Releases

Anthony "Crystalline Roses" Pasquarosa with John "Sunburned" Moloney - My Pharaoh, My King ()

LP Edition of 500. BANDCAMP Decoder This new duo LP, the first recorded by guitarist Tony Pasquarosa and drummer John Moloney (aka The Meatball Twins), is a masterpiece of lateral drift. Recorded as something like a tribute to the spirit of Farrell “Little Rock” Sanders (also known as “The Son” in the saxophonic Holy Trinity, along with Coltrane’s “The Father,” and Ayler’s “The Holy Ghost”) there is no music here specifically recalling Sanders’ work. But much of it seems to be spring from a place that is illuminated by Sanders’ artistic freedom, and his utilization of Middle Eastern symbols and motifs both inside his music and as part of his artistic statements. Tony’s acoustic guitar playing makes me think of… Read more »

$alami J.R. - A Man Who Can’t Write a Song E.P.  ()

7″ Edition of 500. Covers Printed By Monoroid BANDCAMP STILL SINGLE As the new year dawns crummy and dark, we can all take heart in the fact that Salami J.R. (aka Joey Pizza Slice) has returned with a new record. Mr. J.R. (aka Mr. Slice) has maintained his position near the top of the ladder of those who seek to destroy and celebrate pop music in equal measure. His decision to eradicate the erase head from the recording process once and for all remains a move that necessitates a certain radical approach to composition. The act of forcing himself to create sound webs atop extant tracks involves an approach to instant composition that is most often evidenced by instrumental improvisers. But… Read more »

Bloodshot Bill - Sings Charles Plymell ()

7″ with booklet. Edition of 450 co-released with Bottle of Smoke Press Bloodshot Bill (a bonfide Norton Records recording artist) is one of Montreal’s greatest exports this side of the Smoked Meat Sandwich. Although he’s done band and duo stuff to great acclaim, it’s his solo work that really brains you. Full on, flat out one-man-band aktion of a sort not often seen since Hasil Adkins took his last wild shot at a possum. shot at a possum. Because Miriam Linna, who runs Norton also runs Kicks Books, she was able to connect a few dots between Bloodshot’s hillbilly hunch and the equally wild words of Kansan born poet, Charles Plymell, the inventor of the Witchita Vortex if ever there was one. Bill… Read more »

Of Thousands - Of Thousands ()

CS17 Edition of 150 Of Thousand’s bandcamp Debut release by this very hep Boston duo made up of Arian Shafiee (Guerilla Toss) and Mia Friedman (Hollow Deck). Not particularly reminiscent of any of their ur-groups, the music from Of Thousands blends keys, strings, voices, electronics and loops into avant garde chamber sput with surly attitudinal content. One is reminded of the opening line os X Ray Spex’s “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!,” at least in terms of conceptual approach. Because while the audience is anticipating a tongue load of sugar, what’s delivered is a load more resembling porcupine quills. The most facile comparisons are to small bits found on the albums of European art rock legends like Slapp Happy and Vibraslaps, but… Read more »

Mark Dagley - Collected Works 1978-2016 ()

LP Edition of 400. PROMO VIDEO! Mark Dagley, although largely focusing on his visual art for the last many years, is a musician whose work has always intrigued us. We already issued some of his work with the Girls, Hi Sheriffs of Blue and Marianne Nowottny. Now, here’s Selected Works, only the second album issued under his own name. We had bugged Mark for a good long while about digging up the tapes for the “Shut It Up/Gossip Crowd” single he’d done back in ’79 (immediately precursing the Hi Sheriffs), and when he transferred that material to cassette, he included some newly unearthed electronic work done at the same time he was working with the Girls. The stuff was great,… Read more »

The Believers - Memo From Otter ()

LP Edition of 400 The Believers were, in many way, the flagship band of the Apostasy Recordings empire. Their roots were in the Hampshire College-based experimental outfit, Son of Earth – Flesh in Bone Trio (generally shortened to Son of Earth), via Matt Krefting and John Shaw. Also on board were Anna Klein (player with many woefully under-documented ensembles) and Jessi Swenson, Esq. (who was associated with various Scott Foust projects, and would go on to 50 Foot Women). But much of this other work was abstract weirdo-ism. The Believers were, more or less, a rock band, and they kinda fucking ruled. They recorded an album for Ben Chasny’s planned label almost a decade ago, but the release never ended… Read more »

Phil X. Milstein / Thurston Moore - Songs We Taught The Lord Vol.2 ()

LP Edition 400 – Black Vinyl   Out of Print! LP Edition of 100 – Grey Vinyl – Out Of Print! TINYMIXTAPES This album reissues the final recording (thus far) of the Milstein/Moore Duo. It was originally released in 1997 by Chris Corsano’s Hot Cars Warp Records label. Chris had a choice of this tape — recorded December 4, 1996 at the Middle East in Cambridge MA — or the one from the previous night at the Iron Horse in Northampton. He chose this one, and the first volume was scheduled to appear on the Ecstatic Yod label. Why it never happened, who knows? Not me! The set was recorded opening for guitarist John Fahey, shortly after a horrible accident in Harvard… Read more »

Phil X. Milstein / Thurston Moore - Songs We Taught The Lord Vol.1 ()

LP Edition 400 – Black Vinyl.  Out of Print! Black Vinyl / Little Spots of Colors through out TINYMIXTAPES As I recall, the idea seemed pretty reasonable at the time. It was late 1996. I’d met Fahey a couple of years earlier, and partly as an outgrowth of that meeting he had decided he wanted to meet and play with “noise musicians.” This resulted in a lot of music that made his olden fans weep, but who was I to argue with The Great Koonaklaster? Anyway, it was late ’96 and Fahey wanted to play some gigs on the East Coast. He also wanted Thurston to be on the bill with him, and so Mr. Moore asked me for suggestions… Read more »

Michael Zerang & Spires That In The Sunset Rise - Illinois Glossolalia ()

LP Edition of 400 Beginning in January of 2011, composer, percussionist and improvisor Michael Zerang joined Spires That in the Sunset Rise for a year-long collaboration to explore a broad range of sonic and textural improvisations, in a series of live concerts throughout the year. The collaboration culminated in residency at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, as a part of their Artist Residence Program, where the trio was able to perform and record a massive amount of material. The partial result of this effort is the Illinois Glossolalia LP. Since 2001, Spires That in the Sunset Rise have been unsettling and thrilling audiences with their brand of sonic alchemy. Described by Jack Rose as a “female Sun City Girls,”… Read more »