Top-13 releases of 2014

In no particular order, endorse in good evil spirits:

Opéra Mort - Dédales (Alter)
School Shootings - School Shootings (Casual Punks)
D. Edwards - Teenage Tapes (The Death Of Rave)
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Sam Gas Can - I Sat Around Today (Crash Symbols)
Horsebladder / Farewell My Concubine - After You / American Telepathic Scumbag (Hot Releases)
Big Blood - Unlikely Mothers (Blackest Rainbow)
La Race - 4 cm De Mon Amour (tanzprocesz, Animal Biscuit, Et Mon Cul C'est Du Tofu?)
Acid Baby Jesus - Selected Recordings (Slovenly Recordings)
Tom Kovacevic - Universe Thin As Skin (Immune)
Olivia Neutron-John - Injury Train And I'm Never Getting Off It / Vulnerability (Gilgongo Records)
Hatchers - S/T (Heat Retention Records, Send Help)
Jack Ruby - Hit And Run (Saint Cecilia Knows / Feeding Tube) 


Post-World announcement


PHR-111 SKULL KATALOG - Post-World Order 1-sided C32
First post-Sewn Leather delivery by Griffin Pyn. Five tracks of similar no-end, no-future apocalyptical beats, scuzzy noise and signature hard boiled, demonic vocals. The new style is more strict, more pumped-up and features extra leading by two-string electric guitar. It sounds like the world has come to an end and it's time to realize. Dive in the swamp.
Tour-only edition of 22 copies in b&w cardboard j-cards and handlabelled tapes.

PHR-110 FRANCE SAUVAGE - Το Μικρό Κορίτσι από τον Υπόνομο CDR
Recorded in Athens, Greece and edited the very same night, this mini album captures perfectly the cold atmosphere of a band being abroad, visiting a studio they've never seen before for just one session and create something that urges to be more free than usual. The concrete trio of France Sauvage (Manuel Duval, Arno Bruil and Johann Mazé) uses modular synthesizers, field recordings, contact mics, chants and numerous junk sources in the direct, in-your-face tradition of France's experimental scene and this album is really close to how these three interact at a non-local show of them: Energetic, raw, adventurous, focused. The english translation of the title is "The Little Girl from the Sewer" and could not be more accurate for the feelings which bloom while listening to this album.
Edition of 60 copies w/ paste-on artwork and and obi strip on heavy cardstock folder.

PHR-109 LOST BODIES - Φιγουρίνι CD
Phase! is proud to release the latest Lost Bodies' statement "Φιγουρίνι", the long awaited new album which will definitely please every LB fan! Almost 80 minutes of the signature avant gags, power punk arena favorites and twisted bastard-folk experiments, including studio versions of gig highlights like "Παρίσι Ντακάρ", "Αξέχαστο", "Γελάστε" and "Ιλισός". Lone kings of the athenian underground for more than 25 years (even though, they delivered some wtf moments through Virgin in the early '00s), Lost Bodies possibly stand as the only example of a pure caricatural sarcasm on Greece's rotten guts through a musically-incorrect quintessence of how political correction should be defined.
Edition of 300 copies w/ full-color artwork.

PHR-108 beaTol & the Eagol - Λάιβ EP 1-sided C60
Compiled material from 4 different concerts, it's a side of pure sample mash-up and a fine example of how a beaTol & the Eagol show sounds like: dizziness in stereo, beat distraction, jingled-up experimental music interconnected to twisted pop haikus. There are so many ideas in there but so is the abstain of persistence!
Edition of 30 copies w/ full-color artwork and spray painted tapes.


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)