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OTTO LUENING / VLADIMIR USSACHEVSKY

Tape Recorder Music

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HIGH SPEED & THE AFFLICTED MAN

Get Stoned Ezy

high speed & the afflicted man

SPOILS OF WAR

The Spoils Of War

spoils of war

TAKEHISA KOSUGI

CATCH-WAVE

takehisa kosugi catch-wave

TONY CONRAD WITH FAUST

Outside The Dream Syndicate

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Crime / Murder By Guitar
Price: 19€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: SV050
Release date: 2014

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Vinyl LP + Download coupon / 2014 reissue - Compilation

Issued with an insert sheet and includes a download coupon for free mp3s of the entire release.

1976/80-USA

Release notes :

San Francisco's first and only rock 'n' roll band, Crime loomed over the entire Mabuhay Gardens scene with their blistering 1976 single Hot Wire My Heart. The group's loose, damaged rock 'n' roll was as immediate as it was controversial. They were punk by any definition, yet shunned the label with a guttersnipe sneer. Their meticulously cultivated aesthetic of S&M graphics and police uniforms produced some of the era's most indelible imagery. One of their finest moves was playing in the San Quentin prison yard.

Formed by guitarists/vocalists Johnny Strike and Frankie Fix, Crime enlisted bassist Ron the Ripper and drummers Ricky "Tractor" Williams (later of The Sleepers), Brittley Black, and Hank Rank. Joey D'Kaye later joined on keyboards and bass duties.

For the first time, this LP release collects the sick energy of Crime's three singles along with nine previously unreleased studio recordings from 1976 to 1980. The visceral churn and unwieldy leads on tracks like "Frustration" and "Piss On Your Dog" make Murder By Guitar the definitive statement from this prescient American underground band. 

Tracklisting :

1. Hot Wire My Heart 2. Baby You're So Repulsive 3. Terminal Boredom 4. Dillinger's Brain 5. Frustration 6. Murder By Guitar 7. Crime Wave 8. Piss On Your Dog 9. TV Blue 10. If Looks Could Kill 11. Lost Soul 12. Rockin' Weird 13. Gangster Funk 14. Maserati 15. San Francisco's Doomed

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The Fall / Perverted By Language
Price: 21€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: SV127
Release date: 2017

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Vinyl LP / Reissue - Includes printed inner sleeve and insert with liner notes

1983-UK

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The Fall returned to Rough Trade in 1983 to release a pair of singles ("The Man Whose Head Expanded" and "Kicker Conspiracy") and Perverted By Language, their sixth proper studio album. Perverted By Language hints at the band's shift towards a distinctly pop approach, one that they would perfect via their Beggars Banquet output that immediately followed. Yet again, the force and panic of their initial Rough Trade recordings remains the foundation for much of the album. A transitional recording in the absolute best sense, Perverted By Language is The Fall both as they were and as they would become.

The emergence of Brix Smith is often cited as the impetus for The Fall's move toward outward pop, and she makes her first appearance with the band on Perverted By Language. Nowhere is her presence felt more than on "Hotel Blöedel," where she handles lead vocal duties alongside Mark E. Smith whose mangled violin accompaniment roots the song's cold romanticism in his unmistakable brand of strange. "Garden" provides a new take on The Fall's stretched-out tendencies – using ringing, clean guitars to build a nearly 10-minute epic more subtly than ever before. The opener, "Eat Y'self Fitter," is wholly classic Fall: a playfully circular bass line drives the album's strongest vocal spout, complete with emphatic breaks where Mark E. Smith issues the song's spiteful decree with equal parts glee and scorn.

Superior Viaduct's edition is the first time that Perverted By Language has been available on vinyl domestically. Liner notes by Brian Turner.

Tracklisting :

1. Eat Y'self Fitter 2. Neighbourhood Of Infinity 3. Garden 4. Hotel Blöedel 5. Smile 6. I Feel Voxish 7. Tempo House 8. Hexen Definitive / Strife Knot

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Faust / The Faust Tapes
Price: 21€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: SV118
Release date: 2018

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Vinyl LP + Download card / 2018 reissue - Comes with mini poster insert with notes on the back by Dave Segal.

Recorded in Wümme June 1971 to June 1973

1971/73-Germany

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Faust stand among the most influential creative forces to have emerged from Germany in the late '60s and early '70s. Along with Can, Agitation Free, Neu! and others, they rejected the Anglo-American norms of rock 'n' roll to start a back-to-basics and uniquely Teutonic revolution in sound – later dubbed by the UK press with the semi-derogatory term "krautrock." They would reach near-mythical status through a series of classic albums recorded between 1970 and 1973 at their secluded Wümme studio.

As Dave Segal writes in the liner notes, "There's no consensus about which Faust album represents their zenith. But a survey of the group's fans would likely find the collage-heavy messterpiece The Faust Tapes triumphing. Its freewheeling, jump-cut nature and unlikely earworm moments conspire for more what-the-fuck epiphanies per minute than just about any other record about which Krautrocksampler author Julian Cope has raved.

" Comprised of twenty odd tape-manipulation experiments and freak-out jams, The Faust Tapes stashes away some of the band's best-known songs. "Flashback Caruso," with its delicate acoustic guitar and Rudolf Sosna's airy vocals, could easily have appeared on So Far or Faust IV, while on "J'ai Mal Aux Dents," Jean-Hervé Peron's playful lyrics and this ecstatic, era-defining riff perfectly represent Faust's magical mischievousness.

This first-time domestic release of The Faust Tapes on vinyl reproduces the original sleeve design, featuring artwork by Bridget Riley.  

Tracklisting :

1. Exercise #1 2. Exercise #2 3. Flashback Caruso 4. Exercise #3 5. J'ai Mal Aux Dents 6. Untitled #1 7. Untitled #2 8. Dr. Schwitters #1 9. Exercise #4 10. Untitled #3 11. Untitled #4 12. Dr. Schwitters #2 13. Untitled #5 14. Untitled #6 15. Untitled #7 16. Untitled #8 17. Untitled #9 18. Untitled #10 19. Untitled #11 20. Untitled #12 21. Untitled #13 22. Untitled #14 23. Untitled #15 24. Stretch Out Time 25. Der Baum 26. Chère Chambre

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Henry Flynt / Graduation
Price: 26€
#Ref: SV014
Release date: 2013

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Double Vinyl LP + Download card / reissue - First time on vinyl - Comes with insert

All tracks recorded 1975-1979.

1975/79-USA

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Henry Flynt took a high-brow approach to so-called low-brow music. Combining sounds from his native North Carolina with an avant-garde sensibility honed in New York City's loft scene in the 1960s, Flynt created what he describes as "new American ethnic music." As a student of Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath alongside La Monte Young and Terry Riley, an associate of the Fluxus movement, and even a live collaborator with The Velvet Underground, Flynt was a part of one of the 20th century's richest art and music milieus.

Graduation, recorded between 1975 and 1979, was meant to be the debut of his avant-garde hillbilly music. The album's title track is a slow, twisted ballad that unfolds like a funeral dream over dirge-like country riffs. "Celestial Power," the album's 20-minute closing track, is an entrancing minimalist composition performed strictly with oscillating vibrato guitar. As Flynt explains, "I aspire to a beauty which is ecstatic and perpetual, while at the same time being concretely human and emotionally profound."

Shelved upon its completion in 1980, Graduation was not released until after the turn of the century. In 2013, it still sounds years ahead of its time.  

Tracklisting :

1. Graduation 2. A Portrait 3. Lonesome Train Dreams 4. Double Spindizzy 5. No Rights 6. Virginia Trance 7. Conga 8. Celestial Power  

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Henry Flynt / You Are My Everlovin'
Price: 15€
Format: CD
#Ref: SV144
Release date: 2017

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HENRY FLYNT YOU ARE EVERLOVIN'

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CD / reissue - 8 page booklet with notes by the artist

Recorded on June 16th, 1981 at Inroads in New York City

1981-USA

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Philosopher, musician and anti-art activist, Henry Flynt has long foregone the academicism often associated with "serious music" in favor of a uniquely intuitive, emotional approach to composition. In the 1960s and 1970s he was a part of NYC's vibrant avant-garde scene, studying with Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath and developing his own proprietary technique on violin.

You Are My Everlovin', Flynt's first published musical work, finds the composer in peak form at a lower Manhattan loft in late spring 1981. Featuring solo electric violin and pre-recorded tambura, this sinuous performance elegantly brings together disparate vernaculars – Southern blues, modal jazz, Appalachian fiddle, North Indian raga – into a new and bracing whole.

As Flynt writes in the liner notes, "The electric violin timbre is crucial; it allows me to crush the diverse styles into a unity. I imagined the genre as open, radiant improvisation ... an open plain that could absorb anything."

Incorporating themes and melodic phrases from his earlier work, Everlovin' becomes Flynt's own Gesamtkunstwerk – a work that is at once rooted in and liberated by the drone, revealing the profound mutability and utter singularity of this American iconoclast.  

Tracklisting :

1. You Are My Everlovin' (42:38)

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Suicide / Alan Vega . Martin Rev
Price: 21€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: SV110
Release date: 2016

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Vinyl LP / Reissue - Comes with printed innser sleeve

Recorded January 1980 at Power Station Studios, New York City 

1980-USA

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After crystallizing a reputation for confrontational live performances and releasing their essential debut LP, Suicide went into the studio to record their stunning follow-up. Producer Ric Ocasek lends a pop sensibility to the band's sound, constructing an atmosphere at once light and catchy, yet still crazed and venomous.

Originally released in 1980 on ZE Records, Alan Vega Martin Rev features an array of glistening keyboards and early preset rhythm machine sounds whose harsh simplicity suggests the discreet zones and confined movements of urban life. While his vocal treatments are more refined than before, Alan Vega is still cool as ice, visceral and evocative.

Superior Viaduct is honored to present Suicide's under-appreciated second album. For the first time since its initial release 35+ years ago, this vinyl release includes the original track list and artwork. If there can be a quintessential New York band, it is without a doubt Suicide.

Tracklisting :

1. Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne 2. Mr. Ray (To Howard T.) 3. Sweetheart 4. Fast Money Music 5. Touch Me 6. Harlem 7. Be Bop Kid 8. Las Vegas Man 9. Shadazz 10. Dance

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Takehisa Kosugi / Catch-Wave
Price: 23€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: SV158
Release date: 2018

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Vinyl LP / First-time vinyl reissue - Comes with insert + gorgious photography of the 1974's Mano Dharma concert.

1975-Japan

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Composer, multi-instrumentalist and mixed-media artist, Takehisa Kosugi has stood on the forefront of the Japanese avant-garde for over six decades. In the 1960s, he was part of Japan's first improvisational music collective, Group Ongaku, and contributed to Fluxus in New York. In 1969, he founded the influential, experimental ensemble The Taj Mahal Travellers, and in 1975 he would release his first solo album, Catch-Wave.

"Mano-Dharma '74" features improvised violin drones and voice with various oscillators, echo delays and layered tape experiments that the artist made in New York in 1967. While Kosugi's continuously changing spectrum of sound shifts gradually (almost imperceptibly), photocell synthesizers create ultra-low frequencies to disturb the crestless sound waves. The brighter the light is, the harsher the noise becomes.

Catch-Wave's second sidelong piece, "Wave Code #E-1," is a three-part performance for solo vocalist. As Kosugi describes in the liner notes (translated into English for this edition), the concept of onomatopoeia played an essential role in the type of sounds he generates with his voice, manipulated through customized electronic circuits and at times recalling Gregorian chant, throat singing and cosmic soundscapes.

Tracklisting :

1. Mano-Dharma '74 2. Wave Code #E-1

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Tony Conrad With Faust / Outside The Dream Syndicate
Price: 21€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: SV048
Release date: 2016

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Vinyl LP / 2016 reissue - Standard black vinyl pressing. Tip-on jacket with silver-foil-stamped text on front cover. Includes double-sided insert with liner notes.

Recorded at Wümme, October 1972. ©&℗ 1973 Tony Conrad.

1972-USA/Germany

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Violinist, composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad started his career in New York in the early 1960s. As a member of the Theatre of Eternal Music (a.k.a. the Dream Syndicate) alongside John Cale, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Angus MacLise, he participated in now-legendary and often legendarily loud drone performances with many pieces having no beginning and no end. During a fateful trip to Germany in 1972, Conrad met with avant-rock visionaries Faust and made the very first record to bear his name.

Outside The Dream Syndicate, originally released in Europe only in 1973, is a stunning debut. Two side-long tracks – "The Side Of Man And Womankind" and "The Side Of The Machine" – show just how far Conrad had moved beyond his minimalist peers. Werner Diermaier's repetitive drum beat and Jean-Hervé Peron's stripped-down bassline conjure a tense, ascetic groove, while Conrad's seamless violin, initially so controlled, reveals a surprising adaptability. The music shifts almost on a subliminal level, pushing and pulling to the drone's internal pulse.

It is hard to imagine Conrad's trajectory from downtown Manhattan to a farmhouse in the German countryside that ultimately resulted in Outside The Dream Syndicate, yet no other record captures – so completely and instantly – the intersection of avant-garde and rock forms. Outside The Dream Syndicate remains ahead of and bracingly outside of its time.

This first-time vinyl reissue has been carefully mastered from the original master tapes and includes liner notes by musician Jim O'Rourke and author Branden W. Joseph.  

Tracklisting :

1. The Side Of Man And Womankind 2. The Side Of The Machine

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