TOP-13 releases of 2013

One more time, 13 sick releases which totally ruled the previous year. From the surgical eerie/horror (totally new approach) blend of Big Blood and primitive techno-flirt dirt of H&HS to the unpretentious masterwork of Drygianakis, the concrete emptiness / loneliness of Tarpit (even though this is a late '12 release) and so on, in no particular order: 

BIG BLOOD - Radio Valkyrie +1905 + 1917+ (Feeding Tube)
HENRY & HAZEL SLAUGHTER - Endless Power Cycle (Fedora Corpse)
COSTIS DRYGIANAKIS - Blown into Breeze (self released)
TARPIT - Old News (All Gone)
DIRTY BEACHES - Drifters / Love is the Devil (Zoo Music)
JACCO GARDNER - Cabinet of Curiosities (Excelsior)
FUSILLER / BALINESE BEAST - Split LP (Tanzprocesz)
RUSSIAN TSARLAG - Gagged in Boonesville (Not Not Fun)
THE FLAMING LIPS - The Terror (Bella Union)
MICHAEL ADAMIS - A Selection of Electroacoustic Works (1964-1977) (Rekem / Mafia)
PSYCHIC ILLS - One Track Mind (Sacred Bones)
PRIMITIVE MOTION - Worlds Floating By (Bedroom Suck)


4 new releases (in every popular format) out OCT. 25

PHR-100 BALINESE BEAST / WHAM JAH Split LP (co-released w/ BB)
A long time in the works, we finally drop off a true early 10's Athens underground artifact. Two of the most active Greek bands, Balinese Beast (the cut-up stomp-punch destruction duo of Ilan Manouach and Giorgos Axiotis) and Wham Jah (the free-form rambunctious electrical mayhem of Pavlos Gkousios, Kostadis Michail and Panagiotis Spoulos) deliver two sides of an eye-sparkling platter filled w/ energy, persistence, baffle and soothing noise. Two entirely different approaches, one strong heart endorsing in musical poodle-like affection.
Edition of 300 copies w/ stamped labels, offset covers and offset obi-strips housed in a heavy duty poly sleeve.
18.00 euros ppd EU / 21.00 euros ppd elsewhere

LISTEN >>> http://whamjah.bandcamp.com/album/split-lp
WATCH >>> http://youtu.be/khiMihxuco0

PHR-105 N.213 - Meat Sweats C42
Nic Hughes (of Shearing Pinx and Isolated Now Waves fame) offers his latest homemade analog bouquet, filled with experimentation, twisted pop tunes and soul sucking confessions. Both sides bloom w/ lo-fi noir humid intimacy, groove with multi-instrumentalism freedom and yell that not even the bedroom ceiling is the limit. Let your astral ears explode into void.
Limited edition of 50 copies w/ full color j-cards.
7.00 euros ppd everywhere

LISTEN >>> https://number213.bandcamp.com/album/meat-sweats 

PHR-106 DEAD GUM - Sleepy Town CDR
Blurry, multi-layered, dreamy imagery for a dark city at a summer night which almost looks like a ghost town. Numb emotions and gentle touches guide you to a private wandering where materialism cannot be felt. It's a delirious battle inside your dream warrior head. Drift around without touching the ground, smell the transparent fumes, hear the city's most intimate secret noises, make your very own narrations until the death of night finally comes. It's meant to be listened as one piece at the recommended track order.
Limited edition of 50, packaged in jewel case w/ full color artwork on textured paper.
7.00 euros ppd everywhere

LISTEN >>> http://deadgum.bandcamp.com/album/sleepy-town

PHR-107 BRIAN RURYK - Weird Doods C31
We always listen to new releases from our favorite Canadian destructionist, Brian Ruryk, with awe and impatience. He goes a step forward every time and that always makes you wonder from which direction this ultra violent metal screeching, glass breaking, frequence growl and intergalactic feedback zap will invade your head. Of course, this album is no exception. It sounds like the household explosion in the final sequence of "Zabriskie Point" playing in double speed. Plus more takes of it, reoccurring w/ asynchronously delay repeats causing pile-up crashes and demolition derbys.
Limited edition of 50 w/ full color artwork printed on metallic paper.
7.00 euros ppd everywhere.

LISTEN >>> https://soundcloud.com/phasemag/brian-ruryk-untitled-excerpt 

Available at  PHASEJUNK.COM 



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At Poseidon's Beach

So, it has been a really creative August. I recorded three albums, one of which is Dead Gum's debut studio EP, called "Regain". Harris Zourelidis produced it for Feedback Studio. It has "real" songs i'm playing in live sets from now on! You know, somehow straight-edge tunes with real lyrics. This is the video for EP's closing track "At Poseidon's Beach" starring my good friends Beatol & The Eagol. Guess all these recordings will pop up, eventually.


On Cassettivity

Selected Phase! titles can be purchased from this damn amazing new distro called Cassettivity. This site is all the cassette culture nation always wanted. It even has cassette decks! Thumbs up for the "sort by ease of listening" button!


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4 new hot items for the summer

PHR-104 SEWN LEATHER - "Ροαξη Φινγερζζ ΒΣ. Ροψκ Σλινγερζζ" 1-sided LP 
Sewn Leather is a trigger, a road warrior, the punk that can be smoked. Somewhere between Whitehouse nihilism, Wolf Eyes' high pitched suffocation and evil Prodigy rhythmology, Griifin Pyn re-invents the 21st century punk! On "Ροαξη Φινγερζζ ΒΣ. Ροψκ Σλινγερζζ", he offers his four latest (and yet cleanest) songs, soaked in battery acid, swallow-ready for the confusion generation. Sewn Leather is real. 
Edition of 200 copies w/ 1-color offset covers. 15.00 euros ppd EU / 18.00 ppd anywhere else 

Listen to the second song, "Φυλλ Σκυλλ" here:

Muddy, nihilistic freak-out non-musical jamz from Thessaloniki's mysterious trio Budalah (neither Buddha nor Allah) and an archival dictaphones and mics performance by Dead Traveller (Nicolas Malevitsis from Absurd fame) at Modern Art Museum of Skopje, 2004. Everything sounds so wrong to be true.
Edition of 70 cassettes w/ on-body printing. 6.00 euros ppd everywhere 

PHR-102 SARONGS - S/T C30 
Sarongs were a 5-piece from Syracuse, New York which shook things up w/ sweaty DIY house shows and an awkward sound which confused everyone. When all other bands were dealing w/ playful garage warmth, Sarongs were making stripped-down minimal prog w/ doses of post punk, witty lyrics and raw, focused energy. Always true, often political, way ahead of their times. This is a reissue of the first Sarongs cassette that was released in 2011 by Prison Art / Velidoxi Records, not to be confused w/ the also eponymous LP that followed a year later. 
Edition of 100 cassettes w/ on-body printing and multi-fold j-card w/ excerpts of the only Sarongs interview, courtesy of "Bande a Part" zine. 6.00 euros ppd everywhere 

Stream the whole cassette:

Here's a video of Sarongs playing "Goodbye Horses":

PHR-101 TOM CRUISIN' - "The Drifter's Almanac" 3''CDR 
This is the kind of music you should be listening while driving your car in a big metropolitan city, way deep into the night. City looks abandoned but you feel there's a pulse hidden somewhere. A duet, sounds a bit like a Suicide cover band, is playing at the lowest basement downtown. So loud and so low, the tires bouncing over asphalt vibrations caused by groovebox pumps and fiendish electricity. It's the sound of the city itself. A city which looks different every morning but is always the same at night. 
Edition of 70 copies w/ artwork and disc attached on heavy cardstock. 6.00 euros ppd everywhere

SARONGS - S/T LP (Velidoxi)
SEWN LEATHER - Asbestos Attik Inzanity 7" (Hundebiss)
STARGATE - Hexplore Superfluidity 1-sided LP (Hundebiss)