Written March 17, 2007
Recovering from some very nasty weather here in NYC, hours of sleet (which is a nice way to say it's raining ice), more like something from my native Syracuse, NY... made for a good night to stay in and listen to music though!
Spent the morning cataloging new releases, all of which made it to Squidco this afternoon. Leading off with a new double Faust live disc, which I haven't heard yet, but looks really interesting. Such sad news last year that Uwe Nettelbeck passed away. Still the band moves forward, which is great for us listeners. To balance the Faust we added the massive Residents "Kettle of Fish" box, which look stunningly beautiful, and includes a 56 page booklet. Surprisingly reasonably priced, given that it's a Euro Ralph release.
Most of the new releases are in the improv realm today - two new Intakts, including a Sylvie Courvoisier CD with her group of Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori, Vincent Courtois & Gerald Cleaver. Also a very interesting looking Wadada Leo Smith & GŘnter Baby Sommer. 482 released trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum's latest, duo work with drummer Tomas Fujiwara.
On the more free-form improv scene we added the House Leek Audio label to our roster. Chris Dadge, of the Bent Spoon Ensemble, another Calgary (Canada) improv artist, turned them on to us, and we're glad they did - Cody Oliver is the label leader, and has been playing interesting guitar/violin string over cycling noise floors. Not sure if that makes it sound interesting, but I found that and Thom Golub's cello improv, which is very subtle, both good examples of restrained improv, the former more in the e-a improv world, while Golub's work acoustic but using a more modern language. Good stuff.
Last, a new addition to the LTM set, which we've been purposefully growing... the latest release focuses on Bauhaus from 1919-1933, a mix of interviews and music from Bauhaus influenced artists like George Antheill and Stefan Wolpe. LTM's series, including Futurist, Dada and Surrealist music, has been a tremendous source of historic audio We first came on LTM seeking out Satie, but we're really convinced by the label. In fact, it made us start the "Historical" recordings section of the store.
Speaking of sections, we've now added a "Limited Edition & Out of Print" section to the store, which you'll find in the "Miscellaneous" section of the left navigation bar. I also added a link to the "World" music section of the store, which was somewhat implicit, but was only visible if you were already looking at a world release product. Check out the new Sublime Frequencies (Sun City Girls) releases while you're there!
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