CHRISTINA CARTER / LOREN MAZZACANE CONNORS

Meditations on the Ascension of Blind Joe Death Vol One

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Somber and shadowy guitar and piano duets

CHRIS CORSANO / PAUL FLAHERTY

The Hated Music

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Flaherty’s impassioned overblowing and legato style recall Noah Howard and early-70s Joe McPhee, and his chord outlines, sheets-of-sound-era Coltrane. The Hated Music is raucous but well-crafted: the visceral and incendiary duo captures the spirit of the wildest, most hectic, most flamboyant free improvisation without blowing themselves into monotony.

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

1974—1976

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Early lo-fi vintage recordings by Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara and Jim Shaw when they lived and performed at God’s Oasis in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The almost-too-good-to-be-true cream of the crop of pre-punk American Midwest weirdness.

ARTHUR DOYLE ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE

Plays The African Love Call

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Two performances from 1999 at The Bug Jar and Astrocade, released 2001. Dave Cross, Tim Poland, Ed Wilcox, John Schoen and R. Nuuja. Magic beauty from the darkness. Sticker cover, bumpersticker inside.

DREDD FOOLE AND THE DIN

The Whys of Fire

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“An overlooked 2003 album that features fretwork from Thurston Moore, percussion by Chris Corsano, and additional backing from Patrick Best, Mike Gangloff, and Jack Rose of Pelt,” notes Tiny Mix Tapes, “Produced and mastered by Jim O'Rourke with vocals, drums, and any other incidental backing instrumentation buried way down in the mix. Dan Ireton’s lyrics are almost entirely incomprehensible and constitute, in essence, an eerie howling and wailing. Buried under heavy feedback, dense bursts of overlapping, overdriven guitar skronk, extraordinarily liberal use of reverb, bowed and scraped guitar strings, prepared and treated instruments.”

FUZZHEAD

El Saturn

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Second LP by this Kent, Ohio, psych collective who collapse the universe-as-known-by-Sun-Ra into a shape that fits neatly into a two-car garage and create an amazing fever acid swamp of sound. Volume 7 in the Center Of The Ass Run series. Gatefold jacket, insert.

GREG GOODMAN / HENRY KAISER / LUKAS LIGETI

Heavy Meta

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Pianist Goodman, protean guitar improvisor Kaiser and powerful, cross-cultural drummer Ligeti maintain structurally complex and taut inter-relationships as they shift between different paired settings and in and out of trio formation. “Logical Types” is “a bravuro performance from all hands,” according to Byron Coley. “From the strumbly, Magic Band-like opening cadences by Ligeti and Kaiser, through the sequences of equally whacked piano … the piece spurts and blurts with everything from a broken lyricism that recalls Paul Bley to squabbling crescendos that have a density approaching Nancarrow’s machine cycles. This is a ferocious and lyrical bastard of an album.” Sealed.

ID BATTERY

Unique Ancient Tavern

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Much of this 1997 material harkens back to the earliest collaborations of Chasse (on drums) and Labelle (on bass), who align their arrangements with “garbled lo-fi murk that was coming out of New Zealand at the time,” observe our friends at Aquarius, “[F]alling-down-the-stairs drum clatter and atonal thwacking on the bass with plenty of choking atmospherics [fill] in the gaps. Chasse and Labelle splice … grimy improvisational recordings with thrumming drones of equally lo-fi quality as various looping techniques [amass] the sounds into deep bellows, pocked with skittering texture and corroded noises.” With glove in envelope.

MAX FACTORY

Tudor City

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Guitarist Alan Licht and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, with percussionist Tom Surgal and keyboardist Lin Culbertson on the sidelong title track. Volume five in the Ass Run series. From 1995. Sealed

NO-NECK BLUES BAND

Recorded In Public And Private

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From 1994. ''This is the kind of thing you do in a basement in SoHo, not in a public park where people are trying to enjoy their food.... They had a permit to play jazz, but this isn't jazz.'' --Mike O'Neal, O'Neal's Restaurant on 64th Street opposite Lincoln Center.

PELT

A Stone For Angus Maclise

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Recorded during the same home blasts that produced Dauphin Elegies (VHF Records, 2008), this 2007 trio session for harmonium, singing bowl, gong and esraj is one of Pelt’s most ecstatic. Like the legendary poet / musician for whom it is named, Pelt are not hung up on the epistemology of drones. The generation of meditative trance states is as valid produced by Roscoe Holcomb’s banjo as it is by La Monte Young’s well-tuned piano. Hints of both lurk deep within the two side-long slabs here. Stickered cover, insert. Edition of 500

WHARTON TIERS

Brighter Than Life

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Test pressing of the cancelled album from the Actuel Ass Run series. Edition of 50 with press release explaining the cancellation.

MATT VALENTINE

Glorious Group Therapy

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On this 2003 reissue of a 1990s Polyamory cassette, “Feel The Music” starts off [with] barking dogs, picked six-string and … Tim Barnes’s clattering percussion. As the tune spirals onward, a bass voice adds echoing, wordless chants as a spine-tingling falsetto repeats the title phrase. The percussion grows into a deep, subsonic dub, filling the spaces with a chest-denting whomp. MV’s guitar continues to peel off twangy licks, as if unaware of the madness growing around it. “Cocola’s Chronic Journey” is a journey where guitars slowly nudge one another, meandering along at a lackadaisical pace, backed by some free-jazz tinkering by Barnes on “chopstick cymbals.” “Riverboat Au Go Go” recalls the awe-inspiring lyricism of John Fahey. “Moonshine Raga” starts quietly with a whispering, autumnal dance. The players are in no rush, and they let notes hang, allowing percussive hits to dissipate into nothing. After a lengthy wait, Barnes begins to awaken things by settling into a stuttering tabla groove. Valentine follows suit on guitar, raising volume carefully, before letting it slide back to silence. “Ceremony Without” adds the hovering drone of harmonium to MV’s up-tempo guitar figure. The rhythmic breaths of the harmonium bring a warm buzz, rubbing against the quickly picked guitar and loud, staccato percussion. Amid looped drones “Psychic 78 Sound”, the album’s strangest track, the group creates a multi-layered percussive stomp that coheres into a lulling tribal groove.