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record store: upper records
planned future releases:
third wing of the septigon - cdr
siya sar - cdr
big blood - the grove - lp (tt05) co-released with feeding tube records (ftr671)
big blood - big blood & the bleedin' heats - lp (tt06) co-released with feeding tube records (ftr672)
big blood are colleen kinsella and caleb mulkerin who live in south portland, maine, where they make and record experimental music at home. they have made twenty-something records since 2006. the music is a vehicle for dealing with what is going on in their heads, which runs the gamut from friends they have lost, to frustrations during the day, and the larger world picture. without sounding insincere, they make music for themselves that at times can be wildly inconsistent.
in 2007, they released "the grove" and in 2008 "big blood & the bleedin' hearts" on limited edition cdrs. that was at the height of the so-called "new weird america" scene. big blood were, at least geographically, part of that new england flourishing, but while many of their contemporaries drew inspiration from the psychedelic and folk music free form scenes of the 60s and 70s, big blood generally revolved around more traditional song structures.
while we appreciate attempts at expanding the space of sonic possibilities for the sake of it, we have always reserved special admiration for those who can bang out a catchy three-minute song and yet still make it sound completely novel. blow up the system within the system, if you will.
few, if any, do that better than big blood – and these two records are perfect testaments to that. just try and listen to the opening track on "…the bleedin' hearts" where caleb and colleen's skewed voices and a horse-galloping guitar figure transform and uplift it from standard to something deeply original without compromising its fundamentally catchy qualities.
feeding tube and there is no trouble in denmark are honored and thrilled to re-release these two albums for the first time on vinyl.
get them from discreet music
tarp - part - lp (tt04) co-released with feeding tube records (ftr324)
In 1975, the critic lester bangs was seen moaning in the pages of creem about the anti-emotionalism of the german band, kraftwerk, and their whole concept of the man-machine. skip ahead 43 years. bangs is long dead, and the man-machine is thriving. as proof of this, one need look no further than the new tarp lp, part.
trapped inside its insanely lovely cover art (courtesy of greta svalberg), one finds the two hulking man-machines (conrad capistran and joshua burkett) attempting to figure out if it’s okay for robots to hug each other in public. right in the center of the highway, even.
heard in the most boorish way, the music on part is all the work of unemotional man-machines (to use bangs’s moldy fig of a term). “anybody could play this stuff,” chuck berry fans will pout. but that’s both untrue and beside the point. I mean a goddamn giraffe can play “johnny b. goode” given a 30 minute head start. music as subtle and fully communicative as the music on part is a heavy conceptual lift. it occurs only after a lot of thought, a massive amount of jacking around, and about a ton of boo. one needs to be a committed freak to pull off such an elegant space-hack as this. but, of course conrad and joshua are lifers not dilettantes. tarp is what they do. and no one could do it better.
their previous eponymous lps (ftr 117, ftr 323) have been dandy, but part is a real push into new areas of the void that amplify the duo’s kosmiche wing beats. you can hear little pieces of the millions of records these guys have heard poking up now and then, but the way these elements are collaged into the whole is absolutely unique, absolutely tarp. and not the mere burps of some man-machines. roll over lester bangs, and tell chuck berry the news.
-byron coley, 2018
$18.00 + s&h sold out. try feeding tube records
håkon - s/t - cdr (tt03)
ep of great, hushed folk songs. limited to 10 copies, hand painted digipack covers, sold at a show 2008-05-25.
coal hook - s/t - cdr (tt02)
Coal hoak is jørgen teller and ron schneiderman
a bi-continental, willing-to-travel duo hailing from somewhere close to the eye of the storm with news from beyond instant satisfaction.
in the heat of copenhagen’s post-millennium christiania, ron schneiderman (sunburned hand of the man, aethr myth’d et al) and experimental madman & truth-teller jørgen teller (… & the empty stairs) discovered the vibe for coal hook during a one-time performance in december, 2006, with causa sui under the moniker pewt’r jjjjj.
the famed venue byens lys and it’s fire-heated wood-house cult-ambience went straight into the blood of this new being. from there the duo met at teller’s city studio a couple of days later for this session of blistering music that proved there was a newly formed bond merely at it’s inauguration. the course has been set for this string to be untied and the story to be opened.
the music of coal hook has all the nerve of today’s free rock movement at hands. both contributors have long lasting relationships with the music of free spirits in both improv, alt rock, psychedelica, dub, noise and folk music.
coal hook’s autonymous debut offers glances into dark places of insane beauty lighted by flashes of white sonic bolts spewed from two guitars’ glowing strings. odds are thurston moore will like this.
$12.50 + s&h sold out. try spirit of orr
pewt'r jjjjj - byens lys 061217 - cdr (tt01)
Pewt’r jjjjj is jørgen teller, ron joel schneiderman, jonas munk, jakob skøtt and jess kahr
the joint forces of 3/4 of local stone rock favourites causa sui (jonas (manual), jakob (syntaks), and jess), also local, high-spirited avant-gardist jørgen teller (… & the empty stairs) and loud folk classicist ron joel schneiderman (sunburned hand of the man, aethr myth’d et al) is pewt’r jjjjj.
they played a one-time-only show at the magical christiania venue byens lys 06-12-17 and, luckily, it was recorded. though, for reasons still mysterious, the soundboard recording only contained jørgen and ron’s guitars. an audience recording was done, too, which captured everything, but lacked the sound quality of a proper soundboard recording.
many a sleepless night were spent brooding over how this fine material could best be presented to the public. renowned electronica artist manual took it upon himself to tie a knot, wherein the loose ends could meet. in addition to re-editing the entire audience recording, he threw a few drones and spacey sounds that he created from playing around with the recording of ron and jørgen’s guitars into the mix. a bit of extra guitar was laid down as well. the result is an interesting combination of ‘dirty’ stereo recording and post-production. it bears some resemblance to the way miles davis made records in the early 1970s or the early grateful dead’s more acidy records.
byens lys 061217 is an imposing mixture of mind-altering, trippy, instrumental, psych, spacerock, freakout, fuzz guitar mayhem. a hawkwind circa ‘brainstorm’ groove with avant-garde overlayering á la early sunburned hand turned into an amon düül II/can krautrock kinda feel.
$12.50 + s&h sold out. try causa sui