Audika

RUSSELL, ARTHUR - Corn

2018 repress. "It has been seven years since Audika last issued an album of Arthur Russell material. The wait ends this summer with Corn, nine tracks Russell recorded in 1982 and 1983. In collaboration with Russells partner Tom Lee, Audikas Steve Knutson compiled Corn from Arthurs original, completed 1/4 tape masters. Russell himself compiled this material on three separate test pressings -- labeled El Dinosaur, Indian Ocean, and Untitled, respectively -- in 1985. Russell fans know something of the Corn sound from Audikas debut release, Calling Out of Context (2004), which included four songs from these sessions: The Deer in the Forest Part 1, The Platform On the Ocean, Calling Out of Context, and I Like You! This new collection includes rhythmic alternate versions of Lucky Cloud, Keeping Up, See My Brother, Hes Jumping Out (Lets Go Swimming #2), This Is How We Walk On the Moon, and Hiding Your Present From You, along with Corn, Corn (Continued), They and Their Friends, and the closing instrumental Ocean Movie, one of the most beautiful and curious Russell tracks ever to see the light of day. With Corn, Audika reveals yet another side of Russells staggeringly diverse artistry, following the avant-electrodisco of Calling Out of Context, and its companion EP, Springfield; the orchestral works Instrumentals and Tower of Meaning, compiled and released as First Thought Best Thought; the Buddhist Bubble Gum Pop collected on Love Is Overtaking Me; and Russells definitive solo masterpiece, World of Echo." - Audika.

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This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

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