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
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.
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!
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
PHR-103 BUDALAH / DEAD TRAVELLER Split C40
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":
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)
PHASE! & VINYL MICROSTORE PRESENT:
SEWN LEATHER (USA)
DRACULA LEWIS (IT/RU)
TURBO TEETH (GR)
Wednesday 12 June
BE FUCKING THERE!!!
Psyched to play a FF set, first time in four years! This time won't have Jay Dunbar but i'm pretty sure his astral american body will be there. Or maybe, stuck to the ceiling.
AT FROWN TAILS
21:30 | FREE
JONNY HAWAII (A)
FRAGRANT FAMILY (USA/GR)
PHR-98 BIG CITY ORCHESTRA - Screaming Meeme CDR New installment by the veteran, surprising supergroup, filled w/ avant chants and lynchian drones. An esoteric thesis on silent screaming and growing isolation through an eroded –but detailed– magnifying glass. The staff on this release was Ninah Pixie, Cliff Neighbors, Rosie Langabeer, Jonathan Segel, Univac, Daevid Allen, Melissa Margolis and Das. Edition of 65 copies w/ glued color artwork on lime cardstock and stenciled discs.
PHR-99 REVERSE MOUTH w/ BRIAN OSBORNE - Jacko Blues C60 Recorded in Brooklyn, New York in 2009, the day Michael Jackson died, Reverse Mouth shreds along w/ free-form percussionist and long time bro, Brian Osborne (Heat Retention Records, member of Blastocyst, George Steeltoe Ensemble and The Gate Trio w/ Dan Peck, among others). Somewhere between Harry Pussy, cripple prog, punk ra + nihilism, this is a fine example of no future basement noise. Edition of 40 spraypainted tapes housed in cardstock wrap-around covers.
Art-punkers Lois Lane perform their weirdo-pop gig highlight "Sunshine" at Deafntineia Festival 2002 at the Small Music Theater in Athens, Greece. I'm not really sure if John, Alexia, Jeff and Adrian have ever recorded anything but i'm pretty definite they haven't released it.
in no particular order:
SARONGS - s/t LP (Velidoxi)
SEWN LEATHER - Sikknastafari Slash Crasstafari LP (Hundebiss)
THE SUFIS - s/t LP (Ample Play)
MATT KREFTING - Straw Hat for a Madman CDR (Chocolate Monk)
SEX CHURCH - Somnambulist 12" (Instant Pleasure / Psychic Handshake)
LIARS - WIXIW LP (Mute)
RUSSIAN TSARLAG - Liquid Nails LP (Personnel Records)
METZ - s/t LP (Sub Pop)
BLACK PUS - Pus Mortem (self-released, digital only)
SONIC YOUTH - Smart Bar 1985 2xLP (Goofin')
Le1f - Dark York (Greedhead Entertainment, digital only)
US GIRLS - Gem LP (Fat Cat)
PUTSUM - Hirvi 1-sided LP (self-released)