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being weird isn’t enough (usa) #bwie 01 lp

preggy peggy / the lazy babymakersa short visit to the city that bleeds” long playing record

  • a short visit to the city that bleeds (1)

  • a short visit to the city that bleeds (2)
being weird isn’t enough press release ::
preggy peggy & the lazy babymakers
a short visit to the city that bleeds lp
being weird isn’t enough
bwie01

recorded inside a parked rental car during the 2012 high zero festival in baltimore md, preggy peggy brings you kooky growls, gargles, burps, sneezes, donald duck impressions, half-poems, unintelligible squeaking, and even a couple of overdubs achieved by using her phone as a poor man's delay pedal.

the human body is kind of a disgusting instrument, but it does have one huge advantage, in that it goes everywhere you do. here is a record that tickles with whispers if you listen quietly, but squabbles like a ticked-off witch if you crank it up loud. if you enjoy sound poetry, joan labarbara, or that one record by margaret dewys, this oughta do the trick.

  • peggy is aka angela sawyer who owns a tiny, insanely specialized record shop in cambridge ma
  • peggy hardly ever plays outside of boston, because as you may know, record shop owners are poor.
  • this is the first vinyl release good enough to bear the being weird isn't enough label, previously reserved for a string of lousy quality cdr boots
  • comes with a sticker that proudly declares "no download", which will be true, until someone somewhere torrents it. previously a cassette on the australian label dungeon taxis.
  • preggy also plays in a hunting-calls jazz trio named duck that (+steve norton/josh jefferson). she's been in loads of now-defunct artrock bands & noise projects (exusamwa, babies of brazzers, white people, human hairs). back in the early 2000s she recorded as the phenomenological boys. the lazy babymakers actually started in 2004 as a duo with james apt of six finger satellite. james is awesome.
    solo vocals by me, the owner of weirdo. little while back i went to baltimore for a few days to play at the long running high zero festival. since i very rarely get time away from my desk, it seemed like an opportune time to make a record. so i did that while sitting inside my rental car. it was hot in there, quiet & humid outside, and the kids and moms walking by on the leafy sidewalk gave me some pretty funny looks. i used a digital handheld recorder, my phone as 2nd recorder/delay pedal, and a laptop to clean things up a bit while waiting around at the festival. atmospheric if you keep the volume low, a little scarier if you turn it up, and it's the first lp release that i've pressed of my own stuff. whispers, whoops, gargles & a few doors opening & closing, but otherwise, no instruments & all batteries. previously on a cassette label in australia.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 184 cd

    tara jane o’neilwhere shine new lights” compact disc

    • welcome
    • wordless in woods
    • this morning glory
    • over, round, in a rom,  found
    • glow now
    • the lull the going
    • elemental finding
    • all now vibe
    • the signal
    • wind
    • the signal, lift
    • below below as above
    • new lights for a sky
    kranky press release ::
    artist: tara jane o'neil
    title: where shine new lights
    catalog #: krank184
    formats available: lp / cd
    release date: january 27, 2014

    tara jane oneil's music is integrated and contextual, idiosyncratic and deeply psychedelic, akin to a lucid dream journal caught on magnetic tape. she appears to be interested in all sounds equally. in her tireless search for a music that mirrors and reflects her alchemical, deeply syncretic approach to sound, color, language, surface and texture, she has found herself in a somewhat singular category.

    her concerns are free from fussing about form. her albums posit some free space that owes more to improvisors and painters than singer-songwriters or new age synthesizer baths. she is still interested in songs, and she has always been a wordsmith, but her songs don't need to have words to signify. when words are utilized, she doesn't waste them. they are beautifully mystical outbursts of visionary poesis, but their narrative power is located within and informed by, the space, the harmonic color, the context in which they are sung.

    choral voicings spread out across the stereo field like muted cloud formations split by sudden outbursts of vibrant color, verdant mosses on ancient stones, opal sized windows of clear blue set against a vast horizon. pump organ drones swell and respirate, patient and slow, with softly resonant gongs from the roof of the world. this is music about healing, about listening, about surviving and transmuting the strange inheritance of language. moving towards a direct perception of apparent reality through collaboration, breath, sound and song.

    tjo has always been a shapeshifter. listen to this new album with open ears, forgetting any previous incarnation, or perception of what you believe this mercurial artist to be or to have been. using some very basic recording equipment and her vivid musical imagination, she has achieved a rare essentialism wherein all unnecessary elements have been stripped away leaving only the most indispensable sounds. concise, but expansive, stripped of unnecessary gestures; guitars resonate, amps hum, and an exquisite, languid melancholia appears out of the haze.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 183 lp

    tim heckervirgins” double long playing record set

    • prism
    • virginal i
    • radiance

    • live room
    • live room out
    • virginal ii

    • black refraction
    • incense at abu ghraib
    • amps, drugs, harmonium

    • stigmata i
    • stigmata ii
    • stab variation
    kranky press release ::
    artist: tim hecker
    title: virgins
    catalog #: krank183
    formats available: 2xlp
    release date: october 14, 2013

    virgins was recorded during three periods in 2012, mostly in reykjavik, montreal and seattle, using ensembles in live performance. the sound palette of this work is wider, almost 'percussive' and tighter sounding than previous works. while this album remains committed to a painterly form of musical abstraction, it is also a record of restrained composition recorded live primarily in intimate studio rooms. this record employs woodwinds, piano and synthesizers towards an effort at doing what digital music does not do naturally—making music that is out of time, out of tune and out of phase.

    this follow-up to his juno-awarded ravedeath, 1972 album exchanges gristled distortion and cavernous sound in favour of a close, airy, more defined palette. at times it points to the theological aspirations of early minimalist music. but it is not 'fake church music' for a secular age, rather something like an attempt at the sound of frankincense in slow-motion, or of a pulsing, flickering fluorescence in the grotto. some pieces go off the rails before forming into anything, others eschew crescendo compositional structures or bombastic density while going sideways instead.

    it points to the ongoing development of hecker's work. it suggests illusory memories of drug- hazed jams or communal music performance that may have never been performed or been heard. these are mp3s that give confusing accounts either of sound's glowing physicality or of its prismatic evasiveness. it is an offering of music into the void, a gift of digital filler between distractions. yet hopefully it also stands as a document of the enduring faith in the narcotic, enigmatic function of music as long-form expression.

    mixed by valgeir sigur sson and tim hecker. additional assistance by randall dunn and ben frost. mastered by mandy parnell at black saloon studios in london, uk.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 183 cd

    tim heckervirgins” compact disc

    • prism
    • virginal i
    • radiance
    • live room
    • live room out
    • virginal ii
    • black refraction
    • incense at abu ghraib
    • amps
    • drugs
    • harmonium
    • stigmata i
    • stigmata ii
    • stab variation
    kranky press release ::
    artist: tim hecker
    title: virgins
    catalog #: krank183
    formats available: cd
    release date: october 14, 2013

    virgins was recorded during three periods in 2012, mostly in reykjavik, montreal and seattle, using ensembles in live performance. the sound palette of this work is wider, almost 'percussive' and tighter sounding than previous works. while this album remains committed to a painterly form of musical abstraction, it is also a record of restrained composition recorded live primarily in intimate studio rooms. this record employs woodwinds, piano and synthesizers towards an effort at doing what digital music does not do naturally—making music that is out of time, out of tune and out of phase.

    this follow-up to his juno-awarded ravedeath, 1972 album exchanges gristled distortion and cavernous sound in favour of a close, airy, more defined palette. at times it points to the theological aspirations of early minimalist music. but it is not 'fake church music' for a secular age, rather something like an attempt at the sound of frankincense in slow-motion, or of a pulsing, flickering fluorescence in the grotto. some pieces go off the rails before forming into anything, others eschew crescendo compositional structures or bombastic density while going sideways instead.

    it points to the ongoing development of hecker's work. it suggests illusory memories of drug- hazed jams or communal music performance that may have never been performed or been heard. these are mp3s that give confusing accounts either of sound's glowing physicality or of its prismatic evasiveness. it is an offering of music into the void, a gift of digital filler between distractions. yet hopefully it also stands as a document of the enduring faith in the narcotic, enigmatic function of music as long-form expression.

    mixed by valgeir sigur sson and tim hecker. additional assistance by randall dunn and ben frost. mastered by mandy parnell at black saloon studios in london, uk.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 182 lp

    disappearsera” long playing record

    • girl
    • power
    • ultra
    • era
    • weird house
    • elite typical
    • new house
    kranky press release ::
    artist: disappears
    title: era
    catalog #: krank182
    formats available: cd / lp
    release date: august 26, 2013

    era is the fourth annual report from chicago powerhouse quartet disappears. it was formed during the gloom of the chicago winter at electrical audio by now regular foil john congleton.

    insular and dark, the album sees the band further refining their love of dub, minimalism and repetition into their most original and stark set yet.

    it harks back to the early 80's post punk period, when almost anything seemed possible with the classic two guitar, bass and drums lineup, and exploration and expansion of what could be done with these elements was at the fore.

    dueling wiry and squalling guitars lead the way while a lockdown rhythm section provides the perpetual forward motion.

    era is disappears at their most abrasive, contemplative, and paranoid – it's the sound of the void looking back.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 181 lp

    tim heckermirages” double long playing record set

    kranky press release ::
    artist: tim hecker
    title: mirages
    catalog #: krank181
    formats available: 2xlp
    release date: september 16, 2013

    this is the first vinyl issue for tim hecker's classic 2004 album.

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    dais (usa) #dais 051 lp

    coum transmissionshome aged & the 18 month hope” long playing record

    • interview with genesis p-orridge on arena radio humberside by jim hawkins for fanfare arts festival, january 6, 1973
    • doo dah (excerpt)
    • prescott & williams 1932 (excerpt)
    • coum transmissions presents edna & the great surfers

    • cement men / my granny goes grave digging
    • 18 month hope
    • home aged
    • genesis p-orridge talks with david mayor at 50 beck road
    dais press release ::
    dais051 coum transmissionshome aged & the 18 month hope lp

    the most recent installment of the rare & unheard archival recordings from the transgressive 70 s performance art group coum transmissions. founded in late 1969 by genesis p-orridge, coum transmissions’s provocative performances mixed with visual art solidified the group as one of the most forward thinking breakthroughs within the 70 s conceptual art scene. only in the past couple years has coum’s recorded works seen the light of day. this release collects various selections spanning the years 1971 through 1975, including a rare live performance opening for hawkwind, lost radio interview, obtuse poetry readings by early member fizzey peat, piano & violin compositions by genesis p-orridge and insightful field recordings.

    limited to 1,000 vinyl copies.

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    nna tapes (usa) #nna 069 lp

    guerilla tossgay disco” long playing record

    • trash bed
    • pink elephant
    • operate

    • sugar better
    • club kids
    • gay disco
    nna tapes press release ::
    nna069: guerilla toss gay disco lp

    birthed from the depths of the sweaty basements of boston, massachusetts, deranged rock outfit guerilla toss is nowadays considered to be a new england underground staple by the freaks and weirdos that inhabit the region. the band has churned out numerous cassettes, records, and cds in the past two years on on labels such as feeding tube records, john zorn’s tzadik, sophomore lounge, and digitalis ltd. by touring relentlessly and providing their audience with an unforgettably intense live show that demands, and encourages, ravaging physical body movement of the listener, ‘gtoss’ has quickly garnered a cult following of loyal servants.

    their newest record, gay disco, is an album that draws influence from new wave and no wave dance music, extreme dementia, drug problems, and absurdist humor. however, in the midst of the chaos, it is clear that the compositions are well-crafted and spout from the minds of educated individuals while avoiding the common esoteric pitfalls that could be associated with their sound. kassie carlson’s ferocious vocals run the gamut of the human voice, blasting with jet engine shrieking and boiling over with urgency, while at the same time presenting a demented and direct spoken narrative with surreal conversational lyrics. peter negroponte’s full force drumming spews forth alongside her like a tentacled beast, battling off fits of rage and panicking between four-on-the-floor dance beats and controlled, pounding trashcan thrash.

    guitarists simon hanes and arian shafiee duel to the death with angular and jagged riffs ping-ponging between each other while keeping pace with dancey stabs of clanging string shrapnel. as messy as it sounds, hanes’ fuzzed and scuzzed bass jamming still retains heaps of thick, gooey funk in the purest sense, which perfectly compliments shafiee’s masterful axe work that manages to shape-shift seamlessly between hardcore rawness, jazzy meanderings, and squealing noise rock pepperings. that glue that binds is ian kovac’s synth work, which adds a healthy dose hyperactive danceability and electronic flourishing that contributes to the album’s overall doped-up disco flavor. gtoss succeeds in using the power of dissonance, aggression, and disorientation to derail the dancefloor in a record that captures the essence of a high-energy live band in its loudest, rawest recording to date.

    mastered and cut by lupo at calyx mastering in berlin, germany.

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    rel (usa) #rel 21 lp

    asterthings that just happen” long playing record

    • s1
    • secrets and lies
    • s2
    • glorious morning

    • s3
    • stalactites
    • s4
    rel press release ::

    rel21
    aster
    'things that just happen'

    limited 200 grm. vinyl lp out october 22nd

    'things that just happen' is the 2nd full length release by the duo of ashley paul and eli keszler. a longstanding collaboration, this record incapsulates a merging of the off kilter, quiet and fragile song based work of ashley with the decisive and material based sound which can be seen in the duos live performances. the album begins with and is framed by a multi part suite of pieces based around bowed crotales and saxophone. simple in materials, with no electronic processing, the overtone and harmonics produced by the duo is both isolating, rich, alien and challenging. meanwhile, songs creep in throughout the record, featuring ashley and eli's guitar duos and responsive and dynamic saxophone and drum set accompanying ashley's singing. 'things that just happen' is a powerful take on the unusual complex of song based melody, and psycho acoustic experimentation.

    released in a limited pressing on heavy 200 grm vinyl with insert and printed drawings.

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    september 28th, 2013


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    machine-music

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    agents of chaos (usa) #aoc7044 cs

    rm francisrecycled sleep” c34 cassette

    • recycled sleep (1)

    • recycled sleep (2)
    september 2013 release ; ... intriguing suite of computer-synthesized blitz from rm francis, two side-length pieces of constantly shifting, timbrally mutating bleep ...
    agents of chaos press release ::

    now available from agents of chaos:

    rm francis "recycled sleep" c34

    edition of 100 copies

    after a bit of a hiatus we're proud to announce a new cassette release from rm francis titled "recycled sleep". this release, inspired partly by stockhausen's moment form concept, showcases some of robert's most cutting-edge work to date.

    the pieces herein are generated automatically in a probabilistic synth patch via max/msp. the recordings are then run through another wave shaping patch that used the amplitude & frequency information of the recorded sound to determine the playback speed, position, and direction. (thereby "recycling" them.) although the composition methods used were heavily process / systems-dependent, it's by no means generative music in any purist sense, owing to the fact that there is a significant amount of editing & multi-tracking that went into it. some of the raw source material was included as well, without being subjected to the wave shaping process. that said, the human touch is much lighter & less involved than in any of his previous work.

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    new to stock as of
    september 17th, 2013


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    da capo (denmark) #dacapo 8.224083 cd

    michael nyvang / birgitte alstedplanetarium music • elektroacoustic music from diem ii” compact disc

    • michael nyvang - music for virtual orchestra (40:00) 1995

      collage i: travelling heavenward (11:51)
      collage ii: surreal cantata (9:53)
      collage iii: concrete animation (13:07)
      collage iv: corona (5:09)

    • birgitte alsted - sorsgang ii (lament ii) (21:14) 1995
    da capo press release ::

    these two computer music works by danish composers birgitte alsted and michael nyvang were commissioned and realized at diem, denmark's national computer music center, and premiered at the steno planetarium in århus.

    originally presented in quadrophonic sound with original images projected on the planetarium dome, both works have been remixed especially for this cd, offering two diverse and fascinating journeys into the realm of sound.

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    nihilist (usa) #nihil 79 lp

    auk theater / pod blotzsplit” long playing record

    • pod blotz - riddles (3:29)
    • pod blotz - driving at dawn (4:23)
    • pod blotz - spinning magma (4:12)
    • pod blotz - names falling from stars (2:30)
    • pod blotz - melt into the same (4:52)

    • auk theater - ten phases of fallen (22:10)
    july 2013 release ; ... excellent split lp featuring two contemporary underground dwellers in their prime(s) ; suzypod blotzpoling (whose side-length suite here is all cracked electronics, bent rhythms, and distant, demonically-possessed vocals that imply a this heat / ruth white collab) & ireneauk theatermoon (presenting an almost robert ashley-esque text-sound spiel w/ hair police’s trevor tremaine) ...
    nihilist press release ::

    nihil 79
    auk theater / pod blotz split lp

    release date july 9, 2013

    auk theater features irene moon, a professional entomologist whose work has revolved around the insect world and blending this with her version of performance and electronics. here, joined by trevor tremaine (hair police) and others, creating a structured piece utilizing voice, various acoustic instrumentation & synthesizer.

    pod blotz (aka suzy poling) a professional photographer (los angeles ca) who is recently garnering more recognition with her visual art and experimental video as of late. this, her latest work, investigates electronic vocal processing, moog organ, drum machines & modular synthesizers, creating eerie and haunting compositions, with a driving force.

    offset printed jackets, ed 300 black vinyl

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    rel (usa) #rel 22 book

    eli keszlerneum” book

    july 2013 release ; ... essentially the “catalogue” of the “neum installation currently set up in london, showcasing eli’s design-work from the past few years, nicely printed into a small book that includes several “inserts(cleverly housed between blank pages ; a re-sealable mylar pouch prevents entropy in transit) ...
    rel press release ::

    eli keszler - neum - rel22
    edition of 100

    neum is a book of drawings, prints and diagrams by eli keszler made in conjunction with the presentation of the neum installation at the south london gallery – a large scale piece, occupying a 150 wide by 50 foot tall space made up of 16 overlapped and splayed piano wire, activated by a mechanical system which is featured as part of the group show 'at the moment of being heard'.

    the book consists of over 65 drawings, sketches and diagrams of various sizes dimensions and medias as well as 3 silk screened inserts. neum is printed in a limited hand numbered edition of 100 copies.

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    hot cars warp records (usa) #warp 16 lp

    byron coleydating tips for touring bands” long playing record

    • beefheart
    • club for friars
    • go! tigers!
    • dating tips for touring bands
    • superman 2
    • kanada
    • peter cooper village
    • birds poem
    • birth of a nation
    • living & dining in the west
    • fuck you lew
    • semiotics of rock
    • one for jack
    • punk day

    • closer (excerpt)
    july 2013 release ; ... flabbergastingly entertaining capture of byron coley’s recent short-form work (backed / with a side-length rumination) read by the author himself in a stentorian tenor (not unlike the greek god ares’s purported rage-wail) covering a several-decades-long swath of observed action & more cryptic modes of self-expression ...

    ... far more entertaining than an evening spent at home, watching netflix original programming while clipping your toenails, consuming pre-digested lasagna out of an impossibly microwave-safe metal cannister ; highly recommended !!!
    hot cars warp records press release ::
    byron coley
    dating tips for touring bands
    lp
    hot cars warp records #16

    release date: late july / early august

    first full-length spoken word lp by music writer 1 , jazz editor 2 , underground columnist 3 , author 4 , poet, record label mogul 5 , and footnote pioneer 6 byron coley. segments of underground cultural history done in verse constitute the a-side, with subjects both heroic 7 and villanous 8 . the flip consists of an abridged chapter from coley’s upcoming novel, dominoes. silk-screened cover with artwork by savage pencil.

    1. new york rocker, boston rock, the la weekly, take it!, l.a. reader, option, the wire, mojo, arthur, etc.
    2. forced exposure
    3. in spin magazine, where he introduced hordes of previously clueless newsstand lingerers to the likes of jandek, borbetomagus, and joseph spence until bob guccione jr. a declared that the underground did not exist.
    4. no wave b , revelations c , c'est la guerre d , and biographies on chuck norris e and motely crue f
    5. ecstatic yod records
    6. see: chris knox interview in forced exposure #18 and dredd foole interview in opprobrium #5
    7. captain beefheart, ken kesey, jack rose, et.al.
    8. george w. bush, rudy giuliani, lew wasserman, et.al.

    a. spin magazine founder and former ann coulter boy-toy
    b. co-authored with thurston moore
    c. in collaboration with visual artist rita ackermann
    d. early writings from 1978-1983
    e. now a real-life (honorary) texas ranger, thanks to governor rick perry
    f.written using the name billy dwight, coley’s brother-in-law, in a failed bid to provide dwight with extra-credit material for a writing class he was taking at the time.

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    nna tapes (usa) #nna 060 lp

    ryan poweridentity picks” long playing record

    • sample lives
    • the prize
    • new attitude
    • sweetheart

    • earth to fuckface
    • identity picks
    • well on your way
    • rip the blood
    july 2013 release ; ... second nna tapes outing from burlington resident ryan power, continuing in his exploration of quirky neo-soul songcraft ...
    nna tapes press release ::

    nna060: ryan power identity picks lp

    over the last decade, burlington, vermont songwriter/producer ryan power has tirelessly embarked on the quest to write the definitive song-based music, full of accuracy, refinement, deliberation, and perfectly-placed shifting harmonic puzzles.

    ryan’s latest identity picks for nna tapes is an eight track song cycle that dances through lush jazz pads, aquatic smooth jazz funk styles, and the sensitive side of progressive rock. these songs are long, shifting compositions, slowly unfolding and patiently circulating within a refreshing variety of stylistic modes.

    throughout these colorful arrangements, ryan creates a polyphonic choir with his own voice, adding symphonic embellishments to his calculated and catchy hooks. ryan addresses contemporary issues in his subject matter, including the music industry, lust, self-evaluation, identity crisis, and the contemplation and acceptance of a world gone mad.

    unlike the phobic, neurotic head spaces of 2012 s i don’t want to die”, identity picks is a life assessment, a meditation on putting yourself out there and the struggle to maintain integrity under scrutiny. the production is astonishingly hi-fi recorded, engineered, mixed and performed entirely by power himself, aside from the occasional guest appearance from members of his newly-formed live band.

    according to the artist, the songs on this album were written to help give my life meaning through the purity and timelessness of classic, addictive songwriting. in an era of technological a.d.d. and fleeting vogue, identity picks is a record to listen to over and over again, finding new meaning and appreciation with each revolution.


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    hank the herald angel (usa) #hank010 ep

    sapatl&n b/w payne hollow stomp” seven inch single record

    • l&n

    • payne hollow stomp
    may 2013 release ; ... two out-takes from the louisville collective’s legendarily slept-on 2005 siltbreeze lp “mortise and tenon” :: an a-side laze-r that hits all of “m&t” ‘s peaks b/w a moreruralfolk-blues take ...
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    hank010 sapat - l&n b/w payne hollow stomp 45rpm - 2013

    what we have here is a brand new single from louisville, kentucky’s long-running underground collective sapat. l&n and payne hollow stomp were recorded in 2005 at the same sessions that produced the group’s 2007 siltbreeze records lp mortise and tenon.

    l&n is a slow-burning elegy on the louisville & nashville railroad (1850-1982), a soundtrack for the contemplation of what we can and can’t leave behind. payne hollow stomp picks up speed and condenses the density of the a side, moving from the rails to an open road or better yet the rolling ohio river on which sits payne hollow, the simple waterfront homestead of harlan and anna hubbard (1900-1988; 1902-1986), two exemplary ohio valley post-thoreau, pre-back-to-the-land simple-life seekers.

    the 7, catalog number hank010, is an edition of 300 45rpm records, packaged in clear polypropylene bags with double-side-printed kraft card insert.

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    iea (usa) #iea 1301 cd

    yuya ota / andrew deutsch / keith rowekannazuki no uta” compact disc

    • kannazuki no uta (1) (3:13)
    • kannazuki no uta (2) (4:27)
    • kannazuki no uta (3) (4:10)
    • kannazuki no uta (4) (5:08)
    • kannazuki no uta (5) (4:24)
    • kannazuki no uta (6) (3:44)
    • kannazuki no uta (7) (2:50)
    • kannazuki no uta (8) (2:10)
    • kannazuki no uta (9) (2:48)
    • kannazuki no uta (10) (3:25)
    • kannazuki no uta (11) (4:21)
    • kannazuki no uta (12) (3:58)
    may 2013 release ; ... lovely little record of (largely) ambient piano instrumentals, cut with stray electronic detritus collected by andrew deutsch (including bits of keith rowe fiddling with some of dave jones’ circuits) ...
    iea press release ::

    "kannazuki no uta" (october songs) also translated as "the godless month" was recorded by yuya ota (piano, electronics, mixing), andrew deutsch (electronics, mixing), and keith rowe, (handmade electronics including the "flood circuit" designed by famed electronics/instrument inventor david jones).

    yuya ota and andrew deutsch exchanged audio files between new york state and japan for nearly two years, each adding or removing layers from each others compositions. yuya's piano compositions functioned as the anchor for the works. later, deutsch "placed" audio recordings cut from live sets performed by rowe and deutsch. these performances were live video / sound improvisations using the "flood circuit" and dan sandine's video image processor ("sandine ip 1970 version"). these recordings were cut apart and inserted into the original compositions with no additional editing or processing.

    all sounds were produced in yuya's studio and at the institute for electronic art at alfred university, alfred ny.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 179 lp

    justin walterlullabies and nightmares” long playing record

    • mind shapes
    • dream weaving
    • awakening
    • lullabies & nightmares
    • western tears
    • fears of a wild man
    • the way of five
    • plastic people
    • thoughts
    • sister sleeper
    • i saw your face
    may 2013 release ; ... debut solo record from michigan trumpeter justin walter, largely recorded utilizing an original steiner-parker evi (nyle steiner’s 1975 genius-level design ; essentially a monophonic synthesizer that derives a gate signal from an air pressure sensor in the mouthpiece, fitted with three buttons - ala the threevalves” of a trumpet used to select pitch - and three knobs controlling “scale”, “tune” and “portamento”) ...





    ... the buzzing, rasping sawtooth timbres, overdubbed & stretched out electronically, reminds me of ben neill & company’s 1991 recording of the “melodic version” of la monte young’s “the second dream of the high tension line stepdown transformer from the four dreams of china(albeit filtered through the language of solo guitar / pedal music) ; there’s a similar sense of clustering / “choiring” at play (even when embellished with overdubbed drumming & acoustic trumpet sounds, yielding something closer to a “post-rock” palette) ...
    kranky press release ::
    artist: justin walter
    title: lullabies & nightmares
    catalog#: krank179
    formats available: lp
    release date: may 27, 2013

    i set out to record an album of completely improvised music that fused my experiments with the electronic valve instrument and my love of held sounds on the trumpet. in recent years i've come to see the trumpet as an instrument that speaks in slow and long sounds, with meaning coming from the shape and inflection of each note. the process for this was fairly straight forward, record lots of improvisations. of the songs on the album, most are one take improvisations with the only overdubs being drums.

    - justin walter


    presenting the debut album from longtime nomo member justin walter. if this was a vintage nonesuch label release, it would come with some dry title such as music for electronics, trumpet, evi and percussion.” the recordings here are anything but dry, instead being an exhilarating interface of the human and machine.

    though the album title lullabies and nightmares suggests music thematically rooted in sleep, the debut full-length from brooklyn-based / michigan-bred trumpet player and composer justin walter owes more to a sense of emerging. after years of touring, random gigs and session work as a gifted player, walter emerged with a sound that rendered all of that almost inconsequential. spending a couple years intensively exploring the evi, or electronic valve instrument, a 1980's synthesizer / horn hybrid, he eventually worked out webs of bubbling loops made on the instrument, processed trumpet and fragmented electronics. following a few low-key cassette releases and solo loft performances, walter took the project into the studio, working with erik hall and drummer quinn kirchner to create a more controlled statement. building on the loops and textures of the evi, the album incorporates phasing patterns, the occasional motoric churn of dubbed out drums and considerate passages of trumpet, calling on walter's years of experience as an improviser. longer pieces are bridged by truncated interludes, wandering between modes that are by turns spooky, restless and sublime.

    the nightmares are there, with dissonance and panic on the heels of redemption in almost every song, but they're there only to be awoken from. the lullabies pass by quickly, too. the album moves naturally through its meditative cycles in a constant state of emergence.

    - fred thomas

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    kranky (usa) #krank 176 cd

    grouperdragging a dead deer up a hill” compact disc

    • disengaged (4:16)
    • heavy water / i'd rather be sleeping (2:53)
    • stuck (5:59)
    • when we fall (2:07)
    • traveling through a sea (4:23)
    • fishing bird (empty gutted in the evening breeze) (3:51)
    • invisible (3:55)
    • i'm dragging a dead deer up a hill (2:21)
    • a cover over (2:48)
    • wind and snow (4:30)
    • tidal wave (5:35)
    • we've all gone to sleep (3:03)
    february 2013 release ; ... kranky edition of liz harristhird album (orig. released on type in july 2008) ...


    ... new music from liz “grouper” harris, partially lifting the vapor-haze veil that’s all but obscured her talents both as a singer / songwriter and a guitar player ... which isn’t to say that this is a “cleanstudio record ; just one more concerned with getting to the heart of her songs than the purely textural pieces she’s yielded thusfar ... some especially lovely moments on here recalling the first few jessica bailiff lps, only bathed in a glorious miasma of tape-hiss & time-based effects ...
    kranky press release ::

    artist: grouper
    title: dragging a dead deer up a hill
    catalog #: krank176
    formats available: cd
    release date: february 4, 2013

    portland, oregon based liz harris might have achieved a significant fan base thanks to the whispering, near ambient vocal crusades of her debut album way their crept and its follow-up wide, but those with a careful ear would have heard slightly more trapped beneath her fuzzy chain of effects. dragging a dead deer up a hill marks a departure of sorts for liz which sees her turn down the fuzz-boxes which caged (and to some degree defined) her sound and allows her voice to ring out above everything else. it is an album steeped in the world of dream-pop, a genre pioneered by the likes of 4ad’s cocteau twins and this mortal coil, and far from shy away from the reference liz has instead grabbed on with both hands, in the process creating an album’s worth of perfect, leftfield pop songs.

    using delicate song structures which are at once both familiar and alien somehow we hear her words cry out hauntingly over stripped down guitar lines and looped environmental recordings. just listen to i’d rather be sleeping’, a track that could be a mournful take on belly, albeit with a more fragile heart. these unforgettable harmonies and vocal lines that embed themselves in your consciousness before you even realize it are the key to the album’s success and the reason why it makes such a lasting impression. there is something to liz harris’s music that defies the time, makes you sit up and listen in an age where we’re told that recorded music is disposable. these are the future soundtracks to love, despair and ultimately hope.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 167 lp

    dreamscapela-di-da recordings” long playing record

    • separate sense
    • greater than god
    • finally through
    • soft fists
    • so far from belief

    • cradle
    • nine times to die
    • dreamsleep eternal
    • no more but thought
    august 2012 release ; ... interestingly not a contemporary affair (although so much of this echoes the fidelity & “vibe” of various home-recorded gazesthese days) but a side each of unreleased (a ; subtitled “greater than god”) & previously released (b ; the “cradle” e.p.) material recorded by this obscure bristol act during the early 90’s for the titular imprint (who also put out various beatnik filmstars, earwig, and pussy crush records during their ‘87 - ‘98 span) ...
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    artist: dreamscape
    title: la-di-da recordings
    catalog #: krank167
    formats available: lp
    release date: august 20, 2012

    scant information exists in the historical record for early 1990 s bristol, england trio dreamscape. internet searches reveal almost nothing, and their entire discography consists of one 7 single and a four song ep, with a second four song ep having been recorded but never released. the group s members were rebecca rawlings, scott purnell and jamie gingell, the latter two also being the driving force behind the sarah label stalwarts secret shine.

    the first four songs on this album comprise the unreleased ep that was to be named greater than god, a title that was used later by secret shine for a sarah extended play. tracks five through eight come from their only 12 release, the cradle ep on the la-di-da label. as a bonus, the final track is the only remaining demo of what was to be a series of new recordings, which never came to fruition. there are a few small glitches from the original source tape on this last track, but it was decided to leave it as is when mastering instead of fudging corrections.

    the songs are perfectly constructed pop vignettes, soaring, atmospheric confections that are wholly in tune with the current wave of shoegaze revivalists. the group had no drummer, instead opting for an alesis sr16 drum machine. but rather being a shortcoming, this was certainly a strength as the solid, unwavering repetition lets the guitars and vocals radiate in the stratosphere above.

    that aural pleasures such as these could not gain any wider attention in their own time is a shame. hopefully this reissue will garner some of the praise the group should have received then.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 167 cd

    dreamscapela-di-da recordings” compact disc

    • separate sense (4:43)
    • greater than god (3:23)
    • finally through (3:50)
    • soft fists (3:11)
    • so far from belief (3:30)
    • cradle (6:32)
    • nine times to die (4:20)
    • dreamsleep eternal (7:09)
    • no more but thought (3:18)
    august 2012 release ; ... interestingly not a contemporary affair (although so much of this echoes the fidelity & “vibe” of various home-recorded gazesthese days) but a side each of unreleased (a ; subtitled “greater than god”) & previously released (b ; the “cradle” e.p.) material recorded by this obscure bristol act during the early 90’s for the titular imprint (who also put out various beatnik filmstars, earwig, and pussy crush records during their ‘87 - ‘98 span) ...
    kranky press release ::

    artist: dreamscape
    title: la-di-da recordings
    catalog #: krank167
    formats available: cd
    release date: august 20, 2012

    scant information exists in the historical record for early 1990 s bristol, england trio dreamscape. internet searches reveal almost nothing, and their entire discography consists of one 7 single and a four song ep, with a second four song ep having been recorded but never released. the group s members were rebecca rawlings, scott purnell and jamie gingell, the latter two also being the driving force behind the sarah label stalwarts secret shine.

    the first four songs on this album comprise the unreleased ep that was to be named greater than god, a title that was used later by secret shine for a sarah extended play. tracks five through eight come from their only 12 release, the cradle ep on the la-di-da label. as a bonus, the final track is the only remaining demo of what was to be a series of new recordings, which never came to fruition. there are a few small glitches from the original source tape on this last track, but it was decided to leave it as is when mastering instead of fudging corrections.

    the songs are perfectly constructed pop vignettes, soaring, atmospheric confections that are wholly in tune with the current wave of shoegaze revivalists. the group had no drummer, instead opting for an alesis sr16 drum machine. but rather being a shortcoming, this was certainly a strength as the solid, unwavering repetition lets the guitars and vocals radiate in the stratosphere above.

    that aural pleasures such as these could not gain any wider attention in their own time is a shame. hopefully this reissue will garner some of the praise the group should have received then.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 166 cd

    lotus plazaspooky action at a distance” compact disc

    • untitled (1:26)
    • strangers (4:31)
    • out of touch (4:33)
    • dusty rhodes (3:39)
    • white galactic one (4:06)
    • monoliths (3:35)
    • jet out of the tundra (6:33)
    • eveningness (5:05)
    • remember our days (5:08)
    • black buzz (5:31)
    april 2012 release ; ... second solo album from deerhunter’s lockett pundt ...
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    artist: lotus plaza
    title: spooky action at a distance
    catalog #: krank166
    formats available: cd / lp
    release date: april 02, 2012

    this is the second album from lotus plaza, the solo nom de plume of lockett pundt, better known as the guitarist in deerhunter. pundt has penned a number of the best songs on the last two deerhunter albums, and his first album, the floodlight collective was a tour de force of guitar pop smarts.

    he has the uncanny ability to build soaring, melodic gems from simple musical phrases; a möbius strip of a guitar line and repeating clipped drum roll in "strangers"; a tribal drum beat holding down the foundation on "out of touch"; two acoustic guitar chords and a slight bit of snare as the basis for "dusty rhodes"; a series of slowly descending piano chord scales on "jet out of the tundra".

    there is a wide variety of songs and moods here, from unabashed rockers such as "white galactic one" and "monoliths", acoustic laced introspection on "dusty rhodes" and "black buzz", to the lysergic electronics of "remember our days".

    spooky action at a distance is a wide angle view of what should be the zeitgeist of contemporary guitar pop.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 165 lp

    felixoh holy molar” long playing record

    • the bells
    • sunday night
    • oh thee 73
    • don't look back (it's too sad)
    • hate song
    • oh holy molar

    • blessing part i
    • blessing part ii
    • rites
    • who will pity the poor fool ?
    • pretty girls
    • practising magic
    • little biscuit
    april 2012 release ; ... second album from lucinda chua’s “minimal chamber popgroup ...
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    artist: felix
    title: oh holy molar
    catalog #: krank165
    formats available: lp
    release date: april 23, 2012

    oh holy molar is the second album from uk trio felix. the group produces a bewitching, minimal chamber pop that works as the perfect framework for singer/songwriter lucinda chua's oblique and emotionally immediate stories of superstition and searching for protection against bad omens. as a follow up to their debut you are the one i pick, the band return with a collection of songs with a sound stripped back to its very core. something is said to have "teeth" when it has the ability to make an impact. this record certainly has "teeth", and sharp ones at that.

    the album was recorded in a vast, spooky 1940s cinema in nottingham, england, now converted into a studio. after recording was completed the band discovered that underneath the live room lay an abandoned dental laboratory. "oh holy molar" indeed.

    since the release of the first felix album, pianist/vocalist lucinda chua, also an accomplished photographer, has been working on a number of projects, most recently with wallpaper* in detroit. guitarist chris summerlin has been recording and touring with his new band kogumaza. the group is completed with the recent addition of drummer neil turpin who, when not performing with felix, can also be found touring the world with french composer yann tiersen.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 165 cd

    felixoh holy molar” compact disc

    • the bells (2:29)
    • sunday night (2:58)
    • oh thee 73 (3:24)
    • don't look back (it's too sad) (3:20)
    • hate song (2:56)
    • oh holy molar (2:23)
    • blessing part i (2:23)
    • blessing part ii (2:40)
    • rites (2:50)
    • who will pity the poor fool ? (3:40)
    • pretty girls (3:06)
    • practising magic (3:48)
    • little biscuit (3:44)
    april 2012 release ; ... second album from lucinda chua’s “minimal chamber popgroup ...
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    artist: felix
    title: oh holy molar
    catalog #: krank165
    formats available: cd
    release date: april 23, 2012

    oh holy molar is the second album from uk trio felix. the group produces a bewitching, minimal chamber pop that works as the perfect framework for singer/songwriter lucinda chua's oblique and emotionally immediate stories of superstition and searching for protection against bad omens. as a follow up to their debut you are the one i pick, the band return with a collection of songs with a sound stripped back to its very core. something is said to have "teeth" when it has the ability to make an impact. this record certainly has "teeth", and sharp ones at that.

    the album was recorded in a vast, spooky 1940s cinema in nottingham, england, now converted into a studio. after recording was completed the band discovered that underneath the live room lay an abandoned dental laboratory. "oh holy molar" indeed.

    since the release of the first felix album, pianist/vocalist lucinda chua, also an accomplished photographer, has been working on a number of projects, most recently with wallpaper* in detroit. guitarist chris summerlin has been recording and touring with his new band kogumaza. the group is completed with the recent addition of drummer neil turpin who, when not performing with felix, can also be found touring the world with french composer yann tiersen.

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    kranky (usa) #krank 161 cd

    tim heckerdropped pianos” compact disc

    • sketch_1 (7:10)
    • sketch_2 (3:58)
    • sketch_3 (1:21)
    • sketch_4 (2:57)
    • sketch_5 (4:58)
    • sketch_6 (1:25)
    • sketch_7 (3:27)
    • sketch_8 (1:43)
    • sketch_9 (5:32)
    october 2011 release ; ... a set of minimal pieces for piano (played in an exploratory fashion with a light touch) & electronics (his particular array of time & gain-based processes) recorded as “sketches” for “ravedeath, 1972” but issued here in their complete(d) form(s) ...
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    artist: tim hecker
    title: dropped pianos
    catalog #: krank161
    formats available: cd ep
    release date: october 10, 2011

    this new tim hecker release is composed of sketch pieces recorded in 2010 in preparation for what would become the ravedeath, 1972 album. all of the compositions are piano driven and minimal in nature.

    this is not a new tim hecker album, but rather a peek behind the curtains into the working process. that these pieces stand on their own as compelling soundworks is a testament to the fact that tim hecker is at the absolute top of his game at the moment.

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