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  • Ringer Ringer Quick View

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    Ringer

    The Ringer mini album is a 32 minute, four-track excursion into the kind of wide-open spaces you might find if you set out to make techno with an afrobeat/ krautrock sensibility. Ringer locks together gloriously rich synthesizer arpeggios; ôWing Body Wingö slips from crisp clusters of disco percussion to Steve Reich polyrhythms; and in between are another two euphoric ripples of sound, ôRibbonsö and ôSwimmer.ö The techno heartbeat comes from Kieran HebdenÆs regular DJ residences over the last couple of years as well as his ongoing collaborations with legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid. Whether in the studio or live, Kieran and Steve often click into the kind of deep 4/4 grooves that can depart in any direction with a little adjustment. Ringer carries that minimal pulse over into Four Tet, and while KieranÆs trademark recuttings of jazz breaks may be less in evidence, his feel for harmony and melody is, as always, unmistakable.
    1. Ringer
    2. Ribbons
    3. Swimmer
    4. Wing Body Wing
    Four Tet
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    Minimalists

    In the 1960s, something happened to classical music. A bold new American voice emerged, pushing away the intricate, atonal forms of the European avant-garde and drawing on the music that most people were actually listening to. The scene led to composers having bona fide hits (Reich's Music For 18 Musicians), and aiming to do so: Philip Glass's album 'Glassworks', which featured Façades, was created with the chief aim of appealing to a much wider audience. Glass added lyricism, power and brooding emotion to the minimalist sound, though he prefers to call his work 'repetitive structures.' You can trace a line from the pulsating, stripped-down sounds of Reich, Glass and Adams to the clarity and repetition of Kraftwerk, and on through just about every type of electronic music you could ever dance to.


    This limited-edition LP celebrates the state of minimalism 50 years after the movement broke down barriers in classical music.

    1. Adams - Shaker Loops - Shaking and Trembling
    2. Adams - Shaker Loops - Hymning Slews
    3. Adams - Shaker Loops - Loops and Verses
    4. Adams - Shaker Loops - A Final Shaking
    5. Glass - Façades
    6. Reich - Eight Lines
    Christopher Warren-Green
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  • Third Reich 'n Roll Third Reich 'n Roll Quick View

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    Third Reich 'n Roll

    The Residents released of their third album, The Third Reich 'n' Roll in 1976. People have speculated whether The Residents were hinting that Rock 'n' Roll has brain-washed the youth of the world. When confronted with this possibility, they replied, Well, it may be true or it may not, but we just wanted to kick out the jams and get it on. The Third Reich 'n' Roll consists of two suites, Swastikas on Parade and Hitler was a Vegetarian. Both are semi-phonetic interpretations of top forty hits from the sixties. Our roots, say The Residents, a bright orange carrot clutched lovingly in their hands. Remastered for vinyl!
    Swastikas on Parade
    Hitler Was A Vegetarian
    Residents
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  • Reich: Drumming  (Deluxe) Reich: Drumming (Deluxe) Quick View

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    Reich: Drumming (Deluxe)

    Composer Steve Reich turns 80 on October 3 and DG celebrates with a deluxe, numbered limited edition of his breakthrough 1974 recording of "Drumming" and two other early works. Presented in its original LP format in authentic packaging, the set includes Reich's original liner notes with many session photos as well as an extensive article including Reich's original correspondence (nearly 50 letters) with his DG producer.
    LP 1
    1. Part I (Original Version)
    2. Part II (Original Version)


    LP 2
    1. Part III (Original Version)
    2 .Part IV (Original Version)


    LP 3
    1. Six Pianos
    2. Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ

    Steve Reich
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    Drumming (Pure Pleasure)

    Simply put, Drumming is, along with some of Philip Glass' Einstein On The Beach, one of the most fascinating pieces of first-generation minimalism. The version recorded for Elektra/Nonesuch in 1987 ranks among Reich's masterpieces. The 60-minute continuous work features one basic rhythm pattern. Throughout four segued movements it is multiplied, played in canon on various percussion instruments. Part I is for four pairs of tuned bongo drums; Part II for three marimbas (played by nine players) and two singers mimicking the sound of marimbas; Part III for three glockenspiels, piccolo, and whistling (played by Reich himself); Part IV for all previous instruments, including voices. Transitions between movements are gradual, the whole piece being built on accumulation and reduction. When it is time to go to the next movement, players are slowly removed, quarter-notes replaced by rests, in order to make room for the new instruments. The piece almost comes to a complete halt at the end of Part III, keeping only the most basic pulse before the whole process starts over, building up to the finale. There is a sense of happiness and lightness irradiating from Drumming. It is a perfect example of the paradox of the simple and the complex, the easy and the challenging underlying minimalist music. Both cerebral and vitally tribal or ritualistic, this album is a must-have.

    Musicians:

    • Bob Becker, Ben Harms, Gary Kvistad, Steve Reich, Gary Schall, Glen Velez, Thad Wheeler (tuned drums, marimbas, glockenspiele)
    • Pamela Wood Ambush, Jay Clayton (voc)
    • Steve Reich (whistling)
    • Mort Silver (flute)

    About Pure Pleasure

    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.

    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.

    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.

    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.

    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.

    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Part I
    2. Part II
    3. Part III
    4. Part IV
    Steve Reich
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  • Timespan Timespan Quick View

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    Timespan

    Majeure is the alter ego of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra, and Timespan is its debut release. Taking the term "full-length" quite literally, the album is made up of three epic side-long journeys through time and space. Merging the darkness of Vangelis' Blade Runner-era Moog-driven scores and the stately minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass with the relentless drive of Can and Silver Apples, Timespan delivers inspiring sci-fi disco of the highest caliber.
    1. The Dresden Codex

    2. Teleforce

    3. Timespan

    Majeure
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  • Inglorious Basterds Soundtrack Inglorious Basterds Soundtrack Quick View

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    Inglorious Basterds Soundtrack

    Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino's World War II epic, Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, and Eli Roth. This time Tarantino is not only using quirky artists and songs, but a pre-released score from Ennio Morricone, Dimitri Tiomkin, Charles Bernstein and more.


    During World War II a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as 'The Basterds' are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

    1. The Green Leaves of Summer - Nick Perito
    2. The Verdict - Ennio Morricone
    3. L'incontro con la figlia
    4. White Lightning - Charles Bernstein
    5. Il mercenario
    6. Slaughter - Billy Preston
    7. November 1, 1954
    8. The Surrender - Ennio Morricone
    9. One Silver Dollar - Film Studio Orchestra
    10. Bath Attack
    11. Davon Geht Die - Zarah Leander
    12. The Man With The Big Sombrero - Samantha Shelton
    13. Ich Wollt Ich - Lilian Harvey
    14. Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) - David Bowie
    15. Mystic and Severe
    16. The Devil's Rumble
    17. What I'd Say
    18. Un Amico - Ennio Morricone
    19. Tiger Tank - Lalo Schifrin
    20. Eastern Condors - Ennio Morricone
    Various Artists
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  • Rumspringa Rumspringa Quick View

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    Rumspringa

    Though technically residing in Nashville, TN, rising singer/songwriter Daniel James aka Canon Blue has spent the majority of the past three years touring the world with Efterklang while simultaneously writing and recording Rumspringa in their Copenhagen studio. He then headed to Iceland to record orchestral arrangements with renowned string quartet Amiina. The result is a breathtakingly gorgeous mix of orchestral pop and neoclassical minimalism that blends the soulful intimacy of Jeff Buckley and the playful whimsy of Sufjan Stevens with the stately meditation of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

    1. Chicago (Chicago)

    2. Autark (Nashville)
    3. Indiana Summer (Des Moines)
    4. Honeysuckle (Milwaukee)
    5. Velveteenager (Minneapolis B)
    6. Heavy Heart (Minneapolis A)
    7. Lulls (Memphis)
    8. Fading Colors (Bloomington)
    9. A Native (Madison)
    10. Bows & Arrows (Vegas)
    11. Andalusia (Davenport)
    Canon Blue
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  • Struggle For Pleasure Struggle For Pleasure Quick View

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    Struggle For Pleasure

    Classical by Music On Vinyl proudly presents its first release. Wim Mertens has released Struggle For Pleasure in 1983 under the group name Soft Verdict. Later, it would be released under his own name.


    Mertens called the music on Struggle For Pleasure 'petite musique de chambre', small chamber music. The six compositions are topped by ''Close Cover'' that proved to be a massive single. There are lots of documentaries and films that still use this beautiful arrangement.


    While Mertens is strongly influenced by American minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass, he adds his own signature sound to the mix.

    1. Tourtour
    2. Struggle For Pleasure
    3. Salernes
    4. Close Cover
    5. Bresque
    6. Gentleman Of Leisure
    Wim Mertens
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  • Passages Passages Quick View

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    Passages

    Passages is a collaborative chamber music studio album co-composed by Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass, released in 1990. The album is a hybrid of Hindustani Classical music and Glass' distinct American minimal contemporary Classical style.


    A collaboration between an avant-garde modern Classical composer and a traditional Indian/Hindi composer/performer seems pretty unlikely. However, Passages works splendidly. Shankar's smooth style fits nicely with Glass' dissonant orchestrations.


    The album reached a peak position of number three on Billboard's Top World Music Albums chart. Recommended to fans of other minimalist composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

    1. Offering
    2. Sadhanipa
    3. Channels And Winds
    4. Ragas In Minor Scale
    5. Meetings Along The Edge
    6. Prashanti
    Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass
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  • High Life High Life Quick View

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    High Life

    Written and recorded across a series of recording sessions in April of 2014 (some of which were open to selected media from around the world), none of the music on High Life existed before Someday World was completed! The resulting record, at 6 tracks and 45 minutes, is the clearest expression yet of the 'Reichkuti' (Steve Reich meets Fela Kuti) direction that first brought the Eno Hyde collaboration into being. And as the polyrhythms and melodies build, swirl and syncopate, the album feels truly alive with the energy of this time in the studio. High Life reunites Eno and Hyde with the 20 year old producer/multi-instrumentalist Fred Gibson, previous Eno-collaborator Leo Abrahams on guitar, drummer Chris Vatalaro, and keyboardist Don E. Taken alongside Someday World, it provides a fascinating insight in to how consistent influences can lead to very different but connected music, and continues to tell the story of two iconic musicians collaborating and exploring together. We look forward to seeing how fans select their own favorites across the two albums.
    LP1
    1. Return
    2. Slow Down, Sit Down & Breathe
    3. Lilac
    4. Moulded Life


    LP2
    1. DBF
    2. Time to Waste It
    3. On a Grey Day
    4. Cells & Bells

    Eno & Hyde
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  • Nothing Has Changed Nothing Has Changed Quick View

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    Nothing Has Changed


    Collects Together For The First Time The Definitive Collection Of Bowie's Music From 1964 To 2014


    NOTHING HAS CHANGED released by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings collects together for the first time the definitive collection of Bowie's music from 1964 to 2014.


    Fifty years on from his first recordings, David Bowie continues to be at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, icon and a nonpareil to generations of writers, artists and fashionistas. He remains to be a unique presence in contemporary culture.


    NOTHING HAS CHANGED (named after a lyric from the 'Heathen' album opener 'Sunday') compiles tracks from every period of Bowie's career from his earliest incarnations with 'Liza Jane' and 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' right up to James Murphy's 'Hello Steve Reich Mix' of 'Love Is Lost' from last year.


    The album features Bowie's first new music since he stunned the world with the critically lauded 'THE NEXT DAY'. The new single 'SUE (or IN A SEASON OF CRIME)' was especially recorded for NOTHING HAS CHANGED with long time collaborator Tony Visconti.


    Alongside the brand new track NOTHING HAS CHANGED features the previously unreleased 'Let Me Sleep Beside You' from the 'TOY' sessions, the download only 'Your Turn To Drive' making its debut on CD and the stunning 2001 re-recording of the 1971 outtake 'Shadow Man'.

    LP 1
    1. Let's Dance (single version)
    2. Ashes To Ashes (single version)
    3. 'Heroes'' (single version)
    4. Changes
    5. Life On Mars?
    6. Space Oddity
    7. Starman (original single mix)
    8. Ziggy Stardust
    9. The Jean Genie (original single mix)
    10. Rebel Rebel


    LP 2
    1. Golden Years (single version)
    2. Fame
    3. Sound And Vision
    4. Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie)
    5. Sue (or In A Season Of Crime)
    6. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys
    7. China Girl (single version)
    8. Modern Love (single version)
    9. Absolute Beginners (single version)
    10. Where Are We Now?

    David Bowie
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  • Amber Amber Quick View

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    Amber

    Amber, the second full-length from Autechre and considered by many to be their ambient opus (though we imagine they wouldn't call it that!) having been out of print on vinyl since 2001. Amber contains eleven tracks of sparse Ae minimalist machine modules that blur the boundaries between isolationist electronica and richly vivid techno soundscapes. Considered by many fans to be the most crucial recording from the group, it contains some of their most immersive soundscapes to date. Steering away from the post-hardcore dynamics that shone through on Incunabula, Amber moves further away from anything resembling 'techno' and moved into more territories of abstract ambience. These eleven crystal-like cubes of sound came together to produce some of the most mind-bendingly hypnotic sounds to be committed to wax during the 90's. Placing Ae up in the ranks of legendary composers such as Steve Reich and Manuel Gottsching as well as their Artificial Intelligence contemporaries with whom they were crafting the building blocks of the future.There is something uniquely immersive about Amber, it's almost as if as you are playing it the sounds are fading away before they even begin, when played from the start you can lose a lot of time within the endless gradients that adorn its cover, before the sounds just seemingly, disappear.
    1. Teartear
    2. Nil
    3. Yulquen
    4. Further
    5. Nine
    6. Piezo
    7. Glitch
    8. Slip
    9. Montreal
    10. Silverside
    11. Foil
    Autechre
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    The Unexamined Life

    Supreme Dicks put out one single in their career. It was a double B-side. Maybe they had a sense of humor, but in hindsight it's hard to tell.


    Falling somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Throbbing Gristle and SALEM in the lineage of musicians who've found a muse in the nasty, brutish brevity of life, Supreme Dicks chose to cloak disarmingly real paranoia and grief in the contemporary trappings of late '80s and early '90s lo-fi college rock. They may have inhabited the same sonic and physical space as colleagues like Dinosaur jr. (Lou Barlow was an occasional Dick, and at least one early Dinosaur jr show was actually played by Dicks in disguise), but they stripped away all youthful yearning and anticipation in favor of a bleak and unblinking certainty. Honest, frank, and free of ironic distance. Obtuse and yet so essential that it can't help but feel familiar to anyone who's ever spent a sleepless night wondering whether there's any point to all of this. And, on occasion, warm, intimate and lovely.


    The Supreme Dicks formed while students at Massachusetts' Hampshire College in the twilight of the Reagan era. The campus was a fractured post-hippie free-for-all that many students theorized was a right-wing think tank experiment in pitting progressives against each other. The constantly revolving lineup centered around Daniel Oxenberg, Jon Shere, Steve Shavel, Mark Hanson, Jim Spring, and whoever else was around and willing to torture an instrument. They advocated the teachings of Wilhelm Reich and were vocal about focusing their creative energy via celibacy. This may do much to explain the constant, unrelenting tension that provides the driving force behind the most powerful moments in their music. Regardless of tempo or arrangement, Supreme Dicks songs play like soundtracks to autoerotic asphyxiation, haunting tones that ring in the ears at the moment consciousness is lost and not guaranteed to return.


    Jagjaguwar is proud to reintroduce the complete recordings of Supreme Dicks in the form of Breathing and Not Breathing, a four CD set that includes both of the band's studio albums, The Unexamined Life from 1993 and The Emotional Plague from 1996, along with 1994's Workingman's Dick, a collection of early archival recordings, and the 1996 EP This Is Not A Dick, which has been fleshed out with rare and unreleased tracks. Also available are 2xLP editions of The Unexamined Life and The Emotional Plague, neither of which has been previously released on vinyl.

    1. In A Sweet Song
    2. The Arabian Song
    3. The Sun's Bells
    4. Jack Smith
    5. That I May Never Forget And Stay
    6. Garden Of Your Past
    7. Jack-O-Lantern
    8. River Song
    9. The Fallout Song
    10. Azure Dome
    11. The Forest Song (or Especially When The October Wind With Frosty Fingers, Punishes My Hair)
    12. Hyacinth Girls
    13. Ten Past Eleven
    14. Woody Would Have Wanted It That Way
    15. Strange Song
    Supreme Dicks
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    The Emotional Plague

    Supreme Dicks put out one single in their career. It was a double B-side. Maybe they had a sense of humor, but in hindsight it's hard to tell.


    Falling somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Throbbing Gristle and SALEM in the lineage of musicians who've found a muse in the nasty, brutish brevity of life, Supreme Dicks chose to cloak disarmingly real paranoia and grief in the contemporary trappings of late '80s and early '90s lo-fi college rock. They may have inhabited the same sonic and physical space as colleagues like Dinosaur jr. (Lou Barlow was an occasional Dick, and at least one early Dinosaur jr show was actually played by Dicks in disguise), but they stripped away all youthful yearning and anticipation in favor of a bleak and unblinking certainty. Honest, frank, and free of ironic distance. Obtuse and yet so essential that it can't help but feel familiar to anyone who's ever spent a sleepless night wondering whether there's any point to all of this. And, on occasion, warm, intimate and lovely.


    The Supreme Dicks formed while students at Massachusetts' Hampshire College in the twilight of the Reagan era. The campus was a fractured post-hippie free-for-all that many students theorized was a right-wing think tank experiment in pitting progressives against each other. The constantly revolving lineup centered around Daniel Oxenberg, Jon Shere, Steve Shavel, Mark Hanson, Jim Spring, and whoever else was around and willing to torture an instrument. They advocated the teachings of Wilhelm Reich and were vocal about focusing their creative energy via celibacy. This may do much to explain the constant, unrelenting tension that provides the driving force behind the most powerful moments in their music. Regardless of tempo or arrangement, Supreme Dicks songs play like soundtracks to autoerotic asphyxiation, haunting tones that ring in the ears at the moment consciousness is lost and not guaranteed to return.


    Jagjaguwar is proud to reintroduce the complete recordings of Supreme Dicks in the form of Breathing and Not Breathing, a four CD set that includes both of the band's studio albums, The Unexamined Life from 1993 and The Emotional Plague from 1996, along with 1994's Workingman's Dick, a collection of early archival recordings, and the 1996 EP This Is Not A Dick, which has been fleshed out with rare and unreleased tracks. Also available are 2xLP editions of The Unexamined Life and The Emotional Plague, neither of which has been previously released on vinyl.

    1. Synaesthesia
    2. Cuchulain (Blackbirds Loom)
    3. Columnated Ruins/Seeing Distant Chimneys
    4. Along a Bearded Glade
    5. Swell Song
    6. Showered
    7. A Donkey's Burial in a Tower on a Mirage
    8. Adoration de l'Agneau Mystique
    9. Porridge for the Calydonian Bar
    10. Siberian Penal Colony (Ode to Joel Stanley)
    11. Green Wings Fly Adventure (Showered Reprise)
    Supreme Dicks
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    Fits & Starts


    LP Packaging Features Custom Adhesive Wrap & 16 Page Booklet


    For the tenth volume of FRKWYS, composer,
    percussionist and sound designer david Van
    tieghem alongside ten younger artists from
    across the avant spectrum become a bulletin
    of Fits & Starts.


    In July of 2012, RVNG Intl. was invited to participate in Bulletin Boards, a group
    exhibition at Venus over manhattan curated by White Columns' gallery director matthew
    Higgs. An extension of an ongoing project which resides in the entrance of White
    Columns' downtown New York gallery, Bulletin Boards featured 24 artists/entities, each
    given a new bulletin board as an inspirational starting point.


    In 1981, David Van Tieghem produced the experimental music video Ear To The
    Ground. The film features Van Tieghem "playing" downtown New York City, a world
    in which Van Tieghem established his rhythmic roots as a member of the love of life
    orchestra, a frequent collaborator with laurie anderson, and a player on steve reich's Music
    For 18 Musicians, robert ashley's Perfect Lives (Private Parts) / Perfect Lives and david Byrne
    and Brian eno's My Life in the Bush With Ghosts among other seminal recordings including
    his own.


    In Ear To The Ground, all city surfaces become communications-or bulletins-under
    Van Tieghem's twiddling, thwacking and thumping thumbs. Partially inspired by this and
    by our blank but physically limited canvas space, Van Tieghem agreed to take part in
    a sequence of improvised performances and creative editing to become part of our
    FRKWYS series.


    We also invited ten younger musicians to post objects to the board. A cross section of
    present day New York artists were represented by way of sam Hillmer as diamond terrifier
    (with the aid of max alper), Future shuttle, Georgia, roberto Carlos lange as Helado negro,
    darren Ho, eli keszler, Hiro kone and megafortress, alongside the regionally sympathetic
    Blanche Blanche Blanche and maxmillion dunbar.


    In place of business cards, broadsheets, and flyers, the objects/communications
    contributed were broken toasters, firecrackers, 2x4s, thunder drums and customized
    electronics, each intended as a percussive device. On opening night, the bulletin board,
    disguised as assemblage, welcomed David's dialogue.


    In the spirit of Ear To The Ground's infinite conversation, Van Tieghem returned to
    Venus Over Manhattan to "play" the bulletin board without an audience. The process
    of Van Tieghem discovering and responding to the objects/bulletins again was multitracked in high definition.


    These recordings were then presented to the ten contributing musicians for further
    translation, "remix" and interpretation. For the final sequence, the unique pieces were
    delivered to Van Tieghem to edit and embellish as the sound collages presented as Fits
    & Starts across two album length sides of our tenth volume in the FRKWYS series.

    1. Slippery Slope
    2. Cooler Heads Prevail
    David Van Tieghem x Ten
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    Ryonen

    [Kid Millions] plays with a momentum and velocity that few can match and...a huge amount of soul. - The Quietus


    "Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, [So Percussion] has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new." - The New York Times


    Man Forever is an exploratory percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York's most versitile and critically lauded collaborators and a founding member of Oneida. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has hosted an impressive list of guest performers, but few have been as specially qualified to perform Colpitts' technically challenging meditative workouts as So Percussion, the United States' premiere contemporary percussion ensemble. So Percussion has commissioned and premiered new compositions by Steve Reich and their interpretations of John Cage have revolutionized the legendary composer's cannon. Following a collaborative performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in June of 2013, So and Colpitts entered the studio together to record Ryonen, two pieces that combine the former's precision and ingenuity with the latter's restless punk spirit. While previous Man Forever records were inspired by blissful, overwhelming confusion, Ryonen derives its power from its clarity and immediacy.


    The two pieces on Ryonen are rhythmically seductive and instantly exciting while retaining the experimental legacy that Man Forever has cultivated over several albums and relentless touring. "The Clear Realization" is an exploration in polyrhythm performed on two drums sets, two sets of bongos (an instrument Colpitts rediscovered while performing with Yo La Tengo on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), a concert bass drum, snares, crash cymbals, and vocals. Each instrument is performing in a different time signature at the same tempo, creating a beat that is both propulsive and nonpredictive. "Ryonen" is more chaotic on the surface, but repetitions and rhythms hidden beneath the surface emerge with close listening. The drums are tuned to resonate with each other, creating a series of overtones that hover over the music and provide a baseline drone for the ensemble to harmonize with during the piece's dramatic climax.


    Colpitts continues to be one of the most in-demand drummers in New York. Throughout 2013 he toured as a member of Spiritualized, performed in duos with Greg Fox and Jim Sauter, recorded a record with Akron/Family, released an album with People of the North on Thrill Jockey, and performed with Rhys Chatham as a member of Oneida. So far in 2014 he has recorded an album with Rick Moody and is performing with William Basinski at the Ecstatic Music Festival in March. Man Forever will tour the US and Europe performing Ryonen.

    1. The Clear Realization
    2. Ryonen
    Man Forever with So Percussion
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    Flying Fantasy


    By embedding both new age and noise-oriented
    electronic themes into his pastoral pieces, Turnquist
    unites disparate traditions and ideals, essentially
    employing sonic counterweights to construct 57 minutes
    that are as surprisingly dynamic as they are perfectly
    beautiful.
    - PITCHFORK (8.2)


    New York's Turnquist is masterful. His right hand
    technique is as orchestral as Nick Drake's, sending rivulets
    of steel sadness out across the water, but applied to a
    minimalist logic with the weight of early Philip Glass or
    Steve Reich
    - UNCUT


    Turnquist layers his six and twelve string guitar
    instrumentals with electronic drones, piano and vibes.
    This first widely available release is a filmic beauty, its
    chilly pastoralism distinguished by the physicality of his
    playing
    - MOJO


    Another bravura outing from Turnquist that is, in its own
    unassuming way, a triumph
    - TEXTURA


    As an accomplished 12-string guitarist/composer, Alexander Turnquist was naturally
    alarmed when the ulnar nerve in his left hand seized up in 2013, but after a surgical procedure he gratefully started the process of learning to play guitar again. His recovery was
    cut short when not long after the surgery he was hospitalized with meningitis. Though his
    recovery is ongoing, and he continues to struggle with a weakened immune system and
    memory loss, he was inspired to soldier on, rather than being deterred by his physical
    struggles.


    Turnquist's latest full-length Flying Fantasy confirms the idea that out of great hardship
    can come great art. As he wrote the material for the new album it became clear that his
    sensitivity had sharpened, his empathy magnified, and his sense of purpose blossomed.
    The unfortunate circumstances he endured ostensibly forced his metamorphosis from a
    remarkable guitar player to a truly great composer. Much like the butterflies that adorn
    the album cover, he seems to have changed form and taken flight.


    The album opens with the sparse harmonics of House of Insomniacs, which are soon
    joined by lush swells of vibes, cello, and even wordless vocals. On the tracks that follow,
    Turnquist continues to make use of this dynamic sonic pallet, even adding organ, piano,
    marimba, steel drums, violin, and french horn to the mix. From Red Carousel, which was
    inspired by Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, to the somber lilt of the love
    song Wildflower, to the truly arresting title track Flying Fantasy which uses only 4 open
    strummed guitars and loops of damaged tape and wire recorders, every note vibrates with
    life as Turnquist ushers us though his intoxicatingly colorful worlds of sound.

    1. House of Insomniacs
    2. Finding the Butterfly
    3. Wildflower
    4. Red Carousel
    5. Flying Fantasy
    6. Cloud Slicing
    Alexander Turnquist
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    Lost Time

    Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Liturgy, Zs) and Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida, People of the North) each approach their drums with a spiritual reverence. Together, they test the boundaries of rhythmic interplay through subtle and ecstatic means. They are often highlights of the groups they're respectively known for, Liturgy and Oneida, while concurrently leading cutting-edge ensembles and collaborating with some of the most innovative musicians of our time. Explorative by nature, each drummer is constantly challenging themselves and setting new musical goals, and it is these qualities that have made them in demand not only in New York, but through out the world. Lost Time is their first collaborative album, sparked by a mutual admiration and cemented by a deep and abiding friendship that has grown over the past five years. Improvisation is a language, and this album is a dialogue between two skilled musicians whose hunger to cover new musical ground binds them together. Their friendship is not only an essential foundation for, but also a key ingredient of, this display of improvisational and compositional mastery Lost Time is comprised of two long pieces that represent opposite ends of a musical spectrum, one blasting and one meditative. "Telegy/Time Lapse" is an astounding array of rhythm and noise, with Fox and Millions using their amplified heartbeats as the backdrop for percussive mayhem. Both musicians are maniacal, playing frantic but precise patterns bolstered by synthesizer loops and bursts of noise programmed by Fox. The incorporation of their heartbeats, the synchronization of their internal and external rhythms, was inspired by Fox's mentor and legendary free-jazz drummer Milford Graves. "Post Encounter Effect" exists in a space of relative calm, its complexity less conspicuous but no less profound. Fox and Millions play a slow and steady pattern that phases in and out of sync like a slow-motion Reich composition throughout the piece's 20 minute run-time. Perhaps most surprising is the emphasis on non-percussive instruments, guitars, keyboard, and even trumpet, that provide a tonal base drone and further the rhythmic exchange significantly.
    1. Telegy/Time Lapse
    2. Post Encounter Effect
    Fox Milions Duo
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    Smash (On Sale)

    Pianist's First New Studio Album in More Than Four Years Masterfully Unites Harmony and Melody Via Uncommon Delicacy, Tonal Intimacy


    Barber Defies Expectations, Channels Melancholic Experiences Into Expressionistic Poetry and Attractive Arrangements


    Instant Audiophile Classic: Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP Set Renders Atmospherics, Whisper-Soft Transients, Acoustic Dimensions, and Images With Utmost Detail and Precision


    "No One Else Writes or Sounds Like This"-Chicago Tribune


    Accessible and complicated, alluring and challenging, sensuous and liberating, Patricia Barber's Smash once and for all confirms the pianist/singer exists in an elevated artistic plane reached by none of her generational peers. Four years in the making, and the beloved musician's first studio record since 2008, her Concord Records debut defies expectations and crystallizes her status as a preeminent songwriter. Informed by personal episodes of significant loss and yearning, the album masterfully unites harmony and melody via uncommon delicacy, tonal intimacy, and ethereal surrealism. It will likely stand as 2013's finest jazz effort, an instant classic.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP possesses audiophile-quality fidelity and dynamic transparency unmatched by the commercially released CD. Akin to the reissue label's previous Barber releases, many of which are long out-of-print and command huge sums on the collector's market, Smash brings the singer and her band into your listening room, converting it into a recreation of the stage at Chicago's Green Mill, Barber's home base. Sonic characteristics crucial to Barber's sophisticated compositions-atmospherics, decay, whisper-soft transients, mood, acoustic dimensions, precise imaging-are rendered with utmost detail, balance, and accuracy. All else that's required for your trip to the Green Mill is a stereo and glass of chardonnay.


    Punctuated by deft instrumental passages and mysterious verses, Smash marks a triumphant return for Barber after she endured a series of melancholic episodes, including the death of her mother and four other people close to her. In addition, a disagreement with business associate cost her untold amount of money. She also broke away from Blue Note after its president stepped down from his position. Barber channels these painful, often-angry experiences and transitional periods into expressionistic poetry on Smash, transferring her emotions to arrangements that mirror the deep, meaningful cycle of human life and death.


    Backed by a brilliant trio, Barber opts for her now-signature subdued methods, allowing each syllable to linger, every note to hover before fading, each rhythmic line to develop unique relationships with the groove. Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich wrote in his rave review of Smash: "No one else writes or sounds like this, in other words, because no one else approaches the art of singing, songwriting, and piano playing with Barber's particular interests. The liquidity of her vocals, the sharp edge of her jazz pianism, and the quirkiness of her original songs cannot be imitated and remain a work in progress."


    These aspects, and more, are immediately apparent on Smash, arguably the boldest and most satisfying set of the reclusive talent's career. Her famously seductive and breathy vocals, supple right-hand runs, and nuanced harmonics simultaneously engage, hypnotize, and tempt. Her mates follow suit with aptly sculpted bass lines, taut percussion, and suggestive guitar fills. A model of economical succinctness, Smash takes risks, harbors intensity, and utilizes silences to communicate. It represents a new level for 21st century jazz, and there's no way to better way to experience it and immerse yourself in its powers than via Mobile Fidelity's superb edition.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Code Cool
    2. The Wind Song
    3. Romanesque
    4. Smash
    5. Redshift
    6. Spring Song
    7. Devil's Food
    8. Scream
    9. The Swim
    10. Bashful
    11. The Storyteller
    12. Missing
    Patricia Barber
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    Range Of Light

    S. Carey's chosen musical expression is a hugely beatific,restorative panorama of beauty - perfect given how
    landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey's imagery. His new album Range of Light - the
    follow-up to his 2010 debut All We Grow-takes its title from the name that 19th century naturalist John Muir
    - Carey's hero - gave to California's Sierra Nevada, and follows suit with a dazzling array of musical light and
    shade, drawn from Carey's love of jazz, modern classical and Americana. Like a weathered mountain range
    changing shadow form and color, or the ebb and flow of a river's current, his music is simultaneously restful
    and rhythmic, complex and simple, and always evolving.


    "My music has specific connections to nature and place, my surroundings, and my experiences," says Carey. I
    travelled the Sierra Nevada area many times as a boy,fishing small mountain streams, hiking to the top of'half
    dome', exploring the Redwood groves at Wawona, in awe of the Yosemite Valley. The term,'Range of Light',to
    me, denotes the spectrum of light and dark a person can have in their life - peaks and valleys of happiness,
    sorrow, challenges and growth - for me most recently and more specifically: marriage, having a baby, and
    maintaining a spiritual connection to nature, place, friends and family as an adult."


    While he studied classical percussion and piano at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Carey imbibed
    rhythmic minimalists such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Immediately after graduating in 2007, he caught
    wind that Eau Claire resident Justin Vernon was forming a band to take his For Emma, Forever Ago opus on
    the road. Carey learnt the drum and vocal parts for the album,rehearsed with Vernon, and has been a mainstay
    of the Bon Iver live band ever since.


    While on tour with Bon Iver, Carey developed his own song writing ambitions, and after many less than
    frequent recording sessions between tours, released All We Grow in 2010. Those nine songs sat between a
    folk/modern classical hybrid and rarefied jazz climes. Carey's warm melodic nuances, reflected in the lush
    folds of his singing, added to the mutable percussive syncopations of his instrumentation.


    Range of Light incorporates elements of his previous work, but also amplifies Carey's percussive proclivities,
    and is altogether more developed than its predecessors, with more input on the performance and even
    composition side from the band of musicians and best friends he assembled originally to bring All We Grow
    to life in the live setting. "Therewere times during recording sessions when there were three percussionists, all
    with different styles and fortes, playing at once, adding different textures."


    From the flurry of violins over a circular rhythm in 'Crown The Pines' and the beautiful cries of 'Alpenglow',
    to the pensive depths of songs like 'Fire-scene' and 'The Dome', Range of Light is a still life of an artist in this
    particular stage of his life; a stage that has been met with the highest of peaks and the lowest of depths all
    within the range each of us treads through.

    1. Glass/Film
    2. Creaking
    3. Crown The Pines
    4. Fire-scene
    5. Radiant
    6. Alpenglow
    7. Fleeting Light
    8. The Dome
    9. Neverending Fountain
    S. Carey
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    Automaton

    Gossamer is Evan Reiner-the producer, guitarist, synthesizer scientist and
    urban-spelunking field recorder whose full-length debut Automaton dissolves
    the genre-breaking electronica of Autechre and Boards of Canada into a
    bottomless sea of found sound and ambient atmosphere. It's less an album than
    an environment all its own, or a journey into the unexplored. And whether it's
    inspiring a trip deep into the discography of Steve Reich or into California's
    beautifully desolate Ansel Adams Wilderness, it's that fearless spirit of
    exploration that brought Automaton to life.


    Reiner grew up in the L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock with a father telling war
    stories about seeing Black Flag and the Germs play and with a set of cousins
    who'd get him started listening to hip-hop. (Especially instrumentals by
    iconoclastic producers like Premier, RZA and New York's crushing DITC crew,
    Reiner remembers.) As he turned 16, he was playing guitar "religiously," he says,
    as well as listening intently to Slayer and Cannibal Corpse on the way to
    ferocious hardcore shows on the fringes of Los Angeles.


    By the time he graduated high school, he was a hardcore kid with a heavy
    grounding in hip-hop who'd developed so tremendously as a guitarist that he
    was practicing notoriously formidable Django Reinhardt songs for fun. The
    connection might not seem obvious, but it was there nonetheless-these were
    three distinct musical forms equally dedicated to passion, individual technique
    and total commitment to expression.


    He won admission to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where
    his first semesters in the fall of 2009 were everything he'd hoped. But the more
    he studied, the clearer it became that he'd need to strike out on his own: "So
    many professors would tell their students what the right thing to do was in a
    creative setting," he says now. "There is no right way."


    He'd once used his computer just to help with his composition homework, but
    now he was restless. So he began to focus on the potential of electronic music:
    "I realized it was like having every component of a band at your fingertips," he
    says. "It felt free and genuine with no distractions." He'd begun to make his own
    field recordings, too, capturing the sounds of Boston at sunrise and stirring
    them into his beat experiments. Intense study of movie sound and foley artistry,
    like pouring sand across drum cymbals or using spent shells from a gun range
    for percussion, gave him a whole new vocabulary, and he found further
    inspiration in artists from Ai Weiwei to Maya Duren to Stanley Kubrick to Delia
    Derbyshire-people who blew open the boundaries of their own disciplines.
    Then in July 2013, he began to make what would become his first full-length
    album as Gossamer. He'd rent an armful of microphones and hike to the tunnels
    under Pasadena's eerie Devil's Gate Dam, site of suicides and barely-thwarted
    summonings in the tradition of Aleister Crowley. ("The echo is crazy," he says.)
    During a month in Japan, he recorded "terrifying trains" and cicadas and the
    squeals of a rusting bicycle. He'd record himself smashing trash under a bridge
    in downtown L.A., or knocking rebar against rotting wood 8,000 feet above sea
    level in California's Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. Then he'd come
    home-whether "home" at that particular moment was his own studio, a capsule
    hotel in Japan, a friend's place in Boston or a temporary space in New York-and
    "make accidents happen," he says, with recorders and samplers and guitar and
    (this time) a stable of analog synthesizers.


    The result was Gossamer's Automaton, a precise and gentle dreamscape of
    experimental electronica, where the ambient atmosphere of Gas drifts across
    the fractured beats of Autechre or Boards of Canada. It starts with its own
    sunrise on "Thoughtform," where birdsong melts into ghostly vocals and waves
    of synthesizer, and then shifts into the haunting "Print," which transplants the
    sci-fi sensibilities of Vangelis to some desolate and wild new world. His "Okuma"
    is like a Tortoise song that never touches solid ground, while tracks like [3] and
    [5] recall the Brian Eno of Fourth World, somehow ancient and futuristic at
    once. When the crickets start chirping on closer "-;- ", it's a signal that the
    day-and the journey-are both coming to an end. It's might be his first album,
    but it's also a first step towards something new.


    "Automaton is me," Reiner explains. "It's my process. It's a symbol of having
    accepted that there is a difference between being alone and being lonely. It's a
    coping mechanism for the struggle to realize and balance what I am and am not
    in control of in my life. It reminds me of playing Bioshock and watching Blade
    Runner at the same time while naked in the jungle on another planet. It makes
    me think of watching an old home video of myself and seeing Neptune right
    outside my window. The list goes on and on-I could go forever."

    1. Thoughtform
    2. Print
    3. 3d Relief
    4. Okuma
    5. J - Cruise
    6. Off World
    7. Truax
    8. For Sleep
    Gossamer
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    Antidotes

    This is the debut from Oxford, England's five-piece dance-rock band. Completing the circuit between the minimalism of American composer Steve Reich, guitars that sound like insects, and tennis player Andy Roddick, theirs is a uniquely winning formula. Driving percussion high in the mix, guitars played above the 12th fret, no chords, and splashes of synth color all come together like the schematics for a piece of precision engineering.
    1. French Open
    2. Cassius
    3. Red Socks Pugie
    4. Olympic Airways
    5. Electric Bloom
    6. Balloons
    7. Heavy Water
    8. Two Steps Twice
    9. Big Big Love (Fig. 2)
    10. Like Swimming
    11. Tron
    12. Hummer
    13. Mathletics
    Foals
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    Ultramantis Black

    Behold the debut EP of ULTRAMANTIS BLACK, the hardcore musical vessel of professional wrestling's own UltraMantis Black. Having spent over a decade dominating the independent pro wrestling scene, UltraMantis recruited a cadre of musicians from today's finest punk bands, including members of Pissed Jeans, to form a blistering sociopolitical hardcore band that is equal parts Vegan Reich, Deadguy and LARM. Envision the unapologetic politics and fury of 90's hardcore filtered through the over-the-top theatrics of lucha libre and you have ULTRAMANTIS BLACK!
    1. Biomonster DNA
    2. Prescription Culture
    3. Oil and Gas
    4. Sentience
    5. Stockpiling Graves
    6. Deepest Ecology
    7. West Siberian Plain
    8. Earth War
    9. Gloom Of Prosperity
    Ultramantis Black
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