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SQUIDCO Email Update + 20% Sale, May 17, 2019

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
March 17, 2019

"If you are compassionate,
everything becomes an inspiration."
—Samuel Rohrer

Squid Bubbles  Creative Artists

• Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
• Michel Banabila
• Anthony Burr/Charles Curtis
• Nicolas Caloia/Yves Charuest/Karl Fousek
• Dark Star Safari (Rohrer/Bang/Honore/Aarse)
• Jimmy Giuffre 3 (w/Bley/Swallow)
• Mats Gustafsson/Christian Marclay
• Alex Hendriksen/Fabian Gisler
• William Hooker
• Hildegard Kleeb/Roland Dahinden/Alexandre Babel
• Franz Koglmann Septet (w/Clark/Arcari/D'Agaro/Turkovic/Pasztor/Herbert)
• Alvin Lucier
• Mopcut (Konig/Desprez/Chen)
• Sista Maj (Segel/Tuominin/Axelsson/Wiberg)
• Spires That In The Sunset Rise
• Toyozumi/Countryman/Tan
• Pierce Warnecke/Louis Laurain
• Jacob Wick/Phil Sudderberg
• Zyft (Ziv Taubenfeld/Henk Zwerver/Maya Felixbrodt)

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Astral Spirits
ChapChap Records
Creative Sources
FPE Records

Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics
Important Records
Smalltown Superjazzz / Actions for Free Jazz
Tapu Record
Trost Records



Squidco 20% Sale

This weekend, from Friday May 17th through Sunday, May 19th, we're offering 20% off a list of more than 200 albums in a selection of CDs, LPs, Cassettes and Magazines from our catalog of Jazz & Improvised Music, Compositional, and Rock-Based forms. Many of these items have never been advertised for sale before, so take a good look at this list of excellent releases from masterful musicians!

Click Here to see the list of Sale Items!

Orders must be placed through our shopping cart, prices shown are the discounted price. In-stock items only, items will disappear from the store if they sell out. Sale items are not eligible for reward points. Sale ends Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 23:59 EST, GMT-5.

   Jazz & Improvisation

Caloia, Nicolas / Yves Charuest / Karl Fousek : Maps To Hands [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Extremely active electro-fueled free improvisation from the Montreal trio of Nicolas Caloia on double bass, Yves Charuest on alto saxophone, and Karl Fousek on analog synth, their second album presenting seven quirky and captivating conversations of confident sax and bass work interrupted and played with by Fousek's interventions, like a free improv Pere Ubu.
     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Giuffre, Jimmy 3 (w / Bley / Swallow): Graz Live 1961
(Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics)

After introducing his new trio with pianist Paul Bley and double bassist Steve Swallow in two 1961 albums on Verve, clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre embarked on a tour of Europe, this recently discovered, well-recorded concert in Graf, Austria the perfect example of his unique concepts yielding intensely focused, harmonically challenging, rhythmically abstract, and exquisite chamber jazz.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Gustafsson, Mats / Christian Marclay: Link [VINYL]
(Smalltown Superjazzz / Actions for Free Jazz)

Smalltown Supersound launches a new sublabel called Actions For Free Jazz with this duo of Christian Marclay and Mats Gustafsson, recording in the studio for 7 indescribably wonderful free improvisations using turntable and every inch of Gustafsson's baritone and tenor sax, plus electronics; an exciting album of unpredictable and incredibly skilled sound art.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Hendriksen, Alex / Fabian Gisler: The Song Is You
(Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics)

Drawing on material from Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, Michel Legrand, Harry Warren, and Victor Young, the lyrical duo of saxophonist Alex Hendriksen (Swiss Jazz Orchestra) and double bassist Fabian Gisler (Jurg Wickihalder European Quartet) cite the art form of storytelling as central to their music as they reflect thoughtfully on the American Songbook.
     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Hooker, William: Cycle Of Restoration
(FPE Records)

Longtime leader in New York's downtown jazz scene, drummer William Hooker's trio with Joel Peterson on bass and Mark Kirschenmann on trumpet is perhaps his most experimental, Hooker using heavy cymbals to create a dramatic environment (indexed in 8 sections) that slowly unfolds as the bass and mutated horn cry and extoll, building slowly into cathartic excitement.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Kleeb, Hildegard / Roland Dahinden / Alexandre Babel: Lines
(Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics)

The long-running duo since 1987 of spouses, pianist Hildegard Kleeb and trombonist Roland Dahinden, are joined by Swiss-born/ Berlin-based percussionist & vibraphonist Alexandre Babel for an album of interweaving and contrasting instrumental lines, blurring the boundaries between contemporary music and improvisation through exceptional mastery and dialog.
     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Koglmann, Franz Septet (w / Clark / Arcari / D'Agaro / Turkovic / Pasztor / Herbert): Fruits Of Solitude
(Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics)

With a superb septet of improvisers also versed in contemporary music, trumpeter Franz Koglmann presents sophisticated compositions that interject the concept of "solitude" in the three-part title track, alongside Koglmann compositions and Jimmy Giuffre's "Finger Snapper", using striking orchestration of trumpet, sax, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, french horn, cello and double bass.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Spires That In The Sunset Rise: House Ecstatic [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Hard-edged Chicago/NY free improvisation from the female duo of Kathleen Baird on piano, flute and voice, and Taralie Peterson on saxophone, flute and voice, the two, who have recorded with Michael Zerang, show their powerful chops through skronky conversation recorded in 3 locations from Decatur, IL through Madison, WI to Brooklyn, NY.
     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Toyozumi / Countryman / Tan: Chasing The Sun
(ChapChap Records)

Two lives sets at Tago Jazz Cafe in the Philippines in 2018 from the trio of master percussionist Sabu Toyozumi on drums, American ex-pat Rick Countryman on alto saxophone, and Simon Tan on acoustic bass, this their 3rd album of solid free improvisation of extended and masterful discourse, unusual percussive devices, and powerful rhythmic foundation.
     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

Wick, Jacob / Phil Sudderberg: Combinatory Pleasures [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Finding free improvising trumpeter Jacob Wick, a master of lowercase approaches using unorthodox techniques, in a more active setting with Chicago drummer Phil Sudderberg (Marker with Vanderkmark, Dave Rempis); together they challenge each other in a give and take of skill and solid discussion, leaving room for unusual and sometimes aberrant technique; joyful!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Zyft (Ziv Taubenfeld / Henk Zwerver / Maya Felixbrodt): Midnight Tea Suite
(Creative Sources)

The debut for this acoustic free improvising Amsterdam trio of Ziv Taubenfeld on bass clarinet, Henk Zwerver on guitar, and Maya Felixbrodt on viola, in a set of abstract improvisations of an active nature using unorthodox and extended techniques, with an upbeat sense of excitement and enthusiasm that allows for solo forays amongst great collective conversation.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          



Banabila, Michel : Uprooted
(Tapu Record)

Composer Michel Banabila invited seven musicians to improvise individually, taking recordings from those sessions to create this beautifully structured set of electronic compositions, merging eBow, samplers, synth, guitar and electronics with cello, bass clarinet, viola, violin and double bass in works that display tranquility but hide deep tension below.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Dark Star Safari (Rohrer / Bang / Honore / Aarse): Dark Star Safari

Percussionist Samuel Rohrer invited Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset to his Berlin studio to record the 10 improvisations that create the basis for these haunting songs, the band taking that material to enhance and shape resulting compositions, inspiring Jan Bang to develop the lyrics reminiscent of David Sylvian's recent work, resulting in this darkly impressive album.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Dark Star Safari (Rohrer / Bang / Honore / Aarse): Dark Star Safari [VINYL]

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Lucier, Alvin: Orpheus Variations
(Important Records)

A new composition by Alvin Lucier for solo cello and seven wind instruments, primarily brass and flute, performed by the NY-based S.E.M. Ensemble, with many performers also associated with the Downtown NY scene (John Zorn, Nate Wooley); "Orpheus Variations" is a mininal work focused on sonority as a waveform produced by physical effect, that merges and interferes in its motion.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Mopcut (Konig / Desprez / Chen): Accelerated Frames Of Reference [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

An album of extreme electronic improvisation using heavy underpinning of rhythm, voice and electronics, from a trio of Viennese, French, and Chinese/American performers--Lukas Konig on drums, synthesizer & voice, Julien Desprez on guitar, and Audrey Chen on voice & electronics--blurring the lines of sonic art, rock, and inexplicable ritualistic sound.
     Buy      $23.95      Listen          

Warnecke, Pierce / Louis Laurain: Phonotypic Plasticity [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Pairing electronics with cornet, the duo of French cornetist Louis Laurain and US/Berlin electronicist Pierce Warnecke create an absolutely impressive and frequently frightening confluence of brass and sound, from slow interference tones to fully amplified microscopic elaboration, building environments that shift to surprise, alarm, and entrance their listeners.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $7.95      Listen          



Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part Two [VINYL][BLACK VERSION]
(Important Records)

The 2019 lineup of Japan's psychedelic rock band unleashes the 2nd part of their "Hallelujah Mystic Garden", revisiting the classic "Pink Lady Lemonade" in a disco-esque version that generates a universal groove of guitar riffs and synth swoops; side two adds a groove-heavy new work of kosmiche electronics, Makoto soloing, and hallucinatory vocals.
     Buy      $27.95      Listen          

Sista Maj (Segel / Tuominin / Axelsson / Wiberg): Localized Pockets of Negative Entropy [VINYL 2 LPs]

A joyously intense and hypnotic double vinyl album of instrumental improvised rock with a prog/psych orientation from the Swedish Sista Maj quartet of Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven) on guitars, violin & computer, Mikael Tuominen on bass, Andreas Axelsson on drums, plus Mattias Olson (Anglagard) providing additional percussion and synth.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $29.95      Listen          



Burr, Anthony / Charles Curtis: Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman
(Important Records)

NY clarinetists Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis present curated compositions from Alvin Lucier and 3 from Morton Feldman, performed by a trans-Atlantic group of performers including Burr & Curtis, Michiko Ogawa (clarinet), Nicolee Kuester (horn), Turkish pianist Ozgur Aydin, and Robin Hayward (tuba); 2 of the Lucier pieces are presented for the first time.
     Buy      $14.95      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.


Baczkowski / Lopez / Corsano:
Old Smoke
(Relative Pitch)

Ferran Besalduch / Riuichi Daijo:
(Creative Sources)

Falter Bramnk:
Diez Seiz
(Creative Sources)

Denzler / Grip / Johansson:
Zyklus 1 [2 CDs]
(Umlaut Records / SAJ)

Dyberg / Masing / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Jacobson:
(Creative Sources)

Paul Flaherty :
Focused & Bewildered
(Relative Pitch)

Ken Ganfield x Kurt Liedwart x Petr Vrba:
Something Wrong There
(Mikroton Recordings)

GGRIL [feat John Butcher / Isaiah Ceccarelli / Xavier Charles]:
Facon [2 CDs]

Guillermo Gregorio / Brandon Lopez:
12 Episodes
(Relative Pitch)

Conversaphone Plus

Peter Orins :
Happened By Accident
(Tour de Bras)

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Santos:
Le Havre
(Creative Sources)

Joris Ruhl:
Toile, Etoiles
(Umlaut Records)

Umlaut Big Band:
Plays Don Redman: The King Of Bungle Bar
(Umlaut Records)

(Creative Sources)

Wabi Experience :
Wabi Experience
(Mikroton Recordings)

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