Saturday, September 17, 2005

This Weeks Booty from FE

Some Grubbs-related releases, the Sunburned Hand Dub-LP (with Alaskan wedding pictures), a Xiu Xiu collab and live Fall 1980 top the Forced Exposure's release bag this week:


BASTRO: Antlers: Live 1991 CD (BC 14CD) 13.50
This CD was once rare and illegal, now it's common and freely available. "During the final year of their existence, Bastro was the power trio of Bundy K. Brown, John McEntire, and David Grubbs. Antlers is an attempt to represent what Bastro was doing in 1991. It represents a period in which Bastro seemed to be changing from show to show, playing intricately constructed instrumentals with utter abandon. Many of these instrumental pieces later morphed into Gastr del Sol songs. Compositions were in flux, with the band soon to follow. These are among its final recordings, but they sound less like death throes than chin scratchings and chargings onward. Antlers consists of cassette recordings made by audience members. It has a rough, blasting-at-you quality that perfectly suits these headlong performances. This enhanced CD also includes live footage of the group in Germany and Holland during their final tour."


HOWE & DAVID GRUBBS, SUSAN: Thiefth CD (BC 15CD) 13.50
"Thiefth is the first collaboration between poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs. The two were brought together when the Fondation Cartier in Paris proposed a collaborative performance. Grubbs had been an ardent reader of Howe's for more than a decade, and the opportunity to work with Howe's poetry and her voice immediately intrigued. In late 2003, the two set about to create performance versions of 'Thorow' and 'Melville's Marginalia,' two of Howe's longer poems. Drawing from the journals and letters of Sir William Johnson and Henry David Thoreau, 'Thorow' evokes the winter landscape around Lake George in upstate New York and the historical violence of our national identity. Howe and Grubbs engage the lake's icy surface as well as the voices that haunt the unseen world beneath. 'Melville's Marginalia' explores Herman Melville's notations in books he owned and loved -- marginalia in which he sometimes argued with the authors. Grubbs brings together a diverse collection of sound sources, referencing Charles Ives' Concord Sonata, Howe's splitting of words, melting snow, and flight patterns overhead. Grubbs began his efforts by recording Howe's reading of the poem and eliciting contributions from Swedish reed player Mats Gustafsson and Greek cellist Nikos Veliotis."


FALL, THE: Live in London 1980 LP (EAR 307LP) 16.00
"Originally released in 1982 by Chaos Tapes in a limited edition of 4000 copies, the soon impossible-to-find live tape captured all the unpolished energy of a post-Grotesque / pre-Hex Fall, becoming one of their most legendary live performances. Now fully remastered and released on vinyl for all you discerning retro audiophiles."


"Wedlock captures Sunburned in its 2003 suit when they took it to the West Coast to tour their way up to Wasilla, Alaska to attend and perform at Paul & Val's wedding on the longest day of the year, June 21, 2003. Under the bright midnight sun, Sunburned recorded this document, a testament to irony, omnipotence, moisture, pain, and the weight. Come and dine at this one, clear table. Double LP. September 2005 release taken from recordings in Alaska on the Summer Solstice. Features a beautifully designed heavy duty gatefold sleeve with two inserts featuring many photos from the trip to Alaska as well as some pictures from Northern California from the same tour."


XXL: Ciautistico! CD (IMPREC 065CD) 13.00
"Ciautistico! is the debut album from XXL (Xiu Xiu Larsen), a collaboration between the Italian experimental cult band Larsen and James Stewart's mutated-pop project Xiu Xiu. Both groups consider their joint creative clash as a new band in itself more than just an occasional collaboration. Edited out of long and intense jam sessions the sound of Ciautistico! is totally schizophrenic, swinging between orchestrated pop songs, almost-techno beats and minimalistic droning tracks, but framed into a common melancholic mood and fronted by the inimitable James Stewart."


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