21 Nov 2014
Marking the first in a series of music and spoken word collaborations happening all across England over the next 12 months, sublime psychonauts GNOD and elemental electronicists H.U.M. are collaborating with John Doran on a special performance in Salford next week.
Find out more: here
19 Nov 2014
18 Nov 2014
We are proud to say that London Independent Record Shop chain Sister Ray has made Goat's Commune it's album of the year which is a real honour!!
This is what Sister Ray's Phil Barton said about the album:
“The Goat album has been far and away our most popular staff pick this year. If you like your swirling psychedelia with a catfight of vocals and guitars then put Commune on your must buy list. Failing that buy it anyway because we haven't had a customer yet who doesn't think it’s great.”
Find out more here: Clash Magazine
In other news Piccadilly Records have put us in at number 8 in their end of year chart.
See the full list here: Piccadilly Records
Rough Trade Shops has put the album in at number 13 in their Top 100 albums of the year.
See the full list here: Rough Trade
And Jumbo Records put the album in at number 5 in their end of year round up
See the full list here: Jumbo Records
Again, a real compliment
Thanks to both shops for their support!
13 Nov 2014
You can watch an Evil Blizzard video of an edit of their track Sacrifice (the LP version is over 9mins long) above.
Also above is the track Don't be Choosey by Mamuthones with visuals created by Rocket's very own Johnny O
The press release reads:
MAMUTHONES / EVIL BLIZZARD – COLLISIONS VOL.4
The Rocket Recordings Collisions series has thus far seen luminaries like The Heads, White Hills, Oneida, Mugstar, Shit & Shine and Gnod locking horns against each other on psychic voyages to bold dimensions anew. The latest instalment again deals with a pair of hand-picked, boundary-breaking iconoclasts, pushing the Collisions series further out into the realm of the unexpected, as this Anglo-Italian pair of perversely kindred spirits combine to wreak havoc.
Mysteriously and ghoulish masked voyagers from a land of nightmare (via Preston, Lancashire) Evil Blizzard have been raising eyebrows in the live arena in the last two years with their queasy,grand guignol-tinged style of repetitive and intense dementia, existing on a psychic wavelength informed by the howling dread of ‘Metal Box’-era PiL, the sonic overload of Hawkwind and a taste for a very British type of disquieting absurdity. Their contribution to this disc comprises two versions of the previously unreleased powerhouse that remains at the centre of their live set, ‘Sacrifice’; along with the sinister riff-monolith itself, a remix by fellow Rocket artists Teeth Of The Sea, beams the track through a prism of electronic horrorscore tension and adds chanted vocal mantas and demented ululations to suitably unsettling and portentous effect.
Mamuthones, noted for their position in the burgeoning Italian occult psychedelic movement, possess markedly similar psychological makeup, building their sound on circular, repetitive motifs and taking their name from a death-masked figure from a ritual of some 2,000 years standing, famous for walking the processions and haunting the imaginations of the Sardinian locals via their prominence in traditional carnivals. Yet in keeping with the darkly celebratory origins of their monicker, this band, formed by ex-Jennifer Gentle (Sub Pop) man Alessio Gastaldello, are possessed of an upbeat and effervescent sound equally damaged by the dark alchemy of early Can, the sci-fi swagger of Chrome and the magpie spirit of Eno and Byrne’s ‘My Life In The Bush With Ghosts’.
Collisions 04 explores the ying and yang of an approach whereby overt post-punk and psychedelic influences meld with with esoteric vibrations and irreverent attitude, challenging bands, listener, and label alike in an intimidating and invigorating assault on the senses. Evil Blizzard and Mamuthones make for formidable opponents, in a demolition derby where the result is victory for all.
Released: 19 January2015
Format: 600 x Milky clear colour vinyl LP's
01 I GOTTA BE
02 DON’T BE CHOOSY
03 FIRE ON FIRE
04 HOLY GHOST PEOPLE
06 SACRIFICE (TEETH OF THE SEA’S OFFERING MIX)
Running time: 39:07 minutes
12 Nov 2014
Paul Allen, late of Bristol psych unit The Heads, loosed his second album as Anthroprophh upon the world in September. Outside the Circle hangs song titles such as “2013 and She Told Me I Was Die” over a sonic countryside populated by the droopy third eye of stoner metal, the blinding astronomical event of Boredoms, and the dark absurdist kibitzing of The Mothers of Invention. Naturally, a few crania got bent. The Quietus wrote it “feels like the album that the equally eccentric and esoteric Akron/Family would become like the Manson Family and kill to make.”
Anthroprophh’s label, Rocket Recordings, has a bio up for the group on Bandcamp; the most striking thing is how it weaves promotional copy through entries from the Nurse With Wound list. The list, named after Steven Stapleton’s seminal musical outlet, dates back to 1979, when Nurse With Wound included an inventory of recording artists influential to them among copies of that band’s first album, Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella. In the ensuing decades, the list has taken on a life of its own, becoming a crucial document for collectors and the basis for much discussion, including whether some of the artists mentioned even exist.
Tiny Mix Tapes talked to Allen about his relationship with the Nurse With Wound list, music discovery, and the idea of an experimental-music canon.
Was the Nurse With Wound list fundamental for the band as collectors? What is your personal history with it?
I wouldn’t say it was fundamental to the band as a whole but for myself, it certainly provides a good reference for the kind of artists that were of great interest from a particular and prolific period within modern music. To me, the list is not an anachronism and has had some relevance for anyone curious about experimental music since its publication in 1979. I came to be aware of it via my burgeoning interest in krautrock. The Ultima Thule record shop website decided to print the list in its entirety. I never could afford or even obtain the first Nurse with Wound LP, especially at that time back in the late 90s, so I never saw it in the flesh, so to speak. I didn’t religiously hunt down a lot of the records on the list, and some of the music I just naturally bumped into in my search for artists I had never heard of before...
Read the rest of this great interview here: Tiny Mix Tapes
Our friend Jason from Mugstar has set up a great news label called God Unkown that has an impressive list of split singles lined up for release that features many Rocket bands.
The first of these singles club releases is a split between Gnod and Eternal Tapestry.
Get your copies and find out more about the series of amazing 7"s that are on their way here: God Unknown