Friday, 30 December 2016

Davenport Family 'At the Foot of Zodiac Mountain'

Davenport in full spirit-summoning mood, captured perfectly in this deep half hour cut. Clattering drums, howls and shrieks throughout. Seeing Clay Ruby as Burial Hex the other month was eye opening as to how far he has moved from this sound, so relish the artefact.

Nb: Only TWO of our whole batch offer available due to varying stock! Grab here

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Entire Cellar 2016 Batch for £12

Help us to celebrate the end of our first run by picking up all our tapes on offer.
All six releases CLR01-06 for just £12 + postage.
Available until 2/1/17
Thanks for your support so far!

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Haruomi Husono 'Cochin Moon'

Cochin Moon is a one-off imaginary soundtrack showing Husono at his most experimental. Strays far from the bouncy, tuneful electronic melodies he is renowned for. The credits mention a guest appearance from fellow YMO-member, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Think synthesisers trying to tune themselves in tropical temperatures.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Clime 'Two Crests'

Things are slowing down for the holidays, so this is a link provided by Space Slave, who have kindly uploaded their sold-out discography for everyone. This came from an amazing batch in 2013, Two Crests being a particular highlight. The sprawling 44-minute-a-side cassette is a slab of drone that will draw you up and in, before you know it you're gone.
Highest recommendation. Enjoy.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Charles Ives 'A Set of Pieces'

This is our favourite Ives compilation, bringing together two a number of his chamber works. They are the perfect introduction to Ives' work if you haven't heard him before, and a wonderful edition if you are familiar. 
Much less grand than his symphonic works, and less overtly dissonant than some of his piano works, this sits in the perfect middle ground beyond America folklore-ist and general Modernist weirdo.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Voder Deth Squad '1'

Incredible slab of drone from Stunned Records in 2011. Synthesiser fuelled hypnosis over two sides. Hugely enjoyable. Part of an excellent batch that came from this label way back when, long since sold out. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Lamborghini Crystal 'Alien Microwave'

Some more Ferraro from the earlier years. About the time that he started actively taking an interest in how the future would look if the consumer-electronics obsessed 1980s continually threw up on itself.

It's slow season at Cellar, but expect new releases in January. You can still grab all our previous cassettes here.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Skaters 'Physicalities Of The Sensibilites Of Ingrediential Strairways'

An LP from The Skaters in 2008, when they were at the height of their pseudo-spiritual alternate dimenion channelling phase. More fuzzed out and buried than usual. This is a re-post from the old Surreal Applications page.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

La Monte Young 'The Well Tuned Piano'

Young's gargantuan piano composition, lasting more than 5 hours, is something of a patience tester. However, give it the time it needs and you will discover inside it's many aspects a world of new harmonies and sounds. If you've got some serious paper sorting to do or plan on reading for a l o n g time, stick this one and see where it takes you.
This is a great recording, however the (much shorter) version from Day of Gammadon has a particularly great tone to the piano. This one is far less percussive.

I remember having to listen to this for A Level music at school. We didn't know how lucky we were. 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

This month on CELLAR: Wim Dehaen & Erik Von Daniken

Available to order now, two of our latest additions.
Wim Dehaen 'Pardubicean.wav'
UFO-like rumblings that flutter between the unsettling and the strangely welcoming.
Warm and dark with an uncanny sense of the familiar.

Erik Von Daniken 'Remember Crespi'
Echoes of old, partially forgotten harmonies that are humanistic, inviting and soft to the touch. Just out of your grasp, but close enough to bathe in the radiance.

Order here or message us directly on Soundcloud/Facebook
Handnumbered editions of 10 with handmade inserts in clear library cases.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Horticultural Compass 'Apparition of Bees'

This unlikely, one off CDr from 2005 was one of the first drone pieces I ever heard. There is still very little information available on this, aside from that it comes from the legendary Jewelled Antler collective during the height of their forest-dwelling drone activity. Solid album for those who like their drone a little bit more earthen.

If you know more about this Cdr, please leave a comment below.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Pans Als Allgott Saturnia, 1977 (James Ferraro)

Before James Ferraro predicted vaporwave or starting listening to chopped-and-screwed hip hop, he made occult-inspired cassette tapes that sounded like a lost, sunken sound artefact from another, ancient place. This is one of those artefacts. Of the muddiest Ferraro recordings during the best period of Skaters-related projects.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Curlew 'North America' 1986

Curlew were an avant-garde jazz outfit that previously hosted the likes of Bill Laswell and Fred Frith. I always preferred them to the Lounge Lizards, who were more funk inflected than these noise-partial skronkniks. Alongside Mercury this is one of their best. 

N. America

Friday, 25 November 2016

Eddy Detroit & King Heathen 'The Philosopher's Journey'

When I first listened to Detroit's 'Immortal Gods' I became briefly obsessed with tracking down his other records. Something about his brand of stripped down pseudo-occult rock hooked me bad. I found this near-impossible to find record and a rare interview he gave with Muckraker magazine back in the 90s, that I will post up if I can find it in my old bedroom.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sense Data 'Organic Architecture'

Debut work from Sense Data soon on Cellar. 
Think analogue synth takes a trip to the underworld and back.
Space exploration in more ways than one.
Out on CDr and Cassette this December.

Wolf Eyes '02.08.14'

This was recorded live at Cafe OTO in London, an unusual venue for Wolf Eyes. If you go/have been there regularly, you will remember this as perhaps the only time that a mosh pit has ever occurred. 
It's a great performance which catches them doing more of their song-structured pieces.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Grass Magic 'Self Titled'

Ever think you would see Clay Ruby and James Ferraro in the same group? Me neither, but it happened. Here is another re-upload from the old Surreal Applications blog, for those who missed this record back in 2008. Blown out, abstract drones as you might imagine.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Monopoly Child Star Searchers 'This Year in Coconuts'

It still amazes me how far one artist has managed to make the SK-5 work so hard for their music. I have uniformally come to love everything that Spencer Clark releases and this is no exception. This tape was originally issued during the 2011 'Ship Happens' tour. 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Sachiko 'You Never Atone For...'

Ex-Overhang Party member makes excellent noise/drone. Vocal based exercises in space and texture that makes a nice change to your usual wall-of-noise harshness. 

Sun City Girls 'Pelican 92'

This is another re-upload from the old Surreal Applications blog. If there is anything there that you would like to see again please leave a comment.
Pelican 92 was recorded live in various US venues. It shows SCG at their improvisatory best and often in a (rarely) tuneful mood. There is also something about the recording quality that is undeniably SCG. Includes a cover of Eddy Detroit's Immortal Gods (!).

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Zdeněk Liška 'Marketa Lazarova'

Stunning soundtrack to Czech cinema milestone Marketa Lazarova. A film adapted from the original novel by Vladislav Vančura. It is a startlingly different interpretation and well worth the watch. Zdenek composed hundreds of soundtracks during his lifetime, and indeed most Czech filmmakers during this period seem to have turned to him for music. This however is certainly a standout, perhaps alongside his musique concrete pieces for sci-fi classic Ikarie X-B.

John Zorn 'Impressions of Africa'

Killer improvisation from a one off Zorn lineup in 1984, live at Sound Unity Festival in NYC.
Unsure whether this was released as a physical bootleg, but it did the rounds many years back on some of the best underground music places.
Duckcalls, skronk, and all his usual calling cards for you to revel in.

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