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Artist: DE GENNARO, MATTHEW
Title: Adversaria
Format: LP
Label: TU-134
Country: Germany
Price: $22.00
"Some people fly under the radar by accident, some by design. Matt De Gennaros been making music since the 90s, and has collaborated with the likes Alastair Galbraith and Scott Tuma, but he makes even those homebodies look like gauche self-promoters. Which is both a shame and entirely a propos, because while this lovely record, like everything else Ive heard him do, is well worth hearing, it probably wouldnt sound like it did if it was made by a guy with a more boosterish frame of mind. De Gennaro lives in a 150 year-old, one-room schoolhouse in Michigan, where he studies ancient philosophy for fun and records music that defies easy dating to decade or century. Streichzither and Sweetbreads, for example, are played on a viola da gamba, and each sounds like it could have been a hit before Shakespeare was born. Each bowed note rings out with a resonance that could doubtless be explained by tuning nerds, but who wants explanations when the music takes you back to a time when nothing smelled like gasoline? An acoustic guitar instrumental called Jimmie Rodgers in Sierra Leone uses backwards tape and frontwards harmonica to point in at least two directions not suggested by the title; follow its pointing vectors and youll be so dizzy, youll hug a tree for balance. Flying Saucer Attack might have raised the flag for rural psychedelia in England, but it flies in Michigan now. But the one that really gets me is I Hear You J. Starck, on which some wheezy keyboard (A clavioline? Harmonium?) on a slowed-down tape sounds a funeral hymn straight out of the Scottish highlands; a crackle in the background suggests that the pier has already been lit. 350 copies." - Bill Meyer.

Artist: SYSTEMATICS
Title: What We Did In The Afternoons
Format: Double LP
Label: TU-134
Country: Germany
Price: $38.00
"Limited edition of 500 handnumbered copies. Lp-2 comes in gatefold cover with 12-page-booklet. The first LP of this double albumcontains everything The Systematics have ever released on vinyl: The "Pulp Baby" 7", "Fat Cows Go Down An Eastern Beach" 7" EP, "Rural" 12" EP and the two Systematics tracks from the M Squared compilation albums "Growing Pains"and "A Selection".The second LP contains previously unreleased material - Demo versions as well as tracks that have never been released before in any format. The Systematics "What We Did In The Afternoons" TU-134-01, Germany 2008 The Systematics were a band from Australia. They existed for four years, from 1978 to 1982. They released 3 records: The "Pulp Baby" 7" on the australian label Doublethink, a 12" EP called "Rural" and a 7" EP called "Fat Cows Go Down An Eastern Beach" on the australian label M Squared. The music of The Systematics is pretty unique. If you search for it, you will find it somewhere in the grey area between No Wave, Post Punk, Minimal Electronics and Pseudo Pop Music. "What We Did In The Afternoons" is a Double LP. The first LP contains everything The Systematics have ever released on vinyl - all the above mentioned releases, as well a two contributions they made to the M Squared compilation LPs "Growing Pains" and "A Selection". So you might say the first LP it is some kind of "Best Of" album.The second LP contains only unreleased material that was carefully selected by the singer of The Systematics, Patrick Gibson, and TU-134: Demo versions of "Pulp Baby" and "International Voltage", some contributions to cassette only releases ("Sunny", "Marine Boy") as well as tracks that have never been released before in any format: "Golden Age", "ASIO", "Hippie Happening" or "John Robinson", just to name a few. So you might say the second LP is some kind of new old album by The Systematics. "What We Did In The Afternoons" comes in a gatefold cover designed by Bianca Strauch and contains a 12 page booklet that features photos and a comprehensive text about The Systematics by Patrick Gibson. All tracks have been carefully remastered by Marcus Schmickler. The vinyl discs are high quality pressings made in Germany.The Systematics "What We Did In The Afternoon" is limited to 500 handnumbered copies." -TU-134

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