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April 24, 2015
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-David Behrman

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Alga Marghen
Important Records
Moserobie Music
Northern Spy

Ozit Records
Umlaut Records

      Creative Artists

• Albatre
• Robert Ashley
• David Behrman
• Tim Berne's Snakeoil
• James Blackshaw
• Per Bloland
• John Butcher /
     Phil Durrant /
     John Russell
• Coclea
• Brian Eno
• Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble
• Kullrusk
• Arto Lindsay


• Marcio Mattos
• Nordstrom /
     Johansson /
• Charlemagne Palestine
• Evan Parker
• Michael Pisaro
• John Russell /
     Phil Durrant /
     John Butcher
• Joana Sa
• Don Vliet Van
     (Captain Beefheart)
     and The Magic Band
• John Zorn

Squid BubbleWeb

A shorter than usual list as we catch up after Record Store Day. Be sure to check our Just In section, as many new releases have come in over the last week!

   Jazz & Improvisation

Albatre: A Descent Into Maelstrom

An experimental music trio playing a joyously harrowing display of urgent bass & sax noise, skewed jazz elements, frantic but meticulous drumming and abrupt moodshifts, representative of the crossover of improv, noise rock and jazz currently made in Holland.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Berne's, Tim Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me

Saxophonist Tim Berne in his 3rd ECM album, leading his NY band Snakeoil, now a quintet with guitarist Ryan Ferreira joining pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and percussionist Ches Smith, for intricate, dynamic and sophisticated modern jazz.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Butcher, John /
     Phil Durrant /
     John Russell:
The Scenic Route

1999 release of the trio of John Butcher on soprano & tenor sax, Phil Durrant on violin, and John Russell on guitar, meticulous improvisation using outrageous technique, "unorthodox thematic development and off-center interplay which at times is odd and surreal".
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Fine, Milo Free Jazz Ensemble: Earlier Outbreaks of Iconoclasm (1976-8) [2 CDs]

An excellent reissue of reedist/drummer/pianist Milo Fine, bringing together material released on Hat Hut in 1976 & '7 ("Hah!" & "The Constant Extension Of Inescapable Tradition") plus his never-issued '78 album "When I Was Five Years Old, I Predicted Your Whole Life".
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Kullrusk: Spring Spring Spring Spring Spring [180 g RED VINYL]
(Moserobie Music)

A limited reissue of the 2005 release from the quartet of Jonas Kullhammar (amplified clarinet & tenor sax), Per Johansson (amplified clarinet & alto sax), Sven Lindvall-Bjarton (bass), & Martin Jonsson-Vistalite (drums), in a great blend of free & contemporary jazz.
     Buy      $24.95          

Lindsay, Arto : Encyclopedia of Arto [2 VINYL LPS]
(Northern Spy)

NY-based Arto Lindsay's diverse career includes No Wave band DNA, Ambitious Lovers with Peter Scherer, acclaimed Brazilian-tinged pop records, and improvising with a great set of Downtown NY players, much of which is presented in this excellent cross-section of his work to date.
     Buy      $25.95      Listen          

Mattos, Marcio: SOL[os]

Surprisingly the first solo album from bassist Marcio Mattos, an important member of the London free improv and jazz scenes since the 70's, here presenting recordings from late 90s and 2000's, and a live recording at St. Mary's Old Church in Stoke Newington, 2010.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Nordstrom /
     Johansson /
Stockholm Connection [3 CDs]
(Umlaut Records)

A unique 3CD-box from Umlaut Records putting in attention the musical collaborations between two of Sweden's most headstrong musicians: the pioneers Bengt "Frippe" Nordstrom and Sven-Ake Johansson.
     Buy      $36.95      Listen          

Parker, Evan: Monoceros

The four part "Monoceros" was recorded by saxophonist Evan Parker, here on soprano, in 1987, originally for the Incus label, here in a remastered form with Parker showing his masterful use of the extended techniques that have influenced a generation of players.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Russell, John /
     Phil Durrant /
     John Butcher:
Conceits (1987/1992)

In 1987 the trio of John Butcher on tenor & soprano sax, Phil Durrant on violin & trombone, and John Russel on acoustic plectrum guitar, released this LP of free improvisations using superb forward-thinking dialog, still remarkable 3 decades after its release!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $16.95      Listen          



Bloland, Per: Chamber Industrial

Composer Per Bloland blends custom built electronics with instrumental textures to create unique soundscapes, presenting 5 works performed by Ecce Ensemble Chamber Industrial in a release of vigorous electroacoustic and instrumental compositions.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Coclea: Coclea

Clean Feed's side label Shhpuma presents a solo release from multi-instrumentalist Guilherme Goncalves (Gala Drop), dreamy and informed guitar-driven music borrowing from kosmische musik, Edgar Froese, or Loren Connors, in gorgeously paced lush instrumental music.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Sa, Joana: Elogio Da Desordem (In Praise of Disorder)

Composer, pianist and multi-instrumentals Joana Sa gives voice to texts by Goncalo M. Tavares as read by Rosinda Costa, where the text organizes the thoughts that filter the multiple, disorderly, eccentric, voluble mind described in Tavares' work.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          



Blackshaw, James: Summoning Suns [VINYL]
(Important Records)

A lovely album of instrumental guitar and songs in James Blackshaw's tenth studio album, the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics, drawing inspiration from '60s and '70s singer-songwriters, baroque and orchestral pop, and folk music.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Eno, Brian: My Squelchy Life [VINYL]

Brian Eno completed this album in 1991 on the Warner label, who failed to release it; it was a bonus for the deluxe edition of "Nerve Net", but never properly released until this 2015 Record Store Day edition, bringing this great vocal pop album into the proper light.
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Vliet, Don Van (Captain Beefheart) and The Magic Band: Rough Raw and Amazing [VINYL 2 LPs]

A release from John Peel's personal tapes archive, recorded live at the Leicester De Montfort Hall in 1972 in the Spotlight Kid era tour, in a double LP edition showing Von Vliet to be in great form in front of an eager and receptive audience.
     Buy      $39.95          

Zorn, John: Simulacrum

John Zorn's organ trio crosses metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, and noise in 6 intense and rocking tracks performed by John Medeski on organ, Matt Hollenberg on guitar, and Kenny Grohowski on drums.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $16.95      Listen          



Ashley, Robert: The Wolfman
(Alga Marghen)

A collection of pieces that introduce the listener to the most extreme experimental side of the late American composer Robert Ashley, with a 12-page booklet including liner notes written by the composer and the complete score of "The Wolfman".
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Behrman, David: Wave Train
(Alga Marghen)

2015 remaster of Behrman's 2002 album issuing works from 1959-68, including a piece with Gordon Mumma; sounds for a film by Robert Watts; a collaborative work with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma & Robert Ashley; and a work with David Tudor and Christoph Caskel.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Palestine, Charlemagne: Bells Studies [VINYL]
(Alga Marghen)

From 1963 to 1970 avant composer/performer Charlemagne Palestine played the 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church while attending The High School of Music and Art in New York; this LP collects recordings of his performances from those early days.
     Buy      $25.95          

Palestine, Charlemagne: CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas (Golden 666)
(Alga Marghen)

Previously unreleased recordings of Charlemagne Palestine's "Bells Studies", some of his earliest works, captured while attending The High School of Music and Art in New York in the 60s, of the 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Pisaro, Michael : Melody, Silence (For Solo Guitar)

A collection of materials for solo guitarist, written by Michael Pisaro and here performed by Christian Alvear, presenting the performer with up to 12 fragments which can be played in any order and which allow for various transformations, cuts, extensions and silences.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          


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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.

Ripples [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)

Michel Banabila :
(Tapu Record)

Michel Banabila :
Precious Images - Data Files 1999-2008 [2 CDs]
(Steamin' Soundworks)

Michel Banabila /
     Oene Van Geel:
Music For Viola And Electronics II
(Tapu Record)

Boxhead Ensemble:
La Hora Magica [CASSETTE with download code]
(Astral Spirits)

Common Objects: Butcher /
     Davies /
     Davies /
Whitewashed with Lines [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)

(Tour de Bras)

Fraufraulein (Billy Gomberg & Anne Guthrie):
(Another Timbre)

Johannes Frisch /
     Ralf Wehowsky:
Which Head You're Dancing In?

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin:
Ichigo Ichie

Satoko Fujii Tobira:
Yamiyo Ni Karasu

Mats Gustafsson /
     Merzbow /
     Balazs Pandi /
     Thurston Moore:
Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper [2 CDs]
(Rarenoise Records)


Philippe Lauzier :

Philippe Lauzier /
     Eric Normand:
Not the Music /
(Tour de Bras)

Ava Mendoza:
Unnatural Ways [VINYL]
(New Atlantis)

Jamie Newton:
Driving Nails Into Fog

Jamie Newton:
Tone Wheel

Nick Hennies:
(Astral Spirits)

Shane Perlowin /
     Jacob Wick :
(Prom Night Records)

Frank Perry:
Temple Of The Ancient Magical Presence

Eduardo Raon:
On the Drive For Impulsive Actions

Maja Ratkje S. K. :
In Dialogue with Eugeniusz Rudnik

RED Trio:
Live in Munich [CASSETTE with download code]
(Astral Spirits)

Adriana Sa /
     To Trips /
     John Klima:

Nisse Sandstrom Quintet:
Live at Crescendo
(Moserobie Music)

Shit & Shine:
(Astral Spirits)

asunao Tone /
     Talibam! /
     Sam Kulik:
Double Automatism [VINYL]

TOTEM> (Eisenbeil /
     Blancarte /
Voices of Grain
(New Atlantis)

Transmit (Buck /
     Mayas /
     Dougherty /

Tredici Bacci /
Vai! Vai! Vai!/Concetti [CASSETTE with download code]
(Astral Spirits)

Upsilon Acrux :
Sun Square Dialect
(New Atlantis)

Upsilon Acrux :
Sun Square Dialect [VINYL]
(New Atlantis)

Ian Watson /
     Susie Hodder-Williams :
The Tao Of Homeopathy

Colin Webster + Mark Holub:
(New Atlantis)

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