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Al Karpenter - If We Can't Dream, They Can't Sleep
Al Karpenter
If We Can't Dream, They Can't Sleep
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Ever / Never)
27,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Strange connections—Bilbao meets Japan via Berlin on a record that will put you in a constant state of WTF. ASMR rock? Post-internet punk? A political manifesto in times of generalized madness? After his acclaimed 2017 destructo-punk single on Munster Records, AL KARPENTER now delivers his mature, complex debut LP on the world's premier record label for adults, New York City's Ever / Never. Al Karpenter is an elusive figure. On this record, he comes off like "Che" Guevara fronting Suicide in the year 2020: In halting, quivering tones, he warns us not to fall asleep, even as he slips into a dream state; he reminds us that we must not give up hope even in these times of collective self-destruction; then he shakes our very core with an agonizing scream. There is no resignation, no giving-up, and no mourning for a lost future in his work. Instead, Al Karpenter pits the burning energy of the present moment against older underground musical forms, playing things "wrong" as a technique for exposing the fundamental wrongness of consensus reality. His record is a puzzle, a conundrum, at once conflictive and erotic, violent and beautiful. Yellow Green Red's Matt Korvette described Al's debut single as ”Very deconstructed and cuckoo, as if one of Fushitsusha’s psychic jams was condensed into a couple minutes of indigestion"—a perceptive appraisal, seeing as Al is now joined by time-bending drummer and percussionist SEIJIRO MURAYAMA, whose early credits include Fushitsusha’s Double Live. Further strange connections include key players from Bilbao's exploratory music scene—drummer JOXEANN RIVAS of Bilbao's demolition unit KILLERKUME, experimentalists MARIA SECO and MATTIN—alongside the legendary CHIE MUKAI of Japan's CHE-SHIZU and the seminal East Bionic Symphonia school of improvised music. Tying it all together everything are the lucid sexophone and electronics of LUCIO CAPECE.
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Maximum Ernst - Hallmark Of A Crisis Period
Maximum Ernst
Hallmark Of A Crisis Period
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Ever / Never)
27,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Five years into their long strange drip, the duo of Maximum Ernst continues to confound, perplex, confuse and refract. Foetal returns yielded guitar/drum scramble in service of improvisational incongruity and radical reimaginings of alt-world smash hits by Faust, Snatch and Easy Cure. A link with Old Master horn maestro and official NYC gem Daniel Carter emerged and soon thereafter a CD and live cassette popped a few eardrums just right, so tight. Further uncharted territories were conquered and liberated as Maximum Ernst furiously and fitfully would-shedded. Woodn’t you? Quit playing. That was the advice of one medical doctor and also a licensed quantum mathematician; but still the daft, disappearing duo of Maximum Ernst gestured, rudely, NAY and thus, this newest release finds itself in your hands, begging for a vigorous clean.
Chinese Restaurants, The - Instant Music
Chinese Restaurants, The
Instant Music
LP | 2019 | US | Original (Ever / Never)
33,99 €* 39,99 € -15%
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
It only took 23 years but the first long-playing record by THE CHINESE RESTAURANTS is finally here. The Chinese Restaurants is the long-term partnership founded in 1996 by artists LF RESTAURANT (aka RICHARD PAPIERCUTS) and KEITH RESTAURANT. The duo follows three core principles: (1) Never rehearse; (2) Never discuss what you do; (3) Never do the same thing twice. Over the years, LF and Keith have performed with a revolving cast of friends and fellow players, including erstwhile members of Broken Talent, Country Teasers, Billy Baod and Rocket No. 9. Instant Music is a concise monograph of the project’s many facets and contradictions, spanning free improvisation, reductionism, Third Stream, primitive rock, punk aesthetics, non-cochlear sound, plastic soul, and ASMR hypnotics in just under 30 minutes. The six-song LP was conceived, recorded, and mixed over three days in the group's spiritual home of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they were joined by longtime friend and associate MALCOLM RESTAURANT and jazz reedsman ERIK ELLIGERS. The tracks apparently consist of spontaneously composed first takes, overlaid with improvised overdubs and mixed in a single afternoon. The only previously performed song on the record is "LFO," a rudimentary blues that first entered the band's repertoire in 1997 and is here given an expansive treatment in the style of Philip Cohran or the 1970s Arkestra. The record comes packaged is an exquisite gatefold that offers clues to the Restaurants' process and their queasy, unsublimated relationship with visual art. Limited edition, one-time pressing of 200 copies.
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