The Suspicious String Quartet Plays Tape Guts at the Core of the Coalman and Other Stains and Slant Steps
My new record of string quartets is out on Chocolate Monk Recordings (United Kingdom)!
it looks like that and sounds, sometimes, like this
I should have copies very soon unless the post decides to imprison them in customs (again). I will, when I get them post some more audio links, and all will be available for purchase in my bandcamp catalog. However, you could also just order it from the Chocolate Monk catalog directly, and perhaps pick up some other golden delights there while your is at it.
Also, I have copies of a release I announced last summer, on Total Vermin, which is one of my favorite Recording Companies. I am pasting in below what Stuart and some other folks wrote about it because I thought they said some things better than my mumbling. Susan Fitzpatrik made separate covers for each tape, and they vary in and around this sort of appearence:
“Jorge Boehringer, American in Europe, has carved this monolith of a cassette, this conundrum, from materials unknown. A loop, possibly wrought from his viola, morphs imperceptibly. A mere nodding of one’s head induces psycho-acoustic paranoia, the resultant catatonic sway exacerbates the feeling… play loud enough for an end to balance and hand-eye coordination. The black spots increase in size and we capsize.
Extra-special covers on this one, individually marbled by Susan Fitzpatrick. See more of her art here.
Rob Midwich has written a review of this, and some other releases on his excellent blog, which can be found here.
“Jorge keeps it simple: a full hour (in two halves) of slowly evolving variations on a fuzzed-up viola loop. What at first seems like a Tony Conrad-ish endurance test took a few minutes to pop my bubble of mental resistance (soap-film thin at the best of times) then mind freed, my arse did follow. I was soon dancing naked on the driveway of Midwich Mansions. This tape is hard, lovely.””
Total Vermin must by now have released 400 records, the catalog is incredible and is also visually very pleasing. I am looking forward to writing about some of the other releases being produced by both Total Vermin and Chocolate Monk in some future installment.
but for now why not send something for this, below?
you can hear a little bit of it
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