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SQUIDCO Update + Aural Terrains 25% + Spring Reduction Sale, May 11, 2018

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
May 11, 2018

"Part of learning from someone is to acknowledge it,
So that people can see that something comes from something."
—Anthony Braxton

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Black Truffle
Creative Sources
Pi Recordings
Rune Grammofon

      Creative Artists
• Braxton, Anthony
• Duo Bruo
• Espen Eriksen Trio w/ Andy Sheppard
• Escargot
• Globe Unity Orchestra
• Masing/Petzold/Rodrigues/Rodrigues
• Santiago Quintans/Ramon Lopez
• Guilherme Rodrigues/Johan Moir
• Christoph Schiller/Eric Ruffing
• Ariel Shibolet
• Matthew Shipp
• Joe Talia
• Henry Threadgill
• Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg
• Variable Geometry Orchestra
• Matt Weston
• Flavio Zanuttini

Squid Bubble


Squdico Spring Reduction Sale

Spring is in the air, and that means spring cleaning! Our shelves are crowded and we're looking for space, so we're offering price reductions from 10% to 30% on a list of more than 200 great releases in our catalog, until Sunday, May 13. Take a good look at this diverse list of items, which includes albums from every major category in our catalog -- improvised, compositional, experimental, and rock -- and in all formats from CDs, LPs, DVD, Cassettes, Magazines and Books. And for this sale, you can earn Squidco Reward Points for all applicable purchases! Sale ends Sunday, May 13, 2018 at midnight.

Click to see Spring Cleaning Sale Items

Aural Terrains 25% Sale

The AURAL TERRAINS label is a creative space for exploratory contemporary music in its different manifestations. It was started as "a platform for like-minded composers/musicians who navigate the different terrains and depths of sound with vigilance and integrity". Led by aural experimenter Thanos Chrysakis the label has released albums with global experimenters, improvisers and composers including Edith Alonso, Sebastian Branche, Tom Soloveitzik, James O'Sullivan, Artut Vidal, Jerry Wigens, Wade Matthews, Dario Bernal-Villegas, Ken Slaven, Oli Mayne, Alexander Bruck, Chris Cundy, Zsolt Sores, Christian Skjodt, Philip Somervell, Javier Pedreira, Karin Schistek, Michael Edwards, Dganit Elyakim, Stefanos Lazaristos, Angelica Vasquez, Ian S., &c. &c.

This week we're offering our customers 25% off a list of essential titles from the past years. Take a look at these interesting albums, but hurry, because this sale ends Sunday, May 13, 2018 at midnight!

Click to see Aural Terrains Sale Items

   Jazz & Improvisation

Braxton, Anthony : Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs]

Reissuing and remastering the two studio albums from the 1992 4-CD boxset of Anthony Braxton's Quartet with Marily Crispell (piano), Mark Dresser (double bass) and Gerry Hemingway (drums & marimba) recording in Willisau, Switzerland, realizing 10 Braxton numbered compositions with masterful skill and virtuosity, an exceptional set of modern jazz.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $27.95      Listen          

Duo Bruo: Episodes
(Creative Sources)

Two Spanish musicians--Ricardo Tejero on clarinet and saxophone, and Paloma Carrasco on cello and piano--both with a long history working together and with legendary improvisers, combine as Duo Bruo, joining their distinctive approaches in free improvisation to create 16 succinct works that present lyrical, spiritual, experimental, and distinctive dialog.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Eriksen, Espen Trio w/ Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy
(Rune Grammofon)

Pianist Espen Eriksen's Trio with bassist Lars Tormod Jenset and drummer Andreas Bye in their third album of melodic and inventive creative jazz, here with 8 new lyrical pieces informed by their extensive touring, and charged by the addition of legendary UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard, for whom Eriksen wrote a set of tunes tailored to his playing.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Eriksen, Espen Trio w/ Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy [VINYL + CD]
(Rune Grammofon)

Vinyl + CD edition of the CD listed above.
     Buy      $28.95      Listen          

Escargot (Quost / Emaille / Malmendier / Fertin / Freres): Dart Love
(Creative Sources)

The Canadian free improvising electroacoustic quintet Escargot of Timothee Quost on trumpet and no-input mixer, Camille Emaille on percussion, Tom Malmednier on snare drums, Xavier Fertin on clarinets, and Louis Freres on bass, in a playful and oft-times bizarre set of collective improvisations, wonderfully eccentric work of strong technical skill and unusual techniques.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years

Fifty years after pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach joined the Manfred Schoof Quintet with the Peter Brotzmann Trio and named it the Globe Unity Orchestra, the ensemble is larger and stronger than ever, here celebrating the milestone in a band of 18 of the globe's most impressive improvisers, recorded live in a commanding concert at Jazzfest Berlin 2016.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

Masing / Petzold / Rodrigues / Rodrigues: Crane Cries
(Creative Sources)

Emulating the sounds and intentions of cranes through string improvisation and unusual techniques, the quartet of Estonian violinist Elo Masing, German violinist Dietrich Petzold, and Portuguese violist and cellist Ernesto and Guilherme Rodrigues name each of 8 tracks on the behavior of cranes, from forming a flock, migration, fighting, ritual dancing, to nesting.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Quintans, Santiago / Ramon Lopez: Espadas Como Labios
(Creative Sources)

Translating to "Swords Like Lips", the duo of Spanish guitarist Santiago Quintans and percussionist/drummer Ramon Lopez are captured live at La Fonderie in Le Mans, France for 10 improvisations of strong technical playing with lyrical intent and a varied program of kinetic and peaceful interplay, an album that would place well on the ECM label.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Rodrigues, Guilherme / Johan Moir: Hollow Wood
(Creative Sources)

Swedish double bassist Johan Moir, who focuses on extended techniques, preparations, Just Intonation and psychoacoustic phenomena, joins with cellist Guilherme Rodrigues in the studio in Berlin to record these 9 dialogs of haunting string improvisations, pushing the limits of their "hollow wood" instruments to create a vast palette of sound and approaches.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Schiller, Christoph / Eric Ruffing: Trance
(Creative Sources)

Finding common ground between the acoustic past and the electronic present, the duo of Christoph Schiller on spinet and Eric Ruffing on analogue synthesizer present two extended improvisations of tempered interaction, exploring periods of extended sound, timbre and decay, scrabbling inside playing, restrained electronic whines, and active pointillistic playing.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Shibolet, Ariel: 132: Work For Multiphonics
(Creative Sources)

Kadima Collective saxophonist Ariel Shibolet presents an extended solo work for soprano saxophone, a patiently unfolding piece using multiphonics, an extended technique where the typically monophonic saxophone produces several notes at once, the harmonics and textures becoming the focus and excitement as Shibolet commands the instrument into unanticipated territory.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Shipp, Matthew : Symbol Systems

Originally issued in 1995 on the No More Records label, this was New York pianist Matthew Shipp's 6th release as a leader and first solo album, still a rarity in his discography, as we hear Shipp in 14 succinct improvisation that explore texture, tone, and his frameworks that embrace a structured approach to theoretical aspects of the music with warmth and lyricism.
     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

Threadgill, Henry : Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus
(Pi Recordings)

Composer Henry Threadgill's Double Up band does not include Threadgill himself, but for this second release with the group he adds a 3rd piano (also doubling on harmonium) alongside two alto saxophones, cello, tuba, drums and percussion, the octet performing Threadgill's complex yet effortlessly intricate and distinctive compositions that allow his performers to shine.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Threadgill, Henry 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt... And More Dirt
(Pi Recordings)

Composer, saxophonist and flutist Henry Threadgill presents 2 full-length works for his 15 piece band "14 or 15 Kestra: Agg", as he explores new ways of integrating composition with group improvisation, here using an entirely new system of improvisation based on preconceived series of intervals realized in multi-layered counterpoint, rigorous polyphony, and timbral contrasts.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Variable Geometry Orchestra: Ma'adim Vallis [2 CDS]
(Creative Sources)

Two mesmerizing, diverse, and incredibly sophisticated large scale conductions led by Ernesto Rodrigues and an ensemble of more than 30 performers on reeds, guitars, strings, electronics, pianos, voice, megaphone, brass, drums and percussion, rich yet restrained with moments of mystery and excitement, in two complete concerts from Lisbon in 2017 & 2018.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $23.95      Listen          

Zanuttini, Flavio : La Notte
(Creative Sources)

Italian jazz trumpeter Flavio Zanuttini (Abbey Town Jazz Orchestra) in a solo album exploring the relationship between the primordial sensoriality and vision of the Underworld, conceived and presented through extended techniques and often peculiar approaches to the trumpet as he tells his unusual tale of epic times.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          



Talia, Joe: Tint [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)

Known more as a drummer than a composer, Australian-born and Tokyo-relocated Joe Talia composed and organized this two-part, album-length electroacoustic composition using his skills as a percussionist. performing on modular synths and tape machines, and using his vast studio skills as an engineer and producer to create these impressive electronic works.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $32.95      Listen          



Weston, Matt: This Is Your Rosemont Horizon [VINYL]

Two electroacoustic orchestral compositions with machine analogies from composer, percussionist and electronic artist Matt Weston, mastered by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs; unusual works that use abstract components against melodic snippets, electronic washes, glitch, altered voices, abrupt shifts and genre-defying resolutions; curious and unorthodox music.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

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 In Stock and Ready to Ship

We're never quite caught up with new releases that constantly come in our door, and we don't like to rush a release to our homepage. That said, the following releases have already been stocked at Squidco, and are able to be ordered. In most cases we have images, often have samples, and some basic description of each release.

• You can see the newest additions to our catalog in our Just In Stock Section.

• You can see the latest fully cataloged items in our store by using our New Releases section.

• You can see Recently Restocked items on this page.

• Ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


Bucher / Countryman:
(Self Released)

Bucher / Tan / Countryman:
(Self Released)

District Five:

Niklas Fite / Alexander Frangenheim:
Sugar Is A Necessary Fluid
(Creative Sources)

Free Music Septet:
Meandros e Vertentes
(Creative Sources)

Ernesto Rodrigues / Eduardo Chagas:
Holes and Cracks
(Creative Sources)

Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Andrew Lafkas / Bryan Eubanks:
0 Minutes And 0 Seconds
(Creative Sources)

Silvan Schmid Quintet:
At Gamut

Florian Stoffner / Albert Cirera:
I'm A Resonant Aircraft
(Creative Sources)

Sabu Toyozumi / Rick Countryman / Simon Tan / Stella Ignacio / Isla Antinero:
(Self Released)


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• In the US, any order with 3 or more items choosing "Free Economy Shipping" option will ship for free!

• International customers, any order with 3 or more items choosing "Free Economy Shipping" option will ship for free!

In stock items only, orders with out of stock items will be held until all items are in stock. Free shipping applies only to "Free Economy Shipping" option on the Shipping & Payment Screen at checkout time. US orders will ship via USPS Media Mail with tracking. 1st Class and other shipping rates are unaffected by this offer.

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