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Hellier Ulysses / Prime Example / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR47
Hellier Ulysses / Prime Example / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR47
Craow / Preferable Execution By Firing Squad / Vinyl LP / Death Shadow Records / deathshadow004
The second in a set of LP re-releases of early recordings by Sean Halpin aka Craow. On Preferable Execution By Firing Squad, we see Halpin further honing his craft and once again immersing us in complete and total darkness. Recorded completely with his jaw wired shut, these recordings show Craow in its darkest form to date. Originally released as a limited tape on Corpse Without Soul in 2011, Death Shadow Records is pleased to present these recordings to the public again. Remastered for vinyl by J Short, this release is presented in an edition of only 100 copies.
Idea Fire Company / Postcards / Vinyl LP / Swill Radio / swillradio#033
"2013 marks both the 25th anniversary of IFCO and the 30th anniversary of Swill Radio, so what better way to start the celebrations than with a brand new IFCO LP? Postcards is a reworking of a cassette originally released by No Basement Is Deep Enough in 2011. Re-ordered, remixed, remade, and remodeled Postcards presents a more charming atmosphere than Music From The Impossible Salons (Kye) stark melancholy. There is still plenty of piano and sad scenarios, but there are also flights of electronic fancy. Eight imaginary impressionistic portraits of cities we have never been to. Karla Borecky and Scott Foust. Deluxe edition. 220 g vinyl. Cover painting and artwork by Karla; booklet with highly subjective text by me. Postcards from a past that never existed. IFCO march on and on." - Swill Radio."
Aaron Dilloway, Jason Lescalleet / Popeth / Vinyl LP / Glistening Examples / GLEX 1403
Latest collaborative efforts of Aaron Dilloway and Jason Lescalleet. Recorded at Tarker Mills in February 2014 then mixed and mastered at Glistening Labs, this 38 minute LP was carved deeply into 150 grams of virgin vinyl via Direct Metal Mastering at GZ Media in the Czech Republic. These records are sheathed in deluxe poly-lined inner sleeves and presented in 300gsm uncoated reverse board, beautifully adorned by Australian artist and novelist Matthew Revert.
Renato Rinaldi / Planta / CD / Senufo Editions / senufo editions # fifty one
Renato Rinaldi / Planta / CD / Senufo Editions / senufo editions # fifty one
Pink Luminous Invocation / Pink Luminous Invocation / Vinyl LP / Sagittarius A-Star / Sagittarius A-Star 11
Pink Luminous Invocation / Pink Luminous Invocation / Vinyl LP / Sagittarius A-Star / Sagittarius A-Star 11
Terry Riley, Persian Surgery Dervishes, 2 x Vinyl LP, Aguirre Records, Les Séries Shandar, SSH04
This classic minimal music album is now available again on vinyl for the first time since the 70s. Californian composer Terry Riley’s In C, first issued on vinyl in 1968, is widely acknowledged as a Minimalist landmark that altered the course of twentieth-century music. His influential album A Rainbow In Curved Air, which appeared the following year, is a vivid fusion of rock and raga, jazz and psychedelia realised through overdubbing on an 8-track machine which had recently been installed at the studios of Columbia Records. In recent decades Riley has composed a series of critically acclaimed pieces for string quartet. He has also written for full orchestra and explored a variety of instrumental combinations. But during the 1970s, he concentrated on solo keyboard performances, continuing to make music yet writing down almost nothing. Riley selected a mode, chose a few motifs or basic patterns and then, seated on the floor in front of his audience, improvised on electronic keyboard. That instrument became an essential part of his musical identity for a while, although it was chosen in part for practical reasons. The electric organ, superseded at later concerts by a synthesizer, was portable and consistent. This enabled him to avoid unreliable pianos in venues which were less formal and more variable than the standard concert hall circuit. By the early 70s Riley had come to feel that scores were a distraction. Faithful interpretation of an already written piece was a deviation from the true purpose of making music, which was spiritual quest. Fortunately, some of those live performances, personal journeys towards a state of transcendence, were captured on tape. Persian Surgery Dervishes, issued initially on the French label Shandar, features two such concerts for electric organ and reel-to-reel delay, one recorded in Los Angeles on 18th April 1971, the other in Paris on 24th May 1972. At the start of that decade Riley became a dedicated student of the great Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath. Looking into North Indian classical tradition he found correspondences to modal and cyclic ideas that he was already working on. In 1971, as a way to learn more, Riley himself started teaching Indian music at Mills College, in Oakland. That experience fed directly into his solo keyboard performances, but other influences were also shaping the music heard on Persian Surgery Dervishes. Personal research into ancient Persian culture and the poetry of Rumi lit up his imagination, while the repetitive swirling of Sufi devotional music from North Africa, which Riley had first encountered in Europe during the early 60s, reverberates through these performances. Jazz, as conceived by such masters such as Bill Evans and John Coltrane, is also present as an enduring source of inspiration. The Californian version of Persian Surgery Dervishes starts with low dark tones, dense and brooding like a huddled human figure, deep in introspection. But as the improvisation unfolds Riley’s buoyant spirit asserts itself, spiralling out in ecstatic coils, as though liberated from the grip of body consciousness. The Parisian concert conveys a different mood, brighter and more open in texture, more relaxed from the outset and breathing with greater freedom as it takes flight. Echoes of Terry Riley’s inspired music have spread far and wide - into progressive rock, New Age and ambient soundings, film soundtracks, blissed-out electronica and dance-floor trance. His fluent and hypnotic keyboard playing can be heard as part of a continuum, transmitting energies from ancient and distant musical sources into the living here and now. Persian Surgery Dervishes is a significant part of that picture, a mesmerising record of a vital stage in Riley’s ongoing quest for connection with the universal mind and the sublime music that flows ceaselessly from it. “Music is my spiritual path. It’s my way of finding out who I am.” Terry Riley, in 1976
Paul Panhuysen / Pendulum Change Ringing / Vinyl LP / Edition Telemark / 314.03
Debut LP edition by Dutch sound and visual artist Paul Panhuysen since 1986. In terms of sound art, Paul Panhuysen is well-known for his long string installations, yet he has produced a vast amount of other sound installations using different materials and sound sources ranging from various instruments to animals such as birds. This LP contains a recording of the installation "Pendulum Change Ringing", displayed at Pand Koloniale Waren in Hasselt (Belgium) in 2012. The installation consists of twelve engraved Turkish metal platters, each mounted onto a black plastic bin, and placed in a 20 meters long row. The rim of each platter is hit by a metal pendulum operated by a tiny electromotor. Each hit causes the platter to resonate with a rich sound texture full of dissonant overtones. During the recording, the twelve pendulums are activated one after the other. The paces at which they swing differ due to their rods having different lengths. This causes interlocking rhythmic patterns to emerge that become more complex with each step and never stay the same. Hits aggregate into clusters, then thin out again. The sound is not chaotic, yet its regularity is hard to comprehend. "You might call Pendulum Change Ringing a typical Paul Panhuysen piece: it works according to a system, quite a simple one in fact, but its effect surpasses that apparent simplicity by far." (René van Peer) Edition of 300 copies. Full-color sleeve with photos of the installation and liner notes by René van Peer. Black poly-lined inner sleeve."
Rhodri Davies / Pedwar / 4 x LP, Box Set / Alt Vinyl / av058x
Rhodri Davies / Pedwar / 4 x LP, Box Set / Alt Vinyl / av058x Archive box includes: Remastered LP & DL versions of Trem (2002), Over Shadows (2007), Wound Response (2012), & new LP An Air Swept Clean of All Distance Flyers, posters, essays etc. Limited edition of 250 only review: Ltd edition of 250 Definitive solo career retrospective of this seminal improvisational harpist Records housed in hand screenprinted heavy card sleeves with commissioned artwork by jean luc guionnet Curated flyers, posters etc of key gig & festival appearances Risograph printed musical score Booklet written by Rhodri Davies Essay by David Toop Download audio of all 4 albums All housed in custom made card archive box hand numbered by the artist This box set is heavy. Please add the following for postage: UK £8, EU £14, RoW £22
Karies / Parole Grätig / 7" Vinyl / Harbinger Sound, In A Car / Harbinger156, In A Car 002"
Karies / Parole Grätig / 7" Vinyl / Harbinger Sound, In A Car / Harbinger156, In A Car 002"
Pancrace, Pancrace, 2 x Vinyl LP, Penultimate Press, PP28
Music for pipe organ Stiehr-Mockers 1848, Bird Calls, Baroque Violin, Tin Whistle, Boîtes à Bourdons, Landscape Piano, Motorised Bow, Standuino Pi Synth, Microphones, Hurgy Toys, AM radio, Church Bells, Uilleann Pipes and Hulusi. Penultimate Press is proud to present the debut recording from French outfit Pancrace. Pancrace is an improvising quintet comprising French, British and Austrian performers. The members include Prune Bécheau, Arden Day, Julien Desailly, Léo Maurel and Jan Vysocky. Pancrace is also the name of the church in Dangolsheim Alsace located next to where the instrument inventor Léo Maurel lives. Maurel makes ingeniously designed instruments inspired by the hurdy gurdy. The recording emerged from a disruption of the traditional elements within the church, namely the church organ which was prepared inside out whilst the performers challenged it’s gregarious authority with an array of constructed and modified instruments. In Pancrace one can hear many of these shape-shifting instruments and devices being twiddled without quite knowing which are bowed, plucked, hammered or rubbed. The results are a maelstrom of sound and song which see-saw between the harrowing and the sublime with incredible detail to sonic content. Pancrace instigates proceedings in the confinement of an organ; a Cyclops puffing its continuous and raucous breath only to be woken by instruments who, like horseflies, mischievously start tormenting proceedings with microtones and striated polyrhythms. The journey ends four sides later with the language of the birds imposing an unadorned silence on the church.
Eli Keszler / Oxtirn Live / CD / R.E.L Records / REL017
Eli Keszler / Oxtirn Live / CD / R.E.L Records / REL017
Hisato Higuchi / Otomeyama Bottom / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm057
When freedom meets grace. New, wonderful work by one of Japan's most unique voices. Hisato's songs shine like stars in a summer night. Warm, fragile, and thorn music. It will send shivers down to your spine. EDITION OF 250 COPIES WITH PROFESSIONALLY PRINTED ARTWORK AND INSERTS.
Control Unit / Oto Live / CDr / Chocolate Monk / choc.244
Control Unit / Oto Live / CDr / Chocolate Monk / choc.244
Debt Of Nature / Order, Spoil The Entire State /  Vinyl LP / Harbinger Sound / harbinger111
An album of incredible archival recordings by Brad Laner and Jim Goodall's 1980's noise orchestra. Featuring many other LAFMS superstars such as Rick Potts and Joseph Hammer , along with several unknown secret San Fernando Valley noise geniuses. An album's worth of epic spontaneous compositions created with tape recorders, short wave radios, cheap synths, random orchestral instruments and circuit bent gearand all unleashed in front of an unsuspecting audience. "...we opened for WALL OF VOODOO and successfully pissed off 1000 screaming New Wave assholes" Starting out back in August 1981 as Brad Laner's solo project and self-confessed "pretentious art phase". It wasn't long before he started bringing friends , most notably Jim Goodall and SpencerSavage, and other players in and over the following years DEBT OF NATURE would expandinto a much larger ensemble. It's those larger ensembles that are captured on this album with liverecordings caught throughout the bands final two years. These tracks were originally programmed with a four 7" boxset in mind, but the flow of the pieces works just as well on the 12" format here. Even though they only released a small number of cassettes throughout their lifespan, mostly on ARPH and Laner's own Party Sound Tapes label. They appeared on numerous seminal Noise and Punk crossover compilations that emitted from California's west coast on labels such as the Minutemen's New Alliance imprint, New Underground, and Trance Port. Later other work appeared on Anomalous Records.Over the five to six years they existed the band played many showsthroughout Los Angeles and up into the Bay Area. DEBT OF NATURE is the starting block for both Laner and Goodall's musical trajectory that has now spanned three decades and taken in many points along the way. Both players recently resurfaced with a reformed MEDICINE , a band they formed who released material via Creation Records and Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Prior to that they could be found alongside LAFMS mainstay Rick Potts and others in the STEAMING COILS. Laner was also a major player in FOURWAYCROSS and could be found at times in SAVAGE REPUBLIC, NERVOUS GENDER and many others.Jim Goodall would record for a number of years under the alias of D.D.DOBSON and his violent electronic works can be found on numerous experimental noise labels. He also played as a member of WHITEHOUSE during their comeback tour of the USA during 1993. Brad Laner was also a major contributor to the legendary experimental music magazine UNSOUND which will be the subject of an extensive feature in the forthcoming As Loud As Possible #2 magazine. A second DEBT OF NATURE album capturing the band's earlier years is scheduled for release on Harbinger Sound sometime too."
Family Battle Snake / Optimistic Suburbia / CDr / Chocolate Monk / CHOC-182
Family Battle Snake / Optimistic Suburbia / CDr / Chocolate Monk / CHOC-182
Orchestra Of Constant Distress / OOCD / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm064
Orchestra of Constant Distress is the new Swedish supergroup featuring Joachim Nordwall (Skull Defekts, Alvars Orkester), Anders 'Drajan' Bryngelsson (Brainbombs, No Balls), Henrik Rylander and Henrik Andersson. Their self-titled debut Lp on 8mm is a nice slab of Hard Rock from the year 3000. 5 tracks of pure mechanical alienation, built upon very minimal guitar/drums patterns and waves of harsh electronics, sounding pretty much like anything else in the actual noise rock scenario. Limited edition of 200 copies.
The Barton Workshop Plays Philip Corner / OM Entering. And Once Entered: The Barton Workshop Plays Philip Corner / Vinyl LP / Kye / kye39
Kye is proud to announce the release of 'OM Entering. and Once Enterd', the latest LP from veteran fluxus composer Philip Corner. 'OM Entering. and Once Enterd' comprises four previously unreleased recordings with the Barton Workshop, taken from performances in the Netherlands, and South Korea, between 2000-2007. "OM ENTRANCE. OM ENTERTRANCE. which one does....because the performance is a real "passage from the material to the spiritual" unless the "real" world is just as spiritual already which i like to think it is. As perhaps an everyday awareness is already to be entranced which i have been told it is, really. To the facts: musicians' coming-in already the performance of everything has to be done to get ready from unpacking to tuning and all that is done in the concentrated and exalted spirit of real music. Multiplicity moves noise to instrument possibilities with virtuosity show-offs slowing down to a perfect tuning in a quiet circle from where there is nowhere else to go but the sustaining of a quiet long tone. My old friend and colleague also great composer Jim Fulkerson is there as he has be, as he was even at the first performance way back must be almost 50 years by now joining the Creative Associates at the University of Buffalo on his initiative as likewise these performances in Holland with his group he calls The Barton Workshop and for sure he is there playing trombone too. The movement from SANG/TEH (SITUATIONS). Guard duty in a cold Korean winter. This piece was a major turning-point in my work. My life too you-could-say. "Of Ancient Times and Modern Sounds" i wrote then: a better world---much much better---than being in the American Army. The heterophonic melody-only texture learned from their "Ah Ahk" court music ("Soo Je Chun" the most beautiful music in the history of the world!) imposed on a thoroughly modern chromatic note structure. Occidental instruments absorbing the traditions of subtle sound colours so-long absent from the West. Public performance in Seoul. That must have been the Spring of 1961 just before they "shipped me out", to bring all that back home. Before that the wonderful and exceptional opportunity to "run through" some of it with the indigenous instruments of the Koog Ahk Wun (National Music Institute) thanks to the cultural open-mindedness of the classical kayageum master Byungki Hwang. And Jim has not only played the 3rd movement often, but brought if back to Korea once at the Pan Music Festival. But my long-waiting-for performance in Korea on native instruments has yet to take place. The CHOPIN PRELUDE piece is one of two, reworking passages from his D Major Prelude for piano, and a part of the "as a revelation" series which "looks into" moments from the classics which usually go by too fast. Begun with Mozart, the series has "got a lot of mileage" out of Satie, as well as including Buxtehude, Bach, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Verdi, Ives, Berlioz,, and others." (Philip Corner, 2015). 'OM Entering. and Once Enterd' arrives in a full color, high gloss Philip Corner designed sleeve, with insert, 350 copies black vinyl with a special edition of 50 copies on colored vinyl."
Astatine, Ogrob / Oeil Céleste / 10" Vinyl / Doubtful Sounds / doubt 13"
This record is the result of a collaboration between Astatine aka Stéphane Récrosio, head of the label Orgasm since 1994 and Ogrob aka Sébastien Borgo, member of Micro_pénis and L'Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Etait Due A L'Autopsie. 6 compositions, created in 2014, mixing Astatine's noise experimentations in Paris and Ogrob's field recordings and short waves in Sydney, Australia and Tasmania. Astagrob. Astatine / Ogrob. Digital precision / Lo-fi fog. Junk sounds / Clean noise. Field recordings / Kitchen utensils. Collect / Rubbish tip. Northern hemisphere / Souther hemisphere. Astral / Holocaust. Table of the elements / Elements on the table. Postal card / Stamped cardboard. Oeil Céleste. Masterised by Nicolas Marmin. Transparent 10''. 200 numbered copies. Cardboard cover by Ogrob. Postal card by Astatine.
Elodie / Odyssee / CD / Faraway Press / FP028
Elodie here featuring core members Timo van Luijk and Andrew Chalk, playing live in Germany in 2015. Performing a pure duet of flute and string synthesizer over one episodic track 'Odyssee', a poetic and melancholy synchronous soundtrack to a film made and shown by van Luijk on the same evening. 'Odyssee' was mastered for CD release by Denis Blackham and is packaged in handmade gatefold mini LP style sleeve with Japanese language obi. Faraway Press.
Chris Dadge / Not Sudden / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / houseofalchemy#068
Chris Dadge / Not Sudden / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / houseofalchemy#068
Tom James Scott / Nocturnes / Cassette / Skire / SKR07
"Nocturnes" is a collection of twelve solo piano pieces recorded in May 2015 by Tom James Scott. Drawing inspiration from the “nighttime language” of Anna Kavan's Sleep Has His House and the (often starlit) nature writings of Kenneth Rexroth, 'Nocturnes' further explores the shadowy terrain between lyrical and abstract modes of expression that has formed a common thread throughout much of Scott's solo work to date. Available in cassette and digital formats, 'Nocturnes' is presented here as a C41 chrome cassette with an extended j-card. Each copy is then housed in a double sided 260gsm card slipcase featuring four different inner print designs and comes with a printed download card. Limited to 100 copies. Recorded May 2015. Mastered by Sean McCann. Artwork by Andrew Chalk. Design by Tom James Scott."
Damion Romero / Nobody Missing / Cassette / Tape Room / TRK71301
Recorded 2012, Los Angeles, California. Edition of 50.
Ben Hall's String Trio / Negatively Complicating A Procedure That Is Already Flawed / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm060
Stunning new jams by Ben Hall's She Shells String Trio, the trio of Ben Hall (Graveyards), C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Mike Khoury. With two violins and incendiary drums, the trio create a series of dialogues which magically combine intensity and introspection, rhythm and silence, discipline and "fire". When imagination meets instinct, music is free. A rare gem, a gift by gifted musicians. Released on the 8mm Records label in a limited edition of 150 copies and housed in handmade covers."
Peter Behrendsen / Nachtflug/Atem Des Windes / Vinyl LP / Edition Telemark / 628.05
Peter Behrendsen (b. 1943) is a Cologne-based radio producer, performer and composer of experimental music. He started concerning himself with electro-acoustic music in 1972, was a member of Josef Anton Riedl's ensemble and assistant to Klaus Schöning at the WDR radio play studio (Studio for Acoustic Art). In Cologne, he organized numerous concerts and festivals for experimental music, most notably BrückenMusik, a series of concerts in the box girder of the Deutz bridge. He regards John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jackson Mac Low and David Tudor as his most important teachers, with whom he also collaborated, and has performed his own live-electronic and text-sound compositions throughout Europe. This LP pairs a live-electronic and a text-sound piece: "Nachtflug" (Night Flight, 1999) is based on electronic treatment of the sounds of ats made audible, and is performed by hans w. koch and Behrendsen. "Atem des Windes" (Breath of Wind, 1999–2005) is a text-sound compostion on the subject of the wind, inspired by a Taoist text by the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, and features the voices of Bettina Wenzel and Behrendsen. Edition of 300 in full-color sleeve and inner sleeve."
Circuit Breaker / My Descent Into Capital / Vinyl LP / Harbinger Sound / harbinger151
"My Descent Into Capital" represents the most ambitious recording from this London-based duo to date. Even if they're taking influence from minimal synth, post-punk or early industrial sides, Circuit Breaker are unmistakably contemporary with their delivery. Forging together metallic drum machines, propulsive synth lines and stark guitar degradation into bold , simple and effective songs about isolation, discontentment and the true horror of work. This album transgresses any simple nostalgia for its musical forefathers and showcases a band with their eyes fixed firmly on the future. Any obvious reference points are contorted and stretched to the point where they are transformed into something new. After ten years of obscurity, a refusal to go away, and two well-received records on Tombed Visions, this album is their first full-length album, as-well as their first with abstract-punk imprint Harbinger Sound. Having played many shows supporting Sleaford Mods, the duo are about to embark on an extensive tour with new label mates Consumer Electronics early next year. The album was mastered by Barry Grint at Alchemy. ""
Karel Appel / Musique Barbare / Vinyl LP / Sub Rosa / SRV420LP
First vinyl reissue of this musique concrete classic, first released in 1963. Dutch abstract-expressionist painter Karel Appel (1921-2006), one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948, logged time in the Instituut Voor Sonologie to compose music for a documentary being made on himself by cinematographer Jan Vrijman. Musique Barbare was born, released by Philips, this masterpiece of Musique Concrete is a real jewel for any record collector. Made in collaboration with the Insituut's member Frits Weiland, the result is a fantastic mix of electric organ fumblings to full-on riots of distorted kettle drum and assorted percussion-room filigree, assembled into an extremely edit-heavy suite - heavy tape-speed manipulation.
Gianni Giublena Rosacroce / Musica Da Camera Oscura / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL-080
Gianni Giublena Rosacroce / Musica Da Camera Oscura / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL-080
Sean McCann / Music For Private Ensemble / Vinyl LP / Recital / R5
Music For Private Ensemble is Sean McCann’s first new solo album since 2011’s The Capital. Demonstrating a more serious study of orchestration and timbre than his previous work; it is a big step forward. The four arrangements presented here shy away from the use of synthesizers and effects processing – instead relying on voicing and movement to actuate the album’s sentiments. Inspired by the grandiosity of John Adams, the concerned somberness of Gavin Bryars, and the guttural tape work of Fluxus artists. Private Ensemble was written, recorded, and laboriously edited over the course of 17 months, composed both traditionally as well as through the clustering and organization of improvisations. McCann played violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel, and percussion. He was forced to notate samples of bassoon, french horn, and timpani, as those were not available resources at the time. Taking multi-tracking to extremes, many of the pieces surpass 100 layers of instruments. However this structural depth does not lead to chaos; no sound on Private Ensemble is unintentional. The objective with the ambitious multi-tracking and precision editing was to achieve the sound of a full orchestra. The only other person appearing on the album is vocalist Kayla Cohen (Itasca), her layered singing is formed into a small choir to help conclude the record. This album reveals McCann’s most refined work to date, indicating the beginning of his transformation into a modern composer. Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering Pressed at RTI in an edition of 500 copies, with full color insert
Harold Budd,  Eraldo Bernocchi / Music For Fragments From The Inside / 2 x Vinyl LP / Sub Rosa / SRV239
Harold Budd, Eraldo Bernocchi / Music For Fragments From The Inside / 2 x Vinyl LP / Sub Rosa / SRV239
Olymphia / Music For A Dance Performance / Vinyl LP / Posh Isolation / Posh Isolation 155
Olymphia / Music For A Dance Performance / Vinyl LP / Posh Isolation / Posh Isolation 155
Sunburned Hand Of The Man / Mind Of A Brother / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records, Manhand / FTR198, Manhand ‎001
Amazing archival retrieval (with extra material on the download) of the first release by long-running human zoo known as Sunburned. Forged in the heat of Kristin Anderson’s Charlestown loft, the group more or less descended straight from the corpse of Shit Spangled Banner, although they did not assume the band name until 1997 (two years after the first protean jams had started). The material on the album was recorded in 1997 & ’98, often deep in the grip of acid flashes, and it really shows. Over the course of their nearly two-decade lifetime, Sunburned has been many things, but it’s easy to forget how spacily jazzoid and proggily psyched-out their initial gushes were. The music here is wildly explorative and crazily inventive, sharing a clear affinity with fellow travelers No Neck Blues Band. Indeed, the second edition of the CDR of this album was created to be sold on a 1999 tour which was No Neck, John Fahey and Sunburned. One can only shudder at the mere thought. Anyway, this may well be one of the best Sunburned albums. It has a bizarre sweetness I never noticed in the band back then, because they always seemed like thugs underneath everything else. But you can really sense it here. And Rob Thomas’ excellent liner notes attest to the benign flow of their early visions. How nice to hear where this weird trip started. -Byron Coley, 2015
Graham Lambkin / Millows / Art Book, CD / Penultimate Press / PP3
Graham Lambkin’s oeuvre has long explored the cracks which burnish the underside of contemporary music, poetry and visual art. His work teases the fragile threads connecting the psychotic, the absurd and the mundane; often bringing them to the point of near ruination.. Throughout his 20 year canon of published work, Lambkin has continuously played with the themes of horror in the everyday, whilst mocking the comical violence inherent in us all. Millows brings together two previously unpublished works, both dating from 2004. A series of 450 photographic combinations documenting a solitary drunken non-event and an audio work which plays out as an open-ended late night spy thriller, with all the key dialog removed.
Fossils, Darksmith / Million Year Spree / Vinyl LP / Kye / KYE014
Fossils, Darksmith / Million Year Spree / Vinyl LP / Kye / KYE014
Jo Thomas / Mermaids / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL061
Jo Thomas / Mermaids / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL061
Peter Brotzmann, Jason Adasiewicz, John Edwards, Steve Noble / Mental Shake / Vinyl LP / Otoroku / ROKU010
Our tenth OTOROKU release sees a return to the group that kick-started the label - the veteran German reedsman and free jazz pioneer Peter Broetzmann with the long-running London bass/drums partnership of John Edwards and Steve Noble. After the release of '…The Worse The Better' that group went on to play a series of devastating shows in Europe and to emerge as one of Broetzmann's finest working groups. Over the same period Peter was developing a deep rapport with Jason Adasiewicz, the upstart vibraphone player from Chicago. What seems on paper like an awkward pairing reveals itself on stage and on record as a symbiotic revelation. Adasiewicz's physical attack matching Broetzmann for impact whilst the extended sustain of the vibes opens up an eerie space for some of Broetzmann's most fertile lyricism. The recording is from the last set of a two-day residency at Cafe OTO that brought these two groups together for an astonishing quartet. Adasiewicz and Noble struck up an immense partnership in rhythm. Edwards wrestled with a broken house bass and failing amplifier and still managed new levels of invention - stoking the others onwards. Broetzmann was clearly energised - I swear I saw him dancing at the side of the stage whilst exchanging a shattered reed. And for all the usual rhetoric of Free Jazz bluster and machismo, this is a meeting characterised by the joy of communal creation that makes you want to dance - even if only in your head.
Ian William Craig / Meanting Turns To Whispers / Vinyl LP / Aguirre Records / ZORN43
"I realized at the end of the album that I didn’t want to express, I just wanted to explore". Ian William Craig is a trained opera singer and painter out of Vancouver, Canada. Over the last few years he has proved to be one of the most original artists active in the ambient / experimental genre. His debut "A Turn Of Breath" (2014) and the follow-up album “Cradle For The Wanting” (2015) received high acclaim across the globe. Meaning Turns to Whispers is a combination of piano improvisations and FM feedback loops, recorded over various winters in the period 2009-2011 and edited down / manipulated / degraded to reveal some of their hidden spaces. The discreet piano layers mixed with waves of white noise keep on intriguing and make us longing for more. Craig has been making music since 2009, when he sat at a piano and started recording improvisations. The result was Meaning Turns to Whispers, a record rooted in a gorgeous neo-classical tradition, but totally fucked up by tape manipulations that made it anything but pretty. For Craig, the use of reel-to-reels is a way of decaying sentimentality: any time his music has come too close to meeting his expectations, he’s uprooted it, creating impervious walls or bursts of modest but stupefying noise, anything that might help rewrite the truth. In choice moments on Meaning, you could hear Craig trying to imagine the lived lives of his inanimate instruments: beyond the notes he played on his piano, there was the sound it made, if only for a few seconds; when you heard him beaming down on the piano, its wooden infrastructure was revealed, and it sounded like it had its own set of motivations. “I was living with my sister in Edmonton, and during the ridiculously cold winter, I gutted her piano and mic’d it up in a whole bunch of weird ways. I recorded probably 20 hours of material, and after listening to it I was amazed at how much it sounded like sentimental crap. At that point I was really trying to express something, and afterwards I thought the only way through would be to destroy the recordings, and that’s what Meaning Turns To Whispers is. It’s completely mangled to remove that struggle for expression. I realized at the end of that album that I didn’t want to express, I just wanted to explore.” All sounds by Ian William Craig, mastered by Sean McCann at Recital, with lacquer cut by Christoph Grote-Beverborg at Dubplates & Mastering. Released on Aguirre Records in a limited edition of 500 copies."
Mars / Mars Archives Volume One: China To Mars / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records, Negative Glam / FTR200, NG#6
Following the success of the two live LPs bookending Mars’ trajectory through the skies of NYC, Mark Cunningham was convinced to return to his legendary box of cassettes. Even he was surprised to discover the band’s earliest shows (done under the name China) were there, amidst a tumble of other tapes. Thus, the idea was born for a trilogy of LPs tracing Mars’ development from their first audition gig at GBGB through the shows following their Lust/Unlust EP. China to Mars is the first volume, and really displays for the first time how much the band’s earliest music was a mutated variation on some of NYC’s extant juggernauts, in particular Television and the Patti Smith Group. While their sound was clearly their own, the textures and techniques they’re using to achieve them are far less alien than they’d become. Side one was recorded at China’s audition night at CBGB in Feb. ’77, and their follow-up show in June. It’s amazing how good it sounds. And the songs are almost all unheard (apart from “Cry,” which appeared on the Anomia tape box). Even “3E” is nearly recognizable from its released version recorded the following year. The second side is from Sept. ’77, once they had started calling themselves Mars. The shuddering blocks of sound for which they are known are beginning to coalesce, and Sumner’s dark vocals are pushed to the fore. The music is stunning. You can hear the band on the very cusp of transforming itself into the group that recorded those incredible early sides. Wow, can’t wait for the next two volumes. – Byron Coley, 2015
DeTrop / Man, Woman & Beast / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / Tape / houseofalchemy#052
DeTrop / Man, Woman & Beast / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / Tape / houseofalchemy#052
Magisch Theater Productions / Magisch Theater Productions / Vinyl LP / Ultra Eczema / ultra eczema#119
Since the beginning of the 80's Sandy Nys (aka Maghtea) has been involved in a million of industrial, ritual ambient, noise, wave etc solo or group projects, his main thing since some decades remains HYBRYDS, though he is one of the Belgian hometaping pioneers, alongside ClubMoral and Alain Neffe of "Insane Music". Long before Hybryds, Sandy was, like every decent human being, fucking around at home with tape loops, tandy microphones, acoustics and metals, korg ms 10 synth and korg sequencers, a ton of marantz and sanyo cassette decks! which resulted in a bunch of amazing obscure cassette releases! This lp collects 2 selections from 2 Magisch Theater cassettes from 1983, the A side is a selection from a untitled cassette and the flip has a soundtrack made for a painting exhibtion by Peter Braet. The cover photo was taken by Eric Didden for a fanzine called MAD IN BELGIUM and the back photo was taken for a news paper article on hometaping, all from Sandy's archive. this record comes with 2 inserts of the original cassette sleeves, and is limited to 250 copies only! This LP collects 2 selections from 2 Magisch Theater releases from 1983. The A side is taken from an untitled cassette. The B side contains a soundtrack made for a painting exhibtion by Peter Braet, released on a cassette titled Mr.Minimummuziek & Het Magisch Theater. Comes with 2 inserts of the original cassette sleeves and a booklet containing "a short history of the 1983 Belgian underground K7 scene" and some newspaper / magazine articles. All photo's and cover art are from Sandy Nys' archive. Limited to 250 copies. Credits: Layout – Jef Cuypers. Photography [Front Cover] – Eric Didden"
Robert Turman / Macro / Vinyl LP / La délirante / LDLP01
"Macro was originally going to be titled Roots, because it really goes back to what I was doing 40 years ago, just more modernized technique. I had always taken small snippets of tape and records, repeated them, slowed down, modified, and layered etc, Macro was all done on the computer. I'd been thinking about how in the old days, pop songs were always between two and three minutes long. Most of my music has always been longer extended pieces. I wanted to recreate the feel of noise in the pop song format, so I specifically created an album's worth of songs, all at exactly three minutes, a concept album I suppose. Micro samples were cut, copied, pasted, and totally whacked out. As with all of my music, I have always defied anyone to identify the samples." - Robert Turman. Limited Edition of 218, with hand silkscreened and numbered artwork."
Peter Brötzman, Bill Laswell / Low Life/Last Exit / Vinyl LP / Jazzwerkstatt / JW10012
Artist: Peter Brötzman, Bill Laswell Title: Low Life/Last Exit Format: Vinyl LP, Limited Edition, Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve Label: Jazzwerkstatt Catalogue #: JW10012 Country: Germany Date Released: July 2013
Aki Onda, Loren Connors, Alan Licht / Lost City / Vinyl LP / Audiomer / audioMER.013.LP
AudioMER is happy to announce the release of a new LP; Lost City by Aki Onda (US/JP) with music by Loren Connors (US) and Alan Licht (US). The images were shot in New York between 2001 and 2002. It was during the time when we were still in shock from 9.11. The stars and stripes suddenly became visible everywhere in the city. Soon after, the invasion of Afghanistan started. Everybody was living under an indefinable fear - not knowing what would happen in the future. (Aki Onda). Lost City project started as a series of photographs shot by visual artist and composer Aki Onda in New York starting right after 9.11 in 2001. A decisively introspective response to the major world event taking place, his pictures were devoid of direct references, but documented his immediate surroundings, focusing on how what happened resonated on a personal micro-level. Since 2005, Onda has been presenting this series as slide projections, which function as a visual score for improvisation, and performing with NYC avant-garde musicians Loren Connors and Alan Licht. Two improvisations on this LP were recorded at Anthology Film Archives in NYC in 2007. Lost City contains the vinyl, a folded 20 x 30 inch poster with the complete photograph series and an A4 risoprinted booklet containing the accompanying text written by NYC based curator/writer Niels Van Tomme. The record's A side is a duo piece between Connors and Licht that consists of wandering, buzzing guitar drones with occasional noisy eruptions. It highlights the almost twin-like connection between the longtime collaborators, with telepathic intersecting guitar lines and a sense of unease seeping through. The B side is Connors solo and is a very lyrical and atmospheric ambient piece that is equally sparse and spacious. The LP is limited to 350 copies.
Idea Fire Company / Lost At Sea / Vinyl LP Recital / R13
Lost At Sea imagines the Idea Fire Company as the bar band on a small cruise ship. There are approximately 40 passengers aboard. Around 2/3 of them are in the lounge for the nightly IFCO performance. Most of them seem more interested in drink than in music. The ship has become lost and seems to be endlessly circling. Well stocked with booze and food, etc., the ship continues on. IFCO, armed with only a piano and trumpet/ radio/ synth, provide the nightly entertainment. Lost At Sea is certainly the sister of the also piano-heavy The Music From The Impossible Salon, but Lost At Sea has an air of weary optimism replacing the bleak sadness of Impossible Salon. For almost 30 years IFCO has carved their own path, or dug their own hole, depending on your view, through the ever-changing world of underground music. Still violently committed to the Avant-Garde and to new forms of beauty. Still Romantic. Still idealistic. Despite the odds. In the old days, this sort of commitment was better appreciated. IFCO remains IFCO. As a number of people have said over the years, every IFCO record sounds different, but they all sound like IFCO. Edition of 400 LPs on black wax. Includes a 4″ x 6″ Postcard and a download coupon.
Stuart Chalmers / Loop Phantasy No.3 / Cassette / Beartown Records / No catalogue #
Stuart Chalmers / Loop Phantasy No.3 / Cassette / Beartown Records / No catalogue #
Smegma / Look'n for Ya / Vinyl LP / Planam / plan-S 20TES.154
In 1973 when Smegma (The Band) was born they had only one rule… NO MUSICIANS! That way they could re-invent the musical wheel with a new Primitive, suburban, anti-hippie approach. 44 years later perhaps the world is ready for their previously unpublished first full LP of original and uncompromising sounds. At the time we they thought they were on a solitary journey, but shortly after these recordings it was discovered that there was another local group, The Los Angeles Free Music Society, that we shared that we shortly became a part of to this day. Originally recorded in 1973-75 at the house in Pasadena they all lived in by Ju Suk Reet Meate and Dr. Id. These previously unreleased tracks feature vocals of a different kind with no overdubs or mixing. Including the 1960’s L.A. Freak and street singer Wild Man Fischer reprising his dance tune “The Taster”, a straightforward Memphis/rockabilly slow dance ballad “Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache” and examples of their unique “Group-singing-style” that has to be heard to be believed. Opening and closing their first LP are vocals by someone they had never met, a local C.B. Radio operator who’s handle was Turkey Mon who had such a hi power transmitter that his signal was picked-up by the Tape-head as they recorded! On this record Smegma is: Ace Farren Ford, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Cheez-it-Ritz, Chuck-O-Fats (D.K.), Amazon Bambi, Dennis Duck, the Rev. Toad-Eater, Paul Rioux, Cheezbro, Reed Burns, Binky Brown, Craig, Jason, Peter, Bev, Turkey Mon, and few others… Smegma Sound as you never heard them before! White silkscreened sleeve on black cardboard paper reproducing the original artwork from 1973. This previously unpublished Smegma first LP classic is available now in an edition of 200 numbered copies!
C E Schneider Topical / Look Who Showed Up Out Here / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR028
C E Schneider Topical / Look Who Showed Up Out Here / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR028
Chris Weisman / Living With Poison / CD/CDr / OSR Tapes / OSR32
Chris Weisman / Living With Poison / CDr / OSR Tapes / OSR32
Junko, Michel Henritzi / Live/Dead / CDr / Les Champs Brûlent / leschampsbrulent#10
Junko, Michel Henritzi / Live/Dead / CDr / Les Champs Brûlent / leschampsbrulent#10
Kommissar Hjuler, Mama Bär, Ninni Morgia, Silvia Kastel / Live In Edinburgh / Vinyl LP / Ricerca Sonora / RS4
Kommissar Hjuler, Mama Bär, Ninni Morgia, Silvia Kastel / Live In Edinburgh / Vinyl LP / Ricerca Sonora / RS4