July 26, 2021:
The rapid pace hasn't stopped here, with a wealth of new material flooding our doors. Notable has been the addition of Euphorium Records to our catalog, the last of the titles we're adding expected to be uploaded this week. Also notable is the addition of Elliot Sharp's long-running label ZoAr, which has become notably active over the last year. E# has given us some very good pricing on older releases that I highly recommend checking out, and new releases have arrived just this week. And last, the US distributor for Recommended Records has finally imported more copies of the Fred Frith boxes, which will at last be formally announced on our site this week.
The EU & The VAT, plus International Economy
International Customers: this has been a terrible month for collectors around the world, and particularly for those in the EU. The European Union has made the decision to charge VAT on all packages from all countries not in the EU. This requires the difficult challenge of registering, collecting, reporting and sending payments to each EU country, or hiring a broker to handle the accounting and charges. The charge for hiring a broker to a company of our size would essentially remove any profit from our sales, and is not a realistic option. Adding the administrative overhead for registering and reporting would require hiring personnel for that process, and is again unrealistic.
The options to EU customers are as follows: Discogs.com is collecting the VAT and handling charges to each country on behalf of their sellers. We list a large portion of our catalog there, and you can visit our store at this link.
We are very disappointed that the EU has no exception for small packages or companies that lack the resources to collect and report on taxes on a global level. It is a loss to the people of the EU that art and culture will be more limited at a time when one would hope that we would be finding ways to be closer, and to share our cultures.
To make matters more complicated, our International Economy shipper has raised rates significantly, forcing us to increase our rates. The new rates are listed on our Payment & Shipping page. For small packages International Economy is still less expensive than the US Post Office, but the difference is no longer as significant.
Philz Gets Older:
I'm turning 60 on July 27 (tomorrow)! To celebrate I'm handing the keys to Squidco over to Carl while I run off to Lisbon for a couple of weeks. The store and distribution will continue to run as it always has, but there will be no email updates the weekends of August 6 and August 13, and no new products hitting the store during that time.
Squidco Publishing Roundup:
To end this entry, here are recent updates on Squidco & The Squid's Ear since my last entry. As a reminder, you can see new albums listed as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order, but that we're not satisfied that we've added all the information we can about that release. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page.
July 22, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Robbie Avenaim/Chris Abrahams/Jim Denley -Weft [CD] (Relative Pitch)
Sergio Armaroli/Fritz Hauser -Angelica [CD] (Leo Records)
John Brennan Wolf -Nitty Gritty Ditties [CD] (Leo Records)
Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey -Zip [CD] (Leo Records)
Christer Bothen -Ambrosia [3 CD BOX SET] (thanatosis produktion)
New Old Luten Quintet -Tumult! [CD] (Euphorium)
Axel Dorner/Elan Pauer/Christian Lillinger -Dirn Bridge [CD] (Euphorium)
Tibor Prettschnoder/Neues Leipziger Streichquartett -The Largo And The Lame [CD] (Euphorium)
Jason Kahn -Days Falling [VINYL 2 LPs] (Editions)
Jean Jones Claude (JC) -Drones - 5th And Tibetan Bowls For Barre [CD] (Kadima)
Jean Jones Claude (JC) -Give It Your All - Wild Guitar Musings 2 [CDR] (Kadima)
Jos Smolders -Bagatellen [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (esc.rec.)
July 21, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio - Moon on the Lake (Libra Records) by John Eyles.
July 20, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Alexey Kruglov/Carolyn Hume/Paul May/Oleg Yudanov -Last Train From Narvskaya [CD] (Leo Records)
Sergio Armaroli/Giancarlo Schiaffini/Harri Sjostrom -Duos & Trios [CD] (Leo Records)
Gregg Belisle-Chi -KOI - performing the music of Tim Berne [CD] (Relative Pitch)
Robert Dick/Nicola L. Hein -Structures of Unreason [CD] (Shhpuma)
Colonna/Miranda/Spera -N-EST [CD] (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Francisco Mela feat. Matthew Shipp/William Parker -Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1 [CD] (577 Records)
Jessica Ackerley/Daniel Carter -Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel [CD] (577 Records)
Devin Gray/Jessica Pavone/Wendy Eisenberg -Universal Dwellings [CD] (Rataplan Records)
Melaine Dalibert -Night Blossoms [CD] (elsewhere)
Pierre Gerard -Pieces Of Apparatus [CD] (A New Wave of Jazz)
July 20, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Youjin Sung/Simon Rose - Map of Dreams (Creative Sources) by Ken Waxman.
July 15, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Frisque Concordance (Georg Graewe/John Butcher/ Wilbert De Joode/Mark Sanders) -Distinct Machinery [2 CDs] (Random Acoustics)
Jauniaux/Charles /Mariage -L'amour [CD] (Ayler)
Natsuki Tamura -Koki Solo [CD] (Libra)
Martin Kuchen -Det Forsvunnas Namn [VINYL] (thanatosis produktion)
Disquiet (Kurzmann/Brandlmayr/Jernberg/Williamson) -Disquiet [VINYL] (Trost Records)
Matthias Muller/Ricardo Tejero/Vasco Trilla -Implositions [CDR] (Orbit577)
Arvind Ganga/Riccardo Marogna -Ballads From The Wrecked Ship [CD] (A New Wave of Jazz)
Arcane Device -Nodes [CD] (pulsewidth)
Tucker Dulin/Ben Owen -Cat Guarding Geese [CD] (erstwhile)
The Mighty Cloud (Dave Quam/Joe Foster) -Especially Songs [CD] (Sacred Realism)
Iancu Dumitrescu/Ana-Maria Avram -At the GRM Paris (performed by Stephen O'Malley) [CD] (Ideologic Organ)
July 15, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Mike Cooper / Duck Baker - Cumino In Mia Cucina (Confront Recordings) by Nick Ostrum.
July 13, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Albert Ayler Trio -New York Eye And Ear Control, Revisited [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
Ochs-Robinson Duo -A Civil Right [CD] (ESP-Disk)
Michael Bisio/Kirk Knuffke/Fred Lonberg-Holm -The Art Spirit [CD] (ESP-Disk)
Michael Attias/Simon Nabatov -Brooklyn Mischiefs [CD] (Leo Records)
Brandon Seabrook/Simon Nabatov -Voluptuaries [CD] (Leo Records)
Keith Rowe -Absence [CD] (erstwhile)
Alan Wilkinson/Dirk Serries -One In The Eye [2 CDs] (A New Wave of Jazz)
Sergey Kostyrko/Tim Olive -Rasputitsa [CD] (845 Audio)
Joakim Forsgren/Andreas Hiroui Larsson featuring David Lackner -Vending Machine [CD] (thanatosis produktion)
Matthijs Kouw -The Great Image Has No Form [CD + DOWNLOAD] (esc.rec.)
July 13, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: André Gonçalves - Instrumentals (Shhpuma Records) by Thomas Mellish.
July 12, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Anemochore (Frantz Loriot / Sebastian Strinning / Daniel Studer / Benjamin Brodbeck) - Suites And Seeds (Creative Sources) by Massimo Ricci.
July 9, 2021:
I have been frustrated that this blog is not updated weekly, or even more frequently! However, if you look at our Just In Stock Section you'll see that we have had a wealth of new releases enter our catalog over the last two weeks, so much so that we haven't been able to keep up. Aside from the new releases listed in this week's mailing list, we've added new titles from erstwhile records, Elsewhere Records, A New Wave of Jazz, Rataplan, Leo Records, Thanatosis Produktion, ESP-Disk, Libra, Die Schachtel, Trost, Orbit577 and Euphorium, to name a few. That's kept us extremely busy, and coming up behind those are a number of additional Trost albums, a set of new Kadima, many more Euphoriums, a new Ayler title on ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Ltd, two albums on Relative Pitch, a Jason Kahn LP and book on Editions, twelve new titles on Wandelweiser, several new releases on Creative Sources and the addition of Elliott Sharp's Zoar label, new revived, to our catalog. Phew!
To keep life interesting, we also just prepared for and dodged a hurricane, the first of the season (Elsa), which blew a bunch of branches around but did no real damage. I did take the time to have a few very large trees removed from near my house, but we were fortunate not to lose any significant time to that event.
Even more interesting — or perhaps depressing :) — is the imminent advance of my age to the milestone of 60. For those who take the time to read this blog, I will celebrate that in two ways. The first will correspond with the 2nd Record Store Day event of the year, next Saturday, July 17, where we will have some very special Philz Birthday Sale discounts and sale items available. We are also partnering with ezz-thetics by Hat Hut, Ltd to have a signficant discount sale of the majority of the 1000 series, corresponding with the release of the new Ayler New York Eye And Ear Control, Revisited album. Then, after the sales are completed, in the first week of August I will depart for a week in Lisbon, leaving Carl and crew in charge of the store.
So you can see, it's a busy time with great new music, and the anticipation of wonderful things ahead. With a bit of luck I will have time to actually write about the music that has caught my ears over the last few weeks. In the meantime visit Squidco and The Squid's Ear regularly, where you can watch our activities unfold!
Squidco Publishing Roundup:
Here are the recent updates on Squidco & The Squid's Ear since my last entry. As a reminder, you can see new albums listed as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order, but that we're not satisfied that we've added all the information we can about that release. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page.
July 9, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Kaze & Ikue Mori - Sand Storm (Libra Records) by Paul Serralheiro.
July 8, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Linda Smith Catlin/Apartment House -Ballad [CD] (Another Timbre)
Barbara Feldman Monk -Verses [CD] (Another Timbre)
Oliver Leith -Me Hollywood [CD] (Another Timbre)
James Weeks -Summer [CD] (Another Timbre)
Opening Performance Orchestra Plays Phill Niblock -Four Walls Full Of Sound [CD] (Sub Rosa)
Hecker/Okkyung Lee -Statistique Synthetique/Teum (the Silvery Slit) [VINYL] (Portraits GRM)
Will Guthrie/James Rushford -Real Real World [VINYL] (Black Truffle)
Alvin Curran -The Works [VINYL] (Our Swimmer)
Michele Bokanowski -Rhapsodia/Battements Solaires [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)
Lionel Marchetti -La Grande Vallee/Micro-climat [LP] (Recollection GRM)
News From Babel -Letters Home [VINYL] (ReR Vinyl)
Williams Burroughs S./Brion Gysin -Williams S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin [VINYL] (Cold Spring Records)
July 8, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Susan Alcorn Quintet - Pedernal (Relative Pitch) by Thomas Mellish.
July 6, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Duck Baker (w/ Bailey/Beresford/Dresser/Butcher/Moore/Rudd/Ward/Williamson/Edwards/Noble) -Confabulations [CD] (ESP-Disk)
Susan Alcorn -The Heart Sutra (Arranged by Janel Leppin) [VINYL] (Ideologic Organ)
Arcana: Bill Laswell/Tony Williams -Arc of the Testimony [CD] (Mod Reloaded)
Barry Chabala/Ann Coman -In And Out Of Focus [CD] (Roeba)
Amirtha Kidambi/Matteo Liberatore -Neutral Love [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Editions)
Regenorchester XII -Relics [VINYL] (Trost Records)
Joshua Abrams -Represencing [VINYL] (AGUIRRE RECORDS)
Comes & Simonis -Regering [CD + DOWNLOAD] (esc.rec.)
Torsten Papenheim -Hellerau [CD] (Creative Sources)
Jeremy Baysse -In C [CD] (Creative Sources)
Ember (Urs Leimgruber/Christian Lillinger/Alexander Schubert/Oliver Schwerdt) -Oullh d'baham` [CD] (Euphorium)
July 7, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Jean-Marc Foussat / Thomas Lehn - Spielgelungen (Fou Records) by Massimo Ricci.
July 2, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Cecil Taylor Ensemble -Goetingen [2 CDs] (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Tony Oxley/Alan Davie -Elaboration Of Particulars [CD] (Confront)
The Killing Popes (Steidle/Mobus/Nicholls/Downes/Donkin) -Ego Kills [CD] (Shhpuma)
Danilo Gallo Dark Dry Tears (Gallo/Milesi/Bigoni/Black/feat: Lorenzo Corti) -A View Through a Slot [CD] (Clean Feed)
Luis Lopes Lisbon Berlin Quartet -Sinister Hypnotization [CD] (Clean Feed)
Pedro Carneiro/Pedro Melo Alves -Bad Company [CD] (Clean Feed)
Luis Vincente Trio (w/ Goncalo Almeida/Pedro Melo Alves) -Chanting In The Name Of [CD] (Clean Feed)
Gyan Riley -Silver Lining [CD] (Tzadik)
Jean-Marc Fousatt -Nouvelles [VINYL 2 LPs + DVD] (Fou Records)
Jean-Marc Fousatt -Les Vraies Richesses [VINYL + DVD] (Fou Records)
Bryan Eubanks/Xavier Lopez -Natural Realms [CD] (Sacred Realism)
Mario Pavone/The Tampa Quartet -Isabella [CD] (Clean Feed)
July 1, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: AMM (Tilbury / Prevost) - Industria (Matchless) by Brian Olewnick.
June 29, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Mario Pavone/The Tampa Quartet -Isabella [CD] (Clean Feed)
Roots Magic (Pololla/De Fabritiis/Tedeschi/Spera) -Take Root Among The Stars [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
Anthony Pateras -Pseudacusis [CD] (Bocian)
Ayumi Ishito -The Spacemen Vol. 1 [CD] (577 Records)
Stefano Leonardi/Antonio Bertoni -Viandes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)
Tim Olive -Spot of the Foul (total mass retain) [CD] (845 Audio)
Hprizm -Signs Remixed [BLACK VINYL] (577 Records)
Strings5 -Lost In Labyrinth [CD] (Casco Records)
Guy-Frank Pellerin/Mattias Boss/Eugenio Sanna -Water Reflections [CD] (FMR)
subterrene -Coercer [CDR] (Bad Architect Records)
Stephen Horenstein/Eyal Netzer -Speaking Through The Walls [CD] (Creative Sources)
June 29, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Cecil Taylor Quintet - Lifting The Bandstand (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)) by Jeph Jerman.
June 28, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Ian Power - Diligence (Edition Wandelweiser) by Brian Olewnick.
June 24, 2021: New @ Squidco:
Yuma Uesaka/Marilyn Crispell -Streams [CD] (Not Two)
Chris Schlarb/Chad Taylor -Time No Changes [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)
Aaron Novik -Grounded [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)
Gryphon Rue/Merche Blasco -North of the Future [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Editions)
Hprizm -Signs Remixed [CD] (Positive Elevation/577 Records)
Henk Zwerver/Raoul van der Weide -Modeles Volatils [CD] (Casco Records)
Joe McPhee/Jen Clare Paulson/Brian Labycz -The Mystery J [VINYL] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Joda Clement/Tim Olive/Mathieu Ruhlmann -Eidolon [CD] (845 Audio)
Daniel Vujanic -Prosopagnosia [CD + DOWNLOAD] (esc.rec.)
Matt Weston -Four Lies In The Eavesdrop Business [VINYL 2 LPS] (7272music)