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     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
May 5, 2016
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple, awesomely simple,
that's creativity."
-Charles Mingus

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

845 Audio
Audiographic Records
Audiographic Records /
     Pleasure of the Text Records
Edition Wandelweiser Records
Editions Mego
Ex Records
Fragment Factory
Herbal International

Improvising Beings
Karl Records
Moserobie Music
Pi Recordings
Small Scale Music
The Wire
Tour de Bras
Trost Records
      Creative Artists

• Ambarchi, Oren /
      Stefano Pilia /
      Massimo Pupillo
• Astral Colonels
     (Anthony Pateras /
      Valerio Tricoli)
• Derek Bailey /
      John Tilbury
• Cyro Baptista
• Antoine Beuger
• John Cage
• Kevin Drumm
• Leif Elggren
• eRikm
• The Ex
• Extended Pianos
     (Fox /
      Griswold /
     (Grand Groupe
• Ben Goldberg /
      John Schott /
      Trevor Dunn
• Illtet
     (Ladd /
      Parker /
      Sorey )
• Martin Kay
• Martin Kuchen &
      Landaeus Trio


• Jonas Kullhammar &
      The New Kids
      On The Rock
• Licht-Akiyama Trios
• LOK 03+1
     (Schlippenbach /
      Takase /
      DJ Illvibe /
• Nacka Forum
     (Kajfes /
      Kullhammar /
      Berthling /
• Nigero
• Tim Olive /
      Ben Owen
• Brotzmann Peter /
      Fred Hopkins /
      Rashied Ali
• Linda Sharrock
     The Network
• St. Francis Duo
     (Stephen O'Malley /
      Steve Noble)
• Henry Threadgill
     Ensemble Double Up
• Ken Vandermark /
      Paal Nilssen-Love
• The Wire
• Nate Wooley /
      Ken Vandermark
• John Zorn

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Squidco Clean Feed Sale

Portugal's Clean Feed label continues to impress us with their incredible taste in modern improvisation, and their drive to release one of the most interesting catalogs active in modern jazz. This week the label announced 12 new releases for the middle of May. So we're celebrating their announcement by reducing the price on more than 40 Clean Feed releases by 20%, or $12.00 each!

Take a look through the list of releases, which include some of our best selling Clean Feed titles. But hurry, because this sale ends Sunday, May 8!

Click to See Sale Items

Sale ends Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 23:59 EST (GMT-5). While quantities last. Sale items are not eligible for Squidco Reward Points.

   Jazz & Improvisation

Ambarchi, Oren / Stefano Pilia / Massimo Pupillo: Aithein [VINYL]

Oren Ambarchi (guitar/drums), Stefano Pilia (guitar), and Massimo Pupill (bass) team up for an instrumental trip bridging post-rock, drone, and improvisation, a dark journey that draws the listener into increasingly muscular playing as the ferocity of the music builds.
     Buy      $20.95      Listen          

Bailey, Derek / John Tilbury: Playing with a Dead Person [VINYL]

Despite their desire to record together, UK improvisers, guitarist Derek Bailey and pianist John Tilbury, never quite worked it out; so Tilbury instead took these solo Bailey recordings into the studio and improvised to them, making Bailey the dead leader of their duo.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Baptista, Cyro: Bluefly

A pop-infused psychedelic trip featuring Cyro with a huge lineup of superb musicians, lyrical improvisation with latin and world influences, with Baptista taking vocals over his eclectic and melodically embraceable music; a beautiful album to return to frequently.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee): Geste
(Tour de Bras)

Eric Normand's Quebec based 12-piece GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation) in an album of 5 improvisations and a piece by percussionist Danielle P. Roger; wonderfully creative music with eclectic instrumentation that's simultaneously challenging and fun.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Goldberg, Ben / John Schott / Trevor Dunn: Almost Never

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg leads a trio with electric guitarist John Schott and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn for a lyrical and beautifully reserved album of improvisation that uses a subtly spacious approach to creating environments for informed interchange.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Illtet (Ladd / Parker / Sorey ): Gain [VINYL WITH DOWNLOAD]

Crossing NY and Chicago artists, the quartet of Mike Ladd on vocals & synth, Jeff Parker on electric guitar, Tyshawn Sorey on drums, trombone & electric piano, and HPRIZM/High Priest on synth create thought-provoking spoken environments of intense improv.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Kuchen, Martin & Landaeus Trio: The Pity Of It All [VINYL]
(Moserobie Music)

Pianist Mathias Landaeus's trio with Johnny Aman on bass and Chris Montgomery on drums are joined by saxophonist Martin Kuchen (Angles, &c) for a limited edition LP of superb music merging free and lyrical elements for a tremendous modern jazz album.
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Kullhammar, Jonas & The New Kids On The Rock: [VINYL]
(Moserobie Music)

A demo album so good it had to be released: saxophonist Jonas Kullhamar (here on the Braithophone) leads a quartet with exceptional young Swedish jazz musicians Johan Graden (piano), Vilhelm Bromander (bass), and Konrad Agnas (drums); irresistible grooves with a great vibe!
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Licht-Akiyama Trios: Tomorrow Outside Tomorrow
(Editions Mego)

Alan Licht on guitar and electronics and Tetuzi Akiyama on guitar explored the lines that divide improvisation, composition, folk, blues, and experimental music in this Tokyo recording from 2014, two large works, the title track featuring Rob Mazurek on cornet.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

LOK 03+1 (Schlippenbach / Takase / DJ Illvibe / Lovens): Signals [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

Percussionist Paul Lovens joins the Lok 03 trio of Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano), Aki Takase (piano), and DJ Illvibe (turntables) for the follow-up to their 2005 debut, here in an extended album of playfully unexpected improv from four masterful players.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Nacka Forum (Kajfes / Kullhammar / Berthling / Osgood): We Are The World
(Moserobie Music)

Nacka Forum, the Scandinavian quartet of Jonas Kullhammar on sax and other winds, Goran Kajfes on trumpet & cornet, Johan Berthling on double bass and Kresten Osgood on drums, in their 5th studio album of lyrical free jazz of massive technical and creative skill.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Nacka Forum (Kajfes / Kullhammar / Berthling / Osgood): We Are The World [VINYL]
(Moserobie Music)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Nigero: Lunras Negras [CASSETTE]
(Small Scale Music)

Vocalist and guitarist Geraldine Celerier Eguiluz leads this Montreal string ensemble with voice and percussion through free improvisation that integrates musicians, language, friends, and accomplices in creating unique and explorative song environments.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Olive / Owen (Tim Olive / Ben Owen): 63-66
(845 Audio)

Recording in Brooklyn in 2014, this collaboration between Olive and Ben Owen presents four tracks of electronic improvisation using shortwave radio, oscillators, paper, contact microphones and magnetic pickups, creating a mysterious and well-paced album of sound experimentation.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Peter, Brotzmann / Fred Hopkins / Rashied Ali: Songlines [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Trost Records)

Emphasizing the lyrical aspects of free jazz, the superb trio of Peter Brotzmann on alto & tenor sax and taragato, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Rashied Ali on drums, recorded this album in 1991, now remastered to bring this exceptional music back to the foreground.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

Sharrock, Linda The Network: They Begin To Speak [2 CDs]
(Improvising Beings)

Improvising vocalist Linda Sharrock in a 2 CD release, one live with a sextet including trumpeter Itaru Oki and pianist Eric Zinman, one in the studio in a quartet with Derek Saw on trumpet and John Jasnoch on electric guitar, both performing the complex 3 part title track.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

St. Francis Duo (Stephen O'Malley / Steve Noble): Peacemaker Assembly [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

Guitarist Stephen O'Malley meets UK free improvising drummer Steve Noble in Philadelphia PA to record this mammoth duo of sound and drone guitar with active, deep drumming, a mesmerizing album of intense sound and rhythm.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Threadgill, Henry Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
(Pi Recordings)

Henry Threadgill's tribute to friend, composer-conductor Lawrence D. Butch Morris, in a detailed 4-part work with an excellent set of improvisers: Henry Threadgill, Jose Davila, Jason Moran, Christopher Hoffman, David Virelles, Roman Filiu, Curtis Macdonald, and Craig Weinrib.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Vandermark, Ken / Paal Nilssen-Love: The Lions Have Eaten One of the Guards
(Audiographic Records)

The continuing adventures of European drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark, this album was recorded live in Antwerp Belgium in 2013, showing the powerful technical skills of both players and their euphorically great approach to free improv.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Wooley, Nate / Ken Vandermark: All Directions Home
(Audiographic Records / Pleasure of the Text Records)

Live recordings from Milwaukee's Sugar Maple in 2015 of the dynamic and amazing duo of NY trumpeter Nate Wooley and Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark, a tour-de-force of technical and melodic playing showcasing both players and their nearly telepathic high-speed improv exchange.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Zorn, John: The Painted Bird

Crossing heavy improv with jazz, classical, world music and more, Zorn's latest compositions are handled by the ensemble of John Medeski (organ), Ches Smith (congas, Voudun drums), Kenny Wollesen (vibes), Kenny Grohowski (drums), and Matt Hollenberg (guitar).
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          



Astral Colonels (Anthony Pateras / Valerio Tricoli): Good Times in the End Times

Anthony Pateras & Valerio Tricoli worked 7 years transforming pianos, organs, harpsichords, tape machines and synthesizers into an expansive sonic otherworld that celebrates the "End of Times" in three parts; a meticulous and fascinating work.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Drumm, Kevin : The Back Room [VINYL]

Kevin Drumm released this originally on a CDR in 2012 to be sold on tour, now released properly on vinly LP, 5 tracks of intensive sound, glitch and feedback from one of the modern masters of noise.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Elggren, Leif: Das Baank [VINYL]
(Fragment Factory)

A solo album from veteran Swedish artist Leif Elggren, a sound and symbolic record as a powerful statement on the limits of social and political absurdity and corruption in our present time, and commenting on repression, violence, fear and power.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

eRikm: Doubse Hysterie

A 6 part work based on immersive listening with a smartphone featuring a GPS and audio headphones made during a train trip across the Arc Jurassien, developed into 6 rich and detailed compositions, performed with violinist Julia Eckhardt and cellist Silvia Platzer.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Extended Pianos (Fox / Griswold / Pateras): Switch On A Dime

Extended Pianos employ stochastic improvisations, live analogue processing, feedback experiments, atmospheric tape composition, and ultra-physical episodic structures to manipulate prepared piano performances in real time, creating an exceptional and engrossing work.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Kay, Martin: Courtyards
(Herbal International)

Sound artist Martin Kay focuses on the intimate and visceral symphony of domestic activity reverberating throughout a variety of shared courtyard spaces in Paris, using field recordings from various locations to examine their distinct acoustic characteristics.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          



Ex, The: The Ex at The Bimhuis (1991-2015) [2 CDs]
(Ex Records)

A double CD with booklet, posters and articles, compiling almost 25 years of live performances from the improvising and intelligent Netherlands rock band The Ex, 12 concerts with guests including Ab Baars, John Butcher, Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Getatchew Mekuria, &c.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          



Beuger, Antoine : Two . Too (For Erwin-Josef Speckmann)
(Edition Wandelweiser Records )

Jurg Frey on clarinet and Irene Kurka on soprano vocals perform Wandelweiser composer Antoine Beuger's extended composition "Two"; then the duo of Rhodri Davies on harp and Ko Ishikawa on sho are layered on the first recording, creating a refreshingly new take on the piece.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Cage, John: Empty Words
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

John Cage's "Empty Words" (1974) is drawn from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau, written in four parts: Part I omits sentences, Part II omits phrases, and Part III omits words. Part IV, which omits syllables, leaves us nothing but a virtual lullaby of letters and sounds.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          


   Books & Magazines

Wire, The: #387 May 2016 [MAGAZINE + CD]
(The Wire)

"Matt Krefting meets US folk maven Marissa Nadler... Daniel Spicer travels deep into Manchester's improv underground... Maverick Icelandic super conductor Ilan Volkov takes the Invisible Jukebox test... and more. Plus The Wire Tapper 40! The next volume in Wire's series of underground music anthologies is attached to the cover of every copy of the May issue - 20 new tracks from DJ Stingray, Susanna, Supersilent, The Library Of Babel and more."
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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 always see the latest new releases by checking our Just In Stock Section.


Oren Ambarchi / Kassel Jaeger / James Rushford:
Pale Calling [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)

The Artaud Beats :
(Recommended Records)

Baby Rap:
Voice Performance By Babies

Pascal Battus / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval :
Battus, Pascal / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval [2 CDs]

Antoine Beuger:
Keine Fernen Mehr
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

David Bowie:

Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert:

Dganit Elyakim :
Failing Better
(Aural Terrains)

David Fiuczynski :
Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! [VINYL]
(Rarenoise Records)

Frey . Beuger / Duo Contour :
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Oki Itaru / Leena Circus:
(Improvising Beings)

Tom Johnson:
Counting Keys
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Tom Johnson / Samuel Vriezen :
The Chord Catalogue. Within Fourths/Within Fifths
(Edition Wandelweiser Records )

Kawaguchi / Olive / Oshiro:
(845 Audio)

Serocki Kazimierz :

Beat Keller / Reza Khota Play Christian Wolff :
11 Microexercises
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Krokofant II
(Rune Grammofon)

Kuhn / Sewelson / Cleaver / Roland:
Our Earth / Our World

Yoshio Machida:
Steelpan Improvisation Series "i" [VINYL]

Yoshio Machida:
Steelpan Improvisation Series "ro" [VINYL]

Barbara Majewska Kinga / Emilia Sitarz:
play Franz Schubert Winterreise

Miimo 3

Miimo 4

Miimo 5

Michael Pisaro :
Harmony Series 11 - 16
(Edition Wandelweiser Records )

Jorge Queijo / Hiroki Chiba / Yoshio Machida:

Boguslaw Schaeffer :
Assemblage [2CDs]

Jean Schwarz:
Erda / Suite N [VINYL]
(Recollection GRM)

Joanna Sokolowska Halszka:
plays Franz Schubert Winterreise

Howard Stelzer :
The Case Against

Kamil Szuszkiewicz :
Robot Czarek

The Sound Within

Ken Vandermark :
Site Specific [2 CDs + BOOK]
(Audiographic Records)

Various Artists:
Solitude of Sounds: In memoriam Tomasz Sikorski

Richard Youngs :
plays Parallel Winter

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