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FTAM-069
2xc20
The Rita + Breaking the Will + Flesh Trade + Writhe
X Means Not Welcome, Vol. II

From it’s onset, hardcore has served an important artistic purpose: giving a means and a voice to those that want to turn back on the status quo and violently scream their objections. I’ve personally seen noise as another artform that shares this purpose: where hardcore focuses on political processes, noise shifts towards artistic and aesthetic status quos. “X Means Not Welcome” aims to bridge the two allowing space for artists to rail against an acceptance of drug use as the norm through highly antagonistic sounds. From The Rita’s signature brand of harsh noise wall to Breaking the Will’s cut up mastery, the glitched out assault from Flesh Trade, and the suffocating drones of Writhe, this comp brings four distinct approaches to the same goal: shaming people into thinking that drugs are dumb. I’m biased, but I think it’s a compelling argument.

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FTAM-068
c31
Raffle House
Collected Discography: 1983​-​2017

Mixing elements of first wave post-rock, math rock, noise rock and emo, Raffle House could very easily be considered a throwback to the midwest indie scene from the mid-90's. And that's ok, because they unabashedly define themselves as such anyways. Heavy, interlocking polyrhythms play against downtrodden melodies and sparse vocals to create intricately defined but surprisingly catchy songs (despite the odds). Featuring members of Galactic Cannibal, Statures, Living and Wrestling, Mountain Language, and others.

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FTAM-067
c20
Dan of Earth
Thank you for the pickles- Lu

A few months back, my friend Dan Schierl (of Dan of Earth inventor of the Bibletron line of synths) posted a picture of a thank you note he got from his friend Lu. The note included a drawing of a capybara (one of Dan’s favorite animals) wearing a tie with the moon in the background, Dan of Earth in an off-kilter font, and the phrase “Thanks for the Pickles- Lu” written at the bottom. I told Dan that if he let me use that image I would put a tape out for him and here we are. Two slabs of static harsh noise created with unaffected bibletrons. Side A pulls from the tradition of HNW and Side B treads into a no input mixer aesthetic. Pretty classic “noise tape,” ya know?

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FTAM-066
Single Sided c19
MUFF
GUNK

Put Slogun and Negativland on a spectrum. Yeah, I know. It doesn’t work. I don’t care. Put them on a spectrum. Now think about all of the space on that spectrum. Every single inch. If you can do that, you can start to imagine what MUFF, the newest weirdo from Buffalo (America’s most underrated noise scene, IMO), sounds/looks/feels like. Live sets run the gamut of sonic assaults and acts of insanity, from shaving heads and smashing accordions to pushing audience members only to hug them immediately afterwards and threatening to beat up touring musicians in the ring on sunday. And that’s one set. Nothing ever sits still and every turn in the fun house is unprecedented.

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FTAM-065
c30
Crank Sturgeon
Sitting on Sandwiches / Folk & Gravel

The north east madman returns for another slab of pitch perfect weirdness. A selection of sounds instantly familiar for those in the know but somehow simultaneously separated from past (like every release, affixing the circle sturgeon style). Side A brings the heat with acoustics at the forefront, pushing reeds and words beyond the point of breaking and into a squealed alternate universe folk traditions. Flip it over and the crackled collage of broken tape electronics rubs the salt on. No question- the man/fish is a master of his craft, although I’m still not sure what that craft actually is.

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FTAM-064
c30
A Bleaker Teen Lip
Downgraded Saved Arrows

Cymbals crack against chains and voices striving to overcorrect skipping records. However, the electricals are intent on trumpeting their own shortcomings, sputtering incoherent threats and veiled aspersions in the erupting din. Side two fantasizes about settling the score, but in striving for succinct extractions the message is only further stretched from the source. The debut release from this new trio consisting of Blake Edwards (Vertonen), Neil Gravander (Lucky Bone), and Peter J. Woods.

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FTAM-063
c44
Andrew Weathers
Rock & Roll Can and Will Heal Us

No matter which project you pick, to follow Andrew Weathers is to follow a surgical examination of his major influences: American roots music, drone, and ambient music to be specific. Rock & Roll Can And Will Heal Us is no exception. Spatial, melodic guitars sweep over banjo melodies and arpeggiated synths with all elements sounding perfectly at home next to each other as they infect the inner depths of darkness. Some may be skeptical, but after listening a few times the title starts to make perfect sense.

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FTAM-062
c19
Plague Mother
I've Written Pages of Daggers to be Read by your Perfect Fucking Eyes

The king of misanthropic hatred in harsh noise. High pitched, unrelenting waves of electronic squalls that perfectly match the title in question, broken only by the occasional roar of low end rumble. All created with nothing more than a mixer and a loop pedal. Inspired by the short story “Don’t Read This or You MIght Get Poked in the Eye with a Dagger” by Darby Larson (available to read online here.

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FTAM-061
c40
Justin Marc Lloyd
Elysium Cove Mirror

Another decidedly strange release from this Chicago noise slinger. Hiccuping lo-fi electronics and bizarre samples clash with a surprisingly strong sense of cohesiveness. JML consistently sets himself apart from other noise weirdos by combining an other worldly strangeness with an intricate and dedicated sense of composition and this release is no exception.
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FTAM-060/045
Box Set
Peter J. Woods
Impure Gold Artist's Edition

Artist edition collecting a number of artifacts from this multi-media project. This edition includes the following: -Both LP's on limited Clear with Gold Splatter vinyl -16 page, full color booklet featuring photography by Gabriella Schwartz and writing by myself -A DVD collecting short films from a number of Milwaukee film makers
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FTAM-060
LP
Peter J. Woods
Impure Gold pt. II

The second and final audio installment of the multi-media project, part two finds Woods in a state of heavy drones. Walls of distortion and almost familiar field recordings are collected above slowly growing synths and high end sine wave attacks. Sparse, minimal, and infused with a muted sense of terror. Full color sleeve, on black vinyl. Released in conjunction with HeWhoCorrupts, Inc.
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FTAM-058
c16
Peter J Woods Free Jazz Ensemble
The Foreman. The Woman. The Widow. The Beast.

More of the highly dynamic free jazz from this Milwaukee collective, but this time with a second drummer filling out the sound.
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FTAM-057
c12
LOT
Have you experienced ultimate power? Have you wrapped your tiny fingers around the wheel?

Power electronics performed by two used car salesmen who only want to see you behind the wheel of that car. High end, feedback heavy fury about experiencing the power of the NIssan Altima and living for the deal. You aren't just here to look. You never are.
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FTAM-056
c5
xALLxFORxTHISx
Bath Salts b/w Spice

A short burst of high end destruction from xAxFxTx. Easily the grossest sounding recording from the group, taking on a more lofi approach. Not for the faint of anything.
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FTAM-055
c10
xALLxFORxTHISx
This Is The Disease You Chose

Vile hatred from the xAxFxTx crew, focusing on the internet rumors surrounding Amy Winhouse's death. Heavy, rhythmic PE with Woods' signature vocals crashing over the top.
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FTAM-054
c32
Bridges of Königsberg
Fortifications

The trio of David Collins, Chris Burns and Peter J. Woods getting weird in both the digital and analogue realms. Swaths of sound stutter into the stereo field while slow drones build in the distance. A keen sense of texture tie all four pieces together.
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FTAM-053
c41
Amanda Schoofs and Peter J. Woods
Early Works

A newly recorded collaboration of two very different Milwaukee free-improvisers. Schoofs utilizes operatic and experimental vocal techniques while Woods focuses on industrial percusion, turn tables and electronics to create a highly minimalistic and intriguing debut.
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FTAM-052
c20
Being Ghosts of Reality

If you don't know the work of Being, the moniker of Dayton OH's Luke Tandy, then your missing out on one of the most consistently incredible and meticulously crafted harsh noise acts in the world. Pure sonic worship that pulls apart every single crackle and roar in order to reassemble the mayhem into the most abrasively beautiful mass one can find. Ghost of Reality hits like a sack of door knobs and doesn't back down until its over, bludgeoning with swells and walls of distorted glory. A truly devastating listening experience.
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FTAM-051
c40
Peter J Woods Free Jazz Ensemble
My Head was a Sledgehammer

Highly dynamic but always energized free jazz from this Milwaukee ensemble. Quiet textures rest alongside blaring, Brötzmann-esque explosions. Recorded during the same session as the “Unpublished Studies in Adulthood” tape, also on FTAM. Featuring members of Mildew, This Specific Dream and Castle Broadway.
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FTAM-049
c20
Hostage Pageant
Punishment Repetition

Without question one of the best harsh noise acts in the US, Hostage Pageant adds to an already incredible discography with another flawless release. Churning low-end rumbles collide with sporadic high-end squalls, cut up and blasted sporadically across the stereo field, creating an immensely disorienting experience. HP’s flawless composition truly comes to the forefront on this release, creating a singular identity within a genre that too often gets panned for being overly repetitive.
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FTAM-048
c62
Dr Rhomboid Goatcabin
Slunt Vape

Over the past few years, Dr Rhomboid Goatcabin has quickly become One of the Midwest’s best kept secrets, a sentiment that anyone who has seen the man live, whether he’s obliterating a toilet or playing a prepared ladder, can attest to. Slunt Vape finds the good doctor at his droney best. Heavy, low end hums lay the foundation for curious scrapes and confusing blips that build and sway over the course of this long, but always engaging, release.
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FTAM-046
c16
Invertabit
Bug Powder Junkie

One side of distorted degredation and one of psyche-infused drones. A short tape covering the entire industrial gamut. All created from manipulated insect samples.
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FTAM-045
c12
Citizen 2-13
A Violent Means Til the End

Straight ahead, No Holds Barred harsh noise from this Milwaukee resident. Hold and destroyed samples. Walls of crushing distortion. Nothing else needs to be said.
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FTAM-044
c15
Peter J Woods Free Jazz Ensemble
Unpublished Studies in Adulthood

Raucous blasts of free jazz fury paired with quiet meanderings and low hanging field recordings. Ramped it up and let it crash back down.
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FTAM-042
c19
Phoned Nil Trio
Milwaukee Architecture: Vol. V

The final installment in Phoned NIl Trio’s celebration of the architectural achievements of Milwaukee, WI. To finish the series, PNT honors the inspiring buildings that house our two Home Depots. The group celebrates the north side Home Depot with a spastic collection of synth blips and tape hiss and the south side Home Depot with an all-synth drone hymn.
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FTAM-041
c19
Phoned Nil Trio
Milwaukee Architecture: Vol. IV

The next installment in the increasingly weird Milwaukee Architecture series from Phoned Nil Trio. Low throbs, distant voices discussing meet ups at Applebees, and the every present repetitive tape loops that lodge themselves firmly in your head.
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FTAM-040
c10
Phoned Nil Trio
Milwaukee Architecture: Vol III

The third installment in PNT’s five part tribute to the architecture of Milwaukee, this time honoring the best in Milwaukee murals. Aurally, the group presents two slabs of bizarre goodness, collaging together field recordings, tape hiss, synth bleeps and quiet industrial percussion textures reminiscent of Dilloway and Crank Sturgeon on a calm day (if he has those). A perfect way to honor doves who are struck by lightning while giving olive branches to eagles and cars that exist in both the second and third dimension.
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FTAM-039
c19
Phoned Nil Trio
Milwaukee Architecture: Vol. 2

Part II of PNT's love letter to the amazing architecture found in Milwaukee. In this edition, we honor McCormick Hall and the Riverview Senior Citizens Village with harsh blasts and atmospheric waves.
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FTAM-038
c20
Phoned Nil Trio
Milwaukee Architecture: Vol. 1

PNT's love letter to the amazing architecture found in Milwaukee. In this edition, we honor the Howard Ave. Water Purification Plant and the North Shore Pumping Station with murky drones and weird synths.
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FTAM-036
Single Sided c26
An Extremely Loud Silence
Rockaby

A noise adaptation of the Samuel Beckett play "Rockaby." Heavy drones slowly die as the actor on stage takes their last breath.
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FTAM-035
LP
Peter J. Woods
Impure Gold Pt. I

High pitched sine waves collide as static blasts arrive unnanounced and unsettling texts boils in the background, creating an overwhelming sense of tension and immobility. Impure Gold, Pt. I represents the first of two albums featuing a collection of works revolving around hidden truths we never want to face. One part of a a project that will stretch over three years and include theatre, film, photography and live/recorded music. Released in conjunction with HeWhoCorrupts Inc.
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FTAM-033
c26
Partly Zombish
August Cake and the Cardboard Sessions

A truly bizarre duo from Buffalo, playing minimal and spastic scrapings and screeches. Tape hiss, feedback, cardboard solos and a blatant disregard for the musical fourth wall combine to make a truly strange listening experience
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FTAM-032
c31
Nummy
S/T
Simple sound sources played repetitively, yielding a highly diverse layer of sounds. The audio capabilities of water. Staged works of apathy, revealing a beautiful experiment.
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FTAM-029
c60
Stumblesome
LOVEREVOLVER

The second installment on FTAM from Wes Tank. Highly bizarre and textural hip hop atmospheres.
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FTAM-027
3" cdr
False Flag
Metal Birds

Politically infused harsh noise wall from the man behind Pregnant Spore and the Rainbow Bridge label. Like the sounds of a protest distorted and played through an old AM radio.
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FTAM-024
2x3" cdr
Phoned Nil Trio
Big Time Weepers

An awkward combination of harsh blasts, tape hiss, and modular synth attack. Massively bizarre in the best way. Collaboration between Peter J Woods and the men behind Dan of Earth and Lucky Bone.
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FTAM-023
2x3" cdr
Evolve + Wesley Charles Tank
Split

Two parts experimental hip hop, straight from the basement. Evolve brings his anarchist message while Tank wallows through the trenches of divorce.
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FTAM-021
3" cdr
Peter J Woods
Where We Belong

A static blast of HNW based power electronics followed by a meditation on swirling synths. Originally released as part of the 3x3" tour split with Instinct Control.
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FTAM-020
3" cdr
Instinct Control
Who We Are

Full on live circuit bending from the master of the tape machine circuit. Originally released as part of the 3x3" tour split with Peter J Woods.
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FTAM-019
3" cdr
Peter J Woods + Instinct Control
What We've Done

Collaboration between the two artists. Junk, lo-fi harsh noise and tape machin circuit manipulation. Originally released as part of the 3x3" tour split between the artists.
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FTAM-018
7" vinyl
Noveller
Wolf

Incredibly lush guitar drones from the Brooklyn based artist. Her first (and, to date, only) offering on the 7" format.
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FTAM-017
3" cdr
Blessed Sacrifist
Timeless Losers

Highly introspective and emotionally raw harsh noise/power electronics from the Milwaukee resident. Low synth tones give way to overpowering walls. Member of straight edge PE group xALLxFORxTHISx and doom/sludge outfit Slob Donovan.
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FTAM-016
3" cdr
KBD
Candid

Stark and powerful electro-acoustic/free jazz musings from the Toledo duo. Experimental percussion meets bizarre guitar and piano work.
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FTAM-015
3" cdr
Ratatosk
Black Earth

Atmospheric, industrial musings from this Chicago duo. Members include Jason Soliday (curator of the Enemy gallery) and Ben Billington (Quick Sails, Tiger Hatchery) ---INSERT AUDIO HERE---
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FTAM-014
3" cdr
Lucky Bone
Non-hypnotic Catatonic

Cassette tape orchestras, built from the bizarre field recordings found at a pet expo (amongst other things). Recommended for Dilloway fans.
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FTAM-012
3" cdr
Realicide
Raw Skeletal Knuckles

Highly political digital hardcore/gabber the group has always been known for. Combination of live material and studio recordings. Includes a cover of The Mob.
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FTAM-011
LP
Zebras + E=MC Hammer
Split

One part hyped up, Devo-inspired synth punk. One part totally stupid Zorn-inspired post-rock. Worth it for the awesome black/blue marbeled vinyl and the completely dumb back side of the record
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FTAM-Z006
Zine
Systematic Scoring Method

16 page black and white zine w/ full color cover. 8 1/2" x 11". Lays out the Systematic Scoring Method, a new compositional tool developed by Peter J. Woods in response to research done in conjunction with Project Zero's Agency by Design project. Includes scores from Crank Sturgeon, PCRV, and more. For more information on this project and the research involved, visit the Agency for Artist's blog
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FTAM-Z004
Zine + Cassette
Peter J Woods
The Astronaut Sestina

A solitary figure on stages leads an audience through an unseen world, pushing the limit of the individiual members physical well being until the inevitable happens.
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FTAM-Z002
Novel
Peter J Woods
This Is Not For Your Enjoyment

Five years of complete gibberish. Literally. Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.