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Squidco & The Squid's Ear
September 25, 2014
"Authority inside a group is determined
by the appropriateness of an action.
So this is why I say that
politicians can learn more from the music
than we can learn from politics."
-Evan Parker

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

482 Music
5049 Records
Dancing Wayang
Important Records

Music a la Coque
Palaver Press
Post Consumer
Relative Pitch
Rune Grammofon
Setola Di Maiale

      Creative Artists

• Oren Ambarchi &
      Eli Keszler
• Bad News
      From Houston
• Joachim Badenhorst/
      John Butcher/
      Paul Lytton
• Ray Brassier & Mattin
• Mark Browne
• Jeremiah Cymerman/
      Evan Parker/
      Nate Wooley
• Decoy with Joe Mcphee
• Arve Henriksen
• Ist
• Martin Kuchen
• Lily Maase Trio
• Thollem McDonas/
      Gino Robair
• Roscoe Mitchell/
      Mike Reed


• Paal Nilssen-Love
      Large Unit
• Nu Creative Methods
• Pauline Oliveros
• Evan Parker &
      ylvie Courvoisier
• The Sealed Knot
• Sepiasonic
• Sontag Shogun
• Szilard
• Tank Of Danzig
• Tilting
• Traw/Rhodri Davies
• Otomo Yoshihide/
      Paal Nilssen-Love
• Zebrina
• Zeitkratzer
      Lou Reed
• John Zorn
• Rutger Zuydervelt

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   Jazz & Improvisation

Bad News From Houston (McDonas / Dieterich): In The Valley Of The Cloud Builder
(Post Consumer)

Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich meets ups with keyboardist Thollem McDonas in an unusual duo created from amplified piano and acoustic guitar and feedback, creating compelling and inventive music and sonic environments.
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Badenhorst, Joachim / John Butcher / Paul Lytton: Nachtigall

Belgian multi-reedist Joachim Badenhorst organized this trio with saxophonist John Butcher & percussionist Paul Lytton as part of a series of concerts in his home town, where they recorded this album, an impressive suite of extended techniques and intense dialog.
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Browne, Mark: Genial Decay

Using sopranino, sorano and decayed tenor saxophone, Mark Brown recorded these unusual improvisations, generating a huge variety of sounds and tones, and then constructing those recordings into this curious and captivating 40 minute work.
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Cymerman, Jeremiah / Evan Parker / Nate Wooley: World of Objects
(5049 Records)

The trio of Evan Parker on tenor & soprano sax, Jeremiah Cymerman on clarinet & electronics, and Nate Wooley on trumpet, performing live at The Stone, NYC in 2013 in a remarkable concert intensified by Cymerman's studio processing to emphasize aspects of the performance.
Squidco Pick

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Decoy with Joe Mcphee: Spontaneous Combustion [2 CDs]

A 2 CD issue of the 2013 LP with 78 additional minutes, from the two day residency at UK's Cafe Oto of Decoy (bassist John Edwards, Alexander Hawkins on Hammond B3, and drummer Steve Nobles) with special guest Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and alto sax.
Squidco Pick

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Henriksen, Arve : The Nature of Connections
(Rune Grammofon)

Featuring pieces composed by trumpeter Arve Henriksen's collaborators, and original material, this album is tinted with Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music, beautiful pieces summoning the past in modern ways.
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Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell): Consequences (of Time and Place)

ist (The Improvising String Trio) of Rhodri Davies (harp), Simon H. Fell (bass) and Mark Wastell (violincello) performing at The Natural Music Club in London, 1997, using unorthodox techniques in indeterminate systems and free improvisation for fascinating results.
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Kuchen, Martin : ...And Everything Inside Came Down As Dust

During his residency in Vienna as part of Johannes Heuer's "Vor Anker", Kuchen recorded these curious solo works using saxophone and preparations, 6 pieces of understated intent using unconventional approaches rewarding the active listener.
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McDonas, Thollem / Gino Robair: Trio Music Minus One (For Dennis Palmer)
(Setola Di Maiale)

Remembering Shaking Ray Levis' Dennis Palmer in a duo between percussionist Gino Robair and pianist Thollem McDonas on Rhodes and analog effects, a mind-bending display of technical brilliance and unexpected twists and turns, a fitting tribute to the late SRL keyboardist.
Squidco Pick

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Mitchell, Roscoe / Mike Reed: In Pursuit of Magic
(482 Music)

Chicago drummer Mike Reed and AACM legendary saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell reunite for two masterful extended improv pieces, recorded live at Constellation in Chicago in 2013.
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Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit: Erta Ale [3 CD BOX SET]

Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit of some of Norway's brightest young improvisers in a solid 3-CD box set recorded live during their 2014 tour, performing Nilssen-Love's compositions that focus on interaction, free improvisation, sound, dynamics and energy.
Squidco Pick

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Nu Creative Methods: Superstitions
(Music a la Coque)

Originally released in 1984 on cassette by ADN tapes, these early works from Bernard Pruvost and Pierre Bastien use an unusual array of instruments to create irregular improvised music with a No Wave aesthetic.
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Parker, Evan & Sylvie Courvoisier: Either Or And
(Relative Pitch)

A powerful duo recorded in the studio after their 2013 performance at The Stone in NYC from NY pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and UK saxophonist Evan Parker, with extraordinary playing over eight pieces presenting an inspired range of technical and impressionistic styles.
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Sealed Knot, The: All Angels

The 1st official recording of ea-improv trio The Sealed Knot (Burkhard Beins (percussion), Rhodri Davies (harp) and Mark Wastell (violincello)) is this live concert from All Angels Church, London in 2000, part of a series of collaborations between London and Berlin improvisers.
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Sepiasonic: Sepiasonic

The sepiasonic ensemble, originally created by Claudio Puntin, Insa Rudolph and Samuel Rohrer, documented here on Arjunamusic, in improvisations, songs and soundscapes blend voice, 3 flutes, reeds, electronics and song in sublime ways.
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Tilting: Holy Seven

Bassist Nic Caloia (Ratchet Orchestra) with his Montreal based quartet of pianist Guillaume Dostaler, drummer Isaiah Ceccarelli and Jean Derome on baritone sax and bass flute, in an album of great compositional mood and creative playing.
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Traw / Rhodri Davies: Cwymp Y Dwr Ar Ganol Dydd

Traw (Welsh for pitch or encompassing wholeness) is harpist and electronic artist Rhodri Davies with sampling and real-time processing artists Owen Martell, Richard Llewellyn, and Simon Proffitt, here in 6 pieces about water using layers of Davies' sonic output.
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Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love:

The fiery, complex and exultant duo of drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar, performing at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse in May 2013, an intense and rewarding set from two authoritative improvisers.
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Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love: [VINYL]

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
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Zebrina: Hamidbar Medaber

Canadian jazz pianist Jonathan Feldman leads this dynamic band blending 21st century lyrical jazz with klezmer influences, featuring West Coast clarinetist Ben Goldberg, in an album of compelling and dynamic compositions.
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John : The Testament Of Solomon

Zorn's Gnostic Trio (Bill Frisell-guitar; Carol Emanuel-harp; Kenny Wollesen-vibes) in an album drawing inspiration from the Biblical Song of Solomon, intended as a companion to Zorn's vocal masterpiece Shir Hashirim, creating a beautiful blend of classical, jazz and folk music.
Squidco Pick

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Ambarchi, Oren & Eli Keszler: Alps [VINYL]
(Dancing Wayang)

Guitarist Oren Ambarchi and percussionist Eli Keszler meet for two side-long pieces releaesed on 300 gram vinyl, mixing improv, noise, rock, and drone, journeys in assertive sound that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.
Squidco Pick

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Brassier, Ray & Mattin: Unfree Improvisation/Compulsive Freedom

A sound work about freedom, choice and politics, performed at Arika's Festival Episode 4 "Freedom is a Constant Struggle" in Glasgow, 2013, from the duo of Mattin (computer and feedback) and written with Lebanese philosopher Ray Brassier.
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Oliveros, Pauline: Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970 [12 CD BOX][REPRESSED]
(Important Records)

Dense 12 disc collection of Pauline Oliveros' early and unreleased electronic work including her very first piece for tape made in 1961, with the majority of these pieces having never before been released.
Squidco Pick

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Sontag Shogun: Tale
(Palaver Press)

Brooklyn's Sontag Shogun (Ian Temple-piano; Jesse Perlstein-electronics; Jeremy Young-tapes & electronics) in their debut album, compiling three years of composing and directed textural improvisations, presented in 9 rich musical works.
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Szilard: Rust Parhelion [CASSETTE]
(Palaver Press)

Limited cassette release of Sizlard's beautiful "colourpalette" loop series, featuring two side-length pieces composed for rotating loop-cycles, which adhere to strict compositional limitations.
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Zuydervelt, Rutger : Stay Tuned

An adaptation of a multi-channel sound installation, inspired by the tuning of an orchestra, with contributions from 152 musicians including Jeb Bishop, Olivia Block, Werner Dafeldecker, Ferran Fages, Franz Hautzinger, Martin Kuchen, Annette Krebs, Nate Wooley, &c. &c.
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Maase, Lily Trio: The Suite Unraveling

NY guitarist Lily Maase's The Suite Unraveling present their first release as a trio with Curt Garey on percussion and keys, and Michael Kammers on sax and organ, adventurous music bridging rock and jazz in Dowtnown NY ways.
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Tank Of Danzig: Not Trendy
(Music a la Coque)

Blending elements of punk, no wave and free improvisation reminding of Crass, The Ex, Gang of Four, &c., the cry of free jazz driven by strong bass lines and groove guitar riffs, this Italian band sings in English on a mix of socially conscious songs and observant themes.
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TSIGOTI: Read Between The Lines...Think Outside Them
(Post Consumer)

The TSIGOTI quarter brings together Italians Jacopo Andreini on guitar, Andrea Caprara on drums, and Piero Spitilli on bass with California pianist Thollem McDonas for critical avant punk with a technically brilliant flair.
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Zeitkratzer Performs Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music [VINYL 2 LPs]

Zeitkratzer directed by Reinhold Friedl reinterpret Lou Reed's controversial album "Metal Machine Music", transcribing the sounds to create an acoustic music score for their ensemble to play live.
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Mostly Other People Do The Killing:

(Hot Cup Records)

New York's brilliant band takes on Miles Davis' classic Kind of Blue in a note-for-note recreation, a head-scratching anomaly that is as close to performing a perfect replica as one can imagine.

But, is it jazz?!?...

Click here to Read our Squid's Ear Review of Blue

Now Taking Pre-Orders to ship October 7, 2014

Squidco's Cassette Day Sale

We don't carry many cassette releases, but those that we do represent excellent improvised or experimental music from artists looking forward and backward. To celebrate Cassette Day on Saturday, September 27, we're offering our customers 15% OFF the regular price of all in-stock cassettes!

Discount applied at checkout time, discounted items are eligible for reward points. Sale ends Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 23:59 EST (GMT-5).

Click here to see our Cassette Category!

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   Recent Reviews

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Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Blue (Hot Cup Records)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing:
(Hot Cup Records)

Kesten, Christian & Mark Trayle / Annette Krebs: The Berlin Series no. 2 (Another Timbre)

Kesten, Christian & Mark Trayle / Annette Krebs:
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(Another Timbre)

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   In Stock and Ready to Ship

ARK (Lonfat / Huber):
(Creative Sources)

BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell):
Live at Hundred Years Gallery

Bohlen / Reimann Duo:
2nd Floor
(Creative Sources)

Celer & Machinefabriek:
Numa / Penarie [VINYL 7-inch]
(Self Released)

Chenard, Sylvie / Alexandre Dubuc / Cathy Heyden / Remi Leclerc:
(Tour de Bras)

Davies, Angharad :
Six Studies

Edwards, Michael:
For Rei As A Doe
(Aural Terrains)

Fujii, Satoko / Tamura, Natsuki :
In Krakow In November
(Not Two Records)

Illusion Of Safety:
Children Of The Fear Of Truth [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Jerman, Jeph:

Jerman, Jeph:
Quo Modo Deum
(No Label)

Laubrock, Ingrid Octet:
Zurich Concert

Leandre, Joelle / Michael Duch:
(Live at) Gramolna

Morris, Joe / Chris Cretella:
(Glacial Erratic)

Murayama, Seijiro / Eric La Casa:
Paris: Public Spaces

Nordwall, Joachim:

Noyes, Lee:
Truth In Opposition [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Oceans of Silver & Blood:


Partch, Harry:
Bitter Music (Music of Harry Partch Vol. 1) [3 CDs]
(Bridge Records)

Partch, Harry:
Plectra and Percussion Dances
(Bridge Records)

Piiptsjilling (Kleefstra / Kleefstra / Mariska Baars / Zuydervelt):

Prevost, Helene:
A La Plage
(Tour de Bras)

Roberts, Matana / Sam Shalabi / Nicolas Caloia:
(Tour de Bras)

Rosenqvist, Dag / Rutger Zuydervelt:

Sealed Knot, The:

Subotnick, Morton:
The Wild Bull [VINYL][REISSUE]

Tabuenca, Luis :
(Aural Terrains)

Various Artists:
(Runningonair Music)

Wastell, Mark:
Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands

Wright, Jack / John Nystrom:
Audible Shadows
(Spring Garden Music)

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