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BOATS, THE: Ballads Of The Research Department CD (12K 1068CD) 13.00
“The Boats are a duo consisting of Craig Tattersall (ex-Hood, The Remote Viewer, and owner of the Cotton Goods label) and Andrew Hargreaves (Tape Loop Orchestra) as well a rotating roster of guest musicians and vocalists. With the Boats, 12k, who continues to move away from the ‘electronic’ tag, further plays the line between experimental electro-acoustic sounds and structured music creating an intoxicating hybrid of instrumentation, vocals, electronics, piano and drums. They work in these grey areas by combining elements of various musical styles–ambient, pop, classical, and experimental –creating overlaps, gaps and layers, nudging the boundaries in the most sincere and natural of ways. The Boats’ music is warm, rich and complex but never over-complicated. They rarely rely on any sort of studio trickery instead opting to use the most honest tools to get the sounds they want– be it proper recordings of acoustic instruments or recording to analogue tape. This doesn’t, however, override a passion for experimentation as they are happy to throw away the rules in favor of the aesthetics of error.”
DEES, SAM: The Show Must Go On LP (SD 18134LP) 12.00
1975 album from prolific soul artist Sam Dees. Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino. “When he sings the pangs of unrequited love, it’s an emotion with which all of us can identify.”
VA: Bollywood Bloodbath CD (BMS 039CD) 15.50
“After what seems like a thousand years of blood, sweat, tears, and a lot more blood, your zombified disc disciples at Finders Kreepers unveil one of their most exquisite, exhumed, ectoplasmic, and existentially essential collections yet. This musical mausoleum of malformed freak funk and dreadful discothèque pop has been resurrected from the maligned cinematic subculture of Bombay’s bloodthirsty horror film industry and witnesses the cognoscenti of the Bollywood pop scene at their most creative, destructive and experimentally effective. Bollywood Bloodbath features India’s finest composers, such as Bappi Lahiri, R.D Burman, Sonik Omi, Sapan Jogmohan and Laxmikant Pyarelal making the kind of radical risk-rock that would under normal circumstances have studio security escorting these overworked maestros off set for a well-earned break or a relaxing exorcism. Take all the most oblique, indigenous characteristics of your favorite Bollywood musicals then condense them into a bubbling serum and watch the Jekyll and Hyde transformation commence as these A-list composers create bloodcurdling BMusic for the films they never thought the outernationals would see or hear. Licensed exclusively from the independent Indian film music companies (revealing incidental tracks that they didn’t even know they owned) Bollywood Bloodbath is the result of avid stomach turning research via VHS tapes, chewed-up cassettes, and LPs, 12”s and 45s remastered from some of the only existing master tapes.”
KENT, AL: The Best Of Disco Demands 5CD (BBE 173CD) 24.50
Special limited edition five disc set of ultra rare 1970s disco, compiled and edited by Al Kent. Sturdy outerbox packaging with a booklet and individual picture CD sleeves inside. “The Disco Demands series started sometime in the early 2000s – I couldn’t give you an exact year because it didn’t feel like a big deal, so I never noted it. I simply wanted to put out a compilation of some records I really liked and maybe make a little of the money back I was spending on them. Buy some food and stuff. There’s always been disco comps around of course but there was rarely anything that strayed too far from the standards.. the same songs kept appearing over and over again, or the comps would feature records you could pick up anywhere for little money. I’ve never seen the point in that. I gave up judging a record on its value or rarity a long time ago but surely there’s more to disco than Exodus, Martin Circus, Mass Production and all those Salsoul, West End and bloody Prelude records. So it was a nice surprise to find that there were other people out there who thought the same way. Volume 1 was pretty straightforward – just some nice records, with the only edit being an instrumental of ‘Disco Socks’; a strange, thinly veiled reference to the disco sucks movement. Then on Volume 2 I included a few of my edits and introduced the cover up concept to the disco world. That caused a bit of controversy, which of course I loved. And so it continued for five volumes. What we have here then is the full series, give or take one or two cuts, all remastered, many re-re-edited, with lots of nice naked pictures to boot.”
KONITZ, LEE: The Complete Remastered Recordings 5CD BOX (BXS 1011CD) 36.00
…On Black Saint & Soul Note. “Generally considered one of the driving forces of cool jazz, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz has also performed successfully in bebop and avant-garde settings. He was one of the few altoists to retain a distinctive sound in the ’40s, when Charlie Parker exercised a tremendous influence on other players. Konitz’s association with the cool jazz movement of the 1940s and ’50s includes participation in Miles Davis’ epochal Birth of the Cool sessions.” Albums: Live At Laren, Ideal Scene, The New York Album, Zounds, Lunasea.
BRAXTON, ANTHONY: The Complete Remastered Recordings 8CD BOX (BXS 1012CD) 40.00
…On Black Saint & Soul Note. “Composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton has released well over 100 albums since the 1960s. Braxton’s music is difficult to categorize, and because of this, he likes to reference his works as simply ‘creative music.'” Albums: Birth And Rebirth, Four Compositions (Quartet) 1983, Six Compositions (Quartet) 1984, Five Compositions (Quartet) 1986, Six Monk’s Compositions (1987), 4 (Ensemble) Compositions 1992, Eugene (1989), Composition No- 173.
LACY, STEVE: The Complete Remastered Recordings 6CD BOX (BXS 1013CD) 36.00
…On Black Saint & Soul Note. “Saxophonist and composer Steve Lacy came to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive Dixieland musician and went on to a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and dabbled in free improvisation, but Lacy’s music was typically melodic and tightly-structured.” Albums: Only Monk, More Monk, Sempre Amore, Communique, The Flame, The Window.
DIVE: Human 7″ (CT 131EP) 6.00
Guitar-pop outfit from Beach Fossils guitarist Cole Smith.
MEDICINE: Time Baby 2 7″ (CT 132EP) 6.00
“The Medicine 7″ is limited to 1,000.” Clear vinyl.
HEAVENLY BEAT: Faithless 7″ (CT 133EP) 6.00
Second 7″ from this project from Beach Fossils bassist John Pen.
MC5: The Very Best Of LP (CLP 3253LP) 12.00
2009 compilation. Includes the “original uncensored version” of “Kick Out The Jams,” the “original ‘A-Square’ Single Version” of “Looking At You” and a couple live cuts: “Sister Anne (Live With Lemmy 2003)” and “Baby Please Don’t Go (Live 1966).” Michael Davis’ original panther artwork is absolutely priceless bad tattoo material.
HUTSON, LEROY: The Man! LP (CRS 8020LP) 12.00
Leroy Hutson’s second solo album from 1973 is a soft soul classic from the renaissance writer/producer who replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions. Opens with the oft-sampled “Can’t Say Enough About Mom.” Exact repro, manufactured by Rhino.
CUTE LEPERS, THE: Head Over Heels 7″ (DAMGOOD 378EP) 8.00
“‘Head Over Heels’ is taken from their third and latest album Adventure Time.The B-side is a cover of Brian James’ first solo single.” On grey-colored vinyl.
RAMPAZZI, TERESA: Musica Endoscopica CD (DS 009CD) 17.00
2008 deluxe CD box edition of Teresa Rampazzi’s incredible early electronic music. Teresa Rampazzi, a seminal yet very little-known female Italian composer/musician, founded the NPS – Nuove Proposte Sonore — an experimental music collective formed in the late-’60s. She was also one of the founders and main figures of the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale, a computer music research center active from the early-’70s at the University of Padua. It would be easy to see electronic composer Rampazzi as Italy’s equivalent of Daphne Oram or Delia Derbyshire, those long-neglected pioneers behind the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. But zoomed in closer, though, a more intriguing picture begins to emerge: Musica Endoscopica is in fact an immersive journey into a futurist-ic/early digital electronic music with dense, long drone pieces made of complex textures that explore the computer’s capacity to produce endless variations of source material, at times anticipating some of the electro-feel to emerge in the years to follow. Includes a 40-page booklet with extensive notes in English and Italian.
ROCCHI, CLAUDIO: Suoni Di Frontiera CD (DS 018CD) 17.00
2009 reissue of this Italian psychoacoustic obscurity, originally released in 1975 on Ariston. Slick tri-fold digipak release with 12-page booklet and gloss varnish cover. “Back in 1975 when Suoni Di Frontiera (Borderline Sounds) was released, Claudio Rocchi was already a well known figure in the Italian pop scene. In the late ’60s Rocchi had burst onto the scene as a member of Milanese psych-prog legends Stormy Six. He performed on their Le Idee Di Oggi Per La Musica Di Domani LP in 1969 and soon after, the acid folk of Viaggio, Rocchi’s solo debut, was released in 1970. That same year Rocchi hosted an influential radio show on the Italian national broadcasting station, RAI. 1971 brought the simply awesome Volo Magico No.1.An acknowledged classic, it emerged as not dissimilar to Roy Harper’s landmark song cycle of progressive/psych folk, Stormcock. The album — especially the epic 18 minute title track — established Rocchi as the Italian psych-folk minstrel par excellence. Then, after traveling to India, improvisation and Eastern philosophies began to shape his next few albums, Essenza from 1973 being a high point. 1974’s Il Miele Dei Pianeti Le Isole Le Api (The Honey Of The Planets The Islands The Bees) featured guitars, tabla, strings and percussion but the following album from 1975, Rocchi was, according to the man himself, ‘a real U turn.’ It featured a handful of songs, though Rocchi baffled his hardcore following by introducing cut-ups, environmental sounds and analogue synthesizers recorded at his home studio using a Revox A70.This brings us to the experimental electronics of his next album Suoni Di Frontiera. Consisting of 16 ‘sketches’ made at home, this recording went much further out than Rocchi. Described by so-called authorities to be naïve and unsophisticated, to these ears Suoni is a highly personal and extremely charming collection of psychedelically damaged constructs. All of Rocchi’s celebrated and highly-recognized vocals were now processed and modulated — if they were heard at all. They sat alongside his spacey and dislocated homespun synth stylings that sound simultaneously retro and futuristic. What more can one ask for?Rocchi described the release as “diving deeper into psychoacoustics, a practical theory on healing music, mind resonances, inner flows.” Yep. And thanks to the good folk at Die Schachtel, another crucial piece of the ’70s Italian puzzle has been unearthed for our pleasure. Dig in.” –Oren Ambarchi
FARAVELLI, ATTILA: Underneath The Surface CD (ZEIT 010CD) 17.00
2009 release. Since the very first notes, this music appears to be about memory, decay and subversion. It is a deep investigation on the ability of sounds to freely attract or reject each other, in accordance with their own nature and disposition, and still maintain their meaning. Combining dense, multilayered sheets of synthetic sounds, treated bass, electronic percussion, the six tracks reveal their non-architectural principle as the music develops through warm textural details, reverberations, underlying melodies, like microscopic events happening in a dim light underneath the surface. Italian experimentalist Attila Faravelli also appears in the project Tumble on the Musica Improvvisa (ZEITIMP 001/010) box set. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Housed in a tri-fold digipak.
EVANGELISTI, FRANCO: Franco Evangelisti 2CD (RZ 1011/2CD) 38.50
1998 release. The first CD release of works by Evangelisti (1926-1980), the founder of Nuova Consonanza (infamous early ’60s Italian avant garde ensemble that included Mario Bertoncini, Roland Kayn, Ennio Morricone, Frederic Rzewski and others). This two disc retrospective features studio audio-footage and lab-experiments, featuring performers Aloys Kontarsky, David Tudor, Eberhard Blüm and the LaSalle Quartet. Spanning the last 40 years, virtually all forms of post-1950 invention are represented here from the pure electronics of “Incontri di fasce sonore, composizione elettronica” (recorded at the WDR, 1957) to the stuttering orchestral developments of “Ordini, strutture variate per sedici strumenti” (composed in 1955, presented here as a 1993 recording by the Ensemble Streumentale de Camera). A key player in the field of pan-stylistic modernalia.
BRODINSKI: FabricLive.60 CD (FABRIC 120CD) 17.00
“The Gallic young gun comes of age on FabricLive.60, with a blistering selection of electro, techno and house. Mixed in New York, FabricLive.60 contains, according to Brodinski, ‘every track that actually changed my life in the last two years,’ which turns out to translate into slow-motion techno, R ‘n’ B, acid house, techno and electro — and everything in between.” Artists include: Bicep, Low Jack, Tomas Barfod, Harkin & Raney, Clement Meyer, Axel Boman, Woodkid, Gucci Vump, Renaissance Man, T. Williams, Paul Woolford, John Roman, TWR72, Sian, Sam Paganini, Samuel L. Session feat. Paris The Black Fu, Rejected, Sigha, Samuel L. Session, Gingy & Bordello, Gesaffelstein, Switch feat. Andrea Martin, Instra:mental, Glass Figure, Riton feat. Shani Cuppcake, and Objekt.
EVOL: Evol LP (GF 255LP) 25.00
“Our first release on thick 24 pt. board, 180 gram vinyl. A newly- discovered, one of a kind acetate recording from an obscure West Virginia band. Recorded in 1970 and sounding remarkably like ’65-’66 Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and early Grass Roots, their effective blend of twelve-string guitar, haunting harpsichord, fuzz guitar, and beautiful harmonies definitely will have this band near or at the top of 2012’s most popular and best-selling reissues. Comes completely replicated with original LP back liner notes, hand drawn acetate labels, and transco recording blank sleeves! A limited 500 pressing.”
TEMPTATIONS, THE: Sky’s The Limit LP (GS 957LP) 11.50
Exact repro of The Temptations’ 1971 album. Includes the 12-minute “Smiling Face Sometimes,” later covered by The Undisputed Truth.
TERROR DANJAH: U Make Me Feel 12″ (HDB 058EP) 11.00
“Terror Danjah’s first Hyperdub single of 2011 is an amazing coup, pulling out of the archive a near-perfect collaboration with singer Meleka, where Terror tempers his grimey production, veering uncharacteristically towards featherlight lushness, while lacing Meleka’s sensuous, pitched charisma with a deceptively vicious sub. Terror’s crisp, asymmetric bed of stuttering drums remind us of a time gone by when Timbaland’s falter-funk R&B rhythm programming was an inspiration. ‘Morph 2’ featuring D.O.K. is the yang to ‘U Make Me Feel’s yin, drawing gruff, serious strings through hall of mirrors micro-edits, dragging the riff backwards, punctuating it with gremlin chuckles and ‘woo’s and running the pattern against a tense bleepy melody. It’s a dark and vertiginous rush with all the anger of grime at it’s ferocious peak.”
PARKS: Umber CD (INFX 031CD) 15.00
“One of Parks most highly regarded discs was Umber originally recorded in 1996, then reissued on Infraction in 2007 in an edition of 300 copies. Those copies sold out back in ’07, and we’ve done a small repressing of 116 copies featuring the same 4 panel digipak and pressed CD.”
WILLAMETTE: Echo Park LP (INFX 051LP) 19.00
“Willamette may be an unfamiliar name but its members are no newbies; a side-project by the brothers Chong, better known to ambience chasers as Northern, whose album Drawn (INFX 051LP ) warmed our ears back in 2007. For Willamette the brothers are joined by Joseph Edward (Automobile, Swift), with contributions by cellist, Danny Norbury. Self-describing as ‘minimal works for tape, silence, voice and various stringed instrumentation’ and ‘romantic music for the old and lackluster,’ they operate at the interstices of space and volume, quasi-classical cadences offering a distinctly austere nostalgia. The project started several years ago and now sees an LP release in Echo Park. ‘Your music brings various images in my mind. So calm, so sad and so beautiful. Best wishes from Tokyo.'” Gatefold Stoughton tip-on style sleeve, OBI strip and 180g vinyl.
MOTORHEAD: Another Perfect Day LP (MERC 811365HLP) 14.00
180 gram vinyl version. The sixth album by Motörhead, originally released in 1983. Another Perfect Day was the first album not to feature Fast Eddie Clarke on guitar and the only album to feature Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian ‘Robbo’ Robertson. Includes the classic track “Shine.”
HAACK & MS. NELSON, BRUCE: The Way Out Record For Children LP (MRP 009LP) 15.00
“Recorded in 1968, a true psychedelic masterpiece for the kids. Ms. Nelson (a child educator) and Bruce Haack (an early electronic music pioneer) designed this record to open the minds and hearts of children to deeper levels of insight and culture. Not condescending in the least and with a childlike sense of wonder, Bruce and Ms. Nelson lay into some heavy songs about everything from Robots to Indian Mysticism to Motorcycle riding fantasies. It’s all in here. The music is all generated by Bruces’ homemade electronic instruments which churn out proto hip hop beats and straight up avante garde moments left and right. The kids in Ms. Nelson’s community chime in with their voices here and there and the record ends with a haunting existential twist that’ll leave you screamin’ for more. A great record for children and adults of all ages. Old school tip on cover.”
HAACK & MS. NELSON, BRUCE: The Electronic Record For Children LP (MRP 010LP) 15.00
“Recorded in 1969 , early electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack and child educator Ms. Nelson go bravely and deeply into psychedelic music compositions designed to open the minds and hearts of the young. Truly far out electronic music that evokes a space age alternate universe. Bruce and Ms. Nelson are joined by pianist Praxietellis Pandit and their relaxed sounding friend Chris to bring you songs about everything from ancient folk tales to outerspace to what the world sounds like when you listen with your inner self. Real great stuff, not for the faint of heart. Avante garde music by and for the people. Old school tip on cover.”
NYMAN, MICHAEL: Michael Nyman CD (MNR 123CD) 19.00
Deluxe 30th anniversary of the first Michael Nyman Band album, originally released in 1981. “Critically acclaimed as Nyman’s groundbreaking record that combined minimalist, experimentalist music and jazz improvisation for the first time, this album has only ever been available on the rarest of long-since deleted vinyl. Most of the music on Michael Nyman was material from the early films by Peter Greenaway such as Bird Anthem (Act Of God) and Bird List Song (The Falls). The album also includes his first concert work for the band, ‘In Re Don Giovanni’ which was released as a single on Les Disques du Crepuscule (home of Cabaret Voltaire, Durutti Column and Josef K amongst others) under the title ‘Mozart.’ The most groundbreaking track on Michael Nyman, however, is ‘Waltz in F,’ a piece Nyman wrote for art students whilst teaching at Trent Polytechnic in 1977, Nyman subsequently commandeering two modern jazz improvisers, Evan Parker and Peter Brotzman, to ‘destroy’ this piece. Ultimately, Parker and Brotzman ended up playing over and around ten separate tracks whilst Nyman and Cunningham mixed in their ‘Waltz.’ Beautifully packaged in a 6 panel digipack and including two limited edition posters of the the original UK and Japanese LP artwork.”
MODESELEKTOR: Evil Twin/German Clap 12″/PIC DISC (MONKEY 020EP) 16.50
Modeselektor release the second single from their album Monkeytown (MONKEY 015CD/LP). This strictly-limited 12″ picture disc is dedicated to the sweatiest peaks of the night and the adrenalin rush of an energetic crowd. You’ll find a simple dub mix of “Evil Twin” done by Modeselektor (featuring Otto Von Schirach), pretty much in the tradition of the old school extended mix, paired with the UK funky-inspired “German Clap.” The cover art is taken from the fantastic “Evil Twin” video.
NEW WORLD GENERATION: New World Generation 2LP (NA 5089LP) 20.00
Double LP version, featuring 11 of the 19 tracks on the double CD version. “We’re well aware of soul’s transitional period of the mid to late ’70s; we’ve studied the era during which funk ensembles transformed into disco bands or, worse yet, disbanded when disco DJs supplanted them in the nightclubs that paid for their daily bread. That said, we generally shy away from the soul music — now referred to as ‘boogie’ but, in the past, referred to as ‘modern soul’ — that became popular in the wake of this change. Unless, that is, the music is superb and makes us pause. That’s how we ended up with New World Generation. Phil Morrison, bassist for avant-garde, Boston-based jazzers Stark Reality, sent us a copy of New World Generation’s solitary recorded document: a five song EP that the band, under Morrison’s guidance, privately released in 1982. We heard echoes of the Roy Ayers produced RAMP sessions and the precise yet sensual vibes of the foundation known as Earth, Wind and Fire. We were intrigued. So we put in a call to New World Generation’s bandleader, Lekan Parsons and found that he had recorded more music in the years leading up to the New World Generation EP. But he’d recorded with different ensembles. He promised to dig out his masters and send them to us for our consideration. It took years for him to collate the various components of the first phase of his recording career, which stretched from New York to Boston over the course of a decade. When he did send the music, we were thrilled. The songs he’d recorded with the Universal Rhythms and Orison ensembles were harbingers of the sophisticated soul he’d proffer with New World Generation. They were winsome, hopeful songs — and their existence offered us the chance to present an album. This album’s title – also New World Generation – references the faith that carried Parsons through the difficult and demoralizing times accomplished musicians like he and his friends experienced in a post-disco world, as big bands like his were left on the side of the trail to desiccate and die. Contains an exclusive interview with New World Generation bandleader Lekan Parsons, extensive liner notes and a 16-page booklet.”
VA: France/Corse Corsica: Canti & Musica: Profane Songs & Music 2CD/BOOK (OCORA 560234) 38.00
“In Corsica, the voice reigns supreme — from the polyphonic intensity of paghjella and the poetic invention of chjama erispondi, to lullabies, laments and funeral orations. However, the island also has a rich and varied instrumental repertoire. It includes music for the pifana pastorale flute, pirula flute, the powerful cialamedda, the cetera and more recently adopted instruments like the violin, guitar, mandolin and accordion.” Oversized hardbound packaging with a 113-page booklet in English and French.
VA: Benin: Yoruba Music: Voices Of Memory 2CD/BOOK (OCORA 560237) 38.00
“Recorded in Benin in 1958, 1969 and in 1996-1999, the pieces on this album and the various photographs (since before 1950 to 2009) exemplify the richness and the diversity of Yoruba singing and musical instruments. Through ritual and entertainment music, voices of memory rise unchanged for many decades.” Oversized hardbound packaging with a 96-page booklet including full-color photographs and notes in English and French.
INSINGIZI: Zimbabwe: Ndebele Songs CD (OCORA 560239) 19.00
“The three singers of Insingizi perform traditional Ndebele songs, warrior chants, as well as political and revolutionary songs from Zimbabwe. The group says, ‘The insingizi is a rain bird. The female has a different song to the male, so when they sing together, they sound like a chorus. We like to think our own sound is as beautiful as these birds.'” Oversized hardbound packaging with booklet.
VA: Korea: Jongmyo Jeryeak: Ritual Music For The Royal Ancestors CD (OCORA 560242) 19.00
“The Jongmyo Jeryeak refers to a combination of vocal and instrumental music and dances performed once a year at the Jongmyo royal shrine. For about 600 years, this solemn and majestic ritual music has been performed in honor of the royal ancestors of the Korean Joseon dynasty.” Oversized hardbound packaging with booklet.
VA: Czech Republic: Music From Wallachia, Hornacko & Kopanice CD (OCORA 600024) 19.00
“Songs, flutes, bagpipes, guimbards, fiddles and cimbaloms display the diversity of the music from Walachia, Hornacko and Kopanice. This collection of lullabies and Carnival, work, wedding, shepherd and bandit music is an invitation to listen to musical traditions as they are still performed today.” Oversized hardbound packaging with booklet.
VA: Russia: The Tradition Of Wind Instruments CD (OCORA 600025) 19.00
“Ocora’s album of Russian music for wind instruments features Boris Efremov leading the Moscow Chorus of Horn Players and the Folk Ensemble Ulitsa in a fascinating survey of the genre. The basic focus of their activity is the revival of Russian traditions from the 18th and 19th centuries, especially those of wind instruments — such as horn, overtone flute, panpipes, vertical flute, shepherds’ trumpet — and violion or balalaika.” Oversized hardbound packaging with booklet.
HEAVEN & EARTH: Refuge LP (ROCK 114LP) 23.00
“Beautiful vinyl re-release of this psychedelic folk/funk beauty from 1973, featuring the gorgeous voices of Pat Gefell and Jo D. Andrews (and produced by Space Age percussionist/composer Dick Schory for his short-lived but influential Ovation Records imprint). At one time this was an album completely unknown outside of Chicago, where the label was based; but these days, word gets around, and tracks like ‘Feel The Spirit’ and ‘Jenny’ have been making the rounds on the DJ circuit. No matter what your musical taste is–psych-folk, funk, soft rock–this LP seems to have something special to offer. This is due in part to notable backing from veterans like bassist Phil Upchurch (Curtis Mayfield, Otis Rush, Stan Getz, Groove Holmes, and Cannonball Adderly), and space age pop maven Bobby Christian on drums and percussion. But primarily, the perfection that this album emanates is due to the clear voices and intelligent songs crafted by Gefell and Andrews. The replica LP version (another fine collaboration between Lion Productions and Rockadrome’s Vintage Records) comes in an old style tip-on gatefold jacket with lyrics printed inside, and includes an insert packed with band history and rare photos. It is a quality vinyl pressing, newly mastered from the original tapes; the sad news: this LP version is limited to 750 copies.”
DEATHPROD: Treetop Drive CD (RACD 108CD) 17.00
Helge Sten aka Deathprod has been a central character of the Norwegian independent scene for 20 years as a recording artist, occasional member of and producer for Motorpsycho, founding member of Supersilent and producer for Arve Henriksen, Susanna Wallumrød and Jenny Hval, to mention a few. Treetop Drive was originally released through the Metal Art Disco label in 1994 in a limited edition of only 500. It was also part of the Deathprod box set, now sold out and deleted.
DEATHPROD: Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha CD (RACD 109CD) 17.00
Helge Sten aka Deathprod has been a central character of the Norwegian independent scene for 20 years as a recording artist, occasional member of and producer for Motorpsycho, founding member of Supersilent and producer for Arve Henriksen, Susanna Wallumrød and Jenny Hval, to mention a few. Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha was originally released through the old division of dBut in 1996. All sleeves were made by hand and a total of 500 numbered copies were printed. It was also part of the Deathprod box set, now sold out and deleted.
KENDRICKS, EDDIE: People…Hold On LP (T 315LP) 11.50
Repro of The Temptations’ falsetto singer Eddie Kendricks’ 1972 solo album. His second album as a solo artist and still an impressive cornerstone of the prime Motown era. The title track was sampled by Erykah Badu.
REED, JIMMY: Jimmy Reed Is Back LP (ROOTS 1001LP) 11.50
1976 album by blues legend and sloppy drunk Jimmy Reed. Reed’s work is an essential part of the blues cannon and his lazy, casual, country style also says something about how much booze can be consumed while playing the guitar.
HULKKONEN, JORI: S.W.O.T. 12″ (TURBO 091EP) 12.00
Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen explores “Strengths,” “Weaknesses,” “Opportunities” and “Threats.”
VILLA NAH: Midnight Versions 12″ (TURBO 098EP) 12.00
Finland’s Villa Nah exercise Human League-esque synth fetishism.
BORDERLINE: Borderline 12″ (TURBO 101EP) 12.00
Spanish newcomers Borderline.
AZARI & III: Manic 12″ (TURBO 108EP) 12.00
Remixes of Azari & III’s “Manic” by Maceo Plex, DJ Sneak and Borderline.
TYRANNY, ‘BLUE’ GENE: Detours CD (UW 007CD) 8.50
“Detours is ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny’s first album of new piano works since 2003’s Take Your Time (LCD 1066). A beautifully recorded collection of tracks composed between 2004 and 2010, Detours belongs to a rarefied class of supremely listenable and beautiful piano albums that are not encumbered by any new-age shabbiness. It possesses the sort of timeless and elegant romanticism so unpretentious and accomplished it seems to at once effortlessly canonize itself. The four pieces on Detours have their origins in disparate sources of inspiration — a longtime friend in San Francisco, a chance visit to a Quaker meetinghouse, a choreographed dance, philosophical intuition. Harmonic discourses begin at a pre-determined location and wind up at a totally unexpected place. Tyranny is a master pianist, able to follow mood and impulse to uncharted new territory. Recommended for fans of Harold Budd, Keith Jarrett, and Robert Ashley.”
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