July 10, 2017:
Apologies for the distraction, it's been awhile since posting. Two things are pulling me in different directions. First is the imminent move to our new location at the end of August, which requires a large amount of planning. We've signed the lease and set up the most basic of services, and coordinated with the new owners of our current building to be released from our current lease early. For a little background, the building was sold twice, once at a price I would say corresponds to the value of the building; the second at an enormous profit. As our lease ends November 30 of this year, we were facing a doubling of rent, which we rejected. Our new location will be, oddly enough, on Shipyard Boulevard here in Wilmington, NC, two blocks from the ports. We'll continue to have retail by appointment, but shows and concerts will be held at local and like-minded venues, the first of which is this week at Wilmington's Juggling Gypsy Cafe.
The second distraction was an unexpected visit to my hometown, Syracuse, NY, to help my father with a diagnosis of cancer. Gerald Zampino is a clarinetist, the principal for The Syracuse Symphony for decades, a soloist and member of The Syracuse Woodwind Quartet. He's also been an educator, in colleges and privately, for his adult life. I wouldn't be selling music if it wasn't for his influence, and music always permeated our house from my infancy. The future is uncertain but his spirit is good, and for now he continues to teach and play, showing remarkable dedication at 81 years.
All that said, amazing music has continued to pour into our current location, and our purchase plans for the rest of the summer are falling into place. More soon!
Recent Updates and Squid's Ear Reviews:
June 27, 2017: New @ Squidco:
Sick Boss (Schmidt/Meger/Peggy Lee/JP Carter/Naylor/Page) -Sick Boss
Ron Samworth (Samworth/Adler/JP Carter/Naylor/Peggy Lee/James Meger) -Dogs Do Dream
Peregrine Falls (Grdina/Loewen) -Peregrine Falls
Keiji Haino -Watashi Dake [VINYL + DOWNLOAD CODE]
Janek Schaefer -Glitter In My Tears
Barbares (Bopp/Foussat/Petit/Sato) -Debris d'orgueil
Jurg Frey -Ephemeral Constructions
Cem Guney -A Hint Of An Emotion
Eva Houben Maria -Organ Sonatinas And Drones [2 CDs]
Nick Storring -Exaptations [CASSETTE]
Chris Strickland -Excruciating... [CASSETTE]
Stefan Thut/Seth Cooke -Aussen Raum [CASSETTE]
June 29, 2017: New @ Squidco:
Myra Melford Trio -Alive In The House Of Saints, Part 1
Ran Blake -Something To Live For
Noah Kaplan Quartet -Cluster Swerve
David Ware S. Trio -Live in New York, 2010 [2 CDs]
William Parker Quartets -Meditation/Resurrection [2 CDs]
DK & The Perfectly Ordinary -CAR DEW TREAT US
Steve Baczkowski/Chris Corsano/Paul Flaherty -The Dull Blade [VINYL]
The Honkies -How Do We Prevent The Advance Of The Desert?
Bob Drake -Antiquities [6-CD BOX SET]
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere -03
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere -Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere
frostlake -White Moon, Black Moon
July 10, 2017: New @ Squidco:
Keith Rowe/Michael Pisaro -13 Thirteen [2 CDs]
Graham Lambkin/Taku Unami -The Whistler [2 CDs]
Cristian Alvear/Seijiro Murayama -Karoujite
Bill Orcutt -Bill Orcutt
Bill Orcutt -Bill Orcutt [VINYL]
Lunar Error -Selene
Luis Lopes/Fred Lonberg-Holm -The Pinneaple Circumstance
Ulrike Brand/Olaf Rupp -Shadowscores
Mazen Kerbaj/Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Carlos Santos/Sharif Sehnaoui -Blue Rain
IKB -Dracaena Draco [2 CDs]
Clinamen Trio (Marion/Di Donato/Berger) -Decline
Scarassatti/Rodrigues/Rodrigues/Torres -Amoa Hi
Andreas Pollak/Johan Graden -Terror Of Positivity
Meurs! + Apolune -Meurs! + Apolune
Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Nuno Torres/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Naoto Yamagishi -Mizutekiteki
Jorge Valente/Carlos Santos -Metallum
New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Kazuhisa Uchihashi / Richard Scott - Awesome Entities (Doubtmusic) by Darren Bergstein.
June 28, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Quatuor Bozzini - Christopher Butterfield: Trip (Collection QB) by Brian Olewnick.
June 29, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Evan Parker / John Russel / Ian Brighton / Phillip Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor - Reunion: Live from Cafe Oto (FMR) by John Eyles.
July 10, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: eRikm - Doubse Hysterie (Monotype) by Jeph Jerman.
June 16, 2017:
Firstmost: at the end of this summer, Squidco is going to move locations! Wilmington's downtown is growing quickly, and the building we've been leasing has sold twice, right at the end of our lease. The new, gentrified, rent is exorbitant, and we've found a better location not far from the downtown area, which is more modern and accommodating to our work, and a better value than our current lease. We'll continue to have customers visit by appointment, but we're dropping our performance space, and partner with local venues to present music instead. You'll see us selling inventory and odd items during the summer months as we look to lighten the load pre-move. We're excited and trepidatious about the move at the same time, but it makes the most sense for us moving forward.
One last entry about Creative Sources:
I've been listening to the Creative Sources label since its inception, thanks to Ernesto Rodrigues reaching out to us with review CDs in our earliest years. Once I heard what Rodrigues was up to, which at the time was mostly small group lowercase acoustic or electroacoustic improv, I was hooked. The label has been successful and diverse over the years, and we've had quite a ride keeping up with the now very accelerate pace of releases as Creative Sources horizons have continually expanded. To this day I marvel at the artists I've first learned about on this label, or for whom I went searching for information about only to realize that we'd had a release on Creative Sources for said person for many years.
Against that, the pace is fast for releases, particularly for the label leader himself. And Rodrigues and family (for his son also performs with him, in a case of the fruit staying with the tree) seem to record every opportunity they get! The case is that most of the material they record is interesting, some amazing, but all deserving of a wider audience and attentive ears; I can't think of any clinkers or albums Rodrigues has played on that I wouldn't play again. The issue becomes, it's hard to find the truly exceptional releases amongst the larger set.
There is one broad exception to that observation, which is in the large ensemble work that Rodrigues organizes, and which is usually captured live. In particular IKB and Variable Geometry Orchestra present large works with direction, bringing the best of small group experimentation into detailed, slow moving tapestries that give focus to the odd sonorities and sonic approaches, acoustic and electronic, that have emerged over the lat 20th and 21st century. The dynamics on these performances are outstanding, drawing the listener into slowly swirling cyclones then releasing them to build again. To draw parallels to the big band era of old, these sonic ensembles of like-minded and highly skilled musicians are the modern listener's equivalent.
The bottom line, if you want to be a really adventurous listener, pick up this label's albums!
(Very) honorable mention... David Stackenas: Bricks - the owner of an important and historic European label (who shall go nameless) wrote me the day that I posted the missing David Stackenas album on Clean Feed Records, very excited about buying a copy from us. And I understood by then why, because this album is an outstanding solo guitar album unlike others in my collection, and though I'd heard his playing in other setting, it was the case that I'd never heard what he was really capable of.
Some updates from the last week or so:
June 16, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Various Artists - 910 Noise Presents (910 Noise) by Phil Zampino.
June 14, 2017: New @ Squidco:
Christoph Erb/Jim Baker/Frank Rosaly -...Don't Buy Him A Parrot...
Paula Shocron/German Lamonega/Pablo Diaz -Tenzegridad
Tristan Honsinger/Nicolas Calioa/Jesse Zubot -In The Sea
Christian Lillinger/Tobias Deluis -Dicht
Isabelle Duthoit/Franz Hautzinger -Lily
Lambs Gamble -Farewell Body Bags [VINYL]
June 14, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Harry Miller - Different Times, Different Places Volume Two (Ogun) by Brian Olewnick.
June 14, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: John Butcher & Andy Moor - Experiments With a Leaf (unsounds) by Kurt Gottschalk.
June 12, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: subterrene - Bathetic Resonance (Mystery School Records) by Darren Bergstein.
June 9, 2017: New @ Squidco:
David Stackenas -Bricks
Elton Dean Quintet -Welcomet - Live in Brazil, 1986
Jean-Luc Guionnet + Eric La Casa -Reflected Waves [60 pages 21x25 cm + DVD video 1h48mn]
Anthony Pateras -Blood Stretched Out
Jerome Noetinger/Anthony Pateras/Synergy Percussion -Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All
Eric La Casa -Paris Quotidien [CD+60 page booklet of photos & text]
Electric Bird Noise -The Spider/The Christ Child/The Crow
Ezio Piermattei -Tre Madri Ludopatiche [CASSETTE]
Flamingo Creatures -Fisch Versucht Das Sprechenlernen
June 8, 2017:
As I hope these blog entries are of interest to our customers, I hope more that the biographies we've been collecting of the artists featured on albums we sell is useful to you. With more than 1,000 biographies located so far, and our database updating older entries in our catalog with new biography listings, we've added a tremendous amount of information into our store. If you haven't spent time reading them, you'll find them under the information section for each product's detailed description; clicking on a name will expand the biography in its column. Clicking again will hide that artist's biography.