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Forced Exposure New Releases for Week of 4/13/2020

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New music is due from Die Wilde Jagd, Mako Sica & Hamid Drake, and Seahawks while old music is due from Elephant Château.

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BEWITH 077LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BEWITH 077LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SEAHAWKS Island Visions (KPM) LP
Jon Tye and Pete Fowler have been making music as Seahawks for a decade now. Given the sounds they've been exploring over those ten years it was a cosmic inevitability that they would be asked to contribute to the catalog of the legendary library label KPM. They replied with Island Visions, an exploration of sound for vision where they construct "audio micro-worlds to explore and inhabit," a way to transport the listener away from the everyday without the bother of getting on an airplane. Mostly recorded at The Centre Of Sound in Cornwall, with additional recording at Studio 34 in London, Jon and Pete's travelling companions on this particular trip were boogie wunderkind Sven Atterton on fretless bass and keys, Nick Mackrory on percussion, and the Seahawks live team of Dan Hillman and Alik Peters-Deacon. From the grooves of Brian Bennett to the moog vibrations of Mike Vickers, the lush textures of Les Baxter to the experimental sounds of Delia Derbyshire and David Vorhaus, this new music channels sounds and moods from across the KPM universe. Like many KPM suites, this is a record of two distinct sides. The sunrise of side A brings a deep meditation, a journey within to renew the jaded self. Side B refreshes with cocktails by the pool and a chance to groove away the evening at some sunset beach party before dancing under the stars in the house of dreams. Pete's cover for the LP is part map, part postcard; the track descriptions on the back help guide the way. 2020 marks ten years since Ocean Trippin', the first Seahawks release, and Island Visions is the perfect distillation of the sounds, sights, textures, and moods that Jon and Pete have been exploring over the last decade -- sunrise to sunset condensed to two sides of an LP. The normal rules of space and time don't apply here. This is the first time Be With has worked with Seahawks, but individually Jon and Pete have been members of the extended Be With family since forever (Pete did those posters for our Ned Doheny tour and worked with Jon on the vinyl version of Hatchback's Colors Of The Sun). Mastered by Balearic engineer of choice Simon Francis, cut by Pete Norman and pressed in the Netherlands by Record Industry, the sonic frequencies of these Island Visions have been precision tuned and encoded for optimum traveling conditions.
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 328CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 328CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ELEPHANT CHATEAU Dreamings & Offshore Drilling - Pearls And Turtles CD
Dreamings by Elephant Château has infected quite a few music diggers. And Veith Stauffer already wrote in 1998 on Offshore Drilling, "One of the most underrated albums in the history of experimental rock music in Switzerland." After a 30-year delay, the productions of Elephant Château are now available again. With the title Dreamings & Offshore Drilling - Pearls And Turtles" Bureau B combine the 12" maxi released in 1985 and the CD/LP Offshore Drilling released in 1990. The recordings show the work of Elephant Château in a variety of different formations with various guest musicians, recorded between 1982 and 1989. Well-sounding film music ("Le Fin"), free jazz experiments ("J'aime Rien") and ambient electronics ("Nebellied") up to the showpiece "Wir Fangen Mit Der Arbeit Anfangen", a German monolog spoken by the American artist Marlene McCarthy, accompanied by a sensual crackling sound backdrop. Elephant Château emerged from this collaboration with Marlene McCarthy, as a loose formation for a performative publication of texts. The core consisting of Max Spielmann (guitar, keyboard), Johannes Vetsch (bass, vocals, keyboard) and until 1986, Christian Schaffner (guitar, vocals, percussion) continued working afterwards. With Franziska Strebel (drums, percussion), it became something like a band, with the claim to record credible intellectual rock music. They exploited the sound spectrum of the '80s, from analog synthesizers and rhythm machines to samplers and digital effects units without technoid coldness, but full of emotion, melancholy and unacademic joy of experimentation. Analog songs like "We Start With Work" and "J'aime Rien" stand besides rhythm and sequencer tracks like "Dreamings" or "Fog Song", which often brought the available technology to its knees. Veit Stauffer's description of Offshore Drilling's songs probably remains unsurpassed even today: "'She Had Hair' was immediately covered by Sky Bird, 'Semmelweiss' tells the tragic story of the discoverer of childbed fever 100 years ago and sounds like a This Heat outtake, 'Strange Days' turns the Doors title into a charmingly underexposed hymn, 'J'aime Rien' sounds like the meeting of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago with Catalogue and The Government. 'La Fin' on the other hand is reminiscent of the credits of a German TV crime thriller. 'Not All The Day' celebrates pure Can magic, the climax of the record with real Damo Suzuki groove and strong lyrics, 'Wir Fangen Mit Arbeit An' sets the crazy everyday lyrics of a German-speaking American to music." Features Marlene McCarthy, Franziska Strebel, Christian Schaffner, Baschi Baumgartner, Christoph Gallio, Cornelia Melian, and others.
BB 328LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 328LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ELEPHANT CHATEAU Dreamings & Offshore Drilling - Pearls And Turtles LP
LP version. Dreamings by Elephant Château has infected quite a few music diggers. And Veith Stauffer already wrote in 1998 on Offshore Drilling, "One of the most underrated albums in the history of experimental rock music in Switzerland." After a 30-year delay, the productions of Elephant Château are now available again. With the title Dreamings & Offshore Drilling - Pearls And Turtles" Bureau B combine the 12" maxi released in 1985 and the CD/LP Offshore Drilling released in 1990. The recordings show the work of Elephant Château in a variety of different formations with various guest musicians, recorded between 1982 and 1989. Well-sounding film music ("Le Fin"), free jazz experiments ("J'aime Rien") and ambient electronics ("Nebellied") up to the showpiece "Wir Fangen Mit Der Arbeit Anfangen", a German monolog spoken by the American artist Marlene McCarthy, accompanied by a sensual crackling sound backdrop. Elephant Château emerged from this collaboration with Marlene McCarthy, as a loose formation for a performative publication of texts. The core consisting of Max Spielmann (guitar, keyboard), Johannes Vetsch (bass, vocals, keyboard) and until 1986, Christian Schaffner (guitar, vocals, percussion) continued working afterwards. With Franziska Strebel (drums, percussion), it became something like a band, with the claim to record credible intellectual rock music. They exploited the sound spectrum of the '80s, from analog synthesizers and rhythm machines to samplers and digital effects units without technoid coldness, but full of emotion, melancholy and unacademic joy of experimentation. Analog songs like "We Start With Work" and "J'aime Rien" stand besides rhythm and sequencer tracks like "Dreamings" or "Fog Song", which often brought the available technology to its knees. Veit Stauffer's description of Offshore Drilling's songs probably remains unsurpassed even today: "'She Had Hair' was immediately covered by Sky Bird, 'Semmelweiss' tells the tragic story of the discoverer of childbed fever 100 years ago and sounds like a This Heat outtake, 'Strange Days' turns the Doors title into a charmingly underexposed hymn, 'J'aime Rien' sounds like the meeting of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago with Catalogue and The Government. 'La Fin' on the other hand is reminiscent of the credits of a German TV crime thriller. 'Not All The Day' celebrates pure Can magic, the climax of the record with real Damo Suzuki groove and strong lyrics, 'Wir Fangen Mit Arbeit An' sets the crazy everyday lyrics of a German-speaking American to music." Features Marlene McCarthy, Franziska Strebel, Christian Schaffner, Baschi Baumgartner, Christoph Gallio, Cornelia Melian, and others.
BB 343CD
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: BB 343CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DIE WILDE JAGD Haut CD
Die Wilde Jagd is the music project of producer and songwriter Sebastian Lee Philipp. With the aid of his coproducer Ralf Beck and various guest musicians, he created a self-titled debut album in 2015 (BB 203CD/LP) and a highly-praised follow-up disc, Uhrwald Orange, in 2018 (BB 290CD/LP). The band's third album, Haut, is now set for release on Bureau B. Die Wilde Jagd regularly tour throughout Europe and beyond as a live duo comprising Sebastian Lee Philipp on guitar, electronics and vocals and Ran Levari on drums."Ich war's" sagt die Eule. ("It was I", said the owl.) "Ich war's" sagt der Wind. ("It was I", said the wind.) "Ich war's" sagt der Räuber. ("It was I", said the robber.) "Ich war's" sagt der Prinz. ("It was I", said the prince.)These are the words which lead us into Die Wilde Jagd's latest journey. Ethereal voices, low murmurs and distant noises from a world slowly emerging from slumbers meet the listener in an intermediate dimension of memory and premonition, from whence Uhrwald Orange, the previous album, came in 2018. A birth into a different world begins with the first track, "Empfang", a constant departure which progresses into hypnotic rhythm before ultimately flowing into "Himmelfahrten". The first Die Wilde Jagd duet with guest vocalist Nina Siegler blossoms into a ritualistic canon celebrating memory and togetherness, the urge to leave one's own body versus the trepidation at setting out on the imminent journey. A sense of "I don't want to go on my own" anticipates the song's final section which announces the inevitable farewell. "Gondel" is a pulsating, repetitive mantra to mark the crossing to the other side. From the distant, faint knocking discernible at the outset of the album, the gateway to the other world is now well and truly being hammered upon as its door finally opens in "Sankt Damin". Fear mixes with Kriegeslust, a resolute desire to experience this new existence. And so the album ends as it began in a state of rapture. Sebastian Lee Philipp wrote, produced and recorded Haut in the band's own studio at the Rockhaus in Berlin. Artwork comes courtesy of Brazilian multidisciplinary artist Caroline Barrueco, whose prismatic illustrations impressively encapsulate Die Wilde Jagd's sonic voyages. Haut is a consistent, forceful listening experience in every sense, defying standard formats as it challenges and astounds the listener. Can you feel the colourful gifts?
BB 343LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 343LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DIE WILDE JAGD Haut LP
LP version. Die Wilde Jagd is the music project of producer and songwriter Sebastian Lee Philipp. With the aid of his coproducer Ralf Beck and various guest musicians, he created a self-titled debut album in 2015 (BB 203CD/LP) and a highly-praised follow-up disc, Uhrwald Orange, in 2018 (BB 290CD/LP). The band's third album, Haut, is now set for release on Bureau B. Die Wilde Jagd regularly tour throughout Europe and beyond as a live duo comprising Sebastian Lee Philipp on guitar, electronics and vocals and Ran Levari on drums."Ich war's" sagt die Eule. ("It was I", said the owl.) "Ich war's" sagt der Wind. ("It was I", said the wind.) "Ich war's" sagt der Räuber. ("It was I", said the robber.) "Ich war's" sagt der Prinz. ("It was I", said the prince.)These are the words which lead us into Die Wilde Jagd's latest journey. Ethereal voices, low murmurs and distant noises from a world slowly emerging from slumbers meet the listener in an intermediate dimension of memory and premonition, from whence Uhrwald Orange, the previous album, came in 2018. A birth into a different world begins with the first track, "Empfang", a constant departure which progresses into hypnotic rhythm before ultimately flowing into "Himmelfahrten". The first Die Wilde Jagd duet with guest vocalist Nina Siegler blossoms into a ritualistic canon celebrating memory and togetherness, the urge to leave one's own body versus the trepidation at setting out on the imminent journey. A sense of "I don't want to go on my own" anticipates the song's final section which announces the inevitable farewell. "Gondel" is a pulsating, repetitive mantra to mark the crossing to the other side. From the distant, faint knocking discernible at the outset of the album, the gateway to the other world is now well and truly being hammered upon as its door finally opens in "Sankt Damin". Fear mixes with Kriegeslust, a resolute desire to experience this new existence. And so the album ends as it began in a state of rapture. Sebastian Lee Philipp wrote, produced and recorded Haut in the band's own studio at the Rockhaus in Berlin. Artwork comes courtesy of Brazilian multidisciplinary artist Caroline Barrueco, whose prismatic illustrations impressively encapsulate Die Wilde Jagd's sonic voyages. Haut is a consistent, forceful listening experience in every sense, defying standard formats as it challenges and astounds the listener. Can you feel the colourful gifts?
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 513LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FTR 513LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MAKO SICA & HAMID DRAKE Balancing Tear LP
"A glorious re-match for Chicago's superb free-rock trio, Mako Sica, and the jazz world's percussionist of choice, Hamid Drake. Their last collaboration, Ronda (FTR 409LP, 2018) was a glorious, open-ended studio conversation spread across two LPs. Balancing Tear is a mix of studio and live recordings, awash with calmly oceanic passages, interspersed with compressed and feverish form-blurts. As with Ronda, the heft of the material is dynamically advanced. The album begins with passages worthy of Morricone's western soundtracks, but the action mutates with rapid surety. There's a track that will make you think of a micro-dosed Vic Damone singing balled for the Sephardic Justice Society with chunky, obtuse piano accompaniment recalling the work of Chris Abrahams (Necks). There are stretches of proggy soundtrack-y expansion with muted trumpet and deep bass roiling that make me think of Mark Cunningham's superb electro-jazz combo, Blood Quartet. There are even shadows of tango that emerge in places like sharks' fins breaching. Having played together as much as they have over the intervening years, Hamid's presence inside the overall gestalt of the sound is a natural fit. Mako Sica's sound expands without making it seem like there's a new element grafted to it. It's just bigger and better. As all freedom should be." --Byron Coley, 2020
NOD AND SMILE RECORDS
MVD 3472CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: MVD 3472CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. FEAT. GEOFF LEIGH Reverse of Rebirth Reprise CD
"Japan's psychedelic troubadours return with a new album focusing on the folksier galaxy of their tripped-out universe. Highlighting new vocalist Jyonson Tsu, Acid Mothers Temple put the acid back in acid folk with this release! Upping the ante is Geoff Leigh (Henry Cow, Univers Zero) on all tracks! CD includes bonus track!"
UGLY THINGS
UT 053
PRICE: $9.95
CAT #: UT 053
FILE UNDER: Misc
UGLY THINGS #53 MAG
"Once again we've dug deep to bring you some truly eye-opening stories and interviews. At last the story of the Groupies of 'Primitive' infamy is unveiled by Jeff Jarema and it's as depraved and comical as you could wish for. We're also thrilled to present Ned Hayden's revelatory, no-holds-barred interview with Johnny Blitz of the Dead Boys and Rocket From The Tombs. Then there's Jonathan Paley's career-spanning conversation with Steve Cataldo taking in his psychedelic days with the Front Page Review, Saint Steven, as well as Boston '70s punk renegades the Nervous Eaters. Skip Spence's wilderness years are explored, along with the tragic life of original LOVE drummer Don Conca (immortalized in their song 'Signed DC'), NYC garage outfit the Outsiders ('The Guy With the Long Liverpool Hair'), Hungarian beat combo Atlas, and Seattle garage rockers the Time Machine. Also, Wally Bryson talks Raspberries, Bill Furbee unpacks the history of the song 'Train Kept A-Rollin',' and Cyril Jordan pays fond tribute to his recently departed friend Roy Loney. And of course, our comprehensive review sections covering the latest reissues and rock-related books."

 

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