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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Ana/Kata
Format: 10"
Label: Beta-Lactam Ring
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Glowing Raw
Format: LP
Label: Drawing Room
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
“Illusory, dreadful magic lies within their music. Terror is present but fleeting. Relief exists with all its attendant pleasure; yet, relief can only emerge in the wake of tension. Glowing Raw is a record full of such intricacies. Charalambides music carries the curious quality of being tethered only by itself. Tom and Christina Carter dont pull music(s) in as much as they reach out to touch them, and in so doing, they summon a place that exists only when they play. The music shies neither from traditionalism nor formlessness. Its easy to ascribe a landscape-like quality to this music, and easier still to presume that the landscape of the music is the scene of their surroundings. Yet, what emerges is a place existing only in the hearts of those conjuring it. Glowing Raw… Any glow worthy of the name is, if you think about it, always raw. No one glows on command…” – Matt Krefting
Recorded in the late-90s, with a very limited CDR release a decade later, Glowing Raw represents an important but often-unheard artwork in the all-amazing recording history of Charalambides. Created around the same time as the crucial Houston album, Glowing Raw is Charalambides in essential and pure form. Its powerful and potent. Drawing Room is proud to present the first time vinyl release of Glowing Raw. Each LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl housed in a full color matte jacket (with download) and includes a foldout poster."- Drawing Room.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Strangle The Wretched Heavens
Format: LP
Label: Drawing Room
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
”We could get lazy and use words like spectral or haunting, but those words open neither ears nor hearts. This music is every bit as supernatural as it is grounded, and what it does, ultimately, is move according to its own internal logic, as our feelings move according to their own internal logic. That is what keeps Charalambides music relevant, what makes it timeless. It doesnt prey on simple nostalgia or easily defined categories of manufactured emotion. Its proven time and time again that its neither overly tethered to, nor an escape from, reality. These songs map a private language, a place of their own making, mysterious and alluring to anyone who hears them. They turn any number of worlds, with all attendant expectations, on their heads, acting as a platform for mobile, twirling, ineffable feeling.” – Matt Krefting
"Initially recorded in the mid-90s, with a very limited CDR release in the mid-00s, Strangle the Wretched Heavens represents a missing and essential puzzle piece in the all-amazing recording history of Charalambides. Following one of their earliest seminal releases, the almighty Market Square, Strangle… is the next chapter. Dark and intense, the album is pure beauty inside and out. Its magic is almost indescribable, but its power can be physically felt completely. Drawing Room is proud to present the first time vinyl release of Strangle… Each LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl housed in a full color matte jacket (with download) and includes a foldout poster." - Drawing Room.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: IN CR EA SE
Format: Double LP
Label: Eclipse
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"A long glimpse at a special and hazily documented node of vibrational warmth taken from Charalambides shifting history, recorded with the original duo of Tom & Christina Carter in the Heather-less interlude between their 2000-2001 tours. IN CR EA SE is four side-long escavations of the auditory plane defined by interweaving threads of lap steel and chord organ and swept by intermittent currents of breath-born voice and serene modalities cycled upward into towering microtonal dissonances, then flung down into corners of dark intimacy. And summoned back up again (once you flip the record)." This is one time pressing of 1000 copies in a printed black and white sleeve. Looks and sounds beautiful!" - Eclipse.
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Rose/Thorn
Format: LP
Label: Eclipse
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Long-, long-, long-, loooooong-awaited and singular entry in the Charalambides and Klang Industries discographies; one of those does it really exist? items thats finally seeing daylight, or moonlight. A stark, unsettling and beautiful slice of duo Charlambides invocation/incantation, taken from the period between Jason Bill and Heather Leigh Murrays tenures with the band and featuring extraordinary chord organ and vocal work from Christina and some signature lap steel mastery from Tom. Fans of the bands most recent, more song-based work will find this relevatory, long-time listeners will say ahhhh and settle in for the flight. Heavy vinyl, limited pressing, cover handiwork by Tom, the first release in years from Klang and a sign perhaps of a truly epic revival." "Long-awaited Klang debut of Charalambides. This record has been brewing since 2000, and is now finally available under the auspices of Eclipse/Klang. Two side-long improvisations in much the same vein as IN CR EA SE, a bit more topographical perhaps, but still horizontally serene and horizonless. Chord organ, lap steel, vocals." --Wholly Other.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: A Vintage Burden
Format: CD
Label: Kranky
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"The long-awaited new album from the legendary CHARALAMBIDES, now pared down to the original core duo of CHRISTINA CARTER and TOM CARTER. After having worked out some dark demons with the release of their last album Joy Shapes, the duo has recorded a more melodic song cycle, reminiscent of their earlier albums Union and Market Square. Of particular note is the stunning guitar work Tom displays on the 18-minute instrumental "Black Bed Blues." The bands most cosmic and beautiful release to date." - Kranky.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Exile
Format: Double LP
Label: Kranky
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Exile is the new Charalambides album. Five years in the making, it was recorded between 2006 and 2010 in various locations in New Hampshire, western Massachusetts and New York City, mixed at Black Dirt Studios, and mastered at Sand with Paul Gold. The group remains the core duo of Christina and Tom Carter, with contributions on one track by the string section of Helena Espvall and Margarida Garcia. Deeply imbued with the full historical spectrum of American folk and blues song form, Exile is a tapestry of suppliant invocations directed at the heart of the unseen spiritual forces surrounding us. Dense arrangements and thickly-overdubbed tracks sit side-by-side with material that ranks among the sparest and most skeletal the group has recorded, giving Exile the psychic scope of their classic Market Square album while building on the refinements of the more recent Likeness and A Vintage Burden releases." -Kranky.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Joy Shapes
Format: Double LP
Label: Kranky
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"To say that the words unique and singular are over-used in describing music is to state the obvious. To apply these words to the sounds created by the various duo/trio configurations of the Texas group Charalambides over the last decade plus would be understatement. To be sure there are numerous antecedents to their music; to deny this of any artists work would be akin to saying that they are deaf. But they have surely broken new ground in the primitive/folk/mystic/improv/psych valley in which they toil. This new album is certainly not for the faint of heart. Five songs stretch and crawl over 75 minutes, with Christine Carter finding a new fearlessness in her voice that will draw comparisons to Patty Waters or the early work of Meredith Monk. Joy Shapes is the first studio album recorded by Charalambides in a long time." - Kranky. CD also available.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Likeness
Format: CD
Label: Kranky
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"Likeness is the newest release from the duo of Tom and Christina Carter. Recorded over a period of several weeks during the Spring of 2006, the album is a return to the spontaneous composition of previous Charalambides records such as Houston and Union. With the exception of The Good Life, which appeared in a primitive version on the Wholly Other CDR Home, all of the tracks on this release sprung forth after record was pressed, and were fleshed out via overdubs, editing and a malfunctioning space echo over the course of the next few months. Lyrical content largely derives from public domain, American popular song from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, edited, rearranged and largely deconstructed by Christina into abstract protest songs for the century at hand. Musically, the album departs from the warm psych of A Vintage Burden in favor of the lush and layered vocal strata of Christinas later solo works, and a chillier, more abrasive guitar sound that favors The Velvets over The Byrds. Though containing much of the compositional concision that gave A Vintage Burden much of its appeal, the sound here just as frequently turns the corner into the abstract echoing spaces that characterize the more discordant sounds of Charalambides at the dawn of their Kranky residency." - Kranky.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Our Bed is Green
Format: Double CD
Label: Kranky
Country: USA
Price: $15.50
"Originally released on one cassette by the band in 1992 and later reissued as a limited edition compact disc on their Wholly Other label, Our Bed Is Green was the first release by Charalambides. Although no band is sui generis, anyone who heard the first recordings by Charalambides in 1992 could have been forgiven for thinking that of the duo. Our Bed Is Green was a recording that roped in folk, improvisation, psychedelia, blues and gospel into a crackling sound world unlike any other. Ranging across a 90 minute cassette and produced at home on four track, the music had only the means of production in common with the so-called lo-fi scene of the time.  On their debut, Charalambides achieved the distinct otherness they retain to this day." - Kranky.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Unknown Spin
Format: CD
Label: Kranky
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"Christina Carter and Tom Carter have been recording and performing as Charalambides since 1991. Unknown Spin is the first in a series of reissues of Charalambides material on Kranky. Originally issued by the bands Wholly Other imprint in a CD-R pressing of 300 [with a track by Scorces], Unknown Spin is now available to a wider audience and will remain in print. Since their first self released cassette, Our Bed Is Green, Charalambides have shown themselves to be inheritors of the Texas psychedelic tradition, channellers of the American primitivist instinct, luminescent improvisers and creators of indescribable wonders. Now their music can be appreciated without anyone having to bid for a limited supply of CD-Rs online." - Kranky.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Houston
Format: CD
Label: Siltbreeze
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Psychedelic pioneers TOM & CHRISTINA CARTERs Houston album. A stark and haunting inner-mind probe of the minimalist side of psychedelia using precision instruments of electro-acoustic guitar, piano, saxophone, and Christinas pain-numbing, beautiful vocals. Eight super-drifting, sensual tracks to make love to your central nervous system with." - Siltbreeze. Repress of this classic mid-90s release.
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Historic 6th Ward
Format: Double LP
Label: Time-Lag
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"reissue of the essential album recorded 10/91-3/94. on vinyl for the first time, and including seven songs previously available only on the original self-released cassette version (30 copies). a massively psychedelic blend of drone rock, folk, and outsider explorations created by a hypnotic mix of christinas haunting voice and the trios (christina and tom carter, jason bill) trance inducing, and often acidic, guitar work. the use of organ, flute, banjo, etc, only adds to the potent effect. eclectic, yet solidified in the groups unique and beautiful otherness. it could only come from texas... nearly 1.5 hours of music pressed on audiophile quality double 180gm vinyl. packaged in a hand-made, screenprinted tri-fold wrap-around cover, with full color paste-ons front and back, plus photos and extensive notes by tom carter. limited and hand number to 500 copies." -Time Lag.
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Our Bed is Green
Format: Double LP
Label: Time-Lag
Country: USA
Price: $40.00
"the debut release from texas favorite psychedelic voyagers, on vinyl for the first time ever. originally self released as an ultra-limited cassette way back in 1992, it was later reissued on the bands own wholly other imprint in a much edited form, only to go out of print again. here the original cassette track list and sequence is restored, minus too covers songs. a historic milestone in the story of the contemporary underground, as well as an extremely mind-melting dose of outsider drone/folk/psych in its own right. the duo of tom & christina carter here managed to wrap their fingers and minds around a whole slew of sonic vibrations, while at the same time clearly charting their own low-key and unique course. tapping into about every slant of damaged texas exploration, this massive recording flows through haunting lo-fi slow motion folk, full-blown, fuzzed-out spacerock, beautiful outsider acid psych, fizzing drone experimentation, loose blues forms and plenty of higher minded guitar improvisation, all with a certain shining wide-eyed bliss. and yes, chistinas voice was just as jaw dropping then as it is now... while worlds away from charalambides recent outings on one level, those sonic tendrils trace a clear line back to the sweet seeds planted here... pressed on two massive slabs of audiophile 180 gram vinyl, and packaged in a beautiful silver & clear ink letterpressed tri-fold cover, on heavy olive green art paper, with extensive notes by tom carter. hand numbered edition of 800 copies." - Time-Lag. Last copies!
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Three-Lane Blacktop
Format: LP
Label: Two-Lane Blacktop
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"new release of eldritch origin featuring historic recordings of two nearly-complete sets from the "market square"-era charalambides lineup, featuring the core duo of tom & christina carter + jason bill. one side is from the cooler, NYC, at the 1995 CMJ fest (swirling vox sound courtesy kurt wolf), where strapping fieldhands got their fender twin stolen, and bill orcutt & i witnessed the unrepentant use of string-eze by the gtrist from cobra verde. the other side is from the 1994 siltbreeze festival at the khyber pass in philly. both sets consist of freak-rock tracks from "market square" & "strangle the wretched heavens," heavy on analog atmosphere & ecstatic/blown-out gtr/vox interconnectivity." - Two-Lane Blacktop

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Branches
Format: CD
Label: Wholly Other
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"A rare document of a brief arc in Charalambides 17 year (and counting) trajectory, somewhere between the extreme spatial attenuation of the long gone Crucial Blast CDR Being As Is and the gentle intergalactic trio sway of the kranky disk Unknown Spin- and quite distance from both the exclamatory exhalations of Joy Shapes and the layered songcraft of Likeness. These are spartan duets of formalistic near-symmetry, a reminder that there was a time when Charalambides swung as close to the axis of Incus and FMP as to that of Takoma and ESP. Christina (voice) and Tom Carter (guitar) improvise non-textual melodic lines around an locus of mirror clarity, occasionally overlapping various strands using two DAT machines and a mixing board, in a nod to the pre ProTools digital scrap heap. Originally issued as a Peter King lathe cut LP on Eclipse Records in an edition of 100 in 2000, the reissue of this extreme rarity is remastered from a superior source for maximum clarity. Inkblot artwork courtesy of Heather Leigh Murray. The whole package is dedicated to Bruce Connor (R.I.P.). The reissue at hand is an edition of 500, with fold-over printed sleeves in the style of Electricity Ghosts."-Wholly Other

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Dead/Live
Format: CDR
Label: Wholly Other
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Recorded Autumn 04 in San Diego, LA & SF."
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Electricity Ghost
Format: CD
Label: Wholly Other
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"an actual manufactured CD this time, with a real catalog number (first since 2000)! These are trio recordings (featuring Heather Leigh Murray on vox/ pedal steel/ psaltry) and date from the same sessions that produced Joy Shapes. Completely improvised, and similar in feel & instrumentation to Natural Light from Joy Shapes, these five pieces snake out of a gently detailed terrain of interlocking thought forms, eventually weaving themselves into towering thickets of monolithic spikes. Some of the most emotionally charged and harsh Charalambides sounds ever laid down, before or since, and unlikely to be repeated in the same way ever again. edition of 300, xeroxed cardstock sleeves w/ color insert." -Wholly Other.

Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Emerald Message
Format: CDR
Label: Wholly Other
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"see above. this particular disk is culled from the sessions of the two days preceding recording of internal eternal at the dog end of 1995. improvised detuned stumbling blues with crackling shortwave. much more raw and head-on than internal eternal, more like a scrambleheaded version of charalambides most aggro live mode. despite the folk/blues modalities, this is one of our wiggiest. edition of 250, signed and numbered handmade christina covers." - Wholly Other.
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Glowing Raw
Format: CDR
Label: Wholly Other
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"first in a somewhat hazily conceived series of disks documenting the charalambides woodshed years of 95-98, when we were busily (sometimes frantically) trying to come up with a rock trio record (our idea) for siltbreeze. we failed. instead, heres a handful of recordings that follow many of the vectors between market square and houston- from blatant backward psych fuzziness to spare gtr/ vox exhalations, from modal drone to 4 trk song-isms, and a lot of sheer what-the-hell gropings into the void. one track features jason bill and a disembowelled piano. edition of 250, signed and numbered handmade christina covers." - Wholly Other.
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Artist: CHARALAMBIDES
Title: Strangle The Wretched Heavens
Format: CDR
Label: Wholly Other
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"final chapter of the archival series begun with glowing raw and emerald message, this time consisting of trio recordings with jason bill from 94-96. at the time we were working on our big blown out rock statement for siltbreeze. our reasons for abandoning this LP are fuzzy to me now, as this is as big and gnarly as anything weve cooked up since. lots of open throated vox wail and acid guitar shredding, w/ some market square-ish minor key motion thrown in as well. a couple of these songs crept onto the setlists of our recent US tour. edition of 250, covers handpainted by christina, somewhat informative notes by me. note: this is the CDR that we were selling on tour (and had sold out of by the time we hit oklahoma)." - Wholly Other.
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