20101231

(PHR-80) SLICING GRANDPA - The Abstracticator CDR


















Slicing Grandpa. No fucking joke. They're ripping it harder than anyone else. One of the favorite bands on the house. Garbage grunge collage abstractness at its lo-fiest, away from every trend, away from any hip. They're not old-fashioned, they're slicing-fashioned. Buy at your own risk...
Edition of 60 copies w/ screenprinted covers.

(PHR-79) ARKLIGHT / DEAD GUM split C60


















Lens traveling through inner depths of transatlantic mirrorings. Light is never enough to clearly get the whole picture. On two homogeneous sides, two blindfolded cinematic enigmas are the only clue. Dig Sherlock, dig!
Edition of 65 copies w/ screenprinted covers.

(PHR-78) COCKS OF THE DEAD - Blowskull Tape 2 C20


















Total ugliness, volume no. 2 in tapes that blow skulls from the mysterious duo. Side A is laptop harshness, side B gtr + piano awkward imrov. Feels like the world came to an end, and that's totally it.
Limited edition of 30 tapes, w/ spraypainted, stamped covers.

(PHR-77) WHAM JAH - Wham Jazz CDR


















Guitar + drums electronica jam mayhem from Kostadis Michail (Lost Bodies) + Panagiotis Spoulos (Reverse Mouth). First installment, remixed in audiophile noise by Kostadis. More to come, certainly lots of more to explore + destroy.
Edition of 60 copies, screenprinted covers + spraypainted discs.

20101220

TOP-13 of 2010














BIG BLOOD - Dead Songs (Time-Lag)
NAKED ON THE VAGUE - Heaps of Nothing (Siltbreeze)
ANGELS IN AMERICA - Allergic to Latex (Digitalis)
ACID BABY JESUS - s/t CS (self released)
MI AMI - Steal Your Face (Thrill Jockey)
DEERHUNTER - Halcyon Digest (4AD)
CALL BACK THE GIANTS - s/t 7" (Kye)
SUN ARAW - On Patrol (Not Not Fun)
BAZOOKA - Bazooka EP (self released)
WOMEN - Public Strain (Jagjaguwar)
HORSEHAIR EVERYWHERE - Vol.1 (No Kings Record Co.)
CLIPD BEAKS - To Realize (Lovepump United)
COCONUTS - s/t LP (No Quarter)

20101115

(PHR-76) DEAD GUM - Lost Decade CDR


















More like a concept album, "Lost Decay" is a really different approach at Dead Gum's music focusing on childhood nostalgia, appreciation of then-weird memories or half-remembered feelings. A blur, numb sound which balances through late-night bedroom minimalism and pure emotional introversion. Packaged in a super jewel case w/ monochromatic artwork + spray-painted discs. Limited to 50.

(PHR-75) Η ΜΑΝΑ ΣΟΥ ΕΙΝΑΙ Ο ΠΑΤΕΡΑΣ ΣΟΥ - Είσαι η Αδερφή Σου CDR

After a long delay we are psyched to announce a really unique collab between members of Placenta Popeye, Slicing Grandpa + Opera Mort. More specifically suspects are El-g, Jo Tanz, Patric Lombe + John Laux. A weird result with also weird titles + credits (in greek), a dark tale of psychic incest, deform + strangeland blues. Comes in 2 versions:

A) Hand-sewn 12-page zine (limited to 40 copies)












* sold out *





B) Regular CD-R version w/ pasted-on covers (limited to 60)







20101109

Last night's party














At OpenShowStudio was almost post-apocalyptic through mostly post-punk mash up mayhem + wasted dance moves. This week also features Adam_is' installation for the Vitrina Project, entitled "Black Sun". Drop by, any time.

(above photo by Adam_Is)

20101105

Absurd's infinity














Saturday 6 November 2010

Ashtray Navigations ( his lo-fi psychness from the UK)
Earzumba (crazy Argentinian reynol)
The Mongrelettes (fuzzed out greek goddesses + a god)
Manic Strip Teachers (just in for a tiny set, Adam_is + Dead Gum straight outta Compton)

at Knot Gallery

20101104

(PHN-05) ΤΟ ΔΥΟ ΕΥΡΩ - Στο Ψαχνό MP3


















Debut extended play from greek transvestite duo Το Δύο Ευρώ (pronounced as To Dio Evro). Recorded live, these are typical examples of the experimental nature of the project where they free improvise not only on music but on the lyrics, too.

Get it here:
http://www.archive.org/details/phn-05T-

20101026

The feeling of love














After a decade where bands used to search something unique for their sound there is this new wave of universal bands not using weird equipment nor puzzle their heads for 'new' song structures. They play rock and roll. Naked songs from naked hearts. Party never died.

20101022

2 days of electronic improvisation


















Friday 22/10

Goosli Noise
Adam_is
Γεώργιος Καραμανωλάκης
Plink

Saturday 23/10

Analog Suicide
Dead Gum
Mecha/Orga

Τάσος
Στάμου

@ A.S.K.T. - free

20100829

The prestige

I was walking downtown yesterday morning and a gypsy lady stopped me asking for a cigarette. She gave me a napkin and ordered me to cut it in four separate pieces. That's what i did and then i hided the pieces in my fist. She sort of did some litanies and told me if someone wants my misery i will open my palm and the four pieces will then become one, as the napkin was in the beginning, long before i divide it. I wasn't sure if i've heard the same story before or something similar so i had my eyes on her to spot the key move. All the time. She wasn't wearing any long sleeves nor she did anything unusual.
I opened my hand and the piece was full.


















(Michalis made this)

"What kind of world is this?", asked myself. "Even motherfucking supernatural incidents tell me that there is at least one person who wants my misery". I was shocked. And then i decided to fight the world w/ NOISE! So, this is a call for all of you who feel desperate, helpless, deceived, lost, disgusted, fucked to record your hopeless scream (or probably not only) and submit it to the upcoming Phase! Records Net Junk compilation, under the title "An Urgent Cry for a Better World: Not for Hippies". We're not mourning a dead beloved, so please try to keep it short. 2-3 minutes sound ideal.
Mail me your MP3s (320 kbps preferred) to phasemag-at-yahoo---com.

You can make the world better by letting your cry be heard.

20100811

This Fryday the 13th



















:::::::::::::::::::::: TANZ MOUTH ::::::::::::::::::::::
French Noistar Jo (TanzProcesz, Placenta Popeye, Opera Mort) rips it w/ natives Reverse Mouth

:::::::::::::::::::::::::: PUTSUM ::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Adam_is goes vlack metal

at 20:30 :: Lembesi 10, Makrygianni-Akropoli :: Ring the bell "Adamis" :: Elevate till 5th floor then you have to climb...

20100801

Some bits of truth about foxy lady














You can read it here. A big credit to Dave Miller and Foxy Digitalis.

Crisis and the Music Industry

20100710

(PHN-04) PANAGIOTIS SPOULOS - Torn-a-part MP3


















Originally recorded in 2005, this 23-minute piece was made at the office Panagiotis Spoulos used to work back then, a DVD releasing company. He picked up a random VCR tape and a BETA tape and starting mixing each other on a video console along w/ the use of a jog. Unfortunately dissolving images disappeared in oblivion but the mixed sound made it into a blank VCR tape. This is the raw recording converted to HQ MP3.

Get it here:
http://www.archive.org/details/phn-04PanagiotisSpoulos-Torn-a-part

20100705

The Joe Perry Theremin noise interlude

Yeah, man. Aerosmith. Here is some bootleg audience recording from their gig in Athens, a couple of weeks ago.

20100615

Woman's claws

20100607

Holy divah


















Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.) tribute night this Friday at Knot by Stylianos Tziritas Unit & Old Fashioned Donkeys. Also, there will be a massive Phase! merch table w/ buy-now-or-never offers.

20100606

(PHN-02) WASHING CASPER - Documents (Early Zeros) MP3


















Washing Casper was a jam project between members of Postblue and Sweetohm, two highly active underground indie bands of Athens, Greece in the early 00's. The idea was to create instant songs and these recordings are a fine example of how were they doing it. They only played a handful of shows and there hardly is info about this project besides this release. "Documents (Early Zeros)" is a must for all of those who are digging the true underground of this era.

Get it here:
http://www.archive.org/details/phn-02WashingCasper-DocumentsearlyZeros

20100603

(PHR-74) ARKLIGHT - Caution Tape CDR


















Arklight has its own universe. It's very earthly and you actually get this impression by a few little things you can't describe or fully understand. Those things' primitive aura was there (or here?) from the very beginning and had a specific smell and a wide range of buried sounds in specific lower fidelities. In that universe everyone has metallic body, making noise when dancing. And last but not least quality is equal to quantity.
Handpainted cardstocks w/ pasted-on artwork, inserts + yellow CDRs. Edition of 60 copies.

(PHR-73) LUNAR MIASMA - Circle Ray CDR


















The cosmic loner project of Panos Alexiadis, Lunar Miasma, has offered great examples of pure black psychedelic drone trips through analog synthesizers under lots of fine labels like Basses Frequencies, Stunned + Insult Recordings. It was time to commit a space debris for Phase!. Floats like astral liquid, sucks you like a green hole. Rays for needles, lunar injections of green miasma.
2-sided color printed covers + spraypainted discs. Numbered edition of 60.

(PHR-72) REVERSE MOUTH - Savage Queen C30


















Like a defaced Joan Collins or a crippled Heather Locklear, 4 savage jams made it to tape heaven, a place w/ high pitched guitar feedbacks + parallel irritating obsessions. Intentions are simple, entity is hostile. No one's gonna like it but lots would love to give it a fuck.
Green metallic j-cards + black tapes. Edition of 60 copies.

20100601

Shreaders














S&O shreads by Sophia Zoitu & Olivia Efstathiou. Girls will have an expo as part of The Meet Matket at Synch Festival this coming weekend.

20100529

Listmania!: Top 10 highly recommended depressive albums

Always wanted to do lists! And there's no better time if you have work to do at home, Saturday night, looking for excuses. OK, let's start w/ some seriously suicidal albums. They're so strong, so black and so REAL they help you see the light, they make you feel there's always worse. Soothing. Evaporating.
In no particular order:

SONGS: OHIA - "Ghost Tropic"
Bodies burning away in the black night. In the tropic of cancer disease. Voice moans but nobody's left there to listen. Kind of album you have to listen to alone. Every time.

CRESCENT - "Collected Songs"
Had a visual of the recording sessions of it in my mind. Then i found the LP and did had a small image of the studio room itself. This is fucking it! This album is the stained gray carpet in that room. In every rehearsal room. The one you stared at so many times. Making dreams.

KING BLACK ACID & THE WOMB STAR ORCHESTRA - "Sunlit"
When i hear the word "epic" i'm automatically thinking of two things: A medieval body armor and this album. 60 minutes equally divided into three songs. The compendium of cheesy depression into the endless depths of the soul.

THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION - "Three"
Feels like taken away on ships of gold. Ships that meant to sink. But you didn't know. You didn't know.

WIPERS - "Is This Real?"
For the times you remember how it was to be a teenager. OK, get over it now. This album is here to teach you some anger management. Your voice has the strength and the power and can be transformed into something so direct, so eternal, so real. You CAN make it real.

THE SHADOW RING - "Lindus"
Manic depression. There's nothing left, maybe there never wasn't anything at all in the first place.

SCOTT WALKER - "Tilt"
Even though it's polished, it's so gloomy. And scary. You don't mess with it.

JOY DIVISION - "Closer"
Banging your head in a metal cell. You can't do it w/ force. But still, aches. Decades of decay.

BILLIE HOLIDAY - "Lady in Satin"
Not of this earth. Vintage nostalgia. You think how cool would be to be living in Paris in the late '60s, broke but in love. Every single night lasts for a week. Parties at houses everywhere, minimal lights. And the voice of Billie as an eternal soundtrack that every minute gives you a chill.

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE - "Dust & Chimes"
Guess it has to do w/ death itself. Every time i listen to it i come closer to digest the idea that someday i will be just dust. And after that, nothing.

Also, Patrick Phelan's "Arch and Effort" and "Crippled For" from the album Parlor + Microphones' "Universe Conclusion" from "Live in Japan" are definitely making into this.

Video of MephistoMe Installation

Heart's strong














Black heart is even stronger. The ideal soundtrack for all my catatonic phases. The perfect drug. Fight fire w/ fire. Almost a decade later*, they returned to the country which loves all the melancholic bands (but The Black Heart Procession is no Puressence nor Madrugada) w/ the founding members of Paulo Zappoli + Tobias Nathaniel enriched by a dynamic, chaste rhythm section. Naked, rich songs straight from the black heart. Almost all highlights from their six records were performed, although that wicked Waterfront alternate take from their previous visit still haunts me. I silently begged for a repeat... i should have shouted.

* Washing Casper opened that previous gig at AN Club (!!!) - if anyone has any pictures to share, gets a pack of the three upcoming Phase! releases!

20100527

Intent: mayhem














Getting busy at work + at home. Work really gets all my body fluids, saving the brain ones for the after hours at the shelter. Three fantastic releases will be out next week. One cassette by Reverse Mouth, their first release for 2010 - imagine they had 11 out in just 2007 - called "Savage Queen". Minimal and insistent high frequency guitar feedbacks in maximum audio quality (well, this might be a little lie). The other two come in CDR format. First comes the long-awaited new cosmic audiosphere by Lunar Miasma (the artist formerly known as Red Needled Sea, also of the great Insult Recordings) under the title "Circle Ray", to be followed by Arklight's freshly done prolific avant-dadaist "Caution Tape". Is this a "YEAH" or what?
Been meaning to write some live reviews of shows i've recently been, but that won't happen any time soon. Actually, as days go by the less i remember. One thing to mention now for sure is Bazooka, a band from Athens, Greece and none of the 12 exact matches on Discogs. When i saw them live i totally understood why they picked this name. 2 drumsets, 1 guitar, 3 vocals by 3 young free spirits to blow away every fucking everything. Shared the aspect of doing it right w/ the right pair of balls. Bazooka balls. Go buy their self-released EP (more like an album, actually) or do an even more real thing: GO CHECK THEM LIVE!

20100514

Guerrilla wizardry

The night ended w/ a police car trying to avoid to step over a carpet placed on the asphalt, just outside Guerrilla Cinematography. They didn't wanna exploit the party. Guess they were feeling awkward.














202Project played first. Minimal programming for the beats + some extras and live guitar + vocals, some synths once in a while. Basement filled w/ joyed division. His songs were cool, but set was a little bit long. He played great, though.














Adam_is made his first ever solo performance, dressed in a jade + gold Mephistopheles costume. The first 30 minutes we (anti)grooved w/ some ambiance loops, some pitch microtouches, some analog patchworks in general. The set took off w/ some high pitch metal zone minimal obsession to be transformed into an urban sewer ritual. Mikes also put on his mask on to finish the set w/ a magic trick. We all witnessed the wizard hands.

Nobody gives a shit about the truth

Dead Gum's latest release is uploaded on the outside my window blog.

20100510

The Finnish touch














Last night Booze felt woodsy. Kukuruku Recordings, Vinyl Microstore + Strange Attraktor are responsible. Kuupuu's collage set had bits of quirky percussion and easy listening nostalgia. Unique and ethereal. Lau Nau started off w/ an awesome harmonized cover of 'Holy Mountain' score and then continued on w/ her stripped folk. They jammed together in the end and that was the best part in my opinion. Pity it wasn't recorded and is now eternally lost. Also, Michalis Adamis & Bend made an awesome screenprinted poster for the show.

20100508

(PHN-01) FRAGRANT FAMILY - Live at DBA, Brooklyn MP3


















First digital-only release by Phase! Records Net Junk, kindly hosted by Archive.org, is a raw and chaotic live document by the trio of Jay Dunbar, Brian Osborne and Panagiotis Spoulos. 2 wrecked guitars and a drumset blend w/ psychotic prosa. Nothing left to prove.

Get it here for free, of course:
http://www.archive.org/details/FragrantFamily-LiveAtDbaBrooklynphn-01

20100506

Reparation time

Vinyl Microstore partied hard last Saturday. Sounds and images from another decade. Teen age repressed. We felt free. Chain and the Gang. Acid Baby Jesus.

20100420

Best art is the affordable art














Colleen from the great Big Blood has gone Etsy!

20100414

Absurdities














Been spinning some recent LPs put out by the godfather of twist+queer in Greece, Nicolas Malevitsis and his legendary label, Absurd. I enjoyed a lot the concrète madness of Raionbashi's "In Teufel's Küche" 10", the throat terrorism of "Terra Incognita" by Antoine Chessex (supposed to be 1-sider, but has a tremendous surprise on second side) and finally the definite Nokalypse statement, entitled "Repeated in an Indefinitely Alternating Series of Thoughts". Themis' first release in analog format. Side A might stand as a new tribute approach for soundtrack of Kubrick's "Space Odyssey", but side B is the ultimate serious Nokalypse harsh bang. Full of surprises. Like a bag of dick loaves.