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J is for Joyful Noise Recordings

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Joyful Noise is a sister label to Sounds Are Active, who is a sister label to Asthmatic Kitty. So that makes us sisters once-removed I think. I think that might be a sorority term. We are also neighbors, Joyful Noise is an Indianapolis based label and has made strides to not only keep the scene active, but pressing boundaries. We have to confess there is a tinge of guilt when speaking about Joyful Noise. We stole an artist from them. If it weren’t for Joyful Noise we would not have Jookabox. But then we also take pride in the fact we have sent one or two artists there way. So the score is even. We asked the artist in question to chime in on the matter, Moose?
“Karl. Karl Hofstetter. What a babe. Dreamy eyes. I think I first became aware of Karl Hofstetter in his long hair days. I probably saw his band Melk the g6-49 at Smedley’s Festivilla venue and had no idea what was going on. I probably plugged my ears. Karl’s Joyful Noise label started as an imprint to release loud, violent, heavy, chaotic, and atmospheric instrumental albums by Melk. The next thing I remember about Karl is seeing his other band Abner Trio play. Here was a band my young rock brain understood. There were words! Karl is a skilled and very tasteful drummer. I sent Karl a cd of some music and asked if he would put it out. He said no, my music didn’t really fit with his vision for the label, but he had listened to it more than once, which was rare. What a dick. In recent years, his label has expanded to include a wide range of musical styles, but continues to put out quality instrumental and heavy albums. I think quality is Karl’s main concern and main criteria. His standards have built his label into something that Indianapolis is proud of. I don’t really want to know what it takes to keep an independent label with such high standards going. Oh wait, I do know, love!”
- Moose Adamson of Jookabox
www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/

TRACKLIST

1. Hi Red Center “Symmetry Chameleon” from Assemble

2. Grampall Jookabox “Rusty Wife” from Scientific Cricket

3. Berry “Out” from Blue Sky, Raging Sun

4. Child Bite “Odd Inn” from The Living Breathing Organ Summer

5. Prizzy Prizzy Please “Lost” from Chroma Cannon

6. I Love You “The Colloquialism Is Simply “Gas”" from Bell Ord Forrest

7. Marmoset “Strawberry Shortcakes” from Tea Tornado

8. Push-Pull “Wright, Right?” from Between Noise and the Indians

9. Valina “Phantom Of My Longest Day” from A Tempo! A Tempo!

10. Abner Trio “You’re Gorgeous, Believe It!” from The Giant Crushes You

11. The Delicious “Something” from It Happened Here Comp

12. Hermit Thrushes “Snowflake Heart” from Slight Fountain

13. Bizzart “Changing Stars” from Future Stars & Small Wonders

14. Stationary Odyssey “Rib Letters” from Sons of Boy

15. C.J. Boyd “We Know Time (Excerpt)” from Aerial Roots

16. Man At Arms “Telescope” from A Waste of Time and Space

17. Melk the G6-49 “The Instantaneous…” from Glossolalia

H is for Human Ear Music

Saturday, December 19th, 2009
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Human Ear Music is that magical cassette bin at the thrift store. It is like finding a subculture of tape that has been created by some secret society, meeting in rented Elks Lodges or storage units. I am not speaking about the nostalgia for analog, but rather the excitement of a sense of discovery, and a feeling of voyeurism. The music of Human Ear is weird, mythical, guttural, ephemeral and ethereal. I don’t use the word “weird” like your aunt does for describing how you dress and cut your hair, but the weird that makes you feel present on the planet in a world of worshipped sameness. The recent lo-fi resurgence is a little hard for me to stomach, there seems to be some sort of forced authenticity by ditching the clean digital for the muds. But the unifying aesthetic here seems less of an effect or style and more of a aesthetic reality, immediacy, and language of community. Yet the folks of Human Ear Music also know full well that you win friends with melody not salad, and you can never loose your sense of humor if you want to remain human.

http://www.humanearmusic.com/

Tracklist
1. Anonymous “Calling Human Ear Music” unreleased
2. Nite Jewel “You Said (Demo)” unreleased
3. Ariel Pink’s Gorilla (Pre-Haunted Graffiti Track) “Darby’s Revenge” unreleased
4. The Remarkable Thing About Swans “City of Ladies” from S/T
5. Heart Shaped Rock (Jason Grier & Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel) “Heart Shaped Rock” unreleased
6. Weave “Man He Can” unreleased
7. Softboiled Eggies “She Fell Through The Trees” from Egg Soldiers
8. Jason Grier (w/ Julia Holter) “Say It With Your Love” unreleased
9. Ryrock “Strong Wait” unreleased
10. Julia Holter “The Fat Lady of Limbourg” (Live at Cal Arts, orig. Brian Eno) unreleased
11. Jib Kidder – “Elisa’s Illuminated Alphabet” from Small Guitar
12. The Seasonings (Jason Grier & Emily Jane of Nite Jewel) “Christmas Plate” unreleased
13. Geneva Jacuzzi “Unearth the Human Saxophone” unreleased

G is for Ghostly International

Monday, November 9th, 2009
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Everything about Ghostly International (music, website and packaging) is so artfully and intentionally curated. Even its iPhone application speaks to a high level of aesthetic quality that makes the label stand out. What is also amazing to me about Ghostly International is that it is a label that has effectively survived the IDM backlash. Was there ever a real IDM backlash? I don’t know, but it did seem that the poorly named genre would barely survive. Intelligent Dance Music had seemed to considerably wither a few years back. Fortunately there are few labels who evolved the genre beyond itself. These labels dedication to explore and support artists working with experimental music and electronics while not sacrificing quality and a pop sensibility has allowed for the music to reach a wider audience. Ghostly International is one such label, and they have taken the ideas and lessons of IDM and experimental electronics and have exploded its boundaries through its curatorial choices. By blurring definitions and genres the focus is once again not on a particular style, but on the music and the artists. Birthed out of the love for Detroit techno, and based in Ann Arbor Michigan (what’s not to love about a label started in Michigan), the ten year old Ghostly will undoubtedly thrive in the new era of the music industry.
Asthmatic Kitty has had the joy of working with many artists on Ghostly. Michna, digital pop maestro and saboteur, recently remixed DM Stith. The textural and cerebral Lusine remixed My Brightest Diamond. The boogie down destruction and delightful tomfoolery of The Chap made for perfect remix candidate criteria for JOOKABOX.
http://ghostly.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostly_International

Tracklist
1. Choir Of Young Believers “Hollow Talk” from This Is For The White In Your Eyes
2. Lusine “Two Dots” from A Certain Distance
3. Michna “The Joy Of Your Dome” from Eggstra EP
4. The Chap “They Have A Name” from Mega Breakfast
5. The Sight Below “Murmur” from Murmur EP
6. Syntaks “Twentytwohundred” from Ylajali
7. School of Seven Bells “Connjur” from Alpinisms
8. Mux Mool “Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom” from The Nocturnal Suite
9. Cepia “Hoarse” from Natura Morta
10. Kiln “Fyrepond” from Dusker
11. Dabrye “Get It Together (feat. Invincible and Finale)” from Two/Three
12. Tycho “The Daydream” from Ghostly/GHO Summer Solstice Sampler Mix
13. Shigeto “Is This All for Real” from The Nocturnal Suite
14. Matthew Dear “Don and Sherri (Original Mix)” from Don and Sherri

F is for Family Vineyard

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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This week I have turned to an expert, the record store owner Heath Byers of Landlocked Records in Bloomington, IN. Landlocked is an incredible independent record store that not only has what you want, but has what you really need! Here is what he had to say about another Indiana institution, Family Vineyard Records:
Family Vineyard label-boss Eric Weddle started his career as one of the founders of indie heavyweight Secretly Canadian, but soon realised that his musical vision would be best realised on his own. So, for the past decade, he has been curating some of the most ear-bending, genre-defying sounds to come from the American and international underground.
The label is perhaps best known as the modern home for the slow-motion “blues” of guitarist Loren Connors, an artist who conjures up a Rothko-glow but still manages to break hearts with the simple spaces between his notes. But the palette of FV is much broader than this. Paul Flaherty and Chris Corsano steal the wheel of the free-jazz ship, push the accelerator to the floor – arguing over which cliff to jump. The members of Cold Bleak Heat and Tigersmilk in the backseat egging them on. Legendary Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata surfs on top, fearless.
Don’t be fooled, this isn’t a jazz label. The long awaited release of the Human Skab tapes will make everyone believe their child is the new hero of the avant-garde, and maybe s/he is? There is room for the Vineyard’s skewed take on “pop” music, too. WNYC’s David Garland, the Dancing Cigarettes’ John Terrill and original New England weirdo Dredd Foole have all stretched the boundary lines to a new breaking point.
Every release manages to expand and pummel another genre- Grand Ulena out-battle Battles. Poland’s Rope begin their journey in Swans’ nightmares. Blithe Sons soundtrack our natural world without electricity. Every which way that you can possibly turn, you are led down a path that you didn’t even know you were headed towards. The only rule in this journey seems to be “left turns only”. — Heath Byers
http://www.landlockedmusic.com/
1. Hisato Higuchi “Grow” from Butterfly Horse Street
2. Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi “Yo! Yo! Dime” from Friendly Pants
3. The Blithe Sons “Try to Find a Memory in a Dark Room” from The
Great Orthochromatic Wheel
4. Loren Connors “Chant 8″ from The Curse of Midnight Mary
5. David Garland “Every Bird” from Noise In You
6. John Terrill “The Faces of My Past” from Frowny Frown
7. Alan Licht & Aki Onda “Tick Tock” from Everydays
8. Paul Flaherty & Chris Corsano “The Great Pine Tar Scandal” excerpt
from The Beloved Music
9. Rope “Blood Stained Lust” from Heresy, and Then Nothing But Tears
10. Dredd Foole “Above Ground Friend” from Kissing The Contemporary Bliss

This week I have turned to an expert, the record store owner Heath Byers of Landlocked Records in Bloomington, IN. Landlocked is an incredible independent record store that not only has what you want, but has what you really need! Here is what he had to say about another Indiana institution, Family Vineyard Records:

Family Vineyard label-boss Eric Weddle started his career as one of the founders of indie heavyweight Secretly Canadian, but soon realised that his musical vision would be best realised on his own. So, for the past decade, he has been curating some of the most ear-bending, genre-defying sounds to come from the American and international underground.

The label is perhaps best known as the modern home for the slow-motion “blues” of guitarist Loren Connors, an artist who conjures up a Rothko-glow but still manages to break hearts with the simple spaces between his notes. But the palette of FV is much broader than this. Paul Flaherty and Chris Corsano steal the wheel of the free-jazz ship, push the accelerator to the floor – arguing over which cliff to jump. The members of Cold Bleak Heat and Tigersmilk in the backseat egging them on. Legendary Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata surfs on top, fearless.

Don’t be fooled, this isn’t a jazz label. The long awaited release of the Human Skab tapes will make everyone believe their child is the new hero of the avant-garde, and maybe s/he is? There is room for the Vineyard’s skewed take on “pop” music, too. WNYC’s David Garland, the Dancing Cigarettes’ John Terrill and original New England weirdo Dredd Foole have all stretched the boundary lines to a new breaking point.

Every release manages to expand and pummel another genre- Grand Ulena out-battle Battles. Poland’s Rope begin their journey in Swans’ nightmares. Blithe Sons soundtrack our natural world without electricity. Every which way that you can possibly turn, you are led down a path that you didn’t even know you were headed towards. The only rule in this journey seems to be “left turns only”. — Heath Byers

http://www.landlockedmusic.com/

http://www.family-vineyard.com/

1. Hisato Higuchi “Grow” from Butterfly Horse Street
2. Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi “Yo! Yo! Dime” from Friendly Pants
3. The Blithe Sons “Try to Find a Memory in a Dark Room” from The
Great Orthochromatic Wheel
4. Loren Connors “Chant 8″ from The Curse of Midnight Mary
5. David Garland “Every Bird” from Noise In You
6. John Terrill “The Faces of My Past” from Frowny Frown
7. Alan Licht & Aki Onda “Tick Tock” from Everydays
8. Paul Flaherty & Chris Corsano “The Great Pine Tar Scandal” excerpt from The Beloved Music
9. Rope “Blood Stained Lust” from Heresy, and Then Nothing But Tears
10. Dredd Foole “Above Ground Friend” from Kissing The Contemporary Bliss

E is for ESP-Disk

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

espdiskThis week I have invited Chris Schlarb to comment on legendary label ESP-Disk. I felt that Chris’ knowledge of jazz, as well as a close working relationship with label manager Tom Abbs, would provide unique and personal insight:

Founded by New York lawyer Bernard Stollman in 1960, ESP-Disk’ drew up the blueprint for modern independent music. The label’s catalog swings wildly from anti-war folk and lung damaging free jazz to psychedelic rock and family band bossa nova. Releasing albums by little known artists such as Marion Brown, Pearls Before Swine, Patty Waters, The Fugs and Sun Ra, ESP-Disk’ proved it was committed to the voice of the auteur. After giving many artists their first public exposure, larger labels such as Columbia and Impulse! signed them away. Sadly, Stollman’s passionate vision was too progressive for its time and eventually ESP-Disk’ shut down in 1974. By 2005 however, the world began to catch up and the label was resurrected, now managed by acclaimed composer and bassist Tom Abbs.

Just how far ahead of the curve was ESP-Disk’? Modern improvised music is still indebted to the work of Albert Ayler and free jazz quartet, The Naked Future (featuring Old Time Relijun front man and Liz Janes collaborator, Arrington de Dionyso) honors the spirit of freedom found in those early recordings. Holy Modal Rounders’ “Indian War Whoop” presages the avant-tribal inclinations of Animal Collective’s “Here Comes The Indian” by more than 30 years and recent material from Talibam! picks up right where future smooth jazzer Bob James. If history truly repeats itself look for the members of Talibam! to write melancholy TV theme songs in the not too distant future. — Chris Schlarb

http://espdisk.com

1. Patty Waters “You Loved Me” from Patty Waters Sings
2. Marion Brown “La Sorrella” from Why Not?
3. The Levitts “Then Was Then” from We Are The Levitts
4. Jerry Moore “Life Is A Constant Journey Home” from Ballad Of Birmingham
5. Holy Modal Rounders “Indian War Whoop” from Indian War Whoop
6. Talibam! “Nike Rim Johb” from Boogie in the Breeze Blocks
7. Bob James “Wolfman” from Explosions
8. Har “You Percussion Group Feed Me Good” from Har-You Percussion Group
9. The Naked Future “We Fly Beneath And Above The Flux” from Gigantomachia
10. Albert Ayler “Bells from Bells”
11. Yximalloo “Slick Hands” from Unpop

B is for Brassland

Monday, September 28th, 2009

[Series explanation and index is here.]

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Brassland has, among its central ethos, a notion of art which reflects deeply on the passing of time. Maybe it has something to do with musicians reflecting on mortality. It sounds grim in text, but lovely and transcendent on record. Brassland is also this strange juxtaposition between pop, poetry, and classical music. What a horrible term, right? Classical music. I don’t even know what that really means, but I use it for lack of better words. Maybe more appropriate than the term classical, would be orchestral impressionism/expressionism through the filter of modernism and tangled up with a mess of other 20th and 21st century “isms.” But cutting through all of this is the fact that the music and musicians of Brassland are communal and collaborative. In fact, Asthmatic Kitty artists seem to be crossing paths with these folks more and more. Be it one of its founders and owners Bryce Dessner (The National, Clogs) playing with Sufjan, coaxing the Run Rabbit Run release, or improvising with Lowell Brams on his upcoming Library Catalog release, or Bryce and Aaron inviting Shara Worden to contribute to their BAM commissioned baseball/Mayan inspired jam, The Long Count. Or maybe it is Shara contributing to the new Clogs record due out sometime in early 2010, or the third co-founder and owner Alec Bemis book-clubbing it with yours truly. There are also only a few points of separation between us and Nico Muhly — from his arrangement for the aforementioned Run Rabbit Run release, or his collaboration with Asthmatic Kitty friendly, Son Lux. The bonds of musical collaborations and friendships are tight, and I am proud to be connected to a label like Brassland (if even remotely), a label that inspires through its dedication to and presentation of a collection mature and vibrant sounds.

http://www.brassland.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassland_Records

TRACKLIST
1. Doveman “Breathing Out” from The Conformist – Release Date: October 20, 2009
2. Nico Muhly “The Only Tune Pt. 3: The Only Tune” (feat. Sam Amidon) from Mothertongue – Release Date: July 22, 2008
3. Pela “Episodes” from All in Time EP – Release Date: May 17, 2005
4. Baby Dayliner “All Parties Are Over” (Ben Sterling Mix) from forthcoming new album – Release Date: TBD
5. Devastations “The Pest” from Yes, U (Beggars Banquet) – Release Date: September 17, 2007*
6. The National “About Today” from Cherry Tree EP – Release Date: July 20, 2004
7. Clogs “We Were Here” (feat. Shara Worden & Sufjan Stevens) from forthcoming new album – Release Dated: TBD
8. Erik Friedlander “Here Comes the Madwoman” from Maldoror – Release Date: November 11, 2003

* Although Devastations is on Brassland, they were not the label that released “The Pest.” Still, the song is so good, it represents Devastations best.

A is for anticon.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

[Series explanation and index is here.]

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Back in the shadow of Y2K (both forwards and backwards in time) hip-hop looked like it was about to go the way of Salvador Dali: intricate, surreal, mind opening. Antipop Consortium, Dalek, Company Flow, and the friends and collaborators that comprised the anticon. collective/label/co-op/experiment. Anticon. of all of these seemed unstoppable and never resting: cover stories, feature articles, that black outlined ant crawling across club walls and aspiring suburban kid MC’s spiral bound notebooks. This is my version of the story, not theirs so please take this as one impressionable mind, who was digging and orbiting this action, digesting, and now interpreting through the lens of nostalgia. The fact is though, they never did stop, nor were they stopped. They continue to wage their war with expectations, subverting labeling, and pressing into new realms of genre, art, and states of mind. From my first exposure, a story in a glossy hip-hop magazine (doseone walking a leashed cat in green jogging suit) to my now friendships with some of these gentleman, anticon. has always been and will continue to be a label to watch and listen. They are still surprising me while keeping an overall aesthetic, quality and vision for doing business with an independent ferocity and saintly kindness.

http://www.anticon.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticon

TRACKLIST
1. Bike For Three! “All There Is To Say About Love” from More Heart Than Brains
2. Son Lux “Break” from At War With Walls & Mazes
3. Teengirl Fantasy “Portofino” from Dublab Presents…In The Loop #5
4. Tobacco “Truck Sweat” from Fucked Up Friends
5. Dosh “If You Want To, You Have To” from Wolves and Wishes
6. Alias “Well Water Black” (feat. WHY?) from Resurgam
7. Anathallo “The River” from Canopy Glow
8. Restiform Bodies “Bobby Trendy Addendum” from TV Loves You Back
9. Themselves “Roman Is As Roman Does” from Crownsdown
10. Odd Nosdam “FLY MODE” from T.I.M.E. Soundtrack
11. WHY? “This Blackest Purse” from Eskimo Snow
12. Serengeti & Polyphonic “My Patriotism” from Terradactyl
13. SJ Esau “Depth Perception Lack” from Small Vessel
14. Sole & The Skyrider Band, “Shipwreckers” from Sole & The Skyrider Band