This Just In: Memento Mori

I’m a total sucker for a killer concept album, especially when it also has a killer design. 156’s newest release, Memento Mori, hits both nails on the head. All the sounds on the album were played on human bone. Creepy, yeah, maybe, kinda. But if you dig out-there industrial/ambient stuff (think Zero Kama), you’ll be right at home. The 10″ record is pressed on bone-colored vinyl, with lovely lavender/bone accompaniment on the jacket and label artwork. The complete package, which also includes photographs of the instruments, is definitely something to behold. -MLE

156 – Memento Mori EP 10”
Listen: Full album
“Nine / eighteen tracks of the standard 156 sound, except all the music on this release was made using only human bones, or breath passing through human bones. While still in the spirit of the early industrial of Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept., and Z’EV, this record will serve as – for those who cannot obtain one – the skull’s replacement in the ritual room where a scholar contemplates death in the Renaissance rite of ‘ars moriendi’ (‘The Art of Dying’). 

These sessions have been sporadically recording since 2012, due to the scarcity of the instruments, which include skulls, femurs, vertebrae, bone whistles, and Tibetan thighbone trumpets (kangling).

The vinyl was pressed at 45rpm, so as to be able to play it at 33rpm during storms (titled ‘Thunderdrone Versions’). The digital release contains the original recordings, plus all Thunderdrone Versions (33rpm on the vinyl edition). Mastered by James Plotkin for both the vinyl and digital release.”

Rag and bone – new releases, reissues & restocks…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP; The Low End Theory 2LP; We Got It From Here Thank You 4 Your Service 2LP
Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is LP
Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP 12”
Archy Marshall – A New Place To Drown LP
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare LP
Ariel Pink – pom pom 2LP
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes LP
Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly 2LP; Overcast 12″
Atoms For Peace – AMOK 2LP
Autechre – Incunabula 2LP; L-Event EP 12″
Bauhaus – Best of Bauhaus: Crackle LP
Beatles – Beatles (White Album) 2LP; Magical Mystery Tour LP; Past Masters 2LP
Beck – Morning Phase LP
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress 2LP; If You’re Feeling Sinister LP; The Boy With The Arab Strap LP
Billie Holiday – Body & Soul LP
Bjork – Homogenic LP
Black Keys – Magic Potion LP
Black Sabbath – Paranoid LP; Sabotage LP
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Babylon By Bus 2LP; Exodus LP; Natty Dread LP; The Kingston Legend LP
Bonobo – Days To Come 2LP; Migration (Deluxe) 2LP*, CD*; North Borders 2LP
Brian Eno – Reflection 2LP; The Ship 2LP
Budos Band – The Budos Band II LP
Burial – Burial 2LP; Kindred 12″; Rival Dealer 12″; Truant 12”; Untrue 2LP
Captain Beyond – 04.30.72 LP*
Cat Power – Moon Pix LP; Sun 2LP; The Greatest LP; You Are Free LP
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming LP
Charles Mingus – John Cassavetes’ Shadows OST LP; Oh Yeah! LP
Chavez – Cockfighters EP 12”*
Chemical Brothers – Come With Us 2LP*; Dig Your Own Hole 2LP*; Exit Planet Dust 2LP*; Further 2LP*; Push The Button LP*; Surrender 2LP*; We Are The Night 2LP*
Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love CD
The Clash – Combat Rock LP; Live At Shea Stadium LP
Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas LP; The Pink Opaque LP
Common – Be LP
Daft Punk – Daft Club 2LP; Discovery 2LP
Darkside – Psychic 2LP
David Bowie – CHANGESONEBOWIE LP
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier LP
Depeche Mode – Violator LP
Devendra Banhart – Ape In Pink Marble LP
DJ Rashad – 6613 EP 12”; Rollin EP 2×12”
Drake – Views 2LP
El Michels Affair – Enter The 37th Chamber LP
Elliott Smith – Either/Or LP
Elvis Presley – For LP Fans Only LP
Elzhi – Elmatic 2LP
Empire Of The Sun – Two Vines LP
Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun 2LP; New Amerykah Part Two 2LP; Worldwide Underground LP
Fela Kuti – I.T.T. LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 – Expensive Shit LP
FKA twigs – EP2 12″; LP1 LP; M3LL155X EP 12”
Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody CD; Space Oddity 7”
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits LP; S/T LP
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles 2LP; Pattern + Grid World EP; Until The Quiet Comes 2LP; You’re Dead 2LP
Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits 2LP; Saint Cecilia EP 12”
Future Islands – Singles LP
Gilles Peterson – Presents Sun Ra & His Arkestra 2LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2LP
Gotan Project – La Revancha Del Tango 2LP
Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes LP
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction LP
Herbie Hancock – Speak Like A Child LP
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until The Hunter 2LP
House Of 909 – The Children We Were LP
Ikebe Shakedown/ Monophonics – Curitibia Strut b/w Hanging On 7”*
Interpol – Antics LP; El Pintor LP; Turn On The Bright Lights LP
Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida LP
J Dilla – Jay Love Japan LP
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? LP
Jamie xx – In Colour LP
Jaylib – Champion Sound: The Remix LP*
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP; Giant Steps LP
John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up! 2LP
John Prine – S/T LP*
Johnny Cash – At San Quentin  LP
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
Jungle – S/T LP
Jungle Fire – N.U.S.A.U. b/w LA Kossa 7”*
Kanye West – College Dropout 2LP; Late Registration 2LP; My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3LP
Kaytranada – 99.9% 2LP
Khruangbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You LP
Killers – Hot Fuss LP*
King Krule – S/T EP 12”
Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down 2LP; Smoke Ring For My Halo LP
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy LP; S/T LP
Lemmy – Born To Lose, Live To Win LP*
Lil’ Kim – Hard Core 2LP*
Madlib – Medicine Show No. 7: High Jazz 2LP; Pill Jar LP; Shades Of Blue 2LP
Madness – Can’t Touch Us Now LP
Madonna – Ray Of Light 2LP; True Blue LP
Madvillain – Madvillainy 2LP
Massive Attack – Blue Lines LP
MED / Blu / Madlib – Bad Neighbor 2LP
Metallica – …And Justice For All 2LP
MF Doom – Mm… Food 2LP; Special Herbs Vol. 1 & 2 2LP+7″; Unexpected Guests 2LP
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall LP
Mild High Club – Skiptracing LP
Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off 2LP
Mission of Burma – Vs. LP
Mobb Deep – The Infamous 2LP
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More LP
Murmur – S/T 2LP
My Bloody Valentine – MBV LP+CD
Nas – Illmatic LP
The National – Boxer LP
Neu! – Neu! LP
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens CD
Nightmares On Wax – In A Space Outta Sound 2LP; Smoker’s Delight 2LP
Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine LP
Nirvana – Nevermind LP; S/T LP
Nouvelle Vague – S/T LP; I Could Be Happy LP
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete 2LP
Orgone – Bulletproof b/w P.C.H. 7”*
Outkast – Aquemini 3LP; ATLiens Legacy Picture 2LP; Stankonia 2LP
Over The Rhine – Ohio 2LP*
Pavement – Crooked Rain Crooked Rain LP; Quarantine The Past 2LP; Slanted & Enchanted LP
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP; The Division Bell 2LP; Wish You Were Here LP
Pixies – Best Of: Wave Of Mutilation 2LP; Doolittle LP; Surfer Rosa LP
Prince – 1999 2LP; For You LP; Kiss 12”*
Prodigy – Fat Of The Land 2LP
Purity Ring – Shrines LP
Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever LP+7″; Talkin Shit 7″
Queen – II LP
Queens Of The Stone Age – Like Clockwork 2LP
Quicksails – Mortal LP
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool 2LP; Hail To The Thief 2LP; I Might Be Wrong LP; Kid A 2LP; King Of Limbs LP; OK Computer 2LP; Pablo Honey LP; The Bends LP
Ratatat – Classics LP; LP3 LP; LP4 LP; Ratatat LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2LP; The Getaway 2LP
Rhye – Woman LP
Robert Johnson – King Of The Delta Blues Singers LP
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels III CD*
Rush – 2112 LP; Hemispheres LP; Moving Pictures LP
Russian Circles – Guidance LP
Sade – Best Of 2LP
Savages – Adore Life LP
SBTRKT – SBTRKT LP
Seige Monstracity – Seige Monstracity LP*
Sharon Jones – Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings LP
Shlohmo – Bad Vibes 5th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set LP
SOHN – Rennen LP*
Soft Error – Mechanism LP*
Soul Scratch – Pushing Fire LP*
Space People – Wet LP*
St. Vincent – Actor LP
Sublime – S/T 2LP
Susana Baca – S/T LP
Talib Kweli – Train Of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases… LP
Television – Marquee Moon LP
Tim Hecker – Love Streams 2LP
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time 2LP
Tokyo Police Club – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Radness Parts 1 & 2 LP*
Thundercat – The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam EP 12”
Tortoise – It’s All Around You LP; Millions Now Living Will Never Die LP; The Catastrophist LP; Tortoise LP
U.G. – Portals LP*
Vampire Weekend – Contra LP; Modern Vampires Of The City LP; Vampire Weekend LP
Various – Afro Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
Various – Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical LP
Various – Brazil Classics At 20 LP
Various – Daptone Gold Vol. II 2LP
Various – Fast Times At Ridgemont High 2LP
Various – House Of Ages 2LP
Various – In Memory Of Lemmy: A Tribute To Motorhead LP
Various – International Breaks 303 LP; International Breaks 404 LP
Various – Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 2LP
Various – New York Noise 2LP
Various – Private Wax Vol. 2 3LP
Various – Studio One Dancehall 3LP
Various – World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s A Real Thing 2LP; World Psychedelic Classics 4 The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia 3LP; World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Warpaint – Heads Up LP; Whiteout 7”*
xx – Coexist LP; I See You LP*, CD*; xx LP
Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear The Heart Beating… 2LP
Your Old Droog – Your Old Droog 2LP
Zion I – The Labyrinth LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue