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|entschuldigen (usa) #ent geoff cd|
geoff mullen “thrysxtrllnmnfstns” compact disc
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|april 2009 ; after a thorough spring-cleaning sweep of the mms offices, geoff and i discovered a small stash of the individual components that made up this long o/p 2005 cd edition - geoff’s debut album & the swan song of my entschuldigen imprint (r.i.p.) ... glad to offer the last copies of this great disc again, at the original price-point ...|
after a long wait (some would say too long) i’m extremely glad to present geoff mullen’s debut mass-market album, released on my own entschuldigen label. geoff and i have spent the greater part of the last 2 weeks meticulously assembling these bad-boys, making sure the drawstrings for the cloth bags were just so ; hand-gluing the artwork to the digipack front/back(s), cutting and cropping the photos, and finally inserting everything into resealable mylar bags and placing the stickers on front. a labor of love? most certainly. as this is geoff’s first “proper” release, we both wanted to make it special. and i do feel like we’ve succeeded!
here’s the original description i wrote regarding geoff’s private-issue version of this same record, and the “label copy” down in the “label description” section ::
one day the phone rang and it was geoff ... “hello... are you a record store?” “no, but i do have some records for sale... you’re welcome to come over... where are you right now” “two blocks away ...” and so i met geoff and his friend danny, sent them off back to allston with a few mementos after a nice nervous chat.
a few weeks later (although it could have been days) i heard a thump on my porch @ 3am, grabbed the broom handle and lept with a great huzzah at... nothing. the next morning when i left to go to rustica there was a cd-r taped to the door (this is not a rare occurence around here, something about the thought of my tuff beard must scare off certain creative elements just as they’re about to ring the doorbell) in an exquisite fold-out hand-screened cover with faulty-typography. being a callous bastard i promptly filed it and didn’t think much of it until a few months later when it lept, literally (as an artifact of the nature of geoff’s carefully handcrafted packaging it had attached itself to a copy of walter de maria’s “drums and nature” disc, which i was gently trying to pry from the grasp of said storage medium) from the overstuffed demo pile / music shelf / inbox ...
recognizing this as a sentient act by an otherwise lifeless object i opted to listen... and i’m very glad i did. geoff’s may very well be the best demo i’ve ever received (if the boxes of cdrs above my record shelves can be judged by volume alone i have received around 800 of them) for myriad reasons... it’s not idm, and in fact geoff does not use computers in the recording process (which, in this day & age is unheard of). i wouldn’t even classify geoff’s music as dance music, or even as any sort of post-dance-music hybrid (ambient electronica, mego-lineage abstraction, etc...) plus despite (and probably because of) his meager tools of trade (guitar, bias-altered amplifiiers, and various looping and delay boxes) it doesn’t sound wholly like anything one thing i’ve ever heard ... although there are certainly elements of things i hold dear (and this could be the pseudo-ephedrine talking but i imagine geoff listens to a great deal of sandy bull, loren mazzacane connors, jim o’rourke, and nick zammuto’s music) ...
so ... this here is a small-run edition of that first, fateful demo, which geoff graciously duplicated for the fine folks that shop here @ mms to check out. mr. mullen will soon be on to great things (the entschuldigen label, home of the forthcoming/recent hrvatski bootleg disc, at my behest, have signed geoff on for a single or two) and this is your chance to get than one fateful, truly handmade artifact before the hammer drops. i strongly urge you to do so...
|entschuldigen press release...|
geoff mullen :: guitar • banjo • electronics • amplification
“thrtysxtrllnmnfstns” is the debut release from guitarist-composer geoff mullen, containing a series of delicate thunderstorms scored for string instruments, bias-altered amplification and analog circuitry that at once recall both the slow-arc americana of the vanguard and takoma labels and the contemporary guitar-based minimalism and drone-work of fine folks such as rafael toral and fennesz ...
at times consisting of a lonesome, banshee-wail of carefully-plotted electric guitar feedback with what sound like vinyl run-out grooves; others a poly-rhythmic tapestry of improvised, repetitive acoustic lines and circuit-bent electronic skree, “thrtysxtrllnmnfstns” will find favor amongst advocates of drone-rock, free-folk, etc ...
1080 copies of “thrtysxtrllnmnfstns” were professionally replicated, then meticulously assembled over a gruelling two week period; each copy features two high quality giclee prints featuring detail of artwork by sarah powers glued to the front and back of a hand-stamped white paperboard/plastic digipak case, with a 3” x 4” cloth “parts bag” (with a bright orange drawstring and red threading) containing a selection of geoff’s own photographs and a printed info-sheet inserted into the literature pocket. this is all housed inside a crystal-clear re-sealable mylar sleeve affixed to which a miraculously-detailed sticker reads:
|"geoff's first demo (now his first “real” release) may very well be the best demo i've ever received (if the boxes of cdrs above my record shelves can be judged by volume alone i have received approximately 800 of them) for myriad reasons; for one it doesn't sound wholly like any one other thing i've ever heard... although it certainly contains elements of various music(s) i hold dear (...and this could be the pseudo-ephedrine talking but i imagine geoff listens to a great deal of sandy bull, loren mazzacane connors, jim o'rourke, and nick zammuto's music)|
mr. mullen will soon be on to great things (he has already performed at an amazing run of gigs in the providence and boston areas supporting acts such as black forest / black sea, tim hecker, nmperign, and others; plus he has contributed to the invisible pyramid / elegy box on last visible dog) so this is your chance to get that one last fateful handmade formative artifact before the hammer drops. i strongly urge you to do so" ...-keith fullerton whitman
this entschuldigen edition comes complete with • 38 minute 31 second two pantone-color printed professionally replicated audio compact disc • white paperboard / plastic digipak with two high-quality giclee prints featuring detail of artwork by sarah powers glued to the front and back • 3” x 4” cloth “parts bag” with a bright orange drawstring and red threading containing a selection of geoff’s own photographs and a printed info-sheet • miraculously-detailed sticker • re-sealable mylar sleeve