April 20, 2018:
On Saturday, April 21 we celebrate Record Store Day 2018, and in our typical approach to the day, we offer discounts to our customers and spend the day celebrating the most wonderful of objects in the world: music albums.
In many ways I split my opinion between incredulity that we're still here selling records, contrasted with an impression that we somehow have to justify our existence
and that we need a day to celebrate. Squidco has been selling music for 15 years. We sell only and exclusively the physical variety: real albums, the kind that people collect, build personal libraries from, and refer to out of fascination and interest. As that becomes less the norm, we become the exception, and those who collect physical albums, exceptional. Of the latter, they are the people who value the permanence of art and not the vapid essence of a stream of bits. They are often people who take the time to research quality in playback, who listen attentively, with a focus that surpasses the increasingly background tapestry of sound that I see many fall back on.
When you think about it, it only makes sense: we sell music from musicians who push the envelope, or who are exceptionally good at what they do. They're performers not looking to make a fast buck, but who value the history of what they play, and who want to build, expand or enhance that history. When they put out an album, typically it's a statement or a place to let their listeners catch up with them. In tandem with that, the people who buy those albums have an expectation and curiosity about specific albums and artists. They're not asking some pre-programmed robot to select something they might like, they actively seek out new or interesting music. That's increasingly unusual, and increasingly exemplary.
That said, each year I meet more people who have never owned an LP, a CD, or a cassette, or who have never purchased a music magazine or spent time with a music DVD. And most surprisingly of all, I meet those who expect all music to stream for free or for next to nothing, who don't want to make conscious choices about the music they hear. As a 40 year collector of music, it's an unexpected world I find myself in, but that's definitely a sign of the times (have you read the newspapers lately!?!)
Sometimes I think we should have a Record Store CUSTOMER Day, because we at Squidco salute those collectors who they care deeply about music, who are not looking for concessions to their taste, and who value their knowledge of the music they've developed. The truth is, we at Squidco deeply value both sides of the equation — musicians and listeners — and we're grateful to those artists who make amazing music as much as those listeners who must have the authentic object with the artist's aesthetic in artwork, booklets, liner notes, listings--their unique signatures.
Looking back, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville invented sound recording around 1853, and his recording from 1860 is the earliest recoverable sound recording, or simply put: a record. Around 1877 Charles Cros sketched the idea of his paléophone in France and Thomas Edison began work on wax cylinders and the phonograph, which led to the 78 RPM album, then the LP, the cassette, and the CD. I can't imagine a world without records, and their endurance seems obvious to me. Today, let's celebrate records, record stores, and record store customers, with the foreknowledge that the album's usefulness and permanence is assured.
April 13, 2018:
No real blog entry this week due to family visiting, alongside a bad head cold... the mailing lists went out, but a few other priorities like this blog fell to the wayside. I expect to have a longer entry next week. You might also keep an eye on the site during the week for some special offers and discounted items leading up to Saturday!
Meanwhile, you may notice that we've restocked the entire erstwhile back-catalog, including their magnificent box set.
We also added two new titles from Satoko Fujii's excellent Libra label as her 60th birthday celebration continues.
Fujii, Satoko: Ninety-Nine Years (Libra)Biography "Mike Faloon"
Composer-pianist Satoko Fujii's new Orchestra Berlin, a ten-piece ensemble, presents a powerful work written specifically for this group in thought-provoking compositions of and uninhibited energy, with performers including saxophonists Gebhard Ullmann, Paulina Owczarek & Matthias Schubert, trombonist Matthias Muller, bassist Jan Roder, and drummers Peter Orins and Michael Griener.
Kira Kira (Tamura / Spence / Fujii / Takemura): Bright Force (Libra)
Since 2007 Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and Australian keyboardist Alister Spence have collaborated on performance and recording in several configurations, including work with Tony Buck, Raymond McDonald, Jim O'Rourke, &c.; this energetic and otherworldly quartet session with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and drummer Ittetsu Takemura was recored live Knuttel House, in Tokyo, 2017.
Despite the illness and distractions, we kept on our purchase plan, with the following on their way to us currently:
My Cat Is An Alien: The Sky With Broken Arms Opax Records / Elliptical Noise
Roberto Opalio: Once you'll touch the sky you will never return to dust Opax Records / Elliptical Noise
VANDERMARK, KEN/MICHAEL SNOW: Duol Corbett vs. Dempsey
GUSTAFSSON, MATS/JASON ADASIEWICZ: Timeless Corbett vs. Dempsey
LONBERG-HOLM, FRED AND THE AMPHIBIANS OF THE EVERGLADES FEATURING GUSTAVO MATAMOROS: Bow Hard At The Frog Corbett vs. Dempsey
LACY, STEVE: Stamps [2 CDs] Corbett vs. Dempsey
HARRIS, BEAVER/DON PULLEN 360ş EXPERIENCE: A Well-Kept Secret Corbett vs. Dempsey
Fages, Ferran / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ruth Barberan: Istmo Creative Sources
Hautzinger, Franz / Mazen Kerbaj: Abu Tarek Creative Sources
Agape (Martin Kuchen / David Stackenas): Agape Creative Sources
Shibolet, Ariel: 132: Work For Multiphonics Creative Sources
Almeida, Goncalo / John Dikeman / George Hadow: O Monstro Creative Sources
Guilherme Rodrigues / Johan Moir: GUI Creative Sources
Dart Love: Escargot Creative Sources
Variable Geometry Orchestra: Ma'adim Vallis Creative Sources
String Theory: Tellurium Creative Sources
Masing, Elo / Dietrich Petzold / Ernesto Rodrigues / Ernesto Rodrigues: Crane Cries Creative Sources
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Eduardo Chagas: Holes and Cracks Creative Sources
Zanuttini, Flavio : La Notte Creative Sources
Quintans, Santi / Ramon Lopez: Espadas como labios Creative Sources
Dorr, Welf Unit: Blood Creative Sources
Space Trio: Space Trio Creative Sources
Free Music Septet: Meandros e Vertentes Creative Sources
Stoffner, Florian / Albert Cirera: I'm A Resonant Aircraft Creative Sources
Lisbon String Trio & Eduardo Chagas: Tactile Creative Sources
Colectivo maDam Ernesto Rodrigues Miguel Mira: Coluro Creative Sources
Schiller, Christoph / Eric Ruffing: Trance Creative Sources
Fite, Niklas / Alexander Frangenheim: Sugar is at necessary fluid Creative Sources
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Carlos Santos: Penedo Creative Sources
Rose, Simon / Nicola L. Hein: Shug Monkey Creative Sources
Bertch Quartet, The: For Oumuama Creative Sources
Isotope Ensemble: Barium Creative Sources
LST & Carlos Zíngaro: Theia Creative Sources
LST & Sei Miguel: from Faust Creative Sources
Anissegos, Antonis / Christos Yermenoglou: Intertitles Creative Sources
Mascolo, Carlo / Andreas Fulgosi: Losca Mio Gulfos Creative Sources
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Andrew Lafkas / Bryan Eubanks: 0 minutes and 0 seconds Creative Sources
Sanna, Paolo: Fluorite Creative Sources
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Bruno Parrinha / Luis Lopes / Vasco Trilla: Lithos Creative Sources
New Thing Unit: For Cecil Taylor Creative Sources
Brinicle: First Frost Creative Sources
A few updates from the last week:
April 12, 2018: New @ Squidco:
Satoko Fujii -Ninety-Nine Years [CD] (Libra)
Kira Kira (Tamura/Spence/Fujii/Takemura) -Bright Force [CD] (Libra)
Kevin Drumm -Inexplicable Hours [CD] (Sonoris)
Kevin Drumm -Inexplicable Hours [VINYL @ LPs + CD] (Sonoris)
Animals & Giraffes (Greenlief/la Rocco/Leidecker) -Landlocked Beach [CD] (Creative Sources)
Bill Dixon -Odyssey (Solo Works) [6 CD BOX SET] (Archive Edition)
Hong Chulki/Will Guthrie -Mosquitoes and Crabs [CD] (erstwhile)
Christian Wolff/Antoine Beuger -Where Are We Going, Today [CD] (erstwhile)
Toshiya Tsunoda/Taku Unami -Wovenland [CD] (erstwhile)
Michael Pisaro/Reinier van Houdt -Shades of Eternal Night [CD] (Gravity Wave)
Michael Pisaro -Etant Donnes [CD] (Gravity Wave)
April 12, 2018: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Bernard Falaise - Lézardes et zébrures (Ambiences Magnetiques) by Jeph Jerman.
April 10, 2018: New @ Squidco:
Spectral (Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs) -Empty Castles [CD] (Aerophonic)
Dave Rempis/Tim Daisy & Guests -Dodecahedron [2 CDs] (Aerophonic)
Peter Bruun’s All Too Human (w/ Tranberg/Ducret/Toldam) -Vernacular Avant-garde [CD] (Ayler)
Christophe Monniot & Grand Orchestre du Tricot -Jericho Sinfonia [CD] (Ayler)
Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Joe Hertenstein -Scalene [CD] (Leo)
Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Jeff Cosgrove -Live In Baltimore [CD] (Leo)
Suspensao -Physis [CD] (Creative Sources)
Domeniconi/Schlegel/Suter -Quince Dreams [CD] (Creative Sources)
Baker/Glover -Love, Approximately [CDR] (Bad Architect Records)