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Artist: DARK DAY
Title: Exterminating Angel
Format: LP
Label: Dark Entries
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Dark Entries is working in reverse order to re-issue Dark Day’s first album “Exterminating Angel” originally released in 1980 onLust/Unlust. Dark Day is the minimal electronics brainchild of Robin Crutchfield following his separation with no wave band DNA. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Crutchfield was fascinated with both performance art and the most esoteric edges of pop music. After making his escape to New York City in the mid-seventies, he was inspired by Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band and Lydia Lunch’s Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. He made the transition into the new music of downtown Manhattan and formed the “no wave” band DNAwith Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori in 1977.
In 1979 Crutchfield left DNA to pursue a series of musical projects under the name Dark Day. His first album, “Exterminating Angel” is named after the Luis Bunuel film of the same name. On this album the band is Robin on synthesizers and vocals, Phil Kline on guitar/bass, Barry Friar on drums and guest Steven Brown of Tuxedomoon on saxophone. All 13 songs on “Exterminating Angel” use cheap synthesizers to create cyclical, machine-like keyboard riffs as a foundation for the moody, Teutonic music. Crutchfield sings like a lost member of Kraftwerk with a dry detachment creating a starker and chillier atmosphere. Lyrics were derived from cut-up methods similar to those used by the surrealists, fluxus artists, and William Burroughs and Bryon Gysin and pit the subjected against their torments and tormentors.
All songs on “Exterminating Angel” were originally recorded at Sorcerer Sound, NYC. 1979 and produced by Charles Ball. This re-issue has been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Each LP includes a two-sided fold out poster containing lyrics, photos and lyrical explanations by Robin Crutchfield. Dark Day continue to inspire the current wave of stark, eerie, processional synthesizer music more than 30 years later." -Dark Entries.

Artist: DARK DAY
Title: Hands in the Dark
Format: 12"
Label: Dark Entries
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Dark Entries continues to work in reverse chronological order to reissue DARK DAYs debut single "Hands In the Dark." Dark Day is the minimal electronics brainchild of ROBIN CRUTCHFIELD following his separation with no wave band DNA. For the first incarnation of Dark Day, Robin recruited NINA CANAL from The GYNECOLOGISTS and later UT on guitar and NANCY ARLEN from Mars on drums. They recorded two songs for a 7" single, released in 1979 on Charles Balls Lust/Unlust label. Off-kilter jerk-like guitar and energetic acrobatic tom-tom tumbling fuse with queasy lurching keyboards and "cold medicine" vocals. This single stepped away from no wave towards what was going on in the UK with The Normal, Robert Rental and Throbbing Gristle. After this single Dark Day would regroup with Robin on synthesizers and vocals, PHIL KLINE on guitar, BARRY FRIAR on drums and guest STEVEN BROWN of TUXEDOMOON on saxophone to record the Exterminating Angel album. In 1981, the song "Trapped" was released as a 12" EP backed with "The Exterminations (1 Thru 6)." For these six instrumental tracks, Robin went back into the studio with the master tapes, flipped them over and played them backwards. Altering track assignments, speed and reverb effects, he rode the faders in and out, creating short "exterminations" of the original songs. The result is Crutchfields favorite Dark Day release. Each LP includes a double sided 11"x17" fold-out poster with lyrics and photos and song notes by Robin and Nina Canal." - Dark Entries.
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Artist: DARK DAY
Title: Window
Format: LP
Label: Dark Entries
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Following the first few incarnations and various lineups of r.l. crutchfields Dark Day, 1981 saw the direction of the project morphed into an electronic keyboard duo of Robin Crutchfield and Bill Sack with an album of nine songs released on Plexus Records. Lyrics were inspired by various sources including occult texts by Colin Wilson and art by Leger, Bruegel, Malevich, Man Ray, Duchamp and Jean Cocteau. The mechanized sound of Window is less one of the man machine robots in charge of Kraftwerk than man at the mercy of his machines. Carefully remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. This re-issue also includes a 24-page newsprint zine Darker Days As I Recall Them by Robin Crutchfield with silk screened cardstock jackets and an 8x11 lyrics sheet with song meanings!" - Dark Entries.

Artist: DARK DAY
Title: Darkest Before Dawn
Format: CD
Label: Nigh Eve
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Performance artist Robin Crutchfield moved to New York City in the mid-1970s to participate in the growing Soho and Tribeca art scene. After some critical success, he crossed over into music co-founding the experimental No Wave noise band DNA, which recorded tracks for the No New York album with Brian Eno. After a year with DNA, he departed to form his own musical project, DARK DAY, with an array of various guest performers including Steven Brown of Tuxedomoon, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Nina Canal from Ut, and others. He continued on alone releasing a number of albums in styles ranging from cold wave, to medieval pagan, to quirky electronica." - Nigh Eve. Re: Darkest Before Dawn - "Medieval Pagan processionals, dirges and dances for the 21st century on pipe organ, rattles, bells and drums (with cello). For fans of Moondog, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Dead Can Dance." Original 1989 CD release in an edition of 300, still in plastic longbox (!).
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Artist: DARK DAY
Title: Strange Clockwork
Format: CD
Label: Nigh Eve
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Performance artist Robin Crutchfield moved to New York City in the mid-1970s to participate in the growing Soho and Tribeca art scene. After some critical success, he crossed over into music co-founding the experimental No Wave noise band DNA, which recorded tracks for the No New York album with Brian Eno. After a year with DNA, he departed to form his own musical project, DARK DAY, with an array of various guest performers including Steven Brown of Tuxedomoon, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Nina Canal from Ut, and others. He continued on alone releasing a number of albums in styles ranging from cold wave, to medieval pagan, to quirky electronica." - Nigh Eve. Re; Strange Clockwork - "20 cog-like, cyclic instrumental tracks with layers of melody and percussive rhythm on unusual-sounding instruments with a comicly sinister edge. Think Philip Glass meets The Addams Family." 2003 release.

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