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Squidco & The Squid's Ear
July 17, 2014
"If you look at the tradition of jazz or creative music,
it's always been an expression of the uniqueness of sound."
-Wadada Leo Smith

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Balance Point Acoustics
Banned Productions
Creative Sources
Dark Tree Records
Hat [now] ART
Headlights Recordings
Long Song Records

Recollection GRM
Rune Grammofon
Telegraph Harp
The Thing Records

      Creative Artists

• Blonk/Ewen/
• Brio
• Brotzmann/
• Crys Cole &
      Oren Ambarchi
• Sylvie Courvoisier
• DJ Lenar
• Drumheller
• Genetti/Smith/
• Glue
• Randy Greif
• Hartshaw/Aspelin/
• IKB Ensemble
• Lazro/
• Liebman/Dalachinsky +
      Richie Beirach
• Neil Metcalfe/
      Daniel Thompson
• Nicole Mitchell
      Sonic Projections


• Hedvig Mollestad
• Thurston Moore/
      Margarida Garcia
• David Moss/
      Hannes Strobl
• People
• Phantom Orchard
       With Ratkje/
• Shibolet/Jacoby/
• Wadada Smith Leo/
      George Lewis/
      John Zorn
• Tarbaby
      Lake & Ducret )
• James Tenney/
      Matthias Kaul
• The Thing
• John Zorn

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   Jazz & Improvisation

Blonk, Jaap / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn: North of Blanco
(Balance Point Acoustics)

Six focused quartet improvisations with complex, independent layers of rich textures. Featuring Dutch vocalist/sound-poet Jaap Blonk and three Texas improvisors: Damon Smith (bass), Sandy Ewen (guitar & objects), Chris Cogburn (percussion).
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Brotzmann / Adasiewicz / Edwards / Noble: Mental Shake

A return to the group that kick-started Otoroku - the veteran German reedsman and free jazz pioneer Peter Brotzmann with the long-running London bass/drums partnership of John Edwards and Steve Noble, recording at the last set of a two-day residency at Cafe OTO in 2013.
Squidco Pick

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Courvoisier, Sylvie Trio: Double Windsor

Sylvie Courvoisier's first recording for piano trio, performed with Drew Gress on bass and Kenny Wollensen, 9 passionate original compositions balancing melodic traditional work with through-composed and purely free playing; exceptional!
Squidco Pick

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Drumheller: Sometimes Machine

The Toronto jazz quintet Drumheller with Nick Fraser on drums, Eric Chenaux on guitar, Brodie West on sax, Rob Cloutton on bass and Doug Tielli on trombone mix avant and traditional jazz with a variety of musical forms to create persuasive and thoroughly enjoyable music.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Genetti / Smith / Lonberg-Holm: Sense of hearing
(Balance Point Acoustics)

A series of studio duets between free improvising vocalist Carol Genetti and bassist Damon Smith, with Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm joining for the final four pieces, which were recorded live at the Empty Bottle in Chicago.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Glue (Arthurs / Perkin / Dimitriadis): Chats With The Real McCoy
(Creative Sources)

The 2nd release from the free improvising trio of trumpeter Tom Arthurs, bassist Miles Perkins, and drummer Yorgo Dimitriadis, recording in the studio in Berlin, 2012 for 8 collective improvisations with melodic strength and intensive communication.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Hartshaw / Aspelin / Smith / Bryerton: Ausfegen (Dedicated To Joseph Beuys)
(Balance Point Acoustics)

Unusual improvisational forms from the quartet of saxophonist Paul Hartsaw, guitarist Kristian Aspelin, bassist Damon Smith and percussionist Jerome Byrerton, recording in Oakland, CA in 2006.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

IKB Ensemble: Anthropometrie Sans Titre
(Creative Sources)

A large Lisboa ensemble presenting a collective improvisation titled after a painting by Yves Klein, with performers including Ernesto Rodrigues (baritone violin), Miguel Mira (bass), Nuno Torres (sax), Carlos Santos (electronics), Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano), &c. &c.
Squidco Pick

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Lazro, Daunik / Benjamin Duboc / Didier Lasserre: Sens Radiants
(Dark Tree Records)

The superb trio of Daunik Lazro on baritone sax, Benjamin Duboc on bass, and Didier Lasserre on drum & cymbals, in a live recording from Ecouter pour l'instant festival, a long open work inspired by poet Henri Michaux's writings on emptiness & tranquility.
Squidco Pick

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Liebman, Dave / Steve Dalachinsky + guest Richie Beirach: The Fallout Of Dreams

A quintessential NY release from Brooklyn poet Steve Dalachinsky and saxophonist Dave Liebman with special guest pianist Richie Beirach, in 14 insightful works referencing and dedicated to Cecil Taylor, Billie Holiday, Jackson Pollock, Steve Lacy, &c &c.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Metcalfe, Neil / Daniel Thompson: Eight Improvisations
(Creative Sources)

Eight free improvisations recorded in the studio from London improvisers, guitarist Daniel Thompson and flautist Neil Metcalf, recorded and presented in the order played to maintain the familiar dialog and sense of adventure between two frequent collaborators.
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Mitchell, Nicole Sonic Projections (Mitchell / Taborn / Boykin / Taylor): The Secret Escapades Of Velvet Andersen

Chicago flutist Nicole Mitchell's NY band with Craig Taborn (piano & wurlitzer), David Boykin (sax), Chad Taylor (drums & guitar) in a tribute to her mentor, the late saxophonist Fred Anderson and his Velvet Lounge club, in an excellent mix of free and melodic playing.
Squidco Pick

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Moore, Thurston / Margarida Garcia: The Rust Within Their Throats [VINYL]
(Headlights Recordings)

A one-sided LP of guitarist Thurston Moore and electric double bassist Margardia Garcia performing live at ZBD in Lisbon in 2013, strange sounds that cross sound and noise work with ea-improv in sometimes horrific yet wonderfully mysterious ways.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Moss, David / Hannes Strobl: At The Beach

Merging Hannes Strobl's electric bass and effects with David Moss' unusual vocal approach into stream of consciousness observations and rich music of momentum and mood that are evocative, mysterious and fully engaging.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

People (Halvorson / Shea / Forester): 3xaWoman
(Telegraph Harp)

A beautifully balanced Downtown NY album mixing rock forms with improvisation from some of NY's finest improvisers: the trio of Mary Halvorson (guitar, voice, compositions), Kyle Forester (bass), and Kevin Shea (drums) with guests Peter Evans, Sam Kulik, and Dan Peck.
Squidco Pick

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Phantom Orchard Ensemble (Parkins/Mori With Ratkje/Courvoisier/Parkins/Parkins): Through The Looking-Glass

Expanding their duo into a sextet with the addition of strings (Sara Parkins, Maggie Parkins), piano (Sylvie Courvoisier) and voice (Maja Ratkje), Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins have created a compelling and varied soundscape inspired by fairy stories the world over.
Squidco Pick

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Shibolet / Jacoby / Frangenheim / Bymel: Skulking In The Big House
(Creative Sources)

Five open improvisations from the quartet of Israeli saxophonist Ariel Shibolet, viola player Nori Jacoby, drummer Offer Bymel and double bassist Alexander Frangenheim, recording in Frangenheim's studio in Germany in 2011.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Smith, Wadada Leo / George Lewis / John Zorn: Sonic Rivers

Tzadik's new Spectrum series begins with the collaboration of 3 legendary NY performers--Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet); George Lewis (trombone); John Zorn (alto sax)--in 8 technically superb and joyfully unique compositions and collective improvisations.
Squidco Pick

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Tarbaby (Waits / Evans / Revis / + Lake & Ducret ): Fanon

Tarbaby (Orrin Evans on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums) is joined by saxophonist Oliver Lake and guitarist Marc Ducret for an album inspired by philosopher, psychologist and revolutionary Franz Fanon, a superb album balancing melodic and intense playing.
Squidco Pick

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Thing, The: Boot! [VINYL 7-INCH]
(The Thing Records)

A Record Store Day 7" release to accompany the LP edition of the LP of the same name from The Thing (Mats Gustafsson-bas sax; Paal Nilssen-Love-drums; Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-electric bass), adding 2 tracks: "Empty from Bawling" and "Bruises Without Contact".
Squidco Pick

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Cole, Crys & Oren Ambarchi: Sonja Henies vei 31

An extended collage work of organized sound from Crys Cole and Oren Ambarchi, created during a week-long tour in Norway, using field recordings, tape hiss, metallic clinks and wandering voices to create a dreamlike narrative.
     Buy      $26.95      Listen          

DJ Lenar: Re:PRES

A series of works from improvising DJ Lenar (Marcin Lenarczyk), using material from the large volumes of miniatures created by Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES) artist Eugeniusz Rudnik, transformed into new concrete compositions; in other words, reprising PRES.
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Greif, Randy: Dirt Crawl Blues [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

A 4 track cassette of beats, robotic voices and other Greif oddities, definitely an obscure gem from the large discography of this experimental explorer.
     Buy      $5.95          

Various Artists: Blanc et Rouge [3 CDs]

Under the wing of the Warsaw Polish Radio Experimental Studio emerged dozens of hours of socially engaged music from artists including Eugeniusz Rudnik, Krzysztof Penderecki, Elzbieta Sikora, Krzystof Knittel, &c.
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Various Artists: PRES Scores [2 CDs]

Polish Radio Experimental Studio's late 50's achievements included first attempts to write down electronic sounds through graphics; this CD presents 5 such scores heard in experimental realizations commissioned of Lionel Marchetti, Thomas Lehn, Philip Zoubek and Wolfram, &c.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          



Brio: Acid Cock
(Long Song Records)

The Zagreb, Croatia free jazz/noise rock guitar-drums duo of Gordan Krajacic on guitar and Neven Krajacic on drums and vocals in their 3rd release, a suite blending melody with brutal atonality, hard groove and guitar-riffs with free playing.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Mollestad, Hedvig Trio: Enfant Terrible [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)

Norway's free avant/metal prog trio is led by guitarist Hedvig Mollestad with her trio of Ivar Loe Bjornstad on drums and bassist Ellen Brekken, in an album of driving anthemic rock that balances Mahavishnu and Zeppelin riffs in excellent and demanding instrumental rock.
     Buy      $21.95          



Various Artists: Traces Three [VINYL]
(Recollection GRM)

Works from the late 1970s by 4 French Groupe De Recherches Musicales composers--Charles Clapaud, Janez Maticic, Servio Tulio Marin, and Eugeniusz Rudnik--short pieces using electroacoustic, electronic, concrete and other modern approaches in fascinating and unusual compositions.
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Zorn, John: Myth And Mythopoeia

Five compositional works for strings and voice from John Zorn, performed by the Arditti Quartet, Talea Ensemble, cellist Jeff Zeigler, and Zorn regulars Chris Otto, Jay Campbell & Stephen Gosling.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          


Squidco Hat Hut 40% Anniversary Sale
Squidco & Hat Hut 40th Anniversary Sale!

Switzerland's Hat Hut Records began its journey 40 years ago, releasing superb improvised and avant compositional music. Squidco and Hat Hut have worked together for over the last 12 years providing and distributing Hat Hut releases, and we're proud to include them in our catalog.

To celebrate Hat Hut's 40th Anniversary we're offering the following discount: Buy any 5 Hat Hut titles and take 40% off their regular retail price!

Click here to see all titles in our Hat Category.

Sale ends July 31, 2014. Discount applied at checkout time. Order will be shipped as quickly as possible, but orders requiring stock from Switzerland will be sent after the sale has completed and additional stock has been received. Sale items are not eligible for Reward Points.

Another Timbre Mini-Sale!

Next week we'll add 4 new titles from the great reductionist UK label "Another Timbre" to our New Release section. But first, we've reduced the price on the more than a dozen Another Timbre titles below our distribution price, each at $10.95. But hurry, this sale ends at midnight, July 20, 2014!

Sale ends Sunday, July 20, 2014, Prices shown are discounted, sale items are eligible for reward points.

Click here to see the Another Timbre Sale titles.

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