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Aun’s bi-polar output, generally shifts between dreamy lulling harmonic distortion, to sheer gut wrenching ultra downtuned avant black dirge, Aun's "VII" is of the latter. Of strong melodic and compositional sense, impossibly detuned guitars and electric power surges, soar through deep space and into black holes. While demented acid fueled fidlers torments the high ends, ghostly cow-boy melodies and industrial strength psychedelia, are time kept by Away of prog-speed legends: Voivod. Playing an uncharacteristic strain of jazzy, motorik and tribal rhythms, Away traps the surreal electrocution state of "VII", which is complemented by a mystical and symbolic heavy Justin Bartlett adornment.

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Ltd LP Info: Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Ocean

Pantheon Of The Lesser (White Vinyl Version)

    Following their acclaimed breakthrough debut album that caught the ears of critics and fans worldwide, and became Important's highest selling album, Ocean has returned with their forward thinking, brutally heavy and purely minimalist sophomore album "Pantheon Of The Lesser". "Pantheon Of The Lesser" was composed over a period of two years in Ocean's home studio in Portland, Maine. As the seasons passed each track was written, re-written, played and then re-played as layers were slowly stripped away until the true essence of the song was revealed. Once Ocean entered the studio it took another two years to deconstruct "Pantheon Of The Lesser" until they had found the essence of their writing. This disciplined deconstructionist approach to songwriting is how Ocean takes it to the next level of the abyss. The result of this compositional technique is over an hour of strictly bare instrumentation and a kind of natural heaviness that slowly rises and falls in a pure organic fashion. Everything in it's own time. Simply profound. Heavy like Schoenberg. While Ocean continues to explore and expand upon their 'less is more' approach of profound musical minimalism and sheer heaviness, "Pantheon Of The Lesser" is a bit more musical than its predecessor.

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    2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition of 500 copies each. Much anticipated double vinyl version of their acclaimed recent full length. This white version includes D-side adaptation of The Swans song "You're Not Real Girl". Hand made letterpressed and screen printed jackets by Ocean's Reuben J Little at his 43rd Parallel Press in Portland Maine.

    Stefan Wesolowski

    Liebestod

      The album Liebestod by Polish composer Stefan Wesolowski consists of repetitive compositions written for piano, brass instruments, strings and electronics. The title itself is derived from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde which says a lot about Wesolowski's primary inspirations. Liebestod shows a tremendous amount of respect for classical music but Wesolowski is far from making literal references to it. Wesolowski shows his own unique musical language; rough and radical at some points, yet full of intense nostalgia and beauty. This album includes a contribution from Michael Jacaszek. Recommended if you like: Arvo Part, Steve Reich, William Basinski, Jacaszek Recorded in Old Town Hall, Academy of Music in Gdansk & on the baltic coast and at home in Sopot, 2011/2012. Realised with the financial support of The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Mayor of Gdansk, Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship and City Culture Institute.

      Aki Onda

      Cassette Memories Volume 3: South Of The Border

        South of The Border is the third installment of my Cassette Memories album series. All field recordings were taped in Mexico, a country I've had a special fondness for since I was a little child. My first memory was watching photographs and Super-8 films my father shot in Mexico City from his time there during the 1968 Summer Olympics, where he competed as a member of the Japanese national hockey team. It made me realize there is a place completely different from Japan, and I started dreaming about "another world." When I was a teenager, I encountered Alejandro Jodorowsky's seminal film El Topo, which shocked me with its surreal images and strong mysticism. That experience shaped my primal image of the country, although I wasn't sure if it was true reality or pure imagination. Finally, I made my first visit to Mexico in 2005. I was amazed that everything was as I had envisioned. Mexico embraces extreme wealth and poverty, highly contemporary and primitive lifestyles, intellect and superstition, and any sort of polarities all in one. Somehow, in this chaos, the boundary between reality and imagination disappears. In this way, everything is possible, and that's what I believe.Technical notes: I had three cassette walkmans to make field recordings while I was traveling in Mexico. Two became broken due to tape head and motor wear, but I continued using them. Some of the beautifully messed-up sound collages you will hear were produced accidentally due to the imperfect condition of the recorders. Additional notes: The first and second Cassette Memories albums, Ancient & Modern and Bon Voyage!, were both released in 2003.

        Nadja + Vampillia

        The Primitive World

          Nadja - guitars, bass, drum machine, flute Vampillia - guitars, vocals, piano, organ, strings Staggering collaboration between Nadja and Vampillia. LP is pressed in an edition of 500 The Primitive World originally saw release in Japan to co-incide with Nadja first Japanese tour in early 2012. The collaborative album combined Nadja's wall of guitars with Vampillia's operatic vocals and classical instrumentation to make a weird hybrid of doom and neo-classical music. This version of the release for Important Records features a new song, Avalanche, and brand new mixes of the original tracks.

          Jon Mueller & Z'ev

          HYDration

            For years, both Z'EV and Jon Mueller have explored these possibilities, both within traditional forms, and singling out specific elements within those forms. For Z'EV, an entire book, called Rhythmmajik, was written about the properties of rhythm, while his history pairs him with a wealth of collaborators, from Carl Stone, Glenn Branca, and many others, as he pursued the quest for rhythmic elements in many things, few of them being actual drums. For Mueller, it's about what happens with drums in different spaces, and used in different contexts, from improvised collaborations with Jason Kahn, Asmus Tietchens, and Lionel Marchetti, to more composed and bombastic work with Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio and Collections of Colonies of Bees, to the distorted pop sensibilities of Volcano Choir.

            'For this project, a variety of snare drums, bass drums, and gongs were resonated by the sounds of other snare drums, bass drums, and gongs, creating a dialog that contains characteristics that are difficult to obtain otherwise. Z'EV's sensibility to these characteristics brought out even more detail, and I seem to hear new things each time I listen'. - Jon Mueller.

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            Ltd LP Info: Hand screened jackets printed by Neil Burke at Monoroid.

            Julia Kent

            Green & Grey

              Made in New York City and inspired by the intersections between the natural world and the human world, Green and Grey continues Julia Kent's solo career as a maker of highly personal music. Using looped and layered cello, electronics, and recordings of natural sounds, she explores in this new instrumental record the melding of the technological and the organic, the patterns and repetitions that exist in nature and are mirrored in human creations, and the complexity and fragility of our relationships with one another and with the natural world. Without collaborators--other than the insect, weather, and wind sounds that create a sort of exoskeleton for the music--she has created an intensely personal landscape that references the way nature, however subverted and endangered by our modern world, still retains its power. After years spent touring and recording with other artists and groups, most notably cello-rock pioneers Rasputina and Antony and the Johnsons, Canadian-born, New York City-based Julia Kent found her own voice with her first solo record, Delay, an exploration of the private emotional worlds that exist within the disjunctions and disorientations of travel. Hailed for its "lovely, melancholy," compositions, full of "aching romanticism...rich melodicism, and detailed arrangements," Delay made numerous end-of-the-year best-of lists. Kent toured to support it throughout Europe and North America, including appearances at the Donau festival in Austria, the Lem festival in Barcelona, Suoni per il Popolo in Montreal and the LOLA festival in London, Ontario.

              Deep Listening Band

              Great Howl At Town Haul

                Important Records, on the occasion of Pauline Oliveros' 80th birthday, presents two new releases from the Deep Listening Band. These recordings, sadly, mark some of the final trio recordings with David Gamper who passed away in 2011. This CD is being released simultaneously with DLB's Octagonal Polyphony LP and Pauline Oliveros' comprehensive 12 CD collection of electronic work.

                Stuart Dempster, Recording/Mixing statement Deep Listening Band January 2011 residency and concert at Town Hall Seattle produced enough material for both a CD and an LP on Important Records, and a double LP on Taiga Records. The subsequent summer consisted of well over 100 hours of listening on my part along side DXArts technical wizard Michael McCrea who himself has between 150 and 200 hours of listening and editing in this multifaceted project. In the process of both performing and recording as a member of DLB I found myself exclaiming, "I am hearing spherically." DXArts' elegant Meyer Sound Surround System was phenomenal with its eight loudspeakers and four subwoofers surrounding the Band and audience. I was hearing the sound ambisonically as it came from above and below me as well as all around me. Capturing the ambisonic effect on stereo would seem to be impossible, but there are hints of this in these recordings depending on both how the recordings are edited and the playback system. During my listening I was astonished at McCrea's ability to not only "incorporate" a small measure of ambisonic sound in stereo but also how he would "deconstruct" the recordings in order to improve instrument balances and sonic spectrum uniformity.

                Deep Listening Band

                Octagonal Polyphony

                  Michael McCrea, Recording/Mixing statement “From the moment that the Deep Listening Band first sent sound ricocheting through Town Hall, through every corner and aisle and up into the dome, it was clear that capturing the auditory scene around me would be a compelling endeavor. With no small amount of trial and imagination, we set the microphones throughout the hall. We needed to listen from every direction, as the audience would, while the acoustic space constantly shifted – expanding, multiplying and resounding according to the whim and will of the DLB and their unseen collaborator, the EIS. Indeed everyone in the hall on the evening of the public concert heard their own unique performance resulting from their place and presence in the sound-field that night. The task of re-presenting this continuum of sonic volumes and fleeting spatial environments was an elusive one! Hours of listening with Stuart would leave me absorbed by the sheer richness and breadth of sounds. Solo'ing particular microphones, or even specific frequency bands would reveal countless hidden performances and new directions. After local adjustments to one sound source or another we would re-emerge to the main mix and find ourselves in yet another world of sound, captivating and foreign despite numerous previous listenings. I would ask Stuart to remind me, "How many performers were playing that night? Oh yes, just three..." David Gamper joined Deep Listening Band (DLB) in 1991 and helped develop the Expanded Instrument System (EIS) and, with Pauline Oliveros, wrote two papers together about EIS. David's musicality and technical skill were a core part of DLB's music making and DLB recorded several DLB CDs in David's Kingston studio including Deep Time and Sanctuary. Subsequently DLB toured nationally in many parts of the world including Canary Islands, Europe, and Japan. Our last time with David as a member of DLB was a marvelous weeklong residency at Town Hall Seattle. We were treated to a week of expert technical support from University of Washington's DXArts, and also major assistance from UW's School of Music. For the first time in our long history together David was freed up from serving as technical supporter of DLB as well as performer. All we had to do was come in each day and play and thus the recordings we made seemed to reach a pinnacle of our performances. We three strongly felt that together. It is all the more tragic that we will never perform in this way again, and we miss him terribly.”

                  Anoice

                  The Black Rain

                    Anoice's first album for Important had a modest (but critically affectionate) impact upon its release. However, sales of the record have been steady & strong since it originally came out in 2006. Now, six years later we're pleased to finally offer The Black Rain, Anoice's reaction to both the darkness & hope that engulfed Japan after the 2011 earthquake, Tsunami & nuclear meltdown. Black Rain was written throughout 2011 and recorded in Tokyo and London. The Black Rain is both a reflection on disaster and a prayer for healing.

                    The structure of The Black Rain flows as an album full of preludes working up to the gigantic full band composition titled Finale. As this finale comes to a close the attentive listener is rewarded with a soft landing called Fall Asleep which brings brings the album to a close. Most of the arrangements for The Black Rain are comprised of strings, piano and organ. Pianos were recorded at various locations including a hotel ruined by the earthquake. Pieces from The Black Rain are inlcuded on a charity compillation titled More Hope For Japan and a Louis Vuitton Iphone application. The Black Rain was originally inteded to be released in Spring of 2011 but the release was witheld due to the the title of the album and the provocative sadness, rage and hatred against apathy expressed in the compositions. The distribution of music throughout many districts of Japan was halted giving Anoice more time work on the record. Although the group did not originally set out to make a record which dealt with the theme of nuclear disaster everything changed after the tragic events of the March 11th.

                    Catherine Christer Hennix

                    Chora(s)san Time:Court Mirage

                      Exemplary work from Catherine Christer Hennix's ensemble. This disc is the beginning of a series of collaborative work between Hennix, her ensemble and Important Records. Released in conjuntction with the Sonic Acts festival in Amsterdam.

                      Blues Dhikr Al-Salam (Blues Al Maqam) for voice, brass, computer and live electronics in the mixed-media environment NUR / SOLITON(E) STAR.

                      The world premiere of the infinitary computer animation NUR and the accompanying infinitary computer sound composition SOLITON(E) STAR were given at Diapason Gallery (NYC) for the celebration of La Monte Young's 70th birthday in 2005.

                      Catherine Christer Hennix has now extended this installation in the venerable tradition of the pentatonic blues for a live-electronic ensemble. Recorded live on Sunday 14 August 2011 at the Grimm Museum, Berlin


                      Total Life

                      Radiator

                        Beautiful new work from Kevin Doria (Growing). Radiator's companion piece, titled Burner, will released on CD/LP in September to coincide with Total Life's live dates with Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

                        Deluxe LP edition housed in thick screen printed jackets and pressed in an edition of 500.Recorded and mixed at home in the winter of 2012, RADIATOR represents the first proper full length release by TOTAL LIFE for Important Records. RADIATOR is inspired by standing on the gas and pushing forward by any means necessary in a fog of high volume and hazy memories, true love and terminal velocity. Intended for high volume playback.

                        Kevin Doria plays the Endangered Audio Research AD4096 analog delay pedal modulated and tweaked by the GRIZLA Gristleizer through Ampeg Amplification as loud as possible with the aide of Ninkasi Brewing Company India Pale Ales

                        Alessandro Cortini

                        Forse 2

                          Alessandro Cortini's second release in his Forse trilogy is full of thick analog brightness and deep analog warmpth. Despite also being fully composed on a Buchla Music Easel, the feeling of Forse 2 is quite different from Forse 1 and this deluxe double vinyl release is the ultimate way to experience this engaging work. Pressed in an edition of 500.

                          "All pieces were written and performed live on a Buchla Music Easel, in the span of one month. I found that the limited array of modules that the instrument offers sparked my creativity. Most pieces consist of a repeating chord progression, where the real change happens at a spectral/dynamic level, as opposed to the harmonic/chordal one. I believe that the former are just as effective as the latter, in the sense that the sonic presentation (distortion , filtering, wave shaping, etc) are just as expressive as a chord change or chord type, and often reinforce said chord progressions. Of all the years with Nine Inch Nails the period spent writing and recording the instrumental record Ghosts I-IV is probably the one which changed my approach to music making the most. After that record I started getting more into instrumental composition, although I tried to approach it in a different way. While we had a vast array of tools and instruments at our disposal then, I decided to approach my pieces limiting myself to one instrument only, as I found myself being more decisive when faced with a limited creative environment. "

                          Duane Pitre

                          Feel Free: Live At Cafe OTO

                            Beautiful ensemble performance of Duane Pitre's Feel Free including James Blackshaw on hammered dulcimer. LP pressed in an audiophile grade edition of 1000 copies.Shortly after the release of Pitre's Feel Free, the composer set out for a 2012 solo tour in select European cities. To start off this tour he staged an ensemble performance of Feel Free, at London's renowned Cafe OTO. For his ensemble, Pitre chose to utilize only one veteran of a Feel Free performance (Jesse Sparhawk) and for the remainder of the group he used English musicians who'd not played the composition prior. The resulting performance sees Feel Free taking new shapes and producing different energies than the studio recording.

                            Lee Ranaldo

                            Ambient Loop For Vancouver

                              Ambient Loop for Vancouver (2004) is a single, full length track (53'43"), with contributions from Alan Licht on guitar, Christian Marclay on turntables, and William Hooker on drums. It was originally assembled as the 'tape bed' for a performance in Vancouver, Canada of DRIFT, my collaborative film and music presentation with partner Leah Singer, in April 2004.

                              This slowly changing, low volume ambience has since been used in various performance, reading and installation situations over the years. On it's own, played on repeat, it creates a quiet shifting atmosphere with certain musical elements returning in different formations across it's almost one hour running time. This CD was originally only available packaged inside the 10th Anniversary edition of my first book Road Movies, which was published by Soft Skull Press in 2004.

                              A recently discovered limited overrun of those original CDs is now being made available on it's own for the first time. Packaged in a screen printed Arigato pak. Printed and designed at Imprec.

                              Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

                              Wake To The New Dawn Of Another Astro Era

                              Acid Mothers Temple: the Next Generation begins! With the departure of long time bass/drum duo Shimura Koji and Tsuyama Atsushi, AMT now have a new rhythm section featuring two young Japanese musicians, Satoshima Nani on drums and S/T on bass. Thus, Wake To A New Dawn of Another Astro Era is the first record in the second chapter of this legendary Japanese psychedelic rock group. Wake To The New Dawn Of Another Astro Era finds a rejuvenated Makoto Kawabata encompassing the best of what AMT has come to mean in the last 21 years. Deep ambient synth passages fade into deftly composed anthemic jams worthy of crowd favorite status like La Novia and Pink Lady Lemonade. Makoto's guitar prowess reaches unfathomed apexes in epic crescendos while the new rhythm section holds down heavy Kraut-influenced repetition. Straddling the line between composition and improvisation, this is a legendary AMT record for sure. 

                              Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - at the time of this recording were : Kawabata Makoto : electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, bouzouki, electric saz, sitar, synthesizer, electronics, tape, short wave, voice, speed guru Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, noodle king Tabata Mitsuru : electric guitar, guitar-synthesizer, acoustic 12 strings guitar, tape, voice, maratab
                              Satoshima Nani : drums, another dimension S/T : bass (on track3), space & time

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                              Ltd LP Info: The double LP is pressed in an edition of 1000 and features light show artwork by LiquidbiupiL.

                              Full length collaboration from Duane Pitre & ELEH. Pitreleh use high resolution analog and digital tools to create music utilizing natural vibrations and harmonics as rhythm and melody. Inspiration is drawn directly from vibrational waves (sound, gravity, water). The electronics, of which both pieces are constructed, are tuned using pure intonation which utilizes the prime numbers: 1-3-5-7.

                              An art edition of 300, available exclusively from Imprec, will be packaged in a 5 color, screen printed jacket. The debut live performance of Pitreleh was recently presented at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn as well as the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.


                              Deceh / Total Life

                              Split

                                Pressed in an edition of 500 copies and housed in screen printed, hand numbered jackets. Kevin Doria's work as Total Life preceeds his work as half of Growing and continues evolve. Fader is no exception. Deceh's contribution is an extended harmonic magnification of a shruti box, Hammond organ, upright double bass & modular synthesizer. Proper full lengths from both Total Life & Deceh will be issued via Important in 2013.

                                The fourth album, second for Important, from Nathan Amundson's Rivulets. With a beautifully authentic emotional depth Nathan's voice is his most compelling instrument, a tool for delivering pure emotion from his heart straight into yours. Representing five years of work & nearly constant touring, this album reflects the intense nature of Rivulets as a 3 piece. If you haven't seen them on tour this record will come as a revelation. Recorded, appropriately, at the Sacred Heart Music Center, a cathedral built in the late nineteenth century.

                                "The title is just a phrase that kept popping up in my head as we were recording. It reflects the feeling and atmosphere of the songs in some ways but probably has more to do with my own frustration with the world - with people and politics and the lack of any meaningful or lasting change. And just being sick of nobody out there saying anything at all. Just this completely vapid cultural/musical landscape. You know, I'm on the fringes anyway. I may as well say what I mean. "We're Fucked" is not intended as the end of the discussion, but the beginning. It's "We're fucked. Now what?" Nathan Amundson

                                Nathan Amundson is a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Artist Support Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, which is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature. Rivulets is the musical vehicle of singer/songwriter Nathan Amundson, who, with his spectral strumming, grainy falsetto and sparse arrangements, personifies minimalism. - CMJ

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Darryl says: Sparse and wrought with emotion, this is how I wanted the new Bon Iver album to sound. I doubt this stunner will sell as many copies as that, but it certainly deserves to.

                                Some bands produce a CD every week; by now it seems 'normal' to have three year gaps in releasing records for Beequeen, which is a fresh antidote to the music business of more = more. For Beequeen, like good wine, things mature given more time. Whereas 'Sandancing' (2008) featured Olga Wallis a guest singer, on this new album she's a fully fledged bandmember, adding her beautiful voice to Beequeen's off beat songs. 'Port Out Starboard Home' features surreal dream-pop, but always with that unique twist that is Beequeen. The album is loosely based around the theme of 'traveling'.

                                The prophetic opening of 'A While A Way' (how true) transports you into the CD, which equally balances on vocal and instrumental pieces from introspective moments of 'Patience' and the title track to the up-tempo 'Someday Today'. Beequeen displays their wicked sense of humor in 'The Lord is my shepherd'. This new album is again produced by Erik Drost (The Legendary Pink Dots) with the help of Petra Randewijk. Since their start as Beequeen in 1989, Freek Kinkelaar and Frans de Waard have produced numerous released for labels such as Staalplaat, Anomlous, Auf Abwegen and Infraction, moving from a classic drone approach up to the year watermark year 2000, when Beequeen decided to go out into a pop-folk-electronic direction, resulting a string of well received albums for Important Records, 'The Bodyshop' (2005), 'Sandancing' (2008) and 'Portour Starboard Home' (2011), which more and more focus on the vocals of Olga Wallis, Freek Kinkelaar's guitar and keyboards and Frans de Waard electronic treatments.

                                Risil is a collective of musicians that are all somehow connected to each other in some form or fashion. Risil's membership includes Guillermo Herren (Prefuse 73/Savath & Savalas), Zach Hill (Hella), Tyondai Braxton (Battles), John McEntire (Tortoise), Alejandra Deheza (School Of Seven Bells), Eva Puyuelo Muns (Savath & Savalas). The project started as a chance for a large number of people to freely collaborate without a set goal for the end result or achieving a certain sound. This turned into about 50 songs with possibly five different versions of each within a year. Therefore, this is the first volume of Risil recordings, they are split into three volumes based on the time each piece was made and the players who worked together the most during each period of open time.

                                "Ghost Town" is the first full-length solo release from Parts & Labor singer/electrician Dan Friel. Characterized by its anthemic melodies, complex electronic arrangements and huge distorted beats, "Ghost Town" is an indie record the noise kids will love and a noise record that'll inspire the indie kids to pick up some busted electronic gear and strive for immortality. "Ghost Town" is where everyone can meet in the middle and freak out about how insanely good this record is. Comparisons are tough but perhaps if "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" was sculpted out of distorted noise you might be getting close. Dan Friel has been using toy keyboards, guitar effects pedals, walkie talkies and r/c car remotes to make a series of instrumental electronics EPs since 2001. Ostensibly a western, "Ghost Town" alternates between dense, distorted, beat-driven epiphanies, and haunting solos from a variety of makeshift instruments.

                                Three Day Band (John Fahey/Ayal Senior)

                                Three Day Band (John Fahey/Ayal Senior)

                                John Fahey and Ayal Senior layed down the tracks for Three Day Band in Fahey's Woodburn Hotel room at some point in 1999. These tracks show an undocumented improvisational side of Fahey. It's certainly not early period Fahey but not Table Of The Elements era either. At night after the recording sessions commenced Ayal would record Fahey reading selected excerpts from his writing. Fifteen tracks of Fahey reading are included here.

                                After the by now usual gap of some two years, Beequeen is ready to present their latest album, further maturing their sound from "The Bodyshop". More song based, this album features new vocals by Olga Wallis solely (with some backing by Freek Kinkelaar). Well rounded popsongs in some places, but Beequeen never forgets to put in some strange element, without leaping in the dark alley of pointless experiment. Orchestral in "The Illogical Song", collage like in "The Edie Three Step" or a simple rhythm machine in "The Honeythief". Beequeen does all, and with great care and seemingly ease. This album features also the help of Barry Gray, former (and first) guitarist of The Legendary Pink Dots, and would not have been the album that it is without the invaluable production skills of Erik Drost.

                                William Hooker With Eyvind Kang & Bill Horist

                                The Seasons Fire

                                This all-star trio features William Hooker on drums, Eyvind Kang on violin and guitar and Bill Horist on guitar. Sync'd up like they've been playing together for eternity these recordings represent a dramatic paradigm shift in the art of improvisation. These three thoroughly modern artists scan jazz, new music and noise – stretching it all out and putting it back together within the expansive boundaries of these tremendously compelling high energy recordings.

                                Larsen And Friends

                                Abeceda

                                Larsen And Friends "ABECEDA" captures an extremely special evening for Larsen, one that places them in a perfect visual and musical perspective revealing more an a little about this enigmatic quartet from Torino Italy. For one night only Larsen assembled their closest musical friends to play to a sold out crowd at the Teatro Colosseo in Torino, Italy. The purpose of the performance was to pay tribute to the work of Czech avant garde designer, typographer, founder of Devestil and cultural radicalist Karel Teige and his Abeceda – a 1926 collaboration with poet Vitoslav Nezva which minimalised text down to its basic components establishing a poetic dialogue between text and images.

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                                2xCD/DVD Info: CD/DVD set in deluxe packaging with custom die cut slip case and 20 page full colour booklet.

                                From Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo: '"In Pink" is the 3rd (r) album. I've worked on it for almost 2 years, both 'cause I've been very busy with Larsen and XXL as well as touring and working in the studio with other bands, and 'cause it came through troubled and sometimes painful, but anyway intense times. Whereas the previous "Under The Cables, Into The Wind" was a very warm and relaxed album, and also my favourite so far, "In Pink" is a pretty extreme one, swinging between joy and fear, introspective moody songs and explosions of - desperately optimistic - energy. Still it is more a diary than an exorcism, filled with songs about death and transfiguration, including my version of an Irish traditional theme (which also Johnny Cash interpreted on one of his American albums) and Joy Division's classic "Atmosphere" (which I list among the best songs ever written). It is also my most arranged and colourful album where my recent experiences as producer for other bands have converged, and the most 'band' oriented among my solos.

                                The Bark Haze is primarily a guitar duo of GOWN (nom de plume of one Andrew Macgregor) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth etfuckingcetera). Auxiliary members have been know to include Pete Nolan (Magik Markers, Virgin Eye Blood Brothers, Cops et al). Their name came from a mis-hearing of the radical early 70s R+B group the Bar-Kays and from that moment the concept of mis-hearing and allegiance to presenting the mis-hearing as some open-ended musical course became The Bark Haze's identity. So far all concerts have taken place in Western Massachusetts and once in the confines of Cambridge, MA's Twisted Village record emporium. They anxiously await their debut gig in the UK at the Nightmare Before Christmas event curated by Moore.

                                Asa Irons & Swaan Miller

                                Asa Irons & Swaan Miller

                                Recorded in 2003 as he was travelling around the country, this very simple, intimate, and home spun record continues to stun all who have heard it as a self released CDR. Asa's vocals are complemented so perfectly by his dear friend Swaan that the songs resonate with the mutual knowing only old close friends can share. If you are at all familiar with his efforts in Feathers, or watched him hunch over a guitar with Witch, or have been perplexed and amazed at his saw blade solo work, this document will be an irreplaceable eye-opener to how well grounded and concurrently high reaching Asa's music can be.

                                "Minazo" is Merzbow's tribute to the beloved male elephant seal who lived life in captivity at a Tokyo aquarium. Masami Akita often visited the seal at the aquarium and was allowed to access Minazo behind the scenes. "Minazo" includes many phototographs and an essay by Masami Akita as well as illustrations by Jenny Akita.

                                Maja Ratkje

                                Stalker

                                Renowned international composer Maja Ratkje is a founding member in two of Norway's most respected improvisational units - Spunk & Fe-Mail. While her solo work on the Rune Grammofon release "Voice" is without the electronic and instrumental elements of Spunk and Fe-Mail, "Stalker" finds Maja merging elements of her other projects into her solo endeavors.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                Ltd LP Info: This vinyl only picture disc release is limited to only 500 copies worldwide.


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