(Organized by Catalogue Number, highest to lowest)
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – This Is What Is It|
JCD-016 ~ July 21, 2016
With a name inspired by an enthusiastic piece of fan mail, S.F.A.T.B.H.S. releases This Is What Is It, which exhibits a crucial style of improvised experimentation compared to the typical S.F.A.T.B.H.S., with only Turk Dammit and Cracknel Christoffer presented.
Part I involves a delayed feedback loop via the TD 20A tape recorder and SH-8010 equalizer, with Юность organ, voices, original tape recordings, and computer sounds as input.
Part II adds into the mix a second feedback loop of real-time sound processing software (LADSPA plugins in Renoise), and features various “found” tape recordings as well as sitar.
Part III uses an electric guitar (played mostly with a screwdriver) and Noise Toaster synthesizer with an otherwise identical setup to Part II.
Part IV makes use of a number of JCS and other “classic” tunes in a collage.
Джесси Акорн – Ридахций|
JCD-015 ~ August 18, 2015
Acorn's second (or third) solo album. One track of length 36:53, designed for listening as a whole. Includes an extreme variety of styles, centered around some form of progressive rock. Recorded using Tascam 22-4, Tandberg TD 20A, and Akai 4000DS tape recorders. Editing done using splicing tape. Fills the majority of a 7" reel of 1 mil tape at 7.5 ips.
Available on CD format only, though there is a short preview medley below:
С.Ф.А.Т.Б.Х.С. – Лананыкс!|
JCD-014 ~ July 24, 2015
Лананыкс! (written Lananix! in the English alphabet) brings an astounding resolve to the Nusical front; unlike all other JCS releases of S.F.A.T.B.H.S., Лананыкс! was not recorded at JCS, but rather at АСС, which is the distinctive studio of Your Hand Seabasstion Batch. Like Third, Vivaldes Hit's Volume II, and The Age of Nusic, this release includes only Turk Dammit and Your Batch, featured on the cover amidst the performance of the album. Habitually, they pound between the instruments, making it difficult to comprehend who plays what at every time.
Besides the magnificent multi-instrumental performance from Batch and Dammit, there are also a few notable instruments never before discerned in Nusical recordings. These include the JCS BN-1 4-bit Linear PCM Synthesizer (controlled by the Realistic Concertmate 500), Yamaha PSR-275 digital keyboard, and the Hagstrom "fundamental Nusical guitar."
It may, inherently, be noticed that the title and group name are written in the Russian alphabet. This is for hundreds of reasons, with one of the most endearing being as a tribute to all of the Russian ventilatours, of which there are many! The heart felt, worming lyrics are sung in Engilsh, however. This simply adds to the variety and accessibility of the Nusic.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – Novoful Vyffm|
JCD-013 ~ January 1, 2015
Novoful Vyffm is an incredibly intricate and fascinating Nusic created as of yet. An important thing to consider is that more nusicians have come together for this release than for any other S.F.A.T.B.H.S. disc prior, with an absolute maximum of seven (VII) nusicians present at a given instant. Notable as well is the fact that in between The Age of Nusic and Novoful Vyffm, longwhile member F. Uauf unfortunately "paste away," and a new member inherited: the esteemed horn and animal expert, Cracknel Christoffer.
Listen to the album. You will really not be able to predict what the next track will sound like from the preceding one, unless you are the perfection of attuned Nusic. Naturally, this is the way that the Nusic is, but it is as true in this case as it is in any other.
Jesse Acorn – Demos, or perhaps not...|
JCD-012 ~ October 31, 2014
Well, what's that supposed to mean? What even is this? Probably the best description would be along the lines of "Canterbury scene meets Nusic meets RIO meets free jazz", if that makes any sense. It's hard to say much, but for sure, this is a somewhat short but intense mostly keyboard-oriented prog thingue.
A considerable variety of instruments feature on this release, including an over 110-year-old Archibald Ramsden acoustic piano, nearly 60-year-old Hammond S6 chord organ, Ensoniq ESQ-1, Kawai KMA-37, Yamaha PSR-E413, Hohner International, Wurlitzer 206, and of course the various percussions and strings.
This release was recorded on a single unopened (well, prior to being used for this) 7" reel of 1/4" Scotch 142 tape, which is a non-backcoated 1-mil polyester type. A Tascam 22-4 4-track tape machine was the recorder and reproducer.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – The Age of Nusic|
JCD-011 ~ August 19, 2014
A remarkably concentrated effort, The Age of Nusic may be the missing link between literally everything, including Nusic, music, and perhaps life and the utter questions of it its self.
Like Third II or Songs From, this album is split up into a number of shorter tracks, rather than revolving around a long track as in Vivaldes Hit's or Colonel Salt's Bandly Bands Band Band. There is considerable variety of style over the course of the album; for example, "The Nusic Age" (the longest track at 16:57) is a bewildering squash of pitch-shifted howling, vandalized classic melodies, and psychedelic jamming, while "Eye C+ Land-scapearchitecture" is a beloved "Crustian" country tune. The variety of Nusical gestures adds to the overall impression of the oncoming age that this album so coherently predicts, or, as stated in the liner notes,
Sadly, F. Uauf and Faxle B. Caxe were unable to attend the sessions of the album's recording, but nonetheless, Batch and Dammit offer rather astounding concrete performances of their own, and occasionally supported by lovely sounds and effects added in postproduction.
Turk Dammit and Isobel Throtmorton – Voluntary Improvisations for Keyboards and Drumset|
JCD-010 ~ January 23, 2014
A release based on improvisations played with various keyboards and a drumset, as one may presume. Played by Turk Dammit of S.F.A.T.B.H.S. and Isobel Throtmorton of "The Pandumb Archives", it is the least typically "Nusical" of either of their works, instead focusing on slowly progressing, moody pieces.
Recorded with the internal microphones of a Zoom H4n at "Woodfrog" studio rather than JCS, this release features some instruments not present in other JCS releases, including a Rhodes Mk. 1 73-key electric piano, Hammond tonewheel organ (of unknown model, but undoubtedly a later transistor-based one), antique Kingsbury by Cable upright piano, Minimoog D synthesizer, and Yamaha VSS-100 digital keyboard.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – Songs From|
JCD-009 ~ May 4, 2014
Possibly one of the most ambitious S.F.A.T.B.H.S. recordings to date, Songs From takes a ridiculously large array of nusical instruments and throws them together in a contorsion of "popular melodies," satire, and invariably, the "avant-garde."
At the entire length of a full CD, but with a number (24) of tracks of relatively short length, it is more or less fragmented than the usual Nusic, or something of that nature. Admittedly, Songs From carries a more so-called "serious" style than most other Nusic as well (largely due to the lack of the presence of Your Hand Seabasstion Batch on the majority of the work), but nonetheless is a Nusical to be recalled and absorbed by ventilators alike.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – Colonel Salt's Bandly Bands Band Band|
JCD-008 ~ December 21, 2013
As of yet, one of the most successful Nusical releases of all time, featuring the entirety of the "classic" lineup (Turk Dammit, Your Hand Seabasstion Batch, Faxle B. Caxe, and F. Uauf) belting out the Nusical gestures as never though of before, and with the type of fervor and wit seldom located in the experimental.
Centered around a single long (78:53) track, "Colonel Sand's Sandly Sands Sand Sand", it is an intense work that recalls the classic Nusical saying: "Stop what you're doing and start something else!" Truly bafflingly, the complete first track was recorded all the way through in one take, and without any overdubbing or post-production. The other, much shorter track which fills the rest of the CD length is a thing that mixes the many Nusic in such a way that it ends very nicely. Truly a release for all occasions.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – Vivaldes Hit's Volume II|
JCD-007 ~ November 29, 2013
Featuring an abridged lineup of only Turk Dammit and Your Hand Seabasstion Batch, Vivaldes Hit's Volume II is nonetheless a remarkable follow-up to the original Vivaldes Hit's, but yet is a work of all on its own.
Traces of the original can be found in the psychedelic-like guitar and drums sections, Dammit's signature paino, among others. Of course, the group does not restrict itself to the "formula" (if it can be called as such) of the original Vivaldes Hit's, as evidenced especially by the various added instruments not found in the original (GR-30 Guitar Synth, Modular Synth, etc.) Dynamic and enormous, it is a recording to be heard by true ears.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – Third II|
JCD-006 ~ October 31, 2013
Third II is the undeviating sequel to Third. One may imagine that such a sequel would be called Fourth or the like, but it was decided that rather follow such a predictable naming scheme (as some others have done), a more unique and distinctive designation would be selected.
And how unique and distinctive in its entirety it is. Diverse and hunting, this disc features the unabridged "classic" lineup (Turk Dammit, Your Hand Seabasstion Batch, Faxle B. Caxe, and F. Uauf), plus "guest fellow" George Daddy. Not looking to only imitate and/or track the first Third, this one is separated into more tracks that are indeed in many cases quite different from one another, and were recorded in numerous sessions utilizing various recording media instead of the single digital session of Third. Although shorter than every other S.F.A.T.B.H.S. release, it still transmits considerable predominance.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – Third|
JCD-005 ~ September 9, 2013
Third is one of S.F.A.T.B.H.S.' most sought-after and precious recordings, recorded at a time without Faxle B. Caxe or F. Uauf, but definitely with Turk Dammit and Your Hand Seabasstion Batch, who present possibly the most persuasive Nusic ever placed on the forefront.
Especially featured on Third are Your Batch's astounding vocals, violin, and guitar, and Turk Dammit's sensational keyboards, mixing, and others. Actually, both Batch and Dammit put forward excellent multi-instrumental passages and continually swap instrumentation with one another, and it is often difficult to tell which Nusician is playing at any given time. This adds to the cohesive feeling of this Nusic, and brings it to a lighted path so glorious and it is just wonderful Nusic.
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – The Day We Saw Toast On Jeasus|
JCD-004 ~ October 7, 2013
The Day We Saw Toast On Jeasus is so far the longest singular work of recorded Nusic ever produced. It is spread across two physical CDs due to its length. As well, it literally features a cover with the visible form of Jeasus Crust, which is an unaltered picture taken specifically with Jeasus' permission for the sake of the album.
The first disc is composed of (relatively) short songs and pieces, and featuring a variety of nusicians and guests (and levels of recording fidelity, due to the various techniques tried). It has the distinction of bearing some of the absolute most classic Nusical recordings, such as "Voice Sax Paino", "Marey Krismas", and "Around the Wold w/ Jeasus". The "classic" lineup is flaunted, but also with guests Trey Lamar Sr. (of The Lamas) and Sunny More.
One lengthy track spans the entirety of disc two, entitled "Egg Salad Sir Jerry", and hosting the intoxicating duo of Turk Dammit and Your Hand Seabasstion Batch. Recorded seamlessly and without a single ounce of post-production, it's a chef-dover of immense Nusical ability. Don't fail to catch this one!
S.F.A.T.B.H.S. – Vivaldes Hit's|
JCD-003 ~ June 8, 2013
The utterly iconic S.F.A.T.B.H.S. recording. There is only a single track, but within that track lies Nusic of which breadth is beyond the control of even everyone who could ever have imagined it. The entirety of the "classic" four-piece lineup is included, with Trey Lamar Sr. (of The Lamas) making a fantastic guest display as well. Post-produced methods are used to maximal impact.
Many citizens have asked in the past: does it have to do with the so-called "Vivalde" or his hit's, really? Well, there is the only way to figure out, and that is to listen, or so it would be suggested.
Zengines – Factory|
JCD-002 ~ 2011
The intial release of the heavy metal group Zengines. Featuring Conrad Sobieraj on guitar & vocals, Jesse Acorn on drums, Tate MacDonald on guitar, and Connor MacDonald on bass. The latter two left shortly after the album's release, but not before leaving an irrevocable mark on the face of society as we know it.
Created by a posse of gangly menacing alternatives using a tape-based recording setup featuring a Tascam 22-4 for everything except "Factory" and "Aftermath of the Billion", which were done on a Tascam 58 instead. All compositions are by Conrad Sobieraj, with production by Jesse Acorn.
Jesse Acorn – Volume 1|
JCD-001 ~ 2008
This release marked the very primary unfolding of JCS. It could be argued that JCS did, essentially, become a thing with the unveiling of this album. This also happens to be Acorn's first attempt at creating an album of his own, and this is quite evident throughout. In fact, if you expect this album to be anything even vaguely like anything else of the same source, the severe disappointment will be visited upon you. Except, of course, that you are not likely to ever hear it.
Only a limited run of around 10-15 copies of this album were ever made. No second batch has been produced, or has any likelihood of being produced. This release is so far out of print, it's not even able to be found in any accessible place, really. It may as well be completely unbeknownst to the world, but for the sake of completeness of the catalogue, it is presented here.