Carnackopia, Bandcamplitude, Lean Fat

Hello all,

I’ve been especially busy since the last news post, and lots of things are fizzing and burbling the in eie kitchen this summer, but more will be said of that soon enough. Right now, there are three main things to mention: new Thomas Carnacki items in the shop, new listings on the irr. Bandcamp page, and the long-awaited release (and disappointing outcome) of the Dark Fat vinyl edition.


From out of the arid wilderness of the California East Bay has recently arrived a shipment (transported by donkey caravan, as always) of two new offerings from the infamous Thomas Carnacki cabal. The first of these is a vinyl 7″ elaborately titled ‘Where’s My Love, My Eyes Are Gone, The Rains Are Coming (Second Begemot)‘. In order to maximize it’s damage to the human condition, this insidious document has manifested itself in three different ways: as black vinyl (limited to 400 copies), as blue vinyl (limited to 100 copies) and as blue vinyl swathed in a special edition, custom-made cloth sleeve (limited to 50 copies). The cloth sleeves come in a cheerful variety of colours, which include, but are not limited to, those hues which have been known to occur in nature.


The special numbered edition also contains the additional bonus of an original pen & ink drawing by the High Carnackiphant himself, Gregory “Don’t Call Me Barbara” Scharpen. All three options are available in the shop, but in limited quantities.


The second TC item is the very limited 3″ CDR ‘The Infant’s Trajectory‘, a few copies of which managed to survive the shenanigans at the 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit (a shameless bacchanal that, with every passing year, drags more of our innocent youth into the quagmire of self-indulgence and depravity). Each copy (which have been scrupulously cleansed of any residual traces of moral turpitude, in case you were concerned) is numbered and features festive hand-drawn pen & ink artwork on the disc, once again rendered by the aforementioned Scharpen. Full details can be found on the item pages.


In order to help lubricate the effectiveness of your shopping experience, a variety of combined-postage bundles have been prepared for both new items. Buttons for the 3″ and 7″ (each version) combined together can be found underneath the individual-purchase buttons on each page, as well as larger bundles that include the 3″ and the 7″ plus the other 3 Thomas Carnacki CDs in the shop, and a deluxe bundle that includes all of these items as well as the legendary Thomas Carnacki / Vulcanus 68 split LP. Just scroll down to see all of the options.

“Listening to the music of Thomas Carnacki is probably the most profoundly sexual sensory experience I’ve ever had — and I grew up on a chinchilla farm.” — William Hope Hodgson


 


Three new listings have been added to the irr. app. (ext.) Bandcamp page, all three of which were previously only available on cassette: Flux/Crayfish (2011), The 11-Year Backwards Sleepwalk (also 2011), and Yma Dhym Mûr Varthegyon (the irr. side from the 2013 ‘Arpt Verjennepp Tonxtie’ split cassette). ‘Yma Dhym…’ has been extended from the original 23-minute version on the cassette to a robust 33 minutes — and each individual one of those extra ten minutes its worth 10 minutes in itself. The download version of ‘Sleepwalk’ is rumoured to contain a hidden bonus track, but this rumour is so scurrilous and despicable that I refuse to even make mention of it.


On a less exultant note, the triple-LP boxed edition of Dark Fat has finally materialised. My disappointed response is not due to the box itself, which is a thing of beauty for the entire world to enjoy for thousands of years far into the distant future; the trouble stems solely from the unfortunate fact that, due to administrative miscalculation (for lack of a better phrase), I’ve received a piddling 3 copies to sell. This has created a serious hiccup in my accounting, as I expected quite a few more than that to help carry me through the completion of the new irr. album (which is coming along very nicely, by the way). To try to remedy this shortfall, I’ve come up with 2 strategies.

One is to make each of these 3 copies a special edition of my own, including a CDR copy of ‘Dark Drippings’, a 2xCDR copy of the Dark Fat vinyl audio master, and at least one piece of specially-made original artwork sized 12″ x 12″ to fit in the box. Full details will follow as soon as I figure them out. If you haven’t bought your copy of the box yet, you may want to hold off and save your pennies for this extra-ultra-snazzy version. The regular box is going for 45 euro (about $54), so this 3-copy special edition is going to be somewhat more expensive than that.

The second strategy is to create another ‘Dark Drippings’-type collection from some of the raw material that wasn’t used on other projects. Work on this new collection, titled ‘A Darker Shade Of Fat’, is already underway. I’m sure this might come across as milking the same tired cow one time more than is prudent, but the truth is there is a lot of material left to explore, and I’m making use of it in a far more unorthodox way: layering and manipulating the sources even beyond what was done on Dark Fat to create something distinctly different. So, less of an “extras and outtakes” collection, and more of a self-contained work. This new album will only be released digitally to begin with, as I don’t have the resources to make something physical right now; but I hope to make a small physical edition available in the not-too-distant future.

Also: some credits were accidentally left out of the album’s liner notes, so perhaps I can remedy that here. I assembled and mastered the original Dark Fat CD album myself, and the re-editing and remastering of the album for vinyl was also done by me. Dig that: the little man is blowing his own horn. “Toot toot toot,” says the little man.

All the best to all of you for the foreseeable future,

—msw

Chewing Some Fat

Hello All:

As usual, I’m running quite far behind on the schedule I’d hoped to be following, and this is prompting me to adjust my plans a little bit. I’ve found it works better to make new items available in clusters to allow people (especially overseas customers) to reduce their postage costs by combining items, so my intention has been to delay making my copies of the new NWW ‘Dark Fat’ album available until I could offer it in combination with the next two new irr. releases and a new Readymades compilation. That was the plan, but the new albums are simply taking too long, and enough people have started making inquiries about when I’d get around to dishing out some Fat that I’ve decided it’s time to get on with it. I don’t want to rush the new material arbitrarily, and I don’t want to delay making DF available so long that everyone gets fed up and buys their copies somewhere else (which may have already happened to some extent). Fortunately, I do have a couple other things to offer right now, so I’ll just be grouping everything in two smaller batches instead of all together in one.

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Nurse With Wound - Dark Fat cvr SM DARK FAT + DARK DRIPPINGS

All lot of you probably already know about the most recent Nurse With Wound 2 CD album ‘Dark Fat’, so I won’t go into too much detail about it. The album was built out of the archive of live recordings I’ve been making since the current version of NWW live activity began in 2005, but it is by no means a straightforward live document: all of the sources have been layered and manipulated to create entirely new works. I played a large role in constructing the album, as well as cleaning up all the source material, fitting all the pieces together and mastering the final result. The outcome is really rather nice, if I do say so myself, and is spectacularly packaged with new Babs Santini collages. My own stash of copies to sell is limited to 35, and, as a consequence of being the only one based in the States, I was last in line to receive them, so I’ve put together a little bonus in hopes of enticing people of buying their copies from me (although, as I mentioned before, I may have missed the boat on that as a result of delaying things for so long).

Dark Drippings coverDark Drippings bcover This extra enticement is called ‘Dark Drippings’ (the Brits out there should catch the meaning), an hour-long additional disc I’ve assembled out of ‘Dark Fat’ trimmings and alternates. I’ve created some artwork for it that closely mimics Bab’s DF cover art, while also being a bit saucier in nature (<nudge nudge> Getit? Hanh? Getit? <snort!>). A copy of ‘Dark Drippings’ is bundled with each of the 35 copies of ‘Dark Fat’ that I have for sale. This does mean that the price is a little higher, since another motive behind it was to make a little more return from the few copies I have to sell. Apologies to those you don’t want the extra disc: all my copies are being bundled and priced this way.

Here are the liner notes to provide a bit more information: “This disc is a collection of raw sources, outtakes and alternate versions from the Nurse With Wound ‘Dark Fat’ double CD. The project underwent several significant changes over the course of a year-and-a-half: first being intended as part of a box set, and then a single disc on its own, and then a single disc with a limited bonus disc of outtakes, and finally a fully-realised double disc set. Around half of the material contained here represents that initial ‘outtake’ version of the second disc, minus those sections that carried over to the released version. In keeping with the original guiding concept behind it, the additional content is either: 1) an unmodified extract of the live recordings that were altered & layered to create the tracks on ‘Dark Fat’ (such as track 5, which is an excerpt of the Scribble Seven performance at St. Peter’s Arts Centre in 2006), 2) an alternate source with distinct audio character (such as track 10, which is the direct-from-the-board version of an extract from the 2008 London Fields Lido ‘swimming pool’ concert, rather than the underwater recording used on ‘DF’), or 3) an outtake from one of the concerts that I felt was unique, or at least unusual, but would never fit in anywhere except a bits-and-bobs collection like this (such as my stirring interpretation of ‘The Old Man Of The Mountain’ on track 6, taken from our second appearance at the AvantGarde Festival in 2009, and which was the only of the three attempted performances of the song that wasn’t completely awful). As with ‘Dark Fat’ itself, piquant moments from soundchecks and wacky extracts from NWW’s solitary attempt at a reheasal (just prior to the show at Koko in 2011) have been liberally sprinkled throughout. Two tracks I’d created for the Nine Day Antler Society using NWW soundcheck sources (’A Subsidence In Possibilities Precipitated By The Peroration Of A South-Facing Markhor’ {July 2014} and ‘1959, The Observatory’ {November 2014}) have also been included.”

Dark Drippings is very simply packaged in the style of the NWW bonus discs included with ‘Soundpooling’, ‘The Man With The Woman Face’, and the ‘Shipwreck Radio’ volumes: a fully-printed CDR in a plastic sleeve with a 2-sided, 4 panel fold-out insert. The price for the DF/DD 3 disc set is $30 + postage (7 oz. @ $3 Media Mail (US) / $13.50 international). Not wanting to snub those of you who have already bought ‘Dark Fat’ from a different source (and also hoping to squeeze some additional and much-needed funds from this thing), I’m also making 50 copies of ‘Dark Drippings’ available individually for $12 + postage (3 oz. @ $3 Media Mail /$13.50 international). All 85 copies will be individually numbered, the 35 DF/DD copies numbered in gold and the 50 individual copies numbered in silver. Since I have so few copies, I’m not listing this in the shop: just contact me at irrappext@gmail.com to arrange an order or to ask questions.

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Readymade Mondo Anthem cvr

READYMADE MONDO ANTHEM!

I also have a mere 5 copies of the new ‘Readymade Mondo Anthem!’ compilation cassette available for purchase. An 80-minute final hurrah from the now-defunct Readymade Tapes label, it features 2 exclusive tracks from irr. app. (ext.) plus fold-out cover & insert art from myself. This collection has actually been released by Black Horzions, as Readymades had already disintegrated before the project was fully finalised. 2 tracks each from At Jennie Richie, Vertonen, Balkh, Six Heads and Crank Sturgeon are also included, with everything wrapped up in Black Horizons’ typically stunning silver-on-black printed inserts. Copies are $10 + postage (5 oz. @ $3 Media Mail (US) / $13.50 international). Once again, since copies are so scarce I’m not going to list this item in the shop; instead, inquire at irrappext@gmail.com. Keep in mind I only have 5 copies of this item.

 

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mini-print set FULL sm MINI PRINT SET

Lastly, I’ve created some small prints of 28 of my art pieces: 12 paintings, 8 brush & ink drawings, and 8 charcoal drawings. The images are printed on heavy 110# white paper, image sizes approximately 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ and the overall sizes being around 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Except for the charcoal pieces, everything is full colour. To be honest, I’m not sure if this project was a good idea, and I’m a bit stumped as to how best to offer them up for sale. I’ve come up with a few different options, as follows:

individual prints are available for $5 + postage (4 oz. @ $3 First Class (US) / $13.50 international)

full set of all 8 charcoal images or 8 brush & ink images = $35 + postage (8 oz. @ $3.50 First Class (US) / $13.50 international)

full set of all 12 painted images = $50 + postage (11 oz. @ $4 First Class (US) / $22.50 international)

mix and match any 5 prints = $22 (7 oz. @ $3.50 First Class (US) / $13.50 international)

full set of 28 images = $100 (20 oz. @ $13 Priority (US) / $22.50 international)

You can better see the image options, each listed by title and a print number, by clicking these thumbnails:

sale chart 1a - paintingssale chart 1b - paintingssale chart 2 - inksale chart 3 - charcoal

As with everything else listed in this newsletter, I am not going to create a shop listing for these items — at least, not until I find out if it’s worthwhile to keep these prints in stock. To order, contact me at irrappext@gmail.com and list the prints you want by both number and title (just to be absolutely sure). If it’s a long title, any coherent abbreviation will suffice. Be aware that print orders, or any combined order including prints, can not be shipped by Media Mail: First Class or Priority will have to be used.

Combined postage can be figured for any combinations of anything listed here or in the shop. And, as always, apologies to overseas customers for the obscene international postage rates!

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More news about new irr. releases and various other treasures will hopefully follow later in the month.

–msw