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Idea Fire Company / Days / 7" Vinyl / Plinkity Plonk Records, Swill Radio / plink030, swillradio032"
Idea Fire Company / Days / 7" Vinyl / Plinkity Plonk Records, Swill Radio / plink030, swillradio032"
Sweat Tongue / Dark Star / Cassette / Cold Milk / No Catalogue #
A new tape by Sweat Tongue! Dark Star is their first release as a four-piece. Gijs Deddens has joined the band on based guitar, adding slippery lines of low end to their bare bones, broken down ‘no rock’ sound. The recordings on Dark Star are from their second meeting ever. As always fully improvised. It finds the group exploring new dynamics, new highs, new lows, creating some really exciting music in the process. “Sweat Tongue have become a quartet, with the addition of a bass player, but in no way they are now more conventional in their approach. They play some great no wave ‘rock’ music that defies melody, artistry, logic but sometimes it has a great rhythm, loud guitars and a great bass, while the singer moans, groans, whispers and shouts. This total free music, but one easily hears that these four people know what they are doing; this is not one of those ‘let’s pick up a guitar and see what it can do’ bands. Sweat Tongue is a great band, both in concert, but also on tape. This is their best release so far.” FdW – Vital Weekly
Marianne Nowottny / Dark Souls Need Light / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records / FTR221
When Jersey teen, Marianne Nowottny, arrived on the scene in the late ’90s she had the looks of a typical NJ gum-snapper, but possessed a voice that was way beyond what you’d expect to find hanging out in the parking lot of White Castle, trying to bum cigarettes. Her vocals had the rich smoky maturity of Marianne Faithfull’s late ’70s work, hauled into an off-center bedroom pop universe that was almost impossible to decode. Her subsequent studio recordings have investigated magnificent nooks of post-naif construction, but it was in a live performance that she created some of her most staggering sonic edifices. We are very pleased to finally present two sides of her explosive and surprising avant-lounge meditations The first side was recorded at the Knitting Factory in ’99, with an improvisational trio comprised of Mark Dagley (Girls, Hi Sheriffs of Blue, etc.), Mark’s visual arts pal, the late Steven Parrino (whose work with Jutta Koether in Electrophilia was unbelievably savage) and Scott Jarvis (Workdogs, th’ Cigaretz, Half Japanese, etc.). The fully toasted coil of Marianne’s keys and voice, blends into the sound-sheets rustled up by her collusionists like an unholy meeting between one of Sun Ra’s small ensembles and Robin Crutchfield’s Dark Dark. Messy, smudged, long-format song distention with amazing shifts in tonal center and a truly crazed heft. The flip, recorded with just Dagley in ’02, is even more extreme. Built around a pummel that sounds like the L train blasting straight through Union Square Station, Marianne channels broken Simone-tones and broadcasts them into the maw of chaos. Even in those instances when she chooses to use her völk-voice the results are dastardly, with a feeling so deeply drugged it’ll make yr head heavy. If you’ve never sampled the Nowottny sound, this is a pretty amazing place to start. Don’t be afraid. She was just a kid. -Byron Coley, 2015
Peter Finch / Dances Interdites / Vinyl LP / Slowscan / slowscan vol. 38
Argentina, Boogie Slice & Bright Wind recorded at Heel y Waun, Cardiff (1978). Argentina & Bright Wind originally issued on Dances Interdites, Balsam Flex (1982). Boogie Slice previously unreleased. On Criticism & Difficult Discs recorded October Sound, London, 1985. Originally issued on The Italian Job, Klinker Zounds (1988). Blodeuwedd recorded by Alan Daulby at Portmanmoor Road, Cardiff (1998). Layout by Johnny van de Koolwijk. Photo Innersleeve by Stuart Smith (1994) Photo back cover: Beat Sounds, Plymouth (June, 1987). Photographer unknown. Edition of 200 copies, comes with printed innnersleeve.
 H. Söderström, August Levén / D.I. / Cassette / Forever Utd / UTD15
H. Söderström, August Levén / D.I. / Cassette / Forever Utd / UTD15
Ensemble Economique / Crossing The Pass, By Torchlight / Vinyl LP / Dekorder / Dekorder 060
Ensemble Economique / Crossing The Pass, By Torchlight / Vinyl LP / Dekorder / Dekorder 060
Richard Youngs / Core To The Brave / Vinyl LP / Root Strata / RS87
Artist: Richard Youngs Title: Core To The Brave Format: Vinyl LP Label: Root Strata Catalogue #: RS87 Country: USA Date Released: January 2012
Jason Lescalleet, Greg Kelley / Conversations / CDr / Glistening Examples / GLEX1402
The duo of Greg Kelley and Jason Lescalleet premiered on Erstwhile Records in 2001 with the critically lauded Forlorn Green CD. Thirteen years later, Glistening Examples is proud to present their 2nd duo album, CONVERSATIONS.
Wolf Vostell / Concert Fluxus "Sara-Jevo" / Vinyl LP / Edition Telemark, Tochnit Aleph  / 314.02, TA125"
Realised at Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Mallorca, Spain. September 9, 1994. Wolf Vostell: Actions, electronics, tapes; Nancy Bellow: Soprano; Mercedes Guardado; Ximbomba. Co-released on the Edition Telemark and Tochnit Aleph labels. A limited edition of 450 copies in fantastic full-colour gatefold sleeve, with printed inner sleeve featuring photos of the concert.
Glorias Navales / Cofradia Nautica / Vinyl LP / Kye / kye043
Glorias Navales / Cofr Kye is proud to present 'Cofradia Nautica' the debut LP by Chile's Glorias Navales, and the follow-up to 2015's 'Carta a Maureen Tucker' cassette on ETCS. "Glorias Navales is a band based in Santiago, Chile, who combine local folk traditions and paganism with a post-Velvets aesthetic. Imagine Lou Reed, John Cale and Violeta Parra together, doing late night acoustic lo-fi trance jams in a rural area of Chile." (Ivan Daguer) Drawn from live concert tapes recorded at BYM Records, and recordings made in the band's private practice space 'Cofradia Nautica' offers a raw, unvarnished walkway straight into heart the of the contemporary Chilean underground. 'Cofradia Nautica' arrives in a full-color matte stock sleeve with printed innersleeves, mastered by Jason Lescalleet, in an edition of 400.adia Nautica / Vinyl LP / Kye / kye043"
Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura / Clifton Park, NY Vol. 2 / Vinyl LP / Golden Lab Records / ROWF65
“Surely it is the dream of anybody who got into listening to rock music (as a passionate life changing force rather than a head nodding space filler) to learn the basics needed to play an electric guitar and just let loose with everything turned up full blast. The act is intensely invigorating, but there’s also something spiritual at work that has a life of its own – a surge of raw power that only the guitarist can control… Comparisons can be made to Glenn Branca’s guitar orchestras, The Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray” improvisations (especially when the feedback begins to howl on the B side of Vol 1) and “Expressway To Yr Skull”-era Sonic Youth, but also to the Howling Hex Hildreth Tapes triple that Golden Lab unleashed in 2013… Far out or full on, this is the sound of rock’s past, present and future crashing together and reinventing itself.” The Wire, Nov 2015
Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura / Clifton Park, NY Vol. 1 / Vinyl LP / Golden Lab Records / ROWF65
“Surely it is the dream of anybody who got into listening to rock music (as a passionate life changing force rather than a head nodding space filler) to learn the basics needed to play an electric guitar and just let loose with everything turned up full blast. The act is intensely invigorating, but there’s also something spiritual at work that has a life of its own – a surge of raw power that only the guitarist can control… Comparisons can be made to Glenn Branca’s guitar orchestras, The Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray” improvisations (especially when the feedback begins to howl on the B side of Vol 1) and “Expressway To Yr Skull”-era Sonic Youth, but also to the Howling Hex Hildreth Tapes triple that Golden Lab unleashed in 2013… Far out or full on, this is the sound of rock’s past, present and future crashing together and reinventing itself.” The Wire, Nov 2015
Alec Livaditis / Clear And Cloud / Vinyl LP / Kye / Kye40
Kye is proud to announce the release of 'Clear and Cloud', the debut LP by Alec Livaditis. Recorded over the summer of 2015, 'Clear and Cloud' showcases Alec's unique vision for extended cello technique across two varying settings. Side A's 'Clear and Cloud' presents Livaditis (cello, objects) and Killick Hinds (Vo-96 guitar) live in an extraneous sound environment, where music and conversation seek to undermine each other in a morose and thrilling tussle, whereas Side B's 'Through The Open Window' finds Livaditis alongside John Kiran Fernandes (clarinets, violin) in a discrete collage of live/studio improvisations that test the elasticity of form and structure. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs, 'Clear and Cloud' arrives in a full color Lee Turner designed sleeve, in an edition of 400 copies.
Leda / City / Clear / 7" Vinyl / I Dischi Del Barone / IDDB10"
Two-song vinyl debut from Sofie Herner, the younger half of the Malmö/Gothenburg duo Neutral, following up a fairly unheard cassette released on Ingen Våg in 2014. The A-side cut wouldn't have been completely out of place on a Root Don Lonie For Cash lathe cut from the 90's, but the underlying heaviness and overall psychedelic guitar/synth blur blasted through a shitty amplifier totally sets it apart. Flip the vinyl and find a sort of fragile take on kosmische musik, straight from the Utmarken elementary school. Japanese whispers. A homespun scorcher and a completely unique voice in the Swedish underground. Recorded at the IDDB headquarters spring 2014. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm. (IDDB010).
Dog Lady Island / Chopin / Vinyl LP / Ultra Eczema / Ultra Eczema 234
Dog Lady Island, also known as Dog Lady — monikers of multi-instrumentalist Michael Collino — plopped out of the sewers of Michigan in 2009 via the same skate scene that included Aaron Dilloway, Nate Young and Heath Moerland. They composed their rigs from homemade instruments and deteriorated electronics to create a particular brand of Michigan noise — sparse, horror-inflected and psychedelic. Dog Lady’s early work was mostly of the drone violin variety, later evolving into de-tuned strings and rewired Marantz tape deck antics. On ‘Chopin’, Dog Lady Island turns the spotlight on the dark side of the disco ball, rendering the composer’s famous Nocturnes and Preludes with just a zither and with mesmerising results.” Limited to 300 copies
Daga Voladora / Chiu-chium / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR43
Daga Voladora / Chiu-chium / Cassette / OSR Tapes / OSR43
City Medicine / Chen & Liu / Cassette / Acid Casualty Productions / ACP019
City Medicine / Chen & Liu / Cassette / Acid Casualty Productions / ACP019
Raajmahal / Charybdis/Scylla / Cassette / New Camp Records / nc06
Raajmahal / Charybdis/Scylla / Cassette / New Camp Records / nc06
Cannibal / Cannibal / Vinyl LP / Ultra Eczema / UE219
“When the hotel is empty before the fire alarm goes off , one could question the staff — or the band that emptied it. Cannibal like their ice – cream dark ; one of their members makes GG Allin look petite when visiting the restaurant, mixing it up with the restroom. This band is the result of a staff meeting between Detroit – based book beatnik, toy thief and original Destroy All Monsters member Cary Loren ; Paris – based, Californian visual artist and member of Gobbler Cameron Jamie; and Blankenberghe-based con-artist and footballteam manager Dennis Tyfus. This meeting resulted in several collage concerts — including a memorable gig at a wedding party where the members of Cannibal out – dressed the bride and the groom — and a previous record on the New York – based book/artist record publisher Primary Information. We find ourselves here, stuck at a rave where the DJ only plays slide guitar on his eye phoam, backed – up by a poet that smells as bad as I do, and a baboon attempting to erect his snake Maganga-style. Two side – long collages that drag you from the restroom to the ballroom, via the deepest armpits of the basement where The Cramps used to do their sit-ups — with their wigs on.” Limited to 300 copies
Matthew P Hopkins / Calls / Cassette / Thalamos / THLMS09
"CALLS presents 11 improvised pieces recorded on a reel-to-reel machine throughout 2015 and 2016. Employing a mixed bag of source material and a half drafted vocal approach, these 11 tracks explore the notion of ‘contact calls’, which are irregular, non-specific sounds many social animals make to maintain contact within a group. The group in this instance includes more than just other members; an expanded cast of objects, figures, nature, and works of art act as the recipients of these calls. There is some sort of dialogue between myself as the caller, and this conglomerate of recipients, but it is not normal talking. I’m not asking questions, responding to requests, or reacting through sound in any way – just simply keeping in contact". Matthew P. Hopkins, August 2016"
Chapels / But I Was Never Much Good / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / houseofalchemy#072
Chapels / But I Was Never Much Good / Cassette / House Of Alchemy / houseofalchemy#072
Alvarius B / Burmese Military Mandolin / 7" Vinyl / Chocolate Monk / CHOC.0000074 "
Alvarius B / Burmese Military Mandolin / 7" Vinyl / Chocolate Monk / CHOC.0000074"
Siobhan / Buddy's News / Cassette / Goaty Tapes / No Catalogue #
“Buddy’s News” sells Maxim, poppers, National Review and Goat Weed Extract. It sits in a kiosk at the corner of urban sleaze and suburban bleach—a fertile arena for Siobhan’s demented electronica. In this arena, Siobhan’s sound shifts ever so slightly. Monster-guzzler machismo is curbed in favor of something subtler and more colorful. Beats bleed out into textures; kick-drums give way to hi-end melodies and purring synths. The snare drum gets so mushy it spreads like Blue Bonnet at room temperature. There are still headbangers, but the palette is attenuated, washed out, bongripped. Buddy’s-News-and-chill is the order of the day. Covers are letterpresses and splatter-bleached.
Tart / Bring In The Admiral / Vinyl LP / Swill Radio / Swill Radio 022 /
Tart (Graham Lambkin, Karla Borecky, Scott Foust) present the world with their second LP, Bring in the Admiral. Since the release of their first LP, Radio Orange, Tart has been plying their trade at various shows in the northeast U.S. Using the same minimal instrumentation as the live shows (two small Casios, guitar, and shotwave/cassette boombox, plus a few odds and ends and the Anti-Naturals trademark tight editing), Tart produces a dazzling array of scenarios, a testament to senseless deranged beauty. Beautiful color cover. Who doesn't need a little Tart in their life?
Matthew P Hopkins, Matthew Hopkins / Blue Lit Half Breath / Vinyl LP / Penultimate Press / PP22
Matthew P. Hopkins second full length release for Penultimate Press presents a curious and compelling listen which harnesses his deeply personal and paranoid vision into the ultimate beauty/horror object. Over the last decade Hopkins has distinguished himself as master of multiple musical forms including bent song, freeform concrete, improvised electronics and techno. Under his own name he has produced a most singular take on abstracted voice, feedback, field recordings and found sounds. With Blue-Lit Half Breath Hopkins furthers his domestic enquiry into subconscious sounds with a series of vignettes that hover from hissing clunk, atmospheric creep to improvised piano refrains. Amongst all this the voice of Hopkins appears throughout as a shadowy narrator delightfully disturbing the sonic play. Blue-Lit Half Breath is a late night oil burning masterpiece which resides within a zone orbiting it’s own logic.
Aaron Dilloway, Robert Turman / Blizzard / 2 x Vinyl LP / Fabrica / FABRICA037
Recorded in the midst of an actual extreme winter weather event, Blizzard conjures the early synthesizer experiments of Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream combined with the gritty reel-to-reel tape manipulations long employed by both Aaron Dilloway (Hanson Records / ex-Wolf Eyes) and Robert Turman (founding member of the pioneering industrial outfit NON and a celebrated solo artist in his own right). As the story goes, Blizzard was recorded in January 2009 during an Ohio snowstorm which hit on the very day that Dilloway was preparing for a move to Michigan. Alone, his wife and child already settling into the new place, and stranded in a cold and empty house, he was welcomed into Turman’s home. They decided to make the best of the occasion and hunkered down for a few days of late-night recording. Crawling synth drones and looped effects keep things bleak throughout. The wind gusts outside are strangely regular. Snow scratches at the windows more rhythmically than seems natural. Are those woodwinds or animal calls? Are the streetlights obscured by blown branches, or are they slowly strobing? Suddenly a normal house in a common Midwestern blizzard feels like a house stalked by a sentient storm, bearing down for a final freeze. Throw another log on the fire and make yourself comfortable for the last time. Blizzard was originally released on CD by Hanson Records in 2009. This first-time vinyl edition is limited to 500 copies.
Joel Van Droogenbroeck / Biomechanoid / Vinyl LP / Aguirre Records / ZORN19
Coverpainting: "BIOMECHANOID 75" by H.R. Giger. Aguirre Records' first pressing with white sleeve background (second pressing has a silver sleeve background). Comes with double-sided insert. Limited edition of 500 copies 180gr vinyl. Originally from 1980 on Coloursound Library label. Rights Society: GEMA Label Code: LC 4233 Joel Van Droogenbroeck / Biomechanoid / Vinyl LP / Aguirre Records / ZORN19"
Acre / Beyond Cease to Exist / Cassette / Monorail Trespassing / mt106cs
First new recordings in five years from Aaron Davis. Slow-moving riffs and minimal drum machine emerging from his trademark tonal sea. Released on the recently-revived Monorail Trespassing label in a limited edition of 100 copies.
Aram Saroyan / Between Today / Cassette / Counter Culture Chronicles / CCC011
Second generation New York School poet, one-time Bolinas resident. Son of the legendary Armenian/American writer William Saroyan, former president of PEN USA West, partaker in the legendary expedition to interview Jack Kerouac for the Paris Review. Teacher, playwright, novelist, biographer and performer. His one-word minimal poetry shook the literary establishment, his memoirs make us long for times gone by. An American master. On the tape Aram Saroyan is interviewed by Michael C. Ford for radiostation KPFK, Los Angeles 2014. There´s a performance together with Doors drummer John Densmore at the Armenian Music Awards, 2002, Glendale California and an excerpt from an evening at Alias Books, Los Angeles 2014. Silkscreened covers and inserts. Limited to 100 copies. Counter Culture Chronicles.
Hive Mind / Beneath Triangle And Crescent / Vinyl LP / Chondritic Sound / CH -271
Hive Mind / Beneath Triangle And Crescent / Vinyl LP / Chondritic Sound / CH -271
Expo 70 / Beguiled Entropy / Vinyl LP / Blackest Rainbow / BRR243
Expo 70 / Beguiled Entropy / Vinyl LP / Blackest Rainbow / BRR243
Urabe Masayoshi, Fukuoka Rinji / Barcelona Express / Vinyl LP / 8mm Records / 8mm054
Stunning work of radical free music by saxophonist Masayoshi Urabe and guitarist Rinji Fukuoka (Overhang Party / Majutsu no Niwa). Recorded in 2004 in various locations (France, Spain, Switzerland and Japan), “Barcelona Express” brings together elements of free jazz, rock, noise and even folk music, in a way that is magically spontaneous, iconoclastic, and full of grace in every single sound produced. Pretty much uncomparable to any other music “out there” nowadays, these are wild cuts by two wild men, only for adventurous listeners! Released on the 8mm Records label in a limited edition of just 150 copies. Pressed in a beautiful 140g vinyl edition, with artwork by Sachiko.
Richard Youngs / Barbed Wire Explosion In The Kingdom Of Atlantis / Vinyl LP / Sonic Oyster Vinyl / SOV002
'Barbed Wire Explosion in the Kingdom of Atlantis is the sound of Richard Youngs attempting to recreate the sound of a band at the peak of its powers. Homemade in Glasgow to the backdrop of everyday life, nothing is hidden on this record. It is raw, direct, unpretentious, loud, fast, brief. Richard Youngs' 38th solo album finds him revisiting a key influence on his adolescent self. He has had 30+ years to forget and now rediscover the joy of d-beat. Sonic Oyster Vinyl. Limited to 250 copies. Vinyl only release.
Elodie / Balayes De La Main Du Hasard / Vinyl LP / Faraway Press / FP030
Performed by Timo van Luijk & Andrew Chalk Guitar: Tom James Scott / Korogi: Daisuke Suzuki . “It is as though the storm is scolding the foot of the mountain And the petals of the cherry tree fall like snow The moment fills me with compassion The rains of spring arrive and fall like tears The blossom falls like rain It is a world full of regret”
Ed Askew / Ask The Unicorn / Vinyl LP / Tin Angel Records / TAR054LP
First ever reissue of Ed Askew's folk-pysch masterpiece--and debut on Tin Angel Records. Pressed on 180g black vinyl.
Pierre Gerard / Architect / CD / Senufo Editions / senufo edition # fifty
Pierre Gerard / Architect / CD / Senufo Editions / senufo edition # fifty
Charles Plymell, Bill Nace / Apocalypse Rose / Art Book with Mini CD / Lenka lente / lkl-l13
Charles Plymell, Bill Nace / Apocalypse Rose / Art Book with Mini CD / Lenka lente / lkl-l13
Die Like A Dog Quartet / Aoyama Crows / Vinyl LP / Jazzwerkstatt / JW10060
The fourth and last album by Peter Brotzmann's fiercesome Die Like A Dog quartet, originally released on CD by FMP and released here for the first time on vinyl. The chemistry Brotzmann, Parker and Drake have as a trio is significantly altered when they are joined by Toshinori Kondo to form Die Like a Dog Quartet. Kondo's electronically altered trumpet adds a surreal iridescence to the molten energy the trio achieves on its own. On Aoyama Crows, recorded at the 1999 Total Music Meeting in Berlin, Kondo occasionally lends the proceedings a gritty '70s-vintage Milesian flavor; but far more often than not, Kondo's ricocheting smears and blasts have no jazz antecedent whatsoever. Conversely, Kondo's presence tends to prod Brotzmann toward mournful chant and work-song-related thematic fragments that countervail the infinite skittering of Kondo's digitally delayed textures, which is the case deep in this gripping set. BILL SHOEMAKER / JAZZ TIMES. 180g audiophile vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
CE Schneider Topical / Antifree / Vinyl LP / OSR Tapes / OSR48
CE Schneider Topical / Antifree / Vinyl LP / OSR Tapes / OSR48
Lost Domain, The / An Unnatural Act / Vinyl LP / Negative Guest List Records / NGL035
"What you do.... You take what you have....a resonator guitar, a mandolin, 3 fuzz boxes, a 5 watt valve amplifier, a 44 gallon drum, some old records....and you acquire a 3-in-1 home stereo with dual tape decks with record and overdub functions....and you tap into what you’ve been listening to, what you’ve been living your whole life, a stream running free through pre-war blues, songsters and saints....and you feel it when you’re sober even, and you do it when you’re fall down drunk....and somehow, over a couple of tumbledown, turnaround months in 1990 you commit An Unnatural Act. And it contains both kind of breakdowns, it has stolen voices, a cover (sort of), a love song, a piece by Samuel Beckett, sensitive feedback, a back beat, insensitive jokes, the sound of losing it, a tribute, a debt being paid in part, a groove found, an entirety. And it’s more noise than you can bear. And it’s deeper and bluer than you can feel. And you know it won’t come this way again.""
Rhodri Davies / An Air Swept Clean Of All Distance / Vinyl LP / Alt Vinyl / av057
Rhodri Davies / An Air Swept Clean Of All Distance / Vinyl LP / Alt Vinyl / av057
AMM / Ammmusic / Vinyl LP / Black Truffle / BT018
Black Truffle is honoured to present the first vinyl reissue of the classic debut album from AMM, AMMMusic. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of its recording in 1966, this reissue makes one of the cornerstones of the experimental music tradition available again in its original form, replete with Keith Rowe’s beautiful pop art cover and the terse aphorisms by the group that served as its original liner notes. A testament to the interaction between the experimental avant-garde and the countercultural underground, the album was originally released on Elektra, recorded by Jac Holzman (the label’s founder, responsible for signing The Doors, Love, and The Stooges) and produced by DNA, a group that included Pink Floyd‘s first manager Peter Jenner. (Pink Floyd paid tribute to AMM’s influence on their improvisational sensibility with the track ‘Flaming’ on their debut album, named after the piece that occupies AMMMusic’s first side, ‘Later During a Flaming Riviera Sunset’). Formed in 1965 by three players from the emerging British jazz avant-garde – Keith Rowe and Lou Gare had played with the great progressive big band leader Mike Westbrook and Eddie Prévost played in a post-bop group with Gare – AMM quickly evolved from a free jazz group into something decidedly more difficult to categorise. By the time these recordings were made, two more members had joined the group: another Westbrook associate, Lawrence Sheaf, and the radical composer Cornelius Cardew. Then at work on his masterpiece of graphic notation Treatise, Cardew brought with him extensive experience of the post-serialist and Cageian currents in contemporary composition. Using a combination of conventional instruments and unconventional methods of sound production (most famously Keith Rowe’s prepared tabletop guitar, but also prepared piano and transistor radio), the group performed improvised pieces often running for over two hours and ranging from extended periods of silence to terrifying cacophonies. Evan Parker famously described the improvisational logic of AMM’s music as ‘laminal’, in contrast to the ‘atomistic’ approach more common among the generation of British improvisers (Bailey, Rutherford, Stevens and co.) to which he himself belonged. AMM improvised in layers: layers of sound subtly rising and falling or abruptly starting and stopping without being propelled by the implied pulse of free jazz improvisation. Rather than a pulse, AMM’s music began with the sound of the room in which it was played, the Cageian anarchy of silence. By embracing the non-synchronous simultaneity of layered sound, AMM was able to create a musical container into which nearly anything could be incorporated at any moment: on AMMMusic, long tones sit next to abrasive thuds, the howl of uncontrolled feedback accompanies Cardew’s purposeful piano chords, radios beam in snatches of orchestral music (and, on the LP’s second side, an extended fragment of ‘Mockingbird’). AMM’s clearest break with jazz-based improvisation concerned the idea of individuality. Where improvised music has tended to foster the development of idiosyncratic stylists who move freely from one group to another, AMM, initially through an engagement with eastern philosophy and mysticism and later though a politicized communitarianism, sought to develop a collective sonic identity in which individual contributions could barely be discerned. In the performances captured on AMMMusic the use of numerous auxiliary instruments and devices, including radios played by three members of the group, contribute to the sensation that the music is composed as a single monolithic object with multiple facets, rather than as an interaction between five distinct voices. – Francis Plagne Remastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M Berlin and presented in an exact replica sleeve of the original 1966 release by Stephen O’Malley.
Ben Vida, Keith Fullerton Whitman / AGGREGATEPULSERIPPER (DAMAGED IIII)/080114 / Vinyl LP / Amish Records (Required Wreckers series) / AMI-033R/W
Ben Vida, Keith Fullerton Whitman / AGGREGATEPULSERIPPER (DAMAGED IIII)/080114 / Vinyl LP / Amish Records (Required Wreckers series) / AMI-033R/W
Tabloid / Access Ch. 1 / Cassette / Chondritic Sound / CH273
Tabloid / Access Ch. 1 / Cassette / Chondritic Sound / CH273
Miaux / Above The High Rays / Cassette / Ultra Eczema / Ultra Eczema 196
Tears seem to have made sufficient space for a shy smile on Miaux's latest audio massage, although the general mood remains that of being ”alone in a bar at 6am while the cleaner politely asks you to put your feet up, like all the other furniture“. Let's keep things simple and clear, like in Sarajevo: A and B are the same on this cassette; the audio was created as a soundtrack for a screening of René Clair's silent movie Paris Qui Dort from 1923. Miaux must have been younger than her wild child is right now. Being woken up with Tubular Bells daily as a child instead of the ringtone that seems to be stuck in Antwerp cathedral certainly made its mark… Instead of playing with talking dolls everyday, Miaux had to drill for gold to procure a bowl of Balkan soup, resulting in the beauty her destroyed hands push out of these keys!
Ashtray Navigations / A Monument To British Rock / 3 x Vinyl LP / Smokers Gifts / SG1/2/3
Ashtray Navigations / A Monument To British Rock / 3 x Vinyl LP / Smokers Gifts / SG1/2/3 With original bent corner sleeves!
Andrew Chalk / A Light At The Edge Of The World / CD / Faraway Press / Faraway Press 025
Andrew Chalk / A Light At The Edge Of The World / CD / Faraway Press / Faraway Press 025
JGJGJGJG / A Farewell Performance / Vinyl LP / Slowscan / slowscan vol. #37
Extracts from the Farewell performance at Kings College, London 1978. Jgjgjgjg formed at the London Sound Poetry Festival in June 1976. Reissue of tape on Balsam Flex. 200 copies Lawrence Upton (b. 1949) – poet, prose writer, essay writer, critic, publisher. Author of a great number of publications in literary magazines, collections, miscellanies both in Great Britain and abroad, and also of www-publications on various literary sites. Editor and publisher of a number of magazines and international anthologies, author of numerous books of poetry and prose. For many years he has been collaborating with different literary and artistic associations and perform-groups.
Richard Rupenus & Nobuo Yamada / 81/44 / Vinyl LP / Art Into Life / AIL011
Mastered by Lily Vice at Sacred Lust Studio. Side A: 20% heavily armed with random discharges of radio-wave theatre and metal noise. Multiple blows with a heavy hatchet along the time axis, but no blood flows. From the speakers, the right and left wing exchange blows but reconciliation remains eternally unreachable. Steeped in idle repetition in a comfortably heated secret chamber. With several random passers-by, sounds like those made by slapping a wet towel alternate between life and death but in a continual state of existence. However, it was all meaningless. Side B: Misshapen metal objects roll around randomly, 100% liberated in their movement. Junk noise flies about in every direction, howling at distant objects, wildly spasming, rolling around on the floor, having sudden heart failures, and constantly apologizing for its own violent impulses. Yes, finally the expression of those capricious modulations begins to show its charm, and losing none of its freshness rusted fragments fly up into the air in Japan and the UK. Handmade jacket consisting of a decorated transparent acrylic sheet (each one is different). The background color changes according to the light conditions. Limited edition of 150. Art Into Life.