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Barbed Wire Maggots

Borbetomagus: Barbed Wire Maggots (Agaric)

CD reissue of the Borbetomagus' 1983 Agaric LP, a live recording in a remarkable set that showcases the distinctive and complex sound that distinguishes this long-running free band.

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UPC: 663445135425

Label: Agaric
Catalog ID: AGARIC 1983
Squidco Product Code: 5352

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded May 7th, 1982 at In-Roads, 150 Mercer Street, NYC.


Jim Sauter-reeds

Don Dietrich-reeds

Donald Miller-guitar

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track listing:

1. 21:43 21:44

2. 21:50 21:47
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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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"Barbed Wire Maggots is technically the fourth album by Borbetomagus -- Don Dietrich and Jim Sauter on reeds, Donald Miller on guitar -- but was recorded over a year after what became their fifth and seventh releases, Industrial Strength and Borbeto Jam. While the group's first two outings featured electronics by, respectively, Brian Doherty and Hugh Davies, and Doherty pops up on the third so-called "black album," Barbed Wire Maggots, recorded live at In-Roads on Mercer Street in New York on May 7, 1982, is the first full album featuring the trio alone. It's ferociously uncompromising, but utterly exhilarating and wildly creative. It's also the first Borbeto album to feature Donald Miller's deranged "Terry Gilliam on acid" collage artwork. While the group's other joint ventures have aged somewhat (and "sound a whole lot more like mere 'free jazz' albums," comments Byron Coley witheringly in his liners), Barbed Wire Maggots sounds as raw and exciting as if it were recorded yesterday. Dietrich, Miller, and Sauter take up where Rudolph Grey and the Blue Humans left off in 1980, losing the drummer, charging off the field to the left, and smashing right through a wall of sound of their own creation. It's taken everybody else nearly a quarter of a century to catch up with them."-Dan Warburton, All Music

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Artist Biographies:

Multi-reedist Jim Sauter was born July 23, 1953 in Nyack, NY. He currently lives in Sparkill, NY. He is a primary member of Borbetomagus.

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"Don Dietrich is a saxophonist and founding member of New York City based improvisational group, Borbetomagus. Recently, he has become involved with the noise/free jazz "supergroup" The New Monuments (with C. Spencer Yeh and Ben Hall)."

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"Donald Miller was born on 7 May 1958 in Washington, DC, and raised in suburban Maryland. At age 13, he began formal guitar lessons. At 18, he moved to New York City, where he was educated at Columbia University's College and the School of Visual Arts, receiving a BFA from the latter in 1982. He remained in The City for a quarter century.

Miller entered the NYC New Music scene in 1978, already possessing a strong background in the avant-garde. His first regular band was the now cult-status group Sick Dick & the Volkswagens, which featured infamous critic/crooner Lester Bangs as an auxiliary member. In February 1979, Miller met and first played with saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich, giving immediate birth to Borbetomagus.

From 1984-99, Miller also worked closely with free jazz drummer William Hooker, in both duo and larger band formats. In this milieu, Miller met saxist Blaise Siwula, with whom he has worked in duo and trios with drummers Mike Evans, Jeff Arnal and Matt Hannafin, and the late synth guru Doug Walker.

In August 2001, Miller and his wife moved to New Orleans, four weeks ahead of the September 11 attack on NYC, and into a house 90+% unscathed by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There he formed The Death Posture with fellow guitarist Rob Cambre and Butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze in early 2002. This ensemble performed over two dozen butoh actions, later including dancer Alex Haverfield, in the Gulf Coast area, mostly to a stunned New Orleans, until late 2004 when Skantze and Haverfield took themselves and the name (with Miller's blessing) to Seattle. Miller and Cambre have continued to perform in solo and ensemble lineups, and gave two notable reunion performances with Vanessa in 2006." (

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