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Introduction ugEXPLODE Records’ first release appeared in 1991, building on a raw aesthetic springing from extreme rock forms and free jazz: Albert Ayler, Captain Beefheart, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, The Residents, Deicide, Cecil Taylor, Whitehouse, Iannis Xenakis and Black Flag were all equal pieces in a formative puzzle. ugEXPLODE remains staunchly committed to the promotion of uncompromising, non-commercial music of an unusual caliber. The label was established as a vehicle for the output of long-running Punk Jazz/No Wave/Brutal Prog group The Flying Luttenbachers but eventually expanded its scope to document uncommonly intense performances by notable underground music icons like Marshall Allen, Henry Kaiser, Jim O'Rourke, Vinny Golia, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mick Barr, Hal Russell, Marc Edwards, Ken Vandermark, Kevin Drumm and Gianni Gebbia, as well as rising figures in the improvised music scene such as Nate Wooley, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Forbes Graham, Greg Kelley, Damon Smith and James Fei and intriguing fringe figures pushing towards uncategorizable new realms including Toy Killers, White Suns, Burmese, Nondor Nevai and To Live and Shave in L.A. 2.