February 22, 2019:
Having taken a couple of days off last week, this week was busy with a number of new releases that awaited my return. In particular, four new Hat[Now]Arts greeted me, including the reissue of Morton Feldman's Atlantis, presenting a number of orchestral works; Karlheinz Stockhausen's first recordings of Klavierstucke performed by David Tudor; an incredible solo percussion album from Fritz Hauser; and Roland Dahinden's Talking with Charlie: An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker, a fascinating compositional approach to the music of the be-bop legend.
Feldman, Morton (Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt): Atlantis (Hat [now] ART)
A much-needed reissue of this 2000 CD of three orchestral works from late composer Morton Feldman--"String Quartet and Orchestra" (1973), "Oboe and Orchestra" (1976), and "Atlantis" (1959)--demonstrating the evolution of his incredible control in working with tone, mood and instrumental combinations, from his earliest large-scale work to later mature works.
Stockhausen, Karlheinz: Historic First Recordings of the Klavierstucke I-VIII & XI (Hat [now] ART)
Originally conceived as a cycle of 21 solo piano pieces, composer Karlheinz Stockhausen only completed a section of these Klavierstucke works, eventually transforming the series for synthesizers and electronic instruments; Hat Hut now restores the original recordings from the 50s by the pianist Stockhausen dedicated some of these pieces to: David Tudor.
Hauser, Fritz : Laboratorio - Solo Percussion (Hat [now] ART)
Swiss drummer & percussionist Fritz Hauser's solo album creates a fictional percussion center that he uses as as springboard to compose solo works for spaces within the [non-existent] environment, depicted in both spacious and active sound work, generating open-air locations with bird sounds and cymbals and areas of quick-paced activity; absolutely impressive.
Dahinden, Roland : Talking with Charlie: An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker (Hat [now] ART)
Bass clarinetist Gareth Davis asked composer Roland Dahinden to write for his quartet, with Koen Kaptijn (trombone), Dario Calderone (double bass) and Peppe Garcia (percussion), the result this "imaginary talk" with Charlie Parker, captured in a score involving graphic as well as more conventional elements, allowing structure and improvisation for the players.
I was also very happy to see the vinyl reissue of an album that's been in my collection for many years: The Momes Spiralling. When I started Squidco in 2002, one motivator was to sell music at the intersection of rock, improv, and compositional forms. The Rock in Opposition movement characterizes the embracing aspects of bands like The Work, Henry Cow, Art Bears, News from Babel, Unrest Work & Play, Cassiber, Etron Fou, &c., and we've carried many of those bands and newer material like Stop Motion Orchestra, Eclectic Maybe Band, Barbez, &c.
Momes are a kind of RIO supergroup, having members from Henry Cow and the subsequent The Work (Tim Hodgkinson and Mick Hobbs) plus drummer Andy Wake, best known for Unrest Work & Play. Momes translates to brats, or kids, and their 1989 album is one part in-your-face punk attitude, but backed up by phenomenal playing, great word play, and ultimately a true love of advanced rock music. I'm very happy to see their album reissued, and if RIO is in your interest and you don't have a copy of this album I highly recommend it.
Momes, The: Spiralling [VINYL LP + 7"] (Mental Experience)
An essential reissue of the only album from this Rock in Opposition supergroup, with two members of Henry Cow & The Work--bassist Mick Hobbs and Tim Hodgkinson playing "Hawaiian laptop noisy guitar" and keyboards--and Andy Wake from Unrest Work & Play, in a great set of songs with a literate and post-punk viciousness and unusual approaches to rhythm and sound.
The Martin Tétrault album I enthused about in my last entry, Plus de Snipettes!!, was reviewed in Vital Weekly, and I've added the text of the review to Squidco's listing for the album. You can (and should, imho, read the review directly at http://www.vitalweekly.net/1170.html
Tetreault, Martin : Plus de Snipettes!! (Ambiances Magnetiques)
A fun, odd and eccentric album constructed from extracts of hours of tape reels and audio cassettes by Montreal turntablist Martin Tetrault, a mix of plunderphonic sources, unusual turntable technique, and experimental audio collage drawn from an insanely diverse set of sources, in this sequel to his 1992 "Snipettes!" cassette, here with 31 new fascinating miniatures.
I find the interaction of closely aligned tones, known as interference tones, to be oddly fascinating and compelling. Tones dart around each other, creating rhythm as the harmonic patterns interact. The phenomenon exists with acoustic and electronic instruments, but one acousit instrument that seems particularly well suited for the form is the clarinet, whose pure tones allows the disruptions between two or more clarinets to stand out clearly. This requires intense control from the performer over their instrument, and a few players have taken this challenge and found it captivating and worthy of composition and recordings. In particular, Kai Fagaschinski & Michael Thieke (International Nothing, Magic I.D.) have released a number of albums in this vein. On the German Wandelweiser label, reedist Sergio Merce has released multiple albums using saxophones and overdubs to achieve the same. This month composer John McCowen has added his skills to the Wandelweiser catalog in the album Mundanas I - V, where he joins fellow clarinetist Madison Greenstone for an impressive display of varying approaches to the concept. What follows is a link to McCowen's album, and then a few examples of the aforementioned musicians.
McCowen, John: Mundanas I - V (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Two clarinetists--John McCowen, also the composer, and Madison Greenstone on clarinet & bass clarinet--taking the title from Boethius' (427-524 AD) printed work on ancient Greek music: "De institutione musica", as they generate long-form drones using the harmonic interactions and interference patterns of similar tones, overtones, and difference tones; impressively intense.
International Nothing, The: In Doubt We Trust (Ftarri)
The duo project of Berlin-based clarinetists Kai Fagaschinski and Michal Thieke, (Magic I.D., Christof Kurzmann, Splitter Ochester) in their 5th album of timbre-rich, harmonically fascinating and slowly evolving reed interactions, returning to their core duo after their previous quartet album, here presenting a large rich and beautifully weaving work.
Magic I.D., The : till my breath gives out (erstwhile)
Superb 1st erstwhile 'pop' release as only an erstwhile artist could define the term: abstract lower case and perceptive songs with dual clarinets and guitar.
Merce, Sergio: Three Dimensions Of The Spirit (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Conservatory trained Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce uses a prepared tenor sax and a microtonal sax to create rich harmonics and slowly moving tonal works, layering aberrant and alluring tones in restrained configurations that allow each stratum of sound to be distinguished and appreciated, creating mesmerizing compositions of elusive and illusionistic sound.
We've had only a few comments and questions about our shipping changes, with most customers understanding the need for the change. We made one adjustment to the rate since introducing the change, reducing the cost of the initial US Media Mail rate to $3.50, but otherwise the rates seem to be accurate and, we hope, fair. With our Squidco Rewards program and reasonable prices we hope that we're still listing our albums fairly and honorably. Our purpose in existence is to get great music to listeners like you at reasonable prices, allowing you to experiment as you build your library. To that end we remain dedicated and enthusiastic, as the music never stop playing and we want to help you hear it!
In the next couple of weeks look for new Confront titles, including the 2nd The Seen release; two on Aerophonic; the new Flying Luttenbachers on ugExplode; Tim Berne's new ECM album with David Torn & Ches Smith: Sun of Goldfinger on CD & LP.
Last, a few updates from the previous week:
Feburary 21, 2019: New @ Squidco:
Joe McPhee/John Butcher -At The Hill Of James Magee [CD] (Trost Records)
FULL BLAST -Rio [VINYL] (Trost Records)
Burkhard Beins/Mazen Kerbaj/Michael Vorfeld -Sawt Out [CD] (Herbal International)
Axioms -Manifestations [CD] (Evil Clown)
Derek Bailey & Cyro Baptista -Cyro [VINYL 2 LPs] (Honest Jons Records)
Derek Bailey/Tony Coe -Time [VINYL 2 LPs] (Honest Jons Records)
Phill Niblock -T H I R [DVD] (Von)
John McCowen -Mundanas I - V [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Hedvig Mollestad Trio -Smells Funny [CD] (Rune Grammofon)
Hedvig Mollestad Trio -Smells Funny [VINYL + CD] (Rune Grammofon)
Eugene Chadbourne -Solo Guitar Volume 2-1/3 [VINYL] (Feeding Tube Records)
The Momes -Spiralling [VINYL LP + 7"] (Mental Experience)
VocColours & Andrei Razin -Ganglia [CD] (Creative Sources)
Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Carlos Santos -Penedo [CD] (Creative Sources)