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PETER MONEY: Blue Square
Post Ginsberg acoustic-electronic intimate meditative riffs and companionable pared House pulses, a backpacker's honed kind of Kerouac, sunny grooves to drive through any patterned rain--and reigns: an illuminated "traveler's spoken journal opera."
VERY SPECIAL ORANGES: s/t
Very Special Oranges sound like if Frank Sinatra/Joy Division and Bob Dylan started a band and asked Bo Diddley to join. Very Special Oranges is a San Francisco based band featuring Kevin Franke and Sara Corrigan. The debut album features mandolin, guitar, percussion, bass and some minimal keyboard.
RUDIS/CUSTODIO/DIAZ-INFANTE: CRR Live
"CRR Live" is a follow-up, companion piece to "Crashing The Russian Renaissance," the studio album by Lx Rudis, Andre Custodio and Ernesto Diaz-Infante. This exorcism of soundscapes is an eclectic mix of instruments and their uses. Darbuka, voice, extended guitar techniques, synths and live DJing. Textures and tones from abrasive noise, hallucinogenic contemplation, ambient relief, and hardcore collage.
SABRINA SIEGEL: Grace/Precarious
The debut Pax release from Sabrina Siegel, "Grace/Precarious" is her fifth CD of solo improvised music. An exploration through electric guitar, voice, and cello. An extremely raw, visceral, and unique expression. "A remarkable release of improvised music" --Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America
STOP THE WAR! Created out of the anxiety & disillusionment of Bush's reelection on November 3, 2004. This CD of 26 artists transcends music genres & ideologies with the common purpose of dissent towards the Bush regime. END THE WAR IN IRAQ! "Perfect reminder that we must not forget this madness" Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta
HELENA ESPVALL: nimis & arx
The debut solo release from Helena Espvall, cellist of folk-psych band Espers. With production and electronics provided by sonic maverick George Korein of Infidel?/Castro., Nimis & Arx is a recording of translucid wonder. "A rewarding album" --PsychedelicFolk.com
na reaches musical cacophony, combining improvisation and noise with a slight pop slant. "na is that exceptionally rare experimental act that is actually interested in...experimentation." Sean Molnar, Signal to Noise
REVERBERATIONS FROM SPRING PAST: Diaz-Infante/Fernandes/Montoya/Romus
Recorded live & in studio during the Spring Reverb 2004 Festival in San Diego, California. brings together four West Coast veterans who combine their distinctive voices. "Reverberations" is wild, raw, energetic and headstrong." --tokafi
STEPHEN FLINN/NOAH PHILLIPS DUO AND TRIO WITH TIM PERKIS: Square Circle
The debut release from the Stephen Flinn/Noah Phillps Duo and trio
with Tim Perkis is a collection of adventurous spontaneous
improvisations. Stephen Flinn (drums, junk percussion) Noah Phillps
(electric guitar) Tim Perkis (electronics). "This is precisely executed and marvellously improvised music." Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta
MJANE: prayers from the underbelly
Founded in New Mexico in 2003 by conductor/composer/performer Molly Sturges, mJane is a project which brings together a wide range of improvisational & compositional ideas through live conduction systems to create an ever-changing sonic environment. "Recommended for the adventure seeker" Glenn Astarita, Jazzreview.com
THOLLEM MCDONAS: solo piano
This CD is a long series of short compositions/improvs for solo piano. A collection of thollem's ideas from the last 5 years, some previously unpublished, others re-realized. "McDonas leaves behind plenty of clues as to what he's trying to express" Tom Djll, Signal to Noise
THE ABSTRACTIONS: Novo Navigatio
2004 CD release of West Coast subtle, psychedelia-improv to experimental songs. sinking commentary on the disillusioned atmosphere of George W. Bush's America. "Sounds like Leonard Cohen deconstructed to some really nice abstract noise." --Vital Weekly
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE & CHRIS FORSYTH: (as is stated...before known)
From their 2004 CD release, a kaleidoscopic range of post-Bailey approaches, quiet Fahey-esque folk-influenced fingerpicking. "I highly recommend this disc for a taste of some other aspects of what guitars can do." Steve Koenig, Jump Arts Journal.
99 HOOKER'S GENERICA: 99 Hooker's Generica
99 Hooker's Generica is to Pop Music as Crank is to Michelob. With noise legend Donald Miller, reeds master M2 (Chemical Brothers, Mercury Rev)and Lower East Side rhythm king Ray Sage. "Generica provides a stimulating, provocative, unique listen. Recommended." Francois Couture, All Music Guide.
DAVE TUCKER WEST COAST PROJECT: Tenderloin
Perhaps best known for his work as a guitarist in The Fall between 1980-1, Dave Tucker is an experienced improviser, having worked regularly with the London Improvisers' Orchestra & The School of Velocity with Evan Parker. "A hot and varied set that will delight free-improv devotees who dig a ballsy, high energy avant-rock and jazz edge. Recommended." Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations
IAN YEAGER: music for guitar + computer
Melodies merge and collide into sparking electronic abstraction and dusky sonic detail. Suffused with a quiet rigor and beauty, ambient in the best possible sense. "Engaging vapor-like riffs...that sustain with enough depth and peculiarity to be complete." Eric Weddle, Signal to Noise
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE: s/t
2003 solo release & most diverse yet. Conceptual. Minimalist. Field recordings, solo guitar pieces, noise improvs, sound collages and vocals/guitar songs. "A fascinating album, uncompromising to the bone." --Francois Couture, All Music Guide
GRAND MAL: Bruckmann/Diaz-Infante/Shiurba/Stackpole
Combines the discipline of a classical foundation, weaving together American free jazz & European free improvisation. "Grand Mal is solid and uncompromising proof that the Bay Area improv scene has really taken off." Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic Magazine
JESS ROWLAND: Scenes From The Silent Revolution
This one-of-a-kind 2-disc
set features a CD of Jess' art-damage electronic music & songs plus a DVD of "found video sound sculptures" with improv based music compositions. "An album/DVD that is essential for any lover of experimental music and innovative ideas." Federico Marongiu, Music Extreme
MIBA: the corplate porblem
Miba (Kristin Miltner & Mark Bartscher) uses various self-created software patches to scan audio files, creating rhythmic granular textures ranging from harmonic washes to dense noise. Their installation work is made of suspended objects that trigger fragments of found sound. "A wonderfully atmospheric, deeply contemplative textural adventure." Allan Harrison, Splendid Magazine
Despite claims otherwise, Muck is Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Matt Davignon & Marjorie Sturm. The "Roc" cd includes textural, slow motion, surrealistic rock music made from samples, acoustic instruments and assorted detritus.
"The strangest, most disconcerting take on any kind of so-called post-rock I have heard to this day." Francois Couture, All Music Guide
MOE! STAIANO'S MOE!KESTRA!: Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
A leader in monster ensemble formations and former percussionist for Sleepy Time Guerrilla Museum, Moe! Staiano is a unique percussionist/composer who on this recording leads an enormous mass of SF bay area musicians playing in a dissonant array of clusters, forming a wall of lyrical noise. "Yet another display of Staiano's always impressive, expansive and trippy improvs." Aquarius Records
DIAZ-INFANTE/ST.CHAOS/BOHOL: The Long Await Between Collasped Lungs
San Francisco artist Ernesto Diaz-Infante meets Texas-based noisicians Pablo St. Chaos (p.d. wilder) and Bohol for an otherworldly set of guitar trios. "Together they create a mood of experimental psychedelia" Francois Couture, All Music Guide
GO-GO FIGHTMASTER: Go-GO Fightmaster
"Heavy-Metal-Country-Jazz" that embraces both the avant-garde & the straight-ahead. Drawing on all forms of world, popular and folk music to create their refreshingly unique sound. Led by San Francisco Bay Area composer/saxophonist Aaron Bennett. "A tour de force of in-your-face eclecticism" Sam Prestianni, SFWeekly
RUDIS/CUSTODIO/DIAZ-INFANTE: Crashing The Russian Renaissance
From three of SF's leading experimental/new music purveyors, in some seriously adventurous compositions for electronics & guitar. Continued musical evolutions, the music constantly evolves from thin soundscapes to heavy improvisational dialogues. "This recording is radical and often extreme" Steven Loewy, All Music Guide
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE: Ucross Journal
Ucross Journal is San Francisco composer Ernesto Diaz-Infante's 1999 solo piano release. Comprised of 25 Feldmanesque short pieces. Composed during his residency at the Ucross Foundation in Ucross, Wyoming. "Among Diaz-Infante's prolific oeuvre, this is one of the "should haves" --Noah Wane, Splendid E-zine.
- The Films Of Marjorie Sturm vol.1 - PR90266DVD
In the present collection of her short films (six films - Smoke the Pipe Dream, Voice or No Voice, Honey and Eggs (the end of fantasy), Treehouse, The Relief - from the six years between 1998-2004), Bay Area filmmaker Marjorie Sturm
explores different aspects of the tension between Nature and Culture in contemporary American society.
Limited edition almost gone!
"Sturm's fresh vision is a welcome relief from
the world of commercial film and video."
--Amy Villarejo, Altar Magazine
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