This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad (SR204), and with Z'ev (SR340), this new Sub Rosa sessions creates a form of trilogy. Rhys Chatham began his musical career as a piano tuner for avant-garde pioneer La Monte Young as well as harpsichord tuner for Gustav Leonhardt, Rosalyn Tureck and Glenn Gould. He soon studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalisticon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early seventies; Chatham also played with Tony Conrad in an early version of Conrad's group, The Dream Syndicate. In 1971, while still in his teens, Chatham became the first music director at the experimental art space The Kitchen in lower Manhattan. His early works, such as Two Gongs (1971) owed a significant debt to Young and other minimalists. His concert productions included experimenters Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, and early alternative rockers such as Fred Frith, Robert Fripp, Arto Lindsay, and John Lurie. He has worked closely with visual artist/musician Robert Longo, particularly in the 1980s, and on an experimental opera called XS: The Opera Opus (1984-6) with the visual artist Joseph Nechvatal. By 1977, Chatham's music was heavily influenced by punk rock, having seen an early Ramones concert. He was particularly intrigued by and influential upon the group of artists music critics would label No Wave in 1978. Members of the New York City noise rock band Band of Susans began their careers in Chatham's ensembles; they later performed a cover of Chatham's "Guitar Trio" on their 1991 album, The Word And The Flesh. (This parallels the way that members of fellow NYC noise rockers Sonic Youth began their careers in Branca's ensembles; Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth did play with Chatham as well.) Chatham began playing trumpet in 1983, and his more recent works explore improvisatory trumpet solos; these are performed by Chatham himself, employing much of the same amplification and effects that he acquired with the guitar, over synthesized dance rhythms by the composer Martin Wheeler. Charlemagne Palestine wrote intense, ritualistic music in the 1970s, intended by the composer to rub against audiences' expectations of what is beautiful and meaningful in music. A composer-performer, he always performed his own works as soloist. His earliest works were compositions for carillon and electronic drones, and he is best known for his intensely performed piano works. He also performs as a vocalist. Palestine's performance style is ritualistic; he generally surrounds himself (and his piano) with stuffed animals, smokes large numbers of kretek (Indonesian clove cigarettes) and drinks cognac."
In Autumn of 2014 Birk Gjerlufsen and Victor Kjellerup made their vinyl debut as Vanessa Amara on Posh Isolation with the sister recordings 'Both of Us' and 'King Machine.' The pair's new album, 'You're Welcome Here,' realises the immense potential of these previous efforts. Built around church organ, string quartet, tapes and synthesizers, the seven pieces that make up ‘You’re Welcome Here’ are immediately, though not forcefully, arresting. Gjerlufsen and Kjellerup's new work is denser though it posseses a greater fragility than their previous efforts, with the compositional depth and carefully executed production of 'You're Welcome Here' setting a new standard for their work under the guise of Vanessa Amara and a new standard for Scandinavian experimental composition. 'You're Welcome Here' is as intimidating as it is beautiful; an emotive rendering of Gjerlufsen and Kjellerup's musical finesse. Posh Isolation is thrilled to Present “You’re Welcome Here”.
Penultimate Press is proud to present the second full length release by the acclaimed French inventor, instrument builder, musician, visual artist, researcher and writer Jacques Brodier. Following up the 2012 release Filtre De Réalité, Xhos De Villemahu expands Brodier’s vision tenfold with two LP’s worth of inexplicable audio recorded between 2009 – 2016. Operating from Le Havre (France) since the 1970s Jacques Brodier has created a uniquely personal vision that incorporates music writings, paintings and drawings. Over the years he has amassed a large amount of material in all of these fields. The music he conjures from his self built instrument, the Filtre De Réalité (Filter of Reality), harnesses the energies found in shortwave radio, harmonic strings, sensors, sheet metal and rotating glass spheres of sand. The resulting audio shatters time and space with voices of the deep past slamming up against a fantastic present. Frequencies dance in a whirl of frenzied excitement whilst elements of a cosmic science hdbl7fiction leave a trail of neon lit bewilderment. jb_pp_00033A vast amount of writings, painting and drawings support the enormous world Brodier has constructed over the years. Xhos De Villemahu is an attempt to capture this substantial and significant world view into a complete package. Xhos De Villemahu arrives as a deluxe double LP in a gloss gatefold sleeve featuring a 32 page A4 booklet of images, essays and texts written by Brodier for the occasion. Utterly unique in vision and scope, Xhos De Villemahu is absolutely an experience unlike any other.
Previous Sydney-sider, now Melbourne based artist Matthew P. Hopkins has worked as part of a number of groups over the last 10 years including Naked On The Vague, Vincent Over The Sink, Hochman & Hopkins, Four Door, and more recently Half High, and in duo mode with Tim Coster. In recent years Hopkins’ attention has become increasingly focussed on solo output that explores the realms of musique concrete, electro-acoustic composition, ambient music, sound poetry, noise, and nonsense, with releases on Penultimate Press (UK), Vittelli Records (UK), Canti Magnetici (IT), and Horizon Pages (AU). This 7″ release, ‘W’s’, his first solo single and debut on Albert’s Basement, is inviting and pleasing in parts, with just a hint of menace; a playful presage if you will. A slow moving (is it?) interlude to your day. Repetitious, slightly psychological synthesiser pings and waves suggest waiting (for who, or what?). Half whispers and bits of questions arise, but nothing coherent is voiced. Objects within reach on the desk are aimlessly shuffled, tapped, and slowly slid. Is that someone at the door? Probably not.
Darren Tate, Andrew Liles / Without Season / CD / Fungal / fungal059
Blanche Blanche Blanche / Wink With Both Eyes / CD / OSR Tapes / OSR34
Star Turbine / White Lines Across The Void / Discombobulate / Cassette / BOB004
Robert Filliou (1926-1987) was a French poet, writer and artist affiliated with Nouveau réalisme and Fluxus. Filliou conceived the celebration of Art’s Birthday in 1963. He claimed that 1,000,000 years ago there was no art at all until one day, on 17 January to be precise, art was born when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Art’s birthday – which, by the way, happened to coincide with Filliou’s own – saw its first public celebration on 17 January 1973 in Aachen, Germany and in Paris, France. Filliou’s ‘Whispered History of Art’, now released on vinyl as Slowscan vol. 30, is a Fluxus mythology about the origin of art. The playful and humorous lecture was recorded by Ondine Fiore at the New Wilderness Studio, New York in December 1977 and is introduced by Dick Higgins. Courtesy Filliou recording: Archivio Francesco Conz. Verona.
Twinsistermoon / When Stars Glide Through Solid / 2 x Vinyl LP / Blackest Rainbow / BRR214LP
Tronics / What's The Hubub Bub / Vinyl LP / M'Lady's Records / MLADYS9
Spine Scavenger / Weighted Ghost / Vinyl LP / Cylindrical Habitat Modules / FORTY - THIRD MODULE
Hobo Sonn, Decimus / Weeping From Eyes Three, Four And Five / Apathia / Vinyl LP / Kelippah / Kelippah012
"Wax & Wane" is a limited to 100 copies cassette by Church Shuttle, the latest solo project of Detroit-based Chris Durham (Roachclip, The Bibs, All Gone label et al)."
Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik have been working together as an artistic duo in Eindhoven since 1983. Originally, they combined dance and music in concerts, performances and theater pieces, Dubach being a dancer and van Horrik making music. He is also a long-time member of the Maciunas Ensemble alongside Paul Panhuysen et al. Dubach's and van Horrik's starting point was the notion that movement and sound are essentially the same: If there is no movement (vibration), nothing can be heard; if there is no sound, nothing moves. Over the years, the boundaries between movement and sound in their work became more and more blurred while they worked out their root idea in every thinkable form ranging from installations and site-specific works to performances and concerts. In 2010, they started their ongoing research project WAVES which involves producing movement feedback using shakers, a kind of loudspeakers that reproduce sound frequencies as vibrations, attached to long strings. Over the years, they have made numerous installations and concerts based upon this concept and have experimented with all sorts of objects incorporated into the basic WAVES setup, including Chinese lanterns, hooks, loose strings etc. This edition gathers four recordings of different WAVES installations, all made in Dubach's and van Horrik's private studio in Eindhoven. It is presented as a double 12" set (45 rpm) with a full-color gatefold sleeve and liner notes by Miloš Vojtěchovský. Edition of 300."
Pete Swanson, Rene Hell / Waiting For The Ladies / Vinyl LP / Shelter Press / SP001/R1
A necessary vinyl reissue of Voyage A L'Ombre by Ghédaliza Tazartes. Voyage A L'Ombre was originally released in 1997, as a limited CD on the France-based Demosaurus label run by David Fenech, a frequent Tazartes-collaborator. With tracks featuring Pambin Thullal, Syeta Choir, and Yumi Nara. Hot Releases. Label: 'Ghédalia Tazartes combines an orchestra and a pop group in one person. his voice shifts constantly from child to woman. completely unique, his music is unbelievable. You can't miss that record.
Borbetomagus / Vole Lotta Love / Vinyl LP / Tyyfus, Verdura / tyyfus11, verdu-36
Tobias Brügge, Matthew Grigg / Vocabularies / CD / Unknown Tongue / UT04 RECORDED AT HEIKE’S ROOM, MIXED AT BRUNOS, MÜNSTER, GERMANY. MASTERED AT MERRYWOOD MILLS, BRISTOL, ENGLAND BY MATTHEW GRIGG FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERHARD HIRT INSIDE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY & LAYOUT BY MG ℗ unknown tongue ALL COMPOSITIONS BY TOBIAS BRÜGGE & MATTHEW GRIGG © 2016
Idea Fire Company / Vital Live In Europe / CD / Swill Radio / swill radio 025
A classic masterpiece from 1981, never re-released before. Originally 1000 copies pressed on orange/red vinyl. 120 copies were sold through Rough Trade and Virgin Records. 800 copies were bought and later destroyed by the United Dairies label, makin this record even more rare. File under Dada, underground, post industrial, concrete music, DIY or punk. Hastings of Malawi were Heman Pathak, David Hodes and John Grieve. They recorded the album in one night in 1981 with no plan and no idea of what they were doing. They played drums, clarinet, synthesiser and piano but also made use of things that they found lying around the studio - old records, cookery books, telephone directories and a telephone. The recordings were played down the phone to randomlydialled numbers and the reactions added to the recording. All three had been involved in the recording of the first Nurse with Wound album Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella and had contributed metal scrapings, piano, effects, clarinet and guitar during the session. The album was released in 1981 as Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth by Hastings of Malawi on the Papal Products label. The star of the record is Pat Simmons who was the voice of the UK speaking clock between 1963 and 1984. In his book Lipstick Traces writer Greil Marcus seeks to draw a line from Dada through the Situationist International to punk rock. If this line exists then this record sits on the end of it. The only review that the album received was from Steve Stapelton who suggested that "nobody should miss this vinyl disaster" Good or bad are not concepts that can be applied to this recording. The record stands firmly in opposition to the now all pervading concepts of commercialisation, celebrity culture and the commodification of creative activity."
Sarin Smoke / Vent / Vinyl LP / MIE Music / MIE013
Quilt Boy / Venom Hate Malice The 119 Souls / Cassette / All Gone / No Catalogue #
Damien Dubrovnik / Vegas Fountain / Vinyl LP / Posh Isolation, Alter / Posh Isolation 144, ALT20
Debut LP from Mats Erlandsson, a Swedish electronic composer and musician based in Stockholm, where he also works at Elektronmusikstudion, EMS. A student of music since age 10, Erlandsson holds a masters degree in composition from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. While mainly focused on solo electronic music he has also composed music for dance, chamber ensembles and work with live-electronics together with various collaborators. On 16 June 1963, Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to fly in space. She spent 2 days and 22 hours alone in space, manually operating the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6. Erlandsson's ’Valentina Tereshkova’ is a record made up of 5 pieces of electroacoustic music. It would be easy to argue that the Valentina of the Soviet space mission and the one of Erlandsson's record are different characters all together, however there is a feeling of spatiality in Erlandsson's music that one could speculate is not unlike that of being in a vessel like Vostok 6: a small room surrounded by infinite space, and maybe most importantly, a room that allows for just one person. Erlandsson is a craftsman, a quality most keenly felt in the focused structure of his drone pieces. It is reflexive, heavy-hearted music that almost cynically dissects itself for the listener; the pieces themselves apologise for their melancholia with their compositional brilliance. A Stunning debut of a new strong voice in Scandinavian electronic music.
CS-40 clear tape, limited edition of 55 copies. Sold-out-at-source. "Second chapter of Bear Bones Lay Low on the Vagaciones series (the first came out a couple of years ago on our fellow's label Young Girls from Liege), which is probably Ernesto Gonzalez most psychedelic freak-out excursus in music. On this one the leading figures are the dreamy piano melodies and the obsessive percussive lines, surrounded by an aura of minimal electronics sounds. All this recorded straight on tape and quite lo-fi, which helps keeping it trippy and foggy. Drawing by Virginia Genta, inner picture by David Vanzan shot on the Ocean somewhere around Northern California, during the Jooklo Duo & Bear Bones Lay Low West Coast tour of April 2014. ""
Up-Tight are a three-piece psych group based in Hamamatsu, Japan with a history dating back to 1992 has released around 10 records. Up-Tight's current line-up (2016) is original members T. Aoki (vocal & guitar) T. Ogata (bass) and T. Shirahata (drums). The ghosts of The Velvet Underground, Les Rallizes Dénudés and Amon Düül loom large over their personal feedback song-destruction universe. This LP is the first re-issue of their original CD-R-only release in Japan in 1999 in a very limited edition of 100 copies. It has been remastered in Berlin from original recordings and presented here in an edition of 300. Here is what David Keenan (Wire magazine) thought about this first CD-R released in 1999 : "Up-Tight are a noxious young trio from south Tokyo, all acolytes of the legendary Japanese psych group Les Rallizes Dénudés, who augment their sound with crushing, Sabbath-styled dynamics, earsplitting acid leads and beautiful Velvets-inspired ballads... Song structures are mostly kept loose, allowing for lots of noisy improvisation. Generally the album is anchored by heavy riffs. Just when you thought you'd got to grips with Tokyo's paradigm destroying psych scene, this one hits like a sucker punch." All songs are five to ten minutes long, varying from very melodic ballads to psychedelic journeys. The album ends with an epic track, "無題", which is an 18 minutes tour-de-force, that takes you to another dimension as if the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" would have a child with Acid Mothers Temple, while listening to Amon Düül under codeine. Up-Tight are from the generation that emerged with the madness of the Tokyo '90s and the P.S.F Records scene. Close to Acid Mothers Temple (the two bands recorded an album together), Up-Tight has a unique sound and is one of the most important underground reference in the Japan psychedelic scene."
Club Sound Witches is Matt Earle and Nicola Morton from Breakdance the Dawn. They mine keyboards and mixers for errors, glitches, distortion, and compression, chewing and macerating beats until something pastelike pushes out the other end. The signals are blurry and pulpous—almost gastronomic, like sound waves passing through so much digestion. By teasing out mechanical lapses, C.S.W. make something disturbingly corporeal—almost profane. This electronic palette does not so much elicit bodily movement as evoke the body’s movements.
Stuart Chalmers, Z. Zsigo / Untitled / Cassette / Strange Rules / RULE-119
Penultimate Press is proud to release a unique vinyl of the only known recordings by Danish artist Poul Gernes. Poul Gernes only ever recorded just under 20 minutes of music. His entire musical production is therefore on this LP. The recording was done on a Tandberg Recorder at Poul Gernes’ house in the south of Sweden in 1969. He is playing an old harmonium salvaged from a local primary school. The result is an informal quasi-drone work, which, along with the ambient sounds and domestic interference, comes across as a snapshot of the recording itself, a sonic Polaroid. Poul Gernes (1925-1996) was one of the central figures in Danish art life during the latter half of the twentieth century. His experimental art holds a firm place on an international level and as one of the founders of the legendary Den Eksperimenterende Kunstskole (The Experimenting Art School) he has exerted considerable influence on a whole generation of artists who make up the Danish post war avant garde. His wide-ranging body of work is still a source of inspiration for younger generations of artists in Denmark and abroad. This recording was initiated by John Hunov who was the chairman of ‘Ung Dansk Kunst’ (Young Danish Art) an association for the presentation and publication of many Danish artists of the period. A series of cassettes were commissioned as a supply on demand service prompting Poul Gernes to instigate a musical work. The recording was done during a prolific period of creativity and lingers in the current spirit of endless possibilities. The combination of an old harmonium and a tape recorder manifests a yet untried option: why not compose music as well? A child’s voice, his daughter Ulrikka, is heard making small remarks and pointing out when the needle enters the red. This audial domestic background is too included as an incidental yet natural part of the work as Poul Gernes saw no limit between art and life. Poul Gernes’ major musical inspirations at the time were J.S. Bach, Terry Riley and Gregorian chant. An alleged encounter with John Cage and close collaborations with, for instance, composer and Fluxus artist Henning Christiansen are likely to have encouraged the musical endeavour. During the 1960s Poul Gernes also made a large number of happenings and performances, together with Per Kirkeby and Joseph Beuys.
Various / Untitled / Forever United / Cassette / UTD16 Ace compilation tape from Sweden-based Forever United label, limited to 50 copies: Tracklist A1 –August Levén Höst A2 –Milos (8) Gott Slut A3 –Olympus (4) Till M.A. B1 –Vattenskalle Territorium B2 –Vattenskalle Kvalster B3 –Idun För Gammal B4 –Pineal Gland Det Stora Hela B5 –Pineal Gland Troligtvis
Bob Cobbing, Peter Finch, Frangcois Dufrene, Helmer Bodil, Lawrence Upton / Untitled / Vinyl LP / Slowscan
Slowscan #36 is a re-issue on vinyl of three separate cassettes originally released on Balsam Flex, a London-based label run by artist Erik Vonna-Michell in the late 1970s-early 1980s. In those days a number of British poets were producing works influenced by radical international currents in sound art, conceptual art, visual poetry and performance art. Bob Cobbing (1920-2002) was a central figure in this continuation of the ‘British Poetry Revival’, a rather loose poetry movement of the 1960s and 1970s which can be seen as an internationally oriented modernist reaction to the English traditionalist and nationalist approach of poetry of ’The Movement’ (Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin et al.) Many of the Balsam Flex cassettes brought poets connected with ‘Writers Forum’, a small press, workshop and writers’ network founded in 1963 by Bob Cobbing, Jeff Nuttall and John Rowan. After Cobbing’s death in 2002 ‘Writers Forum’ has been directed by poet and artist Lawrence Upton (1949). A joint piece by Cobbing and Upton is included on Slowscan #36. Also included on this LP are two 1968 collaborations of Bob Cobbing and French Nouveau réalist and Lettrist François Dufrêne (1930-1982). Dufrêne’s sound poetry, musique concrète and décollage harked back to the early Futurist and Dadaist experiments in that field. ’Trigram (Trilofy Four)’ is a collaboration of Bob Cobbing and Helmer Bodil, released on Balsam Flex in 1978 and now re-released on Slowscan. So is the entire 1977 Balsam Flex cassette ‘Big Band Dance Music’ by Welsh poet and artist Peter Finch (1947), whose artwork for the original cassette now also graces the sleeve of the Slowscan re-release.
Mutual Process / Untitled / Cassette / Discombobulate / BOB005
Over the past few years F.E. Denning has proven himself to be an important part of the Copenhagen scene. Born in 1987 he's been exploring his musical path through various releases since 2011, mostly on the Danish label Posh Isolation. Elements have come and gone but the works have always been rooted in the realms of ambient, drone, noise, minimal electronics and electro-acoustic music. After a few successful tapes in small editions 2014 saw F.E. Denning reaching it's ultimate form on the vinyl record 'Cities of Light' released once more by Posh Isolation. The record captured all the trademark qualities of the project. It showcased it's warm almost comforting and slightly noisy take on ambient music combined with captivating melodies that are bound to take the listener on a journey not easily forgotten. That year another very ambitious project was presented in the form of the F.E. Denning Descension Orchestra, an 11-piece orchestra from various backgrounds that perfectly translated the spirit of the project into more traditional music bringing free jazz into the range of styles. It's title being a direct reference to John Coltrane's 'Ascension' the record chose a whole other path to explore, inward a reflective of ones self. The result was a monolithic record co-released by Infinite Waves & Insula, not easily described or digested but highly captivating. Expanding on the complexity and emotiveness both these records have brought to the table F.E. Denning is now ready to present the next chapter. More focussed than ever the upcoming 'Under The Linden Tree' vinyl record on тhe тide øf тhe εnd enables one to take a step back into a secluded place, dwell on their state of being and the world around them in a much clearer way. The feeling of loneliness within a crowd that was present on 'Cities of Light' has made way for more concrete feelings of desolation. Starting of in familiar fashion one feels as if covered by a blanket of soft grainy drones. The peaceful status quo is easily disturbed as only minutes in sounds start to collapse on top of each other, closing in on the listener. Society is crumbling down and even though there is plenty of hope and courage left in our souls the end is inevitable and omni-present. Once more F.E. Denning skillfully threads the line between beauty and despair and one can never be certain of the outcome. Melancholic melodies set the tone and when the closing opus eventually fades out one is left with a feeling of acceptance, of whatever is to come.
"One more top mysterious trace from the Little Skull legacy: Dean Browns album Ubique (i.e. "everywhere" in Latin) marks the passing of time and people. This sense of loss is very present though the whole record; not getting around to saying the things we meant to say and making sense of the leftovers. Screaming calmly, Dean Browns Little Skull has shrunk, even more, until his head is almost just sore meat - this music sounds like it was made to soothe that inflammation. Currently living in the UK, Little Skull is Deans long running solo project. He plays all of instruments, even if it sounds like he is barely touching them and yet, his obscure personal fingerprints are all over the place. His instinctive spontaneous playing finds ways to make them glow and fizz and ripple. The very complicated hand-made cover is astonishing. It incorporates religious imagery and patron saints expanding in space and creating a three-dimensional architecture filled with mysterious presences. Dean Brown is a New Zealander from Hamilton. A joke city to much of the rest of New Zealand, but its feral mongrel out-of-it-ness is well known to those that have lived there. Dean coped with Hamilton through his bands Negative Eh and Nova Scotia and then buggered off to other cities and other countries. After several privately produced lathe-cut editions and a sold-out LP on Elica, Ubique is reissued here on LP in a one-time-only pressing limited to 250 copies." - Planam."
One of two different sets, along with Two City Blues 2 (TROST 128CD), recorded on one intense night at Tokyo's Shinjuku Pit Inn. A trio of three towering figures, German free jazz legend Peter Brötzmann, Japanese avant-garde wizard Keiji Haino, and wildly versatile American composer and musician Jim O'Rourke, recorded by Yasuo Fujimura on November 23, 2010. Brötzmann: alto and tenor saxophones, tarogato, and clarinet; Haino: guitar, voice, shamisen; O'Rourke: guitar.
Arrigo Lora-Totino (Torino, 1928) is considered one of the fathers of Italian sound poetry. He's mostly known for having curated the anthology "Futura: Poesia Sonora" (Cramps Records, 1978), where he collected the voices of the most interesting sound poets of the twentieth century, but also for being a key figure in the Italian experimental poetry. Active since the late Sixties, he gave more than 200 performances of “Gymnastic Poetry” and “Liquid Poetry” (using the Idromegaphone, a tool invented on purpose to let the voice sound through water) and a series of mimic declamations of avant-garde texts, from Futurism to Dadaism, Russian ‘Zaum, Expressionism, Surrealism, Lettrisme and Concretism. This sound poem in six movements - performed as a vocal trio together with Sergio Cena and Laura Santiano - was recorded in 1976 in Torino at Studio di Informazione Estetica (S.I.E.) and is considered by the author himself one of his most important works. First volume in a series of sound poetry releases coordinated by Luca Garino, comes in a deluxe edition with the complete reproduction of the handwritten original scores. Pressing info: 250 copies on black, embossed lettering"
Bruce Russell / Toy Walkie Talkie / 7" Vinyl / Chocolate Monk / CHOC.0000078"
"This is Charles Gayle's most accessible work. Gayle's mastery of free jazz is blended with a more traditional compositional style of jazz on this disc. Touchin' on Trane is composed of five original songs, and even includes ex-Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali. As the title insists, Coltrane is the influence for the music on this disc. The influence ranges from the upbeat tempo of "Giant Steps" in "Part A," while "Part D" is reminiscent of Coltrane's "Live in Japan" performances. Gayle, bassist William Parker, and Ali don't copy Coltrane, but rather expand on his accomplishments. Without covering any songs, Touchin' on Trane is the greatest John Coltrane tribute album."-Brian Flota, All Music."
The long awaited traditional monument is finally available on vinyl! Tornarem Dançar, recorded in 2004, stands alone among musicians as the best Auvergne/Limousin traditional album ever recorded in the last decades. We had originaly proposed to produce a second record of the duo and open our vinyl catalogue back in 2009, thus these new sessions have never been recorded and might never will. After many years of open discussion and patience, we are very proud to present an LP version of the only recording of the duo. Superb orginal takes by Marc Prévost, newly mastered for vinyl format by Frederic Alstadt and packaged by Ségolène Moteley for Standard In-Fi. This music is simply beautiful, a must have! LP, 300 copies. Silkscreened thick folder covers with stamped labels.
Martyr Group / Tone Stencil Pirates / CD / OSR Tapes / OSR40
Eli Keszler / Tilt / CD / R.E.L Records / REL010
Sheldon Siegel / Three Euro Breakfast, Live 2010 / Cassette / House of Alchemy / houseofalchemy#064
Orange County harsh crust, bright scrap metal manipulations atop crunchy and intricatly shifting layers of low-end noise electronics. “The nightmare lives on.” Released as a c40 cassette on the recently-revived Monorail Trespassing label.
Marching Church / This World Is Not Enough / Vinyl LP / Posh Isolation / posh isolation 147
One of the most played albums in the IDDB office of 2015 was Sarah Mary Chadwick's 9 Classic Tracks (Siltbreeze). On this 7" the Melbourne-based artist gives us two tracks from the same session as the new album Roses Always Die which was recently released on Rice Is Nice. Two tracks of just guitar and vocals, stripped down to the bare minimum and driven by an austere ambience. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm. IDDB 012"
Wherein we come upon three visceralists who have been collaborating for years - innumerable instances in a roulette wheel of settings – finally shacking up in a studio and fashioning a proper trio record. Glory be. Let’s listen in… “These.” It’s a phrase that never gets started, and an apt title for this record, which right off bolts from the barn and burns so brightly it nearly gets away from you by the time you’re done twisting your head around looking for whoever it was that left the door open. He asked me when I planned to come back. Always, I said. Nace’s guitar mines savage depths, egging on the propulsive swing of Flaherty and Corsano. The results are as beastly as the heart itself. Swing. Bounce. Joust. Jab. Uppercut. Flutter. Wink. Sneer. They all play with anguish and ecstatic rupture – the frustrating joy of pushing an instrument to its limits, fashioning a necessary and brutal needlepoint. They move with all the otherworldly elegance and mania of moths at a lamp show. The music asks no specific questions, but wrenches open a space for all manner of questions – this is one of art’s most vital functions! It deals in shades, no matter how sharp the apparent angle. Check out "Blue Water": the solemn bells of Bill’s guitar signal not so much a funeral, but a new dawn after a tragedy. Flaherty’s saxophone sounds innocent, almost tentative at first, but as Chris’ drums chime in, Paul starts to wrench the fabric loose. The track builds into a fierce and alien vista, charting a territory all its own – a simmering judgement. It becomes hard to talk about. Didn’t you ever try to eat your own tail in the midday sun? No? These three, whose veins are coursing straight through with a nuanced emotional lexicon and the smarts to harness it, have given us a record that expands potential with each listen. - Matt Krefting, Holyoke, MA 2017"
Killer LP from No Guru, helmed by joel stern ( sky needle, greg boring, abject leader) and featuring ian wadley ( mad nanna, lost domain) chelsea charlton ( brainbeau ), eon phyre and michael donnelly ( 6majik9, brothers of the occult sisterhood), and jeremy nuske. Ritualistic improvised rhythms and electrified junk ornates from brisbane, Australia. Released in limited run of around 200 copies by Australian label Hashram Audio Concern.
DJ Dog Dick / The Yo Po Freestyles / Vinyl LP / American Tapes / AM925 [AM UNHEARD 1]