June 16, 2017:
Firstmost: at the end of this summer, Squidco is going to move locations! Wilmington's downtown is growing quickly, and the building we've been leasing has sold twice, right at the end of our lease. The new, gentrified, rent is exorbitant, and we've found a better location not far from the downtown area, which is more modern and accommodating to our work, and a better value than our current lease. We'll continue to have customers visit by appointment, but we're dropping our performance space, and partner with local venues to present music instead. You'll see us selling inventory and odd items during the summer months as we look to lighten the load pre-move. We're excited and trepidatious about the move at the same time, but it makes the most sense for us moving forward.
One last entry about Creative Sources:
I've been listening to the Creative Sources label since its inception, thanks to Ernesto Rodrigues reaching out to us with review CDs in our earliest years. Once I heard what Rodrigues was up to, which at the time was mostly small group lowercase acoustic or electroacoustic improv, I was hooked. The label has been successful and diverse over the years, and we've had quite a ride keeping up with the now very accelerate pace of releases as Creative Sources horizons have continually expanded. To this day I marvel at the artists I've first learned about on this label, or for whom I went searching for information about only to realize that we'd had a release on Creative Sources for said person for many years.
Against that, the pace is fast for releases, particularly for the label leader himself. And Rodrigues and family (for his son also performs with him, in a case of the fruit staying with the tree) seem to record every opportunity they get! The case is that most of the material they record is interesting, some amazing, but all deserving of a wider audience and attentive ears; I can't think of any clinkers or albums Rodrigues has played on that I wouldn't play again. The issue becomes, it's hard to find the truly exceptional releases amongst the larger set.
There is one broad exception to that observation, which is in the large ensemble work that Rodrigues organizes, and which is usually captured live. In particular IKB and Variable Geometry Orchestra present large works with direction, bringing the best of small group experimentation into detailed, slow moving tapestries that give focus to the odd sonorities and sonic approaches, acoustic and electronic, that have emerged over the lat 20th and 21st century. The dynamics on these performances are outstanding, drawing the listener into slowly swirling cyclones then releasing them to build again. To draw parallels to the big band era of old, these sonic ensembles of like-minded and highly skilled musicians are the modern listener's equivalent.
The bottom line, if you want to be a really adventurous listener, pick up this label's albums!
(Very) honorable mention... David Stackenas: Bricks - the owner of an important and historic European label (who shall go nameless) wrote me the day that I posted the missing David Stackenas album on Clean Feed Records, very excited about buying a copy from us. And I understood by then why, because this album is an outstanding solo guitar album unlike others in my collection, and though I'd heard his playing in other setting, it was the case that I'd never heard what he was really capable of.
Some updates from the last week or so:
June 16, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Various Artists - 910 Noise Presents (910 Noise) by Phil Zampino.
June 14, 2017: New @ Squidco:
Christoph Erb/Jim Baker/Frank Rosaly -...Don't Buy Him A Parrot...
Paula Shocron/German Lamonega/Pablo Diaz -Tenzegridad
Tristan Honsinger/Nicolas Calioa/Jesse Zubot -In The Sea
Christian Lillinger/Tobias Deluis -Dicht
Isabelle Duthoit/Franz Hautzinger -Lily
Lambs Gamble -Farewell Body Bags [VINYL]
June 14, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Harry Miller - Different Times, Different Places Volume Two (Ogun) by Brian Olewnick.
June 14, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: John Butcher & Andy Moor - Experiments With a Leaf (unsounds) by Kurt Gottschalk.
June 12, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: subterrene - Bathetic Resonance (Mystery School Records) by Darren Bergstein.
June 9, 2017: New @ Squidco:
David Stackenas -Bricks
Elton Dean Quintet -Welcomet - Live in Brazil, 1986
Jean-Luc Guionnet + Eric La Casa -Reflected Waves [60 pages 21x25 cm + DVD video 1h48mn]
Anthony Pateras -Blood Stretched Out
Jerome Noetinger/Anthony Pateras/Synergy Percussion -Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All
Eric La Casa -Paris Quotidien [CD+60 page booklet of photos & text]
Electric Bird Noise -The Spider/The Christ Child/The Crow
Ezio Piermattei -Tre Madri Ludopatiche [CASSETTE]
Flamingo Creatures -Fisch Versucht Das Sprechenlernen
June 8, 2017:
As I hope these blog entries are of interest to our customers, I hope more that the biographies we've been collecting of the artists featured on albums we sell is useful to you. With more than 1,000 biographies located so far, and our database updating older entries in our catalog with new biography listings, we've added a tremendous amount of information into our store. If you haven't spent time reading them, you'll find them under the information section for each product's detailed description; clicking on a name will expand the biography in its column. Clicking again will hide that artist's biography.
The collecting process has, of necessity, been as quick as possible, and it's not been possible to edit and correct entries as we find them. I try my best to format them as I found them, but that's often not practical, and some concessions are made. Many biographies are in the musician's native language, and we rely on Google's translator to convert them to English.
Since starting the project I've gotten into the habit of copying the pertinent biographies for a release and reading through them as I catalog each new album for the store. Generally speaking, the information is very useful, helping me to connect artists I'm unfamiliar with to other artists in our catalog or that I'm familiar with. (If I could give new artists one valuable suggestion, it would be to establish the simplest of websites and get your biography and discography posted to it, it's an invaluable way to help listeners put you in perspective!) That said, I'm often horrified at what I find while reading through selected biographies, particularly in terms of content, formatting, and translation. Every source we find is documented by its internet URL, and I encourage readers to find the original text to get the latest and more accurate biography available. After all, reading about music and musicians is the best accompaniment to the music you buy.
As we mentioned a few weeks ago,
we've acquired a large number of Creative Sources titles as we catch
up with the catalog. We're trying to do our best in providing detailed
information about each release, and we didn't want them to take over our
"Just In" category (there will be 115 of them when we're done!)
So we created a new category called "Back Catalog" that
we introducing the new releases into. We're just getting started with them so
if you want to stay current with our
additions, just click below, or choose the "Back Catalog" link from our homepage.
Click here to see our Creative Sources Addition!
The Portugal based Creative Sources label has been a
consistently experimental imprint, presenting outside improvisation,
taking chances on music that label founder and violist Ernesto Rodrigues has
confidence in. His ear is extraordinarily accurate in adding bands and artists to
the label, and the imprint now boasts nearly 400 releases, with new additions
June 6, 2017: New @ Squidco:
Mike Majkowski -Days and Other Days [VINYL]
Christian Wolfarth -Spuren [VINYL]
Peter Zumthor Conradin -Grunschall [VINYL]
Joe McPhee/Damon Smith/Alvin Fielder -Six Situations
Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Nuno Torres/Eduardo Chagas/Antonio Chaparreiro/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Carlos Santos/Jose Oliveira -Jadis La Pluie Etait Bleue
Various -910 Noise Presents
Christiane Bopp/Jean-Luc Petit -L'eorce Et La Salive
Irene Kepl -SololoS
Maria Capurso Luisa/Jean-Marc Foussat -En Respirant
June 2, 2017:
It's been a wonderfully crazy week, as we took the long weekend to run our Memorial Day Sale, which was well received. We are always humbly grateful to our customers for the faith they put in us to present interesting music at reasonable prices, and to get their orders to them safely. Tuesday was an incredibly busy day for us, made the worse by our main router's power supply being burnt up by a thunder storm and power outage, despite its being on a surge protected circuit. We raced to get everything running again, and completed the full round of orders by the end of the day. No doubt it's (unofficially) summer!
All around the sale we've been furiously receiving and cataloging new music, which has been arriving regularly. In particular, the UK Confront label had been dealing with some pressing issues that held up our last couple of orders. Once that was resolved we received a box with 8 new releases, which include the magnificent Trevor Watts/Steven Grew duo; Chris Cundy's excellent solo bass clarinet album; the Cage-inspired everydayisagoodday from the trio of Rachael Wadham, Philippe Lenglet, and Bruno Duplant; Tin with Dominic Lash, Axel Dorner, and Roger Turner; and unusual abstract sound work from the trio of US sound artist Jeff Jerman with two Italian percussionists--Giacomo Salis and Paolo Sanna. You can see all the latest releases by clicking here.