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Artist: COOPER, MIKE
Title: Blue Guitar
Format: LP
Label: Idea
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Mike Coopers Blue Guitar is a collection that first appeared on Coopers Hipshot CDr label in 2010 in a limited edition. It is presented here on Idea Records, for the first time on vinyl. Upon its initial release Cooper wrote: "For the past couple of years I have been collating a body of text culled (mostly) from Thomas Pynchons novels Gravitys Rainbow and V and making cut-up collage pieces in the spirit of William Burroughs, Kurt Schwitters, Tom Phillips and others. Those two particular novels interest me because they are set in the period that I was born, however no reference to that period is intended in my pieces. Hopefully a more contemporary comment was found lurking within the words, lines, pages and paragraphs. Recently my interest in playing the guitar in a more or less traditional manner, but still incorporating various extended techniques (as opposed to using it purely as a sound source) has been re-kindled along with a renewed interest in blues, Greek rembetika, flamenco, Portuguese fado and other traditional and improvised music around the Mediterranean which in turn brought out the singer in me again... I have lived in the Mediterranean region for 30 years and listened to its music and I wanted to make something that would hopefully have some of its spirit without making reference to any of it musically." "Things as they are / are changed upon the blue guitar" - Wallace Stevens, Man With The Blue Guitar (1937). "Sometimes when you cut into the present the future leaks out." -William Burroughs. Mastered by Rashad Becker. Cover design by Tom Recchion. Comes on 180 gram vinyl; Includes a lyrics insert; Includes a postcard insert; Linen Wrapped/Foil Stamped; Comes in an Old Style Tip-On jacket."

Artist: HEEMANN, CHRISTOPH & ANDREW CHALK
Title: Cassia Fistula
Format: 7"
Label: Idea
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
"Christoph Heemann & Andrew Chalk of Mirror each remix a track from the Brendan Walls Cassia Fistula CD (see self released Walls CDR listed below) for this limited edition vinyl 7". The A side features CH Heemann taking control and moving things into the darker regions of the of the expanse that is CASSIA Fistula (golden shower tree for those who dont know the Scientific lingo). Heemann slowly disintegrates all that is tangible and leaves us with an empty black ocean. Mr. Chalks mastery of organic sound bliss transforms the pure golden tones of Cassia Fistula in order to weave the very thread that holds this universe together. LTD Edition of 300 copies." - Idea.
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Artist: JERMAN, JEPH/TIM BARNES
Title: Versatile Ambience
Format: LP
Label: Idea
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"On the second side of Versatile Ambience, Jeph Jerman utters an all too accurate observation of our overheated culture, describing us at the smithys forge, replacing art with scrutiny. Throughout their new record, Jerman and Tim Barnes show us another, alchemical possibility - fusing art and scrutiny together. Across a dozen years, the duo of Jerman and Barnes has offered powerful, minimal music rooted in a shared dedication to the creative act of listening. Jerman is a veteran of the creative music scenes in Denver and Seattle, and in more recent years has been thoroughly investigating the sonic possibilities of the desert southwest where he lives and works. Tim Barness resume as a percussionist, engineer, and curator is studded with all-star collaborators including Tony Conrad, Sonic Youth, Ken Vandermark (who appears here as a guest), Royal Trux, and Tower Recordings. Versatile Ambience is their second record in as many years, making this one of the most productive periods in the duos history. The pieces on Versatile Ambience highlight the ingenuity and intense physical economy found throughout both artists repertoires. What sonic and performative possibilities are held in these few found objects, in this environment? What music is already here? What music is hidden in the subtly shifting motion of a hand? Explicitly or implicitly, Jerman and Barnes have spent their careers asking these questions. The latest answers are found here, in creative percussive and electronic improvisation by the duo, in the minimal but impactful contributions of a handful of guests, and in field recordings ranging from the call of a stranded cricket to the roar of a distant airport. The spoken section (a first for the duo) sounds as though it is a poetics being conceived, written, recorded, and edited as you are hearing it. But if at first it sounds like a cut-up, passages like and you, the anvil? / I am the hammer! promise at the very least a Mad Libs-worth of structure and play, and quite a bit more depth. Despite its appearance so soon after their last effort, this record feels more considered, more complete than any Jerman/Barnes release to date. Like a snakes path through the sand, if the duos trajectory holds, Versatile Ambience will soon be seen as a remarkable point along a fascinatingly meandering line." - Aaron Rosenblum, Louisville, KY.

Artist: KRUMM, PHILIP/"BLUE" GENE TYRANNY
Title: Formations
Format: CD
Label: Idea
Country: USA
Price: $15.00

Artist: MELCHIOR, DAN
Title: Melpomene
Format: LP
Label: Idea
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Dan Melchior has become an unlikely 21st century experimental music icon. As the forms, signifiers and experiments of the last several decades have become increasingly codified, one naturally begins to ask the question what the term in a contemporary setting means to the listener. If the performer and the audience both know what to expect before, during and after a record or performance, can it be considered an experiment? At the start of the century, Melchior was known in NYC as being a studied garage rock provocateur with songwriting palate that was equally insightful, vicious and emotive. This is not mentioned for alt rock bravado but to establish a pedigree that none of his immediate peers can claim, clearly showing a breadth of skill and technique they lack or refuse to engage in. Over the last ten years however, Melchior has continued to strip the edges off his music. On his new album, Melchior finds himself removed from any established school of sound. At times caustic, dubbed out and/or haunting, Melchior recalls obscure records weve never heard. The source sounds were mostly recorded on a little Sony mini cassette recorder. Some is live (pots and pans being hit -- etc.) slowed down on playback using the slower speed on the recorder -- some of it was recorded off of records and tapes, using the same recorder. The source sounds blurred to fit Melchiors tonal needs. Melodies arrive as well, the melancholy ballad Mall Walker evokes images of Satie if he recorded for Vinyl On Demand. The influence of his wife Letha Rodman Melchior is clearly evidenced as well, their combined techniques explored through years of creative collaboration. What is an experimental record? Perhaps the best definition is, an album that you wont know what it sounds like until you drop the needle." - Steve Lowenthal. Mastered by Rashad Becker. Comes on 180 gram vinyl; Comes in an Old Style Tip-On jacket.

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