Morphine Records showcase four new albums at a two day party in Berlin in October

2 semaines 3 jours ago

Label boss Rabih Beaini shares one track from each release

Morphine Records will be presenting a two day showcase of four new albums at Berlin’s Berghain on 10–11 October. These include debuts from the Berlin based trio Contagious and Japanese artist MA; the third instalment of Stefan Fraunberger's Quellgeister, this time recorded on an organ in a Saxon church in Transylvania, and a new set from Upperground Orchestra, Morphine founder Rabih Beaini’s hybrid Jazz band with Tommaso Cappellato, Piero Bittolo Bon and Alvise Seggi.

You can listen to one track from each new album below.

Upperground Orchestra's Euganea is released on 7 October, Stefan Fraunberger's Quellgeister#3 Bussd (21 October), MA's AMA (4 November) Contagious’s debut (title still TBC, 18 November).

Previously unreleased 1992 recordings from Bill Dixon & Cecil Taylor

2 semaines 6 jours ago

Duets 1992 is a hand-numbered limited edition double LP of 665 copies

Duets 1992 marks one of the rare occasions Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor actually recorded together in the studio – Dixon's appearance on Taylor's 1966 Blue Note LP being another. In 1992 they undertook a brief tour of Italy and France and spent two days in the studio where these recordings were made.

The planned album, however, was shelved for more than 25 years until the idea for its posthumous release was mooted by Bill Dixon Trust – the trumpeter died in 2010 – and approved by Taylor before his death in 2018.

Mastered from the original tapes and featuring an essay by historian Ben Young, Duets 1992 is released in a limited edition of 665 copies by Triple Point Records and costs $94.

Art Yard publishes Sun Ra inspired photography book

2 semaines 6 jours ago

It's After The End Of The World features the work of UK photographer Gerald Jenkins

Described as a “picture novel study of the human spirit in the fantastic/magical and the human soul in the metaphorical and physical in Five Chapters – being Oppression, Rainbows, Mythology, Cosmology, Salvation”, the book presents Jenkins’s fine art photography alongside poems and quotes by Sun Ra, lyrics by KAINTHEPOET aka Gylan Kain of The Last Poets, and essays by Wire contributor Michael Gonzales, singer Little Annie, US author and artist Darius James, US actor, writer/director Jake-Ann Jones, and others.

The book is titled after the 1970 Sun Ra song and live album, and is published by Art Yard, the UK label that was formed in the mid-2000s specifically to reissue music by Sun Ra. Over the years, Gerald Jenkins himself has been photographing members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra on their frequent visits to the UK, examples of which can be seen on his website.

It’s After The End Of The World is published in three separate editions and is available to purchase now from Art Yard.

Daniel Spicer interviewed Art Yard founder Peter Dennett in The Wire 380. Subscribers can read the article now on Exact Editions.

15 LP Zoviet France retrospective on pre-order now

3 semaines 1 jour ago

Housed in a deluxe wooden box, it includes music dating from 1982–87, plus two 7" singles and a T-shirt

A major retrospective of early Zoviet France recordings has been produced by Germany’s Vinyl On Demand operation and is now available for pre-order via Sound Ohm. Called Châsse’ Recordings 1982–87, it compiles 15 LPs of music made between 1982–87. Limited to 400 copies, once it has sold out a repress of a set this big is "unlikely”.

Formed in 1980, the Newcastle upon Tyne collective, then consisting of Ben Ponton, Peter Jensen and Robin Storey, released their debut LP Garista in 1982. Other albums included in the box set are Untitled/Norsch (1982/83), Monomishe (1983), Eostre (1984), an unreleased extended version of Gris (1985), Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music (1985), Misfits, Loony Tunes And Squalid Criminals (1986), Gesture Signal Threat (1986), Loh Land (1987), Assault And Mirage (1987) and A Flock of Rotations (1987).

They’ve all been remastered by Sam Grant and pressed to 180 gram vinyl. The wooden box containing them also includes two 7" singles and a T-shirt, and it’ll set you back €249.90.

Machinefabriek and Gabriel Saloman share full stream of collaborative fundraiser album

3 semaines 2 jours ago

34 new reworks from 17 international duos raises money for refugees in Europe

CRXSSINGS is a new project from Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek and Gabriel Saloman of Yellow Swans. The record features 17 artist duos remixing each other’s work, a concept that came out of an exchange of remixes between Zuydervelt and Saloman. CRXSSINGS sets to raise funds and awareness in support of struggling migrants and refugees in Europe.

The 34 track compilation features remix works undertaken by Shelly Knotts & Jan St Werner, Ipek Gorgun & Mira Calix, Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt, Laura Luna Castillo & Leyland Kirby, France Jobin & Anne Guthrie, Mads Emil Nielsen & Jan Jelinek, Alessandro Bosetti & Yannis Kyriakides, Seth Graham & Yves De Mey, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Le Révélateur, Mark Fell & Jim O'Rourke, Christina Vantzou & Jasmine Guffond, Kreng & Celer, Bjarni Gunnarsson & BJ Nilsen, Jerusalem In My Heart & Black To Comm, Klara Lewis & Lawrence English, Gabriel Saloman & Machinefabriek, BEAST & Chuck Johnson, and Chuck Johnson & Koen Holtkamp.

The album is released via Bandcamp with a suggested donation of €10. Proceeds will go directly to City Plaza Hotel, a refuge located in the heart of Athens organised for and by migrants from Africa and Asia.

“This compilation in no way claims to represent the voices of refugees and migrants, nor does it represent the scores of incredible musicians from the Middle East, North Africa or Central America whose communities are being disrupted by mass migration,” states the album notes on its Bandcamp page. “Rather, the artists
participating in this compilation recognise that their lives and art have benefitted from the relative ease with which they are able to move across borders.” All of the artists involved “share a belief in a basic freedom of movement and stand in solidarity with those migrants and refugees who are struggling”.

Listen to the release below. Mastered by Andrew Weathers with artwork by Daniel Castrejon.

CRXSSINGS (fundraiser for City Plaza) by various artists

Machinefabriek shares full stream of fundraiser album

3 semaines 2 jours ago

34 new reworks from 17 international duos raises money for refugees in Europe

CRXSSINGS is a new project from Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek and Gabriel Saloman of Yellow Swans. The record features 17 artist duos remixing each other’s work, a concept that came out of an exchange of remixes between Zuydervelt and Saloman. CRXSSINGS sets to raise funds and awareness in support of struggling migrants and refugees in Europe.

The 34 track compilation features remix works undertaken by Shelly Knotts & Jan St Werner, Ipek Gorgun & Mira Calix, Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt, Laura Luna Castillo & Leyland Kirby, France Jobin & Anne Guthrie, Mads Emil Nielsen & Jan Jelinek, Alessandro Bosetti & Yannis Kyriakides, Seth Graham & Yves De Mey, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Le Révélateur, Mark Fell & Jim O'Rourke, Christina Vantzou & Jasmine Guffond, Kreng & Celer, Bjarni Gunnarsson & BJ Nilsen, Jerusalem In My Heart & Black To Comm, Klara Lewis & Lawrence English, Gabriel Saloman & Machinefabriek, BEAST & Chuck Johnson, and Chuck Johnson & Koen Holtkamp.

The album is released via Bandcamp with a suggested donation of €10. Proceeds will go directly to City Plaza Hotel, a refuge located in the heart of Athens organised for and by migrants from Africa and Asia.

“This compilation in no way claims to represent the voices of refugees and migrants, nor does it represent the scores of incredible musicians from the Middle East, North Africa or Central America whose communities are being disrupted by mass migration,” states the album notes on its Bandcamp page. “Rather, the artists
participating in this compilation recognise that their lives and art have benefitted from the relative ease with which they are able to move across borders.” All of the artists involved “share a belief in a basic freedom of movement and stand in solidarity with those migrants and refugees who are struggling”.

Listen to the release below. Mastered by Andrew Weathers with artwork by Daniel Castrejon.

CRXSSINGS (fundraiser for City Plaza) by various artists

James Ferraro and Dälek added to OUT.FEST 2019 line-up

3 semaines 3 jours ago

First names announced for Barreiro's 16th OUT.FEST

OUT.FEST has revealed the first wave of artists taking part in its 16th edition. Names so far confirmed include James Ferraro, Nadah El Shazly, Yeah You, Dälek, Raw Forest, Ilpo Väisänen, Peter Evans, Candura, Luar Domatrix, Kali Malone and Brynje. The festival runs between 3–5 October throughout the city of Barreiro on the South Bank of the River Tagus, just 20 minutes outside of Lisbon

Tickets are now available for €25.

Fritz Novotny has died

3 semaines 3 jours ago

Founding member of The Reform Art Unit died on 7 May

The Austrian saxophonist Fritz Novotny died on 7 May aged 78. Novotny was a founding member of The Reform Art Unit. Formed in Vienna in 1965 by Novotny, his wife and vocalist Kristin, trumpeter Sepp Mitterbauer and drummer Muhammad Malli, The Reform Art Unit was Austria’s leading avant grade music ensemble for more than four decades, working with many leading US and European composers and improvisors including Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Sunny Murray, Evan Parker, Linda Sharrock and Anthony Braxton. The group combined free jazz with improvised music and contemporary composition, and also performed as The Reform Art Orchestra and The Reform Art Quartet.

Psychopomp for Mika Tapio Vainio published

3 semaines 6 jours ago

Blast First Petite’s new publication gathers text, images and live music about the late Finnish musician, including Wire contributor Jennifer Lucy Allan's Invisible Jukebox transcript

Blast First Petite have published a book and CD package in memory of the late Mika Vainio. Produced in a limited edition of 1000, the 260 page MTV 15.05.63–12.04.2017 isn’t so much a biography or monograph as a “psychopomp” for Mika Tapio Vainio, declares the label – psychopomp meaning “a guide of souls”.

The book contains a collection of photographs from the Vainio family archive, texts, photographs and other visual remembrances from his friends and collaborators, an updated discography and a selection of Pansonic ephemera from the Blast First archive. It also includes the full transcript of Jennifer Lucy Allan's Invisible Jukebox interview that appeared in The Wire 350, plus a previously unreleased CD of excerpts from Pansonic live performances on Rapa Nui.

MTV 15.05.63–12.04.2017 is out now

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