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UPDATE
August 20, 2015
"We write at the present on a blank slate,
but we carry knowledge a little further
from civilizations which preceded us." -Eric La Casa

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Another Timbre
Confront
Herbal International
Improvising Beings
Mikroton Recordings
Nueni

    
OutNow Recordings
Pi Recordings
Random Acoustics
Samizdat
Tzadik

 
      Creative Artists
    

• Barriere, Lali /
     Miguel A. Garcia
• Philippe Battikha
• Burkhard Beins /
     Enrico Malatesta /
     Michael Vorfeld /
     Christian Wolfarth /
     Ingar Zach
• Ilia Belorukov /
     Harpakahylo /
     Patryk Lichota /
     Kim_Nasung
• Eric Cordier /
     Seijiro Murayama
• Benjamin Duboc
• Leif Elggren /
     Joachim Nordwall
• Amir ElSaffar
     Two Rivers Ensemble
• Sandy Ewen /
     Damon Smith
• Forro Zinho /
     Zorn, John
• Jurg Frey
• Georg Graewe
• Magnus Granberg


      

• Bret Higgins'
     Atlas Revolt
• Gene Janas /
     Vinnie Paternostro /
     Jay Reeve /
     Other Matter
• Lucien Johnson /
     Alan Silva /
     Makoto Sato
• Zbigniew Karkowski /
     Kelly Churko
• Yoni Kretzmer /
     Andrew Drury
• Eric La Casa /
     Cedric Peyronnet
• Itapu Oki /
     Axel Dorner
• Matilda Rolfsson /
     Richard Sanderson /
     Mark Wastell
• Sharon Sharrock
• Patrick Shiroishi
• SQID
• Taumatrop
     (Fages /
     Marquez)


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  Squidco's ABC Sale Squidco ABC Sale!

For the rest of the summer and into the autumn we're running label sales in alphabetic order. Each week we'll offer a sale from one or more of our core labels actively releasing new titles. The sales will be in alphabetic order and will feature one of more labels in a given alphabet set, discounting their pre-2015 releases. Each will offer the same discounts: buy any title from the labels and albums listed, take 20% off its title; buy 3 or more titles and take 30% off those titles. It's a great opportunity to check out a label you're unfamiliar with or fill in gaps in you collection!

This week from Thursday, August 20 through Wednesday, August 26, we're offering discounts on more than 800 titles from following labels: Clean Feed, Circulasione, Citystream, Confront, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Corvo, Creative Sources, Cryptogramophone, Cut, D'Autres Cordes, Dancing Wayang, Den Records, DMG ARC, Doubtmusic, Driff Records, Drip Audio, Edition Rz, Emanem, Engine, erstwhile, and a handful of other labels.

Click Here to See ABC Sale items

Sale ends Thursday August 26 at 23:59 EST. In stock items only (items will disappear from the store when sold out). Discount applied at checkout time. Sale items are not eligible for Squidco Reward Points.





   Jazz & Improvisation

Battikha, Philippe: Invisible Backgrounds
(Samizdat)


A beautiful solo album from Montreal/Brooklyn trumpeter Philippe Battikha, who also developed the field recordings over which he plays, joined on two tracks by double bassist Johan Fortune, in a melancholy and haunting album of emotionally rich soundscapes.
 
Squidco Pick

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Beins, Burkhard / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach: Gluck
(Mikroton Recordings)


The international percussion quintet of Burkhard Beins, Enrico Malatesta, Michael Vorfeld, Christian Wolfarth and Ingar Zach, using compositional and improvisational methods to create new forms of contemporary percussion music with a unique group aesthetic.
 
Squidco Pick

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Belorukov, Ilia / Harpakahylo / Patryk Lichota / Kim_Nasung: After
(Nueni)


A short and succinct album of free improvisation from the Russian quartet of Ilia Belorukov (sax), Hapakahylo (drums, objects), Patryk Lichota (sax, objects), and Kim_Nasung (Guzheng), using unusual techniques to conjur unexpected audio environments.
   
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Duboc, Benjamin: St. James Infirmary
(Improvising Beings)


French bassist Benjamin Duboc, part of The Turbine!, Nuts, and a member of the Dark Tree roster, in a solo album of two extended improvisations: the traditional folk song "St. James Infirmary Blues"; and a free improvisation named for the church in which the album was recorded.
   
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ElSaffar, Amir Two Rivers Ensemble: Crisis
(Pi Recordings)


NY trumpeter Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Ensemble, exploring the juncture between jazz and music of the Middle East through sophisticated and lyrically stunning music, here focusing on revolution, civil war, and sectarian violence; a culture's struggle for survival.
 
Squidco Pick

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Ewen, Sandy / Damon Smith: Valle de Mexico
(Confront)


Guitarist Sandy Ewen and double bassist Damon Smith recorded these 2 extended improvsations in concert as part a "Desbordamientos" series at Cine Tonala, in Mexico City, pairing live music with screenings of Derek Bailey's 4-part series on improvisation.
   
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Graewe, Georg: Stills And Stories
(Random Acoustics)


German pianist and Euro Free Jazz stalwart Georg Graewe in his first solo release in more than a decade, a remarkable set of succinct compositions balancing astonishing technical skills with beautifully expressive playing, presented in several series of "stills" and "stories".
 
Squidco Pick

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Janas, Gene / Vinnie Paternostro / Jay Reeve / Other Matter : United Slaves #2~3
(Improvising Beings)


Recorded in Brooklyn and Paris, this quintet crosses the threshold between jazz, rock and electronic sound with a somewhat dark intent, using guitar & sitar, organs, syths, pianos, drums, bass and sounds to evoke thick and extended psychedelic environments.
   
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Johnson, Lucien / Alan Silva / Makoto Sato: Stinging Netttles
(Improvising Beings)


The trio of New Zealand saxophonist Lucien Johnson, living in Paris, with the rhythm section of Alan Silva on double bass and Makoto Sato on drums for an expressive album of free jazz with inventive counterpoint and soulful playing in the Ayler tradition.
   
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Kretzmer, Yoni / Andrew Drury: Oranges
(OutNow Recordings)


A Downtown NY duo of OutNow label leader and saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer with drummer Andrew Drury, who both push the envelop with extended and unusual techniques amidst energetic playing and unusual freeform improv yielding unusual audio environments.
   
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

 
Oki, Itapu / Axel Dorner: Root Of Bohemian
(Improvising Beings)


Two trumpeters 20 years apart, Germany's Axel Dorner and Japan's Itaru Oki are both known for their versatile approach to jazz, from traditional to the freest forms using extended techniques, in a unique dialog challenging the limits of the horn with fascinating results.
   
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Rolfsson, Matilda / Richard Sanderson / Mark Wastell: Live at l'Klectic
(Confront)


The subtly complex trio of Richard Sanderson on amplified melodeon, dictaphones & small percussion, Mark Wastell on tam-tam & shruti box, and Matilda Rolfsson on percussion performing an extended improvisation live at The Horse Improv Club, l'Klectic, London.
   
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

 
Sharrock, Sharon: No Is No (Don't Fuck Around With Your Women)
(Improvising Beings)


Two extended and frenetic works of improvisation with free vocals from Linda Sharock, in a sextet including Itaru Oki on trumpet, Mario Rechter on reeds & voilin, Eric Zinman on piano, Makoto Sato on drums and Yoram Rosilio on bass; demanding, complex and cathartic jazz!
   
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Shiroishi, Patrick: White Sun Sutra
(Confront)


Upsilon Acrux/Corima/Nakata saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi in an emotional album of solo saxophone recorded as a tribute to his grandfather, alone and overdubbed, pushing the limits of his mind and body through haunting, beautiful, and intense compositions and playing.
   
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

 
SQID: SQID
(Mikroton Recordings)


An international quartet of electroacoustic improvisers, SQID (Angelica Castello, Mario de Vega, Attila Faravelli and Burkhard Stangl) formed in 2011, using field recordings of sound instruments and objects which they use in live performance to make remarkable audio environments.
 
Squidco Pick

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   Experimental/Electronic

Barriere, Lali / Miguel A. Garcia : Espejuelo
(Nueni)


The duo of Miguel A. Garcia on electronics and Lali Barriere on objects and no-input mixer for an album of investigative, detailed improvisation that's well paced and calmly complex.
   
     Buy      $14.95          

 
Cordier, Eric / Seijiro Murayama: Nuit
(Herbal International)


On the surface an album of organized field recordings, which Eric Cordier recorded in both France and Japan, from outdoor sounds (frogs/birds) to indoor environments, over which Murayama added percussion and vocal utterances, synthesizing unusual and engaging environments.
   
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Elggren, Leif / Joachim Nordwall: Prepresence
(Confront)


A heavy, lo-fi, monster drone set recorded in concert at iDEALFEST, Fylkingen, Stockholm from the duo of Ideal Label head Joachim Nordwall & electronic artist Leif Elggren, using electric hair clippers and analogue synthesiser yielding a thick yet detailed performance.
   
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Karkowski, Zbigniew / Kelly Churko: Infallibilism
(Herbal International)


Noise and sound artist Zbigniew Karkowski and Canadian born Japanese based noiser Kelly Churko in four recordings from Super Deluxe and Soup in Tokyo, bookmarking the release with harsh distortion offset by spacious and dynamic glitch and subtly aberrant sound.
   
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La Casa, Eric / Cedric Peyronnet: La Creuse
(Herbal International)


Eric La Casa and Cedric Peyronnet collected sounds in a triangular area in the north of the Creuse departement, France, giving the landscape a sonic corporeality by each initiating a sound work based on a specific site, which the other composer expanded upon.
   
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Taumatrop (Fages / Marquez): For John Ayrton Paris
(Confront)


The duo of Ferran Fages on electronic devices and Eduard Maquez on percussion in a beautiful long-form drone, a drifting and haunting work that hangs off of slowly building crescendos which release to beautifully suspended sonic environments.
   
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   Rock/R.I.O./Prog

Forro Zinho / Zorn, John: Forro Zinho - Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn
(Tzadik)


Forro is a NY East Village rock ensemble that reinterprets forro--traditional Brazilian folk music--using modern Downtown language, here taking on the compositions of John Zorn in rhythmically rich melodic approaches that's equal parts tribute and collaboration.
 
Squidco Pick

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Higgins', Bret Atlas Revolt: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt
(Tzadik)


A Canadian quintet led by double bassist Bret Higgins (Zebrina) merging latin, R&B, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves, lyrical and upbeat music that borrows freely from a variety of world and folk styles in exuberant ways.
   
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   Compositional

Frey, Jurg : Grizzana and other pieces 2009-2014 [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)


The Ensemble Grizzana (Ryoko Akama, Mira Benjamin, Richard Craig, Emma Richards, Philip Thomas and Seth Woods) performs a series of delicate and beautiful chamber pieces by Swiss composer and clarinetist Jurg Frey, who also performs on clarinet.
 
Squidco Pick

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Granberg, Magnus : How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky?
(Another Timbre)


Swedish composer Magnus Granberg (Skogen) places baroque instruments alongside prepared piano, objects and electronics in an exquisite 60-minute piece performed with an excellent set of performers including Cyril Bondi, d'incise, Eric Ruffing, Christoph Schiller, &c.
 
Squidco Pick

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Saunders, James : Assigned #15
(Another Timbre)


Leading contemporary music ensemble Apartment House perform a new piece developing out of James Saunders's long-term modular project '#unassigned'; the new piece, "assigned #15" creates a mesmeric, dense, jungle-like soundworld across its 45 minutes duration.
   
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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.



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