Thursday, 02 January
"New album from ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and his band The Jicks, produced by the band (Stephen Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris and Mike Clark) and Remko Schouten (the Dutch soundman of Pavement fame) in a studio in rural Ardennes with ‘a farmhouse vibe’."
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany and Denmark. If you are in another European country please contact us for postage costs* "alga marghen very proudly presents the new book by Walter Marchetti titled De Musica Inversa, an instruction manual of both theory and practice for the proper and improper use of music. A method for perfecting oneself in composition annotated and commented upon by Gabriele Bonomo. 'The most amazing thing about music is its exterior aspect. High, vertical, translucent, almost turgid, maybe a b… Read more
**Bewildering and brilliant freeform rock, jazz, and cut-up tape music from 1979 by a would-be collaborator with NWW - included on their legendary list! RIYL Ghedalia Tazartes! "Released in 1979 in a limited edition on his own d'Avantage label, Catalogue, with its overt theatricality is every bit as wild as the previous Paralleles. Not really jazz, not rock, having nothing to do with contemporary music either, Catalogue is a kind of sonic postcard which features not the group of the same name but instead numerous Berrocal associates including Potage (co-founder of the d'Avantage label in 197… Read more
"Live recording at the Rotonda del Pellegrini, Milan, January 21st, 1959 featuring John Cage, Morton Feldman, Juan Hidalgo, Leopoldo La Rosa, Walter Marchetti. Among all the events involving John Cage during the long stay in Europe that followed his controversial appearance at Darmstadt Ferienkurse in September 1958, the concert he held in Milan on January 21st perhaps represents a less well known episode. The reasons that justify the necessity to present here, after forty years, the complete recording of the concert, and that restore the measure of the except… Read more
"The MEV group was formed in September 1966 by Alvin Curran, Richard Teitelbaum, Frederic Rzewski, Allen Bryant, Carol Plantamura, Ivan Vandor, and Jon Phetteplace. In the beginning they performed compositions by themselves and others which involved the use of electronic sound produced in real time, or 'live' electronic music. In the summer of 1967, they began to work more with improvisation and less with determinate structures. MEV focus more on interpreting the moment, rather than constructing repeatable programs; creating meaningful rituals, not images; becoming involved with the proc… Read more
**Captivating avant-garde pieces layering a recording of a solo piano recital with field recording of a storm. Tri-fold 2CD digipak with 32-page booklet of essays by Walter Marchetti, Gabriele Bonomo and José Luis Castillejo. First edition of 500 copies** "Utopia Andata e Ritorno is the title of the new composition by Walter Marchetti, recorded in Milano in 2005. It has two parts, each one CD long. The first part, 'L'Andata,' puts together two former recordings of Marchetti. The recording of a real storm and a recital for solo piano. This is not the first time that Marchetti mi… Read more
"After surfacing briefly in 2007 in a very limited number of copies on slim-jewel-box together with the Artcoustics catalog, Alga Marghen is now proud to present the final edition of Modern Shit, a very singular chapter in the Amos/It's War Boys/Milk from Cheltenham/Homosexuals history. Directly taken from the original It's War Boys catalog, here is one of the most obscure sonic works of the early 1980s, Modern Shit! First 'issued' on tape (cat No. $21) this work circulated only privately among the close friends of the label and was never officially distributed. Actually it represents one… Read more
"Presents for the first time on CD the classic experimental folk recordings with the same title first issued on LP in 1969. Anton Bruhin conceived some of the most original sonic art musiks, a double of his artistic work as an outsider painter and with the help of Stefan Wittwer on electric guitar and Cristian Koradi on bass and cello, recorded this masterpiece of far out sonorities well hidden in the Swiss mountains. Anton Bruhin sings and plays jew's harp (his favorite instrument), ch-phon (an instrument he invented constructed with a PVC tube with saxophone reed), harmonica, flute, fi… Read more
**Sound poetry, concrète collage and tape music abstractions with unique feel for acoustics, spanning works from 1976-1978. Includes 14-page booklet of notes** "The new compact disc by Anton Bruhin issued by Alga Marghen is titled r o t o m o t o r and covers two different areas of the artist's research. The first one is represented by a group of works including the short and mysterious environmental recording 'ORAX' as well as 'Lange Tone', 'VERSUCHPILZ 6' and 'Paul is 35', three excerpts from the epic 'MC-10 zyklus' created between 1976 and 1977 recording various layers of sound sources on two… Read more
Thursday, 19 December
**Unseen Worlds follow a hugely appreciated reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'The Expanding World' with this delightful slice of the 1979-81 avant-garde, rescued from private-press cassette. Amazing songs meditating on American daytime TV set to luscious Buchla synth arrangements. RIYL Robert Ashley, Julia Holter or Pinkcourtesyphone** "Daytime Viewing (1979-80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against lon… Read more
"Comprised of three balanced examples of his Continuous Music technique on solo piano, Three Solo Pieces serves as perhaps the best introduction the Ukrainian-Canadian composer Lubomyr Melnyk yet available. “Marginal Invitation” is a subdued work with a deeply rooted melodic sensibility that is rich in overtones, while “Corrosions on the Surface of Life” exhibits a dissonant fury of patterned note play. The final, side-length meditation “Cloud Passade No. 3” is a chordal work in free-time which functions equally well as furniture music and a meditative exploration of pure light. Three … Read more
Psychedelic Kiwi fruits, Orchestra Of Spheres, present their lushly surreal 2nd album of garage-raw, worldly fusions. Coming off like a jauntier adjunct to Goat's 'World Music', their 'Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music' melds the punchy, precise percussions of Jemi Hemi Mandala with Mos locoss' quicksilver synths, snaking bass lines from EtonalE and the "psychedelic biscuit tin guitar work" of Baba Rossa with hypnotic group chants and an authentic future-primitive aesthetic that's so on the money right now. It was recorded during their first spell in a proper studio… Read more
Thursday, 12 December
*A 4CD set housed in a deluxe gatefold LP sleeve with large format 16 page booklet - the first reissue of Nashboro material in decades, this highly influential music, a vital part of the fabric of American music, can finally be heard* "Begun by Ernie Young in Nashville, TN, at the height of gospel’s “golden age,” Nashboro was arguably the greatest, most prolific and longest-living gospel record label. Initial recordings were made on site, overseen by Young himself. Those early Nashboro sides have all the excitement, energy and drive of far be… Read more
'Eye Of The Microphone' is an enveloping document of Swedish sound and recording artist BJNilsen's dérives around London whilst on a one-year Artist in Residency at UCL Urban Lab. In accordance with Situationist convention he strolled around without any particular plans and collected the sounds he encountered, resulting in these three extended, abstract portraits of the city capturing its quintessence day and night, in all manner of locations ranging from the rural to the guts of the inner city. BJ has an acute sensitivity to intriguing texture and timbre, and when those sources are fac… Read more
Monday, 09 December
It's true, everything's getting older - but good music has a way of transcending that. Ex-Arab Strap bloke Aiden Moffat and Scottish jazzy type Bill Wells have been working on this record for eight years now, proof if ever proof were needed that sometimes music doesn't need to be dropped in with a date stamp. Wells' production and melodies shouldn't be a shock to anyone who's come across his music before but the way it matches up with Moffat's distinctive voice and poetry is nothing short of a revelation. The first thing I noticed about 'Everything's Getting Older' wa… Read more
Thursday, 05 December
**Oh man, it happened! Gentlemanly G, Dam-Funk, meets Snoop at his sleazy best on eight tracks of freshly starched West Coast slickness alongside Steve Arrington and Kurupt** Snoop says: “We're the babies of the Mothership… I’ve had funk influences in my music my whole career. Dam-Funk is cold. He’s keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him.” Dam says: "Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it. That’s how you know when you gel artistically with someone… These beats were made for him and he laid down some of the smoothest harmonies and melodies I… Read more
"Anthology box set containing 7 hard-to-find and critically acclaimed albums, released on labels such as Cantil, Opal and All Saints. The box includes: ‘The Serpent (In Quicksilver)’ (1981), 'Abandoned Cities’ (1984), ‘The White Arcades’ (1987), ‘By The Dawn’s Early Light’ (1991), ‘Music For 3 Pianos’ (1992) ‘Through The Hill’ (1994, with Andy Partridge of XTC), ‘Luxa’ (1996). Also includes 76 page book compiling interviews and essays about Harold’s work from writers such as David Toop, Mark Prendergast and Mike Barnes."
"Limited physical edition of Brooklyn duo’s debut album, with bonus track not available on digital version. Brooklyn duo denitia and sene (spelled in lower case) are part of the emerging vibrant movement of underground American soul musicians that embrace electronics, analogue sytnths and MPCs. The Weeknd, The Internet and Theesatisfaction all share the heady, soulful and innovative feel that permeates their debut album "his and hers". Sultry vocals delivered by denitia with backups from the previously unheard (on the microphone) sene combine for a result that will rank with debuts for years to … Read more
Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that at once reflected the post-i… Read more
"Live orchestral album ‘Spiritoso’ in a brand new CD edition. The album was recorded in 2012 with two different orchestras in Vienna and Berlin, and features many Calexico hits and selected songs from the band’s latest studio album, ‘Algiers’. A must have for every fan and a great profile album for new fans. This Album was first released as a bonus CD of Algiers Limited Edition".
Sunday, 01 December
Thursday, 28 November
*One of Numero's finest and most fascinating compilations yet - a gargantuan effort bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone. Double CD housed in a gorgeous gold-embossed oversized box which includes a detailed book* "In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis ma… Read more
**Goat play all their tracks from 'World Music', live at London's Camden Electric** "In August 2012 Swedish band Goat released their debut album, World Music.The record went on to become one of the most talked about albums of the year, topping many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a triumphant year of shows was Goat’s performance (or Ritual as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio and … Read more
Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City's Clas… Read more
**With all new sleeve notes from John Carpenter himself plus brand new artwork, in a three-panel fold-out sleeve with pop up CD mechanism* The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away from electro, be… Read more
Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on 2013 w… Read more
*bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance* "SUM/ONE’ is his debut record as a solo artist. Brian’s immersion in art and music has covered the spectrum of performance, sound and visual mediums. Well regarded on the underground New York art scene, DeGraw has shown his paintings, sculptures and drawings around the world, both independently and as part of the James Fuentes Gallery stable in NYC, and has collaborated with the likes of Harmony Korine, Rita Ackerman and Doug Aitken. Best known as a core member of Gang Gang Dance, his group’s creative energy has always pointed the… Read more
British techno veteran Ben Sims steams thru 44 tracks in 70 minutes on his Fabric 73 entry. Kicking off with his pal Paul Mac's Kryptic Minds collaboration, 'Icon', the mix takes in some of the freshest techno and jackin' house releases around, scanning recent aces from Alden Tyrell, J Tijn, Clouds, L-Vis 1990, Mike Dehnert, Fokus Group, Ø, Truncate, Gingy & Bordello, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Rod and many, many more. Pounders a plenty.