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SQUIDCO Email Update + Labor Day Sale, September 3, 2021

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
September 3, 2021

"No human masterpiece has been created without great labor."
-André Paul Guillaume Gide

Squidco Labor Day Sale Squidco's 2021
Labor Day Sale!

The US Labor Day Holiday is Monday, September 6, 2021, so from today through Monday we're offering our customers the following discounts:

10% Off All New
Vinyl, CDs, DVDs, Cassettes, Books & USB.

That's pretty much everything in the store at 10% off their regular price!

Orders must be placed through our shopping cart, discount is applied at checkout time on payment screen. In-stock items only, gift certificates and shipping insurance excluded. Order items are not eligible for Squidco Reward Points. Labor Day Sales end Monday, September 6, 2021 at 23:59 PM EST (GMT-5).

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This weekend is the US Federal Holiday known as "Labor Day", intended to celebrate those who dedicate their life to work, and, theoretically, take a break and a mutual deep breath as a culture. As with last year, the irony of this day must be impressed upon those who have been forced out of their jobs due to the pandemic and who are waiting for whatever the next chapter in this unprecedented story will be. For those in the music industry, and in the related entertainment and service industries, this has been a particularly difficult time. After what looked like an exit from lockdowns and restrictions, once again concerts have been cancelled, venues closed, bars and restaurants on hiatus or restriction. Our heart goes out to those related to music culture, especially those involved with the non-commercial, innovative and creative musics that we are so immersed in. With hope and luck we may see an end to this period soon, but in the meantime we should all support those who can not work.

To that end we run our annual Labor Day Sale, helping to promote and sell recordings from incredible musicians in our catalog who present unique and masterful music. Our sale this year will be from Friday, September 3 to Monday, September 6 and will discount all new releases in our catalog. Many labels and artists have increased their recorded output these last two years to compensate for the lost concerts and festivals they would normally be involved with, and recent additions this year have been overwhelmingly excellent. I urge listeners to take advantage of our discounted prices this weekend and pick up some new music, supporting the musicians who are waiting to get back on stage to once again inspire and amaze you.

   New This Week

   Creative Artists

• Joseph Branciforte / Theo Bleckmann
• Daniel Carter/Tobias Wilner/Djibril Toure/Federico Ughi
• Sandy Ewen/Keith Rowe/Damon Smith + Gooseberry Marmalade
• The J. & F. Band
• Jean Jone Claude (JC)/Raymond Boni
• Eli Keszler
• Kenneth Kirschner/Joseph Branciforte
• Kuzu (Rempis/Dorji/Damon)
• Never (Bennett/Wright/Darrup)
• PEK Solo
• Matt Piet
• Werner Puntigam/Beat Keller/Georg Wilbertz
• Sam Rivers Quartet
    (feat. Jerry Byrd/Rael Wesley Grant/Steve Ellington)
• Rodrigues/Sa/Goncalves/Santos
• Claire Rousay
• Oliver Schwerdt
• Elliot Sharp/Orchestra Carbon
• Elliot: Sharp Tectonics
• Birgit Ulher/Damon Smith/Chris Cogburn

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

577 Records
American Dreams Records
Balance Point Acoustics
Creative Sources
Evil Clown

Knitting Factory
Long Song Records
zOaR Records


   Jazz & Improvisation

Carter, Daniel / Tobias Wilner / Djibril Toure / Federico Ughi: New York United Volume 2
(577 Records)

The second volume of this rich and exotic quartet in a sublime merging of jazz, electronics and compositional approaches yielding melodically dream-like music and environments, from reedist, flutist && trumpeter Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation) on synth and keys, Wu-Tang Clan bassist Djibril Toure and Italian/NY drummer Federico Ughi.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Carter, Daniel / Tobias Wilner / Djibril Toure / Federico Ughi: New York United Volume 2 [VINYL]
(577 Records)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

Ewen, Sandy / Keith Rowe / Damon Smith + Gooseberry Marmalade: Houston 2012 [2CDs]
(Balance Point Acoustics)

During a two-day encounter in Houston in 2012, visiting improviser & guitarist Keith Rowe and double bassist Damon Smith combined with guitarist Sandy Ewen, on day 1 joining with her all-female experimental music ensemble Lady Band (of Various Fruit Names) to perform works from the 70s London ensemble Scratch Orchestra; on day 2 recording two uniquely creative improvsations as a trio.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Jone, Jean Claude (JC) / Raymond Boni: Visions of Sound

Twelve studio improvisations between Kadima-label leader JC Jones playing on a lap-steel plugged in Spanish guitar and French guitarist & improviser Raymond Boni, also performing on harmonica and electronics, where Jones, leveraging his history of work as a double bassist, often takes on the role of percussive/rhythmic foundation against Boni's incredible explorations.
     Buy      $10.95      Listen          

Kuzu (Rempis / Dorji / Damon): All Your Ghosts in One Corner

Touring the South and Midwest US just before the pandemic lockdown, the assertive Chicago trio Kuzu of Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, Tashi Dorji on guitar and Tyler Damon on drums, processed and echoed the sense of uncertainty they encountered, capturing it in depth during two concerts and reflecting it in this powerful, almost ritualistic free jazz album.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Never (Bennett / Wright / Darrup): Not Nothing

"Never" is the the trio of frequent Philadelphia improvisers Jack Wright on saxophone, Ben Bennett on percussion and Zachary Darrup on guitar, captured live at the Hungry Brain in Chicago two years into touring their project, employing an extensive interactive language between the three of free playing, sonic gesture and surprising interventions in this exceptional concert.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

PEK Solo : Semantic Notions [3 CDs]
(Evil Clown)

A mammoth undertaking by Boston multi-instrumentalist David Peck, 3 CDs of studio improvisations about language, one part per CD, performed on a vast array of reeds, percussive instruments and unusual sound sources, with drummer Yuri Zbitnoff joining for intermediate mixes, resulting in a multi-layered and unique sonic universe of depth and dexterity.
     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

PEK Solo: Elaborations
(Evil Clown)

For Boston improviser David Peck, a surprisingly small set of instruments for this extended solo work focused on Bb, bass & contrabass clarinets, recorded in a continuous improvisation augmented with goat horn, ocarinas, wood flutes, penny whistle, triple slide whistle, chromatic harmonica, hulusi, wind siren, concertina, gongs, tank bell and Tibetan bells.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Piet, Matt: (pentimento)

Three layers of Chicago pianist & composer Matt Piet (Four Letter Words, Matt Piet Trio) in a virtual trio improvised sequentially in the studio in 2020, the title referring to a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer of paint on a canvas, an apt analogy for the keen interactions and wonderful labyrinths Piet performs with himself.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Puntigam, Werner / Beat Keller / Georg Wilbertz: UND JA, AND YES
(zOaR Records)

Freely improvised, noisy chamber music performed on guitar, trombone, conch shell, drums & percussion from the trio of Swiss guitarist Beat Keller, Austrian trombonist Werner Puntigam and German drummer Georg Wilbertz, bridging genres while keeping a sense of free jazz as an implied basis, with a sly sense of humor and wonder through marvelous technique and timing.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Rivers, Sam Quartet (feat. Jerry Byrd / Rael Wesley Grant / Steve Ellington) : Archive series. Volume 5 - Undulation

During the early 80s saxophonist and wind improviser Sam Rivers formed his quartet around electric instruments, with the core rhythm section of drummer Steve Ellington and electric bass guitarist Rael Wesley Grant, the other lead instrument on guitar during that time, sometimes with Kevin Eubanks, and on this previously unreleased, superb live performance in Florence, Italy, guitarist Jerry Byrd.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Joana Sa / Luisa Goncalves / Carlos Santos: Melt
(Creative Sources)

Bringing together Lisbon artists active in contemporary classical, electroacoustic soundscape and improvisation, the quartet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Joana Sa on soprano saxophone, Luisa Goncalves on piano and Carlos Santos on electronics delicately "Melt" or merge these elements in a subtle and absorbing concert captured live at Lisboa Incomun.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Schwerdt, Oliver: Prestige / No Smoking [2CDs]

A double CD of pianist, Euphorium label-leader and EUPHORIUM_freakestra leader Oliver Schwerdt in a double CD of solo recordings in the studio in Leipzig, 3 extended improvisations and 1 concise piece titled "Prestige" I & II and "No Smoking" I & II, remarkably concentrative work displaying an acute and extraordinarily inventive approach to improvisation.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Sharp, Elliot / Orchestra Carbon: Radiolaria
(zOaR Records)

An algorithmic composition for Elliott Sharp's Orchestra Carbon modeled on biological paradigms of growth and reproduction, recorded at Tonic in 2001 with a large ensemble of instrumentalists including Ned Rothenberg, Steve Swell, Jim Pugliese, Andy Laster, &c. and programmers and sampler performers including David Weinstein, R. Luke Dubois, and Zeena Parkins.
     Buy      $8.95      Listen          

Sharp, Elliot: Tectonics: Field & Stream
(Knitting Factory)

Elliott Sharp's 1998 Knitting Factory album finds the saxophonist, guitarist & electronic artist in a solo setting of rhythmic works using MAX/MSP and DSP applications to create rhythmic and sonic environments over which he improvises, with assistance on one track each from Zeena Parkin on "little green drone guitar" and Frank Rothkamm providing drums sequences.
     Buy      $8.95      Listen          

Ulher, Birgit / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn: The Eternity-Cult
(Balance Point Acoustics)

A building and extended set of fully free improvisation using unusual techniques, from the trio of Birgit Ulher on trumpet, radio, speaker & objects, Damon Smith on double bass and Chris Cogburn on percussion & electronics, Ulher using the trumpet as a sound source as much as a conventional instrument, as the trio builds from near silence to intensely controlled interaction.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          



Branciforte, Joseph / Theo Bleckmann : LP1 [VINYL]

Like a blanket of twilight sound and insidiously fragile detail, the results of two days of uninterrupted sonic exploration between New York multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound artist & recording engineer Joseph Branciforte and German vocal innovator & electronic artist Theo Bleckmann are heard in four compositions from their collaboration: gorgeous, lulling and edgy.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Keszler, Eli: Icons

Interlacing vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, metallophones, gamelan bar, piano, keyboards and organ with rhythmic percussion and fragments of voice and field recordings, New York percussionist Eli Keszler's album floats in warm melodicism and rich ambience, gliding along with a cinematic sense framed by recordings of NYC, the Odyssey Cave and other global locations.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Rousay, Claire: A Collection [2 CDs]
(American Dreams Records)

Exploring the earliest work of Claire Rousay, from her performances as a solo drummer and then transitioning into a musique concrete/new music composer, the 1st CD collecting Rousay's favorite drumming cuts, sequenced into a large single composition, the 2nd CD beginning with percussion work as Rousay adds voice, sonic & field recorded material to create a monumental composition.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          



J. & F. Band, The (Fonda / Tononi / Durante / Grissom / Irabagon / Parrini / Rodgers / Sharrard)N: Me and the Devil
(Long Song Records)

A powerful and effusive jazz rocking and danceable album of instrumentals and songs from the Italian/International J & F Band of drummer Tiziano Tononi, bassist Joe Fonda, plus guitarists David Grissom, Bobby Lee Rodgers & Scott Sharrard, keyboardist Pee Wee Durante, violinist Emanuele Parrini and saxophonist Jon Irabagon, recording in New Haven, CT; get it on!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          



Kirschner, Kenneth / Joseph Branciforte: From the Machine: Volume 1 [VINYL]

The first volume in an ongoing collaboration between composers Kenneth Kirschner and Joseph Branciforte, this work explores the application of software-based compositional techniques — including algorithmic processes, generative systems, and indeterminacy — performed in a superb ensemble including members of Flux Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $22.95      Listen          


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 Stay Current With Squidco

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.

• You can ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio / Alexander von Schlippenbach:
The Field

Amalgamated (Bengsten / Newell / Klampe / Richards):

Judith Berkson:
(Notice Recordings)

David Birchall / Adam Fairhall / Michael Perrett / Yoni Silver / Otto Willberg:
Aggregate Glows In The Cold
(Creative Sources)

Brainhack Musicbox (Bobrytsky / Lisovsky / Boldenko):
(Brainhack Musicbox)

Daniel Carter / Tobias Wilner / Djibril Toure / Federico Ughi:
New York United Volume 2
(577 Records)

Daniel Carter / Tobias Wilner / Djibril Toure / Federico Ughi:
New York United Volume 2 [VINYL]
(577 Records)

Thanos Chrysakis / Dawid Frydryk / Edward Lucas / Sue Lynch / Adrian Northover :
Five Shards
(Aural Terrains)

Kevin Corcoran / Jacob Felix Heule:
(Notice Recordings)

Rick Countryman :
The First Bird
(ChapChap Records)

Forbes / Young / Walter:
Hard Living

Four Letter Words (Piet / Wark / Harris):
Pinch Point

Gay - Wir Saunawirt

Joel Futterman:
Creation Series [5CD BOX SET]

Per Gardin / Vasco Trilla:
(Creative Sources)

GPS Trio (Chris Pitsiokos / Luke Stewart / Devin Gray):
Blast Beat Blues
(Rataplan Records)

I/O: Carlos Santos / Ilrich Mitzlaff:
Studies on Colour Fields Modulation
(Creative Sources)

Izquierdo / Lewandowski / Kuldkepp / Mayer:
Favourite Galaxy
(Creative Sources)

Jean Jones Claude (JC) / Esti Kenan Ofri / Oren Fried:
La Sprezzatura Ensemble

Mara Kolibri / Fredi Proll:
Primus 17
(Creative Sources)

Small Pauer [3'' CD]

CM_30 (Music for a performance by Kolja Huneck)
(Not On Label (Machinefabriek Self-released) ‎)

Szilard Mezei Tubass Quintet:
Rested Turquoise

Modelbau (Frans de Waard):

Chris Moore / Adam Shead:
The Flower Of Paradise

New Old Luten Trio:
Short Night [3'' CD]

Itaru Oki Quartet:
Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975

PEK Solo:
Completeness for Flutes and Double Reeds
(Evil Clown)

PEK Solo:
Complex and Real Dimensions
(Evil Clown)

PEK Solo / An Orchestra of PEKs:
(Evil Clown)

Porphyr (Reuter / Krennerich):
(Creative Sources)

Rodrigues / Carvalho / Rodrigues / Valinho:
(Creative Sources)

Elliot Sharp :

Somnoroase Pasarele:
0RT0 (I-IV)

You Sung Jin / Vincent Laju:
(Creative Sources)

Mototeru Takagi Quartet:
Live At Little John, Yokohama 1999

Total Music Association:

Un Poco Loco (Fourneyron / Beliah / Gesser):
(Umlaut Records)

Alexander Zethson :
Pole Of Inaccessibility [2 CDs]
(thanatosis produktion)

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