Joseph McNulty "Walk Crawlin'" LP
The long-awaited, no-longer-delayed vinyl debut from songwriter /
garage experimentalist Joseph McNulty is here! Upon it, classic
loaf-eye college rawk / power pop / jangle punk songs and
instrumentals, rife with thoroughly catchy hooks and a gorgeously
battered drum kit. Also, slacker-esque country-isms, and even a
slightly Sun Araw-leaning dub-like gem. Ten cuts on this one-man-band
epic - a limited pressing of 112; black vinyl. Jacket art by C. Kann,
lyric sheet illustrated by James Rickard. Free download code
Snippets from the record
Pregnant Spore / nodolby one-sided
A single-sided split, pairing two heavy hitters/fellow label owners,
noise-and-beyond-scene wise: Justin
Marc Lloyd and Mic Scariot, both making their
solo debuts on the 12" LP format here. Thirteen lucky minutes of blown
out blissful chaos, manic mushroom musique, action malfunction, lo-fi
riffs, all mangled marvelously. Limited pressing of 52, in
painted/stencilled jackets, with various inserts (vintage book
clippings, et al.)
Audio samples: Pregnant Spore / nodolby
The Old Rig / Hobo Cubes / Saturn Finger / Balder-
€ 8.00 LAST
The Old Rig "Near the Ground" / Hobo Cubes "Behind
Saturn Finger "The Idea
of Fire and Air" / Balder- "Heavily,
With All Her Splendor"
Garage drones, cosmic miracles, psychedelic mists. Double 7", all four
sides at 33 RPM. Black vinyl. Housed in spraypainted/stencilled 7"
Arigato Paks. A limited pressing of 99 copies.
Audio sample: Snippets from the records
Strongly Imploded / Matomeri 7"
€ 4.00 LAST COPIES!
Strongly Imploded "Hier et aujourd'hui"
Matomeri "Crow Bar Walk"
Proudly presenting the very first vinyl release to be given an 'ABOS'
catalog number - a 45 of two exhilarating three-minute jazz-punk
scorchers from Europe's way-out corners. Italy's Strongly Imploded (fab
CD-Rs on Kimberly Dawn and Ikuisuus) hits us with psycho sax
outbursts and chopping block electronics, creative deconstruction,
augmented by plenty of "rock" oomph! Finland's Matomeri (previous
releases on OMS-B, and Ikuisuus as well) takes a somewhat
lower tech road, cave walls of sound unbound(ed), primal rippin' mad
great! Limited to "approximately" 102 copies with hand decorated /
stamped center labels and xeroxed paste-on art.
MP3 sample: Excerpts of both tracks
BSBTA Vinyl was a
precursor of sorts (2005-2009) to A Beard of Snails.
Here are four BSBTA titles you might be interested in...
v/a: Vinyl Snails LP
(BSBTA Vinyl / A Beard of Snails co-release)
€ 12.00 LIMITED RESTOCK!
Quintet "Original Record 2", Monks
of the Balhill / Pillars
of Heaven "La Voz de
la Que Había", Anla
Courtis / Paz Levinson
"El Alud", Lee
Noyes / Bruno Duplant
"This is Our Post-Exotic Anthem", vvalter de maria "GIBSRUMCOLALGEBSBTA"
Plants "Cresting", (VxPxC) "About to Collapse", Lee
Noble / Steve Molyneux
"Born Buried", Lars
Ro / Sometimes Jasmine
"Ind i kuglen"
Yet more "psychedelic collaborative
recordings" from more of our international friends on this (needless to
say) follow-up/companion piece to 2008's "Vinyl Beards".
"Vinyl Snails" is 45 minutes of haunting voices, prepared instruments,
battered blues, mesmeric lo-fi pastorale, and ritualist improv
Artwork/packaging note: these
last 13 copies come in LP jackets that have been painted
black (rather than the black jackets used for the other copies in this
edition); the stencilled blue image
on the front is the same.
v/a: Vinyl Beards LP
(BSBTA Vinyl / A Beard of Snails
€ 12.00 LAST COPIES!
Zombies "Trapped and Wounded", We
Wait for the Snow / throuRoof "The Red is Gone", Cones "Haffu Daffu Waffel", Family
Battle Snake / Sarah's
Charity "Violet Lotus Vision"
B: Donato Epiro / Vanessa
Rossetto "A Flower
Tried to Eat Me", Shiggajon "Atolla", The
End Springs / A Man & A Guitar "Dusty Train", Fabio
Orsi / Valerio Cosi "Cold
Fusion (in Our Fingers) (Alt. Mix)"
Eight collaborative tracks from a
veritable who's who of our favourite 'psych/folk/noise-underground'
people. Individually stencilled outer sleeves, 206
copies. Surprised these didn't all disappear years ago.
Elektronavn / Exquisite Russian Brides 7"
€ 3.00 LAST COPIES!
Elektronavn "Cosmic Depth / A Sense of Coherence"
Exquisite Russian Brides "Golden Rain Over Fascist Europe"
A delectable pairing: two meditative dronescape / avant-psych pieces
from two of Denmark's finest musicians in the field; Magnus O. Majmon
(Elektronavn) and Marc Kellaway (ERB) also make up two quarters of Pink Luminous Invocation. Loops,
zurna, bansuri, cello, bells, vocals and xylophone are utilized. Magic
is made. An edition of 270, in block printed sleeves (each individually
stamped, two different designs) by Marc K.
Antenne / cryptic scenery 7"
Antenne "Long to Kiss"
cryptic scenery "Escape"
Ethereal, expansive, chill(ed) lo-fi gems; female vocals, male vocals,
mindblowing guitar-isms, electronic intimacy, dreamy distortion, hazy
loop-craft. Locked grooves on both sides. No less than 275
of these were pressed; last pile here...
Il Rovescio Del Giardino "Extracts From Dying Circumstance" c50
Introducing... another (Italian) artist playing the mystery card! Nonetheless, "Extracts..." is truly a landmark release for A Beard of Snails Records (while being the label's last ever cassette, alas.) Revel, now, in these fifty minutes: voluminous and/or meditative compositions sculpted by/from soaring guitars, ominous percussion, dissonant inflections, heavy ether, and creatively manipulated / integrated field recordings. On yellow tapes, in hand painted / "stripped" BradPak cases - each one different.
Audio sample: Two excerpts from the tape
Also featured on a Metaphysical Circuits Mixcloud mix (2nd last track)
Letterfounder meets Ragged Lines "Book Club Beatz" c28
A brief smattering of brilliant(ine) house-centric Letterfounder (formerly S/H/A/R/R/P/S, Rough Ride of Crafts) recordings, augmented by the synths and shizzle of Ragged Lines (formerly Inhibitionists, Pacific Mausoleum) here. A Lewiston Mac vs. a Copenhagen PC + walls of sound = dance if you dare.
Audio sample: Untitled
On the Wrong Planet "III" c40
Indeed, the third album from (½ of Small Things on Sundays) Henrik Bagner's On the Wrong Planet project. With III, you get thirty-nine minutes worth of harsh power workouts, minimal drone wind visions, and skittering automation paintings to immerse your fine self in. One of our label's best sounding cassette releases, to boot. In an edition of 50 pro duplicated copies (with artwork by the other ½ of SToS.)
Audio samples: Convex, Hey-DRM (Cola-Mix), Rumble 3
Vejgaard Ambient / Andrew Perry/Dead Wood c58
Two-albums-on-one-cassette (limited to 52 pro duplicated copies) = our ultimate zen split tape release; though eclectic, similar vibes do... vibrate throughout.
Northern Denmark's Vejgaard Ambient checks in with four well crafted tripnotic rhythmic/atmospheric miracles under the title "The Dream House Diaries Vol. 1." Laid back lysergic abstractions and hauntological structure, interspersed with environmental sounds; think "down-to-Earth" moreso than "Kosmische." Lovely.
A different beast is "Peter Schmeichel's Excitable Tricycle", eight pieces from improv specialists Andrew Perry and Dead Wood. Here be fearless(ly) prepared guitar, drone/doom filth, and creeping curiousities. Ominous excursions and odd jaunts - devoid of beats and melody, but exceptionally "dream(y), baby, dream(y.)"
Audio samples: Vejgaard Ambient / Andrew Perry / Dead Wood
Fish Rumours" c25
New crazy gems from Nicholay Syrov's The Cats' Orchestra project (...split tape appearances on No Kings and Cae-sur-a, semi-recently), at times distinctly Russian, while positively otherworldly throughout. Shall we coin it toywave!? Lots of mysterious fun trick noisemakers on display here, at any rate; nightmare-whimsy synth(?), Pandit-esque organ (t)whirls, sepulchral soundtrack strings, and lush bass murk, too! A brief one, limited to 21 copies, in individually hand painted cardboard 'BradPak' cases.
Audio sample: Mongoose
Nundata "Amoeba" c49
€ 6.00 LAST
Well thought out compositional mayhem via filthy washes and gurgled
seances: another winner from Serbia's ambassador of kaleidoscopic
cacophony, Nundata. "Amoeba" is harsh, but
cavernous. Brooding, rumbling, lo-fi, switchboard worship. On pro
dubbed Canadian cassettes, in an edition of 25. Wraparound covers in
repurposed CD sleeves, with an insert card and an "obi band."
Ectoplasm Part 1
Vales "Sebakh" c40
€ 6.00 LAST
In ye olde noisecyclopedia, Dave Doyen's (aka. Vales) likeness should
appear next to textured sound. "Sebakh" is two side-long opuses of deep bass dreamin', epic oscillator
enlightenment, doom, dust, rust, crust. A brilliant combination of
sci-fi magic and earthborn dronecraft. On pro dubbed Canadian
cassettes, in an edition of 25. Wraparound covers in repurposed CD
sleeves, with an insert card and an "obi band."
Excerpt of side A
Micromelancolié / Wolf Fluorescence c60
Musically, a perhaps mismatched split, pitting Poland's prolific
Micromelancolié "against" Tennessean tornado Wolf Fluorescence! On the
label's first (and probably only) chrome tape
release, Micromelancolié starts off the show. Glitches, clicks 'n'
cuts, urban field recordings and found sounds (ranging from
"identifiable" to "acid cheerleader vibes") are collaged into a
brilliant mass of sonic storytelling. For the second half, Wolf
Fluorescence delights with catchy, highly riveting repetition:
syncopated ambient grooves... synthetic, angelic. Wraparound covers in
repurposed CD sleeves, with insert cards and an "obi band." Home
dubbed, in real time.
Small Things on Sundays "Drill" c36
In contrast to most of this Copenhagen duo's unique brand of dark
ambient, "Drill" is an adventurous, gloriously
destructive / deconstructed bit of esoteric turntablism;
plunderphonics, the interesting way. Facemelting. Amorphous.
Off-kilter. Multiple moods. The sheer awesomeness of it all almost
burning holes in these nice pro-duplicated-in-the-U.K. (anarchy or not)
A short mix
c.haxholm "Slow Waves of You"
€ 6.00 LAST
Claus Haxholm has been on the scene(s) for, like, a decade already,
with - not surprisingly - a countless mostly ultra obscure releases to
his name; even more under under various aliases, and with numerous
collaborative combos. The five (mostly) longform selections on this
fiddy-two minute'r showcase Claus's acoustic, hypnotic
singer/songwriter-y sides, alongside a couple of more droning, scorched
(non-song) pastures. Oceaonographic, exquisite. An edition of 25 light
grey tapes, home dubbed in real time.
Snippets from the
Pacific Mausoleum "Communist Sweepstakes" c37
€ 6.00 LAST
Side 'A' is filthy urban field recordings (captured through a digital
camera's built in microphone), refurbished as dismal dub/drone/loop
ditties; Conversely, side 'B' carries decidedly cleaner symphonic
attributes, similar to - and employing the same software-messing-about
as - the music on PM's barely existent "I Could Fall From
Grace or For Her." This one comes in an edition of 9 copies
(which, from experience, is more than enough), in multi-layered covers.
Enclave of Rainbows
Dao De Noize / Troj c28
€ 5.00 LAST
Blazing sci-fi beauties from the ever prolific Dao De Noize and the
more under the radar (but equally intriguing) Troj. Seering side-long
sculptures of haunted analogue synthesis, rusted android whispers,
lunar stormfront machinations, or so. Stamped blue tapes, thick xeroxed
Audio samples: Dao De Noize / Troj
Spittle Sisters "These Dark Objects"
€ 6.00 LAST COPIES!
Strange, all encompassing vibes on this demented/determined ritualist
landmark, from the bodies, minds, and souls of Bad Orb (Leopard Leg,
etc.) and Justin Wiggan (Dreams of Tall Buildings, etc.) Cavern
electronics, gothic dub strains, churning black waves, trashed pocket
sinfonias like abstract smoke signal soundtracks. On pro duplicated red
tapes in an edition of 52.
Audio sample: Dark Object
Bjerga/Iversen "New Electric
€ 6.00 LAST COPIES!
Having done releases for nearly everyone, we’re pleased these Norwegian
legends've finally turned up in the garden of the bearded snail.
Hereupon, two side-long performances built from golden drones and
subtle, ethereal mutant sunshine. Organic, creeping, sonically
intricate. Stamped, yellow-as-dawn cassettes.
Audio sample: Untitled (excerpt)
Pacific Mausoleum "Gag Me With Devil Horns"
€ 6.00 LAST COPIES!
Jovial yet musty, this field trip through Hellfire cranks Pacific
Mausoleum's quaint "sloppy/harsh psych/noise terror thing" up a few
notches. A vast array of textures, here. Brian Green (specifically,
samples of his cigar box synth and circuit bent objects) guest stars.
In semi-holographic covers and hand decorated tape labels, 14 copies of
these fuckers exist (the most ever for a Pacific Mausoleum release!)
Quartet "Hempty's Love" c40
€ 6.00 LAST COPIES!
The debut tape release from this Ukrainian combo (including members of
Moglass, Riasni Drova, and Noah Coward) consists of two side-long
deconstructivist pieces of basement incantation, expert clatter, and
freeform reed rides, forming something akin to shamanic doom jazz.
Or...? Heavy on atmosphere, loose on structure (though the B side does
end with inciting post-post punk-esque dirge-drum assaults), "Hempty's
Love" is... love! A pro dubbed edition of 52, with artwork that pays
homage to the Cramps Records DIVerso LPs of the '70s.
MP3 sample: Two excerpts
from the tape
"Día de los Vivos..." 3" CD-R
|| € 4.00
Russian-American e-freudschaft Zaklanie in the house! Not one to help cement our "we are not a metal/metal-related label" plea, the first ever mini CD-R release from Zaklanie (and, likely, the last A Beard of Snails three-inch featuring anyone) is a blackened beauty we're thrilled to offer. Featured are two different mixes/edits of the 9+ minute epic "Salve Señor La Muerte!", a weirdo-ambient / dark, dark, dark spoken word piece / ritual dirge... oozing calaveras de azúcar. While, admittedly, hovering outside our comfort zone, it does stray far enough from most black metal conventions/pet peeves that we can totally get behind it (and are!) Limited to 20 copies - 13 on black bottom CD-Rs, 7 on traditional "silver" discs.
Audio sample: Stream one of the two versions of "Salve Señor La Muerte!" here
Il Taglia "I'm Transparent in the
Middle of a Canyon Looking at the Sky"
4x CD-R set
(or buy this + one other CD-R title for just €18 ! - see "package discounts" above)
Comprised of four seperate albums...
Hospital in the Space", "Alone, in the Middle of the Planet Made of Marble", "Amplified Violet Canyon", and "At Home, in the Year 2791, Looking at the Sky"
...we are overjoyed to be offering you the latest superstatement
from Il Taglia. Space folk strains emitting cosmic guitar energy
osmosis, banjo string theory, shaker appeal; thick blocks of
distortion, dissolving into whispers and / or glitches. Psychedelic
crusts, into ambient winds, and back. Utopian / dystopian in theme;
cornucopian in stature - over five hours of
music! CD-Rs in sleeves, housed in minimalist homemade cardstock outer
Audio samples: 15 minutes of excerpts from the albums
Cloud Shepherd "Unknown" CD-R
€ 6.00 LAST
Oakland represent! Here, the cloud gods ply us with desolate jazz
animalism and underwater-esque improvisatory expertise, from the barely
there, demure, and chamber-like, to the raging and angular. Heavy on
theremin (A Beard of Snails' first experience releasing
recordings of this iconic instrument) and saxophone (no Careless
Whisperin' here, though!), the album's four tracks -
totalling 77 minutes - are a challenging but ultimately rewarding
listen. CD-R housed in a black envelope with paste-on art, and a
Audio samples: An earlier version of the album
The Super Burritos "Two Monkeys Fight For a
Banana" 3" CD-R
This, a "reissue" of the second and final release from Italy's now
defunct luchadores of indie rawk loudness, finds them surfin' the wild
stratospheres of eternal Summertime. It's all about Panda
Kid now, so "Two Monkeys..."
is firmly entrenched in the recent past, but still fresh in its own
right / rite. And A B of S agreed to release a version of it, so...
enjoy! Banana linocuts on cardstock covers and mini CD-R labels, too.
Audio sample: You Are Driving Me Insane
Post-Materialists "Post-Materialists E.P." 3"
€ 4.00 LAST
After releases of more recent material on weird pop beacons PIAPTK
and Eggy, here's the first physical edition
(limited, but still) of Russian auteurs Post-Materialists' brief debut
E.P. Upon it, clusters of saxsational, primal art
punk... Swordfish caviar in the trombone, fairy dust on the trout
mask... Artwork is a reproduction (Xeroxed on cardstock, then
watercolour'd) of the digital EP's original cover illustration.
Audio samples: Stream 4 of the E.P.'s 5 tracks
Memories of the Past "Nostalgia" CD-R
Premiere outing from this Nebula VII spin-off,
upon which a pristine melancholy minimalist synth is juxtaposed with
authentic nature sounds. More "fresh air" than "blackened ambient."
Clocking in at just over 22 minutes, this is A Beard of Snails'
shortest ever full size CD-R. Full colour art
affixed to digipaks, in protective sleeves.
v/a: Bearded Snails 3x
€ 10.00 by itself
€ 1.00 when you purchase at least €10 worth
of other items
Simply put: a souvenir compilation commemorating the 100th spot in the
A Beard of Snails catalogue. By no means a definitive collection of
everything / everyone this label has ever represented, but a wondrous
15 track / 15 artist anthology in its own right, featuring completely
exclusive material (as of writing.) All in an elegant, minimalist
package: individual mini CD-R sleeves housed in plain gold mirror card
covers; the cover art, thereby, is you. Details at Discogs
Caligine "Anomia Mediterranea" CD-R
€ 7.00 LAST COPIES!
More than simply a "freak-folk-and-beyond CD-R to end all
freak-folk-and-beyond CD-Rs", Caligine's latest (after
exceptional past appearences on Jozik, Stunned,
Sturmunddrugs, and The
Wool Shop Productions, as well Caligine's own Monstres
par Excès) attains absolute tour de force status, here.
Revel in these tranquil, entrancing transworldly acoustic anomalies,
stellar ether-songs, and roaring, electrified oceanographic
pedalpushers, interspersed with archeological samples and such.
A B of S's elegant edition comes in a sleeve of different types/layers
of paper/plastic. A vinyl release, with different artwork, will likely
happen through Monstres par Excès later.
Audio sample: Snippets from the album