halakography





Stay tuned to this space for exhaustive (in some cases) or frustratingly incomplete (in most) information relating to these releases (and any others I find in the meantime.) Work is being done on making many of these releases available in CD-R format. If you've got information on any releases I've missed, or especially if you have a copy of something I don't have listed, contact me (use the contact the webmaster link in the menu.)

Where song titles are linked, the links will lead you in the general direction of mp3 files located in various places online.

MotherLoad
Take a Motherload
1979
Halaka's first demo, before they were Halaka. Something like punk. 10 tracks, 27 minutes.
Motherload
Motherloaded
1979
Halaka
Whatever This Is
1980
An improvised mess of an in-studio free-for-all sounding pile of something. This material, with this title, only circulated to Motherload fans at concerts. Material from these sessions has been reworked a few times, and this is apparently an ongoing thing. Plans are being discussed to release a CD-R of this pretty much as it was originally created, with some possible reworking (don't ask me, I just work here.) (Some reworked pieces of this currently available online, but we won't tell you what they are, you can be surprised if this re-release project gets itself going.) See also Motherload's "This is What", below. (Thumbnail shown of proposed re-issue CD jacket.)
Motherload
This is What?
1980
A (possibly misguided) attempt to bring Motherload's small, punk audience along with the changes they were obviously making by turning into Halaka. They used some of the material from Whatever This Is, added some 4/4 drums, bass, and guitars, and had a worse mess than they'd started with. Of course very few of the punk fans fell for this.
Halaka
Gelatin, Slightly Used
1981
Gelatin, Slightly Live
Halaka
1982
Purple Eon
1982
Halaka
Trashe
1983
Halaka
Here's Some Mud
1984
(Thumbnail shown of proposed re-issue CD jacket.)
Motherload
Motherload
1984
Halaka
On a Hillside
1985
Halaka
On a Hill
1985
Halaka
Disillusioned But the Ring's Pretty
1985
Halaka
Up to See God
1986
A collection of noise, folk, and rock. Basic tracks were recorded as improvisations, in the studio. Some overdubs were added later. Some tracks are currently available at mp3.com. This release (complete audio from Archive.org) is currently available for download.
Halaka
Over the Hill
1986
According to a much retold (and retold differently depending on who's telling it) story, in 1985, someone in the band (either Sacky or Fanch, probably) decided to have dust jackets printed for a vinyl release of On a Hillside. This was either meant to convince the rest of the band to cough up some money for actually getting the recording mastered and the vinyl cut, or to convince some small label or another that there were vinyl copies of the album available, or some other thing. When the 500 copies came back from the printer's, they inexplicably contained the title of "Over the Hill" instead of the actual title, and contained some semi-sci-fi artwork. Nobody telling the story ever takes the blame, or credit, for either the messed up title or the odd (for Halaka) artwork. In 1986, the band recorded an album called Over the Hill so they'd have something to put in the cover. However they still never got around to putting this out on vinyl; instead it was another cassette only release (I only have the cover, no copy here.) Most of the covers eventually disappeared, probably in a move.
UPDATE! I'm totally lost, so take this for what it's worth. I've discovered in one of the boxes * gave me that there's actually a vinyl copy of this in the record sleeve. I don't have any of my vinyl-listening shit hooked up, so I can't actually listen to verify that it's what the label says it is. But I've taken a picture of the jacket for the thumbnail and will link a larger size (something I'm going to start doing with more of the cover art.)
Motherload
Motherload
1986
Motherload
Food-Beer-Ice
1987
For some reason Halaka released this album as Motherload in 1987. It's unclear if it was recorded when they were called Motherload and not released, or if it was a re-release, or if it was recorded later and they just chose to call themselves Motherload again for some reason. At any rate, if you ask me, it's not a very good album.
Ahkala
To Egypt, Some Sand
1987
Halaka
Halaka
1988
Halaka
1988
Halaka
1988 (Electric Horse)
1988
Released through mailings as a cassette, a full band album with electric guitar, electronic drums, and loud bass. Available for download starting in 2010 from archive.org.
  1. Saga of the Bone Picker
  2. Someone Else's Blood
  3. The Blood of Someone Else
  4. Capillary Expansion
  5. Electric Horse
  6. Road House Vagrants For Bush
  7. The Beer Don't Last
  8. 88
  9. 19
  10. The Good News Gang
Halaka
1989
Halaka's pink album, this one's just an unmarked cassette in a pink, unmarked sleeve. Sounds pretty much like white noise; though to be honest I never finished listening to it because I've never felt like listening to a hour of white noise on cassete. (Update: * sent me an e-mail telling me it's PINK noise, not white noise. Well, duh.)
Halaka
Flabbergastastrophe
1990
This set consists of noise pieces. There is very little indication that the band had any intention, when putting this together, of releasing any copies of this stuff. The album was put together, on cassette, and passed around at some shows. Some of this material has recently been made available as mp3s on mp3.com. (And then mp3.com bellied themselves up, so Kingo moved the songs to Iuma, where these links lead, except that Iuma's belly's not far from going up either, or so it would seem, as the downloads don't usually work.)(The Exploding Right, To Indecipher Down Examination.)
Halaka
Stout Fish
1990
An e.p. of noise-covered folk music without track names. Apparently this was later released with Hearty Leper as a full-length cassette. Though I've got no copies of that around here to verify this.
1990
Hearty Leper
1990
An e.p. of folk-covered noise music (hah hah) without names. Apparently this was later released with Stout Fish as a full-length cassette. Though I've got no copies of that around here to verify this.
Halaka
The Mackerel Self
1990
Halaka
Water You Talking About?
1991
A lot of this material was recorded between 1983 and 1985, and "lost". Later it was found and compiled for this double-album.
Ahkala
SteadyState
1991
Ahkala
Ticker Tape Charade
1992
Halaka
Apple Leisha
1993
Halaka
Melted Apple
1993
Halaka
Fantastic T-Shirt Juice
1993
Halaka
State of Taking Over
1993
This album was recorded live, though whether it was live in a studio or in front of an audience is unclear. No known masters remain, and the only copies available to the band are rough mixes. The members have begun re-recording some of these songs, though how far this will go is anyone's guess. Stylistically, this is improvised heavy rock/noise. (Note: Originally there was a link here to an mp3 of Fish Keeps Swimmin', but the site on which it was hiding (stationmp3.com) has gone the way of many of the other mp3 hosts. * or Kingo may be putting up a copy here at some point, though they don't seem to be in a hurry.)
Halaka
Mad Bug
1994
Ahkala
Angrier Bug
1994
Halaka
Madder Bug
1994
Halaka
mazemindinsecttrap
1994
madbug � leeches � irritating � king of bugs � one time my dad stuck it in my ear � salamanders (do not adjust your knob) � bubb7 � cicadas � buggin' � cricket
Halaka
Tulip
1995
Lo-fi acoustic music and noise.
Halaka
Inside the Drowned Nothing is Nothing Drowned the Inside
1995
Contains seeds of some things that would be revisited later (like the faux-hip title word-play on Lifting Sweet Nothings Off and Sweet Lifting Off Nothing), a bit of a psychedelic noise and broken folk buffoonery. This release (complete audio from Archive.org) is currently available for download.
Boneless Bumblebee Noodles � All the Tiny Buzzards in a Box � She's This is Me in this (Inside a Fishbowl) Song, Isn't It � Halfbreed � Skibby Dap (interlude bottle) � Mamma Loves the Swedish � Lifting Sweet Nothings Off � All Drowns It In (internlude magnet) � I've Been Considering Old Man Chewed Off My Own Lip � Sweet Lifting
Off Nothings
Halaka
Live Arabic Sex Show
1996
The 1996 release of this name was a brief (around 15 minutes) handmade cassette. I can't imagine anybody ever got anything out of this. Sounds like some people reading from pornographic magazines.
Halaka
Dime Store Bible
1997
A sort of messy and noisy collection of folk, with some catchy tunes in throw-away arrangements, and instrumental/found sound interludes scattered throughout. This one's on cassette. (Thumbnail shown of re-worked cover image for possible re-issue CD jacket.)
Halaka
Sasha
1997
Originally released in 1997, Sasha is a horrible wreck of noise and, apparently, arguing. Halaka disavowed ownership of this album shortly after a limited cassette release, but sometime in 2003 someone re-released it on CD. For the CD release, in addition to the material from the original cassette, two additional songs were included which had been recorded around the same time.
(original untitled sasha tracks) � Better than Balloons � By The Time They Crawl Up In You
Ahkala
And Kind Ladies are Heaving About
1997
See "A Skintight Malevolence".
Halaka
The Rise and Fall of Flightless Birds
1997
This was originally released on hand-duplicated cassette, and more recently on CDR. Some mellow acoustic music combined with people banging on things for percussion, tape and electric distortion and effects noises. A particularly strange screeching cello. Lots of accessible melody here, presented exactly as you'd expect, warts and all. Slinkyhead makes an appearance here (I can See Right Through Your Head). This release (complete audio from Archive.org) is currently available for download.
I Can See Right Through Your Head � Imagine My Disappointment � On the Sidewalk Looking Up � Birds Won't Even Eat This Stuff � Satan's Minions on my Tail � Painting Myself In� Daddy Used a Shovel � They Rushed Me Into Making This Decision Over the Course of Just Seven Years � Matter
Halaka
Live Arabic Sex Show
1998
The 1998 release by this name doesn't sound like it has anything to do with the previous cassette release of the same name.
Halaka
Incidentally...
1998
Noisy rock played with minimal instrumentation. Full of flaws, this was probably mostly improvised. According to information released with this record, it is the first release (though not necessarily the first to be recorded) in a cycle of three. "Inadequate" is packaged in a similar fashion so probably that's the second in the series.
Song for a Calm, Cold Rainstorm (Christopher Get Up and Walk) � Can't See the Clouds for the Sun (Can't Get it Out) � Silent Falls (Hope You Like It) � Benny Had Taken Over For Awhile (It Must Be) � The Ideal Machine (I Hate Your Fucking Eye) � LDA (9 Is Not LDA!) � No Wings to Fly (Sad, Trying to be a Tuna) � This Song Is Just Dumb Shit (That's a Surprise about the Dumb Shit) � Track 9 (Just about This Long and Then We Stopped Recording)
Halaka
Inadequate
1999
Seven songs in five tracks, from folkish acoustic to noise. Mostly melancholic and (I think) introspective. This might be part of a cycle of three that also includes "Incidentally..." and a third (my guess is "A Translucent Gold Statue, A Hole")
false breath � the only way around � always anemic � flailing existentialism in a bag � oneplusoneminustwo � raging clankcracker � l'ost and f'ound
Halaka
God the Lunatic
1999
Noise? There's no official artwork for this, it's been sent in various formats to fans and radio stations.
Halaka
God, I am the Lunatic
2000
Released and/or unreleased in various formats. Probably the recordings here were used for the 1999 release "God the Lunatic," processed all to hell and back. What's here is "processed" too, but in a more analog manner. This release (complete audio from archive.org) is currently available for download. CD may also be obtained directly by contacting the webmaster.
cornerstone plant � the lunatic � robotface � madswill � a crooked sparrow � left believer � homosexual chocolate door � the story � I cannot remember what it was
Halaka
A Translucent Gold Statue, A Hole
2001
One of a matched set, possibly - a stripped-down Halaka record that's more EP than full-length. Though the running time puts it around 60 minutes, there are 7 tracks and the last two are extended noise-making. This release (complete audio and CD cover art) is currently available for download. CD may also be obtained directly by contacting the webmaster.
more than the mirror � to pick his bones � coming out of the little shells � comingthroughmydoor � dream in vertigo � what you keep peeling off � peeling off what you keep
Halaka
A Skintight Malevolence
2002
Some pieces of this album were originally circulated as "And Kind Ladies are Heaving About," attributed to Ahkala. These copies were bootlegs, probably started into circulation by the band, though this is unclear. Pieces were then re-worked, in some cases, and not in others, and a limited release of the material was made. The title was rarely the same. Some pieces, in various variations on "complete," have been made available online. (Ways to Deal with an Easy Day, Part 1)
Halaka
Diluted Years Concentrate
(2004 limited)
Strange and subdued, filled with found sound and songs that walk all over one another. Something very intentional about it, something disturbing. Sour. All of the off-notes and missed keys. It also sounds like a political statement filtered through a sieve that took the entire statement out. All of the songs really just run over each other. The first half with more choppy, song-like pieces, the second half more ambient and textural.

Released as a limited CDR, then apparently shoved into a closet. There are plans to re-distribute it, possibly using the original working title of "The Years Are Gradually Breaking My Concentration". That title was scrapped originally as it was stolen from an earlier fan-club only box set release. Depending on the version, this album has either 2 tracks or upwards of 20.

This release (complete audio on Archive.org) is currently available for download.
Halaka
The Man With a Slinky for a Head and Other Ghastly Tales
(2004 limited release e.p.)
A compilation of various songs from previous recordings revolving around the Slinkyhead theme. Three of the songs were available on Halaka's DMusic site.
Slinky � Slinkyhead � Movement of the Head � Nothing (coming over me) � Lightning Bug's Not Real � slinkyhead (livebadly)
Halaka
Box of String
(originally slated for 2005, now presumably to be announced)
Unreleased. Another part acoustic, sparse and noisy folk rock fusion mess.
Halaka
The Margarine Committee's Unauthorized Business Plan
2007
Thus far an online-only release. Recorded for FAWM 2007 (February Album Writing Month). Available from halaka.org here.
Halaka
Unabridged Discord
2008
Dusty folk, cracked and wisftul, torn down and ripped back out. Relatively mellow, with occasional electronic and sample mishmashes poking through. This one's the first real release on Pile Records.
Grocery, Singer, Girl � A Man's Head on Fire, Through the Trees � Mossy Stones � Dancing Between the Crack of a Jigsaw Puzzle � Brick Mason � Clock Stuck on Four � what a panic attack feels like � All My Words � a lot of colorful balloons � Paper Elephants � Groundhog � The Nonreplaced � Insurmountable Concentration of Leaking Formaldehyde � Burnt Out Buildings � Hey Charlie � See It All � So Far from the Meteorites � Cigarettes � Repeat: Animal, Repeat: Formula
Halaka
Presenting The Making of Shave your Regular Face
2008
Drone and ambient, or noise and... fuck, I don't remember. The soundtrack for something? There are people mumbling, I know that. And sort of long silence. The second (or something) release on Pile Records.
Part 1: Andrew Doubts his Ability to Do a Feature Film � The Loose Table is T(r)acked Down � Part 4: Don and Andrew Try to Connect the Wind Machine � Putting the "P" Back in Quality � Set Design and Dealing with the Production Staff on a Small Budget � Part 2: Don Recalls the Black Shirt � Finally Giving up on the Wind Machine � Soon Yi Adds Space Flute to the Score � The Box has Moved 4 Feet to the Left � Post Production, Special Effects, Sequencing, Cast Selection
Halaka
The Voice Over the Intercom Says Hello
2008
Ambient drone noise. Also available on Pile Records as a CDR. This release (complete audio from archive.org) now available for download
Halaka
The Fifth of the Second of the First
2010*
Improvised rock and chaos. Originally recorded sometime in the 1990s, then prepared for CDR release on February 5th, 2001. Those plans were never completed. Made available for download starting 2010 from archive.org.
  1. Terrence
  2. LongJohns
  3. MeanAThing
  4. Ansu
  5. AC
  6. TenPounds
  7. Hens
  8. Breakdown
Halaka
That Crowded Morning Feeling
2010
Rock, disorginization, clipping. Somebody fell asleep at the console. Available for download from archive.org.
  1. Egypt Salad Sandwich of the Space People Heavenside
  2. That Crowded Morning Feeling
  3. Carnival of Souls
  4. Margaret's Steamship Release Valve
  5. Agent Coagulant of the Rebirthing
  6. French/French
  7. Tired (Soft Melody and Harmony)
Halaka
The Lunatics Have Fallen Under the Asylum
2010
Raw and inebriated Halaka, from various stretches of time, improvised, overdubbed, underdubbed, underwritten, edited, unedited, mistaken, erased, re-written, counterclockwised, and forgotten about (for the most part) until now. If any of this sounds familiar you might already be from the future. This recording features *, Sacky Jamboree, and Madhog. It may include others. It was started sometime between 1995 and 2001, but not officially released until made available online in 2010. Available for download from archive.org.
  1. animals
  2. clout
  3. taste
  4. asylum
  5. cardboard









will take them all off

there are treasures here



will take them all off

there are treasures here