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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.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Interstate
    2. No Talking
    3. The Road
    4. I Am
    5. Gentile Boyfriend
    6. Everybody's On The Run
    7. Dewayne (instrumental)
    8. Come See Me9.
    10. Sheep Among Wolves
    11. Souls
    12. Change In Your Heart
    13. I Don't Want To Be Found
    14. This Stays True

    Mugstar

    Lime

      Mugstar’s third album (and second on Important Records) maintains the power and heaviness of the sonic assaults laid out in their previous releases while extending musical maneuvers and textures into new territories.

      “Sunburnt Impedance Machine” moves through driving riff passages with soaring guitars and a voice recalling touches of early Floyd before locking into a repetitive keyboard and drum driven outro. “Serra” is an extended voyage through a shimmering Krautrock landscape, with continuous expectant grooves that call to mind a turbo-charged Neu! combined with heavy waves of churning minimalist synth à la Glass or Reich. Clinic’s Jonathan Hartley guests here, adding distant bursts of haunting clarinet skronk to induce flashes of Nik Turner or Beefheart. “Radar King” launches with mesmeric drums and bass while guitars weave and build to near climax before descending to an eerie space - a noise fest Sonic Youth would revel in! And finally, “Beyond The Sun” closes in a more reflective mood, with incessant rhythms punctuated by arpeggiated synths and distant vocals that evoke a feeling of pastoral psychedelia.

      Take the list of band names mentioned above; add a few others along the lines of Bardo Pond, Oneida, Circle, and Kinski; wind the intensity and volume levels up to blistering; and you’ll be entering Mugstar’s universe.

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      In Pink

        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.

        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.

          Merzbow

          Minazo #1

            "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.


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