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     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
May 22, 2015
"When people believe in boundaries,
they become part of them."
-Don Cherry

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL
Cien Fuegos
Discombobulate / Sing ing Knives
Herbal International
     Knock 'Em Dead
More Is More
Moserobie Music
New Atlantis

Pi Recordings
Prom Night Records
Recollection GRM
Recommended Records
Rune Grammofon
Steamin' Soundworks
Tapu Record

      Creative Artists

• Alva Noto
• Michel Banabila
• Michel Banabila
• John Butcher /
      Andy Moor
• Steve Coleman &
      the Council of Balance
• Charles Evans /
      Liebman /
      Marino /
• Beatriz Ferreyra
• John Greaves /
      Peter Blegvad /
      Lisa Herman
• Jeph Jerman /
      Tim Barnes
• L' Ensemble Volta
• Eric La Casa
• Eric La Casa /
      Taku Unami
• Lacerda /
      Manso /
      Nilssen-Love /
• Graham Lambkin /
      Michael Pisaro
• Mirt
• Motorpsycho
• The Necks


• Papal Bull
• Shane Perlowin /
      Jacob Wick
• Eduardo Raon
• Michel Redolfi
• Reinhold Friedl
• David Rosenboom
• Adriana Sa /
      To Trips /
      John Klima
• Nisse Sandstrom Quintet
• Alexander Schlippenbach Von Trio
• Matthew Shipp /
      Mat Walerian Duo
• Stepmother
     (Simonis /
      Visser /
      Gilonis /
     (Eisenbeil /
      Blancarte /
• Colin Webster +
     Mark Holub
• Ingar Zach /
      Miguel Angel Tolosa
• John Zorn

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   Jazz & Improvisation

Butcher, John / Andy Moor: Experiments With A Leaf

Since working together in Thermal, saxophonist John Butcher and The Ex guitarist Andy Moor have collaborated in live performance, here recording in a cathedral in Berne, Switzerland in 2013, using its natural reverb to augment their impeccably paced and inspired dialog.
Squidco Pick

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Coleman, Steve & the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints
(Pi Recordings)

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman in a superb modern jazz album, written by applying characteristics of human synovial joints to compositional process, and using "camouflage orchestration" to orchestrate players into the fore-, middle- and background.
Squidco Pick

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Evans, Charles / Liebman / Marino / Stabinsky: On Beauty
(More Is More)

NY baritone saxophonist Charles Evans wrote this through-composed 9 part work for soprano saxophone great David Liebman, who joins Evans in a quartet with pianist Ron Stabinsky and bassist Tony Marino, performing a chamber jazz work of strong melody and subtle allure.
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Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola: Bota Fogo [VINYL]
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)

A live recording of two extended improvisations at Audio Rebel's Quintavant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the quartet of Arthur Lacerda on guitar and electronics, electric bassist Felipe Zenicola, guitarist Eduardo Manso, and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love.
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Necks, The: The Necks Box [8 CD BOX SET]
(Recommended Records)

Formed in Australia the late 1980s by Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton, the Necks play post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything, slowly morphing improvised music, here in a limited numbered box set presenting 8 of their CDs from the UK Recommended Records label.
Squidco Pick

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Perlowin, Shane / Jacob Wick : Objet A [CASSETTE]
(Prom Night Records)

A freely improvised collaboration between Ahleuchatistas guitarist Shane Perlowin and trumpeter Jacob Wick, both using a contemplative approach of unusual and extended techniques while allowing space and tension to develop their deceptively rich dialog.
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Raon, Eduardo: On the Drive For Impulsive Actions

Portugese harpist Eduardo Raon uses harp, daxophone, electronics, voice & percussion to create dramatic music that applies his classical training to improvisational methods, using real-time electronic processing to create encompassing yet intricate and unusual sonic environments.
Squidco Pick

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Sa, Adriana / To Trips / John Klima: Timespine

Rich string work from Adriana Sa on zither & electronics, To Trips on resonator guitar, and John Klima on electric bass, following graphical scores and using electronics sparingly, in an album that is extremely focused while seeming to ramble in gorgeous ways.
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Sandstrom, Nisse Quintet: Live at Crescendo
(Moserobie Music)

A live recording of lyrical post-bop jazz from Swedish legend, tenor saxophnoist Nisse Standstrom, in a live recording from 2014 fronting a quintet of creative players Jonas Kullhammar on tenor sax, Leio Lindberg on piano, Kenji Rabson on bass, and Moussa Fadera on drums.
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Schlippenbach, Alexander Von Trio: Pakistani Pomade [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)

One of saxophonists Evan Parker's favorite recordings from the long-running trio led by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach with drummer Paul Lytton, the powerhouse free improvised "Pakistani Pomade" alubm is reissued on 180 gram vinyl with its original cover.
Squidco Pick

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Shipp, Matthew / Mat Walerian Duo: The Uppercut: Live At Okuden

New York pianist Matthew Shipp in a live concert at Okunden Music Concert Series in 2015 with Polish woodwind player Mat Walerian, performing on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute; 10 lyrical and beautifully paced original jazz compositions.
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TOTEM> (Eisenbeil / Blancarte / Drury): Voices of Grain
(New Atlantis)

Interactive, muscular NY improvisation from guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, electric bassist Tom Blancarte, and drummer Andrew Drury, extending Totem>'s intensity & group empathy while expanding their range of expression in compositions balancing free playing and mysterious soundwork.
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Webster, Colin + Mark Holub: Viscera
(New Atlantis)

A biting and propulsive recording of free noise improv and rock from rising stars of the UK/European avant scene--Colin Webster on alto, tenor and baritone sax, and Mark Holub on drums--in their 4th album as a power duo playing ecstatic, guttural free jazz.
Squidco Pick

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Zach, Ingar / Miguel Angel Tolosa: Loner

Using electronics, field recordings, and acoustic percussion, the duo of Ingar Zach and Miguel Angel Tolosa (Ubeboet) create murky soundscapes punctuated and driven by percussion and ringing tones, rich ea-improv using tone and drones to envelope the listener.
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Zorn, John: The Song Project Live At LPR

In celebration of his 60th birthday Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write lyrics to select compositions from his vast musical catalog, first released as a 7" box set, and now here in red velvet covered CD package from a live performance in NYC, 2015.
Squidco Pick

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Alva Noto: Xerrox Vol. 3

Alva Noto continues his Xerrox series with the 3rd volume,"Towards Space", using the process of copying and manipulation of data as a basis for sound compositions, here showing a warmer music inspired by film memories, creating an imaginary soundtrack.
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Banabila, Michel: Float
(Tapu Record)

A compilation of tracks from the melodic side of string and electronic artist Michel Banabila, with two exclusive tracks, and collecting previous work with artists like Anton Goudsmit, Eric Vloeimans, Michel van Schie, Salar Asid, Anne Bakker, Mete Erker, Mehmet Polat, Yasar Saka, &c.
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Banabila, Michel: Precious Images - Data Files 1999-2008 [2 CDs]
(Steamin' Soundworks)

A 2 CD Compilation of Banabila tracks released between 1999 and 2008, taken from his work on the Dutch label Steamin' Soundworks, and from his soundtrack and television work, with conspirators including Frank Van Der Kooij, Eric Vloeimans, Yasar Saka, Anton Goudsmit, Zenial, &c.
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Jerman, Jeph / Tim Barnes: Matterings

The pairing of eccentric sound artist Jeph Jerman with Quakebasket label leader/percussionist Tim Barnes, using unidentifiable sound sources, field recordings, and the occasional acoustic instrument to create unique, curious and absorbing environments.
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La Casa, Eric / Taku Unami: Parazoan Mapping

Using "recordings" and "devices", this is the first release from the long-standing collaboration of Eric La Casa and Taku Umani, 15 untitled tracks of curious and subtly discursive sound work recorded in a diverse set of locations.
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La Casa, Eric: W2 (1998-2008) [2 CDs]
(Herbal International)

A journey in sound from composer Eric La Casa, who organized these recordings of water and wind captured over 12 years as a sonic journal of the various geographic locations he visited, transforming them into an absorbing story about the living world.
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Lambkin, Graham / Michael Pisaro: Schwarze Riesenfalter

Balancing active organized sound worlds from Graham Lambkin with Wandelweiser discretion from Michael Pisaro in five tracks that punctuate concrete sound compositions with Feldman-esque piano progressions, bound together by a short poem; captivating and elusive.
Squidco Pick

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Mirt: Khmer & Siam Recordings

Blending field recordings of temples, rain, bells, cicadas, radios, and other regional sounds from Khmer & Siam with native music to create a rich audioscape of those exotic lands, both mysterious and liltingly melodic on a beautiful journey in sound.
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Greaves, John / Peter Blegvad / Lisa Herman : Kew Rhone
(Recommended Records)

Taking Rock In Opposition into difficult territory, Peter Blegvad and John Greave's song cycle is a perplexing and rewarding album blending literature with rock and jazz forms, performed in an ensemble including Carla Bley and Michael Mantler; an intricate masterwork.
Squidco Pick

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Motorpsycho: Demon Box [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Rune Grammofon)

Still the favorite of many Motorpsycho fans, the iconic "Demon Box" was also this Norwegian rock band's breakthrough album from the early 90s, hard-edged prog oriented rock (think Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), presented in its original 2 LP format on 180 gm vinyl.
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Papal Bull: Argot Of Incomprehension
(Discombobulate / Sing ing Knives)

A bizarre album of vocalizations, dictaphone recordings, and other phlegmatic and spittled output from the UK duo of Jon Marshall and Joe Murray, who appropriately name this strange album with the word "Incomprehension", a word which the 14 tracks of this CD live up to.
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Stepmother (Simonis / Visser / Gilonis / Kerman): Calvary Greetings
(Megaphone / Knock 'Em Dead)

Bringing together members from RIO-oriented bands like Vril, AA Kismet, The Work, Hat Shoes, Hail, 5uus, Present, & Thinking Plague, Stepmother presents a strange conglomerate of styles in short songs with twisted elements, strange intent, and superb playing.
Squidco Pick

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Ferreyra, Beatriz: GRM Works [VINYL]
(Recollection GRM)

Electronic composer Beatriz Ferreyra was a pioneer alongside Pierre Schaeffer, developing the famous Music Theory of the Sounding Object in the 50s, and continued to compose with Bernard Baschet and his Structures Sonores, holding residencies at Dartmouth College.
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L'Ensemble Volta: Les Nuages de Magellan
(Recommended Records)

ReR's 3rd collection featuring the ondes Martenot, an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by cellist Maurice Martenot; this volume, performed by the 4 piece L'Ensemble Volta + Antoine Alerinie is dedicated to Spectralist composer Tristan Murail.
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Redolfi, Michel: Pacific Tubular Waves/Immersion [VINYL]
(Recollection GRM)

Electroacoustic landscape composer Michel Redolfi in a work for Synclavier digital synthesizer recorded between 1979 & 1980, attempting to musically translate his research on underwater sound in the Pacific, from the movement of rolling waves to its depths.
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Reinhold Friedl: Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein

Reinhold Friedl performs on one of the last remaining of 150 Neo-Bechstein amplified Grand Pianos, using unusual recording techniques to find unexpected sonic aspects to the instrument, producing a dark ambient and industrial work of great intensity.
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Rosenboom, David: Naked Curvature

CalArts Chamber Ensemble performs this large work from composer David Ronsemboom, a whispered chamber opera/concerto grosso for six instrumentalists, whispering voices, electronics and interactive computer software.
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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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Alan Courtis / Aaron Moore:
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Bertrand Denzler / Antonin Gerbal:
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Ercklentz / Neumann :
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Peter Evans / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride:
Pulverize The Sound
(Relative Pitch)

Gallio / Rupp:
Fasane Hula Punk
(Rapid Moment)

Ghost Rhythms:
Madeleine [2 CDs]

Gintas K:
Blind Man Tales

Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza:
Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura [VINYL]

Jean-Luc Guionnet :
Non-Organic Bias [2 CDs]
(Herbal International)

Mats Gustafsson w/ John Russell & Phil Minton:
a duo(s) [VINYL]

Jason Kahn:
Beautiful Ghost Wave
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Jason Kahn:
Things Fall Apart
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Goh Kwang Lee:
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Goh Kwang Lee:
New Ear [2 CDs]
(Herbal International)

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The Lost Testimony Of Rashomon
(Herbal International)

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Good Vibrations
(Herbal International)

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(Herbal International)

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A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats

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La Creuse
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Philippe Lauzier :

Francisco Lopez :
Untitled #300 [VINYL]

Paul Lytton:
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Marcin Masecki :

Roel Meelkop:
Oude Koeien
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Broken Iteration [2 CDs]
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Reisenotizen Aus Dem Land Der Mitte
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Joanna Sokolowska Halszka:

Sprawl [VINYL]
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Cecil Taylor Quartet:
Michigan State University, April 15th 1976
(Hi Hat)

The Lady With:
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The Renga Ensemble: Falzone / Vandermark / Jackson / Rothenberg / Stein / Goldberg:
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