On May 30th, 2013, we’re excited to be releasing the debut album by Montreal avant-garde, improv/compositional duo Mad/Mod.
Here’s the packaging:
And here’s a sample of the sounds:
A release show is happening In Montreal on May 30th as well: Café l’Artère, 7000 avenue du Parc. 8pm.
Facebook event HERE.
C50 // edition of 50 // pro-duped // DL code // glossy accordion fold insert // cloth bag with hand stamped product tag.
Release Date: April 1st, 2013.
Side 15 – Chik White: I Am Muck. You Are The Wind.
Side 16 – Holiday Rambler: It Lasted A Hundred Years, It Will Last A Hundred More.
CHIK WHITE is the recording alias of Darcy Spidle, star and co-writer of the Canadian cult film, Lowlife, and the guy behind Canadian indie institution Divorce Records. Playing almost like a possible alternative soundtrack to Lowlife, I Am Muck sucks you into a starfish licking world of bizarr0 psych improvisations and avant soundscapes created from “experimental jews harp and acoustic guitar” (that’s how Darcy sold me on the project but there’s other instruments and objects involved too). Exciting and fearless stream of consciousness music/noise/sound making—like the wind and tides blowing and flowing.
“More like coal than gasoline”, HOLIDAY RAMBLER (aka D. Alex Meeks of Hooded Fang infamy) is one of those young men you meet where you simply know they have a time machine buried in their backyard. They’re just too comfortable wearing the attire and diction of yesteryear for it to be entirely an act. The title of this set of songs and sounds, It Lasted A Hundred Years, It Will Last A Hundred More, could be a reference to the timeless/old-timey nature of the Rambler’s American gothic folk-blues. Despite being a relatively young sprout, there’s a lot of gravelly down-home wisdom woven throughout the set of bluegrass and gospel informed tunes with a decidedly end-times feel. Kind of like a Smithsonian Folkways recording from the backwoods of Virginia in an alternate universe where the Great Depression never ended.
Arachnidiscs Recordings has a new logo (which is easier to read as a small thumbnail/Twitter icon/on cassette spines, etc.) that will begin showing up on our releases beginning with Split Tape 15/16, due out in March. It doesn’t necessarily replace the old “Spider Shiva” logo which will remain as our mascot and probably show up from time to time (or at least until our current mailing labels and business cards run out).
A couple digital releases. BABEL’s new EP Heurter is available as PWYC on Bandcamp leading up to its physical release.
MOONWOOD put up a new rehearsal session on their Soundcloud.
It was recorded on Christmas Even in preparation for a Dec 28th show in Montreal and Jan 3rd in Toronto (captured by Mechanical Forest Sound).
A similar set will be recreated on Sat, Jan 26 @Placebo Space (2877 Lake Shore Blvd W., Toronto).
MOONWOOD (cosmic-tribal psych-rock)
BLACK WALLS (sweet doom balladeer)
LORDE AWESOME (Toronto’s krautful dead)
End of night jam?
More details to follow.
We haven’t even officially announced this split tape yet, but we’re going to release SLTM and Moonwood on Sides 13 & 14 of the Split Tapes Series on October 17th at the Tranzac in Toronto. Confusingly this is ahead of the release for Sides 11 & 12 (Nick Kuepfer / Khora) which will be in February (though the tapes themselves should be available as of Canzine (October 21st). Stay tuned for more details on both these releases!
WED 10/17 – TORONTO, ON*
Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue)
SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE
w/ DJ Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro70 / Kanada70)
10pm | $5 / $10 with tape
SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE (http://sltm.bandcamp.com/)
From Austin, TX this one man avant folk soundscaper plays in Toronto for the first time. A master of warm guitar textures, builds loops and layers only to mix them into his own brand of post psych-folk. The love and warm of folk mixed with beautiful swells & sweeps of post-rock, full sounds washing over your body.
Freak psych/folk project of Jakob Relinger (Arachnidisc) occupies an eerie space between some dark forest & the spiritual beyond that only exists in some winding & daunting expanse of space. His haunting guitar work exudes a elusive warmth & nostalgia that draws us into his realm. Vocal hums float through the atmosphere with draw out didgeridoo tones. Flute tones interact with bells and chime percussion as guitar notes navigate this gypsy-esque landscape. Mystical psych for the modern forest dweller. Dig!
Austin, TX ambient kraut synth relaxer, lays out some space-scapes for the modulating masses. Sounds stretched out to the point where they sparkle & glisten. The gentle hum of a note becomes a fuzz drenched wave only to subside back into a peaceful hum wavering in the expanse of time.SOLHORN
Avant folk/jazz/pop outsider Michael Mørkholt of Denmark preforms his compositions as Solhorn in Canada for the first time! Folk prog structures filled with a sense of playfulness akin to Shugo Tokumaru. Meandering songs, guitar notes joke with percussion in a languid way. Electronics bleep & bloop, ringing out there tones in a dialogue with flutes. Probably some of the most fun music you’ll have heard in a while. Come make the hang.
w/DJ Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro70/Kanada70)
We’re super stoked for the first of our “Double Release” shows to be with none other than DRAINOLITH and NATE YOUNG (big thanks to Burn Down The Capital for that). The evening celebrates the release of the Aaron Lumley/The Knot split cassette as well as both recent albums by BABEL.
It’s going down at the Holy Oak (1241 Bloor Street W.) on Wednesday, September 26th at 9pm. It’s $7 or $10 w/ your choice of a tape or CD.
For this show BABEL will be joined by the magical Pavlov’s Dog Handbell Ensemble on a compostion called “DEFACED FACADE” which combines the approaches of the two BABEL albums Glockengiester and Alphabeta.
Here they are playing something else entirely.
The first cassette of our SPLIT TAPES SERIES 2 is set to be released on 2012/08/21. 20 minute sides; pro-duped; hand assembled outer sleeves. Edition of 50. We don’t have pre-orders set up but if you want to reserve a copy, you should email email@example.com to get put on a list.
Side 9 is avant improv bassist Aaron Lumley who’s been making waves lately with his harrowing long-player Wilderness. Of which Foxy Digitalis said “…searching for new methods to escape the limitations of technique, the human body, and the physical science of acoustics. By accomplishing this without straying beyond the boundaries of man and implement, he’s shown mastery of a vigorous beast, a task not for the faint of heart. Furthermore, the album is as appetizing for casual listeners as it is for serious improv mavens – a gravity-defying feat that is as rare as it is welcome!” We posit this improvised session goes one further, both visceral and teeming with expression in the traditions of Dave Holland and François Rabbath.
Side 10 is the debut release for The Knot, a cello duo made up of composer/improviser Nick Storring and avant virtuoso Tilman Lewis. Intertwining beauty and discord meeting somewhere between the gravel pit and the northern lights.
Next week we’re releasing MOONWOOD‘s new 13-track album The Strength Of The Pack Is The Wolf, And The Strength Of The Wolf Is The Pack on CD and digital. The CD will come in deluxe lino-block printed translucent envelope which will also contain this attractive 3-pack of pins!
Saturday June 16: Saturday Afternoon Mellow + Sean Nicholas Savage + Guests
Date: Saturday June 16, 2012
Location: Infinite Library (Upper Floor – 664 Queen Street West)
Price: $7 door. / $0 with festival pass.
16:00 :: New Age music mellowness
18:00 :: TOPS
19:00 :: Sean Nicholas Savage
20:00 :: Doom Tickler
21:00 :: Moonwood
More info HERE.
Both Moonwood and BABEL have new web presences on the web. They can be found at the links in the first sentence of this post.
Both sites feature the usual updates about what Moonwood and BABEL are up to (news tracks, videos, live dates, etc) but additionally the Moonwood site now houses the “Live Rehearsals” series (which used to be posted here) and the BABEL site features an ongoing radio/tape/media collage project called TRANZMIT.
Moonwood also has a new CBC Music page.