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Coming Soon -

1. High Mountain Tempel - Gnosis (Secret Investigations Into Obtaining Life)
1. Processional (An Invocation to Thee Angel Sister)
2. The Wormwood Parchments (Navigating by Cameron's Star)
3. Once Upon a Golden Mountain (Yodmother Isis and the Mount Washington Working)
w/ vocals by Isis Aquarian and piano by Charles Curtis
4. Root Food, Deer-Mating (Moon Psalm)
w/ bowed guitar
by Makoto Kawabata
5. Vu Lan Ghost (A Solemn Sharing) w/ synthesizer by Hiroshi Higashi

2. Tenniscoats and Maquiladora - Healthy in California

3. Maquiladora


MP3s

Raagnagrok - HJD
Beggars - Will We Call It Love
Maquiladora - Termez 1936
Maquiladora - Song 26
Buzz or Howl - Sendhe Mortu Chin Rigore
Earthling Tempel - Celestial Inhabitants of the Sun
Buzz or Howl - The Sins Of The Flower Are Visited On The Shunned
Maquiladora - Light of the Rain
High Mountain Tempel - The Ascended Master (Hang Gliding in Heaven)
High Mountain Tempel - Fluctuat Nec Mergitur
High Mountain Tempel - Tempel Walk
Buzz or Howl - 05 Oct 05
Buzz or Howl - Sun as the Destroyer of Dreams
Live version at the Make Room SF 2005
Maquiladora - In This Life
Maquiladora - Simply to See You
Maquiladora with Kawabata Makoto
- Nampasen
Maquiladora - Drunk and Lighting Fires (A Waltz)
Maquiladora - Ritual of Hearts
Maquiladora - Ankle
Maquiladora - Mayday
Loraine - Pasqually Old Pasqually

Beggars - S/T
by Pierro Scaruffi

Maquiladora's Eric Nielsen and Bruce McKenzie joined forces with Skygreen Leopards' Glenn Donaldson to form Beggars, whose double-disc Beggars (Lotushouse, 2013) is a tour de force of ecstatic Eastern-influenced freak-folk. Mostly these pieces lean towards the traditional song format, although inevitably deformed by the musicians' pedigrees.

The ghostly hyper-dilated drones of Ghost Coyote are imbued with quasi-Morricone western-movie guitar twang and even harmonica. The sweet lullaby and the trotting pace of Eureka My Love as well as the romantic honky-tonking Justine (with a refrain a bit reminiscent of Dylan's Blowing in the Wind) hark back to the heydays of country-rock. 2-3-74 Floating evokes the martial laments of the young Neil Young although diluted amid discordant guitar jamming and lulled by waves of funereal vocal harmonies. Berserker's Boogie is a lively and poppy almost-bluegrass tune. They even intone the singalong Queen Anne's Lace with drums, banjo and all.

Thankfully, the spaced-out yodeling of Lullaby de Bourbon (memories of Aoxomoxoa-era Grateful Dead), the free-form quasi-jazz guitar and vocal interplay of Will We Call It Love, the seven-minute dreaming psalm Big Pink Sun and its sublimely disintegrating coda, remind us of what Maquiladora are best at. The 23-minute Midget Decapitates Clownis an ambitious concerto for suspense and agony. Far from being just a droning piece, it piles up sonic event after sonic event, producing the trancey effect out of a multitude of traumatic sounds. The chirping and tweeting that accumulates half-way into the piece decays into a nervous organic filigree and dies away in the most cryptic manner; one of the high points of Maquiladora's career.


Beggars - S/T
by Naysayer at KFJC

Released from Lotus House Records, this is psych country/psych folk territory. Heavy on acoustic guitar with background mandolin, organ and lots of harmonies, these songs are about lost relationships, missed chances and old secrets. They sound like they should be sung around the fire pit outside an old shack in Topanga Canyon. Dusty, weedy, afternoon sunlight that blurs the vision. Turn it on, kick back and look directly into the sun. Track 5 of CD B is a 22 minute deep listening style excursion.

Earthling Tempel - Pilgrimage To Thunderbolt Pagoda
by Aquarius Records

Not sure if this is part 4, or just the first in a new multi part epic, hardly matters, what does matter is, this is another glorious expansive collection of meditative psychedelic abstract dronefolk ambience. Every High Mountain Tempel disc we're reviewed thus far has gotten played to death here, and this one doesn't appear to be any different. Well, at least in that respect. In one distinct way it is very different, HMT are not going it alone this time. They've assembled a pretty impressive collection of sonic alchemists and musical conjurers to help with this ritual, Isis Aquarian from the Source Family, Charles Curtis from La Monte Young's Just Alap Raga Ensemble, and two crews from the UK we've never heard of, Earthling Society and Astarism, but even with all those cooks in the kitchen, HMT and friends have managed to weave another dark minimal masterpiece, all hushed barely there guitar shimmer, drifting whispered vocals, delicate crystalline melodies, dense swirls of piano, warm swells of tape hiss, mysterious voices and field recordings, whirring organ, bowed steel strings... so lovely.

If the liner notes are to be believed, two of the tracks feature Earthling Society on their own, and those tracks do sound different, much less free and sprawling, a bit more structured, like seventies UK acid folk, swirling and melodic and quite lovely. The final two tracks find the two groups in full on collaborative mode, and the gears shift to something much more space rocky and Hawkwindy, all blissed out and heart-of-the-sun, until the final track which is a strummy, delicate, moody chill out closer, a sort of dour doom folk drift, that makes a perfect ending.

Super nice packaging, silkscreened oversized 4 panel sleeve, white on black, with the cd-r affixed to the inside. And of course, SUPER LIMITED!

High Mountain Tempel - The Glass Bead Game by Aquarius Records

Part three in the ongoing series of limited cd-r explorations from mysterious drone combo High Mountain Tempel, and like the two before it, the band continue to delve into some murky sonic underworld, again presenting loooong songs, each separated by brief sonic interludes, this disc seems feature more actual vocals, the opening track features a processed voice, that sounds a bit like throat singing, or a Speak And Spell, intoning some arcane message, interwoven with long drawn out tones, and a thick ropy buzz, super dark and intense and atmospheric. Elsewhere sampled voices surface, there are bits of chanting here and there, all peppered throughout the disc. But even with the extra voices, the focus here is still on dark, lugubrious, extended dronescapes.

The sound of High Mountain Tempel is probably closest to Expo '70, as their various permutations of dronemusic seem to have a definite krautrock vibe, that gives the sound a sort of spaced out quality, and a subtle propulsion, but unlike Expo '70, HMT seem to have a distinct Eastern influence, much of the music is meditative and subtly dramatic, a bit soundtracky, and some of it sounds like it could be Japanese. Especially the way field recordings are incorporated into the sounds. Giving everything a definite texture, some of it sounding like it was perhaps recorded live in some hilltop temple. Which we would imagine is the idea.

Not sure what else to say actually. This is indeed fantastic, brooding and malefic, but also shimmery and dreamy, sonically it has much in common with the first two installments, so definitely check out those reviews to read more about their 'sound'.

Needless to say, fans of the drone and folks into the current crop of cd-r soundscapers will for sure dig this, but like the other HMT discs, this is more than simple drone music, this is ritualistic alchemical soundwork, one can almost imagine stumbling across a group of cloaked figures huddled around a fire in a forest clearing, tossing various powders into the flames, causing the fire to change color and cast beastlike shadows on the branches above, and this is the sound filtering through the forest like a black moonlit fog...
SUPER LIMITED of course, packaged beautifully in a foldover silkscreened sleeve, gold metallic on red on the outside, black on red on the inside.

High Mountain Tempel - A Screaming Comes Across The Sky - The Faultline Scriptures
by Aquarius Records

Record number two from this mysterious drone-kraut styled duo. Their last disc was a huge hit around here, so we were pretty thrilled to get our hands on this one, a logical sonic extension of the first, delving deeper into some murky tripped out twilit soundworld.
The disc opens with shimmering clouds of gongs and cymbals, whirring and sizzling, suspended over a deep distant rumble, a delicate intro to a record at once hypnotic and lovely, dark and dense.

The record is arranged into three epic tracks, interspersed with short sonic interludes, ranging from field recordings of crickets, looped chants (Elizabeth Clare Prophet if we're not mistaken), spirituals and mysterious liturgical songs, whirring drones, and backwards percussion, but it's the long tracks where the duo get to spread out, let their dense soundscapes sprawl.

The three long tracks sounds like movements of a greater whole, clocking in at 15 minutes, 11 minutes and nearly 17 minutes respectively, each rife with creepy delayed vocals, churning guitars and smeared chords, roiling muddy whirls, which often dissipate leaving streaks of fragmented melody and haunting slowed down voices. Buried amidst the drones and whirs, are lullaby-like melodies, skittery percussion, streaks of grinding distortion, hidden voices, more field recordings, thick swaths of cavernous rumbles, little bits of electronic glitch and lots and lots of low end buzz.

Packaged in a fancy navy blue fold over sleeve, screenprinted in white ink, with a photocopied insert with liner notes and song credits.

LIMITED TO 150 COPIES! Each one hand numbered.

Lotus House Family
Players
Isis Aquarian
The Asterism
Phil Beaumont
Keith Boyd
Max Bristol
Cotton Casino
Jason Crane
Charles Curtis
Morgan Doctor
Glenn Donaldson
Siobahn Dixon
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Hiroshi Higashi
Pall Jenkins
Makoto Kawabata
Zali Krishna
Fred Laird
Matt Luem - Lyrics
Bruce McKenzie
Tobias Nathaniel
Eric Nielsen
Dylan Nielsen
Krista Nielsen
Mark P
ilkington
Joe Plummer
Andrew Rosales
Saya
George Sluppick
Steven Smith
Takashi Ueno

Bands
Earthling Society

High Mountain Tempel
Peckinpah
Raagnagrok
Tenniscoats

Buzz or Howl
Maquiladora
Loraine

Labels
Bang!
Darla
Acid Mothers Temple
Jonson Family
Better Looking
Acuarela
Standard
El Despacho
La Musica
Dustbowl
Tectonic
Land Speed
Earworm

Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Art
Otis Barthoulameu

Marty Brumbach
Leila Dear
Makoto Kawabata
Austin Lynn
Asahito Nanjo
Daniel O’Sullivan
Rafter Roberts
Senkay
Yoshida Tatsuya
Kenseth Thibideau

Raagnagrok Reviews


Occultism in the oughts is going a bit off the rails. Psychonauts are mixing their DMT with chaos magick and conjuring Lovecraftian elder gods (all three activities that Lovecraft would have likely despised). Ancient alien theories are making a comeback and Satanists are trying to get statues placed in city halls. All of this is well and good. Anything that continues to perpetuate the weird is okay in my book, but does it all have to be so artless? Thankfully there are islands where folks are using these ideas and images to actually create something, to reflect on the human experience, to deepen our relationship to myth and metaphor. It doesn't matter if you are an arch-druid or a Christian; If you are literalising myth, you are doing damage. So when something like Raagnagrok's Man Woman Birth Death Infinity comes along – an album that finds a group of musicians knowing how to be both playful and artful while grooving on an occult wavelength – it is worth taking special note.

According the liner notes for the album, the music is a result of a Quartermass-like experiment with a strange stone or gem that responds when subjected to "broad and narrow range frequencies in Pythagorean clusters". The resulting sounds are the supposed foundation for the musicians Mark Pilkington and Zali Krisha to craft an album around. There is nothing like a mysterious artifact at the center of an album to inspire a listening that is reminiscent of what it was like in the 1960s and 1970s when we pored over our albums looking for clues to some esoteric knowledge. It is the rumors of Paul McCartney's death, the obelisk on Led Zeppelin's Presence, the hidden occult wisdom in Roger Dean's artwork. But more than that, it is the pop culture that all this inspired and was inspired by, from aliens to Dungeons & Dragons, the Necronomicon to Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. But never minding all of that and how well Raagnagrok play in that sandbox, the music stands all by itself.

Analog synths oscillate and drone around guitar and sitars, resulting in a classic expression of Kosmiche. It's what New Age music could have been if it didn't take itself so seriously and allowed for a little accident and noise to bleed in. The opening track 'Elephanta Gateway' propels the whole effort forward with a little Fripp-inspired guitar work. 'Man' is peppered with Forbidden Planet-like effects and 'Women' goes the other way with a terrific fuzzy guitar dominating the piece.

The next three tracks, 'Birth', 'Tenebrae', and 'Mount Pelle' seem particularly improvised, but most of the album could be heard in this way. Pilkington is having fun with what must be an enviable collection of electronics and synths while Krisha meditates over his guitar. This lends itself to a wonderful tension between the two and again is reminiscent of stories where some ancient alien power makes itself known in the modern world, bringing with it some new technology that looks like magic. A lot of current synth-based experimental work can easily be likened to a soundtrack, and while this is often the intention, it sometime undermines the ability of the songs to exist as singular investigations into a mood or idea. Man Woman Birth Death Infinity feel like individual sessions in an alchemists lab, or better yet, two magicians scrying music out of their shew stone. The medium is the same, but the messages from the other side are all unique. Coming through from the other side each time is a different entity with a different name offering a different bit of information. And like any good occult-inspired art, the nature of that message should be opaque, enigmatic. Even the titles of the songs are mere symbols. Listen to the music, contemplate the emblem, find your own daemon.

'Death' and 'Infinity' are stand out tracks, and with closer 'HJD' (Heliocentric Julian Day?) the whole thing is brought to an hour of sublime listening, but with a wink and nod to the influences that make something like this possible. Pilkington is best known for being the hierophant of the terrific Strange Attractors Press and an important advocate for underground culture and music. But this is not the underground of Feral House and transgression, of conspiracy theories and black magic grimoires. This is the underground where occult and esoteric ideas are turned into narrative, consciousness exploration and – as on this wonderful album – art. Raagnagrok spins a story of Rosicrucian mysteries and weird science in their presentation, but the result is something that embraces and transcends those pretensions. All contemporary occultism should be so honest and bold. - The Quietus

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Is it a joke, disguised as a New Age record? Or a cosmic drone record, masquerading as a joke?

In July 2005, a small package was delivered to an address in Stamford Hill, London for the attention of Mr Otto Amon and Mr Solomon Kirchner. The gentlemen who received the package have never revealed who sent it to them or what was inside it but a body of urban myth has grown up around the Lapis or Ovoid that was rumoured to have been seen in various locations around London, from Frognal to Fitzrovia.

That’s about it as far as background information goes for this new transmission from Raagnagrok, the spacy duo of Amon and Kirchner. Man Woman Birth Death Infinity explores and expands upon the psychedelic guitar plus electronics kosmische template to create a headphone journey from womb to dark matter.

In this day and age, it seems as if there must be some backstory, some angle, some selling point on which an album may ride. Perhaps Mssrs. Amon and Kirchner know this, and are playing with the concept – but luckily, there is no need. This is no mere press hoax hyperbole, as the music contained herein beyond the “Elephanta Gateway” is quite good. The pair have managed to make a classic headtrip of burning, growling electric guitar, trancing electric sitar and homemade, hand-hewn analog electronics.

Man Woman Birth Death Infinity comes off as a meditation record from 1979, but with some modern flourishes. Guitar loops, ubiquitous among duos, set a hypnotic mood that allow the pair to fill the space and elaborate upon a theme: raga status. Raagnagrok also know how to switch it up, elaborating upon the guitar/synth template with hints of percussion, growling bass and strobing tape loops. M W B D I sets a mood and keeps you there, unfurling in the air with sinuous grace, like an oracular vision. It will turn your bedroom/living room/automobile/apartment/five-story mansion into an ageless, vine-covered temple: the air is thick with sandalwood and copal, a rift beyond the stars is rended, and you will see.

This thick mood would not be possible if the individual elements were not glowingly captured and laid to tape. The slightest disruption would break the spell, like a lucid dream or out-of-body experience. The guitars sound noble and brave, what it might sound like if Gandalf were playing with Amon Düül II, and the electronics are warm and analog, with a degree of human irregularity which makes them more interesting than the typical digital machineloops. Raagnagrok know how to fill the space, improvising like only two people who know each other and their gear well can do.

Raagnagrok have been described as “kosmische exotica”, “Euclidean Dronemusic For Algorithmic Lovers” and “Mesopotamian Grokmusic For The End Of Days”. This sense of humor mixed with awesomeness makes me think that I would like these people, and they are worthy of adulation. Man Woman Birth Death Infinity will appeal to classic drone heads, to fans of Cluster, Terry Riley and La Monte Young, as well as recent psych masters like Expo 70 and Gnod. If you’re looking for a shamanic journey into past lives, look no further. - Freq

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With a name like Raagnagrok and an album titled Man Woman Birth Death Infinity, you’d probably be pretty disappointed if it wasn’t some out-there, mind-bending shit. Never fear, this mysterious music and its mysterious background certainly does not disappoint on that front. This is the kind of instrumental rock that leaves coded messages in cornfields late at night, that abducts unsuspecting farmhands into flying saucers, that hides out with the Abominable Snowman and swims with the Loch Ness Monster…and it’s pretty damn heady, too. -JamBand



Soundsoup are radio shows on Resonance 104.4fm. Live improvised, abstract sound collage mash ups plundered and harvested using two turntables, three cd players, minidisc player and a laptop stacked with mp3s, field recordings, film excerpts, own music and various recordings.

Joel Cahen is a noisician and experimentour of Wet Sounds, underwater listening and of Scrap Club, Destructivist action. His forays into music have never been published due to ancient copyright laws or experiential restrictions. www.newtoy.org


Raagnagrok – Man Woman Birth Death Infinity
by Keith Boyd From BlogSanDiego.com

Somewhere along the continuum of MAN WOMAN BIRTH DEATH INFINITY you will see, hear, feel and find just about everything. Given enough time all of those polarities and seemingly opposite states resolve themselves into a fluid mosaic of balance.

With this collection Raagnagrok have given us a sonic tone bath. An Alchemical mirror that both reflects and absorbs. From the opening rubbery wobbles of Elephanta Gateway to the expansive drift of Infinity, this album both delights and surprises.

Raagnagrok is an aptly named neologism of a name. Ragas are composed to enhance or reflect upon everything from Hindu religious epics to the passing seasons to the quality of light during various times of day. They follow set patterns but give ample room for both repetition and variation. “Grok” is a Robert Heinlein word and concept from the watershed Sci-Fi novel, “Stranger in A Strange Land”. Like many words from other languages, “Grok” bumps up against the constraints of English in terms of direct translation. It is a word that condenses multiple nuanced meanings but perhaps the closest approximation is to understand and deeply encounter something. The “something” could be a piece of art, an idea or another person. To “Grok” something is to reach a point where the boundary between observer and observed dissolve and a point of unity is achieved.

So what does this tell us about the effect and experience of Raagnagrok’s music? It tells us that we can expect a solid dose of open-ended sonic reflections with deep layers to get lost and found in. Although each piece stands on its own I highly recommend giving this album a listen from top to bottom. Zali Krishna and Mark O Pilkington manipulate all manner of electronic tools but never forget to let the human element in. There are sitars and guitars winding and weaving through Roger Deanesque landscapes. My only wish from this album is…MORE! I want more Raagnagrok music to accompany me through my own forays and journeys with MAN WOMAN BIRTH DEATH INFINITY.


Check out Raagnagrok on The Kosmiche Club Mix






 

Raagnagrok - Man Woman Birth Death Infinity (LHRCD19) 2013

Available as a download here.
1.
Elephanta Gateway
2.
Man
3.
Woman
4.
Birth
5.
Raagas on the Sturm
6. Mount Pelle
7. Anta Gateway
8. Death
9
. Infinity
10.
HJD

"In July 2005, a small package was delivered to an address in Stamford Hill, London for the attention of Mr Otto Amon and Mr Solomon Kirchner. The gentlemen who recieved the package have never revealed who sent it to them or what was inside it but a body of urban myth has grown up around the Lapis or Ovoid that was rumoured to have been seen in various locations around London, from Frognal to Fitzrovia.

"We are told that Amon and Kirchner subjected the Lapis to broad and narrow range frequencies in Pythagorean clusters which caused the object to "sing" or "recite". We are also told that for five or six years, in spite of their efforts, the lustreless surface of the Ovoid could not be broken.

"The object, whatever it was, has never surfaced in the collectors' market, and its recipients have maintained their silence. Whether their newly released recorded collaboration, Man Woman Birth Death Infinity, affords any clues, we cannot honestly say. more info at Raagnagrok.co.uk


Zali Krisha plays electric sitar and guitar, Mark Pilkington plays synthesisers and electronics. The album features an hour of exotica kosmische, and cover art by Leila Dear. Several of the tracks are live jams recorded on one afternoon in 2008, others are studio creations pieced together between 2010 and 2013. Mastered by Daniel O’Sullivan.





$10

 



Beggars - S/T (LHRCD18) 2013

Available as a download. Visit here
"Expansive avant Country" - Wire Magazine
"
A tour de force of ecstatic Eastern-influenced freak-folk." - Pierro Scaruffi
"Truly truly beautiful music, desert folk...one of the best things
I've heard in many a year" - Fred Laird
more info

CD1
1. Ghost Coyote
2. Eureka, My Love
3. Lullaby de Bourbon
4. 2-3-74 Floating
5. Midget Decapitates Clown

C
D2
1. Will We Call It Love
2. Queen Anne's Lace
3. Follow Me Down
4. Berserker's Boogie
5. Justine
6. My Strangest Lover
7. You Should Love For Now
8. Big Pink Sun
9. Love
Thy Neighbor

With Bruce McKenzie, Glenn Donaldson, Eric Nielsen and Steven Smith

$12

 



 

Maquiladora - White Sand EP + Live & Rare (Acid Mothers Temple 022) 2010

The legendary "White Sands" EP by levitational and bewitching acid folk trio Maquiladora, produced and mixed by Makoto Kawabata and previously released as a limited edition of 100 CD-R, makes its long-awaited appearance on CD! Re-edited by the group themselves, with additional and previously unreleased tracks and bonus live material! Japanese import. More info at Acid Mothers Temple

Track Listing:
1. Prostitute Song
2. Happy Day
3. Ankle
4. Julian
5. Termez 1936
6. So Far Away

Live and Rare Bonus Tracks:
1. Sober as a Judge (White Sands out-take)
2. Burned a Saint (White Sands out-take)
3. Bad Birthday (White Sands out-take)
4.The Flood (Ritual of Hearts out-take)
5. Simply to See You (w Kawabata Makoto and Higashi Hiroshi - Live at Tokuzo in Nagoya August 26, 2003)
6. Summer of Sad Songs (for HH) (w Kawabata Makoto and Higashi Hiroshi - Live at Tokuzo in Nagoya August 26, 2003)
7. The Secret As Of Wilkerson (What the Day Was Dreaming out-take)

$10

 

 

Maquiladora - Wirikuta (LHRCD16) 2010

Now also available as a download. Visit here! Also on iTunes

Maquiladora make a pilgrimage from alto California, south into the ancient and sacred space of Wirikuta, where men and women
journey to become remade. Wirikuta is the band’s first record in four year (and is the first without Phil Beaumont) a collection of hallucinogenic love songs and sacred spells. With guests Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards), Steven R Smith (Thuja, Ulaan Khol) and Charles Curtis (La Monte Young). From the heritage of California folk into the recast realms of the unobservable universe. Trip with us to Wirikuta.

Track Listing:
1. These Treasured Gowns That I've Worn
2. Gut Check (Richard Manuel's Blues)
3. Beyond What You See
4. Song 26
5. (Don't) Eat the Past (Don't) Eat the Fear
6. Anvartha-nakhadana
7. The Lighting of the Night
8. D(obro) to F
9. Bottom of the Still
10. We Are Not In This Together (William Kittredge's Blues #2)
11. Stay Shallow Stay toward The Light
12. Stephanie Come
13. Hymn 66 "Oh an Ogre, O! My Monkey"

$10

 

 

Buzz or Howl - Turquoise Studded Child of the Eight-Armed Elephant Bride (LHRCDR17) 2010

Triple CD Track Listing:

Gold
The Trip Dispenser
1. When Horses Dream of Dogs
2. Journey to the Center of the Trip Dispenser
3. “Buzz or Howl You Pussies!” Live at Hotel Utah SF CA

Silver
Turquoise Studded Child of the Eight Armed Elephant Bride
1. Turquoise Studded Child of the Eight Armed Elephant Bride

Black
The Men of this Place Have Gone Where There is Profit to Be Found
1. Sendhe Mortu Chin Rigore
2. Relax Reload

$15

 

   
 

Earthling Tempel - Pilgrimage to Thunderbolt Pagoda (LHRCDR14) 2009

"Pilgrimage To Thunderbolt Pagoda" The Phoenix sheds its feathers and flies into the face of a new moon. The monks from High Mountain Tempel have made the trek to Far, Fair Albion and returned to offer up this collaborative sacrifice with kindred sound freaks Earthling Society. Also writhing in the mysto-steam this time: The amazing Isis Aquarian, Alpha-Crone and Logos of Father Yod and The Source Family. Soundthreads are wound and unwound by The Asterism. Sacred Cello Enchantments are bowed and plucked by Charles Curtis while Starry-Dynamo machinations gliss and throb by Bruce McKenzie, The Oracle of Mount Washington. These tales of Goddess Cycles, Dark Light, Redwood Roots and The Great California Subconciousness will be ringing in your ears like a herald of the new aeon!

Track Listing
1. Universal Golgotha (Relativity Incantation) - HMT
2. Black Obsidian Morning - HMT
3. Omega Point - HMT
4. Goddess Returning - HMT with Charles Curtis and Isis Aquarian
5. Celestial Inhabitants of the Sun - HMT Click the link for the full ten minutes plus of bliss
6. The House On The Borderland - ES
7. Something Good Will Come To You - ES
8. Uruk - ET=ES+HMT
9. Mary Mother of Light - ET=ES+HMT

HMT = High Mountain Tempel
ES = Earthling Society
ET = Earthling Society and High Mountain Tempel

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Buzz or Howl + Astro - Western Mystery School
(LHRCDR13) 2008
buzz
This collaboration was born at the UFO Club in Tokyo. Buzz or Howl (Bruce McKenzie and Eric Nielsen) met Astro (Hiroshi Hasegawa) through mutual friend Junzo Suzuki. after a face-melting set by that duo and a celebratory, raucous set by Bruce and Eric's other band Maquiladora (with Phil Beaumont) - during which they were joined by Saya and Ueno from the Tenniscoats and Koji Shimura from Acid Mothers Temple and White Heaven - music was exchanged and plans were hatched to combine forces somehow. The music Astro took home that night was by Buzz or Howl, a fierce improvisatory psychedelic duo from southern California, using guitars, violin, synth, and lapsteel to create long tracks exploring time and tide. And tone. Through continuously evolving, fugue-like riffage drone and feedback.

For the purposes of this collaboration a new instrumentation was found. After an initial flirtation with guitars, the Californians decided on a markedly more pastoral direction and an arabo-andalusian flavor for the music they had been given. Over two tracks of Astro's synth textures the same instrumentation - mandolin, strum stick, and voices, - is radically transformed by electricity. Track one is spare and celestial, a delicate acoustic track that employs spare free improvisation and a repeating ancient-sounding chord progression as a basis for both Astro's sonic flights and a lilting wordless melody. Track two explodes with feedback and a crunching assault develops from exactly the same elements, electrified. One would never know that the sonic roar is created by electric mandolin and modified vocals atop brother Astro's synthesizer. Musical imaginations have reached across the pacific for this combination of filigree and mutilation.

Limited release (220 hand numbered) double sided silk screen with a black on black silk screened disc (CDR).

Track List

1. Nine Months More I Am Happy Suffer Is In My Life (Incubation Remix)
2. The Sins Of The Flower Are Visited On The Shunned

$10

 

Maquiladora - St. Cecilia's Drowning - White Sands and Ritual of Hearts Revisited 2CD
(Acuarela Discos - Spain) 2008 - Includes 9 Unreleased Bonus Tracks



This is a reissue of White Sands and Ritual of Hearts, Maquiladora's second and third studio albums. Includes 9 bonus tracks and an 8 page booklet in a nice boxed set.

"San Diego trio Maquiladora shares (Neil) Young's knack for infusing minimalist sketches with a cinematic, wide-open spaces vibe. Its third album Ritual of Hearts (Better Looking) has the same stark austerity that marked Young's Sleeps with Angels, it also contains Giant Sand's Chore of Enchantment brand of losing-control wooziness. This intersection of manic folk thrill and drunken psych- with piano, synth, melodica, mandolin and accordion darting like honeybees - proposes a craftsman's worldview that, likewise, is deeply passionate." MAGNET

WHITE SANDS: 1. Prostitute Song // 2. Julian // 3.Happy Day // 4. Little Miss R. C. // 5. Ankle // 6. So Far Away // 7. Itchy Song // 8. Termez 1936 // 9. Mr. Grey // 10. Bueno Mis Amigos // 11. Cousin // Bonus Tracks: 12. Light of the Rain // 13. Itchy Song (Live at VPRO) // 14. 12 Steps // 15. A/part // 16. After All

RITUAL OF HEARTS: 1. The Secret // 2. Ritual of Hearts // 3. Heaven // 4. Sweet Afton // 5. I’m In Love // 6. A Vow // 7. Sound Of Rain // 8. Dream Of Snakes // 9. Chinese Girl // 10. Avow // 11. She’s More Beautiful To Me Than Water And Pure // 12. Static Hum // Bonus Tracks: 13. So Young // 14. Buddy // 15. Boatman’s Mantra // 16. Mexico D.F.

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High Mountain Tempel - The Glass Bead Game
(LHRCDR12) 2008
The Glass Bead Game takes place at an unspecified date, centuries into the future. Hesse suggested that he imagined the book's narrator writing around the start of the 25th century. The setting is a fictional province of central Europe called Castalia, reserved by political decision for the life of the mind; technology and economic life are kept to a strict minimum. Castalia is home to an austere order of intellectuals with a twofold mission: to run boarding schools for boys (the novel is thus a detailed exploration of education and the life of the mind), and to nurture and play the Glass Bead Game.

" You Think I’m Kidding You? Go Check it Out For Yourself." - Yod
Limited release (150 hand numbered) double sided silk screen with a black on black disc (CDR).

Track List

1.Humming in the Night’s Skull
2.Umwelt
3.Alchemical Space Station
4.Moon Machinery
5.The Motherhouse
6.Throat Hope Savage
7.The Ascended Master Moves On (Hang Gliding In Heaven
8.The Glass Bead Game

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High Mountain Tempel - A Screaming Comes Across The Sky (LHRCDR11) 2007hmt
....is the soundtrack to your next Apocalypse.  Arising from the golden ash of their last release “Pacific Sky Burial” (Lotushouse) this outing finds our intrepid travelers exploring new sonic and thematic terrain. HMT is the eternal sound questing project of Eric Nielsen and Keith Boyd. Eric has done time in and with Maquiladora, Buzz or Howl and various Japanese underground outfits such as Acid Mother's Temple, Astro and High Rise. Keith is a self-made musical alchemist weaving strands of aural gold from base material and mud. Together they bring you a fine distillation of ritual music for these blackened times. Drawing inspiration from sources such as Robert Rich, SunnO))), Terry Riley, Lustmord, Phillip K. Dick, Arthur Rimbaud and HP Lovecraft, High Mountain Tempel is an introspective yet outward reaching labor of love. This is music as voyage, dragging your nervous system out to the Cosmos with no plans on returning.  Continuing in the tradition of their last disc this project is an intensely beautiful hand-screened work of art. So don your cloaks and grab your tomes, the ceremony is about to begin.

Track List
1. Mektoub
2. Dispatch 23 from the Kali Yuga
3. Fluctuat Nec Mergitur
4. Ruins of the Empire
5. Swimming in an  Ocean of Throats
6. A Screaming Comes Across The Sky
7. Buotkem

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Peckinpah - Smoking Peace With a Burning Crow
(LHRCDR10) 2007

Bruce McKenzie is a multi- instrumentalist, singer and songwriter with Maquiladora (sweet, tweaked, acid folk) and with Buzz or Howl (free-form psychedelic acid noise blitz).  His solo efforts as Peckinpah fall somewhere outside and between his two bands.  Restricting himself to two instruments, harmonium and various forms of the slide guitar, McKenzie has crafted a deeply meditative suite of 4 improvisations, haunted by droning reeds and hovering, flickering, natural overtones that become the focus of the musical experience.  McKenzie has strong ties to the Japanese psych underground.  As a member of his two groups he has shared a stage, recorded, or toured with Acid Mothers Temple, Miminokoto, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, LSD March, and members of High Rise and White Heaven.  This ambient americana drone folk bliss-out music lies somewhere between or among Boxhead Ensemble, Womblife-era Fahey, Pauline Oliveros, Jim O'Rourke's Happy Days, and Pat Conte's Ethnic Museum series.  Made for ghosts by ghosts.

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High Mountain Tempel - Pacific Sky Burial (Axaxaxas mlo) (LHRCDR9) 2007

Calling all Space Brothers! The new disc from High Mountain Tempel is here. “Pacific Sky Burial” (Axaxaxas mlo) touches down this February. This California Duo consists of Eric Nielsen (of both Maquiladora and Buzz or Howl) and Keith Boyd. This is their first flight into the ether together. Eric has played with members of such highly respected avant garde groups as Acid Mothers Temple, High Rise, White Heaven, Mainliner, Mus, The Black Heart Procession, etc.  On “Pacific Sky Burial” they aim their sound towards both inner and outer space. Creating dense soundscapes and sonic stories, their music touches on elements of Krautrock and such musicians as Lustmord, Harry Partch, Coil and  Zombi. Along with these spacier elements, there is a free-form and hybrid spirituality to this music that is of a particular West Coast and Pacific variety. The overall effect results in the kind of music Eno would make for a Philip K. Dick film set in Tibet. This limited edition disc is a labor of love and comes in a silk-screened cover with unique black on black discs. So, let the count down begin. Set the controls for the heart of the sun and journey to the limitless dimensions of inner space with High Mountain Tempel and their debut release, “Pacific Sky Burial"
Tempel Walk - MP3

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Buzz or Howl - Autoerotic Asphyxiation/Disappointment (LHRCDR8) 2006
This is the second studio album from the ambient/avant/psych/noise duo, Buzz or Howl. This CDR includes a unique handpainted watercolor with every disc. It came out in August 2006 and was first released on the Maquiladora Acid Mothers tour in Japan. This CDR is 5 songs and 63 minutes of bliss.
05 Oct 05 - MP3
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Buzz or Howl - Worship the Sun as the Destroyer of Dreams (LHRCDR7) 2005
First album from this Californian avant/psych/improv duo.
Guitarists Eric Nielsen and Bruce McKenzie of Southwestern sonic sorcerers Maquiladora recently unveiled a side project. Buzz or Howl diverges from the mothership via improvised compositions that, while retaining the essential sun-baked, psychedelic Maquiladora vibe, chart a far more uncompromising path. Worship the Sun As the Destroyer of Dreams (Lotushouse) is a 44-minute cd-r containing just two exceedingly kosmische instrumentals; think Acid Mothers Temple meets John Fahey at his most latter-day extreme. It's pressed up in a limited edition of 96 copies in hand-assembled sleeves, each bearing one-of-a-kind artwork. - Fred Mills, Magnet Magazine, March 2006 Limited edition of 96 - each CDR contains original artwork.
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Worship the Sun as the Destroyer of Dreams Live Version - MP3
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Maquiladora - The Gulf ep (Acuarela (Spain)) 2006
Maquiladora, swims within "The Gulf", an exclusive 6 tracks release on the Spanish label Acuarela Discos, a relationship formed out of kinship with Spain's banda divina, Mus. What they do is dismantle the music machine and rebuild it with alien parts. An unconventional trio that approaches music from all sides, switching instruments between players from song to song, and only rarely playing live.
In This Life - MP3
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Maquiladora - A House All On Fire (Darla) 2005
"This is the direction Low should've gone." -- Jon DeRosa, Pale Horse and Rider/Aarktica. 5th studio album of Maquiladora
Simply to See You - MP3

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Maquiladora - What the Day Was Dreaming (Darla) 2003
...the modern equivalent to The Band, recording slower, soulful rock music with an all-encompassing country influence swirls and mists out like a vaporous mist that the ears inhale -- Rob Devlin
4th studio album of Maquiladora
Drunk and Lighting Fires (A Waltz) - MP3
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Maquiladora - Ritual of Hearts (Better Looking) 2002
a haunting lo-fi affair of psychedelic tinged desert music. This SD three piece "share (Neil ) Young's knack for infusing minimalist sketches with a cinematic, wide open spaces vibe. (The) intersection of manic folk thrill and drunken psyche - with piano, synth, melodica, mandolin and accordion darting like honeybees - proposes a craftsman's worldview that, likewise, is deeply passionate." Mills - Magnet 3rd studio album of Maquiladora.
Ritual of Hearts - MP3

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Maquiladora - 'White Sands' (LHRCD6/Bang! (Belgium)) 2000
This astonishing trio conjures diverse influences (Lennon, Tom Waits, Giant Sand, Pink Floyd, Mooseheart Faith) even as it dismantles preconceptions of (and recombines disparate bits of) contemporary alt-country, 60's folkadelia and the timeless, amorphous trappings of musique concrete.  2nd studio album of Maquiladora.
Ankle - MP3

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Maquiladora - The Lost Works of Eunice Phelps  First Pressing by (Tectonic Records) 1998 Second Pressing (LHRCD5)
Explores a lo-fi, ghost-town-saloon aesthetic askew with a whole host of vintage instruments and versatile voices, creating an album of remarkable craft and beauty.
  Drawerb.com 1st studio album of Maquiladora.
Mayday - MP3

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Loraine - Elefante CD
(Land Speed) 1994
Only full length by Loraine.  Engineered by Marty Brumbach in the Idaho studio in Brentwood. Loraine was Phil Beaumont, Judd Feiler and Eric Nielsen for all recordings.
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Loraine - The Fool b/w Castro
(
Standard Recordings)
Second single by Loraine.  Engineered by Fluf/Olive Lawn/Reeve Oliver frontman O.
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Loraine - Sometimes b/w Right Hand Creep
(Land Speed/Dustbowl" 1994 First Loraine single. May come in white vinyl.
$4

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Maquiladora - Live at Hosei University 2003 (LHRCDR15) 2012 Live recording on CDR from a show in Tokyo that also had Port Cuss and Miminokoto on the bill. First available on the Maquiladora Summer 2010 Japanese tour with Hiroshi Higashi and Makoto Kawabata from Acid Mothers Temple.

   

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Maquiladora with Kawabata Makoto - Kiss Over 2CD
(Acid Mothers Temple (Japan)
) 2003 this collaboration was mixed and mastered by Kawabata and recorded in San Diego
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Maquiladora - White Sands EP
(Acid Mothers Temple
(Japan)) 2000 (Import from Japan)  Limited Edition of 100.  This is sold out. But, the rerelease White Sand EP + Live and Rare is available above and contains 7 unreleased tracks from the same period.
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Maquiladora - Ritual of Hearts 7" b/w Mexico D.F. Single 'Ritual of Hearts' 7"
(Jonson Family (UK)) 2001  "Screams to belong to any well ordered cool record collection, given enough exposure this could feature deservedly in most end of year polls. With it's drone like keyboards and gently cast chords, 'Ritual of Hearts' has an engaging lazy quality to it that has a similar flow and attraction as did Mercury Rev's 'Car Wash Hair' debut. Dig a little deeper and you'll discover traces of J.Spaceman's first post Spacemen haze of Spiritualized. Trimmed with a delicate psyche underbelly, it is as crucial as it is mesmerising.
Limited Edition of 300.
This is sold out/out of print.

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The Valley of the Dog Songs DVD and CD (El Despacho (Mexico)) 2001 A documentary about six young artists from Lima, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Jakarta, LA and Buenos Aires respectively. Music by and starring Phil Beaumont. Including music w /Eric Nielsen, Pall Jenkins, Bruce McKenzie, Pierr Padilla, J Crane, Yuko and more...
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Maquiladora - Hecho en Mexico/Spinal Meningitis Diva Video on VHS Lotushouse 2000
Limited Edition of 50
A short of a gig in Tijuana Mexico and a video of "Spinal Meningitis" from "The Lost Works of Eunice Phelps" 13 minutes.
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