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     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
September 14, 2016
"One of the most profound ways to understand
the mystery of who we are is through humor.
Life is playing tricks on you all the time.
You have to just laugh at it."
-Terry Riley

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Aural Terrains
     Creative Sources
Edition Wandelweiser Records
Holidays Records
The Wire
Trost Records
      Creative Artists

• Akode (Wilkinson / Johannsesn / Hoyer / Andersen)
• Edith Alonso
• Arashi (Sakata / Berthling / Nilssen-Love)
• Robert Ashley
• Bay's Leap
• Michel Blanc
• John Butcher / Michael Duch
• Chefkirk / S27E152
• Chris Corsano / Massimo Pupillo
• Carlos Costa
• Edi Olvitt (Robert / Stokart / Chkifi)
• Faint Glow / Justin Scott Gray
• Peter Frey K. / Daniel Studer
• Full Blast (Brotzmann / Pliakas / Wertmuller)
• Konstrukt / Peter Brotzmann / Huseyin Ertunc / Dogan Dogusel / Barlas Tan Ozemek
• Joelle Leandre 10
• Steve Noble / Daniel Thompson
• Ivo Perelman / Karl Berger
• Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp
• Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio / Whit Dickey
• Matthieu Prual
• Terry Riley
• Rodrigues / Greenlief / Swafford
• The Sealed Knot
• Mark Wastell
• Neil Welch / Rutger Zuydervelt
• Mannfred Werder
• The Wire
• Christian Wolff
• Michiyo Yagi / Lasse Marhaug / Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love

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Squidco Cost Sale

At the end of this year Squidco will have been in business for 14 years. That's a lot of time to accumulate releases in our catalog, and also a lot of time for labels and distributors to come and go. If you walked through our warehouse you would find plenty of titles that came from those labels and distributors, and plenty of titles that were once very active but which have sat on our shelves for too long. This year we've been actively trying to reduce that part of our catalog, to make room for new releases from our current set of excellent artists, labels and distributors. To that end, we've put more than 500 titles on sale at our cost, letting you, an audio explorer, have a chance to hear these great releases at a great price. take a good look at this list of albums which also includes plenty of current artists and title from active labels, in formats including CD, LP, Cassette, Magazines and DVDs.

Click to See Sale Items

Listed prices are the discounted price. Sale ends Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 23:59 EST (GMT-5). While quantities last, sold out items will disappear from the sale. Sale items are not eligible for Squidco Reward Points.

   Jazz & Improvisation

Akode (Wilkinson / Johannsesn / Hoyer / Andersen): North And South

Akode is the UK/Norwegian quartet of Alan Wilkinson on saxophone & clarinet, Kim Johannesen on guitar, Ola Hoyer on double bass, and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen on drums, bring masterful experience and youthful enthusiasm together for a strong concert at Cafe Oto.
Squidco Pick

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Alonso, Edith: Collapse
(Aural Terrains)

Madrid multi-instrumentalist and cross media artist Edith Alonso in an album of prepared solo electric bass improvisations, a four part work of muscular and shadowy sound, dark vibrations with crepitating edges making a sinister and cathartic dungeon of sound.
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Arashi (Sakata / Berthling / Nilssen-Love): Semikujira [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

A free blowing session from the trio of Japanese saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist Akira Sakta, double bassist Johan Berthling, and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, a furiously intense album fueled by a scorching rhythm section and Sakata's urgent playing.
Squidco Pick

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Bay's Leap: Swans Over Dorking

The debut album by the British Improvised Music trio Bay's Leap of clarinetist Noel Taylor, pianist Clare Simmonds and cellist James Barralet, presenting 11 spontaneously improvised compositions that bridge avant jazz and contemporary classical chamber music.
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Blanc, Michel : Le Miroir des Ondes

Percussionist Michel Blanc's astounding 12-part work was composed around news events that occurred between 1972-89, in a tour-de-force of music drawing from improvised music, RIO oriented rock, and concrete sound; with Marc Ducret, Annabelle Playe, Anne Gimenez, & Antonin Rayon.
Squidco Pick

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Butcher, John / Michael Duch: Fjordgata

A live recording at the Jazzfest Trondheim, Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunst, in May 2015 from the freely improvising duo of John Butcher and contrabassist Michael Duch, a superb extended concert of incredible reed technique and concept anchored by Duch's flexible bass work.
Squidco Pick

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Corsano, Chris / Massimo Pupillo: Via Combusta [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

A dark and powerful album of drums, percussion, and electric bass from the duo of Italian bassist Massimo Pupillo (Zu) and NY drummer Chris Corsano, both using a myriad of percussive and electronic strategies to create soundscapes that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.
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Costa, Carlos: Door of No Return
(Aural Terrains)

Double-bassist Carlo Costa, originally from the Canary Islands and who has worked with Tim Berne, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingar Zach, Wade Matthews, &c. in a solo album of solid and unusual bass technique including plucking, bowing and scraping, in his 9-part series of "Doors".
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Edi Olvitt (Robert / Stokart / Chkifi): LOLO
(Creative Sources)

Citing their influences as Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, John Zorn, and Steve Lacy, the Brussels-based bassless jazz trio of Quentin Stokart (guitar), Mathieu Robert (sax), and Nicolas Chkifi (drums) play lyrical and intelligently restrained music.
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Frey, Peter K. / Daniel Studer: Zurich Concerts: 15 Years of Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey [2 CDs]

A stunning example of modern creative improv from the duo of bassists Peter Frey and Daniel Studer, in concert with configurations of duos, trios and one septet, with performers including John Butcher, Hans Koch, Magda Mayas, Jacques Demierre, Gerry Hemingway, &c. &c.
Squidco Pick

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Full Blast (Brotzmann / Pliakas / Wertmuller): Risc [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Trost Records)

Full Blast, the long-running trio of Peter Brotzmann (reeds), Marino Pliakis (electric bass) and Michael Wertmuller (drums), recording in the studio for an album of seven masterful free improvisations of strong technical and powerfully intense playing.
Squidco Pick

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Konstrukt / Peter Brotzmann / Huseyin Ertunc / Dogan Dogusel / Barlas Tan Ozemek: Eklisia Sunday [VINYL]
(Holidays Records)

2011 recordings of the Turkish free jazz quartet Konstrukt of Korhan Futaci (sax), Umut Caglar (electric guitar), Ozun Usta (double bass, djembe, gong, bells) and Korhan Arguden (drums) augmented with additional bass, guitar, piano, and featuring saxophonist Peter Brotzmann.
     Buy      $26.95      Listen          

Leandre, Joelle 10: Can You Hear Me?

Known mostly as a masterful improviser, this 2015 live performance of her 2009 work for a tenet crosses compositional and improvisation boundaries, reflecting on her 40 year career while bringing out new subtleties from its original release, here with a superb set of performers.
Squidco Pick

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Noble, Steve / Daniel Thompson: Sunday Afternoon (Live At The Hundred Years Gallery)

A recording of two London based improvisers of different generations communing in the resonant surroundings of the 100 Years Gallery, with drummer Noble creating glittering bell and gong like tones over which guitar Thompson hangs fractured harmonics and strange bending chords.
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Perelman, Ivo / Karl Berger: The Hitchhiker

The second CD that NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman has recorded with Ornette alumni Karl Berger, the first with Berger on piano, and here on vibraphone, opening new aspects of sound to the commanding dialog between these two friends and seasoned improvisers.
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Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio / Whit Dickey: Soul

The long-running duo of NY pianist Matthew Shipp and Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman forms the basis for this excellent quartet, with mainstays Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums, in an expressive and soulful album that balances enthusiasm and brilliant restraint.
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Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp: Corpo

After many years working together in the vital Downtown NY scene, saxophonist Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp take their playing the next step after their previous duo "Callas", in thoughtful improv that expresses in both their mutual language and masterful skills.
Squidco Pick

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Prual, Matthieu: Inside Walks
(Creative Sources)

A unique approach to solo reeds and winds from French multi-reedist Matthieu Prual, also on flute and ORLA Keyboard, maintaining lyrical and comprehensible approaches with strong technical skills in captivating and succinct statements, truly excellent work.
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Riley, Terry: The 3 Generations Trio

Recorded during the 2013 Angelica Festival at Teatro Comunale, Terry Riley's 3 Generations Trio bring Riley on synth, piano and Indian influenced vocals together with son Gyan on guitar and Tracy Silverman on electric violin for an immersive and meditative performance.
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Rodrigues / Greenlief / Swafford: Sidereus Nuncius
(Creative Sources)

An extended and far-ranging acoustic free improvisation from the trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Phillip Greenlief on tenor sax, and Tom Wafford on violin, recorded live at the Gallery 1412 during the Seattle Improvised Music Festival of 2006.
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Sealed Knot, The : Trembling Shade

Two 2015 recordings at Exploratorium in Berlin, 2015 from the long-running project The Sealed Knot of percussionist Burkhard Beins, harpist Rhodri Davies, and double bassist Mark Wastell, in a dynamic set of percussive invocations and detailed sound work of unusual technique.
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Wastell, Mark : Quartet

As close to straight-ahead improvisation as you'll hear from audio explorer Mark Wastell, in an authoritative quartet of free improvisers, with both Olie Brice and Dominic Lash on double bass, Alan Wilkinson on alto sax, and Wastell himself on violoncello.
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Yagi, Michiyo / Lasse Marhaug / Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love: Soul Stream

A intensely introspective album of free improvisation from frequent collaborators, reed and trumpter Joe McPhee, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, electronic artist Lasse Marhaug, and Japanese koto player Michiyo Yagi, performing live at GOK Sound in Tokyo, 2013; beautiful.
Squidco Pick

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Chefkirk / S27E152 : Immediate Shred [CASSETTE]

Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, hand-painted & numbered; Side A presents S27E152, aka Brisbane's Tristan Eyles, using field recordings and image synthesis; Side B is Chefkirk, aka Roger Smith, combining concrete sound with improvised drone and harsh electronics.
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Faint Glow / Justin Scott Gray : Quantum Ouch [CASSETTE]

Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, hand-painted & numbered; Side A presents dark soundscapes from Jeff Winter, aka Faint Glow, in slowly unfolding electronic works; Side B a variety of electronic approaches from arpeggiated to slowly abrasive grumbling.
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Welch, Neil / Rutger Zuydervelt: Tides

It started as Rutger Zuydervelt, aka Machinefabriek's, request to saxophonist Neil Welch to improvise over a track that he sent to him; on receipt of the track he was so impressed with the details that he created this unexpected and rich work of organized sound from it.
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Ashley, Robert: In Sara, Mencken, Christ And Beethoven There Were Men And Women [REISSUE]

Robert Ashley's minimal masterpiece centers on John Barton Wolgamot's experimental poem "In Sarah, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men and Women," consisting of one sentence repeated over and over, only changing names inserted into the sentence with each iteration.
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Werder, Mannfred: 2003 [3 CDs]
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Pushing the envelope on minimalism, Manfredd Werder's 3 scores for "2003" present just 6 tones, the instructions telling 3, 2 or 1 performers to play a pitch or sound for 3-7 seconds twice during the performance; realized by Erik Carlson, Stephanie Richards, and D. Edward Davis.
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Wolff, Christian: Angelica Music

Taken from 2 concerts during the 2013 Angelica Festival in Santa Caterina, with the Apartment House Ensemble, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and Wolff himself; compositions include several "Excercises", his "Duo for Violins", and a variation on a Morton Feldman work.
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   Books & Magazines

Wire, The: #391 September 2016 [MAGAZINE]
(The Wire)

Silver Apples (Keith Moline meets New York's indomitable electro-punk duo); Steve Lehman; Noura Mint Seymali; Milan's electronicists: Die Schachtel, Nicola Ratti, Attila Faravelli, Giuseppe Ielasi, Enrico Malatesta; Invisible Jukebox: Suzanne Ciani; plus reviews, essays, comix, &c.
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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.


John Cage :
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Gareth Davis / Machinefabriek:
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Bertrand Denzler / Antonin Gerbal / Alex Dorner:
Le Ring

Jurg Frey :
Beuger . Cage
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Ko Ishikawa / Tetuzi Akiyama / Hideo Ikegami:
Live at Kissa Sakaiki

Jerman / Barnes :

Beat Keller / Tom Johnson / Joseph Kudirka:
String Trios
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Machinefabriek :

Machinefabriek (w/ Anne Bakker / Edita Karkoschka):
(Self Released)

Radu Malfatti:
Radu Malfatti
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Sergio Merce:
Be Nothing
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Sylvia Ocougne / Chico Mello:
Musica Brasileira Descomposta
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Schall Und Rausch (Mukarji / Arrias / Dorner / Fagaschinski):

Wilmington Sound Orchestra:
Play Russolo
(Bad At Raving Foundation)

Alfred Zimmerlin :
Dunki . Frey . Aeschbacher . Capt . Hefti . Moster
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

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