It must be strange for older record collectors ever since the internet massacred obscurity. How many envelopes full of money have been sent to Corwood Industries since NPR featured Jandek (who has yet another concert coming up later this month in Colorado, by the way)? The infamous Nurse With Wound list has become valuable primarily as a taste maker since most of the list is now available for free on various mp3 blogs. Maybe I sound like I'm bemoaning this? Definitely not. I’m actually excited to announce the unearthing of another mega-obscurity.
Stalker Blog recently posted Achwgha Ney Wodei’s incredible and incredibly out of print Triptyque record, which you can download in full here, only a few days after posting this very informative article. I first heard ANW on the Out Of Nowhere comp and was totally weirded out by their futuristic/primitive schizoid tribal chant Boule.
Even before hearing ANW’s central work, Triptyque, I had already been blown away a second time by the band when Tony Coulter played half of 1984’s Autocassable, a cassette tape molded in plaster into a model sports car. Both sides of the tape have now been played on WFMU – you can stream realaudio of side A here and side B (the tape begins about 20 minutes into the show) here.
Figures that ANW also has a video on the ceaselessly entertaining and mind-expanding RVP Transfert video comp, most of which is on youtube - ANW’s video for ‘Petit Paul’ is here. There are still a few comp tracks out there I haven’t heard, but thanks to the internet and loose enforcement of copyright laws, I’m now pretty much versed in one of the more obscure corners of…well what corner does Achwgha Ney Wodei belong in anyway? Now that the authoritative no-wave book is out, can someone more qualified than me get started on the authoritative dark-wave book?