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Alex Perkolup, Bassist for Lovely Little Girls and Murmur, what he's obsessed with. His answers are . . .

Roy Wood This singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer cofounded groundbreaking acts such as the Move, Electric Light Orchestra, and Wizzard. He played something like 50 instruments and sported one of the most impressive studio tans of the early 70s. His trademark orchestrally infused pop has an absurdist tilt and production that blurs together cellos and bass clarinets and turns his arrangements into sheetlike wholes. Unfortunately he quit ELO before they hit big, and though his other groups charted in the UK he remains relatively obscure in America.

Shub-Niggurath, Les Morts Vont Vite "The Black Goat of the Woods With a Thousand Young." Music is ritual. Words are incantation. To open the vortex both must be flawless. And to enter it one must not seek to fill the void within but to embrace it, penetrating its center and willing it to eat away all else. Boo! Shub-Niggurath (1983-'95) were a French avant-rock ensemble, loosely connected to the Magma-inspired "Zeuhl" school of prog but with a sound much more grounded in fear and menace. Great to listen to while reading Lautreamont's Chants de Maldoror or anything by H.P. Lovecraft.

When, WriterCakebox: The Unblessed World of When, 1983-1998 Norwegian musician and composer Lars Pedersen is When, and this fantastic compilation—covering 15 years of the project's existence—is a great place to start for the unfamiliar ear. Pedersen found an early audience in black-metal circles, but the music here I would recommend to fans of the Residents, This Heat, Univers Zero, and even the Beatles. Brilliantly remastered for maximum cohesion.

He asks . . .

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