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Squidco & The Squid's Ear
December 19, 2014
"Music is about people for me. It's not about sounds.
It's about putting people into challenging situations.
And for me, challenges are opportunities."
-John Zorn

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Balance Point Acoustics
Hat [now] ART
Holidays Records
Moserobie Music

Self Released
The Thing Records
The Wire
Tour de Bras
Trost Records

      Creative Artists

• Karl Berger
• Jaap Blonk/
     Damon Smith
• Deep Whole Trio
• Paul Dunmall/
     Paul Rogers/
     Philip Gibbs
• Paul Dunmall Sextet
• Jean-Luc Guionnet &/
     Eric La Casa
• Thomas Heberer/
     Pascal Niggenkemper
• Jonas Kullhammar
• Mathias Landaeus
• Liza Lim
• Pierre-Yves Martel
• Magda Mayas/
     Damon Smith/
     Tony Buck


• Joe Morris
• Riverloam Trio
• The Sands
• Schlippenbach Trio
• Karlheinz Stockhausen
• The Surruralist(e)s
• Ghedalia Tazartes
• The Thing With
     Thurston Moore
• Vincente/
• Luzia Von Wyl Ensemble
• Geoff Warren
• The Wire
• John Zorn
• Zu &/
     Eugene Robinson

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   Jazz & Improvisation

Berger, Karl: Gently Unfamiliar

Pianist, vibraphonist, and composer Karl Berger presents his 2nd release in a trilogy of Tzadik CDs that started with the solo "Strangely Familiar", here in a trio with Joe Fonda on bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums, lyrical free bop jazz in 7 rich and distinctive movements.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Blonk, Jaap / Damon Smith: Hugo Ball: Sechs Laut- Und Klanggedichte 1916 (Six Sound Poems, 1916)
(Balance Point Acoustics)

Three free improvisations for voice & double bass + improvisations on Hugo Ball's Six Sound Poems from the duo of free improvising vocalist Jaap Blonk and double bassist Damon Smith.
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Deep Whole Trio (Dunmall / Rogers / Sanders): That Deep Calling

The UK trio of Paul Dunmall on saxophone, Paul Rogers on bass and Mark Sanders on drum, performing live at the Lamp Tavern in Birmingham, 2013, for three extended free improvisations of masterful playing.
Squidco Pick

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Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers / Philip Gibbs: The Clouds Turned Silver

A trio of frequent collaborators--Paul Dunmall on flute, soprano sax & bass clarinet, Philip Gibbs on guitar and Paul Rogers on bass--performing live at the Victoria Rooms in Briston, 2013 for four extended melodic, interactive and far-ranging free improvisations.
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Dunmall, Paul Sextet: Life in Four Parts

Recorded for his 60th birthday celebrations, this all star recording includes Mike Fletcher (sax, bagpipes), Percy Pursglove (trumpet), Mike Hurley (piano/organ), Chris Mapp (bass) and Mark Sanders (drums) plus special quests Simon hall (bass trombone) and Bethan Jones (bass drum).
Squidco Pick

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Guionnet, Jean-Luc & Eric La Casa: Home: Handover [4 CD SET]

Jean-Luc Guionnet and Eric La Casa in a work for the Uninstal Festival interviewing inhabitants of Glasgow in their home spaces, the results organized into compositions blending spoken word, music, improvisation and field recordings; each CD unveils the process of the composition.
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Heberer, Thomas / Pascal Niggenkemper : Miner's Pick

Astute improvisations using extended language from the duo of Thomas Heberer (ICP) on cornet and Pascal Niggenkemper on double bass, two European free improvisers based in New York and pushing the limits of the improvised duo in accessible ways.
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Kullhammar, Jonas: Gentlemen (Original Motion Picture Jazz Tracks)
(Moserobie Music)

Saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar leads various groupings of Carl Bagge on piano, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, Johan Holmegard on drums, Bernt Rosengren on sax, Goran Kajfes on cornet & Mattias Stahl on vibes in this soundtrack album for the motion picture "Gentlemen".
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Kullhammar, Jonas: Gentlemen (Original Motion Picture Jazz Tracks) [VINYL 2 LPs + CD]
(Moserobie Music)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

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Landaeus, Mathias: Into Life
(Moserobie Music)

Pianist Mathias Landaeus leads his trio with Johnny Aman on bass and Jonas Holgersson on drums through five original pieces, a mazurka by Chopin, and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", an eclectic take on the piano trio blending modern techniques with both traditional and creative compositions.
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Landaeus, Mathias: Into Life [VINYL]
(Moserobie Music)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
     Buy      $25.95      Listen          

Martel, Pierre-Yves: Continuum
(Tour de Bras)

A solo work from Pierre-Yves Martel performing two works for the viola da gamba, bringing this fretted renaissance-era ancestor to the violin into the 21st century through two slowly evolving and sonically fascinating pieces.
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Mayas, Magda / Damon Smith / Tony Buck: Spill Plus

Spill Plus is (prepared) pianist Magda Mayas and drummer Tony Buck (Spill) with double-bassist Damon Smith, using extended language, unusual preparations and objects to create a unique, intricate, and quietly powerful approach to free improvised music.
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Morris, Joe: Mess Hall

Dark, edgy and superb electric guitar work from Joe Morris in a trio with Stave Lantner on electric keyboard and Jerome Deupree on drums, the final part of what Morris calls "Big Loud Electric Guitar Trilogy" that started with "Sweatshop" and "Racket Club", following the Hendrix legacy.
     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Riverloam Trio: Inem Gortn

An international trio bringing together Polish saxophonist Mikolaj Trzaska with Brits Olie Brice on bass and Mark Sanders on drums, passionate free improvisation in an Ayler/Brotzmann vein, in 8 absorbing and concise pieces recorded in the studio.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Sands, The: Beast To Bone
(Self Released)

Singer/songwriter Julie McGeer leads a band of some of Western Canada's foremost players from the jazz and indie scene including Peggy Lee, JP Carter, Paul Rigby, Cole Schmidt, Darren Parris & Barry Mirochnik in an embraceable album combining jazz, indie pop and folk roots.
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Schlippenbach Trio: First Recordings
(Trost Records)

These 1972 trio recordings of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Trio with Evan Parker on tenor & soprano sax, and Paul Lovens on drums recording at the Workshop Freie Musik at the Acadamy of the Arts, Berlin, were found in the FMP archives and are issued for the first time ever.
Squidco Pick

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Surruralist(e)s, The/Le: Sortablue
(Tour de Bras)

The duo of Arthur Bull on guitars & harmoia and Eric Normand on electric bass and tenor banjo, and both on voice, taking on American rural songs--delta blues, cajun music, and Quebecois laments, &c--with a modern eye and a good sense of humor.
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The Thing With Thurston Moore: Live
(The Thing Records)

On tour for their album "Boot!", the Scandinavian free-jazz monsters of Mats Gustafsson (sax), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (bass) teamed up with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame at London's Cafe OTO to produce some heavy improvised thunder.
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The Thing With Thurston Moore: Live [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
     Buy      $21.95      Listen          

Vincente / Pinheiro / Faustino / Franco: Clocks And Clouds

Referencing Ligeti's composition of the same name, Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente is joined by 2/3 of the RED Trio--Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano) & Hernani Faustino (bass)-- along with drummer Marco Franco, to record an album of lively collective improvisation of great skill.
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Von Wyl, Luzia Ensemble: Frost

Swiss pianist/composer Luzia von Wyl and her Ensemble of jazz and classical performers presents von Wyl's compositions that borrow from modern and early jazz, chamber music and world sources, in works that draw on her experiences traveling and performing through the world.
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Warren, Geoff: The Quartet Album

Focusing on the flute, Geoff Warren's quarter with Raffaele Pallozzi (piano), Marco Di Marzio (bass) and Walter Caratelli (drums) present an impressive melodic and informed album of contemporary jazz quoting Roland Kirk, Soft Machine, folk music and much more.
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Zorn, John: The Last Judgment

Zorn's Templar Quartet of Mike Patton (voice), John Medeski (organ), Trevor Dunn (bass), and Joey Baron (drums), present the final CD of their Moonchild septology, emotional and wrenching music for the accusations of heresy charged against the medieval Knights Templar order.
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John: The Song Project Vinyl Singles Edition [6 7" + 32 page booklet]

In celebration of his 60th Birthday, Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write lyrics to select compositions from his vast musical catalog, peformed by an all-star band of Zorn regulars, presented in a beautiful box set of 7" records and a 32-page book.
Squidco Pick

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Tazartes, Ghedalia: Hysterie Off Music [VINYL]
(Holidays Records)

A remaster and reissue of Ghedalia Tazartes' 2000 release, an uncompromising clash of field recordings, sampled instruments and Tazartes' incomparable vocal eclecticism, made of emotional psalms and shamanic hymns.
     Buy      $24.95          

Zu & Eugene Robinson: The Left Hand Path [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

Zu reveals their dark side with Jacopo Battaglia & Thomas Luca Mai performing on electronics and Massimo focused on guitars, plus guest Luca Tilli on cello; the recordings were sent to Oxbow's Eugene S Robison, resulting in this mysterious and disturbing release.
     Buy      $21.95      Listen          



Lim, Liza: Orchestral Works
(Hat [now] ART)

Composer Liza Lim presents 3 lesser known works: "The Compass" for orchestra with solo parts for flute and didgeridoo; "Pearl, Ochre, Hair String" featuring a cello solo using a guiro bow; and "The Guest" written for recorder soloist Jeremias Schwarzer.
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Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Mantra (performed by Mark Knoop, Roderick Chadwick and Newton Armstrong)
(Hat [now] ART)

Stockhausen's late 60s composition "Mantra" was a return to his intricately systematised approach to musical construction, expanding the possibilities and potentialities of the serial principle to allow for more melodic and embraceable compositions.
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   Books & Magazines

Wire, The: #370 December 2014 [MAGAZINE]
(The Wire)

From funk to fire music, punk to psychedelia, noise to improv, Wire writers apply their minds to the subject of freedom in music; Plus: Invisible Jukebox: Peter Zummo; Cross Platform: Ursula Mayer; Global Ear: Ainu Music in Hokkaido; &c. &c.
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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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(Ertia Creations / Barely Auditable Records )

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Laurence Crane / Apartment House:
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David Tudor:
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(New World Records)

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Aaron Dilloway:
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(Banned Productions)

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(Another Timbre)

Morton Feldman played by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas:
Two Pianos And Other Pieces 1953-1969 [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)

Scott Fields Ensemble:
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(NEOS Music)

Tomas Fujiwara Trio:
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(Relative Pitch)

Holy Fuck:
Cassette No. 1
(Self Released)

International Nothing, The:
The Dark Side of Success

Jeph Jerman:
(Banned Productions)

Peter Kowald / Kent Kessler / Fred Lonberg-Holm:
Flats Fixed
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Steve Lacy:
The Complete Remastered Recordings [10 CD Box Set]
(Black Saint/Soul Note)

John Lely played by Anton Lukoszevieze:
The Harmonics Of Real Strings
(Another Timbre)

Thurston Moore :
Sonic STREET Chicago
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit:
Erta Ale [4 LP BOX SET]

Ochs-Robinson Duo:
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(Not Two Records)

Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham:
Youuu + Mee = Weee [3 CDs]
(Sub Rosa)

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(Red Toucan)

Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Septet:

Tomeka Reid :
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The Spaces Contained In Each

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Whispering Eurasia
(NEOS Music)

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Reflective Drime
(Drip Audio)

Sun Ra:
The Complete Remastered Recordings [4 CD Box Set]
(Black Saint/Soul Note)

Wooley / Rempis / Niggenkemper / Corsano:
From Wolves To Whales

Zeitkratzer / Whitehouse:
Whitehouse: Performed Live by Zeitkratzer

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