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Yong Yandsen / Christian Meaas Svendsen / Paal Nilssen-Love:
Hungry Ghosts (Nakama Records)

Chinese Buddhism defines "Hungry Ghosts" as beings who are driven by intense emotional needs in an animalistic way, an apt description of this trio's dynamic and often bristling collective free jazz, with Malaysian saxophonist Yong Yandsen and Norwegians, Christian Meaas Svendsen on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, performing live in Kuala Lumpur, 2018. ... Click to View


The MacroQuarktet :
The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC [2 CDs] (Out Of Your Head Records)

NYC Downtown mainstays, trumpeters Dave Ballou and Herb Robertson, are heard in a full concert at The Stone in NYC in 2007 with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey, concentrating their work in the Satoko Fuji Orchestra and Orange Then Blue into their own quartet, this their first performance together their energy, inventivenss and enthusiasm is on full display. ... Click to View


Webber/Morris Big Band:
Both Are True (Greenleaf Music)

Since 2015, composers-performers-conductors Anna Webber and Angela Morris have brought their compositions and playing skill to their Webber/Morris Big Band, 18 stellar New York improvisers integrating improvisation and composed material in unorthodox ways & with extra-musical sources, heard here at Roulette in Brooklyn in 2018 and at Buckminster Forest in 2019. ... Click to View


Adrian Waade Loseth :
Kitchen Music (Nakama Records)

Norwegian violinist Adrian Løseth Waade's first release as a leader is this melodically-inclined album of brightly evocative improvisation, buoyant strings and creative rhythmic drive with Waade providing all compositions, performed with Kjartan Laereid Gullikstad on guitar, Bardur Reinert Poulsen on bass, and Simon Olderskog Albertsen on drums. ... Click to View


Andrew Bain / Alex Bonney / Peter Evans / John O'Gallagher:
No Boundaries [VINYL] (Whirlwind)

London drummer & percussionist Andrew Bain leads a quartet with Alex Bonney on electronics & live processing, Peter Evans on trumpet & flugelhorn, and John O'Gallagher on alto sax, through two improvisations performed live at The Hexagon, Midlands Arts Centre, in Birmingham, UK in 2017, challenging idiom, genre & instrumental boundaries in a thorougly modern jazz ensemble. ... Click to View


Karl Evangelista (w/ Alexander Hawkins / Louis Moholo-Moholo / Trevor Watts):
Apura! [2 CDs] (Astral Spirits)

Filipino guitarist Karl Evangelista translates the name of the seminal South African sextet Chris McGregor Group's album "Very Urgent" to the tagalog equivalent--"Apura!"-- recording in London with McGregor group drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and kindred soul Trevor Watts on saxophones, plus luminary pianist Alexander Hawkins, for a sophisticated album of exemplary collective improv. ... Click to View


Don Dietrich:
Option [VINYL] (Feeding Tube Records)

Recorded in 2019 as part of the OPTION series in Chicago, this is only Borbetomagus saxophonist Don Dietrich's second solo album, which is surprisingly his first solo performance, using an amplified tenor sax modified by effect pedals on a wild and boisterously harrowing performance of free improvisation by one of the preeminent practitioners of noise jazz. ... Click to View


Jurg Frey (Davies / Correa / Chang / Thut):
Echo.Trio.Fragile.Eyot (A New Wave of Jazz)

Two solo installation works from Wandelweiser composer Jürg Frey--"Paysage d'échos" in Aarau, Switzerland, in 2009; and "Equilibre fragile" in in Aarau in 2014--plus Frey's "Streichtrio" performed by Angharad Davies (violin), Johnny Chang (viola) and Stefan Thut (cello); and a solo piano work, "Eyot", performed by Antonio Correa. ... Click to View


Tonus (Serries / Verhoeven / Webster):
Segment Tones (A New Wave of Jazz)

Exploring long tones and harmonic interactions of consonance & dissonance through a slowly rotating and patiently evolving series of tones with each of the players in the Tonus trio doubling on wind instruments, as performed by Dirk Serries on soprano melodica & accordion, Martina Verhoeven on concertina & cello, and Colin Webster on clarinet & alto saxophone. ... Click to View


Liberty Ellman:
Last Desert (Pi Recordings)

Guitarist/composer Liberty Ellman's album takes its name from the four deserts--Atacama in South America, the Gobi in China, the Sahara in Egypt, and the "White Desert" of Antarctica--in seven sophisticated compositions performed with Steve Lehman on alto sax, Stephan Crump on bass, Damion Reid on drums, Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, and Jose Davila on tuba. ... Click to View


Whit Dickey (w/ Nate Wooley / Matthew Shipp):
Morph [2 CDs] (ESP)

Two albums released together as a single-priced 2-CD set, NY drummer, composer and free improviser Whit Dickey leads two groupings: on Reckoning, a duet with frequent collaborator, pianist Matthew Shipp; and Pacific Noir, a trio with Shipp and trumpeter Nate Wooley; both superb examples of modern jazz with creative inventiveness and virtuouso execution. ... Click to View


Pauline Oliveros / Alan Courtis:
Telematic Concert [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (SpleenCoffin)

An unreleased 2009 concert from the Deep Listening Institute's Dream Festival, performed virtually via collaborative software between American electronic innovator and Deep Listening artist Pauline Oliveros on accordion and expanded instrument system, and Argentinian experimental musician Alan Courtis (Reynols) on unstringed guitar, objects and live processing. ... Click to View


Tod Dockstader:
Aerial 1 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Important Records)

The first in a 3-part series of vinyl releases for Tod Dockstader's "Aerial 1-3", his major work of electronic drone environments developed over 15 years, using over 90 hours of shortwave radio sources, cross signals and fragments, creating vast atmospheric clouds from which emerge voices, mutated conversations and unexpected patterns; amazing! ... Click to View


Bernard Parmegiani :
Violostries [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

Three works from Italian composer and sound artist Bernard Parmegiani, the title track "Violostries" performed with violinist Devy Erlih and Parmegiani on sound projection, intersecting several of Parmegiani's research concepts and presented as simultaneous dialogues; plus "Capture Ephemere" an active acousmatic work; and the rotating composition "La Roue Ferri". ... Click to View


Alvin Lucier:
String Noise [2 CDs] (Black Truffle)

Continuing Black Truffle's series documenting the recent work of legendary American experimental composer Alvin Lucier, the duo String Noise of violinists Conrad Harris & Pauline Harris Kim present three long-form compositions exploring acoustic phenomena, including echolocation ("Tapper"), inter-violin resonance ("In Love Song") and sustaining long tones ("Halo"). ... Click to View


Patrick Shirioshi :
Descension [VINYL] (Thin Wrist)

A layered work of solo saxophone, electronics and noise from LA free improviser Patrick Shiroishi, the work often dark and primal contrasted with warmly passionate playing, in a work that reflects on the history of concentration camps for Japanese-American citizens during World War II, and on the current struggles of minorities around the globe; cathartic. ... Click to View


Bill Orcutt / Michael Morley:
Electric Guitar Duets [VINYL] (Palilalia)

Reissuing on LP their 2016 limited cassette on the Land and Sea label of a performance by guitarists Michael Morley (Dead C) and Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy, solo) at the L/S gallery in Oakland, Orcutt on a Fender Telecaster without effects and Morley on a modified 2006 Squire Telecaster made in Indonesia, in a conversation merging clear and crenulated playing. ... Click to View


David Behrman / Paul Demarinis / Fern Friedman / Terri Hanlon / Anne Klingensmith:
She's More Wild... [VINYL] (Black Truffle)

Originally released in 1981 as a 3-track 7", this collaborative project recorded at Mills College by David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon and Anne Klingensmith is presented for the first time in its entirety, a quirky performance art work based on texts by Friedman and Hanlon in which female narrators comically embody a series of iconic roles. ... Click to View


Metal Chaos Ensemble:
The Riddle Of Steel (Evil Clown)

This Boston-area collective ensemble explores chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments, heard in this 2019 recordings with three horns, doubled percussion and electronics, analog synthesis, and driving drum and bass work from Yuri Zbitnov and Mike Gruen, leveraging the Evil Clown arsenal of percussive devices as they perform an extended improvisations covering a wide scope of sonority and concept. ... Click to View


Brian Marsella:
Gatos Do Sul (Tzadik)

Pianist and composer Brian Marsella leads an all-star octet including Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Jon Irabagon performing Marsella's lyrical and upbeat compositions inspired by classical, jazz, and folkloric Brazilian music and influenced by composers from Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Pixinguinha to Baden Powell and Egberto Gismonti; irrepressible! ... Click to View


Bill Laswell (incl. Pharoah Sanders / Herbie Hancock / Chad Smith):
Against Empire (Mod Reloaded)

Four rich and soulful pieces of electric jazz with an often Mwandishi-feel, from bassist Bill Laswell in a 9-piece ensemble of outstanding improvisers: Pharoah Sanders on sax, Peter Apfelbaum on sax, flute & keyboards, Herbie Hancock on electric piano, and 5 drummer/percussionsts--Jerry Marotta, Chad Smith, Hideo Yamaki, Satoyasu Shomura and, Adam Rudolph. ... Click to View


Charles Ives E.:
Another Songbook (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Conductor Sebastian Gottschick presents an additional selection of songs and chamber music works from composer Charles Edward Ives that reflect this broad range, 20 mostly brief and innovative works composed between 1898 and 1921, blurring the boundaries between genres through unusual motifs, themes, gestures and phrases that appear in new vocal and/or instrumental contexts. ... Click to View


Sebastian Gottschick :
Notturni (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Seven works composed in the 21st century by Sebastian Gottschick, who arranges and conducts the Ensemble Fur Neue Musick Zurich, configured as an ensemble with percussion, a sextet, a chamber ensemble with baritone and soprano, and performing himself solo on viola; sophisticated and modern works that employ complex tonality, timbre and playing techniques. ... Click to View


Turbulence:
Friction Coefficients (Evil Clown)

Saxophonist & flutist Bonnie Kane (W.O.O.) joins the Turbulence group, the extended horn section of the Leap of Faith Orchestra from Boston area collective Evil Clown led by David Peck (PEK), a concert that was live-streamed to Youtube during the Covid-19 Pandemic in February 2020, in a sextet with four reedists, two trumpeters, electronics, drums & extensive percussion. ... Click to View


Futterman / Levin / DuRoche:
Timeless Memories (JDF/CLM )

Bringing together exemplary jazz musicians from three cities--Virginia-based pianist Joel Futterman, Bary Area multi-reedist Ike Levin, and Portland, OR percussionist Tim DuRochse, for two sets of dynamic collective free jazz with a lyrical intent, joyfully spontaneous music that unfolds in ways that appear composed through the compatibility and familiarity of each artist. ... Click to View


Joel Futterman / Alvin Fielder / Ike Levin Trio:
Live At The Blue Monk (Charles Lester Music)

A burning live album presenting two sets of collective free jazz at Portland, Oregon's Blue Monk in 2006 from the trio of frequent collaborators Alvin Fielder on drumsn, Joel Futterman on piano, soprano sax & wooden flute, and Ike Levin on tenor saxophone & bass clarinet, a concert of great range, from explosive freneticism to introspective spaciousness. ... Click to View


Joe Morris :
Instantiation: Switches (Glacial Erratic)

The 4th in improving guitarist and composer Joe Morris' Instantiation series, where each part is unique, composed with specific notated and operational components such that it impossible to perform any of them the same way twice; performed with two active Boston improvisers, trombonist Eric Stilwell (hear on Joe Morris Trio "Value") and cellist & bassist Brad Barrett. ... Click to View


Kyle Bruckmann:
Triptych (Tautological) (Carrier Records)

Performing on oboe, English horn and live electronics, West Coast double-reedist Kyle Bruckmann presents three extended solo works of deep electroacoustic binding, each dedicated to a writer, artist or musician: "A Spurious Autobiography for John Barth (2015)"; "An Extruded Introversion for Blixa Bargeld (2016)"; and "A Fuzzy Monolith for James Turrell (2015)". ... Click to View


Dave Douglas (w/ Joey Baron / Dave Adewumi / Matt Stevens / Fabian Almazan / Carmen Rothwell):
Dizzy Atmosphere - Dizzy Gillespie at Zero Gravity (Greenleaf Music)

Trumpeter Dave Douglas' tribute to the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, exploring the many facets of the great Be-Bop progenitor's work, including the more experimental side of his discography, performed with a band of great lyrical NY jazz musicians: Dave Adewumi on trumpet, Matt Stevens on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano, Carmen Rothwell on bass, and Joey Baron on drums. ... Click to View


Kaffe Matthews:
Foreigner [VINYL] (Objects Limited)

Recording with an Italian ELKA 400 electric accordion organ, pioneering electronic and sound aritst Kaffe Matthews presents two sonification of the word F O R E I G N E R, reflecting on her experience regularly moving from country to country, dealing with varying borders and governmental laws, by organizing sound in clusters that attempt to cross a compositional line. ... Click to View



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  • May 29, 2020:

    As others have reported recently, and as I mentioned in my last entry, importing music has been a challenge under the restrictions of the pandemic, since post offices in many countries have been limited or unable to send international packages. Given that, I'm happy to report that we have placed orders with Listen Foundation!, Not Two, ezzthetics by Hat Hut, Another Timbre and NoBusiness, all of which are on their way to us currently. They may arrive more slowly than usual, but we have no doubt they're coming.

    In particular, I'm excited to add Not Two's 20th Anniversary box set from their 2018 Festival, with groupings and performances from some of the globe's most notable improvisers, including Maya Homburger, Barry Guy, Mats Gustafsson, Mikolaj Trzaska, Per-Ake Holmlander, Rafal Mazur, Joelle Leandre, Peter Brotzmann, Paal Nilssen-Love; Agusti Fernandez, Ken Vandermark, &c. This is a limited set housed in a wooden box, and I was concerned that if we weren't able to import copies now we might miss out on carrying it. As we've had a number of customer requests about the box, you might like to have us notify you when the box is available.






    The main focus of our store is on improvisation, in its various forms: jazz, non-idiomatic improv, electroacoust improv, &c. This has been my fascination for decades, and I am still in awe of the diversity of approach and result as artists explore, which keeps my ears perked and ready for new concepts or evolving skills. The merging of compositional and experimental forms with improvisation has continued to advance, creating new hybrids, and enticing musicians from what once were strict genres to cross fields and express themselves as they see fit.

    In that vein, we've seen a lot of crossover with labels like Another Timbre, Creative Sources, Confront, and Editions Wandelweiser. These labels have artists that refuse to be pigeon-holed, and who are as effective in, say, free jazz settings as they are in conceptual or composed performance. One of the labels we've been watching develop over the last year that fits this description is Belgium's A New Wave of Jazz, run by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Dirk Serries. Serries is a chameleon with decades of experience. He is perhaps best known for his project Vidna Obmana, but who's interest ranges from rock to experimental to composed music. From his biography, his list of collaborators is quite impressive: "Justin Broadrick, Steve Roach, Sam Rosenthal, Alio Die, Theo Travis, David Lee Myers, Asmus Tietchens, Stratosphere, Serge Devadder, Willem Tanke or under seperate entities like The Sleep Of Reason (with Jon Attwood), Continuum (with Steven Wilson), Principle Of Silence (with Joris De Backer), The Eightfold Model (with Michael Beckett), Akhet (with Marc Verhaeghen, Paul Van Den Berg), 3 Seconds Of Air (with Martina Verhoeven, Paul Van Den Berg) and The Black Fire (with Robert MacManus)".

    A New Wave of Jazz fits into our catalog very neatly in relationship to improvisers, experimenters and composers, and connects directly to labels like Edition Wandelweiser and Another Timbre. We've started our relationship with the label by picking up two obvious works of interest to our customers. The first an album of Jürg Frey, the second a tonal work from the Tonus trio of Serries, Martina Verhoeven and Colin Webster. Both albums are excellent examples of the label's goals and the important music they present. As we continue to work with the label we expect to work backward in their catalog, and stay current with their forward-thinking music.

    Frey, Jurg (Davies / Correa / Chang / Thut): Echo.Trio.Fragile.Eyot (A New Wave of Jazz)

    Two solo installation works from Wandelweiser composer Jürg Frey--"Paysage d'échos" in Aarau, Switzerland, in 2009; and "Equilibre fragile" in in Aarau in 2014--plus Frey's "Streichtrio" performed by Angharad Davies (violin), Johnny Chang (viola) and Stefan Thut (cello); and a solo piano work, "Eyot", performed by Antonio Correa.



    Tonus (Serries / Verhoeven / Webster): Segment Tones (A New Wave of Jazz)

    Exploring long tones and harmonic interactions of consonance & dissonance through a slowly rotating and patiently evolving series of tones with each of the players in the Tonus trio doubling on wind instruments, as performed by Dirk Serries on soprano melodica & accordion, Martina Verhoeven on concertina & cello, and Colin Webster on clarinet & alto saxophone.








    Several albums over the last few weeks had me considering the meaning of "composition". Traditionally a composed piece involved staffs of music on stacks of papers distributed to performers who would very exactly recreate the concept of the composer. That strict definition no longer applies to the word, as many forms of composition exist that have nothing to do with faithful recreation, or which are and end to themselves and not intended at all for recreation. Some composers provide frameworks for their performers, suggesting direction, instrumentation, timing, and other elements that have flexibility in interpretation. Some of those I would refer to as merging composition and improvisation, but I think of them separately from the kind of improvisation we see in jazz or structured free improvisation. Graphic scores are widely open to interpretation, yet have an implicit rigidity in their instructions, even though the results may be wildly differing from player to player. Some compositions are text instructions, yielding direction to the performer who must interpret their directives.

    This brings us to composed music that is not intended to be recreated. Reflecting on the history of composed music, before recorded music there was no notion of creating a piece of music that would endure for future listening, but which was considered complete. Composed works have been subject to interpretation by conductors and performers, and the recorded legacy of music from Bach to Boulez has shown us the variety of renditions that written music can provide. In a sense the music has no perfect rendering, no ultimate example of its perfection in performance; the discussion and arguments over various performances and recordings make clear that the will of the composer is never guaranteed nor often understood.

    Studio composition takes a different approach, emerging particularly in the 40s with artists like Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, whose musique concrete used tapes and pre-recorded elements to create fixed audio compositions that were released as finished works. Similarly composers like Daphne Oram integrated electronics into her work for the BBC. Karlheinz Stockhausen, coming from the traditional school of written notation, also created complex and sophisticated works blurring the boundaries between recorded music and electronics in works like "Hymen"; that work also had an optional live performance element, to further blur the boundaries between traditional composition and studio composition. Engineers like Joe Meek brought fixed studio elements into pop and rock music. The Beatles introduced many to the idea through their piece "Revolution 9". We take for granted the idea of studio composition as it surrounds us on many media platforms, but it's a revolutionary change in the idea of a composer creating a "finished" work of music or sound, but that concept has existed for less than 100 years.

    Squidco's catalog includes a good number of albums that are purely studio composition, or that include those elements. In particular, the Recollection GRM LP series, with works by composers like Bernard Parmegiani, Beatriz Ferreyra, Iannis Xenakis, Francois Bayle. We also pursue artist like David Myers (Arcane Device) who use recordings of controlled feedback and electronic tones to compose complex soundworks. We have in the past carried works by composer John Wall, who obsessively uses the computer to zoom in on microscopic sound and to create compositions from those elements. John Oswald's "Plunderphonics" series is another 20th century approach to composition, using elements from previously recorded music to create new compositions. The list goes on...

    Squidco has long had a category called "Organized Sound and Sample Based Music" which includes most of the studio composition albums that we sell. As of this writing I find 448 albums listed in that category, which includes albums of musique concrete, spectral music, experimental pop & plunder pieces, some ea-improv with fixed components, tape pieces, &c. &c. It's a bit of a jumble, and could definitely use some clarification.

    This week I created a new category for Acousmatic Electronic Composition. I find this form of studio composition especially interesting, as the goal is primarily a pure pursuit of sound without reference to familiar sound sources. Wikipedia defines Acousmatic Music as Acousmatic music (from Greek ἄκουσμα akousma, "a thing heard") is a form of electroacoustic music that is specifically composed for presentation using speakers, as opposed to a live performance. Having dabbled in this form of music myself for several decades, I have been excited to see a number of albums that fit neatly in that category become part of our catalog.

    Over the last few weeks we've added a number of Acousmatic albums to our catalog. In particular, the first of 3 planned Tod Dockstader albums from his "Aerial" series was released on Important Records, and Bernard Parmegiania's Violostries on Recollection GRM includes two works of studio compostions, one purely acousmatic, and the other containing elements of acousmatic and musique concrete.

    Here are the four most recent albums in Squidco's catalog that are part of our Acousmatic Electronic Composition Category.

    Tod Dockstader: Aerial 1 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Important Records)

    The first in a 3-part series of vinyl releases for Tod Dockstader's "Aerial 1-3", his major work of electronic drone environments developed over 15 years, using over 90 hours of shortwave radio sources, cross signals and fragments, creating vast atmospheric clouds from which emerge voices, mutated conversations and unexpected patterns; amazing!



    Bernard Parmegiani: Violostries [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

    Three works from Italian composer and sound artist Bernard Parmegiani, the title track "Violostries" performed with violinist Devy Erlih and Parmegiani on sound projection, intersecting several of Parmegiani's research concepts and presented as simultaneous dialogues; plus "Capture Ephemere" an active acousmatic work; and the rotating composition "La Roue Ferri".



    Beatriz Ferreyra: Echos+ [VINYL] (Room40)

    Presenting three of Argentine-born, French-based composer Beatriz Ferreyra's most engaging compositions, fascinating works of musique concrète and acousmatic music that both entertain and startle the listener in sound that is enigmatic and easily embraceable, particularly the opening piece "Echos" deconstructing voice, song and laughter in remarkable ways.



    Olli Aarni: Mustikoita Ja Kissankelloja [VINYl] (Mappa)

    Translating to "Blueberries and cat bells", Finnish electronic composer Olli Aarni's sound world is quick paced and surprisingly dense considering an overall feeling of brightness, sounds flashing and swirling by in strange segments of acousmatic exhilaration, pausing form moments before seizing his listener once more with swift streams of alien soundscapes; brilliant.








    Discus Music

    The UK label Discus Music provides this information about their mission:

    "This label was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer and Mick Beck, and was initially the CD imprint for releases by their many and various projects. More recently, the label has opened up to include works by a wide range of artists. Limited in its scope only by the imagination of the musicians, the sounds to be found on the label vary between electronic rock music, free jazz, extended songform, improvised music, and other releases which simply cannot be categorised. Please do spend some time browsing around our site and listening to the various music examples to be found here."

    I find the merging of genres and open-minded approach to the music found on the label very appealing. I've also read in many reviews of the label's releases that the label is underrated and deserving of more attention. I could agree more! In the hopes of introducing the music on Discus Music, Martin Archer has provided a Press Sheet with brief descriptions and reviews of the last 13 releases on the album.

    You can download or print that Press Sheet from Squidco. As Discus provides updates, I'll include the latest pdf here in this blog.






    Flu-Like Symptoms: A Covid 19 Compilation

    In a slightly shameless act of self-promotion, but also in an attempt to support charities working to help those affected by COVID-19, I'd like to mention a digital album that's due for release in June:

    Bad Architect Records has pre-announced their June digital album "Music for Flu Like Symptoms: A Covid 19 Compilation".

    I have a track on the album under my project name CHANGES TO blind, titled "COVID-19 INFECTION SERIES 04", which you can listen to now, streaming on their Bandcamp site. I also provided the artwork for the album.

    As the label states: "Money from this record will go to support Nourish NC, the artists on this record, and other charities that are on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis."

    Please check out the album and my track, and consider supporting Bad Architect and the charities they'll be supporting with this release.

    Music for Flu Like Symptoms: A Covid 19 Compilation




    Here are some recent updates on Squidco & The Squid's Ear over the last 10 days. As a reminder, you can see new albums listed as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order, but that we're not satisfied that we've added all the information we can about that release. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page.

    May 28, 2020: New @ Squidco:
    Yong Yandsen/Christian Meaas Svendsen/Paal Nilssen-Love -Hungry Ghosts [CD] (Nakama Records)
    The MacroQuarktet -The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC [2 CDs] (Out Of Your Head Records)
    Webber/Morris Big Band -Both Are True [CD] (Greenleaf Music)
    Adrian Waade Loseth -Kitchen Music [CD] (Nakama Records)
    Andrew Bain/Alex Bonney/Peter Evans/John O'Gallagher -No Boundaries [VINYL] (Whirlwind)
    Karl Evangelista (w/ Alexander Hawkins/Louis Moholo-Moholo/Trevor Watts) -Apura! [2 CDs] (Astral Spirits)
    Don Dietrich -Option [VINYL] (Feeding Tube Records)
    Jurg Frey (Davies/Correa/Chang/Thut) -Echo.Trio.Fragile.Eyot [CD] (A New Wave of Jazz)
    Tonus (Serries/Verhoeven/Webster) -Segment Tones [CD] (A New Wave of Jazz)

    May 28, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Joke Lanz / Jason Kahn / Norbert Moslang / Gunter Muller / Christian Weber - Kangaroo Kitchen (Mikroton) by Nick Ostrum.

    May 27, 2020: New @ Squidco:
    Liberty Ellman -Last Desert [CD] (Pi Recordings)
    Whit Dickey (w/ Nate Wooley/Matthew Shipp) -Morph [2 CDs] (ESP)
    Pauline Oliveros/Alan Courtis -Telematic Concert [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (SpleenCoffin)
    Tod Dockstader -Aerial 1 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Important Records)
    Bernard Parmegiani -Violostries [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)
    Alvin Lucier -String Noise [2 CDs] (Black Truffle)
    Patrick Shirioshi -Descension [VINYL] (Thin Wrist)
    Bill Orcutt/Michael Morley -Electric Guitar Duets [VINYL] (Palilalia)
    David Behrman/Paul Demarinis/Fern Friedman/Terri Hanlon/Anne Klingensmith -She's More Wild... [VINYL] (Black Truffle)
    Metal Chaos Ensemble -The Riddle Of Steel [CD] (Evil Clown)

    May 21, 2020: New @ Squidco:
    Brian Marsella -Gatos Do Sul [CD] (Tzadik)
    Bill Laswell (incl. Pharoah Sanders/Herbie Hancock/Chad Smith) -Against Empire [CD] (Mod Reloaded)
    Charles Ives E. -Another Songbook [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    Sebastian Gottschick -Notturni [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    Turbulence -Friction Coefficients [CD] (Evil Clown)
    Futterman/Levin/DuRoche -Timeless Memories [CD] (JDF/CLM )
    Joel Futterman/Alvin Fielder/Ike Levin Trio -Live At The Blue Monk [CD] (Charles Lester Music)

    May 21, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Prevost / Solberg / Pettersen / Moore / Brice / Hardie-Bick - Plumes of Ash in Moonlight (Split Rock) by John Eyles.






  • May 19, 2020:

    The globe is re-awakening from a pandemic stupor, and global post offices are working again! We have finally been able to place a number of international purchases that we've been eager to get to. The following is a list of what's already been ordered and should be arriving in the next 2-3 weeks. The list of imported labels is Fundacja Sluchaj! (Listen Foundation!) [Poland], Another Timbre [UK], ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd [Switzerland]; by next week we will also be placing an order with Poland's Not Two label. In addition, we've also ordered the new domestic Peter Evans LP on More is More, Being & Becoming.

    If you're not familiar with the email notification service on our Upcoming Releases page, perhaps this is a good time to point it out; recently a couple of long-time customers mentioned to me that they didn't know we offer this service.

    On the homepage of our website, and in the left navigation panel of every Squidco page, is a link to Upcoming Releases. This page is a simple list of upcoming albums that we intend to purchase. They're ordered in most recently added sequence, so if you visit this page often you'll see the most recent items that's we're planning to add to our catalog. We typically only list the artist and title, label and catalog code; we don't list a price as we can't always be certain how we'll end up pricing the item, as shipping costs and other expenses make that sometimes unpredictable.

    Clicking on the link "Email Me When This Release Is in Stock" under each item will bring up a simple form that will notify Squidco that you want us to email you when the item is in stock, when we'll send you a link to the item on our website. Established customers can also ask us to process an order for that item when in stock, but most customers simply ask that we email them when an item is in stock. We've sent out thousands of these notifications to customers, and those who use the service have commented that they appreciate the timeliness of the notification. I also believe that the lack of obligation lets the customer stay in control of their collecting process.



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    Christian Meaas Svendsen /
    Paal Nilssen-Love:
    Hungry Ghosts
    (Nakama Records)



    Adrian Waade Loseth :
    Kitchen Music
    (Nakama Records)



    The MacroQuarktet :
    The Complete Night:
    Live At
    The Stone NYC
    [2 CDs]
    (Out Of Your Head Records)



    Bernard Parmegiani:
    Violostries
    [VINYL]
    (Recollection GRM)



    Tod Dockstader:
    Aerial 1
    [VINYL 2 LPs]
    (Important Records)



    Liberty Ellman:
    Last Desert
    (Pi Recordings)



    Brian Marsella:
    Gatos Do Sul
    (Tzadik)



    Bill Laswell
    (incl. Pharoah Sanders /
    Herbie Hancock /
    Chad Smith):
    Against Empire
    (Mod Reloaded)



    Kidd Jordan /
    Joel Futterman /
    William Parker /
    Alvin Fielder :
    Live At
    The Guelph
    Jazz Festival 2011
    (Creative Collective)



    Joel Futterman:
    Silhouettes
    (Progressive Records)



    Barry Chabala /
    Lance Austin Olsen:
    Patterns For
    A Future Human
    (Roeba)



    Gryke Pyje:
    Collision And Coalescence
    [VINYL w/
    DOWNLOAD]
    (Mappa)



    Paul Williamson Quartet
    (Williamson /
    Hoshino /
    Carbo /
    Henry):
    Dark Energy
    (FMR)



    Dunmall /
    Sanchez /
    Sanders:
    A Songbirds Temple
    (FMR)



    Joe Morris :
    Instantiation:
    Locale
    (Glacial Erratic)



    Vandermark /
    Drake /
    Trovalusci /
    Ceccarelli:
    Open Border
    [VINYL w/
    DOWNLOAD]
    (Audiographic Records)



    Henry Kaiser:
    Problems are
    only opportunities in
    work clothes.
    (Fractal Music)



    Dunmall /
    Owston /
    Jozwiak /
    Iragabon:
    Awoto
    (FMR)



    Chicago Underground Quartet:
    Good Days
    (Astral Spirits)







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