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Artist: A TRIO
Title: Live In Nickelsdorf
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"If the city of Beirut doesnt leap to mind as a hotbed of avant-garde musical activity, listen up: since 2005, the Al Maslakh label (translation: The Slaughterhouse) has been documenting far-thinking sounds from the small but vital Lebanese scene. The A Trios first release, Music to Our Ears, was one of the most startling debuts of 2011; now, Roaratorio is proud to present their second album (and first vinyl release): Live in Nickelsdorf, recorded at the Konfrontationen Festival in 2012. While far from the first to employ extended techniques on their respective instruments, Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Sharif Sehnaoui (acoustic guitar), and Raed Yassin (doublebass) create a music that bears little relation to others who traffic in the same outer realms. Heavily textural, frequently perplexing, sometimes unsettling but always suffused with a provocative intelligence, this is the sound of a collective ur-mind that favors the long gesture over pointillistic strokes. Their capacity for generating aural illusions -- one would be hard-pressed to identify the instrumentation as three acoustic instruments, with no electronics or overdubs whatsoever -- is astounding, but its their skill at harnessing these uncanny tones into a consistently engaging and powerful sound-world that elevates the A Trio into the front rank of contemporary improvisational groups. A limited edition of 350 copies. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio.

Artist: CARTWRIGHT & DAVU SERU, GEORGE
Title: Rag
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Rag captures the best from a series of freely improvised meetings between saxophonist George Cartwright and percussionist Davu Seru, recorded at various Minneapolis venues over the course of 2009. Cartwright -- longtime leader of Curlew, and owner of a musical c.v. which includes Ornette Coleman, Half Japanese, Alex Chilton and Loren Mazzacane -- can be restlessly melodic or jaggedly guttural on the reeds, although his bedrock lyricism is never far from the surface. Serus playing is a trompe loreille marriage of forward motion and suspended stasis; over the past decade, hes performed with Milo Fine, Paul Metzger and Evan Parker, among others. From the anthemic opening of Titus to the miniature coda of I Think Eudora Knows, Rag is a lively dialogue between two masters of their craft. Released in an edition of 300 copies on colored vinyl, each with a unique cover print by Anne Elias and a digital download coupon." -Roaratorio

Artist: CLEVELAND WRECKING COMPANY
Title: Say Theres a Reason
Format: 7"
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"The Cleveland Wrecking Company were formed in San Francisco in 1965. Their members came from jazz, flamenco and R&B backgrounds, but together their psychedelic brew verged on Blue Cheer heaviness. As perennial local favorites, they gigged at every stage in the area. They left behind no recorded artifacts during this time; a deal with Vanguard went nowhere, when their manager absconded to Mexico with the album advance on an ill-fated mission to buy a kilo of pot. A later incarnation of the band -- with a completely different lineup and musical style -- released a 45 that has since become a favorite of cratedigging DJs, but This is not That. These two tracks hail from 1967-8: one studio, one live (the sonics on the latter may remind of the VUs guitar amp boot, but with a solo as overdriven and atonal as this, its a plus). With liner notes by Jim Moscoso (CWC bassist, vocalist, brother of Victor) and rare photographs." - Roaratorio.

Artist: CORNER, PHILIP
Title: Gong/Ear: Dance-ing, 1 & 2
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
"A major figure in 20th century arts and music (and beyond), Philip Corner studied with Henry Cowell and Olivier Messiaen, and was one of the original Fluxus conspirators, among other highlights of his long and storied career. As part of the body of his Metal Meditations work, Gong/Ear is a decades-long series of improvisations with dancers. Utilizing his favorite Paiste tam-tam, these two recordings from Corners NYC Leonard Street loft in 1989 are a feedback loop of perceptions between gong and dance: the initiating sound (or is it the dancers posture?) is made physically audible. Responsive movement is turned back into sound. Musical attentiveness sends it back and it continues. Gong/Ear: Dance-ing, 1 & 2 is released in a limited edition of 305 copies, each with a hand-cut facsimile brass gong, silkscreened with Corners calligraphy and mounted onto the jacket. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio.


Artist: CORNER, PHILIP
Title: Through Two More-Than-Mysterious Barricades (Improvizations After François Couperin)
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Les Barricades Mistérieuses, the harpsichord gem by French Baroque composer François Couperin, has been a long-running source of exploration for Fluxus musician Philip Corner, who for years has used it as a jumping-off point for piano improvisations. Through Two More-Than-Mysterious Barricades comprises two very different takes on the same piece. The first dates from 1992, in collaboration with dancer Paulette Sears (who provides the singings and screamings of the albums subtitle); it moves from a frenzy of abstraction to a more meditative take on Couperins composition, with diversions and tributaries along the way. The second, from 2004, is a rougher beast: recorded with wildly over-saturated levels, the tape machine itself becomes a participant in the performance, with its heavy distortion bringing out storm-clouds of overtones from Corners piano. Through Two More-Than-Mysterious Barricades is released in an edition of 318 copies, with Corners calligraphy silkscreened on Kozo rice paper and mounted onto the jacket. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio.

Artist: CORSANO, CHRIS & BEN CHASNY/PAUL METZGER
Title: Split
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Chris Corsano (sparring partner of Paul Flaherty, Joe McPhee, Nels Cline, et al) and Ben Chasny (aka Six Organs Of Admittance) had previously paired up for the School Of The Flower LP on Drag City. As wide a stylistic swath as that record cut, it was far from an exhaustive map of their topography. Here, Corsanos drums and Chasnys guitar chatter & clatter with jittery hyper-articulation, worrying the meat off the bone in short sharp strokes. A "Worm Confesses" over the course of one side of this split record & is given an impassioned absolution. For over two decades, Paul Metzger -- guitarist for the on-again/off-again punkjazz trio TVBC -- was one of the Twin Cities overly well-kept secrets. His recent emergence as a solo artist, via a pair of glowingly-received releases on the Chairkickers & Mutant Music labels (quoth WFMU: "the best banjo playing ever"), has started to raise his profile to a level commensurate with his devils-crossroads-deal talent. On a guitar modified with music box innards & an accompanying tanpura, Metzger dives deep into the raga heart of a moonlit day & returns with the jewels of "August." Released in an edition of 766 copies, with silkscreened poplar wood covers." - Roaratorio.
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Artist: CRYSTAL SYPHON
Title: Elephant Ball
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"For decades, Crystal Syphon were, at most, a footnote in the music history books: a name on posters from the psychedelic ballroom days, and a fond memory to those whod seen the Merced, California band perform on the west coast circuit in the late 1960s. That changed with the release of Family Evil in 2012. Their debut album -- evidence that the mine of hidden gems from the original psych era had not yet been picked clean -- caught the ears of fans worldwide, garnering raves and equal-footing comparisons to Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and The Byrds; the group reunited and began playing out again, with their vintage sound intact. Now, Roaratorio is proud to present Elephant Ball, a second helping of unearthed material from the bands archives. Starting with three tracks from their earliest recording sessions under the Crystal Syphon name, in 1967 -- the swaggering garage-rock miniature "Dawn Sermon" and the folk-rock of "For All of My Life" and "Tell Her For Me" -- it then moves on to a Fillmore West gig from November 1969, featuring the final incarnation of the group during their original run. With the same complex harmonies, nuanced songwriting and top-drawer musicianship that won Family Evil its accolades, the half-dozen tunes range from the crunchy riffs of the title track and "Its Winter" to the lightly jazzy "Dont Fall Brother" and the Latin-tinged moves of "There Is Light There." Comes in an old-style "tip-on" jacket with a digital download." - Roaratorio.

Artist: CRYSTAL SYPHON
Title: Family Evil
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Crystal Syphon, one of the greatest lost groups of the West Coast psych scene, came together in Merced, California in 1965. Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, its imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week. The band entertained offers from various labels during their existence, but as they insisted on complete artistic control and ownership of their music, no deals were struck. Now, some 44 years after its creation, Roaratorio is proud to make the music of Crystal Syphon available for the first time ever. Drawn from studio tracks, rehearsal tapes and a live recording from the Fillmore West, Family Evil is released in an edition of 500 copies, with cover art by Norman Orr and extensive historical liner notes on an old-style tip-on jacket. Digital download included." -Roaratorio.

Artist: CURLEW
Title: Gussie
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"On a hot Minneapolis night in the summer of 2001, Curlew played a scorching gig at the now-defunct Gus Luckys Gallery. Gussie documents that evening: the veteran improvising group dispensed with their compositions altogether and took an eminently successful walk along the free-improv tightrope. With a lineup featuring George Cartwright (saxophones), Davey Williams (guitar), Chris Parker (piano), Fred Chalenor (bass), and Bruce Golden (percussion). A limited edition of 436 copies, with handpainted covers by Anne Elias." - Roaratorio.

Artist: DISSIPATED FACE WITH DANIEL CARTER
Title: Live at CBGB 1986
Format: 7"
Label: Roaratorio
Country: Roaratorio
Price: $6.00
"Not since the early days of MC5 at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, circa 1968, had there been such an organic melding of sheer metal-esque maelstrom and free jazz. These archival recordings from the legendary punk club CBGB capture a moment in time when open-minded musicians from the downtown scene were exploring the possibility of bringing Lou Reeds feedback-infested Metal Machine Music together with Albert Aylers Love Cry. Dissipated Face guitarist Kurt Hologram Ralske and special guest saxophonist Daniel Carter provided that implausible link between punk rock and avant garde jazz on these 1986 live recordings. Fueled by the throbbing rhythms of Steve X Dream Popkin and Ben Face Munves, who alternated on bass and drums, Ralskes twisted, thrashing power chords and shrieking licks blend with Carters cathartic alto sax wailing to make the perfect union of disparate worlds. Ralske would go on to attain a certain level of indie rock fame with Ultra Vivid Scene and subsequently make an impact as a London-based producer-conceptualist-avant-popmeister and visual artist. Carter would become one of the most ubiquitous figures on New Yorks free jazz scene, recording with William Parker, David S. Ware, Billy Bang, Alan Silva and Matthew Shipp and the cooperative bands Test and Other Dimensions in Music. But for this one moment back in 1986, their paths crossed with band mates Popkin and Munves, and the results were frighteningly intense. - Bill Milkowski. Cover artwork by Raymond Pettibon.

Artist: FRASER & DEBOLT
Title: Flight of the Light Air Force
Format: 7"
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"A companion EP to the recent double LP retrospective This Song Was Borne, Flight Of The Light Air Force features three exclusive tracks by cult favorite outsider-folk duo Fraser & DeBolt. The majestic title track is an outtake from their second Columbia LP With Pleasure; left off that album for reasons of space (it clocks in at eight minutes), it wouldve easily been the finest song on the record and a highlight of their career. On the flip side, we have two cuts recorded live at a February 1970 concert in upstate NY, as performed by Fraser, DeBolt and violinist Ian Guenther: their signature song Dance Hall Girls and a rollicking version of the Stones You Cant Always Get What You Want. Fraser & DeBolt are a secret handshake among those who know: come acquaint yourself. Digital download included." - Roaratorio.

Artist: FRASER & DEBOLT
Title: This Song Was Borne
Format: Double LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $34.00
"Allan Fraser & Daisy DeBolt met in the summer of 1969. They had both been working individually on the coffeehouse circuit in their native Canada; over the next five years, as the duo of Fraser & DeBolt, they created a sublime body of work that still sounds remarkably fresh decades later. They recorded two albums for Columbia which garnered rave reviews at the time, but saw little commercial success. Both have since become cult classics in psychedelic folk circles; the first, With Ian Guenther, being particularly beloved amongst a coterie of die-hard fans. Their combination of ragged-but-right / salt & pepper harmonies, evocative lyrics, beautiful songs shot through with occasional dissonant grace notes, and careful arrangements that still managed to sound off-the-cuff made for some of the most beguiling music of the day. Now, Roaratorio is proud to present This Song Was Borne, a double LP collection of previously unreleased demos, studio outtakes, radio sessions and live recordings from Fraser & DeBolts archives, spanning their entire career, in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with detailed liner notes from Allan and Daisy. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio.

Artist: GASTALDI, NELSON
Title: Symphony No. 3: Siddhartha Gautama O El Poder De La Nada
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"When psycho-spatial composer Nelson Gastaldi passed away in 2009 at the age of 77, he left behind a unique musical legacy that is only now beginning to be unveiled. A self-described musical nihilist with noble and mystic origins (as well as an accomplished visual artist), Gastaldi supported himself and his family with a job at an electric company in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while creating an astonishing body of work that went virtually unheard during his lifetime. Synthesizing his wide-ranging interests (medicine, linguistics, Chinese and German philosophy) into his music, he welcomed paranormal/initiatic experiences into the compositional process, creating homemade Sibelius-meets-Sun Ra symphonies. The only previous publication of his work was in Bananafish magazine, which featured an excerpt of Symphony No. 3 on an accompanying CD. The same issue also contained his sole English-language interview, in which he waxed: The human being runs at the side of a river. When he is young, he runs faster than the river; in mid-life he runs at the same speed as the river; and at last he falls down and the river keeps going. Take a dip into the strange and beautiful river of Nelson Gastaldi. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio.

Artist: KEITH, RODD
Title: Black Phoenix Blues
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"To call Rodd Keith the king of the song-poems (also known as the send us your lyrics quick buck-demo mill) is damning with faint praise: no one else in that shady backwater of the music industry possessed an array of talents as distinctively individual as his. As gifted a singer, composer and arranger as he was, his genius was destined to remain a well-kept secret during his lifetime by virtue of the complete disregard -- verging on invisibility -- in which song-poem records were held. He was a commercial musician in the most literal sense of the word, but within those confines, he displayed an oddball, personal vision that frequently transcended the work-for-hire nature of his music. Black Phoenix Blues is the third Roaratorio collection of the best of Rodd Keiths vast output. Dating from 1966 to 1974, the sixteen previously un-reissued songs showcase the scope of his work: the shouldve-been-a-hit You and I; the elegant exotica of I Love Lovely Chinese Gal; the history lesson of The Explosion of Holden 22 Mine; the harrowing psycho-killer musings of the title track; Im Proud to Be a Hippie from Mississippi, the stoners answer to Merle Haggards Okie From Muskogee; the low-fi The Game of Love (which, in the tradition of Keiths infamous Im Just the Other Woman, prompted the dissatisfied customer to request a more conventional re-take); the disturbingly desperate Sing My Death Note, which was discovered on one of Keiths private reels; and the unclassifiable what-the-fuck-ness of Abidin Tuh the Rule. A limited edition LP with artwork by Josh Journey-Heinz and liner notes from noted blues guitarist Debbie Davies, one of Keiths musical and personal compadres from the early 1970s. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio

Artist: KEITH, RODD
Title: My Pipe Yellow Dream
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Song Poems Wanted" read the ads. "We need new ideas for recording!" The send-us-your-lyrics business was a borderline scam, taking whatever lyrics came their way from would-be songwriters and – for a fee – setting them to music. None of the results ever came close to being a hit, and to be sure, the vast majority was sufficiently bland or clumsy to insure no great karmic loss in their instant obscurity and miniscule press runs. But Rodd Keith – the late, great genius whose prolific output was almost completely confined to the song-poem industry – had a knack for turning sows ears into silk purses. The nature of the business required him to work quickly, with no second takes, and his skill at writing and arranging on the fly was not unlike that of a master improviser. When at his best, he put his unique musical stamp on some lucky customers submission. My Pipe Yellow Dream is the second Roaratorio anthology of the highlights of Rodd Keiths work. Compiling fifteen previously unreissued songs from 1966 through his death in 1974 – including a never-before-heard cover of "Choo Choo Train" – My Pipe Yellow Dream showcases the full range of his talents. From exquisite mid-60s pop balladry ("Deep Velvet") to blue-eyed soul ("You Dont Have To Alibi") to folk-rock ("Tired Of Waiting") to solo Chamberlain creations ("Red Sports Car") to gospel testifying ("O Jesus My Savior") to a pair of patriotic screeds (the all-spoken word "America The Not So Beautiful" and the bizarre-world lounge funk of "Search Out Your Soul, American"), this collection continues the rehabilitation of Rodd Keiths recorded legacy from thrift-shop throwaway to celebrated cult artist. A limited edition LP in a gorgeous gatefold jacket, with artwork by Josh Journey-Heinz and liner notes from song-poem vocalist Dick Kent." -Roaratorio.

Artist: KONSTRUKT & JOE MCPHEE
Title: Babylon
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
“Turkish free-improv group KonstruKt was formed in 2008 by guitarist Umut Çağlar, and since their inception, theyve gained notice through their collaborations with such old-guard stalwarts as Evan Parker, Marshall Allen and Peter Brotzmann. The latter introduced them to the legendary Joe McPhee at the Krakow Jazz Autumn festival, and after striking up a friendship, they invited him to join them in Istanbul for a concert in March of 2014. Babylon was recorded the day after he arrived, with no prior rehearsal or discussion, although the seamless meshing could fool anyone into thinking that they were a longtime working group. Çağlar came from an electronic music background before delving into free jazz, and its reflected in the incorporation of moogs & a theremin into the ensembles arsenal. The music itself swings from space-raga improv to soaring, full-throated anthemic melodies; some sort of Joe Meek jazz world where bird squeal falsettos pierce through a current of drums, only to struggle for breath, come up laughing, and take off far above. McPhee says, “These guys are the real deal,” and he should know. Download coupon included.” - Roaratorio.

Artist: LACY, STEVE & JOE MCPHEE
Title: The Rest
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"In June of 1977, when they shared a double bill in Basel, Switzerland, STEVE LACY invited JOE MCPHEE to join him for a duet to close his set, for which McPhee elected to bring out his own soprano saxophone. The main part of Lacys performance was issued on the classic Clinkers LP (Hat Hut 1978); after thirty-six years, Roaratorio delivers The Rest, a one-sided LP marking the first and only time theyve played together. The simpatico meshing of their distinctly individual voices points toward a shared history on a different plane. Includes download coupon." - Roaratorio.

Artist: MARANHA, DAVID
Title: Antarctica
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"David Maranhas recordings stretch back over 20 years with the Portuguese avant trio Osso Exótico, as well as collaborations with Zev and Minit. A follow up to Marches Of The New World (2007), Antarctica is made up of two side-long excursions into monolithic drone-rock. In the vein of Tony Conrad & Faust, Venus In Furs, La Monte Young and Terry Riley, Maranhas ensemble is driven by keyboards, strings, and hypnotized-heartbeat percussion. Like the great white expanse of the titular continent, it can be taken in simply as a glorious wash of sound; listen to it closely, however, and youll hear the smallest details jump out in high relief: a feather can move a mountain. An edition of 300 hand-numbered copies in silkscreened covers. Digital download coupon included." - Roaratorio.
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Artist: MARANHA, DAVID ENSEMBLE
Title: Salt, Ashes, Goat Skin
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"In an everlasting process that continuously repositions and reevaluates infinity as a consciously unachievable but ultimately rewarding goal since the early 90s, David Maranhas music has been riding that arc with ferocity and aplomb. A unique vision that has been translating the eternal in a sprawling language through countless performances, approaches and records like Marches of the New World and the Roaratorio released classic Antarctica. Always the unsettled mind, Maranha conveys his spiraling vision towards its core with this new ensemble. Comprised of Diana Combo on drums, Filipe Felizardo on electric guitar and David himself on organ and violin, they are a speculative tour de force around sensory principles of movement, stillness and reaction. Long drawn-out semi-riffs feedback along the drifting textures of the violin and the organ like rocks ultimate coda stretched into nowhere. Drums plodding in restraint, sustaining the drone-like vortex of electricity without ever reaching any sort of conclusion in four pieces that inhabit their own universe continually. As it should.” - Bruno Silva.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Alto
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $14.00

"Alto joins Tenor and Soprano to complete a discrete trilogy within Joe McPhees catalog of unaccompanied waxings. Recorded live at a Lower East Side bar in 2009, McPhees explorations on alto saxophone and clarinet are alternately fiery and contemplative, imbued with the masterful intelligence thats marked his work for over forty years. A limited edition of 525 copies on 180 gram vinyl, with a Judith Lindbloom silkscreen print on rice paper and liner notes by Hank Shteamer. Digital download coupon included." - Roaratorio.
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Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Everything Happens for a Reason
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"In the ever-growing discography of master musician Joe McPhee, his solo albums have stood out as supreme ur-texts of his consummate improvising and compositional skills. Joining the ranks of such landmark records as Tenor ,Graphics , and As Serious As Your Life ,Everything Happens for a Reason is an unadorned showcase of this influential pioneer in the world of creative improvised music. Recorded live in Austria in November of 2003, Everything Happens for a Reason features McPhee on pocket trumpet, soprano and alto saxophones. A limited edition of 500 copies on 180 gram vinyl, with a Judith Lindbloom silkscreen print on rice paper and liner notes by McPhee." - Roaratorio.
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Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984)
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) is a collection of material from McPhees personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalists work during this time. Wind Cycles, for tenor saxophone, explores the permutations of breath on reed and brass, from quiet whispers to full-throated cries and back again. With The Redwood Rag, McPhee takes a jaunty melody and gives it a swinging workout with Steve Lacy-like precision. The free-blowing alto excursion Ice Blu is, in McPhees words, a sound which evokes an image, which asks a question "What is that?" and the answer is, a sound which evokes an image which asks a question. Voices, one of his signature compositions, gets a particularly haunting treatment here on soprano, with McPhee incorporating various electronics to mesmerizing effect. All together, Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) is the distilled essence of one of the most important creative improvising musicians of our time. Cover art by Judith Lindbloom. Includes a download coupon for the full album plus a bonus interview, conducted at the New Music America Festival in 1981." - Roaratorio.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Soprano
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"A document of Joe McPhees first solo concert devoted exclusively to the straight horn, Soprano is both a companion volume to his previous LP for Roaratorio (the critically lauded Everything Happens For A Reason) and a follow-up to his classic album Tenor, which raised the bar for solo saxophone music over 30 years ago. Recorded live in St. Georges Church at the Guelph Jazz Festival in 1998, Soprano was inspired by Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening performance at the venue the previous year. The acoustics of the church provided a natural web of reverberation and delay, and compose as much a part of the sonic palette as Michael Overhages farmhouse did for Tenor. McPhees art is informed by the head and the heart in equal measures, and Soprano is thoughtful, passionate music from one of jazzs most eloquent practitioners. A limited edition of 500 copies on 180 gram vinyl, with a Judith Lindbloom silkscreen print on rice paper and liner notes by McPhee and Oliveros." - Roaratorio.
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Artist: McPHEE, JOE & CHRIS CORSANO
Title: Under A Double Moon
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"With a career now spanning over 40 years and more than 100 recordings, Joe McPhee has shown that emotional content and theoretical underpinnings are thoroughly compatible — and in fact, a critically important pairing — in the world of creative improvised music. Since recording The Hated Music with Paul Flaherty in 2000, Chris Corsano has been hyper-active in far-reaching corners of the free improvised world. Under A Double Moon, recorded live in Paris during a spring 2010 tour of Europe, is their first album together (and, given how phenomenally simpatico a partnership theyve forged, we hope its not the last). With cover artwork by Judith Lindbloom and liner notes by John Szwed. Download coupon included." -Roaratorio
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Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: Anamnestic Tincture
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Anamnestic Tincture is a live album by virtuosic musical carpenter Paul Metzger, culled from many hours of concert recordings. Side one comprises Metzgers public debut on his modified banjo, recorded in 2002 at a former church-turned-underground art space in Minneapolis. One of his most memorable compositions, "After Milo" later turned up as an untitled improvisation on his CD for the Chairkickers label. Jumping ahead six years (and several more banjo alterations later) to side two, the glittering "Orans" gets a workout at a memorial show for the artist Matt Zaun. As an acknowledgment of the occasion, Metzger also gave a one-time-only performance -- "Dark Green Water" -- on another of his mutant instruments: an acoustic guitar with the body drilled out to accommodate a cymbal set into its face, and ten assorted strings of varying lengths laid over the top, giving it a particularly metallic and dissonant sound. Anamnestic Tincture is released in an edition of 425 copies, with an original vintage snapshot mounted on each cover." -Roaratorio.

Artist: MUSIC ENSEMBLE, THE
Title:
Format: CD
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"The first documentation of this important free improvising group, featuring Roger Baird, Billy Bang, Malik Baraka, Daniel Carter, William Parker, and Herb Kahn. Existing during the heyday of NYCs Loft Scene, their name has often been cited as a crucial stage in the development of its members -- the seeds of such current ensembles as Other Dimensions In Music and Test can be found here -- but their singular music has gone largely unheard, save by those who were present at their concerts. This CD has been compiled from archival tapes recorded by Roger Baird; one complete performance from Brooklyns Kingsborough College, on 24 April 1974, and excerpts from a concert at the Holy Name School Auditorium, on 15 February 1975. Packaged in a mini-LP gatefold sleeve, with liner notes by Parker, Bang, Baird, and Carter, paintings by Marilyn Sontag, and a reproduction of the poster for one of the shows, this is the recording debut of one of jazzs greatest "lost" groups." - Roaratorio.

Artist: OLIVEROS, PAULINE
Title: To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition of Their Desperation
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Shortly after it was published in 1968 the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas fell into my hands. Intrigued by the egalitarian feminist principles set forth in the Manifesto, I wanted to incorporate them in the structure of a new piece that I was composing. The womens movement was surfacing and I felt the need to express my resonance with this energy. Marilyn Monroe had taken her own life. Valerie Solanas had attempted to take the life of Andy Warhol. Both women seemed to be desperate and caught in the traps of inequality: Monroe needed to be recognized for her talent as an actress. Solanas wished to be supported for her own creative work. Commissioned by the Music Department of Hope College, Holland Michigan, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation had its premiere in 1970. Though everyone knew Marilyn Monroe hardly anyone recognized Valerie Solanas or took her Manifesto seriously. I brought the names of these two women together in the title of the piece to draw attention to their inequality and to dedicate the piece." -Pauline Oliveros "This LP contains both the 1970 Hope College premiere, performed by a 14-piece ensemble, and a 1977 recording from Wesleyan University, performed by a 43-piece orchestra. Roaratorio is proud to present the first commercially available release of this eerie, beautiful, and important Oliveros work. Cover artwork by Judith Lindbloom. Download coupon included." -Roaratorio
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Artist: OLIVEROS, PAULINE & REYNOLS
Title: The Minecxio Connection: Live! At The Rosendale Cafe
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"One of the most unexpected yet fruitful partnerships of recent years: in the mid-1990s, Pauline Oliveros, electronic music pioneer and sage of the environmental-drone, began working with Reynols, the prolific and resolutely undefinable Argentinian group. Their first joint effort sent Oliveros music through the rigours of Reynols heavily processed studio treatments; THE MINEXCIO CONNECTION : LIVE! AT THE ROSENDALE CAFE finds them collaborating on-stage in real time. Recorded in August 2000 during Reynols first trek through North America, they offered up a version of "Six For New Time" (originally composed by Oliveros for Sonic Youths GOODBYE 20th CENTURY LP), along with idiosyncratic throat-singing and hypnotic dream/dronescapes. The venue may have been a small cafe in rustic upstate New York, but the sonic results sound like emanations from the deepest of Deep Listening caves under the earth." - Roaratorio.

Artist: SUN RA
Title: Other Strange Worlds
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
...& HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA "Within Sun Ras vast-as-outer-space discography, the album that orbits the furthest away from the known jazz universe is Strange Strings. Calling it a study in ignorance, Ra directed his Arkestra stalwarts to pick up unusual stringed instruments and homemade percussion with which they had little familiarity, and improvise without any guidelines or direction; the resulting record is one of Ras best. Now, Roaratorio is proud to issue a satellite around that lonely planet: Other Strange Worlds, recorded in Ras NYC apartment in May of 1965, dates from the same era and employs the same methodology as Strange Strings. But while the latter album featured the full Arkestra, Other Strange Worlds pares the players down to a core quintet of Ra, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, Art Jenkins, and Ali Hasaan. Theres plenty of freewheeling collective improvisation in the Ra catalog, but rarely in a small-group setting such as this. Half of the pieces are texture-over-tonality string experiments, while the rest feature exotic reeds and percussion. Other Strange Worlds is a significant addition to Sun Ras body of work, and a brilliant example of free improv from the days before it had a name. Download coupon included." "Theres always more Ra being issued than anyone can keep up with. But this ones essential. Dont skip it." -Byron Coley.
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Artist: SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA
Title: Sign of the Myth
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"In 1972, Sun Ra inked a high-profile deal with ABC/Impulse, bringing his recorded work to the widest audience hed had to date. A slew of Saturn back catalog titles and two newly-recorded albums (Astro Black, Pathways to Unknown Worlds) were issued before ABC cancelled the contract, dumped the records into the cut-out bins, and left the unreleased albums to languish. Now, over four decades later, Roaratorio is proud to offer one of the lost Impulse recordings for the first time. Sign of the Myth hails from same studio session as Pathways, and shares its emphasis on guided improvisations. With a constantly shifting palette of Moog textures, Ra tosses off a dazzling array of ideas throughout, supported by the usual Arkestra stalwarts; in particular, bassist Ronnie Boykins and drummer Clifford Jarvis are in shining form here, giving shape and solidity to these pieces.Sign of the Myth is a welcome augmentation to an especially fertile period from Sun Ras time on Earth." - Roaratorio. Includes download coupon.
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Artist: SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA
Title: The Intergalactic Thing
Format: Double LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $38.00
"One might think, with a discography as extensive as the one Sun Ra boasts, that the scope of his work has been fully apprehended by this point, but The Intergalactic Thing demonstrates its seemingly bottomless depths. This is not a complete surprise: anyone who saw Ra and the Arkestra perform will remember the sight of the band quickly shuffling through an imposingly thick stack of sheet music, when Sunny would call the next tune on the program with an encrypted hint on his keyboard. Band members tell stories of spending long hours practicing a newly-written composition, only to never play it again. Here, we have a taste of that which has been hidden: drawn from rehearsals at the Sun Ra house in Philadelphia from 1969, The Intergalactic Thing introduces a dozen never-before-heard pieces from Ras songbook -- tunes that may have never even made it to the bandstand, let alone the recording studio -- along with a handful of reworkings of such Ra classics as Spontaneous Simplicity and The Exotic Forest. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important augmentations to the Sun Ra catalog in many a moon. This double LP set comes in a beautiful gatefold jacket, with extensive liner notes by Ra discographer Robert L. Campbell and a download coupon for the full album." - Roaratorio.

Artist: TALIBAM! WITH DANIEL CARTER
Title: New Nixon Tapes
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Since 2003, NYCs Talibam! have been charting a course through the improv waters in a way that few other groups can pull off. Rock, jazz, noise and all stops in between collide in an aggressive mix that defines free music in the best sense of the term: nothing is deemed out of bounds. Too much fun to be a po-faced postmodern exercise, and too expertly played to be sunk in a morass of good intentions, The New Nixon Tapes hurtles through two side-long pieces in an agile cascade of rhythmic and melodic ideas. Kevin Shea (drums) and Matt Mottel (synthesizer) have worked with Cooper-Moore and Rhys Chatham, among others; here theyre joined by master saxophonist / trumpeter / flautist Daniel Carter. Recorded live in the WFMU studios. MP3 download coupon included." -Roaratorio

Artist: THOLLEM/OLIVEROS/CLINE
Title: Molecular Affinity
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Thollem McDonas : This is the third trio album Nels and I have made together, each time with a different 3rd partner. The previous two were The Gowanus Session with William Parker and Radical Empathy with Michael Wimberly. Though each session has been unique in itself (different prescribed approaches, the environment and of course the uniqueness that each individual brings), there are definitely overarching themes pollinating each album. As the instigator of each of these sessions, Ive always been curious about the sonic experience created each time a unique combination of musicians gather. So, in a sense, this is really kind of a scientific experiment with a control and a variable. I also love the trio format: theres plenty of room for everyone, yet still many possible depths of complexity in relationships between the individuals. The three of us seemed immediately intertwined, psychically and sonically. An amazing place to record with amazing musicians/human beings. I think it all comes through in the recording... an experiment with fascinating results!" Pauline Oliveros : "This recording brought us together for an unusual musical conversation. There was no plan or guiding structure. Thus the conversation set the pace between eGuitar, V accordion and piano. Each of us contributing, conversing in response to the other from our own individual perceptions. The music develops as a result of those moments of conversation. As different subjects are triggered or introduced the conversation shifts, turns and integrates making the music. Nels Cline : "It started on a beautiful sunny day in a rental car to Accord, NY, Thollem at the wheel, his lovely partner Angela riding shotgun. Thollem had instigated yet another miraculous and rather unexpected improvisatory recording session. This time, I was really going to meet the legendary Pauline Oliveros and improvise with her -- and Thollem, of course! We met at a market and caravanned it to a beautiful barn studio. Pauline was immediately welcoming and gracious -- a good start! A few improvisations, some bucolic photos, and precious lungfuls of sweet air later we were headed back to The City. How was that? Did that really happen?? Yes, it really did. A concentrated portion of our probing explorations is thankfully here, on this petrochemical slice: Molecular Affinity. Its a good thing!" "Jacket & label are adorned with confocal microscopy images of a Coleochaete green algae, by Fernán Federici. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio.

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