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Ex, The : Mudbird Shivers (RecRec Records)


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UPC: 7619942006822

Label: RecRec Records
Catalog ID: ReCDeC 68/EX 060D
Squidco Product Code: 1303

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1995
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at the Koeienverhuur Studio in Amsterdam, NL


Terrie Ex-guitar

G.W. Sok-voice

Luc Ex-bass

Katrine Schiott-drums

Andy Champion-guitar, viola

Han Buhrs-voice, sax, mouth-harp, panlids, grater

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Artist Biographies:

"Terrie Ex, born in Westzaan, 12 october 1954. Started playing guitar when he co-founded the Ex in 1979. Kind of coincidence; it was the instrument no-one wanted to play. Some 1900 concerts with The Ex eversince. ( More than 2000 in total. Next to all Ex releases, he started free-improvising from the very start. From a little guitar solo on the Awara/Ex 7" in 1981, till recent tours with Han Bennink or impro-groups Offonoff or Lean Left (with Ken Vandermark, Andy Moor and Paal Nilssen-Love). Drives a year along 21 African countries with Emma Fischer in 1996. Starts in 2000 the TERP label, for his own impro-projects and African Music. Produced CD's with ao Tsehaytu Beraki, Getatchew Mekuria, Konono No.1 and Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed.

Played with:Sonic Youth, John Cale, Getatchew Mekuria, Herman Brood, Herr Seele, Kamagurka, Jan Mulder, Mekons, Chumbawamba, Tsehaytu Beraki, Peter Brozmann, Hamid Drake, Jan Akkerman, Djibril Diabate, Butch Morris, Mats Gustafsson, ICP, Wolter Wierbos, Wilbert de Joode, Zu, Guy Picciotto, Roy Paci, Cactus Truck, Christine Senaoui, Mary Oliver, Ig Henneman, Tim Hodgekinson, Michael Vatcher, Magpie Dancecompany, Alex d' Electrique, Ferrie Heyne, Saadet Turkoz, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Melaku Belay, Endris Hassen, Misale Legesse, Noel Akchote, Akira Sakata,

Played duo gigs/tours with:Andy Moor, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, John Butcher, Rozemarie Heggen, Jaap Blonk, Paul Lovens, Paal Nilssen-Love, Joost Buis, Xavier Charles, Thurston Moore, Steve Beresford, Moe! Staiano, Katherina 'Ex' Bornefeld, Tony Buck, Tom Cora, Lasse Marhaug, Ken Vandermark, Steve Albini, Wim Janzen (accordeon), Rene van Barneveld, Onno Govaert. George Hadow, Romeo Mayor, Peter Zegveld."

-Experimental Sound Studio (

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"G.W. Sok (born 1957, real name Jos Kleij) is a Dutch singer, best known for his 30-year career as the frontman of the Ex. G.W. Sok left The Ex in 2008 to focus on a solo career and collaboration projects with other musicians, participation in theatre performances and spoken word performances. Apart from his musical career he's also active as a writer and a graphic designer.

After leaving The Ex, Sok started to collaborate with several acts among which the French experimental free jazz band Cannibales & Vahinés and the Italian band Zu. In 2010 the single "2-2-3 Fridges/Rid" appeared on Sickroom Records. He joined the Dutch collective Beukorkest on their 2011 tour.

In 2011 Sok released the book A Mix of Bricks & Valentines, a 400-page collection of The Ex lyrics and other lyrics he wrote. Also in 2011 De Eeuwige Optie (The Everlasting Option) was published, an experimental film by SpOp featuring Sok as an actor. He also wrote the words for the film's ending track "Illusies". This track was also released as the 7 inch "Illusies 1 & 2" under the bandname Zoikle, consisting of Sok, guitarist Lukas Simonis, cellist Nina Hitz, drummer Cor Hoogerdijk and Maarten van Gent on metal percussion.

A new band King Champion Sounds was also formed, from the ashes of The Bent Moustache, the musical act of Krommenie-based, Kenya-born, UK-raised Ajay Saggar. This incarnation sees Saggar teaming up with Sok and, amongst others, Oli Heffernan (Year of Birds, Shrug) and has released four albums since 2013. In 2014 Sok published a double 10" with the UK noise act Action Beat.

Since 2015 Sok is member of the free-rock group Oiseaux-Tempête and is regularly joining live the collective founded by Frédéric D. Oberland & Stéphane Pigneul. Sok has contributed to the last four albums of the band."

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"Born as Luc Klaasen in 1958 in Holland. After being a taxi-driver in Amsterdam he started his activities as musician (The Ex), making films (Mal Films) and was also one of the founders of the CD distribution and production company 'Konkurrent Onafhankelijk Muziekbedrijf BV'. In 2015 he stopped with his work @ Konkurrent.

For many years he was one of the driving forces behind the band THE EX.The Ex received large international recognition for there unconventional and fresh interpretation of music and its different styles, their consistent political attitude, their 'organic way' of making music and the fact they kept their independancy from the big commercial musicbusiness. After they won the national dutch pop-price 'BV POP' price in 1991 this appreciation only got bigger.

The Ex always worked with a diverge variety of artists and musicians like Han Bennink, Ab Baars, american avantgarde cellist Tom Cora (The Ex & Tom Cora 1991-1995), kurdish singer Brader, the Malian group Lanaya and toured with popgroups like Sonic Youth, Shellac, Chumbawamba, Tortoise & Fugazi.

One of his last projects within The Ex was the spectacular orchestra 'EX ORKEST': a 20 piece bigband with an enormous sound, dynamics and energy. Lyrics were written by the dutch writer and ex-soccer player Jan Mulder (Ajax, Anderlecht)."

-Luc Ex Website (

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"Exploring and experimenting with her cello, Katrine Schiøtt has made her own unique sound. She appears in many different music and constellations, projects and collaborations.

Katrine is born in 1987, and started playing cello 8 years old. She is classically educated at The Norwegian Academy of Music. Although she´s a classical cellist, she also work creatively in other directions such as free improvisation, contemporary music, classical, jazz, chamber pop, indie, electro pop and other art forms.

She contributes in over 40 albums/recordings and with different artist and constellations, such as award winner and nominated albums; ANGUS STONE - "Broken Brights" (AUS/US), EMILIE NICOLAS - "Sky", MODDI - "Unsongs", "Kæm va du?", "Set The House on Fire", "Floriography".

Katrine has been working in well reputed studios all over the world, in USA, Europe, Australia, New York and Norway. To mention a few; Rainbow Studios (ECM Records, Munich/ Oslo), Valgeir Sigurðson's Greenhouse Studios (Reykjavik, Iceland), Studio G (USA, Brooklyn, New York) , Domicile/ All Things Audio (USA, New York), Desert Harvest Studios (Byron Bay, Australia), Plug & Play Studios (Nyon, Switzerland), Propeller Recordings (Oslo), Kirkelig Kulturverksted / KKV (Oslo), Ocean Sound Recordings (Giske), Is It Art Studio (Sweden), Boulder Studios (Bern, Switzerland).

Even though based in Oslo, Norway, the music has also taken her touring with amongst other Angus and Julia Stone from Australia (winner of ARIA awards and Triple J's awards).

Cooperating with Moddi, she's been participating huge achievements; receiving the A-HA million in 2010, 1 nomination in 2016, 5 nominations + winner of the category "Årets Vise" in Norwegian Grammys "Spellemannprisen" in 2013, and double Norwegian Grammys nominated in 2011.

Slagr received a Grammy/ Spellemannpris in the category Åpen klasse in 2015, the same year Katrine also was in the jury of the category Samtid / Contemporary Music.

Katrine also works with Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, winner of Spellemannpris in 2013 (category contemporary music).

Other projects Schiøtt also collaborates with: Live Maria Roggen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Kammerkameleonene (classical chamber music series), Marte Wulff (Propeller Recordings), Lars Jakob Rudjord (Fyrlyd Records, jazz).

With over 600 concerts in Norway and abroad, Katrine has been touring in countries such as: USA, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Tunisia, Lebanon, Portugal.

Katrine has also performed at major festivals around the world; SXSW (Texas, USA), CMJ (New York, USA), Folk Alliance International (Kansas City, USA), Iceland Airwaves (IS), Eurosonic (NL), Optimus Alive (PT), Green Man Festival (UK), Haldern Pop (GE), Ghent Jazz (BE), Paleo (CH), Best kept secret festival (NL) One of a Million Festival (CH), Vielles Charrues (FR), Musilac (FR), Nuits de Fourvière (FR), Six Fours les Plages (FR), Gurtenfestival (CH), Caprera (NL), Into the Great Wide Open (NL), Wujek Jazz Festival (PL), ØYA festivalen (NO), Molde Jazzfestival (NO), Oslo Jazzfestival (NO), Trænafestivalen (NO), Slottsfjell festivalen (NO), Hove (NO), Pstereo Festivalen (NO), by:Larm (NO), Festspillene i Nord-Norge (NO), among MANY others."

-Katrine Schiott Website (

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"Versatile" is the only word for bassist Andy Champion. A much in demand bass guitarist and double bassist; Andy has done just about every gig going, from theatre shows in Dubai to radio stations in Finland to massive outdoor Jazz festivals in China. Andy first started his musical journey in the world of metal but always found that his skill demanded a higher goal and like most musicians he found his attention turn to jazz, not only because he was able to experiment and learn new techniques but also it offered up the possibility to play double bass something Andy is renowned world over. Andy's hard work in the field of jazz paid off in 2013 as he was selected by international music producers Serious (London Jazz Festival amongst other things) to take part in the prestigious artist development scheme 'Take Five', giving Andy access to some of the best musicians and producers working in UK jazz today. "

-Smoove and Turrell Website (

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track listing:

1. Thunderstruck blues

2. Only if you want 3

3. Ret roper

4. Embarrassment

5. House carpenter

6. Newsense

7. Former reporter

8. Shore thing

9. Things most people think

10. Audible bacillus

11. Hunt hat
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"All in all, 'Mudbird shivers' has turned out to be their most urgent, powerful and exciting release to date. Staggeringly beautiful."

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