOWS. -'Plaza de Armas (Sonida de Sud America)'.
Released on UK based label Bunkland Records 'Plaza de Armas' is the latest outing for Antony Miltons PoW project. As with the previous works in this series, works from India, Pakistan and NZ, the album is based upon field recordings that have been subtly layered or treated so as to draw out the mood of pieces and to enhance the natural narrative flow of the album as a whole. Most times these treatments are imperceptable to the listener.
Recorded in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina much of the album favours distant sounds more reminiscent of day dreams over strident documentary recordings. The sounds of a vibrant but distant fiesta band drifts up a mountain valley on the wind, a childrens pipe band rehearse in a broken down church, frogs chirrup in a palpably warm dusk, an 80 year old woman sings a lullaby on a jungle boat.
Packaged in a gatefold recycled card sleeve the package includes a booklet of photos and writings as well as a 3" cdr containing a 20min video file (.wmv) of a film that Milton made about his journey.
Pro-pressed CDR and video 3". SOLD OUT. Bandcamp download version HERE




 

THE LOST DOMAIN. -'Northgate'.
Based in Brisbane, Australia, and active since 1990 The Lost Domain channel the spirit of Robert Johnston and Son House via the fucked with chops of Beefheart and the super psychedelic sonic maelstrom of the likes of Sandoz Lab Technicians.
Recorded way back in 2005 this had sat around neglected on a hard-drive for the last 5 years. Listening back to it in 2010 we realised it was a classic document of the band and decided to release it forthwith.
This album features much the same line up as the incredible 'Palace' CD, but with the rogue guest addition of Antony Milton on guitar and violin..

C46 Cassette. SOLD OUT.
Find bandcamp download version $5HERE




 

ANTONY MILTON. -'Letting Light Into Winter'.
Recorded in May 2010 'Letting Light' is a long EP of recordings that seek to investigate the resonant properties of acoustic string decay- in this instance guitar and piano. But thats not to say that this is some sort of dry electrocaoustic work; the pieces here whilst based on improvisations are melodic, 2 of them dense and shimmering and the rest sparse and gestural.
Perhaps my most nakedly hi-fi recordings to date I set out to record these instruments as warmly as I could and besides one 5 second burst of echo at one point and some layering on the tracks there are no effects used at all.
Recorded during a period of intermittant hospitalisation for a disease I picked up in Sth America these pieces were attempts to let some light into the long winter I was experiencing.
I think I can safely say that this is the most 'beautiful' record I have ever made.
CDR. NZ$18 post inclusive.


Sound samples and bandcamp download version HERE



 

ANTONY MILTON. -'Wreckers and Haters'.
Another lost record, much hyped at the time, but then shelved. This one from 2007/2008. Despite the title its actually a fairly buoyant sounding and at times blissed out POP record. Its that 'pop' aspect of it that had me somewhat confused about how exactly to go about releasing it and so its just wound up sitting on the shelf. I mean its all songs with hooks and choruses etc.. Some of it was kind of influenced by the saturated pop of Jesu and similar acts but really its an amalgam of my own songwriting with ALL of my pop influences and I spent months trying to make it sound as good as possible.
One thing that has made me feel vaguely uncomfortable about releasing it is the overt and nakedly angst ridden nature of the lyrics. I had set out to write an entire album about the state of eco-politics at the time (somewhere around the time of the inevitable backlash against what had looked like a possible green revolution (after Gores film etc)) and that’s what you get.. Haha. But don't let that put you off. I stand by the lyrics- for the most part- but I'm posting this here for the music more than to preach..
So shimmering guitars and big goofy bass lines and pop beats and hooks. Whats not to like?
Sound samples and bandcamp download version HERE
And I'm working on a special art edition cdr for the Luddite collectors..




 

Antony Milton.- 'Tapes Punakaiki'.
Recorded in Punakaiki, a small beach town on the wild and rugged West Coast of the Sth Island of New Zealand in 2006. I consider this one of my best albums. It was originally scheduled for CD release on a label that after several years of promising imminent release eventually folded a few months back.
This release was intended as the first in a new series devoted to a subjective documenting of various NZ landscapes, of which the Arthurs Pass based 'Summit is Fragile' LP was the 2nd installment. There are plans to record the next in the series next April in Central Otago. Tapes Punakaiki is a collection of songs, drone pieces and field recordings recorded in the bush and on the shore at Punakaiki over a one week period. It was recorded using 2 cassette walkmans and occasional loop tapes to enable live overdubbing 'in the field'.
This is a video for one of the tracks:

C54 Cassette. SOLD OUT Sound samples and bandcamp download version HERE




 

STREET- 'This is a Drug Town'.
The return of Street after an 8 year break during which Antony Milton and Greg Larking (of solo project 'Russell Street') lived on different islands in New Zealand. With Milton temporarily relocated to earthquake damaged Christchurch, and thus within spitting distance of Larkings home in the port town of Lyttelton, the opportunity to reform the band was too good to pass up.
Playing together since the mid-1990s Street really hit its stride around 2000 with a couple of releases on what was then a very young PseudoArcana (in fact one of these - "street=x" - was an Aquarius Records 'album of the month' and thus a key release in the overall development of the label). These releases were followed up by a release on Glenn Donaldsons Pink Skulls label "School of Religious Studies" which saw the sound of the band evolving out from what had been an exclusively harsh-noise (mainly electric violin and organ) project to encompass drones and even some song works.
'This is a Drug Town' (named for the somewhat grim and ugly hard drug culture of the South Islands largest city..) was recorded as a single piece on a late winter afternoon to 4 track tape with Larking playing synth and guitar and Milton on guitar, violin and bass. The otherworldly beauty and strangeness - the sheer variety of moods- of the resulting work caught them both by surpise. Over the course of 40 minutes the piece naturally evolves from cymbal washed drone to Can-like prog to beatific blissed out shoegaze shimmer and wooze and back again.
Given the special nature of this recording it was decided to release it as a lathe cut LP. These have come back sounding really fantastic but because lathes are mono and the stereo effects of the recordings were kind of special the LP comes with a CDR version to play on your stereo or transfer to your MP3 player.
Special Edition of 30 Lathecut LPs with CDR. SOLD OUT
CDR only version NZ$16 Post Inclusive.


Or download version HERE



 

ANTONY MILTON- 'Prelude to Street Musik'.
In no way related to the above release, but almost certain to get confused with it because of the title, is this small run cassette release by Antony Milton.
Having moved to Christchurch, Milton found himself unemployed and impoverished to the extent that he thought it may be neccesary to go busking to earn money for food. This tape documents the kind of music and sounds that he was thinking to take down to the local mall in an attempt to brainwash adults and children alike into throwing their life savings into his instrument case.
The instrument in question was a banjo played through computer speakers via a loop pedal. Tones are built up with ebow, the banjo skin drummed, layers of finger picking added to create a wide variety of pieces, from psyche improv to classic folk to drone.
This C60 comes packaged in a special art card slipcase containing a small book of ink drawings, one for each piece on the tape.
Limited Edition of 20 C60 book/cassettes.SOLD OUT.
Bandcamp download version HERE
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SUNKEN- 'NZ Eels' LP.
Latest release of seasick delirium from the duo of Stefan Neville (Pumice) and Antony Milton. Brought to you by our Metallic Rougey friends at the Emerald Cocoon label. Heres their blurb:
Sunken's previous two albums on Pseudo Arcana were long form chord-organ driven flights into the heart of the ecstatic blaring sun. Despite Antony Milton (The Nether Dawn, Glory Fckn Sun etc.) and Stefan Neville's (Pumice) lovecraftian attempts to posit Sunken as sea-shanties sung by sailors lost to Cthulhu at the bottom of the deepest darkest ocean, somehow their surging reed driven organs and vocal streams broadcast via cracked electronics seemed to suggest sailors breaking free of the weeds and swimming towards the light, and even, occasionally, breaking the surface. Their first vinyl release New Zealand Eels however, is a tentacle shot from the abyss to drag the sailors back down into the service of the lurker in the deep. Bleak, black and completely drowned, New Zealand Eels beams five submarine tracks from the lost to the lost through the milky darkness. With the vocal melodies pushed to the foreground and the instrumental origins of the music obscured as never before by damaged baby monitors, power starved dictaphones, tape saturation and spring reverb, Sunken are now finally, truly lost to the abyss. Two drowned sailors invite you to breathe in the water, forget about life on the surface and lay down with the kraken amidst the curling weeds.
"What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men." – H P Lovecraft
Edition of 300 with free digital download. Thick reverseboard sleeves with art by Stefan Neville.
SOLD OUT. Please try Emerald Cocoon label for copies.




 

SUPERBUGGER- 'small disk'.
Debut release for this Stumps offshoot of Antony Milton (guitar) and James Kirk (drums). Extremely distorted psyche rock that sounds like members of the Dead C getting into a back alley fist fight with Mainliner outside some dodgy fishermans bar in Greenland.
World weary vocals are buried somewhere in the mix below pummelling bass heavy riffage that sounds like its being sucked down into some black hole as the room mics implode.
Short sharp tracks with about the same fidelity as one would expect from a circa 1980s cellphone.
Gobsmacking.
3" CDR NZ$15 post inclusive. (3 copies remaining)


Download version HERE







A.M -'Yet Marvellous 'Stasis'/ 'Strata'.
'Strata' and 'Yet Marvellous Stasis' were two albums that were released in 2003 on the Norwegian Humbug label and Finnish Haamumaa labels respectively. They were both limited edition cdrs and due to their unavailibility PseudoArcana reissued them as a double CDR in 2005.
This download version comes with the artwork from this reissue and I have written notes on what I can remember about the source and content of each track..
Listening back to these albums now it strikes me how much the A.M project has changed. It was always intended as my experimental project but where as today A.M seems to be experimenting with beat driven and body oriented psychedelic noise in 2003 it was all about spirit. Strangely enough it seems that - at least in a spiritual sense- A.M has become more shallow since I moved away from my experiments with actual psychedelics. (Or perhaps thats not strange at all?)
All in all I find myself listening to these tracks now- only 8 years later- and feeling melancholy due to a sense that the holy fool is dead- youth has flown.
I'm excited by what I'm working on today, and happy with the way things have evolved, but conscious that something foggy and magical has been left behind.
I recently made a video for one of the tracks:

This was a special period and I remain very proud- and even surprised- by these recordings.
Bandcamp download HERE




 

CLAYPIPE/PONY PAYROLL BONES/BALDER- Split C90.
Side A is a full length album by Claypipe called 'For the Creek:Kaituna/Owhiro'.
Initially intended to be a CD on a Swedish label (that folded) and then a US label (that also folded) it finally makes its appearance here courtesy of our friends at Ikuisuus. I remember thinking this was one of our best things ever at the time we made it. There were shorter works by Pony Payroll Bones and Balder on the other side.
Bandcamp download soon.




 

PERALES/MILTON. -'Cuartos Azule'.
Scorching prepared guitar pieces recorded in Buenos Aires in November 2009. Ex-boxing coach Fernando Perales was one of the original Reynols and currently tours and plays regularly with his solo table guitar project Viva la Muerte. Antony Milton is a guitarist and sound artist from New Zealand perhaps best known for the gestural drone blues project The Nether Dawn.
Documenting a meeting of the concrete improv of Perales's steel-on-strings guitar and Miltons almost melodic drones this release discovers a sublime cohesion in both its moments of harsh noise and blissed out drone.
This cdr presents the highlights from a series of recording sessions and culminates with a 30 minute live session that took place at the opening of a gallery installation by Perales.
CDR. NZ$18 Post inclusive




 

Antony Milton. -San Miguel del Bala. DOWNLOAD
In September and October of 2009 Antony Milton spent 3 weeks working as a volunteer for the San Miguel del Bala community in the Bolivian jungle. His project for this time was to record a work representing the sound environment of this location, the sounds of the jungle and of the local village and its musicians.
This adventure involved a 3 day journey in dugout canoe up into the deep jungle of the Madidi National Park in order to record Howler Monkeys and other more exotic animals.
The final album is a filmic 35 minute suite of sounds and music.
Download HERE




MRTYU- Ornate Shroud LP. (Tipped Bowler/Faunnasabbatha).
I finally have some copies of this available for sale. Its not PseudoArcana but I thought I would put it at the top of this list anyway because its the most recent PseudoArcana related thing I have available. Recorded away back in 2006 it finds itself etched into 160 gram black vinyl and released in both France and the USA simultaneously.
Ornate Shroud finds Mrtyu taking an overtly black metal turn whilst trying to retain the sonic heaviness of old. There are more songs, and more melodies on this than previous Mrtyu albums. Personally I also think it contains some of the most supremely violent and dark sections yet released (though reviewers seem to insist on talking about its lurking beauty..- oh well...).
Some people describe it as a dark free folk album, others as an extreme noise record. Make up your own mind. To me its a Mrtyu record!
LIMITED TO 350 COPIES. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Housed in hand screened linen paper sleeves.
LP NZ$35 post inclusive.



 

CLAY MAN IN THE WELL. -'Boronia Basement Tapes'.
Antony Milton returned home from his year in Sth America to discover in his held mail a box containing 14 lathecut 7"s with no labels or information. Despite being mystified by this it was several months before he bought a new turntable and was able to discover what these contained.
On listening he suddenly recalled that some years previously he had sent some tracks to Nicolas from the Absurd label in Greece so as to make a limited edition 7" that was to be given away to guests at Nicolas's wedding. The contents of the mystery box were the personal copies that had been promised at that time but utterly forgotten about by Antony.
The music was recorded in Leighton Craigs basement in Brisbane, Australia during a 2006 tour. It sounds (especially on lathe..) like broken lo-fi Flying Nun popsongs and blues dubbed onto a micro-cassette by a psilocybic gnome. Or much like other Clay Man in the Well titles.. (See previous releases such as 'House of Dust and Wood and Light' (Digitalis) and 'Steps Towards Dusk' (Seedy R!).
Due to it being such a small edition that would be available Antony decided- 'Fuck it- I'll pull out the stops this time!' and decided to do an original one-off cover for each of the 14 copies. The unifying feature of these is that they all have transperent hand coloured patterns painted on the records themselves with windows cut in the covers so that they appear something like stain glass..
The package includes a cdr containing all the tracks from the session (because, well... it IS a lathe...) packaged in an artcard facsimile of the other records.
As there is only one of each design available a separate webpage was set up to facilitate the ordering of a particular record. You can find that and HERE.

Limited edition art 7" SOLD OUT. Bandcamp download reissue HERE






The Stumps. -'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 dominated by 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 more intense, far more noise, far more rock...
So here in its entirity is a Stumps show from 2007. Complete with fuck ups and off key vocals. A big fuckin psychedelic roar of a show that was recorded onto Ben Spier's walkman.
CDR NZ$18 post inclusive.




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 Milton (Nether Dawn etc) settled down for a long session of epic dark and heavy drone-manship. Utilising heavily processed lapsteel guitars and banjo Birdcatcher embark on a glacially paced expedition to the slow beating heart of the dark eyed uber-drone.
The textural complexity of these drones retain the evidence of their instrumental sources but are transformed into something that is perhaps closer to dark electronic ambient music than might be expected from these instruments; the timbre of the banjo and guitar more 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 to invoke monochrome visions and weird ecstacies...
Packaged in a 16pg art-book of images that seek to dispel any anthropomorphic tendency in ornithology. Birds are by definition inhumane; alien.
2xCDR packaged in 16pg book. NZ$22 post inclusive.

Bandcamp download HERE








GLORY FCKN 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 (gongs/percussion).
'Vision Scorched' collects together one studio track and two live pieces. These range through long form rumbling distorted deep space explorations (complete with supernova and the odd blackhole), intense yet ethereal harsh noise to close with a droning metaphysical raga-esque paean to the great cosmic inevitable of the collapse of the sun, And of light itself.
Glory Fckn Sun have been described as having a sound that is like a cross between Flies Inside the Sun and Keiji Haino.
The 1st edition of this release sold out in a matter of weeks and gained rave reviews. This 2nd edition is also limited. There are 250 copies.
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.




THE BAD STATISTICS.- 'Lucky Town Gone'.
On the follow up to last years debut "Static" LP ((Kr-aa-k)3) The Bad Statistics 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 Thebis Mutante (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 closest comparison I have been able to come up with is some sort of hybrid of The Birthday Party, Circle, and The Reynols.
If the debut LP were to be regarded as the Mission Statement of Bad Statistics Great Annual 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 Data.
Recorded onto degraded old cassette tape, "Lucky Town Gone" is a collection of mean-spirited practice room jams that sees the core four-piece of BAD STATISTICS further embracing the stoner doom drone rock that already defined large parts of "Static".
The seven tracks of "Lucky Town Gone" are again spearheaded by the abrasive, sense-eluding vocal emissions of Thebis Mutante. Critical response to Mutantes contributions on "Static" was deeply divided, and the new album is expected to further polarise opinions. Mutante is backed by Mark Williams (Marineville, Idle Suite, Cookie Brooklyn) on guitar, Justin Barr (Raskolnikovs, Users, Wrongdoings, Delaney Ghost Orchestra) on bass, and Johannes Contag (Jay Clarkson, Cloudboy, Sleepytime) on drums and production.
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.




Paper Wings.- 'Ash Field' CD. (PseudoArcana/Black Petal)
Paper Wings is the electric guitar duo of Australian Anthony Guerra and New Zealander Antony Milton.
Recorded in a small room on a winters day in Sydney in 2005 Paper Wings full-length debut drifts through beautiful bowed drones, tender melodic excursions and harsher sonic adventures. Four pieces that find these two guitarists at the top of their game.
(Paper Wings previously appeared on the Last Visible Dog compilation 'Crows of the World (Volume 1)' with the track "Horse Lattitudes'.Reviews said:
".. The real reason to pick this [compilation] up, though, is to hear Paper Wings' "Horse Lattitudes", an extended twin guitar dirge layered with whispered and 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, wringing every amplified note out of their instruments until the bones of the piece have been picked clean"
Edwin Pouncey, The Wire
"A masterclass in free improv that is even better at ear-splitting volume"
Simon Lewis, Terrascope.
CD in hand painted Japanese artpaper sleeve. CD NZ$16 post inclusive.





Seht.- '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 as an ingredient, a point of departure, Stephen Clover's Seht project distils drones to craft something very like a fine liquor.
'One Moment', the 35 minute first track on 'Dead Bees' is Clovers somnambulant ambient drone masterpiece. A famous insomniacs grand fantasy of sleep. Setting sail with the gentle sound of submerged bells one sinks deeper as lush rich tones gradually merge into a swell of dreamscape waves. Deeper still and one finds oneself glowing in a deep warm golden molasses that shimmers and sways until time somehow folds in upon itself and loses all meaning as 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 are surprises to follow is an understatement!
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.





SUNKEN.- '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 drown-ed 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 (Nether Dawn/A.M etc). Using a range of organs, sonar gear, live tapeloops, vocals and an unhealthy amount of submarine reverb they create a glorious droning pop noise. 'Eye Electric Organ, Brain Electric Nerve' follows on from their acclaimed self titled debut (also on PseudoArcana) and various compilation appearances.
You can read reviews and hear a sample from the album here .
CD NZ$18 post inclusive.




DIALING IN -'Cows In Lye'.
Dialing In is the ecstatic roaring psychedelic drone project of Seattle based sound artist Reita Piecuch. Utilising the natural acoustics of a series of reverberant spaces she weaves together super saturated soundscapes by recording in one environment, playing back in another, and then re-recording this recording playing back in yet another environment (etc..).
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" (electronic Tamboura). One track also features a long stream of consciousness vocal performance from avant-crooner 'Herb Diamante'..!
After a trek with recording gear through the caves, cathedrals and bunkers of Seattle these ingredients are transformed into huge and sublimely distorted quasi-melodic dreamscapes. The 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.






THE LOST DOMAIN -'Palace'.
Brisbane avant-blues practitioners The Lost Domain have been stalwarts of the Australian underground for nearly 20 years. Formed around the core duo of guitarist David MacKinnon and organist/vocalist Simon Ellaby they have released a consistently inspiring but all too rare trickle of cdr's and have only recently begun to get the attention that they deserve (via the "Sailor Home From the Sea" CD (Broken Face/Digitalis 2004 (who incidentally promise a follow up "White Man at the Door" 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 is something like a gritty cross between the spacious psychedelic ambient improv noise of New Zealand's Sandoz Lab Technicians, and the weirder swampier blues-stomp of Captain Beefheart.
'Palace' presents a remarkably restrained series of subtle movements and moods that were recorded over a few weekends in the ballroom of 'The Pink Palace', an old and virtually 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 plaintive feedbacking 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 whole band once more drifts away into the ether. CD NZ$18 post inclusive.




ANTONY MILTON. -'The End of This Short Road'.
Released on the Deserted Village label in 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 solo projects. It's a collection of short songs with insistent violin orbiting stark acoustic guitars. 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 notes here.
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).






The Nether Dawn. -'Outer Dark'. (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon CD)
Thought this was sold out but I just found another small box. Moody midnight psychy drone blues. The follow up album to 'Whisky Mute Down' this album has been released by Celebrate Psi Phenomenon who have this to say:
"Filthy, ragged, drone-damage from Antony Milton, the mastermind behind the insanely credible Pseudoarcana label, and recently crowned third member of Black Boned Angel. Crackle and smoldering fuzz turn over and over on itself at ever more terrifying pace until everything within its gravitational grasp begins to smell of burning plastic. Frightening, 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 future of rock. The future of goddamn everything!" CD. NZ$16 post inclusive.





PETER WRIGHT. 'Yellow Horizon'.
New Zealand guitarist and sound-artist Peter Wrights back catalogue stretches to something 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 Beauty 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 homeland.
Wrights guitar craft opens vistas that are as contemplative as they are emotionally engaging. Periods of preperatory silence awaken into long slow shifting drones; layered '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. There are glaciers as well as sunburnt plains.
LAST COPIES CD. NZ$18 post inclucive.



A.M -'Tour Disk 2006'.
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 somehow forgot 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 keyboards.
Its a nice record. The last track is more of a noise-rocker..
CDR. NZ$18 post inclusive.





Sunken. "untitled".
Sunken is the duo of Stefan (Pumice) Neville and Antony Milton. Their debut release features longplayer drones built from the interplay between 2 reed organs (and various gadgets- tapeloops, intercom, contact mics). The end result is an ecstatically transcendent and strangely luminous hour of music...
CDR. NZ$18 post inclusive.
Bandcamp download $5.HERE


The Stumps.- 'If I Gave You Some Concrete Slippers Would You Wear Them When You Jump Off The Pier?'.
Atmospheric reverb rock swell and sprawl. Deep space exploration from James Kirk (percussion), Stephen Clover(bass), and Antony Milton (guitar). Recorded 'live' in Wellingtons biggest garage.
3" CDR. SOLD OUT- bandcamp edition soon.

Paintings 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 'trad' instruments, are manipulated and shaped using basic software to produce a peaceful, minimal, and warm electronica. The source tapes for 'Canvas' were recorded in a tent at Paikakariki during midnight showers and summer dawns.
3" CDR. bandcamp download version HERE

(p.o.w)- 'Northwest Frontier Province'.
Always on the lookout for new controversies the P.A. catalogue veers off into cultural 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 1999 these 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 experience rather than detract. (Subtitled 'how I came to love Islam').
3" CDR NZ$15 post inclusive.


The Stumps. -'Exigence'.
Previously released on US cassette label Ladygarden this gets a reissue here.
Probably my own favourite Stumps release so far Exigence gathers together scorching loud live recordings and weird droney studio pieces to make a devils potion of a dark brew.
Think coffee infused with mescalin. Dayglo vista viewed through a tunnel of reverb.
The Stumps are Stephen Clover (seht) on bass and synth, James Kirk (Sandoz Lab Techs/Black Boned Angel) on Drums, and Antony Milton on guitar and electronics.
With wonderful art by Yunico Uchiyama.
CDR NZ$18 post inclusive.



A.M- 'Episteme'.
Reissue of the 2002 album originally released on Peter Wrights Apoplexy imprint. Definately one of the best A.M albums to date!
CDR NZ$18 post inclusive.

MRTYU! -'Blood Tantra' (20 Buck Spin 2cd)
Double CD reissue of 2 out of prints cdrs from Antony Miltons Mrtyu project. Dense heavy drones and uber-metal darkness. Exploring the dark side of his psyche these recordings represent some of the noisiest and most intensely violent of Miltons recordings to date..
2CD NZ$20 post inclusive.

Swagger Jack- 'The Feral Blood of Swagger Jack -A Compendium.'. (Last Visible Dog CD)
Veering between abstract 'folk-noise', hillbilly thrash and some of the most finely crafted and poignant pop songs of his career,'Feral Blood' brings together the best tracks from Swagger Jacks various solo cdrs on Wire Bridge.
Join him as he wends his lonely way around the backroads and 'rest-areas' (picnic spots 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 4-track. Sometimes ecstatic, sometimes meditative, but always, well, 'textured' and original. All acoustic rattle-'n-roll; happy, sad, poignant; and downright nasty if you rub him up the right way.
(Swagger Jack is an alter-ego of Antony Milton).
CD NZ$15 post inclusive. (No jewel case)

Antony Milton.- 'Sirens'. (Last Visible Dog CD)
I have copies of this compilation of 2 earlier cassette releases (from 1997/98) available. Chris Moon says:
An essential CD for those into the outsider NZ 'pop' scene--you know, the one that includes 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 label Bruce Russell ran back in the day) you should know what to expect here. That SHOULD translate for most of you as: Really fucking great. Buy now. Add to cart. Etc. But not everyone thinks like I do. Milton's music comes just half a decade too late to be part of the classic Xpressway sound, but it is totally there. In my world this is what pop music would sound like!
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 noise/song assemblages that are reminiscent of Virgin-era Faust, Siloah and Ghost at their most washed-out. (David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue).
When i first heard the name, 'clay man in the well,' i got images in my head of 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 formaldahyde, preserving them for a million years. This is timeless. This is music for the archives.
cdr NZ$18 post inclusive.





Antony 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 record.
The plains were foggy on the drive up toward the mountains but it was sunny in the high reaches as we arrived at the small cabin we had rented. That evening it snowed and we actually saw very little sun for the rest of our time there. This didn't stop us exploring 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, song sketches, ecstatic drone pieces and gestural constructions stitched together with short banjo ragas composed over this period. A rendering of the feelings of a place in time that now seems more an impossible dream than a reality. I consider it one of my very best works to date."

This is an ultra limited edition of 40 copies only that comes packaged in covers 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 and Maurizio 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 subjectively experienced universe.
This record is far less electr(on)ic than some of their pieces. Driven largely by plaintive 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 triangular sleeves.
SOLD OUT.