Nurse With Wound List

“Dark and majestic, News from Babel remains ahead of their time.”-Michael Draine

“The second record by this group (Lindsay Cooper, Zeena Parkins and Chris Cutler) with invitees Robert Wyatt, Sally Potter, Phil Minton and Dagmar Krause who sing, and Bill Gilonis (of The Work) who plays occasional guitar and bass, and who also produced the recording.
These are extended songs, unusually orchestrated and arranged and not much like anything else recorded before or since.”-Chris Cutler...

“Dark and majestic, News from Babel remains ahead of their time.”-Michael Draine

“News from Babel was the song project inaugurated by Chris Cutler with fellow ex Henry Cow composer Lindsay Cooper. The pieces for this first LP were written for a band that also included Zeena Parkins (harp - her first recording with the instrument) and the incomparable Dagmar Krause (another ex-band member) singing.
Using the studio as an instrument and experimenting with unusual instrumentation and techniques.

The third album by Nico and a classic of its cold, undefinable type, and possibly her single most defining work! It's just Nico on voice and harmonium and John Cale on pianos and strings and other instruments at just the right times.

“"This 1970 Reprise Records album finds Nico reunited with her Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale as producer, main instrumentalist and harmony vocalist. Co-produced by Joe Boyd (legendary producer of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Incredible String Band)...

The third album by Nico and a classic of its cold, undefinable type, and possibly her single most defining work! It's just Nico on voice and harmonium and John Cale on pianos and strings and other instruments at just the right times.

“"This 1970 Reprise Records album finds Nico reunited with her Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale as producer, main instrumentalist and harmony vocalist. Co-produced by Joe Boyd (legendary producer of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Incredible String Band)...

Nico solo on Top Gear, 1971 in excellent sound. A scary woman and her harmonium and her scary songs!

Nico's fourth and final great studio album, remastered and hugely expanded. Great arrangements and performances by John Cale, who brought along Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera to perform as well. This has tons of great, previously unavailable, solo BBC...

The second album by Nico and a classic of its cold, undefinable type, especially considering it was released in 1968! John Cale's arrangements rule too. Very nicely remastered from the original tapes and it even includes two bonus, never before heard tracks!

"The Marble Index is one of the most uncompromising albums ever to be filed under rock; the first to abandon conventional structures and instrumentation, it was really the product of two European sensibilities - Nico's and John Cale's, the...

The second album by Nico and a classic of its cold, undefinable type, especially considering it was released in 1968! John Cale's arrangements rule too.

"The Marble Index is one of the most uncompromising albums ever to be filed under rock; the first to abandon conventional structures and instrumentation, it was really the product of two European sensibilities - Nico's and John Cale's, the glacial mood and now-deepened voice of one allied to the astonishingly imaginative musicianship of the other..

Reissue from the master tapes of this truly 'out music' classic, released in a limited edition of 500 copies!

"One of very few indie label releases on Spin Magazine's list of 100 top counter-cultural music, ahead of legends like Mulatu Astatke...

Reissue from the master tapes of this truly 'out music' classic, released in a limited edition of 500 copies!

"One of very few indie label releases on Spin Magazine's list of 100 top counter-cultural music, ahead of legends like Mulatu Astatke, Brigitte Fontaine, Pärson Sound, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra, Harry Partch, and Os Mutantes. Zowie!"

"In 1965, eight guys from London, Ontario, decided to start a free-improv group — 'free' to the point of building their own ...

A collection of rehearsal tapes, live tapes and outtakes by this German band, from 1971-1975. Over 35' comes from 1971-1972, the time of their 1st album and their best period, but there also includes some work from the time of their 3rd album, Only The...

This is a hand-numbered edition of 999 copies!

“This concert is a beautiful event, for me. These musicians seem to me to have have really grasped what my songs are about; but at the same time, created an entirely fresh way of putting the music together. I feel so honored and so grateful.”-Robert Wyatt, March 2019

“One of the greatest albums of the 1970s, beautifully reimagined and re-written for orchestra. I have listened to Rock Bottom hundreds of times, and thought I was familiar with...

Pierre Bastien and Bernard Pruvost perform on double bass, seil-cord, prepared piano, prepared double bass, electric guitar, zither, alto saxophones and sopranino, cornets, shennaï, Pakistani oboe, flute.

“When the second Nu Creative Methods album was released, New And Rediscovered Musical Instruments (1975) by Max Eastley and David Toop had already been available for almost three years. Without being able to say that there was a direct, real-time influence, the direction taken by the British...

“Recorded concurrently with John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album, Yoko's features the same musicians, namely John, Ringo Starr, and Klaus Voormann along with the Ornette Coleman Quartet on one cut.
Unlike John's record, however, Yoko's is much more a "jam"-sounding record. And while there are definite songs, lyrics are mainly vocal improvisations. Still, if avant-garde is your cup of tea, then check this one out. It's good, if only to hear John Lennon really get the guitar cranking on the opening...

“The Early Years collection has been released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the music-theater company, Operating Theatre, by composer Roger Doyle and performer Olwen Fouere. Operating Theatre has been active in two phases: the first from 1981 to 1988, and the second from 1998 to 2008. This double-CD set celebrates the first phase, during which the company operated as both a theatre company, integrating music as an equal partner in the theatrical environment, and as a band releasing...

Classic third and final (and best!) album by this German band, who released this one in 1972.

"Existing for ten years or so, Out Of Focus were amongst the finest of German rock fusion bands. Formed in late 1968 in Munich, they rapidly...

"Out of Focus from Munich released three LPs during their lifetime. Their last one was a double LP which was done after they had toured in Italy, a musical journey which had been sponsored by the Goethe Institute. The gigs had been recorded on an...

For their 3rd and final album, Out Of Focus added many musicians on reeds and brass, in addition to their usual guitar, organ, sax, bass, drums lineup. This record, the well known "Four Letter Monday Afternoon", was released as a double album, but...

Much-needed reissue of a 1975 live date by this improvising ensemble who specialized in music that had a very wide dynamic range, but especially who could play extremely softly at times. The original vinyl release of this album suffered greatly from...

"One of the most important musical partnerships in English free improvisation was the duo of Tony Oxley and Derek Bailey. Their long standing friendship began as early as 1963 with the group Joseph Holbrooke (including composer/bassist Gavin Bryars)...

"Evan Parker is one of the world's greatest saxophone virtuosos, a revolutionary innovator who has almost single handedly changed the language of the instrument. House Full of Floors is the exciting follow up to his incredible studio composition Time...

Evan Parker - soprano saxophone (1,3,5,6) tenor saxophone (2, 4)

“Evan Parker made his first trip to North America as a performer in the fall of 1978 touring solo in the US and Canada. His landmark solo record Monoceros had been recorded in April. This is a recording of his first solo performance in New York City. While it may lack the sonic fidelity of Monoceros, its raw passion makes a statement to the New York audiences lucky to have been at Environ that October evening.”

“First vinyl re-issue of Evan Parker's duo with George Lewis. Transferred from the original masters, Otoroku has discovered that the original Incus LP was cut at the wrong speed -- and so, here is the first vinyl issue of the correct masters, or "mastas" as Adam Skeaping, legendary engineer who is also responsible for Six of One and Compatibles, fondly calls them.
Skeaping, always working with the latest in recording technology for the time, has a knack for gaining access to remarkable spaces. Good...

“Mythically alluded to as "An Improvised Urban Psychodrama In Eight Parts," Collective Calls utilizes electronics, pre-records and homemade instruments to wryly in/act self-investigation. On Collective Calls, only the fifth release to appear on the newly minted Incus label, percussionist Paul Lytton arrives with an arsenal of sound making sources to push Parker into ever new territory. Recorded in the loft of The Standard Essenco Co on Southwark Street by Bob Woolford (Topography of the Lungs...

Evan Parker: Soprano Sax
Matthew Wright: Turntable, Live Sampling
Adam Linson: Double Bass, Electronics
John Coxon: Turntable, Electronics
Ashley Wales: Electronics

“A dream-like aura surrounds these recordings by Evan Parker and Matthew Wright - Trance Map+ from the Jazz Festival Nickelsdorf: Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf. "Filtered through the silicon of the hard drive, birds and insects often sound electronically generated and some of the synthesized sounds, designed in software.

This is an amazing archival release by the underground Swedish band who later became Trad, Gras Och Stenar and International Harvester. Influenced by Terry Riley's 1967 Swedish stay when they played with him in their High School band (!), this is very early (1967-68) trance/drone/ psych/minimalism/hippie rock of extremely high quality.
None of their music was ever released in their lifetime, and this fine collection of live & studio recordings is of quite good to great sound quality, & immense...

"Souffle Continu Records present a reissue of Jean-Francois Pauvros and Gaby Bizien's No Man's Land, originally released on Un-Deux-Trois in 1976. Whether it is with the label Palm, or for Un-Deux-Trois, Jef Gilson has produced some of the best albums of French free jazz and improvisation. But that's not all: he also offered perfect recording conditions enabling some of the fresh young talent to emerge, including Daunik Lazro, André Jaume, and Jean-François Pauvros, all three of whom released their first...

"Previously unreleased, the three tracks on Pays Noir come from recording sessions held at the same time as those for the cult album No Man's Land, produced by Jef Gilson in 1976, and published on vinyl by Souffle Continu Records in 2017.
Singled out at the time of its release by Actuel, Rock & Folk, and Melody Maker, the tabula rasa of No Man's Land is the result of free-flowing experiments born of chance, if the two musicians are to be believed. Indeed, their approach to free improvisation was...

14 pieces by this improvising guitarist, known for his work with Catalogue.

"A three-guitar revision sees Keith Moliné, Gary Siperko and Kristof Hahn (Swans) expand the established orchestra of analog and digital synths (Wheeler, Gagarin), clarinet (Boon), drums (Mehlman) and Thomas' unique vocals. 20 YEARS IN A MONTANA MISSILE SILO follows their 2015 release Carnival of Souls, which was widely praised by the media and used by cult series 'American Horror Story' in Season 4. David Thomas: "The new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream. The Chinese Whispers...

New Picnic Time
The Art Of Walking
Song Of The Bailing Man
Architectural Salvage

“Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’ is a four disc CD bookback set with excerpts from the Pere Ubu scrapbook 75-82, written by David Thomas, including historical photos. It features the ground-breaking ‘New Picnic Time’ described by one critic as the “scariest album ever recorded”. Plus ‘The Art Of Walking’ featuring Mayo Thomson of Red Crayola, ‘Song Of The Bailing Man’ and a further CD of glorious...

“With Pere Ubu on hiatus since 1982s excellent Song Of The Bailing Man, David Thomas had recorded a` much-praised solo album and the band had now signed to a major label. In a period of rampant world commercialism, what would happen next? Another crucial era for the band unraveled, Pere Ubus journey charted new undulating territory and so began a three-album escapade that retooled our understanding of what pop music is. Things were further obscured with Cloudland when they released their industrial...

Their great, second album.

"How does one describe this original, witty and dadaist band to the uninitiated? It's not an easy task, since there was liitle before Ubu to anticipate it's music and few since who have dared to follow in their footsteps. Take the static synths that blare like a short wave between frequencies, herky jerky(but excellent) rhythyms, inverted guitar skronk and the demented inner child voicings of David Thomas, season with Captain Beefheart, The Stooges, a little Eno and....

The Modern Dance
Dub Housing
The Hearpen Singles
Live at Max’s Kansas City 1977

“The Modern Dance is one of the first and greatest art-rock records.”-The Guardian

“‘Elistism For The People 1975-1978’ is a four-disc ‘bookback’ set featuring excerpts from the Pere Ubu scrapbook 75-82, written by David Thomas, including historical photos.
The set collects the bracing and brilliant Pere Ubu in their earliest incarnation, with the devasting one-two knockout blow of 1978 stu

"Smash the hegemony of dance. Stand still. Pere Ubu return with their first new studio album in over three years. The 35th anniversary of the group's debut (The Modern Dance). The album ushers in a new era in the history of Pere Ubu, with David Thomas...

I saw Ubu 4-5 times, but the show that made the biggest impression on me was on the tour they undertook for their 1st album, The Modern Dance. I saw them about 5 weeks before this show and they were crazy and splendid. Finally, you (and I) can hear what I heard then. Not a perfect recording by any means, but pretty good and certainly good enough. Conditionally recommended!

"Pere Ubu's Live at the Longhorn is as much an indispensable live rock album as Modern Dance is an indispensable studio...

Great performances and excellent, rockin' live sound.

"A great live recording of the sadly short-lived version of the band that existed between the arrival of Eric Drew Feldman and the departure of Chris Cutler. By far the best recording of the Scott, Cutler, Maimone rhythm section, I think, and the whole band is on intense concert form: David racked up to 11, Eric working equally on foundations and fine details as to the out-there manner born and Jim Jones somewhere in the stratosphere...

Originally released in 1989 and out of print for a number of years, this is 13 tracks from 3 live shows in good sound, from 1978, 1980 and 1981. Reissued here on David Thomas' Hearthan label. Especially in 1978, the band were really one of the greats of that time.

"The second volume in the live Ubu saga, this is sonically better than its predecessor, 390 Degrees of Simulated Stereo. One Man Drives While the Other Man Screams songs Covering the period from 1978-1981, the tracks on this recording...

"After tinkering with a more (supposedly) commercially-oriented pop sound in the late 80's and early 90's, Pere Ubu reformed and came roaring back with this gem which, in my humble opinion, ranks right up there with their best. In some ways, this outing even tops the much-heralded masterpieces of their heyday (e.g. Modern Dance, Dub Housing, etc.) in that it is really, really TIGHT. Whereas many of their other efforts tend to meander a bit (not that that's necessarily a bad thing, mind you), this thing...

Fifth and final studio Ubu album until the band returned a number of years later with The Tenement Year. I saw them on this tour and they were fantastic, so even though the popular wisdom is that they weren't firing on all cylinders by this time, I like this!

Fourth Ubu disc has Mayo Thompson of Red Krayola joining on guitar and changing and making the sound less overtly rock based. Still some great stuff here!

"Pere Ubu unveil their new album, The Long Goodbye, nearly two years after their previous record for Cherry Red, 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo.
Named after Raymond Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye is the end of a road. Front man David Thomas has long talked of their journey to Satisfied City: 'This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years.' This Pere Ubu album sounds like no other. It boasts a large expanse of synths due to...

After a number of very good self-released 45's, Pere Ubu found themselves signed to a hip 'new wave' subsidiary of a major label (Blank Records - which only lasted two albums) for this, the premier release on Blank. I saw their tour for this album at B...

After a number of very good self-released 45's, Pere Ubu found themselves signed to a hip 'new wave' subsidiary of a major label (Blank Records - which only lasted two albums) for this, the premier release on Blank. I saw their tour for this album at Bethesda's rather tiny Psychedelly in 1978. They were great; I wasn't very familiar with them at all, so my main memories were of David Thomas' nervous/poet stage presence and Allen Raventine's great noisy non-keyboard synth work. This recording, from 1976...

David Thomas – vocals, trombone, melodeon, spike
Jim Jones – guitar, backing vocals
Allen Ravenstine – EML synthesizer, sax, backing vocals
Tony Maimone – bass, backing vocals
Chris Cutler – drums, percussion, noises
Scott Krauss – drums

This is a 2018 reissue of the sixth Pete Ubu album; the 1st after a six year layoff, and, imo, finds the reunited band of mostly originals, with a few 'new kids who do a great job' (I'm talking about YOU, Chris Cutler and Jim Jones!) in...

“Pere Ubu unveil their new album, 'Trouble On Big Beat Street', nearly four years after their previous record for Cherry Red, 'The Long Goodbye'.
'The Modern Dance' (1978) marked the end of Rock 'n' Roll. 'Trouble On Big Beat Street' marks the end of The Song. Pere Ubu ended with 'The Long Goodbye'. Pere Ubu begins again with 'Trouble On Big Beat Street'. If you missed the last 48 years then imagine a badattitude. Imagine Electric Light Orchestra - the version with Roy Wood - then add Muddy Waters...

"Pere Ubu have really come out fighting with Why I Hate Women, racing towards all horizons at full tilt, pushing the experimental envelope further than ever, but also tightening up their trademark avant-punk attack. If St Arkansas saw them rooting around furtively in rock's darkest, dankest corners, on Why I Hate Women Ubu seem to illuminate these secret spaces with firework displays and thousand-watt searchlights. The rhythm section (Ubu's longest serving) of bassist Michele Temple and drummer Steve....

“The early works by Bo Anders Persson presented on this record were written between 1965 and 1967, before he started the experimental rock band Pärson Sound. The CD version is housed in a digipack sleeve including a booklet with in-depth, informative liner-notes and pictures. All but one track is previously-unreleased.
What is the origin of this strange, un-place-able music? What is its place in history, in the unfolding of important conceptual ideas, turning musical modernism into something wider...

"Of the avant-progressive scene in Italy - i.e. Opus Avantra, Alfredo Tisocco, Franco Battiato and many others, Pierrot Lunaire's second has to rate as one of the very best. It's difficult to describe the music as the combinations of a vast array of....

Numbered, limited edtion of 500, pressed on red vinyl.

"Of the avant-progressive scene in Italy - i.e. Opus Avantra, Alfredo Tisocco, Franco Battiato and many others, Pierrot Lunaire's second has to rate as one of the very best. It's difficult to describe the music as the combinations of a vast array of influences make this practically unclassifiable. There are operatic vocals over distorted electronics, somber piano interludes, baroque harpsichord and other strong classical moves; symphonic...