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Disconcerted Sounds Last.fm Group - here. A curiosity if nothing more...

Friday, 19 February 2010

New Peasant Magik lathes / tapes / LP

I'm having a few computer / internet problems at the moment, intermittent to say the least. It seems to allow an average of five minutes online before dying so I'm trying to work out whether it's my computer, router or phoneline. Will be back to normal soon.

Whilst this is going on I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and also quickly post this Peasant Magik update. It also includes details of the box set posting as well at the bottom.

Peasant Magik

Three lathes limited to 50 copies each:

God Willing - Forced to Function

Caboladies - Kind Glaze

Concern - Spatium

$15-20 each or all three for $38-45 depending on where you are.

The following tapes will be available from Tuesday:
David Lackner - The Repeaters
Willful - Speaking in Tongues
Stabab - Mesmerizing Leaves To Flee
Golden Cup - Il Cielo (+ deluxe edition of 12)

These two LPs should be available by the end of the month:
Helm - To An End
One Master - The Quiet Eye of Eternity

Box set: All artist, distro, and pretty much all of the domestic orders have shipped. Rest of the world will ship this weekend. Sorry for the slow shipping, but Philly has been under a layer of ice for the last two weeks, with most public transportation just up and running in the last few days.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Brief update (not much at all)

All is a little quiet at the moment. I've been having some late nights again now the Winter Olympics have started and it appears labels have been doing the same.

Were the Canadians were hoping for a repeat of the Beijing opening ceremony? Bryan Adams miming to the opening song; Chinese competitors in the stands given lunchbox sized drums.
The graphics were extremely well done, especially the whales, but what were the totem-phalluses all about? From the distant camera shot it looked wrong.

Not been very excited by any of the sport so far. Watching the Korean take out the other Korean in the speed skating final will become a classic moment in the same way the American boarder-cross woman falling on the last jump in 2006 did, but other than that... not exciting so far.
But as a result I have been distracted and away from the computer quite a bit (which is lovely). There aren't many updates this week so I've shoved in a bit of music news to pad the post out. Next update will be more exciting.


Apparently there's a full page piece on Natural Snow Buildings in this months Uncut magazine. If anyone has a copy, please feel free to scan in the page and send it across.

Thrill Jockey: Jack Rose - Luck in the Valley

Abbey Road is to be sold by EMI. Will Paul McCartney use his millions to buy it? There's no rumour of that happening but you never know. No doubt it will be sold to housing developers, split into lots of million pound flats and sold to rich Beatles fans.

La Société Expéditionnaire: Mako Sica - Dual Horizon

Woodsist: Moon Duo - Escape
Art Museums - Rough Frame
Woods - I Was Gone

Leyland Kirby has put out a 6LP package of his 'Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was' album(s).

This would slightly annoy me if I were a big Merzbow fan (that has bought most of the Important Records Bird series already). Important Records are apparently releasing another edition of the Bird Series box set (in a bird seed bag) in March, this time thought to be costing around $150 and containing all 13 CDs from the series plus a bonus CDR.

905 Tapes has opened up a lovely blog shop for releases & distro.

Thurston Moore - needs no introduction - has set up a blog, 'Flowers & Cream', that can be found here.

Ah ha. I think this is proof that the Vatican looked up the definition of 'down on the boys' when they were really intending to understand 'down with the boys'. They have issued (through 'L'Osservatore Romano - The Holy See's newspaper) their list of 'the top 10 pop and rock albums of all time':

1. The Beatles - Revolver
2. David Crosby - If I could only remember my name
3. Pink Floyd - The dark side of the moon
4. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
5. Donald Fagen - The nightfly
6. Michael Jackson - Thriller
7. Paul Simon - Graceland
8. U2 - Achtung Baby
9. Oasis - (What's the story) Morning glory
10. Carlos Santana - Supernatural

Actually not that bad.

Google takes down music blogs - like this is new news?! Personally I think Google are getting a bit too big for their boots at the moment but that is based on unrelated news to this. I'm surprised it isn't more frequent.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting - Spelar

If I were in power of the world I'd be sure to change life to fit a ten day week. There would be a seven day working week and a three day weekend, or maybe split the three days up as a two and a one (for a midweek break). Keep the twelve month rotation but instead have three weeks per month and end the year with a five (or six) day holiday. It would give everyone an extra four days of weekend a year and then the nice five day bonus. Best of all, it would make this blog look a lot more productive.*

Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting - Spelar

This was the first I knew of the band. I couldn't help but bid on it - don't worry, I was way off the winning bid. Record limited to six copies. Cool album artwork - if you, for some reason, had all six copies the back covers would result in one big piece of artwork. And then this description:

"The SKL project. Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting (SKL) is the name for a musical experiment that took place in a small studio in Malmö, Sweden. Seven women and men - some classically trained musicians and some really novice - used and tried out many instruments, sounds and drugs during a two day recording session. To name a few things they used: Electric and acoustic guitars, a MOOG and a Hammond organ, violins, a broken mandolin found in a trash can, a clarinet, many different drums, beers, some pot and LSD. No rehearsals had taken place prior to these sessions, which is evident in many ways. The music is not always in key and the primitive recording equipment makes it quite crude occasionally, but the sheer playfulness and improvisational grit of these people is really hard to ignore. The music is either traditional Swedish folk tunes or self penned, although a large part of it is improvised. The music was never intended for an official release, but these people have now accepted a small run of six copies of the music to be released on vinyl by the Kommun 2 label. Swedish painter Peter Wallgren has contributed with expressionist artwork for this release, pasting them by hand on old recycled album sleeves. The vinyls were cut one by one by someone who wants to remain unknown..."

Thankfully last year they allowed an extra 30 copies (this time just CDR) to be released - some are still available (€6), see below. There is another album due out next month (March 25th) entitled 'Orosvisor' (Songs of Disquiet) on Kommun2.

1. Kristallen Den Fina
2. Afghanistan
3. Halvpolska Från Forshaga
4. Uti Vår Hage
5. Det Glimmar Bland Molnen
6. Björndans Från Skåne

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Track 3 may have problems unzipping. The song is downloadable HERE

* Having now looked into this, it appears I've almost completely (unwittingly) ripped off the French Revolutionary Calendar. I wouldn't go as far as decimal time, although if I were four once again it would have saved a lot of confusion with the 24 hour clock.
Oh, the Egyptians also had a ten day calendar. I'll try and be more original with ideas in the future.


Install Sound: Simon Whetham & Mise_En_Scene - Eineanderweltstrasse
Horaflora's - The Gland Canyon

Not Not Fun: Heather Leigh - Jailhouse Rock (quite far down the page)
Psychic Reality / LA Vampires - Split

Shizuka (of Shizuka) and Noma Yukimichi (of Les Rallizes Denudes) have both passed from this world in the last month - Shizuka on 2nd Feb, Yukimichi on 15th Jan.

Norman Records got in the new Qbico records on Monday - be sure to check the shops before spending huge on ebay. The Arthur Doyle Trio / Orkustra split picture disc looks an absolute monster (I mean that in a good way, of course).

Fuck It Tapes made a return this week with a new Peaking Lights cassette. Sold out already but I should think a few will appear at distros - more likely US based, can't ever remember many coming to UK shops.

Mon Insomnie have released a debut digital single, available for free download from here or to stream here. You may be able to buy a copy of CD (limited to 66) from Monster Heart Records.

Apollolaan Recordings released 'Metal Oblation' by Astral Social Club a couple of days ago. Limited to 24 art edition copies it sold out within hours - Volcanic Tongue often picks up their releases so may be worth an email? - but keep your eyes out for a normal, cheaper edition soon. Update: Copies of the special edition will be available from Norman Records very soon.

Deception Island: Outer Space - Lightyear Demonstrations
Tiger Hatchery - Lemon Crystal Sunshine
Telecult Powers - Orgone Freakout: a Happening with the Telecult Powers
Bee Mask - In the Balm Yard: the Nth Dream of the Thermo-Hygrometer

Sturmundrugs Records: Alberorovesciato / Donato Epiro - Split
Black Eagle Child – Poland
Bjerga / Iversen – Return to serpent sky

Private Collection: Misner Space - II

Reverb Worship: Mountainhood - Live At Deerborn House
Oortcloud - s/t

Kning Disk: Anna von Hausswolff - Track of Time
Prince of Assyria - What Ever You Want
Prince of Assyria - Missing Note
Erik Enocksson - Farväl Falk

Great Pop Supplement: Jerusalem and the Starbaskets - Battle of the Orchids (LP)

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Ignatz & Harris Newman - Bring You Buzzard Meat

Whoever decided that RSS should contain the word 'simple' is an arse. I now consider myself just two or three steps above an OAP in terms of computer skills.
Last week I decided to set up an rss feed to download 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' with uTorrent and somehow managed to have 30 different tv programmes downloading within twenty minutes of leaving the computer alone. Eventually got it sorted with lots of stars, vertical lines and deleted files. One day I'll attempt to rss a blog to save remembering links, but for now I do not want to download everything on the net that contains the letter 'a'.

My cassette player has started to chew tapes this week. Just fixed my record player and now the tape player goes. Great. Does anyone know if cassette players are based on belts as well or if it will be more complicated to fix?

Ignatz & Harris Newman - Bring You Buzzard Meat

I wasn't expecting to ever find a copy of this as it was a 2009 tour only EP but Mimaroglu listed some copies with their last update (link below - may still have some). YES!
This is a very good collaboration. There are parts of Newman's primitivism and parts of Ignatz's weird folk. Then the rest is somewhere in between. Big vibe of MV & EE in the overall atmosphere.

'II' by Ignatz and 'Dark was the Night' by Harris Newman are both well worth checking out if you're unfamiliar with either.

1. Political Song For Carla Bruni to Sing
2. I Will Bring You Buzzard Meat
3. Rise While You Fall
4. Under the Reef of Cloud
5. Stray Dog

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New Releases

Unlabel: V/A - Bah Unbug (3CD)

Rusted Rail: Brigid Power Ryce - You Are Here

Utmarken: Dusa - Klorofyll
Pestdemon - The Natural Destroyer

Nattmaran: Kristian Olsson - Att vara där jag var innan jag var jag
Kallarbarnen - s/t

Housecraft: V/A - Good Wheel Tea Carpentry

Stunned Records: Sudden Oak — Banquet Years
Sean McCann — Open Resolve
Yek Koo — I Saw Myself
Andreas Brandal — Secrets of the Snow
Wether — Here’s the Bet
Granitkorridor — III

Blackest Rainbow (pre-orders): Cursillistas / Love Cult - Split
Archers By The Sea - Eagle Kiss
Sylvester Anfang II - Commune Cassetten

Ian Watson - music featured here and here - has started a new art blog (here). He's interested in creating some art for music releases so if you're looking for, or know someone looking for artwork, he is welcoming requests.

Three Lobed Recordings: Hans Chew - New Cypress Grove Boogie / Forever Again

Under the Spire (pre-orders): Ithaca Trio - Tesla Verses The Night
Jannick Schou - Night

Reverb Worship: Magic Carpathians - Gharana
Greenhouse - Learning Curve
Reverb Worship t-shirts

Earjerk (email enquiries - pre-order): Second Family Band - Dream Release (vinyl) + limited cassette (around 20/30 copies)

Plus Tapes: Dabor Spasbeken – Transmission 2
Old Fake - Covers
Bob Dey’s Tank Engine Man – Bob Dey’s Dream

Arbor: Lazy Magnet / Social Junk - Split
Gregg Kowalsky - Tape Chants: Early Experiments
Cloaked Light - Plain Curtain
Justin Meyers - Amplitude of Neighbours

House of Sun: Scott Cloud - Ultra Sheen
Talugung - Mole Crickets

Green Recs (email): Precious Trombley
Knox Mitchell – Recalled Muscles
Peoples Coke / Knox Mitchell - Rabbits
Fossils - Fungus Creeps
Knox Mitchell / Interstates (etc.) - Split
Child - s/t
Basket Case - Sin City Deciples
Knox Mitchell - Kirkhof Fountain (lathe cut CD?)
Daytime Television
Bree Party - Don't Jostle Me
Precious Trombley - Send Me Back To Earth
Tarpit - Apart, Fading
Holiday In Cambodia - Silver Spray

Resipiscent: Masaoka, Chen, Grüsel, Nagai - s/t

El Tule: (D)(B)(H) / Russian Tsarlag - I Can't Think / I Can't Walk
Dylan Ettinger - Super Ape
Dylan Ettinger - Communion

A Dear Girl Called Wendy: Sissy Spacek - s/t (2x7")

Word has it that in just under two weeks there will be more new Qbico releases: The Orkustra (Bobby Beausoleil) / Arthur Doyle Trio - Split (pic disc)
V/A - QBICO U-Nite VI & VII, Detroit & Buffalo, USA (3LP)
Direct Current featuring Atiba N. Kwabena and Dave Nuss (99 copies)
James Gurley / Muruga - It's Big Huge (99 copies)

There were more updates there than I thought!